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Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way to Longboat Key That loveable fuzzy bunny that hides colored eggs for boys and girls, will find his way to Longboat Key’s Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Easter Sunday (April 11). The hunt for the Easter Bunny’s eggs begins at 10:30 a.m. and kids from the ages 1 to 91 are invited to this free event, for a morning of fun and prizes. Children will be divided up into groups according to age and will be sent out to search in a designated area. When the hunt is over, all of the kids will receive a goody bag to take home with them. Everyone will have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and may have their picture taken with him. (If you forget your camera, someone will be on hand to take a complimentary Polaroid picture.) Just a reminder, the overflow parking for Bayfront Park Recreation Center is currently being used for a canal-dredging project, so parking will be limited. Carpooling is suggested.

Looking for planes, trains and automobiles Last Saturday at The Lord’s Warehouse Spring Sale, Drew Jackman of Longboat Key stopped in, while on one of his regular bike rides around town, to check out the new merchandise. He encountered the Ford Aerostar van that was recently donated by the “Rollerblading Angel.” He immediately purchased the van, leaving The Lord’s TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 2A

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Sunbather Peg Ferrucci watches a tractor till the sand in anticipation of this summer’s sea-turtle nesting. An estimated 16.1 acres of sand were tilled last Thursday on the public beach at the south end of Longboat Key. With beachgoers at a safe distance, staff from the Public Works Department used a tractor to loosen the sand, softening it to help the endangered green and loggerhead sea turtles nest in the area.The tilling was part of a three-year agreement that came along with a permit the town received for the beach renourishment, said James Linkogle, project manager for Longboat Key’s Public Works Department.

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Editor’s note: As part of a two-part series on Longboat Key’s Building Department, The Longboat Observer is reprinting a letter to Town Commission members from longtime Longboat Key resident George Rauch. Rauch objects to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ proposed steps to improve operations at the town’s Building Department, is critical of the department and offers a remedy. On Page 11A two Longboat residents write letters of support to the Building Department. Next week’s installment will focus on the results of a survey of residents, contractors and business owners about their experiences with Building Department. If you wish to respond to this letter, send your comments via mail, e-mail or fax: Box 8100, Longboat Key, 34228; letters@longboatobserver.com; 383-7193 (fax).

BY JOHN SENTS

Dear Commissioners: This letter is in response to (Longboat Key) Town Manager St. Denis’ solution to the problems with our building department as reported in The Longboat Observer of Feb. 26. At the onset, let me say that Mr. St. Denis and Mr. (Randy) Fowler, (Longboat building official) with whom I share a pleasant 25year relationship including coaching our children’s various sports teams, have always been pleasant and responsive to me. This is

not personal. We strongly disagree with the town manager’s proposed solutions to the problem. To “hire new people and change the attitude” is a typical bureaucratic approach to a problem. This is using a Band-Aid when what we really need is a scalpel. Please bear the following in mind: Nobody has anything good to say about the building department, its competence, its attitude or its responsiveness. As an example, make random calls to our people George Rauch in the building department during business hours. You won’t be connected with one out of four, and the ones you leave a message with might call you back. Go pull the last 100 to 200 building permits that were issued and have been closed out with a certificate of occupancy, call the property owners, the contractor, and the subcontractors, promise them anonymity, and ask them about their experience in working with the town. You’ll be shocked, especially if you promise anonymity through a consultTURN TO BUILDING DEPT., PAGE 4A

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A majority of Longboat Key town commissioners reiterated this week their commitment to hiring two new employees in the town’s building department to improve its operations and responsiveness to customers. Commissioners are expected to approve the hirings at their April 12 regular meeting. They said a detailed letter critical of the hirings, written by former Commissioner and longtime resident George Rauch (see adjacent letter), did not sway them to change their positions. “He (Rauch) has his perspective,” said Vice Mayor Joan Webster. “I asked the town manager about it, and he has a different opinion. I think that somewhere between the two of them lies the solution.” Rauch wrote a five-page letter to commissioners in early March in response to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ plans to add two employees to the building department in an effort to improve operations and employees’ attitudes toward customers. Rauch called the hirings a “typical bureaucratic approach to the problem.” He said the department’s employees need to “shape up or ship out” and recommended that changes be implemented TURN TO HIRINGS, PAGE 5A


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The Longboat Diet Go ahead ... eat all the jelly beans, maltballs and solid-chocolate Easter eggs in your basket. Then go on a diet. Pattigeorge’s Chef Tommy Klauber and his wife, Jaymie, have the solution — The Longboat Diet. From June through September, Pattigeorge’s will be featuring special nutritional dishes. Klauber, along with Anosos, a Sarasota-based

weight-loss and healthy living center located in The Landings, is hard at work creating the Longboat Diet recipes. Participants will earn points for pounds lost and for every day that they exercise, while eating from the restaurant’s healthy and nutritious menu. Klauber says, “We’ll prove that less really is more!” In the meantime, to prepare for the June 1 weigh-in and party at Pattigeorge’s, Klauber shares this recipe below with Longboat Observer readers.

The Beach House almost ablaze The Beach House Restaurant on Bradenton Beach called West Manatee Fire Department around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 6 because of a small fire that the morning kitchen manager noticed outside of the kitchen entrance. Both

CURRY GRILLED BAHAMIAN LOBSTER TAILS/ WILTED SPINACH AND SHITAKE SALAD WITH CAULIFLOWER MASHED POTATOES Ingredients: 4 Bahamian lobster tails 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms 1/2 pound spinach (cleaned and trimmed)

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• Steam the cauliflower florets for 5 minutes until tender. Place the cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Drizzle in milk to get desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. • Split the lobster tails in half (leaving the shell on). Brush the meat side of the tail with olive oil, tarragon, curry powder, salt and pepper. Place meat side down on a hot grill and sear for about 4 minutes, turn and finish cooking shell side down

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about another 4 minutes. • In a hot saute pan add olive oil, shallots and shiitake mushrooms. Saute briefly. Add roasted garlic, spinach and soy. Remove immediately from heat and plate. • Place a ring of cauliflower “mashed potatoes” in the center of the plate. Top that with some of the shiitake-spinach mixture then place the grilled lobster tails. • Serves 4.

The Longboat Harbour Towers Social Committee held its annual Ice Cream Social on the condominium’s beach-front veranda. About 70 residents and guests attended the “cool” event. Pictured above, from left to right, are Olga Clemens, Hildegard Belawski, Jane Mangus, Jean McGillis, Lynn Dailey, Carolyn Jones, Pauline Langenfeld, Mary Carpenter, Irene Vincent and Sue Mallick. the West Manatee and the Longboat Key Fire Department rushed to the scene. The culprit turned out to be a lit cigarette butt that someone tossed into a bed of mulch that lines the building. No damage was done to the inside of the building or to the structure itself. But the fire department did cut out a very small piece of the outside wall just to make sure that the fire had not spread inside of the wall. It had not. “The fire department did an excellent job in handling it; they were here in two minutes,” said Beach House owner Ed Chiles. Chiles also said that the mulch will be taken out so that the problem doesn’t occur again. “We need to go to shell or rocks or something and we need to get outdoor ashtrays for employees and patrons who smoke so that this doesn’t happen again,” said Chiles.

New weekly on the way A new weekly newspaper on Longboat Key announced its arrival last week. Steve Reid, a former reporter and managing editor at The Longboat Observer and former editor and publisher of The East County Observer until February 2003, announced that he and his wife, Melissa, are starting the Longboat Key News. The Reids formed Longboat Key News Inc. on Nov. 10, 2003. They recently opened an office in the Centre Shops on Longboat and have placed black news racks around Longboat Key for their free weekly. Last week, they distributed a four-page introductory edition and media kit. Reid and his wife are residents of East Manatee County. —Compiled by Annie Curnow

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Groundbreaking nears for new condos BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Two of Longboat Key’s major condominium projects are scheduled to break ground this summer, adding nearly 40 new upscale condos to the island. After completing the demolition of the Holiday Inn, developers of the $80 million Positano condominium are expected to begin construction in early May, said Jeff Gravely, executive vice president of BSG Communities. The last step for the developers will be securing building permits. Jill Jeglie, director of the Planning, Zoning and Building Department, said the building department is making a final review of Positano’s plans. She said that depending on the developer’s response time to the building department’s comments, the permits should be finalized in the next few weeks. The five buildings being added to the property will cover 61,000 square feet on the 10-

acre site. There are 10 swimming pools in Positano — nine of which are private pools for the first-floor condos. The average unit size of the 29 condominiums will be 3,200 square feet. Every unit will have a two- to three-car garage. Sales have been brisk for the property, which is expected to be completed in May 2005. La Firenza Tom Cail of Re/Max Properties said there are only 10 condos unsold. Prices for the remaining units range from $2.7 million to $3 million. Meanwhile, progress at the $32 million La Firenza condominium project, which will

replace the Silver Beach Resort, 4131 Gulf of Mexico Drive, has been moving forward as well. Its scope was scaled back last summer after the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning B o a r d expressed concerns that the two buildings being added were too “bulky.” The plan was resubmitted with four fewer units, fewer Courtesy rendering four pools and a clubhouse half the size of what was originally planned. Jim Hammar, manager of La Firenza LLC and president of Naples-based Seatek Communities, said a permit from Florida

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Beehive taken down When the fire department was finally brought in to take out a beehive at the top of a pine tree at 1055 Bogey Lane in Country Club Shores, the hive was almost 5 feet long and portions of the bottom had already broken off. The hive was located 30 feet up in the tree. The homeowner contacted the Public Works Department about taking out the hive after several beekeepers told her that the hive was too high for them to remove, said Neal Martin, Longboat Key public works operations manager. Officials from the public works coordinated the removal of the beehive with the fire department. The fire department shot the nest down with a fire hose and then smothered the nest in a foam that killed the bees. The Public Works Department disposed of the nest. No one was stung. “That’s the kind of customer service we like to give,” said Longboat Key Fire Chief Julius Halas. “Over and above.” Martin said residents should report beehives to Carmen Gustin at the Public Works Department. The phone number is 316-1988.

BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Agenda • Longboat Key Water Advisory Committee meeting, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. • Public information workshop regarding summer construction at Longboat Pass Bridge, 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. • Town Commission meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

Power & Light Co. is the last step before the demolition of the Silver Beach Resort can begin and construction can start. He said demolition is scheduled for May. Groundbreaking is expected in June, with an estimated completion date of August or September 2005. Hammar said eight of the 10 condominiums will be 55 feet wide with 11-foot ceilings and an average 3,600 total square feet. Two penthouse units each will be 4,800 square feet. Like the Positano condos, the La Firenza rooms will all have large terraces with Gulfside views of the ocean. “The cubic volume is extraordinary,” Hammar said. “Every room is like a single-family home.” Four of the 10 units already have sold. List prices range from $2.9 million to $4.2 million. “We’re shooting for a fair return for ourselves and our investors,” Hammar said. “The goal is to make a fair return and move on to the next project.” ❑

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During springtime on Longboat Key the flowers are in bloom, bicyclists are everywhere and the beaches are a haven for both big and little kids who are looking for the perfect place to play. This young man spent the morning of April 6 with his family at Greer Island, on the north end of the Key, where he was on the hunt for sea shells.

Many elected officials were enthusiastic about the thought of reducing traffic congestion on the roads. Many of them had questions about the details. The boat captains, however, were far less enthusiastic and downright concerned about the effects on their businesses. They came Monday, April 5 to the Manatee County Convention Center for a charette on water taxis, sponsored by the SarasotaManatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. The MPO invited elected officials and business owners and representatives to obtain feedback as part of a plan to conduct a water taxi feasibility study this summer. Attendees questioned how the water taxis would be funded and what locations would be used. Longboat Key Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough said that the size of the boats, the hours of operation and the cost of the trip were his major concerns, while Longboat Public Works Director Juan Florensa added that the MPO should consider the locations of the hubs for the boats. Florensa said they may create noise issues if they are located near residences. Said Longboat Key Commissioner John Redgrave: “It has a lot of merit if you can figure out how to make it work. “I don’t know how they are going to make it work.” Staff Writer Anika Myers contributed to this report. ❑

Ozone, clay show promising effects on red tide BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Solutions To Avoid Red Tide (S.T.A.R.T.) appears to be becoming more than just the name of an organization. Two research projects employing ozone and clay are showing positive signs of being able to mitigate the mysterious algae bloom that kills millions of fish annually all over the world. Attendees at the Longboat Key-based organization’s annual meeting on April 1, at the Holmes Beach City Hall heard S.T.A.R.T. President John Connor and other marine researchers say they may begin conducting field tests this year with the two substances. The use of ozone and clay currently being tested in controlled settings for their ecological effects before they are used in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers at the meeting were enthusiastic about the possibility of using ozone. Dr. Michael Cushman, president of Innovative Science Solutions Inc., which is based in Punta Gorda, presented findings on the use of ozone, an unstable, highly oxidizing gas that kills red tide. Cushman said that with a red tide bloom of 5 million cells per liter, a 100% kill rate requires ozone at a rate of 400 parts per billion. In contrast, ozone is also used to purify drinking water at the rate of 800 parts per billion.

Although environmental concerns have so far kept researchers from testing ozone in the Gulf, Cushman said he received a positive response for his field work at a workshop last fall in Tallahassee with representatives from the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He also said Sarasota-based Mote Marine Laboratory has tested ozone successfully in 20,000-gallon tanks of red tide tainted water. While the tests have shown that ozone can kill red tide, researchers are still investigating its effects on marine life. The next step will be to bring a proposal to the state to try to obtain approval for a small treatment in open water, Cushman said. “We think it’s prudent to do that before going into the field,” Connor said. Another option being explored for red tide mitigation has been clay, which can catch the algae and drag it to the bottom of the ocean where it is not harmful. Rich Pierce, a scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, said Mote has received a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to do a small field test in the Gulf. He said this test likely will occur when there is another significant outbreak of red tide. Pierce said that as a result of tests conducted at Mote, he does

not believe clay will have adverse environmental effects on the Gulf of Mexico or its sea life. “We’ve found that the impact is no greater than natural resuspended sediments,” he said. “These sediments include materials shifted from wind and tides and the bay or from beach renourishments.” While initial research for these projects has been promising, Pierce told attendees at the meeting that these options are far from being immediate and definitive solutions to mitigating red tide. “Coastal ecology is a very complicated system,” he said. “You’re not going to solve it right away with one solution.” Connor thanked former S.T.A.R.T. President Jeremy Whatmough for his service and presented him with a gift. “The real success of S.T.A.R.T. is due to the people that have helped over the years,” said Whatmough, a Longboat Key town commissioner. “If anyone should be thanked, it’s them for making me look good.” S.T.A.R.T. Treasurer Bob Dawson, also a Longboat town commissioner, showed the organization started the first quarter with a $24,000 gain in cash, raising its total cash to $209,930. In addition, S.T.A.R.T. is being considered for an additional $1.1 million grant from the state. If approved, S.T.A.R.T. could receive the grant this summer. The group is still working on starting new chapters in Naples and Boca Grande. ❑


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A ant, or a third party, and have it done in an open-minded and honest way. Our building department is hated and mistrusted. It is also feared because contractors and their subs do not want to “get on the wrong side of the building department. They have to work with them all the time.” Does it make sense to have a department in the town that works for us and have them feared? The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution provides for our privacy and clearly prohibits unnecessary search and seizure. The building department, without the permission of property owners, frequently enters homes, snoops around, takes pictures without our permission and violates our right to privacy. Why should this be allowed? Furthermore, it goes on private property on “miscellaneous tips” that come over the phone. This is a Nazi-type police action for a civil matter. Nobody, except firemen in an emergency, or the police department on official business, should enter any private citizen’s property without permission or without being able to confront us with the name(s) of an accuser. No anonymous tips! In any circumstances, all citizens have a right to be confronted with evidence against them, first and foremost of which is witnesses. Nowhere does the law provide us less protection in civil matters than in criminal proceedings. Stop actions on all undocumented anonymous tips! One high-ranking town official tells me our building codes are so onerous because the state of Florida passed building codes with which the entire state must conform. That’s incorrect! Home rule has long been part of established

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town law in America. Other Florida communities don’t have the same requirements. If the state gives us a hard time, we have a legislative delegation that we can get to approach the state. That is their job. Another high-ranking town official told me the reason our building codes are so onerous is because of FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the need to continue the insurability of property on Longboat. That, too, is not correct. Our rules far exceed FEMA requirements, and our requirements are comprised of many unnecessary rules that hold up projects and make money off property owners who already pay outrageous taxes. We have a federal legislative delegation that can handle any FEMA problems in Washington, too. Town employees, including the building department, enjoy unparalleled benefits and wages. We do not know of another community that pays 98% of health care costs and guarantees stock market losses in their pension fund. Nobody I know on Longboat has any problem with paying our employees well — indeed, that is our desire; we have the money and can afford it — but nobody I know on Longboat appreciates the way we are treated by this department. We no longer are dealing with developers who “build ’em today and leave ’em tomorrow.” We are dealing with redevelopment for property owners who reside here, pay taxes and will continue to pay taxes. We need to get rid of the unnecessary rules and get on with it.

Proper solution What we have in our building department is a leadership problem. A significant number of the people who work for us are jealous and envious of the people

that pay them. We need to go find somebody to run that department who is not going to be here today and gone tomorrow and get them to come in here and clean up the attitude and the department. Significant numbers of the department’s employees should be told to shape up or ship out. Give them 90 days to show they can serve us, rather than dominate us, and help us, rather than throw petty rules at us. We do not need one year to clean up this department. In fact, we have such talented people who are retired on Longboat Key, an independent committee can be put together quickly. That department can be cleaned up in 60 days and probably be managed better than any department of its type in this entire state — that’s how much management talent exists on this island. Furthermore, our town manager is paid a salary of more than all but seven governors of our 50 states. With his benefits, his package exceeds $170,000 annually, and of the 50 governors, only Arnold Schwarzenegger receives a salary equal to that. If we are going to pay people this well, let’s demand they do the job and provide us good and helpful leadership rather than put up road blocks and obstacles to the use of our property, our privacy and use of anonymous witnesses against us.

Conclusion The proper way to handle the citizens of this island and their agents is to find people to work in the building department who appreciate the job that they have. Working for Longboat Key is a plum. It’s not only a great job, but it’s a hard job to come by. Our employees and the building department who interface with the residents should approach CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE


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Hirings CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A in 90 days, not the one year that St. Denis said is needed. St. Denis also has begun implementing a program to reduce the costs of building permits fees and create a specialty-licensing program that may make it easier and faster for residents to complete minor home improvements. Mayor Ron Johnson added that although he would expect the statements in Rauch’s letter to be responded to appropriately, his decision to support additional employees was based on the needs of the building department. “We just don’t do things willy-nilly without a good reason,” he said. Said Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough: “Bruce St. Denis is the CEO of this town. I have to presume that as CEO, he has looked into this diligently and it is not just a Band-Aid solution.”

Building Dept. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4A everybody who enters that department with a “good morning, sir or madam, what may I do to help you today? Would you like a cup of coffee or tea or a cold drink?” We should have expediters who sit down with a property owner, or their agent, figure out how they can get something through the department as quickly as possible, with as little pain and cost as possible, set up a schedule that the department and the property owner agree is reasonable and stick with the schedule. This is not a difficult task — facing it is what is difficult. It is natural in town management to

NEWS Commissioner John Redgrave agreed. “The volume in that department is too high for the people there,” he said. “The work load has built up for them and the small jobs are not getting the attention they need.” Still, Commissioner Bob Dawson, elected last month, said although he supports the town manager, the letter should not be disregarded. “It’s not dissimilar from other stories I’ve heard,” he said. As he did in his campaign, Dawson also said hiring more employees will not solve the “attitude problems” that he sees. “I don’t believe you solve attitude problems with more people,” he said. “It might be worth spending a couple bucks to get people in there to train them how to work with people.” Commissioners Ken Legler and Hal Lenobel were unavailable at press time. In addition to the hirings, the commission will vote on a reduction in building permit fees at its next meeting — at 7 p.m. April 12, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

have problems with departments. We have suffered through problems in the past, and the problems have been solved. Town Manager St. Denis, in fact, has been a part of the solution to some of these past problems. But his proposal of one year, extra people and no change in leadership is woefully short of where it needs to be. The Band-Aid approach has never worked before in the building department or any other department for that matter. The building department has irritated people and treated them unfairly for years. Now is the time to solve the problem and fix it properly and permanently. Respectfully submitted, George Rauch Gulf of Mexico Drive

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Commission members to receive assignments BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

With the election over and this year’s mayor and vice-mayor now selected, several formalities remain for the Town Commission as it plans its objectives for the year. One of these decisions is the new appointments to regional boards and committees — which will be finalized in its meeting April 12. Although the final decisions are not set in stone, town commissioners made their initial recommendations at their March 18 workshop. Town Clerk Donna Spencer recorded these recommendations, and said that at this point — it appears that: • New Mayor Ron Johnson will take over a number of positions that have traditionally been covered by the mayor, including: the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, The Manatee County Council of Governments, the Sarasota County Council of Governments, the Water Alliance Board the Salary Savings Committee and the Island Transportation Planning Organization. He is also continuing his position with the Florida League of Cities as the environmental quality representative for Longboat Key. • Vice Mayor Joan Webster will be Longboat Key’s special liason to Manatee County and will be the town’s representative for the ManaSota League of Cities. She will continue her position with the Florida League of Cities as the intergovernmental relations representative. • Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough will replace John Kerwin as the town’s representative for the Sarasota and Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. Whatmough will also continue his work with the Manatee and Sarasota County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board. He will continue his

position with the Florida League of Cities as the advocacy representative and will assume representation for retirement, personnel and collective bargaining from Commissioner John Redgrave. • Commissioner John Redgrave will be the alternate representative of intergovernmental relations for the Florida League of Cities. He also may take over representation with the Tourism and Economic Development Board, which was formerly the Sarasota county Economic Development Board. However, the county is still reorganizing this group, and it may not be ready yet. Redgrave will also be a member of the Investment Advisory Committee. • Commissioner Ken Legler will be the town’s special liason to Sarasota County. He will also be a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and represent the town in municipal finance and taxation for the Florida League of Cities. • Commissioner Bob Dawson will be a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and the Salary Savings Committee. He will also be the town’s representative for urban administration with the Florida League of Cities. • Commissioner Hal Lenobel will be the town’s representative for criminal justice with the Florida League of Cities. • Former Commissioner John Kerwin will continue to work for the town in a citizen’s capacity as the town’s representative for the Citizen’s Oversight Committee for ILA on school facilities. The position has been extended through Oct. 31. The Town Commissioners may verify all of these positions in their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12 at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. ❑

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Bill Levine stands with his grandchildren, while his daughter-in-law, Michelle, sits with his wife, Carol, and Eddie and Betty Levi.

Rabbi Eisenstat watches as the holiday candles are lighted. BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

The season of Passover brings with it the traditional Seder dinner, which gathers together family and friends to commemorate the exodus of the Jews from Egyptian slavery. Temple Beth Israel held its Seder dinner April 5 just before sundown, with nearly 200 people in attendance, to officially begin Passover. The traditional meal of lamb shank,

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matzoh, hard-boiled eggs, bitter herbs, salt water, charoset and chopped apples and nuts was served, as it is every year at this time, because each food has a specific meaning to the Jewish people. Rabbi Eisenstat blessed the symbolic foods and those dining joined him and Joe Spinella, the temple’s cantorial soloist, in singing traditional songs of Passover before the meal began. ❑

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When women who have similar interests work together to help animals that can’t help themselves, as DeAnn Richardson and Michelle Cote do, both the animals and their owners win. These “guardian angels,” as Karen Huff, a frequent patron of the Longboat Key Animal Hospital calls them, have been known to lose sleep over the animals in their care. On many occasions one or both of them have gone in on evenings and weekends to check-up on their furry or feathered friends who are patients at the animal hospital. “All of my animals like it here — we moved and we still bring them here,” says Huff, whose daughters had just given Richardson and Cote presents from their day at Disney World, because they took such good care of their cat, Mickey. “You can’t go anywhere and find the love and dedication that these two women have; they just have some compassion for the animals.” Both Richardson and Cote are in similar places in their lives and both have a great deal of things in common, so it’s really no surprise that their paths crossed and that they became such good friends. “It’s very odd how our lives have paralleled,” says Richardson. “We’re both 30 years old; we both worked with children; neither of us are married (something that regular patrons of the animal hospital are often inclined to ask them about); and we’ve both been house hunting recently.” Just a few years ago these two women were both working with children, one as a pre-school teacher and the other as a nanny. Richardson also spent time volunteering at Mote Marine Aquarium and the Humane Society. So when they saw the advertisement for an animal-handler, both leapt at the opportunity. Neither Richardson nor Cote had any previous experience professionally handling animals but both had, and still have, pets at home and a general love for animals. “We were hired without experience and were trained on the job, but we do a lot of things,” says Cote. “We give the animals baths, we’re receptionists, we do lab work and help with surgery.”

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BAYFRONT HOME ON CASEY KEY Three BR with pool, dock & beach easement. Set in a great location, close to Blackburn Point. $1,685,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #251404 SWEEPING BAY VIEWS This fantastic Key West-style home is perfect for entertaining in a tropical setting. Features a gourmet eat-in kitchen, screened pool & lanai, & separate guesthouse. $1,399,900. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #249532 6Siesta Key

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OPEN BAY WATER and protected deepwater boat basin provide the perfect setting for this exciting, private gated acre estate, featuring a home theater, guest unit, spa & two pools. $5,995,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #245201 COCOANUT BAYOU This work of nature's art is poised on a lushly landscaped acre lot on sailboat water. With open water views from most rooms, features include 4BRs, private dock, pool & spa. $4,500,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #254957 THE ULTIMATE IN CASUAL KEY WEST-STYLE and elegance. This M.L. Collingwood waterfront residence features a 5,500 sq. ft. main home, separate full guest apartment, pool/spa, & deepwater dockage. $4,199,000. Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 320-0389. #247083 NEW SIESTA KEY GULF FRONT with breathtaking water views. Marble floors throughout, granite, extensive use of onyx & French limestone. Setting a new standard of luxury on Siesta Key. $3,999,999. Judy Moore-Hadley & Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 349-3444 or 383-7591. #250592 OCEAN BEACH Superb craftsmanship throughout this 3BR-plus-den residence. A tropical oasis surrounds the home, tennis court & private pool area. $2,995,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #253776 EXQUISITE BAYFRONT TOWNHOUSE Turnkey furnished with state-of-the-art electronics and 'Tommy Bahama' theme. Only 3 units, with infinity pool & boat. $2,975,000. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #248063 BRAND NEW GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUM Features endless views of the Gulf, 1,850 sq. ft., high ceilings, crown molding, pool & privacy wall. Close to Village. $1,299,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #251920 SANDERLING CLUB Totally renovated, traditional 3BR pool home on approximately .8-acre on the widest part of Heron Lagoon. Enjoy peaceful water views & privacy. $1,195,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #250174 YOUR OWN PRIVATE MARINA Over 130' of deep sailboat water, with dock & small electric lift for 14' boat. Custom 3BR home on nearly 1/2-acre. Newly built residence would have full city & Gulf views. $1,100,000. Gene Cooke, 388-4447 or 780-0964. #250632 SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE 150' of Grand Canal wraps around this lot on 3 sides. Live in a magnificently restored home, an award-winning Tim Seibert design. A Sotheby's listing. $1,000,000. Georgina Clamage & Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #238791 THE SHELLS Beachside 3BR townhome, with elevator & 2-car garage. No condominium fees. $850,000. Judi Summers, 951-6660 or 302-3238. #254630 CHARMING BEACH HOME Three BRs with Mexican tile floors, wrought iron railings, elevator & 2-car garage. Deeded beach access behind the property, just 1/2 block from the Village. $850,000. Judi Summers, 951-6660 or 302-3238. #255014 TERRIFIC ISLAND COTTAGE only minutes to beach & Village. This 3BR on canal has several upgrades throughout, separate guest quarters & lush gardens. $849,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #253796 MIRA MAR Fish & kayak in the backyard, with multi-level decks & lush landscaping surrounding this picture perfect 3BR home. $750,000. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444 or 504-0205. #251171 MARINA DEL SOL Brand new, corner, 2nd-floor bayfront unit with several screened & open balconies & view of pool & Little Sarasota Bay. $670,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #239620 GULF AND BAY Overlooking the lagoon, with lush tropical grounds & the Gulf waters beyond. A great opportunity to create your Siesta Key hideaway. $665,000. Karen Chandler and Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #249352 CRESCENT ARMS Turnkey-furnished residence set on the beach, with Gulf view, updated kitchen & glass-enclosed lanai. $548,000. Boyd Cowper, 349-3444 or 587-4521. #254951 SIESTA TOWERS 1,500+ sq. ft. unit with enlarged eat-in kitchen & all rooms facing the Gulf. Two BR split plan with direct west and NW views of Gulf & downtown. Just north of the Village. $499,999. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444 or 504-0205. #253330 PEPPERTREE BAY Gulf to bay complex on Siesta Key. Updated 2BR with views of Sarasota & the Intracoastal. $479,900. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #253144 SIESTA BAYSIDE Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, 3BRs plus den, & private lanai. $475,000. Betty C. Poma, 951-6660 or 378-2079. #251328 OLD FLORIDA CHARM Canal home on Siesta Key. Cute 3BR cottage with hardwood floors, close to Village and beach. $475,000. Joan Perdue, 388-4447 or 923-0655. #254099

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Longboat’s goals We turned our clocks up an hour. The jasmine is blooming. The churches and synagogues are packed. It must be April. And it must be time for the recently revised Longboat Key Town Commission to set its annual goals and objectives for the next 12 months. We didn’t do so swell over the past 12 months on our goals and objectives. A year ago, The Longboat Observer asked commissioners to budget $1 million to buy a small fleet of powerboats and sailboats for all Longboaters’ recreational use. We asked for a $500 million bond issue to buy Longboaters’ “environmentally sensitive” homes for preservation. We asked for $5 million to buy the Lynches Landing site for a new Turtle Watch and S.T.A.R.T. headquarters. And we asked for $25 million to install sprinkler systems along the entire length of Gulf of Mexico Drive so the town could plant geraniums and impatiens along the highway to keep the car haulers from damaging the grass. We got nothing. Thank goodness, too. We were only kidding, hoping that town commissioners would apply some fiscal restraint to what they put on the town’s 2003 to-do list. We weren’t the only ones who came up empty. As the accompanying scorecard attests, the Town Commission’s success rate on the priorities it set a year ago was … well … not that impressive. But who’s keeping score? Rare is the commission that goes into the monthly commission meetings seeking a month-by-month update on the goals list. Typically, it counts on the town administration to keep track of the list. But even then it’s not as if there is accountability pressure. The commission rarely if ever prescribes deadlines to its goals and objectives, which we all know is not the way the management gurus preach the exercise of goal setting. The gurus would also say fewer goals and priorities would be better. So would the practice of numbering them in order of priority. Toward all of the above, it would be worth the commissioners’ time on April 19 to consider addressing the entire exercise differently. To be sure, we all know the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. ❑❑❑ Take a look again at last year’s Town Commission goals and objectives. It’s a good list. Indeed nearly all of the items should remain on the town’s agenda, except perhaps for three or four of them. We’d urge the commission to delete the word “reclaimed” from the item dubbed “Continue reclaimed water studies.” In fact, it’s a given the Longboat Key Water Advisory Committee will continue its work. Likewise eliminate “acquisition of open space properties”; our view always holds that if residents want open space, they should buy it themselves. You might say the same about constructing a Gulf of Mexico Drive underpass at Seaplace. Cross that one off. And for sure we’d urge the commission to delete any intentions of purchasing the Einisman property. In addition, we always shudder when government types start talking about “visioning plans.” It’s important to have a vision. But from what we’ve observed over the years, you might as well hold a séance. Typically, the same thing gets accomplished — a lot of “feel-good” time that ends up in a Powerpoint report on some bureaucrat’s shelf. And for that matter, the commissioners should cross off the item that went along with last year’s visioning plan: “acquisition of the Key Club golf course.” Ain’t gonna happen. Shouldn’t happen. Some might even say we should eliminate the community center study from the list, given the outcome of March’s elections. We’d put a different spin on it: Investigate options for renovating the recreation center while at the same time discuss whether there are alternatives for the overcrowded exercise classes at the recreation center. Toward the latter, we’d urge the users of the exercise classes to take a walk through Avenue of the Flowers. With all of the empty retail slots there, there are possibilities. Of course, that might mean the users would have to pay more, but that would have happened with a new community center. As we go down last year’s list, most of the Priority A items should continue. And of those, the top 10 on our list would include (albeit not prioritized): • Be more aggressive promoting cellular phone towers. The dead zone from Bay Isle Parkway to the Ben Price home

LAST YEAR’S GOALS AND OBJECTIVES KEY: ☺ = Completed;  = Ongoing;  = Not addressed or no progress PRIORITY A • Study water speed zones  • Continue community center study ☺ • Cellular phone reception (be more aggressive in promoting cell towers)  • Longboat Key visioning plan (20 years) — acquisition of Longboat Key Club golf course  • Consider millage rate reduction ☺ • Establish board appointment procedures  • Longboat Pass Bridge openings (scheduled versus on demand)  • Continue pursuing the mixed-use program  • Continue reclaimed water studies  • Historical artifact preservation (ownership/caretaker)



• Increase funding and expedite removal of Australian pines from town property and right-of-way in Village  • Continue to fund congestion management and transportation enhancement studies  • Continue Gulf of Mexico Drive beautification efforts



• Support pedestrian crossing enhancements at St. Armands Circle  • Continue efforts to alleviate highway flooding  • Beach renourishment 

on Gulf of Mexico Drive is incredibly annoying. • Consider millage rate reduction. No, insist on it. • Longboat Pass (and New Pass) bridge openings. We should bring leaders of the Coast Guard to Longboat Key and strap them to the two bridges for a day during season to witness the idiocy that occurs with bridge openings. • Continue pursuing the mixed-use program. The Planning and Zoning Board is doing this. • Support pedestrian crossing enhancements at St. Armands Circle. The best thing former Commissioner John Kerwin said in his recent election campaign is that he favors the town of Longboat Key footing some of the bill for traffic control cops stationed at St. Armands Circle (and we would add Cortez Road and Gulf Drive) during season. • Interconnect with Sarasota for an alternative potable water source. This has been on the list nearly forever. • (Continue to) review conditions of the existing water line to Manatee County. Fix them. • Review the island irrigation schedule. Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough is likely to suggest that the town adopt a system of four watering days instead of two. That way the island can be divided into quadrants so it can avoid Manatee County’s new expensive penalties for exceeding the Key’s daily potable water allotment. • Dredge the residential area at the northwest corner of the Key. The commissioners rejected this last year, but it’s a tough one to argue against. How can the commission justify dredging all of the bay-side canals and renourishing all of the beach but not deal with the northwest corner of the Key? ❑❑❑ Finally, in spite of our urging above to create a shorter list of goals and priorities, we would add five more to the list:

HELP SET THE AGENDA The public is invited to present suggestions to the Longboat Key Town Commission on what the commission and town’s 2004-05 goals and objectives should be. The public will be heard starting at 10 a.m. Monday, April 19, in the Commission Chambers at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. The commission will meet at 1 p.m. the same day at Town Hall to determine the final goals.

• Budget for canal dredging maintenance ☺ • Review Gulf of Mexico Drive storm water water (engineering agency)  • Interconnect with Sarasota to provide an alternative potable water source  • Review conditions of existing waterline to Manatee County  • Review island irrigation schedule  PRIORITY B • Acquisition open space property  • Post environmental signage at beach access points (sea life and vegetation) • Post and enforce speed limits in residential communities  • Install ballard system streeting light along Gulf of Mexico Drive • Construct a pedestrian underpass at 2089 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Seaplace)  • Dredge the residential area at the northwest waterway (Longboat Pass)  PRIORITY C • Purchase the Einisman property  FINAL SCORE ☺ Completed = 3 (10%)  Ongoing = 15 (53%)  No progress or not addressed = 8 (28%)

• Check a year from now on the progress at the town’s Planning, Zoning and Building Department. In spite of what resident George Rauch recommends as possible solutions to the state and operations of the town’s building department (see page TK), we’ll go along with Commissioner Whatmough’s approach: The commission already has approved Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ recommendations of hiring two more employees and needing a year to fix the department. As Whatmough sees it, the town manager now needs the latitude and trust of the commission to perform. If he succeeds, he’ll be praised. If he fails, he’ll be punished. • Conduct a real salary and compensation survey. Determine accurately how Longboat Key town employees’ compensation compares to other municipalities. • Enlist a group of Longboat Key citizens to evaluate whether the town should get out of the utility business. Commissioners brushed this aside as they talked of how to fund the town’s $17 million utility system repairs. They resist not having control of the town’s water system. But they should ask themselves: What added value are the taxpayers of Longboat Key getting from managing our own utility system? Would a private operator or Manatee County be more efficient, less costly and more reliable? It’s worth finding out. • At the least, ask the town manager to produce a fiveyear utility system maintenance schedule. If selling the system is rejected, this plan would reassure taxpayers that the town will not end up in the position that it is now — having to come up with $17 million in overdue repairs. • Most important, appoint a commissioners’ compensation committee. This committee would devise a two-year salary incentive plan that ties the town manager’s compensation to measurable performance. The town manager’s compensation should be tied to productivity gains and the control of spending. Year after year, the commission gives the town manager a free pass. It has allowed him to increase the town’s spending at the rate of the increase in property values — a rate that far exceeds population growth and inflation. When the voters of Longboat Key elected Commissioner Robert Dawson, they sent a message to Town Hall: Change your ways, you’re spending too much, too fast. At this year’s goals and objectives session, we would urge the commissioners to heed their constituents. Construct a measuring system that puts constraints on government growth. And the best way to do that is to start at the top: Tie the town manager’s pay to performance.


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Market Watch

Advice from our elders on values More than a hundred years ago Charles Dow, founder of the Dow Jones Company (publisher of the Wall Street Journal) and the man who developed the Dow Theory of Investing, said the following: “There is always a disposition in people’s minds to think that existing conditions will be permanent. When the market is down and dull, it’s hard to make people believe that this is the prelude to a period of activity and advance. When prices are up and the country is prosperous, it is always said that while preceding booms have not lasted, there are circumstances connected with this one, which make it unlike its predecessors and gives assurance of permanency. The one fact pertaining to all conditions is that they will change. The tendency of prices over a considerable time will always be towards values. To know values is to know the meaning of the market.”

What reasons are there for the market to go up? During presidential election years the market usually goes up, and while this is a non-technical reason, nevertheless it is an historic trend. Secondly, many major market indices do not indicate that the market has topped out, so from a technical point of view it appears there may be some upside left in this market. Next, we have an increase in corporate earnings and an attendant increase in cash flow in our economy. And finally, billions of new dollars a month are coming into the market from pension funds and IRA’s which create demand for stock and puts upward pressure on prices.

Economic trends could frustrate growth Last year Japan bought $250 billion worth of U.S. currency in the open market and used the dollars to purchase U.S. Treasury securities. Purchasing dollars with yen creates demand for dollars and pushes the price up. Selling yen to purchase dollars depresses the price of the yen. Japan purchased another $100 billion worth of U.S. Treasury securities in January 2004, and there is a bill on the table in Japan to authorize another $100 billion purchase. The Japanese receive a very small interest rate return on their investment, and as far as the Japanese are concerned, it is a negative return because the Japanese yen continues to go up, and the dollar continues to go down, in spite of the efforts to prop up the value of the dollar. This has caused consternation in Japan to such an extent that there is now a huge argument over whether or not Japan’s finance ministry will continue to invest money in securities that are loosing value. Should the Japanese decide to even slow down their purchasing of U.S. Treasury bills, interest rates on Treasuries would go up significantly. An increase in Treasury bill rates would drive up all U.S. rates which would do three things: increase the cost of consumer borrowing, which is primarily pegged to short term rates; increase the size of the government deficit because the cost of interest on the government’s $7.1 trillion debt would increase significantly; and reduce corporate earnings because the interest burden on corporate debt would increase, consequently increasing the cost to corporations doing business. The consumer price index (CPI) and the producer price index (PPI) have not even been released lately. There is a huge argument in the administration concerning which cost increases are material to the CPI and the PPI. Food prices are

George RAUCH

Two basic things to know To be a successful stock market investor, we need to understand two basic things: (1) is the primary trend of the market up or down, and (2) is there enough underlying value in a particular stock to assume there is significant potential for its price to increase? Clearly, the primary trend of the market over the last several years has been down. The secondary trend of the market since October 2003 has been up, but that rally appears to have reached its zenith. If so, the primary bear market is likely to return in force and test levels below 8,000 on the DJIA. We are four years into the bear market, and Market Watch has previously noted it will take six to eight years, at least, for the bear market to correct the excesses (bubbles) created from 1974 to 2000. The government will continue to fight this trend with abnormally low interest rates, which creates a bond-value bubble; excessive spending, which creates a debt bubble; and continued easy money for home purchases, which creates a housing price-bubble and contributes to the debt bubble, all of which must be faced in the future. Added to the stock-market bubble in values, we have a genuine “bubble economy.” These over-hanging bubbles (prices far in excess of values) are likely to have a significant negative impact upon the economic growth of this country in the future which will adversely affect increases in the underlining value of current stock prices.

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Eagan and Rasmussen will be missed Dear Editor: I was devastated to read about Shane Eagan and Tom Rasmussen. In fact, I’m still in shock. I’ve known Shane and his beautiful wife, Sheila, since the first day they came to Longboat Key. Shane was like another son to me. As busy as he always was, he always had time to help me solve many projects I had going on at Shenkel’s Restaurant and he was always the first, solid contributor to all the charities I’ve ever been involved with (and if you know me, you know that was many). I just had to make one call to his very efficient secretary, Peggy Jackson, to let Shane know what I needed. Within two days, I would always get what I asked for, and most of the time, it was much more. Just a couple of weeks ago, my son, Kenny, and I were Shane and Tom’s guests at the “Make a Difference” Award. Wow — both of them were so gracious to everyone there. No one could tell anything about the pressure they must have been under at the time.

These two have made Longboat Key what it is today. They call it “paradise.” Last week, The Longboat Observer, in its “Our View” column, said it all. Anyone that speaks badly about these two wonderful men must be either jealous or non-professionals. They will be very much missed in our community. I still can’t believe this happened. Whatever they do I know it will be great. I wish them well. Edith Barr Dunn Former owner of Shenkel’s Restaurant on Longboat Key for more than 35 years

Kudos — LBK Building Department Dear Editor: I have been dealing with the LBK Building Department for approximately two years while my house is undergoing major renovations. You often print letters from residents complaining about the department. My experience has been the exact opposite. In the extensive interaction I have had with the department, from the assistants at the counter to the inspectors and Randy

up. Gas is up. Insurance is up. Housing is up. College tuition is through the roof, etc. If inflation is as high as most of us think it is, interest rates will increase significantly, which would cause bond prices to go down significantly, which in turn would cause the country to lose a huge amount of paper net worth. (The bond market is twice the size of the stock market). One little antidote: For each penny increase in the price of gasoline, the cost to consumers is roughly $1 billion annually, which is money that is deflected from the spending stream for consumer goods. (The purchase of consumer goods comprises about 2/3 of our $10.5 trillion GDP). The mass media, in concert with the Fed, is finally talking about the need to balance our budget and figure out how to pay for our un-funded obligations to Social Security and Medicare, the cost of which is spiraling out of control.

Conclusion Market Watch started with a quote from Charles Dow, perhaps the most savvy investor of his time. Here’s a quote from Warren Buffett, lifted from the recently published Berkshire Hathaway annual report which was released only a few weeks ago: “We’ve found it hard to find significantly undervalued stocks. Our capital is underutilized now, but that will happen periodically. It’s a painful condition to be in, but not as painful as doing something stupid. I speak from experience. I made a big mistake in not selling several of our larger holdings during The Great Bubble. If these stocks are fully priced now, you may wonder what I was thinking four years ago when their prices were far higher and their intrinsic value was lower. So do I!” At the moment, Berkshire Hathaway is sitting on $36 billion of cash and $12 billion of foreign currencies. These two giants of investing have been successful because they understand values. Charles Dow taught about values. Warren Buffet understands values and cannot find anything he wants to invest in today. That should indicate to us mere mortals that the smartest move might be for us to play follow the leader and sit on the sidelines with our “underutilized capital.” We are far more likely to prosper by waiting to invest in a market that has lots of value then to pick and choose stocks in what is currently the most overvalued stock market in history. Caveat Emptor! George Rauch, Longboat Key, is chief executive officer of Bradenton-based General Propeller and a former Wall Street investment banker. ❑

Fowler, I have always been treated respectfully, professionally and in a timely manner. They are very conscientious in their work. Even when issues on our renovation have surfaced, we have found the Building Department eager to assist us in finding the appropriate solution. We have found being knowledgeable and proactive in our dealings with the department works best and is well received by them. I think its important to remember that the department’s job is to implement existing codes and not to make them. In the end, their thankless work makes all of our properties more valuable and secure. Inferior construction can effect not just the individual property but their neighbors and the community as well. David Kantor Longboat Key

Contractor makes life easier Dear Editor: There are a lot of things to miss when one is away from a favorite home on Longboat Key. We miss wonderful friends and neighbors, the natural beauty of our island paradise, the beach, birds, trees, sunsets and our poinciana in bloom. I realized this past week, after a horrifying experience in New York, that we missed the most was our contractor, Rusty Chinnis. Over the past nine years on Longboat Key, we have undertaken some major projects and experienced some household disasters. Through every twist and turn along the way, Chinnis was there with excellent, courteous services and expert craftsmanship and advice, sometimes at a moment’s notice. A broken, hot-water heater which caused a flood, a leaking air conditioner which caused a ceiling cave-in — Rusty was there to make things better in an honest, decent,

professional way. We have been involved in the renovation of historic properties and buildings in the state of New York for over 20 years and have never come across a finer contractor than Rusty Chinnis. He is a true benefit to the quality of our life on Longboat Key. Kip and Leo O’Neil New York and Longboat Key

Staff professional and courteous Dear Editor: In recent months I have heard and read criticism of the Longboat Key Planning, Zoning and Building Department and read complaints about the level of service provided by the Department residents and contractors who do business with Town. I am surprised to hear of this criticism. I have been active the last five years with various investment and remodeling projects on the Key, and have worked on many occasions with several members of the Department, including Harvey Hill, Bill Dobra, Butch Powell, John Fernandez, Randy Fowler and Marie Cordasco. Without exception, I have found the staff members to be knowledgeable, professional and courteous each and every time that I have had the opportunity to work with them. Just as important, I have noticed that those who complain the most about the department seem to be those who do not follow the rules, those who do not properly complete and submit permit application paperwork or those who are caught performing work without the necessary permits. I am thankful for the efforts of the department and I continue to be impressed by their attention to detail, which in the long run benefits all Longboat Key residents. Joseph Albano Longboat Key


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If you were the judge

Is Attorney General John Ashcroft right on sentencing? Attorney General John Ashcroft has ordered federal prosecutors throughout the nation to stop judges from sentencing convicted felons for shorter times than suggested by federal guidelines. In the 1990s tough sentencing guidelines existed, but they were attacked in some quarters as being too severe. Surprisingly, that included President George W. Bush. Many federal judges were rebelling by ignoring the statutory procedures. The Attorney General remained adamant. He obtained legislation from Congress that restricted judges’ discretion. He directed federal prosecution to limit plea deals and ordered appeals from lenient departures from the guide direction. Opposition to that position arose from the judiciary, including United States Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. He contended that the law impaired the judges’ ability to mete out responsible and just punishment. The restrictions became the focus of attention in the celebrated case of Shellie Lee Langmade, 41, mother of five children. She nursed a drug habit for 17 years and joined the drug parade. She pleaded guilty to making methamphetamine in federal court prosecution. Records show that 95% of the 60,000 such cases handled by federal prosecutors end with pleas. It was expected that she would receive a six-year sentence. However, a prosecuting report disclosed that six years previously she was convicted of two, state misdemeanor charges by writing bad checks for $38.50 and $45. Subsequently, she made full restitution, was fined $100 and placed on unsupervised probation. Consequently, that resulted in a mandatory minimum penalty of four extra years under the federal sentencing law.

The same report suggests that the earlier convictions be disregarded, because they “significantly over-represent the seriousness of the defendant’s criminal history or the likelihood that the defendant will commit further crimes.” U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson agreed, stating that in many counties in the area, prosecutors decline to prosecute hot-check cases altogether: “They refuse and force banks to collect by civil means. Ms. Langmade was unfortunately in the wrong county.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Johnson argued that disregarding the defendant’s prior conviction would be a bad precedent. Nevertheless, Magnuson disregarded the statutory guidelines for sentencing by a less than six-year sentence. The prosecutor then appealed the bad sentence, claiming that the short sentence would establish a bad precedent in other convictions. That extraordinary step is reflected by the fact that in 2001 only 93 of the 4,275 appeal sentences were by the prosecutors. Langmade’s attorney, Paul Schnect, followed by reverting to an unusual maneuver by asking the state judge to expunge Langmade’s earlier conviction. The motion was supported by Magnuson. But it was strongly opposed by federal prosecutor Johnson who asserts, “Impingement was designed to reward individuals for their rehabilitation efforts and to clear their record for these people who have demonstrated an extended period of rehabilitation. That does not appear to be the case here.” Judge Thomas Hyer accepted the prosecutor’s arguments, ruling that granting it “would defeat the sentencing scheme developed and implemented by Congress.”

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Pam Voorhees of Longboat Key received a call from the Manatee Community Blood Center to let her know its donation vehicle would be at the Whitney Beach Plaza. Voorhees has been a blood donor before. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce hosted the blood drive during its monthly breakfast meeting. Therefore the appeals court reversed the liberal sentence meted out by Magnuson in the six-year sentence and ordered him to impose the full 10 years time. Magnuson then recused himself from the case, harshly stating, “Langmade will be sacrificed on the altar of Congress’ obsession with punishing crimes involving narcotics. I am so embittered by the government’s merciless conduct, that I simply could not be impartial on sentencing.” Lastly, Langmade has sought clemency, but President Bush has not granted shortened sentences for any of the more than 2,400 applications to him. (Source: The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 8, 2003) ❑

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The music series at the Water Club started four years ago, but this year marks the first time that artists were flown in from New York to perform for the series. “From Broadway to Galway — An Enchanting Evening of the World's Most Beloved Music” took place March 25, at the Water Club and featured performers from Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” — Ciaran Sheehan, Eily O’Grady Patterson and mezzo-soprano Fiona Murphy. Also on hand for some pre-dinner entertainment were two bagpipe players from Riverview High School. Fran Blum is the chair of the Water Club’s music series. ❑

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $849,000 Bright charming house looking down the canal. Largely renovated w/new kitchen, roof, bathroom. Glassed in family room. LO#255337 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

BIRD/LIDO KEY LIDO BEACH $2,950,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour 4000 plus SF Bayfront home has raised pool w/flowing spa, built in grill, dock with sitting area & 10,000 lb. lift. LO#248995 LOUISE TESSIER 941-924-9000

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LONGBOAT KEY $794,500 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Views! Views! Views! Bay views from most every room & beautiful deck in this incredible waterfront property! LO#246119 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000

L'ELEGANCE $895,000 Views of city & south Lido Beach. 2BR plus den, maple floors, Corian, 48' terrace, tennis, sauna, fitness & pool. LO#247424 AUDREY MARTEN 941-924-9000 L'ELEGANCE $769,000 Beachfront 2BR/2.5BA w/9 foot ceilings, wood/marble floors & expansive terraces. Tennis, pool, exercise & security. LO#250011 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 LIDO AMBASSADOR $614,900 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Year round sunsets from this direct Gulf front 2BR/2BA corner unit w/spectacular million $ views from all rooms! LO#253623 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000

GRAND BAY $728,000 Aruba model w/bay views. Saturnia stone flooring throughout, textured wall finishes & granite counters. LO#251393 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

LA FIRENZA $2,872,000 Outstanding 10 residence enclave with 350 feet of beachfront. Clubhouse, workout facility, pool. LO#252996 ELIZABETH PITTS 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $1,660,000 One of the largest lots in Bay Isles w/bay views & over 4000 SF of home on a private lot. 5BR/6BA on canal. LO#244108 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000

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LONGBOAT KEY L'AMBIANCE $3,400,000 Direct gulf front. Furnished with wraparound terrace, 10 foot ceilings, 3400 sq ft. 3BR plus office, private elevator. Great amenities! LO#253824 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $2,495,000 Contemporary updated home w/vaulted ceilings, wood floors, home theater, canal view. Corian & granite kitchen. LO#253425 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000

INN ON THE BEACH $639,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour What a value! The only fully upgraded 2BR/2BA on the market at Inn on the Beach, and at a very attractive price. LO#246928 JIM VITALE 941-924-9000

LIDO BEACH $1,420,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Fabulous home in extraordinary location on Lido Beach. Beautifully furnished, 6 car garage, lush landscaping. LO#254403 JIM VITALE 941-924-9000

GOLDEN GATE POINT $1,395,000 Wide-open views of bay & city. One residence per floor. 3BR/4BA plus den on 5th floor. Private w/outstanding amenities. LO#249587 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000 254227

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QUEENS HARBOR $2,195,000 Large waterfront lot on 126' of water. Volume ceilings, marble, oversized deck and private dock LO#249366 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

QUEENS HARBOR $1,850,000 4BR w/view of golf & water. Travertine marble floors, granite counters, crown mouldings & many upgrades! LO#251281 GARY MCKINSTRY 941-924-9000

FIRST LIDO $629,900 Casual beach lifestyle from decorator designed unit with incredible views down Lido beach. Furnished. LO#254227 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000 251009

SIESTA KEY $599,900 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Desirable North Key, large lot, split plan, large master suite, new Landscape & irrigation, Cathedral ceilings, pool area. LO#251009 GINI FINE 941-924-9000 737988_252282

SABAL COVE $1,249,000 Custom designed home on quiet cul-de-sac. Spacious 4BR plus den/3.5BA w/large private pool/spa area. 3 car garage. LO#247896 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000 THE PIERRE $1,199,000 2/3BR, 3BA w/southern exposure. View of gulf, bay, golf & pool. Covered parking & wonderful amenities package. LO#250706 MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000 BAY ISLES $999,999 Boating water. SW exposure keeps home bright year round. High ceilings, spacious kitchen & 1st level bonus area. LO#253701 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 QUEENS HARBOR $995,000 Water view from spacious maint free home overlooking golf course. 2BR plus den w/private guest suite, pool & high ceilings. LO#252351 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $949,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Watch dolphins from this beautiful canal home. Open kitchen/family room, living room/dining room. Direct access to the intercoastal. LO#253103 KEITH & SHARON WHITFIELD 941-924-9000

DOWNTOWN $199,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Adorable! Beautifully designed inviting condo. Perfect home or great vacation retreat. Near Sarasota Bay. Furnished LO#253319 SHARON WHITFIELD 941-924-9000

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UNIVERSITY PARK $875,000 4BR/4BA w/leaded glass entry doors, granite & gourmet kitchen. Master bath with roman tub. Pool/spa/lanai. 3 car garage. LO#253847 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000

LIDO SURF AND SAND $539,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Super large 2BR/2BA condo! This unit has two large sliding glass enclosed balconies with lovely Bay views. LO#252282 CHUCK VOLKERT 941-924-9000

INN ON THE BEACH $299,000 Lagoon views from renovated condo in LBK Club Resort program. Fabulous amenities, excellent investment. LO#249186 CAROLYN DONNELLY 941-924-9000

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MCCLELLAN PARK $749,000 Spectacular West of the Trail family home situated on a lush double lot with a private setting in a quiet area! LO#248979 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000 LAWRENCE POINTE $659,000 PH w/open split plan. Both master and guest suites open to lanai. Unsurpassed Bay views and gorgeous sunsets. TKF. LO#236129 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000 GOLDEN GATE $495,000 Outstanding full Bay views from every room! Enjoy magnificent sunsets, boats & manatees from this updated penthouse. LO#248720 KIKA GUIMARAES 941-924-9000 MOTE RANCH $359,903 This 3BR/2BA home sits nicely on a preserve lot with pond views. Kitchen/family room and LR/DR combination. LO#253509 SUE SWEENEY 941-924-9000 INDIAN BEACH $359,900 High-status home. Go in style! Stand-out 2BR/2BA residence on lovely cul-de-sac. Relaxing pool. LO#252357 GINI FINE 941-924-9000 FRANCES CARLTON $299,000 Newly renovated condo in 1920s Mediterranean style building. Downtown near theater district. MUST see! LO#249571 DONALD VERCAUTEREN 941-924-9000

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TANGERINE BAY $899,000 Bay front 2BR plus den. Gourmet kitchen. Direct views. 2-car garage. Tropical grounds, pool, cabana & boat dock. LO#251936 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT KEY $869,000 Spacious secluded ground floor end unit. Living room & master open onto 30 foot screened porch, large pool & private beach. LO#248184 TERRY GOODMAN 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT HARBOUR $299,500 Lovely canal views abound from 2BR/2BA condo with designer decor! Complex offers pools, clubhouse & beach access! LO#234941 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

CONDO ON THE BAY $6,900,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Superbly-detailed penthouse. Enjoy an elegant lifestyle in this fashionable 5BR/5 plus BA unit. Elevators, foyer. LO#253873 DYRK DAHL 941-924-9000

GRAND BAY $1,599,500 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Views of the Bay and downtown Sarasota! 3BR/3BA w/club house plus pool. Exceptional furnishings add to value. LO#240173 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

SANCTUARY $1,349,000 PH furnished w/wood floors, built-ins, skylights. View of downtown, bay, bridge & golf. LO#254505 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

FAIRWAY BAY $379,900 Bayfront 2BR/2BA in complex w/tennis, clubhouse, exercise & private beach club in sensational Bay Isles. LO#247909 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

CEDARS EAST $339,500 Prestigious tennis resort offers you on-site rental office. Spacious, turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA unit on Longboat Key. LO#253813 JOE BOGUSZEWSKI, PA 941-924-9000

PROMENADE $1,775,000 Two story Penthouse. 3BR/3BA w/marble, granite, elevator and walk in closets. Direct gulf view. LO#245781 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000

QUEENS HARBOR $1,549,000 Maintenance free custom home w/19' ceilings, open plan w/gourmet kitchen. Overlooking waterway. LO#252808 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000

SEAPLACE $399,900 SW gulf view. Newly renovated unit w/new carpet, appliances, window treatments & lanai tile. Completely furnished. LO#253844 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

INN ON THE BEACH $349,900 Panoramic gulf views in TKF club suite w/pool & beach. Great location behind gates of LBK Club. Excellent retreat! LO#245254 ANDREW M. BERS 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,995,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Absolutely perfect! Split plan w/cathedral ceilings. Private dock. A dream home with nothing to do but move in. LO#243677 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,965,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Gorgeous residence. Enjoy a matchless lifestyle in this 5BR/5BA home. Bountiful layout. LO#248218 MICHAEL LANE/MICHELE FULLER 941-924-9000

GRAND BAY $649,000 Sarasota bay view from end unit. 2BR/2BA, remodeled w/wood floors. Private location w/no buildings to block view. LO#254518 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000 SEAPLACE $639,000 SW gulf view from roomy 3BR TKF condo. Uncovered parking space. Amenities include 2 pools, clubhouse & tennis. LO#251619 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $2,699,000 Elegance awaits you in this fabulous 4BR/3.5BA home; one in from the Bay on sailboat water w/one wrap-around dock. LO#248495 A. BOAKES & J. BOGUSZEWSKI 941-924-9000 VIZCAYA $2,499,000 In enclave of only 31 residences, bright w/private pool & summer kitchen. Guest suite, private elevator & 2 car garage. LO#253244 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

THE BEACHES $650,000 Best 2BR/2BA buy behind gates at Longboat Key Club! Partial Gulf view & full golf views with beautiful sunrises. LO#250218 BARBARA MILLER 941-924-9000

LIDO SHORES $6,400,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Elegant waterfront living on New Pass with 210' frontage. Boaters dream come true with over 6300 sqft living area. LO#249456 TERRY LEFTWICH 941-924-9000

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ST. ARMANDS TOWERS $1,700,000 Best of the best! Endless views of Bay & Gulf. Updated w/granite countertops, steam room & aromatic soaking tub. LO#249920 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000


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Right: Thomas Paulsin and artist Miki Boni with her “Best in Show” winning piece, “Merdog”

Paula Johnson and Jack Woodward

Myra and Bernie Rosen

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Kevin Daily with his son, Reece

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Charlotte Hansford with Hayley and Katie Glander

Kelly Kary wore a puppy-dog mask for the “Animal Mania” opening while bartending.

Beatrice Fanella with Paul and Nadja Hood

The Longboat Key Center for the Arts was packed to the max for the opening reception of “Animal Mania” and “Trilogy in Glass.” Guests flocked to see the new exhibits and enjoy cocktails, food and music by Scott Blum on a lovely Longboat evening Sunday, April 4. Awards were presented to winning artists by

Ross de Matteo just celebrated his 90th birthday.

Ann Roth and Nancy Jones, who were the cochairs of the exhibition committee. The reception was co-chaired by Kelly Kary, Cotty Johnson and Jinny Johnson. Proceeds from purchases of the artwork benefited the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and SMART Handicapped Riding Program. ❑

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Cops’ Corner The following reports are actual reports compiled by the Longboat Key Police Department. They are all answered and dealt with by members of the department or referred to others for action.

March 16 7:25 a.m. — 2200 block Harbourside Drive. Burglar. Officer responded to a burglar alarm that was accidentally set off. 11:38 a.m. — 3500 block Fair Oaks Lane. Fire. Officer responded to a report of a gas leak. A man said he had accidentally struck a gas line with his shovel, causing it to leak. Longboat Key Fire and Rescue arrived and clamped the bad gas line. Gas company was called to repair the line. No more smell of gas. 3:46 p.m. — 700 block Longboat Club Road. A man called police about a civil matter with his ex-wife. He said that the woman had violated their divorce decree by taking their two children on the day that he was supposed to have them. The mother was contacted and said that the children were afraid to stay with the father. She also said that she currently has a caseworker investigating possible child abuse from the father. The father later called police and asked to be escorted to the residence where his children are so he could take them home. His request was denied. Officer advised him to consult his attorney in the matter.

March 17 2:15 a.m. — 3200 block GMD. Trespassing. Officer responded to a report of trespassing in a pool. 10:41 a.m. — 500 block Spinnaker Lane. Animal. Officer responded to a report of a snake.

12:30 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Traffic accident. Vehicle One, a Mercedes Sport Utility Vehicle, was parked in a space in the Publix parking lot. While backing out, he struck Vehicle Two, a Volvo that was improperly parked. Damage to the Volvo included a scuff mark and paint transfer. The driver of the Mercedes inspected the damage and drove off. A witness provided police with the tag number of the Mercedes, and the driver was contacted. He was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident. 1:06 p.m. — 6000 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer responded to a report of four subjects. Suspects were gone when the officer arrived. He suspected that they were part of a landscape crew. 2:45 p.m. — 5700 block GMD. Traffic Accident/Injury. An Isuzu Rodeo flipped over while traveling north on GMD. The vehicle collided with a Cadillac heading south on GMD. The Cadillac was making a left-hand turn into the Spanish Main Yacht Club, hitting the Rodeo’s front left wheel. The wheel was lifted, causing it to flip over. The driver of the Rodeo suffered lacerations to his back. The driver of the Cadillac had no visible injuries, but was transported to Blake Memorial Hospital.

March 18 9:39 a.m. — 300 block GMD. Burglar. Officer responded to a fire alarm. By the time he arrived, it was toast — burned toast. 9:41 a.m. — 600 block Binnacle Point Drive. Burglar. Officer responded to an alarm that was set off by motion. 12:05 p.m. — 1100 block GMD. Rescue/Injury. Officer assisted an 80-year-old man who fell and was unresponsive. The man had fallen off steps and had an injury to his head. The officer assisted with traffic control. 2:20 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Property Lost or Missing. Woman reported that her tag had been stolen from her vehicle, which had

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An Isuzu Rodeo flipped over after colliding with a Cadillac on Gulf of Mexico Drive on March 17. No one suffered any serious injuries. been towed to Sunset Chevrolet after a crash. Officer contacted the body-shop manager, who said that he had not seen the tag. The manager said that the car had sustained front-end damage, and he had taken digital pictures of the car in which the tag was missing. Officer contacted Elite Towing, which said that the man who towed the car had been fired. However, they said he was “not a thief — just lazy.” They said that they did not have the tag. The tag was reported as lost or stolen. 4:59 p.m. — 6900 block GMD. Narcotics. Officer received a call to alert him of two people smoking marijuana in their car. Officer located the car and observed the occupants passing a “blunt.” Officer approached the vehicle and detected an odor of burned marijuana. Officer asked the occupants if they had marijuana, and they said that they did. They turned over a marijuana cigar and a bag of marijuana. The subjects were issued notice to appear in court. 5:08 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Property Damage. A caller advised police of damage to

a lamppost at their front entrance, which was struck by a vehicle. The lamppost was leaning slightly. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative. He declined an offer of paying $200 to “fix” the pole. He will advise his insurance company of the accident.

March 19 4:04 a.m. — 500 block St. Judes Drive. Security Check. The door at a restaurant was unlocked. Officer was able to secure. 7:16 a.m. — 500 block Rountree Drive. Code Enforcement. A stucco crew began working before 8 a.m. Officer responded to the area and spoke to a worker, who said that he did not know about the ordinance. He advised his crew to stop. 7:25 a.m. — 2400 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Assistance. Upon arrival, officer met with a woman who was, “seeing things again.” Officer contacted her doctor, who set up an appointment for 4:45 p.m. that day. The doctor requested that she not go to CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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the hospital right away. Officer advised doctor that if he gets another call, he would take her to get help. 7:39 a.m. — 600 block Marbury Lane. Code Enforcement. A crew was doing construction work prior to 8 a.m. Officer advised of the town ordinance and gave a warning. 9:00 a.m. — 2400 block GMD. Assistance. Officer met with a woman who said she wanted help from the hospital. Officer transported her to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 10:13 a.m. — 4400 block GMD. Code Enforcement/Water Violation. Officer met with a maintenance man in regards to a water violation at condominium. The man said that the timer was supposed to go off at 10 a.m., but it was one hour off. A warning was issued. 1:21 a.m. — 1900 block GMD. Disturbance. Owner of a silver Lexus SUV called offcer in reference to black marks on the side of his car. The Lexus was parked next to a black Buick. Officer confronted the owner of the Buick, who denied doing the damage and was very upset about being accused. Owner of the SUV understood and was satisfied that officer talked to the man. 4:29 p.m. — 1200 block GMD. Burglar. Officer responded to a burglar alarm. The alarm was motion activated and detected in a living room. 9:41 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Traffic Accident/No Injury. A 2001 Cadillac attempted to turn south out of Whitney Plaza onto GMD. The Cadillac pulled in front of a 1997 Geo — which was traveling north on GMD. The Geo struck the driver’s side between the front and rear doors. The driver of the Cadillac said that he saw the Geo approaching, but thought he had enough time to clear the intersection.

March 20 4:20 a.m. — 2000 block GMD. Rescue. Officer responded to rescue a man that was bleeding. 5:02 a.m. — 2200 block Harbour Court

Drive. Burglar. Officer responded to a burglar alarm. It was accidentally set off by motion. 8:19 a.m. — 300 block GMD. Alarm/Fire. Officer responded to a fire alarm. 8:54 a.m. — 700 block Fox St. Public Service. Officer checked the water meter at a residence, which read 4177330. 12:03 a.m. — 3500 block Fair Oaks Way. Burglar. After responding to a burglar alarm, officer found several sliding glass doors unlocked at a home. He secured all the doors and exited via the garage. A security check notice was left. 12:56 p.m. — 500 block Golf Links Lane. Burglar. Officer responded to a burglar alarm that was set off on the entry/exit door. It was accidental. 1:53 p.m. — 5600 block GMD. Snake Call. Officer removed a snake at the Cedars West Condominiums. 2:46 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Larceny. Man came to the police station to report that his golf clubs were stolen his condominium. He had left them outside his door March 17, and noticed them missing March 19. The bag was black and included Calloway Irons valued at $600; a Gary Player three wedge valued at $300; a Titleist driver valued at $300 and 24 Titleist golf balls valued at $50. The bag contained a tan windbreaker that said, “Club Longboat” on it. 3:17 p.m. — 2100 block Harbourside Drive. Property Damage. A man’s 1994 Volvo was hit while parked outside a home. When the owner returned to his vehicle, he found a 7- to 9-inch dent just behind the driver's door. There was a note left that said, “Sorry for tapping your car.” The note also left two phone numbers. However, both numbers were disconnected. Officer took a report. 5:19 p.m. — 5500 block GMD. Vandalism. After leaving restaurant, a woman noticed that her gas latch was open and that her car was acting funny. The next day, she came to work and parked close to where she did the day before. She noticed that her gas cap was on the ground along with a pile of sugar. She then contacted

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police. Fingerprints were not obtained. Officer plans to interview suspects. 5:43 p.m. — 7000 block Longboat Drive. Public Service. A woman called police in regards to kids at a construction site. The property is owned by the father of one of the kids. The kid had a spear gun and was walking on the property. The father was advised of the law on spear guns. 7:45 p.m. — 300 block GMD. Traffic Accident/No Injuries. Three vehicles were slowing for southbound traffic on GMD. The first vehicle did not slow down in time, causing a chain reaction by striking one of the vehicles in the rear.

March 21 2:18 a.m. — 500 block Outrigger Lane. Code Enforcement/Water Violations. Officer tried to

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contact a homeowner about watering on off days. The owner was not home. 9:10 a.m. — Off the Key. Boat/Violation. Man had his boat inspected by officer. Officer found 34 stone crab claws on the boat that were undersized. Officer also found that the man was missing his life jacket and a noise-producing device. Man was measuring the claws with a homemade device. He said that he took the claws, because, “he knew the crab was going to die anyways.” The claws and measuring device were taken as evidence. The man’s voyage was terminated and he was escorted back to Overlook Park. 10:50 a.m. — Bay Isles Parkway/GMD. Traffic Accident/No Injury. A woman riding her bike northbound on GMD was struck by CONTINUED ON PAGE 4A+

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a vehicle turning right onto Bay Isles Parkway. She was ejected from her bike and suffered a bruise to her right leg and scrapes on her hands. The vehicle fled the scene of the crash. 11:05 a.m. — 5000 block GMD. Larceny. For the second time in two months, a man has had the gas tank from his barbecue grill stolen. The tank is green and has to be special ordered. It is valued at $40. 12:31 p.m. — 2900 block GMD. Traffic Accident/No Injury. A biker going south on GMD was struck by a 1988 Cadillac. The Cadillac was making a right turn into a motel parking lot. 2:45 p.m. — 500 block Edlee Lane. Burglar. Officer responded to a burglar alarm. The owner was not home, but the home was secure. Security card was left. 3:07 p.m. — 700 block Linley St. Parking Violation/Complaint. Three trucks with boat trailers were parked illegally on the road next to a fire hydrant. Ticket was issued. 3:42 p.m. — 700 block Fox St. Public Service. Officer checked a water meter, which read #0173310.

March 22 12:30 a.m. — 700 block Fox St. Public Service. Officer checked a water meter twice. Both times, it read 17330. 8:28 a.m. — 4400 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Man advised officers about a “suspicious” brown 4-door vehicle that was driving around his neighborhood. The man followed the vehicle, which turned into Windward Bay Condominiums. Officers conducted a check of the area, but the vehicle was not located. The man said, “They just looked suspicious.” 9:47 a.m. — 4300 block Chatham Drive. Code Enforcement/Water Violations. Officer observed watering in violation of the town’s ordinance. Officer advised the condo staff,

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March 23 3:42 a.m. — 2600 block GMD. Disturbance/Noise. Officer responded to a noise complaint at resort. Upon arrival, offi-

cer found two women in the hot tub. They said they would get out of the hot tub, because it closed at 10 p.m. There were two men in the swimming pool, who were, “more argumentative.” One man used profanity directed toward the person who turned them in. All four eventually went up to their rooms. 4:46 a.m. — 200 block North Shore Road. Missing Person. A woman reported her husband missing. Her husband has Alzheimer’s, and was probably disoriented. At 11:35 a.m., the man’s daughter called police to notify them that he had been located in Fort Myers and was unharmed. 8:00 a.m. — 3300 block GMD. Code Enforcement/Water Violations. After observing a water violation, officer contacted the owner of the property and notified them of the correct watering day. 8:01 a.m. — 3400 block GMD. Code Enforcement/Water Violation. After observing a water violation, officer contacted the maintenance staff at resort and gave them a verbal warning. 11:17 a.m. — 400 block GMD. Tresspassing. Several fishers on a boat issued a trespass warning for fishing near the boat slips at the Boathouse. 1:37 p.m. — 400 block L’Ambiance Drive. Rescue/Misc. Officer responded to a rescue call from a woman for her husband. When the officer arrived the husband had left after becoming upset with his wife. She said that he is taking a new medication that causes drowsiness. No further action taken. 3:30 p.m. — 2400 block GMD. Traffic Accident/No Injury. A 1993 Mercedes struck the back of a 2001 Mitsubishi. 3:34 p.m. — 3500 block GMD. Rescue/Illness. Officer responded to an intentional overdose. The victim’s parents said that she had taken several pills of Xanax and Temazepam. Rescue arrived and took her to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 6:53 p.m. — 600 block Rountree Drive. Officer responded to a complaint of noise

coming from a home that is under construction. Officer could find no home undergoing construction.

March 24 3:00 a.m. — 3500 block Fair Oaks Court. Code Enforcement/Water Violations. Business was contacted in regards to sprinklers being turned on in violation of the water code. 8:47 a.m. — 1200 block GMD. Code Enforcement/Water Violations. After notifying the gate guard about a water violation, guard provided officer with a variance for the club. No action was taken. 10:58 a.m. — 800 block Broadway. Property/Lost or Missing. A waiter lost his wallet in the “captain's room” at restaurant. The wallet contained $50 in cash, his Indiana driver’s license and a debit card, among other items. 11:01 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Traffic Accident/Injury. While walking in the parking lot at Publix, a pedestrian was struck by a 1997 Mercedes that was backing out of its spot. The pedestrian suffered injuries to his left arm and hand. 11:53 a.m. — 6100 block GMD. Code Enforcement/Water Violations. Sprinklers were running in violation of the water code at a residence. Officer made contact with the housekeeper, who said that the owners were out of state. She said that she would contact someone to adjust the times of the sprinkler. The officer gave her a copy of the ordinance. 12:15 a.m. — 100 block Sands Point Road. Suspicious Circumstance. Woman said that her housekeeper took five screens under the pretense of cleaning them. She had not returned them. The cleaning lady was expected to return on a later date, and the officer said he would make contact with her. 12:38 a.m. — 3700 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. A woman drove off the road on GMD and damaged the water pump and piping. She agreed to pay for it. ❑

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St. Mary Star of the Sea Women’s Guild hosted a special Mass March 30, which concluded with the installation of its new officers for the upcoming year. The Mass was followed by an afternoon of champagne, punch and lunch, plus an extensive retrospective program looking back on all of the activities of the guild in the past year — the Solve Baby Shower, a Christmas Bazaar, the Parish Family Picnic, the Card Party, “Food Fashions and Flowers” and a rummage sale to name just a few. A special presentation was made to honor

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Jon Andress, 65, a former Longboat Key resident and owner of several hair salons on Longboat Key, died March 18 at his residence. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manasota Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. He was born in Bradenton, March 26, 1938. Survivors include stepson William Mason and family; sister Judy Andress; brothers Bubba and Steve; and four grandchildren.

The newly named Key of Sea Singers (formerly Beach Harbour Singers) had a concert for the public March 25, at the Beach Harbour Club. Despite a slight mix-up with the scheduling of the concert (not all the singers could attend), the performance went on as planned. It was evident that the group had been working hard on the numbers they performed, which included songs from “My Fair Lady,” and a medley from “The King and I.” Judy

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The Key of Sea Singers utilized amusing props while performing some lively numbers.

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Goldstein, one of the singers in the group even wrote lyrics to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine,” focusing on Florida activities, and a second song called “Going Shopping,” both of which utilized some amusing props. The concert ended with an audience sing-a-long, finishing up with “God Bless America” and then moving into a social hour with refreshments. ❑

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Ruth V. Greenberger, 93, Longboat Key, died March 26. She was born April 10, 1910, in New York and came to Longboat Key many years ago from New York City. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia Lieberbaum; sons John G. Maccabee and Robert; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Services will be in New York City. Toale Brothers Funeral Home is in charge. Memorial donations may be made to Jewish Federation of Sarasota, 580 McIntosh Road South, Sarasota, FL, 34232.

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Are you ready to live? The Christian community is fast approaching Easter and the celebration of the life and resurrection of Jesus. Good Friday, which acknowledges the significance of the death of Christ, comes three days before. The Passion story has been at the center of the international media this year, thanks to Mel Gibson’s movie. As shocking, and some would say inspiring, as the movie was, it should not let us shift our focus from the true essence of the ministry of Jesus — life. Yes, life and not death, was the true passion of Jesus. He talked about “abundant life,” about “choosing life” in a world filled with violence, death and destruction. Through 30 years of pastoral experience, I find that what many people fear most is not death but life. For many reasons, people are often afraid to really embrace life. They often lack the courage to choose life and to be fully born into this world, where they can experience all the thrills and challenges of living “unconditionally.” One of my favorite parables illustrates the point: “Once upon a time, twin boys were conceived in the same womb. Seconds, minutes, hours passed as the two dormant lives developed. The spark of life glowed until it fanned fire with the formation of their embryonic brains. With their simple brains came feeling, and with feeling, perception: a perception of surroundings, of each other, of self. “When they perceived the life of each other and their own life, they knew that life was good, and they laughed and rejoiced, the one saying, ‘Lucky are we to have been conceived and to have this world,’ and the other chiming in, ‘Blessed be the Mother who gave us this life and each other.’ “Each budded and grew arms and fingers, lean legs and stubby toes. They stretched their lungs, churned and turned in their newfound world. They explored their world and in it found the life cord, which gave them life from the precious Mother’s blood. So they sang, ‘How great is the love of the Mother that she shares all she has with us!’ And they were pleased and satisfied with their lot. “Weeks passed into months, and with the advent of each new month, they noticed a change in each other and each began to see change in himself. ‘We are changing,’ said the one. ‘What can it mean?’ “‘It means,’ replied the other, ‘that we are drawing near to birth.’

All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Special Easter week services include: Maundy Thursday — Celebration of the Last Supper, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 8; Good Friday — liturgy at noon, Friday, April 9; Easter Sunday — Choral Eucharist at 8 a.m., and Festival of Celebration of the Resurrection at 10 a.m., Sunday, April 11. The Rev. Downs Spitler, acting rector, will officiate. 383-8161.

“An unsettling chill crept over the two, and they both feared, for they knew that birth meant leaving their world behind. “Said the one, ‘Were it up to me, I would live here forever.’ “‘We must be born,’ said the other. ‘It has happened to all others who were here.’ For indeed there was evidence of life there before, as the Mother had borne others. ‘But mightn’t there be a life after birth? How can there be life after birth?,’ cried the one. ‘Do we not shed our life cord and also the blood tissues? And have you ever talked to one that has been born? Has anyone ever re-entered the womb after birth? No!’ He fell into despair, and in his despair he moaned, ‘If the purpose of conception and all our growth is that it be ended in birth, then truly our life is absurd.’ “Resigned to despair, the one stabbed the darkness with his unseeing eyes and as he clutched his precious life cord to his chest said, ‘If this is so, and life is absurd, then there really can be no Mother.’ “‘But there is a Mother,’ protested the other. ‘Who else gave us nourishment and our world?’ “‘We get our own nourishment, and our world has always been here. And if there is a Mother, where is she? Have you ever seen her? Does she ever talk to you? No! We invented the Mother because it satisfied a need in us. It made us feel secure and happy.’ “Thus, while one raved and despaired, the other resigned himself to birth, and placed his trust in the hands of the Mother. “Hours ached into days, and days fell into weeks. And it came time. Both knew their birth was at hand, and both feared what they did not know. “They cried as they were born into the light. They coughed out fluid and gasped the dry air. And when they were sure they had been born, they opened their eyes seeing for the first time, and found themselves cradled in the warm love of the Mother! They lay open-mouthed and awe-struck before that beauty and truth they could not have hoped to have known!”

St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will offer communion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8. A Tenebrae service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 9. On Easter Sunday, a sunrise service with communion will be held at 7 a.m.; a contemporary worship service (nursery available) will be held at 9 a.m., and a traditional service will be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. A Mass of the Last Supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 8. On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, the reading of the Passion and Holy Communion will be held at 2 p.m.; Stations of the Cross and Confession will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9. Holy Saturday Masses will be at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10. Easter Sunday Masses will be held at 8, 9:30 and 11: 15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 11. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor of the church. 383-1255.

by the Rev. Kenneth GILL

Temple Beth Shalom, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday Shabbat service begins at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9. Saturday Shabbat service begins at 10 a.m. Passover Yizkor Service will at held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 12. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at all services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director, and the Temple Beth Israel choir. 383-3428. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold its Good Friday service at noon Friday, April 9. The public is invited. A special Easter “Son” Rise service will be held at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, April 11, at Bayfront Park. Regular Easter services are: Adult Sunday School at 8:30 a.m.; and services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Gill will officiate. 383-6491.

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April 7 Eucharist & Unction 10 a.m. April 8 Maundy Thursday 5 p.m. Celebration of the Last Supper April 9 Good Friday Liturgy 12 - Noon April 11 Easter Choral Eucharist 8 & 10 a.m. Festival of Celebration of the Resurrection

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Purple people eater ... Well, not really, but Charlie Lenger sure looked like one at Piquenique sur la Baie with her, um, purple wig or hat or whatever it was. The crazy hat won her an honorable mention during the hat contest

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Muz Qualy judged by jewelry designer Michael Dawkins (See Lenger's purple wig on page 5B). Other honorable mentions were Heather Dunhill, Muz Qualy and Margaret Wise. The lady with the winning hat was Jacqueline Morton, whom Jane Summerville of the New College Library Association said, “Looked like she was right out of a Paris salon.” Pepered up ... Sarasota’s social scene has been peppered up lately by Ray Peper, that is. Peper, owner of John Carl Salon and Spa, has been spicing up the social scene with his artistic skills. First, Peper wowed the crowd with puppets he made for the fashion show at the SPARCC Second Hand Rose Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton. Then Peper won the honor of Goodwill Artist of Year at the “Goodwill Fits Like a Tee!” gala. Peper and his team from John Carl Spa and Salon won best Hollywood landmark for his creative costumes that represented Graumann's Chinese Theatre at Renée Sheade “CAN Goes Hollywood.” Finally, more of Peper’s creations were seen on the heads of ladies at Pique-nique sur la Baie. Mary Ann Robinson, Muz Qualy and Renée Sheade were some of the pretty ladies wearing Peper’s wild hats. Wonder how he’ll shake things up next?

The bright lights and stars of Hollywood shined all night at the Community AIDS Network’s “CAN Goes Hollywood” Costume Ball on Monday, March 29, at Michael’s On East. Crazy costumes filled the ballroom that was decorated with old Hollywood movie posters. Sarasota’s theater divas, Carolyn Michel and Roberta MacDonald, emceed the wild show that consisted of performances by the West Coast Black Theatre Troup, dance numbers and a costume parade. Prizes were awarded to the best movie character, movie production, Hollywood landmark, actor look-alike, actress look-alike and most outrageous. The evening, Co-chaired by Nikki Nilon, Carolyn Michel and Renée Sheade, benefited the Community AIDS Network’s Comprehensive Care Clinic.

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Harriet Schaye, with her masked man, Zorro ... Oh, whoops, Edward Schaye

Anchors away ... Dottie Baer Garner shipped off her husband, Bob, on a 4-day cruise a week ago. Well, not exactly. The Garners wanted to do something fun for their grandson, Rob Wyant, who was on spring break and had nothing to do after postponing a college tour trip. So the Garners called a cruise line and got the last suite on the ship only 12 hours before the ship was to depart! So Bob and Rob packed up and went aboard the cruise ship the very next day for a 4-day bonding excursion. Flashdance ... Jennifer Beals did not reprise her movie role at “CAN Goes Hollywood,” but Daniel Crystal did a little flashing during his dance routine — not purposely, of course. Crystal had a little wardrobe malfunction while performing “All That Jazz” from Chicago. The back of his dress ripped, flashing costume judge Jimmy Dean. Dean broke a sweat there for minute, but composed himself when Crystal figured out a way to do his pirouettes while hanging on tight to the back of his dress.

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Barbara Rothstein and Marvin Eichenblatt dressed up as characters from “Lord of the Rings” and won the prize for best movie characters.

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always blows away the previous year’s items. A fabulous dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. with a “Tiffany Case” live auction following at 8:45 p.m. Entertainment “For Your Eyes Only” will have you jumping to your feet, as if you were jumping out of a helicopter, by C & J Productions. You also have the chance to drive around Bond style in a winning 2004 Mustang by buying $100 chance tickets. Bond girls and chairs of the evening are Veronica Brady, Kim Githler, Janet Kane and Cindy Weinrich, who have had some help from Sarasota’s own 007, Vern Buchanan. The attire for the evening is black-tie or Bond-attire optional. “Diamonds Are Forever,” but tickets for “Going for the Gold” do not last forever. Tickets are $175 and up and are available by calling 951-1336. So come to this event as “You Only Live Twice.” —Emily Walsh

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The Danube is a river, as everybody who made it through 8th-grade geography knows. It’s also a tributary of music, as everyone attending La Musica, the area’s international festival of chamber music, will soon discover. It runs April 12, through April 24, at the Sarasota Opera House. “River of Music: The Danube and the Composers it Nurtured” is this year’s theme. But that’s just water under the bridge. More to the point of this article ... Why care about chamber music in the first place? To answer that question, you have look at what music is now, and then compare it what it was back then — in the days of Bach, Mozart and company. Nowadays music is a consumer item — something you buy in the form of a hard plastic disc or tickets The to a

details “Concert I” features work by Mozart, R. Strauss and Brahms at 8 p.m. Monday, April 12; “Concert II” offers work by Martinu, Schwertsik and Brahms at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15; “Concert III” features pieces by Mozart, Shostakovich and Piazzolla at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 18; “Concert IV” presents compositions by Reger, R. Strauss and

that matter. Entertainment was a do-it-yourself proposition. Anyone who’s seen “Master and Commander” knows what I’m talking about. In that movie, the ship’s captain and chief surgeon played cello and violin respectively. Imagine the captain of the Nimitz sawing away. Ludicrous. But the captain of the Nimitz has a radio. Until about the time of Dickens, families and friends gathered together in small wood paneled rooms and made beautiful (or not so beautiful) music together. The Longboat Observer music critic, June LeBell, paints a picture. “Chamber music wasn’t just for the elite. Most families had the basic instruments — a little clavichord, an Irish harp or a lute. They’d gather together and play. One child would play the violin, another the cello, father or mother would play piano. In a good week, they might have Dvorak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21; “Concert V” presents work by Beethoven, Smetana and Schumann at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24, all at the Sarasota Opera House. Individual concert tickets are $30. There will also be a series of “Stage Side Chats” at New College’s Sainer Pavilion. Curtis Macomber presents a pre-concert lecture at 4:30

a new composition by Mozart. And, of course, as you know from your Jane Austen, the daughter was always trained to sing and play piano in the middle and upper classes. One of the young daughters might sing an old Italian art song to show off her beautiful voice and talent in the feminine arts to attentive young men.” A pretty picture, but things have changed. In an age of CDs, DAT, DVDs, and MP3s, why listen to chamber music now? Classical music maven Richard Storm has a surprising take. “I think chamber music is the best jazz,” he says. “The original baroque musicians did a great deal of improvising, often not playing from a written score — Mozart was famous for that. The result was very much like a jazz performance. Nowadays it’s all written down and we’ve lost the improvisation — but there’s still the wonderful give-and-take of an ensemble, which is at the heart of jazz. That’s especially true in La Musica, where the musicians aren’t part of a set group. They’ve just come together and are still learning to read each other. It’s fascinating to watch, especially in the open rehearsals.” Piero Rivolta, the festival’s president and co-founder, agrees that spontaneity is everything. He also points out the joys of hearing individual performers and their instruments, the sheer pleasure of distinct sounds. “You can really

p.m. Saturday, April 10; Christopher Lantz, Ph.D. DMA, speaks on “A Clash of Myths and Epics: An Anasazi Views the Music of the Danube” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13; Daniel Avshalomov presents a preconcert lecture at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17; David Nelson presents “Waltzing Along the Blue Danube: A Journey in Sound and Pictures” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 19; Federico Agostini offers a pre-concert lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22.

feel the differences,” he says. “The difference between one player and another, between one instrument and other. No two violins make the same sound! You can hear the fine details, and you’re very close to the musicians who are coming together to make it come alive. You’re there when the music is being born.” He laughs and adds, “Of course, they have to be very good musicians. In an orchestra, you have a bad day, the others will drown you out. Here, there’s no place to hide. There are only four or five others. Everyone hears what you play. You have to be good.” Fred Derr, the vice president of La Musica’s board of directors, notes, “In engineering school, my roommate and I used classical music as an aid to thinking. But I drifted out of the habit because of the demands of my speciality. After serving in the Navy, I came back to Sarasota and got involved in the highway construction business. Then, 16 years ago, Piero Rivolta approached me and said, ‘You’ve got to exercise the other side of your brain’ and got me to go to the first La Musica concert. I got hooked all over again.” Like the others, he describes his fascination with chamber music’s “intimacy.” The engineer in him is also in love with its rarefied, mathematical order. How does he feel now empirical data now confirms that classical music is a boost to brain power? “I think it’s great,” he says. So what’s the appeal of chamber music? The music itself: Delicate compositions created for the acoustics of intimate settings without amplification. Mozart, Bach, and Brahms when they’re speaking quietly. The order of thought their music represents. The musicians themselves: only four or five performers who get a chance to shine as individuals not lost in a wall of sound. Small is beautiful, as a wise man once said ... and it sounds wonderful. “Chamber ❑ Music Rehearsals” will also take place from Friday, April 9, through April 24, at this location. Tickets are $10 and free to subscribers, students and teachers. Call 346-2601 or 366-8450 for tickets and more details. ❑


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‘Animal Mania’ • The Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ Joan M. Durante Pavilion through April 29 Animals, they say, are therapeutic. You can say the same about the animal art in this lighthearted, juried show. It’s a sure-fire cure for the blues. Some highlights from the multimedia menagerie: Miki Boni took Best in Show for her “Merdog,” a witty, oil-onmasonite Dalmatian with a fish tail. (Do Merdog’s chase after catfish?) Kenneth Snyder’s “Pool Party” is a watercolor of a water world swarming with fish — giant carp I think I recognize, others I don’t. He nicely captures the three dimensional quality of the ocean. Despite the invention of airplanes and elevators, humans are generally surface creatures. Fish are blessed with a Z-axis. This earned the “Turtle Watch Award for Best Depiction of Water Life.” Anne Abgott’s watercolor depiction of frizzy waterfowl, “Bad Hair Day,” took away the “Dog Thirty Club Award.” Pieces honored in memory of beloved pets in assorted dog and kitty heavens includ-

ed Michelle Berg-Uhrman’s porcine predicament “That’s It! No More Leapfrog,” the bold flock of seagulls of Greg Stecker’s “Beach Party,” Amy Webber’s duck-dead-gorgeous statue, “Mi,” and Lee Sternberg’s cowrific “Udderly Mootiful.” My favorite would have to be George Bieber’s “Polly’s Playhouse” — a parrot (no doubt a Jimmy Buffet fan) tending a bar stocked with humans.

‘Trilogy in Glass’ • The Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ Glen Gallery through April 29 Artists who work in glass are literally playing with fire. It’s not enough to make something beautiful — you have to be careful not to burn yourself. On top of that, you have to be careful not to break the piece while you’re making it, shipping it, storing it or displaying it. The art of glass is as fragile as life itself. That, perhaps, explains a little of its beauty. This exhibit showcases the work of Jaqueline Cooley and Leonard and Laura Vincenti. All are alumni of the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, an institution founded by Dale Chihuly — the same Chihuly featured in last week’s Longboat Observer. But the similarity ends there.

Above: The punk pelicans of Anne Abgott’s “Bad Hair Day” Left: Leonard Vincenti’s “Tears of the Son” Leonard Vincenti takes a forceful approach to this delicate medium. He likes to incorporate glass forms inside the negative spaces of discarded tools and junk he finds. His additions recontextualize the objects. An old plough looks like it was made to contain a glass face, not the other

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The Players celebrates Brel with a egion of performers. From gauche à droite: Top Row: Julianne McNellis, Richard Caldwell, Sandi Collins Henson, Chris Caswell, Kathleen Connolly and Gary Kauffman Middle Row: Charles McKenzie, Terri Carl, Eve Caballero, Megan Brubaker, Jeff Drew and Aimi Ferrell Front: Bobbie Milhouse II

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Before Dylan, Cohen, Simon and Springsteen, there was Jacques Brel, the king of French popular music from the mid1950s to the late ’70s. Brel was the essence of a singer-songwriter; his words and music were the quintessence of all things French, though — with appropriate irony — their author happened to be Belgian. What really interested him was the human condition, not the French condition. It’s what made him so Theater French in the first place. “Jacques Brel is Brel’s songs were existentialism Alive and Well and distilled. You live alone and die alone and it’s all up to you — if you Living in Paris” have to put a label on that bottle. Players Theatre You might think the mixture is Reviewed April 1 poison, but it doesn’t kill you. Surprisingly, it even tastes good. You find yourself laughing, especially at people who don’t have the guts to drink a 200proof draft of hard facts — the bourgeoisie, the conventional, the fake revolutionaries, and you yourself, naturellement. In the end, of course, you cry. It’s all very French. “Don’t worry, be happy,” is not a Gallic sentiment. Does Brel’s essence survive the cultural translation? Consider what’s being translated ... His songs, sometimes like marches, sometimes like lullabies, are small things, deceptively simple. Brel is one voice speaking to one ear, whispering the thoughts that keep you awake at night. Originally this production was going to keep it simple — four voices only — but it was retooled along the lines of a musical. With the voices of additional singers and the legs of a few dancers, there are now, if my count is accurate, a total of 13 performers — and the dances and production numbers to

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“Bravos!” throughout the evening. Entertaining, sure ... But sometimes more is less. I would have preferred a more minimalist, cabaret-style approach. Four voices, no more than five. It’s the way Brel’s music wants to be performed: One-on-one. A single voice speaking to a single ear — yours. Beef it up to the level of a musical and the medium becomes the message. It doesn’t matter that the production is doing its best to center itself on the core performers. The bits of business swirling around them take your attention away. Brel’s original sense of intimacy is gone. Turn his simple, powerful songs into big production numbers and something is lost in translation. You don’t feel like you’re hearing someone whisper the thoughts you don’t want to hear in the middle of the night. You feel like you’re watching a musical. It’s a very good feeling. It’s a very good show. Mais, ce n’est pas Jacques Brel. ❑

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Who critiques the critic? Some critical intelligence on the intelligent critic “Toscanini’s daughter, Wanda, who married the pianist Vladimir Horowitz, generally disliked critics,” writes author Ethan Mordden in his book, “Opera Anecdotes.” “She especially disliked New York Herald Tribune’s Virgil Thomson, who was somewhat less than enthusiastic about her family’s talents.” It seems that in some of Thomson’s columns, “Thomson called Toscanini ‘spiritually unenlightening’ and Horowitz ‘a master of musical distortion.’ Wanda became self-righteously irate when she spotted Thomson dozing during a concert performance of Falstaff conducted by her father. She confronted Thomson, saying ‘I am Wanda Toscanini Horowitz. I saw you sleep from the first note to the last note.’ Then she smacked him with her program, adding, ‘I hope you enjoyed the performance.’” No one has struck me. Yet. But I confess to smacking myself around a little after writing something less than laudatory about one of our hometown ensembles. So why, you might ask, do I do that? Why not be nice all the time, skirt the hard issues, flatter the fritterers and look sideways at the slipshod? I would, I suppose, if this were East Firtree, with a cultural population of 33 and 1/3. But

it’s not. It’s Sarasota, with a live-in population of art hounds and visiting snowbirds who crave the culture only Sarasota can offer. The standards here are higher because the talent is equal to what you’d find in New York City, Paris, London or Salzburg. And we can’t lower the value of what we have by touting it as always excellent. If we do that, we devalue what’s valuable and lower ourselves and our models. But, you say, I so visibly support the opera and the symphony and the chamber festivals. How can I give them support and criticize them, too? Isn’t that hypocritical? No. It’s just the opposite. Look at it this way. Say you’re in love with someone. Your lives together are good, fulfilling and gratifying. But, one day, you have a disagreement about something. Do you part company and shout, “Never darken my doorstep again?” Of course not. Well, in the same way, I’m proud of our Sarasota music makers. I moved here because of the Sarasota Opera and the Florida West Coast Symphony. I love Leif Bjaland. I think Victor deRenzi is amazing. I won’t abandon them, but I won’t “yes” them to death, either. Because saying, “Hey, you’re great,” when you’re not is demeaning. Truth is what counts.

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En garde! But that truth must be tempered with a sense of proportion. And, I’ll admit that sometimes it’s hard not to show off and write something clever and witty at the expense of someone who’s trying really hard to be witty and clever on stage. What happens? We both fall flat. The performer fails because she has a cold or a missing contact lens. And I flop because I put myself first and forget that I, as a critic, am merely the conduit through which you, the reader, may see the performance. Then there’s the fact that criticism is only one person’s opinion. It may be based on some kind of fact — pitch, accuracy, style — and it may be founded on someone’s background and knowledge. But it’s still subjective. How many times have I been feeling low

and not appreciated a beautiful Sarasota sunset? I won’t lie and say that can’t happen at a performance. But, just as a performer has to put on a different face once he gets on stage, so must a critic don a different psyche once she’s in her seat. It’s called professionalism. Criticism is one-part understanding, onepart knowledge, one part compassion and three parts truth. It is ego without egotism. And it is, more than anything, love for that which you are criticizing. June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as "Today in New York," "Salute to the Arts" and "The Sound of Broadway." ❑

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‘Arms and the Man’ Shaw’s popular comedy will be performed by the Asolo Conservatory from Wednesday, April 14, through May 2. It’s set in the war-ravaged Bulgaria of 1885, but the playwright’s concerns were larger than Balkan politics; his real satiric target is the “glory” of war. The two young heroes of the play, a young soldier and his fiancée, lose their romantic notions as the play progresses. Shaw’s play premiered in 1894; he had hoped to start a pacifist trend with it. Sadly, a few short years later, the Great War proved him wrong. Call 351-8000.

‘Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins’ This witty reexamination of America’s culture wars in the 1970s runs from Thursday, April 15, through June 5, at Florida Studio Theatre. Brian Christopher Williams’ new play filters the mêlée of Nixon, Anita Bryant and Vietnam through the eyes of a bright young teenager, Horace Poore. This FST production will be the play’s world premiere and one of the highlights of its Festival of New Plays. Call 3669000.

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This choral festival combines the Florida Voices ensemble with an orchestra and the choruses of Riverview and Sarasota Christian high schools at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the First United Methodist Church, in Sarasota. It’s both a thundering celebration of Mozart’s masterpiece and a chance for the next generation of vocal talent to shine. This “Requiem” feels more like a celebration. Call 3518000.

Leon Merian and his Big Band Merian and an assortment of powerhouse jazz musicians will be performing in a fundraiser concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Unity Church in Sarasota. He’s not one to trumpet his fame, but this legendary trumpeter has performed and recorded with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, and Sarah Vaughan. If you’ve never heard him before, find out what you’ve been missing. Call 955-3301. ❑


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La Bottega — “Pat Camillo: Watercolors.” This opens with an artist’s reception and demonstration from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, and continues through May 6. 951-2377. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Animal Mania” has fun with fauna through April 25, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Trilogy in Glass,” showcases art in glass by Len Vincenti, Laura Vincenti and Jaqueline Cooley through April 29, in the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Wallace Fine Art — “Itallo Botti: 1923 2003.” Recent work by the late, great neoImpressionist is featured through April 30. 387-0746. All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church — Lloyd Singer’s masterful oil portraits are on display through April 29. 383-8161. Bank of America, Longboat Key — exhibiting stone sculpture by Maxine Block through April 15. 383-3211. Island Gallery West — “Linda Schmid.” The artist’s glass creations will be featured through April 10. 778-6648. Island Branch Library — “Rolf Bertram: Panoramic Photos.” This Holmes Beach artist’s illusionistic windows are open in April; “Kim Attwooll: Watercolors.” Work by this Lakewood Ranch artists also is on display. 7786341. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Renaissance to Rococo.” Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art can be seen through April 25. 359-5700. South Florida Museum — “Clyde Butcher: Seeing the Light” offers a retrospective of the

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “Tapestries in the Garden.” Art weaves its magic through April 26. 366-5731. Art Center Sarasota — “Jack Dowd & Friends.” Satirical sculpture is on view through April 15; “American Pen Women Exhibition” runs concurrently. 365-2032. The Sarasota County Arts Council — “Elements.” Featuring Julee Docking, Jean Germain, Barbara Harrison, Ellen Mason and Cynthia McMullin through April 8. 365-5118. The Manatee County Arts Council — “Myakka River Landscapes.” Jean Blackburn’s photography reflects the river’s serenity in April. 746-2223. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Michael Kessler.” The artist’s abstract landscapes invite the eye through May 8. 366-2093. Medici Gallery — featuring glorious art by contemporary European artists. 906-9499. Missing Link Gallery — “Jerry Uelsmann.” Uelsmann proves that the camera can lie through May. 366-6600. Palm Avenue Gallery — “Patricia Reeve Mead and Sol Schwartz.” Mead’s lambent watercolors and Schwartz’ gestural portraits of musicians are shown in April. 953-5757. Apple & Carpenter Galleries — “Age of Elegance.” Featuring paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 9512314. Sonnet Gallery — “Evolution of The Moment.” Steven Katzman’s photographic visions confront the eye through April 30. 955-6443. Santa Fe Trails Gallery — Kevin Red Star. Work by this native American artist is featured in April. 954-1972. Blue House Gallery — “Women? Women!”

Katharine Butler’s “Beaches Series II” at Katharine Butler Gallery Art gets in touch with its feminine side through May 6. 366-0211.

Rosalie Silver Gallery — “Brown and Black.” Silver’s limited palette art is on exhibit through April 15. 330-9817. Rilla Gallery — “Water, Islands and Sky II.” John Metcalfe’s paintings are featured through April 10. 365-8683. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Beached.” Art by Katharine Butler explores a bold, new shore April 10. 955-4546.

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Unity Gallery — “D’Lee Ringling.” String theory is strung on canvas through April 28. 955-3301. Avenue Art Shop — “Spring in Bloom.” Art springs eternal through April. 9554763. Paradox Gallery — “Sarasota Creates.” Work by noted Sarasota artists is featured through April 29. 362-3715.

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The Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — “Fruit Frenzy.” Cassidy-Berns’ art bears fruit through April 30. 924-1200. Joan Peters Gallery — “Forever Florida.” Art celebrates the sunshine state through May 31. 741-8056.

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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — Concord Jazz Festival. Diane Schuur, Oleta Adams, Karrin Allyson and Sara Gazarek join their voices at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10. 953-3368. Florida West Coast Symphony — “Heroic Beethoven.” Leif Bjaland conducts this heroic concert with accompaniment by soprano Twyla Robinson and violin virtuoso Corey Cerovsek at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, and Saturday, April 10, at the

Jacqueline Cooley’s “Plantain Series I” is a vessel of wonder at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Sarasota Opera House. 953-3434. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “Garden Music Series.” Irish harpist Olivia Swann performs at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 11. 366-5731. Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret — “OneHit Wonders.” Pondering the 15 minutes of musical fame through May 29. 3669000. Church of the Redeemer — Todd Gresick. The music director of St. Thomas More Catholic Church presents an organ recital at 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. 955-4263.

Sarasota Concert Association — “Munchtime Musicales.” Classical guitarist Rex Willis and flutist Jim Zellers present an eclectic concert at 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. 925-7811.

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Best bet

film

‘From Dixie to Dizzie’ denouement Al Hixon’s jazz concert series sounds the final notes of the season at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at The Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ Joan M. Durante Pavilion. Versatile jazz clarinetist Allan Vaché will cut loose with cool virtuosity, aided by Don Coates on piano, Ronnie Drumm on horns, Richard Drexler on bass, Hixon himself on drums and, perhaps, a surprise guest. But don’t be surprised if the joint is jumping. Call 383-2345.

Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “Monsieur Ibrahim.” A mystical Sufi grocer and an ostracized Jewish boy find common spiritual ground in 1960s Paris. Opens Friday, April 9. 955-FILM.

books

Circle Books — Ann Kale signs her kids’ book, “Marco and Princess Gina,” at 11 a.m. Friday, April 9; Carl Nurick signs his inspirational “Living to Die” at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9; Jonathon King signs his Florida mystery, “Shadow Men,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10. 388-2850.

‘La Musica’ flows Our area’s internationally celebrated festival of chamber music runs from Friday, April 9, through April 24, at the Sarasota Opera House. It’s dedicated to the proposition that there’s more to the blue Danube than “The Blue Danube.” Going with the musical flow, “River of Music: The Danube and the Composers it Nurtured.” is this year’s theme. (For complete listings, see this issue’s A&E cover story on page 1C.) Call 366-8450 for tickets and details.

A temporarily silent Allan Vaché

Island Branch Library — Longboat Key resident Janis FrawleyHoller discusses and signs “Island Wise,” her memoir of island journeys, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. 778-6341.

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Longboat Key Center for the Arts — a wide variety of ongoing adult art classes. 383-2345. Suzanne & Devorah Art Studio — Suzanne Patton offers instruction in pastels on sandpaper through April 10. 383-7820. Anna Maria Island Art League — youth and adult classes in visual arts. 778-2099. Art Center Sarasota — assorted workshops and classes in digital and traditional visual arts. 365-2032. Florida Studio Theatre School — classes in a host of theater arts for kids and adults. 366-1350. Ringling School of Art and Design — now enrolling for teen and adult continuing education classes in fine and graphic arts courses of all descriptions. 955-8866. ❑

Jack Dowd’s “Future of America” captures youthful energy at Art Center Sarasota.

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Dining out

Bayou Bleu blends cuisine and atmosphere for authentic ’Nawlins experience Be prepared for a cultural experience — and tastes that will knock your socks off at downtown Sarasota’s newest restaurant, Bayou Bleu. It’s an authentic New Orleans experience, all right. Restaurateur Roger Finnigan and Charter One, a locally owned hotel and themed-restaurant management company, brought the New Orleans-style concept to Sarasota in February. The Creole and French infused cuisine includes recipes from famous New Orleans chefs Justin Wilson, Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme. A host greets you at the bottom of a staircase and elevator (Bayou Bleu is located on the second floor of the building which also houses Two Senoritas) and sends you off on your epicurean adventure into the French Quarter. One flight — of stairs, that is — transports you to the mysterious streets of New Orleans, hiding loungy blues bars, jazzy clubs and spicy food.

My companion and I were ushered to “Bourbon Street,” glowing under the sparkling stars on the ceiling and lanterns above the lattice work along the brick wall. Spice racks filled with Zatarain’s rice and Justin Wilson’s Jalapeno Hot Sauce are shelved above the wrought-iron tables. Across the “street,” in the other dining room, you enter another dining area designed and painted as if you were eating in someone’s kitchen. Beloved blues echo throughout the Bayou. (There is live music every evening at 9 p.m.) You can’t visit New Orleans without indulging in some lively libations. We put in our orders of a New Orleans Buck, a drink popular in the ’40s, and a Mama Bleu Bloody Mary, both served in blue colored cups. A hot pad, holding corn muffins and cheddar biscuits, begins our Bayou Bleu banquet. We went to town on the appetizers and ordered a Bayou Bleu Sampler Platter packed with the favorite of mushroom caps, boiled crawfish, grilled andouille, and oysters Bienville. We decided to get a feel for the whole state with some Louisiana Classics as the main event. I jumped for the Jambalaya ala Bleu, a house specialty of traditional chicken and andouille, with rich roux and caramelized onions and a touch of Bayou Bleu’s own seasoning, “Jazz It.” The entrée is served over popcorn

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Emily Walsh

Mama Bleu’s kitchen, one of several themed dining rooms at Bayou Bleu rice and sprinkled with blue crabmeat pieces. My companion went traditional and got the Chicken with Tasso, a “down in the bayou” meal. The half chicken is cooked in broth with onions, celery, assorted bell peppers and finely CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

Ristorante Northern Italian Continental Cuisine Dinner Entertainment Tues - Sat by Luigi Toth

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5:30 - 10:00 PM Reservations Suggested

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Our upstairs menu features soup, salads, our famous duck, a fresh fish special, a superb sandwich du jour and appetizers from sashimi to paté. Not to be missed are our ultra-thin personal gourmet pizzas. Decadent desserts, a fabulous selection of top-shelf spirits and wines. Join us after dinner or after a show.

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Sarasota’s Finest Japanese Steakhouse

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Beer Wine & d e Serv

LUNCH Mon-Sat Noon - 2:30 DINNER Nightly 5 pm - close

in a casual atmosphere

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383-0013 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Next to Food Mart)

TeaParties & Luncheons A perfect setting for a gathering awaits you at the Harrington House Beachfront Bed and Breakfast...Tea Parties, Bridal Luncheons, Club Luncheons, a Gathering with the Girls, etc.

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Call for Details! Let us do the work so you can relax and enjoy your guests!

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Open Easter Sunday 4-10 p.m.

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STONE CRABS ARE HERE...

Dinner Tuesday thru Sunday New Bob’s Ultimate Steak Burger Returns April 18th!

If they were any fresher they would pinch you!

Open Easter Sunday Begin a new Tradition... Al Fresco Dining is back • Stone Crabs • Home Alone? Don’t dine alone... Visit us in the Palm Grille Lounge.

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Carry Out • Party Trays • Catering

Casual Italian Restaurant

Waterfront Dining Alive and Well At the Sarasota Quay 318 Sarasota Quay • Open 5-10 PM • 951-2440

7:30am - 9pm • Closed Sun. & Mon. • 778-3031 1701 Gulf Drive North • Bradenton Beach 4084

Steak & Seafood & Sushi Bar

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Café Don Giovanni

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diced Prudhomme brand tasso and then served over popcorn rice. We also got to order a little lagniappe (lan-yap), “something extra” with our classics, so I picked Justin Wilson’s Wicked Cajun Pickles, and my companion jazzed it up with “Jazz It” Fries. Our sampler platter, which covered the entire table, was served in a dish with four quarters of French and Creole food. We first sampled the stuffed mushroom caps, containing delicious crawfish tails in a blend of red peppers, green onion, fresh garlic, Zatarain’s Creole mustard and Worcestershire sauce and topped with Jarlsberg cheese. The meaty mushroom caps were considerably creamy and concealed some colorful spices that caught us off-guard. Next, we grabbed a Grilled Andouille Slice, which is a combination of Paul Prudhomme’s andouille sausage and Zatarain’s Creole mustard, with a Bayou Bleu touch. It was a tempting, tender treat. I was curious about the crawfish craze, but once I encountered the claws and antennae, I confess I left the boiled crawfish to my companion. The seasoning in this boil is a secret recipe and slightly spicy. I was bewildered by how much effort goes into pulling apart the tiny-looking lobsters, for such a small amount of meat.

Authentic Mexican • BBQ Fine Wines Beer • Groceries Daily Specials • Fresh Gulf Seafood • Award Winning Key Lime Pie • Crab Cakes Boars Head Deli

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1359 1/2 Main Street Sarasota • 917-0003 Cuisine: Creole and French. Recommended: Bayou Bleu Sampler Platter, Jambalaya Ala Bleu, Chicken with Tasso, Café Du Monde coffee and beignets. Price ranges: Appetizers from $5.95 to $15.95; gumbo and chowder from $3.95 to $5.95; Louisiana Classics from $10.50 to $14.95; steaks and seafood from $14.95 to $28.95; pasta from $11.95 to $15.95. Service: Colorful and cheerful. Hours: Lunch at 11:30 a.m.; dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Credit cards: MasterCard, Visa and AmEx. Parking: Valet parking available. Handicapped access: Elevator to second-floor dining.

The Café Du Monde chicory coffee was a coarse, but calming blend of beans. Now, the puffy-powdered sugar pastries made you ponder memories of funnel cake at the fair, but the pecan pie took the cake for the best dessert over the beignets. Bayou Bleu completes the New Orleans Experience by presenting you with a red carnation at the end of your Mardi-Grasin-your-mouth meal. Bayou Bleu is more than just a restaurant. This dining experience takes you on a tasty trip of pulsating plates of Creole and French cuisine, combined with an authentic and aromatic atmosphere — a true New Orleans experience. ❑

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Finally, we opted for the Oysters Bienville. This sumptuous dish is based on an Emeril Lagasse recipe with another Bayou Bleu “twist.” Named after the founding father of New Orleans, this dish features an oyster shell filled with rich béchamel sauce with oysters, shrimp, mushrooms, bacon, vegetables and a touch of cheddar cheese. Yes, the sampler platter was a sizzling start, suitable for a sizable group, allowing for appetizing leftovers later on. Our entrées arrived: My Jambalaya Ala Bleu was a jumble of food, but a tidy taste of spicy sausage and chicken over plush popcorn rice. Justin Wilson’s Wicked Cajun Pickles had me wailing. My companion’s Chicken with Tasso was a comforting combination with its smoky seasoning. The “Jazz It” fries were another tickle to our taste buds. Even though our mouths were on fire, we felt lazy after our large portions of Louisiana Classics. We figured out why all ’Nawlins natives like to lounge and listen to the blues — they simply can’t move after their filling French food. We were warned by “Mama Bleu” to save room for “Café Du Monde beignets and coffee” for the complete New Orleans experience. We asked our server to see what sweetness was in store, and she placed a jester statue on our table, leaving us to ponder this puzzle. We really just wanted dessert. We finally asked her if the jester was supposed to tell us the dessert specials. She laughed as she brought us another jester — with the desserts listed on it. We picked a piece of pecan pie and the recommended coffee and beignets.

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Easter Dining.. (formerly the Plaza on Longboat - behind Publix)

Join Us For Longboat’s Finest

Brunch!

Easter Dinner

Sunday, April 11th • 10:00am-2:00pm Dinner 5:00pm

~ Fresh Fruit ~ Breakfast Breads ~ Smoked Salmon ~ Bagels ~ Lyonnaise Potatoes ~ Bacon & Sausage ~ Eggs Benedict

With All Your Traditional Favorites Serving 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.

~ Stuffed French Toast ~ Salads ~ Seafood Marguerita ~ Blended Wild Rice ~ Carved Turkey ~ Leg of Lamb ~ Desserts

21.95 Adults - $9.00 Children

$

Chef Paul Mattison

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525 Bay Isles Parkway • Longboat Key, FL

20 South Adams Dr. • St. Armands • For reservations: 941.388.5400

(behind the Publix shopping center) 4014

Call for reservations at 387-2700 www.mattisons.com

Easter Day Buffet

Come join us for a very special

Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet

COLD SEAFOOD BUFFET: Raw Oysters with Caribbean Cocktail Sauce • Peel and Eat Shrimp • Island Spicy Crawfish, • Smoked Salmon Display with Accompaniments

9 a.m. till 2 p.m.

COLD SALAD BAR: Classic Caesar Salad, Shredded Parmigan • Mixed Baby Greens with Accompaniments • Greek Pasta Salad • Festive Tomato and Cucumber Salad • Hilton Seafood Salad • Southern Egg and Mustard Potato Salad

$25.95 per person (plus tax & gratutity)

FRESH FRUIT

Dinner Served 4:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

CARVING STATION: Roast Leg of Lamb, Mint Demi -glaze • Bleu Cheese Encrusted Prime Rib of Beef, Thyme Jus Lie • Maple Glazed Roasted Ham, Raisin Sauce ENTREES: Pecan Encrusted Florida Grouper, Lemon Butter Sauce • Honey Teriyaki Glazed Chicken w/Sesame Seeds & Scallions • Sliced Cajun Roasted Pork Loin, Mango Chutney • Shrimp & Scallop Portifino over Gemelli Pasta • Italian Style Vegetable Lasagna • Poached North Atlantic Salmon, Sauce Bonne Femme • Mashed Sweet Potatoes w/Marshmallows • Over Roasted Fingerling Potatoes • Fresh Garlic Mashed Potatoes • Jasmine and Orzo Blend Rice Pilaf DESSERT STATION: Mini-French Pastries • New Yok Style Cheesecake w/Raspberry Sauce • Apricot & Raspberry Rum Cake • Key West Lime Pie • Tiramisu • Southern Pecan Pie • Lattice Apple Pie • Assorted Mini Cheesecakes 4 325

ASSORTED FRESH BREADS AND ASSORTED DINNER ROLLS

$26.95 Adults $15.95 Children

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Sand Dollar Rooftop Restaurant Panoramic Views of Lido Beach • Spectacular Sunsets This Week’s Sunset Specials - Apr. 11th-Apr. 14th Sauteed Scallops A L’Orange, Chicken Normandy, Jamaican Jerked Pork Loin Topped w/Mango, Rum Salsa Above Specials include choice of Soup or Salad All priced under $1295 served from 5-7pm, Sun. - Wed.

Serving Traditional Easter Fare April, 11th

Prime Rib • Thursday Only Sunday Breakfast Buffet • 10am - 2pm Please join Us For Easter Brunch

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Yellow Building at the corner of Gulf Drive and Bridge Street Bradenton Beach • Trolley Stop 6 & 73 • 782-1122 www.thesunhouserestaurant.com

Lido Beach

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233 Ben Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL

(941)

388.5555

Restaurant A Gourmet Tapas Bistro

Fredy Mayer chef/owner

Join us on

Formerly of: Longboat Key Club The Manor,

Easter Sunday

West Orange, NJ

The Sandy Lane Hotel,

from 4 pm to 10 pm

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One Block South of Hollywood 20 Ringling Blvd. and 301 1923 Ringling Blvd. • 955-9179

Please Join Us

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Tapas starting at $4.95 Entrées starting at $9.00

Barbados

Make your reservations now Open Tuesday - Sunday, 4:30-9:30 www.morelrestaurant.com

3809 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota

927-8716

The Tradition Continues... For over 30 years

has been the area’s destination for

For Easter Buffet?

Easter Dinner Full Dinner Menu Served 1pm - 9pm Sunday, April 11th

GREAT IDEA! Buffet Served 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Reservations Call: 388-5608

431 St. Armands Circle • 941-388-4415 4084

Café L’Europe’s renowned botanical celebration of Easter begins Good Friday with the arrival of an array of fresh flowers

at The Radisson Lido Beach Resort


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Bridge Tender Inn And Dockside Bar Where The View is Free

Lunch • Dinner • Spirits

Early Bird Dinner Special! Daily, 4pm - 5:15 pm

Now on St. Armands Circle after 17 years on Longboat Key

Mon. Tues. Wed.

Soup or Salad and Entree $9.95 2 For 1 Bar

Specials Liver & Onions $1045 $ Irish Stew 1045 $ Pork Loin 1195

Thurs. Fri. Sat.

Lamb Shanks $1195 $ Fresh Fish 1495 Roast 1/2 Chicken $1295

Happy Hour Daily 4:00-6:00 PM Serving Food & Fun 11 a.m. - Midnight Daily 19B North Blvd. of Presidents • St. Armands Circle 4084

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135 Bridge Street • 778-4849 • Bradenton Beach One Block East of Trolley Stop #72

Just Great Resort Style Food at Neighborhood Prices

(941) 388.5550

Experience the Taste

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Fresh Seafood Excellent Steaks Fantastic View Entertainment Nightly Serving Lunch & Dinner Full Bar Reservations Suggested

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Barnacle Bill’s Seafood locations: 5050 North Trail • 355-7700 Main, Downtown • 365-6800 Webber & Beneva • 923-5800 www.barnaclebillsseafood.com

Premier Properties SPECTACULAR HOME ON BAY A spectacular blend of elegance, luxury and Island living comes together in this 7,000 sq. ft. home with 125 ft. of protected boat dockage, 4 bedroom suites, fabulous pool, gourmet kitchen, library, den and so much more. Call Kris Niehaus or Debbie Lane 941-349-4478.

$5,995,000

ROOF TERRACE VIEWS

LBK SLEEPY LAGOON

OPEN DAILY 10-4, 394 Firehouse Lane. Brand new home Gulfside north LBK. 2 bed, 2 bath plus 3rd floor loft. Decks, patio garden & roof terrace. Community pool. Walk to beach and shops. Call Conrad Beach Sales 387-9595.

Beautiful 3BR/3BA, LR/DR/Theater room with wet bar, wood burning fireplace, 2 car garage. Fully screened pool area, new dock with 8,000 lb. boat lift. Home is immaculate, and the grounds are professionally maintained. Can be purchased fully furnished. Call 383-4101

Century 21 Advantage

$895,000

$795,000

Conrad Beach

For Sale By Owner

STATELY BAY FRONT HOME

“LA PLAGE”

BOATER'S DREAM

Take a stroll back in time in this stately bayfront home nestled along the shores of Tampa Bay in the peaceful village of Anna Maria. This classic home represents the best of a past time. Call Ken Jackson at 778-0455.

Anna Maria’s Newest Luxury Gulf-front Condos... All Gulf-front, High Speed Elevators, Security Gates, Burglar Alarms All Units, Enclosed Garages, Pool with Spa, High Ceilings, From 2,160 Sq. Ft. to 4,200 Sq. Ft. Call for Information 941-778-6696 or 800-367-1617.

Just across the Cortez Bridge from Anna Maria Island lies Gulf Coast Florida's best waterfront value. This new custom home behind the gates of Harbour Landings Estates comes complete with deep-water boat slip, bay views, pool, spa, elevator & every amenity. Call John Bancroft at 920-1502.

$2,500,000

from $1,450,000

$1,425,000

Green Real Estate

Mike Norman Realty, Inc.

Premier Florida Realty


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8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY Friday Dinner Special:

Brisket

A neighborhood restaurant serving a world of choices.

Ask us about your catering & deli-tray needs.

SARASOTA • 9520045

Casual Italian Cuisine • Italian Specialties & Gourmet Pizza

ITALIA Where the locals go for Italian Dinner Daily 4:30 - 10:00 Located in Mid-Longboat Key in the Centre Shops

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23 Ave. of the Flowers, Longboat Key (behind Publix) 387-9300

1920 HILLVIEW ST.

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Monday- Saturday

SEAFOOD • PASTA • FISH • PASTA • C BEEF lo • SALADS

OWER LUNCH? CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE. JOIN THE RICH... THE FAMOUS... AND THE REST OF US.

Open For Dinner

• MUSSELS • LOBSTER • ANTIPASTO • FISH •

5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr.

Beer & Wine

383-0010

Take Out Available

Premier Properties G DIN N E EP L SA

QUEENS HARBOR

MAGNIFICENT WATERFRONT

Direct bayfront, first floor Cayman model at Grand Bay. Unit #113 on the 3rd level with views of golf course, Sarasota Bay and Downtown Sarasota skyline at night. Two over-sized lanais, 3BR, 3.5BA, 2500 plus sq. ft. condo turnkey furnished for your immediate occupancy. Call Andrew Vac at 383-9700.

This lovely maintenance free 4BR/3.5BA home is situated in a gated community and overlooks the golf course/lake. Many builder upgrades. Call Sandy or Jerry for private tour! 941-349-3045.

On Manatee River, off Riverview Blvd., custom built two story home. 4 or 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, gameroom, home theatre, exercise room, gourmet kitchen w/granite counter tops. Fabulous pool w/outdoor courtyard for entertaining. Boat dock and davits. Call Dorothy Cook, Realtor® 383-5577

$999,000

$1,199,000

$1,925,000

RE/MAX Excellence

Strom & Strom Realtors

GRAND BAY

Wagner Realty

G DIN N E EP L SA

CONDO ON THE BAY

NEW SIESTA TOWNHOME

VILLA DI LANCIA

Georgeous 2-3BR/2.5BA townhome with deeded boat dock, two fireplaces and wet bar in a popular, gated mainland bayfront complex with pools, tennis and more. 2-car garage and tons of storage. Call Joan Boltax at 941-350-6390.

Elegant tri-level on open bayfront in gated Siesta triplex. 34’ sailboat water dock, vanishing edge pool/spa, marble floors, 3 BR, 4900 sq. ft., enormous living/dining room, gourmet kitchen & breakfast room, wine cooler, coffered ceilings, central vac, security syst., 2-car gar. Betsy de Manio, 941-924-9000.

Direct Gulf Front. First floor walk down, Unit #112, with gorgeous views of the beach, Gulf and pool, from this 2 bedroom plus den, 2.5 bath, 2448 plus square foot condominium. Ready to move in. Call Andrew Vac at 383-9700.

$869,000 Michael Saunders & Company

$2,595,000 Coldwell Banker R.E.

$1,394,999 RE/MAX Excellence

PASTA • BEEF • SALADS • MUSSELS • LOBSTER

NOSH-A-RYE

DINNER NIGHTLY FROM 5:00 LUNCH MON-FRI 11:30-5:00 COMPLETE BAR


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SOLYMAR ON SIESTA KEY - The only community on North Siesta Key with single family beachfront lots. Ranging from 2,900 to 4,600 air conditioned square feet these homes embody Old World charm & the beauty of Spanish Mediterranean architecture. Nine exquisite homes from $1.4 to $5 million. Open Daily 10-6. 3467527

RITZ CARLTON PENTHOUSE SARASOTA, FL - Situated on the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” crowns the spectacular tower the “Beausoleil” unit with 4,965 sq. ft. living area envelopes two terraces overlooking the marina, features 3BR, den, library and 3 baths. Residents may take advantage of the impeccable personal “round the clock” professional hotel staff. $4,250,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 941-387-1707

BAY ISLES - Lovely, spacious and private home in Bay Isles' Bayou. Deluxe master suite on the main level, a chef's kitchen with granite countertops,heated pool and spa & pool bath. Three bedrooms plus family room with fireplace all on a large, private and lushly landscaped lot. Deeded beach access $849,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES - Partial Bay views from this to-be-built canal front home. Great floor plan with 3/4BR & 4 car garage. Deeded beach access and private dock. Construction is scheduled for completion in Fall/Winter 2004. Plans & survey available. $2,395,000. HOYT BEATY/MARTY BENSON 552-3989 RITZ TOWER RESIDENCES - The best views and sophisticated finishing selections make this the ultimate opportunity with 2BR/3BA plus family room residence. Fireplace added for drama and charm. Full concierge services and a state of the art amenities level. $1,675,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - Extraordinary penthouse with magnificent views of the Gulf, sunsets, Key Club golf course, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay and lights of downtown Sarasota. This sumptuous penthouse's interior was designed by world renowned designer Robert Stuffings. Amenities include: 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14ft. ceilings, 2400 sq ft of wrap around terraces and 3 under cover parking spaces. $6,295,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

WATERCLUB ON LONGBOAT KEY Wonderful Water Club condominium with very pretty views of lush tropical foliage & the Gulf of Mexico. This sophisticated condo has wonderful appointments throughout and some of the special amenities include a gourmet kitchen w/granite counters, gorgeous marble master bath, two covered parking spaces, two open balconies & a private elevator entry foyer. The Water Club offers world class amenities, clubhouse, security and concierge. $1,095,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

SARASOTA BAYFRONT HOME - Gorgeous wide open views sweeping from mid Longboat Key all the way to the Ringling Causeway in the distance. This completely gutted and rebuilt home is located on a very deep lot in the desirable Ringling Museum area with multi-multi million dollar homes. A wonderful open floor plan with Bay views from the kitchen, dining room, master bedroom and pool makes this home a must see. $1,449,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

LAUREL OAK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Perfect family home 4BR/4BA + home office + bonus room split plan custom luxury home with 3900+ sq. ft under air. Gourmet kitchen w/granite & upgraded appliances. Featuring wood & tile floors, high ceilings, crown molding + a 3 car garage. Pool w/waterfall & Jacuzzi & an outdoor summer kitchen. Golf course & tennis community. $798,500. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950 MOTE RANCH - Beautiful home with 3BR/3BA located on Cul De Sac with gorgeous lake and preserve views. Open plan with warm wood kitchen and Corian countertops, elegant pool area with raised waterfall & fountain invites outdoor in. $399,900. KENT PETERSON 552-3980 INN ON THE BEACH - Great potential and perfect get-away spot 2BR/2BA popular lock-out suite. Rent one side and keep the other side for your use. Beautiful direct beachfront location. $849,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 THE ATRIUM AT FAIRWAY BAY - Sweeping Bay views with oversized terrace from this spacious 2BR/2BA plus den beauty. This residence lives like a beach house with security & amenities of the Bay Isles Beach Club. $699,900. CHERYL TIMMINS 5522690 INN ON THE BEACH - Water views of Longboat Pass Lagoon and boat basin. Just steps to the beach and pool area. 1BR/1BA being offered for the personal use of buyers & guests - and rental through local agencies. Refurbishment has not been paid. Wonderful amenities. $259,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

BEAU CIEL – DOWNTOWN BAYFRONT Only four of these luxurious residences from the developer remaining - don't miss the opportunity to own one of the best views of Sarasota Bay. A palette of lifestyle amenities can be yours in this exclusive new luxury tower with only 44 waterfront residences. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-5pm and Sun. 12-5pm. Priced from $1,700,000. 955.3034

BAY ISLES ON LONGBOAT KEY - Fabulous Italian Mediterranean home with soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, great protected boating (50 ft. dock) and over 5100 square feet of fine detailing and superb finishes. Four BR suites, private office, exercise rm. w/ sauna, fireplace, and family room with wine cellar & full bar. Wonderful marble and ash floors, huge caged pool area with 38 foot heated pool. $2,395,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

COREY’S LANDING - Perfectly situated Bay front home with Bay views and privacy. Meticulous elegance in this garden villa with 4 bedrooms including complete guest suite with sitting room and private balcony on the second floor. Graciously furnished for immediate enjoyment (all rugs & art excluded). $1,550,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707 GRAND BAY ON LONGBOAT KEY - Fabulous Bay views, 3 BR/3.5 BA en suite Antigua model, dog friendly complex, private beach club, superb exercise facility and two community pools. $1,295,000. LINDA THOMPSON 552-2693 LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES - Wonderful Mediterranean home with glorious views of Sarasota bay and recently completed by luxury builder Peter Laughlin. Some of the gorgeous amenities include a fabulous master suite with balcony overlooking the Bay, gourmet kitchen, marble floors, elevator, deep water dock and beach access. $3,095,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 BIRD KEY DREAM HOME - Beautiful 4BR/3BA home to be built taking advantage of the gorgeous Bay view. Great 1st floor master suite w/spacious bath and his & her walk-in closets. The great room overlooks the water for enjoying the sunset vistas. Take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor where you will find 3 bedrooms plus a 20 X 30 media room. $2,450,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

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Trees

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BY MOLLY SCHECHTER Contributing Writer

Spring springs differently on Longboat Key. Northern transplants are logically accustomed to looking downward for pale green shoots emerging from cold, wet soil. Floridians know to look up instead, at the flowering trees that signal the new season in our tropical climate. That so many of our plants are virtually everblooming (think bougainvillea, oleander) makes the brief, spring show all the more precious. The African tulip tree, Spathodea campanulata, is the first to bloom, beginning in late winter and finishing up right about now. Native to West Kenya and Uganda, it is evergreen. The tulip tree grows to 60 feet in its homeland, somewhat smaller but still a good 40 feet here. It is related to the jacaranda and tree of gold, which bloom later. The blooms are red/orange, oversized “tulips” — chalice shaped and skyward facing. They are hard to examine up close because they are sun-seekers, carried way up high on the trees. But even a battered bloom on the ground is worth looking at. Bottlebrush tree, Callistemon spp., is smaller, and an entirely different shade of red with far more blue in it. The flowers are 100% eponymous. There are erect and weeping forms of this tree, which is just past its peak bloom here right now. Bottlebrush tree is native to Australia and is rated to grow all over Florida, as well as in our Zone 10 climate. This plant is attractive for its relatively low-water requirement. Buy a small plant because it does not transplant well. Next on the blooming calendar is the orchid tree, Bauhinia purpurea, native to India and China but very at home throughout South and Central Florida. Orchid trees hit their peak bloom on Longboat Key in mid-to-late March, and you will find both the purple and white forms here. There is an impressive row of both colors along Gulf of Mexico Drive at Seaplace, and it is on the list of plants of the botanical garden at Joan M. Durante Park. Orchid tree grows to about 25 feet in Florida. Some local specimens are somewhat smaller but there are some old-timers that are taller. The amazingly orchid-like flowers, 3- to 4inches wide, are followed by long, brown seedpods. The tree of gold or yellow tab, Tabebuia caraiba, starts to bloom in Sarasota just about the first day of spring. It flowers fast and furious, blooming vigorously for a few, brief weeks. This is an easy-togrow tree, requiring little in the way of irrigation or fertilization. Keeping it dry prior to blooming season will make the flower show even more dramatic because it will cause leaves to drop. Native to Brazil, tree of gold grows 20- to 30-feet tall and 12- to 15-feet wide. Stake young trees to protect from strong winds. Jacaranda, Jacaranda acutifolia, is one of the few trees commonly called by its botanical name (“fern tree” is its less common nickname). Jacaranda comes into flower here just after the yellow tab. It can keep going well into the summer,

with sporadic flowers even later. The tree has finely textured, feathery pale-green leaves (“acutifolia” means “sharp-leaved”). Tiny, trumpet-shaped, periwinkle-blue/mauve flowers form pendant panicles that can measure close to a foot. Jacaranda is upright and very irregularly shaped and it can be very large; the old specimens on the Key are easily 40-feet tall. The wood is brittle and subject to breakage in strong winds, but it doesn’t seem to miss a branch or two and just keeps on going. The royal poinciana, Delonix regia, is the spectacular finale of Key’s spring show of flowering trees. It is Christmas-on-a-trunk, with abundant scarlet flowers soon joined by feathery green foliage not unlike the jacaranda, though somewhat darker in color. There are few sights to rival a royal poinciana in full bloom, which lasts for several weeks. It is, alas, a dirty tree, forming large, ugly, hard-shelled pods as abundant as its flowers. To drive over one is to hear the sound of a gunshot — startling to say the least. But it is well worth the mess and noise. No less an authority than Frederic Stresau, in “Florida, My Eden” (the horticultural bible for many Floridians), says, “Surely our most spectacular flowering tree. A non-pareil for large, open spaces.” Longboat Key is fortunate to have choice specimens of all these trees, most of which are longlived (50 years plus or minus). For that to be true 20 years from now, however, requires replanting them now. Springtime from March 15 onward is the best time, but if you can water, you can plant any time. The trees are readily available and not expensive, at local garden stores (slightly more from your landscaper, who will, of course, plant them for you!). Most will be flowering in five years and mature in 10. Many Longboaters planted trees in our younger years and figure it is someone else’s turn to do it now. But we're the ones who are here. This writer's house, built in the ’60s, was endowed with a tree of gold, a jacaranda and a royal poinciana. They comprise an annual thrill show —and an obligation.

No daffodils, but ... Northerners who miss your spring-flowering bulbs, take heart. Plant out the amaryllis you received at holiday time, give them a taste of fertilizer every now and then and just let them grow. There is also a smaller flowered, bright-red amaryllis that thrives locally. Experts (including Penny Rosenthal of the Longboat Key Garden Club, Lisa Wade, senior gardener at Selby, Karen Norton in the Research/Plant Records area there, and Wayne Hibbs of Farm & Garden) are not certain of its identification; a reasonable guess is that it’s the old hybrid St. Joseph's Lily aka Johnson’s amaryllis (Hippeastrum johnsonii). Whatever it is, it’s gorgeous, free-flowering and vigorous. If you can get a start from a friend, you will soon have a clump. Should you be able to shed any light on the nomenclature issue, please contact The Longboat Observer. ❑

Photos by Emily Walsh

Above, left: A royal poinciana tree Above, top: Purple and white orchid trees bloom along Gulf of Mexico Drive. Above, second from top: African tulip tree blooms bud out at the Bayan Bay Club. Above, second from bottom: Bottlebrush tree blooms. Above, bottom: Bright-red amaryllis thrives locally. Background: A tree of gold’s bright-colored buds.


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L’AMBIANCE • World class building offers full concierge service, exercise, clubroom, heated pool & spa and har-tru tennis. Spectacular 3BR/3.5BA ROYAL plan. Stone & wood floors. Huge Gulf views Spacious 3 bedroom Areca with fabulous gulf views and wrap around terraces.

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NEW Extraordinary, Three Bedroom & Bath, Fairway Bay Condominium with gorgeous, unobstructed views of the bay and downtown Sarasota. This 2560 sq. ft. condominium lives like a home with full bay views from most rooms. Amenities include den/office, two balconies, security shutters, wet bar, and a very low maintenance free of just $615 per month. Don’t miss this rare find. $1,025,000 Virtual Tour

VIZCAYA • Magnificent beach front enclave of 31 elegant residences with 2 car garages and private elevators. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse w/ fitness facilities & a private beach. Expansive penthouse with endless views of Gulf,pool & grounds from wrap-around terrace. $3,749,000.

GRAND BAY • Great amenities in a grand Longboat Key community - heated pool, spa, Har-Tru tennis, magnificent clubhouse, exercise, kitchen, BBQ - deeded beach access.

NEW Gorgeous Gulf, Pool and Sunset Views from this very large, three-bedroom, Promenade Condominium that is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows. Desirable split plan for privacy, master has marble steam shower, whirlpool tub and 2 huge walk-in closets. The Promenade offers top-of-the-line amenities and concierge. $799,000 Virtual Tour

Private corner, panoramic vistas of bay, marina & preserve. Wrap-around terraces. $985,000. Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden shutters & decorator detailed. $999,000. INN ON THE BEACH • Behind the gates of the exclusive Longboat Key Club. Excellent investment opportunities. Deeded Beach Access, Heated Pool, Spa. • 1 BR / 1 BA 614 sq. ft., water views of Longboat Pass, lagoon. Steps to beach, furnished. $259,000. • 1 BR / 1 BA 640 sq. ft., views of the golf course and garden. Furnished. $224,000.

BAY ISLES HARBOR SECTION Mediterranean 4-5BR/5BA, pool home on great, protected boating water. 5100 sq.ft. w/ all the bells & whistles.

$2,395,000.

WESTON POINT Private courtyard home with guest apt. and boat dock. SANCTUARY 2600 sq. ft. w/many upgrades. Gulf and Bay views.

$1,249,000.

Partially furnished. SANCTUARY Spacious 3 bedroom with over 3100 sq.ft. Wrap around terraces. Sunset views.

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BEACHES Direct gulf front recently and freshly redecorated. 2BR/2BA, furnished and immaculate!

$750,000.

INDIAN BEACH This 1920’s bayfront home has been expanded & updated yet retains its period ambiance. 5,800 sq. ft. w/guesthouse. 2001 Designer Showcase home. $4,495,000. EN PROVENCE Paradise of 21 beach front residences. 3BR/3BA w/gulf view. $2,495,000. RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE Awesome views, 10th fl., fireplace. 3000 sq. ft. $1 ,675,000. RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES 18th floor, “Penthouse” overlooking the marina & city. $4,250,000. COREY’S LANDING 4BR/4BA bayfront home. Bay views, private dock. Furnished $1,550,000. WATER CLUB Views of gulf, bay, & skyline. 9th fl. Dover plan. South side of Water Club II $2,695,000. BAYOU CIRCLE

Marina Bay with Gorgeous Bay & City Views This 3BR/3.5BA 3382 sq. ft. condo that has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his and her master bath, 2 balconies and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000 Virtual Tour Gorgeous Wide Open Bay Views sweeping from mid-Longboat Key to the Ringling Causeway in the distance. This rebuilt home is located on a very deep lot in the Ringling Museum area. Wonderful open floor plan, beautiful pool. $1,449,000 Virtual Tour Wonderful Mediterranean Longboat Key Home with glorious views of Sarasota Bay and recently completed by luxury builder Peter Laughlin. Some of the gorgeous amenities include a fabulous master suite with balcony overlooking the Bay, gourmet kitchen, marble floors, elevator, deep-water boat dock and deeded beach access. Beach, Boat, and Bay views from brand new home, it doesn’t get any better. $3,095,000 Virtual Tour

Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, this custom contemporary home offers a bright, spacious interior amidst lush landscaping. Boasting delightful privacy, 3BR/2.5BA residence has volume ceilings, extensive marble flooring & large caged pool area w/heated pool, spa & pool bath. The deluxe master suite is on the main level w/guest bedrooms on the second & third floors. There is a delightful chef’s kitchen opening into a generous family room with a fireplace & an informal dining area. $849,000.

Extraordinary L’Ambiance Penthouse with magnificent views of Gulf, sunsets, Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Amenities include double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 2,400 sq ft of wrap terraces and 3 parking spaces. $6,295,000 Virtual Tour

Three Bayfront Residences To Be Built In The Mediterranean Style with gorgeous Gulf and Bay views. These large residences will include 3 bedrooms plus media rooms, gorgeous finishes, gourmet kitchens, private pools with outdoor kitchens, rooftop gardens, elevators, 3-car garages, deep-water docks & beach access. $3,000,000 plus Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with stunning views of the Gulf and downtown Sarasota. This condominium is beautifully turnkey furnished with wonderful appoint$2,500,000 Virtual Tour ments throughout. World-class amenities & clubhouse.

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C.C. Shores home sells for $2.55 million The top transaction on the outer keys between March 11 and March 17 was the sale of the imposing, 3-year-old home on Sarasota Bay at 561 Hornblower Lane in the Third Unit of Country Club Shores for $2.55 million. Thomas D. Gruseck of the Chicago suburb of Schiller Park, Ill., bought the four-bedroom and sixand-a-half-bath home with a swimming pool from Midwest Properties, L.L.C., of Louisville, Ky. Paul M. Baker, Midwest Properties board member, signed the deed of sale. Midwest acquired the original home in April 1999 for $775,000; it was then razed to pave the way for the new home, completed in 2001.

Unit 544 at Grand Bay V to Loretta and Gerald M. Feder for $698,000. Located at 3080 Grand Bay Blvd., the two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was completed in 1996 and sold new in September that year for $325,000.

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Country Club Shores Units V, III There were two other transactions in the original 420-lot Country Club Shores. In Unit V Barbara L. Thoman of 360 North Shore Road sold her 36-year-old waterfront home at 511 Golf Links Lane to Karen K. And Marc B. Fors, 415 L’Ambiance Drive, for $669,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home was sold previously in March 2001 for $500,000. Over in Unit III the Joedan Development L.L.C., of Sylvania, Ohio, purchased the home at 513 Hornblower Lane from Ertfied Stecher and William L. Ray, 7416 Sea Island, University Park, for $670,000. The two-bedroom and three-bath home has a swimming pool and was built in 1967. It last sold for $175,000 back in June 1987.

Gerald L. Zeitlin from Newton, Mass., paid $635,000 to Jennifer J. and Jefferson Michael Pecora for their Bay Harbour Apartment 101 in Building A. The three-bedroom and three-bath condominium at 448 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1970.

Islander Club Karin I. Eisen of Koenigstein, Germany, sold her Unit 56-N at the 12-story, 140-unit Islander Club to Monica J. Harnetty, 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $619,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was constructed in 1970.

Harbour Villa Club Karin and Erik Vonk of 773 Hideaway Bay Drive purchased Unit 302 at the 38-unit Harbour Villa Club on Dream Island from Janet E. Vosburgh, 111-12th St. S., Bradenton Beach, and the Vosburgh Family Trust for $571,962. The purchase includes an assigned parking space and boat dock. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo at 615 Dream Island Road was developed by the late Herb Field in 1985. The apartment last sold for $570,000 in February 2002.

Sabal Cove Values keep rising at Sabal Cove, the 38-lot, lakefront enclave at the north end of the Bay Isles peninsula. Jane D. Dewey of Cincinnati, Ohio, sold her home at 3320 Sabal Cove Lane for a subdivision record $1.8 million to Helen and Naso Tom Dzongowski. The three-year-old, four-bedroom home has two full baths and two half-baths and a swimming pool. The transaction represents a $1.3 million gross profit for Dewey, who bought the undeveloped property in December 1998 for $500,000 before building the house.

James R. K. Hardy from Great Falls, Va., purchased apartment A-701 at Sanctuary III from Mary Kay and Timothy L. Carroll, 1101 Longboat Club Road, for $1,685,000. The three-bedroom and three-and-one-half-bath condominium was built in 1991 and sold last in March 1999 for $975,000, for a nice $710,000 profit in five years.

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Rosalie Goldberg of New York City bought apartment Unit 407 at the 11-story, 86-unit Water Club I tower from Franz and Ludwig Czeisler of Las Vegas, Nev., for $1,355,000. The three-bedroom and four-bath apartment at 1241 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1996.

There were two transactions at Seaplace, Longboat Key’s largest condominium complex with 461 units. Christina and Dominick DeCarlo of Hackensack, N.J., bought Unit M1504 at Seaplace II from Jennifer A. and Grant A. Stove, and Theresa M. and Paul G. Maggie from Grayslake, Ill., for $472,500. Located at 2045 Gulf of Mexico Drive, the three-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1973 and sold previously for $269,500 in April of 1998. Joseph G. Mann, trustee for the Allen D. Main Trust, Danville, Ill., sold Unit G1-301-C at Seaplace I to Lisa-Marie and Glen A. Hintze, 10604 Cheval Place, Bradenton, for $305,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condo at 2089 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1973. It was last sold for $209,000 in March 2003, a $96,000 appreciation in value in one year.

Beachplace I Nancy Gebhart Korb and James F. Gebhart of Crested Butte, Colo., sold their Gulf-view apartment 205 in Building 1 at the 336-unit Beachplace to Holly O. And Daniel J. Skakloff from Fort Wayne, Ind., for $950,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath condo at 1145 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1980.

Islands West Joan J. and Robert J. Hart from Bridgeport, W. Va., bought apartment 8-A at the 15-story, 89-unit Islands West Condominium, 2525 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Tammy L. and George Brooks Buck of Riverview in Hillsborough County for $800,000. The 32-year-old, twobedroom and two-bath condominium was last sold for $662,900 in August 2002.

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Two boat slips were sold at Longboat Key Moorings Marina. Owner-operator Longboat Key Marina Associates sold slip 1 on B pier to Joseph E. Martindell of Las Vegas, Nev., for $300,000. Signing the deed of sale for Marina Associates was President Stuart R. Scheyer. McVean Aviation of North Carolina, Inc., Memphis, Tenn., purchased slip L-10 from J. Miles H. Wilson for $280,000. The slip last sold for $246,000 in July 2001.

Longboat Beachcomber Joan M. Keefer of Bloomington, Ill., sold her Unit 207 at the 40-unit Longboat Beachcomber to SCS Investments of Southwest Florida, L.L.C., 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $227,500. The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment at 2721 Gulf of Mexico Drive was erected in 1970.

Whitney Beach Sidney C. Mott from St. Charles, Ill., bought a half-interest in Unit 159 at Whitney Beach Condominium from Elizabeth Ann Bauerschimdt for $177,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condo on the bayside of Whitney Beach was built in 1969.

Barbara J. and John H. Sandford, 6701 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold their Unit No. 1 at the St. Judes Apartments to Michael Pooler of Orlando for $129,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condo was built in 1966.

Lido Surf & Sand Daniel L. Greiwe from Oak Brook, Ill., purchased Unit 403 at Lido Surf & Sand from Roselyn Feinberg Sedlezky, 700 John Ringling Blvd., for $675,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 1100 Ben Franklin Drive was built in 1976.

Bird Key Laurie D. And Eric K. Beaty, 3735 Eagle Hammock Drive, Sarasota, sold their home at 546 Bird Key Drive to Steven Saemisch and his wife, Barbara Carnes, for $625,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath home, built in 1973, has a swimming pool and was last sold for $445,000 in November 2000.

Kingston Arms Maja and Abe Vinik of Lake Forest, Ill., sold Unit 26-B at Kingston Arms, 500 S. Washington Drive to Nina Vinik and her husband, Ross B. Bricker, and Karen Wensley of Evanston, Ill., for $250,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1963. 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. ❑

INN ON THE BEACH Top floor, 2BR with sweeping gulf views. Turnkey furnished, 2 separate terraces, the perfect Florida get-away or beach retreat. Good rental history. OffVirtual Tour $850,000. site rental program. Unique floor plan allows two separate entrances, rent one side and live in the other. This very private gulf front location has a feeling of a beach front $849,000. home. Turnkey furnished.

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Fabulous panoramic Bay, City and Gulf views! Most rooms with walls of glass, open onto 720 sq. ft. of wrap-around terrace with fabulous views. 3BR enVirtual Tour $1,225,000. suite, 2 car garage.

SEAPLACE Beautifully remodeled 2BR/2BA, wood floors, new kitchen and baths, sunny southern facing screened terrace. Don’t miss this Longboat Key value! Virtual Tour $439,000. Furniture available.

WONDERFUL WINDING OAKS Charming villa - Bright airy floor plan surrounded DINGbeautiful wood by natural light. VaultedPE ceilings, N LE fireplace, $535,000. floors, cozy woodSA burning

BEACHPLACE Largest 2BR/2BA walkdown! Perfect “move-in” condition. Turnkey furnished. Great lake views. $605,000.

THE BEACHES Hear the surf and watch the gorgeous sunsets over the Gulf. GULF FRONT beautifully appointed INGcondominium. DKey N 2BR/2BA furnished Longboat E P LEnow reduced. $699,000. SAand An excellent value

Windward Bay There were two sales at the 151-unit Windward Bay on the Manatee County side of the Key. Karol S. Soules from Auburn, N.Y., paid $390,000 to Carol and Henry Ettman, 3246 Suffolk Lane, Sarasota, for their Unit 24 in Building L. The three-bedroom and twobath condominium at 4964 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built by the late I. Z. Mann in 1974.

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The Ettmans bought the apartment in March of 2001 for $310,000. Ethel Kahn of Caldwell, N.J., sold her Unit 206 in Building D at Windward Bay to Penny H. and C. James Burmeister of Maple Lake, Minn., for $350,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo at 4700 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1975 and last sold for $115,000 in August 1990.

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Next round: The Founders Club After five years of designing and county review, The Founders Club is out of the ground. It’s one of three ultra-pricey golf clubs opening out east.

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Tom Brown, above, and partners Jay Tallman and Fred Starling are developing the The Founders Club, a $300 million traditional golf club community with 262 home sites. BY SEAN ROTH The Gulf Coast Business Review

From a height of 200 feet, Jay Tallman and Tom Brown knew exactly what they wanted to do with the 700 acres. The year was 1999, and the owners of U.S. Assets Group, a luxury developer, were flying a chartered helicopter over Sarasota looking for real estate. The property, located south of Fruitville Road and three miles east of Interstate 75, had all they were looking for. It was hundreds of acres of undeveloped land with easy access to two thoroughfares, and more important, it was in northern Sarasota. Five years and several million dollars later, Brown, Tallman and Fred Starling, a Sarasota commercial developer/contractor, watched as construction started on The Founders Club, a $300 million golf course and residential community. “It’s small and more intimate,” Brown says. “It’s where you don’t need a tee time. Where the golf memberships stay under 300.” This market niche is present in Vero Beach, Palm Beach and Naples, Brown says. In Naples, there are about 25 clubs, with memberships ranging from $75,000 to $260,000, with more than 9,000 members. “And how many of these clubs does Sarasota have? “Zero,” he says. But transforming vacant land into a first-class 18-hole golf course surrounded by 262 home sites has proved an arduous and lengthy process. At the time that Tallman and Brown first discovered the 700 acres that would become The Founders Club, the partners were busy developing the en Provence condominium development on Longboat Key. The two partners would also complete another condominium, the Beau Ciel in downtown Sarasota, and start the 54-unit Orchid Beach Club on Lido Key, while The Founders Club property was being approved. “After Jay and I identified the property,” Brown says, “we mentioned to a local attorney, Steve Rees, that we were interested in doing a truly private golf club in Sarasota. He said, ‘That’s actu-

ally owned by a client of mine ... Ed Ansin (owner of the Miami-based Sunbeam Television Corp.)’ (Rees) said, ‘In fact there is a local commercial developer, Fred Starling, who has bought a lot of property from him lately.’” So Tallman and Brown called Starling, president of Sarasota’s The Starling Group, and asked if he would help them with an introduction to Ansin. “At the same time, Fred said he had an interest in seeing if maybe he could join in with us,” Brown says. The two partners agreed. “We all just seemed to fit together really well,” Starling says of the partnership. With Starling’s help, the property was put under contract. It was early on in the development

process, when Tallman and Brown discovered that under the existing code, the property was zoned for only 86 residences. The project was not financially viable with that few home sites. Further investigation showed that under the county’s land-use comprehensive plan, the property was designated to allow a maximum of 262 residential units. So a rezone of the property to Planned Urban Development, although time consuming and complex, was the only way to go. “Obviously being the first of its kind in a while,” Starling says, “it took some work. We worked as diligently as we could.” Brown says the three partners, who formed The Founders Club CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

Above: The Founders Club clubhouse, located east of I-75, will be traditional in style. Below: Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Brown, Sarasota Mayor Lou Ann Palmer, Sarasota County Commissioner David Mills, Fred Starling and Jay Tallman.

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The 262 home sites have been divided up among John Cannon, Pruett Builders, Todd Johnston, Marc Rutenberg, Lee Wetherington, Taylor Woodrow and the developers themselves. Construction on the model homes will start in April. Homes prices will start at $600,000 including home sites. Starling’s construction company, Fred M. Starling Inc., is building the 27,000-squarefoot clubhouse, designed by Fleischman Garcia of Tampa, and additional maintenance and community recreation facilities. The three partners plan to sell 275 golf memberships for $75,000 each, along with social and invitational memberships. Asked about competition from The RitzCarlton Members Golf Club course in Manatee County and The Concession, Brown says, “We are out there doing it already. We will be moving about 1.2 million cubic yards of earth. We have 173 homes sites sold right now. We intend to have the golf course ready for play by the end of this year. The entire development should be done early next year. It’s just going to be a great project ... and it’s in Sarasota near all of the other amenities.” The initial sales office for The Founders Club is located in the Gateway office complex at the northwest corner of Fruitville and Interstate 75. ❑

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Development Co. LLC, tried through a number of concessions to make the development extremely attractive to the county. “We set new standards in environmental design,” Brown says. “This is really state of the art. We have additional treatment for any water run off. We paid special attention to wetlands and minimizing the impact on them. We implemented a WaterWise irrigation program using reuse water. We also minimized the use of pesticides. We left a large amount of open and natural space. We gave the county property for a (1.5 mile) bike trail. We gave them land on our western and southern boundary for a five-acre park. We even gave them a right of way for the future extension of Iona Road.” But aside from the incentives, the economics of the project meant that the county would gain nearly $2 million in property and school taxes yearly. With all the approvals finally in place, The Founders Club developer purchased the property and started construction. The golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is set for completion toward the end of the year. The remainder of the development is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2005.

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Discover “The Ar t Of Living” ROGER SELLS GRAND BAY RESIDENCE 161...This is the best priced Antigua floor plan at Grand Bay with views that go on forever. One of only two locations of Antiguas with unobstructed views. Complete 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths. $1,298,500 RESIDENCE 641...Direct Bayfront, Aruba floor plan in Building Six. Wonderfully finished and ready to move into. $728,000 RESIDENCE 634...Highly desired Capri residence in Building Six with views from both terraces. Beautifully finished with oversized ceramic tiles, granite countertops and built-ins. Sold furnished for $679,000 --PENDING--

REGENT PLACE PENTHOUSE - Extremely rare find on Longboat Key with wide open Gulf to Bay panorama. Walls of glass and the open contemporary design provide breathtaking views of the Gulf, Bay, Downtown and Islandside Golf Course from this 10th floor masterpiece. Private elevator opens to 12’ ceilings, 8’ solid oak doors & trim, luxurious master suite, 2 en-suite bedrooms, skylights, plus office, den and 2 huge terraces. Nothing compares! $3,500,000.

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L o n g b o a t K e y • PROMENADE: VIEWS • VIEWS • VIEWS! Sunset views from furnished 2BR/2BA condo. Open white kitchen w/new appliances, large living & dining areas. Extra garage parking, his & her spa, lighted clay courts & pool. A tremendous value. $799,000. M a i n l a n d • OYSTER BAY: 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom home on nature preserve. Wood and tile floors, Corian, Eurotech cabinetry and new appliances. Near shopping and Sarasota’s finest schools. $695,000.

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Be a nuisance on the court — poach Doubles strategy requires a team effort. As the server’s partner, you should be able to help your partner get at least one point each game. Poaching or cutting off the service return is one way to help your partner get that point. Poaching is an aggressive doubles strategy and it works. Having an aggressive style of play means hitting aggressive shots whenever possible, while an aggressive strategy means something more. Adopting a “poaching” strategy is a part of an aggressive, rather than a passive, style of doubles play. It is consistent with the style of play that’s expected from the serving team. When serving, you are on the offense, you are putting the ball into play and you control the point from the very beginning. There is no better (or more important) time to be aggressive. But, being aggressive in doubles should not be limited to your team’s service game only. Whether you are serving or receiving, once the ball is in play, you need an aggressive strategy — one that should be an attempt to shorten the points or end the point with a winner at the earliest possible opportunity. In doubles, this could require an effort to repeat the “poaching” strategy at different times during the point, not just on the return of serve. This is known as an intercept or pick: cutting off or picking off the ball during an exchange, other than on the serve return itself. Wisdom, of course, suggests waiting for just that right moment; to wait for the easy put-away. While waiting sounds like percentage tennis and it may work more often than not, it really isn’t an aggressive strategy. You and your partner need to agree on this style of play and when and how you are going to implement this aggressive play. You need to discuss your plan ahead of time, preferably before the match, so that you each have some knowledge of what to expect. You may simply decide to tell your partner that you will be attempting an intercept

every chance you get and that he should do the same. Or maybe you should be going only when a forceful shot is hit by your partner or a weak response is expected (similar to your decision in singles to approach the net). Or perhaps you will only be going on some preset signal. In any event, letting your partner know your plans helps him be better prepared in the event of your failure to either reach the ball or put it away for a winner. The most common form of an intercept or pick-off is done by the receiving team. In this case, if your partner’s return of serve is particularly forceful or deep into the server’s corner (or low at the server’s feet in the case of a serve and volley opponent), you should move across and forward to your partner’s side of the court, and pick-off the server’s next shot. That’s an intercept and a very aggressive play — one that will startle your opponents and may very well win your team the point. How do you decide when to attempt an intercept? This can either be done based on the aggressiveness of the return, the placement of the return, the position of the server or simply on an agreed upon signal before the point begins The signal should be similar to the one used by the server’s partner prior to a poach. Once you have decided to go, just like the poach, it requires perfect timing, good footwork and a plan on what to do when you get to the ball (all the ingredients of a well- executed poach). Other opportunities to attempt an intercept can occur anywhere during the progression of the point. Either player, regardless of side, should be on the constant lookout for the opportunity. Long rallies between two players hitting from side to side or back and forth down the line should not be allowed to continue without the constant threat of an intercept. If nothing else, use a fake intercept to break up the rally and end the point. To your opponent, the unpredictability of your movement is an asset in itself. It’s just one more thing for your opponents to think about.

JOHN Mrachek

So, when should you use such an aggressive strategy? It could define your entire game plan. Or, it could be something you do to put pressure on your opponents when you’re trying to close out the set or to finish off the match. Or, it could be something you do to turn around the momentum (obviously, if you’re losing) in the middle of the match. Regardless of when you resort to this strategy, you’ll be considered a nuisance on the court by your opponents. And that’s a good thing! John Mrachek is the manager of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and the recipient of the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Outstanding Tennis Facilities Award.❑

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SPORTS Sportscards

PLAYER OF THE WEEK How many years have you played tennis? “It’s hard to say how many years — it’s been since I was a young adult,” Carole Thoms says. “We’ve lived overseas and I’ve played in many countries and now here on Longboat Key.”

Longboat Key Niners Scramble — March 30 Judy Litvin, Lillian Meckler, Rosalie Krone — 39.4; Pauline Burns, Barbara Marcouiller, Phyllis Bushnell, Jimmie Hess — 40.8; Betty Von Noorden, Paulette Samowitz, Freida Shapiro — 41; Reeva Shoengood, Jeanie Lunn, Carolyn Albrect, Natalie Duprey — 41.5.

What is your best stroke: serve, backhand, etc.? “I think I have quite a good volley, which is important in doubles, which I’m playing quite a bit now with the league,” Thoms says.

Longboat Key Club What is your specialty? Singles? Doubles? “Lately I’ve played more doubles because of the leagues but I love singles too,” she says. “I can remember playing singles on red clay courts in Ethiopia, Mexico and Germany.” What kind of racket do you use? “I use a Wilson Hammer 2.7, which is the racket I’ve used for many years — I always seem to go back to it,” Thoms says. What is the one thing you’d like to improve? “Well, I think I really should be more aggressive, which goes along with a good net game,” she says, “however, my natural inclination isn’t to be aggressive so I try the best I can.” What is your most glorious moment in a match? “Most recently, our Tri-Cities team won its division this year, and it was very exciting for us because it was a newly formed team,” she says. “It was particularly exciting for me because I was its captain.” What is your funniest flub-up? “Maybe we should call it a fatal flub-up ... my partner and I were ahead 3-1 in a match set and our opponents hit the ball where we didn’t see it,” Thoms relates. “We gave the

Men’s Golf Association — March 31 Individual Match Play Championship John Westerberg def. Ian Willis 4, 2. Individual Quota points: Bud Weill, +8; Stu Lystad, +7; William Fussner, +4; Robert Nelson, +4; Murray Brinn, +3; Ed Toth, +3; Phineas Alpers, +3; Vince DeLisi, +3.

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Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? “I have long admired Martina Hingis and her versatile game,” Thoms says.

The fifth annual Longboat Harbour tennis tournament started on March 17th with 13 men participating in the men’s tournament and 8 women in the women’s tournament. The format was a round-robin tournament. Scores were earned on an individual basis and high scorers were advanced to the next round. After several rounds the following players emerged as the finalists: Men’s finalists: Bob Adamsky, Joe

Do you have any advice or tips for other players? “I think it’s most important to be confident with your strokes and your game, which starts with one good stroke,” she advises. What do you like most about playing tennis on Longboat Key? “We looked all over Florida, up and down the coast, looking for the perfect tennis spot,” Thoms says. “We ended up on the Key and thought the natural environment, temperature and people were all perfect.” —Annie Curnow

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5.250 / 0.00 5.375 / 0.00 No Quote 4.875 / 1.50 No Quote 5.375 / 0.00 5.375 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.750 / 0.00 5.750 / 0.00 5.000 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 No Quote 5.000 / 1.00 5.375 /0 .00 No Quote No Quote 4.875 / 1.88 5.250 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.410 / 1.25 5.250 / 0.00 5.375 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.250 / 0.00 5.000 / 1.00 5.125 / 0.88 5.250 / 0.00 No Quote 5.250 / 0.00 4.875 / 2.50 5.375 / 0.00

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NORTHWEST BRADENTON- Pool home on a lake. 3 bedroom, 2baths, family room with a fireplace...................................$229,900. RIVER CLUB; EXECUTIVE HOME - On lake and golf course. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, office, pool, spa, and 3 car garage........$635,000.

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Joan D. Boltax

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY - This spacious 3BR villa with family room and double garage is behind the gates of the LBK Club, overlooking the golf course. Private beach club membership included.............................................................................$395,000. GRAND BAY - Condo living at its finest! Enjoy panoramic gulf, golf course and bay views from this corner 3/3.5 bayfront home which is beautifully decorated and stylishly furnished. 2 garage parking spaces; great recreational and social amenities; Bay Isles Beach Club membership..............................$1,550,000 furnished. GULF FRONT - 2/2 with minimal fees and restrictions on great walking beach. Enjoy sunsets from your screened porch................................................................................$695,000. WHIMSICAL - Artistic Village home with separate studio. Close to Art Center, community dock and beach.....................$387,000. BOATERS DREAM - Wonderful LBK Key West home on deep sailboat water with dock space for your own personal fleet....$1,350,000. WATER CLUB - Stunning “Dover” floor plan with gulf & bay views. Granite kitchen, 2 parking spaces, great amenities..........$1,500,000. CEDARS WEST - Direct first floor gulf front. Recently renovated and beautifully furnished. Two week rental program makes for year round income.....................PENDING...................$695,000. BEAUTIFUL LOT in LBK maintenance free community. Deep water boat dock, 2 minute walk to great beach...............$249,900.

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Helen Bradshaw

MISTLETOE LANE, LBK

Memphis, TN

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Peggy Henger St. Louis, MO

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Suzanne Lutkoff Long Island, NY

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Dee Dee Burke Ho Ho Kus, NJ

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Direct Bay Front on double lot. Exquisitely maintained with marble floors, swimming pool and dock. The ultimate in Florida lifestyle. $1,995,000

Dorothy Cook

ST. ARMANDS KEY

Long Island, NY

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Don Carey New York, NY

rs 9Y

Tropical hide away, walk to circle. Totally private, surrounded by gardens and waterfall. Spotless interior, very low maintenance. $629,000

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Vera Freeman Sarasota, FL

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Penthouse, Bay to Gulf views, 3/BR3BA over 2500 Sq Ft of living space. Large Florida room. Boat Docks for $150 per year. $689,000

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WATERFRONT ELEGANCECustom built 2 story home with 4860 sqft of living area. Magnificent view of Manatee River. Pool, dock, exercise room, home theatre, gourmet kitchen. Dorothy Cook. 3835577 #242956 $1,925,000 THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Bring your boat and toothbrush! Deepwater canal to ICW & Gulf. Meticulously maintained 3BR furnished home on the North end of Longboat Key. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #253185 $585,000 LONGBOAT ARMS 2BR/2BA with water views. Turnkey furnished. Boat docks, clubhouse, tennis and beach access. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #244796 $309,000 ON THE LAKE, SPANISH MAIN Must see this single villa with tranquil views of lake. Updated with tile, carpet, newer kitchen. Great boating community on the Intracoastal. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #237311 $284,900 ATTENTION BOATERS Enjoy marina views from well maintained 2BR/2BA villa w/protected boat basin at your door. Easy access to Intracoastal & Gulf. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #253489 $284,500

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! An oversized single villa w/3BRs. Completely updated. Deeded beach access, heated pool, clubhouse & possibility of boat slip in marina. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #254102 $272,500 VILLA ON LONGBOAT KEY 2BR/2BA, updated villa. Higher ceilings, all white kitchen w/new appliances, enclosed lanai. Active clubhouse, marina & beach. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #254509 $269,500 SPANISH MAIN CHARMER Must see this updated furnished 2BR/2BA villa. Community has large deep water marina, deeded beach, heated pool and clubhouse. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #253615 $239,900 SPANISH MAIN ON LAKE Beautiful lake setting! Catch the East/West breezes. 2BR/1BA. Great marina in the community on Intracoastal . Pool and planned activities. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #236156 $239,000

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Sharon Oper Asbury Park, NJ

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Susan Smith St. Louis, MO

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Mary Wickersham Macon, GA

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BOATING COMMUNITY Spanish Main - Great location in a terrific area on Longboat Key. Very reasonably priced for area. Heated Barbara Fulmer Rental Manager pool, beach access, clubhouse & Clinton, IN marina. Just needs TLC. Peggy s r Henger 383-5577 #247897 3 Y 1 $219,000

Located at THE CENTRE SHOPS 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key (941)383-5577 Toll Free (800)352-0367 To preview all homes in Manatee & Sarasota Counties, please visit wwwWagnerRealty.com MLS

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Golfers gather for end-of-season celebration affair, which was none other than the Harbourside Dining Room at the Longboat Key Club. Participants in the tournament chatted before dinner about their game on the greens and their final scores. Others simply enjoyed the appetizers, cocktails and the company before sitting down to a scrumptious dinner to celebrate the game of golf and the winding down of season.

BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

The annual Longboat Key Club pro/member golf tournament and dinner March 28 was the perfect blend of casual and elegant — casual because a good portion of those in attendance chose to go casual in their attire, having recently come from the golf course, and elegant because of the other guests who were dressed for an evening on the town and the location of the

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Carol Lystad and Vi Seegmiller

Jim Owen and Jimmy Pettinato

Sam and Ruth Seager, Barbara McDevitt and Norma Gregson

Photos by Annie Curnow

Alexander and Isabella Paspa

Tom Corden, Karyn Rex, Pam Corden and Dick Rex

Luxurious, old-Florida lifestyle on Longboat Key.

Joyce Welch and Donna Pettinato

George Minnig and Doug Tibbets talk golf.

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A neighborhood of 27 custom homes nestled between the white sand beach of Longboat Key, Florida and the historic Village of Longbeach. Unique single-family homes designed by Frank Folsom Smith, FAIA in the seaside architectural tradition, all within walking distance of the beach, shopping and restaurants. Conrad Beach is old Florida style, modern architecture and luxurious amenities combined to create a wonderful place to live and play. Experience the pleasure of island living.

CONRAD BEACH

Coastal Living Magazine’s Community Development Of The Year 322 Firehouse Lane, North Longboat Key 941-387-9595 www.conradbeach.com

Open Daily 10-4 or by Appointment Broker Participation is Welcome

from the high $200’s* Also in the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch… MIZNER RESERVE from the high $300’s

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Michael Saunders & Company Exceptional People & Properties Licensed Real Estate Broker • Exclusive Affiliate Of Sotheby’s International Realty & Leading Estates Of The World

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HOMES

• NEW LISTING - SAND CAY THIS IS YOUR VIEW from up front lanai. A spotless and enlarged 2BR + den/2BA, extended condominium. Turnkey furnished for great rental program or personal use. $549,000.

Pat Ploussard, Nancy Mueller and Betty Sarzynski

MARTY BENSON HOYT BEATY

• LONGBOAT HOME NOTHING BUT QUALITY! Just under 2800sq ft custom built home by Rusty Chinnis with garage space for 3 to 4 vehicles. Beautiful open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, 3 large bedrooms, 3 baths, lap pool, screened lanai, all neutral decor, tile throughout. Huge light and bright hobby room, elevator. On canal for small boat. $885,000. For virtual tour click on MLS# 252558 at www.michaelsaunders.com

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OPEN HOUSE SUN 1-4 • 6553 GULFSIDE ROAD •VT PRIVATE BEACH HOUSE 100’ of beach, 2 story residence, expansive views, privacy abounds, recently remodeled, heated, beach front pool, excellent rental potential, and it’s furnished. $2,525,000 •VT LAUREL LAKE ESTATES - Newer custom home w/over 3400 sq. ft. Separate guest quarters, media room, heated pool & spa. Sold furnished w/countless upgrades. Situated on a double corner lot in gated community. JUST REDUCED $675,000 •VT A UNIQUE & GRACIOUS ESTATE 100’ of beach, over 5,000 square feet of combined living space from main house and separate 3BR guest cottage, heated pool, furnished. $4,499,000 HIDEAWAY BAY Brand new 4BR w/over 4,700 square feet of quality construction and many fine appointments. Heated pool & private dock. Under Construction. $2,525,000 UNIVERSITY PARK Stunning views of lake from this 3700 sq. ft. home built by Marc Rutenberg. 4 Bedrooms, 2 separate offices, heated pool & spa. State-of-Art kitchen design with top of the line appliances, double-sided fireplace any numerous upgrades throughout. SOLD FURNISHED $995,000

LOTS VT

• INN ON THE BEACH AT THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. A room with a view and what a view it is! Gulf front club suite at a world class resort in desirable building #1. Great privacy with southern exposure overlooking New Pass and the gulf. Excellent Rental. MLS#234304 $339,000.

Spectacular sweeping Gulf and Bay views from this 8th floor 3BR/3.5BA Royal floor plan. Tastefully decorated, marble floors, custom built-ins, great amenities. An exceptional residence. $3,395,000 LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES

CONDOMINIUMS

• BUTTONWOOD COVE SERENE WATER VIEWS From magnificently renovated condominium at popular beach to bay complex. New floors, walls, ceilings, kitchen & baths. Designed, decorated and furnished by Robb & Stucky. The finishes and tile work define quality at its best. Clubhouse, heated pool, tennis, racketball, private beach area, boat docks, under building parking. $649,000. For virtual tour click on MLS# 252889 at www.michaelsaunders.com

Partial Bay views from canal front home. 3/4 BR, 4car garage. Deeded beach access and private dock. Plans available. Construction completion in Winter 2004. $2,100,000 Just completed, decoBEAU CIEL rator ready 8th floor 2BR/ 2.5BA unit. Bay & Marina views. Top of the line appliances and finishes. Fitness center, concierge, valet parking & pool. Near Downtown $1,100,000. FAIRWAY BAY - 2BR/2BA townhouse w/ a peek of the Bay. Living areas on one level, high ceilings, skylight, wet bar & fireplace. Large garage, security, tennis, pool & exercise facility. $459,000

Marty: 941552.3942 • 941232.9264CELL Hoyt: 941552.3989 • 941232.9333CELL e-mail: mwblbk@comcast.net

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Prudential Palms Realty• Fine Homes International 595 Bay Isles Rd. • Ste. 115 • Longboat Key, FL 34228

THE OAKS Perfectly positioned to build estate sized home in prestigious, gated community in South Sarasota. Corner lot with water views, natural landscape abounds. $395,000 • HIDEAWAY BAY Private enclave on North LBK with private boatdocks, tennis court and minutes to beach. Two direct bay front lots to build estate sized homes. $1,200,000

• LIDO BEACH CLUB DESIGNER FURNISHED - ALL NEW DECOR. 1400 sq. ft. 2BR/2BA condo features new kitchen and includes all Pamaro Shop furnishings - Beautiful gulf view from balcony, covered parking, heated pool and right next door to Ritz Carlton Beach Club. Secured building. $539,900. For virtual tour click on MLS# 252509 at www.michaelsaunders.com

LONGBOAT YACHT & TENNIS HARBOUR COURT BEACHPLACE COREY’S LANDING Sanctuary #605 LB Harbour Towers #405 Bird Key Bayfront L’Elegance #706 Sunset Beach #2501 Seaplace #201 LB Beach House #201 Inn on the Beach #5206

SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

SALE SALE SALE SALE

PENDING PENDING PENDING PENDING

Lido Surf & Sand #308 Robin Dr. Bird Key 2129 Harbourside Dr. Sunset Beach #1203 Beachplace #405 Ritz Beach Club Longboat Harbour #107 LB Yacht & Tennis #203

SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

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TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ CARLTON Luxurious 15th floor corner residence with panoramic views of Bay and the Gulf. Private elevator, volume ceilings, over 3,700 sq ft remarkable amenities. $3,300,000 •VT EXTRAORDINARY GULF FRONT PENTHOUSE 3BR + 2,000 square foot landscaped terrace, semi-private elevator and foyer with direct beach views, gourmet kitchen, fireplace and built-ins in small gated community. JUST REDUCED $1,725,000 SANCTUARY Tastfully appointed corner residence with great Gulf views and landscape abounds. Three bedrooms, wood floors, plantation shutters, lovely furnishings, and wrap around balcony $849,000 all within the gates of the Longboat Key Club. •VT SURROUND YOURSELF IN LUXURY Graciously appointed condominium /hotel suites. The Resort at LBK Club pampers you with fine dining, generous amenities and dramatic views of the Gulf, lagoon, tennis courts, or golf course fairways. Great income potential! INN ON THE BEACH - CLUB SUITES 7103A Gross Income $31,700+ $289,500 .VT

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GRAND BAY Bldg. 4, Turnkey furnished 3 bed/3 bath Biscayne unit offers southern views over Sarasota Bay, Marina, and Golf course from wrap around terrace. Offers state of the art clubhouse & pets allowed $1,039,000

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WESTCHESTER 2BR/2BA, Gulf Front condo in pristine condition. Watch sunsets from one of your two lanais. Two heated pools, clubhouse, tennis court, citrus grove on beautiful seven acres. Turnkey furnished, ready to move in. $689,000

ENPROVENCE Enjoy evening sunsets on the open terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Unique Mediterranean 21-unit residence. Magnificent views. Private beach access, club house, pool . $2,695,000

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VIZCAYA The most prestigious community on Longboat Key with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. This 3BR/2.5BA magnificent property offering Mediterranean elegance, private beach, club house, pool, and tennis. $2,775,000

TANGERINE BAY Terrific value in south LBK. This cheerful & bright residence has 2BR plus a den that could be used as a bedroom. Includes a two-car garage, marble fireplace, bay front terrace overlooks pool, grounds, bay. Small pets welcome. $879,000

ATRIUM at Fairway Bay is one of the most desirable locations. 3BR each with a terrace 2.5BA Beautiful views of Sarasota Bay. Amenities galore! Bike path, exercise, heated pool, spa, tennis hard surface and private beach club. $785,000

QUEENS HARBOUR Magnificent home in prestigious Country Club community overlooks the lake. Popular Ashford master suite. Elegantly detailed with high volume ceilings and designer upgrades. $965,000

ISLANDER CLUB Completely renovated 2BR/2BA condo. All newly decorator furnished by Robb & Stucky. Huge balcony w/beautiful view of bay. Complex offers state of the art amenities, including fitness room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico & beautiful white sandy beach. $595,000

POSITANO New development, replacing Holiday Inn. 29 units on the Gulf. One of the last chances to buy pre-construction on Longboat Key. The ultimate in condo living. Clubhouse, community pool & fitness room right on beach, 24hr security. Located on 10 acres.

ING D N PE

REGENCY HOUSE Spectacular Bay Views from this completely updated 2BR/2BA end unit. Spacious LR/DR, remodeled kitchen & baths, designer tile, new appliances. One of Sarasota's most desirable locations. Enjoy magnificent sunsets from your living room. Club house, elevator, heated pool & 24hr. guard on duty. $459,000

ING D N PE

Downtown OP SU EN N HO 1- U 4 S PM E

“PIER 550” GOLDEN GATE POINT ATTENTION BOATERS - Docking facilities to accommodate boats up to 30 ft. Just Reduced. This updated, decorator furnished condo has partial bay view & heated pool. Walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants & Marina Jacks. Great rental opportunity or perfect pied-a-terre. $259,000

OP SU EN N HO 1- U 4 S PM E

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BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

With a steady ocean breeze, Jimmy Buffet playing on the poolside loudspeaker, tables with red and white checkered linens and the smell of barbecued ribs and chicken, the scene was set for a perfect early-evening party at Longboat Moorings April 4. The second annual Mr. Petty’s Old-Fashioned Barbecue and Wine Tasting, not only offered guests some finger-licking barbecue, topped off with Steve and Rosie Petty’s Red Rooster Barbecue Sauce which recently won first place at the Fort Worth Food Exhibition and Convention, but also a chance to sample a variety of wines from different vintners with fellow marina friends. The Pettys have been slip owners at Longboat Key Moorings for the past six years and started hosting the annual barbecue after entering a business venture as coowners of their own gourmet sauce company. Because they wanted their friends and neighbors to try some of their flavorful sauces, dips and presto, an annual tradition was born. Top left: Host Steve Petty shows off a perfectly cooked stack of ribs. Top right: Eileen Myers, Pency and Nellie Wilson and Paulette Samowitz Above: Hostess Rosie Petty with a display of Wild Rooster Sauce, which she and her husband co-own. Left: Suzi Lynch, J.C. Pratt, Barbara Lynch and Beth Thornton


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If your organization would like to have meetings or events publicized, mail or fax the information at least one week in advance to The Longboat Observer, Box 8100, Longboat Key 34228; fax: 383-7193 or e-mail: news@longboatobserver.com. All announcements must be typed, include hour and date of meeting, complete address of meeting place and a telephone reference number. To ensure accuracy, no telephone calls. Deadline is the previous Tuesday, 5 p.m.

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Easter Egg Hunt — The Easter Bunny is coming to Longboat Key and will be hiding his eggs at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, on Easter, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 11. Fun and prizes for all children, ages 1 to 91. Details, 316-1980. Passover and Easter Services — Please see page 11A+ for a complete listing of services. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 3870706. Second Friday “Sunset Stroll — Island Style” — will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 9, on St. Armands Circle. Monday@Mote — hosts Jeffrey C. Carrier, Ph.D. and Harold “Wes’ Pratt, at its Monday lecture series at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12. Carrier and Pratt will present “The Romantic Lives of Sharks.” Reservations

required, 388-4441, Ext. 691.

Tennis Clinics — for ages 5 to 16 are held year-round, usually from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Cedars Tennis Club. Fees are from $15 to $25. Laurie Tinnell, 224-0207. The Women’s Auxiliary of Longboat Island Chapel — will have a luncheon Monday, April 12, in the Memorial Garden at the Chapel. Ladies are requested to wear hats, and prizes will be given. At 1 p.m., Sea Stable will present a style show. Reservations necessary. ‘Rounds, Rhymes and Silly Songs’ — The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, hosts a 10-week class of sing, dance and play for children from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays. Infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers with parent or guardian. (Grandparents are welcome unaccompanied.) Registration, 383-6491. Last class is April 12. “Toot Your Own Horn” Breakfast — The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at The Hungry Fox, 419 St. Armands Circle. $5 for members, $10 for guests. Rsvp at 387-9519. Republican Club of Longboat Key — will host Katherine Harris, who will speak on events in Florida, Washington, and the world, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the the Longboat Key Club Island House. The Education Center on Longboat Key — registering for spring classes. Register online at lbkedctr.org, or call 383-8811.

Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It has a large selection of new and barely-used fiction and non-fiction books. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile comes to the library from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Details, 383-2011. Business Network International — networking meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 383-5543. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $2 for children ages 4 to 17. Details, 388-4444. Mote Marine Aquarium — located at 1600 Ken Thompson on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Details, 388-2451.

social events

German-American Club of Manatee County Spring Dance — will be held at 7 p.m. April 10, at the Bayshore Recreation Center in Bradenton. Music by Marion De Leon. Details, 761-3833.

public events Sarasota Jungle Garden’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Party — will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. The Easter Bunny, a scavenger hunt, thousands of Easter eggs and hundreds of prizes will be just a few of the delights for children who attend. Cost is admission into the park; $11 for adults and $7 for children.

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER Flea Market — will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. $1.50 per person. Children 12 and under free. Jesus, the Son of God Musical — will be presented at 8:30 a.m. and 10;30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 11, at the West Bradenton Baptist Church, by the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra. Admission is free. Details, 748-6926. Shakespeare on the Bay — “Twelfth Night” or “What You Will” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, and 2 p.m. April 14, at the Crosley Museum, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail. For tickets call, 722-3244. The Historical Society of Sarasota County honors “Pete” Esthus — George I. (“Pete”) Esthus is retiring from Sarasota Lock and Key, the downtown State Street Shop that has been a unique museum of Sarasota’s history. The “Party for Pete” will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Auditorium of Downtown Selby Library. Details, 3655204.

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Snead Island Rookery Sunset Paddle — Explore the mangroves then paddle out to a nearby bird nesting area on a rookery island in Terra Ceia Bay from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9. Sponsored by the ManateeSarasota Sierra Club. Donation $5 for members and non-members. Reserve with leaders Pete at 729-8006 or Ed at 747-2801. Easter Egg Hunt in Native Florida — will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


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the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. Areas for two different age groups will be set up to accommodate younger and older egg hunters. Free with admission. Anna Maria Island Power Squadron — is having boating safety classes from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at 1200 71 St. NW Bradenton. The fee is $25 for book, materials and food for the entire day. For more information, please call 778-8408 or 545-7646 and ask for Wayne or Claudette. Sarasota Audubon Society Meeting — will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12, at the First Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave. David Karnes, SNN weatherman, will talk on, “Our Weather and How it Affects Bird Migration.” Details, 377-3977 or 378-5166.

Bay Biocruise Aboard the Carefree Learner — will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, leaving from Bayfront Park. $10 for American Littoral Society members, and $15 for non-members. Call Bobbie for reservations at 349-7625. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Peli-Boat Tours — are held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. The cost is $8 to $22. Tours depart from the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. RSVP, 388-4444. Basketball and Volleyball — games are held at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Adult men’s basketball, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Adult volleyball, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $2. Center, 778-1908.

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Sarasota Shell Club Meeting — will be

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VOLUNTEER held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Good works Mote Marine Aquarium, third floor meeting room. All visitors are invited to attend. Call Fran Schlusemann at 7390908.

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The Cornell Club of Sarasota/Manatee — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8, at Michael’s on East. Rita Calvo, Ph.D., Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, will be speaking on “From Homicide to Early Human Migrations: Solving Mysteries with DNA Fingerprinting.” Call Bob Cutler at 9070234.

Next year, when Virginia Sanders is having her 20th anniversary as a volunteer at Mote Marine Aquarium, the aquarium will also celebrate a monumental anniversary — its 50th. Sanders has seen a lot of changes at Mote since she began volunteering there nearly 20 years ago. “When I came here it was a rinky-dink place,” says Sanders. “It’s now a world-class research facility and aquarium.” Regardless of whatever changes and expansions Mote has made over the years, two things remain the same — the facilities focus on research and its need for volunteers. “Mote has more volunteers than any other similar organization and the reason is that the director is so appreciative of the work we do,” says Sanders. “He never misses a volunteer meeting and he always, always thanks us for the work we do.” Another reason Sanders looks forward to working there year after year is the interaction that she has with the patrons who visit the aquarium and also with the researchers in the lab. “We have a very strong educational department,” says Sanders. “Everyone who volunteers takes a series of courses so they really know what’s going on. We get to know the scientists and what they do. It’s really a family and that’s why I’ve been here so long — I still find it educational and inspiring.” Sanders’ work at Mote includes being a docent, doing illustrations for both Mote’s

Women of Manatee County Republican Club — will meet at 12 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 9th Ave. W. Jane Von Hahmann, Chairman of the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, will be the speaker. Men and women are welcome. Cost of luncheon is $15. For reservations, call 758-4878 or 722-5729. Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Sarasota/Manatee — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at El Conquistador Country Club. Following the luncheon, new officers will be installed. Details, contact Karen Kopp at 387-9163 or Jo Ann Devigne at 3833058. Connecticut Club Dinner — will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Jacaranda West Country Club, in Venice. The after dinner speaker will be Kathy Dent, Sarasota County Supervisor of elections. Reservations must be made by 12 p.m. Friday, April 9. Details, contact Jon Whittle at 926-2395. The General Electric Retired Employees of South West Florida — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the Forest Lakes Golf Club, 2401 Beneva Road, Sarasota. For reservations, call 9216549. ❑

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Virginia Sanders, long-time volunteer at Mote Notes, the aquarium’s newsletter and Mote Ripples, a newsletter which goes out to the scientists who work in the laboratory. She also has undertaken the duty of writing a column, published in the newsletter, that tells readers about fun things to do around town. In addition, she has been the program chairperson for at least 10 years (an unusual length of time, considering most officers only stay in their position for two years) and is responsible for organizing monthly lectures nine months out of the year (except for the months of July through August). • If interested in volunteering call Andrea Davis, volunteer coordinator for Mote Marine Aquarium, 388-4441 or stop by 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. ❑

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Sea turtles to nest on Longboat soon It’s that time of year again, when the giant loggerhead turtles make their way to our beaches to lay their eggs in the never-ending struggle to survive. Loggerheads and the six other species of marine turtles are all either threatened or endangered. But bear in mind that species extinction is a natural thing. It has happened to countless creatures over time, but now a burgeoning human population around the world threatens to diminish and possibly even extinguish many species of animals including these air-breathing reptiles that have lived on earth at least 200 million years. You may wonder why there are only seven species of marine turtles when there are so many kinds of turtles in fresh water and on land. The answer is that species diversity arises in response to an animal’s need to adapt to changed habitat conditions or perish. Whereas land turtles have faced many such challenges, often climatic changes they could not escape and geographic barriers they could not cross, sea turtles rarely have had such a problem. The earth’s oceans have long been connected, so sea turtles were able to swim to areas more favorable to their survival.

Thus we only have the loggerhead, the green turtle, the leatherback, the hawksbill, and the Kemp’s ridley turtle in Florida waters. The olive ridley has only recently, been documented in Florida waters. The black turtle of the eastern Pacific is in fact genetically the same as the green turtle and, hence, no longer counted as a separate species. And the Australian flatback, which also occurs in New Guinea, is unknown in any part of the Atlantic.

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Migrations and peril Adult loggerheads range widely from Florida coastal waters into the Caribbean and north to New England and across the Atlantic in search of mollusks, crustaceans, fish and even jellyfish. The giant leatherback turtle, sometimes weighing over 1,000 pounds, dines almost exclusively on jellyfish and other soft animals. Because it can raise its body temperature to combat the cold, it can travel as far as Alaska and southern Chile. Green turtles live largely on sea grasses and marine algae and stay mostly in the tropics. Sea turtle populations are continuing to decline and humans have a big hand in their mortality. Turtles are still eaten in many parts of the world. They are drowned by shrimpers despite laws mandating all shrimp trawls in U.S. waters be equipped with turtle excluder devices (TEDs). They are occasionally drowned after being hooked in long lines set for market fish. They are strangled by discarded monofilament line and killed by swallowing clear plastic they mistake for jellyfish. These perils are in addition to losses caused by predators.

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later help assess the success of the hatching. The work of volunteers greatly lowers the cost of safeguarding sea turtles. There is an outstanding volunteer group, “The Longboat Key Turtle Watch,” that monitors the entire Manatee County beach of Longboat Key. During Turtle Nesting Season, from May 1 to October 31, a regular monthly article appears in The Longboat Observer, which will keep readers up to date on all sea-turtle happenings. Tracking turtles after they leave the beach is a challenge, one being met with modern technology. For example, by capturing an adult and affixing a tag that can be monitored by satellite, scientists can follow the turtle’s migration over vast areas of the ocean. The knowledge gained can make it easier for governments to implement protective measures. There are two important ways beach residents can protect sea turtles. One is to move furniture far back off the high tide line because it interferes with nesting. The other is to turn off lights that can discourage nesting and lead hatchlings to crawl inland to certain death rather than down to the sea and a chance of survival. A note of caution: Don’t ever molest the sea turtles or disturb their nests as it is against both federal and state laws, with heavy penalties for violators. If you want to see living sea turtles, come to Mote’s Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center on Sarasota’s City Island. The same facility holds two Florida manatees. It’s worth a visit and your entrance fee entitles you to admission to the nearby Mote Aquarium. For more information, phone 388-4441.

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Temperature and Rainfall Temps. High Low Mon., March 29 85 68 Tues., March 30 85 65 Wed., March 31 76 69 Thurs., March 1 73 60 Fri., March 2 76 61 Sat., March 3 81 63 Sun., March 4 78 60 Rainfall:

Record Temps. High Low 96 (1996) 45 (1987) 89 (1988) 52 (1981) 85 (1997) 44 (1989) 84 (2002) 47 (1984) 89 (1997) 44 (1989) 85 (1997) 43 (1984) 86 (1997) 43 (1984)

Year-to-date 2004 4.92 in.

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Evening Tides High Low 2:32 11:06 3:11 none 4:00p none 5:01 none 6:26 none 8:11 none 4:24 none

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DOWNTOWN - DIRECT BAYFRONT - New Construction, wonderful bay and sunset views from end unit. Boat docks available. $1,495,000 DRAMATIC DIRECT GULF & SUNSET VISTAS Behind the gates - end unit with generous terraces, private elevator, gorgeous finishes, outstanding complex. $2,575,000 GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE - 21,000 sq. ft. Luxurious masterpiece. Private, tropical waterfront setting on over an acre. Premier new construction. $15,777,777 DIRECT BAYFRONT - NEW - Deep water plus docks, unobstructed gorgeous bay views. Magnificent. $4,477,000 INCREDIBLE - DEEP WATER PLUS DOCK AND GORGEOUS VIEWS TO BAY! - Custom home, walled, private, downtown location. Exquisite details plus gorgeous pool area. $3,350,000 LONGBOAT BAYSIDE - BEACH ACCESS - Pool & marina. Charming 2BR/2BA ground villa. $289,900 LAKEFRONT EXQUISITE - 4BR, impressive builtins, designer details, spacious master, pool, spa, summer kitchen and much more! $1,995,000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - 2BR/2BA Direct Beach and Sunsets - largest plan, end unit, extra terraces. $1,100,000

(941) 232-3304 (941) 383-4276 A/H

Call REID at

4084

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

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BRIDGE Deal us in

Dealer: South Vulnerable: None

Strange response You may not agree with the bidding of this slam. I cannot understand North’s initial response of two no-trump to South’s strong two-club opening. At most tables, the sixspade contract was bid. West led a trump, not that any lead would make a difference. But our friend, Polly Perry of Boynton Beach, assures me that 10 out of 12 declarers in the South seat missed the obvious and failed to take 12 tricks. “The most important thing is for declarer to think at trick one,” writes Perry. “Thinking improves vision and improves declarer play. We all overlook the obvious sometimes.” The whole point in the play of this hand is to finesse the heart Jack. It may look like an unnecessary finesse but what can be lost? If that finesse loses, the king of hearts in the dummy provides a pitch of a loser from declarer’s hand. With the timing afforded declarer because of the opening lead other than a club, declarer still would have an outside chance of bringing his contract home. East might hold a singleton or doubleton king of diamonds, and the club loser would be cast on dummy’s red king.

West ♠75 ♥ 10 7 5 2 ♦ K 10 8 3 ♣K98

South ♠AQJ983 ♥AJ ♦AQ6 ♣A6

East ♠4 ♥Q984 ♦975 ♣ Q 10 5 4 2

The bidding: South 2♣ 3♠ 4N 5N 6♠

by Donna SWAN

West Pass Pass Pass Pass All pass

North 2N 4♠ 5♣ 6♥

East Pass Pass Pass Pass

Opening lead: 7♠ 2. Lu Ganley and Sally Sharp 3. Gerda Smith and Elaine Lieb Section B North-South 1. Sue Bardach and Judy Goldberg 2. Ina Becker and Jackie Tucker 3. Tim Lesnik and Mel Weisel East-West 1. Margery Becker and Dorothy Gordon 2. Barbara and Bill Frank 3. Judy and Gene Kasnow

Donna Swan is a resident of Longboat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays “for the fun of it.” ❑

Winners LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB St. Mary’s Church — March 23 Section A North-South 1. Richard Kaufman and Morton Smith 2. Gretchen Dietz and Muriel Schwartzman 3. Beth and Danen Gleick East-West 1. Bonney Libman and Elton Yasuna

North ♠ K 10 6 2 ♥K63 ♦J42 ♣J73

The Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club games are held 1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 for details. ❑

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Marquee en Ville has been recognized as a Development of Distinction by Unique Homes Artist’s conceptual rendering. Subject to change.

As with all precious gems…Quality reveals itself with a closer look Private 2-Car Garage Individual Elevator Spacious Rooftop Terraces Outdoor Summer Kitchens Outdoor Fireplace & Optional Hot Tub

Full Membership at University Club & Social Membership at Longboat Key Club 4-floors of Living Space Exceptional Standard Finishes Heated Pool & Spa and Fitness Center

PRICES, PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. OFFER VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. BROKER COOPERATION WELCOMED. ORAL REPRESENTATION CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING REPRESENTATION OF THE DEVELOPER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS, MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS ADVERTISEMENT AND TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503, FLORIDA STATUTES, TO BE FURNISHED BY A DEVELOPER TO A BUYER OR LESSEE.

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Items Under $200 For Sale DELUXE WALKER, convenient seat, wide wheels, removable tray, hand brakes, folds into car trunk, like new, $75. 383-3070. DRAW-TITE HITCH, complete w/wiring and ball: 86-95 Taurus, 86-96 Sable, 96 Taurus Wagon. Reg. $130. Sell $40. 383-1956.

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Adult Care

HATTERAS DOUBLE hammock: quilted, beige, new almond stand, ex. cond., $200. Call 387-7369. 42” ROUND tile top extension table with 15” self-storing butterfly leaf & 4/chairs, $185. 387-9888.

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Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED!!

Alterations/Upholstery

LET ME TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF SELLING YOUR CAR. CASH OFFERED TODAY!

ISLAND UPHOLSTERY. Designer work: home and boat interiors. Restoring antiques. 121 Bridge St. Free estimates! 778-4335.

CALL BRAD 941-374-1315

Antiques Boat Charter STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. OVER 1,000 PIECES OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND CLOCKS. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY! 7881 15TH ST. E. (OLD 301), SARASOTA, FL. 755-6063

 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.

BOAT DETAIL by Aqua Marine Yacht & Boat Detail Service. 941-545-5070 aquamarineserv@aol.com. SEE OUR AD IN THE SERVICE DIRECTORY.

Appraisal Services CANNONS MARINA 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Half-day and Full-day rentals 14’-24’ Skiffs /Runabouts /Deckboats Ride in Style in our Grady-White & Scout boats. All powered by YAMAHA outboards. 383-1311

Art Instruction & KNITTERS are invited to attend “The Stitching Table” at LBK Center for the Arts, hosted by www.stitchamaze.com. Informal teaching by Rosalyn Cherry-Soleil needlepoint artist, designer, teacher. Learn new stitches, get help with your current project. Wednesdays March-April, 10a.m.-3p.m., $5/per class. To inquire or reserve, call 941-387-2106.

PORTABLE PRINTER for laptop. Wireless, no ribbons or cartridges, can be used anywhere, on a phone, in your car. Works on Auto Sales & Service 4 AAA batteries or AC adaptor, $79.99. 1993 CADILLAC Deville: 1/owner, all service 383-5372. records, excellent condition, $2950 o/b/o. (6) LARGE clay pots, $65. 388-3426, leave 383-7696. message.

DO YOU own a Mercedes? Do you travel WOMAN’S 26” bike, 12/speed, almost new, North for the Summer? Tired of coming $45 o/b/o. 383-1797. home to a dead car? Have your vehicle COUCH/ENTRANCE WAY table, marble like cared for while you are away. Call Matt for finish, Italian Taste, 59”x18”x31/high, $175. details, 941-586-6130. 383-6865.

Auto Transport

B&D FIRE Storm 13.2V screw driver w/case & charger, $50. Roto Zip spiral saw w/case, Your Wheels Up North! CDL professional driver, family man. Flat fee. 378-2238 ext. $50. 753-3720. 173, 926-3002, Roger. MATCHING RATTAN sofa, coffee table, side tables. Ex. cond., $200. 383-6862, after RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. 4p.m. References. 941-778-5381

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale RENT FROM a private owner and SAVE BIG! I have 2 high and dry indoor slips available at the Boat House on Longboat. Up to 30’. Super South Longboat location. Call direct 371-1866.

FEBRUARY 1ST. YOUR YACHT JUST BECAME... MORE AFFORDABLE! $480 Monthly Max! Protected, deep water boat slips For yachts up to 60 feet $11.00 a foot No minimum, $480 maximum. Garden setting, minutes from the Gulf. HARBOUR VILLA CLUB MOORINGS (941) 383-9544

Boat Detailing

Boat Rentals

☛ ☛ NEEDLE POINTERS, STITCHERS,

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CNA 15/YRS. experience, with references will care for you in your home. 941-708-0990.

2/PIECE WOOD finish computer desk TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & w/hutch, $100. Zenith, stereo, CD, digital Appraisals offers professional valuation, research and inventory services without a clock radio, memory phone, $50. 504-0165. view to buy or sell. Video documentation 3/PIECE BLACK corner computer desk inventory, art historical/market research, art w/hutch, $75. Glass top end table, light appraisals. Member of the Appraisers bamboo style wood, bottom shelf, $50. Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, 387-8600. www.artappraisals.org. COFFEE TABLE from Kanes, like new, $150. Golf bag, lady’s, $20 o/b/o. Golf club, Lady Cobra, 3-wood, $25 o/b/o. 929-7668.

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YOUR BOAT SLIP FOR RENT OR SALE AD HERE! CALL 383-5509

Business Opportunities $500 GETS you complete training, support back-up w/tools to grow. Details at: 888-283-7023. INTERNATIONAL CO. EXPANDING Put Your PC to Work $500.00 to $3000/month Free Information on line http://gulfbreezeintlonline.com

Caregiver/Companion I AM AVAILABLE to be companion/house keeper for elderly person or babysitter for children. Call Lidia, 941-924-9487.

STATE CERTIFIED Nursing Assistant Home JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., Health Aide & Companion available 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or for a variety of duties in your home 630-417-7540. Monday through Friday, days or evenings. Call Robert, 708-6787 for appointment. 21/FT. SEARAY Sundeck 2001, 240/HP, 160/hrs. s.s. prop, 1/owner. Dry dock, CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and service history. Like new! $28,500. personable. Mature lady accepting clients for home care. Loves to cook. Good driving 321-246-3342. record. Bonded. Excellent local references. GRADY WHITE 22/ft. 225/HP Johnson. 371-6919. Hardly used, stored inside covered area, new batteries, fully equipped, $14,000. CARING, COMPASSIONATE, experienced 941-320-8735 or 845-222-3197. caregiver with excellent Longboat Key reference available immediately. Call MINT CONDITION 1987 Sea Ray 27/ft. Debbie, 727-6903, 545-5941. Sundancer. Twin 260 engines w/less than 100/hrs. A great buy at $11,000. Docked on HOME HEALTH CARE in your home. Longboat Key. 941-383-9056. Monday through Friday, daytime hours. 755-1889.

CLASSIFIEDS WORK Answers for this week’s crossword

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest priced 60’ slip available. $212,000. Owner, 941-383-2025 or 504-2000.

BOAT SLIP available for up to 60’ vessel at Longboat Key Moorings. State-of-the-art docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric Adult Care LOCAL BONDED driver will drive your car and water hook-ups. Asking price of EXPERIENCED CNA caring for the elderly. up North. Flat rate based on AAA mileage. $275,000 includes membership to the prestigious Commodore Club. Call Terri Flexible hours. Open for live-in position. No extra charges. Call Rich, 941-915-0652. Ayers with Michael Saunders & Company at References. 779-9222. 941-518-8923. CLASSIFIEDS WORK YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SICK to have LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. my services! Excellent cook, caregiver, SAY YOU SAW IT IN Available at Spindrift, located top row south CNA, massage therapist. Excellent THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER end. 941-363-9360. recommendations. Call 351-2378.

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Luciano & Dino Master Auto Technicians

Specializing in Service and Repair of Ferrari & All Other European & Brittish Cars

CARPET CLEANING

FLOORING

IF YOU HAVE DIRTY CARPETS, YOU NEED TO CALL:

NCP FLOORING

S

941-756-4874

“More Selections Than Chain Stores” CUSTOM CARPET CLEANING SERVICE

B O AT C H A R T E R

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Same owners since 1979

CRUISE

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26-FT. CUDDY 35-FT. CRUISER

“SPINDRIFT”

65-FT. “LONGBOAT LADY” PRIVATE GROUPS

FISH

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B O AT D E TA I L I N G

Extraordinary Quality, Excellent Price$

24/HR WATER REMOVAL Jim and Sandee Davis Owners

45-FT. KETCH

ServiceMASTER 927-2128 Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup

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®

ATTENTION: of it’s value and good looks by the summers heat, the sun with it’s UV rays, saltwater corrosion and mold and mildew. Act now to get on our summer routine maintenance schedule. As you retreat north have peace of mind knowing when you return your boat will be clean, polished, and waiting for you to enjoy!

AVE ON WOOD • MARBLE • TILE

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Owned & Operated Since 1978

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H O M E WAT C H

MY SECURE HOME “HOME-BUSINESS

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Caregiver/Companion

Cleaning Services

Events

THE ADVANTAGES of Sarasota Bay Club’s PRIVATE COOK in your home. Good GOT IT MAID SERVICES - residential exceptional Home Health service in your references. 20/yrs. experience. Aline cleaning. Accepting new clients. References. own home. Home Health care by a licensed, 330-0332. 907-8029 or 379-4064. insured & competitively priced agency, Sarasota Bay Club’s own ClubCare. Call Cleaning Services Computer Services Paula for information @ 366-7667 Ext. 366. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your  HOUSE CLEANING by experienced computer misbehaving? Will train your Brazilian lady. Good references. Free Carpet/Tile Cleaning computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. K.A.S./CARPET & TILE CLEANING. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. Cleaning, LLC. Carpet, tile, grout & summer RESIDENTIAL CLEANING by Asian lady. IS YOUR COMPUTER SLOWING DOWN, kitchen cleaning. Bonded & Insured. Clean, honest & reliable. 10% off for new ACTING WEIRD? Repairs & Upgrades. 941-730-5318. customers. Free estimates! Call Isobel, Certified computer professional. Call Forrest 358-8149. 388-3425.

ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLE & Flea Market, Saturday, April 17th, 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Sarasota Elks Club, Lockwood Ridge Rd. (between Fruitville & University Pkwy.). Door Prize! Free parking & no admission! 365-8273 or 302-2552.

✔ ✔ FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Sat., April 10, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sunday, April 11, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165.

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 NEED SPRING CLEANING??? Let us see & tackle provided starting at $400. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, to every detail and then maintain for you. training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules For information and reservations, call Call Susan, 795-2502 or 737-5797. Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428.

Catering

COMPUTER STRESSING? No Jobs Too Big “or” Small. “Let Bob-Tech.com Do it All” 24/7 On-Site Service. 941-809-9797.

CLEANING SERVICES by Brazilian family. Meticulous, honest. Houses, offices, apartments, condos & moving. 371-9869.

★ BLUE DOLPHIN CAFE “Now serving at our Longboat Key, Centre Shops location”

YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping services. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, licensed, insured.

FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIALS APRIL 9, 2004 5:00P.M.-8:15P.M.

✓ 1.5/LB. LIVE MAINE LOBSTER

K.A.S. Cleaning/Barefoot Management, LLC. Employee Owned. Servicing Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. Bonded/Insured. 941-730-5318.

✓ SLOW ROASTED PRIME RIB ✓ PURE LUMP CRABMEAT CAKES ✓ WILD KING SALMON W/GULF SHRIMP & LEMON CAPER BUTTER

EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and Cmagik on LBK lbk.cmagik.com Flash Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.Charweb design commercial/personal, computer terFishingSarasota.com help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, Floor Care 587-5588. FLOOR DOCTORS. Carpet, Vinyl, VCT Tile. MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No Expert Installation, Repairs and restretches. school, book or person can teach Floor Repair and Subfloors. Mobile Home you as easily as this experienced Repairs. 941-518-7415, 941-758-1267. teacher. Repairs. 383-5372.

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. Furniture Trainer. Backed by 25/years of FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, HOME CLEANING SERVICES. Serious experience. Serving beginners & advanced mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in team will clean your house or condo. Free users. Please call Elinor, 951-6145, box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. 586-5689. www.coach-computer.com. Estimates. References. Natalie, 780-3491. 941-761-2344.

HOMEMADE PIES! AND MUCH MORE...JUST ASK... RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED BEER AND WINE AVAILABLE 383-3787

SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Specializing in small dinner parties. 383-0777. LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal catering. 366-0070.

Crushed Shell ✓ METICULOUS HOUSE CLEANING. Reasonable rates. Very reliable. Monica GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, Caraher, 704-4075. washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota CLEANING BY PAULINE has an opening & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & for 1 client due to a move. References. insured. 941-232-8877. 359-0828. GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & 316-0834/928-1935. insured. 941-232-8877.

PATIO/POOL FURNITURE: Tropitone, white, 2/swivel rockers, 2/gliders, 1/square coffee table, $350. 388-1441. DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $299; sofa & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, $299; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery available. Builders, 753-7118.

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M A R B L E R E S T O R AT I O N

A professional home-watching service

New Sun Marble Restoration

PLATINUM MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC.

Perfection is Not An Accident Marble • Terrazzo • Granite Limestone • Travertine • Etc.

HOME-ALONE? The leading home-watching service providing the widest array of services.

We’ll watch your home when you leave it behind!

387-7886

Omar Cruz

• Office: (941) 749-1825 • Mobile: (941) 545-6770

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Weekly Inspections • Monthly Reports Bonded • Insured

LANDSCAPING

Landscapes in Paradise

387-7749

• Best Rates In Town • Construction Loans • Purchase • Refinancing Joanne Johansen Licensed Mortgage Broker, Executive Loan Specialist

(941) 798-3644

Cell: (941) 724-5295

Licensed Mortgage Brokerage Business

MOVERS

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and Drive Business To

In Your Home

224-4622 Rondi Guerin

Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT

Your Door

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

Therapeutic Massage Lic. # MA40425

Complete Lawn & Landscape Maintenance

MORTGAGE SERVICES

For your convenience, I come to you! Chair massage also available License# MA32116

(941) 355-1648

Reasonable Rates

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This seal applies only to Wheaton Van Lines’ interstate moving

PA I N T I N G S E R V I C E S Free Estimates • Residential & Commercial

B & B Decoration & Painting Interior and Exterior Custom Painting • Wallpaper Removal Reasonable Rates ROCK BOLDUC

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Furniture

Help Wanted

Items For Sale

3/PIECE ENTERTAINMENT wall unit: Glass tops w/lights, cream w/oak trim. Almost new! Excellent condition. $450. Pd. $3000. 366-7113, Bird Key.

☛ ☛ CAREGIVER/COMPANION WANTED weekly, Mon., Wed. & Fri., mid-day to assist partially disabled Holmes Beach man (age 74) with errands, housekeeping and personal maintenance. $10/per hour to start. CNA cert. a plus. 780-3547.

LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. We can furnish your home & enhance your wardrobe. Cars wanted! Open Mon., Weds. & Sat. 9a.m.-3p.m., 6140 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat. 383-4738.

Furniture Repair

Massage MASSAGE THERAPY Marty Roca Lic. #MA 32116

Investor Wanted

PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, scratches, parts replacement. We keep your furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Robert Martin, 727-2533.

Kedre Molenaar Roca Lic. #MA 33532

PART TIME, 2/days a week, flexible, 6:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. Tennis court mainte- PGA PROFESSIONAL seeks angel/sponsor nance and general maintenance around the golf lover preferred. Business plan available. Club. Willing to train the right person. 941-518-6646. Retirees welcome. Pay rate is $8.50/per Landscaping hour. Call 383-6426.

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Painting & Wallpapering PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434. ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Mom/Son Lic./Ins. Cell 704-7115 or 792-1646.

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Condos & Homes For Sale ATTENTION BOATERS. Enjoy marina views from well maintained 2BR/2BA free standing villa w/protected boat basin at your door. Easy access to Intracoastal & Gulf. $284,500. Cathy Meldahl, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577.

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! Beachfront 2BR/2BA, among multi-million $ homes and condos. Beautiful and spacious. STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General $529,900. Call 374-3200. Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Call DON for immediate response.  $325,000. COMPLETELY New interior. 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, LONGBOAT KEY, Bayou frontage, boating facilities, rent as much as you want. Deeded PE20374. VISA/MC. beach access. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041. Screen Repair

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YOU NEED A PERSONAL ASSISTANT! Experienced, local, reliable professional available. Call 350-6347 or visit: http://uneedapa.home.att.net

OUTSTANDING WATERWAY RENOVATION, 3-4/BR, GRANITE KITCHEN, MASTER SUITE, VAULTED CEILINGS, HUGE POOL & DECK, CIRCULAR DRIVEWAY, LUSH LANDSCAPE, POND, 2/BOAT LIFTS & DOCK. $1,850,000 PRINCIPALS ONLY BROKER/OWNER 941-685-2276

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ED’S RESCREENING & HOME EXTERIOR SERVICES. Pool cage restoration, screened entryways. Serving Longboat Key. “Quality Work, Affordably Priced”. Licensed & Insured. 504-2325 or 921-9289. Ed Ponte, Owner/Operator.

Waterfront Lido Key residence - 426 Cleveland Drive, on the bayou of Otter Key, with direct access to Sarasota Bay, the most protected boating water for your large boat or sailboat. Priced at $1,999,999 right now!

NEXT TO NEW RITZ CARLTON BEACH CLUB. 2BR/2BA, FURNISHED, NEUTRAL COLORS. $479,000

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941-356-6673 MEL & JAN GOLDSMITH, MICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY

HOUSESITTING. RETIRED Christian couple seeks housesitting job near beach, furn. April through Sept. References. 770-832-7319.

WATERFRONT 3BR/3BA, 2500/sq.ft. home, North Longboat Key, newly remodeled. By LBK BEACHPLACE condo. For Sale By SPANISH TEACHER, tutor, translator. owner. $925,000. 383-6549. Owner. Largest 2BR/2BA, view of the beach, Private lessons for individuals & groups. covered parking, turnkey furnished, mint Pet Services Professional Spanish teacher. 232-2246. condition. Olympic size swimming pool, spa, WHILE YOU work or while you play, we are OPEN HOUSE fitness center, tennis courts. 941-383-1884. honored to care for your pet friends. Insured SUNDAY, 1-4P.M. Tile Installation & Bonded. Purrs & Paws Pet Care, LOVELY GULF and garden views from this PROFESSIONAL TILE Installation. 20/yrs. 224-3664. 1932 FAIRWAY BAY, LBK immaculate 2BR/2BA at Promenade. Marble Experience. Call for Free Estimates. SUNNY EXPOSURE foyer and baths and ceramic tile throughout. 941-224-2852. Master suite has 2/large walk-in closets and Religion steam shower. Full service amenities include 2BR/2BA CONDO Wanted to Buy ECKANKAR - PAST LIVES. DREAMS, resort style his/her spas and social rooms, RENOVATED 2003 SOUL TRAVEL. Information call SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, lighted clay tennis courts and heated pool PRISTINE CONDITION, FURNISHED 941-358-0325 or 1-800-LOVEGOD or go to: watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please overlooking beach. Offered at $599,900. Call CUSTOM DECORATED, www.eck-florida.org call Marc 321-0707. Susan Fox, Michael Saunders & Company NEUTRAL COLORS at 544-6648. W/GARAGE.

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♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years experience as a highly skilled, dependable, restoration/renovation expert, carpenter & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294. JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodeling contractors. In-house plan design. State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. Many island references. 778-2993. EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. 812-5115. HANDYMAN, NO job too big or too small. 20/yrs. Experience. Call for Free Estimates. 941-224-2852. ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717.

YOUR REMODELING & HOME IMPROVEMENTS AD HERE! CALL 383-5509

OUTSTANDING AREA Fine Art & Framing business established for over 12/yrs. in affluent neighborhood. $80K** LONGBOAT KEY 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., many possible uses. $400K each. ANNA MARIA ISLAND Sports Bar thrives even in off-season on local clientele. Beer-wine lic., smoking OK. $85K** Video Rentals. Good young business, price will grow as business does, so this is the time to buy. $60K** SARASOTA Restaurant...lunch/dinner, take-out. Great mom-&-pop opportunity. $59K** Muffler Shop. Illness forces owner to retire after 24/yrs. Good lease. $65K** PALMETTO C-Store & More in outstanding location good income, good lease. $95K** BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Unique Mixed-Use Buildings: 12,500s.f. of retail/office/residential plus 32-car lot on Old Main St. $1.75/mil.

**Confidentiality agreement required for further details Longview Realty - 383-6112 Richard Estrin, Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker

$359,900 941-356-6673 MEL & JAN GOLDSMITH MICHAEL SAUNDERS & CO.

BEAU CIEL, REDUCED/RELOCATING! Sweeping Bay views from this 3100/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA, 4th floor, unfinished condo w/several upgrades. Please call for appt., 941-387-0040 for details and showing. $1,335,000.

FEATURED PROPERTY SEAPLACE 3BR/2BA, END UNIT, GROUND LEVEL. TURNKEY EXQUISITELY FURNISHED & DECORATED. GARDEN/PARK/PARTIAL GULF VIEW $649,000 CALL HOPE HALAK OR JOHN HALAK 941-809-2277 OR 941-685-8393 PRUDENTIAL PALMS REALTY

 $425,000 DOWNTOWN. Direct bay view, completely remodeled and decorated, stunning renovations. Amenities second to none! Pets. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, 322 FIREHOUSE LANE.

Commercial Rentals & Sales ☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135.

☛ ☛ LONGBOAT KEY. Very desirable commercial Condo/Shopping Plaza. Income producing investment property located in the heart of the Key. Latitude 27 Realty Group. Judy Heyer, R.E. Associate. 941-744-2727 or 941-730-9009.

3BR/3BA, FAMILY ROOM, SCREENED PORCH, 3/DECKS, COMMUNITY POOL, WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. $995,000 CONRAD BEACH OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 387-9595 WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM

STEPS TO your dock, a short ride to the bay, 5905 Flotilla, Holmes Beach. Elevated 2BR/2BA w/large screened porch, room for a pool, 2/car garage. Turnkey furnished. Great rental potential. Agents welcome, $459,000. 920-4539. BAY ISLES. Large homesite in popular gated community. Deep water marina, golf, tennis, shopping, fine dining and private beach club nearby. $375,500. Call Mike Migone or Tina Rudek at Wedebrock R.E. Co. 383-5543. SPANISH MAIN VILLA, 2BR/2BA, recent carpet, tile & paint, 55+ complex, pool and beach access. $235,000. Owner, 383-0034. BIRD KEY, 3BR/2BA home w/screened pool and 2/car garage. By Owner/Realtor. $489,000. Call Gabe, 374-5772. LBK, CEDARS EAST: 2BR/2.5BA condo w/attached garage. Turnkey furnished w/full bay views. $399,777. Caroline Worley, Re/Max Properties, 941-308-3427. LONGBOAT KEY VILLA, 2BR/2BA, updated villa. Higher ceilings, all white kitchen w/new appliances, enclosed lanai, private setting. Active clubhouse, marina, pool & beach. $269,500. Cathy Meldahl, Realtor, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577. FOR SALE by owner: Longboat Key Villa in Harbour Oaks, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, pool overlooking Harbourside golf course, new roof, exterior painting, carpeting, appliances, pool screening, etc. The premier panoramic view of the golf course in Harbour Oaks II. $550,000. Shown by appointment only. Day: 365-0118. Evenings: 383-4563.

 $635,000 INCLUDES 2/units, Longboat Key, direct Gulf front condo conversion. Renovations completed. ONLY 11 unit development. www.cabanabeachclubcondos.com Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041. NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Key West style with spectacular bay view. $879,000. Bob Burnett, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-356-1277.


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Rentals: Annual

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 3/YRS. YOUNG $1,395,000

BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB SANCTUARY

MARK II, unit #203, 4215 GMD. 2BR/2BA, Gulffront condominium. Completely renovated, in small complex, 1500+/-sq.ft., $594,500 or best offer. 813-240-5817.

CANAL FRONT 3BR/2.5BA pool home with dock & davits, indoor utility, 2/car garage, greatroom w/fireplace & lots of extras. A must see! 2/Miles to the beach. $2900. Call Paradise Realty, 941-778-4800 or 800-237-2252.

WATERFRONT CANAL HOUSE, 4BR/3.5BA, 10 & 14/FT. CEILINGS, CAGED POOL, PROPERTY 100’X110’, CAPPED SEAWALL W/NEW DEADMAN 70/FT. DOCK, 12,000/LB. LIFT. 941-320-8735 OR 845-222-3197

$434,000 DOWNTOWN. Breathtaking view of Sarasota Bay, total renovation, European kitchen, spa - bathroom, walk to shops, theaters and restaurants. Gorgeous! 941-755-5633. ON LONGBOAT KEY LUSH TROPICAL PRIVATE WATERFRONT OASIS. BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 4BR/+DEN MEDITERRANEAN STYLE HOME. PROTECTED DOCKAGE, MINUTES TO OPEN BAY AND IN WALKING DISTANCE TO THE BEACH. $1,399,000 PERFECT BAYFRONT RETREAT FOR THE YACHTSMAN. TASTEFULLY DECORATED AND LARGEST 2BR CORNER UNIT AT HARBOUR VILLA CLUB. ALSO INCLUDES 40/FT. DIRECT BAYFRONT DOCK. PET FRIENDLY AND GREAT AMENITIES. $645,000 KATHY SIMONDS MICHAEL SAUNDERS & CO. 941-350-5292

MULTI MILLION DOLLAR VIEW GULF FRONT 2800/SQ.FT. CONDO, AT SANDS POINT BEHIND THE GATES OF LBK CLUB. MARINA FOR BOAT. MOST UNIQUE PROPERTY ON KEY. $949,000 CALL: 387-3356 OR 383-5897

2-3BR/2.5BA, FIRST FLOOR, WALK DOWN TO BEACH. TOTAL RENOVATION, LARGE FLOOR PLAN, 2510/SQ.FT. $1,049,000 MICHAEL DUVALL, RE/MAX EXCELLENCE 941-383-9700

Desirable, larger A floor plan with expansive views of the Gulf & beach, Sarasota Bay and skyline. Three bedrooms, three and half baths, two indoor parking and storage spaces. Price includes top quality furnishings. $3,100,000 For information please call Ron or Laure Baldwin at: 941-954-7471 Ron Baldwin & Associates, Inc.

BRADENTON BEACH condo, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front view, partial bay view. Pool, hot tub, tennis courts, boat dock. Turnkey furnished. Granite/stainless kitchen. Great rental history. This unit has it all! $424,900. No agents. 303-944-8300.

INTERESTED IN purchasing condominium w/full Gulf view inside Longboat Key Club gates, Gulfside. Cash buyer. No realtors. Toll Free: 1-800-621-6288.

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L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. 203-227-0500.

LBK, BEACH HARBOUR CLUB, furnished BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS. 5BR/4.5BA (and upgraded) Penthouse. 3BR/2BA, SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club, free standing home totally remodeled. Pool. Annual lease. W/D, great pool. 1400sq.ft. under air +900sq.ft. private porches. Also available 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, dock/marina, 941-388-6456. seasonally. Call 360-8966. private beach access. $255,000. DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Water Owner/Realtor. 941-383-8860. view/new, 1BR/1BA. Beautifully furnished, 2BR/2BA CONDO w/sweeping Bay views. all amenities included. Annually, $1300. Fully furnished, includes 3/TVs, cable, BAY ISLES Monthly negotiable. For Rent/Sale! DVD/VCR. Steps to the beach, pool, tennis 941-921-1648, leave message. BAYOU SECTION, LBK court. Call 813-469-9338. TROPICAL SETTING, WATERFRONT, DOCK, 3BR/3BA +OFFICE AND BONUS ROOM. $1,095,000 941-356-6673 MEL & JAN GOLDSMITH MICHAEL SAUNDERS & COMPANY

PERICO ISLAND TWO MINUTES TO THE BEACH

NORTH LONGBOAT KEY. Magnificent ISLANDER CLUB, Longboat Key, beachbayfront views, 3BR/2BA, family room, pool. front: 2BR/2BA, $2000/mo. The Longboat Connection, Realtor. 387-9709. $2750/mo. 941-545-3004. 2BR/1BA +DEN-DOWNTOWN Sarasota, 1BR/1BA. BOATING & beach, some charming neighborhood. 1/Cat allowed. First, utilities, $720/mo. 941-387-0990. last, security, $800/mo. 383-2659. LIDO BEACH Gulf front, spacious 1BR, CANAL FRONT, North LBK, 3BR/2BA, W/D, Gulf and bay views, large balcony. No annual or seasonal. cable ready, screened lanai, dock, 2/blocks smoking/pets, to private beach. Furnished, $2200/mo. 941-388-2353 or 248-375-9027. Unfurnished, $1850/mo. No pets. Available Rentals: April 1st through December 31st., 2004. 387-9967. Seasonal & Vacation

LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On the beach, Gulf views, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, 2/terraces, new kitchen and furnishings, TV’s, VCR, CUSTOM BUILT SINGLE computer printer, W/D, stereos, heated FAMILY HOMES FROM $350,000. pool, tennis court, exercise room, OUTSTANDING VALUE, assigned parking. 3/mo. minimum, 2005 AWARD-WINNING DESIGNS. SEVENTH HEAVEN Lido condo w/Gulf season. $5000/mo. Longer stays available. view, 1BR/1.5BA, garage parking, secured 212-787-9337. LIMITED HOME SITES LEFT. building. 388-2740. LBK BEACHPLACE condo: corner unit, PERICO, THE UNSPOILED ISLAND!! BEAUTIFUL CANAL Bay view home, beachfront, 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished. 30/seconds to Bay, walk to deeded beach, Available August, 2004 to December, 2004. CAMEO CUSTOM HOMES interior completely updated w/quality. Very Also 2005. Covered parking. Non-smokers. 941-228-5003 OR 941-761-7228 relaxing setting on friendly street, 3BR, By owner. 941-383-1884. garage. Call for more info! $1600/mo. LIDO BEACH penthouse: Gulf front, 350-8048. 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna, exercise room. SANDS POINT CONDO. Best kept secret on No smoking. Available May-November.   DOWNTOWN, CENTRAL PARK II. LBK. In the Longboat Key Club, on the Gulf, 388-2063. w/beach and boat docks, 2BR, turnkey Elegant, secure, 2BR/2.5BA, decorator turnkey furnished, 5/yrs. new. W/D, pool, furnished, ready to move in. $469,000. CANAL FRONT, North LBK, 3BR/2BA, W/D, Call Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. fitness, tennis, day dock. $1200/mo. cable ready, screened lanai, dock, 2/blocks 941-544-4509. 941-350-6390, anytime. to private beach. No pets. 387-9967. BAY ISLES HARBOR LINKS, LBK ON GOLF COURSE WITH BEAUTIFUL FOUNTAIN POND VIEWS

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Real Estate Wanted

TOTALLY UPDATED 3 BEDROOM/3 FULL BATHS/DEN GRANITE/STAINLESS/MARBLE/TILE 2/CAR ATTACHED GARAGE HIGH CEILINGS/HUGE LANAI SOLID CONSTRUCTION/VERY QUIET GROUND FLOOR GARDEN STYLE VERY PRIVATE END UNIT NEAR COMMUNITY POOL BEACH CLUB MEMBERSHIP INCLUDED

640 BROADWAY - 3BR/2BA house, garage, W/D, fireplace, furn. or unfurn., $1200/mo. 690 RUSSELL - 3BR/2BA, fireplace, furn., $1600/mo. SUNCOAST REAL ESTATE, 779-0202 www.suncoastinc.com

BIRD KEY WATERFRONT 443 MEADOW LARK DR. UNFURNISHED, 4BR, POOL, DOCK. 941-355-9520 OR 913-492-1180

700 FOX ST. 2/BR HOME, TILE FLOORS, 1/CAR GARAGE IN HISTORIC LONGBOAT VILLAGE. UNFURNISHED, $1000/MO.

OFFERED AT $589,000 AVERY-EMERSON REALTY THOMAS COYNE, OWNER/BROKER MLS Listing #255137

WHITNEY BEACH 2BR/2BA CONDO, FURNISHED $1500/MO.

CALL FOR APPOINTMENT 941-387-7509 CELL: 941-685-1373

SUTTON PLACE 2BR/2BA, FURNISHED. $1000/MO.

LONGBOAT ARMS, 2BR/2BA, brand new furniture, penthouse corner, beach view from bedroom and living room, bay view Lots & Acreage For Sale from kitchen and dinette, tennis, clubhouse HARBOR LANDINGS and boat slip. $309,000. Call Angelo, Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site 941-383-2953. offered by owner-REALTOR in gated SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB, 3BR/2BA, Cortez community; $265,000 price includes LBK. Stunning, free standing, oversized villa. dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate Beautiful white carpet/tile, white kitchen, George Noble: 685-3372. LONGBOAT KEY partially furnished. Active clubhouse, marina, pool & beach. $272,500. Cathy Meldahl, 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at Realtor, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577. $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard UNDER $250,000. Downtown theater Estrin: 807-3363. district, 1BR/1BA, 2nd floor condo, distinctive historic building. America First Realty. Linda, LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112 284-2528.

VACATION RENTALS Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office

WINDWARD BAY 2BR/2BA CONDO OVERLOOKING SARASOTA BAY. $1100/MO.

THIS IS A MUST SEE

ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101.

619 BAYVIEW DRIVE 2BR/2BA W/DEN AND POOL, FURNISHED. $2600/MO. 6525 GULF OF MEXICO DR. 2BR/2BA, UNFURNISHED, STILT HOME. $1725/MO. CALL BARBARA FULMER PROPERTY MANAGER WAGNER REALTY 941-383-5577

941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 For a complete list, go to: www.Wedebrock.com

BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. LONGBOAT KEY. Beachplace condo avail. April through Dec. 2004 and all year 2005. 2BR/2BA. Monthly rentals only. Very competitive rates. 609-926-7608. LONGBOAT COVE 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. $6200/MO. 3/MO. MIN. CALL GREG: 863-581-4639

GRAND BAY 2005 RENTAL. 2500/sq.ft. beautifully furnished Cayman unit. Oversized patios, direct Bay view, private beach club. No smokers or pets. 3/mo. min. E-mail owner: beth@holmeschappaqua.com or call 914-329-8877/NY. BEACH COTTAGE, Lido Key. 3BR/2BA, Walk to beach and St. Armands Circle. Seasonal/Monthly. 955-0110.


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KINGSTON ARMS on St. Armands Circle. Furnished 1BR/1BA. 1/mo. minimum. Annual also possible. Call Agent/Owner, 941-586-6731.

SIESTA KEY, beachfront, Coquille at Crescent Beach, 2BR/2BA, loft, pool, 1st. floor. Available April: $3800/mo. May through Sept. $1800/mo. 716-650-9650.

LONGBOAT KEY PRIVATEER SOUTH CONDO

CEDARS WEST CONDOS ON LONGBOAT KEY

BEHIND THE GATES. BEACHFRONT BUILDING, 2BR/2BA. PARTIAL GULF VIEW, POOL, TENNIS. AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH WINTER 2005. 3/MONTH MINIMUM.

TWO WEEKS OR LONGER! DIRECTLY ON THE GULF BEACH!

CONDOS SEASONAL

TURTLE CRAWL INN ON LONGBOAT KEY

SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. Weekly through December. Gulf front. SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December.

DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY DIRECTLY ON THE GULF BEACH!

Call Barbara Fulmer, Property Manager Wagner Realty 941-383-5577

WAGNER REALTY SINCE 1939 866-754-3443 TurtleCrawl@WagnerRealty.com

201-666-1079

LBK, BUTTONWOOD Harbour house. 2BR/2BA, heated pool, garage, private setting, walk to beach. Monthly. No pets/smokers. $2500-$4000. 941-387-8589, vrbo.com/35326.

LIDO BEACH: efficiencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day minimum. 388-2590.

LA PLAYA GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS

BRADENTON, SAN Remo Shores area, 2BR/1BA waterfront condo w/boat dock, 2/miles to beach. Small pet Okay. First, last, security, $800/mo. 383-2659.

WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT 2 & 3 BEDROOMS

BEACHPLACE BEACHFRONT 3BR NEXT SEASON - LEASE NOW CAN BE VIEWED FROM 4/3-4/11 847-757-4910

LIDO HOME on Westway Drive! Private beach access, pool, 2BR, front room/dining, large screened lanai, kitchen, 2/car garage, fully furnished. Two week minimum: May-Nov. @ $1000/week, Dec.-Jan. @ $1500/week, Feb.-April @ $2000/week. Respond by calling 544-6482 or by e-mail: at stmeyer777@aol.com COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 2BR/2BA, CANAL FRONT, WALK TO BEACH, PARTIALLY FURNISHED, $1000/MO - MONTH TO MONTH 941-383-7823

LIDO BEACH penthouse, on the beach. Furnished 2BR/2BA w/office, new designer interior, pool/spa, exercise room, Gulf & bay view, huge lanai, garage parking. No smoke/pets. Available starting April through December, 2004 & 2005. 1/mo. min. $3800/mo. 941-388-2462. 1BR/1.5BA, GULF view w/private beach, Bay access w/dock. Available now. Call for info and e-mail pictures. Seasonal or annual. Call for annual rates. 941-780-2352. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404. ☛ ☛ BEACHFRONT: NORTHSHORE RD. Ground level, all view home, Bean Point. $3500/mo., $1500/week. 559-760-1331. EASTER SPECIAL! Precious Lido Beach house 2BR/2BA. Super clean & comfortable. Great deal! $645/week. Available annually after May 6th. Call 388-1665 or 587-9489. LBK GULF FRONT. Newly updated and beautifully redecorated 2BR/2BA condo with direct Gulf view, large lanai, washer/dryer, pool and parklike setting. Available monthly May to December 2004 and 2005. 941-238-3711/New York or sbokos@aol.com

CEDARS TENNIS RESORT 5680 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 1-2-3 Bedroom Townhouses Private Attached Garage Tennis/Olympic Heated Pool Weekly & Monthly Rates Pet Friendly

THE CASTILIAN, Longboat Key, Florida. Oceanfront, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, fully equipped condo has just become available for the 2005 season. Call 513-561-5940.

LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, 3rd floor direct Gulf front, private, 2BR/2BA. Pool, recreation room. Available August-Dec. 813-837-9901.

941-383-6224 888-383-6224 www.laplayacondo.com “ON BEAUTIFUL LONGBOAT KEY”

LONGBOAT KEY Village beach house, 2BR, nicely furnished, on canal, walk to BRADENTON, SAN Remo Shores area, beach and shopping. Seasonal: Nov.-April, 2BR/1BA waterfront condo w/boat dock, 2005. 795-0301. 2/miles to beach. Small pet Okay. First, last, security, $800/mo. 383-2659. BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Walk right out onto the beach from this RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. 941-383-6650. CONDOMINIUMS LBK, GULF front. Pool, beach, 2BR/2BA Sutton Place, small pet OK. condo. Monthly: Oct.-Dec., 2004, Jan.-May, Sanctuary & Fairway Bay. 2005. 941-907-6088. Seaplace, Gulf view and garden. Downtown Ritz Carlton. BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. TKF, across street GOLF COURSE units now available. from Gulf. 1/mo. min. May 1-Nov. 30, $1900/mo. Dec. $3000. Jan. 1-March 30 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES $4000. 770-671-0338. Bird Key, 3BR/2BA, pool, dock. LBK, DESIGNER CANAL HOME, 2BR/2BA, Siesta Key, pool home, pet friendly, w/pool and boat dock. Tranquil setting, close 3BR/2BA. to beach. May-Nov. $2750/mo., Dec.-April ANNUAL RENTAL $4500/mo. Pets okay. 941-383-2902. Sutton Place: 2BR/2BA, small pet OK. LONGBOAT KEY CONDO ON GULF. Check our Web Site: 1500/sq.ft., 1-1.5BR/1-1.5BA. 2005 Season. www.leasingsarasota.com $3800/mo. February and March or $3500/mo. three or four month rental. JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. 516-922-6033. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA, 941-953-6000 partial Gulf view. Available April-June and August-Dec. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. 24/hour security. SUTTON PLACE, Longboat Key. Nicely Non-smokers. By owner. Month-to-month decorated 2BR/1.5BA townhouse w/garage for January, February, March, 2005. rentals avail. 813-837-9901. 908-447-4168. EARLY BIRD 2005 RENTAL. Longboat Harbour, 2BR/2BA, lovely view, beach RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME, 2/min. access, 4/pools, exercise room, tennis walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal courts. Call 251-342-7339 or 251-510-8822. fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool LBK, 3BR/3BA (Gulf beach). Bay view, w/screened enclosure, 3BR/2BA. Recently tennis, dock, workout room, heated pool. updated w/new paint and furniture, lots Monthly or annual rent. 813-495-3884. of tile, pets welcome upon approval. No smoking and no children please. ☛ SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA. Immaculate Security/Deposit. 2/month minimum. condition. Available April, 2004-December $6500/mo. Call 863-559-4610 or E-mail: 2005. 502-222-1059, 502-552-1594, or tac1012@tampabay.rr.com BSJohnsonKY@aol.com. LONGBOAT ARMS. Bayfront condo, GULF FRONT, LIDO BEACH. Due to 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, boat dock, private cancellation for 2004/2005 season. Available beach access, large screened lanai. December. 2BR/2BA condo. Newly Available April 2004 through January 2005. renovated and furnished. Large balcony to $1800-$3400/mo. 603-692-6445. view sunset overlooking pool and Gulf. Minutes walk to St. Armands Circle, covered  DOWNTOWN, CENTRAL PARK II. garage. No pets. Non-smoker. A bargain Elegant, secure, 2BR/2.5BA, sleeps/6, at $3600/mo. St. Armands Towers. 5/yrs. new. W/D, pool, fitness, tennis, day 941-388-2575. dock. $2500/mo. 941-544-4509. BUTTONWOOD COVE: 2BR/2BA, private Gulf beach, full bay view from every room, pool, tennis, under building parking. 1/mo. min. 383-2328. 4/2-4/13, E-mail: mswlmi@aol.com

WAGNER REALTY SINCE 1939 866-383-4666 CedarsWest@WagnerRealty.com

MAINE MOUNTAINS. Furnished 2BR condo at Sunday River resort, Bethel. New golf course. 212-877-1950 or see property 4781 at: www.vacationrentals411.com <http://www.vacationrentals411.com>

VILLAGE COTTAGE, 2BR/1BA, bay view, ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished swimming pool. Available May 1st. All 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, 941-383-4621 utilities included. Annual lease possible. walk beach/Circle. May, 04. Non-smokers. www.cedarstennisresort.com 356-1277. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA furnished home. LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Spa, dock, LBK, AVAILABLE 2005. ISLANDER CLUB, walk to beach. Available May through Dec., 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Available April, May & spacious 2BR/2BA Gulf side condo. 2004. Monthly only. Private beach access. June, $2000/mo. Aug. & Sept., $2000/mo. Beach, pool/tennis/exercise room. Turnkey See website for photos and rates. Oct. & Dec., $2750/mo. Also available furnished. Partial Gulf views from roof deck. http://www.home.earthlink.net/~dshog/LBKRental/ Jan. & Feb. 2005, $4000/mo. 727-403-1449, vvannb@aol.com 941-927-6357. or call 941-360-0700.

BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA, first floor, end unit, direct Gulf views. Available November 2004 to April 2005. Call owner, 1-800-728-5534. DECEMBER TO April: adult community Longboat Key, Sarasota. Cozy 2BR/1BA, large open patio, washer/dryer, 2/minute walk to beach & bay, $1800/mo. Judy, 305-386-3629.

★ PELICAN HARBOUR, 3BR/2BA, LBK. Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. 941-383-7901, 513-608-4320. E-mail: richwoodkids@hotmail.com. LIDO BEACH - WHAT A VIEW! Direct waterfront, 2BR/2BA, immaculate, must see. 3/mo. rental: Jan., Feb., March. $4500/mo. 941-377-2121. LIDO BEACH. Adorable 1BR/1BA on ground floor in private home and yard setting. Newly renovated in modern decor. Ample parking. Available beginning March, due to cancellation. Walk to beach and St. Armands. Please call owner at 383-2566. LONGBOAT TERRACE condo: spacious 2BR/2BA w/direct Gulf view, fully furnished, pool, W/D. Available November through April. 863-701-8594.

✔ ✔ SEAPLACE, WINTER 2005. Large beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA condo. No view. 3/mo. minimum preferred. Call 941-383-6088 or 609-497-1360. BEACHFRONT COMPLEX in South LBK. Spacious 2BR/2BA with nice furnishings! Many amenities: huge pool, tennis, exercise room, activities, etc. E-mail: at mln239@yahoo.com, or call 387-0121. GORGEOUS DIRECT TANGERINE BAYFRONT CONDO AVAILABLE 2004-2005. BEACH AND BOAT ACCESS, 3BR/2BA WITH 2/TERRACES, RESORT-SIZE POOL, EXERCISE ROOM, HUGE GRANITE KITCHEN, LOVELY DECOR. 203-562-9544 (OWNER)

GENESIS PROPERTIES OF LONGBOAT KEY 2 & 3 BEDROOM HOUSES AND COTTAGES NEWLY FURNISHED, ON THE BEACH!!! PRIVATE HOT TUBS! AVAILABLE WEEKLY OR MONTHLY CRAIG WEISS OWNER: 724-2900

VACATION RENTALS MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!! Check our Web Site: www.leasingsarasota.com JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000 WHITNEY BEACH bayside, 2BR/2BA pool side villa. Available Jan., Feb., March, 2005. 941-924-3393. LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, located on bay, walk to beach. $600-$650/month-to-month. Call Resort Properties, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203.


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CASA DEL MAR RESORT CONDOMINIUM

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

LONGBOAT KEY BEAUTIFUL 1BR CONDO ON BEACH, ELEGANT DECOR, BEACHSIDE POOL, WALK TO SHOPPING. WEEKLY/MONTHLY. AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 22ND. REASONABLE RATES. NON-SMOKING/PETS

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TEAM

WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW

Rentals Wanted WANTED 2 or 3 bedroom luxury apt./condo directly on Gulf for non-smoking, quiet couple, Dec. to April 2005. Call 941-387-2106 and leave message or E-mail: cherrysoleil@rogers.com

☛ ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED, LBK.

Tom Fynes, Vicki Lonborg and Linda Paskovich visit our website: www.longboatkeyvacations.com

941-383-0217

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 www.casadelmar.net Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

RENTALS SEASONAL VACATION & ANNUAL SEAPLACE, 2BR/1BA, fully equipped, all amenities. Available 2005 season. Owner, (770) 509-7419. SUNSET BEACH, LBK. Newly redecorated 2BR/2BA condo located in a small complex, 5th floor unit, beautiful view of Gulf and pool. Minimum 2/mo. rental. Jan.-March, $5300/mo. April, $4300/mo. 860-633-3545.

4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.)

LBK, SEAPLACE GULFFRONT, 2BR/2BA, TURNKEY FURNISHED, W/D, POOL, TENNIS. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY.

GULFSIDE “85% Repeat Guests” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” ASK ABOUT OUR RATE SPECIALS!

LONGBOAT KEY. Newly remodeled 2BR/2BA, full bay view. Pool, tennis, gym. Walk to beach. Non-smokers only. Available April to December, 2004. Call 514-683-8047, E-mail: bschafchen@aol.com LONGBOAT KEY. Beautiful large 2BR/2BA home overlooking LBK Club golf course, 5/min. walk to beach, 2/miles to St. Armands Circle, 2/car garage, ample parking for RV. Available Labor Day 2004 for Winter Rental. Call owners, 407-709-6335. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. Weekly, monthly. 617-328-7145.

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CONDOS BAY HARBOUR (2)Two - 2BR/2BA Bayfront updated units. Seasonal: $3500-$4200 One may rent longterm as well. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM Full Bay views, annual only. $3500/mo. PRIVATEER Panoramic views Seasonal: $5000/mo. Also available annual. LIDO Spacious 2BR/2Ba walk out to beach and pool. $5500/MO.

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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, www.VacationFLA.com. WANT TO trade week 11, 2005 at Veranda Beach Club for week 12, 2005. Call 1-800-773-1615, ask for Glenn.

Waterfront Property TWO VERY crisp newer waterfront homes in the Englewood area, 2BR/2BA, 2/car, seawall, no bridges - buy this one for the price of a lot, only $319,900. Also, 3BR/2BA, 2/car w/family room & office next to tip lot, massive big water views, seawall, deck, 10,000/lb. boat lift, solar pool (model condition), only $529,900. Get $20K buyer’s credit each if under contract by 4/11/04, can be used as down money. Also, seawalled double waterfront lot @ $289,900. All are direct access, no bridges or locks. 570-943-2516 (leave message).

☛ ☛ NEW WATERFRONT Community, Cortez Quay. 3/Lots available w/docks. Re/Max Gulfstream, Paula Jonsson. 730-9888.

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GULF VIEW THREE BEDROOM $649,000 Gorgeous 3BR/2BA beachfront furnished condo has been completely renovated! Corian counters in baths and kitchen. GE Profile appliances and wood cabinets. Plantation shutters, custom built-ins, and two lanais. Great complex offers active clubhouse, pools, spas, HarTru tennis and fabulous beach.

TOWNHOME WITH BOAT DOCK! $549,000 Terrific townhome overlooks tranquil waters and comes with your own boat dock! 2 BR/2.5 BA residence includes fireplace, skylights, breakfast area and garage! Custom built-ins w/ window seat in master bedroom. Located in one of Longboat Key's exceptional bayside communities with amenities galore, including deeded beach access!

L’AMBIANCE II Unbelievably gorgeous, magnificent residence with views of Gulf, golf course, bay & Sarasota skyline. Rarely available, 10 ft ceilings, 2BR + den, custom cabinetry, Saturnia floors, automatic blinds, state of the art lighting, southern exposure, wraparound terrace. Partially furnished. $2,499,000

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME! $1,250,000 Possibilities abound in this canal-front home location! Perfectly positioned near Lido Beach and St. Armand’s shopping, the deep lot includes an existing 2 bedroom and 1 bath Florida “cottage home”. Hardwood floors, fireplace and water views provide additional charm to the beach-house getaway. The value of this opportunity is in the land, but enjoy a bit of “Florida past” while you plan your future dream home!

SPACIOUS TOWNHOUSE!

L’AMBIANCE II Royal Model Gulf, golf, & bay views, 3BR + den, 10ft ceilings, granite, marble, designer furnished. Prestigious south Longboat community featuring state-of-the art fitness center, hospitality suite, concierge, private elevators. Olympic sized pool, for your entertainment. $3,400,000

$535,000

A rare opportunity to own a townhome in a popular beachside community! Completely renovated kitchen and baths, new carpeting and painting. Garage Included. Turnkey furnished with designer decor. Community provides pools, hot tubs, clubhouse, Har-Tru tennis courts and beach access.

SOUTHWEST GULF VIEWS

$399,900

ISLANDER CLUB

Beautiful renovations and furnishings make this a very special condo! Two bedrooms and one bath - a second bath can be added. Most appliances and A/C are newer as are carpet and window treatments. So much for so little! South Longboat location.

Spectacular beach & sunset views! Updated 2BR direct gulf front condo, Olympic sized pool, tennis & fitness center. $699,900

FAIRWAY BAY Sunny and bright corner unit with southern exposure. This wonderful residence offers two large bedrooms with an eat-in kitchen, two beautiful terraces and valuable under building parking space. $395,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK

GORGEOUS EXECUTIVE HOME

Open Bayfront - New 5200 sf, 5BR, media room, soaring ceilings, stone floors, granite kitchen, summer kitchen, fireplace, infinity pool, 5+car garage. $4,500,000

$775,000

This gorgeous home with 4BR/3.5BA has been completely renovated! Lovely interior appointments and lush landscaping. Caged pool area with summer kitchen overlooks nature preserve. Three car garage. Nothing compares!

INN ON THE BEACH The 4 star resort at the LBK Club. Direct beachfront resort! Pamper yourself with exotic cuisine, golden sunsets, tennis, golf, spa services & miles of white sand beach.

SOUTH LONGBOAT KEY LOCATION!

GOLF VIEW CLUB SUITE $260,000 LAGOON CLUB SUITE Dynamite views, refurbished. $299,000

$639,000 This 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo has southwest Gulf views and lots of space! Owner is not able to spend time here so must sell. Great opportunity for a new buyer to invest in one of Longboat’s most popular condominium communities. Turnkey furnished. Pools and spas, Har-Tru tennis, active clubhouse and fabulous walking beach!

ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Picture Perfect Penthouse! Beautifully updated kitchen with granite counter tops and updated bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, direct gulf front close to St. Armands, shops and restaurants. Within walking distance of Lido Beach! $899,000 Enjoy colorful sunrises & sunsets. Magnificent double unit penthouse. Truly one of a kind, beautifully updated w/granite countertops, dramatic marble & granite bathrooms, 3BR+ den w/3000 SF. $1,700,000

FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY! $389,000 This 2 bedroom and 1 bath condo has lovely southwest Gulf views from screened-in balcony! Ready for new owners who want to "do their own thing". Southern Longboat Key location. Amenities include pools, spas, Har-Tru tennis and beautiful beach!

BEAU CIEL Sarasota’s newest bayfront tower-18 stories, 44 residences. 11th floor masterpiece features many architectural upgrades, finished flooring, marble, carpet, and newly painted. Ready for occupancy. Spectacular city & unobstructed bay views. Walk to the arts, restaurants. Boat dock available. $2,639,000

BEACHSIDE CONDOS! $279,000 to $299,000 Gulfside condos under $300,000 on south end of Longboat Key. 80% owner financing! Large suites fully furnished and equipped. Newly and beautifully renovated with designer decor. Great for investment and enjoyment!

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QUEENS HARBOR Behind the gates of Bay Isles Parkway Magnificent home, overlooks the lake & golf course. Popular Ashford model, 2BR with a luxurious master suite, private guest suite + den. Elegantly detailed with designer upgrades. $995,000

Towers Penthouse - Southwest corner Bay and marina views, 3BR + den with fireplace, wet bar, wine cooler, high ceilings, Private 2- car garage. 5200 sq. ft. $4,650,000 Waterfront Penthouse - Wrap-around views of the bay and city skyline will impress and dazzle you! This unbelievable penthouse features 3 BDR + den with a fireplace. Fine finishes include stone floors, granite counters, marble baths, and private 2 car garage. $4,400,000

SUNSETS ON AN ISLAND Beach- One of the nicest beaches in the world. Prime property w/150’ water frontage on which to build your dream home! $1,995,000

For virtual tours, or to view our area’s Multiple Listing Service, log on to 1•800•910•8728 Ke p e c z @ a o l . c o m

www.longboatkeyrealestate.org

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SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT 3/4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, attention to detail, custom built canal front home. Too many amenities to mention, a boater’s paradise. $1,395,000. Cindy Migone/Donna Nieman 812-7438

THE OSPREY Luxurious yet carefree living awaits you in this brand new home with serene water views and assigned boat dock. Spacious 3BR/2.5BA with open terrace, screened lanai, 2 car garage and ample storage for all your toys. $660,000. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 920-0303/812-7437

WANT A PRIVATE HOME, YET MAINTENANCE FREE? This gulfside 2 or 3 bedroom has it all. Mid Key location and remodeled beautifully. Turnkey furnished. Hear the ocean waves and enjoy your privacy. $448,500. Karen Ankerstar 586-7585

LONGBOAT KEY RESTAURANT Turnkey restaurant in desirable mid Longboat Key location. Good numbers, good lease and a steady clientele. Been in the same location for several years serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. $252,500. Cindy or Gary LaFlamme 780-8000/725-0928

BEAUTIFUL OPEN BAY VIEW Don't miss this 2 bedroom condo with spectacular bay view, new appliances, updated, 4 pools, tennis, boat dock, beach facility. A true value in today's market. $375,000. 383-5543

ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Sunsets every night from this direct gulf front unit. 2BR/2BA overlooking the pool. Absolutely the best view! Inside utility room & covered parking. A favorite rental spot. $849,000. Gail Tutewiler 705-0227

GULF AND POOL VIEWS Totally updated, new paint & carpet, storm shutters, new appliances, new AC. Two pools, desirable well-maintained complex. Island living at its best. $474,000. Marc Turner 224-1112

GULF FRONT CONDO Great investment opportunity! Available to rent 1-7 days, 365 days a year, w/onsite management. Prime mid key location. Open & bright, vaulted ceilings. Updated & turnkey furnished. Owners allowed pets! Family friendly and steps to the beach. $569,900. Cindy or Gary LaFlamme 780-8000/725-0928

ELEGANT PENTHOUSE Captivating, spacious interior with warm & inviting designer finishes. Private wraparound terraces, sweeping gulf, bay, sunrise & sunset views. Intimate gulf front complex featuring only 8 residences with private attached garages. $1,899,000. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 920-0303/812-7437

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SECLUDED WATERFRONT HOME Immaculate custom home has it all! 3 car garage, extended boat dock on sailboat water, sparkling swimming pool & private whirlpool, unique master bath with separate dressing area. Only steps to tennis, short stroll to splendid beaches. $1,099,000. Tina Rudek 920-0303

BAY ISLES LOT Last of few remaining lots in exclusive Bayou Sound subdivision on beautiful Longboat Key. Private Longboat Key Club entry surrounded by lush golf course & marina. Private beach club just minutes away. $375,500. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 920-0303/812-7437

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SEA CLUB Intimate, eight unit complex, located directly on the beach, with swimming pool and beach cabana. One and two bedroom units are fully equipped and have beachside patios. Available weekly, monthly and seasonally.

COVERT II Small compex located directly on the gulf. Very comfortably furnished two bedroom, two bath units with excellent views of the beach. Pool and laundry. Available weekly, monthly and seasonally.

GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS Small direct gulf front condo, with swimming pool, located in North central Longboat Key. Great sunsets and warm sandy beaches await your arrival. Available monthly and seasonally.

SEA OATS Another intimate eight unit complex right on the beach. One and two bedroom units with gulf views, gulfside patios, and laundry facilities. Available weekly, monthly and seasonally.

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