Politics

T-Bone talks noise on WSLR with County Commissioner Nora Patterson, Paul Caragiulo and CL‘s own Tim Sukits

Terry “T-Bone” Rhodes invited a group of distinguished guests to his Music Scene and Be Seen radio show on Saturday afternoon …

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Making money from scratch: How the Vinyl Music Festival is bringing Sarasota together to rethink its economic game

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, July 14, 2010   Downtown Sarasota is not currently known as the heart of electronic music in …

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LGBT

Milking it: The 1st Annual Harvey Milk Festival aims to entertain while getting the word out about the fight for LGBT civil rights

Published May 20, 2010 “My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you.” Harvey Milk Festival 1-10 p.m. …

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Sounding off: County Commission candidates speak up on the noise issue

Published October 27, 2010 It’s been 10 months since our in-depth report on Sarasota County’s harsh noise and entertainment laws(printed Jan. …

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Politics

Textbook example: Tim Sukits wades into the battle between Rich Swier and the Sarasota County School Board

Published July 28, 2010 I approach the Sarasota County Schools building a bit after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 to …

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Making its case: How Mattison’s City Grille convinced the Sarasota City Commission to change its tune on downtown outdoor live music

Published February 17, 2010 Since the Downtown Partnership asked Paul Mattison to open his outdoor dining venue on the corner …

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Noise

2010 Spring Arts Preview — The Noise Issue: Inane regulations have prevented Sarasota from becoming a great live music town, but the times might be a-changin’

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, January 27, 2010   In 1996, Phil Dasher, at the time president of the Condominium …

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What next? Local businesses drop like flies

Published Dec. 29, 2009 BUSINESS The story: Local independent businesses drop like flies as the downturn in the economy takes hold. What …

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What next? Fair Districts Florida fights for, well, um, fair districts

Published Dec. 29, 2009 POLITICS The story: Fair Districts Florida launches a campaign to end gerrymandering in the Florida redistricting process by …

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What next? Two campaigns compete to promote downtown Sarasota the best

Published Dec. 29, 2009 CIVICS The story: Two separate campaigns, I Love Downtown SRQ and I Believe in Downtown, emerge at the same …

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The Rosemary District has come a long way since the first Rosemary Rising, but its potential remains unrealized

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, Dec. 1, 2009   Rosemary Rising V Holiday Walk 5-9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 3, between …

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Eddie Sager may not have health insurance, but he has plenty of friends, and they’re helping him fight cancer with a charity concert this Sunday

Published Nov. 23, 2009   “It could have been a really ugly situation, and it’s turned into a really beautiful …

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The Equal Civil Rights Rally was about more than same-sex marriage

Published Nov. 19, 2009 About 130 LGBT-rights activists took to the streets of downtown Sarasota last Saturday afternoon to make …

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Q&A: Sen. Bob Graham

Published Nov. 10, 2009 Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham is currently Chairman of the Commission on the …

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The Python Hunter gets wrapped in controversy

Justin Matthews Published Sept. 29, 2009 (Photo courtesy naplesnews.com) Justin Matthews’ staged capture of a 14-foot python …

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Light a candle for Vern’s hard heart

Published Sept. 1, 2009 The Sarasota County Democratic Party will be holding a health care reform candlelight vigil to commemorate all …

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Why are so many separate groups competing to promote downtown Sarasota?

Published Aug. 28, 2009 Sarasota loves it some groups. The Downtown Partnership of Sarasota formed 30 years ago as a …

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An interesting comment on our Buchanan town hall videos

Published Aug. 27, 2009 Not long after I posted the videos I took at Rep. Vern Buchanan’s Aug. 20 town hall …

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Videos from Vern Buchanan’s health care town hall/Obama bashing in Bradenton

Aug. 21, 2009 I got a little backstage pass to Rep. Vern Buchanan’s August 20″town hall meeting” in Bradenton, which was …

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A few Facebook comments about downtown SRQ parking meters

Aug. 19, 2009 Mr. “Talk of the Suncoast” himself, Cliff Roles, put up a link on Facebook yesterday directing the …

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Wanna open a bar in Sarasota? Get ready to fill out some paperwork

Aug. 7, 2009 Alex Amaro (pictured above) decided to roll the dice and lease the empty space at 1413 Main Street …

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Fair fight: Fair Districts Florida fights for sensible districting rules

Jul. 17, 2009 Fair Districts Florida is a nonpartisan state committee that is working to reform how legislative and Congressional …

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Spin doctors: The Vinyl Music Festival will get you dancing, but the real goal is to bring young professionals to the area (Corrected)

Jul. 10, 2009 Relaxing on a comfy brown couch at the Hub Incubator, a launching pad for tech and creative businesses …

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Independent Suncoast retailers and restaurants are dropping like flies

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, May 26, 2009   Driving around Sarasota-Manatee, the bright yellow “For Lease” signs are impossible …

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Moving weight: A recently opened Sarasota thrift shop, The Cubbyhole, is doing serious business

May 18, 2009 At a time when expansion is the last thing most retail stores are consdering (heck, most places are just …

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Q&A: Chatting with environmental warrior Summer Benson

Apr. 24, 2009 Summer Benson worked as a registered nurse for 32 years until she decided to walk the green …

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The Tea Party reveals a clash of ideologies and the underlying unity we all share

Apr. 16, 2009   Walking through the crowds of the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) party in downtown Sarasota Wednesday made me …

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The Greentech Office Park will be Sarasota’s biggest green project yet

Apr. 2, 2009 One of Sarasota’s biggest green construction projects yet will be the Greentech Office Park underway at the …

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Going green saves you money in the long run: EcoTechnologies will help you get started

Mar. 27, 2009 Energy conservation and green technologies have become all the rage these days, and there have never been …

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More talk from City Commission candidates on Sarasota job loss

Feb. 23, 2009 For some reason, the unemployment rate hasn’t lowered at all since our coverage of Sarasota’s job crisis …

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Q&A: As the FCAT looms, we chat with Dee Webber about tutoring Newtown students

The assistant director of Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, Webber will be tutoring Newtown children in preparation for …

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Is Pete Theisen’s plan for a Sarasota elevated rail system crazy, genius, or crazy-genius?

Feb. 20, 2009 The major push behind City Commission candidate Pete Theisen’s campaign is his idea for a countywide elevated …

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How Sarasota’s dire unemployment numbers are driving our upcoming city elections

Feb. 13, 2009 Rick Farmer Perhaps to no one’s surprise, a look at Sarasota’s recent economic trends doesn’t paint a …

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Obama Wants Americans to Serve Their Communities, So I Suited Up and Spent a Morning Hammering Down Shingles

Jan. 9, 2009 I ascend a ladder and step onto a roof covered with black paper still wet with morning dew. …

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Top 11 Stories I Want to Write in 2009: Job Watch

Dec. 31, 2008 11. Job Watch I believe the most important story to cover in our current economic situation is …

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Top 11 Stories I Want to Write in 2009: Dude, where’s my apartment?

Dec. 30, 2008 10. Dude, Where’s My Apartment? My first apartment in the Sarasota area may not be standing for …

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2008 Holiday Gift Guide: Authentic United States Currency Wreath

AUTHENTIC UNITED STATES CURRENCY WREATH $10 World Coin & Jewelry Exchange 1509 Main St., Sarasota, 365-5415 or world-coin.net Now we …

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