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COVER THE SARASOTA News Leader Vol. 2, No. 47-48 August 8 & 15, 2014 SUMMER DOUBLE ISSUE Old school journalism. 21st century delivery. Inside MAIN PLAZA FOR SALE SIXTH IN 10 YEARS LONGBOAT LEADS




Rachel Brown Hackney Editor and Publisher Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Stan Zimmerman City Editor Roger Drouin County Editor Roger Norman Schimmel Staff Photographer Fran Palmeri Contributing Writer Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer Elinor Rogosin A&E Writer John Riley Editorial Cartoonist Vicki Chatley Copy Editor Letters To the Editor Cleve Posey Production Manager / Graphic Designer Robert S. Hackney Opinion Editor / General Manager Advertising Sales Subscription Services Press Releases & News Tips MASTHEAD The Sarasota News Leader is a registered trademark of New Sheriff Publishing, Inc., which publishes The Sarasota News Leader Copyright 2014 Sarasota News Leader. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Member National Digital Press Association P.O. Box 5099 Sarasota, FL 34277 (941) 227-1080


Just as we did during the same time frame last year, we are cre ating a double issue this week so our staff can enjoy a bit of summer vacation. And even though the City and County commissions also are on a break right now, news has by no means slowed to a crawl. Both County Editor Roger Drouin and City Editor Stan Zimmerman have scored scoops again (as of this writing), while Associate Editor Cooper Levey-Baker has taken the opportunity to delve into local planning for an issue of particular importance to this region: sea level rise. Additionally, you will nd inside Rogers excellent assessment of where things stand between the City and County commissions on the homeless shelter and my interview with a family whose members talked poignantly of how Bobs Boathouse has changed their lives. And discussion continues on Siesta Key over the proposed county code change to allow outdoor displays, while Village upkeep and the ongoing improvements at the public beach share the spotlight. We have a much fuller Opinion section this week, too, thanks not only to our voting guide for the upcoming primaries but also as a re sult of three commentaries. The topics are quite diverse among the latter, from somber to idyllic. Do not miss them. And our All the rest section is brimming with gorgeous photos and engaging articles on the recent Womens Equity Luncheon as well as the natural beauty around us. Contributors Fran Palmeri, Barbara Dondero and Caro lann Cahill have offered you lovely gifts to savor over the next couple of weeks. Editor and Publisher WELCOME


MAIN PLAZA FOR SALE SIXTH IN 10 YEARS NEWS M AIN PLAZA FOR SALE 8 If the 8.6-acre property with a prime location on upper Main Street gets a new owner, the potential for redevelopment is a strong possibility Roger Drouin SIXTH IN 10 YEARS 13 Citys Information Technology director resigns Stan Zimmerman LONGBOAT LEADS 15 How one barrier island is trying to prepare for rising seas Cooper Levey-Baker SMEAR TACTIC 20 Inammatory right-wing blogger goes after a Sarasota County Commission candidate Cooper Levey-Baker MR. GOVERNMENT, MEET MISS REGULATION 23 City code stipulations will push back the completion of Lift Station 87 even further, it appears Stan Zimmerman SETTING SIGHTS ON THE ISSUE 27 Members of the Independent Police Advisory Panel get marching orders for an investigation of the Police Departments accreditation lapse Stan Zimmerman CHEWING ON OLD PROBLEMS 30 The Downtown Improvement District crafts a plan to save the Palm Avenue palms and considers downtown police and beautication initiatives Stan Zimmerman TABLE OF CONTENTS Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article COVER PHOTO CREDIT After The Storm Norman Schimmel


SIESTA SEEN OPINION SANBORN STUDIOS SUED 35 Sarasota County formally sues company it says hasnt lived up to job creation promises Cooper Levey-Baker A PARTNERSHIP ASUNDER 37 Whether the city and county can still work together to build a come-as-you-are homeless shelter depends on whom you ask Roger Drouin A VOW TO NEVER GIVE UP 43 Members of the family that created the neighborhood across the creek from Bobs Boathouse talk of how their lives have changed Rachel Brown Hackney PRIMED FOR THE PLANNING COMMISSION 51 Enforcement called the key to a proposal regarding limited outdoor displays on Siesta Key, a measure that was set for a public hearing on Aug. 7 Rachel Brown Hackney SIESTA SEEN 56 The Village Maintenance Corp. is hopeful the County Commission will approve a new upkeep contract on Aug. 26; the 162 Beach Road Special Magistrate hearing is delayed; Crystal Classic details are provided; and St. Boniface welcomes all to an Aug. 17 open house Rachel Brown Hackney NEWS BRIEFS 64 BUSINESS BRIEFS 75 CRIME BLOTTER 82 Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article Take Your Time You Have All Week Enjoy The News Leader Anytime Day or Night


NEWS BRIEFS OPINION EDITORIAL 93 Vote for Ramirez and Snyder in Republican Primary The Sarasota News Leader Voters Guide COMMENTARY 96 The cruelest month: the many guns of August Stan Zimmerman The bayfront Sarasotas magnicent jewel! Vicki Chatley The other Siesta Key beach Harriet Cuthbert LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 100 ALL THE REST ... P IS FOR PINE 102 This tree has a plethora of purposes in the ecosystem Fran Palmeri SEEING THINGS 108 Women gathered to mark the 94th anniversary of winning the right to vote consider how much more needs to be done to give them equal rights Barbara Dondero ALMOST PARADISE 115 Savor the beauty of the landscape before you have to lament its loss Carolann Cahill COMMUNITY CALENDAR 122 SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS 124 Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article P IS FOR PINE SHARE


Sarasota Main Plaza, one of the largest com mercial properties on Main Street and home to the highly visible Hollywood 20 marquee, has been listed for sale. Situated between Fruitville Road and Main Street at the corner of U.S. 301, the prop erty at 1991 Main St. is a key parcel in the vitality of downtowns com mercial climate, and it holds promise as a potential rede velopment catalyst on upper Main Street, Sarasota commercial brok ers say. The p ro perty for sale includes more than 250,000 square feet of space situated on 8.6 acres with tenants such as the Hollywood 20 Regal Cinemas, Applebees restaurant and the Sarasota Family YMCA. The com plex was developed in 1985 as a retail center. It is owned by Westport, CT-based Sarasota Main Re al Estate LLC, according to county property records. An information sheet posted online July 29 by listing firm Cushman & Wakeeld does not disclose an asking pric e. The Hollywood 20 movie theater complex can be spotted easily, thanks to its sign on Main Street. Photo by Norman Schimmel MAIN PLAZA FOR SALE IF THE 8.6-ACRE PROPERTY WITH A PRIME LOCATION ON UPPER MAIN STREET GETS A NEW OWNER, THE POTENTIAL FOR REDEVELOPMENT IS A STRONG POSSIBILITY Any time 8.6 acres comes available in downtown Sarasota at a signicant intersection, that is obviously going to attract interest in the market. Ian Black Broker Commercial Real Estate By Roger Drouin County Editor NEWS


While a bu yer could choose to renovate the plaza or lease it out as is, signicant redevel opment is seen as a strong possibility because of the County Commissions approval in February of a proposed Kimpton Hotel proj ect on an acre across U.S. 301 from the plaza, said John Harshman, a commercial real estate broker in Sarasota. That former county par cel, located less than a block east of Sarasota Main Plaza, is home to a county parking lot. The 8.6-acre site on Main is zoned Downtown Core, which allows buildings up to 10 stories as well as mixed uses, from restaurants and a hotel to condos, stores and ofce space. Up to 50 residential units per acre are per mitted. Harshman said those o ptions do not necessarily mean a potential developer would build towers across the entire footprint. For example, a developer could keep the park ing deck and movie theater and concentrate allowable residential density limits in certain areas of the parcel. Doing something a little taller in some sections might make sense, Harshman pointed out. Yet, the opportunity also exists to redevelop the land, Harshman noted, so storefronts or restaurants would line Main Street as speci ed in the citys New Urbanist construction code. The property for sale does not include the Staples and new Bank of America branch on Fruitville Road just north of the plaza. A red dotted line shows the Main Plaza property in downtown Sarasota. The commercial parcel includes more than 250,000 square feet situated on 8.6 acres in downtown Sarasota. Contributed image Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 9


CATALYSTS Harshman believes the combination of a Kimpton Hotel at U.S. 301 and Main Street and a redeveloped project at Main Plaza would become catalysts for upper Main Street, which does not attract the volume of shop pers, diners and tourists lower Main sees. But any redevelopment options at the Main Plaza site hinge on the propertys listing price, Harshman said. As of press time, the listing agent at Cushman & Wakeeld had not returned calls from The Sarasota News Leader If it is priced right, the listing is sure to get the attention of potential investors, noted Sarasota commercial real estate broker Ian Black. A ny time 8.6 acres comes available in downtown Sarasota at a signicant intersec tion, that is obviously going to attract interest in the market, Black said. (Blacks real estate ofce is the leasing agent for some of the com mercial space in the complex.) A TOUGH RET AIL START While the plaza has become one of the more visible commercial landmarks downtown with the bright Hollywood 20 marquee and the Applebees sign facing Main Street it struggled to take off as the Main Street retail oasis it was envisioned to be. In 1985, the 255,000-square-foot Main Plaza was developed for approximately $20 million as a shopping center. An aerial view shows the site in downtown Sarasota where a Kimpton Hotel is planned. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 10


When it wa s built in the late 1980s, it was an ill-conceived downtown retail mall, Harshman said. Part of the problem was that it was built when the local tax structure and nancing encouraged development even if demand did not exist for a particular proj ect. That was a time when they built ve or six new ofce buildings downtown when we needed one, Harshman noted. When anchor tenants Hollywood 20 and Applebees came in, however, Main Plaza beneted. Despite these anchors, the plaza has a 60.9-per cent occupancy rate, according to Cushman & Wakeeld % Cushman & Wakeeld has provided this listing information for Main Plaza. Contributed image The site of the planned Kimpton Hotel has a view of the Synovus Bank (left) and part of the Main Plaza complex (right). Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 11


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The City of Sarasot as director of Information Technology (IT) has resigned. Phil Hurwitz said his last day will be Aug. 15. In an Aug. 6 letter to his boss, City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini, he wrote, I am proud of the many accomplishments we have had during my two-year tenure at the City of Sarasota including the development of a strategic plan for IT, a strong step forward in making the environment more secure, and above all, the forging of a good team. The IT Department was the subject of a crit ical review in mid-June by a national rm, ReliaQuest, which cited 10 ndings, includ ing a lack of a clear understanding of [IT Department] personnel responsibilities. It also called out minimal cross training limited standardization minimal under standing of why things fail no current and accurate network diagrams and other issues. When quest ioned by the city commissioners on July 21 about the status of the department, Hurwitz said, If 10 is perfect, then were about a six. Nadalini has run the IT Department since November 2011, when the ofce was wrenched from then-City Manager Bob Bartolotta fol lowing allegations he was deleting emails. Despite investigations by federal and state ofcials and a local consultant, no evidence of criminal wrongdoing was found. Bartolotta resigned in February 2012. One month later, Nadalini red then-IT Director Craig Chance. ReliaQuests mini-audit noted, There has [sic] been ve (5) different IT Directors within the past nine (9) years. With the resignation of Hurwitz, the count is now six (6). % The citys Information Technology Department has had six directors within the past nine years. Photo by ShareAlike via Wikimedia Commons SIXTH IN 10 YEARS CITYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR RESIGNS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor


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While the Gulf of Mexico affects nearly every corner of Sarasota County with its beaches, its bayous, inlets and creeks, its bay it poses its most dramatic question on the regions barrier islands, among them, of course, Longboat Key. The average elevation on the 11-mile-long island stands at just 4 feet, and being surrounded on all sides by water leaves L ongboat par -ticularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change: an increased number of powerful storms and the rising level of the sea.There is nowhere to go, says Alaina Ray, the Town of Longboat Keys director of plan ning, zoning and building. We cant retreat.Town Manager Dave Bullock punctuated the seriousness of the threat in May, at a Sarasota Tiger Bay Cl ub gathering. During an otherwise jovial round of backslapping by local government adminis -trators and managers, Bullock named sea level rise as the regions No. 1 men -ace in coming years. The county has 35 miles of shore on the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Norman Schimmel LONGBOAT LEADS HOW ONE BARRIER ISLAND IS TRYING TO PREPARE FOR RISING SEAS If we cant come up with methods for maintaining the integrity of the island itself, there is nowhere to go. The island becomes uninhabitable.Alaina Ray Director of Planning, Zoning and Building Town of Longboat Key By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor


Its going to challenge us in ways we have not yet come to grips with, Bullock said. We spend lots of time and money trying to improve our beaches, he added, and little of the same considering how nature is chang ing. He called the lack of action by the state and federal governments unfortunate and offered a warning: This will be the most compelling issue we have to deal with in the coming decades. And so the island is taking a leading role in developing adaptations that residents hope will safeguard the keys future. Spurred by an Urban Land Institute study that made several recommendations on how the town should rewrite its comprehensive plan and land development code, Longboat is working with the University of Florida (UF) to apply for a grant that would provide resources to incor porate sea level rise into those land-use and zoning decisions. Longboat signed an interlocal agreement with UF in 2013 for the school to help the town with planning issues. The university reached out to Longboat with the idea of applying for funding through Florida Sea Grant, which is a program in partnership with UF, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies. Sea Grant had issued a call for applications for coastal resilience research proposals it will begin funding this December and running through August 2016. It identied develop ing innovative approaches that help coastal communities implement policies and plans A hole on a Longboat golf course is adjacent to the water. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 16


that increase resilience to coastal hazards as a priority topic for the nancial support. What we saw as an opportunity with Sea Grant was to encompass a look forward at sea level rise and to bring that in as part of [Longboats] long-term planning effort, says Jerry Murphy, an adjunct professor with UFs Florida Resilient Communities Initiative. He is working with the key on the project. Sea Grant is reviewing proposals; applicants will be notied by early October about whether they will receive the funding. Longboat Assistant Town Manager Anne Ross says the increased attention being paid to sea level rise hasnt come from citizen pressure but from staffers who have been watching the problem closely. Already, according to Ray, if heavy rain coincides with high tide, the islands stre ets can quickly ood. Even min ute changes in sea level will affect the towns stormwater system, which empties into the bay, Ray says. We are very flat, notes Ross. Theres nowhere for the water to go but on the streets. While the islands problems are highly spe cific to its environment and development, Ross and Ray both emphasize the need for a regional approach. Were certainly not the experts on sea level rise, says Ray. We cant tackle these issues on our own, and we would be foolish to try. This is a conversation that goes far beyond Longboat Key, and we would not be comfortable without that input. Sarasota County as a whole may not be as vul nerable to se a level rise as Longboat, but the Beach-goers enjoy a stretch of Longboat Key shore. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 17


county did host this years World Environment Day, a United Nations Environment Programme dedicated to the threat sea level rise poses to small island nations, a threat not unlike the one facing Longboat. The countys comprehensive plan includes the prediction that the sea level is expected to rise between 1.3 and 2.1 feet by 2100, and it discusses the effect of such a change on the countys beaches, without mentioning spe cic remedies. The county is finalizing a draft of its Post Disaster Redevelopment Plan with a section on how a rising Gulf will affect different types of shoreline and land. Rethinking redevelop ment is a key part of Longboats approach. Federal Emergency Management Agency rules already dictate that new buildings in ood zones such as Longboat must be built a certain height off the ground. Town rules adopted years ago dictate that new construc tion must be a foot higher than even that. As new construction takes the place of old build ings or existing structures are updated, how can the town ensure the island is ready for higher water? If we cant come up with methods for main taining the integrity of the island itself, there is nowhere to go, Ray says. The island becomes uninhabitable. When put like that, its no wonder the island is taking sea level rise seriously. Ross says a shift in the media narrative has pushed the issue forward, too. The focus is no longer on the ght over the impact humans are having on the climate. Whatever the cause is, Ross says, things are happening. The sea level is rising. % Dave Bullock is the town manager of Longboat Key. Photo by Norman Schimmel Neal Schafers ENHANCE YOUR SMILE. ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.For a complimentary consultation call 941.923.5406 To view our extensive smile gallery, visit My interest in photography reminded me about how my smile made me unhappy. A childhood accident caused my permanent teeth to come in askew. I had seen how Dr. Koval restored the smile of a friends father. With Dr. Koval, we discovered I also had cracked fillings and a shifted jaw all which she corrected. I am 100% satisfied with Dr. Kovals meticulous work and sincere care to make my smile look natural and picture-perfect.Christine Koval, D.M.D.Awarded 20 Gold Medals for Smile Makeovers by the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 18


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Rich Swier Sr. Photo from The United West website SMEAR TACTIC


You know a campai gn has turned ugly when a blogger is accusing a candidate of speaking to the dead, and thats exactly the bizarre turn the Sarasota County Commission Republican primary between Lourdes Ramirez and Alan Maio has taken. That is all thanks to a new post from right-wing blogger Rich Swier Sr., noted for a long list of what a number of com munity residents have called ignominious and hateful comments over the years a list he added to last week. Swiers post discusses Isle of Avalon, a shop owned by Ramirez in the Cooper Creek shop ping plaza on University Parkway between 2005 and 2010. The store sold what Ramirez calls inspirational products, such as books by self-help writer Wayne Dyer, as well as soy candles, peaceful music and more. Lourdes Ramirez is a candidate for the District 4 County Commission seat. Contributed photo INFLAMMATORY RIGHT-WING BLOGGER GOES AFTER A SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSION CANDIDATE By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 21


But Swiers post mocks Ramirez for events the shop hosted, including tarot card readings and spiritual channeling. Ramirez writes in an email to The Sarasota News Leader that, yes, Isle of Avalon did host readings, but that was not the focus of the shop. She says she has no problem talking about it to anyone who asks, and she has done so at previous candi date forums. More than 1,000 people have read Swiers post, according to his site ticker, and at least one representative of the Argus Foundation is circulating the link, accusing Ramirez of being a practicing druid. Ramirez is, in fact, a Roman Catholic. Swier tells the News Leader he received a tip about Ramirezs store from a reader of his blogs and then conducted his own research. On Facebook, he posted that he is not support ing Ramirezs GOP primary opponent, Maio, but is instead behind long shot no-party can didate John Minder. Maio did not respond to a News Leader voicemail asking for a comment. In addition to endorsing Minder, Swier last week also voiced his support for Republican Paul Caragiulo in his campaign for a different seat on the County Commission. He called Caragiulo a victim of government overreach who learned from the 2008 housing market meltdown th at government is not the answer because it was government at every level that created the problem. Swier has developed a reputation for demean ing references to gays and lesbians over the years. A 2011 post he wrote was criticized on national blogs for referring to anti-gay bully ing as healthy and peer pressure. Accused by Democratic Sarasota County Charter Review Board candidate Jennifer Cohen of being a homophobe in the comments sec tion below his Caragiulo endorsement, Swier responded by calling gays and lesbians a danger to themselves and the community. All bad behaviors are dangerous and must be addressed and condemned, not glossed over or supported, he wrote in another comment. Please do not compare homosexuality with normal people. Homosexuality is a sexual behavior that goes against nature and natures laws. Strangely, perhaps the most relevant com ment on the whole issue was made by Maio, Ramirezs opponent, at a recent debate. As a community, he said to a Sarasota Tiger Bay Club crowd at Michaels on East, we tend to just pick the extremely titillating, sexy, little sound bites to try to ridicule somebody. % Someone you know needs Planned Parenthood Lifesaving cancer screenings Parent & teen education Annual GYN exams Birth controlPlanned Parenthood Of Southwest And Central FloridaSarasota Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 22


It is only f air that government has to adhere to the same planning and zoning regulations as private industry. A pair of government projects went before the city Development Review Committee (DRC) on Wednesday, Aug. 6, only to stumble on finely tuned z oning rules. The Sa rasota County Fairgrounds board wants to erect a new sign on Fruitville Road. The old one has seen better days and, after a hurricane or three, is looking a litt le lame. So Rory Martin, president of the fair board, came to the DRC with the desire for one of the quite fancy LED signs. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has one on North Tamiami Trail, and it can be eye-popp ing, with its swirls and rising suns and video-like explo sions to promote its next big act. But if that is what Martin had in mind, tsk-tsk, too bad. His facilities are in a different zone the Fruitville Road Overlay District and Lift Station 87 will be built in Luke Wood Park near the intersection of U.S 41 and U.S. 301 in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel MR. GOVERNMENT, MEET MISS REGULATION CITY CODE STIPULATIONS WILL PUSH BACK THE COMPLETION OF LIFT STATION 87 EVEN FURTHER, IT APPEARS With the restrictions on a [design to withstand a Category 3 hurricane], were above the 35-foot height restrictions. Tom Cross Project Manager McKim & Creed By Stan Zimmerman City Editor


such po p-pop-gee-whiz-wow displays are not permitted. Only messages are allowed, fading in and out. Videos and animations are prohibited, of course, said Courtney Mendez, the senior planner who chairs the DRC. She reminded him the new sign would have to be dimmed at night, as well. And the Sarasota County Fire Department representative said that includ ing the address on the sign would be required, with numbers a minimum of 6 inches high. But with t hose provisos in mind, Martin received the sign-off for his $100,000 sign, paid for with a county grant funded by the penny surtax revenue. Next step for him is the Sept. 10 city Planning Board meeting. IS LIFT STATION 87 JINXED? The next project on the agenda was not as fortun ate. The ci tys star-crossed Lift Station 87 design came before the DRC, seeking approval for the new aboveground mechani cal complex of pumps and generators. Were coming in with a revised concept, said Tom Cross, a project manager with the engineering design rm of McKim & Creed. It is a two-story building with a majority of the equipment on the second oor. A previous plan put the sewer pumping facil ity entirely underground, but for a host of reasons, that plan was abandoned. One of the concerns was vulnerability to storm-surge ooding. Since the installation will handle about one-third of the citys sewage, plus all of Sarasota Memorial Hospitals sewage, the city commissioners agreed to put it aboveground and to make certain it is tall enough to sur vive a Category 3 hurricane storm surge. Unfortunately, it appears as if the proposed building is too high. With the restrictions on This architectural rendering of Lift Station 87 was presented to the public on July 14. Image courtesy City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 24


An aerial view of the Sarasota County Fairgrounds shows the annual county fair under way. The board of directors of the facility plans to erect a new sign on Fruitville Road. Image courtesy of the Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce via the Fairgrounds Facebook page Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 25


a Cat 3, were above the 35-foot height restric tions, said Cross. That will require a G-zone waiver, pointed out the citys senior building and zoning of cial, Gretchen Schneider. And that will set the project back quite a bit. The waiver will necessitate a community workshop be held for review of the plan, and it will take about three weeks to set up that session. You cant come back to the DRC before that is done, she told Cross. The delay could mean the next DRC review would be pushed back to October, a 60-day delay. The project has already been discussed during a substantial number of community and public meetings since the crew with the rst engineering design rm walked off the job. The city soon followed that action with a lawsuit, and then it hired McKim & Creed to replace the original rm. A new design for the facility was debuted at the DRC meeting. The previous plan was based on the old Hover Arcade, a bayfront building that served as City Hall for decades. Its arched doorways and twin towers provided the motif for the Lift Station 87 architects. After a public discussion of the design, the decision was reached to make the building features symmetrical as viewed from either the street or the nearby Central Park condo miniums. That meant a four tower-design, which was revealed on July 14. However, at the DRC meeting, two of the towers had van ished from the drawings. Cross later told The Sarasota News Leader the change was to better mirror the old Hover Arcade. % During a July meeting, city staff and a consultant debuted a yover video showing the Lift Station 87 design with four towers. Photo of illustration by Stan Zimmerman Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 26


The citys Independent Police Advisory Panel on Wednesday, Aug. 6, set an ambitious twomonth schedule to look into accreditation of the Sarasota Police Department. The Sarasota City Commission asked the board on July 21 to examine the costs and benets of police department accreditation and determine what are the facts regarding the decision to abandon efforts to obtain accreditation in 2015? The assignment was given to the panel after it was revealed that Police Chief Bernadette DiPino cancelled the departments accredi tation with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (known as the CFA) because of lapses in her department. Accreditation is totally voluntary and not required by law, but virtually all law enforce ment departments in Florida even university police forces have CFA accreditation. The police advisory panel of ve members accepted the assignment and parceled out tasks to be completed before its next meet ing later this month. Member Curtis Shantz agreed to make a presentation on the process of accreditation and exactly how it works within the department. The five-member Independent Police Advisory Panel discusses how to conduct its inquiry into accreditation. The fifth member, Curtiss Shantz, is participating by telephone. Photo by Stan Zimmerman SETTING SIGHTS ON THE ISSUE MEMBERS OF THE INDEPENDENT POLICE ADVISORY PANEL GET MARCHING ORDERS FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACCREDITATION LAPSE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor


After that overview, member Randy Coyner will report on the costs of accreditation by the CFA. The $1,800 annual fee is only part of the true cost, which includes either a parttime or full-time employee of the department to stay on top of the paperwork, even between accreditation cycles. At the panels next meeting, member Bill Fuller will report on the benets of accreditation. The CFA website has a full page of them, one of which applies directly to DiPinos action. The website says, The agency is compelled to operate within specific guidelines. It is accountable to the Commission. The agency must stay in compliance with the standards set forth by the Commission in order to retain its accreditation. Member Dedra Anderson pulled a harder assignment. She will sift through records to determine why DiPino pulled the depart ments accreditation. Ill be looking for items not meeting accreditation standards at the time the decision was made, she said. Her ndings may not be ready in time for the next meeting. Chairwoman Eileen Normiles assignment is to prepare for the second phase of the pan els inquiry interviews. The group decided to talk publicly with people involved in the accreditation process and the chiefs deci sion-making regarding the cancelling of the existing accreditation. Because of Florida open meeting requirements, Normile hopes all ve members of the panel will be available for the interview phase of the proceedings. A powerful combo, former prosecutor Eileen Normile and investigative CPA Randolph Coyner consider who should do what during the Independent Police Advisory Panels review of the decision to drop accreditation of the Sarasota Police Department. Photo by Stan Zimmerman Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 28


Date of the nex t meeting is uncertain, either on Aug. 20 or 21. DELEGATING RESPONSIBILITY The Sarasota City Charter specifically grants the power of investigation to the City Commission, which, in turn, can delegate it to other organizations the commission has cre ated. The power, however, is rarely used. In some respects, the procedure set up by the Independent Police Advisory Panel on Aug. 6 resembles a congressional hearing. Members and staff will investigate independently, return to share their ndings and then call witnesses for questioning. Based upon the testimony and evidence, the group will issue its conclusions in a nd ing or report. The assignment to have the panel investigate the accreditation issue passed by the narrow est of margins, 3-2, with Commissioners Paul Caragiulo and Shannon Snyder in the minority. Before the vote on July 21, the city commis sioners appeared eager to grill DiPino. But they were forestalled by a motion from Vice Mayor Susan Chapman to refer the issue to the independent police panel. The progress of the citizens panel reviewing DiPinos decision and its analysis of the pros and cons of accreditation could shape future investigations by the City Commission. It certainly will lay some ground rules for the conduct of future inquiries. % Bernadette DiPino speaks to an audience gathered for the announcement of her appointment as the new city police chief. Mikel Hollaway (second from right) was preparing to retire from the position. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 29


This time last year, the Downtown Improvement District (DID) was wrapping up a multi-million-dollar beautication proj ect, with wider sidewalks and rebuilt streets in downtown Sarasota. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the groups time was consumed with the fate of issues going back years. First up, the fate of 25 palm trees, not rarities or exotics, but cab bage palms, Floridas prolic state tree. For years, drainage on the west side of North Palm Avenue has been awful. A simple summer thunderstorm can put people on the sidewalk ankle-deep in water. Over the past three years, a plan was developed after discussion at more than 20 public meetings to x the problem. The area in question is across the street from the Palm Avenue parking structure. T he DID project involves pulling out the palms, re-grad ing the area between the sidewalk and the cu rb, installing This photo shows Sarasota in the bucolic 1920s, almost a century ago. If you follow Palm Avenue to the intersection with Cocoanut, you will notice some palm trees on the left side of the road. Are these the trees the Downtown Improvement District wants to replant? Photo courtesy Sarasota History Center CHEWING ON OLD PROBLEMS THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT CRAFTS A PLAN TO SAVE THE PALM AVENUE PALMS AND CONSIDERS DOWNTOWN POLICE AND BEAUTIFICATION INITIATIVES These may be the oldest deliberately planted landscape trees in the city. Jono Miller Environmental Advocate Sarasota By Stan Zimmerman City Editor


The red arrows show the general location of the palms in question. The blue arrow points to todays Florida Studio Theater at the corner of Cocoanut and Palm avenues, for reference. Photo courtesy Sarasota History Center Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 31


undergroun d drainage and replanting the sec tion with shade trees. There is money in the construction account, all the drawings have been done and everything was ready to start. Enter Jono Miller. He wants to save the palms, some of which he says are 90 years old. Others were relocated to the site when the Bay Plaza condominium was built in the late 1950s. I agree the ooding problem must be solved, said Miller. The whole area needs to be re-graded. But Millers deep environmental sensitivi ties were rankled by the plan to pull out the trees old and new to fix an equally old drainage issue. These may be the oldest deliberately planted landscape trees in the city, he pointed out. In the end the project will move forward, but the cabbage palms will be transplanted to another historic site, according to DID member Eileen Hampshires amendment to the motion to proceed as planned. The likely receiving location would be the area around the newly restored Mabel Ringling Fountain at the junction of U.S. 301 and the Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. MERCHANTS LAUD FOOT PATROLS As the 2013 streetscape project was wind ing down, the DID turned its attention to complaints of vagrancy and homelessness downtown. At its August 2013 meeting, the board members considered hiring private security guards to augment Sarasota police patrols. A year later, a plan to actually hire private security was shelved because city police have increased their presence downtown. We reallocated our forces on July 14, said Lt. Kevin Stiff. Now two ofcers are spend ing their entire 12-hour shifts downtown on foot, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (with 30 minutes for daily paperwork). The Street Crimes Unit picks up patrol in uniform and in mufti on the weekends from 6 p.m. until midnight. However, Stiff said the new deployment is scheduled to end on Aug. 14. He added that he will recommend the Police Department continue the daytime foot patrols, in addition to the normal zone ofcer assignment to the area. And he said he has recommended overtime be paid for the Friday and Saturday night patr ols. During a hard rain, North Palm Ave. sidewalks can ood because the ground between the curb and sidewalk is higher than the sidewalk, turning it into a gutter. The cabbage palms can be seen in the upper right corner. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 32


Ive noticed a big difference, responded DID Chairman Ernie Ritz. The group was also briefed on the Police Departments new volunteer ambassadors program The groups coordinator, Michelle Rinaca, said the participants would focus initially on the lunch and dinner hours. With distinctive blue polo shirts, the volunteers will be able to answer questions, make refer rals and with police radios on their hips report suspicious or troublesome behavior. DID member Dr. Mark Kauffman was so excited, he prop osed paying $2,000 per month to the Police Department to support the volunteers. You didnt come here to ask for money, but we want to give it to you, he said. A motion was approved unanimously to transfer the sum to the Police Department for a six-month period to support the ambassa dor volunteers. DOWNTOWN GATEWAY REDUX One of the DIDs longstanding desires has been to erect gateways to downtown. They would be similar to the arches at Bayfront Park pioneered by Mayor Jack Gurney in the 1990s. In an effort to accelerate the $100,000 A recent photo shows the palms the city wishes to replace on Palm Avenue. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 33


project, DID member Tom Mannausa offered to cover 50 percent of the cost of a beautica tion project at the intersection of Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue, adjacent to his highrise condominium project, The Jewel. It would cost $306,000 to brick the intersec tion, he said. I could do this in the spring, and Id pay half. As discussion ensued, it was suggested the city pay the other half of the expense of the streetscape project, and the DID could erect its rst gateway. The plan has been offered to the city, which is lukewarm to the idea. The trafc roundabout propo sed for Main Street and the Tamiami Trail is not yet designed, so engineers are not exactly sure where Main Street would inter sect with the Trail. That uncertainty feeds city staff concern about beautifying the intersec tion with Gulfstream before the roundabout engineering has been completed. Additionally, the Purchasing Department staff is not sure how to react to a developers offer to build an amenity with city participation. DID Chairman Ritz decided more discussion is needed, so he put it on the next agenda. % The developer of The Jewel condominium tower at the intersection of Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue has offered to pay half the expense of a beautication project at the intersection. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 34


Sarasota County this week formally sued Sanborn Studios, the Lakewood Ranch lm and TV production company once heralded by business leaders and county and state of cials as a major boost to the regions economy. According to the county, the company hasnt lived up to its pledge to create more than 100 high-paying jobs, and the county would like to get back a major chunk of its $650,000 total investment in Sanborn. The county approved the nancial incentive agreement with Sanborn in 2010, when the company pr omised to create 117 jobs with an average wage of $72,000 by Sept. 2, 2013. Sanborn, in turn, agreed to reimburse the county $2,992 for each job not created by that deadline. That Sept. 2, 2013, cutoff came and went, and, according to the county, Sanborn never delivered proof it had made available the positions as promised. As of June 4, accord ing to a memo by County Attorney Steve DeMarsh, Sanborn Studios has not provided A still image from a Sanborn Studios project. Photo courtesy SANBORN STUDIOS SUED SARASOTA COUNTY FORMALLY SUES COMPANY IT SAYS HASNT LIVED UP TO JOB CREATION PROMISES By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor


any evidence or documentation that it has created the jobs required. The complaint filed this week by Deputy County Attorney Frederick Elbrecht argues that the company has breached its agree ment with the county and that the county is entitled to $2,992 for each of the 117 jobs not created. That means Sanborn could be on the hook for up to $350,000, still just 54 percent of the total amount given to the company. Scott Sobel, president of the Washington, D.C., public relations rm Media & Communications Strategies which was hired to represent Sanborn said in a statement issued Monday, Aug. 3, that the company is appalled. The county continues to waste more of the taxpayers money with a frivolous lawsuit and hurts the countys reputation, sending a message that Sarasota does not have a busi ness-friendly environment, he wrote. In a previous statement, Sobel wrote that in 2013, Sanborn had provided evidence to the county that it had created 200 jobs. At an Aug. 9, 2013, meeting, county repre sentatives heard that the studio had created approximately 200 full time jobs and met all contractual legal obligations, Sobel wrote in this weeks statement. Sobel to ld The Sarasota News Leader in June that the countys contract is not enforce able and that Sanborn is not obligated to provide any information beyond what it has already provided. He also pointed the News Leader to a 2011 report compiled by the ofce of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Sarasota County Comptroller Karen Rushing. Analyzing several nancial incentive agree ments, that report found that 10 out of 15 contracts did not include a right to examine award recipients records relevant to com pliance with agreement requirements. That stipulation was added to the agreement lan guage in January 2011, the report states. A 2012 audit by Rushings ofce, meanwhile, found that nancial incentive contracts lack provisions requiring companies to submit doc umentation that allows for reconciliation of jobs created during the term of the contract. That report recommended that companies should be required to submit documentation to verify the number of jobs created. Sobel promised a more complete response to the lawsuit once Sanborn has evaluated the lawsuit. The county declined to comment on the action. % Search for text in stories by clicking the icon in the menubar and entering a search term. Search the current edition or all editions. QUICK TIP Search Only The Issue You Are Viewing Search All Issues Your search term here Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 36


In therapy, two divergent groups often will be ushered into a room and given a common goal. And they work together to solve the prob lem, said City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell, a clinical psychologist. That is, if everything goes well. When it comes to the controversial topic of planning, funding and building a comeas-yo u-are homeless shelter in or near the city, Atwell predicts that city and county elected officials will come together in the same fas hion. But it wi ll ta ke some time and the outcome might be different from what anyone expects. Atwell, who voted with her fellow commis sioners last month to withdraw from efforts to plan a shelter, acknowledges how tough it was to nd a site for the facility. She said the County Commission, which was unan imo us in support of a shelter, and the City Co m mission with two members ada mantly opposed to a city location from the outset were never truly working in u nison. The County Commission Chambers was mostly full on Nov. 25, 2013, when homelessness consultant Robert Marbut presented his recommendations to the City and County commissions. Photo by Norman Schimmel A PARTNERSHIP ASUNDER WHETHER THE CITY AND COUNTY CAN STILL WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD A COME-AS-YOU-ARE HOMELESS SHELTER DEPENDS ON WHOM YOU ASK I think the rope has been cut and the ties have been cut. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County By Roger Drouin County Editor


Atwell told The Sarasota News Leader she had concerns about the city-owned site on Osprey Avenue that county officials were pushing as the top site. But she added that the saga is not over. I call this a relationship break. We arrived at an impasse. Atwell continued, We cut the ties, but we did not cut the rope. The whole process got bro ken, but I think, ultimately, this will morph into something more appropriate and amena ble to everyone. Atwell says her eyes are still on the prize, which is a come-as-you-are shelter open to all homeless adults in the county. She is an important voice on the City Commission because her term does not expire until 2017. Two people will be appointed temporarily this fall to ll seats left open by the County Commission candidacies of Paul Caragiulo and Shannon Snyder, and the next city elec tion, in 2015, will ll three district seats. Asked what she envisions as a compromise between the city and county, Atwell replied that she would like to see a triage center where homeless adults can be assessed and then receive the appropriate services from counseling to job training to substance abuse rehabilitation. One option for the facility is a site that is not right downtown, a change City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell listens to discussion during a joint city/county meeting on June 23. Photo by Norman Schimmel DOWNLOAD THE PDF Read the letters exchanged between the city and the county. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 38


from past proposals that might satisfy those who say a shelter will further tax neighbor hoods and businesses already struggling with a growing homeless population and crime. I am open to having [the shelter] further out, but I dont mean out by Interstate 75, Atwell said. County Vice Chairwoman Christine Robinson, however, has a less optimistic view on the possibility of a partnership with the city after the city commissioners made it clear they do not want to work with the county. When asked if there is any hope at this point that the two local governments will be able to work collaboratively in the future on a shelter for homeless adults, Robinson told the News Leader None whatsoever. County Com missioner Joe Barbetta agreed. I think the rope has been cut and the ties have been cut, Barbetta said. We have gone back and forth over the past few months. We hired a consultant. [The city commissioners] didnt like what they heard, and we did. For Barbetta, the City Commissions action on July 21 was very clear. At that meeting, the City Commission withdrew from the monthslong process of creating a community shelter. After voting unanimously on the decision, the city commissioners directed City Manager Tom Barwin to relay the news in a breakup letter to the county commissioners, who earlier had sent the City Commission a letter asking whether it was still interested in work ing with the county on the project. Homeless people continue to gather at and in the vicinity of Selby Public Library in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel We cut the ties, but we did not cut the rope. Suzanne Atwell Commissioner City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 39


City Commissio ner Shannon Snyder, who had been a supporter of the initiative to build a shelter, reversed his vote becoming a linch pin in the citys withdrawal. In response to Chairman [Charles] Hines [sic] letter of July 9, 2014 the Sarasota City Commission voted unanimously at last nights city commission meeting to withdraw from the process to locate a site for a come as you are, jail diversion shelter within the City of Sarasota, Barwin wrote County Administrator Tom Harmer on July 22. Therefore the [ten tative] joint meeting in September to review possible city and county sites will not be nec essary to schedule. IN THE MEANTIME Atwell said she is happy The Salvation Army is stepping up efforts to address homeless ness. She also cites city efforts to hire a social wor ker and the Police Departments steps to employ a Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) to assist homeless people on the street. We are doing a lot right now in the meantime, Atwell pointed out. Barbetta thinks that without a shelter to serve homeless adults including resources to help them nd jobs the communitys home less population and problems will only get worse, something homelessness consultant Robert Marbut has told the two local govern ment boards. I live in the city, and I see it every day, Barbetta said. Barbetta believes The Salvation Army is poised to help but that the organization can not address all the relevant issues on its own. The merchants are not happy at all. They come in every morning, constantly every On April 1, the City and County commissioners heard from a panel that included Police Chief Bernadette DiPino and Sheriff Tom Knight. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 40


morning [and] have to deal with the [home less], Barbetta pointed out. Let the merchants and residents speak up and tell the [city] commissioners what they want. Local radio talk show host Phil Grande recounted a scene he had witnessed downtown in a July 26 email to County Commissioner Carolyn Mason. A vagrant who was drunk laid down then sprawled out on the concrete and passed out under the library overhang, he wrote. Now at 2:36 p.m., he continued, there are 7 new vagrants, adding, [S]oon the num ber will grow COUNTYS NEXT STEPS Barbetta said he is open to talking with Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight about the type of facility the county could operate to provide shelter and services for some home less individuals. The size and scope would depend on what Knight says the community needs, Barbetta added. A shelter, not a jail-diversion program, is what Barbetta envisions, he made clear. The county commissioners will discuss the topic later this month, after they return from their summer recess. Sarasota County Commission Vice Chairwoman Christine Robinson. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 41


I will give a standing report Aug. 26, Wayne Applebee, the countys homelessness issues coordinator, told the News Leader referring to the responsibility he has had at regular commission meetings over the past months. However, the topic could come up as soon as the boards Aug. 20 workshop. Still, on Aug. 26, Applebee is slated to update the county commissioners on the come-asyou-are-shelter and the City Commissions vote to opt out of the project. In the meantime, Applebee and county staff ers will continue to search for potential locations for a facility. The City Commission vote, at this point, does not change Applebees work in that regard. We are continuing to loo k at sites in unincorporated parts of the county that could be close to the city. The county has been solid all along in embracing Dr. Marbuts criteria for sites, Applebee told the News Leader adding that his efforts are encompassing those criteria. It will be up to the county commissioners to decide whether to pursue planning for any site without the partnership of the city. County Vice Chairwoman Robinson said that if a shelter is to be built, it will be up to County Commissioners to handle the work. Now that we know that [the city commis sioners have] pulled out of the partnership they invited us into, Robinson told the News Leader we are going to have to determine next steps. % An apparently homeless man sleeps on a bench in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Stan Zimmerman Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 42


It is just past midday on a Wednesday as Michele Chapman and a reporter enter the lush verdant clearing beside her house. Startled by our voices, a great blue heron lifts itself into the air from the shore of Phillippi Creek and disappears into the azure sky. Much of the bank is shrouded in mangroves and other native vegetation, but Chapman pauses at a spot where she can peer across the water. She has spent untold hours in that setting over the past nine months, but not to relish the scenic charm that has been a treasure to her fam ily since her parents and relatives bought the property in 1949. Instead, Chapman has become practiced in taking noise meter readings. Across the creek, on Oct. 31, 2013, Bobs Boathouse opened for business in its new location at 5515 S. Tamiami Trail. Ha lloween night, our nightmares started coming true, and they came true worse than we ever expected, she says. Michele Chapman points across the creek to the site of Bobs Boathouse. Photo by Rachel Hackney A VOW TO NEVER GIVE UP MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY THAT CREATED THE NEIGHBORHOOD ACROSS THE CREEK FROM BOBS BOATHOUSE TALK OF HOW THEIR LIVES HAVE CHANGED He will never stop hearing from me protesting his invasion of my home. Michele Chapman Neighbor Of Bobs Boathouse By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


Joan Rickey (left) and daughter Michele Chapman pose in Rickeys backyard. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 44


I vacillate between rage and despair on a daily basis, she adds. Those are the two exact emotions that describe it perfectly. DAYS LONG GONE BY Seated at a table Chapman, 62, and her 84-yearold mother, Joan Rickey, reminisce about a time long past. When she was 19, Rickey says, she remembers using a machete to clear out the thick brush as her family prepared to build on the island. We had to do it by hand, she explains about the work. I had to wear a bandana over my head so that the re ants that rained down from the trees would not get on my scalp and sting me. The family members eventually created the Phillippi Fair Trailer Park. It was a neat time, Ri ckey says. We even had a little grocery store in there. U.S. 41 was two-lane, Chapman adds, and the joke in the family was when we heard a car going by on 41, wed look up to see who it was. She points out, There was nothing south of Southgate at that time. Several years later, the family subdivided the property and created a neighborhood; sold off various lots, Chapman says. At that time, the property had access to U.S. 41, but because of the burgeoning Southgate development and drainage problems, a canal was dug. So were now a little isolated island back here, Chapman explains. Bobs Boathouse is directly across the creek from the Chapman property. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 45


One building on the island served as the real estate ofce for her maternal grandmother, Bea Novak, Chapman notes. In fact, she says, Novak, who was one of the rst women real estate brokers in Sarasota, and Norma Martin founded the Sarasota chapter of the Womens Council of Realtors. As Chapman pauses, her sister, Deborah, sums up the family history: We were here before them, referring to Bobs Boathouse. Hes turned our property into valueless pieces of dirt, basically, Rickey adds. Although she has found no way to prove that, Chapman points out that her mother has lost a couple of tenants in cottages she has rented for years. And I cant get [them] re-rented, Rickey says. The inco me was very minimal, Chapman concedes, but it supplemented her mothers Social Security checks. Over these last eight months, shes been going through every bit of her savings just to keep aoat. A neighbor down the road who has her house on the market recently had two sets of pro spective buyers look at it, Chapman related. Both times, when they went out on the deck, they asked about the establishment across the creek. As soon as the neighbor responded that it is Bobs Boathouse, Chapman says, the people lost interest in the house. Yet, Chapman points out, it is impossible to prove that the business proximity and sto ries circulating in the community about its loud music have led to the loss of rental property te nants and potential home sales. Michele Chapman checks the ambient noise on a meter at the rear of her Montclair Drive property. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 46


Weve been to lawyers I even called Legal Aid. Ive done every bit of research I can possibly do until Im exhausted from it, and there just basically is no one willing to help us, Chapman adds. So, essentially, its lost property value. I am now stuck in my house. Theres no way I could ever sell it. She has lived there for 30 years, she says. The house was built in 1959 by her parents. I expected to live the rest of my life there. Its my home. Because she is a caregiver in that home for a relative with signicant health concerns, Chapman continues, she also is unable to flee when the music begins, unlike some of her neighbors. The booming just con tinues to come through. Even standing in the shower, we hear Boom-bahbah-boombahbah-boo m-bahbah-boom for four hours on weekend nights. I had a tendency to open my windows in the summer and enjoy the nice fresh air, Rickey says. Cant do that anymore. Chapman pulls out a copy of an article that appeared in the daily paper in 2010. It is about the plans for the new Bobs Boathouse on South Tamiami Trail. Nowhere was it [described] as a nightclub, Chapman points out. Instead, the article discusses plans to create an estab lishment similar to the Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant and Oyster Bar which is located nearby at 5353 S. Tamiami Trail. Referring to Bobs Boathouse, Rickey inter jects, Theyre too busy trying to kiss our keel, referring to signs at Bobs. Danny Chapman, Micheles father, used to train Sailor Circus students on trapezes in this setting. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 47


A laurel oak dominates the clearing next to Michele Chapmans house. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 48


If he had wanted to set up a nice quiet restaurant, Chapman says of owner Thomas LeFevre whose family story is on the restaurants website nobody would have said anything, but he came out blasting on Day 1. Chapman adds, Theres just no way to impart the absolute disaster here. THE BANDS PLAY ON Chapman has become well versed in the pro cedure for taking noise meter readings, and it is she who ends up calling the Sarasota County Sheriffs Office time and again to report violations of the countys revised Air and Sound Pollution Ordinance, which the County Commission approved on a split vote on March 19 Referring to the deputies who have responded to those calls, Chapman adds, Really, theyve been ver y supportive, very supportive. Without them, we would be completely insane. It seems to Chapman and neighbors that the staff and the bands that play at the restaurant have made a conscious effort to put gurative roadblocks in the paths of those deputies. Chapman describes the difculty of getting ambient noise readings, which are necessi tated by county code. A deputy has to record levels of sound with which to compare the decibel readings of the music. On some nights, she points out, the person handling karaoke at Bobs Boathouse blasts bursts of music for 10 to 15 minutes at inter vals. There is no way a deputy could get to her house in time to record what seems to be an intensely high level of sound, Chapman points out. She keeps going back to a comment Commission Vice C hairwoman Christine An aerial view shows the proximity of Bobs Boathouse (marked by the ag) to residences on Montclair Drive and other streets. Image from Google Maps Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 49


Robinso n made at the March 19 meeting. I dont want anyone to think that is going to solve the problem, Robinson said of the vote. We have rules that are already being broken by [Bobs Boathouse]. Referring to the own ers of the establishment, Robinson added, Theyre intent on doing what theyre doing. A lot of this is punishment, Chapman says, referring to incidents at the restau rant in the aftermath of the passage of the revised ordinance. Yet, no cases have yet reached the trial stage as of this writing, according to court records. My biggest issue is that Im [thinking I am] never going to have a chance to say anything to anybody as the victim, Chapman adds. The only thing I have ever tried to do was seek a little peace and quiet from [LeFevre], Rickey says, and the more you try, the louder he plays. BAC K IN THE CLEARING On this quiet morning at Chapmans house, noise from U.S. 41 is barely noticeable. Across the creek, Bobs Boathouse stands silent. Chapman points to the massive laurel oak that dominates the clearing and talks of how her father, Danny Chapman, trained Sailor Circus students on trapezes there before the big cir cus tent was erected on Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota. Danny Chapman even started the Ringling Clown College on the property, Michele says. I used to climb the trees, she adds. I love this place. She does not know whether she ever will be able to enjoy lasting quiet again in that lovely Old Florida setting. Yet, she says, I will never give up. He will never stop hearing from me protesting his invasion of my home. I will never give up till the day I die. % In February, a sign at the rear of the Bobs Boathouse property said, We are here to kiss your keel! Residents who live nearby later reported seeing modied versions of the sign that referenced kissing our neighbors keels. File photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 50


B ot h the pr esident of the Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) and the execu tive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce planned to be present on the evening of Aug. 7 when the Sarasota County Planning Commission considered whether to recommend the County Commission approve outdoor displays on Siesta Key under strict guidelines Debra Lynn-Schmitz, executive director of the Chamber, said she was prepared to offer the support of her me mbers. SKVA President Wendall Jacobsen told about 20 members of his organization at their Aug. 5 meeting that while he probably would voice support for the proposed revision of the Siesta Key Overlay District (SKOD), he also would stress enforcement if the changes ultimately win approval of the County Commission. Mark Toomey, owner of Robin Hood Rentals and a leader of the business group advo cating for the revision, told The Sarasota News Leader he had sent an email to all the members of that Siesta Key Village Association President Wendall Jacobsen and Treasurer Roz Hyman listen to a comment during the organizations Aug. 5 meeting. All photos by Rachel Hackney Dont pass it if youre not going to enforce it. Russell Matthes Co-Owner Daiquiri Deck Raw Bars PRIMED FOR THE PLANNING COMMISSION ENFORCEMENT CALLED THE KEY TO A PROPOSAL REGARDING LIMITED OUTDOOR DISPLAYS ON SIESTA KEY, A MEASURE THAT WAS SET FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON AUG. 7 By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor


committee, reminding them about the ses sion. Obviously, Im going to be there, he said on Aug. 5. Id love for [all the others] to go. SKVA Vice President Mark Smith ended up drafting the most recent version of the ordinance after the rst revision, prepared last summer by then-Siesta Key Chamber Executive Director Kevin Cooper, was rejected as too lenient. Past SKVA President Cheryl Gaddie pointed out at the Aug. 5 meeting that the process began after retailers complained last year that they saw a signicant drop in sales following their receipt of county Code Enforcement staff warnings that they no longer could dis play merchandise outside their shops. Their pro tests and the county action came on the heels of a May 2013 educational session the SKVA hosted about the provisions of the SKOD. While Toomey and other members of the busi ness committee have worked over the past several months to get the proposal in front of the Planning and County commissions, SKVA members have complained that not all mer chants and rental rm operators have been adhering to the new guidelines, as they had vowed to do as a good faith demonstration. Still, Jacobsen said on Aug. 5, The major ity of the people have been following the rules, according to what Mark and Cheryl put together. Coconuts on south Siesta Key had two racks of clothing displayed outside in early March. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 52


I think enforcement is going to be a problem no matter what we put in place, Beach Bites owner Jeff Madden noted. I agree with you, Jacobsen replied. Ive been dealing with [flouting of the SKOD regulations] since , as a member of the SKVA. All we can do is continue to try and push forward. People who are going to obey the rules are going to obey the rules, Russell Matthes, co-owner of the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar restaurants added. The caveat [for support ing the revision] needs to be 100 percent enforcement. Dont pass it if youre not going to enforce it, Matthes said, referring to the county commissioners. If our current [county] Code Enforcement [ofcer] is too busy dealing with illegal rent als and everything else on the key, Jacobsen continued, what is the point of going through all of this. There were rules in place that werent being enforced from the get-go. (John Lally, the primary Code Enforcement ofcer on the key, has told SKVA and Siesta Key Association (SKA) members as well as this reporter that violations of the coun tys regulation regarding rentals of homes and condos have made up the vast majority of cases he has investigated over the past sev eral months.) Businesses theoretically self-enforce the SKOD provisions, Kay Kouvatsos, co-owner of Debra Lynn-Schmitz is the executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 53


the Village Caf pointed out, but for the past 25 years, that has not worked. She concurred with the view that the revision should not be approved if county staff will not enforce it. I know Michaels over there biting his tongue, Jacobsen said, referring to SKA President Michael Shay. They dont approve of it, Jacobsen added of the SKA directors. Shay repeatedly has underscored the refusal of some island businesses to abide by the measures in the revision. Matthes reiterated another point made in recent months that Code Enforcement of cers have not been citing anyone over outdoor displays, at the direction of their supervisors, while the revision has worked its way through the county steps to potential approval. Years a go, they were kind of strict, actu ally, Matthes said of the Code Enforcement staff members. With the proposed changes, he continued, we are actually making it eas ier for the retailer. Yet, were still looking for enforcement. We think theres a good plan in place if its enforced, Gaddie said. If the revisions are approved, Matthes told members, If we see people in violation, lets not turn away. Go ahead and call the commis sioners and Code Enforcement to get [them] taken care of. Those few people who are ruining it for everybody else need to be held accountable. Customers in March browsed items at Comfort Shoes in Davidson Plaza. Comfort Shoes owner Rick Lizotte is one of the leaders of the committee that has advocated for limited outdoor displays on the island. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 54


THE PRO POSED CHANGES According to the draft ordinance prepared for the Planning Commission, a business owner would have to pay a $25 fee for a Temporary Use Permit before he or she could provide any type of outdoor display on prop erties zoned Commercial General/Siesta Key Overlay District. The application would include a Sidewalk Layout Plan. That layout would have to show that all the display area would be on the business property and not in the public right of way; that it would allow a 5-foot clearance so pedestrians easily could stay on the sidewalks, as well as a 2-foot set back from parking areas and streets; that the linear length of the display would not exceed 33 percent of the linear storefront dimen sion; and that the maximum height of the display would be 7 feet above the sidewalk. No merchandise could hang from any portion of the building exterior, including windows and doors. Further, the display area would be limited to two of the following: A table with a maximum measurement of 72 inches in length, 36 inches in width and 30 inches in height. A mannequin no larger than 24 inches in diameter and 72 inches in height. A clothing rack no longer than 72 inches, no wider than 24 inches and no taller than 72 inches. A mobile cart no larger than 60 inches in length by 30 inches in width by 36 inches in height. For rms that rent items such as bicycles and scooters, the display area could not encom pass more than 240 square feet of space or be taller than 12 feet. The Temporary Use Permit would be valid for no longer than a year. Two violations of the conditions set out in the SKOD would necessitate revocation of the permit. If that happened, the business would be unable to apply for another permit for a year. County staff has found that the proposed revi sion does not inhibit or obstruct any goals, objectives, or policies of the Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan, according to a memo prepared for the Planning Commission by the Planning and Development Services staff. HELPING NEW BUSINESSES While the SKVA and the Chamber await the outcome of the SKOD discussion at the county level, Jacobsen and Lynn-Schmitz are putting together a committee whose members will work to educate new business owners about the islands zoning regulations, Jacobsen said on Aug. 5. A packet of the same material will be available to any person considering open ing an establishment on the island, he added. The important part of that, Lynn-Schmitz pointed out, is learning about a business that may not be highly visible to us, so we can get to them and give them this educa tional packet. She stressed, If you know of a business even before somebody signs on the dotted line let us know. % Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 55


THE VILLAGE MAINTENANCE CORP. IS HOPEFUL THE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL APPROVE A NEW UPKEEP CONTRACT ON AUG. 26; THE 162 BEACH ROAD SPECIAL MAGISTRATE HEARING IS DELAYED; CRYSTAL CLASSIC DETAILS ARE PROVIDED; AND ST. BONIFACE WELCOMES ALL TO AN AUG. 17 OPEN HOUSE SIESTA SEEN Aug. 20 will be the nal day for Championship Landscape Management Professionals of Fort Myers to deal with the upkeep of Siesta Village, architect and Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) Vice President Mark Smith told about 20 members of the organization during their Aug. 5 meeting. County Procurement Department staff will be recommending that the County Commission approve a new contract for Village mainte nance during the boards afternoon session on Aug. 26, he added. Although only one bid came in for the work from Buccaneer Landscape Management of Pinellas County Smith said he felt the $129,041.50 gure the company provided was probably about right, quite honestly. He pointed out that county staff had ex panded the scope of work to By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Customers of The Local Bean nd a shady spot to enjoy morning beverages in Siesta Village. During an anticipated two-week lapse when a maintenance contract will not be in effect, the county is expected to have a rm handle garbage pick-up in the Village. Photo by Rachel Hackney


include some responsibilities Championship did not have, such as pressure washing. As he told me last month Smith pointed out to the SKVA members that he had the oppor tunity to talk with the owner of Buccaneer during a mandatory pre-bid session in the Village and was impressed with him. The rm has about 65 employees, Smith contin ued, and he understands it is moving its Punta Gorda operation to Sarasota. Im hopeful, he said, that all will go smoothly. When Siesta Key Association (SKA) President Michael Shay asked whether the County Commission would willingly award the con tract to Buccaneer, given the situation of a solitary bidder for the contract, Smith said, That was my question, also. If [the bid] had come in around $400,000, I would say, No. However, Smith noted, the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. (SKVMC) board did review the bid with county staff, and we have a duciary responsibility to the property own ers, cause its our tax money that pays for the maintenance. I believe this price is in line so we dont have a problem with it. And Im hoping that the County [Commission] wont. The alternative to the boards accepting the Procu rement Departments recommendation With school not yet back in session, visiting families were easy to spot as they strolled through Siesta Village this week. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 57


to award the contract, Smith added, would be to bid out each part of the upkeep work separately, including the landscaping and the hardscape maintenance. It would be much more difcult and time-consuming to manage it on our end. So Im hoping that the manage ment company gets the go-ahead. He said he planned to be at the County Commission meeting on Aug. 26 to make that point. When past SKVA Vice President Kay Kouvatsos asked whether recycling will be part of the new contract, Smith responded, I met with the county [staff] again to discuss this. We will get all o ur ducks in a row before March and make it happen. There was miscommuni cation. I can take full blame. According to the county code governing the Village upkeep, the SKVMC which Smith serves as a director and liaison to the county has to notify county staff no later than March 15 of each year about any changes the organization wishes to see included in the contractual level of services. If you all want to fire me, thats fine, Smith deadpanned. Good luck! Kouvatsos responded as laughter ensued. (S m ith was president of the SKVA for An orange cone (far right) marks the location of a bollard that reportedly was knocked over by a taxi picking up a passenger at the Beach Club. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 58


many years, and he has been a longtime leader of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.) Replying to another question, Smith explained that county staff is working on a bid for gar bage pick-up in Siesta Village for about two weeks, between the end of the Championship contract and the anticipated approval of the Buccaneer bid. The landscaping portion [of the upkeep], trimming, that type thing, wont hap pen, most likely, during this time period, Smith explained. 162 BEACH ROAD Ninety minutes after the 8:30 a.m. start of the SKVA meeting, a mediation session had been planned regarding the County Commissions second denial in two years of a couples peti tion to construct a home completely seaward of the countys Gulf Beach Setback Line (GBSL). On May 21, Ronald and Sania Allen, owners of the parcel at 162 Beach Road, led a Request for Relief with the county, acting under a Florida Statute known as the Florida Land Were still pretty busy with crowds at the beach, Deputy Chris McGregor reported to the Siesta Key Village Association on Aug. 5, as evidenced by beach-goers getting gear together later that morning in the beach parking lot. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 59


Use Environmental Dispute Resolution Act (FLUEDRA). The Request says the boards denial of the Allens variance petition in April left them not only unable to construct a house on the site but also unable to make any other benecial use of the Property. In a June 4 memo to the commissioners, County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh explained that among the possible outcomes of the action could be the countys purchase of the property, an adjustment of the countys vari ance standards or suggestions of conditions that would allow development. On Aug. 4, Howard Berna, the environmen tal supervisor for the county who handled both the Allens variance petitions, told me a Special Magistrate hearing on the Request for Relief was postponed until Sept. 16 because of a determination that additional informa tion needed to be obtained beforehand, and that could not be accomplished by Aug. 5. The decision about the postponement resulted from a mediation session involving the Allens and county staff, Berna added. That session was not open to the public, while the Special Magistrate hearing will be, he said. Improvements are under way on part of the old parking lot at Siesta Public Beach. According to the county website the primary ingress for the beach near the historic pavilion has been changed to allow people to exit at that location as well. Ron Russo, vice president of the construction management rm, Jon F. Swift, told The Sarasota News Leader on Aug. 5, [W]e have two exit signs that we are installing today and will try to get two more up tomorrow. This should eliminate any future confusion about the new egress. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 60


The Sept. 16 hearing has been scheduled before Special Magistrate Carlos Alvarez at 10 a.m. in the Commission Chambers at the County Administration Building located at 1660 Ringling Blvd. in downtown Sarasota. BOLLARD KNOCKED DOWN In the rst incident of its kind, to my knowl edge, since the bollards were installed almost exactly a year ago to improve illumina tion of Village crosswalks, one of them has been damaged. A taxi knocked over the one near the Beach Club, at the intersection of Canal Road and Ocean Boulevard, Mark Smith reported during the Aug. 5 SKVA meetin g. Risk Management staff fo r the county is ordering three in antic ipation of losing two more somewhere down the line, he added, mostly jokingly. That particular area has a history of taxicab incidents, Smith continued. A bike rack and a bench both have been damaged in the vicin ity of the Beach Club. Apparently, the most convenient spot to pick up someone intoxi cated is at the door of the bar, he added. CRYSTAL CLASSIC UPDATE As reported earlier in this space, the 2014 Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition will take place Nov. 14-18. Past SKVA P resident Cheryl Gaddie A map shows (in yellow) where construction is under way at Siesta Public Beach. The CM stands for construction manager. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 61


provided the dates to the SKVA members on Aug. 5. The sculptures will remain on display the Monday and Tuesday after they are judged on the Sunday of the event, she pointed out. Previously, they were left up for the public to see just on Monday. The Vendor Village will remain up on Monday this year, too, she said. As in the past, the VIP sponsor party will be held on Thursday night (Nov. 13, this year), before the competition is opened to the public on Friday. And, as it did in 2013, Margaritaville Apparel will be the presenting sponsor. T he artists are mostly in place, Gaddie noted, referring to the 12 two-person teams that will compete against each other. Speaking of the Crystal Classic, the founder of the event, Siestas own master sand sculptor, Brian Wigelsworth, has tendered his resigna tion from the SKVA board, President Wendall Jacobsen announced at the end of the orga nizations meeting. Wigelsworth reported that he was just too busy to keep the posi tion, between his new business Gidgets Coastal Provisions in the Village and han dling his normal responsibilities with the Crystal Classic. St. Boniface Episcopal Church is located slightly north of the intersection of Beach Road and Midnight Pass Road. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 62


The rema ining board members will make a decision later about his replacement, Jacobsen said. SANDFEST The traditional fall fundraiser for the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Sandfest, has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7, Russell Matthes, co-owner of the Daiquiri Deck and Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar restaurants, said during the SKVA meeting. The events proceeds go into the fund for the July Fourth reworks. Were putting all of the marketing together now, Matthes added. Asked whether the event will be at the Siesta Public Beach pavilion as usual, he replied, At this point, yes, noting that the Chamber wants to keep it on Siesta Key. As for the theme, Matthes said it will be Country Hoedown. When that answer brought some laughter, Matthes added, I am not kidding. Itll be a fun and easy one for everybody to dress up. FIGHTING THE FLAMES OF INACCURACY The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce sent an email blast to its members late last week with talking points to assist them if they get questions about a virus in the Gulf of Mexico that has sickened about a dozen people in Florida and killed three. In perhaps the most important talking point about Vibrio vulnicus the email says, This is not a esh-eating bacteria. Necrotic fasciitis is not typically associated with this type of bacterial infection. (The bold emphasis is the Chambers.) The email pointed out what Florida Department of Health representatives have been saying: The virus is naturally occurring in the warm saltwater of southwest Florida and Gulf of Mexico. The email added, It is extremely unfortunate that the media has chosen to use the words, esh-eating and I encourage you to avoid using that term. REBOOT YOUR HARD DRIVE St. Boniface Episcopal Church, located at 5615 Midnight Pass Road, will host an open house at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, with the theme, Reboot Your Hard Drive at St. Boniface A news release asks, Do the chaos and noise of too full a schedule, too many questions and too many demands, leave you feeling over whelmed and anxious? Stop by our Open House! Youll discover the many opportuni ties for you and your family to reboot your hard drive this fall at St. Boniface. The release adds that the church is an open, inclusive parish where all are welcome. To learn more, visit or call 349-5616. % Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 63


Suncoast Charities for Children has reported to the Sarasota County Commission that the 2014 Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival had a total economic impact on the commu nity of $17,228,300, a 10.8-percent increase from last years total of $15,549,300, accord ing to an email from Lucy V. Nicandri, vice president of Suncoast Charities. I am excited to share with each of you this years Visitor and Economic Impact Study completed by Research Data Services (which is paid for by the charity so that an accurate analysis can be obtained), she wrote in an Aug. 5 email. Among t he other key ndings, she noted, the festival generated an estimated 15,900 room nights, compared to 13,400 last year, and the com bined expenditures of out-of-county attendees and participants was $9,574,300, also higher than the 2013 gure, which was $8,688.500. Nicandri added that 89.1 percent of the out-of-county attendees surveyed said they visited the area because of the race and festi val, not because of July Fourth holiday plans. Additionally, 86.1 percent of them reported they plan to return next year, Nicandri wrote. Rachel Brown Hackney The Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival includes July Fourth reworks over the Sarasota bayfront. Photo by Norman Schimmel SUNCOAST SUPER BOAT FESTIVAL HAS HIGHER ECONOMIC IMPACT NEWS BRIEFS


With no comments offered during their sec ond public hearing on the plan, the members of the Sarasota County School Board voted unanimously on Aug. 5 to implement a Universal Free Breakfast Program at 10 dis trict schools where the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals is 80 percent of the total enrollment or higher. Those schools are Alta Vista, Emma E. Booker, Gocio, Tuttle and Wilkinson elemen tary schools; Booker Middle School; Triad North and Triad South; and both the elemen tary and middle levels of the Suncoast School for Innovative Studies During their July 22 meeting, Beverly Girard, the districts director of Food and Nutrition Services, discussed the program with the board Afterward, the board held the rst of the two required public hearings on imple menting the program at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Funding is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Girard said at the time. None of the board members offered fur ther comments on the program before the Aug. 5 vote. Rachel Brown Hackney UNIVERSAL FREE BREAKFAST PROGRAM WINS BOARD APPROVAL Sarasota County School Board members meet with Todd Bowden, the districts executive director of career, technical and adult education (second from left), and Deputy Superintendent Scott Lempe (third from left) on June 17. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 65


The City of Sarasotas annual street paving project started this week and will continue through January, with approximately 9 miles of streets targeted for milling and resurfac ing, the city has announced. Prior to work commencing in a neighbor hood, signs will be posted to provide specic dates when crews will be in the area, a news release says. Click here to see a map for the tentative resurfacing schedule. Hashay Drive, Hawthorne Street, Hillview Street and Illehaw Drive were scheduled to be paved this week. Streets are slated for resurfacing based on criteria established by an asset management team within the Public Works Department, the release explains. Throughout the year, crews use a scale of 1-100 to rate roads as they drive around the city, the release points out. Staff members also take residents rec ommendations into consideration. CITYS ANNUAL STREET REPAVING PROGRAM UNDER WAY The City of Sarasota will be repaving roads through January. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 66


The Patterson Foundat ion will kick off its Aspirations to Actions initiative, in collabo ration with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, with a speech by national pub lic discourse expert Rich Harwood on Aug. 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, the Foundation has announced. The club is located at 7650 Legacy Blvd. in Lakewood Ranch. The event is open to the public, a news release points out. During his speech, Reclaiming Main Street Harwood will share how indi viduals and organizations can become catalysts for positive change and engage in and strengthen their communities, the release says. Hardwood is a renowned leader in bringing communities together, it points out. The address will be part of his cross-coun try campaign during which he will talk with people about their aspirations for their com munities, with the goal of training 5,000 public innovators by 2016, the release continues. Harwoods address will launch The Patterson Foundations Aspirations to Actions ini tiative, in which individuals selected from the region will participate in three days of training during a Public Innovators Lab pre sented by Harwood and coaches from The Harwood Institute, the release notes. We are alway s interested in collaboration and innovation while embracing new ideas, said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, in the release. The Aspirations to Actions initiative and The Harwood Institutes techniques have enormous potential to positively imp act our region and t he lives of people who are proud to live here. During the Public Innovators Lab, more than 70 individuals representing diverse geographic and issue areas will learn the Institutes approaches to turn outward by developing a deeper understanding of their communities and using that knowledge to make community the reference point for pos itive change, the release says. The Patterson Foundation, which is providing full scholarships for all of the selected par ticipants, will also provide support for them as they carry out their work throughout the coming year, the release adds. To learn more about Harwood and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, visit PATTERSON FOUNDATION TO KICK OFF NEW INITIATIVE ON AUG. 12 Rich Harwood will address Sarasota County residents on Aug. 12. Photo courtesy of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 67


Following the third Sarasota Bay Water Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Ken Thompson Park and City Island, an after party has been scheduled at Circus City Architectural Salvage, featuring live music with Lisa Ridings & Vertigo, local DJ TL Hollefeld, the Aqua-Garde Fashion Show and free beer and wine samples, organizers have announced. Prizes will be awarded to the most original designs using mostly plastics and other recy clables, a news release says. The after party is an opportunity to thank the many sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers that support the Sarasota Bay Water Festival, said Randy Moore with Triple 3 Marketing in the release. The Aqua-Garde Fashion Show raises awareness about the problem of dis carded plastic items harming marine life and birds. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benet Save Our Seabirds and Sea to Shore Alliance, two area nonprots that protect wildlife, includ ing birds, sea turtles, manatees and whales, WATER FESTIVAL AFTER PARTY TO FEATURE MUSIC AND FASHION The Aqua-Garde Fashion Show on Nov. 1 will feature original designs made out of plastics and other recyclables. Contributed photo The Aqua-Garde Fashion Show will be held at Circus City Architectural Salvage in Sarasota. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 68


the release points out. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ticket pick-up locations will be posted online Sept. 1 at The 2014 Sarasota Bay Water Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ken Thompson Park, with live music; dragon boat races; speakers, including acclaimed nature pho tographer Clyde Butcher; water recreation exhibitors; an Art Zone with art and pho tography for sale; a display of the winning submissions to the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest ; childrens activities; food trucks; and a beer and wine garden. The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the founding sponsor of the festival. Learn more at Proceeds from the Sarasota Bay Water Festival will benet organizations that protect wildlife and help save those that come to harm. Contributed photo On July 31, Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino, City Manager Tom Barwin and mem bers of the Sarasota Police Department sat down with north Sarasota residents and busi ness owners for nearly two hours to discuss late-night violence, quality-of-life issues and proposed changes to retail business hours along the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way cor ridor, the Police Department has announced. Throughout the meeting, residents and busi ness owners expressed a desire for strict enforcement of laws regarding violence, alcohol-related crimes, noise violations and narcotics, a news release says. By the end of the meeting, retail business owners volun tarily vowed to close their doors at 2:30 a.m., the release adds. This agreement continues the Com mu nity Oriented Policing philosophy of listening to the public and working together in partnership to solve problems, the release notes. Since the meeting, all retail businesses have closed their doors at 2:30 a.m. as promised, the release adds. At the same time, the Police Department has begun more trafc enforce ment in north Sarasota; ofcer presence will be increased on strategically chosen days in the coming weeks, the release notes. The Police Department will be strictly enforcing laws and asking members of the community and visitors to adhere to all laws or face cita tions and the possibility of arrest, the release points out CITY HOSTS SESSION WITH NORTH SARASOTA RESIDENTS Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 69


City Manager Tom Barwin (at far right on the front row) and Police Chief Bernadette DiPino (third from right on the front row) were among city representatives who met with Newtown residents and business owners on July 31. Photo courtesy Police Department Our meet ing last week was a chance to con tinue the conversation about public and ofcer safety, said Chief DiPino in the release. We all want the violence to stop. We all want the shootings to stop. We will continue to work together to keep our community safe. Life is too precious. We hope to continue these meetings in the coming weeks, added Lt. Pat Ledwith of the Criminal Investigation Division in the release. This is a chance to continue a twoway dialogue with businesses and residents in our community to continue reducing actual crime and the fear of crime in our neighborhoods. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 70


Nearly 175 ho meless and at-risk children living in the community received medical, dental and vision checkups, haircuts, back packs lled with school supplies and other essentials on Aug. 2 during the Church of the Redeemers fourth year of hosting a Day of Hope event at its downtown parish campus, the church has announced. Nearly 290 parishioners and community vol unteers and partners pulled together for the day-long event to help youngsters in need prepare for the upcoming school year and give them the basics to start the first day of school on a level playing eld with other schoolmates, a news release says. Day of Hope began local ly in 2009; it is organized annually by the Bradenton nonprot Hope Kids Community, the release adds. Day of Hope at Redeemer began with hot breakfasts of bacon, eggs, toast, fruit and juices served to 174 children and their siblings and families, the release continues. As the morning progressed, children, with parents and sometimes grandparents, were escorted through a series of private rooms and spaces that had been transformed into medical facil ities with local doctors, physician assistants and medical teams performing needed tests and evaluations. Children were guided through areas and table setups where they were allowed to select school supplies, personal care items, games 174 HOMELESS AND AT-RISK CHILDREN RECEIVE HELP DURING DAY OF HOPE Fritz Maxwell and brothers George Swain Jr. and Garrison Swain contributed manpower in the kitchen during the Church of the Redeemers Day of Hope, held on Saturday, Aug. 2. Maxwell is a Redeemer parishioner entering his sophomore year studying accounting at Florida State University. The Swain brothers are 2014 graduates of Booker High School; in mid-August, both will head to Nebraska on football scholarships to study business at Concordia University. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 71


and toys, and th ey were given gift certicates for new clothes and shoes, as well as govern ment services information, haircuts, and even family portraits. In the afternoon, a full Thanksgiving lunch was served, and everyone was sent home with leftovers and canned goods, the release notes. All services and items were free to the children and their families. These beautiful young children from our community deserve every ounce of support we can offer, said Redeemer Senior Warden Jody Maxwell in the release. Education is the foundation for everything they will pur sue and achieve thr oughout their lives; its vitally important that they have the basics to get them off to the best start possible as they head back for another school year. Our parish is deeply honored and grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with so many medical professionals and caring businesses and organizations who made this years Day of Hope possible. Food, supplies, gift cards, gift items, on-site information services and medical services and care were generously donated by local businesses, medical personnel and organiza tions, the release continues: Direct Energy Services, Publix, Bealls, Payless, First Federal Sarasota, Oasis Caf, Big Apple Market, Hope Kids, Barbara Banks Photography, Maria Lyle Young Redeemer parishioners Millie Menke and Annie Pollard helped Day of Hope children and their families stay cool by serving up avored ice cones. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 72


Sarasota Co unty Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent is reminding voters who have requested an absentee ballot for the Aug. 26 Primary Election that they may track their bal lot online from the time they put in the request until the voted ballot has safely reached the Supervisor of Elections Ofce. The online tracking system also allows voters to check registration status, party afliation and local polling place information, as well as to request an absentee ballot, a news release points out. Voters may go to the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) website at SarasotaVotes. com and select the Vote by Mail icon at the top of the homepage, the release contin ues. Then they should choose Track your Absentee Ballot from the menu and enter the requested information. Requests for absentee ba llots to be mailed to the voter must be received by the supervisor of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, the release adds. Dent cautions absentee voters that, for the ballot to be counted, the v oter certicate on the retu rn envelope must be signed by the voter and the voted ballot must be received in the Supervisor of Elections Ofce no later than 7 p.m. on election day. Marked absentee ballots may not be turned in at a polling place on election day, the release stresses. Effective as of Jan. 1, 2014, a person who has forgotten to sign the voter certicate on the return envelope has until 5 p.m. the day before the election to cure the missing signature by completing an absentee ballot afdavit and providing an ID to the supervisor of elec tions, the release points out. A copy of the afdavit and instructions are available on the SOE website. Dent also remi nds voters whose signatures may have changed since they last voted that signature updates must be made on a Florida Voter Registration Application and presented to the Supervisor of Elections Ofce prior to the start of the absentee ballot canvass, which is set for 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18. Voters may contact the SOE Ofce at 8618600 for assistanc e or for more information. DENT REMINDS VOTERS ABOUT ONLINE ABSENTEE BALLOT TRACKING Photograph y, Nuovo Salon, Cutting Loose Salon, James Grifth Salon, All Faiths Food Bank, Northeastern University, Home Depot, Mortons Market, Sarasota Fire Department, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. In addition to all the indoor checkups and other activities, children had opportunities for fun and games outside, the release notes. On the parish lawn, activities ranged from bubble blowing to dog petting to corn hole bag tossing to ring tosses and the enjoyment of live music. Home D epot of Cattlemen Road in Sarasota gave away tomato and herb plants on the lawn, as well as owers, and avored snow cones were whipped up by Church of the Redeemer youth, the release says. The Church of the Redeemer is a traditional Episcopal church located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, at 222 S. Palm Ave. For more information, visit or call 955-4263. For more information about Hope Kids Community, visit or call 544-4850. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 73


SCOPE has announced that its Annual Celebration, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Michaels on East, will honor Cathy Layton as the 2014 Boundary Crosser Award recipient. The community event is open to all county residents, a news release points out. The Annual Celebration brings the commu nity together each year to honor a Boundary Crosser that individual who has connected people across lines that traditionally divide community, said John McCarthy, SCOPE executive director, in the release. This year, the public was invited to participate in the nomination process, along with the commit tee of citizens and former Boundary Crossers. Were pleased to be honoring Cathy Layton as the 2014 Boundary Crosser. Layton, who has held numerous leadership roles in the community, is chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the release points out. She has been recognized as a leading force in the comple tion of the Childrens Rainforest Garden. Boundary Crossers are honored not only for creating positive change in the community, but also for inspiring others to do the same, the release continues. SCOPE website visi tors can nd out more about the Boundary Crosser Award and previous honorees. Registrations are being accepted for the Annual Celebration, which will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. The cost is $35 for individual seats, $150 for Circle of Friends support and $500 for a table of eight. Hors doeuvres, wine and beer will be served. The public may register at or contact Maureen Hadden at 365-8751 or % SCOPE TO HONOR CATHY LAYTON AS 2014 BOUNDARY CROSSER Selby Gardens board Chairwoman Cathy Layton addresses the audience during the November opening of the Ann Goldstein Childrens Rainforest Garden. Photo by Robert Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 74


Siesta Dunes has been a perennial winner of the Siesta Key Condominium Councils Christmas Lighting Contest. File photo BUSINESS BRIEFS Halfacre Construction Co. the areas oldest locally owned and operated private commer cial construction rm, is restoring the exterior of the four-story beachfront buildings at the Siesta Dunes condominiums in Sarasota, Halfacre has announced. The $1.3 million renovation project began early this month and will take an aggressive three months to nish, a news release says. The rst phase, which included two build ings, was completed in November 2013, the release adds. Halfacre Construction is proud that the Siesta Dunes Condominiums board of direc tors and staff entrusted us with the second phase of their exterior renovation project, said Andy Stultz, project executive for Halfacre Construction, in the release. We look forward to delivering another project on time, within the budget and with the highest level of quality. Its the greatest compliment to build lasting relationships and have repeat clients like Siesta Dunes. The two remaining buildings, with 32 units each, will undergo a total exterior over haul, the release continues. The restoration includes replacing all the common area walk ways and balconies with new structural steel, concrete, handrails, guardrails and a ceiling system, the release explains. Ground oor pavers and a trafc coating system, which will seal the concrete from moisture intrusion, will allow for positive drainage for stormwa ter, the release notes. HALFACRE CONSTRUCTION REVAMPS SIESTA DUNES CONDOS


Think Donso n, a firm that provides tra ditional and digital marketing solutions through services including website develop ment and design, search engine optimization, graphic design and branding, is celebrating its one-year anniversary by giving back, it has announced. Think Donson partners Gary Donson and Felicia Rothberg have chosen to support the Payton Wright Foundation by donating a gas card to the organization every time they engage a new client, a news release says. The Payton Wright Foundation (PWF) was established to help support families who are caring for children with brain cancer, the release points out. Established in 2008 by Patrick and Holly Wright, the foundation honors the memory of the couples daughter, Payton, who passed away from brain cancer at the age of 5, the release adds. PWF works with families, physicians and social workers to provide practical relief for needs such as fuel, food and housing expenses so families can focus their full attention on their childs care and treatment, the release points out. We have talked to, worked and volunteered with many organizations over the course of our careers, said Rothberg in the release. We have been so impressed with the consis tently high quality and compassionate work of the Payton Wright Foundation and feel not only that its a good t for us on a personal level, but also that our modest contribution will really help to make a difference in peo ples lives. Our first year in business together has exceeded our expectations, and we feel so fortunate t o be able to do what we love and do it together, Donson added. We feel the least we can do to celebrate our good for tune is to give back to families in need. Think Donson recently tweaked its branding and redesigned its own website. We wanted to showcase current trends, which incorpo rate clean design, full screen visuals, a focus on a message, easy navigation and, most importantly, responsive design, Donson noted in the release. The site looks great on all devices. Think Donson celebrated its anniversary on Aug. 1. Donson and Rothberg have even more to celebrate: The business partners will marry in October. For more information about Think Donson or its charitable activities, call 487-0036 or visit Gary Donson and Felicia Rothberg are the partners behind Think Donson. Contributed photo THINK DONSON CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 76


Attorney M organ R. Bentley, a partner of the Sarasota-based law rm Bentley & Bruning P.A., recently received his board certication in business litigation law from The Florida Bar, the rm has announced. Board-certified lawyers have taken extra steps to have their competence and experi ence evaluated, a news release explains. Certication recognizes attorneys special knowledge, skills and prociency in various areas of law, and professionalism and eth ics in practice, it adds. Certication is The Florida Bars highest level of evaluation of attorneys who practice in the 24 areas of law approved for certication by the Supreme Court of Florida. Florida Bar President Gregory Coleman said in the release, Board certication is one of the highest recognitions a lawyer in Florida can receive. The very difficult testing and extensive background peer review to conrm professional conduct is such a high standard that just 7 percent of our eligible membership has achieved this level of recognition. Bentley is a past president of the Sarasota County Bar Association, a past chairman of the State Commission on Ethics, a past member of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Board of Governors and a past winner of the Presidents Pro Bono Award from the Florida Supreme Court. For more information, phone 556-9030 or visit ATTORNEY MORGAN BENTLEY RECEIVES BOARD CERTIFICATION Morgan Bentley/Contributed photo Attorney Kevin R. Bruning, a partner of the Sarasota-based law rm Bentley & Bruning P.A., has been named to Florida Trend magazines pres tigious Legal Elite list, the rm has announced. Those recognized on the list have been selected by their peers, who have been invited to name attorneys for whom they have the highest regard or whom they would recommend to others, a news release notes. Only 1,165 lawyers in Florida were named to the 2014 list, which represents just over 1 percent of the nearly 98,600 Florida Bar members, the release points out. Bruning, previously recognized as a legal up and comer by the magazine, is president of the Sarasota County Bar Association and a member and past chairman of the Sarasota County Historic Preservation Board, the release says. He concentrates his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation, involving primarily real estate and busi ness-related disputes, the release adds. For more information, phone 556-9030 or visit KEVIN BRUNING NAMED TO LEGAL ELITE LIST Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 77


Syprett Meshad President Michael L. Resnick and Partner Teresa D. Jones have been selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list, and Managing Partner Nancy E. Cason has been named a Rising Star for the second straight year, the Sarasota rm has announced. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected for Super Lawyer honor; less than 2.5 percent are selected for the Rising Star dis tinction, which is reserved for those age 40 or younger, a news release points out. Resnick was selected in the category of family law; Jones, in personal injury-general defense; and Cason, in real estate. They were all listed in the June issue of Super Lawyers Magazine Lawyers selected to the independently researched Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists have attained a high degree of peer reco gnition and professional achievement, the release explains. The selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers and peer reviews by practice areas, it adds. A fou nding partner of Syprett Meshad, Resnick has been recognized by his peers with selection to the Super Lawyers list every year since 2007, the release continues. His family law practice of more than 40 years involves high-prole marital dissolution and post-dissolution cases involving substantial marital assets, complex property division issues, custody, alimony, child support, visi tation and modication of marital settlement agreements, the release says. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, the United States District Court of Florida and the United S ta tes Supreme Court; he recently SYPRETT MESHAD ATTORNEYS RECEIVE STATEWIDE RECOGNITION Michael Resnick. Image from YouTube Teresa D. Jones/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 78


completed three years of service on the 12th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, the release adds. Jones has been honored with the Super Lawyer selection every year since the annual listing began in 2006, the release notes. Board-certied in civil trial law, her practice involves cases of personal injury, wrongful death, insurance claims, premises liability, real property disputes, general litigation and appeals, it adds. She is admitted to practice in state courts in Alabama (special member ship) and Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Casons practice focuses on all aspects of real estate law, both transactional and those involving litigation, the release notes. Her transactional practice ranges from business, commercial and residential contracts, leases and closings to foreclosure prevention (short sales, deeds in lieu of foreclosure and loan modications), title insurance, commercial and private lending, general business law/cor porate formation and land-use law. She is also a member of the rms litigation department, practicing in the areas of general real estate litigation, foreclosure defense, general com mercial litigation, landlord/tenant law, estate/ probate/trust litigation and appellate advo cacy, the release continues. She is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sarasota County Bar Association and volunteers with the 12th Judicial Circuit as a pro bono foreclosure defense attorney, the release adds. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit To learn more about Syprett Meshad, visit or call 365-7171. Nancy Cason/Contributed photo Attorney F. Scott Westheimer, a manag ing partner of the Sarasota-based law rm Syprett Meshad, has been named to Florida Trend magazines prestigious Legal Elite list for the third consecutive year, the rm has announced. ATTORNEY SCOTT WESTHEIMER NAMED TO FLORIDAS LEGAL ELITE Those re cognized on the list have been selected by their peers, who have been invited to name those attorneys for whom they have the highest regard or whom they would rec ommend to others, a news release says. Only 1,165 lawyers in Florida were named to the Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 79


president of bo th the S arasota County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division, and he has served on the board of directors of the Humane Society of Sarasota. For more information about Syprett Meshad, visit or call 365-7171. F. Scott Westheimer/Contributed photo 2014 list, wh ich repres ents just over 1 percent of the nearly 98,600 Florida Bar members, the release points out. Westheimer is serving his second year as the 12th Circuit representative for the Florida Bar Board of Governors, representing more than 1,800 attorneys in Sarasota, DeSoto and Manatee counties, the release notes. His law practice is focused primarily on the represen tation of plaintiffs in personal injury matters, along with various aspects of commercial litigation. He has handled cases involving personal injuries, motorcycle and automobile accidents with severe injuries, premises liabil ity matters, product liability litigation, medical malpractice litigation and commercial litiga tion, the release continues. He is recognized as an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. Westheimer is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and Florida state courts, the release notes. An ex ofcio member of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, Westheimer serves his co mmunity in a vari ety of ways, the relea se says. He is a past Sarasota dentist John Pelton has added Sabrina R. Taylor, an experienced hygien ist, to his full-service dental practice, Pelton has announced. Sabrina brings a wealth of knowledge as well as a friendly smile to our professional team, said Pelton in a news release. From regular cleanings to specialized peri odontal procedures, Sabrina will deliver the high level of personalized service that our SARASOTA DENTIST JOHN PELTON ADDS DENTAL HYGIENIST TO TEAM patients e xpect at our practice, Pelton added in the release. Bilingual in Spanish, Taylor is a registered dental hygienist who is also certied in the delivery of local anesthesia to dental patients, the release points out. She has practiced in the area for ve years, since earning her Associate in Science degree in dental hygiene with honors in 2009 at Manatee Community College, the release adds. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 80


Sabrina. R. Taylor/Contributed photo I really e njoy providing dental care and building long-term relationships with patients and their families, said Taylor in the release. I also enjoy educating patients about good dental care, while continuing my own profes sional development. In addition to her role with Peltons practice, Taylor serves as a part-time instructor in the Dental Hygiene Program at State College of Floridas campus in Bradenton. She teaches dental students about clinical care, maintain ing patient records, taking diagnostic digital radiographs and other professional topics, the release continues. For more information about Peltons practice, located at 3400 S. Tamiami Trail, call 951-7711 or visit % Gene Burgess and Melonie Burgess, licensed acupuncture physicians Serving Sarasota since 2008 Treatment rates are on a sliding scale, from $15-$35; new patients pay a one-time additional fee of $10 AFFORDABLE ACUPUNCTURE FOR EVERYONE 3615 Webber St Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 922-4611 Open Tuesday through Saturday Our Mission To provide our community with high quality and affordable acupuncture and herbal medicine and to create a treatment space that connects people and builds community. Click for larger map and driving directions Click To Schedule An Appointment Online MENTION THIS AD TO RECEIVE $5 OFF THE NEW PATIENT FEE Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 81


Deputies seized about two pounds of marijuana found in a July 31 trafc stop. Photo courtesy Sheriffs Ofce. (Inset) Carmon P. Merideth/Contributed photo CRIME BLOTTER The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office has arrested a man on drug charges after nding about two pounds of marijuana during a traf c stop, the ofce has announced. On the night of July 31, deputies pulled over a 1999 Ford F-150 driven by Carmon P. Merideth, 20, on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, a news release says. During a search of his vehicle, the deputies found three packages of marijuana. All totaled, the drugs weighed 895 grams (just under 2 pounds), and depu ties seized approximately $740 in cash, the MAN ARRESTED AFTER DEPUTIES DISCOVER MARIJUANA IN TRAFFIC STOP release points out. Merideth claims to live in Pompano Beach, the release says, but he has an Indiana drivers license and he previously lived in Sarasota. Merideth was charged with Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sell and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He has prior arrests for Cocaine Trafcking, Marijuana Possession and violating probation. In a 2012 case against him, the release notes, law enforcement of cers seized nearly 90 grams of cocaine, 246 grams of marijuana and $18,000 in cash.


The Sarasota C ounty Sheriffs Office has arrested two brothers on multiple drug-re lated charges thanks to proactive patrolling efforts near a duplex that has been the sub ject of neighborhood complaints and the location of six recent drug arrests, the ofce announced on Aug. 4. Just before 10 p.m. on Aug. 3, a news release says, deputies on foot patrol in the 2700 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Sarasota observed several subjects in front of the home. When a marked patrol unit drove down the street, two people immediately ed on foot toward the rear of the building, the release notes. As deputies caught up with one sus pect, the other ran north and threw a bag into the yard of a daycare center, the release adds. Once he was taken into custody, another deputy located the bag and determined it contained several Hydromorphone pills, the release continues. Both suspects were also allegedly in possession of drugs and cash, the release says. The suspects, 22-year old Trae Ward and his 20-year-old brother, Ryan both of 2515 24th St., Sarasota are charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with intent to Sell within 1,000 feet of a school and Drug Related Loitering; the latter is a regulation in the Sarasota County code. Ryan is also charged with Obstruction and violating probation on a prior charge of Possession of Cocaine. Additionally, Trae is charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1,000 feet of a school. PROACTIVE PATROLLING RESULTS IN ARRESTS OF TWO ON DRUG CHARGES Ryan Ward/Contributed photo Trae Ward/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 83


Trae Ward was also arrested Saturday after noon, Aug. 2, by a deputy who tried to stop a vehicle that was speeding and mov ing erratically, the news release notes. When the vehicle finally pulled over, Trae was charged with Fleeing to Elude. He was releas ed o n bond four hours later, the release adds. This is the ninth arrest for each of the Wards, who have violent criminal histories involving Aggravated Battery as well as multiple weap ons and drug char ges, the release points out. The Sarasota Cou nty Sheriffs Office has arrested two men in connection with credit card fraud after a store manager agged dep uties down to report his suspicions, the ofce has announced. On the afternoon of Aug. 4, the manager of the Publix located at 3428 Clark Road in Sarasota pointed out the suspects vehicle to deputies and said the men had tried to use a Green Dot gift card that appeared to be altered, a news release says. When depu ties stopped the WANTED MEN ARRESTED IN CREDIT CARD FRAUD INVESTIGATION vehicle a few blo cks away and then searched, they found wallets with nine Green Dot cards, two American Express cards and an Arizona drivers license showing one of the suspects with a fake name, the release continues. Most of the cards contained banking infor mation from Australia, it adds. Detectives conrmed with Green Dot that the bank num bers did not belong to the corporation, and they learned none of the cards would have a name embossed on it but instead would have Carlos Bencomo/Contributed photo Longino Morgan-Terrero/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 84


Valued Customer on the front, the release explains. Detectives also found multiple gift cards the men allegedly had purchased with the fraud ulent cards, the release points out. Detectives identied the suspects as 54-yearold Carlos Bencomo of Texas and 46-year-old Longino Morgan-Terrero of Largo. They also determined the latter had a warrant for sim ilar crimes in Hillsborough County. The men are charged with one count each of Criminal Possession of Personal Identication. The investigation is ongoing, the release says. The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office has charged an inmate at the Sarasota County Jail with two counts of Tampering with a Witness, the ofce has announced. Dennis McGurk is awaiting trial for Capital Sexual Battery stemming from his arrest in December 2013 for crimes against young girls that occurred more than 10 years apart, a news release says. At a hearing in January, the judge modied the pre-trial conditions to prohibit direct or indirect contact with alleged victims or wit nesses and listed the names of ve women, the release continues. [The judge] stated that there would be zero tolerance for any violation, it points out. In May, one of the women received a letter from McGurk begging her not to participate in his prosecution, saying, it will not make you feel better. Spare yourself, the release says. In a June phone call to his wife, McGurk said he started an effective letter writing cam paign, the release adds. In July, McGurk wrote to his daughter and instructed her to mail something on his behalf to another woman protected by the order and provided the wom ans out-of-state address, the release notes. McGurk is being held without bond. MAN IN JAIL FOR CHILD SEX CRIMES CHARGED WITH WITNESS TAMPERING Dennis McGurk/Contributed photo Sheriffs Ofce personnel recovered fraudulent credit cards from two men arrested on Aug. 4. Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 85


The Saras ota County Sheriffs Office has arrested two men in connection with shooting incidents that took place at Shamrock Park in Venice and on a nearby street, the ofce has reported. One of the suspects also was charged with an unrelated crime that occurred on Siesta Key, a news release points out. According to witnesses, shots were fired from the rear passenger side window of a green Crown Victoria as it drove past the park around 11:30 p.m. on July 28, the release says. Two witnesses followed the suspects vehi cle and called 911 with the tag number. As both vehicles approached the 1300 block of Jamaica Road, the release notes, the Crown Victoria stopped, and the driver allegedly red two shots over the witnesses truck before eeing the scene. Detectives found the suspects vehicle at 1910 Redfern Road and then spoke with the woman listed as the registered owner, the release adds. She admitted being in the front passenger seat of the car as Andrew Gerace drove to Shamrock Park to watch a ght, the release says. She told the detectives that she did not know anyone had a gun until the man in the rear seat, Reginald Johnson Jr., opened re, the release adds. After being chased by the witnesses, she said Gerace pointed the gun at them but claimed he did not re it, the release continues. Two Glock handguns were immediately recovered by detectives, the release notes. ARRESTS MADE IN VENICE SHOOTING INCIDENTS ON JULY 28 Andrew Gerace/Contributed photo Reginald Johnson/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 86


Gerace, 23, o f 2609 Heatherwood Circle, Venice, was arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Johnson, 17, was located on Aug. 1 at a motel in the 1700 block of Tamiami Trail in Venice and arrested. (His last known address was 504 Collins Road, Unit 2, Apt. 3, in Nokomis, the arrest report states.) He was charged with Discharging a Firearm from a Vehicle in the Shamrock Park case. Johnson was also charged with Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Injury in connec tion with an unrelated altercation at Siesta Key Beach late on the night of July 13, the release points out. The victim, Stephen W. Ultsch, told a detective that a woman with Johnson punched him in the nose when he left the restroom, the repo rt says. Then Johnson attacked him and threw him to the ground face-rst, using a martial arts move. Ultsch suffered multiple fractures to his cheek and orbital socket, according to the report. The fractures required surgery to install a plate in Ultschs cheek and resulted in a permanent scar on the side of his head and his upper lip, the report adds. Ultsch said he had had numerous escalating disputes with Johnson over the past year, the report notes. He told the detective that when ever Johnson sees him, Johnson attempts to ght him, adding that Johnson had made com ments indicating he knows where Ultsch lives, the report continued. Therefore, Ultsch has been afraid of retaliating whenever Johnson confronts him, the report pointed out. The Sara sota County Sheriffs Office has arrested two men for allegedly passing counterfeit $100 bills at several Siesta Key convenience stores and bars late last week. Patrol deputies responded to several calls, reporting that two men bought multiple items with fraudulent bills, a news release notes. Witnesses said the suspects were driving a red Jeep Wrangler, which dep uties located on Bee Ridge Road a short time later, the release continues. The driver, Zachery Brewer, 25, of 4130 Central Sarasota Parkway, Sarasota, was taken into custody after the store clerks identied him as one of the suspects, the release says. Tactical Unit deputies searching for the second suspect found Erik Brittain, 33, of TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR PASSING COUNTERFEIT BILLS ON SIESTA Erik Brittain/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 87


A plastic bag holds counterfeit bills allegedly passed by two suspects on Siesta Key last week. Photo courtesy Sheriffs Ofce Zachery Brewer/Contributed photo 4134 Central Sarasota Parkway, Sarasota, exiting an apartment near Hillview Street, the release adds. Brittain was taken into custody and admitted to the crimes, the release notes. Brittain is a Prolic Offender with more than a dozen arrests for crimes, including cocaine trafcking, child neglect and armed home invasion robbery, the release points out. He and Brewer are charged with three counts each of Uttering a Forged Bill. Both men are on felony probation, the release says, so they are also charged with Violation of Probation. Brewer is also charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 88


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office is investigating a report of vandalism at Bobs Boathouse, located at 5515 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, that was called in on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 3, the report shows. Manager Jeffrey Wade Frye of Sarasota told a deputy that between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. that day, someone saturated the outside porch with a very foul smelling oil/grease, according to the report. Employees already had started cleaning up the substance when the deputy arrived, the report continues, but signs of it were still visible on the umbrellas, tables, and chairs. Damage was estimated at $1,900, the report notes. Employe es obtained a sample of the substance and put it in a small plastic container and then in a sealable plastic bag, the report adds. A surveillance video showed a person walking around the deck, throwing the substance all over that area, the report continues. However, staff members were unable to make a copy of the video while the deputy was present. They said they would call the Sheriffs Ofce when it was available, the report says. At this time there is no suspect information available other than a possible white male [as a suspect], the report notes, alluding to con dential information provided to the deputy. No witnesses were found, the report adds. VANDALISM REPORTED ON PATIO AREA OF BOBS BOATHOUSE Bobs Boathouses outdoor seating is highly visible to drivers pulling into the parking lot of the business. Photo by Rachel Hackney Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 89


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office has arrested the woman allegedly responsible for a retail theft at the Ulta cosmetics store located on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, the ofce has announced. On June 26, the manager of Ulta contacted the Sheriffs Ofce to report a grand theft inci dent, a news release notes. Surveillance video showed the woman carrying merchandise into the Ulta restroom, where items allegedly were removed from their boxes and the pack aging discarded, the release adds. The woman in the video was accompanied by three young girls wearing matching striped dresses. On July 7, images from the video surveil lance were sent out with a news release in an attempt to identify the suspect. Two employ ees from the Sheriffs Ofce Offender Work Program identied the woman as 31-year old WOMAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ULTA STORE THEFTS Video surveillance showed the suspect and three young girls in the Ulta store on June 26. Image courtesy Sheriffs Ofce Jessica Barker/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 90


Jessica Barker of 2803 31st St. West, Lehigh Acres, the release notes. On July 31, Barker was arrested on one count of Grand Theft and an additional count of Contributing To The Delinquency Or Dependency of a Child, a misdemeanor. Barker was also arrested in 2013 for retail theft at Old Navy on Cattlemen Road in Sarasota. An arrest has been in the July 19 case of an alleged aggravated assault on a Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus, the Sarasota Police Department has reported. Albert Junior Singletary, 31, of 2828 Suncrest Drive, Sarasota, has been charged with a felony count of Aggravated Assault, a news release says. He was arrested on July 29 with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force, the release adds. The victim told detectives she was riding a SCAT bus to work when Singletary sat down near her, the release continues. During the ride, Singletary attempted to engage the vic tim in conversation, though she tried to ignore him, the release says. When Singletary asked for the victims name, she gave it, the release notes. The victim told detectives that the sus pect began to repeat her name incessantly and then asked for her phone number; she refused to give it. The victim said Singletary got up from his seat at that point and, with his back to the front of the bus, removed his ip phone, wallet and a light blue/silver box cut ter from his pocket. He allegedly revealed the blade of the box cutter, the release adds. The victim said Singletary brandished the blade before closing the box cutter and putting it away. When he sat down again, he asked the victim, So can I have your number now? the police report says. Out of fear, she provided her phone number, the report continues. Then the suspect opened his phone again and called the number, the report says. The victim ignored the call, the report notes, but Singletary advised her to save it as he [planned to] call her at midnight, the report adds. The victim then pulled the cord for her stop and exited the bus, the release says. Previous arrest p hotographs of Singletary were compared to the video surveillance (which may be viewed on YouTube ), the release notes, and detectives used phone records to help identify Singlet ary as the suspect. ARREST MADE IN ALLEGED JULY ASSAULT ON SCAT BUS Albert Singletary/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 91


The Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce, work ing in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and Hillsborough County Sheriffs Ofce, has arrested the suspect wanted for allegedly robbing a Venice bank on Nov. 2, 2013, the Sheriffs Ofce has reported. Around noon that day, a man wearing what was described as an Albert Einstein mask entered Wells Fargo, located at 1301 U.S. 41 Bypass South, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, a news release explains. A customer who pursued the suspect was sprayed with mace, it adds. The suspect initially ed on a bicycle and then left the area in a red sedan driven by an accomplice, the release notes. Detectives obtained the mask as evidence, and wit nesses reported the suspects description. In July, detectives invest igating the case received a tip identifying Matthew Maxwell, 29, of 8413 N. Branch St., Tampa, as the sus pect, the release adds. Detectives showed the witnesses a photo lineup, and they identied Maxwell as the bank robber, the release notes. Detectives then obtained a warrant for Maxwell. He was arrested on July 30 in Atlanta by the Atlanta Police Department, using the Sarasota County Sheriffs Ofce warrant. Maxwell is charged with one count of fel ony Bank Robbery and one count of Battery. Elsewhere, Maxwell is a suspect in more than a dozen other crimes, the release says. Additional charges are pending. % MAN WHO WORE EINSTEIN MASK IN BANK ROBBERY ARRESTED A surveillance photo shows the suspect in the November bank robbery in Venice. Photo courtesy Sheriffs Ofce Matthew Maxwell/Contributed photo Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 92


OPINION EDITORIAL VOTE FOR RAMIREZ AND SNYDER IN REPUBLICAN PRIMARY EDITORIAL Su pporters of Alan Maio and Paul Caragiulo have suggested that prospective changes to the countys 2050 Plan should not be the sole criterion for choosing a candidate, given that the county has almost a billion-dol lar annual budget. But they are wrong. Proposed revisions of the 2050 Plan, espe cially those that would remove or even weaken the so-called scal neutrality facet, have the potential to cost county taxpayers millions of dollars in extra taxes and infra structure fees over the next decade or two. Under the current plan, those costs would be born by developers necessitating the additional infrastructure as a result of their new developments. A majority of the current County Co mmission and both Maio and Caragiulo want to change that. Such a shift will benet only the developers prots, as those costs would be laid in the laps of existing county taxpayers. The 2050 Plan was one of the most exhaus tively vetted changes in public policy in recent memory. It was developed at the request of developers, who wanted to create larger developments than the 5and 10-acre ranch ettes that were allowed in the county east of Interstate 75. After several years of study and input from all stakeholders, the 2050 Plan was developed as an overlay zone to grant the developers request. It allowed for more housing density, as long as a number of conditions were met, including


the aggregation of residences in villages with commercial establishments in the center for greater walkability signicant amounts of open green space and, of course, a requirement that developers pay for any needed infrastructure roads, water/sewer, schools and the like that were needed as a result of the new development. This last item is what is known as scal neutrality. Developers partici pated in the process of creating the 2050 Plan. Ho wever, many experienced signicant economic losses because of the housing col lapse in the Great Recession. To make back all of the money they lost, they decided to claim that the 2050 Plan was why they had not been building any new projects in the eastern part of the county. And county com missioners bought into that ction, agreeing to change the 2050 Plan to make it more developer-friendly. Candidates who oppose developers desires to gut the 2050 Plan are not more honest than those who are sympathetic to the developers requests. And the candidates who support the developers are not crooks or on the take. The only real villains in this situation are the developers themselves. They are far more concerned about making huge prots than they are about the welfare of Sarasota County taxpayers. The owners of these companies are rich, and can live anywhere in the world they like. If life becomes too expensive for them here because taxes go up too much, they can move someplace else where taxes are lower. The average resident cannot do that, however. The vast majority of taxpayers will be stuck with the infrastructure costs of development, with lit tle recourse, for years to come. The 2050 Plan was a sound proposal when it was rst developed, and it is no less sound today. But the reasonableness of the plan gets in the way o f developers greed and the potential harm that greed poses to the coun tys scal future so no issue in recent years, or likely in years to come, matters as much to Sarasota County voters as how the current candidates for the County Commission stand on efforts to eviscerate the 2050 Plan. Paul Caragiulo favors the changes in the 2050 Plan desired by developers. His opponent, Shannon Snyder, opposes those changes. Alan Maio favors the changes in the 2050 Plan desired by developers. His opponent, Lourdes Ramirez, opposes those changes. Sadly, there are those who are not content to wage a fair campaign. They attempt to besmirch candidates they do not want to see elected. For example, a whisper campaign has begun, aided signicantly by local blogger and Paul Caragiulo favors the changes in the 2050 Plan desired by developers. His opponent, Shannon Snyder, opposes those changes. Alan Maio favors the changes in the 2050 Plan desired by developers. His opponent, Lourdes Ramirez, opposes those changes. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 94


right-wi ng political bomb-thrower Richard Swier Sr., saying that Lourdes Ramirez is somehow less qualified for the seat of a county commissioner because she at one time owned a new age boutique. The implication has been that her belief in astrology and psy chics makes her undesirable to Republicans. Yet, the great Republican god Ronald Reagan had a wife who referred to psychics for advice during his entire term in ofce, and Nancy Reagan regularly counseled her hus band based on the guidance she received. Why is it acceptable for the First Lady of the United States to inuence the actions of the President based on the advice of psychics, but it is not acceptable for someone who operated a legitimate small business here that contributed to the health of the county econ omy? Such hypocrisy indicates the depths to which those in league with developers will go to saddle county taxpayers with a nancial burden for decades. There have also been aspersions cast on Ramirez because she is a volunteer in organi zations that seek to protect the quality of life in the county, while her opponent, Maio, has had a career in business. The assertion is that he is more qualied to oversee a billion-dol lar county budget. Yet, current Commissioner Carolyn Mason has no extensive business career in fact, not as extensive as that of Ramirez and Mason has capably handled the demands of her ofce and the oversight of that billion-dollar budget, even serving as chairwoman of the County Com mission. Perhaps, t hen, those who oppose Ramirez might have some misogynistic motives, which should be of concern to all women in the county. Shannon Snyder is better known to county voters. As a member of the Sheriffs Ofce for decades, he has shown his dedication to the welfare of the people of the community. And while we have not always agreed with his positions as a Sarasota city commissioner, we have frequently found common cause with him. We are condent that he will give careful consideration to important issues that come before him on the County Commission and that he will work to protect the interests of county taxpayers. The most s ignicant issue to come up in an election campaign in more than a decade makes the choices in the race to fill two County Commission seats stark indeed. Maio and Caragiulo, regardless of their motives, have expressed sympathy with rich develop ers who do not share the same risks and fears of other Sarasota County taxpayers. Ramirez and Snyder have been clear in their support for preserving the 2050 Plan and protecting the environmental and scal health of our county. It really is not a difcult choice for any rational person. We urge voters in the Republican pri mary to vote for Lourdes Ramirez for the District 4 County Commission seat and Shannon Snyder for the District 2 County Commission seat. % Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 95


Governor of Florida (Democrat) Charlie Crist Governor of Florida (Republican) Anyone BUT Rick Scott Florida Attorney General (Democrat) George Sheldon Sarasota County Commission, District 2 (Republican) Shannon Snyder Sarasota County Commission, District 4 (Republican) Lourdes Ramirez Sarasota County School Board, District 1 Ken Marsh Sarasota County School Board, District 4 Shirley Brown Sarasota County School Board, District 5 Jane Goodwin Circuit Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Group 17 Susan Maulucci Hospital Board, Central, Seat 2 Joseph J. DeVirgilio Jr. Hospital Board, Northern, Seat 1 Richard Merritt Hospital Board, Northern, Seat 2 Robert K. Strasser Hospital Board, Southern, Seat 1 Darryl W. Henry Hospital Board, Southern, Seat 2 Gregory A. Carter % THE SARASOTA NEWS LEADER ENCOURAGES VOTERS TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING IN CASTING THEIR BALLOTS IN THE PARTY PRIMARIES ON TUESDAY, AUG. 26 COMMENTARY W e will see an outpouring of verbiage this month about what you might call the guns of August, after Barbara Tuchmans breakout book of the same name. A century ago, in 1914, the newly united nation of Germany embarked on the Schliefen plan to conquer France from the north by invad ing Belgium and Holland. Schliefen was a Prussian general who thought a fast-paced offensive would be able to outank French THE CRUELEST MONTH: THE MANY GUNS OF AUGUST By Stan Zimmerman City Editor forces to the west, sweep to the English Channel, prevent British reinforcement and crush the French resistance. Schliefen died before the attack was launched, but on his deathbed, he urged his military heirs to keep the right wing strong. His fears on the latter point proved well placed. No plan survives intact after contact with the enemy (a fact known to all who have fought). The right wing was weakened, a British expe ditionary force landed, and soon the trenched COMMENTARY Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 96


stalemate we kn ow as World War I was g uratively dug from the English Channel to Switzerland. Do not expect re-enactments in which thou sands of young men rise from their muddy trenches to charge toward replicas of newly developed machine guns. And do not pla n to see thousands more suffer ing after breathing chlorine gas or phosgene, victims of the worlds rst experiments with chemical warfare. The people of World War I are all dead now the wounded, the missing the survivors, too. It was a century ago. We remember them in Sarasota. The dough boy statue that once graced Five Points surrounded by plaques bearing the names of local lads who fell to shells, bullets, gas and disease now stands tall in the Rev. J.D. Hamel Park on Gulfstream Avenue. Over the subsequent century, more names of local lads have been added to the statute, reecting newer wars America waged in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. We remember all the deceased in May on Memorial Day. But on the centennial of World War Is begin ning, we also need to remember other lethal Augusts, other hot summer days when peace turned to war, driving millions into uniforms and early graves. The year 1914 is not the only anniversary of bloodshed. It was 75 years ago this month that German Panzers demonstrated a new tactic called blitzkrieg light ning war across the plains of Poland. It was on the last day of August 1939 that Adolph Hitler ordered the attack, which triggered the st art of World War II. Before that conict ended six years later, an estimated 100 million people had died. And 50 years ago, in August 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox was engaged by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. On Aug. 7, the U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon Johnson broad war pow ers, a de facto declaration of war. Ten days later, there was a coup in Saigon, with a general replacing a civilian as chief of state. Insurgency met technology (Agent Orange, starlight scopes, arc light bomber strikes, helicopter mobility), and insurgency won. Twenty-four years ago, on Aug. 2, 1990, Iraq invaded and annexed Kuwait after two days of combat. The U.S. dispatched the XVIII Airborne Corps (stiffened with the 24th mech anized Infantry Division), the First Marine Expeditionary Force (with two Marine divisions) and the VII Corps (First Armor, Infantry and Cavalry divisions and the Third Armored Division, augmented with the First UK Armoured Division). They were joined by two Egyptian divisions (armor and mechanized infantry), three Saudi brigades, one brigade each of Kuwaiti and Omani troops and battalions from Senegal, Morocco and Bahrain. All totaled, 32 nations participated in the liberation of Kuwait, prob ably the largest ghting alliance, based on the number of nati ons, in which the United States Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 97


has ever participated. Expulsion of the Iraqis took four days. While the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City did not occur in August, training was under way before the Sept. 11 strikes. Some of that training occurred here in Sarasota County. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists were Saudi citizens. The attempted conquests of Iraq and Afghanistan ensued after the Twin Towers fell. This is not an argument for numerology, of interpreting history through coinciden ce. But throughout t he 20th and the start of the 21st centuries, August has been a month of peril, a month when even minor military strikes such as the Gulf of Tonkin could be parlayed into enormous conicts just as the assassina tion of an aristocrat triggered the First World War. Beware the ides of March was the advice given to Caesar, and for good reason. But in modern times, we need to get through the mad ness of August before we and our sons and daughters c an breathe a little easier. % By Vicki Chatley Contributing Writer THE BAYFRONT SARASOTAS MAGNIFICENT JEWEL! COMMENTARY It is a gem acces sible to most of us only at a very few public areas; the vast majority of the waterfront is held as private property. The difficulty finding a parking space at Bayfront Park and Marina Jack is evidence of the waters popularity. Thus, it becomes vitally important to place public access at the top of any plans for the approx imately 40 acres of city-owned property that includes the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Just envision early morning joggers and cyclists getting in some exercise before head ing off to work. They are followed by a group of disparate people seeking a bench on which to enjoy a cup of coffee along with the morn ing paper, while others set up a ch ess game. Next come parents with young children eager to romp on the grass. The noon hour nds workers from nearby businesses inltrating the premises with their brown-bag lunches, or perhaps ordering a meal from a restaurant offering outdoor seating with a view of the bay, but leaving plenty of waterside prom enade space. Afternoon is a quiet time for readers who plop under a tree to devour the latest best seller. Evening nds more restau rant goers, as well as those out for a stroll. And, yes, there would be lawn bowling. There might a handful of well-chosen, small shops. Perhaps one sells ice cream, fudge and saltwa ter taffy (welcomed by those whose roots lie in the Jersey shore); another has paperbacks, cold drinks, sunbloc k and sundry Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 98


items; add a couple of clothing stores, one casual and one classy, and maybe a ower/ garden shop with an exhibit of native plants. A hotel with a compact footprint and adjacent garage could replace some of the buildings in the southeast corner of the property along U.S. 41. Some street-level parking might remain in this and a few other well-chosen areas. What I do not see is a cultural/arts center. Is it logical to place indoor venues alongside majestic water views? Also, there would be a finite number of patrons who could be accommodated due to limited parking. Additional venues are likely to require stag gered events; for example, a concert in one facility could not go on simultaneously with a ballet performance at another. Of equal importance, there are several city sites where cultural attractions could spur development or redevelopment. The almost vacant strip mall, formerly anchored by Publix, on Ringling Boulevard is one possible location. This is one vision for the waterfront. What is yours? % COMMENTARY Everybody all over the world seems to know about our magnicent Siesta Beach, the o ne people remem ber for its pow dery-white silk-like sand that always stays cool to the touch. After it was named the No. 1 beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach in 2011, its popularity qua drupled. And, thanks to its newly expanded parking lot, visiting Siesta Beach has become a little easier. However, I would like to acknowledge the other large public beach on Siesta Key Turtle Beach, located on the southern end of THE OTHER SIESTA KEY BEACH By Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer the key. It takes a short simple drive along Midnight Pass Road to reach the large color ful sign welcoming visitors to Turtle Beach. As I drive into the parking area, I pass the only beachfront RV campground on my right and a beautiful, lush and shaded picnic area on my left. The latter is occupied by a large family preparing a feast for the day. After I park my car, I can easily walk across the lot to see a beautiful lagoon that has a cement boat ramp, offering quick access to the water for those with kayaks and motor boats, plus a few docks built for shing or just plain meditating. The birds and sh cir cling the area also seem quite content. Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 99

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I arrived at the beach before 8:30 a.m., not too early but early enough to observe a mostly empty beach and perfectly blue, clear water just waiting for me to anoint it with my pres ence. The few shermen I saw were about a 10-minute walk further south. I could not help thinking how peaceful the beach was and that I probably had about 30 minutes left to enjoy this tranquility. When the crowds began to arrive, I was ready to welcome them. I noticed a much larger variety of beach activities were allowed at this public beach area than at Siesta Beach. Just in front of me, kayaks were being hauled to the water. Two minutes later, off they went, holding their happy companions. Suddenly, a group of 10 people appeared, dressed in heavy vests and carrying spears, life preservers and oxygen tanks. They were in a SCUBA diving class, and they quickly disap peared into the Gulf, probably in search of pirate booty or sunken ships. Kids with grandparents set up their fish ing poles and began the long wait for a bite. Paddleboarders also set off from the public beach area, looking so serene, skimming the Gulfs surface. I always enjoy seeing the usual suspects walkers, floaters, photographers and just all-around beach bums. But spending a morn ing at Turtle Beach and being up-close and perso nal with such a great variety of water activities was very pleasant. It reminded me about why I love Siesta Key. And always remember, when you see a portion of the beach enclosed with sticks and yel low tape, tread very gently around it because you never want to disturb the turtles on Turtle Bea ch. % LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: As we read the u pdat e in your recent issue regarding the unauthorized use of parking spots by the owner of Blas Caf ( Siesta Seen, Aug. 1), I could not help but be concerned that the attention to this issue is the antithe sis of the attitude that makes Siesta Key such a wonderful and unique place. SKA CONCERN ABOUT BLAS PARKING SEEMS OVERKILL We will admit that we are fans of the Blas Cafe and the owner. In the years we have been going to this restaurant, we have seen an amazing transition from a small caf to a local favorite gathering place, where resi dents and visiting tourists meet to create a unique community environment. The driving force behind this has been the owner, Rami Fouad, whose creativity and Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 100

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willingness to invest in the facility has made it align perfectly with the Siesta Key lifestyle we so enjoy. The idea that we need the president of the Siesta Key Association to become so con cerned with the loss of two parking spots seems like overkill, to say the least. It seems that the people most likely to be impacted by the loss of the spots are the restaurant and its customers, and I do not believe I read any thing about any of these people taking issue with the repurposing of the spots to create a more entertaining venue. I understand the argument for being fair and equitable with other businesses on the island, but I would suggest that all of them would appreciate a little more exibility to add value to their businesses and customers as long as that exibility does not cause any great harm to others, as I believe is the case here. Let us look to common sense rather than the rule book to determine what is best for our wonderful island. John and Michelle Garrity Siesta Key LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Sar asota News Leader wel comes letters to the editor from its readers. Letters should be no more than 300 words in length, and include the name, street address and telephone num ber of the writer. Letters should be emailed to Lett with Letter to the Editor in the subject line. Let ters actually printed will be selected based on space available, subject matter and other fac tors. We reserve the right to edit any letters submitted for length, grammar, spelling, etc. All letters submitted become the property of The Sarasota News Leader. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso Dont have your own subscription to The Sarasota News Leader ? Subscribe for FREE and receive a latest issue is available online. FREE SUBSCRIPTION Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 101

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All photos by Fran Palmeri P IS FOR PINE IS FOR PINE P ALL THE REST ...

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Pines ar e beautiful to behold, with bundles of dark green needles and bark in earth tones. They are the true originals of our landscapes. Mine have been here many years, home to eastern screech owls and red-shouldered hawks. Pileated woodpeckers probe the chunky bark for insects. In spring and fall, migratory birds rest and feed in the canopy after their long ights. An osprey will sit high atop one to eat his catch of the day from the Gulf, just a quarter-mile distant. Once a black vulture stopped by to groom herself. Eagles build their nests in pines, and only mature trees can support these huge struc tures. Great horned owls sometimes lay their eggs in a crotch of a pine. In the wild, a pine creates a community that is practically impossible to replicate and takes years to establish. Grape vines some as thick as a mans arm climb the trunk, THIS TREE HAS A PLETHORA OF PURPOSES IN THE ECOSYSTEM Story and Photos By Fran Palmeri Contributing Writer Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 103

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which m ay be dotted with lichen. Mosses are sprinkled around the base. Saw palmetto, shrubs, wildowers and grasses grow around the pine. If I took a census, I might note birds, squirrels, lizards, spiders, grasshoppers, bees, ants, beetles, a dragony at rest and a sulphur buttery itting through the branches all in one tree. You will nd slash pines scattered here and there in Sarasotas older neighborhoods. Sometimes a pine turns up in unexpected places, such as the one near the county jail, which somehow evaded the chain saw gang. Considered commoners, pines are barred from many gated communities. The authors of Ecosystems of Florida call pines the matrix which ties together other ecosystems. For me, they are a link to the real Florida. % Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 105

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Jerrine Grim attends the Womens Equity Luncheon, accompanied by her great-grandmother, Clara Pennoyer Roest. Photo by Barbara Dondero SEEING THINGS

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In front of us stood a woman in a long taffeta dress, her hair pulled back into a neat sensi ble bun. Was it a ghost? She began to speak slowly, decisively. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of cit izenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen ... to that of a subject, she said, repeat ing the words a woman told a judge decades ago. The judge dismissed a jury after instruct ing it to nd her guilty of violating the 14th Amendment. (She was a citizen, but she had dared to vote.) The speaker continued, It was we the peo ple, not we, the white male citizens nor yet we, the male citizens, but we the whole peo ple who formed the union. She then recited a remark made at a 1906 gathering in Washington, D.C. Here is a letter from President Theodore Roosevelt. It reads, Pray let me join you in congratulating Miss Anthony upon her 86th birthday In a tone of outrage, she added, I would rather have him say a word to Congress for our cause than to praise me endlessly. Judy Achre, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Sarasota County. Contributed photo by Nancy Hale Goethe WOMEN GATHERED TO MARK THE 94TH ANNIVERSARY OF WINNING THE RIGHT TO VOTE CONSIDER HOW MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO GIVE THEM EQUAL RIGHTS By Barbara Dondero Contributing Writer Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 109

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The speaker of fered the nal public words of the woman she was portraying. There have been others just as true and devoted to the cause I wish I could name every one but with such women consecrating their lives, she paused and took a deep breath, failure is impossible! Then the house lights rose in the Sarasota Hyatt ballroom. Sally Matson, portraying the legendary suffragist Susan B. Anthony, received our standing ovation. Five hundred of us had been entranced by her. REVERING HER MEMORY From the era before the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century, Susan B., as she was called, crisscrossed the na tion by horse and buggy, railroad and sleigh, braving heat, rain and snow, to speak about womens rights, which are really womens wrongs, you know, as Anthony wrote: the right to vote, to make contracts, to receive equal treatment within the legal system ... [that] ... all civil and politi cal rights that belong to citizens of the United States be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. She persevered for six decades through ridi cule, defeat and cliffhanger votes. Her friend and ally was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, speechwriter, newspaper essayist, mother of seven. For an opening salvo, in 1848, Stanton issued her Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls (NY) Convention, listing griev ances and resolutions. Stanton claimed, I forge the thunderbolts; she res them! Stantons husband echoed that remark. She res up Susan. Susan res up a nation. Dotti Groover-Skipper, vice chairwoman of the Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women, was honored for her leadership to help eliminate human trafcking in the Tampa Bay area. Photo by Barbara Dondero Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 110

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In Americas Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines, Gail Collins quoted the ailing Stanton. Logically, our enfranchisement ought to have occurred ... in Reconstruction days. Yet, the ght to get women the right to vote, like all things too long postponed, now gets on everybodys nerves. Seventeen years after Stantons death in 1902, and 13 years after Susan B.s death in 1906, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was proposed: THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF SEX. It was initiated by those who inherited the Stanton-Anthony mantle because a state-bystate initiative to allow women the right to vote had stalled as a result of intense opposi tion from the South and the East. The constitutio nal measure (nicknamed the Anthony Amendment) passed the U.S. House and Senate in 1919, but it still needed to be rat ied by 36 of the existing 48 states. Tennessee approved it in 1920, the last state needed for the count. The following year, Florida passed a law giving all residents the right to vote. The Florida Legislature symbolically rati ed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1969, without the signature of then-Gov. Claude Kirk. ONGOING VISIONS Arriving by car, plane and bus on July 26, many groups came to the Sarasota Hyatt for the 94th anniversary celebration of Susan B. Anthonys victory. The Womens Equity Luncheon included delegates from the National Commission on the Status of Women, along with representatives from state and local commission s. (From left) Dr. Anila Jain, honorary co-chairwoman; Sally Matson, actress; Maj. Connie Shingledecker; and Betty Schoenbaum, honorary co-chairwoman, pose at the Womens Equity Luncheon. Photo by Fran Palmeri Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 112

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What precisely did we see on stage? Merely a gure from the past? Did Sally Matsons per formance urge us to expand our viewpoints to include the present and the future? Here is how some of us answered the follow ing question: If Susan B. Anthony were alive today, what would she say to us? Nancy Hale Goethe League of Women Voters, Sarasota County: Miss Anthonys reaction would probably be a mixed bag. She would be glad that we are doctors, law yers, soldiers and police ofcers but sad that some are not paid equally well as their male counterparts. She would be pleased that we can own property and have our own bank accounts but d ispleased that not all of our citizens have access to good health care and education. We have more work to do, she would probably say. ( After the 19th Amendment was passed 94 years ago, womens suffrage associations became chapters of the League of Women Voters.) Jerrine Grim brought along a photo of her great-grandmother, Clara Pennoyer Roest. Clara will sit with me today at the [Daughters of the American Revolution] table. After she rst voted, Clara exclaimed, Imagine! Such great progress! Electricity! The auto mobile! The vote! Valerie A. Fisher chairwoman of the Manatee Commission on the Status of Women: Susan B. advocated for the abo lition of slavery as well as equality for women. Women are human beings, equal to Elizabeth Cuevas Neunder, Republican candidate for Florida governor, is challenging Rick Scott in the Aug. 26 primary. Photo by Barbara Dondero Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 113

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men, not merely their chattel. Most noted for her ght for suffrage, she also worked for a womans right to own her own prop erty, retain her own earnings and attend college. She knew that without the vote, this would be impossible. Today, she would still be advocating for social justice for women and for all oppressed persons. She would likely be appalled at the recent court rulings that have eroded voting rights. She would urge women and all citizens to value, become informed [about] and exer cise their right to vote. Betty Schoenbaum 96, honor ary co-chairwoman of the Equity Luncheon, philanthropist and activist: We have so much more work to do! Maj. Connie Shingledecker, Manatee County Sheriffs Office, Investigative Bureau chief and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, who was honored at the luncheon for making a difference in the lives of women and children at the local, state and national levels: Support, mentor and volunteer! Dr. Mona Jain, a physician and chair emerita of the Manatee Commission on the Status of Women; co-founder (20 years ago) of the Manatee Equity Day of Celebration and member of the Florida Commission on Status of Women: A small group of women who struggled in the past continues to inspire todays leaders with challenges of healthcare and pay equity. They will pass on the baton to young women who will achieve equity and make us proud! Barbara Zdravecky, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Fl orida: She would be pleased with some of the progress made on behalf of women in our country ... but with out the ERA [Equal Rights Amendment], equal pay and the continued struggle for reproductive freedom, including basic con traception, she might get us all out on the streets again, marching for our rights. Fran Palmeri, former editor and pub lisher of Womens Work magazine and a Quaker, like Susan B. Anthony and her fel low activists, Alice Paul and Lucretia Mott: She would include Mother Nature in any advocacy. Caring for the planet, which has nurtured our species for millions of years, would be crucial to our survival. Where would we women we humans be without our earthly home? Dotti Groover-Skipper, vice chairwoman of the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women: Keep your sleeves rolled up! Anthony would say. Rachelle Hunt Russian, representing the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women: She would be proud of our initiative to Write Women Into History. Mara Zapata, chairwoman of the MiamiDade County Commission for Women: She would be proud of Miami-Dades mis sion in establishing the Young Womens Preparatory Academy to inform our next generation of leaders. Focusing on the task at hand, Judy Achre, co-president of the League of Women Voters in Sarasota, sent us on our way at the end of the event: Primary day is Aug. 26. See you at the polls! % Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 114

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SAVOR THE LANDSCAPES BEAUTY BEFORE YOU HAVE TO LAMENT ITS LOSS Story and Photos By Carolann Cahill Contributing Writer Every Tuesday, I drive this little two-lane road. On the right side is a gated community. As I pass, I barely glance at the sterile landscape of seasonal annuals planted in rows surrounding shrubs that have been sculpted into box-like structures. Retention ponds dot the perimeter of the development. They, too, are lifeless. I seldom see more than a lone anhinga sunning itself by the cement fountain. The left side of the road, however, is what fascinates me. Each week I anticipate what I might see. As I pass the ancient orange grove, I recall how over the years I have seen many of the trees removed. There are only a few remaining gnarled trunks with their branches Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 116

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reaching to the sky like arthritic ngers. Old oaks and Sabal palms are silhouetted against the horizon. Cows graze lazily in the pasture. There is the snag where a hawk sits to hunt or just look out over his domain. It is almost paradise, with few reminders that the urban boundary is but a couple of miles west. One morning, what I see on the left prompts me to pull over. I grab my camera and hop out of the truck. Perfect light from the morn ing sun is highlighting a menagerie of birds that has gathered at a small pond roseate spoonbills, great egrets, wood storks, snowy egrets and more. I think about the people in the cars whizzing past on their way to work. They are missing this! I, too, have to get to work tending plants in pool cages. Reluctantly, I tear myself away. As I punch in the code at the entry gate and pass the empty retention ponds, a sad thought enters my mind. Some day, the land I just left will probably be sold and it, too, will be molded into what I am now driving through another sterile landscape. % Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 118

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I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want. Andy Warhol Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 119

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YOUR LIFESTYLE GUIDE TO THE SUNCOAST 08 AUGUST Open studios and beach reading at the Hermitage Aug. 8, 6 p.m. Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Free. Event will feature the State Teacher Artist Residency (STAR) public school teachers all from Florida at the Hermitage this summer. Beach reading to follow at 7 p.m. Bring chairs and your own refreshments. Information: 475-2098 or 08+ AUGUST Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul Through Aug. 10; times vary. 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. Tickets: $29.50, adults; $16.50, students. Information: 366-1505 or 08+ AUGUST Art Center Sarasota presents Florida Flavor Through Aug. 15; times vary. 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free. The all-Florida, all-me dia juried exhibition showcases twoand three-dimensional works. Information: 365-2032 or 08+ AUGUST Florida Studio Theatre presents Taking Shakespeare Through Aug. 17; times vary. Gompertz Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $32 to $36. This will be the plays U.S. premiere. Information: 366-9000 or FloridaStudio 08+ AUGUST Players Theatre presents Talking With Through Aug. 17; times vary. 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $18. Jane Martins series of monologues won an American Theatre Critics Association Award. Information: 365-2494 or 08+ AUGUST FST Improv: Out of Bounds Match Up Through Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Brownes Lab Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $15. Information: 366-9000 or 08+ AUGUST Banyan Theater Company presents Collected Stories by Donald Margulies Through Aug. 24; times vary. Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $28.50. Information: 08+ AUGUST FST presents Somewhere Over the Rose: The Songs and Stories of Judy Garland and Bette Midler Through Aug. 31; times vary. Court Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $32. Information: or 366-9000. COMMUNITY CALENDAR Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 122

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The best of upcoming EVENTS Submit Calendar Events To 08+ AUGUST UUCS Presents J ane Shannon: Works in Fabric Through Sept. 4; times vary. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, Lexow Wing Gal lery. 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Free. Information: 371-4974 or the church website 08+ AUGUST Dabbert Gallery presents Summer Showcase Through Sept. 29; times vary. 76 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Free. Featuring works by three sculptors, one printmaker, 15 painters, one pastel artist and one photographer. Informa tion: 955-1315 or 08+ AUGUST Allyn Gallup Gallery presents Drawn From Nature Through Oct. 25; times vary. 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Free. Show features works by noted landscape artists. Information: 366-2454 or 09+ AUGUST Bookstore1Sarasota presents Breakfast Serial Book Club Aug. 9 and Aug. 16. From 10:30-11 a.m., staffers will read to 3to 6-year-olds; from 11:1511:45 a.m., they will read to 7to 9-year-olds. 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Information: book or 365-7900. 16 AUGUST Venice Theatre presents California Toe Jam Aug. 16, 8 p.m. 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. Tickets: $20. Band plays good-time oldies in a family-friendly show. Information: 488-1115 or 17 AUGUST Open house: Reboot Your Hard Drive at St. Boniface Aug. 17, 9 a.m. St. Francis Room and Youth Studio, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. If the chaos and demands of too full a schedule leave you feeling overwhelmed, stop by the open house and discover opportunities for you and your family to reboot your hard drive this fall. Information: or 349-5616. 21 AUGUST Historic Spanish Point presents Trinidudes in concert Aug. 21, 7-10 p.m. 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Tickets: $5 at the door. Audience mem bers should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food and drinks available for purchase. In formation: 966-5214 or 23 AUGUST Sushi with ALSO a benet for ALSO Youth Aug. 23, 6 p.m. Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill, 100 Central Ave., Sarasota. Cost: $30. Ticket includes complimentary beverage and hors doeuvres. Information: Click here 24 AUGUST Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) presents Seibert on Casey Key Aug. 24, 1-2 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. 3727 Sandspur Lane, Casey Key, Nokomis. Cost: $15 for SAF members; $20 for non-members; and $5 for students with IDs. Tour will feature a clas sic Sarasota School of Architecture home designed by Edward Tim Seibert. RSVP to Mail checks payable to SAF to SAF, PO Box 2911, Sarasota, FL 34230. Information: 364-2199 or Sarasota News Leader August 8 & 15, 2014 Page 123

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Each week, Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel searches Sarasota County for iconic shots that underscore why the community is a favorite with residents and tourists alike. EVERY VIEW IS A WATER VIEW SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS

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