All nine City Commission candidates touted their love of the arts during a candidate forum Feb. 8, which was sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, formerly the Sarasota County Arts Council.
The candidates fielded several arts-centric questions, such as, “How do you see the arts being helpful to the city? And would you support funding the arts?”
Richard Dorfman: “We have to use budgets more effectively and dig down a little deeper and realize the arts come with a cost.”
Linda Holland: “Arts organizations can help educate the community, which doesn’t understand as well as it shoud the value of the arts.”
Willie Shaw: “Bring arts onto MLK Boulevard to make it a destination point to revitalize teh community.”
Frederick Williams: “Let’s have our children job shadow those in the arts to instill in them a love of the arts. In the future, they will become patrons and employees in the arts.”
Paul Caragiulo: “I’d rather subsidize (local arts organizations) than Johnny Mathis (at the Van Wezel).”
Dick Clapp: “We do give space to some arts organizations at a nominal fee and support arts fairs. It’s good for us. Talk to us and give us ideas. We’re supportive.”
Diana Hamilton: “Arts are our most important asset. When it comes to the arts, I’m willing to un-balance the budget.”
Shannon Snyder: “I can’t sit here and tell you I will support more (funding), because the budget has big issues. I will help with making the festivals smoother, instead of nickle-and-diming them.”
Pete Theisen: “We’ve got tension between the city and arts organizations. I would pledge to appeal a noise ordinance, (which could find live music in violation).”
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- There has been some suggestion that the canned music, which is legal under present law, is actually louder than the live music that is outlawed. If the whole point is that the condo residents want to be able to sleep I would think that the law should address volume and loudness, not live or recorded.
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