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GENDER SOLID PERFORMANCE WARS A look back at the best moments of the Sarasota Film Fest


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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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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.

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+ 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.

+ Longboat is a bloomin’

Residents are discovering gold on Longboat Key — gold blooms, that is. The tree of Gold is bursting with blos-

+ Here’s your chance

Always wanted to build your own Web site but didn’t know how to start? Now you can. On Saturday May, 6, and Sunday, May 7, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts will present “Build Your Own Web site.’ Call 383-2345 for more information. Class size will be limited.

soms. Enjoy them as you find them — the blossoms don’t stay for long. Should we get some much needed rain, the blossom petals will drop even faster.

+ 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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+ 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.’”

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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.”

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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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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

LIDO BEACH. Lido Key 3BR home on a wide, pr exposure with a partial bay view. Spacious gr Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or

QUEENS HARBOR. Elegant, maintenance-free ‘Ashford’ 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

FOREST LAKES COUNTRY CLUB. Beautifully ma looking Phillippi Creek & great curb appeal with Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #3007

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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 architect’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 Christie’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 & 120’ 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 10’ 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. O’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 50’ 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 & Beachplace’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 Christie’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 -ICHAEL3AUNDERS#OMPANYISANEXCLU a wonderful opportunity to obtain a great vacation hideaway while garnering rental income. $595,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 THELARGESTINTERNATIONALNETWORKO 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 Christie’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 100’ 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 51’ lap pool. A Christie’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 USIVEAFlLIATEOF#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 50’ 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 artists’ 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 downtown’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 ADMIRAL’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

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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 85’ 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

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A MAGNIFICENT GULF-TO-BAY PARCEL on Casey Key’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.

March 31

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.

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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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ISLAND CHAPEL Left: The original logo, created when the chapel was founded 50 years ago, was copied by artist Connie Gill and has been placed on the pulpit. Incorporated are the symbols of the world’s religions, because the chapel is an interfaith church.



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Congregation approves by-law changes After months of work revising bylaws and articles of incorporation, the Longboat Island Chapel congregation took less than five minutes to unanimously approve them. The specially called meeting was held following April 9 services with Hugh Joyner, president of the Board of Trustees, presiding. Copies of the revised documents had been sent to all congregation members last month. Revision Committee Chairwoman Janice Mattina said the basic purpose of the project was to simplify and clarify the documents to produce “bylaws we could all understand.� The revised documents clarify the manner in which meetings can be called; states unequivocally that it takes 2/3 vote of the congregation to hire a minister and the same to discharge a minister; outlines responsibilities for church membership; requires in-person voting with no

proxies or absentee ballots at congregational meetings on issues. To further assure members that the church is more responsive to the congregation, the Board of Governors has been renamed the Board of Trustees. Joyner said he was pleased with the vote and the display of unity. In 2004, a controversy developed in the church when an attempt was made to introduce a motion to give the congregation the full power and authority to rescind or alter the bylaws. The issue was resolved in court, with the congregation prevailing. The controversy was precipitated when the then Board of Governors fired the Rev. Kenneth Gill, then senior minister, with no input from the congregation, despite considerable member support for him. Gill was reinstated as interim minister. — Dora Walters

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FROM THE PULPIT by David L. Danner

Easter brings the light of a new day for us It is always darkest just before the dawn, or so the old saying goes. As an early morning daily runner I know that to be true. I am up and out the door every morning by 6 a.m., 5 a.m. on Sundays. The recent change to daylight savings time sure has made a difference. Although I generally dislike the darkness, in one respect I have welcomed it. This time is sacred for me. I reflect, I meditate, I pray as I run. The recent darkness of early morning has reminded me that it was in similar conditions, just before dawn as the Scripture says, that the women, Mary Magdalene and the others, first came to the tomb of Jesus and found it empty. To understand the tremendous nature of our Easter faith, we must take the awful

reality of darkness into account. Easter is the pilgrimage from defeat to victory, be we can only know the wonder of that victory if we allow ourselves to enter into the mood and spirit of the people involved in that first Easter Day. Simply put, their mood was one of defeat and despair. Certainly it looked as if the movement initiated by Jesus had come to end. The disciples had no doubt that God had entered into history and into their lives through Jesus, but now with his crucifixion and death, it was all over, or so it seemed. If we can comprehend this mood of the followers of Jesus, then we can more fully appreciate the amazing glory of Easter. And since all of us know something of what it means to have hopes and dreams

destroyed, we can conduct our own Easter pilgrimage and make our way from defeat to victory. This journey from defeat to victory must under gird our daily lives. The Easter message is not only for our future existence; it can transform our everyday lives now in the present. For example, in the six years that I spent as a hospital chaplain I was present at the death of many people, and as a priest I have ministered to families both before and after a death for thirty years. I have witnessed many people depart this life in fear and despair, struggling to hold on for one more instant. What a vastly different situation emerges when a person has a living faith. While the believer certainly feels sadness about

parting from loved ones, he or she knows it is but for a short time. Furthermore, what lies ahead is not to be feared but in fact longed for. Our Easter faith puts light around the horizon, brightening not only the future but the present as well. “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb� (John 20: 1). Our own Easter pilgrimage takes us from darkness to light, from despair to confidence, from defeat to victory. It was the pilgrimage of the first disciples. It is ours as well. The Rev. David L. Danner, D.Min All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church

EASTER SUNDAY, PASSOVER WORSHIP SERVICES All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer services for Maundy Thursday at 5 p.m. April 13, Good Friday at noon April 14, an Easter Vigil Service at 5 p.m. April 15, and Easter services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161.

services at 5:30 p.m. April 13, a Good Friday service in tenebrae with the Harvest of Sorrows cantata at 7:30 p.m. April 14, an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 16, a contemporary Easter service at 9 a.m. and a traditional Easter service at 11 a.m. April 16. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234.

Bayfront Christian Fellowship, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will offer an Easter service at 8 a.m. at the center. The Rev. Dr. Terry Wise is the pastor. 383-7220.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Mass of the Last Supper at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, Good Friday services beginning at 2 p.m. with the Stations of the Cross, then the Reading of the Passion and followed by Holy Communion. Saturday Masses at 4:30 and 6 p.m. and Easter Sunday Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor.

Christ Church of Longboat Key holds service at 10 a.m. Sundays, at the Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Drive. The Rev. Dr. Ray Woody is the pastor. 383-9402. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will offer Maundy Thursday service at 5 p.m. April 13, a Good Friday service at noon April 14, a sunrise Easter service at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 16, at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center, and traditional Easter services at 10 a.m. Adult study discussion is at 9 a.m. If attending the sunrise services, make sure to bring a chair. Nursery available. 383-6491. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is interim minister. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will offer Maundy Thursday

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Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Passover Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 13. Shabbat services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, and a Yizkor Service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will lead the services. 383-3428. Church of the Palms will offer an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. April 16, on Lido Key. Guests are asked to bring blankets or seats. For more information, call 924-1323.

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On this page, some of our favorite photos from the Sarasota Film Festival. See all the rest on pages 3B through 9B.

Photos by Emily Walsh and Jessica Seubert

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Lights. Kathryn and Bob Carr vogued on the red carpet of the Opening Night Film and Gala Friday, March 31, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Paparazzi flashes and camera crews kicked off the 8th annual Sarasota Film Festival Friday, March 31 for the opening-night film “Funny Money.” Following a quick question-and-answer session, stars Chevy Chase, Penelope Ann Miller and Christopher McDonald arrived with guests on the red carpet at the gala, which was held at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.


Starting the next day, an impressive line up of films were constantly sold out at the Hollywood 20. The sold-out films were continually re-added to the schedule so festival-goers could see them. Guests also attended new parties, “Fool” Moon Party on April Fools’ Day at the newly opened Rustic Grill, and Independent Visions: Queer Cinema Now! on Thursday, April 6, at the Ringling Center for Art and Industry. Old favorites, World Cinema Celebration and Luncheon Under the Banyans, drew crowds and stars, such as filmmaker Werner Herzog, Allison Janney, Jason Ritter and Mary Badham.

Above: Lynn Weddington and Longboat Key Club and Resort’s General Manager Michael Welly start off the film festival with some fun at the Opening Night Film and Gala Friday, March 31, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art before the excitement moved to the Longboat Key Club for the Filmmakers Tribute Dinner and Late Night Wrap Party.

Action. Camille Kielbasa snuggles with her mother, Helen, at the World Cinema Celebration Wednesday, April 5, on Lemon Avenue at Main Street in downtown Sarasota.

Mary Badham, famous for her performance as Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” posed for a picture with Shanley Caswell, who is currently playing the role of Scout in the Asolo Theatre Company’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” at Luncheon Under the Banyans on Thursday, April 6, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

The fun truly began when the clothes started flying off ... well, a burlesque performer’s clothes, that is. Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce burlesque show captured the attention of the massive crowd at A Night of 1,000 Stars on Friday, April 7, at Michael’s On East. Finally, fest fans donned their black tie apparel for the Filmmakers Tribute Dinner, which was held for the first time at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside golf course. Three huge intertwined tents, were decorated with draping fabrics that were lit up with different colored designs. There, Felicity Huffman and her husband, Bill Macy, Paula Wagner, Robert Towne and Robert Altman were all honored with the prized Tribute awards. But that was not all ... Guests then traipsed into the next tent that housed the Late Night Wrap Party. There, guests were treated to falafel sliders, gourmet pizzas, a coffee bar and a table of seven chocolate fountains with a variety of dippers in the food tent, and heavy dance music and an ice luge martini bar in the dance area. The dancing gave way to a performance by the New Century Dance Company before the group, The Brazilian Girls, performed. Festival workers had the late-night part right, as guests imbibed music and beverages until after 2 a.m.

Andrew Vac dances up a storm at A Night of 1,000 Stars on Friday, April 7, at Michael’s On East. Right: Meow! The massive crowd at A Night of 1,000 Stars on Friday, April 7, at Michael’s On East, hovered around the burlesque show put on by L.A. nightclub Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce.

Above: Jason Perlman, filmmaker of “How’s My Driving,” beams beside his proud father, Richard, a Longboat Key resident, at the Filmmakers Tribute Dinner on Saturday, April 8, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

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Going for the prize The YMCA Foundation of Sarasota is celebrating the 15th crystal anniversary of its event, “Going for the Gold.” So Co-Chairs Debbie Dannheisser and Wanda Rayle aptly came up with the theme, “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” In the background of the “Going for the Gold” invitation is an illustration by Linda Salomon, featuring all the lovely patrons of the YMCA. Black Tie wants you to go for the gold, too. The first person to guess the names of the people featured in the illustration will be entered into the event’s chance drawing (A $20 value and you don’t have to be present at the event to win ... Of course, the YMCA would love for you to attend. Call 951-1336 for more info). Prizes include a trip for four to Las Vegas, a dinner party for up to 24 people at the Melting Pot, one-year family membership to the Sarasota Family YMCA and a family portrait by Neubauers’ Gulfcoast Photography. E-mail your guesses to

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the night before, too, at the World Cinema Celebration. She stopped in to say hello to presenting sponsor Pineapple Square, which was hosting a kick-off party at Mattison’s City Grille. There, she proudly slipped on a glowin-the-dark Pineapple Square necklace and posed for a picture with Emily Green and Heather McLain.

Thursday, April 6, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Janney strolled around the tables of PM Page 1 guests, stopping to chat and pose

for pictures with admiring fans. While accepting her award for her work in the film, “Our Very Own,” she told fans that she

had the best time ever doing the film. “Even though my character wasn’t that happy ... I really had a ball,” she said. She had a ball

Jason Ritter, son of the late John Ritter, inherited his dad’s comedic skills. Ritter was part of the cast of “Our Very Own,” which was honored at Luncheon Under the Banyans. When Ritter took to the podium, someone in the crowd yelled, “We love you!” Not missing a beat, Ritter replied back, “Thanks. I like you as a friend.” After roars of laughter and a few “thank yous,” he finished with this line: “I wish I was more articulate, but that’ll have to do.” Director Cameron Watson quickly chimed in, “Jason is much more articulate in the film, because I wrote what he had to say.”

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Night of 1,000 Stars Date: Friday, April 7 Place: Michael’s On East Chair: Phil Mancini Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival “Oh My!” moments: The number of people packed in Michael’s On East ... And the burlesque show that captured the entire crowd’s attention.


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1 Dennis and Lynn Geers 2 Megan Levins, Brendan Burke-Phillips and Ryan Billib 3 Sharon Kunkel and Rhea Hughes 4 Billy Gamble and Lorraine Giordano 5 Nicole Kaney with her husband, Dustin Stroth, and Liebe Smith 6 Laurie and Jeff Birnbach 7 Amanda Buskirk

8 Fabiola and Josh Beckman 9 Pete Genersich, Kelly Burrows, Brigid Hewes and Shane Saah 10 Brandon Clark and Sara Ames 11 Helen and Jody Kielbasa 12 Michelle Butler, Tania Cross and Margaret Fuesy 13 Andrew Kazanjian and Erin Canniff 14 Pam and Alan Morris


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Best of Ringling: Annual Juried Student Exhibition Award’s Ceremony and Reception: Fri., Apr. 14, 5-7 p.m.



Date: Saturday, April 8 Place: Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside Golf Course Chair: Mary Ann Robinson Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival Award-winning: More than 900 guests showed off their shimmering gowns on the red carpet, before sipping flutes of champagne while they tried to snag glimpses of the stars being honored at the dinner — Felicity Huffman, her husband, William H. Macy, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Towne and famed director Robert Altman.



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1 Jody and Jeff Kielbasa 2 Thyra Schwab, Michael Krempel and Amanda Vincent 3 Susan Negroski and Cheryl Woodruff were caught in the top-of-the-line portable bathroom, brought in by Kohler. 4 Kimberley Calligan and Richard Cole 5 Doug Parks and Laurel Rusco 6 Idamys Roman and Natalie Allgeier 7 Gary Lowary and David Patton 8 Lisa Arrigo Houan, Betsy Ridenour and Jaymie Carter 9 David and Sherry Robert with Stephen Schachter and Keri Nakamoto 10 Family Outing: Jared, Damon, Cheryl, Aaron and John Goulet all came out for the Wrap Party. 11 Sherry and Gary Karhavas 12 Michael and Katie Moulton with Dan and Lauren Zarkovacki 13 Ramses Serrano, Liebe Smith and Renee Wilson 14 Rawlyn Farley and Melissa Mellert 15 Guest William H. Macy talks to fellow honoree, Paula Wagner. 16 Leonard Garner and Cheryl Loeffler


April 9-15

Steve Solomon’s Scrap Arts Music Mainstage Spectacular*

City Celebration Dinner: A Global Evening

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Apr. 14, 8 PM Sixth Sense Late Night Party featuring Elysian Sex Drive 10 PM

The 5 Browns

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Guest will dine within a giant sand sculpture at sunset Beach Club.

A culinary festival Celebrating local chefs and their gourmet salsas.

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Grammy-award winning hits as Bad Girl and Hot Stuff

May 25, 8 PM

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka

Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Apr. 29, 10:30 AM

Acoustic Alchemy featuring Terry Disley with special guest Eric Darius May 26, 8 PM

The Café in the Grand Foyer opens 2 hours prior to most evening performances.

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World Cinema Celebration

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Photos by Emily Walsh

Leif Bjaland, conductor sarasota opera house • 8 pm

An extraordinary celebration of the 250th birth anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Jorge Federico Osorio, piano Vassily Primakov, piano Lisa Vroman, soprano

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Luncheon Under the Banyans Date: Thursday, April 6 Place: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Chair: Bettina von Walhof Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival Seen and heard: Honoree Allison Janney was super sweet while walking around the tent and socializing with guests. First time filmmaker Cameron Watson told the crowd that he and the cast of “Our Very Own” had been to many film festivals during the year, but the Sarasota Film Festival was the best.


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1 Josh Kitchner, Korinna Nikhazy, Chad Ciaravella and Andrea Retann 2 Deb and Charles Knowles with their pink of perfection — Chiquita 3 Feli and Gerd Petrik with Jimmy Dean 4 Joanne King and John Chapman 5 Sharyn Weiner with her daughter, Tracy Kelley 6 Bettina von Walhof plays with a dog she found earlier that day, which she had up for adoption that night. 7 Paula Dagenais and Linda Dietrich 8 Michael Sullivan and Maria de la Cruz 9 Melanie Thomas, Wade Tatangelo, Mary Awosika and Shavon Reed 10 Joseph and Jennifer Iafe 11 Ethnic island dancers were a hit while performing their traditional dances.

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‘Going for the Gold’ Auction Preview Party Date: Thursday, April 6 Place: Optional Art Hosted by: Optional Art Benefiting: Sarasota Family YMCA Bedazzled: Guests, patrons, committee members and more enjoyed a preview of the 2006 Going for the Gold auction items, the new spring collection of Charriol and a “Wheel of Fortune” type raffle.



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cameraready 1 Karin Gustafson and Peggy Olsen 2 Maureen Hoyt with Norman and Betty

artwork lighting furnishings space planning window treatments decorative paint finishes

Mary Jo Hixon, asid residential & CoMMerCial interior planning, inc. 1951 morrill street., ste. one at towles court sarasota, fl 34236 941-954-0066 fl ls id#0001117

Menell 3 Co-Chair Debbie Dannheiser 4 Bill Olson and Barbara Geldbart 5 Neil and Sharon Moody with Alfred and Adela Rose

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Ask Mr. M Is it proper to place a paper napkin on your lap at a barbecue? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; BBQ Boy Yes. Mr. M personally feels that when you are attending a barbecue in the company of friends and family, it is perfectly fine to place a paper napkin in your lap or on the table. You may also use more than one paper napkin if the one on your lap is getting rather messy. Your friends should understand the logic behind this, because they also know what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like getting a terrible stain on your clothing.

fashioncalendar April 14 Everything But the Girl One-

Year Anniversary What: Everything But the Girl is celebrating its one-year anniversary with food and drinks throughout the day and a 10% off sale. When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Where: Everything But the Girl, Rosemary District Contact: EBTG, 954-8800

14 to 15 Jewelry Trunk Show

What: View the hottest new jewelry line

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Landon McMahon (To ask Mr. M an etiquette question, please e-mail your question to

19 to 25 Simply Chic

What: The â&#x20AC;&#x153;simply chicâ&#x20AC;? gals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anne Copeland and Bonnie VanOverbeke â&#x20AC;&#x201D; invite you to view the summer 2006 line from the Carlisle Collection. The line features classic clothing designed in luxurious fabrics with incredible color and detail. By appointment only. Contact: Anne Copeland, 374-1474, or Bonnie VanOverbeke, 813-335-2225, or e-mail: Show and Luncheon Benefiting: Art Center Sarasota When: 11:15 a.m. Where: Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On East Chair: Jane Smiley Contact: Art Center Sarasota, 365-2032 Price: members, $65; non-members, $75



14 Scrap Arts Music Mainstage Spectacular

14 Sixth Sense Late Night After Party

from Miami, Nuggard Designs, which is created by Brazilian designer Erica Pacey. Where: The Met, St. Armands Circle Contact: The Met, 388-3991

20 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Portrait of a Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fashion

socialcalendar Benefiting: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall When: 8 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chairs: John Wilkes Contact: Margaret Fuesy, 955-7676, Ext. 2226 Price: $25 and up

Alessi pink plastic watch; Exit Art, Longboat Key, 387-7395, or St. Armands Circle, 388-2827

1 Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Hanky Panky lace thongs; Exit Art, Longboat Key, 387-7395, or St. Armands Circle, 388-2827

Blind Spring Fashion Show Benefiting: Mana-Sota Lighthouse When: 11:30 a.m. Chair: Annie

Spurge, Honorary Chairs Virginia Toulmin, Lee Peterson and Joyce Tate Contact: La Retta Yarbrough, 359-1404 Price: $70

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Hosted by: The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Benefiting: SPARCC and Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Chair: Katie Klauber Moulton Contact: Trish Lorino, 383-6464, Ext. 2854 Price: $60

5 to 6 Denim Blues

What: Trade in your old denim and get $20 off the purchase price of any regular price denim. Lotus carries jeans for women and men by 1921, Red Engine, J Brand, Union, stitches, Lucky Brand, Christopher Blue and LTB Little Big. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center. Where: Lotus, Downtown Sarasota Contact: Lotus, 906-7080

Benefiting: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall When: 10 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Bayfront Chairs: Steele Boring and Jim Toole Contact: Margaret Fuesy, 9557676, Ext. 2226 Price: $50

14 Mad Hatterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea

Hosted by: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota When: 1 to 5 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Contact: 309-2008 Price: $28 and up




15 Sarasota World Series of Texas Hold â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Em Poker

Benefiting: Operation Serving Children When: 1 to 9 p.m. Where: Club Escapes Contact: Rich Vannucci, 809-7780 Price: $275

15 Festival Diapenteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grande Finale City Celebration

Benefiting: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall When: 7 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Bayfront Chairs: Bob and Lee Peterson, Christiaan and Bettina Von Walhoff, Gil and Elisabeth Waters Contact: Margaret Fuesy, 9557676, Ext. 2226 Price: $150

15 Mad Hatterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tea

Hosted by: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota When: 1 to 5 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Contact: 309-2008 Price: $28 and up

20 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Casual but Classy Cocktailsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Hosted by: Sarasota Ballet Association Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida When: 5 p.m. Where: The home of Mr. and Mrs. Zabelle Chair: Patricia Talbott Contact: Vlatka Ivanisevic, 924-5850 Price: $25

20 Third Thursdaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cocktails at the CĂ dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Zanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Benefiting: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art When: 6 p.m. Where: CĂ dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Zan Terrace Contact: Suzanne Coelingh, 359-5720 Price: $5


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beaCHplaCe Direct Gulf-front Penthouse! Largest 2Br floorplan at Beachplace. expanded terrace on top floor. Furnished, updated kitchen, 2 parking places, gated security, heated pool, tennis, exercise and beautiful grounds. $1,399,000 MartY benSOn/HOYt beatY 552-3942

lOngbOat KeY Bayfront home w/ views from nearly every room. Never lived in home with extraordinary attention to detail & all the amenities. $3,299,999 Hannerle MOOre 387-8139

eSSex HOuSe Million Dollar View Completely remodeled 2/2 condo.waterfront views from every room Granite counter tops stainless appliances. $689,000 Hutter & rutStein 552-1358

l’aMbianCe On lOngbOat KeY “see through” sabal 2-3Br/3Ba 8th floor unit. Gulf, Bay & city views. Behind the Key Club Gates. Full time concierge, pool, private beach, tennis, exercise,etc. Numerous upgrades. $2,699,000 CHerYl lOeffler 387-1707

bird KeY Contemporary bayfront home surrounded by 258 ft. of water. incredible views of downtown sarasota, siesta Key & the open Bay. $5,999,999 tHe Singer grOup 552-5220

anna Maria beaCH artistically decorated and completely renovated Gulf front home. turnkey furnished, 3/2 plus 1/1 detached guest cottage. $2,295,000 andrew berS 383-2550

New CoNstruCtioN siesta Key almost sold out…only a few remaining beachfront homes. Maintenance free living with your own private beach. top quality construction by Luxury Lifestyles with attention to luxury & detail. over 4,000 sF beginning at $3,500,000. Call 346-7527.

Serenata afford the sarasota lifestyle of your dreams! resort-style clubhouse, pool, fitness center and tennis! Magnificent lake with water features. Prices starting from $166,900. Brand new 244 unit complex just north of university Parkway on tuttle. Sales Center open daily. MOn-fri 106, Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-5 351-8800

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SanCtuarY On lOngbOat KeY Gulf front 3Br/3.5Ba huge corner unit w/amazing views! 2 parking spaces in preferred lobby level. oak floor throughout and marble baths + 2 terraces. $2,490,000 MiCHael granStOn 552-3990

bird KeY Best Canal value on Bird Key like new.exceptional kitchen, great pool, patio & landscaping.121’bulkhead, dock & lift. $2,290,000 linda a. page 552-2694

bird KeY Magnificent Mediterranean on oversized canalfront lot. Marble & other fine appointments. a boater’s dream w/2 boat lifts. sarasota’s most prestigious address, w/ close proximity to st. armands, downtown & Lido Beach. $2,595,000 agent/owner Harriet Sutter 552-2674

laKewOOd special property estate lot w/custom home. Huge pool & screened entertainment area, one of a kind doors & fireplaces $1,750,000 SYlvia ZiMMerMan 552-3950

lidO SHOreS Great views over Pansy Bayou from this 4 bedroom Key west home.Granite kitchen, private elevator, caged pool with spa. $2,900,000 CHerYl lOeffler 387-1707 baY iSleS Live behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. this 3Br/2.5Ba home is in perfect, decorator, move in condition. Loads of attention to detail & finishes & private caged pool area. $1,090,000 Kent peterSOn 552-3980 prOMenade SMaCK dab On tHe beaCH! this 3Br corner unit is on the front stack at the Promenade and offers the most fabulous Gulf views imaginable! spacious & sparkling unit very tastefully furnished. $1,699,000 CHerYl lOeffler 387-1707 fOOtStepS tO tHe Sea Full Gulf views from this intimate, 10 unit, boutique condo. open floor plan, living room and master open to beachfront lanai. $975,000 andrew berS 383-2550 lOngbOat beaCHCOMber Perfect investment or Gulf side retreat. Beautifully furnished 1Br/1Ba. enjoy heated pool & a beautiful beach. Conveniently located across from Publix, restaurants and Bay isles shops. $459,000 Maureen Curtin 552-3937 pOrtObellO top floor unit has 2 balconies featuring panoramic gulf to bay views! New carpet & freshly painted. Deeded beach access, fishing pier, clubroom, tennis courts & heated pool. Convenient mid key location. $775,000 SYlvia ZiMMerMan 552-3950

SieSta KeY excellent investment! spacious 1220 sF beautifully furnished 2Br/2Ba condo w/many updates, in one of siesta Key’s best complexes - awesome pool & huge sundeck on beach. onsite rental office. $799,900 rudY dudOn iii 234-3991 lawrenCe pOinte Direct Bayfront in downtown. Great location for this 1859 sq ft condominium w/bay & sunset views(located within a secured gated enclave) next to ritz Carlton. wonderful pool right on the inlet. $799,000 Hannerle MOOre 387-8136 SandS pOint On lOngbOat KeY Beautifully remodeled 2-3Br/3Ba with wood floors & a great kitchen. Mint movein condition. Full size washer & dryer + sunny patio in this first floor walk-out sands Point. $875,000 JerrY tHOMpSOn 552-3966 lOng beaCH Caribbean seaside style home located in the historic village of Longboat Key. architect design w/gorgeous hardwood floors & cook’s kitchen. short walk to the beach and boat access. $795,000 Hannerle MOOre 387-8136 lOngbOat KeY Delightful 3Br/2.5Ba villa in emerald Pointe south. open, bright and lovingly maintained. spacious deck w/heated pool & gorgeous views of the lake and wildlife. Cook’s kitchen with wine cooler. $993,000 CHerYl lOeffler 387-1707 SieSta KeY Near out of Door academy, 3Br/3Ba w/2 master suites & tile throughout. screened pool & patio overlooking an ample backyard, dock w/lift & boatable canal. $1,225,000 fred OuSeleY 232-5433

village On lOngbOat KeY investment opportunity! old Florida charm in this two bedroom home & studio w/separate entrances on a very large lot. Hardwood floors, fireplace & luscious landscaping. short walk to the beach, pier & boat launch. $685,000 Hannerle MOOre 3878136 wHiSpering SandS On SieSta this turnkey newly furnished 2Br/2Ba condo is move-in ready. First floor end unit with new tile & carpet. Private Gulf beach and a short walk to the village are just part of the charm. $459,900 linda tHOMpSOn 552-2693 baYwatCH On bradentOn beaCH Direct Bay Front. this unit offers 2 Br/2Ba, 1079 sF, community dock, heated pool. Complex is just steps from the beach. $524,900 MiCHelle MuStO 552-3981

landingS 3-4Br/3Ba home. updated kitchen & baths, bamboo floors, new carpet & gourmet kitchen. New paint inside & out. Pool & 2 car garage. $839,000 agent/ owner wade HawleY 552-3988 indian beaCH estates elegantly updated west of trail courtyard home w/ custom built kitchen. Move-in condition and priced to sell now! 674,900. owner/ agent rand rubin 374-0295 univerSitY parK Prestigious golf community …for the discriminating buyer. 3Br/3Ba w/circular drive & open split floor plan. spacious master w/walk-in closets. oversized guest rooms. Cul-de-sac location w/lake & tree views from pool & lanai. $877,000 SYlvia ZiMMerMan 5523950 nOrtHwOOd Charming 2 story Log Cabin in beautiful serene neighborhood, large wooded lot , wood burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings. $472,000 Hutter & rutStein 552-1358

anna Maria 2 story Duplex on stilts. Perfect for investors or live in one yourself.1 Block from Beach, 2 blocks from Bay. 2 Br/2Ba view of Gulf from 2nd floor deck & 3Br/2Ba view of Bay from 2nd floor deck. $699,000 Hutter & rutStein 552-1358

MOte ranCH @palM aire 3 – 4/Br home w/gourmet eat-in kitchen, corian counters, smooth top range & aquarium window overlooking private greenbelt area. oversized great room. Barrel tile roof & full 3 car garage. $495,500 paM baKer 544-7943

bOCa SieSta Deeded 50’ boat slip & bayfront condo at Boca siesta. Large 2Br/2Ba unit w/open sundeck, lanai & carport. bayside clubhouse, heated pool, fishing pier & tennis. tropical grounds, just steps from famous siesta beach. $610,000 bOb StaHlSCHMidt 349-6465

SerenOa spacious 4Br/3Ba executive home on large 1/2 acre lot, fantastic lake view, family room bonus room, den, library, large pool area for entertaining. Close to i-75. $879,900. fred rueger 9248423

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Garrison Keillor’s small town hits the big screen. 2C

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Art Scene & Heard — Longboat Key, Sarasota and more

Thursday, APRIL 13, 2006

by Marty Fugate | Arts and Entertainment Editor The Sanderling Club

The Sanderling Club from Paul Rudolph’s 1952 design studies • mid-1960s

Photos by Marty Fugate

A is for Architecture

Tour explores a few of the clean, well-lit spaces of Sarasota’s modernist architecture.

Carl Abbot builds his argument. Sarasota High School Addition Paul Rudolph • 1960

There are no old buildings. Forget the year on the cornerstone. Every building either exists right now, or it doesn’t. Buildings don’t just hang around. A building that survives floods, hurricanes, termites, government regulations and fads does so because somebody values it. All of which made the Fine Arts Society’s latest bus tour more than an academic exercise. “Sarasota Modernism Old and New” took place April 5. Jane Sweeney organized it. Carl Abbott, a prominent area architect and board member of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, led it. Forty-five people delighted in these concrete-and-glass jewels: The Sanderling Beach Club on Siesta Key — a light-hearted complex having an ongoing conversation

with the Gulf of Mexico. Its cabanas were designed by Paul Rudolph in 1952. Its clubhouse was extrapolated from Rudolph’s original designs in the mid-1960s. St. Thomas More Church Complex — a structure designed by Carl Abbott. He created its worship-inthe-round Chelsea Center in 1984, and also designed the addition of the Spirit Building in 2006. It expresses a spiritual relation to the land. St. Paul Lutheran Church — a vaulted space created by Victor Lundy, described by Abbott as the Tchaicovsky of architectural music. Lundy created the soaring, open Fellowship Hall in 1956, and designed what is now the main church in 1967, a contrastingly somber space of brute concrete evoking the reverential interiors of the catacombs.

Sarasota High School

Sarasota High School Addition — a playful space from the mind of Paul Rudolph in 1960. It’s a terraced, open structure of suspended concrete sunshades and a staircase that seems to work by anti-gravity. Tourgoers marveled at these gems. They also marveled at the architect’s words, as much a mini-seminar on architectural principle and history as details on specific buildings. Abbott shared enough knowledge to fill a small textbook. At the heart were a few central principles: Respect a great building for what it is — a legacy; Don’t destroy such a building if you can’t restore it — it’s possible future generations can; If you must make an addition, make it obvious, not a phony attempt to edit the past; Take care of the building now. Now is all we have. St. Paul Lutheran Church Victor Lundy 1956

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TALKING PICS by Pamela Nadon | Film Critic

Home, home on the NPR range This year’s Sarasota Film Festival was the best ever. The coup de grace was the screening of Robert Altman’s new film, “A Prairie Home Companion.” It’s a homespun homage to Garrison Keillor’s radio program that has amassed a loyal audience over the airwaves for 31 years. Altman and Keillor take the audience both on stage and backstage at the radio program. In the fictionalized film, you experience a fateful and final episode that will FOU570-LBO Black Tie 4/7/06 4:37 bone. PM Page 1 touch your heart and tickle your funny

Here’s the premise: A new owner (Tommy Lee Jones) is shutting down the theater, forcing Keillor and his cast of regulars to make their final broadcast. The remaining members include: Lefty and Dusty (Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly) singing comedic cowboys (definitely not of the “Brokeback” persuasion); sistersinging act Yolanda and Rhonda (Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin);Yolanda’s daughter, Lola (Lindsay Lohan) ,who pens poems about suicide; Guy Noir (Kevin Kline),



� Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan are on the same small-town wavelength.

Verandah Dining overlooking 18th Green at Golf Hall

Family - Honour - Tradition At The Founders Club, we are nurturing more than the timeless beauty of the landscape and the time-honoured traditions of a game. We are seeing a community come to life. A place where the bonds of family and friendship are being forged along our signature Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course, among the spectacular custom homes and in our gracious new clubhouse. Golf Hall features chefinspired dining, a wide verandah, cozy fireplaces, bar, fitness facility, card room and golf shop where the sounds of laughter and camaraderie can be heard linking the generations. If you believe, as we do, that these are values to be cherished, we would love for you to join us.

Pamela Nadon graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in English, has served as a film analyst in a series of classes and is a member of the American Film Institute.

A great game is honoured. New traditions begin.

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a mildly klutzy security guard who fancies himself a hardboiled detective; Garrison Keillor as himself; and a mysterious woman in white (Virginia Madsen). The last show goes on. Behind the scenes and between performances, these candid and colorful characters reminisce, rejoice and regret their radio days. And what performances they are. The actors do all of their own singing. Considering the caliber of Altman’s casting coup, there’s a whole lot of entertaining going on in this little masterpiece. Keillor wrote the screenplay — and filled it with the diffident dry wit that’s his trademark. Filmgoers who’ve been hooked by his program on NPR will be thrilled. Altman’s comedic visuals match Keillor’s hilarity of the ear. Altman’s on top of his game at age 80. Edward Lachman’s deft mobile-camera work easily transports the audience from stage to dressing room, making it feel as if the camera’s eye were silently observing these people. This delightful film has an aura of half-forgotten, small-town charm. Filming in Keillor’s home state of Minnesota made it all the more charming. Gifted actors, writers and, certainly, one of the most prolific directors in filmmaking history (“Mash,” “Short Cuts,” “The Player,” “Nashville”) combine to make “A Prairie Home Companion” a must-see, nothing-quitelike-it movie. As Garrison Keillor comments in the trailer, “We come from people who brought us up to believe that life is a struggle, and, if you should feel really happy, be patient: This will pass.” So, if you feel like being “really happy” for 100 minutes, definitely catch this fabulous film. It’s a great ending for 10 great days and nights at the 2006 Sarasota Film Festival.


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‘meet the musicians’ by Marty Fugate | A&E Editor

Perfect evening for a perfect celebration “La Musica 2006: A Year of Celebration,” is the grand theme of the 20th anniversary of the area’s celebration of chamber music. The music of such larger-than-life luminaries as Mozart and Shostakovich fill the air at the concerts at the Sarasota Opera House. The sounds are heavenly, but what makes them possible are some down-to-earth people: the musicians and those who love

them. Musicians and music mavens got together for a “Meet the Musicians” backyard banquet April 6, at the Bird Key bayfront home of Piero and Rachele Rivolta. Last year’s event was a blustery, soggy episode filled with sturm und drang and confined to a tent. This year, no tent was required. The breeze was balmy and the sun smiled. The guests were smiling, as well.

Photos by Marty Fugate

Piero Rivolta La Musica’s president, Marcella Hazan, Judy Sherman and Curtis Macomber

Janet Hunter, Rachele Rivolta and Sally Faron, La Musica’s executive director

Cynthia Dann-Beardsley and Bruno Giuranna, La Musica’s founding artistic director Above: Betty and David Mills, Sarasota County commissioner Right: Actor Chris Caswell and Patricia Caswell, outgoing executive director of the Sarasota County Arts Council

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arts calendar art Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design

— “Best of Ringling Annual Juried Student Exhibition I.” The first installment of the annual exhibit of exceptional student artwork opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 17 and continues through May 6. 359-7563. Katharine Butler Gallery — “National Juried Exhibition.” This exhibit of work by Paola Bari, Kay Campbell, Matt Hopson-Walker and others runs through May 6. The artists’ reception is from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 21. 955-9456. Kinghale Gallery — “Micole Bredean: New Work.” The artist’s sensual images of the human form are on view from April 15 through May 30. 927-9700. Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “The Art of Travel.” Art goes on location at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “National League of American Pen Women” offers proof that the paintbrush is as mighty as the pen at the Glen Gallery. Both run through April 16. 383-2345. Art Center Sarasota — “The Art of Travel II.” This companion exhibit of art about exotic vistas runs through April 15. “From Russia With Love,” featuring art by Russian artists, and “Two Painters, “Two Views,” showcasing Julie Trigg and Pat Kauffman, run concurrently. 365-2032. Center for the Arts and Humanities — “Face to Face.” This exhibition of self-portraits by members of the Sarasota Society of Portrait Artists is on exhibit through April 24. 365-5118. Art Center Manatee — “Life Imitates Art.” This juried exhibit celebrates the feedback loop of art and life through April 29. 746-2862. Wallace Fine Art — “Italo Botti.” View art by the late Italian post-impressionist through April 30. 387-0746. Longboat Framing Gallerie — “Al Rollings: Driftwood Sculpture.” Rollings' exceptional art is on exhibit through

To include your arts and entertainment event in our A&E calendar, please send it via fax: 383-7193; by mail: 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or by e-mail:

April 20. 383-8914.� Metamorphosis — “The Recoloration Proclamation.” John Sims recolorized and recontextualized Confederate flags are on display through April 30. 373-9101. Galleria Silecchia — “Magical Realism: the Art of Homero Aguilar.” The Colombian painter works real magic through April 28. 365-7414. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art — “Ke Francis and Larry Cooper.” Images of Southern discomfort and amazing grace can be seen through April 30. 366-2093. Greene Contemporary — “Mike Solomon: Sarasota Elegies.” The artist’s meditations on the erosion that ultimately led to the loss of the Solomon family home can be seen through April 30. 365-9406. State of the Arts Gallery — “Art of Expression.” This exhibit of David Peterson’s abstract-expressionist paintings continues through April 15. 955-2787. Harmony Gallery — “Dan Gregory.” The artist’s bold paintings are on exhibit through April 28 in this gallery space at Florida West Coast Symphony’s Holley Hall. 9534252 M Gallery of Fine Art — “Clayton J Beck III: Figurative Paintings.” Experience the artist’s exquisite oils through April 30. 400-9181. The Little Art Gallery — “Tim Jaeger: Figurative and Abstract Paintings.” Jaeger’s contemplative art can be seen through April 20. 957-0609. The Gallery — “An Artist’s View: Rockport, Maine.” Art by Marilyn Helfenbein is on view through May 15. 9558341. Sonnet Gallery — “Adrian Serrano and Guillermo Portieles.” This exhibit of Serrano’s post-impressionist work and Portieles’ surreal visions runs through April 30. 955-6443.

Santa Fe Trails — “Oswald Ventura.” This exhibit of Ventura’s bold Southwestern art runs through April 29. 9541972. Palm Avenue Gallery — “Patricia Mead and Sol Schwartz.” This exhibit combines Mead’s vivid use of light and shadow with Schwartz’s sketches of musicians in action through May 4. 953-5757. Dabbert Gallery — “Barbara Krupp: Abstract Nature.” This exhibit of Krupp’s colorful, abstract and impressionist art runs through May 6. 955-1315. Kaos Gallery — “My Life Inside Out.” Vibrant art by Anita Wexler is featured through April 30. 747-0823.

artwalks ‘Creators and Collectors Tour’ — explore the homes and

studios of some of the area’s finest visual artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. The Sarasota Fine Arts Society sponsors this tour. 330-0680. ‘Stroll at Towles’ — experience art by the light of the moon at Sarasota’s art colony from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 21. 364-2126.


La Musica International Chamber Music Festival — This triumphant 20th annual celebration of chamber music continues through April 19, at Sarasota Opera House: “Concert IV” features work by Mozart, Schubert and Francaix at 8 p.m. Monday, April 17; “Concert V” features work by Mozart, Shostakovich and Schubert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. 366-8450. FST Cabaret — “The Flip Side: Paranoia on Parade.” Flip songs by Shel Silverstein, Alan Sherman, Ray Stevens and other snide songsters will be performed through June 10. 366-9000.

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The world-famous comedy troupe that spawned John Belushi and John Candy will present a musical celebration of the battle of the sexes from April 25 through April 30, at the Players Theatre. (This Broadway Series production is sponsored by the Van Wezel.) 953-3368.

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“Art in Motion” will be opening with an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 and continues through Sept. 22, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion. This member-juried exhibition will feature both emotionally moving and liter-

ally moving works of art. “The Faculty Show,” a juried exhibition of art by faculty instructors opens April 26 and runs through October, at the Glen Gallery. 383-2345.

‘Key Chorale Season Finale’

Key Chorale will join forces with the Pine View School Chorus to perform John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” and other works at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key. 921-4845.

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‘Encore: The Art of the Historic Asolo Theatre’

This exhibition will feature art associated with the museum’s recently renovated, historic 18thcentury Italian theater from April 22 through July 18, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. 359-5700.



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“Adult Art Classes.” Artists who can, teach — and they do it here. 383-2345. La Musica International Chamber Music Festival — “Pre-concert Lecture.” A chamber music expert elucidates the elegant secrets of Concert V at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at New College’s Sainer Pavilion. 366-8450.


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copies of her kids’ book, “Mister Miagi Asks What Would You Do?” at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15; Blaize Clement signs her Sarasota mystery, “Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15; Dorothy Grotefent signs her book of circus and Wallenda family history, “Circus Potpourri,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 15; Anne Gioia signs her kids’ book, “Bobo’s Just Fine,” at 1 p.m. Monday, April 17. 388-2850.


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Sushi and savings abound at Pacific Rim As we approached Pacific Rim around 9 p.m. Friday night, the crowds waiting outside told us that it was going to be a while. The hostess said that thanks to two large parties that had just arrived, the wait for a table would be about an hour, though we could sit down at the sushi bar right away. Because there were three of us, we decided a table would be worth the wait. We were invited to the bar in the back. Though I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been here since the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate fire last year, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard that it had expanded. Now I saw that the restaurant had added an outdoor dining area. Inside, the dĂŠcor had a romantic ambi-

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The wonderful concert of ‘Oz’ Florida West Coast Symphony brings back the magic. Live. The Florida West Coast Symphony took us to the Emerald City of Oz last week — without the aid of a tornado. It followed in the high-flying footsteps of the National Symphony and the Chicago Symphony to become just the third orchestra to play the musical’s sound-track music live. Separate and remove the orchestral sound track from the singing and speaking voices and let a live orchestra take over — does the idea seem JUNE quaint and clever? LeBELL Remember that back in 1939, “digital” referred to fingers and toes. A movie’s sound tracks were wedded to each other. Then remember the singers. Judy Garland’s style turned ballads into jazz. Rubatos (speeding up or slowing down the tempo of a piece) were the law of the land with all the singers. And remember that scene when the house falls — kaboom! —

into the land of Oz? The orchestra swirls with the house and that final crash must be synchronized with a huge percussive wallop. If that crash happens even a split second before or after the landing, the whole thing becomes ludicrous. But in this concert’s performance, everything seemed wonderful. Except for one or two slight deviations from the goings on in the movie, Leif Bjaland kept his forces together with such grace and precision, there were long stretches of time we forgot the orchestra was live. How did they do it? That’s the magic. (Perhaps the only one who can give away the secret is the wonderful Wizard of Oz.) A click track, perhaps? A zillion rehearsals? A munchkin pulling on Bjaland’s trouser cuff in time with the action? Like the golden retriever in the bean commercial, they’ll never tell! With the Florida West Coast Symphony and Bjaland, the movie’s beloved score track never sounded so good. Yes, there were a few minor hitches. The audio track — spoken and sung — had to be cranked up to be heard over a live orchestra. At that volume, the sound got

mightily distorted at times. It’s an almost 70-year-old track and, to spoiled 21stcentury ears, it can get a little hard to understand. Though, most of us have seen “Oz” enough times to memorize it. On the other hand, hearing the orchestral score, live, revealed things I’ve never noticed: Did you know there’s a touch of Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” lurking near the end? There are snatches of Tchaikovsky’s orchestrations here and there, too. But the most astonishing musical moments for me came, when the orchestra played, over and over and over again, an almost complete excerpt from Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” which was written some 20 years before the Munchkins led Dorothy and friends down the Yellow Brick Road. The audience was a marvel to behold, as well. Made up of miniature Munchkins and slightly rusting men and women, it was a great cross-section of humanity. And the presence of Margaret Pellegrini, an original Munchkin, now turned 85, was also awesome. There was a hilarious costume contest before the movie, with one particularly minute Munchkin (just 16 months old) dressed as the Cowardly Lion and show-

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Recent efforts aim to make St. Armands Circle the best specialty shopping experience in the country. When Bob Gibbs addressed the landowners and business owners of St. Armands Circle late last year, he said he believed St. Armands Circle to be one of the top-five specialty shopping areas in the country. Gibbs, a nationally recognized urban-retail consultant and planner, also told his listeners something else: The Circle has the potential to be the best specialty shopping area in the country. Since its inception two years ago, the Business Improvement District has been working with the St. Armands Association to make the most of its potential.

Safety first The district, known as BID, is an organization made up of the landowners on the Circle, and works closely with the merchants and residents of St. Armands. Its objective is a simple one: To make St. Armands Circle the best shopping area it can be. In the last year, BID was responsible for more than a dozen improvements on the Circle — everything from installing and maintaining an outdoor-music system that plays classical music while shoppers stroll, to making sure the newspaper racks around the Circle were repaired and maintained. When the association found the white lights on the tops of the buildings were old and in need of updating, BID instituted a program that allows merchants to rewire the lights on their buildings and get 100% rebates from BID. Operating under the city of Sarasota, BID has worked to complete what it sees as the most important project of the year — the neck-out (also called bulb-outs) at the Circle’s exit leading to Lido Key, and brick crosswalks to and from both medians on South Boulevard of the Presidents and South John Ringling Boulevard. Completed at the beginning of the year, the neck-out represents the latest priority of the Circle. The goal of the project is to have similar neck-outs, a place with benches, unique landscaping and a point of interest, at each of

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chant Association started to branch out. Realizing it could have more support if it included businesses not located on the Circle, it opened up its membership to all local businesses and renamed itself the St. Armands Association. The organization then began gaining strength the Circle’s entrance-and-exit points. With two neck-outs completed the larger ones, the re- within the last decade. “I guess we noticed a downturn about eight years ago,” maining two, leading to Longboat Key and to the John Ringling Causeway, are left to be finished. said Eric Seace, president of the St. Armands AssociaAlthough the neck-outs make those areas safer for pe- tion. “We started noticing more trash around the Circle destrians, they are part of a larger plan to enhance the and were getting comments from customers that the aesthetics of the Circle and brand it as one of the top place wasn’t as clean or nice as it used to be, so we got upscale shopping areas in the country. to work.” “We want to be known Shortly after, the associas a shopping experience,” ation hired Diana Corrigsaid Marty Rappaport, an as its executive director BID chairman. “We’re tryand began creating more ing to create a prestigious reasons for people to visit area that will attract visithe Circle. tors from all over the state, Since then, the associand that includes increasation’s membership has ing the ambience of the more than doubled. More area.” than 140 businesses thrive on the Circle, with few if any vacancies during the Crafting an image summer. The Circle hosts About 25 years ago, St. more than 35 events a year Armands Circle was the that bring in thousands of place to be. Recongized people. The Business Improvement District is currently trying to as offering a unique shopmake the awnings more upscale, like above. “All the effort is starting ping environment, it drew to pay off,” Seace said. “Aftourists and visitors who ter years of work, we are would stroll around, buying from the various shops and starting to gain momentum.” patronizing the restaurants. Now that its physical image has improved, the associaThere were so many merchants trying to get on the tion has turned, in recent years, to working on its public Circle, there was a waiting list. Then, something subtly shifted. In the next decade, image. Through several advertising spots on radio and televithe waiting list disappeared, and, in the summer, vacansion to promote the Circle and its events, the associacies began to dot the landscape of the Circle’s shops. It was then that Rappaport, a landowner himself, de- tion’s marketing committee has worked closely with BID cided to organize the landowners. Simply dubbed the to make sure everyone from Clearwater to Naples knows Landowners’ Association, Rappaport held meetings and what the Circle has to offer. addressed the issues that faced the owners of the Circle’s real estate. See CIRCLE page 2D In 1985, what was then called the St. Armands Mer-

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CIRCLE continued from 1D As a means to get things done, BID can assess up to 2% of property owners’ ad valorem taxes to fund its mission. Aside from programs like the lightingrebate program and helping fund engineering studies to make its city projects possible, a lot of the money also goes to marketing. Coupled with generous sponsorships and donations by local media partners, the BID boasted almost $1 million worth of promotional advertising for the Circle last year. Tagged with the line, “Get out of the box, get into the Circle,” the Circle’s message is one of uniqueness and specialty. “We want to keep our uniqueness,” Corrigan said. “What we have here is special, with 68 different landowners and over 140 businesses. It’s not like a mall with one management company; these businesses are here because they want to set their own hours and be independent. And we want people to know that we can give them something at St. Armands that they can’t get anywhere else.”

Looking ahead On its to-do list for the upcoming year are several projects for BID to further increase the Circle’s distinctiveness and make it more accessible and visitor friendly. On the top of that list are the two remaining neck-outs and the installation of three more brick crosswalks on the Circle’s medians. BID plans to fund the engineering study for the one leading to Longboat Key to help move along the process. “Right now, there have been several concepts given to the city,” Rappaport said. “We’ve offered to front the money for an engineering study and the city is currently looking into the cost.” On the subject of beautification, BID is working on possibly instituting another rebate plan for stores to replace backlit awnings to create a more elegant and uniform look throughout St. Armands.

#1 sales team ComPany-Wide in 2005!

As the only area zoned for commercial tourism in the city, this allows BID to change code for the district to ensure a more upscale ambience. Now that the stormwater drainage project is nearing completion, BID wants to work with the city to improve the landscaping on the medians leading to and from the Circle, as well as discuss improving its signage. According to Rappaport and Corrigan, BID and the association will continue to work on marketing and promoting the Circle’s numerous events, as well as a new plan to partner with businesses in downtown Sarasota to bring more people to St. Armands. Currently, the organizations are talking with downtown retailers on the possibility of creating a point-to-point trolley service between Pineapple Square and St. Armands Circle. “We have formed a partnership among the Downtown Association, the Pineapple Square group and businesses on Main Street to try to bring it together,” Rappaport said. “The trolley would be great when we get a critical mass of tourists as the city grows, and people can then ride it to St. Armands or to Pineapple Square without worrying about parking. It also presents options for cross promotion of events, so right now, we’re just trying to make it happen.” Between the two groups, BID and the St. Armands Association have thought of every detail to improve the Circle, all to achieve the best in specialty shopping. Right now, they are even discussing hiring a window-washing service to make sure all the stores’ windows are bright and clean. “We want to make sure we give visitors what we promise, and that’s an upscale, unique and historic shopping experience,” Corrigan said. “We have not realized our full potential yet, but it has come miles from where it was, and it was beautiful back then.”

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bay isles - longboat key

Beautiful executive home w/extensive remodeling inside & out, new marble flooring, state-of-the-art kitchen, 2 gas fireplaces, exceptional pool deck w/gas heated pool/spa & private “composite” dock for a 50’ boat plus 14,000 lb boat lift. Located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $2,700,000 •VT


l'ambiance on longboat key

enjoy Gulf front living at its finest in this custom designed three bedroom with interiors by architect Robert stuffings. 2,800+sF, imported Black pearl granite floors, gourmet kitchen w/Ivanion granite, and two parking spaces. Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club w/fabulous amenities. sold partially furnished. $1,595,000

lots sleePy lagoon-longboat key hideaway bay

Bayfront lot available within a private enclave on North Longboat Key, estate-sized homes, tennis court and only minutes to the beach. $1,999,000

residential liFestyles boaters delight

Traditional split plan residence. Light & bright throughout with oversized Florida room overlooking canal, eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar, separate dining room, private dock, 10,000 lb boat lift, davits & easy access to sarasota Bay. Great rental potential. $599,000 •VT

longboat key beachfront estate

Remarkable elevated main residence offering inviting living spaces, private elevator, gourmet kitchen, sundeck, dramatic sunsets and azure waterviews. Charming 3 bedroom guest cottage adjacent to main residence, 3 car garage & heated - open pool. $5,795,000 •VT

manatee river waterfront

On over 1 acre of lush tropical landscaping, secluded and captivating custom home on the Manatee River with recent renovations. Over 4,200 square feet of living space, gourmet kitchen, fireplace and private/covered boat dock. OpeN hOuse suNday 1–4 $2,750,000 •VT

University Park

pristine maintenance free residence with over 2,400 sq. ft. Open and inviting floor plan with light and bright oversized master suite, volume and tray ceilings, upgraded appliances and screened-in pool overlooking the natural preserve. ReCeNTLy ReduCed $675,000

eXcellent location

Magnificent subdivided parcel with 4 buildable lots, approximately 1.95+/- acres. $3,500,000

conrad beach on longboat key

Relax in this maintenance free, Key West style beach house on Longboat Key's charming North end. This 3BR plus loft includes three luxurious living levels, elevator, gourmet kitchen, sweeping porches, fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hot tub and oversized garage. $1,595,000

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residential liFestyles •VT

spacious 4BR pool home with over 2,500 sF, ceramic tile throughout, oversized family room and open lanai. Close proximity to st. stephens in a very desirable neighborhood. $450,000

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Condominium liFestyles beachPlace - longboat key

desirable beachfront corner unit with panoramic Gulf views. 1,172 sF of living space including two bedrooms, dual sinks in master bath, large storage closet, wrap around balcony, storm shutters and two parking spaces. sold furnished. Community features include a guarded entry gate, heated beachfront pool, tennis courts and club house. Great rental potential. $1,099,000 •VT


bradenton's Premier address

exclusive and gated estate on 3.3 acres on the Manatee River. Classic 5 bedroom home with over 5,600 sF, new private tennis court with backboard, open pool, enclosed jacuzzi, covered boat dock to house 2 boats and beautifully manicured grounds. $5,900,000 •VT

Private beach hoUse

Two story beach house featuring 100’ of private white sandy beach with expansive Gulf views, privacy abounds, $40K+ in recent upgrades, heated beach front pool and excellent rental potential. Variance & state approval granted for new construction. $2,675,000

venice beach

Gated community directly on the beach, 2 bedroom plus den, updated throughout, marble floors, plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings and magnificent beach views. $599,000

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Custom “Ranch” style pool home remarkably remodeled and updated throughout including a chef’s kitchen w/hickory wood cabinets, saturnia marble floors, crown moldings, open heated pool & spa w/waterfall and a maintenance free 30’ composite $1,475,000 dock on a deep water canal.

west of the trail

Fantastic, 3BR light & bright home in Cedar Cove estates. approximately 2,300 sF, open floor plan, vaulted & tray ceilings, separate dining room, expansive 70’-wide screened in lanai with a 40’ pool, gas heated spa and ionization pool filtration system. Only minutes to shopping, dining and the white sandy beaches of siesta Key. $639,000


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The Resort at Longboat Key Club pampers you with fine dining, generous amenities and dramatic views of the Gulf, lagoon and golf course fairways with graciously appointed condominium/ hotel suites. Great income potential! 2607D Two bedroom with Gulf views. $1,535,000 2603/04B Two bedroom lockout with Gulf views. $1,399,000 2803C+ Two bedroom with Gulf views $1,360,000 3102C Two bedroom with pool views $1,350,000 2703C+ Two bedroom with Gulf views $1,350,000 6401C Two bedroom with lagoon views. $995,000 7103A Club Suite with lagoon views $499,000 5103A Club Suite with garden views $439,000

desirable location

desirable Longboat Key lot available with plans to begin construction on a beatiful 4,700 square foot Mediterranean style residence. several floor plans to choose from. adjoining lots available. $2,995,000


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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of March 31 through April 6, in order of dollar amounts.



220 Palmetto Ave.




Advantage Properties Inc.

2525 Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alt. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Islands West Condo Assoc. 1281 GMD

Alteration shutters Trustee Linda Schneider


4525 GMD


Judy Riley


4325 GMD


Jeff Caffaro


1945 GMD

Alteration Peter Seitzman


507 Forest Way


David Montano


843 Evergreen Way


Douglas Jingst


761 Tarawitt Drive


Robert Treonis


3802 GMD


Trustee Gene Fry


3808 GMD


Barry and Gail Logue


2020 Harbourside Drive Alteration shutters Joel Brown


580 Jungle Queen Way

Alteration shutters Roy Bellas


7031 Bayside Drive

Alteration boat dock â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anthony Vernon


605 Sutton Place



490 N. Shore Road

Alteration shutters Martin Albaum


5611 GMD


Nirmal Parikh


860 Evergreen Way


Nahne Enterprises Inc.


Joanne Verlinden


Players Club

Beautiful Updates in this light, bright corner unit in building â&#x20AC;&#x153;Câ&#x20AC;?. Over 1,900 SF of living space, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath bonus solarium makes this unit something special, plus all $999,900. the amenities



LIDO KEY - Walking distance to St. Armandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle restaurants and shopping from this over 5,000 Sq. Ft. 5BR gated contemporary home with an open floor plan overlooking a large outdoor entertainment area with a 74 Ft. infinity edge pool. Views of downtown from the roof top deck with deepwater dockage for multiple boats. MLS#293326 $5,450,000

LIGHTHOUSE POINT - Located behind the gates on the very southern end of Longboat with 4BRs and office in 5,200 Sq Ft with marble floors and volume ceilings throughout. The open floor plan with a large kitchen is perfect for entertaining with a 60 Ft. lighted boat dock minutes from the Gulf and Bay. MLS#307708 $3,595,000 BAY ISLES - Fabulous 5,100 Sq. Ft. home of fine detail and finishes throughout in the exclusive gated Harbor section of Bay Isles that was completely remodeled in 2005 with new kitchen, bathrooms, appliances, plumbing fixtures and granite countertops throughout. Soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, protected 50 Ft. boat dock, 4BR suites, office, 3 fireplaces and family room with wine cellar and full bar. Spacious outdoor entertaining terrace and pool deck with 38 Ft. pool and new pavers. MLS#302526 $3,450,000

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$240,000 $65,000




BAY ISLES - Mediterranean design home secluded in Longboatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exclusive neighborhood that has been impeccably maintained. Located on deepwater with 100 Ft. seawall and dock. Fabulous master suite, living room, dining room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, large family room with wet bar and fireplace, volume ceilings, marble floors, heated pool and spa and use of the private Gulf front Beach Club. MLS#287719 $2,820,000

SANDERLING - First class renovation and additions to a classic home on Siesta. Large master suite with his and her bathrooms. No detail spared on this large nicely landscaped and gated lagoon location with boat dock. MLS#287496 $2,795,000 PRESTANCIA - This grand 3BR Rutenberg design is elegant and built for both indoor and outdoor entertaining with all one can expect with an incredible property on 2/3 of a private acre with a large lake. Soaring ceilings and upgrades galore and with wet bar, fireplace, office and outdoor grill area. MLS#295992 $1,350,000 BAY ISLES BAYOU - Captivating and unique home privately situated on corner lot that has been completely remodeled. New stucco roof, imported cherry wood granite kitchen, wine cooler, new bathrooms, new electricity, etc. Impressive new landscape including fountain and outdoor and indoor travertine flooring. MLS#301994 $1,295,000 LONGBOAT GULF FRONT LOT - One of the largest Gulf front buildable residential lots available in Sarasota County. This estate property is 1.4 acres with 425 Ft. of Gulf front. There is the possibility of dividing the property into two lots. MLS# 302610 $6,450,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES LOT - Canal front lot on the southern end of Longboat Key on the desirable southern side of the street. MLS#301010 $1,395,000

Beach Castle

Gulf & bayside complex allows daily rental and has great income potential and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Key Westâ&#x20AC;? tropical feel. The unit features new 16 inc ceramic tile, new paint throughout and a new A/C system - all new in 2005. Private beach, fishing pier, dock and more. Reduced! $850,000

VIZCAYA - Over 6600 Sq. Ft. of custom elegance with the finest detailing, finishes and cabinetry created by Ann Folsom Smith Interiors in a community of only 31 Gulf front residences. Five bedrooms including two master suites, spacious kitchen with Neff cabinetry, living, dining and family rooms, two double car garages, extensive terraces w/ outdoor grill. View the Gulf from all main rooms. Truly a paradise for the discriminating buyer. MLS#302005 $5,950,000


Tastefully updated first floor walkout with partial Gulf view. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 parking spaces, clubhouse, exercise room, Har-Tru tennis courts and more. Reduced! $685,000

BEACHES PENTHOUSE - Spacious Gulf front condo on Longboat Key with 4,000 Sq. Ft., 4BRs and 3 terraces with views of the Gulf, Bay and golf course that has been beautifully updated and decorated with a roof garden, skylights, kitchen par excellence, marble floors, security system, hurricane shutters, 9 Ft. ceilings and numerous built-ins. MLS#296800 $2,600,000 CONDO ON THE BAY - One of a kind first floor 3BR unique condo totally remodeled overlooking the Bay with exquisite details, 10 Ft. ceilings and a private 1,400 Sq. Ft. terrace. Boat dock available and minutes to downtown. MLS#301496 $1,499,000 RENAISSANCE - Downtown living at its best. Sweeping Bay and City views from the balconies of this southwest corner condo that has been remodeled including new kitchen, master bath and many details throughout. MLS#302398 $829,000


Call: 941.780.4016 or 941.388.4447 or E-mail:

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440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 941â&#x20AC;˘383â&#x20AC;˘7591 / 941â&#x20AC;˘387â&#x20AC;˘0800 Cell: Michael 928â&#x20AC;˘3559 / Annette 284â&#x20AC;˘7373

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New Pass home sells for $13 million A towering 50-foot high, 10-year-old mansion on the Gulf at New Pass, sold for $13 million March 24. Charlotte O. and Maurice M. Vick Jr. conveyed title to their unique, gated home at the southwestern end of exclusive Westway Drive to Paula G. and Thomas E. McInerney, of New York City. The Vicks built the mansion at 1067 Westway Drive in 1996, after purchasing Lot 25 and 25 feet of Lot 24 in Block A of the Lido C division of John Ringling Estates in August 1993 for $670,000. Shrouded in vegetation, the building site contains almost two acres (77,750 square feet) leading down to a 100-foot beach. The building area covers 22,620 square feet, of which 7,440 is air-conditioned living space. The Sarasota Property Appraiser’s office lists the mansion as KENT living units,” with CHETLAIN “two five bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus two half-baths and a swimming pool. The McInerneys were able to buy the property for 22% under the original $16.75 million asking price. Following the mailing of the proposed taxes last summer, the Vicks reduced the price from $15.25 million to $13.95 million last year, before finally agreeing to sell for $13 million. Michael Saunders & Co., agents represented both the buyers and sellers. Debra Pitell represented the purchasing McInerneys, while the husband-and-wife team of Kim and Michael Ogilvie were the listing agents for the Vicks.

Romanza Interior Design of Sarasota executed the indoor styling. M.L. Collingwood Inc. was the builder, and Clifford Scholz was the architect of the imposing Venetian manse. The 7,500-square-foot house boasts exercise rooms, offices, a media room/home theater, fountains, a swimming pool, an outdoor loggia with a kitchen and fireplace, not to mention the terraces, balconies and marble flooring, et al. Interestingly, the transaction was one of the area’s first to be initiated over the Internet, where Ms. Garrison discovered the impressive residence built by Sandcastles of Sarasota LLC. A picture of the home was featured on Debra Pitell’s Web page. Included in the record $13,219,000 sale were the adjacent lot and an older home at 1221 Westway Drive. The amount of state documentary stamps required for the sale was $92,533.

New Pass record holders

Margo B. and Jerome G. Lee, 1299 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sold their home at 3328 Sabal Cove Lane in Sabal Cove on the Bay Isles peninsula to K & R Ventures, limited-liability limited partnership, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, for a development record $1.9 million. The three-bedroom and four-bath home with a swimming pool was constructed in 1996.

Despite the $13 million sale price, two other purchases surpass this sale, both along New Pass. In December 2003, Cynthia Kaye Garrison, from Harrison, Ark., paid a record $13,219,000 to Sandcastles of Sarasota LLC, for the immense new home with 339 feet along the south banks of New Pass, at 1219 Westway Drive. The home, constructed by Sandcastles, has four bedrooms, five baths and two halfbaths. Principals were Phil Chmieleski and his wife, Margo Bohaty, whose Bohaty and

Coxes’ $16.5 million compound

By far, the largest residential “compound” along New Pass is the five-and-one-half lot tract assembled by Carrie and Kenneth C. Cox, from Mendham, N.J., in two separate purchases. First, they bought the 1.5-acre vacant lot-and-a-half at 1101 Westway Drive from Christine and William Isaacs for $5.5 million. Next, they acquired the former Daniel Kane home at 1127 Westway Drive, with its four-bedrooms and six-anda-half baths and 3.9 acres on the beach from Marion and John R. DeYoung for $11 million. All told, the Coxes spent an area record $16.5 million assembling their resort family compound with its 500 feet on New Pass.

$1.9 million Sabal Cove sale

Bird Key

James M. Heyward bought the home at 609 N. Owl Drive on Bird Key from

Marni Hayden

Call: 941/809-5044• 1350 Main St. Sold out in 90 minutes Penthouse 1606 Offered at $2,100,000 One of the most exclusive of Sarasota’s downtown condominiums with fabulous Bay and city views. Available for assignment and currently under construction, this SW corner penthouse has over 3,541 sq. ft. including terraces and 3 bedroom suites/3.5 baths. relax in your grand salon or separate family room. Please visit for floor plan and amenities.

1350 Main St. Unit 1104 Offered at $759,900 The hottest place to live in Sarasota is at the corner of Main and Palm. Enjoy the wonderful water views from this 2 bedroom/2 bathroom 1,336 sq. ft. open floor plan beauty. Luxury amenities include concierge, valet, fitness center, billiard room and business center. Photos and floor plans at Assignment of contract to be completed December, 2006.

522 Golden Gate Point #6 Offered at $575,000 Charming 1 bedroom/1 bath with a million dollar full bay view off private balcony for under $600,000! Heated pool, fishing pier, boat docks, great rental/investment opportunity, close to downtown restaurants and cultural district. Turnkey furnished. Available for rental. $1400/mo or $1200/yr lease.

825 Osprey Ave #407 Offered at $449,900 Majestic views from your fourth floor 500 sq. ft. roof top garden and private terrace! West of the trail central park condo corner unit. Light and airy 2 bedroom/2 bath gem! Totally updated with top-ofthe-line stainless appliances by GE Profile and Miele. 1260 square feet, underground parking, community boat dock, and bayou access to bay.

8. N. Blvd. of the Presidents,St. Armands Circle Sarasota, Florida 34236

Jessica Seubert

This home at 1067 Westway Drive on New Pass boasts 7,440 air-conditioned square feet. Helen Mary and Barry Howard Firmin, from Ditchling Hassocks, Surrey, United Kingdom, for $1.9 million. The four-bedroom and two-and-a-half bath home with a swimming pool was built in 1969. The Firmins grossed $600,000 on the transaction, having bought the property in August 2004 for $1.3 million.

Queens Harbour

Janis and Stephen P. Rauch sold their Queens Harbour (near Manchester Bay) home at 3542 Fair Oaks Lane to Ellen Rothbaum for $1,199,000. For the Rauchs, the sale represented a gross profit of $758,100 in 10 ½ years. They bought the three-bedroom and two-and-a-half bath home with a swimming pool brand new in September 1995 for $440,900.

$673,000 in eight months

Sally P. and Edward Frankowiak, from Oakville, Ontario, Canada, bought Unit 636 in Building 6 at Fairway Bay III from Nancy and Robert N. Whitacre, of Indianapolis, for $975,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 2120 Harbourside Drive was built in 1988. The Whitacres made a gross profit of $673,000 on the sale in just eight months, having purchased the apartment for

$302,000 in July 2005.

Sea Grape Inn

John Edward Muller, of Tampa, sold his Unit 8 at the eight-unit Sea Grape Inn, 5125 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $970,000 to the following three couples for a onethird interest each: Winona A. and Leon Roy Smith, of Tampa; Verlo Janet Smith and her husband, Derill Ray Smith, Lithia, in Hillsborough County; Gary G. Wegner, Pewaukee, Wis. The three-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1983.

Westchester Apartments

Maria and Manuel A. Alvare Jr., from Tampa, paid $860,000 to Ellinor Wagenhofer, widow of Frank Wagenhofer, 5300 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for her Unit 304 in the first phase of Westchester Apartments at 4805 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The twobedroom and one-bath apartment was constructed in 1970.

Longboat Terrace

Robert J. Lewis, of Pittsburgh, Pa., sold his Unit 208 at the 36-unit Longboat Terrace, 5391 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $850,000 to four men from suburban Chicago: John H. Riggs, Winfield, Ill., 38%; James T. Riggs, St. Charles, Ill.,




2BR/2BA Penthouse with enclosed balcony overlooking bird sanctuary and Sarasota Bay. Tastefully furnished. Newer appliances including washer/dryer. Beach access, boat docks, tennis, pools, clubhouse. Seller is willing to lease back 4 months for next 3 years.


Call Dorothy Cook, Realtor®, Wagner Realty (941) 383-5577 AH 756-4851

Sheldon Paley’s

featured properties

neW on the MarKet - 800 Benjamin Franklin drive. Beachfront!! 2BR/2B with beautiful Bay and Gulf views from the balcony. Walk to shops, restaurants. Steps to the beach. offered at $765,000 SieSta Key 797 Beach road. Beautiful direct view of the Gulf and public beach from all living areas. 2 BR/2 BA. Turnkey furnished. Walk to Siesta Village. priced to sell! offered at $750,000 pending • one hundred central - Downtown Sarasota, fabulous 95 unit complex. 4BR/2.5BA and upgrades including flooring, stainless steel appliances, and private elevator. offered at $945,000 neW on the MarKet • 1050 longboat Key club road - Buy location and view behind the gates of Longboat Key Club – Island Side. Watch beautiful sunsets, priced below market value. offered at $675,000 941.356.1857 • 941.383.0810

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27%; Michael O’Sullivan, Naperville, Ill., 17 ½ %; Robert H. Riggs, St. Charles, Ill., 17 ½%. Lewis made a gross profit of $740,000 on the sale of the 27-year-old, two-bedroom and two-bath apartment, having paid just $110,000 for it in July 1979.

Spanish Main Yacht Club

Mili and Umberto Bonsignori, of Cocoa Beach and Cindy E. Tendler each purchased a one-third interest in Unit 39 at 813 N. Spanish Drive in the 212-unit Spanish Main Yacht Club from Kathryn Tustin Kramer & Charles Ancencey Tustin, of West Chester, Pa., for $434,000. The twobedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1969.

Boathouse on Longboat

Erich Winzer, 500 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, sold his berth 2233 at the 194-berth Boathouse on Longboat to Julie E and Robert A. Lehman,1800 Seeds Ave., Sara-

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sota, for $65,000.

Lido Surf & Sand

Jela and Jago J. Vasilj and Kristina Soldo, all of Chicago, paid $860,000 to Kathryn and Elemer K. Zsigmond for Unit 819 at the Lido Surf & Sand condominium, 1104 Ben Franklin Drive. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo was constructed in 1976.

Lido Harbour Towers

Phoebe Brockman and her husband, Marwan M. Kashkoush, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, sold their Unit 104 at Lido Harbour Towers to Karen M. and Joseph R. Gallina, of Cross Plains, Wis., for $492,500. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957.



552 Juan Anasco Sailboat water on North Longboat Key. Meticulous 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with family room, vaulted ceiling in master bedroom, fireplace and access to heated pool and large lanai. Best of all a 20,000 lb boat lift and jet ski launch. $935,000

5916 Midnight Pass RD W-202 A renowned Siesta Key icon with in house rental program and great reputation. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is being offered furnished. It has direct Gulf views for those amazing Siesta sunsets. In close proximity to Siesta Key Village’s shops and restaurants, Surf and Racquet is the place to be on the beach. $1,099,000.

designer furnished, Bayfront sunsets $150,000 reduction for astute buyer. Remarkable choices of granite, wallcoverings & flooring. Turnkey. Immediate possession. $850,000 #298984 Beach cottage - for sale & for rent Beautiful 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Cottage/Condo Large screened porch w/spa, HW floors, F.P. Walk to St. Armand’s & Lido Beach. Furnished. Available April 1. $549,000. Lease weekly/monthly or lease/option. #298018 live at the ritz carlton Sumptuous lifestyle. Grand 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath luxurious condo overlooking sparkling Sarasota Bay. Dine & shop downstairs. $1,999,000. #281465 for options & photography go to:, click on associates and search name judi summers to view properties

(941) 302-3238

555 Beach Road Income producing triplex across Beach road from Siesta Key beach. Watch sunsets from your terrace in your 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit with two car garage, while two other units make you money. Walk to beach. Close to village. One of a kind Siesta offering with wood and ceramic tile floors. $1, 795,000.

7848 Midnight Pass Road Duplex plus studio on Heron Lagoon. Very deep 17,000 sq. ft lot. Lush landscaping in this private, tropical oasis on the quiet end of Siesta Key. Possible Gulf views from new construction. Live in One, rent the other! This is a rare opportunity. $1,179,000.

5120 Jungle Plum Road “As new “ private mariner’s paradise. 50’ Viking at dock now. Designer features include gourmet kitchen, gracious living room with pool and water views, whimsical play room, high tech family room/ screening room, bonus/ billiard room and gym. Enjoy magical sunsets, pool, boat dock and a home beyond comparison. $3, 590,000.

35 Watergate Drive, #603 Dazzling by day, spectacular by night. Sunset views beyond imagination in this preferred bay view location. The Tower Residences adjacent to the Ritz Carlton Hotel is home to those who want a lifestyle without compromise. Soon to have new marble floors, freshly painted walls and tiled terrace. 2 parking spaces included, of course. $1,749,000.

13418 Blythefield Terrace Lakewood Ranch - Built by John Cannon Construction in 2003. The new owners have created a special ambiance. Located on the largest Blythefield homesite, most of the rooms in this 4 BR home have water views and open to the pool area.A special home theater and bath occupies the second level and has a lake view balcony. $2,350,000.

1538 Mallard Lane A hidden treasure close to downtown, excellent Southside Village shopping, dining and schools. Plans are available for a spectacular Mediterranean style home with bay views. The existing 3 bed 2 bath home on this large lot is offered for sale “as-is with right to inspect.”. $890,000

Michael Saunders & Company

Licensed Real Estate Broker • 1801 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236



his stunning 3 bedroom, 3 bath island home offers lovely bamboo floors, granite countertops in both the kitchen and bathrooms, handsome millwork on the interior banisters, and several breezy sundecks with stunning views of the sparkling Gulf of Mexico! There is a paneled elevator, brick paved driveway, ceramic tiled entry foyer, beautifully textured volume ceilings with recessed lighting and fans, and lovely stainless steel kitchen appliances. Don’t miss this completed masterpiece! Priced at $1,150,000.

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373 St. Armands Circle • 388-1650 • Line of business: A ’50s style ice cream shop with retro gifts. Something about the business: “It’s a real ’50s icecream-shop experience,” Cheryl Whitten said. The shop has about 32 flavors out at a time, and rotates the flavors as many as five times a day. Best-selling items: Cookie dough, double-fudge brownie ice cream and mango sorbet. Owners: Cheryl and Mike Whitten. Founded: ScoopDaddy’s was opened by two Sarasota businessmen, then sold to the Whittens in June 2001. Managers: Cheryl Whitten is the general manager of the store and she has about six shift managers. Employees: It averages between 11 and 14. Cheryl Whitten hires most of her employees in the high-school

and college-age range, and keeps them working through those years. Many times, the ones that go away to college come back for spring and summer break to work there. Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Price range of merchandise: “People can buy anything from a $5 magnet to a $350 handbag,” Cheryl Whitten said. The ice-cream prices are pretty average for the Circle. How did you get involved: The Whittens were living in Atlanta and looking to move back to Sarasota, and wanted either a job or a business. ScoopDaddy’s was for sale and located on the Circle, so they decided buy it.

PERSONAL (Cheryl Whitten)

Birthplace: Michigan. Family: Whitten’s mother lives in the area, and “my cat (Sasha) came with the house.” Location: Lakewood Ranch. How long in this area: “About five years.” How’d you get here: “Well, my husband and I met and married in Sarasota 15 years ago, and his work had taken us away from here. We were gone for about 10-to12 years, and wound up in Atlanta. We wanted to come back to Sarasota.”


Sarabande - Panoramic views of bay, Gulf & City from this 8 room residence filled with custom upgrades, 2 secure parking spaces, 24-hr concierge, guest suites, Olympic pool and walking distance to Main Street. $3,850,000


bay Views and deep Water dock - Just updated, this 4000 Sq. Ft. home boasts an open floor plan, media room, family room, high ceilings, granite, wood floors, gourmet kitchen, 1st level master bedroom and 2 guest REDUCED! $2,279,000 suites. bOAtER's DELight! Custom 4 bedroom home with an open floor plan that wraps around a caged pool and spacious lanai. High ceilings, lots of glass, marble bath, kitchen with granite and new stainless appliances are only some of the special features. REDUCED $100,000! nOW $1,699,000


3 bedroom Maintenance-free villa, courtyard/guest cabana floor plan w/panoramic views across the golf course lake and down the fairway. Loaded with upgrades and located on the best site in this enclave of 16 villas. $975,000


exciting opportunity to own at the resort of the Longboat Key Club. a perfect investment property, personal weekend retreat or that extra guest bedroom. Overlooking the golf course and only steps to the hotel and beach. $469,900

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First paying job ever: “Babysitting, and then I went right to a Whirlpool job, as an administrative assistant.” How did you get to where you are now: “I worked in sales at IBM, and had a side job working with gourmet foods, gifts and home accents with a friend. We had a catalogue and worked with the Junior League. I guess that got me ready to do this job.”


Favorite pastime: “To travel. I love to check out other shopping areas and love going on buying trips.” Favorite trip to anywhere: “I went to Ireland with my

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Co-owner Cheryl Whitten works with the staff to make sure customers always have a memorable experience.

family. There were 37 of my family members on a charted bus.” Organization or volunteer work: “We donate gift baskets to anyone and everyone who asks. We like to put the focus on whatever the event is.” Whitten also tries to volunteer for different chamber events, and she donates water and ice cream from the store for the Taste of St. Armands and other food-based and outdoor events.


Business philosophy: “Include employees in every level of the business. We have monthly manager meetings, staff meetings, bonus programs. At every staff meeting, we talk about customer service and about always wanting the customers to have a good experience. We try to make ice cream fun.”

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REAL ESTATE REPORTS by Jessica Seubert | Staff Writer Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; announces that Bruce Myer of the Longboat Key office has been awarded the designation of the Legends Society. The Legends Society represents fewer than 1% of more than 126,000 Coldwell Banker associates worldwide. Myer has been a Sarasota resident for more than 25 years and attributes his Web site as a great way to gain new customers. He specializes in luxury residential real estate sales throughout Sarasota and Longboat Key. Lisa Richards has joined its downtown Sarasota office. A Sarasota resident for four years, Richards will specialize in residential property sales in Sarasota. She is a former interior decorator from Chicago. Michael Barbalato has also joined the downtown Sarasota office. He moved here from Buffalo, N.Y., where he was a real estate professional for 23 years. He will specialize in waterfront, new construction and condominium property throughout Sarasota. ReMax Excellence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; announces that several of its associates have won awards at the ReMax of Florida annual dinner and awards presentation held in mid-Feb-

ruary. Rick Libro and Steven Kepecz earned the International Platinum Club award. Libro also earned designation as one of the top 100 ReMax associates in Florida. Diane Barrington, Tammy Halsted, Dan Clarke, Joshua Unger, Rex Glasson and John Wilcher were presented with International 100% awards. Michael Losey and Jessika Arman received the Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Club award. And Pat Passeri, John Yoder, Dan Jasmer and Larry Burke were presented with the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club award. Weichert Realtors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; announces that Realtor Robin Bowman has joined its On the Circle, St. Armands office. Bowman is a resident of Lakewood Ranch and previously worked in direct mail sales and marketing as a field support representative and support agreements specialist. She will specialize in serving residential clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Doug Schmidt has also joined Weichert Realtors On the Circle. A Realtor, Schmidt has been in the real estate business for 26 years and has resided on Longboat Key for 27 years. He is a graduate from New College and earned his real estate license while attending graduate school at the University of Miami. He will specialize in residential and commercial sales from Tampa to south Naples, selling to domestic and foreign clients.

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On being again named Company Wide Top Agent for Michael Saunders & Company for the second year in a row! Highest Residential Sale for Sarasota County in 2004 & 2005! ES CA BAY This grand estate is set on 3.21 acres of gated and exquisitely landscaped bay frontage. 650+/- lineal feet! Revel in unparalleled luxury & craftsmanship. Sarasotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most extraordinary outdoor entertaining areas. Lap pool, 5 car garage. $12,900,000 MODERN


Perfectly situated on the white sands of Lido Beach, within proximity to St. Armands and downtown, the strong design of this residence opens to the beauty of its surroundings, yet offers total privacy. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 51â&#x20AC;&#x2122; lap pool & terraces on 3 levels invites outdoor living.

$6,800,000 YACHTING RETREAT This masterpiece of exquisite quality and luxurious detail is situated on deep boating water. Splendid private master suite with sumptuous bath. 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; dock with lift. 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, pool & spa with fountain, 4 stop elevator, 3 car garage. $4,999,995 LIDO SHORES GARDEN HOME

this well-built home is gracious and opens beautifully to private pool & lanai. Kitchen opens to family room with fireplace. Spacious living room, 3 bedroom split plan. Private beach.


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The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, April 13, 2006

KEY COMPARABLES by Jessica Seubert $3 Million 3610 Fair Oaks Place, Queens Harbour, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Four. Bathrooms: Three-and-a-half. Special interests: Agent Hannerle Moore, of Prudential Palms Realty, says this home features wide-open Sarasota Bay views and a newly dredged canal leading directly to the bay. It has two master suites (one with a fireplace), a den, formal-living room and dining room and a family room. There are two viewing decks, one looking out over the pool and dock and from one looking to the beach and Gulf, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so you can see sunsets year-round,â&#x20AC;? Moore said. Price: $2,799,000.


Cream Puff 2/2 with expanded living area @ Bay Lake Estates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just off Cortez Road & 86th. Tiled floors throughout, except bedrooms. Florida-style room incorporated into the home for 1,763 s/f of living area. Monthly fee of $150 includes lawn care and basic cable. Beaches nearby. #520012 - $375,000 Virtual Tour @


Not age restricted & 2 pets permitted. Clubhouse, 2 heated pools & tennis complete this waterfront community. Close to beaches â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no bridges to Bay! All 2/2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with attached carports. Photos/Virtual Tours @ 9508 Valencia $399,900; 9409 Catalina - $329,900; & 9538 Azure Cove - $309,000.

510 Harbour Gate Way Bay Isles, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Three. Bathrooms: Four-and-a-half. Special interests: This home, behind the gates of Bay Isles, features state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems, a gourmet kitchen, Travertine marble flooring and curved walls in the great room, said Kelli Gambardella, assistant to agent Lynne Koy, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. On a deep-water canal that leads to the bay, there is a dock for a boat of up to 50 feet, as well as a pool, spa and harbor. The garage is built for three or more cars. Price: $2,987,500.

560 Chipping Lane Country Club Shores, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Five, possibly six. Bathrooms: Five. Special interests: This home sits up high on the property, and has a paver deck with a pool that overlooks a deepwater canal leading straight to the bay, said agent Tierney Foster, of Re/Max Gulfstream. There is a view of the bay from the master suite, a gourmet style kitchen and a guest wing for visitors. Price: $2,980,400.


Bridgeport 2/2with unobstructed Gulf views overlooking private beach. Tiled floors, remodeled kitchen and new bath cabinetry. Being sold turnkey furnished. One of the few Island complexes with an elevator. Parking and extra storage below. #511344 - $599,000 Virtual Tour @


3/2.5 Town home, in a gated community. Freshly painted w/new stainless appliances, tile kitchen floor, paver patio & carpet. Private island living in a 24-hour guarded setting. Privacy abounds in this special paradise with over 2,500 s/f of living area. Tennis courts, clubhouse & two pools. #510916 - $775,000 Virtual Tour @


3-Story modern home at Esplanade on the Bay @ El Conquistador. 3 Bedrooms, 3 baths & 2 half baths perfect for anyone in need of space. 4,300 s/f of living area - complemented by heated, caged pool/spa area and a 3-car garage. This home features formal areas, ultra-modern kitchen, over-sized laundry & fireplace. #514199 - $1,650,000 Virtual Tour @


BXi`eJk\g_Xe Tessera Sweeping 2,800 sq. ft. terrace, with tropical Bay views. Only 2 residences per floor and no common walls. Private 2-car garage. Secure entry. Understated elegance in this 3,315 sq. ft. home featuring 3BR/4.5BA, library/den. His and her baths in the master suite, amazing storage. Walk to downtown shops, restaurants, theater and more. $1,995,900 lido BeacH cluB * PenTHouse 7 13th fl. penthouse with the most fantastic views, TKF, 2BD/2BA, building underwent major renovations in 2001, pool, sauna, plus much more. $1,100,000 uniT #1208 Incredible Gulf and city views from 12th floor, turnkey furnished unit near St. Armands Circle. A fantastic investment in recently updated building with pool, sauna, exercise room. $895,000 lido HarBour Towers * uniT 607 3BD/2BA in a unique, completely renovated gulf side building. Direct bay view and great gulf view. Kitchen and bathroom very nicely updated. BBQ, shuffle board, under building parking and in a million-dollar neighborhood. $990,000

As an accomplished Realtor from the Longboat Key South office, she has been honored with the Chairmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle Award.

douBle PenTHouse With 4,000 sq. ft. of living space, this fabulous penthouse commands the most gorgeous views of Sarasota and Bird Key, to the Skyway Bridge and ocean vistas. exquisitely updated with new sliding doors throughout, this 4 bedroom, 4 bath unit is capable of withstanding winds of up to 175 mph. Next to the Ritz Carlton Beach Club. $2,400,000 Holmes BeacH â&#x20AC;˘ BayfronT Home Noted architect's home directly on Bimini Bay. Serene water views. 3 bedroom, 2 bath Florida style home has a lush tropical courtyard entry with patio pool, bayfront deck, Brazilian tile, metal roof, French doors, 9.5 ft. ceilings and separate main bedroom suites. $1,500,000

lido surf & sand * uniT 316 Invest in a direct gulf-side building on Lido Beach. 2 bedroom, 2 bath with lovely ocean view. Balcony with sliding doors and an open patio that adds almost 1,000 sq. ft. to this completely renovated residence. $799,900 uniT 606 2 bedroom, 2 bath sixth floor condo with gorgeous sunsun Plaza Holmes BeacH * uniT 103 rise and sunset views. Living room has been extendUnique 1st floor end unit in a wonderful gulf ed to include the entire balcony with sliding glass front building with tennis courts and more. doors. Completely renovated. Turnkey Furnished. $799,900 Major work in 2004. Furnished, a fantastic PRICe ReDUCeD TO investment.



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Desirable 3 bedroom home with gorgeous One bedroom, 1.5 bath apartment with washer lake views and nature preserve. Lot to left not and dryer in unit. Beautiful Gulf and Bay views. $499,900 buildable. Privacy is assured. Large caged PRICeD TO SeLL. pool with waterfall, perfect for relaxing and BuildaBle loT dining outside. Open floor plan with 10 ft. ceilings, excellent condition. Some furniture 100' x 120' lot on Longboat Key (Broadway). $599,900 $379,000 Motivated Seller. negotiable.

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by Mark Gordon | The Gulf Coast Business Review

Early Returns The fledgling Sarasota Economic Development Corp.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget rose 24% in a year. The results? Its seeds are germinating.

The Sarasota Economic Development Corp.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual budget increased 24% and surpassed the $1 million mark from 2004 to 2005, as the group officially began operating independent of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. The largest expenditure increases were in categories developing â&#x20AC;&#x153;value-added Kathy Baylis, industry clustersâ&#x20AC;? EDC President and â&#x20AC;&#x153;existing business and industry programs.â&#x20AC;? Spending in those categories rose 162% and 130%, respective-

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ly. Those branches represented 41%, or $436,013 of the overall budget of $1,074,661. The EDC is a non-profit public/private partnership supported by private funds, local government funding and business occupational license fees. In the 2005 budget: â&#x20AC;˘ $715,051, or 66.5%, came from taxes and government funding. â&#x20AC;˘ $359,610, or 33.4%, came from the private sector. EDC President Kathy Baylis says about 60% of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall budget goes to pay the salaries of the nine employees and other administrative costs; that number includes parts of the spending in all categories. The EDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual report was pub-

lished in March. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first annual report since the organization broke off from existing as a committee within the chamber in October 2004 to form a separate group. It now partners with all of the chambers in Sarasota County, as well as with groups outside the county, such as the Manatee County Economic Development Council and the Tampa Bay Partnership for Regional Economic Development. Overall, the EDC comes in at the lower end of annual budgets when compared to other counties along the Gulf Coast. For example, in Lee County, the Horizon Foundation, which combines county-and-private economic development under one group, had an operating budget of about $2,701,423 in

2004. The Tampa Bay partnership had net revenue of $2,907,894 in 2005, its annual report shows; it had assets of $3,196,952. The activities of the EDC reflect a shift in the focus of economic development organizations nationwide, says Baylis. Ten or 15 years ago, counties and governments would put together economic development organizations primarily to attract and recruit companies from other areas, Baylis says. But that model has changed. Now, Baylis says, EDCs, and Sarasotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, in particular, are resource brokers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We help people connect the dots.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the value-added clusters and existing business and industry programs come into play, Baylis says. Clusters are a group of businesses serving similar functions and markets. Real estate and development, for example, is a cluster, and it would include mortgage companies, builders and Realtors. With the â&#x20AC;&#x153;value-added cluster expenditures,â&#x20AC;? Baylis says the group is seeking to assist current and recruit new companies in industries not as well covered as real estate or tourism, yet ones that have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;footholdâ&#x20AC;? in the area. The EDC defines those clusters as life sciences, such as hospital and research centers; creative services, such as graphics de-

Extraordinary bay and canal views from this model perfect home. Incredible 4 bedroom suites, gourmet kitchen with granite and top-of-the-line appliances, family room with wet bar and fireplace, office/den, loft, marble floors, tray ceilings with moldings and 3 car garage. 50' lap pool, spa, dock and lift, summer kitchen. Country Club Shores. $3,299,000

Direct access from this canal home, three in from Sarasota Bay, is pure heaven for boaters who prefer their own private dock and lift. This spectacular home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, travertine floors, eat-in kitchen, family room, formal living and dining rooms. Screened lanai with pool. Country Club Shores. $2,099,000

Lido Towers, 1001 Ben Franklin Dr. - Deeded beach access, carport, pool/spa are a few of the condo features. UNIT #213 - Updated 2 bedrooms, 2 baths w/eat-in kitchen, crown molding, porcelain tile, Bosch washer/dryer in unit. $789,000 Turnkey furnished. Southwest exposure. UNIT #411 - Turnkey furnished, 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths & screened lanai w/coveted Southern exposure. $409,500

Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Enjoy fabulous Gulf views from this 1,941 SF, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, top floor unit. Walk to the beach or to your private pool. Enjoy refreshments in the tiki huts with wonderful views of Big Pass and the Gulf. Terrazzo floors, community boat docks. Great value in a prime location. $1,099,000

This 3,134 SF canal front home with private dock and lift and 2 in from Sarasota Bay was renovated in 1997. Featuring formal living and dining rooms, family room, granite kitchen counter tops and 3 bedrooms with private baths. It is a great value in the highly sought-after community of Country Club Shores. Pool, spa, tiled deck. $1,949,000

University Park â&#x20AC;˘ Loaded with upgrades, this 2597 SF great room plan has 2.5 baths, 2 bedrooms plus 2 separate offices/ dens and is surrounded by tropical landscape lighting. It also features a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with window seat, granite countertops, lanai with pool/spa and extended garage. $889,900

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signers, filmmakers and architects; specialty manufacturing and high technology. The EDC spent $218,225 on the value-added clusters segment in 2005, its highest expense, up from $83,342 in 2004. According to a breakdown of the numbers Baylis provided to The Review, 48%, or $105,000, was used to pay two new staffers to expand the program. About 90% of the money for that expense category came from the business fees and government funding, the report shows, with the remainder coming from private funds. Cluster initiatives in life and environmental services included organizing a symposium on natural capitalism, an economic theory based on a 1999 book that takes a pro-environmental approach to business and the markets. In the creative services cluster, the EDC produced an electronic press kit to recruit the film and TV industry to the county. Other programs the EDC worked on in 2005 were working with Startup Florida and the city of Sarasota to provide free wireless Internet connections in downtown Sarasota and developing a Web site for area manufacturers. On the existing business front, Baylis says, the EDC looks out for “red flags” in business currently operating in the

county. For example, if she hears about a business with a lease coming up in a few months, she might put that company in touch with commercial Realtors to facilitate a new deal. The EDC spent $217,758 on this program in 2005, up from $94,625 in 2004. Just as in the value added-clusters, more than half, $114,000 in this case, went for two new employees to work on programs within the category. Has the change in the EDC to an independent public-private organization proven effective? Kerry Kirschner, executive director of the Argus Foundation, a Sarasota-based, non-government funded business group, says the EDC needs to go past “brainstorming.” “The problem I see is, where is the end goal?” asks Kirschner, a former Sarasota mayor. “What are their overall goals?” Baylis says the EDC takes a longrange approach toward achieving goals. A majority of the work she and her staff do will not show immediate results, she says; it likely won’t even show significant results in a year. It might take 10 years for significant results. “A lot of the initiatives are just planting seeds,” Baylis says. “Sometimes they will sprout and grow. Sometimes they won’t.”


SARASOTA EDC The first chart details spending in five of the largest expenditures in the EDC’s annual budget. The second chart breaks down how much money came from business license fees, government entities and the private sector in these categories in 2005. Categories Developing value-added industry clusters Existing business and industry Target market for companies in value-added industry clusters Communications, PR program Administration




$83,342 $94,625

$218,255 $217,758

$134,913 $123,133

$82,764 $54,199 $156,232

$136,696 $92,398 $135,304

$53,932 $38,199 ($20,928)

EDC Categories Trust Fund Developing value-added industry clusters $194,521 Existing business and industry $150,871 Target market companies in value-added industry clusters $80,237 Communications, PR program $20,476 Administration $83,880 Totals $715,051

Fabulous Full Direct Gulf View ground floor end unit with no apartments above. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath open plan unit has never been rented and features an enclosed lanai with ceramic tile, breakfast bar and under-building parking space. Amenities include Club House, exercise room, heated pool, Har-Tru tennis and fishing pier. Great value at a great price.

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Private sector Total $23,734 $66,887

% from Public

$218,255 $217,758

89% 69%

$56,459 $136,696 $71.922 $92,398 $51,424 $135,304 $359,610 $1,074,661

59% $22% 62% 67%

The EDC Trust Fund is made up of occupational license fees and a $1 dollar per capita investment from Sarasota County, the town of Longboat Key and the cities of Sarasota, North Port and Venice. Source: The Sarasota Economic Development Annual Report.

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country club shores This recently remodeled 3 BR/3 1/2 Bath home boasts many exquisite details that must be seen to be fully appreciated. This residence offers a relaxed Florida lifestyle that is second to none. A few of the amenities: Heated pool & spa, sound system throughout, Mexican tile, hardwood floors in master suite, formal dining room, living room with double French doors leading to the heated pool, paver circular drive, thermal windows, barrel tile roof, 40’ dock with lift on sailboat water, lift for jet ski, deeded beach access. $1,645,000 BEHIND THE GATES OF THE LBK CLUB - JUST REDUCED....Wonderful views of a lake and golf course from many rooms maximized by walls of glass. 3/4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. 14’ volume ceilings, architectural crown moldings. Expansive lanai and a private swimming pool. Beach privileges at exclusive Bay Isles Beach Club. Total exterior and ground maintenance. BETTER THAN NEW!! $1,475,000

BIRD KEY - EVERYTHING NEW -roof, windows, electric plumbing, exterior, ac ducting, interior walls & ceilings trayed to 9’7”. Marble floors, carpet, custom cabinets, granite, stainless appliances, security system, wired for internet and sound. Nothing overlooked. 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, open floor plan, pool & spa. $1,445,000

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GOLF GAMBITS by Hal Lenobel

Know the nearest point of relief

Kat Wingert

How do you spell relief? The cart path.

Whether playing a friendly four-ball match or on the PGA Tour â&#x20AC;&#x201D;someone eventually looks for relief from a cart path. And too often, the rule is misapplied. Here is a quick look at how, when and where to take relief. Determine if you have interference. Sounds pretty elementary, but, keep in mind, â&#x20AC;&#x153;interferenceâ&#x20AC;? with an immovable obstruction, like an artificially surfaced cart path, occurs only when your ball lies on the cart path or so close to it that the path interferes with your stance or the area of your intended swing.  To determine if you have â&#x20AC;&#x153;interference,â&#x20AC;? you must address your ball with a normal stance and the club that you would expect to use for your next stroke. You may not take an unusual HAL LENOBEL stance or use a longer club than necessary to purposely create interference.  Determine the nearest point of relief. If you have interference, you must now determine the â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearest point of relief,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the point nearest to where the ball originally came to rest that (A) is not nearer the hole; (B) avoids all interference, as I have just described it; (C) is not out of bounds, in a hazard or on a putting green. Please note that nothing was said about going to the nearest side of the cart path. That is not always the nearest point of relief. 

The recommended procedure for determining the nearest point of relief is to take an address position at the nearest place where your swing and stance are free from all â&#x20AC;&#x153;interference,â&#x20AC;? then place a tee in the ground on the spot where your ball would be. The tee should now represent the â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearest point of relief.â&#x20AC;? If it is not perfectly clear which direction will yield the â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearest point of relief,â&#x20AC;? use the procedure to determine two or more possible nearest points, then simply measure the distance from which the ball originally came to rest to each possible point. The point that is the shortest distance from your ball, and therefore, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;nearestâ&#x20AC;? point of relief, must be used. You cannot choose one point over the other simply because it will give a more favorable shot.  Measure one club length from the nearest point of relief. Now, using any club, create an imaginary arc oneclub length in diameter. You will be required to drop your

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ball so that it will hit the ground anywhere in this area, as long as it fulfills the requirements of points A, B and C listed above. You might have noted that we haven’t mentioned marking, lifting or even touching your ball. This is because a smart player examines the area in which he will be required to drop the ball, if he elects to take relief and then determines if he is better off taking the free relief or playing the ball from where it lies. Remember, Rule 24 provides relief from the cart path, but it does not guarantee a clear shot — or any shot all, for that matter. Drop your ball. If you decide that taking relief from the cart path is your best option, you now should lift your ball. You are not required to mark the ball’s position before you lift it, but it is always a good idea. Now drop the ball in the required area. The ball is now back in play, so don’t touch it unless you are required to re-drop it. Re-dropping is required under the following circumstances: (A) if the ball has been dropped improperly (the correct way to drop is to stand erect and hold the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length; (B) if the ball rolls out of bounds, into a haz-

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ard or onto a putting green; (C) if the ball comes to rest more than two club lengths from where it first struck the ground; (D) if the ball comes to rest nearer to the hole than its original position or the nearest point of relief; or (E) if the ball rolls into a position in which you still have “interference” from the cart path. •••   A reader submitted the following question: In match play, after completion of a hole, A inadvertently reports to B, his opponent, that he scored a 5 — whereas, in fact, he scored a 6. This results in the hole being halved or won by A. A realizes his mistake several holes later. What is the ruling? In either case, A loses the hole and the state of the match must be adjusted accordingly. (Rule 9-2).

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the sanctuary - the most sophisticated, gorgeous condo on Longboat Key. First floor walk-out to the beach. Beautiful inlaid marble floors, true gourmet kitchen with rich wood cabinetry & luscious slab granite counters, exquisite custom built-ins, custom lighting, opulent designer custom furnishings, 2 garage spaces, 3 ensuite bedrooms and a bonus children’s room VIrtuaL tOur $2,695,000. (totally precious). Priced furnished

Hal Lenobel is a former member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee on which he served for 23 years. Queens harBOur custOm masterPIece: One-of-a-kind architectural gem with sensational panoramic views of golf course, lake and canal on private ‘point’ lot. this is the only site that allows 42 ft. pool and spa. Furnished. VIrtuaL tOur $1,950,000.

A Golf & Country Club Community steRlIng Iv buIldeR’s Model $ offered at 982,000. new contruction

Fabulous water view, 2900 sq. ft. Greatroom, 3BR/3 Full BA, plus den. Home offers a dream kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counter tops, center island, designer appliances and tile, crown molding, central vac, custom closets, plus many other builder upgrades. OUTDOOR CABANA with full summer kitchen, pool, spa, paver brick decking, oversized 2 1/2 car garage. Possible lease back opportunity from builder, furniture package available separately.

the atrIum - Glorious bay views from this spotless jewel in the private harbourside Golf course community. this beautiful 3Br unit is meticulously maintained and an absolute joy to behold at a wonderful price. $975,000.

new constRuctIon, top sellIng plan $ offered at 749,000.

2400 sq. ft. Model like upgrades, granite, wood cabinets, designer tile throughout, crown molding, built-in’s, 3 full baths, 2/3 BR, 2 1/2 car garage, stamped concrete, pool and spa and WATER VIEW!



LIDO harBOur tOwers - Penthouse condo with outstanding views of the Gulf


of mexico from every room. a splendid end-unit condo directly on the beach. eloquence! Luxurious 3Br/2Ba unit. elevators, pool and clubhouse. $1,249,500.


lovely sIngle faMIly hoMe wIth golf couRse vIew $ offered at 599,000.





This newly renovated 2500 square foot home will amaze you! 3 BR/3 BA,/LR/FR/DR and den “area.” All new Corian, cabinets, appliances, AC, hot water heater, decorator tile, and fresh paint. The work has been done for you so come and enjoy. Heated pool, large lanai, great view, mature landscaping. Call office for showing. 751.9070

populaR plan, fabulous vIew, gReat pRIce $ offered at 499,000.

2/3BR, 2BA MAINTENANCE FREE home offers 1900sq ft of a/c space. Two car side-load garage. greatroom plan, spacious and open. Neutral carpet, crown molding, built-ins in den, plantation shutters, high ceilings, large walk- in closet, Roman shower, separate vanities, heated pool and a LOVELY GOLF COURSE VIEW. Call Maggie Nasser 780.1006 (furniture pkg. available)

now thIs Is floRIda lIvIng! $ offered at 470,000.

POrtOBeLLO - Fabulous direct gulf front 2Br/2Ba. Perfectly maintained complex w/tennis, pool, clubhouse & beautiful grounds. Great opportunity to hear the waves lapping the shore & sunsets every evening. Don’t miss this well-priced cutie. $849,500.




Maintenance free, former model, great room plan, 1838 sq. ft. 2 BR/2 BA, plus DEN. Tiled, light, bright, cheerful. Crown molding, corian, walk in closets, Roman shower, dbl vanities, fabulous pool and beautifully landscaped courtyard. Call Maggie Nasser 780-1006.

pRIvate & RelaxIng wateR & golf couRse vIew $ offered at 460,000.

Over 1900 sq. ft. of a/c space. 2/3 BR, 3 Full baths, Greatroom, Heated pool, Solid surface counter tops, Wet bar, Plantation shutters, Plant shelves, Walk in closet, Radiant barrier, Pella windows and Insulated garage door to maximize energy efficiency. Easy to show and ready for occupancy. Call Maggie Nasser 751-9070

beautIful sunRIses oveR the lake $ offered at 435,000.


the GranDe - Incredible 3260 sq. Ft. direct gulf front 3Br/4.5Ba custom condominium. Best value on LBK. enjoy sunsets every day of the year on over 1400 sq. Ft. of terrace. $1,799,000.

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MaIntenance fRee lIvIng at Its best $ offered at 389,900. Tranquil water view, light and bright 2 BR/2BA plus den, great room plan. Neutral carpets, tile and colors in MOVE IN CONDITION. Walk-in closets, Roman shower, all appliances and window treatments. Extended caged lanai and private courtyard patio. call Maggie Nasser 780.1006

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panoramic views of the gulf and bonus bay views as well. Large, open floor plan with 3Br/3Ba, dining room, skylights and 2 balconies. a great buy at $1,695,000.

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This immaculate maintenance free home offers 2/3BR/, 2BA. relaxing water views front and rear! Corian countertops, tile backsplash, neutral colors, security system, thermopane windows and doors, "Luminette" drapes and decorative window treatments. Shows beautifully, call Tom Repp 704-3346


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doubles reign by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

Doubles winners come out strong in tourney Dueling against familiar opponents, both the men’s and women’s doubles champions at the Longboat Key Club handily decided their victories the morning of the finals, April 9. Under partly cloudy skies with a light breeze, the women took the court first at 9 a.m. to play the finals of the club’s doubles tournament, which began three days earlier. In the finals, Lynn Rosen and Ronnie Minnig played a hard-rallying match against Michael Tendall and partner Sharon Farmer to win 6-1, 6-3. After the final point, Rosen and Minnig embraced in a cheerful victory hug before shaking their opponents’ hands. “We just did everything right,” Rosen told a friend after the match. For the men, who began promptly after the ladies finished, Arnie Heltzer and Jim Tarsy defeated Larry Schoenberg and Allan Bergman 6-4, 6-2, to add another doubles championship to the several they have already won at the club. Later that night, players from the tournament gathered for a dinner dance celebrating the champions.

Above: Ladies’ Doubles Champions Ronnie Minnig and Lynn Rosen Left: After winning their match, Ronnie Minnig and Lynn Rosen share a celebratory hug.

Above: Finalists Larry Schoenberg and Allan Berman lost their match 6-4, 6-2. Right: Victors again are Arnie Heltzer and Jim Tarsy

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Photos by Kat Wingert

Michael Tendall swings a powerful backhand shot.

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You’ll find unrivaled luxury in this contemporary Gulf front, newly renovated condo. Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA features custom lighting, raised ceilings, crown moldings, Corian countertops, 52” wall-mounted plasma TV with surround sound. Fantastic Gulf views complete this fabulous opportunity for waterfront living. $950,000 Call Lissy to view. 4030 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228

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Reduced! Fabulous lake views. 4/3+2offices. 3100 sf…..$750,000 Rare waterfront opportunity! Canal front 2BR/2BA TKF villa with fabulous water views and private dock. Completely updated interior - kitchen, baths, appliances & A/C. Amenities include marina, heated pool, clubhouse & deeded beach access.

this 3 bedroom/ 3.5 bathroom condo enjoys magnificent vistas of the beach, Gulf and pool. 3115 a/c s.f. 2 terraces enable you to admire both the sun rise and the sun set. the 2 garage spaces are conveniently located on the lobby level. recent 12 sears a/c, newer appliances, 3M hurricane protection film on all windows, superb oak flooring throughout, marble bathrooms, Bose sound system in every room, storage room (could be wine cellar) plus additional a/c storage in garage level. Palms Realty

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Secluded paradise with tropical garden setting on two large, 133 ft. x 424 ft., buildable lots on no. lBK. Spanish-style Rutenburg home with new barrel tiled roof, landscaped paver bricked courtyard entry with fountain and new kitchen. 100 ft. deep water dock.

ATTenTiOn BOATeRS! wonderful Bay front setting for this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo with new appliances in this community with outstanding amenitiies that include community boat dock, tennis courts, 2 heated pools, clublhouse, exercise facility, sauna and beach access..



Rarely available end unit deluxe penthouse with sweeping Bay and gulf views. This one of a kind apartment is spectacularly renovated with designer accents, 27x15 great Room plus built-ins. All new windows, washer/dryer in unit, club house, two heated pools, sauna, fitness center, library, billiards, tennis courts, boat docks, fishing pier, covered parking and beach access directly across the street. $675,000

Fabulous Sunset and Bay views from this 6th floor, updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath beautifully furnished apartment with neutral colors, designer accents, 18” tile in hall and kitchen, track lighting, new appliances, including a/c and hot water heater, retractable lanai screens.

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Stunningly understated - Boca grande design, 4 BR, 4.5 BA, 5600 SF plus family room & study. Designer accents feature oak floors, white wood railings, built-ins & moldings, chef’s kitchen, 2-story living room with magnificent water views, 1st level master suite leading to lap pool and spa. large deep water boat dock and gorgeous landscaping.

Do you want View, Size and location? The Best Value on the Beach! 9th floor Sunrise and sunsets from spacious 3BR, 3.5 BA, private elevator, 10-foot ceilings, master bedroom has marble bath with Jacuzzi tub.

Astounding Bay Views from this 2 BR 2 BA Designer architectural details & built-ins, extensive custom mirrors & lighting. “Behind the gates” of lBK provides security, exercise facility, tennis, bayfront walking paths & beach club. Furniture negotiable and owners will consider annual leaseback for investors.

Direct gulf front large corner furnished 3BR, 3.5BA, upgraded kitchen, marble baths, 9’ ceilings, 800 sq. ft. wrap-around terrace overlooking pool & beach. $2,495,000.





expansive, gulf, Bay and Sunsets from every room in this designer appointed cambridge 2 BR plus den area and open floor plan. Fabulous wood floors throughout, upgraded doors, hardware, closets, lighting and 10’ ceilings and two terraces perfect for entertaining with magnificent views with extraordinary beachfront location with a grand clubhouse. $1,750,000

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Spectacular largest Sanctuary direct gulf end unit, over 3300 sq. ft. 3BD, 3 full BA plus bonus room. completely renovated, designer upgrades. Sunset views over looking pool complex. $2,595,000.

assiGnMent aVaiLabLe for this 3584 sq.ft. 3 BR plus family room residence with direct full gulf & Bay views. exquisite interior finishes, 10 ft. ceilings, summer kitchen, marble floors, expansive terraces, clubhouse with owner’s lounge, workout facility, large pool, 350 ft of beachfront. $3,695,000.

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PROMenADe - Direct gulf front 5th floor corner unit. ............................................... $1,699,000. wATeRcluB - 8th floor with gulf, Bay and city views. .............................................. $2,495,000. SeA cluB V - Direct gulf front 2BR, 2BA on the beach. ............................................... $799,000. FAiRwAy BAy - 2,560 sq. ft. double unit with Bay & city views. ................................. $899,000.

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Quiet seclusion & distinctive interior elegance w/ warmth of single family living in a condominium lifestyle. enjoy panoramic & wrap-around views of the Bay to gulf & city. Features include 3 bedrooms plus study, separate his & her baths, highest quality designer finishes,, enclosed 2-car garage. $2,395,000 $2,150,000.

new construction - This is a one-of-a-kind unique property with an oversized deep lot. new 3872 sq. ft. home with pool and spa is planned to begin in January. Buyer can still make changes to meet needs. live west of the trail near downtown and Siesta Key Beach. $1,699,000.

MERIDIAN hAVe iT All! championship golf plus Bay and nature preserve views. Private nw corner unit gulf unobstructed views of intracoastal and of Siesta Key. 3 BD plus den or separate dining room. newly renovated clubhouse, minutes from downtown. $875,000.

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Panoramic city and bay views, 12th floor 4/5BR, 4.5BA apartment with 4500 SF of elegant living space. 24-hr concierge, 2 garage parking spaces. Formal dining room, family room, large open kitchen, private elevator and service entrance. walk to shopping, theatre and fine dining. $2,950,000. Prestigious Palmers creek estate on lake facing nature preserve. custom 4860 square foot 4 BR home features travertine floors, granite, custom cabinetry, 2 bonus rooms, office, fireplace, summer kitchens pool and spa. $1,975,000.


Villa Azzura captures the enduring charm of Tuscany on Sarasota Bay. Minutes from culture & fine dining. A 2,200 SF. master suite, 4 guest rooms, wading and lap pool with spa, wine room, 8-car garage, 45'. boat capacity, rich woods, natural stone & marble. $4,975,000.

This 4500 sq. ft. Mark Rutenberg built residence featuring a bonus room, study and den. Fabulous pool area with marble, paver brick, Koi pond, summer kitchen and spa overlooking the golf course and preserve. Designer appointments and lush landscaping. Furniture Available. $2,150,000.


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An outstanding gated estate with over 8700 sq. ft. of exquisite finishes on an acre of prime Manatee River waterfront. $4,350,000.

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by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

Thursday, april 13, 2006

Margaret Lachmann, Frank Gilfeather, Jim Christiansen and Isabella Paspa show their tough side.

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Sexes Just after high noon at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside golf courses, the showdown began. Depending on the outcome, it had the potential to cause tension in otherwise happy homes, and create a year’s worth of grief and ribbing for the losing team. It was a showdown that hinged on gender, and 140 golfers flocked to the links to prove which sex is superior in the Longboat Key Club’s first Battle of the Sexes

Kurt Wilkening and Bryan Langton

Photos by Kat Wingert

Members of the Longboat Key Club’s Women’s and Men’s Golf Associations take their gender battle to the golf course.

Golf Tournament. The tournament paired members of the club’s Women’s Golf Association against those of its Men’s Golf Association, with the firm rule that no husband and wife could play together. Before the shotgun start at 1 p.m. April 6, each group had its picture taken before heading out to the course, and, as a surprise, a bagpiper showed up during the pregame rally to get everyone excited. Before play, the men, wearing white polo shirts and khaki pants, were slightly less enthused than the women, who, dressed in blue polo shirts and white pants, were cheering loudly and offering encouragement for their fellow female teammates. Both sides proudly displayed boastful signs on the fronts and backs of their golf carts, extolling: “Men Drool, Women Rule,” and “Men drive for show . . . Women putt for dough.” After the golfing was complete, the tallying began, and participants waited to hear the results following dinner in the Harbourside Dining Room. Bryan Langton, who came up with the idea for the tournament, said he thought it was a perfect event to fit in with General Manager Michael Welly’s vision for a more cohesive club. “We’re trying to foster more of a club atmosphere than just a resort,” Langton said. “The event was planned by a committee of members, and it has brought everyone together. Husbands and wives couldn’t play together, so members could meet new people, and I think it was

Tina Skestos and Sheri Lublin a lot of fun.” During the post-game cocktail hour, the general consensus of the golfers was that the women had the men beat. “I don’t know who won, but I was out there getting

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annual invitationals by Kat Wingert


Best value at Beachplace Completely and beautifully remodeled by top local designer, this large 2 Br plan offers custom built-ins, expanded and fitted closets, new tile floors, granite and tile kitchen, and just steps to the beach. $799,000.

Historic Orange Blossom Penthouse The most impressive apartment in Sarasota in the best location Downtown. 2 full floors of luxury plus a 3500 ft roof top terrace with 360 degree views of the Bayfront and City. $3,950,000.

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The Penny Hill Group Vacation Home Charm in Longboat Key Village. Located at 7057 North Longboat Drive. This recently remodeled home on a beautiful lot on the bayou canal includes a 50 foot dock and boat hoist with convenient shopping nearby and easy beach access. Offered at $1,050,000.

Beautiful Long Views over the lake and golf course. Located in the Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch. Fabulous upgrades and a larger lot give special appeal to this lovely residence. Located at 13994 Sienna Loop and offered at $929,000.

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Gorgeous views of the beach at Westchester condominiums on Longboat Key. Designer finished in neutral colors and a reconfigured kitchen that includes Sub Zero. Furnishings include two large flat screen plasma televisions. Offered at $849,000.

Charming home within walking distance to Downtown or Southside Village. In one of the best west of the Trail neighborhoods, this home is in move-in condition and Includes wood floors, French doors, gourmet kitchen and separate guest apartment. $795,000.

Large Lot with a very livable home in charming Longboat Key Village. This wonderful buy is located at 610 Russell Street with easy access to shopping and the beach. Offered at $649,000.

Colony Beach and Tennis Resort Rarely available clubhouse suite with full gulf views and world class amenities for carefree family vacations. Ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use limited to 30 days per year. $275,000.

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$50 in cash to First 25 Appointments to view Nautico. I believe in this project so much I will pay you to come see it. No purchase necessary. The time is now to call Gail for your appointment! 941-962-2374 Refreshments and beverages will be served.

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Top players hit Club Longboat courts

Jim Shephard serves, while partner Rocky Ross readies himself for the return.

Bringing top players from all over the Key, Club Longboat held its Senior and Super Senior Men’s Invitational Tournaments the afternoons of April 5 and April 6. For the Senior Men’s Invitational, guests of Club Longboat played on one of four teams captained by a resident of Club Longboat. On the four teams, 24 players played three rounds of 10 games each, with rotating doubles teams. At the end of the day, the Orange team, captained by Jim Bakle, won over the other three. The next day, play began for the Super Senior Men’s Invitational, with 12 Club Longboaters and 12 guests playing in two divisions of six doubles teams. A resident of Club Longboat was paired with a guest for five rounds, followed by a single-elimination playoff system, which Terry Hart and Carl Fransen won. The Senior Men’s tournament was organized by Tennis Chairman Jack Daly, and the Super Senior Men’s Tournament was organized by Bob Howell, Pete Hankins and Rocky Ross. Both tournaments were run by Club Longboat Tennis Pro Steve Miller.

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The Village - North Longboat Key 560 Linley Pristine and immaculate - 3/4BR-2BA. Nice corner lot. Lush natural garden. 3 blocks to the beach and 3 blocks to the bay. SELLER MOTIVATED! $685,000 $599,000

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3 Bedrooms • 3 Baths • den • Family room

Call Judy Heyer, Realtor® 387-9004 or 730-9009 Latitude 27 ReaLty GRoup, inc. Whitney Beach Plaza


2,757 sF • $1,099,000 located in silverwood. Private setting with southern exposure. Columned entrance, pavered pool & spa, with fountain and waterfall. salerno model with increased master closets and family room. Granite counters, staggered cabinets, stainless appliances, 18” diagonal tile, coffered ceilings in living, dining, master & study, home theater and whole house audio prepped. mid-year completion.


3 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • oFFiCe/den • 2,348 sF Pool w/waterFall • $829,900 southern exposure with lake view, golf course view from the front entrance, and the following upgrades: coffered ceilings with crown in living and master, island kitchen with granite counters & upgraded appliances, exquisite built-ins in several rooms, upgraded 16" diagonal tile throughout the main living areas. this home is a “must see” and available with or without furnishings.

Lisa Thompson • Your Real Estate Professional 941.545.6225 • 7347 52nd Place East, Bradenton

Overlooking The Braden River Largest Lot in University Park

For Your Consideration

sanderling beach clubEnchanting 1.6 Acres with over 300 ft. of frontage on Private Heron Lagoon, views down lagoon and out to Gulf. Majestic Oaks. Gated courtyard with fountain. Hardwood floors, fireplace and walls of glass. 4 bedrooms. $1,999,900.

FulFill a dreaM! Live at the beach! This home is the perfect alternative to condo living. Light, airy, charming, and impressively remodeled to perfection. Stunning gulf views from the upper terrace. Generous outside living space. Landscape and maintenance so carefree it leaves more time for watching sunsets and strolls to St. Armands for dining and shopping. $1,650,000.

The ultimate in serenity and privacy are yours from this secluded home on the river in the Henley section of University Park Country Club. Fish and boat from your private dock. Beautiful preserve setting. The charming residence offers 2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, pool and lanai overlooking the river, expanded 3-car garage and built in 2002. MLS #299992 MLS #522316

Offered at $869,000

Mike Holmes

8654 State Road 70 East Bradenton, FL 34202 Cell 941.704.4266 Direct 941.360.6688

st. arMands waterFront - Serene and elegant with wide water views. In private enclave of five homes. Remodeled to perfection. Beautifully landscaped grounds with open pool and gazebo. Sailboat water, dock and lift. 3 BR plus office, family room and bonus room. $2,995,000.

Superbly finiShed “weSt of trail” $874,000 1827 Grove Street

Ann Martin For knowledgeable & experienced real estate services call ann at 941-356-7717 Priced right & ready to move in! This Bruce Saba built 3/2 home has been updated & boasts a 50 x 12 enclosed Florida room. Extensive tile, marble accents, 10 ft ceilings, crown molding, security system, stainless appliances, custom entertainment center with surround sound, fenced yard w/irrigation & large paver patio. Shows like a model! mlS# 296681 Sarasota Brokerage llC

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bay isles - Beautifully crafted new home with smashing golf course and lake views. Volume ceilings in living room with fireplace opening to porch and pool terrace, luxurious master. 3 gracious guest suites, gym or office, beautiful quality in woodworking and stonework. Marvelous kitchen opens to family room. 3-car garage, beach club. $2,495,000. bird Key bayFront - Island style custom home. Wide terraces and bayside open pool overlooking sunsets. Dock for large yacht, elevator, 6 plus car garage and 5 bedrooms. $4,500,000.

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents • Sarasota, FL • (941) 388-4447

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gated bay front estate w/ south east exposure. Beautifully appointed home featuring two separate living areas, 4 bedrooms en suite, 61/2 baths, office, furnishings, pool & spa, 3 car tiled garage, boat, personal water crafts and lifts. Direct views of Bay, City & Siesta Key. MLS#300928 $6,490,000.



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lovely - maintenance free, light, bright eND VILLA. with most popular floor plan. 3BR/2.5BA w/cathedral ceilings, gas heated private pool, 2 car garage AND tuRNKey FuRNISheD. Located in the heart of the Longboat Key Club. MLS#295345 $785,000.



penthouse - 2 BD/2BA light, bright with 9 ft. ceilings, turnkey furnished, 2 parking spaces (1 covered). Just steps to pool and Gulf. A great value at $565,000. MLS#303565


• longboat key yacht & tennis updated 3bd/2ba condo overlooks beach front pool out to the Gulf. Boat slips and tennis courts on bay side. 2 covered parking spaces. MLS289985 $865,000.



• longboat harbour towers


direct gulf view from living room, dining area, kitchen, master bedroom and 30' lanai. this 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo shows like a model! everything new from floor to ceiling! turnkey furnished.MLS $799,000. #280962

• longboat terrace

walk out to beach from 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo featuring newer baths and kitchen with granite countertops. Very soft, neutral decor with all furnishings included. First floor walkout, small pet accepted. Privacy will highlight your Longboat lifestyle. MLS# 295266 $859,000.



direct gulf views from 5th floor penthouse in one of the most beautifully maintained complexes on Longboat. Light & lovely 2B/2B condo with newer appliances & A/C. Parking garage with extra storage. MLS#294699 $1,100,000


• cedars west one of eight gulf front condos Last one for sale in 1995. Just under 2,200 SF, this unit offers unobstructed gulf views from all rooms. Ground level walk-out sits 12 feet above sea level. 37' wrap-around screened porch, furnished, heated pool & tennis courts. MLS#299856 $1,500,000.







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Perfect investment or gulf-side retreat. Beautifully furnished, 1BR with rentals in place through March. Heated pool and a beautiful beach. $459,000



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Team captain Jane Oaks, Carroll Skiles, Judy Snyder, Eleanor Luedtke, Doris Forst, Joan Viquers, Penny Klein and Gail Dwye, from Cedars Tennis Club, won the National Division of the 4.0 Women’s Tri Cities Tennis League March 14. Out of seven Longboat Key teams in the league, the Cedars team was the only one to finish first. The ladies defeated Bradenton Country Club 3-1.

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• 3 bd beachplace very seldom available Very private 1st floor walk-down with garden views out to golf course. turnkey furnished & excellent renatl income. Superior amenities. MLS#297770 $999,000.



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BEST BEACH ON LBK - A short walk, this remodeled, light & bright 2 BR, 2 Bath home is the perfect beach house. Best buy on beach side of GMD! $699,000 LONGBOAT KEy HOME - Best value in Country Club Shores. Least expensive well maintained house with POOL. Corner lot, newish roof, a/c & appliances. REDUCED TO $785,000



deeded deep water boat slip comes with 3BD, 2BA Beach to Bay condo. 2 glassed-lanais, heated pool, under building parking. MLS#291520 $749,000.

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440 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228

LONGBOAT PASS CONDO - Million dollar waterfront setting. Perfect vacation retreat or rentals (3 months booked for ‘07) totally renovated white & bright lots of built-ins. Come see this wonderful condo. REDUCED TO $449,000

SPANiSH MAiN viLLA - Nicely furnished 2 BR, 2 Bath villa. New roof in 2004, private backyard. very popular Longboat complex, great rental or vacation retreat! 55+ community. $349,000

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Beachplace First floor walk out with spectacular gulf and sunset views. 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Great Beach getaway or rental opportunity. Available for $1,199,000. Fifth floor beachfront location. Corner unit, very light and bright, 2BR/2BA with an endless views of the Gulf. Available for $1,350,000. A beautiful southern exposure. The golf course, the gulf and the bay can all be seen from this third floor location. 2BR/2BA turnkey firnished. Available for $839,000.


This 4th floor 2BR/2BA, beach front unit offers stunning views of the gulf from every room in a well appointed bldg. $949,000.

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KEY CAPTAINS To wrap up the end of the tennis season, captains Harold Ronson, Isaiah Rand, Paul Mortell, Eric Orne, Chuck Barancik, Jerry Schneider, Bob Coyne, Bob Berns and Ian Sharp gathered for a Longboat Key Club Captains’ Luncheon April 4, on the club’s Harbourside Grill deck. In total, about 20 men attended the lunch.

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LIDO BEACH GULF FRONT Great Gulf and City views. 2BR/2BA, completely remodeled in Key Tower South. Desirable building. One mile to shopping and restaurants. Resident manager. Bill Greene 383-5577 #307717 $835,000


Helen Bradshaw Memphis, TN

Cathy C. Meldahl, P.A.

Peggy Henger St. Louis, MO

3BR/3BA only 200 yds from the Gulf. Just needs your personal touches. 2900 sq ft. Great home for enter- Great complex w/many amenities. taining. Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 Peggy Henger 383-5577 #304208 $449,000 #281862 $1,495,000

Realtor/GRI/Branch Manager 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228 At “The Center Shops”

Dee Dee Burke Ho Ho Kus, NJ

(800) 352-0367 • (941) 383-5577 Don Carey New York, NY

Setting new standards of excellence Teri Sax,

LIDO DIRECT GULF FRONT Beach front 6 room condo, 2BR/2BA in one of Lido’s more desirable bldgs. Fabulous sunsets. One mile to St Armands. Bill Greene 383-5577 #303155 $695,000

EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT! Mint condition villa only one away from Bay but still has a view. New windows, flat roof, carpet, blinds, hurricane shutters, 1/8 ownership in extra parking area for guest or add’l vehicle. Cathy C. Meldahl $575,000 WINDWARD BAY 2BR/2BA w/ P.A. 383-5577 #298059

water views of Bay & Gulf. Updated kitchen, dome ceiling, ceramic flrs. Washer/dryer in unit. Beach access, boat docks, tennis, heated pools. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #294176 $485,000

LONGBOAT KEY TERRACE Enlarged 2BR/2BA,2nd flr,TKF,direct gulffront with beautiful vistas of beach & Gulf. Kitchen & baths updated. Jack McCormick 383-5577 #285774 $749,000

Suzanne Lutkoff Long Island, NY

Jack McCormick Amherst, NY

SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB GULF FRONT COMPLEX-COVERT Bright, well cared for 2BR/2BA stand II Updated, 3BR/2BA, could make a


366-8070 •228-5578

Harry Christensen

Longboat Key, FL

Island Warmth and Charm. Beautifully remodeled and appointed 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath g home in coveted Emerald inHard bor. Boasting newn tile, e kitchen, carpets, and p fixtures. A stunning lepool and magnificent courtyard saviews and dock. Nearby water beach access. Must see!! $1,275,000.

alone villa. Corner lot, w/wonderful water view. Enclosed lanai. Near the clubhouse & heated pool. Active 55+ complex w/deep water marina & more. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #298740 $385,000


Long Island, NY

Castillian Gulf Front. Rarely available 3 bedroom 2.5 bath end unit with two balconies, covered parking and heart stopping views. Beautifully maintained. Move in today! $1,249,000.

100 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 Owned & Operated by NRT Inc.

LIDO BEACH – COME VISIT LONGBOAT HARBOUR 2BR/2BA PARADISE! Charming, updated w/good view of Bay & ICW. Lg unit.

Cindy English Longboat Key, FL

Port Charlotte. Build your dream home on this 20,000 sq. ft. parcel in highly desirable neighborhood. One block from water and just minutes from restaurants, shops, and schools. $138,000.

great family beach home or retirement dream or rental possibilities. Pool. Tennis. Beverly Moore/Jo Warren 778-2246 #521717 $819,000


entry to Keith Pointe adds to the privacy of this 3BR/2+Ba, 5,821 gross sq ft home. Incredible water views. Covered boat slip and lift. Main dock will accommodate 65’ LOA. Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 #276667 $5,500,000

3BR/2BA spacious, immaculate home, screened balcony, natural canal, fruit trees, 2 car garage w/ great storage & workshop. Beach access near. Dorothy Cook 383ESTATES HOME 5577 #304222 $865,000 TRAILER Beautiful water views from this TERRA CEIA BEST BUY 2BR/2.5 BA land owned mobile home Immaculate 2BR/2BA w/den, w/2 screened lanais & dock for 54’ breakfast bar, lg screened lanai, boat. Active community w/marina, full w/d, plantation shutters, desir- rec hall, pool & more. Barbara able fixtures. Deb Elder 383-5577 Fulmer 383-5577 #515042 #306967 $284,900 $365,000

Doug Sanders Winter Park, FL

Susan Smith St. Louis, MO

Located at THE CENTRE SHOPS 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key


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Lender A Coastal Funding

(800) 594-3319

6.125 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00



Aapex Mortgage

(877) 839-9829

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

No Quote



Abel Mortgage

(561) 748-3585

6.125 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

No Quote



(888) 90-HOMES

6.125 / 0.25

5.750 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.25

5.250 / 0.00



Accountable Mortgage

(800) 840-8771

6.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00



American Home Finance

(888) 429-1940

6.125 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00



Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Mortgage

(800) 713-8189

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.250 / 0.00



Amicus Mortgage Group

(877) 385-4238

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

No Quote



Borrowers Advantage Mtg.

(888) 510-4151

6.125 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

No Quote



C & C Financial Services

(800) 287-8858

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

No Quote



Capital Trust Mortgage

(800) 511-2862

6.125 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

4.250 / 0.00



Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.

(941) 761-9808

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

No Quote



First Choice Mortgage of FL

(561) 642-4540

6.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

4.250 / 0.00



Flagstar Bank

(941) 206-2240

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00



Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.625 / 1.75

5.375 / 1.88

6.000 / 1.00

3.000 / 1.00



Home Finance of America

(941) 929-9112

6.125 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

No Quote



Homestead Mortgage

(888) 760-6006

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00



Interactive Financial Corp.

(877) 209-7397

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

No Quote



N.E. Mortgage Lender

(877) 559-3621

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00



Oak Mortgage

(800) 787-8100

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



Prime Plus Mortgage

(800) 630-4259

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00



Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

6.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.25

5.750 / 0.00



Stepping Stone Mortgage

(800) 638-2659

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

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Absolute Mortgage Company

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Rates are compiled by National Financial News Services. Rates valid as of April 7, 2006. Index type on adjustable rate mortgages (ARM's) is Index "A". Rates may be for new applications only; information on terms, fees, and APRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s may be obtained by calling the lender directly. Lenders call (610) 344-7380 to participate. Consumers with questions or complaints concerning a listed lender may call The Department of Banking & Finance's Regulatory hotline at (800) 848-3792. For additional information on mortgages, go to: Š1997 NFNS


Luxury on the Water

Mike & Cindy Migone RealtoRsÂŽ


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2.6 acres plus existing home or sudivide. Call Reid for specific development opportunities. $7,900,000

diReCt guLf fRont Lot 1 acre on LBK gorgeous beach. $3,950,000

Be-Dazzled by this deluxe 2BR/2BA end unit with eternal full gulf and beach views. This unit boasts a gorgeous new kitchen with decorative lighting, pull out shelving, new flooring and much more. Cove molding, new panel doors, newer windows and the freshly painted interior enhance the beauty of this gulf front jewel. Just listed $849,000

Longboat CLub Rd - Outstanding family home on Golf course directly across from beach. Quality throughout. Numerous upgrades. Beautiful location. Behind the gates. $3,600,000

wow at whitney beach Unobstructed Full Gulf views captivate you from this immaculate 2BR/ 2BA turnkey furnished condo. Offering a bright spacious interior this beach to bay complex is sure to impress. $999,000

goRgeous Home - Superior design finishes. Deep water with large dock. No bridges to Bay. Beautiful private location close to beach. $3,650,000 PentHouse - diReCt beaCHfRont - Panoramic gulf, bay & golf course views. Luxurious, gorgeous furnishings and finishes. Behind the gates. $2,990,000 diReCt bayfRont â&#x20AC;˘ new Home - Deep water plus boat dock. Magnificent custom finishes. $4,900,000 sutton PLaCe - Charming villa w/ boat docks, heated pool & beach access. Ground level - no steps. $399,000 beauty at CoRey's Landing - Single family home. Rare location on Golf course w/ beautiful Bay views. Courtyard pool plus tennis amenities. Terrific square footage & private guest house. $1,995,000 dReam isLand - Cute cottage home on terrific lot w/ boat house. Canal directly to Bay. $1,675,000 beRmuda bay - Great Bradenton Beach. Beach access. Furnished. 2 car garage. $895,000 CLub suite - inn on tHe beaCH - Desirable Building 6. Great lagoon and city views. $424,000

SenSational longboat Key oppoRtunity

This fantastic Gulf Front location currently has 2 updated homes on site being used as rentals. Build your dream home on this tropical island paradise or use plans in place, for a magnificent Mediterranean master piece $2,995,000 boasting over 5,300 SF. SenSational full gulf ViewS Sensational Full Gulf Views, magnificent sunsets and beautiful bay and city vistas await from this phenomenal 8th floor gem. The 2BR/2BA features tile flooring, plantation shutters, up-dated baths and a fabulous 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; gulf front balcony. Just Reduced $749,000 income pRoDucing conDo Beautifully furnished 2BR condo ideally located in a smaller mid-Longboat Key complex. Enjoy partial gulf views from the Balcony, with on-site management office. $569,000 Daily RentalS

1 and 2 Brâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting at $459,000. This Beach to Bay resort is a true tropical oasis; featuring a gorgeous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Key West Exteriorâ&#x20AC;? Resort Amenities include tennis, heated pool, day dock, fishing pier and private beach with and on-site management.

Find your homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s value, search available properties, print free reports and more.

Call Reid Today! 941.232.3304 or 941.383.4276

Developers Realty Corp. Lic. R.E. Broker 1819 Main Street, Suite 200, Sarasota, Florida

Real estate

Cindy 941-812-7438

4030 Gulf


Mexico Drive, lonGboat Key 800-287-9505

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, April 13, 2006

Sports 7E

BATTLE continued from 1E battered by the women in my group,â&#x20AC;? Frank Gilfeather said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we won,â&#x20AC;? his wife, Martha, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to sing: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I am Woman.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Welly addressed the golfers before dinner, and revealed that both the men and the women requested a trophy case be built in their locker rooms to house the trophy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, because of my frugality, I decided to make the smart bet, and built only one,â&#x20AC;?

Welly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put it in the ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; locker room; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get one for the men when they actually win it.â&#x20AC;? After dinner, Welly proved correct in his hypothesis of the winner, because the women beat the men with a score of 329.5 to 300.5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope you all had fun today,â&#x20AC;? Langton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if this is an example of how great club life can be, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have more of it.â&#x20AC;?

Michael Welly addresses the golfers, saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope you realize red as a neutral color.â&#x20AC;?

Above: The coveted trophy for the Battle of the Sexes tournament. Left: Joyce Steele and Marlene Wilkening

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Brand new Tuscan style home on deep water canal, one block from beach. 4200 O sq. ft., 4BR/3.5BA. Open floor plan. Large gourmet kitchen, family room, dining room. Granite and high quality finishes throughout. Master on main with large closet and beautiful bath. All closets and pantry professionally finished. Partial gulf view from upstairs guest suite. Beautiful pool with spa. For sale by owner, agents welcome. Gregg Kaplan 941-228-6260 or 383-5529.








Harmoniously combining a passion for gardening with the subtle beauty of classic elements of style, this 4BR plus den, 4.5 bath lake front residence is unlike any other. Achieving privacy with 136 ft of lakefront and long views of the Heron Course 12th fairway, the position of this 4500+ sf home is one of the most prized. Top quality features complement this remarkable property. $1,795,000. ML303768

DONT WORRY, BE HAPPY! SORRENTO EAST Relax in this charming

2 BR home with sparkling caged, heated pool. Updates include roof, plumbing, granite baths, wood and tile floors, lush landscaping, new a/c, new interior and exterior paint. Wonderful neighborhood. $325,000. ML301751.

BEST BAYFRONT VALUE ON LONGBOAT KEY - BAY ISLES Marina Bay condominium offers over 3000 sf of upscale lifestyle with private beach club, tennis, pool and easy access to marina, tennis, golf, restaurants and shopping center.Gorgeous low density complex, 3 BR, 2.5 BA residence lives like a house on the bay. NOW $1,100,000. ML288327


Michael Saunders & Company

Consider â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Oaksâ&#x20AC;?... Ultimate Lifestyle and Simply Beautiful Enchanting and Tranquil Views, Oaks Bayside: Architecturally designed and built by one of the areas finest builders. Enter into a piece of paradise of style and excellence situated on an acre on North Creek in a captivating and enchanting setting. Watch eagles and ospreys from the tree top loft of the guesthouse or quietly lounge by the pool enjoying the tranquility of Oaks Bayside. Too many exquisite details to list! $2,899,000 European Masterpiece, Oaks Clubside: Enter a gated â&#x20AC;&#x153;English Gardenâ&#x20AC;? style motor court and into a home unlike anything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in quality and design. You will be charmed and amazed by the architectural details throughout. Soaring cathedral wood ceilings, extensive millwork and built ins, Thermal windows & doors, wet bars, guest house with loft, more! $1,995,000 Magnificent Estate Size Home, Oaks Clubside: Expansive golf course views from this exquisitely designed custom home. Extensive architectural details throughout. Beautiful 18â&#x20AC;? marble and pecan wood floors, luxurious master suite, his and her baths, coffered ceiling and exercise room, family room with built-in cabinetry, bar with granite top and wine storage, island kitchen w/wood cabinets and granite tops, Pella windows, and more! $1,895,000

MAINLAND WATERFRONT - HIGH ELEVATION Quiet cul-de-sac peninsula with solid Shrock-built home in remarkable condition. Beautiful view from 4BR pool home with large fenced lot, dock and easy access to the bay. $849,000. ML299018

Betty Mullinnix, P.A.


An extraordinary Bo MacEwen Home on a double lot in Oaks Bayside with a beautiful park like setting. Wood and marble floors, extensive moldings and details throughout, chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, high-end appliances, French doors, 4 car garages and large workshop. Private pool/lanai delightful for entertaining or family fun. $1,475,000

oaks, canal front. Remodel existing 3BR home or build anew. Quick access to Crescent Beach park, churches, lively village and miles of quartz crystal white sands. Immediate occupancy. $1,050,000. ML295581

The Ultimate in Privacy, Oaks Clubside: Beautiful private setting adjacent to North Creek and the 13th fairway of the Heron Course. Warm walnut hardwood floors, granite kitchen, marble baths, French doors with clerestory windows above, extensive crown moldings, surround sound, plantation shutters throughout. More! $1,299,000


Magnificent Example of Style, Quality and Setting: Expansive Southern golf course views, this exquisitely detailed home with coffered ceilings, crown molding throughout, granite kitchen with DĂŠcor appliances, 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; solid doors, plus, plus! $1,079,000

awaits on one of the deepest lots in this sought after enclave. A beautifully appointed Opal floor plan offers the luxury of privacy with its lush lawn and vivid flowers in a wooded setting. There is room for a pool, if desired. Many special upgraded features have been added to this 2215 sf, 3BR maintenance-free home. May be purchased furnished and ready for occupancy. $555,000. ML303596

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941.387.9780 Direct â&#x20AC;˘ 24-Hour 866.436.7198 Toll Free

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Beautiful Lake Setting, Oaks Bayside: Southern lake views nestled among stately oaks and palms. Custom 3 bedroom, 3 bath + study with all major rooms opening to lanai and poolâ&#x20AC;Ś..perfect for gracious living and entertaining. Features include arched columned pool cage, double pane windows, granite kitchen, and much more. $1,095,000 Nestled among trees on the Heron Course, Oaks Clubside, this residence offers a very private setting with beautiful fairway views. All major rooms open to a wonderful lanai with pool/spa and outdoor kitchen, perfect for entertaining and outdoor living. Large study with additional private access from the master suite. Oversized 3 car garage. $895,000 Lot 139 Walls Way, Oaks Clubside: The only lake lot available on the Heron Course. Price includes building plans for a magnificent home designed specifically for this corner lot by the Evans Group. $610,000 Cell 941-928-3441 Tel 941-349-5539 Fax 941-349-9177 Email: 5100 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Real estate auctions Saturday April 15th @ 11 am & 3 pm • 2/3 Bd. 2 Bath 5312 W. 8th Ave. • 3 Bd 1 Bath zoned GC 3315 E. 15th St.

Saturday April 29th, 10:30 am & 4 pm • 3 Bd. 2 Bath 1 Car 7203 NW 6th Ave. • 3 Bd 2 Bath 1 Car Pool 7211 NW 6th Ave • New 3/2/2 6944 E. 74th St. Cir. River Place • New 2-4/2/2 6942 E. 74th St. Cir. River Place Call for Brochure and Terms All FloridA reAlty & Auction co AB923 941-745-5355 224-6339 AU1333


8E Sports

Luxury Townhome DownTown SaraSoTa Walk to it all!

Spectacular four-level end-unit with elevator, next to pool and health club facility! Top level outdoor patio with kitchen and fireplace. Private courtyard with gated entry. 2-3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Top floor studio room with solid wood floor is spectacular. Master suite has big walk-in closet, spa tub, huge bay window. Home office room on first floor. High ceilings, 3unit a/c. Must see to enjoy! Great location! 2300 sq. ft. under air, over 3000 sq. ft. total, 2-car garage. For sale by owner.

Call Jim at (941)

926-7888 for appointment

Longboat Key

MARBELLA in PALMER RANCH - JUST LISTED! 2/2 plus Den Villa. 1753 s.f. with lots of neutral ceramic tile. Solar heated pool & electric poolside awning. - $410,000

Completely remodeled 2BR/2B with spectacular direct Gulf Views. Turnkey furnished, superior finishes with granite & crown moldings. Top of the line appliances, new electric hurricane shutters, walk-in closets, covered parking, seven acres beautifully landscaped. Tennis court, private storage, two large pools. Great for year round living or beach getaway.


Call Ed Bongart

Hembree & Associates Licensed R.E. Broker


PELICAN HARBOUR - CONDO - JUST REDUCED! Full Bay Views 2/2 Beautifully updated thru-out. Lots of ceramic tile. Cpt in BRS. 1st Floor, walk-out unit with Pvt Beach, Docks, Tennis, HTD Pool. - $639,000 THE OAKS BAYSIDE ESTATES - JUST REDUCED! 4BR/3.5BA, plus office. 3600 s.f. Ruttenburg home. Heated pool/spa-expanded lanai. 3/car. - $1,225,000 ASID DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE - JUST REDUCED! Fishermen’s Bay Estates - 6BR/7BR 7000 s.f. Bayfront estate with private dock and poolside cabana. $4,990,000

Claudia Meyer Direct: 809-1783 reMAX Properties 941.954.5454

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, April 13, 2006

BAYFRONT PARK REC CENTER 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive Ongoing Classes: April 12 through April 18 For more information, call 316-1980 Sports/Fitness Classes: • Aerobics: Low impact, “Burn-N-Build”, 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. • Interval Training: Power Hour Plus, 7:45 a.m. Saturdays. • Young at Heart: 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • Muscles and More: (Weight bearing), 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • NIA: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays. • Joy of Stretching: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. • Pilates: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Bridge: • Duplicate bridge: 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. April highlights: • Little League baseball: April 22 and April 29. • Easter Egg Hunt: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 16.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, April 13, 2006

RED TIDE REPORT Continue to enjoy the beaches, because as of April 12, there is no red tide.


Morning Low High 1:06a 6:53a 1:47a 7:06a 2:31a 7:18a 3:21a 7:29a 4:29a 7:32a 2:36p 11:58p 3:28p none

Thurs., April 13 Fri., April 14 Sat., April 15 Sun., April 16 Mon., April 17 Tues., April 18 Wed., April 19

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Evening Low High 12:11p 7:52p 12:28p 8:27p 12:51p 9:07p 1:19p 9:53p 1:54p 10:50p none none none none


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RAINFALL North Mon., April 3 Tues., April 4 Wed., April 5 Thurs., April 6 Fri., April 7 Sat., April 8 Sun., April 9 Year-to-date 2006 2005 5.30 in. 12.13 in.

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Lynne Wirt took this photo while visiting Longboat Key from Richland, Mich. Please send your sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, or e-mail them to

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Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Mon., April 10 84 62 85 (1997) 43 (1984) Tues., April 11 77.5 68 86 (1997) 43 (1984) Wed., April 12 81.5 61 87 (1997) 52 (1996) Thurs., April 13 81 59 87 (1988) 46 (1978) Fri., April 14 81.5 59 88 (1997) 46 (1978) Sat., April 15 82 72 89 (1996) 42 (1984) Sun., April 16 86 65 88 (1997) 43 (1990)

Month-to-date Average water 2006 2005 Temp.: 71.9 1.00 in. 1.52 in.

A Proven Professional Doris Bushman (941) 383-9253 Cell: (941) 350-0318

Sunrise/sunset Thurs., April 13 Fri., April 14 Sat., April 15 Sun., April 16 Mon., April 17 Tues., April 18 Wed., April 19

Sunrise Sunset 7:08 7:54 7:07 7:55 7:06 7:55 7:05 7:56 7:04 7:56 7:03 7:57 7:02 7:57

Mainland Waterfront Properties Elegantly turnkey furnished 3BR/2BA condo w/boat dock & lift, on deep water canal. Bright and airy unit excellently located. Has extended tiled patio and extra storage. Call for your personal viewing. $560,000

Updated 2/2 villa on deep water canal with dock, davits and boat at shaded private patio. $401,499

Large 2/2 end unit condo. New windows, beautifully updated. Dock & lift. Convenient location.$395,000

Million dollar view of Palma Sola Bay. Large 2/2. Needs updating. Attached carport & storage. $444,900


Longboat Key furnished. Magnificent view of Sarasota Bay to enjoy from every room of this 1 bedroom condo. Dockage available. $449,000

Katie Cavanaugh, RealtoR


Mainland Acreage

Approx. 2 acres on Caruso Road. Cross fenced with 2 out buildings. 3/2 hardwood floors, new kitchen. Agent owner. Just Reduced $369,000


0LEASEĂ´CALLĂ´TOĂ´SEEĂ´ONEĂ´OFĂ´THESEĂ´EXCLUSIVEĂ´listings or any other listing. Michael Saunders & Company Lic. Real Estate Broker 400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL. 34228 â&#x20AC;˘ (941) 383-7591

The Seigel Team - Suzette & Jay Seigel, Esq. Two GEnEraTionS, onE CommiTmEnT

Virtual Tours at: longboat key - country club shores (DeeDeD beach access)

U*9@CE*E@C:6DV By Jerry Cunningham


open house thursday & saturday 1-4 pm

705 Hideaway Bay Lane â&#x20AC;˘ Longboat Key The water welcomes you as you enter the spacious great room, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll immediately notice lots of light great for entertaining. If you like to be different, this home can reflect your personality. An 3,900 sq. ft. open plan is enhanced by custom maple cabinets, granite counter tops and custom baths with glass vessel sinks, designed by Ernesto Priamo. Be awed by the custom stone fireplace. Private deep water boat dock, Community tennis court. Why do they call it Hideaway Bay? Because you have privacy, of course. $2,595,555



330 John Ringling Blvd. â&#x20AC;˘ St. Armands â&#x20AC;˘ Sarasota, FL 34228

621 Ranger Lane â&#x20AC;˘ 3 bedroom home, "two-in" from Sarasota Bay on wide canal with $1,495,000 Owner/Agent dock and boat lift. Stunning views and "turnkey" furnished. 602 Ranger Lane (Lot) â&#x20AC;˘ Large, cleared lot boasts 101 ft. on the canal with new seawall. $1,295,000 Owner/Agent Invest or build your dream home. "Four-in" from Bay. 570 Bowsprit Lane â&#x20AC;˘ Cute 3 BD/3BA canal-front home with too many recent upgrades to $1,295,000 Owner/Agent mention. "Turnkey" furnished and impeccably maintained.

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720 Broadway â&#x20AC;˘ Investment "duplex" or use as primary residence. 4BR/2BA on corner lot in historic boating community. "Turnkey" furnished with Hemingway feel. Community $760,000 boat ramp, dock and partial bay views.

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510 Forest Way â&#x20AC;˘ End unit at tennis resort with enclosed lanai under air. The bay and gulf are your playgrounds, with easy access to both. Har-Tru lighted courts, pool and $534,900 on-site rentals programs. Turnkey furnished.

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14024 Nighthawk Terrace (Greenbrook Village) â&#x20AC;˘ Expansive lake views from your own tropi$535,000 cal oasis. 4BD/3BA with caged pool/lanai/outdoor kitchen. Upgrades galore. 7615 River Oak Run #204 â&#x20AC;˘ "Lakewood Ranch-Area" 2BD/2BA end-unit condo has unobstructed water/preserve views with vaulted ceilings, community pool, gym. $265,000 Owner/Agent

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435 Fairway Isles (Maintenance-Free) â&#x20AC;˘ This exquisite 2BD/2BA "freestanding/detached villa" on a corner lot in golfing community has every available upgrade including add'l window, over$409,000 sized lot and add'l landscaping.

Call The Seigel Team

941.228.5298 or 941.587.2173

michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker 440 Gulf of mexico Dr., Longboat Key, Fl. 941-383-7591

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dennis girard DEAL US IN by Donna Swan Broker Associate

Phone: 941.809.0041 Toll Free: 1.866.837.3180 Fax: 941.387.0960 www. "Most Condos Sold in 2005 on Longboat Key"

$899,900 - longboat key condo 2/2; Small Direct Gulf Front complex (only 6 units). Wooden boardwalk from the back door to the sand. oversized patio area overlooking the pool and Gulf. This very well maintained unit would make a terrific 2nd home or investment. %$ 5# 2%$ÂŞ3%,, ÂŞ 9 ,, / )#! $ÂŞ4 !34 02)#% 2 $ ÂŞÂŞ

$339,900 - $499,900 - new condo conversion on bradenton beach Totally renovated including all new exterior, granite countertops and new tropical furniture package. Great income producer that allows nightly rentals. ,3



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Longboat Island Chapel: Duplicate bridge games for this fall are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Larry Auerbach, 758-2017.




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WINNERS Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club Feb. 28 Section A: North-South 1. Lee Lippe and Doris Konecke 2. Dorothy Gordon and Arline Hanfling 3. Zelda Penn and JoAnn Essig East-West 1. Jo and Herb Rauch 2. Syd Pearl and Marty Fiderer 3. Nancy Kolter and Jay Jelinek Section B: North-South 1. Nancy Lurie and Mark Greenberg 2. Don King and Alan Portnoff 3. Ban Pekeles and Maurice Joseph East-West 1. Sue Gordon and Barbara Fleisher 2. Martha Dill and Herman Glassman 3. Sandy Reimer and Mike Soobitsky

Bob, Audrey & Jill

$329,900 & $875,000 - the beach at longboat key

Res: (941) 366-5251






Dealer: South Vulnerable: Neither


Longboat's newest condo conversion; 2 Units available; Studio w/bay view, 2/2 w/full Gulf view. complete renovation including new state-of-the-art furnishings and interior. Flexible rental program. ,9 $!)


Immaculate Penthouse

$599,900 - laPlaya Bright, Airy and fabulous turnkey furnished unit offering partial Gulf views. nicely updated & affordable 2/1 unit in a great mid-key location. Unit is close to the heated pool, as well as the sidewalk that takes you right to the sand! This unit makes a great island getaway and also has a flexible rental program! A great opportunity...

This rarely available 2BR/2BA offers over 1600 sq. ft. of chic designer living space. Captivating gulf, endless beach and tranquil nature views. Immaculate and tastefully updated with luxurious wood flooring, Euro light fixtures, new air conditioning and more. Offered at $897,000

Longbeach Gulf-Front Secluded beachside retreat with Gulf and beach views. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the surf from this 2BR/2BA, with den and huge lanai. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Island-styleâ&#x20AC;? interior with designer finishes. Pet friendly community. Offered at $869,000

Longboat Harbour Towers Inviting direct Gulf-front condo with huge open terrace to enjoy beach views/sounds, and dream the day away ... Peaceful bay views and great amenities complete this well cared for home. Offered at $789,000

Longboat Harbour Towers Spacious 2BR/2BA deluxe floor plan. Spectacular direct & southerly gulf views from living, dining & bedrooms. Eat-in kitchen with bay views, new paint, windows, and air conditioning. Offered at $787,000

$709,900 - sand cay

most affordable 2/2 Unit in a desirable complex; onSite rental office; excellent income potential; Heated pool, deeded beach access and tennis courts; Turnkey Furnished. Ask for great rental history. ÂŞ #%$ /-% %$5 ,ÂŞ).# 2 ÂŞ ! 4 *53 ÂŞ2%.4 /& ÂŞ 3 ,/4

NW Bradenton Family Home Brand new on huge lot, only minutes to river and deep water marina. Spacious and luxurious with all the desirable features. Located in a quiet neighborhood with no deed restrictions. Offered at $589,900

Whitney Beach Bayside Spacious first floor walkout with tranquil garden views and bayou peeks. Nicely updated with new paint, tile, and carpet. A unique Gulf-to-bay community with boat docks and great amenities. Offered at $435,000

Nature Lovers Retreat New Listing Ever changing direct bay views & gulf peeks make this unique 1BR/1BA a must see. Explore by kayak or kick back on your dock enjoying wildlife while catching dinner. Offered at $397,000

Tina Rudek

Direct: (941) 920-0303 Office: (941) 383-5543 (800) 335-5543 Ich Spreche Deutsch

Look what's become available: a near impossible to find one acre point property situated on an entire cul-de-sac on Bird Key's premier street. The rare estate-size location offers 516 feet of waterfront with unparalleled views of Bay, City & canal, safe mooring for yachtsmen & 2 existing homes to enjoy with your family & guests. Or, if you desire you have the opportunity to build a spectacular, large residence........................................................$8,500,000.


A gated entry accesses this 6,549 sq. ft. contemporary gem of 7 bedrooms & 5 baths. Bay & interior spaces merge with floor to ceiling walls of glass in the expansive living & dining rooms, enormous ceilings, open kitchen, guest wing, 2 fireplaces, & a wet bar. From 259 ft. of open Bayfront surrounding the property, you see endless water views, vistas of downtown Sarasota & City lights, Siesta Key and leisurely cruising yachts ...$5,999,999.


This rare, wonderful waterfront property offering a Bay view & incomparable boating is located where 3 canals converge. Enjoy the water views that surround you from this gracious home with banks of French doors opening to the spacious brick paver patio & pool with spa. Nestled within lushly landscaped grounds this home has a private dock & boat lift .............$2,499,000.


This desirable home on sailboat water has over 4,000 sq. ft. of living space, perfect for a family or entertaining. Large, gracious rooms, high ceilings, expansive great room and formal dining room. Lovely views of the water from the pool & patio area. Easy access to the open Bay from the private dock with amenities ........$2,350,000.


This big, little home on a large corner lot is ideal for a vacation getaway or year round living. Enjoy outdoor living on the vast, brick paver patio surrounding the large pool. This property is tastefully landscaped & impeccably maintained. Walk or bike to the beach, St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota..............$939,000.

Prudential Palms Realty * fine Homes International 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228


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SIESTA KEY BOATING UNDER A MILLION. Great views over wide canal/basin in Siesta Isles. Private setting. Deep boating water. 3 bed/ 2 bath/ 2 car garage. 14,000 sq ft lot. Emaculate. Steps to beach from great neighborhood. Enjoyable lifestyle. #291637. $999,000. Beckmann Properties.

CASUAL ELEGANCE Elegance and craftsmanship embrace the charm of this Siesta Key sailboat water estate. 4700 square feet. Gourmet Kitchen with Dacor range, granite, media room, 5 bed, 5 1/2 baths, 3 garage. Siesta Key living at its finest! #301416. $3,349,000. Beckmann Properties.

Peter Diroff

Abe Uccello

(941) 376-7383

(941) 284-3458

JUST 2 BLOCKS TO SIESTA BEACh Almost 3100 sq.ft. 4B/2 1/2BA Key West style home. Extensive tropical landscaping, solid block construction, tilt out windows, underground lighting, central vac, wired for home theatre, tray ceiling. Coldwell Banker. $1,295,000 Kate Tyler (941) 376-5283

SPECTACULAR GULf vIEwS of Siesta Key Beach. Enjoy sunsets & sunrises from 2 spacious terraces. Expanses of Glass make this turnkey furnished 2/2 end unit a dream and a great investor opportunity. View of pool from terrace makes this a requested rental. MLS# 292396 Coldwell Banker $899,900


If SUPERB BOATING wATER is what you’re after, this is the home for you!!! 100’ of exceptional, protected sailboat water on one of the widest canals in Sarasota is ready & waiting for watersport enthusiast. 10,000 lb boat lift & dock. Large lot just 2 in from the intracoastal boasts a 4BR/3BA Florida-style ranch. Potential for bay views w/re-build. $1,799,000 Michael Saunders & Co. Debbie Judge 544-6054

Karen Clementi/Maureen Carney

941- 468-5952

ISLAND LIvING IN ThE vILLAGE ON LONGBOAT KEY. Charming Key West style cottage in the Village at Long Beach. 1,840 SF, split floor plan, 2 to 3 BR, 2 BA, cathedral ceilings. Wraparound deck in private, lushly landscaped garden. Corner lot & outdoor shower. Two blocks to beach, three blocks to Bay. Just Reduced to $775,000 - Seller Motivated. Latitude 27 Realty Group Judy heyer, Realtor 387-9004 or 730-9009

IN ThE vILLAGE ON NORTh LONGBOAT KEY (560 LINLEY) Pristine and immaculate - 3/4BR-2BA. Nice corner lot. Lush natural garden. 3 blocks to the beach and 3 blocks to the bay. Seller Motivated. Price reduced from $685,000 to $599,000. Latitude 27 Realty Group.

NORTh SIESTA KEY LUxURY TOwNhOME Professionally decorated w/beautiful bamboo floors, granite counters, soaring ceilings, plantation shutters and more! Lush tropical setting, deep-water boat slip, tennis & heated pool. $1,079,000 Michael Saunders & Co.

Judy heyer, Realtor

Georgina Clamage, Owner/Agent

SAvOR ThE SUNSETS from this large (over 1,300 sq ft) condo in Island Reef. One unit away from the gulf w/full gulf views from the front door, guest bedroom, and living area. Eat-in kitchen area could be a den/office. W/D in unit. Walkin closets & generous owners closet. Enclosed lanai. Secure lobby entrance. Boat docks available @$30 per month & lift can be installed. $825,000 Michael Saunders & Co. Debbie Judge 544-6054

ThIS hOME IS READY fOR ThE BUYER wITh vISION There are 2 stories over parking. Eat-in kitchen, DR, LR 2BR/1BA. Master bath has a garden shower & private deck. Total privacy. Situated on 3+ lots at over 15,000 sq. ft., this site has tons of potential. Bring the boat & all the toys-there’s plenty of room! Re-zoning could allow 2 homes. $875,000. Michael Saunders & Co. Debbie Judge 544-6054

BRAND NEw BIRD KEY BAYfRONT Three Fish Waterfront Estates have created the area’s premier home with five en-suite bedrooms, 800 sq. ft. bonus room, two waterfront family rooms, open pool and 42’ deep water dock. Ritz Beach, Spa and Golf Membership. $7,900,000. Michael Saunders & Co.

DOwNTOwN wATERfRONT Live life to the fullest in this brand new Mediterranean 4/5 BR home overlooking picturesque Hudson Bayou. Extensive use of stone, tile & wood, tropical landscaping, poolside cabana and new dock. Great West of the Trail location. $3,450,000. Michael Saunders & Co.

Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis 376.6121or 356.0203

Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis 376.6121or 356.0203

PRIME SIESTA KEY NEIGhBORhOOD Wonderful Florida cottage on 12,000 sq.ft. lot; live in or build your dream home. Walk to Shell Beach. Priced at lot value! Wrap around porches and butterfly gardens. $799,900 Michael Saunders & Co.

BEAUTIfUL LIKE NEw 3BR/2BA. New windows & doors inside & out. Ceramic tiles throughout, including foyer (21x5) to front door & lanai. Moen vertical spa in guest bath. Everything is first class. Close to everything including little Sarasota Bay at end of street. #304177 $389,900 Remax Excellence on the Key

LOCATED ON TPC GOLf COURSE. Everything done - Granite, New Tile, Shag Carpet, Incredible Baths with room for 10 in the master shower!! Check-out this wonderful family home in this wonderful family neighborhood! $649,000 Re/Max Tropical Sands

Cynthia Darnell

vicky Bird

JUST REDUCED - STONEY BROOK AT hERITAGE hARBOUR Golf Community 2BR/2BA plus den. Single family, maintenance free villa with many community ammenities including pool, tennis courts and fitness center. 1,870 sq. ft. Close to shopping and expressway. Price reduced $5,000 toward buyer closing costs. $398,900. Remax Realty Unlimited Greg Dean 813-335-3129

OYSTER BAY ESTATES Luxury Living in Oyster Bay. Spectacular custom home features gourmet kitchen with center island, stainless appliances, granite counters, wood cabinetry. Lush landscaping, very private setting, heated pool and spa surrounded with brick pavers. $1,160,000. Virtual tour at Keller Williams.

GREENDALE ESTATES Great home on nearly a twoacre lot features two bedrooms and two baths. Tile floors throughout, newer double paine windows, newer A/C. The 30x50 barn has water and electric. $349,000. Keller Williams.


LOCATED ON TPC GOLf COURSE. Everything done - Granite, New Tile, Shag Carpet, Incredible Baths with room for 10 in the master shower!! Check-out this wonderful family home in this wonderful family neighborhood! $649,000 Re/Max Tropical Sands Steve Cavanaugh


ThE hARBORAGE Buyers must see this beautiful home in gated Harborage community, home features wood cabinets, solid surface counters, gleaming hardwood floors. New boat docks, community pool, workout facility. $529,900. Keller Williams.

O Charlie Lersch


387-9004 or 730-9009

(941) 504-0193

RIvER CLUB It doesn’t get better than new! Custom Todd Johnston home in the Sanctuary. This home has 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, granite counters, wood cabinets, tray ceilings, custom built ins. Huge upstairs bonus room and panoramic lake views. $919,900. Keller Williams. Charlie Lersch


Charlie Lersch

SPECTACULAR TRANqUIL SETTING! Southern Plantation w/1100’ of meandering river front on the Myakka River. John Cannon designed 3/2/2 with caged pool and spa. Ten acres (MOL) fenced and cross fenced. Long paver driveway. No deed restrictions. Horses allowed. Leslie Wells Realty. Marilyn Sakelaris



Charlie Lersch




LIMITED TIME PRE-CONSTRUCTION PRICE in Oaks Preserve. Serene views of Catfish Creek. Ready Spring 2007. Buy now & choose the finishes. Most private setting with coveted southern view! 2680 sq ft +288 sq. ft. of terrace, granite in kitchen, 4 walk-in closets, private elevator, under building parking, storage & new pool/fitness center. $700,000 Michael Saunders & Co. Debbie Judge 544-6054


Steve Cavanaugh

whAT A fIND IN SARASOTA! Well maintained 3BR/2BA, fresh paint inside and out, new carpeting all 3BRs. Huge 40x16 fam rm w/stone f/p & bar. Screened porch w/hot tub. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. Wagner Realty 724-7228 #295441 wagner Realty


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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, April 13, 2006

The Power of PosiTioning everythiNG you’re dreamiNG of & theN some!

Elegant and Luxurious Living in Sought After Lakewood Ranch Country Club - Heritage Oak wood floors, 20+foot ceilings, Subzero gourmet kitchen, chiseled granite center island measuring 4’ x 9’, two Wolf ovens, Wolf 6-burner cook top, two dishwashers, two chilled drawers, sports bar, wetbar, wine cooler, four fireplaces, billiard room, guest suites, library, pool/spa and pavered lanai w/kitchen all positioned on a private lake & preserve lot. Truly finished with such elegance. 4,600 under a/c. $2,699,000

14 aCre equestriaN estate oN the sarasota polo GrouNds

In the rich tradition of the Tuscan Villa, this fabulous equestrian estate on the West Coast of Florida was built in 2005 encompassing 13+ acres overlooking the Polo Grounds. Fabulous architectural appointments and exquisite finishes abound on the exterior as well as the interior which boasts of lavish accoutrements. This truly is a rare opportunity to own one of the finest estates, so please call for a pre-qualified private showing or visit us on line to tour this fabulous luxury property. $10,850,000

Newly Completed BeaChfroNt resideNCe – orChid BeaCh oN lido Key Most fabulous beachfront Penthouse on the shimmering shores of Lido Key Beach. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Downtown Sarasota, Longboat Key as well as Lido Key. 6,000 square feet under air, 5 exterior balconies, 3 car garage and many high end finishes throughout. $7,800,000

exquisite home iN CaNterBury iN laKewood raNCh CouNtry CluB Outstanding Pruett custom home in the neighborhood of Canterbury. Extensive lush Florida landscaping provides total privacy creating a park-like setting to be enjoyed all year round. This Villa Florencia model has custom features which include: wood panel kitchen appliances, coffered ceilings, custom fireplace, garden shower in master suite with privacy wall, pool area with summer kitchen and columns, 3-car garage, and fenced pet run. $1,195,000

luxurious iNterior desiGN! This custom Peregrine home is open and spacious, ideally situated, taking full advantage of the spectacular private water and golf course views. Luxury interior design includes: kitchen with warm honey tone Brookhaven cabinetry, Kitchen Aid appliances, and decorative medallions bordering rich gold tone lighting fixtures. Numerous artist display niches are found throughout the home. $1,190,000

Open House

Open Saturday, April 15, 2006 • 1 – 4PM

13235 Palmer’s Creek Terrace • Subdivision: Lakewood Ranch Mark P. Riley 941-350-2700

for the serious Golfer & multimillioN dollar estate owNer Jack Nicklaus designed a core Signature Golf Course in association with Tony Jacklin named The Concession. The Concession is a private golf club and gated community incorporating homesites offering a grand lifestyle set amidst 1200 acres of pristine woodland. The décor and amenities of both the clubhouse and The Concession communicate new levels of luxury and comfort. Nicklaus Manor is a gated enclave of private villas starting at 2.3 million. Experience the exclusivity of this world-class community nestled into an old Florida setting with a rich golfing history. 3 one acre lot resale’s with 275’ frontage priced from $1,085,000 and 3/4 lot resale’s priced from $750,000. Call for these fabulous opportunities.

premier waterfroNt CoNdomiNium homes Watercrest is the premier waterfront condominium community in Lakewood Ranch with breathtaking views of Lake Uihlein with a location package that will never be repeated. Located less than one mile from the expressway, across from Main Street Village and the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Priced from $645,000 $1,100,000.


· Breathtaking views of Lake Uihlein · Legacy Golf Course and Preserves · Elevators for easy access · 2 car garages with storage · Gated entrance with guard house · Heated community swimming pool and spa with brick paver deck · Lease/Lease Purchase opportunities priced from $2500/month

· 2 story recreation center with an allpurpose room with catering kitchen, charming bar area, conference room, and fitness center · Beautiful landscaped entrance, approximately 1000’ of private drive

Inquire about our additional waterfront and golf course locations of luxurious condominiums.

Call for additional properties available in Lakewood Ranch, The Concession, Sarasota & Bradenton.

Mark P. Riley l u x u r y r e a l e s TaT e g r o u P

941-552-5651 5581 Broadcast Court, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34240 • Fax 941-552-5654 •

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Left: Maori dancers Far left: Maori natives come on shore for mock confrontation. Auckland city view

Auckland odyssey

A FEIN ADVENTURE by Shirley Fein

Photos by Arnold E. Fein

Editor’s Note: This is the second of six installments detailing Arnold and Shirley Fein’s around-the-world cruise. Their second stop is Auckland, New Zealand.

“To travel is to learn”

has always been our motto and that is just what we are doing as we continue our world cruise on the luxurious Radisson Seven Seas Voyager. On sea days, I sit on my private balcony and watch the world go by and pinch myself that we are lucky to be enjoying this special time in our lives. However, we have learned that there is more to cruising than eating, sleeping and dancing the night away. Here on the Voyager, the executive chef and his great staff nourish our bodies with spectacular menus for every taste, while a cadre of world-renowned lecturers feed our inquiring minds. In addition, our learning experiences are further amplified by many wondrous shore excursions. We were happy to have the opportunity to revisit Auckland, New Zealand, the largest city in the country with a population of 1.3 million (the entire country’s population is 4 million). Auckland was the country’s capital un-

til 1865, when the seat of government moved to Wellington, a more central location. Auckland is built on the crown of a cluster of 46 extinct volcanic hills, which are carpeted in emerald green grass kept trimmed, not only by skilled gardeners, but by roving herds of sheep in some remote areas. Auckland is the principal port of New Zealand and is located on North Island (New Zealand consists of two islands — North and South). The Maories settled New Zealand, coming from East Polynesia in 1000 A.D. In the Maori (mow-a-ree rhymes with lowery) language, Auckland is known as Tamaki Makau Rau, the City of 100 Lovers, because it was a place desired by all and conquered by many. There is stylish shopping, wonderful hotels and anything else a tourist might desire. The city and surrounding areas are exceptionally hilly, and thus not always conducive for lengthy walking tours. However, if you wear comfortable walking shoes, it is possible to stroll around for short periods and explore the many interesting sights, such as The Maritime Museum, The Sky Tower for smashing views, museums and the colorful and busy wharf areas, to name

a few. Auckland is also referred to as the City of Sails. The busy harbors and sparkling bays are all crowded with sailing vessels of all sizes. It is estimated that there is one boat for every four people in Auckland. This is also a city of pedestrians, cyclists and joggers. The favorite summer game here is cricket, and in winter the people enjoy rugby. The average home in the city of Auckland costs approximately $390,000. However, as we toured the city by bus, we noticed that most homes were modest and small. Victorian in style, with gingerbread designs and trims on the peaked roofs, facades and porches, we realized that real-estate prices are escalating all over the world. We had the opportunity to enjoy an early dinner at Mollies, a luxurious boutique hotel that was once a stately private home. New Zealand delicacies were served in a grand style. During the evening we were serenaded with a variety of familiar opera arias sung by the talented and mature students of the owner of Mollies, a well-known voice coach, who accompanied her stars on one of the five grand pianos that were

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Bay of Islands

The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, April 13, 2006

To fully appreciate New Zealand, it is necessary to learn the history of the Maori native people and their cultural contribution to this beautiful country. And there is no better place to begin than with our wonderful visit to the Bay of Islands located 150 miles north of Auckland. One of the many bonuses of cruising with Radisson Seven Seas is its program

of complimentary events that are offered to all guests on each segment of a cruise. These gratis tours do enhance the experiences and provide an authentic sampling of key cultural highlights ashore. Our great day at the Bay of Islands was one of these complimentary happenings. The Bay of Islands is scenic with its numerous sheltered bays, endless beaches and lush forests. It has become an important vacation destination not only for New Zealanders, but for world travelers as well. The Bay of Islands is chock-full of historical importance. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 here by many Maori chiefs and the New Zealanders that westernized New Zealand.

A talented Maori cultural party, consisting of many singers, dancers and musicians, performed a lively mix of traditional action-songs and dances for us, as we sat on comfortable chairs under a big white tent that sheltered us from the hot sun. They stomped around the makeshift stage with such vigor that we were afraid that they would crash through the floor. Their costumes were interesting and their faces were decorated with an assortment of painted designs. It is customary for the Maori to stick out their tongues as a way to scare their enemies. A continual quick fluttering of the hands indicates life. Before we left the Bay of Islands, a neighboring group of Maoris came ashore with a great deal of pomp and circum-

stance and created a mock battle for us. Their canoes, hand carved from one large tree, can be up to 100 feet long and hold 75 warriors. It was a great day. But more important than the dance program, the food and the arts-and-crafts demonstrations, we learned a great deal about the history of beautiful and delightful New Zealand. It was time to return to our buses and enjoy an air-conditioned ride back to our comfortable cabin aboard the Radisson Voyager, our sophisticated, friendly yet elegant ship. My computer time has ended for today, but my travels have not. Next report will be Australia to Hong Kong. Please stay tuned!

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Boat Sales, Service & Storage

buying American paintings and watercolors before 1960; especially New England, New York, Pennsylvania, landscapes, beach and harbor scenes, children, city, animals, etc. Any subject. Also some European paintings. Private party. Please call Siesta Key, (941)346-2897.

98 boston Whaler 15/ft. Dauntlas center console w/98 70/HP Johnson motor and 98 Caulkins trailer, Bimini top, Fishfinder, Stereo, fresh bottom paint. Excellent condition: $8500. Call 1-973-216-9075, Longboat Key.

steven postans antiques

the most beautiful boat in the marina!

28,000sq.ft. warehouse. over 1,000 pieces of 18th & 19th C. English and Continental furniture and clocks. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY!

Rare opportunity to own a turnkey, classic 74/ft. Burger cockpit M.Y. Fighting lady yellow hull, gleaming varnish, comfortable 3 stateroom, 3 head interior.

7881 15th St. E. (old 301), Sarasota, FL. 755-6063

call for full info. jeff stanley, gilman yachts. 954-249-0360

2004 sebring LXI - CNV: tan leather, CD, excellent cond., $14,500. (941)383-7696.

hp iPAQ 4100 Pocket PC - WiFi, Bluetooth, Word, Excel with Rino case. $175. (941)387-9320.

White Mercedes Benz C220, 1995, 59K Miles, Excellent Condition. $6400. (941)373-9999

wheel chair, good condition, $50. Walk- Vehicle Storage. Inside & Insured. No Project Cars. Near Airport. $95.00/ Month. ing frame, $20. (941)388-1580. (941)726-4929 daybed with trundle, twin mattresses and linens, metal and brass, $125. Lincoln mark VIII 1997: 69,000 miles only, silver, outstanding condition, $8400 (941)383-5346 o/b/o. (941)387-7010. 84” long white/cream leather sofa, 3 cushion, good condition, $199. Call garage space needed: woman wants to store car for few months. Reasonable rate (941)383-9681 to see. please. 941-387-0567. ladies Golf clubs: Wilson Pro-Staff graphite shaft. 7 irons only, 4 thru Sand lexus es300 ‘02: white, navigation, loaded, excellent condition, Levinson Wedge (#6 missing), $50. (941)383-5474. Sound, 49K, sunroof, leather. $20,995. queen mattress, springs, frame, two (941)798-3330. sets of sheets, comforter, shams, bedskirt. $200. (941)993-4078. Auto Transport Two (2) bicycles: For her - 15 speed, 24” Panasonic city bike. For him - 12 speed 26” Raleigh Technium road bike. Both in excellent condition. $65 each or $100 for both. Jim (248)330-5201.

Patio set, 42” round table, 4 chairs, $50. Big Bertha man’s driver, $50. (941)387-9270. web tv with Hewlett Packard black/white & color printer, $50. AM-FM stereo CD Player/cassette recorder, never used, $25.(941)388-3426.

autos wanted!!

Adult Care

let me take the hassle out of selling your car. cash offered today!

Experienced CNA, Live In Position Wanted! Excellent References. Call (941)321-9268

call brad 941-374-1315

Certified Nursing Assistant “CNA” Offers Help & Companionship. Doctor’s References Available. 12/Yrs. Experience. Alicia (941)341-9177 RN Available For Care Giving In Your Home In The Sarasota Area. Call Karen. (800)304-4859 cna: caregiving & Companionship are my specialties. 5/Years experience. Medication reminders, grooming, excellent care. 941-536-7998. Caregiver, Licensed CNA, Vast Experienced In Mental Illness. Personal/Care General Management. Prefers 24/ Hour Shifts. (941)379-9326 932-7070

Spectacular Bayfront Lots Two Direct Bayfront Lots, 100Ft Of Beach, Marina Across The Street To Accommodate Yachts.


Betsy Hills Real Estate, P.A. . (941)778-2291

2000 30/ft. Scarab Sport Center Console. (Non-Fisherman, but Fish Ready) Twin 225 retired longboat Key police officer. Mercs, 535 hours, fish finder, depth finder, Drive your car to the North and back. GPS chart, UHS, link, stereo/CD, live well, cuddy with port-a-potty. Full mooring cover, References. 941-778-5381. bimini, full dual axle trailer. Fresh water personal delivery of vehicles be- boat. Excellent condition! $58,000 OBO tween Michigan, Northern Ohio, Florida. Package. 313-510-8555. 50¢/mile flat rate. Other points possible. kayak: 2 person, Pamlico, good condition, References. 941-320-4781. $425. (941)387-6486.

Autos Wanted

Beauty Care Permanent Makeup, Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Lip Color. .RN Nurse - Mobile To You. Call: (800)304-4859

Boat Charter chitwood charters/YACHT BROKERS. Grand Banks/Selene Yachts. Luxury Cruises, Sunsets, Cocktails, Special Occasions. Half day to weekly. Bare boat avail. Need a new hobby? Learn to pilot a yacht. Capt. Chitwood. 941-383-5232.



✔ blue dolphin cafe “Now serving at our Longboat Key, Centre Shops locations” Friday night specials APRIL 14, 2006 5:00P.M.-8:15P.M.

✔ 1.5/lb. live Maine lobster ✔ slow roasted prime rib ✔ pure lump crabmeat cakes ✔ sesame ginger salmon homemade pies! and much more...just ask...

Auto Sales & Service Items Under $200 For Sale

Thursday, april 13, 2006

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

reservations recommended beer and wine available 383-3787

Cleaning Services spring cleaning special 20% off on our new specialty dry clean process for on-site drapery cleaning. Also, area and oriental carpet cleaning experts. call grimefighters (941)922-1615

time to cleAN? I can help! Hard-working, thorough, dependable, honest gal available for cleaning including move-ins/outs, weekly, bi-weekly. Experienced. Reasonable rates. Excellent references. Pamela, 320-0023. housechecks, housekeeping, move in/outs, construction. Cleaning services to meet your needs. References. Licensed. Insured. 870-4141.

45FT. Boat Slip (I-13).For Rent. Available Housecleaning By Private Party. A Moorings Marina Longboat Key Longboat Key Club Experienced. Very (941)812-3395 Honest, Reliable, Excellent References. Call: (941)928-5516 boat slip available for rental up to 45’ vessel at Longboat Key Moorings on Dock “O”, Slip “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of 8 mrs. maids. Want a clean house? Competitive prices. extra room to move around. State-of-the-art Call us today Bonded and Insured. docking with cable, TV, electric and water References. 371-3175. hook-ups. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405. maria’s cleaning Service, by Brazilian boathouse lbk: covered in/out storage. team. Meticulous Cleaning, Excellent Favorable long term lease available. References, Free Estimates, Reliable. 941-716-1428. 941-400-3342. superb boat slip for rent in high & dry just me & Co. Cleaning Services. Speindoor marina. Excellent South Longboat locializing in Residential, Model Homes & Ofcation, easy access to Bay & Gulf, up to fices, Pressure Wash & Windows. Move-ins 29’. Call 371-1866. and Move-outs. Call for FREE ESTIMATE and appt. 941-234-2315.


cleaning as You Really Expect! ResiSINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen dential and Commercial. Experienced, honhas been making party memories from the est & reliable. Great references and comcasual to black tie affair. Specializing in petitive prices. You will be happy with our small dinner parties. 383-0777. service! Call Aura, 941-685-8811.

4F Classified

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, april 13, 2006

Computer Services

Help Wanted

repair, upgrade, Install, Data Recovery, Virus Spyware Removal, Wireless Networking, PC Training, Beginner-Advanced. Call Gene, 941-383-7861.

companions/homemakers, you can make a difference. Help our seniors stay independent. We provide: meals, light housekeeping, transportation & companionship. We offer F/T, P/T flexible hours. Pay $9/hr. Call Comfort Keepers, The #1 Companion Agency In Town. (941)921-9506.

computer support: Problems, networking, learn new applications. A+ Certified Computer Professional. Lido Key. Forrest 388-3425. seeking live-in companion for elderly female who is active, bright and engaged expert technical Assistance. and resides on Longboat Key. Must be Need help with hardware, software, netnon-smoker and drive. Please call works or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-383-8596 or 404-664-2903 to arrange 941-364-5858/941-544-6725. for an interview. Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, receptionist upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless networking. PC or MAC web design. Are you organized? Familiar with 383-3878, 587-5588. the switchboard? Able to juggle several the computer coach: Offering one on projects at a time? Customer-service one lessons, computer maintenance and oriented? Looking for a dynamic, internet security. Please call Elinor, growing company? 941-586-5689. Yes? computer obedience Training. Is your Terrific because The Observer Group computer misbehaving? Will train your needs an outgoing and professional computer to listen to you! Special $40/hour. front office assistant to round FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. out it’s team. We offer the opportunity to learn, Consignments a great working environment, top pay consignment store. Florida’s largest & benefits. & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery available. House of Lords - Osprey. Reply with cover letter and resume to: 941-966-5446. L. DOWNEY, Accounting Manager, P.O. Box 3169, Sarasota, FL 34230 Crushed Shell or E-mail: gillis & Gillis Enterprises. Crushed, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & insured. 941-232-8877. mortgages: part time will train $100K plus potential. (941)812-6381 or Financial Services (941)356-1524.

FEELING Handcuffed by Your Annuities? You Can Finally Sell Your Annuities For Cash.

Call (941)232-3801

Fishing Charters deep sea fishing - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate controlled cabin, all new equipment & Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait & tackle provided starting at $400. For information and reservations, call Captain Brandon today. 761-1715.

Furniture Marble Dining Table, Wood Base, 77”X36”X30H, Beige Travertine Appearance 1-1/2” Thick, Bull Nose. $600/OBO (941)387-3374 5/8x42x60 glass cocktail table. 9x12 Oriental rug. 7/ft. white sofa. (941)387-0609.

hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort Accepting applications for: Front Desk Agents Servers Bussers Line Cooks Sous Chef Room Attendants Housepersons Gift Shop Attendant (part-time only) Bellperson (am only) Benefits include: Health*Dental*Life*401K Employee Meals*Travel Discounts

Help Wanted live-in housekeeper companion for elderly gentleman. Fluent English, non-smoker, driver license required. $20,000 per year plus room & board. 355-3553. p/t pool Attendant: 10/hours, weekends. LBK condo. (941)383-4076.

ResortQuest has been a respected employer for over 20 years. We have an exceptional career opportunities in the following locations. Reservation Agents Sarasota Accounting Clerk Longboat Key Guest Service Agent Tortuga Inn - Bradenton Beach At ResortQuest, we respect your commitment to a job well done and we demonstrate this respect by providing you with an excellent benefits package. Apply online at: or fax resumes to Attn. Katie: 941-383-5036 or E-mail to: EOE

☛ ☛ re/max excellence wants you, if you are a: - new licensee - unhappy at your current firm - qualified assistant - realty sales manager. Please contact Andrew Vac 941-383-9700 or part time Beach Attendant wanted for Longboat Key resort. Must have sailing experience, enjoy working outdoors and be service oriented. To apply call, 383-5511.

carlo dattilo painting. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp. van-go PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 795-5100 or 518-9300. ray cordy custom Painting & Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All trades are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings that are for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable references. 953-5215. Pastel Painting. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 14 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

Personals Alone? seniors Dating Bureau! SAFEST since 1977! (ages 45-90). 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days.

Personal Services your personal bookkeeper, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/Taxes


I come to your home or office.

Landscape Maintenance l

Is Looking For Reliable Honest Drug Free Employees Willing To Learn And/Or Are Experienced In Trades Of Chemical Applicator And Irrigation Techs.

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Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns BONDED & insured Over 25/yrs. experience

Must Have Valid FL DL & Good Employment Record All Interested Apply In Person

Telephone: 941-749-5646

@ 6161 N. Washington Blvd. Sarasota, M-F 8:00-5:00 Or Fax Resume To (941)351-2848

Or fax resume to: 941-383-5962


Two Full Time LBK Residents... Bonded, Licensed and Insured

Items For Sale

...Home Checking ...Storm Monitoring ...Refrigerator Stocking Upon Arrival ...Dinners Prepared For Arrival ...Car Start-ups and Washing ...Notary Services ...General Errands ...Newspaper Start-up and Cancellation ...You Name It and We’ll Have a Recommendation

Drug Free Work Place

position available for person with minimum 1 year experience using RNS vaAlberto’s Refinishing Of Fine Furniture. Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, cation rental software. Job consists of trainDoors, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: ing and supporting customers with our rental management software package. (941)296-5427 Some bookkeeping experience required. Salary range based upon experience, Gifts $27,000+. Send resume to: Celebrating Religious Holidays? (no phone conConsider Edible Arrangements.. A tact please). Provider Of Premium Floral Like Fruit Bouquets Delivered To Your Door. 316-9400 Owner Operators And

Let Premium Estate Liquidators conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure.

immediate openings!

Painting & Wallpapering

Apply in person at: 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228

Furniture Repair

Garage, Moving & Estate Sales

Help Wanted

company Drivers •OTR And SE Runs Available •Must Have One Yr. Exp. •Class A CDL •Clean MVR •Home Often Call Safety For Details

W.W. Trucking, Co. (813)659-0206 800-226-8075

rascal 230 3-wheeler with basket, cover. Good condition, $600. Viewer Low Vision 17” color magnifier Optelec Clearview 500, $500. (941)383-2910. lord’s warehouse nonprofit Resale Shop. Furniture, clothes, housewares, books and much more! Open Mon., Wed., Sat., 9a.m.-1p.m. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat. 383-4738. Infra Therapist By BNH, Model IT-IV, Value $4,000. Like New Sell $1200. (941)388-1959

Investment Opportunities investors wanted by Importer. Purchase P.O.’s. High returns. Raymond Parker, (941)713-9391.

Massage experience Massage. Coastal Massage Theory. Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular. Sarasota, Bradenton facilities or in home service. 941-753-7766 Lic. #MA34584.

Nursing/Companion Companion/ Caregiver, Licensed For Private Home Care. Excellent References, Experience 15/Yrs. Call (941)966-9287 or (941)223-8606

“at your service LBK”

All Services Provided Weekly, Bi-Weekly or Monthly Call Sandy Wilson 383-0478 or Leba Zaborny 387-8703

Remodeling & Home Improvements paul sutherland. Carpentry, minor & major repairs, built-ins, crown moldings & more! Residential/Commercial. Prompt, dependable service. (941)792-4645. custom renovations/restoration expert. All phases of carpentry, repairs & fine finishing. Very meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Insured. 30/yrs. experience. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, april 13, 2006

Classified 5F

Remodeling & Home Improvements

Commercial/Business Opp.

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

robert held’s handyman & more! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717.

PLASTICS FACTORY: Established Fla. company, state-of-art equipment & building, good customer base. $7 million** tire distributor. Business seeks $3 million equity investor to expand** development opportunity: 1.3-acre mixed use Longboat site w/good highway visibility, much potential. $1.2 million. gifts/antiques/furniture/etc.: Profitable, fun-to-run Sarasota shop has 5,000/sq.ft. of new & pre-owned items, Feng Shui goods, more. $225K** breakfast/lunch: Turnkey restaurant in busy Bradenton plaza. $99,990.** pizzeria: Takeout/delivery, 23 seats, well-equipped. Main Manatee road. $99K** Pack/Ship: Good Sarasota location, good lease, good opportunity. Only $99,900** bait & tackle: Profitable, great Cortez Rd. location. Motivated seller. $75K.

perfect island retreat updated, steps to private beach, shops and boat dock. $499,000

two of the best condo values on LBK

randy’s remodeling. Over All drywall, Finishing Windows, Doors, Interior Carpentry, Installation & Texture 941-320-2506, Lic./Ins. local handyman. Painting, carpentry, dock/deck, pressure wash, gutters. Unlimited house repairs Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. LIC/INS.

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. tile-tile-TILE

All variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Many Local References. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Expert Marble & Travertine Installation Floor & Walls Call Ashdown Flooring Inc. (941) 726-3077 lic.


john gubernat handyman specializing in roof leaks, siding, soffit, fascia, chimney flashings, exterior aluminum trim, home repairs. 28 years experience. Excellent quality, prompt service. 941-383-5765 lbk resident lic.


drywall repairs, popcorn removal. retexture and repaint. two pro companies working together. clean, condo approved. Coordinated and insured. References. call 284-8558 or 750-9067

expert tile installation floors, counters, backsplashes, walls, murals. lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber artisan tile (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins.

Services APPLIANCEs & A/C DOCTORS: We Repair: Air Conditioning, Refrigerators, Washers/Dryers, Ovens, Garbage Disposals. Other Household Items. Honest Dependable - Over 20 Years Experience. (941)650-9293

Tile Installation Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. Lic/Ins.

Wanted to Buy

**Confidentiality agreement required for details. Longview Realty 941-383-6112 For more great business & realty buys:

Commercial Rentals & Sales Lovely Office Space, Available 100 Sq.Ft.. Share Lobby, Bathroom & Kitchen. 32nd & Cortez Road. $300./Month No Lease. (941)705-9244

bob burnett lic. r.e. broker michael saunders & co. 941-356-1277

2BR/2BA penthouse at Windward Bay w/stunning bay views and new windows throughout. fully enclosed lanai. all amenities including boat docking and beach. $510,000

Beautiful Views: Gulf/Pool, Promenade Condo. Gulf Views From Every Window. Updated & Nicely Furnished, 2BR/2BA, Second Floor Unit. Serious Inquires Only. $969,000. Information Call (404)307-4007

Spanish main 2BR/2BA, 1399/sq.ft. fully enclosed family room/lanai. amenities including boat docking and beach. $395,000

new listing!

call Stan hochman ERA Mt. Vernon realty 383-1738 or 302-0775

fulfill a dream. Live downtown in the corner penthouse at 1350 Main. Charming, elegant, 3BR/3.5BA and family room. Marble, granite, stainless and upgraded floors. Stunning direct Bay views from 2 balconies. parking for 2 cars. $1,799,900 Call Owner/Agent Nancy Lindeman 941-400-2656

Own A Piece Of Paradise 3BR/2.5BA Ground Floor Villa


Private Beach Club & Community Pool.

Virtual Tour

2213 Harbourside Drive Hubert Steenbakkers

Michael Saunders & Co.



sutton place reduced $30,000!

southgate priced to sell

commercial opportunity. Siesta Key’s best office building. Tenants in place and great location, 8000+/sq.ft. $2,999,999 Call for details. S. Dudley Carson, Re/Max Premier Services. (941)349-5200.

2BR/1.5BA townhouse w/garage. 2 Pools/Deeded Beach Access w/Cabana, Boat Docks. 2 Small Pets & Children OK. Lowest priced Unit in Complex. $479,000

updated 4BR/3BA, large lot, close to downtown, beaches. $399,900

office space available 6400 gulf of Mexico dr. LONGBOAT KEY

commercial space for lease: Siesta Key, 3150/sq.ft., possible addition 1500/sq.ft., $25/per sq.ft. Available 4/1/06. Call S. Dudley Carson, Re/Max Premier Services. (941)349-5200.


condominiums for Sale: By owner, immediate occupancy - 3800/sq.ft. Sarasota bay front Condominium, 4th floor, 3BR, 4 baths plus family room and den. Built 2002, spectacular view of bay and new bridge, unCondos & Homes For Sale believable sunsets. Walk to town and bay condo: boater’s paradise. Rarely front activities. Asking $2,295,000. All proavailable Hamilton Club, Siesta Key. fessionally decorated, furnishings and ac3BR/3.5BA, large rooms, easy on/off the cessories available. Call Don Stephens, Key. Private dock. $1,100,000. Mapp Re- (863) 529-4564, E-mail: alty, Judith Pittman, 302-1720.

☛ prime retail and office space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135.

HARBOUR VILLA-BAYFRONT 2/2 Cathedral Ceilings Top Floor, Turnkey. 30’ Deeded Deep Water Dock Heated Pool Luxuriate In A Serene Garden Setting.

T. Dolly Young Real Estate (941)778-0807 Aft. Hrs. (941)792-8357

longboat key Whitney beach 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, new appliances, private beach, boat docks, pools. $659,000 (941)724-3519

lakeridge falls: 2BR/2BA +den, 2/car, 1841/2552/sq.ft. air/roof, 3 year old home. 55+, great lake view. Clubhouse with heated pool, spa, exercise room. Large corner lot. Immaculate. $459,000. 941-358-8784.

gulf front condo for sale. Behind LBK wanted: Fishing tackle, old and new. Club gates. $900,000. Visit: Best $$ paid. Call Pete, (941)387-3067.

Call Kari Easterling 315-3155 Rosebay R.E.

bring your offers!!! open house sunday, 1-3p.m. $75,000 price reduction! longboat terrace Gulffront, large 2BR/2BA, updated kitchen and baths, small complex, TKF. only one of two units that have side windows in living room! $749,000 Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121

longboat key towers Direct Gulf front corner unit. Spacious 3BR w/over 2400/sq.ft. Magnificent beach, bay and golf course views. $1,600,000 Dorothy & Mike McKendry, Realtors Michael Saunders & Co. 941-586-5007

LONGBOAT KEY CONDO Beachfront Behind the gates of exclusive Longboat Key Club with unobstructed views of Gulf of Mexico, sunsets, the bay and golf course. Offered at $850,000 Triplex Perfect for investors, across the street from the beach with Gulf and water views. Among multi-million dollar homes. Offered at $795,000 LONGBOAT KEY CONDO BEACHFRONT Captivating water and sunset views among multi-million dollar homes. $900,000 Direct beachfront home site w/unobstructed sunsets and water views. Ready for custom home. Preliminary house plans available and permits in place. Offered at $1,999,000. BIRD KEY LOT Ready for custom home. Building plans available. $1,100,000 Anna Kaminski Michael Saunders & Co. 941-374-3200 lbk, whitney Beach. Beyond luxury 2BR/2BA condo, turnkey, completely remodeled in ‘04. Solid surface counters & tile throughout. Overlooking Bayou w/view of Gulf, tennis, heated pool, spectacular beach front, fishing pier, boat docks. $899K. Call Chad Weaver, 941-773-7255, CMI & Associates, Inc.

6F Classified

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Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

the westchester

longboat key

Longboat Key

the village key west cottage 560 Broadway $775,000


OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY 1-4P.M. ◆ Completely Remodeled 2BR/2BA ◆ Turnkey Furnished ◆ Spectacular Direct Gulf Views ◆ Superior Finishes with Granite & Crown Mouldings ◆ Top of The Line Appliances ◆ New Electric Hurricane Shutters

YOUR HOME IN PARADISE 560 LINLEY STREET $599,000 CANAL FRONT HOME 755 N. ST. JUDES DR. $649,000 contact judy heyer latitude 27 realty 941-387-9004 or 941-730-9009

◆ Covered Parking

Grand Bay’s

◆ Seven Acres Beautifully Landscaped

Best Value.... Longboat Key.

◆ Tennis Court

Panoramic Views Of Sarasota Bay & City Of Sarasota From This 3BR/3.5BA Unit. Floor To Ceilings Windows With Designer Shades.

◆ Two Large Pools ◆ Great For Year Round Living or Beach Getaway $995,000 Call Ed Bongart Hembree & Associates Licensed R.E. Brokerage 941-320-7604

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

PALMER RANCH Condominium

direct gulf views Perfect 2BR/2BA Income/Vacation

New Construction. Contract Assignment. Private Elevator. July 6th Occupancy, 2845 Sq.Ft. A.C., Very Private 2BR/2.5BA+Den, 2/Car Garage.

Principals Only

$625,000. (941)376-2002

◆ Walk-in Closets

◆ Private storage

All prices plus tax, tag and programs subject to chang Dealer and agency not res

Cooks Kitchen With Loads Of Storage. 2 Covered Parking Spaces. Loads Of Amenities

Priced Right At $1,279,000.

Steven’s & Salt Inc. (941)349-6636

By Owner: Center Gate Estates, Family Home, 3BR,2BA+ Den, Family Room bird key garden home - Immediate W/Fireplace, Eat-In Kitchen, Formal Dining Sale - 3BR, updated with caged pool on tropically landscaped corner lot. Quiet street Room Pool. (941)780-2448 across from the bay. $949,000. Inn on NOW PRE-SELLING! the beach - 2BR, direct Gulffront, New Maintenance Free Villas! The 1619/sq.ft., corner unit, updated, income Villas At Palma Sola Trace By Henderson producing and in hotel rental program. EnBrothers Homes 1950 Sq.Ft., Starting In joy concierge, golf, tennis, pool, spa and The $360s Prime Northwest Bradenton fine dining. $1,495,000. Kathy Simonds, Location! Act Now For $3,000 In FREE Broker Associate. 941-350-5292. Michael Options. Call Now! Jonathan Valdez At Saunders & Co. (813)643-9551 Or E-mail at sands point, behind the gates of Longboat Key Club: 2 bedroom plus den, 3 water club. Stunning 3BR end unit with baths. Beautiful ground floor with sunny 3 terraces and fantastic views. Asking patio, pristine move-in condition. $875,000 $2,995,000. Call Barbara Katz at RE/MAX Jerry Thompson, Prudential Palms Realty 941-552-3966. Properties. 941-954-5454. MLS# 30178.

610 buttonwood Drive - $729,000. 3010 Grand Bay, Unit #452 - $1,295,000. 430 Burns Court - $875,000. Please contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or casa del Mar 2BR/2BA $579,000 By Owner (941)383-5549

Palmer Ranch Townhome. Prime Location. Large Lanai Overlooking Water Garden With Fountains In Tropical Setting. 2700SF. Gross. 2/Car Garage. Principals. Only (941)924-6299 bottom is here! 1120 Bogey Lane, LBK. $200K under comps. Fixer house. Below land value. First $599K takes. Bill, (941)866-0224. waterfront property: 2BR/2BA on deep water canal in Anna Maria. Views of Tampa Bay and walking distance to stores and restaurants, $864,900. Call 941-779-1512.

Sand Cay - Penthouse - Remodeled including new furniture - 50K income/onsite rental - $1,075,000 Sea Oats - 1st. floor end unit - 20-25K net - low maintenance fee - $699,900 Steve Magner Michael Saunders & Co. 376-8559

Spanish main: 2BR/2BA end unit with view of Marina. Newly offered at $340,500. Denise Fleese. Gulf Bay Realty, 941-504-5211. Waterfront Condo In St. Pete Beach. Completely Renovated With Gourmet Kitchen And Luxury Bathrooms. Needs No Improvements. Open Floor Plan With Great Views. Close To Beaches, Fort Desoto And Downtown. Easy Access To 275 And airport. Annual Rental Possible. A Great Value At $289,000. Owner (941)320-9819 turtle crawl inn Full Gulf View 1br/1ba, turnkey furnished. rental manager on site. liberal rental policy. $555,000 lynn parker rosebay real estate 941-751-0582


westchester Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, TKF, 2 pools, tennis, club house. $824,000

walkout 2br/2ba refurbished condo. lush garden view/50 feet to beach. $575,000

Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121

387-0946 or 608-234-7431 (cell) or e-mail for pictures

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dealer fee of $387. All vehicles subject to prior sale. All rebates and incentives to dealer. Manufacturer ge without notice. Offers cannot be combined. Photos and artwork are for illustration purposes only. sponsible for misprints or errors.

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941-755-1571 All prices plus tax, tag and dealer fee of $387. All vehicles subject to prior sale. All rebates and incentives to dealer. Manufacturer programs subject to change without notice. Offers cannot be combined. Photos and artwork are for illustration purposes only. Dealer and agency not responsible for misprints or errors.

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Last Week’s Cryptograms 1. Lamenting gourmand had bout with gout after two bundles of asparagus pass his esophagus. 2. Die-hard guy’s final act of futility, before hurricane hit, was shuttering windows on his old mobile home.



Frank N. Stein, Summerfield, FL

8F Classified Condos & Homes For Sale beachplace - penthouse direct gulf front 2BR/2BA, Extended balcony, two parking spaces, one in and one out. turnkey furnished and never rented. $1,250,000

Condos & Homes For Sale ✔tangerine bay longboat key direct bay front with spectacular views, courtyard entry, open floor plan, 2br/2.5ba +den $1,195,000

players club direct gulf front 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths $1,399,000

✔longboat key village spectacular bay views from this beautiful key west style light and bright 2BR/2BA home. $999,000

for details call ron baldwin & associates, inc. 941-954-7471

✔Queens Harbour

Inn On the Beach Bldg. #6

Newly Remodeled Studio Condo, Fully Furnished. Beautiful Lagoon View. Currently In Rental Program.

Great Income! $489,000. By Owner. No Brokers Please. (847)234-6650

beachplace: 2br/2ba, 1172/sq.ft., partial Gulf. $819,000. 407-304-6885. million dollar riverfront lot in university park. asking $869,000 (house included for free) Custom home in maintenance-free Henley section of UPCC overlooking Braden River on secluded nature preserve lot. private dock. The 2,500 sq.ft. home includes 3br/3ba, gas fireplace, pool, 3 car garage and lots of storage. lush tropical landscaping abounds. call mike holmes horizon realty 941-704-4266

Motivated Owner LBK - Islander Club 7th Floor Full Gulf & Sunset Views 1400SF Remodeled 38FT Balcony 2BR/2BA -All Amenities Call:

(813)962-8990 (813)245-3003

longboat key Elegant maintenance free home with picturesque lake views 3/4BR/3.5BA, open plan, 2900 plus sq. ft. $1,250,000

✔seagate: longboat key full gulf, bay and city views from this completely remodeled and updated, furnished, 14th floor south end unit, 2BR/2BA, pool and tennis. $1,285,000

$369,000 Ryan Roslansky Michael Saunders & Company

(941)448-4013 Artist Residence Artist Studios Artist Gallery www.2623SIESTA.COM Ken Clark & Lynn Zoe (941)366-1172

Open House

Rentals: Annual

Key Royal Holmes Beach. Direct Bay Front, Gorgeous View Of Skyway. 3BR/2,5Bath/2CG. Private Dock. $2,500,000. North Point Harbor Canal Front 4BR/3BA/5CG Elevated W/New Lap Pool/Spa/Waterfall, Seawall & Dock. & Or 2BR/2BA/2CG Renovated Ranch w/New Seawall/Dock 20,000 lb Lift. Both W/community Pool, And Tennis @ $989,500/ Each. Call Lynn Bankuty, Realtor Suncoast R.E. (941)737-1420

Lido Beach Condo, 1/Block From St. Armands, Direct Gulf Views. Total Renovation 2005. REDUCED (412)310-8436 (941)724-4703

Open Saturday 1-5 PM Longboat Key The Arbomar 4485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr. Unit 704 2BR/2BA End Unit With Spectacular Gulf To Bay Views. Renovated, TKF, Many Amenities Including On-Site Management Heated Pool Electronic Hurricane Shutters

Asking Price: $1,100,000.

Motivated Sellers Reasonable Offer Encourage (941)387-0266

✔corey’s landing longboat key wonderful private home behind the gates of the lbk club. light & bright, open floor plan, soaring ceilings, many upgrades & built-ins. pool & jacuzzi w/summer kitchen, 3BR/3.5BA, over 3000/sq.ft. $1,145,000 941-356-6673 mel & jan goldsmith michael saunders & co.

Overlooking Sarasota Bay Never Before Offered. Beautiful Home, Completely Remodeled By Professional. Stone Fireplace, Custom Kitchen. 3BR/2BA All w/Granite New Pool Brick Patios & Much More

7211 Westmoreland Drive. $875,000

(941)737-8939 Agent/Owner

beachplace: beautiful largest 2BR. Newly redecorated & including new water Lots & Acreage For Sale heater/AC. Turnkey furnished. Gulf and bay views, under cover parking. No real estate great opportunity: Vacant 1.3-acre agent. Will split R.E. commission. Call Longboat site with good GMD visibility, C-1 383-7408 for appointment. zoning, many possibilities. $1.2 million. LBK: Seahorse Beach Resort Ground Longview Realty, (941) 383-6112. Floor, Gulf Beach Front Condo. Spotless, Vacant Lot On Canal, 759 Marbury Turnkey Furnished, Recently Updated Lane, Longboat Key, $795,000, Size & Upgraded. No Brokers. Reduced 80X123. Call: ((203)919-2600 or $679,000. (313)383-4893 / 313-999-6201 (203)855-1498. 42 Acres, N.C. Hendersonville, No Zoning Investor/1031 Exchange, $3.5Mil.. Arlette LBK Harbour Jacob Horizon Realty (Agent Referral Fee) (941)366-3732 1BR/1BA Condo Turnkey Furnished 3rd Floor Waterviews

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Answers for this week’s crossword

Rentals: Annual

new home for Rent: 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car. 2400/sq.ft., 3 floors, boat slip, pool, billiards table, kayak. 1/block from Canon’s Marina. $2300/mo. plus utilities. (941)809-0849. Bayfront Condo, Unfurnished. 2BR/2BA, 1350SF., Tile, Pool, Utilities Except Electric. Live Downtown, Walk To Bay. $1450/Mo. (941)316-0859 beach access: 1BR/1BA unfurnished duplex apt. close to Publix, $775/mo. Includes gas and water. 2944 GMD, #2. 924-7080 or 383-0991. fairway bay: updated end unit townhome, 3BR/3BA +loft/den, 2/car garage, storage and bonus room, use of beach club. $2800 Annual. Unfurnished. Linda Paskovich. 772-321-2176. 1br furnished condo on the water, Northshore Rd., Longboat Key. $1500/mo. yearly lease. 941-374-0304.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation lido beach Townhouse: furnished. 945 Ben Franklin Dr., across from beach. 3BR/2.5BA, heated pool, 2/car garage. October ‘06 through March ‘07, $4200/mo. Also, annual rental available starting May 1st. $2400/mo. Please call 941-735-4330 for appt.

a little SLICE OF PARADISE: luxury longbeach: 2br/2ba Gulf Front condo: condo 2BR/2BA Townhome, steps to Lido pool, beach, tennis court. Beautifully furBeach. 941-350-1852. nished. No smoking. No pets. Available 2br/2ba, full Bay views, completely up- Dec. through April, 2006-2007. Dec., Jan. dated, turnkey furnished, boat dock in- $4000 per each month. Feb., March, April cluded, walk to St. Armands & beach. $5000 per month. 3 month minimum. 941-383-5689. $2500/mo. Call 504-9282. lbk club, Bay Isles: 3BR/3BA. Beautiful lido vacation rentals. One and two units available. Furnished 2 story home. Caged pool, beach access, bedroom apartments across from beach and 1/block designer kitchen. $3800/mo. 539-5911. from St. Armands Circle. Available now. Lido Beach Cottage, 2BR/2BA, Cute, Call 266-4775. Super Clean, Annual. 800-971-0017 Or longboat key, seaplace: 2br/1ba, (863)640-1228 fully equipped, all amenities. Available 2007 Season. Owner, 770-509-7419. condos/homes annual islands west: 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, with all the amenities, $1600 a month. beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, $1500/mo. St. Judes: 2BR/1BA, unfurnished, boat slip. $1250/mo. gulf key condos: 2BR/2BA, furnished, $1500/mo. neptune: 2BR/2BA home, unfurnished, all new, $1250/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127 3br/3ba penthouse condo: furnished, waterfront, pool, tennis. References required. $2400/mo. 941-724-0026. bayfront theater District: direct on water, 2BR/2BA, mainland, secluded, bay sunsets, serene park. Water view every room, furnished. Available March. Yearly lease. Small pet allowed. $1450/mo. 941-747-7411. next season: Oct.-May 2006-2007. Lido Spectacular Gulf Sunsets, Beach. 2BR/2BA. Cancellation causes opening. Prestigious St. Armands Towers: walk to shops, restaurants in Circle. Large rooms, 9th floor, Gulf view from all rooms, 42/ft. balcony, heated pool, sauna, covered carport, elegantly and fully furnished. Non-smoker. $2375/mo. 6/mo. minimum. Please call 800-847-0173 ext. 201 or 305-582-8466 Cell.

annual or monthly A home at 1212 Westway Drive on Lido Key is within walking distance of St. Armands Circle. Private beach access down this quiet street. This home has two bedrooms, 2 full baths, great room, lanai, pool, garage, completely furnished. Monthly rate varies by month. Discounts for multiple months and a yearly rate. Go see!!

Call Steve at 317-201-6484 email:

Longboat Key Club: totally new 3BR/3BA/3CG, over 4000/sq.ft. total area, on 2 levels, beautifully landscaped corner lot, 1/2 acre, fully furnished. $8500/mo. or $2500/week. Annual $3800/mo. 941-539-5911. behind the gates of the longboat key club: direct Gulf front, amazing sunsets. Hear and see the waves breaking, 3BR/3BA. Seasonal or year round. Robin, 631-725-1909. lbk, direct Beachfront: 2BR/2BA, 36/ft. lanai, recently updated, 3rd floor. 2/mo. min. Can be seen until 4/14/06. 941-387-0277.

cedars tennis resort

beautiful st. armands home

5680 Gulf of Mexico Drive

3BR/2BA, full car garage, great school system, close to beach, Circle, shopping, dining. beautifully landscaped, lawn/ac maintenance, and pest control included. $2200/mo.

One & Two Bedroom Townhouses Attached Garage


Heated Pool/Tennis/Dock Vacation & Some Annual (Weekly Minimum) Pet Friendly 941-383-4621

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

due to illness, renter canceled. Tiffany lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, Plaza: 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive $5000/mo. Also available annually. rentals. Available August-December, 2006 383-1255, ask for Cathy. & 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884. longboat key. Gulf front, pool, beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. Rare Opportunity! Direct Bay Front Available March 1st. through 22nd. Intracoastal View. 2BR/2BA Spanish Main Yacht Club. Heated Pool, White On White country club Shores, LBK canal 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. home, 3BR/2BA. Beautifully updated. Pool. Buttonwood Cove, 2BR/2BA, Bay Decor. Annual Possible. (631)875-1247 Easy living! or View, Lanai, Pool, Tennis, Squash Court, sutton place: 2BR/2BA. Updated com614-487-2460. Dock, Boat Slip. $3700/Mo. Available Jan., fortable, one level villa with glass enclosed astounding direct Gulf view. Spectacular Beach and sunset views. Seaplace: 2 bedroom, 2 bath, tastefully decorated with every amenity. Off-season rental only. 2 month minimum. May through October $1750. November and December $2700. Pictures available. 905-933-3709.

lock up your LBK 2007 Seasonal/Annual commitment Now! Luxurious 3 bedroom, 2 bath Remodeled Waterfront home. Fantastic bay views, 26/ft. boat lift & 2 docks. Beautifully furnished. Lock in your price now for your future dream home. Waterfront homes continue to appreciate. Why rent when you can Lease/Purchase with leasing credits applied. Seasonal: 4-6/mos. @ $45K. Annual 7-11/mos. $68K +Security deposit. Corporate-relocated executives welcome. Call owner for specific details. Call 941-224-6858. inn on the beach Discounted rates from $199/night Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views. 941-387-9709 800-469-4852

condominiums for Rent and/or Vacation/Beach Rentals: Longboat Key condominium, ground floor, walk out the door to the Gulf, 2BR, 2 baths, beautifully furnished. $2500 per month. June and August available. Owner: (863) 529-4564. Tiffany Plaza, Gulf Front 1st Floor, 2BR/2BA, Beautifully Furnished, Available November Thru April, One Month Minimum. (863)688-9556

Feb., March. 905-764-5969 416-346-5332

LBK, Penthouse Condo, Beach Place, Beach Front, Gulf View 2BR/2BA, Extended Balcony. Available MayNovember (412)817-0102

bayport, lbk: 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished, spectacular full Gulf views. Tennis, exercise, pool. $5000/mo. Avail. December, lbk, longboat harbour: 1BR, fur- 2006 & Jan.-March 2007. 770-671-0338 or nished. Available May through December. Boat dock available. $850/mo. 941-383-2417 ext. 228. turtle crawl inn on Longboat key daily, weekly, monthly directly on the Gulf beach!

CASA DEL MAR condominium rentals

beachfront, banyan bay #103 Walk right onto beach from charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops, restaurants. Large screen TV’s W/D. Full Gulf views! Sunsets, pool, tennis, fishing pier. Available 5/1-6/8 and after 8/13/06. 941-383-6650. condo-on-the-Bay Tower I beautiful van gogh 11th floor unit, sweeping views from every room, new kitchen, 42 inch HDTV, mid-century modern style furniture, office includes computer, printer, fax/copier. large master with sit in TV area. 4 to 8 month rental. Call Tom 941-951-1514 or 941-350-4179 (cell)

Wagner Realty since 1939 866-754-3443

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our virtual tour at” Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation Portobello Condo: 2BR, 2 Full Baths, 5th Floor, Beautiful Water View. Annual Tenant $2500/ Month. Nov. - April $5,000/ Month Call (631)734-2019 LBK Spanish Main, 2BR/2BA Villa Overlooking Lake, 55+, Private Beach Access, Clubhouse, Heated Pool, Patio. Beautifully Furnished. $3,000./Month Cathy Daley (941)302-1004 lbk-seaplace 2br/2.5ba, recently renovated, steps to beach, pool & spa, lanai, w/d. $3700/mo. minimum 2/mo. (423)968-3420 or e-mail: visit website:

bayport 2br/2ba unit close to gulf. Available January, march or April 2007. $4000/mo. call 630-654-1494

WEEKLY RENTALS GULF front/gulf view

next season: Oct.-May 2006-2007. Lido “Where People Return Year after Spectacular Gulf Sunsets, Beach. Year” 2BR/2BA. Cancellation causes opening. Prestigious St. Armands Towers: walk to “intentionally better” shops, restaurants in Circle. Large rooms, ask about our rate specials! 9th floor, Gulf view from all rooms, 42/ft. balcony, heated pool, sauna, covered carport, elegantly and fully furnished. Non-smoker. $3950/mo. 6/mo. minimum. Also, Annual Rental available. Please call lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., 800-847-0173 ext. 201 or 305-582-8466 2BR cottage and 2BR house. Steps to beach & pool. Very private, quiet and Cell. clean. Daily rates: $90-$165 3/day min. Gulf/beach front condo - 3015 Weekly rates: $500-$1100. Monthly rates: Gulf of Mexico Drive: 2BR/2BA with ga- $1400-$3000. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO rage, newly renovated and updated. Please BEACH. No pets. Quiet people only. contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, Please call 941-388-2590. 941-383-9700 or rentals available - On the Keys ❈ Pelican harbour, 3BR/2BA, LBK. & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. Dock. 941-383-7901, 513-608-4320, lbk vacation Rental. Daily, Weekly, E-mail: Monthly. Nicely furnished 2BR/2BA, pool, a little SLICE OF PARADISE: luxury hot tub, fishing dock, canoes/Whitney condo 2BR/2BA Townhome, steps to Lido Beach steps away. $228 a day. Call for Beach. 941-350-1852. availability. Beach Castle Resort, Unit 11. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 Susie, (941)383-5914. bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404.

lanai, washer/dryer, carport, 2 pools, walk to beach. No pets. No smoking. Available from January. 914-772-1550.

Classified 9F

north lbk Whitney Beach condos by owner Private beach, tennis, heated pools, boat docks, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA. also taking reservations for 2007 941-724-3519 whitney beach. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view. Beach, pools, tennis, cable and high-speed internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from docks. No pets. Available monthly starting May 1. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner: lbk duplex: unobstructed gulf views, totally remodeled. 3-4BR: $3500. Available March, April, May 2007 Including garage. Off season rates also available. 941-232-1357. LB HARBOUR, 2007. Recently remodeled 1BR/1BA, canal views, beach access, pools, tennis. 3 month minimum. 765-463-6961 or 765-427-2346. Lido Key Beach Rentals. Weekends, Weekly, Monthly. 1/2 Block To Beach. Walk To St. Armand. Summer Rates $150./per Weekend, $300./Per Week, $500/Per Month. (941)726-5098 siesta key Coguille on the Gulf: 2BR/2BA and loft. Beach, pool. May-Dec., $1800/mo. 716-650-9650.

Longboat Harbour, 2007 January, February, March. 2BR/2BA, End Unit, 3rd Floor w/Elevator, Near Pool, Beautiful Views Of Canal & Bay. (610)574-3673 (610)429-1493.

Enjoy Beautiful Longboat Key During The Spring, Summer & Fall Available May 15th - December 15th On The Gulf Of Mexico w/Private Beach InThe Fashionable En Provence Condominium 3BR/4BA Large Master Suite Two Additional Bedrooms Fully Furnished Large Gourmet Kitchen Formal Dining Room Private Pool Security Magnificent Sunsets From Lovely Terraces For Rates & Additional Information

Call Linda @ (941)713-0012 Viewing By Appointment Only condos/homes seasonal

sea club III, weekly rental available. One canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: and two bedrooms. Gulf front. with dock, private beach access. Dogs wel- sea oats, 1 & 2/BR condos directly on come. Fenced yard. Available from May. the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly. See website for photos and rates. gulf of mexico dr., 2BR/2BA, or call spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, blackburn harbor: 3BR/2BA, fur- 41-360-0700. beautiful, pool. Summer 2006. nished, canal views, pool, spa, tennis, gym, lbk condominium, SeaPlace, recently l.b. harbour, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, dock available. Near beaches. Flexible remodeled, beautiful 3BR/2BA beachfront great view of Bay. rental. 966-1794. on the Gulf. Furnished or unfurnished. sutton place, bayside, 2BR/2BA. lido Luxury 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Available for longterm/annual lease as of islands west: breathtaking Gulf view, Remodeled. Heated Pool, Steps To May 1, 2006. Please call for details. beautiful accommodations, $5000, 3/mo. minimum. Beach. Reasonable. Weekly/Monthly/An- 924-2641. Spanish Main: 2BR/2BA, furnished. Wanual 941-383-3117 Seaplace, 1/BR Loft, W/Two Full Baths, ter view. $4000/mo. Beautifully Decorated. Call For More Info. westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, vacation rentals (502)633-6629 Or (502)-655-0419. beautiful Gulf view. $5000/mo., 1 mo. min. LONGBOAT KEY: Seaplace. (Available windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks Longboat Key & Anna Maria mid-April-Dec. 8 ’06 and from Jan. 12 ‘07) bay, $4000/mo., 1 mo. min. Seasonal & Annual 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Completely renovated Call Wedebrock Rental Office and gorgeously decorated. Ground floor, Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor corner unit with partial sea view, double la941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 or Lynne Jackson nai. Sunny, private, easy access to garden, Wagner Realty beach and pool. State-of-the-art kitchen. For a complete list, go to: 941-383-6127 Oversized master bedroom with walk-in shower room, separate toilet room. DVD and video, DSL line and fax, 2 parking spaces. 2 month min. contract. Email: lido beach, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large or leave a message windward bay. Exquisite Bay views condo unit, upgraded, beautifully furnished, with Gail Levine, 813-839-0896 from every room, 2BR/2BA, beach access, large terrace with Gulf view. Seasonal Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800SF, tennis, 2 pools, exercise room, clubhouse, rental December through April, $3000/mo. Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. marina, new appliances. Minimum 3/mo. or Annual rental @ $1800/mo. Available Available for Annual. Non-smoker. Call Owner $3700/mo. 941-376-2312. (941)377-5300. (610)647-5710

10F Classified

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Lido Shores

marina suites: w/40/ft. Dock. seaplace: 2BR/2BA, $3500. Ritz Carlton Residence SUITES Ritz Carlton Tower RESIDENCE Ritz Carlton Beach club plaza at five points 100 central university park w/golf

1211 Center Place

Available May 01

On A Weekly Or Monthly Basis Private Neighborhood Beach Main House- 2Bedrooms/3Baths, Office, Large Kitchen, Living Room, Pool, Outdoor Kitchen


Guest House- 1Bedroom/1Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen Pets Allowed (On Individual Basis)

storybook cottages. Romantic B&B decor, a Victorian fairy tale retreat in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) patio. Semi-annual. $1000/mo. for multiple months. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $700/mo. Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual rates avail. 941-779-2393. lb harbour, 2007: renovated, beautifully decorated, 2BR/2BA, lovely canal views, walk out to pool, all the amenities. 765-463-6961 or 765-427-2346.

Rates Vary By Month

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals Out-Of-State

darling vacation cabin: 3BR/3BA, golf amenities, deck, cable, modern kitchen. Sapphire-Cashiers, N. C. Months available: Aug., Sept. & Oct., $3500/mo. 813-624-6989, 813-837-8489. Longboat Key: 3BR/3BA Condo At LBK Emerald Harbor, Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Garage, Deeded Beach Access, Or Annual. (941)387-7017

Banyan Bay Club, Excellent Bay view, Newly Renovated, Available December And April, $3,500/Mo. (813)545-9321

Rentals To Share

beautiful home, Country Club setting, very spacious, private pool, secure. Wanted 2007: 2BR/2BA Fairway Bay. Non-smoking, older gentleman preferred. Call: (609)658-5839 Anytime. $1200/mo. 539-5911.

Rentals Wanted

Rentals Out-Of-State Enjoy Vacationing In Western N.C. 2BR/2/BA Chalet, 5 Minutes From Downtown Murphy. $500. Weekly (941)918-2630

Call: Chris At 941-388-4498

pittsford, ny

lido beach: Studio apt., 1/BR apt., 2BR apt. Delightful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including full kitchens and laundry room. Available now. Call for special summer rates. 383-2566.

beautiful, fully furnished 2BR/2BA home. Immaculate. Wooded lot, quiet street, garage.

summer, 2006

Call Marge (owner) 585-586-5650

Time Share lbk, gold Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $18000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983,

Waterfront Property New Bayfront Custom Home, Unbelievable Views / Location. Michael Saunders & Company. John Zisman (941)504-2393

S e rv i c e D i r e c t o ry aluminum

b o at d e ta i l i n g


carpet cleaning



Yoder Aluminum Inc.

“Specializing in 6" Seamless Gutters” Pool Enclosure - Rescreen (941) 650-9790 Dustin Yoder 15505 Lemon Fish Dr. Owner

Custom Carpet Cleaning serviCe

24/Hr Water removal Bradenton (941) 746-6306 Sarasota (941) 922-1615

Jim and Sandee Davis Owners

Bradenton, FL 34202

LBKC Member SCT Member



advertise in the service directory

April’s Antiques

b u s i n e s s s e rv i c e s

1522 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

wireless internet access

Antiques, Collectibles and Quality Merchandise (Between Lemon and Orange)


Visitors say “You Have a Great Antique Store”

Come See For Yourself

Mon. - Sat. 10-5

Parking in Rear

artistic services

Fine Art Venetian Frescoes

Sculpted Walls & Ceilings


create • duplicate • deliver

• FedEx®/UPS® Shipping • Packing Services/Supplies • B/W & Color Copies

• Computer Workstations • Send/Receive Fax Services • Private Mailbox Rentals

29 Avenue of the Flowers Longboat Key, FL 34228

Tel: (941) 387-7447 Fax: (941) 387-7363

carpet cleaning Why Get Soaked? Ph/Fax 1-813-757-9672 a green company

barber shops

Manny’s Barber Shop 5620 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key Manny 383-0040 Ray b o at r e pa i r

dockside boat repair and mainentance SMS Mobile Marine Service GPS/Fishfinder Installation • Outboards I/O’s • Inboards Call for appointment • 941-232-3523 Certified & insured

A Time To Shine

Each PostNet Center is independently owned and operated. Services may vary.

Fiber Optics & Water Falls

call for appointment


Parcel Pick-up available Publix Shopping Center

Carpet • Upholstery • Cleaning • tile • Grout • Cleaning

Larry House, Owner

Call now: 941-778-2882 • 941-387-0607

Residential and CommeRCial Cleaning Call Judy for a FREE Estimate

941-779-3676 Carpet & Furniture Cleaning 387-3099

A TeCH CArpeT • located on longboat Key Lic. & Ins.

SaraSota total Care Residential/Commercial New Construction Bonded - Licensed - Insured FREE ESTIMATES 941-400-5261

P.o. Box 1305 • Holmes Beach, Fl 34218

ServiceMASTER 927-2128


Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners

c l e a n i n g / s i lv e r B-treND INC.


In Your House or Business Pick-up and Deliver 941-504-5139 or 941-966-3967 references


The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, april 13, 2006

Classified 11F

S e rv i c e D i r e c t o ry computers

hurricane windows

remodeling/home improvements

Ted H. Geeraerts Certified Building Contractor

Master Distributor

Call Now! Let us increase the value of your home!


Hurricane impact WindoWs

Weatherside LLC

Specializing in Yoga

We offer fitness and massage therapy. First class Free as well as $10 off personal training session. Now offering Forza Samurai Sword Workout

Commercial & Residential

Kitchens/Baths Tile floors/Back splash Framing/Additions Windows/Doors Countertops/Bars

Ph: (941) 730-5045


Jim 941-448-9648 Tony 941-526-7295

Roofing/Siding Custom Woodwork Masonry/Pavers Landscape/Irrigation Soffit/Seamless Gutters

Interior Design

mobile veterinarian Ask about FREEfor House Calls y/ your Pupp r Kitten 1st/y Health Plan

Call 941-544-2090

Exp. 4/15/06

Residential Remodeling & ConstRuCtion • Finish youR job quiCkly, w/o inteRRuptions •

one-stop shop: design, dRawings, peRmits • highest quality woRk RegaRdless oF budget • exCellent ReFeRenCes, liC. no. gCg1506235 •

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6265 Lake Osprey Dr. Lakewood Ranch 34240 Phone: 941-388-0665 • Fax: 941-388-0668 E-mail:

ContaCt watts humphRey - 941-400-8576


Ed’s Exterior Services, LLC 941-504-2325

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• painting • pressure washing • landscaping • screens/rescreening


advertise in the service directory Complete Restoration & Building Services for Residential & Commercial

Call to advertise:


“Discover the Excelaron Difference Today!




Over 25 yrs. Exp.

House • Apartment • Condo • Commercial Rated #1 In Customer Satisfaction 9 Years In A Row

Antique & Licensed Piano Movers One Piece Delivery Or An Entire Household

Family Owned And Operated Since 1964

Fully Licensed & Insured FL Reg# IM685

(941) 365-6683 (MOVE) Use Our Realtor To Receive Free Move!! Call for Details


Lic/Ins & Bonded

removal services 941-465-9109

40 yrs. experience

got junk?

Removal Service • Garages • Attics • Business • Etc. Etc.

golf The Area’s Most Professional Mover. Don’t Settle With Anyone Less!

free estimates

(941) 355-2936 / (800) 282-7674 •

Try Natural Golf a simpler golf swing. It doesn’t require great flexibility, knowledge or experience. Beginners to scratch are welcome. Call 941-685-5061 for a school or private lesson.

Len Martin Certified Instructor


Jimmy’s Hauling

Household, construction debris and brush removal We’ll keep your site clean.

345-5900 Jimmy 345-5769 Karl Licensed and Insured, owner operated

Spring Cleaning Specials

Fla. State Mover Reg. #IM81


This seal applies only to Wheaton Van Lines’ interstate moving


pa i n t i n g

ed kuzma jr. Inc.

PaIntIng & PaPer HangIng

Rescreening of Pool Cages • Lanais • Front Entries • Window Screens 941-993-6922 or 941-953-3181



Lic./Ins. se Winudreow Washin i r n Cleanin Su and Press g g


“Where Professional Work Accompanies First Rate Service”

“Leave Your dirty windows to us” Free estimates

Interior & Exterior Painting Residential & Commercial Pressure Washing & Stain Varnish

Alex Fine, President


FREE Estimates Licensed and Insured

941-447-0127 • 941-284-5880






window cleaning

Serving Sarasota Since 1955 • 955-7652

Member 2006


“up to 25 standard windows • $83.95”

easter speCiaL

15% oFF

Prices Include:

2 Bath Mirrors • 2 Fans • Tracks • Screens



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