Terry “T-Bone” Rhodes invited a group of distinguished guests to his Music Scene and Be Seen radio show on Saturday afternoon to talk about Sarasota’s city and county noise ordinances, the county’s entertainment ordinance, and the new Noise Ordinance CD compilation being released at the Cock & Bull at an all-day, all-local original music blowout on February 20. The first half of the episode, aired live on WSLR 96.5 LPFM, features Claire Franklin and Ed Midler, creators of the Noise Ordinance CD, along with Susan Rouwhorst from Scone Train and Bryan Beardsley, who treated the group to a live blues tune called “Fuzz Bunnies.” (49:45) T-Bone played a few yet-to-be-heard tracks off the soon-to-be-released album, including a selection from yours truly (27:20), who you’ll find listed as Tim Salem in the album’s line-up. The featured tracks from Scone Train (33:15) and Franklin’s band, Elysian Sex Drive (39:57), also got spins between some discussion (starts at 10:35) about how the CD came together and how awesome the SRQ music scene has become. Hear it after the break:
The second half of the show was when it really got interesting. T-Bone brought in County Commissioner Nora Patterson, who has a wealth of experience dealing with the noise issue after spending time on both the city and county commissions during the respective periods when both noise ordinances went into effect, and also former City Commission candidate and restauranteurPaul Caragiulo. I was invited to help frame the conversation around the Noise Ordinance story I wrote in last week’s Creative Loafing, making for a spirited back and forth on the merits of Sarasota’s various noise regulations (starts at 56:10), with a few listeners calling in to offer their opinions on the matter. Music Scene and Be Seen can be heard on WSLR every Saturday from 1-3 p.m. And the noise issue is bound to come up on the show again in the near future. T-Bone has been one of the area’s loudest voices on the issue for years.
TWISler Breakdown: Noise and Entertainment Ordinances
The number one culprit holding this “Creative Paradise” of ours back from becoming the best damn place on Earth to live and work is a medley of Sarasota City and County laws commonly referred to collectively as the “Noise Ordinance.” You’ve probably heard about these nasty little boogers before, but you may not realize exactly how much they affect your nightlife options, especially in the live music department, and therefore how detrimental they are to the health and well-being of Sarasota’s unique contemporary music scene. Basically, the story goes like this: Continue reading “TWISler Breakdown: Noise and Entertainment Ordinances”
TWISler Breakdown: Sarasota County Festival Steering Committee
This week your good buddy TWISler breaks down the colossal disaster known as the Sarasota County Festival Steering Committee. When it comes to debacles, this fiasco takes incompetence to a whole new level of blunder. (Oh, snap! Thesauruses can be so cruel!) Basically, the story goes like this:
Once upon a time (August 2009) in a land far, far away (Sarasota County) a bunch of members from the art’s community thought real hard and decided that, rather than giving out a bunch of silly grants, they would instead use a one-time lump sum Tourist Development Tax Cultural Tourism allocation (Uh, kinda redundant?) to develop a cultural arts festival meant to coax traveling nomads and vagabonds, called “tourists,” into wanting to spend time in their land. The King (Board of County Commissioners) soon heard their cries (October 2009) and established a grand order of wise men (Festival Steering Committee) to envision a concept for the festival. The wise men were very wise and soon came up with the idea to use magic (Digital Arts Festival) to attract the nomads. The wise men then hired an oracle (Lords Cultural Development) to develop a business plan for their magic festival. But when the wise men returned to the art’s community to reveal their idea, the arts community didn’t like it. They didn’t like the idea one bit, and told the wise men to start all over. The wise men and the oracle were sad, but they wanted to please the arts community, so they tried to think of a better idea. They couldn’t. —The End Continue reading “TWISler Breakdown: Sarasota County Festival Steering Committee”
TWISler’s Super Tuesday Special Election Breakdown
It’s that time of year again, when we all start getting not-so-overly excited about the people vying to run our city. March 8 will be the City Commission District Elections, which means three of the five City Commission seats are up for grabs. The qualifying period to run ended last Friday, leaving us with nine sultry politicos that will undoubtedly be attempting to charm our pants off over the next two months. Not all too familiar with how Sarasota’s city government works?
It’s your good buddy TWISler back again this week to carefully dissect one of the most important, make that THE most important entity that currently exists in Sarasota County. That’s because the sole purpose of the Economic Development Corporation is figuring out how to grow and diversify Sarasota’s economy. Make no mistake, all the commissioners, committees, councils and corporations in this town combined do not wield as much power to make or break our city as the EDC. That’s why the job opening left by retiring EDC President Kathy Baylis is one of the most important, make that THE most important decision that will be made in Sarasota this year. The new president will basically be at the helm and set the course for the city’s unforeseeable future. If you’re wondering how such an entity was ever created. Basically the story goes like this: Continue reading “TWISler Breakdown: We Need a Braveheart”
This week the TWISler’s going to play a little game called DEAL or No DEAL. That’s because last week residents of the Suncoast were treated to the unexpected news that all of the economic development entities that currently exist in Sarasota and Manatee Counties will soon be housed under the same roof. That roof will be located in Lakewood Ranch and will sit on top of a 72,000-square-foot, three-story building that goes by the name Design & Economic Acceleration Lab, or “DEAL” for all you acronym junkies. Now, we have plenty of usual gripes about the progress of local developments, but “it happened too fast” is rarely one of them. Alas, with an estimated construction cost of $14.2 million and a proposed grand opening only 18 months away, that may actually be the case when it comes to the DEAL deal. In a town with such a determined lack of urgency to complete things, how did a project of this magnitude manage to advance from idea to implementation in less than eight weeks? Right now we’re chalking it up to some sort of miraculous divine intervention. Of course, we’d never rule out the possibility of a good ol’ fashioned shady backroom DEAL. With this many huge players involved, God only knows what all’s been said. But we can give you a general overview of how the project came about. Basically, the story goes like this: Continue reading “TWISler Breakdown: DEAL or No DEAL”