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 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. […]

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 Southwest Florida — far from it. But that title could soon be earned if the promoters behind Vinyl Music Festival stay on their current trajectory. Since last year’s inaugural celebration, VMF has more than doubled it’s number […]

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. Sat., May 22, Rosemary District, 5th St. and Central Ave., Sarasota, 228-4872 orharveymilkfestival.com; The Milk Collection Art Opening: 6-9 p.m. Fri., May 21, Pure Luxe, 513 Central Ave., Sarasota, 364-5800 or pureluxeonline.com. Shannon Fortner sits in her home […]

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. 27), and not much has changed — except for all the musicians who have left town. Under Sarasota County’s entertainment ordinance, local establishments are not permitted to have live (human) entertainment past 10 p.m. unless they […]

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 see a handful of people in front passing out white T-shirts with green lettering that reads “Choose History, not His-Story.” As I pass through the foyer and enter the meeting room I spot about three […]

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 of Lemon Avenue and Main Street seven years ago, Mattison’s City Grille let live bands play until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends. The restaurant had received a half-dozen or so sporadic […]