How to Build a Stool is an article I wrote with info that my father, Jerry Pokras, a DIY expert, provided. Thanks, Dad!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Please vote 10 stars for our two-minute audio pitch in an entrepreneurial start-ups contest!If we win you will be invited to a big Sarasota, Florida party in our new cafe!
Judges will choose the winner from the entries that have the most stars and the most votes.
If you would like to vote for us every day, that would be awesome!
Here's the link:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tune in to Truly Sustainable Sarasota on FM radio station WSLR, 96.5 at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 26 (or listen live online at http://wslr.org/listen-live/). That's when host Vicki Chelf will interview Turner Tree and Landscape of Bradenton's CEO Darrell Turner about how his company saves beautiful, mature trees. They dig them up from construction sites, then replant and care for them--for years, if necessary--and then replant them at the original site when the construction is completed. Truly sustainable and truly inspiring! If you miss the live broadcast, you can listen to a podcast of it here.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Following is a letter a friend of mine wrote to Florida's Governor Charlie Crist. This is a letter that needs to be circulated widely; I invite you to blog about it and e-mail it around:
I have lived in Sarasota for most of my life. I have eked out an existence working and having a few low end rentals on the side. This was a rough yet rewarding existence helping those folks who were down. Renting to the poor I have never been able to get first, last and security. People do not have it. Especially today. Now there is no work to be had in this town translating to a real shortage of tenants. The current batch are all so far behind I am facing having to evict three. I have not had to do an eviction in ten or more years. Imagine my chagrin when I discovered that it will now cost me OVER FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS EACH to evict. That is if I do all the work myself and go through all the hoops myself and make sure not to cross one i or dot one t or it starts all over again from the beginning. All this in my free time. Even if the tenants do not fight leaving - because they cannot afford to go anywhere - I will be out several months rent and the huge repair costs to rehab three units. It is coming down to leaving the tenants in place and giving the property to the bank. I have worked my whole life for this. Shame on you and your ilk. Your approval rating with me just dropped its last ten points to zero. I am also letting everyone I know about this your alternate form of taxation. Shame on you.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Dear Sarasota Chamber,