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VOLUME 13, NO. 7
Mamas find their groove. PAGE 1B THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
Opposition to administrative approval for development grows. PAGE 3A
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Meet the new Meow Mayor
All fired up over trucks City leader drops request to ticket ambulances. PAGE 6A
With the new year comes new leadership at Cat Depot. Former Meow Mayor Bernard was adopted in December, and newly elected Meow Mayor Stardust is set to transition into the position in January. Mayor Stardust said though she is excited to take on the role, she would rather start the new year with a new family. “I foresee a lot of work in this position,” Stardust said in a statement. “To tell the truth I would rather avoid the responsibilities altogether and bask in the glow of an adoring new family.”
Brothers and Sisters in arms Sarasota Police Department officers will be wearing black bands across their badges as an expression of solidarity with the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office as they mourn the loss of two of their officers. Orlando Police Department Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was shot to death and Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Norman Lewis was killed hours later in a traffic crash while searching for the suspect. “This is our sign of respect and remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” the Sarasota Police Department said in an Instagram post.
Phebe Morgan signs a banner expressing support for firefighters and paramedics at a rally at Morton’s Gourmet Market last week.
Like a good neighbor New liquor license follows praise of downtown bar. PAGE 5A
AGREEING TO DISAGREE INSIDE
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WEEK OF JANUARY 12, 2017
“As a firefighter myself for 28 years, I’m always looking to get back to the area I’m serving as quickly as possible to help the community.” Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier, on Commissioner Susan Chapman’s complaints about ambulances using Orange Avenue READ MORE ON PAGE 6A
Two more enter City Commission race W
ith two days left to enter the March 14 race for two at-large City Commission seats, the field of candidates has grown to eight. Mikael Sandstrom, an employee at the company that operates Olivia Boutique on St. Armands Circle, and Matt Sperling, a retired stock broker, are the latest to file paperwork to join the race. Although he’s not a familiar face at City Hall, Sandstrom said his political experience makes him a qualified candidate. In 2008, he worked on the presidential campaign of Libertarian candidate Bob Barr. Soon after, he moved back to Sweden to study political science. He said he’s been exposed to a variety of political perspectives, which has put him in a position to fairly evaluate all points of view. “I am a mediator, so to speak, given my background,” Sandstrom said. As he kicks off his campaign, some of the ideas he mentioned, like the public effort to reopen Beach Road, involve issues governed by Sarasota County. Others include an emphasis on embracing more events and establishing safer pedestrian conditions on major thoroughfares such as U.S. 41. Sandstrom said he wouldn’t bring many deeply felt positions to his campaign. He positioned himself as an avatar for the interests of voters, willing to listen to all sides before making a decision. He acknowledged his relative lack of direct experience in city government. Still, he said he’s well-suited to step into
the role of city commissioner. “I’m planning on going full-steam ahead.” Sandstrom said. Sperling wants to carry on the political legacy of his father, Ted Sperling, a former City Commissioner who advocated for the preservation of public land. Matt Sperling is casting himself as an advocate for the working class in Sarasota. He talked about an urgent need to create workforce housing so the employees at businesses downtown could live in close proximity to the places they work. “I don’t want to live in a city designed for the privileged,” Sperling said. He’s also positioning himself as a rabble-rouser. On an issue like homelessness, he said he would insist Longboat Key, Venice and North Port begin to shoulder the burden of addressing the issue. The prospect of disturbing relations between local governments didn’t trouble him. “I’m not running for County Commission,” Sperling said. “I want the other cities to be mad at me.” Other issues on his agenda include halting work on the Lift Station 87 project and revitalizing Newtown without gentrification. A Sarasota native, Sperling said he was inspired to run because he’s angry about the direction the city is growing in — and he said he’s seen a similar sentiment among other residents. “There’s a lot of anger on what’s happening to the city,” Sperling said.
BY THE NUMBERS
years Thunder by the Bay was held in downtown Sarasota, a streak that came to an end this year. SEE PAGE 4A
businesses in the city designated as “nightclub” uses — including, most recently, World of Beer. SEE PAGE 5A
amount the Lido Key Residents Association hopes to raise to cover legal fees associated with the proposed dredging of Big Pass. SEE PAGE 16A
books relocated from Ringling College’s Kimbrough Library to the recently completed Alfred Goldstein Library. SEE PAGE 10B
Regular City Commission meeting — 2:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, Commission Chambers, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota
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DAVID CONWAY DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR
ince making its public debut in September, the resident activist group STOP! has seen neighborhoods throughout the city embrace its agenda. Already, eight neighborhoods from Bird Key to Central Cocoanut have officially endorsed the group’s work. STOP! is focused on changing city regulations regarding development, traffic, tree preservation and pedestrian accessibility. It’s still early, but STOP! steering committee member Kate Lowman is confident the group can make a difference on policy. Specifically, the group is optimistic it can thwart any effort to expand the administrativeapproval process used for developments in the downtown core. “We really think if we hold hands and just say ‘no,’ that we can probably stop that,” Lowman said. Whether that’s a good thing depends on whom you ask. STOP! is focusing its efforts on one aspect of how development works in the city. The target of its ire is administrative approval, the process that allows city staff to determine whether proposed developments meet requirements outlined in the zoning code. In addition to opposing the expansion of administrative approval, the group is calling for a return to the previous review process downtown. That required a public hearing in front of the Planning Board and City Commission approval for most developments. Their refrain is simple: End the experiment. “Go back to the old system that was in place 13 years ago,” Lowman said. “It’s tried and tested. It’s still in use in the neighborhoods.” Andrew Georgiadis, an urban planner who was involved with writing the city’s form-based code before leaving for his own private venture, said STOP! has sparked a nationwide conversation. New Urbanists — planners who ascribe to a philosophy emphasizing walkable, mixeduse neighborhoods — are revisiting what, exactly, community input on specific projects should entail under a form-based code. But planners aren’t writing off administrative approval entirely. Georgiadis said a lengthier public review process could have a chilling effect on development. He also said public input could steer projects in the wrong direction. “I think it’s wonderful to get the collective wisdom the public can offer on a project,” he said. “My hope is the public hearing process doesn’t actually open the door to making projects less dense and less urban than what the best practices tell us they should be.” As the code is being drafted, residents have suggested higher density or commercial projects aren’t appropriate for an area comprising mainly single-family houses. Georgiadis said this is backwards: The goal should be creating complete neighborhoods with a mix of housing types that allow residents to walk to stores to purchase everyday goods. This encourages developers to build more affordable housing and can reduce the number of cars on the road. Allowing only single-family housing doesn’t. “We think less density is better,
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Crack the code! There’s a growing call to allow more public input on proposed developments. Planners say that’s not necessarily a good thing. IT’S A METAPHOR
STOP! uses an egg-centric example to explain the administrative approval process — and what the expanded scope of administrative approval might look like under a form-based code.
n Right now, administrative approval is concentrated in the downtown core — or the yolk. Since 2003, staff has determined whether most proposed developments meet the standards outlined in the code. Residents can submit comments and challenge an administrative approval decision, but there is no formal public input. In the rest of the city — the egg white — most development applications must go through a multistep review process. That includes a meeting in front of the city’s Development Review Committee, a public hearing in front of the Planning Board and final approval by the City Commission.
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What: STOP! Town Hall — The Citizen’s Voice: Reclaiming a Seat at the Table When: 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 Where: Selby Library Auditorium, 1331 First St.
n As the city works on developing a new citywide form-based zoning code, the Urban Design Studio is likely to propose the expansion of administrative approval outside of the downtown core. STOP! said Urban Design Studio Director Karin Murphy is aware of the concerns regarding administrative approval, and hopes to introduce more transparency for the development-review process in the new code. The group remains concerned, though, suggesting the proposed changes will be akin to “scrambling” the egg — diluting the strength of administrative approval in the downtown core, but spreading it throughout the rest of the city.
but it’s really not in the long run,” Georgiadis said. “You need to trust the people who are trained in the built environment to know that, in certain cases.” Despite the pushback from New Urbanists — among them Karin Murphy, author of the forthcoming citywide form-based code — STOP! is emboldened by the positive response it has gotten from Sarasota residents. “If that hadn’t happened, I think we’d say, ‘OK, that’s a moot point,’” said Jennifer AhearnKoch, a STOP! steering committee member. “But the community has really reacted en force.” In addition to such large-scale projects such as Vue Sarasota Bay, Ahearn-Koch said it’s essential to offer residents an opportunity to comment on smaller projects like a 7-Eleven, which she characterized as “high intensity.” The group is unwavering in its belief that additional public input on proposed developments in the city isn’t an unreasonable request. “You don’t get to remove a cog in the wheel of progress,” AhearnKoch said of the public hearing process. “You get three minutes to talk.” Some residents are exploring a middle ground between the two development-review processes. Patrick Gannon, president of the Downtown Sarasota Condo Association, suggested a system
STICK TO THE PLAN STOP! has used Vue Sarasota Bay as an example of what happens when the public doesn’t get an opportunity to comment on individual projects. Planner Andrew Georgiadis agrees the high-rise project has design issues, but he said those issues could be avoided if the code was properly written. He said officials tasked with applying and maintaining a form-based code should be focused on the ongoing evolution of New Urbanist principles. Based on his experience, that emphasis hasn’t occurred among city staff. “They’re excellent, excellent people — but there was an urgent need to plug into the movement at a state and national level,” Georgiadis said. Tim Litchet, the city’s director of Neighborhood and Development Services, said staff has tried to stay apprised on New Urbanism. He said that became more challenging following the elimination of the planning department in 2008. The city is in the process of hiring a planning director, and Litchet said the planning staff would be focused on best practices for maintaining a form-based code in the future — although a posting for the planning director position makes no mention of form-based codes or New Urbanism. “If the job description doesn’t specifically say they’re going to have to be a New Urbanist, they’re going to have to be very familiar with that terminology,” Litchet said.
in which residents could petition a developer to hold a public workshop before city staff reviews a project. Murphy is also considering provisions in the new code that would enhance transparency while maintaining administrative approval. While STOP! remains committed to a firm stance opposing administrative approval, the group takes solace in the knowledge the ongoing dialog is moving in their favored direction. “I think that’s ultimately a really good thing,” Ahearn-Koch said. “I don’t mind having that conversation further until we get it right.”
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With Thunder gone, downtown reacts
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Thunder by the Bay has left, but merchants still disagree on its impact. DAVID CONWAY DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR
For the first time in nearly 20 years, Thunder didn’t roll through downtown Sarasota. On Jan. 7-8, the main festivities for the Thunder by the Bay motorcycle festival took place not on Main Street, but in Lakewood Ranch. The new site was a response to feedback from merchants and residents who said the event had a negative impact on business downtown. After this weekend, the question of whether Thunder by the Bay was good or bad for downtown remains open. Some businesses were happy to have a more quiet weekend, but others observed a noticeable downtick in activity. Here’s what a few downtown merchants had to say about life after Thunder by the Bay:
“It was less noisy. Other than that, we didn’t miss anything. On the contrary — it was nice and peaceful. I’m very much for ‘Thunder by the ex-Bay’ to be whatever they want to be, except on Palm Avenue.” — Sergio Baril, Mariposa Designs, 53 S. Palm Ave.
“It was really very slow (this weekend). Normally, after New Year’s Eve, we slow down for two weeks and then the season will pick up. We were looking forward to Thunder by the Bay, because it really helps us a lot.” — Merly Soliano, Patrick’s 1481, 1481 Main St.
“The noise levels of the music was one of the major complaints. All we had to do is maybe adjust the volume, not remove the event. I think there was little effort in finding a solution to keep it here, rather than a solution to remove it ... After a while, you wonder if they’re going to get rid of the farmers market, if they’re going to get rid of the Fourth of July events, if they’re going to get rid of the Christmas parade. When does it stop?”
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Downtown liquor license requests remain divisive There’s little controversy surrounding World of Beer on Main Street, but a split City Commission was hesitant to approve a new liquor license for the bar. DAVID CONWAY DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR
Although few residents spoke out against the use of a liquor license at World of Beer, commissioners were split regarding the bar’s application.
The City Commission voted Jan. 3 to hold a public hearing before allowing the use of a new liquor license at a Main Street bar — and less than four hours later reversed itself, approving the application. World of Beer has drawn scant criticism since it opened at 1888 Main St. in 2014. The two votes last week were part of a surprisingly contentious approval process, underscoring concerns surrounding the property’s future. World of Beer was applying for the right to use a 4COP liquor license, which the city designates as a “nightclub” use. World of Beer has used an SRX license, designated for restaurants. The bar applied for a new license in September because it failed to generate 51% of its revenue from food sales, which is required for the SRX license. One of the residents concerned about the proposal was Curt Schantz, who lives in the Rivo at Ringling condominium at 1771 Ringling Blvd. He makes clear his worries don’t pertain to World of Beer specifically. “They’ve been really good
neighbors,” Schantz said. “They’ve taken great pains to control their music so it’s not a problem for us.” The use of a 4COP license requires City Commission approval. No residents showed up to a workshop Sept. 21 to discuss World of Beer’s proposal. On Dec. 14, the city’s Planning Board voted 4-1 to recommend approval of the liquor-license application. At that meeting, Schantz and fellow Rivo resident Dean Miller asked: What would happen if World of Beer moved out and another restaurant moved in? The right to use the 4COP license would transfer with the property. “The two predecessors that were in there, Eat Here and Esca, were really bad neighbors,” Schantz said. “Week after week — high amplification, with music late into the evening.” Although the commission initially voted to hold another public hearing to discuss those concerns, Commissioner Liz Alpert changed her vote. The majority of the commission applauded World of Beer’s track record. “If it ain’t broke, leave it,” Commissioner Suzanne Atwell said. “They’ve had quite a good reputation.” But residents at Rivo remain concerned there will be more noise-related issues in the future. Staff said any business would have to comply with the city’s noise regulations, which prevent amplified music outdoors after 10 p.m. That was little comfort for Schantz. “The noise ordinance is not
relief for the citizens at all,” Schantz said. The proposal also got the attention of residents on the other end of Main Street. Patrick O’Brien lives at 100 Central Ave. and has spoken out regarding several 4COP license applications. Some of those businesses — including Cask and Ale and Duval’s — agreed to a condition that prohibits the right to use the license from transferring to a new tenant. World of Beer did not agree to such a condition, and O’Brien fears the city is setting a precedent. He said the evolution of the Ivory Lounge from jazz lounge to full-fledged nightclub shows why the conditions are necessary. “Based on the well-documented experience of Ivory, the real concern is the next owner,” O’Brien said. Atwell, meanwhile, wants to investigate whether the “nightclub” label generates undue anxiety surrounding bar proposals. World of Beer owner Mark Broderick shared her sentiment. “It’s a weird language to use,” Broderick said. In September, the Planning Board expressed an interest in creating definitions that better clarify the character of proposed businesses. Staff said any effort to update the code would only come following commission direction. Atwell indicated she wanted a way to avoid more complicated and contentious applications. “It’d be nice to have something in place where we didn’t have to go through this all the time,” Atwell said.
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Chapman ends call to cite ‘ambulance scofflaws’ As public outrage grows, city commissioner says she’s sorry for suggesting rescue crews avoid her neighborhood on the way back to Fire Station 1. DAVID CONWAY DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR
Subject: Ambulance scofflaws. That’s how the email that has inspired outspoken criticism against City Commissioner Susan Chapman began. Sent Dec. 30, the email to city administration notes that two ambulances were using Orange Avenue as they returned from Sarasota Memorial Hospital to Fire Station 1 on Fourth Street. Chapman, who lives near Orange Avenue south of the Hudson Bayou, has repeatedly raised concerns about vehicles using the street as a detour while the Osprey Avenue bridge is closed. On this day, she went a step further. “Orange Avenue south of Mound is a residential street that restricts trucks,” Chapman wrote in regard to the ambulances. “I think it is time for these vehicles to be ticketed.” That email, available on the city’s website, spread on social media. One of the people who saw it was Maverick Johnson, a co-host of the Maverick and Lulu radio show on 92.1 CTQ. Johnson took exception to the email, and discussed it on the morning show. Listeners had a similar reaction.
Lulu Soeder, of The Maverick and Lulu radio show, is seen during a live broadcast Friday from Morton’s Gourmet Market in support of emergency personnel.
“We felt that was crazy,” Johnson said. “We talked it about on the air ... and the outrage has grown and grown and grown.” That outrage culminated in a show of support for Sarasota firefighters and paramedics Friday morning. The Maverick and Lulu show broadcasted live from Morton’s Gourmet Market on Osprey Avenue, encouraging listeners to sign a banner thanking those first responders for their work. The event, a direct response to Chapman’s comments, drew hundreds of people, Johnson said. One of them was Chapman her-
self, who offered an on-air apology. In an interview with the Sarasota Observer a day earlier, Chapman acknowledged she made an error in judgment. “I shouldn’t have said it,” Chapman said. “I admit it.” Chapman said she wasn’t being serious about ticketing ambulance drivers, but that she was troubled by the vehicles driving down Orange Avenue. She said other people in her neighborhood have raised the same concerns to her, and that she was only speaking out on behalf of residents.
“I see it enough to know it’s an issue,” she said. “I get complaints about it.” More broadly, residents have expressed concerns about traffic on Orange during the yearlong closure of the Osprey Avenue bridge. In December, the city installed a requested temporary speed table on the street. There are also signs on the road that state through traffic is prohibited for trucks. City Attorney Robert Fournier said there’s no language in the city code exempting emergency vehicles from that prohibition, but he suggested it might not apply to ambulances heading to the hospital. “Any vehicle that has business in the area can’t be considered through traffic,” Fournier said. City spokeswoman Jan Thornburg said officials are asking drivers to voluntarily comply with the designated detour route on U.S. 41 while the bridge is closed. Chapman wanted staff to coordinate to ensure ambulances weren’t cutting through the neighborhood.
“What I had asked them to do — and what my neighborhood asked them when we were planning this — is to talk to fire stations and the emergency rooms about cooperation,” Chapman said. But Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier said ambulance drivers are not instructed to avoid specific streets. He hadn’t heard any concerns from residents about the vehicles using Orange Avenue before Chapman’s remarks. He said the two ambulances she identified in her email are the busiest in the county. “They’re taught from the beginning as an EMT and paramedic that the only way they can respond quickly is to be back in their area as quickly as possible,” Regnier said. Merv Kendall, president of the Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics union, expressed a similar sentiment during Friday’s event at Morton’s. He said he was shocked by Chapman’s comments. “Our guys don’t pick Orange Avenue to make noise,” Kendall said. “At a time traffic is tough, taking 41 and a route everyone would prefer — you’re likely to get stuck in traffic.” Kendall said he accepted Chapman’s apology and is hopeful emergency personnel would be able to do their work without drawing additional criticism. Chapman remains interested in exploring solutions to the concerns she has raised. “I recognize this is a special situation, and we all have to try to work through it,” Chapman said.
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Just because it is a new year, is that any reason to think that putting your character flaws on a list will make them magically go away?
New year? So what! KRISTINE NICKEL
Take New Year’s pledges one step at a time, and don’t beat yourself up.
ere we are again. Yet another New Year’s Day where I’m delving into a lovely, leather-bound notebook to record my resolutions for 2017. If I could find last year’s lovely, leather-bound notebook I’d bet you a peppermint mocha latte (before they get retired for the season) the items would be close to identical. n Eat more vegetables. n Eat less crackers and cheese (Triscuits are a personal food group). n Get in 10,000 steps a day. (Hooking on the pedometer would be a good place to start.) n Meditate a minimum of 20 minutes a day. And these would be just the subset of the item that tops everyone’s list: Lose weight. You see, somewhere along the past couple of years, in an article like this, I learned you should break things down into smaller tasks to accomplish them. But wait a minute: Whoever legislated that people make resolutions for the new year, anyway? And just because it is a new year, is that any reason to think that putting your character flaws on a list will make them magically go away? NEW YEAR, NEW APPROACH
It’s clear that for resolutions to work, we need to take a new approach at how we look at this. “New Year’s is a very good time for reflecting on the year past and perhaps identifying changes you would like to make in your lifestyle,” says retired
psychotherapist William Green. Psychologist Lynn Bufka concurs, writing, “It is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.” So what is a good approach that takes things one step at a time as Bufka suggests? Get real. Use the insight you’ve gained in reflecting upon the past year to make an assessment of how you work best. If you have three dogs to walk or kids to get to the bus, you’re not going to have a mindful meditation session before all of that is accomplished. Look at your life and be brutal about how you can cut some things out to replace them with more healthful activity. By making your resolutions realistic, you will have a much higher probability of accomplishing your goals. Start small. Even though you’ve figured out how you can squeeze time for more exercise or meditation, it isn’t going to happen effortlessly. Start small. Then build on that success. Several important studies reported on recently point to an important element in changing behavior: Will power, or the motivation we need to change, is akin to a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets! I find that incredibly exciting. Every time you make that positive change, make a mental note that you’re building your willpower muscle. Give yourself a mental woo-hoo and watch that will-power muscle grow. TAKE IT ONE AT A TIME
Even though your will-power muscle is approaching the size of Michael Phelps shoulders, get one behavior change purring along before you tackle another. The American Psychological Association reminds us that, “Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time.” It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to fix everything at once. That just leads to frustration and
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potential failure. Don’t beat yourself up. Every article on self-help ends with this. Why? Because people do it over and over again. You’re having a super fun girls night out and you dive into that incredible looking mound of nachos. The self-talk goes like this: “Oh no. I’ve blown it. I’m a total loser. I’ll never get into a size 10 again.” Blah, blah, blah. Cut yourself some slack. Tomorrow’s a new day, and many incredibly successful people who have changed their lives will tell you it’s all about one day at a time. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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A common-sense thought is for the city to manage the tax dollars it has. If that means fewer parks with better maintenance, then so be it.
was aghast as I absorbed David Conway’s recent article on the potential Sarasota City Park District tax. Don’t we already pay taxes to cover the cost of our parks? Our city commissioners apparently feel enthroned simply to pass a tax without a proper vote of the electorate.
drive by Whitaker four or five times a week and seldom see anyone using the park. Do we really need another park when the ones we have are underutilized, and we don’t have the funds to maintain them? Conway’s article quotes Kathy Ohlrich saying “… right now, funding for parks comes out of the general fund.” Yes, those are the taxes we all pay. Ohlrich then goes on to offer that if yoga classes are offered, presumably people will embrace the parks further. Why have the parks at all if we must induce our citizens to use the parks? Should we tax the residents to provide free yoga, professional trainers, etc.? A novel and common-sense thought is for the city to manage the tax dollars it has. If that means fewer parks with better maintenance, then so be it. Likewise, if each city neighborhood deems a park necessary, that should be an investment by the neighborhood, not a tax spread across all citizens. Jerry Fogle, the city’s director of parks and recreation, is quoted as suggesting, “We don’t want to put any type of undue burden on our taxpay-
ers and residents, if other options are available.” Again, the option is to hold the city officials accountable to better management of finite tax dollars. Haven’t we as citizens of Sarasota learned enough? The Sarasota City Commission is at odds with Sarasota County for, among other reasons, the inappropriate use of Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency funds. These funds were to be used specifically for downtown development. Yet, city commissioners and administrators chose to divert these funds for other uses — much as the U.S. Congress has done with the Social Security Trust Fund. Thus, the well-intended, and generally well-served, CRA is not being renewed because the county commissioners appropriately said “no” to the City Commission’s use of the CRA for nondesignated matters. The spending habits of the City Commission and administrators make drunken sailors look rational — with apologies to sailors. Did anyone miss the real reason for revisiting parking meters downtown? It’s not because of downtown parking problems. It's simply because
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New parks tax: More fiscal mismanagement Being straightforward, who isn’t for open spaces and parks? Some of our nation’s greatest parks originally were meant as gathering places for people to exchange news and pleasantries. Today, parks have evolved to include playgrounds, ball fields, water access, etc., with many serving a valuable purpose. Yet, it is easy to support something that is seemingly free — either someone else is paying for it, or it is a hidden tax. According to the city of Sarasota website, 39 public parks are listed and probably more if all ballfields are counted. Consider some recent history. On Nov. 25, 2014, the Sarasota Observer stated: “Budgetary concerns …. causing the city to put planned improvements on hold and making regular maintenance a challenge.” Then on Feb. 11, 2016, the Sarasota Observer again noted “funding park maintenance is a financial challenge.” Now the city is trying to turn the bayfront into another park. Yet, just four blocks north of the bayfront is Whitaker Gateway Park — also on the bay. How often is that park used? I
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Not only is Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s Roger Pettingell the top-ranked individual agent in Sarasota County for the fifth consecutive year, but in 2016, he also ranked No. 1 in real estate sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties. According to the Multiple Listing Service’s 2016 Agent Awards Report, Pettingell closed 66 sales in 2016 with a total sales volume of $77.54 million, up from the $72 million he sold in 2015. He credits his success to what he calls the marketing machine — five fulltime employees who support him. “I’ve been here since 1983, so I kind of love seeing the progressions,” Pettingell said. “I’ve sold the same property three or four times, sometimes.” Pettingell said his team, which consists of employees who specialize in such areas as internet marketing and customer support, can help personalize showings for a customer. He said he knows what works and can show that to buyers and sellers and continue to prove his results. He is among the first Realtor to hold a Smart Home Certification and recently visited the Consum-
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er Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “So year after year, I am reinventing myself … reinventing the edges,” he said. “At the core, what we’re doing is working, so I like that.” He calls Sarasota County a small world with cutting-edge technology, but when he attends CES, he sees other technology that can further the county. “Sharpening the sword and finding new things,” he said. That’s what keeps me going.”
1. Roger Pettingell, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, $77.54 million 2. Nicole Caldwell, Neal Communities Realty Inc., $77.39 million 3. Amy Drake, Property Perspectives Inc., $72.22 million 4. Judy Kepecz-Hays and Buky Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, $61.18 million 5. Kim Ogilvie, Michael Saunders & Co., $59.35 million 6. Bruce Myer, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, $47.12 million 7. Cheryl Loeffler, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, $47.04 million 8. Cliff Glansen, Flatfee. com, $46.78 million 9. Joel Schemmel Property Group, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, $43.52 million 10. The Ackerman Group, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, $41.32 million
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The Kepecz-Hays and Buky Team credits its success to family and experience. And it makes sense. The team consists of Judy Kepecz-Hays, her son Steven Kepecz, brother Gabe Buky and nephew Charles Buky. The team of four was the top-ranked real estate group on the MLS awards report with a total sales volume of $61.18 million. That placed them fourth on the list for 2016. In 2015, the group took the No. 3 spot on the MLS list, with $72.6 million in sales. Kepecz-Hays, who has been in the industry since 1978, said the group hopes to reach $100 million in 2017. Kepecz-Hays said as a family, she and her team communicate well, and they also draw confidence from one another. But having experience and being passionate about the industry are keys to their success. “I love what I do,” Kepecz-Hays said. “There isn’t anything else in the world I would do ... I love people.”
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Booker alumnus and University of South Florida junior running back Marlon Mack declared for the NFL Draft on Jan. 5. Mack is South Florida’s all-time leading rusher with 3,609 yards and 33 touchdowns in 36 games.
Riverview senior boys basketball player AJ Caldwell scored 26 points, including seven threepointers, Jan. 7 in the Rams’ 70-63 win over Lehigh.
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Sarasota senior rounds back into form after serious knee injury. RYAN KOHN SPORTS REPORTER
a’Da Bennett still wears a bulky brace on her left leg, and her doctor recommends that she wear it for the rest of her basketball career. Even though Bennett says it does not affect her play, the brace is a cruel reminder of the pain she felt, and the opportunity she lost that she is now trying to get back. On Dec. 3, 2015, Bennett’s Sarasota Sailors were playing Lakewood Ranch. As Bennett recalls, she was driving to the basket when her foot got impeded. “I whipped my leg forward and it (her knee) just popped back,” Bennett said. Bennett went down. It hurt, but she did not know at the time just how severe the injury was. In fact, just before halftime, she was planning to re-enter the game, but never got a chance. During the break, the knee pain worsened, and a team trainer held her out. Postgame, Bennett went to the hospital and received the mostfeared diagnosis. She had torn her anterior cruciate ligament, as well as her meniscus. “She stormed right out of the room,” said Kimberly Jenkins, Bennett’s mother. “The nurse tried to go get her, and I said, ‘No, leave her alone.’ She was out there by the lake just crying her little heart out. That night, when she got out of the shower, I saw it in her face. Her eyes were red. She was literally crying all day and night.” Rehab was frustrating. There were points when Bennett was not able to keep up with her doctor’s timeline. She decided to work even harder, adding workouts by herself at the Sarasota YMCA to her sessions with her trainer. Three days a week she would focus on strength, two days a week on balance. Her first game back on the court was the Sailors’ preseason opener against Alonso. In the practices leading up to the game, Bennett worried about how her knee would hold up. It was a mental hurdle she had to overcome, but once she arrived at Sarasota’s Edward F. Howell gymnasium and stepped into the locker room, all worries washed away. “It was like I never left,” Bennett said. Indeed, the 5-foot-9 senior forward has played well this season, even being named the MVP of the Lady Ram Jam Holiday Classic on Dec. 22, when she scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Sailors’ championship game win over The Bolles School. On
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with numbers, she said. Well, here are some numbers of interest: 16-1. That is the Sailors’ record this season. The team has a real chance to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2013-14, when Bennett was a freshman and led the team in rebounding. Not only would that be nice closure to her high school career, but it would be a chance for Bennett to perform on the biggest stage. No better way to attract recruiters than that.
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was not a victim of bullying growing up, but I know people who were. Statistically, you probably do, too. Almost one out of every four students (22%) reports being bullied during the school year, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Not all of that is physical bullying, but a sizable amount of it is. I believe the earlier we combat the problem, the easier it will be to handle. That’s why I was ecstatic to find out Phillippi Shores Elementary School hosts a selfdefense class after school for its students. The class is run by Derrick Clark, who has taught martial arts for 30 years, the past three in Sarasota. In addition to the classes he teaches after school on different campuses, he runs his own dojo, Clark’s Self-Defense, at 4952 Fruitville Road. Clark works with all ages at his dojo, but said he likes working with young kids the most. He has a way of getting even the most chatty kids to stop and listen to his teachings. The class teaches Kempo karate, which consists mainly of low kicks, traps and holds, in a “kid way,” through games and competitions. Clark said he tries to instill in them the power of using their words to combat bullies, but does teach them ways to neutralize situations with grappling instead of going straight to
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punches. Clark said he has seen the confidence levels of many of his students skyrocket. Based on my one class visit, I can’t speak on how much it has increased, but I can report this group of youngsters certainly has confidence. They were not shy at all about performing their moves in front of a camera, even though some of them were getting tested
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things as a child. “It’s also fun to fight against your friends, because you can see what powers they have — and weaknesses,” Miville added. Miville also praised the antibullying aspect of the class. “We try not to hurt them,” Miville said. “We just try to keep them away from us. That’s why it’s called ‘self-defense.’”
I asked Miville if he had ever used his self-defense moves outside of class to combat a bully, and to my utter delight, he said yes. “A guy was trying to push me, and I flipped him onto some mulch,” Miville said with a shrug. “I had to.” Emma Oliva is a kindergartner, and just started the program in the fall. She received her orange/ black belt thanks to her effort, and she is proud of it. Like Miville, Oliva said her favorite part of the class is getting to practice her punches, which she throws with ferocity. She said she looks forward to the class because she learns a lot and has fun. Though the class is laid-back, Clark emphasized that the kids are not handed belts willy-nilly. They earn them. That attitude shows in the results. I probably should not be comforted by the fact that these 6- to 10-year-olds could easily put me in a behind-the-back arm lock, but I am. It’s nice knowing that these kids have the skills to counter anyone who tries to put them down or make them feel bad about themselves.
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BABY STEPS At a crossroad in her life, Ashley Murphy decided to make some changes. ANNA BRUGMANN STAFF WRITER
Every journey beings with a single step, or so the cliche goes. In Ashley Murphy’s case that step involved dance, and her journey was to fitness. She struggled with her weight since she was young, but in 2008 her weight reached an all-time high. That’s when she decided to make a change. Murphy, 31, started going to a local Jazzercise class taught by Patti Horvath, who would become a close friend and mentor. Fiercely motivated, she lost 50 pounds in her first six months and gained a community of likeminded women. “They embraced me, and it was a life-changing experience for me because it was the first time I had actually found a fitness program that I wanted to stick with,” Murphy said. Murphy’s life changed again when she became pregnant with her son in 2013. But she didn’t quit her Jazzercise habit. In fact, she maintained her fitness routine until she was 38 weeks pregnant. After her son was born, Murphy said the mommy-guilt set in. “I worked full time … I just didn’t have the capacity at night to go away from my son any more than I already was during the day,” Murphy said. “I kind of let it fall by the wayside, and that broke my heart, because that was one of my biggest joys before having a kid.”
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Ashley Murphy leads her first Mama’s Got Groove class Jan. 2 in the Arlington Park gym.
Once her son turned 2, she said she felt comfortable taking Jazzercise classes in the evenings. That’s when Murphy found out she was pregnant again. “I figured this is going to be my last shot to hang out with these people and really enjoy it, because I knew what was going to happen,” Murphy said. “If it happened with one it was certainly going to happen with two.” She didn’t want to leave her children. Nor did she want to give up her fitness routine, either. So Murphy set out to solve her own problem. That’s when Mama’s Got Groove — a dance fitness program for pregnant and babywearing moms — was conceived. Like most wild ideas — Google, the personal computer, Mickey Mouse — Murphy nurtured her concept for a mommy-friendly aerobic business in a garage.
Kristi Flannagan participates in a Mama’s Got Groove class Jan. 2 while wearing her 10-week-old son, August Flannagan.
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“I’m still on a journey. I will be a journey for the rest of my life.” — Ashley Murphy
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Her workspace is cramped. Her desk faces a wall cluttered with inspirational quotes. A ballet bar stands on the concrete floor. There’s no air conditioning in Murphy’s makeshift workspace, just a small fan to help her fend off the Florida heat. It has its flaws, but what her office lacks in amenities, it makes up for in location. It’s mere feet from her children’s rooms, which is convenient because all of Murphy’s exercise classes are B.Y.O.B. — bring your own baby, that is. She’s choreographed dozens of routines, many while pregnant with her now 4-month-old daughter. Although dance fitness helped Murphy lose weight, she said she is not personally motivated by a number on a scale. Instead, after having two children, Murphy set her sights on health. “I cannot go back to who I was (before I was pregnant),” she said. “I can become a better version of
myself, and I think that’s even more important to aspire to.” She taught her first class on Jan. 2 in Arlington Park gym, and she said she hopes her classes will offer what she found in Horvath’s Jazzercise class eight years ago — community. “The idea is that (moms) can come and lose weight if that’s one of their goals, but it doesn’t have to be,” Murphy said. “If they want to come and just work out with other moms and just have a healthy environment to make new relationships, that’s awesome, too.” As the first two women filed into the gym on that first day, Murphy saw her dreams come to life. It was the beginning of a community. Her journey could have been easier. She could have joined an existing franchise, like Jazzercise, where the routines are choreographed and the marketing burden is lighter. But Murphy said she had a vision and the ambition to make it a reality. “That girl’s got drive,” Horvath said of her former student. “If she wants it done, she will, by golly, get it done.” Murphy has come a long way from practicing routines in her garage. “I’m still on a journey,” Murphy said. “I will be a journey for the rest of my life.”
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he stage was set Dec. 11 at Temple Emanu-El for the seventh-graders’ re-enactment of Judah Maccabee’s reclaiming of the Temple of Jerusalem. It is a familiar story with an adorable twist as the children donned their worn out wigs and fake beards. The performance was met by thunderous applause from the delighted audience. More Hanukkah festivities followed the performance, including crafts, snacks and a crazy sock exchange. Instead of a typical gift exchange, each child brought two pairs of crazy socks — one to exchange in their classes and one to donate.
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Emma Witherspoon, Dani Mallitz and Ava Rosin color during the craft portion of the celebration.
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dreary Saturday afternoon gave way to a floral paradise Jan. 7 for attendees of the 60th annual Sarasota Orchid Society festival at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. This year’s festival, A Symphony of Orchids, featured orchids for purchase from professional growers. The festival also showcased submissions from the Venice, Englewood and Sarasota orchid societies submitted for judging. — ANNA BRUGMANN
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JEREMY FILSELL CONCERT St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key welcomes back renowned musician Jeremy Filsell, for a concert at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the St. Boniface Friends of Music. Admission is free. For more information visit bonifacechurch.org.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. UNITY WALK The community is invited to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. The walk will begin at 11 a.m. at the R. L. Taylor Community Complex at 1845 34th St. and conclude at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Cocoanut Avenue. Festivities will follow in the park. For more information go to sarasotagov.com
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PHILLIPPI FARMHOUSE FARMERS MARKET Runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sarasota County’s only mid-week farmers market feature local fresh produce, prepared foods, artisans and live music. There is ample parking and leashed pets are welcome. For more information call 316-1309.
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CIRCUS RING OF FAME Starts at 2 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Central Park. The annual event recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to circus history. This year’s inductees include Henry Ringling North, trapeze artist Reggie Armour and circus horse Starless Night. For information, visit circusringoffame.org.
258TH BIRTHDAY BASH FOR POET ‘RABBIE’ BURNS The St. Andrew Society of Sarasota is hosting the 258th birthday celebration of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and lyricist, at 5 p.m. at the Palm Aire Country Club, at 5601 Country Club Way. The public event features a scotch tasting and traditional Scottish food. The Blue Skye Pipes and Drums band will perform. Admission is $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers. For information, visit standrewsocietysarasota.com. Call Carl Morris at 355-3028 to make reservations, or email him at email@example.com.
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RINGLING BRIDGE RUN The 14th annual Sarasota YMCA Ringling Bridge Run includes a 4-mile race and a 1-mile fun run. The route starts at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Registration for the 4-mile course is $25 for those 18 and under, and $35 for teams and individuals older than 18. Registration for the 1-mile fun run is $20. All proceeds benefit the Frank G. Berlin Sr. Branch of the Sarasota YMCA. For information, or to register for the race, visit sarasotaymca.org.
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and saw firsthand Katrina’s indiscriminate destruction. The mountains of rubbish left in front of homes, their front doors left open to reveal bare walls, made a lasting impression. “It really hit me in the pit of my stomach — that could happen to everybody. Whether you are poor and living next to the river or very wealthy, it just affects everybody,” Rainey said. Severe weather and its tendency to ignore social partitions has motivated Rainey throughout her decade of Red Cross service. Just as severe weather is indiscriminate in its destruction, Rainey said she must be equally as indiscriminate with her compassion. At first, she said, it was Catholic guilt that motivated her to volunteer with the Red Cross. But that’s not what compelled her to volunteer during nearly every major natural disaster on U.S. soil in the past decade. “I couldn’t stand sitting on my couch when I could positively affect the situation,” Rainey said. She is 75 now, and while some may see her age as a hindrance, she argues it’s given her the flexibility to fly off on a moment’s notice, whether it’s going to Orlando to greet refugees after a 2010 earthquake in Haiti, or to Norman, Okla., in 2013 to lend a hand following a massive tornado. Megarie van Sickel, executive director of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, said age should never stop someone from volunteering. “It’s really when the volunteer feels like they have committed enough time and enough service,” van Sickel said. “I don’t see (Rainey) stepping down any time soon.”
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S A R A S OTA 175 Morningside Drive Julia McClung 941-356-6499 A4166611 $2,200,000
S A R A S OTA 1650 Blakemore Lane Daria Spina 941-650-7207 A4150296 $2,099,000
S A R A S OTA 9008 Midnight Pass Road Marcia Salkin, Pa 941-376-6121 A4162605 $1,725,000
S I E S TA K E Y 7606 Midnight Pass Road Ryan Skrzypkowski 941-387-6630 A4171143 $1,645,000
OSPREY 801 Lytham Circle Sandra Maslen 941-726-0035 A4168666 $1,400,000
S I E S TA K E Y 5966 Midnight Pass Road G-101 Rudy Dudon 941-234-3991 A4173497 $1,200,000
S A R A S OTA 1526 Selby Lane 2 Jo Ann Thorpe 941-349-7583 A4172544 $1,149,000
S A R A S OTA 3211 E Forest Lake Drive Bibi-Ann Allard PA 941-685-0422 A4158249 $995,000
S A R A S OTA 231 Cosmopolitan Court Maureen Horn 941-539-3384 A4172638 $825,000
S I E S TA K E Y 7207 Pine Needle Road 2 Beverly Alter 941-228-4556 A4167984 $785,000
S A R A S OTA 3856 Royal Hammock Boulevard Michael Cochrane 941-539-4520 A4169431 $749,000
S I E S TA K E Y 1275 Dockside Place 216 Harvey & Ethel Lovelace 941-586-7390 A4152109 $699,000
S A R A S OTA 8723 Grey Oaks Avenue Marilyn Vespoli 201-926-7272 A4163697 $539,000
S A R A S OTA 2543 Constitution Boulevard Mel & Jan Goldsmith 941-356-6673 A4171913 $499,000
S A R A S OTA 7658 Trillium Boulevard Drew Russell 941-993-3739 A4166706 $474,900
S I E S TA K E Y 9150 Blind Pass Road 404 Janet Walter 941-232-2000 A4170485 $449,000
S A R A S OTA 4493 Legacy Court Anja Deichmann 941-284-7987 A4167031 $400,000
S A R A S OTA 3830 Sarasota Avenue Linda Thompson 941-400-0805 A4169682 $399,000
VENICE 103 Wayforest Drive Susan Brooker 941-223-6055 N5910587 $365,000
S A R A S OTA 7648 Camminare Drive Kathleen Carbone P.A. 941-228-8429 A4167040 $359,999
VENICE 1811 Plum Lane Magda Cetta Whelton 941-408-4047 N5910984 $358,000
S A R A S OTA 7631 Fairway Woods Drive 601 Gladys Carrasco 941-400-1520 A4168292 $329,000
S A R A S OTA 33 S Gulfstream Ave 306 Jane Ebury 941-726-9360 A4160922 $315,000
OSPREY 40 Bayhead Lane Ryndie Brusco 941-809-6913 A4135190 $309,000
S A R A S OTA 5675 Beaurivage Avenue Mary Defrank 941-544-0214 A4173398 $249,000
OSPREY 202 Woodland Drive 202 Carolyn Kenney 941-223-7111 A4165922 $179,500
S A R A S OTA 1198 Longfellow Way Team Dunn 941-809-2154 A4169402 $149,000
LIDO KEY 1415 Westway Drive Beverly St Hilaire 941-504-3303 A4119693 $6,999,999
S I E S TA K E Y 150 Givens Street Brian Loebker 941-735-4393 A4169728 $4,295,000
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Janice Weintraub, of New York City, sold her Unit 1001 condominium at 1255 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Jack and Barbara Sobel, of Delray Beach, for $858,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,901 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $480,000 in 2012.
home in Indian Beach tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Michael and Michelle Gacioch sold their home at 3049 Bay Shore Road to SIESTA KEY Dale and Michele Asplund, SOMERSET COVE of Sarasota, for $2,862,500. David and Kathryn Fleeman, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 11 Built in 1999, it has four condominium at 3914 Sombedrooms, five-and-a-half erset Drive to John and PatriHansen, of Sarasota, for baths, a pool and 5,215 square cia $825,000. Built in 1993, it has feet of living area. It previthree bedrooms, three-and-abaths and 2,758 square feet ously sold for $1.9 million in half of living area. It previously sold for $642,500 in 2015. 2011. SIESTA TOWN HOUSE Paul and Helen Richardson, of Sarasota, sold their Units 207 and 208 condominium at 4532 Ocean Blvd. to James and Nanci Roberts, of Sarasota, for $750,000. Built in 1963, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths and 2,448 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,050,200 in 2009.
SARASOTA LA BELLASARA Teresa Lee-Kay sold the Unit 404 condominium at 464 Golden Gate Point to William and Lisa Kanehann, of Wynnewood, Pa., for $2,499,000. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,290 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.95 million in 2015.
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Revised Siesta Kenneth and Malinda Laird, of Edmond, Okla., sold their home at 231 Garden Lane to Robert and Amy Lykins, of Union City, Ind., for $1.2 million. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 4,225 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $715,000 in 2009.
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Paul and Katie Szafarczyk, trustees, of Hinsdale, Ill., sold the home at 8959 Wildlife Loop to Timothy Pieper and Shirley Pieper, trustees, of Union, Ky., for $869,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,233 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $715,000 in 2011.
Bayside Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc. sold the home at 3933 Waypoint Ave. to Raymond and Jo Ann Minzner, of Osprey, for $779,000. Built in 2016, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,391 square feet of living area.
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Andrew and Nona Biser, of Towson, Md., sold their home at 3820 Cutlass Byu to Anne Glazebrook-Pittet, of Dallas, for $1.25 million. Built in 1957, it has two bedrooms, two-and-ahalf baths and 2,171 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $665,000 in 2012.
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AQUALANE ESTATES Mark Anderson sold his home at 1617 Stanford Lane to Daniel and Carla Sullivan, of Sarasota, for $1.6 million. Built in 1975, it has three bedrooms, two-anda-half baths, a pool and 3,106 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.45 million in 2005.
ARBOR LAKES ON PALMER RANCH Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc. sold the home at 6199 Anise Drive to David and Shaina Starr, of Sarasota, for $633,100. Built in 2016, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 4,087 square feet of living area.
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to allowing the students inside. “The most exciting thing is to watch the students walk into this building,” she said. “This is their space.” Ringling College of Art and Design President Larry Thompson echoed that sentiment while addressing faculty and students in front of the library. He called the facility “the library of the future,” not only because of the technology available within the facility, but also because of its potential to facilitate student collaboration. “It has a lot of books — 75,000 of them as a matter of fact — but it’s also a place for students to be able to work together, collaborate and explore ... You, the students, you are the future,” Thompson said.
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