Love Thy Neighbor Department--Fisherman's Wharf
The Mayor and Council appear to want to get into the long-standing problems between Sarasota County and Fisherman's Wharf, built illegally to its current length. It appears the City may be inclined to reverse the position the County has taken.
Why? Litigation appears likely.
We just wanted to forward this e-mail we just got tonight, Sunday, from one of our neighbor's on the Intercostal side. George wanted me to forward it to you before we do anything a
Posted By Ed Martin at 10:04 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Bizarre Remarks at Council Suggesting Citizens Should Buy a Park already owned by City, prompt reply
First is Mayor Holic's reply to Joe McKee's email re this odd situation. Mc Kee's incoming email follows the Mayor's reply.
Dear Mr. Mckee,
Thank you for your comments. I am copying my thoughts on the park for your reading and once again invite you to coffee or lunch to discuss your concerns:
There are many topics that come before Council numerous times; downtown parking, the circus arena, City Pension Plans, once a week garbage pickup, the airport, Challenger B
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:47 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Here is some experience-based wisdom for the top US. diplomat in the Middle East, not campaign blurb
While Mitt Romney is making campaign promises in Israel, looking for votes in the U.S., retiring Ambassador Ryan Crocker is providing some wise advice to all of us in the U.S.
He was one of the Arab world specialists in the State Department who expressed deep worry at the Bush administration’s march into Iraq. He and William J. Burns, then special assistant to the secretary of state, prepared a secret memorandum in 2002 examining the risks associated with an American invasion.
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:55 PM in Category:Inside Venice
"I Remember You."
Peggy and I were listening to jazz the other night and "I Remember You" played by the original George Shearing Quintet in 1949 or so, popped into our minds. We heard that group and listened to the recording many times, before it disappeared somewhere along the way.
So I searched for it on You Tube, but didn't find it. I did find a wonderful recording, also one I remember by Bird, with Al Haig on Piano.
So jazz musicians and fans let's "Remember."
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Posted By Ed Martin at 9:42 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Hailey Jones sings "The Boy (Girl) from Ipanema. What's Special? Click You Tube before text below.
This is a non-professional, living room, recording of a young singer who is developing, not a mature talent.
Scott Martin, who has worked with young singers: helped a young woman in NYC develop her audition tape, (Mariah Carey); wrote the title song "Magnetic Love" on Steps Ahead's Album with a young Dianne Reeves singing the tune and helped Carly Simon with "Coming Around Again" by adding string synthesizer parts and singing a vocal refrain as a counter melody. The song was the t
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Posted By Ed Martin at 2:04 PM in Category:Inside Venice
"Fools Rush In Department" - a letter to the editor in response to a Guest Column by Bishop DeWane.
The following is my letter as printed. The editor used his discretion to cut some additional comments I made concerning the Cathedral and its value to the community and its leadership over the years in Interfaith activities, such as Holocaust services. Here is the printed text.
In writing to differ with Bishop Dewane in response to his guest column, I want to highlight that this is an issue of opinion, not prejudice against the Roman Catholic Church or other relig
Posted By Ed Martin at 4:28 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Sarasota County Environment Under Threat From County Officials. You Can Help.
Dan Lobeck provides information about an upcoming meeting where recommendations will weaken the County's committment to environmental stewardship.
Here is a chance for citizen action to protect our quality of life and the environment.
Subject: Environmental Regulation At Risk
The Sarasota County Environmental Protection Task Force will hold its final meeting Monday afternoon, July 18, at 2 pm on the third flood "Think Tank" of the County Administration Buil
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:03 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Venice Police Arrest Flight School Owner
Can you tell that I am being sarcastic when I mention what an asset flight schools are to Venice, bringing in classy people to operate the schools and wealthy clients from the Mid East and elsewhere.
Venice police detectives arrested a flight school owner at his place of business Monday for allegedly defrauding his former employer and business partner.
According to a Venice Police Department probable-cause affidavit:
In January 2011, a Cherokee airplane owned b
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Posted By Ed Martin at 7:06 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Maryland Governor Tells It "As it is (and should be). Read it and smile!
Maryland Governor asks if it is good for the country and it's future to cut education, research, healthcare, etc. Brilliantly expressed I think.
“Without any anger, and without any meanness, and without any fear, let’s ask one another in these critical months ahead and years ahead: how much less do we think would be good for our state?” Mr. O’Malley asked. “How much less do we think would be good for our country? How much less education would be good for our children? How many fewer college
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Posted By Ed martin at 10:30 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Dan Lobeck of Control Growth Now Gives Additional Perspective to this Morning's IV article.
On Wednesday, July 11, the Board of County Commissioners will again take up the subject of the sale of development rights from its environmentally sensitive lands.
Staff continues to propose that the development rights be sold cheaply, not for what they are worth but instead at a price set by a local developer seeking to buy them for a 2050 Village east of I-75 and north of Fruitville Road.
This matter was postponed by the County Commission on May 23 so that they coul
Posted By Dan Lobeck at 9:08 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Pin Down County Commission Candidates on Committment to Open Space and Preserving the Environment
The changing composition of the Sarasota County Commission threatens to increase the pro-development direction the Council majority has been heading toward in recent times. Sarasota County may be heading toward where Venice was in 2007.
In 2000 Venice land-use attorney, E.G.Boone wrote the Supervisor of Elections announcing the organization of a Political Action Committee (PAC) called the "Citizens for Quality Government" (CQG). On the letterhead of the Boone Law Firm stationary a
Posted By Ed Martin at 12:03 AM in Category:Inside Venice
Inside Venice Becomes a Part-time Pastime, 86,000 Readers Later
Inside Venice plans to comment from time to time on Venice Government and other local happenings, but will not attempt to publish as frequently as in much of the past.
I am posting tonight some thoughts on Sarasota County government and the committment to openspace and the environment.
I will email interested readers if I feel there is something posted which I consider important and think readers may like to know about.
Some readers are already notified from time
Posted By Ed Martin at 11:41 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Greetings from Canada!
Just spent a few hours reading the Gondo, HT and NY Times online and reading up on the Rays and Mets, including George Vecsey's really fine blog on soccer, baseball and everyday life.
On the Montreal Gazette's website, the six most read Sports articles on July 3, include five on hockey and one on the Tour de France. (There are baseball reports as well and good ones.)
Welcome to Canada!
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:39 PM in Category:Inside Venice