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Dolphin Tower work causes headaches Palm Avenue merchants complain about noise from work at the vacant Dolphin Tower, but their foremost concern is a lack of communication with its owners. As workers conduct demolition and clean the inside of Dolphin Tower, nearby merchants along Palm Avenue worry they’re being left out of the loop. Ken Taksen, owner of M.L. Gosling Gift Gallery and vice president of the Palm Avenue Merchants Association, spoke at Tuesday’s Downtown Improvement District meeting about the

work. Dolphin Tower was evacuated in 2010 due to structural issues with a concrete slab within the building and has been vacant since then. The building’s owners are still waiting for a building permit to begin repairs in earnest, but some work began about three weeks ago. Although Taksen said he is supportive of the building’s

renovation, merchants on Palm are worried about the lack of information regarding the project. “The Palm Avenue merchants are very concerned about the renovations going on at the Dolphin, in part because we are in the dark about what’s going on there,” Taksen said. Charlotte Ryan, president of the Dolphin Tower Condomini-

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County commissioners spar over Blackburn Point priorities A debate over funding improvements to Blackburn Point Park highlighted a rift in the County Commission about whether rowers or power boaters should get priority at a key launch site to Sarasota Bay. Following a murky debate that left both county commissioners and staff visibly frustrated Tuesday, the Sarasota County Commission unanimously approved a measure authorizing additional funds for improving Blackburn Point Park. The project, which originally had a budget of $3.4 million, was first brought before the board for approval in 2006. However, it has been in limbo since September because it needs an additional $1.3 mil-

“This would be the most expensive power boat launch in the state of Florida … there’s no demand that I can see, and rowing has skyrocketed.” — County Commissioner Joe Barbetta lion to be completed. The budget shortfall left county staff scrambling to secure additional funds before a key West Coast Inland Navigation District grant expires, potentially setting the long-delayed project back even further. Construction will be complet-

ed in three phases. The first will create a launch for motorized boats, the second will improve the central part of the park, and the third will make the site suitable as a launch for area rowing teams. County staff went to commissioners Tuesday to request an additional $813,702 to advance the project through phase one. That still leaves a $515,000 funding shortfall to complete the project’s third phase, which would leave several of the rowing community’s needs at the site — including restrooms, a floating dock and a storage facility — temporarily unfunded. Staff attributed the budget shortfall to recent increases in construction materials costs, as

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needed by both the powerboat and rowing communities prompted a testy, 30-minute back-and-forth between county commissioners and staff, which at times left both sides shaking their heads in confusion and frustration. “This has kind of gotten murky with me,” County Commissioner Carolyn Mason said. “We’re going about this the wrong way,” County Commissioner Joe Barbetta added. Sarasota County purchased the property of the site, which sits west of the historic swivel bridge leading to Casey Key, for $16 million in 2006. The County Commission awarded the $4.7 million project’s construction contract to Willis A. Smith Construction Inc. in September. The project is funded through a combination of state and local grants and Sarasota County surtax revenue. County commissioners clashed Tuesday about whether the project’s priorities should shift to prioritize the needs of the area’s rowing community over the need for a motorized vessel launch at the site, which was the project’s priority when the property was purchased. Barbetta said the project’s priorities should be swapped to favor the needs of the rowing community over powerboat owners. “We gotta wake up and say times have changed, and we need to reprioritize,” Barbetta said. “This would be the most expensive power boat launch in the state of Florida … there’s no demand that I can see, and rowing has skyrocketed.” Other commissioners disagreed. “I appreciate what Commissioner Barbetta is trying to do here,” Commissioner Charles Hines said, “but we need motorized boat launches in this part of the county.” Commissioner Nora Patterson acknowledged powerboat ownership had declined during the recession, but cautioned against assuming the shift was permanent. “With the recession a lot of people sold

their boats; that’s going to come back pretty fast with the resurgence of the economy,” Patterson said. “We purchased this whole property with … power boaters in mind.” Area rowing advocates also spoke out Tuesday, pushing for commissioners to find a way to fund all of the components needed to make the site safe for youth rowing programs. Rita Ferrandino, chairwoman of the Sarasota County Democratic Party, spoke on behalf of the area rowing community in support of funding all three phases of construction. “We would prefer having the $1.7 million billed out as discussed,” Ferrandino said, referring to $1.7 million in county surtax revenue earmarked for the project. It was not immediately clear Tuesday from where funds to cover the remaining budget shortfall would be drawn. Sarasota County staff said that reorganizing the park’s construction priorities to favor the phase three rowing components would put its grant money in jeopardy. Of primary concern was a $500,000 grant that was tied to phase one construction. Barbetta pushed back against letting $500,000 in grant money drive the priorities of the nearly $5 million project. “It seems like we’re locked in to phase one,” Barbetta said. “Our priorities are a little out of whack. Spend the grant where it’s supposed to be spent, but don’t let it control the rest of the project.” The board ultimately reached a compromise, however, moving the project forward by allocating the additional funds necessary to complete phase one, which will include the powerboat road, and instructing county staff to return with a proposal “as soon as possible” to secure funding to complete the minimum requirements for which area rowing teams, including Sarasota Scullers and Sarasota Crew, have asked. “I hope we can give the rowers what they need since the sport has exploded since 2008,” Mason said.

G-ROWING PAINS As county commissioners debate the priorities of Blackburn Point Park, neighbors of the nearby Bay Preserve in Osprey claim Sarasota Crew has outgrown its facility there and needs to move its operation elsewhere. The Sarasota County Commission’s consideration of a seemingly minor zoning amendment concerning the Bay Preserve at a March 16 meeting became ground zero for an impassioned debate that pitted supporters of Sarasota Crew against neighbors living along Palmetto Avenue — the one-lane road that serves as the site’s exit — who claim the team has created an unsafe amount of traffic on the road. “I am incredibly worried about the future of this neighborhood,” said Ricky Perrone, who lives near the Bay Preserve, speaking at the March 16 meeting. The team has grown from 70 to 290 members since it moved into its facilities at Bay Preserve in Osprey in 2009. “Move it somewhere else; it’s too big,” said a Palmetto Avenue resident at meeting. “It’s outgrown this tiny strip of land.” County Commissioner Nora Patterson suggested the team potentially move a portion of its operations to another site. “This is a bad collision,” Patterson said. The use of Blackburn Park, however, would be problematic, according to Sarasota Crew, because that location has already been claimed by Sarasota Crew’s hometown rival — Sarasota Scullers. Christine Johnson, president of the

Conservation Foundation, which runs the Bay Preserve, said she had already reached out to neighbors to find ways to mitigate the effects of noise and traffic. “We were completely blindsided by our neighbors’ comments,” Johnson said. “If they have a concern, bring it to us … We want to work with the few neighbors who have valid complaints.” Sarasota Crew board member John Leeming said the team had invested more than $300,000 in its Bay Preserve facility, and pointed to three high schoolers on the team who were selected to attend military service academies as proof of the program’s merit. “Our success and our sensitivity to our neighbors will be our priority,” Leeming said. In response to neighborhood concerns, Sarasota Crew has since implemented a new parking plan and instituted an online signup system to schedule one parent to direct traffic at the facility each day. And, according to a team administrator, all high school rowers with their own transportation enter, park and exit through the Historic Spanish Point entrance and never drive down Palmetto Avenue, which is only used as an exit route for parents picking up their children. The team also recently spent $45,000 to improve a two-lane parent pickup lane at the site. “We’ve always been good neighbors,” Sarasota Crew board member Michael Taaffe said, “and we should be allowed to stay there.”

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Schroeder-Manatee Ranch’s first CEO Mary Fran Carroll also served as the first chairwoman of the board for The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch. In addition, she served on boards for organizations such as the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Argus Foundation.

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In her mission to develop Lakewood Ranch, Mary Francis Carroll held fast to one rule: Do what’s right. The Glenridge resident died Monday. al impact, an area that now includes some of Lakewood Ranch’s original communities — Summerfield and Riverwalk. She and her team used the economic downturn in the late 1980s to explore other master-planned communities around the country. They applied what they learned — choosing to develop the property holistically — when they broke ground on their communities in 1994 and began home sales in 1995. Carroll led the charge in 1989 for SMR to build the Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park, a 1,273-acre campusstyle business park located east of I-75 and south of University Parkway. Despite the reluctance of

Sarasota County commissioners, Carroll was determined to get the business park approved. She strode up to the podium in the commission chambers wearing a purple dress to match the “purple blob” representing the property on a map. “Commissioners were so impressed with the dress, they voted unanimously to approve the park,” said Clarke. “That was how she was. She was a very strong, outspoken and colorful person.” Today, the corporate park and Lakewood Ranch, in total, boast more than 1,200 businesses. “She could talk with the chamber of commerce, the head of Northern Trust Bank

and still mix with the farmers and ranchers out on the ranch,” Clarke said. “She was able to walk across different worlds, and she could mix all of them. Bringing people together was one of her defining abilities.” Jensen agreed, calling her “a force of nature.” “She didn’t have a reverse gear,” he said. Jensen attributes the success of Lakewood Ranch’s development not only to Carroll’s vision and perseverance, but also to her commitment for pursuing quality and avoiding shortcuts in business. “That’s really how we survived the downturn,” he said. During her years with SMR, from which she retired in 1997,

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Flamingo bike artist aims to spark creativity in others A bicycle that once graced the stage at Florida Studio Theatre and has undergone a colorful makeover now serves a higher creative purpose. An eye-catching bike that’s production of “The Lieutenbeen popping up around down- ant of Inishmore.” For the play, town Sarasota was borne out of a the bike was painted pink and stage production and a domestic thrown across the stage each squabble. night. The man behind the flamingo After the play had concludbike — a bright pink ed its run, Dr. Nik bike decked out with found the bicycle in 26 plastic flamingos “I want to stress a dumpster behind — goes by the name the theater. Handy to people you Dr. Nik Gapeto. Dr. with tools — his dad can be creative. taught him how to Nik (née William Pierson) wears many People laugh – repair a bike when hats: He’s the carehe was 6, after givit makes them ing him a junkyard taker at the Florida Studio Theatre, but happy. I dig that.” bike for his birthday he’s also an artist, a — Dr. Nik fished it — Dr. Nik Gapeto, musician and a pup- Florida Studio Theatre out of the trash and peteer. repaired it. He left it caretaker, artist, musiDr. Nik also loans pink and attached cian and puppeteer and decorates bikes; a tin bucket to the he has 27 bicycles front; he used the in total. He moves this particu- bike to transport his tools. lar bike throughout the heart of Although it was back in action, the city, attaching it to different the bike was still one step away bike stands or street signs each from achieving its final form. Dr. day. The purpose of all of this, he Nik describes himself as a pack says, is to invoke thought and in- rat, a quality that didn’t sit well spire creativity. with his ex-wife. She repeatedly “I want to stress to people you asked him to clean up their yard, can be creative,” Dr. Nik said. littered with assorted items. One “People laugh — it makes them day, as a joke, he took a single happy. I dig that.” plastic flamingo out of the grass Dr. Nik did not set out to and placed it on the back of his make a flamingo bicycle, but bicycle. circumstances led him down “She says, ‘What is that?’” Dr. that path. The bike was origi- Nik said. “And I said, ‘I started to nally blue when he sold it to the clean up the yard.’” Florida Studio Theatre for a 2007 The joke may not have gone

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Dr. Nik Gapeto has many creative jobs, but visitors downtown may now best know him for this bicycle.

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DOLPHIN / FROM PAGE 1A with me, and I have suggested that Larry Murphy with the city’s building department be the point person for them to meet with,” Ryan said. Murphy is overseeing the project for the city. He was scheduled to speak at Tuesday’s DID meeting regarding the work at Dolphin Tower but was on vacation and unable to attend. Taksen said the merchants were first bothered by the noise that came from water jets inside the building, noise that started without warning. Eileen Hampshire, DID board member and owner of the Palm Avenue shop Art to Walk On, agreed that the noise was a disruption for nearby businesses. “This was noise that was constant,” Hampshire said. “You almost couldn’t hear yourself think.” Pat Dabbert is the owner of Dabbert Gallery, which sits just behind Dolphin Tower on Palm Avenue. The noise of workers was constantly audible Tuesday at the gallery, and Dabbert said it was worse earlier in the month. Although measures had been put in place to attempt to deaden the noise, Dabbert believes more can be done. The major hurdle, she said, is that she didn’t know what was going on or whom to speak with to register her complaint. “We’d like a better flow of information,” Dabbert said. “We need to know more from the people involved.” Taksen agreed that better communication was essential. He said people were mostly worried that, if street closures were necessary as part of the repairs, merchants would be unaware and unable to voice their concerns to the city. DID Operations Manager John Moran said he would reach out to the city to see if it was possible to hold regular meetings to update nearby businesses about the work as it continues at the tower. Murphy said she was hopeful that the city would approve the building’s permit

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Dolphin Tower, vacant since 2010, is undergoing work in advance of construction to repair structural issues.

application soon, and that construction at Dolphin Tower would be completed within about a year. Gretchen Schneider, the city’s general manager of planning and development, said it was still unclear when the city would authorize a building permit. “It’s a pretty complicated proposal,” Schneider said. “We have a third-party engineer assisting with the review of the permit application so we can make sure that the methodology that they’re approaching the project with is sound and reasonable.” Whatever happens, Taksen said the city should strive to minimize the effect construction has on nearby businesses. “We can ill afford another disruption to what should be a great business environment on Palm,” Taksen said.

For the past three years, Carl Shoffstall has been pushing to make the Lido Pool and pavilion a destination for residents and tourists. Now, the city is close to taking a significant step toward realizing his goals. In 2011, city staff noted Lido Pool was a drain on revenue, losing about $100,000 that year. Shoffstall, president of the Lido Key Residents Association, said the pool was an undervalued asset that was being improperly managed. Shoffstall led the residents association’s Lido Pool committee, which made a presentation to the Sarasota City Commission in 2012. The group recommended upgrading the facilities to increase revenues. Suggested enhancements included a rental pavilion, an event room for private parties, a splash pad and a tiki bar. The city is now in the process of finalizing an Invitation To Negotiate, a process that will seek a party to implement improvements at the pool. Todd Kucharski, the city’s general manager of public works, said staff should have the ITN finished within a few weeks, at which point they will review it with the neighborhood association to make sure their needs are properly addressed. The ITN will not hold interested parties to a specific set of improvements, instead allowing them to present a vision for the pool that will then be evaluated by city staff. The city is seeking a group interested in taking on the responsibility of managing the pool. Shoffstall said the specifics of the project, at this point, are out of his hands.

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Lido residents hope that upgrades will make Lido Pool a revenue generator.

Still, he said he was hopeful that the association’s wishes would be acted upon. “Now, it’s all a matter of what a proposer is going to say they will do,” Shoffstall said. Shoffstall is certain that Lido Pool could become a revenue generator for the city, a belief several commissioners shared during the 2012 presentation. “I walk the beach every day and talk to quite a few tourists that come down, and they’d like to see the improvements,” Shoffstall said. The city is close to issuing the ITN, but it’s still uncertain when improvements at the pool might begin. “That’s something to be discussed when the person is selected,” Kucharski said. “I know the community wants it sooner than later.” To that point, Shofstall agreed wholeheartedly. “It’s time to update that facility,” Shoffstall said. “It’s been neglected for so long.”

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County voters approve school referendum tax by landslide Sarasota County voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum Tuesday to extend the lifespan of a supplementary school tax by another four years. The 1-mill tax equates to homeowners paying an extra $1 for every $1,000 in taxable property. The tax was originally passed in 2002 after being rejected by voters in 2000, and this year marks the third time the referendum has been continued. The school board leaned on the extra revenue generated by the tax to carry the district’s budget through the lean years of the economic downturn, when Sarasota County lost 40% of its taxable property base. Despite a significant reduction in turnout compared with the last time the referendum faced Sarasota County voters in 2010, the measure passed Tuesday by a wider margin, with 77% of the vote compared with 66% four years ago. According to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office, 45,720 out of 273,207 registered voters participated in Tuesday’s vote — a turnout of just less than 17%. This year’s turnout contrasts with 2010 — the last time the referendum faced voters — when 70,389 voters participated countywide for a turnout rate of about 26%. Some area lawmakers called for the vote to be held during the upcoming November general elec-

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tion, which typically draws about twice as many voters as special elections. “The key issues are the huge extra cost to the taxpayers, coupled with the low voter turnout in relation to November 2014, which will be an election for the governor, Congress and County Commission,” Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta said in October after the school board voted 5-0 to hold the election in The last off-presidential March.
 cycle general election Nov. 2, 2010, drew 148,307 voters countywide — more than three times the voters Tuesday. Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent said the March 25 special election cost district taxpayers about $400,000, adding that including the measure on the ballot for the August primary or the November general

election would cost the district “absolutely nothing.” District officials, however, argued that the tax sunsets June 30 and waiting until November to hold the election would interrupt a revenue source that brings in between $40 million and $50 million a year and comprises about 12% of the district’s operating budget. Critics of the tax claim it is used to avoid cutting teachers’ salaries — Sarasota County teachers, with an average salary of $54,576 annually, are the second-highest paid in the state behind MiamiDade County teachers. Proponents of the tax say it is essential to maintain Sarasota County’s high standard of education, as well as art and music programs that could be in jeopardy without the supplementary revenue.

LONGBOAT TESTS NEW ELECTRONIC POLLBOOKS Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent’s office used Longboat Key’s March 25 municipal election as a testing ground for new electronic equipment that will be deployed in full force later this year for the county’s primary. Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections volunteers used three new electronic pollbooks to sign in registered voters at Town Hall on Tuesday. The pollbooks are a combination of hardware and software installed on iPads that allow election officials to review and/or process voter information during an election. The pollbooks, though, don’t count votes. The hardware on the iPads allows volunteers to swipe the barcodes on Florida driver’s licenses to pull up registered voters. Voters can then sign in electronically before casting their votes. Sarasota County voters have previously had to wait in alphabetical lines by last name as volunteers looked for their names on large paper precinct registers and had voters sign in next to their name on registers. For the March 25 election, which included the town’s municipal election and a Sarasota County School District referendum, Longboat Key had three new pollbooks for sign-in purposes. Each of

the county’s 99 districts also had one pollbook each to get used to the new equipment and look up registered voters if they arrived at the wrong district. Pollbook functions include voter lookup, verification, identification, precinct assignment, ballot assignment, voter history update and other functions such as name change, address change and/or redirecting voters to the correct voting location. “They are working very well and are an excellent fraud preventer and voter history checker,” Dent said. “We will use them to check in all voters for the primary and their efficiency will require the use of less volunteers in the future.” Dent said the 300 new pollbooks cost $800 each, which included the software, and were paid for last year after there was some money leftover in last year’s fiscal budget. Dent said 42 counties in Florida use pollbooks, including the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office. — Kurt Schultheis

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‘Woo-hoo.’ Really? The high-fiving and “woo-hoo”s Tuesday night among Sarasota County publicschool insiders, no doubt, was spirited. What a stunning, overwhelming victory. Seventy-seven percent of those voting cast a “yes” vote to extend the Sarasota County Public School District’s one-mill property tax another four years. A remarkable landslide, to be sure. And a booming endorsement and affirmation for the school district and the job it is doing. Yes, we’ll acknowledge: Compared with the vast majority of Florida’s other 66 public school districts, Sarasota County’s is among the top five in terms of student performance. The school district appears to be doing a lot right. (Wink, wink: It’s all relative, of course. Just ask any employer.) Still, those who voted appear to have made the emphatic statement: Keep up the good work. We’ll gladly pay the extra tax. It’s worth it. And we believe in the publicschool system. But now flip the coin. Consider this:

228,189

That is the number of Sarasota County registered voters who did not vote. In other words, 83% of Sarasota County’s voters made the decision not to express their support or dissatisfaction. They decided not to make this vote and the tax a priority in their lives. Not even 20% — fewer than one of every five people in the county — voted on a $170 million tax. In contrast, just 16 months ago, 75% of the county’s registered voters — 208,621 people — voted in the presidential election. What an extraordinary swing. What does that say? To be sure, there are many ways to interpret the pathetic voter turnout. Public-school advocates likely might say those who didn’t vote are satisfied with the status quo. We all know from our own experiences you seldom hear from satisfied customers; complainers are always much more vocal. If those 228,189 people who didn’t vote were dissatisfied with the tax and the schools, you can bet many more of them would have voted. Another explanation is those who didn’t vote may not be satisfied, but they were not sufficiently dissatisfied to motivate them to vote “no.” Whatever pain they may have — say, with the amount of school taxes they are paying — the pain was not high enough to make them vote to stop the pain and stop the tax. That certainly is plausible. Especially when you think of all of the retirees here who relocated from the tax hells of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts or Michigan. Florida is a bargain for them, so the extra mill on their property-tax bill is hardly felt. On that point, to an extent, property taxes remind us of the observation late economist Milton Friedman made about automatic payroll deductions for Social Security and federal income taxes. He called it one of the greatest inventions of all time. Think about it: When employees receive their paychecks, the tax money has already

been confiscated. Employees see how much went to the government. But imagine how employees would feel about income taxes if they were required to write a weekly check to the federal government. Likewise with property taxes. Renters have no clue what their landlords are paying in property taxes. It’s calculated in their monthly rent. School tax? They have no pain. Property owners, of course, can see each summer on their tax bills how much they’re paying for schools, municipalities and the county government. And they write checks directly to the tax collector. But the intellectual thought process between paying those taxes in the fall and voting on a school tax in March is a clever disconnection. If anything should be changed, it’s the time of voting. It should be the same as the general elections in November. You can be sure that would change the voting results. What’s more, we can’t help but wonder how voters would respond to the school referendum if, say, they spent a week in one of the county’s public middle schools or high schools. See what goes on, or what doesn’t go on. That would be eye-opening. Or what if all taxpayers were required to read the teachers’ union contracts? That would change voters’ perspectives on school taxes for sure. Fact is, an overwhelming majority of Sarasota County’s population is far enough removed from the public schools for them to be engaged at a level to care about a one-mill special referendum. Of the county’s 380,000 population, only 11%, or 41,700 children, attend the county’s public schools. That’s even fewer than the total who voted Tuesday. It’s like the annual candy drive for your neighborhood school. It annoys parents to think they’ll have to schlep around the neighborhood with their child to sell $100 worth of crummy candy for the annual school fundraiser. It’s much easier just to write a check for $100 and be done with it. So it is with the one-mill school tax. It would be a monumental pain to try to argue against it and attempt to change the public-school system. Good gosh, think of the school board defenders, the unions and the public-school believers. Insurmountable. It’s just so much easier to do nothing and not vote. So school-district advocates should go ahead and woo-hoo for their Big (patheticturnout) Victory. Enjoy the extra cash these next four years … because disruptive innovation — e.g. online learning and online schools — will end the taxpayers’ willingness to fund irrational teacher-union demands and the public-school apparatchiks.

+ How to boost voter turnout

Here’s a suggestion for improving voter turnout in Sarasota County: For the next special election, Sarasota County and city commissioners should add the following questions to the ballot: • Should Sarasota County and city taxpayers fund the construction of a homeless shelter to be located in downtown Sarasota? • Should Sarasota County and city tax-

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payers fund the construction of a homeless shelter to be located in the northern Sarasota city limits, north of Fruitville Road? • Should Sarasota County and North Port taxpayers fund the construction of a homeless shelter in North Port city limits? As we observe the discussions about homeless shelters — principally between the elected city and county commissioners and expert Dr. Robert Marbut — a key constituent seems to be absent: taxpayers. Who is speaking for them? If asked, of course, taxpayers, predictably and likely, would say “no way.” They know what would happen if one or more shelter is built. Indeed, Sarasota police Lt. Kevin Stiff was quite explicit reporting to commissioners a few weeks ago about his visits to homeless shelters in San Antonio, San Diego, Phoenix and Los Angeles. None of the residents and business owners he interviewed said a homeless shelter had a positive impact on the community. What a surprise. We can understand the commissioners’ desire to do something about Sarasota’s homelessness. But the thought of taxpayers funding new shelters should immediately light a bulb: Conveying the construction and operation of homeless shelters to the government is a recipe for failure. When in your lifetime has the government functioned better than the private sector at providing any service? Sure, homelessness is a challenge for every community. But addressing it is best left to churches and private charitable organizations — the grassroots of a community.

+ Unbelievable …

In case you don’t read The Wall Street Journal, this was too amazing not to share. From “Notable & Quotable” in the March 26 edition: “The 2009 economic stimulus package promoted by President Obama included $5 billion to weatherize some 607,000 homes — with the goals of both spurring the economy and increasing energy efficiency. “But the project was required to comply with a statute called the Davis-Bacon Act (signed into law by President Hoover in 1931), which provides that construction projects with federal funding must pay workers the ‘prevailing wage’ — basically a union perk that costs taxpayers about 20% more than actual labor rates. “This requirement comes with a mass of red tape; bureaucrats in the Labor Department must set wages, as a matter of law, for each category of construction worker in each of three thousand counties in America. “There was no schedule for ‘weatherproofers.’ So the Labor Department began a slow trudge of determining how much weatherproofers should be paid in Merced County, Calif.; Monmouth County, N.J.; and several thousand other counties. The stimulus plan had projected that California would weatherproof 2,500 homes per month. At the end of 2009, the actual total was 12.” Philip K. Howard, “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government”


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Fournier’s Circle allegations are groundless The St. Armands Residents Association is not picking art festival ‘winners and losers.’ It simply wants common sense — and safety for all.

have been avoided. intends to revisit the high-traffic As for Mr. Fournier’s warn- events at the Circle, both on and ing about a potential federal off season, within the context of civil rights discrimination claim the forthcoming Special Events I spoke on behalf of the St. Ar- public constitute a vital part of the ing an extension of the blackout against the city by Paragon if the Ordinance and the just-released mands Residents Association at police power of municipalities.” period until the end of April be- blackout is extended, we beg to draft of the St. Armands Parking the March 17 Sarasota City Com- Gate City Garage Inc., et al. v. City cause Paragon was the only event differ. Begin with the fact that no Feasibility Study. A final thought. Like Alice in mission meeting in support of of Jacksonville 66 So.2d 653, 657. scheduled that month. Our agen- art festival has ever been allowed da, he said, is to “pick winners and at St. Armands Circle during peak the “Looking Glass,” we find ourMayor Shannon Snyder’s proposal (Fla. 1953) At its Dec. 2 meeting, the City losers at the Circle” and cautioned season from Feb. 1 to April 30. So if selves in a paradox. On the one to extend the moratorium on special events at St. Armands Circle Commission sought to address that the city would face a federal this event occurs during peak sea- hand, our city attorney ominously from Easter Sunday until the end this issue by adopting a resolution civil rights discrimination lawsuit son, the only recipient of prefer- warns that cancellation of the imposing a blackout on special should it accede to our request ential treatment will be Paragon, Paragon event, out of concern for of April. not its competitor. public safety, invites a discrimiOur position was straightfor- events at St. Armands Circle dur- and extend the blackout. Ironically, only by granting an nation lawsuit under the federal During this tirade, the city attorward. We opposed a high inten- ing “peak tourist season.” Drafted sity event like the Paragon Art by City Attorney Robert Fournier, ney repeatedly confused our asso- expansion of the blackout can the civil rights act. On the other, in reitself from a claim of sponse to the mayor’s sober conFestival at the Circle during peak the resolution defined peak tour- ciation with the LMR (Landlords, city shield com not by Paragon, cern that someone might die that tourist season, owing to a genuine ist season as Feb. 1 through April Merchants and Residents associa-ehdiscrimination, use. o ar but its competitor, because both weekend because an ambulance not concern that it would imperil the 15 or Easter, whichever is later. 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AWNING OFFING 6:25 a.m. — 1300 block of Main Street. Suspicion General/Unknown. Officers responded to a report of a business’s awning being torn down. An officer found that a restaurant’s awning had been broken and torn from the side of the building. It appeared that the awning had been damaged by the wind.

SPRING CLEANING 8:27 a.m. — 3300 block of North Tamiami Trail. Dispute/Fight. A building’s maintenance worker reported that a man had made a mess in the property’s parking lot. The man said that he was cleaning out his car after it flooded due to rain. He cleaned up the mess before leaving without incident.

MARCH 19 UNWANTED UNKNOWN 12:24 a.m. — 1700 block of Central Avenue. Other Disorderly Conduct. Officers met with a man who called in reference to a dispute. The man was intoxicated. The man told officers that a woman was not supposed to be at the house, and that she was trying to cause a problem. Asked who the woman was, the man told the officers that they knew who she was, and that she

SAY UNCLE 10:14 p.m. — 2100 block of Fifth Street. Trespassing. A man reported that his nephew kept coming to his house and causing problems. The man said his nephew accused him of taking his wallet and not returning it. The man said he didn’t know where the wallet was, that the

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Meet the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus — runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 RitzCarlton Drive. Oleg Kravchenko, ambassador to Belarus, is hosting a cocktail reception for Sarasota business leaders. Tickets are $40. For information and to purchase tickets, call 405-5238.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 29, AND SUNDAY, MARCH 30

Sarasota Spring Fest Arts and Crafts Show — runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Five Points Park. Shop for creative works of art at this show and sale. Admission is free.

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West Central Florida Figure Skating Competition — runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stardust Skate Center, 2571 12th St. More than 75 competitive figure skaters ranging from ages 3 to 75 will be competing in figures, loops, solo dance, team dance, freestyle singles and pairs and creative free dance. For information, visit StardustSkateCenter.net. 5th annual Nokomis Beach Bash — takes place at 1 p.m. at Nokomis Beach Pavilion, 100 Casey Key Road. Enjoy the surf and sand of Nokomis Beach at this free, family-friendly event that benefits the Sertoma Club of Venice. Florida Timeshare Owners Group meeting — runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way. The Florida Timeshare Owners Group will conduct its spring 2014 meeting. All timeshare owners are invited to attend and participate. Reservations are necessary. For more information, call 3511384. Celtic Music at Siesta Key Chapel — takes place at 4 p.m. at Siesta Key Chapel, 4615 Gleason Ave. Marcille Wallis and Friends bring a blend of unique music and dance from Scotland and Ireland. Admission is a $10 donation. Call 349-1166.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Republican Women’s Club Luncheon — takes place at 11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave. The luncheon meeting includes a debate between Florida representatives Julio Gonzalez and Richard DeNapoli with Republican Party of Sarasota Chairman Joe Gruters moderating. For more information, email republicanwomansclubofsarasota@gmail.com.

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The Sarasota High baseball team rallied to defeat nationally ranked Venice 4-2 in nine innings March 21.

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Justin Cohen went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Riverview High baseball team to an 8-1 district victory over Palm Harbor University March 21.

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Sarasota High senior Mason Dancer, who has been playing baseball since he was 3 years old, will hang up his glove following this season to focus on academics at the University of Florida. “It was a dream come true when I got in there,” Dancer says.

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Lexi Meyers and Tess Siciliano both scored hat tricks to lead The Outof-Door Academy lacrosse team to a 14-4 victory over Cardinal Mooney March 20.

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Deanna Stevens went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI to lead the Riverview High softball team to a 16-6 victory over Palmetto March 20.

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T. Hebda tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the Cardinal Mooney baseball team to a 9-0 victory over Bradenton Christian in Class 3A-District 10 action March 18.

Sarasota High senior Mason Dancer has helped lead the Sailors baseball team to a perfect 12-0 record so far this season. SARASOTA — With his baseball cap tugged down to shade his eyes from the sun, Mason Dancer leaned up against the fence at Ed Smith Stadium and looked around in appreciation. In a matter of moments, chants of “Mason, Mason, Mason,” began to reverberate through the stadium. Dancer glanced up and began grinning from ear to ear. It was 2007, and a then 11-yearold Dancer was watching the Sarasota High baseball team in the middle of its state championship season. As Sarasota first baseman Mason Johnson made his way to the plate with the roar of the crowd behind him, Dancer decided that one day those chants from the Sarasota faithful would be for him. “Hearing them chant my name throughout the stadium — that was the coolest thing ever as a little kid,” Dancer says with a laugh. Seven years later, Dancer is living out his dream on the diamond as the Sailors starting first baseman. Dancer started out playing third base as a freshman before transi-

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tioning to first base full-time as a junior. The two-year varsity starter has been an integral part of the Sailors defense that has only allowed 12 runs this season en route to a perfect 12-0 season. The Sailors, who have six shutouts on the season, are now ranked No. 9 in the MaxPreps top 25 national high school baseball rankings, after rallying to defeat nationally ranked Venice 4-2 in nine innings March 21. Sarasota advanced to the regional semifinals last season before falling to Venice 3-0. With 10 games remaining on the regularseason schedule, the Sailors are focused on taking each game as it comes because, when it’s all said and done, perfection only means something if it comes with a state championship ring attached. “We really came together and have a (great) mindset,” Dancer says. “We’re just trying to take care of business. Our real focus is getting better each day to prepare for the end of the season.” As one of nine seniors, Danc-

number 10 The of runs

Dancer has both scored and driven in so far this season.

.536 Dancer’s batting average so far this season.

er and his teammates made it a point to come together following their season-ending loss to Venice last season and look to the future. Dancer knew what the team was capable of as long as its members stuck together. “We’ve got a special team this year,” Dancer says. “There’s no pressure. Every time we step onto the field we have a job to do. Our focus is on the job (at hand).” The Sailors are off to an impressive start, thanks in large part to Dancer, who is having his best season at the plate. Dancer is batting .536 with three doubles, a triple, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. He also has yet to commit an error in the field. “All the extra hard work that our coaches do with us has been great,” Dancer says. “I just try to keep working hard because there’s always someone else (waiting to contend). “I’m just trying to be more relaxed at the plate and go up with a purpose and an approach,” Dancer says. “I just try to be aggressive and ready to hit as soon as I step in number 0 The of losses the

Sarasota High baseball team has suffered this season.

the box.” “He’s a well-rounded young man, and he’s had a great career,” coach Clyde Metcalf says. “He’s come into his own this year, and he’s having an incredible offensive year. He’s always been stellar at first base and he’s really good defensively. “But as well as he does on the baseball field, he’s an even better person,” Metcalf says. “He’s a humble young man.” Sarasota already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Class 7A-District 10 tournament, which begins April 22. But a district title is only the first step on what Dancer, who is in the middle of his final season on the diamond after opting not to play collegiate baseball and instead focus on academics at the University of Florida, hopes will be an amazing journey for the Sailors. “We set a goal as a team to win a state championship,” Dancer says. “That’s our goal, and I feel like we’re getting better each and every day. “Last year we set that goal and, unfortunately, we didn’t accomplish it,” Dancer says. “We took it with us into the offseason, and we want it now more than ever.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.

number of 2 The 2007 years Dancer has been a varsity starter.

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Seventh Sarasota Open returns to the Key Club The future of American tennis will be on display when some of the world’s top players hit the courts for Southwest Florida’s premiere professional tennis event. The seventh annual Sarasota Open returns to the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Tennis Gardens Stadium April 12 through April 20. The tournament, which draws top names on the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour, has attracted more than 30,000 spectators in past years. This year’s tournament will begin with qualifying rounds April 12 and April 13, followed by the main draw April 14 to April 18. Women’s and men’s singles finals and doubles finals are April 19 and April 20. James Blake, who won the tournament in 2011 and is ranked in the top four, 2012 champion Sam Querrey and NCAA doubles champions Jarmere Jenkins and Mack Styslinger will be among those in this year’s field vying for a piece of the $100,000 in prize money, which is split between divisions. “It’s a unique opportunity locally to watch some world-class tennis and to see some young players who will be the next (Rafael) Nadal or (Novak) Djokovic,” Sarasota Open CEO Tony Driscoll says. “You really get to see the speed of the ball that you don’t get to see on TV.” Sarasota Open officials already have sold more than 14,000 tickets for this year’s tournament, with approximately 95% of box seats and four of five VIP boxes sold. Organizers hope to enhance the tournament with the addition of local bands and entertainment as part of the Sarasota Open Night Match experience. Bands will

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Cardinal Mooney’s Matt Quinlan slides safely into second base after beating the throw back to ODA’s Jake Romine. The Out-of-Door Academy baseball team defeated rival Cardinal Mooney 5-2 in Class 3A-District 10 action March 14. With the win, the Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the Cougars. The two teams could play one another again in the district tournament, which begins April 21.

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+ Sailors set track records at FSU Relays Several Sarasota High runners set new school records at the FSU Relays March 21 and March 22. Freshman Mackenzie Brown ran a personal best 2 minutes, 20.94 seconds to set a new school record in the 800meter run before teammate Emily Harding ran a personal best 2:18.86 to win her heat and set a new school record. Harding followed up her school record in the 800 with a new school record in the 1,600, finishing in 5:01.35 — nine seconds faster than her previous best time. Angelina Grebe (5:25.23) and Brown (5:16.63) also set new PRs. Adam Bradtmueller broke the school record in the 3,200 with a PR of 9:28.22. Bradtmueller went on to set a new PR and school record in the 1,600 with a time of 4:20.54.

In the next heat, teammate Zack Summerall broke Bradtmueller’s new school record with a time of 4:18.65. Corey Williams placed first in the long jump with a personal best jump of 23 feet, 1.75 inches. Jake LeBlanc was fourth in the 400 with a PR of 50.01. Summerall was fourth in the 800 with a PR of 1:55.40.

+ Youth football registration underway Registration for the YMCA Bulls youth tackle football spring season is underway. Players ages 11 to 12 and 13 to 14 are eligible. Age is calculated based on a child’s age as of Dec. 31 of this year. For more information, visit thesarasotay.org.

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Booker VPA students prepare for exhibit Booker Middle School’s 2-D/3-D Advanced VPA Art Class held its first gallery night for friends and family Thursday, March 20. Deborah Herbert’s class of seventh- and eighth-graders found inspiration in Florida and focused on impressionism. Earlier in the week, students hung their work in the school’s Tornado Gallery. The paintings will be sold to raise money for the school’s VPA program. Students share their experiences of learning about impressionism and painting with the Sarasota Observer.

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Why a rose? I chose a rose because they are my favorite flower. I like that their petals are soft. When I painted this I made the petals bold. How is this related to Florida? Florida is a warm place with plants and flowers everywhere. Florida is a heartwarming place.

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What is your favorite form of art? I like to draw. I love drawing flowers; I try and challenge myself with drawing them. Lilies are the hardest to draw because of the freckles on their petals.

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Zaine Lodhi, 14

How did you feel about painting impressionism? I generally don’t do impressionism. I feel most comfortable painting abstract and colors — whatever just spews out of my brain — so it was a new experience. What do you like about your painting? I like the way the colors are harmonious. What have you learned through this experience? I learned that impressionism is a lot more difficult, and I’ve learned about shading.

Leah Mehtälä, 13

What inspired you? I really like music, and I started to play the saxophone, so I painted a saxophonist. Also, I see a lot of street performers around Sarasota so I thought this was good for Florida. What form of art are you most comfortable with? I like pencil drawings and drawing more cartoonish things.

How are feeling about showing your work at the gallery? I am kind of nervous. I want my mom to see my art and how well I’m doing.

Are you looking forward to the gallery opening? I’m pretty excited. I can’t wait for people to see the paintings. I also can’t wait to dress up. I’m thinking of wearing a red flower crown.

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The Temple Beth Sholom Men’s Club named Howard Tevlowitz, executive director of the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, its Man of the Year Sunday. “It was very u n e x p e c t e d ,” says Tevlowitz. “Whenever there is recognition, it is greatly appreciated.”

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Sarasota Folk Festival hits a high note Folk fanatics spent the weekend at the Sarasota Folk Festival Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, at Oscar Scherer State Park. More than 30 folk artists strummed guitars, ukuleles, mandolins and more on three stages over the course of the weekend. Jon and Jackson Anderson play a mandolin and ukulele.

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Leon Panetta featured in Town Hall Lecture Series Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta spoke at the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series Thursday, March 20. Before Panetta served as the secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013, he was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.

The 2014 Sarasota Challenge twoday ballroom dancing competition came to a close Sunday evening. The competition culminated with an awards dinner, the final competition of “So You Think Professionals Can Dance” and a performance. The winners of the final competition were Craig Smith and Micheline Marmol from South Africa; runners-up were Martin Cardoso and Noelia Guerrero from Argentina. The competition brings in world-renowned dancers. For instance, the performance consisted of current world and U.S. bronze medalists Nazar Norov and Irina Kudryashiva and Blackpool Dance Festival finalists Ivan Mulyavka and Loreta Kriksciukaityte.

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by Harriet Sokmensuer | Community Editor

Sarasota welcomes luxury condominium with cocktails Clients, city dignitaries and real estate agents celebrated Sarasota’s newest luxury condominium building, One88, Wednesday, March 19, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. One88, located at 188 Golden Gate Point, is Toronto-based developer the Vandyk Group’s first project in the U.S. The evening marked the unveiling of the building’s interior designs. “I think it’s a very exciting and unique building for Sarasota,” says One88 architect Mark Sultana.

Above: Tim and Marling Capadalis

Photos by Harriet Sokmensuer

Sean Dunne, Vandyk Group CFO Richard Ma, Vandyk Group CEO John Vandyk, Donald Mincey and Tim Shaw

Left: One88 architect Mark Sultana and his wife, Brigitta

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+ Discount Computers Inc. celebrates 25 years Discount Computers Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary Thursday, March 20, at 6524B S. Tamiami Trail. The anniversary celebration featured special discounts, giveaways and refreshments. Owners Doug and Amelia Manning opened the store in 1989 and continue to remain up to date on the latest trends and technology. Discount Computers Inc. carries computers, parts and accessories and offers services and repairs. “It’s a big landmark,” said Amelia Manning. “We’re very happy to have such devoted customers who support us.” Discount Computers Inc. is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

+ White Aluminum buys Gingrich Glass & Aluminum Leesburg-based company White Aluminum acquired Gingrich Glass & Aluminum, a family operated business that serviced Sarasota and surrounding areas for 33 years. “We are very excited about our continued growth. With this most recent acquisition we are bridging service gaps in the

southwest region of Florida,” said William “Bud” Dorman, CEO of White Aluminum. White Aluminum has been in business since 1955 and heralds the prestigious “Big50” designation awarded by Remodeling magazine, placing White Aluminum among the 50 most distinguished remodeling business owners in the nation. White Aluminum offers high-impact, energy-efficient replacement windows and doors and other products that meet the latest building codes in coastal regions, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and surrounding communities. White Aluminum Sarasota is located at 237 Interstate Blvd. For a complete product line and list of showroom locations, visit whitealuminum.com.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

real estate | transactions

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Marina Tower c ondominium sells for $2,375,000 The following residential real estate transactions took place between March 10 and March 14. A condominium in Marina Tower tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Josephine Weiss, trustee, and William Weiss, of Sarasota, sold the Unit PH-2 condominium at 1233 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Pererik and Sandra Lindqvist, of Longboat Key, for $2,375,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath and 3,550 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.35 million in 2003.

1507 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Wendy Osmar, trustee, of Ontario, Canada, for $472,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,165 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $474,700 in 2007. Mary Colonese, of Sarasota, sold her Unit 808 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. for $400,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,336 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $521,500 in 2007.

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Samuel Marrs, trustee, and Sally Marrs, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 16 condominium at 4844 Kestral Park Circle to Thomas Donlon Jr., of Sarasota, for $396,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,570 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $320,000 in 2008.

Plaza at Five Points

Scott and Julie Smith, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 11H condominium at 50 Central Ave. to Faye Ledwick, of Centerville, Ohio, for $991,700. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one halfbath and 2,273 square feet of living area.

Hudson Landings

Stephen and Barbara Baseman, of Sarasota, sold their Units 864 and 866 condominiums at 866 Hudson Ave. to Joseph and Regina Culloo, of Lone Tree, Colo., for $820,000. Built in 1989, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,293 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $217,000 in 1996.

The Landings

Helene and C. William Myers sold their home at 4732 Pine Harrier Drive to Jane Hyslop, trustee, of Sarasota, for $800,000. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,910 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $687,000 in 2002.

Bayview Homes

Terry Black, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 406 condominium at 5400 Eagles Point

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Unit PH-2 at 1233 N. Gulfstream Ave. has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath and 3,550 square feet of living area. It sold for $2,375,000.

Circle to Steven Geifman and Richard Geifman, of Bettendorf, Iowa, for $547,600. Built in 1990, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,904 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 2005.

Regency House

Thomas Rood, trustee, of Barrington, Ill., sold the Unit 802 condominium at 435 S. Gulfstream Ave. to Rafael Castro-Lopez and Daisy Lopez, of Sarasota, for $480,000. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,304 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $462,000 in 2004.

1350 Main Residential

Joseph Corso, of Sarasota, sold his Unit

Broadway Promenade

Gertrude Weiss, trustee, of Farmington Hills, Mich., sold the Unit 1515 condominium at 1064 N. Tamiami Trail to Neil and Susan Page, of Sarasota, for $365,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,573 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $556,100 in 2007.

SIESTA KEY Revised Siesta

Graeme and Dina Malloch, of Sarasota, sold their home at 3431 Edmondson Court to GSR Florida Property Holdings II LLC for $2.32 million. Built in 1992, it has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 4,360 square feet of living area. Jane Corcoran Motosko, of Sarasota, sold the home at 3535 La Paloma Ave. to Samuel and Susan Hayes, of Sarasota, for $430,000. Built in 1951, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,085 square

feet of living area. It previously sold for $118,000 in 1994.

Siesta Key Beach Residences

Secure Capital USA Properties LP sold the Unit 602 condominium at 915 Seaside Drive to Fabcab Properties LLC for $1.1 million. Built in 2009, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,750 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $775,000 in 2012.

Siesta’s Bayside

GSR Florida Property Holdings LLC sold the home at 713 Treasure Boat Way to Dominic and Elizabeth Jones, of Sarasota, for $1.09 million. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,898 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $899,000 in 2010. Ryan and Lynn Brown sold their home at 548 Venice Lane to Scott Hearne and Lynn Hearne, trustees, of Fort Collins, Colo., for $1.05 million. Built in 1975, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,098 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $515,000 in 2009.

Peppertree Bay

Strategic Health Care Co. sold the Unit 231 condominium at 1010 W. Peppertree Lane to Peppertree LLC for $895,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,310 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $955,000 in 2004.

Midnight Cove

Diana Abel, Shari Johnson, Linda Abel and Karen Hubert, trustees, sold the Unit 422 condominium at 6342 Midnight Pass Road to Treetops of Sarasota LLC for $600,000. Built in 1977, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,441 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $83,800 in 1978.

LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

990 Blvd Of The Arts # 804 #A3985921 $1,299,000 Linda A. Page

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-504-0123

355 Green Dolphin Dr #D5795594 $1,150,000 Pamela Neer

Placida 941-473-7750 941-830-0999

4829 Featherbed Ln #A3986812 $999,000 Anka Eshak PA

Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-504-6374

440 Canal Rd # C #A3992388 $969,000 Jonathan Abrams

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-232-2868

211 Robin Dr #A3988043 Brian Loebker

6520 Wild Orchid Ln #A3991735 $865,000 Lenore Treiman

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

9250 Little Gasparilla Is #D5795912 $799,900 Ellen Baker & Michael Hollenbeck

Placida 941-473-7750 941-268-4999

6915 Chancery Pl #A3984547 $799,000 Bibi-Ann Allard PA

University Park 941-951-6660 941-685-0422

353 Sugar Mill Dr #A3993922 $790,000 Nicole Dovgopolyi

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5849

1108 Brewer Pl #A3994732 $739,000 Alison Elizalde

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-735-4393

$4,375,000

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-928-9217

5089 Kestral Park S Way #A3994532 $650,000 Tara Lamb & Judy Greene

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-4873

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Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-685-3198

22475 Panther Loop #A3989559 $575,000 Dana Westmark

East County 941-951-6660 941-356-5091

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-376-1826

5174 Cote Du Rhone Way #A3994624 $549,000 Robert Agnello

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-928-1328

1599 Oak N Cir #A3994726 $523,500 Ann Moore

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-320-8461

581 Mossy Creek Dr #N5784006 $519,900 Martha Pike

Venice 941-485-5421 941-716-4392

5153 Cote Du Rhone Way #A3994549 $515,000 Drew Russell

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-993-3739

132 Harbor House Dr #A3993971 $479,000 Lorraine Neal

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-350-0997

4660 Ocean Blvd # 1 #A3993929 $464,900 Maureen Horn

Siesta Key 941-383-7591 941-539-3384

139 Whispering Sands Cir # V-31 #A3994548 $439,900 Robert McLoughlin

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-705-2349

414 Devonshire Ln #N5782714 $395,000 Scott Johnston

Venice 941-493-2500 941-232-5482


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m i c h a e l s a u n d e r s . c o m Klaus Lang

TOP BUILDING PERMITS

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These are the largest building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of March 10 through March 14, in order of dollar amounts.

440 Gulf of Mexico Dr • Longboat Key

Permit

Applicant

707 S. Gulfstream Ave. 1919 Irving St. 918 Indian Beach Drive 1240 Hillview Drive 1740 Alderman St. 1783 Fortuna St. 2324 Tuttle Ave. 3731 Indian Beach Place 1111 N. Gulfstream Ave. 1606 North Drive

Remodel Addition Deck Re-roof Remodel Alterations Alterations Re-roof Remodel Spa

Charlotte Perret Elisabeth Messer Gerard Hassan, trustee Mollie Nelson Tim Fountaine Michael Gorn Thach Hung John Corey Harry Wear, trustee Thomas Rao

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Applicant

3236 S. Lockwood Ridge Road 143 North Lane 143 North Lane 99 Island Circle 7758 Holiday Drive 205 Myrtle Ave. 1713 Fiesta Drive 143 North Lane 1536 Caribbean Drive

Solar Addition Addition Addition Pool/Spa Pool/Deck Doors/Windows Addition Re-roof

Ethel Zink Carol Osterman Carol Osterman Sharon Cosimano Clay Caldwell Dorothy Oldiges Margaret Loomis Carol Osterman Adam Greenberg

4156 Via Mirada

Re-roof

Charlene Blanchard

941.320.1223

After a 30-year career as an international corporate executive residing in Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia, Klaus fell in love with Sarasota and relocated here. Klaus focuses his expertise and world of knowledge on promoting the finest waterfront properties in the Sarasota area. His love of this beautiful corner of paradise is evident in the professional banner with which he represents each client. He works tirelessly to provide exceptional real estate service, delivered at all times with the highest levels of integrity, dedication, professionalism, diligence and attention to detail. For the finest in worldwide real estate experience, whether buying or selling, contact Klaus Lang today.

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Amount $250,000 $226,369 $129,578 $95,000 $56,000 $52,760 $40,000 $38,470 $37,400 $28,759

SARASOTA COUNTY Amount $225,000 $170,000 $126,000 $63,420 $54,257 $45,000 $42,612 $40,265 $35,800

413 S Blvd of Presidents New to the Market $4,950,000

$33,290

508 S Casey Key

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

MLS# A3992418 $2,300,000

Siesta Beach

Patricia Greenberg, of Sarasota, sold her

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-321-3696

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4208 Hearthstone Dr #A3992159 $295,000 Joan Parkinson P A

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-400-1520

211 Tremont Ln #A3970290 Diann Thelen

712 N Casey Key Rd #A3952240 $10,000,000 Linda Dickinson & Kelly Quigley

7837 S Leewynn Ct #A3991315 $359,000 Alix Wexler PA

25188 Marion Ave # 6 #C7042984 $269,000 Karen Brown

Sarasota $12,000 941-552-4200

3444 Jaffa Dr #A3987111 $3,900 Lisa Gullick

3825 Indian Beach Place MLS# A3988188 $1,699,000

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Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-350-2742

Punta Gorda 941-639-0000 941-380-2820

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4448 Calle Serena #A3994752 $384,000 Gladys Carrasco

home at 5079 Commonwealth Drive to Barry Wolf, of Marlton, N.J., for $515,000. Built in 1975, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,770 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 2003.

5780 Aaron Ct #A3994900 $299,900 William Montchal

17768 Courtside Landings Cir #C7052398 $269,000 Jennifer Calenda

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-587-1995

136 Osprey Point Dr #A3970693 $3,900,000 Sania Allen

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-266-7829

3930 Red Rock Way #A3987341 $2,999,000 Kim & Michael Ogilvie

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-376-1717

367 W Royal Flamingo Dr #A3988843 $2,995,000 Christine Del Monte

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-6733

665 N Owl Dr #A3985454 $2,825,000 Gloria Totti-Cervoni

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-544-7746

5167 Dewey Pl #A3986044 Dan Freed

$1,800,000

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-735-0770

460 Webbs Cv #A3969504 $1,695,000 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441

612 Tremont St #A3985190 $1,599,000 Karen Chandler

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

509 Rembrandt Dr #A3994448 $1,175,000 Deborah Nelson

Osprey 941-951-6660 941-266-5900

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

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

4347 Brandywine Dr #A3994398 $2,475 David Perkowski

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-416-0932

Casey 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

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Cheryl Woodruff, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 641 Beach Road to 641 Beach Road LLC for $600,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,536 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $499,000 in 2013.

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Do you love taking photos? We want your best photos of sunrises, sunsets, rainbows, etc. Submit your local weather photos for a chance to have your photo published in the paper! See all of the winning photos each week by visiting The Observer’s Facebook page. TEMPERATURES

Record Temperatures High

Low

High

Low

Wednesday, March 19

75

53

91 (1921)

40 (1985)

Thursday, March 20

77

60

90 (1921)

43 (1931)

Friday, March 21

87

60

90 (1921)

38 (1956)

Saturday, March 22

76

62

89 (1923)

38 (1960)

Sunday, March 23

79

66

88 (2007)

33 (1922)

Monday, March 24

70

65

88 (1974)

38 (1986)

Tuesday, March 25

73

62

90 (1929)

32 (1915)

AVERAGE GULF WATER TEMPERATURE: 69 SUNRISE / SUNSET

RAINFALL Wednesday, March 19

0.00

Thursday, March 20

0.00

Friday, March 21

0.00

Saturday, March 22

Sunrise

Sunset

Thursday, March 27

7:27a

7:45p

0.00

Friday, March 28

7:26a

7:46p

Sunday, March 23

0.00

Saturday, March 29

7:25a

7:46p

Monday, March 24

3.04

Sunday, March 30

7:24a

7:47p

Tuesday, March 25

0.23

Monday, March 31

7:23a

7:47p

Tuesday, April 1

7:22a

7:48p

Wednesday, April 2

7:21a

7:48p

Year-to-date: 2014 2013 9.58 in. 2.19 in. Month-to-date: 2014 2013 5.96 in. 1.05 in.

 Flora Carson submitted this sunset photo, taken on Siesta Key Beach.

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March 30 New

April 7 First

April 15 Full

April 22 Last

SPARKLING SWINE by Rob Lee ACROSS 1 “Pulled” barbecue meat 5 Allegro ___ (very fast, in a score) 10 Grassy plain 16 Captain’s record 19 High-pitched wind instrument 20 Breed, as salmon 21 It can follow two hips (var.) 22 Sickly 23 Neat and orderly 24 Palindromic belief 25 Lazy 26 Be in a competition 27 Twist, as a wet cloth 29 Put away, as food 31 Place for an ace, to a cheater 33 On the plane 35 Express complaints 36 Cuts uppers, e.g. 37 “Come on!” 38 WWI soldier 39 Dwarf in the nursery? 40 Put up with 42 Hinders 44 A country’s output, for short 47 Habit wearer 48 Chunk of grass, in golf 50 Sea eagle variety 51 Bangkok citizen 52 Bacchanalian revelry 54 Detect, as danger 56 Guaranteed financial support of 58 Dwells 60 Bagpipers’ wear 62 Buy, as merchandise 63Signs to heed

64Represents in drawing 65 Delivered from 66 Catch, as in a net 68 Brainy group 69 Deep purplishreds 72 Coming through the door again 74 Overdo it on stage 76 Eschew 77 Places for props 78 Indian princess 79 Fire-setter’s crime 81 For some, it can be bruised easily 82 Ordinal suffix 83 Dubious buy 87 One crying uncle? 89 Upscale groups 91 French social philosopher Georges 92 Splendor 93 Bathhouses 95 Fries, once 96 Necks, slangily 98 Show the way 99 Word with “any” or “some” 100 Free-for-all feature 101 Storyline that spans multiple episodes 102 Cream-filled dessert 104 American ostriches 106 Tugboat noise 110 Grande or Plata 111 Fish catchers 112 River of Tours 113 Cyclotron particles 114 “Inception” actor Watanabe 115 African fly 116 Dog park noises 117 With 1-Across, a tasty entree

51 Fitting room DOWN activities 1 Where the chips 53 Chinese fall? government 2 Kobe sash offices 3 Fishing pole 55 ___ out a living 4 It helps in a (making do) database 56 Some arm bones search 57 Teammate of 5 Moving about James and Bosh 6 Act the high roller 59 Part of “BFF” 7 Lifted one’s voice 61 Some online 8 Dumbstruck exchanges, for reaction short 9 Temporary period 64 Bolshevik leader 10 Olympics event 65 Informers, in slang 11 Private student 66 Irish language 12 “___ go bragh” 67 Nair alternative 13 Amateurs might 69 Tasty mushroom turn this 70 Wood-boring tools 14 Bird extinct since 71 Like mountains in 1914 winter 15 Like potatoes 73 Throws a hissy fit without buds 75 Constructs 16 Enjoy the lap of 80 Black, in luxury Barcelona 17 Antipasto 83 Most packed with ingredient evergreens 18 States of 84 Badmouth merriment 85 Do some 28 Spread outward, bartending as black-eyed 86 Medical assistant Susans 88 Credit cards, 30 Suffers bodily slangily woes 90 Boy 32 Pilot’s best guess 93 Daily Planet 33 Alabama’s reporter intrastate rival Kent 34 Support one’s 94Eagle’s nest family 95___ away from 35 Grown-up kids (avoids) 36 1,000 kilograms 96 Pointy 37 City north of Hue 97 Lawyers’ burden 38 Sound loudness 99 Desire units 100 Provide with a roof 39 Hitchcock classic 103 Tell fibs (with “The”) 105 Groundbreaking 41 Acts against tool potential heirs 43 Monopoly income 107 “How impressive!” 108 Lennon’s bride sources 109 One-sixth of a fl. 45 Western defense oz. org. 46 Walkway over water 49 Their patients can’t read

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Items Under $200 For 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 ANTIQUE TABLE: Drop leaf, 42”x 48”, on casters. $195. 941-366-9306. ARMOIRE WALL unit: nice solid wood, approx. 7’x4’, holds TV, books, etc. $100. 941-360-7598. COUCHES: (2) white kidney shaped, 74”x38”. Good Condition. Will sell separately. $95.00/ea. 941 922 4862. DRESSER/ 2 night stands, $50.00. TV and entertainment center, $100.00. Sofa bed, $50.00. 941-751-2226. HOT WHEELS Collection: Worth approximately 600.00 (in boxes). Will sell $200 firm. 941-456-2294. SOFA, SLEEPER, 85 inch, white/green/mauve/ beige/blue, Florida colors. $100 OBO. 941-923-8397. YAKIMA ROOF rack for car: 45”lx39”wx5”d, $175. 941-955-7045.

Autos For Sale 2007 MERCEDES 320 Bluetec. Silver/gray, garaged, navigation, Bluetooth. Well maintained, Florida car, 53,500 miles. $22,000. 941-312-9606. Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. 941-312-5890 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer, SE, leather, loaded, 52K/miles, $7988 2010 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 39K/miles, WARRANTY, $10988 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GT2, like new, 56K/miles, $9988 2004 Ford Ranger, w/topper, 67K/miles, $6988 2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS, 21K/miles, NEW! $10988 2010 Suzuki SX4, AWD, NEW, 21K/miles, $10988 2007 Toyota RAV4, AWD, 88K/miles, $11988 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, 61K/miles, like new, $8988 2011 Kia Forte EX, FACTORY WARRANTY, 56K/miles, $10988 2006 Ford F150 XL, 97K/miles, W/TOPPER, $11,988 OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK ALL CARS SERVICED “LIKE NEW” Financing Available

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

Boats 26’ SAN JUAN, 7.7 Sailboat. 8 Hp. Yamaha, sails, bimini top and sail covers. $3000. 941-383-3995. ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Furnishings BRAND NEW Serta Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set. Willing to sacrifice for $150. Need to sell quickly! (941)387-4810. ROLLTOP DESK: oak, with chair. $200. 2 Dressers and 2 Nightstands, oak, Broyhill. $100. 941-223-0070.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales AVONDALE NEIGHBORHOOD Yard Sale. Saturday, March 29, 9a.m.-2p.m. Gateway Bank lot, corner 41 and Bahia Vista. No early birds please. COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Sat., March 29. Woodland Park, off McIntosh between Bahia Vista and Fruitville, starting at 8a.m.

D L O S

955.4888

Reserved Space LP Reserved Space

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ESTATE SALE Saturday, March 29: 9:00 – 1:00 (#’s out at 8) Airport Mall, 8251 15th Street East (east side of airport across road from Rectrix) Nice sale of fine art representing major acclaimed artists: a Misch Kohn black & white print; Dolf Rieser etching; David J. Miller prints & a work by Anne Doris Levine. Huge inventory of excellent furniture: set of Ekornes stressless chairs; Hekman side table/w drawers; Lucite game & sofa tables; upholstered mid-century modern-style ivory sofa & chair; fruitwood dining table/w 6 cane back chairs & matching glass front curio; pedestal dining table w/6 chairs; drop leaf mahogany table; pair of antique crème colored upholstered chairs; buffet w/woven nail-head decorations; bistro table w/4 chairs; ladies desk w/inlay design; small salon chairs; king sized bed w/floral padded headboard & matching nautica bedside tables & curved cabinet; light wood desk w/matching cabinet & TV stand; rattan glass-top table w/4 chairs; several Henredon armoires, lanai furniture; several club chairs; portable serving bar; pair of painted cabinets; and so much more! Nice selection of crystal, kitchen wares, decorative items collectibles & linens. 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

Help Wanted

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

P/T SALES position available: 18-24 hours average per week, 6 hour shifts. Gift shop located on Siesta Key. Retiress welcome. 727-244-5906.

LONGBOAT KEY - MILLION DOLLAR CONDO ON THE BEACH AT THE PIERRE: Fabulous views. 2,410 sq/ft. 2 Bedroom plus den/convertible 3rd bedroom, 3 baths. Available 7/1/14 to 12/31/14. Dates flexible. 3 mo. min. Underground parking. Photos: ebstulberg@gmail.com

Condos/Apts. For Rent CENTERGATE ESTATES: 55+, year lease, large 2BR/2BA, 2 car garage Villa on lake. See now. Available May 1st. $1500/mo. 941-343-0655. CLARK ROAD, I-75: 2 story villa, 2BR/2.5BA, community pool, tennis court. Available May 01, 2014, $1,400 a month. Liz, 941-753-6410. NYC: JULY 5-12. 1BR suite, upscale Manhattan Club, heart of city near theaters, restaurants, shopping, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Central Park. BR, LR, DR/ kitchen, 2 full baths, 2 TV’s, internet. Sleeps 4-5. No tipping. $1925/week or $295/per night. 941-383-2748 or 203-770-1007.

Condos For Sale FREE! What every Real Estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com LONGBOAT WATERFRONT. 2BR/2BA, Intercoastal view, pool, tennis, beach access. Estate Sale $229,000. Audrey Marten, Coldwell Banker 941-587-5060. SIESTA SUN: lowest Gulfside efficiency on Siesta Key. Fully furnished with heated pool. $189K. Call Siesta Beach Realty. 941-993-5722.

Homes For Rent

MAKE OFFER Moving Sale! Furniture, new gift items from closed store, gas grill, lawn mower, refrigerator, dining sets. 3/29 & 3/30, 9am-3pm. 205 Matisse Circle North, Nokomis.

Merchandise Wanted

Religion ST. JUDE O holy St. Jude, Apostle & Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of JESUS CHRIST, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To humbly beg to whom GOD has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return I promise to make your name known and need to be invoked. Say 3 OUR FATHERS, 3 HAIL MARYS & 3 GLORY BE’s. Publication must be promised. ST. JUDE, PRAY FOR US ALL WHO INVOKE YOUR AID. AMEN. This novena must be said on 9 consecutive days. Thank you St. Jude for answering my petition. -MGL

LONGBOAT KEY Country Club Shores. 3BR/3BA, office, 3rd house from bay with boat dock, outstanding view, totally updated, 2 car garage, pool, beach access. Semi-annual or annual. 518-755-6141 or 941-383-7932. LUXOR MHP $450/mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc., Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034

Homes For Sale

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 SPLITS. NO desk or junk fees. Geat office. Call Tony Andrews 941-504-7769

Air Conditioning GULFSIDE A/C & Heating, LLC. SALES & SERVICE, FREE ESTIMATES! 10 MINUTE RESPONSE. Visa/MC/Disc. Lic. #CAC1816929 941-962-6863.

Auto Transport SHIP YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421. SUNCOAST TRANSPORTER Long Distance Delivery. “Snowbirds” I drive your car door to door! One Inclusive price. Mike 941-993-0236

Carpentry

Storage

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

IN-HOME ASSISTED LIVING. Why leave the safety, beauty and comfort of your own home to receive professional, affordable and compassionate care? You don’t need to! ElderCare Services provides complete customized care perfectly tailored to suit your needs and lifestyle. Services include, but not limited to, homemaking, transportation, running errands, meal prep., medication supervision, 24/7 medical staffing, and more. Please call 377-4465 for more info. or visit us on the web @ eldercaresarasota.com. Licensed, bonded and insured. Lic.#30211372

RON VOIT CARPENTRY LLC. Build, remodel, repair. Door and window replacement. Wood rot repairs. Interior alterations and trim. Kitchen and baths. Built-in cabinetry. Call Ron 941-228-7601. State Lic. CBC1259788.

Cleaning

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

Business Opportunities

COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVER, 10+ years experience w/bathing, cooking, cleaning. F/T or P/T. Let me care for your loved ones. Yasuko: 941-323-3538.

RETIRED RN. Errands, transportation, light housekeeping. Medication monitoring and setup. Quality care. References. Kathie, 941-266-6012.

CASH PAID for old Miami Dolphins uniforms and memorabilia, etc. 941-320-8666.

HOT TUB seats 5, with lounger, 110 or 220 volt. Never used. Can deliver. Sacrifice $1895. 941-462-0633.

CAREGIVER AVAILABLE: short or long term, Monday through Thursday P.M. or Monday through Sunday night. References. 941-545-5992. CNA/HHA: 20 years experience. Private duty. Good references. Good cook. Mennonite background. 4/hour min. Marilyn, 941-320-1049.

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.

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

Pools/Spas

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"

2BR/2BA +DEN, 1300 sq.ft. 2.0 car Villa in gated community. SR70 near SR75. $214,500. Contact owner @ jazlvr2000@tampabay.rr.com SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE. One of a kind, 3BR/2BA, deep water dock, private road, large wooded lot on Siesta Key. $2.5/MIL. Call owner for details, 941-349-4835.

BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $80, 2 cleaners, 2 hours. HOUSE CLEANING, housekeeping, pet sitting, window washing. Excellent services by European couple. 941-350-8072.

This week’s Crossword answers

Out-of-State Property CABO SAN LUCAS: 2000/sq.ft. villa, ocean side, view of Lands End, 2BR/3BA, sleeps 8, fully furnished. Fractional Ownership. $185K. Ruth Brown, 330-466-8619.

Real Estate Wanted ANNUAL RENTAL: Long term, beginning Summer 2014. 2BR+/2BA, updated, condo/house, west of Shade Ave. to Bay. 630-363-5165.

CHIEF FINANCIAL Officer: The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc. has an opening for a hands on CFO. Please go to www.selby.org, About Us, Employment from more information. EOE, Drug Free Workplace.

WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS

LIVE-IN OR LIVE-OUT, mature, well qualified aide for gentleman in private residence. Serve as companion, driver for company car, manage medications, prepare some meals, light housekeeping, errands. Full-time, periods of overnight travel, and summers in Utah. Good compensation for right person. Must provide strong references at first interview. HHA certification helpful, but not necessary at the moment. 732-319-0831.

Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356

For Qualified Waiting Clients

email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

HOUSE CLASSIFIEDS LP # 56733

2014

This week’s Cryptogram answers

1. A musician was going back to prison for two years but he seemed happy about it. “I think I will fit in well at Sing Sing,” he said. 2. A sad housewife pined to fully redecorate. To make her husband understand her gloomy mood, she put on a CD playing, “I see a red door and I want it painted black.”


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THE SARASOTA OBSERVER/ Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Cleaning

Furniture Repair

Painting/Wallpapering

Pressure Cleaning

ND SPARKLE. We are a family business experienced in both home and office cleaning great rates. Call for a quote. 941-330-4466. Email: norgrasi@hotmail.com

ALBERTO’S REFINISHING Of Fine Furniture, Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, Rush, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: 941-296-5427.

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience.

JACK'S DETAILED Pressure Washing. Handyman Services, Odd Jobs, Errands. 941-979-7095. E-mail: kwantj@yahoo.com PRESSURE WASHING: Residential and Commercial. ECO Cleaning. Roofs, lanais, pool areas, etc. Roof coating also. 941-756-4570.

CUSTOM PAINTING, Wallpaper Removal. Quality work at a reasonable price. Free Estimates. Established 1978. Call Daniel at L.L. Armstrong Contracting. Lic./Insured. 941-323-5074.

CLASSIFIED LINE AD PRICE

MITCHELL HANDYMAN. Painting, Carpentry, Tile, Pressure Cleaning. Total Home Improvements, Repairs. Small and large! 941-284-8488.

COMPUTER TECHNICAL Support. H/W & S/W problems solved. Virus/Malware removal; data recovery; Networking/ Internet Issues; Upgrades; A+, Network+ Cert. Tech. Navy trained electronics tech veteran. 941-225-0046. OWN A MAC/iPHONE/iPAD? MacTutor has 21+ years experience teaching Apple products. I speak English, not “Geek”! (941) 812-3887 www.FLMacTutor.com

PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION 20 YRS. EXPERIENCE

Flooring

Pet Services

CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE 726-1802 LIC/ INS

STONE, TILE & WOOD FLOORING INSTALLERS. 20 Years Experience. Your flooring materials or mine. Lic./Ins. Call Joe, 941-929-3000.

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Call: 955-4888 Email: classified@yourobserver.com Online: www.YourObserver.com

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Home Furnishing Restoration and Upholstery Specialist!

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• Quick Shines • Full Details • Teak Restoration • Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly Cleaning • Rod and Reel Maintenance

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Custom Surfaces Inc. DECORATIVE SURFACES FOR: PATIOS, POOL DECKS, DRIVEWAYS, ENTRYWAYS

Call Daniel, 941-302-6023

CERTIFIED & INSURED

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DOORS

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PRO Sliding Glass Door Repair

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AUTO SERVICE Headlights restored and sealed to like new condition!

• Repair • Remodel • New Construction

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PC & LAPTOP REPAIR

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SALES & SERVICE NEW & REFURBISHED NETWORKING DSL AND CABLE SETUPS TRAINING BACKUP & RECOVERY SETUP, INSTALL, UPGRADE AFFORDABLE RATES

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On Site or In Shop

BARBER

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Men & Women (65+) and Boys (12 & under) only $12 Everyone else only $14 Mon. - Fri. Hot Lather Neck Shave Included

Gulf Gate Drive Barber Shop

8:30-6 Sat. 8:30-3

3208 Gulf Gate Dr. (Just off Beneva Rd., Across from G.G. Library) 941-228-0333

www.GulfGateDriveBarberShop.com

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ELECTRIC

Call Gary Auto Body & Paint Inc. 941-923-2564

780-3788 • 822-0436

VIRUS & SPYWARE EXPERTS! LAPTOP REPAIR SPECIALISTS

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CALL 24/7 • RESIDENTIAL SPECIALISTS FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL NEEDS! 941.538.7274

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CHALMERS DRYWALL

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HEADLIGHT RESTORATION

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Sharon M. Guy, P.A.

724-1395

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Law Office of

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WILLS, TRUSTS, PROBATE, ELDER LAW

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Mercy’s Cleaning Service

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Also Laying Stone

CUSTOM WOODWORKING

Move Ins/Move Outs

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Servicing the Sarasota area since 1999

Classified Ads Bring Results 941-955-4888

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Michael Koch Concrete, Inc. Driveways • Sidewalks

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Insured

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3675768-01

DOCKSIDE BOAT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE

ALUMINUM

3680493-01

922-3157

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In shop free estimates Pick up and delivery services available

Sharon M. Guy

Yellow color $5 per Week • Border as low as $3 per Week

BOAT SERVICES

Frank Beck Upholstery

Gulf Gate Village 6568 Superior Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231

RICK STEAKLEY PAINTING. Interior/Exterior. Pressure Washing. Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repairs. Reasonable. Reliable. Professional. 30+/years experience. References available. Free Estimates. Lic./Ins. 941-228-7605, rlsteakley60@gmail.com

STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS

First 15 words .......................$17.50 per week Each Add’l word ........................................ 50¢ 15% DISCOUNT for 4 week Run

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Computer Services

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DRYWALL, TEXTURE AND PAINT. 20 Years Master Craftsman. Licensed & Insured. Call Joe, 941-929-3000.

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Home Improvement/ Remodeling

SUNSHINE CLEANING: Residential and Commercial. 15 Years Experience. Great References and Prices. Call Rita 941-536-3751.


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• Airport pick-up and drop off

Peace of Mind with Weekly and Bi-weekly Home Inspections

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Location Location -- Less Less than than aa 10 10 minute minutewalk walktoto#1 #1ranked, ranked,world world famous famous Siesta Siesta Beach Beach with with its its powdery powderywhite whitesand sandand andcrystal crystal clear clear water. water. Location Location -- Minutes Minutes from from seaside, seaside,eclectic eclecticSiesta SiestaVillage Villagewith with an an array array of of restaurants, restaurants, shops shops and andvibrant vibrantnightlife. nightlife. Location Location -- Located Located mid-Key mid-Key with witheasy easyaccess accesstotoboth bothbridges bridges for for convenient convenient on/off on/off island island travel. travel.

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Impeccably renovated and furnished, large Rarely available. Beautifully furnished 3/3 with with 2/2 end unit. Private boat dock with 16k lift is 2 master suites. 2,300+ sq ft., just a short walk walk right out the back door. Walk to Siesta Beach to Siesta Beach. Deeded 30’ boat dock. MLS#3988650 $549,000 MLS#3985461 $849,000

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AA gated gated enclave enclave ofof 50 50 town-home town-homestyle styleunits unitsimpeccably impeccably maintained maintained inin aa beautifully beautifully landscaped landscapedsetting. setting. Each Each unit unit comes comes with with its its own own private privatedeeded deededboat boatdock dockon on one one of of the the very very few few deep deep water watermarinas marinason onSiesta SiestaKey. Key.Great Great fifishing shing right right off off the the docks docks and andno nobridges bridgestotothe theBay Baywith with quick, quick, easy easy access access to to the the Gulf Gulf ofofMexico. Mexico. Rarely Rarely found found on on the the Key, Key, each eachunit unitcomes comeswith withits itsown ownfull full car car garage garage with with abundant abundant walk-around walk-aroundstorage, storage,attached attachedtoto the the unit. unit. Resort-style Resort-style ameniteis ameniteis including includingnewly newlyrenovated renovatedclubhouse clubhouse with with complete complete kitchen, kitchen, heated heatedpool poolwith withhot hottub, tub,tennis tennis courtand courtand outdoor outdoor pavilion pavilion

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Low Low Maintenance Maintenance fees fees with with substantial substantialreserves. reserves. In In addition addition to to spacious spacious two two bedroom/two bedroom/twobath bathunits, units,rare rare three three bedroom/ bedroom/ three three bath bath units unitswith withover over300 300square squarefeet feetofof dedicated dedicated storage storage inin the the units, units,are areavailable. available.

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500 Webbs Cove An original Bo MacEwen Bermuda/Traditional home. A treasure of the finest finishes, airy and bright with long lake views and all of the accoutrements you would expect to find in a luxury home. Be sure to see this exquisite 3BR/3½BA home and move into the gracious lifestyle in The Oaks Country Club. MLS#A3986980 $1,075,000

401 North Point Road #704 7th floor 3BR/3BA+den with spectacular sunsets and views of the ICW and Gulf. Pool, spa & fitness center right outside your door. Country club lifestyle and maintenance free living with two 18 hole championship golf courses, 12 Har-Tru tennis courts, and an elegant clubhouse with fine dining at the beautiful Oaks Country Club MLS#A371560 $849,900

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Rosalie Phillips

903 MacEwen Drive, Osprey Charming 3BR/2.5BA on the 13th fairway of the Heron Course at The Oaks. Featuring Italian terra cotta tile in the main living areas, and down the terraced steps to the lanai where your pool, spa and golf course views are the main attraction. Top-of-the-line appliances and fireplace add to its Tuscan warmth. MLS#A3993551 $725,000

519 Wexford Drive, Venice Imagine living near the Gulf of Mexico’s warm water and soft white beaches, enjoying a tranquil lake view with a conservation area beyond, and a perfect view of the #3 green of the Panther course at Plantation. This 3BR/2Bath/2CG home in Fairway Village has all of this for under $260,000! Don’t hesitate...Call about this one today. MLS#A3993540 $259,900

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The Grand Club

in the heart of Siesta Key Gulf and Bay Club is the premier gulf front gated community on over 30 acres with 780 feet of beach frontage right on world famous Siesta Key beach. Amenities include 3 heated pools (including a lap pool), 8 tennis courts, 6 dry saunas, a fitness center with spa, an expansive clubhouse with library and computer room, racquetball and basketball courts and multiple barbecue areas with picnic tables.

Completely furnished completely updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath beachfront condo overlooking pool Priced at $759,000

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5330 Siesta Cove Drive – $2,350,000

5831 Riegels Harbor Road – $1,895,000 Boaters paradise spacious custom waterfront home, 4 beds/4.5baths, gated, deep sailboat water, 50' dock.

Casual Siesta Key elevated canal home, bamboo floors oversized lot, solar heated pool, large lanai and boat dock.

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742 Shadow Bay Way – $695,000

13211 Palmers Creek Terrace – $1,695,000

Spectacular bay front split-level Key West-style home near Siesta Beach. 40' dock, boat lift, saltwater pool & spa.

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526 Treasure Boat Way – $824,900

Luxurious Executive Country Club estate home on private preserve lot. 5-6 beds/5.5 baths, spectacular pool & spa.

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‘THE COOLEST PLACE YOU CAN’T GET IN’

Bruce Rodgers oversees the invitation-only Hermitage Artist Retreat, where he also oversees others as they turn their ideas into works of art.

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The Hermitage beach cottage playwright Craig Lucas’ play “Ode to Joy” and a handful of other Hermitage artist-related productions and symphonies. He has a lot to do before then. Rodgers dons a button-down, slacks and bright orange Nikes (much more clothed than the former inhabitants). From his window on the property, you can see bikini-clad spring breakers enjoying the sand and water. You can feel the salty trade winds coming through the screen door. But even though his cypress-paneled office is steps from the water, he doesn’t get out much. He’s busy fulfilling the retreat’s mission, sweeping floors or acting as the IT guy — he does it all. Rodgers sips from a Hermitage Artist Retreat coffee mug. He had a late night and an early morning. Bradley Wester, a visual artist from Rhode Island, just arrived Monday. Rodgers was at the campus till late in the evening at Wester’s dinner — the staff, donors and artists always welcome the incoming artists with a Monday-night feast.

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Currently, there are four artists visiting. Wester is joining playwrights Daniel Sklar and Ginna Hoben as well as composer Eve Beglarian. There are around 60 artists that visit the residency program annually. This is the core of what the Hermitage Artist Retreat does. There’s no application process for the artists. A 10-person committee made up of leaders of the various fields the Hermitage Artist Retreat supports selects the artists who visit. “It’s the coolest place you can’t get in,” Rodgers says quietly, slightly raising his eyebrows over circular-rimmed glasses. “We wanted to make it special to get invited here.” Rodgers has been around since before the Hermitage’s inception in 2003, when sculptor Malcolm Roberts stayed as the first artist. You might have seen Roberts’ wave sculpture leading into the Longboat Key Club and Resort property. Rodgers sat on the steering committee that founded the nonprofit. Back then, he was the associate

Program Director and Co-Founder Patricia Caswell, playwright Rich Orloff and Bruce Rodgers artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre (then known as Asolo Theatre Co.). And before that, he was working as a playwright. Part of the reason he was invited on the steering committee was because he had been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, the oldest artists’ colony. Rodgers claims three plays to his penmanship, four if someone’s really counting. One of which brought him to Sarasota in the first place. It’s called “Lost Electra,” and is about a man obsessed with finding out what happened with Amelia Earhart as a coping method for dealing with the death of his son. Margaret Booker directed his play in Cincinnati in 1990. The following year, when she became artistic director at Asolo Rep, she brought it to that theater. In 1993, Booker offered Rodgers the job of resident playwright and literary manager. But Rodgers doesn’t write anything other than grants and speeches these days. Today, he’s going to write what he’ll say in a video for the Greenfield Prize Din-

ner April 12. The Greenfield Prize is a partnership between the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Philadelphia-based Greenfield Foundation. Through the partnership, one artist receives a $30,000 prize in the form of a future commission and gets two years and ample time at The Hermitage to create the commission. Every April, a new Greenfield Prize artist receives a commission and the artist from two years prior presents his or her commissioned work. Nilo Cruz will receive the Greenfield Prize this April. He’s the third playwright to receive the prize. Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer will present what he created during his commission this April. The Gulf Coast inspired his piece, “Turbulence.” Rodgers says Iyer came to the Hermitage two 10-day periods during his two-year commission. Each time, he brought his wife and daughter with him. He stayed in what they call the pump house. Rodgers likes to stay out of art-

Vijay Iyer’s ‘Turbulence’ On April 10, pianist Corey Smythe and wind quintet Imani Winds will premiere the Greenfield Prize commission as part of La Musica International Chamber Festival. When: 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10 Where: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Cost: Tickets $40 Info: Call 366-8450 or visit lamusicafestival.org ists’ way and just let them work, unless they ask him to view their creation, ask him to dinner or strike up a conversation. He gets to know the artists, and knows the Hermitage is special to them. Rodgers tells the story about the first Greenfield Prize winner, Craig Lucas. This month, Lucas wrote an article for American Theatre Magazine attributing the Hermitage Artist Retreat with changing his life. Before he came to the Hermitage, his house was in danger of being repossessed, his career bottomed out, he was out of money, and he didn’t have a lot of future prospects. He wasn’t receiving good reviews. “After his time here everything turned around for him, and he credits us for that,” Rodgers says. During that time, he wrote an opera libretto, two musicals and two plays. Lucas says in the article that at The Hermitage he found the cure of the difficulties of writing. “It’s incredibly rewarding that we have this kind of impact on peoples’ lives,” Rodgers says.

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Spring Dance Performance 7 p.m. at Booker VPA. Runs through Saturday. Call 355-2967. Indigo Girls with Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call 953-3368. ‘Quartet’ 8 p.m. at Glenridge Performing Arts Center. Runs through April 2. Tickets $20. Call 552-5325.

FRIDAY, MARCH 28

Iconcept 6 Benefiting Art Center Sarasota. 6 p.m. at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Tickets $125. Call 365-2032.

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ON DISPLAY: From March 29

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. 7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center. Free. Call 306-1202.

SIZE AND MEDIUM: 20 inches INSPIRATION: “The image is an artistic interpretation of what space-time may have looked like less than one nanosecond after the Big Bang, when the universe was very rapidly expanding. ‘The Origin of Time’ is one of a series of images in a show at the Art Uptown Gallery titled ‘Where Time Goes.’ The image was created by visually display-

Unplugged New Play Festival Asolo Repertory Theatre 7 p.m. at Asolo Rep rehearsal hall Call 351-8000.

MONDAY, MARCH 31

Pops Series: ‘Satchmo, Fats & The Duke.’ Sarasota Orchestra 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Runs through Saturday. Tickets $32 to $69. Call 953-3434.

Season Celebration on Stage 6:30 p.m. at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Tickets $250. Call 351-9010, Ext. 4712.

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‘In Tribute.’ Chroma Quartet 5:30 p.m. First Church of Sarasota Tickets $10. Call 955-0935.

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Embracing Our Differences At Sarasota’s Bayfront Park and Bradenton Riverwalk. Runs through June 1. Free. Call 404-5710.

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Open Rehearsal La Musica International Chamber Music Festival. 9:30 a.m. at Sanier Pavillion at New College of Florida. Runs through April 15. Tickets $15 to $75. Call 366-8450, Ext. 3.

‘THE ORIGIN OF TIME’ BY FRANK BIBBINS

‘4000 Miles’ (Preview) 8 p.m. at Asolo Repertory Theatre Runs through April 17.

TION YOU WERE IN BEFORE THIS? “Disenchanted,” “Drowsy

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ing a set of repeating computergenerated fractal equations of differing size and color. Since this is the only fractal image in the show, the method has opened a new means of expression for me that I expect to use in the future.” Tickets $15 to $45. Call 351-8000. ‘Bring it On: The Musical’ 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call 953-3368. La Musica International Chamber Music Festival Concert 1 8 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House Tickets $40 to $175. Call 366-8450, Ext. 3.

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IF YOU COULD GET STUCK IN A RETIREMENT HOME WITH JUST THREE OTHER PEOPLE, WHO WOULD THEY BE? I would

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WHAT’S THE WORST PART ABOUT AGING? I have just gone

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WHAT’S THE BEST PART? Getting to know more and more people. And learning things

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BEST PAIRED WITH: A “Hail Mary.” This is Blue Rooster’s house bloody Mary complete with a jumbo shrimp wrapped around pickled okra and a bacon stir stick. that you didn’t know before because you’ve had a little more time.

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Contemporary dancer brings her roots to Sarasota

Medhi Walerski also dances with NDT and choreographs for the company. One of the first projects Jacoby had when joining NDT in August 2012 was working with Walerski. They became close friends. The duo will dance two duets both choreographed by Walerski. Jacoby will also perform a solo piece by choreographer Marco Goecke. Goecke originally made

Bryan Arias

From left: Drew Jacoby and Medhi Walerski; David Harvey and Meredith Webster the piece for a dancer in Ballet de Monte Carlo as a gift to Princess Caroline.

Lil Buck with cellist Nina Kotova

Contemporary street dancer Lil Buck will perform a streetdancing piece to a song from “The Dying Swan” ballet. He arrived on the scene with this performance accompanied by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Jacoby and her husband, Joshua Martens, run a dance website, “Dance Pulp,” where they feature

video interviews with dancers, directors and choreographers. She had Lil Buck’s contact information because she was planning on interviewing him for her website. She thought he’d be perfect for this program. Cellist Nina Kotova became involved because she and Jacoby have a future project in the works. The producer of this future project had contacted Lil Buck about a project, completely unrelated to both “Lifted” and the Kotova/Jacoby collaboration. Coincidentally, Jacoby had

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just asked Lil Buck to perform in “Lifted.” When Jacoby discovered this coincidence, it inspired the idea that Kotova could play “The Dying Swan” for Lil Buck in the program.

Meredith Webster and David Harvey

Calling her family, Jacoby met Meredith Webster long before they were dancing with San Francisco-based contemporary ballet company Alonzo King’s Lines ballet. They both studied at the same ballet school, Pacific

In 2007, Jacoby and Arias danced together at Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York. He also danced at NDT, but left prior to Jacoby’s joining to work with choreographer Crystal Pite and to create his own choreography. Arias will perform one of his pieces as well as a piece by Pite.

Acacia Schachte and Jason Kittelberger

Jacoby has never worked with Schachte or Kittelberger, but they have many mutual friends. Her hope was to add dancers from a contemporary company similar to NDT, but American. These two dancers from New York Citybased Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet fit perfectly in her bill.

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Drew Jacoby says the dance world is small. As a United States-born and trained contemporary dancer currently dancing in the Netherlands Dance Theater (NDT) — she has an international network of contacts. One of those contacts is Robert de Warren. Jacoby first met de Warren, president and CEO of the Sarasota International Dance Festival, in 2010. She performed at the Carreño Dance Festival, which he founded, in 2010 and 2011, and they have maintained contact since. He even visited her once when she was in New York. When de Warren asked her to put together a one-night program of contemporary dance, she went to the rest of her contacts. Jacoby describes the program as being similar to a big gala featuring international ballet stars, but with a contemporary twist. Coined “Lifted,” the dance program will take place April 15 at Sarasota Opera House. Below is more about the performers featured in the program, and how they became included.


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Charlotte Dart, Elizabeth Lucchesi, Barbara Darvin and Arlene Baxter

A Comedy by Ronald Harwood

Four friends looking for a little harmony Starring Roberta MacDonald Robert Ennis Turoff Richard LeVene Judy Glynn

Directed by Peter Ivanov At a crazy home for retired musicians, plans for the annual Verdi gala are disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Wed. 60 drummers drumming Jan. 29 at The Ringling at 8pm by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor A group of 60 college student percussionists stand in the center of The Ringling’s courtyard March 22. They will perform a composition by John Luther Adams as part of the NowHere: New Stages series at The Ringling. They’ll ring in the Vernal Equinox with this program. The students face various directions toward audience members it in Inuksu rticipates sporadically seated around the a p t is n io ss courtyard. The percussionists’ shirts A student percu read “Inuksuit” on the front and its meaning, “act in the capacity of the hu- with the occasional horn-blowing conch man,” on the back. The experience be- shell. Sirens and large bass drums regins with amplified breathing. One or two sound through the courtyard at various at a time, a musician blows air through times from traveling locations. The audia paper cone or conch shell. Soon after, ence mills around the courtyard similarly this musician travels to a new location. to the musicians. As they play, the sun sets Eventually more percussive sounds are around them ringing in the darker half of added — and it begins to sound like rain the Vernal Equinox.

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// Sarasota Music Festival 50th Anniversary Concert How can the Sarasota Music Festival be 50 years old? In 1964, my parents were snowbirds, contemplating a move to Sarasota and, being avid chamber music listeners, they were thrilled that the city they were planning to live in, after being lifelong upper west siders in Manhattan, N.Y., was going to offer an important chamber festival. Under Paul Wolfe’s leadership and, more recently, Robert Levin’s tutelage, the Sarasota Music Festival has become one of the leading teaching festivals in the world. For three weeks every spring, the best of the best instrumentalists stream to Sarasota to learn from a faculty that represents some of the finest chamber musicians and soloists in the world and to play chamber and orchestral concerts with them, side-by-side. This may make for excellent listening as far as audiences are concerned. But, the festival has also produced a bevy of alumni who have taken their work in Sarasota to major posts in the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta symphonies and the Berlin Philharmonic. They’ve come from all over the world and, in turn, spread the word about Sarasota’s culture to the rest of the world. And some of them have been chosen to play principal roles in the Sarasota Orchestra. In honor of the festival’s 50th anniversary, Levin brought six recent alumni to Sarasota for a special concert a couple of weeks ago in Holley Hall. Russian-born pianist Asiya Korepanova, an SMF alumna from 2011, and gold-medal recipient of the 2012 Wideman International Competition, opened the festivities with a well-sculpted performance of Rachmaninov’s Prelude in D flat. She later reappeared in a segment from Bartok’s “Contrasts,” with violinist Elena Urioste (who is an alum from 2005

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7th grade, Pineview School I thoroughly enjoyed the short film “Woody” by Stuart Bowen because of two aspects: the lack of dialogue and the chosen pieces of music. I also loved that the film showed that people will make big sacrifices in order to achieve their goals in life. Woody showed unending determination, even when his classmates seemed to snicker at his career choice: being an accomplished and known pianist. It was a beautiful film on following your dreams with determination. The lack of dialogue emphasized the orchestral music playing in the background, which, in my opinion, was important in contributing to the flow of the film. During the movie, when there were emotions such as frustration and confusion present, the music helped the audience understand what was going on, without words. The camera work was a little bit intrusive, or overdone, during the time when Woody is daydreaming. However, overall, the cinematography helped the film move along nicely. I loved how the film was realistic, showing that you cannot achieve things without sacrificing things, or going through pain. The use of mannequins was very creative, as it showed that whether or not you are human, you still have goals to achieve and you will encounter obstacles in your path. The plot was very meaningful and well told. I would definitely recommend this to other audiences, especially to younger viewers, as it has a very deep message and theme.

7th grade, Pineview School “Woody” by Stuart Bowen is an interesting piece that I enjoyed. It revolves around having dreams and not being able to achieve them because of a physical disadvantage — such as wanting to play basketball but you are too short. Many aspects of “Woody” can be related to things we see and experience in everyday life. Even though the main character cannot physically achieve his dream, his whole life revolves around doing what he loves even if that means just imagining it. I also enjoyed that all the characters looked exactly the same. Having all of them the same made their society seem like you could only accomplish certain tasks, and all others were absurd and unthinkable. In addition, making the characters look the same made the film seem like everyone is exactly the same and exactly equal, when in hindsight we are completely and utterly different in almost every aspect. The director did a great job of fitting the lighting and music around the plot. I felt there was an unnecessary explosion toward the beginning. Otherwise, the cinematography was flawless. Although the overall theme was hopeful but depressing, there was a scene where my peers and I got into a heated discussion about whether or not the character was trying to solve his problems or give up entirely. I did enjoy listening to others opinions, and I also liked how the director let it go to the viewer’s imagination. The short film “Woody” by Stuart Bowen was an intelligent and well thought out movie and I enjoyed it a lot overall.

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they’ve traveled. Christian Conn gets to step into Tom Joad’s iconic boots. But he doesn’t play it iconically. He’s not Henry Fonda’s larger-than-life workingman’s Christ. Conn’s character is life-sized — a tough, smart, decent guy, who doesn’t want to fight but will if pushed. Peggy Roeder is equally fine as the equally iconic Ma Joad. Again, she portrays a person, not an archetype. (Roeder’s character is hilariously human when she finally loses her temper at a pushy holy roller.) Andrew Sellon is layered and self aware as the un-born-again Rev. Casy, who’s lost his old-time religion, found a new one and ultimately passes it on to Tom. Kudos also to Kristen Lynne Blossom (as Rose of Sharon, Tom’s increasingly pregnant sister), Douglas Jones (as a laconic Pa Joad), David Brietbarth (as the drunken, loving, guilt-riddled Uncle John Joad), David S. Howard (as Grampa Joad, a trashtalking natural comedian, who sadly dies too soon) and Carolyn Michel (as Granma Joad, his sweeter, better half, who soon follows). All in all, 28 actors bring Steinbeck’s Oakie odyssey to life. Along the way, the journey is punctuated by Woody Guthrie-esque folk music, performed by Tim Grimm (the composer), with Carmela Pedicini and Sara Moone on banjo and fiddle. The song asserting “We don’t want handouts or charity” was particularly moving. This small army of talent creates plenty of feel-good moments. But don’t expect a happy ending. We know the road is a dead-end from the start. What the road does to the riders is what counts. The Joads suffer, all right. But they endure. Sure, they’re fictional — as achingly symbolic as the cast of “Pilgrim’s Progress.” But they stand for flesh-and-blood people. Watching this play, you can’t forget the real-life Joads, and not only the ones in the 1930s. They’re still out there, traveling hard roads on our planet right now. If their journey doesn’t move you, you’re made of stone. — Marty Fugate

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Chris Covelli feeds the Baltimore Orioles’ hunger for a World Series. And, occasionally, he’ll serve them bacon.

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Embodying the sixties in true AvantGarde fashion, guests gathered at the Ulla Searing Student Center on the Ringling College of Art and Design’s campus Saturday, March 22, for “An Evening at the Avant-Garde: The Swinging Sixties.” Classic cars lined the entrance of the event, where guests took photos with the classics that matched their era of attire. Bell bottoms, go-go boots, love beads, tie-dye, crochet and suede vests and round sunglasses — if it was hip in the 60s, it was worn at Avant Garde. Dressed as President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie O., Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry and Pat Thompson arrived in a presidential limousine and waved to their admirers as they entered the event. Just minutes after the arrival of the Thompsons came the arrival of actor and Oscar winner (and honorary chair of the evening) Richard Dreyfuss, handcuffed, in a police car, and dressed in 60s drag. Dreyfuss made the rounds with his wife, Stella, before

changing into normal garb for dinner. Following the arrival of Dreyfuss and the outdoor cocktail hour, more than 400 guests made their way into the center to continue the groovy evening chaired by Dan and Sarah Hoffe. Nothing but good vibes continued from then until the event ended at midnight. Following dinner and live auction (emceed by Michael Klauber, who donned a ’60s Afro wig), guests danced to the tunes of Frequency and chilled out in the Haze Lounge (beanbag chair lounging? right on!), all while taking in the sights of the kaleidoscope show. As stated by Dr. Larry Thompson, in the (paraphrased) words of President John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what Ringling College can do for you, ask what you can do for Ringling College!” The 18th annual student scholarship fundraiser has raised nearly $1.5 million for scholarships since the inception, and raised an estimated $100,000 at this year’s event. Bob and Joan Tufts

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he American Jewish Committee’s 2014 Human Relations Dinner got off to a soggy start March 17, with the proceedings monsoon-delayed by about 10 minutes. Then the event, honoring beloved philanthropist Gerri Aaron and AJC National Executive Director David Harris and chaired by Larry and Debbie Haspel and Matt and Lisa Walsh, soared to new heights. Regional Director Brian Lipton, known to be on top of every last detail, was clearly gobsmacked by the announcement of a $100,000 gift in his honor from Marilyn and

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elvin and Margie Cooper hosted the March 19 sponsor party for the upcoming Orchid Ball, themed “Birds of Paradise,” at their gorgeous home in Harbor Acres. Guests admired the Cooper’s zen garden that featured a koi pond and gravel path that was raked by Kelvin himself. Co-Chairs Wayne and Mindy Rollins thanked the sponsors and told how they love being a part of the Selby family through their involvement both with the Orchid Ball and with Wayne’s participation as a Selby board trustee. Guests at the event included Mark and Aurelie van der Broek, Wayne and Debbie Seitl, Joel Ellzey, Miqui Lora, Charlie and Laurey Stryker, Cathy Layton and Billy and Nora Johnson. For tickets to the April 5 gala, call 366-5731, Ext. 229. On the same night, patrons gathered to celebrate the upcoming Going for the Gold “The Golden Lotus” gala, benefiting YMCA Foundation of

Sarasota. Guests gathered at Stanley Kane’s home and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a surprise dessert, chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches, in which the most dignified of guests were caught indulging in, complete with sticky fingers. Jennifer Grondahl, Kurt Stringfellow and event Co-Chairs Merrill Bonder and Pat Martin thanked patrons for their support, which included Terry and Jim Chandler, Sean and Melanie Natarajan, Joana Pace-Brackett, Mitchell and Dawn Epstein. At the May 3 gala, guests will enter an Indian paradise and experience the beauty of classical Indian dance — as well as have the chance to showcase their own Bollywood style moves on the dance floor. For the first time, the organization is offering a limited number of young professional tickets ($125) for philanthropists under 40. For tickets, call 951-1336.

Irv Naiditch. That brought the already record-breaking proceeds to an even more stellar $500,000. Harris shared his belief that, ”If you want to speak to people’s hearts, you have to speak from your heart.” He was clearly doing that when he spoke to the AJC mission of global advocacy, when he complimented Regional President Anne Virag for her “extraordinary devotion,” and when he said about Lipton: “If we could clone him and put him in major cities, AJC would be unstoppable and the world would be a better place.”

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There are some delicious events planned as well, including that opening ceremony co-chaired by Anne charter and Deb Knowles and (of course!) a gala. The occasion for the gathering was a board meeting held by the USA Pentathlon and Stull was the keynote speaker. Among the community leaders attending were Arthur and Lynn Guilford, Teri Hansen and Sheriff Tom Knight, who will serve as Chief of Sport for the shooting part of the competition. Others included Michael Saunders, Diane McNeel, Daniel Logan, Michael and Terri Klauber, Larry and Jennifer Saslaw, Steve and Beth Knopik, Dr. Murf Klauber, John and Angela Massaro Fain and Hugh Shields. Here’s an insider tip from Stull: Keep your eyes on the USA woman. Learn more about the Modern Pentathlon at sbpentathlon.com.

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pringtime, that time of year when the most polite of events happen — polo matches, Derby events, golf tournaments and more — all taking place under the beaming sun. So, what better time to don a fashionable hat? New College of Florida’s annual luncheon, Pique Nique Sur La Baie, which takes place April 2, sets the standard for a beautiful spring day event. The hats may be the event’s signature, but the overall image of the luncheon is what makes this a favorite of the local society scene. This year, The Met will host the runway show and Mary Kenealy Events will transform the New College bayfront lawn into a “pique nique” suited for the elite. “It’s a perennial favorite that you surely won’t want to miss, spring is in the air!” says Mary Kenealy Barbetta. Picture this … French florals, Champagne, fashion and, of course, the most fashionable assortment of hats you’ll see all season.

of the unique and custom options offered at the Christine A. Moore trunk show, which has been extended through the end of March. Not only do the sometimes-extravagant hats add to the beauty of the event, but they also create an opportunity to be different and stand out. “It’s the flair,” says Reynolds. “Where else can you wear a hat like this, or a fascinator embellished with feathers and flowers and lace?” For those of you who are looking for something not so over the top, fascinators and headbands are also an option when attending a “hat-preferred” event. These head covering accessories still make a statement, but are lighter on your head and your wallet. Men can wear hats, too (“Why not?” says Reynolds). Considering that this year’s event is the first in 31 years to be chaired by a male, local attorney Chip Gaylor (co-chairing with Marjorie Floyd), it seems appropriate for more men to say “why not?” and don a hat as well.

LET’S TALK HATS

ACHIEVING THE LOOK

Just in time for the 31st annual event, The Met Fashion House and Spa recently hosted a trunk show featuring Christine A. Moore hats. The official milliner for Breeders’ Cup 2013 Race of Champions, the Christine A. Moore Millinery hand makes both women’s and men’s hats in true Derby style. So what comes first, the hat or the dress? According to The Met’s Executive Assistant Evan Reynolds, this year the looks will likely be planned around the hats, largely because

When buying a hat, Reynolds says, “Buy what catches your eye.” It’s all about the complete look — pick a color and accent it, whether it’s the hat first or the dress. If you have the dress first, find a color that is minimal in the dress and accentuate it with the hat. If you have the hat first, find a dress that coordinates well with the colors in the hat. With a fabulous hat, the only accessory one needs is an outfit.

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WEST INDIES HOME COLLECTION Clockwise, from left: Joanna Ashley, Elizabeth Moore, Geoffrey Michel and Shoko Kupota at last year’s event; an embellished fascinator in purple; a coral and pink hat with rosettes and bows


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// BLACK TIE: JUST MARRIED

GROOM’S PARENTS:

BRIDE’S PARENTS:

Patricia Longueuil and Gary Longueuil

William and Patricia Mudgett

HOW THE COUPLE MET:

Donald Longueuil and Mackenzie Mudgett met at the Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston. Mackenzie was there rowing in the Princeton alumni boat and Don, also a former rower, was there as a spectator while visiting friends. That weekend sealed their relationship, even though Don was working in Connecticut and Mackenzie was in business school in Philadelphia at the time.

Don and Mackenzie were married Jan. 25 at The Church of the Redeemer, officiated by The Very Rev. Fredrick Robinson (with The Rev. David Bumsted and The Rev. Charleston Wilson also participating). The couple’s faith and love were the cornerstones of the day.

HONEYMOON:

The couple explored the Seychelles and Tanzania for their honeymoon. “The entire trip was fabulous, but the safari portion in Tanzania was particularly amazing,” says Mackenzie. “Seeing the ‘big five’ up close and observing various animal behaviors was our favorite part of the trip. The absolute peace of the open plains juxtaposed with the excitement of witnessing a hunt made for a relaxing, but never dull, experience.”

THE DETAILS First dance: “Everything” by Michael Bublé Photography: Genevieve de Manio Photography  Wedding planning: Maria Brady, Choreographed Events Floral design: Beneva Flowers Invitations: Write-On Sarasota Cake: Pastries By Design | Dress: Vera Wang Favor: Sarasota Yogurt Co. Hair and makeup: Ana Molinari Lighting and decor: Affairs in the Air, So Staged, US Tent and Ice Pro Ice Sculptures Ceremony soloist: Adelaide Boedecker Cocktail hour music: Kara Nally Band Band: Rhythm Nation Videographer: Bill Wagy Productions

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THE WEDDING AND RECEPTION:

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Sarasota Yacht Club. From the champagne cocktail to the Whispers, the 10-piece band, to the mini donuts served on the dance floor, the couple celebrated their blessed event with their closest family and friends.


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