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Sarasota musicians want county to back off noise restrictions listen

04/23/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Sarasota, music


Some Sarasota musicians are fed up with a new rule in the county limiting noise.

Several dozen packed a joint city-county commission meeting Tuesday to tell elected officials that cracking down on decibel levels is hurting the local economy and cultural scene.

Tony LeClerc plays bass and is a singer-songwriter.

"The ordinance was passed, I believe, May 20th. It reduced the decibel level from 75 to 60. A normal conversation between people runs around 75 decibels. A bird chirping h...

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101-year old Congressional candidate wants progressive policies

03/07/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: Joe Newman, Vern Buchanan, Sarasota, Congress

Joe Newman is running for a Sarasota congressional district seat currently held by Vern Buchanan. As a progressive candidate, Joe hopes to unseat the conservative Republican. As a write-in, he’s seen as maybe a fringe candidate. But that’s not all – Joe is 101 years old.

Here's a list Newman sent WMNF of some interesting information about this unique candidate:

• His parents were exiled to Siberia by the Tzar in the late 1800s for political dissension. He comes from a family tradition...

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George W. Bush to speak at lecture series in Sarasota and Republicans offer new ways to help the poor listen

01/09/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: George Bush, Sarasota, Ringling College of Art and Design, Gene Jones, War on Poverty, Marco Rubio


Today Radioactivity talks about former President George W Bush’s visit to Sarasota next Tuesday. And Rob Lorei discusses Senator Marco Rubio’s speech yesterday in which he said that the War on Poverty has been a failure.

Next Tuesday morning former President George Bush will speak at the Ringling Town Hall Lecture series in Sarasota- a series sponsored by the Ringling College of Art and Design. In its announcement the college says that “As president, he worked to expand freedom, oppo...


Brazilians in Sarasota protest government corruption in their home country listen

07/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Protests over government corruption and poor social services in Brazil have slowed down, but a group of native Brazilians in Sarasota is just getting started. Nearly 50 people protested systemic problems in the South American nation at the famous kissing statue on Sarasota’s waterfront Monday night despite unrelenting rain.

“We want less money for soccer stadiums and airports for the World Cup and more money for what people need which is health, education, housing, a lot of things t...

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Sarasota demonstration to support mass protests in Brazil listen

06/28/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This month hundreds of demonstrations across Brazil have attracted more than a million people protesting prices, government corruption and waste.

On Monday July 1 Brazilian ex-pats are holding their own demonstration in Sarasota to support the protesters and strikers.

It's at 6 p.m. at the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Ave.

We interviewed one of the organizers, Mica Martinelli.

"The protests starting in Brazil after...

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Dealing with the coyote influx in Sarasota County listen

03/25/13 Lauren Misa
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Coyote sightings are being reported in neighborhoods throughout Florida. There’s a free informational workshop Monday night in Sarasota to inform the public on how to coexist with coyotes. Carrie Nelson is a wildlife specialist in Sarasota County.

"Coyotes are found throughout the state of Florida and we also have a presence of them in Sarasota County. People have been reporting coyotes in their neighborhoods a little bit more commonly lately and so we wanted to hold a workshop to educa...

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Proposed Sarasota bicycle and pedestrian plan listen

02/25/13 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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This month Sarasota County is holding several meetings to present a draft plan for bicycle and pedestrian routes. People who attend can comment on the new draft plan.

It’s part of an initiative for Sarasota to have a safer, more effective transportation system. Beth Rozansky, Sarasota County transportation planner says community safety is the number one topic on everyone's mind.

“Similar to what a lot of other communities identified when they went out for outreach on plans, the nu...

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Some transit officials want lawmakers to support gas tax hike listen

02/22/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Some transit officials want the Florida legislature to let localities increase their local gas tax as much as ten cents per gallon. A Sarasota planning official suggested several possible ways to boost revenue during the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority meeting Friday in Tampa.

Michael Howe, executive director for the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization is pushing for a 2-cent increase to local gas taxes every year for the next five ...

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Some residents fighting proposed Walmart in Sarasota listen

01/08/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Some residents in Sarasota are fighting against a proposed Walmart; they got a boost in their efforts Monday night when the City Commission agreed to hold a new hearing, even though the planning board approved the site plan in November. Jerry Sparkman is a local architect who opposes the Walmart.

"Walmart has proposed a new super center on ...


Debbie Terry talks about Sarasota's upcoming Fabulous Independent Film Festival

08/16/12 Debbie Terry/Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Debbie Terry talked about Sarasota's LGBT themed Fabulous Independent Film Festival coming to Burns Court Cinema on August 18 & 19. The festival, which includes 12 films and 3 parties, is a Broken Rules Production in association with and benefiting the Harvey Milk Festival, a Sarasota non-profit.

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