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longboat icons by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

Sea Stable, Stribling’s for sale After 28 years in business, the Falls family is selling its two Longboat stores and its Anna Maria store. For nearly 15 years, Mary Anaclerio has enjoyed browsing through Susan Stribling’s New Traditions, perusing its unique collection of swimsuits, clothing and accessories. She stops in a couple of times a week, scouting out the newest arrivals, because she knows it’s the only place in town that she will find unique buys. Anaclerio is just one example of the store’s large following of loyal shoppers who visit the store frequently for its unmatched

finds, and although owner Art Falls has decided to put his three area stores up for sale, he wants it to stay that way. After 28 years of doing business on Longboat Key, and nearing his 80th birthday, Falls said it’s finally time to retire, and is selling the The Sea Stable, Susan Stribling’s and AMI West on Anna Maria Island. “I was at a buying show last week, and one of the sellers said, ‘Do you know you’re the oldest retail merchant in Florida in

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Betsy and Art Falls stand in The Sea Stable, which the Falls family has owned for 28 years. this business?’” Falls recalled. “I thought, ‘I don’t want to be the oldest.’ I want to leave that honor to Murf Klauber.” However, Falls knows that

moving on might be easier to talk about than to do, considering the deep roots the businesses have

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School Days + Waving in celebration

The Longboat Observer included American flags in its newspapers the week before the Fourth of July so readers could enjoy them on the holiday, but didn’t expect them to go so far. Norbert and Maria Berta made sure to pack their flags when they enjoyed a Vantage River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest Hungary. As the two were cruising on the Rhine River in Rudesheim, Germany, on the morning of the Fourth, they had this picture taken with their flags and newspaper and then shared the paper with their fellow travelers. The crew served everyone red, white and blue cake and champagne as part of the holiday festivities.

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Sam Azmi, a fifth-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, boards the school bus, while Anthea Rokop, also a fifth-grader, says good-bye to her father on Tuesday morning. Monday was the first day of school for children in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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VISIONING OUTLOOK by Roger Drouin and Jessica Luck | City Editor and Staff Writer

Innovative policies keep tourism alive The town of Longboat Key could learn a few things from other Florida cities. Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series an Longboat Key’s visioning process. This week focuses on how other similar Florida communties have dealt with retaining tourism, which is one of the major issues that emerged in the visioning process.

The hotel-to-condo trend has troubled many of Florida’s coastal communities. As a result, some towns and cities are stepping up efforts to save what’s left of tourism. Some, like Islamorada in the Florida Keys, have enacted

policies that work to preserve tourism units. Others, such as Fernandina Beach in northeast Florida, have launched aggressive marketing campaigns to draw in more visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and other areas of the country. As a product of Longboat Key’s visioning process, consultants from the planning firm, Arrington & Marlowe, suggested

that town commissioners and planning board members look to other cities and towns to see how they have promoted tourism. The study listed several municipalities that “were found to reflect most closely a balance between economic needs of private investors and the growth and character goals of the com-



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OUR TOWN continued from 1A evening. Ruth Meyfarth said the couples’ birthday and anniversary celebrations have been low-key affairs for a while. They had a nice, long celebration for their 50th anniversary, when she and her husband took a two-week long train trip across Canada.

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Elaine Levin, concierge for the Longboat Key Club, will be acting in “Murder at Café Noir,” a mysterydinner production running Aug. 11 to Aug. 19 at the Bradenton Women’s Club. The show is a fundraiser for the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre. Levin has been acting since she was 4 or 5 years old. “It’s so much fun to play a character that’s opposite myself,” Levin said. “Acting keeps me sane.” Pictured below are Levin and Marty Martin.

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Herb and Ruth Meyfarth, Longboat Key, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary Aug. 6. They received two bouquets of flowers from their daughter, Nancy Meyfarth, and the couple had dinner together Sunday

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lido renourishment by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Funding woes delay beach project Residents prepare to rally for federal funding. Sarasota’s Washington, D.C.based lobbying consultant reported back to city engineers last month that an effort to secure $850,000 in federal funding for the Lido Key beach renourishment project does not look good — for this year, at least. In a July 17 letter to the city’s engineering director, Greg Burns, a lobbyist with the firm Marlowe & Co., wrote that both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed a bill listing the Lido islandwide renourishment project as an approved project, but no funding was included in the legislation.

City Commissioner Ken Shelin said last week that Marlowe & Co. plans to continue pushing for funding, but the outcome looks bleak for the current year. The recent vote is the latest funding hurdle for the proposed $15 million project to rebuild a 1.5-mile stretch of Lido’s beach. The city began preliminary planning for the project in 2000, but in May 2003, the city encountered the first obstacle, when the deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter to Sarasota engineers stating that the $15 million reim-

bursement amount exceeds congressionally authorized limits. Since that time, the city aimed to gain federal funding upfront — instead of on a reimbursement basis. The federal government appropriated $250,000 for the past two fiscal years, money that has been set aside for the design phase of the project, said Sarasota Director of Engineering Alex Davis-Shaw. “We will continue to do design work, and, hopefully, we will get funding before we are ready to move forward,” Davis-Shaw said. “We still have the money to continue with the design phase.” The most important step comes

when the city makes its multi-million-dollar request before the start of construction, slated for 2009. While the recent vote of Congress could delay the project, Burns said the outcome is not insurmountable. Davis-Shaw said she has a brief presentation, outlining the recent vote and possible options, ready for the next City Commission meeting. News of the recent decision spread among several members of the Lido Key Residents Association, leaving behind the question: Why did Congress turn down the

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Earth-moving machines and crews will be out on the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Red Hawk golf course through August. The course was constructed earlier this year and opened to golfers in February, but the backhoes and mounds of dirt are back as the course undergoes a final phase of improvement. Jim Wells, the club’s director of agronomy, said summer was a perfect time to complete the work, because the courses typically close in August for annual maintenance. When the nine-hole Red Hawk course reopens in September, it will be more playable and challenging to golfers, Wells said. Current construction work includes revamping several sand bunkers and re-contouring the fairway at hole No. 8.

STORM SEASON by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Some contractors illegally install shutters Town code officials urge Longboat Key residents to check contractor licenses. As peak storm season howls onto the radar screen, Longboat residents are rushing to hire contractors to install hurricane shutters in their homes and condominiums. And, for the second consecutive year, some residents are finding out that when it comes to strict permitting guidelines, not every company does things legally. Longboat Key’s Code Enforcement Department is closely watching several contractors, who, officials believe, violated state guidelines for permit applications. Some installers are simply not applying for permits, while others are using another contractor to illegally sign off on permitting forms. Code Administrator Randy Fowler said tactics such as these leave homeowners with headaches and delay projects. In some cases, homeowners found out the contractors did not obtain a permit when the homeowners applied for a discount that is offered for properties with

hurricane shutters through their insurance providers. In order to qualify for this discount, the homeowner needs to provide a permit to show that a contractor properly installed the shutters. Fowler said fraudulent installers have become a widespread problem because there is so much money to be made in the industry. “We’re not talking about nickels and dimes,” he said. Fowler said that if an installer avoids questions about the permitting process that is a clear sign. “Homeowners have a lot of trust in these people, and they need to be cautious with their money,” Fowler said. “We’ve had some homeowners that were ripped off.” Code Enforcement Officer Heidi Micale urged residents to check with installers to make sure they are licensed contractors. “Before you pay anyone in full, you want to see the permit,” Micale said. State code requires contractors to post permits at the project site.

STATE APPROVES SHUTTER GRANTS State money has become available to qualified homeowners who install hurricane shutters and storm-resistant windows. The new program encourages homeowners to armor their homes, so that the structures are better able to withstand high winds during future storms. It is part of an effort toward concentrating on making homes safer, rather than pumping millions of dollars into a hurricanedamaged community after the storm. “This is a way of getting people to bring their homes to a higher standard,” said Longboat Key Code Administrator Randy Fowler. The Florida Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program was approved by the state Legislature during the 2006 legislative session. More than 12,000 residents have already shown interest in participating. Homesteaded Floridians, whose residences have an insured value of less than $500,000, qualify for a matching grant up to $5,000. Before the grant is approved, a certified inspector will come out and inspect the home. Properties not eligible for free home inspections include mobile homes or manufactured homes, second homes, rental properties, apartments or businesses. Homeowners can find out more information by going to the Web site or by visiting the Longboat Key Planning Zoning & Building Department next to Town Hall.

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+ Drinking water Algae growth in the Lake Manatee reservoir has impacted water users on Longboat Key over the past few days. Because Manatee County provides the town’s potable water source, the algae spread into the island’s water pipes. The county had to alter its water-treatment program, resulting in an above-average iron content. The iron content turned the water a yellow-brownish tinge. But despite the color, the water remains safe to consume, said Annie Ross, technical manager at the public works department. “Manatee County is well within the limits set by the EPA,” Ross said. “There is just a little color, and people aren’t used to it.” The Longboat Key Public Works Department sent an emergency-notification phone message to residents Monday to let them know that the water was safe to drink. In addition, public works employees released water from a fire hydrant Friday to let some of the algae-water out of the system. County public works officials have already taken steps to treat the reservoir water, and they expect to have the condition under control within several days. Anyone with questions about drinking water can call the Longboat Key Public Works Department at 316-1988

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Andiamo, a new Italian restaurant, will be opening about Sept. 1 in the Whitney Beach Plaza. The restaurant will be located in the former location of Old Bayou Steak House. Chef Francesco, who is also the chef at Villa Francesca and is owner/chef at Etrusco Ristorante Toscano, both in Sarasota, says he is excited to be opening a restaurant on Longboat Key. “Almost 90% of my customers are Longboat Key residents,” he said. NUMBERS IN THE NEWS

6,467 — number of permit and inspection notifications sent electronically to contractors performing work on Longboat Key. 200 — pounds of seagrass a

manatee usually eats in one day.

Contractors who install shutters in a high-rise condominium also need to have a special state-contracting license. These licenses always begin with either CBC, CGC or SCC followed by six numbers, Micale said. All other contractors

are not permitted to apply for a permit to do the work. If homeowners have questions about a contractor’s license, Fowler advises residents to contact the code enforcement officer by calling 316-1966.

7 — number of school bus stops on Longboat Key. There are six for the Manatee County School District and one for Sarasota County School District.

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request? Burns, of the city’s lobbying firm, offered this explanation in his letter to Davis-Shaw: “The situation surrounding the lack of funding for this fiscal year is potentially very simple. The city is represented by a member of Congress (Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Longboat Key) who has likely been abandoned by her own party, because they know that she will not serve in the House next year and may not be a favorite among the party’s establishment anymore. Similarly, at least with regard to Sen. (Bill) Nelson, he does not want to support funding for an area where Ms. Harris would be able to take credit for any success. “This has left the city in an unfortunate, albeit temporary, situation,” Burns wrote. Jerry Fritz, Harris’ communicatons director, said that he believes that Nelson, whom Harris could

face if she wins the September primary, had nothing to do with the outcome. “This was just a tough year on appropriations,” Fritz said. “It was likely turned down in the House, and didn’t even get to the Senate for debate.” Fritz pointed out that there was an increase in the amount of money requested for beach projects. Shelin said he has noticed cutbacks in local-level federal funding, such as community development grants and money for transportation projects, and he didn’t know, as of Friday, the exact causes for the beach-project outcome. The at-large commissioner sent Sandy Bower, president of the Lido Key Residents Association, a memo urging residents to write their congressional delegates and call on them to rally for funding. Bower, who was out of state on vacation, said she planned to bring the issue

to the forefront at the next association meeting. “We have left it up to the powers that be up until now, and we are going to have to step it up and take it into our own hands,” she said. Recent erosion has left patches of Lido’s shoreline with little protection against future storms, Bower said. John Kirker, a longtime Lido Key resident and association board member, said he doesn’t want to jump to conclusions until he hears from the city’s engineering staff. If city engineers advise that residents start emailing congressional representatives, Kirker is ready to get residents into action. “The last renourishment project, we had to do that,” Kirker said. “We sent letters to all our members and canvassed the whole area to get people to help us e-mail our congressional representatives to get the funding. We’ll do what we have to.”

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St. Jude’s Luncheon prepares for 25th Matt Walsh; the Kiwanis Club is still coordinating the event. To commemorate the silver anniversary, ticket prices are dropping to $25 in advance. While there are still many details to be worked out, the committee is meeting once a month to make the 25th anniversary of the St. Jude’s Gourmet Luncheon the most memorable yet. The next meeting is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in the meeting room at the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce.

Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The committee members of St. Jude’s Gourmet Luncheon have a lot to live up to this coming year. Last year’s committee raised a record $40,249 and hosted 26 topnotch restaurants from around the area. This year’s committee hopes to exceed that in celebration of the luncheon’s 25th anniversary. Ben Feoli is taking over chairman’s duties from last year’s chair,

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Budget undergoes changes Town Manager Bruce St. Denis sent town commissioners his most recent recommended 200607 budget last week. The budget is based on last year’s 1.4650 millage rate. Several commissioners said they are likely to reduce the rate at a workshop in August. If the commission does not lower the 1.4560 rate, the town will take in an additional $1.2 million in property taxes due to a 15.09% boost in the value of Longboat Key property. St. Denis tweaked the budget since his preliminary budget presentation in June. Several lowcost items were cut from expenditures and two expenditures were added. The most recent version of the $15.7 million budget includes the following changes: • $100,000 was added to the budget for a red-tide contingency account. This money will be used to handle fish cleanup in the case of a red-tide bloom. • $52,220 was added to the

budget after the Town Commission directed St. Denis to add one new code enforcement officer to the town’s staff. Vice Mayor Lee Rothenberg suggested the change, and the board voted 4-3 to add the expense. • Overall, $126,537 was cut from expenditures. This represents seven various adjustments, including the decision to apply for $25,000 in grants to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) instead of funding the purchase as part of the budget. The devices would replace older units in the town’s police vehicles and are used to treat cardiac-arrest patients. In addition, $50,000 was carried over from the 2005-06 budget to pay for a second phase of the building department’s permit-notification system. • The Sarasota County Commission approved a $65,000 grant to be used to purchase a new police boat. This grant will be used to offset the cost of the new vessel.

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And so it goes. Once the unintended consequences of a law or series of laws is magnified and identified as a problem, another round of laws is conjured up to tilt the windmills to correct the problems created by the first laws. It appears this is the likely course of Longboat Key’s visioning process, whose outcomes will be pursued more earnestly this fall. Would that we could be optimistic about the town’s most pressing challenge: Longboat Key’s future landuse laws and the fate of commercial and tourism properties. It wouldn’t be presumptuous to say that most Longboat residents agree some type of change is necessary to create a healthier climate that allows for the flourishing of retail, restaurant and entertainment activities, along with essential services. No one wants to see Longboat Key become only an island of residences. But knowing what we know about Longboat Key’s residents and history — that many of the influencers spent the past 25 years devoted to a great extent to controlling and limiting those activities — it’s difficult to foresee a noticeable swing in the pendulum. Do we want what we can’t have? An upscale, second-home island that is primarily residential; with no traffic jams; with ample choices of restaurants, desirable retail shops, sports and entertainment; with an active, appreciating realestate market; low taxes; safe, crime-less streets and neighborhoods?

The Key won’t remain static

To be sure, Longboat Key has all of that now. But it will not remain static. And indeed, over the past 10 years we have seen that the Key certainly isn’t immune to changing market forces. Shenkel’s, the Poseidon, the Buccaneer, Lynches Landing, China Blossom, Juice ’n’ Java, Maureen’s, the Holiday Inn and at least four other small resorts … all shuttered. Changing times, the increasing seasonality of Longboat Key’s property owners (70% are not year-round residents) and the challenges of dealing with the triumvirate of the federal, state and Longboat Key government regulations and taxes converged in many of these instances to create a tipping point. It no longer made economic sense for these businesses to keep trying. Today’s business landscape and climate on Longboat Key are not going to change much more on their own. The number of businesses that are left are what the market will bear. But they will not remain static, either. Each business here is operating in buildings whose life spans are shrinking. At some point, significant amounts of capital will be needed to repair, remodel and upgrade all of these facilities. And that, too, will become another tipping point: To reinvest means the property owner will expect a fair return on that capital to make it worth his while. And to make it worth his while, the property owner will need greater revenues, either through higher rents, greater numbers of sales, higher prices or all of the above. Those results, however, are becoming increasingly difficult to achieve and enact — especially given the trends. Downtown restaurants and retail stores are becoming more attractive, as Sarasota’s population reaches a higher critical mass, forcing Longboat restaurateurs and retailers to hold down prices to remain competitive. On top of this, the price of land, the burden of property taxes and the cost of insurance continue to rise. This puts more pressure on businesses’ ability to make an acceptable profit. So, even if Longboat’s elected leaders like to say they want to keep the island the way it is, and even if Longboat residents want the Key to stay the same, market dynamics won’t let

LONGBOAT’S TROPICANA ROOTS The announced sale last week of the Benedict estate on Longboat Key for $18 million reminded us of a factoid that didn’t get reported: The almost priceless piece of beachfront real estate has deep roots in what is probably the most well-known corporation that ever grew up in Greater Sarasota-Manatee counties: Tropicana Products Inc. Dr. Herman Kohl, a German-born organic chemist, purchased the Benedict estate, Villa Am Meer, on Gulf of Mexico Drive in 1932. Kohl was president of the New York-based Norda Essential Oil Co., which grew plants and converted the plants into perfumes and lipsticks. Kohl also had vast holdings of real estate in Manatee County, Cuba and New York. In 1946, Kohl’s interest in plants led him to Anthony Rossi, a tomato farmer and small orange-grove that happen. Commercial property owners will be forced to make a decision: hold and hope for an unexpected renaissance; or try to sell before the property deteriorates too much. Even in the instance of the latter, the prospects are becoming more difficult. Smart buyers will see the Key’s conundrum: There’s too much commercial property on the Key, and in the commercial properties that exist, it’s difficult to generate enough business to make the returns you can make elsewhere. What are the solutions? Here is where our skepticism and cynicism take hold. One solution likely to emerge is the Town Commission and members of the Planning and Zoning Board will craft changes and incentives that will conform to their view of how Longboat Key should be, being careful to give some concessions and compromises to every group — commercial owners as well as to the more powerful residential owners. They will adopt pieces of best practices of other Florida communities that have addressed problems similar to ours, and we will end up with another long menu of regulations that control densities, heights, land-use options and the like — albeit more flexible than what we have now but not enough to affect appreciable change. Call it “government in the margins.” Indeed, Longboat Key is not a community that goes out of the margins; it doesn’t embrace big change. That’s the stage of life most of us are in. And that’s understandable. But here’s the thing: Our legacies.

A total bedroom community

Every Longboat resident and property owner has the opportunity — you might even say “an obligation” — to create a legacy. To take the steps that will allow for the future of Longboat Key to be great, not to be static or declining. We are approaching the time when Longboat Key residents must face the reality that, without dramatic change, the Key is headed toward becoming almost completely devoid of commercial enterprises, save for Publix, CVS and a few other businesses. In other words, the proverbial bedroom community. This can and should be avoided. But it will take courage. And it will take a willingness to reject what has been accepted — a strong-armed, dictatorial town government and charter — and to accept the antithesis — freedom. If, for instance, we had the scepter, we would wave it so that the future would bring an expanded and five-diamond Longboat Key Club Resort, Inn on the Beach and Colony Beach & Tennis Resort — two world-class resorts that

owner, who had started a company known as Fruit Industries Inc. in Bradenton. Kohl invested $7,500 in Rossi’s venture. For his $7,500 investment, Kohl received a 49% interest in the orange company. In 1955, Rossi changed the name to Tropicana. When Tropicana sold to Beatrice Foods in 1978, the sale price was $480 million.

ISRAEL VS. HEZBOLLAH: IT’S ‘THE HAJ’ If you want a better understanding of the current conflict between Israel and the Hezbollah terrorists, the late, great novelist, Leon Uris, put it all into perspective in his 1984 book, “The Haj.” Consider these excerpts: • “So before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world. And all of us against the infidel.” Ishmael, Arab son of Haj Ibrahim • “Could it be, Haj Ibrahim, you use Islam as an excuse for your failures, an excuse to quietly accept tyranny, an excuse for not using sweat and ingenuity to make something out this land.” Gideon Asch, Israeli leader, speaking to his Arab friend, Haj Ibrahim • “The Jews, we Zionists, will never be able to settle more than a few million people here. That is reality. What is also reality is the fact that such a state will always be surrounded by tens of millions of hostile and unforgiving Arabs. You cannot expect to hold them at bay forever. Sheer weight of numbers and a Moslem society that perpetuates hatred makes that impossible. If you are to survive, you must establish the principle of retaliation. For example, I am going to need several squads of these night fighters to guard the Iraqi oil pipeline into Haifa. It covers hundreds of miles and obviously a few dozen men can’t protect it from sabotage. What the Arab must understand before he cuts the pipe is that he is going to face a reprisal … massive retaliation — it is the key to controlling forces a hundred times the size of your own.” British Capt. Orde Wingate to Gideon Asch draw wealthy visitors and conventioneers from all over the world. And then we would open the doors to all commercial-property and resort owners and invite them to be creative. Throw out all town codes and bring your new ideas for redevelopment up for review. Make the case that the project would be good for the Key, and then let the Town Commission decide. The vision is this: Go outside the margins. That should be one of our legacies.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 10, 2006

News 7A

TERRY CONOVER by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Former deputy chief remembered as mentor Longboat Key firefighters remember former Deputy Chief Terry Conover as a meticulous, number-crunching expert who oversaw many of the department’s budget and operational duties. But they also remember him as a caring mentor who helped many firefighters move up the ranks. The retired deputy chief and longtime Key resident died Aug. 4 at his home. He was 53. The fire department, along with Conover’s family, is planning a private memorial sometime next month. Pat Carden, who worked alongside Conover for 19 years,

recalls a how Conover helped him get promoted from firefighter to lieutenant and then to deputy chief. “He helped me all the way up to being his peer,” Carden said. “He was so willing to help.” Carden also remembers the image of Terry Conover, the water-loving adventurer, who enjoyed spending time out on his sailboat with his wife, Carol, and his two dogs. Conover moved from Jacksonville to Longboat Key in 1977. He began his career with the fire department as a fire inspector; he retired 22 years later. Wherever Conover went, he

SEA STABLE continued from 1A established in the community during his tenure.

Family ties In 1978, Falls and his wife, Nancy, decided it was time to return to the state where they met while attending Lakeland College. Falls had spent his previous years running 18 successful political campaigns, including heading up President Gerald Ford’s 1976 campaign in Illinois. Falls had been Illinois’ director of transportation and safety as well as the director of financial aid at the University of Illinois, but with his new home, he sought a new occupation, as a business owner. “I was tired of working for someone else,” Falls said. Seeking their next endeavor, the couple looked at buying a chemical company, bookstores, motels and more. But when a friend told the couple that the The Sea Stable, a swimwear and apparel store

on Longboat Key, was for sale, the Fallses saw it as an opportunity to run their own business while also making use of Nancy Falls’ degree in fashion. They bought the business and eventually the building in which it was housed, at 3170 Gulf of Mexico Drive. In 1990, the The Sea Stable was successful enough to open a second store, Susan Stribling’s, in the Avenue of the Flowers, followed by AMI West on Anna Maria Island in 1996. Throughout the years, the stores have remained family businesses, with Falls taking care of the ownership duties and Nancy Falls doing the buying and selling until her death in 2002. About 10 years ago, Falls brought his son, Joe, into the business as a partial owner, and Joe Falls also ended up running two additional stores on his own, one on Amelia Island near Jacksonville, as well as Brightwater Boutique, which resided in Avenue of the Flowers until it

VISIONING continued from 1A munity.” The report listed, among other cities, Islamorada, Fernandina Beach and Daytona Beach, as areas that are struggling to preserve tourism.

Islamorada In the village of Islamorada there are three zoning policies that work to keep tourism on the island. The first policy, called “Rogo,” which stands for rate of growth ordinance, allows developers to retain the number of non-conforming units if they demolish the building and redevelop the parcel. The policy, enacted in 1992, allows the property owner of hypothetical 50-unit resort to rebuild a similar resort — even if current zoning only allows, for instance, 25 units. The rule keeps the number of tourism and residential units the same. The other policy has even more of an impact. The village’s zoning ensures if a tourism-zoned business is demolished that a similar tourism-zoned structure is built in its place. “This is unique to the village,” said Islamorada senior planner

Michael Brown. “You cannot convert from a transient use to a non-transient use.” Brown said the village can not stop a developer from converting a resort to a condominum. But the new condominium must allow short-term rentals. For example, if the resort allowed weekly rentals, the new condominiums (governing documents) must allow weekly rentals. Another policy allows developers of certain parcels to transfer density to another property owner. This is called transfer of density rights (referred to as TDR). “This is a way to shift things around and make better use of the land,” Brown said. “Basically, we would encourage transferring density from environmentally sensitive pieces of property.” Under the TDR, certain environmentally sensitive areas (such as mangroves) are protected, while “receiving areas, which are designated for growth” can be developed. Brown said that the hotel-tocondo trend is one of the single greatest issues in the Keys, and these three policies were enacted

always had his two dogs, Port and Starboard, with him. It was customary for his neighbors in the Village to spot his old Ford Ranger pickup, the two dogs with their heads out the window taking in the scenery. “They would ride around town in his truck,” Carden said. “When he would stop somewhere and get out, one of them would scoot over to the driver’s seat, and it looked like the dogs were driving around town. No one would steal that car.” Fire Chief Julius Halas said Conover helped him get started as Longboat’s fire chief in

1999 after he joined the department. “The first day on the job he comes in and brings me this giant stack of documents,” Halas said. “And he says, ‘Don’t ever lose these.’” Conover’s survivors include his wife, Carol (Tate); a sister, Barbara Martin, of Ruskin; brother, Harold, of Carson, Va.; and Thomas, of Ruskin; and his mother, Beatrice, of Ruskin. No visitation is planned. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Brown and Sons Funeral Homes, 26th St., Bradenton, is handling arrangements.

recently closed its doors. In October 2005 , Falls’ daughter, Betsy, came to join the clan and manage the The Sea Stable after running her own successful daycare business for years in the Midwest. The family-run stores have an added significance because for nearly three decades they have been the link to a community the Fallses genuinely love. When the Fallses came to Florida, they lived on Longboat Key for a few years before relocating to The Meadows to foster Betsy Falls’ interest in horses. Living 18 miles and two bridges away, it was the family’s involvement in the businesses that also encouraged their involvement with the Key.

nesses that have attracted generations of shoppers. Falls realized that with the expansion of the three shops, he captured the Longboat market because he knew his customers well enough to cater to their tastes. In his time spent on the Key, Falls is a member of the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club, a charter member of START, Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, an active participant in the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce and he has served on the committee for the St. Jude’s Gourmet Luncheon for the last five years. “It’s important to be involved because it helps us know what the community is like,” Falls said. “You’ve got to know your people, talk to them and find out what they want.”

Community service When Falls decided to put the businesses up for sale, he did so while also wanting to preserve the stores’ legacy on the Key. From their legendary two-forone swimsuit sale every summer to stocking up on the latest styles every winter, the stores are three profit-turning busi-

to help Islamorada combat the trend.

Fernandina Beach Across the state in Fernandina Beach, Carolyn Haney, director of tourism sales with the Amelia/ Fernandina Beach/Yulee Chamber of Commerce, said that the town is “getting more and more restrictive when it comes to hotel development guidelines.” But the hotels, bed and breakfasts and resorts that are already on Fernandina and Amelia Island outnumber condo units threeto-one, Haney said. The RitzCarlton and Amelia Island Plantation, both on Amelia Island, make up a large portion of these tourism rooms. Haney said eight of nine bedand-breakfast establishments are protected because they are located in Fernandina’s historic district. In addition, one hotel is also located in the historic district. Four more limited-service hotels (such as the Best Western or Holiday Inn) are located closer to the beach. Resort owners’ biggest struggle is getting vacationers to stop in Fernandina. Haney said tourists often “bypass us to get to Miami, Fort Lauderdale or the Keys.”

Transitioning into the future In searching for a buyer, Falls wants to help the new owners make the transition smoothly so they can have the success he enjoyed. In 20 years of ownership, Falls was able to pay off his

In an effort to get some of this drive-through traffic to stop and enjoy Fernandina’s beaches and historic area, Haney has helped to launch a massive marketing campaign. “We go out and do many different things across the country to promote the island,” Haney said. “I have been on talk shows to tell people we are still America’s best-kept secret.” Recently, Life magazine featured Amelia Island, located just south of Fernandina Beach; the article was inserted in 70 newspapers and reached 13 million readers.

Daytona Beach During the visioning process residents have continually said, “We don’t want to become Daytona Beach.” It becomes obvious that Longboat Key will never become a Daytona Beach — unless numerous major changes occur. But the popular vacation spot is going through many of the same pains Longboat Key is addressing in the visioning process. “This is probably a trend in a lot of places,” Lori Campbell Baker, director of communications for the Daytona Beach Area

Terry Conover

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businesses, the The Sea Stable building, his home and still put his four kids through college. “We couldn’t have been doing that bad,” Falls said. His timing for putting the shops up for sale occurs with the buying season and, coincidentally, with his 80th birthday on Aug. 27. He admits it will be hard for him to leave something he’s spent more than a quarter of his life doing, but said he will remain available to help out on the Key, whether it’s for the organizations or for the new owners. Falls said he wants to be there to assist with the transfer of business ownership, just like the previous owners were there for support when he and Nancy took over. But then, he makes it clear, he also expects the new owners to make it bigger and better, in their own way. “I would be glad to tell them how we did things and help them in any way I can,” Falls said. “If they let me come back, I’ll come sit in the back room for awhile.”

Convention and Visitors Bureau, said about the selling of oceanfront motels. “In Daytona Beach, property values are escalating to the point where property taxes are substantial. Smaller properties only have a few units and to make up that increase they don’t have too many options.” Despite Daytona Beach’s liberal zoning, no new hotels have been constructed in several years, and most existing hotels have been demolished or converted into residential condominiums. For hotel-and-tourist oceanfront developments, there are no density or height limits regulated through zoning codes. Instead, structure dimensions are limited by yard setbacks and lot widths. In order to preserve a key tourism spot on its beach, Daytona has a nearly one-mile beachfront zone, which is reserved for hotel or retail use — residential units are not permitted. Marketing strategy has also played a role in Daytona’s tourism draw; the city focuses on bringing in people who already know what the state of Florida has to offer. Next week, The Longboat Observer focuses on how the town can regain its tourism market.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 10, 2006

Cops’ Corner July 31

3:50 p.m. — 500 block GulfBay Road. Car Crash. Driver backs into a parked car.

August 1

6:19 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Assist Other Agency. Officer delivers mail to town commissioners.

August 2

8:05 a.m. — 400 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer stops driver speeding in a red Ford Mustang. The car stereo was also audible for more than 25 feet. Officer issues court appearance form, because the driver does not have a license. 8:56 a.m. — 500 block Ranger Lane. Suspicious Person. Homeowner is star-

tled by man trying to get in through the rear-sliding door. Man then goes to home next door. Man tells officer he was scheduled to trim the trees at another home and went to the wrong house. He was trying to get in the back door, because he had to use the bathroom. 11:32 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Security Check. Officer secures unlocked door. 11:36 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Security Check. Officer checks inside of unlocked business and secures the door.

July 31 8:17 p.m. — 500 Bay Isles Parkway. Suspicious Circumstance. Woman buys a cake, and in the parking lot, the Mickey Mouse character falls off the cake. Woman allows her son to lick the frosting off the character that fell onto the pavement. Son says that the black icing tastes like ink. Son’s tongue is numb for a few hours. Woman talks to manager, who offers a free cake. Woman obtains a sample from the old cake and wants police to test it to see if it is poisoned. She is adamant that something is wrong with the icing. After the incident, officer questions workers.

August 3

7:24 a.m. — 3300 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver after he throws a piece of rope out the window. Officer discovers that driver’s license was suspended because he bounced a check. Driver says he is unaware of the bounced check or suspended license. Officer issues ticket. 9:04 p.m. — 500 block Bowsprit Lane. Dog Nuisance. Neighbor complains about barking dogs. Officer finds two white dogs barking on the deck. The dogs are scared because of a passing thunderstorm. Officer ushers dogs into the house and closes the

glass sliding door. Officer issues written warning. 10:17 p.m. — 2600 block GMD. Noise Disturbance. Resident calls police about group of teens drinking alcohol and “being inappropriate.” Officer talks to two teens and

tells them to keep the noise level down.

August 4

11:57 p.m. — 3100 block GMD. Security Check. Officer secures unlocked doors at business.


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Dick O’Dowd is waiting to make his move. He is strategically planning it out to make sure everything is order before he puts all his cards on the table, so to speak. He wants to create a chess club on Longboat Key. O’Dowd has been the manager at La Playa Condominiums for the last year, and dur-

ing that time he has infused the property with his passion for chess. O’Dowd added an addition to La Playa’s sign a couple of weeks ago, which advertises “Outdoor Chess” in big block letters. The outdoors chess set is oversized, which O’Dowd says is great for anyone of all ages to play on, but is great for young children because they can eas-

ily manipulate the pieces. While traveling abroad with his wife, Karen, O’Dowd always keeps his eyes open for new chess sets from all over the world. He’s amassed ones from destinations such as Austria, France and Poland, and in his office he has several displayed — a nautical-themed one and a beach-themed one.

“I just love chess sets,” O’Dowd said. O’Dowd got his start playing chess as a way to escape — literally. Students at his boarding school in Atchinson, Kan., weren’t generally allowed off the premises, except to participate in the city chess club. O’Dowd saw his way out and took it. He didn’t expect his getaway games to turn into a lifelong passion, but he continued playing chess through college and, eventually, started coaching a high school team in Golden, Colo. “One thing that is unique about chess is that it’s a level war, a mind game,” O’Dowd said. “It’s an even playing field. Nobody is dealt the better hand.” Sitting behind his desk, O’Dowd watches his wife roll up a cloth chessboard she has out to show. This is one of the chess sets O’Dowd gives guests at La Playa when they come in looking for some entertainment. “Karen, let me do that,” Dick says with his hand outstretched. He carefully lines up each end of the checkered board and rolls it into a tight tube. His love for chess is obvious — he wants to make sure everything is as it should be the next time someone is up for a game. — Jessica Luck

UP CLOSE A family affair O’Dowd taught all three of his children to play chess, and a few of his grandkids have carried on the tradition. “There was a chess set always set up in our house,” he says. The family also used to hold board game Olympics, which chess, of course, was always a part. Throwing down the gauntlet One of the owners at La Playa recently challenged O’Dowd to a “duel” when he returned in October. Roger Nunkester sent O’Dowd an e-mail saying, “Checkmate,” indicating that he was ready to play when O’Dowd was. Other hobbies O’Dowd does have time for other recreations such as tennis, and he has taken his game wherever he travels. He used to wear a shirt with with slogan, “Tennis anyone?” when he was abroad. He says he learned that it’s always “the good ones who answer.”

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BRAND NEW BIRD KEY BAYFRONT. Timeless design 5BR estate with unbelievable water views. Three Fish Waterfront Estates have created the area's premier waterfront home with open pool & 42' deepwater dock. $7,400,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #295383 GULF-FRONT LOT. One of the largest direct Gulf-front buildable lots available in Sarasota County. Located on the southern half of Longboat Key, this estate property comprises 1.4 acres with 425' of Gulf front. $6,450,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #302610 FABULOUS BIRD KEY DEEPWATER BAYFRONT. Custom 4/5BR, 5,800-sq.-ft. home with travertine floors, granite counters, spacious master suite, gourmet kitchen & media room. New saltwater pool/spa & boat lift. $5,495,000. Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 320-0389. #311699 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Direct Gulf & beach views from all rooms in this 9th floor location. Enjoy spectacular sunsets high above the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Beach Club. $3,595,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #299037 L'AMBIANCE. Popular 'Sabal' floor plan with breathtaking beach & sunset vistas. Designed by Robert Stuffings with many upgrades. $2,595,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #304033 DELIGHTFUL WATERFRONT HOME in a prime Sarasota community. Private yacht/tennis club on the island. Stunning home of well-known celebrity has terraces from almost every room to offer water views & ease of entertaining. $2,299,000. Denby Smothers, 388-4447 or 586-2142. #297038 BIRD KEY CANAL HOME. Only 2 lots in from the bay, this deepwater residence boasts an open floor plan with a caged pool and a lanai. $2,149,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #296775 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Only the 3rd home from the bay & minutes to New Pass & the Gulf, this 5BR-plus-den home offers 120' of canal frontage. $1,975,000. Deborah Nelson, 951-6660 or 266-5900. #310196 QUEENS HARBOR GATED ENCLAVE. Capturing picturesque lake & fairway views, this luxurious residence showcases exquisite design. Generous, flowing living & entertaining space features 4BR suites & library/study. $1,950,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #318813 GRANDEST OF GRAND BAY. Spectacular vistas of the open bay, downtown skyline, the marina & golf course. Corner 3BR with a huge extended wrap balcony, private beach & superb amenities. $1,925,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #320006 BIRD KEY. Soft, sophisticated details in this 5BR plus solarium, library & partial bay views. $1,900,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #302429 FABULOUS WATERFRONT LOT on prestigious Bird Key, close to the Yacht Club. Offers a deepwater dock. $1,600,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #300579 BIRD KEY. The very best of everything throughout this quality built three-bedroom home with open pool. $1,495,000. Kevin Reddington, 966-8000 or 266-4202. #305322 INN ON THE BEACH. Directly on the beach, views of the pool area and sunsets are enjoyed from this 6th floor, 2BR residence. $1,399,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #290311 INN ON THE BEACH. Enjoy spectacular sunsets from this 1st floor, 2BR unit overlooking Longboat Key's pristine Gulf beaches. Excellent rental potential in the Longboat Key Club. $1,225,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #288121 LONGBOAT KEY COMMERCIAL. One of the last remaining vacant commercial parcels available on Longboat Key. Three contiguous lots totaling 1.33 acres. $1,100,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #316420 SAND CAY. Perfect home for investment and vacation. Penthouse end unit with soaring ceilings and stunning views, plus nearly $50K annual income. $999,900. Steve Magner, 383-7591 or 376-8559. #307355 LONGBOAT GULF-FRONT CONDOMINIUM. Direct Gulf & a great view of the bay from this professionally updated residence. Features new carpeting, crown molding, new granite kitchen & surround sound. $895,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 9283559. #318715

NORTH ISLES. Perfect for boaters in a desirable West of Trail neighborhood. Large home with dock for a large boat on deep sailboat water with no bridges to bay. $1,100,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #315194

THE OAKS CLUBSIDE. Enjoy a tranquil view of the fairways & lakes in this elegant 3/4BR home. Features wood floors, spacious rooms, high ceilings, 3-car garage & very large pool area for al fresco dining. $995,000. Bobbie Banan & Betty Mullinnix, 388-4447 or 356-2659 & 349-3444 or 928-3441. #309647

THOU SAN DS OF HOM E S • ON E ADDR E TROPICAL CANAL-FRONT HOME with no bridges to open water & deeded beach access. Perfect for your island retreat or full-time residence. Updated with open pool & patio. $879,900. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #304218 ST. ARMANDS. Very private & charming 3BR home on a large lot. Features high ceilings, updated kitchen, wood-burning fireplace & a lovely pool in a beautifully landscaped yard. $869,000. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #305099 LONGBOAT BEACHCOMBER. Remarkable Gulf views from this 2nd floor, turnkey furnished, end unit 2BR condominium. On-site rental agent with one week rental policy. $859,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #294853 PORTOBELLO. Enjoy full Gulf views from all rooms with amenities on the bay side, miles of white sandy beach, pool, clubhouse, tennis & fishing pier. $799,000. Carole Salmon, 383-7591 or 780-1037. #314114 BIRD KEY. Wonderful 3BR garden-style pool home with a great room split plan & excellent location on Bird Key. $799,000. Linda Browning, 966-8000 or 302-0013. #312071 BAYVIEW ESTATES. Rare canal-front home with privacy of bird sanctuary to south across the canal. This newly renovated 3BR is complemented by granite, natural wood & southern exposure. $795,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #303865 SANDS POINT. Rarely explored complex with private boat docks, beach, pool & more. This second floor unit has been totally renovated with wood, granite & tile. $750,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #316406 SLEEPY LAGOON. Location & boat capacity make this canal-front lot a remarkable opportunity. Only a half block to the beach. $699,900. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #316066 CASA DEL MAR. Multiple 2BR units available at this popular Gulf-front resort with onsite rental office. Offers buyers' vacation getaways & short term year-round rental income. From $539,000 to $649,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #310383 SEAPLACE. Desirable, private end unit at Seaplace. Totally redone & updated Northwest unit with 2-story loft & stairs to large bedroom. $549,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 3201223. #302450 SEAPLACE PENTHOUSE. Great views over the tennis complex from this 2BR with covered parking. Set in a Gulf-front community. $495,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #303655 PRIVATEER NORTH. Direct Gulf front, 5th floor, one-BR residence with full Gulf views. Ready for your personal touches. $450,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #315423 LONGBOAT BEACHCOMBER. Completely updated & adorable unit ideal for a beach retreat. Income near 20K net & located across from shopping. $439,000. Steve Magner, 383-7591 or 376-8559. #305087 INN ON THE BEACH. Set in a premier community, this club suite offers garden views & a recently renovated kitchen. $439,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 3870533. #304579 WONDERFUL BAY VIEWS. Set in Longboat Harbour, this residence boasts tile throughout living & dining rooms. Across from tennis & only steps from pool, boat dock, community center & fitness. $389,000. Jim & Matt Hanrahan, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #319273 LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Tastefully furnished & impeccably maintained residence with a private beach area, boat docks, tennis, pools & fitness center. $375,000. Pat Loy, 383-7591 or 383-2849. #301578

Sarasota Mainland SARASOTA MAINLAND HARBOR ACRES. Beautiful full bay views & walking distance to downtown along the lovely Bayfront Park. Build your dream home or renovate this fabulous waterfront property with dock on deep water. $2,795,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #312191 ISLAND-STYLE CHARM. Stunning quality interiors & wraparound porches with banks of French doors overlook the private courtyard pool. Features a gourmet kitchen, wood floors & deepwater dock with lift. $2,495,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #314447 SPECTACULAR SARASOTA MAINLAND BAYFRONT. Sought after mainland bayfront. Fabulous John Cannon custom home with remarkable bay views. Top quality appointments, pool & spa. Priced below appraisal. $2,295,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #311351 PRESERVE AT HERON LAKE. Stunning 4BR Rutenberg design on a 3/4-acre lot. Gorgeous appointments include a gourmet kitchen overlooking the caged pool, spa & outdoor kitchen. $1,650,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #319772

HANDSOME MODERN ON LIDO BEACH. Close to St. Armands & downtown, this beautifully crafted residence boasts an exquisite interior with cherry woodworking, walls of glass, limestone floors & a 51' lap pool. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $6,800,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #296425

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Enjoy direct bayfront views of the city in this 3,350-sq.-ft. home in sought after Country Club Shores on Longboat Key. $3,300,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #270672

DOWNTOWN SARASOTA. Charming 1920s bungalow complete with white picket fence, front porch, metal roof, heart pine floors & fireplace. Enjoy proximity to downtown Sarasota in a delightful neighborhood. $399,000. Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #314021

CONTEMPORARY BIRD KEY HOME. Tim Siebert designed 3BR, 2,923-sq.-ft. residence has been totally renovated & features Ray Routh kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances & granite counters. $1,895,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #294113

SOUTH GATE. Experience the charm & comfort of this totally updated home in a desirable community. Granite counters, stainless appliances, landscaping & solariums provide a true oasis. $325,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #312551

E S S • W W W. M I C H A E L S A U N D E R S . C O M OAKS BAYSIDE. Gracious old-world elegance for entertaining & family living. Superb architectural details, pool & spa. Club membership required. $1,595,000. Jonathan Winer, 383-7591 or 400-8936. #319698 LAUREL OAK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB. The quintessence of quality & style, with double leaded glass doors, a breakfast nook, gourmet kitchen with granite, 30' pool, & game, family & formal living rooms. $1,485,000. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #309057 OYSTER BAY AREA. Magnificent trees & grand hedges accentuate the beauty of this .88-acre parcel on one of Sarasota's most beautiful streets, Westbrook Drive. $1,395,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #318397 THE BEST OF GOLDEN GATE POINT. Wonderful new unit in Harbor View condominium with private boat dock included in purchase price. Enjoy incredible views of the bay, marina & downtown. $1,349,000. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 400-7713. #300245 PRESERVE AT HERON LAKE. Brand new Rutenberg Kingston model on a spacious 3/4-acre lakefront cul-de-sac in new Heron Lake. Features many upgrades & decorator finishes, gracious pool & spa, & 3-car garage. $1,300,000. Stephanie Church, 951-6660 or 724-5448. #316342

MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE on a double mainland bayfront lot with panoramic bay views and 312' of seawall. Rarely occupied, pristine condition & top quality throughout. 50' lap pool & 8-car garage. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $6,500,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #289539

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UNIQUE 4.9 ACRES located on 'Estate Row.' Remodel or build your dream home on this private lot. Close to excellent schools, shops & I-75 with no deed restrictions. $1,275,000. Lisa Gullick, 388-4447 or 321-6973. #317839 ONE HUNDRED CENTRAL. Most popular, newly completed building in the heart of downtown. Corner unit with bay views, wraparound terrace, 2BRs, den, 2 parking spaces & great amenities. $1,175,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #319940 DIRECT BAYFRONT PENTHOUSE - DOWNTOWN. Totally remodeled with high quality contemporary decor & completely turnkey furnished. Features maple floors, remote shades, imported furnishings, boat docks, pool & amenities. $999,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 9516660 or 376-1717. #311787 CITYSCAPE AT COURTHOUSE CENTRE. Retro modern loft in the heart of downtown. This fully furnished penthouse features 20' ceilings, designer upgrades & travertine, wood & granite finishes. $950,000. Judi Summers, 951-6660 or 302-3238. #319047 DOWNTOWN CONDOMINIUM. Sleek, sophisticated style with spectacular views in this beautiful, completely renovated, modern-style corner condominium overlooking Sarasota Bay. $930,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #306822 INDIAN BEACH. Set in the Ringling Museum area, just 4 houses from the bay. Royal palms line the 20,460-sq.-ft. property of this classic 2/3BR home. $880,000. Jane Kelly, 951-6660 or 544-5855. #312993 ENJOY STUNNING VIEWS from this unit at Embassy House. You will truly love the simple elegance that this residence affords. Extras include updated kitchen, built-ins & hurricane shutters. $825,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #316454 MISTY CREEK. Ultimate preserve privacy surrounds this former Christner model, with over 3,000 sq. ft., bonus room & beautiful pool/spa. $749,000. Bev Alter, 966-8000 or 228-4556. #293271 THE BEST OF PHILLIPPI LANDINGS in the sought-after B building with fabulous direct water views. Beautifully upgraded 2BR-plus den, 5th floor Allicante model with designer finishes. $739,000. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 400-7713. #316980 UNIVERSITY PARK. A secret garden lies behind this delightful, French-inspired, furnished model home. Quality upgrades, 2BRs, den & beautiful heated pool in a tranquil, greenerysheltered lanai. $695,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #309790 LIBRARY MEWS. Luxury townhome in a charming enclave in the heart of downtown. Beautiful wood floors, built-in cabinetry, large gourmet kitchen, & private brick courtyard & terrace. $679,500. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #311466 SERENOA. Immaculate 3BR Anchor built home with gorgeous golf & sunset views. $675,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 266-2174. #316453 LANDINGS - EAGLES POINT. This 3BR features a loft area, master suite on first floor, laminate flooring, eat-in kitchen with granite counters, neutral decor & 2-car garage. $675,000. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #317671 OAKS PRESERVE LOT. Private setting nestled among trees. Cleared & ready for your new home. $580,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #319658 ENCHANTING 'TREE TOP' HOUSE in a garden-like setting with meandering walkways through tropical foliage. This special home is bright, cheerful & serene with fish pond & 40' lap pool. $575,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #301534 WEST OF THE TRAIL BUNGALOW. Extensively remodeled in 1994 & set on a wooded lot near Selby Gardens & downtown, this 3BR boats wood floors, fireplace & detached 2-car garage. $570,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #307632

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WATERFRONT PARADISE - HOLMES BEACH. Spectacular, perfect new home for the lover of boating. Features 3BRs, study, 24,000lb. boat lift, dock, pool, spa & room for 4 boats. $1,599,000. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-6749. #295385

LIMITED EDITION VILLA with you own private pool, golf course, lake & nature preserve views. Beautifully furnished with 3BRs. $524,990. Kathy Carbone, 966-8000 or 228-8429. #298628 LAUREL PARK. This vintage Laurel Park bungalow exudes charm. Set underneath cool & shady oaks with hardwood floors throughout & cathedral ceilings. $499,900. Matt Orr, 9516660 or 685-4077. #311116 GATED/DIVIDABLE 1/2+ ACRE. Flexible floor plan, 2,300-sq.-ft., 3/4BR home with 2-3 entertainment areas. Adjoining half acre & 5-car garage also available. $499,900. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444 or 504-0205. #318982 1350 MAIN. One-BR unit overlooking the lovely pool area in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Amenities include valet parking, concierge service, 24-hour security & guest suite. $499,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #311369 RENAISSANCE. Spacious one-bedroom with den, lake views, terrific amenities and proximity to beaches, shopping and restaurants. $449,000. Dorothy and Mike McKendry, 966-8000 or 586-5007. #310957 BENT TREE GOLF COURSE HOME. Beautiful panoramic views from this bright & comfortable 4BR Spanish Mediterranean design pool home. $449,000. Linda Browning, 966-8000 or 302-0013. #296439 CHATWICK COURT. Stunning, totally updated 3BR gated home in mint condition, with a fenced yard & 2-car garage. $429,990. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #298696 SUPERBLY MAINTAINED three-bedroom home in an active family neighborhood. Entry opens to living area with view of private pool area. $425,000. Lynn Brock, 388-4447 or 3131234. #303517 BROOKSIDE. On two lots, this well-cared-for 3BR home is on one lot, & you can build on the second lot or expand the existing house. Riverview School area with easy access to 41 & I-75. $419,000. Lee Byron and Susan Keal, 350-5542 or 925-8253. #319247 MATOAKA HEIGHTS. Well-maintained 2001-built home features over 2,200 light & bright square feet. Enjoy its expanded lanai overlooking water. $399,000. Celeste Dymnicki, 3493444 or 685-8079. #313644 MAGNOLIA POND. Many upgrades in this 2001-new home including granite, wood cabinets, new tile, crown molding & designer fixtures, all adding to the casual elegance of this home. $395,000. Lorraine Neal, 966-8000 or 350-0997. #316462 GULF GATE WOODS. Handsomely situated on one of the largest lots, this well-built, updated, 3BR, 2-car garage pool home has Mexican tile, bamboo floors & large lanai. $389,500. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #315455 INWOOD PARK. Charming 3BR bungalow built in 1993 with plenty of character. Fully fenced property with hardwood floors & crown molding. $369,900. Pam Sweeney, 951-6660 or 266-9622. #296948 SOUTH GATE. Charming 2BR South Gate home on a double lot. Close to hospital & downtown. $349,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #319917 GOLFVIEW. This desirable location has a large corner lot with a very tranquil setting & mature trees. Only blocks from the heart of Sarasota. $345,000. Betty Weller, 388-4447 or 266-8204. #306474 SPRING LAKE. Three-BR pool home with over 2,000 sq. ft., private lake view, family & living rooms, eat-in kitchen, new roof & convenient location. $335,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #319703 HUDSON PARK. Vintage style meets modern living in this near-downtown Hudson Park neighborhood. This home has been completely updated with a new roof, kitchen counters & cabinets. $335,000. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #319826 PHILLIPPI GARDENS. A great family home, this 3BR has a new roof in 2005, new paint inside & out, gleaming terrazzo floors & plenty of room for a pool. $329,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #318996 Siesta Key


EXTRAORDINARY BAYFRONT ESTATE. This is the home Sarasota has been waiting for. Over 9,600 sq. ft. of total elegance with every conceivable amenity. Enjoy deep bay views from this Mediterranean showplace. Construction completion in 2007. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $4,490,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #304039 FABULOUS LOCATION & STUNNING VIEWS from this unique, open & spacious custom home. Features cathedral ceilings with skylights throughout, large master overlooking the bay, an eat-in kitchen & stone fireplace. $3,950,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #285692 SIESTA BEACH. Contemporary Siesta Key home in a very private setting boasts cathedral ceilings, a fireplace and freshly painted interior. $875,000. Jaci Krawtschenko, 349-3444 or 232-3566. #319098 SEA WINDS. Nice 2BR Siesta Key value. Very close to the beach, restaurants & shopping. Twoweek minimum rental allowed. $399,500. Joan Perdue, 388-4447 or 923-0655. #298013

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MarineMax Preventative Maintenance Class â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Keeping Your Boat Afloatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at MarineMax Sarasota, 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Class is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a spot in this class, call 485-3388. Bayshore Critter Search â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Explore the marine life of Sarasota Bay from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Baywalk (City Island). Wear hard-soled sneakers and suncreen. Cost is $3 for ALS members and $5 for non-members; kids free. Contact Ruth at 366-9479. Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Noonerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. RSVP required at 383-2466. Longboat Flotilla One Day Boating

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 email: 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.

Safety Class â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Buchannan Room on the third floor of Mote Marine. All those under the age of 21 must take this course in order to drive any vessel with an engine of 10 horsepower or greater on Florida navigatable waters. Upon taking the course and passing the examination, each student will receive a certificate and the Florida Fish and Wildlife will issue the student a Florida Boater Education I.D. card. Cost is $25 per family or single. Call Alfred Haleblian at 378-5620. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hot August Night,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; A Benefit for the Birds â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Pelican Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bird Sanctuary, 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Cost is $25 for person. For reservations, call 383-2466. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mermaids and Manateesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art Activity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in August in the Courtyard at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. The activity is inspired by Frank Hopperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest majestic

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Pilates, politics and prayer unite in NYC Upon hearing that I had just returned from doing some more advanced Pilates teacher training, one of my students from the Bayfront Park Recreation Center, wrote: “Oh gosh, I always get anxious when you go for more training. Just have to hope there are too many new people in the class for you to try anything more adventuresome.” The message to all my MOLLY students is: Relax. SCHECHTER There’s nothing to worry about. It is true that after a weekend of intensive work, I am now certified to teach Pilates mat work at the intermediate level. But it’s also true that my classes here on Longboat have long included some of the exercises officially designated as “intermediate.” Because this is a small town, there aren’t enough of us, even in sea-

son, to have separate classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced mat. So my classes mix the beginner and intermediate levels as appropriate to whoever shows up on a given day. And I keep them accessible to beginners who have never before taken a Pilates class (our always-welcome Pilates “virgins”). None of that is going to change. For those of you who don’t know Pilates, it is a method of body conditioning developed by Joseph Pilates. It has its roots in something Pilates originally called “Contrology.” He began to develop the concept while interned in a camp for German nationals in the United Kingdom during World War I. To save his own strength, he developed several machines designed to create resistance for the exerciser — apparatus now known as the Reformer, the Cadillac or Trapeze Table, the High Chair, Wunda Chair and Ped-o-Pull. The Pilates method includes working with these machines, plus an extensive repertoire of exercises done on a mat. Pilates came to the United States in

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New York City chiropractor, rescued the remains of a failed Pilates studio, and in 1997, along with Susan MoranPerich, started a business called Power Pilates. Almost 10 years later, Power Pilates has locations in New York City and affiliates elsewhere, and an extensive instructor-training and certification program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; widely regarded as one of the best in the field. It was MoranPerich who taught the Intermediate Mat Teacher Training weekend that I attended last month. So what did we learn? First of all, there are several exercises that are added to the workout at the intermediate level: Open Leg Rocker, Double Leg Kick, Neck Pull, Shoulder Bridge, Bicycle, Grande Ronde de Jambe, High Scissors, Full Teasers, Hip Circles, Swimming, Serratus Push Ups and Mermaid. The Longboat Key class at the Rec Center already does many of them; the others will be added slowly, if and when the students are ready to do them. More important, perhaps, is a shift in

teaching technique from the beginner to intermediate level. At the beginning level, the instructorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus is to be on technique, flow and cuing. At intermediate, it begins to shift to voice, touch and spotting. Beginner spends more time with the set-up of an exercise; intermediate utilizes less set-up and more flow. As the body becomes stronger and more able to do the work, the work becomes more demanding, and the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condition continues to improve. The students in the teacher-training weekend were a wonderful lot. I went in fully expecting to be old enough to be everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aerobic Grandma.â&#x20AC;? That was certainly the case at the beginner mat certification program I attended in 2004. This time around, obviously, the students already had teaching experience; some of them were actually as old as my own son. Among the younger ones, it was a special pleasure to work with two Israelis, Adelia and Shawnee Sabra. For

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As I was absorbing the news of the mayor’s death, a police cruiser came screaming into O’Sullivan’s parking lot. The uniformed patrolman jumped out and ran to where the chief and I were standing by the fallen buttonwood. Turning to the approaching cop, the chief asked, “Son, how the heck did you let the mayor get killed?” “Wasn’t entirely my fault,” said the hard-breathing officer. “Those landscapers must have thought they were real police officers. They saw a ratty old BMW going down Gulf of Mexico Drive, and all five of them jumped into the cruiser to chase him. I guess they thought he was poor.” “Where were you?” asked the chief. “I was resting under the mayor’s banyan tree. When I saw them leave I jumped in the mayor’s Mercedes and went after them. They pulled over the BMW just up the road.” “Was it a shortcutter?” the chief asked. “No. It was the bishop of the Diocese of Venice. He was visiting parrishoners on the island. I let him go with a warning, and by the time we got back to the mayor’s house she was pinned to her begonia bed with a javelin.” “Were there any witnesses?” I asked. “Just one. Logan Hamilton was driving Ditto’s car up the island and had pulled over to get out and have a cigarette. You know Ditto don’t let nobody smoke in his car.” The chief turned to me. “Did Logan have a grudge against the mayor?” “I don’t think so. I saw them last week at karaoke night at Key West Willie’s singing a duet. “What?” “A Carpenters’ tune, I think.” “No, that was a rhetorical ‘what.’ I don’t care what they were singing.” “They weren’t very good.” “I don’t care,” the chief said, blowing an exasperated breath through his nose. “Do you think he’d have killed her?” “Well, he was pretty mad,” I said. “She kept getting him off tempo, but I don’t think he’d kill her.” The chief turned to the officer. “Where’re the landscapers now?” “The last I saw of them they were directing traffic in front of the mayor’s house.” “Get some people down there and start interviewing witnesses. And get a real cop to direct traffic. Oh, and get me a cell phone. Something happened to mine.” The town had been going through a very expensive visioning process. Some consultants had been hired to meet

with townspeople and get their ideas on where they wanted Longboat Key to be in 20 years. Because most of the residents realized they wouldn’t be affected much by whatever happened — they’d probably be dead — not many showed up for the focus groups. The ones that did show up said they wanted the island to stay just like it was. The mayor had decided that it was important to get more input from the citizens and had decided to send out questionaires to each resident. She was enclosing her own autobiography and a glowing biography she had written about the town manager, both of which had just been printed at town expense. When she threw in some campaign literature and an account of her trip to the hurricane conference in Hawaii, each piece of mail cost $12.89 in postage. There had been some grumbling on the island about the expense of such a mailing, but most of the people were used to the Town Commission wasting money, so there wasn’t much of a fuss made. “I wonder who was the maddest about this visioning thing,” said the chief. “That note on the javelin makes me think somebody with a beef about the mailing did her in.” “Where did the javelin come from?” I asked. “We’ll know more when we talk to Logan. Let’s go.” Logan was waiting for us in front of the mayor’s house on Gulf of Mexico Drive. “I stepped out of Ditto’s car to have a cigarette, and I saw a javelin coming from the roof of the mayor’s house,” Logan said. “It hit her dead on in the chest.” “It was coming from the roof?” I asked. “Yeah. Somebody must have been up there. I thought I saw an elderly lady peeking over the top of the house just before I saw the javelin.” “Describe her,” said the chief. “I didn’t get a good look at her. Just a quick movement. I think she was wearing a burqa.” “One of those things the Afghan women wear?” I asked. “Yeah. Baby blue.” “Then how did you know it was an elderly lady?” the chief asked. “I don’t think a man would be wearing a burqa,” Logan said, “and she was moving kind of slow, so I figured she was just old.” “That doesn’t make sense,” I said. “It would take a lot of strength to throw a javelin like that.” “It was a short terrorist disguising himself as a woman.” Charley Goins had joined us. “I’m telling you, they’re coming to take over this Key.” “Charley might have a point,” said Logan. “I heard they’re mounting 50-caliber machine guns on Jet Skis.” “Where did you hear that?” I asked.

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FROM THE PULPIT by Rev. Terry Wise, Ph.D.

Seek to live in the kingdom of God According to Matthew 13:44-46, the kingdom of God is like a man who finds a treasure hidden in a field and a merchant who scours the earth looking for the finest pearl. With great joy, both of them sell all that they have to purchase the field and to buy the pearl. These two parables address the immense value of the kingdom of God and several spiritual lessons that can be learned. First, the kingdom of God is priceless. Would you sell all that you have to obtain the kingdom of God? That depends on how much value you believe you are getting in return. In today’s world, priorities are often turned upside down. That which we think is valuable is really worthless. God is used and things are loved instead of the other way around. To know God personally, to serve him, to be forgiven, and to know without a doubt that when you die you will spend eternity with him is indeed a priceless possession. Second, the kingdom of God is not always superficially visible (see 1 Corinthians 2:14). Some people look at the beauty of a sunset and only see a sun, while others see the handiwork of God. Often, people go through life without one thought of God. But when tragic events or difficult situations enter their lives, they suddenly look beyond the surface to find meaning and seek divine help.

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The same thing happened in Jesus’ day. The Messiah, the very son of God, was literally, physically in their midst and they did not recognize it. If you don’t recognize a valuable treasure or priceless pearl when it is right in front of you, then you miss out on its infinite value. Third, the kingdom of God can be entered from different circumstances. In our parables, one man was just walking in a field when he stumbled upon a great treasure; the other man was desperately searching for a valuable pearl to purchase. Some people are seekers who closely examine various religions and the claims of Christianity and rightly decide to follow Christ, and others just happen upon the Gospel. In our parable, both recognize the kingdom’s value and gave everything they had to obtain it. Fourth, the parables reveal that the kingdom of God is obtained through a personal transaction. From a spiritual standpoint, salvation cannot be bought and sold, but the transaction that occurs is one of faith and total surrender. To secure the kingdom of God is to genuinely acknowledge that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and to receive that forgiveness through faith. The Bible tells us that salvation is not earned, but received by faith and extended to us by the grace of God. Salvation is received

14:17). Of all people, Christians have a reason to keep a song in their heart and a smile on their face. After all, they possess the kingdom of God, which is more precious than gold and more valuable than anything this world offers. Terry Wise is pastor at Bayfront Christian Fellowship.

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The summer’s here ... and the scene’s still hot. Art, theater, music and more. Page 3B

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Art Scene & Heard — Longboat Key, Sarasota and more

Craig Menke serves up a special treat. Thursday, AUGUST 10, 2006

by Marty Fugate | Arts and Entertainment Editor



Thomas Toebe

Jonathon Williams, Neal Smith and Michelle Bailey film in Colorado.

Jonathon Williams couldn’t take his camera back in time. He did the next best thing. He took it to the people who still remembered.


onathon Williams is a storyteller. He tells some of his stories using paint on canvas. For other stories, he uses a movie camera. You can see his documentaries on PBS and his paintings at Abbott Gallery in Sarasota. Williams is a Sarasota resident. But the art of storytelling (with a brush, a canvas or any means necessary) takes him all over the country. Lately, he’s been traveling out West. Right now, he’s in Colorado. Williams is making his latest documentary, “Old West Trading Posts.” It explores the legacy of the trading posts on Navajo and other Native American reservations in the Southwest. Here’s his summary of what that means:

“Traders came from all walks of life,” Williams says. “After trying their hand at prospecting, mining and whatnot, they saw an opportunity to trade with the Navajo and other tribes. That meant leasing trading posts right on the reservations. To keep that up, they had to earn the Indians’ trust — and you may understand the Navajo weren’t inclined to trust white people after the Long Walk and the internment at Fort Sumner. But the traders were thoroughly honest. The trading posts worked on a barter system. Indians traded sheep, wool, blankets and other highly-praised works of native art for food and tools they needed. The traders did this for generations and they succeeded because they adapted the Navajo ways.”

As he describes it, the traders created a bridge between two cultures. Williams’ bridge to the past are the third and fourth generation descendents of the original traders. Many are now in their 80s. After voluminous research, Williams and his assistants have been crisscrossing the Southwest to interview them. His Q&A sessions are handled with deep respect. That respect is returned. But Williams just figures that’s the way these folks are. And they’re not like the folks on “Deadwood.” “They’re amazingly polite,” he says. “They answer every question with: ‘Yes sir,’ or ‘No sir,’” He adds that it’s not just a questions of octogenarians. “Everyone’s polite out here.” Williams finds it refreshing: “If people talked like that in the rest of the country, I don’t think we’d be in quite the trouble we’re in today.” His documentary covers the period from 1865 to 1965. It’s really a collection of the trad-

ers’ stories — of what it was like to grow up in a family of European descent on a reservation with Native American children for playmates, absorbing Navajo culture without even trying. “It was a fascinating lifestyle,” he says, “I want people to remember it.” Williams’ love affair with the West began in 1972, the year his family moved to Albuquerque, N.M. “I loved it,” he says. “It was just like being in a Western.” The fascination continued through his adult life as a filmmaker. Starting in the 1990s, Williams has filmed documentaries about Navajo silversmiths, Navajo weavers and the startling structures of New Mexico architect Antoine Predock. The thrill is by no means gone. “I feel like a little kid up here,” he says. “I’ll get in my Jeep, throw all my camera gear in, and go out to Monument


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Jonathon Williams and Neal Smith at the abandoned Sunrise Trading Post in Arizona

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Valley, where John Ford shot the John Wayne cowboy movies. It’s beautiful out here.” And that’s an understatement. Williams’ cabin is on the side of a mountain overlooking Durango, Colo. It’s three-stories tall and well-equipped with extra bedrooms, mountain bikes and fishing gear. It’s perfect for visitors — and Williams’ easy hospitality is always prompting folks to come visit. His friend, Thomas Toebe, a frequent exhibitor at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, recently took him up on the offer. But he’s only the latest in a long parade of family, friends, fly fishermen, fellow artists and filmmakers, cameramen and assistants who’ve stayed there. There’s plenty of things to do — or not do. Williams says, “It’s a huge cabin. There’s no cable, so we rent a lot of movies. We put on our cowboy hats and put our boots up and kick back and watch a lot of Westerns — John Wayne in particular.” Some folks enjoying Westerns with Williams are also working with him on his movie. Others are enjoying his company with no further responsibilities. The way he is, it’s hard to tell where the work ends and the fun begins. Depending on how you look at it, Williams starts the work (or fun) early. “I can’t let all this beauty go to waste,” he says. “I carry my paints in my Jeep. I get up at first light and go out and paint. Then I get to work on the film.” Williams estimates the work is nearing completion. The interviews will be filmed by late August. The film will be edited by October and premiere in Sarasota in late November at Backlot Arts — the executive producer of Williams’ film. According to Mark Marvell, Backlot’s executive director, “It’s part of the Backlot’s program to help local art-

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ists produce and distribute their work with funding from local and regional foundations and private sources.” The film’s target distribution is cable outlets such as PBS and the History Channel and college libraries and history departments, not theatrical release. “These are fascinating stories,” he says. “That’s what got me interested in the West in the first place, not just the scenery, but the tales people told me. That’s the fascination for me as a filmmaker — bringing those stories back. It’s an amazing window into history. These trading posts still exist, but people don’t know what they mean. Tourists come out West, they’ll go into one of these places. They’ll see a blanket and say, ‘Oh that’s beautiful.’ I want people to see the history behind the blanket.”

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art Selby Gallery — “Arnold Mesches: The FBI

Paintings.” This exhibit of Mesches’ satirical swipes at the spies opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 and runs through Sept. 20; “Art In Revolution: Russian Constructivist Paintings” runs concurrently. 359-7563. Dabbert Gallery — “Blooms of Summer” features floral visions by ten artists from Aug. 11 through Sept. 30. 955-1315. Galleria Silecchia — “Waiting to Dance.” Glenna Goodacre’s latest bronze sculpture is on exhibit through August. 365-7414. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Encore: The Art of the Historic Asolo Theater.” Theatrical art takes the stage through Jan. 7; “Painter-Etcher” invites you to see Baroque and Renaissance etchings through Aug. 19. 359-5700. Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Art in Motion” offers moving visual statements through Sept. 22, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “The Faculty Show” runs through October, at the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Selby Botanical Gardens — “Instructive by Nature.” Selby Garden instructors exhibit art about the natural world through Aug. 27. 366-5731. State of the Arts Gallery — “Spectrum.” This colorful follow-up to the “White Hot” exhibit runs through Aug. 31. 955-2787. Palm Avenue Gallery — “Summer Showcase.” Art by Eric Boyer, Leonard Cave, Rich Fizer and others is on display through Sept. 30. 953-5757. Greene Contemporary — “Thomas Joyce.” This exhibition of Joyce’s expressionistic figures runs through Aug. 31. 365-9406. Sonnet Gallery — “Too Hot For Clothes.” View nudes by Donald Redner, Fred Szabries

and others through Aug. 31. 955-6443. Katharine Butler Gallery— “Summer Collection.” This stellar, group show shines through Sept. 30. 955-9456. Women’s Resource Center — “Gwendolyn Fryer: Fragments of My Heart.” Art touches the heart through Aug. 30. 366-1700. UU Gallery — “Word Driven: Visual Prayers, Poems and Prose.” Experience Cari Johnson’s fusions of text and imagery through Aug. 27. 371-4974.

music Selby Gardens — “Selby Sunsets.” The

Barry Johnson Jazz Affair creates cool jazz at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. 366-5731. Backlot Theater — “Royal Jazz Series.” The Michael Royal Trio performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. 363-9300. Church of the Palms — “Then Sings My Soul.” Sarasota Chorus Of The Keys offers a cappella inspiration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. 378-2215.

theater Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Thor-

oughly Modern Millie.” A flapper rewrites the rules of love in this Jazz Age comedy through Sept. 10. 366-5454. Banyan Theater Company — “Life X 3.” A dinner party becomes a comic disaster through Aug. 27. 552-1032. Venice Little Theatre Cabaret — “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” This love-happy musical runs through Aug. 20. 488-1115. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Cocktails at the Cà D’Zan.” Shaman performs cool jazz from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cà d’Zan terrace. 359-5700.

Dasha Reich’s “Apoapsis” is a vortex of color at Dabbert Gallery.

Manatee Players — “Murder at Café Noir.” This interactive dinner theater tribute to the Humphrey Bogart detective movies takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug 12; and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. 748-5875.

side of everything at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. 366-9000. Historic Spanish Point — “Half Price Days.” Experience Florida history for less through Aug. 31. 966-5214.

Improv Troupe: Paranoia on Parade.” The theater’s resident zanies find the lighter

in the arts of figure drawing, pottery, still life and oil. 383-2345.

edification just for fun Longboat Key Center for the Arts Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret — “FST — “Adult Art Classes.” Insight is offered

coming attractions ‘Friday Fest On The Bay’ The Venturas will offer jazz al dente from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, outside near Sarasota Bay by the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Bring blankets and chairs, but no coolers. Food and drink is for sale. 953-3368.


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Millieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is thoroughly hilarious Unless you were abducted by aliens, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably seen the original movie version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thoroughly Modern Millie.â&#x20AC;? It starred some of the great singing and dancing actresses of the 20th century, from Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett and Carol Channing to Dame Beatrice Lillie and Mary Tyler Moore. The film hit the big screen in 1967. Then, in 2002, a musical version hit the stages of Broadway, with a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, some new music by Jeanine Tesori and some old music by Sammy Kahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, Victor Herbert, W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, not to mention Tchaikovsky and a few other classical and, um, late composers. JUNE Now Millie has come LeBELL to the Golden Apple in Sarasota â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the form of actress Andrea Eskin. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfect for the role of the sweet, flashy flapper from Kansas; a pretty young thing with her eyes on stardom and marriage with the wealthiest, swellest guy a girl could find in the days of the Charleston: The Boss. Eskin is adorable, with big, flashing eyes and taps that seem to have grown out of her feet. She possesses that Mary Tyler Moore innocence. With her sassy good looks and naivetĂŠ, you know sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be OK. (Only Eskinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice is under par, a little too sweet and soft in sound to match the fire in her eyes.) Millie falls for The Boss, a very stiff-

necked Mr. Graydon, played by an amazingly agile David Haverty, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as likable as a stiff-necked boss can be. Jimmy Smith (Joel Kipper) is the underdog boyfriend, poor in pocket but rich in spirit. The audience was rooting for the character from the start. Of course, when white slavery hits the stage, nothing is as it seems. So, while Millie pursues Graydon and Smith pants for Millie, other characters lurk in the bushes or, in this case, the laundry baskets. First thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the disreputable Mrs. Meers (played by Roberta MacDonald at her best), who runs a small New York City hotel for women. Every time another innocent young thing makes her way through the portals, if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found to be an orphan (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so sad to be all alone in the world.â&#x20AC;?), she vanishes to the lower depths where white slavery flourishes and sends its profits to Mrs. Meers. One potential victim is the beautiful, if slightly haughty, Miss Dorothy Brown. Grace Gibbs, in this role, pretty much steals the show. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful in a Grace Kelly kind of way. More than that, she has the finest voice of the cast and she can dance, too. Her scene and duet with Haverty in the second act (Victor Herbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gorgeously romantic and quite over-the-top, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Falling in Love with Someoneâ&#x20AC;?) is such a high point, we wished theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d done at least one more reprise. Then there was the Gilbert and Sullivan patter song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Speed Test,â&#x20AC;? that makes the fastest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barber of Sevilleâ&#x20AC;? sound like the â&#x20AC;&#x153;March of the Tortoise.â&#x20AC;? And letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not forget Ching Ho and Bun Foo (played brilliantly by Keith Rabin and Danny Lewis), the two Chinese hired hands with soft hearts, who are supposed to whisk the orphan girls

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+ Historic Asolo Theater plans grandopera opening

ART NEWS by Marty Fugate + Key Chorale looks for a few good singers

Sarasotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s symphonic chorus has the ears of the community â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now it needs a few more voices, perhaps yours. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Aug. 28, at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. For an appointment, please call 927-8877.

+ Museum announces new registrar

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art announced recently that Françoise Hack-Lof will be the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new registrar. Her job duties will center around the physical upkeep and organization of the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanent collection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organizationâ&#x20AC;? includes a commitment to upgrade the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection database, meaning the computer records it keeps of artwork. Hack-Lofâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to make the database as complete as possible and accessible to as many people as possible. Born in the Netherlands, Hack-Lof studied the history of art, architecture


Françoise Hack-Lof â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Ringling Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new registrar is right at home. and archeology in her native country. Dutch art continues to fascinate her. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a speaker of several languages and will soon be receiving her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in art history from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Hack-Lof began working for the museum in 1996 as its assistant curator. She looks forward to her new position overseeing the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baroque collection, including many paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt and others from her native Holland.

Now that the unofficial, pre-opening openings are out of the way, the official opening night of the newly restored, Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum has been set for Friday, Oct. 6. If everything goes according to plan, the grand opening will be truly grand â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a grandness of operatic proportions. The opening night in the new structure will harken back to the Asoloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening night in 1958 in its last enclosure. It was a glittering evening (famously photographed for the cover of Life magazine) in which performers of the New York City Center Opera performed works by Mozart. The 2006 program will include a performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Statue of Venus,â&#x20AC;? a lightopera composition by Jake Heggie. Dwight Currie, the Ringling Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curator of theater programming, describes Heggie as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mozart.â&#x20AC;? Currie goes on to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be an opening for the 21st century â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the chance to hear Heggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cutting-edge work in the splendor of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only 18th-century Baroque theater is not to be missed. It promises to be a truly historic occasion.â&#x20AC;? Two opera luminaries will give voice to Heggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work for the re-opening: Susan Graham, the Metropolitan Opera star (christened â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite mezzoâ&#x20AC;? by

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Gramophone Magazine); Kristin Clayton, the lyric soprano (who premiered Heggieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work at Opera Colorado, Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest opera house, in 2005), will reprise her performance in Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest, reconstructed opera house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Historic Asolo Theater, naturally. Heggie himself will be playing the piano during the performance of his composition. Clayton and Graham will sing additional duets as part of the event. Festivities will also include dinner, dancing and a fourcourse gourmet dinner. Tickets for this blacktie fund raiser are $1,000 or $750 based on theater seating. Only 250 tickets will be sold. For more information, call 359-5700.


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Open & light home has 3 bedrooms & 4baths, spacious master, vaulted ceilings, large pool, newer seawall, dock & 1600 lb lift. $1,190,000 Hannerle Moore 387-3816

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Magnificent unobstructed bay views on the point, plus 143 feet on the canal, Completely renovated in 1992, 3300 Sq Ft, Pool $3,350,000 Hal & Marlene Liberman 387-1759

Harbor Oaks Charming 2200 sq ft 3BR/2BA villa overlooking the golf course of the LBK club. Least expensive 3BR behind the gates! $619,000 Maureen Curtin 552-3937

Grand Bay Penthouse w/miles of panoramic views-Sunrise to sunset. 4000+SF, all rooms open to spacious wrap-around terrace. $3,500,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

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Longboat Key Enjoy this gulf-side, fully furnished villa in a small wellmaintained complex. Short stroll to the beaches of North LBK. $429,500 Andrew Bers 383-2550

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SEE LIFE by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Thursday, AUGUST 10, 2006

Caround ruising the bays Photos by Jessica Luck

Birds gather along a sandbar near Siesta Key.

In a quest for a marine-life adventure, a wealth of discovery can be found right around the corner.


rriving for check-in 30 minutes prior to departure for a tour around Sarasota and Roberts Bays, I notice the tour is dominated by tourists rather than local residents. There is a cluster of French tourists to my left and a group of Brits ahead of me. The Sea Life Encounter Cruise, hosted by the Sarasota Bay Explorers in conjunction with Mote Aquarium, points out “places we should visit,” like Lido Key and Siesta Key, which, of course, are not exactly novel to a year-round resident. However, this tour is the perfect way to see things in the ecosystem hardly ever thought of on a daily basis, much less experienced. We are about 20 minutes from the dock in our 40-foot pontoon boat, the Explorer III, when a gentleman yells that he spies a manatee. Brooke Gagner, the on-board marine biologist, quickly confirms it is indeed a manatee. Now, I’ll be honest. I’m always the last person who spots things, constantly asking, “Where? Where? Is that it?” and I usually walk away unfulfilled. This was one of those times. I did, however, participate in several sightings of dolphins during the course of the day, even more than the tour usually gets to see, said Capt. Mike White. Shortly after passing underneath the Ringling Bridge, we see two dolphins swimming together off the right side of our boat. This is the first thing that

causes people to jump from their seats and crowd at the railing for a better look. I am proud to say I saw them this time. They would come up for air about every minute or so, swimming away from our boat and back toward the bridge. Gagner keeps up a running conversation, informing everyone about dolphin and manatee eating habits and even pointing out a few Bird Key homes owned by some entertainers. The main attraction for everyone on board is when Gagner, along with Mote volunteer Penelope Kingman, throws a trawl net into the water to gather various kinds of bay life. The tour does this every trip out and then puts everything it collects back into the bay at the end of the day. The rows of seats closest to the middle of the boat are best for viewing. A blue crab, a shrimp, some sponges and several kinds of fish are lined up so we can get a better look. Some containers are passed around, but not without a warning. If we are suddenly holding a container with nothing in it, we should tell someone immediately — the shrimp like to jump out. As we head back to the dock, our captain tells us how unusual this trip has been. We have been fortunate enough to see dolphins, manatees and even a mature bald eagle flying high overhead. “Somebody brought a lucky charm on board,” said Capt. White. “This was a grand slam, for sure.”

The group departs the boat to explore Big Edwards Island.

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STORE AROUND THE CORNER by Kate Walsh-Honea | Staff Writer

A special spa and salon When The Met Day Spa and Salon opened in 2000, six employees were on staff. Now, the six-year-old luxury facility employs 38, and owner Geoffrey Michel believes they are the most incredible part of the business.

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Geoffrey Michel oversees the luxury services of The Met Day Spa and Salon.

Geoffrey Michel has worked in the apparel business since the age of 16. This made for a smooth transition: “The evolution to the spa business was fairly easy,” Michel says. Michel always had his eye on the St. Armands facility, at the site of The Met, because the beautiful building encompasses the elegant experience he offers his customers. A grand staircase leads you up to the luxury spa and salon. There is a subtle, signature scent in the air and icecold cucumber water is offered while waiting for hair design or a restorative body treatment. “We positioned our brand on a boutique level — a little bit more special or luxury,” Michel said. By doing so, he felt he would attract “the cream of the crop” for staff. Michel believes that once you gain your reputation, you can offer more services to more clients and form a highly talented staff. The professionals who work at The Met Day Spa and Salon provide a unique experience. “Our biggest challenge is not to lose sight of how to make it special for people, like one-on-one service for clients,” he says. Michel and his wife, Brenda, share responsibili-

ties when it comes to The Met, along with taking care of their two children. “Brenda is extraordinarily concrete, which is incredible to the financial aspects to the business, while I am best with the overall client experience,” Michel says. He also said he could never do this alone, and with his wife and his growing staff by his side, it looks like he won’t have to. Quote: “Your employees and clients are equally important. If one is not happy, the other’s not happy.”

BASICS THE MET DAY SPA AND SALON Address: 35 S. Blvd. of the Presidents, St. Armands Circle Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Line of Business: Luxury day spa and salon. Owner: Geoffrey and Brenda Michel Year Founded: 2000 What the business is known for: The services offered by the stylists and therapists. Price range: $25 for a spa manicure to $520 plus gratuity for The Full Day Retreat luxury package.

WAGNER REALTY Cathy C. Meldahl, P.A. Realtor/GRI/Branch Manager 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228 At “The Center Shops” (800) 352-0367 • (941) 383-5577


Since 1939

PELICAN HARBOUR Nothing to do but relax and enjoy Island living at it’s best! 2BR/2BA, direct bay front, turnkey furnished, updated. Beach, pool, tennis and docks. Cathy C. Meldahl and Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 #320487 $725,000

COASTAL LIfESTYLE CONDO Choose from three wonderful places to call home in this bayside tennis resort community. Enjoy playing where the pros play or just enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway. Kelly Belisle 751-0670 Priced from $425,000 to $530,000

KEY WEST HOME in gated waterfront community. 3BR/2.5BA, over 4200 sq ft, porches in front & back. Heated spa & lg pool. Deeded boat dock. DeeDee Burke 383-5577 #318444 $1,200,000

DIRECT GULf fRONT CONDO Large Gulf front unit w/2 beach front balconies. Fabulous sunsets. Two pools, tennis, clubhouse, citrus grove. Low density–7 acres. Don’t miss this one! Jack McCormick 383-5577 #294770 $824,000

LONGBOAT TERRACE Enlarged 2BR/2BA, 2nd floor, TKF, direct gulffront with beautiful vistas of beach & Gulf. Kitchen & baths upgraded. Jack McCormick 383-5577 #285774 $719,000

UNIqUE YACHTSMAN’S PARADISE This north LBK 3BR/3BA estate offers broad expanse of water views. 150’ frontage & deep water dockage w/covered boathouse. Nothing else like it in the area. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. 383-5577 #281127 $3,595,000

PERfECT BEACH HOUSE West of GMD, 2BR/2BA, close to beach & glorious sunsets. Custom caged pool. No stairs. Built up for panoramic beach views. Low maintenance. Harry Christensen 383-5577 #307188 $990,000

HANDYMAN SPECIAL in rapidly changing neighborhood. Good investment property or starter home. As is with right to inspect. Susan Smith 383-5577 #314781 $119,900

HUGE TREED YARD surrounds this 4BR/2BA pool home. Perfect location in Sarasota. An excellent price for this private location. Karen Ankerstar P.A. 383-5577 #315412 $419,000

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30 Years Experience Now is the time to market your property…call (941) 383-5577 • Toll Free (800) 352-0367 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

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Huge Price Reduction!!! Large, expanded 2BR/2B Gulf-front with gulf views in a private setting. Kitchen, guest b/r terraces enclosed, eat-in-kitchen, new baths, carpet, htd. pool, end unit with 3 sunny side windows, turnkey furnished, Hunter Douglas shutters. now $749,000. call Jack Mccormick, broker/assoc. Wagner realty (941) 383-5577 or 320-1121.


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


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(941) 587-1700 cell 1-800-910-8728 See virtual tours: LONGBOAT kEy BAyfRONT - New majestic masterpiece - designed in TuscanMediterranean style - simply breathtaking, this home offers deep water dockage large enough for an 80’ yacht. features include Saturnia floors, custom granite kitchen, 4 bedrooms, media room, fitness room, fireplace, 5-car garage and a spectacular infinity pool. fabulous outdoor living area - complete with summer kitchen - summon you to take pleasure in the beautiful bay breezes. $4,799,000 RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE - New from developer Luxurious. Endless wraparound views of Bay, Sunsets & our Islands. W/Over 4,600 sq. ft. of living area w/1000+ sq. ft. of terraces. 3 BR + Den and family room, gourmet kitchen w/Granite counter tops. Luxurious baths Private elevator, 2 car private garage, Total papering in the style of the Ritz.Ritz Platinum membership included. $4,750,000 WATERCLuB II Experience spectacular GuLf, sunsets and Bay views from this magnificent 2,665 sq. ft. 3BR, Cambridge floor plan residence. This 7th floor luxurious residence has been exquisitely and tastefully finished in neutral tones and uncompromising quality. State of the art amenities include lighted Har-Tur tennis courts, fitness center, billiards room and an Olympic size pool. Small pets are welcome. $1,975,000 PROMENADE fantastic views of Gulf and city skyline from this split-plan beachfront gem! 2BR/2BA with possible 3rd bedroom or den. Numerous upgrades! Like new. Over 1,800 sq. ft. of luxury living. Tastefully furnished and ready to move in! Amenities include Olympic sized pool, fitness and tennis. $1,099,000

fAIRWAy BAy TOWNHOuSE - Out of architectural digest, southern exposure. Private, bright spacious with water views and a 50ft private boat dock. This open residence has a fireplace, 2 BDR w/ DEN, 1,624 sq ft., with private garage. Gated Community amenities with a pool, tennis, fitness center. Small pet welcome. Just moments to golf, shopping, library and St. Armands Circle. and Deeded beach access. $879,000 TANGERINE PENTHOuSE - Views of gardens, pool, & bay. Beautiful 3BR plus den. 2,800 sq. ft. residence with wood floors, granite countertops, gas range and fireplace. Also outdoor cooking on terrace with gas grill and private 2-car garage. Amenities include outdoor DISNEyLAND pool setting, fitness center, tennis courts, guard at gate and LBk Beach Club access. $1,195,000 LA fIRENZA - Sophisticated elegance greets the Gulf of Mexico at the newest enclave on Longboat key. This spectacular designed beachfront residence has 4 bedroom plus family room and library. Expansive terraces have full unobstructed Gulf views along with Bay views. The exquisite interior finishes include 10 ft ceilings, 3,582 sq. ft of living space, summer kitchen, and Private 2 car garage. $3,695,000 INN ON THE BEACH-Maybe the best value on Longboat keys’ renowned Beach. This stunning, fully upgraded luxury 1BR Club suite, is in the Inn’s rental program, is unique on the market. Dolphins & birds at play, dreamy sunsets, lush tropical landscaping, large verandah at the 4 star, 3 diamond LBk Club, with stunning lagoon views. Enjoy 4 golf courses, 38 tennis courts, a staffed fitness center, 4 restaurants, private beach, pool, spa and the pampering you deserve. $479,900 Effortless rental returns. ISLANDER CLuB • Gem of the Jewels, with forever views- Sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, views of the Bay and Golf course. 2BDR furnished and ready to enjoy. Amenities include Olympic size pool, tennis, Billiards, Ping Pong, Library and social room. Short walk to Publix, Library and the Post Office $999,000 • Garden view 2 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. 1,450 sq. ft., Nice terrace with lush views. A great value right on the beach $624,000 BAy ISLES HARBOuRSIDE Maintenance free-This beautiful Courtyard Home located on a quiet cul-de-sac. features over 2,400 sq. ft., open floor plan, cathedral ceiling, 3BDR plus pool, DEEDED BOAT SLIP! Superb location with direct Gulf & Bay access. Minutes from your deeded private beach and shopping. $1,495,000

5919 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Four. Bathrooms: Six. Special interests: This luxury home is located on two acres of property, with 150 feet of beach overlooking the Gulf. “It has beautiful landscaping, a private tennis court, a six-car garage and 20 feet of glass surrounding the living room,” describes Annette Rogers, of Michael Saunders & Co. “It also includes a large master bedroom with his-and-her bathrooms and closets, plus three more bedroom suites, and a kitchen accompanied by balconies.” Price: $6.95 million.

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SIESTA KEY ESTATE - Over 2 acre gated Bay front estate on south Siesta Key containing a 7,400SF house & a 1,450SF 2BR guest house. The estate includes a tennis court, dock, large outdoor pool, terrace & gazebo overlooking beautiful Sarasota Bay. The estate could be subdivided. MLS#295185 $6,750,000

204 Bird Key Drive, Bird Key Bedrooms: Five. Bathrooms: Five. Special interests: Jimmy Stewart, of Sarasota Select Properties, expects this new custom home currently being built by WestWater Construction to be completed in spring 2007. Standout details include 8,071 under-air square footage, deep sailboat water in a protected alcove and a custom chef’s kitchen. “The most unique part of this Bird Key home is a one-of-a-kind, third-floor rooftop terrace with Gulf-to-bay views at 360 degrees,” says Stewart. It is also built to Dade County Hurricane codes. Price: $6,977,000. 165 Bryant Drive, Lido Beach, Lido Key Bedrooms: Four. Bathrooms: Three. Special interests: “This is the perfect beach house. One feels like they are in their own private world in the home because of the placement of the home on the beach, and its relationship to the water,” says Linda Dickinson, Michael Saunders & Co. “Yet even with the privacy, one still feels in touch with nature with the sound of the surf, the soft sea breezes that are seductive, and the morning light from the sunrises.” Designed with fabulous craftsmanship by Guy Peterson, this Lido Beach home is like a “piece of sculpture.” Amenities also include an artist’s studio, lap pool and outdoor terraces. Price: $6.8 million.

SIESTA KEY NEW CONSTRUCTION - 3,100SF 4BR Key West style custom home designed by renown architect, Clifford Scholz w/great attention to detail located on a quiet canal street located on mid Siesta Key & minutes to the Intercoastal Waterway. This is the best waterfront value on Siesta. MLS#312124 $1,599,000

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SIESTA KEY CANAL HOME - New construction spacious 4,400SF 4BR home w/office & all the upgrades you would expect w/a three car garage located on a quiet canal & street on south Siesta that has just been completed. MLS#306226 $2,995,000

ARBOMAR - Designer updated direct Gulf front condo w/fabulous gourmet kitchen, crown moldings, diagonal porcelain tiles & hurricane shutters. Building has had a recent face lift w/pavered parking & entrance. Many amenities. MLS317741 $895,000

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SANDERLING - A classic home on southern Siesta Key that has been tastefully renovated w/a large master suite w/his & her bathrooms. Lushly landscaped & gated lagoon location w/ boat dock. MLS#311345 $2,600,000

CASTILLIAN - A turnkey furnished Gulf front condo on third level makes one truly communicate w/the sand & beach in this recently renovated building. MLS#308449 $865,000 VIZCAYA - Over 6,600SF of custom elegance w/ the finest detailing, finishes & cabinetry w/5BRs which includes 2 master suites, spacious kitchen w/Neff cabinetry, living, dining & family rooms, two double car garages, extensive terraces w/outdoor grill & a view of the Gulf from all main rooms. Truly a paradise for the discriminating buyer. MLS#302005 $5,950,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS - Direct Gulf front condo also w/great view of Bay that has recently been renovated w/20’ floor tiles, carpeting in bedrooms, crown moldings, bathrooms, granite counter top kitchen w/GE Profile appliances and washer/dryer in unit. Low maintenance fee. MLS#318715 $895,000 ESTANCIA DEL MAR - Addison Mizner inspired gated Bay front estate on Longboat Key under construction w/5BR suites which includes a spacious master suite w/his & her baths in approximately 11,000SF on a lushly landscaped 1 acre property w/an infinity edge pool, dock, large al fresco covered entertainment area complete w/summer kitchen, bar & fireplace, theatre, library, wine room & pub/billiards room. Completion scheduled for Sept ’06. MLS#289854 $11,750,000

PRESTANCIA - This grand 4BR Rutenberg design is elegant & built for both indoor & outdoor entertaining w/all one can expect w/an incredible property on 2/3 of a private acre w/a large lake. Soaring ceilings & upgrades galore w/wet bar, fireplace, office & outdoor grill area w/over 1,200SF of marble floors. MLS#295992 $1,325,000

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LONGBOAT GULF FRONT LOT - One of the largest Gulf front buildable residential lots available in Sarasota County w/425’ of Gulf front. This estate property is 1.4 acres w/ potential to divide into 2 lots. MLS# 302610 $6,450,000 BAY ISLES - Fabulous 4BR 5,100SF home of fine detail & finishes throughout in the exclusive gated Harbor section of Bay Isles recently remodeled in 2005 w/new kitchen, bathrooms, appliances, plumbing fixtures & granite countertops throughout. Soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, office, 3 fireplaces, family room, wine cellar, bar & spacious outdoor entertaining terrace. MLS#302526 $2,995,000

OAKS COUNTRY CLUB - Spacious 5,800SF 5BR home located on an oversized lot overlooking the course & lake w/18’ soaring ceilings, children’s wing & play room, master bedroom w/his & her bathrooms. An ideal home for entertaining that could be purchased furnished. MLS#307563 $1,895,000

Browse our website to view virtual tours of these and our other listings. Please contact us for a market analysis of your property. 388-2331

LONGBOAT GULF FRONT ESTATE - Gated estate located on a 2 acre lushly landscaped property w/150’ of sugar white sand beach. Impressive double winding exterior staircase entrance, tennis court, elevated heated lap pool on a spacious terrace, paver brick driveway & walk ways & 6+ car garage. Expansive foyer & walls of glass overlooking the Gulf from the living room, 20’ ceilings, new marble floors, elevator & 1,200SF master suite w/his & her baths overlooking the Gulf. MLS#316433 $6,950,000.

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dennis girard KEY REAL ESTATE Broker Associate Phone: 941.809.0041 Toll Free: 1.866.837.3180 Fax: 941.487.3792 "Most units sold on Longboat Key in 2005 & 1st Quarter 2006!" %$ 5# %$ ,, 9ÂŞ2 /ÂŞ3% , , )#! %$ÂŞ4 !34 )# $2 ÂŞÂŞ02

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Direct Gulf Front Turnkey Furnished 1 Bedroom/1 Bath unit. Perfect midLongboat Key location with direct beach access! On-site rental office with a flexible rental program. A perfect opportunity to own a piece of Gulf front paradise for less than $500,000!

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Popular resort on Brad. Beach has been a favorite for years. 3 Units available; 2 quaint studio units with Full Gulf views â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both offer oversized bathroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s w/ sep. tub & shower. The other unit located in the new bldg, offers gorgeous Bay views, beautiful furnishings and all the bells and whistles and comforts of home. Direct beach access. These are phenomenal units in a tropical oasis! A definite MUST SEE!!!

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2/2 Located on Bradenton Beach, this is 1 of only 4 units in the entire bldg! Offers great Gulf and Bay views from this 2nd floor turnkey furnished and well maintained unit. Unit offers newly installed wood laminate/tile floor, crown molding, central vac and 2 balconies. Heated pool and under bldg parking. Flexible rental program.

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2/1 on Longboat Key; Bright, airy and fabulous turnkey furnished unit offering partial Gulf views! Perfect as an island getaway as well as an income producer! nice pool located in a quiet courtyard style setting. Onsite rental office and flexible rental program.

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Real-estate activity may be in the throes of the summer doldrums, but the sales taking place are substantial. In fact, half of the 10 realty transactions recorded the week of July 10 through July 21 surpassed $1 million on the offshore keys. Longboat Key accounted for eight of the 10, of which, four topped $1,145,000 or more. On St. Armands, a commercial building sold for more than $1 million and there was an apartment sold at the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest condominium development â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the 41-year-old Sarasota Harbour Apartments on Coon Key.

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2/2; Small Direct Gulf Front Complex (only 6 units). Wooden boardwalk from the back door to the sand. Oversized patio area overlooking the pool and Gulf. This very well maintained unit would make a terrific 2nd home or investment. Flexible Rental Program

Least expensive 3/3 Behind the Gates of LBK Club. Luxurious & meticulously maintained w/over 1800 Sq Ft. Beautiful furnishings, porcelain tile floors, granite countertops & stainless appliances. Granite wet bar w/ wine cooler. Wrap around balcony overlooking Tennis Courts, Gulf & Golf Course. impeccably kept grounds. Amenities incl. Direct Beach Access, Heated Pool, Spa/Hot Tub, Fitness Room, Tennis and Golf. A gorgeous unit!

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Beach Walk Largest of the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transactions was the $1.55 million paid by David M. Siegal, of Anna Maria, for beachfront Unit 14 at the 19-unit Beach Walk condominium, across Gulf of Mexico Drive from the Whitney Beach Shopping Plaza. The sellers were Anna H. and Kenneth Scwarzwald, of Lake Worth. Beach Walk was built on the origiKENT nal Whitney Beach Gulf-front tract CHETLAIN in 1991. Siegalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment, at 6835 Gulf of Mexico Drive, has three bedrooms and three baths.

Country Club Shores One of the original two-bedroom and two-bath homes in Unit V at Country Club Shores was recently renovated and sold at 521 Putting Green Lane by Nancee Martel Kamins and her husband, Douglas Kamins, to Kristine D. and Douglas R. Martel, of 409 Meadow Lark Drive, Bird Key, for $1,143,500. Martel, one of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ranking builders and remodelers, turned right around and sold the Putting Green Drive home to Thomas O. Biegel, of Dayton, Ohio, for $1,375,000. This represents a $229,500 gross profit for the Martels on the simultaneous-sales recordings. The waterfront, seawalled home also has a swimming pool.

St. Armands Health Center sold Dr. Edward F. Carlstrom, 1918 Livingstone St., Sara-

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Totally Renovated Gulf Front Developments on Bradenton Beach. All new exterior, granite countertops and new tropical furniture package. Great income producer that allows nightly rentals.

Most affordable 2/2 Unit in a desirable complex; On-Site rental office; Excellent income potential; Heated pool, deeded beach access and tennis courts; Turnkey Furnished. Ask for great rental history.

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Dream Island The home at 756 Dream Island Road has been sold by Julius M. Greensteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revocable trust by his successor designate trustee, Robert Drabik, 2505 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, to Susan G. and Charles Reed Murphy, of nearby 727 Dream Island Road, for $650,000. The four-bedroom and two-and-a-half-bath home was first constructed in 1962 and then completely expanded and refurbished in 1990.

Longboat Harbour There were two sales at the late I.Z. Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 300unit Longboat Harbour condominium. Carole M. and Lawrence J. Pakkala, from Darien, Conn., paid $495,000 to Patricia G. (Williams) and her husband Arthur L. Millette, of Tilton, N.H., for Unit 203 in Building A. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment at 4310 Falmouth Drive was constructed in 1969. Douglas L. Cooke, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., sold Unit 102 in Building L at Longboat Harbour, as personal representative of the estate of Ellen J. Cooke, to Shirley and Shahe Momjian, from Darien, Conn., for $399,000.

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$339,900 - $549,900 cLUb baMboo soUth

Beautiful Gulf views from this meticulously maintained 2/2 unit on Longboat Key! Turnkey furnished with 1346 sq ft. Deeded beach access and impeccably kept grounds. Enjoy year round or perfect for a second home. A perfect retreat!

Maureen G. and John J. Gibson, of Broomall, Pa., bought Unit 334 in Building III along with parking space G-14 at the 272-unit Grand Bay from Gerda V. and Edward J. Toth, of the Minneapolis suburb of Exselsior, Minn., for $1,365,000. The three-bedroom and three-and-a-half-bath apartment at 3030 Grand Bay Blvd., was constructed in 1998. The Toths made a gross profit of $740,000 in seven years, having purchased the apartment for $625,000 in June 1999.

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sota, sold his St. Armands Health Center at 500 John Ringling Blvd. to Scrufferdoodle LLC, for $1,004,500. The 10,496-square-foot building with its 4,807square-foot living area was constructed in 1980. Carlstrom and his late wife, Irasema, purchased the property in July 1991 for $1,025,000, according the Sarasota County Property Appraiser Jim Todoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online records.

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths. Beautiful Bay Views. Designer furnished, elegant, sophisticated and contemporary.

the fairways and lakes in this elegant 3/4 bedroom home. Features include wood floors, spacious rooms, high ceilings, 3 car garage and an amazing pool area for al fresco dining.................................................$995,000 bay harbour - 3 Bedroom, totally renovated with new granite kitchen, tile floors. Beautifully decorated and furnished................................................$650,000 furnished

azalea Park northwest bradenton -What a house for the money! This 3/2 features 2 screened porches, vaulted ceilings, eat-in kitchen, barrel tile roof, new tile and carpets. It is in pristine condition & beautifully positioned on large lot w/ many fruit trees. Community offers underground utilities, cul de sac streets and a community pool â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś SOLD. the landings - One of Sarasota's favorite com-

munities. This 3 bedroom lakefront condo has been totally renovated by expert craftsmen using only the finest materials. Amenities include nature trails, Racquet Club, swimming pool. Pet friendly.................................................$469,900. downtown - close to activity yet a quiet oasis. This 2/1 ranch has been lovingly restored to reflect the simplicity of the 1950s...................................................................$335,000. bayPort - enjoy tennis, beach and social activities at this popular condo. This 2/2 corner unit has a new kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, tile floors throughout, and beautiful furniture. Pet friendly.....turnkey furnished.....$665,000. west of the trail - enchanting 2/2 "treetop" home in Selby Gardens-like setting with meandering walkways through tropical foliage. Vaulted ceiling, wood floors, large deck with fish pond and hot tub, 40 ft. lap pool. Serene and private...........$575,000. eagle creek at Palm aire - Consider the investment opportunity in this popular golf course community. This ground floor corner condo has a new kitchen, baths, paint and flooring. This 2/2 is minutes from I-75 and Lakewood Ranch activity. Pet welcome.................$254,900. st. arm­ands circle, sarasota, florida (941) 388-4447 faX (941) 388-3041

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 10, 2006

Real Estate 7C

Inn on the Beach Wilbur M. Reynolds, 3576 Fair Oaks Way, bought Unit 203 in Building 1 at the 221-unit Inn on the Beach from Rosalie F. and G. Thomas Kingsley, of Washington, D.C., for $550,000. The 638-square-foot apartment at 200 Sands Point Road was constructed in 1982. The Kingsleys realized a $212,000 gross profit on the sale in two years, having paid $338,000 for the apartment in June 2004.

Sarasota Harbour Apartments Theresa A. Mortimer, of Quincy, Mass., became sole owner of Apartment 1 in the Fairmont House at Sarasota Harbour Apartments on Coon Key by buying out her two partners for $216,667. The sellers were Mariann Scannell, of Bourne, Mass., and Peter Conroy, of Pembroke, Mass.

1848 storm created New Pass At one time, Longboat Key and Lido Key were just one key, extending from Big Pass on the south to Longboat Inlet, or Pass, on the north. Lido was severed from Longboat Key in the Hurricane of Sept. 22 and Sept. 23, 1848. When dawn broke the next morning, Sarasota pioneer William Whitaker looked across Sarasota Bay from his cabin on the banks of today’s Whitaker’s Bayou to see a new pass separating Longboat Key from what became Lido Key. Whitaker is credited with naming it “New Pass.” This same unnamed hurricane that came roaring in off the Gulf headed northeastward, inundated all the offshore keys and toppled the new Egmont Key lighthouse. It also created John’s Pass at St. Petersburg Beach and Stump Pass in Charlotte County.

Stephanie Finnan

This home at 521 Putting Green Lane in Unit V at Country Club Shores has two bedrooms and two baths. It sold for $1,143,500.

A Golf & Country Club Community


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.

Beautiful golf course view. Tastefully appointed. 2BR/2BA plus den. Wood cabinets, carpeted and hardwood flooring, complete house ware package included. Mature landscaping, MOVE-IN READY. call Tom Repp 941.704.3346


diReCt guLf fRont Lot 1 acre on LBK gorgeous beach. $3,950,000 biRd Key- meadowLaRK Incredible bayfront home with 5,500 sq. ft., 4BR/5BA, pool, deep water dock with lift. Beautiful city views. $4,900,000 Longboat CLub Rd - Outstanding family home on Golf course directly across from beach. Quality throughout. Numerous upgrades. Beautiful location. Behind the gates. $3,600,000 goRgeous Home - Superior design finishes. Deep water with large dock. No bridges to Bay. Beautiful private location close to beach. $3,650,000 PentHouse - diReCt beaCHfRont - Panoramic gulf, bay & golf course views. Luxurious, gorgeous furnishings and finishes. Behind the gates. $2,990,000 diReCt bayfRont • new Home - Deep water plus boat dock. Magnificent custom finishes. $4,900,000 sutton PLaCe - Charming villa w/ boat docks, heated pool & beach access. Ground level - no steps.$389,000 beauty at CoRey's Landing - Single family home. Rare location on Golf course w/ beautiful Bay views. Courtyard pool plus tennis amenities. Terrific square footage & private guest house. $1,995,000 dReam isLand - Cute cottage home on terrific lot w/ boat house. Canal directly to Bay. $1,675,000 beRmuda bay - Great Bradenton Beach. Beach access. Furnished. 2 car garage. $895,000

Longboat Key CLub inn on tHe beaCH

CLub suite - Desirable Building 6. Great lagoon and city views. $494,000 unique CLub suite - Top floor, end unit all upgraded, exquisite detail, one of a kind custom home. $550,000

Call Reid Today! 941.232.3304 or 941.383.4276

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



MaIntenance fRee lIvIng at Its best $

offered at


2BR/2BA/DEN, plantation shutters, neutral tile, Berber carpet, spacious Master bed & Tranquil water view, New carpeting bath, large screened lanai and deck overlooking lake. Furniture negotiable. GREAT throughout, freshly painted, light, bright and in MOVE-IN CONDITION! 2BR/2BA/DEN/2CG, great room plan, eat in kitchen, walk-in closets, Roman shower, Extended caged lanai RENTAL POTENTIAL TOO! call Maggie Nasser 941.780.1006 and private courtyard patio. call Maggie Nasser 941.780.1006

beaUtIfUl sUnRIses oveR the lake offered at $


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

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

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Built in 05’, 2500 s/f 3BR/3BA/DEN, 3 CAR GARAGE!. Neutral colors, tile, plantation . shutters, fabulous kitchen, circular drive. PRICED WELL BELOW REPRODUCTION COST. 2200sq.ft., Maintenance Free, call Maggie Nasser 941-780-1006 3BR/2BA great room plan. Oversized side load garage. Beautiful chef’s kitchen, gas fireplace, designer tile, crown molding, Breathtaking view, extended paver brick lanai alMost great for entertaining! Call Maggie Nasser 780-1006 NG

ing home or subdivide. Call Reid for specific development opportunities. $7,900,000

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2300 sq ft. 3BR/ 2BA/ 2-1/2CG great room home is near completion and priced well below reproduction cost. Granite, tile, stainless steel, crown, ent.ctr. and many other designer upgrades included. Popular Picadilly III Plan on beautiful treed homesite! Call Mike Edwards 941.356.4407

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2500 sq. ft. 3BR/2BA/2-1/2CG neW designed and decorated beautifully! From the lush landscape, the Brazilian cherry constRUctIon, front doors, spacious & beautiful kitchen, tile, crown, and all the elegant touches, no toP sellIng Plan detail was missed on this fine home. Call Mike Edwards 941.356.4407 steRlIng Iv offered at bUIldeR’s Model $ 749,000.

2400 sq. ft. Model like upgrades, granite, wood cabinets, designer tile throughout, crown molding, built-in’s, 3 full baths, 2/3 BR, 2 1/2 car garage, stamped concrete, pool and spa and WATER VIEW! Call Maggie Nasser 780-1006

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Over 1700 sq. ft. AC. 2/3 bedrooms 3 full baths. Maple cabinetry, crown, window coverings, wet bar, 2 screened patios. Maintenance free! Call Mike Edwards 941.356.4407


offered at

982,000. new contruction

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

Rosedale Realty, Inc. 941-751-9070

Located 1/2 mile east of I-75 (exit 217) on SR 70







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A Coastal Funding

(800) 594-3319

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

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AAA Mortgage

(866) 441-3619

6.125 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

No Quote



Aapex Mortgage

(877) 839-9829

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(888) 90-HOMES

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6.000 / 0.00

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Accountable Mortgage

(800) 840-8771

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



American Home Finance

(888) 429-1940

6.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



America’s Best Mortgage

(800) 713-8189

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



Avail Mortgage

(800) 545-8678

6.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.250 / 0.00



Tastefully updated in soothing earth tones, this spacious direct Gulf-front condo offers completely private Gulf views from all rooms and huge tiled terrace. Desirable mid-key complex features under building parking, GulfOffered at $875,000 side tennis, pool and spa.

Borrowers Advantage Mtg.

(888) 510-4151

6.250 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

No Quote



Capital Trust Mortgage

(800) 511-2862

6.500 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



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Chase Manhattan Mtg. Corp.

(941) 761-9808

6.500 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

No Quote



First Choice Mortgage of FL

(561) 642-4540

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

7.000 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00



1st Metropolitan Mortgage

(800) 548-5988

5.625 / 2.25

5.125 / 2.88

6.125 / 1.50

5.875 / 1.00



NEW LISTING Over 2,500 sq. ft. of luxurious living in a protected bay/ beach front location. Spectacular water views. Attractive boutique-size complex with only 10 townhomes. Deep water boat docks, 3+ garages, private elevators, large open terraces, and more. Starting at $825,000

Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.750 / 1.88

5.375 / 1.88

6.250 / 1.00

3.750 / 1.00



Heidelberg Capital Corp.

(800) 968-2240

6.125 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

No Quote



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Magnolia Mortgage Corp.

(800) 392-6851

6.125 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00



N.E. Mortgage Lender

(877) 559-3621

6.000 / 2.00

5.750 / 2.00

6.125 / 2.00

5.500 / 0.00



Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

6.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.13

5.750 / 0.00



Absolute Mortgage Company

Gracious Sarasota Bay Residence

Spacious Mediterranean custom home located in a serene, gated enclave near The Ritz with dazzling bay, skyline and sunset views. Over 5,000 sq. ft. Offered at $4,450,000 of captivating design and dramatic features.

The Castillian on Longboat

Secluded beachside retreat with Gulf and beach views. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the surf from this 2BR/2BA, with den and huge lanai. “Island-style” interior with designer finishes. Pet friendly community. Offered at $869,000

The Palms at Palma Sola – Model Open

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

Longboat Harbour Towers

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

Rates are compiled by National Financial News Services. Rates valid as of August 3, 2006. Index type on adjustable rate mortgages (ARM's) is Index "A". Rates may be for new applications terms, fees, APR’s1may be obtained by calling the lender directly. Lenders call (610) 344-7380 to participate. Consumers 003456-08 TWC only; information 8/2/06 on4:29 PM and Page with questions or complaints concerning a listed lender may call The Department of Banking & Finance's Regulatory hotline at (800) 848-3792. For additional information on mortgages, go to: ©1997 NFNS

Whitney Beach Hideaway

Enchanting Gulf, beach and sunset views over pristine North LBK beach in popular Gulf-to-Bay community. Inviting retreat, updated, nearly 1,000 sq. ft., open terrace, pool & tennis, boat dock, great income possibilities. Offered at $639,900

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your view from lanai - Beautifully maintained largest 2BD/2BA model. 2 parking spaces (one under Bldg.!) Turnkey furnished, Excellent rental, secured complex. MLS#317242 $839,000.



Residences from the mid $200’s gulf front complex Over 1800 sq. ft. 1st floor walk-down with garden views out to golf course. Turnkey furnished & excellent rental income. Wonderful amenities. MLS#316337 $985,000.

• seaplace penthouse - 2 BD/2BA light, bright with 9 ft. ceilings, turnkey furnished, 2 parking spaces (1 covered). Just steps to pool and Gulf. A great value at Just reduced $495,000. MLS#303655









For more information, log on to or call 941-773-0212. Take I-75 to exit 220 (S.R. 64) Go west 10 miles (on S.R. 64/ Manatee Avenue) to 75th Street West. Go South (left) for 1 mile. Entrance to Palma Sola Trace will be on your left.







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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 10, 2006

Neighborhood 9C

MAKING ART by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

‘Mermaids and Manatees’ draw in young artists Sailors had obviously been out to sea a little too long. In days of yore, they used to mistake manatees, their large, dark masses moving in the water, for females with long, flowing hair and fins on the lower half of their bodies. It’s this tale that provided the name for Mote Aquarium’s art activity in the month of August — “Mermaids and Manatees.” The courtyard face painting and art activity for kids is free with admission and is held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m every Saturday this month. Children will use mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil and crayon to color their own renderings of a mermaid and a manatee together. This drawing is inspired by Frank Hopper’s latest painting, which features a sailor and a mermaid in an embrace. A naming contest for this painting is currently underway; guests of the aquarium can submit their suggestion in hopes of winning a signed original print by the artist. Hopper’s favorite submission so far is “Mission Impossible.” There were several popular requests at the face-painting table by kids, including a shark and a “Nemo” fish. Some even got both cheeks painted. “They are absolutely having fun,” said Denise Burniston, from Erie, Penn. She was visiting Mote with her three children, Brianna, Joseph and Dan. “Anytime they see paints, they are happy.” One aspect of the art activity is that kids are learning while they are having fun. “It’s educational,” said Lee Horner, from Sarasota. His daughter, Mackenzie, visits Mote a couple of times a year. “It shows them marine life in this area. It’s very kid friendly.”

Photos by Jessica Luck

Zoe Mitchell paints a pink squid the face of Francesca Mancini, 2. She already had a blue shark on the other cheek.


Jenifer Schwell

OOO Chairman’s Circle

New Listing Grand Bay's Best Luxury Buy Spectacular views of the bay, city & marina.  Nearly 3000 sq ft plus a huge extended wrap balcony. Private beach club, superb amenities. Call Jenifer today.    $1,925,000

The Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences

 Luxury knows no limits in this amazing 11th floor residence $4,395,000 overlooking the Gulf & its sunsets. Enjoy the exemplary services of the legendary Ritz Carlton.

Sunsets On The Beach   Lovely split bedroom plan, travertine floors & berber carpet, comfortably furnished & ready to enjoy your amazing sunsets & beach views. Wide sandy beach, gulf front pool & barbecue. Prime address on LBK. Reduced. $709,000 New Construction In Avondale West of Trail knockout designed by architect Bill Whitmer, creator of some of the most beautiful homes in Sarasota. 4BR’s plus den, summer kitchen, pool & spa, wood floors, ceilings to 21 ft. Dramatic & gorgeous. $1,600,000 Island Loft

Beautifully renovated 3BR, 3BA plus a loft office/ den. High ceilings, great upgrades in $695,000 beach to bay complex.  Community boat dock, beach, pool & tennis.  NO pet restrictions.

Zoey Schneider, 2, smiles as she gets her face painted.

On The Beach Gulf views & gorgeous sunsets at the Aquarius Club. Renovated & designer furnished with a 27 ft tiled balcony to enjoy the tropical breezes over your morning coffee. Wide sandy beach, pool & barbecue. Private gate to the Colony for champagne by the sea. $749,000 Large Building Lot Near Cherokee Park Florida cottage. Rent, renovate or build anew.

Over 11,200 sq ft of land plus a sun filled Old $565,000

New Waterfront Home Excellent bay views on a wide canal, honed travertine floors, 4 bedrooms plus a den, solid mahogany doors, 3 car garage, large pool & spa, boat dock plus private beach access. Best value in new construction on the island. $2,595,000

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker 941.780.0968 • 941.383.3209 • 941.388.4447 • 866.450.4447


Mackenzie Horner has fun adding lots of purple to her manatee and mermaid.

LBK CONDO REDUCED $50,000 Full Bay View + Partial Gulf Views, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Updated End Unit. Offered Turnkey Furnished. Home Warranty Provided, Community Boat Docks Available $449,000 @12.00 Per Month

Barbara & Larry Shapiro


Lic. R.E. Broker

Call Larry Shapiro, CRS/E-PRO or Barbara Shapiro, Broker, GRI

OFFICE: 941-388-2135


Brianna Burniston and her brother Joseph use watercolor paints to add color to a picture of a mermaid and a manatee. •

10C Environment

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 10, 2006

Coldwell Banker Congratulates

Barbara Ackerman

TURTLE WATCH by Virginia Sanders | Contributing Writer

The Top Agent in Sarasota and Manatee County for the two years in a row!

Over $80 million in Sales for 2005!

Top 1% of Coldwell Banker Associates Worldwide

beachPlace - best value!

MainlanD - oaKs Preserve

Just see it! You’ll buy it! Completely renovated with raised nine foot ceiling, open maple gourmet kitchen, granite, stainless top-of-the-line appliances, separate bar, French doors, fitted closets and built-ins, garaged parking. Great water views. New price $849,000.

MeriDiAN HAVE IT ALL! Championship golf plus Bay and nature preserve views. Private NW corner unit Gulf unobstructed views of Intracoastal and of Siesta Key. 3 BD plus den or separate dining room. Newly renovated clubhouse, minutes from downtown. $875,000.

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siesta Key - new Pass

lonGboat Key - sabal cove

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new listing

KEY WEST ON BIG PASS! Enjoy Gulf views, newest code construction, 5 bedrooms, 4342 square feet of quality details. Highlights marble and wood floors, granite, wood cabinetry, fireplace, elevator and pool/spa w/summer kitchen. Ideally located within walking distance to Siesta Key Village and Beach. $3,475,000.

A showcase residence designed by Guy Peterson is the pinnacle of architectural and construction excellence. Enjoy tranquill lake views, a 24-foot foyer leads to light filled rooms including formal living room, dining and family room. Highlights are maple floors, professionally designed kitchen, lighted art niches, plantation shutters, study, exercise area and elevator. Large covered lanai with pool and spa. Ideal for sunset entertainment. $2,295,000.


country club shores

new listing Rarely Available Direct Gulf front corner residence with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. 1,729 sq. ft. of private beach retreat. $1,985,000. OUTSTANDING VALUE Spectacular Gulf, Sunset and Sunrise views from this 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath 2580 sq. ft. residence with new kitchen tile, faux painted walls, extensive built-ins and 2 large terraces. $1,799,000 $1,650,000 $1,499,000.

LONGBOAT KEY NEW CONSTRUCTION - BRITISH ISLAND STYLE -BOATER’S PARADISE This 5,024 sq. ft. residence features colors, cabinetry, flooring and design details that will delight your senses. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, expansive verandas and magnificent bay views. Pool with spa, family room, butler’s pantry, gas fireplace, summer kitchen, 3-car garage and private beach access. 173’ seawall -protected deep water. $4,495,000.

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Gulf, Bay and Sunsets from every room in this designer appointed Cambridge 2 BR plus den area and open floor plan. Fabulous wood floors, upgraded doors, hardware, closets, lighting and 10’ ceilings. 2 terraces with magnificent views, extraordinary beachfront location and a grand Clubhouse. $1,750,000 $1,695,000

UNIQUE DOWNTOWN LOCATION WITH BOAT DOCK West of the Trail downtown location 2737 sq.ft. newer home with 3 BR, 2.5 BA plus study/office & family room with deeded boat dock. Roman shower, French doors,10ft ceilings, gas fireplace, walk-in closets, 2 BR guest suite, expansive lanai and pool/spa area. Quaint cul-dusac neighborhood. $1,149,000.

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Some of the many recent hatchlings on Longboat Key beaches.

Virginia Sanders

Hatchlings abound, thanks to volunteers The turtle activity this past few weeks at the north end of Longboat Key has been full of excitement. Freda Perotta, a longtime, dedicated turtle watcher, made the following comment: “Turtle life has been quite hectic these last few days, and I’m operating on very little sleep.” On July 25, a nest at 7001 Gulf of Mexico Drive hatched, but because of light emanating from the nearby condos, the hatchlings became terribly disoriented and were crawling in every direction but the right one. Another nest, located at 360 North Shore Road, was also disoriented because of the same lighting problem. There was another nest in the same area, scheduled to hatch July 28. To guard against similar disorientation, a restraining cage was placed on the nest. The hatching took place, as predicted that day and the Turtle Patrol took 94 hatchlings from the cage and released them into the Gulf after midnight. The nest was excavated the following morning, because the team felt that there were additional hatchlings that had not come out of the nest. Sure enough, 15 more were found and were kept safe until dusk, when they, too, were released into the Gulf. A nest located at Broadway utilized a

restraining cage for the same reasons. In the wee hours of the morning of Aug. 2, 52 babies hatched out and into the cage. But because many birds were waking around that time and would have loved to enjoy one of the babies for breakfast, they were kept and not released until around 8:15 p.m. It is estimated that when the hatchlings are disoriented, just about 30% reach the water — and that is after long crawls along the beach — every which way, leaving them totally exhausted. It is extremely important to control the lights from the buildings on the beach. Most houses are in compliance, but it only takes a few to cause major problems for these hatchlings. Turn off your outdoor lights after dark, and close your curtains so your lights do not shine out on the beach. Thanks, as always, to our Turtle Watch group, whose members sacrifice their sleep to assure a safe journey to these brand new bits of life. Turtle Watch appears monthly during the turtle nesting season. Virginia Sanders is the spokesperson for the Longboat Key Turtle Conservation Program, serves on the Citizens Advisory Board of the National Estuary Program and is a Mote Marine volunteer.

MYSTICAL OBSERVER by Mephisto LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - A Private Villa w/long lake views from this 2105 sq ft 2BR/2BA w/large screened lanai. Natural light graces the spacious interior, a new granite kitchen w/10x9 breakfast/study area off kitchen, tiled floors, new carpet & paint, walk-in closets. 2 car garage w/side terrace for grilling. Pets permitted. Bike to shopping and beach club. $735,000 $695,000 New Price $649,000

Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club a townhouse with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bath , eat-in kitchen, wood burning fireplace and screened porch with a water view and walk down to garden path. 2nd bedroom with built-in desk area, book cases and Murphy bed. Heated pool only steps away with walking distance to private beach club $519,900 and shopping.

MainlanD - bayFront Villa Azzura captures the enduring charm of Tuscany on Sarasota Bay. Minutes from culture & fine dining. A 2,200 SF. master suite, 4 guest rooms, wading and lap pool with spa, wine room, 8-car garage, 45'. boat capacity, rich woods, natural stone & marble. $4,975,000. lonGboat Key reGent Place Do you want View & Location? The Best Value on the Beach! Breathtaking full sunrise and sunset views from this fabulous 9th floor south side location. Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath spacious residence. Private elevator, 10 feet custom ceilings, crown molding, built-ins, granite kitchen, marble baths and Jacuzzi tub. Full unobstructed views of Gulf, golf course, Bay and Sarasota Skyline. This is one you will not want to miss. $2,749,000. MainlanD - oyster bay New Construction - This is a one-of-a-kind unique property with an oversized deep lot. New 3872 sq. ft. home with pool and spa is planned to begin in January. Buyer can still make changes to meet needs. Live west of the trail near downtown and Siesta Key Beach. $1,699,000. siesta Key - siesta cove The WOW factor inside and out! Almost ½ acre private lot, majestic oak trees, sculptured gardens, mature hedges surround the circular, brick drive to 3-car garage. Updated new wood & stainless kitchen, new master suite with fitted closets, marble & wood floors. New spa, roof, 4 zone A/C. $1,999,000 $1,599,000. ritZ carlton hotel resiDence PIED-A-TERRE. Beautifully furnished 1 BR/1.5 BA with direct Bay views overlooking Golden Gate Point. Perfect weekend retreat. Enjoy cultural downtown, luxury concierge and hotel services at your fingertips. Includes Ritz Carlton Spa and Beach Club membership. $1,149,000. lonGboat Key winDwarD bay ATTENTION BOATERS! Wonderful Bay front setting for this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo with new appliances in this community with outstanding amenities that include community boat dock, tennis courts, 2 heated pools, clubhouse, exercise facility, sauna and beach access. $449,000 $399,000

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Aries (March 21-April 20) When walking in the woods, never leave tracks. Taurus (April 21-May 20) Sacred cows should be honored, but also milked. Sacred bull is a different story. Gemini (May 21-June 21) As the boss of the patent office reminded Einstein: “We’re not paying you to think.” It’s up to you to make your thoughts pay off. Cancer (June 22-July 22) You may be thin, but there’s a fat person inside trying to get out. Donuts are his friend, not yours. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Make everything as simple as possible, but not any simpler. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The moon is in tune to make you swoon. Thanks to lunar influences, this is a good week for romance. If somebody else plays matchmaker, don’t complain. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Do the job you hate first. Stop inventing useless tasks to avoid it. Once that happens, the job will get done.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) Nothing says “I’m sorry” like pie. Nothing says “I like you” like pie. Either way, you’re better off with pie. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Not every big head has a big brain inside. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Defeat is always temporary. The attitude of defeat can be permanent. Get rid of it. Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) It’s never a good idea to break the speed limit. This week it’s a very bad idea — for you. Drive like your grandmother. For now. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people? Why ask? You won’t find the answers in this life. Keep on keeping on. IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You’re looking for a lover, not a supervisor. If your new friend starts telling you what to do, remind them you’re a Leo.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 10, 2006

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RED TIDE REPORT No red tide was present as of Aug. 3.


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Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Mon., July 31 92 77. 5 97 (1983) 73 (1992) Tues., Aug. 1 93 77 97 (1993) 73 (1988) Wed., Aug. 2 91.5 74.5 99 (1993) 71 (1983) Thurs., Aug. 3 92.5 75 97 (1993) 72 (1985) Fri., Aug. 4 91.5 75.5 97 (1985) 72 (1992) Sat., Aug. 5 90 74 97 (1981) 72 (1986) Sun., Aug. 6 91 76 98 (1991) 72 (1986)

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DEAL US IN by Donna Swan/ Edited by Richard Yohe

Too many defenses “When my partner showed a hand with a fit just below opening-bid strength, I knew where I wanted to play the hand,” writes the contributor. “West led the Jack of hearts, and I devised my plan. I won in my hand and drew trump, two rounds ending in the dummy. I tried the club finesse, which failed, and a heart came back, which won the dummy. “My next try was for a 3-3 double break. If that had worked, I could have discarded one of my dummy’s diamonds on my fourth club and the slam would have come home. But clubs were 4-2, and I had yet another plan. I crossed to the dummy with a trump and tried a diamond finesse, which also failed, and I was down one.” Declarer should ignore the club finesse. If East has the king, declarer can do as well by leading clubs up to his hand

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twice without finessing. Declarer should win the king of hearts, cash the ace of clubs and cross to the ace of hearts. After ruffing a heart high, declarer should draw two rounds of trump, ending in the dummy and then lead a club toward his hand. If East plays the king, the slam is safe. If East plays low, declarer plays the queen. Should that win, declarer returns to dummy and leads another club toward his hand. The queen of clubs loses to West’s king, but West is out of clubs and must lead a diamond into declarer’s tenace or yield a ruff and sluff by returning a heart. It’s always easier to find the correct play when looking at all four hands.

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Final Closeout!

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 10, 2006

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941-955-4888 to Make Your Move beautiful longboat key home in prestigious sabal cove. by owner. This elegant 4000 Sq. Ft. home features 4BR/4BA with large master suite and large family room with fireplace. Granite countertops, office, oversized 3 car garage. Large lanai, heated caged pool, barbecue. Lots & lots of extras! $1,950,000. Principals only.

BUY NOW...SIESTA KEY’S Midnight Cove II at 1800 Cove II Pl. #222 3BR/2.5B townhouse. with canal & Intracoastal views. Furnished with 1,720 s.f., 2 lanais, beach access, tennis, pool, great rental program, near shops/restaurants! $799,000.

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nearly completed maintenance free home Custom built free standing Mediterranean Villa in Savannah at Turtle Rock. Maintenance free home features 3 BD plus den/office, 3 BA, gourmet kitchen w/wood cabinets, granite counters. Exquisitely upgraded w/many architectural details. Very private LOT with protected preserve & partial lake views. $529,900. Prudential Palms.

Be the first to live in this incrediBle renovation!. 3 brms, 3 baths. Huge pool/spa/lanai. Flowing split plan opens to pool w/pocket sliders. New granite & wood kitchen & bath, so much new must see. Exceptional Meadows community offers golf, tennis, fitness & miles of walking/biking trails. $499,900 Capital Properties

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SUNSET BEACH CONDO - LONGBOAT KEY - THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT Full Gulf Views - Incredible Sunsets - 2 BR 2 BA End Unit With Two Balconies Overlooking Lushly Landscaped Pool Area & Full Gulf View - Turnkey Furnished With Neutral Designer Furniture, Plantation Shutters & Newer Appliances...$780,000 HIGHLY MOTIVATED SELLER. RE/MAX Premier Services

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THE GROVE – BEEKMAN PLACE - Lovely light and bright 3BR/2B pool home with spa and serene lake views. Private backyard setting with outdoor Jenn-Aire grill. Master bedroom with built-ins. Master bath with Jacuzzi tub. Convenient location only 10 minutes to Downtown Sarasota. Recently appraised at $385,000. Bought new home and must sell! $350,000.

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CENTER GATE, TOTAL NEW RENOVATION! 3 BR/2 BA/2CG on a Private Lot With Stream In Back Yard. The Best Workmanship Will Be Found In This Beauty. New Wood Floors, NEW GOURMET Kitchen W/Wood Cabinets & Tile Floors, Custom French Doors Throughout, New Woodburning Fireplace W/Stone Hearth, New Caged Pool! NEW Exterior...$344,900 HIGHLY MOTIVATED SELLER! RE/MAX Premier Services

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Reach 195,000 readers Stunning Stoneybrook golf CourSe water view 2 brm end unit. See the view the moment you walk in and even from the master bed! Excellent rental w/season booked for 07. Equity golf membership included. Light & bright turnkey furnished, short walk to clubhouse, fitness and dining. $339,000 Capital Properties

PALM LAKES – BUILDER CLOSEOUT! Home site # 103 Phoenix Palm, incredible price $261,000. Approx. 1,650 sq. ft., NEW 2 bedrooms plus den, 2 baths, Corian countertops, 2-car garage, paver driveway, barrel tile roof, lush landscaping. Gated, club/ swim community!

PALM LAKES – BUILDER CLOSEOUT! Home site # 65 Queen Palm, incredible price $229,900. Approx. 1,453 sq. ft., NEW 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, Corian countertops, 1-car garage, paver driveway, barrel tile roof, lush landscaping. Gated, club/swim community!

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Serene lakefront lot in Quail run. 3 bdrm/3 bath. Open, bright rooms throughout. Extended caged lanai surrounds a beautiful pool with spa jets. $386,000 ResiCore Realty Group, Inc. 941.552.5664.

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235 E. Colonia Lane - REDUCED! 1927 SpaniSh MEDitERRanEan on 5 LotS in Downtown nokoMiS. Heart of Revitalization. Wood floors, fireplace, new kitchen, endless possibilities, workshop and interlocking patio. MLS#-512475 & 307089. $298,000. Remax Effort Realty.

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Auto Sales & Service

Items Under $200 For Sale 9 piece dining room set, light color, Florida style, $195. (941)383-8446 3” thick new cushions for wicker chairs, green leaf pattern, NEW, matching pillows, $75. (941)383-2373. White corian kitchen counter. 60 square feet, $195 obo. (941)761-8151. sofa, 89 inches, 3 cushion, pale blue-pink, $75. 240-246-6817.

Adult Care compassionate companion with experience in Hospice/Elder Care. Excellent cook, light housekeeping, errands/outings. References. 941-708-3641. McIntosh Manor Assisted Living Facility Has One Private Room For Full-time Resident & Two Openings For Daily Respite Care Residents With Meals. Call: Ophelia (941)923-3309

Island Car; 1978 VW Beetle Convertible Mars Red, 56K/Miles, Good Condition, Garage Kept. LBK. (708)921-1690 2006 range Rover HSE, full size, loaded. Like new. $68,900. 407-765-1400.

Auto Transport retired longboat Key police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381.


bed/pre-owned king & queen sets from $99

Home care- experienced professional will provide personal care, companionship, transportation, meal preparation, laundry and shopping for you or your loved one at a reasonable rate. Excellent references. Available day or night. Call 845-242-4026 or 941-729-0726.

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CNAs/HHAs/COMPANIONs, WANT your own cases? Area seniors are looking for you! Log on to: Post your experience. (941)544-0653.


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

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


Boat Sales, Service & Storage flats boat. 2003 18/ft. Action-Craft, trailer, 125 HP Mercury less than 60 hours. Bimini, poling platform, pole, bottom painted and in water. Excellent condition. $19,000 firm. E-Mail: or call 387-8448.

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Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

Fishing Charters

Boat Condo Dry Slip. Unit #1203 Of The Boathouse On Longboat Will Accommodate Monohull Boats Up To 32’ LOA, 8.5’ Beam. Available Immediately. Beautiful Setting On South Longboat Key Includes Fuel. Dry Dock Restaurant, Ship’s Store And Covered Detail Area With Power And Water. $500 Per Month, with 10% Discount For Annual Lease. (941)923-3774 lbk moorings: 48/ft. boat slip for rent, on dock P-07. $16/ft. monthly +utilities. Call 941-724-9486 or 941-400-7452.

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


sofa, loveseat, tables, lamps, kitchen set, entertainment unit, area rug, 2/leather SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchens accent chairs, sofa table. Top quality. New has been making party memories from the condition. Designer bought. (941)778-3320. casual to black tie affair. Let us combine our Brand New, Visco Memory Foam, Queen knowledge with your individual style. Set. $360. With Warranty Can Deliver. Must 383-0777. Sell (941)234-8019


Cleaning Services

8 mrs. maids. For a clean house call us today Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.

1994 mercury Cougar XR-7; 2/door, Housecleaning By Private Party. Club Experienced. Very white coupe w/red interior, V8 engine. Longboat Key Honest, Reliable, Excellent References. Excellent condition. $2800. 383-1728. Call: (941)928-5516 2000 Honda Accord V6 w/sunroof. Loaded. Very clean. $9300 o/b/o. Brazilian maid (941)400-6886.

Home Health Aide CNA, Seeking Private Duty in Home. 5 Years Experience. Call Henry: (941)284-6450

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house, office, move-in and move-out cleanings. Great references. Free estimate. Please call monica 941-539-2062

time to cleAN? I can help! Hard-working, thorough, dependable, honest gal available for cleaning including move-ins/outs, weekly, bi-weekly. Experienced. Reasonable rates. Excellent references. Pamela, 320-0023. just me & Co. Cleaning Services. Specializing in Residential, Model Homes & Offices, Windows. Move-ins and Move-outs. Call for FREE ESTIMATE and appt. 941-234-2315. Cynderella Cleaning Service. Residential & Seasonal. “Let Cynderella Do Your Cleaning.” Experienced. (941)345-6455

Computer Services Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless networking. PC or MAC web design. 383-3878, 587-5588. Certified Computer Professional. Computer slow or acting weird? On-site support. Lido Key. Call Forrest, 388-3425.

Consignments consignment store. Florida’s largest & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery available. House of Lords - Osprey. 941-966-5446.

Crushed Shell gillis & Gillis Enterprises. Crushed, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & insured. 941-232-8877.

LARGE BEIGE sectional, clean, great condition. Coordinating area rug. Both $500 o/b/o. (941)383-2373.

Health Services low on energy? Need a boost? T&K Enterprises, at your local one-stop shop for health supplements. Independent Distributors. 1-888-639-9312.

Help Wanted babysitter p/t. Longboat resident needs occasional sitter for 7 & 10 yr. old girls. Call for details, 1-410-267-7850. the beachcomber Condominium on Longboat Key needs a Part Time Assistant Manager. 20/hrs. per week. Weekends required during season. (941)383-1083. don’t let your many years as trusted advisor go to waste. Ex-insurance, banking, legal. Make a difference. Fax contact information: 561-423-8433 ext. 1820.

Realtors we offer leads and training. new home focus/mls. call 355-1101 sun west lifestyles, inc.

re/max excellence is hiring Realtors, new and experienced who want to receive 95% of their commission dollars. Please contact Andrew Vac at 941-383-9700 or

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Help Wanted hair stylist join the winning team! benefits earn $40,000-$50,000 per year.

Pet Services

Items For Sale A Brand Name Queen Pillow-top Mattress SET, New With Warranty. Can Deliver. $175. (941)234-8019 lord’s warehouse nonprofit Open 9a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays only through September. Furniture, clothing, decorator items, kitchenware, jewelry. Information: 383-3649.

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

Music Instruction voice & Piano lessons for children and adults. Degreed, experienced teacher. For more information, call 365-5691 or visit:

Painting & Wallpapering ray cordy custom Painting & Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All trades are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings that are for Sensitive & Alleryour genic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable references. 953-5215. carlo dattilo painting. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp.

Pastel Painting. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 14 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

CANFIELD PAINTING. Condo Specials!! FREE Estimates. Interior - Exterior. References Available. (941)364-8874



Bichon Frise, AKC, (6)F - (3)M, 8+/ -Weeks, Cert. & Shots. Adorable, TINY, Socialized, Trained Babies. One Pair Of Twin Runts (M-F). All Healthy Parents On Premise. All Proceeds Donated To Charity. $1,000/Ea. (941)358-2225

Remodeling & Home Improvements

new york hair company 941-724-6175 or 941-356-1053

john gubernat handyman

specializing in roof leaks, siding, soffit, fascia, chimney flashings, exterior aluminum trim, home repairs.

Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/Taxes I come to your home or office. l l l l

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

Rolldowns, Accordion, Lexan, and Hurricane Film. Call for Free estimate. Danny @ (941)735-6000

Commercial/Business Opp.

longboat income property: Canal-side duplex w/4 to 6 rentable bedrooms for income, or redevelop (adjacent property available). $759K. beachfront restaurant: Thriving business, building with additional income on 28 years experience. main road of popular resort area. $1,690,000** Excellent quality, PLASTICS FACTORY: Established Fla. prompt service. company, state-of-art equipment & building 941-383-5765 on 3 acres, highly profitable, good customer lbk resident base.** pet grooming. Profitable business in lic. ins. strategic location, loyal customer base. $59,900** gifts/antiques/furniture etc. Big beautiful Sarasota shop sells new & for all your home improvement needs. pre-owned items. Low rent, profitable. 20 years. Lic. and insured. Call Bill, $225K - owner financing available**. 773-3799. breakfast/lunch: Turnkey restaurant local repair Service for all home in busy Bradenton plaza. Price cut to needs. Member of BBB. Lic/Ins. 17/yrs. ex- $59,000.** perience. Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. cafe/smoothie bar in Bradenton gym. Fax: 941-363-9017. Carpentry, painting, Profitable, easy operation. $50K** furniture store: Italian leather tile, pressure washing, dock & deck repair. chairs/sofas, Italian/Austrian crystal chandeliers, other quality imports in highly visible expert tile installation Sarasota spot. $59,990**

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

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drywall repairs, popcorn removal. retexture and repaint. two pro companies working together. clean, condo approved. Coordinated and insured. References. Call Ken Nesary Drywall 284-8558

custom renovations/restoration expert. All phases of carpentry, repairs & fine finishing. Very meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Insured. 30/yrs. experience. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294.

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

Telephone: 941-749-5646


**Confidentiality agreement required for details. Longview Realty 941-383-6112

Personal Services

Gail Sunray, Owner

R&R Hurricane Shutters, Inc.

robert held’s handyman & more! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, Tile Installation friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 704-7717. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. Lic/Ins.

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Classifieds 15D


Commercial Rentals & Sales * prime retail and office space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135.

Condos & Homes For Sale longboat key: Country Club Shores canal fronts - $1,395,000 & $1,150,000. Bird Key garden home - $924,900. Beachside condo - $595,000 and Bayside Condo $449,900. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700 or

Condos & Homes For Sale The Beach At Longboat Key. Newly Remodeled Studio In Small Direct Gulf Front Complex. Everything Is New - Tile, Bath, Murphy Bed, Kitchen w/Stainless Appliances, Flat Screen TV. Just Steps To Beach, Unbelievable, Unobstructed Gulf Views. Nightly Rental On-Site Office To Help Pay Expenses. Must Sell. Lost Job. $499,000. (317)531-3683 Owner condo for sale unique loft unit - sleeps 6 spacious unit great rental potential on-site management for rental program $375,000 seahorse beach resort 3453 gulf of mexico dr. longboat key, fl 941-383-2417

lbk duplex income property. Canal-side with 4 to 6 bedrooms & deeded beach access. Live in it, rent it out for income, or redevelop (adjacent property also available): $759K. Mary Ann Namack at Longview Realty. (941)383-6112. 610 emerald harbor drive $2,395,000 Beautiful 4/BR, 3/Bath Custom home on deep water canal. Built in 2000, this home has 12’ ceilings, crown molding, open kitchen with Corian countertops, spacious master suite, large pool (40’x12’) with open lanai, new seawall, deeded beach access. Jan Jordan The Longboat Connection, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker 941-387-9709

canalfront: 3br/2ba/2Car carport, 1800/sq.ft., furnished, newly updated. FSBO $879,900. Brokers welcome. See 941-360-0700. gulf beach condo, $630,000. Furnished, 2BR/2BA. Gulf views, 2 parking spaces. Jim Owen, 605-882-2197. by owner. Downtown Bay Front, unobstructed views from this charming 2BR/2BA Bay Plaza beauty, 1688/sq.ft. of enviable condo living with 2 balconies, completely updated Dec. 2004. Owner says sell @ $795K. Call Dick Granger @ (941)915-0429 to discuss or arrange a showing. country club Shores. New seawall and dock, beach access. 2006 38/ft. yacht. $1,210,000. (941)383-7823, An Immaculate, Tastefully Upgraded 2BR/2BA Stand Alone Lake Front Villa In A Unique Community. Steps To Beach. Pool, Fishing, Marina, Putting Green, Club House In Complex. REDUCED! To $469,900. Hard To Find This Value On Longboat At This Price. Cathy Daley, Homes & Dream Realty (941)302-1004

downtown Sarasota house: beachfront 3BR/2BA, front and back porch, walk to LaFlamme shopping, restaurants. Priced to sell. 941-928-0990. $649,000. (941)724-2222. mainland, Whitfield area, 2BR/2BA/2CG, casual pool home, 1688sf., new caged pool area, 1333sf. large lot, immaculate and well maintained. $317,900. (941)920-1408. Whitney beach - Expansive Gulf & Beach views from this tastefully turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA top floor unit. Heated pool, tennis, and beach right out your door. Bayside boat slips available. Asking $995,000. Contact Mike Migone at 941-812-7437, RealtyOne Florida. spectacular sarasota Bay and Intracoastal views from LR, DR, kitchen, MBR, den and lanai. Unique LBK condo w/windows on 4 sides. 3BR/2BA plus den and laundry. New hardwood floors and renovated kitchen w/granite counters. 2/Car covered parking, heated pool, beach access, tennis court, boat dock, elevator, pet permitted, partially furnished. $775,000. 941-383-1084. Spanish main, LBK. Detached villa, full canal views, deeded beach access, 55+ community. $395,900. Jesse Brisson, Gulf-Bay Realty. 941-713-4755.

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Call Lissy Excellence.

fulfill a dream! Live downtown in the corner penthouse at 1350 Main. Charming, elegant, 3BR/3.5BA and family room. Marble, granite, stainless and upgraded floors. Stunning direct Bay views from 2 balconies. parking for 2 cars. $1,599,900 Call Owner/Agent Nancy Lindeman 941-400-2656 Michael Saunders & Co.

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Condos & Homes For Sale


motivated seller

7211 Westmoreland Drive

888 blvd. of the arts for sale or for rent

Great Sunsets Await You! Stunning Home w/The Finest Of Everything Custom Kitchen w/Granite & Top Of the Line Stainless Appliances Turkish Marble Floors Throughout W/Designer Wall-to-wall In 3 BRS Custom Closets Crown Molding Everywhere Stone Fireplace In Family Room 2 Full Baths w/Custom Cabinetry- Granite Large 2-Person Walk-in Shower Oversized 2/CG Expert Landscaping Fruit Trees Brick Patios Custom Pool w/Fountain Attention To Detail Galore

newly upgraded, new kitchen and all new appliances, granite countertops, wood floors. unobstructed view. Recently reduced $150,000. $699,000 Must see. Best waterfront value on the market today. 356-1053

Move In & Do Nothing!

Walk Across The Street To Bay Walking Distance To Marina Convenient To Downtown

MUST SEE! Reduced $850,000 (941)737-8939 Agent/Owner Brokers Protected longboat Bay front - 1BR/1BA with excellent cash flow. Turnkey furnished with on-site management. Gulf access, boat docks, heated pool, tennis and more. Asking $429,900. Contact Mike Migone at 941-812-7437, RealtyOne Florida. St. Armands Towers, 2BR/2BA, 6th Floor, Beuatiful & Completely Furnished. $599,900. Co-op 4% (941)388-0007 Holmes Beach Waterfront Condo With Serene Water View To ICW. Tastefully Furnished 2BR/2BA. Heated Pool & Tennis in Complex. Elevator. Across The Street From Shops. Close To Beach, Restaurants. Free Trolley Stop Outside. Could Be Rented Seasonally. $434,000. Cathy Daley, Homes & Dreams Realty. (941)302-1004

seaplace see the breathtaking sunsets & Gulf views from this tastefully decorated 2BR home. Granite in kitchen & bath.

The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 941-387-9709

lbk condo: 2BR/2BA, on Gulf, Westchester community. Immaculate, turnkey. $827.5K. See ad on, listing #20691514 or call Laura at 404-459-0102 for details. upscale island style home. Steps to LBK beach. 2004 Builder’s model, wonderful details, 2BR/2BA +loft. HOA incl. lawn, pool, cable & security. $1,150,000. 305-632-0449. the Pierre. Architecturally award winning building. 5th floor, full Gulf, sunset views. Remodeled & updated. $1,975,000. By owner. 865-603-3126. E-mail: Ebay - Search - Longboat Key. Rarely Available Top Floor Condo In A Prestige Waterfront Longboat Tennis Oriented Community. Tastefully & Completely Upgraded. Elevator. Extra Storage. 8 “Har-Tru” Tennis Courts. Resident Pro. On Site. 2 Pools. Right On Beach. Great Rental Policy. $879,000. Cathy Daley, Homes & Dreams Realty (941)302-1004 home 3+br/2.5ba: Gulf Gate area, 1950/sq.ft. $255,000. 2940 Lexington St. 941-923-7869 or Cell: 941-726-0724.

Condos & Homes For Sale positano building 5 - Capri model 3,319/sq.ft. a.c. Private location on great beach. Completion end of 2006. $3,695,000 beachplace Beachfront Penthouse. Two Bedroom Two Bath with garage and outside parking. Furnished. $1,250,000 Players Club Beachfront Penthouse. Three Bedroom, Two & half baths. Garage, Furnished. $1,299,000 Call Ron Baldwin & Associates R.E.. 941-954-7471


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Call Cynthia, Broker/Owner: 1-888-500-7751

you buy mine i’ll buy yours in state or out-of-state

longboat key drastically reduced! the village key west cottage 560 Broadway $730,000

kingston arms 2BR/2BA, Great location, walk to St. Armands and Lido Beach, turnkey. Great rental history $509,995

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contact judy heyer latitude 27 realty 941-387-9004 or 941-730-9009

Beautiful Views: Gulf/Pool, Promenade Condo. Gulf Views From Every Window. Updated & Nicely Furnished, 2BR/2BA, Second Floor Unit. Serious Inquires Only. Reduced $939,000. Information Call (404)307-4007 desirable Spanish Main Yacht Club: 2BR/2BA ground level, non-smoking villa with full view of Marina, Clubhouse and Nature Preserve. Active 55+ community with deeded Gulf access. $340K Denise Fleese, Realtor. 941-504-5211.

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I will accept smaller home or condo at fair market value in exchange for my luxurious 3800/sq.ft. Sarasota Bayfront condo, 4th floor, 3BR/4BA, family room and den. Built 2002. Spectacular view of Bay and new bridge, unbelievable sunsets. Walk to town and Bayfront activities. Asking $2,300,000. All professionally decorated. Furnishings and accessories available. owner - Don Stephens (863)529-4564 or E-mail:

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Rentals: Annual condos/homes annual islands west: 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, with all the amenities, $1600 a month. beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, $1500/mo. St. Judes: 2BR/1BA, unfurnished, boat slip. $1250/mo. neptune: 2BR/2BA home, unfurnished, all new, $1250/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127

siesta key: THE BEACH TERRACE. Gulf/Beachfront, 1BR/Studio, newly remodeled. 60 day min., May-Nov. $2400/mo. Dec.-April $3900/mo. Annual $1900/mo. Leave message, 941-342-0827. LBK Emerald Harbor, Old Compass Rd Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA 2/Car Garage, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Deeded Beach Access, Annual. $3,000/Month. Seasonal $6,000./Month (941)387-7017 LBK, Waterfront Home, 2BR/2.5BA, with Pool. Country Club Shores. Furnished / Unfurnished. $1999./Month. Available September. 941-376-8006 lbk: direct bay view, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, fully furnished, king/queen, pool, beach. Very clean, no pets/smokers. Short or long term lease. Available October. 877-741-2813. Silver Lake: Brand New 4BR/2BA Ranch 2/CG On Quiet Preserve In Family Community, Formal Plan- 2600SF. Annual Lease. $1675./Month (941)993-9894 lbk, seaplace: 1500/sq.ft., beautifully furnished 3BR/2BA condo on the beach, 5/min. from St. Armands. Clubhouse, tennis/pools, fitness center. Covered parking. No pets. $2700/mo. Call Arlene, 941-924-2641 or e-mail: bird key waterfront home: 4BR/5BA, Pool, Deep Water Dock. Spectacular View of City Skyline. Available September 1st. $4750/mo. 941-355-9520, 1-800-852-1270 (Ext. 3002).

lido beach. Efficiencies and 1BR apts. semi-annual rentals. Across from beach. Call for special rates that start at $600/mo. (941)518-5850.

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serious seller reduced $549,000

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Out-Of-State Property

mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradenton’s

2 bedroom 2 bath


LBK 1BR/1BA, Large Porch, Super Gulf Views, Private Beach & Marina. Move-in Condition. $250,000. (941)475-8860

university area: Lovely, quiet, pool home, 2BR/2.5BA/2CG. Available immediately. $1495/mo. 941-322-2201.

55+ community starting $198,000, bayfronts, Canalfronts, Lakefronts, Boat Docks!

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Lots & Acreage For Sale vacant: ellenton, .4/acre across from Manatee River, $349,000. RUSKIN, 100/FT. on Little Manatee River x 180/ft. with well, $299,000. 1-800-605-1000.

weekly rentals. Luxurious, fully furnished 1-4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. lido beach, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large condo unit, upgraded, beautifully furnished, large terrace with Gulf view. All amenities: pool, party room, gyms. Seasonal rental December thru April, $2500/mo. or Annual rental @ $1500/mo. 518-547-9788. bayport, lbk: 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished, spectacular full Gulf views. Tennis, exercise, pool. Available now through Nov. $1900/mo. & Dec. & Jan. 2007 $5000/mo. 770-671-0338 or

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stylish gulfside home steps to LBK beach. New 2004. 2BR/2BA +loft. Community pool. 3 month minimum. $7500/mo. No pets. 305-632-0449.

gulf front condo for rent. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, behind LBK gates. $4800/mo. 813-334-0813.

vacation rentals

CASA DEL MAR condominium rentals WEEKLY RENTALS GULF front/gulf view Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our virtual tour at” Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

LBK, Beach Harbor Club, 1st Floor 2BR/2BA, Easy Gulf & Bay Access, Clubhouse, Pool. Newly Renovated, In Unit Laundry, No Pets/Smoking. Available Oct-May, 3 Months Minimum. Contact Susan (347)448-0430 lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., Delightful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including full kitchens and laundry room. Available weekly or monthly. 383-2566.

Classifieds 17D

Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886

1br furnished condo on northern tip of Longboat. Private single level building. Backyard opens to the bay with dock, beach to the side. $1500/mo. annually. Also available seasonally. Call for rates. 941-374-0304.

Exquisitely Furnished, 4BR/4.5BA Penthouse Condo In Tangerine Bay 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive On LBK, Overlooks Sarasota Bay, Including Longboat Key 34228 lido beach. Luxury 1BR/1.5BA pent- Pool, Tennis, Exercise, 2/Car Garage Private Beach Club. No/Smoking, house, Gulf front. (941)350-1852. LARGE HEATED POOL No/Pets. Annual Or Seasonal. canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: (25/ft.x60ft.) with dock, private beach access. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Available from June. on the Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. GULFSIDE See website for photos and rates. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, or call living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly “Where People Return Year after or Monthly May through Jan. $1600/mo. 941-360-0700. Year” 351-5101. Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800 SF, beachfront. Beachplace Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. direct “intentionally better” Available February, Non-smoker. Call Building #1, 5th floor. THE ULTIMATE #1. ask about our rate specials! Offering the utmost in luxury living for the Owner (610)647-5710 truly discerning vacationer. Best views, best condos/homes decor, best price - Fifth floor facing Gulf of Mexico. Exquisite beachfront 2BR/2BA. seasonal Stunning sunsets and panoramic views. Longboat Key, Beach Harbor Club. sea club III, weekly rental available. One Newly remodeled, luxuriously furnished. High-end fully equipped kitchen. Reserved Spacious 2BR/2BA, unobstructed bay view, and two bedrooms. Gulf front. easy Gulf beach access. Newly renovated, sea oats, 1 & 2/BR condos directly on parking. Specials: Aug./Sept. and other select months still available. Non-smokers beautifully decorated, in-unit laundry. Boat the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly. slip available up to 30/ft. w/unit. Available gulf of mexico dr., 2BR/2BA, only. To see digital pictures, go to see VRBO property number Jan. 14-April 14, 2007. $3500/mo. Contact spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, 46278. For availability, call 813-470-7079 or Greg, 859-331-8587, 859-750-6322. beautiful, pool. Summer 2006. 813-245-2479. SIESTA KEY: Beachfront Mansions, $7500.00 marina suites: w/40/ft. Dock. seaplace: 2BR/2BA, $3500. LIDO KEY: 4BR/5BA, $12,000 PHILLIPS LANDINGS: 3BR/3BA, $5000 Ritz Carlton Residence SUITES Ritz Carlton Tower RESIDENCE Ritz Carlton Beach club plaza at five points 100 central university park w/golf VISIT OUR WEBSITE JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000

l.b. harbour, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, great view of Bay. sutton place, bayside, 2BR/2BA & 3BR/2.5BA. islands west: breathtaking Gulf view, beautiful accommodations, $5000, 3/mo. minimum. westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, beautiful Gulf view. $5000/mo., 1 mo. min. windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks bay, $4000/mo., 1 mo. min. longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, updated, Summer monthly, nice bay view, $2200/mo. bayview dr.: 2BR/2BA home, furnished, pool, bay view, W/D, $3000/mo. Summer and Fall. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127

whitney beach. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view. Beach, pools, tennis, cable and high-speed internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from docks. No pets. Available monthly starting May 1. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner: the Pierre. “Behind the Gates” available Jan. 15th. Over 2300/sq.ft. of beach front living, gorgeous 5th floor beach views, newly remodeled 2BR/2BA with den. All amenities including 2 enclosed parking spaces & 24 hour concierge. Non-smokers. 865-579-9099 or e-mail: “ritz-carlton amenities” beach residences 3BR/+den, exquisitely furnished, sweeping views of gulf, pool & fitness center 941-544-0686

lbk, direct Beachfront: 2BR/2BA, 36/ft. lanai, recently updated, 3rd floor. 2/mo. min. 262-782-2494.

View on line at: gulf beach condo: 2BR/2BA, 2 month Lido Key Beach Rentals. Weekends, minimum. $1200/mo. No pets, no smoking. Weekly, Monthly. 1/2 Block To Beach. Walk Jim Owen, 605-882-2197. To St. Armand. Summer Rates $150./per Longboat Harbour, 2007 January, Weekend, $300./Per Week, $500/Per February, March. 2BR/2BA, End Unit, 3rd Month. (941)726-5098 Floor w/Elevator, Near Pool, Beautiful Views Of Canal & Bay. (610)574-3673 turtle crawl inn (610)429-1493. on Longboat key lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very daily, weekly, monthly private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal directly on the Gulf beach! rates effective until Nov. 30th. Daily rates $45-$110 3/day min. Weekly rates: Wagner Realty since 1939 $275-$600. Monthly rates: $750-$1000. 866-754-3443 THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. Please call 941-388-2590.


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summer special: 1/2 price until Sept. 1. lbk: 3br/2ba house, north end, bay & Country Club Shores, LBK home with boat 3BR. Beautifully updated. Gulf access, totally furnished. Available dock/pool, or 614-487-2460. Sept. 1. $3500/mo. 212-604-0221.

longboat key condo: mid-key, direct Gulf/Beachfront, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA/2Kings, washer dryer. Excellence. Non-smokers. Dec. thru Feb. remain: $5000/mo., $9500/2mos. Owner: cell 859-468-3478. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404.


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longboat key. Construction Special August & September: 2BR/2BA Gulf beach condo. Also available for other months at Tiffany Plaza LBK, Gulf Front 1st Floor, $2000/mo. 727-501-3675. 2BR/2BA, Beautifully Furnished, Available beachplace/lbk: sunsets on sandy November Thru April, One Month Minimum. beach or balcony, 2BR w/amenities, (863)688-9556 pool/health club/tennis courts. June-Dec. Monthly $1800. Contact Eliza/NYC, 212-570-2950.

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palm-Aire 1 & 2/br condos and villa with garages: smartly furnished, great views. Utilities included. Neat and clean. No smoking. No pets. Maintained by owner. May through December, $900-$2100. January Special, $2300. 941-351-1741. longboat key. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145.




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beach front/gulf front condo 3015 Gulf of Mexico Drive - summer rates for this 2BR/2BA newly renovated and updated with a garage. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available August-December, 2006 & 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884.

Palm Aire 2BR/2BA Condo, Water/Golf View , Remodeled 2005/2006. July-Oct. $1100/Month. Nov-Dec. $2,000/Month. Jan.-April $2800/Month. (248)670-0080

inn on the beach Discounted rates from $131/night Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views. 941-387-9709 800-469-4852

lido vacation rentals. One and two bedroom units available. Furnished apartments across from beach and 1/block from St. Armands Circle. Available now. Call 266-4775. lido 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Immaculate, Heated Pool, Steps To Beach Fall Specials* Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117

Lido Shores 1211 Center Place

Available August 01

On A Weekly Or Monthly Basis Private Neighborhood Beach Furnished Main House- 2Bedrooms/3Baths, Office, Large Kitchen, Living Room, Pool, Outdoor Kitchen Guest House- 1Bedroom/1Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen Pets Allowed (On Individual Basis)

Rates Vary By Month

Call: Chris At 941-388-4498

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Last Week’s Cryptograms 1. Bird hunter dried large gobbler’s breast meat in the hot sun. Did he just make turkey jerky? 2. Weather permitting, our family likes to spend our weekends exploring many of the excellent tourist attractions in our hometown.




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