September 2013

There are 22 blog entries for September 2013.


Sarasota holds a ceremony in remembrance of September 11 at 8:30am Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the front entrance to the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane in Downtown Sarasota. The FREE event is open to the public.

City of Sarasota, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the Sarasota County Fire Department will participate along with the Police Department.

A memorial to the First Responders stands in the lobby of the Sarasota Police Department. The pedestal holds 14-foot-long artifact from the World Trade Center. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey donated the 2,500-pound piece to the Sarasota Police Department. The formal dedication of the memorial took place in Sarasota on the tenth anniversary of the attack. 

The 9/11

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The Palm Avenue garage soon will charge parking fees after the first two hours. Get ready to pay a dollar or so if you stay longer than a couple of hours at dinner or the theater. The FREE parking time apparently matches the time-frame for FREE on-street parking.

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, the City of Sarasota commissioners voted to end FREE parking in the Palm Avenue Garage. The City of Sarasota Parking Division has not announced the date for implementation, but they only need to turn on the pay-in-lane equipment to effect the fees. Parking will cost motorists $1 for the first two hours after the complimentary two-hour period. An additional three hours cost $3. Then fees graduate to a maximum $16 daily rate. Downtown employees may participate

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Thirteen percent of Sarasota homeowners with mortgages — that’s 17,318 homes — are bobbing within 10 percent of the equity waterline. Formerly drowning in mortgage debt, they either have now or soon will have enough equity to sell their home in the next year or so.

RealtyTrac’s report for September 2013 also categorized 21 percent of Sarasota homeowners with mortgages as having a loan-to-value (LTV) of 50 percent or lower.

The improved position means that the inventory of homes on the market should improve in coming months.

Of the 2,075,484 Floridians with mortgages, 40 percent were drowning with an LTV of 125 percent or more. Florida ranked third in underwater mortgages behind Nevada and Illinois.

There are still 45,835 or 33 percent of

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The intersection of Main Street and Palm Avenue will close for the next three weeks beginning September 25, 2013. The City of Sarasota mapped suggested detours (see illustration at left).

Crews will install brick paver crosswalks. Part of the summer improvements to Downtown Sarasota, the work schedule aims to skirt High Season when visitors flock to Sarasota.

Looking at the summary of planned Main Street Improvements, we've only just begun. Divided into three segments, the project has a completion date of November 5, 2013.

The Main Street-Palm Avenue cross walk is part of the first work segment. Add to that a new roundabout at Orange Avenue and Main Street to be completed by July 15, 2014.

Detour map courtesy of the City of Sarasota

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Join the crowd at Lakewood Ranch tomorrow afternoon to watch American Idol film singer/songwriter Sam Woolf, who is a contestant on the popular television show.

Woolf describes his music as acoustic/folk/rock “with a little pop.” The 17 year old musician has performed at the Sarasota Chalk Festival, Bradenton Riverwalk and other venues.

The American Idol crew plans to shoot video 2-4pm Friday, September 6 at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern, 8110 Lakewood Main Street.

Photo taken at MacAllisters Grill & Tavern on Lakewood Ranch by Louis Wery


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Mr Red struts his aluminum latticework on Cocoanut Avenue. He's staying cool near Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida USA.
The sculpture by David Langley of Fort Pierce is part of the City of Sarasota Public Art Collection. At 7 feet 6 inches tall x 10 feet long and 3 feet wide, Mr Red has a commanding presence in the Theater District.
Take the time to read Joan Altabe's delightful article titled "Mr Red Stands for Freedom," published in the  Sarasota Herald-Tribune (June 20, 2000).

Photo by Louis Wery
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If you received a letter offering to copy your certified property deed, Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller Karen Rushing urges you to decline the offer and go to her office for that document. You will save time and money.

Property deeds are public records. The Clerk's Office provides these documents starting at $3 a copy — considerably less than $59.50 cited in solicitation letters received recently in Sarasota County.

You can print a noncertified copy of your documents for FREE by going to www.SarasotaClerk.com—choose Online Services and look for Official Records.

For a Certified Copy, call the Clerk’s Office at 941.861.7425 or visit your local office at 2000 Main Street in Sarasota or 4000 S. Tamiami Trail in

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Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder suggests developing the GWIZ site in concert with the nearby Quay property, according to SRQ Magazine. He wants the waterfront property on the city tax roll.

 Other commissioners see the possibility of renting to a new and similar tenant.

 GWIZ closed with a whimper on August 12. The children’s hands-on science museum limped along for the past year and has 60 days  to remove its equipment and property.

Photo by Louis Wery

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The Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s 67th Annual Labor Day Regatta decorated Sarasota Bay with sun-dappled sails. The scene looked almost painterly with Charles and John Ringling’s historic mansions in the background.

The event claims the title of the longest running sporting event in the City of Sarasota. For sure, it ranks among the longest running sailing regattas in the United States. More than 180 boats registered for the event, which took place August 31- September 1, 2013.

In addition to its cultural cache and natural beauty, Sarasota & Her Islands are becoming a destination for sports tourists. The 2017 World Rowing Championships secured just yesterday only adds to the excitement.

Our community already draws close to 80,000 visitors a

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Diana Nyad successfully swam nonstop from Cuba to Florida on her fifth try. The long-distance swimmer began her endurance water event at 9am August 31, 2013 and finished just before 2pm September 2. She crossed the Florida Straits without a shark cage or  flippers.

The 64-year-old athlete broke the record for the longest ocean swim without a shark cage or flippers.. She swam the 110.36 miles total distance in about 53 hours, according to her website. She was 28 years old when she made her first attempt in 1978 to swim the Florida Straits. Thirty five years later, she did it!

Nyad trained on Anna Maria Island near Sarasota for her 2010 Cuba-Florida effort.

She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International

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