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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: September 19, 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
Frequency: semiweekly
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Subject: Newspapers -- Venice (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Sarasota County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Sarasota -- Venice
Coordinates: 27.098611 x -82.438889 ( Place of Publication )
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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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Still soaring high


SUN PHOTO BY JEFF TAVARES, jtavares@venicegondoller.com
Venice High's Casey Taylor goes up high for one of her 18 kills against Lemon Bay High School Monday night in Venice. VHS defeated LBHS to go to 12-0 to this season
as the team continues its tradition of success.


Roundabout tops agenda of joint meeting


Also on the agenda for a meeting of Venice C
Council and Sarasota County Commission ai
scrub jays, parks, jails and revisiting the join
planning agreement.


BY GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR

The county will build a
case for a roundabout on the
outskirts of city property
today (Wednesday) at the
Venice Community Center.
The meeting, open to the
public, begins at 9 a.m. and is
scheduled to end at 1 p.m.
Sarasota County will bring
in its heavy hitters a noted


consultant and author
roundabouts to help
cate council and ci
about the merits of a r
about at Jacaranda Bou
and East Venice Avenue
The county says it d
have enough money
five-year capital plan t
for expanded traffic lan
traffic light capacity
intersection, but it doe
enough for a roundabo


ity Weeks ago Mayor Fred
Hammett arid City Manager
Marty Black zipped off letters
t and e-mails to Sarasota
County officials demanding
the BOCC suspend any action
toward building the proposed
ity on roundabout.
p edu- When it didn't, the city in-
itizens evoked mediation under lan-
round- guage contained in the joint
levard planning agreement.
e. In an e-mail to Commis-
doesn't sioner Shannon Staub, Ham-
in its mett inquired about the
to pay amount of tractor trailer and
es and large truck traffic that passes
at the through the intersection on a
s have daily basis, its proximity to I-
ut. 75 and whether there's enough


land at the intersection to
accommodate a roundabout.
"I would expect your staff
has explored all of these
items, but we did not have the
benefit of any background
discussion that could have
been shared before you made
the decision," Hammett wrote.
That background informa-
tion will be forthcoming at
the joint meeting.
County commissioners
first proposed the round-
about May 29. More than
43,000 vehicles enter the
Jacaranda Boulevard and East
Venice Avenue intersection
daily, and it's quickly ap-
proaching the maximum it's


designed to handle (45,000).
The planned roundabout
would drop speed limits at
the intersection to 15-20
mph.
Dispute resolution
Also on the agenda is the
joint planning agreement.
The city and county en-
tered into the agreement in
February as a way to improve
planning.
On paper, it gave planners
another tool to conduct busi-
ness by identifying, and
anticipating, areas ripe for
annexation and the associat-
ed levels of service each gov-
ernment entity would likely


be responsible for.
. It may be morphing into
an entirely new level of
administrative review, requir-
ing each governing body to
sign off on the other's projects
on land identified in the
agreements.
Both parties have invoked
the JPAs alternative dispute
resolution mechanism; first,
the county over the Bella Citta
housing project, then the city
to cease county activity on
the proposed roundabout.
Other projects have been
swept into the mix.

Please see AGENDA, 5A


Minnich plans River Road task force


BY STEVEN J. SMITH
STAFF WRITER

Tom Minnich has big ideas
for River Road and plans to
challenge local, state and
even federal officials to em-
brace them.
Minnich, 80, is president of
the South West County Alli-
ance of Homeowners Associ-
ations and a founder of the
Lemon Bay League. He has
begun organizing what he
calls a "River Road task force"
to address what he believes
are two critical needs:
1. The widening and ele-
vating of River Road as a
major artery to Interstate 75

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2. The construction of a
major employment center
near River Road's Englewood
boundaries.
"I'm putting the task force
together for one .purpose,"
Minnich said. "And that's to
find out how to fund all this."
Minnich plans a Nov. 1
joint meeting of the South
West County Alliance of
Homeowners, the Lemon Bay
League board of directors and
the West Charlotte County
Civic Association board. At
that meeting, at Boca Royale
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employment center on River Road in Englewood between
Winchester Boulevard and Pine Street in Sarasota County.


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Breathalyzer maker


fined thousands


BY TOMMY MCINTYRE
STAFF WRITER

A Sarasota County court
has fined a breathalyzer com-
pany $3,200 a day for defying
an order to turn over the
machine's source code.
"We wanted to get their
attention, and guess what?"
Venice attorney Robert Har-
rison said. "We got it."
Litigation challenging the
Intoxilyzer 8000's reliability
has been going on for four
years.
Harrison has been at the
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made by Kentucky-based
CMI Inc. are unreliable. Re-
liability cannot be deter-
mined precisely unless the
entire software package is
examined, according to Har-
rison.
The clock started running
on the fines Sept. 1. So far, the
fines total $60,800.
CMI attorney Allen Hol-
brook could not be reached
for comment.
CMI, on several occasions,
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2007


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The Nokomis Beach Pavilion in the 1960s.The county commis-
sion recently OK'd repairs and renovations to the structure. For
more on this and other historical materials, visit Venice
Archives and Area Historical Collection at 351 S. Nassau St.,
across from West Blalock Park. The mission of Venice Archives
is to collect and preserve historical and archeological material
relating to Venice and the communities of Nokomis, Laurel and
Osprey, whose histories have been interwoven from 1867 to the
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Water samples may show red tide offshore


BY CHRISTY ARNOLD
ENGLEWOOD EDITOR


Patchy areas of the red tide
organism have been found in
very low levels, miles off-
shore. .
"We don't know at this
point if it's a red tide bloom,"
said Wendy Quigley, spokes-
woman for the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Research Insti-
tute.
Weekly tests revealed very


low concentrations of the
Karenia brevis, the Florida red
tide organism, at least five
miles off the coasts of
Sarasota and Charlotte coun-
ties.
'At this point, we would
not expect any impacts on
shore areas," Quigley said.
Beachgoers and local
boaters should not notice any
signs of a red tide bloom,
such as foul odors, difficulty.
breathing or fish kills.


State officials will continue
testing the waters around
Southwest Florida this week.
"We're going to be getting
more samples," Quigley said.
Red tide would not be
unusual this time of year.
Last year at this time,
medium to high levels of the
algal bloom were measured
across Southwest Florida
,beaches, causing respiratory
problems and fish kills.
In 2005, patches of red tide


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Heavy weather

Sunday evening started like
many others lately. Sea breeze
thunderstorms popped up
and promised a glorious sun-
set followed by a nighttime
lightning show.
That happens frequently,
but this time one storm
turned particularly nasty.
Off Fort Myers Beach, -
clouds swirled and dropped a "'
waterspout. The twister yo-
yo'd over land and water until
touching down again in Cape
Coral.
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flipped. The severe storm
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No renewal of no-fault before Oct. 1


BY BOB FLISS
STAFF WRITER


As Florida's no-fault insur-
ance law ends its three-
decade run Oct. 1, the state's
highly competitive automo-
bile insurance market may be
ready to enjoy a new dawn -
or enter a new Dark Ages,
depending on who you talk
to.
Hospitals fear being stuck
with unpaid emergency room
bills. Insurance agents are
puzzling over what to advise
their clients no-fault pro-
tection won't go away all at
once but rather as policies
come for renewal in the com-
ing months: And consumers
are often confused that, the
only plan for the future seems
to be allowing no-fault to
sunset and letting the chips
fall as they may.
The only consensus among
lawmakers and various busi-
ness interests is that the cur-
rent law invites fraud. There's
no agreement on any kind of
solution.
The Legislature is now
supposed to meet for a bud-
get-cutting session Oct. 3,
rather than Sept. 18 as origi-
nally projected. Many law-
makers anticipated a last-
minute effort to extend or
even reform no-fault during
the earlier date.
Now that the target is Oct.
3, it's certain that no-fault will
expire and there's no word
on whether the special ses-
sion order that should be
published this week will con-
tain any agenda item other
than the budget.
It's a PIP
The centerpiece of no-
fault is its mandatory $10,000
personal injury protection


coverage, which pays 80 per-
cent of medical expenses and
60 percent of lost wages plus
miscellaneous household ex-
penses that might be caused
by an accident for exam-
ple, hiring cleaning or yard
service while convalescing.
PIP has been effective in
providing quick settlements
of legitimate medical expens-
es, especially emergency
room bills.
But it's also spawned many
outpatient "PIP clinics," mainly
in Miami-Dade, Broward and
Palm Beach' counties. These
medical facilities are noted less
for the effectiveness of the
treatments they provide than
for the speed with which they
can file claims totaling $10,000.
"Our no-fault system was
by no means perfect. You are
never going to come up with
a perfect system as long as
there are people out there
looking to play the system
and defraud the system," said
Jim Nolan, president of Nolan
Family Insurance. "It drives
auto insurance costs for every
consumer up by hundreds of
dollars every year.
"The ripple effects from
this are going to be heard for
years to come," he said.
Fault lines
Prior to no-fault, Florida
had a fault-based system if
you were hurt in an accident,
you sued the at-fault driver.
Best case, the other driver
had bodily injury liability cov-
erage sufficient to pay the
claim. Worst case, the case
ended up in court, with the
injured person going after the
at-fault driver's insurance,
followed by his other assets.
"Losing no-fault kind of
scares me a little, because
people will wind up in law-


suits more often," said Sheila
Graham, agent with West
Coast Insurance Agency.
After Oct. 1, assuming
there's no last-minute exten-
sion, Florida goes back to a
fault-based system.
Nolan said that one of the
complexities of the no-fault
law was that it protected dri-
vers from pain-and-suffering
claims, except when the acci-
dent resulted in a permanent
disability. This will no longer
be the case.
"In a post-no-fault world,
drivers need to ensure that
they have adequate insur-
ance to protect their financial
security, because if they don't,
their entire financial portfolio
will be in the crosshairs of the
plaintiff's attorneys," said
Rich Rasmussen, vice presi-
dent of the Florida Hospital
Association, a Tallahassee-
based industry group.
Nolan said that under no-
fault, all claims were settled
first against the accident vic-
tim's own PIP Only after the
$10,000 was exhausted would
claims be filed against other
coverage including the vic-
tim's own health insurance or
the other driver's bodily inj-
ury liability coverage, if car-
ried.
Premium position
State Farm has probably
been the most vocal advocate
of allowing PIP to sunset,
arguing that removing the
opportunity for fraud would
produce long-term savings.
In the short term, State
Farm early this year predicted
that its Florida policyholders
would enjoy an average 16-
percent annual saving just by
dropping PIEP
Since then, State Farm's
estimates have been criti-


cized in published accounts
as anywhere from optimistic
to disingenuous.
However, State Farm agent
Brian Chapman said that the
renewal notices he's currently
processing mainly reflect a
saving of about 16 percent.
He noted that auto premiums
in different locations around
the state will reflect different
risk factors, which would
explain why some motorists
will see more saving than oth-
ers.
Drivers who are uncom-
fortable without PIP have an
alternative in buying a med-
ical payments policy, which
State Farm currently offers at
between $100 and $200 a year
for a basic $5,000 policy,
Chapman said. However,
medical payments don't cover
lost wages, and they don't
cover bodily injury liability.
Loss-of-income coverage
may have been moot in many
PIP claims, Chapman said.
"If you're hurt bad enough
to where you're going to need
it, you're probably never
going to see a bit of it anyway,
because you have already
maxed out your $10,000 cov-
erage," he said.
Chapman said he's opti-
mistic about the post-no-
fault future. Southwest Flori-


day's large population of sen-
iors will probably be better off
because they're already cov-
ered by Medicare. And em-
ployers will already have their
drivers covered by worker's
compensation.
Patient's friend
Nolan countered by noting
that medical payments poli-
cies may be a decent short-
term fix but they're bound
to go up over the long run as
claims now settled by PIP are
shifted to medical payments.
The same argument would
apply to both regular health
insurance and Medicare.
PIP is basically a good deal
for hospitals and patients
alike especially since about
40 percent of the accident vic-
tims treated by Florida emer-
gency rooms in 2006 had no
other health insurance, Ras-
mussen said. The claims total
more than $140 million annu-
ally.
"There won't be any acute
changes in how we operate
when people come to the
hospital after an accident. We
won't change how they're
treated," said Dr. Bill Colgate,
chief of staff of Sarasota
Memorial Hospital.
Colgate doubles as med-
ical director of the hospital's


emergency room.
"Our concern is that there
will be difficulties with follow-
up care," Colgate said.
For example, an accident
victim comes to the emer-
gency room to have a broken
ankle set. Properly insured,
the person should have fol-
low-up care with an orthope-
dist.
"But without follow-up
care, there might be compli-
cations -- and we end up see-
ing them in the emergency
room again," Colgate said.
Colgate agreed with Ras-
mussen's estimate that about
40 percent of PIP patients
have no other coverage. For-
tunately, the $10,000 is gener-
ally sufficient to pay for their
treatment.

bfliss@sun-herald.com

Correction
Frances Smith, who is
painting the circus mural
on the wall near the Venice
Municipal Mobile Home
Park, is not soliciting help
painting the wall. Due to
reporter error, a story in the
Sept. 16 edition stated oth-
erwise. The Gondolier Sun
regrets the error.


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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2007


Split school board approves teacher bonus program


BY COURTNEY LINN
STAFF WRITER

The Sarasota County School
Board is going to let its teach-
ers decide if they should get a
bonus from the state this
year.
At the Sept. 18 board meet-
ing, the board members
voted 4-1 for the Merit Award
Program, but not before a
debate about the program's
fairness.
MAP is an incentive pro-
gram for Florida teachers,
with bonuses based 60 per-
cent on student achievement
(Florida Comprehensive As-


sessment Test scores) and 40
percent on the teacher's per-
formance.
Twenty-five percent of
teachers in each district re-
ceive the 5-percent bonus,
and the bonuses stop when
the limited funds run out.
Sarasota Classified/Teach-
er's Association Executive Di-
rector Barry Dubin called
MAP unfair to teachers be-
cause it has a 75-percent fail-
ure rate.
Also, according to Dubin,
teachers who don't teach
high-performing students
have a harder time achieving
the bonus.


'Inherently flawed'
Board Vice Chair Kathy
Kleinlein and Board Member
Carol Todd were opposed to
MAP because of its inequities.
"This is an incredible dis-
incentive to teachers of low-
performing students," Klein-
lein said. "I think it's unfair."
She also said the state is
setting a standard to reward
teachers who have higher-
performing students.
Todd voiced similar con-
cerns.
"The plan is inherently
flawed," she said. "I truly can-
not support this."
Kleinlein said she was only


going to vote for the program
in order to give the teachers
the opportunity to vote on it.
Board Chair Frank Kovach
and Board Member Shirley
Brown said the plan was good
for rewarding top performers
in the district.
"The hardest working peo-
ple get the best pay," Kovach
said. "I don't have a problem
with it."
Brown agreed.
"I'm going to reward peo-
ple for doing well," she said.
"It's this or nothing. It'd be
great to give every teacher
$2,500, but the money isn't
there."


Timing
All of the board members
agreed on the timeliness of
the vote. The district's plan for
MAP must be submitted to
the state by Oct. 1, and
Tuesday's meeting was the
last before that date for a vote.
Kleinlein said she would
have liked to vote on MAP
after the teachers do, giving
her an opportunity to get
their opinions.
While she recognized the
efforts of staff to develop MAP
before its due date, she said,
"I feel this is another knee-
jerk reaction of let's get some-
thing, and let's get it in place."


Board member Caroline
Zucker said she didn't want to
approve MAP Tuesday with-
out giving the teachers the
chance to weigh in.
Kovach said, "I don't like the
timing of the whole thing."
Still, Zucker and Kovach
joined Brown and Kleinlein to
approve the program, with
Todd voting no.
Union members are to
vote on MAP Sept. 25 and 26.
If they vote it down, the
money allotted for bonuses
will go back into the state's
treasury.
clinn@venicegondolier.com


CITY NOTES Call |


City council action
Venice City Council took
the following action at its
Sept. 11 meeting:
Approved a rezone peti-
tion for Tra Ponti on the
Waterfront, a 290-condo/ho-
tel unit project planned on
the IntracoastalWaterway be-
tween Venice Avenue Bridge
and East Tampa Avenue.
Approved consolidating
two positions within the
police department: captain,


responsible for field opera-
tions, and deputy chief, re-
sponsible for support posi-
tions. The Matrix Report rec-
ommended combining the
functions into one as they
serve the same purpose.
Approved the purchase of
new marine patrol boat en-
gines totaling $38,000.
Approved the following
appointments and reap-
pointments: Reappointment
of Mark Beebe to serve anoth-


er three-year term, and Mary
Horlick, Ruth Ann Dearybury
and Robert Brooke to serve
three-year terms on the
Architectural Review Board;
reappointment of Lamont.
Andrews to serve another
three-year term on the Parks
and Recreation Advisory
Board; reappointment of
James Luck and Sgt. Kevin
McGrath to serve two-year
terms on the Police Pension
Board.


Adopted a resolution es-
tablishing a policy on ac-.
counts collection and write-
offs.
Acknowledged receipt of
the 2006-07 EPA pollutant
discharge elimination system
stormwater management
program permit.
City meetings
There is a joint meeting of
the Venice City Council and
Board of County Commis-


sioners Wednesday, Sept. 19,
9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Venice
Community Center, 326 S.
Nokomis Ave. On the agenda:
Roundabouts, joint planning
agreement, scrub jays on air-
port property.
The Airport Advisory
Board meets Thursday, Sept.
20, at 7 p.m. in council cham-
bers.
The Historic Preservation
Board meets Friday, Sept. 21,
at 9 a.m. in council chambers.


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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2007

GTY NOTES


Bike haven
The Venice Parks and Rec-
reation Advisory Board has
agreed to serve as the public
body overseeing the city's effort
to attain a "bicycle friendly
community" designation.
There are only about 50
such designations in the coun-
try, sponsored by the League of
American Bicyclists.
Earlier this month Venice
City Council passed a resolu-
tion in support of the idea.
Kathie Ebaugh, the city's
comprehensive planner, was
designated to support the
effort.
"It gives a voice to bikers in
a way this community has not
had before," Ebaugh said.


"From a board perspective,
it's a unique opportunity,"
said Council Member Bill
Willson, who sits on the advi-
sory board as council's repre-
sentative.
The board will survey the
community to identify the
need for more sidewalks,
trails, shade trees and other
amenities, and development
of an educational component
to promote safe bicycling in
Venice.
"Say we identify a need for
100 shade trees in the area, is
it in the budget?" asked Ad-
visory Board Member Dawn
Stoddart.
Advisory Board Member
Lamont Andrews, who's lead-


ing the effort, said the board
would seek grants for that.
"This could have a tremen-
dous economic impact on the
community," Andrews said.
"Between Rails-To-Trails and
this, we've got a pretty good
headstart."
"Everything Monty has
touched has turned to gold,"
said Chair Walt Jennings. "If
you want to take this and run
with it, you've got my (bless-
ings)."
Climate protection
Venice Mayor Fred Ham-
mett received city council
endorsement of the U.S.
Mayors Climate Protection
Agreement at council's regu-


AGENDA from Page 1 A


Cutbacks
City council is also con-
cerned about the level of ser-
vice it will receive in city-
owned but county-main-
tained parks.
The county will update city
council on its planned cut-
backs in the hours for many
facilities. It is also considering
substantial user fee increases
in the coming months.
It's uncertain at this point
what steps the city may take
to soften the blow of the cut-
backs.

For the birds?
Could scrub jays cripple
plans to develop Venice
Municipal Airport property?
Unlikely, yet they're anoth-
er wild card in development
discussions that were put on
hold while the city awaits a
response from the Federal
Aviation Administration on a
series of questions related to
safety protection zones.
As part of its countywide
habitat conservation plan for
the Florida scrub jay, the
county commissioned a draft
"modeling report" by Comell
University.
The report, presented in
iay, "indicated the need for


JOINT CITY/BOCC
MEETING
ON THE AGENDA
1. Roundabout (at
Jacaranda and East
Venice)
2. 1-cent sales tax
3. Joint planning agreement
4. Scrub jays (on airport
property)
5. Wastewater treatment
(city compliance with EPA)
6. Level of service at parks
(higher fees, fewer hours)
7. Sheriff service (keeping
the South County holding
facility open)

WHERE: Venice
Community Center, 9 a.m.-
1 p.m.
326 S. Nokomis Ave.,
Venice

PUBLIC INPUT: Will there
be a chance for public
input? Yes, at the end of the
meeting, according to the
online agenda. Three min-
utes per person, up to 30
minutes total.

two more Oscar Scherer-like
complexes of habitat for long-
term persistence of the scrub


jay," according to background
documents provided online
for the joint meeting.
"One of the areas depicted
was a southwestern complex
centered around the Lemon
Bay Preserve and Venice
scrub habitat, including the
Venice Municipal Airport
area."
Details for specific restora-
tion sites, however, were not
contained in the report.
The idea of restoring bird
habitat on airport property is
likely to raise the hackles of
aviators.
Mention the idea to a pilot
and you're going to get a les-
son in airport safety and why
animals and airports don't
mix. Planes have been
downed by geese and other
birds that get sucked into pro-
pellers.
To aviators, restoring land
to increase the number of
scrub jays on airport property
doesn't make sense from a
safety perspective.
The county is planning to
convene an advisory panel to
discuss the issue further in
October or November.
County staff will update
city council on its intentions.
ggiles@venicegondolier.com.


lar meeting on Sept. 11.
Hammett participated in
meetings with the Sarasota
Network for Climate Action
over the summer to spur the
local response to the national
movement. The agreement is
a result of growing concerns
for reducing dependence on
fossil fuels. The network's goal
is to accelerate development
of clean, economical energy
resources and fuel-efficient
technologies.


It addresses actions that
cities can take, such as public
information campaigns, res-
toration of urban forests and
support for state and federal
government policies to re-
duce greenhouse gas emis-
sion.
"Endorsing the U.S. May-
ors Climate Protection Agree-
ment supports our commit-
ment to developing alterna-
tive energy sources and fur-
thers our proposed penny


sales tax alternative energy
demonstration project," Ham-
mett said. "Venice is the only
local community committing
substantial penny sales tax
funds toward sustainability."
The city has committed
about $1 million of its portion
of 1-cent sales surtax rev-
enues to be spent over the
next 15 years on solar, wind
and other alternative energy
projects.
Source: City of Venice.


FINED from Page 1A


Intoxilyzer 8000's source
code. Company officials said
turning over the source code
would reveal trade secrets.
"CMI is standing alone,"
Harrison said. "Their com-
petitors have turned over
their source codes."
The Intoxilyzer 8000 is the
machine used in Sarasota,
Manatee and other Florida
counties.
CMI also is the supplier of
breath-testing machines na-


tionwide.
Harrison has stated on sev-
eral occasions that if CMI
continues to stonewall on the
issue of providing the Intox-
ilyzer's source code, it will not
be able to continue doing
business in Florida.
The protracted litigation
has stalled the outcome of
scores of DUI cases in Sara-
sota and Manatee counties,
Harrison said earlier.
Harrison also said a breath-


alyzer is not the only tool
prosecutors have in present-
ing a DUI case in court.
Harrison stated previously
that he is not advocating peo-
ple should drink and drive.
He said only that the machine
currently used to measure a
suspect's blood alcohol con-
tent is not reliable.

tmcintyre@
venicegondolier.com


TASK from Page 1 A


Country Club, he hopes to
corral for his task force such
officials as:
North Port City Com-
missioners Fred Tower In and
Barbara Gross
Sarasota County Com-
missioners Shannon Staub,
Paul Mercier and Joe Barbetta
Charlotte County Com-
missioner Tom Moore
Charlotte County Super-
visor of Elections Mac Horton
Sarasota County Eco-
nomic Development Corpor-
ation President Kathleen
Baylis
Congressman Vern Bu-
chanan
State Senate candidate
Nancy Detert
Land development con-
sultant J.P. Marchand
Myakka Pines developer
John Cannon
,...Those are just a few of the


names on Minnich's wish list,
which has room for many
more, he said.
"It's my proposal that the
entire area between Pine
Street and Winchester Boul-
evard an area of approxi-
mately 3,000 acres around
River Road be made into a
major employment center,"
Minnich said. "The work
force is already here, in North
Port, Rotonda, Englewood
East, Englewood and South
Venice. The problem is they're
.driving 30-40 miles a day to
get to work somewhere else,
because we don't have any-
thing for them to do here
except flip hamburgers."
A major employment cen-
ter could provide jobs in the
industrial and manufacturing
sectors, he said.
"Maybe others as well,"
Minnich said. "The point is,.


none of this works unless we
have a major interstate con-
nector, potentially of six
lanes, going all the way out to
1-75. That two-lane blacktop
we have right now just won't
cut it."
Minnich has also invited
Emergency Management Di-
rectors Wayne Sallade of
Charlotte County and Ed Mc-
Crane of Sarasota County to
the meeting to discuss the
importance of upgrading Riv-
er Road as an evacuation
route from the Cape Haze
Peninsula to 1-75.
"You can't talk about River
Road as the setting for a ma-
jor employment center with-
out talking about its impor-
tance as an evacuation route
as well," Minnich said.

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ROBERT A. VEDDER
PHONE: (941) 207-1000
FAX: (941) 484-8460
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SEPT. 19,2007


OPINION


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


OUR VIEW


Manatee deserves continued state protection


The state Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission did the right
thing last week by delaying proposed
action to downgrade manatees from endan-
gered to threatened species.
It's too much, too soon, and it's best to
hold off on the action until we have more
information on the animals' ability to thrive
in Florida waters.
The action or nonaction was
prompted by a letter from Gov. Charlie Crist,
who objected to making the change before
scientists could determine a better way to
count the animals. Environmental groups
also rallied against the change.
The manatee was first listed as an endan-
gered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife


Service in 1967; the state of Florida added it
to its endangered list in 1979.
The efforts to revive and protect the
species have met with success. Slow-speed
zones in particular have been a hassle to
boaters, but they have helped the manatee
make a comeback.
In 1991, the first year a manatee census
was conducted in the state, there were 1,267
animals recorded. This year, the annual cen-
sus put the count at 2,812.
But many manatee protection propo-
nents question the accuracy of the count.
And, as Crist pointed out in his letter, 417
died in Florida last year. Many deaths were
from natural causes, red tide poisoning or
stress, but roughly one in four still appeared


to come from boating accidents, according
to a University of Florida student's recent
field study.
Florida's status change would mean no
real change, since the mammals would still
enjoy federal protection.
There presumably would be no change
in the low-speed zones that irk some
boaters.
But opponents worried that downgrad-
ing the manatee's status would create the
incorrect impression that manatees are no
longer in need of protection.
To a degree, it's mincing words: endan-
gered means the species is in imminent
danger of extinction; threatened means it is
facing a very high risk.


Manatees are still in great danger, one
way or the other, and it's important that the
public understand that.
In most cases, we'd be reluctant to en-
dorse a seemingly hollow gesture that
makes no actual change in policy. In this
case, though, it's right to maintain the cur-
rent level of protection, and to send the
message that manatee protection is still a
critical issue.
Of more importance in concrete terms
may be the state budget cuts that could
decrease wildlife law enforcement. The "sea
cow" is, by its nature, an extremely vulnera-
ble player in the ever-increasing competi-
tion for space on Florida's waterways.
It deserves our continued respect.


What is a condo hotel?


BOB VEDDER
COLUMNIST


There is a lot of confusion
on what a condo hotel is.
It is, first off, a condo, as it is
not owned by a hotel or other
entity but by private owners.
Second, it is a hotel in that
units can only be occupied by
the owner part of the year and
are made available for visitors
the rest.
In the case of Tra Ponti, the
development proposed for
downtown Venice, the maxi-
imuni allowable -.staywis six
,monasi. This allows 'a person
to get Florida residency, but
they are not allowed home-
steading in this arrangement.
Some wish the allowable stay
were shorter, to free more
hotel rooms.
The whole units are big,
around 1,500 square feet,
which sounds pretty comfort-
able to me. However, the units
can be subdivided. That is,
the owner could live in two-
thirds and a short-term visitor
could use the other third very
much as a hotel room.
What is not known is
whether all the owners will be
in their full units during the
season when we would hope
to have short-term-stay rooms
available. If that becomes the
case, the whole idea is a bad
one because the season, is
when we want to have more
rooms.
As you can infer, in the off
season the units are less likely
to be used by owners, and
since that is the dead time for
hotels, they could sit empty-
not exactly what the shop
owners downtown are look-
ing for.
I had heard, but is not sub-
stantiated, that room rates
would be comparatively high.
That likely is to give the owner
and management company
their cuts.
It is very difficult to know
how the units will be used.
Since the purpose had been
to bring hotel rooms to down-
town, we will not know until
after they are sold and up and
running if, in fact, we did that.
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The Boys & Girls Club on
Gulf Coast Drive next to the
Special Olympics facility is set
to open Oct. 3. It will be a
huge provider of services to
youth after school.
The program is based on
homework, having fun and
learning new things, includ-
ing crafts. One program is
cooking classes.
Sign-up is at the facility. It
will have after-school buses
from the elementary schools.


Two big contributors to
this area have announced
their retirements.
Dorothy Korwek who has
been the city archivist for 11
years and a strong advocate of
preserving history for a lot
longer, is retiring. Her thank-
you party will be Sept. 24, 10
a.m.-4 p.m. at the Triangle
Inn.
Ellen Chmaj, the develop-
ment director of the South
Venice Civic Association and
before that executive director
of the chamber of commerce,
is retiring at year's end.
She has been responsible
for building an active organi-
zation to improve South Ven-
ice Beach.

It is great to see that the city
and Sharky's are near a settle-
ment of their long-standing
dispute over the contract to
allow Sharky's to double the
size oGits restaurant. i

Here is a chance to listen to
the famous photographer
Clyde Butcher in one of two
benefits for the Venice Area
Women's League. The events
are: Saturday, Sept. 29, a lunch
and lecture at the Venice
Yacht Club; or a cocktail party
at the studio 5-8 p.m. The
money goes to Spanish Point,
Project Graduation and the
Rotary Futures Program.
******
The shops of downtown
Venice will be open at least
,one night a week. Thanks to
the new leadership of Venice
MainStreet program director
KC Quaretti-Lee, businesses
are opening every Friday
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over, including some nice
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Ohio area, one with an ad on
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alma mater.
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against Hammett, brought in
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he summers. The lead story
was about the strawberry fes-
tival at the Anglican church.
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Ed Lynch dropped off the
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did Joe Giorgianni, who gave
me some from Cape Cod.
Henry and Barb Price hauled
a couple of papers back from
Michigan.
Robert A. Vedder writes a
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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS


'No growth' seems the best option


Editor:
Guest Columnist Jim Clinch would have us believe that a
"No Growth" party exists in Venice
Well, yes, there are some embittered individuals in town
who believe that any government will eventually yield to the
growth machine, so that the only way to prevent unproductive
growth is to ban all growth.
But the great majority of Venice voters just want controlled
growth that actually benefits the community growth that is
directed by a city council that is responsive to the wishes of the
citizens.
These are voters that applaud the county for recent restric-
tions on locations for "adult entertainment." These are voters
who are critical of their federal government for allowing 12 mil-
lion illegal aliens to move into our nation and Venice.
They are tired of developers telling city council that they
need higher height or more density on their land to make a
profit, when in fact the developers may have paid too much for
the-land through speculation.
The voters are angry that growth has left them with hun-
dreds of millions of dollars' deficiency in roads and other infra-
structure, and exhaustion of the region's water supply.
If Venice and Sarasota County are such paradises, why are
we selling new construction at a price that gives developers a
profit, but forces current residents to pay for new infrastructure
required?
Attend one or more debates of Venice City Council candi-
dates this fall. Select the candidates who believe that the only
worthwhile growth is growth that pays its way and makes
Venice a better, not just a bigger, city.

R.J. Windgassen
Venice


Find the
money elsewhere
Editor:
The proposed Sarasota
County parks and recreation
pricing is outrageous. Even if
your proposed increases are
worst-case scenarios, I be-
lieve the county is going to
price itself out of business
unless the fee increases are
reasonable.
We have rented Woodmere
for a homeowners garage sale
for many years now. We have
supplied our own set up and
clean up, and have required
zero staff time.
The facility had been used
for eight hours for $136. The


proposed $75 per hour for an
unstaffed space would
amount to a whopping $600
for eight hours.
Cutting back on services
might be tolerated and un-
derstood in the big context of
fiscal prudence, but raising
rates four and a half times in
one step will absolutely not
be acceptable.
In losing our steady busi-
ness, along with others, there
will be a need for the county
to raise rates even higher in
order to meet its current bud-
get expectations.
The garage sale business is
not a moneymaker for us and
I can guarantee you it won't


be for the county ei
Last, placing this
ability on employee
us they are already
staffed and ov
makes no sense at a
My opinion is th
need to find soi
means of generation
because this is no
work in the long ru
two events may wo
will essentially be
effort using our tax


their. crudely describing them as
responsi- those who "hate change, have
s who tell trouble getting around, are
dy under- fearful of the future and are
overworked wallowing in nostalgia," and
all. noting with ill-concealed sat-
hat you all isfaction that they "are dying
me other off fast."
ig revenue Mr. Clinch is a maladroit if
t going to persistent practitioner of divi-
in. One or siveness. I nevertheless sup-
ork, but it port his right to proffer his
a wasted primitive and pernicious pro-
dollars. paganda, in part because his
feculent falsehoods may
Rick Gamel serve the unintended pur-
Venice pose of helping to energize a
voter response that will dis-
-I _


One point
of agreement ,
Editor:
An editor's note in Let'em
Have It informs us that its pol-
icy "is to let people express
themselves ... whether they
know what they're talking
about or not." This courtesy
appears also to apply to Jim
Clinch's mean-spirited and
dishonest harangue in which,
to cite but a few examples, he:
Disingenuously distorts
the beliefs and the objectives
of a group of candidates.
Belittles our water prob-
lems by referring to them as
"the supposed water 'crisis.'"
Falsely tells us that ratio-
nal growth advocates believe
that "you and I are just too
ignorant to be allowed to
decide for ourselves ...."
Describes those to whom
rational development may be
attractive as "unreconstruct-
ed hippies, retired union
thugs and former liberal arts
professors ...," thus telling us
more about himself than
about those of us who like the
idea of rational development.
And offers us redundant
evidence of his distaste for the
Greatest Generation, by


may him.
We find common ground,
however, when he concludes,
"If there was ever a time for
sensible people to get out and
vote, this is it."


Lee Karr
Venice


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Tainted toothpaste and dangerous drugs


BY PETER PITTS
GUEST COLUMNIST


Counterfeit Colgate tooth-
paste containing diethylene
glycol, a poisonous chemical
used in antifreeze, recently
turned up in discount grocery
stores all over the East Coast.
This dangerous chemical
has long been used by chemi-
cal companies in China as a
substitute for more expensive
glycerin, an ingredient neces-
sary for toothpaste, soap, and
other cosmetics and drugs.
In 1997, for example, fever
syrup laced with diethylene
glycol traced to China killed
dozens of Haitian children.
After years of assurances that
the Chinese government had
cracked down on the practice,
the same fate later befell 100
young Panamanians. Mass
poisonings from diethlyene
glycol have also been report-
ed in Bangladesh, Argentina,
Nigeria and India.
Previously only a problem
in the developing world, the
toxin now threatens U.S. con-
sumers. If even toothpaste is
susceptible to contamination
by unregulated foreign com-
panies, imagine the potential
for disaster in something as
lucrative as fake drugs.
Several members of Con-
gress have introduced legisla-
tion to allow the importation
of pharmaceuticals from
abroad, promising that im-
ports will be closely scruti-
nized and only permitted
from certain countries.


But the reality is not so
simple. First, obtaining drugs
from nations like Britain and
France offers little protection,
because pharmaceuticals and
other goods move freely
among the 27 European Union
member states through a sys-
tem called "parallel trade."
And because the European
Union does not require drug
importers to record product
information like batch num-
bers, it's quite common for
goods to travel outside official
distribution channels. There-
fore, drugs purchased from
"safe" countries may well
have originated in Latvia, Cy-
prus, or elsewhere in the
European Union, Where there
are ample opportunities for
counterfeits to enter the legit-
imate supply chain.
Canada is no safer. Most
large Canadian Internet phar-
macies admit to purchasing
many of their drugs from the
European Union. So even
Canadian drugs are exposed
to the risks of European trade.
Indeed, the World Health
Organization estimates that
.up to 10 percent of globally
traded drugs are counterfeit.
Making matters even more
worrisome, penalties for
counterfeiters are relatively
slight. In South America, sell-
ing cocaine will land a person
in jail for 15 years, but making
and selling fake medicine gets
the perpetrator six months.
These small risks especial-
ly when combined with the
potential financial rewards -


have contributed to the rapid
growth of counterfeiting.
.By 2010, it's estimated that
global counterfeit drug sales
will total $75 billion.
According to the federal
Joint Terrorism Task Force,
terrorists have also proven
adept at exploiting weakened
chains of pharmaceutical
custody in North America. In
a recent report, the task force
revealed that a terrorist ring
with ties to Hezbollah has
been importing counterfeit
drugs into the U.S. through
Canada.
In other words, contrary to
what advocates of importa-
tion declare, simply mandat-
ing safety by legislative fiat
will not make imports safer.
Without fundamental regula-
tory reforms in the countries
where counterfeits are pro-
duced, the Food and Drug
Administration's efforts will
be futile.
Allowing the importation
of pharmaceuticals with the
ostensible purpose of saving
consumers a few bucks is a
dangerous response to high
drug prices. Congress has a
responsibility to protect Amer-
icans from overseas threats.
? Unfortunately, Congress
seems not to have learned
from America's recent ordeal
with tainted toothpaste.

Peter J. Pitts is president of
the Center for Medicine in the
Public Interest and a former
associate commissioner of the
FDA.


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You're supposed to fix mistakes


Two wrongs. I was disappointed in the most recent city
council meeting. Bella Costa was brought up to help support
the justification of the high-rise condos next to the bridges as
well as the newest project in the same area. Bella Costa's loca-
tion in the center of the town was a mistake made 35 or so years
ago. To use it to justify additional mistakes at the same magni-
tude between the bridges is ludicrous. It only pointed out that
the builder was willing to make the same mistakes that were
made 35 years ago when it comes to the height and the loca-
tion. Not only did the builders make a mistake, so did the plan-
ning commission and city council. Four-story height limita-
tions throughout the general Venice area over the years would
have been aesthetically spectacular. Everyone still would have
made plenty of money and the finished products would be
favorably recognized by all concerned. Keep adding to your
mistakes. Mr. John Nolen, the original planner for the area, was
certainly well ahead of the planners and builders that we have
today. We've created a mess. Will it ever end? Doubtful.


Blame FPL. I'd like to talk
to the people who are talking
about the high water usage
and how expensive the water
and sewer is. I'd like to point
out the fact that the city did
not do that, Florida Power
and Light did because the
sewer and the water do not
move without electricity. So,
that's where you can put the
blame, not on the city.
Trim them. I'm calling
about the palm trees onAlbee
Farm Road. We finally have
gotten the grass cut on the
new Colonia Lane, now I'd
like to see somebody take
care of the palm trees. They
really need to be trimmed.
A right. To the woman bar-
tender who thinks that a chil-
dren's section would be great,


what's next, a "no blacks" or
"no whites" section? This is
America and everyone has a
right.
Switching sides. Thanks
to Mr. Dean, I think I've made
up my mind that I will vote for
the other side. I've been a
Democrat all my life, but if
they don't want us to play the,
game down here, then
phooey on him and the Dem-
ocratic National Committee.
We'll just vote Republican
maybe this time.
Thanks. For a change, I
have a good comment. What
an improvement the land-
scaping on Business 41 bor-
dering Village On The Isle
looks wonderful. Thank you,
Village On The Isle, for the
nice change.


Smoked out. What are
ashtrays doing down by the
children's fountain in Venice?
Make the fountain a smoke-
free environment for our chil-
dren.
Forgotten. I'm calling
about the palm trees on Albee
Farm Road. The dead palm
fronds look so bad and they've
been neglected for so long.
Couldn't Venice or Sarasota
County do something about
this? Albee Farm Road is a
lovely road, and these trees
look so ugly and forgotten.
Urine luck. For the turtles'
nests: How do you collect the
urine from the mountain
lion? That's what I want to
know.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Very carefully.
Kudos. I just want to say a
big thank you to Suncoast
Humane Society in Engle-
wood. They have always been
there for us when we needed
them when my dogs were old
and sick, and when my father
passed away leaving behind a
dog that none of us could take
care of. We are lucky to have
such a wonderful society in
our community. They are a
real blessing and worthy of
our support.
Best one. Regarding Mary
Kay Ruppel's column, "ACLU
versus Moses," it's the best
yet. I hope everybody reads it.
Thank you, Mary Kay, for
putting it in writing. Thank
you, thank you, thank you.


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County to stand trial for intentional discrimination


The U.S. Department of Justice alleges local officials violated the Fair
Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. A federal judge has
determined there is enough substantive evidence to warrant a jury trial.


BY JACK GURNEY
PELICAN PRESS

A federal judge has ruled
Sarasota County will be tried
for intentional housing dis-
crimination under the Fair
Housing Act and the Amer-
icans for Disabilities Act if it
fails to negotiate an out-of-
court settlement with plain-
tiffs that include the U.S.
Justice Department.
The charges result from
the county's 2004 attempt
to close five Warm Mineral
Springs homes for residents
in recovery from alcoholism,
substance abuse and mental
illnesses, which federal inves-
tigators determined was a
civil rights violation of the two
laws.
"In addition to prohibiting
intentional discrimination,
the Fair Housing Act and the
Americans for Disabilities Act
also requires public entities to
make a reasonable accom-
modation in its practices, ser-
vices and facilities," Judge
James Whittemore stated in
his Sept 5 ruling.
"The 'reasonable accom-
modation' provision pro-
hibits the enforcement of
zoning ordinances and local
housing policies in a manner
that denies people with dis-
abilities access to housing on
a par with that of those who
are not disabled," he conclud-
ed.

Issues
In July 2004, county offi-
cials notified the co-owners of


Tammi House, a complex of
six Warm Mineral Springs
homes, it was a "community
residential home" under
Florida law and should have
1,000 feet of separation
between each unit. It ordered
five closed.
The six homes are owned
by Coastal Behavioral Health-
care, which provides psychi-
atric and substance addiction
treatment for people who are
admitted to its crisis stabiliza-
tion facility in Sarasota, and
Renaissance Manor, which
provides safe homes for some
in recovery.
Organizations such as
Coastal Behavioral and Renais-
sance Manor formed through-
out the country after the feder-
al government closed many
institutional treatment facili-
ties in the 1980s and encour-
aged communities to help pro-
vide safe residential settings for
people who need help.
Ini 2004, county building
and zoning officials deter-
mined Coastal Behavioral
and Renaissance Manor were
providing too many on-site
services for the residents of
Tammi House and insisted
the entire complex should be
licensed as a "community res-
idential home" by the state.

Reliance
Florida law requires that
community residential homes
with up to 14 residents be
licensed by the Department of
Children and Family Services.
The Tammi House complex of
six homes limits occupancy


to no more than six unrelated
residents per home. It has
never been licensed.
"County officials relied on
the presence of pay phones,
security staff, drug testing,
gender segregation and alco-
holics and narcotics anony-
mous meetings as evidence
that Tammi House operated
as a community residential
home," Whittemore stated in
his order.
"None of these services are
included in the definition
of 'community residential
home,' he continued, "and
the plaintiffs have presented
testimony which, if believed
by the jury, demonstrates that
the presence of these services
do not necessarily require a
facility to be licensed."
The judge concluded,
"Plaintiffs have also present-
ed evidence which suggests
the county failed to properly
consider whether Tammi
House was required to be
licensed by a state agency
before concluding that it fell
within the definition of 'com-
munity residential home.' "
If the case goes before a
federal jury it could cost the
county a lot more than the $2
million it has already paid the
Washington, D.C., legal firm
of Holland & Knight for pre-
trial preparation and a plausi-
ble defense for its 2004 zoning
decision.
In his 19-page order that
denied the county's motion to
dismiss all charges, Whitte-
more stated, "Government
officials are generally held to


act with discriminatory in-
tent, regardless of their per-
sonal views, when they imple-
ment the discriminatory de-
sires of others."
He ruled lawyers for the
Justice Department, Coastal
Behavioral, Renaissance Man-
or and some of the Tammi
House residents had present-
ed credible evidence that
County Commissioner Shan-
non Staub had acted under
pressure from neighbors to
close Tammi House.
"Significantly, Staub com-
municated her fears and con-
cerns to Building Official Paul
Radauskas and Zoning Admi-
nistrator Mary Beth Humph-
reys, who were responsible for
the July 2004 zoning memo-
randum issued to the Board
of County Commissioners,"
he stated.

Questions
Whittemore referenced an
article Staub attached to an e-
mail message for Radauskas
about one Texas community's
experience with a residential
facility "dedicated to housing
mental patients who continu-
ally rob you and your neigh-
bors.... "
Whittemore equated the
article's contents with testi-
mony from Warm Mineral
Springs residents at a 2004
Board of Zoning Appeals
hearing who said they
believed the Tammi House
residents were "junkies,"
"drug people" and "crimi-
nals."
"Because there are ques-
tions of material fact con-
cerning the county's intent,"
Whittemore stated, "this
court cannot conclude as a
matter of law that the resi-


Sarasota County adopts policy to save trees


BY STEVEN J, SMITH
STAFF WRITER


.-Sarasota County commis-
*sioners would be delighted if
you called them a bunch of
tree huggers and proved it
Sept 11 as theydirected staffto
find better ways to improve the
"urban canopy."
During a presentation by
Amy Meese, general manager
of natural resources, about
exploring methods to best
meld the tree-saving efforts of
the public works and environ-
mental services departments,
County Commissioner Joe
Barbetta broke in.
"This is a critical part of our
urban ecosystem," Barbetta
said. "To me, (trees are) green
infrastructure and need to be
treated that way. As I look
around the country, Chicago is
now called City of the Gardens.
We need to increase the urban
tree canopy, to watch what's
going on when trees are cut
down randomly when they


shouldn't be."
Barbetta said that either
an independent department
should be set up or the coun-
ty's urban forestry program
must go under the Environ-
mental Services department to
better focus on this issue.
County Commissioners Jon
Thaxton and Paul Mercier
agreed that current tree initia-
tives were not as successful as
they needed to be.
Commission Chair Nora
Patterson concurred.
"I think we're losing canopy
and we're nowhere near com-
ing close enough to plant to
stay even," Patterson said, cau-
tioning it would take consider-
able financial investment to
fulfill Barbetta's vision.
"It's not just about trees,"
Barbetta said. "It's about quali-
ty of life. Ifs about air quality.
It's about stormwater. It's about
energy savings. You can't put a
value on a tree. And if we don't
come up with that under-
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dents' disabled status played
no role in the county's zoning
determination."
Lawyers for all sides in the
housing dispute have been
preparing for a trial since June
30, 2006, when the Justice


NOTICE OF ACTION
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-DR-8691-NC
IN RE: The Marriage Of:
CHARLES GEORGE DEMARTINI,
Petitioner


NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Representative:
CHARLES F. WHEELER, P. A.
871 Venetia Bay Blvd.
Suite 350
VENICE, FL 34292
Telephone: (941) 485-5486
Florida Bar No. 116573
PUBLISH: September 12, 19,
2007


Department's civil rights divi-
sion initially charged the
county with Fair Housing
Act violations against the
owners and residents of
Tammi House.


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
MARY ANN PARSLEY,
Deceased.
File No: 2007-CP-102842-SC
Division: Probate


MARTHA L. DEMARTINI, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Respondent. SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA The administration of the estate of
PROBATE DIVISION MARY ANN PARSLEY, deceased,
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR whose date of death was August
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE IN RE: ESTATE OF 2, 2007, and whose social secu-
ALTA LOUISE HAYES, rity number is xxx-xx-xxxx, is
TO: MARTHA L. DeMARTINI a/k/a ALTA L HAYES, pending in the Circuit Court for
a/W/a, ADA HAYES, SARASOTA County, Florida, Pro-
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action bate Division; the address of which
for dissolution of marriage has Deceased, is P.O. Box 3079, Sarasota, FL
been filed against you and that you 34230. The names and addresses
are required to serve a copy of File No. 2007-CP-010715-SC of the personal representatives and
your written defenses, if any, to it, Division: Probate the personal representatives' attor-
on the petitioner CHARLES ney are set forth below.
GEORGE DEMARTINI, whose NOTICE TO CREDITORS All creditors of the decedent and
address is 4347 Kingston Loop, The administration of the estate of other persons, having claims or
Sarasota, Florida 34238 on or ALTA LOUISE HAYES, a/k/a ALTA demands against decedent's estate
before October 18, 2007, and L HAYES, a/k/a, ALTA HAYES, on whom a copy of this notice is
file the original with the clerk of this deceased, whose date of death required to be served must tile their
Court at 2000 Main St, Saraso- was August 12, 2007,.and whose claims with this court WITHIN THE
ta, Florida 34236 before service Social Security Number is xxx-xx- LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS
on Petitioner or immediately there- xxxx, is pending in the Circuit AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST
after. If you fail to do so, a Court for SARASOTA County, Flori- PUBULICATION OF THIS NOTICE
default may be entered against da, Probate Division; the address of OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER
you for the relief demanded in which is Karen E. Rushing, Clerk THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
the petition. robate Department P.O. Box COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
S3079, Sarasota, FL 34230- THEM.
Copies of all court documents 3079. The names and addresses All other creditors of the decedent
in this case, including orders, of the personal representative and and other persons having claims or
are available at the Clerk of the the personal representative's attor- demands against the decedent's
Circuit Court's office. You may sey are set forth below, estate must file their claims with
review these documents upon otheAll creditors of thavinge decedenlaims or this court WITHIN THREE (3
request other persons having claims or MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
demands against decedent's estate THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
You must keep the Clerk of the on whom a copy of this notice is THIS NOTICE.
Circuit Court's office notified of requriedto be served must tile their ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED
your current address. (You claims with this court WITHIN THE WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET
may file Notice of Current LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF.
'Address, Florida Supreme THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLIC THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
Court Approved Family Law CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
Form 12.915.) Future papers DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SE.R- NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
in this lawsuit will be mailed to VICE OF A COPY OF THIS PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE,
the address on record at the NOTICE ON THEM. ANY CLAIMS FILED TWO (2):
clerk's office Aother redtor oher sof the decedent YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE
and other persons having claims or DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Flori- demands against decedent's estate IS BARRED.
da Family Law Rules of Proce- must tile their claims with this court THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLICA-.
dure, requires certain automat- WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TION OF THIS NOTICE IS SEP-.
Ic disclosure of documents and DATE OF THE FIRST PUBULICA- TEMBER 12, 2007.
information. Failure to comply TION OF THIS NOTICE.
can result in sanctions includ- ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN Personas Representative:
Ing dismissal or striking of THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH SHIRLEY A. MYERS
pleadings. IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE 103 West Marland Court
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL Nokomis, FL 34275
Dated: Seotember 11 2007. BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME Attorneys for Personal
CLERK OF.THE CIRCUIT COURT PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, Representative:
By: Sara Bejar ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) CHARLES F. WHEELER, P. A.
Deputy Clerk YEARS OR MQRED-AFTER THE 411 Venetia Bay Blvd.
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH Suite 350
PUBLISHED: IS BARRED. VENICE, FL 34292
SEPTEMBER 19, 2007 THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLIC Telephone: (941) 485-5486
SEPTEMBER 26, 2007 CATION OF THIS NOTICE IS Forida Bar No. 116573
nOTnncO a f3.07 SEPTEMBER 19, 2007. PUBLISH: Sentember 12. 19.


OCTOBER 10, 2007


Personal Representative:
TINA K. BUSS


2007


2112 Mclntosh Road
NOTICE OF AUCTION Sarasota, FL 34232 OTHER NOTICES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Wellbaum & Emery, P.A. NOTICE OF FORFEITURE
Johnson's Towing of Venice Attorneys For Personal PROCEEDINGS
gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien Representative
and intent to sell these vehicles on 686 North Indiana Ave, Suite A TO: All Persons or entities having
10/03/2007, 09:00 a.m. at Englewood, FL 34223 or claiming to have any right, title
604 Tamia Trail N, Nokomis, (941)-474-3241 or interest in the following property:,
FL 34275-2137, pursuant to sub- Florida Bar No. 0176816
section 713.78 of the Florida PUBUSH: September 19, 26, $1,928.00 in U.S. Currency
statutes. Johnson's Towing of 2007
Venice reserves the right to YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that;
accept or reject any and/or all IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR the Sarasota County Sheriff's
bids. SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA Office seized the described proper-.
PROBATE DIVISION ty on JULY 25, 2007 in Sarasota
- 1992 CHEVOLET County, Florida. A forfeiture cor-
1GBDM19Z6NB213175 IN RE: ESTATE OF, plaint has been filed in the Circuit'
- 1991 TOYOTA JOAN P. HOLMES Court Twelfth Judicial Circuit, in and
JT2EL43A7M0028157 a/k/a JOAN TABER, for Sarasota County, Florida, being
Deceased. Case No.2007-CA-10542.NC,
PUBLISH: SEPTEMBER 19, for the purpose of obtaining a final
2007 File' No. 2007-CP-10032.NC order of forfeiture as to the above
described property upon producing.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO CREDITORS due proof that same was used in
The administration of the estate of violation of Florida laws dealing with
JOAN P. HOLMES, a/k/a JOAN contraband, pursuant to the Florida
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR TABER deceased, whose date of Contraband Forfeiture Act, Sec-'
SARASOTA COUNTY, death was July 30, 2007, Fle tons 932.701-707, Florida
FLORIDA Number 2007-CP-10032-NC, is Statutes.
PROBATE DIVISION pending in the Circuit Court for
SARASOTA County, Florida, Pro- KURT A. HOFFMAN, ESQUIRE'
IN RE: ESTATE OF bate Division, the address of which General Counsel
DIANE J. BOWUN, is 4000 South Tamiaml Trail, Sarasota County
Deceased. Venice, FL 34293. The names Sheriffs Office
and addresses of the personal rep- Post Office Box 4115
File No: 2007-CP-8672-NCresentative and the personal repre- Sarasota, Florida 34230,
Division: Probate sentative's attorney are set forth Telephone (941) 861-4059
below. (941)861-5800
NOTICE TO CREDITORS (941) 8615800
The administration of the estate of All creditors of the decedent and PUBUSH:
DIANE J. BOWLIN, deceased, other persons having claims or SEPTEMBER12, 2007
whose date of death was June 11, demands against decedent's estate SEPTEMBER 19,2007
2007, and whose social security on whom a copy of this notice is
number is xs is pending required to be served must file their NOTICE OF FORFEITURE
in the Circuit Court for SARASOTA claims with this court WITHIN THE PROCEEDINGS
County, Florida, Probate Division; LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER
the address of which is P.O. Box THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBI-UTO: All Persons or entities having
3079, Sarasota, FL 34230. The CATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 or claiming to have any right, ie
names and addresses of the per- DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SER- 0or cimeins the following property:
sonal representative and the per- VICE OF A COPY OF THIS itr te l g
sonal representative's attorney are NOTICE ON THEM. One 1999 Ford
set forth below. VIN# 1FTNW2,L7XEC72648
All creditors of the decedent and All other creditors of the decedent VIN# 1FTNW20L7XEC72648
other persons, having claims or and other persons having claims or YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
demands against decedent's estate demands against decedent's estate the Sarasota County Sheriff's
on whom a copy of this notice is must file their claims with this court Office seized the described proper-
required to be served must tile their WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE ty on JULY 27, 2007 in Sarasota
claims with this court WITHIN THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA- County, Florida. A forfeiture cor-
LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS TION OF THIS NOTICE. t hi th Ciri
AFTER THE TIME OF THE FI RST N OF plaint has been filed in the Circuit
PUBLICAR TION OF THIS NOTICE court TwelfthJudicial Circuit, in and
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN for Sarasota County, Florida, being
OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH Case CA NC
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE for the purpose of obtaining a final
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL order of forfeiture as to the above







TEMBER.12,2007. uBE F B
All other creditors of the decedent FOREVER BARRED described property upon producing
Alte t rsth due proof that same was used in
and other persons having claims or NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME violation of Florida laws dealing with
demands against the decedent's PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, contraband, pursuant to the Florida
estate must file their claims with ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) Contraband Forfeiture Act, Sec-
this court WITHIN THREE (3) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE tions 932.701-707, Florida
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH Statutes.
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF IS BARRED.
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED The date of first publication of this General Counsel
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET Notice is September 12, 20071-207-1206
FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF Sarasota County
THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE Sheriffs Office
Personal Representative: Post Office Box 4115
WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. JOHN MICHAEL HOLMES Sarasota, Florida 34230
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME 7922 Wyndham Court Telephone (941) 861-4059
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, University Park, Rorida 34201
ANY CLAIMS FILED TWO (2)Vk941) 861.5800
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE Attorney for Personal
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH Representative:PUM
IS BARRED. SEPMIEMit 19,12007
THE DATE OF FIRST PUBLIC. Florida Bar No. 119350
TION OF THIS NOTICE IS SEP. 4140 Woodmere Park Boulevard
TEMBER 12, 2007. Suite 4
Venice, Florida 34293 TOADVERWE YOUR
Personal Representative: Telephone: (941) 408-8555 LEGAL NOICE, CALL
NORTHERN TRUST, N.A. CAOL
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Mary J. Becker
Mary J. Becker, age 76, of
Venice, Fla., passed away on
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.
She was born on Feb. 2,
1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and
moved to Venice from there.
She was a medical transcrip-
tionist at Venice Regional
Medical Center and a mem-
ber of Epiphany Cathedral.
She is survived by her
husband of 56 years, Don;
daughter Mary Becker of
Venice; son James Becker of
Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a sister,
Margaret Smith of Venice.
She also leaves behind five
grandchildren and one
great-grandchild.
Services were handled by
Farley Funeral Home in Ven-
ice, Fla. Friends may visit
anytime online at www.far-
leyfu neralhome.com to sign
a guest register book and


extend condolences to the
family.
Elizabeth McComb
Larson Day
Elizabeth "Betty" Mc-
Comb Larson Day passed
away peacefully at home
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2007, sur-
rounded by all her children.
She was born Aug. 27,
1920, in Green Bay, Wis., the
daughter of Judge Archie
McComb and Esther Iliff
McComb. Raised in Green
Bay, she graduated from
Ripon College in Ripon,
Wis. She supported herself
by working various jobs
through college. After gradu-
ation, she taught high school
English in northern Wis-
consin, including on an
Indian reservation. After
several years of flirting with
Green Bay Packer football


players, she married James
Larson, the district attorney
of Shawano County, Wis., in
1947. Her husband died tragi-
cally in a plane crash in 1954,
leaving her widowed with
three little boys. She then
bravely set off on new adven-
tures, including driving her
boys to Mexico City, Texas
and throughout Florida, be-
fore settling in Venice in 1957.
She remarried in 1961 to Orlo
Day and had two more chil-
dren, moving to Scotia, N.Y.,
Redding Ridge, Conn., and
back to Venice in 1973. She
was a great mother who over-
came adversity at many lev-
els.
She was predeceased by
her two husbands, Jim Larson
and Orlo Day, as well as by her
parents and her two brothers,
Robert and John McComb.
She is survived by her five


children, James "Mac" Larson
of San Diego, Calif., David
Larson of Atlanta, Ga., Dan
Larson of Queensbury, N.Y.,
Robert Day of Parrish, Fla.,
and Deborah Day of Venice;
and stepdaughters Bronwen
Kaldro of Bar Harbor, Maine,
and Dinah Day of Kent,
Wash.
She is also survived by six
grandchildren, Sunny and
Nell Larson of Queensbury,
Kate and Jim Larson of
Atlanta, Dylan Larson of San
Diego and Maija Kaldro of
Bar Harbor, Maine.
Services: A memorial gath-
ering will take place at a later
date in Brant Lake, N.Y.
Contributions: In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations
may be made to the Humane
Society or the Women's
Support Center of Sarasota
County.


Julie Dashiell Kraiker
Julie Dashiell Kraiker, 49, of
Bradenton and Gainesville,
passed away on Saturday,
Sept. 15, 2007, surrounded by
her loved ones.
She is survived by her hus-
band, Alan, and her daughter,
Jessica Graeber of Sarasota,
along with her faithful service
dog, Bessie, and many devot-
ed friends.
She was predeceased by her
son, James Morris Clark HI.
Julie was born in Miami,
Fla., on Sept 11, 1958. She was
the quintessential beach girl'
long blonde hair, ,tan and
warm, and while she shared
her love of life with everyone
she met, it was Julie's children
who were the true light of her
life.
She enjoyed the quiet con-
templation of her beautiful
garden, yet she was whole-


heartedly fearless and had a
wonderful sense of adven-
ture. Julie worked for the
Sarasota County Library
System for many years and
will always remain a beloved
member of that extended
family.
Services: Services will be at
7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at
Christ Episcopal Church in
Bradenton. Arrangements by
Shannon Funeral Homes.
The family would like to
thank the staff of Blake
Medical Center, as well as Dr.
Chin, Nurse Cuahonte, Dr.
Fitch and Nurse Spero, for
their kind and compassionate
care.
Contributions: Memorial
donations may be made to
Christ Episcopal Church,
Southeastern Guide Dogs
and the Lance Armstrong
Foundation.


POLICE BEAT


Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office arrests
Pamela A. Picone, 43,
3200 block Shamrock Drive,
Venice. Charges: worthless
check (six counts), robbery,
attempt to obtain prescrip-
tion by fraud. Bond: $500.
Paul A. Cedrone, 27, 70
block Gulf View Road,
Englewood. Charges: posses-
sion of a controlled substance
(four counts), possession of a
drug without a valid prescrip-
tion, no motor vehicle regis-
tration. Bond: $4,240.


Michael L. MacNamara,
39, 200 block Burney Road,
Osprey. Charge: domestic
battery. Bond: no listing.
Theodore G. Vatsis, 38,
700 block Egret Walk Lane,
Venice. Charge: disorderly
conduct. Bond: $220.
Michael G. Throckmor-
ton, 40, 500 block Arcadia
Road, Venice. Charges: proba-
tion violation (possession of
cocaine, tampering with
physical evidence). Bond: no
listing.
Colleen M. Owsiany, 36,


100 block W. Langsner St.,
Englewood. Charge: proba-
tion violation (failure to
appear on a charge of driving
while license suspended
(Charlotte County warrant)).
Bond: $400.
Pamela M. Wilhelm, 38,
100 block Cedar St., Eng-
lewood. Charge: grand theft
motor vehicle (Charlotte
County warrant). Bond:
$20,000.
Lecia Caraker, 33, 200
block Montelluna Drive,
Venice. Charges: DUI, refusal


to sign a citation. Bond: $750.
Derrick R. Allard, 23,
no address listed, Venice.
Charges: forgery, giving a false
name after being arrested,
possession of drug parapher-
nalia, selling an alcoholic
beverage to a person under
21 years old, driving while
license suspended or re-
voked. Bond: $1,940.
eWilliam L. Hancock Jr., 48,
4700 block Marlin St., Venice.
Charge: trespass after warn-
ing. Bond: $250.
Kenneth W. Knecht, 18,


1800 block Faun Road,
Venice. Charges:' petit theft,
grand theft, possession of
cannabis less than 20 grams.
Bond: no listing.
Joseph G. Bruce, 38, 500
block Morrison Ave., Eng-
lewood. Charge: no driver-
license. Bond: $500.
Bobby W Berkley, 51, 50
block Selma Ave., Englewood.
Charge: domestic battery.
Bond: $2,500.
Bobby L. Davis, 38, 100
block Avenida del Bahia,
Nokomis. -Charge: no valid


driver license.

Sarasota Police
Department arrest
Troy Medeiros, 37, 300
block Gardenia Road, Venice.
Charges: curbside drinking,
possession of drug parapher-
nalia. Bond: $240.

Criminal registration
Richard A. Brown, 50, 100
block North Windward Drive,
Osprey.


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TRIPP MILLER
SPORTS EDITOR
(941) 207-1107
tmiller@venicegondolier.com


10A SPORTS
WEDNESDAY
SEPT. 19,2007 SR


QUICKSILVER WINS NSA BORDER WARS


The Sdrasota Quicksilver, composed of girls from Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton, defeated the
Suncoast Storm in the championship game to win the NSA Border Wars tournament held in
Palmetto this weekend. Front: Melanie Dembinski, Mary Dembinski, Julie Dukarski, Samantha
Hayden and Alexa Schmidt. Back: Amy Besio, Steve Dembinski, Krista Turner, Jessica Huddleston,
Brittany Richmond, Pete Besio, Justine Harper and Caroline Catarzi.



Boys golf starts with two wins


BY TRIPP MILLER
SPORTS EDITOR


Kaylee Ream, left, and teammate Jillian Allen go up for a successful block against Lemon Bay High
School Monday night in Venice. Venice defeated LBHS in three straight games.


Venice prevails in clash


of theC unbeaten teams


BY TRIPP MILLER
SPORTS EDITOR


And then there was one.
Venice High School volley-
ball collided with Lemon Bay
High School Monday night in
a showdown of the unbeat-
ens. The Indians again assert-
ed themselves as one of the
premier teams in the state in
2007.
"They came in with high
hopes," Venice Head Coach
BrianWheatley said of Lemon
Bay. "But fate would have it a
little different for them
tonight."
Maybe it was fate. Maybe it
was the home stands filled
withWheatley's Wackos. Then
again, maybe it was junior
Casey Taylor's 18 kills. Or
maybe it was senior Casie
Richards' 13 kills. Whatever it
was, Venice is 12-0.


The Indians made quick
work of the Manta Rays in
three games, 25-18, 25-16, 25-
17. Lemon Bay was on the
verge of getting blown out in
the third game as they found
themselves trailing 19-11. The
Manta Rays battled back with
a 6-4 run to keep it close at 23-
17, but it wasn't enough.
Venice pulled it together with
two straight points for the
win.
After the game, Wheatfley
was met on the court by the
Wackos, who were chanting
his name as he gave a post-
game TV interview.
"It was a great atmosphere
for local volleyball," he said.
"It was very spirited on both
sides."
Although the gym wasn't
completely full, it was very
loud. Chants of "LBHS" were
met with Indian war chants


reminiscent of a Florida State
basketball game, with only
slightly fewer fans in the
crowd.
The Indians are more than
halfway through with the reg-
ular season. They.have domi-
nated most of their oppo-
nents, with only a handful
of games even coming
close. Wheatley attributed his
team's success thus far to
their ability to pass the ball
around.
"We had great passing,"
Wheatley said. "The passing
was right on. If we can keep
passing like we did tonight,
then we will go deep in the
playoffs."
For now the .playoffs will
have to wait. First, the Indians
need to take care of Charlotte
High School in a home match
Thursday.
tmiller@venicegondlier.com


SPORTS BRIEFS


Sarasota County
Open registration
The 2007 Absolute Alumi-
num Sarasota County Open
Championship will be held at
Capri Isles and Waterford golf
clubs. The tournament is
Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
22-23, starting between 8 a.m.
and .10 a.m. both days.
Entry is $125 per person to
play in the 36-hole individual
stroke play (no handicap)
tournament. The field is open
to all players, professional
and amateur.
There will be a profession-
al flight, championship ama-
teur flight (both played from
the championship tees) and
two to three flights from the
forward tees. These flights will
be formed from first day's
scores. The field is open to the
first 160 players.
For more information, e-
mail Mike Cummings at
mikec@golfinvenice.com.

YMCA charity golf
The Venice YMCA Gold-
stars Gymnastics Team will
hold its 2007 golf tournament
fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 22,
at Calusa Lakes Golf Club.
The tournament offers loads


of prizes, including a $5,000
hole-in-one prize.
The tournament costs $65
for an individual and $260 for
a foursome. Holes are avail-
able for sponsorship at $100
per hole. A hole sponsor and
foursome package is also
available for $350. Mail check
and registration to the atten-
tion of Michelle Guy at Venice
YMCA Goldstars, 701 Center
Road, Venice 34285.
Contact Venice YMCA
Goldstars Golf Tournament
Chair Michelle Guy for more
information at 492-9622, ext.
130, or e-mail YMCAgolf.com
cast.net.
Soccer challenge
Boys and girls ages 10-14 are
invited to compete in the
Knights of Columbus Soccer
Challenge Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.
The event will be held at the
soccer field at 1301 Center
Road in Venice.
Girls will compete against
girls and boys will -compete
against boys for a certificate
and the right to compete at the
district level. Participants will
be allowed three practice kicks
before starting. The scoring
will be decided by 15 kicks
from the penalty kick line.


For more information, call
Gerald Mcllmoyle at 496-8532
or e-mail jeru2pilot@mem
ber.afa.org.
VHS boys
basketball boosters
Anyone interested in the
development of a booster club
for the Venice High School
boys basketball program is
invited to attend a fonnation
meeting Oct. 1 in the north
cafeteria of Venice High
School, 7-8 p.m.
Join the growing number of
people who want to show the
community's unconditional
support of the boys basketball
teams in order to provide a
first-class program.
VHS boys basketball
tryout meeting
Students interested in try-
ing out for the Venice High
School boys basketball team
will need to attend an informa-
tional meeting Oct. 1 in the
north cafeteria at Venice High
School.
Parents and potential ath-
letes will need to be present for
the 6-7 p.m. meeting.
Information will be given
on all paperwork and proce-
dures necessary to tryout.


As the first group finished
up at the par-five ninth hole
of the east course at Laurel
Oaks Country Country Club,
it looked like Venice High
School might be on the verge
of its first loss since the begin-
ning of the season.
Steven Loer and Sam Hall
of Sarisota High School
outscored Spencer Dunford
and Peter Tonderys by three
strokes in the first group. But
as the second group arrived
with a pair of 37s for Venice,
things began to look up.
Venice was not intimidat-
ed by the undefeated Sailors,
handing them their first loss
of the season 153-156.
"Sarasota is- a past state
champion," Venice Head
Coach Marty Tarala said.
"Even though they're not the


Calusa Lakes Golf Club
Niners, One Best Ball of
Three, Sept. 11
1st: Jan Byrne Julia Fallon, Eva
Nicosia, +1.
Men's Golf Association
One Best Ball of Four, Sept. 12
1st: Gene Ranney, Dick Hansen,
Y.Y. Chan, Jim Welter, -12.
Women's Golf Association,
1-2-1 on 3-4-5, Sept. 18
t-1st: Mary Ann Collins, Ellen
Putnoky, Priscilla Derrenbacker,
Allene Kilpatrick, -12; t-1st: Joyce
Korinek, Linda Hansen, Susie
Bofinger, Dolly Welter, -12.
Jacaranda West
Country Club
Saturday Men
Two Best Balls of Four, Blind
Hole Aggregate (Nos.
1,5,7,12,15 and 16) Sept. 8
1st: Frank Christman, Hank
Sonnabend, Jack Dempster, Bud
Gerow, -5.
Jacaranda Jill's
Low Net, Sept. 11
1st: Sue Kennedy, 33; 2nd: Sara


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same team, they still carry
that cloud. Players remember
it because these guys were
around when they won the
state championship."
Timmy Garofalo and Eric
Dobitsch led the Indians with
a one-over-par 37 each.
Dunford was close behind
with a 39, despite going in the
water on the ninth. Tonderys
and Brian Doyle rounded out
the scoring for the Indians
with 40 a piece. Only one of
their scores counted toward
the ceam -otal. i.
Loer was the stroke leader
for the Sailors with a 37, with
Hall coming in a close second
at 39. Sarasota also had two
players shoot 40s, Ryker
Milhorn and Will Stocke. Only
one of their scores counted
toward the total.
The previous match was
not as close. Venice outscored
Charlotte, Booker and Lemon


Peterson, 43. *
Tuesday Women
Flag Tournament, Sept. 11
Flight 1: 1st: Judy Christman; 2nd:
Chris Evering; 3rd: Ethel Molezzi.
Flight 2:1st: Gloria Thiers; 2nd:
Jean Bickel; 3rd: Ellen Dempster.
Lake Venice Golf Club
Women's 18-Hole, Sept. 12
Class A: 1st: Carol Rahmdeller, 19;
2nd: Jois Middleton, 22; 3rd:
Marilyn Clauser, 22.
Class B: 1st: Helen Burnell, 19;
2nd: Barbara Galati, 22; 3rd: June
Marceau, 24.
Even Holes 1/2 Hand, Sept. 12
Class A: 1st: Dot Hakman, 15; 2nd:
Dot Henderson, 17.
Class B: 1st: Joanne Gentry, 11;
2nd: Ruth Tacy, 14; 3rd: Annie
Morris, 14.
Class C: 1st: Dee Allian, 16; 2nd:
Claire Lawson, 17; 3rd: Pat
Campbell, 19.
Men's Golf Association,
Quota Points, Sept. 14
Class A: Sam Teitsma, +4; Dan
Kilbane, E; Bill Hanisits, E.
Class B: Wandy Cox, +3; Jim


Bay high schools by at least 14
strokes on their home course
at Jacaranda West Country
Club Monday.
Dunford was impressive
with a one-under-par 35 for
the day. Garofalo finished
with an even-par 36.
Tonderys and Doyle each
shot a 38 to round out the
scoring for Venice. Erick
Bennett shot a 39 that was
dropped.
* While the Indians had five
of their six players break 40,
only five' more out of the
remaining 17 players man-
aged the same with J.J. Veloz
of Lemon Bay tied Dunford
for the afternoon low with a
35.
The Indians continue a
busy stretch this week with
one more match at Venice
Golf & Country Club against
Riverview.
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Smith, +3; Chuck Snyder; +3.
Class C: Randy Pait, +5; Al Capps,
+4; Chuck Stevenson, +4.
Class D: Bob Copas, +7; Al Grant,
+6; Lort Hobbs, +6.

Monday Group Quota Points
1st: Chuck Stevenson, Nick
Blackwell, Jim Middleton, Chet
Hamlin, +12; 2nd: Roland Bosse,
Earl Legge, Noel Michals, +7.
Individuals: Chuck Stevenson, +7;
Moe Marceau, +6; Noel Michals,
+5.

Myakka Pines Golf Club
All Stars Quota Points, Sept. 12
1st: Curt Van Slyke, Roy Rossetti,
Al Crawford, Harold Bowers, +14;
2nd: Joe Rueger, George Vogt,
Dick Dore, Dick Dorman, +5; 3rd:
Buck Walters, Nelson Sterner,
Steve Martin, Andy Wright, -7.
Men's Shootout, Quota
Points, Sept. 14
Dick Henry, Buck Walters Paul
Phillips, Joe Ameling, +16; Ken
Freismuth, Andy Wright, Hal
Rothgery, Steve Martin, +14; Bill
Susbe, Mel Ballou, Thad Long,
Dave McThomas, +8.


Athlete of the Week
Venice High School golfer Timmy Garofalo birdied the par-five No.
14 at Jacaranda West Country Club Monday in a quad-match with
Booker, Lemon Bay and Charlotte high schools. On the next hole, a
par three, Garofalo sunk a 45-foot put to make it two birdies in a
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An aerial photd shows the general layout of the Corvettes in Venice celebration Sept. 9..


Members of the Villages Corvette Club enjoyed a day in Venice.


BY KIM COOL.
FEATURES EDITOR

Senice Avenue was
closed.
There was no park-
ing in Centennial Park
- except for Corvettes.
More 'vettes were lined up
along the north side of
Venice Avenue, like so many
road racers ready to do the
LeMans thing.
Members of the 5-year-old
Venice Corvettes club were
hosting their fourth annual
'Vette-Together.
-When founded in 2002,
the club had seven families.
As ownership of a Corvette is
a club requirement, there
were seven Corvettes to go
with the seven founding fam-
ilies. The club's mission is to
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promote good fellowship
among members and to pre-
serve the Corvette as a classic
car.
Today's membership in-
cludes 165 families that own
a total of 210 Corvettes.
Members must own a
Corvette and must attend
meetings. Dues are $24 per
year, and guests are always
welcome at the monthly
meetings and other social
events, including rallies and
scavenger hunts. Ten mem-
ber cars were driven to
Bowling Green, Ky., for the
50th anniversary celebration
of the creation of the car,
which is considered "the only
true American sports car."
At the 'Vette-Together,
Sept. 9, there were 225 Cor-
vettes registered for judging
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plus 60 club Corvettes and
some 30-40 spectator-owned
Corvettes parked along the
avenue or within the park.
Corvette owners came
from all over Florida, includ-
ing Flagler County in the
northeast and Collier County
to the southwest. They
brought classic Corvettes
from.the 1950s to the newest
ones off the line.
The event began with a
. welcome party at the Venice
Community Center, followed
by the show in the heart of
downtown Venice, where the
judging occurred. While
Corvettes of varying vintages
were being honored, some
owners sat back in canvas
chairs. Some chatted with
spectators. Others seemed to
just be enjoying another


sunny day in Venice, at least
until the daily summer show-
er showed up, driving some
people toward the Gazebo
and others to find umbrellas.
Despite the downpour,
which left huge puddles in
some areas of the street and
the lot, all but about two car
owners stayed the course.
The event's main sponsor
was Bill Buck Chevrolet.
More than $3,000 in prizes
and awards were presented.
Participants paid $30 to reg-
ister their cars for the event
and received gold T-shirts,
whichwere quite visible that
day in Centennial Park.
For more information on
the club, visit veniceflorida
corvettes.com.
kcool@
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Steve Craig and Bob Fair were two of the judges at
the Corvette show.


Vintage Corvettes were popular with visitors to the Corvettes show.


Theater, murder mystery and life history contest on lineup


KIM COOL
FEATURES EDITOR

Bang!
One of the funnier theater
offerings locally is "The Big
Bang" at the Venice Little


Theatre. Set in an elegant
Park Avenue apartment, the
play is about two Broadway-
producer wanabes who are
trying to line up backers for
what would be the most
expensive Broadway show
every produced, with a bud-
get of $83 million, a cast of
318, more than 6,000 cos-
tumes and 1,400 wigs. The
story is the history of the
world, no more and no less,
from the formation of the
planets to the present day.
The beauty of the VLT pro-
duction is its placement in
the 90-seat Yvonne T. Pink-
erton Theatre where audi-


ence members can truly feel
like potential backers in the
living room setting.
Directed and choreo-
graphed by Steven Flaa with
musical direction by Jason
Brenner, the two eager pro-
ducers are played by Jason
Kimble and Todd Linda-
mood, who also portray near-
ly every part that will be in
their history of the world.
The VLT and its box office
are at 140W. Tampa Ave. "The
Big Bang" runs through Sept.
23, at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2
p.m. Tickets aie $23. The box
office is open daily, 10 a.m.-5
p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1


p.m. and one hour before
performances. Tickets may be
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hours, by phone at 488-1115.
Dead as a doorknob
If the "The Big Bang" whets
your appetite for more silli-
ness, head to Clearwater's
Radisson Hotel Sept. 29 for
"My Big Fat Italian Funeral," a
murder mystery dinner show
that serves up Italian corpses
with the Parmesan Choose
from Grouper Mediterranean
and Chicken Parmesan and
then see if you can figure out
who "dunnit." The Radisson is


at 20967 U.S. Highway 19
North in Clearwater. The din-
ing room/theater opens at 6
p.m. and the dinner and show
begin at 6:30,p.m. Tickets are
$46. For reservations, call
(813) 727-7012 or (813) 469-
1233.
Do it yourself
Perhaps you too can write
the next great Broadway pro-
duction or not. What you
can write is something about
your personal history. Just do
it! Better yet, do it before Dec.
15 so you can enter the annu-
al Life History Writing Contest
sponsored by the Senior


Friendship Center and fund-
ed by Dan Howe.
The contest is limited to
those age 55 and older. There
is no entry fee and there are
prizes for $100-$300 plus $25
awards for honorable men-
tion winners.
Begin by reading the com-
plete guidelines, which are
available at the Senior Friend-
ship Centers in Venice and
Sarasota and at some libraries
as well as by e-mail. Contact
Iowagirl@aol.com or call Ma-
donna Christensen at 922,
3933.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2007


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BY TED RANK
STAFF ESCRITOR

This is part two of a
three-part story Terror at
Os Edificio

Hang on to your sanity,
ladies and gentlemen. It's
time for News from Ecine-
ville.
It's been six days since the
siege at Os Edificio began,
and things have gotten
worse.
"It appears they came in
through the fence at the
westernmost end of the
property sometime in the
middle of the night Tues-
day," said Ecineville Police
Department's newly hired
Public Information Officer
Courtney Cox.
"Why are they here?"
asked Architectural Digest
Magazine Crime Reporter
Martin Wilson Roberts.
"Unfortunately, our intel-
ligence unit is telling us they


... The News from Ecineville


have brought in food, blan-
kets and ammunition (bot-
tled water) and some cap
guns. We believe this was a
well-executed plan to resup-
ply the original group of
attackers, the unreconstruc-
ted hippies," said Cox.
"Who are they?" asked
Pro Magazine Investigative
Reporter Heidi Fleissman.
Standing nearby, a clearly
tired' and frustrated EPD
ChiefTrudy Redford stepped
in and said,' "Read it for
yourself they've hung a
#$&^, 80-foot banner on the
other side of the building."
When photographers and
reporters scrambled around
the police perimeter to view
the other side of the build-
ing, sure enough, there it
was, a sign about 25 feet
high by 100 feet wide:
"RETIRED UNION THUGS
AND FORMER LIBERAL
ARTS PROFESSORS SUP-
PORT THE HIPPIES. RIGHT
ON, BROTHERS."


Estimates are there are
now more than 75 union
thugs, liberal professors and
unreconstructed hippies in
the building, and we have
unconfirmed reports that
the hippies had agreed to
release 11 of the tradesmen
as a sign of good faith. Our
sources are telling us that all
59 tradesmen refused to be
released and were now sup-
porting the attackers' no-
growth cause.
A guy in a suit agreed to
be released and was lowered
down the side of the build-
ing in a cement bucket.
.He is currently being
debriefed.
EPD released the de-
mands to the press.
"We are staying up here
until the Boston Red Sox
clinch the American League
East, and furthermore we
demand:
"We, the unreconstructed
hippies, be given our own
television series to air locally


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BY MONTY ANDREWS
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

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to reduce lighting costs is to
'replace, where possible, the
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home and business with
compact fluorescent lamps.
The typical 100-watt in-


candescent bulb will draw
100 watts of electricity. An
equivalent CFL will draw 23
watts. In addition, the CFL
will last about eight times
longer. Again, the initial pur-
chase price will be more than
returned to you in reduced
energy costs.
Concern by some as to the


small amount of mercury in.
CFLs has been studied and
debated by the Department
of Energy, the Environmental
Protection Agency and oth-
ers, and found to be legal to
discard with your household
trash.
If you have a concern,
merely place the burned-out


bulb in a plastic bag and at an
opportune time take it to the
Household Chemical Collec-
tion Center on Jackson Road.
The planet it's worth
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Cindy Marovich has been involved in the housing industry in some fashion almost all her
life! Cindy and her husband, Tom, were builders in northwest Indiana for 17 years. Their
great success in building, decorating and ultimately selling their homes was both satisfying
"and profitable. While on a getaway to our area in 2000, Cindy and Tom bought a home in
Venice and three years later, moved here permanently. "We couldn't get enough of paradise!"
Specializing in new home sales Cindy has become one of the most knowledgeable
professionals in the new home field from Blackburn Bay to Charlotte Harbor. Her
background in the building industry coupled with a degree in sales and marketing from
Purdue, gives Cindy an edge in either helping you sell your home, or finding the home of your
dreams.
Richard Bradway & Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Cindy Marovich to their
growing team of associates. Cindy can be reached at the main Island office, 230 So. Tamiami
Trail, Venice, or by calling Cindy at (941) 408-6041.
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on WAIE If the cavemen can
have a show, so should we.
"We also demand that
each of the tradesmen work-
ing on this project who is up
here now in full support of
our cause be given a two-
bedroom, three-bath, 1,600-
square-foot house free of
charge, to be built by the Os
Edificio developers.
"No charges will be filed
against anyone.
'"And, each hippie, thug
and professor shall receive:
three bottles of Chateau
Mouton-Rothschild 1982, a
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and
2 pounds of grouper.
Thank you."
Well, this is Ted "I'm a
reporter, I'm a reporter"
Rank reporting. I'll see you
next issue with more news
from Ecineville. Until then,
remember, there sure is a lot
of free grouper being snar-
fed up here in Ecineville.

trank@venicegondolier.com


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Venice Kiwanis war hero to

turn over president's gavel

FROM KIWANIS
CLUB OF VENICE

Tom Crusinberry, president
of the Kiwanis Club of Venice,
this month turns over his pre-
siding gavel to Helen Stephen,
president-elect for 2007-08.
Crusinberry's Venice Kiwa-
nis membership spans a peri-
od of 25 years of active service.
He is the recipient of the
Bronze Star Medal for heroism
in action, cited as follows: PHOTO COURTESY OF
"Second Lieutenant Tho- KIWANIS CLUB OF VENICE
mas E Crusinberry, Infantry, KIWANIS CLUB OFVENICE
Company H, 409th Infantry Tom Crusinberry was awarded
Regiment. For heroism in ac- the Bronze Star Medal for hero-
tion. ism in action, and has been hon-
"During the daylight hours ored by the Kiwanis Club for his
of 13 December 1944, in the service to the community.
vicinity of Soultz, France,
Lieutenant Crusinberry led three machine gun sections and
one mortar section to troops fighting in Retschwiller. Knowing
the urgency of the mission, he chose the closest route, though
it was under constant enemy observation.
"Suddenly the enemy began an extremely heavy concentra-
tion of mortar and small arms fire on the road.
"Fearlessly disregarding the murderous fire, he courageous-
ly advanced. On three occasions, he personally led his men
across open terrain through hazardous fire, not once seeking
cover. The knowledge that his vehicle was a target of fire did not
deter him as he courageously continued on.
"Because of his magnificent conduct, while under heavy
enemy fire, our front line troops received urgently needed
heavy weapons support, which enabled them to successfully
reach their objective."
The Kiwanis Club of Venice salutes Crusinberry's heroism
and his years of active service to the community.


Your Town Over Easy is brought to you
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WEDNESDAY,
SEPT. 19
Get out
Oscar Scherer State Park
offers year-round, ranger-led
canoe tours of South Creek,
Wednesday. Register at 8:30
a.m., tour at 9 a.m. Canoe
rental fee and park fee. Call
483-5956.
Kayak with the American
Littoral Society on the near-
shore waters of the Gulf of
Mexico from Turtle Beach to
Point of Rocks, 8:30-11:30
a.m. Kayak equipment and
training provided. Fee: $25.
RSVP to John at 966-7308.
Book club
Senior Friendship Centers
presents From Writer to
Author at 9:30 a.m. on the ter-
race at 2350 Scenic Drive.
This program launches SFC's
monthly book club, focusing
on "Four Summers Waiting"
by local author Mary Scho-
enecker. Noon lunch is avail-
able for $3 and 24-hour reser-
vations for ages 60+. Call 584-
0031 or 584-0090.
Dancing
Bay Indies holds a season
kick-off dance at 950 Ridge-
wood Ave. Doors open at
7 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m.
,Tickets are $7 per person.
BYOB; snacks and setups pro-
vided. Call 484-1122, 8 a.m.-
1 p.m., Tuesday through Fri-
day.

Jacaranda Public Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd.,
861-1270
* 10 ajm.-11 a.m., LibraryWeb
Page Your Other Search
Engine. Registration required.
* 2-3 p.m., Writing with Light,
photography lecture with
John Lewin.
At the movies
H2U at Englewood Commu-
nity Hospital shows "The
Quiet Man" at 1 p.m. in the
Suncoast Auditorium behind
the hospital at 700 Medical
Blvd. Enjoy popcorn, a bever-
age and see John Wayne and
Maureen O'Hara in this nos-
talgic film. RSVP to 473-3919
or (888) 685-1598.
Please donate
Florida's Blood Centers visits
Manatee Community Col-
lege-Venice, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at
8000 Tamiami Trail. For more
donation. sites, call FBC at
492-9202, or Suncoast Com-
munities Blood Bank at 954-
1600, Ext. 240.
Depot tours
Trained docents from the
Venice Area Historical Society
lead free Venice Train Depot
tours 10 a.m.-noon, Wednes-
days. Donations welcome.
For 10 or more, call 484-0769.
Support group
The Women's Resource Cen-
ter of Sarasota County holds
Moving On, 5:30-7 p.m. Wed-
nesdays at 806 Pinebrook
Road. The group helps wo-
men recover from loss; led by
Barbara Middleton. Fee: $8.
Call 485-9724.
Food bank
The Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer
Services and All Faiths Food
Bank distribute free USDA
commodities to eligible Sa-
rasota County residents, 3-5
p.m., at the Sandra Sims Terry
Community Center, 509 Col-
lins Road, Laurel. Call 483-
3338.
Mobile animal clinic
Animal Rescue Coalition vis-
its Robarts Arena, 3000 Ring-
ling Blvd., Sarasota, offering
low- or no-cost spays and
neuters for pets of income-
eligible families. Appoint-
ments required. Call 957-
1955, Ext. 5.


THURSDAY,
SEPT.20
Card party
Venice-Nokomis Drove No.
141 BPO Does host a Guys
and Dolls card party, 11:30
a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Venice-


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Wednesday military meetings


The Tin Can Sailors Squadron meets 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 19, at
the American Legion No-Vel Unit 159, 1770 E. Venice Ave. All
former destroyer or destroyer escort veterans, as well as those
interested in preserving the history of the U.S. Navy's
destroyer force, are welcome. Each meeting includes a
SJsocial hour, made-to-order lunch for $5 per person,
| and one or more special events. Call Bob Schwartz
at 497-1050.
The 1st Marine Division Association, Southwest
Florida Chapter, meets for lunch at 11:45 a.m.,
Sept. 19, at the Family Table Restaurant, 14132
South Tamiami Trail, North Port. All Marines and
guests are welcome. Call Red French at 697-1870.
The Sarasota Manatee Council of the Navy League
of the United States holds its monthly dinner meeting,
6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 19, at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100
Ringling Blvd. Speaker is Lt. Marc Soss USNR (Supply
SUN FILE GRAPHIC Corps), a local attorney who was activated for duty in
Afghanistan. The public is welcome. Dinner .is $30 per per-
son. RSVP to Al Burda at 493-9376.


Nokomis Elks Lodge, 1021
DiscoveryWay, Nokomis. Fin-
ger sandwiches, desserts and
prizes awarded. Donation: $5.
Call Carolee at 485-0725.

Senior Friendship Centers,
2350 Scenic Drive, 584-0075,
seniorfriendship.com,
* 9:30-11 a.m., Educational
workshop on the terrace.
* 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Associated
Medicare Counselors help
with Medicare, secondary in-
surance and Medicare D, in
the Pat Buster Conference
Room, Health Services Buil-
ding, second floor.
* noon lunch for $3 for ages
60+ with 24-hour advance
reservations. Call 584-0031 or
584-0090.
Federal employees
The National Active and Re-
tired Federal Employees,
Chapter 717, meets at the
Venice Holiday Inn, 455
North U.S. 41 Bypass. Social
at 11 a.m.; cost of meal is $13.
Laura Dorsey of Gulfside
Mortgage discusses reverse
mortgages. All federal retirees
and employees and their
guests are welcome. Visit
narfe717.org or call Terrence
Greenwood at 492-6916.
Working women


SUN FILE PHOTO
The Women's Resource Cen-
ter of Sarasota County hosts
Success and the Working
Woman, 6-8 p.m., Thursdays,
at 806 Pinebrook Road. Jenny
Roberts, president of Stream-
line Consulting & Solution
Inc., offers guidance on colmi-
munication styles, coworker
relations, managing conflicts
and more. Fee: $8. Call 485-
9724.
Peace presentation
The Englewood Peace Initi-
ative Coalition and the Venice
Peace Coalition sponsor a
presentation from Beyond
War at 2 p.m. at Elsie Quirk
Library, 100 W. Dearborn St..
Call Dr. Peter Duisberg at 474-
5204.
Mobile animal clinic
Animal Rescue Coalition vis-
its Sarasota County Animal
Services, 8451 Bee Ridge
Road, Sarasota, offering low-
or no-cost spays and neuters
for pets of income-eligible
families. Appointments re-
quired. Call 957-1955, Ext. 5.

Venice Public Library, 300 S.
Nokomis Ave., 861-1332
* 9:30 a.m.-noon: Horti-


culture experts from Sarasota
County- Extension Service
answer your gardening ques-
tions.
* 6 p.m.: The 12th annual film
festival continues with "Nar-
row Margin" from 1952 and
"Whistler" from 1944.
Taking stock
The RAM Stock Investment
Club mpets at 6:45 p.m. the
third Thursday of the month
at Venice Public Library, 300
S. Nokomis Ave. New mem-
bers welcome; no dues .or
membership fees. Call 484-
7993.
Support
The Venice chapter of Parents,
Families and Friends of Les-
bians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans-
gender, Intersex and Straight
Spouses holds a support meet-
ing, 6-8 p.m., at the Unitarian
Universalist Church, 1971
Pinebrpok Road. The group
meets the third Thursday of
each month. Call 266-3797 or
e-mail julia.tgirl@gmail.com.
Music events
Shaman performs 6-9 p.m. at
Cocktails at the Ca d'Zan at
the John and Mable Ringling
Museum of Art, 5401 Bay-
shore Road,, Sarasota. $5 co-
ver charge; parking is free.
Call 359-5700.
Study group
The Homeopathic Study
Group of Sarasota County
with Judith Trojnar meets
6-7:30 p.m. at Serenity Gar-
dens, 602 E. Venice Ave. Do-
nation: $10. Call 486-3577.

Jacaranda Public Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd.,
861-1270
* 1iM-11 a.m., Basic E-mail
class. Registration required.
* 2-4 p.m. Understanding the
Universe: An Introduction to
Astronomy video lecture se-
ries.
* 6-7:15 p.m., Children's
author Joan Hiatt Harlow;
free pizza and soda.


FRIDAY,

SEPT. 21
YMCA Treasure hunt
The South County Family
YMCA, Venice Branch, hosts a
free open house "Caribbean
Treasure Hunt," 6-8 p.m. at
701 Center Road. Parents and
children will follow a treasure
map to discover different
areas of program opportuni-
ties around the YMCA. Trea-
sures will be given out at each
station, and the hunt will end
around the pool area with
free hot dogs, chips and
drinks. Call 492-9622.
Art dedication
Venice Area Beautification
Inc. and the Arts and Culture
Alliance present the dedica-
tion of two art panels at 3 p.m.
along the Venetian Waterway


Park behind Venice High
School. The panels were de-
signed and executed by Ve-
nice High students Erin Hol-
len and Caitlyn Marriott. The
students each were awarded
$1,000 for their endeavors
through a scholarship pro-
gram sponsored byVABI and
the Ehrhart Family Founda-
tion. Parking is available
behind Publix.
Country fair
Senior Friendship Centers
hosts its second annual
Country Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
at 2350 Scenic Drive. Hear the
Venice Barbershop Quartet
and enjoy a baked goods con-
test, horseshoes, bean bag
toss, darts, treats, prizes and
more. Call 584-0090 to re-
serve a spot for lunch and
plan to spend the day.
Mobile animal clinic
Animal Rescue Coalition vis-
its Kmart Plaza, 1687 U.S. 41
Bypass, offering low- or no-
cost spays and neuters for
pets of income-eligible fami-
lies. Appointments required.
Call 957-1955, Ext. 5.
Horse show
The South Florida Fair Au-
tumn QHS, an American
Quarter Horse Association-
approved show, will be held
Sept. 21-23 at Fox Lea Farm,
800 Auburn Road. All horse
owners and aficionados are
welcome. Call 484-4687 or
visit aqha.com.
Computer class
Jacaranda Public Library
hosts an Ask Jack computer
class, 1:30-3:30 p.m., at 4143
Woodmere Park Blvd. Call
861-1270.
Please donate
Florida's Blood Centers' Big
Red Bus visits Venice Regional
Medical Center, 7:30 a.m.-5
p.m., at 540 The Rialto. For
more donation sites, call FBC
at 492-9202 or The Suncoast
Communities Blood Bank at
954-1600, Ext. 240.
Music makers
* The Osprey Music Club pre-
sents "South of the Border:
Music with a Latin Flair" at
1 p.m. at 1270 South Tamiami
Trail. The public is welcome
to this free event. Call 966-
0800.
* The Native American Flute
Circle meets at 7 p.m. at
Serenity Gardens, 602 E. Ve-
nice Ave. Newcomers wel-
come; no experience neces-
sary. Donations welcome.
Call 486-3577.
* An acoustic music open-
mike jam meets 7:30-10 p.m.
Friday at Books-A-Million in
the Sarasota Pavilion Shop-
ping Center, 6591 South
Tamiami Trail. Call 922-7804.
Russian tea party
Nick Safanov, president of the
Sarasota Russian-American
Association, speaks at the first
Booked-for-Lunch event of


the season, noon-1 p.m. at
Venice Public Library, 300 S.
Nokomis Ave. Safanovwill give
a multimedia lecture on "The
Two St. Petersburgs," and will
serve Russian tea. Bring a
lunch; cookies and refresh-
,ments provided by The
Friends of the Venice Public
Library, For more on upcom-
ing events, call 861-1332.


3B
WEDNESDAY
SEPT. 19, 2007


752-3200.
Humane Society gala
The Humane Society of Sara.
sota County hosts its 15th
annual "Hot Dogs & Cool
Cats" formal masquerade ga"
la at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept:
28, at the Chelsea Cente4
2506 Gulf Gate Drive, Sara-
sota. Fine dining, live perfor-
mances, dancing, auctions
and more. Costumes option-
al. Tickets: $175. Call 955-
4131, Ext. 121.
Deaf bikers picnic
Florida Deaf Bikers Inc. hosts
an end of summer picnic at
10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at
Gilbert Park, 310 S. Tremain
St. in Mt. Dora. Free for mem-
bers who bring a covered
dish. Cost for nonmembers:
$7, $5 for children younger
than 8. Raffles, food and fun.
Visit floridadeafbikerassoci
com or call Scott at (352) 860"
1966 (VP).'
Artist events
Venice artist Clyde Butcher
presents a slide show lecture
and luncheon, 11:30 a.m..
2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at
the Venice Yacht Club, 1330
Tarpon Center Drive. Tickets
$85 per person for silent aucl-
tion, appetizers and lunch. A
cocktail party and book sign-
ing will take place, 5:30-8
p.m., at Butcher's gallery at
237 Warfield Road. Tickets:
$75 per person.
Locks of Love benefit
Great Clips for Hair sponsors
a cutathon to raise awareness
for Locks of Love, 9-11 ia.m.,


Go home with Bo


PHOTO COURTESY OF INGRID SIMKE
Bo the lab mix came to Suncoast Humane Society with only
three legs, but he doesn't let it slow him down a bit. He just
loves to play. Bo sits nicely for treats and will have no trouble
keeping up with you. He has lived with cats, birds and other
dogs. Bo is about 1 year old and weighs about 46 pounds. He's
playful and friendly and seems to smile when you talk to him.
Won't you come and have a chat with Bo? See all of Suncoast
Humane Society's adoptable animals online at humane.org, stop
by 6781 San Casa Drive in Englewood, or call 474-7884.


COMING UP
Nature events
* Kayak on Little Sarasota to
Palmer Point with the Ame-
rican Littoral Society, 6:30-9
p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22. Be-
gin the paddle before sunset
and return in the moonlight.
See birds, fish, the Neville
Preserve and other islands
in the bay. Bring water, sun-
screen and insect repellent.
Equipment and training
provided. Fee: $25. Call John
at 966-7308.
* Join the Manatee-Sarasota
Sierra Club for a Cockroach
Bay kayak trip at 8:30 a.m.,
Sunday, Sept. 23. Donation:
$5. RSVP to Don at 493-
3093..
* The Manatee-Sarasota
Sierra Club hosts a potluck
and full moon beach walk at
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept.
26 at South Lido Beach.
Bring a dish for eight, table
service and drink, bug spray
and a $5 donation. RSVP by
Sept. 24 to Mary at (941)


Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3562
Clark Road, Beneva Village
Plaza, Sarasota. The public S
welcome for a free haircut
when they donate 10 inches
of hair to LOL, a Florida-
based organization that prO-
vides hairpieces for children
. suffering from long-terrp
medical hair loss. RSVP to
Great Clips at 929-7892.
Octoberfest at DAV
Disabled American Veterans
hosts an Octoberfest celebra-
tion, 2-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct.
6, at 600 Colonia Lane, Noko-
mis. The public is welcome
for live music, German food,
prizes and festivities. Dinner
served 4-7 p.m. Advanced
tickets are $10 at the bar.
E-mail davl01venice@aol.
com or call 484-5306.

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Is our president really a rock star?


JOE GIORGIANNI
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Who would've thought we
would ever have a rock star
who would, or could, be the
president. of the United
States?
No, I'm not talking about
Elton John, or Elvis. Neither
Prince nor Michael Jackson
could handle the job.


I'm talking about our cur-
rent president, George Bush,
who not long ago paid a visit
to Albania, after a brief trip to
Europe for the G-8 confer-
ence, where, by the way, Mr.
Bush managed to keep his
hands off of Germany's Chan-
cellor Angela Merkel al-
though she was to have said
later that she rather looked
forward to the "Texas grope."
Mr. Bush made a sched-
uled stop in Albania, which is
just north of Greece, close to
the heel of Italy. It is approxi-
mately the size of the state of
Maryland and also the poor-
est country in Europe. What
adds to this strange rock star.
acceptance that Mr. Bush
received is the fact that
Albania is a Muslim state and
our president is a born-again


Christian.
An astute observer who
happened to observe that's
what observers do in-
formed me that Mr. Bush was
handing out postcards with
photos of his Crawford ranch,
showing acres of brush, along
with DS-156 forms, which are
this government's forms nec-
essary for temporary workers
entering the United States.
Mr. Bush made the com-
ment that inasmuch as he has
only been able to travel to his
ranch a mere 60 times during
his tenure which, by the
way, totals nearly two years
he has spent wielding a
machete and riding a moun-
tain bike through the tortu-
ous undergrowth of Texas -
according to Karl Rove, with
all the rain in Texas, he, Mr.


Bush, simply hasn't been able
to keep up with clearing that
needs to be cleared.
The president of Albania,
Alfred Moisiu, greeted Mr.
Bush like aViagra salesman in
a nudist camp. He, Mr. Bush,
was also greeted by the
peace-keeping brigade that
joined the American coalition
in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Both of the soldiers that
made up the brigade ex-
pressed their sincerest appre-
ciation for getting out of Iraq
alive.
In fact, to show their ap-
preciation, they first washed
Laura's feet then gave them,
her feet, -a good massaging
with pure Albanian olive oil.
Mrs. Bush responded ex-
citedly by saying, "Oh my,"
and in return, presented each


of the soldiers with a gold-
embossed library card that
was flown in special for the
occasion.
President Moisiu, without
ever mentioning that it was
President Bill Clinton who
was primarily responsible for
* the free state of Albania,
bestowed the National Flag
Order, which is the Albanian
version of the Medal of
Freedom in this country and
given to special people in the
United States. This, by the
way was the medal that was
given to Mr. "Slam Dunk"
George J. Tenet, the ex-head
of the CIA who said that the
war in Iraq would be a slam-
dunk.
It should be noted that
Albania is. one of the very few
countries where the presi-


dent's ratings are above 30-
percent approval. And, after
seeing the news clips showing
hordes of Albanians greeting
the president, the thought
entered my mind that per-
haps Mr. Bush might take his
mountain bike and machete
and spend some of his
remaining time in office
whacking the brush in that
country.
Although a born-again
Christian, Mr. Bush said he
respects the Muslim religion
and, in fact, told President
Moisiu that he keeps an
autographed .copy of the
Crayola by his bedside. He
didn't say, however, who
autographed it.

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