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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

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A field of City Commission candidates takes shape in pursuit of two at-large seats up for election in March, while others hesitate to commit. PAGE 3A File photos

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Officer Elf on the Shelf poses with his K-9 partner, Barry. Dipity takes a break from a therapy call in Bee Ridge Park.

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Is Siesta Key ready for a hotel? ALEX MAHADEVAN NEWS INNOVATION EDITOR

A prominent entrepreneur has begun laying the groundwork for the first new hotel on Siesta Key in decades. Gary Kompothecras, founder of 1-800-ASK-GARY and a Siesta resident, plans to file an amend-

ment to Sarasota County’s comprehensive plan that would allow a hotel to be built in commercial districts on the Key. Of the more than 10,800 properties on the island, 87 — or 0.8% — would meet the proposed criteria. SEE PAGE 4A

North Pole recruit arrives at SPD Officer “Elf on the Shelf” arrived at the Sarasota Police Department earlier this week, just in time for the holiday season. This is Officer Elf’s third tour with SPD. He will serve as Santa Claus’ eyes and ears at the department, sending daily reports to the big man himself. Elf’s temporary assignment will expire on Christmas Eve, but he is making the most of his time here. He has already been assigned a K-9 partner named Barry, handcuffs and an official SPD uniform.


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signatures from qualified electors a candidate must obtain to qualify for the March City Commission election. SEE PAGE 3A

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proportion of Siesta Key parcels zoned “commercial general,” a designation that could permit development of a hotel. SEE PAGE 4A

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rental units subject to the county tourist development tax in fiscal year 2015. SEE PAGE 6A

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preliminary cost estimate for a gateway sign marking the entrance to downtown on Main Street. SEE PAGE 12A

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Tex-Mex restaurant planned for North Trail

“They are my giant poodles.” Kathy Wilbanks, Oak Rest Llama Farm owner, on her unusual choice of pets. READ MORE ON PAGE 15A

City halts work on Cask & Ale The cocktail lounge isn’t even open yet, but Cask & Ale on Main Street has already become somewhat of a hot spot. As the owners of the downtown bar and tapas restaurant remain embroiled in a legal battle, the city has issued an order halting work on the site at 1548 Main St. The stop-work order is unrelated to the legal issues. Code Compliance Coordinator Lawrence Burleson said the city issued the notice two weeks ago because workers were painting a sign on the property without a permit. The work stoppage may not last long. According to the city website, the Cask & Ale owners filed for a permit Nov. 21 to conduct the sign work. The permit application is still pending city review. The owners of Cask & Ale have not formally announced an opening date for the business. The city approved plans for the bar in July.

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The city halted work on the Cask & Ale because of unpermitted painting on the exterior of the property.

Once slated to become a Starbucks, the old El Pescador building on the North Trail will soon transform into a Tex-Mex restaurant. The owners of Wicked Cantina on Bradenton Beach bought the property for $850,000, with plans to open by the end of April — just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Co-owners Janice and Mike Dolan won’t expand the restaurant’s footprint, but plan to update the exterior. “We have been wanting to expand, and we’ve been looking all over and kept coming back to Sarasota,” said Janice Dolan, who with her husband has remodeled and sold at least 17 homes. “And we definitely wanted to own our building.” The location at 1603 N. Tamiami Trail will feature at least 150 seats and offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dolan said the North Trail and downtown areas in Sarasota remind her of Austin, Texas, where she lived when the town was still up and coming beginning in 2005. “Obviously. we can see where this part of town is heading,” Dolan said. “It has such a great vibe — it’s becoming more foodie and younger.”

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Two City Commission seats are up for grabs next year. Who might emerge from the field of candidates to earn a spot?

RUNNING FOR OFFICE

STATE OF THE RACE JENNIFER AHEARN-KOCH Neighborhood leader and business owner Status: Officially in

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n Monday, Susan Chapman was uncertain if she would run for a second term on the City Commission. On Wednesday, she filed paperwork at City Hall to enter the race. “I feel a strong sense of obligation to represent my constituents,” she said. Chapman has been an outspoken commissioner. She’s also been harshly criticized for her views, which tend to focus on neighborhood interests over development. Chapman said the

personal attacks — and a lawsuit against her, which led to a judge ruling that she did not violate the state Sunshine Law — took a toll on her desire to pursue another term. “I didn’t expect to be vilified the way I have been,” she said. Still, the experience she’s garnered made her reluctant to walk away. “I have a lot of institutional knowledge,” she said. “That’s the part that makes it hard to say I should just throw in the towel and forget about it.”

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fter 15 years of civic engagement, Jennifer Ahearn-Koch wants to take her work with local government to the next level. Ahearn-Koch, president of the Tahiti Park Neighborhood Association, filed paperwork Monday to enter the commission race. She has been an outspoken neighborhood leader, also serving on the executive board of Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations and the steering committee of the resident activist group STOP. Her experience includes six years on the city’s Planning Board, as well. Ahearn-Koch wants voters to see her as more than just a neighborhood advocate. Having worked as a public relations professional in the city for the past 20 years, she said she was attuned to the needs of businesses as well as residents. “It’s that rounded experience with the city that I think would be very valuable to bring to the commission table,” she said.

NORA PATTERSON

Former city and county commissioner Status: Not running (probably)

PATRICK GANNON Planning Board member and neighborhood leader Status: No comment

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oes Patrick Gannon plan to enter the race for the two at-large seats on the City Commission? “I am not currently a candidate for those positions at this time,” he said. Gannon may be publicly noncommittal about running, but the Planning Board member will share his thoughts on the major issues the next commission has to address. He brings up multimodal transportation — a hot topic after a split commission rejected a series

of staff-recommended transportation policies at a Nov. 21 meeting — as an issue the next commission would have to deal with more productively. He said the same was true for other big topics scheduled for consideration, including homelessness and the forthcoming form-based zoning code. “Right now, controversial issues seem to come up and don’t seem to get dealt with in a productive manner,” he said.

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onths after running for a state Senate seat, could former Mayor Nora Patterson seek a return to the City Commission? She admits she’s thought about the move, but says not to expect her name on the ballot. A city resident, she has remained mindful of local government. The state of city finances, in particular, serves as a topic of concern for her. After speaking with some prospective candidates, Patterson was confident that a robust field would save her the hassle of having to enter the race. “If we have decent people to run — and we probably will — there’s an awful lot of intelligent people concerned with the future of the city who can do the job,” she said.

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artin Hyde is banking on there being discontent with the status quo at City Hall. Ask him why he decided to run, and he rattles off a series of issues — from homelessness to finances to paid parking to downtown events — he believes the commission is mishandling. Hyde is aware his beliefs might not sit well with some, but he believes his campaign will connect with voters in March. He thinks the city needs to embrace the fact it’s growing to evolve productively. That means a change in direction is necessary. He is embracing the role of outsider. The small-business owner is somewhat taken aback by the suggestion that voters might think negatively of someone with no political experience. “Why would you want someone with no experience in government?” Hyde asked. “The question is, why the bloody hell wouldn’t you?”

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ven after eight years of service on the City Commission, Suzanne Atwell said the decision not to seek another term wasn’t particularly agonizing. “It was fairly easy, because I think it was time,” she said. Atwell was frustrated with what she saw as a disturbing trend: The commission, at the behest of a small group of outspoken citizens, has overruled the recommendations of city staff on multiple occasions. “Single-issue activists kind of take over and become the selfappointed experts,” Atwell said. Atwell acknowledged the possibility a new commission might swing in a different direction, but she said there is no guarantee she would even win. “That’s a burden I’m not sure I want to risk right now,” she said.

SUZANNE ATWELL

City Commissioner Status: Not running (officially)

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hree candidates are already in. One incumbent is out. There’s still more than three months until the March 14 City Commission election — and more than five weeks until the Jan. 13 deadline for candidates to file — but the race for two citywide atlarge seats on the board is beginning to intensify. Here’s an early examination of the contenders who have already emerged and the issues that will likely be at the center of next year’s race.

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1-800-ASK-GARY founder Gary Kompothecras is in the initial stages of planning a bonafide hotel on the barrier island.

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Most vacation rentals on the island come from condominium owners or smaller motel operators located in residentially zoned areas. County staff is reviewing the proposal and has scheduled a pre-application conference Dec. 1 with the Development Review Committee. If approved by county commissioners, Kompothecras would still have to go through a special exception process that includes a neighborhood workshop and public hearings in front of the Planning Commission, and again before the County Commission. “This proposed amendment would be just a preliminary, initial step, which if approved, would make a new hotel on Siesta possible,” said land use attorney Charlie Bailey, who is representing Kompothecras. Right now, hotels aren’t allowed on commercial general-zoned properties. And 27 years ago, the County Commission approved a comprehensive plan policy that restricted density and intensity to what existed at that time on barrier islands. The aim was to curtail dense residential development to avoid issues with disaster preparedness and evacuations. “However, it has simultaneously and quietly limited quality and innovative redevelopment of (commercial general)-zoned

property since 1989,” Bailey wrote in the pre-application request, which was filed Nov. 18. The number of bars and restaurants has increased in the Village and along Old Stickney Point Road on the south end of Siesta, and older buildings are in need of updating, which could be spurred by new hotel development, he wrote. Bailey worried that the “density and intensity” language added in 1989 might preclude staff from recommending — or county commissioners from approving — plans for a hotel. The amendment adds an exception to the rule for commercial properties to be redeveloped into transient accommodations. Benderson Development’s Siesta Promenade, which is proposed for the mainland, generated a backlash from island residents. That gives Siesta Key Association Second Vice President Catherine Luckner pause about a hotel proposal on the island. While Luckner said she’s not anti-business, the prospect of one in a commercial area may raise residents’ fears about traffic. “I’m not a rigid person by nature, but I think on this you would get so much worry about it unless it was to swap out a condo,” she said. Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mark Smith said a new hotel is sorely needed on the island and may actually reduce the amount of traffic compared with that of a bar. He said residents will have plenty of chances to speak out against the project

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ELIGIBILITY If the Sarasota County Commission approves the comprehensive plan amendment, only commercial generalzoned properties would be eligible for hotel redevelopment. Eightyseven of the more than 10,800 parcels on the island — 0.8% — carry this designation, with most in the Village or along Old Stickney Point Road. A Wells Fargo bank sits on 2.3 acres at the center of the island that also is zoned commercial general.

if it doesn’t mesh well with surrounding neighborhoods. “If it’s in an inappropriate spot to put a hotel, then it’ll be shot down,” Smith said. “If the neighborhood doesn’t want it there, it won’t be there.” Still, the details on the project

are murky. “It’s premature to be talking about a hotel flag, or any similar details at this point,” Bailey said. “Without the comprehensive plan amendment, there will be no next steps, so we haven’t invested the effort in these details.” And the big question remains: Where will it go? “I think it would take at least a 100-plus room hotel to be viable and have conference rooms,” Smith said. “It would take some property.” There are three areas on the Key with land zoned commercial general: roughly 23 acres in the Village, 2 acres housing a Wells Fargo at the middle of the Key and 16 acres at the south bridge,

according to the county’s global imaging system data. Smith said there have been attempts to redevelop the plaza housing Blasé Cafe and the Siesta Beach Resort & Suites — formerly a Best Western — in the Village in the past. And Kompothecras owns a viable 15,000-square-foot property on Old Stickney Point Road on the south end that is the location of a storage facility. Regardless of where it ends up, a large hotel would help attract more visitors from the United Kingdom, along with Germany and German-speaking countries in central Europe, said Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley. Right now, it’s difficult for international tourism companies to put together large enough room blocks to accommodate travel packages. “For a long time we’ve really hoped on an aspirational basis for a full-service hotel on Siesta Key,” Haley said, “particularly for the international market — the people who come longer and spend more money.” Former County Commissioner Nora Patterson, who has lived on Siesta for 46 years, said traffic could be a concern, but she has faith that Kompothecras will be a responsible developer and has the means to accomplish a project. “It’s always been something that I thought was strange,” she said, “that there was so little in the way of hotel accommodations on the Key.”

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CHECKING IN On the mainland, meanwhile, the hotel market continues to grow at a healthy pace. On Wednesday, the team behind the 102-unit Carlisle Inn held a groundbreaking for the project on the Der Dutchman property. The Dutchman Hospitality Group has sought to build a hotel to service the Pinecraft area for years, purchasing the site of the Carlisle Inn for $5.2 million in 2012. “One of the goals of our company is to make destination places out of our locations,” said Dan Miller, of Dutchman Hospitality. “We see this as part of that objective.” The group hopes to have the hotel open by January 2018. Elsewhere, the flag for a proposed hotel at 1351 Fruitville Road has been revealed. At a November Tourist Development Council meeting, Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley reported the Choice Hotels project would carry a Cambria Suites flag.

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County has reservations about Airbnb tax deal Sarasota County is considering legal action to collect tourist taxes from Airbnb properties. DAVID CONWAY DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR

Navigating the evolving online marketplace can prove challenging for almost anybody — just ask Tax Collector Barbara FordCoates. For more than a year, she’s been working to get rental properties listed on the website Airbnb to pay the local tourist development tax. Although the tax collector’s office was able to reach out to certain renters and bring them into compliance, the online service did not uniformly apply the tax to all renters using the website. Earlier this year, Ford-Coates was optimistic about reaching a deal with the San Franciscobased company, in which Airbnb would collect the tax from renters and transmit funds to the county. In 2015, Airbnb struck a deal with the Florida Department of Revenue, which collects tourist taxes for 22 counties. At a November Tourist Development Council meeting, that optimism disappeared. FordCoates reported Airbnb was refusing to comply with the same standards as other renters, and said the county was considering joining Monroe County and other

jurisdictions in a lawsuit against the company. Airbnb wanted the county to waive all back taxes for renters. The company also wanted to restrict the county’s access to information regarding renters using the site, Ford-Coates said. “Those items were the kind of things that give you a feeling in your pit of your stomach that it’s just not the right thing to do,” she said. Benjamin Breit, an Airbnb spokesman, said the company was still willing to “help unlock hundreds of thousands of dollars” in tourist tax funds. “Thirty-one other Florida counties — including similarly large counties like Orange, Pinellas and Lee — have taken advantage of this new revenue stream by collaborating with us on voluntary collection agreements,” Breit wrote in an email. Ford-Coates isn’t certain exactly how much money the county might be missing out on, but her office remains vigilant in its effort to enforce the tourist tax. The tax collector has tip lines and reaches out to condominiums to discover rental properties that may not be paying their share. Once those properties are located, Ford-Coates said compliance usually isn’t a challenge. “A lot of people aren’t collecting it because they just don’t know,” she said. Although Ford-Coates is hope-

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Sarasota County Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates has tried — and failed — to get Airbnb to agree to terms for paying tourist development taxes.

ful the county might join the lawsuit, that decision falls to the County Commission. The county attorney’s office said there had been preliminary discussions with Monroe County regarding a lawsuit, but talks are still early. There’s no consensus from traditional hotel and resort owners regarding the impact of Airbnb, but there is concern about establishing a level playing field. Terri Noyes, the owner of Hotel Ranola, expressed frustration about some

renters avoiding the tourist tax. “It’s hospitality,” Noyes said. “Basically, they’re offering the same services we do.” Ford-Coates understands that frustration — which is why she’s fighting to get Airbnb to comply. “That’s not fair,” Ford-Coates said. “If your neighbor is advertising in the paper for their rental and they’re paying their fair share, why in the world wouldn’t an Airbnb renter be subject to the exact same provisions?”

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Never been a better time to exercise Shake off the political blues and holiday stress by getting your move on.

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et’s call this the perfect storm of reasons to begin exercising. Not only have we just barely survived the most contentious election of our lifetime, leaving people —check one or all of the following — depressed, angry, suspicious and/or gleeful, most of which can easily lead to overindulging, and we’re now in the midst of the season to overindulge. And while it may seem that I’m focusing on weight, I’m not. I am focusing on the almost miraculous ability of exercise to reduce stress and appreciably elevate your mood.

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Reducing stress and improving your mood via exercise are accomplished by the increased blood flow to the brain, which creates new blood vessels as well as triggering the release of chemicals that improve our moods and even reduce pain. Don’t throw that Prozac away quite yet, but consider that recent research does indeed link exercise to less depression and increased facility with memory and learning, two of the brain’s basic functions. Scientists are so convinced of its benefits, they now say that the best way to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s is to adopt a regular habit of exercising. And that’s not all. While the concept of exercise as medicine goes back to the time before medicine (think Hippocrates in 400 B.C.) it is only recently that science has taken a hard look at how exercise actually impacts the body. They know, for example, that exercise protects telomeres, which are the minuscule caps that protect our chromosomes, actually slowing the aging of our cells. Scientists also know that exercise is good at repairing what might be wrong with our bodies. The increased blood flow caused by aerobic exercise helps our muscles stay healthy, which in turn creates a whole bucket of benefits — less fatigue and more stability and overall ability to function in off-the-couch activities. That same blood flow assists in healing a host of injuries, from that cut finger to a bum knee. ON THE HORIZON

And soon we’ll know more. The National Institutes of Health plan to begin a big and bold study in 2017 that will take a group of 3,000 sedentary people of all ages and engage them in an exercise program. Before and after they exercise, the group will have blood, muscles and fat tested. This will shed more light on just how exercise changes the body.

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Recent research links exercise to less depression and increased facility with memory and learning, two of the brain’s basic functions. So get up and get moving.

And, as in all efficacious testing, a control group of non-exercisers will be tracked as well. The scope of this study is so broad, scientists believe it will conclude with information that leads them to understand just how exercise impacts every molecule in the body. Hopefully, that information will lead to changes that will make a huge dent in what is being called, “exercise deficit disorder.” Gym classes have been cut from school. Elementary school children are particularly at risk — only about 15% of schools require physical exercise or PE at the three-times-a-week level that many of us experienced growing up and what would go far to meet minimum requirements for fitness. And, children are not encouraged to engage in outdoor play. It’s no surprise that obesity rates have climbed every year since 1999. WHAT WE DO KNOW

So what do researchers now know and recommend to get the basic benefits from exercise? The minimum amount of aerobic exercise each of us needs per week is 150 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here’s the good news: You don’t have to join a gym to achieve that. Break it up. That’s three 50 minute walks with Fido where you lead and he follows. The pace will be good for the dog, too. Living in a dog-free zone?

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If you’re concerned about the blank-face concrete structures being built in the Rosemary District, the developers want you to rest assured that the final product is supposed to look quite different. The downtown-adjacent neighborhood, located north of Fruitville Road, is going through a building boom. More than 1,000 residential units are in development, but Rosemary District Neighborhood Association President Michael Bush said two projects have drawn a specific type of reaction from residents and business owners. One project, Urban Flats, is located at 1401 Fruitville Road and will include 228 apartments. The other, Elan Rosemary, will include 286 apartments. Right now, both sites have large gray buildings and not much else. As a result, there has been some concern in the neighborhood about what those developments will look like when construction is complete. But a quick examination of the plans shows the

projects are supposed to include more detailed architecture facing the sidewalks. The concrete buildings the public can see now are parking garages. Eventually, another building will be constructed to mask those structures from the street. Phillip Smith, president of Sarasota Flats developer Framework Group, confirmed the apartments will be built in front of the garage. “I could understand how seeing that wall could be a little alarming!” Smith wrote in an email. Bush has done his best to temper the concern when others ask about the developments, passing along assurances that the projects will be of a high quality. “It’s a different approach, but don’t lose faith,” Bush said. “It’s fine — it’s not going to be these ugly structures.” In general, Bush is excited about the construction underway in the Rosemary District. In addition to the work that is ongoing, Bush has also met with developers who have filed plans to build in the neighborhood. Based on the response he’s seen, he doesn’t think the growth will stop anytime soon. “It’s not just about the structures that have come out of the ground right now, but it’s also what’s in the queue,” Bush said. “I think we’re going to see a wave, and then another wave, and then

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There are dog people, and there are cat people. Then there are people like Sarasota resident Kathy Wilbanks — llama people. She has 12 of the large, camellike creatures on her Oak Rest Llama Farm east of Interstate 75. They’re tall, some standing almost 6 feet, and a little awkward looking, with large, unblinking eyes and a perpetual grin because of their buck teeth. “These are my dogs,” Wilbanks said. “They are my giant poodles.”

But these aren’t your average llamas. They don’t haul things, and they certainly don’t spit. In fact, these llamas prefer to cuddle. Wilbanks has been registering her llamas as emotional support animals for more than 10 years. She takes them to nursing homes, hospitals, college campuses and just about anywhere people might need a little llama love. She was introduced to pet therapy about 20 years ago when her mother was in a nursing home. Wilbanks and her two daughters would bring their rabbits and

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guinea pigs to visit. While Wilbanks spent time with her mom, her daughters would take their pets to visit other patients. Two years later, after her mother died, her youngest daughter expressed interest in showing llamas in livestock competitions. Wilbanks fell in love. She’s been working with a pettherapy organization called Project PUP for about four years. Project PUP board member Ellen Leber said all animals must complete a series of assessments to be certified by the organization. They must demonstrate good leash behavior, the ability to remain calm around medical equipment and be patient as people pet them. She said she has helped register many dogs, but Wilbanks’ llamas were a first. Right now she has four llamas registered with Project PUP — Goldrush, Pete, Rudy and Dipity — but the number of llamas Wilbanks registers varies. She looks for what she calls the “old souls” in the herd. They’re usually quiet, stoic and observant. “You have to get to know the babies and see which ones are very calm,” Wilbanks said. Calm is key because Wilbanks’ llamas understandably tend to attract a crowd. Their heads swaying as they meander into community centers and nursing homes, they are always welcomed with outstretched hands as patients hug their long necks. Getting to and from events can be difficult as people approach Wilbanks and ask to pet her llamas in parking lots. Children pull up grass to feed to them as

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Rudy Vazmina, a swimmer from Sarasota, was named the male 2015 Florida Senior Games Athlete of the Year on Nov. 22. He is the first Sarasota athlete to win the award and will be recognized at the 2016 Games on Dec. 3 in Clearwater.

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“Greyhound people are nuts. Every last one of us.” — Thomas Bowersox, greyhound race director SEE PAGE 18A

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y 4 years old, Riverview senior Brion Whitley had already lived a tougher life than most. His parents lived in a bad part of Bradenton and got caught up in drugs, among other things. He and his older sister, Lacoya Edmond, were initially handed over to their grandparents, but they soon were physically unable to care for the two children. Off to the foster care system they went. The pair ended up with a foster family intended to be just for teenage girls. Whitley never felt at home. It wasn’t just the lack of other males. Whitley said the family did not treat them well and went as far as locking up the refrigerator so the kids could not eat without permission. He was scared. Eventually, the foster care system decided Whitley could not live in that situation any longer, and started putting out emergency calls for adoption. Around the same time, Kent and Danielle Whitley decided they were ready to adopt a child. They already had two biological children and would later add a third, all daughters. They wanted to finish their family by adopting a son. They told the adoption agency that they had room for one, possibly two children. Through the adoption process, they found their pick, a boy named John, and brought him home. They thought that would be the end of their adoption story, but it was not. Because the Whitleys had said they were open to adding two children, the agency called them a short while later with an emergency. A young boy needed to get out of his foster family as soon as possible. Danielle was the one on the phone. With Kent at work and unavailable, Danielle had to make the big decision on her own, and quickly. She agreed to take the boy, sight unseen. Later that day, Brion, timid and confused, stepped out of his foster home for the last time, and into Danielle’s car. He did not have a chance to say goodbye to his sister, who was not home. The next day, he went with his new family on a pre-planned trip to Disney World. “He’s loved Mickey Mouse ever since,” Danielle said. When she first agreed to take Brion in, Danielle thought it might be a temporary solution to an emergency situation. When she saw him, however, love filled her heart. While in third grade, Brion attended a basketball camp with a childhood friend for the first time. The Whitleys knew their son was athletic, but they had never channeled that athleticism into anything before. The first few years, they simply wanted Brion to get acclimated to his new dynamic. At the basketball camp, everything changed. Ty Bryant, a youth coach and father of former Riverview point guard D.J. Bryant (now at the University of Texas-Arlington), recruited Brion to be on his team, seeing his potential.

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All in the family Riverview senior finds success after a difficult start.

Brion Whitley

Brion started slowly. He did not get much playing time on the travel teams until his seventhand eighth-grade seasons, when he worked hard to improve his game. After going to states twice in his first two years at Sarasota Christian School, a coaching staff shakeup made Brion feel like the program was crumbling. He transferred to Riverview for his junior season, and played well, but come summer held a single scholarship offer, from Rice University. He decided to work even harder. Riverview coach B.J. Ivey said Brion shot 500 three-point attempts a day in June to improve his shot before the “live period,” when college coaches can evaluate and talk to recruits. Brion got noticed. He was in talks with several schools, including Harvard and the University

of Tennessee-Chattanooga, but committed to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. “I had three coaches tell me, ‘Don’t commit on your first visit,’” Brion said. “I was like, set. ‘I’m not gonna do it, I’m not gonna do it.’ Then you go there (Wilmington), and it’s basically a bigger Sarasota.” Off the court, Brion is no longer the quiet kid he was the day of his adoption. He is a larger-thanlife personality who is not afraid to be himself. He went to middle school at Julie Rohr Academy, a performing arts school, to better accommodate his travel basketball schedule. “If he (Brion) wanted to, he could be doing theater,” Danielle said. “He literally stole the show. He still knows all the words to ‘Greased Lightning.’” The other big aspect of Brion’s life is his faith. He and his family attend Sarasota Baptist Church every Sunday. He reads his Bible as part of his pregame routine and tries to build positive relationships with everyone he meets. Brion feels blessed to have been put in a wonderful, stable family situation after a rough first four years, and the family feels the same way. “God put Brion in our family,” Danielle said. “It has been an amazing experience, and we feel fortunate. A lot of people think adoption is doing children some kind of favor, but it’s not at all. The blessing is all ours.”

FAST FACTS Name: Brion Whitley School: Riverview (Senior) Sport: Basketball Next stop: University of North CarolinaWilmington Favorite movie: “My Girl” or “The Fault In Our Stars” Favorite class: Astronomy. “It’s mindblowing.” Favorite artist: Justin Bieber. “I have no shame.” Potential career: Motivational speaker or personal trainer. “I like helping people.”


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Greyhound racing gives audiences a thrill and dogs a purpose from the box. Not barks of pain or confusion, but of excitement. The mechanical lure whirred to life and made its way around the bend. Once it reached the sight lines of all the dogs, the boxes were opened, and the hounds were off. If you’ve never seen a greyhound run — and I mean really run — consider yourself an unlucky soul. They run with a rocking motion almost too quick to be seen without blur. Head down, front and back legs extended, then the head comes up as the front paws hit the dirt and push off. In other words, they can fly. The greyhounds can run the 5/16 of a mile race in 31 seconds, give or take. Watching them race, it becomes obvious that running is what these dogs were born to do. Once they cross the finish line, the dogs get doted on by their

Thomas Bowersox has worked in greyhound racing for 55 years.

trainers and the track workers. They looked so happy. If only more people were there to see it. Thomas Bowersox is the director of racing at the track. He gave me a few reasons for the declining interest in his sport. Online gambling has made it easier for people to spend money without leaving their couch. The Florida Lottery has managed to draw people in, as well, he said. Is it really more fun to scratch

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a ticket with a quarter than to watch a greyhound show off its athleticism? To each his own, but I would disagree. The big hang-up though, Bowersox told me, is the misconception of how the hounds are treated. Shocked while in the starting box. Pumped with performance-enhancing drugs. You name the mistreatment, it has probably been alleged of greyhound racing at some point. There is no animal cruelty in his heart, or at the Sarasota Kennel Club, he said. In fact, Bowersox said, the greyhounds probably get treated better than the average house dog. They are cared for all day, every day. No one leaves them by themselves to go to work, because they are the work, and beloved work at that. Dogs are tested for drugs before each race. They are petted, played with and scratched.

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“Greyhound people are nuts,” Guimond said. “Every last one of us.” Maybe you’re still skeptical. That’s OK. I was too. Then I saw them sprint, their eyes alight with fire and determination. A few times, the dogs’ protective muzzles came off during a race to reveal ear-toear smiles and tongues flapping through the wind. I knew then that beyond all the betting, beyond the cheap beer and discarded packs of Pall Malls, this is a sport that gave greyhounds purpose, and that’s a pretty great thing.

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Booker boys basketball heads up the road to play IMG Academy at 7:30 p.m. The Ascenders are loaded with topflight talent, including senior point guard Trevon Duval, the fifth-best recruit in the country, according to 247Sports, and senior center Bruno Fernando, a four-star recruit committed to Maryland. The Tornadoes will have their hands full, but no matter the outcome, this is a chance to see some future college basketball stars up close.

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Booker hosts Riverview in girls basketball at 7:30 p.m. The Tornadoes’ senior guard Cellexia Foster will be tough for the Rams to guard, but Riverview counters with balance. Rams seniors Bri Newell and Gabie Simunovic are both capable of filling the stat sheet, as is sophomore Hailey Rosenhaus.

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Members of the Blue Skye Pipes and Drums perform along the parade route.

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Mimi Winston said her favorite part of the meal was the turkey.

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ity, county and state officials mingled with community members in St. Martha Catholic Church’s parish hall as Sarasota Ministerial Association chairman Tom Pfaff took the stage. “If everybody would please take your seats, our guests are about to arrive,” he said Nov. 23. People who are homeless were welcomed into the hall and ushered to tables decorated with holiday garnish. The Sarasota Ministerial Association has hosted its Thanksgiving Community Luncheon for 16 years to create a safe community space for people experiencing homelessness to enjoy the holiday. Members of Cardinal Mooney High School’s St. Vincent de Paul volunteer club and parent volunteers formed a system of

portioning and serving plates. Club adviser Scott Scheurer said this event is among the students’ favorite for volunteer opportunities. “It’s a sit-down meal,” Scheurer said. “(People aren’t) just coming in line and being served food and going on their way. Our students are getting the sense that they are able to serve.” The food was provided by Yoder’s and Der Dutchman restaurants and Ernie Cave Catering. Pfaff said the event is about more than the food. It’s about creating a sense of community. “We’re not inviting homeless people to a feeding,” Pfaff said. “We’re inviting people experiencing homelessness to a family.” — ANNA BRUGMANN

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Members of local Latin American Motorcycle Association chapters volunteered at the event.

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condominium in The Residences tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. 1701 R.C. Sarasota Investments LLC sold the Unit 1801 condominium at 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive to Jana Paley, of Bradenton, for $3.5 million. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 4,951 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,775,400 in 2002.

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BAY POINT PARK Daniel Coen and Melissa Shade-Coen sold their home at 980 S. Orange Ave. to Robert Bernstein, trustee, of Sarasota, for $924,500. Built in 1937, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,554 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $381,000 in 2011. HARTLAND PARK Key Link Properties LLC sold the home at 1856 Tulip Drive to Daniel and Margaret DeSoto, of Jacksonville, for $728,000. Built in 1953, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,310 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $401,100 in February.

ESSEX HOUSE Ellen Wells sold her Unit 308 condominium at 707 S. Gulfstream Ave. to Robert Thorpe, of Sarasota, for $650,000. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,591 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2015. MATHENY Holly Chase, of New London, Conn., sold her home at 1718 Prospect St. to Mission Property Partners LLC for $579,000. Built in 1950, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 879 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,000 in 2002.

POMS PARK Weekley Homes LLC sold the home at 2276 Wood St. to Don Millner, of Sarasota, for $524,300. Built in 2016, it has four bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 2,804 square feet of living area.

Weekley Homes LLC sold the home at 2266 Wood St. to Roman and Christine Tuero, of Sarasota, for $515,000. Built in 2016, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 2,729 square feet of living area. RENAISSANCE Jacqueline Lewis, trustee, sold the Unit 511 condominium at 750 N. Tamiami Trail to Paul and Janet Zipper, of Longboat Key, for $500,000. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,360 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $670,000 in 2005. 1350 MAIN RESIDENTIAL PBMASRQ LLC sold the Unit 1012 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Jeffrey Lambrix, of Sarasota, for $443,700. Built in 2007, it has one bedroom, one bath and 944 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $395,000 in 2012.

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Peppertree Bay Dino and Hildegarde Karounos, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 803-AA condominium at 1055 W. Peppertree Drive to Arthur and Karin Sawall, of Brookfield, Wis., for $875,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,105 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $220,000 in 1988.

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Oaks I Roger Kipp sold the home at 67 Sugar Mill Drive to Craig Reynolds and Brian Simonson, of Osprey, for $1.05 million. Built in 1989, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,020 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,122,500 in 2003.

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Thomas and Nidia McKenna, of Osprey, sold their home at 3941 Spyglass Hill Road to Gary Barrack and Linda Ellis, of Sarasota, for $590,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,578 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,700 in 1997.

MARBLEHEAD Dennis and Karen Suchomel, of The Villages, sold their home at 2517 Marblehead Drive to Barbara Sharell, of Sarasota, for $405,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,215 square feet.

Virginia Shroyer, Jerry Gray and Robert Browning Jr., trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 460 Morgan Circle to K3E Property Holdings LLC for $299,000. Built in 1962, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,877 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $50,000 in 1983.

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14021 Bellagio Way 207 A4122347 $895,000 Peggy Wellman & Robert Moffatt

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1725 Stapleton Street A4170216 $859,900 Melissa Jekonski Lerner

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-586-8602

1665 Siesta Drive A4154314 $674,990 Kelly Quigley & Linda Dickinson

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8011 Longbay Boulevard A4136111 $4,075,000 Michele C Burnett

3603 N Point Road 602 A4149448 $645,000 Ellen Wells

Osprey 941-349-3444 941-544-4849

5331 Silver Leaf Lane A4169653 $640,000 Miriam Pearson

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8767 Midnight Pass Rd 201F A4150373 $625,000 Marlene & George Marshall

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4968 Bridgehampton Boulevard A4170001 $625,000 Barbara E Gahry

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James Floyd

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2207 Wisteria St.

Pool/deck

Stephen Campion

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3186 Wood St.

Reroof

Robert Berwick

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1130 Pomelo Ave.

Reroof

Thomas Luzier

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686 Beverly Drive

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Craig Johnson

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2105 Mietaw Drive

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Joan Halliwell

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460 S. Lime Ave.

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Helmut Bother

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703 Wood Lane

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Brian Key

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1221 N. Palm Ave. #204

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John Mercer

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306 Golden Gate Point #6

Mechanical

William Belmont

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6235 Anise Drive

Pool/spa/deck

Daniel Bliss

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1169 W. Peppertree Drive

Alterations

Geraldine Devlin,

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2905 Casey Key Road A4168851 $5,695,000 Jonathan Abrams

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#118A trustee 8630 Midnight Pass Road

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Donald Wagner

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Anthony Anagnos

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Margaret North

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Barbara Coppeto

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Patricia McGraw

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Freda Olszeski

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137 S Polk Drive A4168758 $3,495,000 Lenore Treiman

Lido Key 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

1361 Harbor Drive A4169848 $2,800,000 Kim & Michael Ogilvie

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-376-1717

1132 Windsong Lane A4161862 $2,100,000 The Gilliland Group

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

1905 Datura Street A4154851 $1,999,999 Karen Cash Greco

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-504-6927

710 Indian Beach Circle A4168390 $1,895,000 Kim Ogilvie & Lenore Treiman

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-376-1717

500 S Palm Ave 41 A4144835 $1,850,000 Stacy Liljeberg

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-544-6103

145 Shoreland Drive A4170220 $1,850,000 Dan Freed

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-735-0770

5831 Riegels Harbor Rd A4151000 $1,650,000 Alix Wexler & Paul Romley

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-350-2742 & 941-350-4933

4789 Higel Avenue A4169949 $1,500,000 Karen Chandler

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

1545 Oak Street 10 A4149913 $1,100,000 Bibi-Ann Allard PA

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-685-0422

5197 Flicker Field Circle A4154583 $1,089,000 Denise Mei

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-685-3198

457 E Mac Ewen Drive A4170013 $1,025,000 Nicole Dovgopolyi

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5849

#21 windows 5830 Midnight Pass Road

Remodel

Gerald Clanegor

Reroof

Amanda Gray

$45,000

#52 7890 Esperanza Circle

6703 Midnight Pass Road 213 A4168131 $359,000 Kristina Talkie & Judy Arreola

4020 Jardin Lane A4156645 $288,500 Susan Mitchell

207 Vista Del Lago Way N5910182 $239,900 Joan McMahon

2613 Casey Key Road A4150991 $8,750,000 Deborah Beacham

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Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-266-8658

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-780-5085

Venice 941-485-5421 941-306-9353

401 N Point Road 402 A4150216 $355,000 Rosalie Phillips

14 Marker Road D5914857 $269,900 Debi Benson

4399 Longmeadow 36 A4169733 $179,900 Marci Mcfarland

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-544-4430

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548 Boundary Boulevard D5914748 $329,900 Ellen Baker & Michael Hollenbeck

7050 Prosperity Circle 904 A4170205 $259,000 Allison Werner

3436 Tallywood Circle 7053 A4164463 $165,500 Nancie Kalin

Rotonda West 941-473-7750 941-268-4999

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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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flamingo fantasyland A Snowy Holiday Stroll in Southside Village Friday, December 9, 2016 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Parking available in the South Parking Lot of SMH (41 and Hillview)

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elby Points Park was transformed into an art gallery Nov. 19-20 as local, regional and national artists showcased their work during the fourth annual Sarasota Fine Arts Festival. The festival, which was previously held on Gulfstream Avenue, was moved to the park this year. The event features works by more than 100 artists. Art enthusiasts meandered through booths to browse photography, jewelry, sculpture and paintings and chat with the artists. Artists shared which pieces

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The Kelly Gettel Views Team of on realLongboat estate professionals w/Gulf Key with a combined experience PRIVATEER NORTH of over 30 years 1050 Longboat Key Club Drive #502 buying and selling 2residential Bedroom, 2 Bath, real estate has joined 2 Balconies facing the gulf, 1,290 sq. ft. Coldwell Banker Residential $5,000 mo. Three month minimum Real Estate office at 100 North Tamiami Tral, Sarasota. We look forward to PRIVATEER workingSOUTH with you Longboat Key Club Drive #1004 and assisting you with all21000 your real estate needs. Bedroom, 2 Bath, Enjoy full Bay views and

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1127 1127 LAKEHOUSE LAKEHOUSE CIR., CIR., #C-212, #C-212, SARASOTA SARASOTA A A premier premier location location directly directly across across from from Siesta Siesta Key Key Beach Beach provides provides the the setting setting for for this this second second floor floor two-bedroom two-bedroom condominium, condominium, where where relaxed relaxed island island living living is is yours yours to to enjoy. enjoy. The The spacious, spacious, well-designed well-designed floor floor plan plan offers offers privacy privacy with with its its split configuration, plus a charming outdoor patio overlooking split configuration, plus a charming outdoor patio overlooking a a tranquil tranquil lake. lake. MLS#A4168740 MLS#A4168740 $475,000 $475,000

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Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. 941-955-4888 Or Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 BREATHING MACHINE for Sleep Apnea, Philips REMstar SE / humidifier heated, $175. e-mail: jayporton47@gmail.com CHAIR: FOLDING high back, bamboo interwoven, indoor/outdoor, $35 o/b/o 941-350-7232. COCKTAIL TABLE: contemporary, 37” square, beveled glass top, beige stone 14” square base, $125. 440-442-5513. COMPUTER: DELL Dual Core, refurbished, $80, 941-756-6728. DESIGNER FABRICS: 1-3 yards, solid, floral & contemporary patterns, .50¢ to $3. 941-918-0737 KITCHENWARE: 45/PCS, coffee maker, crock pot, electric knife, roasting pans, so much more. $40. 941-504-0165. LENOX VASES (2), $25.00 each. Antique mirror 16" X 32", $125.00. 941-921-0512. LIONEL SILVER Star electric train set, extra track and switches, $60. Casio Keyboard, $35. 941-587-9569. MICHAEL JACKSON books: in French 64 photos $25. Body and Soul illus/bio/English $25. Call 941-320-8345. POTTERY BARN Furniture: bookcase $60., coffee table, $40. Email: hdougstine@gmail.com for photos and specs. PUSH MOWER (gas), ex. cond., $50. TV cabinet, glass doors and shelves, $10. Shopping cart, $5. 941-302-4327. REGALO SWING down double sided bed rail, white, $25. 941-926-7254. RESTAURANT SIDEWALK wooden sign with metal stand, $75 cash. 941-923-4471. RUG: 8/FT round, palm tree pattern, $50. Christmas nutcrackers, $10/ea. or 6 for $50. 941-922-4093. WATER SEALER & Conditioner: Tompson’s, (9) five gallon containers, $20. 941-953-4186. WINE FRIDGE: holds 8 bottles: $40. Please call 941-966-4018. INFANT CAR Seat Base. Chicco Keyfit 30. New. (Retails for $85) $55 (941) 587−5628. WROUGHT IRON Patio Set. Glass topped black rectangular table with 4 chairs. $70 312−6634.

Antiques/Collectibles PURCHASING EAMES, Knoll, Danish, Dunbar, Evans, Laverne, Nakashima, Parzinger furniture, glass, pottery and designer clothing. Tommy McDonnell 772-643-3209.

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DESIGNER CONSIGNER - Largest Holiday selection ever! Mostly brand new. High fashion, low pricing. Day wear, evening and wedding gowns for our Christmas brides! 953-5995, 3639, Monday through Friday, 11a.m.-6p.m., Saturday, 10a.m.-4p.m. Bahia Vista, off Beneva, N.E. corner by Circle A. ADULT TRICYCLE brand new, big seat, large basket, high quality, front & rear brakes & fenders, easy to ride, still in box! $275 (941) 524−1025.

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

Events CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE. Mix and match homemade specialty cookies. Sold by the pound. Saturday, December 3rd., 10:00a.m.-1p.m. Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Rd., Sarasota 34238. We accept credit cards.

Religion ST. JUDE O holy St. Jude, Apostle & Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of JESUS CHRIST, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To humbly beg to whom GOD has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return I promise to make your name known and need to be invoked. Say 3 OUR FATHERS, 3 HAIL MARYS & 3 GLORY BE’s. Publication must be promised. ST. JUDE, PRAY FOR US ALL WHO INVOKE YOUR AID. AMEN. This novena must be said on 9 consecutive days. Thank you St. Jude for answering my petition. -MGL STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.

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PALMER RANCH: Botanica. 3BR/2BA, water view, high ceilings, crown molding, lots of natural light. Quartz counters, S.S. appliances, new W/D, attached garage. Near shops and Siesta Key. $359,000. 616-566-0857.

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2BR/2BA SERENADE Palmer Ranch: 2/2, 3rd fl., appliances, lanai, pools, gated, all new floor to ceiling. One yr. lease $1600 mo. Avail. Jan. Non−smoking/pets. (815) 685−6373.

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Storage 2005 MERCEDES CLK 320, one owner, perfectly maintained with all records. 200,000 miles, $5,500. Call #941-565-6530.

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