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COVER Inside MAKE US FREE DRAWING ATTENTION TAKING SHAPE Old school journalism. 21st century delivery. THE SARASOTA News Leader The Progressive Voice Of Southwest Florida No. 50 August 30, 2013




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 The Sarasota News Leader and The Progressive Voice of Southwest Florida are registered trademarks of New Sheriff Publishing, Inc., which publishes The Sarasota News Leader. 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 Post Ofce Box 5099 Sarasota, FL 34277 941-227-1080


Aft er this week, I never again want to hear that August is a slow month around here. After watching two long days of County Commission discussions Wednesdays meeting did not end until 7 p.m. I could nd no way to write all the stories generated and still meet deadline. As I type this, I envision Cleve, our production manager, and Vicki, our copy editor, getting just a wee bit anxious about when I am going to nish all the topics I did tackle. Cooper Levey-Baker and Roger Drouin were just as busy as I was. In fact, we all spent time with the County Commission this week. And lest you think county government was the only source of our latest news, Roge r also has an update on businessman Chris Browns New Orleans-style restaurant project in downtown Sarasota. We may be a little lighter on features this week than we were for our Aug. 23 issue, but one article is actually a carryover from last week. Thanks to that good ol deadline again, A&E Reporter Elinor Rogosins lovely review of the grand nale of the Carreo Dance Festi val appears in this issue. (My fault, not hers.) Nonetheless, it is a charming alternative to all the hard news owing through the rst part of the book, as Staff Photographer Norm Schimmel calls our newsweekly. Thank goodness Labor Day is around the corner. I think we all will need the time to recover so we can be ready to pull together this weeks leftover stories for the Sept. 6 issue. And we sure hope all of you have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Editor and Publisher WELCOME


DRAWING ATTENTION NOT READY FOR BRT NEWS & COMMENTARY MAKE US FREE 7 Amid a condo discrimination dispute and arson investigation, LGBT rights advocates ask the County Commission for protection Cooper Levey-Baker DRAWING ATTENTION 11 Love it or hate it, residents have started to weigh in on a project that would drastically change one of the most visible corners downtown Roger Drouin TAKING SHAPE 17 With the nal contracts tentatively set to be approved in late October, the County Commission votes on ranking extras for the Siesta Beach project, funds permitting Rachel Brown Hackney FOCUS ON FRUITVILLE 24 After three years of inaction on the Fruitville Initiative, County Commissioners say they want to see progress on the plan Roger Drouin TAKEN TO THE WOODSHED 28 County commissioners lambast the county administrator for inadequate communication to them regarding an employees resignation in July Rachel Brown Hackney A DAY IN COURT 33 South county attorneys push for easier access to the justice system Cooper Levey-Baker AN OPENING FOR A (CHANNEL) OPENING 36 Sarasota residents have learned that a state rule change creates a new opportunity for the county to try to reopen Midnight Pass Rachel Brown Hackney RAMPING IT UP 45 The County Commission tentatively agrees to fund the upgrades needed to make its BMX track a major competition venue Rachel Brown Hackney NOT READY FOR BRT 49 The County Commission agrees to withdraw an application for federal support for a bus rapid transit system but asks staff to continue to look at other options Rachel Brown Hackney TABLE OF CONTENTS Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Children of all ages Robert Hackney Sarasota Leisure: We all scream Rachel Brown Hackney No. 50 August 30, 2013


A GLIMPSE OF FUTURE STARS SIESTA SEEN THATS A WRAP! 56 The County Commission opts to proceed with plans for trolley service to Siesta Key, starting in the summer of 2014, instead of funding a new University Parkway route right now Rachel Brown Hackney NEWS BRIEFS 62 CRIME BLOTTER 69 OPINION EDITORIAL 73 Reopen Midnight Pass! SARASOTA LEISURE A GLIMPSE OF FUTURE STARS 78 The third Carreno Dance Festival shows maturity in celebrating the talents of its youthful dancers Elinor Rogosin SIESTA SEEN 82 The Crystal Classic lands a major sponsor; the Calle de Costa Rica property transfer wins nal approval; the Siesta Farmers Market earns a one-year renewal; and the Old Stickney Point Road lighting district effort moves forward a tad Rachel Brown Hackney A&E BRIEFS 91 RELIGION BRIEFS 98 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 103 SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS 104 Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article For The Best Reading Experience Try Reading The Sarasota News Leader On Your Tablet No. 50 August 30, 2013


Julia Nowak asked the Sarasota County Com mission for one thing Tuesday morning, Aug. 27: Write an ordinance to make us free. That document, a human rights ordinance, would offer protection against discrimination in employment and housing based on age, dis ability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. While the cities of Sara sota and Venice both have similar measures on the books, Sarasota County has yet to OK such protections. Nowak, an Englewood realtor, was inspired to stand up for the or dinance after s he discovered discriminatory language embedded in documents approved by the Venice condo complex, Casa Di Amici. The rules would have limited condo owner ship to married couples and individuals in effect banning gay and lesbian partners. After pointing out the offending language behind closed doors, Nowak went to the media, in an effort to apply public pressure, she tells The Sarasota N ews Leader What surprised her most was that, be cause the complex is located in unincorpo rated Sarasota County, the language was per fectly legal. The County Commission sits in session earlier this year. Photo by Norman Schimmel AMID A CONDO DISCRIMINATION DISPUTE AND ARSON INVESTIGATION, LGBT RIGHTS ADVOCATES ASK THE COUNTY COMMISSION FOR PROTECTION MAKE US FREE This issue wont go away. Ken Shelin LGBT advocate Sarasota By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor NEWS & COMMENTARY


While the Casa Di Amici board acted last week to recommend removing the discrimi natory wording (attorney Dan Lobeck called the measure inadvertent), Nowak says the voting population of the complex still must approve the revisions. That vote wont come till early October, according to Nowak. She feels condent the complex will strike the discriminatory section. Several owners have called and emailed her, apologizing for voting in favor of the new documents, which many said they never even read. Nowak told the County Commission many were appalled to nd out what they had supported. But Nowaks point Tuesday was that the con do complexs changes never would have been allowed in the rst place if Sarasota County offered comprehensive protections against discrimination. Former Sarasota City Commissioner and outspoken LGBT rights activist Ken Shelin echoed Nowaks comments, pointing out that legislative action is often needed to guard against discrimination. There is still a discon certing undercurrent that demonizes certain people in order to exclude them, he said, bringing up the Casa Di Amici dispute, as well as rumors that local community and business leaders have been forced out because of their sexual orientation. Another example of local intolerance Shelin mentioned: arson. Allie Langley and her girlfriend, Carrie Wo jtczak, were sleeping in the front room of their Nokomis trailer early Saturday morning when Wojtczak got up to use the restroom. She heard crackling and saw ames. Wojtczak hurriedly woke Langley, who dialed 911. They ran outside. The couple was in the middle of moving, and boxes stacked outside were on re. Thats when Wojtczak realized their cats were still inside. Wojtczak went around to break open the back door to let the pets escape, and even (foolishly, Langley says) went inside to open an interior door. They lost six cats in the blaze, but seven survived. The couple screamed for help and even tried to put out the re with a hose, but it was no use. Within Id say four minutes of us getting outside, the whole front room was engulfed in ames, Langley tells the News Leader That wasnt all. Someone had slashed the tires on the couples car, and their water pipes had been smashed. Chris Cate communications director for Florida CFO Jeff Atwater, who oversees the Ofce of the State Fire Marshal writes in an email that the incident is being considered a Florida Chief Financial Ofcer Jeff Atwater. Image from Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 8


case of arson, b ut adds that no other details can be released at this time. While certainly the most extreme example, the re wasnt the rst time Langley and Wo jtczak had experienced intimidation or ha rassment in their neighborhood. Langley says a neighbor called Wojtczak a stupid dyke bitch three years ago and threatened to start a re. People have thrown eggs, fruit and even rocks at their trailer. Weve had two broken windows. Weve had our water pipe broken a couple times, Langley says. The couple had planned to celebrate their two-year anniversary this week with a drive to Venice to le as domestic partners, a regis try approved just this year. The program pro vides unmarried couples who live together certain rights, such as hospital visitation and healthcare decision-making. But instead of doing that, Langley and Wojtczak are looking for a new home. The Red Cross put them up in a hotel for three nights, but the couple cant afford to stay there much longer. Aside from some clothes, they lost everything. Nowak calls the re a hate crime, and says she wishes there were greater punishments for criminals who target victims because of sexual orientation. Her ght may have begun over Casa Di Amicis unintentional discrimi nation, but she wont stop even if the County Commission does eventually adopt a human rights ordinance. She wants the Florida Divi sion of Real Estate to implement similar an ti-discrimination rules. While shes been polit ically conscious for years, Nowak says shes been quiet. No longer. No one on the County Commission immedi ately commented on Now ak and Shelins pro posal, but C ommissioner Christine Robinson tells the News Leader thats just a reection of two days of marathon meetings. Theres a whole host of things I didnt get to, says Rob inson, who calls herself interested in having a conversation about a human rights ordi nance. It probably will be brought up again. My plan is to be at every South County meet ing, Nowak says. If you get in their face long enough, theyre going to notice. This issue wont go away, Shelin told the commission Tuesday. I dont feel free in this country, Nowak said. To be able to discriminate against me legal ly that does not make me feel free. She brought up the closing words of the national anthem: the land of the free and the home of the brave. I dont want to be the brave one, she said. I want to be the free one. I want my freedo m. % A map shows the location of the Casa Di Ami ci condominium complex in Venice. Image courtesy Google maps Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 9


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Chris Brown wants to build something differ ent but not entirely unprecedented in downtown Sarasota. With a brick faade and second-story gal leries over the sidewalk at his 1400 Main St. triangular building, he envisions an archi tectural nod to Sara sotas main thorough fare of the 1920s. Modern second-story galleries are allowed in the Downtown Code, yet no other de veloper has attempted to incorporate them into a design. Initially, Brown contemplated a ground-level deck at the building he purchased in May for $2.65 million. But the concept blossomed into bigger plans. As I started talking with different folks and the architects, the architecture grew into something that would be aesthetically pleas ing, Brown told The Cheryl Walker, a 100 Central Ave. resident, stands in front of Floribbean. I dont think it ts in with Sarasota architecture in any way, shape or form, she says of owner Chris Browns plans for the structure. Photo by Roger Drouin LOVE IT OR HATE IT, RESIDENTS HAVE STARTED TO WEIGH IN ON A PROJECT THAT WOULD DRASTICALLY CHANGE ONE OF THE MOST VISIBLE CORNERS DOWNTOWN DRAWING ATTENTION That is one of the best locations in the city. Why not showcase it. Chris Brown Owner of the 1400 Main St. property By Roger Drouin County Editor


Sarasota News Leader Something youd see in old Savannah, GA, or St. Augustine. Brown is in talks with an extremely high-end restaurant and bar company that wants to oc cupy the renovated space. However, he will have to win the approval of the city commis sioners who could review his plans as early as October. To put up gallery seating and bring back that old school look with the brick, thats the inten tion of the design process, Brown said. That is one of the best locations in the city, he added. Why not showcase it. Brown is best known as the owner of the Beach Club, The Hub Baja Grill and The Cot tage restaurant on Siesta Key. Love it or hate it, residents have started to weigh in on his proposed showcase at 1400 Main Street. One thing is certain: It would drastically change one of the most visible corners in Sarasota. The property, bordering the south east corner of Five Points, fronts one of the most utilized sidewalks downtown. I dont think it ts in with Sarasota architec ture in any way, shape or form, said Cheryl Cheryl Walker, a 100 Central Ave. resident, is concerned about the encroachment of the galleries 8 feet out to Main Streets sidewalk. Photo by Roger Drouin Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 12


Walker, who lives in the condominium tower at 100 Central Ave. But not everyone is displeased. Vincent Taschetti, a creative art director, likes the architectural renderings he has seen. I think its fascinating, Taschetti said of Browns proposal. V OICI NG CONCERNS Walker is one of about a dozen residents who had contacted city planning staff as of Tues day, Aug. 27, to voice concerns about the proj ect, Courtney Mendez, a senior city planner, told the News Leader I dont think this 1920s deal will t down town, Walker said in an interview with the News Leader this week. The structure Chris Brown wants to transform is the historic Kress Building at Five Points located at 1400 Main Street. Image from Google Maps Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 13


It is denitely a New Orleans type design, she added. [Sarasota] was never New Orle ans. Walker is worried about the 12-foot-tall col umns that would extend over the sidewalk. She thinks they will make it difcult for pedes trians and people using wheelchairs to nav igate around the building, and she feels the covered area will obstruct views and block sunlight. Aesthetics aside, Walker is frustrated that such an important and visible location can be transformed without a community workshop before the City Commission votes. Whether I like it or not is not as important as getting a public forum, Walker said. Th e proposed design necessitates Browns submission of a major encroachment appli cation a process that does not require a community workshop or a Sarasota Planning Board vote. However, residents will be able to speak at the City Commission meeting when that board addresses the application. A more complex Conditional Use approval would have required a Planning Board hearing prior to the City Commission meeting. On Aug. 7, Brown first presented his con cept to the Development Review Committee (DRC). He heard an earful: Committee mem bers offered 32 separate comments about the proposal, but not a turndown. The proposed design for the building at 1400 Main St. in Sarasota calls for galleries on the upper oor. Image courtesy of City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 14


Brown is scheduled to provide more details as well as answers to those comments when DRC meets on Sept. 18, said Mendez. It still needs to come back before DRC and then be scheduled by the City Auditor and Clerks Ofce [for the City Commission dis cussion], Mendez pointed out. October may be a possibility [for the City Commission ac tion]. Mendez noted this would be the rst appli cation regarding a project that allows galler ies. Not only would the structures be 12 feet above the sidewalk, but they also would proj ect 8 feet out from the building and be fronted with a railing. Emails and letters to city staff have mentioned the same concerns Walker has raised about the impact on pedestrians and the projects appropriateness for the location. There have also been some concerns regarding the gen eral appearance of the project. In an interview with the News Leader Den nis Adams, also a resident at 100 Central Ave, mentioned the highly contested issue of noise downtown. Adams said a restaurant would be suitable at the location, but he has concerns that the pro posal opens the door for a nightclub. Right no w Chris Brown is saying it will be a restaurant, Adams noted. But it has the po tential to morph into something else. If you build a structure thats something like Bour bon Street, I have a concern it could turn into some kind of club. Adams moved downtown with his wife two years ago. He says they love being able to walk everywhere. And while they enjoy the vitality downtown, Adams thinks there are enough bars in the 1400 block of Main Street, including Club Ivory, a nightclub at 1413 Main St. I look at the Beach Club, and I wouldnt want anything like that on Main Street, Adams said. FASCINATING PROJECT Taschetti, the creative art director, wants to see something at 1400 Main St. that brings back the energy with which Patricks Restau rant imbued the triangular building before that establishment moved in 2011. After Patricks relocated up the street, the building was home to Floribbean, a restaurant and nightclub. The structure has sat empty for several months. Taschetti said the location is perfect for some thing that attracts people and inspires them to walk around. Anyone who wants to make that experience happen, I would support, Taschetti added. Taschetti has a bigger vision for Main Street that includes closing the street to trafc to make it a pedestrian mall similar to Lincoln Road on South Beach in Miami. Even Main Street on Lakewood Ranch seems to be more pedestrian-friendly, and its packed on Friday night, Taschetti pointed out. % FOR ADVERTISING INFO (941) 227-1080 Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 15


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If the su bc ont ractors come in with bids below the maximum construction cost of $16.7 mil lion, the public will see more dune walkovers, additional two-pole shelters and an upgrade of the size of t rees planted in the park and park ing lot at S iesta Public Beach, the Sarasota County Commission agreed on Aug. 28. Early in dications are that the total c ost will be abou t $ 375,000 be low budget, Brad W. Gaubitz, a project man ager in the Public Works Department, told the board. We have been working diligently to assure that well be at the $16.7 million level for the construction, he added. Its no secret that time is of the essence on this project, Com missioner Joe Barbet ta pointed out. Fur ther delays could cost the county another $100,000 to $2 00,000 in The west pavilions and new public safety building at Siesta Public Beach have been designed by Sweet Sparkman Architects. Image courtesy Sarasota County WITH THE FINAL CONTRACTS TENTATIVELY SET TO BE APPROVED IN LATE OCTOBER, THE COUNTY COMMISSION VOTES ON RANKING EXTRAS FOR THE SIESTA BEACH PROJECT, FUNDS PERMITTING TAKING SHAPE Theres nothing uglier than somebody who did a parking lot and put in spindly little trees. Nora Patterson Commissioner Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


annual in terest on the bank loan staff propos es to take out to pay for the improvements, he added. We need to get this thing moving. The commission is scheduled to receive the guaranteed maximum price of the project on Oct. 22 or 23, enabling it to cast a nal vote to set the two years of work in motion. In the meantime, staff this week wanted to know the boards views on the extras included in a list last presented in December. Those can be added to the project if expenses do come in lower than originally anticipated, staff noted. Before the ranking review began, however, staff provided an overview of the project, with Carolyn N. Brown, director of parks and rec reation, pointing out that the goal is to create features that would enhance the No. 1 beach in the nation. Jer ry Sparkman, a principal with Sweet Spark man Architects in Sarasota, told the board the project team members were super excited about the design. Referring to the original pavilion which Brown noted dates to 1960 Sparkman said it is really a signicant part of our cultural history. We want to clean off the barnacles to make it as good as it was. This is the in troduction to our special beach. Sparkman said he invited renowned Sarasota architect Tim Seibert, who designed the pa vilion, to come to the beach to talk with him about the structure. During that visit, Seibert asked the design team to protect the pavilion, Sparkman added, which the plans do. The new public safety building on the site will be oated atop a storage structure near the Dune walkovers will be elevated 19 feet. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 18


pavilion, Sparkm an told the commissioners. That way, deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce will have almost a 270-degree view of the surroundings, enabling them to keep a better eye on the parking lot as well as the beach, he added. When Commissioner Christine Robinson asked whether members of the design team had consulted with administrative personnel of the Sheriffs Ofce regarding the design of the building, Sparkman replied that three meetings had been conducted since 2010 with representatives of the Sheriffs Ofce, includ ing Sheriff Tom Knight and Siesta Key depu ties. Several months ago, Commissioner Nora Pat terson said, Knight indicated he was not happy with the original proposal for two-way trafc a round the parking area. When she asked for the status of the trafc plan, Gaubitz replied that the current design calls for one-way traf c in the parking lot wherever possible. Bill Waddell of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. added that Knight had given his approval to that latest design. Sheriffs Ofce representatives have said oneway trafc decreases the potential for people ghting over parking spaces, as physical al tercations are not uncommon during bustling days at the beach. Waddell pointed out that the parking lot still would be able to accommodate a two-way ow of vehicles, but it would be striped to indicate one-way trafc. Visitors will have an expansive view of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico from the East Concession area. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 19


A new conce ssion facility and restrooms will be constructed in the eastern section of the park, he continued. An elevated walkway 19 feet high will be built to allow people to walk from the west pavilion area to the east concessions, he explained. That structure will resemble one at Selby Gardens that allows people to roam through a natural area close to the water, he said. From the east concession area, visitors will have a view [that] is quite extraordinary. THE EXTRAS After the overview, Gaubitz asked the com missioners to consider the list of alternate features that could be added if the budget permits. As proposed by staff, the list ranged from ad ditional dune walkovers, at an approximate A new East Pavilion will be included in the current picnic area. Image courtesy Sarasota County The County Commission this week revised a list of alternate features for Siesta Public Beach that previously was presented in De cember. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 20


c ost of $214,500, to a multipurpose pavilion in the western section of the park ($241,697.50) to 10 more two-pole shelters ($142,780) to im provements on Beach Road at the entrance to the park ($486,000). Although the extra west pavilion was indicat ed on the chart to be for weddings, Barbetta reminded Gaubitz that the decision had been made to create a multi-functional facility. In response to another question from Barbet ta, Gaubitz said the dune walkovers, a cov ered maintenance building ($73,689) and the multi-purpose pavilion all are eligible to be paid for with Tourist Development Tax (TDT) revenue, a decision the board could make lat er. When Patterson asked what the Beach Road Improvements on the list indicated, Waddell explained the original plan called for milling and resurfacing of the road at the beach entry and exits. The design team later felt that work was unnecessary. But its still there [on the list], Patterson pointed out. The team left it there because that was the list the commissioners had seen in December, Waddell told her. Staff and the design team are not recommending that it be included. He added of the road, Its in pretty good shape right now. On the other hand, he said, the landscaping along the road next to the park will be upgraded. Ah, good, Patterson said. Patterson also questioned Item 5 on the list Upgrade Esplanade Concrete to Standard Pavers at an e stimated cost of $124,609.10. If you were to put pavers down for the whole esplanade, it kind of speaks against what the conversation was on doing a 15-foot-wide es planade, she added. When former Parks and Recreation Manager John McCarthy unveiled the original park plan several years ago, he called the esplanade a safe means for people to walk from one end of the park to the other, and he noted it would be wide enough for people on bicycles and rollerblades to use it along with pedestrians. Patterson told Gaubitz pavers are not as good a surface for bikes, especially with young chil dren riding the vehicles. Still, she said, Your design is really very pretty with embedded glass and the colors. Gaubitz earlier had presented an image of the decorative type of paver that would be used on walkway intersections at the park. Decorative glass pavers will be used at inter sections along the esplanade. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 21


Responding to Patterson, he noted that with so much sand moving around there, dimples between the pavers most likely would ll with ne Siesta quartz, creating a smoother ride. THE RANKINGS When it came down to ranking the alternates, Patterson announced, I see no reason in the world why we have almost half a million in [for] repaving a road that doesnt need to be paved. That money could be used for other items on the list, she added. Barbetta made a motion to eliminate the Beach Road Improvements from the list. It passed unanimously. Further discussion ensued about the Tree Size and Species Upgrade, at an estimated cost of $330,000. Vice Chairman Charles Hines asked whether the plan called for removing mature Austra lian pines in the eastern section of the site, where they provide shade for picnic tables and the childrens playground. No, Gaubitz told him. To lose those, thats a huge character part of the park, Hines pointed out. Asked for more details about that item, Gaub itz said the plan is for 64 green buttonwoods and 338 cabbage palms to be planted in the park and parking lot. With the upgrade, 5-inch buttonwoods would be used instead of 2-inch trees. Im for the larger ones, Patterson said. Theres nothing uglier than somebody who did a parking lot and put in spindly little trees, especially given the need for cooling, as asphalt gets so hot in the sun. A motion by Robinson passed unanimously: A revised Item 4 calls for $190,000 for the tree upgrade for the park. A new Item 8 would be an upgrade for the parking lot, at a cost of $140,000. Then Patterson asked about the 10 additional two-pole shelters. Is this an inordinate num ber [for the park]? The extra number would bring the total to 23, Gaubitz explained. From an aesthetic stand point, he continued, I think itll look real ly nice especially when [the shelters are] occupied with people enjoying themselves during the day. The shelters would have picnic tables, he noted. Robinson told her colleagues that when she goes to the North Jetty Beach, she frequently has difculty nding a two-pole shelter her family can use. Theyre worse than parking spots, actually, she said of the demand for the structures. The North Jetty Beach has ve of the shelters, Gaubitz pointed out. That [park] probably has many, many fewer visitors [than Siesta], Patterson conceded. Finally, the commissioners unanimously ap proved a motion providing the reordered rankings to staff, as revised during their dis cussions and ea rlier vo tes. % Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 22


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After nearly th ree years at a standstill, Sara sota Countys Fruitville Initiative which would implement a form-based code for 320 acres of vacant land east of Interstate 75 is on track to move ahead in two phases over the next few months, county staff told the County Commission Wednes day, Aug. 28. The cou nty really has an opportunity to be a ca talyst in fu ture development in this area, said B eth Rozans ky, the countys project manager on the Initiative. Residents will be invited to participate in workshops before the nal plan comes back to the County Commission by the end of this y ear or the beginning of 2014, Rozansky said. The county is also scheduled to le an application to re zone the vacant land at the s tart of 2014. Land to the east of Coburn Road falls within the boundaries of the proposed Fruitville Initiative. Pho to by Roger Drouin AFTER THREE YEARS OF INACTION ON THE FRUITVILLE INITIATIVE, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY WANT TO SEE PROGRESS ON THE PLAN FOCUS ON FRUITVILLE By Roger Drouin County Editor We need to move this thing forward. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County


If the plan come s to fruition, proponents say the large-scale New Urbanist development would bring jobs to the southern edge of the growing I-75 corridor and additional prop erty tax revenue. In light of that, three county commissioners said the Initiative has been taking much too long. A plan should have been implemented sever al years ago after a blueprint in the form of a comprehensive plan change was approved in 2010, Commissioner Joe Barbetta pointed out. We need to move this thing forward, he said. Barbetta was frustrated that the project has been stalled over t he past three years. The comp plan amendment was done in 2010, and nothing has happened since then. Noth ing. Why? he asked county staff. Three years is unacceptable, Barbetta add ed. This could have taken six months. NOT A SHINING MOMENT Commissioner Christine Robinson said the long delay has not been a shining moment for Sarasota County, that property owners have been kept waiting for the plan to come together. The Fruitville Initiative encompasses several vacant properties east of I-75. Among the own ers are the county, which has a public library and 42 vacant acres adjacent to that facility. Private land and county-owned property within the area totals 320 acres. Photo by Roger Drouin Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 25


The area includes ve other parcels, which are owned by Fox Creek Holdings; Glenn D. and Margaret E. Walters; Luella M. and Bryan E. Crofut; Thomas F. Kelly; and Sarasota Busi ness Plaza. I want to say thanks to the property owners for sticking with us, Robinson said. Agreeing with Barbetta that county staff had not taken enough action over the past three years, she made a motion to require staff to turn in a progress report on the 15th of each month. Robinson added that the request was unusual, but the updates would hold everyones feet to the re. I c ant let this go anymore without making sure we stay on top of this, she said. Barbetta seconded the motion, which was ap proved in a 5-0 vote. As county ofcials try to wrap up the Initiative area boundaries and an agreement with prop erty owners, as well as apply for rezoning of the vacant land, timing is key, Barbetta said. He predicts the ve private property owners in the Fruitville Initiative area will be interest ed in trying to nd development options as the economy recovers. We are coming out of a tough cycle, Barbet ta poi nted out. Fox Creek is one of the residential communities on Richardson Road, to the northeast of the project area. Photo by Roger Drouin Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 26


Barbetta believes the Initiative area can be come a draw for companies looking to relo cate to the area. Chairwoman Carolyn Mason called the ve property owners saints for waiting for the county to put together the plan. We will get there from here, Mason said to the three who were in the audience at the meeting. MOVING THE BALL FORWARD The 320 acres of vacant land in the Fruitville Initiative area is bordered by property with a variety of different land uses. The site borders I-75 to the west, existing rural neighborhoods to the east and the Celery Fields preserve to the south. The goal of the Fruitville Initiative is to pro mote smart growth, setting guidelines for de velopment that does not include the typical big box retail found at an interchange, said David Brain, a New College professor and consultant for the county whose research has focused on place-making. This is a fairly complicated project with a lot of stakeholders, Brain noted at Wednesdays County Commission meeting. One of the goals of public workshops will be to reintroduce residents to the discussion and concepts, many which were already worked out in 2010 during a public process that in cluded a ve-day charrette. We want to engage stakeholders, but in way that is building off some of the public input we already have, Brain said. Barbe tta responded that he did not want to see the conversation start from scratch. The charrette was a week long, Barbetta noted. We are not reinventing the wheel here. I dont want a repeat of all the themes, when all this work has been done. Brain said the upcoming public workshops are necessary because so much time has lapsed since the comprehensive plan amendment was passed. Residents need to be updated and provided a forum where they can offer comments. Brain and consultants at the rm Sweet Spark man Architects will focus on moving the ball forward, the planning professor added. The 42-acre county-owned parcel, called the Quad tract, could become a key catalyst in the development of the Initiative area, said Commissioner Nora Patterson. She has high hopes for what is built there. Over the years, there have been talks with rep resentatives of several universities, who ap proached the county about locating a facility on the site, Patterson noted. None of these had worked out, Patterson said. The economy probably had something to with that. Jackson Laboratorys failed plan to expand its facility to Sarasota County included talks about using the county-owned 42 acres, Pat terson pointed out. Patterson told county staff she wants to see the countys Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) on the Initiative advertised widely, so interested inves tors and develop ers can send proposals. % Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 27


Almost exactl y fiv e months after Saraso ta County commissioners criticized County Administrator Randall Reid for communica tions failings, they rebuked him this week for mishandling their notication about the July resignation of an em ployee in the Ofce of Financial Planning. Chairwoman Carolyn Mason raised the is sue at the end of the boards regular busi ness session on Aug. 28. The fact that R eid never mentioned to her Suzanne Gables lack o f a valid CPA license when Gable resigned in early July is really distressing to me. It makes me feel like I was misled, Mason told her colle a gues. Rei d told her only that Gable was leaving be cause of a family situ ation, Mason pointed out. Later, after Reid had gone to Switzer land as part of the del egation trying to win the 2017 World Row County Administrator Randall Reid addresses the County Commission during 2012 budget work shop as Chief Financial Planning Ofcer Steve Botelho listens. File photo COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LAMBAST THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR FOR INADEQUATE COMMUNICATION TO THEM REGARDING AN EMPLOYEES RESIGNATION IN JULY TAKEN TO THE WOODSHED By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Mr. Botelho knew [Suzanne Gable] and thought she had a CPA and asked to hire her. He was also shocked when it came up that she did not [have the license]. Randall Reid Administrator Sarasota County


ing Championshi ps bid for Benderson Park, she learned about the CPA factor. Gable was hired in mid-August 2012 to ll the vacant position of strategic and nancial plan ning director in the Ofce of Financial Plan ning. In an Aug. 17 email to the County Com mission, Reid wrote that he had worked with her for 10 years in Alachua County and know of her integrity, work ethic, and intelligence. Gable started employment in Sarasota County on Sept. 24, 2012. According to a timeline put together by Gables boss, Chief Financial Plan ning Ofcer Steve Botelho, and Joanie Whit ley, the countys director of human resources, an employee in Clerk of Court Karen Rush ings ofce notied Botelho on July 1 that Ga bles CPA license was not valid. On July 2, Bo telho and Deputy County Administrat or Tom Ha rmer briefed Reid on the situation. When Botelho met with Gable on the afternoon of July 3, the timeline says, Gable conrmed the null and void CPA status. On the morning of July 5, Botelho briefed the employee and labor relations manager in the Human Resources Department, who was act ing in Whitleys stead. Reid was out of the of ce, the timeline adds. On the afternoon of July 8, Botelho asked Gable to come to Whit leys ofce to discuss the situation; during that meeting, Gable resigned, the timeline notes. Before the commissioners opened their reg ular meeting on July 9, Reid notied them individually of Gables departure, the time line adds. Commissioner Christine Robinson (left) confers with Chairwoman Carolyn Mason during a Janu ary board meeting. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 29


O THER BOARD MEMBERS WEIGH IN Mason told h er colleagues their Aug. 28 meet ing was the rst opportunity she had had to discuss the matter with them, as it would not have been appropriate for her to talk with them about it individually. She wanted to know whether any of them had a concern, she added. Im surprised to hear what you had to say, because it was presented to me by Mr. Reid that [Gable] didnt have the CPA [license] that I thought she had, Commissioner Nora Pat terson said. She and Reid had concurred in the view that Gable was an awfully good employee, Pat terson added. Regarding the CPA issue, Patterson continued, I nd it difcult to believe he didnt commu nicate the same thing to everybody. Mason responded that she and Reid did dis cuss the matter after his return from Switzer land. Mr. Reid feels fairly certain that he did tell me [about the CPA matter], but Im fairly certain he didnt. Commissioner Joe Barbetta said he recalled Reid mentioning only that Gable was leaving because of her parents health problems. It wasnt until I got back from Switzerland that I actually learned that she was not in fact a CPA, he continued, and that was disturbing because [Gable] held herself out to be one for quite a few years. (Barbetta also was a mem ber of the rowing bid delegation.) My bigger problem, Barbetta pointed out, is just the ongoing morale concerns and major project delays, in cluding the improvements at Siesta Public Beach. I nd theres been no sense of urgency on the part of staff, and leadership needs to direct that. Leadership needs to ride herd on the managers or the de partment heads who are not doing their jobs properly. The Gable thing is just one more thing on top of that. He added, I worry about employee morale and, from what I hear, the fear that is perme ating the organization fear of us or admin istration, I dont know. So my frustration has to deal with needing more condence in the leadership to make this a rst-class professional organization, where employees shouldnt be afraid to say Hi to commis sioners. Commissioner Christine Robinson pointed out that Reid never mentioned the CPA fac tor to her, either. Robinson reminded her col Suzanne Gable awaits the resumption of a May budget workshop. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 30


leagu e s that, after she learned of the situation, she undertook her own research combing through emails and personnel les to de termine what had happened when. She discover ed Gable had not had a CPA li cense since 2005, Robinson noted. It would have been a different story, she said, had I gotten the explan ation [from staff] We made a mis take; we should have checked. H eres wh at were do ing to make sure this doesnt happen again. But thats not what happened in this cir cumstance. Vice Chairman Charles Hines told his col leagues that he, like Patterson, had heard from Reid about the CPA factor. The impres sion he had from Reid, Hines added, was that Reid w as very upset that Gable never made him aware of the situation. Robinson said she was also upset because Ga ble was touted in a press release as a CPA. The Aug. 17 e mail Reid sent to the board about Gables accepting the Sarasota County posi tion said, This hiring adds a CPA to our nan cial management staff, which was one of the concerns expressed in my initial interviews. County staff and the commissioners were told Gable was a CPA, Robinson added, and thats a pretty big deal. Regarding the resignation, Patterson said, The administrator was not going to want to hang her out to dry publicly. I dont think I would respect an administrator that went to the pu blic and said, This employee lied about having a CPA degree. Patterson added, It doesnt seem to me to be the end of the world. Moreover, she pointed out, Reid has been the countys administrator only since Jan uary 2012, and the county was in turmoil when h e came. County Administrator Jim Ley had been forced to resign as a result of a scandal in the Procurement Depart ment, and the deputy administrator was pushed out. A number of people lost their jobs, Patterson stressed. As for the employee atmosphere, she con tinued, When we climb on staff, which Im guilty of, too Im not pointing ngers it makes people actually literally scared to come in front of us. They should be able to handle it, but it doesnt help morale. REIDS REMARKS After Patters on suggested Reid be given an opportunity to respond, he told the commis sioners he had made an effort to inform each of them about Gables situation both the lack of the CPA license and her family health concerns. It was hurtful to me, he added, that Gable had not told him about her CPA status. Additionally, he said, We have resignations frequently here, and they tend to be left as resignations, without elaboration on the reasons. Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 31 My bigger problem is just the ongoing morale concerns. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County


Reid apologized directly to Mason, saying he thought he had told her the full story about Gables departure. Thank you, Mason replied. As for Gables relocation to Sarasota County: Mr. Botelho knew her and thought she had a CPA and asked to hire her, Reid pointed out. He was also shocked when it came up that she did not [have the license]. If the commissioners preferred, he said, he would start notifying them of any important situation by email. The reason he had not been doing that, he pointed out, was because they became upset if the public, including the news media, learned of a situation by reading county emails before the board members read their notes from him. Patterson said that if an important matter arose, she preferred a verbal communication followed by email. Reid should have phoned the board members about the Gable resignation, Robinson point ed out, instead of trying to speak with them in dividually in a hurry before the July 9 meeting. Reid also told the board that Gable did not fal sify any documents while she was employed with the county. And though he was surprised staff did not check to see whether her CPA license was valid when she was considered for the position in the Ofce of Financial Plan ning, he continued, the certication was not necessary for the job. At the conclusion of almost 35 minutes of dis cussion, Patterson said to Mason, Madame Chair, its best to air these things and may be we can all live together better % Christine Robinson. Photo by Norman Schimmel County Administrator Randall Reid reviews an agenda item this spring. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 32


Count y Com missioner Christine Robinson calls it a step forward, albeit a very itty bit ty step. Last week the commission voted to have staff report back on the future of space allocation at the countys R.L. Anderson Ad ministration Center in Venice, with an eye to ward expanding courtrooms there. The move c omes amid a wide-ranging debate about how court re sources are allocated around the county, a point of particular contention for South County lawy ers who say the limited facilities outside downtown Sarasota make access to the justice system difcult. Say you live in Englewood and you need to le a lawsuit. Its going to take all day to schlep to downtown Sarasota and back, says Englewood attorney Dorothy Korszen, the immediate past president of the South County Division of the Sarasota County Bar Association. While the Anderson building does include courtroom space, it currently handles only misdemeanors and small civil cases (where the money at Attorneys and county commissioners say more courtroom facilities are needed at the R.L. Anderson Administration Center in Venice. Image courtesy Google Maps SOUTH COUNTY ATTORNEYS PUSH FOR EASIER ACCESS TO THE JUSTICE SYSTEM A DAY IN COURT By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor I obviously want to see more court services in South County, just because its the right thing to do for our residents. Christine Robinson Commissioner Sarasota County


issue is less than $15,000), as well as family hearings, divorces and domestic violence cas es, notes 12th Judicial Circuit Court Admin istrator Walt Smith. Two full-time judges and one part-time magistrate work in the facility; Smith has been trying to gure out ways to re distribute resources to increase the Anderson buildings capacity. One short-term proposal: bringing a judge to Venice to handle civil hearings during times when the courts there arent occupied. Smith hopes to have that in place by January, when his ofce changes judicial assignments. The courts had installed a video linking sys tem between Anderson and the Sarasota courthouse, but Smith says it was rarely used. Robin son, a Venice attorney herself, says the video system wasnt utilized a whole lot be cause lawyers want face-to-face communica tion with judges. She chaired a task force on the issue of court access for the Bars South County Division, so shes intimately familiar with the issue. Many lawyers are of the opinion that a new facility should be located in the south coun ty, says Korszen. During a facilities plan ning workshop held with the commission this March, Smith laid out one possibility for southern expansion: displacing other ofces housed at the Anderson facility, such as those of the tax collector and the property apprais er. We thi nk we could deliver better service Judicial system facilities planning has focused largely on the courthouses and jail in downtown Sarasota. Image courtesy Sarasota Count Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 34


South County residents can lose a whole day, having to travel to Sarasota for court proceedings. Photo by Scott Proftt to the south county citizens by doing that, Smith said. He argued it would be cheaper and easier to remodel Anderson to provide more court rooms than it would be to construct a whole new courthouse. Finding new ofce space for the tax collector and others would be less demanding than building something secure enough to serve the courts. Robinson tells The Sarasota News Leader the county is trying to come up with short-term solution, understanding that we just dont have the money for a long-term solution. Ev erybody wants a South County jail, she says, but that alone would be a $50 million endeav or. I obviously want to see more court services in South County, just because its the right thing to do for our residents, Robinson said in March. Theyve got to take an hour and a half of travel time ... sometimes for a ve-min ute court hearing. She added that she would oppose any chang es that would remove misdemeanor hearings from the Anderson facility. Those folks are the ones who have a hard time getting around. Getting to court is a problem; getting off work is a problem, she argued. That would turn much of that population into felony offend ers. Instead of getting minor offenders out of the system, it would send them on a down ward spiral. County Commissioner Charles Hines said in March he was very happy the commission was examining the issue. Services to the South County have gone down at the same time the population has increased. % Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 35


An aerial view shows the general area where Midnight Pass once was located, between Blind Pass Road and North Casey Key Road. Image from Google Maps AN OPENING FOR A (CHANNEL) OPENING You plug an inlet like that and Mother Nature [will react]. Shes making the best of a bad situation. Jim Herbert Chairman Midnight Pass Society


The chairman of the Midnight Pass Society says he is cautiously optimistic about re newing an effort this year to open Midnight Pass, as the area marks the 30th anniversary of the inlets closing. Jim Herbert was among a delegation of Sara sota County residents who met on Aug. 21 with ofcials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to discuss whether the county was treated unfairly in its last attempt to gain state and federal approv al to allow water once again to ow through Midnight Pass from Little Sarasota Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. A slide from a presentation to the County Commission several years ago shows impacts emanating from the closing of Midnight Pass in 1983. Image courtesy of Sarasota County SARASOTA RESIDENTS HAVE LEARNED THAT A STATE RULE CHANGE CREATES A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COUNTY TO TRY TO REOPEN MIDNIGHT PASS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 37


We feel Sarasota Countys permit application was improperly handled [in 2008], Herbert told The Sarasota News Leader on Aug. 26. The Aug. 21 meeting was an opportunity to make the case for DEPs reconsideration of the issue, he added. Although it will be up to the Sarasota County Commission to pursue the endeavor, state of cials have indicated they are open to sched uling a formal pre-application meeting during which specic elements of a proposed project would be carefully vetted, Sarasota County Coastal Resources Manager Laird Wreford wrote to County Administrator Randall Reid in an email on Aug. 22 that summed up the meeting. Wreford explained to the News Leader that he sat in on the discussion to be the eyes and ears for the county as the delegation mem bers talked with FDEP Deputy Secretary Jeff Littlejohn, along with a division director, a deputy division director and the assistant gen eral counsel for the department just so we [could] be aware of whats going on. A 2006 presentation prepared by Erickson Consulting Engineers shows how the pass could be re opened with a Turtle Beach access channel. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 38


Commissioner Nora Patte rson, who lives on Siesta Key and long has been supportive of efforts to reopen the pass, told The Sarasota News Leader on Aug. 26 that her primary con cern at this point is how much it would cost the county to revive the project. I have mixed feelings about [the new initia tive], she said. The 2008 estimate she recalled for physically reopening the channel was about $5 million, she added, with an extra expense of $1 million to $2 million every two to three years to keep the pass clear. The countys got a lot of straws reaching into its budget right now, Patterson continued, re ferring to the 2014 scal year spending plan. And while we hope for the best in terms of adding to our tax base, I think [the pass proj ect] is a pretty unknown quantity. THE FDEP MEETING After FDEP sent the county an informal letter in 2008 to indicate a denial of its application A 2006 graphic shows how the lack of tidal water exchange has allowed nutrient build-up and degra dation in Little Sarasota Bay. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 39


was coming, the cou nty withdrew that appli cation, Wreford explained to the News Leader Herbert told the News Leader the Midnight Pass Society challenged the departments ac tion at that time, saying it had exceeded its authority in a number of ways. As a result of that, Herbert continued, the states Joint Administrative Procedure Com mittee (JAPC) sent a letter to the FDEP gen eral counsel on March 11, 2009, agreeing with the Midnight Pass Society. We were astound ed, Herbert added. That JAPC letter to Tom Beason, general counsel of the department, pointed out con cerns with DEP Rule 62B-41.005. Among oth er facets of that rule, the letter points out, the rule also states that previously existing inlets which have been closed due to recent human activity may be reopened if certain conditions are met. Use of the word may necessarily implies that the department ei Another 2006 chart prepared by Erickson Consulting Engineers shows more details regarding the effects the passs closure has had on Little Sarasota Bay. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 40


ther may or may not c hoose to allow an inlet to be reopened at its option with or without any rational basis. This appears to constitute an arrogation of unbridled discretion to the department. The letter continued, Section 120.52(8)(d) [of the Florida State Statutes] denes invalid ex ercise of delegated legislative authority as the vesting of unbridled discretion in an agency by rule. It added, The category of existing inlets which have been closed due to recent human activity, which appears in this rule, is not in cluded in the law implemented, s.161.041(1), F.S. This rule therefore appears to enlarge upon the law implemented. Finally, the phrase recent human activity is not dened, rendering this rule impermissibly vague, the letter says. The conclusion, Herbert pointed out, was that FDEP rules needed to be rewritten, and they were. To further underscore the question of whether Sarasota County had been treated unfairly in A chart in the 2006 Erickson report shows positive impacts that could be expected from the reopening of Midnight Pass. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 41


the review of its application, Herbert noted, the Midnight Pass Society later learned that a Lee County application to reopen an inlet submitted about the same time as the Sara sota County application regarding Midnight Pass was approved. Karyn Erickson, the consultant who worked on the countys permit application, was aston ished when she discovered the Lee County action, Herbert added. Erickson, who is pres id ent of her own consulting rm was part of the delegation that appeared before DEP last week, he noted. THE LAWSUIT Last year, the Midnight Pass Society was one of the plaintiffs in a revised federal lawsuit led in the effort to reopen the channel. The defendants were Sarasota County, FDEP, the Florida Fis h and Wildlife Conservation Com Sarasota County Coastal Resources Manager Laird Wreford. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 42


mission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plaintiffs originally led the suit in March 2011 but withdrew it in the fall of 2011 after the determination was made that errors in the lawsuit could have hindered its progress through the legal system, Herbert told the News Leader in June 2012. The revised lawsuit contended that acts and omissions of federal, state and local govern mental ofcials are keeping Midnight Pass articially closed, which is causing ongoing harm to the environment, the Florida mana tee, and residents of the Siesta Key area in continuing violation of the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act The lawsuit pointed out that Midnight Pass was a natural and navigable channel owned by the State of Florida at the juncture of Sies ta Key and Casey Key [which are] barrier islands located between the western side of Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 12 miles south of the city of Sarasota. It further noted that the pass appeared on nav igation charts dating to 1883. Even the im proper dumping of approximately 225,000 cubic yards of dredged material during the construction of the Intracoastal Waterway in the 1960s did not cause the pass to close naturally, the lawsuit contended, though that dumping did result in the pass migrating, lead ing to erosion of beachfront property. In 1983, two Siesta Key residents whose homes were threatened by beach erosion ar ticially lled Midnight Pass with spoil and sand and closed it, the lawsuit pointed out. Those private homeowners were Syd Solo mon and Pasco Carter Jr. Commissioner Nora Patterson. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 43


The county, the state and the Army Corps of Engineers issued the permits for that closure, the lawsuit said, on the condition that [the pass] be reopened in the future. Midnight Pass remains closed, resulting in ongoing harm to the water in Little Sarasota Bay, the property of thousands of homeowners, the economic livelihood of businesses that depend on tour ism, shing and boating, and the safety and well-being of the endangered Florida Mana tee. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa, the lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed in July. The Notice of Dismissal, led on April 26, not ed that on March 26, the court dismissed the case against all state defendants on sovereign immunity grounds. Without [them], the court may not be able to afford plaintiffs the relief they sought, the notice added. Instead of appealing, Herbert told the News Leader the plaintiffs chose to pursue the op tion to sit down and talk turkey with FDEP ofcials in light of the rules change. He pointed out that county representatives also had felt DEP was unfair in its handling of the application in 2008, but they decided not to pursue legal action then because of the expense. THE WAITING GAME The only county commissioner to comment at length after receiving the Wreford email for warded by Reid last week was Vice Chairman Charles Hines. I say lets keep this on or put it on our to do list, he wrote Reid on Aug. 22. Just not sure of the timing of when this should or could be picked back up with all of th e othe r pending projects. Chairwoman Carolyn Mason just thanked Reid and Wreford for the update. In an interview with the News Leader Wreford noted that while the FDEP ofcials on Aug. 21 certainly seem open to considering the issue anew, the decision to pursue the application again rests with the County Commission. In an interview before his trip to Tallahassee, Wreford pointed out that the county withdrew its application in 2008 before DEP formally denied it. Therefore, he said, if the County Commission decided once more to seek the reopening of the channel, it might be possible to reactivate that previous application, saving the considerable expense of starting all over. Its a huge investment in that application, Herbert concurred. If it could be resubmit ted, he added, new fees would be avoided and the action would potentially salvage a huge amount of the environmental and engineering work thats been done. Still, as Wreford pointed out in the Aug. 22 email, the next step would be to schedule for mal pre-application meetings with FDEP and with the Federal review agencies, with partic ular focus on the National Marine Fisheries and the Fish and Wildlife Service. Referring to the FDEP ofcials, he told the News Leader last week, As expected, really they couldnt be terribly committal. Its not a done deal, Herbert conceded. Our only attempt was not to leave any stone unturned. As for the pass itself, he said, Its still a pale shadow of what it used to be and what it could be. You plug an inlet like that and Moth er Nature [will react]. Shes making the best of a bad situation. % Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 44


It took hi m a f ew months, but Sarasota Coun ty Commissioner Joe Barbetta nally won support from his fellow board members this week for upgrading the countys BMX facility on 17th Street. Although Barbettas motion was pegged to the countys Park s and Recreation Department supplyin g documenta tion of project details and estimates, his mo tion passed on a unan imous vote. It came after more people a ppea red be fore the County Commission during the public comments portion of its regular meeting on Aug. 27 to plead for the addition of a 5-me ter ramp and the reconguration of the track to make the BMX facility the only one of its type available on the U.S. East Coast and only the second one in the nation. The other facility, in Chula Vista, CA is in demand by a thletes from all over the world for training purposes, the com missioners heard in public comments at their Aug. 20 budget workshop. Children ages 2 to 5 compete in BMX Strider events at the Sarasota track. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION TENTATIVELY AGREES TO FUND THE UPGRADES NEEDED TO MAKE ITS BMX TRACK A MAJOR COMPETITION VENUE RAMPING IT UP I can support the project. Its hard to resist when these kids come in front of you. Nora Patterson Commissioner Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


Sarasota BMX already is celebrating the County Commission vote supporting the expansion of the local track. Image from


Since the c ommissioners took an initial vote on May 14 to reduce the countys disaster re covery reserve fund from a 90-day operation level to 75 days, Barbetta has argued that the $8.1 million freed up by the change should be put to use for economic development in the community. However, his motion on Aug. 28 left the source of the $1 million needed for the BMX project open-ended. In response to questions from the board, Chief Financial Planning Ofcer Steve Botelho re cently consulted with Deputy County Attorney Kathleen Schneider to learn whether Tourist Development Tax (TDT) revenue could be uti lized for projects such as the BMX upgrades. According to an email Botelho sent the com missioners on Aug. 26, Schneiders opinion was that the BMX project was not eligible for such funds. However, Commissioner Nora Patterson told her colleagues on Aug. 28, Im pretty sure that [the BMX track] was eligible for TDT revenue several years ago. A portion of the TDT tax that Patterson thought could be allocated for physical im provements may be used only for events, ac cording to Schneider, Patterson noted. Nonetheless, Commissioner Christine Robin son pointed out that Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County the communitys tourism ofce is scheduled to appear be fore the commission in late September to dis cuss a revision of the ordinance governing TDT revenue usage. Athletes compete in a BMX race in France. Five of the worlds permanent supercross tracks are outside the United States. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 47


And I think this may be part of that [discus sion], Patterson added. If so, she continued, that would provide be tween $300,000 and $400,000 per year that could go to the BMX project. Thats not going to get you there, but it gets you closer than needing the full million [dollars], she told Barbetta. I can support the project, Patterson added. Its hard to resist when these kids come in front of you. Two children were among the public speakers on Aug. 27 who pleaded for the upgrades of the BMX track. Another speaker who addressed the board that day was Jeff Leto, vice president of Sara sota BMX. On Aug. 10, he sent the commis sioners an email with the following facts: A Sarasota supercross track will conserva tively generate more than $2.7 million an nually for the countys economy. Sarasota BMX has a written commitment from the U.S. Olympic cyclist governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), to host at least three supercross races over the next three years should the track be built. Sarasota BMX was found in 1974 by volun teers and has been operating on the same county property since its inception. Over 98 percent of the cost to operate the track comes from state and national races and local members. All of the labor to run the track comes from volunteers. There are only six permanent supercross tracks in the world and only one in the U.S. (The upgrades at the Sarasota facility would make it a supercross track.) Sarasota BMX hosts at least one state race annually and it will host the 2014 State Championship. Sarasota BMX has a verbal commitment from the national USA BMX organization saying it will hold a national race here every year should the track be built Professional BMXers and Olympians will move to Sarasota so they can train at the track. Im going to support this because if [the mon ey] can come from TDT, Ill be OK with that, Robinson said, cautioning that if that did not prove to be the case, she would not guarantee her Yes vote on the formal approval of the project. I would prefer to see it come from TDT funds also, Vice Chairman Charles Hines said. Nonetheless, he pointed out, The parks al ready there; were adding a very important piece to it. Barbetta already had explained that if the board did not act this week, a BMX track builder was working on an offer to construct a facility between Daytona and Orlando. There is an urgency factor, Hines noted. I think this will become a really big deal in our community. % Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 48


Once again, it came down to the money. After abo ut nine months of more intensive staff time and discus sions among the Sara sota County Commis sion, the Sarasota City Commission and the Manatee County Com mission, the Saraso ta County board this week vote d 4-1 to withdraw its application for federal support for a bus rapid transit (BRT) system to serve the community. T he board was facing a September deadline to decide on proceed ing with its 2010 appli cation for federal sup port for a BRT system along the CSX railroad corridor o r choosing (Above) The bus rapid transit system in Portland, OR, is considered one of the best in the nation, according to Sarasota County staff. Image courtesy of Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION AGREES TO WITHDRAW AN APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR A BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM BUT ASKS STAFF TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT OTHER OPTIONS NOT READY FOR BRT By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Redevelopment follows transit, and were never going to get the North Trail redeveloped if we dont proceed with the BRT proposal, albeit as costly as it is. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County


to withdraw it and pu rsue a new application for a system along U.S 41. Both the City Commission and the Manatee Commission had voiced support for the lat ter option in meetings in February and April, respectively. Commissioner Joe Barbetta, who has been a staunch advocate of the BRT as a means of re developing the North Tamiami Trail, cast the lone No vote on withdraw ing the applica tio n after the board discussed the issue again during its Aug. 27 regular meeting. Redevelopment follows transit, he said, and were never going to get the North Trail re developed if we dont proceed with the BRT proposal, albeit as costly as it is. I totally believe in public transportation, Vice Chairman Charles Hines said. Its the way of the future. A graphic shows a number of destinations that made the U.S. 41 corridor a priority for a BRT system. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 50


However, h e added, This community, in my opinion, is not ready for [BRT] yet. Were struggling so hard to fund these things. In spite of that decision, the commissioners did direct staff to continue research into a BRT lite option as it proceeds with the de velopment of a 10-year transit development plan for the county, which is scheduled to be completed next year. County Administrator Randall Reid will travel to Washington, D.C. soon to inform represen tatives of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the boards vote. Reid told the com missioners their lobbyists in the nations cap ital had made it clear to him that he needed to discuss the situation in person with FTA staff so as not to jeopardize the countys rela tionship with the agency. The county relies on FTA support for other transit issues, includ ing the operation of its bus system, Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT). Doing it face-to-face is the better way, be cause you could answer any concerns they may have, Chairwoman Carolyn Mason agreed. THE COSTS FOR THE OPTIONS Jonathan B. Paul, the countys interim trans portation planning director, told the commis sioners on Aug. 27 that, because of new federal transit rules released this summer, it probably would cost the county between $700,000 and $850,000 for a new analysis to support a BRT system along U.S. 41. Additionally, to gain FTA An illustration shows how land-use design would be incorporated in a successful BRT system plan. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 51


approval for the plan, the county wo uld have to commit at least 20 percent of the capital expense as a local match, Paul noted. Some communities have been putting up matches as high as 40 to 50 percent to gain federal approval, Paul pointed out. If the commissioners chose to pursue the sug gested initial corridor from downtown Sara sota to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport/University of South Florida area, he added, the capital cost would be about $50 million, necessitating a $10 million match from the county. Paul als o pointed out that residents re quests had led staff to include a loop into the Newtown commu nity from the U.S. 41 corridor. Those resi dents, he said, have expressed a desire for increased transit fre quency and also for a greater transit service and connectivity to the commun ity. If the c ounty pursued a BRT Lite proposal, it would be able to withdraw the FTA applica tion. Under that plan, buses would run about every 15 minutes along the U.S. 41 corridor from downtown to the airport/USF area, with the ability to use signal priority technology to get ahead of other trafc and speed their travel. The projected capital cost would be $5 million to $10 million. The additional an nual expense, he noted, would be about $1.3 million. The county has only $446,000 set aside for BRT funding, Paul said. WEIGHING THE OPTIONS Commissioner Nora Patterson told Paul she understood the current SCAT service, in con junction with Manatee County Area Transit buses along U.S. 41, provides passenger pick up every 30 minutes. To gain FTA funding for a BRT system, Paul explained, stops called headways would have to be offered every 10 to 15 minutes during peak travel times. He also noted that BRT transit stations should be no greater than half a mile apart and ideally sited about every quarter of a mile, to encourage passengers to walk to the stops. G lama Carter, the SCAT manager, told Patterson the current bus stops on U.S. 41 are less than a mile apart, probably closer to threequarters of a mile. It seem s to me that if you doubled the num ber of buses on [U.S.] 41, youve got the [lite] bus rapid transit [Paul is] describing, Patter son said. The county could not continue to add lanes to U.S. 41, Hines pointed out, noting he had been in Atlanta recently. Even trafc in a purport edly faster lane dedicated to drivers who had prepaid to use it was going about 10 mph Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 52 I just dont see how we can afford to do this right now. I want to see that North Trail redeveloped in the worst way. It needs to be a better gateway to Sarasota. But I just dont see a way that were going to be able to afford this right now. Christine Robinson Commissioner Sarasota County


during rush hour, he added. The trafc in the other ve lanes was at a standstill. Nonetheless, Hines said he was certain the City Commission was prepared to pursue the land-use changes necessary to make the BRT feasible along the North Tamiami Trail. Therefore, he continued, he felt the board should withdraw its FTA application and rethink the plan. Well, I guess I more or less agree with Charles, Patterson said. We had a lot of dol lars and were looking at rapid growth when we started the concept of BRT, neither of which is true today. Commissioner Joe Barbetta. Photo by Norman Schimmel A map shows the route of the BRT Lite system in Tampa. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 53


St ill, she added, I wouldnt mind a bit telling staff to keep up the effort to potentially plan for [BRT] and bring us some possibilities to move towards it. Reiterating points he made in previous discus sions of the project, Barbetta said, Im going to stick to where I was all along here, to pro ceed with a new application to the FTA for the U.S. 41 corridor. Nonetheless, Barbetta said he opposed the loop into Newtown, feeling that would add to the cost and slow down the application pro cess. His understanding, he noted, had been that SCAT buses or a trolley system would be used to transport residents from that commu nity to BRT stops. Barbetta also was hopeful, he said, that the analysis for the U.S. 41 corridor could be com pleted for the $446,000 available. Paul replied that he anticipated the $446,000 would not be sufcient, given the new regula tions that would have to be considered in the application. Nonetheless, Barbetta continued, I think we need to engage the business community; I think we have to engage the city. But to just give up on it now, I think, is not a good idea. I just dont see how we can afford to do this right now, Commissioner Christine Robinson said. I want to see that North Trail redevel oped in the worst way. It needs to be a bet ter gateway to Sarasota. But I just dont see a way that were going to be able to afford this right now. I would like to support Commissioner Bar betta, because I think what he says has a lot of merit, but I just cant see were in any position to commit to this at this point in time because of the dollar gure, Chairwoman Carolyn Ma son told her colleagues. Barbetta did put forth a motion to pursue the BRT plan, including the submission of a new application to the FTA. It died for lack of a second. Patterson then made the motion, which passed, that we regretfully withdraw our BRT [federal] Small Starts application. % For a complimentary consultation call 941.923.5406 | Christine Koval, D.M.D. | Tonya Herschberger & Linda KeefeAfter a terrible accident I required surgery. Tonya shared with me that Dr. Koval was responsible for her beautiful smile. She gave me hope and direction. Im so grateful to Dr, Koval. Now I have a smile that I love to share with everyone. Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 54


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Wit h perpetual concerns about parking on Siesta Key, the Sarasota County Commission this week moved ahead on a plan to imple ment trolley service in the form of a reg ular bus with appropriate decal wrapping to make it resemble a trolley starting after July 2014. The u nanimous vote came at the end of a discussion that pit ted the Siesta route against new service for University Parkway in cluding service at the forthcoming University Town Center and the Benderson Park rowing venue. What won the day was the ongoing wor ry about the countys future budgets. While Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has a grant from the Florida Department of Trans po rtation (FDOT) to cover half of the Siesta trolleys operating ex penses for three years, no money is available right now for the pro posed University Park way r oute. Plans call for the Siesta trolley to make stops at Southgate Mall, where Sarasota County Area Transit already has a stop. Photo by Rachel Hackney THE COUNTY COMMISSION OPTS TO PROCEED WITH PLANS FOR TROLLEY SERVICE TO SIESTA KEY, STARTING IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, INSTEAD OF FUNDING A NEW UNIVERSITY PARKWAY ROUTE RIGHT NOW THATS A WRAP! By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor It beats not having a parking place, which is a complaint that I constantly get. Nora Patterson Commissioner Sarasota County


With 17 new SCAT buses arriving in May or June 2014, Sarah Blanchard, the SCAT plan ning manager, told the board during its regu lar meeting on Aug. 27, the department would have the necessary two extra buses to extend Route 11 seven days a week from downtown to Southgate Mall to Siesta Village and on to Turtle Beach. The route to the Village would run every 30 minutes, she said, while the Turtle Beach trips would be every 60 minutes. Glama Carter, the SCAT manager, told the board that if ridership was not sufcient to continue the trolley after the mandatory three years of operations linked to the grant, the service could end with no recriminations from FDOT. Ill support it, Commissioner Joe Barbetta said of the plans. Ive been an advocate for the Siesta Key trolley for a long, long time. Nonetheless, Barbetta pointed out to his col leagues that they all should be cognizant of the need for major bus service from the Sara sota-Bradenton International Airport to the new mall and Benderson Park. If the park wins the bid to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships, he added, My guess is from 2015 on, were going to have a lot of people using that [venue] for training for the games. He told Blanchard and Carter to begin looking the next day for a way to fund that University Parkway se rvice. A graphic presented to the County Commission in January shows how a wrap can be used to make a bus look like a trolley. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 57


WEIGHING TH E PROPOSALS As Blanchard made her Aug. 27 presentation to the County Commission regarding SCATs Transit Development Plan, she pointed out that the grant funds for the Siesta trolley would be available as of July 2014. Commissioner Nora Patterson told Blanchard she had been unhappy with an earlier report that the trolley service could not start until 2016. This has been promised to the [Sies ta] Village merchants for forever, Patterson said, as well as the [condominium complexes on the key], who are sort of appalled that it wasnt going to come until 2014 or 2015. Patterson added, It is a route that will have a lot of ridership, I think, when you start it. The trolley serving the island communities on Longboat Key certainly has proven to be a success, she noted. Although Siesta Public Beach will get 140 more parking spaces as a result of the planned park project, Patterson pointed out that once those improvements are completed, were go ing to be back to stghts for parking spaces. I really think a trolley would help a lot with that problem. Weve always discussed that. Her unwillingness to approve extra money for the budget, Patterson added, was another rea son she supported the Siesta trolley over the University Parkway route. Then Vice Chairman Charles Hines noted that a private company operated a shuttle from Southgate Mall to Sie sta Key during the past season. He did not want the county to com pete with a commercial business, he added. Staff had undertaken research regarding that shuttle and could not nd it was still in oper ation, Blanchard said. We checked the web site; we checked the phone numbers. Although that service could begin again next season, Blanchard continued, there was no guarantee it would. Moreover, Blanchard pointed out, that service was different from the xed-route, seven-daya-week schedule SCAT was proposing for the Siesta Trolley. Then Hines asked about the ridership on the current SCAT route serving Siesta Key. How full are the buses? Route 11 is one of our higher-performing routes, Blanchard told him. According to SCAT statistics, that route averages 8,000 to 9,000 trips per month in off-season and 12,000 to 13,000 trips per month from January through March. A map shows the planned route for the Siesta Key trolley. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 58


Patterson t hen asked whether staff had checked with the owners of Southgate Mall and Gulf Gate shop owners to determine whether they would be supportive of more people parking in those locations to take the trolley to Siesta. (The Turtle Beach route is planned to stop at Gulf Gate.) You wouldnt have as brisk a ridership, she added, without that support. Blanchard replied that staff had just begun talking again with Southgate representatives. Parking was raised as a concern by the shop ping center last year, Blanchard conceded, with mall management voicing disapproval of SCAT riders taking spaces that should be available to shoppers. Staff will continue those discussions, Blanchard said. Patterson next asked for clarication about the grant parameters for the trolley. Approximately the same number of operators would be needed for the Siesta route as for the University Parkway service, Blanchard said. However, no grant funds have been se cured for the latter route, she pointed out. County Administrator Randall Reid said Mana tee County Area Transit (MCAT) had received an FDOT grant for service along University Parkway starting in the 2015-16 scal year. Blanchard noted the MCAT grant was for the same amount as Sarasota County had received for the Siesta trolley: $1,087,000, which was A map shows the proposed new University Parkway bus route. Image courtesy of Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 59


for three years. The Sarasota/Manatee Metro politan Planning Organization was working on dening that Manatee route, Blanchard said whether it would originate at State Road 64 or State Road 70, for example. It would travel to east of Interstate 75 to connect with SCAT at the new University Town Center mall, which is scheduled to open on Oct. 16, 2014. DETAILS ON THE EXPENSES Carter pointed out that the county would not have to spend more money out of its general fund or reserves to pay for the Siesta Trolley for three years, as the salaries of the nine bus operators could be counted as the countys 50-percent match for the state grant. Carter added that the cost of the Siesta trolley operations for ve years would be $3.02 mil lion, compared to $4.07 million for the Univer sity Parkway route. For three years, Barbetta pointed out, the cost would be about $2.7 million for the Universi ty Parkway route versus $1.8 million for the Siesta trolley. This routes a no-brainer to complete, Hines said of the University Parkway plan for SCAT. If Sarasota County could get Manatee County Construction was well under way at Benderson Developments University Town Center in May. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 60


ofcials to assist w ith funding it, he added, They would have riders just as much as we would. However, one primary argument in favor of the Siesta trolley, he continued, was the lack of parking on the island. Still, he was worried whether enough riders would use the trolley to make it worthwhile. How easy is it to undo a route? he asked. The answer is, its not that easy, Carter told him. However, she added, the county would be committed to the trolley for just three years, as a result of accepting the FDOT grant. With either route, Commissioner Christine Robinson said, the county would be commit ted to funding for future budget years. Finally, Hines said of the Siesta trolley, It makes sens e, especially if people who live on the south end of the island would use it to travel to Siesta Village for shopping and din ing. I think they will, Patterson told him. It beats not having a parking place, which is a complaint that I constantly get. Patterson made the motion to proceed with the Siesta trolley. Robinson seconded it. As for the trolley itself, Patterson asked for clarication that it would be a bus made to look like a trolley with decals, because the cost of an actual trolley is about double the expense to purchase a bus. Bids would be solicited for wraps to give the two buses on the route a trolley appearance, Carter conrmed for Patterson. Well make them as nice looking, as enjoyable, as the real trolley would [loo k], Carter added. % 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 30, 2013 Page 61


Reafrming action they took during their May 14 budget workshop, the Sarasota County commissioners on Aug. 27 formally voted 3-2 to reduce the amount in the countys disaster reserve fund to a level that will cover 75 days of operations instead of 90. Chairwoman Carolyn Mason, Vice Chairman Charles Hines and Commissioner Joe Bar betta once again were in the majority, while Commissioners Nora Patterson and Christine Robinson voted No again. Robinson and Patterson pulled the item from the boards Aug. 27 consent agenda to main tain consistency with their earlier position. In making the motion for the policy change, Barbetta said, Were still well above the av erage, adding that staff research presented in May indicated most Florida counties main tain a policy that calls for a 60-day operating reserve fund. I think were in pretty good shape, he said. Lets put that money to work in our commu nity, Hines told his colleagues. He was refer ring to discussion that arose again during the boards Aug. 20 budget workshop regarding whether all or part of the approximately $8.1 million in one-time funds available as a result of the policy change should be spent on ini tiatives that could generate a positive impact on the countys economy. Were well within good practices, Hines not ed, concurring with Barbetta. I dont agree at this point in time to do that, Patterson said of the change. The projections dont look good, she added, referring to the continuing use of money from the countys economic uncertainty reserve fund to plug budget holes. It would be ne if a future com mission chose to change the policy after see ing a need for the money in the general fund, she added, but the truth is there are actu ally a lot more than $8 million in requests that the commission is considering for the next scal year. Patterson continued, To spend this money now and not have any potential a couple of years from now, I just dont think its prudent. Rachel Brown Hackney Chairwoman Carolyn Mason chats with Vice Chairman Charles Hines at the May 14 County Com mission budget workshop. File photo COUNTY COMMISSION FORMALLY APPROVES NEW RESERVES POLICY NEWS BRIEFS


McKim & Creed, a national engineering rm with a Sarasota ofce, has been selected to complete the evaluation and engineering of the Lift Station 87 Project (LS 87 Project), the city has announced. The City Commission on Aug. 19 approved a contract with McKim & Creed to complete the engineering of the project, a news release says. As part of the agreement, the rm will provide community outreach, the release adds. We know the community has concerns about completing this project, said Sarasota Utility Director Mitt Tidwell in the release. We are taking a number of steps to protect the citys investment and minimize risks going forward. Well keep residents informed every step of the way through community meetings, a proj ect website, emails and regular updates at City Commission meetings. Once completed, the LS 87 Project will im prove wastewater service and reliability for City of Sarasota customers and protect the environment, the release points out. The new facility will replace the existing Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Ave. Wastewater ow will be redirected from LS 7 to LS 87, located in Luke Wood Park, via a new gravity sewer pipeline that will need to be constructed un der Hudson Bayou, the release continues. In early 2013, the city issued a Request for Proposals to engineering rms to complete The area of work on the lift station remained fenced off in November 2012. Photo by Norman Schimmel NEW ENGINEERING FIRM HIRED TO COMPLETE CITY LIFT STATION Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 63


the projec t. McKim & Creed was the topranked rm, demonstrating microtunneling, large diameter pipeline and lift station con struction expertise, the release adds. Under Phase I of the contract, the rm will evaluate the original design, conduct addi tional geologic investigations, propose design revisions and keep residents informed of the projects progress, the release says. Phase II, which will include nal engineering and con struction services, will be based on approved recommendations from the Phase I evalua tions, the release adds. Redesi gn of the LS 87 Project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2014. Construction is slated to begin in mid-2014 and last approxi mately one year, the release notes. A project website will be developed to keep residents informed about the schedule. For more infor mation about the LS 87 Project and to regis ter to receive updates via email, go to www. or vis it and click the con struction hard hat icon. City of Sarasota administrative ofces will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day, the city has announced. However, garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste collection will not be impacted, a news re lease says. The regular City Commission meeting next week will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First St. Other City of Sarasota holiday hours follow: Bobby Jones Golf Club: regular hours (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Lido Pool: regular hours closed. (The pool is closed every Monday.) Robert L. Taylor Community Complex: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.; pool closed. Steigerwaldt-Jockey Childrens Fountain in Bayfront Park: regular hours (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Note: Winter hours will begin the next day, Tuesday, Sept. 3: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CITY OFFICES TO BE CLOSED TO MARK THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY City Hall will be closed on Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 64


Goodwill Manasota is encouraging military members to attend the Veterans and their Families Jobs and Services Fair on Sept. 7 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. More than 50 employers and service organi zations will be in attendance during this free event, looking to hire qualied applicants, a news release says. Our veterans bring a unique set of skills, lead ership capabilities and experience that can translate into valuable, hardworking employ ees, said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota, in the release. With numerous employers in attendance, this out standing event will provide a venue for veter ans and employers to connect. Military veterans are an unmatched econom ic resource for businesses, said Mary Helen Kress, president and CEO of Suncoast Work force, in the release. Equally important, by hiring veterans, companies will be contribut ing to Americas global competitiveness and strengthening our economy. The Veterans and their Families Jobs and Ser vices Fair is sponsored by the Legacy of Val or the release adds. It is collaboration among Goodwill Manasota, the Suncoast Workforce Board and the Baltimore Orioles All service members, veterans and their families are wel come to attend. All employers wishing to take part in this event should register online at The fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the stadium, located at 2700 12th St., Sarasota. Veterans are asked to dress in business attire, bring plenty of up-to-date resumes and be pre pared to interview with rms, the release adds. GOODWILL TO HOST VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT JOBS FAIR When The Salv ation Army conducted its rst monthly town hall meeting on Aug. 7 with more than 80 persons in attendance Maj. Ethan Frizzell announced a number of chang es to the organizations policies to assist homeless people in the area, a news release reminds the public. First, Frizzell said women could stay in the shelter for $1 per night. Maj. Sue Frizzell fol lowed that up with the statement, And if the women do not have $1, The Salvation Army will work with women of the community to raise funds to cover this cost. The news release says the expense for The Salvation Army is $12.50 per day to provide overnight accommodations along with break fast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, The Salvation Army is revamp ing an existing shelter dormitor y to provide 16 to 18 beds in a safe and secure location for the women who otherwise would be sleeping outdoors, the release points out. The expan sion of this shelter program, while in keep ing with the organizations mission, makes it necessary to search for further funding, the release notes. The Salvation Army is seeking 100 women to donate $1,000 each in honor of a woman who has had a signicant impact on her life. The $100,000 would cover not only the night ly shelter expenses but also a full-time case manager, the release says. This case manager would be able to work exclusively with these women to help them transition back into self-sufciency and independent living, the release adds. For details on how to help, call 364-8845, Ext. 221. TOWN HALL MEETING BRINGS PROGRAM CHANGES TO CENTER OF HOPE Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 65


A new interactive Green Map on sustainability features is available online at greenmap the county has announced. The mapping tool provides residents and visi tors with information on sustainable commu nity resources and facts, such as ways to nd local produce and green hotels and how to check out the solar installations in neighbor hoods, a news release says. The Sarasota County Green Map will grow and change as residents use it and add to it, the release points out. The new Sarasota County Green Map encourages you to engage with the green places in our community in brand new ways, said Aubrey Phillips, administrative manager with Sarasota County Extension, in the release. Visitors can suggest new sites, share comments and photos and describe how places have impacted them, bringing to light the connections between neighbors and neighborhoods. There are more than 4,000 existing sites on the Green Map, including 1,906 on solar ener gy, 822 on Florida-friendly landscaping, 137 on green buildings and 130 on green businesses, the release points out. Among the maps other offerings are alternative health resources as well as locations of businesses selling organ ic and local foods, park and recreation areas and libraries. Residents and businesses are encouraged to suggest additional sustainabil ity resources or comment on those already featured, the release notes. The map is a collaborative effort among Sara sota County, the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Services Extension Ofce and SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence). Laurel Corrao, an analyst at SCOPE, believes the effort is particularly important in terms of engaging community members in sustain ability initiatives, the release continues. I cant wait to see all the new ways Sarasota County residents share and get excited about green-centric data on the new Green Map, says Corrao in the release. The Sarasota County Green Map is part of the award-winning global Green Map System, which supports locally led Green Map proj ects in encouraging environmental awareness and sustainability consciousness, the release notes. More than 400 Green Map projects exist in 51 countries to help people locate sustain able urban and rural places and institutions. For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000 or visit www. COUNTY LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE GREEN MAP ON SUSTAINABILITY Image courtesy Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 66


County residents are being alerted to watch for letters from companies offering to provide them a copy of a certied property deed for a higher than normal fee, the Sarasota County Clerk of Courts Ofce has announced. Such letters say the rms can provide a certi ed copy for $83, including postage and han dling, a news release notes. Karen Rushing, clerk of the 12th Judicial Cir cuit Court and county comptroller, is remind ing people that those documents are public records and may be obtained directly from her ofce for a much more nominal fee, the release adds. The cost of a certied copy of a property deed through the clerks Public Access Department is $1 per page, plus a $2 charge for document certication and mailing, if applicable, the re lease continues. Most deeds are only a few pages long, the release says; accordingly, re quests start at $3 for a certied copy and are processed within 72 hours, or sooner. A person may obtain a certied copy of a deed by visiting the clerks main ofce in Saraso ta (2000 Main St., Room 103, Sarasota) or at the Venice Branch Ofce (Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice). Both ofces have staff available to assist the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon day through Friday, the release notes. A person may also order a certied copy of a deed by calling 861-7425 and making payment by credit card. Alternatively, a free, non-certi ed copy may be obtained by conducting an online records search at www.SarasotaClerk. com Go to Online Records, click on Public Records Search then on Ofcial Records. The public may obtain certied copies of property deeds at the main ofce of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the historic courthouse on Main Street in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel ALERT ISSUED ABOUT SALES OF CERTIFIED COPIES OF PROPERTY DEEDS Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 67


Snook Haven Park, located at 5000 E. Venice Ave. in Venice, will close Sept. 3 for approxi mately ve weeks so workers can install lines for water and sewer service to the park, Sara sota County has announced. The county acquired the park on the Myakka River in 2006 to increase the publics access to water recreati on areas, a news release notes. The 2.5-acre property consists of ve cottages, a restaurant, a two-story single-family home, an entertainment stage area and boat and kay ak launching facilities, the release adds. For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000. SNOOK HAVEN PARK TO CLOSE FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS In the early version of the Aug. 23 article, Roundabout sculptures proposed a member of the City of Sarasota Public Art Advisory Board was misidentied. He is Jeffrey Weis man, not Jerry Weisman. CORRECTIONS Image courtesy of Google Maps In the Aug. 23 article, Hotel race the orig inal version of the story included an in correct aerial map of the site of an Em bassy Suites hotel planned for downtown Sarasota. % We must be willing to get rid of the life weve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell Someone you know needs Planned Parenthood Lifesaving cancer screenings Parent & teen education Annual GYN exams Birth controlPlanned Parenthood Of Southwest And Central FloridaSarasota Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 68


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce has ar rested two women for allegedly stealing items from TJ Maxx and returning them to receive hundreds of dollars in store credit, the ofce has announced. On July 28, deputies arrested Katelyn Kemp, 30, (no permanent address), for allegedly stealing shoes and socks from the Tuttle Ave nue location of the clothing store. That arrest prompted an investigation by the TJ Maxx National Task Force, which found additional thefts and returns involving Kemp and Kath leen Zahn, 39, of 1660 7th Street, Unit A, Sara sota, a news release says. On ve different occasions in July, one woman stole merchan dise and the other returned it for store credit totaling more than $1,700, the release adds. Both Kemp and Zahn are charged with one count of Scheme to Defraud and one count of Grand Theft. Each has an extensive local arrest history for larceny, fraud, retail theft and drug charges, the release notes. Zahns history reaches back to 1994 but Kemp has 15 arrests in just the past two years, the release continues. Both say they steal to fuel their drug habits, it adds. This is another example of our strong col laboration with store loss prevention to crack down on retail crimes in this community, said Sheriff Tom Knight in the release. Re tail theft affects businesses and consumers, so we will continue to work to reduce this problem locally. TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH RETAIL THEFT AND FRAUD CASE (Left) Katelyn Kemp/Contributed photo. (Right) Kathleen Zahn/Contributed photo CRIME BLOTTER


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce has ar rested a Bradenton woman in connection with the armed robbery at a 7-Eleven on Clark Road on Aug. 18, the ofce has announced. The store clerk reported that a woman wear ing a blonde wig and a black hooded sweat shirt entered the store about 4:40 a.m., told the clerk she had a gun and demanded money from both registers along with three cartons of cigarettes, a news release says. During the investigation, the clerk was con tacted by her former sister-in-law, Constance Carol Newbeck, who apologized for robbing the clerk and admitting she used a real gun, the release adds. Newbeck, 42, of 2121 56th Avenue Terrace East, Bradenton, was taken into custody with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Florida Re gional Fugitive Task Force and charged with Robbery with a Firearm. The judge ordered her held without bond, the release notes. Constance Newbeck/Contributed photo SUSPECT IN 7-ELEVEN ROBBERY ARRESTED BY SHERIFFS OFFICE The Sarasota C ounty Sheriffs Ofce arrested three known offenders as they drove around Venice on the night of Aug. 21, doing drugs and trying to sell stolen goods, according to a news release. Shortly after patrol deputies responded to calls about two residential burglaries on Ba hama Road where shing rods and reels worth $1,400 were reported stolen mem bers of the Tactical Unit spotted a vehicle with several shing rods extending out the window, SARASOTA TRIO ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES the release says. Deputies contacted the driv er, prolic offender Marianne Dolleman, of 360 Foxglove Road, who said Steven Scott and Kayla Masek, both of 281 Mount Vernon Drive, paid her to drive them around so Scott could try to sell the stolen items, the release continues. During a search of the vehicle deputies also found two drug pipes, a syringe that tested positive for opiates and a bag of Ryobi tools, which were later determined to have been Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 70


Marianne Dolleman/Contributed photo Steven Scott/Contributed photo Kayla Masek/Contributed photo stolen in a third burglary on Sunset Beach Drive, the release notes. Deputies also found two bracelets Scott allegedly had stolen from Dollemans home earlier in the night, the re lease adds. Dolleman was charged with Dealing in Stolen Property; Masek was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Scott was charged with four counts of Burglary. Scott was arrested last month during Opera tion Booster Buster for stealing from Bealls Outlet in Venice, the release points out. He had been arrested in February for failing to appear in court on Grand Theft charges. Altogether the trio has a local history of 35 arrests, the release concludes. Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 71


Sheriff To m Knight has announced that the Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce is the rst in the United States to utilize what is being called the worlds most up-to-date and accu rate ngerprint matching technology. The Sheriffs Ofce upgraded its 10-year old Automated Fingerprint Identication System (AFIS) to the Morpho Biometric Identication Solution (MorphoBIS), from MorphoTrak, a news release says. AFIS includes tenprint, palmprint and latent ngerprint processing, and it allows searches of county criminal da tabases, the Florida Department of Law En forcement and the FBI, the release points out. The MorphoBIS system architecture allows the Sheriffs Ofce to easily incorporate addition al biometrics in the future such as face, tattoo and iris images as needed, the release says. MorphoTrak has c ontinued to invest in in creasing algorithm accuracy and overall per formance for our AFIS technology, which translates directly to more crimes solved, more offenders off the streets and improved public safety, the release adds. We are already getting hits on crime scene prints that were previously unidentied in the old system, said Brenda Viana, AFIS super visor, in the release. Even low-quality prints that couldnt be searched are being identied on the new system. Daniel Vassy, president and CEO of Morpho Trak, noted in the release, As the ngerprint provider to the FBI and the majority of the law enforcement agencies in the U.S., we are quite proud that our cutting-edge technology is helping to create safer environments. % SHERIFFS OFFICE FIRST AGENCY IN NATION WITH NEW FINGERPRINT SYSTEM 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 30, 2013 Page 72


EDITORIAL OPINION REOPEN MIDNIGHT PASS! EDITORIAL Sar asota County marks a somber anniversary this year. It has been three decades since two Siesta Key homeowners gained permission from the county and the state to ll in Mid night Pass, the inlet that separated Siesta and Casey keys. While that permission contained the condition that the inlet would be reopened at some point in the future, 30 years have passed and it remains closed. The Midnight Pass Society, which purports to have 2,000 members who advocate for the reopening of that inlet, is once again working with the county and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to pos sibly reconsider the countys 2008 application for permission to reopen Midnight Pass. That application was slated for denial in 2009, but the c ounty withdrew it before the FDEP action was formalized. Shortly thereafter, the states Joint Administrative Procedure Com mittee wrote a scathing letter to the FDEP general counsel, accusing the agency of im properly appropriating legislative preroga tives in its rulemaking, including the basis for intending to deny the 2008 application by Sarasota County. Since then, FDEP rules have been rewritten to conform to the Legislatures intent in the laws the department is charged with enforcing. Those rule changes, had they been in effect in 2008, might have resulted in the countys application being approved, and the reopening of Midnight Pass. Now the Midnight Pass Society, county and state ofcials are sitting down to see how the process might be resumed. As the county withdrew its applic ation before a formal de


nial, it might be possible simply to reactivate that original application and provide new in formation to update it. Unfortunately, some county commissioners, while supportive of the overall goal, now are concerned about the cost to reopen the in let and keep it open. And the cooperation of FDEP is anything but assured. But this current action is the most encouraging sign for the re opening of Midnight Pass since the countys application in 1991 was denied by the state. After the county withdrew its application in 2008, the Midnight Pass Society and sever al others joined to sue the county, state and federal governments on a host of grounds to force the reopen ing of the inlet. That suit, originally led in March 2011, was with drawn by the plain tiffs later that year because of aws in its construction. The plaintiffs reled the suit in June 2012, but it was voluntarily dismissed this summer when the government agencies were excused from the suit on grounds of sov ereignty. That set up the current collaboration between the county and Midnight Pass Soci ety. We wrote last week about the City of Saraso tas shortsightedness in ignoring some reali ties of coastal geology, specically the con stant movement of sand along a coastline in response to winds and tides, as it seeks to pre serve Lido Beach to the detriment of Siesta Key. Now we urge Sarasota County to begin in earnest to right a wrong set in motion three decades ago, to the detriment of the Sarasota Bay estuary. The irony of the Midnight Pass closure was its timing: By 1980, an awareness of increas ing eutrophication in the Sarasota Bay estuary led to increased regulation of nitrogen loading and other contributing factors. Yet the closure of the inlet reduced by one-third the amount of seawater exchange that occurred with the Gulf of Mexico. Now seawater exchange is limited to Big Pass to the north of Siesta Key, and Venice Inlet, more than 20 miles to the southeast. The effect has been most grave in Little Sara sota Bay. Access to bay waters to its north and south have been limited by natural and manmade narrowing, creating flow bottle necks that exacerbate the stagnation of wa ters in Little Sarasota Bay. This is compound ed by stormwa ter r unoff, which decreases overall salinity while increasing nutrient and toxic load. Little Sarasota Bay stands out as an obvious factor in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) assessment that the eutrophication factor in the Sarasota Bay es tuary is moderate high, its second highest ranking for the deterioration of a watershed. NOAA determined that, as a result of these combined factors, the nutrient related symp toms observed in the estuary are likely to sub stantially worsen. We urge Sarasota County to begin in earnest to right a wrong set in motion three decades ago, to the detriment of the Sarasota Bay estuary. Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 74


The reopenin g of Midnight Pass will not re solve all of the problems in the Sarasota Bay estuary, but it will have a greater impact than any other single action. Opening the channel is not a necessity for recreational access to the gulf, although that is an additional bene t. Instead, the action is essential as a relief valve for the worsening conditions in Little Sarasota Bay conditions that were created when the selsh concerns of a few well-con nected landowners trumped common sense and concern for the environmental health of the entire watershed. The county should commit itself to taking whatever action is needed to win approval for the reopening o f Midnight Pass. % 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 include the name, street address and telephone num ber of the writer. Letters should be emailed to with Letter to the Editor in the subject line. Let ters actually printed will be selected based on space available, subject matter and other factors. We reserve the right to edit any let ters submitted for length, grammar, spelling, etc. All letters submitted become the prop erty of The Sarasota News Leader. For the best viewing experience on a computer click the icon in the menubar to zoom to fullscreen mode. QUICK TIP 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 Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 75


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The Carreno Dance Festival, which features an evening of ballet with students from its master class intensive program in Sarasota as well as invited stars, has morphed from a type of summer school celebration which marked the conclusion of its rst year to an enjoyable presentation of young performers in its third year. Yes, aside from the stunning opening, A Con temporary Mood choreographed by Carlos Dos Santos for the occasion, excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty Suite were used to give the students an opportunity to shine in tradi tional classical choreography, not unlike many school recitals. And the presence of Jose Man uel Carreno and American Ballet Theatre star (Above) Jose Manuel Carreno and Julie Kent dance a waltz to the Strauss melody of The Merry Wid ow. Photo courtesy of Rod Millington THE THIRD CARRENO DANCE FESTIVAL SHOWS MATURITY IN CELEBRATING THE TALENTS OF ITS YOUTHFUL DANCERS A GLIMPSE OF FUTURE STARS By Elinor Rogosin A&E Writer


Julie Kent in a pleasant waltz to the familiar Strauss melody of The Merry Widow did add a touch of international glamour to the eve ning. However, the chance to spot the stars of tomorrow was uppermost in the minds of the audience members. Not surprisingly, there were more than 50 girls in the program but fewer boys. Kudos, nonetheless, to Dos Santos for using their youthful energy in a pseudo-gymnastic ballet set to a pulsating score by David Goldstein. Dressed in their own shorts and barefoot, the student dancers moved like waves off and on the stage, creating a erce world of promises to come. There is that something called charisma that often sets apart one dancer from another, and that was clear as the evening unfolded. It was obvious in the solos and duets in the rst half of the program and in the excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty Suite which lled the second part of the program that one or another of the young dancers has a quali ty of movement that transforms the steps of the choreography into moments of inspired dancing. Of the six soloists from the mentoring pro gram, Adriana Baez Hitchcock impressed me with her strength and acrobatic exibility; Gabriella Stilo charmed, both in her solo and later as Florine in the Blue Bird pas de deux with Aran Bell; and Francisco Serrano, all long legs and intensity, will dazzle in the future as he grows stronger and older. As the program lacked details of casting in that section, I assume that Sasha Alvarez was Shelby Elsbree (right) was a guest performer in the Rose Adagio. Photo courtesy of Rod Millington Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 79


The corps takes the stage in excerpts from the Sleeping Beauty Suite. Photo courtesy of Rod Millington In another segment of the Sleeping Beauty Suite, young dancers display lessons learned. Photo courtesy of Rod Millington Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 80


Serranos charming partner in the pas de deux from Don Quixote and that either she or Allie Burman was the other soloist. Ksenia Zhiganshina, a student from the Va ganova Academy of Mariinsky Ballet and an invited guest was a delightful Lilac Fair, with impeccable technique and a uid soft ness in her dancing. While Shelby Elsbree, an exquisite delicate dancer from the Boston Ballet Company was a competent Princess Aurora, bravely meeting the challenge of the Rose Adagio, I found her dancing to be somewhat mechanical. But Jor dan Elizabeth Long from the Royal Swedish Ballet was a joy to watch. Regal and a perfect princess as Aurora in The Wedding Pas de Deux, she danced with the easy smoothness of vanilla ice cream, tossing off the difcult choreography with aplomb. Her partner, Na than Chaney from the Zurich Ballet, was an able if not exciting Prince. Beautiful and plentiful costumes and the back drop of a castle added to the professional at mosphere of the festival. In addition, the Fairy Attendants, the Cavaliers, the White Cat, Pussin-Boots, the Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood were charmingly portrayed by different students. And as for charisma, it was denitely on dis play when Jose Manuel Carreno took his cur tain call in front of the young dancers, who lled every corner of the stage. He stepped forward and raised his arm before bowing, and with that graceful purposeful gesture brought to mind every ballet prince who has ever graced the stage. % Francisco Serrano ies across the stage. Photo courtesy of Rod Millington Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 81


SIESTA SEEN By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Sponsors are being sought for the 2013 Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competi tion, organizers say. Information is available on the website Photo by Norman Schimmel THE CRYSTAL CLASSIC LANDS A MAJOR SPONSOR; THE CALLE DE COSTA RICA PROPERTY TRANSFER WINS FINAL APPROVAL; THE SIESTA FARMERS MARKET EARNS A ONE-YEAR RENEWAL; AND THE OLD STICKNEY POINT ROAD LIGHTING DISTRICT EFFORT MOVES FORWARD A TAD Organizers of the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition (SKCC) have scored a big coup and they are still months away from the Nov. 15-18 festivities. Brian Wigelsworth, Siestas own master sand sculptor and founder of the Crystal Classic, told me this week that Margaritaville Apparel has sent in a check to be a $20,000 sponsor of the event, which will be held for the fourth consecutive year this fall. If that company name sounds famil iar, that is because it is an offshoot of s inger Jimmy Buffetts Margarita ville empire, Wigelsworth said. During the Aug. 6 meeting of the Siesta Key Village Association, Wigelsworth announced that a major sponsor had been secured, but he did not want to provide the name until the contract was signed, he said in a quick inter view after the business session ended. He was very excited about that support, Wigelsworth told the SKVA members who were present, but We need a lot more sponsors.


One new feature for the SKCC this year, he continued, would be the company sponsor ship of each team of sculptors. The company or individuals name will be very visible at the front of every sculpting teams plot of sand, he added. Its a very protable event for our charity, Wigelsworth pointed out, and it brings in a lot of money to the community. The beneciary of the Crystal Classic is Mote Marine Labs Sea Turtle Rescue Program and sea turtle conservation efforts. Kevin Co oper, executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, told SKVA mem bers that because Visit Sarasota County the communitys tourism ofce provides grant funds to promote the Crystal Classic outside the area, organizers have to show a return on investment. Interviews with attendees and oth er market research undertaken to fulll that requirement have indicated that of the approx imately 30,000 people who have attended the competition each of the past three years, about half have traveled to the county from other parts of Flo rida and other states, Cooper said. Fossil Fuel won top honors in the 2012 Crystal Classic. Contributed photo by Peter Acker Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 83


And they re generating thousands of [accom modation] room nights here on Siesta Key, Cooper pointed out, as well as spending mon ey on meals and in stores. Russell Matthes, past president of the SKVA, added that the event is held during a tradition ally slow time of year for tourism, making it all the more important to the local economy. Cooper noted that, over the past couple of years, the Chamber has received numerous calls from people checking the dates for the Crystal Classic so they can plan vacations around it. Wigelsworth pointed out that as he travels the country for sand-sculpting events, people come up to him regularly, saying, Oh, youre from Sarasota. I went to the Crystal Classic last year. These are people in Texas and Mas sachusetts, for example, Wigelsworth said. The events reputation is growing, he added. The names getting out there. This year, Wigelsworth continued, he will have to miss the SKCC himself because of a major sand-sculpting event in Kuwait. In fact, he said, some of the competitors he had signed up early for the 2013 Crystal Classic had pulled out for the Kuwait trip, but he had been able to replace them. He also noted that CNN this summer named the Crystal Classic one of its Top 10 sand-sculpting events to attend in 2013. Among the others on that list are competitions in Switzerland, Denma rk and Australia. When Peter van Roekens, secretary of the Siesta Key Association, pointed out that the Crystal Classic would overlap the Sarasota Chalk Festival in November (its dates are Nov. 13-18), Wigelsworth and Cooper called that a positive factor. People are not inclined to come to the area two separate times for such events, Wigelsworth said, but they should be more eager to come, knowing they can attend both in one trip. Cooper added that people easily could go to the Crystal Classic and the Chalk Festival on the same day, in fact. I think its going to be a great thing, Wigels worth agreed. Wigelsworth also pointed out to me this week that the events Facebook page is up. A link on that page enables people to buy tickets now. VENTING DISPLEASURE AGAIN Item No. 46 on the County Commissions con sent agenda for its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, called for the adoption of a formal reso lution approving a vacation of public right of way on Calle de Costa Rica and turning over the property to the next-door residents, Wil liam and Katherine Baumann. The mere inclu sion of the item on the consent agenda meant the odds of its quick passage were pretty good. However this was a contentious matter when the board voted 3-2 on May 21 to grant prelim inary approval to the right of way vacation. The item had to com e back to the board this Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 84


week, because staff needed to identify, locate and prepare sketches for both county and pri vate utility company easements before the nal vote could be scheduled. The major point of disagreement during that May meeting came when Commissioners Christine Robinson and Nora Patterson voiced the view that vacating the right of way would violate the countys comprehensive plan. Rob inson cited county Parks Policy 1.1.13, noting the property provides access to a Siesta ca nal. That policy section of the countys Com prehensive Plan says, The County shall not vacate road segments on waterfronts along any creek, river, lake, bay, or gulf access point and shall encourage right-of-way use of these areas for coastal beach and bay access. However, Chairwoman Carolyn Mason, Vice Chairman Charles Hines and Commissioner Joe Barbetta all concurred with representa tives of the Baumanns, who said documenta tion showed the right of way was platted well before the comprehensive plan was adopted, and the county never had put forth any plans to use the property as a road. According to that documentation, if the right of way was not going to be utilized, the property should be turned over to the couple. Further evidence showed the county had not been maintaining the land until the Baumanns petitioned for the An aerial map shows the location of the Calle de Costa right of way the County Commission has va cated and turned over to adjacent property owners. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 85


right of w ay vacation; they offered plans not only to maintain it but also to improve it. Both Robinson and Patterson had notied Ma son they were pulling Item No. 46 on Aug. 27 to reafrm their May 21 votes. When the item nally came up, Barbetta made a motion to approve it, with a second from Hines. I wont belabor the point, Patterson began, but this is directly contrary to our compre hensive plan to do this. The land that will be added to the [Baumanns] property has enor mous value Moreover, Patterson pointed out, staff in formed the board in May that people were using that right of way as access to the canal it borders. Vacating the right of way, she continued, re ally, to me, is very wrong. Those are facts not in the record, so Im a little confused on that, Barbetta red back at her. All those statements you just made were factually incorrect, totally. He reiterated the point that the plat creating the right of way predated the creation of the countys comprehensive plan. Barbetta added, I wish I had known you were going to argue this; I would have got ten a copy of the minutes [from May 21]. To reargue it when the person who was the proponent for it is not here to defend himself is just not proper. Actually, Robinson told Barbetta, my rec ollection is along the lines of Commissioner Pattersons, because staff did testify that there was evidence of people launching [watercraft] there at that spot. Nonetheless, Robinson said, I dont think, un less somebodys going to switch their vote we need to belabor this one. Again, the vote was 3-2, approving the reso lution to turn over the 1.88-acre, 60-foot-wide piece of land to the Baumanns. FARMERS MARKET EXTENSION OKD In other action on Aug. 27, the County Com mission voted unanimously to approve a oneyear extension of the temporary use permit (TUP) to enable the Siesta Farmers Market to continue to operate in Davidsons Plaza on Sundays. The board originally granted the market a TUP on July 28, 2008. Before the Aug. 27 vote, Chairwoman Mason asked Assistant County Zoning Administrator Donna Thompson for clarication about the hours of operation. The application for the TUP had different hours than those provided in a letter from John Davidson, who owns Da vidson Plaza, Mason pointed out. I didnt notic e that, Commissioner Nora Pat terson said. I didnt, either, Thompson told Mason. The application from Bryan Eible, who started the market all those ye ars ago, says the sum Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 86


mer hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., while in sea son, the market operates from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thompson speculated that the differing hours in the two documents had to do with the set ting up and taking down of the market tents. Its Mr. Davidsons property, and at some point his own facilities are open and will com pete with [those hours], Patterson noted, re ferring to the other plaza tenants. But I sup pose he could order [the market vendors] off [the property] at a certain point if he wished. Actually, she added with a chuckle, I think I answered my own question. We havent received any complaints where the markets interfered with any of the busi nesses in the shopping center, Thompson told the board. With no one present to speak during the re quired public hearing, Mason was able to move quickly to a call for a motion. Patterson responded, specifying approval for the oneyear extension. Ive never heard a single complaint about this [market], and I live [on Siesta Key], Patterson said. Im in the Village all the time. I think [the market is] enjoyed. Davidson Plaza on Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Village is the setting for the Sunday Siesta Farmers Market. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 87


With no further comments, the motion passed with a 5-0 vote. SOON THERE MAY BE LIGHT The initiative to put more lighting in place along Old Stickney Point Road is moving along once more. During his report to the County Commission for the week of Aug. 12, Chief County Engi neer James K. Harriott Jr. wrote, The proper ty owners have conrmed they wish to move forward with a new lighting district. Howev er, he added, one of the key property owners, Brad Stewart of Captain Curts Crab & Oyster Bar, will be out of town until midOctober. Once he is back, Harriott continued, staff will meet with the residents/owners to guide them in the next step to form a steering com mittee of owners to pursue petitioning for a district. Business owners in the area of Old Stickney Point Road have been working on this initia tive for months, saying the street and its envi rons are terribly dark after the sun goes down. THE NOISE As reported in this space in the Aug. 9/16 is sue Sarasota County zoning staff will be ask No light poles stand on Old Stickney Point Road to illuminate pedestrians at night. That is a situa tion property owners are working to rectify, with the aid of county staff. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 88


ing the Co unty Commission next month to extend the sunset of the Noise and Air and Sound Pollution ordinances for another year, to allow time for more public comments and potential revisions of the ordinances. During the Aug. 6 Siesta Key Village Asso ciation meeting, Peter van Roekens, the Si esta Key Association secretary who also represents the Terrace East condominium complex at the SKVA gatherings pointed out that most of the Terrace East residents are away for the summer and therefore not around to complain about the noise. However, he said, one question is whether the decibel limits allowed in the current ordinance will be changed. It cant get much stricter than it is, replied Russell Matthes, who co-owns the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar restaurants. Oh, yes, it can, van Roekens told Matthes. One vital factor is the place from where the sound is measured, van Roekens added. An effort was made at one time to measure the sound at the receiving point, where a c om plaint originated, Matthes pointed out. That doesnt work, he added. It does work, van Roekens told him, and there are many communities that do it [that way]. Ive talked to [ve of] them. Such a measurement has to eliminate the ef fects of ambient noise to be valid, van Roek ens continued. We just have to make really, really sure that we dont shut this Village down, said SKVA Vice President Kay Kouvatsos. Exactly, van Roekens concurred. I know residents want it quiet, Kouvatsos, co-owner of the Village Caf added, but people come to the Village for its lively atmosphere. Matthes said it would be difcult to enforce the maximum noise levels if they were mea sured from the locations where people regis ter complaints. Well, well have to see, van Roekens re sponded. % While people exercise along the shore at Siesta Public Beach, terns and other sea birds take time to relax, it appears. Photo courtesy of Peter van Roekens Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 89


I like to take my time. Sure, its a temptation to rush. Each issue of The Sarasota News Leader is brimfull of indepth coverage of all the news and goings-on in Sarasota County. And it has delightful and informative feature stories. Thanks to its community calendar, I always know what the most exciting happenings are each week. Plus, it is simply so beautiful, with photography that takes my breath away. There is so much there, I dont know where to begin. So it is hard to resist the urge to read it all at once. But I know better. Take your time and indulge in all that it has to offer. You have a whole week. Old school journalism. 21st century delivery. The Progressive Voice of Southwest Florida


A close-up shows details of the Lady of the Lakes hair. Contributed photo Florida Studio Theatre has announced its participation in The Art of the Costume Re invented a free exhibition under the aegis of the State College of Florida that will be open to the public from Sept. 6 through Oct. 16. This show will present outrageous, extreme and sometimes unconventional theatrical costumes, created from non-traditional and or recycled materials, a news release points out. An opening reception will be held on Fri LADY OF THE LAKE COSTUME FROM SPAMALOT IN SCF EXHIBITION A&E BRIEFS


A full view shows the Florida Studio Theatre costume for the Lady of the Lake. Contributed photo day, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bra denton, 5840 26 th Street West. In anticipation of the exhibition, FST staff chose to work on The Lady of the Lake costume from the upcoming production of Monty Pythons Spamalot the release notes. Costume Shop Manager Susan Angermann, along with her design team of Sarah Bertolozzi, Caroline Car magnole, Mary Rathell and Cait lin Dalton, created their concept and went to work gathering ma terials, the release adds. We started brainstorming as a group and came up with a list, limited to a certain color palette that we could use, said Anger mann in the release. Then we each went out into the communi ty to nd the materials we need ed. It wasnt a difcult process, it was easy! It was very collab orative and everyone brought creative ideas and enthusiasm to the project. The Lady of the Lake in Monty Pythons Spamalot while based off the Arthurian Legend, is a bit more of a diva and powerhouse, the release points out. As she aids Arthur and his knights, she pairs her traditional mysticism with a leading lady attitude and delightful quirkiness of Monty Python, the release notes. FSTs Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 92


And what would Spamalots Lady of the Lake be without a can of Spam? Contributed photo team has created a design embodying the showgirl quality of the Lady of the Lake while emphasizing Monty Pythons comic style. Other participants in the costume exhibition are SCF Studio 84 Productions, Asolo Con servatory, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Island Players, The Sarasota Ballet, The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, The Players of Saraso ta, Theatre Odyssey, Venice Theatre and West coast Black Theatre Troupe, the release says. Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 93


The Venice Theatre Guild invites audiences to enjoy another night of nostalgia when Yes terdayze returns to the theatres MainStage on Saturday, Sept. 14. The high-energy six-piece band will take the stage at 8 p.m. for a concert of s hits, from Motown to the British Invasion, a news release says. All tickets are $20 and are on sale at the theaters box ofce, by phone at 488-1115 or online at Proceeds will benet families in need of schol arships to participate in Venice Theatres edu cation programs, the release adds. The Yesterdayze performance will mark the conclusion of four summer oldies concerts, wh ich are an annual tradition of the Venice Theatre Guild, the release notes. What start ed as one show per summer has grown to a full-edged series, it adds. The summer con certs have always raised money for the Guild scholarship fund, which provides tuition as sistance to students studying theatre arts. Venice Theatre 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. Extended box ofce hours begin again after Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays; and one hour before show time. Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 94 Yesterdayze will perform on the Venice Theatre MainStage on Sept. 14. Photo courtesy of Yesterdayze VENICE THEATRE GUILD TO PRESENT YESTERDAYZE ON THE MAINSTAGE


New Music New College will celebrate its 15th year with a ve-concert series featuring art ists who have resonated with past audienc es and with an expanded set of opportuni ties to meet the musicians, the college has announced. For our 15 th anniversary season, weve cho sen to deepen the conversation with artists who have made an especially strong impact here in recent years, said Stephen Miles, di rector of New Music New College and provost of New College of Florida, in a news release. Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 95 The NOW Ensemble will perform on Sept. 20 as part of the 15th season of New Music New College. Image from the NOW Ensemble homepage NEW MUSIC NEW COLLEGE MARKS 15 YEARS WITH 2013-14 SEASON


As in past years, there will be a free artist conversation on the Thursday before each performance, the release notes. This year, New Music New College is adding a pre-con cert talk, a 20-minute conversation with the artists that will explore the themes and con text of the work, the release adds. The series will open on Friday, Sept. 20, with the NOW Ensemble, which blends classical and electric instruments in a modern take on chamber music, the release continues. The group will perform original pieces by sever al composers, including its guitarist, Mark Dancigers, visiting assistant professor of music at New College. Joining NOW for the world premiere of Dancigers Dreamfall will be Fuzin Dance Artists, led by Leymis Bo laos-Wilmott, the release says. The series will continue on Saturday, Nov. 16, with Francis Schwartz and Friends, featuring soprano Isabelle Ganz. The concert will fea ture a world premiere of Schwartzs Shady Intercontinental Songs and compositions by Pauline Oliveros, John Cage and Eduar do Kusnir, the release notes. Appearing with Schwartz and Ganz will be New College stu dents and Sarasota Orchestra principal bassist John Miller. The Saturday, Jan. 18, performance of Ugly Beauties will bring back pianist Marilyn Lern er, whose solo improvisational performance, Dreamwork was a highlight of last seasons series, the release continues. Joining Lerner will be two renowned performers, cellist Matt Brubeck and percussionist Nick Fraser. This years ou tdoor show will be on Saturday, March 15, with the DIY Ensemble. Dancigers, the visiting pro fessor of music, will lead New College students in a performance of origi nal works on acoustic and electronic instru ments that the students will have built or transformed as part of an independent study project, the release points out. The series will conclude on Saturday, April 19, with Miranda Cuckson and Christopher Burns. They will perform Luigi Nonas La Ion tananza nostalgica utopica futura a major work in musical modernism, the release says. Their recording of the work was named one of the top classical recordings of 2012 by The New York Times the release notes. New Music New College also will include two events that will be free and open to the public: Sunday, April 27: The Student Composers Concert, with the Sarasota Piano Quartet. Thursday, May 8: Electronic Music Class Concert. New Music New College performances take place either at the Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion/Caples Fine Arts Complex, lo cated at 5313 Bay Shore Road (adjacent to the Ringling Museum), or at the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center, located at 5845 General Dougher Place on New Colleges Pei Campus (east of Tamiami Trail). Subscriptions for the ve-concert series are priced at $60. Single tickets are $15 for the general public, $5 for non-New College stu dents, and free to the New College commu nity. Reservations may be made online at do or by calling 487-4888. More information is available at newmusic or new college Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 96


Art Center Sarasota invites self-published authors and illustrators from the area to participate in the Sarasota Book Fair, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Art Center Sara sota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event will be held in conjunction with ABCBooks4Children Inc., a not-for-profit networking organization for self-published authors and illustrators of all genres, a news release says. Admission to the event is free. According to Event Coordinator Brenda Spalding, the book fair will showcase 35 to AUTHORS, ILLUSTRATORS SOUGHT FOR SARASOTA BOOK FAIR 50 regio nally based authors and illustrators, some of whom are members of the Florida Writers Association, Peace River Writers and the National League of American Pen Women. Spaces are available at a cost of $25 for a six-foot-long table or $15 for a table to share, the release says. The deadline to apply is Sept. 25. All authors should be self-published. For more information, email Brenda Spalding at Brenda@artsarasota. org or call 365-2032. % Image courtesy Art Center Sarasota Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 97


Members of the public are warmly invited to inaugurate the Jewish High Holy Day season with Selichot services at Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota on Saturday, Aug. 31, the Temple has announced. Temple Emanu-El is located at 151 McIntosh Road. A gala Presidents Reception, featuring home made desserts, will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the changing of the Torah mantles and Selichot service will begin at 8 p.m., a news release says. A ritual prescribed by Jewish mystics to help prepare spiritually for the High Holy Days, Se Temple Emanu-El Ritual Chairman Marian Raupp, Joe Kopper and Past President Renee Gold dressed the Torah scrolls in white mantles in preparation for the High Holy Days during last years Selichot service. Contributed photo TEMPLE TO INAUGURATE HIGH HOLY DAY SEASON WITH SELICHOT RELIGION BRIEFS


lichot service s incorporate music, blessings and meditations for an inspiring and reective worship experience, the release explains. Periods of silence are interspersed through out the prayers so worshippers can engage in personal contemplation and individual communion with the Divine. The service con cludes with a d ramatic shofar blast to awaken the soul to the solemnity and grandeur of the season. Temple Emanu-El uses an original Selichot service compiled by Rabbi Brenner Glickman; it incorporates traditional as well as modern elements, the release notes. For more information, call the Temple Ema nu-El ofce at 371-2788. Preparing homemade desserts for last years Presidents Reception preceding the Selichot service were Temple Emanu-El members Deborah Solomon, Joan Blum, Judilee Sterne, Rabbi Elaine Rose Glick man, Leo Glickman and (front) Eden Glickman. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 99

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Temple Emanu-El, l ocated at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, has announced its schedule of worship services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Evening services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m., and morning worship will be gin on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m., a news re lease says. Services will be conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and the Temple Emanu-El High Holy Day Choir; the morning service will also feature a shofar service, with teenager Harris Bockler returning as the synagogues baal tekiah or shofar-blower, the release adds. Reservations and tickets are required for both of these services; for more information, call the Temple ofce at 371-2788. In add itio n to these events, Temple Emanu-El will hold a Rosh Hashanah Family Service on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 1:30 p.m. It is free and open to everyone in the community, the re lease notes. All young Jewish and interfaith families are warmly invited to this special High Holy Day worship opportunity, the re lease says. The Rosh Hashanah Family Service, which was created and will be led by Rabbi Glick man, features an abbreviated shofar service and Torah reading as well as music, liturgy and a story meaningful for all ages, the re lease expla ins. Temple Emanu-El President Michael Richker (left) and Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman will welcome wor shippers to Rosh Hashanah services. Contributed photo TEMPLE EMANU-EL ANNOUNCES ROSH HASHANAH SCHEDULE Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 100

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Rabbi Ari Sha piro of Temple Sinai in Saraso ta has been teaching adults and youth about Israel for many years, but now he has gained the certication to do so with a deeper un derstanding of how to more meaningfully en gage students of any age, the Temple has an nounced. Shapiro recently participated in the 12th an nual Professional Development Workshop on Modern Israel, held in conjunction with the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Is rael and made possible by the generosity of The AVI CHAI Foundation, a news release ex plains. It was a week of intensive educational train ing for 63 selected educators who came from 18 states, 49 schools and Israel-centered or ganizations, the release notes. Reb Ari, as he is called at Temple Sinai by his Religious School students, took part in lectures, cul tural activities and breakout sessions and was exposed to cutting-edge pedagogy and expe riential learning, the release continues. The workshop featured world-renowned scholars and curriculum specialists from the United States as well as Israels Hebrew University. Reb Ari chose to pursue this professional development opportunity offered by the Re ligious School because he has seen rst-hand the growing distance between young Ameri can Jews and the State of Israel and the de creasing interest in the Hebrew language and Hebrew/Jewish education, the release adds. He found encouragement in his experience, it notes. Being with so many educators, from varied settings, made for invigorating conversations and exchange of ideas, Shapiro said in the release. I learned many new ways to engage students in the learning process through mu sic, the Internet, and group participation. Shapiro added that he looks forward to im plementing what he learned as he teach es seventh-graders and adults this coming school year. RELIGIOUS SCHOOL TO OFFER MORE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ON ISRAEL Rabbi Ari Shapiro. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 101

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Temple Emanu-El, located at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, is pleased to announce that Lauren Yoked, associate director of development for Israels National Food Bank, Leket Israel, will speak during Shabbat services on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Members of the community are warmly invited, a news release says. With the assistance of 45,000 volunteers, Leket Israel will rescue and distribute more than TEMPLE EMANU-EL TO WELCOME SPEAKER FROM LEKET ISRAEL 25 million pounds of produce and perishable goods for Israels poor this year, the release notes. One million meals and an additional 1.5 million sandwiches for underprivileged chil dren will also be prepared. During Shabbat on Aug. 30, Yoked will discuss the expanding work of Leket and the ways in which interest ed Sarasotans can support this organization. For more information, call 371-2788. The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) will celebrate Rosh Hashanah on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch, the Congregation has announced. The Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, and the Memorial Service/Break the Fast will be at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. The latter service, in English, is moving and relevant, a news release says. CHJ WELCOMES THE PUBLIC TO HIGH HOLIDAYS SERVICES The Hu m anaires a choral group under the direction of David Berman is fea tured in the service, and it is stirring in its presentations, the release adds. Reservations are required. To make one, call 929-7771. All services are held at Unity, located at 3023 Proctor Road in Sarasota. % Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha 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 30, 2013 Page 102

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YOUR LIFESTYLE GUIDE TO THE SUNCOAST 30+ AUGUST Sammy Tonight! A Tribute To Sammy Davis, Jr. Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 (times vary), Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way. Admission: $29.50. Information: 366-1505 or 30+ AUGUST Dabbert Gallery presents Summer Showcase Through Sept. 30, 76 S. Palm Ave. Admission: free. Information: 955-1315 or 30+ AUGUST Allyn Gallup Gallery presents Some Wonderful Abstractions Through Oct. 5, 1288 N. Palm Ave. Free admission. Information: 366-2454 or 06 SEPTEMBER WSLR presents Jonathan Byrd in concert Sept. 6, 8 p.m., Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at door. Information: 894-6469 or 12 SEPTEMBER WSLR presents Grandpas Cough Medicine Sept. 12, 8 p.m., Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court. Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at door. Information: 894-6469 or 14 SEPTEMBER Venice Theatre presents Yesterdayze in concert Sept. 14, 8 p.m., 140 W. Tampa Ave. Tickets: $20. Information: 488-1115 or Community Calendar The best of upcoming EVENTS Sarasota News Leader August 30, 2013 Page 103

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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 WAITING FOR THE WIND SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS