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GENDER SOLID PERFORMANCE WARS A look back at the best moments of the Sarasota Film Fest
LBK Club hosts Battle of the Sexes on the links. 1E
St. Armands Circle continues with its improvements. 1D
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OUR TOWN PEOPLE, PLACES AND PICS
Groin debate intensifies In a small conference room at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort last Friday, residents living in condos near a proposed T-head groin project agreed on one thing: They don’t want to see a series of rock T-head groins near their beaches. Many of the residents attended a similar meeting several weeks earlier and have been closely following the debate over whether to
In honor of the funding the Longboat Key Town Commission approved to bring Little League to the Bayfront Park Recreation Center field, Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough, Mayor Joan Webster and Commissioner Randy Clair threw out the first pitch of the Longboat Key team’s game April 8.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
beach erosion by Roger Drouin | City Editor
T-head opponents consider petition calling on commissioners to consider other options.
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move forward with the T-head project. The goal of the project is to alleviate rapid erosion that has been eating away at the beach in front of the Islander Club Condominium. But the group gathered at the Colony Friday is worried that the solid, rock groins will also slow the flow of sand to its stretch of beach. Residents in attendance included representatives from the Players Club and Villa Di Lancia. By the end of the meeting, Bob Sewell, former Players Club resident and 2005 Town Commission candidate, urged residents to take action.
“We want everyone to look at other options,” Sewell said. “We’re not looking for a confrontation with anyone, unless necessary.” After talking about how to convince commissioners to look into other ways to alleviate erosion woes at the Islander, the group decided to take a more specific path. It considered having residents sign a petition. Possible petition wording would call on commissioners and town staff to took into other alternatives, including Makepeace-type
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MATISSE ON THE BEACH
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Although gusty winds prevented any record-breaking performances in this year’s 14th annual Chip and Putt Golf Contest at Longboat Harbour March 25, the annual contest still drew a crowd. Joining the long ranks of winners as champions of the event were Joyce Albertis, Bill Holland, Dave Noyes, Russ Goodwin, Sheila Cyr and Dick Cyr. Winning the coveted Crushed Beer Can award for unusual service was Sue Troup, who received it from last year’s recipient for her long tenure as the event’s official scorekeeper.
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In the late afternoon sun, the beach scene at mid-Key is reminiscent of a Matisse painting. The pastel floral umbrellas set amid the soft-green beach grasses with the pale blue sky creates an aura of serenity. Residents might disagree and say it isn’t Matisse, but our Longboat paradise.
renourishment by Roger Drouin | City Editor
Beach project resumes Crews get ready to begin pumping white sand onto Whitney Beach shore. After a four-week delay, crews with Manson Construction prepared to resume pumping white sand for the Key’s island-wide renourishment project. A smaller dredge was mobilized to the area Tuesday, said Wayne Lee, engineer with Manson. This dredge will be used to clear sand away from a site off Anna Maria, making room so that a larger dredge with a deep hull can navigate and begin pumping white sand. The project was delayed March 10, when the contractor learned that its Bayport dredge was too big to reach the shallow area containing the rest of the white sand to be pumped onto the island.
For the past four weeks, bulldozers and other equipment were stored off the beach, on a town-owned parcel of land out of sight from residents. The contractor was trying to avoid a situation similar to Anna Maria’s project. Residents there are upset about pipes being left on the beach during a three-month delay. Lee expects to resume pumping sand by April 20. On Tuesday, the Bayport dredge was docked in Tampa, while mechanics made maintenance repairs. By the time the Bayport returns, Lee said, the borrow site should be navigable for the dredge. The contractor first plans to finish spreading fine, white sand near Whitney Beach Condominiums in the 6400 to 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Crews halted work here three weeks ago.
Next, crews will begin reinforcing the shoreline near Bayport Beach & Tennis Club Condominium — a stretch of beach that has been vulnerable to erosion in the past. “That is a wide section we are building there,” Lee said. As bulldozers begin spreading sand along the beach, town officials will be on the lookout for nesting shorebirds. If nests are discovered, the area will be roped off and crews have to circumvent the nesting area. As of this week, environmental scientists found only one nest, at the 6300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, said Public Works Director Juan Florensa. Nests there could cause crews to skip sections of beach and come back later to spread white sand. As currently planned, the project is scheduled for a mid-June completion, Florensa said.
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Longboat Key Town Clerk Jane O’Connor has been beaming with pride for her daughter’s recent honors in Tallahassee. Peggy O’Connor, who is the vice president of membership for the Venice campus of Manatee Community College, was named to the Florida All-Academic Team at the State Capitol last week. The honor is highly competitive, and part of the USA Today National All-Academic Team recognition. The achievement provides a scholarship for O’Connor for the Florida University System, and she is looking forward to transferring to the University of South Florida in Sarasota to pursue her bachelor’s degree in business administration. Her mom said she wishes to pursue a career in the sports-management field, and currently works with the Cincinnati Reds, in Sarasota.
Sarah, Anne and Mary Chipman, grandchildren of Robert Chipman, decided they would do some community service during their spring break visit. Using the party dock at their grandfather’s home at Dock on the Bay, the kids threw a swizzle party to raise money to feed Mote Marine Laboratory’s manatees, Hugh and Buffett. To advertise, they put up signs leading up to the dock reading, “Manatees are lovely and funny,” and “Help feed the manatees.” At the end of the day, the kids made $35.56, which they promptly donated to Mote for Hugh and Buffett. According to Mote spokeswoman Jamie Tacy, the manatees will need it: They eat 72 heads of romaine lettuce each day, in addition to manateesized portions of carrots and beets.
+ Strong showing
At the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies’ annual Eternal Light Award ceremony March 26, almost two dozen Longboaters attended to honor the recipient, Cardinal William Keeler, the 14th Archbishop of Baltimore. Despite the event being held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St. Petersburg, there was a strong showing of Longboat supporters, which is a collaboration of Saint Leo University and The American Jewish Committee.
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+ Sunny afternoon Solitude on the beach is a rare commodity. At Longboat Key’s northend beach, a solitary beachgoer relaxes in her chair and gazes out at the never-ending Gulf of Mexico. With a book, cold drinks in her cooler and an umbrella shading her from the direct rays of the sun, she’s set for the afternoon.
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management change by Matt Walsh | Editor
Club loses Loeb liaison Mark Mashburn, a link between the Longboat Key Club and its New York owners, has formed a new company. Mark Mashburn, who for the past two years has overseen the management, refurbishment and long-range planning of the Longboat Key Club and Resort for New York-based Loeb Partners Realty, has left the firm and re-started his own real-estate investment company. Mashburn surprised Key Club managers Friday when he announced before the Film Festival Tribute Dinner that he and six other Loeb associates had split off from the New York-based real-estate-management firm to form Blackpoint Partners, also a New York-based company. Loeb Partners Realty is the managing partner of Key Club Associates,
which owns the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Mashburn said his departure from Loeb occurred largely as a result of his and his associates’ desires to operate independently again. Mashburn merged his previous company, SGI, into Loeb Partners Realty about two years ago after having worked with Loeb on real-estate projects for nearly a decade. “We (he and his six associates) reached the conclusion that there were greater long-term opportunities for us being an independent firm again,” Mashburn said. He said the departure from Loeb was amicable and expects to continue working with
Loeb’s management. Alan Gordon, executive vice president of Loeb Partners Realty, did not return calls, and Nick Rizzo, another Loeb executive vice president, referred all questions and comments to Michael Welly, general manager of the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Welly said Loeb’s senior executives haven’t indicated whether there will be any significant changes to Loeb’s management and plans at the club and resort. Welly said he spoke briefly last weekend to Loeb’s chairman and chief executive officer, Joseph Lesser, after hearing about Mashburn’s departure. Asked whether they discussing the future direction of Key Club, Welly said:
Mark Mashburn, executive vice president of Loeb Partners Realty, said he expects his company to do business in the Sarasota/ Longboat Key area. “We honestly didn’t talk about it. Joe said maybe it might mean more responsibility for me. He said he thought
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INBRIEF COMMUNITY NEWS AND NOTES
+ Crews clear ditch
Florida Department of Transportation crews cleared a drainage ditch along Gulf of Mexico Drive in front of Islands West last week. An Islands West resident told the state that the drainage swale was flooding after heavy rains, said Jeff Winningham, FDOT supervisor. Crews spent two days digging around the trench and replanting sod. Crews also cleared a drainage ditch near the BP gas station on the south end of the Key.
+ Commissioners attend conference
Town commissioners traveled to Orlando this week for the annual National Hurricane Conference. Five commissioners, Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and Public Works Director Juan Florensa were scheduled to attend the conference. Mayor Joan Webster said she was interested in attending a session on how to work with the media to get updates to the public after a storm.
+ Jet Ski operation to close
In a letter to Ralph Cole, owner of Coastal Watersports, Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis warned that a Jet Ski ordinance became effective Monday, April 10. The ordinance prohibits the launching of any motorized watercraft from the beach. The new law makes it illegal for Cole to continue to operate his Jet Ski rental operation at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. The letter was also sent to Roy Padgett, manager of the Hilton.
+ Agendas Planning & Zoning Board meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 18. Longboat Key Town Hall. 501 Bay Isles Road. Dora Walters
For the second year, ladies at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church observed the joyous Easter season by attending Palm Sunday services wearing colorful spring hats. Most were adorned with bright blossoms and the hat brims varied in size. Nancy Laudano organized the festive event.
Town Commission Regular Workshop — 1 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Longboat Key Town Hall. 501 Bay Isles Road.
film festival by Marty Fugate | Arts & Entertainment Editor
Hollywood comes to Longboat The Sarasota Film Festival decided to make some big changes. 2006 was the year to do it. The festival pushed back its 10-day run from the first of the year to early spring. It also shifted its major social events to the Longboat Key Club and Resort. As if high season wasn’t hectic enough. Everything went according to plan. For 10 days in March and April, Hollywood came to Longboat Key. But, the stars are no longer out now. The festival’s done. Looking back on the experience, what was it like to someone with an inside perspective at the resort? “It was certainly all hands on deck,” says Mary Kay Ryan. As the resort’s director of sales and marketing, she knows what she’s talking about. As she describes it, the event was a team effort — coordinated with military precision. Overseeing everything was Michael Welly, the resort’s general manager. If this was a military operation, he was its Gen. Patton. He made sure that ... The festival tent was pitched on the golf course practice range. Before it was, the golf course maintenance crew made sure to thoroughly flatten the area with its rollers, all the better to minimize the highheel-sinkage effect. Volunteers from every department joined in — from human resources, sales, accounting, spa, the fitness center, banquet staff, you name it. They put out china, silverware, glasses and linens; they
helped set up the tent. For the duration, job descriptions did not apply. Fred Hansen, the resort’s former food and beverage director, flew in from Eagle Ridge, the resort’s sister property, to add his expertise. Eight culinary students from Orlando flew in as well to assist. Robert Weil, the executive chef, also functioned in the capacity of food and beverage director. He orchestrated the dinners. If the plates were plated or dinners served, he did the math. Let’s just say he was cooking — both literally and metaphorically. Five banquet captains and two banquet managers had the job of overseeing and troubleshooting each quadrant of the tent during the dinners. Each had state-of-theart earpiece radios for constant communication. Again, it was very much like a military operation. There were 95 servers at the dinners — 25 of them managers, coming in from every operating department and doing their part. It sounds like a lot of work. It was. But, according to Ryan, it was all worth it for the wonderful opportunity to showcase the resort to visiting celebrities and people from the local community. “Besides,” she says. “It was a taste of Hollywood — pretty exciting stuff. Seeing the klieg lights, right on Gulf of Mexico Drive after the sun had set. Seeing stars of the caliber of those we honored at the Tribute Dinner. Having stars and directors like
THAT’S A WRAP Looking back on Film Fest fun. Chocolate fountains: 7 (representing the seven deadly sins.) Star guests: 55 Days disassembling the tent: 2 Servers: 95 (including front and back servers and wine runners) Approximate number of people attending: Tribute Dinner: 900. Wrap Party: 500. Four-course meals served: 905 Robert Altman and William Macy right here on Longboat Key. It was fun.” She immediately stresses that the important thing is that the 55 Film Festival guests had fun. And they did. “Everything went very smoothly and the guests came away delighted,” says Ryan. “The weather was magnificent. That never hurts.” Even better: One of the high-profile guests made a very public statement about how much fun she had. Ryan notes: “I was in the media room when Sally Kellerman was doing her TV interview. She commented on how beautiful everything was. How she walked out on her balcony and saw the sea oats and the magnificent beach below her. She said: ‘If
I had my way, I’d stay here for a month.’ That was very satisfying to hear.” Michael Welly is also satisfied. “Everything went very smoothly,” he says. “We were delighted with the response from our guests — all the stars here were very gracious. It was a kick, seeing them enjoy the island. Many of them are from California. They walked out on their balcony and they just said, ‘Wow.’” Hearing that “wow” makes him smile. But he still has the job of making the Film Festival guests say it again next year. Perhaps a little louder. After events of this magnitude, Welly likes to have what he calls a “post-mortem.” “That’s set for this Thursday,” he says. “We’ll go over everything with a finetoothed comb. I’ll have more statistics than you could possibly use.” But not everything can be reduced to cold statistics. Welly allows himself the luxury of feeling the satisfaction of a job well done. The people in the Longboat Key Club and Resort team have done what they’re supposed to do: made their guests happy. If those guests happen to be stars, so much the better. Welly notes, “I was reading an article about Joe Pantoliano. By coincidence, we met in the lobby. I was wearing a Nike short-sleeved crew-necked golf shirt. I looked up at him and said, “Geez, I was just reading all about you. I’m a big fan of your acting.’ He looked at me and said, ‘I’m a big fan of that shirt. Where can I get it?’ I said, “Our Golf Shop.’ The next day, he was wearing one. He waved across at me and said, ‘It’s perfect.’”
The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, April 13, 2006
red tide by Roger Drouin | City Editor
we were doing a good job.” With more than 12 million square feet of office buildings and shopping centers under Loeb’s management, Lesser relied on Mashburn, Saul Scherl, one of Mashburn’s top associates, and Welly to manage the activities and long-range planning at the Key Club and Resort. Then after dismissed the Key Club’s previous management team, Shane Eagan and Tom Rasmussen, in early 2004, Mashburn became a more familiar face at the Key Club. Mashburn and Welly devoted time to rebuilding Key Club Associates’ relationship with the owners of the Inn on the Beach units. Asked his reaction to Mashburn’s departure, Robert Rosin, president of the Inn on the Beach Association, said: “I don’t like to lose a helpful friend. But if Mark Mashburn hired Michael Welly, I hope he has a long and happy life. He did us all a favor. I’d like to chain Welly here and make sure he stays.” Rosin said that as a result of Mashburn and Welly, the Inn on the Beach Asso-
ciation is “a happy ownership group. We have so many more common goals than we did in the past.” Likewise, Welly said he is disappointed with Mashburn’s depature. “I had a great relationship with Mark and Saul,” Welly said. “I had little contact with Joe (Lesser) and Alan (Gordon). But they’re up to speed on all of the plans. I would hope there’s nothing more than a slight delay in that process.” Welly said the club is still working on plans that include developing the club’s property where the Islandside tennis courts currently exist. But he noted: “We’re not even to the budgeting part of it.” While Mashburn, 50, no longer will be involved in the oversight of the Key Club and Resort, he indicated he expects to do business in the area. “How could I stay away?” he said. “They don’t make water like this anywhere. I’m hooked on Sarasota. For an old real estate guy, I think there will be opportunities for me to stay involved.”
BICYCLIST HIT BY CAR AND KILLED Family Needs Closure One year ago on April 13, 2005 at approximately 12:00 PM (Noon) our father was riding southbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive (1900 Block) ANYONE WHO MIGHT HAVE SEEN ANYTHING: Where our father was riding his bike before the collision occurred or witnessed the collision
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t-head project by Roger Drouin | City Editor
“For the first time in a long time, it’s not just Murf saying, ‘Let’s look at the Makepeace,’” Siekmann said. “It’s FDEP and the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council saying look at other options. So the game has changed.” But several residents said they were concerned that commissioners quickly rejected permeable groin designs as a possible option and that the commission is stubbornly fixated on a project that is not the best solution. Pat Striglos, of Villa Di Lancia, talked about how she feels like many residents opposed to the T-head project are being ignored. “It blows my mind that all these taxpayers are not listened to,” Striglos said. “We are treated like children, like we will be taken care of and we can not make a decision.” Siekmann responded that the issue was not a one-sided one. “For everyone of you, there is someone on the opposite side. There is not universal support of the Makepeace.”
Town tries to salvage plan Staff talks to state officials about proposed erosion-control project. Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa spoke with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) officials last week, asking them to review an erosion study conducted by a Dutch engineering firm. Town staff is hoping the Delft 3D study, which predicts minimal impacts from a proposed T-head groin project near the Islander Club Condominium, will convince state officials to reconsider their position that the project could prove detrimental to nearby beaches. Florensa’s phone call was part of an effort to save the project, in its current form. During the past two weeks, the town received letters from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council that sent ripples through Town Hall. Both agencies specifically voiced concern about the project’s impact on adjacent beaches.
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“They (FDEP officials) said they will look at the Delft study with an open mind,” Florensa said. Meanwhile, the Southwest Regional Planning Council defended its position. Marisa Barmby, senior planner with the council, said Thursday that planning council staff was surprised to see a project that included six, solid T-head groins composed of rocks. “Our general understanding is that they (solid T-head groins) are not used anymore,” Barmby said. Barmby said staff was concerned that the groins would stop the flow of sand to nearby stretches of beach, because they are designed to be impermeable and rise 5 feet above sea level. “What is the impact down shore?” Barmby said. “We didn’t feel that it was addressed well enough or at all.” In its application for a permit, the town’s engineers described how waves would push sand around the
groin system. But Barmby said planning council engineers were not satisfied by this explanation. They were concerned that heavier, coarse particles of sand would drop to the seafloor before drifting around the groin system and downdrift or updrift. Town officials would not comment on the likelihood of going back to the drawing board to design a new erosion-control structure until they found out why the state agencies were dissatisfied with the T-head groin design. Last Tuesday, town attorney David Persson sent a public records request to the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. In response, Barmby, said Thursday that she was getting together all the records and notes on file and would send a packet to the town by Monday. “We are not the only ones unhappy with it,” said Barmby. “From what I understand, FDEP is not thrilled about it and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is concerned about it.”
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GRION continued from 1A groins. The group also decided to consider running an ad in the two local newspapers showing the list of signatures. The ad would be printed as an open letter to the Town Commission. Residents at the meeting agreed that two recent letters from state environmental agencies were a clear message that the town needed to try a new approach. In the letters, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council expressed doubt about the project because of possible down-drift and up-drift impacts. “I don’t think they (state officials) are going to back up on this,” said Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, owner of the Colony and an advocate for the Makepeace-type permeable groin located at his resort. “They didn’t flip a coin and decide this.” Town Commissioner Bob Siekmann attended the meeting and said that the letters signified a possible turning point in the T-head debate.
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March of the legislative penguins It’s like the “March of the Penguins.” Throughout Florida, in county after county, city after city, elected representatives these days are marching one behind the other into the frozen idea that somehow new laws mandating and coercing developers to build “affordable” houses will relieve the state’s housing shortage in any meaningful way. Talk about futile, disappointing and disheartening. How is it that these legislative penguins cannot see the obvious? That their laws and legislative schemes will merely exacerbate the problem and create new ones. Watching these efforts play out in Sarasota County, Manatee County, the city of Sarasota and now Palmetto is like watching the penguins trudge across the Antarctic. You just want to grab them, slap them and say: Wake up! Can’t you see that this never works?! It goes without saying that all elected lawmakers believe it is their sworn duty to use the force of government to solve every problem of the world. So year after year, they fill city, county and state codes with a succession of new laws to correct the consequences of old laws — ad infinitum. It is always so, as Milton Friedman astutely wrote in his 1979 book, “Free to Choose” (see box below). The answer to the shortage of more affordable housing does not rest in government coercion. It never will. Simplistic as this sounds, the path to creating a larger supply of more affordable housing is to make choices that many do not like, nor have the courage to carry out. (Remember: There are no solutions, only choices.) Consider, for instance, the actions that have led to the cause of the shortage: • Construction standards and codes. It is well and good for homes and apartments to be built to withstand hurricanes and to meet stringent design codes. Insurers like these standards because they lower risks and cut down insurance-claim losses. But there is a cost to these mandates. They make homes more expensive. If you think about it, who should really decide the level of construction standards — lawmakers who are good at spending other people’s money or the consumer himself? It’s admirable to mandate construction codes to protect consumers. But like so many laws intended to do that, lawmakers often legislate to stop a rare tragedy at a much higher cost to everyone else. Consumers are smart. Let them decide their own levels of construction standards. • Insurance. Lenders require homeowners to have insurance. That protects them. Without that, the home building business would drop dramatically. But taxpayer-subsidized and governmentmandated flood insurance, as well as FEMA-mandated construction rules, have contributed to higher housing costs. Likewise, in Tallahassee, the heav-
FOUR-STAR PERFORMANCE Kudos to the Longboat Key Club and Resort for its successful hosting of the Sarasota Film Festival’s opening party, the tribute dinner and postparty (where the appetizers deserved awards of their own). Most reviews we’ve heard have been on the high side of positive. We know a good many Longboaters probably don’t give two hoots about the film festival activities being held on the Key. In fact, they’d rather not have them here at all. But in the bigger picture, having the Resort at Longboat Key Club serve as one of the festival’s principal venues is good for Longboat Key. The more we expose visitors to Greater Sarasota and a positive experience at the Key Club and Resort, the more we will attract repeat visitors to the region at large. ily controlled pricing and regulation of insurance has created a shortage of insurance, driving prices higher still. • Height and density laws. This is the most obvious cause of rising housing prices. Florida, it seems, is dominated by two groups: those opposed to “sprawl” and those opposed to tall buildings. But these ideas work at cross purposes and contribute to the high cost of housing. If you can’t build up in dense high-rises, then you must spread out. But if you can’t spread out, you must build up. Denying both, which Sarasota County has done successfully, creates shortages. Shortages bring higher prices. Duh. • Inspections and permitting. Time is money. By making these processes government-performed and governmentmandated functions, we have guaranteed ourselves inefficiency. A SarasotaManatee developer told us Monday he hired a planner recently just to “dog” his application for building permits through the Sarasota County application process. The department, he says, is overwhelmed, backlogged and short-staffed. All of this adds to costs. • Workers’ comp insurance. This is another state-mandated cost that ends up in the price of homes. In the old days, an employer and employee made their own compact about how to deal with job injuries. But once the government and trial lawyers got involved and mandated insurance and the price of it, well … we all know the rest of the story. It led to the next cost driver … • Legal liability. This is one reason a new roof is so expensive. • Impact fees. This has become the county commissioners’ favorite tax. Under the guise of making newcomers “pay for growth,” county commissioners make up for their past failures by taxing new homes to pay for roads, sewers, police and fire service, schools, parks, etc. Byzantine and lacking clear
‘The Natural History of Government Intervention’ “A real or fancied evil leads to demands to do something about it. A political coalition forms consisting of sincere, highminded reformers and equally sincere interested parties. The incompatible objectives of the members of the coalition (e.g. lower prices to consumers and high prices to producers) are glossed over by fine rhetoric about ‘the public interest,’ ‘fair competition’ and the like. “The coalition succeeds in getting Congress (or a state legislature) to pass a law. The preamble to the law pays lip service to the rhetoric and the body of the law grants power to government officials to ‘do something.’ The high-minded reformers experience a glow of triumph and turn their attention to new causes. “The interested parties go to work to
make sure that the power is used for their benefit. They generally succeed. Success breeds its problems, which are met by broadening the scope of intervention. Bureaucracy takes its toll so that even the initial special interests no longer benefit. “In the end the effects are precisely the opposite of the objectives of the reformers and generally do not even achieve the objectives of the special interests. Yet the activity is so firmly established and so many vested interests are connected with it that repeal of the initial legislation is nearly inconceivable. Instead, new government legislation is called for to cope with the problems produced by the earlier legislation and new a cycle begins.” — Milton and Rose Friedman, “Free to Choose,” 1979
And we all know what happens when people come back again and again: They move their companies here; they bring new capital — human and monetary; they purchase goods and services; they develop new assets or upgrade old ones. They add value to what we already have. They keep our economy growing. All to the good. As much as Longboaters like to keep the Key to themselves, quiet and uncrowded, we have to bet that they also would admit to a sense of pride at being able to travel elsewhere and have someone say: “I stayed at the Key Club during the film festival. What a great event. What a great place to live.” Bravo to the Key Club staff for its all-out, four-star performance.
accountability for where this money goes, this is another tax hiking the cost of housing. • Government-owned lands. It’s a wonderful idea to preserve land. But when Sarasota County taxpayers own onethird of the county’s land-mass, what is the obvious implication? There’s less land on which to build. There’s less land that will be available to contribute to the county’s future tax base. Ergo: property taxes per household rise; ergo: cost of housing rises. • Save Our Homes. Here’s another Friedman Law of Economics: When you give to one, you must take away from another. So when Lee County Property Appraiser Ken Wilkinson shepherded the Save Our Homes amendment into the Florida Constitution, the tax break given to Florida’s year-round residents shifted a bigger tax burden on nonhomesteaded owners. This has helped inflate the cost of waterfront property, which has filtered down to higher costs for inland properties as well. • Insatiable government spending. When special interests ask for taxpayer money to support the arts, to provide subsidized bus transportation, to subsidize baseball stadiums, to subsidize employers relocating to Florida, to provide full-scale health insurance and pensions to government employees, to provide subsidized and free health insurance to children, all of these contribute to the cost of housing. So go ahead, elected “leaders.” Enact more mandates to control prices and artificially increase the housing supply. Go ahead and see what you get. Jimmy Carter tried it in the late 1970s with gasoline, and look where it got him — and us. The same result will occur with all of these twisted schemes of “density bonus” incentives, exacting penalties on developers who don’t build certain percentages of affordable homes or of creating Rob-Peter-To-Pay-Paul affordable-housing trust funds. These are all gimmicks that satisfy the save-the-world do-gooders who want to legislate the way they think the world should work. But they are gimmicks that also inject an unnecessary layer of inefficiency between buyer and seller. If any elected official is really serious about addressing the cost of housing, he’d back off from these errant schemes and dismantle the laws that got us where we are today. None of them has the courage to let capitalism take its course. They will not accept that no other system in the world is as smart, is as efficient, is as equitable and is as environmentally sensitive as the decision making and actions of the unfettered buyer and seller. Give us freedom, not mandates.
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town hall by Roger Drouin | City Editor
P & Z director, recreation manager resign Current planning manager appointed interim P & Z director. Two of Longboat Key’s top managers resigned last week. Planning, Building and Zoning Director Jill Jeglie and Bayfront Recreation Center Director Mark Litwhiler announced they were moving on to new jobs. Jeglie’s last day will be April 26; Litwhiler’s last day will be April 15.
Jeglie moving to Panhandle Jeglie, a longtime city planner and seven-year veteran with the town, begins her new position May 1 as a senior planner with Gadsden County. She is looking forward to moving closer to her boyfriend who lives near Tallahassee, just east of Gadsden County. Jeglie is also excited about moving further north
where there is more of a change between the seasons. At her new job, one of the biggest issues Jeglie will tackle is rapid growth. An influx of people moving from Tallahassee to Gadsden triggered a county-wide moratorium on comprehensive-plan amendments. “The growth of the last five or 10 years has really hit,” Jeglie said. “They are trying to get a handle on growth and conducting land-use visioning right now.” Jeglie said she will miss working with the staff on the Key. “We’ve been through a lot together,” she said about the numerous projects completed by the planning department. The town will appoint current Planning Manager Monica Daigle as interim direction after Jeglie leaves. “Monica is very capable,” Jeglie said. “She was the P & Z director in Galveston, Texas before she came here.” Galveston has a population of about 56,000, according to 2003 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Litwhiler starts new in Oviedo As Longboat’s recreation manager for more than five years, Litwhiler oversaw the summer camp, organized the fitness program schedule and managed the rental of the recreation center. During his tenure, Bayfront Park Recreation Center underwent several changes and improvements, including a resurfaced basketball court and tennis courts, a new fishing pier and seawall and recent improvements to the Little League baseball field. The best way to describe Litwhiler’s job on the Key is to say he has done a “little bit of everything.” When he moves to the city of Oviedo as the city’s new assistant director of parks and recreation, his responsibilities will include managing multiple facilities and athletic leagues. Litwhiler will also have a
direct staff under him, instead of working with mostly part-time fitness directors. Some town employees were surprised and disappointed to hear that Litwhiler would be leaving, but most realized the move was a good opportunity for the manager, he said. “It was a tough decision,” Litwhiler said. “I wrestled with it for a while.” Although the town has not found a replacement for Litwhiler, he is confident that the new manager will have a chance to build on recent improvements. “Changes can be good, and a new person can come in and build on what was already accomplished before them,” Litwhiler said. “Just like when I came here I received a lot of support from people.” Litwhiler said Bayfront Park is one of the most beautiful locations for a park. He is also optimistic that the town will find a way to fund construction of a new recreation or community center. “We’ve outgrown this building,” he said. “Obviously since the referendum was defeated, we have to look at other sources of funding or different ideas. We have to consider what direction residents want to head.”
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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. 5,400 sq. ft. of absolutely exquisite beauty, this true Gary Robertsstyled Mediterranean revival home borders Sarasota Bay & offers an unobstructed view of downtown. $5,950,000. Klaus Lang & Jim Hanrahan, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #272356
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KEY WEST-STYLE BAYFRONT HOME on Lido Key. This unique 5BR residence includes a pool, deepwater dock & screened wraparound porches with bay views. $3,950,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #292684
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QUEENS HARBOR. Elegant, maintenance-free â€˜Ashfordâ€™ model with lake views. Features 3BRs plus den/office, large open living area with high ceilings & built-ins, & center island kitchen. $1,250,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #290236
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SIX BUILDABLE LOTS on Anna Maria Island. This property is currently zoned commercial, but going through process to have rezoned residential. $4,800,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #294155 HOLMES BEACH - WATERFRONT PARADISE. Spectacular, perfect new home for the lover of boating. Features 3BRs, study, 24,000lb. boat lift, dock, pool, spa & room for 4 boats. $1,675,000. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-6749. #295385 HOLMES BEACH. Noted architectâ€™s bayfront home in secluded Marina Isle. Bay views, open Florida-style tropical beauty with private courtyard, patio pool & shared deepwater dock. $1,640,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #296577 STYLISH NEW HOME with 4BRs & peeks of both the Gulf & bay. Includes many custom features, elevator, marble flooring, crown molding, 2 terraces & 4-car garage. $899,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #293809 BAY WINDS. Glamorous full bay & Gulf views from this cozy, tucked away condominium. Features a dock with deeded boat slip, large storage unit & loft area for guests. $775,000. Susan Mitchell, 951-6660 or 780-5085. #305413 SUN PLAZA WEST Very unique end unit on the 1st floor in a wonderful, completely renovated Gulf-front building. Great condition, furnished. Fantastic investment you can rent 2x per month. $699,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #292298s ADORABLE, CLEAN & FRESH cottage only steps to the Gulf. Three-BR with wood floors, newer furnishings & fenced yard. $669,000. Betty Weller & Jody Shinn, 388-4447 or 266-8204. #299650 Longboat, Lido &Longboat, Bird Keys
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ESTANCIA DEL MAR - LIVE BY THE SEA. Addison Mizner-inspired gated grand estate on Sarasota Bay. Lushly landscaped to maximize privacy, this home boasts an infinity-edge pool, dock & large al-fresco entertainment area. $11,000,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #289854 SANCTUARY PENTHOUSE. Enjoy captivating views of the Sarasota skyline, Sarasota Bay & the Gulf from this 4,000-sq.-ft. penthouse. A Christieâ€™s Great Estates listing. $5,250,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #306053 CLASSIC ELEGANCE. Bayfront home with spectacular bay & city views. Enjoy southern exposure near downtown, St. Armands & the beach. Deepwater dock for 3 boats, boatlift & 120â€™ waterfront. $3,800,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #301038 PRIVATE GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE. Quiet & serene, a long, winding drive leads to this 5,000+ sq.-ft., 5BR home with game room, family room, pool & double dock. $3,700,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #295805 A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY to own 1.95+/- acres on Longboat Key. Already subdivided into four individual canal-front lots. Nearby beach access. $3,500,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #288805 BAY ISLES. Beautiful executive home with tasteful & total renovations including new marble flooring & a newly designed state-of-the-art kitchen. $2,700,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #297583 BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED NEW HOME with smashing golf course & lake views. Features volume ceilings in living room with fireplace opening to porch & pool terrace, a luxurious master, 3 guest suites & 3-car garage. $2,495,000. Linda Roe Dickinson & Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #294417 BIRD KEY CANAL HOME. Only 2 lots in from the bay, this deepwater residence boasts an open floor plan with a caged pool and a lanai. $2,149,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #296775 ORCHID BEACH CLUB. On the white sands of Lido Key, tucked behind private gates, this lavishly appointed Gulf-front residence boasts 10â€™ ceilings & spacious terraces overlooking sparkling waters. $1,999,997. Tom R. Delaney, 383-7591 or 387-3990. #305889 BAY ISLES. Updated custom home with serene bay views. Features spa, wine cellar, 4-car garage & dock for large vessel. Guarded gate, private beach club & close to LBK Club. $1,980,000. Brian Snyder, 383-7591 or 376-2005. #287161 BIRD KEY. Soft, sophisticated details in this 5BR plus solarium, library & partial bay views. $1,900,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #302429
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. This well maintained 3BR bay view home offers a lovely landCEDARS EAST. Set in a tennis resort with bay scaped lot, caged heated pool & boat dock with lift. $1,495,000. Suzette Seigel & Jay garage & all amenities. $549,000. George App Seigel, 383-7591 or 587-2173 & 383-7591 or 228-5298. #287196 CABANA BEACH CLUB. Tropical, newly ren ST. ARMANDS TOWERS. Gorgeous views from every room of this furnished & renovated Intracoastal canal frontage & deeded beach a 2BR unit with granite counters, wood floors & a large Gulf-front balcony. $1,295,000. 302-3496. #289707 Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #293090 LIDO ROYALE. Wonderfully updated one-bedro COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Perfectly maintained, recently improved & tastefully furnished 3BR close to St. Armands Circle. New a/c, applia canal-front home. Explore your options. $1,295,000. Jay Seigel, 383-7591 or 228-5298. Oâ€™Keefe, 966-8000 or 228-5535. #295752 #298799 SPANISH MAIN. Perfect vacation retreat or ren WONDERFUL PRIVATE HOME behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Light, bright & a private backyard & a screened porch. Lo open family room with soaring ceilings, many upgrades & built-ins throughout, & master $349,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9 suite overlooking spa & heated pool. $1,145,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #285584 LONG BEACH. Set in Longboat Village, this vacation cottage with a home feeling is set on the water with a 50â€™ dock. $1,050,000. Jonathan Fox, 393-3759 or 330-1441. #305545 BEACHPLACE. Rarely available 3BR 1st floor walk-down overlooks the reflection pond. Steps away from the beach, pool, clubhouse & Beachplaceâ€™s wonderful amenities. $1,000,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #303882 WONDERFUL BIRD KEY GARDEN LOT. This cleared lot enjoys potential for a water view. Close to the Yacht Club. $950,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #300582 ISLANDS WEST. This beachfront 2BR, 11th floor residence is ready for your personalized renovation. $949,900. Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 313-5500. #306492 LIDO SURF & SAND. Wonderful opportunity in a direct Gulf-front building on Lido Beach. Two-BR residence with Gulf views, balcony with sliding doors, & an open patio. $799,900. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #280636 BIRD KEY. This 3BR open floor plan home has great potential to renovate or start anew & build your dream home. $789,900. Corey Compton, 966-8000 or 685-6655. #307220 LIDO BEACH. Turnkey furnished beachside residence with a gorBELCASTELLO - THE ULTIMATE VENETIAN GULF-FRONT ESTATE. geous pool & balcony views to the bay & Gulf. $765,000. Sheldon Old World sophistication, casual Florida living & sweeping Gulf Paley, 388-4447 or 356-1857. #306060 views. Top quality & attention to detail throughout. Pool, boatdock LONG BEACH. Charming home in a wonderful neighborhood in the & loggia/summer kitchen. Adjoining buildable waterfront lot with village on Longboat Key. Value is in the land at this location. dock available. A Christieâ€™s Great Estates listing. $13,500,000. Debra $649,000. Jonathan Fox, 393-3759 or 330-1441. #305646 Pitell, 951-6660 or 355-7528. #292439 CASA DEL MAR. Serene garden unit in a Gulf-front resort presents -ICHAEL 3AUNDERS #OMPANY IS AN EXCLU a wonderful opportunity to obtain a great vacation hideaway while garnering rental income. $595,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL NETWORK O or 228-8580. #306111
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SANDERLING CLUB GARDEN ESTATE. 1.1-acre property with 300+ feet of frontage and dock on private Heron Lagoon. High ceilings, walls of glass, verdant park-like setting, picturesque waterfront and garden views. $1,795,000. Ann Martin & Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #275365
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AKIN ACRE. Charming cottage in Southside district. This 2BR has updated kitchen cabinets, granite counters, new appliances & white tile throughout. Close to everything & in move-in condition. $269,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #302753
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THE BEST BUY ON LONGBOAT KEY. With new paint, carpet & boat dock, this residence is the perfect getaway for the boating enthusiast. Located next to Durante Park & near restaurants. $345,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #294128
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THE OAKS BAYSIDE. A rare collection of amazing architectural features & historic elements artistically combined in a gracious, unique setting. A Christieâ€™s Great Estates listing. $12,000,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #304892 THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON. Beautifully appointed penthouse suite featuring a French country theme throughout. Four spacious terraces allow a spectacular view of the city & Sarasota Bay. $4,900,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #288946 ENJOY SPECTACULAR SUNSETS over Casey Key from your newer fishing pier. Three-BR home on over 3/4-acre with approximately 100â€™ of bayfront. $1,825,000. Pam DeMarie & Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #305592 1350 MAIN. Live downtown in the corner penthouse of this premier property. Quietly elegant with 3 en suite BRs, family room & spacious grand salon. Stunning bay views from 2 balconies. $1,799,900. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #305998 PRESTANCIA. This grand Rutenberg design is elegant & built for both indoor & outdoor entertaining. All one can expect from an incredible property on 2/3 of a private acre. $1,350,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #295992 LAUREL OAK ESTATES. This gracious traditional 3BR home overlooks the 17th hole of the newly redesigned Rees Jones Golf Course. $1,150,000. Star Allen, 388-4447 or 284-9646. #302047 DOWNTOWN CONDOMINIUM. Sleek, sophisticated style with spectacular views in this beautiful, completely renovated, modern-style corner condominium overlooking Sarasota Bay. HANDSOME MODERN ON LIDO BEACH. Close to St. Armands & $930,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #306822 downtown, this beautifully crafted residence boasts an exquisite RARE DOWNTOWN LOT with boat slip. One of three available lots interior with cherry woodworking, walls of glass, limestone floors & a in newly plotted, gated Whitfield Views. Deepwater boating & no 51â€™ lap pool. A Christieâ€™s Great Estates listing. $6,800,000. Linda Roe bridges to bay. $895,000. Michelle Wilde-Aldrich, 388-4447 or Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #296425 544-3813. #305172 OWEN BURNS. Well maintained, mirror image duplex with a total USIVE AFl LIATE OF #HRISTIEgS 'REAT %STATES
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BAYVIEW ACRES. Fabulous 3BR mainland waterfront home with no bridges to the bay. Features a granite kitchen, wet bar, 2 wine coolers, vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, plasma TV, caged pool & dock for up to 50â€™ boat. $1,295,000. Ellen Wells, 349-3444 or 544-4849. #299090 RENAISSANCE. Enjoy 14th story full bay views from every room of this turnkey furnished residence with bamboo floors, 2BRs & den. Downtown living at its finest. $749,900. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #306297 TOWLES COURT. Live & work in Towles Court in this 3-unit residence. Features a rear sidewalk to enjoy the artistsâ€™ walk every month. Perfect for artist or studio salon. $729,900. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 587-6660. #306105 PRIVATE COUNTRY-STYLE LIVING. Room for horses & RV with this 3BR, 2,700-sq.-ft. home on just under 2 acres. Enjoy nature views from the spacious courtyard pool on this rarely available location. $709,000. Lisa Gullick, 388-4447 or 321-6973. #302660 DOLPHIN TOWER. Located in the heart of downtown, this 10th floor residence offers unsurpassed views of Sarasota Bay & the Gulf beyond. Close to downtownâ€™s fabulous amenities. $695,000. James Brothers Real Estate Team, 951-6660 or 993-6443. #306300 BROADWAY PROMENADE. New 2/3BR luxury condominium with beautiful bay & park views & every upgrade imaginable. Enjoy fabulous amenities including concierge & valet services. $689,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #301567 OSPREY. Enjoy the peaceful setting of this 4BR Montego floor plan home overlooking the sparkling lake & Oscar Scherer Park. Features wood floors, 3-car garage & pool. $599,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #304206 WILLOWBEND. Large lake views, rich architectural detail & gourmet kitchen in this 3BR home. Set in a resort-style community with a long list of amenities & social activities. $572,286. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #306139 CHIMNEY COURT. Handsome newer home on a quiet cul-de-sac. Located close to downtown, this 3BR-plus-den, 2,118-sq.-ft. residence is in a small enclave of homes. $475,000. Damon and Gaia Goldman, 951-6660 or 587-5382. #306094 VILLAGE PLAZA. Spacious, centrally located villa with total renovations from floor to ceiling, new a/c, 2-car garage & private setting. $315,000. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #306582 LAS LOMAS. Only minutes from Siesta Beaches, this David Bailey remodel has new soffits, windows, kitchen & ceramic tile throughout. $299,900. Gene Cooke, 388-4447 or 780-0964. #302982 ADMIRALâ€™S WALK. This ground floor unit with a garage has been meticulously cared for & stylishly updated. Centrally located in a resort-style community. $259,000. Ryan Roslansky, 951-6660 or 448-4013. #306287 Siesta Key
EXTRAORDINARY BAYFRONT ESTATE. This is the home Sarasota has been waiting for. Over 9,000 sq. ft. of total elegance with every conceivable amenity. Enjoy deep bay views from this Mediterranean showplace. $4,490,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #304039 NEW KEY WEST-STYLE CONSTRUCTION. Set on a recently dredged canal, this spacious 4BR, 3-car garage home has all the upgrades you would expect in a new residence. $3,195,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #306226 FRONT-TO-BACK WATERFRONT ON SIESTA KEY. Watch the sun rise over the deep waters of Sarasota Bay. Relax poolside overlooking peaceful Bayou Nettie. Enjoy living & entertaining in style from this island home. $2,595,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #303711 SIESTA ISLES. Imagine the possibilities with this canal-front in Siesta Isles. This one-owner home is solidly built with 85â€™ of waterfront. Southern exposure & old oaks add to this incredible location. $1,050,000. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #295581 Casey Key
A MAGNIFICENT GULF-TO-BAY PARCEL on Casey Keyâ€™s exclusive north end. The high elevation of the property will offer magnificent Gulf sunset vistas. Potential for largest estate home on Casey Key. $5,750,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #294393 NORTH CASEY KEY GULF-TO-BAY. This well maintained 3BR-plus-den home has a large living room with fireplace & a dock on good boating water. Overlooks a manicured natural landscape with century old live oaks. $5,100,000. Nancy Moore, 966-8000 or 966-1200. #288502 CHARMING KEY WEST-STYLE HOME with expansive bay views & deeded beach easement. Permitting in process for dock. Beautiful decks in front & back. Lush tropical setting on a spacious lot. $1,995,000. Christina Neff & Ellen Wells, 349-3444 or 914-0896.
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Cops’ Corner March 29 1:03 p.m. — 5400 GMD. Property Found. An anonymous citizen turns in a cell phone she found on the bike trail. Officers contact the owner, who says it will be claimed. 9:05 p.m. — 500 block Harbour Point Road. Harassing Phone Calls. A woman calls after receiving a phone call for her father from a bank. The man on the other end of the line asks to have her father call, and when she asks who it is, the man replies: “He’ll know.” Officer calls the bank, which says the number was auto-dialed and that it would be removed from its database.
March 30 4:06 a.m. — Longboat Key Police Department. Public Service. Man files report for a previous incident, in which the driver of an SUV stopped in front of his bicycle, causing him to crash into the vehicle. Man injured his knee, lip and eye area. 8:33 a.m. — 5600 block GMD. Larceny from Private Property. A blue-andwhite Schwinn bicycle is stolen from the bike rack in front of condo. 8:01 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Juvenile Acts. Officer notices a teen exit Publix with something concealed under his coat, which was draped over his arm. Teen admits to officer that he stole a six-pack of Corona beer. Store manager does not press charges, and
teen is released to parents.
12:19 p.m. — Jewfish Key. Fire. Someone reports a fire on Jewfish Key. Police check, but are unable to locate any sign of a fire. 11:20 p.m. — 7000 block Longboat Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. Woman calls police about a possible prowler outside her home. Officers check outside and cannot find anyone. Neighbors’ dogs only begin to bark when officer enters property. Officers check open sliding door, which appears to be broken. 6:44 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Larceny from a Business. Driver of a tan car leaves without paying for gas. Officer is unable to find car.
April 1 4:43 p.m. — 600 block Putting Green Lane. Suspicious Circumstance. Woman goes out to her minivan to find the front passenger door open. Someone dumped out two bags and went through the glove compartment.
April 2 12:56 a.m. — Greer Island. Code Enforcement. Officer tells man he cannot have his dog on the island. Man leaves with dog. 1:56 a.m. — 5000 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer follows driver of a silver Cadillac for quarter-mile. Driver is
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driving erratically, crossing from the west shoulder to the other side of the centerline. Driver pulls over and puts foot on the brake, but leaves car in drive. Driver has a hard time shifting the car into park. Officer arrests driver for driving while intoxicated.
Loud music, golf-cart crash bring police to event
April 3 6:50 a.m. — 6800 block GMD. Car Crash. Driver crashes into a parked car while backing out of a parking spot. 7:13 a.m. — 5300 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver of a van with a burned-out brake light. Woman has a suspended license. She says her ex-husband pays her insurance and she didn’t know that her license was suspended. 2:18 p.m. — 5100 block GMD. Car Crash. Officer arrives at the scene of a crash, but both drivers do not want to file a police report. Only minor damage is caused by the crash.
April 7 — 10:31 a.m. — Greer Island. Larceny from Public Property. An informational sign on Greer Island is ripped out of the ground and dragged to the water. There are pieces of the sign where it once existed. In April, the town installed the signs on the island.
April 4 2:32 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Sex Offense. Vacationer walking on the beach notices a man with his swim trunks off. The man was standing behind a construction pipe and had a “strange look on his face.” Officer and manager search the beach, but cannot find the man. 2:00 p.m. — Longboat Key Police Department. Car Crash. Resident calls police after another driver crashes into her car, parked outside the golf pro shop. Friends reported seeing the hit-and-run. They saw a gray Buick with an Illinois license plate strike the rear left tire. The driver then drove off and parked in another parking spot in the lot. 10:06 p.m. — 4400 block GMD. Assist Other Agency. Business owner flags down officer. He tells officer that he saw a black Range Rover get in a hit-and-run crash. Officer talks to driver and passenger, brothers from Indiana. The two men were visibly nervous and changed their story. Two witnesses later identified the vehicle and passenger. The Range Rover has red paint on the bumper where it hit the red Honda. Driver is arrested and passenger picked up the father.
April 5 3:28 a.m. — Cedar Street. Suspicious Person. Officer noticed intoxicated male walking along roadway. Officer gives man a ride back to a relative’s home in the Village. 4:36 p.m. — 4200 block GMD. Trespassing. Manager tells cleaning lady that she cannot use the pool. Woman says that the owner of a unit said she could use the pool. Police call the owner, who says that no one was given permission to stay in his unit or use the pool. Resident describes woman as being arrogant and rude. She tells them, “Everyone will be seeing a lot more of her.” Officer on lookout for cleaning lady.
April 8 12:17 a.m. — 1400 block GMD. Vandalism. Unknown person pushes over a beach umbrella, bending the pole. 10:45 a.m. — 5300 block GMD. Property Damage. Light poles are pushed over, leaving wires showing. 1:37 p.m. — 100 block North Shore Road. Code Enforcement. Officer tells man he needs to leave Greer Island, because dogs are not allowed on the beach. 3:32 p.m. — 4100 block GMD. Sexual Offense. Unidentified guest is sunbathing nude. Officer looks for man, but cannot find sunbather.
April 9 12:18 p.m. — 4200 block GMD. Two cars collide in parking lot. One driver says the driver of a Volkswagen van hit his car, but the other driver says the first vehicle ran into her van. Witness tells officer that both cars were moving at the time of the crash, and the woman’s van collided into the car. 1:23 p.m. — Lighthouse Point Drive. Property Damage. Black Acura crashes into entrance gate, causing $600 in damage. Incident is captured on video recording and video shows driver hitting gate and leaving.
Police responded to several noise complaints and a golf-cart crash late Saturday night at the Sarasota Film Festival’s Tribute Dinner to filmmakers. The event, held at The Longboat Key Club Islandside Golf Course, first attracted the attention of police at 12:28 a.m. Sunday, when a Sanctuary Drive resident called about loud music. The music was coming from a tent, in which a live band was playing. Residents made several complaints, and officers told sound operators to turn down the volume three times. Security called police at 3:23 a.m., after a partygoer crashed into a tree. According to security officers, the driver of the cart was speeding throughout the parking lot and driving range. After being told to stop, the occupants jumped out of the cart and it hit a tree. No one was injured in the incident. — Roger Drouin
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