Title: Venice gondolier sun
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Title: Venice gondolier sun
Alternate Title: Venice gondolier
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Language: English
Creator: Venice Gondolier Sun
Publisher: Venice Gondolier Sun
Place of Publication: Venice Fla
Publication Date: November 25, 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 56, no. 7 (April 4-6. 2001)-
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Daughter found,

mother relieved

- and angry, too

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Officer's son OK

after gun range

shooting accident


Here's a Thanksgiving
Day gift your 20-year-
old daughter has been
missing since Labor Day,
and you get a call Thurs-
day night that she is alive
and well.
"She called her friend
Rebecca and was won-
dering why she has been
reported missing," said
her mother, Ruth Frank-
lin of Venice. "I am re-
lieved, really grateful, but
angry ... after all we have
been through ... these
kids just don't realize
what they are doing to
other people."
Franklin said in spite
of the constant hope that
Ashley Baird would sur-
face alive and well, there
was always a nagging an-
guish that the worst had
"We still love her very
much, but she said she
just wants everybody to
leave her alone," Franklin
said. "Sometimes people
just make the wrong
Baird disappeared
from her Floral City ap-
artment two months ago.
She left her clothes, be-
longings and dog in the
Rebecca Schmalsrig

called the Citrus County'
Sheriff's Office and said
that no one had seen or
spoken to Baird in days.
She said that was unusual
because the two women
talked on the phone daily.
They met when they
worked at a wilderness
camp for women sent
there under court order.
Franklin said Baird used
drugs as a teenager and
ran away several times,
prompting a judge to
send her away.
When Baird got out of
the camp, she came to
Venice to live with her
mother, later with her
dad in New Mexico, than
back to Citrus County.
That is when Schmalsrig
and her husband took
Baird in till she got back
on her feet.
Baird was able to get a
job as a server and get her
own place, where she
lived with her boyfriend.
They eventually broke
Franklin said Baird
called her July 20 asking
for money.
That was the last time
Franklin talked to her.
Portions of this story
were taken from the
Cirrus County Chronicle.

McGee, a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle, was released at Lido Key
Friday by handlers David Smith and Katherine Hart whose hands are
shown in the photo. When the sling on which it was carried was smoothed
out on the sand, the turtle headed for the water.

Mote releases 101st

turtle patient

See the related story on page 3

NMcGee, a rehabilitated log-
gerhead sea turtle, had the ride
of its life Friday, Nov. 16.
Comfortably nestled on a
foam cushion, it was driven to
Lido Key Beach at 8:30 a.m.
There it was .gently lifted from
the back of a van by Mote Mar-
ine Laboratory workers David
Smith and Katherine Hart and,
.placed on a round canvas sling
on which some eight workers
carried McGee to a spot on the
sand about 15-10 feet from the

water's edge.
Setting it down gently and
. smoothing the canvas sling, the
workers stepped back as McGee
raised its head in the air as if to
sniff the water. Less than a sec-
ond later, the turtle was scam-
pering toward the water. Never
stopping, it switched from walk-
ing to swimming and headed
out into the Gulf in a slightly
southwesterly direction.
It was a momentous day for
the turtle and also for Mote, for
McGee was the 101st sea turtle
to have been rehabilitated at the
marine laboratory's 'Sea Turtle
Please see TURTLE, 6A


The 5-year-old step-
son of aVenice Police De-
partment officer is out of
the hospital after being
hit by a ricocheting bullet
Wednesday night.
Jaryd Webber was re-
leased from All Childrens
Hospital in St Petersburg
Thursday. he had been
taken there byBayflite heli-
copter after being struck
by a bullet at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday at the Venice
Police Department gun
range, 1300 Ridgewood
According to a report
from the Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office, to which
Venice Police Chief Julie
Williams referred the mat-
ter, police officer Billy Mas-
ters was disassembling his
Glock 23 .40 caliber pistol
for cleaning when a round
in the chamber dischar-
ged, strikingWebber in the
left hip area.
According to one law
enforcement official, the
ricochet was a "through-
and-through," meaning
the bullet or bullet frag-
ment did not lodge in the
boy's body it went in
one side and out the other.
Doctors said the inci-
dent will have no lasting

effect on the boy's health.
The Glock 23.40 caliber
pistol is used by many fed-
eral, state, and local law
enforcement officials. The
FBI recently adopted Glo-
cks for issue, according to
Glock's Web site.
Venice replaced its old
9mm Smith & Wesson
sidearms with the Glock
23s in November 2006.
Despite their popularity,
Glocks do not have the
best reputation for hand-
gun safety.
The Consumer Feder-
ation of America reports
there are 45 lawsuits ag-
ainst Glock claiming de-
fective design or manu-
facture that has caused or
could result in injury or
death to shooters or oth-
CFA ranks Glock at the
top of its "unsafe" hand-
guns list, claiming the guns
are. designed or made so
poorly they present a clear
and present danger to life
and limb.
The sheriff's investiga-
tion is continuing. It is rou-
tine procedure that an out-
side agency be called in to
investigate an accident in-
volving a law enforcement
officer. .

Friends come together for 'Big Mike'

EDITOR'S NOTE: You can make a dif-
ference in the life of someone or help
an organization that desperately needs
If you're unsure how you can help,
but want to get involved, visit the .
Friendship Volunteer Center at friend-
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Get involved ... and make a differ-

Many people in the area
know Mike Drennan of
Venice as "Big Mike" who
worked for Budweiser. For 15
years he was the friendly, big
guy who visited restaurants
doing utility work.
Four years ago he chan-
ged jobs and started working
forVelda Farms as a supervi-
sor. Everything was going
well for him until he fell off
the back of a truck on Oct. 15. MikeD
When his 6-foot-6-inch. Susan
300-pound frame hit the ering.
ground, his life, as well as the ern.
lives of his family members, at world
changed dramatically.
Drennan has severe brain
injuries, said his wife, Susan,
and his prognosis is uncer-
tain until he completes reha-
"He can talk some, but
barely," she said. "One thing for sure
- he is not giving up."
When Drennan.was first hospital-
ized he was put on a ventilator. It
was a pretty scary time for his three
children, seeing their dad with tubes
in his body and a tracheotomy.
"My youngest wouldn't go to the
hospital the first week, but after
Mike was put into regular clothes, he
seemed more like dad," Susan Dren-

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Rollin'Green G61olf Club, 4501 N.
Tuttle Ave., Saraspta;.FL 34234
Wed.- Dec. 5 / Shotgun 12:30 p.m.

nan said.
Now the children are helping with
occupational therapy and throwing
a ball to their father.

)rennan, top row, third from left, poses with hi
, left, and his children and cousins at a family
Drennan suffered a severe brain injury when I
ka few weeks ago.

ake A Difference
It's going to be a long, tough road
for the Drennans. Someday soon
they hope Mike will regain more use
of his speech and movement in his
hands and legs. That day may not be
in the near future.
Drennan's hospital bills started
mounting and worker's compensa-
tion pays only 80 percent of them.
Susan Drennan works as a substi-
tute teacher part time at Laurel Nok-

omis School, but between hospital
visits and taking care of the children
money, became tight veryfast.
Epiphany Cathedral School,
which one of the children attends,
held a bake sale for Drennan, and it
will be doing another fundraiser in
the future.
His friends from Budweiser de-
cided they wanted to do something
to help, so they are holding a
golf tournament.
E Likable
"Mike is such a friendly, lik-
able guy and when he work-
ed here he had a big custom-
er base in the Venice area,"
U said Art Blair of Budweiser.
"When Drennan's sister ask-
ed if there was something we
could do for the family, we
jumped in. What we need
now are players."
The tournament is sched-
'* uled for Wednesday, Dec. 5,
)RENNAN at Rolling Green Golf Club,
s wife 4501 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota.
gath- A shotgun start is at 12:30
he fell p.m., with check in from 11
a.m. to noon. Fee is $60 per
player and it includes, beer,
food, goodie bags, awards,
door prizes, prizes for longest
drive for men and women
and closest to the pin. For
more information, call Art
Blair, 915-0374, or Joe Furt-
aw, 650-3148.
Corporate sponsors for holes and
awards are also needed to make the
the tournament a success.
Blair wanted to send a message to
all of the people Drennan knew in
the Venice area.
"Anyone who knows Mike likes
him," Blair said, "so this is just some-
thing good we can do for the family."


Osprey residents

seeking some clarity


Few will question the con-
fusion of Osprey residents
about plans for their water-
front at the Nov. 26 meeting of
the Osprey Revitalization
Sarasota County Planner
Susan Bridges is scheduled to
present a synthesis of two
workshops held last summer
for business owners and resi-
The sessions revealed that
residents could not decide
how they want a 14-acre
waterfront parcel west of U.S.
41 revitalized. It was set aside
for such use in the original
communitywide evitaliza-
tion plan.
Last month, the commit-
tee, an advisory body, unani-
mously rejected the only pro-
posal to date. A petition by 30
homeowners in the neighbor-
hood to deny a petition to
rezone probably influenced
the committee vote.
Dr. Anil Patel, owner of a
5.5-acre parcel within the dis-
trict, had petitioned to rezone
to allow development of a res-
idential community on the
waterfront and a separate
commercial/residential build-
ing on the highway. The parcel
extends from Bay Street south
to Bayview Drive.
Simultaneously, the county
has deemed the rezoning peti-.
tion complete, now that all of
its stipulations have been sat-
isfied by the developer.

Hearings were being sched-
uled by the county planning
commission and the board of
county commissioners earlier
this week, according to Todd
Hershfeld, an environmental
specialist with the Natural
Resources Department.
Razer's edge
The final stipulation agreed
upon by Patel was to set aside
at least six boat slips in perpe-
tuity for public use at two
state-owned docks on the
property. Patel also agreed to
maintain the docks for the
public's safety.
His proposal calls for as
many as 24 slips for the use of
diners at an existing water-
front restaurant and for resi-
dents of the development,
which will be known as
Spanish Point Village.
The docks will be leased to
Patel by the state under a
statutory authority to lease
sovereign lands to uplands
riparian owners.
Much of the opposition to
the proposed development
can be traced to Patel's plan to
raze the popular Spanish
Pointe Marina Grille, which
lies within his property. It is
one of the few remaining
waterfront restaurants in the
The restaurant is expected
to be torn down by April 2008,
and replaced by a public gaze-
bo Patel will build to allow res-
idents to continue to view
Please see CLARITY, 6A

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Association representa-
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proved by the School Board
of Sarasota County.
The 3-percent salary in-
crease for teachers and other
district staff is smaller than
lastyear's raise of 5.25 percent
negotiated between the sc-

hool board and Sarasota
Classified/ Teachers Ass-
The union represents the
district's 2,916 teachers and
2,316 support staff.
SC/TA President Pat Gard-
ner said, "It's a good settle-
ment when you consider the
problems with the economy
in the state. We expect ratifi-
Gardner said about 80
percent of the classified em-

ployees of Sarasota County
Schools are SC/TA members,
but all instructional and clas-
sified employees are eligible
to vote in the ratification
School revenue across
Florida has been reduced as
the housing market has cool-
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School districts anticipate
further revenue reductions
that could result from a state-

wide property tax referen--
dum on the ballot in January.
The contract ratification
vote by school employees is
scheduled to be completed
by Nov. 28. If ratified, as
expected, the increase will be
retroactive to July 1, 2007.
The school board also
approved the administrative
salary schedules for 2007-08.
They also reflected a 3-per-
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07 fiscal year.

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Turtle season ends swimmingly in Venice


Efforts. by Venice resi-
dents and businesses to
adierew e city's lighting
..brdiance during sea turde
season paid off this year.
"' Inventory figures for the
2007 sea turtle nesting sea-
son along the Gulf Coast
sntow a marked decrease in
turtle disorientations in
.Venice compared to the pre-
vious year.
Lights shining toward the
beach are a major hazard for
sea turtles. Both nesting
females and their hatchling
offspring.can become dis-
oriented by stray light and
end up in harm's way, even
in roads or parking lots
where they can be hit by
The improvement holds
up even with a numerical
adjustment to the numbers
in order to reflect the num-
ber of nests lost by natural
causes such as Tropical
Storm Barry, which washed
out some nests at the Venice
beach areas monitored by
volunteers working in asso-
ciation with Mote Marine

percent, roughly 50 percent
higher than this year, based
on the corrected numbers.
Both years reflect im-
provement over 2005, a year
during which storm-related
washover events are thought
to have affected as many as
63 percent of the 912 logger-
head nests from Longboat
Key throughVenice.
"We think this could be a
new way of looking at the
state's data," Tucker said.
As Sarasota has the great-
est number of sea turtle
nests on the Gulf Coast, tab-
ulations relating to this area
are especially valuable to
,both the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission.
As many as 400,000 eggs
might be laid on Sarasota
beaches in one season.
In 2007, there were a total
of 754 nests from the north
end of Longboat Key south
to and including Venice. Of
these, 510 made it through
the season and produced
hatchlings. Less than 18
percent of these nests expe-
rienced disorientations,
reflecting countywide

jetties to Sharky's and the
Venice Municipal Fishing
"About 30 lights were
turned off," Tucker said.
"Only about half of them
were on the list to begin
An alternative to count-
ing and checking beach
area lights each year would
be the permanent installa-
tion of shields on the lights,
said Tucker, who displayed
a shield that could be used.
Made of plastic or alu-
minum and presently used
as shields on traffic lights all
over Florida, where they
have survived many storms,
the shields can be pur-
chased from a company
called Pelco, he said.
With the shield in place,
the light is directed straight
down, providing adequate
light for humans but no
stray light that would affect
"Directing the lights
downward where the light
needs to be is better than
turning the lights off, which
is a public safety issue,"
Tucker said. "It shouldn't be
a conflict between people
and turtles. With a shield it

Mote Marine Laboratory Biologist Tony Tucker holds a black plastic shield that could be used to
redirect light from street lamps and reduce stray light affecting sea turtles.

A shield can improve even
the cobra-head-style lights
Tucker applauded Venice
as one of the first, Florida
cities to enact a lighting
ordinance for turtle season,
but said the law could use
some tweaking.
"We learned that Vero
Beach has a model ordi-
nance that Venice might
want to take a look at," said
Venice, Code Enforcement
Officer John Patek said, who
is in charge of overseeing
lighting issues.
"It is a continual process
of education," he said.
"Everyone is willing to com-
.ply. This was a good year."
One business that has
made consistent strides is
Sharky's on the Pier. There

were eight disorientations
in that area last year and
none this year.
Because that area has so
many natural predators,
there might have been a
dearth of nests, Tucker said.
It was also a good year for
green sea turtles, which
have not often nested on
Venice beaches in recent
Last year there were two

nests on Englewood beach-
es, more this year and also
some green nests in the
total along Venice beaches.
Species numbers, specific
nest locations by area and
total hatchling numbers are
still being tabulated. Those
figures are expected to be
available in a few weeks.
The 2008 sea turtle sea-
son begins May 1 and ex-
tends through Oct. 31.

To become a sea turtle volunteer, call.Mote Marine
Aquarium and Laboratory at 488-4331. To report a dead,
or stranded sea turtle, call (941) 988-0212. To report a
stray hatchling sea turtle, call (941) '302-4750: For infor- ,
mation on Mote and its sea turtle and other programs,.
visit mote.org. .

Mote Marine Laboratory Biologist Tony Tucker holds a round bezel-style street light above a cut-off
cobra-head fixture.The latter directs its light straight down rather than lighting up a large area.

"One of our staff noted
that washed-out nests will
produce zero hatchlings,"
Mote Senipr'Biologist Tony
Tucker said. "We decided to
take those nests out of the
picture to-come up with a
corrected number."

The tally
Volunteers counted 165
nests along the six moni-
toredVenice Beach areas. Of
that number, 25 nests had
disorientation incidents, or
15.2 percent of the nests.
The corrected, or adjust-
ed numbers, showed 108
nests that made it through
the season to produce
hatchlings, resulting in a
percentage of 23.1 percent,
still an improvement over
the previous year, the only
one for which adjusted
numbers are available so
far. In 2006, there were 173
total nests, 41 destroyed
nests and 132 nests that
made it through to hatch-
Of the total nests, the
percentage of disorienta-
tions was 25 percent. Using
the corrected figure to find
the percentage. of disorien-
tations for surviving nests,
the adjusted figure is 33.3

Attorney Greg Roberts
will represent Merle
Graser in the short-term
rental appeal hearing
before city council on
Dec. 11. An article on
Nov. 21 stated otherwise.
The Gondolier Sun
regrets the error.

The only area to show
fewer disorientations than
Venice, was Casey Key,
which has a much lower
and more seasonal popula-
tion base. Of 217 surviving
nests at Casey Key, the dis-
orientation rate was just 1.8
Ryan Welsh is the statisti-
cian at Mote, but without
the volunteers who monitor
nest activity all season and
inventory the nests after
hatching, there would be no
data. Venice volunteers are
listed under a state permit
issued to Jim Grimes, a for-
mer Mote biologist and now
a Mote volunteer.

Lighting ordinance
Grimes and Tucker work-
ed with a representative
from Florida Light and
Power during the summer
to inventory street lights
affecting the beach. Each
light was identified by GP'S
reading, address and the
serial number of the FPL
poles. Grimes and Tucker
walked the beach from the

is a win-win, keeping peo-
ple safe but eliminating the
spreading light. It is a.$10 or
$15 solution (per.light) and
it is a one-time deal."
FPL is looking into in-
stalling shields before the
2008 season, FPL spokes-
man Russell Chamberlain
"Right now we are regen-
erating the lights that were
turned off," he said. "It will
take a few months to find
the right solution. We will
probably have the lighting
services department work
with GE to run wind-load
tests. Shields would make it
easier for everyone and
safer for cars and pedestri-
ans (than turning off

Light shields
The company has found
that cut-off cobra-head-
style fixtures are better at
directing the light straight
downward than the round
bezel fixtures, which allow
the light to spread all
around, Chamberlain said.

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Developer in trouble fo, r mangrove cu. tting

Developer in trouble for mangrove cutting

A county sheriff's deputy notified authorities
of damage at Henry Rodriguez' home. The
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection is still investigating.


A prominent Sarasota
County developer with
close political ties to Florida
Gov. Charlie Crist and other
high-profile state lawmak-
ers could be in hot water
with environmental author-
ities for allegedly cutting
down mangroves at his
Casey Keywaterfront home.
On Monday, the Pelican
Press learned the Florida
Department of Environ-
mental Protection has con-
ducted an on-site investiga-
tion of damage discovered
Oct. 22 by a sheriff's mar-
ine. patrol deputy at
the 2718 Casey Key Road
home of Henry and Sus-
anne Rodriguez.
Crist recently appointed
Henry Rodriguez to the
Enterprise Florida board of

which serves
as the econ-
omic devel-
opment arm
for the state.
Last year,
worked on
Rodriguez Crist's state-
wide cam-
paign to succeed Gov. Jeb
The 43-year-old Rodri-
guez is also well known in
local development and
political circles for helping
build the Osprey Wal-Mart
and backing the Bay Street
Village & Town Center in
Osprey. He was formerly the
president of a technology
County property records
indicate that Rodriguez and
his wife own a 7,400 square-
foot Casey Key home at the

address listed on a state
"complaint inspection"
report that describes dam-
age to approximately 5,000
square feet of red and white
"The case was referred to
us by Sarasota County," said
state environmental in-
spector Pamela Vazquez.
"We have been to the site
(on Oct. 29) and found the
alleged violations. Now
we're moving into the en-
forcement arena and work-
ing with the homeowners to
correct them."
Hands off
Mangroves play a critical
role in the preservation of
Southwest Florida coastal
ecosystems, but they've ta-
ken a beating over the last
six decades because local
politicians have been un-
willing to police developers
and homeowners who cut
them down for better wa-
terfront views.
The county has periodi-
cally toyed with the idea of
hiring additional enforce-
ment inspectors to help

uphold the state's mangrove
protection regulations, but
always walked away from
the responsibility because it
would cost more money
and upset homeowners.
Recently, the county
commission took a small
step in the direction of more
mangrove vigilance when it
endorsed a program that
includes faster responses to
complaint calls and public
education, but it left the
authority to prosecute ex-
clusively in state hands.
"The Sarasota County
Sheriff's Department re-.
ported this situation to us,"
said Andrea Lipsieiri, a
county environmental sup-
ervisor. "\VWe went to die site
twice. An area of mangroves
appeared to be cut, chop-
ped and topped. According
to the homeowner, there
was no permit."
Lipstein said the county's
objective in such cases is to
achieve compliance with
the state's regulations and
work with property owners
on plans to restore the dam-
age. Her report to state aut-

horities referenced "bran-
ches removed at various
heights all the way to the
root system."
A mistake
Based on aerial pho-
tographs previously taken
of the area, state authorities
noted some previous man-
grove damage that occurred
before Rodriguez and his
wife bought the Blackburn
Bay property in 2003. But it
also reported "new viola-
tions" have taken place..
"We will communicate
with the homeowners and
get their side of what hap-"
pened," Vasquez said. "This
is a civil process: We have to
decide what violations :are
applicable and if the home-
owners can repair the dam-
age. Then we will determine
the potential for fines." .
Rodriguez said. the situa-
tion was an unfortunate
'Apparently my gardener
went away for a couple of
hours to have a sandwich,"
he said, "and came back to
find his workers had cut the

mangroves lower than they
were supposed to. I certain-
ly don't condone this."
In fact, Rodriguez was a
strong supporter of the cou-
nty's environmentally sen-
sitive lands acquisition pro-
gram that required citizens'
approval at a referendum.
"We'll work with authori-
ties to repair the damage,"
he said. "I don't want any-
one to think we tore out
Four types of mangroves
black, red, white and green
buttonwoods grow along
the edg, of Southwest Flor-
ida.ays, streams and canals.
-'They filter nutrients from
Upland runoff, produce leaf
.litter that feeds fish, and
provide habitat for birds
and marine life.
Experts have determined
that seawalls, dredging pro-
jects, invasive plants and
inappropriate cutting have
reduced the state's natural
mangrove habitat by about
86 percent since the 1940s.
State regulations recom-
mend they be trimmed to
no less than 6 feet in height.

County looks into'innovative financing' for roads


The Sarasota County
Commission assigned staff
Tuesday to examine new
ways to fund county road
projects with help from spe-
cialists from the Federal
Highway Administration.
"If there is any way that
we can move our roads for-
ward with some paybacks

later, we need to do it," said
County Commissioner Sha-
nnon Staub.
Staub was referring to a
workshop she and her col-
leagues attended Monday
headed by Jim Hatter, inno-
vative finance specialist
with the Federal Highway,
Administration Resource
Center. Hatter outlined a
number of solutions to the
problem of road funding,

ranging from public-private
partnerships and tolls to
highway bonds and tax
plans, to name a few.
"We're asking staff to
come back with a compre-
hensive funding construc-
tion package for road pro-
jects that takes advantage of
the favorable road building
market," said County Com-
missioner Jon Thaxton.
'And the surtax money,"

said Commission Chair
Nora Patterson, referring to
funds which will be coming
through the recent passage
of the 1-cent sales surtax
"We're probably about a
third of the way through fig-
uring out (allocations com-
ing from) the surtax," said
Deputy County Administra-
tor David Bullock. "What we
can advance, and how and

when it makes sense to do
that. We can come back
with something for you in
Following unanimous
passage of a motion to get
the ball rolling,. Patterson
had a few words of warning.
"I don't want to let the
world fiffik there's some
magic way where the feds
are going to start giving us
money to build roads,"

Patterson said. "These are
just financing mechanisms
that maybe are i, lite differ-
ent than what' we're used
"And that's my whole
point, 'Staub replied. "Let's
get out of the box on this
one. I think there are some
opportunities there we hav-
en't really put in the scheme
of things."


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TURTLE from Page 1A
Rehabilitation Hospital sin-
ce it began 12 years ago.
Lethargic loggerhead
The turtle was found
floating in the Rookery Bay
National Estuarine Resear-
ch Reserve in Collier County
on June 14. Diagnosed with
lethargic loggerhead syn-
drome based on its lethargy,
weight loss, anemia and
buoyancy problems, it was
treated with antibiotics,
antiparasiticides and iron
injections by Mote's chief
veterinarian, Dr. Charles
Manire and his staff.
"It would have been dead
if it had not been treated,"
Manire said. "This con-
tributes to the turtle popu-
Mote will be tracking Mc-
Gee now that it has re-
turned to the Gulf.
"It has two tags in its
front flippers," Manire said.
"There is a microchip in the
left flipper and a metal tag
in the right flipper."
Manire said the ;turtle
was released on Lido Key
rather than being returned
to Collier County because
there is a red tide bloom in
that area currently. Water
temperature is another con-
sideration for release, as the
turtles prefer warmer.water.
The water off Lido was
about 70 degrees the day of
its release.
Sea turtle hospital
Seven sea turtles remain
in Mote's hospital. Two
should be ready to be re-
leased in the next few weeks.
One arrived about the same
time as McGee and with
similar problems, Manire
said. The other one about to
be released was the victim
of fishing line entangle-
Recently enlarged,
Mote's sea turtle facility can
care for 12-25 ailing sea tur-
tles, depending on the size
of the turtles.
While caring for the tur-
tles,. Mote staff members
have published many pap-
ers describing heretofore
unknown diseases affecting
sea turtles, new parasites
and new treatments, shar-
ing the information around
the world.
Research shows that man
plays a large role in turtle
"Boats are another con-
cern," said Dr. Tony Tucker,

the senior biologist who
heads up Mote's sea turtle
program. "There are more
than 1 million boats in Flor-
ida. One in every 11 residents
has a boat. Prop wounds are a
big problem for turtles.
'"According to informa-
tion from Florida Fish and
Wildlife, one of five turtles
found stranded shows evi-
dent of boat strikes."
Boat races are even more
dangerous he said. Of 10
major boat races held in
Florida annually, six are
held in the middle of sea
turtle season.
Mid-season is when many
females are going ashore to
nest and the first hatchlings
are finding their way into
the sea -- a possibly deadly
combination of events for
turtles and boat pilots.
Reality TV
In an effort to learn more
about sea turtle activity and
where they go and what
they do, two turtles were re-
cently equipped with port-
able video cameras, Tucker
The devices, cylindrical
and about the size of a
hand-held flashlight, were
attached to a small device
glued to the back of the tur-
tle behind the head. When
the videotape ran out, the
device was designed to pop
away from the turtle and
float to the surface as a
beeper sounded its posi-
tion. Mote workers fished
the cylinders from the water
and studied the film care-
"One turtle spent about
35 percent of its time near
the surface and the other
one spent about 14 percent
of its time there because it
was more of a bottom sit-
ter," Tucker said. "The
swimmer was in an area
with bare sand and shell
bottom and the other one
was under a coral reef or
beneath dense soft coral."
Sea turtles do not eat'
during their nesting period,
which can be as long as
seven months if they swim
far to their nesting area or
just a few weeks if they nest
close to their home area,
Tucker said.
"Turtles with a long swim
to their nests might wait
three to four years between
nesting seasons," he said. "It
is not always how far they
swim but how many nests
they lay."
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information, volunteers are
starting to tag turtles early
in the season to monitor
how many nests they create.
"We don't always find
them on the same beach,"
Tucker said.
Other monitors
Two turtles equipped
with antennas were moni-
tored for nesting habits.
A turtle named Wiblette
nested six times within a
half mile of Casey Key, while
a second turtle nested four
times, each time on a differ-
ent beach from as far north
as Casey Key to as far south
as Naples.
"Of these only one nest
was verified to contain
eggs," Tucker said.
If there are 10,000 nests
and a turtle nests four
times, that means there are
2,500 turtles in the area. But
if the turtles nest five times
there are just 2,000 turtles in
the area, Tucker said.
"We think our estimate of
the female population
could be off by 20 percent,"
he said. "We plan to repeat
this study next year."
On track
Mote Marine's satellite
tracking program is the
largest such program in the
United States to track
female loggerhead sea tur-
Tucker spends part of
every year in Australia and
other places that have
major sea turtle popula-
tions. He also studies fresh
water turtles in the north-
west part of Australia.
The work is funded by
private donations, and
much of the record collect-
ing is the work of trained
volunteers who daily patrol
the beaches during turtle
In Venice, the volunteers
are on a federally issued
permit overseen by retired
Mote biologist Jim Grimes,
who now is a volunteer for
Those interested in help-
ing sea turtles can support
the hospital by sending a
donation to Mote Marine
Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Parkway, Sara-
sota, FL 34236. Donations
should be marked "sea turtle
hospital" or "animal rehabili-
tation" (if they want to help
more than one species). For
more information, visit
www.mote.org or call

CLARITY from Page 1A

Sarasota Bay. He has
promised to build two pub-
lic walkways on the proper-
ty. One will be through the
development to the gaze-
bo. The second will border

the property, and connect
the docks to a four-story
building on U.S. 41. It will
contain offices, retail
space, condominiums and
a restaurant on the top

Five two-story town-
houses and 30 condomini-
ums will be located from
the waterfront to the center
of the property.


Paint giveaway Nov. 27
Sarasota County invites
homeowners to take advan-
tage of, its annual free recy-
cled paint giveaway from 7
a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov.
The paint will be avail-
able to county residents at
the county's Household Ch-
emical Collection Center,
8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sara-
sota, until supplies are gone.
Residents who wish to
pick up paint must own and
occupy the home that they
are going to paint, and that
residence must be located
within Sarasota -County.
Homeowners must show
proof of occupancy and
ownership that matches,
property appraiser records.
Only people listed on the
county's records may re-
ceive paint. New homeown-
ers may bring the deed that
shows their name and
address of their home to sat-
isfy the giveaway re-
This is a one-time dona-
tion for residents, who can
receive up to 10 gallons of
paint. Residents who have
received free paint in the
past from the county do not
qualify for free paint again.
Recycled paint that is not
part of the giveaway may be
purchased for $5.35 per gal-
lon, including tax.
Colors available are Al-
most Ivory (off-white), Sp-
anish Moss (green), Dolphin
Dance (gray), Hacienda
Clay (gold), and Pale
Portabella (tan). The flat
latex paint is for interior or
exterior use and is recycled
locally by Scott Paint Com-
For more information,
call 861-5000 and ask, to
speak with a Solid Waste
customer service represen-
New garbage
collection site
in Nokomis
Getting rid of your gar-
bage and many household
hazardous materials in mid-
county became more con-
venient when Sarasota Cou-
nty opened its new Citizen's
Convenience Center at the
Central County Solid Waste
Disposal Complex, 4010
Knights Trail Road, Nok-
The new drop-off spot
means residents in the cen-
tral part of the county will
no longer need to drive to a
collection center in Sarasota
or Venice to dispose of haz-
ardous waste such as paint,
automotive fluids and elec-
Hours for the new center
are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday
through Saturday. All items

delivered to the new center
- except for recyclables,
hazardous waste, motor oil
and electronics must be
weighed. A scale ticket is
required and regular tipping
fees will apply to all items
not listed above. Those tip-
ping fees are:
Solid waste $57.56 a
ton, minimum fee for all
vehicles is $7.50
Waste tire $115 a ton,
minimum fee for all vehi-
cles is $15
For more information,
call 861-5000.

'Change a Light'
Sarasota County is asking
residents to join the U.S.
Environmental Protection
Agency, U.S. Department of
Energy and National Ass-
ociation of Counties annual
Light, Change the World
campaign to reduce Amer-
ica's energy consumption.
Sarasota County is par-
ticipating in the national
challenge to collect the
greatest number of pledges
from residents committing
to change one light in their
home to one that's earned
the ENERGY STAR label for
energy efficiency.
Through, Nov. 30, when
residents pledge online at
www.scgov.net, they will re-
ceive a thank-you email that
includes a $3 discount cou-
pon from Office Depot to-
ward the purchase of a new
ENERGY STAR light bulb.
I For more information
about energy-efficient pro-

ducts, visit the ENERGY
STAR Web site at www.ener-
gystar.gov, or call 861-5000
and ask for Sustainable

testing program
Beginning in January
2008, Sarasota County Util-
ities customers who are
required to install backflow
preventer devices will be
able to enroll in an optional
testing program that may
make it more convenient
for them to comply with the
statewide backflow preven-
tion program.
The program will give
customers the option of
contracting privately with a
licensed plumber to com-
plete the required annual
testing, or enrolling in a
county plan that uses lic-
ensed contractors under a
competitive bid for their
All service fees in the
optional testing program will
be applied in small, equal
monthly charges to individ-
ual water bills. The cost for
the program will vary de-
pending upon the size of the
backflow prevention assem-
bly. The typical residential
pipe size is three-quarter inch
and cost $2.53 per month.
As of January 2008, Sara-
sota County Utilities cus-
tomers who also use anoth-
er source of water on their
property must .install a
backflow prevention device
and have it tested annually
to ensure it is working

This meeting will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 21
on Wednesday, November 28, and Saturday December 1,
2007 at 9:30 a.m. For further information, log on to
Presented to Rocky Reid, Environmental Technician, and
Len Bramble, Director of Utilities, 2007 Water
Conservation Award for the Operation of the Eastside
Water Reclamation Facility
1. Kathy Baylis, President, and Hugh Middlebrooks, Past
Chair, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota
2. Nancy A. Trascik: Location and Expansion of the
Farmer's Market
3. Greg Silvia: Arts & Craft Fair on Miami Avenue,
February 9 and 10, 2008
1. Election of Vice Mayor
1. 2:30 p.m. Ordinance No. 2007-46, Island Village
Montessori Charter School, Inc., Conduit Financing
2. 2:30 p.m. Ordinance No. 2007-42, Adding Chapter 6,
Alcoholic Beverages, Adding a Definition of Alcoholic
Beverage Establishment and Regulating the Presence of
Persons Under the Age of 21 in Such Establishments
A. City Attorney
ITEM 1 -Conflict of Interest, Short Term Rental
B. Finance Director
ITEM 1 -Year-End Adjustments
C. City Clerk
ITEM 1 -Contract for City Council Agenda Advertising
D. City Manager
ITEM 1 -Trip and Fall Settlement Claim Release, Jean and
John Burton, $45,000, City's Deductible is $25,000
ITEM 2 -Appointment of One Councilmember to Attend
the Gulf Coast Community Foundation 2008 Board
Institute Workshop, January 9 and 10, 2007, Colony Beach
and Tennis Resort in Longboat Key
ITEM 3 -Application for Funding Assistance, Florida
Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), for Acceptance
of the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), $7,557, Grant was
Awarded to the Venice Police Department Security Door
Card Readers Project to Acquire a Card Reader Security
ITEM 4 -September 19, 2007, Emergency Repairs,
DeJonge Excavating Contractors Inc., Watermain on U.S.
ByPass 41, $16,920.54
ITEM 5 -Transfer of $2,173 for Payment of Emergency
Repairs Made to Lift Station #4 on September 12, 2007
ITEM 6 -Acceptance of Lift Station Structure
Rehabilitation Proposal, Chaz Equipment, Rehabilitation
of Lift Station Nos. 4 and 25, Cooperative Purchase,
ITEM 7 -Sublease Agreement between Purdy Enterprises,
Inc., and Chef's Rule, LLC.
ITEM 8 -Discussion and Direction on Major Projects and
Policy Updates, Dated November 14, 2007

City Council, Tra Ponti Workshop: November 29 at 6:00
Planning Commission: December 4 at 1:30 p.m.
Municipal Code Enforcement Board: December 6 at 9:00
City Council, Tra Ponti Workshop: December 7 at 8:00
If you are interested in serving on a City of Venice
Advisory Board, please contact the Mayor's office at 486-
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Council to reconsider farmer's market, craft fair


The Venice Farmers Mar-
ket may have found an inex-
pensive remedy that could
allow it to move back to its
old stomping grounds on
the northeast corner of
Centennial Park a point-
of-use electric hot water
But some neighbors,
store owners and, especial-
ly, vendors of a flea market
that share its space every
third Saturday of the month
in a parking lot on Ponce De
Leon its new location -
are fighting to keep it there.
The Saturday morning

vegetable market, and its
half-dozen vendors, were
kicked out of the park after
county officials closed it
down due to a lack of hot
water, a safety violation for
vendors who handle food.
Hot water is available at
the Ponce de Leon location,
but business hasn't been
good for the farmer's mar-
ket, according to Nancy
Trascik, the market's foun-
der and owner for the past
11 years.
Poor visibility and a lack
of parking space are other
Trascik will come to city
hall Tuesday, Nov. 27, to
make her case before city

council to return the farm-
er's market to Centennial
She's found a $159 elec-
tric water heater that can be
shut down after the market
closes each Saturday at
She's willing to pay for
the wall- or floor-mounted
heater and its installation.
City officials have already
given their OK for a private
contractor to do the instal-
Problem solved.
But now that the market
has moved, its new neigh-
bors want it to stay.
Barb Fowler, property
manager for Burgundy

Square on Miami Avenue,
agrees parking has been a
problem, but says that's an
easy fix.
She started a petition of
the Burgundy Square store
owners and neighbors who
want to keep the farmer's
market where it is.
"We intend to fight this
all the way," Fowler said.
Street fair revisited
Althea's Restaurant own-
er Greg Silvia will also make
a presentation at Tuesday's
council meeting.
He's gathered signatures
for a survey showing some
Miami Avenue store owners
would like to see the Miami

Avenue Craft Fair slated for
Feb. 9-10 moved elsewhere.
He previously complain-
ed to council about the craft
fair being bad for business,
including his restaurant.
It could be a tough sell.
He'll have to convince
city council members des-
pite being the sponsor of a
popular December street
fair each year. It closes
down Miami Avenue, too.
Also on the agenda is the
second and final reading of
a city ordinance that pro-
hibits persons under 21
from entering an establish-
ment that primarily serves

alcohol unless accompa-
nied by a parent or legal
Conduit financing for
Island Village Montessori
Charter School Inc. is up for
final reading. Conduit fin-
ancing is a process in which
the city acts as the authoriz-
ing agent for loans but
doesn't bear fiscal or other
responsibility for the loan.
The school is seeking
more than $3 million to
rebuild and pay off an exist-
ing loan at a reduced inter-
est rate.


County, water district may purchase land


On Tuesday, the Sarasota
County Commission is ex-
pected to approve an agree-
ment with the Southwest
Florida Water Management
District to buy two parcels of
land totaling 12,376 acres
from Mabry Carlton Ranch
for $51,813,488.
Both parcels are located
south of State Road 72, east of
Myakka River State Park and
the district's Myakka core
conservation area, which is a
collection of contiguous pub-
lic conservation lands owned
by the state, the district and
Sarasota County. "It's part of
the Carlton family's ranch,"
said County Commissioner
Shannon Staub. "We've been
working on this deal for about
two years. It's a pretty monu-
mental accomplishment for

conservation." The district's
share of the purchase will be
$20,135,000, composed of
funds from the Florida For-
ever Thrust Fund, according to
spokesperson Robyn Hanke.
Sarasota County is expected
to contribute $31,678,488 th-
rough its Environmentally
Sensitive Lands Protection
"The continuous nature of

the environmentally sensi-
tive lands there provide habi-
tat for large mammals -
such as the panther and the
black bear that require
contiguous habitat in order
to move and thrive and func-
tion, based on their ecologi-
cal needs," said Amy Meese,
county general manager for
natural resources.
The terms of the deal

allow the Carlton family to
conduct stipulated activities
on the land, including its cat-
tle and horse operations,
grass, sod and energy crops.
The family will also have the
right to construct seven sin-
gle-family residences each
on 5 acres of land that can-
not negatively affect the envi-
ronmentally sensitive nature
of the land. In addition, the

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Carltons will have the right to
sell their property in parcels,
but it can onlybe divided into
seven divisions, a minimum
of 1,000 acres each. The dis-
trict and Sarasota County will
have right of first refusal on
any such sale.
Eric Sutton, assistant dir-
ector of land resources with
the district and an architect
of the deal, was happy to see

it come to fruition.
"We know that today you
have to protect ecosystems,"
Sutton said. "If you look at the
investment the public has
made in the Myakka core
conservation area, this is is a
continuation of that protec-
tion. There are very few
places left in Florida that you
can see ecosystems intact.
This is one."




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Cemetery the right way to honor veterans

his time next year, the first burials
will take place at the Sarasota VA
National Cemetery east of Inter-
state 75 on Clark Road in Sarasota.
As new cemetery director Sandra
Beckley said recently, it's a small way for
the country to honor the men and wom-
en who answered the nation's call to
serve. It also will be a focal point for the
community each Memorial Day.
The final $27.8 million in funding has
been approved by both houses of Con-
gress and is awaiting the final conference
discussions. No problems are expected.
The cemetery will be an important ad-
dition to our region. The Department of
Veterans Affairs expects construction to

begin in late spring or early summer.
The first stage will be on 15 acres in a
60-acre section. Those spots are due to be
open for burials in October 2008.
The first 60-acre section will accom-
modate 18,200 casket grave sites, a 7,000-
unit column structure for cremated re-
mains, 500 ground spots for cremated re-
mains and a garden where ashes may be
scattered, according to the VA.
More than 400,000 veterans and members
of their immediate family live in Southwest
Florida, the VA said, and they will be able to
have spots in the cemetery if theywish.
With the new cemetery, the federal
government provides a proper, inexpen-
sive and fitting final resting for those who

have served in uniform.
TheVA provides burial sites to veterans
with honorable discharges and their
immediate families. The sites and ser-
vices are provided free of charge. The VA
offers a site, a headstone or marker and
an American flag. The family also may
request a military funeral honors ceremo-
ny. All sites have perpetual care.
The Sarasota VA National Cemetery
eventually will have an administration
and public information complex equip-
ped with an electronic gravesite locator,
assembly areas and a memorial walkway.
Beckley said she's looking for local vol-
unteers to help act as guides and greeters.
More than 3 million people have been

buried in national cemeteries in this
country since the first cemeteries were
authorized during the Civil War. Of the
141 cemeteries, the VA administers 125,
the Department of the Interior 14 and the
Army two, Soldiers Home and Arlington
National Cemetery. Sarasota is one of 12
recently authorized national cemeteries.
There are more than 24 million veter-
ans and qualifying Reservists and Nation-
al Guard members in this country, with an
estimated 1,800 veterans dying every day.
It is good to have an appropriate resting
place for our veterans close to home. For
their service to their country, and to us,
they deserve the opportunity for nothing



The Gondolier Sun has
been running a series on
what people like about the
Venice-Nokomis area. It has
been coupled with some
other initiatives to help pro-
mote what is so great about
our area.
We just want people to
remember what they will be
missing before they go
charging off to some trendy
cold place like North Caro-
It seemed at Thanksgiv-
ing time I should tell you
some of the things I am
thankful for, particularly in
our community. Of course,
at the top of the list is my
family and extended fami-
lies, which I love dearly.
There are a lot of wonderful
people, many of them
friends (although a shrink-
ing number each day) I am
lucky to be able share time
In our community there
are so many great things.
One that gets mentioned by
almost everyone is the
charm the quaintness -
of our town. That comes
from the city having been
really well laid out in the
*.1920s, and given a theme
that created a special identi-
ty that helps define its
Much of the greatness of
our city comes from good
stewardship by a long line of
great civil servants and
elected officials. That hap-
pens to be true by and large
in both the city and the
Our schools are among
the best in the state. In our
little town every one of its
elementary schools is an "A"
school; in fact, all but one of
the public schools are "A'W
It comes because we
have a lot of pride in our
community and have not
been afraid to spend extra
money to ensure our
schools are top notch. Cer-
tainly the NeXt Generation
work being done by Super-
intendent Dr. Gary Norris is
an attempt to put us out in
There are so many gener-
ous people who almost
every day do something to
enhance the area.- People
like Jean Trammell, who
has promoted the arts,
especially murals and pub-
lic art as well as the chil-
dren's fountain, make a
huge difference, the same
way Mike and Georgia
Miller have affected the
schools, the YMCA and
much more. There is a long

list of those kind of people.
Along with those people
are people who give some-
thing just as valuable -
their precious time. They
volunteer at the libraries,
Senior Friendship Centers,
Venice Regional Medical
Center, the. Venice Area
Chamber of Commerce, the
schools or one of a huge
number of service organiza-
tions that greatly affect this
In that same category,
quietly affecting lives the
world over are the churches
that run missions in town,
state and around the world.
Agape Flights to Haiti is
another of those giving mis-
sions. Some churches help
feed the hungry in town,
some help youth and the
elderly and others share
with those in need all over.
We .have some of the
most dedicated nonprofit
organizations you can find.
Watching some of these
organizations toil over every
person they can help is real-
ly rewarding. Not many
communities have the
helping spirit we do. It has
been great this- year adding
the Boys & Girls Club to that
We have all of God's
beauty, with great beaches
littered with sharks' teeth,
well-landscaped streets and
fabulous sunsets. Oh yes,
that includes the weather! It
is kind of nice that almost
every day of the year we can
enjoy our walks outside,
some tennis or maybe a
round of ,golf on one of
dozens of nearby golf cours-
The cultural opportuni-
ties are at the top end for a
community our size. Almost
no community our size has
a thriving and very success-
ful symphony, or an art cen-
ter that's the envy of the
Southwest Florida coast, or
a community theater that is
among the best in the coun-
try Also, a concert band, the
chorale, barbershoppers
and entertainment out-
doors at the gazebo.
We have a rich history
that has developed in a rela-
tively short time.
It would be hard to find a
city or county in the country
with better parks. There are
more than 20 in the city and
more than 200 in the coun-
ty. We have state parks near
us as well as a waterway
park that is very unique and
special and, by the way,
It is a great place because
it feels like everyone's
hometown., It has a ton of
parades and festivals and
art fests, and very high qual-
ity high school sports.
We are blessed'to be in
such a nice place.

Bumper sticker: You're as
young as you feel but
never as important.

Robert A Vedder writes a
twice-weekly column in this

Take stock and then take action


Neacy submitted this guest
column in response to a Nov.
9 guest column by recent
retiree Richard Michael
Holmes, who was pondering
what do do with the rest of his

Dear Mr. Holmes:
You obviously are an
educated man, having been
in the academic sector for
so many years. I'm wonder-
ing if your recent article in
the Gondolier Sun regarding
retirement was written with
tongue in cheek just to get
people like me to respond?
Well, if so, it worked.
Since I've not met you, I
can only respond to what
you wrote. To me, your most
telling line is, "It's embar-
rassing to admit, but this

fed my ego." Your sense of
worth seems to have come
from helping students and
parents, who in turn, gave
you pats on the back that
kept you going for those 40-
some years. Since you no
longer get those pats on the
back, it appears your sense
of worth has taken a nose
If you really are looking
for that "beginning" your
high school colleague men-
tioned, let me suggest that
you stand before a mirror
and take inventory not
just of your physical being,
but look for the person you
were before you "became"
your job.
Give the same serious
thought to yourself as you
did to helping your stu-
dents. Ask yourself some
questions and think about
the answers. Get to know
the "real" you. He may be

hidden under the weight of
debris that accumulates
over 40 years of living, but
he is still there.
What dreams did I have
when I was 21? Which ones
have I fulfilled?
What interests did I have
in my youth that I never had
time or money to do? '
What are the 10 top
things I want to do or
accomplish in the next five
When is the last time I
did something spontaneous
- for the sheer delight of
doing it?
Am I a positive thinker?
(Be honest.)
Do people enjoy being
around me? If not, why not?
Who am I now that I am
no longer Mr. Holmes,
employed educator?
You get the idea, I'm sure.
Retirement really doesn't
change anything. We all

continue to live life.
If your life up to now has
been focused primarily on
your job, then you have an
exceptional opportunity to
explore a new reality the
main ingredient being you,
a person who has discov-
ered he is more than one-
I'll leave you to ponder
the words of William
Saroyan, American author
"In the time of your life,
live so that in that won-
drous time you shall not
add to the misery and sor-
row of the world, but shall
smile to the infinite variety
and mystery of it."
Good luck in your search.

Mary Neacy is a volun-
teer for Habitat for Hu-
manity of South Sarasota
County and other commu-
nity organizations.

Consider the following:
1) There is absolutely no conclusive sci-
entific data other than a 1-degree rise in
temperature over the past century; half the
scientific community dispels this theory.
2) Who can say what the optimum tem-
perature is, what we have now or 1-degree
cooler a century ago? Weather runs in
cycles; always has, to our knowledge, and
probably always will.
3) The hurricane forecasts for this year
were adjusted downward twice because the
waters in the Atlantic were not warming as
fast as forecast.
4) Did you notice that while we were hav-
ing unseasonably cool weather around the
country, we didn't hear anything about
global warming?
5) Glaciers have been melting and
retreating since the end of the ice age. Also,
the glaciers in the Antarctic are and have

been increasing.
6) These scaremongers in the late 1970s
were telling us we were having "global cool-
ing." At the turn of the century they had
Y2K These nuts always have something
going to reduce your freedoms and get into
your pockets.
7) The founder of the Weather Channel
says this is a scam created by people know-
ingly using incorrect data.
8) A judge in Great Britain, a liberal at
that, has issued a decision that any teacher
in Great Britain who uses Al Gore's movie in
their classroom has to inform their students
of 11 factual errors in his movie.
You had better wake up and start check-
ing out what you are being told including
this and everything else instead of being
so gullible.
Ed Mosshammer
North Port

Community support
is overwhelming
The Safe Place and Rape
Crisis Center was able to
realize more than $3,500
from our Treasure Chest
Sale on Nov. 3 at Woodmere
Park. The donations and
participation by this com-
munity are overwhelming.
We could not make this
happen without the many
volunteers who work tire-
lessly transporting from the
storage units to the park,
setting up, helping during
the sale and then packing
up the leftovers.
A special thank-you to
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CALL US AT 207-1111.

Dial 'M' for mad, miffed

Dialed in. There needs to be some restriction on the
automatic voice calling the school district uses. It's ridicu-
lous that I've received five phone calls from different
schools, and Sunday night the superintendent, ruining my
Sunday evening with his two-minute explanation of why I
should support the penny sales tax. I think those automat-
ic machines should be used only for emergencies and not
for frivolous information that they are being used for right
now. It's an invasion of my privacy, especially Sunday night.
Come on, Dr. Norris. It's a Sunday, the Sabbath. Let's not call
me anymore.

Subterfuge. The recent
article by your staff writer,
Susan Cairo, is a good ex-
ample of interview by selec-
tion in order to get a pre-
conceived conclusion, from
the misleading headline,
"Miami Avenue merchants
want to keep Farmers Mark-
et," to the property manag-

er, who incidentally has
eight empty stores on Mi-
ami Avenue (Miami Avenue
merchants indeed), who
said that it was great for her
35 apartment tenants. I
guess so a good incentive
to raise the rent. The other
selective interview was a
market vendor who said he

.0 0

wanted it back in Cen-
tennial Park. So much for
interviews with market ven-
dors. Two, of the remaining
shops on Miami Avenue,.
one a relatively newcomer
who certainly profits from
the traffic with her flea mar-
ket, and the second, the
MainStreet vice president.
MainStreet never should
have been involved. It was
never any of their business,
and it was never in the best
interest of our residents. As
it is now, numerous vendors
who would normally be set
up at the market will not
accept the current location.
Subterfuge, subterfuge, sub-

decide what a story should
say, then go out and get the
interviews to back it up.
Help needed. A few
weeks ago I saw that the
YMCA was going to get
$194,000 to help the quality
of the three preschools. They
really do need some work
there. I hope this money is
really going to be used to
brighten up those rooms. I
have three grandchildren
going there, and when I go in
there, I see that it's so dreary.
Where's the pastel colors, the
pretty paintings on the wall?
I hope they do a good job
with this $194,000 because
they really need it.
Hopeful. I am elated at
the election results. The
people have spoken. Now
we can only hope the newly
elected mayor and council
will listen to the people
regarding growth and build-
ing height, a true version of
what the people want for

Venice. We look forward to
many future discussions to
get a plan that will be what
all the people want for their
hometown, not just for a
few special interest groups.
Tagged. I have read it all.
The section of Our Town,
removing the mattress tag?
Wow. If they have a woman
leading the rest of the wom-
en and she believes remov-
ing the tags is a penalty, this
is the joke of the day. I
wouldn't want her to lead me
around anywhere, even
though she's a speaker. I'll be
laughing all day.
A shame. I don't think
the publisher of the Venice
Gondolier Sun had any idea
of how big the groundswell
was of resentment against
what has happened in
terms of new building in
Venice over the last few
years. It is just a shame that
we can't now tear down the
three buildings that pro-

trude on the skyline that
were voted in by the prior
administration. But that is
life, and I guess we'll just
have to live with it.

The Let'em Have It line
allows readers to sound
off on issues of local in-
terest. Opinions express-
. ed here are solely those
of the callers. Personal
attacks on individuals;
attacks on or commer-
cials for businesses; can-
didate endorsements or
attacks during election
-season; or opinions or
comments otherwise unfit
for publication will not be
printed. If you would like
to participate, call the line
at 207-1111. Call no more
-than once a week; Please
.keep your comments
brief..The line is available
all hours. Caller identifica-
tion is not required.

The renewed debate over underage drinking


Renewed public dis-
course about the advisabili-
ty of lowering the legal
drinking age, largely fueled
by former Middlebury Col-
lege President John M. Mc-
Cardell Jr., has opened a dif-
ferent front in the war on
substance use and abuse
among young people.
While some have tired of
the now decades-old de-
bate, a fresh round of hon-
est discussion by informed
public policy-makers and
,pundits can only inure to
the benefit of those with the
most at stake.
Among McCardell's many
arguments for issuing
drinking "licenses" to 18- to
20-year-olds are sugges-
tions that the current legal
age of 21 breeds disrespect
for the law, deprives parents
of opportunities to teach.
children to drink responsi-

bly and drives problem
drinking further under-
ground and out of sight of
those who might be in-
clined to help.
But addressing this epi-
demic by enabling it would
be akin to suggesting that
we can solve the problem of
speeding by doing away
with speed limits, pointed
out Dr. Robert. DuPont,
president of the Institute for
Behavior and Health and
former director of the Na-
tional Institute 'on .Drug
As for the parents,
SADD's Teens Today re-
search reveals that those
who allow their children to
learn to drink at home actu-
ally incite significantly more
drinking elsewhere. And
arguing that moving the
legal drinking age to 18 will
magically transport alcohol
use out of the shadows and
into the light overlooks the
fact that young people .use
alcohol today much differ-
ently than they did even a
decade ago.
High-risk, or "binge,"
drinking, something Mc-
Cardell cites as a relatively
new phenomenon, has be-
come more of a means to an
end (getting drunk) for
many youth rather than
part of a larger social strate-
gy. And that is unlikely to

change with a lower drink-
ing age.
In truth, there are many
reasons young people are
drinking alcohol and drink-
ing it in large quantities, in-
cluding genetics, social en-
vironments and such mental
health triggers as stress, anxi-
ety and depression. Simp-
lifying complicated etiology
bypasses important issues
related to healthy human
While some dismiss Mc-
Cardell as nothing more
than an annoying gadfly,
many in the medical and
prevention communities
are responding to his pro-
posals by rallying behind a
restatement of the relevant
facts, now branded Why 21?
On the why21.org Web
site, MADD sets up and
promptly rebuts five myths
about underage drinking
and drinking laws, address-
ing, for example, the "for-
bidden fruit" issue, the "If I
am old enough to go to war,
I am old enough to drink"
argument, and the worn
(and false) "Europe doesn't
have these problems" anal-
In contrast, the testimo-
ny on the other side some-
times seems aimed more at
assuaging the inconve-
nienced than at best serving
America's youth.

The Chronicle of Higher
Education reported that,
during his tenure as a col-
lege president, McCardell
came to "resent" the law be-
cause it forces administra-
tors to "choose between po-
licing their students (and)
looking the other way." Sim-
ilarly, J. Lee Peters, vice
president for student affairs
at the University of Hart-
ford, told The Chronicle
,that the law "undermines"
his relationships with stu-.
But perhaps the under-
mining actually occurs
when those charged with
educating young people
downplay a public health
crisis that threatens the
safety of those with whom
they are trying to forge
meaningful relationships in
the first place.
Even some of the statis-
tics used to bolster the argu-
ment for lowering the
drinking age appear to rein-
force the imperative' that
alcohol be restricted among.
less physi6ologically and
socially mature,, popula-
tions. These include one
cited by Indiana University
Professor Ruth Eng that
says 22 percent of all stu-
dents under 21 years of age,
compared to 18 percent of
students over 21, are heavy

According to the Surgeon
General's Call to Action to
Prevent and Reduce Under-
age Drinking, alcohol use by
young people is a leading
contributor to death from
injuries, plays a significant
role in risky sexual behavior,
increases the risk of assault
and is associated with acad-
emic failure and illicit drug
Specifically, this impor-
tant report highlights that:
An estimated 1,700 col-
lege students'die eachyear
from alcohol-related injur-
ies ,. .
Approximately 600,000
students are injured while
under the influence of alco-
Some 700,000 students
are assaulted by other stu-
dents who have been drink-
*. About 100,000 students
are victims of alcohol-relat-
ed sexual assaults or date
rapes. '
Just as significant, the
report points to emerging
facts about' the ;permanent
damage alcohol can inflict
upon the structure and
function of still-developing
adolescent and young adult
Undoing the current min-
imum-age drinking laws
would likely do little, if any-
thing, to reduce problemat-

ic drinking behaviors on
college campuses and most
assuredly would contribute
to the downward age-trend-
ing of initiation into alcohol
use by legally moving it into
the high school community.
It is pertinent to note
that, according to Teens To-
day, students in grades six-
12 ranked the drinking age
as the No. 1 reason they
choose not to use alcohol.
No matter how inconve-
nienced they may be, con-
flicted adults are a huge part
, of the problem rather than
even a small part of the
solution. By turning a blind
eye, they perpetuate the fal-
lacy that drinking by youth
is really no big deal.
By contrast, U.S. Health
and Human Services Secre-
tary Michael 0. Leavitt, in
introducing the surgeon
general's report, stated with
much-needed clarity, "Un-
derage alcohol consump-
tion is a major societal
problem with enormous
health and safety conse-
Given that, might we be
better off asking, "Why not

Stephen Wallace is na-
tional chair and chief exec-
utive officer of Students
Against Destructive
Decisions Inc.

Lh I I IKiS from Page 8A

Cynthia at Woodmere Park,
Steve at the Attic Storage
and Ralph from the Samar-
itan's Thrift Shop.
Coffee and doughnuts
were available outside
thanks to the Girl Scouts.
Local businesses sup-
porting us with donations
were Obee's, Wal-Mart, Cafe
Bagel, Amore's, Sweetbay,
Publix, Hungry Howie's, Al-
bertsons and Seacoast Sup-
The support this newspa-
per gives SPARCC 'in keep-
ing the public informed
about SPARCC and men-
tioning this sale numerous
times is greatly appreciated.
The monies raised from
this sale will go directly to
aid victims of domestic vio-
lence and sexual assault.
Our services are free to
these victims.
Our Venice office is locat-
ed at the South County
Resource Center on South
Tamiami Trail.

SPARCCTreasure Chest
Sale Committee

Throw them all out
In past elections, some
voters have urged others to
resist the temptation to vote
an incumbent ticket. This
means to resist the tempta-
tion of putting all or most of
the current reigning govern-
ment officials back in
By looking at the state of
our nation, the corruption
and lack of integrity of our
governorships and federal

government branches, and
the obvious lies being sold
to us by our incumbents I
would say boot them all out.
Paul, Hunter and Huka-
bee seem to be bringing
some new ideas to the table
that resemble common

sense. However, we should
not re-elect a single incum-
bent unless they can
demonstrate fully how they
will preserve the prosperity
and the total sovereignty of
the United States..
You will not agree with

me if you are looking for
government "give me" pro-
grams and you are willing to
be part of the global confu-
Our nation is too broke
to afford either and you
probably are, too.

I have seen out current
national situation building
with erroneous policies
since the 1970s.
The Alaska pipeline of
the '70s was supposed to
give the U.S. energy inde-
pendence. Instead, that oil

is going to Japan, last I
Keep an eye on Glenn
Beck's shows and check out
his new book. I will.

Gerald Terpstra


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J Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
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both Venice Regional Medical Center
and Sarasota Memorial Hospital (24/7)

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her Masters Degree in Anatomy from Wright State University in Ohio. After completing her
graduate medical education at The Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico. She
graduated from the Combined/Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency program at Wright
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Morgag foeclsurs Nv. 2-1

* Lendmark Financial
Services v. Diane L. Beatty,
Mark E Beatty, et al.
* Community National
Bank of Sarasota County v.
Travis Garbrandt, Kimberly
Garbrandt, et al.
* Midfirst Bankv. Patrick
Seeley, Patricia Seeley, et al.
* DLJ Mortgage Capital v.
Shawn Smith, Tammy
Shipuleski, et al.
* Bank United v. Ronald
Sharpe, Anita Sharpe, et al.
* Option One Mortgage
Corporation v. William
Edmon, Barbara I. Edmon,
et al.
* HSBC Mortgage v. Axcel R.
Murillo, Betania Murillo, et
* Taylor Bean &Whitaker
Mortgage v. Robert H.
Nelson, Carl Nelson, et al.
* HSBC USA Bank v. Paul
Skultz, Jennifer A. Skultz, et
* Bank of NewYork v.
Brenda Spencer, et al,
* Flagstar Bank v. Robbie L.
Baker, et al.
* Deutsche Bank National
Trust v. James P. Balagna,
Tonnya J. Balagna, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Donald
Sherman, Janice Sherman,
et al.
* Fifth Third Bank v. Marsha
A. Green, et al.
* Yale Mortgage v. Megan J.
* DLJ Mortgage Capital v.
James Browning, et al.
* Suntrust Bank v. Luis
Arenas, Susana Suarez, et
* GMAC Mortgage v. Gerald
Estel, Aline E Estel, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Jean R.
Castor, Roseline Joseph, et
* US Bank National
Association v. Dwane

Redmon, April Croom, et
* HSBC Bank v. Sebastian
Prokop, Katarzyna Prokop,
et al.
* Greenwich Capital
Acceptance v. William J.
Lawlor, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Joel L.
Carrasco, Olga Ramirez, et
* Citibank v. James Walsh,
et al.
* Suntrust Mortgage v.
Michele L. Volner, Timothy
R. Volner, et al.
* Deutsche Bank National
Trust v. Juana Collado, et al.
* Deutsche Bank Trust
Company v. Michelle
Crosen, PatrickW. Crosen,
et al.
* US'Bank National
Association v. Quinn
Winsheimer, Rebecca
Smith, et al.
* Coast Bank v. JND
Property Management,
Elite Electrical Contractors,
et al.
* The CIT Group v. Gustavio
Ruiz, et al.
* DLJ Mortgage Capital v.
James Browning, Marsha
Wolak, et al.
* Deutsche Bank Trust
Company v. Ben Rivera,
Melissa Garren, et al.
*Wells Fargo Bank v.
Tammy M. Shartzer,
Timothy M. Shartzer, et al.
* Chase Home Finance v.
Thomas E Burris, Gwen E
Burris, et al.
* U.S. Bank National
Association v. Sarah
Mrosowky, Frank
Mrowsowsky, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Virginia L.
Thomas, et al.
* Bank of NewYork v.
Fancie Cales, et al.
* Century Bank v. Larissa

Benallo, et al.
* The Bank of New York v.
Donald N. Gregory, Robin
L. Gregory, et al.
* IndyMac Bank v. Igor A.
Lyashenko, SvetlanaV
Lyashenko, et al.
* Deutsche Bank Trust
Company v. Donald
Estlund, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Thomasine
Buchanan, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Gregory A.
Henady, Theresa E. Henady,
et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. David R.
Gaskins, Christine-G.
Ashley, et al.
* World Savings Bank v.
William E Cleveland,
Carolyn L. Cleveland, et al.
* Wells Fargo Bank v.
Richard Bosman, et al.
* Deutsche Bank v. Jason
Hagley, et al.
* Bank United v. Gloria E
Marulanda, Oderis
Marulanda, et al.
* DLJ Mortgage Capital v. .
James Browning, et al.
* Wells Fargo Bank v. Wesley
Graves, et al.
* Marathon v. James
Greeson, Beth Greeson, et
* Nationwide Advantage
Mortgage v. Christopher J.
Doughty, Sally A. Doughty,
et al.
* Liberty Savings Bank v.
Patrick B. Erickson,
Christina M. Erickson, et al.
* JP Morgan Mortgage
Acquisition v. Harold G.
McCoy, Christine McCoy, et
* World Savings Bank v.
Yolanda E. Gray, et al.
* Bank of America v. Franco
Puri, Matilde Puri, et al.
* Deutsche Bank National
Trust v. Sharon Martell, et

* US Bank National
Association v. Ronald G.
Chase, Shellee A. Chase, et
* LaSalle Bank v. Bonnie J.
Bettis, RichardW. Bettis, et
* Deutsche Bank National
Trust v. James Gambino,

Patricia Gambino, et al.
* Indymac Bank v. Anne
Roberts, et al.
* GMAC Mortgage v.
Anatoliy Dubinskiy,
Nataliya Dubinskaya, et al.
* The Bank of NewYork v.
Anna M. Bruner, Marc
Marois, et al.
* Washington Mutual Bank

v. Kevin T. Hoggarth,
Gayleen Hoggarth, et al.
* National City Mortgage v.
Jan Alexander, et al.
* US Bank National
Association v. Jerry
Leonard, Sybil L. Leonard,
et al.
* Chase Home Finance v.
Dwight D. Chambers, et al.

Marige Nv.121

* James R. Wright and
Sandra J. McLellan
* Kyle C. Palmer and
Samaritha A. Maciel
* Jerome R. Dulude and
Terry L. Morrison
* Errington L. Neysmith
and Charise T. Stewart
* Thomas W. Zielinski and
Wendy D. Cassidy

* Robin D. Lewis and Anna
* Eric M. Ross and
Christina L. Oravec
* Adam S. Walton and
Tosha L. Griffith
* Christopher D. Watson
and Mary C. Nolte
* Andrew C. Wareing and
Ann M. Gratton

* Joseph E Phelan and
Virginia H. Snow
* Robert H. Ash and Sandra
M. Pruitt
* FredW. Dowgos and Anne
L. Larue
* Berry D. Oakley and
Angela L. Nisbet

I m l lim o .1-6 1

* Aimee L. Dunn v.
Christopher Rosario:
between $500.01 and
* Crown Asset Management
v. Ryan D. Jennings:
between $2,501.01 and
* LVNV Funding v. Jennifer
Thorp: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* LVNV Funding v. Wayne
D. Peterson: between
$500.01 and $2,500.
* Accent Fence v. Precision
Custom Homes: between
$100 and $500.
* The Pink Orchid v. Bolden
Shadee-Nahy: between
$500.01 and $2,500.
* LVNV Funding v.
Rosemary Rodriguez:
between $2,501.01 and
* North Star Capital
Acquisition v. Darren Turri:
between $500.01 and
* LVNV Funding v. Ryan
Simaitis: between $500.01

and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v. Alicia
K. Preston: between
$2,501.01 and $5,000.
* LVNV Funding v. Robert E.
Rowe: between $2,501.01
and $5,000.
* Dolphin Pointe
Development v. Richard
Deto: between $500.0.1 and
* Dolphin Pointe
Development v. Kirby
White: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* Jerry Cyncynatus and
Sharon Cyncynatus v. Dave
Borans: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v. Sonny
Mineo: between $2,501.01
and $5,000.
* Capital One Bank v. Kim
A. King: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* Capital One v. James
Rodriguez: between
$500.01. and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v. John
R. Milak: between $500.01

and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v.
Michael Becker: between
$500.01 and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v.
Wayne C. Grulich: between
$500.01 and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v. Nellie
Milano: between $500.01
and $2,500.
* Capital One Bank v.
William C. Sierp: between
$500.01 and $2,500.

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County Calendar,
Board of County Commissioners Nov. 26, 9 a.m., Commission
Chamber, First Floor, Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd.,
Sarasota. Call 941-861-5344
Board of County Commissioners Nov. 27, 9 a.m., Commission
Chamber, Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S.
Tamiami Trail, Venice. Call 941-861-5344
Board of County Commissioners Nov. 28,9 a.m., Commission
Chamber, First Floor, Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd.,
Sarasota. Call 941-861-5344
Community Alliance Developmental Disabilities Strategic Planning
Work Group- Nov. 26, 2 p.m., Conference Room 226, Sarasota
County Health Department, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Call
Human Services Advisory Council- Nov. 30, 3 p.m., Conference
Room A, Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Call
Library Advisory Board- Nov. 28, 1;30 p.m., Conference Room A,
Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota. Call 941-861-9844
Nokomis Center Revitalization Advisory Committee -Special
Meeting Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., Laurel Community Center, 509
Collins Road, Laurel. Call 941-861-5507
Osprey Revitalization Committee (ORC) Nov. 26, 2:30 p.m.,
Osprey Inn, 1660 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Call 941-861-5140
Advisory Board Vacancy
Advisory Board: Integrated Pest Management
Information: Lyman Roberts, 941-861-9723 or Patricia
Wilken, 941-861-9722
Advisory Board: Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Advisory
Board (KSCBAB)
Information: Environmental Services, Sandra Washington,
Advisory Board: SEUAC (Stormwater Environmental Utility
Advisory Committee)
Information: Water Planning & Regulatory, Stormwater,
Jacqueline Beshore, 941-861-0900
New public access opens to
Old Miakka Creek Preserve
Sarasota County has opened a public entrance to
Old Miakka Preserve at the east end of Fruitville
Road in Sarasota. Visitors now have automobile
access to the preserve from Myakka Road through
the new entrance which includes parking and a new
loop hiking trail.
Old Miakka Preserve is the name adopted by the
Sarasota County Commissiornfor the 132-acre site
acquired through Sarasota County's Environmentally
Sensitive Lands Protection Program.
According to Environmental Specialist Lee Hayes-
Byron, the preserve includes unique areas of scrub
habitat, along with mesic flatwoods and hydric
hammock along seasonally wet sloughs. It protects
habitat in the Myakka River watershed.

scgov.net I 941.861.5000 I TV19

"There are dramatic elevation changes from high dry
scrub to low wetland systems, which creates ideal
habitat for high levels of plant and animal biodiversity,"
Byron explains.
The entrance to Old Miakka Preserve is located on
Fruitville Road, 11.5 miles east of 1-75. When the
paved portion of Fruitville Road ends, continue straight
on the dirt road and tum right after 0.4 miles at the
second gate into the grass parking area.
For more information, contact the Sarasota County
Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural

Sarasota County honors Gov.
Crist for sustainability efforts
Sarasota County Commissioners and other elected
officials honored Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday, Nov.
19, with a special award in recognition of his initiatives
to assure Florida's leadership on global climate change
and renewable energy.
More than 300 people attended the event at Twin
Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, which
featured displays by eco-friendly merchants and
members of Sarasota County's Green Business
Partnership Partnership.
"We are especially proud to honor Gov. Crist, since
our community shares his vision of sustainability,"
Commissioner Shannon Staub said. "Sarasota
County has been at the forefront of this movement,
because our administration is committed to sustainable
governance and our community is engaged in
sustainability initiatives."
Earlier this year, Gov. Crist signed groundbreaking
executive orders that established the Govemor's
Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. He
directed this diverse 21-member group to create and
achieve comprehensive targets to reduce greenhouse
gases and to increase the use of renewable energy. It
also has been directed to strengthen existing public-
private partnerships and voluntary industry participation
through programs such as DEP's Green Lodging
On his MyFloridaClimate Web site, Gov. Crist says
that he expects his team to explore groundbreaking
strategies to put Florida at the forefront of a growing
worldwide movement. "Florida not only will provide the
policy and technological advances," Crist said, "but
also the moral leadership to allow us to overcome this
monumental challenge."
At the Serve to Preserve Summit on Global Climate
Change in July, Gov. Crist called for developing a
carbon scorecard for all state agencies and making
state buildings and vehicles more energy efficient. The
governor has set maximum greenhouse-gas emission
levels that will, by the year 2050, reduce emissions by
80 percent of 1990 levels.

Sarasota County
b*.d This listing is published weekly by Sarasota County
m iathUal Government Board of County Commission agendas are
available at www.scgov.net; to subscribe to the agenda via
Se-mail, go to scgov.net/weeklycalendar.


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