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Walking pays off for charity Since 2014, the Sarasota Bay Club Striders have been helping move the fight against Alzheimer’s forward. The group, led by Dick Pelton, raised $2,900 in its first year through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser. In 2017, it raised $87,391 and became the No. 1 Alzheimer’s fundraising team in Florida. The group ranked 15th overall out of 70,000 walking groups in the country. “This shows that the Sarasota Bay Striders recognizes the issue of Alzheimer’s,” Pelton said. “They really stepped up.” Thanks to the generosity of local philanthropist Arnold Simonsen, the Striders have already raised $26,500 this year out of a $100,000 goal.

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FOOD Prepping goes a long way. PAGE 4 SLEEP Go screen-free for better rest. PAGE 6

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MOTE ON THE MOVE Some in city lament plan. PAGE 3A

Image courtesy of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

A preliminary rendering shows what a teaching lab could look like at Mote’s proposed Nathan Benderson Park location.

PUPPY LOVE Dogs inspire smiles at Smoochy Poochy. PAGE 1B

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Lance and Shelley Thayer attended the second annual Smoochy Poochy Yappy Hour, hosted by the Humane Society of Sarasota County, on Feb. 8 at Beulah restaurant.

Samantha Fineman and Shosh Nadel

Kids celebrate the ‘Birthday of the Trees’ Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish holiday that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. The students of Temple Emanu-El honored this event Jan. 28 by taking part in nature festivities such as planting flowers, sampling new fruits and traveling to Celery Fields to learn about ecology, as well as to restore and beautify the area. Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman explained that this commitment to protecting and nurturing the natural world is a Jewish value and another important aspect of Tu B’Shevat.

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Sidewalk talk has its ups, downs Walking tour points out the best and worst of city’s pedestrian pathways. PAGE 5A

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Mike Lasche discusses the sidewalks along Fruitville Road during STOP’s downtown walking tour.

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The one that got away Mote Marine Laboratory plans to move its aquarium out of the city limits. First, it needs county approval and $130 million.

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Mote’s planned four-story, 110,000-square-foot aquarium would feature lighting on the exterior of the building that could display marine animal images.

A rendering shows what one of the aquarium tanks at the new facility would look like.

A rendering shows the lobby of the potential Mote Science Education Aquarium.

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Despite Crosby’s declaration that Nathan Benderson Park is where Mote wants its aquarium to be, City Commissioner Hagen Brody was upset to learn the city couldn’t do more to keep Mote’s expansion within its borders. “Now that they’re at the point they’ve built this brand, they’ve developed into an organization that’s willing to invest $100 million into an aquarium, an attraction that’s going to have a significant economic impact — they’re going to go outside of the city limits?” Brody said. “That’s frustrating.” He didn’t take issue with Mote for making decisions the organization thought was in its own best interest. But he was angry that City Manager Tom Barwin didn’t do more to update the commission on Mote’s exploration of new aquarium homes. Barwin pointed out that, in 2014, the commission also said it didn’t want to discuss any organization seeking a spot on the bayfront until the planning process was complete. He added that Mote knew traffic issues constrained its ability to grow the aquarium on City Island — and suggested the same issue could exist on the bayfront. Barwin thinks the city and Mote will continue to have a strong partnership. He didn’t want people to lose sight of Mote’s commitment to making City Island the organization’s research headquarters. “To quote Dr. Crosby, he’s hopeful that particular campus will become the Silicon Valley of marine science research,” Barwin said. Sarasota Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie said Mote is an important partner, but she didn’t want to see one organization bypass the ongoing bayfront planning effort just to keep the aquarium within city limits. “We’ve never closed that door to Mote in terms of a possible footprint, but it wasn’t appropriate to make a pre-commitment,” Eddie said. The commission is scheduled to discuss the Mote news Feb. 20. Ahead of that meeting, Barwin said it’s possible that Mote’s vision for an aquarium wouldn’t have ended up meshing with the community’s vision for the bayfront anyway. “I’m not saying a big Mote

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ote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium CEO Michael Crosby thinks the organization has found the ideal home for a planned $130 million aquarium project. Mote announced its plans to relocate its aquarium operation from City Island to Nathan Benderson Park at a Feb. 8 press conference. The announcement also launched a $130 million fundraising campaign, and set target groundbreaking and opening dates in 2019 and 2021. Crosby stressed the five-acre parcel at Benderson Park, located in the unincorporated county near Interstate 75 and University Parkway, was the first choice for the new Mote Science Education Aquarium. Although Mote hasn’t gotten approval to use the county-owned land yet, the organization is excited to move ahead with its pursuit of the property. “Within the past year, it’s become more and more apparent that this site is really heads above everyone else’s site,” Crosby said. That may be hard to reconcile for those who remember how, in October 2014, Crosby appeared in front of the City Commission and asked the board to reserve a five-acre parcel along the bayfront near the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for a new Mote aquarium. In a 3-2 vote, the board declined Crosby’s request. I n s tead, com missioners directed Mote to work through the ongoing grassroots planning effort to redevelop the bayfront. But after the meeting, Crosby said Mote would expand its search for a mainland home for a new aquarium. Mote’s pursuit of a new aquarium was tied to its 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan. Moving the aquarium was designed to facilitate the expansion of Mote’s research work at its City Island campus. Mote hopes to eventually renovate that campus with state-ofthe-art buildings. The move allows for expansion of the aquarium, too: The proposed four-story building at Benderson Park would be more than twice the size of the existing aquarium. When the city rejected the request for bayfront land, Mote continued a wide-ranging

search for a mainland home that included sites outside of Sarasota County. Mote continued to consider the bayfront, too, but Benderson Park’s proximity to the I-75 corridor made it an increasingly attractive option as the due diligence work went on. Mote shared a litany of statistics that led to the decision to settle on Benderson Park. Exposure was a major priority. The site would expose the aquarium to an average of 43 million drivers each year. More than 3 million people would be within an hour’s drive of the aquarium, which Mote expects to bring in 700,000 visitors in its first year. “It really is a nexus point between Manatee County and Sarasota County — as well as a nexus point for the entire region here in Southwest Florida,” Crosby said.

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Marine aquarium on the bay meant this, but I think from the early feedback we’re hearing, people don’t want the bayfront to be turned into this imagery of a tourist trap,” Barwin said. AQUARIUM APPROVAL

The city manager also isn’t treating it as a foregone conclusion that Mote’s plans for a Benderson Park aquarium will actually come to fruition. “They have some big hurdles to cross,” Barwin said. “They’ve got to get the permission to expand there, which isn’t done yet, and they’ve got $100 million to raise.” Crosby said Mote had some preliminary conversations with county officials ahead of the Feb. 8 announcement, but that more serious discussions will take place now that the plans are public. He acknowledged the possibility that the county won’t agree to lease the land to Mote, but he didn’t see it as a source of concern. “There’s always a backup plan, but I can’t imagine that everyone wouldn’t see how beneficial this is for our community,” Crosby said. In a written statement, the county declined to comment on the proposal until Mote submitted more information. Through a spokesperson, county staff declined to even discuss a possible mechanism for setting up a lease agreement for a new structure on county-owned parkland. “While they have shared preliminary information about their project, no request or proposal has been provided,” the county statement said. “Until that time, staff cannot speculate on Sarasota County’s role in their new facility. We look forward to hearing more details.” County Commissioner Mike Moran, present at the Feb. 8 announcement, said he was excited by the plans and would “do everything in (his) power” to keep Mote in Sarasota County. He said he would need to get more details before fully committing

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to the project, but he didn’t seem troubled by the level of information available. “I’m very confident Dr. Crosby and his leadership team will get us through all that detail,” Moran said. Crosby said its new Oceans for All fundraising campaign would attempt to secure $130 million from philanthropic donors, public entities and corporate sponsorships. Although Crosby isn’t sure how much public funding Mote will need, Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Haley said the construction of a spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves in North Port will limit the tourist tax funding available. “That has now completely maxed out all potential tourist tax funds for at least the next two or three years,” Haley said. Still, if Mote can obtain the necessary funding and approvals, Haley said it would represent a boon for tourism within the county. She said Mote’s plans dovetailed nicely with ongoing expansion efforts at The Ringling and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. “You’re really looking at an era where all of our attractions are doing major upgrades,” Haley said. Crosby remains confident that Mote can achieve its vision on the timeline it has outlined. And, although outside attention has been focused largely on the new aquarium, he emphasized the plans were designed to enhance Mote’s aquatic research work within the city, as well. “We’re not leaving — we’re growing,” Crosby said. “This is part of what Mote has always been doing and part of what is natural and normal for any entity, city or individual — to grow in a thoughtful, strategic way.”


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Air conditioning upgrades coming to county jail

“It’s a really good thing for Siesta Key for it to be gone.” Siesta Key resident Lorie Tiernay, on the soon-to-be decommissioned water treatment plant on the island. READ MORE ON PAGE 20A

The Sarasota County Commission approved Feb. 13 a new central energy plant for the top of the Sarasota County parking garage. The renovation will update the facility that supplies air conditioning and chilled water to the jail and a few surrounding buildings at a cost of about $14 million. With unanimous approval, the county will contract with Trane US Inc. to proceed to the schematic design phase. Commissioners asked staff to move quickly on this and cut several months from the process and return to the commission for approval of contracts before September.

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square footage of a proposed Wawa convenience store near Fruitville Road and Lime Avenue. SEE PAGE 15A

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During construction, left-hand turns are prohibited on U.S. 41 between 10th and 14th streets.

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instances of lockdowns or heightened security in county schools in the past 10 months because of the threat of guns on campus.

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he Florida Department of Transportation is moving ahead with construction of two U.S. 41 roundabouts at 10th and 14th streets, implementing changes along the roadway to accommodate the project. Northbound and southbound lanes on U.S. 41 have shifted as part of the construction, the city announced Feb. 13. Motorists are prohibited from turning left between 10th Street and

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MEETINGS n Regular City Commission meeting — 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, Commission Chambers, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota

14th Street, and the speed limit has been reduced to 30 mph. On Feb. 19, crews will close access to the 10th Street Boat Ramp. Drivers can still access the boat ramp via U.S. 41, but vehicles can only enter and exit the area by taking a right from or to the southbound lanes. The city said FDOT is scheduling a neighborhood meeting to provide an update on the project, details of which are forthcoming.

During construction, motorists can still access area businesses and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The city encouraged people visiting the area to give themselves extra time and be patient while leaving. The roundabout project is expected to continue through spring 2020, with more road reconfigurations planned as construction progresses.

City approves opioid lawsuit Hoping to recover damages associated with the opioid epidemic, the City Commission voted unanimously Feb. 5 to move forward with a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies. Attorneys with the Sarasota-based law firm Kirk Pinkerton and the Jacksonville-based Abbot Law Group approached the city with the prospect of filing a lawsuit. The City Commission applauded the attorneys’ initiative and hoped any damages could be used to fund social programs designed to assist residents affected by opioidrelated issues.

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What: Special City Commission meeting on sidewalks and setbacks When: 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 Where: Commission Chambers, City Hall, 1565 First St.

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Just before noon Monday, Feb. 12, more than 40 residents assembled in a single-file line along Fruitville Road to listen to a man speaking through a bullhorn. The man, Mike Lasche, is part of the steering committee for the activist group STOP. He was talking about one of STOP’s core issues: sidewalks. STOP is asking the city to prioritize the creation of wider sidewalks, particularly downtown. The group frequently uses Fruitville Road as an example underscoring the urgency of its cause. The street, which separates downtown from the Rosemary District and Gillespie Park between U.S. 41 and U.S. 301, has sidewalks as narrow as 4 feet. City staff agrees the situation is less than ideal. Although STOP is critical of the regulations that

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created the pedestrian conditions in downtown, Assistant City Engineer Daniel Ohrenstein said the city is more or less ideologically aligned with the resident group. The city is considering a new design for Fruitville Road that would allow for sidewalks at least 10 feet wide. Ohrenstein said the current configuration of Fruitville Road dates back to the 1980s and prioritizes the driver experience over pedestrian comfort. “They certainly weren’t as attentive to the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists back then,” he said. “The same things go for U.S. 41. A lot of (what we have to do) is correcting the errors of the past.” The proposed Fruitville redesign could narrow a segment of the state highway from four lanes

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Mike Lasche discusses the sidewalks along Fruitville Road on Feb. 12 during STOP’s downtown walking tour.

to two lanes — a controversial concept when first presented. Ohrenstein said that highlights restraints on the city’s ability to create wider sidewalks. If most of the public realm is dedicated to roads, that restricts land for sidewalks. And although staff can ask builders to provide wider sidewalks, there’s no mechanism to force developers to comply. “The biggest problem we come into contact with is limited right of way,” Ohrenstein said. “We can’t require that developers donate us land to build wider sidewalks.” During the walking tour, STOP highlighted segments of Main Street and Palm Avenue as exemplary pedestrian experiences. Lasche highlighted the strengths of the 1300 block of Main Street, wide enough to accommodate outdoor dining and sidewalk furniture and still leave space for

pedestrians. “When you look down the street, what you see is lively,” Lasche said. “This is an enjoyable place to be.” There may be a reason STOP sees Main Street and Palm Avenue as model streets — they’re just two lanes, which gives the city the ability to dedicate more right of way space to sidewalks. Ohrenstein said creating a similar atmosphere on U.S. 41 or Fruitville Road would be difficult, considering their status as major thoroughfares. He said the city is looking outside of Sarasota as it searches for a model for Fruitville Road. He mentioned La Jolla Boulevard, in San Diego, as an example of a major thoroughfare that narrowed its roadway to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment, while adding roundabouts to maintain a similar capacity for traffic.

Supporters of STOP are asking the city to take a closer look at its regulatory power during a Feb. 22 meeting, held specifically to discuss sidewalks and building setbacks. Even subtle changes can help, STOP believes. STOP steering committee member Kate Lowman highlighted a segment of Cocoanut Avenue near Palm Avenue, at the site of the new Art Ovation hotel. Although most of the area is relatively pedestrian-friendly, she said there’s no clear signal that people can keep walking through the hotel’s driveway area. “It’s marked in a way that makes the cars feel they own it and the pedestrians feel they don’t,” Lowman said. As the city prepares to vet a proposed form-based zoning code, residents are hopeful improved sidewalks will be woven into the city’s street network.

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SHIFTING COURSE Former head of FEMA, Craig Fugate, suggested some changes to the way the county handles its next major hurricane. CASSIDY ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

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ith 16 weeks left before the start of another hurricane season, local officials heard from emergency management experts Feb. 9 how to improve operations in case another large storm comes for the area. Craig Fugate, former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency oversaw an after-action review about how the county dealt with Hurricane Irma before, during and after the storm hit. “Hope is not a strategy,” Fugate repeated several times. Fugate and three peer-reviewers addressed everything from the county’s evacuations to its social media plans, and they came up with a few specific topics — many of which revolved around simplifying and enhancing communication during an emergency. If another storm were to hit this hurricane season, a few things would be done differently, according to Fugate’s suggestions.

UNDERSTANDING EVACUATION ZONES DURING IRMA The county is divided into evacuation zones based on elevation and how susceptible an area is to storm surge. Zone A includes the barrier islands and the lowest-lying coastal areas. Zone B is typically a little farther inland, and so on. Evacuations in 2017, when announced, were by zone. You had to go on the county’s website and type in your address to know what zone you were in and if you should evacuate. THIS SEASON Officials would still make evacuation determinations based on zone, but would announce them by geographic locations and landmarks. Rather than saying “Zone A is under mandatory evacuation,” Fugate would recommend officials say “Everyone who lives west of Tamiami Trail should leave.” “Just tell me the areas we’re evacuating,” he said. “Simplify for the public — take the approach that this may be their first hurricane, and they are clueless.”

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Damage from Hurricane Irma wasn’t the only problem after the storm.

FINDING SHELTER DURING IRMA Sarasota County opened shelters in waves based on need, and had specific ones designated for people with pets and evacuees with special needs. While the county had a long list of shelters, many of which may have been closer to where evacuees lived, only a few were opened at a time. This created some confusion among evacuees who weren’t always sure where they should go. THIS SEASON Reviewers said the county should open all shelters that can withstand a hurricane at once, early, and that each be handicappedaccessible and pet-friendly. Although some officials raised concern about the costs of opening, running and staffing shelters, Fugate insisted it’s easier to shut down an unneeded shelter than open one in an emergency.

GETTING HOME DURING IRMA One confusing part at the height of the emergency was when people could return home after the storm. The county didn’t issue the “allclear” for days after, but people were out on roads within hours. There was also some confusion about protocol. On Longboat Key, residents had to pass a police checkpoint to prove they lived on the island the day after Irma. THIS SEASON Fugate recommends using a color system — red, yellow and green — to let people know how safe different areas are, rather than waiting for the entire county to be safe and relatively back to normal. “Give them information on what areas are safe, what areas need caution and what areas aren’t safe,” Fugate said.

n Pre-identify and train shelter teams — groups of people who are assigned well in advance to operate a certain shelter, and know that’s where they would be needed in an emergency. n Better communicate with employees their roles, and emphasize that all employees are essential during an emergency. n Get more Florida Power and Light workers, or at least others with some technical training, on the tactical first-in teams that worked to clear debris and other obstacles from the roads as soon as the storm conditions subsided.

WHAT’S NEXT Sarasota County Emergency Services Director Rich Collins emphasized that while the review is still not finalized, he and his staff have taken in everything that’s been said and are working to put new solutions in place for the 2018 hurricane season — importantly, putting a transportation plan in place to get residents in the southern parts of the county to the shelters. Many that can withstand a hurricane are farther north. A final report will be presented to the county on March 14.

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POWER TO THE LOCAL PEOPLE “Municipalities shall have governmental, corporate and proprietary powers to enable them to conduct municipal government, perform municipal functions and render municipal services, and may exercise power for municipal purposes except as otherwise provided by law.” Home Rule Powers Act, Article VIII, Section 2(b), Florida Constitution Approved by voters, 1968

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t’s not our inclination to be critical of Republican Florida Sen. Greg Steube. We give him credit for standing firm, more than most legislators, on the side of freedom for the individual, protecting property rights, free enterprise and limited government. And when you listen to the senator speak on what has motivated him to sponsor legislation that would take authority out of the hands of local governments and preempt that authority to state government on tree trimming and vacation rentals, you can see his rationale. Up to a point. Consider the vacation rental issue. By Steube’s way of thinking, he questions the fairness of municipalities and counties creating ordinances that treat residential property owners differently. Imagine the scenario of neighboring single-family homes — one owned by an investor who rents it out to vacationers, the other owned by a couple who lives in the home yearround. Now let’s say the municipality adopts an ordinance restricting the number of people who can stay at the vacation-rental home at one time to eight people even though the home is built to accommodate 12 and a minimum of 30 days. Meanwhile, let’s say the full-time couple has a big family, and throughout the year, it’s common for a dozen family members to stay at the home for three to five days at a time. As Steube sees it: Why should those two properties be subject to different rules? They should be treated the same. To do otherwise he considers a violation of property rights and equal treatment under the law. To that end, Steube’s proposed bill stipulates: “A local government may regulate activities that arise when a property is used as a vacation rental only when such regulation applies uniformly to all residential properties …” What’s more, two other factors bother Steube: 1) With more and more Florida communities becoming increasingly restrictive toward vacation rentals, they are shrinking the supply and

driving up the cost to rent. He says those rising costs in turn are shrinking the number of affordable vacation-rental options for Floridians of modest means, which in turn puts a damper on Florida tourism. 2) There’s such a wide disparity of what’s allowed from city to city the state has become a chaotic patchwork of laws that treat property owners differently. As a result, this varying treatment of vacation rentals all over Florida compelled Steube to try to bring a statewide solution that creates equal treatment for everyone. A laudable goal, to be sure. Americans are all about equal treatment … Up to a point. Here’s the “but”: While numerous lawmakers in Tallahassee are attempting to massage, amend and tinker with the wording of Senate Bill 1400 and House Bill 773, they are rejecting what appears to be the fundamental issue here: home rule. Sen. Steube will tell you county and municipal governments forget that they owe their existence to the state and receive their powers from the state. Yes, but … In 1968, more than 60% of Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution bestowing on local governments home-rule powers — the ability to govern as best they see fit. There is the final clause — “except as otherwise provided by law” — retaining ultimate power for the Legislature. Nevertheless, as one reader posed to us: “It’s called zoning. Why is the inability to create an auto body shop in a residential area any different than create a mini-hotel renting rooms?” Why is it OK for a city to create different zoning districts to regulate its character, but not OK to create ordinances regulating vacation-rental properties? Ultimately, Sen. Steube and his colleagues should remember the adage: Government is best closest to the people. Imagine if the state preempts home rule. When residents rise up and object to what’s happening in their neighborhoods with vacation rentals or tree trimming, they first will go to city hall. And when city hall says don’t blame us, that firestorm will spread straight to the Legislature. Leave vacation rentals and tree trimming to home rule.

Republican hypocrisy House and Senate Republicans proved last week what many of us have known for a long time: When it comes to federal spending, there is no

HOW FLORIDA’S CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS VOTED ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET BILL U.S. HOUSE REPUBLICANS (Y-11, N-5) Voting Yes for More Spending Dist. 2 Neal Dunn Dist. 4 John Rutherford Dist. 6 Ron DeSantis Dist. 12 Gus Bilirakis Dist. 15 Dennis Ross Dist. 16 Vern Buchanan Dist. 17 Thomas Rooney Dist. 18 Brian Mast Dist. 19 Francis Rooney Dist. 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Dist. 26 Carlos Curbelo Voting No Dist. 1 Matt Gaetz Dist. 3 Ted Yoho Dist. 8 Bill Posey Dist. 11 Daniel Webster Dist. 27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

DEMOCRATS (Y-6, N-5) Voting Yes for More Spending Dist. 5 Al Lawson Dist. 7 Stephanie Murphy Dist. 9 Darren Soto Dist. 13 Charlie Crist Dist. 14 Kathy Castor Dist. 22 Theodore Deutch Voting No Dist. 10 Val Demings Dist. 20 Alcee Hastings Dist. 21 Losi Frankel Dist. 23 Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Dist. 24 Frederica Wilson

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difference between a Republican and a Democrat. It doesn’t matter who controls Congress; both parties’ members have no qualms about spending other people’s money; about borrowing into oblivion; or strangling current and future generations with so much debt Congress continues to put the country’s security at risk. Just Tuesday, the nation’s top national security and military officers told a U.S. Senate committee the biggest and most dangerous threat to our national security is not North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. It’s our soon-to-be $30 trillion national debt. Thank you, conservative Republican hypocrites. Surely, you have read or heard that last week’s two-year federal budget bill will raise the nation’s spending cap $300 billion over two years — a 14% annual spending increase. (When was the last time you received a 14% raise to spend at will?) This is how pathetic Republicans and Democrats in Congress have become: Mick Mulvaney, the president’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, explained Sunday why Republicans succumbed to higher spending caps: Democrats would not approve increased military spending without Republicans agreeing to more social welfare spending. To which Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said: “The last time I checked Republicans controlled the House, Senate and White House.” We can’t wait to hear in the 2018 mid-term elections how some of Florida’s conservative House Republicans will explain their votes — e.g. our own Vern Buchanan, Thomas Rooney and gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, all of whom voted in favor of the increased spending. Surely many voters have not forgotten that Buchanan has been a long-time advocate for a national balanced budget amendment. And what about Sen. Marco Rubio, whose original Senate campaign against Charlie Crist centered on Washington’s spending and the dangers it presented for future generations. It’s always the same excuse: To get anything accomplished in Washington requires compromise with the other side. But these days, compromise is always spending more, as with this deal — more guns for Republicans, more butter for Democrats. Never, ever do you see federal congressional leaders actually reducing spending. If they had the will and courage, it wouldn’t be that difficult. Here’s what Tom Schatz, president of the Citizens Against Government Waste, cited that could be cut in a statement condemning the budget bill: “There are plenty of options to control spending. CAGW’s ‘Prime Cuts’ database contains 607 recommendations that would save taxpayers $336.2 billion in one year and $2.3 trillion over five years. “The Government Accountability Office has released seven reports citing hundreds of billions in duplicative, fragmented and overlapping federal programs. The federal government also has $310 billion in unauthorized programs currently running on autopilot. All of this documented waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement must be eliminated before any consideration is given to increasing spending. “This agreement makes it impossible to tell the difference between a Republican and a Democrat. This ‘sprout of bipartisanship’ will turn into a jungle of waste.” Drain the swamp.

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2010 election moved the district from Charlotte, DeSoto and Lee counties into Sarasota County. Good pulled out the 7 percentage point win over Buchanan, also a first-time candidate, underscoring a shift in voter preferences less than two years after the seat was last contested. Former Republican Rep. Alex Miller, who resigned the seat Sept. 1 saying she wanted to spend more time with her family and running her business, won the district by nearly 17 percentage points in 2016. “I think we ran a great campaign, and we left everything out in the field. I’m proud of the campaign we ran,” Buchanan said. Without any other offices or issues on the ballot, the special election received stronger-thanaverage attention from Sarasota voters and outside groups.

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In the days leading up to the election, Buchanan campaigned alongside Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, while Good was joined by former Maryland governor and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley. Good received public endorsements from former Vice President Joe Biden, and Buchanan received support from Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Good and Buchanan also outpaced fundraising totals of their counterparts in the 2016 election. Good raised nearly $484,373 for her campaign, compared to $135,544 raised by 2016 Democratic candidate Edward James. Buchanan garnered $353,320 in contributions compared to $234,177 for Miller. Foxall set the all-time record for a Libertarian candidate running for the Florida Legislature with $30,304 raised. This interest carried over to the ballot box. More than 44,000 voters were cast, representing 36% of the total electorate in the district. Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner said a typical special election for a House seat would garner about 15% of eligible voters.

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Kauffman asked if it was possible to obtain grant money from the Department of Homeland Security. Currently, the federal department only offers security grants to organizations in urban areas deemed to be high-risk for terrorist attacks — a standard Sarasota doesn’t meet. Wayne Ruben, the owner of the retail space in the ground floor of the State Street garage, reached out to Buchanan’s office for more information. Ruben said Buchanan sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security in January, urging officials to expand the scope of its grant program. “As you’re aware, terrorist attacks are not limited to designated urban areas,” Buchanan’s letter stated. Ruben also said Eddie hopes to discuss the topic at a future City Commission meeting. As the DID looked ahead to funding questions, the group hoped it might be able to partner with the city. “Let’s see where it goes with the city,” Kauffman said. “If they come up with a certain level (of funding), maybe we can amplify the level.”

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A Siesta Key resident’s estate may help save lives on the island. Thanks to a donation from the will of the late Arlene Weisbond, Sarasota County Fire Station No. 13 has an ATV as well as a power lift for its ambulance. Fire officials said the ATV and lift, which cost $55,000, will improve response times for first responders to assist people on the beach, potentially saving more lives. “This truly is a great day for Siesta Key residents and visitors,” said Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier at a ceremony Feb. 8 commemorating the donation. Before the department had the

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pretty much wipes out the competition,” said 7-Eleven owner Greg Best. The city Planning Board will need to approve the proposal before the project can proceed. Neu said it could take up to six months to get through the development review process. Despite the criticism at Monday’s workshop, Neu reiterated his belief that the proposal would benefit the city. “I think everybody was on the same page that that parcel was in dire need of redevelopment,” Neu said. “It’s a very unproductive parcel with the abandoned buildings.”

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More than 18 months after it first filed documents with the city, a developer is once again moving ahead with plans for a Wawa near Fruitville Road and Lime Avenue. Representatives for JBCC Development submitted preliminary plans Jan. 23 to build a Wawa on a 1.82-acre site near 2295 Fruitville Road. The proposal includes a 5,600-square-foot convenience store, six gas pumps and 23 parking spaces. As part of the city’s development review process, land use consultant Don Neu appeared

Feb. 12 on behalf of JBCC Development at a community workshop. Neu described the project as relatively straightforward, continuing Wawa’s expansion in the region. The first Sarasota County Wawa opened in June 2016 at 3703 N. Washington Blvd. “It’s a pretty typical store,” Neu said. “They want to be in this market more.” D. proposal would IN G BLV Neu argued the IN G L R improve properties that are largely devoid of active businesses. “The site, in my opinion, does need to be redeveloped, somehow,” Neu said. “It’s got old warehouses and old parked cars on it.” Madonna Sullivan, a resident

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TASTE TEST 11:56 a.m. — 500 block of North Washington Boulevard Dispute: A man called the police because he was not satisfied with the customer service at a restaurant. He said he ordered a meal and told the staff that he did not like it. He said staff refused to provide a refund, so he threw his food away. An officer spoke to an employee, who said the restaurant remade the man’s food three times and he still was not satisfied. The employee said the restaurant offered to make the man whatever he wanted, but declined to provide a refund. She said the man often orders the same meal and sends it back. She didn’t want the man removed from the restaurant because he is a frequent customer. The man said he would file a complaint with the city and request a health inspection.

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The Sarasota County Commission is taking steps to make it easier for developers to build affordable housing projects. In January, the board approved a change to regulations that will allow one parking space for dwelling units with 900 square feet or less. Currently, multifamily residences must be accompanied by one-and-a-half or two parking spaces, regardless size. Sarasota County Director of Planning Services Matt Osterhoudt said the reduced parking spot requirements sets a minimum, and developers can build more if they want. “The intent is to provide flexibility,” he said. The commission voted unanimously in favor of the change, which will be incorporated in the county’s new Unified Development Code, to be completed in the next year. This change is one of three to the county’s regulations the commission hopes will drive more developers to build affordable

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of her neighborhood. The residents have endured noise from the plant and from construction, and a range of odors. The county acquired the plant in 2006 from a private utilities provider. In 2010, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection ordered the county to shut it down by 2013. But a series of extensions pushed the deadline December 2017. Hurricane Irma prompted more months of delay.

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Now the project is nearing completion. This week, the pump station and its generators were tested and employees were trained on its operation. Sarasota County Utilities Manager Dave Cash said after this week, use of the treatment facility will decrease and use of the pump station will gradually increase. By the end of February, all of the wastewater will flow through the pump station. “We’re being very cautious of the transition because it’s important that we don’t impact plant operations,” Cash said. “If we quickly decrease the flow or cause big increases in the flow, it can cause plant upset.” The new station and the associated piping cost about $6 million, and will serve all Siesta Key residents who live in unincorporated Sarasota County. Although residents were frustrated in 2016, when odors were permeating the neighborhood, partially treated water was recently released into the canal and the timeline was extended once again, they say the county responded to their concerns. A chemical solution to control the odors was put in place and was extended to the new, enclosed

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pump station. Tiernay said it has been less of a problem recently, although at times it’s still an issue. In addition to the pump itself and the backup generators, the county-owned land near Glebe Park will be outfitted with holding tanks, which will hold wastewater in the event of heavy rainfall or a “max-day event” that overwhelms the pumps. Previously, the treatment facility dumped partially treated water in the canal in such an event. Bob Luckner, who has been keeping track of the project for the Siesta Key Association, said he was pleased to hear about the holding tanks. “I think it’s a good solution that they came up with,” he said. “In the interim of say the past year, I don’t think they’ve had any overflow situations because of too much rainfall.” Once the tanks are put in, the county will demolish the treatment facility, leaving most of the property vacant — likely by fall. Residents would like to see the facility turned into something nice, like a dog park or a nonmotorized boat ramp, or even a parking lot. “Our biggest fear is that they’re just going to suddenly say, ‘Guess what, it’s now this,’” Tiernay said. “We just want to make sure they keep us informed and we have actual input in what is going to go there.” A spokesperson for the county said a use for the land has not been determined. Although the future of the land is uncertain, Tiernay is excited to see the project in its last phases. “It’s a really good thing for Siesta Key for it to be gone.”

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2017-18 THREATS LOCKDOWNS In these cases, all instruction stopped. All doors were locked, and students weren’t allowed out of their classrooms. n May 3, 2017 — Taylor Ranch High vicinity n Sept. 29, 2017 —Booker Middle n Oct. 19, 2017 — Riverview High

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When students make threats of violence on social media, district officials have to treat it seriously.

Schools respond to online threats As the district works to improve physical safety at its schools, it must also tackle threats made on social media. CASSIDY ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

Mike Andreas has almost grown accustomed to sleepless nights in the past year. As director of safety, security and emergency management for Sarasota County Schools, he has worked through the night several times in the 2017-2018 school year with law enforcement and school officials to track down social media threats to schools.

“Internet threats that we see today in text messaging and Snapchatting … in my mind, it is the modern-day equivalent to yelling “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater because it’s that level of response,” Andreas said. Once someone is notified about these posts online, usually in the evening hours, it triggers a coordinated response from Andreas, law enforcement, an analyst from the safety and security department and officials from the school in question to find out if the threat is credible or a joke. “We take every threat with the seriousness of a heart attack,” Andreas said. “There have been nights I haven’t slept in an effort to track these down.” Those sleepless nights are

becoming more common. In the current school year, he and his team have dealt with an estimated eight to 10 threats that came in via social media — a number that’s up from past years. Brian Dorn, assistant principal at Riverview High School, said the two social media threats that have been made this year at his school are uncommon. In November at Riverview High, a student posted a photo of a gun on the social media platform Snapchat with the caption “School gunna be lit tomorrow.” In January, a student posted a video on Snapchat that showed the butt of a gun and indicated a potential threat to campus. “That’s how kids express themselves today — online, in social

HEIGHTENED SECURITY In these instances, instruction kept going, but there was limited movement around schools. No one could enter or leave. n Aug. 28, 2017 — Sarasota High n Oct. 5, 2017 — Sarasota High n Nov. 8, 2017 — Gocio Elementary n Jan. 30 — Riverview High

media — so it’s not surprising to me that we’re seeing more of these,” Andreas said. If a threat like this is deemed credible, or if the student can’t be located for questioning, the school likely will go into a lockdown or a heightened state of security. In a lockdown, there is no instruction underway. Students and teachers are away from doors and windows and all the lights are off. In a heightened state of security, doors are locked and students aren’t allowed to move through campus unless escorted by an adult. Classes remain in session.

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Former Booker High wide receiver Artie Henry III signed with Marshall University on Feb. 7. Henry played at San Diego Mesa College after graduating from Booker in 2015.

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Paul Maechtle, who coached Bradenton’s Southeast High to two state titles, will take over Cardinal Mooney High’s football program.

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Cardinal Mooney boys basketball senior Dante Pascarella scored 21 points Feb. 9 in the Cougars’ 56-47 win against host Sarasota High.

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Cardinal Mooney girls soccer senior Katrina Winkler had two goals and two assists Feb. 6 in the Cougars’ 4-1 regional quarterfinal win against visiting Oasis High from Cape Coral.

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Cardinal Mooney High boys soccer senior Brandon Boynes had a goal and an assist Feb. 7 in the Cougars’ 4-0 regional quarterfinal win against visiting Clewiston High.

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New Cardinal Mooney football coach won two state titles at Southeast High. RYAN KOHN SPORTS REPORTER

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fter four years out of the spotlight, Paul Maechtle is back in charge. The 65-year-old, who won back-to-back state titles with Bradenton’s Southeast High in 1993 and 1994, accepted Cardinal Mooney High’s top football coaching position Feb. 9. Maechtle had been an assistant coach with the program since 2014, when Josh Smithers (now at Riverview High) persuaded Maechtle to help coach Maechtle’s grandson, linebacker Robby Vassallo, who will graduate in May. Since that time, a lot has changed. Smithers left after the 2014 season, and Drew Lascari took over, bringing with him experience from Don Bosco Prep, a national powerhouse in New Jersey. After three seasons of progress, the last one hampered in the win-loss column because of an ineligible player, forcing a forfeit of three wins, Lascari is gone, too. He took a quality-control coaching position Feb. 2 at Rutgers University. Cardinal Mooney’s search for an answer didn’t take long. “He is a proven leader, mentor, and teacher,” Cardinal Mooney Athletic Director Bill Donivan said of Maechtle. “He is highly respected by our players, staff and the Mooney family.”

“He is proven leader, mentor, and teacher. He is highly respected by our players, staff, and the Mooney family.” — Bill Donivan, Cardinal Mooney athletics director

Lascari leaves behind a lot of positives, Maechtle said, and that’s one of the reasons he agreed to once again be the man in charge. It’s a “calm-the-waters” move, he said. A new coach may have wanted to move away from the scheme and tempo the Cougars found comfort running, and Maechtle was not going to let that happen. Maechtle is also close with the Cardinal Mooney community. Throughout his years of assistant work, he’s come to know the small school well. He likes the “infrastructure” in place, he said, and said it feels a lot like it did during the early years at Southeast. He didn’t want to abandon those relationships. Maechtle found inspiration from assistant coach Sam Koscho when addressing the team Feb. 9. “He (Koscho) said, ‘Change is around us all the time,’” Maechtle said. “You can fight it, resist it, or you can embrace it and see it as an opportunity.” Maechtle said part of the reason he stepped away from Southside High was the extra responsibilities he had besides coaching, like being the athletic director. He won’t do that at Mooney, nor will he teach. He will simply

focus on football, and that’s how Maechtle likes it. There’s short-term change, like what’s happened at Cardinal Mooney, and there’s long-term change. There has been a lot of the latter since Maechtle’s state title runs in the ’90s. Coaches today have to deal with technology, both football-related gadgets and things such as social media. Learning how to navigate those things will be a different challenge for Maechtle, but he’s ready and willing to learn. In fact, that’s part of what keeps him coming back. He still goes to coaching conferences to see the latest and greatest schemes. The challenge of working with a staff to put together a deadly offensive playbook while figuring out an opponent’s attack doesn’t get old, he said. Maechtle also knows he can’t coach forever. He already retired once, leaving Southeast High in 2013, and was serious about it before Smithers got him “hook, line and sinker,” he said with a smile. He had his right knee replaced in January. He doesn’t yet know how his body will react to coaching again. He also doesn’t know if Ben Hopper, the Cardinal Mooney principal starting in July, will want to keep him on staff. Right now, Maechtle is awaiting spring football practice, and that’s enough. He’s not concerned with replicating Southeast’s historic run (though if that happens, no Cougars would be upset). He just wants to help the kids he has come to know, for as long as he can. “All I’ll ask the kids to do is improve,” Maechtle said.”We’ll see what the end results are.”

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irls lacrosse season starts next week, and for teams across Florida, things will look — and feel — a bit different this year. The Florida High School Athletic Association passed a rule in 2015 requiring all girls lacrosse players to wear helmets starting in 2018, becoming the first state athletic association to pass such a rule. In theory, the rule is meant to prevent concussions, which are a problem within the sport. It was originally supposed to go into effect immediately, but it was put off until now under pressure from US Lacrosse. At the time, US Lacrosse’s vice president of operations, Ann Kitt Carpenetti, called the rule “irresponsible” for not requiring helmets that, in her estimation, will actually protect people.  A 2015 study from Injury Epidemiology said girls lacrosse has the second-highest concussion rate of any sport, boys or girls, behind football (which is way ahead of the pack). The study said the majority of concussions in girls lacrosse were caused by blows to the head from an object (i.e. the stick). Boys lacrosse concussions were mainly caused by collisions between two players. The new helmets are being made by two FHSAA-approved manufacturers, Hummingbird Sports (based in New Jersey) and

Cascade (based in New York). Both helmets cost approximately $150 at retail stores, though teams can get discounts for buying in bulk. Riverview High, in anticipation of the change, started wearing helmets last season to get accustomed to them. Prior to that, the program wore “halos,” or protective headbands, and goggles. This makes the Rams uniquely qualified to talk about the switch, and it turns out people’s feelings on the subject are mixed. Coach Ashley McLeod said she would leave the issue “to people above (her) pay grade,” but did note that US Lacrosse has come out against the rule. While US Lacrosse still does not require helmets of any kind, the organization has put forth standards for optional headgear so the FHSAA-approved manufacturers at least had something to follow. This means the helmets are “flexible,” not hard like boys helmets, as to not injure players in states without regulations like Florida’s. Whether this limits the effectiveness of the helmets, as Carpenetti feared, remains to be seen, but Riverview is able to talk about its year of experience.  “I don’t know if they really helped with concussions,” McLeod said. “We still had a concussion (last season) even with them. But who knows how

many more concussions we would have had? I’m not a doctor, I don’t know.” McLeod added she didn’t believe the helmets caused her team to play any more or less physically than in the past, which goes against the so-called “gladiator effect,” a theory that athletes get more aggressive when wearing more protection. It’s one argument used in certain football circles that maintain concussions would drop if much of the protection was removed, like in rugby. Rams players took a stronger stance on the issue: They don’t like the helmets. “They give you migraines,” sophomore Lily Dougherty said. “It hurts to wear them.” Dougherty noticed no difference in safety during play with the helmets, and said if given the choice, she’d want to wear the protective headbands instead. Senior Veronica McCurdy, the team’s top goal scorer, agreed that the helmets were “pretty tight” and required a breakingin period to get comfortable. All things being equal, she wouldn’t wear them, either. McCurdy also noted that goalies in girls lacrosse have been required to wear helmets, boys helmets, forever, and she’s seen a few goalies leave games with concussions in the past. “You still run the risk, even with helmets,” she said.

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Veronica McCurdy wore a helmet at Riverview High last season and didn’t think it made a difference.

There are other concerns, too, like accessibility. High school teams may get discounts, but individual youth athletes won’t, meaning a game once able to be played (relatively) inexpensively now adds a new expense, turning away some potential players. Ultimately, there will be one determining factor in the success of this experiment, and that’s if concussion rates fall in Florida

girls lacrosse now. If they do, the helmets will be worth the discomfort and cost, but we won’t have the answer to that for quite a while. Ryan Kohn is the sports writer for the East County Observer. Contact him at rkohn@ yourobserver.com.

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8325 Sailing Loop $719,000 | Web ID A4206753 Larry Johns & Jill Johns 941.266.8814

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114 21st Street $685,000 | Web ID A4209581 Janet Bassett 941.809.3409

255 The Esplanade #904 $679,000 | Web ID A4208951 Courtney Green & Melissa Caldwell 941.809.8432

9150 Blind Pass Road #203 $595,000 | Web ID A4204924 Judie Berger 941.928.3424

8950 Grey Oaks Avenue $579,000 | Web ID A4209101 Ken Ipox 941.993.7279

14725 Newtonmore Lane $549,000 | Web ID A4208621 Laura Stavola 941.447.4875

433 Central Avenue $549,000 | Web ID A4209351 Frank Lambert & Anita Lambert 941.920.1500

13307 Swiftwater Way $485,000 | Web ID A4209397 Robert Sherman 941.313.1301

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4633 Sweetmeadow Circle $445,000 | Web ID A4209659 Jaci Krawtschenko 941.284.3789

1058 Beckley Circle $429,900 | Web ID N5915825 Mike Debitetto 941.525.8111

336 Venice Golf Club Drive $429,000 | Web ID N5916049 Debi Cohoon 941.877.2550

205 Cipriani Way $429,000 | Web ID N5916097 Patricia Guenther 941.961.3570

2714 Lake View Boulevard $425,000 | Web ID N5916188 Debbie & Ron DoorenBos 941.525.6399

4841 Riverside Drive $399,000 | Web ID N5916269 Ann Keohan 941.441.6867

20547 Capello Drive $359,900 | Web ID N5916087 Chris & Betsie Shiparski 941.375.1148

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St. Martha’s hosts night for dads and daughters. Capri Perrone meets Frye.

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he second annual Smoochy Poochy Yappy Hour was full of big smiles and puppy love. Hosted by the Humane Society of Sarasota County, there was no shortage of cuteness Feb. 8 at Beulah restaurant. The event featured doggy kissing booths, yummy treats and lots of cute dog and cats around to pet. Some of the cuddly creatures were available for adoption, some were emotional support animals, and all were ready to make everyone’s night.

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Emily and Sean Halley tear it up on the dance floor.

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Dads and daughters dance it out in style

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he girls of St. Martha Catholic School and St. Mary Academy hit the red carpet in style on Feb. 9. The school’s annual Father Daughter Dance brought almost 400 dads and daughters to The Chelsea Center for an evening in Hollywood. As guests arrived, they walked the red carpet, had their photos taken, then entered a room adorned with movie posters from films such

as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Wonder Woman.” Father-daughter duos took to the dance floor to tunes such as “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, took silly photos in the photo booth, got their faces painted and enjoyed a buffet dinner. Students also got to cast their vote for next year’s dance theme with options including “Under the Sea” and “Circus.” — KATIE JOHNS

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“Join us for Southwest Florida’s premier food, craft beer and music festival!”

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CASUAL WATERFRONT DINING

Fresh local seafood served in a casual atmosphere

It’s a Sarasota Tradition!

“It was a brave man that first ate an oyster.”

Broiled|Steamed

-Jonathan Swift

Soups and Salads

Baked|Blackened Grilled|Cajun Pasta|Combo Pots Fresh Seafood Chicken|Steaks

SATURDAY, FEB. 17

ROSEMARY INDIE MARKET Takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1435 Seventh St. To help local businesses, vendors such as Bowl’d Life and ALSO Youth, will be present. Nine other vendors will be present.

SATURDAY, FEB. 17 TO SUNDAY, FEB. 18

LIDO BEACH FINE ART FESTIVAL Tales place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Lido Beach, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive. Discover original, handmade art ranging from sculptures and jewelry to ceramics and photography. Admission is free.

TUESDAY, FEB. 20

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RCLA PRESENTS: JAY WILSON LECTURE — LE TRAIN BLEU: A LOST JEWEL OF THE BALLETS RUSSES Sergei Diaghilev’s ballet was performed in Europe and America from 1909 and 1929. The lecture includes a screening of the 30-minute ballet. Light refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. and the program is at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for others. Visit rclassociation.org/rcla-presents

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THUNDER BY THE BAY Takes place all weekend at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. In addition to the festival’s main site at the fairgrounds, a kickoff event is planned from 6-10 p.m. Thursday at Michael’s On East (tickets required); a Bikes on Main block party from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday on Main Street; and other events. Live music is planned at various locations throughout the event. Visit thunderbythebay.org for details, ticket information and the weekend’s schedule of events and live performances.

FRIDAY, FEB. 23

SHABBAT SERVICES Temple Beth Sholom will host Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. at The Windsor, 8220 Natures Way in Lakewood Ranch. You do not need to be a TBS member to attend. For information, call Saranee Newman at (612) 220-2382.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 25

RESCUE OF SYRIAN JEWS Activist Judy Feld Carr will discuss the secret rescue of Syrian Jews from 7-9 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Free valet parking is available. Tickets are $10. Youth 17 and under a re free. For Information and to purchase tickets, call 955-8121.

Our name and our look have changed. The fun and exceptional care remain the same.

Autumn of Sarasota Memory Care is now Aravilla. For those who already know us, be assured that we have the same local owners and our care will continue to exceed your expectations. For those who don’t, come for a visit and see why Aravilla is such an exceptional community. Seniors thrive on personal choice, while having fun in a beautiful, resort-like setting.

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Here, like-minded people are gathering in our luxurious custom homes and beyond. Whether on the picturesque trail, in the Clubhouse or on our Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course, The Founders Club is where it all comes together. And lasts a lifetime.

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Girls Inc. honors Nate’s Sarasota girls group sews 113 blankets to keep rescue animals warm.

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Tylee Giorgio, a 10-year-old member of Sarasota’s Girls Inc., had her paws wrapped around a puppy at Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue in Lakewood Ranch. In turn, the puppy was wrapped in one of 113 blankets (58 for dogs, 55 for cats) the group made to provide warmth for dogs and cats at Nate’s during the winter months. As Tylee giggled and the puppy twisted and turned, media cameramen snapped away. “We are helping to spread the word,” Tylee said Feb. 1 of her group’s trip to Nate’s. It actually was a collaboration between Nate’s and Girls Inc. that came about because of Elimindi, a women’s apparel company that boasts of having 100% of its products made in the U.S. Annie Wilson, chief development officer for Elimindi and a resident of Esplanade in East County, wanted to find a way for her company to give back to the community. She brought together Girls Inc. and Nate’s. Karen Slomba, associate director of Nate’s, said her nonprofit has accepted donations from groups such as the Girl Scouts before, but never has aligned itself directly with a group as it has done in this case with Girls Inc. The group is dedicated to teach-

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Bella Rodriguez, 10, tries out one of the group’s blankets on a puppy.

ing girls life and science, technology, engineering and math skills. The seven girls who made the trip to Nate’s, along with about eight others who worked on the project, used plenty of math when it came time to make the blankets. Nate’s had requested the blankets be made to fit inside the margins of the Kuranda beds, which are designed to help dogs and cats sleep a few inches off the cold floor. Elimindi provided the supervisory personnel and purchased the materials. The girls learned planning and design skills, how to mark the patterns to maximize fabric yield and how to efficiently make a large number of blankets.

Saturday April 14, 2018 Robarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, Florida 34237

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FREE EVENT Registration required. Online registration is strongly encouraged at www.neurochallenge.org.

9am–3:30pm Doors open at 8am, program starts at 9am

Call 941-926-6413 for more information.

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Come discover the most exclusive village in Lakewood Ranch during the Manatee-Sarasota BIA Parade of Homes, featuring 10 fully furnished models open for viewing. Tour these exquisite homes by the area’s premier luxury homebuilders, see the latest home design trends, and find out about all that’s new at The Lake Club, including a reimagined Grand Clubhouse underway, plus exciting enhancements that include indoor/outdoor dining, a new fitness center, resort-style pools and much more. With magnificent residences, including many ready-to-enjoy homes, don’t miss your chance to experience Lake Club living.

MATERA from the $700s VINEYARDS from the $800s LAKE VIEW ESTATES from $1 million CUSTOM HOME ESTATES from $1.4 million

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Garden Club travels to Cuba in style

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Female models showed off clothing from Scout & Molly’s Boutique.

uests of the Sarasota Garden Club were transported to Cuba on Feb. 9 without ever leaving town. The club’s fashion show, “Shivoo Havana,” took place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. As guests arrived, they walked down a Cuban-theme decorated hallway leading to the ballroom lobby that was bustling with activity as guests perused raffle prizes and shopping vendors. After lunch, guests watched a performance by the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School before models worked the runway in fashions from Scout & Molly’s Boutique and Harold Freeman of Martin Freeman. Later, the silent auction winners were announced, including the winner of an actual trip for two to Cuba.

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Male models showed off clothing from Harold Freeman of Martin Freeman.

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Photos by Cassidy Alexander

Rosemary Oberndorf, Jon Meacham and Lou Oberndorf

Pulitzer Prize winner inspires audience to help national leaders get it right CASSIDY ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham’s lecture Feb. 12 was part stand-up comedy act and part commencement speech. Meacham had the audience in stitches at points with anecdotes

of his interactions with past presidents. Despite the humor, the second event in this year’s Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series was about Meacham’s advice for weathering a tumultuous presidency. “You can’t simply expect the leaders to get it right,” he said.

Sunday SCHEDULE

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Cat Tails A Night in the Garden

WORSHIP SERVICE 8:45 & 11:00 ADULT BIBLE STUDY 10:00 CHAPELKIDZ 11:00

811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL $ 150 per ticket.

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S A R A S O TA 1179 Morningside Place Suki Scollo 941-587-2289 A4209174 $1,725,000

S A R A S O TA 16225 Hidden Horse Way Thomas Cinquegrano 941-284-5049 A4205371 $1,599,000

S I E S TA K E Y 5026 Sandy Cove Avenue Kristine Niehaus 941-376-4950 A4203592 $1,399,900

S A R A S O TA 9236 Mcdaniel Lane Drew Russell 941-993-3739 A4193736 $1,150,000

S I E S TA K E Y 5880 Midnight Pass Road 810 Linda Stowe 941-228-5685 A4208619 $1,150,000

S I E S TA K E Y 8730 Midnight Pass Road 400 Sarah McGuire 941-809-1478 A4209312 $1,100,000

S A R A S O TA 1921 Monte Carlo Drive 701 Pat Mudgett & Mackenzie Longueuil 941-320-7758 A4203107 $1,050,000

S A R A S O TA 1703 Kenilworth Street Drew Russell 941-993-3739 A4192402 $999,900

S I E S TA K E Y 5515 Contento Drive Kristine Niehaus 941-376-4950 A4194719 $999,900

S A R A S O TA 261 Cosmopolitan Court Valarie Wadsworth 941-780-3858 A4188114 $999,000

S A R A S O TA 1350 Main Street 1208 Kelly Baldwin 941-404-9396 A4200996 $850,000

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S A R A S O TA 3906 Spyglass Hill Road Kristen Srur 941-350-0612 A4207595 $648,000

S A R A S O TA 4208 Palacio Drive Tara Lamb & Judy Greene 941-266-4873 A4209181 $619,000

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condominium in the Vue tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. KPC Sarasota Development LLC sold the Unit 1705 condominium at 1155 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Gary Loveday and Melody Justice, of Sarasota, for $1,969,000. Built in 2017, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,313 square feet of living area. SARASOTA

MARINA TOWER Allen and Sally Weintraub, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 404 condominium at 1233 N. Gulfstream Ave. to John Sloan and Linda Haller Sloan, of Sarasota, for $1.45 million. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,906 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,215,000 in 2004. ALINARI Arthur and Nancy Donaldson, of Union Hall, Va., sold their Unit 1801 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to Camille Amy, trustee, of Sarasota, for $1.4 million. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,219 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,097,500 in 2011.

Stephen and Irene Gardner, of Arlington, Va., sold their Unit PH-1401 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to Amin and Nada Elhassan, of Skaneateles, N.Y., for $720,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two-and-

a-half baths and 1,830 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $568,000 in 2015. PARADISE SHORES Leo and Elaine Tedesco sold their home at 1547 Sandpiper Lane to James Hubbard and Susan Walter, of Sarasota, for $1.3 million. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,135 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $903,000 in 2013.

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THE HAMPTONS Andrew and Karina Vishnevsky, of Sarasota, sold their home at 4965 Gardiners Bay Circle to Dean and Amy Rinehart, of Sarasota, for $680,000. Built in 2000, it has five bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,160 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $363,000 in 2010.

MISSION VALLEY ESTATES Southeast Property Acquisitions LLC sold the home at 1131 Ewing St. to Craig and Ileana Havrilla, of Nokomis, for $416,000. Built in 1986, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,298 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $12,000 in 1987.

TORTOISE ESTATES Martin and Iris Rappaport sold their home at 1241 Tree Bay Lane to Neil and Violet Rosenblit, of Sarasota, for $1.82 million. Built in 1984, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 4,796 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $700,000 in 1986.

OAKS II Pauline Perlis, of Cordele, Ga., sold her home at 465 Walls Way to Bruce and Susan Bittles, of Osprey, for $1.25 million. Built in 1992, it has three bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 5,193 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.15 million in 2005.

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MARINA DEL SOL Thomas Healy and Robin Healy, trustees, sold the Unit E-51 condominium at 1310 Old Stickney Point Road to George Moricz, trustee, of Plymouth, Mich., for $1,396,000. Built in 2002, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,512 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.25 million in 2003.

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Address

Permit

Applicant

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Remodel

Stephen Knoop

$256,000

340 S. Palm Ave. #161

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$46,820

1255 N. Gulfstream Ave. #701 Alterations

Minton Dixie, trustee

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Reroof

Kelly Romano

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Dock

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Photovoltaic sys.

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Alterations

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Renovations

John Thomas, trustee

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1451 Rebecca Lane

Doors

Marshall Frank

$78,300

4267 Las Palmas Way

Windows

George Lawrence Jr.

$62,625

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Reroof

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$62,500

5452 Azure Way

Doors

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304 Signorelli Drive

Pool/cage

Jeffrey Megin

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3863 Prairie Dunes Drive

Alterations

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S A R A S O TA 1615 S Lake Shore Drive A4198495 $2,250,000

S A R A S O TA 1718 Bay Street A4180054 $1,995,000

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales COMMUNITY YARD SALE Woodside South Clubhouse Saturday, 2/17 8a.m.-12noon, Household, plants, miscellaneous. Off Bistham, between 41 and Gulf Gate Dr.

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609 GOLDEN GATE POINT PRICED FROM $1,495,000 Each residence boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 1⁄2 bathrooms, and an office in 2,750 square feet of living space. Premium features are standard and include Euro-style custom cabinetry, quartz solid surface countertops, natural hardwood flooring, high-end stainless steel appliances, designer plumbing fixtures and luxurious spa-like master bathroom.

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Siesta Key | 8585 Midnight Pass Road | $4,750,000

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Private Individual Garages Private Elevator Foyer Resort Style Swimming Pool and Spa Cabana and BBQ Area

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Sotheby’s International Realty® and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each office is independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity. Property information herein is derived from various sources including, but not limited to, county records and multiple listing services, and may include approximations. All information is deemed accurate and neither suggests nor infers that Sotheby’s International Realty participated as either the listing or cooperating agent or broker in the sale or purchase of the properties depicted.

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