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Snowy plovers begin to make their nests on Siesta Beach. PAGE 9A

OUR TOWN + Spring forward for Daylight Saving Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, so turn your clocks forward by an hour before bedtime Saturday night. That means we lose an hour of sleep Sunday — but gain an hour of sunshine.

Palmer Ranch hosts 8th annual Sarasota Springfest and 5K. PAGE 1B

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+ Key member The Church of the Redeemer celebrated its organist and choirmaster, Ann Stephenson-Moe, for her 40 years of service Saturday, Feb. 22. The congregation hosted more than 200 guests at a reception in Stephenson-Moe’s honor. Stephenson-Moe co-founded Key Chorale with her late husband, Daniel, and also serves as organist and music director at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key.

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Danny Beach, from the Siesta Key Band, has been playing the mandolin for 20 years.

+ Pickin’ picnic Bluegrass fans flocked to Siesta Key Saturday for the Turtle Beach Bluegrass Picnic. The picnic, organized by Benny Kimsey, benefited the American Red Cross. Attendees enjoyed a free lunch of hot dogs and burgers while four bluegrass bands performed throughout the afternoon.

Former Sarasota Orchestra musicians play in the major league. INSIDE

by David Conway | News Editor

Homeless park on Pineapple Nearby businesses say they are being harmed by the increasing encampment of homeless the past few months at Pineapple Park. Ned Bowman first noticed a change at Pineapple Park in summer 2012. Before that, Bowman said, there were just a dozen or so homeless people in the park. Now, he said, there are dozens of transients, some who are frequently engaged in drug use and prone to harassing people

walking through the area. “I’ve had a lot of clients state that they feel uncomfortable coming and going here,” Bowman said. As the owner of Bowman Originals, a jewelry store across the street on Pineapple Avenue, he’s had a firsthand perspective on how the park

has changed over the years. As the city has focused on reducing the homeless presence at Five Points Park, Pineapple Park has seen a population influx. Bowman is one of the loudest voices in a relatively small group of nearby tenants,

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The city is striving to address the vagrants gathering at Pineapple Park.

by Nolan Peterson | News Editor

Big Pass debate faces the music A performance of the Beatles song ‘Let It Be’ on an organ towed out to the Big Pass shoal highlights mounting opposition to a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging project. Finding themselves in times of trouble, a group of Siesta Key residents concerned by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to dredge Big Pass decided they needed to do more than whisper words of wisdom. So, early Sunday morning they strapped a 140-pound Hammond organ (stuffed with foam so it would float) on top of two stand-up paddleboards and towed it out to the Big Pass shoal. The organ was then offloaded onto the sandbar, which, despite the extreme low tide due to the new moon, was still under several inches of water. Manhattan-based professional singer and voice coach Maria Lane Sulimirski, whose multicolor formal dress trailed in the Gulf of Mexico water, performed the Beatles song, “Let It Be,” which is quickly becoming the rallying cry for those opposed to what would be the first dredge of Big Pass. Rich Schineller, a Sarasota-based public relations specialist, directed and produced the effort, titled: “Big Pass Piano.”  He organized the project to focus public attention on the proposed Big Pass dredge, which he opposes. A handheld camera and a camera mounted on a miniature drone aircraft — both operated by Jimmy Scott Jr. — captured Sulimirski’s performance. Commercial aerial production specialist Ryan Perrone piloted the drone. The footage begins with a close-up shot of the 22-year-old musician at the

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Above: Rich Schineller rides a 140-pound Hammond organ Sunday as it is towed out to Big Pass. Left: Maria Lane Sulimirski, left, performs on the Hammond organ, while sitting in ankle-deep water with Sarah Fulton, assistant director.

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HOMELESS / FROM PAGE 1A many of whom share his concerns about the park. Maureen Hoyt, owner of Optional Art 2 Fine Jewelry on Pineapple, said the homeless population at the park also distresses her clients. She’s witnessed what appears to be drug-dealing activity at the park, and said her customers have been verbally accosted on their way to her store. “For the most part, my clients are middle-aged or older, and they’re frightened,” Hoyt said. “They’re frightened because of the size of the group.” Rod Warner is a member of the Church Council at First Church, which is located down the block from Pineapple Park. He said the situation at the park has gotten worse in recent months, and that the homeless often cause a sanitation issue by urinating or defecating on private property. Warner said most of the homeless are not causing a problem, but that the issues still need to be addressed. “We have toddlers and young infants here, people we take care of as part of the mission of the First Church,” Warner said. “We’re concerned about the behavior.” Bowman has also had problems with urination and defecation on his property, and he believes the nature of the situation at Pineapple Park is being undersold to the general public. He knows that homeless people have the right to be present in the park, but he believes they’re going above and beyond what’s allowed. “These people are literally infringing on the ability to succeed for those of us who have invested time and effort into a business,” Bowman said. Warner met with City Manager Tom Barwin Feb. 27 to discuss the severity of the problem. Barwin said he was intent on addressing the issue, but Warner

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wondered how much the city could do to manage the presence of the homeless. On Tuesday afternoon, two police cars were parked at Pineapple Park, with at least one patrol officer stationed in the area. There were no homeless people present. Barwin said that, when gatherings of transients persist in a public space for an extended period of time, it seems that some individuals eventually begin to behave in a manner that violates the city’s laws. “When that begins to happen, we now respond in two ways,” Barwin said. “We attempt to proactively enforce our codes and laws, and in addition, the police department is in the process of implementing its Homeless Outreach Team effort.” Barwin said the Sarasota Police Department hoped its Homeless Outreach Team would be an effective way to manage homelessness issues even when officers don’t have cause to arrest individuals. “It’s an option other than just arresting them,” SPD Lt. Kevin Stiff said. “It’s an option to get people to services and programs and away from the street without arresting them.” The growing voice of Pineapple Avenue businesses and residents is causing various groups to take notice. In addition to the more robust police presence, the city’s Downtown Improvement District has discussed investing in a security camera to discourage illicit activity at the park. Despite the recent dissipation of the homeless presence, Bowman is still concerned about the effects the negative incidents will have on his business. He believes that the situation in the area needs even more attention, so the problems can be overcome for good. “If people really knew what was going on, they wouldn’t put up with it,” Bowman said. “Everybody here really has a sense that they’ve taken over the park.”

organ, and then slowly pans out to reveal that she is, in fact, sitting ankle-deep in seawater in the middle of Big Pass, Schineller said. “It was a beautiful day, the water was crystal clear,” Schineller said. “The whole thing went perfectly.” The film crew also included Mike Hagan and Greg McDermott, who captained the camera boats. Diane Sulimirski, Maria Lane’s mother, shot still photographs of the event. Off-duty firefighter John Lichtenstein was the set designer and safety officer for the project. Schineller added that Sulimirski traveled to Sarasota from New York over the weekend specifically to take part in the shoot. Sunday’s “Let it Be” performance was part of a growing campaign to oppose the U.S. Army Corps project. It is also reminiscent of the Save Our Sands movement in the 1990s, which featured attention-gathering protest events like human chains at Siesta Beach to successfully thwart a plan to dredge the Big Pass shoal to renourish Venice Beach. Pushback to the Corps’ current Big Pass dredge plans gathered momentum after the Siesta Key Association fired the opening salvo in January, when it became the first group on the Key to officially state its opposition to the dredge. SKA’s move inspired a domino effect of Siesta neighborhood and business organizations that have announced their opposition to the project, including the Siesta Key Village Association, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Siesta Isles Association and the Siesta Key Condominium Council. Schineller said the footage shot Sunday will be edited into a music video, which will be posted to YouTube. The purpose of the video, according to Schineller, is to “bring awareness to the public about the U.S. Army Corps project.”

IF YOU GO The Big Pass dredge debate will take place at Thursday’s Tiger Bay meeting. Former County Environmental Services Director Rob Patten and environmental activist Jono Miller (both opponents of the dredge) were originally set to square off against representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a potentially highly charged debate — referred to as “Sand Wars” in the Tiger Bay program. The Army Corps backed out of the meeting, however, leaving the defense of the proposed dredging project in the hands of city of Sarasota representatives. The meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. March 6, at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. For more information, contact Kim Noyes at 925-2970.

Outgoing Siesta Key Association board member Peter van Roekens, a leading opponent of the Army Corps project, opened SKA’s annual breakfast March 1, the day before the music video shoot, by addressing concerns about the potentially harmful environmental effects of the dredge. “In the immortal word of the Beatles: ‘Let It Be,’” van Roekens said.

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Leaders work toward 20:20 vision Proponents of a plan to create a new vision for the bayfront property surrounding the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall received praise at Monday’s City Commission meeting, but may not have gotten what they were ultimately seeking from commissioners. Led by Visit Sarasota County, a group of local organizations is beginning a push to create a new master plan for the city-owned Van Wezel and GWIZ properties, as well as adjoining private properties, such as the former Quay site. The plan, called Sarasota Bayfront 20:20, seeks to create a project that establishes a cultural and economic legacy for the city while also ensuring public access to the bayfront. Visit Sarasota County Board of Directors Chairman Michael Klauber was hoping to receive a seal of approval from the commission at that meeting. During the meeting, staff was scheduled to provide an update and seek direction regarding the 2007 Cultural Park

Concept Plan, a blueprint for the city-owned land that was quickly shelved in 2008 due to the worsening economic climate. Although the commission praised the efforts of the private groups, several commissioners stated there was no need for the city to participate in the conversation at this point. Instead, the commission voted to take no action regarding the Cultural Park Concept Plan for at least 120 days in hopes that the ownership of adjacent properties — particularly the Quay — would be finalized before then. Klauber said he was happy with the reception the plan received at the meeting. He said the project was still taking baby steps forward, and that he believed the groups would ultimately get buy-in from all interested parties. “The goal is to create a true public/private partnership and to allow some of the bright minds in our community to think about the big picture,” Klauber said.

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VISION QUEST Leaders of several of the organizations involved with Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 spoke to the Sarasota Observer about what they would ultimately like to see developed on the land in question. MARK HUEY

JIM SHIRLEY

President & CEO, Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County

Executive director, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

“From the EDC’s perspective, art has always been a huge driver of economic activity in our community. Not just for the arts community itself, but as part of what makes our community attractive to businesses and the talent that drives businesses. Our interest was in that, as the economy improves and there are opporMark Huey tunities in and around the Cultural District to move it forward, our community would get engaged and really help accomplish the highest outcome possible for the Cultural District and that part of our region. We really got involved purely seeing it as one of the elements of our community that drives economic activity.”

“Obviously, between the Van Wezel and the GWIZ, as well as other properties — the Players Theatre which abuts this — there are so many implications for arts and culture here, and we feel this property is crucial to the cultural future of the area. We hope we can work collaboratively with the government and the business comJim Shirley munity to focus on what could be an iconic branding and realization for this community for 100 years to come. We would love to see a usage that would center around our cultural assets and also incorporate other things — whether it’s retail or galleries or shops — that could make that area an iconic cultural identity for Sarasota.”

JON THAXTON Director of community investment, Gulf Coast Community Foundation “You really don’t get a world-class destination by doing individual planning exercises, but by a cooperative and comprehensive planning initiative. We have visited, as part of the inter-city trips, the most successful of projects like this. When one goes to one of these — Baltimore, Nashville, Greenville, S.C., you just name it — you look at their waterfront development plans. Our bayfront amenity is just lightyears ahead of what these other cities have made into world-class destinations. Jon Thaxton The only thing that stands between us and having one of the most quintessential world-class destinations as a city is a cooperative planning effort and a plan that has greater value with a collection of properties than the properties do individually.”

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“The real estate professionals have a phrase called ‘highest and best use.’ I think, in one sense, that’s the opportunity for us: There are few places in the state of Florida where a bayfront or waterfront area of such beauty is adjoined to a downtown with all its other amenities. It really deserves the best thought going forward, and because it’s such an Steve Queior asset, there should of course be a continuing conversation about public uses — be those cultural, outdoors, park-like settings. I think the opportunity is there for some great public/private partnerships, because to do a good job or to help support facilities open to the public, private investment can help the whole area in a way that we’ll be proud of for decades.”

“I think it’s been known widely for a number of years that the orchestra has continued to grow artistically and is a significant part of the community … The Sarasota Orchestra is an integral part of not only the cultural community, but of the entire community for the region, so to be thinking about planJoe McKenna ning and where the Sarasota Orchestra fits into that — it’s more than an investment in culture, it’s an investment in the whole community. I think there’s really two primary guideposts that everyone should employ. One is keep an open mind, and two is to listen. I think if we do those two things, there’s a good chance that we’ll end up with the right thing.”

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NEWSBRIEFS + Biter buys downtown parcel for planned apartments Entrepreneur Jesse Biter has purchased the property at 1401 Second St., the last of two downtown parcels Biter targeted for a planned 10-story, 180-unit apartment development. In a 2013 interview with the Sarasota Observer, Biter said he is planning to develop “obtainable housing” on the site. The units were to range between 500 and 1,000 square feet, and the rental prices were supposed to begin below $1,000 per month. Steve Horn of Ian Black Real Estate, who represented Biter in the purchase, said the targeted date of construction is the third quarter of this year. Horn is currently looking for tenants for the project’s 23,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.

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Siesta Key Association board member Michael Shay took over as the association’s president at the group’s annual breakfast meeting Saturday at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Shay took over the 65-year-old neighborhood association’s top spot, following the tenure of Catherine Luckner, who will remain with the association as a board member. Shay indicated the important role of SKA as a mouthpiece for the interests of Siesta Key residents in area government. “We do not work as adversaries (to government),” Shay said. “We work as collaborators.”

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an impasse with Teamsters Local 173 Wednesday morning. Commissioners approved a 3% raise retroactive to Oct. 1 and $1,000 lump-sum payments for 419 Teamsters bargaining-unit employees; they earmarked $1.2 million to pay for the adjustments. The budget amendment will also cover employer-paid benefits. The Teamsters filed for impasse with the Public Employees Relations Commission in March 2013, citing issues with the county over pay and holiday leave, among other issues. 

+ Beach University seminar series returns to Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, partnering with the Siesta Key Beach Ambassadors, is inviting members of the community to learn about the area’s beaches.  Beach University is a free seminar series held 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in March at Siesta Beach pavilion. Each week, wildlife experts and educators will discuss environmental topics. Presenters will answer questions after their lectures.  “Anybody who lives here should learn about the valuable resources that we have, how to take care of the them and how they work,” said County Recreation Specialist Jonathan Poyner.

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Siesta retailers under fire for outdoor displays Support for a move to allow outdoor merchandise displays on Siesta Key is waning, due to ‘blatant disregard’ of rules.

Photos by Nolan Peterson

County Code Enforcement announced in October that it would temporarily suspend enforcing a countywide ordinance, which bans outdoor displays, on Siesta Key. owner of Comfort Shoes in the Siesta Key Village. Lizotte, along with Robin Hood Rentals owner Mark Toomey, spearheaded the effort to poll Siesta businesses about their outdoor display needs and codify the results into an amendment to the county ordinance. “We don’t want it to look like a flea market,” Lizotte said. Although no specific businesses were singled out at Tuesday’s SKVA meeting, Lizotte said the problem was not endemic to all retailers on the Key and only a limited number of shops were taking advantage of the law’s lax enforcement. “I’m legal, per the ordinance,” Lizotte said, referring to the one-table display outside his store, which complies with the limits established in the prospective reform. “The problem is going to be those who are pushing the envelope.” Lizotte said he was concerned that a few outlying businesses might send the

wrong message to Siesta associations and county staff with displays that were outside the bounds of what was in the proposal. “Sure enough, there's always retailers going overboard,” Lizotte said. “It’s frustrating. My message to them is, ‘Just don't overdo it while we’re trying to get this thing through.’” Lizotte said he had already made two calls to Martha Smith, owner of Le Grand Bisou, a clothing boutique on Ocean Boulevard, urging her to bring her displays into compliance with the limits established in the suggested amendment. “Le Grand Bisou is definitely pushing the envelope,” Lizotte said. Smith, however, pushed back against Lizotte’s statements, claiming she had been “left out of the loop” and was never told that specific guidelines for the size and appearance of outdoor displays had been codified into a proposal.

“I was unaware that I was going against the grain,” Smith said. “I wasn’t told that there was an actual decision made about what they had agreed on. This is just a total failure of communication.” Smith added that after she was notified of Tuesday’s SKVA discussion, she pared down her outdoor display to bring it within the scope of the proposed amendment’s rules. “I will play by the rules when someone gives me the rules,” Smith said. “The last thing I want to do is ruffle any feathers … I do feel a little bit singled out.” Siesta retailers insist the displays are an essential tool for drawing in customers, and if the outdoor display ban were to be enforced, there would be damaging consequences to their bottom lines. After an October meeting, Siesta retailers and rental shops formed a committee to poll Siesta businesses on their outdoor display needs and draft an accord for County Commission consideration. The committee reached an agreement Jan. 29 that limited the displays to 240 square feet and included provisions to ensure they are “tactful” and “in line with the character and image of the Village.” In deference to the concerns of Siesta retailers, county staff announced that the existing law banning the displays would not be enforced on Siesta Key until the County Commission could vote on the proposed compromise. “It would be much better for their cause if they would show the public how they would be in compliance with the new rules they have proposed,” said Siesta architect Mark Smith, who was involved in drafting the amendment. “Right now, they are showing a blatant disregard for the ordinance.”

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Some Siesta Key retailers are not playing by the rules they helped create, say neighborhood and business leaders. At the Siesta Key Village Association meeting Tuesday, President Cheryl Gaddie called for an update on the status of a proposed amendment to the county ordinance. A committee of Siesta retail business owners drafted the proposal, outlining a set of rules by which Siesta retailers would be allowed to display their goods outdoors. The amendment was presented to county staff for feedback in February. The tone of the discussion turned contentious when several SKVA board members and newly appointed SKA President Michael Shay claimed that some of the Siesta retailers pushing for the change were taking advantage of County Code Enforcement’s moratorium on enforcing the outdoor display ban, in effect until the County Commission has a chance to vote on the proposed amendment. Representatives of the committee pushing for the move did not attend Tuesday's meeting. Despite the grace period, SKA and SKVA board members have said that retailers should still abide by the restrictions on the size and appearance of outdoor displays included in the proposal, even while it is under review. “It’s just in your face, and they’re doing what they want to do,” Shay said. “They have no incentive to follow through and obey the rules because there’s no enforcement.” The move to push a compromise solution through the Sarasota County Commission could be derailed if it loses the support of the Siesta Key Village Association and the Siesta Key Association. “I can’t lose their support. Without it, this just won���t happen,” said Rick Lizotte,


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The Downtown Improvement District is looking for a way to rewrite the city’s sidewalk café ordinance so that the café owners must clean the areas with greater frequency. As part of an effort to clean up Main Street sidewalks, the Downtown Improvement District is looking for a way to put more pressure on sidewalk café owners. At a meeting Tuesday, the DID spoke with City Engineer Alex DavisShaw about increasing the cleanliness standards for downtown sidewalk cafés. The DID has prioritized sidewalk cleanliness because the city has not conducted cleaning since 2011. The DID is also dealing with a tightened budget, and it wants to make business owners play a part in tidying up. Several DID board members believe the outdoor seating has an outsize effect on the status of the sidewalks. At Tuesday’s meeting, the board asked DavisShaw about adding a requirement to the sidewalk café ordinance that would require a weekly pressure washing of the seating area. That requirement startled Chip Beeman, owner of Pastry Art on Main Street. “I believe that's quite a bit excessive,” Beeman said. “I believe that even twice a month could be quite a bit excessive.” Beeman said he received a quote of $65 dollars for a weekly pressure washing, which would total $3,380 annually. There are currently cleanliness standards for the outdoor seating areas, and businesses have been cited in the past for failing to keep them clean. DavisShaw said the city could not enforce a regulation that required a weekly pressure washing of the

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cafés, but requiring a monthly pressure washing would be plausible. DavisShaw said any new standard would need to be clearly defined. “We need to have some way to check it off, to say yes, this meets the threshold as it’s established in the ordinance,” DavisShaw said. DID member Eileen Hampshire said the board may be focusing too much on one small component of the overall issue with downtown sidewalks. She urged the board to begin taking action in one way or another, because she feels the sidewalks are the dirtiest of any city in which she’s been. “I think we need to have more teeth or something,” Hampshire said. “This is kind of like fiddling while Rome burns.”

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Southside solution: meters “Free parking is an asphalt commons: just as cattle compete in their search for scarce grass, drivers compete in their search for scarce curb parking spaces,” writes economist Donald Shoup in his book the “High Cost of Free Parking.” “Drivers waste time and fuel, congest traffic and pollute the air while cursing for curb parking, and after finding a space, they have no incentive to economize on how long they park,” Shoup says. Parking is a familiar issue in Sarasota — from Siesta Key beach to Southside Village to downtown Main Street to St. Armands Circle. We just can’t seem to figure it out. This much is sure: Sarasotans are spoiled rotten with free parking. In the city of Sarasota, the most acute parking shortages occur in two of the city’s most popular restaurant and retail locations — St. Armands Circle and Southside Village. Consider Southside Village, home to Morton’s Gourmet Market, Coffrin Jewelers, Knick’s Tavern, Gecko’s, Libby’s Café and a more than a dozen other shops and restaurants along Osprey Avenue and Hillview Street. Mark Lyons, the city’s parking manager, refers to Southside as a “mini St. Armands.” “They’re in a tough area,” he told us. “It’s a busy district, and they’ve got the neighborhoods all around them.” Eddie Morton, owner of Morton’s Gourmet Market, says parking — specifically, the lack thereof — has been an issue in the area since he began working at the store in 1969. Morton’s has its own parking lot and attendant, which it shares with Libby’s Café, but that doesn’t mean his store isn’t affected. Poachers constantly try to park in his lot and stroll off to other stores or restaurants. Coffrin Jewelers owner Belinda Coffrin, a member of the city’s Parking Advisory Committee, says she has been listening to complaints about a lack of parking for at least the past decade. The problem is simple: The demand for parking spaces from Southside Village employees and patrons dwarfs supply. Duh. Diners easily can spend 20 minutes trolling for an open parking space on a weekend evening, ending up disillusioned and heading for another part of the city. Every time that happens, it’s a lost sale — not just for that night, but maybe forever. As we all know, no one enjoys the pain and hassle of looking for parking. So you stay away. “I consider that to be a huge problem,” said Chutney’s Etc. owner Denise May. As bad as that may be, the conditions apparently are not so dire that Southside property owners and business owners have reached a tipping point — the point of taking action. “The status quo is really always difficult to change,” says Robert Poole, founder and director of transportation policy at the

Reason Foundation, a free-market think tank. Widely known in policy circles as one of the foremost experts on transportation issues, Poole is convinced — especially after studying the issue in so many cities nationally and in other countries — there is only one unavoidable choice: “The solution has got to be paid parking,” Poole said. Oh no, not that again. We should listen to Poole. One approach, he says, is the city, or perhaps a formally organized Southside Village merchant organization, could make an initial investment on a demand-based metering system. That would mean oft-used parking spaces would cost more than their lesser-used counterparts, and parking during prime hours would be more expensive. Doing so would incentivize thrift, and move the “parking market” in the district into equilibrium, Poole says. With meters in place, if a group of friends wanted to meet for dinner, the participants would be more likely to carpool, creating a larger supply of available spaces. “The idea is that if you can adjust the pricing to keep about 10% or 15% of the meters vacant at any given time, you would have a huge reduction in people cruising around looking for places to park,” Poole said. San Francisco implemented the idea with SFPark, which Poole said has made “a big difference.” Or, let’s consider a pure market solution. In the surrounding area, there are multiple parking garages and spaces. Sarasota Memorial Hospital has three garages, all within less than a one-mile radius of Southside Village. The vacant site of what was once a convenience store at the corner of South Osprey Avenue and Arlington Street has 11 parking spaces, and the adjacent Doctors Garden complex has more than 100 spaces. The hospital allows non-hospital parking in the garage for special events, such as the Firehouse Chili Cook-off in October. But the property owners of the vacant convenience store and Doctors Gardens don’t allow public parking — the latter was more than 90% empty on a recent Saturday evening. A market solution could apply here based on the principle that everybody has a price.

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Merchants, perhaps even just the restaurants, could approach SMH, Lawrence Wild, the owner of the vacant property, or Élan Skin Spa owner Monee Arpin and work out a leasing arrangement to tap their parking spaces in the evenings. “There has to be a deal that makes sense,” Poole said. Businesses owners in Siesta Key Village, including successful property investor Chris Brown, have bartered successfully with each other to meet parking demands established by Sarasota County. When Poole lived in California, he and his wife often took the 45-minute trip from his home to a historic shopping district called Old Town Pasadena. In the 1970s, that area was a dead zone for commerce, complete with vacant buildings, adult video stores and pawn shops. But property owners came together with the city of Pasadena to form a redevelopment agency in the 1990s, which implemented metered parking and several parking garages. “Old Town Pasadena completely blossomed,” Poole said. “People love to go there.” Southside Village is not like Old Town Pasadena in that it needs to be redeveloped. But bringing together property owners into a special taxing district, with some organizational help from the city, could help fund a public or permitted parking lot or garage. There already are three special taxing districts in the city of Sarasota, including the Golden Gate Point Streetscape Special District, Downtown Improvement District and the St. Armands Business Improvement District. Additional property taxes within those pay for landscape, streetscape and other capital improvements, as well as parking and market studies. If Southside Village merchants could tolerate a greater millage rate, the pooled funds could buy out vacant or underused properties on Arlington Street for a parking garage or parking lot. The taxes also could fund a metering system. In Old Town Pasadena, the revenue collected from paid parking was used to fund storefront improvements throughout the district. They turned one problem into a solution for another. These all sound like great ideas, but the likelihood of any of them coming to fruition is not high. Here’s why: Somehow the multiple property owners in Southside Village would need to reach consensus. Collaboration would be essential for any of the suggested parking fixes. On top of that, one of the village’s business owners or property owners would need to take on the role of champion — leader of the cause. Apparently, though, the pain of lost sales is not and has not been great enough to bring everyone together. Until then, parking in Southside Village will be a pain.


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Campaign hatched to protect snowbirds on Siesta The Sarasota Audubon Society is running a program to protect Siesta Key’s snowy plovers. 2006. March through August is nesting season for snowy plovers, which nest on beaches throughout the Caribbean, South America and the southern and western U.S. Snowy plovers typically breed on sandy coasts and brackish inland lakes, but interference from humans and pets has made it increasingly difficult for the species to live on beaches across its natural habitat. Although the snowy plover is indigenous to Florida, biologists estimate that only about 200 of the birds live in the state. And, according to the Sarasota Audubon Society, Siesta Beach is home to about 10% of the entire state’s breeding population of snowy plovers. Other beach nesting birds native to the area include the least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson plover. According to Bob Luckner, a Sarasota Audubon member and program director for the Beach Nesting Bird Project, six snowy plover hatchlings survived last

Sarasota Audubon President Jeanne Dubi will lead an informational beach walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Siesta Key public beach pavilion (north end). Audubon members Bob Luckner, program coordinator, and Allen Worms, biologist, will also be on hand to answer questions. Interested residents can learn more at sarasotaaudubon.org.

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1:18 p.m. — 600 block of North Washington Boulevard. Petit Theft — Shoplifting. The manager of a gas station said he observed a man removing a pair of pug sunglasses from a display rack, placing them in his shirt pocket and leaving the store after paying for a case of beer.

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St. Paddy’s Day Poker Run — takes place at 11 a.m. at The Humane Society of Sarasota, 2332 15th St. The Sarasota Harley Owners Group is sponsoring the event; registration begins at 11 a.m. The first bike out will be at 11:30 a.m.; the last will be at noon. For more information, call 720-5955.

Campout at Alafia State Park — Explore the Alafia River State Park on a two-day camping trip with the Sarasota Sierra Club. There will be potluck supper both evenings and hikes and bike rides. Children are welcome. Cost is $10 per night for adults, including a donation to the Sierra Club. For information, call 752-3200.

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Jewelry and Mask Party — runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at Imagine Design, 1221 First St. Spend the night in masks while dancing to hit music, drinking complimentary wine and admiring handmade jewelry and art. For more information, call 330-7340.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

Hearing Tech Expo — runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manatee Technical Institute, 6305 State Road 70. The annual event is the biggest event of the year in Florida for people with hearing loss. Forty-five cutting-edge exhibitors and leading experts will be giving educational seminars. Admission is free. For information, call 7064312. Democratic Club of Sarasota Luncheon — takes place at 11 a.m. at the Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd. Florida Education Association

Polish America Association of Sarasota Piano Recital — takes place at 4 p.m. at Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. The Polish American Association of Sarasota will hold its annual concert with renowned pianist Maciej Grzybowski. Grzybowski has played with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Krakow Symphony. Tickets are $30. For information, visit polishsarasota.org.

Director of Public Policy Advocacy Jeff Wright presents “Our Kids are More Than a Test.” Tickets are $24 for members; $26 for nonmembers. Reservations are necessary. To RSVP and for information, call 379-9233. Sun Circle Art Show — runs from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. at Sapphire Shores Park, Sun Circle Drive. Meet artists and neighbors of the Ringling Museum neighborhood at this free, all-day event sponsored by the Indian Beach Sapphire Shores Association. For more information, call 351-1920.

MONDAY, MARCH 10

Celebration of Life for Roy McBean — takes place at 10 a.m. at Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club, 1970 21st St. Celebrate the life of Roy McBean, advocate of the Boys & Girls Club, with members of the public and community leaders. The event is open to the public, free and includes complimentary valet parking. For more information, call 366-3911. 

Architecture Walk and Shoot Tour — runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Umbrella House, 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota. Photographer Chris Mottalini will lead the tour, which showcases iconic work by Paul Rudolph in Sarasota, Lido Shores and Siesta Key. Tickets are $40 for members; $50 for the public. For information, visit sarasotaarchitecturalfoundation.org.

Jewish Federation’s  ‘People of the Book’ — begins at 7 p.m. at Riverview High School Auditorium, 1 Ram Way. Robert Edsel, author, founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation, will

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USF Forum on Elderly Housing Needs — runs from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and experts in homebuilding, designers and government officials will discuss “Preparing Environments that Meet the Needs of Elders.” Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Visit communitiesforalifetime.org. DSA Urban Strategies Speaker Series — takes place at 5:30 p.m. at The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Ave. Robert Gibbs, author of “Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development,” is the first speaker in the 2014 series. The evening includes a lecture, cash bar and dinner. Tickets are $55. For more information, visit DSAsarasota.com/events. Notre Dame Club Annual UND Celebration — takes place at 6 p.m. at Sara Bay Country Club, 7011 Willow St. Notre Dame alumni are invited to celebrate their alma mater with dinner and featured speaker Dennis Brown, vice president for public information and communications at the University of Notre Dame. Proceeds benefit projects of the Notre Dame Club of Sarasota. Tickets are $55 and include dinner and a raffle ticket. Call 373-1830.

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TERRY REDMAN When Terry Redman, president of Friends of Sarasota County Parks, thinks about the all-volunteer, nonprofit organization to which he devotes his time, he is reminded of a story he once heard about famed football coach Alonzo Stagg. According to the story, a neighbor informed Stagg that the group of kids playing football on his lawn would prevent his grass from ever growing. Staggs simply replied that he wasn’t trying to grow grass — he was trying to grow kids. “That’s the same way Friends of Sarasota County Parks looks at the projects we work on,” says Redman. “We’re not just building a facility. We’re building a place for mothers with their strollers, for people to jog and have a healthier life — to ride bikes safely. We’re giving people access to facilities that they might not normally have, and we’re giving them the ability to participate right here in Sarasota County.” As its name implies, Friends of Sarasota County Parks was founded in 2002 with the mission of working alongside Sarasota County Parks and Recreation employees to pro-

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Terry Redman is the president and one of the founding members of Friends of Sarasota County Parks, a nonprofit organization that works to promote local recreation. more. Currently, FOSCP and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation are raising $75,000 to pay for half of a feasibility study for the proposed expansion of the Legacy Trail into Payne Park. The trail currently spans 10 miles from Venice to just south of Clark Road, and the expansion would add 8 miles of recreational trail and create a nearly 20-mile con-

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LOVE OF THE GAME Sisters Sarah Davis and Allison Davis, both 17, began taking tennis lessons seven years ago under coach Joan Bellissimo.

Riverview High junior Allison Davis started the Manasota BUDS tennis program at Lakewood Ranch High last May. LAKEWOOD RANCH — With his Wilson tennis racket hovering slightly above his head, 7-year-old Jared Stancil waits silently. A smile spreads across his face as he looks at his partner, Riverview High junior Emma Traynor, standing just across the net. Traynor tosses the ball gently back to Jared, and with a quick flick of his wrist, Jared sends the ball back over the net — much to the delight of Traynor and 9-year-old Hannah Paul, who has been practicing moving her feet alongside Jared with every volley. Down the court, Sarah Davis, 17, and Justin Bear, 16, known to their teammates as “Thunder” and “Lightning,” take turns practicing their forehand and backhand techniques with coach Joan Bellissimo. Musical vibrations from limbo and hula-hoop contests happening on court one reverberate through the morning air. It’s the final day of the Manasota

BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome) Tennis program’s winter session, and the Lakewood Ranch High tennis courts are bursting with youthful energy. And for the five participants in attendance, the eventfulness of the day has only just begun. “Tennis is my life,” Davis says. “I love being here with my friends and being a part of this tennis program. (Being out on the court) makes me feel happy and more athletic.” Bear agrees. “I like seeing my friends,” says Bear, who attends Pinnacle Academy. “It makes me happy.”

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Davis began taking tennis lessons with her triplet sister Allison seven years ago under Bellissimo. But, unlike her sister’s lessons, Sarah Davis’ lessons were geared more toward moving around than

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the sport of tennis itself. With each lesson, Sarah Davis, who has Down syndrome, worked on balance, cognitive skills and throwing and catching, among other skills,

Justin Bear, 16, also plays on the Special Olympics of Manatee County’s tennis team. in addition to learning how to play tennis. “With Sarah, it’s about growth and progression,” Bellissimo says. “It’s more about investing in Sarah and not so much about tennis.” Allison Davis, who plays tennis for Riverview High, would occasionally come and assist Bellissimo during her sister’s lessons. But last May, when Allison Davis brought Traynor to watch one of Sarah Davis’ lessons, she saw the pure joy on her sister’s face when

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she hit the ball over the net. “Everything was an achievement,” Allison Davis says. “The enthusiasm was so contagious, and I just thought, ‘What if we can provide that to other kids with Down syndrome?’” Inspired by her sister, Allison Davis and Traynor decided they wanted to provide that same tennis experience to all students with Down syndrome in the community, at no cost. The teammates created BUDS Tennis, under the Manasota BUDS organization, last May. After a few trial sessions, BUDS Tennis held an eightweek fall session, which ran from October to December, and an eight-week winter session, which began in early January and ended March 1. “It’s been really eye-opening for me,” Allison Davis says. “Wow. These kids get so excited about something that I normally would be angry about how I did. Now I just try to bring that (attitude) with me every day to practice.”

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friends while building friendships and strengthening other skills, such as handeye coordination and balance. Each session begins with a warm-up lap and partner sessions. The players then rotate between three stations. Bellissimo works on forehand and backhand swings on one court. Traynor takes the middle court, where she works on volleys. And the final court, or the fun court, is reserved for games such as limbo, hula-hoop and the balance beam, where the white lines of the court act as the balance beam and the blue serves as the lava. “We try to get a smile out of it,” Allison Davis says. “We like to see their achievements, smiles and celebration. They just get excited hitting the ball over the net. It’s really refreshing to see their love for the sport of tennis. “I just want them to learn to love what you do,” Allison Davis says. “No matter what the circumstances, you can achieve anything. It’s about the little things. We get so caught up in the big picture that we forget the little achievements and the little things that make us happy and have a good time.” At the conclusion of each session, the players line up for a victory lap before receiving medals and certificates for the day. “I’m so proud of my sister for doing this for me,” says Sarah Davis, who attends Pinnacle Academy. “She’s always looking out for me. I love my sister. She’s the most wonderful and sweetest girl I’ve ever met.” Following the session, Allison Davis sends out an email to all the BUDS Tennis families recapping the day’s events. And the final week proved to be no different — Allison Davis praised each player for his or her efforts, including those of 12-year-old Ella Quaid, who broke the volley record with 50 volleys in a row, and Hannah, who outlasted everyone in the hula-hoop competition. “They do such a good job keeping the kids excited about tennis,” parent Jeff Bear

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Sarasota sprinter Renecia Hall, right, races down the home stretch of the 100-meter dash.

Riverview dusts other teams The Booker, Cardinal Mooney, Riverview and Sarasota boys and girls track teams all hit the track for the annual Sarasota Riverview Ram Invitational Feb. 28 at the Ram Bowl. The host Rams captured both the boys and girls team titles. The Sarasota boys finished third while the Sarasota girls finished fourth. Riverview’s Sumner Mullins was named the meet’s Most Valuable Male Runner and Sarasota’s Emily Harding was named the meet’s Most Valuable Female Runner.

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says. “It’s not all about tennis because they are all at different levels. They want the kids to experience the excitement of the little accomplishments. And if they can enjoy this part of tennis then maybe they’ll want to learn tennis more and go out and hit with their parents.” The BUDS Tennis program will resume again in the fall, and Allison Davis hopes to expand the program throughout the Bradenton/Sarasota area. Until then, Allison Davis, Traynor and Bellissimo will offer private, semiprivate and group lessons to BUDS families. “It’s just so different,” Allison Davis says. “We want to try to bring it into the tennis community. The tennis community is huge. The thing people are missing is the love for the sport. They play to win … It’s refreshing to see the love flourish because you don’t see that in everyday tennis.” For more information, contact Allison Davis at budstennis@yahoo.com, or visit facebook.com/budstennisclinic. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Aidan Dowdy notched his first career shutout to lead The Out-of-Door Academy boys lacrosse team to a 14-0 victory over Admiral Farragut March 3. Andrew Ramano scored four goals to lead the way for the Thunder. Max Provost, Max Mann and Ben Martin each scored two goals.

+ Out-of-Door Academy Tennis

The Out-of-Door Academy boys and girls tennis teams both posted victories March 3. The boys team defeated Northside Christian 6-1. Daniel Pivonka, Vaughn Garcia, Jose Juncosa, Andrew Berg and Dennys Pellegrin all earned singles victories for ODA. Edward Hamburger and Marius Bschorer were victorious at No. 2 doubles. On the girls side, the Lady Thunder defeated Northside Christian 4-2. Morgan Woods, Megan Jones, Charlotte Dixon and Tori Onufrak all earned singles victories for ODA.

+ Sarasota Redskins registration underway Early registration for the Sarasota Redskins 11- and 12-year-old spring tackle football season is now underway. Cost is $100 per player if registered by May 1 and includes spring and fall seasons and equipment. For information, contact coach Jimmy Raybon at 9280600.

+ Tornadoes remain unbeaten The Booker High boys tennis team improved to 6-0 with a 6-1 victory over Bayshore March 3. Pablo Sanchez, Greg Burstein, David Klos and Joe Haygood all earned singles victories for the Tornadoes.

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Booker High junior David Klos posted victories in both No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles March 3.

Sanchez and Klos then teamed up for a victory at No. 1 doubles. Haygood and Alan Jaramillio were victorious at No. 2 doubles.

The Sarasota Christian softball team defeated Northside Christian 19-4 March 1. Cheyenne Miller allowed five hits and three walks in five innings while striking out eight

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Home on Casey Key sells for $2.94 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Feb. 17 and Feb. 21. A home on Casey Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Dikran and Julia Kashkashian, of Boulder, Colo., sold their home at 1900 Casey Key Road to Daniel and Shannon Connors, of Nokomis, for $2.94 million. Built in 1965, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,502 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,925,000 in 2000.

it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,927 square feet of living area.

Renaissance

Shelley Schneir, of Boca Raton, sold the Unit 421 condominium at 750 N. Tamiami Trail to TJC Property Holdings LLC for $277,000. Built in 2001, it has one bedroom, one bath and 1,020 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $296,200 in 2003.

Gulf Gate Woods

Lawrence and Cathy Briden sold their home at 7534 Mariana Drive to Thomas and Joan McKenna, of Elmhurst, Ill., for $255,000. Built in 1972, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,344 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $106,400 in 1996.

SARASOTA

Cherokee Park

Paul and Lillian Pugliese, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1748 Cherokee Drive to Barry and Leslye Seidel, of Sarasota, for $1,746,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,575 square feet of living area.

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Linda Page, of University Park, sold her Unit 202 condominium at 101 Sunset Drive to Laura Denenholz, of Sarasota, for $685,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,560 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $465,000 in 2001.

This home at 1748 Cherokee Drive has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,575 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,746,000.

Badger Heights

Homecroft

Rafal Baranski, of Sarasota, sold the home at 1209 Osprey Ave. to Eileen Rosenzweig and Timothy Baldwin, of Sarasota, for $560,000. Built in 1929, it has three bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath and 3,860 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2008. There is a second building on the property with one bath and 640 square feet of living area.

Phillippi Gardens

Robert and Julie Lehman, of Sarasota, sold their home at 5657 America Drive to

Joseph Yoder, of Sarasota, for $505,000. Built in 1987, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,941 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $205,000 in 1998. Samuel and Mary Barkman sold their home at 3484 Gardenia St. to Kenny and Elizabeth Swartzentruber, of Montgomery, Ind., for $350,000. Built in 1963, it has two bedrooms, one bath, one half-bath and 1,245 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,000 in 2003. There’s a second building on the property, built in 2010, that has two bedrooms, one bath and 674 square feet of living area.

Pelican Cove

Norman and Freda Scotch sold their

Unit 246 condominium at 1526 Pelican Point Drive to George and Jo Ubogy, of Cos Cob, Conn., for $319,000. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,918 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $339,000 in 2000.

Forest Lakes Country Club Estates

Equine Real Estate LLC sold the home at 1828 Riviera Circle to Kristine Thomas, of Sarasota, for $305,000. Built in 1972, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,939 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $351,700 in 2005.

Flora Villa

Tide SRQ LLC sold the home at 4560 Cactus Ave. to Larry and Barbara Wolfe, of La Grange, Ga., for $285,000. Built in 2013,

Sarasota 5 LLC sold the home at 6061 Border Lane to Jonathan Silver and Sarah Schopp, of Ontario, Canada, for $250,000. Built in 1968, it has four bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 1,981 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $115,000 in 2013.

Gulf Gate East

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. sold the home at 6907 Easton Court to Ten Eyck & Keegan Inc. for $217,500. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,869 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $135,000 in 1995.

SIESTA KEY Mira-Mar

Anita Ferrao sold her home at 7950 Midnight Pass Road to Michael and Julie Turner, of Sarasota, for $885,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,466 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 2011.

LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

7724 Alister Mackenzie Dr #A3987696 $999,990 Melba Jimenez PA

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-356-3970

1012 Bayview Dr #A3992371 $975,000 Denise Mattmuller

Nokomis/North Venice 941-951-6660 941-232-8055

7542 Conservation Ct #A3993205 $949,000 Jennifer Putnam

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-539-6768

5157 Kestral Park Ln #A3992436 $895,000 Lenore Treiman

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

3810 Flamingo Ave #A3986497 $2,425,000 Pamela Charron

500 Coral Creek Dr #D5796642 $849,000 Susan Gilmore

Placida 941-473-7750 941-223-0832

432 Walls Way #A3977914 $825,000 Karen Landis

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-400-6049

1957 Lincoln Dr #A3984019 $725,000 Kristina Rain

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-320-2639

1939 Grove St #A3990758 $725,000 Alison Elizalde

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-928-9217

1212 Ben Franklin Dr # 202 #A3990339 $696,000 Douglas Parks

Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-993-3388

Lido Key 941-388-4447 941-400-9087

4851 Ocean Blvd #A3993453 $639,000 Larry Mitchell

Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-330-0987

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 3257 Sunset Key Cir #C7053022 $625,000 Jennifer Calenda

7445 Sanderling Rd #A3986383 $2,000,000 Stephanie Church

Punta Gorda 941-505-5555 941-916-0798

130 Ogden St #A3992872 $599,900 Ellen Wells

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-544-4849

Siesta Key 941-388-4447 941-724-5448

1811 Whispering Pines Cir #D5796524 $539,900 Ellen Baker & Michael Hollenbeck

Englewood 941-473-7750 941-268-4999

140 Riviera Dunes Way # 1203 #A3991178 $529,000 Sarah Mcguire

Palmetto 941-349-3444 941-809-1478

8755 Grey Oaks Ave #A3993588 $479,000 Marilyn Vespoli

Sarasota 941-966-8000 201-926-7272

19757 Cobblestone Cir #N5783691 $436,000 Paul Macleod

Venice 941-493-2500 941-544-6932

822 Blue Crane Dr #N5783665 $419,500 Robert Goldman & Beverly Weltzien

Venice 941-485-5421 941-400-2756

952 Bel Air Star Pkwy #A3993145 $400,000 Liza Knipe

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-586-0576

622 Casabella Dr #A3992906 $359,000 Kristen Srur

Bradenton 941-966-8000 941-350-0612

4472 Calle Serena #A3987146 $349,000 Kristina Talkie & Judy Arreola

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These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued for the week of Feb. 17 through Feb. 21, in order of dollar amounts.

CITY OF SARASOTA Address

Permit

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1299 N. Tamiami Trail 3638 San Remo Terrace 1742 North Drive 2309 Milford Circle 2405 Ixora Ave. 2290 Waldemere St. 1609 Arlington St. 450 Woodland Drive 835 S. Osprey Ave. 2417 Hibiscus St.

Alterations Demolition Re-roof Addition Renovations Re-roof Re-roof Pavilion Remodel Enclosure

Betty Foster Sandra Davis Martin Schlosberg, trustee Dennis Gallant Sonny Tabrizian Alex Koheim Donald Shapiro Thomas Fredericks Stephen Grimaldi Kathleen De Grenier

$62,300 $30,000 $20,938 $20,000 $20,000 $18,485 $14,762 $13,000 $10,500 $9,742

SARASOTA COUNTY Address

Permit

Applicant

709 S. Casey Key Road 314 S. Shore Drive 3731 Sarasota Square Blvd. 7508 Midnight Pass Road 1625 Field Road 118 Main St. 103 Raphael Place 2126 Riviera Drive 4295 Camino Real 2513 Bayshore Road

Windows/Doors Addition Re-roof Re-roof Addition Garage Pool Remodel Pool/Spa Doors

Michael Thomas Albert Brannon Jr. Ralph Rowe, trustee Christopher Powers Creig Beaghler Graham Peterson Shawn McClintock Ralph Steinheimer Susan Murrow Dennis Makarewicz

Amount $243,500 $165,000 $130,000 $92,319 $55,000 $45,000 $45,000 $38,000 $36,187 $34,000

749 Freeling Dr #A3989373 $3,600,000 Ian Addy Pa

Siesta Key 941-383-7591 941-961-8850

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

Siesta Beach

Mandy LLC sold the home at 5018 Commonwealth Drive to Michael Mil-

Punta Gorda 941-639-0000 765-977-4045

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1101 La Salina Ct #C7044333 $259,900 Jeff Ray

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-809-2154

8730 Midnight Pass Rd # 103A #A3966152 $4,500 Lisa Gullick

636 Beach Rd #A3980360 $5,950,000 Linda Dickinson & Kelly Quigley

1125 Scherer Way #A3982241 $309,900 Brian Loebker

23607 Awabuki Dr # 126 #A3992683 $254,900 Karen Burket

Siesta Key 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

800 N Tamiami Trl # 602 #A3950789 $3,400 Lisa Shope

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-544-4919

7007 Portmarnock Pl #A3993430 $1,595,000 Linda Driggs

Lakewood Ranch 941-951-6660 941-374-2920

4047 Mayors Ct #A3992409 $1,475,000 Mark McCann

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-685-7624

3603 N Point Rd # 801 #A3938726 $1,395,000 Barbara McDonald

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5367

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr # 1101 #A3941343 $1,295,000 Christine Del Monte

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-6733

6232 Midnight Pass Rd # 6232 #A3982490 $1,290,000 Tara Lamb & Judy Greene

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-266-4873

221 Osprey Point Dr #A3980355 $1,279,000 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441

1803 Morris St #A3993249 $1,250,000 Kim & Michael Ogilvie

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-376-1717

21 Sugar Mill Dr #A3987887 $1,240,000 Rosalie Phillips

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-544-4430

3349 Sabal Cove Way, Bay Isles #A3971449 $1,099,000 Judy Nimz

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-374-0196

ligan, of Sarasota, for $700,000. Built in 1954, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 1,484 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $345,000 in 2011. There’s a second building, built in 1990, it has one bedroom, one bath and 919 square feet of living area. YOUROBSERVER.COM // Go online to read more real estate transactions.

Osprey 941-349-3444 941-735-4393

Venice 941-966-8000 941-735-7036

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5216 Highbury Cir #A3990811 $345,000 Team Dunn

6326 Midnight Pass Rd # 509 #A3961555 $1,849,000 Karen Chandler

7641 Quinto Dr #A3993241 $279,900 Brian Meskil

1767 Fountain View Cir #A3992375 $209,900 Barbara E Gahry

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-780-3468

Venice 941-966-8000 941-586-3936

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-320-8022

506 Buena Vista Dr #N5781372 Robin Sullivan

Nokomis/North Venice $3,300 941-552-4200

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-350-3304

Mid Longboat 383.5502 • South Longboat 383.7591 • St. Armands 388.4447 • Main Street 951.6660 Palmer Ranch 966.8000 • Siesta Key 349.3444 • Venice 485.5421 • Englewood 473.7750

6919 Winners Cir #A3993595 $1,175,000 Pat Mudgett & Mackenzie Mudgett

Lakewood Ranch 941-951-6660 941-320-7758

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Michelle Rietsch sold the home at 1215 Whitehall Place to William and Melisa Mauro, of Sarasota, for $856,900. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,535 square feet of living area.

Longboat Key 941-966-8000 941-275-3233

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Prince’s Gate

593 Kingfisher Ln #A3993593 $1,899,000 Jaime Barcelo


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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

by Harriet Sokmensuer | Community Editor

Siesta Isles Association celebrates Sarasota history fiona’s childrens special occasion

Wedding • Holiday • Christening • Holy Communion • Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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VENICE’S WATERFRONT LANDMARK SINCE 1976. Boat or Car • Lunch & Dinner • Open Daily 1st Floor Tavern • 1968 Tarpon Center Dr. 941-484-9551 • www.crowsnest-venice.com

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FOOD AND FUN FOR ALL AGES Lunch & Dinner Served from 11:30 am Live Entertainment 7 Days a Week • 1600 Harbor Drive S. 941-488-1456 • www.sharkysonthepier.com

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The Siesta Isles Association held its annual dinner Wednesday, Feb. 26, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Members enjoyed lasagna and apple pie before hearing the guest speaker, historian Jeff LaHurd, share the history of Sarasota and Siesta Key. Before Sarasota was crowned as the Circus City from 1927 to 1960, the small city was advertised as the Air Condition City for its cool breeze from the Gulf of Mexico. LaHurd also debunked Sarasota myths and rumors, including the story of John Ringling using elephants to build the Ringling Bridge in the mid-1920s.


The Beach Club at Siesta Key received the “Guest Reviews” award from Booking.com for consistently achieving positive guest reviews. The Beach Club received an average score of 9.1 out of 10 between November 2012 and October 2013. “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the voice of the guest and rewards our continued dedication to excellence at The Beach Club at Siesta Key,” said Trevor Hind, chief operating officer of RVA Resort Vacations. “We strive to always offer a first-rate experience to our guests, and this honor validates that our hard work is translating into positive customer experiences.” The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units. Each unit features a full-size kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, private washer and dryer, flat-screen LCD TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.

+ Kimal Lumber & Hardware opens drive-thru location Kimal Lumber & Hardware has opened the West Coast of Florida’s first drive-thru lumberyard and hardware store, located at 7010 Fruitville Road. The 24,000-square-foot drive-thru warehouse features aisles wide enough for pickup trucks and trailers to load lumber products and other building materials. The facility also boasts an 8,400-square-foot hardware store.

Kimal Lumber & Hardware has + Grapevine Communications been in business for more than announces staff changes 30 years as a local, independently owned building material supGrapevine Communications has plier with locations in Englewood, hired Miranda Spinner as its public Nokomis, Venice and, now, Sarasota.   relations and media The lumberyard and hardware manager and Mary store are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Everist as account coorMonday through Saturday. dinator. In addition, Sara Englund has been promoted to production + Premier Sotheby’s and traffic manager. welcomes Russell, Dock “We are excited Spinner Premier Sotheby’s International to announce these Realty has named Frank Russell changes to our staff director of creative in response to the services and Jama continued growth Dock public relations we are seeing with and communications existing and new climanager. ents,” said Angela Massaro-Fain, Russell most recently founder and presiserved as art director Everist dent of Grapevine for Naples News Media Russell Communications.  Group, for which he Spinner has an managed the design extensive background and production of its in broadcast news affiliated publications. reporting, event coordiThroughout his career nation, marketing, pubhe has overseen the lic relations and client design and art direction Englund services. She will serve of publications, includas the agency’s point of contact for all ing Gulfshore Life Dock media channels. and N magazine, and Everist has experience in marketing, custom publications, such as Gulfshore business development, finance, project Life at Home. Russell relocated to management and operations. She will Naples from Colorado in 2007. provide additional client support as Dock brings more than 15 years of well as in-house project coordination experience, including executive and employee communications, media rela- and production processing. Englund joined Grapevine in midtions, crisis management, community 2013 with experience in client relarelations and marketing in Southwest tions and marketing coordination. She Florida. She is a past president and has already been assisting in producfounding member of the Public tion-management duties for several Relations Society of America Gulf months. Coast chapter.

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ItemsUnder Under $200 $200 For Items ForSale Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 BEADING SUPPLIES. Includes tools, beads and more, $100. 941-225-5784.

BEDSPREAD: OLD chenille, blue and white wedding ring pattern for double/ queen, $35. 941-388-2742. BRAND NEW Twin Mattress, pillowtop set. $199. 774-253-7084. DESK CHAIR: Schoolhouse style, wood, swivel with arms and casters.Excellent condition. $75.00. Call 941-953-3642. DRESSER: LIGHT oak with 7 drawers, $169.00. (941)730-1776. EASY CHAIRS: (2) Matched pair, comfortable, yellow floral pattern, $35.00 for both O/B/O. 941-924-5093. KITCHEN TABLE: 36”, almond formica, two almond chairs with casters, $50.00 for set. 941-924-8199. WICKER SETTEE: indoor/ outdoor, $90. Small bedroom bench, walnut, circa 30's/40's, $50. 941-922-6468.

Antiques/Collectibles Antiques/Collectibles ANTIQUE MECHANICAL music, Seeburg KT nickelodeon, Chicago bandbox, player accordions. All in working condition. 941-927-6654.

Autos For for Sale 2003 MERCEDES E320. Beautiful classic black, leather, garage kept, 125,000 miles with another 125,000 to go! Call 349-4835 to see, $11,500 o/b/o. Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. 941-312-5890 2003 Chevrolet Impala, clean, 75K/miles, $5988 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2, like new, 56K/miles, $9988 2007 Toyota RAV4, AWD, 88K/miles, $11988 2005 Volkswagen Beetle DIESEL, manual trans. 76K/miles, $9988 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, 61K/miles, like new, $8988 2006 Ford F150 XL, w/topper, 97K/miles, $11988. 2006 Cadillac DTS, 93K/miles, $9988. 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman, 70K/miles, manual, $12988 2010 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 39K/miles, WARRANTY, $10988 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Premium, 66K/miles $9988 OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK ALL CARS SERVICED “LIKE NEW” Financing Available SEBRING TOURING Convertible, 2005. Great condition. 61,000 miles, 6 cylinder, new tires. Grey exterior & interior. Non-smoker. $6500/obo. 989-906-3369 or 989-493-6076.

Autos Wanted WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Boat Slips Slips For Rent/Sale Boat Rent/Sale LBK LBK MOORINGS: MOORINGS: 73ft. 73ft. Boat Boat Slip Slip $165,000. $165,000. Easy Easy in and and out, out, unobstructed unobstructed bay bay view, view, water, water, cable, cable, in wireless included. included. Owner Owner Financing. Financing. Other Other slips slips wireless available available 45ft. 45ft. to to 194ft, 194ft, from from $1,274 $1,274 per per ft. ft. Bettie Bettie R. R. Perry, Perry, Broker/Owner. Broker/Owner. Associated Associated Realty Realty LBK. 941-961-0372 941-961-0372 LBK.

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AUCTION MID-CENTURY DESIGN SUNDAY, MARCH 9TH @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. *****FEATURING: Danish Modern Furniture, Lucite, Signed Modern Art, Retro Lighting Fixtures, Jewelry, Signed Sculptures, Rugs, Glass and Pottery from several local Estates.***** 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AU3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com Auctioneer ID#8290

JAN PRO CLEANING FRANCHISE: $950 Down Required, Financing Available for growth, Includes customers. Earn up to $10,000 Month+. Call 941-907-8141.

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ESTATE SALE Saturday, March 8: 9:00 – 1:00 (#’s out at 8) Airport Mall, 8251 15th Street East (east side of airport across road from Rectrix) Huge inventory of antique/vintage items from closed Curio Shop: dozens of collectibles from Steiff; Hermann; gnome artist Tom Clark (including a rare sculpture of a seated Winston Churchill); Hummel; Anna Lee; Schmidt and life size stuffed lion w/cub in teeth & bear; toy train; etc. - truly a trip down memory lane! Circa 1840’s painting of young girl & other beautiful art; huge selection of premium glassware; crystal; depression glass; beer stein collection; Wedgwood china sets; vintage metal floral chandelier; lamps and accessories. Living room, dining room, bedroom sets by noted makers: Henredon and Tommy Bahama; rugs; electronics; turquoise jewelry; wedding dress; refrigerator; wine cooler; upright freezer and oh so much more from three different estates! Photos: www.thesarasotay.org Sale conducted by Premium Estate Liquidators to Benefit Y programs for at-risk kids Thinking of having a sale, call 951-1336 ext.3 Jennifer HUGE SALE! Christ Church of Longboat Key. 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Saturday, March 8, 8:30 - 1:30. Clothing, jewelry, housewares, electronics, books & more. OUR BOOKS 1/2 Price BEE RIDGE BOOKS 4104 Bee Ridge Road Bee Ridge Plaza Trade-In your Paperbacks 941-377-8998 SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 8a.m.-2p.m., 729 Indian Beach Circle, (by Jungle Gardens). Multi-Family Sale! Furniture, antiques, thimbles, loads of collectibles and lots of misc.

Merchandise Wanted Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280.

Auctions Auctions LARGE ESTATE AUCTION: March 8th at 1p.m. 5912 93rd St. Cir. E. (Fox Hollow Lane), Bradenton. 1993 pickup truck, fishing boat, riding mower (almost new), antiques, 5, 10, 25, 50 cent and dollar silver coins, jewelry, collectibles, art, kids and cook books, yard decor & tools, furniture inside & out, grill, old plow, 3 wheel bike, dishes, cookware, glassware, old Maytag washer (works), refrigerator, Howdy Doody doll, antique high chair, Hossier cabinet, rolltop desk, old toys, lots of box lots and much more! All Florida Realty & Auction Co. #AB923 #AU1333. 941-746-5355. For better pictures: pictures: www.afraac.com www.afraac.com -- Terms: Terms: 13% 13% buyers buyers premium. premium.

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BRAND BRAND NEW NEW Serta Serta Queen Queen Pillowtop Pillowtop Mattress Mattress Set. Set. Willing Willing to to sacrifice sacrifice for for $150. $150. Need Need to to sell sell quickly! quickly! (941)387-4810. (941)387-4810.

STORAGE FACILITY FACILITY Boat/ Boat/ RV/ RV/ Trailer. Trailer. Secure Secure STORAGE facility, facility, low low monthly monthly rentals, rentals, Clark Clark Rd Rd area. area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662. 941-809-3662.

ROLLTOP ROLLTOP DESK: DESK: oak, oak, with with chair. chair. $200. $200. 2 2 Dressers and and 2 2 Nightstands, Nightstands, oak, oak, Broyhill. Broyhill. $100. $100. Dressers 941-223-0070. 941-223-0070.

STORAGE STORAGE FACILITY: FACILITY: Boats, Boats, RV’s, RV’s, Trailers. Trailers. Secure, Secure, lighted facility. facility. Low Low rentals. rentals. Whitfield Whitfield area. area. lighted 941-920-1377. 941-920-1377.

OUR GROUP is looking to acquire individual investment advisor and RIA practices in the Sarasota & Tampa areas. -Flexible transition schedule for retiring advisors -All inquiries in strictest confidence -All size practices considered Send all inquires to Floridabroker7@aol.com or call 941-251-4178.

Help Wanted Help Wanted ACT! MODEL! NOW! Looking for new faces for print, motion pictures, TV commercials. Children, adults, senior. “A” Rating w/BBB. 813-902-1722. ANDREWS AND ASSOCIATES REALTY is growing. We are looking for 3 full time experienced real estate agents to work the Palmer Ranch and Siesta Key area. BEST SPITS. NO desk or junk fees. Geat office. Call Tony Andrews 941-504-7769 AUDIO/VIDEO TRANSCRIPTS needed Must type 50+ wpm www.sbsgrp.com CISCO SYSTEMS, Inc. is accepting resumes for the following position in Venice, FL: Network Consulting Engineer (Ref#: VEN1): Responsible for the support and delivery of Advanced Services to company’s major accounts. Telecommuting permitted. Please mail resumes with reference number to Cisco Systems, Inc., Attn: J51W, 170 W. Tasman Drive, Mail Stop: SJC 5/1/4, San Jose, CA 95134. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE. www.cisco.com P/T SALES position available: 18-24 hours average per week. Gift shop located on Siesta Key. Retiress welcome. 727-244-5906.

Commercial Property For Commercial For Rent Rent EXECUTIVE SUITES: South Tamiami Trail, Gulf Gate area. Full service conference room. 3 Room Suite available. One month free rent. Wireless internet and utilities included. From $250/mo. Call 941-923-6050.

Condos/Apts. For Rent Condos/Apts. Rent FOR RENT ANNUAL/ SEASONAL. Beautiful 2BR/2BA villa, +/- 1900 sq.ft. Beach property on Siesta Key in Village. Private patio / one car garage. MINIMUM 6 months seasonal furnished, $30,000 OR unfurnished annual: $2200/mo. OR turnkey furnished annual: $3200/mo. 55+, no pets. Available April 1. Inquire: jkruidenier@me.com SIESTA KEY Condo: 1BR, furnished, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. Pool, laundry, on ground floor. Available March and April. Pictures available. 586-344-0020.

Condos Condos For Sale FREE! What every Real Estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com SIESTA SUN ON SIESTA KEY: 2 units for sale, $189k and $199k. Gulf side, fully furnished, heated pool, good rental income, on-site management. Call Siesta Beach Realty, 941-993-5722.

Homes Rent Homes For Rent

GRACIOUS Villa at Villa D' Este, three bedrooms and baths, formal and informal living areas, wood burning fireplace, separate office area and private two-car garage. Single family living with maintenance free convenience and gated security. Reduce to $429,000. Tom Perkins, Premier Sotheby's International Realty 941-773-7634, t o m . p e r k i n s @ s o t h e b y s r e a l t y. c o m , www.longboatsarasotahomes.com

Lots/Acreage For Sale Lots/Acreage Sale WATERFRONT BUILDING SITE South facing canal lot five lots from bay on Jungle Queen Way. Plans for 2600 ft. custom home included. For sale by owner $310,000. Call 612-723-6437 WEST OF TRAIL, Sarasota. Zoned RMF-1. Livingstone Street. Build to retire/vacation. Paved road, no deed restrictions, minutes to boat launch. $59,900. Adam, 941-284-5656.

Out-of-State Property Out-of-State Property JACKSON HOLE GOLF AND TENNIS CLUB. A VIEW TO LIVE FOR!! Single Family Cabin with spectacular views of the Tetons. At the edge of Grand Teton National Park. Great golf, tennis, swimming, world class skiing, fishing and superb dining. Wildlife abundant. 2BR/2.5BA. Designer furnished and decorated. Convenient to airport, historic Town of Jackson. Golf and tennis membership available. Offered at $1,250,000. Joseph Albano 941-400-8877.

Real Estate Estate Wanted Real Wanted WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356

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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals Vacation/Seasonal Rentals RARELY AVAILABLE RESORT STYLE LIVING Private beach, tennis, heated pools, 2BR/2BA, Whitney Beach, Longboat Key, downstairs, Bayou/ dock frontage. 941-724-3519

Waterfront Property Waterfront Property WATERFRONT “Million Dollar View” - FSBO. Go to: www.tarawittdrive.com Brokers paid. Check it out.

WATERFRONT VILLA: 2BR/2BA, private marina, minutes to ICW, floor to ceiling impact windows. Gorgeous views, 55+, HOA includes: water, cable, heated pool, sauna. $289,000. Call Adam, 941-284-5656.

Adult Services Adult Care Services "LET ME HELP with errands, transportation, organizing, home watch and more. Non-medical assistance for peace of mind and more free time. Call Amy Zeusler 941-364-8071. Online www.letamyhelp.com"

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Carpentry CARPENTRY & REMODELING. Serving Sarasota since 1982. Exterior siding and wood rot repairs. Interior alterations, trim work and doors. Kitchen installations. Drywall repairs. Built-in cabinets and bookcases. CALL RON VOIT 941-228-7601

COMPANION TO Elderly: Errands, doctor appointments, light housekeeping and cooking. Monday through Friday 8-2. 941-924-9791. PROFESSIONAL GUARDIAN: Case Manager, Health Care Surrogate, Power of Attorney, Personal Representative, Trustee, Advocate and Companion for Elderly and Developmentally Disabled. Bonded, Patient and Compassionate. Call SueAnn Sanders, National Certified Guardian, Notary. 941-915-3797.

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PRO SURFACES Quality concrete coatings from epoxy interior or garages to applying a texture coat on pool decks, driveways or walkways. Crack repairs, concrete preparation, epoxy, transparent or solid stains, texture coats as well as concrete overlayments. Commercial or Residential. Call for your free estimate. 941-735-6000

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3 BR/3.1BA sits on tropical setting. Hardwood floors, New kitchen and each bathroom has its own updated full bath. Natural gas fuels LR fireplace and BBQ grill. Private gas-heated pool and refurbished dock and dock. MLS#A3983558 $1,350,000

Bright morning sunlight and expansive city views are offered in this generous sized one bedroom, downtown condo in the Regency House. This is your opportunity to enjoy the excitement of downtown living. Amenities include: heated pool, club and exercise rooms, lobby, 24 hour concierge and security. Enjoy fine dining, galleries and shops, opera, theatre, Selby Gardens and so much more. A great investment opportunity or wonderful place to call home. Unit 1007 10th Floor - MLS#A3992279 - $350,000

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Built to be premier condo resort on Siesta Key. Totally renovated 8th Floor, 2 BR, 2BA unit is offered furnished with unobstructed full Gulf and beach views. Full sized washer/dryer in utility room, recent new sliding glass doors, A/C and hot water heater. MLS#A3978561 $885,000

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Discover an exclusive waterfront lifestyle, beautifully poised on Siesta Key within the only gated Gulf front community in Sarasota. This oversized lot rests between the Gulf of Mexico and tranquil Heron Lagoon with 89 feet of water frontage. The Sanderling Club residents enjoy deeded beach access, private cabanas hugging the shores of the Gulf, a 15 slip bayside marina, three tennis courts and a vibrant social calendar. MLS# A3986618 $2,000,000

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A charming Siesta Key cottage near North Shell beach. 4beds/2baths, guest suite with separate entrance.

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Former Sarasota Orchestra members (top row, from left) Joe Assi, Emily Brebach, Keith Carrick, (bottom row, from left) Audrey Good and Toby Oft have all moved on to play for larger orchestras. Who will be next?

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SARASOTA ORCHESTRA’S GROWING STATISTICS • Musician’s salaries have increased in the last three seasons: In the 2011-2012 season, they increased by 1.5% and they increased by 1% in both the 2012-2013 and 20132014 seasons. • Sarasota Orchestra’s core, full-time paid musicians, will grow by three in the 2014-2015 season. a promotion is … it’s career advancement, plain and simple.” In the majority of cases, musicians audition for a particular position (such as principal percussionist, third violin or second horn) and he or she plays in that position for the duration of their time at that orchestra. “If you want to have the opportunity to make a bigger salary or play with a better ensemble (better being objective), you have to put yourself out and audition,” says Good. Good now plays horn with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She thinks having Sarasota Orchestra on her resume helped her land an audition for the Toronto organization. Good explains that even though auditions are blind according to union rules, orchestras don’t have to always accept every resume. Her’s got her through the door. Brebach, a former Sarasota Orchestra musician, thinks Sarasota Orchestra has a good starting salary. The salary is comparable to other regional orchestras, but the most established orchestras musicians make nearly double. Nevertheless, most of the mu-

• Pops performances doubled from 2012 to 2013. • Over the past 10 years, string section base salary has increased by nearly 60%; the employment package for full-time musicians includes a health insurance plan, retirement contribution, paid sick leave and short- and long-term disability sicians interviewed agree: Sarasota Orchestra musicians play above their pay grade. They are like the Tampa Bay Rays, a team with one of the lowest budgets in baseball that consistently makes it to the post-season playoffs. The most obvious reason for auditioning and playing for a different orchestra is a bigger paycheck, but, for Brebach, it was also a matter of orchestra size. Brebach plays English horn for the Atlanta Symphony. At Sarasota Orchestra, she played second oboe/English horn. English horn is her niche. Only large orchestras have a seat for just English horn. The number of full-time musicians in Atlanta nearly doubles the number of full-time musicians at Sarasota Orchestra. Sarasota Orchestra employs 41 full time, and 32 part time. Having a completely full-time orchestra would take Sarasota Orchestra to the next tier. Pat Joslyn, who is in her 14th season with Sarasota Orchestra as vice president of operations and artistic planning, says the orchestra has steadily been adding musicians over the past 10 years. And she wants to get something

straight: “I really wouldn’t want us to be looked at as a farm team because I think we’re better than that,” she says. Joslyn believes Sarasota Orchestra can become one of the biggest players in the major league of orchestras, but says it’s up to the community’s donations. It can’t survive on ticket sales alone, and she suggests increasing the musicians’ salaries would attract even better musicians. Plus, it would also help for the orchestra to have its own large performance venue. But, in fact, there are plenty of factors that would suggest it is becoming one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. A lot of it has to do with the recent hiring of a new music director, Anu Tali. Six of seven concerts she directed this season sold out. Maybe minor league, AAA or farm team is not the appropriate analogy — other than the fact that Sarasota Orchestra breeds up-and-coming talent. Assi says the orchestra pays a competitive wage, especially to its principal musicians. He also thinks the talented musicians here could land any job in the country. Assi says he will miss the familial aspect of Sarasota Orchestra and the community support. He thinks things are about to change at Sarasota Orchestra under Tali. One thing he mentioned is that he’s predicting she’ll take Sarasota Orchestra on the road. Touring is one more element of what makes an orchestra part of the major league. Joslyn agrees. “I think she’s going to shoot us through the roof,” Joslyn says. “She will elevate the standing and level of the orchestra to incredible new places.”

PLAYER STATS Toby Oft Current Position: Trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra Years at Sarasota Orchestra: Three nonconsecutive seasons between 2002 and 2006

Audrey Good Current Position: Horn, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Years at Sarasota Orchestra: 2009 to 2011

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Concert preview with Jonathan Spivey and Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen Sarasota Orchestra Association 10 a.m. at Holley Hall Tickets $10. Visit SOAssociation.org. New Stages 2014 — The Foundry, ‘No Hero’ The Ringling 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Runs through Saturday Tickets $30, $25 members, $10 students. Call 360-7399. ‘The Flying Dutchman’ by Richard Wagner Sarasota Opera. 8 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House. Runs through Sunday. Tickets $19 to $120. Call 328-1300.

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‘The Barber of Seville’ by Gioachino Rossini Sarasota Opera 1:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House Tickets $19 to $120. Call 328-1300. ‘Jazz at Two’ John DePaola, trumpet The Jazz Club of Sarasota 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church Tickets $7 to $12. Call 366-1552.

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Belle Canto carries on tradition of spotlighting women the poetry used in the songs between performances. In accordance with the concert, members of Belle Canto have participated in a four-week mentoring program under Geneviève Beauchamp (founder of Sarasota Young Voices) with the Boys and Girls Club. They are teaching 10 girls a piece Sarasota Young Voices is singing in the concert, in the hopes that they will perform alongside them. “We’re trying to give back to young girls a positive image and let them know what it is to sing together,” Goldstein says. And, the program doesn’t exclude males. The chorus will also sing arrangements by composer Kevin Memley, who was inspired by poets Sara Teasedale and Ysaye Barnwell. Principal Keyboard of Sarasota Orchestra Jonathan Spivey and the locally based string quartet Chroma Quartet will accompany the performance. “Our mission is to celebrate and share a passionate celebration of women’s voices,” Goldstein says.

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“Sometimes we learn about ourselves late in life, and I learned that my true gift is my ability to understand how to get great choral sound,” Elizabeth Goldstein says.

So, given its history, performing a concert for Women’s History Month made sense. Belle Canto is an all-female chorus headed by a female artistic director, after all. In 2012, the chorus began the tradition of a Women’s History Month-themed concert. Belle Canto performs “Singspiration III: And then there was Music” Sunday to continue the tradition. This year’s concert will celebrate female poets whose words have inspired composers to set music to them. “I think celebrating women in music is a little like women breaking through that glass ceiling,” Goldstein says. In her opinion, music written for women’s voices is a fairly recent development compared with the hundreds of years music has been written for both sexes. She’s noticed an increase in her 20-plus years directing choral ensembles in the amount of text specifically for women. Gwyneth Walker is one of the composers creating these works. She’s worked with the chorus in previous years. Walker also sits on the chorus’s advisory board and has worked with the Key Chorale and Sarasota Orchestra’s Brass Quintet. The chorus will sing a series of her songs in the upcoming concert. Her songs were inspired by female poet May Swenson. The emphasis of this concert is certainly on the X chromosome. Sarasota Young Voices, the locally based all-female youth chorus, will also perform songs in the program. Georgia Court, owner of Bookstore1Sarasota and founder of PoetryLife, will do readings of

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Elizabeth Goldstein believes the heartbeats of singers synchronize. The founder and artistic director of Belle Canto felt it. In 2011, two months after her husband’s death, the chorus sang “Sing me to Heaven” at a concert at St. Boniface church. She describes the performance as a perfect moment; she says she felt as if there was a string connecting each singer to her. The power of music is what she thinks keeps her going through difficult times. Goldstein says the theme of Women’s History Month, which Belle Canto’s next concert celebrates Sunday, is women of character, courage and commitment. Goldstein fits that mission. Goldstein didn’t plan to found Belle Canto in 2009. The idea for the group sprouted out of her work as director of music and organist at First Methodist. Goldstein led the women of her church choir in a French piece written for women’s voices. The performance went over well enough that an audience member prompted the idea: Goldstein should start a women’s ensemble. When Goldstein learned there was no adult group doing strictly women’s compositions, she founded Belle Canto, which means “beautiful singing” in Italian. Today, the group has 20-plus auditioned singers who sing everything from sacred music to contemporary composers and classical to the blues. Some women are also members of Gloria Musicae and Key Chorale — two other notable choruses in the area.


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The Ringling opens potent exhibit The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art opened one exhibit Feb. 27 that’s coming up roses (and orchids, peonies and gardenias). In its fourth year, Ringling in Bloom enlisted 34 floral designers from around the Gulf Coast to create bouquets and designs inspired by the museum’s collection. Each designer selected her fine art piece, and had unlimited parameters. Some were sculptural and contemporary; others were traditional bouquets. Some mimicked the painting, while others took cues from its texture, colors or feelings.

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Designer Betty Call speaks to Ringling in Bloom viewers about her piece inspired by “Interior of the Pieterskerk in Leiden”

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with five lyrical love letters to Paris. But Porter was no tourist. He saw the City of Light’s dark side, too. Stephens takes us there in her heartrending rendition of “Love for Sale” — played here as a Parisian streetwalker’s knowing lament. Porter was an equal fan of word play and musical high wire acts. Cobey stands out here, particularly in “I’m Throwing a Ball Tonight.” The tune is a switchback roller coaster full of key changes and tough-to-hit half notes. Cobey hits them all with a combination of power and finesse. Porter did not just create songs: He created characters. Every Porter song is either in his voice or the voice of a fully realized human being. The mercurial Samuels is a fine singer in her own right and also a fine actor. She melts into her characters with subtle shifts, not just of voice, but body language and attitude. Brilliant. To be fair, granted the revue’s structure, teasing the brilliant performances apart is a tad artificial. Director Hopkins and Musical Director Jeffrey Campos create a constantly shifting musical kaleidoscope. Quartet becomes duo becomes solo act, as the singer/actors constantly change places. The effect is like being invited to the party of the century — and that’s no accident. Porter was famous (or infamous) for his scandalous parties with the upper crust. (Unlike Groucho Marx, he was happy to join any club that invited him.) The lyricist/composer bit the wealthy hands that fed him, but did not stop dining and feeding on tidbits of gossip and phrase he worked into his songs. Porter’s love/hate relationship with the rich filtered into his songs. He dithered between social climbing and sarcasm, sophistication and coarse jokes. His multilayered attitude toward the wealthy does not easily fit in today’s one-note politics, which, perhaps, is why his work is still so entertaining. Thanks to Porter’s songs, the party goes on. — Marty Fugate

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Sarasota Opera presents Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman.” to pounce to life. She’s surrounded by her women friends who spin spinning wheels to please their men with gifts when they finally return from their seafaring adventures. She’s pledged to Erik, a hunter (sung by the dramatic tenor, Michael Robert Hendrick), but has eyes only for the mythic Dutchman. The story, like the spinning wheels, weaves a spell that captures the listener and carries us into a land we know cannot exist but wraps us so cleverly in its spectral cloak, we’re carried into the cold, dark seas and woven into its very fabric. What takes us there is the singing. This is a cast of such compelling, powerful singers, it’s impossible not to be drawn into their persuasive story. Top among them is Michael Robert Hendrick, the tenor who played such a convincing Lennie last season in Sarasota Opera’s production of “Of Mice and Men.” There, it was his powerful acting and vocal prowess that made us believers. As Erik in this Wagnerian epic, his formidable dramatic

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tenor takes over, making him a confused, passionate, despairing lover, deserving but spurned. Dara Hobbs, who began with Sarasota Opera some 11 years ago as an apprentice artist, has since gone to Europe, where she’s immersed herself in the large Wagnerian and Straussian roles, such as Isolde and Ariadne, in major houses from Leipzig, Germany, to Bayreuth, Germany. Sounding like a young Birgit Nilsson, she has a ringing, dramatic soprano voice of polished steel that’s positively thrilling. The more she sings (and Senta sings a lot), the more power she has, cutting over the excellent orchestra like a laser, never pushing and always leaving us with the impression that there’s more. Hobbs is also a superbly believable actress and, when she throws herself, backward, into the waiting waves to save the soul of her Dutchman, she does it with the same passion and controlled abandon she uses in her singing. Wilson as Daland, Senta’s father, is making his Sarasota Opera debut with a ringing

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Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Hollander,” (“The Flying Dutchman”), is a larger-than-life, sweeping opera that symbolizes a mythic, “Brigadoon”-like tale and romantic notion that only the love of a faithful woman can save a seafarer from a life worse than many deaths. It’s the saga of a hunky sea captain who’s doomed to sail the seas on a ghost ship that reveals itself only once every seven years, for one day, so the Dutchman at the helm may search for the love of a woman who will remain true to him for eternity. We meet him as his ship materializes on a rocky Norwegian coast — an apparition in red that glows with a spectral, supernatural aura. It’s the first act of “Dutchman,” and Wagner creates a 40-minute bass duet that spews glorious music at us like sea foam flying from crashing waves. Act one of “The Flying Dutchman” is more of a scene-setter than action-thriller. The Norwegian sailor, Daland, sung with a strong, robust voice by bass Harold Wilson, has boundless dreams of bounty that will make him rich beyond measure. And, when he meets a stranger (the Dutchman, himself, played with stentorian grandeur and pathos by bass Kevin Short) from the mysterious, looming, blood-red ship, hears his story and sees the abundant riches he’s gathered from his centuries at sea, he decides to give him his daughter in marriage, to fulfill the Dutchman’s dream of a beautiful, faithful wife. In an hour or so, in the second act, we meet Senta (embodied fully by the incredible soprano Dara Hobbs), the long-suffering, dreamy young girl who’s at home, yearning for the Dutchman whose portrait looms over their home like an phantom waiting

bass voice that, with care, could take him into the dramatic heft needed for Wagner. Short, the stalwart bass who’s been showing his ample voice in varied roles from his debut here in 1991 as Mephistopheles in “Faust,” to his charmingly comic appearance a couple of seasons ago in “Un giorno di regno,” did some of his finest singing yet as the Dutchman. A former wrestler, Short’s stage presence is masterful. He appears and commands our attention. When he opens his mouth, his large, cutting basso dominates the stage. As they say in commercials, Short is the Dutchman. None of this could happen without the musical leadership of Conductor David Neely and the impressive Sarasota Opera Orchestra. There may be a lot of music being made on the stage, but Wagner has made sure the instrumental action in the pit is just as formidable and important. From the well-known overture to the final sweeping music lines at the end of this epic, Neely and the orchestra become another important character in the show. Tom Diamond, the director who brought it all together on stage, was not only making his Sarasota Opera debut, he was also directing his first Wagner opera, and he did it with the light touch needed for such a substantial piece of musical theater. This is an opera that can seem static, especially in the first act. But Diamond seems to have worked with his excellent cast to make each performer a believable, three-dimensional individual, making for an electrifying performance. David P. Gordon’s brilliant scenic design, especially the phantom ship hovering over the stage, punches home the gripping force of the story. And Ken Yunker’s lighting is pure stage-craft, taking us from stormwhipped seas into a Vermeer-like interior of a seafarer’s home and, finally, that transfixing moment when the ghosts of the ship come alive. All together, they make this a thrilling, chilling, captivating opera. — June LeBell

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e were up in Bradenton recently to speak with the Bradenton Opera Guild about Verdi’s rarely performed, “Jerusalem.” That worked up a hunger and, since we finished talking at lunchtime, Sheila and Joe Varady, who put the Opera Prologues together, generously suggested we have lunch in the new incarnation of Derek’s. The restaurant recently moved from Central Avenue, in Sarasota, to Manatee Avenue West, in Bradenton. Derek Barnes is a hands-on chef and he was very much in evidence, greeting patrons as they entered, stopping by tables and letting us know he was around if we needed anything extra. As you’ll remember, Sarasota’s Central Avenue, in the Rosemary District, is a sort of funky neighborhood with quirky boutiques, groomers (of humans and dogs), and antique shops that remind me of SoHo in downtown Manhattan. It’s a relaxed, fun area with a wonderful individuality that sets it apart from other downtown Sarasota neighborhoods. Derek’s, when it was on Central, stood out as an upscale restaurant with a reputation for excellent food and a romantic chic that made it a great spot for quiet dining after 6 p.m. Derek’s on Manatee Avenue West is different. Now open for lunch and dinner, the food remains terrific but the setting is more adventurous and fun. In fact, it looks more now like the Rosemary District than it did when it lived there.

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Derek’s lunch menu is modern, featuring popcorn, in various flavors and guises, popping up in soups, salads and sandwiches. It’s good, adding texture to standbys as in their “Cracker Jack” salad, a spinach salad that goes out of the box with country ham cracklin’, caramel corn, peanuts, farmer cheese and a roasted apple vinaigrette. Derek’s flatbreads are thinly crusted with unusual toppings, from smoked pulled pork with rustic peach barbecue, to roasted vegetables with a popcorn pesto. The lunch and dinner menus are small but inventive and, while they change almost daily, they’re always packed with good, casual, rustic cuisine. Warning: you may need reservations. Even for lunch.

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e all know Michael’s On East. The dining room is elegant but comfortable. And the food is always beautifully prepared, making it the go-to place for a great meal. But, especially at this time of year, we find ourselves attending big, somewhat fancy, fundraising dinners. In season there are lots of them but the ones that truly stand out have been held in Michael’s ballroom, just down the atrium from the regular restaurant. Of course, when you have a sit-down dinner, complete with speeches and entertainment, you have a planned menu. And the one put together by the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota last week was positively memorable. We had to make our choice in advance and, being rabid carnivores, we went for the beef,

which turned out to be exceptionally tender, beautifully seasoned, medium rare, tasty, juicy filets that cut with a fork. The dessert, which we usually skip, was positively smashing. Consistently great food is a given at Michael’s. What was a revelation was Michael Klauber, himself, acting as the best auctioneer I’ve ever heard. Zesty, smart and wily, he knew how to cajole, tease, threaten, and time the evening’s live auction so perfectly, he brought in a ton of money for this worthy music organization. I used to do that kind of thing in New York City for little groups like the New York Philharmonic and the Center for Contemporary Opera. The other night, I learned a thing or two from Klauber about good timing and great taste, in food and auctions.

We love Station 400 and go there quite often, when we can get in. Living equidistantly between its two venues — the one on Lemon and Fourth, and the one on Main Street, Lakewood Ranch — we favor the one downtown simply because we love the outdoor garden with its flowers and fun sense of going to a party for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Station 400 has some great specials but, because it relies more on fresh ingredients than publicity, it doesn’t plan ahead more than a few days. Specials or staples, it always does great things with eggs, like the corncake benedict it featured recently: two poached eggs, roasted tomato, arugula, pesto Hollandaise on savory corn pancakes. The restaurant’s salads are fresh and crisp, and you can get them the way you want them. We’re partial to the chicken cobb salad, but we like ours chopped and tossed. Occasionally, I change and get the cobb with crabmeat and ask them not to chop or toss it so I have a heaping mound of fresh crabmeat to glom into. The only downside to Station 400 (and, hey, it’s not down for the owners) is that it’s so popular — especially in season —  we sometimes can’t get in. But that’s the cost of fame and great food. Our trick is to get there after 1 p.m. when the brunch and lunch crowd is leaving. Then we relax amid the flowers and listen as they pipe in Sirius/XM channel 4, with its old standards, and have a good time catching up with the friendly, welcoming staff.

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by Heather Merriman | Black Tie Assistant Editor If The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota ballroom has ever been completely transformed, it was on Saturday, for Asolo Repertory Theatre’s annual gala, themed “A Night at the Rainbow Room.” Vases of long-stemmed red roses, crystal chandeliers, gold table linens and an outstanding re-creation of the New York City skyline projected behind the stage where Michael Andrew & The Atomic Big Band played, all perfectly embodied the New York City hot spot. Michael Andrew & The Atomic Big Band was also a former Rainbow Room headliner. More than 350 guests were

dressed in elegant fashions — snazzy suits and ties and dazzling gowns (glitter, fur and feathers was most popular for the women). Following the dinner and live auction, guests danced on the round dance floor (simulating the rotating dance floor of the real Rainbow Room) and many continued the party at Jack Dusty following the event. The event, which benefits Asolo Rep’s entire 2013-2014 season and education and outreach programs, was co-chaired by Chris Cogan, Carol Phillips, Nikki Sedecca and Nikki Taylor. Jennifer Dawes, Aimee Cogan and Brenda Edens

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through the new Michael Kors catalogue, a picture of the rumored newest resident of Longboat Key on what looks like a familiar beach access … Flambé magic … Phil Mancini commented it was the scariest thing he’s ever seen in the ballroom as the sold-out crowd lit their flambé desserts at Cooking for Wishes Feb. 27 … It’s a family affair … Sarasota Opera lovers are a multi-generational family as was evident at the annual Co-Producers Luncheon Feb. 24. Grant Massey escorted his proud grandma, Jacqueline Morton. New coproducer Jim Devellano attended with his mother, Jean Devellano.

die Winston, aided by Renee Hamad, put together a highly personal and entertaining luncheon tribute for John Goodman, who recently retired as president of the Sarasota Concert Association. The lovefest featured highly personal gifts for the honoree (guests, too), and piano centerpieces built by John Fischer. There were and

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Other new co-producers included Barbara and Ronald Archbold. “Best Hat” recognition is due to Joey Frye (no surprise there) and Donna Hecker … The best surprise is no surprise? … Planned Parenthood is celebrating 20 years of service by Barbara Zdravecky at its annual dinner March 13. BT has it on the QT that the team has something up its sleeve to honor her remarkable tenure. Read more about her on page 27 …

Michael Ford looking altogether like another sculpture on the bayfront. Who sculpted that? It started out innocently enough. On Feb. 19, Michael Saunders real estate agent Barbara May was the docent guiding Marie Connelly from New York City and sister Sheila Connelly from Yardley, Penn., through the Season of Sculpture exhibit on the bayfront. Near the end, the threesome encountered a startling statue that wasn’t on May’s guide. It turned out to be Michael Ford, a member of the Florida Mandalorian Mercs costume club, testing out his newest get-up. Ford and his friend, Laurie Davis, dress up for fun and to benefit local nonprofits. Contact them at 321-2752 … Condolences … to Edie Chaifetz whose mom Tosia Schwartzbaum passed away in Boca Raton Feb. 21, as well as Janet Walter who lost her mom and was notably missing from South Florida Museum’s Couture in the Courtyard March 3. May their memories be a blessing …

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Peggy Allard, Pat Riley and Marilyn Maleckas

Dr. Brian Garby, Carolyn Garby, Donna Garby and Alex Quarles

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A Night at the Opera SUNDAY, MARCH 16 • 7 PM First United Methodist Church 104 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

HORS D’OEUVRES & WINE WILL BE SERVED

Featuring great choruses and duets from beloved operas

Opulent beauty, intense drama, sordid tales of intrigue, and fabulous voices Featured tenor soloist Adam Bielamowicz and Gloria Musicae soloists

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Sarasota High School student Andre Johnson

John and Jackie Cutrone with Brandy Solomon

Janet McIntyre, Ashley McIntyre and Stacy Freeman

Co-Chairs Taylor Collins and Alix Morin

Venice High School student Yuwen Liu and Suncoast Polytechnical High School student Clarissa Choi

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 John Boyle and Shannon Fedder with Kelli and Adam Jaco

 Melissa and Jimmy Protigal with Jessica Balno

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Claudia Pertosoff and Eileen Levin

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Over 200 Quilts Including All America Cities Quilt

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Join the Sarasota Concert Band for An Evening that is “Out of This World” As they present the “Harmony of the Spheres” Concert, downtown at the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. March 8th, from 4pm to 6pm With the purchase of a ticket you will receive a coupon from select Restaurants to use towards your dinner after the concert. Tickets are $15.00- Children 12 and under, free no reserved seating Tickets can be purchased at the door, Or go on line to http:firstsrq.com/resources/facilities-rental Photos by Heather Merriman

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“FLORIDA ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS GAVE ME BACK MY SWING!” Florida Orthopedic Specialists provides expertise in a broad range of orthopedic treatments and dedication to the best patient experience. With a state-of-the-art facility featuring the latest in technology and a highly skilled team, you can expect unparalleled patient care.

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Benefiting American Technion Society Saturday, Feb. 22, at Fête Ballroom

“After tearing my rotator cuff, not only was I experiencing pain but my quality of life was diminished. Playing golf and working out were painful rather than enjoyable. Graci and I sought out the team at Florida Orthopedic Specialists. I was treated non-surgically and am now pain free, mobile and enjoying everything I did before.” Dennis McGillicuddy

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BARBARA ZDRAVECKY Barbara Zdravecky, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, is being honored for her 20 years of leadership at the March 13 annual dinner. We sat down with the organization’s CEO in her office — “Central Avenue, that’s where I hang out,” she says — to find out more about her life and who she is, beyond her public image.

I GRADUATED from Indiana

University of Pennsylvania, where I was just honored as an Alumni of Leadership. My mother went with me when I accepted the honor, seven weeks before she passed away. It was a wonderful experience. I’m really sorry my parents can’t be here for this event.

WHEN I GRADUATED college, I couldn’t find a job. A friend of mine, a roommate actually, had a contact in Manatee County and she got a job down here. I said,“I don’t want to spend another winter in Pennsylvania,” so I drove down in my old Coronet 440, with no air conditioning, and got my first job. I was a waitress at the old Seafood Shack. Then I took a test to be a social worker — I lasted six months and on my six-month anniversary, I took at job at what is now Manatee Glens. I was doing rape crisis and crisis intervention work. My background is in psychiatric nursing, so I was contracted to do all the screenings for Baker Acts and drug detox cases.

self as the head nurse of psychiatrics — I did that for a couple of years and after that, I took a break and moved to Key West where I helped start a hospice program when AIDS broke out in the Keys. I was the patient coordinator during this unique experience. I would go into bohemian villages, with chickens running around the kitchens and then the next day I’d be in a very fancy, highend Sassoon house. There was a lot of wild stuff.

TAKING CARE of patients is

definitely one of the most intimate jobs I’ve had. I truly value my experience with that. When you work with families and one of them is dying and you help them with coming to terms with death and the pain and sadness that come with — it was amazing.

I THINK at some point I’ll go back and work with hospice, as a volunteer. It’s the beginning life decision and ending life decisions. Self-determination, we sure need a lot more of that on the ending part of life. PRIOR TO taking this job, I had

been a volunteer at Planned Parenthood. My predecessor was going to law school and the search committee called and asked if I was interested in doing it. I decided to go for it, because what could be a better job?

BEING HONORED is certainly

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humbling and I’m very honored. I have a lot of pride working for an organization that has had the impact it has had on women in America, as well as an organization that continues to keep a stiff upper lip, who believe in people, believe in women and their potential. I have met some of the best and brightest, most welltraveled, sympathetic individuals that understand the importance of women having the choice of when and whether they will start a family.

I NEVER EXPECTED to be here

my work— my public image has blossomed because of Planned Parenthood.

start my day. It really is a very simple, inexpensive, wonderful way to learn to relax and let go.

I READ a lot. I like to nestle in my home and read. I have a little house on the beach and it’s been my refuge for many years. When I’m at home I am my daughter’s mother first and foremost, a neighbor and a friend. I like to cook, I walk the beach, I go to Pilates, I do yoga, I enjoy special times with friends — I’m really just like anybody else. I have been really fortunate to have a great community of friends that I’ve developed over the years.

MY DAUGHTER Maggie is the

[in Florida] this long. I expected it to be a winter thing, to get a job as a waitress until something more permanent came along. But things kept happening, opportunities that I stumbled upon that have gotten me where I am now — a lot with the help of a lot of strong women who were supportive and opened doors for me.

ONE OF THE BEST things I’ve

I AM AN INTROVERT by nature,

I MEDITATE every morning to

which seems incongruent with

done for myself recently was going to a Buddhist retreat, headed by Buddhist monk Thich nhat hanh, in Mississippi. I went for five days in September and it’s had a really profound impact on me with staying connected to the moment and not totally losing grip on things. center myself before I go out to

one I want to celebrate at this event. She did a lot of sacrificing to be my daughter — I traveled a lot and there was a lot of notoriety that came along with what I did. She crossed the picket line with me — between the leafleting of our home from our neighbors to that moment when her teachers would say “I know who you are,” just to see what kind of effect that would have on me. She has lived this and grown up with Planned Parenthood and I’m extraordinarily proud of her.

LOOKING BACK on these 20

years, I’m just so grateful for the astonishing array of people I have met, that have taught me so much. I can’t imagine that anybody could have had a more fulfilling experience. The experience I have had here has been truly remarkable.

The Anna Maria Island Art League presents the 26th Annual

Springfest

Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

March 8 & 9, 2014 Sat. & Sun. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Holmes Beach City Hall Field Juried Art Exhibit Live Music - Food “Young at Art” Children’s Exhibit & Activity Area Community Booths Free Admission & Parking

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MY FAMILY held a great value on us succeeding — I think that what I’ve experienced is so much bigger than anything they had every dreamed of experiencing.

THEN I SUDDENLY found my-

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