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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
Siesta citizens worry about emergency response, traffic. SEE PAGE 3
MOM’S TIME A colorful Mother’s Day greeted families at Selby. SEE PAGE 19
Lemur fever Sarasota Jungle Gardens recently welcomed the newest member to its family of ring-tailed lemurs. The lemur, who is more than a month old but hasn’t been named, is the male pup of Babycakes and Nikko. This is the fourth year in a row that Babycakes welcomed a newborn around Mother’s Day. Babycakes’ seasonal birth cycle usually comes around the holiday, said Jungle Gardens curator John Lebron. Once he becomes old enough, the newborn pup will be transferred to another zoo as part of a breeding program.
Monique Budelman poses May 13 with her nieces and nephew, Alexis, Cooper and Selene at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Mother’s Day celebration.
City ice cream trucks face rocky road Officials are revisiting a discussion about allowing ice cream trucks in neighborhoods.
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TOTAL FALSE CRAWLS: 2018 2017 Lido Beach 3 1 Siesta Key 5 9 Casey Key 17 32
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SEE ICE CREAM, PAGE 5
AS OF MAY 12 TOTAL NESTS: 2018 Lido Beach 1 Siesta Key - Casey Key 11
Source: Mote Marine Laboratory
Here are the donation totals for All Faiths Food Bank’s Campaign Against Summer Hunger. It is accepting donations throughout the week at allfaithsfoodbank. org to meet its goal.
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City Commissioner Hagen Brody was distraught to discover children in Sarasota neighborhoods don’t have an opportunity to buy sweet treats from ice cream trucks driving past their homes in the summer. Brody learned this last month after getting in contact with Eric Garfield, owner of the Baltimore Snowball Factory. Garfield’s business, which sells frozen desserts, operates out of a van after closing its brick-and-mortar location in 2016.
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Residents worry that traffic will pose problems for emergency vehicles trying to help people. But the numbers, and the fire chief, tell a different story.
Call and response Siesta residents worry traffic slows emergency crews, but the fire chief says they get around it.
In the past year, it has taken emergency crews an average of five minutes and 46 seconds to respond to calls, but those times range from zero seconds to 20 minutes. Fastest response times Average response times Slowest response times*
Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Regnier said while Siesta Key is a busy part of the county, it’s not the busiest or the slowest in terms of emergency calls. He and his team respond to anything from a minor scrape to cardiac arrest. Even so, residents cite challenges for emergency responders as a reason to make some changes. Siesta Key Association board member Joe Volpe said emergency vehicles could run into backups, and lose valuable response time, in traffic at drawbridges. “You sit there for 15-20 minutes idling, if there’s an emergency vehicle trying to get off the island to the hospital, you can’t get off,” he said last year. “It’s a big nuisance. It’s a safety item.” Recently, concerns about emergency vehicles fighting traffic came up as part of the discussion about a possible hotel
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esidents on Siesta Key are quick to bring up safety concerns when it comes to traffic — mainly, that the congested roadways can slow down emergency vehicles on the way to help someone. A year’s worth of data from the Sarasota Fire Department between May 2017 and April 2018 on Siesta Key, though, indicates response times at peak season don’t vary much from the rest of the year. Year-round, the average time it took for emergency crews to make it to a scene on Siesta Key ranged between five minutes and 19 seconds and six minutes and 20 seconds. In March, which many consider to be the busiest month of the year for traffic and tourism, the average response time was the lowest of the 12 months.
* Some people went to the station, or crews were already on scene. ** April data is incomplete, through the 25th of the month.
on south Siesta Key. During the public hearing about amending the Siesta Key Overlay District to allow taller buildings closer to the street in commercial areas, residents cited safety concerns associated with increased traffic that could come with such a business. “I recently had heart failure, and the ambulance had to pick me up,” said Siesta Key resident Joseph Kreiner at a hearing. “So imagine if a man like me with a heart condition like this is in that position in that area,” he said, referring to the area around Old Stickney Point Road. Siesta Key resident Larry Kaplan took it a step further than just expressing worry over traffic — he called for an urgent care center in place of a hotel. “If anything should go there, it should be an urgent care medical center because that’s the major problem of what we have,” he said. “An urgent care center on Siesta Key is critical. Every one of us is getting younger every day, in the reverse way. We don’t want more cars and traffic.” According to data from the county, the month in which the emergency crews received the
most number of calls from Siesta Key was March, with 168. However, the average response time that month was five minutes and 19 seconds — tied with April for the lowest average of the year. And at least a few times a month, the recorded response time was just a few seconds when people showed up at the fire station. The longest response time during the year was in September, at more than 20 minutes. A note explains that this was during Hurricane Irma, and was weather-related. After that, the longest response time was 16 minutes and 22 seconds, on Thanksgiving. EMERGENCY RESPONSE
To respond to emergencies on Siesta Key, Regnier and his team rely on the county’s emergency response system, which includes both a network of responders and a few important tools to get them where they need to be. There is a fire station on Siesta Key, equipped with a fire truck and an ambulance. In addition, there are other stations just off the Siesta Bridge and the Stickney Point Bridge that can respond if the first team is busy.
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“When there’s more people, obviously there’s more cars on the road, there are more delays to get to different locations,” Regnier said. But the department employs a number of tools to mitigate traffic problems, including a system that takes over traffic signals at intersections to allow emergency vehicles to give themselves a green light. On top of that, they are in constant contact with the bridge tenders to let them know when an emergency vehicle is coming through. Bridges will stay down to clear traffic so they can pass. These factors and others work together to create the system that makes Regnier comfortable with how his crews navigate Siesta Key. “We are ready to respond,” Regnier said. “We feel like we have a really good coverage with the system, and the system works well.”
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“The city’s focus, understandably, is on pedestrian mobility. Longboat Key, and I think Lido Key and the other barrier islands, are focused on automobile traffic.”
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City Commission picks Alpert as new mayor
Jack Daly, Longboat Key town commissioner, on different priorities for the future of U.S. 41. READ MORE ON PAGE 14
Liz Alpert is the new mayor of Sarasota, elected Friday at an annual City Commission meeting. Alpert, who served as vice mayor for the past year, replaces outgoing Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie. The board voted 3-2 to select Alpert, with commissioners Hagen Brody and Willie Shaw casting votes for Shaw. In the city’s commissionmanager system of government, the mayor is a ceremonial position selected by the board every year. The mayor presides over City Commission meetings. “I’m truly very humbled by this opportunity to serve as mayor of this great city of Sarasota,” Alpert said. The board unanimously selected Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch as vice mayor.
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A story in the May 10 issue of the Observer misidentified the area of Siesta Key with crosswalks that concerned residents. The crosswalks are on the stretch of Midnight Pass Road between Stickney Point Road and Ocean Boulevard. It also misidentified FDOT spokesman Zachary Burch.
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first person to make ice cream truck operations a hot-button issue. Beginning in 1999 and continuing through 2002, the commission held at least four different discussions pertaining to ice cream truck regulations. Tim Litchet, the city’s director of Neighborhood and Development Services, remembers residents and officials expressing concern about safety as they ultimately decided to uphold the regulations in place today. “Safety in two ways: the safety of kids in the streets, and then questions of who’s operating the vehicles themselves,” Litchet said. Linda Holland, president of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association, is one of the people who feared the ice cream trucks could create problems in residential areas during the early 2000s discussion. The neighborhood hasn’t revisited the topic in a long time, and she said attitudes may have changed as new people have moved into the area. She isn’t steadfastly opposed to giving ice cream trucks more freedom to operate, but she said the fears about safety were legitimate. “It’s a hard thing, because you know the kids love it — especially in the summertime, they want ice cream or a Popsicle or something like that,” Holland said. “But I know when we had this issue before, several people in the neighborhood saw issues where kids ran from behind the trucks and they just didn’t bother to look both ways.” Garfield declined to comment in detail about how the city’s
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regulations affected his business. He did say that when he operates out of the truck he’s focused on ensuring he’s doing so responsibly. “The safety of my young customers is the top priority,” Garfield said. Other Sarasota ice cream vendors are excited by the prospect of change. Brenda Zook is the owner of B’s Cool Treats. The truck sells its goods at events, Zook said, a product of the city’s regulations. “It’s always kind of been hard that I live in the city and pay city taxes, but I’m not allowed to work in the city,” Zook said. Zook said she might consider selling in neighborhoods if she were allowed. She knows other ice cream truck owners in the area would be happy to expand into the city. Right now, they’re limited to the county, where ice cream trucks are permitted to operate in residential areas. “The bottom line for me is, if it’s safe enough for the county’s kids, it’s safe enough for the city kids,” Zook said. A county spokesperson said the county has not had any issues related to ice cream trucks. Brody is hopeful the city can adopt similar regulations quickly. He acknowledges it might seem like a minor issue, but he thinks the rules send a bad message about the prospect of doing business in the city. And, on a simpler note, he isn’t happy about the idea of depriving children of an opportunity to buy ice cream. “I, quite frankly, can’t imagine living in a community that doesn’t allow ice cream trucks for neighborhood kids,” Brody said.
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County schools hiring for internal police force The school board hopes to hire 30 people by August to secure elementary schools. CASSIDY ALEXANDER STAFF WRITER
With its final approval this week, the Sarasota County School Board gave Sarasota County Schools the go-ahead to begin hiring 30 people for the first phase of its internal police force. This solidifies something the district began working toward in
mid-April to avoid contracting with local law enforcement agencies for security officers. The goal is to have a command staff and 24 officers hired and trained by the first day of school in August to staff district elementary schools. By the next school year, 26 more people would be hired to staff middle and high schools. Board chair Bridget Ziegler and member Eric Robinson voted against the organizational chart. “This is a heavy lift, and the implementation in haste is counterproductive to the goal we’re trying to achieve,” Ziegler said. “I still believe there are too many unknowns for me to go forward
and support this.” The school board approved at a May 1 meeting the job descriptions for a chief of police and police sergeant, and a district spokesperson said they’ve already received applications. At the May 15 meeting, job descriptions were approved for the executive director of safety, security and emergency management and school resource officer. “We will be a very collaborative community partner,” said Mike Andreas, the school district’s director of safety, security and emergency management. “It’s all about protecting students and staff.” Cassidy Alexander
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Look elsewhere for Lido Key sand The city’s pursuit of Big Pass sand continues to raise the question: Why create endless strife and risk unknown effects when other options exist?
ow long will this go on? And to what end? To have a segment of Siesta Key residents forever resentful, and perhaps enemies, of the city of Sarasota and Lido Key residents? To be engaged in constant strife and litigation? Five years from now, then what? The confrontations and litigation flare up again? And five years after that? And five years after that? These questions come to mind in the wake of Florida Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter’s recommendation that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issue a permit to allow a portion of Big Pass to be dredged to provide sand to renourish Lido Key’s beach. His ruling came already five years into this fight. Predictably, Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin and Carl Shoffstall, president of the Lido Key Residents Association, were thrilled, while Peter van Roekens, chairman of Save Our Siesta Sand 2, told the Sarasota Observer his group would take its opposition to federal court if DEP ultimately approves the dredging. It was of little consolation to the Siesta Key side that Judge Canter recommended the area to be dredged be reduced and the amount of sand be scaled back to 1.3 million cubic yards from 1.7 million cubic yards. Nor was it assuaging to the Siesta Key interests that, in Judge Canter’s reading of the evidence that the city’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ application for the permit “included sufficient technical information and analysis, including the modeling of morphological trends … that the proposed project complies with all applicable criteria for approval …” The judge had one caveat: that the dredging would have adverse effects on the spawning of spotted sea trout unless the permit is modified to encompass a smaller area and prohibit dredging between April and September. He said nothing about adverse impacts on Siesta Key property. But here’s the rub: Yes, the city and Corps have a judge’s imprimatur that their permit application meets the state’s legal and techni-
cal thresholds for approval. But the heart of the matter still remains: No one can say what ultimately will happen “downdrift” after Big Pass is dredged. Scientists and engineers can make computer-induced, educated predictions that dredging Big Pass will not adversely affect Siesta Key property and beaches. But there is a good reason for that old saw: Never fool with Mother Nature. You never know. Ask the residents of Leilani Estates in Hawaii. Thus the stand-off: Siesta Key residents say, “Don’t risk it. Why risk dredging the pass if there are rational alternatives?” Apparently, the city of Sarasota doesn’t care about that risk or the alternatives. For the city, apparently, that pile of sand in Big Pass can be had at a better price than sand from other locations in the Gulf. And City Manager Barwin repeatedly has said, that sand is “our sand” — driven south from Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Lido Key by the littoral waves. And so the city, as it has demonstrated for five years, is willing to expend and endure the time, legal fees and strife to dredge it. Other choices be damned. WHY IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO?
City Manager Barwin said in response to Judge Canter’s recommendation: “I urge Siesta Key petitioners to consider discontinuing the time-consuming and costly litigation and work with us to protect all of Sarasota County’s shorelines for the next 50 years (italics added).” But when you talk to Siesta Key residents who have been involved in this dispute, they will tell you they haven’t felt for five years that Barwin is willing to work with those who oppose the dredging. As one of the Siesta Key advocates told us: “We have always acknowledged that Lido Key needs a plan.” But the city “fought throughout the coastal advisory meetings.” And: “They have chosen the most destructive thing they could. Why would they choose to do that when there is more sand available in other areas of the gulf? Why would they want to focus on an area that we’ve tried to protect and clean up for the past 35 years?
There’s clean, clear water. Scallops are back. Why change that if you don’t have to?” TAKE A REGIONAL APPROACH
Decision-making is all about making choices that produce the best and least damaging consequences. And cost is not always measured in dollars. If you use those two concepts as rational guides, you could argue the city and Corps of Engineers are not too late to ask themselves: What is the right thing to do? Their answer should go beyond evaluating what is best for the city. Whether to dredge Big Pass is more than taking sand for the city; it’s a city and county issue. You also could make the case that beach maintenance — from Anna Maria Island to Longboat Key to Lido Key to Siesta Key to Casey Key to Manasota Key — is a regional issue worthy of coordination and planning, much the way the regional planning councils look at transportation. Everyone knows all of the beaches from Manatee through Sarasota counties need renourishment every five to seven to eight years. Why fight over it? Why pit taxpayers against taxpayers? While we loathe the idea of creating more government bureaucracies, there is a better way to allocate the scarce resource of sand than through contentious court battles pitting neighbor against neighbor, city against city, county against county. There is a better way than the expensive, wasteful, time-consuming state permitting process. We have advocated before for better leadership to this end. The first steps toward that would be for: n The city of Sarasota to abandon its pursuit of dredging Big Pass; n The city to obtain permits as quickly as possible from one of many other sources in the Gulf of Mexico to shore up Lido Key’s beaches; n City Manager Barwin and Sarasota’s new mayor, Liz Alpert, to initiate discussions with their regional counterparts on creating a beach maintenance consortium that manages the timing, sourcing and financing of future projects. Those steps would be far better than enduring the exasperating battles of governments fighting and litigating among themselves and against the people they represent — wasting the precious resource of taxpayer dollars.
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After the city decided to lease the Lido Beach pool and pavilion to a private operator, residents opposed to the decision wondered how the agreement came together to begin with. In November, the city approved a deal with Lido Beach Redevelopment Partners LLC, a group led by Daiquiri Deck co-owner Troy Syprett. The group agreed to renovate and maintain the pool and pavilion area. In return, it gained permission to operate a new Tiki bar and a 200-seat open-air restaurant on the footprint of the existing dining area. The lease will run for up to 30 years. Rent starts at $80,000 a year and scales up to $100,000 or higher by year three, depending on the revenue generated. Critics argued the city wasn’t getting the maximum utility out of the property. If the city wasn’t going to operate the pool and pavilion itself, some residents
city acknowledged receipt of the CCNA recommendations and indicated it would talk about them with residents. “We look forward to the opportunity to meet with CCNA representatives to discuss the city’s thoughtful, community-minded approach to leases,” the statement said. City spokesman Jason Bartolone said “each lease is different and handled on a case-by-case basis.” The city did not provide further comment. The CCNA group also proposed designating a staff member to serve as the director of public lands. The report suggested that person should be responsible for advocating for the public interest when the city was negotiating a lease with an outside party. On May 5, CCNA voted to support the recommended changes the committee presented. At the May 7 City Commission meeting, staff said it would work with CCNA to review the feedback. The residents involved with the lease committee are optimistic their input will change the way the city does business. “We don’t have any real organized way in the city of Sarasota of managing public lands,” committee Chairwoman Mary Anne Bowie said.
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“Victory,” which will occupy a three-story wall on the building’s north face, is one of two murals planned for the BOLD Lofts residential project.
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Plans for a new downtown development include a large-scale modern spin on some iconic artwork. On May 9, the city’s Public Art Committee voted to approve two proposed murals on the side of the forthcoming BOLD Lofts building. BOLD Lofts is a fivestory, 97-unit apartment complex under construction at 1659 Second St. The murals fulfill the required public art contribution for new downtown development. The murals are inspired by two sculptures on display at the Ringling Museum of Art, according to artist Erik Jones. “David,” based on the Michelangelo sculpture of the same name, is slated to be painted on the southeast corner of the building. “Victory,” planned for the north side of the building facing Fruitville Road, is inspired by The Winged Victory of Samothrace, a sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike. Jones spent time in Sarasota growing up and graduated in 2007 from Ringling College of Art and Design. When the BOLD Lofts team selected him to work on the project, he said he wanted to deliver artwork that spoke to how he perceived the city. In the murals, the images of the sculptures are overlaid with splashes
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of color. “That’s what Sarasota is,” Jones said at the meeting. “It’s vibrant, it’s beautiful, it’s loud, it’s great.” Resident and artist Ruth Avra voiced support for the proposal at the meeting. She said communities on the east coast of Florida, including Hollywood and Miami’s Wynwood district, have seen support for murals on buildings. “I’m very for it,” Avra said. “It’s sort of a newer thing, but there’s a lot going in that direction.” Jones said he’s seen a similar proliferation of murals in downtown St. Petersburg. “The community seems to love that sort of stuff, and so do I,” Jones said. The art committee voted 5-1 in favor of the proposal. BOLD Lofts Project Manager Tom Frascone said construction is scheduled for completion in early August. The painting of the murals is expected to begin in June, according to a release. While the artwork is being added to the building, BOLD Lofts plans to hold public viewing events from a pop-up lounge.
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“Always work, no matter what anyone says. If you keep working you’ll get to the top.” — Cardinal Mooney High’s Alec Frank SEE PAGE 18
CHANGES ON THE HORIZON Proposed FHSAA playoff adjustments are giving coaches mixed feelings. RYAN KOHN SPORTS REPORTER
Sarasota Crew senior rower Clark Dean won the Varsity Men’s Youth 1x race (8:03.87) and was part of the winning Varsity Men’s Youth 8+ team (6:16.94) May 13 at the USRowing Southeast Youth Championship at Nathan Benderson Park.
Former Sarasota High baseball player Dylan Busby, now with Pittsburgh Pirates Class A minor league affiliate the West Virginia Power, went 2 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI May 9 in a 7-3 win against host Hagerstown.
Sarasota Scullers rowers Katie Beiler, a senior, and Shelby Ernst, a sophomore, won the Women’s Youth 2 (8:35.07) on May 13 at the USRowing Southeast Youth Championship at Nathan Benderson Park.
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Sarasota High baseball sophomore Evan Gibbs went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI May 8 in the Sailors’ 9-0 regional quarterfinal win against host East Lake High.
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lorida High School Athletic Association sports might look different in 2019-2020 by getting rid of a system that has been in place since 1931. At the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association athletics director conference and the FHSAA compliance seminar May 6 in Orlando, the FHSAA pitched an idea to move away from the “class” system currently in place, and move to a system of six “divisions.” While the finer details of the switch are still malleable, the overall impact would be this: having teams compete in the playoffs against teams of similar ranking, as determined by FHSAA partner MaxPreps, instead of by enrollment size. This would affect football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and volleyball, if passed. The switch will not be voted on by the FHSAA board until the middle of the 2018-2019 school year, Sarasota County Schools Athletic Director James Slaton said. While nothing is certain, Slaton said he thinks the proposal will pass. It has coaches talking, and ones in this area have mixed feelings on the potential changes. Riverview High volleyball coach Nickie Halbert joked that she is “Switzerland” on the issue, but she does have questions, specifically about how scheduling would work under the new system. She’s all about playing the best teams she can to prepare for the playoffs, regardless of classification. She doesn’t need a system to do that for her, she said. On the same point, Slaton added one of the system’s hang-ups is making sure teams at the top can have a schedule that won’t break the budget. If a top football team in Orlando, for example, can only find willing opponents in Miami, where a lot of the state’s talent lies, that isn’t going to work financially. Halbert also found one of the driving forces behind the proposal, the supposed lack of competitive championship games in recent seasons, to be untrue. “I’ve never had a ‘cake walk’ to a championship, as a player (at Venice High) or as a coach,” Halbert said. “If you’re in the playoffs, you’re going to play good teams at some point.” Case in point: Booker High boys basketball. The Tornadoes played Leesburg High in the state semifinals on March 7. Leesburg, the defending state champion, had won 45 of its last 46 games, and its lone loss came to a team outside the FHSAA system (West Oaks Academy). Booker entered the game as underdogs, but led Leesburg for most of the game, and in the end lost, 62-61. This matchup
BJ Ivey talks with his team during the Rams’ 61-57 loss to Coral Springs in the 2016 Class 8A state championship game. Ivey sees both sides of the new FHSAA playoff proposal.
MAXPREPS RANKINGS BREAKDOWN “The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents) and strength of schedule. For example, a team’s ranking is hurt more by losing to a team that is ranked below them versus a team ranked
would not have occurred in the proposed system, for Leesburg would be in a higher division even though the Tornadoes proved they could hang. “These bigger schools that end up getting certain players that other schools don’t have access to, are still going to be at the top of this thing every year, if that’s the way the state is trying to do it,” Booker coach Markus Black said. He added even midtier schools in classes 9A and 8A have access to bigger (and more) kids, which will still create mismatches if they are placed in the same division as a 6A school like Booker. Black was also concerned that the system could force programs to do away with local rivalries, such as the game the Tornadoes play against Riverview each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means more to the community than a win or a loss. Riverview boys basketball coach BJ Ivey has questions about the rankings themselves. As proposed, the rankings would be done solely by MaxPreps computers. Those rankings are based on the number of wins a team
ahead. “Other factors that will affect the rankings are times when MaxPreps has incomplete or inaccurate information. It will correct errors when they are reported. If MaxPreps is missing a score it encourages teams to report that score. If it is missing a game on the schedule, it also wants a correction request. “Playoff wins are weighed higher compared to a regular season game.” Source: MaxPreps.com
collects as well as the teams’ strength of schedule. Every two years, the divisions would update to promote worthy teams. The proposed system wouldn’t treat the Rams like a top-tier team, even though they may be with their talent level. “Clicking late” is also how the 2017 Sarasota High baseball team found its way to the state semifinals despite going 16-10 in the regular season. There’s also the issue of tanking. All coaches interviewed said they didn’t know anyone who would consider losing on purpose to drop to a division where they could have more success, but Halbert and Slaton said it’s conceivable to do in this system. Halbert also said it was odd to think about crowning lowerdivision teams as “state champions” when, by the proposed system’s own rankings, there would be hundreds of programs in the upper divisions that are “better.” Slaton said it would feel like giving out participation trophies at first, though it would become commonplace over time.
FHSAA CHANGES BREAKDOWN n Moving from classifications to six “divisions” n The top two divisions would consist of 64 teams each, all of which would make the playoffs. n The bottom four divisions would contain 115130 teams each, the top 64 of which would make the playoffs. n The divisions, and playoff qualifications in the lower four divisions, would be based solely on MaxPreps rankings. n The divisions would be updated every two years, based on schools’ previous two seasons’ results. n For the playoffs, the 64 teams would be broken into eight regions of eight teams, then played out as they currently are. n The system would eliminate district play entirely. n The proposal’s intent is to eliminate school enrollment as a factor in which programs play in the playoffs to create more competitive games.
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V Foundation for Cancer Research CEO Susan Braun, Florida State University’s men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, Dick Vitale, and Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh pose before the gala.
Dick’s life. I’m so happy he gave me the opportunity to be a part of this, because I’m going to be a soldier for the cause. I can’t think what it must be like for a child, to be affected (by cancer).” This year’s gala raised $3.7 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, bringing the total amount raised over the event’s 13 years to more than $25 million. Everyone from presenters to guest attendees echoed the honoree’s sentiments about
Vitale, lauding his passion and the work he’s done. Everyone, that is, except Vitale. “Everybody tells me everywhere I go, ‘Oh, you’re doing a great job, Dick, unbelievable. Keep it up, you’re an inspiration.’ Give me a break,” Vitale said. “If I was doing a great job, we wouldn’t be giving out grants tonight … We’d have a cure.” While I respect that attitude … apologies, Dick, because I’m going to add to your praise pile.
The war against cancer is one that humanity hasn’t been able to win yet. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate winning a battle, no matter how small. Vitale’s contributions to the cause sometimes seem less remarkable because of how often they occur, but it’s high time we start thinking about them on more than just gala nights. Raising $25 million in 13 years makes a difference. It has made a difference for the members of his
“All-Courageous Team” of kids who have fought both their own afflictions and helped others fight theirs, including Lakewood Ranch’s Jake Taraska. Those kids serve as an inspiration to others, and Vitale to them. That matters. No, the war isn’t over yet, but Vitale’s determination has society closer to a cure than it would be otherwise. Vitale said he’s going to continue to fight “until (his) last dying breath,” and if donations keep coming, it’s possible that the medical field will have seen a real breakthrough soon. It’s time we all join the fight, because as Vitale said, we’re all on the team in this one. I for one don’t want to be left on the sidelines. Vitale’s next gala will be held on May 10, 2019, at the RitzCarlton, Sarasota, and will honor Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney, University of Alabama men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson and ESPN college football broadcaster Chris Fowler. With his enthusiasm, Vitale is sure to make it his biggest event yet.
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t the 2018 Dick Vitale Gala, all anyone could talk about was how tirelessly Lakewood Ranch’s Dick Vitale works to fight pediatric cancer. The 13th annual gala, which was held May 11 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, was star-studded as always, and honored University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, Florida State University men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton and ESPN television host Mike Greenberg. I talked to Greenberg about Vitale in March, and at the gala, the other two honorees followed suit. Harbaugh said Vitale is attacking pediatric cancer “with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind,” adding that Vitale should be on the “All-Humanitarian team.” Harbaugh said his first thought when he found out he was to be honored was that there were people more deserving than him, but also that he felt privileged to rally alongside Vitale. “What this event does is remarkable,” Harbaugh said. “Cancer is something that affects every family in the world, forever. Dick Vitale identified research and fundraising as the path (to a cure). What he’s accomplished in life … He’s hung the moon, really.” Hamilton said he has felt the effects of cancer, having lost five family members to cancer. “It’s an honor to be able to participate,” he said, “I’m in. I’m in
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Selby Gardens celebrates mothers Hundreds gathered at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on May 13 to celebrate Mother’s Day.
amilies treated their mothers to brunch at Michael’s on the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens during Mother’s Day on May 13. Children enjoyed lawn games in front of the bay, as well as face painting and balloon animals. Mothers and their families also had the chance to stroll through the gardens after enjoying brunch.
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24TH ANNUAL SARASOTA COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County hosts a free baby shower from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lee Wetherington Boys and Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road. For information, call 373-7070. FANTASTIC FERNS AND FASCINATING EPIPHYTIC FLORA Botanist Sally Chambers will shares tales from field expeditions in Belize, Cuba and Peru. Takes place noon to 1 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave. Admission is $10 for Selby Gardens members and $20 for non-members. For information, call 366-5731.
Honorees Gill Ruderman, Carl Hunsinger, Bryan Jacobs and Christopher Nothdurft were nominated by local veterans service organizations and nonprofit agencies. “We are so honored to have these recipients today,” said JFCS CEO Heidi Brown. “They are so deserving of our recognition.”
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JFCS recognizes local veterans serving the community or Jewish Family and Children’s Service of the Suncoast, every day is Veterans Day. JFCS held its annual Tribute to Veterans Services to Community Awards Luncheon on May 8 at the Francis. The event recognizes local veterans who inspire patriotism, provide service to others and offer hope to fellow veterans.
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GILLESPIE PARK BUTTERFLY GARDEN CELEBRATION The Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association will celebrate the completion of its butterfly garden from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gillespie Park, 710 N. Osprey Ave. The event will feature family friendly activities including a tour of the garden, sidewalk chalk art and outdoor games. For information, call (336) 460-2053.
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WALT’S FISH MARKET 7TH ANNUAL TOM WALLIN REEF BENEFIT Celebrate Walt’s Fish Market’s 100th birthday with a seafood buffet extravaganza. Money raised from the event will go to purchase reef balls to help enhance the Tom Wallin Memorial Reef near Sarasota. Begins at noon at 4144 S. Tamiami Trail. For information, call 921-4605.
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LO C A L LY K N OW N . G LO B A L LY CO N N E C T E D.
S A R A S O TA 100 Ritz-Carlton Circle PH1902 Julia Decastro 941-702-2300 A4205093 $6,300,000
CASEY KEY 3250 Casey Key Road Deborah Beacham 941-376-2688 A4207350 $3,499,000
S A R A S O TA 100 Central Avenue PH01 Mark Betres 941-400-8416 A4400407 $3,200,000
S I E S TA K E Y 1214 Sharswood Lane Brian Loebker 941-735-4393 A4208112 $2,850,000
OSPREY 91 Osprey Point Drive Nicole Dovgopolyi 941-356-5849 A4208052 $1,995,000
S A R A S O TA 133 N Washington Drive Ann Martin & Joanna Benante 941-356-7717 A4214640 $1,380,000
S A R A S O TA 1924 Deer Park Circle George Kolar 941-586-7489 A4400614 $1,250,000
S I E S TA K E Y 6480 Midnight Pass Road 217 Suki Scollo 941-587-2289 A4202790 $1,129,800
S A R A S O TA 1761 Irving Street Joanna Benante & Ann Martin 941-356-7717 A4205078 $1,050,000
S A R A S O TA 97 Sunset Drive PH2 Linda Driggs 941-374-2920 A4207958 $858,000
S A R A S O TA 1733 Pine Harrier Circle Tara Lamb & Judy Greene 941-266-4873 A4402775 $839,000
S A R A S O TA 2138 Mcclellan Parkway Susan Mcleod 941-928-4445 A4170245 $799,000
S A R A S O TA 2235 Bougainvillea Street Kristen Srur 941-350-0612 A4214727 $650,000
S A R A S O TA 8723 Grey Oaks Avenue Marilyn Vespoli 201-926-7272 A4208836 $529,000
S A R A S O TA 4872 Carrington Circle Susan Matteoli PA 941-356-1335 A4401108 $475,000
OSPREY 127 Bishops Court Road Nicole Dovgopolyi 941-356-5849 A4402607 $450,000
S A R A S O TA 4152 Hearthstone Drive Lloyd Johnson 941-223-5843 A4212489 $434,500
S A R A S O TA 4230 Kingston Court Katy McBrayer 305-509-1633 A4402818 $425,000
S A R A S O TA 6185 Abaco Drive Kay Barberio 941-724-6402 A4197355 $409,900
S A R A S O TA 4044 65th Place E Annette Bentley 941-374-0318 A4401005 $380,000
OSPREY 222 Burney Road Kathleen Griffin 941-302-3979 A4400239 $375,000
VENICE 542 Silk Oak Drive Neil Collison & Stephen Collison 941-223-8945 A4204890 $349,900
S I E S TA K E Y 9393 Midnight Pass Road 503 Joseph Brown 941-587-6185 A4402665 $349,500
U N I V E R S I T Y PA R K 7015 Bridle Path Court Michael Bruno 941-320-3229 A4214066 $335,000
VENICE 5081 Winter Rose Way Magda Cetta Whelton 941-408-4047 N5916120 $305,000
S A R A S O TA 2727 Botany Avenue Pam Sweeney 941-266-9622 A4215027 $275,000
VENICE 803 Harrington Lake Drive N 75 Susan Brooker 941-223-6055 N5917018 $239,900
N O R T H P O R T/ V E N I C E 1449 Kew Gardens Avenue Jill Thomas 941-544-1160 A4402953 $194,000
N O KO M I S/ N O RTH V E N I C E 507 Villa Park Drive Lee Byron and Sue Keal 941-350-5542 A4211583 $159,000
S A R A S O TA 1540 Hillview Drive Sara Ferguson 941-320-2709 A4197272 $4,950,000
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S T. A R M A N D S K E Y 25 S Washington Drive Lenore Treiman 941-356-9642 A4202027 $5,495,000
home in Sarasota Bay Park tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Michael Rapoport, of Sarasota, sold a home and a vacant lot at 2309 Alameda Ave. to Eric Felix, of Sarasota, for $3.7 million. Built in 1958, it has five bedrooms, eight-anda-half baths, a pool and 7,434 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,552,900 in 2004. SARASOTA
CORAL COVE Sandra Albright, trustee, and Christopher Albright, of Sarasota, sold the home at 1605 Caribbean Drive to Blair Weigel, trustee, of Sarasota, for $2.1 million. Built in 1995, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,200 square feet of living area. PLAT OF SARASOTA Florida Studio Theatre Inc. sold two properties at 1245 Fifth St. to Cocoanut Arts Southwest LLC for $1,988,500. The first property was built in 1944, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,138 square feet of living area. The second property was built in 1962, it has one bedroom, one bath and 220 square feet of living area. They previously sold for $600,000 in 2002. KANAYA Thomas and Jocelyn Maxfield, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 1503 condominium at 505 S. Orange Ave. to Arthur Siciliano and Barbara Blanchard, of Sarasota, for $1,575,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths and 3,003 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,682,000 in 2007.
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS
APRIL 30 TO MAY 4
Other top sales by area SIESTA KEY
VISTA BAY POINT Mary Matalin, of Alexandria, Va., sold the Unit 702 condominium at 128 Golden Gate Point to Curtis and Mary Nothstine, of Sarasota, for $1,395,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,317 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.2 million in 2013.
SIESTA KEY DOLPHIN BAY Trudy and Robert Hull, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 501 condominium at 1280 Dolphin Bay Way to Robert Porter Jr. and Kathy Porter, trustees, of Huntington, N.Y., for $1,299,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,200 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $547,200 in 1997. MARINA DEL SOL Mark Ruzycki and Teresa Bauer, of Ontario, Canada, sold their Unit E-21 condominium at 1310 Old Stickney Point Road to Craig Baum and Lisa Singleton, of Morton, Ill., for $1.27 million. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,512 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,025,000 in 2016.
Bay Island Shores David Flannagan, of Sarasota, sold his home at 864 Siesta Drive to Gerald Chamberlain, trustee, of Grosse Ile, Mich., for $1.84 million. Built in 1955, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,181 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.2 in 2005.
PALMER RANCH Silver Oak
Charles and Barbara Harness, of Sarasota, sold their home at 8945 Wildlife Loop to Sandra Albright, trustee, of Sarasota, for $730,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 2,905 square feet of living area.
1255 N. Gulfstream Ave.
2155 Magnolia St.
Jo Ann Water-Atkins
2652 Datura St.
2664 Second St.
852 Hudson Ave. #852
1422 21st St.
857 Norsota Way
1729 Cherokee Drive
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5131 Hanging Moss Lane
421 S. Shore Drive
5858 Midnight Pass Road #55 Renovations
130 Dory Lane
907 Scherer Way
2448 Arapaho St.
8491 Woodbriar Drive
3788 Boca Pointe Drive
Sally Kimball, trustee
448 Park Trace Blvd.
1588 N. Casey Key Road
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S I E S TA K E Y 4266 Higel Avenue A4202408 $4,500,000
S A R A S O TA 7140 Captain Kidd Avenue A4215289 $1,399,000
N O KO M I S/ N O R T H V E N I C E 215 Rubens Drive H A4214538 $150,000
EGO Holdings LLC sold the home at 452 Bellini Circle to David and Cheryl McDuffee, of Nokomis, for $657,000. Built in 1967, it has three bedrooms, two-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 1,844 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $537,000 in 2014.
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Meridian at the Oaks Preserve Kathleen and George Rhyne sold their Unit 603 condominium at 3603 N. Point Road to Steven and Pamela Krouse, of Osprey, for $730,000. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,680 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $660,000 in 2016.
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he Rosemary Youth Ballet enchanted audiences April 29 with its delightful production of “Miss Spider’s Tea Party” at Booker High School. Frogs leapt, bumblebees buzzed, tea cups swirled and fireflies lit up as Miss Spider won over her insect friends to host a tea party. More than 70 children performed. The Rosemary Youth Ballet is located at Onyx Studio 2, 422 Central Ave.
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By Luis Campos Celebrity Cipher cryptograms are created from quotations by famous people, past and present. Each letter in the cipher stands for another.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group 1970 Main St. - 3rd Floor Sarasota, Fl 34236
STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.
Help Wanted EXPERIENCED NAIL TECH: Take over clientele. Must be patient, friendly, reliable. Flexible hours. Excellent longterm income opportunity at upscale LBK salon. 941-387-9807.
CASIO KEYBOARD: Concertmate 690 with 100 rythms, instructions, song book. Like new. $50. 941-921-0512.
Sunday plus 4 weekdays = 5 day schedule w/OT. $14.25/hour plus .50 cent shift differential
CHRISTMAS TREE 7/ft. w/stand, excellent cond., $20. 941-358-7411. DINETTE SET: blonde w/4 chairs on coasters. Table: 3x5 w/extra piece, $50. 941-313-5497. GOLF BALLS in box, new, PRO V1, $15. NXT, new in box, $13. 941-539-9322. INVERSION TABLE: 941-330-6808.
PINE BED: wood, full size, frame with head and foot boards, $75. 941-756-5079. REESE HITCH bolt wired harness, fits most late model Dodge Grand Caravans, $185. Call 941-924-0269. SOFA BED: white, 61”x37”, with Kingsdown mattress, ex cond. $175. 860-575-9426. LAWNBOY: 21 gas, 5.5hp. belt drive, $80. Call (941) 879−7884.
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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Perfect Solutions For Seniors ON BAY to East, on lagoon and Gulf to west, extreme southern end of Midnight Pass, gated community, 1BR/1BA, $329,500. 678-230-0596.
Computer Services COMPUTER/MAC, SMARTPHONE, Tablet repairs, setups, technology consultations, virus removal. Specializing Seniors/Beginners. On/Off Site. Peg 941-735-3362.
BROADWAY PROMENADE “CRESCENDO 1” 1150/sq.ft. condo, 5th floor, overlooking beautiful courtyard, 2BR/2BA, garage. Located in Coconut Park on Tamiami Trail across from Centennial Park Waterfront boat ramp $274,900.
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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
Buy or Sell with Brooke O’Malley as your Realtor, CLUB REALTY will Pay your title insurance. Call 941-726-2677
CAREGIVER FOR Seniors. Certified nursing assistant, 15 years experience, servicing medical and non-medical. Up to 24 hour care. 941-348-7778.
BOAT SLIP for rent/sale. High and dry indoor marina. Excellent location, instant access to Gulf and bay. Up to 25/ft. Call 941-544-5597.
1955 VINTAGE Baldwin Spinet Piano Excellent condition. Just tuned. Dark Mahogany cabinet. Piano tuner rated it a "9 out of 10". Beautiful. $1,500. (941) 807−8074.
LBK Condo: view of dock, beach access, $269,900.
CAREGIVER AVAILABLE: Available any shift including 24/hrs. References. Call Diane, 941-545-5992.
WE BUY cars. top $$ paid for your vehicles. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.
Longboat Key: Updated House. Dock, Pool, Beach access - $750,000
May 16 & 22 1pm – 6pm Sarasota location
YARD SALE: Lots of household items, furniture, antique china, appliances, water and snow skis. Saturday, May 19, 8a.m.-3p.m., 5315 Shadow Lawn Dr., 34242
River Wilderness Golf Country Club: 5BR/5BA/ 3/Car - $989,000
Nokomis: 2 bed, 2 bath handyman. $89,000.
BOOTS: TIMBERLAND, never worn, size 7, $30. Ronco Rotisserie never used, $30. Night stand, $25. 941-321-2694.
CHAIRS: AMERICAN Signature (2): neutral fabric, lock, swivel and recline. $100/both or $60/ea. 941-377-2590, 941-468-6572.
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MILLION DOLLAR VIEW Priced at Estate Appriasal: $690,000. Bay Plaza Luxury: Concierge Amenities, 1843 sq.ft, 2 br., 2 bath. Rainbow Realty: 941−355−3339
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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. The high ceilings, great-room floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, and expansive terraces combine to create spacious and airy living areas. Premium Euro style cabinetry, high-end appliances, solid surface counters and designer fixtures are all standard.
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Private Individual Garages Private Elevator Foyer Resort Style Swimming Pool and Spa Poolside Cabana and Grill Area
LAKEWOOD RANCH /THE LAKE CLUB 15405 Anchorage Place | 6 BR/7.3 BA | $6,395,000
LIDO KEY 1354 Westway Drive | 3 BR/3 BA | $2,395,000
OSPREY/ NOKOMIS/VENICE 800 N. River Road | 4 BR/4.1 BA | $1,680,000 14021 Bellagio Way #404 | 3 BR/3.1 BA | $719,000 14405 Masthead Drive | $649,000 | Under Contract Siesta Key | 8501 Midnight Pass Road | $5,795,000
14425 Masthead Drive | homesite | $599,000
Oaks Bayside | 285 Sugar Mill Drive | $1,871,000
14421 Masthead Drive | homesite | $589,000
OPEN HOUSE 5/20 | 1P.M. - 4P.M.
4369 Boca Pointe Drive | 4 BR/4.1 BA | $998,000 8241 Shadow Pine Way | 4 BR/3 BA | $659,000 7742 Club Lane | 3 BR/2.1 BA | $629,000 8008 Via Fiore | 4 BR/5.5 BA | $599,000 8032 Via Fiore | 3 BR/1 BA | $499,000 Monte Verde | homesite | $599,000
SIESTA KEY 7712 & 7660 Sanderling Road | 5 BR/5 BA | $15,500,000 Vue | 1155 Gulfstream Avenue #404 | $1,459,000
Burns Court Villas | 1545 Oak Street #10 | $919,000
7719 Flamingo Avenue | 4 BR/4.2 BA | $15,000,000 4011 Shell Road | 5 BR/4 BA | $5,990,000 8585 Midnight Pass Road | 4 BR/5.2 BA | $4,495,000 8521 Midnight Pass Road | 6 BR/5.1 BA | $4,495,000
OPEN HOUSE 5/20 | 1P.M. - 4P.M.
SARASOTA MAINLAND 418 Acacia Drive | homesite | $399,000 5312 Manorwood Drive 3B | 2 BR/2 BA | $320,000
THE OAKS 324 Osprey Point Drive | 5 BR/5 BA | $1,795,000 54 Osprey Point Drive | 4 BR/3 BA | $895,000 3621 N Point Road #303 | 3 BR/3 BA | $499,000 Sugar Mill Drive | homesite | $148,000 Prestancia | 4175 Escondito Circle | $799,000
JOEL SCHEMMEL, J.D. 941.587.4894 Joel.Schemmel@PremierSIR.com
Saphire Shores | 4940 Sun Circle | $749,000
SHARON CHIODI 941.809.0380 Sharon.Chiodi@PremierSIR.com
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