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E N 1 # AMERICA’S PER PA S W bserver LONGBOAT YOU. YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. NEWS Key Club owners invest $4 million. PAGE 3A 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. Al Jeffrey, Steve Traves and Jeff Birnbach prepare to release scallop larvae + 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.” FREE • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 DIVERSIONS REAL ESTATE What can you buy on Longboat Key at certain price points? PAGES 12-13A The Sarasota Ballet celebrates the works of Sir Frederick Ashton. INSIDE MODERN MARVEL by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor 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 signing off File photo 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 SEE VILLA / PAGE 2A Kurt Schultheis Sarasota developer Jay Tallman, president of Ascentia Group LLC by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor 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. INDEX Briefs....................4A Classifieds......... 21A Cops Corner..........9A Crossword.......... 20A Letters..................9A Opinion.................8A Real Estate........ 18A Weather............. 20A Vol. 36, No. 8 | Two sections

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