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COVER Inside SEEKING NEW SOLUTIONS A REFLECTION OF BIG EASY MORE TWEAKS TO 2050? SUMMER DOUBLE ISSUE Old school journalism. 21st century delivery. THE SARASOTA News Leader The Progressive Voice Of Southwest Florida No. 47 & 48 August 9 & 16, 2013




Copyright 2013 Sarasota News Leader All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Member National Digital Press Association The Sarasota News Leader is a publication of: New Sheriff Publishing, Inc. Post Ofce Box 5099 Sarasota, FL 34277-5099 Rachel Brown Hackney Editor and Publisher Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Stan Zimmerman City Editor Roger Drouin County Editor Roger Norman Schimmel Staff Photographer Fran Palmeri Contributing Writer Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer Elinor Rogosin A&E Writer John Riley Editorial Cartoonist Vicki Chatley Copy Editor Letters To the Editor Cleve Posey Production Manager / Graphic Designer Robert S. Hackney Opinion Editor / General Manager Advertising Sales Subscription Services Press Releases & News Tips MASTHEAD


Just as we were working Wednesday on this double issue (if The New Yorker can do it, so can we) to enable our staff to enjoy some vacation next week what to our wondering eyes did appear but a big bolt of lightning. Sadly, I am not speaking in metaphorical terms about a spec tacular story idea. I am talking about a bolt from the sky that made my ngers tingle as I typed on my computer keyboard. We normally are proud to tout the miracles of modern tech nology, but those miracles can die a fast death at the ages-old hands of Mother Nature. And boy, did our Internet connection die a violent death. Thankfully, we had a good start on the numerous stories for this double issue of Aug. 9 and Aug. 16. Oth erwise, Thursday would have been a very un happy day. We can survive at work without air conditioning; we simply cannot survive with out that powerful source of information called the World Wide Web, or email, or our software editing/production program. Apparently, the live people my husband nally reached after threading the maze of computer-animated responses at the local ofce of our Internet provider heard from more than a few folks on Wednesday who suffered serious storm-related woes. Thank fully though, my husband proved very per suasive, and a kind repairman came to our rescue on Thursday. As a result, you will nd plenty to read until Aug. 23, when our next issue will ap pear. And, as usual, we take great delight in having scooped the daily newspaper on a number of this issues stories. Editor and Publisher WELCOME


A REFLECTION OF BIG EASY ONE HURDLE LEFT NEWS & COMMENTARY SEEKING NEW SOLUTIONS 8 The Salvation Army drops its daily rates and holds its rst planned town hall meeting on the communitys homelessness issues Stan Zimmerman A REFLECTION OF BIG EASY 12 Businessman Chris Brown proposes a New Orleans-style design for the restaurant he plans to open in the landmark building at Five Points Stan Zimmerman MORE TWEAKS TO 2050? 17 Clark Road property owners propose their own changes to Sarasota Countys controversial land-development plan Cooper Levey-Baker ONE HURDLE LEFT 22 Sarasota and Manatee counties celebrate the recommendation that Benderson Park host the 2017 World Rowing Championships Rachel Brown Hackney THOSE SHIFTING SANDS 26 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers models are to be completed by late fall in an effort to determine whether the dredging of Big Pass and groin construction will take place to renourish and stabilize Lido Beach Rachel Brown Hackney A THOUSAND NEW HOTEL ROOMS 32 The members of the Downtown Improvement District Board of Directors hear about new hotels planned and more rent-a-cops, and it agrees to provide a bike rack at Smokin Joes Stan Zimmerman NOT GIVING UP 36 With the City of Sarasota planning to install two chickees for bus shelters, a Sarasota County commissioner says he will raise the topic again in reference to county bus stops Rachel Brown Hackney THE UNIQUE SPRING 41 Mote steps up as possible site operator, but acquisition cost is the biggest unknown in Sarasota Countys effort to purchase the archaeologically rich Little Salt Spring Roger Drouin AFTER THE STORM 48 Sarasota County began drafting its Post Disaster Redevelopment Plan after the back-to-back storm seasons of 2004 and 2005 Roger Drouin TABLE OF CONTENTS Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Sailors Delight Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: Twisty Trail Norman Schimmel No. 47 & 48 August 9 & 16, 2013


TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS A&E BRIEFS S MALLER SIGNS, PLEASE 51 The county commissioners agree that the public does not need to see such big signs announcing infrastructure projects Rachel Brown Hackney A WORK IN PROGRESS 54 It will be September at the earliest before a revised zoning amendment, allowing some types of outdoor merchandise displays on Siesta Key, reappears before the County Commission Rachel Brown Hackney TRASH TALK 60 The Siesta Key Village Association plans to work on ways to fund a recycling program along Ocean Boulevard Rachel Brown Hackney BUSINESS BRIEFS 65 NEWS BRIEFS 70 CRIME BLOTTER 81 OPINION COMMENTARY 89 City CRA plan is hard to nd and a decade out of date Stan Zimmerman COMMENTARY 92 My rst and last (ngers crossed) day in court Harriet Cuthbert COMMENTARY 93 Graveyard of the elephants Rodger Skidmore SARASOTA LEISURE TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS 97 Pruning enables plants to live longer, more healthful lives Rick Wielgorecki SIESTA SEEN 99 More parking will be provided at Beach Access 1; Gidgets Coastal Provisions is coming to Siesta Village; and county staff is seeking another extension of the sunset date for the Noise Ordinance Rachel Brown Hackney A&E BRIEFS 107 RELIGION BRIEFS 111 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 113 SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS 114 Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article No. 47 & 48 August 9 & 16, 2013


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Despite a d riving rainstorm, more than 60 peo ple showed up at the Salvation Army Wednes day evening, Aug. 7, to participate in a town hall-style meeting to talk about strategies to address h omelessness. Two deve lopments made the meeting sig nicant. It introduced Maj. Ethan Frizzell, the new commander of Sarasotas Salva tion Army. And it posi tion ed t he organization for a possible realign ment of social service agencies. The Sal vation Army is only one of the many o r gani z ations assisting the vagrant and home less populations in the county. But because it offers shelter from the elements, the people it serves seldom stray far from its doors. With its location on 10 th Street, in a modern $17-mil lion facility, the Sal Maj. Ethan and Sue Frizzell are welcomed to Sarasota during a Salvation Army Advisory Board meeting. Image courtesy of The Salvation Army of Sarasota Facebook page THE SALVATION ARMY DROPS ITS DAILY RATES AND HOLDS ITS FIRST PLANNED TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE COMMUNITYS HOMELESSNESS ISSUES SEEKING NEW SOLUTIONS An d Im starting a birthday program. Every month, on the day of your birthday, say its the 25th, well give you seven days for one dollar a day for seven days. It allows us to begin building a relationship. Maj. Ethan Frizzell Commander Salvation Army, Sarasota By Stan Zimmerman City Editor NEWS & COMMENTARY


ly as it i s known to its patrons, can sleep in excess of 300 people per night. Its proximity to downtown has vexed some residents since the day it opened its doors. Under Frizzells predecessor, sleepers were charged $10 per night if they were not enrolled in an educational or rehabilitation program. Frizzell announced Wednesday he was cutting the rate to $7 per night. But for women, the rate will drop to $1 per night for the month of September, in an effort to provide females who are homeless and va grant a more secure nighttime environment. Stories of rapes and beatings are common among women who live on the streets. Frizzell proposed yet another change in the rates for men. In the past, the $10 fee was waived for rain; a place to sleep became free. He called that gambling, when people would stay away from the shelter, betting it would not rain and saving their $10. When drops started falling steadily, there would be a rush to get in the door. He would like to change that. You know, Channel Seven studios [WXLT-TV, Channel 40] are across the street, and they give a weather forecast every night at 6 p.m., Frizzell said. Im proposing if there is a 70 percent chance of rain, we drop [the rate] to $3. And for 80 percent, $2. And if theres a 90 percent chance of rain, it would be $1. If it doesnt work, Ill change it again, Frizzell added. And Im starting a birthday program. Every month on the day of your birthday, say its the 25 th well give you seven days for one dollar a day for seven days. It allows us to be gin building a rela tionship. NEW QUARTERS Two subsets of the homeless and vagrant pop ulations are being singled out for special at tention at the Sarasota Salvation Army. For older women, the news is a new facility. Dr. David Sutton said he is working to create a space upstairs, with private showers for them. Next month, he said, they will be able to stay there for $1 per night. Shelter for families was on Frizzells agenda, too, on Wednesday. The space available con sists of ve dorms with 12 apartments, he said. People will be limited to two-week stays be fore they have to move out. The rst week, the goal will be to help them rest; there will be no case management services. The second week, there will be intensive case management as sistance to enable them to move out. It is not acceptable to keep families in a shelter, he pointed out. To resolve the latter situation, Frizzell wants to locate 20 to 25 affordable housing units that The Salvation Army Shelter is located on 10th Street in Sarasota. Image courtesy of Google Maps Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 9


can be uti lized every month for the next year, so people can transition from the Salvation Armys programs with nancial assistance to their own abodes. Were condent the community will help us nd them, he said. While the organizations facility in Sarasota can sleep in excess of 300 people, more than half of those beds are taken by individuals en rolled in a variety of programs encouraging sobriety and self-reliance. Affordable housing for them could free up more room for vagrants and the homeless. We need an affordable housing rate with sin gle-room occupancy, he pointed out, noting that European cities for decades have used dormitory-style facilities with sliding-scale rents to move people off the streets and into productive lives. Do we need another shelter? he asked. Yes, we do, for the other 1 percent. While the term percent was popularized to describe the nations wealthiest plutocrats, the other 1 percent has come into use as a reference to people at the lowest rung of the economic lad der. It might only need 20 to 50 beds, maybe, Frizzell said of a new shelter, for people who just dont want to participate [in Salvation Army programs]. All of these changes were conveyed piecemeal as Frizzell made brief presentations and then responded to questions. What about wom en? led to the discussion of a new shelter with showers. Why $10 a night? led to the rainy-day rate changes, and then the overall change to $7 per night. Frizzell is new to this post. Although a 20-year veteran of the Salvation Army, he has had less than a month at his latest assignment in Sara sota. Meanwhile, the issue of homelessness and vagrancy has risen to the top of the polit ical agenda. Sarasotas relatively new city manager con siders it a significant civic challenge. The Community Alliance of Sarasota County has formed a new committee chaired by former Sarasota Police Capt. Paul Sutton to tackle the issue. And community activists are seek ing to hire Robert Marbut, a national expert on handling homelessness and vagrancy prob lems. Into this turbulent mix, Frizzell launched himself and his organization Wednesday in a search for new approaches. Cutting the daily rate is only the beginning. % A homeless person sleeps in Five Points Park last summer. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 10


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Chris Brow n hopes the City of Sarasota will approve his plans for a radical makeover of the triangular structure at Five Points in the heart of downtown. The building housed Patricks Restaurant for more than 20 years; re cently, it was home to the Floribbean. Brown wants to add galleries on the sec ond floor that would protrude over the side walks. They would be supported by columns stretching 12 feet down to the sidewalk. Be cause the sidewalk is public property, he needs city permission to proceed with the design. He took the initial step in that process on Wed nesday, Aug. 7, when he asked the Development Review Committee (DRC) to look at his plans and offer feedback. He heard an earful, but not a turndown. Architect Chris Gallagher has submitted to city ofcials a New Orleans-style design for a restaurant in the triangular building at Five Points. Image courtesy City of Sarasota BUSINESSMAN CHRIS BROWN PROPOSES A NEW ORLEANS-STYLE DESIGN FOR THE RESTAURANT HE PLANS TO OPEN IN THE LANDMARK BUILDING AT FIVE POINTS A REFLECTION OF BIG EASY You are aware of the scrutiny on this block. Courtney Mendez Senior Planner City of Sarasota By Stan Zimmerman City Editor


An angled view provides a close-up view of the galleries designed for the building. Image courtesy City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 13


Courtney Mendez, a senior city planner, noted this would be the rst application of a zoning code amendment that allows galleries. Not only would the structures be 12 feet above the sidewalk, but they also would project 8 feet out from the building and be fronted with a railing. Brown offered two sketches, which show a New Orleans French Quarter avor, including wrought iron railings. The construction would take place on two sides of the triangular building, running along both Pineapple Avenue and Main Street and wrapping around the point of the structure. We see this as a real landmark site, said Browns architect, Chris Gallagher. There are extraordinary views of downtown from the second oor. The DRC comprises representatives of the various city departments that oversee regu lations, along with the Sarasota County Fire Department. It purports to help developers by giving them a one-stop, top-level review of plans before they spend money on engineer ing drawings and architectural renderings, as well as a variety of studies (trafc, soil, etc.) necessary to obtain a building permit. The committee members on Wednesday pro vided 32 separate comments on Browns plans. City Engineer Alexandrea DavisShaw wanted more information about the footers that will Chris Brown closed the Floribbean restaurant after he bought the iconic building at Five Points this spring. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 14


underlie the columns at the sidewalk level, for example. I need more detail on their depth and the impact on existing utilities, she said. A ROSE IS A ROSE Exa ctly what to call Browns addition was of some concern, too. Gallagher said, We have a series of denitions that are not in alignment with city code language. Galleries? Canopies? Balconies? He could have added, but did not, the term, ar cades, a design feature once included in the zoning text but quickly pulled out after one construction project downtown incor porated arcades. The public reacted nega tively, so arcades were eliminated as a future building element. During the DRC meeting, there was a strong public showing of people who remembered the scrap over arcades and wanted to hear more about Browns project. Normally, building plans for a downtown proj ect require only staff approval, but because Browns design needs to encroach on the side walk, he will have to gain the City Commis sions nod as well. One of the roles of the DRC is to explain to a developer what is required to win such approval. Gretchen Schneider, a senior Building Depart ment ofcial with the city, told Brown and Gallagher, It is a combination of technical issues plus the use from a zoning standpoint. You are coming on city property, so the en croachment issue is very exact. [The commis An aerial view shows Five Points in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 15


sioners] will be l ooking for more specicity for the encroachment. Brown also will need to provide extra de tails regarding how he plans to illuminate the sidewalk below the galleries, where he will put garbage receptacles and what impact the structure will have on general street lighting. This is not Browns rst restaurant. He also owns The Hub Baja Grill and The Cottage on Siesta Key. His phone is ringing off the hook, he says, with people interested in occupying the Five Points space. He has signed a letter of intent with an extremely high-end restaurant that is willing to send down a design team and mak e a presentation to the City Commission, he added. The price point will price out the Daiquiri Deck and Hooters clients, he said. But his project will encompass just a restau rant, he promised the DRC members. Every body wants to put a nightclub there, he not ed. This is the rst gallery [proposed to be built in the city], Mendez said, so we want it to move forward cautiously. The rst time there was an attempt to build an arcade, it was not well received. You are aware of the scrutiny on this block, she told Brown. % The fearless are merely fearless. People who act in spite of their fear are truly brave. James A. LaFond-Lewis Gene Burgess and Melonie Burgess, licensed acupuncture physicians Serving Sarasota since 2008 Treatment rates are on a sliding scale, from $15-$35; new patients pay a onetime additional fee of $10 AFFORDABLE ACUPUNCTURE FOR EVERYONE 3615 Webber St Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 922-4611 Open Tuesday through Saturday Our Mission To provide our community with high quality and affordable acupuncture and herbal medicine and to create a treatment space that connects people and builds community. Click for larger map and driving directions Click To Schedule An Appointment Online MENTION THIS AD TO RECEIVE $5 OFF THE NEW PATIENT FEE Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 16


An aerial map shows the boundary lines for the 2050 South Village Area. Image courtesy Sarasota County MORE TWEAKS TO 2050? While the public process seeks to address complex and more global 2050 implementation issues, there are unique features of the Clark Road Properties that present their own opportunities and constraints which are best addressed through a set of unique policies and design guidelines. James Paulmann Senior Principal Stantec


Sarasota 2050, the countys long-range de velopment blueprint, is already facing tough scrutiny. Now, thanks to a proposal brought by owners of 4,638 acres along Clark Road, even more changes might be in the ofng. The Sarasota County Planning Commission next week will consider big changes to the section of 2050 dealing with the so-called South Village Area. The 2050 plan, approved a decade ago to encourage walkable, mixeduse neighborhoods in previously undeveloped areas, stipulates only one Village Master De velopment Plan may initially be approved on land designated for Village land use located south of Clark Road. According to the proposal brought by repre sentatives of LT Ranch and 3 H Ranch, that language would be eliminated and swapped out with text stating that the County shall support development within the portion of the South Village Area to be dubbed the Clark Road Properties. That agricultural land, 4,638 acres in total, lies south of Clark and east of Ibis Street and the neighborhood of Serenoa. According to the proposal, the 2050 revisions would ensure that development within the Clark Road Properties would generally fol low current 2050 guidelines, but they would also allow for just 33 percent of open space in a new neighborhood, rather than the current 50 percent rule. Other changes would allow for looser greenway buffer rules and remove specic requirements for affordable housing the latter move suggested because sur rounding existing neighbors do not desire sub stantial affordable housing near their neigh borhoods of larger lot/home communities, among other reasons. Overall, the document claims, the changes would allow for the con struction of 9,110 units. The proposal lands in the midst of a much larger-scale effort by the Sarasota County Commission to revamp 2050. In July, the board approved a timetable for staff to revise several sections of the plan, a process begun last year when commissioners instructed county em ployees to meet with developers to hear their frustrations with 2050 regulations. Gov. Rick Scott meets with a group. Photo by Meredyth Hope Hall CLARK ROAD PROPERTY OWNERS PROPOSE THEIR OWN CHANGES TO SARASOTA COUNTYS CONTROVERSIAL LAND-DEVELOPMENT PLAN By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 18


Devel opers say 2050s web of rules, rather than encouraging smart growth, has in fact prevented any growth, while defenders of the plan argue the global economic downturn and the housing implosion have had much great er impacts on construction. The county has approved more than 7,000 units under 2050, but only one project has broken ground: Neal Communities Grand Palm. THE FISCAL NEUTRALITY FACTOR One of the thorniest issues in the 2050 debate has been scal neutrality the requirement that any new neighborhood pay for the in creased demand for county services that ac companies it through impact fees and taxes. In July, the commission authorized County Administrator Randy Reid to negotiate with three economists with development project experience (Commissioner Joe Barbettas phrase) to evaluate 2050s scal neutrality policies. Reid tells The Sarasota News Leader two of the three people suggested by the board have dropped out, leaving only Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics. Donna Arduin, recom mended by Barbetta, is perhaps most famous to Floridians for having crafted then-candidate Rick Scotts -7-7 plan to create 700,000 jobs in seven years. Shortly after being elected in 2010, Scott named Arduin to his budget advi sory team. Arduin has also consulted with for mer Gov. Jeb Bush and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her rms co-founder, Arthur Laffer, served in the Reagan adminis tration; he touts himself as the father of sup ply-side economics the notion that cutting taxes, particularly for the rich, leads to greater government revenue in the long run. According to a draft document supplied by Reid, Arduins rm would be responsible for delivering an initial scal neutrality report within 60 days and making three public pre sentations on its ndings. Reid says the goal is to hammer out a methodology by which scal neutrality could be assessed, as well as how best to time the monitoring system. He hopes to have something nalized this week with Ar duin, Laffer & Moore. BACK ON CLARK ROAD The proposal submitted by LT and 3 H ac knowledges the countys in-progress overhaul of 2050, but it argues that shouldnt affect how ofcials view their request. While the public process seeks to address complex and more global 2050 implementation issues, there are unique features of the Clark Road Properties that present their ow n opportunities and con Donna Arduin addresses a program hosted by the Virginia Institute for Public Policy. Image cour tesy of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 19


straints which are best addressed through a set of unique policies and design guidelines, Stantec Senior Principal James Paulmann wrote to county ofcials in March. Stantec is part of the team handling the 2050 change re quest for LT and 3 H. But the Clark Road proposal just needlessly complicates 2050, argues Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations Pres ident Lourdes Ramirez. A vocal critic of the decision to overhaul 2050, she says there are so many things wrong with this project. For one, according to county analysis of the pro posal, 50 percent of the land in question is located within the 100-year oodplain, but county policy is to protect oodplains, per the comprehensive plan. In that staff analysis, sent to Paulmann in May, county employees posed a number of ques tions about the proposal and asked for a de tailed narrative answering questions such as, What about this property is unique that jus ties the proposed modications? Ramirez stresses that point: What makes this parcel so special? (County staff did not respond to a News Leader request for more information.) You cant call it Sarasota 2050, says Ramirez, a likely County Commission candidate next year. Its sprawl. At a neighborhood meeting held at nearby Twin Lakes Park in April, Charlie Bailey, the agent for the proposal and an attorney with Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, emphasized that no development is contem plated at thi s time, according to a memo re counting the event. Rather, this is a policy plan amendment which is the rst step in a very long process. (Bailey did not respond to a News Leader call; neither did property owner John Hales.) But some details did emerge. Our vision is to create a master planned community approach similar to what you see in Grand Palm in the Venice area, Paulmann told meeting attend ees. We want to meet the intent of the goals that were identied in the 2050 Plan, better utilize infrastructure and design the develop ment to meet the market conditions. Paulmann also explained that the property owners want to eliminate the requirement that the commercial portion of the mixed-use plan be located in the center of the neighborhood, a New Urbanist principle intended to make neighborhood residents less dependent on cars. That has proven not to work, Paulmann said. It is better to be located at a more efcient location for providing goods and services. We rst saw that in The Meadows. That commer cial area still struggles to survive. The same thing is seen in other noted New Urbanist de velopments, like Disneys Celebration. If they cant make it work in Celebration, said Williams Parker attorney Jim Turner, we certainly cant make it work here. The Sarasota County Planning Commission will consider the proposed 2050 changes at a public meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. % Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 20


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Visit Sarasota County President Virginia Ha ley said she had cautioned her staff just that morning not to celebrate prematurely if good news came about the Benderson Park bid for hosting the 2017 World Rowing Champion ships. So what did she do when the news arrived that the Council of the Fdration Interna tionale des Socits dAviron the Inter national Federation of Rowing Associations (FISA) was rec ommending its Con gress award the bid to Benderson? If you could see me, she told The Sarasota News Leader laughingly on Monday, Aug. 5, you would see me doing a happy dance. At 2:45 p.m. that day, Sarasota County Ad ministrator Randall Reid sent an email to the County Commission with the subject line: We got it!!!!! The ofcial news release, issued about an hour later, said, The FISA Co uncil announced today that it is formal ly recommending to its 136 member Con gress that Sarasota/ Bradenton host the Teams compete in mid-April during the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling Champion ships at Benderson Park. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES CELEBRATE THE RECOMMENDATION THAT BENDERSON PARK HOST THE 2017 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS ONE HURDLE LEFT Weve got a good plan and we think well do well. Paul Blackketter President SunCoast Aquatic Nature Center Association By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park. Its fantastic! Commissioner Nora Patterson told the News Leader We are extremely pleased, said Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Carolyn Mason in the county news release. Sarasota County has a long history of hosting major sporting events with great success and we are eager to show the world our amazing commu nity and world-class rowing venue. I felt we had a pretty good shot at it, Pat terson told the News Leader especially after the bid presentation went so well in Lausanne, Switzerland, a couple of weeks ago. A sign at Benderson Park shows where to nd various facilities. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota County Commissioners Joe Barbetta and Carolyn Mason present a rowing competition trophy to members of Sarasota Crew at an event held at Benderson Park in 2012. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 23


Reached in Reids of ce that same afternoon, Paul Blackketter, president of the not-for-prof it SunCoast Aquatic Nature Center Associa tion (SANCA) which manages Benderson Park events told the News Leader The recommendation means a lot, pointing out that FISA is a very, very professional orga nization that undertakes a thorough vetting process before making any decision. Were pretty proud, Blackketter added as an under statement. According to county and SANCA estimates, the 2017 World Rowing Championships would be expected to attract about 42,000 visitors to the region from 62 countries for two weeks. An estimated 130 million people from around the world would watch the events on television and on the web, the county news release notes. Haley and Blackketter told the Sarasota Coun ty Commission the event could have a region al economic impact of $24 million. The cham pionships were last held in the United States in 1994 in Indianapolis. A copy of the ofcial FISA Council recom mendation may be found here The Council recommended Bendersons competition for the 2017 event Plodiv, Bulgaria host the 2018 championships. Everyone the News Leader contacted about the announcement emphasized that one more big step lies ahead: The FISA Congress has to vote on the recommendation during the 2013 World Championships in Chungju, South Ko rea. The ofcial bid award is scheduled to be announced on Sept. 2. (From left) Paul Blackketter, Commissioner Joe Barbetta and Randy Benderson, president of Bender son Development, gather at Benderson Park earlier this year. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 24


Still, B lackketter told the News Leader Were condent. We feel that our strongest suit is the partnership among Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as Benderson Development, which has invested private money along with Sarasota Countys $19.1 million for infrastruc ture to transform the park into an internation al rowing venue. FISA representatives have noted multiple times how impressed they have been with that partnership as local government represen tatives and even Randy Benderson presi dent of Benderson have traveled the world, talking with rowing ofcials, in the effort to win the 2017 bid, Blackketter added. Blackketter has logged more frequent ier miles than anyone else in the years-long initia tive to learn as much as possible about what features are and are not desirable for an Olym pic-quality rowing facility. Its amazing, when you work together, what you can do, Blackketter said. As he has in past interviews on the subject, Reid emphasized to the News Leader that Benderson Park already is becoming known worldwide as an international rowing venue. That burgeoning reputation means tremen dous potential for the county in its efforts to build upon the economic potential of sports tourism, Reid added. THE LAST STOP In just a few weeks, Blackketter, Reid and Ha ley all pointed out, a Sarasota/Manatee dele gation will travel to South Korea for the 2013 World Championships. There, everyone in the group will be working hard to lobby members of the FISA Congress, to let them know the importance of the 2017 bid to the community. Blackketter characterized the 136 members of the FISA Congress as the highest of high levels [of representation] when it comes to rowing. It is very vital, Blackketter continued, for the Sarasota/Manatee delegation members to meet with all of them and convey the details of the public-private partnership as well as the technical aspects of the venue itself. Make sure we walk the oor a little bit, was how Reid put the lobbying effort. We need to make sure we are shaking hands and saying, Hello, to all the federations, Ha ley added. Weve got a good plan, Blackketter pointed out, and we think well do well. Even though the real works about to begin, Haley said, this is just so thrilling. She added, I think back to when we got to gether in October, looking at the [bid] pack age, [wondering], How are we ever going to complete this thing. And now weve got it un der our belt. Just before 5 p.m. on Aug. 5, it was evident the celebratory air had not waned in the Saraso ta County government ofces. Reid sent one more email on the subject to the County Com mission: A closing thought for the day .. In future years could ... Sarasota be to the sport of rowing what Wimbledon is to tennis, Indianapolis or Daytona is to [auto] racing, or Augusta or Pebble Beach is to golf? % Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 25


The U.S. Army Co rps of Engineers is con tinuing work on the design of the proposed Lido Beach renourishment project, including an examination of shoaling in Big Pass and plans for three proposed groins on the south end of Lido Key to help stabilize the beach, Diagrams showing details about the changes in the Big Pass shoal were part of a study released in December 2012 regarding the Lido Beach renourishment project. The study was undertaken by the rms JALBTCX, Coastal Tech and Coastal Engineering Consultants Inc., along with the University of South Florida. Image courtesy of the City of Sarasota U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS MODELS ARE TO BE COMPLETED BY LATE FALL IN AN EFFORT TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE DREDGING OF BIG PASS AND GROIN CONSTRUCTION WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO RENOURISH AND STABILIZE LIDO BEACH THOSE SHIFTING SANDS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Alexandrea DavisShaw, engineer for the City of Sarasota, told The Sarasota News Leader this week. Sarasota County staff members provided the Corps several different modeling scenarios relative to Big Pass, she said. Corps ofcials


have expanded on those, she added, spending the past several months running them out for a number of years as they consider the best approach. Corps ofcials also are looking at reducing the size of the groins, she added, while trying to ensure the structures will provide much-need ed protection for the shoreline. The modeling is scheduled to be complete in October, DavisShaw said, with the results to be made available not just to city and county ofcials but also to the public. Tourism on Lido Beach is vital to the com munitys economy, DavisShaw pointed out, which is all the more reason the City of Sara sota is proceeding with plans to renourish that beach. City ofcials have estimated the cost of the p roject at $17.5 million, while federal ofcials have put it at $20 million, she noted, though the latter gure includes a very large contingency. The federal government would pay 62 percent of the cost, she said, with the city applying to the state for 19 percent of the remainder and the city taking responsibility for about $3.8 million of the expense. The local money is expected to come out of a Tourist Development Tax (TDT) revenue fund set aside for renourishment projects. It could be as long as 18 months before the Corps puts in a request for federal funding, DavisShaw pointed out, because it does not apply for money until the design of a project has been completed and [it is] at least fairly far along in permitting. A chart shows 2012 economic data reecting tourism on Lido Key Beach. Image courtesy of Visit Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 27


Once the request is submitted, she continued, it is probably anybodys guess how long it will take to get the funds. A memo to the County Commission in late April from Laird Wreford, the countys coast al resources manager, said the city is hoping the renourishment can take place in the 2017 scal year. SIESTA WORRIES In the meantime, boaters and Siesta residents remain worried about whether the Corps will end up dredging Big Pass for that Lido renour ishment and what impact the groins might have on Siesta Keys shoreline. A 1994 scientic study undertaken by D.G. Au brey and Robert Dolan noted, Siesta Keys stab ility and low erosion rates are linked, both directly and indirectly, to the Big Sarasota Pass ebb shoals capacity to shelter the key from high wave and storm forces, as well as to the sand transport that occurs in conjunction with the shoal, the pass, and the key. If [pro posed] dredging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is carried out, this will modify the wave and storm protection [and] alter the sediment supply to the onshore beaches. At the time, Aubrey was president of his own consulting rm and a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dolan was a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Their report was written as the Corps pursued plans to und ertake a 2.1 million cubic yard re A groin juts into the Gulf of Mexico on Longboat Key. Photo by Norman Schimmel The number one recommendation for all estuarine shoreline types is land planning (i.e. leave the land in its natural state). Physical Processes Work Group Recommendations for Appropriate Shoreline Stabilization Methods for the Different North Carolina Estuarine Shoreline Types August 2006 Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 28


nourishment proje ct for beaches in the Venice area. County Commissioner Patterson pointed out during the Feb. 7 Siesta Key Association (SKA) meeting that sand on the west coast of Florida naturally drifts south. County staff has pointed out that Siesta Public Beach has accreted sand over the past few years as a result of that effect. Ultimately, the decision was made not to dredge sand from Big Pass for that initiative. SKA Secretary Peter van Roekens remembers the Aubrey/Dolan report clearly. A boater who regularly provides reports on the New Pass channel as a public service, he has voiced his worries about the fact that, once again, the Corps is eying Big Pass as a sand source for Lido. On Aug. 1, van Roe kens won unanimous support fro m his fellow SKA board members for the organization to pay up to $2,000 for an independent review of the Corps latest mod eling when it is completed. Van Roekens pointed out during the Aug. 1 SKA meeting that Big Pass never has been dredged and that when New Pass was dredged for the last Lido renourishment in 2009 the channel got severely damaged. New Pass has been remarked, he added, and apparently its OK now. Still, that factor in creases his wariness of any effort to remove sand from the Big Pass shoal. Van Roekens said he would feel more com fortable having an independent coastal engi neer look at the studies provided for the latest renourishment ef fort. He has cited scientific research warning against groins, too. A lot for sale on Siesta Keys Ocean Boulevard offers a view of Lido Key across Big Pass. File photo. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 29


THE SCIENCE A ND THE RESERVATIONS Dr. Stanley R. Riggs, a highly respected ge ologist with expertise in marine and coastal issues, was a member of the North Carolina Estuarine Biological and Physical Processes Work Group that issued an August 2006 report on stabilization methods for various North Carolina estuarine shoreline types. The report points out that groins trap sand on the updrift side to build out the upland. However, it says, The number one recom mendation for all estuarine shoreline types is land planning (i.e. leave the land in its natural state). Typically, the number two recommen dation is to use vegetation control because vegetation is a natural and environmental ly benecial stabilization method. In many cases, beach ll is a recommended action to maintain the current shoreline type due to its non-structural, non-hardening attributes. When shoreline hardening stabilization meth ods are proposed, the Work Group [ranks] sills as the most preferred option since it is a small structure that is constructed to support wetland plantings, or the conservation of ex isting wetland vegetation. Another nationally known expert on coast al geology, Orrin H. Pilkey James B. Duke professor emeritus at Duke Universitys Nich olas School of the Environment also has expressed opposition to groins. Writing, for one example, in The News and Observer on April 26, 2011, he described the situation in North Carolinas Oregon Inlet a highly un stable area of the Outer Banks between Nags Head and Cape Hatteras. Addre ssing the Corps of Engineers decision to allow the construction of a 3,000-foot ter minal groin to protect N.C. Highway 12, which runs between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound, Pilkey referenced an article by Rob ert Dolan, who had written that the termi nal groin did not work as claimed to protect the shoreline. Severe erosion had continued, Pilkey pointed out, and the groin had led to the clogging of Oregon Inlet, since sand ex change across the inlet is now halted. In late March, Laird Wreford, coastal resourc es manager for Sarasota County, told the News Leader that the Corps would have to determine through a cost-benet analysis that future Lido renourishment projects would be extended out much longer before approving the construction of the groins on the southern tip of Lido. However, DavisShaw told the News Leader on April 2, I think theres a lot of improvement in technology regarding the design of groins, A map shows the location of Big Pass north of Siesta Key, with Lido Key on the other side of the inlet. Image courtesy of Google Maps Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 30


so they are be tter able to address the needs of the areas where they are placed. Permeable adjustable groins on Longboat Key have been working well, she pointed out. PUBLIC VETTING The Corps has agreed to present its ndings during the SKAs Dec. 5 meeting, van Roekens said. Representatives also will provide that in formation to the Boaters Coalition, he added. Corps representatives generally prefer to set up stations featuring individual aspects of a project, DavisShaw told the News Leader instead of making a traditional presentation to an audience. The Corps view is that such a process encourages people to ask questions about specic aspects of a project that inter ests them, and Corps representatives provide the answers. That [method] seems to be best received, she added. Still, she pointed out, she was not certain what the Corps representatives would do when they come to Sarasota in December. TOURIST TAX DOLLARS AT WORK When questions about the cost of the Lido re nourishment arose during the SKA meeting on Aug. 1, Patterson explained the use of Tourist Development Tax revenue for such projects. A certain portion of the TDT money is allo cated to local governments in the county ac cording to a formula based on population, she pointed out. My guess is th eyve stockpiled enough of the citys portion of the TDT revenue, she added, to pay for the Li do expense. Patterson added, Im not terribly personally supportive of this project in its form, refer ring to the potential dredging of Big Pass. However, she said she was in full support of keeping all the countys beaches in good shape. THE DEBBY PROBLEMS While the wait continues on the next big Lido renourishment, DavisShaw emphasized this week that she is anxious to move forward on more immediate, emergency plans to stabi lize that beach because of the severe erosion it suffered in 2012 during the days-long on slaught of Tropical Storm Debby. Were moving forward slowly, she told the News Leader Permitting is the biggest un known in any of the beach projects. Yet, DavisShaw referenced what Patterson had alluded to during the SKA meeting: Tour ism data conrms the value of maintaining the beach at a such a level that it continues to draw tourists. Data for 2012, commissioned by Visit Saraso ta County and released on July 22, showed 100,100 visitors stayed overnight in commer cial lodging on Lido Beach, with direct spend ing of $81,956,900. The total economic impact of those tourists on the countys economy was put at $155,537,800, the data shows. Additionally, those visitors paid $5,163,300 in state and local taxes and supported 3,617 jobs. That is why, DavisShaw told the News Lead er we try to make the beaches as healthy as possible. % Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 31


Plans call for the Gulfstream Sarasota hotel to be constructed on the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue/Ringling Causeway. Photo by Norman Schimmel A THOUSAND NEW HOTEL ROOMS As many as si x new hotels are planned for the downtown area, City of Sarasota Chief Planner Steve Stancel told the Downtown Im provement District board on Tuesday, Aug 6. While ve of them are already well-known projects as a result of recent community dis cussions, Stancel said there is potential for a sixth, which I cannot tell you about. If just ve were actually built, they would add more than 1,000 hotel rooms in the down town area. And just as important, Stancel not ed, would be the range of room rates: That makes a difference, because you reach differ ent markets. One of them the Gulfstream Sarasota would be adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton at the intersection of U.S. 41 and the Ringling Cause way. Embassy Suites has led pre-application paperwork for a 200-room hotel at Second Street and Tamiami Trail, across the street from the Ritz. THE MEMBERS OF THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS HEAR ABOUT NEW HOTELS PLANNED AND MORE RENTA-COPS, AND IT AGREES TO PROVIDE A BIKE RACK AT SMOKIN JOES By Stan Zimmerman City Editor I congratulate you on your work on lower Main Street. All the complaints in the papers are null and void. Its going very well, and you have my congratulations. Tony Souza Chairman Downtown Sarasota Alliance


Plans may start moving again on the Floridays hotel project next to the Palm Avenue parking garage. Photo by Norman Schimmel A combination hotel/condominium building is inching forward for the intersection of Palm Avenue and Charles Ringling Boulevard. It has received three adjustments in design, courtesy of the Sarasota Planning Board, and is starting to rm up. And a boutique hotel is proposed for the parking lot immediately north of the historic Sarasota County Court house. No formal paperwork has been led for the latter project, but developers are talking about 150 rooms with a restaurant and 7,000 square feet of meeting space. Stancel also related good legal news regarding the Floridays hotel planned for the intersec tion of Palm and Coconut avenues. The proj ect has been stalled because of two lawsuits led by a developer who tried, but failed, to put something else on that site. Stancel said a court hearing had been scheduled for the day before the DID meeting, but it was suddenly cancelled at the request of the Buck Leiter de velopment team. It looks like the suit may be dropped, he said. If so, that would allow the Floridays initiative to begin moving forward without any cloud over the title to the land. Two outstanding agreements between the city and Floridays have been hammered out; they will go to the City Commission on Sept. 3, Stancel noted. SECURITY TO BE DETERMINED The presence of the homeless and vagrant populations has forced several downtown merchants to band together and hire private security to provide customers a sense of safety. For the same reason, Sarasota County hired private security for the downtown Selby Public Library and the Sarasota County Area Transit bus transfer station on Lemon Avenue. The DID board this week was prepared to hear a pitch for broader participation in the security-for-hire scheme from Norman Gollub, the citys downtown economic development coordinator. However, Gollub asked that the issue be deferred to the next meeting of the group. He said he wanted to present crime sta Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 33


tistics and a trend analysis to underpin any request he might make for nancial assistance to expand the private security force. The City Commission already takes $1 million from the pot of Community Redevelopment Agency funds to pay for increased city police presence downtown and in north Sarasota. The question for the DID board will be wheth er it should utilize revenue from its district to pay for private security. HOW TO GET A NEW BIKE RACK The DID recently completed new landscap ing along lower Main Street, and in one area, the plants are already being trampled. That is outside Smokin Joes caf and tobacconist, where patrons are chaining their bicycles to the trees and crashing through the underbrush to get to the bar. Construction was under way on lower Main Street in late July. Photo by Norman Schimmel Patrons of Smokin Joes in downtown Saraso ta will soon have a new bike rack to use. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 34


Busine ssman Ron Soto came forward during the Open to the Public part of the DID meet ing to suggest a bike rack might be the solu tion. They wanted the bench taken out to keep the homeless away and replaced with a bike rack, he said of the Smokin Joes manage ment. Some of their patrons have DUIs, so [the customers] bike there. You paid for all kinds of new plants recently, and now the bike guys are going through the plants, tearing the hell out of the plants you just paid for. Soto operates the family optometry shop a half-block away. While the organizations rules forbid discus sion during the open-to-the-public portion of the meeting, the issue did come up again during Member Comments. Stancel noted a redesign of the bike parking area at the Palm Avenue parking garage had resulted in a cou ple of excess racks. This could be an administrative issue, he said. DID Vice Chairman William Pettey made a motion to authorize up to $1,000 to install a new bike rack at Smokin Joes. The motion passed unanimously. A PLUS AND A MINUS Also during the Open to the Public session, Tony Souza, chairman of the Downtown Sara sota Alliance, stepped forward to offer words of praise to the organization. At this moment, downtown is a mess. Construction crews are digging and pouring and demolishing and rebuilding streets and sidewalks, all part of a DID-nanced beautication scheme that should be completed next month. Any merchant fears the consequences of such confusion. But Souza stepped forward to say, I congratulate you on your work on lower Main Street. All the complaints in the papers are null and void. Its going very well, and you have my congratulations. On the minus side of the karmic ledger, during an end-of-meeting budget wrap-up, it was not ed the nancial reserves had not yet paid for $8,300 in legal fees resulting from a public re cords lawsuit. The suit was led after two DID members said publicly that they had erased from their personal computers emails that concerned DID business. DID Members Dr. Mark Kaufman and Pettey surrendered their computers; some emails were found, and some were gone forever. Dr. Kaufman, I dont mind the DID paying for that because it doesnt come out of our pock ets, said Pettey. % An apparently homeless man sleeps on a bench in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Stan Zim merman Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 35


Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta is not giving up on the idea of using chickees thatch-covered shelters built by the Mic cosukee and Seminole Indians as bus shel ters in Sarasota County. As the City of Sarasota proceeds with plans to install such struc tures at two bus stops along Old Bradenton Road, Barbetta will bring up the subject again when the County Commission meets the last week of this month, he told The Sarasota News Leader on Aug. 5. He called a staff memo completed in April noting numerous reasons why chickees would not make good bus stop shelters pretty amazing, and not in a good way. The April 5 memo was prepared for the Coun ty Commission by Gla ma Carter, director of Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT ), and A chickee serves as the bar at OLearys in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. File photo WITH THE CITY OF SARASOTA PLANNING TO INSTALL TWO CHICKEES FOR BUS SHELTERS, A SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAYS HE WILL RAISE THE TOPIC AGAIN IN REFERENCE TO COUNTY BUS STOPS NOT GIVING UP Our goal is to make them work. Bill Nichols Project Manager Old Bradenton Road Improvements By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


Assistant C ounty Administrator Mark Cun ningham. Barbetta also pointed to the estimated cost of a regular bus stop shelter in that memo: between $27,360 and $37,360. During a Jan. 29 workshop with the County Commission, Carter had put the cost between $30,000 and $40,000, prompting Commissioner Nora Pat terson to remark, Thats just nuts. Now all of a sudden theyve come down to $27,000? Barbetta told the News Leader on Aug. 5. Asked whether he felt the lower price was just another indication beyond those in the memo that staff did not want to pursue the use of chickees, Barbetta replied, Im getting that feeling. A man waits in a standard Sarasota County Area Transit bus shelter at Westeld Southgate Mall during mid-March. File photo A chickee stands on the Brighton Seminole In dian Reservation in Glades County. Photo by Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 37


The expense Carter mentioned in January was one reason Barbetta asked County Admin istrator Randall Reid in March to have staff check out the feasibility of chickees an idea that Jack Gurney, a former Sarasota mayor and longtime journalist, had proposed about three years ago when Gurney was serving on the countys Tree Advisory Council. In response to a call from the News Leader Patterson determined the Carter-Cunningham memo was logged in as having been provided to the County Commission on April 8. Howev er, neither she nor Barbetta nor Commissioner Christine Robinson recalled any subsequent discussion of the document at the dais. The commission meetings held on April 9 and 10 covered a diverse array of other topics from a pilot program involving the planting of wild owers at the Fruitville Road/Interstate 75 in terchange to a dispute over a fuel contract to improvements for Myrtle Street in Newtown to an update on the effort to replace the countys aging 800MHz emergency radio system; but no chickee bus shelters, pursuant to a News Lead er review of minutes from those meetings. Robinson told the News Leader this week that she would be open to discussing chick ees again. S he had joined Patterson in asking numerous questions of Carter in January re garding the cost of bus shelters. Patterson said she remembered reading the April 5 memo, especially that it noted con cerns she had raised whether the chickees could withstand strong storms. THE MEMO When the News Leader contacted the SCAT ofce last week for an update on Barbettas request on March 5 for more information on chickees, an assistant to Carter responded with a copy of the April 5 memo. As Barbetta had pointed out during that March meeting, the memo notes that chick ees constructed by the Miccosukee or Sem inole tribes are exempt from building code requirements, but they are still subject to typical zoning regulations such as setback re quirements, right-of-way considerations and other local government regulations. Regarding chickees and storms, the memo says, Researching this issue provided evi dence found on-line that is anecdotal only. Cape Coral guidelin es for use of chickees, Part of an April 5 memo to the County Commission compares costs for putting in a chickee bus shel ter and a regular bus shelter. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 38


for example, said, [T]he palm fronds are at tached in such a way as to be sacriced when the wind exceeds 70 miles per hour. For another example: The City of Naples building and zoning director was quoted in a newspaper article as saying that chickees in Southwest Florida held up pretty well during four storms that pounded Florida Sever al [chickees] on Marco Island [though] were damaged, even though the island was spared a direct hit. The memo also notes that the thatched roofs, according to research, tend to last from ve to 10 years before they must be replaced. The memo adds, SCAT does not recommend [chickees] use as bus shelters in Sarasota County for of a number of reasons. Those range from the fact that maintenance appears to be more involved than rst apparent to th e need to spray the palm fronds with both pesticide and a substance to protect them from mold (SCAT does not have the staff or the budget to accommodate [that]) to the fact that the chickees are designed to lose their thatch entirely during even a Category 1 hur ricane. MOVING FORWARD IN THE CITY Those issues are not worrisome to Bill Nich ols, project manager for the Old Bradenton Road improvements under way in the city of Sarasota. In an interview with the News Leader on Aug. 6, Nichols said he had checked with people at four locations in the area where chickees are standing and learned the structures held up to 65-mph winds without problems, thanks to the design. Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) and other county staff members listed reasons they do not rec ommend the use of chickees for bus shelters. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 39


The on ly deterrent to the city using them might be cost he added. The city has 8-foot by 14-foot concrete pads already in place at the two locations where it proposes to install the chickees as bus shel ters, he explained. Those sites are at the rst Old Bradenton Road bus stop just south of University Parkway across from the Sara sota Kennel Club track and at 32 nd Street. A typical hard shelter like those used at SCAT stops costs about $5,000, Nichols pointed out. Staff is working through the citys Procure ment Department, he continued, to get quotes on chickee models. The design can vary, he pointed out. We just want shade. We like the natural approach [and] the community likes it. Because of the need to obtain quotes, he pointed out, he has no guess about what cost will be involved. However, he said, the citys design is a fairly simple [one], so he is hope ful the price will come in lower than $5,000. If the price per chickee gets to be much more expensive [than that], its going to be hard to justify, Nichols added. Still, he is maintaining a positive outlook on the process. Its going to happen. Nichols said he anticipated the chickees go ing up in late November or early December, in the latter stages of the Old Bradenton Road project. IN-HOUSE DESIGN In March and April, County Commission ers Robinson and Charles Hines exchanged emails with Carter, the SCAT director, about the possibility of in-house design of standard bus shelters. Carter replie d to Hines on April 5, saying that staff had completed an analysis of the cost of county staff handling the work compared to the cost of contracting it out. Based on plans for installing about 20 bus shelters per year over the next three years, she wrote, the es timate was $9,500 per shelter. This total in cludes staff resources, project management charges, central service charge, and survey costs. Historical data showed the cost of outsourc ing bus stop designs is about $10,000 per stop, she added. As that cost is very comparable to the in-house estimate, staff next evaluated whether or not the time associated with de sign could be shortened by designing in-house. It was determined that the labor hours neces sary to complete the design are comparable whether done in-house or by a consultant. Carter then pointed out, SCAT and Public Works are discussing the development of a new solicitation encompassing the design, construction, and installation of bus shelters that could be used for multiple years. Staff anticipates that this approach will not only be more cost effective, but more timely and ef cient, in addressing the overwhelming need for bus shelters in Sarasota County. Robinson who was on vacation when con tacted by the News Leader this week said she believed that we could save some time and money by taking care of [bus shelter de sign] in-house. Barbetta told t he News Leader he would be eager to see the quotes the City of Sarasota receives for chickee shelters. Our goal is to make them work, Nichols said. Were going to do somet hing that works. % Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 40


MOTE STEPS UP AS POSSIBLE SITE OPERATOR, BUT ACQUISITION COST IS THE BIGGEST UNKNOWN IN SARASOTA COUNTYS EFFORT TO PURCHASE THE ARCHAEOLOGICALLY RICH LITTLE SALT SPRING THE UNIQUE SPRING By Roger Drouin County Editor The University of Miami is looking to sell the 112-acre Little Salt Spring property to Sarasota County. Photo by Curt Bowen The things fou nd under the surface tell the story of Little Salt Spring, a prehistoric water ing hole once used at the twilight of the last Ice Age. Here researchers have unearthed an extinct species of tortoise on a shelf 90 feet below the surface. They also have found a sharp stake a hunter might have used 12,000 years ago to impale the turtle. In 2005, University of Miami Research Associ ate Steve Koski excavated a green stone pen dant from Little Salt Spring. The 8,000-year-old object was mad e from material that originated at least 600 miles from the spring. The stone suggested to researchers that prehistoric people in Florida had an exchange network stretching into the Carolinas, Koski said. The discoveries are two of many notable ar chaeological nds at the 112-acre preserve. Tucked at the end of a dirt road not far from Heron Creek Middle School and several new er homes in North Port, the spring, due to its combination of peat and low oxygen level in the water, preserves some of the oldest dated artifacts ever found in the Southeastern Unit ed States. And it still holds some of the oldest cultural remains in North America.


It is one of the most signicant archaeolog ical sites in the Southeast, said Koski, who has lived on the property since 2004. Sarasota County soon could become the own er of the archaeologically rich spring. The University of Miami has owned the site since 1982, thanks to a donation. However, because of cuts in funding to the universitys Rosenstiel Schools Division of Marine Affairs program which managed research at the spring the university is looking to sell the property. Talks are continuing between Sara sota County and the University over the cost. Commissioner Christine Robinson told The Sarasota News Leader she believes the uni versity wants to sell the site soon. I think we are talking months, not years, Robinson noted. I call this a legacy moment for Sarasota County, Robinson said about the countys op portunity to purchase and protect Little Salt Spring and Warm Mineral Springs, both locat ed in North Port. Unlike Warm Mineral Springs which began operating in the 1960s as a health spa Lit tle Salt Spring should be protected as a limit ed-access archaeological and ecological pre serve, Robinson pointed out. Koski used an exaggerated metaphor to illus trate the differences between the two springs located less than ve miles apart: If Warm Mineral Springs is like Disney World, Little Salt Spring is more like Jurassic Park. North Port is on the map because of Warm Mineral Springs, Koski said. It is a shame [the resort is] closed, and hopefully it will The University of Miami has owned and operated Little Salt Spring since 1982. Photo courtesy Friends of Little Salt Spring There is no other place on the planet like it. Bill Goetz Correspondence Secretary Friends of Little Salt Spring Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 42


open soo n. B ut Little Salt Spring is different. Its value isnt in the dollars it can bring in. It has so much value because it is a reection of Floridas past and a cultural resource. A BOOST AND A BIG UNKNOWN The countys plan to purchase Little Salt Spring got a boost last week when County Administrator Randall Reid told the county commissioners he had met with Mote Marine Laboratory representatives about the possibil ity of the research center and aquarium man aging the spring if Sarasota County purchases it using Environmentally Sensitive Lands Pro tection Program funds. Reid wrote in a July 29 email to the county commissioners that Mote would be a good steward of the site. While Mote could end up operating both Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring, Little Salt Spring (should it be acquired by the coun ty) may be even more appropriate for Mote involvement, Reid pointed out in the email. Florida Aquarium of Tampa could also assist in operating Little Salt Spring. The biggest unknowns, however, are the ac quisition expense and operating costs associ ated with keeping Little Salt Spring open. I dont know if we have any knowledge of a price, said County Commissioner Nora Patterson. That is going to be an issue, of course. Patterson referenced the donation of the property to the university by the now defunct company General Development, which found The 8,000-year-old green stone pendant was found by archeologist Steve Koski. Material used to make the pendant originated in an area at least 600 miles from the spring. Photo courtesy of Friends of Little Salt Spring Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 43


ed and b uilt much of North Port. And Patter son believes university ofcials favor Sarasota County as a prospective new owner because the county has undertaken earlier initiatives to preserve land near the spring. I had the impression because we worked on [that] in the past, [the university] liked the idea of working with us, Patterson told the News Leader referring to the countys effort to purchase land across Price Boulevard from the spring. From 2004 to 2007, the county purchased 24 residential lots, which are now managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. The county-owned land is called Little Salt Slough. But that does not necessarily mean the county will get the property at a bargain, Patterson said. In June, the county commissioners voted to begin the acquisition process through the countys Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. Robinson is condent the university will try to make the transaction happen. Because of the uniqueness of the spring, the deal would not be a typical real estate sale. I have said, with University of Miami repre sentatives in the room, that this is about re search and cultural history, Robinson pointed out. County staff is negotiating with University of Miami representatives on the acquisition cost, she added. The discussion between Dr. Kumar Ma hadevan, former CEO and president of Mote, and Reid which could lead to Motes over An incised deer bone handle found at the spring appears to have been wrapped in twine for decorative purposes. Photo courtesy of Friends of Little Salt Spring Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 44


seeing op eration of the spring is a signi cant development that excites Robinson. While public access at the ecologically and archaeologically sensitive site would likely be limited under county ownership as it has been under the universitys control the county would probably work to make certain an educational outreach initiative is estab lished at the site. In addition to the cultural artifacts, the spring-fed sinkhole is home to several rare plant species. We at the county are interested in artifacts staying local and making sure they are able to be viewed, whether at a nearby facility or an other facility locally, Robinson pointed out. Bill Goetz, correspondence secretary for Friends of Little Salt Spring, said that al though several trailers were put on the site in the 1970s, the property does not have any permanent buildings there. Potentially, there could be a research and educational facility at the site, if Mote takes over, Goetz noted, and that is what the Friends of Little Salt Springs has really want ed to see at the sp ring. Little Salt Spring. Photo by Steve Koski, University of Miami Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 45


I cant think of anyone better to manage the spring, Goetz said of Mote. The research facility could be used to study artifacts also found at nearby Warm Mineral Springs and Nona Spring, Goetz added. A plan to build a modest structure at Little Salt Spring was launched before the downturn in the economy, Koski pointed out. Although the university received $250,000 from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice to support research expansion, plans for the research facility, interpretative nature walks and a visitors center were not continued under the new dean at the Rosen stiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. ARCHAEOLOGICAL GOLDMINE There is no other place on the planet like it, Goetz said of the spring, which is relatively unknown, even in Sarasota County. Because of the anoxic climate and near con stant temperature, the spring maintains arti facts in far better condition than other envi ronments do, even rivers. Little Salt Spring preserves wood and bone and brain, Goetz noted. A brain found inside [a] skull was preserved. I believe it was from a 7-year-old child, and it was 7,000 years old. Even insect wings are iridescent after 12,000 years, Goetz said. Little Salt Spring can tell us about geology, archeology, hydrology, bi This illustration shows the sinkhole and spring at Little Salt Spring. The ledge in the middle of the illustration 90 feet under the surface of the spring is where the extinct tortoise shell and sharp stake were discovered. Illustration by Steve Daniels, University of Miami Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 46


ology, climatology. The fact there is not a re -search facility there is astounding.The spring has been featured in National Geo -graphic and the New York Times as well as academic journals such as Southeastern Ar -chaeology but Goetz said a research facility would entice more media to feature discover -ies at the spring. The site is so important, and yet there are not that many publications [writing about it], Goetz added.The spring is also one of the few bodies of water within the state that served as a ceme -tery for the people of the Archaic period. In addition to some of the oldest man-made tools discovered, several remains of extinct animals have been pulled from its depths.Only about 5 percent of the springs basin has been excavated.There is a lifetime of research [left], Koski said.But the best research is slow and methodical, and Koski hopes that kind of work continues.Koski believes Sarasota County is the best po -tential new owner to manage the property into a new generation.In collaboration with Mote and Florida Aquar -ium, Koski hopes the county would broaden the research and educational aspects of the spring, using the site as an ecological and ar -chaeological preserve.Its not about digging up everything that is there, the researcher pointed out. It is about conserving what is there and looking at and publishing reports on what has been recovered. % Steve Koski talks about Little Salt Spring as an ecological and archaeological preserve Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 47


Sarasota County is finalizing its blue print for rebuilding after a major storm or disaster strikes. Over the next few months, county staff will be making revi sions and updates to a 130-page draft Post Di saster Redevelopment Plan (PDRP), which outlines a strategy for the long-term redevel opment after an event such as a hurricane coming ashore at the bayfront. This is not the immediate post-storm man agement plan, said Laird Wreford, Sara sota County coastal resources manager. This is how do you get your community back up and running long-term after some thing catastrophic has happened. A comprehensive plan for handling a future disaster could help Sarasota County return quickly to its usual welcoming state. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA COUNTY BEGAN DRAFTING ITS POST DISASTER REDEVELOPMENT PLAN AFTER THE BACK-TO-BACK STORM SEASONS OF 2004 AND 2005 AFTER THE STORM By Roger Drouin County Editor We are hoping to develop something that will help the community and save us a significant amount of money if we get hit by a disaster. Laird Wreford Coastal Resources Manager Sarasota County


Because the pla n involves so many complex elements from infrastructure reconstruc tion to nancing and different aspects of county government, it is an ambitious un dertaking, Wreford told The Sarasota News Leader County ofcials began drafting the plan sev eral years ago. The biggest incentive to move forward with this was the back-to-back storm seasons of 2004 and 2005, Wreford said. But the planning effort was slowed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. County staff working on the PDRP was redirected to respond to the Gulf of Mexico environmental disaster, which had the potential to impact Southwest Florida. W reford now hopes to have the nal draft of the plan ready to present to the county com missioners for approval in April 2014. Before that happens, however, residents will be able to weigh in on the PDRP at several public workshops. County staff will also work close ly on the document with ofcials in Sarasota, Longboat Key, North Port and Venice. This is a county plan, but we wanted to make sure we get engagement from the municipali ties, Wreford noted. Storms dont know po litical boundaries. The county hired a consultant at the cost of $100,000 to facilitate the creation of the draft plan. Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane addresses the County Commission in late August 2012, before an expected strike by Tropical Storm Isaac. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 49


A GOOD DOCUMENT TO HAVE In addition to Sarasota County, Lee County, to the south, has been at work on one of Flori das pilot programs to develop a similar plan. After Pensacola was hit by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004, ofcials in that Panhandle community came up with a comprehensive redevelopment plan as well, said Scott Mont gomery, recovery chief for Sarasota County Emergency Management. Its a good document for coastal communities to have, Montgomery pointed out. The draft of the recovery plan is organized into chapters covering topics such as housing and planning, infrastructure, economic devel opment, environmental restructuring and nancing. Each chapter outlines possible major issues and challenges, along with an action plan, Wr eford said. For instance, the nancing chap ter predicts anticipated revenue shortfalls and highlights possible ways to coordinate private and public funding. That chapter includes sec tions on how affected local governments can keep a high bond rating as well as information on available redevelopment funding. Whether its grants or federal assistance, what is out there? will be one of the big ques tions in any redevelopment effort, Wreford noted. We would want to minimize the downtime for tourism and minimize the effect of residents and the tax base that would ee the area, Wreford said. Another goal is to avoid losing business and employers in the area. The most important goal is how to plan rede velopment so Sarasota County regains its nor mal community atmosphere and the culture it had before a disaster, Wreford added. While the plan is being written to apply to any major disaster, county staff anticipates the most likely catastrophe to affect the area would be a hurricane. After the plan is approved, it will become a blueprint for periodic drills, and it will need periodic updates. We will have a review of the plan to see if it needs to be tweaked, Montgomery said. It is not something you put on the shelf and say that is done. If roads or utilities change, for instance, those factors would have to be reected in the rede velopment strategy. We are hoping to develop something that will help the community and save us a signicant amount of money if we get hit by a disaster, Wreford added. % County Coastal Resources Manager Laird Wr eford presents a program to the Siesta Key As sociation in 2012. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 50


A Sarasota County sign alerts the public that work has begun on South Lockwood Ridge Road to in stall a total of about 14,000 linear feet of force main sewer piping. Photo by Rachel Hackney SMALLER SIGNS, PLEASE


Altho ug h the Sarasota County Commissions budget workshops have not been a fount of levity this year, one brief discussion in late June drew more than a few chuckles and resulted in one of the solid decisions made so far on future spending. The board members were talking about prac tices regarding the posting of permits on con struction sites when Commissioner Joe Bar betta called for changes relative to a different type of signage: It just seems ironic t hat when we ride around town we see these huge wooden signs with our names on em, which I think is a waste. He w as refer ring to the signs denoting work on county p rojects. Each lists the names of the current commissioners. Instead of those signs being so prominent, Barbetta pointed out, building permits needed to be displayed in an eye-catching manner. He continued, Weve got to stop putting up those big signs. Lets save that money. Im ne with not putting the signs up, Com missioner Nora Patterson weighed in. The concept for the notices grew out of the passage of the last penny surtax measure, she added. T he idea was to let voters know how the re venue t hey had approved was be ing spent on capital projects so theyd vote for [the tax] again the next time. Voters approved the latest penny surtax in No vember 2007. Make it a smaller sign, Barbetta responded. Patterson agreed. I dont give a hoot about our names being up there, she added. The discussion gravitated back to unlicensed c on tractors. Then Commissioner Chris tine Robinson came back to Barbettas comments. The signage really is important, she point ed out, to tell people whats going on. Especially in pla ces where road resurfacing will be getting under way, Robinson contin ued, the signs serve to alert the public to the disruptions they might encounter. People can plan accordingly, she said. Moreover, the countys Call Center could be expected to receive fewer inquiries about a project if the signage provided sufcient in formation, Robinson told her colleagues. In fact, she pointed out, when the Harbor Drive repaving project was undertaken in the fall of 2012 in Venice, residents actually of fered a lot of thanks to staff af ter seeing the signs go up. THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AGREE THAT THE PUBLIC DOES NOT NEED TO SEE SUCH BIG SIGNS ANNOUNCING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Weve got to stop putting up those big signs. Lets save that money. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 52


I think the signs are good, but I think they are way too big, Chairwoman Carolyn Mason said. If the board consensus were for county staff to erect smaller signs, he would make sure that happened, County Administrator Randall Reid said, drawing chuckles. The signs still would look nice, he promised. I actually think the names detract from the message, Patterson added. [That] sort of ir ritates people, like were self-promoting. Reid said he would make sure the change took place over time. You shouldnt go take them down if theyre already up, Patterson responded, eliciting more laughter. Or in the case of Nokomis [neighborhood improvements], where [the signs are] up two years after the project was completed, Rob inson added, prompting yet more laughter. % Commissioner Joe Barbetta contemplates agenda material during the June 21 budget workshop. File photo Manuel R. Chepote, LUTCF Chepote Insurance Inc. 1300 Main Street Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-0100 Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties Click for driving directions Auto Home Life Renters Motorcycles Flood Business Annuities Financial Services Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 53


It likely will be September at the earliest be fore the Sarasota County Commission again addresses a request by Siesta Village mer chants to amend the zoning code to permit some types of outdoor merchandise displays. That was the assessment Kevin Cooper, execu tive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Com merce, provided about 20 members of the Sies ta Key Village Association (SKVA) during the latter organizations monthly meeting on Aug. 6. Cooper added that he was not certain whether the three groups working on the issue the Chamber, the SKVA and the Siesta Key Asso ciation (SKA) will have reached any agree ment by September on modifying the Siesta Key Overlay District (SKOD), the special zon ing ordinance that governs activities on the island. Cheryl Gaddie, the SKVA president, pointed out that such an agreement would be neces Siesta Key Outtters is in Siesta Center. Photo by Rachel Hackney IT WILL BE SEPTEMBER AT THE EARLIEST BEFORE A REVISED ZONING AMENDMENT, ALLOWING SOME TYPES OF OUTDOOR MERCHANDISE DISPLAYS ON SIESTA KEY, REAPPEARS BEFORE THE COUNTY COMMISSION A WORK IN PROGRESS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


Le Grand Bisou sells clothing and jewelry in Siesta Village. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 55 I agree that these shouldnt be things willy-nilly ying every which way. ... I have mannequins wearing a pretty dress. I respect that the Village shouldnt look like a carnival. Martha Smith Business Owner Siesta Village


sary bef ore the groups take the matter back to the County Commission. However, Gaddie added, she was hopeful that by September the organizations discussions would have made clear how each felt about any proposed changes. Gaddie said she and Cooper had met both with County Commissioner Nora Patterson who lives on Siesta Key and with Catherine Luckner, president of the Siesta Key Associa tion, to talk about the project. Were moving forward with trying to gure out exactly what the needs are for outdoor displays, Gaddie said. One key factor, she pointed out, is the concern that if displays are allowed, they remain in a very tight and well dened area. The discussion originally arose during the June 4 SKVA meeting, when Martha Smith owner of Le Grand Bisou Caribbean Boutique in Siesta Center on Ocean Boulevard saw her sales revenue drop from $1,600 a day to $195 a day in one week after a Sarasota Coun ty Code Enforcement ofcer told her it was a violation of the SKOD to display clothes on racks outside her shop. James Ritter, manager of Siesta Key Outtters also in Siesta Center had described a similar situation in loss of sales. Subsequently, Cooper explained to members during the Aug. 6 meeting, he undertook re search to determine what other Florida com munities allow in terms of outdoor displays. The answers he received, he said, ranged from Do whatever you want to a prohibition, as in Sarasota County. Using the material he had compiled, he draft ed an amendment to the SKOD and provided it to various people on Siesta Key for their comments. Cooper explained that after Smith and Rick Lizotte, the owner of Comfort Shoes in Sies ta Village, had provided Patterson a copy of those proposed changes, Patterson brought up the matter on July 9 during a commission meeting. However, her fellow board members suggested the organizations on Siesta collabo rate on any changes before the commissioners weighed in on the matter. Cooper added that it was clear from the com missioners comments that any changes to the SKOD will have to be closely aligned with the original intent of the ordinance main taining the character and aesthetics of the Vil lage and easy to enforc e. Martha Smith makes a point to Siesta Key Associa tion members on Aug. 1. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 56


A section of a draft amendment to the Siesta Key zoning ordinance discusses space allowed for out door displays. Image courtesy Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 57


THE SKA DISCUSSION During the Aug. 1 SKA meeting, Smith of Le Grand Bisou told the approximately 20 mem bers present she agreed with concerns that had been raised about the proposal to change the SKOD: I dont want to see Siesta Key turned into a honky tonk. I really value where I live. However, she pointed out, If I cant show my wares, Ive seen my [sales] numbers drop drastically. She was hopeful, she added, that through dia logue, members of the SKA, SKVA, the Cham ber and the merchants could come to agree ment on changes. Adding that the SKOD dates to 2002, Smith said, I kind of feel like it could use a little tweaking. SKA board member Deet Jonker told her he was on the committee that crafted the zon ing code language for the island. There was a reason we did that, he noted of the prohi bition on outdoor displays. Siesta residents have mentioned in earlier dis cussions that they wanted to maintain a more attractive environment for tourists. Russell Matthes, co-owner of the Dairiqui Deck Raw Bars, for example, told the News Leader last month that the goal was to avoid a Daytona Beach type of atmosphere. I agree that these shouldnt be things wil ly-nilly flying every which way, Smith re sponded, referring to displays. I have man nequins wearing a pretty dress. I respect that the Village shouldnt look like a carnival. But who judges? asked Patterson, who was a guest at the SKA meeting. I know, Smith told Patterson. But Im won dering how we as a group can come together and make some kind of small amendment When Secretary Peter van Roekens said he believed the SKVA was working on the issue, Smith replied that was correct. Referring to the ordinance amendment Coo per had drafted, Patterson continued, I read it, and, quite frankly, I would not support it as written. It allocates a rather large space out side shops The amendment proposed that an outdoor dis play area not exceed 6 feet in height above the nished grade unless a greater height Kevin Cooper. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 58


is allowed by special exception. It further sug gested the display area not extend more than 6 feet from the storefront and that it shall not extend beyond the width of the single building wall, or storefront, whichever is narrower, of the responsible business and must not exceed 12 feet unless a greater width is allowed by special exception. It needs to be tweaked, Smith said of Coo pers draft. Referring to the work on the original SKOD language, Jonker pointed out, [It] was dif cult for us to get it done and tinkering with it doesnt excite me. He added that the island used to have numer ous clothing stores before the SKOD went into effect. Smith told him her concern was that retailers, including her, would be driven out if outdoor displays continue to be banned. Then [it] will become a bar town. Van Roekens said residents do not want to see the latter happen. There are a lot of people with a lot of differ ent opinions on this one, Patterson added. The nal SKOD was approved after extensive cooperation among the merchants, residents and condominium owners on the key, she con tinued, and it took a year or more to come to the conclusion [that the ordinance had to focus on factors that could be regulated]. Your mannequin with a pretty dress, Patterson told Smith, is somebody elses not pretty dress, and theres no reason, if youre given a space, why you cant put a rack of clothing out there. A rack of T-shirts has a different impact. T he SKOD measures were not dissimilar to what St. Armands does in regulating itself, she continued. [T]he Village merchants want ed to see something more St. Armands-like and a little more upper class. That was why, when she saw Coopers proposed amendment, she pointed out, she thought, Well, this is go ing to get really out of hand. Patterson added, So Im real nervous about it and I dont want to change the ordinance without a lot of weigh-in from a lot of people. At the same time, she said to Smith, Im all for your success. Patterson also noted that the county zoning code allows for merchants to apply for tempo rary use permits that are good for one week, four times a year. That way, merchants can provide displays not ordinarily allowed by SKOD. A business owner also can apply for a special exception, Patterson noted. I know that its going to take a lot of conver sation and I know that its going to take a lot of input, and I respect that there is a certain way to do things, Smith responded. Im not necessarily here to rufe feathers. Im just here to say I want to stay here. I love this island. I want to take care of it in the best way I know how, and I dont want to see it turn into a bargain town, either. And thats my biggest concern if I cant stay here and a T-shirt shop can stay. Luckner, the SKA president, told members the Siesta organizations had been working well together over the past couple of years, to sort out things. I hope we will do [so with] this as well. % Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 59


Building on a July 2 discussion, members of the Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) this week requested county staff assistance in their quest to implement a recycling program in Siesta Village. The only question is how to pay for the bins and collection. SKVA President Cheryl Gaddie said after an Aug. 6 presentation by Larry Alexander, the countys manager of solid waste collec tions, So what youre telling us is we have to get creative and find money? Its never as expensive as garbage collection, Alexander replied, because theres no dispos al fee. Moreover, he said, a vendor sometimes will reduce the fee if the customer in this case, the SKVA allows it to keep any money it receives for the recyclables it picks up. SKVA members also learned this week that Sarasota Coun ty Code Enforcement staff will begin han dling all complaints about dumpsters not Larry Alexander (right) addresses members of the Siesta Key Village Association on Aug. 6. Photo by Rachel Hackney THE SIESTA KEY VILLAGE ASSOCIATION PLANS TO WORK ON WAYS TO FUND A RECYCLING PROGRAM ALONG OCEAN BOULEVARD TRASH TALK By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Our job is to get you what you want. Larry Alexander Manager Solid Waste Collections Sarasota County


A BigBelly solar recycling bin stands in the Center City part of Philadelphia. According to the BigBelly website, Philadelphia is saving $1 million a year in solid waste costs, thanks to its installation of the equipment. Photo by George100 via Wikimedia Commons Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 61


c om plying with the zoning code governing the island. However, John Lally, the Siesta Code Enforcement ofcer, pointed out that he and his colleagues will have to undergo training rst. Members spent considerable time during the July 2 meeting talking about numerous complaints that had been lodged regarding dumpsters left open, with trash strewn around them, as well as dumpsters left out of the en closures where the Siesta Key Overlay District (SKOD) zoning ordinance dictates they must remain out of sight. BOTTLES AND CANS Regarding the recycling initiative, Gaddie told those gathered for the Aug. 6 meeting that the SKVA board had invited Alexander to discuss wh at it needs to do to start a Village recycling program. Alexander joked at the outset of his remarks, If you put it at the curb or put it in the dump ster, its my job to make sure it gets picked up. He added that, as a matter of fact, the countys single biggest contract is with Waste Manage ment. (Curt Preisser, a county spokesman, told The Sarasota News Leader that the annual con tract with the rm for both residential and commercial collections is about $22 million.) Because the organization would be entering into a commercial recycling contract, Alexan der continued, [The SKVA members would] get to select from a group of vendors. A num ber pro vide that service in the county, he noted. One consideration upfront, he said, is what types of containers the SKVA wants to put out for the public whether they should be similar to the Village garbage containers, for aesthetic purposes. Michael Shay, vice president of the Siesta Key Association (SKA), who has been spearhead ing the recycling initiative for the SKVA, told Alexander the recycling containers should resemble the garbage cans, but in a different color, to try to keep [the look] uniform. Further, Shay said, the majority of recyclable items that end up in Village garbage cans are water bottles and soda cans, as many busi nesses have signs posted asking customers not to bring food and drinks inside. Based on earlier SKVA discussions, Shay continued, his impression was that there was not an interest at this point in recycling paper goods. Siesta Key Village Association members would like to move the dumpster out of a parking space in the municipal lot. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 62


Alexander replied that the SKVA could settle on a bin design while it is proceeding to nego tiate with vendors. We could just go purchase the cans right now and put them out on the right of way without a problem? asked architect Mark Smith, a past SKVA president. You should be able to do so, Alexander told him, though Alexander said he would dou ble-check to make sure the containers could stand on the right of way. Past SKVA President Russell Matthes asked Al exanders opinion of the BigBelly solar-powered recycling bins in use on the island of Venice. They work very good, Alexander replied. In fact, he said, in many places, they become an attraction for tourists. However, he noted, Theyre a little bit expensive about $3,800 to $3,900 each. Correct, Shay said. In response to a question from Smith, Alex ander said the BigBelly bins do not compact materials so tightly that heavy-duty equipment has be used to empty them. Alexander estimated that, outside Venice, four of the BigBelly bins are in operation in the county. The Parks and Recreation Department bought one from Waste Management, he said. However, Alexander and his staff have not had enough experience with the equipment to recommend it, he noted. Is it unique enough to create interest so people wouldnt throw trash into it? Gaddie asked. One way to ght contamination is to have vol unteers in the Village who can direct people to put bottles and cans in the recycling bins, Alexander pointed out. Thats Michael, SKA Secretary Peter van Roekens said of Shay with a chuckle. Van Roekens also represents the Terrace East con dominium complex at the SKVA meetings. Been there, done that, Shay said. Keeping recyclables separate from garbage, Alexander noted, is a constant concern in these initiatives. Glen Cappetta, owner of Sun Ride Pedicab, responded, You talk about contamination. Theres no rhyme or reason [on Saturday and Sunday mornings]. Cans are in the garbage and trash is in the recycling [bins provided by the county at beach accesses]. Regarding the number of bins needed in the Village, Shay conrmed that he had identied 12 spots where he felt they would be best uti lized. One of those is outside The Beach Club, which, he pointed out, apparently provides bottles of water to customers as the latter are leaving at night. A dumpster in Siesta Village sits in an enclo sure, but the gates are not closed, as required by county ordinance. Photo courtesy of Mi chael Shay Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 63


He typically nds at least a dozen water bot tles on the ground outside the club after a busy evening, usually around the garbage can, he added. At the conclusion of the discussion, Gaddie asked Alexander to provide her with a list of recycling vendors the organization could be gin contacting. THE DUMPSTER ISSUES Regarding Siesta Village garbage: Lally, the county Code Enforcement ofcer, told SKVA members that prior to a county administra tive decision this year, he and his colleagues had been responsible just for making sure dumpsters remained inside the enclosures mandated by the zoning ordinance. They had no oversight of commercial waste matters, though they did handle residential solid waste problems, he added. We havent had any training [in commercial solid waste matters], Lally continued, and theres a lot of rules out there. Before 2010, Alexander explained, the Solid Waste Department had its own staff of Code Enforcement ofcers. After that year, as a cost-cutting measure, the ofcers were trans ferred to the regular Code Enforcement Of ce. Since the SKOD went into effect in 1998, SKVA Vice President Kay Kouvatsos noted, all dumpsters have to be enclosed, regardless of whether they are used by restaurants or other commercial businesses. Kouvatsos and her husband, Tom, are co-own ers of Village Caf. In response to questions, Alexander said each restaurant dumpster has to have a plug in the bottom. The Health Department would typi cally come in and cite you if your container is leaking uids, he added. Smith also asked whether the zoning code species the amount of space that must be provided around a dumpster to allow the col lection company to empty it. Smith, who over sees the upkeep of the Village as a represen tative of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp., pointed out that he has been trying for months to relocate the dumpster in the munic ipal parking lot between Avenida Madera and Avenida de Mayo. However, Waste Manage ment representatives have told him they need a certain amount of room for their trucks to maneuver around the dumpster. More parking space could be provided in the lot if the dumpster can be repositioned, Smith noted. I would be more than happy to either come out myself or have one of my staff come out [and look at the situation], Alexander replied. Our job is to get you what you want. I like the wa y yo u think, Smith told him. % Michael Shay. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 64


Knight Marketing ( ), a strategic marketing rm originally based in Venice, has moved its ofces to 2032 Haw thorne Street in Sarasota. According to the firms president, Tracy Knight, the move was prompted by a need for additional space and the fact that the majority of its team, including staff and many freelanc ers, lives in Sarasota. Our growth in the past year demanded that we nd a larger space for our staff of 10, said Knight in a press release. And, we wanted to be closer to the talent pool in Sarasota, as we frequently partner with freelancers and independent rms specializing in all facets of design and marketing. One such partner, 360-Degrees Public Rela tions, will be sharing the space with Knight Marketing. The firm is owned by Candice McElyea, who will operate from the location along with her own staff. Knight Marketing is owned by Tracy Knight and Ticia Mahler. Sin ce its move, Knight Marketing has added two national clients. One of them, Cinemoves ( ), is the lm and entertainment industrys lead ing camera movement company, the release notes. With ofces in Venice, FL, Atlanta and Los Angeles, Cinemoves provides lmmakers with the equipment and expertise they need for award-winning camera shots, whether from a crane, helicopter or moving vehicle, the release notes. Knight Marketing is updat ing the Cinemoves brand and working with the company on strategic planning. Sunspire Health LLC is a fast-growing behav ioral health company with six addiction re covery centers in Florida (Tampa and Pom pano Beach), California and Massachusetts, the release continues. Knight Marketing is rebranding the parent company and providing marketing services for the individual centers, including branding, collateral and digital de velopment, it adds. Tracy Knight (left) and Ticia Mahler are partners in Knight Marketing. Contributed photo KNIGHT MARKETING MOVES TO SARASOTA BUSINESS BRIEFS


Licensed psych ologist Dr. Nathan White has begun practicing with Dr. Laura dAngelo and Linda Miller, LMHC, at 950 S. Tamiami Trail, counseling on a variety of concerns, includ ing anxiety, depression, grief, career and life transitions and relationship concerns, a news release says. White focuses on well being, helping indi viduals to identify and acknowledge their strengths and develop an effective plan to ad dress challenges, the release adds. An important part of counseling not only in volves helping to increase coping skills but helping clients learn to dream more, envision ing the possibilities for their future rather than feeling restricted by self-imposed limitations, said White in the release. [This is] actually how I got into psychology. I was drawn to the idea that the way we think can inuence every part of our lives. Now I look to help others pursue their goals and create the strategy that will help manifest their dreams. After receiving his doctorate in counseling psychology from Arizona State University in 2011, White completed a postdoctoral fellow ship at New College of Florida in Sarasota, the release continues. He also holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology; he worked with diverse populations through out his clinical training, the release notes. One of many young professionals choosing to set up a business in Sarasota in recent years, White loves the area, especially the quality of life and the sense of vibrancy downtown, the release points out. His practice accepts most major insurance providers and offers reasonable rates for those without insurance. For appointments and more information, White may be reached at 315-6895 or online at YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OPENS PRIVATE PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE Dr. Nathan White. Contributed photo by Cliff Roles The Sarasota News Leader No Nonsense Reporting Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 66


The State of Florida Commission on Ethics on July 26 unanimously elected Morgan R. Bent ley of Bentley & Bruning P.A. in Sarasota as chairman for the 2013-2014 term, the commis sion has announced. Bentley served as vice chairman during the 2012-2013 term, after being appointed to the board by House Speaker Larry Cretul in 2010 and reappointed by House Speaker Dean Can non in 2012. Its a tremendous honor to be elected to this position, Bentley said in a news release. The commission oversees nearly 40,000 elected of cials and public employees throughout Flor ida, so its a big job. Even more, we are go ing through huge changes to the ethics laws, something that hasnt occurred in almost 30 years. Not since our last local member, Pat Neal, was chair have we gone through so many changes. He added in the release, In the future, Id like to try to establish a local ethics commission for Sarasota and Manatee counties. Bentley & Bruning, located at 783 S. Orange Ave., Suite 220, in Sarasota, is a litigation rm focused exclusively on complex commercial matters and protecting its clients from attack or loss of assets, the release notes. The rm is led by Bentley and attorney Kevin R. Brun ing. For more information, phone 556-9030 or visit BENTLEY ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF FLORIDAS COMMISSION ON ETHICS Morgan Bentley/Contributed photo GALLAGHER JOINS HOYT ARCHITECTS IN SARASOTA Hoyt A rchitects, an architectural and urban design rm in downtown Sarasota, has an nounced the addition of Chris Gallagher as a new partner. Formerly of Jonathan Parks Architect, Gal lagher has designed some of Sarasotas icon ic city views, including downtown Sarasotas Citrus Square, which was voted the best lowrise, multi-family project in America in 2011, a news release notes. Gallaghers other proj ects include the rst cottages at Rivendell in Osprey, the master plan for the New Gate School Clark Road campus (now the Island Village Montessori School), several private homes and the Palm Avenue garage. Chris and I have overlapping skill sets that are compatible even though we each have our own unique edge, said Gary Hoyt, president Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 67


of Hoyt Archite cts, in the release. From the architectural side, it was a very logical exten sion to bring Chris on board. We hope to set a strong example in urban design for the Sara sota community, and our collaborative efforts will enhance the work we provide. Gallagher earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental design from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado, the release continues. A Sarasota resident since 1992, Gallagher serves as the vice chairman of the City of Sarasota Planning Board and is on the Parking Advisory Board. He also is a member of the Downtown Sara sota Alliance Board of Directors and serves on the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he heads up the Community and Eco nomic Development Division. I have always had a passion for working with historical buildings and touching proj ects no one else wanted, Gallagher said in the release. Gary is the only other architect in the area who is interested in the same type of work in the urban sphere, and we each have the ultimate goal of helping Sarasota realize its master plan of making a more vibrant and memorable downtown. To learn more about Hoyt Architects, visit Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 68


Real Estate attorney Anne Weintraub, a found ing partner of Sarasota law rm Band Wein traub P.L., has been selected as a Rising Star in the current issue of Super Lawyers maga zine, her rm has announced. Less than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected for the Rising Stars distinction, and they must be age 40 or younger, a news release notes; Ms. Weintraub is 35. Super Lawyers a Thomson Reuters publi cation, is an impartial third-party rating ser vice of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, the release notes. The annu al selections are made using a patented mul tiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area, the release adds. Weintraub focuses her practice on real prop erty closings, title insurance and foreclosure avoidance, the release notes. She also assists clients with short sales, deeds-in-lieu of fore closure, purchasing bank-owned properties and negotiations with lenders. Named by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of Tampa Bays Top 25 People to Watch in 2013, Weintraub speaks frequently at public forums and television news programs on the subject of real estate, the release continues. She recently was appointed a member of the Sarasota-Man atee Campus Board of the Uni versity of South Florida. She also serves on the Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers, which advises and assists the dean of the College of Law and the president of Stetson University in developing legal ed ucation and nancial resources, the release says. Band Weintraub is located at 1 S. School Ave., suite 500, in downtown Sarasota. % Anne Weintraub/Contributed photo WEINTRAUB NAMED FLORIDA RISING STAR BY SUPER LAWYERS Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 69


Just in case readers missed it in the Welcome Letter, the staff of The Sarasota News Leader wants to make certain everyone is aware this is a double issue, for Aug. 9 and Aug. 16. The reason: The staff will take the opportunity to enjoy a bit of summer vacation. The News Leader will be back Aug. 23 with plenty to report from the latest City Com mission news to County Commission deci sions about the 2014 scal year budget. NEWS LEADER PUBLISHING A DOUBLE ISSUE THIS WEEK NEWS BRIEFS SU MMER DOUBLE ISSUE


The Steigerwaldt-Jockey Childrens Fountain is a popular feature of Bayfront Park. Photo by Norman Schimmel As of Aug 1, the City of Sarasota has expand ed its partnership with local businesses to of fer more locations for residents to pay their utility bills in person, the city has announced. Through an agreement with Amscot, custom ers may pay their utility bill seven days a week at any Amscot location, a city news release says. Those locations follow: 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota: Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 1155 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota: Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. CITY EXPANDS UTILITY BILL PAYMENT LOCATIONS 560 N Washington Blvd., Sarasota: Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to midnight. 4206 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 5900 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite A, Sarasota: Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To pay a bill at one of those locations, a cus tomer will need his account number and bill information, the release adds. A $1.50 con venience fee charged by Amscot also will be applied. CHILDRENS FOUNTAIN TO CLOSE FOR MAINTENANCE The Steigerwaldt-Jockey Childrens Fountain, located in Bayfront Park, will be closed tem porarily for routine maintenance most of next week, the City of Sarasota has announced. The work on the foundation is scheduled from Monday, Aug. 19, through Thursday, Aug. 22, a news release says. The fountain is scheduled to reopen on Friday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 71


Sertoma Kid s, a division of the Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota, will raise money for its kids speech therapy programs at a fundraiser this Saturday evening, Aug. 10. With a name that is shorthand for the phrase Service to mankind, Sertoma is an interna tional organization over a century old. The Sarasota club was created all the way back in 1956. While its primary purpose is to help those with hearing health issues, it supports a number of other causes, too. Sertoma Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprot afliate of the Sarasota club that has provided speech and language therapy for local children for more than 25 years. The organization operates an outpatient speech program at the Berlin Branch of the YMC A, offering affordable ther apy sessions t o qualifying families. Its mission is to provide the most advanced speech ther apy available to every child in need in the Sun coast area regardless of their familys ability to pay. But that means money, which is where Satur day nights fundraiser comes in. Dubbed the Summer Band Bash, the party will run from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Columbus Hall, 4880 Fruit ville Road. There will be a cash bar and light refreshments, and the band NexxLevel (Flor idas Premiere High Energy Party Band) will perform hits from its repertoire of classic soul and contemporary pop. Tickets at the door are $25. Get more informa tion at Cooper Levey-Baker SERTOMA KIDS FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT SPEECH THERAPY The NexxLevel band will perform at an Aug. 10 fundraiser for Sertoma Kids. (Photo courtesy of nexx (Inset) Image courtesy of Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 72


The Princeton Review has again named New College of Florida one of the countrys best colleges, placing it in the top 15 percent of all four-year institutions nationwide for the 12 th consecutive year, New College has an nounced. The listing comes in The Princeton Reviews The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition pub lished this week. The Review already recog nized New College with a third-place ranking among public colleges for quality and afford ability in its annual 150 Best Value Colleges listing, released in February. The Best 378 Colleges does not provide an overall rank for each of the institutions list ed, but it includes ratin gs in eight categories, PRINCETON REVIEW LISTS NEW COLLEGE AS ONE OF NATIONS BEST New College students watch the sunset on the bayfront. Photo courtesy of New College New College of Florida is located off U.S. 41 in north Sarasota. Image courtesy of New College Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 73


release notes. Among students remarks from the New College prole are the following: The College provides challenging courses for highly self-motivated students who want a large amount of control over their aca demic choices. Academics are undeniably awesome while the small-school setting and the student body encourage a love of learning, whether it be academic, political, or hobby-related. Students receive a rounded education that enables them to critically and pragmatically examine and understand the world in which we live. The Princeton Reviews school proles and ranking lists in The Best 378 Colleges are post ed at based on data it collected in 2012-13 and on student surveys, a news release says. The ratings are on a scale of 60 to 99. Among New Colleges statistics-based ratings were the following: Academics: 97. Admissions selectivity: 93. Among the ratings in the survey-driven data were the following: Interesting professors: 97. Accessible professors: 91. The college guides main feature is its detailed proles of each school, based on and quoting from an 80-question surve y of students, the It is time to clea n out the garage and shed and gather up discarded household items, junk and yard waste: Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the New town area of Sarasota from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Dumpsters will be provided at three inter sections for residents, a county news release says: Newtown Estates Park and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way the main site; 44th Street and Lockwood Ridge Road; and 23rd Street and Chester Avenue. NEWTOWN COMMUNITY CLEANUP WILL BE HELD AUG. 10 Residents may dispose of household items, scrap materials, garbage, unbundled yard waste and tree trimmings during this free event, the release notes. Sarasota County em ployees will be available at each site to offer assistance. Items such as televisions, computers and other electronics will be accepted only at the inter section of Newtown Estates Park and Dr. Mar tin Luther King Jr. Way, the release points out. For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 (TTY 7-1-1). The Sarasota News Leader No Nonsense Reporting Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 74


The Sarasota City Commission has sched uled a workshop at 2 p.m. on Aug. 23 for the presentation of a report, Annual State of the Citys Pension Plans including the general employees, police ofcers and reghters dened benet plans and the General Em ployees Dened Contribution (DC) Plan, a city news release says. Presentations will be made by the plans attor neys, investment consultants and actuaries, the release notes. The attorneys will discuss the legal perspec tive of a Florida Senate bill regarding such plans, trends in municipal pension plans across the state and the release of certain monies to the police plan by the Florida De partment of Management Services. The plans investment consultants will discuss the returns over the past year compared to the benchmarks that had been set, as well as their views on action by the boards governing the plans relative to investment rate of return assumptions, the release says. They also will talk about their expectations for future rates of return. The pla ns actuaries will provide a descrip tion of each type of actuarial assumption the plans use and the effects of not meeting those assumptions. Additionally, they will present their perspective on state legislation; positive and negative trends; and whether the current funding levels are reasonable. They also will compare the citys plans to others, the release continues. The Dened Contribution Plan professionals will provide an explanation of which funds were selected as investment choices and what selection process was used. They further will offer data regarding the number of partici pant accounts in the plan and the number of employees taking advantage of the matching benet offered by the city, the release notes. They also will talk about the status of partici pant engagement, the processes implemented to improve participant understanding of the plans and the type of continuing education available. The public is invited to attend the workshop. It will be recorded and made available for future viewing on demand through the citys website The City Commission sits in session in June. Photo by Norman Schimmel CITY COMMISSION TO HOLD PENSIONS WORKSHOP ON AUG. 23 Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 75


As part of the August Immunization Awareness Month campaign, local health ofcials are reminding the pub lic, especially adults who are 19 to 26, to catch up on their vaccinations. The following groups are encouraged to get vaccinations to maintain health and wellness, the Sarasota County Health Department says in a news re lease: college-age students who will be studying abroad or living in dormito ries; overseas travelers who are leaving the country on business or for recre ation, mission trips or adoptions; per sons who are sexually active; pregnant women; new parents and caregivers to young children; and persons with cer tain health conditions and occupational and lifestyle risks. Vaccines offer safe and effective pro tection against inuenza (u), pneu monia, human papilloma virus (HPV), tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and many other preventable diseases, the release adds. According to the Cen ters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40 million adults die each year from diseases that can be effectively prevented with immuniza tions. For example, the release says, the u vaccine continues to be the best de fense against circulating u viruses. The 2013-2014 seasonal u vaccines will be available beginning in late Au gust or early September at the down town Sarasota and North Port locations of the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) and at area pharmacies, the release adds. For another example, tetanus diphthe ria boosters are recommended every 10 years. However, the CDC points out that people 10 ye ars of age and older should receive a booster of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (TDaP) in place of one tetanus diphtheria booster. Additional ly, pregnant women are now advised to get a TDaP booster with each pregnan cy, preferably in the second or third tri mester. Along with providing protection to the person vaccinated, the booster helps protect infants up to 18 months of age, who are at very high risk for severe complications from whooping cough and are not old enough to be fully immunized, the release points out. Click here to see what vaccinations you need Immunizations are available at two county locations, Monday through Fri day. Call for hours at each site. Appoint ments are encouraged for adults, the re lease adds. The locations are as follows: William L. Little Health & Human Services Center, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; 861-2900. North Port Health Center, 6950 Out reach Way, North Port; 861-3864. For more information, visit www.sara or the CDC website at YOUNG ADULTS REMINDED TO GET VACCINES TO STAY HEALTHY Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 76


The Historical Soci ety of Sarasota County has received a grant from the Community Founda tion of Sarasota County for a security camera system for the historic Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901), both of which are located at 1260 12th St. in Sarasotas Pioneer Park, the Historical Society has announced. The $3,770 grant is from the Frances T. Bourne Fund at the Community Foundation, a news release says. Its a sad fact that almost any historical site, monument or even museum in our country can be a target of senseless vandalism, said Historical Society President Howard Rosen thal in the release, but we can all be encour aged that through modern security technology, we can discourage and diminish violence to places we strive to preserve for future genera tions. This grant for security cameras at Sara sota Countys oldest private residence and at the Crocker Memorial Church demonstrates that our community takes pride in Sarasota history and supports the structures that bear witness to our pioneer past. In 2006, the Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church were moved by the City of Sarasota to Pioneer Park and placed under the protection of the Historical Society of Sarasota County, a community membership organization of approximately 400 annual and life members, the release notes. The mission of the Historical Society is to create public awareness of the rich historical heritage of Sarasota and the State of Florida, the release adds. The organization encourages inquiry, re search, memorabilia preservation and protec tion of historic sites, the release points out. The Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Me morial Church are open for docent-led tours and for community events organized under the auspices of the Historical Society. For more information, visit the website at: www. HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECEIVES GRANT FOR SECURITY CAMERAS A sign welcomes visitors to the Historical So ciety buildings in Pioneer Park in Sarasota. Photo by Scott Proftt Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 77


The Sarasota Bay Water Festival is accepting applications from prospective exhibitors for the regional event on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ken Thompson Park, organizers have announced. An online application is available at sarasota Most of the exhibitors will be promoting water recreation sports and activities, recreational boating, ne arts and crafts, wildlife and nature photography, wild life conservation and environmental educa tion, a news release says. The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the presenting SARASOTA BAY WATER FESTIVAL ACCEPTING EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS Exhibitors draw crowds at the 2012 Sarasota Bay Water Festival. Photo courtesy of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program sponsor, and HDR Inc. is the host sponsor for 2013, the release says. Along with the exhibits, other highlights of the festival will be dragon boat races, live music on stage, ne artists selling unique gift items, panel discussions about bay-friendly living, tasty treats provided by food trucks and lo cal restaurants, vintage boat displays, an ex hibition of the winning submissions for the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest and activi ties for children including dip netting and nature walks. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 78


The Sarasota Polic e Department is among 20 American law enforcement agencies that have been selected by the International Asso ciation of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to provide leadership and tactical and eld training to Iraqi Police ofcials, the Police Department has announced. The Iraqi ofcers were in Sarasota June 27 to July 8, the department says in a news release. Whil e they were with the Sarasota Police De partment, the Iraqi Police personnel observed eld training ofcers and specialized units, rode with patrol supervisors and street of cers and met with command staff and city of cials, the release notes. The Iraqi ofcers were also introduced to American police training techniques and curriculum. The program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Depart ment of States Bureau of In SARASOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT CHOSEN TO TRAIN IRAQI OFFICERS The Iraqi police ofcers gather with Sarasota ofcers for a group photo. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 79


ternational Narcotics & Law Enforcement (INL), the release adds. INL is administering the transition of the police ofcers education and training mission from the U.S. military to the State Department, which will focus on capacity building and the rule of law devel opment, the release continues. The goal of the program is to enhance the participants professional development and provide them a look at American policing techniques. The IACP and INL plan to train as many as 120 Iraqi ofcers over three years; the rst Iraqi participants arrived for their training in early 2011, the release points out. The Sarasota Police Department was chosen for its excellence in Community Policing and for its ability to assist with the integration of the Iraqi police ofcials [into] the democratic, community oriented, and evidence-based cul ture of American policing, the release adds This is Chief Bernadette DiPinos fourth time in the rotations. Previously, she hosted the Iraqi Police Education Program twice in Ocean City, MD, and she and Sarasota Police Capt. Corinne Stannish participated in a panel for the Iraqi Womens Delegation, the release points out. According to the Department of State, this effort will also seek to establish solid, longterm relationships as Iraqis work alongside U.S. police ofcers for a unique on-the-job ex perience, the release notes. % Chief Bernadette DiPino (center) and her command staff (left side of the photo, from left) Col. Ste phen Moyer, Capt. Corrine Stannish, Capt. Jeff Karr, Lt. Pat Ledwith and Capt. Pat Robinson greet the Iraqi ofcers in the Sarasota Police Department on Adams Lane. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 80


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce has ar rested two people with long criminal histo ries on drug and weapons charges after the Special Investigations Section and SWAT units executed a narcotics search warrant on Aug. 7 at a Nokomis home, the ofce has announced. The detectives who arrived at 812 Padua Court just before 10 a.m. found nearly 14 grams of marijuana, a loaded .38 caliber handgun, a box of ammunition, 99 prescription pills and $1,954 in cash, a report says. Miguel Torres, 26, who lives in an efciency apartment at the house, has more than 20 felo ny arrests and 13 misdemeanors on his record, according to a news release. Heather Johnson, 27, of 2940 Sunset Beach Drive, Venice, has nine felony and seven misdemeanor arrests on her record, the release adds. Both are charged with Possession of a Fire arm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Am munition by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Alprazolam, Posses sion of Methadone, Trafcking in Hydromor phone and Trafckin g in Oxycodone. TWO ARRESTED IN DRUGS AND WEAPONS CASE CRIME BLOTTER Cash and drugs were recovered from a house in Nokomis on Aug. 7 during a Sheriffs Ofce search. Photo courtesy of the Sheriffs Ofce. (Inset top) Miguel Torres/Contributed photo. (Inset bottom) Heather Johnson/Contributed photo


The Sarasota Count y Sheriffs ofce has ar rested two people from New York who ew to Florida on Aug. 6 solely to commit wide spread fraud throughout the state, a news release says. Walmart loss prevention personnel contacted deputies on the night of Aug. 6 to report that the suspicious pair tried to buy gift cards at the North Port store and then the Cattlemen Road location but left when they were asked for identication, the release says. The Tac tical Unit responded and found the suspects in a rental vehicle at Burlington Coat Factory in Sarasota, it adds. During the investigation, deputies learned the pair allegedly had used cloned credit cards to buy gift cards at more than a half-dozen stores on Aug. 6 along the west coast, from Zephyrhills to Port Charlotte, the release con tinues. More than 50 credit cards and approx imately $3,000 worth of gift cards were found in the car, the release says. On Aug. 7, a search of the suspects room at the Courtyard by Marriott on Riverfront Drive in Brade nton, with the assistance of the Bra denton Police Department, led to the discov ery of the cloning machine, a computer, a thumb drive with stolen credit card numbers and more credit cards, the release adds. As of Aug. 7, both Graisy Pichardo, 22, and Myles Nicholas, 26, had been charged with Trafcking in Counterfeit Credit Cards, two counts of Grand Theft, one count of Petit Theft and three counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Detectives are continuing the investigation lo cally and with a number of other jurisdictions, the release continues. Additional charges, in cluding multiple counts of Identity Theft, are pending. This investigati on and quick apprehension of the suspects was possible because of the public-private partnership the Sarasota Coun ty Sheriffs Ofce has developed with national retailers and their local loss prevention of cers in an ongoing effort to stop retail theft and fraud, t he release points out. TWO ARRESTED AFTER FLYING INTO FLORIDA TO COMMIT FRAUD Two suspects were arrested on Aug. 6 with more than 50 credit cards they allegedly had cloned. Photo courtesy of the Sheriffs Ofce Gift cards with a combined value of about $3,000 were recovered from two suspects arrested on Aug. 6. Photo courtesy of the Sheriffs Ofce Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 82


The Sarasota Co unty Sheriffs Ofce has ar rested two people in connection with a string of alleged vehicle and residential burglaries on Saturday morning, Aug. 3, on Olympia Road in Venice. After receiving one report of a burglary, dep uties responding to the call located a male and a female matching the description of the suspects, a news release says. Those suspects were identied as Mackenzie Egeland, 19, of 1249 Olympia Road and Brittiany DuPuis, 22, of 277 Capri Ave., the release adds. DuPuis was located less than two blocks away from the house where one resident said Du Puis had tried to pry open a window, the re port notes. As deputies were questioning DuPuis and Egeland, they learned of additional burglary victims at four homes on Olympia Road, the report says. During a search of DuPuis purse, deputies found several pieces of jewelry that had been reported missing from other homes, the report continues. The investigation began after a resident of one home told deputies she had seen DuPuis ring her doorbell and knock on her door, the re port notes. The homeowner said that after she did not go to the door, she watched DuPuis walk over to the door of the attached garage and try to forcibly open the sliding window in the door. During questioning, the pair was initially co operative, but DuPuis became agitated and Egeland grew hostile, throwing a chair, which damaged the drywall in the interview room, and kicking a door, the release notes. Depu ties told Egeland to stop resisting, the report continues, but he refused to comply until we had him controlled, the report says. Mackenzie Egeland/Contributed photo Brittiany DuPuis/Contributed photo TWO CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE VENICE BURGLARIES Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 83


The Sarasot a County Sheriffs Ofce arrest ed two brothers on Aug. 1 for manufacturing methamphetamine at a homeless camp in the wooded area east of Cattlemen Road and Webber Street in Sarasota, the ofce has an nounced. Special Investigations Section detectives re ceived information from their counterparts at the Sarasota Police Department that John Bedford, 30, and David Haring, 19, were cook ing meth in their tents, the report says. De tectives determined Haring had bought one of the main ing redients, pseudoephedrine, on July 31, and Bedford had purchased more on Aug. 1, the report adds. Undercover detectives and deputies from the Tactical Unit went to the campsite just before 9 p.m. Aug. 1 and found all the materials necessary to cook meth and signicant quantities of the drug, a news release notes. Both men admitted cooking meth, the report adds. They were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Trafcking in Metham phetamine. Bedford has a history of drug, burglary and battery arrests, the news release notes. John Bedford/Contributed photo David Haring/Contributed photo BROTHERS ARRESTED FOR MAKING METH AT HOMELESS CAMP One deputy suffered minor scratches, the re port adds. DuPuis later told detectives the pair had been smoking spice, also known as synthetic marijuana. Both suspec ts were charged with six felonies, including four counts of Vehicle Burglary, one count of Residential Burglary and one count of Attempted Residential Burglary. Egeland was also charged with Criminal Mischief for damaging Sarasota County property. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 84


Sarasota County Sheriffs deputies made 59 ar rests and obtained warrants for two additional suspects during Operation Booster Buster, a crackdown on retail theft by individuals and organized crime rings, Sheriff Tom Knight an nounced during a press conference on Aug. 1. The Sheriffs Office formed a unique pub lic-private partnership with several major re tailers to curb retail theft, which is a global issue and multi-million-dollar problem local ly, a news release says. Retail theft adds to the rising cost of doing business and impacts merchants and consumers alike. During the operation, which spanned about eight days, deputies worked two retail corri dors: Cattlemen Road just south of Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, and U.S. 41 just south of Jacaranda Boulevard in Venice, the release continues. Store loss prevention employees reported crimes directly to the operation ser geant, and personnel moved in to apprehend the suspects and immediately recover stolen merchandise, it adds. The 59 people arrested have nearly 1,000 pri or charges and now face 99 new charges, the release notes. Fifteen prolic offenders were A Sheriffs Ofce poster shows the people arrested during Operation Booster Buster. Image courtesy Sheriffs Ofce 59 ARRESTED IN RETAIL THEFT CRACKDOWN BY SHERIFFS OFFICE Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 85


appreh ended in this op eration, and some ar restees belonged to two organized retail theft rings operating out of Lee County, it says. This operation was another innovation of Intelligence 2 Action, our approach to in telligence-led policing, said Knight in the release. Local analysis dictated a need to visibly address a consistent problem of retail theft. Locations were chosen based on crime mapping and eld intelligence. Our goal was to not only assist these businesses but also to send a message to criminals that there is a strong collaboration against retail crimes in this community. In addition to the arrests, the Sheriffs Ofce is working with local retailers to identify mea sures that can be taken at their l ocations to A video provided by the Sheriffs Ofce shows the following defendants in action: Chanda Hewitt (in orange); Shanice Stewart (blue); Shawnise Atkins (red); Cynthia Turner (orange print); Daniel Menzel (black T-shirt); Shawn Murphy (takedown); Angel Robles; Tasha Spry; and Adetokunbo Baba tunde. Video courtesy of the Sheriffs Ofce further reduce thefts, the release continues. Roundtable discussions regarding loss pre vention issues and trends will also continue, it says. Operation Booster Buster utilized the Sher iffs Ofces Tactical, Intelligence and Crime Analysis units, plus Criminal Investigations, Trafc, Patrol, Corrections, Crime Prevention and Reserve deputies. During the press conference, Sheriff Knight also thanked Walmart, Home Depot, Bealls, Bealls Outlet, Burlington Coat Factory, Target and Sports Authority representatives for their commitment to loss prevention and for work ing with law enforcement ofcers to combat retail theft throughout Sarasota County. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 86


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce arrest ed Sean Flavell, 25, following an investigation that began last month when his mother report edly found him cooking methamphetamine in their garage at 2726 Nodosa Drive in Sarasota, the ofce has announced. Flavell ed the scene before deputies arrived and discovered he was using a one-pot meth od to manufacture signicant quantities of the drug, a news release says. Detectives continued the investigation and found he had bought the total quantity of pseudoephedrine allowed for one person for a year, conrmed the substance found was indeed meth and that ngerprints on the bottles belonged to Flavell, the release adds. Detectives located him on Aug. 1, the release continues, and the Manatee County Sheriffs Ofce arrested him in the 5600 block of Juel Gill Road, Bradenton. Flavell is charged with Trafcking in Meth amphetamine and Manufacturing Metham phetamine and is being held in the Manatee County Jail on $27,500 bond. % Sean Flavell/Contributed photo MAN ARRESTED AFTER A REPORT OF HIS COOKING METH IN HIS GARAGE Simply put, Crime Stoppers relies upon the cooperation between the police the media and the community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 87


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CITY CRA PLAN IS HARD TO FIND AND A DECADE OUT OF DATE COMMENTARY OPINION COMMENTARY If the City Com mission wants to convince the County Commission to extend the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) beyond its 2016 expiration date, it has a lot of convincing to do. And it should not expect the County Commission to go hunting for reasons to make the extension happen. The Sarasota News Leader is the only news organization so far to cover the work of the CRA extension committee. We have reported on a variety of experts who have traveled to town to educate the committee and one Sara sota mayor who was there at the beginning of the downtown agency. We have seen city staffers overwhelm the committee with back up documentation, dating back to 1986, when the two go vernmental bodies agreed in a short memo to ght slum and blight downtown. To improve the area covered by the CRA, both bodies froze their property tax receipts at the 1986 level. As property values and tax rates changed, any increase in revenue over the 1986 level accrued to the CRA for spending downtown. This plan turned out to be a giant economic engine, generating as much as $10 million per year before the recession; it is still producing nearly $7 million per year today. Because county tax rates are higher than the citys, the county fraction of the CRA contri bution is a bit bigger. To use very round g ures, of the $7 m illion contributed to the CRA By Stan Zimmerman City Editor


tod ay, a bout $4 million comes from the coun ty; $3 million, from the city. WHERES THE PLAN? While gathering information to help them make a smart decision, the CRA extension committee members scoured the state for ex perts. What they heard was, Stick with the plan. Sherod Halliburton, who ran a CRA in Manatee County before returning to his bank ing career, said, The plan is the key to the whole thing. But if a Sarasota County commissioner tried to search the citys website for CRA plan or CRA annual plan, he or she would come up empty. Does that mean there is no plan? As I went from ofce to ofce in City Hall ask ing for the CRA plan, nobody could pull it off a shelf or pull it up on a computer. It took almost an hour of research by the deputy city clerk to nd it. Why? Because its name was changed almost a decade ago, and it does not appear to have been updated since then. In 2001, the planning rm of Duany Plater-Zy berk gave the city a nal work product called the Downtown Master Plan 2020. On April 12, 2004, the City Commission held a special meeting to discuss implementation of that plan. The citys deputy director of planning and redevelopment, Mike Taylor, was there with Andres Duany for the discussion. The minutes of the meeting say, Mr. Taylor stated th at the process of the update of the Community Redevelopment Area plan was begun four years ago; that the resulting doc ument is entitled the Downtown Master Plan 2020; that the process of adoption and incor poration into the Citys Comprehensive Plan, also called the Sarasota City Plan, 1998 Edi tion (Citys Comprehensive Plan) was also be gun In other words, the revision of the CRA plan begun in 2000 was rolled into the 2001 Down town Master Plan, which was then rolled into the City Comprehensive Plan. Thus, the CRA plan became rigid; less nimble; not readily adaptable to changing times. Unfortunately, the Downtown Master Plan 2020 covers a different area than just the CRA. While there is overlap, the two are not con gruous. Therefore, the denitions get blurred even further. Where do the elements of the 2020 plan apply, and where does the CRA portion apply? There is a reason city staffers could not lay their hands on the CRA plan it was swallowed up and forgotten. That same year, the city pulled another switcheroo. The City Commission unilater ally without asking its county partner decided in 2004 to use some of the burgeon ing CRA revenue to pay for operations, not improvements or public-private partnership deals. Today, of the roughly $3 million the city contributes to the CRA, about $2.6 mil lion is plowed back into the general fund to cover expenses such as police protection and landscaping. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 90


TI ME TO GET SERIOUS This change could not have happened at a worse time. In 2004, the nancial roses were in full bloom with no wilting in sight. CRA funds were at a level that would have been considered unbelievably high only a few years earlier. It seemed a good time to set every thing in stone. Since then the annual CRA revenue level has plummeted. The pot now serves as a life-sav ing cash cow for the City of Sarasota. With a plan frozen in time at the peak of the boom, there was every excuse to say, Not enough money now to keep funding those general fund expenses. However, the plan (the Downtown Master Plan) remains untouched by the economic rollercoaster. For example, the plan contains the cultural district master plan for the Van Wezel Per forming Arts Halls expansive parking lot. It includes buildings for a number of local cul tural icons, a parking garage, retail space and restaurants and more all to be undertaken through public-private partnerships. It was believed, when the plan was completed, that such spending would enhance Sarasotas claim as the home of unique cultural assets. In todays environment, without additional pub lic comment, it is hard to believe the Coun ty Commission would stomach a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment in cultural bricks and mortar. Yet that is exa ctly what the CRA is supposed to do, as the committee has heard. The plan should use public-private partnerships to leverage the in cremental financing of the CRA. And as shown in the documents provid ed to the committee by City of Sarasota Senior Planner Steve Stancel, such public-private partnerships can prove extremely lucrative in the long term. In 2003, the CRA provided almost $5 million to lure a Whole Foods grocery store down town. The property was appraised then at $3.2 million. Today it is on the books for $57.4 mil lion, and Whole Foods has paid $6.6 million in property taxes. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY GOVERNANCE Every complex document given to a deci sion-maker contains an executive summary. It is rarely longer than a single page, even if the document it covers runs 100 pages or more. Neither the city nor the county commission ers in Sarasota have personal aides to read and digest extensive reports. Therefore, the commissioners are often left to depend on ex ecutive summaries to assist them in making complex decisions. As a rule, you can tell who has read an entire document, because that person asks detailed questions. For those who did not, their dis cussion of an issue is often supercial. At the end of the CRA extension committees term, somebody is going to write a report and an executive summary. This story is already longer than most exec utive summaries, and it has not touched on a host of real questions about the singular issue: Should the CRAs lifespan be extended? If yes, for how long? And how should the money be spent on police salaries or public-private partnerships? % Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 91


COMMENTARY I k now!! I cannot believe it ei ther!! After living a crime-free life all these de cades, and never once entering a courtroom, I am no longer a virgin. I have been deow ered, thanks to the 12 th Judicial Circuit in Sarasota (aka, the Sarasota Charitable Trust Foundation). My presence at court on Monday, July 29, was required because I allegedly committed an of fense called Leaving the Scene Unattended. I am still not sure whether the court system de nes that as a trafc misdemeanor or a crim inal offense, but as the day arrived, I thought I was scheduled to appear in the Courtroom of Trafc Offenders. Evidently, I received this citation as a result of a witness, who claims he saw me backing out of an angled parking space on Main Street and side-swiping the car next to me. (I will go to my grave denying any knowledge of this offense.) But I will admit to tapping the car waiting for my space with my rear bumper. This tap was so inconsequential I ignored it and continued maneuvering my car out onto Main Street and driving home. Unbeknownst to me, and according to another witness, a person was observed zooming down Main Street in his shiny red car, and when he got to within an inch of my car, he snapped a photo of me with his camera phone. He then proceeded to deliver my license information with a note to the driver of the aforemen tioned car that I deny having sideswiped. If I had my way, I would immediately sue Mr. X for harassing me while I was stopped at a light but, then again, I am not a vengeful person. Nonetheless, the police decided that I needed to learn some kind of lesson for my evil ways, which is how I ended up with the citation to make an appearance in Courtroom 2-A on July 29. About 8:50 a.m. that day, the doors opened and we all led in quietly and obediently, just like rst-graders do. We took our seats, and suddenly it was, All rise for the honorable Judge Galen, who was followed by her as sistants. We then sat down and waited for our names to be called as court staff took atten dance reminiscent, again, of rst grade. I was 100 perc ent ready to plead, NOT GUILTY, YOUR HONOR, but when the judge called me up to the podium and carefully de ned my options of Guilty, Not guilty or No contest, I chose the last one, deciding to let the judge be th e judge and resolve my case MY FIRST AND LAST (FINGERS CROSSED) DAY IN COURT By Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer COMMENTARY Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 92


COMMENTARY When elephants grow old and useless and have no value to anyone in the elephant com munity, they wander off into the jungle to die alone. That is a sad tale and one that is mir rored in Sarasota with all the old folks who retire here from elsewhere in the nation. No, I am not referring to the (us) old folks as being useless, but to some of the stuff that we brought along when we packed everything up and trucked it all down here when we re tired to Sarasota. Specically, the VHS video cassettes that, back in the day, we bought for our children Bambi Mary Poppins Peter Pan Fantasia Even The Lion King Yes, old and useless. Sure, they brought great pleasure to our chil dren, who entertained themselves hour after hour watching these bright stars of the enter tainment industry. And when the cassettes grew too grainy to watch, that just showed us they were achieving their intended purpose keeping our kids out of our way while we got dinner ready, mowed the lawn, did the laundry or painted the garage doors. These l ms, which had not been too hard for us to take when we and our children watched them in the theaters, had proved their value as diversions. Their titles had been imprint ed on our memories, so when the lms were released on VHS cassettes (not Betamax), we bought them without hesitation. (Or was it without too much whining from our chil dren?) Anyway, we bought them. And when they had grown old from hours of viewing, we knew exactly what to do: We threw them out and bought the Deluxe Limited Edition versions of them, as we knew they would be played each day or, at least, each weekend un til the end of time. But t hen basketball or ballet lessons or hang ing out with friends at the mall became more popular pastimes for our children. Even, can you imagine, homework interfered (some times, anyway) with our kids viewing sched ules. Thus, these new reincarnations of old favorites sat lonely on the shelf yes, sort of like those toys in the Disney Toy Story franchise. GRAVEYARD OF THE ELEPHANTS By Rodger Skidmore Contributing Writer immediately. I knew that I was innocent of all the charges or at least I was unaware of the incident. But in the long run, sometimes it is more benecial to cancel out a negative as quickly as possible, to get on with the business of having a positive and enjoyable lifestyle. The ju dges decision consisted of ordering me to pay a small ne and requiring me to do 25 hours of community service. Personally, I think I handled my rst day in court very well and here is hoping it will also be my last. % COMMENTARY Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 93


Th ey may have sat there alone, but they were certainly not forgotten. We remembered them, and when we retired, we boxed them up and labeled the boxes FOR OUR GRANDCHIL DREN. Yes, we had a plan. We would take our children and their kids to the beach, play in the water (OK, watch them play in the wa ter) until we were all tired. Then we would go home, pour some wine, re up the grill and let our grandchildren entertain themselves while we caught up with what our own chil dren were doing. All we had to do was pop the VHS cassette into the VHS player. Wait we no longer had one, or if we did, it no longer worked or could not be found. The nal solution, of course, was to take a shop ping bag full of old but nearly new VHS cassettes to Sarasotas elephant graveyard for the old and useless the Goodwill Store. % LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Sarasota News Leader wel comes letters to the editor from its readers. Letters should be no more than 300 words in length, and in clude the name, street address and telephone number of the writer. Letters should be emailed to with Letter to the Editor in the subject line. Letters ac tually printed will be selected based on space avail able, subject matter and other factors. We reserve the right to edit any letters submitted for length, grammar, spelling, etc. All letters submitted be come the property of The Sarasota News Leader. Dont have your own subscription to The Sarasota News Leader ? Subscribe for FREE and receive a weekly notication when the latest issue is available online. FREE SUBSCRIPTION 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 August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 94




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There comes a point in every plants life when the attentive gardener must consider whether pruning time is nigh. The symptoms of a shrub or tree in need of at tention include the following: plant has over grown its space and is growing into its neigh bors area; plant is leggy, with most of the foliage at the top and bare stems at the bot tom; plant is physically injured or damaged by cold, insect infestation, disease or salt spray; plant has developed dead branches that need to be removed; plant has grown inward, with branches crossing one another, and needs to be thinned; and, nally, plant has been lightly clipped for a long period of time and has de veloped bull heads. A bull head is a major stem that has been trimmed supercially over a long period time and has developed numerous points of growth that repeatedly emit new sprouts. These sprouts grow less vigorously as the plant ages, and they may eventually begin to die. Most hedges that have been formally trimmed for many years are really only a mass of bull heads in various states of health, ranging from vibrant to ailing. The ailing heads are the can didates for major pruning. The best time to remove the less healthful heads is during or right after trimming, when they are most evident. If you do this in the spring, the plant will recover more quickly. When you s ee a head like the one in the ac A bull head lies on the pavement after its removal. Photos by Rick Wielgorecki PRUNING ENABLES PLANTS TO LIVE LONGER, MORE HEALTHFUL LIVES TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORNS By Rick Wielgorecki Contributing Writer


company ing photo, prune it with long-handled pruning shears that are very sharp. Larger bull heads may require a pruning saw. Once you have completed their removal, the plant can revive itself and generate fresh new foliage. Through pruning the worst of a plants bull heads occasionally, you can keep your tree, shrub or hedge healthy and enjoy it for de cades. You may even celebrate your accom plishment with a couple of Oles!! PLANT OF THE MONTH I have a small camphor tree on my proper ty. Though Cinnamomum camphora is ca pable of achieving heights of up to 40 feet, I frequently trim it to maintain it at a height of about 8 feet. It makes a nice green screen to provide privacy on my property border. Also, to my delight, swallowtail butteries seem to be attracted to the foliage. This spring th e camphor was due for a good heavy pruning. As the accompanying photo shows, I took out many bull heads to thin it and allow it to regenerate over the growing season. If you want to grow a camphor tree, be ad vised that it is considered a non-native, inva sive plant. Camphors were planted here un successfully in the effort to produce camphor oil. Birds, which treasure the seeds, help the trees proliferate. A camphor is most easily identied by crush ing the leaves, which emit the pungent scent of camphor. If you ever mow grass under a mature specimen, you will be treated to the stimulating aroma of camphor oil. Rick Wielgorecki may be contacted at 362-0600 or wielgo@hotmail. com % A mature camphor tree can emit a stimulating odor of the oil of the same name. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 98


SIESTA SEEN Thanks to the intercession of Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, county staff is proceeding with a plan to clear 9 feet of vege tation along the North Shell Road right of way to provide more room for vehicle parking. In a July 15 report to the County Commission, Chief County Engineer James K. Harriott Jr. reported that a work order had been submit ted to the Field Services Ofce for the work. On July 9 during the commissions last set of meetings before its summer break Pat terson referred her colleagues to a memo Har riott had sent them, offering suggestions about how best to handle residents complaints about the haphazard parking near Beach Ac cess 1 at the end of North Shell Road. Because the pavement was laid down closer to the southern right of way, Harriott noted in his May 1 memo, enough room exists to accommodate some parking along the north edge of [the road]. His rough estimate, he continued, was that up to six parallel parking spaces or 10 to 15 perpendicular spaces could MORE PARKING WILL BE PROVIDED AT BEACH ACCESS 1; GIDGETS COASTAL PROVISIONS IS COMING TO SIESTA VILLAGE IN THE FALL; AND COUNTY STAFF IS SEEKING ANOTHER EXTENSION OF THE SUNSET DATE FOR THE NOISE ORDINANCE Foliage is thick on the north side of North Shell Road on Siesta Key. Photo by Rachel Hackney By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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be added. That work would necessitate the removal of vegetation, including some estab lished mangroves, he pointed out. In the past, Harriott continued, property owners along the north side of the road had opposed any parking on that side. To min imize needed improvements, clearing along the north right-of-way line could be done to provide a wider grass parking area, Harri ott wrote. This would allow vehicles to park more on the shoulder of the roadway and open the travel lanes of North Shell Road for emergency access and general traffic circulations. Its a bit of a mess at Shell Road, with people parking in all kinds of places, Patterson said during the Commission Reports part of the July 9 meeting. However, to add up to 10 or 15 extra spaces, as Harriott had indicated, would be a pretty substantial capital improvement, she pointed out, and I dont know when we would be able to address it. At residents requests, she said, she had driven down North Shell Road several times recently to assess the situation herself. Im unwilling to do what a number of res idents would like, she p ointed out, which Few parking spaces are available at Beach Access 1 on North Shell Road. Photo by Rachel Hackney`v Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 100

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would be putting up signs banning parking on the south side of the road. At the very end of the road, she continued, space is insufcient for more than a handful of vehicles. But I can see where [parking is] really jumbly right now, and it has the poten tial to block the street Moreover, she has seen people parking in front of the re hydrant on the south side of the road. But that [hydrant] needs to be more clearly marked. It was obvious vegetation had become overgrown on the north side of the road, Patterson said. In the p ast, she continued, staff had removed about 9 feet of foliage on the north side to al low people to park safely there without com promising the travel area on the road. Therefore, she said, she would like to ask for her fellow commissioners consent to direct staff once again to clear out 9 feet of the veg etation, and I would love for the staff to take a look and see if there would be enough width to stripe the area on the south side for parking without blocking a driveway. Patterson pointed out, Thats pretty inexpensive. Peter van Roekens took this photo of the Siesta sky after a recent thunderstorm. Photo courtesy of Peter van Roekens Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 101

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After Pat terson put her request into a motion, Commissioner Christine Robinson seconded it without hesitation. When Chairwoman Carolyn Mason asked for any further discussion, Patterson laughed. Not after that, she replied, referring to the explanation she already had offered. The motion passed unanimously. Just weeks after that vote on July 31 Patterson received an email from a relatively new property owner on North Shell Road, say ing he had met several of his neighbors and share their frustration at the current parking problems I have counted up to 50 cars at one time, many of which are blocking private drives, mailboxes and [the] re hydrant. He added that cars remain parked near the beach access after 9 p.m., creating noise at all hours of the night. Patterson replied that she was copying Sher iff Tom Knight on her response, in the hopes that he will have his men stop by occasionally and ticket those who are parked after 9 PM. Patterson also explained about the request the commissioners approved on July 9. I person ally will not be willing to eliminate all street parking, she wrote, but would like very much to make the situation less annoying to residents. In the meantime, Patterson pointed out that the property owner was welcome to voice his views about the situation during the Open to the Public period during a County Commis sion meeting. COMING SOON: GIDGET S COASTAL PROVISIONS Siesta Keys master sand sculptor, Brian Wi gelsworth, attended the Siesta Key Village As sociation meeting on Aug. 6 not only as a rep resentative of the upcoming Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition in Novem ber, but also as a forthcoming new business proprietor in the Village. Just before the Crystal Classic opens on Nov. 15 (it runs through Nov. 18), Gidgets Coast al Provisions will open in the space long oc cupied by Napolis restaurant at 5242 Ocean Blvd. right next to Siesta Key Oyster Bar. Although the word Gidget immediately brought to my mind the old Sandra Dee beach movie Wigelsworth said the shop is named for his dog. The store will sell more upscale gifts and clothing than a typical T-shirt store, he point ed out, but it will have a surfer feel to it. His wife, Trudy who manages Blvd. Beach wear on Ocean Boulevard and has more than 20 years of retail experience will run the new shop, Wigelsworth added. Shes an artist when it comes to merchandising, he said. SKVA members arriving for the 8:30 a.m. meeting on Aug. 6 could not help but notice the construction equipment ripping out most of the building that had housed Napolis. Ac cording to the design, thre e walls of the origi nal structure will be left in place, Wigelsworth said, so the new b uilding will not have to be Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 102

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put up on stilts to conform with ood zone regulations. The shop will have about 1,950 square feet on the rst oor, with oor-to-ceil ing windows and two transient apartments will be on the second oor. Weve been working on it for four years, he added. As reported earlier in this space, the proper ty belongs to Jim Syprett and M. Jay Lancer. Mark Smith of Smith Architects on Siesta Key is handling the design work. And what of Napolis? Word on the street is that the restaurant is moving near The Broken Egg on Avenida Messina. ANOTHER DELAY ON THE NOISE ORDINANCE During the Aug. 1 Siesta Key Association meeting, Secretary Peter van Roekens report ed that county staff is recommending that the sunset of the Noise Ordinance and the Air and Sound Pollution Ordinance be extended for another year. I hadnt heard that recommendation, said Commissioner Patterson, who was a guest at the meeting. In September 2012, the County Commission approved extending the sunset of both mea sures until Nov. 18 of this year. The board ap proved the staff request so the public could be Workers tear down the structure that housed Napolis restaurant on Ocean Boulevard. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 103

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involved in any potential rewrite of the Noise Ordinance in regard to allowable noise levels, enforcement and penalties. As for the Air and Sound Pollution Ordinance: Staff wanted to have sufcient time to amend it to reect changes in state law, especially those regulating certain types of burning, in cluding land-clearing efforts. On Aug. 7, I spoke with Donna Thompson, the countys assistant zoning administrator. She conrmed that staff is scheduled to appear before the County Commission on Sept. 24 to seek another years extension of the sun set deadline for both ordinances. County air quality staff is seeking more time for public meetings on issues covered by that ordinance, she said. She feels more public comments are needed on the Noise Ordinance, too, Thomp son added. However, she was not certain the requests would be granted. In t he meantime, van Roekens said during the SKA meeting that he had surveyed the resi dents of Terrace East the condominium complex where he lives about their views on noise issues in Siesta Village. More than half the respondents have real concerns, he continued. The few that dont are either deaf or away, he added, drawing some chuckles. WATCH OUT FOR THOSE SNAKES! During that Aug. 1 Siesta Key Association meeting, President Catherine Luckner report ed that she had received an email from Saraso ta County in regard to the stormwater project under way adjacent to Siesta Public Beach. Because so many trees are being removed to make way for the new retention pond, she pointed out, the county is warning residents to be aware they might see more snakes. (Most of th e trees are invasive species, by the way The re station on Siesta Key is next to the site where the county is constructing a new stormwater retention pond. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 104

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Australian pine s, for example, Luckner said and the area will be restored after the pond has been completed.) I had to laugh, Luckner added, referring to the notice, because all over our key, we see these creatures. However, the ones featured in the email, she pointed out, are not typically found on the is land. You really dont have to be too afraid of what you see, she continued. People are always afraid of snakes, but we do have a lot of good snakes [on Siesta Key]. If you see one, just walk away. Thats my recommendation. Luckner noted that the keys snakes eat rats and other rodents as well as palmetto bugs. [Snakes] keep good things in balance, and mostly they are very quiet. And they will not go to the beach! SKA board member Deet Jonker told the au dience he had received the same email from the county. I just have to share a funny thing, he added. The morning after he read the email, he said, he happened to walk past the Siesta Key re station which is right next to the new stormwater pond site and for the rst time ever I saw all their doors closed. After the ensuing laughter died down, Jonker said, They got the message. On a very important side note: Luckner also reported that the stormwater project is run ning a little behind because of some permit ting delays. Instead of November, it is sched uled to be completed in December. ZONING APPEAL During the SKA meeting last week, President Catherine Luckner also announced that the owners of the property at 5050 Common wealth Drive apparently want to recongure their pool and patio area to extend within 10 feet of the canal bordering the site. The re quired setback from the canal is 20 feet, she noted. Therefore, the owners plan to appear before the countys Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday, Aug. 12, to state their case for why they should be granted a variance. According to Zillow the house was sold in September 2011 for $1,425,000. It is listed as having 4,626 square feet. % A Google map shows the house at 5050 Com monwealth Drive on Siesta Key. Image cour tesy Google Maps Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 105

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Kettle of Fish entertains the crowd during the July Friday Fest. Photo by Norman Schimmel FRIDAY FEST TO PRESENT IMPULSE ON AUG. 16 A&E BRIEFS The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall will host its third Friday Fest of the summer on Friday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring Impulse, the hall has announced. A Friday Fest Favorite, Impulse [provides] a refreshing dose of reggae, zouk, and pop ca lypso which will set your weekend off on the right foot! The Island Foot! a news release says. Get your dancing shoes on because these guys know how to get the crowd moving with their energetic stage presence and pulse driving rhythm! Pe ople planning to attend are reminded to bring blankets or chairs. Local vendors will have food and drinks for sale. Among the lat ter will be Mattisons On The Bay, J&J Bar-BQue, Snack It To Me!, Tasty Takeout, TCBY, SRQ Pizza, Suncoast Food Trucks, Sweet Doc tors and Lemonbar, the release notes. The Van Wezel is located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. For more information, visit

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The Venice Theatre Guild invites the public to enjoy another summer night of nostalgia, energy and fun when The Goldtones take the MainStage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. The Goldtones, which has been called the hottest doo-wop group in Florida, enter tains its audiences with the sweet sounds of street-corner harmony, a news release says. The quartet features Dr. Ken Feder, a practic ing chiropractor by day and second tenor by night, who has sung doo-wop in the Bronx and Atlanta; John Gualberto (Johnny G.), who has been singing professionally since he was 12; Ed Diana, who started singing professional ly at 18 with the original ve-man group The Orkells in New Haven, CT; and John Reinoehl (J.R.) who, like his partners, began singing at a young age when he started his own musical group in 1960, the release notes. The summer oldies concerts are an annual tradition of the Venice Theatre Guild, the re lease continues. What started as one show per summer has grown to a full-edged series of four shows. After The Goldtones perfor mance, one more concert remains on the sum mer schedule: Yesterdayze on Sept. 14. The concerts raise money for the Guild scholar ship fund, which provides tuition assistance to students studying theatre arts. Tickets, which cost $20, are on sale at the theatres box ofce, by phone at 488-1115 or online at Venice The atre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice. Summer box ofce hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before all performances. The Goldtones/Contributed photo THE GOLDTONES TO MAKE VENICE THEATRE DEBUT ON AUG. 17 Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 108

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Iain Webb, d irector of The Sarasota Ballet has announced that principal dancer Sara Sardelli will be retiring from the stage and taking on a new role as the companys outreach coordi nator. We will all greatly miss Saras captivating stage presence and her memorable perfor mances, but with her enthusiasm and loyal commitment she will be a perfect addition to the administrative team, said Webb in a news release. In her new role, Sardelli will be coordinating community outreach for the company and for the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance, the release adds. Sardelli will also help coor dinate all special events as The Sarasota Ballet continues to broaden its presence in the local community and beyond, the release notes. SARDELLI TRANSITIONING TO A NEW ROLE WITH SARASOTA BALLET Sara Sardelli (center) in John Ringlings Circus Nutcracker with David Tlaiye (left) and Logan Learned. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet Sara Sardelli. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 109

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Realize Bradenton and the Manatee Players Music & Movies series will continue at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 with vocalist Eve Caballero and the Manatee Players performing sultry jazz favorites and setting the mood for the 7 p.m. screening of Chicago The movie is director Rob Marshalls Acade my Award-winning adaptation of the satirical stage musical exploring the themes of celebri ty, scandal, murder and corruption in the Jazz Age, a news release notes. The free event will take place at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, located at 502 3 rd Av enue West in downtown Bradenton. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This series is an excellent way to introduce the community to [the] new, cutting-edge per forming arts center, says Johnette Isham, Realize Bradentons executive director, in the release. Its our way of raising the cur tai n on this new venue and giving audiences a sneak peek at what theyll be experiencing for years to come. For more information, call the Manatee Play ers box ofce at 748-5 875. % MUSIC & MOVIES SERIES CONTINUES WITH CHICAGO ON AUG. 18 Eve Caballero/Contributed photo While this was an incredibly difcult decision and I will always treasure my time on stage, I am excited to remain part of The Sarasota Bal let family and have a closer connection with the audience that has always shown me so much love, said Sardelli in the release. Sardelli joined The Sarasota Ballet in 2009 and quickly became an audience favorite in ballets such as Ashtons Two Pigeons and Les Rendezvous, Flints The Lesson, Bal anchines Tarantella and Serenade and Tuck etts Spielende Kinder among others, the re lease points out. In 2012 she was promoted to a principal and featured in numerous ballets in the companys repertoire. Leading roles were created for her in Harts John Ringlings Cir cus Nutcracker and Tucketts Changing Light I am so grateful to Director Iain Webb and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri for all the amazing opportunities offered to me, and to Miss B [Barbieri] for her personal coach ing, said Sardelli in the release. Having the chance to perform the incredible repertoire they have brought to Sarasota has been truly wonderful. I understand this was not an easy decision for Sara, but I am thrilled to offer her this oppor tunity, added Webb in the release. I hope Im always able to offer support and guidance to our dancers as they make transitions in their careers. Sardelli will start her new role later this month, just in time for the 2013-2014 season, the release notes. Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 110

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The Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota has hired David Bumsted as deacon in charge of its ministry to youth, the church has an nounced. Bumsted joined the Redeemer staff in early June. He will replace outgoing Youth Minister Chris Wood, who has been accepted as a pos tulant for Holy Orders and will enter Wiscon sins Nashotah House Theological Seminary in mid-August, a news release says. Throughout the summer, Bumsted and Wood have been working closely together to achieve a seamless transition in this key role for the churchs large youth ministry, the release adds. Were delighted to have David join our min istry for youth, said the Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson, rector, in the release. David has a wonderful enthusiasm and a great deal of experience in working with youth; as well, he posse sses the requisite skills in communica tion and social media to stay in touch with our young people both in and out of regular church events. Bumsted graduated from Nashotah House Theological Seminary on May 16 and was or dained to the Diaconate on June 8, the release notes. This December, he will be ordained to the priesthood. A graduate of Florida State University with a degree in international affairs, Bumst ed served as a case manager at Orlandos Covenant House from 2009 to 2012, the re lease notes. There he worked with home less teens and other youth facing crises, the release adds. He is married to Rebekah, a human resources team member with Neiman Marcus. The Church of the Redeemer is located at 222 S. Palm Ave. in the hea rt of downtown Saraso ta. For more information, visit redeemersara or call 955-4263. Deacon David Bumsted in Redeemers St. Francis Garden. Contributed photo NEW DEACON IN CHARGE OF YOUTH MINISTRY AT REDEEMER RELIGION BRIEFS

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R egistration is continuing for the 2013-2014 year at Temple Emanu-El Preschool, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, the Temple has announced. The academic year begins Monday, Aug. 19, a news release notes. Nationally accredited and the recipient of Gold Seal certication by Sarasota Countys Early Learning Coalition, Temple Emanu-El Preschool offers secular and Jewish ear ly-childhood education for ages 18 months through 5 years including voluntary pre kindergarten in a nurturing, clean, safe environment, the release adds. Tradit ional preschool hours are available, as well as extended care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., it notes. Students enjoy weekly classes in gymnastics, karate, Spanish, music/movement and com puters, as well as Shabbat celebrations with Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and an optional Jewish enrichment class that teaches about prayer, holidays, Hebrew, Bible stories, God and Jewish values through engaging, hands-on activities, the release adds. For more information or to schedule a tour of Temple Emanu-El Preschool, contact Elaine Sharrock at 377-8074 or preschool@sarasota % TEMPLE EMANU-EL PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION CONTINUES How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. Marcus Aurelius Gene Burgess and Melonie Burgess, licensed acupuncture physicians Serving Sarasota since 2008 Treatment rates are on a sliding scale, from $15-$35; new patients pay a onetime additional fee of $10 AFFORDABLE ACUPUNCTURE FOR EVERYONE 3615 Webber St Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 922-4611 Open Tuesday through Saturday Our Mission To provide our community with high quality and affordable acupuncture and herbal medicine and to create a treatment space that connects people and builds community. Click for larger map and driving directions Click To Schedule An Appointment Online MENTION THIS AD TO RECEIVE $5 OFF THE NEW PATIENT FEE Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 112

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09+ AUGUST Florida Studio Theatre presents The Underpants Through Aug. 11 (times vary), Keating Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave. Tickets: $18 to $42. Information: 366-9000 or 09+ AUGUST FST Summer Improv Through Aug. 24, 8:30 p.m., John C. Court Cabaret, 1241 N. Palm Ave. Tickets: $12. Infor mation: 366-9000 or 09+ AUGUST Dabbert Gallery presents Summer Showcase Through Sept. 30, 76 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Admission: free. Information: 955-1315 or 09+ AUGUST Banyan Theater presents Time Stands Still Aug. 9-25 (times vary), Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail. Tickets: $28.50. Information: 351-2808 or 11 AUGUST Naarai Jacobs in Concert Aug. 11, 7 p.m., Michaels On East, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $35. Information: 366-1505. 11 AUGUST WSLR presents the fth annual Very Merry Jerry Day, featuring Flori da Mountain Boys, Ship of Fools, Kettle of Fish and Schmitz Bros. Band Aug. 11, 3:30 to 9 p.m., 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. Tickets: $10. Information: 894-6469 or 16 AUGUST Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, featuring Impulse Aug. 16, 5 p.m., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Admission: Free. Information: 953-3368 or Community Calendar The best of upcoming EVENTS This Week In Sarasota recently was sold to The Observer Group. This sale ends our collaboration with TWIS Sarasota News Leader August 9 & 16, 2013 Page 113

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Each week, Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel searches Sarasota County for iconic shots that underscore why the community is a favorite with residents and tourists alike. SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS FIND FROGS ON LILY PADS, THEY SAID. HMMPH! SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS

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