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City stakes claim to bus station land As Sarasota County continues to evaluate the relocation of the downtown SCAT transfer station, the city announced its intent to buy the property back if the move is approved. If Sarasota County moves forward with a proposal to relocate the downtown SCAT bus transfer station, the Sarasota City Commission intends to re-obtain the county-owned land. In the meantime, city

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commissioners questioned the wisdom of moving the station at all. Over the last six months, Sarasota County has been considering a potential relocation of the bus transfer station, located at First Street and Lemon Av-

Julio Enrique Vega and his wife, Vilma, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, June 21. Family and friends, including their four children and four grandchildren, will join the couple. The couple married May 21, 1964, in Lima, Peru, and enjoy traveling the world and dancing together.

enue. As county staff continues to evaluate the proposed new site at Ringling Boulevard and School Avenue, the city commission has signaled its interest in controlling the future of the land

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+ National treasure The Sarasota South Elk’s Lodge 2495 held a Flag Day ceremony Wednesday, June 11. The commemoration paid tribute to our flag and its history. Elk Lodge officers, accompanied by a Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard member, presented an American flag to Boy Scout Troop 2495.

+ Stand up, Sarasota The Sarasota SUP Series returns Saturday, June 21, on Siesta Key Beach. The threerace series is in its second year and promises to be bigger than ever. The first event will be held on Siesta Key, followed by races Aug. 23 at Nathan Benderson Park and in October at Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Anyone interested in participating can compete in four divisions: elite race, open race, half-mile grom race and co-ed team relay sprint races. There will be a “Kids Paddle” for children to try the sport. For more information, go to paddleguru. com.

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Army Corps releases Big Pass study Conclusions in the draft version of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ study on the potential dredging of Big Pass support the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ $23 million plan to renourish Lido Key with sand from Big Pass has brought together Siesta Key groups in opposition and inspired a music video. Yesterday, as expected, the Army Corps released the draft of a study that supports the dredging efforts.

“(The Army Corps) made this public so both the city and the county can have it peer-reviewed,” said Sarasota City Engineer Alex DavisShaw. The city has already contracted with a firm to do the analysis. “Results from the CMS (Coastal Modeling System) model have

shown that it is possible to mine the ebb shoal (sandbar) without affecting sediment transport pathways that deliver sediment to (Siesta Key),” according to the draft. Mining more than 1.3 million cubic yards of sand from

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on which the transfer station sits. “Certainly, if the county is thinking of moving the bus station, I want the property back,” City Commissioner Susan Chapman said at a meeting Monday. Commissioners directed staff to pen a letter to the county, expressing the city’s intent to buy the land if plans to relocate the transfer station move forward. SCAT originally bought the land from the city for $478,000 in 2002. The contract included a clause giving the city “the right to acquire the property in the event the (county) desires to sell the property,” according to the contract for sale and purchase. The group also discussed the logic behind the relocation, with some commissioners arguing the new site could be a misstep. Commissioner Shannon Snyder, who placed the topic on Monday’s agenda for discussion, said the county was potentially overburdening the Ringling Boulevard corridor by placing several projects in that area. Snyder also said the .41-acre parcel is likely too small to attract an economically viable development on its own. Snyder anticipated a potential buyer asking to relocate the adjacent city parking lot or even to move City Hall if the property moves into private hands. In light of that, he said, the city should have a say in the future of the land. “I think you’d rather be driving the bus

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than under the bus, so to speak,” Snyder said. County Commissioner Joe Barbetta has been a leading advocate for moving the bus station. He has said the transit service has outgrown the current site and has stressed the importance of drawing property-tax revenue from the centrally located downtown property. Following Monday’s City Commission meeting, Barbetta said he was surprised by the city’s discussion surrounding the move. In questioning the city’s intent to buy the land, Barbetta pointed to the development of the State Street parking garage — and its budget, which came in $4 million higher than original estimates. Based on that experience, Barbetta asked whether the city purchasing the land would be the best route toward getting a new project

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on the site. “After watching the State Street parking garage, I have no confidence,” Barbetta said regarding the city’s ability to develop the site. “Coming in $4 million over budget — as a city taxpayer, that’s very upsetting.” Barbetta also questioned the monetary wisdom of the city purchasing the land. According to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser, the site is worth $1.1 million. Barbetta said he expected an appraisal in excess of $1 million if the county were to sell the land. With the city facing the prospect of covering another budget deficit in the next fiscal year, he said that additional expense would only increase the financial burden. “They don’t have any money; why they would want it back is beyond me,” Barbetta said. “They’re welcome to it, though.” Chapman said she believed the criticism of the city government was unfair and that the city has demonstrated in the past it is capable of developing highquality projects. More than anything, Chapman said, the location of the transfer station property makes it a priority for the city. “I think the real issue is that property is right next to City Hall,” Chapman said. “We have to preserve it for public use.”

GRINDING HALT New opponents to the county proposal to relocate the downtown transfer station east of Washington Boulevard emerged at Monday’s meeting: skateboarders. Payne Skate Park Manager Mike Walling said that, when he took the position more than three years ago, vagrant activity plagued the concrete skate haven. Stakeholders at that time complained of drug dealing and vandalism. “There were homeless sleeping in our bowls,” Walling said. “They were using our bowls as toilets.” But, after internal work and “hundreds of calls” to the Sarasota Police Department, the park has become a safe place for skaters of all ages, he said. Walling said he is afraid that placing the transfer station on School Avenue “is going to bring the homeless population back on my doorstep, basically undoing all the work I’ve done over the last couple of years.”

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Visitors to downtown Sarasota will see the area undergo some changes in the coming months, as businesses target the heart of the city as a space for growth and expansion. next few months. Several bars and restaurants will move into or out of downtown locations this summer; two of those establishments will begin operating at their new addresses early next month. ThisWeekInSarasota.com Editor Nick Friedman contributed to this report.

WORLD OF BEER The exact address is yet to be revealed, but the craft beer bar World of Beer will move into downFuture locatown Sarasota tion: Main later this year. Street The chain, Opening date: which already Late summer/early fall has a location off University Parkway near I-75, recently announced plans for expansion that included an unspecified Main Street location. Co-owner Dean Lambert said the new site excited him — particularly given the activity being generated in the area. “It’s great timing, too, with all of the other things going on in downtown Sarasota,” Lambert said.

Dean and Jen Lambert The bar, which offers hundreds of bottled beers and dozens more on tap, will also have a mid-sized food menu. Lambert said the bar is targeting a late summer or early fall opening date and that he was looking forward to becoming a part of the downtown area. “I think we’ll be a good addition,” Lambert said.

TACO BUS/EVIE’S A new building will soon stand in the Main Street space formerly occupied by Sarasota Hardware, Future and it already has location: secured its first two 1554 Main St. tenants. Taco Bus, a Tampa-based Mexican restaurant, will occupy 2,500 square feet of the new commercial building, according to Ian Black Real Estate sales associate Steve Horn. The business, with five locations in the Tampa area, has developed a following. An Evie’s business will occupy 5,000 square feet of space in the building, which entrepre-

neur Jesse Biter owns. Biter, who plans to demolish and rebuild the one-story retail building soon, recently filed permits for construction at the site. Biter said the Main Street building has attracted significant interest; in a December interview with the Sarasota Observer, Biter said the building was Ian Black’s most calledupon property.

YUME SUSHI Yume Sushi might only be relocating across the street, but owner and chef Baw Mong says the move will offer a world Current location: of new op1537 Main St. por tunities Future location: for the res1532 Main St. taurant. Opening date: Yume is Early July moving into the space formerly occupied by Peruvian restaurant Jalea, which closed earlier this month. The building, too large for its previous tenant at more than 3,900 square feet, gives Yume room to grow — which Mong plans to use to his advantage. “We’ve been in business for eight years now,” Mong said. “We’ve been doing steady business, and we need to expand.” In addition to more room, Mong said the restaurant will provide new options for downtown diners. He said the menu will expand, as will the restaurant’s hours of operation;

he plans to serve food until 2 a.m. on weekends. In addition to sushi, Mong said the nighttime offerings would include a “Thai late-night lounge” and that the menu will include some “American flair.” Mong hopes that, in the new location, Yume would be able to offer more variety to people in the downtown area. “We wanted for our customers to be able to be downtown later, to have more options,” Mong said.

BEER BOX Beer Box, which opened last year in a shopping center just north of Clark Road, Current locawill be relocattion: 5767 Beneva Road ing to a more heavily trafFuture locaficked area tion: 1989 next month. Ringling Part of the Blvd. Evie’s family Opening date: of businesses, Early July Beer Box has focused on offering Florida-based craft beers under Manager Mick Cohn. The bar is scheduled to move the first week of July, opening in the Ringling Boulevard space currently occupied by Evie’s Tavern. At the new location, the bar’s local focus will remain, but the offerings will be expanded. One major change is that the bar will now be able to offer liquor. Cohn said Beer Box plans to capitalize on

this by emphasizing Florida-based liquors, as well. Still, the focus of the business will continue to be craft beer, a booming industry both locally and nationwide. After starting in a less-than-ideal environment, Cohn said he believed the business will thrive downtown. “We saw success with this model at the other location, even with some of the obstacles,” Cohn said. “Here, most of those obstacles seem to be gone.”

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New regulations that would allow for higher-density developments in the Rosemary District are still several months from implementation, but adjacent property owners are already seeking an expansion. The Rosemary Residential Overlay District, or R-ROD, would allow for the development of projects with a density of 75 units per acre, an increase from the current limit of 25 units per acre. Within the 71-acre district, the overall average density would be capped at 25 units per acre. The R-ROD proposal came from Rosalyne Holdings LLC, a firm that plans to develop about 450 apartments on 6.2 acres along Cocoanut Avenue. On Monday, the City Commission unanimously approved a resolution that will expedite the state review process for the R-ROD, which is expected to be in place by September or October if it clears all hurdles. Joel Freedman, a planning consultant representing Rosalyne Holdings, said the overlay district was a long-awaited tool for activating the neighborhood. “It will act as a true catalyst for the Rosemary District, which we all know we need,” Freedman said. Although the commission approved the proposal, property owners outside of the R-ROD’s boundaries have voiced displeasure — because they’re not part of it. Attorney Brenda Patten spoke at Monday’s meeting on behalf of Drazmar 599 Land LLC, which owns two parcels located at 599 Cocoanut Ave. The group is requesting the city expand the R-ROD westward to include land on the western side of Cocoanut.

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Local racers take a spin on Indy 500 track Rick Sanders and Bill Stelcher took their pre-war racecars to the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational this month. More than 700 vintage cars revved up their engines at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway June 4 through June 8, one week after the Indy 500. Sarasota resident Rick Sanders and Bradenton resident Bill Stelcher were among racers at the inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Stelcher drives a 1929 Ford Model-A Speedster, while Sanders has restored a 1930 Speedster. Sanders used an old refrigerator, a 55-gallon oil drum and even his old jeans to create his bright yellow, two-man car. (See graphic.) What was it like driving the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Sanders: “It was a very challenging course … It is a lot of fun, and once you’re out on the track, you forget about everything except your driving.” Stelcher: “We had to buy off our wives a little bit, because it was an expensive adventure … As you cleared the grandstands, a gust of wind moves you maybe 10 feet … It was an incredible event. After the first day of timing, all four of us (Stelcher, Sanders and two friends) were within one

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a pedestrian sidewalk will be eliminated to add six of the parking spots. North Shell Road is located off Higel Avenue on the north end of Siesta Key. The work, which began Monday, is slated to end July 3, said Sarasota County Project Manager Gary Spraggins. “We wanted to be ready for the Fourth of July and the (Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix),” Spraggins said. Sarasota County commissioners approved the plan by a split vote in April, with several commissioners calling the plan a “compromise” for the public and private residences nearby. County staff had proposed four options for commissioners to consider. Options ranged from 12 to 17 parking spots, and from $23,267 to $44,111 in cost. Nearby residents pushed for the change, claiming beachgoers were vandalizing their property, littering, drinking excessively, using illegal drugs, playing loud music and committing other acts of public indecency. Residents expressed concern about the lack of law-enforcement presence to enforce violations. Beachgoers had been able to cram as many as 50 vehicles onto the small side street during season, according to neighborhood residents’ accounts. “The issue is parking, and the salient point here is safety,” Siesta resident Robert Shaw said during the meeting. With support from Commissioner Joe Barbetta, residents lobbied for fewer parking spaces than ultimately approved, but they generally supported the final plan. But, Thomas George, a Fauble Street resident who lives just north of Shell Road, has pitched a plan to use part of the right of way on either side of the road for perpendicular parking, which he says would be easier for drivers to navigate. George also wanted to open access to Bayou

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How to divvy the tourist tax Early next month, July 9 to be exact, the Sarasota County Commission is expected to conduct a public hearing on whether to change the formula for the allocation of the county’s tourist-tax dollars. That’s the $15 million-plus a year collected on hotel and motel rooms and seasonal residential rentals — the 5% “bed tax” visitors see at the bottom of their hotel charges. As you can see in the accompanying table, that 5 cents per $1 is spread among a variety of touristrelated uses. And as you might guess, some of the recipients of this cash flow want more of it. Others want to take some of it away and allocate it elsewhere. Some have even suggested putting a cap on how much goes to specific uses. MATT Sarasota County Commissioner Joe WALSH Barbetta, for instance, would like the county to adopt an allocation model similar to Nashville’s — earmarking a percentage of the tax collections for capital assets. That could include a variety of things: say, a conference center, aquarium, ballet theater, equestrian center, maybe another stadium (Fort Myers has two!). One group known as Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 has big ideas for the site of the former Quay and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. You can be sure it’s thinking about this source of cash, too. And then there’s Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, the not-for-profit organization that manages and spends that $5 million listed in the accompanying table. Haley and her organization market Sarasota County around the world to keep those visitors coming to stay in the region’s condos and hotels; fill our restaurants and theaters; and buy stuff. No surprise, Haley, her board and the members of the Tourist Development Council (the region’s hoteliers) are protective of their 34% of the tourist taxes. The idea of capping the amount it receives mobilized Haley and the hotel industry, and for the past two months they have been on the offense letting commissioners and others know they’re not anxious to share. Well, they don’t exactly put it that way, in the negative. Their argument is framed more in the affirmative: If you want those tourist-tax dollars to continue to grow, you need to market and advertise. In fact, they’ll tell you Sarasota County should be doing a lot more. In one document tourist interests circulated, it shows how Sarasota County compares to its neighbors in spending touristtax dollars on marketing. Take a look at the three accompanying bar graphs. Sarasota County is clearly a laggard. Even Collier County (Naples), the least populous of the counties and the one with the fewest hotel rooms, spends more on tourism promotion than does Sarasota County. When measured on promotional spending per hotel room, Sarasota County is last. And to emphasize that last point, they will remind you that about 1,000 new hotel rooms are in the process of being constructed or about to be constructed in Sarasota County. Which means, without an increase in tourism marketing funds, Visit Sarasota County will be spending even less per hotel room to bring heads in beds. That’s the marketing argument.

You need ‘things’

Then there is this side: You need “things” to keep the visitors coming. Great beaches are great. But in this competitive world — and it is indeed a competitive tourism world — you need more than sun and sand. You need other hard, attractive assets. Which is why Commissioner Barbetta

WHERE THE TOURIST TAX DOLLARS GO The table below shows how tourism marketing receives the largest individual share of the 5% bed tax imposed on hotel rooms and homes, condominiums, apartments and manufactured homes that are used for rentals. % of % of % of % of Annual total Collections $0.05 $1.00 $1,000 collected Promotion 34% $0.0168 $0.3350 $335.00 $5,025,000.00 Beach Maintenance 24% 0.0120 0.2400 240.00 3,600,000.00 Beach Renourishment 0.1000 100.00 1,500,000.00 10% 0.0050 Sports Stadium 10% 0.0050 0.1000 100.00 1,500,000.00 Aquatic Center 10% 0.0050 0.1000 100.00 1,500,000.00 Arts 10% 0.0050 0.1000 100.00 1,500,000.00 Capital projects/events 3% 0.0013 0.0250 25.00 375,000.00 100% 0.0500 1.0000 1,000.00 15,000,000.00

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2014 PROMOTIONS BUDGETS

times have various groups discussed the construction of a conference center or redoing Robarts Arena, only to go nowhere because of lack of financing? If Greater Sarasota is indeed going to become the sports market (or mecca) that so many people think it can become, it’s going to need better facilities to do it. And those assets will always require cash — not just to build them, but also maintain them. So you can see the validity of both arguments. To attract visitors to begin with, you have to have something they want to buy. But to get consumers to buy, you have to sell. So then the questions become: Who should get what? How much should be spent on marketing? How much on beach maintenance? How much on the arts? How much on sports facilities?

Think of it holistically

As Sarasota County commissioners prepare to address the allocation of tourist taxes, they might consider reframing the whole picture. The way the tourist tax is divvied up now is the way governments always paint themselves into financial corners. They create trust funds and earmarked entitlements that lock spending into uses that often don’t make sense. Needs and demands change. If you framed Sarasota tourism as a whole as a business — that is, the business of exporting our products and services to outsiders, or bringing in tourists to buy our goods and services, you would have a corporation whose executives and managers are charged with using the company’s assets and capital to generate a PER HOTEL-UNIT PROMOTIONS sustainable and attractive return on investment. In other words, if operated like a business, you wouldn’t earmark year after year the same percentage of spending and investment in promotion, beach maintenance, the arts, etc., as is done now. The managers of the business would be charged with allocating and investing resources from year to year to generate the expected returns. Take today. All of a sudden, sports are hot in this region. We have rowing, the pentathlon, IMG Academy, the Aquatic Center. Should more be invested in those facilities now at the expense of something else to ensure long-term returns? Or, how about this: We need more Source: Visit Sarasota County airlines to use our airport. Would it be worth the ROI to use tourist-tax dollars to entice charter carriers — as likes the Nashville model. If you re-allocate was done successfully with USAirways a portion of the tax to funding capital asmany years ago in Philadelphia? sets, you could leverage those funds with Moving in this direction would be far private developers. For example, $1 million from the current thinking on how touristearmarked in tourist taxes could be levertax dollars should be allocated. But as long aged for $11 million in bonds to be repaid as county commissioners are about to in 15 years, $17 million over 30 years. change how they slice the tourist-tax pie, it To be sure, that kind of funding mechanever hurts to challenge the status quo. nism could provide the kind of boost SaraTourism is a business. Think of it holistisota has needed for decades. How many cally, not as separate fiefdoms or silos.


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the outskirts of the never-beendredged channel would not affect navigability or increase wave energy, the study found. “They had to look at whether sand could be harvested from Big Pass without impacting negatively Siesta Key and that the shoal would be able to bounce back,” DavisShaw said. “I’ve got staff reviewing it currently,” said Sarasota County Coastal Resources Manager Laird Wreford. “Now we have the most up-to-date information on the extensive work the Army Corps has done on the impacts the project is expected to have.” Lido Key has been renourished six times since 1991 with a total of 1.9 million cubic yards of sand. Projects have added between 125,500 and 464,176 cubic yards of sand during each renourishment, with 47% coming from dredging New Pass and the remainder transported from offshore sources. According to Army Corps data and models in the draft, the Big Pass shoal has grown by more than 3 million cubic centimeters of sand in the last decade, bringing its total volume to 23.3 million cubic yards. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Siesta Key Association and the Siesta Key Village Association have all joined in opposition to the dredging plan and in support of an inde-

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pendent peer review of the Army Corps’ statistics and methodology. Another Siesta Key organization, Save Our Siesta Sands 2, took a litigious step last month in opposition to the proposed dredging. The county has an overall interest in making sure the project doesn’t negatively affect coastal systems and a specific interest in the county-owned areas on South Lido Beach, Wreford said. The city may have to seek a construction easement for sand-saving structures included in the project. “At least one of the structures is very likely to be on county property,” Wreford said. County staff expects to update

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SOUNDING OFF 8:26 p.m. — 1600 block of Laurel Street. Noise Violation Vehicle/Equipment. A woman said people had been making noise all day in the apartments next-door. She complained about the caliber of the people living in the area and was upset by noise from power tools and leaf blowers. Officers informed the woman using tools during the daytime was not a violation of the city sound code. The woman also complained about a neighbor with a loud motorcycle. She said she is from New York and that in New York someone would go over there and rip their lungs out. She also said that this is why Floridians have a reputation as “hillbilly rednecks” and that she was on the verge of taking care of it herself. Officers advised the woman not to take any action toward the people on the neighboring property.

Visit our website to watch an in-depth chat with the city engineer about the dredging report.

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IVONNE PADILLA After completing its Children’s Rainforest Garden in November, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was looking for opportunities to bring more children to its grounds. In early summer, when children and families would be more available for visits, the organization partnered with Girls Inc. to offer 20 free, yearlong memberships to its families. “Everybody deserves that opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and learn more about the natural environment,” says Grace Carlson, director of communications at Selby. “We thought it would be smart to partner with an organization where we could offer memberships to families who might not normally have that opportunity.”

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FOR SUCCESS Cardinal Mooney High volleyball coach Kristen Batt recently founded SOURCE Volleyball Academy, which will officially launch this fall. SARASOTA — Kristen Batt always looks for ways to grow the game she loves. The Sarasota resident and Cardinal Mooney High volleyball coach, who captured a state championship at Venice, grew up playing volleyball during a time when California was the place to play. All of the sport’s top players would venture to the Golden State for the opportunity to train both indoors and on the beach. But over the past few years, Batt, who returned in 2009 to Florida to pursue her professional beach career, has seen Florida make a name for itself throughout the volleyball community. This fall, Batt hopes to bring national and international recognition to the area while helping advance the game of volleyball. Batt recently founded SOURCE Volleyball Academy, a residential volleyball academy for student-athletes with a passion for volleyball who are dedicated to reaching their goals. “I see this as an opportunity to train kids, whether it be indoor or on the beach, and to continue to grow the game and make Florida a very strong volleyball state,” Batt says. “California has always been the place to play, but Florida is starting to add to that. “Kids are starting to play earlier now, so to be involved with a school that helps kids train fulltime was a great opportunity,” she says. Batt was first approached about the idea about a year ago. From that point, Batt began working to put the program in place. “Volleyball is such a popular sport, and it’s growing so much,” Batt says. “Beach volleyball is a scholarship sport now, and it’s one of the fastest-growing sports in the NCAA. So, for kids to be able to train and go to school while focusing on their sport is a really good opportunity for them.” The academy, which will officially launch when school resumes this fall, is part of the Sarasota International Academy of Sports and Arts umbrella. SIASA includes Elevation Prep Academy, which handles the academic side, as well as a number of sports and arts academies, including basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, ballet and more. Beginning in August, players will train five days a week for nine months with top area coaches and trainers to prepare for the next level. Working alongside Batt will be her husband and current Riverview High volleyball coach, Joe Rohr, and former The Out-of-Door Academy volleyball coach Craig Wolfe, who recently stepped down from his post at ODA to focus

on helping run SOURCE Volleyball Academy’s indoor training program. The three also coach together at Coastline Volleyball Club. “I was honored she asked me to get involved,” says Wolfe, who plans to work as an assistant and junior varsity coach at Riverview. “It’s an exciting opportunity to start a new program and to be able to dedicate that much time to students who are passionate about the game. “It’s really exciting to be able to encompass so many passions under the same umbrella,” Wolfe says. “It takes the best of the best to make this work.” SOURCE Volleyball Academy will offer both indoor and beach training for students in middle school through 12th grade. The academy also will offer a post-graduate program for those students wanting an extra year to prepare for college. During the nine-month program, athletes will focus on individual skill training, proper technique, team strategies, systems of play, game management and more. Players will train either on Siesta Key beach or on the new SOURCE Volleyball courts on the Elevation Prep Academy campus, depending on their specific area of interest. They can also participate in both training programs until they determine where they want to train. “The program is designed for each individual,” Wolfe says. “We really want to get each individual student to achieve their goals. Our (focus) is how can we help the students get to where they want to be.’” In addition to training and both physical and mental conditioning, athletes will watch high school and college matches and compete in AAU or other types of events during the club volleyball season, which typically begins in November. Beach volleyball players also will attend tournaments and could eventually hold their own tournaments, as well. In January, between 10 and 20 Brazilian female players will come to SOURCE Volleyball Academy for a camp to see the school and learn more about the academy. Batt and Wolfe plan to continue running camps throughout the school year, as well as during the summer, to draw interest in the program. “I see a lot of options in the future to grow the brand in terms of a business opportunity and for players who want to be involved in volleyball,” Wolfe says. For more information on SOURCE Volleyball Academy, visit GSDAcademies.com/sarasota/ sports/volleyball. Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver. com.

Cardinal Mooney High volleyball coach Kristen Batt founded SOURCE Volleyball Academy as a way to grow the sport of volleyball and allow athletes the opportunity to train fulltime.

Former ODA volleyball coach Craig Wolfe recently stepped down from his post to focus his time on helping run SOURCE Volleyball Academy’s indoor training program.

Riverview High volleyball coach Joe Rohr will work with SOURCE Volleyball Academy’s indoor and beach training programs.


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Cooking group reflects on 34 years of memorable meals. Four friends relive old memories of corn drifting out to sea, dysfunctional Christmas lights and Greek desserts gone wrong. At the mention of the corn, one of the ladies’ husbands comes over to the group to tell the story of the “best-tasting corn” he’s ever had. The stories are familiar and close to everyone’s heart. This group of friends has been meeting five or six times a year for 34 years as part of a gourmet cooking group. The group includes Sally and Bob Irwin, Carolyn and Bob Rector, Pat and Jerry Lotz and Sally and Harry Rownd.

Tropical cocktail “It’s a nice, refreshing, drink, and everyone likes it,” says Sally Irwin.

On this June night, the theme is “A Golden Chain,” for “the golden chain of friendship,” hostess Sally Irwin says. The menu celebrates the group’s longevity with some “golden oldies,” including asparagus-andshiitake risotto and a pink-hued tropical cocktail. The corn story is one for the books. In the evening’s menu there is a “Tribute to Special Friends” that mentions the corn: “[We] reminisce the memories,” writes Sally Irwin in the tribute, “like, roaming corn … ” The story goes that when the friends met one evening on Siesta Key, where the Irwins lived at the time, they thought it would be a good idea to soak the corn in the Gulf of Mexico before cooking it. However, the ears escaped from the mesh bag and drifted out into the Gulf; the husbands eventually rescued them.

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When the friends started the group in 1980, no one knew how long it would last. However, the group has remained creative and enthusiastic with its cooking throughout the years, such as a Russian-themed evening in 1982 for which the menu included beef Stroganov and Charlotte Russe with caviar and Russian vodka. The group has moved from Clearwater to Siesta Key to Palmer Ranch. When the Irwins lived on Siesta Key, the friends would eat outside on the beach. This evening, they enjoy the comfort of Sally and Bob Irwin’s dining room in Palmer Ranch. So far, the evening has gone smoothly — the only thing drifting away is the friends’ hunger as they enjoy another memorable dinner. For those interested in starting their own cooking group, Sally Irwin is happy to help. Contact her at s.irwin1@verizon.net.

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Les McCurdy was a guest speaker at the ceremony.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce celebrated area small businesses at the 24th annual Small Business Awards Luncheon Friday, June 13, at the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota. Members and guests enjoyed lunch while eight Sarasota and Manatee businesses received recognition for their successes. Winners included L Boutique, Chris Laney, ShelterBox USA, CS&L CPAs, Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, Goodwill Manasota Inc., Neuro Challenge Foundation and the Van Wezel Foundation.

2014 WINNERS Retail Business of the Year — L Boutique, Lee Ann Swor, presented by Shannon Brzuchalski, Westfield Cultural Business of the Year — Van Wezel Foundation, Monica Slater Van Buskirk, presented by Rhett Wilson, Hyatt Regency, Sarasota Non-Profit Organization of the Year — Goodwill Manasota Inc., Bob Rosinky, presented by Rob Lane, Kerkering, Barberio & Co. Young Professional of the Year — Chris Laney, presented by Ben Hanan, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

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to 8:30 p.m. at Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road. This week’s run is themed “BBR Pride Night!” Wear your favorite Bill’s Beer Run shirt and hang out after the run for a hot dog cookout. The adults’ race will take place at 7 p.m., following the kids’ race at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to manasotatrackclub. org.

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World’s Largest Swimming Lesson — runs from 10 a.m. to noon at The Frank G. Berlin Sr. YMCA, 1075 S. Euclid Ave. Help set a new world record for the Guinness Book of World Records. Admission is free. For information, call 955-8194.

Summer Solstice Celebration — runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at A.J. Grande 525 Kumquat Court. Celebrate THURSDAY, JUNE 26 summer with this potluck party File photo Summer Wine Party — runs hosted by WSLR. Reggae bands Treedom and Triple El will perform. Tickets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Whole Foods Market Sarasota, 1451 First St. Whole are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For Foods invites the community to try new information, visit sarasotapeacenter.org. wines for summer while giving back to Goodwill Manasota. Admission is $10. For TUESDAY, JUNE 24 information and to RSVP, call 316-4700. Summer Beach Run — runs from 6:30

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Home in Fiddler Bayou sells for $10.25 million

The following residential real estate transactions took place between June 2 and June 6. A home in Fiddler Bayou tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. John and Karen Melk sold their home at 4300 Higel Ave. to Jeffrey and Susan Jones, of Sarasota, for $10.25 million. Built in 2008, it has six bedrooms, six baths, three half-baths, a pool and 8,623 square feet of living area.

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Karen Alderman, of Sarasota, sold her home at 6670 Ave. B to David and Mary Loshin, of Fort Lauderdale, for $627,000. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,720 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $580,000 in 2004.

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Carol Fisher, trustee, sold the home at 5089 S. Kestral Park Way to Kimberly Hart and Michael Brown, of Woodstock, Ga., for $615,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,613 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $557,000 in 2004.

Harbor Acres

John and Brenda Cannon, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1390 Harbor Drive to Veronica Meuser, of Sarasota, for $1,975,000. Built in 1987, it has four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 4,154 square feet of living area. Linnie Jarvis, of Sarasota, sold the home at 1708 S. Orange Ave. to David and Diana Sells, of Sarasota, for $510,000. Built in 1960, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 1,420 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $85,000 in 1987.

Hansen

Robert and Mary Hilbert, of Gilgo Beach, N.Y., sold their home at 1728 Hansen St. to Scott and Melissa Perrin, of Sarasota, for $950,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,713 square feet of living area.

1350 Main

Neil and Myra Kopinski, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 1601 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Alexandra Armstrong and Jerry McCoy, of Washington, D.C., for $850,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 2,216 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $780,000 in 2009.

River’s Edge

three bedrooms, one bath, a pool and 1,630 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $180,000 in 1994.

Richard and Marcia Holton, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 2385 Fiesta Drive to Ronald and Maryann Trachtenberg, of Sarasota, for $600,000. Built in 1983, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,172 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $950,000 in 2008.

Irving Street

Avondale

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This home at 4300 Higel Ave. has six bedrooms, six baths, three half-baths, a pool and 8,623 square feet of living area. It sold for $10.25 million. N. Rogan Donelly sold the Unit 1703 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Mariam Moss, of Atlanta, for $775,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one halfbath and 2,232 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $600,000 in 2010.

Poinsettia Park

Mark and Brigitta Sultana sold their home at 1917 Goldenrod St. to Fred and Phyllis Lasky, of Sarasota, for $780,000. Built in 2011, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,239 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,000 in 2007.

Sarasota Heights

Cheryl McKenzie sold her home at 1694 Hawthorne St. to Caron Palder, of Weston, Conn., for $725,000. Built in 1925, it has

Michael and Linda Sloan sold their home at 1725 Irving St. to Philip and Susan Block, of Sarasota, for $720,000. Built in 1941, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,636 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $600,000 in 2010.

One Watergate

Jamieson Properties Ltd. Partnership sold the Unit PH-E condominium at 1111 N. Gulfstream Ave. to David and Rebecca Lyons, of Sarasota, for $640,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,575 square feet of living area. It previ-

Doris Schell, trustee, sold the home at 1961 Lincoln Drive to Michael and Julie Johnson, of Sarasota, for $530,000. Built in 1952, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,841 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $186,000 in 1993.

Oyster Bay Estates

Donna and Barclay Ryder, of North Port, sold their home at 4411 Westwood Lane to 4411 Westwood LLC for $497,500. Built in 1954, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,470 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 1999.

LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

464 Blue Garden Ln #A3987602 $735,000 Nicole Dovgopolyi & Lenore Treiman

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5849

19 Whispering Sands Dr # 1002 #A3993888 $679,000 Camille Schwabe

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-894-4771

2265 Buckskin Dr #D5796478 $650,000 Bob Lorence

Englewood 941-473-7750 239-682-2106

4822 Ocean Blvd # 5D #A3994272 $649,000 Denise Mei

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

1389 Tangier Way #A3995687 $3,350,000 Kim & Michael Ogilvie

393 N Point Rd # 603 #A3990311 $560,000 Diane Hager & Rosalie Phillips

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-918-1977

8417 Abingdon Ct #A3994605 $534,900 Judy Nimz

University Park 941-951-6660 941-374-0196

4408 Midnight Pass Rd #A3996874 $523,000 Jennifer Putnam

Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-539-6768

4720 Sweetmeadow Cir #A3998758 $499,000 Stephanie Bugatti

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-504-0978

4921 Luster Leaf Lane #A4100131 $469,000 Rudy Dudon

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-376-1717

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-234-3991

8745 Pebble Creek Lane #A4100144 $425,000 Marilyn Vespoli

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925 Beach Rd # 408 #A3999105 $375,000 Tracy Deramo

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1705 Starling Dr #A4100026 $375,000 Tara Lamb & Judy Greene

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503 Pennyroyal Pl #N5784720 $339,000 Robert Goldman & Beverly Weltzien

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435 S Gulfstream Ave # 1107 #A3991137 $330,000 Pamela Wall

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3967 Serenity Cir #A3999351 $310,000 Annette Bentley

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These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued for the week of June 2 through June 6, in order of dollar amounts.

CITY OF SARASOTA Address

Permit

Applicant

3535 Flamingo Ave. 1255 N. Gulfstream Ave. 3715 Camino Real 1064 N. Tamiami Trail 1064 N. Tamiami Trail 1064 N. Tamiami Trail 1064 N. Tamiami Trail 1064 N. Tamiami Trail 1064 N. Tamiami Trail 1064 N. Tamiami Trail

Renovations Alterations Pool/Deck Drywall Drywall Drywall Drywall Drywall Drywall Drywall

Christopher Kerr Cheryl Adelman Todd Mathes Kenneth Davidson William Forsberg Thomas Forbord Patricia Anderson John Christie Michael Tribuzzi Lloyd Hankinson

Amount $201,736 $70,000 $50,125 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

SARASOTA COUNTY Address

Permit

Applicant

520 Bayshore Drive 3948 Somerset Drive 6006 Midnight Pass Road 7568 Calle Facil 2423 Vaccaro Drive 8701 Midnight Pass Road 6219 Elmwood Ave. 1105 Casey Key Road 4219 Palacio Drive

Remodel Renovations Renovations Roof Pool/Deck Renovations Addition Photovoltaic Sys. Photovoltaic Sys.

Kathryn Popielinski John Garrity Mary Gerwels Elliot Ofsowitz Steve Nanfelt Martha Brooks Lee Whittemore Joyce Brukoff, trustee Ryan Taylor

Amount $126,757 $111,052 $75,000 $57,226 $56,287 $50,000 $40,000 $35,700 $35,000

211 Robin Dr #A3988043 Brian Loebker

Bird Key 941-349-3444 941-735-4393

$4,375,000

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

Bay View Heights

Brad and Elisa Cohen, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1794 Cunliff Lane to RJJM

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-724-3377

RE N TA L

5023 Vinson Way #A4100151 $199,900 Jackie & Ed Clemons

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-313-0463

808 Capri Isles Blvd # 217 #N5779852 Robin Sullivan

859 Siesta Key Cir #A3979260 $8,250,000 Karen Cash Greco

1509 Strada D Oro #N5784215 $219,000 Bambi Utton

1624 Stickney Point Rd # 108 #A3997897 $199,000 Brian Loebker

Venice $2,500 941-552-4200

8979 Huntington Pointe Dr #A3998606 $2,500 Lisa Gullick

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-374-2920

35 Watergate Dr # 1606 #A3990187 $2,100,000 Barbara Dumbaugh

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-350-3743

420 Golden Gate Pt # 400 #A3987171 $1,999,000 Christine Del Monte

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-6733

468 Walls Way #A3994081 $1,995,000 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441

1660 Summerhouse Ln # 802 #A3989993 $1,495,000 Bibi-Ann Allard PA

Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-685-0422

427 Yacht Harbor Drive #A4100076 $1,450,000 Peggy Wellman

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-374-0811

3625 White Ln #A3996530 R Kim Gilliland

$1,365,000

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-809-5151

3944 Losillias Dr #A3986668 $1,350,000 Kim Ogilvie & Stephanie Church

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-376-1717

300 S Pineapple Avenue #202 #A4100078 $1,300,000 Jonathan Abrams

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-232-2868

7322 Westmoreland Dr #A3966567 $1,275,000 Joseph Bell

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-504-8769

4708 Ocean Blvd # 4 #A3996313 $999,000 Sandy and Jerry Strom

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-650-8297

Sarasota Bay Club

Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 506 condominium at 1301 N. Tamiami Trail to Halina Kay, of Sarasota, for $475,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths

SEE REAL ESTATE / PAGE 8B

Venice 941-493-2500 941-228-4881

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-735-4393

RE N TA L

6190 Nicole Ct #A3999439 $245,000 Juliana Brando Perez

1924 Lincoln Dr #A3992998 $2,195,000 Linda Driggs

409 Islamorada Blvd #C7055745 $209,000 Jennifer Taberski

6711 Midnight Pass Rd # 2 #A3989484 $179,000 Christina Neff

Punta Gorda 941-505-5555 585-300-9483

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-914-0896

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

3987 Lemonwood Dr #A3993526 $1,800 Lisa Shope

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-320-8022

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-504-6927

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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Charles and Ruth Lewis, of Wexford, Pa., sold their Unit 105 condominium at 755 S. Palm Ave. to James and Joan Wilson, of Dundee, N.Y., for $496,000. Built in 1983, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,421 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $385,000 in 2004.

LLC for $475,000. Built in 1946, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,114 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 2006.

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-685-7624

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Palm Place

3955 Roberts Point Rd #A3992808 $2,485,000 Mark McCann


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Duard and Nancy Little, trustees, of Brooklyn, N.Y., sold the home at 612 Tremont St. to Lawrence and Deidre Desideri, of Chicago, for $1.5 million. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,482 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $840,000 in 1999.

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Dale and Charlotte Irwin, trustees, of Denton, Texas, sold the Unit 3P condominium at 9008 Midnight Pass Road to Scott and Amber Cohen, of Dayton, Ohio, for $1,325,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,700 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,475,000 in 2005.

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VENICE

and 1,546 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $480,000 in 2002. Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 308 condominium at 1301 N. Tamiami Trail to Marvin and Laura Mills, of Sarasota, for $429,200. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,546 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $435,000 in 2001.

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Sandy Cove

Ann Mathis, trustee, of Springfield, Ill., sold the Unit 2-E condominium at 33 Sandy Cove Road to Patricia Farrell and Dennis Yee, of Bethesda, Md., for $1,187,500. Built in 1967, it has four bedrooms, three baths and 2,529 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $950,000 in 2002.

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Patricia Meyer, trustee, of Tulsa, Okla., sold the Unit 93 condominium at 5400 Ocean Blvd. to Beverly Davenport, of Johns Creek, Ga., for $1.1 million. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, three baths, and 1,437 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1 million in 2008.

Windward Passage

William and Joan Nicoll, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the Unit W-1 condominium at 4712 Ocean Blvd. to Timothy and Mary Tracy and James Gatto, of Sarasota, for $1,035,000. Built in 1981, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,277 square feet of living area.

Troeyer sold their home at 4829 Featherbed Lane to Daryl and Wendy Schaal, of Sarasota, for $950,000. Built in 1956, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,478 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $835,000 in 2009.

Gulf and Bay Club

Pamela Frankel, trustee, sold the Unit 1355-F condominium at 1355 Siesta Bayside Drive to Bayside Fiduciary Management LLC for $610,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,835 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $457,000 in 1999.

Casarina

Kevin Weber, David Weber, Deborah Muhlbauer Weber and Jeffrey Weber sold their Unit 206 condominium at 5880 Midnight Pass Road to OliveStar LLC for $600,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,498 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $560,000 in 2009.

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Frank Scholz, of Park Ridge, Ill., sold his home at 4851 Ocean Blvd. to Joan Lennon, trustee, of Sarasota, for $569,000. Built in 1971, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,867 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $225,000 in 2000.

Bay Island

Suncastle Properties LLC sold the home at 617 Siesta Drive to Loni and Denise Graiver, of Falmouth, Maine, for $541,900. Built in 1939, it has five bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 2,369 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $230,000 in 1997.

Siesta Properties

DLJ Mortgage Capital Inc. sold three properties at 7208 Melaleuca Way to David Lehman and Steven Kempton, of Sarasota, for $460,000. The first, built in 1956, has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,017 square feet of living area. The second, built in 1956, has two bedrooms, one bath and 540 square feet of living area. The third, built in 1965, has one bedroom, one bath and 544 square feet of living area. They previously sold for $350,000 in 1999.

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91

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

VPK TEACHER

BOTTLING MACHINERY ELECTRONICS PROGRAMMER to perform electrical engineering duties such as research, design, develop, and test the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, and systems for various beverage bottling and packaging technologies. Job is in Sarasota, FL. Req: 2 yrs exp in job offered + B.S., or educational equivalent, in Electrical or Electronics Engineering. Mail resume: KHS USA, Inc., Attn: M. Mercurio, 880 Bahcall Court, Waukesha, WI 53186

COFFEE TABLE: 33"x48", marble top. $199. Rich Brown Veining (from Robb & Stuckey), Mariarometo@verizon.net 941-922-1319.

Personals *ADOPTION*: A Creative Financially Secure Couple. LOVE, Laughter, Sports. Stay-Home Parent await 1st baby. Expenses paid. FLBar 42311. 1-800-552-0045. *Jen & Paul*

Storage

DESK: KNEEHOLE, walnut, 7 drawers including 2 file, $25. 941-488-1853.

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

STEREO SYSTEM: Bose bookcase speakers, Teac receiver, Apex CD player, $100.00, 941-914-6895.

Things To Do

AB SCISSOR Body by Jake, ab sculpting machine cut the fat program, $25. (941)730−8767. ANTIQUE COUCH from Vermont. Beautiful couch. Excellent Condition. $200. (941)924−5093. IRON CHAIRS: 3 heavy black iron chairs, $18.00 each. (941) 504−4523. TV 24" Proscan TV, a year old, used very little. Great for bedroom or kitchen. $75 (941) 356−5014

Autos For Sale CHEVY MONTE Carlo 2002: Anti-lock brakes, power sunroof, aluminum alloy wheels, 4 new tires and battery. Well maintained and super clean. 79,000 miles. $5950. 941-493-4464. Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. 941-312-5890 2005 Mazda MX-5 Convertible, 53K/miles, $9988 2005 Nissan 350Z convertible, 67K/miles, like new, $13,988 2005 Cadillac Escalade, AWD, $13,988 2000 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi, like new, 3800 V6, super charged, $4988. 2003 Buick LeSabre Custom, 76K/miles, $6988 2005 Infinity FX35, $12988 2007 Kia Spectra EX, 87K/miles, $6988 2005 Lexus RX330, new tires, extra clean, $13988 2003 GMC Yukon, extra clean, $7988 2005 Chevrolet Suburban $9988 2002 Chevy Express G1500, work van, $4988 2008 Ford F150 XL, 6 cyl., auto, full bed work truck, $8988 OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK ALL CARS SERVICED “LIKE NEW” Financing Available

Autos Wanted GOTTA CAR You Wanna Sell? The good, the bad, or the ugly. Call now! 727-400-1910. WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

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

GULFSIDE MINI-VACATION IN NAPLES JUST $185 PER PERSON ***

Your Mini-Vacation Includes: • Check-in Sunday through Wednesday only • Gulfside accommodations for 2 nights* • Continental Breakfast • Dinner 1 evening ($27 voucher) at your choice of 6 local restaurants plus additional 10% off 2nd evening dinner at The Turtle Club.** • Lunch 1 day ($12 voucher) at your choice of 6 local restaurants plus additional lunch per person at The Turtle Club.** • Admission to 1 of 4 local attractions (Some attractions may require additional fees)

INFANT/TODDLER TEACHERS Needed Full-Time Infant/Toddler teachers needed for an accredited, 4STAR, faith-based, year-round child care center. Experience and FCCPC required. All others need not apply. Current First Aid and CPR training a plus. Excellent benefit package includes but is not limited to: 100% Center-paid Life, Health, Dental, Short and Long term Disability insurances, and paid Sick and Vacation time. EOE License #580300082.

* Available through December 17, 2014. Holidays and weekends excluded. Based on double occupancy. Tax, tip & resort fees extra. Type of accommodation subject to availability. Bayside condominiums available at different rates. ** An 18% gratuity may be added by lunch and dinner vendors. ***Limited to one per customer.

FOR RESERVATIONS,

CALL (800) 243-9076 or (239) 597-3144 9225 Gulfshore Drive North, Naples, Florida 34108

The person we are looking for has the following qualities: self-directed and motivated, team player, loyal, responsible, flexible and is looking for a long term position. If this sounds like you, please respond to this listing by sending your resume and copy of your DCF transcript as soon as possible to Sue Loncaric at ecc@earlycarecenter.com. We are waiting.... PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR: conduct teacher training, deal w/ classroom procedures, prepare curriculum material, observe & evaluate teachers & recommend changes. Req. MA + 1 yr of exp. Resumes to: New Gate School, Inc., Attn: Tim Seldin, 5237 Ashton Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233.

143006

VIOLIN: NEW with bow and case $160.00. (941) 730-1776.

Full-time certified VPK Teacher needed for an accredited, 4STAR, faith-based, year-round child care center, Experience and Staff Credential required. All others need not apply. Current First Aid and CPR certifications are a plus. Excellent benefit package includes but is not limited to: 100% center paid Life, Health, Dental, Short and Long term disability insurances, paid sick and vacation time. EOE License # 580300082

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The person we are looking for has the following qualities: self-directed and motivated, team player, loyal, responsible, flexible and is looking for a long term position. If this sounds like you, please respond to this listing by sending your resume and copy of your DCF transcript to Sue Loncaric at ecc@earlycarecenter.com as soon as possible. We are waiting...

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Condos/Apts. For Rent ASHTON LAKES: Annual. 2BR/2BA, first floor, lake view, unfurnished, 900sq.ft., covered parking. No pets. No smoking. $975/mo. includes water, sewer, cable, trash P/U, pest control. Available August 1st. Ashton Realty, Joe Bonsall, 941-923-1945, 941-356-6356. SIESTA KEY $600 and up. Reserve Vacation Rentals, NOW! 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units. Weekly, Monthly, Seasonal and Annual. Furnished/Unfurnished. Call Siesta Key Realty, 941-349-8900 or visit siestakeyrealtyrentals.com 2BR/2BA DOWNTOWN Waterfront 888 Tower I residence recently updated for rent. ( minimum 6 month lease ). Enjoy incredible sunsets nightly from your deck. The condo has a renovated kitchen, updated bathrooms and new carpet. 888 has a waterfront pool, covered parking, concierge, tennis court and 24/7 gated security. Walk to Van Wezel and downtown. $3,000 per month. (941) 330−7173

Condos For Sale OPEN HOUSE, 6/22, 1-4 pm. Lido Key, Chateau Village, 1BR/1B, 1st floor, 1 block from beach. 722 S. Blvd. of the Presidents. No pets. $215,000, Negotiable. 941-587-2637. 2BR/2BA SIESTA Key. Gulf Views from this 2/2 income generating condo. Weekly rentals, gated, gulf front, walk to bars and restaurants! $650,000. Dan Jasmer (941) 284−9893.

Homes For Rent LUXOR MHP $500/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 OAKS GOLF & Country Club Bayside. $499,000. SHORT SALE in need of TLC. Grand 3BR/3BA. Pool. MAKE AN OFFER! Brooke O'Malley, CLUB REALTY 941-366-8390

ONEY $AVE AM ND MAKE MONEY

GARAGE SALE As low as $1750 for 1 week! Get a discount when you run your ad in more than one Observer.

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

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales GARAGE SALE: Furniture, books, records, kitchenware, lots of stuff. Friday & Saturday, 8a.m.-1p.m. 5230 Gulf of Mexico Dr., LBK. GARAGE SALE: Saturday 6/21, 8a.m.-1p.m. 7799 Holiday Dr. N., Sarasota. Furniture, linens, household items, etc. PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY SCHOOL Moving Sale. Sat., June 28th, 8a.m.-noon. 5512 26th St. W, Bradenton 34207.

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SIESTA KEY: 4055 Higel Avenue. Saturday, June 21st. Gates will open at 8a.m. Furniture and stuff!

General Merchandise BARGAIN BOOKSTORE. Big selection. Low prices. Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Rd., Sarasota Monday-Saturday.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

11B

Real Estate Wanted

Carpentry

Home Improvement/ Remodeling

Personal Services

WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS

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.

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

For Qualified Waiting Clients

Cleaning

Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356

BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $80, 2 cleaners, 2 hours.

MAKE A LIST- Handyman Services. All Skilled Seniors. In Business 12 Years. Bonded/Insured. 941-308-8888

SENIOR LIFESTYLE Coordinator. Experienced elder care, patient advocate. Transportation, cleaning, cooking, errands, references. Linda, 941-724-3217. PROFESSIONAL BARTENDER. Hire me and be a guest at your next party. Call Vickie to plan your events. 727-667-0744. PERSONAL ASSISTANT SERVICES. Companionship and transportation to doctors & shopping or shopping for you. Meal preparation, cleaning, organizing. Call Ms. Michael, 941-685-1613.

Auto Transport SHIP YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

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.

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING for your home. Detailed, reliable. Excellent references. Mary Connelly Home Services. 813-817-9711. PROFESSIONAL HOME Cleaning Professional Home Cleaning by Lucy, I can provide excellent references upon request. I am dependable and take pride in what I do. Bilingual: English / Brazilian Portuguese. Free estimates. (941) 586−9929

CORBY J DEKOZLOWSKI. Residential Painting. Interior Painting, Popcorn Ceiling Removal, Drywall Repairs, Textured Finishes and Wallpaper Removal. Fully Insured. 941-388-3580. 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.

Computer Services 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 WWW.SENIORTECHSERVICES.ORG 941.999.1097 Coaching Seniors on Computers, Tablets, Smartphones and More. $45 per hour (941) 999−1097 www.SeniorTechServices.org

AIR CONDITIONING

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

Personal Services IN TODAY’S economy everyone wants to save. Send for a free certificate for a grocery savings book and a restaurant savings book. www.wemachindink@verizon.net

ALUMINUM

HEAT BUSTERS

“Specializing in 6” Seamless Gutters”

941-518-8550

Yoderaluminum.com

www.heatbusters.net

142847

Law Office of

audria_andrade@hotmail.com

724-1395

Cell (941)

Licensed • Free Estimates

Call Liz for the Best Price Move Ins/Move Outs

Lic. # 46264

ADDY’S CLEANING SERVICE 141929

Office in Palmer Ranch 8586 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238

We Use Organic Products

House/Condo/Office Cleaning Carpet & Floor Care FREE ESTIMATES

Sharon M. Guy, P.A.

• One Time, Weekly, Monthly • Res./Comm. • Move Ins/Outs • Carpet Cleaning • References • Free Est. ★ Very Affordable Rates ★

AUTO SERVICE

Ph. 376-4228

Full Service Scratch & Dent or Collision Service We do it all. We get it right!

COMPUTER

singleturtle@aol.com

3687954-01

Call Gary Auto Body & Paint Inc. 4541 Clark Road, Sarasota

143485

Home Furnishing Restoration and Upholstery Specialist!

941-923-2564

Honesty • Integrity • Quality • Value

BARBER

In shop free estimates Pick up and delivery services available

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

Allow me to do my very best for you!

143217

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 3pm • Weekends by appointment 141928

ESTABLISHED 1975!

941• 925 • 2447

1-774-999-9797

Paintless dent repair & detailing too!

Frank Beck Upholstery

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

Audria Silva

Commercial and Residential Best Prices in Town

552-5766

ALTERATIONS/UPHOLSTERY

Audria’s Sparkly Cleaning Service

Mercy’s Cleaning Service

WILLS, TRUSTS, PROBATE, ELDER LAW

Call 955-4888 to reserve your space.

CLEANING

Homes • Apartments • Offices Monthly • Weekly • Or one time job

ATTORNEY

Sharon M. Guy

TUTTLE ENTERPRISES, Inc. is expanding to include commercial property management. Locally owned and operated. Experienced & committed. Specializing in malls, office parks, restaurants & office towers. •Rent Collection •Tenant Screening •Maintenance Request •Full Accounting Full-service management for HOAs, condominiums & co-ops. Call (941) 706-4061 for info.

Too busy to clean? Leave it to us!

941-955-4888 or classifieds.yourobserver.com

WorkS for you!

Property Management

CERTIFIED & INSURED

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The Service DirecTory

JACK'S DETAILED Pressure Washing. Handyman Services, Odd Jobs, Errands. 941-979-7095. E-mail: kwantj@yahoo.com

SMS Mobile Marine Service GPS/Fishfinder Installation • Outboards I/O’s • Inboards Call for appointment • 941-232-3523

15505 Lemon Fish Dr. Dustin Yoder Bradenton, FL 34202 yoderaluminum@gmail.com Office 941-650-9790

141924

Lic# CAC1816809

AUTHORITY ONE PRESSURE WASHING: Residential and Commercial. ECO Cleaning. Roofs, lanais, pool areas, etc. Roof coating also. 941-251-5948.

DOCKSIDE BOAT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE

Yoder Aluminum Inc.

Prompt, Professional A/C/ Service

Pressure Cleaning

BOAT SERVICES Insured

Air Conditioning & Heating LLC

DOGGY HOTEL/GROOMING. 24 Hour Daycare. FREE Daycare with groom (we are the best). 3925 Brown Avenue behind Sleep King. doggyhotel.net 941-554-4620.

143959

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

Painting/Wallpapering

Pet Services

142634

MATURE, LICENSED CNA looking for private duty. Meal preparation, transportation, light housekeeping, daily living activities. Excellent references. Maria, 941-350-6742.

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

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

141931

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

DE LA ROSA LAWN CARE - Family owned and operated. Now accepting new clients. Free estimates. No yard too big or too small. Serving Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota. Tony De La Rosa, owner and operator 813-900-4056. Licensed and Insured.

142602

CAREGIVER: TELL me what your needs are. Dr. appts., hair appts., light cleaning, light meals. Great references. $15/hour. Please call Mirian, 941-879-1989, E-mail: mirianaraujo61@msn.com

DIANA’S DESIGN HAIR SALON Special: June, July, August 20% Discount For All Services. Appointments: 941-586-8360

Landscaping & Lawn Service

142636

Adult Care Services

HOUSE CLEANING, housekeeping, pet sitting, window washing. Excellent services by European couple. 941-350-8072.

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

143490

Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

BRAZILIAN CLEANING Service by Maria. Residential. Meticulous Cleaning. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Reliable. Lic./ Ins. 941-400-3342.

144024

email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com

HANDYMAN SERVICES: odd jobs. Call Jack, 941-979-7095. E-mail: kwantj@yahoo.com


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HANDYMAN

142637

3680493-01

Custom Surfaces Inc.

Michael Koch Concrete, Inc. 918-8587

Free Estimates

24/7 SERVICE

966-5094 Cell #809-7311

FREE ESTIMATES!

Now Offering Full Service Lawn Maintenance

365-2407

www.nativesonlandscape.com

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Experienced â&#x20AC;˘ Insured â&#x20AC;˘ Workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comp LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

call for more information about The service directory!

2530 12TH STREET, SARASOTA, FL 34237

JOHN L. BLASER/OWNER

941.955.4888

X INCREASE PROPERTY VALUES

X CREATE AN AESTHETICALLY PLEASING AMENITY

X SERVICES TO FIT YOUR

Watching your home when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re away

SPECIFIC LAKE & POND NEEDS X FREE QUOTE

A Private Company Serving the Palmer Ranch Area Since 2007

LAKE & POND SERVICES

141933

CUSTOM WOODWORKING

CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ONE OF OUR LICENSED AND INSURED TECHNICIANS

www.APOFL.com

LAWN CARE

142628

Sarasota Gate & Access

Lawn & Tree Service Jeff & Lisa

FREE ESTIMATES

941-780-1445

or leave message at 941-921-3025

CURTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lawn Service

FAST SAME-DAY SERVICE

YOUR DOORS WILL SLIDE LIKE NEW

â&#x20AC;˘ Installation â&#x20AC;˘ Access Control â&#x20AC;˘ Maintenance â&#x20AC;˘ System Design

142504

Call Mark 941-928-2263 www.proslidingglassdoorrepair.com

DRYWALL

CHALMERS DRYWALL

941-349-4455

Licensed/Insured â&#x20AC;˘ Free Estimates

IRRIGATION

â&#x20AC;˘ Repair â&#x20AC;˘ Remodel â&#x20AC;˘ New Construction

780-3788 â&#x20AC;˘ 822-0436

144029

Make Your Phone Ring

Lic. & Ins.

724-2945

Arenas Lawn Service Reyes Arenas Garcia reyesarenas941@gmail.com

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I use Mr. Arenas for 2 properties I own. He offers very reasonable rates, is reliable and does great work! I highly recommend him.â&#x20AC;?

941-567-9528

Ian Howard, Lakewood Ranch

Maintenance - Repair -Installation

ELECTRIC

rain sensors

20 any irrigation

$

MOVERS

143961

15% OFF

941-955-4888

$ OFF repair over 100

LIGHTHOUSE ELECTRIC of Sarasota

941-888-2988 FREE ESTIMATES rainscapeďŹ&#x201A;.com

Franklin Kenny â&#x20AC;˘ Electrical Contractor 142638

LOCAL - LONG DISTANCE FREE ESTIMATES

KITCHEN/BATH REMODELING

I.C.C 361253 â&#x20AC;˘ DOT 812623 FL MOVERS #IM1102

Dave McCarthy Operator/Owner

PAINT JOB BOYS LLC

GLENN KROECKER

(cell) 780-3346 Licensed & Insured

Phone (941) 704-4278 Fax (941) 538-3781 dmccarthy114@hotmail.com

PAINTING â&#x2DC;&#x2026; Commercial & â&#x2DC;&#x2026; Faux Finish Service House Painting Services â&#x2DC;&#x2026; Licensed / Insured â&#x2DC;&#x2026; Power Washing

954-1878

142639

941.538.7274

MO V I N G Dave McCarthy

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will move anything from a couch to a householdâ&#x20AC;?

THE GRAB BAR GUY

CALL 24/7 â&#x20AC;˘ RESIDENTIAL SPECIALISTS FOR ALL YOUR ELECTRICAL NEEDS!

143212

3690387-01

373-9299

A FULL SERVICE IRRIGATION COMPANY

Team Up With Classifieds

377-2272

Free Estimates Lawn & Landscape Maintenance

143479

â&#x20AC;&#x153;FIX IT - DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T REPLACEâ&#x20AC;?

142502

PRO Sliding Glass Door Repair

3687676-01

DOORS

Lic. #ER0013984

941-378-2700

144023

Reasonable Prices

Licensed & Insured

Missing: HomeLP RepaiR SeRvice # 144030 â&#x20AC;˘ No JoB Too SmaLL â&#x20AC;˘ ScReeN RepaiRS â&#x20AC;˘ paiNTiNG/DRY WaLL â&#x20AC;˘ TiLe RepaiRS â&#x20AC;˘ & MUCH MORE!

â&#x20AC;˘ Landscape Design/ Renovation/Installation â&#x20AC;˘ Xeriscape Experts/ Native Plants â&#x20AC;˘ Gardening Maintenance/Seasonal Clean-up/Remulch â&#x20AC;˘ Gardening & Organic Fertilizing â&#x20AC;˘ Sod Repair â&#x20AC;˘ Drainage Solutions â&#x20AC;˘ New Pavers & Paver Repair

141071

Also Laying Stone

LANDSCAPING & LAWN

142094

Driveways â&#x20AC;˘ Sidewalks

957-4762 (cell #) 504-3168

HOME SERVICES

Servicing the Sarasota area since 1999 144028

â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Job Too Smallâ&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;OUR ESTIMATES & ADVICE ARE FREEâ&#x20AC;?

142498

3675768-01

TION INSTALLA

Licensed, bonded, and insured. CertiďŹ ed Residential & Commercial.

(941) 232-4648 or PaintJobBoys@AOL.com

142097

Licensed â&#x20AC;˘ Insured Lic. #25393

143491

DECORATIVE SURFACES FOR: PATIOS, POOL DECKS, DRIVEWAYS, ENTRYWAYS

â&#x20AC;˘ POLY-PEBBLE / EPOXY â&#x20AC;˘ TEXTURED CONCRETE â&#x20AC;˘ RESEAL & REPAIRS â&#x20AC;˘ INTERLOCKING BRICK PAVERS Free Serving Sarasota 355-1148 Estimates Since 1979 SARASOTA â&#x20AC;˘ BRADENTON â&#x20AC;˘ VENICE

FREE

www.drgrabbars.com

141907

Since 1967

Residential Concrete Specialist

922-3157

941-966-0333

STEVE PANEBIANCO

LACIVITA CONCRETE Patios - Driveways - Sidewalks

Buy 1 grab bar & get 1 FREE

Alan Blum is always reachable at

) Carpentry ) Indoors ) Remodeling ) Ceramic Tile ) Water & Fire Damage ) Kitchen/Baths Licensed Lic. #38333 References

GRAB THIS DEAL

Your Bathroom Safety Specialist

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CONCRETE State Lic. CR CO25291

142497 38056

941-504-0903

142091

3204 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota (Across from the Library)

Help keep your independence!

FurnitureSales Sales &&Repairs Furniture Repairs Cushions â&#x20AC;˘ Slings â&#x20AC;˘ Re-powdercoating #USHIONSs3LINGSs5MBRELLAS

142501

VIRUS & SPYWARE EXPERTS! LAPTOP REPAIR SPECIALISTS

KITCHEN/BATH REMODELING

143207

COMPUTER

On Site or In Shop

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SALONS

Melanie

Salon Capelli Aveda-Hair Salon

• Pet Sitting

143975

• Dog Walking • Over 13 years experience

5057 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key Village

941-349-5257

PLUMBING

TREES

Fast Quality Service at Reasonable Rates Ins./Lic. #RF0048866

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Reg. Price 27900 Installed

$

379-9070

General Plumbing Services Inc. Complete Plumbing Services & Repairs Residential, New Construction and Commercial No Overtime, No Trip Charge No Job Too BIG or Too SMALL. We DO IT ALL!

Family Owned & Operated • Third Generation Master Plumber All Major Credit Cards Accepted www.GeneralPlumbingSarasota.com

941-923-8140

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Some people are content with a $135 birch rocking chair from IKEA, while others prefer a $35,000 sculpted amboyna burl rocking chair. Woodworker Parker Converse pleases the latter.

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Some people are content with a $135 birch rocking chair from IKEA. Others prefer a $35,000 sculpted amboyna burl rocking chair — Parker Converse pleases the latter.

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“I’ve always said, ‘Someday, I’d like to create something that beautiful,’” Parker Converse says of the first time he encountered a sculptural rocking chair.

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// ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT ferent from venture capitalism, which was what he did for the bulk of his professional career. Converse and his wife, Louise, moved in 2001 to Sarasota from Key West, and neither could find jobs in the fields in which they wanted to work. “I remember waking her up one morning at 3 a.m.,” he says. “I said, ‘It’s time to make chairs.’” He’d been thinking about creating rocking chairs since 1986. That’s when he saw his first beautifully made rocking chair by Sam Maloof, the ultimate authority on sculpted rockers. He found a chair maker in Virginia, Hal Taylor, who taught him the craft. These days he can produce a chair in 10 days. He’s made more than 80 out of his Sarasota workshop at Tuttle Avenue and Hyde Park Street. Converse works from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily while listening to everything from opera to Coldplay to The Beatles. His yellow lab, Maggie, keeps him company in his office-showroom, but she hates the sound of power tools. His showroom displays finished chairs — each has a name. Typically, the chairs are named after former girlfriends: Pamela, Cassandra, Georgia, Katherine, Amy, Victoria, Dorothy, Valerie. He stops naming names so as not to get in trouble. “I gotta live with my wife,” he says with a laugh. The chairs are high-class ladies — they cost $5,000 up to nearly $35,000 each. “I know my chairs are expen-

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10 — approximate days it takes to build one chair sive,” he says, “but if someone is going to spend that kind of money on a chair, they want woods that clearly say, ‘I’m unique. I’m special. I’m a really interesting chair.’” The lower-end woods are American hardwoods such as walnut, cherry or curly maple that come from Virginia, Pennsylvania and California. The higher-end woods are exotic tropical woods. For instance, the most expensive was amboyna burl from Laos (one of the most valuable woods in the world). The chair he built from that wood took six months to make because the wood grows without a distinct grain. But you can’t find his lowerend woods in hardware stores. They come from a wood dealer who dries the wood for three years before it gets cut into 2-inch slabs and shipped across

the country. In comparison, IKEA uses particle board. His customers appreciate craftsmanship. One was a modest man, a fourth-generation cattle rancher who lived on 2,000 acres. The man wanted a rocking chair to sit in while he led Bible study sessions at his home. He lived in a small ranch house, where he had Converse over for dinner. “He admitted his tastes are simple, but that he has two indulgences in life — his rocking chair and his Range Rover,” Converse says. Converse is a craftsman by nature. His father, Courtland B. Converse, was a marine engineer who designed both the deepestdiving submarine and the first solid-wing sailboat. He built the prototypes in their home’s basement, which was so big Converse drove go-carts inside it.

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“As ringmistress, looking at everyone is more exhilarating than being on a flying trapeze or high wire. Everyone’s attention is on you,” Bailey Sloan says.

very summer, The Circus Arts Conservatory, in collaboration with The Ringling, presents the Summer Circus Spectacular. The familyfriendly show offers a variety of acts. This year, there’s a comedic clown routine from Chris Allison; a hand-balancing man, Christian Stoinev, and his dog, Scooby; quick-change act Olga and Vladimir Smirnov; and Sarasota’s very own “Queen of the Air,” Dolly Jacobs. This year, 16-year-old Sailor Circus performer Bailey Sloan will be ringmistress. Diversions sat down with her to hear a little more about her history. Here’s what the 10th-generation performer had to say.

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How did you get into being a circus performer? In fourth grade I was a swimmer. I didn’t like my coach; I wasn’t advancing or making progress and said I didn’t want to do it anymore. My dad (who used to be a circus performer) suggested I try the circus. I didn’t want to stop doing it. I love it. Tell us about your circus heritage. I can date it back on paper to six generations. There’s someone else (in my family) who can take it back all 10. … The thing I like to brag about the most is that my great-grandfather had the world record for the tallest stilts in the world. My family was mostly stiltwalkers. Do you ever walk on stilts? (In addition to being the ringmistress) I do high wire, Spanish web, cradle and flying trapeze. We have a pair of stilts for the high wire, so I may do that this year for my big senior blow out. So, you grew up hearing circus stories? Tell us your favorite. Sloan isn’t legally my dad’s and my last name. It’s the performing last name. My father was born in England. His name was supposed to be King Henry Dean Barnum Yelding Sloan, but they gave my grandmother a big fuss for naming him King Henry. King Henry was a family name from my grand-

IF YOU GO Summer Circus Spectacular When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays. Runs through Aug. 2. Where: Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road Cost: Tickets $15 Info: Call 359-5700 or visit ringling.org. mother’s side. Dean was from my grandfather’s side. Barnum was a circus name (that’s why they named me Bailey). But, because (she was flustered), she forgot to add Sloan on the paperwork. So, legally he’s just King Henry Dean Barnum Yelding and I’m Bailey Yelding. Is this what you want to do professionally? Yes and no. I would love to have circus in my life for a long time, but my true passion is writing. I would love to be an author, but I have to figure out if I want to perform as soon as I graduate or go to school and get a degree. … I have my whole next year of school to figure it out. Are you excited for the show? Yes, I’m definitely excited! I’m nervous, but I’m pumped. I want to go now. I never thought of circus as a job. It’s never been something I’ve (dreaded) like, “I don’t feel like doing this today.” It’s always something I’ve wanted to do, and I enjoy doing it. I want to keep doing it.

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There was an electricity pulsing through the Opera House Saturday evening as the Sarasota Music Festival, with conductor Larry Rachleff, presented its second symphony concert and proved there’s a certain connective tissue that links music and musicians when the talent, attitude and aptitude are there. Although this program was considered “symphonic,” there was one work on the program — Richard Strauss’ Serenade, Opus 7 — that was very much a chamber work. Led by Rachleff, faculty artists Leone Buyse, Allan Vogel, Charles Neidich, Frank Morelli and William Purvis, along with their student counterparts, performed the work, scored for pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons, plus four horns and a contrabassoon. This may be an early work by Strauss, but it encompasses all the beauty of his later operas and fragments of his songs; it’s ravishing in sound but as pure and perfect as the Mozart “Gran Partita” that may have inspired it. Even though it is a work for only 13 instruments, like so much of Strauss’ music, it is grand in both perception and concept. And it was played that way. Berlioz’s Overture to “Beatrice and Benedict,” the work that opened the program, is colossal in every way. It offers difficulties for players three times the age and experience of the students in the Sarasota Music Festival, but, with Rachleff’s clear leadership, triplets were tossed off with ease and, best of all, precision and pitch were perfect. As we said last week, Rachleff knows how to treat silences, and Berlioz wrote rests into this score that, in unmusical hands, could sound like conclusions rather than connections. Singing was what these young musicians did with their instruments. With Rachleff at the helm, they breathed through phrases, connected ideas and brought out the important themes without overwhelming inner voices. The same magic happened in Barber’s gorgeous violin concerto. Elena Urioste, who was a student at the Sarasota Music Festival just a few years ago and has since gone on to solo with major orchestras from the New York Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony, was the dazzling but sensitive soloist. She produced a singing line from her instrument, from the achingly beautiful opening theme to the never-ending perpetual motion of the finale. In between, the words to James Agee’s exquisite poem, “Sure on This Shining Night,” set by Barber in a most famous song, echoed through Urioste’s playing. Barber borrowed

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from his own song (“Sure on This Shining Night” is from his Opus 13, and the violin concerto is Opus 14). The middle movement has fragments of the poem sifting through the notes: “Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder, wandr’ing far alone, of shadows on the stars.” It’s all there, and with Urioste, the orchestra and Rachleff singing the concerto, it was truly shining. Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, the “Jupiter,” concluded the program in grand style. Rachleff conducted it in a way that showed its link to the future. Beethoven’s architecture and vertical voicing is firmly imprinted in Mozart’s last symphony. They’d heard each other’s music by then, and they were duly impressed and influenced. Here, again, Rachleff breathed through the rests so the silences were incorporated into the music. This was a student orchestra playing like experienced professionals: tapering phrases, building crescendos and singing through lines with an understanding far beyond their years. Perception doesn’t always keep pace with technical talent, but Rachleff managed to bring both together. And, for an encore, he gave us 45 seconds of what he said was an incredible moment in music: repeating the double fugue and canon with five voices in the coda, bringing everything in the “Jupiter” together as only Mozart (with a little help from Rachleff, the inspiration of youth and, possibly, the muse of Beethoven) could do. — June LeBell

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the vocal stylings of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Robert Goulet and, yes, Elvis (not flat-out imitations, but loving homage). We discover (via multiple examples) that Stephen Sondheim truly digs the baritone voice. But, for reasons unknown, sometime in the early Clinton era, Sondheim winds up in a pop music minority — as baritones fall from the pop charts and high-voiced male singers rise. Why? Here, Kudisch opens it up for audience input. “Name a contemporary Broadway musical with a popular baritone aria,” he demands. After much mumbling, the answers return: “Les Miserables” and “Ragtime.” That’s about it. As Kudisch points out, “The age of the castrato has returned.” But have no fear. This uncommon performance of the common man’s voice electrifies all ears. Like wide ties and sideburns, each scorned style eventually returns in heroic force. Judging by this revue, the baritone is due for a comeback. If Kudisch and company have any say in the matter, now would be a good time. They’ve made their voices heard. — Marty Fugate

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STAYCATION LIVING Within walking distance of both the Siesta Key Public Beach and Siesta Key Village, the beachfront home located at 636 Beach Road on almost two acres of land overlooking the Gulf of Mexico is a great place to live to feel as though youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on vacation. Boasting more than 8,000 feet of living space, this Key West-style home is spacious, with a private backyard and a direct path to the white sands of Siesta Key beach. Designed by the Tichenor Group and built by McGuiness Construction in 2000, the home underwent a reno-

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MEL AND JAN GOLDSMITH Mel and Jan Goldsmith have been real estate agents in Sarasota for 17 years, but, before that, they were globetrotting partners in the fashion industry. We sat down with the two in their home on Longboat Key to talk about their lives in the city, working for Calvin Klein and traveling the world for the sake of fashion. Mel

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After also working for Levi Strauss and Brittania Jeans, I moved to New York in 1982 to work for Calvin Klein, specifically for his partner, Carl Rosen, who owned the denim division. I was the vice president of men’s and young men’s jeans. On my first day of work, I met Jan.

I worked with Kathy Harwick, and Tom Ford was her assistant at that time — that was very exciting. She used to do fashion shows on CNN Saturday mornings. You would see other well-known designers, and they would show their different collections. That was probably my most exciting job.

My mother’s and father’s families were in the retail fashion industry. They owned stores, so I grew up in the business and I always loved fashion — I always knew that was what I wanted to do. While I was in college, at the University of Memphis, I started working for Federated Department Stores, starting in fashion merchandising. I became a buyer for about three years and then ended up going with one of the vendors I was buying from, Faded Glory Jeans. They were the first ones to do prewashed fashion denim with embroidery and studs and leather trim.

WE MET in 1982, but we didn’t

date for many years, until about seven years later, when we met once again in a restaurant. We worked in the Garment Center, and it was the thing to go out to all the newest, trendiest restaurants, and that’s how we met. There was a hot restaurant opening on the Upper West Side called Sfuzzi’s, and we ran into each other and said we should get together sometime — and we’ve been together ever since.

IT WAS like “Sex and the City” — you get dressed up and go to the hottest new restaurants. The restaurants wanted a certain age, a

I grew up in New York, about 35 minutes out of the city in Long Island. My father was in the piece good fashion industry. I was always interested in fashion. Ever since I was a young girl, I loved to shop and loved clothes.

certain dress and a certain circle. We had access to all the wonderful clothes, and our friends were the same, because we were all in the industry.

WE LIVED in Manhattan and we worked in the Garment Center. It was an interesting life, living in New York and spending our summers in the Hamptons. I had to travel a lot, so we would go to Aspen during the holidays, and a lot of our traveling was searching for fashion. In the summer and fall we would go to Europe and we would do a two-week trip and go to London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Düsseldorf and

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Cologne. We would go to all the clothing shows, shop the retail stores, go to clubs and literally buy clothes off of people — if it was something we wanted to make samples of, we’d meet them the next day at their hotel or wherever and give them lots of money for that piece we wanted. We would spend weekends in Vegas, Dallas, Miami — there was lots of traveling.

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sota in 1997. Mel’s mother had passed away in May of that year, and his father was 87. He wanted to get out of the Garment Center. I was getting ready to turn 50, and I knew it was the time to make a change. I had been traveling for more than 30 years. I was always on the plane, and it was time to consider making a change, and that was really what promoted it. I always knew that real estate was my next career. I had always enjoyed property and so on, and being in the sales business, it was

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WE LEASED our condo in Manhattan to the Polish Embassy for four years and moved here — we thought we’d give it four years to make sure we had made the right decision. My parents moved down here from Memphis, Tenn., in 1968 when I was a freshman in college. I spent my summers, spring breaks, all the holidays down here. WE DECIDED to do real estate as a team. We went to real estate school together, started it within two weeks of moving here and went to night school. Michael Saunders, herself, interviewed us, and we’ve been with Michael Saunders & Co. for more than 16 years. WHEN WE’RE not selling real estate, we like to go boating. I’ve been a boater, a fisherman and have been into water sports my whole life. Seeing homes from the water is such a different way

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to view the home than from the street. We sell a lot of waterfront property, so we’ll take our clients out on the boat — it’s a whole different perspective from the water.

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