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Storyteller Jonathon Williams brings the past to life. PAGE 1B
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Onboard the Sea Life Encounter Cruise. PAGE 1C
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OUR TOWN PEOPLE, PLACES AND PICS
The terror mounts on the Key as the mayor gets the point. FREE
Thursday, august 10, 2006
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
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
See SEA STABLE page 7A
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.
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-
See VISIONING page 7A
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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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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
See LIDO page 4A
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 www.mysafefloridahome.com or by visiting the Longboat Key Planning Zoning & Building Department next to Town Hall.
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INBRIEF COMMUNITY NEWS AND NOTES
+ 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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LIDO continued from 3A Vol. 27, No. 11
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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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eat ’em up by Jessica Seubert | Staff Writer
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
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
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.
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.
6:19 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Assist Other Agency. Officer delivers mail to town commissioners.
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.
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.
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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OUTSTANDING BAY WATERFRONT. Capturing expansive bay views, this impeccably renovated Key Royale home offers 2,653 sq. ft. of living area, 3BRs, custom kitchen & screened patio with spa. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $1,999,999. Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447-9988. #521918 HOLMES BEACH. Noted architect's bayfront home in secluded Marina Isle. Bay views, open Florida-style tropical beauty with private courtyard, patio pool & shared deepwater dock. $1,500,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #296577 HOLMES BEACH. Zoned RZ 3BR residence can be a lovely vacation home on Anna Maria Island. Corner lot, just 2 blocks from the beach. $775,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 5044435. #314391 NORTH BEACH VILLAGE. Three-bedroom townhome with 2-car garage. Nicely turnkey furnished with a large screened balcony & located close to the pool. $579,900. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #312296 Longboat, Lido & Bird Keys LONGBOAT,
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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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