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 on the Bay Association, was determined to have noise from The Quay, a now-demolished outdoor mall across from the condos, shut down. After the nightclub In Extremis opened, Dasher says the area quickly went downhill. […]

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 next? The picture for local retailers and restauranteurs isn’t looking any prettier now than it was before the summer. The 1.7 million square feet of empty retail space that could be found in Sarasota and Manatee […]

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 getting two amendments put on 2010 state ballots. What next? Ellen Freidin and the Fair Districts Florida campaign are well on their way toward ballot certification. But they still need to raise a bit more money […]

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 time in a reaction to closing downtown businesses. What next? The I Love Downtown SRQ campaign, started by The Hub and This Week in Sarasota, successfully managed to interact with the community through social media, which was their […]

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 Central, Lemon and Orange Avenues, just north of Fruitville Road, Sarasota, free, 954-8800 or facebook.com/rosemaryrising. The Rosemary District has been an up-and-coming area in the city for the past decade, but the ascent has proven to […]

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 situation.” The Kidney Koncert: A Benefit for Eddie Sager 5-10 p.m. Sun., Nov. 29, The Children’s Garden, 1670 10th Way, Sarasota, 330-1711, $25 Six months ago Eddie Sager got home from his job taking care […]