Castle In The Sky Or Just Another Missed Opportunity?

Update:  Arbor Village will proceed as planned and provide low-income housing to the City of Sarasota residents. A 3-2 vote to allow it to go forward on Monday night at City Hall (Brody, Alpert, and Ahern-Koch in support). The chamber was standing room only with the testimony lasting4.5 hours.  A mostly Hispanic group of neighbors attended the meeting, having concerns created by the flyer handed…

Fla Guardianship

Homelessness, the Law, and Fla Guardianship

It can’t be louder than this Sarasota Tiger Bay held a panel this past Thursday featuring the Constitutional Offices of our county.  And what some might think would be a “yawner” when the purpose was for each of them to give us an update on their department (including myself,)  what we witnessed instead was a moment in time that I could not have planned for…

Crash Test Dummies

We are in the peak of season in Sarasota, and I don’t mean tourist season.  I mean the political season.  And it’s very apparent at the City Commission with the two commissioners working hard to get things done during their respective election campaigns.  As incumbents, they don’t have much to run on since they were only appointed last November.  Their effort is in earnest.  Because…

Nonpartisan Doesn’t Mean Non-Biased

I wrote about non-partisan elections last month and the value of political parties in the effort to help get a candidate elected.  Since then, members of Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations have made a point to come up to me to address this issue.  As if my opinion was a personal affront to their organization, they argued the merits of no party interference.  As they…

Sarasota Scullers captain finds success on and off water

Being diagnosed with diabetes is a major obstacle for anyone to overcome. 10 years ago, Daniel Kemp was diagnosed with type one diabetes. While it forced him to make changes in his life, he has not let it impede him. A team captain at the Sarasota Scullers, Kemp overcomes the difficulty that diabetes creates daily, and was even recently awarded an honorable mention on the…

Commitment to improved local news coverage in Sarasota continues

On November first, CBS’s Channel 10 News and WSRQ celebrated their anniversary. One year ago, the two media outlets teamed up to change the way that Sarasota was covered. It was a partnership that committed to having a team stationed in Sarasota full-time, instead of only when on assignment. Adding a local presence was a decision that had the power to change the image of…

These Things I Know

(Reprinted from SRQ Daily) When it comes to family, I am a traditionalist. I believe in the tradition of loving parents and meals together at the end of each day. I thinks it’s good to fight with your spouse. Not to correct a mistake, but because the marriage is that important. Marriage is hard. That is why so many people get divorced. If two people…

Another move to privatize Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota County Hospital Board Candidate, Jack Brill, confirmed that he was approached a few weeks ago by a PAC who offered approximately $30K in support if he would agree to back their efforts to privatize Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH).

Power To The People – What Is Happening To The Internet?

One of the most frustrating experiences everyone shares in Sarasota is the relationship they have with their cable and internet provider. For several thousand dollars a year, you can get hundreds of program and still have nothing to watch, constant buffering, slow downloads and lousy customer service. The only option for consumers is to switch back and forth between the two companies, Verizon and Comcast,…

Bottoms Up! WSRQ Talk Radio Hosts Raise Awareness and Blood Alcohol Levels

  Tune in to WSRQ 1220 AM & 106.9 FM on Friday, Dec. 6th from 4 – 6pm   Sarasota, Fla. – WSRQ Sarasota Talk Radio listeners are in for a holiday treat with a sobering message this Friday. Local radio personalities Bill Robertson, Susan Nilon, John Tortorella and Kirsten Sponseller will hit the airwaves on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4pm – 6pm to demonstrate…

When a Candidate Has Nothing to Say

  It’s an amazing thing to be asked to run for office. The decision is one that I don’t believe anyone takes lightly. But the will to run is not enough to win an election. Say what you will, but running a campaign is not all about fundraising and private parties. At some point, each candidate will have to get out there and shake some…

Q&A with Cathy Antunes, independent candidate for Sarasota County Commission, District 2

September 16th, 2010 by Susan Nilon in News, Politics reprinted from Creative Loafing Cathy Antunes found herself in the public eye in 2008 when she challenged the Sarasota County Commission to openly discuss all aspects of the Ed Smith Stadium arrangement between Sarasota and the Baltimore Orioles. I met with Ms. Antunes to discuss why she decided to run for Sarasota County Commissioner. “The public needs a representative who will…