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OUR TOWN + Wild assumes Kiwanis Club post For the first time in the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s history, a Longboater will become lieutenant governor for the state’s Kiwanis Club 18 North Division. At the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key’s Aug. 29 meeting, outgoing Lt. Gov. Jackie Booth presented the club with the lieutenant governor banner that will be displayed at weekly meetings during John Wild’s term, which will run from October through Sept. 30, 2014. Wild’s position acts as a go-between between the Kiwanis Club’s Florida district governor and the four clubs that reside in Division 18 North. Wild and Booth recently worked together with other Division 18 North club presidents to collect more than 300 jars of peanut butter for local area food banks that were running low on the high-protein food source. Longboat Key Kiwanis Club members secured $100 for the drive.

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+ Sarasota Bay Watch releases 13 million scallops Sarasota Bay Watch has released approximately 13 million juvenile scallop larvae into Sarasota Bay during the two last weeks in its first two scallop releases of 2013. The group plans to release approximately 50 million larvae this year as part of a multiyear restorative project — more than double the 24 million larvae it released last year. The releases are funded by Scallopalooza, which raised more than $25,000 this year, and private donations. To view a video or scallop larvae ready for release as seen from under a microscope, visit YourObserver. com and click on this week’s “Our Town.”

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Developer proposes $60 million project Sarasota developer Jay Tallman has plans to build one of the first two new luxury residential condominium projects on Longboat Key since 2007. Longboat Key commissioners and town officials are quick to point out that the Key is essentially built out. Well, not quite. Sarasota developer Jay Tallman, president of Ascentia Group LLC, and Northbrook, Ill.,-based BBC Key LLC, are partnering to transform the historic, overgrown, gated five-acre Villa Am Meer parcel at 2251 Gulf of Mexico Drive into a 16-luxury residential condominium site. If approved, it will be one of the first new luxury condominium projects to be built on Longboat Key since 2007, when Positano was completed. (Earlier this year, Michael Saunders & Co. began taking reservations for the planned 11-unit Infinity condominium.) The partners submitted a preapplication for site-plan review with the Planning, Zoning and Building Department Sept. 17, and will meet with town staff in early October to review a project that will not seek any departures from town code. Tallman, who also developed Vizcaya and en Provence — some of the last new developments built on the Key — told the Longboat Observer Tuesday, “I’ve had my eye on this piece of property for a long time,” explaining the property “has

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BBC Key LLC and Ascentia Group will keep the 80-year-old Villa Am Meer house as the project’s clubhouse and community center. a great, interesting history we need to embrace.” Villa Am Meer means “Villa on the Sea” in German. A German immigrant named Dr. Hermann Kohl purchased the property in the depths of the Great Depression in 1932, two years after he was indicted on federal bootlegging charges. After Prohibition ended in late 1933, the charges were dropped, and Kohl built Villa Am Meer in 1935 as a winter retreat. In 1993, the family of the Kohls’ adopted daughter, Elena

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Colony settlement expected this week Colony Beach & Tennis Resort affected parties are working to sign a settlement this week to meet a bankruptcy judge’s deadline. The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Association board of directors has called a special board meeting for Wednesday night to sign a settlement agreement with longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber. In a notice sent Monday morning, the board informed Colony

unit owners that Wednesday’s 8 p.m. conference call is for the approval of a proposed settlement agreement with Colony Beach & Tennis Club Ltd., Murray J. Klauber and affiliates. Association President Jay Yablon declined to comment, only noting that the settlement is in its final stages of review.

A signed settlement agreement between Colony Beach & Tennis Resort parties is due to be filed no later than Thursday at the request of Tampa-based U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May. All parties are set to review the settlement in May’s courtroom Oct. 10.

sudden departure by Robin Hartill | City Editor

P&Z director submits his resignation Robin Meyer was a town employee for less than one-and-a-half years. Longboat Key Planning, Zoning and Building Director Robin Meyer resigned Tuesday morning, effective immediately. Meyer will receive three months’ severance pay, according to Town Manager Dave Bullock, who described Meyer’s departure as a resignation, but said he determined severance “was appropriate in this situation.” Bullock appointed town planner Alaina Ray to lead the department in the interim. When asked if anything led up to his resignation, Meyer said, “Nope. I just resigned. That’s it. Sometimes you need to make changes.” Meyer The Longboat Observer asked Meyer Tuesday morning, before he gave his resignation to Bullock, to give a status update on the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub project. Meyer said: “We’re still working on it. But it appears the siteplan exception is expired and the applicant will have to resubmit.” Last week a Key resident submitted an objection to an amended Mar Vista site-plan exception that asks for an additional 11 restaurant seats, noting the original site-plan exception approved in 2010 had expired Nov. 16, 2011. Meyer, 62, assumed the role of PZB director in May 2012, after the town selected him following the resignation of former PZB director Monica Simpson. Meyer had indicated that he intended to be employed by the town for a minimum of five years based on satisfactory work experience, according to the letter the town sent him in April 2012 offering him the position. Meyer earned an annual salary of $95,804.80. “We have a lot of work on the books right now, and I just hope we can keep that on track,” said Planning Zoning and Building Chairwoman B.J. Webb.

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Benedict, sold the southern parcel of the property, totaling just under seven acres, to the developers of the 38-unit Villa di Lancia. The Tampa-based Statewide Associates purchased the remaining five acres of the property for $18 million in 2006, with plans to build 30 townhouses. But then the market went south. Court records show BBC Key LLC became the owner of the property in 2009, after it went into foreclosure three years after the $18 million sale. Tallman began to keep an eye on the property about a year ago and reached out to BBC Key LLC, a private equity group, and relayed his interest. “They called me this spring and asked me to explore developing the property because they know the timing is right now,” Tallman said. “I had my eye on this property on Longboat, just like I did for en Provence and Vizcaya. I got a big grin on my face when I got that call.” The exploration turned into a partnership agreement for Tallman, who knew the project would be centered around preserving the site’s 5,000-square-foot residential house that has sat vacant for years. That home will become the project’s clubhouse and community center. “When we walked inside and saw the handcrafted wooden beams, arched wooden doorways and attention to detail, we fell in love with it and knew we wanted to keep it,” Tallman said. What also will be preserved are the site’s old rusty iron gates. The gates will be attached to a future privacy wall that will sit off Gulf of Mexico Drive. The rest of the site, Tallman says, will be the most modern development the Key has seen since 2007, when Positano was completed. Tallman assembled local real-estate agents together — like he always does when starting a project — to hold a focus session to help him decide what the market wants.

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The result? Tallman will place 16 units that are between 3,800 and 4,000 square feet on a site on which town code will allow him to build 30 units (the site is zoned for six residential units per acre.) Why? “They all have to have sweeping waterfront views,” said Tallman, who also explains that building fewer units allows him to comply with the stringent floor-arearatio mandates the town code requires for residential units. “I know the ins and the outs of this town’s code.” The units will feature a “coastal contemporary theme,” which Tallman describes as “more modern with a style that uses wood to create warmth in a beachfront setting.” Units will include garages and extended terrace areas with approximately 4,000 square feet of space to maximize the units’ views. Unique sliding-glass doors will open to the large terraces and modern pools that overlook the Gulf. Three or four penthouses will hold private rooftop terraces, complete with summer kitchens and gardens. Open floor plans with large state-of theart kitchens and technology, which will allow owners to control everything from the air conditioning to entertainment systems, complete the mix. Declining to set price points so early for a project that will most likely be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Board in November or December and by the Longboat Key Town Commission in January or February, Tallman says the project has a total retail value of $60 million. Reservations could begin in January, and Tallman said the project will take 16 to 18 months to build once approval is granted and dirt is turned on the site. Noting the redevelopment of the Longboat Key Publix and the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort’s application for a $24 million renovation-and-expansion project, Tallman said, “The time is right. The market has turned and this upcoming season is the time to introduce new, fresh property.”

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ongboaters and Resort at Longboat Key Club members hoping for a revised Key Club renovation-and-expansion application to be delivered to Town Hall shouldn’t expect to see one any time soon. Still, Key Club General Manager Jeff Mayers says both Key residents and club members are happy with the upgrades to club property in the last 10 months. In short, the club’s new owner, Ocean Properties RENOVATIONS Ltd., has invested • A complete more than $4 milrenovation of the lion to renovate and Islandside spa upgrade everything • Golf course renovafrom golf courses to tions at Islandside the spa to pool paand Harbourside tio furniture. • New landscaping Those aren’t the at Islandside and only upgrades the Harbourside Delray Beach-based • New uniforms and company is bringnew brand name ing to the island: Two weeks ago, • Replacement pool Ocean Properties deck furniture at submitted plans for the Inn on the a $24 million LongBeach boat Key Hilton • New menus at club Beachfront Resort restaurants re n ov a t i o n - a n d expansion project. Ocean Properties also owns Lido Beach Resort and Lido Key Holiday Inn. Kurt Schultheis “The capital resources this Resort at Longboat Key Club General Manager Jeff Mayers created a company is putting back into plan to enhance the club’s assets and offerings for members. this club and this Key, in general, is phenomenal,” Mayers said. what they want.” Mayers doesn’t fail to say hello “They are standing behind their To bring that vision to fruition, to anyone, employees or club investments and making them Ocean Properties spent approxi- members alike. better for this community.” mately $700,000 on golf-course Common phrases Mayers uses On Nov. 1, Ocean Properties renovations alone this year and as he holds doors for members or purchased the Key Club from has more upgrades planned for shakes a golfer’s hand include: Loeb Partners Realty LLC, which next year. Newly redesigned tee “How are you doing today?” tried unsuccessfully to get a ren- boxes and fairways, new golf “Anything I can do for you?” “Are ovation-and-expansion applica- carts, locker rooms and a plan you enjoying your day so far?” tion approved after a version of to replace existing grass with a Mayers is quick to point out the project was overturned on more drought-resistant sod are in that the last year hasn’t all been appeal in 2011. place. Thirteen acres of sod will about capital upgrades. Mayers spent his first couple be placed on the currently closed A new website and marketing of weeks taking tours of the Harbourside golf course; staff is campaign completes the image. property and performing walk- working to let the course and its The club is marketing five new throughs of every department. landscaping become overgrown keywords, both for its campaign “During the acclimation pro- before they cut it down, lay the and as its overall club theme: Sacess, one of the things I took a look sod and make modifications. vor, play, rejuvenate, explore and at was the needs for capital invest“It’s all about creating a golf unwind. ment into the asset,” Mayers said. experience for our members, “Every facet of the resort and Capital investments at the not just giving them a course to club will accomplish those five Key Club include upgraded golf play,” Mayers said. words,” Mayers says “Savor the courses, a newly renovated spa, There are also new menus at restaurants; play; rejuvenate in new pool deck furniture, new restaurants with new events for the spa; explore what this club golf carts, new landscaping, new members planned for the season. and this area has to offer; and let menu offerings, new restaurant “It’s not just for golf,” Mayers us help you unwind and relax.” equipment and more (see side- said. “It’s a universal, resort-like Mayers said redesigning the bar). experience.” club’s meeting space is next on Mayers’ first order of business The year-round calendar will the list. almost a year ago was sending include 275 to 300 events. “Members help steer the viout a member survey. Walking the resort grounds, sion for the future,” Mayers said. “Golf-course renovations was the overwhelming want,” MayYOUROBSERVER.COM // Visit our website to see a video of Ocean ers said. “Members provide feedProperties’ investment in the Resort at Longboat Key Club back to help steer our vision for

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of our buildings with a fresh new look.” • ON NEW UNIFORMS: “We are very proud of staff and no matter how good the club looks, our employees make the first impression.” • ON NEW POOL DECK FURNITURE: “It’s all about creating an experience and the pool deck furniture and other equipment we have purchased are a part of that.” • ON NEW MENUS: “Our menus were changed and enhanced to offer more variety and some exciting new offerings.”

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NEWSBRIEFS + Old Publix plaza coming down in October First it was supposed to happen in April, then it was September. But Lakeland-based Publix Supermarkets Inc. officials now say the final piece of the old Avenue of the Flowers plaza will be torn down during the first week of October. It’s a long time coming for the Longboat Key Town Commission, which wanted the building torn down after Easter, as originally planned. In a Sept. 13 email to Town Manager Dave Bullock, Commissioner Phill Younger expressed his displeasure. “Given that the original demolition was set to occur last April, five months ago, enough is enough,” Younger wrote. “This building is an eye sore that should be, and needs to be remedied, now.” Publix officials told Bullock the demolition “ran into some internal rescheduling.” Per an agreement reached with the town, Publix has until the end of the year to tear down the building. Officials, though, informed town staff it would be torn down well before the end of the year. Once the rest of the old plaza is torn down, Publix has plans to put more parking spaces in its place before the Key’s seasonal population returns.

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VISION FOR THE FUTURE

The draft briefing book gives panelists an overview of Longboat Key history, issues, trends and demographics. Here is a snapshot of a few issues and patterns presented in the briefing book.

Income and benefits (in 2011 inflation-adjusted dollars) by percentage of population INCOME AMOUNT Less than $49,999 $50,000 to $74,999 $75,000 to $99,999 $100,000 to $149,999 $150,000 to $199,999 $200,000 or more

Housing trends Longboat Key’s housing stock is aging, with approximately 72% of housing more than 25 years old. AGE OF HOUSING Built in 2000 or later 4.4% Built 1990 to 1999 23.5% Built 1980 to 1989 24.6% Built 1970 to 1979 33.9% Built 1969 or earlier 13.6%

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Major employers and number of employees The southern half of Longboat Key, pictured, has mostly planned-development neighborhoods and condominiums, while north-end construction is more eclectic.

An upcoming Urban Land Institute study will help the town plan its short- and long-term goals. Are you a Longboat Key resident or stakeholder? Then, the town wants to hear from you. Your mission: Help the town shape its future. As of the Thursday, Sept. 19 meeting of a subcommittee formed to prepare for the Urban Land Institute’s October visit and study, the town had compiled a list of 138 residents and individuals who are familiar with the Key to be considered for interviews. Town planner Alaina Ray estimated that town officials sug-

gested approximately one-third of those names, while 50 submitted their names for consideration. The remainder came from town staff making calls to seek individuals from under-represented demographics. One hard-to-find group: residents under the age of 40. The purpose of the study is to seek analysis and recommendations for how the town can plan for the next 20 years. Never been involved at Town Hall before? The town is especially inter-

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Hospitality and other tourism-related services, retail/food services and municipal government are the major sources of employment on Longboat Key. EMPLOYERS FULL TIME Longboat Key Club & Resort 400

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Employment status by percentage of population The majority of Longboat Key’s residents, both permanent and seasonal, are affluent retirees. 2000 2010 In labor force 26.4 25.5 Employed 26.2 24.1 Unemployed 26.2 24.1 Not in labor force 73.6 74.5

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Commission approves 10% millage hike A Longboat Key resident who owns a $500,000 home will pay an extra $94.20 in taxes as the result of the new 2.0760 millage rate. Rising pension costs mean rising tax bills for Key residents. The Longboat Key Town Commission approved its 2013-14 fiscal year budget Monday night, along with a millage rate of 2.0760 that’s 10% higher than last year’s rate of 1.8872. For a Longboat Key taxpayer with a $500,000 home, the increase amounts to an extra $94.20. One mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of assessed valuation. The commission agreed to the increase on first reading earlier this month after Town Manager Dave Bullock explained that rising pension costs call for an increase either this year or next year. The rolled-back rate — the amount that, exclusive of new construction, would provide the same amount of tax revenue levied in the previous year — was 1.8502. The new millage produces a 12.2% change from the rolled-back rate because of Frankly, I hate to the 10% increase and the say this, but in my rise in Key property assessopinion it’s gonna ments. Hideaway Bay resident get worse because Philip Tyson spoke against the tax hike, telling the these pension commission he has had to costs aren’t godig into his savings, assets ing away, and we and retirement over the past five years and urged also have beach the commission to cut renourishment costs. facing us. “I don’t go out and buy prime steak anymore,” Commissioner Jack Tyson said. “I buy chuck Duncan, about the steak. I have to live within costs the town faces my means.” But commissioners told Tyson the increase was largely the result of rising pension costs, including the town’s unfunded liability for its three pension plans that now totals approximately $27 million. Commissioner Jack Duncan said the town has already cut costs and staff but gave a warning about the costs the town faces. “Frankly, I hate to say this, but in my opinion it’s gonna get worse, because these pension costs aren’t going away, and we also have beach renourishment facing us,” Duncan said. The commission postponed a $45 million renourishment project planned for 2013 until next summer because bids for the project were 40% higher than previously estimated. Commissioner Lynn Larson made a motion to increase the rolled-back rate, instead of the current millage rate, which would have given residents a smaller tax increase. That motion failed. Larson was the only commissioner who voted against the 2.0760 millage rate. The commission also amended the 2013-14 budget to reserve an additional $210,075 General Fund surplus for pension costs.

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The tide is turning on LBK The turn started with two transactions: First, the town approval in 2011 and then the redevelopment of Avenue of the Flowers and construction of the new Publix Super Market and CVS drug store. Then came the sale in October 2012 of the Longboat Key Club and Resort to Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties Ltd. At the time, they seemed isolated, disconnected and not much of a premonition. After all, the pall of the recession lingered, and Benedict estate home at Villa Am Meer many Longboaters wondered whether Ocean Properties and expansion of the Hilton and that it had was going to be good or bad for the future a contract to purchase the Chart House resof the Key. taurant and office building adjacent to its In the case of Avenue of the Flowers, now Islandside property. renamed the Shoppes at Bay Isles, the propAll the while, earlier this year, Michael erty had run its course and needed rejuveSaunders & Co. announced sales were nating. Yet, Lakeland-based Publix Super restarting for 11 luxury residences at the Markets, owner of the shopping plaza, proposed Beau Claire condominium at easily could have walked away. Its execumid-Key, and construction has been under tives and owners, several of whom own resi- way on a mini-spurt of home building on dential property on the Key, saw the strife the Gulf side in the 2800 to 3000 blocks of that permeated the town’s politics over the Gulf of Mexico Drive and on Triton Avenue, Key Club’s proposed $400 renovation and just north of Bay Isles Road. Altogether, five expansion. What’s more, the tenor of events new homes are under way. at the shuttered Colony Beach & Tennis On Tuesday, one more definitive sign of Resort and the declining, all-but-shuttered revitalization and belief in Longboat Key Whitney Beach shopping center didn’t offer emerged. As reported on page 1 this week, much optimism that Longboat Key was a Sarasota entrepreneur Jay Tallman, who place still on its way up. developed two of the Key’s signature luxury Thank goodness, though, the Publix own- developments, Vizcaya and En Provence, ers had the sentimental ties to Longboat announced he has teamed up with the Key that they do. They knew how important Chicago investment firm that owns the a first-rate Publix was to the overall value of historic Villa Am Meer/Benedict Estate Longboat Key and reinvested for the long in the 2200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. term. They plan to construct 16 luxury estate resiTheir timing was just right — when values dences on the five-acre property — and also and construction costs had declined and restore the Benedict home as the clubhouse were reaching the bottom of the downturn. for the development. Likewise with Ocean Properties. It bought Altogether, this investment of close low. to $100 million sends a strong message. This is what happens in the wake of Longboat Key’s location and physical attrirecessions. When values fall, opportunistic butes are still superior enough to overcome entrepreneurs and experienced business the anti-investment politics and policies pragmatists respond. that have emanated in years past from Town Indeed, you can bet the farm that Ocean Hall. Properties did not acquire a 30-year-old, New life is being injected to the Key. Let’s one-of-a-kind, gulf-and-bay resort with the hope the momentum carries on. As this was intention of caretaking its demise. going to press, the combatants in the sevenAll of a sudden, with its acquisition of year war at the Colony were on the verge of the Key Club, Ocean Properties became announcing a settlement. Imagine the enerthe largest owner of resort assets in Greater gy and optimism that will permeate the Key Sarasota. The Key Club joined Ocean if that results in a new Colony tennis resort. Properties’ portfolio of the Longboat Key And with luck, this positive momentum Hilton Beachfront Resort, the Lido Beach would continue to travel north, reaching Holiday Inn and Lido Beach Resort. the north end of the island. One day, long With this cluster of resorts, Ocean before this decade ends, there will be a new Properties made a definitive statement of direction and use for the Whitney Beach its view of the long-term future of the area. plaza property; it’s the only answer. And As reported on page 3 this week, in the last who knows, there may even be a miraculous 10 months, Ocean Properties has invested awakening and tidal change in Longbeach $4 million into the club at Islandside and Village — allowing Ed Chiles to add 11 more Harbourside combined (have you seen seats to his Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant the new pool furniture at the Inn on the and Pub and creating a dining-and-dock Beach?). And it made two more major state- experience that combines the Mar Vista ments about what it thinks of the future of and Moore’s Stone Crab restaurants into a Longboat Key when it announced plans to contiguous and redeveloped, old-Florida invest $24 million in a complete renovation destination.

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+ Fatal conceit

There is no example in the history of mankind that proves government can manage anything more efficiently and effectively than the private sector. This is the obvious truth that Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and all the other congressional Democrats refuse to accept — all because they don’t want to give in to the opposing political party. Logic and economics say it’s so. Consider this from John Goodman, creator of healthsavings accounts and foremost expert on health-care in America. Writing for Forbes.com last month, Goodman said: “Is it really credible to think that ObamaCare will reduce the cost of health care? “Consider that ObamaCare aims to insure an additional 27 million people. If economic studies are correct, once they are insured, these people will try to double their consumption of health care. “On top of that, millions of employees and their employers will be forced to upgrade their health insurance, making it more generous (and more expensive) than it currently is. Again, more insurance coverage inevitably leads to more spending. Then there is a lengthy list of preventive services everyone is supposed to insure for, with no copayment or deductible. Even seniors on Medicare are affected. Although no serious scholar has asserted that it has any medical benefits, seniors will be getting a free “wellness checkup” every year, all of which takes doctors’ time and uses valuable resources. “What we are describing is a huge increase in the demand for care. But the Affordable Care Act does nothing to increase supply. This is virtually guaranteed to put upward pressure on prices. To the extent that prices are prevented from rising, it will create enhanced rationing by waiting. And almost anything patients and doctors do to circumvent the cost of waiting will also add to the money cost of care.” Let’s look at it another way. Who operates the U.S. Postal Service? Congress, the president and their attendant federal bureaucrats. How’s that working out? Who issues and manages most of the college loans? Congress, the president and their attendant federal bureaucrats. How’s that working out? Who operates and manages the Internal Revenue Service? Congress, the president and their attendant bureaucrats. How’s that working out? Who operates and manages Social Security and Medicare? Congress, the president and their attendant bureacrats. How are they working out? We could go on for weeks citing failed government programs. And yet Obama and Reid are so conceited that they are willing to sacrifice Americans to their political egos. Treason: betrayal of your country. It applies.

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LIFE IN THE FAST LANE 4:31 p.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. A 20-year-old man was riding his motorcycle at 70 mph to 80 mph and passing cars in the bicycle lane. Police gave him a ticket for careless driving. The man thanked police for not ticketing him for his other offenses.

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SEPT. 11 HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE 8:06 a.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Road. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman’s husband went to a bank and accessed her account without taking any money. The woman said she felt violated, but police determined no crime occurred.

fic. The employee said the man then got out of his truck, yelled something and hit his fist on the hood of the van. The worker photographed the driver and his vehicle. Police spoke with the truck’s owner, who said the employee was driving 15 mph to 20 mph and made an obscene hand gesture when he passed him. The man also photographed the Verizon employee but denied hitting his fist on the van.

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RODE RAGE

6:31 p.m. — Intersection of GMD and General Harris Street. Disturbance. A Verizon employee said he was driving slowly because he was trying to find a service station, when the driver of a white truck passed him, blew his horn and cut him off in traf-

LETTERS TO THEEDITOR + Get rid of Obamacare

Dear Editor: I am in favor of getting rid of Obamacare. It is a nightmare. • The U.S. Congress who passed it when the Democrats were in charge exempted themselves. • Nancy Pelosi, who was then Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, exempted businesses in San Francisco, her hometown. • The Internal Revenue Service, which is enforcing it, is exempt, or they are working part-time. • Many unions such as the Teamsters and electrical workers (IBEW), who supported Obama originally, are against Obamacare because it would weaken their own heath care. Those are the facts.  John J. Clancy Sarasota

+ Save Beer Can Island?

Dear Editor: I have walked from Whitney Beach to Beer Can (Greer) Island along the Gulf since 1992, and in the last 10 years or so have seen most of the

7:08 a.m. — 4700 block of GMD. Traffic. A man’s car overheated while he drove down Gulf of Mexico Drive. He was waiting for the car to cool down and had extra fluid with him to fill up the radiator.

beach and Australian pines wash away due to sand erosion.  I am writing you now in response to a recent letter to the editor in a recent Longboat Observer paper. I’ve been following the beach renourishment and Beer Can Island problem for years. Many residents and visitors walk and enjoy the unique natural habitat of Beer Can Island. Do many residents and visitors want to save the rest of the beautiful, natural north end of Longboat Key? I think so. A year ago I wrote a letter to a local newspaper about the success story of adding a second jetty to the Barnegat Inlet in New Jersey. The jetty totally solved the inlet and erosion problem there, including saving the Barnegat Lighthouse. There are some local residents and some Longboat Key and county commissioners who are against a second jetty on the south side of the Longboat Pass, saying that it would not work and would destroy the “natural” environment. I’m not a jetty fan, but if a south jetty is not installed soon, there will not be any natural environment or Beer Can Island left to see! It will be washed away.  In a recent local newspaper article against jetties, a long list of “experts” stated that jetties don’t work. My comment: There are hundreds of

POOL PATROL 6:26 p.m. — 2100 block of GMD. Trespassing. An owner reported trespassers at his condo’s swimming pool. Police couldn’t locate the suspects.

two jetty inlets built and operating successfully in the country and just as many organizations that report on their success. There have been many studies done by private companies and government agencies regarding the pros and cons of single and double jetties. From my reading and actual observation of the success at Barnegat Inlet and the failure at Longboat Key, and as a practical engineer, a second jetty stabilizes the channel and protects the adjacent barrier islands. I hope logic prevails and we move swiftly toward following the recommendations of our town consultants and install a second jetty at Longboat Pass and save Beer Can Island.  I also hope the commissioners follow through and renourish the beach in the future with white sand, regardless of cost.  Herman Kruegle Longboat Key

+ Sept. 11 tribute thank you

Dear Editor: Many thanks to Longboat Key for all the time and energy put into the beautiful display of patriotism on Sept. 11! What a pleasure to drive down Gulf of Mexico Drive. Thank you to everyone involved in making that tribute happen each year. Trudy Mahoney Longboat Key

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I love to watch the delight on the children’s faces as they learn and grow on their own. They’ll be playing, and, suddenly, they connect the dots, and you can see it on their faces. — REBECCA LOCKWOOD, PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR/ FORTY CARROTS FAMILY CENTER

REBECCA LOCKWOOD Preschool director // Forty Carrots Family Center

The 3-year-olds anxiously wait near the plants in the Forty Carrots Family Center butterfly garden. They peer through the leaves and exchange looks of anticipation in hopes of spotting one of the winged insects. As the clouds part and the sun shines through, a monarch butterfly appears, almost as if on cue, and the children spring into action, laughing and screaming as they excitedly chase after it. The garden was installed during the summer as a learning aid, and since the children returned at the beginning of September, they’ve been taking full advantage of the hands-on, outdoor-learning opportunity. “I love to watch the delight on the children’s faces as they learn and grow on their own,” says Rebecca Lockwood, who has been preschool director since August. “They’ll be playing,

and, suddenly, they connect the dots, and you can see it on their faces. Everything is new and big to them, so it keeps me young and learning with them.” The family center previously had a butterfly garden, and when it needed to be revitalized, Forty Carrots staff decided to post the project on GulfCoastGives.org, where it was funded in March. The funds from donors provided plants, irrigation and watering cans for the children. Lockwood says the garden provides a great opportunity for the children to experience hands-on learning, utilizing all five senses, which she says is especially important in early-childhood development. “Children learn best by doing,” she says. And they’ve been involved from the start; they even helped plant the garden, which they still regularly tend to with watering cans. Each class also learns about the life cycle of a butterfly and the plants in the garden that

provide food for the caterpillars, and they enjoy watching the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. “I hope that when they’re a little older, they might look back at this experience and make that connection,” says Lockwood. “They’ll realize they weren’t just playing and having fun, but that they were learning about life cycles and creating a base of knowledge. I think that will translate into a lifelong love of learning.”

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The Longboat Key Education Center’s fall semester begins Oct. 21 with a few core courses and several new additions. School days are about to start at the Longboat Key Education Center — but these aren’t exactly good old-fashioned school days. Registration for this year’s programs is currently open; the fall semester begins Monday, Oct. 21. And although the first day of school is still nearly a month away, Susan Goldfarb, Education Center executive director, has been busy prepping. The center has invested in new sound and production equipment, including additional speakers and ceiling projectors. “Films are really big at the school, and I want them to be more enjoyable by being easier to hear and having sharper pictures,” Goldfarb said. The fall semester is typically the least busy of the school’s three semesters and features regular favorites such as bridge, yoga, watercolor, Nia and “You’ve Got to See This Movie!” The fall’s new course offerings are

“Sweet and Spirited Yoga,” “Learning to Meditate: Practical Techniques to Develop Inner Peace” and “A Film Critic’s Guide to the Movie Watching Experience & the Digital Revolution in Movies.” The semester will also feature two one-day Saturday workshops: “Social Media: The Basics” and “An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Brush Stroke Painting.” Expect a packed schedule of courses, workshops, day trips and concerts — all of which you can learn about in the 201314 brochure that’s available now.

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION To register for Longboat Key Education Center programs, visit the Education Center at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 212, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays; call 3838811; or visit lbkeducationcenter.org.

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2. 102 Twin Shores Blvd. Neighborhood: Twin Shores Price: $249,900 Listing agent: Marni Hayden, My Realty Co. Bedrooms: Two Bathrooms: Two Square feet: 953 Year built: 1950; renovation completed in 2010 What makes it unique: The home is one of four villas that were renovated in 2010 from eight rental units at the back of the 55-andup Twin Shores mobile-home community that dates back to the 1950s but fell into disrepair over the years. Although they’re located in a mobile-home community, they’re actually concrete villas. “The biggest thing about them is they have their own little marina and their own deeded beach access. You have waterfront access on both sides,” Hayden said.

3. 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 14D Neighborhood: Sea Gate Club Price: $749,000 Listing agent: Bruce Myer, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Bedrooms: Two Bathrooms: Two Square feet: 1,470 Year built: 1973 What makes it unique: The unit includes granite tops, stainlesssteel fixtures and extended kitchen cabinetry, and its master suite feature has a spa-like bath with rainshower heads and streaming jets. It’s located on the 14th floor, giving expansive views of the Gulf and the Key’s beach, according to Myer. The community has a beachfront pool, Har-Tru tennis courts and clubroom.

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4. 592 Juan Anasco Drive Neighborhood: Sleepy Lagoon Price: $749,900 Listing agent: Tina Rudek, Engel & Voëlkers Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Three Square feet: 2,132 Year built: 1974 What makes it unique: The property is located on a canal and includes a swimming pool and large family room, part of which could be converted into a fourth bedroom. “(It has) complete tranquility and is only two lots away from Sarasota Bay, offering a great 2,000 square feet, plus a floor plan perfect for entertaining and bringing the outdoors in,” Rudek said.

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WEST OF TRAIL BAY FRONT! Over 4,000SF w/wide-open water views, 4Br/4.5Ba, custom fixtures & fine finishes, marble, granite, travertine & hardwood flrs, natural stone, built-ins, furniture quality cabinets, gourmet kitch., pool, dock & lifts in S SRQ! M L S # A 3 9 8 0 318 $ 1, 9 5 0 , 0 0 0

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BAY VIEWS ON LONGBOAT! 2-3Br/2Ba/1CG great rm plan w/travertine & tile flrs, glass block, custom finishes, built-ins, eat-in kitch. w/Euro-style cabinets, bkfst bar, pvt balcony, storm shutters & deeded storage in gated comm. w/resort amenities! MLS#3982355 $800,000

PENTHOUSE WITH VIEWS! 3-4Br/3.5Ba/2CG overlooking bay & city vistas w/diagonal tile, crown moldings, wood cabinets, granite, SS appls. & 2 pvt balconies in an inclusive downtown bldg w/ full amenities & great location in cultural district! MLS#A3982043 $800,000

in this complex. Updated, directly on the beach. Turnkey with upscale furnishings. Weekly rentals available. Dia Wilson & Mary Moore #M5835428 $249,900

CENTRAL LOCATION DOWNTOWN! Excellent investment; 2Br/1Ba ground flr w/ceramic tile, neutral finishes & serv entrance in a well maintained comm. w/assigned pkg & storage close to the heartbeat of the city; Marina Jacks, Selby Gardens & more! MLS#A3978196 $185,000

PENTHOUSE BAY VIEW LBK 2BR/2BA designer furnished, boat docks, beach cabana, pets welcome. A must see. Great complex, shows like a model. Best value on LBK. Hurry! Marc Turner $379,900 #A3926740

ISLAND STYLE INSPIRED 2BR/2BA unit. Great rental income, property was completely renovated in 2005. New kitchen and bathrooms. Oversized screened lanai for maximum garden view. Mary Moore & Dia Wilson #M5835441 $399,000 PROTECTED DEEP WATER! Mainland 3-5Br/3.5Ba/3CG w/teak, mahogany & bamboo flrs, tile, granite, marble, detailed ceil., builtins, custom finishes, wood cabinets, aquarium glass, butlers pantry, gourmet kitch., comb fam rm, saltwater pool/spa & summer kitch on loggia, dock & lift MLS#A3971649 $1,694,000

FRANCES CARLTON Downtown 1-2Br/1Ba w/historic designation, Lr, Dr, den/study, wood flrs, ceramic tile, carpet, custom cabinets, French doors, Palladian windows, pvt laundry & pool views in secure bldg w/ amenities; courtyards, pool & assigned parking! MLS#A3974837 $184,000

UPDATED IN BAY PLAZA! 2Br/2Ba/den/1CG w/bamboo lam flrs, ceramic tile, wood cabinets, eat-in kitch. w/granite, modern cabinets & appls., 2 balconies w/views, pvt laundry in secure, full-serv bldg w/ amenities; concierge, valet, fitness ctr, pool & more! MLS#A3978547 $449,000

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1. 2721 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 303 Neighborhood: Longboat Beachcomber Price: $249,900 Listing agent: Mary Moore and Dia Wilson, Wagner Realty Bedrooms: One Bathrooms: One Square feet: 675 Year built: 1970 What makes it unique: The unit is offered turnkey with furnishings and can be rented out weekly. The Beachcomber property is located mid-Key on the Gulfside beach and has a Gulfside pool and sundeck. The unit has recently been remodeled and includes a new kitchen and bathroom, refinished cabinets, granite countertops, new paint, tile flooring, baseboards, crown molding and new lighting throughout, according to Moore.

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5. 455 Longboat Club Road, Penthouse 2 Neighborhood: The Pierre Price: $1,495,000 Listing agent: Mark Huber, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Three-and-a-half Square feet: 2,410 Year built: 1990 What makes it unique: The unit offers views of the Gulf, bay, Islandside Golf Course and Intracoastal Waterway and offers 14-foot ceilings and two balconies. The community is located behind the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside gates and has a heated outdoor pool, toddler pool, hot tub and gazebo. Residents can access the property’s beach through the property’s dune walkway.

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7. 5030 Gulf of Mexico Drive Neighborhood: Longboat Key bayfront Price: $4.98 million Listing agent: Richard Perlman, Michael Saunders & Co. Bedrooms: Five Bathrooms: Four-and-a-half Square feet: 5,126 Year built: Primary residence built in 1985 and remodeled in 2001; guest house built in 2001. What makes it unique: The estate known as “Bayside Villa” is located behind iron gates that open to gardens, a fountain and antique stone statues at the entrance. The property includes a primary residence and guest residence, an outdoor kitchen on the pool deck, boat dock, deeded beach access and garage parking for 14 vehicles (the late owner was an avid car collector). “It’s definitely a car collector’s dream come true, or (the garage space) could be used for a fitness studio,” Perlman said.

6. 3548 Fair Oaks Lane Neighborhood: Queens Harbour Price: $1.5 million Listing agent: Judy Kepecz-Hays, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Bedrooms: Four Bathrooms: Four-and-a-half Square feet: 3,470 Year built: 2000 What makes it unique: The home has a dock, 19-foot ceilings and swimming pool. Its Queens Harbour neighborhood is located behind the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside gates and has access to the Bay Isles Beach Club. “It has bayfront, it has volume ceilings, split bedrooms. There’s a private courtyard pool and also a separate guest suite that could be used as an art studio or hobby room. It’s a fabulous neighborhood; you couldn’t pick better neighbors,” Kepecz-Hays said.

8. 4125 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit S301 Neighborhood: La Firenza Price: $4,995,000 Listing agent: Roger Pettingell, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Three-and-a-half Square feet: 4,810 Year built: 2007 What makes it unique: The residence is one of just 10 units at La Firenza and has its own three-car garage, along with views of the beach from nearly every room. It has a split-bedroom plan and a master suite with its own foyer, wet bar and private sitting room or study with its own terrace that overlooks Sarasota Bay. “This is the only Gulf-front penthouse available on Longboat Key. It offers everything you would want: amazing Gulf views, top-level finishes and ample space for you and your guests,” Pettingell said.

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Members of the St. Armands Circle Association gathered Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Hotel Indigo, for a general membership meeting. Hotel Indigo’s H20 Bistro provided cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for guests to enjoy during the meeting. “This is one of three meetings we have in the evening. Most of our meetings are held in the morning, so this provides a different way for everyone to get together,” said Diana Corrigan, executive director of the Circle Association. Following social hour, members took their seats and formally introduced themselves and the businesses they represent, and board members made announcements for the upcoming year. Included in those announcements was information about the upcoming Auto Rama event, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, on St. Armands Circle. The event is a fundraiser for the association.

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NEW JERSEY. Gloria Lundy, Michael Miles and Dianne Barker honored the victims of 9/11 by visiting the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, N.J. prior to the 12th anniversary of 9/11. The memorial includes steel from the towers, plus the names of New Jersey residents who died that day etched in black marble. The park overlooks the New York skyline and the World Trade Center site.

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On the Gulf - Longboat Key Gated privacy on 1.69 acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico. 10,000SF, 7BR/6.5BA with attached guest wing, plus 5,000 air-conditioned SF of play $9,400,000 and storage area.

Ringling Pointe - Museum Area Stunning Direct Bay Front On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 1,000 bottle wine room, private dock, wading & lap pool w.spa & 8-car garage. $3,490,000

Lovely 3,700+ SF waterfront home at the end of a cul-de-sac with 3 bedrooms plus study/4th bedroom, stunning open Bay views, infinity-edge Ritz Carlton Tower Residences- pool and two car garage. Sarasota Below pre-construction price! Best downtown price per SF of 3,751. 6th floor corner furnished apartment with L’AMBIANCE II gleaming wood floors 3BR + Den/3BA. 2 BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AND BAY VIEWS terraces for beautiful sunsets. $1,795,000

Country Club Shores - Premier Bayfront Captivating City & Bay views with 4 bedrooms and 7,452 SF of quality and elegance. Outdoor living at its best! Infinity-edge pool, 2,460 SF $4,495,000 of terraces, boat dock & lift.

Siesta Cove - Waterfront Short Sale An incredible opportunity to live in a premier neighborhood, on a superb waterfront lot in a gorgeous 4,869 SF home. Open waterfront $1,805,000 views.

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Seasonal $4,700 Per Mo.

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SWEDEN. Jamie, Sayre and Michael Balk took their hometown newspaper along while traveling in June through Helsingborg, Sweden. However, based on their attire, you can see it was a cold summer. This crossroads with 14 signs to different cities seemed like a great place to take a picture with their Longboat Observer, which they carried to London; Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam; Norway; and Sweden.

Phillippi Landings - Water Front Value! Turnkey furnished 2BR+ den/2BA Penthouse level apartment originally purchased for $773,100 includes private single car $419,000 garage and premium deeded boat dock.

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YourObserver.com

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

real estate | transactions

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Three-bedroom condo at Islander Club of Longboat sells for $1.15 million the Unit 23 condominium at 6945 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Tobey and Lucy Leske, of Nantucket, Mass., for $415,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,170 square feet of living area.

The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Sept. 9 and Sept. 13. A condominium in Islander Club of Longboat tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. William and Diane Wakely sold their Units 115-N and 116-N condominium at 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Jeffrey Park, trustee, of Naperville, Ill., for $1.15 million. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath and 2,470 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.45 million in 2007.

Bayport Beach and Tennis Club

Patricia Tobin, Janet Liguori, Gerald Liguori, Raymond Liguori and Gina Laudone, of Westerly, R.I., sold their Unit 711 condominium at 711 Bayport Way to Marcie Lance, of Highland Park, Ill., for $399,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,260 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $124,900 in 1990.

Bay Isles

The Bank of New York Mellon, trustee, sold the home at 511 Harbor Point Road to Russell Ireland Jr., of Staten Island, N.Y., for $1.09 million. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,667 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.7 million in 2004.

Sleepy Lagoon

Grand Bay

David and Terry Bieker, of Longboat Key, sold their Unit 116 condominium at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd. to Melvin Norman, trustee, of Longboat Key, for $950,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one halfbath and 2,781 square feet of living area. Sherry Howell, trustee, of Nashville, Tenn., sold the Unit 315 condominium at 3030 Grand Bay Blvd. to Philippe Koenig and Sydelle Pittas, of Longboat Key, for $800,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath and 2,143 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $750,000 in 2009.

Winding Oaks

Darrell and Lesley Huntley, trustees, sold

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Units 115-N and 116-N at 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive have three bedrooms, three and one-half baths and 2,470 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.15 million. the Unit 12 condominium at 3423 Winding Oaks Drive to David Geis, trustee, of Longboat Key, for $709,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,679 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $635,000 in 2010.

Westchester

Dwight and Natalie Mowrey sold their Unit 203 condominium at 4825 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Joseph and Eileen Tombasco, of Wall Township, N.J., for $550,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,393 square feet of living area. It previously

sold for $675,000 in 2004.

Longboat Harbour Towers

Edward and Lynn Dailey sold their Unit 906 condominium at 4401 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Cindy Kim, Darcy Krislock and John and Carolyn Kim, of Saskatchewan, Canada, for $520,100. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,251 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $178,000 in 1996.

Sea Pines

Lois Townsend, of Washington, D.C., sold

Stuckey and Allen Real Estate Investment LLC sold the home at 541 Edlee Lane to David and Ash’Lee Moats, of Kissimmee, for $302,000. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,764 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in 2012.

Windward Bay

Michael Brooks, trustee, of Methuen, Mass., sold the Unit PH-6 condominium at 4800 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Marianne Crosley, trustee, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, for $281,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,152 square feet of living area.

LIDO KEY

DCA FIDU Inc. sold the home at 310 Mourningside Drive to Fikry and Irene Isaac, of Flemington, N.J., for $1.1 million. Built in 1957, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,350 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $62,500 in 1970.

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2301 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 23N #A3984508 $729,000 Susan Fox

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2525 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 8B #A3968382 $709,000 Sandi Layfield

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1241 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 707 #A3919693 $2,495,000 Michael Moulton

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101 Ben Franklin Dr # 53 #A3977377 $699,000 Douglas Parks

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707 S Gulfstream Ave # 408 #A3975825 $625,000 Stephanie Church

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1100 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 412 #A3983820 $584,900 Barbara Najmy

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6821 Hughes St #A3982781 $575,000 Dana Westmark

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888 Blvd Of The Arts # 406 #A3981731 $529,000 Audrey Singer

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4485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 503 #A3979554 $519,000 Steve Magner

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578 Bayview Dr #A3978163 $515,000 Bobbi Banan

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1000 Longboat Club Rd # 603 #A3968910 $499,500 Catherine De’Ath

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-350-9799

4700 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 206-D #A3980163 $427,500 Sharon Freeman

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-545-0899

448 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # A106 #A3968129 $410,000 Sylvia Zimmerman

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1350 Main St # 709 #A3981779 $399,000 Ann Martin

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1930 Harbourside Dr # 124 #A3982406 $359,900 Saint Cacchiotti

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BUILDING PERMITS

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These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Sept. 13 through Sept. 19, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address Permit Clubhouse 4765 GMD construction 3010 Grand Bay Blvd. Alteration 6701 GMD Alteration 435 L’Ambiance Drive Windows and doors 2110 Harbourside Drive Alteration 6800 GMD Doors and windows 680 Broadway Siding and windows 3272 Bayou Road Re-roof 1241 GMD Alteration 5621 GMD Alteration Lawrence 527 Sutton Place Funderburke 2110 Harbourside Drive Alteration 4725 GMD Alteration 584 Halyard Lane Roof Pool resurfacing 5655 GMD 3431 Bayou Court Pool cage demolition 3307 Sabal Cove Circle Alteration 100 Sands Point Road Bathroom alteration 6560 GMD Doors and windows 6550 Bayou Demolition Hammock Road 621 Cedars Court Siding 3950 GMD Alteration 537 Cutter Lane Pool resurfacing 7065 GMD Windows 1125 GMD Kitchen alteration Sliding glass door 1109 GMD

David Rivero and Emely Thoen-Rivero, of Miami, sold their Unit 2-F condominium at 1700 Benjamin Franklin Drive to Samuel Nickols, of Sarasota, for $228,000. Built in 1968, it has one bedroom, one bath, one

1188 N Tamiami Trl # 304 #A3977864 $485,000 Bernadette Caswell

691 Fox St #A3982523 $345,000 Tama Traberman

3320 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 104-C #A3977957 $249,900 Doris Bushman

1800 Benjamin Franklin Dr # 605 Sarasota #A3975542 $3,500-$6,500/month, 90 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

Amount $395,000 $175,000 $125,600 $102,900 $100,000 $42,403 $33,939.82 $25,000 $22,893 $22,614.45

Lanai enclosure Bathroom alteration Ardythe Tiesenga William Bowe, trustee Cedars West Condo Association George Workman Salvatore Mauro, trustee Patrick Johnson, trustee Craig Huss

$22,120 $20,000 $17,000 $16,810

415 L Ambiance Dr # A201 #A3980072 $2,795,000 Christine Del Monte

Longboat Key 941-349-3444 941-266-6733

$16,000 $15,464 $12,000 $10,000 $9,994

Edward Kolodzieski Jennifer Kropp Shekhar Tewatia Miles Group Longboat LLC John Kloss Ann Friesch Beachplace Condo Association

$6,000 $4,720 $4,100 $3,700 $2,400 $2,400

3349 Sabal Cove Way, Bay Isles #A3971449 $1,175,000 Judy Nimz

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210 Sands Point Rd # 2702 #A3978290 $970,000 Ian Addy Pa

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627 Owl Way #A3975598 John August

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551 Putting Green Ln #A3978393 $949,500 Hannerle Moore

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3060 Grand Bay Blvd # 124 #A3979353 $949,500 Kathleen Carbone P.A.

Longboat Key 941-966-8000 941-228-8429

618 Bayview Dr #A3982183 $899,000 Eileen Burke

Longboat Key 941-388-4447 941-266-8949

3010 Grand Bay Blvd # 415 #A3983643 $899,000 Julie Klick

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3524 Fair Oaks Ln #A3970247 $895,000 Michael Yawitz

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1800 Benjamin Franklin Dr # B308 #A3977399 $849,000 David Simon

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half-bath and 981 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $327,000 in 2006. YOUROBSERVER.COM // See a map of this week’s real-estate sales.

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4430 Exeter Dr # 107 #A3968147 $269,900 Bruce & Jenine Meyer

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-320-8265

Applicant Orchid on Longboat Key LLC Irwin Press James Ciccarello Charles Ewing Pam Mosser Arthur Stoffel III Barry Curtis Rookes Donna Dolan Joseph Schwarz Rolando Sanchez

1701 Gulf Of Mexico Dr # 3 Longboat Key #A3983807 $5,000-$6,500/month, 90 day min Diann Thelen 941-552-4200

250 Sands Point Rd # 5101 #A3937380 $309,000 Joan Boltax

4340 Falmouth Dr # 304 #A3979534 $239,000 Marianne Lebar

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-350-6390

Longboat Key 941-951-6660 941-650-0337

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

OBSERVER WEATHER

Do you love taking photos? We want your best photos of sunrises, sunsets, rainbows, etc. Submit your local weather photos for a chance to have your photo published in the paper! See all of the winning photos each week by visiting The Observer’s Facebook page. TemperatureS

Record Temperatures High

Low

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Low

Tuesday, Sept. 17

91

74

95 (2005)

65 (1927)

Wednesday, Sept. 18

91

74

95 (2005)

67 (1957)

Thursday, Sept. 19

90

74

95 (1974)

65 (1928)

Friday, Sept. 20

90

74

96 (1925)

60 (1981)

Saturday, Sept. 21

87

71

96 (1951)

59 (1981)

Sunday, Sept. 22

89

75

94 (1992)

60 (1913)

Monday, Sept. 23

83

76

96 (1987)

62 (1913)

Average Gulf water temperature: 88

MOON PHASES

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Saturday, Sept. 28

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Monday, Sept. 30

7:23a

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Wednesday, Oct. 2

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ACROSS 1 British byes 6 Spiritual center of Islam 11 Vatican attraction 19 In ___ (really out of it) 20 DuPont’s acrylic fiber 21 Blackboard deletions 22 According to formula 24 Near miss 25 Two-syllable foot, in poetry 26 Dig deeply 28 One sixty-billionth of a min. 29 Tavern beverages 30 Canadian tribe members 32 Catchall category (Abbr.) 35 Broke down grammatically 38 Some South Africans 40 Short snooze 43 It needs to be cured 45 Words before “snail’s pace” 46 ___ a beet 48 Aims high 51 Actress Thurman 52 Lingerie item 54 Frisbee, essentially 55 Athletics supporter 57 Stunning device 59 Backed (away from) 62 Ending for “national” or “capital” 63 Prepare beans, in a way 64 Volvo’s homeland 66 Energy giant no more 68 Adonises 70 French film director Jacques 71 Medicare beneficiaries 74 Magazine founded in France 75 Henry Clay’s historic Kentucky estate

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67 Cyrano’s prominent feature 69 Tiny veggie 72 Change a handle on? 73 Inscribed stone pillars 75 Dramatist Fugard 76 Isn’t stingy 77 First-magnitude star in Cygnus 80 Angelou poem, “And Still ___” 81 Rectangular paving stones 84 Kind of badge earned by a Boy Scout 85 Breakfast buffet dispenser 87 ___-mo replay 90 “How was ___ know?” 92 Name on a spine 96 Step ___ the plate 97 One who accepts charges 99 “Smokey and the Bandit” car 104 Roman statesman who opposed Caesar 106 Breathing inhibitor 108 Certain West Coast baseball player 109 Oxford doctorate, briefly 111 Co. with brown trucks and uniforms 112 Well-suited to the task 114 Encl. with an autograph request letter 115 Slaughter on a diamond 117 Ring around a saint’s head 119 Told a fabrication 120 ___ dixit 121 She, in Venice 122 Big success 123 CIA’s maritime counterpart 124 Printer-speed measure (Abbr.) 125 Target for hackers, briefly 127 ___ Angeles Lakers

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Items Under $200 For Sale

Help Wanted

ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 QUEEN MATTRESS: King Koil, box spring, frame. Clean, good condition. No pets, smoking, $80. 941-383-2373.

CARPENTER, EXPERIENCED, own tools and transportation. Exterior/interior work, clean cut. Own Ins. preferable. Paul @ 941-238-8033.

TRUNDLE BED. Black wrought iron, twin. Good condition, used very little. $85. 941-587-2817 WASHER/DRYER: WHITE, $199.00. Made by Whirlpool. Will sell individually. 387-7199.

Autos Wanted WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Boats Boats are selling very well. We’re out of boats again. Please visit: www.Islandboatsales.net Buy-Sell-Consign Call Dave, (owner) 941-228-3489. ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Condos/Apts. For Rent BEACHPlACE, lBk. Casual beachfront living in 2BR/2BA, balcony condo. Olympic pool, health club, tennis courts. Available June through December, $2000/mo. Also available January through March, $5000/mo. Call for info. Contact Elizabeth/NYC. 212-570-2950. LBK: TIFFANY Plaza Beachfront Condos, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, W/D in units, walk out to beach. Furnished, heated pool, covered parking. 1 mo. min. 941-383-3338. LONGBOAT KEY - FAIRWAY BAY - Two level townhouse available January-April. 2 master bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, two month minimum, no pets. Beautifully furnished. Pool, tennis and exercise room, private beach access. Call 303.440.7009 or 720.440.1779. NEWLY REMODELED, 2BR/2BA Windward Bay condo with great bay view. Available 11/1513 to 1/31/14. $2,800 per mo. incls. wi-fi, HDTV & util. Washer/dryer. Also avail. 5/1/14 to 10/31/14. 2 Pools, tennis, fitness room & clubhouse. Call Bob 860-705-0111.

Real Estate Wanted FEBRUARY RENTAL! 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo for a month in LBK area, bayside. 515-231-9742.

Furnishings PERSIAN AND Tribal carpets from our personal collection acquired over a 20 year period while living abroad. Room size carpets, runners, and smaller carpets. Photographs by E-mail. Carpets can be seen by appointment in Longboat Key. Cash only. E-mail: waa1204@gmail.com or vcabahrain@gmail.com SIX BEAUTIFUL UPHOLSTERED ROOM CHAIRS $575 941-918-1938

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DINING

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ain Webb sits in a quiet daze. For his wife, his pensive eyes and face are a telltale sign the artistic director of the Sarasota Ballet is dreaming something up. “Iain, what’s on your mind?” she asks him. He waves her off. “No, no, no, it’s nothing,” he says. Then, a few weeks later, that nothing has suddenly materialized into something — a big something. “Well, what about doing a Sir Frederick Ashton Festival?” Webb’s wife, Margaret Barbieri, who also doubles as assistant director of Sarasota Ballet, doesn’t recall the exact moment the idea was born, but the scene she has just described is typically what happens when Webb’s gears start turning. And, April 30, that idea will transpire into a four-day festival featuring 11 works of the founding choreographer of the British Royal Ballet. Barbieri sits in her office in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. In a few days, she’ll leave for London where she’ll join Webb Sept. 22, to speak on a panel at an Ashton symposium at The Royal Ballet School. Speaking alongside them are notable dance critics, historians, former dancers and choreographers who have worked with Ashton or stage his ballets. She explains that the timing of the panel is terrible: The dancers already staged two Balanchine ballets; they are working on “John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker”; and Paul Sutherland is here staging Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo.” But, they made it work be-

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be programmatic but is, for the most part, simply an unusual work that we probably won’t hear again in this lifetime. The players brought out warm lines showing more of their talents than those of the composer. Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer” are no strangers to lovers of great orchestral music. The composer later used a couple of them (instrumentally and without words) in his First Symphony, but hearing them with their folktexts allows us to hear the color and sorrow in which Mahler soaked them. Written originally for piano and mezzo, men often sing them, and tenor Jason Collins delivered the set of four songs with a spinning tone. Unfortunately, there were no translations so, unless one spoke German, the beauty and melancholy of the poetry were lost. Also, Mahler, himself, reset them for voice and orchestra. Then, more than 30 years later, Arnold Schoenberg arranged them for voice and a strange combination of flute (and piccolo), clarinet (and bass clarinet),

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Blythe Gaissert-Levitt string quartet, contrabass, piano, harmonium and percussion — an odd assortment, at best, and — for my ears — too thin and insubstantial to support the weighty poetry and rich melodic lines of the singer. I like Mahler’s versions better. Collins, who is hired often in European houses as a helden (dramatic) tenor, was showcased to much better advantage the following evening when he sang the glorious Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings by Britten. Here, with the perfection of Joe Assi’s horn playing and a beautifully cohesive string ensemble led by Dirk Meyer, Collins mastered Britten’s incredibly difficult, breathtaking phrases and seemingly impossibly high tessitura (one section has him singing a high A followed by a B-flat ad infinitum), with amazing colorations and dexterity. Assi was no less impressive; from his singular solo in the prologue to his off-stage repeat of it in the epilogue, as if from a heav-

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