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COVER THE SARASOTA News Leader Vol. 2, No. 7 November 1, 2013 Old school journalism. 21st century delivery. Inside ABOUT THAT MEMO ... A DEAL CUT NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN The Progressive Voice Of Southwest Florida




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


A few months ago, someone responded quizzically when I mentioned that the County Commission never ceased to provide plenty of fodder for stories. That person pointed to all the issues that appeared to have been settled at the time. Truthfully, I could not have contemplated just how many others would arise. I am sure County Editor Roger Drouin shares that view. Of course, the county is not the only good source of news. I feel sure the Stan fans, as I refer to the multitude of readers who gobble up Stan Zimmermans stories every week, would readily admit they have seen no let-up, either. Beyond government, Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker regularly rustles up story ideas no one else has found. The news just does not stop around here. As for this particular week, our issue has a gura tive smorgasbord of topics. A city-county conict, a delicious Downtown Improvement District story Stan has been covering that everyone else seems to have overlooked, negotiations over the future of Little Salt Spring, the outlook for the new in terim county administrator and a looming human rights ordinance discussion for the County Com mission are just a sample. Fortunately, again, we have a couple of lighter features to balance out all the hard news. A&E Editor Elinor Rogosin offers a delightful survey of the Sarasota Ballets opening performances, and Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel had some unexpected fun in the courtyard of the Ritz-Carlton. See for yourself! Editor and Publisher WELCOME


ABOUT THAT MEMO TRANSITIONAL START NEWS & COMMENTARY ABOUT THAT MEMO 8 As it considers long-range plans for the Criminal Justice Center and the Tax Collectors Ofce in downtown Sarasota, the County Commission demands action regarding a city parcel Rachel Brown Hackney A DEAL CUT 16 The Downtown Improvement District board has found a way to pacify one of its biggest taxpayers after a building manager threatened to pull out Stan Zimmerman NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN 22 Sarasota County and the University of Miami begin talks on the sale of the archaeologically rich Little Salt Spring, but the two parties do not appear close to a deal Roger Drouin APPEAL SESSIONS 29 Housing Authority win means Janie Poe redevelopment could be nished soon Cooper Levey-Baker ONE DOWN, FOUR TO GO 33 County Commission chairwoman says she will endorse a human rights amendment to protect gays and lesbians Cooper Levey-Baker TRANSITIONAL START 36 Interim Sarasota County Administrator Thomas Harmer led a similar transition in Titusville in 1999 after the city manager was red there Roger Drouin HOW MANY STORIES? 42 The County Commission seeks more nancial details in comparing proposals for new Sheriffs Ofce facilities on Cattlemen Road Rachel Brown Hackney PATH TO AN ACCEPTABLE PRICE 48 Next week, the County Commission is scheduled to receive a thorough analysis of costs for bus shelters and the potential use of Native American chickees Rachel Brown Hackney A WHOLE LOT OF VENTING 53 The North Port City commissioners decide not to seek a new short-term operator for Warm Mineral Springs; a long-term plan, they say, has to be the next step Rachel Brown Hackney TABLE OF CONTENTS Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article PHOTO CREDITS Front cover: Another perfect day Norman Schimmel Sarasota Leisure: Chasing its tail Norman Schimmel Vol. 2, No. 7 November 1, 2013


NICE CARS! FORWARD STEPS CITY COMMISSION PREVIEW 58 More gab, pricey phone calls, open containers and the mayors crib notes part of the Nov. 4 agenda Stan Zimmerman NEWS BRIEFS 62 CRIME BLOTTER 75 OPINION EDITORIAL 80 Wednesday, Bloody Wednesday COMMENTARY 82 The states Sunshine laws were not meant to keep elected ofcials from speaking with and listening to constituents Stan Zimmerman LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 84 SARASOTA LEISURE NICE CARS! 87 Classic collection draws attention at the Ritz Staff Reports FORWARD STEPS 93 Dancers show increasing promise with their own choreography in Sarasota Ballets latest Theatre of Dreams Elinor Rogosin SIESTA SEEN 99 One more step is needed before No Parking signs go up on Avenida de Mayo; the stormwater project should stay within its budget; and the Siesta Key Association veep will be honored by the county Rachel Brown Hackney A&E BRIEFS 107 RELIGION BRIEFS 116 COMMUNITY CALENDAR 123 SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS 124 Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article Vol. 2, No. 7 November 1, 2013 FOR ADVERTISING INFO (941) 227-1080


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It is ours; we want it; so make sure we get it. In short, that was the directive the Sarasota County Commission gave interim County Administrator Tom Harmer on Oct. 29 regarding the site of the former Sarasota Police Department. When Commissioner Joe Barbetta asked about the status of the Ringling Boulevard lot during a facilities planning workshop, County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh replied, The city has not conveyed that parcel to the county. Theyre supposed to do that, right? Barbetta said. Part of the deal was that we took that in trade, so techni cally, thats our parcel of land. It should be con veyed under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding The 1950s-era Sarasota Police Department was torn down in the spring of 2012. Photo by Norman Schimmel AS IT CONSIDERS LONG-RANGE PLANS FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE CENTER AND THE TAX COLLECTORS OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN SARASOTA, THE COUNTY COMMISSION DEMANDS ACTION REGARDING A CITY PARCEL ABOUT THAT MEMO We either need to be doing something with that piece of property or put that on the market; one or the other. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor NEWS & COMMENTARY


(MOU), in my opinion, DeMarsh said. Im not sure the city shares that view. That should be resolved, Barbetta told him. Thats a substantial piece of property next to the judicial center, he continued. We either need to be doing something with that piece of property or put that on the market; one or the other. About 10 years ago, in an effort to cre ate more ofce and courtroom space, then County Administrator Jim Ley threatened city staff that the county seat would be relo cated out of downtown Sarasota if the city did not surrender the land under its existing police headquarters. The City Commission capitulated, and it built a new Sarasota Police Department tower on Adams Lane across from Payne Park to replace the 1950s-era fa cility on Ringling Boulevard, just down from what was then the new Lynn Silvertooth Judicial Center. We really ought to push for the resolution of that issue, and I dont see that happening unless a formal motion is made, Chairwoman Carolyn Mason said after DeMarsh and Barbetta offered their comments. Barbetta then delivered a motion, requesting Harmer and DeMarsh work with city admin istrative staff on the conveyance of the parcel to the county. I think that would be helpful, DeMarsh said of the motion, which won unanimous approval. When contacted about the action by The Sarasota New s Leader on Oct. 29, City An aerial map shows the location of the current and proposed county facilities on Ringling Boulevard in downtown Sarasota. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 9


Manager Tom Barwin said he was unaware of the County Commissions action. Im anx ious to continue the conversation, Barwin said, noting he had had earlier discussions about the property with DeMarsh and former County Administrator Randall Reid, who was red on Oct. 23. Barwin added that it was his understanding that only one or two of 10 provisions in the MOU ever were implemented. We look forward to the conversation and learning more of [the countys] plans and options and how we can continue to collabo rate, Barwin told the News Leader. The parcels fate came up again later during discussions about proposals for the Criminal Justice Center on Ringling Boulevard, as county Facilities Services Director Ed Gable presented options to the board during a facili ties planning workshop. (See the related story in this issue.) Gable suggested the site of the former police headquarters could be utilized for a parking garage. Between that new facility and two extra levels added to the existing garage on Ringling Boulevard, he continued, that area of downtown would gain between 300 and 400 more spaces. However, Commissioner Christine Robinson voiced concerns about using that site for parking, because of the future need for more courthouse room. Weve been certied for a long time in need of judges by the Florida Supreme Court, she As of June 2015, the state no longer will handle drivers license matters at its 601 S. Pompano Division of Motor Vehicles ofce in Sarasota. Image from Google Maps Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 10


The Terrace building is west of the Silvertooth Judicial Center in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Rachel Hackney As you know, I am committed to making a decision that is both cost effective and provides the service our citizens deserve. You will be the rst to know when the decision is made. Barbara Ford-Coates Tax Collector Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 11


noted, referring to the 12th Judicial Circuit in Sarasota. At some point, Robinson said, the county would get those extra judges, and it would need space for the courthouse facilities to expand. Commissioner Nora Patterson, who is in her fourth term on the County Commission, responded that the MOU with the city had focused partly on the need for a new court house tower. I had actually forgotten that, Patterson added. I agree with Commissioner Robinson, Barbetta said. It made no sense to accom modate cars and not people, he continued. Instead of spending money on new parking garages, he pointed out, those funds could be spent on public transit, including a circula tor or trolley that has been discussed for downtown Sarasota. Gable also noted that county plans devel oped years ago called for the relocation of the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) trans fer station from Lemon Avenue to Ringling Boulevard, in the Criminal Justice Center. However, Gable noted, I dont believe that whole proposal is far enough along. Hopefully, we can move the SCAT transfer station there, Barbetta said. When Barbetta asked whether Gable had seen a huge demand for more parking in that area of Ringling Boulevard, Gable replied that the city zoning code would necessitate the creation of more parking if the county A graphic shows the area being searched for an existing facility that could be leased by the Tax Collectors Ofce. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 12


added a new courthouse tower or expanded the jail, which is across the street from the Silvertooth Judicial Center. Robinson reminded her colleagues that the Sarasota County Tax Collectors Ofce also will need more parking spaces when it takes over all the issuance of Florida drivers licenses beginning in June 2015. In June, Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates discussed with the commissioners her need for expanded space in the Terrace Building located at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Ringling Boulevard in downtown Sarasota to enable her staff to accommodate the number of people who will come to that ofce to apply for and renew licenses. During a County Commission budget work shop in August, Liz Klaber, the deputy chief tax collector, explained that the ofce would expect to see an extra 137 customers per day at the Terrace Building once it took over that service from the state, as mandated by the Florida Legislature. Barbetta countered that he could not see tak ing a prime piece of property and putting a parking garage on it. THE DRIVERS LICENSES CONUNDRUM During an interview with the News Leader on Oct. 29, Ford-Coates said it already is too late for the county to purchase a parcel and construct new facilities to accommodate the A graphic shows plans for remodeling space in the Terrace building to accommodate more drivers license customers starting in June 2015. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 13


drivers license workload in a mid-county facility, as she had hoped when she addressed the County Commission during its June 21 budget workshop. At that time, she pointed out, The big issue is the 5,000 road tests that we will have to handle. In August, Klaber noted that the ofce also would have to handle drivers license road tests for people with medical conditions, and staff had been advised it was preferable to offer those tests on site, instead of requiring the drivers to go out on the highway. Regarding a new or leased mid-county facil ity, Klaber added, Our goal is to do a closed course. State officials urge that practice, she added, for safety and security reasons. Moreover, that would be more efficient in terms of staff time, Klaber said. Members of the public could make appointments to come to the facility for those road tests. Gable told the commissioners on Oct. 29 that staff members had been searching for a facil ity from Clark Road to Bee Ridge Road and from Beneva Road to Interstate 75 to lease space. Further, he said, the state Division of Motor Vehicles ofce at 601 S. Pompano Ave. is about 3,000 square feet on a 5-acre site. The DMV has not made a decision yet, on the future of that structure, Gable added; its lease with the county runs through 2023. However, Gable noted, Our lease is pretty specic about what they can and cant use it for, if they dont use it for drivers licenses anymore. Patterson suggested that it might be a good interim site for the Tax Collector to handle drivers licenses, as it would be a less costly consideration than the $4 million to $5 million For d-Coates had broached in June as the potential expense for new and remodeled facilities. I think it would be a very viable option, Gable replied. When contacted by the News Leader after the discussion, Ford-Coates who said she had watched the meeting pointed out that if she had to take over the Pompano Avenue site, that would necessitate expenses for more staff. She added, The goal is to come up with a long-term solution that will cost the least, and buying property to construct a new build ing might be the most efcient option. The Pompano facility is, well, adequate, she said. Its not the quality we like to provide our customers and our staff. In an email she sent to the county commis sioners early on Oct. 29, Ford-Coates wrote: Since you are discussing facilities today, I wanted to let you know that I have not yet made a decision about the best way to proceed with the drivers license transition. I am still carefully reviewing and rening our options. However, under any of the possible plans, the workload will denitely increase at our current ofces, which will require the expan sion and remodeling of the Terrace building, more parking for that site and expansion and remodeling of her ofces space in the R.L. Anderson Administration Center in Venice. She added, My staff continues to consult with your staff as we rene the alternatives. As you know, I am committed to making a decision that is both cost effective and provides the service our citizens deserve. You will be the rst to know when the decision is made. % Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 14


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(Above) The Ellis building most recently was home to Bank of America in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel A DEAL CUT Hostage. Extortion. Those were some sam ples of the strong language voiced by board members of the Downtown Improvement District on Tuesday morning, Oct. 29. They were reacting to an offer from the manager of one of the largest buildings down town. He threatened earlier this month to withdraw the structure from the DID unless the organization paid for $5,000 worth of concrete in front of his building. That structure is at the northeast corner of Main Street and Orange Avenue; it is known as the Ellis building, last leased by Bank of America. It is owned by Benderson Development Co. and managed by Larry Fineberg. THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BOARD HAS FOUND A WAY TO PACIFY ONE OF ITS BIGGEST TAXPAYERS AFTER A BUILDING MANAGER THREATENED TO PULL OUT By Stan Zimmerman City Editor


Two weeks ago, Fineberg threatened to pull out of the DID after he realized new land scaping would obscure some ground-oor windows. He wants to repurpose the building after the departure of his biggest tenant and put retail on the ground oor. On Tuesday DID board member Dr. Mark Kauffman reported that he had called Fineberg to set up a meeting. I said we need you in the DID, Kauffman told his colleagues. I sug gested the DID pick up the tab for changes to the engineering drawings, adding four park ing spaces to the planned Main-at-Orange roundabout. That would almost pay for what hes paying for the landscaping, added Kauffman. Before agreeing to the deal, DID board mem ber Tom Mannausa asked if Fineberg had put City Engineer Alex DavisShaw asked the Downtown Improvement District board for direction on new outdoor seating requests. Photo by Norman Schimmel New landscaping has been planted in front of the Ellis building as part of downtown Sarasota improvements. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 17


his withdrawal of the withdrawal in writ ing. Kauffman responded, He will, to which Mannausa replied, I dont like being held hostage. Im supportive of the request, but it should not be a matter of him holding that as a hostage. Larry is an honorable person, said Kauffman. He has to go through his corporate thing. He said he would rescind it, and thats good enough for me. DID board member Eileen Hampshire noted Fineberg approved the early landscaping plans before Bank of America moved. Did he change the use of the building, and this [landscaping] is no longer appropriate? she asked. DID Operations Manager John Moran admit ted, The 30-percent design plan was done The Gator Club and Parkers Books on Main Street both would like to see a city ordinance changed so they can provide outdoor seating. Photo by Norman Schimmel Ernie Ritz is chairman of the Downtown Improvement District. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 18


when it was a n ofce property. It did not antic ipate the ability of a land owner to change the use of their building. Trying to keep the deal alive, Kauffman pointed out, Theres plenty of blame to go around. Our oversight was incorrect; his over sight was incorrect. It was our project, and we should pay to correct it. This is a way of helping him. Moran was quick to note, He will pay $5,670 out of his own pocket. We cannot legally reim burse him for that. DID Chairman Ernie Ritz and Mannausa said some formal agreement was necessary. Mannausa added, This letter sets a prece dent, and other [property] owners could use it. I support this resolution. Ritz was more blunt: The alternative is not acceptable. Kauffman made a motion for the DID to pay for changes to the engineering plan for the trafc circle to include four additional park ing spaces on Orange Avenue. These are not his spaces, noted Kauffman of Fineberg. The motion passed unanimously. EXPANSION OF SIDEWALK USES SUPPORTED The DID board also was asked to get the ball rolling on additional legal uses for downtown sidewalks. Right now, a caf permit allows an establishment to serve food, and, if it has the appropriate license, alcohol as well. But the current ordinance is clear: No kitchen means no caf permit and no tables and chairs on the sidewalk. Two unlikely allies are seeking to change that. The Gator Bar and its neighbor, Parker Books, would like to provide sidewalk tables. For Gator patrons, the space would enable them to enjoy wine, beer or a highball outdoors. For Parker customers, the purpose is to allow games of chess or backgammon outside. For those scenarios to become possible, an overhaul of the existing ordinance is required. Do we allow drinking without dining? asked City Engineer Alex Davis-Shaw. The city attorney would have to revise the ordinance; then, there would be public hearings. It would probably take a few months. Downtown Improvement District board members have said a bid for new lighting in Five Points Park is too high. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 19


The c urrent o rdinance applies citywide, including on St. Armands and Hillview Avenue, where many Southside Village restaurants are located. Should the revisions apply only downtown? Fred Soto, head of a downtown business group, said the two issues cock tails and checkmates should be considered separately. Mannausa urged a bit of caution. Once you start, you can have the expectation every retail merchant will have something on the sidewalk. Moran replied, The more stuff on the sidewalk, the more interesting downtown becomes. Kauffman elicited a chuckle when he made a motion that the DID recommend to the City Commission that Parker Books be allowed tables for outdoor table gaming. DID board member William Pettey asked, Texas Hold-Em on Main Street? The motion passed unanimously. Kauffman then made a second motion asking that the city consider eliminating the need for food produced on the premises as a mandate to getting the approval for a sidewalk caf permit. It, too, passed unanimously. FANCY LIG HTS AND OVERCHARGES Do not look for creative lighting in Five Points Park over the holidays. Squirrels, rats and tree limb growth reduced the last set of lights to an $80,000 shambles. The DID board recently received responses to a Request for Proposals for a second try at park illumina tion. The price was almost double what it found through its rst attempt. I like lights, said Ritz. But I dont want to spend $150,000. Mannausa did some men tal math and a d ded, This is a lot of money. When you look at $1,000 per light, you have to scratch your head. In the end, the DID board asked the bid-win ning vendor Canella Controls of Winter Park to set up a demonstration in the park. I wouldnt buy a $150,000 item without see ing it rst, said Kauffman. The DID board members then turned their attention to attempts by the City Commission to shift expenses into their accounts. In par ticular, they were upset with an $8,437.50 legal bill for defense of a Sunshine Laws suit. Kauffman said he heard the city attorney on Friday, Oct. 25, say it was the citys responsi bility to defend its advisory boards. They were wrong to pass that on to us, noted Kauffman. The Public Art Committee didnt pay, referring to another recent Sunshine lawsuit. In a similar vein, DID members challenged a bill for the organizations annual membership in the Florida Redevelopment Association. While the DID meeting was under way, two city employees were at the associations annual meeting in Tampa. Mannausa said, This should be prorated among various city agencies. He noted the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency and the Newtown Community Redevelopment Agency, along with the ofce of the citys economic development advisor (who was at the Tampa meeting), should share some of the cost. Put it on the next agenda, said Mannausa. Find out why we are paying for the Florida Redevelopment Agency. Added Kauffman, This should be a city expense. % Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 20


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Negotia t ions between the University of Miami and Sarasota County over Little Salt Spring are under way. The two parties, however, do not appear close to a deal that would transfer ownership of the archaeologically rich spring to the local govern ment. The County Commission voted 3-2 on Oct. 23 to extend an offer to the university. Under that proposal, the county would clean up the property and maintain and manage it if the university transferred ownership of it as is to the county at no cost. Commissioners Joe Barbetta and Christine Robinson and Chairwoman Carolyn Mason directed county The plan has been to try to operate Little Salt Spring unlike Warm Mineral Springs, which opened in the 1960s as a health spa as a protected, limited-access archaeological and ecological preserve. Image courtesy Sarasota County SARASOTA COUNTY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI BEGIN TALKS ON THE SALE OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICALLY RICH LITTLE SALT SPRING, BUT THE TWO PARTIES DO NOT APPEAR CLOSE TO A DEAL NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN By Roger Drouin County Editor


administrative st aff to proceed with discus sions on those points. Commissioners talked about how little the county should pay upfront for the 112-acre spring and surrounding property, because the county, as the new owner, would have to cover annual costs of maintenance, upkeep and security. [The spring] was a gift to them, Commissioner Charles Hines said on Oct. 23, referring to the university. I know we havent negotiated a price. I dont see why we should pay anything. There will be a cost to the county to maintain it. Robinson said she did not support offering a large sum of mon ey for the property. Yet, a media representative at the University of Miami sent The Sarasota News Leader a statement on Monday, Oct. 28, that read: Discussions have commenced, but there have been no discussions between the parties as to purchase price. The statement continued: The University of Miami remains committed to the successful conveyance of Little Salt Spring to the County of Sarasota as a potential steward to con tinue its preservation for future generations of Floridians. The universitys media representative did not comment directly on a question from the News Leader about whether the univer sity was aware of the County Commissions recent offer. Researchers believe Little Salt Spring may hold keys to answering important questions about Floridas history. Contributed photo by Steve Koski, University of Miami From my discussion with local universities, there are no buyers there. Last spring, I explored the possibilities, and from those discussions I dont think any university in the area has the faculty and infrastructure or the resources to do it. Lawry Reid President Friends of Little Salt Spring Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 23


Lawry Reid, president of the organization Friends of Little Salt Spring, remains optimis tic about the future of the property. I am hopeful the two can come to some kind of agreement. Reid (no relation to former County Administrator Randall Reid) believes the uni versity wants to transfer the property and its associated liability by the end of the year. And that could provide some motivation to strike a deal. Reid sent an email this week to the county commissioners, encouraging them to try to work out an agreement and purchase Little Salt Springs unique patch of preserved property, using fundin g from the countys Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program (ESLPP). ADDITIONAL RECURRING COSTS Three county commissioners said they believed the county should not pay anything close to the $2.11 million appraisal of the property. That appraisal was provided by a rm hired by the university. Robinson, a University of Miami graduate, called on university ofcials to work with the county. This was given to the University of Miami as a responsibility, not as a gift to make it more valuable, Robinson said at the Oct. 23 meeting. The University of Miami has owned and operated Little Salt Spring since 1982. Photo courtesy Friends of Little Salt Spring Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 24


So what will it take to make the deal happen? I think my alma mater will need to step up to the plate and recognize this is not a tradi tional real estate transaction, Robinson told the News Leader and do the responsible thing and transfer to local government this historical, archaeological and environmental piece of property. Robinson said university ofcials told county staff before last Wednesdays meeting that they were waiting on an offer from the county. And now they have an offer to consider. Commissioner Nora Patterson agreed with Robinson and Hines: I think our message back [to Miami] should be: We are not willing to pay for it. Do you want to continue the negotiations? The spring comes with reoccurring expenses. At the outset, several trailers have to be removed from the property. Further, it would cost about $11,000 a year to manage and main tain the land, according to Sarasota County staff. Another uncalculated cost would be hiring a caretaker, or security, to keep an eye on the spring, which is closed to the general public. The spring is known for its well-preserved ancient organic material. The land surrounding the spring and a creek cannot be developed because of its Little Salt Spring encompasses 112 acres near North Port. Contributed photo by Curt Bowen Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 25


classica tion as a protected site for geologi cal or environmental use only, causing several commissioners and county staff to question the $2.11 million appraised value obtained by the university. Certain facilities for educa tional use or scientic research can be added to the property, and tours of the spring may be conducted, but any additional development is prohibited under the agreement in which the University of Miami acquired the 112 acres in 1982. Little Salt Spring was donated to the university in 1982 by the developer who plat ted much of North Port. County staff also had concerns about the restrictions on the property. For instance, restrooms cannot be built on the land near the spring, even though only the spring and creek are considered environmentally sensi tive property. With the deed restrictions intact the poten tial uses of the site are limited, wrote Amy Meese, director of natural resources for the county, in agenda paperwork for commission ers. The commission has voiced [its] interest in ensuring public access to ESLPP sites. No unmonitored access would be available for public access and recreation. A BIG UNKNOWN Because of cuts in funding to the universitys Rosenstiel Schools Division of Marine Affairs program which managed research at the spring the university is looking to sell the property. University of Miami ofcials have not com mented publicly on what sale price they are seeking. Initia l media reports after the university announced its intention to sell the spring quoted university ofcials as stating that the impetus for nding a buyer was the Rosenstiel Schools decision that it no longer could afford the $100,000 annual cost for a full-time caretaker and maintenance of the property. Commissioners seemed perplexed at the pos sibility that the university could be seeking something in the range of the $2.11 million appraisal. That amount would drain nearly a quar ter of the remaining funding in the countys Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. According to the University of Miamis Oct. 28 statement: At this time, we are in the process of complying with the requirements of the Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisition Program (ESLAP), for which the County Commission unanimously recommended the land. County staff told the commissioners that a state organization would have to oversee transfer of the property from the University of Miami to the county, because of stipula tions in the 1982 transfer of Little Salt Spring to the university. Robinson noted she did not want to see the state take over permanent control of the spring. I do not believe the state of Florida will come into North Port and look at the needs of the community. I believe local government knows whats best [for the spring]. I am adamantly opposed to t he state taking it over. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 26


Robinson sa id if the county is able to acquire the spring, that could be a legacy moment. If an agreement is reached, the county could work with other organizations to manage the spring and bring to it an educational mission. Patterson said she wanted to see whether Mote Marine Laboratory was still interested in helping the county manage the property, as former County Administrator Reid indi cated to the commission earlier this year. The Florida Aquarium has also voiced an interest in helping the county run the site. The plan has been to try to operate Little Salt Spring unlike Warm Mineral Springs, which opened in the 1960s as a health spa as a protected, limited-access archaeological and ecological preserve. SUPPORT FOR THE SPRING In his email to the county commissioners this week, Lawry Reid, president of Friends of Little Salt Spring, advocated for the county purchasing the spring and surrounding land. This place has not been disturbed ever, except for a few trailers and the driveway in, Reid told the News Leader He suggests using funds from the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program to purchase the site. There is a sig nicant amount of money left there not that Sarasota County should pay a lot of money for the spring. The county has the expertise to respond quickly to local issues and to maintain the property, he pointed out. Sarasota County has shown itself to be a responsible, trust worthy sensitive la nd homeowner, Reid said. If the co unty does purchase the spring, The Florida Aquarium would be an ideal partner to help the county run research activities at the spring, Reid indicated. Although Sarasota County does not have the expertise or means to run an underwater archeological program, Florida Aquarium does, he pointed out. They have been doing underwater archaeology at a shipwreck off Tampa, Reid said. Additionally, the countys purchase of the spring appears to be the only option for sav ing it, Reid added. From my discussion with local universi ties, there are no buyers there. Last spring, I explored the possibilities, and from those discussions I dont think any university in the area has the faculty and infrastructure or the resources to do it, Reid said. Rick Jameson, a member of Friends of Little Salt Spring, also wrote an email to the county commissioners this week. Jameson noted that artifacts dated back about 12,500 years have been found in the spring, and some nds may be integral to answering questions about the signicant large mammal extinction event that occurred roughly 10,000 years ago. Although signicant preservation of [envi ronmentally sensitive] lands has occurred around the County, he wrote, frankly, very little of this preservation has occurred within the City of North Port. Jameson continued, And here we have one of the most unique properties in the nation having a mixed response from ou r County Commission. % Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 27


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A recent victory in Tallahassee for the Sarasota Housing Authority means the completion of the nal phase of the stalled Janies Garden redevelopment project may nally be within reach. And with that will come the demolition of the last 60 units of Newtowns Janie Poe complex, notorious for its extreme disrepair and a horrible mess in the words of County Commissioner Nora Patters on last year. But it took a fight to make it happen. The Authority had applied for federal tax credits for three stra ight years with no luck. The Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, also known as the 9 percent program, is really the only major affordable housing initiative left at the federal level, Housing Authority Executive Director Bill Russell tells The Sarasota News Leader And it had been structured to the disadvantage of housing authorities: The application process was weighted to favor pr oximity to public services such as bus routes and schools. Developers would read that and go around the state and County Commissioner Carolyn Mason examines one of the Sarasota Housing Authority and the Sarasota Housing Funding Corp.s King Stone Townhomes in January. Photo by Cooper Levey-Baker HOUSING AUTHORITY WIN MEANS JANIE POE REDEVELOPMENT COULD BE FINISHED SOON APPEAL SESSIONS Its been a long, arduous, hardfought process. Bill Russell Executive Director Sarasota Housing Authority By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor


try to nd parcels of land to put under con tract to maximize their prots, he says. The Authority doesnt have that exibility. We are really focused on redeveloping a specic property. So were kind of caught because we cant pick up and move. But this time around, the Florida Housing Finance Corp., which administers the tax credits in Florida, put out a specic Request for Proposals for housing authorities. The Sarasota Housing Authority placed second out of seven, qualifying it to receive the cred its. But, problem: The Authoritys application did not specically identify the manager of The Michaels Development Co., the developer working with the Authority on the project. This one staffer, who was responsible for looking at the corporate structure she thre w out ve of the seven housing author ities, Russell says. He understands that its important for the state to know all the key players in a deal, he adds, but to throw out the whole application over that was silly. So the Housing Authority appealed the decision, and on Oct. 1, it made its case in Tallahassee. Russell was on pins and needles after that hearing, until he got some very good news last Friday, Oct. 25. Assuming the [Florida Housing Finance Corp.] board accepts the hearing ofcers recommended order (which is standard), Janie Poe III will FINALLY be awarded 9% tax credits and we can shortly begin developing the nal phase of the Janie Poe redevelopment, Russell wrote in an email to stakeholders. This is tremendous news. Elected ofcials and project managers celebrate the opening of King Stone Townhomes in Newtown in January. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 30


In his recommended order, Christopher McGuire, a hearing officer for the state Housing Finance Corp., wrote that the case demonstrates that Florida Housing did not have a clear policy in what was expected of applicants. The dismissal of the Sarasota application was done without support of facts or logic, and was thus arbitrary. The Housing Finance Corp. board, made up of Gov. Rick Scott appointees, meets this Friday, and Russell expects them to ratify McGuires ling. According to a board agenda posted online, staff is recommending that the board issue a Final Order in accord with [McGuires]. No one has contested McGuires ruling. Assuming everything goes as expected at the board meeting, Russell says the next step is demolition, tearing down the nal 60 Janie Poe units that have sat, abandoned and der elict, at Central Avenue and 22nd Street for years. After that comes underwriting, then closing. Russell says construction work could start as early as next March or April. The Authority is planning to build around 70 new units, with about half set aside for subsidized housing for very low-income fam ilies. The tax credit program stipulates that rents remain below the market level and that all residents must earn 60 percent or less of the local median income for a family of four. In Sarasota, the median income for four is almost $60,000, which means only those fam ilies earning around $36,000 or less would qualify. Its been a long, arduous, hard-fought pro cess, Russell says. Last weeks win felt terric. It was really gratifying. % For More Information: (941) 349-3800 Visit for more on Admission & Hours Map & Directions Event Details & Schedule Siesta Key Beach November 15, 2013 Proceeds benet Mote Marines Sea Turtle Conservation Program. Avoid The Crowds Use The Park & Ride Shuttle Only $5 Per Vehicle Details at the website Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 31


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At least one county commissioner is now on board with a proposal for an ordinance that would bar discrimination against gays and lesbians in housing and employment: Carolyn Mason. Florida Statute 760, which covers civil rights, specifically prevents discrimin ation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status, but it leaves out categories such as sexual orientatio n and gende r identity. So cities and counties around the Sunshine State have crafted their own so-called human rights ordinances, which protect against discrimination based on the categories above, as well as sexual orienta tion, gender identity and more. The cities of Sarasota and Venice both offer such protec ti ons, but the county has so far declined to take them up. But that may be changing. County Commission Chair woman Carolyn Mason tells The County Commission Chairwoman Carolyn Mason prepares for a board meeting to start. File photo COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRWOMAN SAYS SHE WILL ENDORSE A HUMAN RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO PROTECT GAYS AND LESBIANS ONE DOWN, FOUR TO GO I can talk a long time about discrimination, having grown up here in the s. Carolyn Mason Chairwoman Sarasota County Commission By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor


Sarasota News Leader she will support such a measure and will bring up the idea at the commissions next meeting, on Nov. 5. Mason met with the leading local activist on the issue, Julia Nowak, two weeks ago, after Nowak spoke at four separate public meetings about the ordinance. Nowak is the Englewood Realtor who rst discovered discriminatory language in con dominium association documents at Venices Casa Di Amici. The organization had limited condo ownership to just married couples and individuals, effectively banning gay and les bian couples. After extensive media coverage, the association reversed its decision, which a consulting attorney said was inadvertent. While the Casa Di Amici language was eventu ally xed, Nowak argues the situation shows the need for a comprehensive anti-discrimi nation policy at the county level, and she has repeatedly pushed the County Commission to act. She told the News Leader in August that shed speak at every commission meet ing held in South County till the board did something. Mason, at least, is. She served on the Sarasota City Commission when it passed its ordi nance, she emphasizes. I just dont want to see anybody discriminated against, she tells the News Leader I can talk a long time about discrimination, having grown up here in the s. Mason says she hasnt delved into the lan guage used by other counties and cities, or any of the ner points of how the ordinance would work. As she told Nowak, Im one of ve commissioners. But she has pledged to bring up the issue soon: Im going to bring it to my [local gov ernment] body and see how they want to deal with i t. % The County Commission will meet in Venice on Nov. 5. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 34


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During his r st full day as Sarasota Countys interim administrator Monday, Oct. 28 Thomas Harmer was busy. And he will stay busy over the next few months. I sat down to eat lunch at 2, and by 2:03 I was done, Harmer said. Harmer met with some of his staff Monday, already identifying more than 40 priorities. The interim administrator sent a memo ask ing all county employees from the front lines to support staff to focus on their day-to-day activities. The former re chief and Titusville city manager ended the memo The County Commission conducts an Oct. 29 facilities planning workshop with Tom Harmer as its interim county administrator. Photo by Norman Schimmel INTERIM SARASOTA COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR THOMAS HARMER LED A SIMILAR TRANSITION IN TITUSVILLE IN 1999 AFTER THE CITY MANAGER WAS FIRED THERE TRANSITIONAL START By Roger Drouin County Editor READ TOM HARMERS RESUME Click image above to download Tom Harmer has 26 years of experience in local government, including almost eight years as city manager of Titusville.


with four guidelines that he said he follows as he strives to meet challenges: Be responsive. Offer solutions. Actively communi cate (internally and externally). Think team. A facilities planning workshop already scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29, was the co mmissioners rst meeting with Harmer in command as interim administrator. They named him to replace Randall Reid after they red Reid on Oct. 23. And Harmer was already looking ahead to everything that has to be done before the next regular County Commission meetings take place on Nov. 5 and 6. Harmer will also be meeting with the county commissioners in one-on-one ses sions. I want to talk to t hem about what projects are a concern, what projects are a priority, Harmer told The Sarasota News Leader during a break in the Oct. 29 meeting. Budget matters are also a likely topic for those one-on-ones. A graphic presented to the County Commission during its Sept. 6 budget workshop indicates how the Economic Uncertainty Reserve Fund could be used up as early as the 2015 scal year. Image courtesy Sarasota County I cannot adequately describe the change in employee morale. Christine Robinson Commissioner Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 37


Tuesdays County Commission workshop was the rst meeting with Thomas Harmer in command as interim administrator. Photo by Norman Schimmel Im trying to focus on the day-today what do we do as a leadership team. Thomas Harmer Interim Administrator Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 38


Harmer was hir ed by Reid in July 2012 to serve as deputy county administrator. As he settles into his post as the countys top staffer, Harmer already has earned the accolades of at least two county commissioners. I cannot adequately describe the change in employee morale, said County Commissioner Christine Robinson. It has been amazing. The mood has been quite different this week at the County Administration Center in downtown Sarasota, Robinson pointed out. I had a constant stream of employees in my ofce [Oct. 28] updating me about various projects, talking freely, Robinson said. I have not experienced that since the days of Terry Lewis. Lewis was interim administrator for sev eral months from shortly after County Administrator Jim Ley resigned in May 2011, in the midst of a Procurement Department scandal, until Reid came on board in early 2012. In an email response to local business exec utive Phil Chmieleski, Commissioner Nora Patterson wrote last week that she prefers to bypass the typical national job search for a new administrator. She added her belief that Harmer should be given a chance to win the position. He is already work ing well with the business and development community and is very well thought of by everyone I speak to, Patterson wrote on Oct. 24, the day after the commission ers appointed Harmer interim administrator. He is our current deputy administrator and has the respect of th e county commission, Patterson continued. Perhaps if he works well in the next few months we will feel com fortable with him as administrator. He has had both private sector and public sector experi ence and would probably cause as smooth a transition as we could possibly ask for. It is notable that both Robinson a Reid detractor towards the end of his tenure and Patterson a Reid supporter are both happy with Harmer so far. They were among the more vocal commission ers during a prolonged period of criticism and conict involving Reid, emanating especially from the time the board members conducted their rst public evaluation of Reid, on March 19. Robinson was one of the three commis sioners who gave low marks to Reid during his most recent evaluation; Patterson sup ported Reid for overcoming big hurdles and was the sole vote against ring him. THE DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES Harmer told the News Leader he will try not to focus on whether he could become the countys next full-time administrator. I made a conscious effort to say I dont want to be distracted by that, Harmer said. My motivation is to facilitate a transition as smoothly as possible. He added, Im trying to focus on the day-today what do we do as a leadership team. The board [of county commissioners] will decide at some point how they want to ll the position. On Tuesday, the commissioners voted unanimously to hire Harmer as interim admin istrator for half a year; they will evaluate his Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 39


performance i n t hree months. During that time, they will not search for anyone else to replace Reid, they agreed. NOT THE FIRST TRANSITION Harmer has 26 years of experience in local government, including almost eight as city manager of Titusville, where he also was exec utive director of the Community Development Agency. Additionally, he served as re chief and emergency manager in Titusville. Prior to that, he was deputy fire chief in Tallahassee. Before coming to Sarasota County, Harmer was senior vice president of the Pizzuti Companies in Orlando, a high-quality com pany developing industrial and commercial projects in the Southeast, according to a news release from the county in July 2012. Harmer assisted with and facilitated projects and public-private partnerships to promote economic development, including a new ofce and research park at Kennedy Space Center. While Harmer was in Titusville, he oversaw a similar transition to the one precipitated by Reids termination in Sarasota County. Harmer was re chief when the Titusville city manag er was red in 1999. At that time, the City C ouncil called on Harmer to take over as interim city manager, a post he held for six months before being named manager. In Sarasota, Harmer emphasizes long-term planning, including a close look at upcoming budget projections and needs. From my time as a reghter, I learned to pace myself, he said. A projected revenue shortfall in 2016 and rising expenses will continue to draw board scrutiny. The budget was one focal point for three commissioners criticism of Reid in his last evaluation. Robinson took a number of opportunities during budget workshops this year to point to the fact that the county has continued to draw from its Economic Uncertainty Reserve Fund instead of reduc ing expenses. Harmer said it is important to think out the next couple of years when it comes to the budget process. In December, the County Commission will hold a pre-planning budget workshop that was scheduled during Reids tenure. That discussion will include how to match resources we have to service priorities, Harmer notes. % Neal Schafers ENHANCE YOUR SMILE. ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.For a complimentary consultation call 941.923.5406 To view our extensive smile gallery, visit My interest in photography reminded me about how my smile made me unhappy. A childhood accident caused my permanent teeth to come in askew. I had seen how Dr. Koval restored the smile of a friends father. With Dr. Koval, we discovered I also had cracked fillings and a shifted jaw all which she corrected. I am 100% satisfied with Dr. Kovals meticulous work and sincere care to make my smile look natural and picture-perfect.Christine Koval, D.M.D.Awarded 20 Gold Medals for Smile Makeovers by the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 40


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The plans for new Sarasota County Sheriffs Office facilities probably lie somewhere between a collection of four twoand threestory buildings and one 11-story tower on the Cattlemen Road site of the new Sarasota County Emergency Operations/911 Center (EOC). That was the indi cation of county commissioners on Oct. 29 during their third formal discus sion of the plans since J anu ary. During a workshop presentation, Ed Gable, director of the countys Facilities Services Ofce, pointed out that the Sheriffs Ofce staff had indicated in discussions with county representatives that they preferred the plan with multiple lower buildings, primarily for security reasons. How ever, Comm issioner Joe Barbetta who has argued in previous discus sions about the need to sell part of the adja cent Cattlemen Road A proposed site plan shows how four Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce structures could be built on the countys Cattlemen Road property. Image courtesy Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION SEEKS MORE FINANCIAL DETAILS IN COMPARING PROPOSALS FOR NEW SHERIFFS OFFICE FACILITIES ON CATTLEMEN ROAD HOW MANY STORIES? Theres a lot of steps between the two extremes Ive used here. Ed Gable Director Facilities Services Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


property under review for the Sheriffs new structures noted that configuration is using a lot of footprint. If a revised plan incorporated two buildings with four or ve oors each, Barbetta said, Youd save a ton of land and it would seem to be much easier to build. Gable responded, Theres a lot of steps between the two extremes Ive used here. Barbetta also pointed out that numerous con dominium complexes as well as banks in downtown Sarasota have parking garages attached to them. That could be a model for part of the Sheriffs Ofce facilities on the Cattlemen site, he added. Then at least one of the countys parcels that fronts on Cattlemen Road could be put on the market, Barbetta noted. Thats prime land that will help pay for the construction of these two [Sheriffs Ofce] buildings, he said of the Cattlemen Road frontage, indicating his preference that both county lots be put up for sale. Its about commercial redevelopment of those two parcels, which creates jobs, Barbetta said. If a 200,000-square-foot ofce building is constructed on that part of the Cattlemen Road property, for example, he continued, Its gonna generate quite a lot of tax revenue for many years to come. We have to utilize that property better. Moreover, Barbetta noted, the difference between two stories and five stories was much less than the difference between two stories and 11. He added that his concern remains govern ments inclination to use all the land it owns. We have buildings we could probably sell and lease back much more efciently than us A graphic compares the low-rise Sheriffs Ofce building approach to an 11-story tower plan on the Cattlemen Road site. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 43


owning [them]. To say we have a big piece of land and should put buildings on it, I dont think is the right way to do it. When Commissioner Christine Robinson asked if he had appraisals of the two county parcels that would be freed up for sale if the 11-story tower were built, Gable said no recent gures were available. The only ones he could nd, he added, covered just slivers of those parcels about 100 to 120 feet of depth in them. One parcel encompasses 4.1 acres, while the other is 2.7 acres, according to the PowerPoint presentation Gable showed the board. However, interim County Administrator Tom Harmer told the commissioners later that he had checked with the countys real estate staff and believed he could provide the board with more recent numbers than Gable had been able to nd. When Patterson asked about the cost of building the four lower structures compared to the expense of the tower, Gable responded that while his gures were very preliminary ones, he would estimate about $47 million for the four buildings and $58 million for the tower. The taller building would necessitate more hardening, Gable pointed out, so it would be able to withstand hurricane-force winds. I guess I dont see the immediate urgency to make the decision, Commissioner Nora Patterson said of the site plan, and I dont want to make the decision until I have the A graphic shows benets and challenges in regard to constructing an 11-story Sheriffs Ofce tower with parking on the Cattlemen Road site. The tower would have 175,000 square feet; the 150,000-squarefoot gure was provided in error, county staff said. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 44


kind of num bers that Commissioner Robinson is talking about. And the property, if anything, will become more valuable, Patterson added of the par cels fronting on Cattlemen Road. If they are sold later, she continued, [they] will be used for an even higher use than if sold today in this economic climate Gable explained the board members should feel no urgency to make a decision on the site plan. THE NEW BUILDINGS THEMSELVES When Vice Chairman Charles Hines asked whether the Sheriffs Ofce administrative staff had expressed an opinion about the two site plans, Gable replied, They tend to lean towards the lower sc ale, low-rise approach just from an operational and secu rity standpoint. In a telephone interview with The Sarasota News Leader after the workshop, Bill Spitler, director of planning and research for the Sheriffs Ofce, explained that he and other members of Sheriff Tom Knights staff had joined Gable and the countys consultant on the site plan an architect with the Harvard Jolly rm on a trip to Pinellas County to take a look at the new criminal justice complex there. It includes the Pinellas County Sheriffs Ofce, judicial structures and a pretty signif icant parking garage on 60 acres, he added. (Harvard Jollys corporate headquarters is in St. Petersburg.) The Cattlemen Road site plan would take up about 6 acres, he noted. A pie chart shows how Sarasota County facilities are apportioned. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 45


Looking west on Ringling Boulevard in downtown Sarasota, the entrance to the Sheriffs Ofces administrative facilities and the State Attorneys Ofce (right) is adjacent to the jail and the historic courthouse. Photo by Rachel Hackney The tower [design] is not what people are building, Spitler added. Security is a major concern, he contin ued. If all the Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce administrative facilities were com bined with new training space, the Medical Examiners Ofce, the Forensics Unit and evidence storage in one structure, Spitler said, more staff time would be required to admit people into the building and make certain they went where they said they Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 46


intended to go. That would result in higher operational costs, he pointed out, because the Sheriffs Ofce could not risk letting some one there for training purposes, for example, create a problem with the chain of evidence collection. He stressed the signicant differences in the uses between the training building, for exam ple, and the proposed facility that would be used jointly by the medical examiner and the Forensics Unit in the Cattlemen site plan with multiple low-rise structures. Yet, Patterson told Gable, I dont really see why you have to have the separate forensics building. We really have designed a pretty suburban complex there. Patterson also asked whether the training facility is a real county need or one of those, Gee, it would be nice to have, so lets draw it in there. Gable told her the facility is needed and that it would serve not only the sheriffs staff but also the Emergency Services Department employees. The training facility in current use, he pointed out, is very, very sparse. When Patterson suggested it would be log ical to put the training space in the same new structure with the sheriffs administra tive ofces, Gable replied that Sheriff Tom Knights staff wanted independent access to those structures. Patterson told him that could be gured into the design of the building, just as doctors ofces have independent access for the vari ous physicians. OVER ALL NEEDS Spitler pointed out to the News Leader that Knight feels the Cattlemen site has many advantages for employees, including its access to Interstate 75 which would shorten the travel time to work for employees who live in South County and its proxim ity to Benderson Park, which will be hosting more and larger events leading up to the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Spitler characterized those location factors as time saving we cant even put a number on. Spitler also stressed, Were constantly look ing at efficiencies, security and providing good service [to the community]. He added, We spend a lot of time taking care of every one else. Yet, the sheriff has facilities spread all over the county and many of the struc tures are inadequate or vulnerable to storm damage a point he made during the County Commissions previous workshop on the Cattlemen site plan, which was held in March. One primary example, which the News Leader has included in past articles, is that fleet equipment valued at $7 million including specialized Sheriffs Ofce vehicles has no shelter at the current site where it is stored. Gable told the commissioners county staff is continuing to work on options for improved eet storage. We provide No. 1 service, Spitler said, and the department needs top-ight facilities to do that. Nonetheless, he added, Knight has been clear in that well do whatever the County Commissio n wants. % Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 47


On Nov. 6, Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta nally may get the answers he has sought for months regarding the expense of county bus shelters. On that day, Glama Carter, director of Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), will make a presentation to the board on cost com parisons for shelters including those in Manatee County and the chickee design Barbetta has espoused for years. That day, the board also is expected to decide whether it will renew a contract with a Detroit, MI, rm that has been providing shelters to the county since 2010. The fourth amendment to that co ntract an item on the boards Oct. 22 consent agenda spar ked Barbettas latest questions. Pulling the item from the consent agenda that morning, Barbetta said, I still dont think weve gotten our arms around these b us shelters. OLearys Tiki Bar and Grill at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota uses chickees as shelter for patrons. Photo by Norman Schimmel NEXT WEEK, THE COUNTY COMMISSION IS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF COSTS FOR BUS SHELTERS AND THE POTENTIAL USE OF NATIVE AMERICAN CHICKEES PATH TO AN ACCEPTABLE PRICE There are still too many people standing in the sun. Imagine yesterday and today, standing in the rain, waiting for a bus. Its pretty sad. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


According to an Oct. 22 memo from Carter to the commissioners, the fourth contract amendment to the 2010 agreement with Brasco International Inc. in Detroit would allow the county to spend up to $250,000 per year on bus shelters provided by the rm. The memo points out that the board set that gure as an Administrative Upper Limit in May. During the 2013 scal year, which ended on Sept. 30, SCAT installed 51 new shelters pur chased under the existing Brasco contract, the memo continues. The latest amendment would allow the department to purchase more shelters to be installed during the current s cal year in the city of Sarasota, on Siesta Key and in the Pin ecraft community around Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota. Backup agenda material shows Brasco won the 2010 con tract for the bus shelters with A Sarasota County Area Transit passenger waits at a Southgate Mall bus shelter in March. File photo A chickee stands on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation in Glades County. Photo by Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 49


a bid of $1,121,450. The two other rms that submitted bids were Tolar Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Corona, CA, which bid $1,144,525 and Duo-Gard Industries of Canton, MI, which bid $1,184,520. A RANGE OF COSTS It doesnt say how many [bus shelters] were getting, Barbetta pointed out of the Oct. 22 consent agenda item memo. A Feb. 14 memo to the County Commission outlines expenses for recent bus shelters. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 50


I still think we have problems. During the boards Sept. 24 regular meeting, he pointed out, he mentioned that he had learned Manatee County pays about $9,000 per bus shelter. A SCAT presentation by Carter in January noted the Sarasota cost was about $40,000 per shelter, he added. However, after he requested staff look into the use of chickees for shelters an idea proposed sev eral years ago the Sarasota County price dropped to about $27,000 when Carter pro vided her follow-up report in April. Chickees are thatch-covered shelters built by the Miccosukee and Seminole Indians. Former Sarasota County Tree Advisory Council mem ber Jack Gurney proposed their use about three years ago in lieu of the bus shelters SCAT was putting up. Gurney told The Sarasota News Leader he had spotted really modest little wooden [bus] shelters in Deland, near Daytona, years ago and was struck by the idea that chickees would be much cooler than the glass-and-steel structures the county erect s. He also expected they would be much less expensive. However, Carters April 5 memo questioned the ability of chickees to stand up to strong storms and pointed out they still have to com ply with zoning regulations, such as setback and right of way requirements. For those and other reasons, Carter wrote in that April memo, the SCAT recommendation was that the chickees would not be appropri ate for bus shelters in Sarasota County. There are still too many people standing in the sun, Barbetta pointed out during the Sept. 24 discussion. Imagine yesterday and today, he added, standing in the rain, wait ing for a bus. Its pretty sad. CONTRACT FACTORS On Oct. 22, Barbetta also questioned why the county has been buying structures from a Detroit rm. Is there nobody in Florida that does bus s helters? On Oct. 22, Commissioners Joe Barbetta and Christine Robinson asked to hold off on a new contract amendment to provide county bus shelters. File photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 51


He adde d of the contract, I think we should be putting this back out on the street and nd a Florida rm and nd out how Manatee does [a bus shelter] for $9,000. Even the cost of a garbage can for a bus shelter was high, as indicated by SCAT docu mentation for the Brasco contract, he pointed out. For a 20-gallon can, he noted, the expense was $275; for a 32-gallon can, $645. These prices just seem all over the place. He had seen the Manatee County shelters, he continued. Theyre really nice, he noted, and each includes a garbage can, solar power and a bench. And we need bus shelters really bad. That was when Carter stepped to the podium. The Nov. 6 discussion, she told the board, would include detailed comparisons of Sarasotas bus shelter costs to those in Manatee County, as well as information about the chickees. Staff has provided a very thor ough analysis, she added. Then Commissioner Christine Robinson asked whether the board could postpone a decision on the bus shelter contract amend ment until that date. Rebekka Skwire-Cline, SCATs procurement official, replied, Its not that we couldnt postpone it. The problem, she added, is that the contract already had expired, so it had become a matter of retroactive renewal. Skwire-Cline also pointed out, I think that this amendment doesnt obligate us to purchase fr om this vendor and its not actually adding shelters. Some of us may not even want to allow that ability, Robinson told her. Is there a prob lem with waiting two weeks? Im not aware of any, Skwire-Cline responded. Commissioner Nora Patterson concurred with Barbetta in wanting details about the cost of the Manatee shelters, including the supplier. The main difference is on the size, width, Carter told her. Smaller, more narrow shel ters can be installed in Sarasota County where there is very limited right of way, she added, and those are less expensive. We rec ognize that some areas may require more site improvement. If Sarasota County installed shelters only at SCAT stops with sidewalks already present and no drainage issues, Patterson noted, the expense would be less. We really do need to compare apples to apples, she added of the Manatee/Sarasota costs. Absolutely, Carter told her. Barbetta also asked Carter to research whether any Florida rms could provide shel ters to the county. Sure, Carter responded. On a motion by Robinson, the board voted unanimously to delay a decision on the con tract amendment until Nov. 6. % Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 52


Forget the sho rt-term process; the long-term plan is the only option at this point. After almost two-and-a-half hours of discus sion on Oct. 28 including numerous public comments that was the unanimous deci sion of the North Port City Commission in response to th e latest letter it had received from the Sarasota County Commission about Warm Mineral Springs. Ive been listening to bunk for the last 11 mo nths and getting trashed, North Port Commissioner Rhonda DiFranco said at one point. Im tired of listening to the bunk com ing from the county. This is nothing but bully tactics, she added. Not allowing us to open the Springs is another bully tactic, because they want us to continue with this long-te rm ITN. DiFr anco was refer ring to the Oct. 23 letter from County Commission Chair woman Carolyn Mason, asking the Plenty of chairs were available for visitors when Warm Mineral Springs was open. Photo courtesy Sarasota County THE NORTH PORT CITY COMMISSIONERS DECIDE NOT TO SEEK A NEW SHORT-TERM OPERATOR FOR WARM MINERAL SPRINGS; A LONG-TERM PLAN, THEY SAY, HAS TO BE THE NEXT STEP A WHOLE LOT OF VENTING Lets continue to be the good guys. James Blucher Vice Mayor City of North Port By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


City Commission to provide the county, within 90 days of the date of the letter, a scope of services for the long-term opera tions of Warm Mineral Springs. Although the County Commission also asked the city to pursue another solicitation process for a short-term operator, the North Port Commission decided that was a waste of time. The North Port board voted unanimously to hold a workshop to start ironing out the details of its long-range vision for the resort. Assistant City Manager Daniel Schult told The Sara sota News Leader on the morning of Oct. 31 that no date has been settled on yet for that session. Im hop ing the [city] clerk is working on that now, he said, adding that he had just been on the phone with county ofcials asking the same que stion the News Leader had asked. The unanimous County Commission request to seek a new process for short-term man agement of the Springs came after both boards voted to reject the bid they awarded in September to WMS Sarasota Management LLC. That action followed protracted (From left) The North Port City commissioners are Rhonda DiFranco, Vice Mayor James Blucher, Mayor Linda Yates, Cheryl Cook and Tom Jones. Photo courtesy City of North Port I cannot in good conscience ever support spending $700,000 to $1 million of taxpayers money for people to swim there. Cheryl Cook Commissioner City of North Port Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 54


negotiations with the principals of the rm, who wanted a two-year lease, instead of the 12-month term offered in the contract. The nal email suggesting the change in the con tract was sent from the personal attorney of Dr. Grigory Pogrebinsky one of the WMS Sarasota Management principals to North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis. It came after city ofcials rejected the rms pleas for more repairs at Warm Mineral Springs before the rm reopened the facilities. During the North Port City Commissions reg ular meeting on Oct. 28, Lewis pointed out that the city board already had a workshop set for Dec. 2, so they could begin discussing the long-term plan for Warm Mineral Springs that day. However, the commissioners could reach no consensus on whether they should tackle the resort topic then or have Lewis schedule a separate workshop. It was about 16 months ago July 2012 when the County and City commissions agreed to pursue an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) so they could receive proposals for development of the resort. The election of DiFranco and Cheryl Cook to the North Port Commission in November 2012 gave that board a new majority with Mayor Linda Yates that was desirous of preserving Warm Mineral Springs in a park-like nature. The city and county bought the property together for $5.5 million in 2010. A solicitation this summer for a short-term operator for Warm Mineral Springs included this map of the property. Image courtesy City of North Port Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 55


RISING TEMPERS In the meantime, DiFranco made it clear Monday night that she was past the point of frustration with Vice Mayor James Bluchers appeals to his colleagues to be nice. Referring to some of the public comments offered that evening, DiFranco won applause when she suggested the city commissioners should march down to the county at one of their meetings and put it to their face. Yates admonished the audience members to be quiet. It was one of numerous occasions during the meeting when she asked them to stop talking among themselves as the com missioners debated how to proceed. Blucher commiserated with DiFranco, but he added, That kind of war does not work. That ends us up in court. Lets continue to be the good guys. Yates again voiced her frustration as she did at the boards Oct. 14 meeting about the Springs remaining closed during season. During that Oct. 14 session, she proposed again that Lewis and his staff work with the county administrator and staff to open the resort to swimming only. When she reiterated that desire Monday night, Cook protested. I cannot i n good conscience ever support spending $700,000 to $1 million of taxpayers money for people to swim there, Cook said, referring to an estimate Lewis had offered earlier about the citys expense for opening and running the facility. If we need to move forward to develop a long-term [agreement], I have no problem with that, Cook continued, however long it takes u s. Yat es said she understood, but she felt admission fees would cover the citys cost of operating Warm Mineral Springs during sea son for swimming only. Based on her review of revenue statements for the resort, Yates noted, she felt visitors fees would generate enough money. Were not supposed to be in things for prot, Yates pointed out. Cook countered that it was unrealistic to expect admission fees to cover the cost, add ing that the financial documents to which Yates had referred included revenue from other operations on the grounds, such as the spa and the gift shop. I just think its unacceptable not to have Warm Mineral Springs open during season, Yates said once more. Jonathan Lewis is the city manager of North Port. Image courtesy City of North Port Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 56


At one p oint, Blucher looked at Lewis and Schult and said that if the commissioners were able to ask staff to open the resort to swim ming only action the County Commission does not support Im sure you guys are going to look at us and say, Thats two months or maybe three months. When Yates asked how serious any of her other colleagues were about making another attempt to win approval for the city to open the resort on its own, DiFranco responded, It has nothing to do with being serious. It does, Yates replied. Weve been serious, DiFranco replied, and this is whats aggravated me, because youre sitting there and youre saying we werent serious. How many times are you going to get slapped before you realize [the county commissioners] meant No? MAKING THE DECISION As the discussion went on, Yates said at another point, Based on where we are at today, this commission is leaning toward getting on to the long-term [management pro posal]. However, she cautioned, that could mean Warm Mineral Springs would remain close d for another six or eight months. And the public should have a clear understanding of what the expectation is, she added. The public gets their hopes up; then, the public gets their hopes down. Yates continued, We need to make a deni tive decision and just go down that path; stick with it and get it done. Blucher responded that the workshop seemed to be the best option. Lewis told the commissioners that the focus for the long-term management proposal should be the parameters of what you want to accomplish. Dont worry about the process. And I agree with that, Blucher said. I think the long-term is where we need to go and head straight there, DiFranco added. I am so frustrated, bringing offer after offer after offer [to the county] and then listening to Its the city [at fault] Blucher made the motion for the workshop, and Cook seconded it. When Yates asked for any further discussion, Blucher declined, indi cating enough had been said already that night. Then the motion passed unanimously. % Dont have your own subscription to The Sarasota News Leader ? Subscribe for FREE and receive a latest issue is available online. FREE SUBSCRIPTION Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 57


Competen ce might be the byword of the Monday, Nov. 4, Sarasota City Commission meeting. The board is poised to adopt new rules for public comment, allow the rehab of a decaying home and consider extending its Street Teams project. Meanwhile, the people who received notice by email of the upcoming meeting and agenda received a sneak peek at how mayors run meetings. MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TALK The Florida Legislature this spring changed the rules on public comment. The new pro cedure was effective as of Oct. 1. A month later, the City Commission will consider a resolution making it effective in the City of Sarasota. Previously, citizens were not allowed to com ment on consent agenda items, the normally routine topics lumped together at the begin ning of a meeting and passed with a single motion. A commissioner could pull an item off the consent agenda for discussion, but public comment still was not allowed on it. The new law changes that, letting citizens pull consent items themselves and then address them. A person will still need to sign a speaker card, giving his name and address and noting the agenda item about which he wishes to talk. The City Commission on Nov. 4 will try to clean up an ordinance regarding alcoholic beverage consumption in public parks. Photo by Norman Schimmel MORE GAB, PRICEY PHONE CALLS, OPEN CONTAINERS AND THE MAYORS CRIB NOTES PART OF THE NOV. 4 AGENDA CITY COMMISSION PREVIEW By Stan Zimmerman City Editor


The Legislature also opened up a couple of other agenda items for citizen comment. One is the very seldom-used Board Actions seg ment, normally the second item on the city agenda after approval of the minutes. The other topic is Board Appointments, refer ring to nominations of individuals for advisory boards or other positions inuencing public policy. In the past, no public comment was allowed. Thanks to the Legislature, citizens can com ment about board appointments, although they will not be able to directly nominate an individual for an open position or to ll an expiring term. But the change will allow them to ask the commission to nominate someone, or they may comment on the qualications of a person under consideration for an appointed post. THE $800 PHONE CALL Sarasotas downtown mooring eld continues to create surprises. The latest one ies under the ra dar as a budget amendment on the Nov. 4 consent agenda. It transfers $1,008 from the mooring elds equipment replacement fund to establish an expense budget for additional consulting fees necessary for modications to the Bayfront Mooring Field (additional buoys and slow speed zones), according to a memo from the citys director of public works. Coastal Technology Corp. of Vero Beach would be the recipient of the $1,008 for addi tional permitting services, says an Oct. 16 letter from the company. The money would pay for two $100 application fees for the boundary markers and cover the cost of pre paring applications for speed zones in the entry area and application processing for these two project applications. That involves follow-up with agency staff by phone to conrm receipt of the applications, answer any questions related to the appli cations posed by agency staff and facilitate expeditious review of the applications and issuance of permits. The City Commission is scheduled to deal with a $1,008 item relative to its Bayfront Mooring Field when it goes through its Nov. 4 agenda. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 59


In other words, the company will take the $1,008 and pay $200 of it to le the two per mits, with the remainder going to cover chatting with state regulators. OPEN CONTAINERS AND HOUSE REHAB Only one public hearing is scheduled for the evening session of the City Commission meet ing. It is designed to clean up language in the ordinance regulating open containers of alco hol. Unless the alcohol is being consumed at a city-approved event, it is illegal to drink it in a public place. However, the way the current ordinance is written, if the city sanctions an event with alcohol in a park, it is still illegal to drink it. Thus, the recent Pumpkin Festival in Payne Park across the street from the Sarasota Poli ce Department could have resulted in thousands of arrests for violations of the open container ordinance, had police been eager to enforce it. The new ordinance removes the park exemp tion and contains a couple of new denitions. Under New Business, the commission is being asked to sell a lot at 2435 Browning St. to Habitat for Humanity. The organization will pay $16,600 for the property seized by the city for code violations. The sale history of the vacant lot shows the rocket-like trajectory of property values over the past 15 years. In 1999, the lot sold for $38,000. Four years later, the price was $115,000. It is currently assessed for tax pur poses at $41,000, up from $26,400 last year. The city plans to sell a vacant Browning Street lot to Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Stan Zimmerman Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 60


Habitat plan s to build a new home there within 12 months and sell it to a family with an income at or below 80 percent of the median income for Sarasota County. Otherwise, the property would revert to the citys ownership. THE MAYORS CHEAT SHEET The nal item of interest is also a good place to show how the mayor keeps the meetings on track. People who sign up for email noti cation of upcoming city meetings are also given a link to enable them to read the agenda. Intentionally distributed or not, the agenda for the Nov. 4 meeting includes a page before each item that gives the mayor instructions on how to run the session. Here is that sec tion for the last item, verbatim: Item No. XIV. 1. NEW BUSINESS: Announce that the next item is the update presentation on the Street Team Program from the Salvation Army. Call upon David Sutton, Director of Programs/Facilities for The Salvation Army. Public Works Director Jeffcoat and Public Works General Manager Kucharski to make the presentation. Commission Questions Call upon persons signed up to speak, if any. Ask for a motion, if appropriate Repeat the motion Ask for discussion VOICE VOTE All those in favor say yes All those opposed say not Chair votes _______ Announce the results of the vote The item asks for a one-year extension of the Street Tea m program funded by the Downtown and Newtown community rede velopment agencies. It recruits homeless and vagrant individuals at The Salvation Army facility on 10th Street in Sarasota to pick up trash and weed landscape beds for four hours a day. B y many accounts, the program is a success. Of the 198 people who participated in the prior 12 months, 79 obtained employment, and 78 obtained stable housing. The Street Team volunteers in their lime-colored T-shirts which makes them highly visible for safe tys sake put in almost 8,000 hours working downtown and another 8,000 hours working in Newtown over the last 12 months. For people checking the agenda on the citys website, the cheat sheets are missing. Looks easy to be a mayor if you have secret crib notes. % Mayor Shannon Snyder listens to discussion during a City Commission meeting. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 61


The Orioles and th e Mayors Feed the Hungry Program are teaming up again this year to collect and distribute food to help people in need in the Sarasota area, the Orioles have announced. Beginning Nov. 1, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium, and they will host the charitys Thanksgiving Sorting Day there on Nov. 22, a news release says. Those efforts again demonstrate the Orioles strong belief in going to bat against hunger, said David Rovine, vice president of Orioles -Sarasota, in the release. The Orioles are proud to be a part of the Sarasota community, and we remain a committed year-round community partner, giving back through OriolesREACH and our Sarasota 365 program. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th St. in Sarasota, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the release notes. The collection station is located at the Euclid Avenue entrance, just south of Caf 54. The stadium will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day, the release adds. Volunteers at Ed Smith Stadium organize donations to the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program in November 2012. Photo by Norman Schimmel ORIOLES TEAMING AGAIN WITH MAYORS FEED THE HUNGRY PROGRAM NEWS BRIEFS


On Friday, Nov. 2 2, volunteers will be needed to sort food collected from locations through out the community, the release points out. Sorting will take place in the East Lot between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sorting day volunteers do not need to sign up in advance. The Mayors Feed the Hungry Program is an all-volunteer, nonprot organization that has helped more than 390,000 hungry persons in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987, the release explains. The organizations Thanksgiving food drive collects tons of non-perishable food items, it adds. The food is distributed through charitable groups, reli gious institutions and service agencies. The program also uses cash donations to distrib ute food gift cards. Before the Orioles joined with us in 2012, we had been holding our food drives in a grass parking lot for the last 12 years, so the facilities at Ed Smith Stadium were a huge improve ment, said Scott Biehle r, vice chairman of the ch arity, in the release. Mayors Feed the Hungry does not receive government funds, and we are all volunteers. Corporate partners like the Baltimore Orioles are vital to serving the thousands of local residents who would go hungry without our help, Biehler pointed out. The prog ram is endorsed by the mayors of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice and Longboat Key, as well as the chairs of the North Port City Council and the Sarasota and Manatee county commissions. More information may be found at www.mayors The Orioles participation with the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demon strate the ball clubs year-round engagement with the greater Sarasota community, the release notes. For more information or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newslet ter, visit A fundraising event for the Suncoast Waterkeeper, a relatively new environmental not-for-prot organization, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Suncoast Waterkeeper works to protect and restore the coastal waters of Sarasota and Manatee counties, a news release notes. The fundraiser has been scheduled to follow the Sarasota Bay Water Festival in Ken Thompson Park (see related item in this column). The party will be held at Sarasota Architectural Salvage, located at 1093 Central Ave. in down town Sarasota. Music will be provided by Hymn for Her and Radio-Free Carmela & the Transmitters. The Baja Boys Grill food truck SUNCOAST WATERKEEPER BENEFIT SET FOR NOV. 2 will b e on the premises, and beer will be offered by Sweetwater Brewing Co. The beer is covered in the $10 admission fee. For more information about the Suncoast Waterkeeper, visit https://www.facebook. com/Suncoastkeeper?ref=hl Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 63


The Saras ota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) will host four panel discussions during the 2013 Sarasota Bay Water Festival set for Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ken Thompson Park, the SBEP has announced. The discussions will focus on the protec tion of local wildlife, stormwater pollution, environmental education and the challenges facing Sarasota Bay. The schedule follows: Noon Protecting Sarasota Bay Wildlife : Panelists will be Jeanne Dubi with Sarasota Audubon, Krystan Wilkinson with Mote Marine Laboratory, Buddy Powell with Sea to Shore Alliance, Suzi Fox with AMI Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring and Jay Leverone with SBEP. 1 p. m. Reducing Stormwater Pollution : Panelists will be Michelle Atkinson with Manatee County Extension, Tom Heitzman with Florida Native Plant Society, Alison Albee with the City of Sarasota and Ray Kaiser with the AMI Eco-Village. 2 p.m. Environmental Education & Stewardship : Panelists will be Karen Fraley with Around the Bend Nature Tours, Melissa Nell with Manatee County, Rob Wright with Sarasota County, Jennifer Shafer with the Science and Environmental Council of Southwest Florida and Sara Kane with the SBEP. 3 p.m. Sarasota Bay Past, Present and Future : Panelists will be Damon Moore with Ma natee County, local archaeologist Bill Burger, Capt. Kathe with Cortez Fishing Village and Sherri Swanso n with HDR Inc. SARASOTA BAY WATER FESTIVAL TO PRESENT PANEL DISCUSSIONS The Sarasota Bay Water Festival will have a wide array of attractions for the public on Nov. 2 in Ken Thompson Park. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 64


The purpose of the Water Festival is to cel ebrate the importance of Sarasota Bay to the regions environment, economy and quality of life, a news release points out. Among the events other offerings will be seven hours of free live music with Ben Hammond, Democracy, Come Back Alice, Hymn for Her and Luke Andrews; dragon boat races; ne artists and photographers selling unique gift items; food trucks; a beer and wine garden; vintage and new boat displays; four panel dis cussions on bay-friendly living; the winning submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest ; dip netting and nature walks for chil dren; and tent exhibits promoting boating, shing, kayaking, paddle board sports, scuba diving and more. The SBEP is the presenting sponsor and HDR Inc. is the host sponsor this year. Among the raffle prizes will be a 12-foot Perception Sport Kayak from Economy Tackle and Dolphin Paddlesports, a Hovie Scout pad dle board from SUP Sarasota, an 18-inch by 20-inch matted giclee print from acclaimed photographer Clyde Butcher, an open water diving class with Florida Underwater Sports, a two-hour excursion on a Yamaha jet boat with Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures, a full-day bike rental from Freedom 4 Electric Bikes and a Disc Sports Package from Sun King Disc Sports. The winning rafe tickets will be drawn at 5 p.m. on the music stage, the release points out. A free water taxi will run all day between Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota and the Saraso ta Sailing Squadron to take members of the public to and from the festival. The Squadron is located next to the Water Festival venue at Ken Thompson Park on City Island. Freedom Boat Club is providing the taxi ser vice for the second consecutive year, the release notes. The taxi runs will start at 10 a.m. at Marina Jack; the nal departure from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron will be at 6:30 p.m. Small signs will be posted along the left side of Marina Jack Restaurant to guide visitors to the dock area, the release says. The scenic trip is about 20 minutes and the maximum wait is expected to be 30 minutes, it adds. Freedom Boat Club is providing three boats commanded by experienced Coast Guard certi ed captains, it notes. A water taxi will ferry people from Marina Jack to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 65


The S aras ota Architectural Foundation is hosting a bus trip tour of Warm Mineral Springs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, with lunch included the organization has announced. Those interested in taking the Magical Reality Bus Tour to the North Port resort should make advance reservations, as space is limited, a news release says. The cost is $40 per person. To pay online, click here For more information, email or call 364-2199. Those registered for the tour are asked to be at the Sarasota Visitors Center, located at 701 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 2 to catch the bus, the release notes. The air-conditioned ride will feature the com ments of architect Jifat Windmiller and other mid-century modern enthusiasts, the release adds. Warm Mineral Springs is one of the most intriguing natural features in the conti nental United States, it notes. FOUNDATION HOSTING WARM MINERAL SPRINGS BUS TOUR Althoug h the facility is closed to the public, the release continues, SAF has been granted special permission to tour the site. Tour stops will include architect Jack Wests Warm Mineral Springs complex and the unique Cyclorama, Warm Mineral Springs Motel (Victor Lundy, 1958), Venice Beach Pavilion (Cy Tucker, 1964) and Nokomis Beach Plaza (Jack West, 1956, restored 2008). The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office col lected more than 120 pounds of prescription medication as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) national turn-in event on Saturday, Oct. 26, the ofce has announced. Residents dropped off a total of 123 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs: 61 pounds in Sarasota and 62 pounds in Venice, a news release says. Anyone who missed the turn-in event may drop off unused or expired prescription med ications year-round at either of the Sheriffs Ofces two permanent drop boxes, it notes. They are located at the Criminal Justice Center, 2071 Ringling Blvd. in Sarasota, which DRUG TAKE BACK DAY NETS MORE THAN 120 POUNDS is available 24 hours a day; or the South County Sheriffs Ofce at 4531 State Road 776 in Venice, where the hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Medicines kept in the home are susceptible to misuse and theft, the release points out. Many people who abuse prescription drugs steal them from family and friends. The release continues, In addition to reducing drug crimes and potential overdoses, turning in medication for proper disposal is import ant to prevent health and safety hazards and keeps the substances out of treatment plants and waterways. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 66


All Faiths Fo od Bank welcomes the public to come to Phillippi Estate Park on Sunday, Nov. 3, for the annual Bowls of Hope fundraiser. Join us for soup and select a beautiful hand crafted bowl to keep, a news release says. Your support helps us ll the empty bowls of our neighbors in need. Tickets are $25 at the door. Live entertainment will be offered. Additionally, hundreds of ceramic bowls will be available created by local potters from which to choose, the release adds. Those local businesses offering their wares will be ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK HOLDING BOWLS OF HOPE ON NOV. 3 Carlas Clay Englewood Art Center, Island Village Montessori, Out-Of-Door Academy, Pete Nye, Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Pine View School, Sister Maureen of Venice and Venice Art Center. The soup selections will be provided by more than 30 local restaurants, and bread, dessert and light beverages will be included in the ticket price. Phillippi Estate Park is located at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Tents will be erected to protect participants from sun or rain. For m ore i nformation, call 549-8131. The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has teamed with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to host a three-day conference on Sustainability Through Renewable Energy & Aquaculture It will be held Nov. 13-15 in USF SarasotaManatees Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, a news release says. The goal of the conference is to bring together both professionals and students from Florida and Sarasotas Sister Cities, the release notes. One of the major missions of Sarasota Sister Cities Association (SCAS) is to foster inter national relationships through exchanges in areas of business, culture and education, said SCAS President Beth Ruyle Hullinger in the release. SCASs objective is to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy. The conference will focus on three topics: Su stainability from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 13. Renewable Energy Alternatives from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14. Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15. Attendance is open to the public, but registra tion is required, the release points out. Full registration for the three-day conference is $75. An option for attending select daily sessions is $30 per day. Lunch is included for those with paid registrations on Nov. 13 and 14. To register for the conference go to http:// al-sustainability-conference-registration College and high school faculty members and students may register for the conference at no cost by contacting Dr. Raymond Young, con ference chairman, at Lunch will not be provided to those attending the sessions at no cost, the release adds. INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE SET FOR NOV. 13-15 Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 67


Do you know anything about Julia Tuttle, Mahulda Carrier, Carrie Abbe, Rose Wilson or Victoria Brandon? asks a news release from the Historical Society of Sarasota County. Probably not, the release continues, but you should. These women, along with the more familiar Marie Selby, Bertha Palmer, Mabel Ringling, Zora Neale Hurston and Harriet Beecher Stowe, will be the focus of a lively and informative presentation by Sarasota-based Florida historian Hope Black, who aims to uncover the lives and achievements of women who made their way to Florida between 1842 and 1918 and had a huge impact on the growth and development of this state, the release adds. Blacks presentation, Florida Women: Familiar and Forgotten will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Crocker Memorial Church, located at 1260 12th St. (Pioneer Park) in Sarasota. Members of the Historical Society of Sarasota County will be admitted free; for the general public, the cost is $10. Black will give an illustrated presentation and then conduct a question-and-answer session about the extraordinary and diverse group of women who came to Florida in the 19th and 20th centuries and made signicant changes in the culture and landscape of the state, the release notes. A native of Ro chester, NY, Black received her masters degree in liberal arts from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. She wrote her thesis on Bertha Honore Palmer and has concentrated her research through the years on people who have been important in the evolution of the Sunshine State, the release points out. Black is a frequent speaker on Florida history and a memb er of the Historical Society of Sarasota County as well as a former board member, it adds. These women whom I have come to know and greatly admire came from different back grounds with varying degrees of resources, education, voracity and goals, said Black in the release. Some came to Florida with an inheritance and a dream to fulll, while oth ers were single women with an unstoppable passion for activism. Some women came as children, the daughters of women who duti fully followed their homesteading husbands. She continues in the release, But, all but one of these courageous women shared one com mon bond: They sacriced creature comforts in an ordered society to brave a wild frontier plagued by roving animals, insects and rep tiles and prejudices unique to the South. For more information about Blacks presen tation, contact Linda Garcia at the Historical Society, 364-9076; or Marsha Fottler at 371-8593. HISTORIAN TO REVEAL SECRETS OF FLORIDAS FORGOTTEN WOMEN Hope Black/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 68


Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation the Education Foundation of Sarasota County will accelerate a new digital literacy initiative to reach young people across the county, the foundation has announced. As a result, hundreds of students will gain access to high-quality digital tools, training and tutoring in safe, supportive environments during the 2013-2014 school year, a news release says. With the Comcast Foundation funds, the Education Foundations Texcellence Program will launch its newest Digital Learning Lab in partnership with Alta Vista Elementary School. More than 115 students who attend Alta Vistas A+ Adventure Club after-school program will use the lab, the release points out. The first Education Foundation Digital Learning Lab was installed in April to enrich Laurel Civic Associations after-school, week end, and summer programs, the release adds. Other Digital Learning Labs are planned for at least 10 locations, including YMCAs Triad sites, Sarasota Housing Authority, Sarasota County Libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Susan Sc ott, executive director of the Education Foundation, announced the grant. Even with the success of our Texcellence computer donation program, we found that an alarming number of students still have limited or no access to digital technology outside the classroom, she said in the release. Having this Comcast Foundation grant means we will be able to reach so many more young people who need these tools and are incredibly moti vated to learn with them with a little help from carin g adults. Over the past six years, the Education Foundations Texcellence program has taken one teachers vision and scaled it up to reach every neighborhood in the district, the release points out. A collaboration between the foundation and Sarasota County Schools that is supported by private donations and grants, Texcellence is recognized as a national model for public/private partnerships, giving families the digital tools they need to support their students academic achievement. Since 2007, the release continues, a total of 6,621 Sarasota County students in need have received a home computer, training for the family and ongoing low-cost technical sup port. Since 2011, every Texcellence family has also qualied for a discounted subscription at $10 per month through Comcasts Internet Essentials program. For more information about Texcellence and Digital Learning Labs, visit www.texcellence. org or contact Jennifer Sams at 927-0965. COMCAST AWARDS EDUCATION FOUNDATION A $20,000 GRANT Ty Blanton, 6, enjoys working with his new computer from the Education Foundation. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 69


On Oct. 24 Sa rasota County Sheriff Tom Knight promoted five men and one woman to new supervisory positions in the Patrol and Special Operations divisions, the ofce has announced. Capt. John Walsh, promoted from lieutenant, became the Patrol Bureau commander; Lt. Dave Scott, promoted from sergeant, and Lt. Debra Kaspar, promoted from sergeant, have been named Patrol Bureau watch commanders. Detective Mike Dumer and Deputy Scott Mruczek were both promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Bureau, the release adds. Deputy Brent Wineka was promoted to chief pilot of the Aviation Unit, still assigned to Special Operations. The promotional process was formalized during Knights rs t term in ofce to ensure its o bjectivity, the release points out. These steps were outlined in his initial management review and implemented in the 2009-2013 Strategic Plan, it notes. These professionals have been trained to lead the Sheriffs Ofce and their promotions today are part of our succession plan, said Knight in the Oct. 24 news release. With the right leadership, employees improve the effectiveness of the organization and instill important qualities in those they manage and supervise, enhancing our ability to serve this community. In addition to the promotions, Capt. Paul Richard was named commander of the Investigations Bureau. SHERIFF PROMOTES FIVE MEN AND ONE WOMAN TO SUPERVISORY POSTS (From left) Sgt. Mike Dumer, Lt. Dave Scott, Lt. Debra Kaspar, Capt. John Walsh, Sgt. Scott Mruczek, Dep. Brent Wineka and Sheriff Tom Knight. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 70


Alta Vista Elementary School is exceeding expectations academically, according to a network of 36 school districts across Florida, the Sarasota County School District has announced. The network, known as the East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC), runs the Exceeding Expectations Project to iden tify Florida Title I schools that show progress in improving student achievement, a news release explains. Twenty Title I schools were identied for this years project, out of a total of 1,243 Title I schools in the state. Title I schools have a high percentage of students living in poverty, the release adds. Over 90 percent of Alta Vista students receive free or r educed-cost meals, it notes. The school was cited for exceeding expectations on academic indicators when compared to other schools with similar characteristics and populations. Over the next few months, an ECTAC team will visit Alta Vista and the other 19 identi fied schools to observe the practices that are contributing to their success, the release continues. After the visits are completed and each schools data is further analyzed, a selec tion team will make the nal determination of Exceeding Expectations Award Schools, the release says. These schools will be asked to participate in a statewide conference in May to be recognized for their accomplishments ALTA VISTA ELEMENTARY IDENTIFIED AS EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS Sarasota County School District administrators visited Alta Vista Elementary to congratulate the school for exceeding expectations: (from left) Superintendent Lori White, Title I Parent Involvement Facilitator Carolyn Major-Harper, Supervisor of State and Federal Programs Jane Mahler, Alta Vista Principal Barbara Shirley, Executive Director of Elementary Schools John Zoretich, Assistant Principal Dehea Smith and third-grade teacher Barbara Rannigan. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 71


and to sh are their strategies with other schools from around the state. Last year, 16 of the 20 originally identied nalists received the award, the release points out. Among Alta Vistas positive academic indi cators were maintaining or increasing total reading and math prociency from 2011-12 to 2012-13, increasing or maintaining the schools grade in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, scoring above the state median for all schools (not just Title I institutions) in total reading and math learning gains and in highest-quartile reading and math learn ing gains in 2012-13, and performing above expectations on total school grade points in 2011-12 and 2012-13, the release adds. Our entire Alta Vista community is thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition and invitation to participate in a statewide proj ect involving schools that have exceeded expectations in student achievement, said Principal Barbara Shirley in the release. This validates the hard work we are doing to ensure that every child is making learning gains and achieving academic excellence. We are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated staff, caring parents, great students and com munity volunteers who value education and provide a tremendous amount of support for our school. Alta Vista Elementary is located at 1050 S. Euclid Ave. in Sarasota. Alta Vista Principal Barbara Shirley is surprised Oct. 4 with the news that her school is exceeding expectations, according to a statewide network that monitors academic progress of Title I schools. Contributed photo Bobby Jones Golf Club will host the 14th annual Womens Partner and Individual City Championship tournament Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, the City of Sarasota has announced. The competitive tournament is open to females of all ages, a news release says. Tee times will begin each day at 8 a.m. and con tinue every 10 minutes. The registration fee is $220 per team, the release notes. Registrations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4. Entries are limited to the rst 100 teams. Click here to download a registration form. BOBBY JONES COURSE TO HOST WOMENS GOLF TOURNAMENT Entry fees include two rounds of golf with a riding cart, a tee gift, a non-alcoholic beverage on the course each day and lunch on Sunday. Tee times and results will be posted on the Bobby Jones Golf Club website: Bobby Jones Golf Club is owned and oper ated by the City of Sarasota; it offers three courses with a total of 45 holes, the release adds. For more information, call 954-4163 or visit the webs ite. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 72


Brian K alinas documentary, Shored Up will be screened at New College of Florida at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, the college has announced. Kalina had been working for three years on a lm about the fragility of oceanfront com munities, but he lacked that hook the imagery and statement that would sell the lm to an audience, a news release says. Then superstorm Sandy thrashed the New Jersey shore, flooded Manhattan and sent Kalina back to lm the after shots of the places he had already visited, the release continues. The result is Sho red Up Following the presentation of the lm, a ques tion-and-answer session will be conducted with Kalina and New College faculty mem bers Frank Alcock and Jono Miller. Alcock, associate professor of political sci ence, is an expert in the intersection of government policy and marine science, the release notes. Miller, the former director of the colleges Environmental Studies Program, has studied the regions coastal environ ment for decades and is active in restoration efforts. The movie will be presented in cooperation with The Union of Concerned Scientists, NEW COLLEGE TO SCREEN SHORED UP AND HOST THE DIRECTOR Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 73


The Science a nd Environment Council of Southwest Florida and The Rising Seas Initiative, the release points out. David Shafer, founder of the Rising Seas Initiative and exec utive director of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, says the lm is a wake-up call for Southwest Florida, con sidering how much of our population and tax base is on the coast, the release adds. Shored Up began as an examination of con icts over beach renourishment programs along the Jersey Shore, the release con tinues. As Kalina researched and lmed, it expanded into an exploration of the political conicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore, with insights from scientists, politicians and residents, and [it] exposed major shortcomings in coastal management and the immediate need for change. % A satellite photo shows Hurricane Sandy over a wide swath of the East Coast of the United States on Oct. 30, 2012. Image from NASA via Wikimedia Commons 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 one-time 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 November 1, 2013 Page 74


The Sarasota Police Department will take members of the public on a virtual ridealong on Friday, Nov. 1, the department has announced. The Police Department will host its rst ever Tweet from the Beat, a news release says. The event is set for Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. Throughout the evening, Shift Commander Sgt. Ken Castro and Sgt. Rex Troche will share what they see and do through texts and photos tweeted from the beat through the Partnership Policing communications coor dinator, the release notes. People following @SarasotaPD will be able to ask questions and interact with our of cers, the release adds. Anyone not already on Twitter may go to and sign up, the release points out. Its easy, quick and free. Once you create an account, you can fol low us @SarasotaPD Tweet from the Beat is a chance for the community to interact and let our ofcers communicate with the city we serve and pro tect, said Capt. Pat Robinson with the Bureau of Patrol Operations in the release. SARASOTA POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HOST TWEET FROM THE BEAT CRIME BLOTTER


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office has arrested Thomas Rhoades, 43, of 8983 Misty Creek Drive, Sarasota, for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Sarasota Fireghters Benevolent Fund, the department announced last week. The investigation began after the president of the Benevolent Fund reported the theft earlier this month, a news release says. Detectives found that Rhoades, who was the treasurer of the nonprot organization, made numerous unauthorized in-branch and ATM withdraw als from the Benevolent Funds high-yield savings and business checking accounts, it adds. Those totaled $221,507.58 between February 2011 and September of this year, the release notes. Rhoades took over as treasurer of the organiza tion in December 2010, according to the report. Rhoades is charged with one felony count of Scheme to Defraud and one count of Grand Theft in excess of $100,000. FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT FUND TREASURER ARRESTED Thomas Rhoades/Contributed photo 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 November 1, 2013 Page 76


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office has led additional charges against a Venice con tractor who took payment from a customer but did not perform the work, the ofce has announced. Steven Baker, 57, owns Advanced Window Concepts, located at 795 Commerce Drive, No. 2, in Venice, a news release says. Detectives learned he cashed a $1,350 check from an Englewood woman in August but did not pull permits and did not start the job. The Sheriffs Ofce report for the August case points out that Florida State Statute 489.126 states that a contractor who receives more than 10 percent of the contract price must apply for permits within 30 days after a pay ment is received, must start the work within 90 days after the date all necessary permits are issued, and shall not fail or refuse to per form any work for any 90 day period. Baker has been in the Sarasota County Jail since September, when the Venice Police Department charged him with a similar crime as the one in August, the news release adds. The Sheriffs Ofce also led charges against him earlier this month for taking a $3,500 down payment from a Venice woman in May without pulling permits or installing new win dows, it notes. Two Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce detec tives investigate claims against people who engage in contracting work without proper licenses, permits or certication, it points out. This partnership with Sarasota County Code Enforcement and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) protects consumers f inancially, shields them from potential litigation and ensures their safety, since shoddy work can only be detected during the inspection process, the release explains. A rst offense usually results in a civil citation by Code Enforcement, but subsequent viola tions lead to misdemeanor or felony criminal charges, the release notes. To c heck a Sarasota County license, call Code Enforcement at 861-6126, and to report someone you suspect is acting as an unlicensed contractor or performing work without a permit call Sarasota County at 861-5000. For more information visit: https:// Contrac torLicensing.aspx VENICE CONTRACTOR CHARGED WITH GRAND THEFT Steven Baker/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 77


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office has arrested a 25-year-old Cape Coral man for child abuse and other charges after a six-monthold girl was found battered and covered in Windex, the ofce has reported. Deputies were called to Sarasota Memorial Hospital Sunday morning, Oct. 27, after the infant was brought in with facial and head trauma, a news release says. The babys mother and a witness explained that the lit tle girl was sleeping in her crib when they went to bed Saturday night, but they woke up Sunday morning to the sound of her crying harder than normal, the release notes. When the mother turned on the light, the report says, she saw cuts to the babys face and near one of her eyes and that the crib had been moved into the living room. Both the mother and the witness reported that Christopher Rounds, 25, of Cape Coral was the only person awake with the baby when she was crying, the release continues. The mother said Rounds smoked K2 earlier in the day, while the witness said Rounds had been drinking and had anxiety attacks over caring for the infant, it added. According to the report, the mother told dep uties, I know Chris didnt mean to hurt her. The wit ness also told deputies he heard Rounds and the mother arguing, the report says, including Rounds yelling, Ive been up for over two f***ing hours taking care of your baby while you slept. The baby later was transported to All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg, the release notes. Rounds was charged with Aggravated Child Abuse. He is being held without bond. He also faces two counts of Disorderly Conduct for threatening deputies and two neighbors when initially contacted about the abuse investiga tion, the report adds. % MAN ARRESTED BY SHERIFFS OFFICE FOR AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE Christopher Rounds/Contributed photo 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 November 1, 2013 Page 78


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OPINION EDITORIAL EDITORIAL W hen Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scots, was beheaded in 1587, her executioner was hav ing an off day. His rst stroke hit the back of Marys head, not her neck. According to some accounts, she cried out in pain and continued to moan loudly as he raised the ax for another try. The second stroke at least hit her neck, but it did not completely sever her head from the body. It took yet a third swing of the heads mans ax to complete his gruesome task. Beheadings no longer occur in the civilized world, of course, but they have become meta phorical stand-ins for the ring of employees, especially the termination of high-ranking executives. Heads will r oll, was commonly uttered after some corporate debacle, when dismissals were in the ofng. In the wake of corporate Americas en masse exodus to offshore factories and service call centers in the 1980s, the firing of domes tic employees spawned a new euphemism: Downsizing. More important, a cottage industry sprang up that offered corporations new strategies for terminating employees that would be less traumatic than the gurative beheadings many rings tended to be. Certainly, in an era when the phrase going postal had entered the vernacular as a sin ister, cautionary tale with regard to letting employees go, corporate America had a vested interest in making those terminations as humane as possible. WEDNESDAY, BLOODY WEDNESDAY


For upper management, the bestowal of gen erous settlements, sometimes called golden parachutes, and a more collegial approach to their termination created the new standard for ending an executives employment. Figurative beheadings no longer were accepted, espe cially at the top level of management. Three decades have passed since this more enlightened way of handling executive terminations became the norm. Yet, for four of our county com missioners Joe Barbetta, Carolyn Mason, Christine Robinson an d Charles Hines their mal adroit ring of County Administrator Randall Reid made one wonder if it was not still 1587. We do not intend here to second-guess their reasons for dismissing Reid. The impasse that had developed as a result of the friction between the administrator and Commissioners Mason, Barbetta and Robinson made his sooner-rather-than-later departure almost a fait accompli Rather, we object to their humiliating approach to his termination certainly humiliating for Reid, but also for all citizens of Sarasota County who were mortied by the bumbling manner in which he was dismissed. We understand that Government in the Sunshine laws prohibit commissioners pri vately rehearsing how such a scene should unfold in open session. However, each com missioner is capable of ensuring that, when confronting such a sensitive matter, signi cant preparation of thought and speech have been undertaken so the process of terminat ing someone can be handled professionally and in a dignied manner. Instead, it seemed that the commissioners were wholly unpre pared last week to address their concerns over Reids continued employment, appear ing at times abashed and uncertain in offer ing their evaluations of his job performance, and later, in their con demnatory rationale for his ring. The result was that almost no one watching the proceedings could believe that the ring of Reid was completely justiable, given the hesitant and inadequate statements offered against him. It had more of an appearance that scores were being settled and that one who had earned these commissioners dis pleasure was being given his comeuppance. Commissioners Mason, Barbetta and Robinson should have come to the meeting with clearly thought-out statements to sup port their individual intentions to dismiss Reid. Each should have acknowledged his or her own role in creating the tenuous rela tionship with the administrator, since they have amply demonstrated their complicity in many public c riticisms over the last year. For four of our county commissioners Joe Barbetta, Carolyn Mason, Christine Robinson and Charles Hines their maladroit ring of County Administrator Randall Reid made one wonder if it was not still 1587. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 81


Coupled with their sta ted discontent regard ing Reids management style, this would have established a more reasonable basis for his termination without cause. And Hines could have spared us his rambling justication for casting the fourth vote for termination. By siding with the majority, his vote surely would have been assumed as a means of avoiding an awkward three weeks before another 3-2 vo te sealed Reids fate. Hin es contradictory reasoning only added to the overall awkwardness of the meeting. The commissioners who had decided Reid no longer was the best person for the job should have put forth well-reasoned and coherent explanations of their concerns. This, we feel, they did not do. And, despite any failings as a county administrator, Reid did not deserve to be cas t aside with such ignominy. % COMMENTARY COMMENTARY I can remember when the Public Records and Open Meetings Laws were young, still mal leable and not barnacled with appellate opinions, Supreme Court deci sions and even a constitutional amendment. Florida circuit judges knew they were on a legal frontier, the entire nation waiting to see if the experiment in transparency would implode or even, just maybe, lead to a more perfect union. Before the laws, school boards were particu larly secretive across the state. Their meetings would last only minutes, because the issues were already decided behind closed doors. And Sarasotas near-legendary City Manager Ken Thompson used to pile the city commis sioners into his enormous Po ntiac and do an educa tional drive to work out the kinks in upcoming agendas. But the so-called Government in the Sunshine laws changed all that. They made members of committees and commissions personally liable for violations. One Sarasota County Commissioner Beverly Clay worried that her jewels could be seized if she abused the laws in any way. On Oct. 18, the attorney for Citizens for Sunshine Inc. led a suit alleging a violation of the Open Meetings Act following a pow wow among downtown merchants, senior city staffers and at least two city commis sioners. Both Commissioners Suzanne Atwell and Susan Chapman were cited personally as defendants for attending a get-together to talk about homelessness and vagran cy downtown. THE STATES SUNSHINE LAWS WERE NOT MEANT TO KEEP ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM SPEAKING WITH AND LISTENING TO CONSTITUENTS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 82


I was not ther e. I do not know if Atwell and Chapman engaged in skullduggery to cir cumvent the law and whip up some policy in secret. Lawyers can argue the facts of the case. What I want to argue is that two or more commissioners have the right to meet and talk with their constituents. For years city and county commissioners have enjoyed an open invitation to attend a variety of community events. The regular meetings of the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations (CCNA) are a good example. On the rst Saturday of the month, the CCNA members gather upstairs at the Waldemere Fire Station. The neighborhood leaders are often joined by two or more city commission ers. The latter come to gauge the temper and temperature of the citys distinct areas. When individual neighborhood associations meet, it is not rare to nd two or more city commissioners attending. The venue may or may not be public, as some neighborhood groups meet in churches. In neither case is any notice given in the legal sense, but in both cases, the commissioner-guests are often invited to speak and take questions. If constituents invitations lead to infrac tions of the Open Meeting Act as Citizens for Sunshine alleges then elected and appointed board members would be wise to decline such appearances. However, this quickly would lead to a disconnect between the leaders and t he led. And it would raise a major obstac le to good government, which involves give-and-take between leaders and constituents. The Sunshine laws are not geographic; they are discursive. In other words, the entire membership of a board can be in one room without any notice, for example, for a night at the opera. Only if those members start to talk about topics they will later discuss and vote on at their board meetings do the require ments of the Open Meetings Act apply. Put another way, the members can be in the same place at the same time, and they can listen and ask questions of their constituents. That is a vital component of democracy. Only if they debate among themselves the merits and liabilities of future action will the law be violated. We do not know the evidence or testimony the attorneys for Citizens for Sunshine will introduce in this case. The brief led with the lawsuit says only, Defendants Chapman and Atwell spoke at the meeting about the homeless/transient issue in the presence of each other just as they have spoken about similar issues before the CCNA and other neighborhood groups. I will not address the merits of the Citizens for Sunshine case. But if the desire is to erect a barrier between citizens and policy makers, the plaintiffs are hurtling down the wrong track. We need more, not less, communica tion between city leade rs and residents. % Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 83


To the editor: Roger Drouin wrote an excellent and balanced presentation of the complex issue of the Lido Beach renourishment project ( Taking shape Oct. 25). Milan Mora, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager, noted the 2005 Inlet Management Plan (IMP) for Big Pass and New Pass was peer-reviewed and the basis for the current modeling. While this is true, I want to make it very clear that the model used in the IMP was not supported as a decision-making tool by the peer review team. Here is the statement on Page 8 of the peer review by an independent team of three coastal engineers/scientists: However, the technical deciencies forced an inconsistent application of the effort for evaluating alternatives and precluded review ers from fully supporting the results and they do not support reliance on the information as a decision making tool for the IMP. The reviewers also emphasize that sediment trans port modeling is a difcult task and there is no existing tool which can currently provide results without considerable margin of error. The reviewers do give credit to [Coastal LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Technologies Corp.s] efforts recognizing the difculty of their work and the current state of this science and technology. The complete list of pertinent documents may be found at sh/k5y28jwnf3bkr8z/zcmvekPWkI. The current Army Corps of Engineers model ing needs to have a peer review followed by a public hearing before the County Commission before permits are granted for the renourish ment project. Peter van Roekens Secretary, Siesta Key Association Chairman, Boaters Coalitio n PEER REVIEW CRITICAL FOR LIDO RENOURISHMENT PROJECT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Sarasota News Leader wel comes letters to the editor from its readers. Letters should be no more than 300 words in length, and in clude the name, street address and telephone number of the writer. Letters should be emailed to with Letter to the Editor in the subject line. Letters ac tually printed will be selected based on space avail able, subject matter and other factors. We reserve the right to edit any letters submitted for length, grammar, spelling, etc. All letters submitted be come the property of The Sarasota News Leader. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 84


As the Sist er Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) celebrates 50 years of citizen diplo macy, nominations are being accepted to honor an exceptional individual or organiza tion as the recipient of our annual One World Award. The One World Award is presented to an extraordinary person or organization that, through work, volunteer efforts or philanthropy in Sarasota, has enhanced understanding and respect among people throughout the world. I encourage you to contemplate and submit the names of those who should be recognized for their exceptional work in the international ASSOCIATION SEEKING ONE WORLD AWARD NOMINATIONS arena pe rhaps a neighbor, co-worker, church member or an organization actively engaged in international relationships. Nominations, including an explanation of why the person/organization should be con sidered for the One World Award, should be submitted to by Nov. 15. SCAS serves a tremendous global need by allowing individuals to strengthen shared interests around the globe and lessen the pos sibility of world conicts. For more information, visit www. Bill Wallace Sister Cities Association of Sa rasota Come cruise with us at the Sarasota Yacht ClubMonday, November 18, 2013to benefit the prevention education programs of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Get ready for the season in style and join us for a Prosecco reception catered by Sarasota Yacht Club, and a resort style fashion show featuring Sarasota shopping favorites: Main Street Traders Dream Weaver Martin Freeman Little Bo-Tique Tickets are $65 each and available through November 15, 2013941-365-3913 x1024 www.HighTideatHighNoon.orgOUR GENEROUS SPONSORS Commu ity Foundation of Sarasota County Gulf Coast Community Foundation Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 85


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A group of classic car owners has created a Sarasota tradition: They take a drive every Sunday to enjoy lunch together. The restaurant choice changes week to week, but the line of vehicles is unmistak able on local roads. The drivers club has no name, but the members turn a lot of heads as they make their way to their destination. When they arrived on Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Sarasota, Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel was able to get a real close-up look at those classy cars. CLASSIC COLLECTION DRAWS ATTENTION AT THE RITZ Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 88


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I have been skeptic al about the Theatre of Dreams programs of the Sarasota Ballet, feeling that it was not fair to include works by edging choreographers in a subscription series. However, I am slowly changing my view. The opportunity does give the dancers in the company a chance to stretch their creative ambitions; and there have been surprises in the past three years. Ricardo Graziano, in particular, has emerged as a promising cho reographer who will be represented by both a new work and a reprisal during the upcom ing season. Though I still have doubts, the overall variety and level of the choreography have gro wn with each presentation, and I am beginning to enjoy the fun and excitement of discovering new talent. On Oct. 25, I joined the loyal ballet-goers who were busy greeting one another in the foyer of the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts at The Ringling after the long hot summer, while the dancers were get ting ready to prove that their choreographic dreams would result in an intriguing evening of dance. Opening the program, Gitana Galop Kate Honeas sunny ballet, recreated the world of Johann Strauss II ( Five Gallops from Kettentanz) in a se t th at resembled an Kelly Yankle (left) works with David Tlaiye and Sara Scherer during a rehearsal of Ne Me Quitte Pas. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet DANCERS SHOW INCREASING PROMISE WITH THEIR OWN CHOREOGRAPHY IN SARASOTA BALLETS LATEST THEATRE OF DREAMS FORWARD STEPS By Elinor Rogosin A&E Writer


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engraving of an 18th century ballroom, with the dancers elegant in Bill Fenners silver and gray costumes adding to the illusion of watching a long forgotten ball. Though Honeas choreography is basic and hints at classroom combinations, she arranged the patterns of the dancers with a sure hand and played with the galloping rhythms of the music. The four girls and four boys who made up a small corps were easy to watch, but all eyes, including mine, were focused on the debut of Edward Gonzalez, the companys most recent Cuban expatriate. He is young, and his Russian/Cuban training is evident in his strong technique, his elegant upper body movements and formal stage presence. And his lovely part ner, Emily Dixon in a aming red costume Kate Honea (left) works with Edward Gonzalez and Emily Dixon during a rehearsal of Gitana Galop. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 95


was a delight to watch. Both eased into the showy lifts that Gonzales handled very well. However, most of his roles have been in the 19th century ballets Giselle Swan Lake etc. and he has to learn to release and move with ease, which will undoubtedly happen during the current season with its emphasis on 20th century ballets. But it was the ever charismatic, happy danc ing of Logan Learned who skimmed the oor as if ying on a silent breath which brought the familiar Strauss melodies to life. In direct contrast to the charming vision of an 18th century ballroom, Xibalba (place of fear) a short, dark, contemporary work of love and betrayal choreographed by David Tlaiye explored the intensity of emotional despair. Sareen Tchekmedyian, as the ckle lover ricocheted between Ricki Bertoni and Juan Gil in this tragic romantic triangle. Bertoni, in the role of the one deceived, knot ted himself into a ball of anguish. In contrast, Gil, as the indifferent lover, remained impas sive, even when Tchekmedyian wrapped herself around him. Though Bertonis tortured performance was melodramatic, Tlaiyes inventive and expressive choreography eas ily blended natural emotional gestures with eeting references to classical ballet. Both The Blue Hour and Ne Me Quitte Pas (dont leave me now) played with the tradi tional form of the pas de deux in which two dancers a man and a woman perform together. In The Blue Hour, (set to Chopins Nocturne No. 27 Opus 2) Danielle Brown and Ricardo Graziano wres tled with the sweeping Alex Harrison (center) directs Sarasota ballet dancers in a scene from The Blue Hour. Photo courtesy of Sarasota Ballet Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 96


complicated ch oreography in Alex Harrisons classically based ballet, though one difcult overhead lift with Brown arching back wards captured the delicate wistful mood of the piece. Perhaps Harrison wanted to reect the drifting melancholy in the music as the dancers swept across the stage in a series of embraces. However, except for the many stunning lifts, there was little emotional con nection between the dancers. Kelly Yankle, who joined Sarasota Ballet last year, used a powerful recording of Edith Piaf as inspiration for another anguished love affair ( Ne Me Quitte Pas ), in which Sara Scherer wearing a Bill Fenner satin slip hung onto David Tlaiye in making plain a womans need to keep her lover. At rst Scherer was alone, doubling over as if battling a stomach ache. When Tlaiye appeared, I was not certain whether he was a gment of her imagination or the lover. As in Tlaiyes exploratory choreography, Yankles movement vocabulary was centered in the torso, and it explored natural emotional gestures. Both duets were short and danced with such aplomb that they gave the choreog raphy the look of professionalism. The delight of t he evening for me was Logan Learneds ballet, Nebulous set to Philip Glass Violin Concerto, Movement 3. The ballet opened with Juan Gil, Ricardo Rhodes and Ricardo Graziano in dark tights and T-shirts, standing in a straight line, arms hanging down at their sides with palms turned in, sur rounded by the rhythmic underpinnings of Glass insistent pulsating music. It was obvi ous that Learned had turned to Balanchine for his inspiration in creating a ballet explor ing movement, spac e and rhythm. Surprising for a y oung choreographer, Learned used the spare minimalist music well and was not overwhelmed by its power. In fact, I enjoyed watching how the six dancers including the three women, Kate Honea, Victoria Hulland and Elizabeth Sykes came together as a trio, separated into groups and then into couples, separated again and regrouped into trios, with the focus on continuous move ment, whether in counterpoint or in unison. It was like watching pieces move in geometric patterns but responding all the while to the changing nuances in the tone and rhythm of the music. Not surprising, from a choreographer who jumps and leaps like a bouncing ball, there was a great variety of backwards, sideways and inventive leaps and lifts. I thought it was the most exciting ballet of the evening, and it will be interesting to see what direction Learned will follow in his next work. Though Jamie Carters ballet, The Tarot sounded interesting in the program notes, I found it was bland, academic and disappointing. Nonetheless, Theatre of Dreams can be thought of as an appetizer of a program that showed off the growing artistry of the danc ers. It also acted as an incentive to follow the company through the rest of the season, as the members delve into the world of master cho reographers: George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Agnes DeMille and Antony Tudor. Then audiences, myself included, can appre ciate the levels of sophistication, knowledge and artistry that come together in a work that communicates both emotional and aesthetic coherence. % Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 97


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ONE MORE STEP IS NEEDED BEFORE NO PARKING SIGNS GO UP ON AVENIDA DE MAYO; THE STORMWATER PROJECT SHOULD STAY WITHIN ITS BUDGET; AND THE SIESTA KEY ASSOCIATION VEEP WILL BE HONORED BY THE COUNTY By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor SIESTA SEEN As it turns out, new par king measures on Avenida de Mayo cannot be implemented until they have gone through one more step at the County Commission level, I learned this week. Although the commissioners voted unan imously last week to direct staff to follow Fire Chief Mike Tobias recommendations to create No Parking zones on the street, Curt Preis ser, a county spokesman, discovered on Oct. 29 that the board still will have to approve a resolution memorializing its Oct. 23 action. However, Preisser was unable to learn a timeline for when that will take place. It should be a relatively simple process to get the signs up once the resolution wins approval, he i ndicated. A sign put out in March on Avenida de Mayo alerted the public to a forthcoming Sarasota County Trafc Advisory Council discussion of parking issues on the street. File photo

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In the m eantime, I spoke late last week with Kevin Cooper, the executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, to get his thoughts on the vote. Cooper addressed the board when it considered the request in May for some type of parking regulations on Avenida de Mayo. For me, obviously, safety is a primary con cern, Cooper said. After he read Tobias August memo, which cited specic concerns about the potential for visitor parking on both sides of the narrow road to block emergency vehicles, Cooper added that it was clear it was 100 percent necessary to make sure there were some concessions It is difcult to protest a plan designed to pro tect visitors and residents alike, he pointed out. Nonetheless, Cooper said he always worries when Siesta Village businesses lose parking spaces. Discussion I heard among residents and members of the Siesta Key Association (SKA) indicated that after Eat Here Siesta Key opened its doors to patrons last year and quickly became a popular new dining choice on the island even more overow parking ended up on Avenida de Mayo. Id like to see a solution for replenishing [those lost spaces] in some way, Cooper told me. As Sarasota County Code Enforcement Ofcer John Lally has pointed out for years, the island desperately needs a long-term park ing solution, possibly a garage. An aerial map shows the location of Avenida de Mayo. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 100

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However, Cooper said that given the high value of property on Siesta Key, he is not cer tain a private entity or the county ever will nd it nancially viable to build a garage. The flip side of that, Cooper noted, is the ever-present desire of the Chamber and busi ness owners not to deter people from coming to the island because of worries about whether they can nd places to leave their cars with out fear of towing. SPEAKING OF TOWING Although SKA leaders had asked the County Commission to endorse the erection of signs warn ing parking violators on Avenida de Mayo that they would be subject to towing, the board members declined to take that step. Commissioner Nora Patterson a longtime Siesta Key resident briey revisited the towing wars that erupted in 2006 and 2007 as her primary reasoning. SKA President Catherine Luckner and Vice President Michael Shay pointed to a state law that they felt would protect people from predatory towing if the commission allowed the signs. Patterson was not dissuaded. She responded to an email from Shay with the fol lowing n ote: In January, work was still months away from beginning at the stormwater project site next to Siesta Public Beach on one side and the Gulf & Bay Club condominiums on the other. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 101

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Tow truck companies can tow away cars WITHOUT complaints when the spots are marked. They actually do that and prot from doing so and have done just that in [Siesta] village. That is very damaging to our image and I personally do not support that and the rest of the commission did not comment although I did mention your concern as well as Catherines expressed at the monthly meet ing of Siesta Key organizational presidents. Patterson added, Thank you for your wisdom in identifying and clarifying the problem [on Avenida de Mayo]. Lets see how this [board action] works since the solution comes from both the re chief and the county staff. OVER BY THE BEACH When Sarasota County Public Works employee Alex Boudreau was put in charge of the new stormwater project on Siesta Key the inaptly named Beach Road Drainage Project he probably never could have foreseen weeks on end of meetings with the contractor and other staff members about delays related to excessive rain. I give Boudreau a lot of credit for his positive outlook and the fact that he continues to take my calls. This week, he was again gener ous with his time in providing an update on the wor k. Sarasota County Project Manager Alex Boudreau explains details of the Beach Road Drainage Project to Siesta Key Association members on Oct. 3. File photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 102

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After a three-hour meeting on the morning of Oct. 29, he had lots of details. First, Florida Power & Light Co. had employees working on the site between midnight and 8 a.m. on Oct. 28 to locate a transformer and take the neces sary steps for power to be supplied to electric pumps that will dewater the area where the new 1-acre stormwater pond will be located. Two electric pumps will be used for that work, Boudreau said, so the contractor had employ ees taking steps this week to run elec trical wire from the FPL power source to the pumps and burying the lines. One pump already has been delivered, he added, and the other is expected to come in by the end of this week. Were actually waiting on the switches, he noted, before the dewatering can begin. The target date to have the pu mps up and running is Nov. 4, A schematic shows the location of a new 3,000-foot pipeline leading from the stormwater site into the Gulf of Mexico. Water removed from the project area will be pumped into that pipeline after sediment is allowed to settle out of it, the project manager says. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 103

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Boudreau said sooner, if we can get every thing hooked up. He added, Ive been saying Monday, Monday, Monday [over the past weeks], but thats how things have developed. It should take a week to complete the dewa tering, he continued. Therefore, if all goes as planned at this point, the construction of the stormwater pond should begin on Nov. 12 a Tuesday, because that Monday is Veterans Day. According to the latest Interim Field Change Agreement (IFCA) the county has signed with the contractor, Forsberg Construction Inc. of Punt a Gorda, the rm will have an extra 80 days to complete the project, Boudreau explained. We literally shut them down for that amount of time, Boudreau added, refer ring to the deluge in September. That IFCA would carry the work into March, based on the previous schedule, he noted. However, the contractor said he would have a better idea of the completion date once the digging of the pond commenced. He may not need all that time, Boudreau said of the 80-day allowance. Meanwhile, county staff and Forsberg rep resentatives have been coordinating their efforts with the plans for the improvements at Siesta Pu blic Beach, which are scheduled A NIA class works out on Siesta Public Beach, catching the eyes of walkers and a solitary gull. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 104

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to get u nd er way in November on the east ern side of the park the one closer to the stormwater site. The original schedule called for the stormwater system to be completed before work started at the beach. The meetings are taking place weekly, Boudreau explained, focused on How can we piggyback on different things to get econ omies of scale? He added, It doesnt look like well affect [the beach project] schedule at all. In fact, Boudreau said, the stormwater team may be able to assist the beach project crew. For example, he pointed out, the original plan called for the stockpiling of dirt from the stormwater project so it could be used in the beach park improvements saving the county money. However, because county commissioners were concerned about an unsightly mound of dirt piled near Beach Road, the plan also called for covering the dirt with sod. Now, that will not be necessary, Boudreau noted. Finally, when asked about what the delay of the stormwater project will mean to the county in terms of extra cost, Boudreau responded that the latest IFCA put the expense at $77,000, but the savings from preventing some dupli cation of work with the beach project, plus funds set aside for contingency, should mean no extra expense in the $4.5 million effort. As we were finishing up the interview on Oct. 29, he added, The weather report for the rest of the week is dry, so that makes me feel good. CONGRATULATIONS! SKA President Catherine Luckner has been spreading the good news that her organiza tions vice president, Michael Shay, has been awarded one of the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful volunteer recognition awards for 2013. We dont know which of the awards, she added in an email. Theyre keeping it secret until the event on Nov. 13. All winners will be recognized at Keep Sarasota County Beautifuls annual program Michael Shay will be honored this month by Keep Sarasota County Beautiful. File photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 105

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that day at t he Venice Community Center. Doors will open at 4 p.m., and dinner will be served from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., with the awards program immediately afterward. There is no cost to attend the event, Luckner added. However, RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, Nov. 5; they may be submitted by complet ing the form online at by calling 861-5000 and asking for KSCB staff or via email at keepsarasotacountybeautiful@ Regular attendees of the SKA meetings know that last year Shay took over coordination of the island Adopt-A-Road program from SKA Secretary Peter van Roekens. Shay also coor dinates with KSCB to encourage volunteers to join forces on the key for other major cleanup efforts throughout the year. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Speaking of the SKA: It will be celebrating its 65th birthday in November. A news release points out that the organi zation has worked diligently to represent the residents of the Key on the many issues that come up to maintain the beauty and uniqueness of our island. Each month, at its meetings, it brings in guest speakers to inform, update and discuss events and plans that affect the island. Residents are always welcome to join in on the discussions with their thoughts and questions. We welcome all to join the association to share in this import ant work. You can also follow whats going via and like us on Facebook Siesta Key Association. As part of the celebration, the SKA has invited Sarasota historian Jeff LaHurd to be its guest speaker during its Nov. 7 meeting, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room F at St. Boniface Church, located at 5615 Midnight Pass Road. LaHurd not only is the author of 16 books on local history, but he also is the history spe cialist at the countys History Center and a delightful speaker, I might add. % Jeff LaHurd will be the guest speaker at the Siesta Key Association meeting on Nov. 7. Photo by Scott Proftt Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 106

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The Jazz Club of Sarasotas Jazz at Two 20132014 concert series continues this month with In the Mood, featuring vibraphonist Jack Fanning (Nov. 1); the Patricia Dean Trio (Nov. 8); and Tony Castellano Jr. (Nov. 15), the club has announced. The series, which was founded in 2001, showcases the regions top jazz performers on Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, located at 3975 Fruitville Road in Sarasota, a news release says. Tickets are $7 for Jazz Club members and $12 for non-members. A portion of ticket sales is directed to the Jazz Clubs scholarship program. Fanning will ring in the month with his quar tet, In the Mood, featuring drummer Dane Hassan, pianist To mmy Goodman and bassist Dominic Manc ini. Born in Baltimore in 1929, Fanning g rew up taking piano lessons from his mother and listening to the music of Lena Horne, Glenn Miller and the big swing bands of that era, the release notes. In 1974, he helped found the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and also established the Monterey Bay Hot Jazz Society, which is still going strong today, the release says. After Fanning retired in 1992, he and his wife, Billie, moved to Venice, where Fanning quickly became a xture on the local jazz scene, the release notes. Following In the Mood, the Patricia Dean Trio will perform on Nov. 8, with Dean on vocals and drums, Jeff Phillips on piano and Dave Trefethen on bass. Dean is that rare combination of singer and musician, able to do both at an exceptional level, the release continues. Critics have noted she is no mere singing drummer or drumming singer. As a drummer, shes a n inspiring and supremely Jack Fanning and In the Mood/Contributed photo JAZZ CLUB ANNOUNCES JAZZ AT TWO LINEUP FOR NOVEMBER A&E BRIEFS

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tasteful timekeeper, accompanist and solo ist, the release adds. As a jazz vocalist, Dean is swinging, sensitive and, quite simply, just wonderfully musical. Dean has opened for George Benson, Mindi Abair and David Benoit, the release says. She most recently has performed with vocal ist Giacomo Gates, bassist John Lamb and saxophonist Harry Allen. She has toured extensively with her own trio, performing on cruise ships, at country clubs and jazz festi vals around the world. The November Jazz at Two series will con clude with Tony Castellano Jr. on Nov. 15. Castellanos father is a renowned jazz pianist, the release notes, and his mother was a singer. Castellano started playing piano at age 7. He has enjoyed an illustrious career performing and touring with such greats as Ray Charles, John Lamb, Herbie Mann and Richie Cole, the release points out. He has recorded many critically acclaimed and genre-hopping CDs, and his comedic air and dexterity at the piano have earned him numerous awards across several states. Castellano enjoys performing a vast reper toire from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to Miles Davis to Billy Joel, the release con tinues. In the Jazz at Two concert, he will be joined by Ken Loomer on drums and Franco Marino on sax. For more information about the Jazz Club of Sarasota, call 366-1552 or visit Patricia Dean/Contributed photo Tony Castellano Jr./Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 108

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The long-running off-Broadway musical com edy I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change will return for the third time to Venice Theatre on Friday, Nov. 1, and run through Sunday, Nov. 24. Evening performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $28 for adults and $10 to $15 for students. Musically directed by Bobby Brader and staged by Steven Flaa (who performed in the show the last time the theatre presented it in 2008), this hilarious revue covers every thing you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit, the release says. With memorable tunes by Jimmy Roberts and clever lyrics and sketches by Joe DiPietro, songs such as Always a Bridesmaid Single Man Drought Marriage Tango and the shows title number always bring big laughs, the release notes. The more poignant numbers I Will Be Loved Tonight and Shouldnt I Be Less in Love with You? might elicit a few tears as well, the release adds. When Venice Theatre (then Venice Little Theatre) rst produced I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change in 2006, it needed to add ve performances to the run to meet audience demand, the release points out. The theatres producing director, Allan Kollar, said at the time, After the rst t hree performances this I LOVE YOU, YOURE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE RETURNS TO VENICE The original 2006 cast of I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change returns for a new round of shows: (top) Chris Caswell and Larry Alexander; (bottom) Kim Kollar and Bobbi Eschenbach. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 109

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weekend, we came in Monday morning to an unprecedented ticket demand. The decision to extend was conrmed by Tuesday night. The theatre brought the show back for a sec ond run in 2008. The four performers from the original 2006 cast Chris Caswell, Kim Kollar, Bobbie Eschenbach and Larry Alexander will return to delight audiences and likely pro duce another round of sold-out shows, the release continu es. Perhaps a tribute to the shows enduring pop ularity is that three different acts in Venice Theatres 2013 Summer Cabaret Festival fea tured the song Always a Bridesmaid now a comedic staple for female singers, the release says. Venice Theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice. Tickets may be purchased online at by phone at 488-1115 or in person at the box ofce, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before all performances. The international Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction will take the stage at the Venice Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m., Sarasota County has announced. The center is located at 326 Nokomis Ave. in Venice. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for general seating are $25. For pre ferred seating options, call 861-1380. The tribute band has been touring since 2001 with more than 1,600 performance dates to its credit, a news release says. It is the only full-time touring show of its kind, the release points out. The band has been featured in dozens of national newspapers, magazines and television ads as the greatest show ever honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy, Dorian Mattox, the Venice Community Center program coordinator, notes in the release. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast and costuming audi ences have ever witnessed, Mattox adds. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and a supporting cast bring a colorful perfor mance covering 50 years of classic hits. SATISFACTION TO TAKE VENICE COMMUNITY CENTER STAGE NOV. 16 In 2005 th e group became the rst Rolling Stones show on the Las Vegas strip, the release continues. They shined just like the real Stones on the strip, according to the Las Vegas Sun Showbiz Magazine added, Theyll have you in the aisles just like Jumping Jack Flash In 2007, Satisfaction was featured on the CBS News New York special about the rise of tribute shows, the release notes. In 2008, it assisted in the promotion of the Martin Scorsese-produced documentary Shine a Light about the history of the Rolling Stones. In 2010, the group was approved by the Rolling Stones to perform long-term engage ments annually with the Walt Disney Corp., the release points out. The group has launched a new project titled A Symphony for the Devil which features the group performing with symphony orchestras around the world. For more information about the show and to purchase tickets, call 861-1380. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 110

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Venice Community Center will present a tribute to the Rolling Stones on Nov. 16. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 111

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Florida Studio Theatre will open its rst show of the 2013-14 Mainstage Season, the Tony Award-winning Monty Pythons Spamalot in the Gompertz Theatre on Friday, Nov. 15, the theatre has announced. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film Monty Python and The Holy Grail this outra geous parody tells the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and has been called The best new musical to open by The New York Times an FST news release points out. While embarking on their quest for the Holy Grail, the knights encounter ying cows, killer rabbits and taunting Frenchmen, the release adds. Bruce Jordan will return to FST for this show after previously directing hit comedies such as The Underpants Perfect Wedding and Shear Madness the release continues, noting he was one of the original co-producers for the latter. My favorite part about Spamalot is not only does it have a lot of funny scenes, Jordan says in the release, it also has lots of tune ful music. In its own way its like the musical comedies I was brought up on. A fun book and a strong score. Some people have said that Monty Pytho n is to comedy what the Beatles were to music. I see that. I understand how they began and how they have shaped much of the comedy that follows them. Among the 16-person cast are returning FST company members Patrick Noonan, Gill Brady and Priscilla Fernandez, along with new company members Kevin Loreque and Jacob Hoffman, the release adds. Among Noonans past FST productions are Occupant and Irma Vep Brady previously appeared in The Underpants and Our Sons Wedding while Fernandez was in the South Beach Babylon production. Monty Pythons Spamalot will run until Jan. 11. Single tickets range from $18 to $45. Season subscriptions may be purchased for as little as $45. Both are available online at in person at the FST box ofce at 1241 N. Palm Ave. in Sarasota or by calling 366-9000. MONTY PYTHONS SPAMALOT COMING TO FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 112 Spamalot will gallop onto the Gompertz Theatre stage beginning Nov. 15. Photo courtesy of Florida Studio Theatre

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The Jazz Club of Sarasota will present a Jazz on the Water cruise on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. aboard LeBarge, departing from Bayfront Park in Sarasota, the club has announced. Guests will enjoy the swinging sounds of the Jeremy Carter Jazz Quartet, a news release says. Tickets are $30 for Jazz Club members and $35 for non-members. Snacks and bev erages will be available for sale; guests are requested not to bring coolers. Boarding will begin at 2:30 p.m. The Jeremy Carter Jazz Quartet comprises Rick Steuart on keyboards, Dan Navarro on JAZZ ON THE WATER CRUISE PLANNED FOR NOV. 3 ABOARD LEBARGE LeBarge is docked at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel bass, Joe Renda on drums and Jeremy Carter on tenor sax, the release notes. The jazz cruise has been a favorite Jazz Club event for over 10 years, says Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, in the release. What better way to enjoy a crisp autumn day than to sail on Sarasota waters while enjoying great jazz? Our mission is to present the finest jazz music on Sarasota waters. We believe we do just that with this event. For more information about the Jazz Club of Sarasota or tickets, call 366-1552 or visit Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 113

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The First Unit ed Methodist Church in down town Sarasota will launch its 2013-14 concert series, Jazz at First Church, on Nov. 10, the church has announced. The opening performances of this free series will feature the Jazz Trio: Johnny Moore on drums, Dominic Mancini on bass and Tommy Goodman on piano. Special guests will be Davy Jones on trum pet, Mike Parmalee on saxophone and Greg FIRST CHURCH TO OPEN ITS SEASONAL JAZZ SERIES ON NOV. 10 The Jazz at First Church series will resume on Nov. 10 in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel Nielse n on trombone for a Dixie and Swing Special a news release says. The performances will be offered at two times 4 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The next concert will be on Dec. 8, featuring guest artist Jim Wellen on saxophone. The church is located at 104. S. Pineapple Ave. in downtown Sarasota. For more information, call the church ofce at 955-0935. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 114

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Asolo R epertory Theatre will open its 20132014 season with Show Boat based on the novel by Edna Ferber, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the theatre has announced. This winner of the 1994 Tony Award for best revival features a score of timeless classics, including Ol Man River Cant Help Lovin Dat Man and Make Believe The show will run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 29. Show Boat will take audiences aboard Capt. Andy Hawks Cotton Blossom a 19th century riverboat that travels from town to town on the Mississippi River with a troupe of per formers, a news release says. The musical chronicles these performers lives during a crucially transformative period in U.S. his tory, spanning 1887 to 1927, from the dawn of the Progressive Era to the eve of the Great Depression. The musical explores many poignant top ics, including racial diversity in marriage and economic hardships, that still challenge the world today, the release adds. The love of family and family in the larger sense the family of man th ats what the show is about. Thats what Oscar Hammerstein is about, s aid Hal Prince, director of the 1994 Broadway revival. The musical launches the second year of Asolo Reps five-year American Character Project, which examines all of the historical, cultural and political intricacies that make this country unique, the release points out. Eight musicians will bring Show Boat s mag netic score orchestrated by Dan DeLange to life, the release notes. The reimagined version of this masterpiece was mounted in 2011 at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, CT, directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreo graphed by Noah Racey. Ruggiero and Racey will also lead Asolo Reps production, along with musical director Wade Russo. Tickets for Show Boat and the entire 2013-2014 Asolo Repertory Theatre season are available by calling 351-8000, visiting or going to the box ofce, located in the lobby of the theatre at 5555 North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, part of the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts. % ASOLO REP TO OPEN SEASON WITH BELOVED MUSICAL SHOW BOAT Show Boat will open at the Asolo Repertory Theatre on Nov. 15. Contributed image Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 115

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The Sarasota City Commission ofcially rec ognized the Church of the Redeemer during its Oct. 21 regular meeting, praising the church for serving the communitys homeless and at-risk children through its participation in the third annual Day of Hope, held Aug. 3. More than 200 Redeemer and community volunteers donated their time to this years Day of Hope, a news release says. The event provided 179 homeless and at-risk schoolchil dren with meals; haircuts; dental, optical and doctor checkups; family portraits; backpacks full of school supplies; and $50 gift cards for new clothes. A community is measured in the size of its heart by how it treats the homeless, and espe cially homeless children, and I think Day of Hope shows that Sara sota has a big heart, the Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson said upon receiving the proclamation on behalf of Redeemer. It was presented by Mayor Shannon Snyder. And yet, Robinson continued, its just a small piece of how we deal in our community with the tremendous problem of homeless ness. So we pray at Church of the Redeemer for the wisdom and the resources in our com munity to alleviate homelessness. Snyder singled out Redeemer volunteer leaders Laura and Jay Crouse and Alice and Garland Pollard for their work on behalf of Day of Hope. The City Commission of the City of Sarasota, on behalf of the citizens of our community, takes great pride in recog nizing the Church of the Redeemer for their community spirit and their commitment to making Day of Hope a great success, with the (From left) Redeemer parishioners John Meyer; Cathy Meyer; Jay Crouse; Laura Crouse; Annie Pollard; Garland Pollard; Andy Dorr; Valerie Dorr; the Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson, rector of the Church of the Redeemer; Pam Hawn of South Shore Community Church and SRQ county leader for Day of Hope; and Redeemer parishioner Jody Maxwell celebrate the churchs recognition. Contributed photo CITY OF SARASOTA HONORS CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER RELIGION BRIEFS

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devotion of many volunteers who make a dif ference, Snyder said. Pam Hawn, founder of the Bradenton non prot Hope Kids Community and the creator of Day of Hope which started in 2009 and spread to Redeemer in 2011 attended the commission meeting as well, the news release notes. As Crouse thanked the commissioners for their recognition of Redeemers role in Day of Hope, he also praised Hawns original vision for the program: It just captured our imagination as a way for us to serve the City of Sarasota and homeless at-risk kids. At the conclusion of the presentation, Snyder asked the dozens of Redeemer and community volunteers who attended the Oct. 21 meeting to stand, and the commissioners applauded all of them for their efforts on behalf of the community. The Church of the Redeemer is a traditional Episcopal church located at 222 S. Palm Ave. in the heart of downtown Sarasota. For more information about Day of Hope, or about the church in general, call 955-4263 or visit Dr. Norman Wein berg, founder and director of the Polish Jewish Cemeteries Restoration Project (PJCRP), will be the featured speaker during a Kristallnacht service at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) on Nov. 2, the Congregation has announced. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Of the estimated 1,200 to 1,400 devastated Jewish cemeteries in Poland, more than 30 sites have been restored, a news release says, and another 40 projects are in various stages of funding. One of the key actions of the non prot PJCRP has been the presentation of a petition to the German government, asking it to pay its fair share for remediation of the destroyed cemeteries and the mass graves the Nazis created, the release points out. Films docum enting the sites before, during and after restoration will be shown. Teaching children about the Shoah and Jewish heritage in Poland and about tolerance and reconciliation is an important educational ini tiative the PJCRP began in 2002, the release adds. The organizations most recent project is Who Returned My Soul in which students take on various personas and tell stories of actual Holocaust survivors, the release notes. The program will be free for CHJ members. A donation of $5 is suggested for non-members. CHJ meets at Unity, located at 3023 Proctor Road in Sarasota. For more information, call 929-7771 or visit CONGREGATION TO HOLD KRISTALLNACHT SERVICE Dr. Norman Weinberg/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 117

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The Gan Preschool at Temple Sinai recently held its fth annual Trike-A-Thon to benet St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, the Temple has announced. Almost 50 students participated in one way or another in this event, which is one of the two signicant mitzvah (good deed) projects done each year at the Gan, a news release explains. The youngest class members made up the cheering section, while the others were on trikes. Some students even brought their bikes from home, the release notes. With the atrium of the building decorated like a speedway, the students rode a circular track that included the foyer of the sanctuary. Moms, dads and even some grandparents were there to volunteer and cheer on their little ones, the release says. It was a successful fundraising effort, raising more than $1,400, but also a teaching oppor tunity for the students. Laura Freedman, director of early childhood education, explained to the students that they were rid ing for children who could not ride and that the money they raised would help doctors heal youngsters. The participating students ranged in age from 18 months to pre-K level, but Freedmans age-appropriate explanation to each group of children included the idea that they were per forming a mitzvah a major tenet of Judaism, the release points out. TEMPLE SINAI PRESCHOOL HOLDS TRIKE-A-THON The Gan Tziporium (Birds) class cheered on the riders at Temple Sinais The Gan Trike-a-Thon. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 118

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Cara Sheyner zooms on the speedway for the Gan Trike-a-Thon at Temple Sinai. Contributed photo Learning the basics of helmet and bike safety was also a component of the pro gram. Ride slowly, do not ride in any street and be careful at driveways was the mantra of the morning, the release adds. When asked how fast they should ride, one 4-year-old girl replied, Medium, which seemed particularly wise to the nearby adults. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 119

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Ynes Juravin makes a fashion statement at Temple Sinais Gan Trike-a-Thon. Contributed photo The release continues, Each student received a sticker for participating and a Popsicle treat to cap off a fun and worth while morning. For more information about the accredited preschool at Temple Sinai, contact Laura at 926-9462. Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 120

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The award-winning lm Menachem and Fred will be presented by the Womens Interfaith Network (WIN) of Sarasota/Bradenton at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 3975 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. The Fred in the lm is recently deceased Sarasota resident Fred Raymes, a news release points out. In 2009, Raymes and his wife, Lydia, were in Berlin to accept the Cinema for Peace Award for Menachem and Fred ; it was called the most inspirational movie of the year, the release notes. What becomes home when you are forced to leave it? the release asks. This documentary tells the true story of two brothers who are reu nited after many, many years, the release says. Its focus is on their reading the last letter they received from their parents before their parents were killed in Auschwitz. It took Menachem and Fred 30 years to face their past, recover their history and bring their cur rent families together, the release points out. This lm is a clear indication of how devas tating war is for younger generations who survive and their offspring, the release con tinues, and it demonstrates how much time may need to pass before recovery can begin. Admission to the lm showing is $3. For more information, visit womensinter MENACHEM AND FRED TO BE DISCUSSED AT WIN SHOWING Menachem and Fred will be shown and discussed at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Sarasota on Nov. 3. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 121

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On Wedn esday, Nov. 6, at noon, Temple Emanu-Els popular monthly Lunch with the Rabbi program will continue at the synagogue, located at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Members of the community are warmly invited to join Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman for casual socializing as well as stimulating conversation on current events and topics of Jewish interest, a news release says. Each attendee is asked to bring a brown-bag lunch; homemade dessert will be provided. For more information, call 371-2788. TEMPLE EMANU-ELS LUNCH WITH THE RABBI CONTINUES Rabbi Brenner Glickman greets Harry Lifsec at Temple Emanu-Els Lunch with the Rabbi. Contributed photo Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, invites members of the community to a new session of Adult Sunday School on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A follow-up to the past two years successful Adult Sunday School programs, this learning and discussion session will focus on instilling Jewish values in children and families, a news release points out. In a supportive learning atmosphere facilitated by Rabbis Brenner and Elai ne G lickman, attendees will discuss parent ing challenges, how Jewish teaching can guide parents toward meeting them and how Judaism can help children become generous, respectful, kind people with a commitment to justice and doing the right thing, the release adds. A$10 donation is requested for guests. For more information or to register, call 379-1997. % ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL RETURNS TO TEMPLE EMANU-EL Proceeds benefit Mote Marines Sea Turtle Conservation Program. Siesta Key BeachNovember 15, 2013 Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 122

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YOUR LIFESTYLE GUIDE TO THE SUNCOAST 01 NOVEMBER Jazz Club of Sarasota presents Jazz at Two featuring vibraphon ist Jack Fanning Nov. 1, 2 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Tickets: $7 ($12 for non-members). Information: 366-1552 or 01+ NOVEMBER FSU/Asolo Conservatory presents The School for Lies Through Nov. 17; times vary. FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Admission: $27 to 29. Information: 351-8000 or 01+ NOVEMBER Dabbert Gallery presents Season of Color Through Nov. 29, 76 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Free admission. Information: 955-1315 or 02 NOVEMBER Sarasota Bay Water Festival Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ken Thompson Park on City Island, featuring free live mu sic; dragon boat races; ne artists and photographers selling unique gift items; food trucks; a beer and wine garden; vintage and new boat displays; four panel discussions on bay-friendly living; and winning submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest More info at 02+ NOVEMBER Artist Series Concerts presents Akers sings Porter: Anything Goes! Nov. 2 & 3; times vary. Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets: $25 to 45. Information: 306-1202 or 15+ NOVEMBER FST presents Monty Pythons Spamalot Nov. 15 through Jan. 5; times vary. Gompertz Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tick ets: $18 to 49. Information: 366-9000 or 16+ NOVEMBER Artist Series Concerts presents Crossover with the Rastrelli Cello Quartet Nov. 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m., Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets: $25 to 45. Information: 306-1202 or Community Calendar The best of upcoming EVENTS Sarasota News Leader November 1, 2013 Page 123

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