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W ith the u running rampant and a lull this week between major local government meetings, it seemed as though some of us on the news side started work on this issue with what Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker calls holiday hangover. We need not have worried about nding plenty to cover, though. As the days passed, more things seemed to happen! I do want to pause at this point to say we were most appreciative of all the kind words offered about our Jan. 11 issue. We obvi ously cannot pick the topics that will arise at meetings or on the features scene, but we do try very hard to give you a good mix of stories and that seemed to make a lot of readers happy last week. As it turns out, we found a considerable bit of diversity in topics for this issue, too. Some of our stories are follow-ups on matters previously aired, but even among those especially Coo pers latest report on the Warm Mineral Springs situation we feel we have plenty of new news to make them very interesting. This issue also serves up a good bit of diversity in the Sarasota Leisure section once again. Even Copy Editor Vicki Chatley took another turn on the writers side of the page, providing a great piece about the Ringling Town Hall lecture this week by Walter Isaacson. Addi tionally, Tyler Whitson and Arielle Scherr offer the insights they gained into sculptor Patrick Doughertys work in front of the Sarasota Museum of Art on Tamiami Trail, and Scott Proftt took the time to attend a lecture on world-renowned architect Paul Rudolph of Sarasota School of Architec ture fame. From downtown to Siesta Key, you will see a lot really did happen this week. Editor and Publisher WELCOME
COVER PHOTOS: Front Norman Schimmel; Sarasota Leisure Norman Schimmel WHAT WENT WRONG A MIXED BAG NEWS & COMMENTARY WHAT WENT WRONG? 12 The Sarasota Republican Club asks the experts to explain the results of the 2012 national elections and talk about how to turn things around Scott Proftt CONFUSION REIGNS 18 The North Port Commission once again debates the sale of Warm Mineral Springs, and it appears its stake in the property is up for sale Cooper Levey-Baker A GENUINE SURPRISE 21 A county commissioner elucidates her Planning Commission vote that kept one member from being reappointed to the board Rachel Brown Hackney INCHING FORWARD 26 A state senator once again les a state domestic partnership registry bill while Venice moves ahead on a local ordinance Rachel Brown Hackney AT RISK 28 Because of insufcient facilities, the Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofces vehicle inventory, worth more than $7 million, is said to be vulnerable to natural disasters Rachel Brown Hackney TAKING THE LONG VIEW 33 County Commission locks in reduced road impact fees for another two years Cooper LeveyBaker TIS THE SEASON TO BE OVERLAID 35 The Sarasota Planning Board will discuss the proposed North Trail Overlay District at its upcoming meeting Stan Zimmerman A MIXED BAG 39 A Dolphin Tower update and Nik Wallendas latest request for a high-wire walk downtown will be on the Jan. 22 City Commission agenda Stan Zimmerman LOSING HISTORY 42 City of Sarasota staff has a lot of explaining to do about the lost commemorative wall in Fredd Atkins Park in Newtown Stan Zimmerman NO BIDS FOR BOLLARDS 44 Unexpected results in the countys Invitation for Quotes process to provide illumination for Siesta Village crosswalks portend yet another delay Rachel Brown Hackney NEWS BRIEFS 47 TABLE OF CONTENTS Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article
STICKING TO IT PAUL RUDOLPH REVISITED OPINION EDITORIAL 58 Can DiPino rein in our out-of-control police force? SARASOTA LEISURE STICKING TO IT 62 Sarasota Museum of Art invites the public to view the construction of a Patrick Dougherty sculpture at its future location Tyler Whitson ASK OTUS 69 For this part of the series on how birds do it, let us take a look at the formative years Otus Rufous A COMMON THREAD 77 Walter Isaacson reflects on traits shared by three diverse men, all with renowned accomplishments Vicki Chatley PAUL RUDOLPH REVISITED 80 The grandfather of the Sarasota School of Architecture continues to draw a crowd, decades after his death Scott Proftt SIESTA SEEN 84 One county commissioner discusses erosion-control concerns as another raises questions about a restaurant sign in Siesta Village Rachel Brown Hackney ARTS BRIEFS 91 RELIGION BRIEFS 98 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 100 SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS 101 Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article For Advertising Info Sales@SarasotaNewsLeader.com (941) 227-1080
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WHAT WENT WRONG? The Sarasota Republican Club asks the experts to explain the results of the 2012 na tional elections and talk about how to turn things around Scott Proftt For its monthly meeting on Jan. 9, the Sarasota Republican Club served up a panel discussion to shine light on the results of the 2012 elections. The chefs were three veterans of conservative politics: Jamie Miller, Andres Malave and Johnny Jackson. Miller has worn a number of hats over the years. While political consultant is his current title, he has been an active eld operative for the Republican Party, including taking on a major role in the 2000 presidential election recount that saw George W. Bush move into the White House. Malave is the eld coordinator for Hispanic Outreach for Americans for Prosperity an organization considered by many to be among the most powerful conservative advocacy groups in the country. Jackson is a conservative talk show host on WWPR AM 1490. The host for the evening was Mike Moran, president of the Sarasota Republican Club. ( Full story here ) CONFUSION REIGNS The North Port Commission once again debates the sale of Warm Mineral Springs, and it appears its stake in the property is up for sale Cooper Levey-Baker The North Port City Commission this week reiterated its desire to rid itself of Warm Mineral Springs, in the process clarifying (maybe) what it meant when it rst voted to sell last month. The City Commission voted 3-2 on Dec. 18, 2012, to sell the springs, the 81-acre Fountain of Youth the city and county jointly purchased in 2010. Distrustful of the Invitation to Negotiate process the county had suggested to solicit ideas to re develop the property, the city sent a message: We want out. But that message was not exactly clear. ( Full story here ) TOP STORIES AT A GLANCE Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article For Advertising Info Sales@SarasotaNewsLeader.com (941) 227-1080
A GENUINE SURPRISE A county commissioner elucidates her Planning Commission vote that kept one member from being reappointed to the board Rachel Brown Hackney Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson told The Sarasota News Leader this week she chose to support Philip A. Kellogg of Sarasota as a new member of the Planning Commission because I like different voices on the board. I just think Kelloggs views on commercial construction to make it more compatible in the county, were very interesting, she said in a Jan. 15 interview. I thought it would be great to get him on the board. Patterson added that she had had no intention of hurting the feelings of Marianne Reilly of Venice, who was seeking a third term on the board. ( Full story here ) I NCHING FORWARD A state senator once again les a state domestic partnership registry bill while Venice moves ahead on a local ordinance Rachel Brown Hackney State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, a Democrat from Hollywood, has led a bill for the fth consecutive year in the Florida Legislature to create a statewide domestic partnership registry. It is expected to be heard rst in the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Commit tee when work begins on bills in February, according to legislative sources; Sobel chairs that committee. The Sarasota County Commission agreed by consensus last week to hold off on discussing a countywide domestic partnership registry until it saw how a legislative bill fared. State Rep. Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota, had told Commissioner Joe Barbetta such a bill was expected to be heard in the 2013 session, Barbetta said during his boards Jan. 8 regular meeting. However, former Sarasota City Commissioner Ken Shelin told The Sarasota News Leader on Jan. 16 that his legislative contacts dont think this [bill] has much of a chance, either. All of Sobels earlier bills died in committee. ( Full story here ) Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article
AT RISK Because of insufcient facilities, the Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofces vehicle inventory, worth more than $7 million, is said to be vulnerable to natural disasters Rachel Brown Hackney Because he has no covered area in which to keep them, the Sara sota County Sheriffs Ofce vehicles including its command post, bomb truck, fuel tanker and SWAT Bearcat could be wiped out in a major hurricane, Sheriff Tom Knight told the Sarasota County Com mission last week. We have virtually nowhere to store them, he added. That inventory has a value of approximately $7.3 million, Wendy Rose, the sheriffs community affairs manager, told The Sarasota News Leader By unanimous vote on Jan. 8, the County Commission agreed to hold a workshop as soon as possible with Knight and his command staff about his ofces long-term facilities needs. ( Full story here ) TAKING THE LONG VIEW County Commission locks in reduced road impact fees for another two years Cooper Levey-Baker The Sarasota County Commission voted Wednesday, Jan. 16, to lock in reduced impact fee rates for another two years, bypassing a staff recommendation to extend the reduction only till July. The commission this month originally wanted to review and approve a complete ly new impact fee rate schedule, eshed out with the most recent and localized data, per state law. Road impact fees are the charges billed to developers to offset increased stress placed on county resources by new construction. Impact fees ac counted for $3.5 million in revenue in 2012, according to County Engineer James K. Harriott Jr. ( Full story here ) Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article For The Best Reading Experience Get Sarasota News Leader On Your Tablet SarasotaNewsLeader.com/webapp
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For its monthly meeting on Jan. 9, the Saraso ta Republican Club served up a panel discus sion to shine light on the results of the 2012 elections. The chefs were three veterans of conserva tive politics: Jamie Miller, Andres Malave and Johnny Jackson. Miller has worn a number of hats over the years. While political consultant is his cur rent title, he has been an active eld operative for the Republican Party, including taking on a major role in the 2000 presidential election re count that saw George W. Bush move into the White House. He is a past regional political director for the Republican Party of Florida. Miller has helped run a number of political campaigns in the state of Florida; though based in Tallahassee for several years, he calls Sarasota home. He most recently was a senior advisor for former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrichs presidential campaign in 2012. Malave is the eld coordinator for Hispanic Outreach for Americans for Prosperity an organization considered by many to be among the most powerful conservative advo cacy groups in the country. It is funded by the A Sarasota Republican Club panel discussion last week addressed ways for the national party to bounce back after the 2012 elections. Photo by Cheryl Casey|Dreamstime.com THE SARASOTA REPUBLICAN CLUB ASKS THE EXPERTS TO EXPLAIN THE RESULTS OF THE 2012 NATIONAL ELECTIONS WHAT WENT WRONG? By Scott Proftt Staff Writer
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 13 Koch (pronounced like the soft drink) broth ers, among the wealthiest men in the nation. Jackson is a conservative talk show host on WWPR AM 1490. The host for the evening was Mike Moran, president of the Sarasota Republican Club. I asked these gentlemen to come and speak to us about what in the world happened with the election, Moran told the audience. I feel it is very import ant to understand why we lost and learn any mistakes we made. Thus began the discus sion. Moran : All successful companies are good at creating and maintaining their brand McDonalds, Starbucks, Geico, just to name a few. Is it possible that the Republican Party is in need of a professional public relations makeover? Jackson : If there were a magic wand that we could wave and suddenly everybody would be Republicans, that would be awesome. Theres no PR rm on the planet that could get our message out to those kindergartners and those second-graders, [who] are being brain washed by the liberal teachers right now, that Republicans actually care. They have painted us in a corner where the idea is that liberals care and Republicans do not. And Ill be hon est: Having dinner here at the [Sarasota] Yacht Club is not going to improve that image. We have lost the war on inclusion. I think the president is a socialist and a Communist. Does he say hes a Communist? No. He comes out and says, We care. The reality is Obama is not telling people who he is or what he really wants to do All Im saying is that we need to include ev eryone. Somehow the Democrats went from [a program after Abolition called] No Guns For Negros, to We ac cept everyone. They changed the percep tion. The Communists started in the s, g uring out how theyre going to take over America. We are see ing that right now. The fruits of those labors are happening right now. If you think that we are going to change the perception of Repub licans in two years, its not gonna happen. If you think were gonna do it in four years, its not gonna happen The real work is going to have to be done now, to change it [the perception of Republi cans] in 2050, in 2060. The next question by Moran, regarding the Hispanic vote, was directed to Malave. Malave : The Hispanic community is not a homogenous group. They are individuals. We need to strive for inclusion making sure its not a faction process. At the end of the day we are all each others neighbors. The nitty-gritty ugly side of the coin is that the Democratic Party is [perceived as] the party of Lets bring everybody in, and we are [seen as] the party of Lets keep everybody out. Theres no PR rm on the planet that could get our message out to those kindergarteners and those secondgraders that are being brainwashed by the liberal teachers right now. Johnny Jackson Talk Radio Host
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 14 Miller then responded to a question about a perception that Democrats are good at appeal ing to peoples emotions while Republicans continue to focus on logic: Where we failed is in our rural voters. There [are] 32 rural counties in Florida, and we havent grown our margin of victory in those rural counties since 2004 the white rural Reagan Democrats we are not gaining I think that this wasnt a social issue election. People were voting their pocketbook. Were seen as the party of torches and pitchforks. We need to start talking about how we can help chil dren and [increase] safety in schools. Miller continued with an analogy about Meathead versus Ar chie Bunker, describ ing the latter as the racist bigot who spout ed every conservative idea. Meathead is the liberal wacko that is painted as the cor rect way to think, and that is what Im talking about They are building up this wave of perception Thats what moves the election in the 2050 plan. NEWS AND IDEAS Moran posed the next question to Johnny Jackson: I saw a recent survey [asking] where most people get their news ... I fully expected to hear CNN or Fox News. In reality, a shock ing percentage of people get their news from the Jon Stewart [ Daily ] Show or Stephen Col bert. These are programs shown daily on [the] Comedy [Central] cable [channel]. As Repub licans, do you have any suggestions on how we can combat this powerful media tool used by the Democrats? Jackson responded, One thing I am sure of, being a talk radio host, is AM radio is not go ing to get it done. Rush Limbaugh can be great [but] expecting conservative [beliefs] to [ourish from] three guys talking on radio is not going to get it done. How do we change that? We have to reframe the message. And I dont know how its gonna happen. Malave pointed out, We cannot be seen as not sensitive. [We need to make] sure that there are no bar riers for anybody to not feel that they are in their rights as an American citizen. For example, he con tinued, regarding abor tion: [Democrats] have turned it not into an issue of abortion, but they have turned it into an issue of womens rights. We have to soften our stance on a lot of these issues whether its abortion or gay rights We dont have to change our platform on these issues, but we have to avoid saying the things we continue to say or bringing up Roe v. Wade or bringing up traditional marriage versus civil union Malave added, I think one of the things that the party is constantly criticized for is hypoc risy, especially when we come out and say, Were the party of personal freedom; were the party of personal responsibility; and then We dont have to change our platform on these issues, but we have to avoid saying the things we continue to say, or bringing up Roe v. Wade, or bringing up traditional marriage versus civil union Andres Malave Field Coordinator for Hispanic Outreach Americans for Prosperity
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 15 Pundits say the tea party had less inuence in the 2012 races across the country. Photo from iStock photos we want to stick our nose in your bedroom. We need to re-establish that we are the party of personal freedom and stay out of peo ples personal lives altogether. Until we do that we are going to have these troubles. Moran asked Miller to speak to the gay mar riage issue and how you think it statistically affected the 2012 election? Miller replied, Well I dont think that the gay marriage issue was a huge issue, but I think we need to go back to what Andres was talking about and be honest about what marriage is. We say we want government out of our life except on these critical issues. I think if were against gay marriage, were staking out a piece of ground were not going to be able to defend. We know that a lot of times marriage is an economic pact as [much] as a religious one. Theres no way we can defend the [par tys] position. I think its really hard to defend that ground, if were gonna just sit here and say, No. I think were being a lit tle bit hypocritical He continued, I dont know that we need to change the platform, but we certain ly need to change how we let people feel in cluded, and that in cludes the gay com munity; that includes the African-Ameri can community. The Hispanic people should feel included. Moran said, I recently spoke to a 26-year-old male. Hes a Florida State [University] grad. I asked him What can Republicans do to gain more of the youthful vote? He said, Republicans are just so uncool. How do we overcome such a supercial mindset? Jackson responded, Perception is reality. Whether or not were uncool, people think were uncool. Right is right and wrong is wrong, and Im gonna live by that. We have to whittle away at it It was uncool to be a Communist in 1930, and by 1950, it was cool to be Jack Kerouac and riding about on a mo torcycle. INCLUSIVENESS Jackson added, Republicans as a whole have to include people. We are going to have to include gay people. We are not one single cohesive group. We are going to have to ac cept people who think differently than us. Thats why I spent three weeks in my room with a pillow over my head, because [the Demo crats] got a coalition of the gays and the welfare recip ients and the Hispanics and the African-Americans. They have taken it to the lowest level. Moran then asked, How do we take this conversation and win elections? Malave replied, A lot of the young
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 16 c onservatives and Republicans went for [2012 presidential candidate] Ron Paul because of the Libertarian stances, and I think thats root ed in what it is to be a conservative and a Re publican. [Paul] said, Look, whats happening in your house and your life is your business, and I think that we should allow people to make their own decisions on their personal issues. Miller ended the discussion by answering a question about whether a new Republican party should be created: I would like to say that you mentioned how the Democrats have spun everything, and that is a point. Now I want to talk about illegal im migrant versus undocumented worker and abortion versus womens health. We say the truth. We say something honest, or they turn what we say into something so negative. He also blamed misperceptions on reporting by news media organizations such as The As sociated Press and Reuters. We cant speak the same language, Miller said, because when we speak the truth it gets spun around Andres added, We have to harvest good can didates at the local level. There is such a thing as the perfect candidate, and they found it. They found a candidate that was cool. They found a candidate that appealed to people on a lot of levels He was gray. He wasnt black. He wasnt white. He was gray, and for a national election he was the perfect can didate. % Care.No matter what. Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central FloridaSarasota 941-953-4060MyPlannedParenthood.org Join us for our 47th Annual Dinner Celebration! Become a sponsor or silent auction donor! 941.365.3913 x1124 orMyPlannedParenthood.org I am so incredibly pleased, with my beautiful smile and my comfortable and natural bite. Barbara LeeFor a complimentary consultation call 941.923.5406 | Christine Koval, D.M.D. | www.askdrkoval.com
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The North Port City Commission this week reiterated its desire to rid itself of Warm Min eral Springs, in the process clarifying (maybe) what it meant when it rst voted to sell last month. The City Commission voted 3-2 on Dec. 18, 2012, to sell the springs, the 81-acre Foun tain of Youth the city and county jointly pur chased in 2010. Distrustful of the Invitation to Negotiate process the county had suggested to solicit ideas to redevelop the property, the city sent a message: We want out. But that message was not exactly clear. City Commissioner Cheryl Cook rst made the motion in December to the sell the springs, kicking off nearly two hours of debate as well as questions about what exactly she intended. Did she want the city to simply sell its 50-per cent share of the jointly owned property? Or did she want the entire property sold back into private hands, a move that would require county ratication? I am talking about the entire Warm Miner al Springs property, said Cook, when asked those questions by a city attorney and May or Linda Yates. She added: I am referring to selling the entire property for their approval, with their referring to the Sarasota County Commission. Minutes from the meeting conrm that in terpretation, reading: Following a concern, clarication was provided that the motion was to suggest to sell Warm Mineral Springs in its entirety and due to the 50/50 ownership, Sara The Warm Mineral Springs sign welcomes the public to the North Port fountain of youth. Photo courtesy of ebyabe/Wikipedia THE NORTH PORT COMMISSION ONCE AGAIN DEBATES THE SALE OF WARM MINERAL SPRINGS, AND IT APPEARS ITS STAKE IN THE PROPERTY IS UP FOR SALE CONFUSION REIGNS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 19 sota County would have to be in agreement as well. But never mind that. This week, on Jan. 14, Cook unapologetically backtracked on her own motion, insisting that the city just voted to sell their stake in the property. It was the whole 81 acres, Yates argued back. What I heard today was different. Theres only one person that didnt under stand what the motion was, Cook said, citing North Port Area Chamber of Commerce press releases and newspaper clippings as proof. Cook did not respond to Sarasota News Lead er voice mails requesting comment. The words in that motion did not say what you just said, replied Yates, referring to the record of the Dec. 18 meeting. Yates said she personally did not want to cut off cooperation with the county and that she only voted to sell the springs with the understanding that county commissioners would have to agree to the plan. She called her vote a position statement. In a Jan. 3 email to the county commission, Yates tried to clarify her position: It has also been communicated that the City Commission had voted to sell their portion of Warm Mineral Springs. There was no motion to sell the Citys 50% ownership of the proper ty. During discussion individual comment was made that selling just the Citys portion would be acceptable, however before the vote, the motion maker was asked and veried that the motion was specic to mean the desire to sell the whole entire property. In a letter to the North Port commission sent earlier this month, the County Commission made it clear that it has no intention of selling its half of the springs. That stance is backed by both the Parks Advisory and Recreation Council and the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, which urged the city to retract its vote to sell. On Monday, Yates moved to have the commis sion reconsider its December vote, but that failed when the motion deadlocked at 2-2. Commissioner Tom Jones who, along with Vice Mayor Jim Blucher, has been strongly op posed to selling the springs from the start was hospitalized last week and missed Mon days meeting. His presence perhaps could have forced the commission to re-evaluate its December vote. For now, at least, the issue appears settled: North Port intends to sell its 50-percent share of the springs, and the city will offer it rst to the county. If the county is not interested, the citys portion will be sold to the highest bidder. % A 1960 sign for Warm Mineral Springs is embedded in the ground. Photo courtesy of ebyabe/Wikipedia
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Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Pat terson told The Sarasota News Leader this week she chose to support Philip A. Kellogg of Sarasota as a new member of the Planning Commission because I like different voices on the board. I just think Kelloggs views on commercial construction to make it more compatible in the county, were very interesting, she said in a Jan. 15 interview. I thought it would be great to get him on the board. Patterson added that she had had no intention of hurting the feelings of Marianne Reilly of Ven ice, who was seeking a third term on the board. I would hope, frankly, she would leave her name in as an applicant for a commission seat that will open in July, Patterson said of Reilly. However, Reilly told the News Leader on Jan. 15 that when she heard Patterson make the same comment after the County Commissions Jan. 8 votes on the Planning Commission ap plications, her rst thought was, Seriously?! That doesnt make any sense at all. Reilly added, Im going to go to the Planning Commission [meeting on Jan. 16], and then that will be it. Sometimes when you try to silence a voice, you give them a bigger microphone, Reilly said. Marianne Reilly responds to an application question about why she would like to be reappointed to the Planning Commission. Image courtesy Sarasota County. Skyline photo by Robert Hackney A COUNTY COMMISSIONER ELUCIDATES HER PLANNING COMMISSION VOTE ON JAN. 8 THAT KEPT ONE MEMBER FROM BEING REAPPOINTED TO THE BOARD A GENUINE SURPRISE By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 22 Pattersons vote came as a surprise to mem bers of the community as well as other com missioners last week. Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck, who is known community-wide as a slow-growth advocate, told the News Leader he could nd only one other instance in the past several decades when the County Commission failed to reap point a Planning Commission member who wanted to keep the seat. That was in July 1991, he wrote in an email, when Becky Ayech, a very strong growth control advocate, was not reappointed. However she had only served for six months, lling a vacancy on the Plan ning Commission. Lobeck penned a guest column for the Sara sota Herald-Tribune this week, calling Reilly an intelligent and diligent voice for neighbor hoods, the environment and the public inter est. He added, Although she was open-minded to development interests, occasionally voting with them on issues such as building heights, she voted her conscience when she thought the developers were wrong. Commissioner Joe Barbetta told the News Leader he also was surprised by Pattersons vote last week. Reilly has been a very good member of the Planning Commission, he added. The last thing you want is nine rubber stamps on there. You want some balance Out of a balanced board, you get a balanced discussion. Barbetta served on the Planning Commission for 14 years before he was elected to the County Commission. Reilly, he pointed out, was very thorough in her reviews of applications that came before the board. I guess I thought it was just kind of an automatic [decision] that she would be reappointed, he added. THE VOTES When the County Commission began discuss ing the appointments during its regular meet ing on Jan. 8, Chairwoman Carolyn Mason received four nominations for the two seats coming open. Barbetta nominated Michael Beaumier of Os prey, an executive with Gilbane Building Co. in Lakewood Ranch. Patterson nominated Kellogg, and Commis sioner Christine Robinson nominated Reilly as well as John R. Ask of Nokomis, a real estate broker and owner of his own rm. When Mason called for the votes, Barbetta was the only person not to raise his hand for Ask. Barbetta and Mason voted for Beaumier, while Commissioner Charles Hines and Pat terson voted for Kellogg. Barbetta and Rob inson voted for Reilly. Dan Lobeck/Contributed photo
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 23 With Ask having won appointment to one seat, Mason called for another vote on the second appointment. Barbetta voted for Beaumier; Hines, Patterson and Mason voted for Kellogg; and Robinson voted for Reilly. Afterward, Hines remarked on the fact that the County Commission had so many quali ed people apply for this This was tough. Mason concurred. I admire people who ap ply for the Planning Commission, she said. I respect the work highly of the Planning Com mission. After Barbetta com mented that Reilly had served on the commis sion for some time [two terms], Patterson said, She really did serve well, and I had a tough time deciding. Patterson continued, Economic times change, and the needs of the community what voices might be slightly better or slightly different maybe add something to the board that it doesnt have. Then Patterson suggested Reilly, [who is] so generous with her time, that rather than take offense, because we all do appreciate her ser vice very much she should resubmit her name because it certainly always would be very seriously considered. Robinson pointed out that she had served with Reilly on the Planning Commission, adding that while they were often on opposite sides of issues, [we] had a very healthy respect for one another. ... I hope shell continue to be active with us, because she gives me reason to pause and think about things from a little bit different perspective. Robinson added, To Marianne, were a better place because of you. THE NEW APPOINTEES On his application for the Planning Commis sion, Kellogg wrote that he has held a Certi ed General Contractors License in Florida for the past 26 years. He also noted, I feel that my business experience will allow me to have valuable input, in particular on the coun cils decision-making process with respect to cost rewards and feasibility. In response to an ap plication question about the countys most pressing plan ning and land-use is sues, Kellogg wrote, Smart re-development of our existing older commercial centers by offering appropriate and equitable economic incentives. Asked to describe his vision of the county in 10 years, he replied, Sustainable, attractive, and workable multi-modal community. Ask noted on his application that he had been in commercial real estate sales since 2001. Regarding the most pressing planning and land-use issues for the county, he wrote, In ll and redevelopment concurrency rules as they apply toward redevelopment; density and intensity; good stewardship of our natural re sources and environment. Sometimes when you try to silence a voice, you give them a bigger microphone. Marianne Reilly Outgoing Member Sarasota County Planning Commission
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 24 P ointing to that answer, Lobeck noted con currency is the rule that developers are not allowed to overcrowd our roads. In response to the question about his vision of the county in 10 years, Ask wrote, The ongo ing protection of what makes us want to live here today, and continually seeking improve ment when the opportunity avails itself. Fundamental is creating a diverse economic base that provides as wide [an] assortment of careers as possible. QUESTIONING THE ACTION Reilly told the News Leader that because Pat terson had supported her both previous times she was appointed to the Planning Commis sion, the vote last week came as a genuine surprise. She never indicated there was a problem, Reilly said, or that she wouldnt reappoint me. Patterson told the News Leader Reilly had asked her for support once again. Honestly, Patterson said during the interview, I had not made up my mind until [the day of the vote]. It was pretty clear Ask was going to get [appointed]. For Kellogg to win the other seat, she added, she realized she would have to support him. Reilly said the vote sent her the message that she no longer was wanted on the Plan ning Commission, where her focus had been neighborhood compatibility, environment, economic impact, adding, I was never afraid to talk about that at the meetings. When someone talks about the issues and gets booted off, she pointed out, thats pretty frightening to me. Reilly said Planning Commission members, [work] to make sure we look at every aspect of [an] application Ultimately, what you want to do is make every application better before it gets [to the County Commission]. Lobeck wrote in his guest column that with Reilly gone, The only Planning Commission ers left who are not totally on the developers side are Bob Burrus and Cheri Leuhr. Cheri Leuhrs term expires in August and neither she nor Dr. Burrus may have much enthusiasm for predictably being on the losing side of 7 to 2 votes. Reilly agreed that Burrus and Leuhr would continue to focus on the issues that had been important to her as well. As a Planning Commission member, Reilly ex plained, she had had to remain quiet on issues the board passed along to the County Com mission. I dont have to do that anymore, she said, so it is a little liberating. % The Sarasota County Commission sits in session on Jan. 8. Photo by Norman Schimmel
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State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, a Democrat from Hollywood, has led a bill for the fth consec utive year in the Florida Legislature to create a statewide domestic partnership registry. It is expected to be heard rst in the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee when work begins on bills in February, according to legislative sources; Sobel chairs that com mittee. The Sarasota County Commission agreed by consensus last week to hold off on discussing a countywide domestic partnership registry until it saw how a legislative bill fared. State Rep. Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota, had told Commis sioner Joe Barbetta such a bill was expected to be heard in the 2013 session, Barbetta said during his boards Jan. 8 regular meeting. However, former Sarasota City Commissioner Ken Shelin told The Sarasota News Leader on Jan. 16 that his legislative contacts dont think this [bill] has much of a chance, either. All of Sobels earlier bills died in committee. Her latest, SB 196: Families First, which was led on Jan. 9, would set forth fees and costs to be applied when petitioning for a dissolu tion of a domestic partnership or registering a domestic partnership, respectively, and it would require two individuals who wish to Maps show the representation in the Florida State Senate based on the results of the 2012 elections. Im age courtesy Wikipedia Commons. Inset: Florida State Sen. Eleanor Sobel/Photo courtesy Florida Senate A STATE SENATOR ONCE AGAIN FILES A STATE DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP REGISTRY BILL WHILE VENICE MOVES AHEAD ON A LOCAL ORDINANCE INCHING FORWARD By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 27 become partners in a domestic partnership to complete and le a Declaration of Domestic Partnership form with the clerk of the circuit court Along with Sobels committee, it was referred on Jan. 11 to the Judiciary, Appropriations and Rules committees, as well as the Appropria tions Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Sobel released a statement saying, As Bob Dylan sang so insightfully, The times they are achangin. As another year goes by, we have added more states to the list of places where all people can love each other equally and share each others assets. I am aiming for the small step of legal izing domestic part nerships for couples who live together to have the same rights for hospital visitation and access to insur ance and health bene ts as married Florid ians. This would apply to heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender couples. She added, This bill makes a lasting change in the lives of many Florida families. By keeping couples together through affording them the same equal rights, we are supporting Florida families. We need to support the new deni tion of Florida families. A majority of Amer icans support extending benets to couples in domestic partnerships. We cannot allow Florida to be the last state to treat all of its citizens fairly and equally. I am committed to sponsoring and ghting for this bill until it is heard, passed, and signed by the governor. Still, Shelin told the News Leader he doubts such a bill will be passed as long as Republi cans maintain control of the Legislature. Shelin added that he had not had the oppor tunity to talk with Sarasota County Commis sion Chairwoman Carolyn Mason since she brought up the matter of a countywide regis try last week. In the meantime, he was happy to report that the Venice City Council voted unanimously on Jan. 8 to move ahead with the establishment of a domestic partnership registry, making it the second municipality in Sarasota County to do so, after the City of Sarasota. A Venice ordinance will have to be draft ed, Shelin said, so he is not sure when it will be ready for formal adoption. Shelin also noted that in the City of Sarasota, almost 100 couples al ready have led for the domestic partnership registry since it opened Nov. 6. I think thats really going well, Shelin added. Moreover, on Jan. 17, Shelin was to talk indi vidually with four of the ve North Port city commissioners in advance of their Jan. 28 reg ular meeting, he said. He already had talked about a domestic partnership registry with North Port City Commissioner Tom Jones, who has taken the lead on the topic with his board. Regarding the legislators, Shelin said, Time will overtake them eventually. % A majority of Americans support extending benets to couples in domestic partnerships. We cannot allow Florida to be the last state to treat all of its citizens fairly and equally. Eleanor Sobel State Senator Florida
Because he has no covered area in which to keep them, the Sarasota County Sheriffs Of ce vehicles including its command post, bomb truck, fuel tanker and SWAT Bearcat could be wiped out in a major hurricane, Sheriff Tom Knight told the Sarasota County Commission last week. We have virtually nowhere to store them, he added. That inventory has a value of approximately $7.3 million, Wendy Rose, the sheriffs com munity affairs manager, told The Sarasota News Leader By unanimous vote on Jan. 8, the County Com mission agreed to hold a workshop as soon as possible with Knight and his command staff about his ofces long-term facilities needs. A report prepared by Architects Design Group Inc. shows the current Sarasota County Sheriffs Of ce facilities in the Justice Center on Ringling Boulevard in downtown Sarasota. Images courtesy Sheriffs Ofce BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT FACILITIES, THE SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICES VEHICLE INVENTORY, WORTH MORE THAN $7 MILLION, IS SAID TO BE VULNERABLE TO NATURAL DISASTERS AT RISK By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 29 In the meantime, the motion by Commission er Christine Robinson also called for Coun ty Administrator Randall Reid or one of his assistant county administrators to work with Knight to review the needs before that discus sion takes place. The motion further included a friendly amend ment from Commissioner Joe Barbetta that Knight and his staff work with county staff on the design of the new Emergency Oper ations Center and the improvements at Sies ta Key Public Beach. Additionally, Barbetta asked that Reid make certain the Sheriffs Ofce weighs in on the countys plans to purchase new emergency ra dio equipment to replace the aging 800 MHz system the county has been using for 16 years. Robinson emphasized the need for upper lev el discussions between the county adminis tration and the Sheriffs Ofce. During Knights presentation, Robinson asked Reid whether county staff had checked with the Sheriffs Ofce about property the com mission decided to sell at the 1301 Cattlemen Road site where the EOC is to be completed by late spring of 2014. She wanted to be cer tain, she said, that the Sheriffs Ofce has no need for the property before the commission puts it on the market. Although the commis sioners voted unani mously on Aug. 20 to allow staff to proceed with the demolition of two buildings on a 2.2-acre section of the Cattlemen Road prop erty, they concurred with Reids desire to undertake an update of the current county facilities plan and for him to meet with Knight regarding the Sheriffs Of ces need for any of the acreage adjacent to the EOC site. During the Jan. 8 meeting, Reid told Robin son he believed county staff had talked with The Sarasota County commissioners review agenda material on Jan. 8 in their chambers in down town Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel I dont think we need to wait three or four years and put ourselves in a position to regret it. Tom Knight Sheriff Sarasota County
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 30 Knight and his staff about the back part of the Cattlemen Road property. I dont believe the front section [where the two buildings were to be demolished] has been discussed, Reid added. That was the staffs concern about try ing to proceed with any sale of the proper ty. Robinson responded, Before putting it up for sale, we asked specically to check with ev ery department, including the Sheriffs Ofce, [about] whether we needed that property. I just want to make sure that that [discussion] actually happened. Reid said space is available for new Sheriffs Ofce facilities next to the EOC, but no plan had been considered for equipment storage. I think Commissioner Robinson raises a le gitimate question, Commissioner Nora Pat terson said. It does need to be discussed. Lets do take a look not a year-long look but a look at whether, in fact that piece of property [at the front of the Cattlemen Road site] really is expendable. Still, Patterson added, that section at the front of the parcel is certainly the most desirable, if youre going to sell ... THE PRESENTATION In advance of his appearance before the board on Jan. 8, Knight pointed out, his ofce had delivered to the commission an extensive fa cilities report prepared for his ofce. The goal, The facilities assessment prepared for the Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce in late 2012 includes a map showing all the ofces locations around the county. Image courtesy Sheriffs Ofce
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 31 he said, was to look at the long-term needs beyond his tenure as sheriff. And I know facilities are an expensive proposition for you to look at, he added. In his cover letter for the 265-page report, Knight points out that he and the commission in 2011 discussed the fact that the Sheriffs Ofce spends nearly $300,000 in rent for fa cilities countywide. My hope was to initiate a discussion on the potential for utilizing the Law Enforcement Impact Fee to begin the de velopment of a central public safety facility. A little more than $3 million is in that fund, Knight told the commissioners on Jan. 8. The letter adds that the rm Architects De sign Group Inc. of Winter Park, which is work ing with county staff on the design and de velopment of the new EOC, had undertaken the assessment of the Sheriffs Ofces space. Its initial ndings, the letter continues, show the ofce operating out of what equates to approximately 52% of the space it needs to provide adequate law enforcement services to our community (104,000 occupied square feet vs. 200,895 square feet required.) Knight told the commissioners his ofce is us ing 25 different facilities around the county, al though the headquarters remains on Ringling Boulevard near the courthouse for the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in downtown Sarasota. The Ringling building, Knight pointed out, is not designed for public safety. It has multi ple entrances and insufcient closed-circuit camera coverage, he added. Moreover, many members of the public and his staff are in and out of the building all day. Knight also pointed out that his ofce has in adequate space for storage of evidence and conscated property. Furthermore, he said, Statutorily, we have to keep all rearms and narcotics on the facilities, which also has overtaxed space needs. Additionally, Knight noted, the Ringling facil ity does not meet state standards for hurri cane hardening. Only a portion of the jail is rated [to withstand a] Category 2 [hurricane] or above. The main facility we sit in now does not, he said. We are at a critical point, Knight pointed out, adding that both the City of North Port and Sheriff Tom Knight is joined by his wife, Tracy, outside the County Commission Chambers on Jan. 8. Chief Judge Andrew Owens presided over the swearing in of Knight and the countys other constitutional ofcers before the commission meeting be gan. Photo by Norman Schimmel
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 32 the City of Sarasota have hardened hurricane facilities for their law enforcement ofcers. Air quality problems are yet another issue with which he and his staff have to contend, he said. Knight requested the workshop with the County Commission to delve into the issues. In response to a question from Barbetta, Knight said the commissioners need to decide whether the Sheriffs Ofce will continue to operate the 911 call center when the EOC is completed. Knight added that Assistant County Adminis trator Tom Harmer planned to talk with him and his staff about that and the EOC design. DOWNTOWN OPTIONS Barbetta agreed that the idea for a workshop was a good one the sooner the better. He also pointed out that the county owns the property across from the Sheriffs Ofce fa cility on Ringling Boulevard the site where the former Sarasota Police Department stood. And I thought the intent was eventually to build a public safety center there and possibly move you across the street, he added, with the possibility the sheriffs current facility could be demolished to make way for an ad dition to the jail. Knight said that was another topic that should be discussed in the workshop. The jail population has been falling, Knight added. While the facility is designed for 2,000 people, he said, only about 900 were in the jail the previous week. Rose told the News Leader this week that the jail population has continued to hover around the 900-person mark. We would hate, without discussing a good study, to build something that may not be needed that quickly, Knight told the commis sion. Although criminologists four years ago had predicted crime rates would continue to rise, he added, that has not been the case. Barbetta noted that when he was elected to the County Commission in 2006, one of the rst major points he heard discussed was the need for a new jail although that was prior to Knights election, he added. Reid mentioned he understood the site of the former city police department had been un der consideration for a new courthouse tower, Patterson responded, Maybe at this point we dont need [the] tower given growth in the county has ground to a virtual standstill. But I suppose in the long run we will, and maybe its possible to combine needs. Patterson added, No matter how great a job our sheriff and law enforcement do, sooner or later youre going to need a new jail site, but the dollar issue is there whenever it is I see well in excess of $100 million worth of needs in the next 10 to 20 years, if I add it all up. Phasing in new facilities would make sense, Knight said. His concern, he added, was to make certain the issues did not remain in prolonged discussion, and we end up getting whacked by a hurricane and we [lose] all of our equipment. I dont think we need to wait three or four years and put ourselves in a position to regret it. %
The Sarasota County Commission voted Wednesday, Jan. 16, to lock in reduced impact fee rates for another two years, bypassing a staff recommendation to extend the reduction only till July. The commission this month originally wanted to review and approve a completely new im pact fee rate schedule, eshed out with the most recent and localized data, per state law. Road impact fees are the charges billed to de velopers to offset increased stress placed on county resources by new construction. Impact fees accounted for $3.5 million in revenue in 2012, according to County Engineer James K. Harriott Jr. The board slashed the fees by 50 percent two years ago in an effort to give the construction industry, reeling since the real estate collapse, a stimulus, a word used by Commissioner Nora Patterson Wednesday. But a spreadsheet error by Transportation Director Clarke Davis late last month forced staff to request a sixmonth extension of the temporary reduction while employees veried the new numbers. Davis resigned shortly after the mistake was revealed. Harriott told the board Wednesday that the corrected rate schedule would be completed as early as next week and would then be pre sented to the construction industry for feed back. Staffers had asked for the six-month extension to give the county time to alert mu nicipalities about the new numbers, and to ad vertise the public hearing at which the new rates would, hopefully, be approved. A 2011 county report on impact fees shows a section of North Cattlemen Road under construction at Nathan Benderson Park off University Parkway. The road is scheduled to be completed early this year. Photo courtesy Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION THIS WEEK LOCKS IN REDUCED ROAD IMPACT FEES FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS TAKING THE LONG VIEW By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 34 Harriott ran through the theoretical con sequences of various extension scenarios, pointing out potential shortfalls to Capital Im provement Program projects in future years, but cautioned that those numbers are mere projections. While the staff recommended extending the temporary rate reduction only till July, Har riott told the commission that the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, the powerful industry trade group, has indicated a desire of an extension of two years in order to provide business certainty. Jonathan Paul, named the countys interim transportation director after Davis resigna tion, said the construction industry is likely looking at a at 2013, a marginally improved 2014 and nally a return to normal in 2015. Commissioner Joe Barbetta was the rst to commit to supporting the two-year extension, asking staff to gure out the correct rates in the meantime and present them to the board. Everybody in business today knows you need some degree of certainty to budget, he ar gued, adding later that impact fees make up a substantial portion of the sale price of a new home. Patterson said she would not support the twoyear extension. Lacking the data to know what long-term rates should look like, she said, she could not take a denitive step right now. Patterson pointed out that the broad problem with any short-term reduction in fees or tax es is that no one ever wants those rates to go back up. I dont support it, she said. I think we should be planning to get back to a fair rate. Commissioner Charles Hines said he felt one year was a sufcient extension, but he was wafing on the vote because he wanted to have real numbers before making a long-term commitment. He and Patterson eventually vot ed against Barbettas proposal, which passed with the support of Commissioners Christine Robinson and Carolyn Mason. Will the rate reduction prove to be the ongo ing stimulus the commissioners want? During public testimony, Venice resident Jan ice McDermott Collins argued that high im pact fees did little to diminish the demand for more housing and development during the countys boom years. The key to a construc tion industry rebound is increased demand, she said, not lower fees. This obvious relationship between supply and demand is the real impetus for building and development, she said. % Commissioner Joe Barbetta/Photo by Nor man Schimmel
Another section of the City of Sarasota could be put under administrative review if the North Trail Overlay District is approved. The Sarasota City Planning Board will cast its eyes on the plan Wednesday evening, Jan. 23. If it approves the concept, the City Commis sion should be looking the plan over in April. The North Trail Overlay District (NTOD) En Tod in bureaucratese runs ve miles along both sides of U.S. 41 from the north ern city limits at University Parkway south to Tenth Street. Most property on both sides is already zoned North Trail, but the overlay district contains incentives its creators be lieve will jump-start development in the area. Two distinct areas not covered are the cam puses of New College of Florida and the Ring ling College of Art and Design. They have their own master plans, said Ryan Chapde lain, the citys chief planner. One incentive is a 10-foot increase in the al lowable height of buildings. The other is ad ministrative review keeping site plan ap proval at the level of the professional planning staff, with no formal review by the Planning Board or the City Commission unless the staff decision is appealed. The NTOD took more than three years to develop. It is the fruit of many collaborative (and sometimes confrontational) meetings among four neighbor associations (Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, Tahiti Park, Bayou Oaks and Central Cocoanut), business own ers, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Com merce, property owners, architects, realtors, city planners and commissioners. Its a good middle ground [plan], said Chap delain. An artists rendering shows how businesses could look in a section of the North Trail Overlay Dis trict. Image courtesy City of Sarasota THE SARASOTA PLANNING BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSED NORTH TRAIL OVERLAY DISTRICT AT ITS UPCOMING MEETING By Stan Zimmerman City Editor TIS THE SEASON TO BE OVERLAID
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 36 ADMIN APPROVAL, AGAIN In considering another overlay district this one for the borders of Laurel Park three Sarasota city commissioners last week sug gested the process of administrative review might be applied across the entire city. Weve been grappling with expanding admin istrative review for the past 10 years, and I think weve found it, said City Commissioner Shannon Snyder on Jan. 7. Have a couple of community meetings and a site plan review [by staff], but no Planning Board review. The proposed overlay guidelines would ex pand the staff-only review of site plans from those just for downtown and along the Laurel Park borders to projects for the North Trail from 10th Street to University Parkway. By cutting the Planning Board and City Commis sion out of the approval process, supporters of administrative review say it de-politicizes the decision-making. Supporters believe a room full of angry neighbors can cause board members and city commissioners to stray from tight interpretations of the zoning reg ulations. The NTOD document itself notes, Develop ment standards may not provide sufcient protection to adjacent residential [areas]. Should a standard be established to require certain edge buildings to go through a public hearing rather than administrative review? In response, staff noted, Administrative Site Plan Review is one of the major incentives available to commercial property owners within the NTOD. The trade-off for this in centive is that certain development standards, such as building setbacks, daylight plane stan dards and urban frontage requirements, have to be met to provide greater neighborhood protection and compatibility. Instead of a public hearing or two, the North Trail Overlay District would require a single community meeting before a developer ap plied for staff approval. If staff approved a plan after that meeting, the neighborhoods only option would be an appeal to the Plan ning Board if it disagreed with the action. To appeal, the neighborhood would have to pay nearly $1,800 in fees to cover staff time and advertising. This is similar to although not exactly the same as the procedure followed by the Alta The City of Sarasotas draft plan for the North Trail Overlay District shows the area that would be encompassed. Image courtesy City of Sarasota
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 37 Vista Neighborhood Association in the after math of the Planning Boards approval of a new Walmart supercenter for the old Ringling shopping plaza. The Sarasota City Commis sion will hear that appeal next month. The Alta Vista neighborhood used two grounds for its appeal. It said the staff misread the zon ing code, and the development is not compat ible with the neighborhood. Tim Litchett, the head of the citys Neighborhood and Develop ment Services Ofce, told The Sarasota News Leader he stands behind staffs interpretation of the zoning code. As for compatibility, it is more of a judgment call, he said. The Walmart plan received not only a favor able administrative review by staff, it was also approved by the Planning Board by a 3-2 vote. Dick Clapp has been working on the overlay district since its inception. There is still con cern by some, a handful in the neighborhoods, about administrative review, said the former mayor. Some are leery. But others say if thats what it takes to get economic development on the North Trail, then lets do it. I dont see a downside for administrative review on North Trail. OVERLAY ALREADY IN PLACE Chapdelain noted there is already a North Trail Overlay District; the one under review would replace it. The current district guide lines call for the Planning Board to undertake a site plan review instead of providing for ad ministrative review. The old one allows buildings up to 45 feet, while the new overlay district would provide for an additional 10 feet above that limit. The old plan has never been used. Chapdelain said, Some felt it was not comprehensive enough. He does not expect the new overlay district to produce a land rush to North U.S. 41. I dont think anybody considers this a silver bullet, The draft North Trail Overlay District plan includes suggestions for architecture at the inter sections of the North Tamiami Trail and other public streets. Designs courtesy City of Sara sota
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 38 he said. Its just another tool in the planning tool box. The new overlay district also allows for park ing requirement relief, in certain circumstanc es. If a warehouse were converted to a restau rant, for example, the plan would require the same number of parking spaces as the ware house had and not the much larger number normally needed by an eatery. Much of the En Tod is within an Economic Enterprise Zone, which gives tax credits to businesses for hiring local people and sales tax credits for the equipment needed by the business. We are trying to create as many in centives as possible, said Chapdelain. However, a developer either would have to embrace all the attributes of the overlay dis trict or choose to use the underlying North Trail zoning. A developer could not follow some guidelines from one and some from the other, he added. Theres no picking and choosing which to use, said Chapdelain. Youre either all-in or not participating. A developers decision to opt in would be me morialized through a proviso led with the Sarasota County Clerk of Courts Ofce for posterity. The ultimate aim is to create a pedestri an-friendly area with shopping, dining and other amenities. Parking would be to the side and rear of buildings. To be a success, transportation improvements will be required, Chapdelain said. The key is slowing down trafc so among other things drivers will be able to pay more attention to the businesses along the side of 41. % Manuel R. Chepote, LUTCF Chepote Insurance Inc. Al ls tate Agent 1300 Main Street Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-0100 Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties Auto Home Life Renters Motorcycles Flood Business Annuities Financial Services agents.allstate.com/manuel-r-chepote-sarasota-.html Click to watch the latest TV ad Click for driving directions
The Sarasota city commissioners will face a routine agenda on Tuesday, Jan. 22. No wild public hearings or incendiary reports are ex pected. However, in the evening they will lis ten, with expected interest, to a report on Dol phin Tower. Nearly two years ago, the bayfront condo minium complex was evacuated when serious structural problems were discovered. The res idents scattered, nding housing where they could, while the condo association battled with its insurance company. Hard questions could be raised Tuesday about the fate of the building. Its location is among the most prime in the city, facing across U.S. 41 to Sarasota Bay on the west. It also has an entrance directly on Palm Avenue in down town Sarasota. Speculators have been buying up units in the building with the expectation of reaping re wards later. But the cost to repair the building to be shared equally by unit owners, minus any insurance settlement might prove a rung too high. Aerialist Nik Wallenda is proposing another bayfront sky walk the last week of January. In 2010, he walked a wire from One Watergate to the Ritz-Carlton. Photo by Norman Schimmel A DOLPHIN TOWER UPDATE AND NIK WALLENDAS LATEST REQUEST FOR A HIGH-WIRE WALK DOWNTOWN WILL BE ON THE JAN. 22 CITY COMMISSION AGENDA A MIXED BAG By Stan Zimmerman City Editor
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 40 WALLENDA ASKS FOR WIRE OK Homeboy and international star Nik Wallenda is the last item on Mondays agenda, but he will certainly be a headliner in the coverage. He is asking city permission to stretch a wire across U.S. 41 near the bayfront. And what, you ask, will he do with that high wire? On Jan. 29, he wants to walk on that wire from the condominium east of One Sarasota Tow er to the ground in the parking lot of Mari na Jack. In 2010, he walked a wire between the One Watergate condominium complex on Gulfstream Drive and the Ritz-Carlton. A letter from Jennifer Mitchell, marketing di rector of Circus Sarasota, says, We are asking the commission to consider underwriting the city costs (budget to be determined after citys estimate) of this collaborative event that will position Sarasota at the forefront of local and international recognition. PANHANDLERS REJOICE Thanks to a urry of court decisions over sev eral years, the city is about to repeal its or dinance regulating panhandling at vehicles. Previously, it was unlawful for any person to solicit or attempt to solicit funds or contribu tions from persons traveling in or on vehicles, whether such vehicles be actually moving or temporarily stopped. At the Tuesday meeting, the commissioners will conduct the second public hearing on the repeal, and they are expected to pass it. The repeal would allow distribution of liter ature or other materials to persons traveling in or on vehicles In other words, it soon could be legal for people to beg at stop signs and pass out pamphlets including political or religious material at cars stopped for a trafc light. GATEWAY UPDATE Part of the citys waynding project includes the erection of a number of monument or large signs along major thoroughfares entering Sarasotas city limits. Most will wel come residents and visitors from the roadside, but one is planned for a median. That different one is proposed for the Univer sity Parkway median just east of the streets intersection with DeSoto Road near the air port. Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, the City Commission will meet on Tues day, Jan. 22. Photo by Norman Schimmel
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 41 A roadside sign also will be at the exit from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport as it joins University Parkway. In the same vi cinity, another monument sign will face south bound drivers along U.S. 41 as they near the New College Library and walkover. People entering the city from Longboat Key will be greeted by a monument sign in Lido Shores, where John Ringling Parkway turns south and heads for St. Armands. And people driving west on Fruitville Road into the city will see a sign at Whispering Oaks Court just inside the city line. The commissioners are expected to instruct staff on when to get started with the fabrica tion and placement of the signs. RETURNS POSITIVE BUT LEAN As most investors realize, 2012 was not a ban ner year for savers. Returns on federal securi ties touched an all-time low, and other invest ments such as certicates of deposit followed. The City of Sarasota uses these secure invest ments to park tax receipts until they are need ed, as well as to invest for the longer term. Every year the Finance Department reports to the City Commission on how well the citys investments are doing. For longer-term investments in 2012, the city received a 1.19 percent rate of return, or about double a benchmark of Merrill Lynch Treasury Bonds. The city has $148.2 million in these holdings. The shorter-term investments in certicates of deposit and money market accounts re turned far less, with CDs earning 0.2 percent and money markets at 0.1 percent or less. The city uses PFM Asset Management of Orlando to manage most of the invest ments. L EASHES IN PAYNE PARK? The city commissioners Tuesday also will con sider pursuing a loose dog policy for Payne Park. At present, dogs can run free as long as they are under voice control of their masters. But the commissioners will hear a proposal late in the meeting to require leashes on ca nines in the downtown-area park. If they have any interest in that, staff will draw up the appropriate paperwork and schedule a public hearing. A dog park has also been proposed, and if that is the direction commissioners want to take, it will require an update to the parks master plan and signicant public input from stake holders. Leashes are now required at Gillespie and Ar lington parks, plus Bayfront and Island parks downtown. IT IS ALMOST KEN THOMPSON DAY Almost 63 years after Ken Thompson took the job as Sarasota city manager, the City Com mission Tuesday is expected to designate a day in his honor. Thompson served as city manager for 38 years, longer than any other municipal manager in American history. The proclamation calls him a visionary and the architect of modern Sarasota: Whereas Ken Thompson had a long and fruit ful career, doing more than any other person to make Sarasota live up to the towns original motto, May Sarasota Prosper, now therefore the City Commission takes great pride in designating February 1, 2013 as Ken Thomp son Day. %
There was a community-wide effort in 2005 to celebrate the African-American history of Sarasota. Neighborhoods on the north and south sides of the city raised $25,000 as the matching share for a $75,000 grant from the William and Marie Selby Foundation. The Newtown Redevelopment Office, the (now-defunct) Front Porch, local banks and neighborhoods made donations. Northern Trust, for example, supported creation of a memorial to the areas rst teacher. The Coali tion of City Neighborhood Associations urged members to participate by buying memorial bricks in the walkway. The money was used, among other things, to build a history wall in Fredd Atkins Park on the southwest corner of Dr. Martin Lu ther King Jr. Way and Washington Boulevard. Plaques were cast in bronze to commemorate notable locals who helped shape local Afri can-American history. So imagine the chagrin of local leaders (and eventually bankers and foundations) when they discovered the plaques were gone at Christmastime. Not only were the plaques missing, but tile work on the history wall was gone, too. Did scrap metal thieves strip the history from the wall? Did it end up in the American melting pot? The new history wall in Fredd Atkins Park in Newtown awaits the reinstallation of plaques. Photos by Robert Hackney CITY OF SARASOTA STAFF HAS A LOT OF EXPLAINING TO DO ABOUT THE LOST COMMEMORATIVE WALL IN FREDD ATKINS PARK IN NEWTOWN LOSING HISTORY By Stan Zimmerman City Editor
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 43 We put that wall up. Thats our history, said Amaryllis Park resident Barbara Langston. One of the plaques, for example, recognized educational pioneer Emma E. Booker, one of the rst teachers of African-American chil dren in Sarasota (and the namesake of Booker Elementary, Middle School and High School). The mystery was soon cleared up. The city did it removed the brass and tiles, too. Was the city planning to demolish the wall as well? Rumors were rife. Chalk it all up to bad public relations. I apologize for the miscommunication, said Todd Kucharski, general manager of land scape, parks and the environment for the City of Sarasota. He repeated his apology Tuesday night, Jan. 15, during the monthly meeting of the Amaryllis Park Neighborhood Association. He said the reason for the removal of the tile was bad adhesion. The beige-colored tiles kept falling off. The citys Public Works De partment decided it would be better to replace the tiles with stucco. Unfortunately, it takes new stucco 30 days to dry before it can be painted successfully. It was at this stage between Christmas and mid-January when residents noticed their his tory wall had vanished. Now Kucharski is preparing to reinstall the commemorative plaques. Were ready to go. Thats what Im telling the community, he said. City staff will attempt to match the new paint to the old beige shade; then, the plaques will be reinstalled. And a moment of panic will have passed. % Another section of the wall stands ready for painting mid-week.
Because Sarasota County received no quotes by the specied date, a county commission er this week asked how to proceed with the boards planned Jan. 29 discussion about in stalling illumination for Siesta Village cross walks. The County Commission had been expected to award a contract for the work on that date, with the hope the lighting would be in place before season ramped up in mid-February. Peter van Roekens, vice president of the Si esta Key Association and a representative of the Terrace East condominiums at Siesta Key Village Association meetings, alerted Commis sioner Nora Patterson about the quote situa tion in a Jan. 15 email. Van Roekens was the person who first broached the idea of lighting the crosswalks during an SKVA meeting on Jan. 3, 2012. He called the current situation in the Village a dangerous one, as drivers especially older ones often have trouble spotting people in the crosswalks. Patterson, who lives on Siesta Key, agreed to assist Siesta organizations in resolving the problem at the County Commission level. The Daiquiri Deck and other businesses in Siesta Village are bright with holiday lights in early January. Photo by Rachel Hackney UNEXPECTED RESULTS IN THE COUNTYS INVITATION FOR QUOTES PROCESS TO PROVIDE ILLUMINATION FOR SIESTA VILLAGE CROSSWALKS PORTEND YET ANOTHER DELAY NO BIDS FOR BOLLARDS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 45 Knowing that Jan. 9 was the closing date for the Invitation for Quotes on providing and installing bollards with LED illumination at seven Village crosswalks, van Roekens wrote Patterson in the email that he had contacted Ryan Montague in the countys Trafc/Mobil ity Ofce for an update. Montague had informed him of the problems staff had encountered with the bid process, van Roekens added in the email. In a phone interview Jan. 17 with The Saraso ta News Leader Tom Maroney, general man ager for business operations in the countys Public Works Department, said, Nobody sub mitted a quote by the Jan. 9 deadline. One did come in late, however, he added. So were trying to nd another way to put [the request] back out there. Maroney said he could not offer any more de tails. Were in the middle of doing a report to the [County Commission] right now, he add ed. This is innitely frustrating for Ryan and the project team, van Roekens wrote in his email to Patterson. We wanted this work to be completed by the start of the real season and I hope this is still possible. Ryan said not to worry that it had to go back to the [County Commission] for re-approval, he added, as Montague had indicated that would not con sume much time. The crosswalk between the Daiquiri Deck and Gilligans Island Bar and Grill in Siesta Village is re portedly one of the hardest in which to spot pedestrians at night. Photo by Norman Schimmel
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 46 Montague told the News Leader in an email on Jan. 16 that he had no more details to provide at this point, either. Van Roekens, Montague and Maroney were joined by Russell Matthes, the SKVA presi dent, and Mark Smith, chairman of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, for demonstra tions arranged by the county last summer to determine what type of lighting would work best in the crosswalks. On Sept. 26, 2012, the County Commission unanimously voted to authorize the prepara tion of a Request for Quotes for the illumina tion specications they all had agreed seemed to work best. James K. Harriott Jr., the coun tys chief engineer, estimated the cost of 14 bollards and their installation at $31,000. The bid solicitation material specified no quote of more than $50,000 would be accept ed. After receiving van Roekens email, Patterson emailed County Administrator Randall Reid to ask what measures could be taken to speed up the process. Reid responded that as of noon on Jan. 16, he had no additional information. Stephen De Marsh may comment, he added, referring to the county attorney. % The Sarasota County Procurement Department provided interested companies design speci cations for Siesta Village crosswalk bollards. Image courtesy Sarasota County
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded $40,000 from its Kathleen K. Catlin Fund to the South County Food Pantry, which serves Venice, Nokomis, Osprey and Laurel. The organization, which operates out of Em manuel Lutheran Church of Venice, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, serving thousands of area residents in need, a press release says. Kathleen Catlin was an extraordinary donor from Venice who cared deeply about south county, says Community Foundation of Sara sota County President and CEO Roxie Jerde in the release. This grant continues her lega cy of caring about those who are most in need by supporting a nonprot that selessly serves and strengthens our community. The South County Food Pantry, which is wholly staffed by volunteers and maximizes every donated dollar, provides a vital service and is a lifeline for the individuals and families who rely on the organization for food. The Kathleen K. Catlin fund is administered by an advisory committee of Community Foun dation of Sarasota County. The South County Food Pantry has been in operation since 1986. There are more than 75 volunteers who help receive, sort and dis tribute food to clients, the release notes. Last year, the organization served more than 5,500 families, nearly 11,000 adults and more than 3,600 children, the release points out. Some food is purchased at a greatly dis counted rate but much is donated by area churches, schools, mobile home parks, ser vice clubs, businesses and caring individuals, the release adds. For more information about Community Foundation of Sarasota County, call 955-3000 or go to www.CFSarasota.org (From left) South County Food Pantry board members Rosie Schroeder, Joan Blanchard, Mike Gip pert and Mary Ellen Ryan accept a check from Community Foundation of Sarasota County President and CEO Roxie Jerde (second from left). Photo courtesy Community Foundation of Sarasota County FOUNDATION AWARDS $40,000 TO SOUTH COUNTY FOOD PANTRY NEWS BRIEFS
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 48 eight other libraries located throughout the county, the release notes. From Jan. 19 to Feb.18, Gulf Gate Library customers will have the opportunity to pick up reserves and drop off items at one of the other library locations, it adds. Throughout the period, customers also may access the entire library system catalog, view the events calendar and reserve items anytime on the library system website, www.sclibs.net For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000, or visit www.scgov.net. The Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sara sota, will close its doors at 5 p.m. on Satur day, Jan. 19, in anticipation of reopening in the Westeld Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail, next to JCPenney, the county has announced. The mall location is expected to open on Tues day, Feb. 19; it will serve as the librarys tem porary home while a new Gulf Gate Library is built at the Curtiss Avenue site, a county news release says. The new Gulf Gate Library is anticipated to open in 2014. The mall location offers the amenities we were seeking, including plenty of free park ing, close proximity to the existing Gulf Gate Library and the same [Sarasota County Area Transit] route, said Sarasota County Library System Director Sarabeth Kalajian in the re lease. Its a great opportunity for us to intro duce the diverse resources of a public library to people who may not be familiar with them. During the transition, Sarasota County library customers are encouraged to use any of the GULF GATE LIBRARY DOORS CLOSING JAN. 19 The original Gulf Gate Library will be closing Jan. 19 in preparation for its demolition and re placement by a larger facility. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Map image courtesy Google
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 49 Recent beach water samples collected by the Sarasota County Health Department and ana lyzed by Mote Marine Laboratory for the algae red tide ( Karenia brevis ) show a marked in crease over test results from last week, Sara sota County reported on Jan. 16. Higher levels of Karenia brevis were found at several Sarasota County beaches, includ ing Siesta Beach, Nokomis Beach and Venice Beach, a county news release says. The largest increases were reported from Turtle Beach at Midnight Pass Road south to Blind Pass Beach at 6725 Manasota Key Road, the release notes. This includes the Paw Park at South Brohard Beach, 1600 Harbor Drive South in Venice. These increased concentrations are consis tent with the northward movement of a con centrated red tide patch from Charlotte Har bor to Sarasota County during the last few days, the release adds. Sarasota County lifeguards are reporting slight to moderate respiratory irritation caused by red tides airborne toxins blowing ashore at various beaches, as well as some dead sh washing ashore in a number of locations, the release notes. Beach-goers may experience coughing, sneezing, scratchy throat or teary eyes, it points out. These effects should go away when people leave the beach, the release adds. It is also important to note that since winds are variable, conditions can change fre quently throughout the day. For those who are susceptible, the symptoms associated with red tide tend to become more noticeable when the winds are blowing onshore, the release says. INCREASED RED TIDE LEVELS DETECTED ON COUNTY BEACHES While red drift algae proved a nuisance to beach-goers last summer on Lido Key, it posed none of the health-related problems associated with red tide. Photo by Norman Schimmel
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 50 County health ofcials also are advising pet owners to take precautions when bringing animals to the beach. Dogs that lick their fur or paws after swimming in red tide areas and those that eat dead sh on the beach may experience gastrointestinal illness or other symptoms from ingesting toxins, the release points out. Pets should not be allowed to con sume or play with dead sh and they should be rinsed with clear water after a beach swim, the release says. County ofcials were hopeful that a cold front predicted for Thursday, Jan. 17, would result in a change in wind patterns that would re duce the effects of red tide over the weekend, the release notes. Beach-goers are encouraged to check the Mote beach report before they go to the beach, as conditions can change daily, Tom Higgin botham, Sarasota County Health Department environmental health administrator, says in the release. The Mote Marine Laboratorys Beach Condi tions Report is updated twice a day; it can be accessed online at www.mote.org/beaches Residents and visitors also may register to receive email reports about specic beaches. For telephone updates, call 941-BEACHES (232-2437) and press for Sarasota County beaches. For the latest red tide status reports and general information about red tide, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com missions website at MyFWC.com/Research The FWC-Mote Cooperative Facebook page is www.facebook.com/FLHABs The Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce has enhanced its efforts to protect citizens from unlicensed con tractors, the ofce announced this week. Two detectives are working closely with Sarasota County Code Enforcement and the Florida Department of Business and Profes sional Regulation (DBPR), a Sheriffs Ofce news release says. The detectives investigate claims against people who engage in contract ing work without proper licenses, permits or certication. A rst offense usually results in a civil citation by Code Enforcement, but subsequent violations lead to misdemeanor or felony criminal charges the release points out. In the rst six months of this program, some 20 individuals were criminally charged and anoth er 23 people received citations, the release says. Legitimate Sarasota County businesses are being undercut by unlicensed contractors, but that is not the only reason people need to make sure they hire licensed professionals, said Sheriff Tom Knight in the release. Using a licensed contractor protects consumers nancially, shields them from potential litiga tion and ensures their safety because shoddy work can only be detected during the inspec tion process, he adds. To check a Sarasota County license, call Code Enforcement at 861-6126. To report someone you suspect is acting as an unlicensed con tractor or performing work without a permit, call Sarasota County at 861-5000. For more information visit the web page for Planning & Development Services EFFORTS ENHANCED TO GUARD AGAINST UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 51 Both plants are available for the public to view in Selby Gardens Orchid Alcove, inside the Tropical Conservatory, the release adds. Selby Gardens is located at 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The American Orchid Society awarded Marie Selby Botanical Gardens a Judges Commen dation Award and a trophy for Best Miniature of Show for individual plant displays at the Sarasota Orchid Societys 56th Annual Orchid Show, A Symphony of Orchids the Gardens has announced. The American Orchid Society (AOS) is known and respected worldwide for its horticultural judging system, a Selby Gardens news release says. Each month, 35 judging centers around the United States and Canada evaluate plant submissions from the public. In early January, judges assembled at A Symphony of Orchids where Selby Gardens displayed specimens of Dendrochilum wenzelii and Angraecum dis tichum the release says The Dendrochilum wenzelii was selected to receive an AOS Judges Commendation Award for being extremely well grown and artisti cally mounted, displaying more than 1,080 owers on 96 inorescences (ower spikes), the release adds. According to the AOS web site, Judges Commendation awards are given for distinctive characteristics that the judg es unanimously feel should be recognized but cannot be scored in the customary ways, the release notes. In addition to that honor, the Dendrochilum wenzelii earned the trophy for Best Species of Show. Selbys Angraecum distichum also caught the judges eye, the release says. This stunning specimen earned the trophy for Best Minia ture of Show, the release points out. Selby Gardens Dendrochilum wenzelii and Angraecum distichum have earned American Orchid Society awards. Con tributed photo AMERICAN ORCHID SOCIETY HONORS SELBY GARDENS SPECIMENS
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 52 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will begin its second Express bus service and im plement a number of other schedule and route changes on Saturday, Jan. 19. The new Route 90X (North Port-Ven ice-Sarasota Express) will offer weekday ser vice with two stops on the island of Venice, the county has announced. The 90X will op erate two inbound trips in the morning, de parting North Port City Hall at 5:40 and 9:31 a.m., and two outbound trips in the evening, departing downtown Sarasota at 6:20 and 7:37 p.m., a news release says. There also will be a single outbound trip in the morning, departing downtown Sarasota at 7:37 a.m., the release adds. The approximately 85-minute, one-way trip with limited stops will be on the comfortable and larger 40-foot Express buses with seats for 40 passengers, compared to SCATs reg ular eet of 35-foot buses with 32 seats, the release points out. SCATs rst Express bus service, Route 100X (North Port-Sarasota Express), debuted in April 2011. It has been popular with commut ers who need to travel across the county and want an affordable transportation option, es pecially with high gasoline prices, the release adds. The cost of the Express service is $2.50 one-way or $5 per round trip. A 30-day pass is $85, and a discounted half-fare pass of $42.50 is available for persons 65 years or older and eligi ble persons with disabilities, the release notes. The average daily ridership on the 100X is more than 100 passenger trips, the release says. It takes about 70 minutes for a one-way trip on 100X. Other signicant route and schedule changes to take effect on Jan. 19 include the following: Route 1 (Fruitville): Schedule adjustments will be made to accommodate service into the new SCAT Intermodal Transit Station on Cattlemen Road at Bahia Vista Street. Route 1A (Fruitville via McIntosh): Major schedule adjustments will provide hourly service throughout the day. Route 1A will no longer travel east of the SCAT Intermod al Transit Station on Cattlemen Road at Ba hia Vista Street. Route 40 (Webber Limited): Schedule ad justments will add Monday through Satur day trips at 7 and 7:30 a.m. from SCAT Ad ministration, 5303 Pinkney Ave., Sarasota, to the SCAT Downtown Transfer Station, 1565 First St., Sarasota, and add trips at 8:10 and 8:40 a.m. from the SCAT Down town Transfer Station to SCAT Administra tion. The 5:10 p.m. departure from down town will be discontinued, but a 6:10 p.m. departure will be added Monday through Saturday. Route 71 (Downtown Booker High School via Orange Avenue): New peak hour service Monday through Saturday will add two trips in the morning between 7 and 9 a.m. and three trips in the afternoon be tween 4 and 6 p.m. For more information or a complete list of all the route and schedule changes, visit www. scgov.net or contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000. SCAT ANNOUNCES NEW EXPRESS ROUTE AND SCHEDULE CHANGES
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 53 Goodwill Industries Manasota Inc. and Tide well Hospice will present free, informational healthcare seminars at six Goodwill Commu nity Rooms throughout Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties in February and March, the organizations have announced. Titled, Taking Control of Your Health and Health Care Decisions these seminars are designed to be both empowering and engag ing, a news release says. Participants will learn the ground rules of home healthcare and what it takes to communicate effectively with healthcare providers, it adds. This is a cutting-edge, highly relevant pro gram that lls a real need, says Bob Rosin sky, president of Goodwill Manasota, in the release. Lets face it: Our healthcare system is complicated. People need help navigating it. That applies to seniors and to everyone else. Options and resources exist that the av erage person might overlook. We hope these seminars will shed some light on what health care options and resources are available both locally and nationally. In How to Talk to Your Doctor & Make In formed HealthCare Decisions representa tives from Tidewell Hospice will share advice on what questions to ask of doctors, discuss better methods for scheduling appointments and offer tips for becoming more involved with health and healthcare decisions, the re lease notes. The second portion of the two-hour seminar will offer up-to-date information on hospice and home-based comfort care, the release says. Attendees will learn how Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance plans, HMOs and other managed care organizations can sup plement hospice care. A question and answer session will follow. The seminar schedule follows: Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to noon: Arcadia Goodwill, 1701 E. Oak St., Arcadia. Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to noon: North Port Good will, 14879 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port. Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to noon: Venice (Rialto) Goodwill, 676 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. March 2, 10 a.m. to noon: DeSoto Junction Goodwill, 3611 First St., Bradenton. March 23, 10 a.m. to noon: Honore Good will, 1701 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. March 30, 10 a.m. to noon: North Trail at Mecca Goodwill, 5150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information about this seminar se ries or to RSVP, call 355-2721, Ext. 241, or email Vicki.Mosher@gimi.org GOODWILL MANASOTA TEAMS WITH TIDEWELL ON HEALTH SEMINARS Share stories by clicking the icon in the menubar and choosing to share via e-mail, post to Facebook or Twitter, or many other sharing options. QUICK TIP
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 54 It is time to clean out the garage and gather up discarded household items, junk and yard waste in the Newtown/Beverly Terrace area, Sarasota County has announced. The county will hold its annual free commu nity cleanup in the area from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Dumpsters will be provided at three intersections for residents to dispose of refuse: Newtown Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King Way. 44th Street and Lockwood Ridge Road. 23rd Street and Chester Avenue. NEWTOWN/BEVERLY TERRACE COMMUNITY CLEANUP SCHEDULED Residents may get rid of household items, scrap materials, garbage, unbundled yard waste and tree trimmings during this free event, a county news release says. Sarasota County employees will be available at each site to offer assistance, the release adds. Hazardous waste such as paint and pesticides as well as auto parts, electronics, televisions and computers will be accepted during the cleanup at the Newtown Estates Recreation Center, 2800 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000. Most Sarasota County government ofces will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the national holiday that celebrates the birth day of Martin Luther King Jr., the county has announced. All Sarasota County libraries will be closed, as will all Sarasota County recreation centers, with the exception of the following: Arlington Park Recreation Center will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Payne Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sarasota County Area Transit will be on a normal bus schedule on Jan. 21. The collection schedule for solid waste, yard waste and recyclables will not be affected by the holiday, a county news release says. The landll at 4000 Knights Trail Road in Nokomis will be open, but the administrative ofce will be closed. The gun range at Knight Trail Park will be closed, the release adds. Sarasota Countys chemical collection centers at 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, and 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice, will be closed; howev er, the Citizens Convenience Center at 4010 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis, will be open, the release notes. For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000. City of Sarasota administrative ofces will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, as well in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the city has an nounced. The regular City Commission meeting will be held the following day, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2:30 p.m., continuing at 6 p.m., in the Com mission Chambers in City Hall, 1565 First St. Weekly garbage and recycling collection will not be impacted by the holiday, the release adds. COUNTY, CITY OFFICES TO BE CLOSED FOR KING HOLIDAY
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 55 The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is invit ing members of the public to a Bay Guardian Volunteer Air Potato Round-Up and Debris Removal event on Feb. 23 at Bay Walk Creek. What is an air potato? an SBEP news re lease asks. An air potato is an invasive vine that covers and shades out benecial native plants, the release says. The vine grows large tubers that resemble hanging potatoes. There will be a contest with prizes for the smallest, biggest and weirdest-looking air potato col lected! the release adds. The Bay Walk Creek restoration site is located on the grounds of the Charles Ringling Man sion (Uplands Boulevard), which is owned by New College of Florida. This beautiful, bayfront location has stretch es of mangroves and estuarine beach, the re lease notes. This Feb. 23 event is suitable for anyone age 6 and up, the release adds. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes (old tennis shoes are recommended); long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended as well preferably those one does not mind getting dirty along with hats, sunscreen and work gloves. Everyone also is asked to bring a reus able water bottle, to reduce our plastic pol lution, the release points out, and a folding chair for lunch, which will be served after the round-up. Bay Guardians program shirts will be avail able for all volunteers. People planning to participate who have such shirts already are asked to wear them. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. Registration is required: Click here to sign up. Anyone with questions may contact Sara Kane at email@example.com or 955-8085. SBEP TO HOST DEBRIS REMOVAL EVENT IN FEBRUARY gram is part of Sarasota Countys economic development incentive program, the release adds. Two other companies received $240,000 in economic development grants to remain in Sarasota County and create about 70 jobs over three years, the release says. One company, code name Project Sky, re ceived a $120,000 grant to expand its opera T he Sarasota County Commission on Jan. 9 granted Tervis Tumbler in Venice a tax exemp tion extension for a second year, following last years exemption of $12 million in new construction and equipment for a pledge of 154 jobs by 2016, the county has announced. The County Commission can waive property taxes for 10 years for private companies that build or expand their facilities to create jobs, a news release notes. The property tax pro COUNTY COMMISSION APPROVES MEASURES FOR THREE BUSINESSES
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 56 A man has been arrested in connection with a burglary that occurred at 428 N. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, on Jan. 7, the Sarasota Police De partment has announced. According to the police report, the perpetra tor removed a lawn mower from a secured storage area. At rst, the witness thought the perpetrator was an employee of the landlord, a report says. The witness then noticed the padlock securing the storage area had been forced open, the report adds. At that time, the witness observed a suspect eeing eastbound toward U.S. 301, according to the report. The Sarasota Police were dis patched to the scene at 3:46 p.m., the report says. After an ofcer met with the wit ness, he updated a BOLO [be on the lookout notice] for the sus pect, according to the report. Within minutes, two officers located Eric Ramos, who was pushing a mower in the 2100 block of Sixth Street, the report says. After being transported to that location, the witness positively identied Ramos as the per petrator, the report says. Ofcers read Miranda Warnings to Ramos, and he admitted to taking the mower, the report adds. Ramos advised the officers that a person named Chuck had told him he could use the mower, the report notes. A sergeant located a resident who had been contacted by Ramos prior to the ofcers arrival. The resident said Ramos never asked about mowing his lawn, but Ramos allegedly had offered to sell a mower to the resident, the report adds. Ramos was arrested for the bur glary. He previously has been ar rested for 39 criminal charges, 18 of which were felonies, the report notes. He has at least 15 previous convictions, including nine of which were felonies, the report adds. As of Jan. 16, he remained in the Sarasota County Jail on the cur rent Burglary charge, the report noted. % ARREST MADE IN OSPREY AVENUE BURGLARY Eric Ramos/Contributed photo tions during three years and add 30 jobs with an average annual wage of $54,000. The com pany offers worker compensation and prop erty insurance coverage, the release notes. The second company, with a code name of Project Berry, received a $120,000 grant to ex pand its business by 40 workers over three years; the employees will make an average of $45,000 a year, the release says. The company provides mobile applications for business cli ents to provide services to customers. Code names are used during the application process to protect business interests, the re lease notes. Requests for grants are reviewed by the Economic Development Corp. of Sara sota County and by county staff before they go to the County Commission for consider ation, the release points out. For more information about Sarasota Coun ty economic development programs, contact the Ofce of Economic Development at 8615247 or go online to www.scgov.net keyword search Economic Development.
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EDITORIAL & COMMENTARY EDITORIAL T he New Year dawned with a new chief at the helm of the Sara sota Police Department. Bernadette DiPino, a third-generation cop and formerly police chief in Ocean City, MD, took on a department taint ed by scandal and feared by many of the very citizens it was intended to protect. Perhaps that is why DiPino, in what those who know her describe as her characteristically gung-ho style, took to the streets a day early, riding patrols and keeping the peace on New Years Eve. Another person working that day was realtor Susan Christy, taking advantage of the balmy weather to show a prospective client a home for sale in midtown. They parked in the Publix lot off Tamiami Trail and walked over to the house just west of South Shade Street. Their CAN DIPINO REIN IN OUR OUT-OF-CONTROL POLICE FORCE? inspection was interrupted when a female po lice ofcer approached them, service weapon drawn, and forced the realtor and her client to lie facedown on the concrete carport. The ofcer kept her weapon pointed at them as she called for backup. When that backup arrived, several of the other ofcers also had their weapons drawn, appar ently to ensure that two helpless, prostrate and unarmed citizens would not somehow overpower the assembled armed personnel. The rst question that occurs to us in the con templation of this sad saga is why an ofcer responded alone to a report of a burglary in progress. Why take a chance that she might encounter heavily armed resistance, with po tentially tragic results, when she simply could have waited for backup?
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 59 Perhaps those fears were in her thoughts as she accosted the pair, believing she was in grave peril if she did not act aggressively to neutralize the threat. Perhaps that fear short-circuited her hearing, so she could not understand the pleas of the realtor and her client that they were simply looking at a house for sale. Perhaps the fear dimmed her vision, so she could not readily see that nei ther was armed and obviously of no threat to her. Fortunately, the officers hands remained steady throughout the ordeal, so a quivering nger did not send one or both of those unfor tunates to the hospital or the morgue for the crime of inspecting a piece of property. We remain perplexed why, even as the back up ofcers arrived and secured the situation, the suspects were only allowed to sit up on the cold, concrete slab. At this point, it should have been obvious that the realtor and her cli ent were who they said they were: law-abiding citizens engaged in a perfectly legal activity not burglars. But what mysties us most is the callous de fensiveness of the rst ofcer on the scene. Once the identities of the pair had been estab lished and it was obvious they had been the victims of untoward circumstance, the ofcer steadfastly refused to offer any sort of apolo gy for their ordeal. Im not apologizing for doing my job, she reportedly told them. That, of course, becomes the crux of the mat ter. The job of a police ofcer is to protect the citizens and guests of the City of Sarasota, with intelligence, prudence and discretion not go off half-cocked like someone out of a cheesy TV cop show, doing her best Cagney & Lacey impersonation. A properly trained and experienced ofcer should have recognized almost instantly that the pair were no threat and, even while her weapon remained cau tiously drawn, allowed them to establish their identities. In civilized circles which we like to think include Sara sota this would have been followed by an earnest and good-natured apolo gy by the ofcer for the misunderstanding and good wishes for the rest of their day. But none of that happened. If anything, this episode tells us and Chief DiPino that the homeless and minorities and immigrants in Sarasota are not being sin gled out by the Sarasota Police Department. Pretty much anyone who does not look right or is not where an ofcer thinks he should be can be subjected to the SWAT experience. Frankly, we do not feel safer when we know our police react out of all proportion to the simplest and most benign of threats. We do not relish the prospect of a routine trafc stop or even a casual exchange on the sidewalk Frankly, we do not feel safer when we know our police react out of all proportion to the simplest and most benign of threats.
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 60 when the possibility exists that we will be facedown in the asphalt with a pistol pressed against our head. And we realize that the Sara sota Police Department is not simply a trou bled, mismanaged agency it is completely out of control. Many who know Chief DiPino have sung her praises, stressing that she has the right stuff to get the SPD house in order. We sincerely hope so. But we would feel much better if she sees to it that the ofcer who overreacted on New Years Eve is identied, made to offer a heartfelt apology to the realtor and her cli ent, and then disciplined in a way that lets her know along with every other member of the force that such jack-booted tactics will not be tolerated in our city. Care.No matter what. Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central FloridaSarasota 941-953-4060MyPlannedParenthood.org Join us for our 47th Annual Dinner Celebration! Become a sponsor or silent auction donor! 941.365.3913 x1124 orMyPlannedParenthood.org SARASOTAS HAIR COLOR SPECIALIST John-Norman Tuck (941) 928-1203 John-Norman Tuck is Sarasota and Bradentons premier hairstylist and hair color artist. Getting his customers hair to look and feel its best is his passion. John-Norman started fullling his customers hair dreams in his Pasadena, CA salon and now has brought his talents to Sarasota. Full Service Salon 369 St. Armands Circle Sarasota John-NormanTuck.com LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Sarasota News Lead er welcomes letters to the editor from its readers. Let ters should be no more than 300 words in length, and include the name, street address and telephone number of the writer. Letters should be emailed to Letters@SarasotaNewsLeader.com with Letter to the Editor in the subject line. Let ters actually printed will be selected based on space available, subject matter and oth er factors. We reserve the right to edit any letters submitted for length, grammar, spell ing, etc. All letters submitted become the property of The Sarasota News Leader.
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The Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA), which has raised more than $15.5 million over the past four years for its own establishment, has discovered a way to thank donors and at tract public interest that will surely be turning heads for the next couple of years: It commis sioned the construction of a large sculpture on its property, visible to passersby on Tami ami Trail. Members of the SMOA Board of Directors, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD), are hoping the piece which is be ing built by acclaimed sculptor Patrick Dough erty and a team of volunteers using only lo cally purchased, bare, untreated crape myrtle branches and trunks will still be standing when the museum breaks ground once it has raised its goal of $22 million. SMOA President Wendy Surkis, herself a volunteer, told The Sarasota News Leader on Jan. 11 that she sees the creation of the sculpture as a parallel for the SMOA boards plan to renovate and repurpose the historic and previously vacant Sarasota High School built in 1926 as a modern contemporary art museum. Just as [Patrick Dougherty] is transforming sticks into an environmentally friendly archi tectural piece, she said, we are transforming Patrick Dougherty (foreground) constructs his sculpture with volunteers (background) on Jan. 11. He told The Sarasota News Leader that afternoon he feels he got lucky to be able to work on the project in Sarasota. All photos by Arielle Scherr SARASOTA MUSEUM OF ART INVITES THE PUBLIC TO VIEW THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PATRICK DOUGHERTY SCULPTURE AT ITS FUTURE LOCATION STICKING TO IT By Tyler Whitson Staff Writer
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 63 an architectural icon into a new destination for Sarasota. Surkis explained the process has already been very successful in increasing awareness of the SMOA. People have been coming by ... and really get ting to see the sculpture evolve just as were hoping that theyll get a sense of whats go ing to happen once we really get the [SMOA] project nished, she said. We only need 30 percent more to get to opening day, and so we are optimistic that more people will come forward to help us reach the goal even faster. The sculpture is expected to be completed by Jan. 26; between $50,000 and $60,000 was in dependently raised specically for the work. THE MAN BEHIND THE SCULPTURE Members of the public able to make it to the site any day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. before the sculpture is completed will have the plea sure of seeing Dougherty and his team of local volunteers meticulously threading branches across foundational trunks or using larger branches in a swooping pattern to create what will be a miniature organic circus. Dougherty took a few minutes from weaving and leading volunteers on Jan. 11 to speak with the News Leader about the piece and his work as a whole. When asked if he is tailoring this sculpture for the SMOA or whether this is more of an inde pendent experiment, Dougherty explained it The location of the Patrick Dougherty sculpture sees a consistent ow of visitors and curious pass ersby on the afternoon of Jan. 11. Dougherty appeared happy to take the occasional moment to chat with admirers or inquisitors.
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 64 is a bit of both. My way of working is to try to nd a reciprocity with the site and then have [the work], at some lower level, have some reverberations with the site itself, he said. I was thinking a little bit when I was coming here about the circus and looked at a lot of circus tents and decided that ours could be a tent on the top and kind of a fun house on the bottom. Dougherty went on to explain how the struc ture would reect one of the more extravagant circuses of the past, with one enormous tent with six peaks each of which represents a ring to give audiences on the outside an idea of the scope of entertainment available inside. This design, he said, will enhance vis itors experiences when they enter the struc ture and explore its space. Aside from these aesthetic functions, Dough erty explained the structure reects his inter est in the circus lifestyle. Im interested in the nomadic nature of cir cuses in the sense that hunting and gathering people are nomadic and move for food and its not that much different moving for com merce, he said. Its a lot about my own trav el and working and the way that I work to gather materials somewhere nearby and just work with what I can get and try to build ideas about simple shelter. Weaving the branches in a swooping design, he says, is also a way to convey a certain feel ing to the viewer. Its really a drawing style where youre using sticks which are tapered lines in ways that you might make a mark o n The interior of the rst oor of the future Sarasota Museum of Art displays a mural that offers a pre view of what the museum will look like when it is completed.
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 65 your paper ... that suggests kind of momentum and excitement, he said. Another idea inevitably pondered by many who see Doughertys work is that of tempo rality, because his pieces rarely stand longer than a couple of years. Of the more than 230 pieces Dougherty has built across the world out of similar materials over the past 30 years, only a fraction remain standing. Dougherty said people often ask him, Isnt it so sad that you work hard and not have some thing last? His answer, he explained, is that he simply does not see it that way. Most ev eryone does temporary work, he said. Law yers and doctors and students we all just do work. We dont reread our novels; we go make something new, he continued. Really, in our lives, we like a lot of new things, tran sitions and movement. Dougherty said he expects the SMOA piece to stand for approximately two years, too, before it reaches the threshold of deterioration, at which point it will be taken down rather than allowed to continue to decay. You get one great year and one pretty good year, he said. Were weaving gold out of sticks and at a point it stops being the thing you know, the illusion fails it and then you need to kind of act on its behalf. (From foreground to background): Sarasota High School students Rachel (who declined to give her last name), Arlette Hernandez and Jessie Hernandez discuss the ARTful Bathroom installation in the future Sarasota Museum of Art on Friday, Jan. 11. They told The Sarasota News Leader that af ternoon that they appreciated the opportunity to see the interior of the building and to take part in the installation.
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 66 The ARTful Bathroom installation in the future Sarasota Museum of Art consists completely of do nated materials. This project was created by Peppi Elona, who wrote in a promotional ier that the idea behind it is to challenge viewers to consider the question of what can be viewed as art.
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 67 VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS Although Dougherty is the artistic force be hind the project, there is no way he could pos sibly construct the ambitious edice on his own over the course of three weeks. Fortu nately, more than 100 community members volunteered to help him. Although all these volunteers are never on the site at one time they work in shifts of 15 or so to prevent the area from becoming too crowded Volunteer Coordinator Bob Ripley is constantly at Doughertys side; he will stay there eight hours a day for the 17 days expect ed to complete the project. Hes very easy to work with; hes very patient; hes very instructive, Ripley told the News Leader when asked about working with the sculptor. As Doughertys right-hand man, Ripley has become attuned to what needs to be done to complete much of the project. He says volun teers catch on very quickly as well. A lot of these people, theyve been on the site for more than one day or more than one shift, so they in turn become mini instructors, he said. When it comes to more complicated parts of the project, Ripley added, Dougherty works directly with the team to make sure proce dures are completed properly. Its not rocket science, Ripley said, but its kind of fascinating, actually, as to how ev erything comes together. I mean you look at this pile of wood like this and say, How does this become that? he continued. Sweat. Sweat and his know-how. Although volunteers have come from all over the community, a sizable number are RCAD students who were recruited directly by the school. Vivian Bomblat and Miranda Thomas, who were threading branches on a raised plat form on Jan. 11, told the News Leader they have really appreciated the experience. My favorite part has been climbing down and stepping back and looking at it, Thomas said, adding she had not realized how long she had been working without taking a break to note the progress. The time goes by really fast. The opportunity, they said, is somewhat un usual. Im just grateful to have had the chance to work on this, really, Bomblat said, because, as [RCAD] students, we dont really get to step off campus very often, for art purposes. She added that she has become somewhat at tached to the project: Its like a baby that you get to see grow. Despite that sentiment, however, Bomblat said she is not concerned about the sculp tures eventual demise. We all know its going to decay, she said, but as long as its here, its kind of special and its good to know that we were a part of something that was here. FULL SPEED AHEAD If they want to see the SMOA break ground before Doughertys sculpture is taken down, the museums board members have to keep the momentum going. In light of that need, they have plenty of other projects planned. For example, in addition to inviting people to witness the construction of the sculpture, the SMOA is calling for them to photograph the scene and submit the results to the Sticks
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 68 and Clicks competition via www.ringling.edu/ sticksandclicks The deadline is 6 p.m. Sun day, Feb. 3, to compete for a grand prize of $1,000. Additionally, the rst oor of the former high school is open during daytime hours for the ARTful Bathroom project, an art installation that has overtaken a womens restroom and lled it with vibrant colors and unusual items. Seniors at Sarasota High School next door have been invited to use markers to create grafti on the bathrooms wall, to add their own air to the space. Its part of the tradition to grafti the wall, se nior Jessie Hernandez told the News Leader af ter making her own mark on the tile on the af ternoon of Jan. 11. Its like your right as a class. For those who prefer a more formal occa sion to acknowledge the SMOAs progress, there will be an Inaugural Bash on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the former high school, which is located at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail. Tickets for this event start at $125. In spite of these projects and celebrations, no body knows for sure when the SMOA will be ready for its groundbreaking. However, many, including Surkis, are eagerly anticipating the moment when the last dollar will be collected and the SMOA board will be ready to move forward. Whenever that happens, Surkis said, Im ready to put the shovel in the ground. More information about the SMOA may be found at www.sarasotamuseumofart.org % Purchase a full-page, advertising twelve pack between now and January 31st, 2013 and receive four of these fantastic SNL 16oz Tervis Tumblers. Show your support for e Progressive Voice Of Southwest Florida around the house, around the oce, wherever you go with these locally manufactured, high-quality insulated tumblers. Sales@SarasotaNewsLeader.com or (941) 227-1080 Advertisers must meet all terms and conditions of sale for the 12-pack advertising package. Limit of one set of four tumblers per advertiser. Offer is valid while supplies last. Tervis is a registered trademark of Tervis Tumbler Company. The Sarasota News Leader is not afliated with Tervis Tumbler Company. A Very Special Oer For Advertisers
ASK OTUS Dear Readers, Months go by and my very own brood (I DID IT!) has edged and I am free to roam further aeld. One dawn, I spot Ardea at my favorite frog pond. On her own now, she is raptly intent on exploring her new world and she is not a bad huntress. She is quite adept at spearing frogs and swallowing them whole, but I see a sinu ous anole wrapping its tail around her beak, giving her some problems. On the bay side, she prefers shing in shallow waters. I have seen her in that area when she has caught a lovely little appetizer in the form of a tiny sh. Blame it on the Great Blue Her on, but she has also learned that if she stands patiently and quietly on the shing pier and looks a bit bereft, a sherman will feel sorry for her and toss her a bait shrimp. Fortunately, when I spotted her in September, few sher men were around to encourage this dangerous habit. Time slips by. Another brood raised (I DID IT, AGAIN!) and suddenly mating season begins anew. FOR THIS PART OF THE SERIES ON HOW BIRDS DO IT, LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE FORMATIVE YEARS Ardea explores her new world. File photo
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 70 Ardea enjoys a sh appetizer. File photo Ardea has caught herself an anole as a tasty treat. File photo
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 71 Ardea is two years old, and, as people would say, Shes a lovely young lady now. And she knows it! No trace of adolescent awkwardness is left in her. She no longer walks hesitantly; she struts condently right up to her prey. She no longer ies to the frog pond and becomes tangled up in the reeds; she glides gracefully into it. She has lost that charming sense of curiosity and look of wonderment and is no longer distract ed by the occasional dragony (which she will promptly devour) or by people jogging past with their dogs. She ignores them. Her diet has changed in a subtle way. In order to produce viable, hard-shelled turquoise-blue eggs and healthy chicks, Ardea is storing in her bones as much calcium as she can. No young snail, centipede or crab is safe around her. Ardea preens for all the world to see. File photo Ardeas green skin is a sign she is ready for Mr. Right. File photo
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 72 Ardea sits in the mangroves, displaying her aigrettes. File photo She now aunts on her back a dazzling dis play of long diaphanous aigrettes, and when she is not expertly spearing and swallowing a whole sh, she is grooming each feather, one by one, sensually and ostentatiously, for all the world to see. The skin below her eyes has turned a star tling, eye-catching chrysoprase green. Ar dea is announcing to the male Great Egret population that she is ready to mate.
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 73 VIRTUAL EXTINCTION AND THE NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY Which came rst: the Great Egret or the Audu bon Society? The answer seems obvious, but there is a trick to the question. The Great Egret would probably not exist today had it not been for the Audubon Society. The Industrial Revolution in the United States suddenly created a new social class with more wealth and leisure time than ever before. Members of this emergent class, as chronicled by American economist Torstein Veblen (18571929), indulged themselves in conspicuous consumption and conspicuous leisure occu pations, such as building themselves sump tuous homes; indulging in Lucullan dining, big game sport hunting and shing; and paying slavish devotion to haute couture At one point, it was not fashionable simply to adorn hats with feathers but with the whole stuffed bird, nest and eggs! I have included this week a photo of a cardinal and nest that would have adorned a workingwomans hat. A society lady would sport a more expensive, exotic Golden Pheasant from China or a Par adise Tanager from Peru. It is not that this new leisure class was not interested in the natural world quite the opposite, in fact. The study of natural histo ry became wildly popular, and great natural ist scholars abounded John J. Audubon, Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and Leon Trotsky. I kid you not! In exile, and when the founder of the Red Army was not dodging as sassins or doing it with Frida Kahlo, Trotsky let ourish his amateur scientic interest in ichthyology, which led him to identify a spe This cardinal in its nest would have been coveted as a feature for a fancy womans hat. File photo
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 74 cies of red rocksh in the Sea of Marmara. He dutifully named it Sebates Leninii Comrade Fish? No, it was not a disinterest in nature; it was not understanding that the source was not in nite, and many species were being hunted to extinction. Better guns, more convenient and affordable travel and generous amounts of lei sure time enabled more people to hunt and kill an astonishing number of buffalo, wolves and birds faster and with greater efciency. The Passenger Pigeon, once among the most abundant birds in North America, was hunted to oblivion by the early 20th century. The American Ornithologists Union reported in the late 1890s that an estimated 5 million birds were killed annually for the fashion in dustry alone. That is a lot of dead birds. When that yearly gure is multiplied by the decades it took people to understand the supply was nite, the numbers become incomprehensible. The professional plume hunters truly under stood the consequences of this mass slaughter and how to prot from it. By the end of the 19th century, Florida had lost 95 percent of its Great Egret population. It was the aigrettes, the long, exquisitely pristine back feathers of Ardea Alba s breeding period, that profession al plume hunters prized above all. The price they fetched reected their vanishing supply: One ounce of aigrettes sold for more than an ounce of gold. The plume hunters knew that brooding Egrets would rather die than abandon their chicks, so it was easy to kill the parents in the nests and leave the chicks trampled or starving and that practice extended to all the other nesters around Ardea Alba Educating people about the brutal manner in which feathers were collected turned public opinion solidly against the plumage fashion in dustry and built support for conservationists such as George Bird Grinnell, the founder of the Audubon Society. A Paradise Tanager also would have made a splendid hat adornment in decades past. Photo by Rick Greenspun
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 75 Once Americans became aware of the devas tation of our bird population, it became more fashionable to put down ones signature on a petition supporting the Audubon Plumage Law of 1910 than to put on ones aigrette-be decked chapeau! The National Audubon Society was originally formed to protect birds. It succeeded in its mission, particularly in saving Ardea Alba Now it is dedicated to environmental conser vation, generally. In 1953, the Society adopted the Great Egret in ight as its symbol. The logo, an outlined Great Egret, is based on a drawing by famed naturalist artist David Allen Sibley. Had the Audubon Society waited just 60 more years, it could have used one of the superb photos that Sarasota Audubon member and ornithol ogist Rick Greenspun has provided for these columns I have been writing. This week I have included his gorgeous photo of a male Great Egret in ight, displaying aigrettes and lan. Next week, I shall tell you about how this Egret, whom I have named Alba, goes about courting Ardea. Fasten your seat belts. It is going to be a beau tiful, bumpy ight! Otus Alba in ight displays his aigrettes. Photo courtesy Rick Greenspun ABOUT OTUS Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-Owl, was born on Sies ta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of natures secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus. So please send your questions and photos to askotus@sarasotanews leader.com. Thank you.
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Walter Isaacson/Image courtesy Wikipedia WALTER ISAACSON REFLECTS ON TRAITS SHARED BY THREE DIVERSE MEN, ALL WITH RENOWNED ACCOMPLISHMENTS A COMMON THREAD By Vicki Chatley Contributing Writer
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 78 Curiosity was the common thread Walter Isaa cson spun through remarks in Sarasota this week as he kicked off the Ringling College Library Associations Town Hall 2013 lecture series. Isaacson identied that trait as one shared by Steve Jobs, Alfred Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. It was the spark that led all three men to world-changing discoveries men, in the words of Jobs, who took what came before them in the ow of history and added a new benet for the future. Isaacsons remarks were made in front of an attentive audience lling the Van Wezel Per forming Arts Hall in Sarasota on the morning of Jan. 15. Having written biographies of all three men, he is well-qualied to make com parisons. Isaacson said he rst met [Jobs] in 1984 when Isaacson was working at Time magazine and was one of the few people at that time us ing a computer. Jobs arrived to demonstrate a new product, the Mac, and the two were in troduced, forming a connection that spanned three decades. Isaacson described Jobs as having a passion for perfection combined with a desire to form an intersection of art and technology. He recognized the beauty of simplicity and wanted Apple products to be visually beauti ful as well as easy to use. The campus of Ringling College of Art and Design is in north Sarasota. Photo courtesy ringling.edu
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 79 According to Isaacson, Jobs encouraged oth ers to accomplish difcult tasks and explore new methods by saying, Dont be afraid. You can do it. Isaacson described Einstein as having pas sionate curiosity. The Nobel Prize winners interest was aroused by the magnetic force that causes a compass needle to always point north. That led to Einsteins desire to un derstand the force elds. He was constantly searching for answers, Isaacson said, and, on his deathbed, still writing down equations. According to Isaacson, Franklin had total curiosity about everything about him. Further, Isaacson talked of Franklin as the founder [of our country] who listens who brings people together. Franklin exhibited tolerance and [a] spirit of inclusion, traits Isaacson suggested are needed in Washington today. Believing com promise to be the essence of democracy, Isaa cson said Franklin was good at nding the right balance between standing for your principles and compromise. Other common qualities of the three men, Isaacson noted, were their abilities to under stand a subject and then think differently about it, and to recognize they were part of something larger than themselves. During a question-and-answer session at the conclusion of his prepared remarks Isaac son was asked if there were any differences among the three men. He said Franklin was nice, collegiate while Jobs was not. When asked to name his favorite president, he said George Washington was indispens able in the formation of the United States, and he mentioned Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roo sevelt and Abraham Lincoln for their leader ship. Some presidents, he added, are miscast for their time, such as Woodrow Wilson and Herbert Hoover, while others represent the swing of the pendulum, with Harry Truman following Franklin D. Roosevelt and Gerald Ford contrasting with Richard Nixon. Also, Isaacson shared a secret for avoiding writers block: You are telling a story; ask what happened next and narrate the tale in chronological order. He says it works for him. Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., ac cording to its website and a former chairman and CEO of CNN. Along with his most recent book, Steve Jobs, he is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Kissinger: A Biography. He is the co-author of two other books. Future Town Hall 2013 speakers are Dr. Rob ert Gates, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Capt. Mark Kelly and Tom Brokaw. For more information about the Ringling College Library Associa tion and the Town Hall series call 925-1343 or visit www.RCLAssociation.org %
About 100 people showed up for a Jan. 10 lec ture in Sarasota titled, Regional Modernism: The Works of Paul Rudolph Not only were all the chairs lled in the conference room at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune but people sat on the oor and lined the walls, an example of the importance of architecture, the arts and Rudolph himself in this city. G reg Hall, a local ar chitect, gave the pre sentation under the auspices of the Sara sota Architectural Foundation Hall was a longtime pro fessor at the University of Floridas College of De sign and Architecture. He remains active both in efforts to preserve local landmarks and his 25-year-old practice, Hall Architects. Hall is at work right now on the complicated renovation of the world-famous Umbrella house designed by Rudolph on Lido Shores. Pa ul Rudolph is rec ognized as one of the most original and in uential architects of the twentieth century, Hall said at the outset of his remarks. B e gin Rudolph designed the Art and Architecture Building at Yale University, where he was dean of the School of Architecture for six years. Photo by Sage Ross/Wikipedia THE GRANDFATHER OF THE SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE CONTINUES TO DRAW A CROWD, DECADES AFTER HIS DEATH PAUL RUDOLPH REVISITED Paul Rudolph is recognized as one of the most original and influential architects of the 20th century. Gregory Hall Hall Architects P.A. By Scott Proftt Staff Writer
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 81 ning with his earliest work in Sarasota and continuing throughout his highly publicized and widely known career, Rudolphs work helped to shape American architecture in the post-World War II era. Hall presented a slide show of Rudolphs works, many of them located in Sarasota, as he discussed the man and his designs. Arguably Rudolphs best and most innova tive work was the houses he designed for the barrier islands bordering the southwest coast of the Florida peninsula, Hall explained as he delighted the appreciative audience with photos, renderings and sketches of Rudolphs projects. Rudolph apparently experimented with ma terials he saw used in the military and on air planes, as well as new technologies previously unused in the building trade, Hall indicated. The result was an architecture that remains among the most dynamic regional interpreta tions of modernism that remains in the United States, Hall said. We have an architectural legacy that is quite renowned, and deservedly so, he noted. Whats important about Paul Rudolph and his early years, Hall pointed out, is he set the dialogue nationally and internationally on creating Regional Modernism. Greg Hall speaks to an audience in the conference room at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Photo by Scott Proftt Rudolphs design of the exterior panels was a distinctive feature of the original River view High School in Sarasota. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Historical Resources
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 82 Hall went on to show how Rudolph quickly understood the need to create new ways to cope with the local environs, climate and cul ture, as these were of paramount importance. He learned to adapt his designs to the intense Florida sun and the heat, Hall said. He used a lot of new techniques, using counterbalanc ing louvered shades, or ats, as he called them, and numerous openings, with louvers. To ameliorate the sun and heat, he experi mented with many materials and designs. Halls slides demonstrated that the modern architecture of Rudolphs day was lled with huge glass expanses. Rudolph understood the need to shield and shelter the buildings, Hall said. Rudolph was 22 when he started working for local architect Ralph Twitchell. Rudolph arrived in 1941, fresh from Harvard, Hall ex Paul Rudolph designed the original Riverview High School in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Historical Resources Paul Rudolph also designed the Jewett Arts Center at Wellesley College. Photo courtesy of Daderot/ Wikepedia
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 83 plained. Rudolph stayed just a year, left for Yale University and served in the Army before returning to work with Twitchell in 1948. Hall mentioned that Ocala block, which was regionally mined and produced and which was incorporated into many of the buildings of Rudolphs and Twitchells Sarasota School of Architecture no longer is available; it has been mined out. Many Sarasota residents are familiar with Ru dolph from his activities after he left this city, Hall indicated. In response to a question from the audience, Hall pointed out that during Ru dolphs years at Yale, the university was not only a major hub of architecture but of pub lishing. Rudolph devised a rendering style that was camera-ready for publications, magazines and books. (Rudolph was dean of the Yale School of Ar chitecture for six years.) So he got a lot of notice, and a lot of his work, though done in Sarasota, became world-fa mous, Hall pointed out. The design of the Sanderling Beach Club won Rudolph the prestigious Paris Prize, and a number of his projects were voted homes of the year in various publications, Hall added. Paul Rudolph also designed the original, 1958 Riverview High School, which has been torn down. The exterior of the Sarasota High School Addition he designed is to be saved, though it seems the interior which in cludes several iconic and signicant Rudolph architectural features is likely to be gut ted, based on recent Sarasota County School Board discussions. Hall said he feels the interior changes to the Sarasota High School Addition will be mainly cosmetic and that the building could be re turned to its original glory. The genius of the building is it is best appreci ated in section the classroom spaces with a bridge through the center, which gives air the ability to move from low to high through the space. The grand stair, the central breezeway, the oculus or open-air skylight letting light down It is really a wonderful building. Many feel the building should be landmarked. % Paul Rudolph stands in front of a design for one of his buildings. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Historical Resources
Siesta Seen ONE COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISCUSSES EROSION-CONTROL CONCERNS AS ANOTHER RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT A RESTAURANT SIGN IN SIESTA VILLAGE It will be up to the U.S. Army Corps of Engi neers to decide whether three groins can be built on the southern part of Lido Key to help control erosion issues on Lido and Longboat, Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patter son told about 30 members of the Siesta Ke y Condominium Council on Jan. 15 during their rst meeting of the 2013 season. Patterson was the guest speaker for the event, which included the awards presentations to the winners of the annual Christmas Lighting Contest. By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor A pair of Ospreys has built a nest atop the support structure for the stoplight near Siesta Key Public Beach. File photo
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 85 Addressing a list of concerns the council had given her, Patterson also pointed out that Big Pass never has been dredged in all the years she has been a Sarasota County resident since 1970. In discussing the recurring need to renourish Lido Beach, Patterson noted, Because Lido has been eyeballing the shoal that sits off Si esta Key, which keeps growing and growing and growing, [and] because the cost of renour ishing a beach is largely dependent on where your sand source is and where you have to pipe [the sand], the City of Sarasota has al ways been wanting to harvest sand from that shoal [in Big Pass.] S he continued, It was huge ap in 1998 the same year she rst was elected to the County Commission when not only the City of Sarasota but also the City of Venice wanted to harvest sand from the shoal. Even though Venice is much farther away than Lido, she explained, the quality of sand is good [and the shoal is] a lot closer than a mile or two offshore. The County Commission has resisted those municipalities yearnings, Patterson added, because of concern about what would happen to Siestas beaches if Big Pass were dredged. Now, it will be up to the Corps of Engineers to make the decision on whether the sand will come from the Big Pass shoal or from New Pass. As for the groins: She said each structure would be 50 to 75 feet long. On the west coast of Florida, Patterson ex plained, sand migrates from north to south as a general rule. If groins are built on the south end of Lido, she added, they will slow erosion along the northern part of the island and along at least part of Longboat. However, they can starve the area to the south, where sand has been accreting, and cause a lot of problems. Patterson added, I dont know, honestly, what the countys position will be on that or wheth er the Army Corps will listen to us Regarding Turtle Beachs next renourishment, Patterson noted it probably will get under way in about two years with a cost of approximate ly $11 million, which is about what it cost before. The county has been setting aside Tourist De velopment Tax revenue to cover the publics share of funding the project, which is about 45 percent of the total, she added. If we are lucky again to get state support, she added, that would cover about 36.26 per cent of the cost. Property owners along the beach would pick up the remaining 18.4 per cent, as they did when the beach was renour ished in 2007, Patterson said. Just about the time the landowners nish pay ing for that earlier renourishment, they would start covering the cost of the next one, she added. I cant guarantee the percentages will be the same, she cautioned, but well certainly try.
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 86 Regarding yet another topic, Patterson said county staff soon will be setting up meetings with members of the public including Sies ta residents and owners of nightclubs and restaurants to talk about the countys noise ordinance, which the County Commission vot ed on Sept. 25 to extend for one year. Larry Allen, who works with the County Com mission through the countys Communications Department, sent an email to Patterson this week, saying staff will be scheduling com munity engagement opportunities with vari ous citizen groups in the upcoming months. This scheduling effort will commence nex t week. Staff is also looking at best practices in neighboring jurisdictions and beach com munities to see how these areas regulate noise and entertainment. THE AWARDS Quite a few of the winners of the Condo Coun cils annual lighting contest were present to pick up their plaques and ribbons on Jan. 15. We announced the winners in our Dec. 21 is sue thanks to the gracious assistance of Diane Erne, who helped organize the contest this year. However, I am including them again, as all the winners deserve recognition for their efforts: (From left) Commissioner Nora Patterson presents a rst-place plaque to the Siesta Dunes group: Danny Giquinto, Ina Savage and John Sancin. Photo by Rachel Hackney
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 87 Category 1 (complexes with 101 or more units) First Place: Siesta Dunes; Second Place: Palm Bay Club; Third Place: Gulf & Bay Club; and Honorable Mention: Horizons West. Category 2 (complexes with 51 to 100 units) First Place: Beachaven; Second Place: Crescent Arms; Third Place: Terrace East; and Honorable Mention: Tortuga. Category 3 (complexes with no more than 50 units) First Place: Sandpiper Beach Club; Second Place: Siesta Harbor; Third Place: Siesta Sands Beach Resort; and Hon orable Mention: Harbour Town Yacht Club. Commissioner Nora Patterson congratulates Siesta Sands Manager Rich Cunningham for that complexs third-place award. Photo by Rachel Hackney Commissioner Nora Patterson presents a third-place ribbon to Frank Jurenka, a mem ber of the Gulf & Bay Club board. Photo by Rachel Hackney Commissioner Nora Patterson congratulates Gulf & Bay Club Manager Brian Patterson for the complexs third-place honors. Photo by Rachel Hackney
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 88 Commissioner Nora Patterson congratulates Siesta Sands Manager Rich Cunningham for that com plexs third-place award. Photo by Rachel Hackney (From left) Commissioner Nora Patterson presents Siesta Harbors second-place award to Cathy Beiber and Carol Janetzke. Photo by Rachel Hackney
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 89 EAT HERE; PARK WHERE?? Entrepreneur Sean Murphys new Eat Here restaurant had not been open long in Siesta Village when it prompted an email from Coun ty Commissioner Joe Barbetta to county zon ing and planning staff members. Attaching a photo he had taken the previous evening, Barbetta asked on Jan. 5, Can this possibly be legal? The photo shows a sign with the name of the restaurant and Valet Parking on it, but it has a sheet of paper over part of the writing that says the following: eat here parking only towing begins at 4:00 Barbetta added in his email, This is a public street and the County owns the municipal lot at the end [of Avenida Madera]. I nd it hard to believe that this can be allowed to happen. On Jan. 7, Tom Polk, director of planning and development services, responded: Code En forcement Ofcer Kevin Burns stopped by the Eat Here restaurant at 8:55 PM on Sunday (January 6, 2012). At that time, there was not a towing sign found at the location. Mr. Burns was informed by restaurant staff that the tow ing sign was removed. Polk added that Burns met with Matt Wood bury of the restaurant on Jan. 7 to talk about the sign. Mr. Woodbury and Mr. Burns had a produc tive conversation and the violation concern ing the sign was pointed out, Polk continued. Mr. Woodbury explained that the business had just opened 4 days prior and that some operational issues were still being resolved and addressed. Since Mr. Woodbury was very cooperative and the business has been operating for less than a week, Code Enforcement left the sit uation with a warning. Staff will continue to follow up by monitoring this situation to en sure the sign remains removed, Polk added. A subsequent email from Polk pointed out that Brad Bailey, the countys zoning administra tor, has determined the Eat Here restaurant A sign in front of the new Eat Here restaurant in Siesta Village sparked queries from a county commissioner. Photo courtesy Sarasota County
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 90 On top of the light were two birds in the nest, she wrote me in an email. I have seen them about this time of year for the last sev eral years, she added. Helen was hopeful I could get a photo or two, to let the public see how beautiful [the birds] are. Fortunately, I was able to secure some assis tance with those photos, which I am including with the column this week. Otus Rufous, The Sarasota News Leader s res ident wildlife expert, pointed out to me when I consulted with him, All I could think of was location, location! Ugly nesting site, but birds are very opportunistic creatures! % [provides] sufcient parking spaces on-site and along the public right-of-way. This is con sistent with the Siesta Key Overlay District re quirements (SKOD). Restaurant management has indicated to Code Enforcement ofcials that any valet parking will be on the property and no public spaces will be utilized. A NEW NEST About 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, Helen Clifford a director of both the Siesta Key Association and Siesta Key Condominium Council was traveling home from St. Michael the Archan gel Catholic Church when she spotted a nest on the support structure for the stoplight at Midnight Pass Road and Beach Road. The Osprey nest is easily visible to drivers approaching the Midnight Pass Road/Beach Road inter section on Siesta Key. File photo
ARTS BRIEFS Some of the effects in the Momix: Botanica shows may be called ethereal. Contributed photo MOMIX: BOTANICA FUSES DANCE WITH NATURES WONDERS Inspired by the beauty and graceful elegance of the natural world, Momix: Botanica has cre ated a visual experience like no other, a news release from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall says. On Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., the Van Wezel will be come a looking glass through which the au dience will see the harmony of nature portrayed through theatrical dance and stunning illusion, the release adds. Mak ing use of elaborate props, costumes and interactive sets with dramatic light ef fects, the release continues, the dancers will recreate various life forms from every
Dancers create an exotic life form on stage in a Momix: Botanica show. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 92 corner of the planet and bring them to life be fore your very eyes. The multimedia experience also has an eclec tic soundtrack that incorporates elements from bird songs to Vivaldi, the release notes. Tickets are priced from $10 to $55. The Van Wezel is located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. For more information, call the box ofce at 953-3368 or visit www.VanWezel.org
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 93 The winter season art exhibition under way at The New Deal Gallery, located in the lobby of the Federal Building at 111 S. Orange Avenue, is showcasing the works of Caiti Ward, Renee DiNapoli, Carlo DiNapoli and Sarina Swalm. The free exhibit is part of a visual arts pro gram sponsored by the City of Sarasota, a city news release notes. The winter exhibit runs through March. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artists reception will be held Friday, Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served, the news release says. Ward, who is a Sarasota native, says in the release, My art comes from how I view the world around me. You could say that I view objects differently than most others. What I see consists mainly of only shapes and colors. When I look at an object I pull out the basic shapes from it and use them to form my rep resentation of the actual item. Renee C. DiNapoli is a professional artist and an instructor and former faculty member of Ringling College of Art and Design, the release adds. She is noted for her contemporary o rals and interior beachfront realism, it notes. Having traveled frequently to the Caribbean, she succeeds in imparting a sense of place and mood, the release adds. Oil is her medium of choice. Carlo DiNapoli, who is known the world over for his paintings of wildlife, landscapes, sea scapes, portraits and orals, also uses oil as his primary medium, the release points out. With each painting, DiNapoli strives to create a canvas, an expression of life that is better than any he has ever done before, the release adds. Swalm is a remarkable young lady of 15, the release points out. Since she was 8, she has been studying with educated, trained artists and has developed her talent and knowledge of her love for the arts, it adds. Her artis tic talents have resulted in her acceptance to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the nationally recognized Book er VPA Program in Sarasota, the release says. Work by Sarina Swalm/Contributed photo Work by Carlo DiNapoli/Contributed photo Caiti Ward/Contributed photo CITYS WINTER EXHIBIT FEATURES FOUR ARTISTS
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 94 From 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, to 1 a.m. Sun day, Jan. 20, The HuB will host an AfroBeat Dance Party as a fundraiser for the Suncoast Waterkeeper The Waterkeeper is a newly formed grassroots environmental advocacy organization whose mission is to protect and restore the Florida Suncoasts waterways through enforcement, eldwork, advocacy and environmental edu cation, a news release says. This is your opportunity to come see one of Sarasotas most talented young musicians and conservatory graduates, Jake Pinto make a homecoming appearance, the release points out. Pinto will be performing with the 10-piece Afro-rock band EMEFE the release adds. Pinto is a multi-instrumentalist playing pri marily keyboards. He has played jazz, rock and roll and most things in between to appre ciative audiences all over the world, the re lease says. EMEFE, which is based in New York City, comprises mostly graduates of the New York University School of Music, (thus the pun on MFA), the release notes. Tickets are $15 at the door or $5 with a stu dent ID. The HuB is located at 1680 Fruitville Road. Beer will be donated by Sweetwater Brewing Co., the release adds. Sarasota resident Justin Bloom established the Suncoast Waterkeeper, a member organi zation of the Waterkeeper Alliance ( www.wa terkeeper.org ), after working as an attorney with Alliance for many years, the release says. The vision of the Waterkeeper movement is for shable, swimmable and drinkable water ways worldwide, the release points out. EMEFE will perform a benet for the Suncoast Waterkeeper at The HuB on Jan. 19. Contributed photo AFROBEAT DANCE PARTY TO BENEFIT WATERKEEPER PROGRAM HERMITAGE TO OFFER READINGS ON THE BEACH JAN. 25 The Hermitage Artist Retreat is inviting the public to enjoy a very special beach reading event on Friday, Jan. 25: Actors/playwrights Ginna Hoben and Ain Gordon will read from their works. The free event will take place at the Hermit age campus, 6660 Manasota Key Road in En glewood. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. with tours of the historic Hermitage House, followed around 5:15 p.m. with the readings on the beach adjacent to the campus, a news re lease says. As always, Mother Natures sunset concludes the festivities at 6:06, the release notes. Visitors are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and refreshments.
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 95 Each beach reading experience is as unique as each of our Hermitage Fellows, says Bruce Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage, in the release. Earlier this year we had a writ er who was also a guitarist and singer. This time we have two playwrights who are also actors. Our writers love to read on the beach, an experience they are not often offered. Rodgers adds, Having playwrights/actors read promises to add another level of perfor mance and a great way to start the weekend. Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-win ning writer/director/actor and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in playwriting, the release points out. Gordon also wrote for NBCs TV series Will & Grace His Art Life & Showbiz: A Non-Fiction Play is published in Palgrave Macmillans Drama turgy Of The Real On The World Stage the release adds Hoben will read from her play, The Twelve Days of Christmas which has been pro duced by the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, as well as other theaters around the country, including the Manhattan Reper tory Theatre, the release points out. The story is about a woman named Mary who stumbles back into dating after her engagement (and heart) is broken. The romances range from shady to absurd to just plain comic as she nav igates a years worth of hapless holidays, nd ing her way back to happiness with no need for a Prince Charming in the end, the release adds. The Hermitage is a not-for-prot retreat that brings accomplished painters, sculptors, writ ers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for extended stays on its 8.5-acre campus. Each artist is asked to contribute two services to the com munity during his stay, the release notes. For more information about the beach reading or The Hermitage Artist Retreat, call 475-2098 or visit www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org Ain Gordon/Contributed photo Ginna Hoben/Contributed photo
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 96 Florida Studio Theatres regional premiere of The Best of Enemies has been held over through Feb. 3, and its toe-tapping revue Ur ban Cowboys has been extended until March 31, both by popular demand, the theatre has announced. The Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice and explores how two polarized in dividuals can overcome their differences, a news release notes. Inspired by the book of the same name by Osha Gray Davis, the play is based on a provocative true story: In 1971, a high-rank ing member of the Ku Klux Klan was pitted against an African-American Civil Rights ac tivist over the desegregation of schools, the release notes. A strange and transformative relationship developed between the two as they found common ground based on their love and concern for their children and their struggles as working class families, the re lease adds. Urban Cowboys stands at the intersection of the Wild West and the urban city, explor ing the emergence of country music into the mainstream that began in the 1970s and con tinued into the s, the release points out. Co-creator Rebecca Hopkins says in the re lease, I always love putting together the gui tar shows, especially the ones with a Western swing to them. Hopkins adds that the show is a tribute to the evolution of country music led by legendary artists such as Mickey Gilley, George Strait, Dolly Parton, John Denver and Kenny Rogers. Tickets for both shows may be purchased on line at FloridaStudioTheatre.org, by phone at 366-9000 or by visiting the box ofce at the corner of North Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Street in downtown Sarasota. BEST OF ENEMIES URBAN COWBOYS BOTH HELD OVER New York City, and he performs with the New York Philharmonic and the American Sympho ny Orchestra. For admission, a $10 donation is requested. Tickets are available at www.rstsrq.com/arts.php Parking will be available in the Ze nith Garage on Mira Mar Court. For additional information, contact the church ofce at 955-0935. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Music Fine Arts at First Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., will present Kent Tritle: Organ Virtu oso and Man of Many Talents as part of its Powerful Pipes Inaugu ral Organ Series Tritle has been hailed the bright est star in New Yorks choral music world by The New York Times, ac cording to a news release. He is an organist at St. John The Divine in Kent Tritle/Con tributed ORGAN VIRTUOSO TO PERFORM AT FIRST CHURCH
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 97 Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. Tickets are priced from $75 to $130. For more information, call the box of ce at 953-3368 or visit www.VanWezel.org % On the heels of their acclaimed 2012 year-long world tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash are touring again. They will return to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on May 8, the hall has announced. Reviewing the groups 2012 Red Rocks show, MSN Musics Mark Brown wrote, CSN abso lutely killed it. Every song. No lulls. No ller. Its hard to believe that any band in 2012 would be putting on better shows than it did in 1969, but CSN did just that. More than four decades ago, a news release notes, CSN rst harmonized in Laurel Canyon; the group played its rst concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash all have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, the release points out with Crosby, Stills & Nash and with The Byrds, Buffalo Springeld and The Hollies, re spectively. Crosby, Stills and Nash will perform in Saraso ta on May 8. Contributed photo by Eleanor Stills CSN MAKING A STOP AT THE VAN WEZEL IN MAY Share stories by clicking the icon in the menubar and choosing to share via e-mail, post to Facebook or Twitter, or many other sharing options. QUICK TIP Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a mans character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln
For the seventh year in a row, Temple Ema nu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, will be the site of an interfaith Shabbat service hon oring the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Temple has announced. Joining Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman on the pulpit will be Bishop Henry Porter and the Westcoast School for Human Development. This service will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. Following Glickmans Torah reading which will recount the experience of the Israelites slavery in Egypt Porter will share insights on Kings legacy, a news release says. The acclaimed Westcoast School Choir will also perform rousing, inspired music, the release adds. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. interfaith Shab bat service is sponsored by the Temple Ema nu-El Social Action Committee. For more in formation, call the Temple ofce at 371-2788. Rabbi Brenner Glickman (left) and Bishop Henry Porter greeted Temple Emanu-El Social Action Committee leaders Eva and Frank Schaal after Temple Emanu-Els interfaith Martin Luther King, Jr. 2012 service featuring the Westcoast School. Contributed photo TEMPLE EMANU-EL TO HOST INTERFAITH SHABBAT PROGRAM RELIGION BRIEFS (From left) Temple Emanu-El President Michael Richker, Social Action Committee Chairwoman May Fisher-Cohen, Bishop Hen ry Porter, Rabbi Brenner Glickman and So cial Action Committee member Frank Schaal talked after Temple Emanu-Els interfaith Martin Luther King, Jr. 2011 service featur ing the Westcoast School. Contributed photo
Sarasota News Leader January 18, 2013 Page 99 The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota, will offer an eight-week journey of study through The Acts of the Apostles beginning Wednesday, Jan. 23, the church has announced. Taught by the Rev. Richard C. Marsden, asso ciate rector, the course will take an in-depth look at the background, theology, and the im The Kol HaNeshama Social Action Commit tee, in conjunction with Cantor Neil Newman, are planning a Tu Bshvat Hunger Seder on Jan. 26, the committee has announced. After Congregation Kol HaNeshamas 10 a.m. Saturday service, members will host the Tu BShevat Seder, celebrating the New Year of the Trees and four different types of fruit, a news release says. The theme of the seder will be Hunger ACTS OF THE APOSTLES COURSE TO BEGIN JAN. 23 plications of the text of The Acts of the Apos tles, a news release says. These Wednesday classes are free, and partic ipants may choose the morning class, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, or the 6:30 to 8 p.m. evening class. Registration is available online at www.redeemersarasota.org or by calling the parish ofce at 955-4263. CONGREGATION TO HOST HUNGER SEDER ON JAN. 26 The program will include a light lunch pro vided by the Social Action Committee, the re lease adds. Everyone planning to attend is asked to bring food for the All Faiths Food Bank. The events will be held at Congregation Kol HaNeshamas usual meeting place, 3145 South Gate Community Circle (also known as South Tuttle Circle). For further information, contact the Congre gations ofce at 244-2042. % For the best viewing experience on a computer click the icon in the menubar to zoom to fullscreen mode. QUICK TIP There is nothing more admirable than two people who see eye-toeye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies, and delighting their friends. Homer, 9th century BC
18+ JAN Urban Cowboys Through March 31; times vary; Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave. Admission: $19 to $36. Information: 366-9000 or oridastudiotheatre.org 20 JAN Christopher Houlihan performs Viernes Six Symphonies Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m., Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Admission: $20 (students: $10). Tickets: 955-4263 or RedeemerSarasota.org 20 JAN Discussion of new book on King Jan. 20, 2 p.m., Elisabeth Stevens will discuss her book about Martin Luther King Jr.s March on Washington, Ride a Bright and Shining Pony at Bookstore 1 Sarasota,1359 Main St. More event information at www.bookstore1sarasota.com or 365-7900. 22 JAN Momix: Botanica Jan. 22, 8 p.m.; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Admission: $10 to $55. Tickets: 953-3368 or VanWezel.org 25 JAN WSLR presents Hardin Burns and Rebekah Pulley Jan. 25, 8 p.m.; Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. Tickets: $10 in advance or $15 at the door; WSLR.org 01 FEB Old Friends, New Paintings a show featuring artists Craig Ruba doux and Robert Baxter Feb. 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m., opening reception at the Dabbert Gallery, 76 S. Palm Ave.; free admission. Information: 955-1315 or DabbertGallery.com ComMunity CALendar The best of the upcoming week To get all the details on these and other great ac tivities food, nightlife, music, art, theater, chil drens events, learning opportunities and more go to Sarasotas No. 1 source for local events, hot spots, fun activities and hidden gems:
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