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 Material Information
Title: Venice gondolier sun
Alternate Title: Venice gondolier
Gondolier
Physical Description: v. : ill. (some col.) ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Venice Gondolier Sun
Publisher: Venice Gondolier Sun
Place of Publication: Venice Fla
Publication Date: July 1, 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
Frequency: semiweekly
regular
 Subjects
Subject: Newspapers -- Venice (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Sarasota County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Sarasota -- Venice
Coordinates: 27.098611 x -82.438889 ( Place of Publication )
 Notes
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 56, no. 7 (April 4-6. 2001)-
Numbering Peculiarities: Issue for April 4-6, 2001 also called April 4, 2001.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00028295
Volume ID: VID00380
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: ltuf - ANK8420
oclc - 47264140
alephbibnum - 002730652
issn - 1536-1063
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It was only a matter of time
before the city and county
.ended up in mediation over
an issue covered under the
new joint planning agree-
ment.
Sarasota County Board of.
County Commissioners on
Thursday invoked their right
to require the city of Venice to
enter into mediation over the
proposed Bella Citta develop-
ment.
The move came after
Venice City Council's unani-
mous decision on June 26 to
approve the controversial
Bella Citta project that lan-
guished between the local
and county planning com-
missions for three years.
Proposals in 2004 and 2005
called for fewer unit when
the project was caltd Villa
Lago.
The rezone application
approved' last week increased
density even more some-
thing county commissioners
previously said raised com-
patibility issues with sur-
rounding area uses.
Then came the JPA agree-
ment brokered between
Sarasota County and the city
of Venice. In addition to lay-
ing out land designations, the
agreement contains a mpdia-
don resolution process.
City Manager Marty Black
said Tuesday he wasn't sur-


prised at the request for me-
diation.
He sees it as a means to
invoke a formal process that
allows city and county leaders
to sit down and work through
to a solution more appro-
priate and effective than
exchanging e-mails over the
issue.
"I expected the Board of
County Commissioners to
take that action, and don't
believe it is intended, nor that
the city should react, in an
adversarial fashion," wrote
Black to County Adminis-
trator Jim Ley via e-mail on
June 27.
"We all knew going in that
there would be items that
would require all of us to
come back together," Black
wrote.
Complicated
First, he wants to obtain
legal advice on procedural
issues, like how to accommo-
date a meeting between the
county and city and still com-
ply with the quasi-judicial
requirements of a public
rezoning hearing.
And there's a bigger issue,
he said. Black is worried that
the recent direction by the
county's Department of
Community Affairs could
have the effect of voiding the
existing agreements by pre-
cluding the mutual adoptions

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Kayleigh Fell, left, and Hailey Burgess, look at the stars on the memory walk in Patriots Park,


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Skateboarding has been approved as an Olympic sport for the 2012 London Games, good
news for local skaters who hope the move will finally bring respect to their sport. From left
are Chandler Knight, Austin Matthews and Collin Pierson. (Story and additional photo on
Page 12A.)



Sarasota County Schools


maintain 'A grade status


BY COURTNEY LINN
STAFF WRITER


The Florida Department of
Education released overall
school district grades and in-
dividual school grades on
Friday.
While the Sarasota Countmt
district maintained its "A"
grade at the state level, the
district did not meet the "ade-
quate yearly progress" thresh-
old determined by the re-
quirements of the national
No Child Left Behind Act of
2000, according to a press
release from the Sarasota
County School Board.
School grades, based on
Florida Comprehensive As-
sessment Test scores, affect
the amount of funding
schools receive at the state
level. Schools that improve a
grade level or more, are eligi-
ble to receive an additional
$100 per student.
Requirements of NCLB
indicate the percentage of
students that must be profi-
cient in reading and math
every year. The percentages
increase every year, and 100
percent of students are
expected to reach proficiency


FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GRADES


School


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Garden Elementary -'
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Middle
Island Village Montessori
Elementary
Laurel Nokomis
Pine View
Student Leadership
Academy
Taylor Ranch
Elementary
Venice Elementary
Venice Middle
Venice High

by 2014, according to a press
release from the SCSB.
This year, Sarasota County
schools were expected to
meet 51 percent proficiency
'in reading and math, however
they only reached 49 percent,
according to data from the
district.
However, at the state level,
89 percent of Sarasota County
schools received "A" or "B"
grades in comparison to the
rest of the state where 66 per-
cent received an "A" or a "B"


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Additional components
This year the grades were:
calculated with three new:
components: science FCAT
scores; learning gains in math
among the lowest-perform-
ing students; and passing
scores for 11th- and 12th-
graders retaking the 10th
grade reading and math FCAT
tests, according to a press

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Nokomis. The preschoolers, students at Venice Nokomis United Methodist child care center, A *
were taught about patriotism by reciting the pledge of allegiance, and singing 'The Star
Spangled Banner." Their picnic lunch included (what else?) apple pie. A)

Prepare for the Venice Fourth of July library eyes alternative plans


^,;FF REPORT


Plan. Make plans now to
view the city of Venice fire-
works display in celebration
of Independence Day on
Wednesday, July 4, shortly
after sunset.,
Where. The fireworks will
be shot from the South Jetty.
No parking. The jettypark-
ing lot west side of Anita's
Sand Castle will be closed
early July3 in preparation for
the event. The rest of the area
will be closed to the public by
mid-morning on July 4.
Road closures. Tarpon

Good morning, Gondolier
Sun subscriber,
MARY PETTIT


Center Road will be closed at
The Esplanade, except for
local traffic, around 1 p.m. on
July 4. The waterway along-
side the jetties will be closed
to marine traffic around 8:45
p.m. and will reopen after the
fireworks.
City closures. Venice City
Hall will be closed July 4 in
observance of the holiday.
County closures. Sarasota
County government offices,
including libraries, will be
closed July 4.
No SCAT. Sarasota County
Area Transit (SCAT) bus ser-
vice will not operate July 4.


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Trash talk. In the city of
Venice, garbage, recycling
and yard waste will not be
collected on July 4. In the
county, for the week of July 4,
collection for trash, recy-
clables and yard waste will be
affected as follows: residential
customers who normally re-
ceive pick up on Wednesday,
July 4, will have their items
picked up on Thursday, July 5.
Those who normally receive
pick up on Thursday of that
week will have their items
picked up on Friday. Items
normally collected on Friday
will be collected Saturday.


BY GERALD A. ROGOVIN
CORRESPONDENT

About $1.8 million of the
reported $17 million in cuts in
the new Sarasota County
budget will come from the
eight branch libraries.
For residents of Osprey,
who have been awaiting
eagerly for the start of con-
struction of a ninth in their
community, that was omi-
nous news at Monday's meet-
ing of the Osprey Revital-
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in the midst-of the $225 mil-
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Center shopping complex,
the library has been heralded
as a model for future county
branches. And, because of the
pressure from the Florida
Legislature for the county to
reduce costs, Mid-County Li-
brary, as it will be called,
could become the library of
Sarasota's future.
Original plans called for a
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director for county public ser-
vices, told the committee,
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pate limiting operations bud-
gets, but still meet the needs
and wants of library users 20
years from now. Technology,
changing lifestyles and doing
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BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFFWRITER


Bring on the fireworks.
'.:Thanks to a break in the
weather, Sarasota County Fire
Chief Brian Gorski recom-
mended to the county com-
missioners Wednesday that
fireworks events could safely
proceed on July 4 without an
emergency ordinance forbid-


ding them.
"We checked the (drought)
index this morning, we've
been doing it daily," Gorski
said. "The good news is yes-
terday we got rain, today
we're getting rain and the rest'
of this week the chances
increase even more. So that
drought index will go down."
Gorski added the rains will
bring another threat which


might prove to be a larger fac-
tor in July 4 fires than fireworks.
"Right now for us the most
hazardous (problem) is the
lightning that's going to occur
to (dry) vegetation, versus
the fireworks," Gorski said.
"That's what we've got to be
concerned with."
, Gorski then changed gears
and asked the commissioners
to consider legalizing the


activities of fireworks vendors
in the area who operate with-
out a license.
"The illegal sale of fire-
works still occurring in this
county is hard to enforce,"
Gorski said. "You know what?
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for EMS, law enforcement
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Paw Park pet visitors


need to clean up their act


Eagle Scouts tackle a hairy problem


BY SUSAN CAIRO
STAFF WRITER


BY SUSAN CAIRO
STAFF WRITER

Residents of Venice are
mighty protective of Venice's
dog beach, Brohard Paw Park.
They take swimming out-
ings with their pooch very
seriously. So when the grass
wasn't mowed for a few weeks
and then the "mutt mitts"
bags were not replaced pet
owners became worried that
budget cuts were hitting their
dogs.
"The grass was up past my
knees and my dog is little so it
looked like he was climbing
through a jungle," said Elaine
Schwartz about her half-
Terrier, half-Bichon, Pookie.
What worried her the most
was that the beach and the
grass were filled with dog
droppings.
"There were no bags to
pick up after the animals,
people just left everything
there," Schwartz said.
Brohard Paw Park is
owned by the city of Venice,
but is maintained by Sarasota
County.
"Mowing in the park is
contractual and we've had
some issues with the contrac-
tor that are being worked on,"

"They don't have a
sense of ownership
with the park, when
they are just visiting
for the day."
Paw Park regular


said George Tage, with
Sarasota County Parks and
Recreation.
The summer months are
the rainy season, Tage said,
and the grass grows- more
quickly. The contractor has to
get on a stepped-up schedule,
he said.
"It has nothing to do with
budget cuts," he said, "those
issues won't have to be dealt
with for at least another few
months."
Bags at the park are regu-
larly stocked but it looks like
they just ran out.
"Occasionally we do run
out of dog bags. We don't get
there every day to stock them.
When that happens, mainte-
nance comes back the next
day and loads up on them,"
said Tage.
Mary Burke brings her dog
Gracey to the beach almost
every day. She's concerned
the park could be closed is it
isn't maintained properly.
"Most of the time dog own-
ers pick up after their ani-
mals," she said "but not all of
the time."
She picks up after other
dogs in an effort to keep the
place clean. Water quality and
health issues are always a
problem if the the park isn't
maintained properly.
Another park regular, who
did not wish to be named,
said it seems non-locals are
the biggest offenders. Since
this is the. only dog-beach in
the area, people come from
Sarasota, Charlotte and even
Punta Gorda, she said.
"They don't have a sense of
ownership with the park, they
are just visiting for the day
with their pet."
Any immediate concerns
with the dog beach will be
resolved by contacting
Sarasota County. You can
leave your comments at the
beach in the suggestion
request box, or call Phil Talley
at 915-1157.
scairo@venicegondolier.com


SUN PHOTO BY SUSAN CAIRO
Gracey, a Paw Park regular, looks at the sign that says owners
must pick up after their pets. Mary Burke takes the dog to
Brohard Park every day and said some people have to be
prompted to clean up after their pets.


One of the perks of dog-
gie beach bathing at
Brohard Paw Park is a fresh
water shower.
Unfortunately, as owners
wash the saltwater off their
dogs, there was no place for
the water to go.
As an Eagle Scout and
Community Service Project
for high school graduation,
Jacob Black, son of City
Manager Marty Black, and
his friend Greg Knicker
decided to make improve-
ments in an agility course
and a walkway at Paw Park.
When Black. presented
his Eagle Scout project to
the county they requested
he try to address the
drainage issue. They want-
ed to install a drain.
All material was supplied
by the county and the boys
took several weeks to dig
the ditch and install a drain.
This worked well until hair
from the dogs started to
clog the drain.
The drain was modified
on June 24, and both boys
are monitoring the effec-
tiveness of their work.


PHOTO COURTESY OF MARTY BLACK
Jacob Black and Greg Knicker dig a drainage ditch at
Brohard Paw Park as an Eagle Scout and Community
Service Project. The work took several weeks, but the
drain still backs up due to sand and dog hair. The boys
make weekly visits to clean out the drain.


Meanwhile, vandals dest-
royed parts of the agility
course for the dogs that
Black created so that also
has to be fixed.
Sarasota County is con-
tinuing to work on a solu-


tion to the drainage prob-
lem.
For now; the boys are
making periodic trips to
Paw Park to clear the drain
of dog hair by hand
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2643 SE 19th Ave Cape Coral
941-474-4637

Peace River Regional
2500 Harbor Blvd Port Charlotte
941-625-4122

Pinebrook Rehab & Nursing
1240 Pinebrook Rd -Venice
941-488-6733

T & J Noble Hearing Aid Center
2811 -A Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte
941-629-8808

Unity Medical
3280 Tamiami Tr Ste 56A
Port Charlotte
941-235-1840
unityhme@daystar.net

HOME IMPROVEMENT
All American Hurricane
Window & Screen
2231 Taami Tr Unit 5
Port Charlotte
941-625-8333
sales@windowandscreen.com

LAWN CARE/MAINTENANCE
Other Side Sod
3356 SW CR 769 -Arcadia
863-993-9122
jc@othersidesod.com

S.D. Inc.
6354 Malton St North Port
941-429-6444
cell (727) 638-4343

LIGHTING
Jackson Lighting
2672-A Tamiami Trail -Port Charlotte
941-625-0044
leeleel 966@comcast.net

MUSIC
The Music Stand of Port Charlotte
2636 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte
941-629-3979


PHONE SERVICE
Flying L Cellular
P.O. Box 205 Commerce, TX
903-886-4169
lancethornton@flying/cellular.com

POOLS
Heritage Pools
1298 Market Circle #108
Port Charlotte
941-629-1234
poheritage@earthlink.net

Nautilus Pools
18380 Paulson Drive
941-624-5744
info@nautiluspoolsusa.com

Exotic Pools by Janeen
20020 Veterans Blvd
Port Charlotte
941-235-2782

REAL ESTATE/HOUSING/
BUILDERS
Bay Indies
950 Ridgewood Ave Venice
941-485-5444
louann_nudi@mhchome.com

Becky Borci/Coldwell Banker
13435 S. McCall Rd *Ste A3
Englewood
941-697-0118
beck.borci @coldwellbankerflorida.com

Brian Burget/WCI Prudential
1600 Tamiami Tr. Ste 116
Port Charlotte
941-629-6000
bburget@comcast.net

Charter Real Estate
101 Capri Isles Blvd *Venice
941-484-2520
info@mycharterrealestate.com

Coldwell BankerSunstar/Morris
2825 Tamiami Tr Punta Gorda
941-833-1600

D.R. Horton Builders
12771 Westlink Dr. *Ste 9
Fort Myers
239-225-2600
sarah @advertisingworks.info

Esther Maisch
P.O. Box 5316 *Englewood
941-716-0417
ester@dunnydreams.com

Home Choice Realty
6101 Duncan Rd *Ste 107
Highway 17
941-575-9775
jennifer@homechoicerealestate.com

Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva
1101 Periwinkle Way *Ste 108
Sanibel Island
1-888-541-7277

Maltese Development
9696 Bonita Beach Rd *Ste 210
239-444-1444
lisa@maltesedev.com

Lennar Homes
2902 Dusch Lake Blvd *Tampa
813-933-9800
lance@flyinglcellular.com

Park Place Estates
24001 Park Place Dr S Port Charlotte
941-627-9080
ppec.mgr@adultcare.net


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5741 Washington St -Naples
239-514-2009
boyettemiller@earthlink.net

Schroeder Homes
141 Pond Cypress Rd *Venice
941-485-7040
chris@dschroeders.com

Sky Real Estate
1307 S Tamiami Tr Osprey
941-308-6499
terry.herschberger@skysothebys.com

Suburban Realty
2765 Tamiami Trail Ste B
Port Charlotte
941-627-1690
king4850@bellsouth.net

Summerville
200 N. Nassau St Venice
941-485-2404
julie.podewitz@sslusa.com

Village on the Isle
920 S Tamiami Tr -Venice
941-484-9753

Debbye Fitzpatrick/ERA Randol
3221 Tamiami Tr Port Charlotte
941-268-6030

Charleston Cay
23450 Charleston Cir Port Charlotte
941-623-0123

RESTAURANT/
BANQUET HALLS
Boomer's Sports Club & Nightclub
2360 Tamiami Trail .Port Charlotte
941-743-4140

House of Prime/Portofino's/
Coral Rock Cafe
2020 Tamiami Tr Port Charlotte
941-613-4020
houseofprime@earthlink.net

Giorgio's Family Restaurant
2665 Tamiami Tr Port Charlotte
941-627-5156

ROOFING
AAA Schwartz Roofing
20037 Kenilworth Port Charlotte
941-627-3869
sschw68@aol.com

SPECIALTY STORES
Consignment America
1881 Englewood Rd. Englewood
941-474-9776
consignment.america@verizon.net

STORAGE
Value Self Storage
23227 Freedom Ave Charlotte Harbor
941-627-6404

TRANSPORTATION
Autos of Naples
601 Airport Rd S Naples
239-435-3200

Charlotte Honda VW
1252 Tamiami Trail S Port Charlotte
941-743-8883

Don Gasgarth Ford
3156 Tamiami Tr Port Charlotte
941-625-6141
rachele.belknap@charlottecountyford.com


Horizon Coach
3115 SE State -Arcadia
863-993-1600
mike@horizoncoach.com

Palm Auto
1901 Tamiami Tr -Punta Gorda
941-639-1155
t_linn@palmautomall.com






UL NUA1 i iiV 1,Z1UA7 W/ EI G O SUN 5A


County refines Legacy Trail policies


Bridge down


Policies of the 10.6-mile trail, currently under
construction on a retired rail bed from the Venice
Train Depot to just south of Clark Road, got a
thorough going-over Wednesday by the county
commissioners, who focused on law enforce-
ment, vehicle use, animal directives, event guide-
lines and hours of operation.


BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFF WRITER
The Legacy Trail is known
as the "backbone of the
Sarasota County trails sys-
tem" and Wednesday the
county commissioners made
sure when completed, it will
remain that way for years to
come.
General policies for the
uncompleted trail covering
a 10.6-mile stretch over a
retired rail bed from the
Venice Train Depot to just
south of Clark Road got a
thorough going-over by the
commissioners during a pre-
sentation by Irene Maiolo,
bicycle-pedestrian-trails
coordinator for the county,


who suggested the following
policy guidelines:
Law enforcement -
County officers may issue vio-
lations
Vehicle use Only
authorized vehicles such as
Segways, wheelchairs and
ADA-compliant vehicles
allowed
Animal restrictions -
Pets must be on a leash 6 feet
or less and no horses allowed
Event guidelines Must
be approved by Parks and
Recreation
Hours of operation -
Dawn to dusk
County Commissioner Jon
Thaxton raised his objections
on the subject of Segways,
those self-balancing, two-


wheeled personal transporta-
tion devices.
"You can't be all things to
all people," Thaxton said.
"You probably need to look to
the advice of the people who
use these trails on a daily
basis. Most people on the
trails don't like to think about
competing with motorized

"You can't be all
things to all people,
you probably need to
look to the advice of
the people who use
these trails on a daily
basis.."
Jon Thaxton
County Commissioner



machinery."
Segways got the nod in a
narrow 3-2 vote, but golf carts
got a resounding "no" vote for
the time being, despite a plea


by County Commissioner
Paul Mercier for their consid-
eration.
Thaxton also suggested a
smoking ban for the trail, but
Mercier argued that would be
too difficult to enforce. Merc-
ier offered to amend Thax-
ton's motion to provide desig-
nated smoking areas, which
received unanimous appr-
oval.
"The commissioners dir-
ected we refine how Segways
and golf carts may or may not
use the trail and they wanted
smoking in designated areas,"
Maiolo said after the presen-
tation. "We really did best
practices refinements. We
were there for discussion and
direction from the board and
we got just what we were
looking for."
Maiolo will return with an
amended policy for the com-
missioners within the next
few months.
ssmith@sun-herald.com

Read the Venice
Gondolier Sun Classifieds


SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES
City police rerouted traffic around the Venice Avenue
Bridge Saturday afternoon after gates on the island side
got stuck in the down position. Traffic was held up for
an hour before repairmen arrived.


Impact fee accord


could help River


Road

Future revenues collected for road impact fees
could pave the way for intersection improve-
ments on River Road.


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BY STEVENJ. SMITH
STAFF WRITER
The Sarasota County
Commission unanimously
approved the adoption of an
agreement Tuesday between
the county and North Port on
road impact fees.
And River Road could be a
beneficiary of some of that
money.
Impact fees are a financing
mechanism intended to en-
sure that builders construct-
ing new developments or
retail centers, specifically
causing increased needs for
infrastructure and facilities,
must be directly responsible
for their costs.
"This agreement is the
subject of about half a year's
work between the North Port
staff and ourselves," County
Administrator Jim Ley said.
"In this agreement, basically,
you have the consultant look-
ing at trip beginnings and trip
ends, and making a determi-
nation of what percentage of
that collected fee is relevant
to the county it impacts and
what portion is representative
to the city"
Many of those trips take
place on a heavily impacted
River Road. County Comm-
issioner Paul Mercier hoped
some of that impact fee


money would go toward its
improvement.
"I say to myself, 'well gee-
whiz, maybe my grandson
might see (an improved)
River Road,' Mercier said. "I
don't know if I'm ever going to
see it."
EE. Executive Director
James Harriott, who was
involved in forging the
accord, cautioned impact
fees would not cover a com-
pletely renovated River Road
- but could go a long way
toward intersection improve-
ments, such as where River
Road meets U.S. 41, Center
Road and Venice Avenue.
Harriott added the coun-
ty's share of collected impact
fees in North Port currently
stands at $8 million.
"I thought there was $2
million set aside by the West
Villages district exactly for
that U.S. 41-River Road inter-
section," said County
Commissioner Joe Barbetta.
"That gives you $10 million to
work with right away."
"The (North Port) city and
county staffs have agreed
River Road is the prime can-
didate," Harriott said. "The
city commission echoed that.
Work could begin within the
next one to two years."
smith@sun-herald.com


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With various construction
projects taking place in
Venice, there are numerous
small flags marking under-
ground utility lines placed in
the ground to prevent digging
or disturbing existing pipes
and wires.
The locations of the utili-
ties are marked with small
flags or paint in the public
right of way or easement
where the utilities are located.
Some of the utility easements
appear to be on private prop-
erty.
To prevent loss of services,
no digging should take place
within 2 feet of these utility
location markers.
It is unlawful to remove
these markers. Once the work


is completed in the area, the
contractors will remove the
flags.
The flags or paint are color
coded to show what type of
utility is buried in the area.
Green: sewer lines
Purple: reuse or reclaimed
irrigation water pipes
Blue: potable water pipes
Orange: communications
cables or conduit
Yellow: gas, oil or petrole-
um
Red: electric lines, cable or
conduit
Pink: temporary survey
markings
White: proposed excava-
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Leads developed in jewelry heist


Watering restrictions in force


BY TOMMY MCINTYRE
STAFF WRITER

Sheriff's detectives have
wasted little time in getting a
leg up on who robbed a jewel-
ry salesman in the Reflections
in Gold parking lot June 21.
"We have developed a cou-
ple of leads and we are follow-
ing them up," Sarasota
County Sheriff's Lt. Chuck
Lesaltato said.
RIG owner Liz Maggio said,
the day of the robbery that
numerous security cameras
inside and outside the build-
ing did a "wonderful" job.
She was right as far as the
surveillance cameras per-
forming technically goes.
"The video (from security
cameras) is good," Lesaltato
said, "but because they were
wearing hoods, you really


can't see much."
Maggio also said at the
time that the four masked
and hooded gunmen got
away with $250,000 in jewelry
the salesman had in his case.
How it went down
The salesman had already
been into see Maggio but had
left his case in the trunk of his
car.
Maggio said she and the
salesman had been friends
for many years and and they
talked about some specific
jewelry items. Maggio said
she wanted to see his line, so
he went out to the back of the
store where his car was
parked to get his case.
That's when the four
masked men jumped out of a
car and grabbed his jewelry
case.


Maggio said the salesman
pleaded with the gunman not
to shoot.
They did not and no one
was injured.
Then the robbers sped
away.
Despite the trauma, the
salesman was unbowed.
"Yes, I've talked with him,"
Maggio said. "He's back on
the road."
Maggio said she thinks the
heist was not a spur-of-the-
moment crime. She thinks it
was well planned and the
robbers had been following
the salesman all morning.
Anyone with information
about this crime should con-
tact Crime Stoppers at (941)
366-TIPS (8477).

tmcintyre@
venicegondolier.com


Sarasota County
Sarasota County reminds
all residents of the following
landscape and irrigation wat-
er restrictions. These restric-
tions apply whether the
source of water is a well, pond
or a utility system.
Even addresses (house
numbers ending with 0,2, 4, 6
or 8) may water only on
Tuesday.
Odd addresses (house
numbers ending with 1, 3, 5, 7
or 9) may water only on
Thursday.
Common areas with no
address, such as median or
roadside plantings, club-
house or recreation areas,
may be irrigated only on
Tuesday.
The maximum amount of
water applied is limited to


three-quarters of an inch in
each irrigation zone, once, on
each allowable watering day.
Property larger than 2
acres can water before 10 a.m.
and after 4 p.m.
Exceptions to water re-
strictions:
eFlower beds, vegetable
gardens and other nonlawn
areas may be irrigated as
needed using a hand-water-
ing device with a shut-off
nozzle. These areas may also
be watered using micro-irri-
gation and other forms of
horticulture appropriate, low-
volume irrigation, on any day
of the week.
Newly planted lawn and
landscape areas may be
watered any day of the week
for a 60-day establishment
period that begins the day the
plant material is installed. No


irrigation is permitted
between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Car washing is limited to
once per week.
City of Venice
Residents in the city of
Venice may water their lawns
once a week unless they are
using reclaimed water, which
is not restricted.
Those with addresses end-
ing in odd numbers, or letters
A through M, may water on
Thursday; those ending with
even numbers, or letters N
through Z, may water on
Tuesday.
New lawns may be watered
on any day during a 60-day
establishment period, begin-
ning the day of planting.
All irrigation must take
place before 8 a.m. or after 6
p.m.


Fire department holds dress rehearsal for disaster


OBITUARIES


The Englewood Fire Department staged a train-
ing exercise at 660 Yale St. Monday, as they filled a
condemned house with smoke and practiced
search-and-rescue procedures.


BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFF WRITER


Smoke billowed into the
hot, humid air around 660
Yale St. on Monday, but no
one sounded the alarm.
It turned out the con-
demned house was nothing


more than a setting for the
Englewood Fire Department's
latest round of training exer-
cises.
"We're actually going to be
burning this building down
on Thursday," Battalion Chief
Al Sardina said. "But there's
certain things we like to prac-


tice before we actually put a
fire in a building."
Rescuing victims is one of
them, which was what Mon-
day's exercises were all about.
The firefighters set a con-
trolled blaze inside the house
to a small bale of hay, which
guaranteed the thick smoke.
Then they practiced organiz-.
ing a search-and-rescue op-
eration for a human-sized
dummy hidden inside.
"It gets them thinking,"
Sardina said. "They set up a
rescue team, go inside and
search, find the victim and


bring him out."
One thing the firefighters
didn't count on was a hive of
bees that came swarming out
of the smoky building.
"We get a little bit of every-
thing in these old places,"
Sardina laughed, adding the
more unexpected the situa-
tion, the better.
"This is where you figure
out what you're doing wrong
and how to fix it," Sardina
said. "We}d rather do it on a
training session like this than
in real life."


Juvenile center coming back to county jail


Certain funds originally earmarked to cover the
move will instead go toward its operating costs.


BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFF WRITER


The Juvenile Assessment
Center has gotten the green
light to come back to the
Sarasota County Jail.
The center, a facility in the
jail which provided detention
screening, psychosocial as-
sessments, drug testing and
case management to juve-
niles detained bylaw enforce-
ment officers, was closed Oct.
1, 2006, because it was found
by the Department of Ju-
venile Justice to be in viola-


POLICE BEAT
Venice Police
Department arrest
Cheryl Masssingill, 39, 10
block Plaza Mayor St., Venice.
Charge: contempt/driving
while license suspended.
Bond: $1,500.
Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office arrests
Matthew E. McRee, 26,
700 block Palmetto St., Eng-
lewood. Charge: grand theft


tion of the Martin Lee An-
derson Act.
That act was passed in
2006 by the Florida Legis-
lature following the death of a
juvenile at a DJJ-funded boot
camp. This prompted many
changes in the way juveniles
are processed at law enforce-
ment facilities, some of which
did not strictly comply with
how things are done at the
Sarasota County Jail. When
the Sheriff's Office did not
comply with DJJ mandates to
send certain officers to
"Protective Action Response"


(Charlotte County warrant).
Bond: $15,000.
Andrew J. McNamara, 40,
1300 block Kimball Road,
Venice. Charge: grand theft.
Bond: $1,000.
Brian McCavitt, 45, 5000
block North Beach Road,
Englewood..Charge: worthless
check Bond: $120.
Robert Gladstone, 57, 600
blockAlbee Farm Road, Venice.
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training or to disarm them
when in contact with juve-
niles, the DJJ closed the cen-
ter and relocated it to a facili-
ty in Manatee County.
According to James Schulz,
criminal justice policy coordi-
nator, the DJJ had a change of
heart after taking another
look at the matter.
"The DJJ, after 10 months
of suggesting the Martin Lee
Anderson Act applies to our
(center) located in our jail,
has reversed that opinion,"
Schulz told the county com-
missioners Tuesday.
Schulz said the DJJ's rever-
sal occurred just in time to
save the county $92,188 from
the Strategic Initiatives and
Opportunities Fund and


an accident without giving
information, nonresident tag
exemption, violation of finan-
cial responsibility for proper-
ty damage. Bond: $740.
Kenneth W Knecht, 17,
1700 block South Tamiami
Trail, Venice. Charge: grand
theft. Bond: no listing.
Bernadean S. Vogel, 43,30
block W. Langsner Ave.,
Englewood. Charge: domes-
tic battery. Bond: no listing.


$74,812 in monies from the
Edward Byrne Memorial
Justice Assistance Grant to
support the temporary relo-
cation to a site in Sarasota
County. Schulz requested the
commissioners to authorize
the Byrne Grant money to
cover operating costs at the
jail.
"We have set the wheels in
motion to open the (center)
within the jail Monday morn-
ing," Schulz said.


ssmith@sun-herald.com.


Patricia Ann
Walton-Morgan
Patricia "Patty" Ann Walt-
on-Morgan of Venice died
Saturday, May 26, 2007. She
was 83.
She was born March 17, 1924
at home in St. Mary's, W Va.
While living in St. Mary's she
was a member of Grace
Episcopal Church and gradu-
ated from St. Mary's High
School. She participated in
several minstrel shows and
many community events. She
graduated as a Red Cross
nurse's aide and volunteered
more than 100 hours a
month. After her daytime
duty at the Charity Hospital,
she played the piano at
U.S.O's and Army camps. By
way of New Orleans, she
moved to Venice in 1965,
where she played the organ at
Sierro's in Sarasota and be-
came an LPN at Venice Hos-
pital.
She is survived by her
niece, Kimberly A. Walton-
Franzen of Orange, Colif., and
a granddaughter.
Services: Burial was at Venice
Memorial Gardens on June 18,
2007.
Contributions: Donations in
remembrance of Patricia A.
Walton may be sent to St. Mark's
Episcopal Church at 513 Nassau
St., Venice 34285 or to make a


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Joseph Beaulieu
Joseph "Joe" Beaulieu of
Venice died Tuesday, June 26,
2007. He was 64.
He was born Dec. 28, 1942
in Hartford, Conn., and
moved to Venice in 1976 from
Connecticut. He was a retail
manager for W.T. Grant for 22
years, then owner of The
Statute Place in Sarasota,
working there for 17 years.
Survivors include his wife
Joyce; a daughter, Michelle
Root of Orlando; a son, Joseph
of Venice; and a sister, Francis
Nesci ofWethersfield, Conn.
Services: No services are sched-
uled.
Contributions: In lieu of flow-
ers, memorial donations may be
made to Tidewell Hospice and
Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota 34238.


WILLIAM JESSE
KOMMERS
died at Venice, Florida, on June 23,
2007. He was 89 years of age. He
was the son of the late Professor
and Mrs. Jesse B. Kommers of
Madison, Wis. He was born on
January 8, 1918, at Madison and
came to Venice in 1980.
He is survived by sons Richard W.
of Annapolis and Stephen J. of
Venice, and a granddaughter, Erica
J., also of Venice. He is also
survived by 10 step-grandchildren
and 25 great-grandchildren. His
wife of 56 years, Janet J. Kommers,
died at Venice in 2000.
Mr. Kommers was graduated from
Madison West High School in 1935,
and the University of Wisconsin in
1939. He continued graduate studies
at the Navy Postgraduate School,
the Wharton School in
Philadelphia, and the George
Washington University in
Washington, D.C. He was a member
of several honorary fraternities and
the Phi Kappa Sigma social
fraternity.
Mr. Kommers was a professional
engineer, and retired in 1974 as
Director of Resources at the David
Taylor U.S. Naval Ship R&D Center
at Carderock and Annapolis,
Maryland. He began his career at
the Standard Oil Company at San
Francisco, CA., and then moved to
the U.S. Forest Products
Laboratory at Madison. He served
in the Navy in World War II, as the
engineering officer on the USS
Antigone, and then as the
commanding officer of LST 848 in
the Pacific. After the war, he
returned to the Forest Products
Laboratory. In 1950 he moved to
what was to become the David
Taylor U.S. Naval Ship R&D Center
in Annapolis.
He was an inventor and an amateur
athlete. He was a member of the
American Society of Naval
Engineers, the Severn Technical
Society, the Military Order of
World Wars, the Veterans of
Foreign Wars, the American Legion,
The Disabled American Veterans,
the Elks, the Eagles and the Moose.
He was a member of the Woods
Memorial Presbyterian Church of
Severn Park Maryland, where he
served briefly as its treasurer; and
the Anne Arundel Radio Club,
where he served as president.
A memorial service for Mr.
Kommers will be held at 2:00 p.m.,
Sunday, July 1, 2007, at the
Sandalwood Park Clubhouse
located at 300 Sandpiper Drive in
Venice.
The family requests that, in lieu of
flowers, donations be made to
Tidewell Hospice, Development
Department, 5955 Rand Blvd.,
Sarasota. FL 34238. 307334


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GRADE from page 1 A
release from the FLDOE.
School grades this year
omitted the 2006 third-grade
reading FCAT scores. Due to
problems with calculating the
scores, because of misplaced
questions used to gauge stu-
dent progression, it was
agreed upon the scores with a
negative impact would be
omitted from school grade
calculations.
"If the new components
had not been added to this
year's grade calculation, Flor-
ida schools would have made
significant improvements
over the previous years,"
according to the department.
High schools struggle
Most of the Venice-area
schools retained their "A"
grades. Garden Elementary
increased its grade from a "B"
to an "A."
However, Island Village
Montessori Middle School
went from a "B" to a "C," and
Venice High School's grade
changed to a "B" from last
year's 'A" score.
Venice High is one of the
three Sarasota County high
schools that dropped a grade.
According to the press


REZONE from page lA
of the JPA comp plan amend-
ments.
Receiving clear direction
from the county staff and
county commissioners is part
of the problem.
Recent decisions by county
staff, who work with city zon-
ing and planning staff on
developments like Bella Citta,
have been overruled recently
by county commissioners.
That has city planners
scratching their heads, won-
dering if it's even possible to -
adequately plan a successful
rezoning application.
Compatibility
The original tiff surfaced
years earlier when the county
wrote to Venice officials
claiming that rezoning at
lower densities for develop-
ments abutting existing low-
density communities is
mandatory under the coun-
ty's interpretation of the JPA,
which deals with compatibili-
ty.
Bella Citta's recent propos-
al to build about 180 town-
houses and condominiums in
four-, eight- and 12-unit clus-
ters in three-story buildings
on 20 acres puts density at
four units per acre.
Sorrento Ranches, a com-
munity of rural 5-acre home-
sites, is located just west of the
proposed Bella Citta.
They've argued the pro-
posed units are incompatible
with their community.
Twenty-six of the 46 acres
in the Bella Citta develop-
ment are wetlands, resulting
in a smaller buildable area on
which to place the same
number of units allowed on
the 46 acres.
Jeffrey Boone, representing
Bella Citta developers, suc-
cessfully argued Tuesday it
was the Sorrento Ranches
area that wasn't compatible
anymore with the surround-
ing area.
He pointed to the Laurel-
Nokomis School to the north-
west, the future Sarasota
Memorial Hospital outpatient
ambulatory unit that will be
built to the northeast along I-
75, and other higher density
projects surrounding Sorren-
to Ranches that have been
approved by city council and
through its comprehensive
land designation plan.
"Compatibility is in the eye
of the beholder," Boone told
city council.
Dan Lobeck, the attorney
for Sorrento Ranches, wrote


two weeks ago to county
commissioners requesting
they invoke the dispute reso-
lution mechanism in the JPA
with Venice "to address the
refusal by Venice City leaders
to apply the county's neigh-
borhood compatibility poli-
cies to the Bella Citta rezon-
ing."
Two days after city council
approved Bella Citta rezoning
application, the county in-
voked mediation.

ggiles@venicegondolier.com


release from the SCSB, the
drop in grades at the high
school level is reflective of a
statewide trend of students
struggling with standardized
testing.
School principals were
unavailable for comment due
to the stunmer schedule and
planned vacations.
To view district grades, visit
fldoe.org.

clinn@venicegondolier.com


LIBRARY from page IA
gun to evolve from a series of
meetings between the county
and the developers: creating a
library half the size of the
original design, and incorpo-
rating it into an existing struc-
ture, he said.
"Bay Street is to be an ur-
banist village, one in which
residents can walk comfort-
ably between home, shop-
ping, restaurants and doctors'


appointments," Arnold not-
ed. "You need just one space
for your car to buy a dress,
stop for a bite to eat, then go
to the library for a book or a
DVD."
That approach would save
more than $800,000 in one
step in construction costs.
County code mandates 24 ve-
hicle spaces to be built under
a stand-alone building. In
addition, strengthened floor-
ing would be required to


assure that the weight of
books and computers would
not collapse the garage ceil-
ing.
Instead of a large reference
section that requires person-
nel, Arnold said that digital
reference centers for for
adults and children are being
considered. A, computer
training center a.yd designat-
ed Internet stations might be
installed. "Good reference
materials that can be ac-


cessed online, even from
one's home, could mean you
can get accurate, reliable data
without ever getting into your
car," he said.
A Canadian library branch
has been serving as a model
for Osprey.
"Depending on the fiscal
situation, we might even '
decide to postpone construc-
tion for a few years," he said.
"But we have the money for
the facility."


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OPINION


EDITOR
BOB MUDGE
PHONE: (941) 207-1101
FAX: (941) 484-8460
bmudge@venicegondolier.com


0 OUR VIEW


Partnership is the right approach toward performing arts center


City council is headed in the right direc-
tion toward bringing a performing arts
center to Venice by offering to partner
with the Sarasota County School District.
They're drafting a resolution that requests
the school district consider just such a com-
munity asset that can be shared between
students and a myriad of musical entities,
most notably The Venice Symphony.
It's a partnership that succeeded in creat-
ing the North Port High School performing
arts center a proven, valuable asset to that
community.
It could do the same for Venice.
Thumbs up to Venice City Council for
"sweetening the pot" by ensuring a mean-
ingful community contribution of $7 million
- if voters approve the one cent sales tax


sometime ini the near future. Council
approved the expenditure this week.
City officials conservatively estimated $46
million in revenue from the penny tax over a
15-year period, longer than the current 10-
year sales tax.
County officials have a more optimistic
outlook up to $62 million.
Let's hope both governments can agree on a
fairly accurate estimate lest they confuse the
public with unrealistic expectations about
what a 15-year penny tax can accomplish.
Ultimately, it's up to the voters to approve
the expenditure.
Venice High isn't slated for a rebuild
before 2011, and perhaps later depending
on whether the school board commits to
borrowing up to $180 million to fund major


school construction for a number of high
schools. They're still in budget deliberations
for next year.
A lot of dominoes have to fall just right for
a Venice performing arts center to become a
reality.
And they are beginning to.
The school district has given indication
they're open to discussing the issue.
The city of Venice has a proven record of
partnering that is unmatched in surround-
ing communities.
I The Venice Symphony has already put
into motion an organizational structure to
boost support for the center by generating
interest for the performing arts center.'
Scheduling among the various music
interests will be a challenge.


The Venice Symphony has a fairly strin-
gent schedule that's made well in advance of
the school's schedule. Yet students should
get priority use of a facility on school
grounds.
It's an issue that needs to be worked out
sooner than later.
The symphony wants to put Venice on the
map for a whole new reason by attracting
nationally acclaimed performances, in addi-
tion to their own stellar talents, to a commu-
nity that is less mobile, and thus less in-
clined, to take advantage of Sarasota's re-
nowned performance venues.
By working together, the city of Venice
can achieve something spectacular that
both young and old can share.
That's music to our ears.


Did they do right?


BOB VEDDER
PUBLISHER


The Venice City Council on
Tuesday sent to the county its
wishes for how a one-cent
sales tax would be spent on
behalf of the taxpayers. This
list came from different
sources; most from the city
itself with a little from citizen
input. It was poured over.by a
committee of staff and citi-
zens to produce the accepted
and rejected lists. It had staff
support. The one thing that
seemed strange about $46
million in itemsto be paid for
by 2024 is that the city council
did not ask one question
about the entire list not
one. They did question at
great length the county's
request of the city contribut-
ing to a jail. Rightfully, they
rejected that because they
didn't have enough informa-
tion, but they probably would
have declined it anyway.
I would say with the huge
increase in the population in
North Port, that a jail and
more court rooms, especially
ones that handle felony cases,
are needed in South County.
The city might consider sup-
porting, to a small degree,
improvements to the South
County justice center, but
otherwise no.
The list
Let me give you a feel for
the 26 items they approved.
The item most people will
point to will be the $7 million
for a performing arts center to
be done in conjunction with
Venice High School. To my
knowledge this approval was
done without knowing if such
a project is feasible, when it
comes to scheduling. None-
theless it is a great idea.
About $19 million goes for
police, fire and utilities build-
ings. For instance, there is
$4.5 million to move fire sta-
tion No. 2 and another $3.25
to rebuild station No. 1. One
question I might have asked is
"Why?" I might of even said
"you've got to be kidding me."
There is nothing wrong with
station No. 2 which isn't that
old. That project relates, I
assume, with another $4.75
million to move the water
treatment plant. This is part
of a big plan to work ith devel-
opers who want to develop this
entire area all the way to U.S.
41. This will connect to the
cement plant area that is to be
developed once it is moved.
Moving the utilities plant is
likely a good idea as it is old and
smells once in a while.
There is $4 million to
enlarge the plblice facility,
which is about what we paid
to redo the community cen-


ter. Another $2.5 million is
targeted to upgrade the
Waymire training facility also
called the gun range. Another
$750,000 is slated for fire
training stuff. I might ask
whether all of that is really
necessary or what, specifical-
ly, they are planning to spend
that kind of money for. For
that matter, I might have
asked that question about all
of the projects. What is the
purpose or specific need of
these moves. No one asked
those questions, and no ex-
planation was given.
On top of this, there is
almost $2.5 million for beach
renourishment for which we
have to do every 10 years. It is
smart to include this.
There is more than $1 mil-
lion for parks, mostly for the
one on the Myakka that was
set aside from the Henry
Ranch purchase. I thought for
sure money was allocated for
that already.
Other than the performing
arts facility and the park,
there isn't a lot for taxpayers
enjoyment. There is about
$1.5 million for sidewalk and
road improvements and some
for red tide research and beau-
tification of U.S. 41 Bypass.
Tumed down
So what is it that got turned
down? A parking garage
might be the biggest need on
the list for $2.75 million. As
this is sorely needed, it is diffi-
cult for me to imagine putting
this off until after 2024. In
addition, $2.2 million for a
beach parking facility was
nixed was another $1.5
million in sidewalks. These all
would have brought a more
direct pleasurable impact
than some that stayed on the
list.
Jim Woods said there was a
big difference in what money
the county thought would be
available, $63 million, and
what we allocated. In essence,
staff felt the county was a little
too bullish with estimates. I
would guess they also wanted
a cushion for projects that
might come up along the way,
and if that is the case I hap-
pen to agree. The rule for
making the list last' time
around was that the money
had to be used for projects
that are designated, with no
unplanned funds allowed.
Trying to plan 15 years ahead
is impossible. Not even Marty
Black has a crystal ball that
good. A for-instance is the last
time we wanted to upgrade
the community center and it
was not on the list. The only
way the committee got
money from the county was
to take the money designated
for an amphitheater that was
abandoned.
In the past, most of these
projects would have been
done by bond issue and some
out of general revenues. This
allows -le city to avoid the
expense of a bond. I admire
reducing debt. I feel, however,
more needs of the citizens
should have been given more
weight. I would guess if we
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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS


Saved from under the surf


Editor:
I would like to submit this letter to appreciate sincere thanks
to two women who came to my rescue at Manasota Beach on
June 21.
The surf was rough, the yellow flag was flying, but coming
originally from an area in the southern part of New Jersey this
did not deter me from going in the Gulf to enjoy the playfulness
of the waters.
I was knocked under by a strong wave and then continu-
ously slammed under the water making it impossible for me to
get my footing.
I was becoming extremely tired and swallowing large
amounts of water.
Two observant women on the beach came out to my rescue.
One of them took me by my arm until I could right myself and
together they walked me back to my beach chair.
I cannot express my gratitude enough to these since my
husband is legally blind and had absolutely no idea that I was
indeed in trouble.
Being overwhelmed by the experience I failed to venture
over to further thank the Nwomen and ask their names.
Hopefully they will read this and know that I truly believe I
would have drowned without their assistance.

Lorraine Crawford
Venice


Charrettes are
unnecessary,
and expensive


Editor:
Venice Neighborhoods Co-
alition, Inc. respectfully re-
quests that the Airport Char-
rette scheduled for Aug. 3-8,
2007, be delayed.
Over the past few months
hundreds of residents have
expressed concerns about
development at the airport to
the city. At no time did any
resident demand that a char-
rette be held. Rather, resi-
dents stated that they did not
want a developer holding a
charrette on airport develop-
ment, as originally planned
by the city.
When learning of the city's
revised plans to hire indepen-
dent consultants to conduct a
charrette, numerous resi-
dents told the city it was


grossly unfair and inappro-
priate to hold charrettes or
other workshops during the
time of year when most resi-
dents are away, including
year-round residents who are
simply taking a normal sum-
mer vacation.
Persisting in holding the
charrette in August will no
doubt taint the process and
the outcome of the charrette.
Not only are residents not
demanding a charrette, it's a
colossal waste of a significant
amount of airport funds
($275,000) which could be
and should be used for far
more necessary services,
including hiring of part-time
staff to monitor and follow up
on noise abatement, which
we have requested ,for over
two years, and relocation of
the jet service and mainte-
nance facility.
With the exception of the


-and thankful


marina, no one is objecting to
or seeking changes in the
Airport Land Use Plan as pre-
sented recently.
Instead of a charrette, the
city should simply develcdp
two Requests for Proposals
with input from the commu-
nity and approval of council:
One for the redevelopment of
the Circus Arena property,
and the other for the industri-
al area on the east side of the
airport to be developed for
small, clean, quiet businesses
and the relocated jet service
and maintenance facility.

Sue Lang
President
Venice Neighborhoods
Coalition Inc.
Concerned about
the gene pool
Editor:
In reference to your article
about the alligator attack at
Lake Venice Golf Course.
Bruce Charles Burger of
Tennessee should be nomi-
nated for the Darwin Award.
It's people like him that keep
the gene pool free of idiots.

Rich Halpem
North Port
Still miffed at
Fish & Wildlife
Editor:
Quickly, 911! I want to
report a mismarked vessel on
Venice waters.
It says, "Florida Fish and
Wildlife," but it really needs to
be correctly marked to say
"Florida's Sunshine and Water
Tax Collector."
In your article you
described "The Water Nazi"
who is, in reality, another ace
tax collector.
Florida's boat laws are


described as confusing. Add
to this various people that
come from other states with
different tax and registration
laws and an officer who rigid-
ly enforces and you have
another example of an unfair
and unjust way to extract
more money from more peo-
ple.
The real truth: He is just
another example of a legal
(but not ethical) way Florida
continues to bilk people of
their money. I know this first-
hand, having come from a
state that does not charge
people for saltwater fishing.
The officer fined instead of
issuing a warning. His
answer, "I choose to fine." Of
course. He is a tax collector.
The part that really con-
cerns me is that he is consid-
ered a model officer. He is
even given the task of teach-
ing others. Please rethink this.
An effective authority figure
has empathy and can evalu-
ate each individual situation
to determine what is just and
then apply these confusing
laws to various people from
different states.
In closing, I know that the
"Water Nazi" and his supervi-
sors are rolling in his boat
laughing at my perspective.
After all, he is a top revenue
producer, and he is merely
and "rigidly enforcing" the
laws, "just doing his job" and
"just following orders." But let
me share with you what a sur-
vivor of a real Nazi concentra-
tion camp wrote:
"I saw gas chambers, des-
igned by educated engineers,
learned doctors perform au-
topsies on gas chamber vic-
tims; and soldiers who con-
tinued to bring cattle cars of

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Overcrowded schools



may be here to stay


BY PETER REBMANN
GUEST COLUMNIST

Florida school districts got
a welcome present from the
state Legislature this year.
With little fanfare, legislators
voted to keep overcrowded
schools around a bit longer.
The action came none too
soon for the school districts.
Under a law passed in 2005
they were under the gun to
pay for more schools to han-
dle growth.
That law, called school
concurrency, forces school
districts to provide classroom
space for students from new
housing developments. What
it doesn't do is provide the
money to build the class-
rooms.
Now a new law called HB
7203 gives school. districts a
little breathing room before
they must raise money for
those classrooms.
Dubbed the "Developers
Relief Act" by its critics, HB
7203 mostly prevents over-
crowded roads from stopping
development. But a little
noticed clause also helps pre-
vent overcrowded. schools
from doing the same.
School concurrency has
two rules that threaten over-
crowded schools. One says
that schools can't take in
more students than they have
space for. The other says that
school districts can't plan to
build new schools unless they
have the money to build
them.
HB 7203 softens these
rules. Now school districts
just have to demonstrate that
they will build new schools to
take care of new develop-


ments. It doesn't say how they
will demonstrate that. But
they don't necessarily need to

The real predicament
with the old school con-
currency law is that it
could block new devel-
opments. This could
happen if there isn't
enough school space
for the kids coming in
from the develop-
ments.
Peter Rebmann,
president of the
Alachua County School
Concurrency Project

prove they have the money
up front anymore.
It also lets schools take in
more students than their
capacity limit; so long as
school districts can demon-
strate there will be enough
room for them later on. And
later on doesn't have to be as
soon as it used to be.
In the old school concur-
rency law, school districts
could only look ahead five
years when drawing up plans
for new schools. Now they
can stretch that out to 10 or
even 15 years just by showing
that schools in a certain area
have been overcrowded for a
long time.
Then they can set up what
is called a long-term school
concurrdncy management
system to try and bring those
schools up to concurrency


code. That will give them an
extra five or 10 years for their
school building plan, at least
for that area.
The real predicament with
the old school concurrency
law is that it could block new
developments. This could
happen if there isn't enough
school space for the kids
coming in from the develop-
ments. If the schools didn't
have space already, the school
district would have to have
plans to build more schools
for those kids.
The school district would
have to show where they
would get the money for the
new schools. And the schools
would have to be ready, or
almost ready, in three years
from the date a new develop-
ment starts.
Otherwise, if the developer
couldn't afford to build a new
school, the development
would be stopped in its tracks.
With HB 7203, the school
districts, and everyone con-
cerned, have a little more
space to cope with this prob-
lem.
Perhaps they may hope
that future legislative sessions
will relax the rules even fur-
ther. With the downturn in
property taxes, that might be
unavoidable.
It looks like overcrowded
schools might be here to stay.
Peter Rebmann is a found-
ing member and president of
the Alachua County School
Concurrency Project, a non-
profit organization that has
pioneered innovative tech-
niques for educating the gen-
eral public about school con-
currency.


VEDDER from Page 8A
voters had had a choice, the Votes like this get passed Bumper sticker: In Fal-
list would have looked a by the public if there is mouth a bumper sticker read
whole lot different, enough sexy meaningful "Real Chicks use Sticks."
* I do not know when the "what's in it for me" stuff to Likely a lacrosse, field hockey
deadline is to make changes appeal to everyone. While a or drummer, hopefully not a
or have a final list, but I would performing arts facility is real- husband beater.
hope some thought is given ly great, it is for a smaller
to change. Please give some group. The parking, roads,
more thought to the parking, parks and sidewalks are for RobertA. Vedder writes a
sidewalks and North Venice everyone, weekly column in this news-
area parks issues. ****** paper.


LETTERS from Page 8A


victims to their deaths."
And you know what? They
were just following orders,
just doing their job.
Sebastiano Liseo
Venice
Shining a light
on hometown
democracy
Editor:
A recent guest column by
millionaire Lesley Blackner
promoted a special interest
agenda known as Hometown
Democracy. In reality, it
should be called "Hometown
Bureaucracy" as it will impose
government red tape on any
effort to improve local com-
munities.
The movement by a small
group of people would force
voters to approve hundreds of
changes to local comprehen-
sive land use plans in a special
election.
In other words, if you own
property, you will need to
conduct an expensive politi-
cal campaign just to request a
simple zoning change.
Blackner mentioned a
campaign to get signatures to
place her agenda on the 2008
ballot. However, she failed to
mention that the Hometown
Democracy movement is pay-
ing a California-based PAID
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Buy out the golf course lease


Don't lease it. The city should buy out the golf course lease.
This is suppose to be a municipal golf course, and that's what
the lease was suppose to be for. Instead of leasing, the city
'should contract with a company to manage and maintain our
municipal golf course. The airport should go back to B2 class so
that very little would need to be changed at the golf course, if
anything.


Buy it. I'm a Venice resi-
dent, just off the island, and
I'd like to say to the city of
Venice that, yes, you should
buy out the shareholders who
own the golf course. Keep it a
municipal golf course. I also
think you slkould stay away
from trying to put a large
multi-storied hotel or motel
at the airport and leave Venice
just the way it is. It's nice and
quaint. I'm not real crazy
about the three nine-story
buildings by the north bridge
and I'm not real crazy about
the new bridge. It's just like
going into Punta Gorda. The
city is losing its quaintness
and its old world charm in my
opinion. Let's leave Venice the
way it was and the way we like
it and keep the traffic down.
Steamed. I have neighbors
who blow off fireworks. These
people have no money for gas
for their lawn mowers, but
they have money to blow off
fireworks. We need to keep
fireworks away from pool
cages. I got several holes in
my pool cage from the people
who live behind me; of
course, I cannot prove it.
People need to be consider-
ate, and the law needs to be.
enforced. I'm in South Venice
and the whole neighborhood
fills up with smoke. I imagine
my neighbors would not want
fireworks landing on their
screen, not to mention the
dryness. That's a bit of a fire
hazard. I think the police
need to be on the beat this
July 4th.
Recycle guns. Read the
story about the gun disposal'
(law enforcement officials) in
the Gulf of Mexico. Let me tell
you about the space ship that
landed in my back yard today
here in Venice. That's a story-
and-a-half. Have they heard
about recycling? I wonder
whose hands those guns are
in now?
Poor Paris. We allow O.J.
Simpson, Robert Blake, Bin
Laden and Bill Clinton all go
free, and we put Paris Hilton
in jail. Give me a break. Who
was her victim?
Good guy. I'm a diver from
out of town and I left my reg-
ulator. I went back and found
a note in its place. I'd like to
say thanks to a fellow diver
that returned it. Thanks for
doing that for me. Just wanted
to say how good of a guy he
was.
Glorified. Now that the lin-
ear trail is complete and- all
the work is done, Mr. Redman
plans to take all the credit.
However, with the possibility
that Miss Staub is vacating her
seat, maybe Mr. Redman will
step aside once again and go


for the glory of the county
commission.
Double standard? The
parking lot next to the Lord
House behind city hall is not
paved. City vehicles are park-
ing on three lots right there by
fire station No. 1. Any other
business would have to have
it landscaped and properly
laid out. You're not treating
the citizens the same. The city
gets by without having it up to
code and laid out as a city
parking lot. Any other busi-
ness would be fined. I agree
with the article about the city
of Venice Fire Department. I
feel it could merge with
Sarasota, County to save the
citizens of the city of Venice
lots of money, especially in
the way of training because
it's a duplication of service.
Also, the Nokomis fire chief
has been replaced again, a
third time since Scott Lane
left. Maybe it's a good time to
merge with Sarasota County.
Ironic. It's a totally outra-
geous example of the law of
unintended consequences
that a union regulation
intended to protect the
union's members results in
the bumping of beautiful,
smart and sassy Alicia, whose
presence lit up city hall.
Unbelievable. We hope that
public outcry will save us
from this, and we hope that
you get a lot of calls about it
and they do something about
it.
Not computing. I'm calling
about the American Legion
man. Everyone who has ever
used a computer knows that


the Scopes Urban Legend
Web site is one of the most
reputable on the entire Web. It
has been around for years and
years, and that's the only busi-
ness it has, debunking leg-
ends. Just how long has this
man had a computer?
City. Regarding the com-
ments about Venice being a
town... it is my understanding
that where there is a cathe-
dral, it is known as a city.
Venice has Epiphany Cathed-
ral, so therefore it is a city.
Who won? During my life-
time, I have owned 25 auto-
mobiles. They were all Amer-
ican. During World War II, I
served in the Pacific and had
Japanese coming at me. To-
day, every where I go I have
Toyotas and Mitsubishis com-
ing at me. Would someone
please tell me who really won
the war?

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Venice
Sonja B Decker and
Sonja B Layton Trust: UN
105 Bird Bay
Karen A Guerrera to John
J Guerrera Jr: UN 311 Venice
Park
Alan and Cynthia
Bricoune to Cynthia
Bricoune: Lt 18617 South
Venice
David G Kreig to Alberto
Coronaperez and Hope M
Corona: Lt Lakeside
Plantation
o Paul A Horobec to
Jessica and Nicholas
Horopbec: LT 25 Gulf Manor
James E and James W
Lowry to Sally Branagan: Lt
6072 South Venice
Landco Development
Corporation to John V Reilly
and Kathleen R Sherby Trust:
Lt 14 Colony Place
Landco Development
Corporation to John V Reilly
and Kathleen R Sherby Trust:
Lt 15 Colony Place
Traci L and Harold E
Noon Jr to Jeff and Teena
Hiebnqr: Lt 28 Venetian Golf
and River Club
Donato and Apollonia
Balice to Donato and
Apollonia Balice Trust:
Villagewalk UN 2B
Michael D Muirhead Sr
and Bevra J Muirhead Est to
Michael D Muirhead Sr and
Bevra J Muirhead Trust: UN
705 Woodmere at Jacaranda
SAP Development I Inc
to Dennis M and Margaret H
Clasgens: Lt UN 1577
Cambridge Mews of St
Andrews East at the
Plantation
Stanley D and Cheryl A
Thompson to Stanley D and
Cheryl A Thompson Family
Trust: Lt 71 Venice Palms
Sam Rodgers Properties
Inc to John M Caschetto: Lt
177 Pelican Pointe Golf and
Country Club
Sam Rodgers Properties
Inc to Robert S and Susan P
Morrison FamilyTrust: Lt 27
Pelican Pointe Golf and
Country Club
William E and Martha Z
Glaser to Daniel J Frasca and
Judith E Scher: Lt 179
Waterford
Elzbeth Proficz to
Riquelmo and Olga Lopez: Lt
717 Gulf View
John L Garland to Nina I
Laurenzo: UN 1709
Courtyards at GondolarPark
Wayne E and Nancy J
Zimmerman to JefferyW and
Teresa A Lukefahr: Lt 161
Lake of the Woods
0 Roger and Jeanetta
McCartney to Jorge L and
Yara B Vega: Lt Venetian Golf
and River Club
e Paul J and Marilyn
Malott to Paul J and Marilyn
Malott: Lt 376 Venetian
Frank and Theresa
Nadell to John and Linda J
Hodges: LtVenice Gardens
Robert E and Frances A
Hudson to Robert E and
Frances A Hudson Trust: Lt
1015 Venice Gardens
Kimball Hill Homes
Florida Inc to Sylvester F and
Nancy J Festa: LtVentura
Village


Janet and Bruce Franke
to Janet Franke : Lt 18556
South Venice
Vicente A and Deanna S
Castillo to Vicente A and
Deanna S Castillo Trust: Lt
56 Blue Heron Pond
James R and Dene H and
David H White to Richard C
and Judy A Nichols: UN 11
Terrace Homes Of St
Andrews Park at the
Plantation
Howard E Gann to Jean
L Philips: UN 168 Ironwood
Villas
Vera J and John R Wolf to
Mary Margaret Fritz Trust:
UN 303 Residences at
Gondola Park
Marion F and Patty E
Gillaspy to Habitat for
Humanity South Sarasota
County: Lt 4415 SouthVenice
John Tiberi to Steven
Hansen: Lt 42 Venetian Falls
Jennie R Bucchi to Jamie
Ruth Hitt: Lt 31036 Venice
Gardens
Glenn L and Karen D
Stapleton to Bryan Dolphin
and Jennifer Johnson: LT 21
Lakeside Planation
Michael and Grace
Castelli to Michael Castelli:
Lt 7 Woodmere Lakes
Catrherine and Valerie
Anne Csaky to Catherine
Csaky: Lt 32122 Venice
Gardens
Penrose 0 Hicks to
Richard Hicks: Lt 20
Waterford
George and Dolores
Lang to George and Dolores
Lang Trust: Lt 1672
Stoneybrook at Venice
John N and Kathleen. E
Slipkowsky to John N and
Kathleen E Slipkowsky Trust:
UN 207 Parkview Manor
William M and Lois M
Johanns to William M and
Lois M Johanns Trust: UN 72
Bird Bay I
William M and Lois M
Johanns to William M and
Lois M Johanns Trust: Lt 15'
Venetian Falls
Robert and Carol Ann
Sateriale to Robert and Carol
Ann Sateriale Trust: Lt 734
Pelican Pointe Golf and
Country Club
Marguerite Kaiser and
Judy S Hollingworth to
Marguerite Kaiser: Lt Circle
Woods of Venice
Dixie Lee Fash to Dennis
J and Julia L McNamara: Lt
326 Chestnut Creek IV
Kimball Hill Homes
Florida Inc to William E and
Martha Z Glaser: Lt 4361
Ventura Village
Margaret K Gloor and
Margaret K Organ and
. Andrea M Lynch to Robert E
and Andrea M Lynch: UN
162 Ironwood Villas
Willard H and Lois G
Carter to Willard H and Lois
G Carter Trust: Lt 57 Venetian
Golf and River Club
Merle L and Patricia L
Graser to Caldwell Trust
Company/ Patricia L Graser:
Lt 11 Venice Gulf View
Merle L and Patricia L
Graser to Caldwell Trust
Company/ Merle L Graser: Lt
11 Venice Gulf View
Mary T Agnew Trust to


Gary Matthew Sorichetti and
Joanne Marie McKenna: UN
G1 1 Circle Woods of Venice
Linda R Goyer Family
Trust to Robert C and
Barbara Flory: Lt 209
Stoneybrook Golf and
Country Club
Charlene S Brecht Trust
and Kenneth G Brecht to
Charlene S Brecht and
Kenneth G Brecht: Lt 27
Valencia Lakes
WCI Communities Inc
Florida Design Communities
to Richard A Flink and Janet
H Evers: UN 32C Cappello I
at Venetian Golf and River
Club
Allen M and Adele
Gardner to Edwin and
Louise Griffiths: LT 549 Patio
Homes of Chestnut Creek
Frederick C and Jean
Stevens Jr to Frederick C and.
Jean Stevens Jr: Lt 164 Venice
Palms
SPE 48 LLC to David and
Sharlene C Vidi: Lt UN 211
Bristol House
Merritt E Lauber Trust /
MEL 2005 Land Trust to
Douglas R Lauber: UN 304
Veranda Beach Club
Judith Guffey to Natalie
Hansen and Darrell Elliott: Lt
16777 South Venice
PG Land Resources Inc
to RMC Real Estate LLC: UN
32 Portofino of Venice
RMC Real Estate LLC to
Douglas and Deborah S
Douglas: UN 31 Portofino of
Venice
Lawrence M and Debra
A Manoly to Douglas R and
Elaine M Jones: Lt 9728
South Venice
James A and Marilyn H
Meyer to James A and
Marilyn H Meyer Family
Trust: UN 303 Casa Del Lago
William P and Barbara A
Krawchuck to John C Earle:
UN 202 Fairway Glen of St
Andrews at the Plantations
WCI Communities Inc
/Florida Design Com-
munities Inc to Sheila M
Martin and Roger J
O'Donnell: Lt 19 Venetian
Golf and River Club
Eleven Eighty Eight LLC
to Joseph Abraham Margolis:
UN 604 San Marco
Stephan L and Anna
Keresztes to Stephan L and
Anna Keresztes Trust: Lt 149
Villagewalk
Robert J and Amy E
Stabrawa to Rick and Wendy
Coulter: UN 102 Veranda
Beach Club
Joseph S and Barbara
Bratel Collier to James M and
Lynn A and Scott Alexander:
Lt UN 304 Veranda Beach
Club
Archie D and Eileen M
Johnson to Jackie L Newville:
Lt 405 Villagewalk

Englewood
Christine Cardinale to
Daniel S Taylor: Lt 356 Bay
Haven
Stacy M Cole to Victoria
A Cole: Lt 1 Pine Haven
Victoria A Cole to,
Victoria A Cole and Florian V
Oday Trust: Lt 3 Lampps

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MaiaesJue 8-2,00


o Charles Wayne Dalton,
Sinks Grove, W.Va.; Stephanie
Michelle White, Sinks Grove,
W.Va.
Ronald Joseph St.
Angelo, Port Charlotte;
Kathleen Anne Vanness, Port
Charlotte.
Shawn Michael Lefresne,
Port Charlotte; Angel Marie
McIntosh, Port Charlotte.
Andras Nagy, Port
Charlotte; Renee Annette
Joppich, Port Charlotte.
Lester Manio Aguas,
North Port; Angela Michelle
Keene, North Port.
Daniel Lee McHenry,


Port Charlotte; Julie Anne
Robinson, Port Charlotte.
John Thomas Rotundo,
RotondaWest; Diane Lynn
Chervenak, Rotonda West.
Douglas Brian Joherl,
North Port; Jennifer Lynn
Kuhle, North Port.
.Richard Lee Anderson,
Port Charlotte; Lillian Marie'
Tymkow, Port Charlotte.
Sean Stephen Boskind,
Whitemarsh, Md.; Brenda
Sue Tritt, Whitemarsh, Md.
Mark Edward Caporale,
Fayetteville, Ga.; Mary Anne
Ashley, Fayetteville, Ga.
Chad Lawrence Gragg,


North Port; Jessica Ashley
Sarah Lee, North Port.
Russell Fredrick Baird,
North Port; Dayna Sue
Howellbruno, North Port.
*Walker Lafleur, Punta
Gorda; Mariaga Henry, Punta
Gorda.
Reynold Sylvan
Augustine, Punta Gorda;
Angela Marjorie Prawl, Port
Charlotte.
Gregory Allen Bryant,
Punta Gorda; Wendy Marie
Devine, Punta Gorda.
Sean Micheal Bean,
North Port; Rebecca Lynn
Peterson, North Port.


Il --.


Thomas Schebilski, vs.
Juliet L. Schebilski.
Enrique Ruiz, vs. Aileen
iLuiz.


Deanna Martin, vs.
Timothy A. Martin.
Adrian Shotwell, vs. Rick
L. Shotwell.


Robin R. Borst, vs.
Richard D. Borst Jr.
Denise M. Ruffing, vs.
Erik W. Ruffing.


Venice
1500 S US 41 By-pass:
Interior tenant improvement
to shell bldg for Starbucks
Owner: Thomas C and
Margaret Siversten
12136 Granite Woods
Loop: SFR w/ tile roof 3bed 2
bath irrigation and backflow
Owner: Rivendell Joint
Venture
240 Azalea Rd, South
Venice: Sunroom (CATIII) on
new & overpoured slab w/
ele
Owner: Madeline L
McGrail
2210 Chenille Ct,
Stoneybrook at Venice: SFR 3
bed 2 ba
Owner: Lennar Homes
4179 S Tamiami Trail:
Install Sign C & D (1) set of
20 sq ft Panera Bread
Owner: Venice Village
Shoppes
255 Nightingale RD,
South Venice: Move front
wall out to foot print of
house
Owner: Elisabeth Bellew
4397 Lenox Blvd,
Ventura Village:
Construction of single family
Owner: Kimball Hill


Midland Funding NCC 2
Corp., vs. Sharon Briggs.
Angela Venezia, vs.
Denise C. Hoff.
Henry A. Holbrook, vs.
Linda Ketterman.
Daughtrey Construction,
vs. Atlantic Contractors (two
cases).
Thomas Casarella, vs.
Mark Brothers, Debbie
Brothers.
Palisades Acquisition
XVI, vs. Debra McFaden.


Homes, Inc
4401 Lenox Blvd,
Ventura Village:
Construction of single family
Owner: Kimball Hill
Homes, Inc
11770 Tempest Harbor
Loop, Stoneybrook:Assembly
of Pergola (16 x 16)
Owner: Charles Belknap
3534 Tundra Rd, South
VeniceBlock wall w/ #5 rebar
Owner: D S Divine Burns
5442 Kent Rd: Pool and
deck
Owner: Levi Cooper
133 Wayforest Dr, Venice
Golf & CC: Install 120 gal
underground LP gas tank for
pool heater
Owner: Frank Munsters
781 Missouri Rd, South
Venice: Replace front door
Owner: Vicky Layden
1320 Guardian Dr,
Venice Acres: Pool and deck
Owner: James E Spear
1131 Columbine Rd,
South Venice: Pool cage
Owner: Theresa M Foley
460 Circlewood Dr,
Circle Woods: Remove vinyl
windows and replace w/
acrylic windows
Owner: Irene H Shaw


Cultural Center of
Charlotte County, vs. Marie
Benoit.
Cultural Center of
Charlotte County, vs.
Jennifer Green Sylver.
Port Charlotte
Investments, vs. Andrew
Harvey.
State Farm Mutual Auto,
Sherrie Guccini, vs. Paige E.
Steele.
West Coast Brick Pavers
Inc., vs. James A. Clark.


155 Cornell Rd, South
Venice: Paint, install GFCI's
as noted
Owner: Peter Esteve
2402 Hermitage Blvd.:
Installing (1) door
Owner: Susan AWisner
TTEE
1577 Monarch Dr, St
Andrews Park: Gable style
pool enclosure on existing
deck
Owner: SAP Development
1 Inc
1777 Banyan Dr, Venice
Gardens: Change out 3 ton
15 seer A/C System
Owner: David M
Badstibner
716 Morningside Rd,
South Venice: Install iiriga-
tion
Owner: Everett R Miller
386 Palntation Rd, South
Venice: GBU to MSP
Owner: Kristann M
Kolosowski
344 Parkview Dr, Venice
East: Re-roof 4/12 46 sq
shingles
Owner: Luigi Zorino
245 Center Rd, Puritan
Arms: Install 2" RPZ back-
flow preventer


Rebecca Copenhaver, vs.
Dave Miller.
Palisades Acquisition,
Total Consumer Non-Fe, vs.
Donald E. Remen Jr.
Elizabeth A. Bohne, vs.
Icon World Inc. DBA, Jackson
Hewitt Tax Service.
James L. Britzke, vs.
Bayshore Marine and Yacht.
Murphy's J6b Site Clean,
vs. Diplomat Homes.
LVNV Funding LLC, vs.
Samuel E. Gibbs.


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County Calendar
Board of County Commissioners Budget Workshop
July 2, 9 a.m., Think Tank, Third Floor, Administration
Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-5344
Board of County Commissioners Budget Workshop
July 3, 9 a.m., Think Tank, Third Floor, Administration
Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-5344
Board of County Commissioners Budget Workshop
July 5, 9 a.m., Think Tank, Third Floor, Administration
Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-5344
Community Alliance Aging Services Strategic Planning
Work Group July 2, 2 p.m., Second Floor Conference
Room, The Center for Healthy Aging, Campus of Senior
Friendship Centers, 1900 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota.
Call 941-861-2564
Sarasota Soil & Water Conservation District July 3,
9 a.m., Conference Room, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sixth Floor,
Emergency Operations Center, Sarasota.
Call 941-907- 0011
Water and Sewer Advisory Committee Meeting July 5,
9 a.m., Conference Room 8, 1001 Sarasota Center Blvd.,
Sarasota. Call 941- 861-0561

Advisory Board Vacancy
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: July 16, 2007
Advisory Board: Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Advisory
Committee (BPTAC)
Information: Public Works, Transportation Planning,
Rick Musior 941-861-0925

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: July 13, 2007
Advisory Board: Development Services Advisory Committee
Information: Planning and Development Services,
Cheryl Swenney, 941-861-6637

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
Advisory Board: General Contractors Licensing and
Examining Board
Information: Planning & Development Services,
Betsy Bollinger, 941-861-6126

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled 2007
Advisory Board: Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Advisory
Board (KSCBAB)
Information: Environmental Services, Sandra Washington,
941-861-6733

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
Advisory Board: Mechanical Contractors Licensing and
Examining Board
Information: Planning & Development Services,
Betsy Bollinger, 941-861-6126

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: July 13, 2007
Advisory Board: SEUAC (Stormwater Environmental Utility
Advisory Committee)
Information: Water Planning & Regulatory, Stormwater,
Jacqueline Beshore, 941-861-0900


Sarasota County
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County offices closed July 4
Sarasota County Government offices, including
libraries, will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for the
Independence Day holiday.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus service
will not operate Wednesday, July 4.
For the week of July 4, collection for trash,
recyclables and yard waste will be affected as
follows: residential customers who normally
receive pick up on Wednesday, July 4, will have
their items picked up on Thursday, July 5. Those
who normally receive pick up on Thursday of
that week will have their items picked up on
Friday. Items normally collected on Friday will be
collected on Saturday. The landfill at 4000 Knights
Trail Road will be closed Wednesday, July 4. The
chemical collection centers at 8750 Bee Ridge
Road, Sarasota and at 250 S. Jackson Road will
be closed on July 4.
Arlington Park Pool, Lido Beach Pool and North
Port Pool will be open from noon 5 p.m. on
Wednesday, July 4.

County Urban Forestry
program gets tops honor
For the second consecutive year, the Sarasota
County Urban Forestry program has received a top
statewide award, having been named Outstanding
Urban Forestry Program at the recent statewide
Trees Florida conference in Palm Harbor. The
award was acknowledged at the June 27 Sarasota
County Commission meeting.
Last year, the county received the Tree City of the
Year Award at the annual conference. The Trees
Florida 2007 awards are presented for
"outstanding efforts to plan, plant and protect urban
and community forests throughout Florida."
The Urban Forestry division of Public Works was
particularly recognized for its outstanding people,
projects, techniques, education and outreach, as
well as management of natural resources with
special regard for Florida's urban forests.
The Urban Forestry division is the steward for the
county's urban forest, representing trees found in
the wild, in parks, on beaches, in the county rights
of way, medians and thoroughfares, and along
waterways and canopy roads. The division
manages about 54,000 trees throughout the
county, including more than 113 street tree and
neighborhood street tree projects and 64 certified
canopy roads.
For more information about the Urban Forestry
program, contact the Sarasota County Call Center
at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net/forestry.



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SARASOTA COUNTY
Paul W. Emmons, 5229
Lovett Road, North Port. June
14. Chapter 13. 07-05064.
Charles Richard Farabee,
350 W Venice Ave., PO. Box
382, Venice. June 14. Chapter
13. 07-05062.
Brian C. Howard, 2273
Ryecroft St., North Port. June
19. Chapter 13. 07-05200.
Robert Martini, 3209
Penelope Terrace, North Port.
June 18. Chapter 13. 07-
05159.
Anthony L. Merrithew, 765
Pine Run Drive, Osprey. June
14. Chapter 13. 07-05069.
Rachel Lynn Vaughan,
2033 Nabatoff St., North Port.
June 19. Chapter 13. 07-
05202.
James W. Goetluck, 747
Cypress Road, Venice. June 15.
Chapter 7. 07-05091.
Sharon Marie Martell,
3158 N. Cranberry Blvd.,
North Port. June 14. Chapter
7.07-05077.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY
Brian Neel Darna, 5516
Lambright Drive, Port
Charlotte. June 15. Chapter
13. 07-05098.
Linda L. Rogers, 6289
Coliseum Blvd., Port Char-
lotte. June 14. Chapter 13. 07-
05060.
Betsy M. Schultheis, 13427
Romford Ave., Port Charlotte.
June 19. Chapter 13.07-05201.
Sandra Kay Shepherd,
17327 Mark Ave., Port
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Bryan Robert Perry, 217
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BY DEBBIE KIEWIET
SPORTS EDITOR


Approval of skateboarding
as a sport for the 2012 London
Olympics has elevated skate-
boarding to the status of a
legitimate sport.
The move is part of an
effort by the International
Olympic Committee to in-
clude sports that have a wider
appeal to young people.
Snowboarding has already
been added to the Winter
Games, and BMX cycling will
be part of next year's Olym-
pics in Beijing, China.
Local enthusiasts are hop-
ing the move will finally bring
the sport of skateboarding -
and the kids who skate -
acceptance and respect.
"People don't think of
skateboarding as a sport,"
said Linda Diamandi, whose
12-year-old son Rico skates
with the Venice Locals team.
"People sce the kids skating
around town, and they think
they're just goofing. They
don't know how much work
they put into it. They really are
athletes."
Dedicated to sport
Other kids who skate with
the Locals include Austin
Matthews, Collin Knight,
Chandler Knight, Zack-Regan
and Collin Pierson. Matthews
will be a freshman at Venice
High School this year, and
Chandler Knight, who works
)- at V-Town Surf & Skate Shop,
will be a sophomore. The oth-


ers are students at Venice
Middle School. Most of them
have been skateboarding
since they were in first grade.
"They're dedicated to their
sport," said Ray Pierson. "I
coached YMCA football for
four years, and I'd put these
kids against any football
team. It takes more strength
and endurance to do this.
"The kids know they have
to stay healthy to skate,"
Pierson said. "It keeps them
active and out of the house.
And it keeps them away from
kids that are doing bad things.
They don't want anything to
do with kids that smoke or
drink or use drugs."
The group competes at
local contests like the events
held regularly at the YMCA
Skate Park. The next one will
be in 'August of early Sep-
tember. They also travel
around the area to skate at
favorite places in Orlando, St.
Pete, Clearwater, Sarasota,
Fort Myers, North Port and,
the "prime one," Tampa SPOT
(Skate Park of Tampa).
MTV's Rob & Big
In March, some of the kids
were at the Tampa Pro 2007
competition and ended up on
MTV's "Rob & Big" show that
aired last Tuesday night.
Diamandi was in one of the
opening shots as he was get-
ting a skateboard signed.
Regan and Collin Knight were
shown several times as pro
skater Rob Dyrdek did tricks
and came down the rail dur-


SUN PHOTO BY JEFF TAVARES, jtavares@venicegondolier.com
Skaters with the Venice Locals team are, from left, Rico Diamandi, Collin Knight, Collin Pierson, Chandler Knight, Zack Regan and
Austin Matthews.


ifig the contest.
Some of the local skaters
joined in the unofficial
National Skateboarding Day
in Tampa June 21 that cele-
brated the sport of skate-
boarding. Advertised by word
of mouth and on MySpace,
the event drew hundreds, of
skateboarders to downtown
Tampa.
The group has' some
favorite ramps, docks, ledges
and stairs around Venice and
nearby towns where they like
to practice their tricks and
skills. But like fishermen,
they're reluctant to reveal
their favorite spots.. They're
looking forward to the open-
ing of the new skate park on
San Casa Drive in Englewood


this summer.
The skaters are always
working on perfecting tricks
and learning new ones. Fav-
orite tricks are the kick flip,
heel flip, manual, 360 flip, and
boneless 360. The "credit
card" is a maneuver skate-
boarders try to avoid..
Rainbow hubba
For his winning, two-
minute run at the recent
YMCA competition, Collin
Knight ollied the hubba, five-
O'ed the box, did a roast beef,
and finished up with a 50-50
rainbow hubba. Roughly
translated, he jumped his
board ,up onto a ledge,
ground the back trucks of the
board on a foot-high box with


coping all around it, grabbed
the bottom of the board's
deck between his legs while in
the air, and ground the metal
of his board on a flattened
rail.
The skate park at the
Venice YMCA is open Mon-
day-Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday
11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday
noon-4 p.m. The skate park is
supervised, and helmets and
pads are required. A waiver of
liability must be signed (by
parents, if under 18) and
notarized. The form is avail-
able at the YMCA or online at
veniceymca.org.
Like other sports, most of
the kids have had some
injuries. They now wear addi-
tional protective equipment


like ankle braces and wrist
guards by choice to prevent
future injuries.
Skateboarding has become
more than just skateboarding
for the Venice Locals. Dia-
mandi sold the skateboard he
had signed in Tampa to buy a
camcorder with a fisheye lens
that he uses to film their
tricks. Regan downloads the
footage on a computer where
they edit it, add music and
put it on MySpace.
They can also use the
videos to get sponsorship.
Chandler Knight is sponsored
by Krown Skateboards, and
Collin is on flow to be spon-
sored by Krown as well.
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Young players learn fundamentals of basketball at YMCA camp


SUN PHOTOS BY JEFF TAVARES, jtavares@venicegondolier.com
Coach Ann Ross is teaching girls in the summer basketball program at the YMCA in Venice.


BY DEBBIE KIEWIET
SPORTS EDITOR,


Members of the Venice
High School girls varsity bas-
ketball team assisted Coach
Ann Ross at last week's YMCA


Youth Girls Basketball Camp,
teaching young players the
basic fundamentals of the
game.
Held mornings at the
YMCA gym, the camp cov-
ered dribbling, passing,


shooting, defense and foot-
work. Team play was also a
major focus of the five-day
camp.
Twenty-one girls in grades
third through eighth partici-
pated in the camp which also


Elise Flammia practices her lay-up as Coach Ann Ross looks on.


included 3-on-3 and 5-on-5
games and scrimmages, fun
competitions for prizes, and
an end-of-the-week tourna-
ment.
Ross, who has done the
camps at the YMCA for 16


years, is athletic director at
Venice Christian School and
junior varsity girls basketball
coach at Venice High School.
Cost for the basketball
camp was $55 for YMCA
members and $75 for non-


members. For more informa-
tion about YMCA Sports
Camps, call 492-9622 Ext. 131
or visit the Venice YMCA Web
site, veniceymca.org.
dkiewiet@
venicegondolier.com


Places seventh at junior classic


.Casey Ann Kennedy of
Venice shot a final-round 79
Thursday for a tournament
total of 235 for seventh place
in the Girls Division at the
First American Title Junior
Classic in Tampa. Kennedy
shot a 77 and a 79 the first two
days of the tournament.
Michelle Shin of Cape Coral


won the Girls Division with a
217 three-day tournament
total. Yao-Chun Yang of
Bradenton earned his first
American Junior Golf Asso-
ciation victory with 3-under-
par 213.
Conducted by the American
Junior Golf Association, the
First American Title Junior


Classic was a 54-hole stroke
play event held at Avila Golf &
Country Club. The 84-player
field featured players from 13
states, the Cayman Islands and
Columbia.
The Girls Division played it
at 6,071 yards, while the Boys
Division played the course at
6,911 yards.


American Legion team adds two wins


BY DEBBIE KIEWIET
SPORTS EDITOR

Venice's Legion A baseball
team, sponsored byAmerican
Legion No-Vel Post 159,
defeated two teams from
Georgia Thursday and Friday
in the summer legion league.
Chris Atamanchuk threw a
no-hitter for Venice's 4-0 win
over Forsyth Thursday. Joey


Iorio had a big hit for Venice.
Atamanchuk had two hits,
and Sal Licata and Wade
Swikle each had an RBI hit.
Friday morning, Legion A
won 6-5 over Lounes, Ga. Tom
Haskett pitched three innings,
and Kyle Collison got the save.
Big hitters for the Venice
team were Wade Swikle with a
triple and two RBI, Nate
Rubin who was 1-1 with an


RBI sacrifice bunt, Licata with
a single, and Alec Stive with
an RBI double.
Legion A hosts a double-
header Saturday, playing Ida
Baker at 11:30 a.m. and Port
St. Lucie at 4:30 p.m.
The Legion team are made
up of Venice High School
players.
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Big bats of the Venice 'Nats' put them in All-Star finals


SUBMITTED BY SHELLY KRAUSS

The Venice Nationals 9-10s
baseball team continued its
winning streak in the District
16 All Star Tournament with
three wins on Friday and
Saturday.
The wins put them in the
All Star championship game
set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at
Twin Lakes against North
Port, a team they previously
beat.
Venice Nationals 16,
North Port 3
On Friday night, the Venice
Nationals played the East
Central Sarasota 9-10s, win-
ning 16-3.
Preston Hines pitched for
Venice 4-1/2 innings with 5
,strikeouts and allowed only 2
hits.
Alex Krauss pitched in
!relief and John Scofield closed
'out the game.
At the plate, in the first
*inning Mark Arnold reached
on an error in leadoff, Preston
Hines singled, Ben Reid sin-
gled, Jake Grubbs sacrificed
with 2 RBIs scoring Arnold
and Hines, and Blake Smith
singled to score Reid. In the
third inning Jake Grubbs led


off with a single, Dominic
Carlozzi hit a double to score
Grubbs, and Devin Sinclair
hit a single to score Carlozzi.
Zeke Manthey led off with
a single in the fourth, Jake
Grubbs walked, and Manthey
scored in a passed ball.
Devin Sinclair led off with
a single and scored on a
passed ball in the fifth.
In the sixth, Jake Grubbs
led off with a single, Dominic
Carlozzi singled, Andrew
Shofner reached on an error
and scored Grubbs. John
Scofield hit into a fielder's
choice and plated Carlozzi
and Shofner. Carlozzi hit
another single and scored
Reid and Manthey.
Venice Nationals 9,
Englewood 2
Friday's win brought the
Nats to the semi-finals to face
Englewood again.
The Nats played hard and
won 9-2.
John Scofield pitched this
big win with 5 strikeouts and
allowed only 2 hits.
Zeke Manthey closed the
game with 1 strikeout.
At the plate, Preston Hines
hit a bunt single in the first
inning. Ben Reid hit a double


to score Hines. Zeke Manthey
hit a single to score Reid, and
Jake Grubbs sacrificed to
score Manthey.
Alex Krauss led off the sec-
ond inning with a single.
Mark Arnold hit a fielder's
choice, while Preston Hines
reached on an error and
scored Krauss.
In the fifth, Jake Grubbs
doubled. Dominic Carlozzi
reached on an error. Blake
Smith hit into a fielders
choice and scored Carlozzi.
John Scofield singled,
Arnold walked, and Hines
reached on an error to score
Scofield and Arnold.
Grubbs put the ball in play
and scored Arnold and Hines.
This Venice win put the
Nats in the championship
round, but it required them to
beat North Port twice since
North Port had no losses in
this round.
Venice Nationals 17,
North Port 7
The big bats of the Nats
came to play and outhit
North Port with a final score
of 17-7.
Krauss was the starting
pitcher with Sinclair in relief
and Arnold closing the game.


At the plate, the Nats started
out strong. In the first inning
Arnold and Hines walked. Zeke
Mantheys hit plated Arnold
and Hines on errors, and
Manthey also scored.
In the second, Blake Smith
walked, Scofield reached on an
error, and Arnold sacrificed to
score Smith and Scofield.
Ben Reid led off with a sin-
gle in the third. Manthey
walked, Grubbs singled to
score Reid, and Dominic
Carlozzi singled to score
Manthey. Devin Sinclair sin-
gled to score Grubbs. Krauss
hit a bunt single to score
Carlozzi. Arnold sacrificed to
score Sinclair.
In inning four Grubbs sin-
gled, Carlozzi doubled, and
Devin Sinclair sacrificed to
score Grubbs. Krauss bunt-
ed again to score Carlozzi,
and then scored on a passed
ball.
Arnold walked, Hines
walked, and Ben Reid reach-
ed on a fielder's choice to
score Arnold, while Manthey
reached on an error to score
Hines. Grubbs was hit by a
pitch, then Carlozzi walked
and Devin Sinclair hit a field-
er's choice to plate Reid and
Manthey.


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Marcia Curtiss, (proxy), -14
2nd: Mary Booth, Mary Samples,
Sue Stitt, Joan Browning, -12
Niners
June 191-2-1 on 3-4-5
1 st: Joan Bartlett, Georgie Ann
Fedako, Maggie Froggatt, -5
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June 26, Individual Low Net
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Meehan, 71; Ruth King, 71; Mimi
Christie, 71; Chris Evering, 72; Jerri.
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Helen Medici, 73; Venus Basta, 73;
Missy Cerrito, 74; Bobbie Scott, 75;
Marilyn Dumas, 75.
Jacaranda Jills
June 26, Individual Low Net
1st Flight Dorothy Ganem, 35;
Pam Reigeluth, 37.
2nd Flight: Anna Hohmann, 36;
Claire Johns, 37.
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June 27 Low putts
Class A: 1st, Ruth Dimlich 15; 2nd,
Poppy McDonald 16; 3rd, Freda Miller
16.
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June Marceau 16; 3rd, Eileen Ashley
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PHOTO COURTESY OF SHANNON RASBURY
Winning second place trophies at the USSSA State
Tournament were'the Venice Vipers 8 and under girls fastpitch
team, front row, from left, Marissa Smith, Danielle Koche,
Lindsey Matthews, Alexis Weaver, Kassi Sands, Brittany Clipse;
second row, Lauren DiSalvo, Emily Sims, Kylie Bell, Katie Simes,
Logen Lincoln, Kristin Money; back row, Jerry Clipse, Jim
DiSalvo, Jerry Simes, Gerald Money, Dennis Bell.

Venice Vipers state runnersup


SUBMITTED BY SHANNON RASBURY

The Venice Vipers 8 and
under girls .fastpitch travel
team traveled to Palm Beach
Gardens to participate in the
USSSA State Tournament last
weekend. The tournament
was a double seed, double
elimination event.
The Vipers came out Sat-
urday morning winning one
seed game against the Lil
Seminoles and losing one
game to the Sarasota Heat.
That afternoon the Vipers
started tournament play by
defeating the Palm Beach
Lady Gators to put them in
the winners bracket.
The next morning the
Vipers came out strong with


another win over the Welling-
ton Wild. The Vipers then had
their first loss to the
Pembrooke Pines Lady Ban-
dits in a hard-fought 8-10 bat-
tle. This set the Vipers up to
play the Sarasota Heat again.
This time the Vipers came out
victorious with a 5-4 win to
put them in the champi-
onship game.
The Vipers played the
Pembrooke Pines Lady Ban-
dits, which once again ended
up short for the Vipers, 3-6,
giving them the state runner-
sup position.
This is the second year in a.
row that the Vipers 8 and
under have represented Ven-
ice in the state championship
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FROM MANATEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

A $40.6 million operating
budget, .up $2.7 million from
last year's budget of $37.9 mil-
lion, was approved by Man-
atee Community College tru-
stees at a June 27 meeting. ,
"The community college
system experienced a difficult
year because of shortfalls in
state revenue, and Gov. Crist's
veto of the 5 percent tuition
increase in the Legislature's
budget forced us to postpone
needed initiatives, but MCC
fared better than average
overall because of our enroll-
ment growth and perfor-
mance rewards," said MCC
President Dr. Sarah H. Papp-
as.
MCC is one of only two out
of 28 Florida community col-
leges to experience steady
growth during a period when
many colleges have seen their
enrollments decline.
Approximately 59 percent
of revenue for MCC's operat-
ing budget comes from the
state with remaining funds
coming largely from student
fees and tuition. MCC re-
ceived a 6.7 percent increase
in state funds, or $1.5 million,
compared to the average
increase of 5.7 percent.
Another $1.2 million will
come from projected enroll-
ment growth.
MCC's tuition rates will
remain at $69.69 per load
hour for in-state residents
and $256.95 for nonresidents.
"MCC continues to repre-
sent tremendous value when
compared to state universi-


ties, private colleges and even
community colleges in other
states," noted Dr. Carol
Probstfeld, MCC vice presi-
dent for business and admin-
istrative services.
The approved budget sup-
ports student advising and
student success, distance
learning, expanded recruit-
ment of future teaching and
nursing students, and other
strategic plan initiatives.
Five new positions include a
faculty member in philoso-
phy at MCC Venice and in
English at MCC Bradenton,
an MCC Venice resource offi-
cer, a scholarship coordinator
and a Web communications
and publications manager.
State Public Education
Capital Outlay and Facility
Enhancement Challenge Gr-
ant Program funds, which are
separate from the general
operating budget, will allow
$1.7 million for the Music-
Theatre Building construc-
tion; $1 million for the MCC
Lakevood Ranch Medical
Technology and Simulation
Center planning; and $3.8
million for collegewide gener-
al renovation and remodel-
ing.
The 2007-08 budget fore-
sees a 7 percent increase in
health care insurance rates, a
15 percent increase in proper-
ty and casualty insurance
rates and a 5 percent increase
in utility costs.
MCC's fiscal year operates
from July,1 through June 30.
The budget approved by the
district board of trustees will,
be effective July 1, 2007.


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Ray Meyer, a resident of
Manor Care, Venice, cel-
ebrated his 99th birth-
day with his son Curt,
standing, on June 24 by
going fishing at the
Venice pier and then
having lunch at
Sharky's on the Pier.
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the one that got away.
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Bradenton was elected vice-chair from June 27
through August 15, when trustees will hold their
annual organizational meeting and elect officers
for the coming year.
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Rip DuPont and vice-chair Steve Boone with new appointees
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BYTOMMY MCINTYRE
STAFF WRITER

If you plan on setting off
fireworks this July 4, bet-
ter do some homework
about what is legal and what
is not.
"Illegal fireworks are any
fireworks that leave the


In Sarasota County, both
definitions apply.
There is only one place in
Venice where you can buy
legal fireworks, Stevenson
said.
"The only retail outlet (for
legal fireworks like sparklers)
is one Publix Store on East
Venice Avenue," he said.


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been dipped in a thick batter
of pyrotechnic (flammable)
composition and allowed to
dry.
This composition is rich in


SUN PHOTOS BY JEFF TAVARES, jtavares@venicegondolier.com
There are many choices of fireworks available to the public. This is the busiest time of year for
Discount Fireworks Inc. in Nokomis.


ground and go bang," Venice
Fire Department Capt. Joe
Silva said.
Put another way by Venice
Fire Marshal Jack Stevenson,"
... ifit flies or explodes, it's ille-
gal ... .


NIo S

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This sign on the front door
of Discount Fireworks Inc.
in Nokomis reminds shoppers
to use caution around fire-
works..


"They work from an approved
list of legal fireworks from the
State Fire Marshal's Office."
He also said there are some
exceptions to the law regard-
ing the sale of so-called "ille-
gal" fireworks.
"'You can wholesale the
illegal fireworks," Stevenson
said, "and there is also an
exception that says you can
use them for agricultural pur-
poses but the farmer has to be
registered with the local sher-
iff."
Farmers use fireworks and
firecrackers to scare off birds
and varmints, according to
Stevenson.
So, what's a sparkler?
A sparkler is a type of
hand-held firework that
bums slowly while emitting
colored flames, sparks and
many effects.
The "classic" type of spark-
ler consists of a thin metal rod
about one foot long that has


a metallic fuel such as alu-
minium or iron, which when
burned creates silver- or gold-
colored sparks, respectively.
The fuel typically contains

"Illegal fireworks
are any fireworks
that leave the
ground and go
bang."
Venice Fire
Department
Capt. Joe Silva



potassium nitrate or some-
times potassium chlorate as
an oxidizer, sometimes with
sulfur and carbon. Colored
flame can be achieved by
adding nitrates or chlorides of
barium (light green), copper


(blue/green), or strontium
(red).
Sparklers, while seemingly
innocuous, are responsible
for the vast majority of legal
firework-related injuries,
mainly as a result of parents
giving sparklers to young chil-
dren.
The devices burn at a high
temperature (up to 1800 to
3000 degrees F), depending
on the fuel and oxidizer used.
This can cause devastating
burns to hands and faces or
ignite clothing.
Sparklers should be used
only under careful, adult su-
pervision, and gloves should
be worn while the sparkler is
alight. Sparklers containing
aluminium or iron powder
fuel, which burn hotter, can
be used as an ignition for
thermite (used as a welding
agent for railroad tracks.)
Despite their obvious dan-
ger potential, sparklers are a
mainstay for children and
adults on the Fourth of July.
Safety first, second
and third
Every year, fireworks -
legal and illegal account for
a large number of preven-
table fires and injuries. If the
numbers don't make you stop
and think, they should.
In 2004 during the Fourth
of July holiday, 9,600 people
were treated in emergency
facilities for fireworks-related
injuries in the United States,
and eight people died from
their injuries.
Children ages 14 years and
younger suffered 40 percent
of the 9,600 fireworks injuries.
Firecrackers, sparklers and
bottle rockets are the leading
contributors to those injuries.
There are more dos and
don't about setting off fire-

"... If it flies or
explodes, it's
illegal."

Venice Fire Marshal
Jack Stevenson


I


in the night


Little fireworks can cause big-trouble. More than 9,000 peo-
ple were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related
injuries during 2004 Fourth of July festivities.


works than you can shake a
stick at.
Here are just a few bullet
points that may save you or
your loved ones from serious
injury around fireworks.
Never allow children to
play with fireworks without
adult supervision.
Sparklers, which burn at
extremely high temperatures,
account for most injuries for
children under 5 years old.
Keep a bucket of water
handy in case of malfunction
or fire.
Never try to relight fire-
works that have malfunc-


tioned.
Keep unused fireworks
away from firing areas:
Use common sense.
Better yet, leave fireworks
displays to professionals so
you can sit back and enjoy the
show.

Local fireworks will be shot
from the South Jetty Wednesday,
July 4, shortly after sunset.

Information from
Wikipedia.com was used
for this report.
tmcintyre@
venicegondolier.com


Nothing but the finest for


Fourth of July in Venice


BY TOMMY MCINTYRE
STAFF WRITER


As it has for the umpteenth year in a row,
the Venice fireworks display is being put on
by Garden State Fireworks.
Garden State stages fireworks displays all
around the world.
Historically, Augustine Santore opened
his first fireworks plant in New Jersey in 1890
soon after arriving in the United States. His
three sons, Nunzio, Charles and Ralph con-
tinued the business until 1973, when Nunzio
passed away and his two sons, August and
Nunzio Jr. took over.
As Garden State's reputation and the de-
mand for their product has increased, the
Santore Brothers, unusual in this regard,
have continued to share the actual hands-on
supervision of fireworks construction. In
time it is assumed that the brother's children
will continue in their footsteps, and that
Garden State will remain a family-owned-
and-operated firm.
Garden State is the major supplier to
many other display firms, including the
Disney organization, the world's largest con-
sumer of fireworks.
In the early '80s, the Santore Brothers
added a new dimension to the fireworks
world: A pyrotechnics display perfectly
choreographed to a musical score was devel-
oped, and soon became the cornerstone of
the Garden State Fireworks world-class dis-


plays.
In 1982, Garden State won the World
Fireworks Championship at the internation-
al competition in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The
following year, 1983, the firm was asked to
return to compete against the winner of the
five previous years. Once again Garden State
was victorious, returning with the Inter-
national Grand World Fireworks "Inter-
lauriat" Championship, the fireworks world's
highest honor.
In a letter from Jaques Quirey, the director
of the Monte Carlo competition wrote, "Your
Victory in 1983 was too great for you to come
back before a number of years because the
other competitors would be afraid of not
being able to compete with you."
In May 1986, Garden State won the Silver
Jupiter representing the United States at the
International Fireworks Festival at La Ronde
in Montreal, Canada.
On Aug. 17, 1991, in San Sebastian, Spain,
Garden State competed against seven other
firms from Europe and Australia at the 28th
Annual San Sebastian International Fire-
works Competition and was voted First Place
by nine out of the 10 judges. Rafael Aguirre,
director of the competition wrote, "The gen-
eral opinion of over 200,000 spectators, is
that it was the best display ever witnessed in
the 28 years of the Spanish competition."
Information from gardenstatefireworks.
corn was used for this report.
tmcintyre@venicegondolier.com


SUN FILE PHOTO
Thousands of people turn out each year to see the Venice fire-
works, put on by Garden State Fireworks.


YOUR PET
ANDJULY4
Please protect your pet
this July 4. Fireworks can
upset them and set a pattern
of fear of loud noise, includ-
ing thunder. Make sure your
dog and cat are in a safe and
secure place this holiday.
, Every year July 5, people
call Suncoast Humane Society
hoping to locate a missing
pet that, terrified, crashed
through a window, jumped a
high fence, or broke its leash
or chain. Pets are found miles
from their homes, confused,
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If fireworks upset your
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consult with your veterinarian
early. July 5 is one of the
busiest days of the year at
Suncoast Humane Society.
Take extra precautions -
enjoy the holiday, be safe and
protect your pet.
Call Suncoast Humane
Society at 474-7884 or visit
the animal care center at
6781 San Casa Drive,
Englewood, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Monday-Saturday, and
1-4 p.m., Sunday, or visit
humane.org.
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WWW.VENICEGONDOLIER.COM SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2007


BY BOB MUDGE
EDITOR


The Toy Train Factory and Museum will have its grand re-opening
Saturday, July 7, at 1 p.m. The TTFM is located at 49837 E. Ecinville
Roundabout Ave. There will be food, music and games for the children.


And now


You know that little snippet of information TV sta-
tions use to lure you to watch their late-night news
broadcasts? For instance, "Did you eat anything today?
You might die. Film at 11."
That's called a tease. Newspapers use them, too, to
show you there's something inside you might find
interesting, in case the front page doesn't have you
reaching for your wallet. ("Did you read a newspaper
today? If not, you might die. Story on page 14.")
The problem is, in trying to be interesting it's easy to
write a tease that gets twisted minds like mine working
overtime. Here are some actual teases from my AOL
news crawl, with commentary to provide what I wish
were the rest of the story.
Feds Stop Breeding Chimps for Experiments. (Now
they're just doing it for fun).
Cows in New Zealand produce low-fat milk. (And
if you shake the chickens, they lay scrambled eggs.)
O'Donnell May Never Speak to Hasselbeck. (Why
is she the lucky one?)
National Zoo's Panda Might Be Pregnant. ("I never
had sexual relations with that woman...")
Dolly Parton Named Girl Scout for Life. (Though
she might not want to get too close to a campfire.)


Singing Seniors Redefine Modern Rock Songs.
(First, that Alanis Morissette favorite, "Isn't it Colonic?")
Lawyer Takes Blame for Jolie Press Flap. (Is that
what it's called? I thought they were her lips.)
Abbas Tells Bush to Push Peace Talks. (Now that's
progress. Last week he told Bush to shove them.)
Ecuador weighs Galapagos Turtles vs. Tourists.
(I've heard of some strange national sports, but this
might be the oddest.)
Cabrera Dodges Tiger, Wins U.S. Open. (They're
really letting the rough get out of control in that tour-
nament.)
Fox Says DUI Arrest a "Learning Lesson." (First of
all, she learned to let someone else drive.)
Pirates Put Michael Moore's "Sicko" Online. (Ye
scurvy rats, ye'll walk the tongue depressor.)
DeGeneres Hopes Jail Changes Hilton. (It already
has; I don't remember her screaming for her mother in
public before. Maybe that's part of the problem.)
Barker Says O'Donnell Could Replace Him. (I
agree; the sound of her voice is enough to spay or
neuter cats and dogs in a 10-mile radius.)
Elvis Presley's Pill Bottle and Gun Auctioned. (Put
down that pistol, Fred, we just bought that TV)

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...The News from Ecineville


BYTED RANK
STAFF ESCRITOR


Hang on to your sanity,
ladies and gentlemen. It's
time for News from Ecine-
ville.
The five-year state study
of drivers over the age of 75
was released by the state's
Office of Elderly Affairs this
week.
The report, "Drivers Over
75: Habits and Hazards," is a
496-page report detailing
everything from "Collisions
with Sidewalk Benches: How
they happen and can they
be averted" to "Staying in


your lane: How to make it
happen."
"This report will be a
valuable resource to educate
our older drivers as to what
they are doing wrong and
how to correct their driving
habits," said OEA Director
Stevie Ray Vaughn, no rela-
tion.
"Our hope is to reduce
the number of accidents
involving seniors over 75 by
30 percent over the next five
years," Vaughn added.
Not all were happy with
the report's findings.
Ecineville resident and
cochair of the group


Freedom to Drive: You're
Never Too Old, Frank Racsan
was swift to react to the
report.
"This is a travesty; the
state spent millions of dol-
lars to do a study that, at
least at first glance, is noth-
ing more than a bunch of
anecdotal evidence, which
is put together like it's a sta-
tistical factual report. That's
a canard," said Rascan.
'"Anyway, everyone knows
it's those damn 20-year-olds
in those little souped-up
Hondas causing all the
problems," Rascan said,
"That's a fact."


The report summary cites
65 "egregious errors com-
mitted by senior drivers on a
regular basis."
Top five on the list were:
Having one's attention
diverted, or vision blocked,
by a small, hyperactive, mat-
ted-hair dog wearing a
"cute" little coat and/or hat
that is allowed to roam free
in the vehicle, while yapping
constantly because it hasn't
had it's doggie Ritalin.
Forgeting that you're
driving your vehicle while
you actually are driving your
vehicle.
Stopping in the middle


of a road for no apparent
reason.
Making a left or right
turn like you are turning the
1,052-foot, 82,655-ton Uni-
ted States Navy Aircraft car-
rier John E Kennedy around
in the middle of the Pacific
Ocean.
Failing to sell your
Cadillac and signing up for
Richora County Area Transit
service.
"This report will be used
as an attempt to take driver
licenses away from seniors
over 75, and our organiza-
tion will fight this all the way
to the Supreme Court ifnec-


essary. Damn, I'll organize
protests and have people
handcuff themselves to their
cars. We will not allow the
state and those damn 20-
year-olds to tell us what we
can and can't do," said
Rascan.
Well, this is Ted "I'm a
reporter, I'm a reporter"
Rank reporting. I'll see you
next issue with more news
fromEcineville. Until then,
remember, to wear you're
seatbelt here in Ecineville.


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SUNDAY,
JULY 1
Sunday games
* Knights of Columbus holds
bingo at 2 p.m. Sunday at
512 Substation Road. Doors
open at noon. Snacks avail-
able. Call 484-4512.
* VFW Post 8118 hosts euchre
at 1 p.m. Sunday at 832 E.
Venice Ave. All are welcome.
Health matters
* Suncoast Communities
Blood Bank's Bloodmobile vis-
its the Venice Pet Supermar-
ket, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 470
North U.S. 41 Bypass. Call
SCBB at 954-1600, Ext. 240 or
Florida's Blood Centers at 492-
9202.
* An Al-Anon newcomer
meeting, Keep it Simple Sun-
day, takes place at 7 p.m. at
Emmanuel Lutheran Church,
790 South Tamiami Trail. Call
426-7655 or visit southflorida
al-anon.org.


MONDAY,
JULY 2
Music makers
* Hear live acoustic music at
Books-A-Million, 4230 South
Tamiami Trail, every first and
third Monday, 7-9:30 p.m.
Call Richard at 408-9515.
*Venice Beach Jam, 6:30-8:30
p.m., Venice Beach Pavilion,
West Venice Avenue (weather
permitting). Visit swinging
bridgebluegrass.com.
* Bluegrass and Country Jam,
6:30 p.m., Indian Mound
Park, 210 Winston Ave.,
Englewood. Call 473-4022.
Monday hoops
* 6-9:30 p.m., over-50 basket-
ball games; practices are 6-8
p.m, Thursdays at the Sandra
Sims Terry Community Cen-
tef, 509 Collins, Road, Laurel.
Call 861-5000.
* 7-9 p.m., adult basketball for
menf at Woodmere Park, 3951
Woodmere Park Blvd. This
program is free with the pur-
chase of a team shirt. All skill
levels welcome. Call Wes to
register at 488-2803.
Bike ride
The Alliance fdr Responsible
Transportation (ART), a com-
munity-based bicycle/pedes-
trian advocacy group, and
other concerned citizens will
participate in the 2-mile
Fruitville for Everyone Bike
Ride at 6 p.m. Meet in the
parking lot behind the Holly-
wood 20 movie theater and
ride to Sarasota City Hall. The
public is welcome. Contact
Andrew at art@bikewalklive.
org or call (941) 726-8800.
Visit ART'S Web site at bike
walklive.org.
Pet adoptathon


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Dabble is a young female
who became very stressed by
shelter life. She needs some-
one who can be very patient
with her and help her over-
come her nervousness. She is
otherwise healthy and very
pretty. If you would like to
sponsor a special-needs cat
like Dabble, call Jill at St.
Francis at 492-6200.

St. Francis Animal Rescue
hosts an Animal Rescue Co-
alition-sponsored Adoption
Trail adoptathon, 10 a.m.-4
p.m. at 1925 South Tamiami
Trail. All cats and kittens are
available for a $25 adoption
fee. Tob speak with an adop-
tion couiselor, call 492-6200
or visit stfrancisarfl.org.

Senior Friendship Centers,
2350 Sivnlt Drive, 584-0075,
senlorfriendship.com,
* Fourth of July party, all day,


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Independence Day Fun 'n games


The city of Venice and Venice
Sertoma Club present the 2007
fireworks display in celebration
of Independence Day on
Wednesday, July 4, shortly after
sunset. The fireworks will be shot
from the South Jetty. The jetty
parking lot west of Anita's Sand
Castle will be closed early July 3
in preparation for the event. The
rest of the area will be closed to
the public by mid-morning July
4. Tarpon Center Road will be
closed at The Esplanade, except
for local traffic, around 1 p.m.
July 4. The waterway alongside
the jetties will be closed to
marine traffic around 8:45 p.m.
and will reopen after the fire-
works, as soon as the area is safe.


featuring tap dancers and
fashion show.
* 9 a.m., mah-jongg
* 9:30 a.m., life history class.
Call 488-8513.
* noon, $3 lunch for 60 and
older with 24-hour reserva-
tions, 584-0031 or 584-0090
* 1-3 p.m., The Upbeat Band
performs in the Great Room.
Dancing for kids
Children ages 9-13 are invited
to Dance Dance Revolution,
6-7:45 p.m. at Elsie Quirk
Library, 100 W. Dearborn St.,
Englewood. For a calendar of
more local VERB activities for
kids, visit verbsarasota.com
or call Jennifer Nichols at the
Sarasota County Health De-
partment at 861-2997.
Computer group
The Venice Area Computer
Users Group meets at 4 p.m.


at Venice Public Library, 300
S. Nokomis Ave. Speaker is
Adam Richter. The public is
welcome. Call 484-9339.
Storytime
Jacaranda Public Library
holds free preschool story-
time sessions 10-10:45 a.m.
Monday at 4143 Woodmere
Park Blvd. This program for
ages 3-5 includes finger plays,
songs, guests arid craft activi-
ties. No registration neces-
sary. Call 861-1275.
Sewing group
The Sew Much Fun neighbor-
hood group of the Gulf Coast/
Florida Chapter of the Ameri-
can Sewing Guild meets 1-3
p.m. the first Monday of every
month at Jacaranda Public
Library, 4143 Woodmere Park
Blvd. Members demonstrate
helpful techniques. Contact


* The Venice Shuffleboard Club meets at
9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at
Hecksher Park. Lessons available. All are
welcome. Call Barbara at 485-1678.
* The Venice Florida Chess Club meets
1-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at Venice
Public Library, 300 S. Nokomis Ave. All are
welcome. Call the library at 861-1332.
* Disabled American Veterans serves lunch
daily, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and hosts bingo with
bingo sheets and dabbers, Mondays at
6 p.m. at 600 Colonia Lane, Nokomis. Call
488-4500.

Trails friends
At 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, the Friends of
the Venice Sarasota Rails-to-Trails meet at
Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 South
Tarniami Trail, Osprey. Park fee will be
waived for attendees. County officials will
give an update on trail construction.
Following a short business meeting, com-
mittees on sponsors and donors and a
grand opening event will meet. The public
is welcome. Call 485-4921 or visit foscp.org.


Evelyn at 624-6237 or evan
bill@comcast.net.
Start Your Heart
Walking programs, 8 a.m.-8
p.m., 861-5000
* Carlton Reserve, 1800 Mab-
ry-Carlton Parkway
* Laurel Park and Sandra Sims
Terry Community Center, 509
Collins Road
* Lemon Bay Park and Envi-
ronmental Center, 570 Bay
Park Blvd., Englewood
* Nokomis Community Park,
234 East Nippino Trail
* Woodmere Park, 3951
Woodmere Park Blvd.
Seniors group
Seniors Without Partners
meets at American Legion
No-Vel Post 159, 1770 E.
Venice Ave., Mondays, 12:30-
3:30 p.m. for a meeting and
cards. Call 485-8739.


Laurel civic meeting
The Laurel Civic Association
meets 6-9 p.m. at the Sandra
Sims 'terrv Community Cen-
ter, 509 Collins Road. The
association serves low-in-
come and at-risk children
and their families through
activities that educate, pro-
vide posi ive social interac-
tion and lead to self-sufficien-
cy. Call io6 1-5000.
Tae Kwon Do
Youth Tae Kw\on Do classes
take place Fridays and
Monday, 6:)0-7:30 p.m., at
the Enlle\\ood ,Sports Com-
plex at 1:00)O South River
Road. \ikiIt \ rbhsarasota.com
or c ill ie il. Nichols at the
Sarasoia w(nmi I health De-
partn enti 'l ) 1-2997.
Readers Theater
The lt, sri Theater of


Corvette club


PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN VIDAS
The Corvette Club meets at 7
p.m. at the Venice Commu-
nity Center, 326 S. Nokomis
Ave. Guests are welcome. Visit
veniceflorida corvettes. com.

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SUNDAY
JULY 1,2007


Lemon Bay Playhouse meets
at 9:30 a.m. the first Monday
of every month at 96 W.
Dearborn St., Englewood.
Open to all who are interested
in performing or listening to
plays in a friendly group set-
ting. Call 475-6756 or visit
lemonbayplayhouse.com.
Health help
* Suncoast Communities
Blood Bank's Bloodmobile
visits the Venice Fire De-
partment, 7 -10 a.m., at 200 N.
Grove St. This event is part of
SCBB's second annual Boots
and Badges Blood Drive
Campaign. For more dona-
tions sites, call SCBB at 954-
1600, Ext. 240 or Florida's
Blood Centers at 492-9202.
* Panic Relief Inc., a nonprofit
educational organization, of-
fers a panic and anxiety pro-
gram, noon-1 p.m., Mondays,
and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednes-
days in Venice, Arcadia and
North Port. For program sites,
call PRI at (732) 940-9658.
* An Al-Anon newcomer
meetings takes place at 7 p.m.
Monday at St. Mark's Epis-
copal Church, 508 Riviera St.
Call 426-7655 or visit south
floridaal-anon.org.

TUESDAY,
JULY 3
Yoga
Serenity Gardens offers yoga
at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thurs-
days at 602 E. Venice Ave. Call
486-3577.

Jacaranda Public Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd.,
861-1260
* 9:30-10 a.m. Nursery rhymes,
songs, board books and sign
language for hearing and non-
hearing newborns to 18
months. Space is limited. Ol-
der siblings welcome.
* 9:30-11 a.m., Jacaranda Book
Club discusses "March," by
Geraldine Brooks.
* 2-4 p.m.,' free matinee,
"Cars," rated G

Senior Friendship Centers,
Venice Community Center,
326 S. Nokomis Ave. Call
Kathie at 584-0052.
* 9 a.m., wood carving; friend-
ly bridge, no partner needed
* 9:30 a.m., Scrabble; teddy-
bear making
* 10 a.m., blood-pressure
checks; pine-needle weaving
and basket-weaving
Clubs
* The Venice Sunrise Rotary
Club meets for breakfast at
7:15 a.m. at Harmony House
in the Holiday Inn, 455 U.S. 41
Bypass. Call Don at 493-4680.
* The Venice Toastmasters
meet at 7:30 a.m. at theVenice
Chamber of Commerce, 597
South Tamiami Trail. Call Rick
at 539-0029.
* Disabled American Veterans
serves lunch daily, 11 a.m.-2
p.m., at 600 Colonia Lane,
Nokomis. Call 488-4500.
* The American Legion No-
Vel Post 159 serves lunch, 11
a.m.-2 p.m., at 1770 E. Venice
Ave. Call 488-1157.
* The Venice Nokomis Elks of-
fers lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2:30
p.m., blue plate specials and
more, 5-7:30 p.m., at 1021
Discovery Way, Nokomis. All
are welcome. Call 486-1854.
* The Lions Club of Laurel
meets 6-8 p.m. at the Sandra
Sims Terry Community Cen-
ter activities room, 509 Col-
lins Road. Call 861-5000 or
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Health help
* Suncoast Communities Blood
Bank's Bloodmobile visits the
Venice Fire Department, 7 -10
a.m., at 200 N. Grove St.; and
Florida Highway Patrol, noon-
4 p.m., at 4010 South Tamiami
Trail. This event is part of
SCBB's second annual Boots
and Badges Blood Drive
Campaign. For more dona-
tions sites, call SCBB at 954-
1600, Ext. 240 or Florida's
Blood Centers at 492-9202.
* Florida's Blood Centers' Big
Red Bus visits the Edgewater
Club, 8-10:30 a.m., at 2840
Waxwing Lane in Englewood;
and the Walgreens of Eng-
lewood, noon-2 p.m., at 15
South IndianaAve. Call FBC at
at 492-9202 or Suncoast
Communities Blood Bank at
954-1600, Ext. 240.
* Alcoholics Anonymous
meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
and Thursdays in the Sun-
coast Auditorium of Engle-
wood Community Hospital,
700 Medical Blvd. Call 426-
7655.
* An Al-Anon newcomer
meeting, Let Go & Let God
AFG, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at
Venice Presbyterian Church,
111 E. Firenze St. Call 426-
7655 or visit southfloridaal-
anon.org.
Dancing
Square dance workshops with
caller Mike Cox meet Tues-
days, May through Septem-
ber, at the AMF Bowling
Lanes, 1100 U.S. 41 Bypass.
Advanced dances 1-3 p.m.;
Plus, 3-5 p.m. $5 per person
for one or both dances. Call
Gayle at 484-0066.

'All Night Strut'
Florida Studio Theatre has
added performances of its hit
musical celebration of the
1930s and '40s. This musical
includes jazz, blues, bebop
and classic songs. Shows are
at 8 p.m. July 3, 5 and 6 at The
Gompertz Theatre, 1241 N.
Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets
are $32-$34. Call 366-9000 or
visit fst2000.org.

WEDNESDAY,
JULY 4
Kayak trip \
Explore Little Sarasota Bay
with the American Littoral
Society, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Equip-
ment and training provided.
Fee: $25. Call John Sarkozy at
966-7308.
Elks celebration
The Venice-Nokomis Elks
Lodge 1854 hosts a Fourth of
July party, 4-6 p.m., at 1021
Discovery Way. The public is
welcome for draft beer, foun-
tain sodas, hamburgers, beans,
slaw, potato salad and more.
Music by Spotlight Enter-
taiment. Tickets are $10 per
person and are available at the
door or by calling 486-1854.
Free concert
The American Brass perform


a free veterans tribute concert
at 5:30 p.m. at Island Park in
Sarasota. Veterans and mili-
tary groups will be on hand
and seven colorguards will
participate in the program
prior to the annual fireworks
display. Refreshments avail-
able. Visit popsextras.org or
call 362-7632.
Italian American party
The Italian American Club of
Venice presents a July 4th
feast and party, noon-5 p.m.,
at 1375 Ringling Drive. All are
welcome for ribs, chicken,
hot dogs, chili, salads, plus
games, music and dancing
and more. Tickets are $10 for
members, $12 for nonmem-
bers. Call Estelle or John
Dichazi at 223-4008 or 223-
9798.
A Tropical Fourth
Live Zydeco music will high-
light the Marie Selby Botan-
ical Gardens' Tropical Fourth
of July Celebration at 6 p.m. at
900 S. Palm Ave. Children's
games will take place along
the south lawn along with
face painting. Prizes will be
awarded for best patriotic
attire. The evening will culmi-
nate at nightfall in a commu-
nity fireworks display along
the bayfront. Cookout fare
will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $15 for members,
$18 for nonmembers and free
for children younger than 12.
Visit selby.org or call 366-
5731, Ext. 241.


RSVP
Dance classes
Marilyn andVito Carcioppolo
lead beginners and interme-
diate/advanced ballroom
dance classes for all ages,
starting Thursday, July 5, at
the Venice Community Cen-
ter, 326 S. Nokomis Ave.
Intermediate/advanced, 6-7
p.m.; beginners, 7-8 p.m. Call
412-1796.
Short story classes
Author Diane E. Robertson
leads a four-session course,
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, July
7, 14, 21 and 28 at Manatee
Comrhunity College-Venice...
The Short Story (course
35235) features writing and
critiquing sessions at 8000
South TamiamiTrail. Fee: $65.
To register, call 408-1412.
Gymnastics camp
Sarasota County Parks and
Recreation Department is
accepting reservations for its
summer gymnastics, cheer
and tumbling camp to be
held at the Nokomis Park
Community Center, 234 East
Nippino Trail. Camp is open
to beginning and advanced
gymnasts ages 6-17, 8:30
a.m.-4:30 p.m., July 9-13 and
July 23-27 for $80 per week.
Campers will bring a lunch
daily. Visit parksonline.scgov.
net or call 486-2595 for a
camp packet.
Fundraisers' Forum
The 2007 Fundraisers' Forum
features 20 roundtable dis-


cussions on critical fundrais-
ing issues, featuring a key-
note speech by consultant
Kim Klein. The event takes
place 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Wed-
nesday, July 11, at Cardinal
Mooney High School's Selby
Auditorium, 4171 Fruitville
Road, Sarasota. Cost is $50 or
$30 for lunch and keynote
only. Registration details are
online at cfsarasota.org or call
556-7108.
Democrat luncheon
The Rev. Charles McKenzie
speaks to the Democratic
Club of Sarasota on The
Impact of African-Americans
on the Political Landscape of
America Saturday, July 14, at
the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100
Ringling Blvd. Social at 11:30
a.m., lunch and program at
noon. Fee: $20 for members,
$25 for nonmembers. RSVP
by July 11 to 379-9233 or
reserve@sarasotadems.com.
Cook up some fun
Sarasota's Thyme for Dinner
holds a "cook-it-yourself"
event Saturday, July 14, with
10 percent of proceeds bene-
fiting the shelter pets of
Humane Society of Sarasota
County. Three sessions to
choose from and 25 menu
selections; choose 10 a.m.,
1:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. at 1533-
State St. Prepare four family-
sized entrees for $84. Limited
to 12 per session. Visit thyme
fordinner or call 954-8899.
Nature events
* Kayak with the American
Littoral Society, 9 a.m.-noon,
Saturday, July 14, at Don
Pedro State Park and Lemon
Bay. Bring water and sun-
screen. Equipment and train-
ing provided. Fee: $30. Call
John at 966-7308.
* The Manatee-Sarasota Sier-
ra Club leads a 4-mile walk at
Carlton Reserve, 1800 Mabry
Carlton Parkway at 7:30 a.m.,
Saturday, July 14. Wear sturdy
shoes and bring water, insect
repellent, sunscreen and a
snack. Donation: $5. RSVP to
Sally at 484-4113.
* Walk Myakka State Park with
the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra
Club, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Sunday,
July 15, at 13207 State Road
72, Sarasota. Bring water,
sunscreen and lunch for this
4- to 6-mile walk. Donation:
$5 plus park fee. RSVP to
Sharon at 321-1218.
* The Manatee-Sarasota Sier-
ra Club leads a leisurely pad-
dle at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, July
22, at Stump Pass State Park
in Englewood. Rentals avail-
able. Donation: $5 plus park
and rental fees. RSVP to Don
at 493-3085.
* Take a 5-mile walk to Rocky
Ford and group camping area
with the Manatee-Sarasota
Sierra Club at 7:30 a.m., Sat-
urday, July 28. Wear sturdy
shoes and bring water, insect
repellent, sunscreen and a
snack. Donation: $5. RSVP to
Sally at 484-4113.
'Look Good...
Feel Better'
The American Cancer Society
offers its "Look Good ... Feel


Free concert on July 4


PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FINER PLACES INC.
Gary Reinstrom, center, Joe Martinez, Bob Medlin, Don Chalfy, Howard Goodman and
Alyson Rozier perform as The American Brass on July 4 in a free veterans concert at 5:30
p.m. at Island Park in Sarasota.


Better" program, 2-4 p.m.,
Monday, July 16, at the Amer-
ican Cancer Society Resource
Center in the Tandem Center,
333 South Tamiami Trail,
Suite 375. Volunteer cosme-
tologists help female cancer
patients learn how to use
makeup and skin-care tech-
niques to overcome the ap-
pearance-related effects of
chemotherapy and radiation.
Class and materials are of-
fered free to women in active
cancer treatment. To register,
call (800) ACS-2345.
H2U Health,
Happiness and You
Englewood Community Hos-
pital, 700 Medical Blvd., 473-
3919, (888) 685-1598. For
membership information, call
Gale West at 473-5048.
* See a free afternoon movie
at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday
of each month (July 18) in the
Suncoast Auditorium. Enjoy
popcorn, a beverage and the
1944 classic, '"Arsenic and Old
Lace." RSVP to the numbers
above.
* Dr. Lenita Hanson discusses
The Metabolic Syndrome at 1
p.m., Monday, July 16, in the
Suncoast Auditorium. RSVP
to the numbers above.


* A Meet & Eat get-together
will be held at noon, Wed-
nesday, July 25, at the Great
Wall Buffet at Palm Plaza on
South McCall Road in Eng-
lewood. RSVP to the numbers
above or stop by the office.
Community dance
Put on your dancin' shoes
and step out to the sounds of
Harmony, 7:30-10:30 p.m.,
Thursday, July 19, at the
Venice Community Center,
326 S. Nokomis Ave. Before
the dance, Vito and Marilyn
Carcioppolo lead a free dance
lesson, 7-7:30 p.m. Tickets for
the dance are $5. Parties of six
or more may call Betty at 485-
2297. BYOB. Ice, napkins,
soda and cups available. Call
861-1380.
Dinner dance
SThe SUnmcoa st Stb'rewalll
.Democrats' host? their.,sec-
ond anniversary dinner
dance Saturday, July 28, at
the Bobby Jones Golf Club,
. 1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota.
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., din-
ner at 7:30 p.m., dancing at
8:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 per
person. RSVP by July 21 to
Bryan at 320-8643 or
Michael at 359-8212.


Women's workshop
Nancy C. Detert, candidate
for Florida Senate seat in
District 23, will present a
keynote speech during a
women's workshop for the
Business and Professional
Women of Englewood and
Venice, 8:15 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Sun
Coast Worship Center,. 811
River Road, Englewood.
Registration is $20 for work-
shop attendance, luncheon
and keynote speech. Partic-
ipants.may choose three of
12 workshop topics. Bus-
iness exhibitors and spon-
sors welcome. To register,
call Wendy Namack at 429-
2911 or visit the Web at
bpwengven.com and follow
the link to the Women's
Workshop.
H MumnR Spciety~gjgoad 10
Th, mHuSane Socity;,,of
Sarasota County hosts its 15th
annual "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats"
formal masquerade gala at
6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at
the Chelsea Center, 2506 Gulf
Gate Drive, Sarasota. Enjoy
fine dining, live performances,
dancing, auctions and more.
Costumes optional. Tickets:
$175. Call 955-4131, Ext. 121.


MCC hosts summer 2007 open houses


FROM MCC


Manatee Community Col-
lege (MCC) will offer an
opportunity during Summer
2007 open house programs
for high school students, their
families and others interested
in higher education to learn
about the college and the
programs and services, it


offers. An MCC scholarship
drawing will be held for eligi-
ble high school students.
An open house will be held
5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, in
the Student Services Center,
building 1, MCC Bradenton,
5840 26th St. West, and July
24, in the Student Services
Center, building 100, MCC
Venice, 8000 South Tamiami


Trail.
MCC offers two-year associ-
ate in arts (AA), associate in sci-
ence (A.S.) and associate in
applied science (AAS.) degrees.
For more information, call
408-1400 in South Sarasota
County or 752-5422 in Bra-
denton. Driving directions and
campus maps can be down-
loaded from mccfl.edu/ maps.


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those people who have the
highest/commitment to pro-
fessional growth and pride in
association management and
evidence of professionalism
and leadership in service to
both the FABB and the com-
munity. The award was pre-
sented to Bill Herron, a
Sarasota resident since the
1970s and a certified public
accountant, during FABB's
annual awards banquet in
Orlando on June 7.
Herron started donating
blood in the mid-1970s and
has exclusively donated
platelets since 1989. He has
given almost 30 gallons of
blood. He serves as vice pres-
ident of the board of directors
for Suncoast Communities
Blood Bank, having served on
the board for more than 12
years. Herron embodies the
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others to 'go the extra mile'.
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The Hearing Loss Association
of Charlotte County meets for
lunch at noon the first Friday
of each month (July 6) at the
Super International Buffet in
Charlotte Square Mall, 2200
Tamiami Trail. All are wel-
come. Call 625-1782.
Nar-Anon
A support group for those
who have loved ones affected
with drug addiction meets
at 7 p.m. Thursday in the
lounge at St. Marks Episcopal
Church, 508 Riviera St. Call
Ray at 497-6879.
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous meets
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday in the Suncoast
Auditorium of Englewood
Community Hospital, 700
Medical Blvd. Call 426-7655.
Walkabout group
The Saturday Morning Walk-
about group meets at 8 a.m.
Saturday at Volunteer Park,
located behind the Gulf Coast
Community Foundation of
Venice. Each Saturday a dif-
ferent 2-1/2 mile route is
selected. Mileage is recorded
and incentive awards are pre-
sented for various total miles
walked. Bring your pets, too.
New walkers welcome.
Al-Anon
Al-Anon and Alateen family
meetings take place several
times a week at area locations.
Call 426-7655 or visit south
floridaal-anon.org.
Alateen
* Laurel Nokomis Middle
School, 1900 East Laurel
Road, Nokomis, 8:30-9:30
a.m., Wednesdays
* Venice Middle School, 1900
Center Road, 8 a.m., Thurs-
days
* St. Mark's Church lounge,
513 Nassau St., 7 p.m.,
Friday. Call Ray at 497-6879.
Al-Anon newcomer meetings
* St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
508 Riviera St., 7 p.m.,
Monday
* Let Go & Let God AFG,
Venice Presbyterian Church,
111 E. Firenze St., 7:30 p.m.,
Tuesday
* Freedom AFG, Church of the
Nazarene, 1535 E. Venice Ave.
(children welcome), 10:30


a.m., Wednesdays
*Wednesday Step Study, Grace
TJOnited Methodist Church, 400
E. Field St., 7 p.m., Wednesdays
* Steps & Growth, The Church
of Christ, 4301 State Road 776,
10 a.m., Thursdays
* Peace Pipe, Emmanuel
Lutheran Church, 790 South
Tamiami Trail, Room 101,
7 p.m., Thursdays
* On the Island, Emmanuel
Lutheran Church, 790 South
Tamiami Trail, 8 p.m., Thurs-
days
* Step in the Right Direction,
St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
508 Riviera St., 7 p.m., Fridays
* Saturday Night Live, Em-
manuel Lutheran Church, 790
South Tamiami Trail, 7 p.m.,
Saturday
* Keep it Simple Sunday,
Emmanuel Lutheran Church,
790 South Tamiami Trail,
7 p.m., Sundays
Educational programs
The Alzheimer's Association
has numerous educational
programs open to the public.
Offerings include Basic
Course for Caregivers, Main-
tain Your Brain and informa-
tion about local caregiver


support groups. Call365-8883 ..
for details and locations.


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chiropractic care, not only
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with your nervous system
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actually be healthier. Injured joints
and muscles need professional care.
At TWIN PALMS CHIROPRACTIC
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and trained in the detection and care of
problems of the spinal column. Stop the
pain call 941.412.3800 today to
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Chiropractic is a scientifically sound
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teers appointed by the gover-
nor to review and investigate
situations stemming from
complaints and monitor ser-
vices provided by the Florida
Department of Children and
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human rights violations oc-
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which includes complaints
on child welfare issues such
as children in foster care, day
care and under protective
supervision.
After recommendation by
the local council members,
you are appointed by the gov-
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call (800) 342-0825 or (239)
338-3301 for an application
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Friendly Venice ambassadors enjoy summer trips


FRAN VALENCIC
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Violinist ViaViteri recently
traveled to Europe with 23
classmates from Cardinal
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and appreciating the cultures.
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Via was playing her violin in
Trafalghar Square. Needless
to say, Via's grandmother, Vee
Garry-Chiulli, enjoys telling
about her granddaughter's
adventures.
Summer in Italy
The Fistner and the De-
Fina families traveled to Italy
to visit family and explore the
country. They spent a week in
Positano with relatives who
own a lovely hotel there.
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Fistner and Ron, Linda and
Roec d FinaD enjoyed bdau-
tiful weather, food and wine,
and promise to return to this
romantic country again.
Venice Elementary School
art teacher Barbara Sirpilla
wants everyone to know the
creative work she did with her
art class teaching them a
Sumi-e/cinquain poem lesson
occurred thanks to a grant she
received for supplies from the
Education Foundation. Veri-
zon sponsored ber award. So,
the next time you pay your
phone bill and check the little
box, know that teachers like
Barbara Sirpilla and her stu-
dents benefit.


It's a stitch
Pam Morris, Dawn Moore'
and Ellen Simon invite you to
the Venice Art Center through
Aug. 10 for a hem of a show.
Quilt guilds from the area
display unique, one-of-a-
kind wall hangings showing
off new design techniques.
Kathleen McDonald judged
Metro-Textural Paradise
Perspective and artists
shared ideas at an opening
of the show reception
recently at the Venice Art
Center.
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at 485-7136 for information
about the show, summer
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a check for the annual fire-
works display at Venice Beach
on July 4th. Take pride know-
ing you added sparkle to
Venice by your contribution.
Checks go to The Sertoma
Club Fireworks Fund at PO.
Box 621, Venice, FL 34284.
Pat on the back
When it comes to pro-
moting Venice and its histo-
ry, Dorothy Koiwek and
Betty Intagliata deserve a
place in the books. These
dedicated women recently
volunteered at the Florida
Trust for Historic Preser-


vation Conference, held, at
:z the Hyat, HIotellinoaarasptavti
Dorothy was cochair and
Betty was workshop chair.
The conference provided
an all-day tour of Venice and
Englewood.
Betty and Paul Intagliata,
Penny Phelps and Dot
Fuhrmeister conducted
tours of the Venice Train
Depot while Dorothy took
groups on a trolley tour of
Venice highlighting John No-
len's plan.
Kudos to Linda Bradway
of Richard Bradway and
Associates and Don Hay of
Smith Barney for sponsor-
ing the trolley for the trips.


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Lunch is served at noon at
Senior Friendship Centers,
2350 Scenic Drive, Venice,
584-0090 or 584-0031.
The Senior Friendship
Englewood Cafe is open every
Tuesday.
Please call Venice for reser-
vations in Englewood. Reser-
vations required 24 hours in
advance.
Suggested donation: $3. All
meals served with bread and
milk.
Monday, July 2: Barbecue
pork' riblet, seasoned black-
eyed peas, turnip greens with
onion, oatmeal cookie
Frozen alternative: Batter-
dipped fish fillet nuggets,
green beans with red peppers
Tuesday, July 3: Frank-
furter on bun with mustard,
baked beans with tomato


bits, cole slaw with shredded
carrot, hot cinnamon apples,
cake
Frozen alternative: Maca-
roni and beef casserole, green
peas, California vegetable
blend
Wednesday, July 4: All sites
closed for Independence Day.
Thursday, July 5: Pasta pri-
mavera casserole, green peas,
carrot cuts, chocolate pud-
ding
Frozen alternative: Home-
style ham and bean casserole,
country vegetable medley,
carrot cuts
Friday, July 6: Crispy chick-
en quarter, potatoes O'Brien,
diced peaches
Frozen alternative: Salis-
bury steak with brown gravy,
garlic mashed potatoes, cut
broccoli


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SUN PHOTOS BY SUSAN CAIRO


Outside Paris Las Vegas, French showgirl Carrie Daway welcomes visitors into the hotel and
nisac o Once inside the casino ther o


A roller-coaster ride awaits you at New York, New York Hotel and Casino. There is also a shop- take a ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a spectacular view of the strip.
ping district with lots of New York-style delis, bars and restaurants.




Get early-bird discounts in Las Vegas


q bou can visit Las Vegas and getdiscounts by
watching for coupons, free attractions and
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BY SUSAN CAIRO
STAFF WRITER


Las Vegas is constantly
changing. Even if you visit
once a year, there are so many
new casinos, attractions and
shows that it is hard to keep
up with the latest news.
If you are in the middle of
the strip looking for the
Aladdin Hotel and Casino,
you will be surprised to know
that it is gone. It is under
complete renovation and
now called Planet Hollywood
Resort. The casino floor has
been upgraded and there has
been about $1 billion spent
on it. There will be a grand-
reopening in October.


Also new are four locations
on the strip where you can
purchase last-minute, two-
for-one tickets to top shows.
Called Tix 4 Tonight, they are
located at the north strip, just
south of the Riviera Hotel; in
the Hawaiian Marketplace,
south strip at Polo Towers;
downtown in the 4 Queens
Hotel, Fremont Street Ex-
perience and in the Fashion
Show Mall. Shows are posted
at 10:30 a.m.
If you are looking for the
hottest tickets in town, you
probably won't find them at
Tix 4 Tonight. But, many of
the top shows are listed and
the earlier in the day you go
there, the better chance you


have of getting seats. :
You cannot walk down the
strip without being stopped
by sales people offering you
show tickets either for free or
highly discounted prices.
Don't be fooled, they are real-
ly offering you a reservation
for a 90-minute time-share
talk. If you do choose to go for
the talk, they usually will give
you lunch, a tour and show
tickets for your time.
Every restaurant, casino
and tourist shop has a visitor
magazine Quick Guide Las
Vegas, Today in Las Vegas and
Las Vegas Magazine are just
some of the many publica-
tions available. Each has
coupons for shows, buffets
and gifts. Don't overlook these
excellent opportunities for
additional perks.
Also sign up for the casino
gaming cards, which are not
credit cards, just the free


cards that rate players at each
casino. Many give you a free
buffet lunch or discounts to
their shows with sign-up.
Trolley busses
The trolleys run from 9:30
a.m. to midnight daily and
arrive about every 20 min-
utes. The cost is $2.50 and
exact change is required.
The route starts at the
Stratosphere at the north end
of the strip, loops over to the
Las Vegas Hilton, and stops at
several of the major strip
hotels. It's a good way to get to
the strip, if you are staying at
the Hilton.
The main drawback of the
trolley is that it's slow. A num-
ber of the stops are made
when the trolley is going both
north- and southbound.
Strip monorail
There is a monorail that
starts at the MGM Grand. The
route is approximately 4 miles
long and runs from 7 a.m. to 2
a.m. (3 a.m. Friday through
Sunday). It takes about 15 min-.
utes to go the full route with
trains arriving in stations ap-
proximately every 10 minutes.
Tickets are available for a
fixed number of rides or for a
fixed period of time. Ticket
pricing ranges from $5 for one
ride to $8 for an all-day pass. If
you check the magazines
there is a coupon for $3 off an
all-day pass.
Free attractions
Lake of Dreams, Wynn.
Small vignettes of dreams
appear on the lake, as music,
light and nature combine to
create a spectacle.
Forum Shops at Caesars.
While walking through Italy,
take a break from shopping to


Inside of the Luxor Hotel is a re-creation of King Tut's tomb and museum. The atrium level of
Luxor has shopping and amusement rides surrounding the pyramid-shaped hotel.


Outside of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino is a water show every
half hour featuring fountains that sway to music.


catch the special effects ani-
matronic fountain show fea-
turing King Atlas' children
feuding over who gets the
throne to Atlantis when their
father steps down.
White Tiger Habitat, Mir-
age. Siegfried &, oy's famous
white tigers rotate in and out
of this exotic habofat featuring
waterfalls and room for the
animals to prowl.
Wild Habitat, Flamingo.
Take a walk on the wild side
through Flamingo's lavish,
tropical setting that is home
to the hotel's namesake the
flamingo plus peacocks,
pheasants and other exotic
animals.
Sirens of Ti, Treasure Is-
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their tracks nightly is a band
of pirates attempting to take
on the women of Sirens Cove.
Bellagio, dancing waters.
Every half-hour a dancing
waterfall show to opera, clas-
sical and whimsical music,
while falling to carefully chor-
eographed movements.
You don't have to spend a
lot of money in Las Vegas for
entertainment. The perks,
free attractions and coupons
all help you to save some of
your travel money for one of
the most famous attractions
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