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Thursday, August 19, 2004
inside 2A Timeline
A chronological account of the comings and goings of Longboaters before, during and after Charley.
8A Tales Read how Key residents, businesses and tourists were affected by Charley.
A+ Path of fury A look at Charley’s hardesthit areas.
‘Boil water’ continues Longboat Key town officials advised residents Tuesday to boil their water for at least the next 48 hours. Although previous tests indicated no bacterial contamination, additional tests Tuesday proved otherwise, according to Public Works Director Juan Florensa. Florensa expects the “boil water” notice to be lifted Friday. He said the official notice will go out on SAM, local television stations and the town’s Web site. Florensa said water must be boiled for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth. Water for showers does not need to be boiled. Florensa advised residents to throw out the ice cubes from icemakers. Once the “boil water” notice is lifted, residents should run the icemakers for one more cycle and throw out the ice again, just to be safe, he said.
Volunteers Mike Evasick, Rosemarie Calandruccio, Corinne Carrino and organizer Dawn DiLorenzo mobilize a relief effort for Haines City, where DiLorenzo sought refuge from Hurricane Charley. Haines City was one of several Florida cities severely damaged by the storm. The group loaded up a truck with supplies Tuesday morning. For more on Longboat Key relief efforts, see page 5A. BY ISABELLE GAN, EMILY WALSH AND KAT WINGERT Staff Writers
Blessed and lucky again. Longboat Key and the surrounding barrier islands escaped the force and fury of Hurricane Charley last week, extending a 60-year streak of avoiding direct hits from hurricanes. But Charley still spun its widespread effects here — none as catastrophic as those in Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and Cuba. Even so, Charley took its toll: • There was one reported injury — a broken arm two days before the storm. • The Key’s businesses lost three days of sales. Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, owner of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, estimates his resort lost close to $100,000. “The weekends are what we live for,” Klauber said. “We were busy, and then we mandatorily sent people off the island.” Michael Welly, general manager of the Resort at Longboat Key Club, said his hotel’s 70-plus rooms would have been full the entire weekend had it not been for Charley. At both resorts, plus all of the Key’s other resorts, they lost not only room revenue but the money spent on food, clothing and other entertainment. Longboat’s primary businesses, its restaurants, were closed two entire days. • And then there was the mental anguish and exhaustion. After hiding in a hotel bathroom as Hurricane Charley burrowed over her room, Longboat resident Dawn DiLorenzo returned
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Signs protesting Charley stayed in the window at the Ladies Tee on the Circle. Most businesses were closed by Friday afternoon for the storm. Saturday morning to the Key. Saying what many Longboaters felt, DiLorenzo said of her ordeal (see page 12A): “When I actually got home, I just felt incredibly drained. I’m an aching wreck.” On the following pages are a series of vignettes and anecdotes showing how Hurricane Charley touched Longboat Key and its residents before and after the storm:
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behind to patrol and secure the Key. “We were ready to the last minute,” said Deputy Police Chief Martin Sharkey. The group of about 10 police officers, 21 fire and rescue personnel and 10 members of the Longboat Key Critical Incident Response Team were to evacuate themselves once sustained winds went up to 45 miles per hour. They were braced for 10- to 16-foot storm surges on an island whose average elevation is 6 feet above sea level. The island’s highest point, around the 7Eleven store at 4032 Gulf of Mexico Drive, is about 10 feet above sea level. Said Fire Chief Julius Halas: “That would have meant major consequences in loss of life and property.” As it turned out, the worst for Longboat Key were gusts of 20 to 30 mph winds, said Longboat Key Fire Chief Julius Halas. “We really dodged a major bullet,” Sharkey said. About 6 p.m., an hour after Charley made landfall near Charlotte Harbor, Longboat Police Chief Albert Hogle and Town Manager Bruce St. Denis inspected the town for damage. “Basically, we found an island that was in a little bit of disarray — trees blown all over the streets. But it was an island with no trees down, no lines down, an island that was OK,” Hogle said. The island did not lose power at any time.
After most Longboat Key residents evacuated to the mainland, about 40 town employees stayed
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High ground was precious turf, in spite of the rules.
A final reminder stood at each end of Longboat Key.
Longboat Key’s “last-out, first-in” Incident Response Team Friday morning in the police headquarters parking lot. From left, Maj. Martin Sharkey, Dennis Silverio, Randy Fowler, Curtis Vandermolen, Harvey Hill, Richard Walker, Carroll Mooneyhan, Kevin Webb and Craig Tally.
FRIDAY THE 13TH … 7 a.m. — Longboat Key Liquor store, Whitney Beach Shopping Plaza. Owner Andrew Hlywa tells Longboat Key police he plans to stay on the Key and ride out Charley. According to Hlywa: “They said, ‘You’re out of your mind. You’re probably going to die.’” 8 a.m. — Gulf of Mexico Drive. Longboat’s main thoroughfare was a lonesome highway, deserted with the exception of a single motorist heading toward the mainland. After the car passed the southern entrance to the Longboat Key Club, there was no sign of life on Gulf of Mexico Drive as far as the eye could see. The Vagabond suite at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was boarded and bagged for the worst.
David Johnson and Debrah Hitchins took a casual stroll in the rain at 4 p.m.
8 a.m. — Longboat Key Liquor, Whitney Beach Plaza. Owner Andrew Hlywa literally opens the store’s double doors. He’s open for business. His store will remain open all day. 8:30 a.m. — Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Roger Hopkins, the resort’s food and beverage director, and another associate wheel two dollies of beverages out of the Colony Restaurant and into the main hotel building, not only for safe keeping but to serve as a supply for Colony owner and Chairman Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber and his daughter, Katie Klauber Moulton, the resort’s president and general manager. They’re staying. “I’ve had two strong conversations with him,” says Moulton, hinting that she was on the side of evacuating. “But as of right now, if he doesn’t go, I don’t go.” Standing in running shorts, ball cap, Tshirt and sneakers under the hotel portico, Moulton says the Colony staff has provided her and her father with a stash of water, food, sandwiches, dry goods, first-aid equipment and a defibrillator in the corridor of the second floor of the hotel — enough to keep them going for a few days. By this time Friday, Moulton said, only three guest rooms remained occupied. But in a span of 10 minutes, from 8:30 to 8:45,
two of those occupants checked out. One was off to New Orleans, hoping to drive up Interstate 75. For two days, starting on Wednesday, the Colony staff prepared for Charley. When Thursday night came, with a mandatory midnight evacuation order from the town, 16 members of the Colony staff stayed overnight at the hotel. They finished battening down the resort Friday morning, evacuating the island around noon — leaving Klauber and Moulton as the resort’s only two occupants. As the day progressed to the afternoon, Klauber monitored the television from his sixth-floor apartment, while Moulton sat at the hotel’s front desk answering a steady stream of telephone calls. “Future and past guests, brides, Longboat Key homeowners, employees and other curious folks wanted updates on our situation and kept the lines lit up for hours,” Moulton said in a Sunday e-mail. Every hour, she walked to the beach
to capture a digital photograph of the surf. Around 4 p.m., Moulton told The Longboat Observer in a telephone interview: “I can’t believe how calm the water is.”
9 a.m. — Longboat Key Public Works. Longboat Key’s water main is shut down. The only running water available to residents who stayed on the Key is what trickles out of their pipes. Electricity was expected to be shut off at noon. But it never was. 9 a.m. — Longboat Key Club / Inn on the Beach. The resort is abandoned. Sandbags stacked 5 feet to 6 feet high block the basement service entrance to the hotel lobby. Pool furniture lay in the bottom of the pool, safe from being tossed in the violent winds. But, out on the beach, General Manager Michael Welly, in running shorts, sandals, black golf shirt and ball cap, rests on his haunches watching the ominous surf. He has been up since 4 a.m.
Photos by Matt Walsh
At 9 a.m. Friday, Michael Welly, general manager of the Longboat Key Club, contemplates what the Gulf of Mexico would look like in the fury of Charley’s full force.
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have sacrificed my life for it. “The other thing is they weren’t going to let us back on the island after it hit. I just couldn’t see this stuff rotting away.”
Noon — All those who stayed behind are battened down, watching the storm, minute by minute, on television and keeping a watchful eye for a rising storm surge.
Longboat emergency officials advise two residents to evacuate. Eventually, they did. Welly remained behind as the lone guard of the Key Club. The last guest checked out at about 5 p.m. Thursday, and employees had the resort shut down by 6 p.m. Welly says he’ll be staying in a fourthfloor room in building seven, which hugs the lagoon separating the Key Club and Lighthouse Point. He figured it is safer to take refuge high up in a room that has little window exposure to the Gulf side. He is stocked with sandwiches, apples, water, flashlights and a portable radio.
9:15 a.m. — Longboat Club Road. A contractor, who does not want to give his name, is loading his gear into his trailer. He has finished boarding up the windows on the home. He’s not optimistic. Looking at the house, whose first floor sits on a grade 10 feet above the road, “That whole first floor will be under water,” the contractor says. He envisions a storm surge between 10 and 18 feet. 9:30 a.m. — Longboat Key Police Headquarters. The town of Longboat Key’s Critical Incident Response Team — also referred to as the “last-out, first-in” team — is making final preparations in the parking lot. Team members are loading a bulldozer on a flatbed to be taken to safety off the Key. But there’s one problem. “We could use some coffee,” says Longboat Key’s Maj. Martin Sharkey, dressed in black fatigues and gray shirt. “They shut off the water.” Sharkey and his team spent Thursday night at the Casa del Mar. They were planning to stay on the Key until sometime Friday afternoon, leaving just before the storm became too dangerous.
2 p.m. — Inn on the Beach. When Welly learns that Charley’s winds likely will hit Longboat Key from the east and not from west, Welly decides to move to a new safe haven — the Inn on the Beach library, protected by walls on three sides and steel shutters over a set of windows facing the bay. It resembles an upscale bunker, complete with a boardroom table, a big-screen TV and a basket of apples on the front desk. While Welly waits for Charley, the resort’s telephone rings incessantly. Welly answers every call. One caller wants to check on her company’s upcoming meeting plans. One woman, a Longboater up north, calls to ask whether Welly can check on her boat. She was unable to reach anyone at Longboat Key Moorings.
Normally buzzing with cars, Gulf of Mexico Drive was an eerie, empty stretch of asphalt at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13.
3:30 p.m. — Islander Club. At what was expected to be the intense beginning of the hurricane and storm surge sweeping through Longboat Key, the Gulf of Mexico instead appears as calm as any normal rainy, summer day. In fact, the tide is so low, and water so calm, the beach in front of the Islander Club is actually passable. The textured groin, usually under water, is fully exposed. 4:15 p.m. — Harbourside Golf Course. Hurricane Charley is making landfall in Port Charlotte, 50 miles south. Though not known to them, David Johnson of Longboat Key and friend Debrah Hitchins are feeling confident that Longboat may avoid a direct hit. They take a stroll across the golf course under a blue-and-white umbrella and head for a look at the beach. 4:45 p.m. — Longboat Cocktail Lounge, Whitney Beach Plaza. Three cars are parked in front of the Longboat Key Liquor store, its lights on and doors wide open. On the north end of the building, a happy group of nine Longboaters is enjoying Franco Ramasso-Valacca’s grilled tilapia, fresh tossed salad and a few cold ones inside the
The storm surge was expected to rise 10 to 16 feet. It didn’t even cover the groin at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Cocktail Lounge. There’s an air of celebration and victory. With Charley’s path illuminated on the television screen above them, the patrons are sensing that Longboat Key has dodged disaster once again.
6 p.m. — Police Chief Albert Hogle and Town Manager Bruce St. Denis inspect the island for damage. “Basically, we found an island that was in a little bit of disarray — trees blown all over the streets. But it was an island with no trees down, no lines down —
an island that was OK,” Hogle said Monday.
7 p.m. — Water pressure is restored to normal on Longboat. 7:45 p.m. — Residents are allowed back onto the Key. Traffic on Gulf of Mexico Drive is quickly back to normal.
… Saturday the 14th 6 a.m. — Longboat Key is still Longboat Key. Paradise ... not lost.
9:45 a.m. — Joan M. Durante Park. Longboat Key police officers stop two Longboat women walking on the sidewalk, urging them to evacuate. They tell The Longboat Observer after talking to police they want to stay on the Key. But, they’re undecided because they’re worried about their three cars, parked under their threestory Gulf-front home. They decline to give their names. On Saturday, Aug. 14, while at Ciao! Italia, one of the women reports that she ultimately decided to leave the Key. 11 a.m. — Bogey Lane. A lone bicyclist rides south on the street. Asked if he’s going to ride out of the storm on the Key, he says: “Oh, I’ll probably leave.” 11:30 a.m. — Dawn diLorenzo, Andrew Hylwa’s partner, tries to persuade him to leave the Key. She has decided to load up her three cats — J.C., Stella and Tiger — and head east to safety in Kissimmee. He says he’s staying. “I would have died not knowing what happened,” Hlywa tells The Longboat Observer. “Sitting in a hotel and hearing all those reports, I probably would have had a heart attack and died,” he says. “But, here at least I would have gone down with the ship. My life is in this place. I guess I would
Spirits were rising around 5 p.m. at the Longboat Cocktail Lounge when it looked as though Charley was no more than tuna for Longboat Key. Celebrating are, from left, chef Franco Ramasso-Valacca, Mike Dolan, Diane Senrick, Graham Cox, Mike Evasick (background), Andrew Hlywa, Tom Britt, Melissa Britt-Carter and Kris Keasler.
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The Manatee County Commission approved a new water-rate structure Tuesday, reversing the way Longboat Key is charged for overusing water. Starting in October, the county will charge penalty rates only on the gallons used above the town’s 2.5 million gallon daily water threshold. The policy is a shift from the current practice of doubling and tripling the price on the entire amount of water used every time the town goes over its daily limit. “Certainly, this means big savings,” said Longboat Key Public Works Director Juan Florensa, who was present at the county workshop. Town officials estimate it will save Longboat Key $300,000 a year. “I think it’s a big step forward. The town and Manatee County people have worked well together,” Longboat Key Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough said. Last year, the county decided to change its water-penalty rate system to punish excessive water use among its wholesale customers. The change affected Longboat Key, the only customer to go over its daily water limits so far. The county also supplies water to Bradenton, Palmetto and Sarasota County. The new policy hit the town hard with excess water fees. Between October and June, the fees cost the town $333,951. The town
Manatee County, the town’s water supplier, charges $1.18 per 1,000 gallons of water used for up to 2.5 million gallons a day. If, say, the town exceeded the 2.5 million-gallon limit and used 2.7 million gallons, the county doubled the water rate to $2.36 per 1,000 gallons for the entire 2.7 million gallons. If the town exceeded 3 million gallons, the county tripled the rate to $3.54 per 1,000 gallons.
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Proposal: The proposal is to charge $1.22 per 1,000 gallons for the first 2.5 million gallons of water used in a day. When Longboat Key exceeds its daily threshold, the county would charge higher rates on the gallons used above the limit; $2.44 per 1,000 gallons on the water used between 2.5 million gallons and 3 million gallons; and $4.27 per 1,000 gallons on the water used above 3 million gallons. Town officials estimate the new proposal will save Longboat Key more than $250,000 a year. spent about $47,256 during the same period last year. The new penalty rate system also took town officials by surprise. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and Florensa told the Town Commission earlier this year that county officials had failed to point out the changes when they were adopted. “It should never have happened in the first place,” Whatmough said. County commissioners said it was the town’s water conservation efforts that prompted them to reverse the penalty system this year. “We are excited that you did step up ... It makes it easier for us to change our policies when people recognize the need
(to conserve water),” Manatee County Commissioner Jane Von Hahmann told town officials at the workshop. Von Hahmann was referring to the town’s efforts to lower average daily water use by adopting a new, tiered water-rate structure. Adopted this month, the new rates affect large water users the most, increasing their monthly bills by up to 175%. The County Commission also approved a 3% increase to wholesale water rates. Florensa said town staff will propose a yet-to-be-determined rate increase for Longboat Key’s retail water customers this fall to offset the county’s price increase. ❑
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Longboaters organize relief efforts for victims BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer
After narrowly escaping Hurricane Charley, people in the Longboat Key community are reaching out to help those whose lives were forever changed when the storm shifted south. There’s no doubt many Longboat Key residents will contribute generously to help the people in need since the storm, but a few are organizing special efforts to help those who may be overlooked. Dawn DiLorenzo, co-owner of the Whitney Beach Plaza, evacuated to just north of Haines City, where she spent hours in a bathroom weathering the storm. The building she was in had its roof torn off, and she saw the effects firsthand of how the hurricane and tornadoes devastated a small town. When she made it home safely to Longboat Key, she decided to call the Haines City Police Department and find out what the city needed. DiLorenzo set out collection jars on the counters of the Longboat Key Liquor Store and the Whitney Beach post office to buy supplies for Haines City and the surrounding area. By Tuesday morning, DiLorenzo had a little more than $1,000 to buy things with, and had already bought some goods Monday night. Tuesday morning, DiLorenzo, Mike Evasick and Damon Zunz, who also evacuated into the storm’s path outside of Haines City, bought groceries and needed items at Sam’s Club and drove them out to the community. “I talked to the chief in Haines City, and he was so thankful,” DiLorenzo said. “They don’t need money right now — there’s nothing to buy in their town. They’re out of gas. They can’t get supplies. The chief told me, ‘We don’t need money right now, we need bread,’ so that’s what we’re trying to do.” Her store’s truck was loaded with shaving cream and razors, bottled water, canned food and even some perishable items like fresh fruit, which she will drop off at the town first. “We’re just so fortunate that it missed us,” DiLorenzo said. “We have to do everything we can.” Down the road at 536 General Harris St., Michele and Ross Toussaint are collecting donations so they can help out families through their foundation, Help Through Love. Ross Toussaint said he is collecting money so the foun-
dation can help people in the area who need it the most. The Toussaints began their foundation because they believe in seeing the money make a difference instead of sending to a large organization, like the American Red Cross or United Way. Ross Toussaint said he is working with officials in Punta Gorda to point him in a direction of a family or person who needs help. He plans on going down there this weekend to offer help and make sure the money goes into the proper hands and gives people the swiftest help possible. “We might end up not even giving out cash,” Ross Toussaint said. “We’re going to ask the people directly what they want. It may help them get food or maybe it will buy them a new refrigerator. We just think with no red tape to go through, the money will get there faster and help people more directly.” Donations can be dropped off at Exotica Flower Shop at the address above on General Harris Street, and receipts for tax purposes are available. Checks can be made out to the Help Through Love Foundation. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is also asking for donations to help businesses rebuild. All Suncoast area chambers will work together to raise money for this effort. Pledge donations or send a check to Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228. Also, three businesses are collecting unused supplies people bought to prepare for the hurricane. The Beach House, Mar Vista and Sandbar will take extra water, canned food and donations for the American Red Cross. You can drop off any unused items, with the exception of clothing, at all three restaurants.
Off the Key ... Below are additional places to drop off items and to offer help. • The Police Athletic League is collecting children’s clothing, diapers, formula and personal items, bug spray, mosquito repellent and all non-perishable foods at Pal Sailor Circus, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, call 3168108. •The Manatee Community Blood Center has a critical shortage of blood supply right now and needs people to
Tuesday morning, Dawn DiLorenzo, right, and volunteers bought groceries and needed items at Sam’s Club and drove them to Haines City. donate to help the victims evacuated from the hurricane hours. Healthy people 17 or older, who weight at least 110 pounds should be able to donate and would help with the relief efforts. You can donate in Bradenton at: • 216 Manatee Avenue East in Bradenton, call 746-7195 • Blake Hospital, 2020 59th Street West, call 798-6561 • Lakewood Ranch Blood Center, 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., call 907-0806. •Volunteers are needed at shelters in Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte counties to provide light entertainment in other areas such as reading, medical or hands-on assistance. The shelters are also in need of board games, cards, books and magazines. Volunteer reception centers are located at 1301 Cattlemen Road, Building A, Sarasota, and 7810 S. Tamiami Tail, Venice, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. • The Red Cross is in need of registered nurses to work in shelters and others who can assist with feeding, loading and unloading trucks and helping out in general at the shelters. To volunteer, call 379-9300, or come to Red Cross at 2001 Cantu Court in Sarasota. ❑
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‘We have each other; the rest is all stuff’ It’s probable many of you may be tired of hearing and reading about Hurricane Charley. You’ve gotten the message: It was horrible. No, worse than horrible. But the fact it struck so close to home seems to make it more real, even more horrible — even if we were fortunate enough, once again, to escape its fury. It was real, all right. Even though Longboat Key went unscathed, many Longboaters encountered Charley face to face. On pages 12A and 13A, for instance, you’ll find three stories of Longboat Key residents who followed the experts’ advice and headed east — only to end up hiding in bathrooms and under mattresses to avoid the roar, rain and fury of Charley as it blew through their shelters. Talk to Longboaters’ Dawn DiLorenzo, Verna Ritter, Carol Falck, Kim Ross or Mike Riter, and they will tell you they will never — ever — forget their experiences. Memories of their eye-to-eye confrontations with Charley will be similar to those of Longboat residents who had first-hand experiences with Sept. 11, 2001. These things you never forget. Still, there’s something about seeing and smelling these history-making, catastrophic events in person. TV is marvelous, and so are the color photographs in newspapers and magazines. But they can never measure up to the real thing. With Charley’s destruction so near, we couldn’t resist last Saturday seeing and inspecting Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda up close to get a sense of what might have been on Longboat Key and our surrounding environment. Consider the description of Paul Simons, The East County Observer’s circulation manager, who traveled to Port Charlotte and Wauchula over the weekend for his church: “What struck me first on our drive there was how quickly we went from normal every day living conditions to an area where getting a glass of water was almost impossible.” We had similar observations. The world went topsy turvy only 50 miles away. What struck us on the trip to Port Charlotte were such things as the towering flood lights that encircle the interchanges on Interstate 75. When you reached the Port Charlotte exits, these pillars of steel stood bent in half, like broken toothpicks. Even the green, steel exit signs were ripped off their girders, tossed aside like the cards in a bad poker hand. At mile marker 176, the trees increasingly appeared denuded. That was one of the unforgettable memories of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida. What was once a lush, tropical area was as bare as a Kansas plain after Andrew. Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda were not as naked, but their foliage nonetheless was stripped. Throughout Punta Gorda historical district, its massive royal palms were frondless.
WHAT ABOUT THE WATER? Longboat Key police, fire-rescue and emergency response team members, as well as the emergency management officials of Sarasota and Manatee counties, deserve high praise for their pre-hurricane preparations. Great job. Likewise, kudos go to the residents of Longboat Key and Greater Sarasota for taking the pre-hurricane warnings seriously and seeking safe shelter. Indeed, Longboat Key on the day of Hurricane Charley’s expected arrival had the feel of the proverbial ghost town. This was a textbook evacuation. But just as Longboaters felt relieved and thankful, one serious glitch occurred: water. Was Longboat’s water safe or not safe to drink? Had you listened to news casts Friday night, you may have heard the “boil water” order. But as one Longboat restaurateur told The Longboat Observer Tuesday, when he called the fire department Saturday, fire officials told him Longboat’s water was fine. That afternoon, the restaurateur turned on his ice machines. But then one of his employees arrived and told him there still were “boil water” orders in effect. On Monday, the restaurateur called the town again and was told the water is OK. He also received a notice from the town saying the water is OK. So Monday night, he began serving water to his customers. But on Tuesday afternoon, the town changed the water status and said the “boil water” order would go back into effect for another 48 hours.
When you pulled off I-75 onto Kings Highway and headed west, it took no time to be awestruck. Sights that struck us: • Chunks of twisted metal were literally wrapped around the trunk of a tall palm tree. • Throughout the region, you couldn’t help but notice how one home was destroyed while its next-door neighbor escaped damage. At Port Charlotte Village, which had 435 mobile homes, Donn Allocco told us how his mobile home survived, his next door neighbor’s was destroyed and the one next to that survived. Inside one of his neighbor’s homes, a jigsaw puzzle sat exactly as its owner left it on the table, untouched. Yet debris and furniture were strewn throughout the house. • Majorie Smith, a Punta Gorda survivor and a Hurricane
What gives? According to Juan Florensa, Longboat’s public works director, the Manatee County Health Department took water samples Saturday, and they came back clear, giving town officials the OK to spread the word: The water is good to drink. Then Monday, about 9:30 a.m., the Manatee Health Department told the town not to give the “all clear” yet. Health officials wanted to take a second round of samples at three locations — on the south end, midsection and north end of the key. On Tuesday, Manatee health officials informed the town about 5 p.m. that the water sample from the south end was inconclusive. Health officials urged the town to issue the “boil water” order again. They planned to take a third sample at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. All of this doesn’t sound like it follows protocol in the emergency manual. Clearly, there was a breakdown between the Manatee Health Department and the town. And to compound matters, town officials either were unable or failed to disseminate the word sufficiently. The Longboat Observer received calls from several irate residents who were confused over whether the water was drinkable. Suggested one caller: We go so far as to put up signs at each end of the Key advising residents not to forget their pets when evacuating. Perhaps the town should post similar signs when Longboat residents return: Don’t drink the water — until further notice.
Andrew survivor, told us she and friends hid from Hurricane Charley on the second floor of a neighbor’s home in Punta Gorda’s historical district. They wanted to be high enough to avoid the surge. The surge never came, but Smith said the house “shook as if you were on a boat.” That lasted a halfhour. Why didn’t she evacuate? “My dog,” she said. That was a recurring theme. Pets influenced so many people’s actions. Our evacuees’ stories on pages 12A and 13A are all tied to pets. But here’s another theme that emerged from our on-site trip. When Leslie Allocco, sitting in her minivan with her husband, surveyed the damage to her neighborhood Saturday, she said: “We have each other. The rest is all stuff.”
Failure of socialism
Free health care: Canadians die while waiting Let’s start out by not quibbling with America’s socialists’ false claim that health-care service is a human right that people should have regardless of whether they can pay for it — it should be free. Before we buy into this socialist agenda, we might check out just what happens when health-care services are “free.” Let’s look at our neighbor to the north — Canada. The Fraser Institute, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based think tank, has done yeomen’s work keeping track of Canada’s socialized healthcare system. It has just come out with its 13th annual waiting-list survey. It Walter shows that the average time a patient WILLIAMS waited between referral from a general practitioner to treatment rose from 16.5 weeks in 2001-02 to 17.7 weeks in 2003. Saskatchewan had the longest average waiting time of nearly 30 weeks, while Ontario had the shortest, 14 weeks. Waiting lists also exist for diagnostic procedures such as computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound. Depending on what province and the particular diagnostic procedure, the waiting times can range from two to 24 weeks.
As reported in a December 2003 story by Kerri Houston for the Frontiers of Freedom Institute titled, “Access Denied: Canada’s Healthcare System Turns Patients into Victims” (http://ff.org/centers/ccfsp/pdf/ccsfp-1203-pp.pdf), in some instances, patients die on the waiting list because they become too sick to tolerate a procedure. Houston says that hip-replacement patients often end up non-ambulatory while waiting an average of 20 weeks for the procedure, and that’s after having waited 13 weeks just to see the specialist. The wait to get diagnostic scans followed by the wait for the radiologist to read them just might explain why Cleveland, Ohio, has become Canada’s hip-replacement center. Adding to Canada’s medical problems is the exodus of doctors. According to a March 2003 story in Canada News (www.canoe.ca), about 10,000 doctors left Canada during the 1990s. Compounding the exodus of doctors is the drop in medical school graduates. According to Houston, Ontario has chosen to turn to nurses to replace its bolting doctors. It’s “creating” 369 new positions for nurse practitioners to take up the slack for the doctor shortage. Some patients avoided long waits for medical services by paying for private treatment. In 2003, the government of British Columbia enacted Bill 82, an “Amendment to Strengthen Legislation and Protect Patients.” On its face, Bill 82 is to “protect patients from inadvertent billing errors.”
That’s on its face. But according to a January 2004 article written by Nadeem Esmail, for the Fraser Institute’s Forum titled, “Oh To Be A Prisoner,” Bill 82 would disallow anyone from paying the clinical fees for private surgery, where previously only the patients themselves were forbidden from doing so. The bill also gives the government the power to levy fines of up to $20,000 on physicians who accept these fees or allow such a practice to occur. That means it is now against Canadian law to opt out of the Canadian health care system and pay for your own surgery. Health care can have a zero price to the user, but that doesn’t mean it’s free or has a zero cost. The problem with a good or service having a zero price is that demand is going to exceed supply. Since price isn’t allowed to make demand equal supply, other measures must be taken. One way to distribute the demand over a given supply is through queuing — making people wait. Another way is to have a medical czar who decides who is eligible, under what conditions, for a particular procedure — for example, no renal dialysis for people over 70 or no heart transplants for smokers. I’m wondering just how many Americans would like Canada’s long waiting lists, medical czars deciding what treatments we get and an exodus of doctors. Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
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Grateful giver Dear Editor: I am writing to express my gratitude to all the people who work tirelessly through emergency situations on our behalf. I am grateful to those who watched all the hurricane warnings and called for an evacuation. It looked as if we were in a direct path of the storm, and only because storms are capricious did its direction change. It could have devastated our island instead of Punta Gorda and Arcadia. I am thankful we still have our homes and feel sorry for the tragedy that has befallen the communities where homes and lives were lost. I hope all the people of Longboat Key feel as I do and will write checks to: American Red Cross Southwest Florida, “Hurricane Charley,” 2001 Cantu Court, Sarasota, FL 34232, to help our Florida neighbors who were not as lucky as we were. Joan Schillinger Longboat Key
Colony’s Hopkins: a hero Dear Editor: Roger Hopkins, executive chef and director of food and beverage operations at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, is a doggone
Mudge was doggone lucky to have Roger Hopkins escort him to the mainland. good guy. He saved my tail last Friday, the day of Hurricane Charley. He’s my hero. Roger’s heroics came about as a result of some “bone-headed” thinking on the part of my Master (Sorry, Master. But admit it, it was bone-headed.) On Thursday night, rather than follow the advice of the town officials, my Master decided he was going to spend one more night on Longboat Key and evacuate Friday morning. He thought he was doing me a favor by let-
ting me sleep one more night in my own home. And indeed, I appreciated the gesture. But then Friday morning, he decided he was going to stay on Longboat through the storm. I wanted to lift my leg right on his pants. Great. So I’m thinking, “This is going to be swell. I hate to get wet. And I hate swimming even more. And yet the weather guys are talking about 10-foot storm surges.” It was enough to ruin my morning nap. Thanks to my Master’s better (smarter) half, who evacuated Thursday night like most sane people, she called my Master and suggested that he and she meet midway on the Ringling Bridge to conduct a hostage swap. That way I could go to safety on the mainland and my Master could still stay on the Key. He was concerned that if he crossed the bridge, the police wouldn’t let him back onto Longboat. My Master called the Longboat police to see if he could pull off the swap, but the chief said no. The county’s emergency policy was not to abet anyone who was not following the mandatory evacuation. Great, I thought, I’m a dead dog. At that point, the old Master got a bright idea. He got out of the car at the entrance to the Longboat Key Club and waved down one of the last remaining vehicles heading toward the mainland. It was Roger Hopkins of the Colony. This was fun — watching the Master beg Hopkins like a dog. With trepidation, Hopkins agreed, though I heard him say he wanted to be sure my Master’s wife was indeed waiting on the other side of the bridge. He said he didn’t want “to get stuck with some dog.” Some dog? But Hopkins was a champ. I sat on the front floor of the passenger side of Hopkins’ SUV, muzzled and quietly shaking in my paws. I didn’t know what was worse - staying with my Master or riding off with a stranger. Thanks to Hopkins, though, I made it to safety. So here’s to Roger Hopkins: Dinner on me
when you get a night off. We both deserve a big treat — anything but those same old Science Diet nuggets. I’m thinking more like sea bass at the Colony! Pawsitively yours, Mudge
Sincere thanks Dear Editor: The family of Carl E. Johnson would like to thank The Longboat Observer staff for all of your hard work and time you spent on the beautiful article you wrote on behalf of Carl. And, to all the many wonderful friends on Longboat Key, we would like to thank you for all your support and for being there for us during such a difficult time. Thank you, Longboat Key. Betty, JoAnn, Allison and Juanita Longboat Key
His view Dear Editor: “What everyone should know about Kerry” (Aug. 12 issue of The Longboat Observer) was more revealing of its author’s narrow views about wealth and the wealthy than the character of John Forbes Kerry, who is wealthy. Does immense wealth, no matter how acquired and spent, have anything to do with the true character of its possessor? Or, one’s qualifications to be president? How people choose to use their money is nobody’s business and should not be the basis for denigration of character. The author purports further that, “The scale of his wealth and his attitude to it,” is, in some way, un-American (perhaps she feels he shouldn’t have been allowed to seek the office). Inherited wealth or that acquired through marriage is not only viewed as distasteful but unfair to those in our society who have neither. Senators Kerry and Edwards, both of whom “have more” are champions of the “have less” in our society. Arvey Rogers, M.D. Longboat Key
They need your help. Hurricane Charley leveled most of the 435 mobile homes in Port Charlotte Village, leaving the area uninhabitable for its 700 residents.
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ResortQuest secures properties
Katy Chappelow, Larry Starr and Kristi Brazill bring files and computers back into their ResortQuest of Southwest Florida office on Longboat Key on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Larry Starr, president of ResortQuest International of Southwest Florida, based on Longboat Key, was preparing to leave Monday, Aug. 16, for Fort Meyers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva islands to survey the damage to ResortQuest’s properties from Hurricane Charley. ResortQuest of Southwest Florida has 3,000 properties from Marco Island to north Tampa, all of which were in Charley’s possible path. “I’d say on a lucky scale, we’re about a 50,” said Starr. Tuesday, Aug. 10, Starr and his staff started boarding up properties and collecting all loose furniture from Marco Island to New Port Richey. They worked day and night and finished on Friday, Aug. 13, with a few hours to spare. They also removed all computers and files from any affected office, which included the Longboat Key office. ResortQuest’s phones calls were forwarded to Destin. A Web site set up for owners and guests was updated hourly with hurricane information. Any guests who were staying in ResortQuest’s properties in the affected hurricane areas were
evacuated to ResortQuest’s hotel, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando. Starr, who lives in Sarasota, was up every hour on Thursday and Friday working on the phone or monitoring each office. By 5 a.m. Saturday, Starr was back on Longboat Key, along with most of his employees, preparing the properties for future guests. Monday, Starr was receiving reports about the damage to ResortQuest’s properties. “Most of the damage on Fort Myers Beach was due to storm surge,” said Starr. “Which could be good, because the damage is mostly caused by sand and water. The immediate word from Sanibel is that most properties were not destroyed and most of the roofs are intact. The problem is that there is no electricity, power lines are down everywhere and many, many trees are blocking roadways. However, we had quite a bit of damage on Captiva. Sanibel and Captiva should be open later this week or as late as next week.”
of the guests had come from within driving distance, but the club made accommodations for 19 guests from out of town — in Orlando, of all places. The club then had to clear furniture off the pool decks, beaches and every guest patio. The Sands Point dining room took a lot of work to prepare because of its glass walls, and some below-sea-level storage was brought up for safekeeping. On Saturday, all employees showed up to reopen the club, and by noon lunch service was running. The club’s first guest came at 11 a.m. The club had 27 occupied rooms Saturday night. The computers were still down, so the club had to do everything manually, and guests still had to boil water, but Ryan said they were happy to be there. Most of the guests that were sent to Orlando even came back, she said. Ryan also said the club will hold a post-hurricane meeting to go over what went well and what it can do better next time to make the preparations run smoothly, but she was pleased with all the work of the club’s employees.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A By 7:45 p.m., town officials announced they were reopening the Key to let residents back in. The town had issued a midnight Thursday mandatory evacuation, which prohibited residents or anyone else from entering the island once they left.
Charley hits Longboat early Even before Hurricane Charley made its turn around Cuba and up toward Florida, the storm had already inflicted damage on Longboat Key. Myrna Whatmough, noted show-dog owner, jewelry maker and wife of Longboat Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough, fractured her right wrist and arm Wednesday night, two days before the storm arrived. While her husband was in Boston visiting his sister, Mrs. Whatmough began moving patio furniture into the Whatmough’s Gulf of Mexico Drive home in preparation for Hurricane Charley. Trying to squeeze a table through the doorway, the table slipped and Mrs. Whatmough fell, landing on her arm. It apparently broke in three places. By herself, she managed to call her neighbor, Dick Snyder, for aid about 10:15 p.m. He took her to Blake Hospital in Bradenton within 10 minutes, and she was home again by 1 a.m. Thursday. The following day, Mrs. Whatmough called her husband. He arrived back on Longboat Thursday, in time to evacuate Mrs. Whatmough and their four dogs to the mainland. Mrs. Whatmough was expected to undergo surgery Thursday to have pins placed in her arm. Earlier in the week, she told The Longboat Observer she was OK, but in pain. Doctors have said it will take three to six months for her arm and wrist to heal.
Boats fare well Roy Hodges, captain of Impulse, a boat based on Longboat Key, reported no damage to any boats on the Key. Hodges sailed out at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, on a 25-foot Shamrock boat to check out the boats.
A sign outside Lido Grille makes the most of the impending storm Aug. 12. The restaurant was closed a few hours later to evacuate for Charley.
Lt. Leo Brown confers with Eric Cumberland on food choices as members of the Longboat Key Fire Department stock up for the evacuation. and supplies while staying at another station. “We’re shopping for enough for six men for 24 hours so we can have enough food while we’re staying at a location off the Key,” Lt. Leo Brown said. “Hopefully that’s what all the other citizens are doing.”
‘Go away, Charley’ Emergency supplies At Publix, all day long, people streamed into the store seeking water, flashlights, batteries and other necessities. The staff continually worked to keep the shelves stocked, and the only thing that looked a bit low in stock was peanut butter. A group of three Longboat Key firemen were out shopping in the early afternoon to get supplies for the evacuation. The firemen were scheduled to leave early Friday morning to wait out the storm in Sarasota and wanted to have their own food
At 11 a.m. Thursday, the city of Sarasota Public Works brought out a trailer with 500 sand bags for St. Armands Circle storeowners to put in front of their doors. Each store was allowed five bags, with some larger stores with multiple doors getting a few more. By noon, only about 20 remained. Tom Gresk, owner of the Baltic Amber Gallery, drove up in a bit of a panic, trying to get a few sand bags, but he had to do some pleading before he got two additional ones. Gresk had only arrived from Poland a few weeks earlier to open his store Aug. 1. “We just opened a matter of days ago, and there was no way we could prepare for some-
thing like this,” Gresk said. “We just hope it won’t ruin everything.” Across the Circle at 1 p.m., two workers at the Joan Michlin Fine Art Gallery rushed to pack up each piece of jewelry in its box to store it for the storm. As they packed up all of the cases, three men were cutting and fitting boards to the window. The ladies inside had to hurry to get everything put away so they could close up the shop. Regina Tari said they had found out about the evacuation only a little while earlier, and while they were scurrying to get everything out of the shop and load it into their cars, a parking attendant came by to mark their tires. “We were so surprised,” Tari said. “The guy said he was just doing his job, but we thought, ‘We’re not really worried about having enough parking for tourists right now.’” Where café chairs usually sit outside Barnie’s Coffee Shop, and brightly lighted windows display clothes and jewelry in the shops, there were only boarded windows and a sense of emptiness. The Circle looked more like a ghost town Aug. 12 than a tourist hot spot. On the sidewalk outside the Lido Grille, Jeff Mitchell drew a large hurricane with sidewalk chalk and a message to the foreboding storm, “Go Away Charley,” the sidewalk read.
Club clears the decks At the Resort at Longboat Key Club on Friday, the club enacted its hurricane procedure to make sure everything was taken care of before the storm hit. When the mandatory evacuation notice came out, the club had 127 occupied rooms it had to evacuate. Mary Kay Ryan, director of sales and marketing for the club, said that most
Swimming for gold Dan Decaro was in Sarasota Bay Friday morning sailing toward Longboat Key when he spotted something strange. “I saw someone floating in the water waving his hands,” he recalled. At first, Decaro thought it was Capt. Abner Pires, who was sailing in another boat and helping Decaro secure his boats anchored near Longboat Key Moorings. “When I came over, it was someone else,” Decaro said. “He said, ‘Help me. Help me.’ And I helped him up to the boat.” Once on board, the unidentified man told quite a story. “He was trying to swim to Sarasota,” Decaro said. The man had sailed a boat from Marina Jack toward the middle of the bay so he could anchor it away from shore. The man believed the boat would be safer there from the storm surges that threatened the area because of Hurricane Charley. He chose to anchor his boat just off Grand Bay, a condominium complex in Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside. Between 10 and 11 a.m., Decaro spotted the man near marker 15, about a half-mile from Longboat Key’s shore. “The bay is about three miles wide, so he had at least two more miles to go,” said Pires, who also saw the swimmer. Pires said the man was probably in his late 20s. “He had a wetsuit on and some fins,” he recalled. Decaro and Pires dropped the man off by the Moorings and told him to look for emergency personnel. A Longboat Key Police officer reported spotting a man carrying swim fins along the road that morning, said Deputy Chief Martin Sharkey. He was taken back to Sarasota.
THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER “He told our officer that he was left in charge of someone else’s boat. He figured he would anchor it out in the middle of the bay,” Sharkey said. No one can say anything of the man’s identity. His boat had apparently been moved over the weekend. “It’s unbelievable that somebody would attempt that,” Decaro said. “He would never have made it over.”
Longboaters get the boot Mike Fish, his mother, Rose, and his aunt, Florence Lindell, all residents of Gulf Shore of Longboat Key, made Hurricane Charley evacuation plans as early as Tuesday, Aug. 10. Fish made two room reservations at the Comfort Inn in Bradenton. He and his family were going to check in on Thursday, Aug. 12, but kept their checkout date open because they were unsure when they would be able to leave. The Comfort Inn even gave the Fishes and Lindell a special rate because they knew island people would be evacuated. On Thursday, Fish packed up all of the family’s important belongings and headed for the Comfort Inn. But Friday, the day of the hurricane, the Fishes and Lindell were told they had to check out because they had not set a specific checkout date. Luckily their friends, Klaus and Bobbi Welzel, who live on Cortez in Bradenton, offered them a place to stay at their Waterway condo. “I would have been really stressed during the hurricane,” said Bobbi Welzel. “But it was nice to have friends and have a diversion.” Mike Fish added, “We had two wonderful dinners and good company. But we’re happy we have a home and we’re alive.”
Circle gets back to business The day after the storm, the people came back, the boards came down and weary smiles replaced worried frowns. Among the first people showing life on Lido Key Saturday morning were a few parasurfers who came to catch the wind blowing up from the storm. Beachgoers on morning walks greeted each other with, “Good mornings,” followed by, “We made it.” On St. Armands Circle, business owners and workers dribbled in during the morning, trying to put their shops back together after their hasty preparations for Charley. At Dreamweaver, owner Eric Seace and employee Vainca Bauman stood among the arms and legs of the store’s disassembled mannequins, and worked to put them back together and get them back in the windows. They estimated it would take them about four hours to get the store back together. “It will take a lot longer to put it back,” Bauman said. “We had adrenaline when we were taking everything up.”
HURRICANE Seace said he had a few friends that took advantage of the waves on their surfboards, but he decided to stay safe. When he heard there was possibly another storm forming in Charley’s old spot, he pleaded against it, “Please, no more Weather Channel,” Seace said. “I don’t think my finger will even go to 31 or 7 anymore on the remote.” At Bennington Tobacconist, owners Gary and Jack Bennington took down their metal window coverings and opened their store for business as usual at about 9:30 a.m. “We’ve already had our first customer of the day,” Jack Bennington said. “Look at that, it didn’t even get our glass dirty. We don’t even have to clean the windows.” Around the corner at the Blue Dolphin Café, tables were filled, and patrons enjoyed breakfast and coffee as usual. But at Tilden Ross Jewelers, the owner didn’t expect to open the store until Monday because each piece of jewelry had to be put back into the display cases. Outside Olivia Fashions, Kathy and Mark Boardman removed the plywood from the windows and shared their sentiments on the area’s good fortune. Kathy Boardman’s mother has a home in North Port, where Hurricane Charley hit, and said that her street was untouched, while others were completely destroyed. “It was weird, because her home was fine, and just a little bit south, it looks like Hiroshima,” Mark Boardman said. “It’s sad, because it has to hit somebody. If it’s not us, it’ll be somebody else. I heard a great quote on the news: Someone said, ‘It feels like somebody took a bullet for me, and I don’t even know who it was.’” Although much of the Circle looked closed until early afternoon, shops gradually began opening and cleaning up. By mid-afternoon shoppers walked the sidewalks browsing, despite the fact that many tourists had been evacuated the previous day. “Yeah, losing yesterday’s business hurts, but it certainly could’ve been worse,” Jack Bennington said.
Wicker Inn shutters up “We’re so happy, thankful and 47 million other adjectives,” said Wendy Messer of the Wicker Inn on Saturday. “We’re going to be open by 4 p.m. today,” she added. To make sure they were open at 4 p.m., the Messer family — Barry, Wendy, Jamie and Beth — and a family friend, Walt Bardram, were working hard to get the place in order. “We’re taking down all of the hurricane shutters, but we’re putting them around back instead of away so we have them ready just in case,” said Messer. The Messer family evacuated Longboat Key and spread out all over Sarasota and Manatee counties. To pass the time, the Messers watched the Weather Channel and the golf tournament.
Birds were transported in animal carriers donated by the Humane Society of Sarasota County and Sarasota In Defense of Animals.
Pelican Man takes flight The Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary on City Island evacuated 300 of its birds to a vacant warehouse near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Executive Director Todd Watson said the sanctuary expected to lose a couple of its birds, but the only misfortune was a couple of geese getting in a fight. Watson and volunteers transported birds in carriers to the warehouse. The pelicans at the sanctuary were released from their pens to float around if there was flooding, and the sanctuary left frozen blocks of fish out so the pelicans had food. “We don’t think we lost any,” said Watson. “Except for two pelicans that were about to be released from rehab anyway. They flew away, which is good, because it means they were better.” The only other birds not taken to the warehouse, were the birds of prey — hawks, owls and vultures. These birds were taken to falconer Justin Matthews’ home.
Longboat sends help Longboat Key has sent 16 fire and rescue personnel to help with relief work in Charlotte County. Once the threat of Hurricane Charley passed over the town Friday afternoon, officials quickly shifted their focus. “Immediately, we switched from ‘we’re going to be OK’ to ‘we’ll be sending help to our neighbors,’” Fire Chief Julius Halas said. On the first day, Longboat Key sent one fire engine with four firefighter/paramedics to join a consortium of 14 engines and ambulances from Manatee and Sarasota counties headed south. Saturday night, Longboat Key was called on once again to help evacuate 50 patients from a nursing home in Punta Gorda. This time, officials sent one of the town’s ambulances to join other county emergency vehicles to complete the task. By the end of the week, Halas said, most of Longboat Key’s 33 on-duty firefighters will have been deployed at different times to the devastated communities.
A Stable situation?
Florence Lindell, Mike and Rose Fish with Bobbi and Klaus Welzel are happy to be back on Longboat.
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On Longboat Key, Jill Davis sprayed off the patio of the Sea Stable at 11 a.m. Saturday. Davis, who lives on the Key, had moved her furniture because she expected to come home to a house full of water. She stayed at her mother’s house in Bradenton. She said she knew it wasn’t the best option for safety, but no place really was, considering the unpredictability of the storm. Davis said her friend went to stay in Arcadia because the authorities told everyone to go
The Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary brought its freezers of fish and all of the birds’ medications. They set up a hospital in one corner of the warehouse. “Most of the birds were calm, but they were also terribly stressed,” says Watson. “Birds don’t show their stress until it’s too late. The birds were going from big enclosures to small carriers.” east, and her friend ended up spending the night in a motel under a mattress. Davis was supposed to be on her vacation, but came back 8:30 p.m. Friday to check on the store and then helped open the store Saturday morning, because everything was up off the floor. She said this was obviously not what she had planned for her days off. “One of my goals during vacation was to rearrange my furniture at home,” Davis said. “But I didn’t want to do it like this.”
Casa del Mar refunds guests Casa del Mar refunded about $10,000 to $15,000 because of Hurricane Charley, according to General Manager D.M. Williams. “But goodness, it will come back ten-fold.” Williams said that during any kind of disaster his policy is to refund his guests. If guests returned after the evacuation, they were refunded for the days they missed. “We evacuated all our guests by 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, and I left around 7 p.m. after I had looked at the plants and thought about how bad it was going to look,” said Williams. Williams spent Thursday stacking Casa del Mar’s 300 beach and pool chairs and tying them to stakes that were deep in the ground. “That’s the biggest job,” he said. “We secured all of the doors and made sure they were locked. Our sliding glass doors were closed and wedged with cut PVC pipes so they wouldn’t vibrate. We secured anything that could be a flying missile of some type or put it in a room. TURN TO VIGNETTES, PAGE 20A
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CASUAL ELEGANCE IN GATED BEACHFRONT ENCLAVE. Dramatic open design offers stunning views of the Gulf, bay & city skyline. 6,750+/- sq. ft. of superb quality construction & detailing on .83-acre. $6,500,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #244740
BAYFRONT ESTATE on over an acre, with stunning bay views from most rooms. Features 4 en suite BRs, home theater, dock with Tiki hut & meticulously manicured gardens. $3,800,000. Susan Mitchell, 951-6660 or 780-5085. #257216
ST. ARMANDS. A yachter's fantasy, with treme beautifully designed home with wide water vie $3,449,000. Marilyn S. Brown & Ann Martin, 38
SEA BREEZE. Luxury condominium in a building of only 5 units, with panoramic views of the Gulf & bay. Enjoy island living at its best with a deeded boat dock included. $1,895,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #259217
PRESTANCIA. Wonderful 6,700 sq. ft. family h way & 2 lakes. A unique & special residence $1,390,000. Carol Clark, 966-8000 or 350-450
BAY ISLES--ON GOLF COURSE & LAKE. Fabulous panorama of golf course, lakes & sunsets. Features an open plan with vaulted ceilings, neutral colors, two atriums, fireplace & large lanai. $659,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #257697 SEAPLACE. Newly refurbished, professionally decorated 3BR ground floor end unit with new appliances, oversized master & large private terrace. $599,000. Mary Ann Dabney, 388-4447 or 350-9806. #245626 LIDO KEY. Rarely available 2BR end unit with Gulf views, offered turnkey furnished. Immediate occupancy available. $509,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #259086 PRIVATE ISLAND PARADISE. This 1-acre home site is 1 of only 13 on an exclusive 26-acre island just off the north end of Longboat Key. Watch sunsets from your own private beach. $499,900. Deborah Nelson, 966-8000 or 266-5900. #258702
BALLENTINE MANOR EAST. Enjoy an acre o & boatlift. Amazing potential in this 3BR hom 350-6390. #261485 SOUTH PRESTANCIA Brilliantly executed ho of spectacular vistas over 2 lakes & the 12th 383-7591 or 320-1223. #255985 FOXFIRE. Live your dream in this 5,700 sq. f surrounded by golf course. Features 3 fireplace Straw, 951-6660 or 302-0768. #261002 OAKS CLUB SIDE. High expectations are exce plus-den model residence with 4,400 sq. ft award-winning pool. $1,499,000. Terri Derr #257085 KENTWOOD ESTATES. Spectacular walled es fireplace & pool. $1,495,000. George Appel, 9 ORANGE BLOSSOM TOWER. Cosmopolitan liv 4,000 sq. ft. residence on the entire 6th floor floors & 10' ceilings. $1,390,000. Monica Slat EXCELLENT LOCATION. This elegant, custom a private enclave of just 5 other residence McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #261716 OYSTER BAY ESTATES. Mediterranean reviva Bay & Field Club. Wonderful home for entert grounds. $1,350,000. Annette and Albert Ayer HISTORIC SPANISH-MEDITERRANEAN. Beau touches keeping with the original style. A $1,350,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 HOT DOWNTOWN PROPERTY. This 3-lot parc or 6 single-family residences. $1,350,000. Tra 504-1949. #260499 OAKS CLUBSIDE. This beautifully landscaped, course. This distinctive home boasts over 5 Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387UNIVERSITY PARK. Enjoy the unprecedented built-ins & a rich palette of warm colors ha home. $1,225,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 o
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ULTIMATE WATERFRONT LIFESTYLE ON LIDO SHORES. Relax & enjoy the mesmerizing Gulf & bay views from this exquisite, decorator furnished & appointed 5BR estate with vanishing-edge pool & dock. $5,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #231664 EXQUISITE EN PROVENCE PENTHOUSE. Longboat Key's famous crystalline waters, four beautiful suites, Michelangelo marble and sun-drenched wraparound terrace whisper opulence in this Gulf front penthouse. $5,690,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #232063 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Over 400' of Gulf frontage on almost 8 acres. This unit features magnificent water views, concierge, outdoor pool & spa, & state-of-the-art fitness center. $3,400,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #262027 SLEEPY LAGOON. This wonderful family beach home boasts sweeping beach & Gulf views, separate guest apartment, new kitchen & private master suite. $3,360,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #261804 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Enter a world boasting an eloquently expressed lifestyle of such privilege, privacy & pleasure. Florida's premier luxury tower managed by the RitzCarlton. $2,850,000. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #261478 CHARMING BIRD KEY BAYFRONT home with open gourmet kitchen, all new interior & deep, protected boating water for a casual Florida lifestyle. $2,750,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #256534 LIDO WATERFRONT. Pristine, custom Mediterranean home set on gated, lushly landscaped grounds. Features gourmet kitchen, pool, spa & dock. Close to St. Armands Circle & beach. $2,500,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #257115 ISLANDS WEST. Conveniently located with the most sweeping panoramic penthouse views. This 3BR, split-plan unit with study & 2 balconies is partially updated & totally unique. $2,490,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #254506 BAY ISLES. Magnificent new home on Harbourside Golf Course. Panoramic golf & lake views, exciting architectural details & the finest finishes. Four BRs, pool, spa & 3-car garage. $2,195,000. Ann Martin & Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #256405 AMAZING VIEWS OF GULF & BAY from this fabulous 9th-floor, furnished condominium at Water Club. Over 3,000 sq. ft. of designer perfection, upgrades & extras. $1,950,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #234535 WATER CLUB. This spacious residence features high ceilings with crown moldings & 2 large terraces. The living/dining room area opens out to a terrace with sunset views. $1,875,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #261964 BIRD KEY. Featuring a large living room and flowing floor plan, this waterfront pool home boasts shimmering water views. $1,850,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #255162 GRAND BAY. Savor panoramic views over Sarasota Bay & the marina from Grand Bay's most desirable building. Enjoy membership in Bay Isles Beach Club. $1,349,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #257598 GRAND BAY. Cayman design with great views of both the Gulf & bay. Designed & decorated by a well-known local top designer. Three BRs, full dining room & 9' ceilings. $1,199,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #256876 LIDO SHORES. Newer, completely renovated 2BR residence on a nicely sized lot. Excellent home for fun & entertaining. $950,000. Susan Rinehart, 951-6660 or 377-4105. #258220 LUXURY BEACHFRONT IN THE KEY CLUB. Stunning 2BR residence, remodeled & furnished by designer owner. Enjoy Gulf, sunset & golf course views. Features concierge & generous garage parking. $829,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #253502 THE BEST OF GRAND BAY. Prime front corner apartment with an extended wraparound balcony & no buildings to clutter the fabulous open bay & city views. Designer furnished, gated security & private beach club. $799,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #261014 ST. ARMANDS. Comfortable 3BR pool home on one of the largest interior lots available on St. Armands. Close to shops, restaurants & the beach. $795,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #256198 FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM. Sweeping bay views from this 3BR atrium unit, with newer kitchen, enclosed garage & extra storage. Set in Bay Isles Beach Club with full security. $795,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #262007 SAND CAY. Set directly on a gorgeous beach, this bright & cheery 2BR unit boasts Gulf vistas from the living & dining rooms, den, kitchen & patio. $789,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #259080 BEAUTIFUL & SUNNY. This 3BR St. Armands pool home has been completely remodeled, with fencing, landscaping & hurricane glass protection on all windows. $695,000. Michelle Wilde-Aldrich, 388-4447 or 544-3813. #251984
SOUTHPOINTE SHORES. Fabulous custom-built 5BR Mediterranean residence with sweeping bayfront views, which almost encircle the home. Wonderfully situated with deepwater & proximity to beaches. $3,800,000. Steve Davis, 966-8000 or 356-1143. #261719 SARABANDE. Spectacular panoramic views of the sparkling bay & Gulf waters to the city lights of Sarasota. Secured downtown building with concierge, spa & 2 guest suites for owner's use. $2,690,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #258828 PRESTIGIOUS HARBOR ACRES. Unique waterfront property on the deep sailboat basin. Over 4,000 sq. ft. pool home with antique brick, wood flooring & quality throughout. $2,495,000. Janis Collier, 951-6660 or 313-1212. #254545 THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON. Unsurpassed luxury, unimaginable lifestyle. Enjoy awe-inspiring sunsets & full bay views. $2,190,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #256044 PARADISE SHORES. Fabulous waterfront with 60' boat dock on sailboat water. Features a stunning, open floor plan with 5,200 sq. ft. of living space. $2,100,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #257641 SARABANDE. Combining comfort & sophistication, this classy 10th floor unit offers 3,700 sq. ft. of marvelous upgrades along with amazing views of bay, city, marina & Gulf. $1,995,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #257515 SORRENTO SHORES. Enjoy 188' of prime bay front on this cleared & clean lot, the last vacant parcel in a neighborhood of new luxury residences. Savor sunset views over the bay & Casey Key. $1,990,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #258630 BAYVIEW ACRES. Private bayfront retreat. Experience glorious sunsets across open bay views. Protected boat dockage in the front canal. $1,890,000. June Howell, 966-8000 or 350-7521. #254318 PHOENIX. Enjoy sensational wraparound views with 3,785 sq. ft. of luxury in a conveniently located bayfront building. Casually elegant with all upscale appointments. $1,850,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #255450
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TOWLES COURT. A rare opportunity downtown, Towles Court is a quaint artist community providing a unique combination of a singe-family home, rental unit & commercial space. $535,000. Jennifer Pecora, 951-6660 or 780-1925. #261645 MANDARIN PARK. Set in a maintenance-free, gated, West of the Trail community, this 2BR former model features wood floors, gorgeous kitchen, courtyard with fountain & pool. $529,900. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #262026 THE EMBASSY HOUSE. Spectacular bay views from this updated 9th floor unit, situated in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Features 2BRs, glass-enclosed lanai & secured garage. $525,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #261507 ONE HUNDRED CENTRAL. Fabulous opportunity to own a brand new condominium in the heart of Sarasota's downtown. Important upgrades make this 2BR residence special. $469,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #261582 SOUTHBAY YACHT & RACQUET CLUB. Set in a deepwater marina with clubhouse & active yacht club, this split plan home features a large pool, expansive screened lanai & excellent location. $435,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #259896 GREAT LANDINGS LOCATION. Savor lush preserve views from this 2BR-plus-den condominium at Eagles Point. This light & airy residence features bamboo floors & an active clubhouse with copious activities. $425,000. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #261248 WEST OF THE TRAIL. Darling 2BR home with open floor plan, large family room, Florida room with vaulted ceiling & separate workshop/office. Close to Southside Village. $425,000. Judi Summers, 951-6660 or 302-3238. #261775 RENAISSANCE. Wonderful 2BR residence set in the most exciting downtown building. $399,900. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-2733. #261906 WEST OF THE TRAIL. This home, built in 1996 & remodeled in 2003, has 22' ceilings, security system & a private backyard with fruit trees. $389,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #258225 UNIVERSITY PARK. Nearly new Clarion model for less than cost of new construction. Several upgrades & a private setting make this 3BR home a remarkable deal. Immediate occupancy. $389,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #258484 PRESTANCIA VILLA. Set in a gorgeous gated community, this 2BR residence features a beautifully updated kitchen, outstanding golf course views, high ceilings & fireplace. $374,900. Wayne and Penny Sanders, 966-8000 or 923-5895. #261768 THE MEADOWS. Experience golf course views from the den of this 2BR villa with a private patio & 2-car garage. $270,000. Janice Green, 966-8000 or 955-8685. #257369 FOREST LAKES. Attractive split plan home with beautiful hardwood floors in living area, eat-in kitchen & deck overlooking a private fenced yard. $245,000. Sharon Freeman, 383-7591 or 545-0899. #262036 6Siesta Key
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Village resident Verna Ritter and English setters, Nick and Montana, drove to Kissimmee — directly in the path of Hurricane Charley.
Heading east was head-on into horror Longbeach Village resident and Fifteen minutes later, DiLorenzo’s Longboat business owner Andrew cats start howling. She pulls over under Hylwa had made up his mind. He was- a freeway overpass, with Ritter and n’t leaving. Zunz uncertain why she is stopping. But his decision — to face Hurricane And then, to their left, a tornado spins Charley and stand by his land — con- into full view. “It was just perfect,” flicted his longtime DiLorenzo says. partner, Dawn “White clouds funnel DiLorenzo. “I didn’t into these black know the right thing clouds. You could feel to do,” DiLorenzo said it whipping, the drivtwo days after the ing rains coming storm. “Should I stay down. I was scared to or not stay? But the death. Then I thought mommy in me came I made a bad choice by out. I was responsible stopping under this for my cats — and my concrete overpass, so I own life.” inched forward. We About 11:30 Friday, didn’t know what we Aug. 13, DiLorenzo were going to do.” decided to head east Nearly 20 minutes to Kissimmee to a later, DiLorenzo says, hotel that would a huge calm allow pets. But as it enveloped their surturned out, Hurricane roundings. She calls Charley and his bands Hlywa — one of many of tornadoes turned calls she made every DiLorenzo’s motherly 15 minutes along the and survival instincts way. “I’m frightened to into a twisted turn of death,” she tells him. fate. She drove head“The sky is very on into horror. bizarre. It’s almost too Dawn DiLorenzo With her three clear.” cats, J.C., Stella and Hlywa tells her: Tiger, in cages, DiLorenzo became the “You need to get into cover. Keep lead driver in a three-car caravan. going.” On TV, he sees what DiLorenzo Behind her in their own cars were doesn’t — that Charley is barreling Village residents Verna Ritter and her northeast on a collision course with two English setters, Nick and Montana; DiLorenzo. But he doesn’t tell her. and Damon Zunz, son of Ed and Pat She’s frightened enough. Zunz. Ritter, like DiLorenzo, decided to Fifteen minutes pass. DiLorenzo evacuate for the sake of her show dogs. notices an increasing number of cars Zunz’s parents were in New York; he heading west, the opposite direction of didn’t want to be alone. the Longboat caravan. She calls Hlywa With Tampa Bay evacuees clogging again. “What’s going on?” she asks. Interstates 75 and 4, DiLorenzo and her Hlywa: “It’s coming right at you. It’s fellow travelers took the old U.S. 92 right on your tail.” route, which runs parallel to and south DiLorenzo: “I need to turn around.” of I-4. Hlywa: “You can’t turn around. About an hour and a half into their You’ve got to get to your shelter.” rainy trip, DiLorenzo saw the gray sky After three-and-a-half hours on the changing colors. “That was strangest road, DiLorenzo, Ritter and Zunz arrive looking sky I have ever seen,” she says. at their destination, a Summerfield Inn. She calls Zunz: “I think we need to find DiLorenzo, her cats and Zunz take one cover. That is a tornado sky.” room; Ritter another. The dogs and cats
‘When I actually got home, I just felt incredibly drained.’
don’t get along; they need to be separated. The trio scrounges for food, finding a Chinese buffet on the verge of closing for the night. They go back to their rooms to wait out the storm. Around 8:45 p.m., Charley’s howl and velocity grow increasingly intense. The electricity blows out, with a sudden boom. DiLorenzo and Zunz run through the unit unplugging all the electrical appliances. They retrieve the cats from the second-floor bedroom and move them into the first-floor bathroom. The five of them squeeze into the bathroom, with DiLorenzo sitting on the floor, Zunz on the toilet and the cats in their cages. They have a flashlight and DiLorenzo’s cell phone. There’s no air-conditioning. Ritter is closed in her bathroom, too, with her dogs. Montana, the younger dog, goes to sleep. Nick, says Ritter, “clung to me like Saran wrap. He was absolutely terrified.” DiLorenzo’s phone rings. It’s fellow Village resident Paul Beriff, calling from England. DiLorenzo tells him where she is. He gives her tips on what to do. When the wind dies briefly, DiLorenzo and Zunz come out of the bathroom and jam furniture up against the door. The storm kicks up again, and they go back for cover. It’s 9:15, the center of the hurricane is on top of them. At 9:30, another round of winds howl and shake the door and windows. This goes on for 30 minutes. At one point, they look out the bathroom window. Roof shingles and other debris fly through the air like leaves in an autumn storm. By 10:15, Charley has passed. DiLorenzo and Zunz emerge. Water is pouring into the kitchen and living room from above. Charley tore the shingles and plywood off the roof. By 11:30 p.m., DiLorenzo said she tried to sleep. “We didn’t know if we’d even be able to get out of there,” she says. DiLorenzo, her cats, Zunz, Ritter and her dogs drove back to Longboat Key early Saturday morning. Their cars sustained damage from blowing debris. “It was heart-breaking to drive home and see bands of convoys coming toward us — the power people and National Guard,” DiLorenzo says. “You knew they were going somewhere, but I was so grateful they were not going to Longboat Key.” — Matt Walsh
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‘A humbling experience’ BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer
It took about 30 minutes for Kim Ross and her husband, Michael Riter, to get out of their Village home Aug. 12. They already had everything pulled in from outdoors and had everything prepared to evacuate for Hurricane Charley, but Ross just went through each room one more time. She gathered her photo albums, and tried to take only the things that meant the most to her, but it was hard. She touched the stuffed teddy bear in the living room, looked at the pictures on the walls and took it in as if it were the last time she was going to see them. They didn’t bother boarding the windows and doors of their cozy home before they left at 8:30 p.m. Ross knew if Charley hit, it would take most of their things with it. So with their dog, daughter and Riter’s mother, they evacuated to their friend’s house in the Whitfield area, where they slept Thursday night. Friday morning, they realized they were still in danger, and another decision had to be made. “The storm kept gaining strength, and they kept telling everyone, ‘Go east,’” Ross said. So that’s what they did. A little after 10 a.m., Ross, her family and friend left to get out of the path of the storm. At 12:45 p.m., Charley was on its way and the travelers checked into a Best Western, where Ross received the worst news yet. The group had gone to Arcadia, and the front desk clerk informed Ross that the eye of the storm was to pass through the town in a few hours. There was nowhere to go. The highway patrol had closed all the roads surrounding the
city in anticipation of the storm. There was nothing to do but wait. The group rented two rooms at the hotel, and sat around the TV waiting for the latest word on the storm. At about 6 p.m., the weatherman circled the Arcadia area and warned that people there had seven minutes to seek safe shelter before the storm came. Mattie, Ross’ Australian shepherd, got up and walked calmly to the bathroom, where she lay down on the floor. A few minutes later, the humans assumed their safe positions in the hotel room as well. Ross and Riter wheeled his mother, in her wheelchair, into the safest place, the bathroom, and put the dog under the sink of the bathroom. Ross squished into a 2-by-4-foot closet, while her friend and Riter barricaded the room behind the shelter of mattresses, in case the window or door gave way. Riter’s daughter, his nephew and his nephew’s wife protected themselves in the other room. All of them were covered with blankets in case the roof was torn off. They sat, ready for the storm, ready for the worst. Then, the power went out as a warning that Charley was coming. The wind shook the windows so much that Ross could see them moving. The door creaked like it was going to come off its hinges. The rain seeped in under the door, and the room went from being silent to being filled with sounds from outside. Ross heard sheet-metal ripping off buildings, the sound of trees being uprooted and thrown on houses, and, with her back to the
building, she felt the whole structure shaking against her. There was a loud boom that made Riter get up and look out the 2-inch crack in the shades. Across the street, the laundromat’s walls fell down, and what used to be a door flapped like a piece of paper in the wind. The four sat in the room’s stifling heat, not saying a word. “It was almost like you weren’t even breathing,” Ross said. “You just sat there in stillness, holding your breath. Everyone was in their own space, just listening to the sounds. No one got hysterical. No one even cried. You’re just beyond that.” For about 30 seconds, the wind died, and everything was calm. Ross said she then felt everything picking up again, only in a different direction. For two hours, the group stayed huddled in their rooms until Ross’ handheld TV said the storm had left the area and continued north. Ross and her family emerged from their hotel rooms to find the destruction of the town where they sought refuge. Roofs collapsed, trees tossed like sticks onto houses, and buildings crumbled — this was all the aftermath of the storm they tried to avoid. They decided to leave the town when they heard Longboat Key was untouched, but they wanted to do so before the roads were shut down. They ran into an SNN van that told them they would be able to get through on S.R. 70 if they were patient. In the five-car caravan they brought to Arcadia, they weaved their way through downed light and power poles, strewn about
Kim Ross and Mattie sought refuge in a hotel in Arcadia. Hurricane Charley tore through the town as she and her family took cover in bathrooms and closets. the road like a box of toothpicks. As the storm cleared, Ross said the most beautiful sunset she has ever seen helped guide them home. “I have done a lot of adventurous things, but this is by far the scariest thing I have ever been through. We are so blessed when I just think about what could’ve happen if it had been us,” Ross said with tears in her eyes and a brief silence. “It’s a very humbling experience.” ❑
Evacuee survives stay in Port Charlotte BY CAROL FALCK Special to The Longboat Observer
Instead of safe haven, Carol Falck and Fletcher found themselves in the middle of Hurricane Charley in Port Charlotte. tion. I knew it well; I had survived a tornado and a 150 mph windstorm years earlier and was determined to survive this. So we huddled. Fletcher, who can be 105 pounds of hyper, sat perfectly still; he felt the fear. I had my arms around him, and, I swear, he had his around me. Suddenly, it became quiet, and an eerie calm set in. I took a quick look outside. The total devastation sparkled as the sunlight hit the water that covered everything. I was mesmerized. I don’t know how long I stood there, but slowly the darkness started to fall, and I knew we were about to experience the other side of Charley. We had survived the beginning without injury. I wondered if we would survive the end. It was mild compared to the first part, and then it was finished. Everyone started coming out of his or her safe places; we were all OK. Dazed, we stared at the chaos around us; water was still falling through what was left of the ceiling. We started making our way out of the
barely see I-75 in the distance but thought I saw headlights heading north. A downed traffic light crossed my path, but I was determined. I drove around the lights, down the ditch, and over the wires as my van scraped under the pole. I made it. I thanked God again and proceeded up the ramp toward home. The limbs and rubble lessened as I drove north. Then, there was just blackness. I was beginning to relax when what looked like a spaceship was heading toward me. I realized it was the police and prepared myself for another tragedy — perhaps an accident. But, it was a convoy of 20 to 40 police cars, sirens blaring, on its way to help. I felt relief, help was on the way to those folks whose lives had just changed. I was glad I lived in a country that would rise to this horrific occasion. I drove through the darkness and then, on the horizon, I saw a red light in the sky, a radio tower — electricity. The farther north I drove, the brighter the sky became until it looked as if nothing had changed at all. As I crossed the bridge onto Longboat Key, I let out another sigh of relief. My island, my paradise, was still beautiful. My house welcomed me home. It was just as I had left it — nothing had changed, nothing but me. The one thing I am sure of is I will always leave this island in a hurricane. Again and again, I thank God. ❑
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I thought I was smart. I reserved a motel room in Bradenton just in case we had to evacuate, which, of course, we did. So my bloodhound, Fletcher, and I packed up, and off we went to the motel to ride out the storm. Soon after we arrived, I received a call on my cell from my girlfriend’s other half, Willie. She was away, and he needed a place for himself, Poppy and two rescue cats. There were two beds, and Fletcher could bunk with me; so I said, “Absolutely, it’ll be fun.” Friday the 13th, I heard the newscasters advising people to go east or south and definitely east of Interstate 75. Well, I have a friend in Port Charlotte, right by I-75, away from the water. She had a nice, comfy house, and as I looked around the motel room, I wondered if I should go there. Finally, as the hundreds of sugar ants woke up and paraded across the nightstand, I made the near fatal decision to pack up and go to Port Charlotte. I arrived in Port Charlotte around 11 a.m., unpacked and settled in. I think it was about noon when they started talking about a fateful turn Charley was making. I heard everyone laughing at me because I had evacuated into the path of the storm. Willie called and begged me to come back to the motel in Bradenton, but I was afraid of getting caught on the road. They were telling us that it was too late. Hunker down and make a safe place; so I did. I made a fort in the inner hall and stacked food and water in the linen closet. I put my battery-operated television in my fort and, at the last minute, ran to the laundry room to get the three personal memorabilia items I had allowed myself to bring: my favorite of my grandmother’s paintings; a painting of my long-gone best friend, Otis the bulldog; and my father’s “Humanitarian of the Year” award. There, Fletcher and I huddled for what seemed like hours. I prayed. I heard the roof ripping, glass breaking and people screaming. Then all I could hear was the sound of destruc-
house. I was worried about Fletcher’s feet on the broken glass, but he would not leave my side. Outside was a twist and tumble of massive trees, homes, cars and life. People were in shock as they looked at their own personal destruction, but everyone had the glow of gratitude for being alive. I thanked God the folks around us miraculously were unhurt. I looked for my van, and there it stood, covered in limbs but relatively unscathed. I kept trying to call my parents and friends to let them know I was all right. I had called them all to tell them I was heading south, but the towers were down now, and I couldn’t get out. Just for grins, I tried my own house, I got my answering machine. Longboat Key, or at least my house, must still be there. And it had electricity … could that be true? We had no way of knowing where Charley went after leaving us. I cleared a path to could get my van out of the driveway, packed up again, put Fletcher in the van, and we were off again. I felt like I was experiencing deja vu, it looked just like Topeka, Kan., after the tornado — ruin everywhere. We drove over limbs, through water, over and under power lines, scraping the van. It was only a mile to I-75, and I was determined. It took about an hour to travel that mile. The darkness was unbelievable. I could
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House District 69 primary gets messy BY SEAN MCDONNELL Staff Writer
Incumbent state representatives usually don’t face opposition from members of their own political party, let alone criticisms of their competency from party fellows. But first-time candidate Steve Ellis isn’t following conventional party protocol. Ellis, like other Republicans before him, is challenging incumbent Donna Clarke to be the Republican candidate for Florida House District 69. Of the 71 Republicans running for reelection to the Florida House, only 13 face primary opponents. Clarke has faced primary opposition in each of her two previous elections as well. Ellis, a Sarasota attorney, says he decided to run because of what he perceives to be discontent within the electorate and the Republican Party with Clarke. He doesn’t hesitate to criticize the two-term incumbent. “I began studying the issues and the representative,” he says. “The more I got into it, the more I realized that there was a great vacuum of leadership there. She has done a lackluster job of working for Sarasota interests.” Responds Clarke: “I am committed to bringing a positive message to the people of Sarasota County. I want to lower taxes, improve our education and transportation systems, fight for affordable health care and protect our environment. I am proud of my record on these issues. I know the residents of District 69 will share my disappointment that my trial lawyer opponent has resorted to the desperate measure of engaging in negative personal attacks rather than campaigning on the issues.” Criticisms aside, Clarke still has an advantage. She has raised more than $100,000 in campaign contributions to Ellis’ $22,000.
The winner of the Republican primary will face Libertarian candidate William Van Allen. Van Allen, a second-time candidate, is hoping that Republican Party turmoil will translate into a greater interest in his candidacy. “I know there are Democrats out there who don’t want to vote for a Republican,” Van Allen says. “And, there are Republicans who are frustrated with their representative. My views can appeal to both sides. Many Democrats are as wary as I am about the government taking away personal liberties, and many Republicans agree with me that we should reduce the size and waste of government.” In the 2002 election, Van Allen won 4.4% of the vote. State representatives serve two-year terms and earn an annual salary of about $30,000. District 69 extends from Clark Road in Sarasota to Bayshore Gardens in Manatee County.
Donna Clarke Age 58; married; one child; born in Fort Myers. Donna Clarke was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000. She was re-elected in 2002. In the 2004 session, Clarke served as the chair of the House Subcommittee on Health Access and Financing. She is also a member of the commerce, insurance, transportation and procedures committees. Clarke has owned an environmental consulting firm in Sarasota for 12 years. She is also employed with Sarasota-based Michael Saunders & Co. in its commercial realestate division. Clarke taught high school
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math in Florida public schools for 14 years. Clarke earned her undergraduate degree in education from the University of Miami. She earned her master’s degree in industrial management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Clarke is married to Guy Azar. She has one grown son and one grandson. She is a member of the Methodist Church. She is on the advisory board of the Mote Marine Laboratory. She is a member of the Sarasota Downtown Partnership, Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay and the Sarasota Women’s Alliance. On the greatest challenge to District 69: “The greatest challenge we face right now is ensuring the greatest number of Floridians have access to good health care. I’m already working hard meet this challenge head on. The first step that we’ve already taken is making price and performance information available to consumers. “When my mom needed her hip replaced she had to make a decision whether she was going to rehabilitate it on an outpatient basis or stay in the hospital. She tried to find information about which places had the best performance and prices. There wasn’t information readily available then. That started my motivation in making the information from the Agency for Health Care Administration more accessible to consumers. That’s just a first step, but arming consumers with information is an important first step in making sure people can get quality care.” On her motivation for running: “I am a native Floridian. I am a mother and a grandmother. I am a former high-school math teacher and a small business owner. I have a vested interest in seeing that my neighbors in Florida and my son and grandson have he best possible opportunities. “That opportunity starts with education. I am committed to education because education gave me my opportunity. I am a product of Florida public schools, and my family has worked in the Florida public schools for a long time. “The other key is economic development. As a small business owner, I was exposed to extensive government in a lot of situations that weren’t helping small businesses. It is important that we make it easier for businesses to be successful and for our children to learn so they can participate in the economy here in Florida. I want to bring my experience to those goals.” On taxation policy: “What’s happened is we have a difficult time sorting out wants and needs. We are tax-wise in a good situation to address the needs. The problem is addressing the wants. Our tax system is very complicated. When you start trying to even eliminate some of those outdated sales-tax exemptions, it’s like pulling a thread on a sweater that your momma knitted. It all starts coming apart. “We have some of the best economists in the world to work with in Tallahassee. We have revenue-estimating conferences on a regular basis to predict where we are going with our general revenue. I don’t see a lot of
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people lining up to say, ‘I’ll give up my salestax exemption.’ They’re all saying, ‘You give up yours. I want to keep mine.’ The question goes back to determining wants and needs and controlling costs and user fees. We have to make sure that government lives within its means.” On health care: “One of the things we need to do is streamline the bureaucracy. What we do in my office is try to help my constituents work government. I think that’s an important constituent service. When folks are getting the runaround from government, having their legislator step in to help them can make it a lot easier to navigate those challenges. “Second, we need to get into the details and find out what works. We are conducting what I believe is one of the great experiments in the health-insurance arena at Sarasota Memorial Hospital right now. In the state’s codification of the hospital’s operations, we set up the opportunity for the hospital to establish its own health insurance program for uninsured patients. The department of insurance wouldn’t let the hospital do it, but I got my committee involved, and we worked it out so they could launch the pilot project. We need to make sure that is a stable program because health care and insurance is a long-term commitment. We need to keep this program going because if it works it could be a model for getting a whole lot of Florida’s underinsured people some kind of health-care coverage.” On education: We’re working hard with the school boards to see what kind of assistance they need, specifically so they can meet the requirements of the constitutional class-size amendment. We’re going to work hard to give them the flexibility that they need with their funding choices. Beyond core education, I believe school districts have flexibility when it comes to spending choices. The one frustration I have is how long it takes to take a concept and a need and to build a building to address those needs. We’re growing incredibly fast in this county, and the real challenge is streamlining the bureaucracy to allow school districts to respond faster to growth and change. “Even before I ran for office, I felt that we really should emphasize marketable skills, particularly at the high-school level. It’s incredibly important that we develop marketable skills, especially computer skills, in students. We have to address those skills that are becoming more necessary to make a living everyday. I think technical high schools would be a wonderful way to go. I think what we’ve done with magnet and charter schools, here in Sarasota and across the state, demonstrates that if our students can see a future benefit they get a lot more interested. We need to combine that enthusiasm with technology training.” On workers’ compensation reforms: I don’t like the concept that somebody could go home on the weekend and sprain his ankle working in the garage and then drag himself to work on Monday so he can file under workers’ comp. That person has to
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have his own insurance or health savings fund. If you start looking at the cost of small business and you just isolate workers’ compensation insurance, that doesn’t get the job done. It’s a much bigger picture. Let’s put an emphasis on safety education and preventative health care. That’s going to be a cost-saver in the long run, and we’re just starting to realize that now.” On funding for the arts: “I have been very vocal in my support of the arts, but sometimes in the past we’ve had more pressing concerns. Two years ago our economy was really struggling, and we were able to come out of that as quickly as we did because we were able to balance our budget. Arts support had to suffer. That’s why this time around we established a steady source of funding for arts programs. I carried legislation with the most co-sponsors of any piece of legislation that established the Florida Arts Council, which is a statewide standalone organization that addresses those issues.” On the tourism industry: “We need to invest in tourism and the arts. For every dollar we invest in the arts and attractions for tourists, we add $40 is tourism money to the state economy. That’s just good business. We get no better monetary return on any of our investments than we get from investments in tourism and the arts. We have good public and private partnerships and we need to cultivate those to benefit Floridians on the community level.”
Steve Ellis Personal: Age 51; married; two daughters and two stepsons; moved to Sarasota in 1979. Steve Ellis founded a private solo practice, Steven F. Ellis P.A. in Sarasota in 1981. Ellis specializes in civil litigation, including family law, commercial, probate, trust and real estate areas. From 1978 to 1980 Ellis was assistant state attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida, serving Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto counties. He is professionally rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Ellis earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in North Carolina in 1975. He earned his law degree from Stetson University in 1978. Ellis is married and has two college-age
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ELECTION 2004 / FLORIDA HOUSE DISTRICT 69 daughters from a previous marriage. His wife has two sons from a previous marriage. Both boys attend Sarasota’s Pine View School. Ellis is a former president of the Sarasota Republican Club. He served as an advisory board member to Mote Marine Laboratory. He is a member of the Rotary Club and the Tiger Bay Club of Sarasota. He is the former president and director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. On the greatest challenge to District 69: “I’m very concerned about the phosphate industry and what it is doing to desecrate our land and contaminate our water. Jerry Paul is someone who I would like to follow as an example of someone who went to Tallahassee and right off the bat took on the phosphate industry. I’m concerned enough about the water in the Peace River and the mining upriver that I want to follow his example. Our representatives have not acted enough to help our counties fight the phosphate industry. Why a county, or a conflagration of counties, have to get together to fight the phosphate companies when people in Tallahassee won’t pick up the phone is beyond me.” On his motivation for running: “The state legislator probably has a greater impact on the lives of the people of Sarasota than any other elected official. How you’re taxed, why you’re taxed and how much you’re taxed all comes out of the state. The laws passed at the state level and the state budgets have an effect on all of us. “People have got to wonder why a woman going into her third term as a legislator should garner competition every time. Why would someone who has lived here 25 years, who has built his business here and raised his family here, be willing to give up the time and all of the effort necessary to run for that position? It’s because there is a great vacuum there. When you ask for someone to represent you, you need to look for someone who has enough credibility and integrity of his own that people in Tallahassee will listen to him. The people of Sarasota have had a cardboard set up in Tallahassee for the last two terms.” On taxation policy: “We have the money in the state budget to cover all the necessary programs, and I can’t anticipate a need to increase taxes to enlarge revenue. It’s all a matter of priority. The Legislature needs to start delivering on the things that the electorate obviously wants. We passed a class-size amendment to the state constitu-
tion. The Legislature has to respond with the funding to a program people say is a priority. The Legislature is supposed to answer to the people, not every special interest that wants a subsidy or a sales-tax exemption.” On health care: Health care is one of the areas where I think, because there are so many special interests and big-money interests, representatives don’t get the opportunity to stand for the consumer. One can point fingers at one group or another, but they are all related. You’re not only talking about the doctors and the hospitals, but also the drug manufacturers, the HMOs, insurance companies, the health-care lawyers. They are all part of the problem. They’re all up there trying to gore their own ox. Each of them has paid lobbyists. They all pump thousands of dollars into the system. They take everybody out to dinner and contribute to campaigns. The consumer really has nobody there. Given that environment, and I don’t think you can change the environment, I don’t understand why more representatives don’t say, ‘OK, guys, let’s get all in one room. Let’s belly up to the bar and talk about how this is going to happen.’ And the representative can sit back and say, ‘Look, I’m representing the consumer.’ The state legislator needs to represent the consumer.” On education: “I cannot understand why the Legislature does not respond to what the electorate wants with regard to education. I know they have a hard time finding the money, but it’s really just a prioritization, because they find the money for anything else that seems to come up. Despite the great efforts that the electorate goes through to try to get the state to move, the state keeps playing a shell game with education funding. “With the example of the class-size amendment, the state was supposed to be responsible for whatever the cost of the class size reduction is. This year the state gave the standard increase to the schools. But instead of giving more money to reduce class size, which is what the mandate was, they demanded that the schools take the burden with a standard increase in budget. The Legislature is not responding to what the electorate wants, and someone has to go up there and do that. I don’t necessarily agree with the entirety of the class-size amendment. I think that for younger students class size is very important, but that’s not necessarily true in Sarasota High
School. The bottom line is the electorate told them what to do. “In vetoing the pre-kindergarten amendment the governor did the right thing, because the Legislature did the wrong thing. The bill did not come anywhere near what the electorate requested. This session, because it’s a session right before an election, nobody wants to fight. So, the Legislature came up with a mealy-mouthed effort and put it on Jeb Bush to decide it didn’t fly. Hopefully, with the help of people like me, the Legislature can have a special session and fix all that. If malpractice is important enough to have a special session, certainly pre-kindergarten education is important enough.” On workers’ compensation reforms: “Workers’ compensation is a huge engine the Legislature is trying to make minor adjustments to. It’s interesting that some changes seem to have a positive result, but some don’t. I’m not sure that the changes they made are the cause, but I have read that premiums have gone down. If they keep going down that’s great. When I look at that industry, which is essentially an insurance industry, I wonder if it wouldn’t be better if government regulated less in that industry. I think we’ve regulated enough, and if we let capitalism take over we might be better off. “At the same time, I think changes can be made in the actual worker’s compensation law. I’m very concerned there are a lot of claims that don’t seem to have much merit. We need to go back into the law with some common sense and require the employees to take more responsibility for their own actions and judgments while on the job.” On funding for the arts: “I want our arts community to flourish and I want government to support it. Is there anywhere else in Florida where there is such a huge arts community in such a small area? Sure, Donna Clarke voted for Nancy Detert’s bill that gave used corporate tax penalties to establish a trust fund for the arts, but why did it take Nancy Detert to do it? Nancy Detert realized the situation with arts funding wasn’t right and did something about it. Donna Clarke had to wait for someone else to initiate action before she went along with it.” On the tourism industry: “I don’t see tourism as I high priority issue. Tourism tends to take care of itself. There are state and county initiatives that are in place, but I can’t recognize at this time any that should be taken out or added.” ❑
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Cops’ Corner Scorecard Noises
Construction Parties Strange Fireworks Loud TV
11 6 5 11 1
Critters Barking dogs Crying dog Loose dogs Dog attacks Dogs on beach Injured bird Snakes Raccoon rescue Defective swans Dead raccoon Chatty parakeet Sick opossum Beached shark
11 1 5 3 8 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 1
High Crimes Burglaries Drug arrests Narcotics violation Larceny Trespassing Vandalism Warrant arrests Fraud Battery Assault
9 1 6 42 26 24 16 6 3 1
Vehicular Occurrences Auto/bike accidents Crashes DUI Fender benders Hit and run Suspicious vehicle Traffic violations Boating violations Reposessed vehicle Skateboarding Gas drive-off Careless driving Sinking boat
49 4 14 2 4 20 83 5 2 3 1 1 1
Husband Cell phones Children Jewelry/watches Purses/wallets Boats/bikes/canoes Cash Driver’s license Silver heirlooms Auto tag Guns Friend Gas Credit Cards PDA
1 5 2 8 13 2 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Only on Longboat Burned toast 1 Improper conduct 4 Property found 35 Property lost 20 Exploding eggs 1 Code violations 147 Property damage 11 Public service 48 Security check 49 lllegally dumped trash 2 Suspicious phone call 13 Suspicious circumstance 53 Suspicious package 3 Collapsed person 4 Suspicious person 15 Tree Tussles 3 Domestic disturbances 16 Elevator rescue 1 Metallica sing-a-long 1 Nude bathers 1 Marauding Mercedes 1 Cutter Lane squabbles 2 Beach Brawl 1 Unregistered guests 1 Statistics represent the reports published in Cops’ Corner year-todate. They are not the official number of calls handled by the police.
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Cops’ Corner Aug. 6 11:22 a.m. — 400 block L’Ambiance Drive. Public Service. Police assisted a Longboat Key man in getting in touch with a motorist. The man had been involved in a traffic accident three days before in Sarasota and had not exchanged insurance information with the other motorist. The man had the motorist’s name and his car license number. 4:22 p.m. — 100 block Broadway. Animal Rescue. Police transported an injured bird to the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary. 4:35 p.m. — 4100 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Traffic Accident. The driver of a Toyota truck struck a parked GMC van as he drove out of his parking space. The damage is estimated at $600 to the van and $100 to the truck. 6:42 p.m. — 6500 block Bayou Hammock Road. Public Service. A woman complained of a white male in a white Dodge truck following her to her home. The woman first noticed the man as she stopped her car on the corner of Broadway and Gulf of Mexico Drive. The woman stopped for some peacocks crossing the road. According to her, the man was frustrated by her stopping and was saying “something.” 8:37 p.m. — 600 block Magnolia Road. Property Found. A man found a power screwdriver with a power pack.
Aug. 7 12:11 a.m. — 700 block Jungle Queen Way. Code Enforcement. Police noted three trailers that were illegally parked. Officer relayed the information to officers doing the day shift so the owners could be contacted. 10:38 a.m. — 2400 block GMD. Property Damage. A Longboat Key man complained of some unknown subjects damaging the passenger side window of his 2004 Lexus. The window appeared to have been hit with a hard, jagged object, causing the outside layer of glass to break.
3:05 p.m. — 7000 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Police stopped a man driving a Toyota with an expired tag. The man was issued two traffic citations for driving with a suspended license and expired tags. 3:39 p.m. — 2100 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Police arrested a man for having no valid driver’s license and giving a false name and date of birth. The man was driving a 1996 red convertible. 4:48 p.m. — St. Armand’s Circle. Assist Other Agency. Police assisted a man in finding his parked vehicle. The man was confused and disoriented and under an unknown medication. He could not provide any family contacts or names and seemed “unable to function in a safe manner.” He was turned over to the Sarasota Police. 7:29 p.m. — 2100 block GMD. Fireworks. A man complained of his neighbor shooting some fireworks the night before. Police tried to contact the neighbor but could not find him. 8:29 p.m. — 500 block Dream Island Road. Traffic Violation. A Bradenton man was arrested for driving with no valid driver’s license. The man had abruptly turned into a parking lot when he saw the police car behind him. Police followed him into the lot, where he was asked for identification. During a search of his car, the officer found a court summons for the man dated July 24 from the Sarasota Police Department. The man was transported to the Manatee County Jail.
Aug. 8 6:07 a.m. — 2100 block GMD. Fireworks. Police responded to complaints of fireworks being discharged from a residence. At the scene, the owner of the residence admitted to firing bottle rockets from a bedroom. The owner handed over the remaining bottle rockets. 8:57 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Fire. Police responded to a call about a power line sparking. A tree limb had touched a power line. No power outage resulted from the incident.
Aug. 9 12:18 a.m. — 6700 block GMD. Traffic Violation. A Sarasota man was
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Aug. 10 2:06 a.m. — 1200 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Police performed a sobriety test on the driver of a silver Mercedes. The tests showed he did not meet the criteria for an arrest. Police noticed the Mercedes because it was parked on the side but not completely clear of the roadway. 1:20 p.m. — 2500 block GMD. Larceny. Potted plants were reported stolen from a condominium entrance. The plants include: two birds of paradise, valued at $30 each; three schefflera plants, valued at $15 each; and two juniper shrubs, valued at $20 each. 1:55 p.m. — 500 block Harbor Point Road. Welfare Check. Police tried to check on a Longboat Key woman. At the residence, the woman could not be located. Her son, who is on vacation from Illinois, was staying at the home. 2:44 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Vandalism. A Longboat Key man reported that an unknown person cut the top of his Nissan convertible. The damage is estimated at $2,500. 3:13 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Vandalism. A Longboat Key man reported an unknown person cut the car cover on his Mercedez Benz. The damage is estimated at $250. ❑
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I have heavy eyelids. Except in the bedroom, this condition is not an asset. I get the feeling they sometimes flutter, and the problem affects me emotionally. I am otherwise healthy, but do wear corrective lenses for farsightedness. I am 68 years old and willing to undergo treatment. What is currently recommended for this problem? I have heard of the use of Botox; does it work and for how long? What about surgery? The fluttering symptom may be blepharospasm — a condition in which one or both eyelids spasm uncontrollably. This condition may result in loss of vision because of trouble keeping the eyes open. The cause is unknown, but, in some cases, is associated with emotional stress and fatigue. A commonly recommended treatment is an injection of a small amount of Botox into the eyelids. An injection of Botox is effective in more than 90% of patients and lasts, on average, for three months. Patients whose spasms are not responsive to Botox or choose not to have injections may be surgical candidates. The most common surgical procedure is orbicularis myectomy. In this procedure, the surgeon removes some or all of the muscles of eyelid closure. This procedure is effective approximately 70% to 80% of the time, although the risks are greater than with injections. A more common cause of eyelid fluttering is muscle fasciculations. Muscle fibers are irritated, usually secondary to fatigue or caffeine. An experienced physician can easily differentiate these two problems. Eric Berman, M.D. Neuro-Ophthalmologist Sarasota and Bradenton
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Leaving and returning to paradise Let’s be honest. As wonderful as Longboat Key is, after a year, it is a pleasure to get away for a while, to find a change of scenery and, at this time of the year, find a change of climate. We loaded the car and off we went — northward. It felt so good to get away from the daily routine and responsibilities. Pretty soon, it felt good to get some cooler weather, too. We did some wonderful sightseeing; in the words of Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff, “What a country!” We stopped and visited with family and delighted in that opportunity. We made it as far as Maine. The sun disappeared, but we didn’t mind. The temperature dropped, and we loved it. It began to rain, and that was all right.
It was a change, and change felt good. After a couple of weeks, we began to get a little edgy. While the cool air still felt good, we began to miss the sun. And while the divestiture of daily responsibility was still something with which I could live, I began to feel lonely for all our friends at home. At last, as former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli put it: “Travel reaches toleration.” It was time to go home. As ready and anxious as we were to leave, we were now anxious to get home. No doubt, many of us have had that kind of experience. But, it isn’t just with respect to travel. There are times in life when we just want to “chuck it … been
by Rabbi Michael EISENSTAT
there, done that ... ” The really important things in life are something we do not simply “chuck.” We know sometimes burdens get heavy, and we have to lay them down for a while, but we have to pick them up and continue carrying them. They are not always “burdens”; things we really do not wish to do. Even responsibilities in which we rejoice are sometimes wearying. Perhaps, if we are lucky, we have our faith to draw upon when those burdens — desired or assigned — become wearying. It is faith that can remind us what we do is important. It is faith that can give us strength and endurance. It is faith that tells us that while our wanderings and absences provide us with fresh perspectives and renewed vigor, real meaning is to be found at home. Michael Eisenstat is rabbi at Temple Beth Israel. ❑
Obituaries Marty Sheade Marty Sheade, M.D., died Friday, Aug. 13, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital from injuries suffered in a fall 10 days earlier. Sheade, who celebrated his 90th birthday in September 2003, moved to Longboat Key in 1983. Sheade’s reply to “How are you?” was always, “Perfect,” regardless of the reality. It earned him the nickname “Dr. Perfect” and reflected his gentle, optimistic nature and intense love of life and living. Sheade was a true Renaissance man with passions that ranged from sports to the arts. He supported the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Sarasota Opera and many other local arts groups, as well as health and human services organizations. He was also a great supporter of the many activities of his wife,
Renée Sheade, who is currently on the boards of the Sarasota Arts Council and the Community AIDS Network. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Sheade moved to Chicago as a toddler and grew up there. He graduated from Chicago Medical School and practiced family medicine from 1939 until 1984. “His patients cried when he retired,” said Renée Sheade. He served as president of the medical staff of Forkosh Memorial Hospital in Chicago and as chairman of its Emergency Room Committee. His love of his work inspired his son, Neal, to become a doctor. His daughter, Carole Ann, who lives in Frankfurt, Germany, has a doctorate in philosophy and slavic languages and literature. Proudly patriotic, Sheade enlisted in the Army Medical Corps in 1943 and
Thomas V. Coons
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served in the Pacific Theatre. His commitment to America and American values is reflected by his support of organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the AntiDefamation League. Survivors include his wife, Renée; son, Neal Sheade, M.D.; daughters Carole Ann Sheade, Candace Halu and Debra Marlow; brothers Albert and Joseph Sheade; and seven grandchildren. A memorial service was held Aug. 17, at Temple Beth Israel, Longboat Key. Memorial donations may be made to Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228; Sarasota/Manatee Jewish Federation, 530 McIntosh, Sarasota, FL 34232; or Community AIDS Network, 1231 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237. — Molly Schechter Contributing Writer
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Charles A. Kropp November 10, 1937 — July 12, 2004 “Live every day as if it’s your last.” Words that Charlie Kropp lived by until he lost his 18-year battle with leukemia on July 12, 2004. Known for his love of life, Charlie touched the lives of everyone he met. His family and friends meant everything to him. He was a mentor to many who went on to be successful entrepreneurs, as well as a benefactor to those in need. His love of sailing, fishing and golf brought him to Longboat Key 18 years ago. Charlie was an alumnus of Purdue University and Northwestern University. Following in the tradition of his family who owned Kropp Forge, Charlie purchased Waukegan Steel Sales in 1965 and developed it into the successful corporation it is today. Charlie is survived by his beloved wife, Marie of Longboat Key FL and Lake Geneva WI; his son Michael Kelly (Vicki) Kropp and grandson Eric West of Schaumburg, IL; sister Arline Shethar of Seattle WA and Sun Valley ID. He was a beloved uncle and godfather to many. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Irene and Roy Kropp, brother Donald, and his son Charles A. “Chipper” Kropp Jr. and daughter Carrie Ann. His many interests are reflected in his social and civic memberships, including the Lake Geneva Yacht Club, Longboat Key Club, Young Presidents Organization, past commodore of the Greater Keelboat Club, past board member of the Geneva Lake Association, and past chairman of the Lake County United Way Drive. After Charlie’s teenage daughter died of lymphoma in 1983, he founded the Carrie Ann Cancer Foundation in her memory to help others in their fight against cancer. Charlie and Marie’s last project together was a pledge to support a new housing project at Aroura University’s Lake Geneva Campus for One Step at a Time Camp for children battling cancer and leukemia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Carrie Ann Cancer Foundation, 909 henry Street, lake Geneva, WI 53147, in hopes of making his dream a reality. Funeral services were held Monday, July 19, 11 a.m. at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Fontana, WI.
Colonel Horace Adlai Stevenson, Jr., (USAF Retired) 1918 — 2004 Colonel Stevenson passed away on August 6, 2004 from congestive heart failure and pneumonia. “Steve” was born on December 29, 1918 in Springville, Alabama. He enjoyed a rich and full life to service to church, country and community; and loving devotion to his family. Steve graduated from Birmingham Souther College where he met and fell in love with his life-long partner, Pamela Cheatham. They were married in November 1942. Following graduation, Steve volunteered for the Army Air Corps where he immediately developed a passionate love for flying airplanes. This passion coupled with a contagious leadership style and loving support from Pam propelled him to a highly successful career as an officer, “Command Pilot”, and authority on air transportation in the United States Air Force. Steve was a Squadron Commander, Group Commander, Base Commander, Inspector General, and Staff Officer in various headquarters including Headquarters, Air Force at the Pentagon. He served our country in three wars; World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Following tours in the Azores Islands, North Africa, the Middle East, Vietnam, and at various stateside Air Force bases, Steve served his final tour in Bermuda for four years as the Commander of Kindley Air Force Base. Steve and Pam retired from the Air Force in November 1970 and moved to Longboat Key. Steve became a very successful Real Estate Broker on Longboat Key. In addition, he devoted time and energy to the community and to his church. Steve was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota Keys, and is last of the original 29 members who held the first meeting on May 16, 1972. He worked tirelessly as the Longboat Key representative to the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority to ease noise from departing aircraft over Longboat Key. However, he and Pam found their greatest joy in service to the Lord through their membership, worship, and fellowship at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota. A man of great faith, Steve served as an Elder, and he and Pam served on various committees together including the New Member Committee. Steve was first and foremost a devoted husband and father. When asked, he would always say his fondest memories are of times with Pam, their children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. In later years, Steve provided loving and constant devotion and caregiving support to Pam who passed away from the effects of Alzheimer’s in 2001. Steve is survived by a brother, Frank; three children, Tom, Gary, and Candy; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren with a sixth on the way. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 1:00 — 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota, FL 34237, (941) 955-8119. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, Dial Hope Fund.
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Vignettes CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9A “Over the years, I’ve cut all of the trees down that could fall on top of the building or near the road. There’s really not much more that we can do here,” said Williams. “Actually we are so pleased that it worked out like it did.”
Hilton still holds wedding The Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort still managed to hold a wedding Saturday, Aug. 14. General Manager Tom Jung reported the wedding family from Charlotte County canceled Friday morning but called back Friday evening to reschedule. Even though some of the wedding guests were evacuated to shelters, the family figured that because everyone was there, the wedding might as well occur. Jung said that on Thursday, the Hilton’s department heads, managers and area officials held several meetings. When the mandatory evacuation started, the Hilton gave its guests relocation hotels, evacuation maps and instructions for what to expect if the water and power went out. The hotel was shut down between 3 and 4 p.m. Thursday. However, Jung and seven department heads and managers stayed behind until Friday morning, when Hurricane Charley became a Category 4. “At that point, I pushed everybody out of the hotel, besides myself. At noon on Friday, I received a call from the direct corporate office to evacuate myself.” The Hilton reopened at about 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, when town officials gave the OK to return to the Key. By Saturday morning, the hotel was 100% up and running. At 11 a.m., the Hilton was renting its rooms to people from Punta Gorda, Venice, radio and TV stations, urgency teams and the state and federal government officials. “Everybody is pretty much close to sold out as far north at St. Petersburg,” said Jung. The Hilton’s losses from Thursday and Friday total at least $50,000. ❑
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When Hurricane Charley decided to make landfall, its 140-mph force cut a new pass through southern Cayo Costa Island, the island just north of North Captiva Island. This was Charleyâ€™s opening greeting to Southwest Florida. For more of what Charley left behind, turn the page. Photos by David Croxford, Jack Elka, Paul Simons and Matt Walsh
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When Anna Maria photographer Jack Elka flew over Southwest Florida Tuesday, he said his airplane view gave him the clear path of Hurricane Charley. Clockwise: The swath that cut through Cayo Costa Island. The bridge connecting Sanibel and Captiva Islands is no longer needed; Charley filled in the pass. Million-dollar homes on Gasparilla Island were not spared. Nor was the South Seas Plantation Resort. Sand washed over the fairways.
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Sandy stage name BY ELINOR ROGOSIN Dance Critic
Anna-Marie Holmes, the international ballet star, was both delighted and surprised to discover that she had most unusual local namesakes, Anna Maria Island and Holmes Beach, and searched the shops for a T-shirt emblazoned with her name. In Sarasota to teach at the Sarasota Ballet Academy’s International Summer School, she thought this would be a different sort of a souvenir. Although Holmes has been living in the public eye since she made headlines as the first Westerner to dance with the fabled Kirov Ballet Company, her unassuming cheeriness as she tells this story is in direct contrast to her years of legendary fame. While still a teenager, dancing with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Holmes was invited to study with legendary teachers in Russia. During her years there, she gained an intimate knowledge of the classic, 19th-century ballets that she has since staged all over the world. “I like to stage a ballet, then teach, then stage a ballet, and so on,” Holmes explained as she chatted for a few moments between classes. “I had such great teachers, and I love to teach — to make the students feel inspired to dance, but with ease, not with anger or yelling. I want to impart what I’ve learned and see how the students improve. It gives me great pleasure.” Still, nothing escaped Holmes’ trained eye as she urged the attentive students on with her own percussive “pings” and “pics” and “jongs” sounds that echoed the music’s syncopation, and gave a rhythmical impetus to the exercises at the barre. At the same time, Holmes kept up a steady stream of comments, reminding the young dancers that they needed strong stomachs to give them a solid center. It was no surprise that student after student, thanked her for being such a wonderful teacher. Holmes has taught all over the world. In fact, she will be on her way to London to teach dancers of The Royal Ballet soon after her stay in Sarasota. Earlier this summer, she had been at Jacob’s Pillow, the well-known summer dance center in Massachusetts. “I’m the director of the ballet program at The Pillow, and we do a very intensive two-week program with 19 or 20 professional or pre-professional dancers,” she said. “They have to learn a new piece in four days and present it at the opening gala. It’s very high pressure, but by the end of the two weeks, at the lecture-demonstration, you can see how much they’ve improved.” Holmes’ voice reflects the enthusiasm she brings to her role as a teacher, even as her own memories slide over from time to time. “I danced the first ‘Corsaire’ at The Pillow in 1968, and the next year, danced in Bronislava Nijinska’s ‘Les Biches,’ she said, referring to the days when she was an international balle-
I had such great teachers, and I love to teach — to make the students feel inspired to dance, but with ease, not with anger or yelling.”
rina, showered with flowers, performance after performance. Intense pressure is a way of life for Holmes, though she spoke of her recent experience staging an updated version of the late 19th-century ballet “Raymonda” for American Ballet Theatre’s spring season with an equanimity belying the problems inherent in such an undertaking. “I had staged a full-length ‘Le Corsaire’ for ABT that had won an Emmy award, and it was a big success for the company,” she said. “The director, Kevin McKenzie, wanted to do a ‘Raymonda,’ and the company in Helsinki, where I had been teaching, wanted to do the ballet as well, and so a co-production was the result. I had the notes from the Soviet period, but I felt it should be updated with more dancing for the men. “Yes,” Holmes acknowledged. “Millions of dollars were involved, but fortunately, all went well. And, the ballet has been filmed. Next, I’ll be staging ‘Laurencia’ for The Joffrey Ballet’s planned tribute to Rudolph Nureyev that will be held in Chicago in October.” “Raymonda” is a ballet that is well known; at least the Glazounov music is often heard, but “Laurencia” needs some explanation. As Holmes began to trace the history of the ballet, she launched into a fascinating, personal glimpse into 20th-century ballet. “Bruce Marks, the former director of The Boston Ballet, TURN TO ANNA MARIE, PAGE 2B
Anna-Marie Holmes was the first Western dancer to join the Kirov Ballet Company.
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Anna Marie CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1B once said to me, ‘You’ve done so much, and you’ve known so many people, you should be much older than you are,’ but I was 14 when I became a professional. While I was still a teen, I had the extraordinary opportunity to study with the famous Russian teacher Natalia Dudinskaya. Chaboukiani had choreographed ‘Laurencia’ for Dudinskaya and himself, and she taught me the ballet. Nureyev, who had danced in ‘Laurencia’ before he left Russia, asked me to help him with the female roles when he was in the process of staging the pas de six from the ballet for The Royal Ballet. That was many years ago, but The Joffrey Company knew this and contacted me.” In the last four years since she left the Boston Ballet Company, where she had been
the artistic director, Holmes has been traveling the globe. Not only does she find it to be a stimulating experience, but staying in different countries, often for months at a time, has increased her vocabulary. “I’m able to teach — ballet talk, but not discuss politics in a variety of languages — and also order food,” she said with a laugh. “My mind is more active, more sharp because I have to keep so many ballets in my memory. And, also, it is an opportunity to form new friendships.” In fact, during the next few months, Holmes will be teaching in Toulouse, France; then in Copenhagen; and then coach a production of “La Bayadere” in Antwerp. Next summer, she’ll be back directing the ballet program at Jacob’s Pillow; and after, perhaps, Anna-Marie Holmes will find a wedge in her busy schedule to return to Sarasota, where, most certainly, that elusive Anna Maria Tshirt will be waiting for her. ❑
On the HORIZON Music to the Eyes ... “Music as Muse” is an exhibition of Marge Bennett’s recent work, which will run from Sept. 10 through Oct. 19, at Art Center Sarasota, with an artist’s reception taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Bennett is known to area art lovers both for her skill and diversity; her paintings range from patterned and geometric to the free form and diffuse. In her latest series, she takes music as her inspiration to create a visual accompaniment to the art of the ear. Call 365-2032.
‘The Sound of Sarasota’ June LeBell, The Longboat Observer’s tireless music critic, will be continuing her celebrated interview and performance series at 3 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. The series focuses on area musicians and musical groups. Irene Herman and Richard Storm will present a tribute to Jeanette McDonald Aug. 25; jazz pianist Lillette Jenkins-Wisner will speak and perform Sept. 1; Olivia Swaan, the Irish harpist and singer, will be featured Sept. 8; Ronald Rohm, a member of the Canadian Brass, will take the stage Sept. 15; Lorraine Murphy-Renfroe (a lyric soprano) and Douglas Renfroe (a bass-baritone) will be featured Sept. 22; and the Sarasota Pops Orchestra will make an appearance Sept. 29. Call 552-5298 for directions and details.
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Marge Bennet’s “Simple Pleasures” evokes the spirit of Aaron Copland"s Appalachian Spring at Art Center Sarasota. How do the dancers jump around like that without hurting themselves? Dance aficionados who’ve considered such burning questions will find a few answers at this upcoming Q&A session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Sarasota Ballet of Florida’s dancers and artistic staff will be on hand to answer audience questions about what goes on behind the scenes. It’s a look at the creative thinking behind the art of dance — and maybe a little backstage gossip as well. Call 383-4269.
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Once upon a time in Mexico An artist-in-exile paints himself into a corner. Can he find a way out? BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor
The year is 1992. The art world, at least the art world of Jon Robin Baitz’ play, is crying out for authenticity. It’s sick to death of gimmicky installations and shock for shock’s sake. The quest for the real thing may give art critics everywhere Theater something to argue about, but to “Ten Unknowns” art dealer Trevor Fabricant (Jason O’Connell), it’s a marketing Florida Studio Theater opportunity plain and simple. Aug. 6 Fabricant happens to represent Malcolm Rafelson (George Tynan Crowley). Like Thomas Hart Benton, Rafelson was a representational artist who’d done commissions for the Works Projects Administration. Unlike Benton and others, he’s been largely forgotten by art historians. The conceit of Baitz’ play is that Rafelson was part of a “Ten Unknowns” exhibit of WPA artists in 1949. After a few brief years of exposure and popularity, his style fell out of fashion when abstract expressionism fell into fashion. In 1964, Rafelson fled the United States into self-imposed exile in Mexico. He’s stayed there ever since. But in 1992, art history — or art marketing, at any rate — is catching up to him. From his redoubt in New York City, Fabricant fabricates a scheme to do a retrospective exhibition of Rafelson’s nowtrendy authentic work. Of course, calling it a “retrospective” forces him to include some new stuff along with the old WPA pieces. To prod the artist into producing some new stuff, Fabricant has sent Judd Sturgess (PJ Sosko), his assistant and lover, to be Rafelson’s assistant — but not lover. Sturgess is a flip, glib, middle-class art student and recovering drug addict, whom Fabricant has pulled up from the depths. According to Rafelson, he’s good at “mixing, lifting and chattering.” But it’s clear he must be good at something more. Rafelson is painting again. The first part of Fabricant’s plan has worked. Now, with the retrospective only weeks away, Fabricant hops down to Mexico to get the goods. As the play opens, he’s hovering about the scenes at Rafelson’s studio trying,
not too diplomatically, to get permission to take the artist’s new work back to New York. To complicate matters, Rafelson has also opened his doors to a young woman named Julia Bryant (Jessica Henson). She’s an American graduate student who’s researching the decline of a frog population in a nearby lake. Perhaps the aging artist is trying to out-Picasso Picasso. He’s certainly more interested in young women than amphibians. But he’s still not interested in letting Fabricant crate up his paintings. What ensues is a wrestling match between the art business and the real business of creating art. With Sturgess and Henson hovering at the fringes of the argument, Fabricant tries to sell Rafelson on the notion that selling his art is a proof of its worth. When that fails, he tries to sell him on the value of recognition alone. No sale. Why not? Well, that would be telling. What I can tell you is that Baitz’ play is an intricate, intelligent thing, a dance of scintillating, smart, believable conversation on matters of both head and heart. It’s also one of those plays with a revelation up its sleeve. Without giving the game away, let’s just say that things are a little more complicated than a war between an angel artist and a devil art dealer. Nobody’s wearing any halos here. Kate Alexander’s direction comes at you more sideways than straight-on. As Act I progresses, she doesn’t hit you over the head with big ideas and important cultural issues. The conversations are casual, off-hand, witty. The offhandedness suckers you in and gets your guard down. By the time the stakes are raised, you’re too deeply involved to back away. As Raphelson, Crowley puts in an excellent original performance with no derivative hints of Ed Harris’ Jackson Pollock or Kris Kristofferson’s character in “New York Stories,” or a thousand other artist types he could have stolen from. His character comes off as a true individual, not the usual tortured artist type, but a basically goodhumored guy who loses his temper every now and then. (This helps sell you on the fact that he really is tortured.) Like the playwright who created him, Trevor Fabricant is a South African expatriate. (Yet another exile.) O’Connell plays this Boer as a bit of a boor. He’s used to barking orders, and damned well not used to egalitarian North Americans
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Jessica Henson and George Tynan Crowley consider art and extinction in “Ten Unknowns” at Florida Studio Theatre. ignoring his authoritative voice. Sosko offers a nice take on Sturgess — a seemingly shallow, minor character who proves to be not so shallow and not so minor in the end. He shows you the character’s inner depth and the reason why he created the slick “surfer dude” façade. As Henson, Bryant, unfortunately, is stuck with playing a fairly minor character. She seems to be the least fully realized in Baitz’ script — despite a tacked-on back story about a bad marriage and an abortion. She’s pretty much an allAmerican girl, and that’s that. Bryant burns through her character’s limitations with a fearless emotional openness. She’s defiantly not tortured, not duplicitous, not insane. Defiantly, Bryant makes you believe in her. This tale of a self-imposed Anglo exile in Mexico, haunted by memories of ancient Aztec sacrifices, owes no small debt to Malcolm Lowry’s “Under the Volcano.” There’s one key difference, though. In the end, Baitz’ exile doesn’t spurn the grace that’s offered. It’s a very big difference. ❑
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Pre-season prognostications: Part II Florida West Coast Symphony’s yet-to-be-finished symphonies When I stopped being a classical music DJ, I swore that I was finished with Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony. I’d heard it too many times because it fit so easily into our radio play-list. But, when I see it on a program, paired with the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, I think maybe the “Unfinished” isn’t finished, after all. The upcoming Florida West Coast Symphony season has much to make you think twice — especially in the orchestra’s special “Composer’s Series,” which takes the ensemble from the Van Wezel to the Opera House for a quartet of attention-grabbing programs: two in October and another two in April. In past years, it has used this series to focus on specific composers: Beethoven and Mendelssohn. This time, it’s devoted to Vienna’s Golden Age with works by Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and a trio of lesser-knowns: Gassmann, Holzbauer and Monn. The opening October concert features three audience favorites: Schubert’s Overture to “Rosamunde,” Mozart’s lovely Piano Concerto No. 21 (most recently reincarnated as the theme from “Elvira Madigan”) and Haydn’s stirring “Military” Symphony. The soloist in both the Mozart and the Beethoven piano concertos will be Per Tengstrand.
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The April concerts in this series feature trumpeter Todd Craven in Haydn’s E flat major Concerto and Jonathan Spivey in Schubert’s Fantasia in C. And the all-orchestral works include a Mozart opera overture, Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony (not serenade) and, finally, Haydn’s “Farewell.” They’re all fun, easy-to-listen-to and well-rounded programs. And, they’re all conducted by FWCS Music Director Leif Bjaland. The orchestra’s regular season presents a nice variety of series, from the Masterworks and Pops to Salons, Conversations, Young Artists Competitions, Youth Orchestra Concerts and some special events, such as a Debutante Ball and the Perlman Music Program Winter Residency. As you know, the Salons feature small ensembles from the orchestra playing chamber music. In the upcoming season, my favorite is the Dec. 16 performance, which features all four chamber ensembles in works by Zelenka, Ewald, Fauré, Shostakovich and Spohr. It’s a beauty. Then, so is the Salon Afternoon performance Oct. 3, featuring the Florida String Quartet in “Vienna Masters.” Webern, Haydn and Schubert (“Death and the Maiden”) are the masters in question. The Pops series, conducted by Andrew Lane, takes us from Broadway, through the holidays and into Valentine’s and Serenades. There are “Great Escapes,” most often led by Oscar Bustillo, in which we journey on musical river excursions, go to “Meetings with Famous Heroes and Villains” and, with Bjaland at the helm, visit the Broadway stage and silver screen to “Face the Music and Dance.”
There’ll be another “CineSymphony,” incorporating the talents of the Florida West Coast Symphony with the Sarasota Film Festival. And, in February, there’ll be several weeks featuring the symphony’s “Designer Showcase,” a non-musical but artistic rendezvous in a pair of luxury condominiums decorated by some of the area’s top designers. (I like to think of this as a composition in the making, with interior designers as the conductors.) There are other special fund-raisers, too. On Nov. 13, there’s an Opening Night Gala (“Pure Phantasy”) in the Van Wezel’s Grand Foyer, with cocktails, dinner, “afterglow” and, of course, the festival season-opening Masterworks concert with Bjaland and pianist Horacio Gutiérrez. And, while the price tag on that one — $500 per couple — may be a little hefty for some of us, there are also freebies planned such as the Youth Orchestra Concerts Nov. 20 and Dec. 6, and “Home for the Holidays,” a Dec. 11 sing-along at Holley Hall. The Masterworks Series and the very special inaugural season of the Perlman (as in Itzhak) Music Program Winter Residency are too good to stuff into this week’s column. So we’ll give them a special spotlight of their own next week. Stay tuned.
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page 1998 novel, “A Widow for One Year” — and it’s only his second feature film. I found it to be on a par with, if not better than, Sam Mendes’ “American Beauty” when it comes to addressing the all-too-familiar “dysfunctional family.” He deftly manages to inject humor into this tale of perverse tragedy and does so without stooping to mere comic relief. And casting Bridges was a stroke of genius. He’s one of those rare actors who always seems comfortable in his own
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Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art & Design — “William Tarr: Small Monu-
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Wallace Fine Art — Work by Italo Botti, the Russian “plein air” painters, Antonio Carreño and others. 387-0746. Elizabeth Rice Fine Art — “Group Show.” Showcasing work by Sam Francis, Donald Sultan and Randi Grantham. 954-8575. Sonnet Gallery — Summer is the season for the powerful imagery of Steven Katzman, Marguerita Deleuze, Ivan Rojas, Barbara Harrison and Adrian Serrano. 955-6443. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Landscapes Part II.” Deborah Brown, Greg Edonson, Joan Moment and Antonio Petracca offer additional perspectives through August. 3662093. Palm Avenue Gallery — “Sarasota Artists.” Pepsi Freund, Kurt Larisch and Bette Caffrey are featured in August. 9535757. Plum Door Gallery — “Group Show.” Showcasing art by Zoe von Averkamp, Debbie Dannheisser, Patricia Gawle, Ellen
Allon Sams at ‘FridayFest’ Smooth jazz keyboardist Allon Sams and friends will perform at the next free “FridayFest” outdoor concert from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Sarasota Bay near the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303. Kaiden and Elizabeth Van Riper. 3620960. Blue House Gallery — “The Usual Suspects.” This group show of work by Abgott, Case, Chinnis, Moody, Thomas and White runs through Sept. 1. 3660211.
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Banyan Theater Company — “Vincent in Brixton.” Van Gogh, the angry young artist, discovers amour, absinthe, his muse and his madness through this Sunday, Aug. 22. 358-5330. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “The Sound of Music.” The hills are alive with you-know-what through Sept. 5. 366-5454. Florida Studio Theatre — “Ten Unknowns.” Jon Baitz’ play presents the “bohemian dance” of a rebellious artist and a smug art dealer through this Sunday, Aug. 22. 3669000.
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‘The Sound Of Sarasota’ — Irene Herman and Richard Storm will present a tribute to Jeanette McDonald at 3 p.m. Aug. 25, at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. 552-5298. Longboat Key Center for the Arts — Still accepting enrollment for some open studio art classes. 383-2345. Florida Studio Theatre School — Offering summer classes in acting, dance and voice for kids and adults. 3661350. Anna Maria Island Art League — Youth and adult classes in visual arts. 778-2099. Community Music School — Music instruction for kids and adults at all levels. 953-4410. Mosaic Classes — Teacher Randy Lassalle puts the pieces together in the additive art of hand-cut glass. 3493509. ❑
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pling each. We all agreed that the plentiful penne was a champagne celebration. Proving to be more than provencial, the Shrimp Provencale was proudly displayed on the plate. Large, marinated and grilled shrimp were lined atop a mound of rice pilaf with a tomato and kalamata olive sauce. I took a bite and got a sweet sensation from a currant that was mixed into the rice, followed by a mouthful of Mediterranean mania. Seizing the last part of our meal, we engaged in the Apple Tart Eleonor. Served in the shape of an apple, the tart was sweet and sour with thin slices of crisp green apple. There was no better way to end our Carpe Diem dinner. True to its inspirational message, Carpe Diem dares with its dishes and ingredients — not afraid to put a new twist on things. The restaurant takes advantage of what it has to offer and makes it work. So, go seize the day — and a great dinner. ❑
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Brilliant red flowers line Carpe Diem’s dining room, complementing the red floral paintings. courses for a little longer to make the best choice. I couldn’t seem to look past the pasta and ordered the Champagne Chicken Penne — with pieces of chicken and sun-dried tomatoes in a champagne cream sauce. Two of my other companions shared the same soft spot for the Shrimp Provencale. Finishing off the order, my last companion ordered the filet mignon. With the filet, diners are offered a choice of side and sauce. My companion was pleased with his puff pastry escargot in a creamy sauce, but I let him be the critic of that one. However, I was happy to help my other companion sip up his simple and smooth potato leak soup. I also was able to sample the house salad of mixed greens with Maytag crumbled blue cheese and a tangy balsamic ranch dressing. The table was heaped with food, but we all managed to clean our plates to make room for the next round. We took advantage of our eclectic mix of entrées, sam-
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GRANDE RIVIERA - Don't miss out on the best location in town now under construction. Enjoy unparalleled panoramic views from this luxury residence. Private docks available. Priced from $2,400,000 CHERYL LOEFFLER 552-2669 DOWNTOWN ew el n BAYFRONT - Superb N od pe location coupled with Mw O fabulous Bay views are o yours at the Beau Ciel. N Just 44 luxury units make this one of the most prestigious addresses in downtown Sarasota. A palette of lifestyle amenities can be yours in this exclusive new luxury tower... Hurry as the developer is almost sold out! Open MonSat 10-5pm and Sun 12-5pm. Priced from $1,700,000 955-3034
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We know luxury homes down to the last detail. Buying or selling a luxury property can present a myriad of details. Sellers want an effective marketing strategy, while prospective buyers want in-depth information and confidentiality. At Prudential Palms Realty, we understand the marketing and sale of luxury properties down to the last detail. Choose the Best on Longboat Key! BIRD KEY WATERWAY - New home with well thoughtout floor plan & great water views. Amenities include master suite w/his & her bath, stunning kitchen w/stainless appliances, granite counters family room w/gorgeous view down the canal, bonus room, spacious patio & pool and dock w/lift. $2,495,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220 LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES Wonderful Mediterranean home with glorious views of Sarasota Bay and recently completed by luxury builder Peter Laughlin. Some of the gorgeous amenities include a fabulous master suite with balcony overlooking the Bay, gourmet kitchen, marble floors, elevator, deep water dock and beach access. $3,095,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136
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SOLYMAR ON SIESTA KEY - The only community on North Siesta Key with single family beachfront lots. Ranging from 2,900 to 4,600 air conditioned square feet these homes embody Old World charm & the beauty of Spanish Mediterranean architecture. Nine exquisite homes priced from $3,200,000. 346-7527
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L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - Extraordinary penthouse with magnificent views of the Gulf, sunsets, Key Club golf course, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay and lights of downtown Sarasota. This sumptuous penthouse's interior was designed by world renowned designer Robert Stuffings. Amenities include: 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14ft. ceilings, 2400 sq ft of wrap around terraces and 3 under cover parking spaces. $5,995,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Attn: Savvy Successful Baby Boomer: Longboat Top Waterfront Location. New 5 BR/3BA home w/Classy Amenities a very extraordinary home! Equitable value surrounded by higher priced homes. Excellent builder with a Spring '05 completion. Bay Views, Sailboat Deep Water + Deeded Beach Access. $2,499,000. KENT PETERSON 552-3980
SABAL COVE - Distinguished architects own home located behind the gates in Sabal Cove. This fabulous 5BR contemporary home is situated on over half an acre, has a large terrace, pool & spa and extensive landscaping for privacy. The interior includes a 3 story entrance atrium, 2 story living room w/walls of windows, solid oak floors, granite, gas fireplace, 5 balconies and a screened porch overlooking the pool & terrace. $1,349,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136
L’AMBIANCE ON LONGBOAT KEY - Anything and everything has been done to this 3-4BR/3BA unit. Ray Routh kitchen, stone, new carpet, new herringbone wood floor just to name a few of the super amenities. Superb detailing and spectacular views are yours from this fabulous royal unit! $3,395,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 WATERCLUB Extraordinary direct beach front Water Club II Condominium that has the feel of a beach home. Located on the front of the building this 3BR/4BA, Arlington is very special and a one-of-a-kind. Exquisitely turnkey furnished with gorgeous artwork, alabaster lighting, gold leafed mirrors, silk window treatments, stunning built-ins and crown molding. Also includes its own 2-car garage. $2,995,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆
VIZCAYA ON LONGBOAT KEY Expansive penthouse w/magnificent vistas of the pool, Gulf, beach and impeccable grounds. 3BR + bedroom casita w/private balcony. Expansive wrap around terrace w/summer kitchen. Private elevator. Floor plan improved during construction to produce a wonderful layout. Separate 2 car garage. Partially furnished elegant estate enclave of only 31 residences. $3,675,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 GRAND BAY Gorgeous 3BR/3BA Biscayne unit on the Bay with decorator finishes, plantation shutters, wonderful builtins, tiled floors, expansive terrace and loads of upgrades. An immaculate home with an upscale resort feel. Amenities include heated pool, fitness center & tennis. Deeded beach access. $924,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707
Mainland Properties BEAU CIEL Just completed decorator ready 8th floor unit. Beautiful Bay and marina views. Top of the line appliances and finishes. Outstanding amenities included fitness center, full concierge, valet parking and a stunning pool area. Close to Downtown theaters and dining. $1,100,000. HOYT BEATY/MARTY BENSON 552-3989 SADDLE CREEK Great equestrian community with 26 miles of Trails. Beautifully updated 5BR/4BA SpanishMediterranean home on 6.2 acres overlooking serene lake. Soaring ceilings, bamboo wood/ceramic floors and granite counters in kitchen. Guest suite/sep. entr & kitchen. $1,100,000. MARYLINE O’DEA/DAVID FOSTER 552-2452 LAKEWOOD RANCH Owners rarely used this vacation home.3-4BR/3BA home with beautiful golf course views and panoramic views of Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and designer tile flooring. Bonus area in garage for work space or golf cart storage. Additional storage room in garage. Veranda with outstanding glassed-in summer kitchen. $875,000. JIM SODA 552-2666 DESOTO LAKES Bring your kayak or canoe – Lake access from your own back yard! 3BR/2BA Desoto Lakes homes has great views! Tile floors throughout, wood burning fireplace and more. Priced to sell- Don’t delay – Get your paddle ready for fun on the lake! $184,900. LINDA THOMPSON 552-2693
RITZ CARLTON PENTHOUSE SARASOTA, FL Situated on the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” crowns the spectacular tower the “Beausoleil” unit with 4,965 sq. ft. living area envelopes two terraces overlooking the marina, features 3BR, den, library and 3 baths. Residents may take advantage of the impeccable personal “round the clock” professional hotel staff. $3,750,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707
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New Yorkers and baby boomers Amy Attas and her husband, Steve Shapiro, like the Inn as an investment and vacation home.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club has seven buildings with 221 individually owned condominium units. They range from club suites in the 600- to 650-square-foot range to two-bedroom, two-bath units with more than 1,600 square feet.
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‘Inn’ place to be Baby boomers, rational pricing and new management are driving rising interest in Longboat’s Inn on the Beach.
Unit 5105 Club suite with golf course and lake views and private, walk-down terrace. Owner has renovated privately; unit is not currently in hotel rental program. Listed at $279,000. Coldwell Banker, Lynn Koy, 387-1803.
Unit 4305 Direct beachfront club suite. New a/c, carpet and paint in July. Update to club rental program for $46,590 plus furniture. Listed at $399,000. Coldwell Banker, Andrew Bers, 3832250.
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Direct beachfront deluxe two-bedroom, two-bath unit, end unit with terraces and the largest floor plan available. Non-renovated. $1,100,000. Developers Realty Inc., Reid Murphy, 232-3304.
GOING UP: SAMPLING OF INN ON THE BEACH SALES These five units at Inn on the Beach have either been purchased twice or purchased and re-listed for sale in the last 12 months. Data is courtesy of Gail Wittig, Saint Cacchiotti and Jenifer Schwell of Michael Saunders & Co. Unit #
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here are only three open listings for condominiums at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, also known as The Inn on the Beach. This compares to a “normal” inventory of 15 to 25. It is “the lowest inventory I’ve ever seen,” according to Realtor Gail Wittig of Michael Saunders & Co., who, with teammate Saint Cacchiotti, has specialized in this property since 1990. “We have a waiting list of people, and good units when they come on sell right away,” Wittig says. “Listings often don’t even hit the (Multiple Listing Service) computer.” The same trends driving the overall Longboat Key real estate market are influencing demand at Inn on the Beach. Preretirement baby boomers, for example, are an increasingly important market segment. They can buy at the Inn now, use their property for vacations while they are still working and rent out their properties the rest of the time. Said another way: They get free
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vacations, an acceptable return on their dollars invested, and they get into the appreciation cycle. When they do retire, they can live in their condo, sell it and trade up or, as many early purchasers do, buy something else to live in and keep their place at the Inn for guests and/or as an investment. The passion for beachfront property is another trend influencing the value of units at Inn on the Beach. Realtor Lynne Koy of Coldwell Banker Previews on Longboat Key says, “This is no mystery. A little pied-àterre on the beach is still the Great American Dream.” Adds Realtor Andrew Bers, also of Coldwell Banker, who has sold several units there over the past year, says, “The sun, moon and stars are aligned” for investors at the Inn. He describes a “huge base of people who really do want their place in the sun for less than $500,000” and reports a “softening in the market at $2.5 million to $3 million, TURN TO INN ON THE BEACH, PAGE 5C
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FURNISHED 7th Floor - 3100 sq. ft. $2,195,000 contemporary design, custom details, original art.
GRAND BAY Great amenities in a grand Longboat Key community - heated pool, spa, Har-Tru tennis, magnificent clubhouse, exercise, kitchen, BBQ, deeded beach access. Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden shutters and decorator detailed. $924,000.
INDIAN BEACH Distinguished Architect's Home Located Behind The Gates In Sabal Cove Fabulous 5BR, contemporary home situated on over half an acre, has a large terrace, pool and spa and extensive landscaping for privacy. The interior includes a 3-story entrance atrium, 2-story living room w/walls of windows, solid oak floors, granite, marble, gas fireplace, 5 balconies & screened porch overlooking the pool. $1,349,000 Virtual Tour Magnificent beach front enclave of 31 elegant residences with 2 car garages and private elevators. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse w/ fitness facilities & a private beach. Fabulous double unit with the ultimate in custom finishes and the most incredible detailing imaginable! Five bedrooms and over 6600 square feet of “over the top” living on the beach. $6,495,000 Expansive penthouse with endless views of Gulf, pool & grounds from wrap-around terrace. $3,675,000
This 1920’s home has been expanded and updated yet retains its period ambience. Approximately 5800 square feet, 2BR/2BA Main House, 2BR/2BA Guest House, two 2-Car Garages, Basement and Fishing Pier. Full Bay Views. Wood floors, 3 fireplaces, ceiling art by Paul Montgomery. This home was a 2001 Designer Showcase Home. $4,495,000.
Rare opportunity located mid-key with water EN PROVENCE on three sides. Great boating! Call for more Exclusive paradise of 21 beachfront residences. this info! $3,995,000. 3,427 sq. ft. 3BR3BA has grand terraces, direct Gulf BAYOU CIRCLE views, 2 garage spaces & more. $2,395,000.
Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with stunning views of the Gulf and downtown Sarasota. This condominium is beautifully turnkey furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. World-class amenities & clubhouse. $2,500,000 Virtual Tour
World class building offers full concierge service, exercise, clubroom, heated pool & spa and har-tru tennis. Spectacular 3BR/3.5BA ROYAL plan. Stone & wood floors. Huge Gulf views. $3,395,000.
GRANDE RIVIERA ON THE TIP OF GOLDEN GATE POINT ■ $2,495,000 4th Floor Approx. 3,800 sq. ft. ■ $1,675,000 3rd Floor Approx. 2,650 sq. ft.
Porto Paradiso Three Bayfront Residences To Be Built In The Mediterranean Style with gorgeous Gulf and Bay views. These large residences will include 3 bedrooms plus media rooms, gorgeous finishes, gourmet kitchens, private pools w/outdoor kitchens, rooftop gardens, elevators, 3-car garages, deep-water docks & beach access. $3,500,000 plus
Views of gulf, bay & skyline. 9th floor Dover plan. South side of Water Club II. $2,595,000.
Wonderful Mediterranean Home with glorious views of Sarasota Bay and located on a deep-water channel that can accommodate a 50 ft. boat. Some of the gorgeous amenities include two master suites, kitchen and a disappearing edge pool with spa. Premier, private location in Country Club Shores. $2,850,000 Virtual Tour Extraordinary L’Ambiance Penthouse with magnificent views of Gulf, sunsets, Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Amenities include double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 2,400 sq ft of wrap terraces and 3 parking spaces. $5,995,000 Virtual Tour
Striking architectural style offering a private enclave of only 13 luxurious residences. Unparalleled panoramic views and a marina with limited boat slips.
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SANCTUARY Tranquil lake views, high ceilings, 3BR/2.5BA private townhome. “Like New” condition. $698,000. 2600 sq. ft. w/many upgrades. Gulf and Bay views. Partially furnished. $1,378,000. RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE
Awesome views, 10th floor, fireplace. 3000 sq. ft. 4BR/4BA Bayfront home, complete quest suite $1 ,550,000. w/balcony. Graciously furnished. $1,495,000.
Extraordinary, Three Bedroom & Bath, Fairway Bay Condominium with gorgeous, unobstructed views of the bay and downtown Sarasota. This 2560 sq. ft. condominium lives like a home with full bay views from most rooms. Amenities: den/office, two balconies, security shutters, wet bar. Don’t miss this rare find. $995,000 Virtual Tour
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18th floor, “Penthouse” overlooking the marina Direct gulf front renovated unit. Awesome sunsets! and city. $3,750,000. $675,000.
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Extraordinary Water Club II Condominium that has the feel of a beach home. This 3-bedroom Arlington is very special and one-of-a-kind. Exquisitely turnkey furnished with gorgeous artwork, alabaster lighting, silk window treatments, stunning built-ins and crown molding. Also includes 2-car garage. $2,995,000 Virtual Tour
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and recently completed by luxury builder Peter Laughlin. Some of the gorgeous amenities include a fabulous master suite with balcony overlooking the Bay, gourmet kitchen, marble floors, elevator, deep-water boat dock and deeded beach access. Beach, Boat, and Bay views from brand new home, it doesn’t get any better. $3,095,000 Virtual Tour
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Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, this custom contemporary home offers a bright, spacious interior amidst lush landscaping. Boasting delightful privacy, 3BR/2.5BA residence has volume ceilings, extensive marble flooring & large caged pool area w/heated pool, spa & pool bath. The deluxe master suite is on the main level w/guest bedrooms on the second & third floors. There is a delightful chef’s kitchen opening into a generous family room with a fireplace & an informal dining area. $849,000.
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Holiday Beach Resort falls to condominiums At the rate rental resorts are being sold for luxury condominium projects, it won’t be long before there aren’t any accommodations for seasonal tourists on Longboat and Lido keys. Most residents of Longboat and other keys first came to this area as short-term tourists, often renting hotel or motel units on the beach. How this will affect development and business on the keys is the big question today. The latest beach motel to succumb to the conversion trend on Longboat Key was the July 27 sale of the 25-unit Holiday Beach Resort at 4765 Gulf of Mexico Drive. It was sold for $11.8 million by its popular owners, Ann Georgevich and her husband, Robert Georgevich. They have owned and operated the three-acre Gulf beach resort for the past 34 years. The Georgeviches purchased the property in 1970 for less than $400,000; they realized a gross profit of $11.4 million in the intervening 34 years. Robert Byrne and Steven Noriega’s Orchid on Longboat Key LLC were the buyers of the resort. They plan to replace 25 rental units with 18 expensive condominiums on the spacious Gulf-front tract. The new condominiums will be priced from $1.5 to $2.5 million. Byrnes and Noriega previously developed Villa Rosa, a gated Anna Maria Island subdivision of 15 single-family homes.
Bay Isles James Elliot Hough of Sarasota sold his home at 1490 Harbor Sound Drive, in the first Unit of Bay Isles, to Joel Cohen, 510 Harbor Point Road, for $1.5 million. The fourbedroom and four-bath home has a swimming pool and was constructed in 1976. Hough bought the home for $1.2 million in July 2001.
Country Club Shores Unit I Mark L. Goitein of Pennington, N.J., purchased the Country Club Shores, Unit I, home, 560 Schooner Lane, from Lourdes B. and Jesse R. Patalinghug, 591 N. Birdie Lane, for $1.38 million. The four-bedroom and 3.5-bath seawalled home was built in 1965 and has a swimming pool.
Columnist Mike Royko’s condo sold
Up in the old Village of Longbeach, George Hahas Jr. of Port Washington, N.Y., purchased the three-bedroom and two-bath home at 620 Linley St. from Suzanne Nault and her husband, L. Wade Hawley, for $664,000. Constructed in 1980, it is one of the more modern houses in the Village.
This is certainly one of the most spectacular properties on the west coast of Florida. No expense was spared to make this 12,000 SF home a true masterpiece. Artisans from around the country patiently fulfilled the owner’s dream of a magnificent mansion on the river. 2 master suites, 3 guest rooms, maid quarters, music room, library, a bar and media room which would fit a first class hotel, 5 car garage and a 360 ft boat dock. The property is sold furnished. $10,900,000 This SECLUDED ISLAND type property is probably the most attractive bay front property in Sarasota. Connected to the mainland only by a driveway, offering absolute privacy. The mature oak trees and tropical vegetation, along with breathtaking views of the keys, make this completely renovated 1920s home most unique. It allows for a laid-back life style in the center of a bustling city. Offered at $10,000,000 Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the breathtaking panorama of sparkling SARASOTA BAY and beautiful Longboat Key, this unique estate presents dazzling display of space and light within its bold, innovative artistry. The 10,000+/- square-foot, three level residence boasts a fabulous master suite with outstanding views, gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances, six satellite kitchens seamlessly blended throughout the main and guest home, porcelain floors, and custom built-ins. $6,250,000 150 feet of beautiful and unspoiled beach in the SANDERLING CLUB, a 1.6 acre property from gulf to lagoon. Ideal site to build dream home or to use existing structure with 4,500+ sf under roof for remodeling. Also ideal for anyone looking to acquire “additional” 180ft. of beachfront. $5,875,000 Grand estate from Gulf to Bay, on NORTH CASEY KEY’S most desirable and exclusive end. The home and guest house were built in 1986 and feature 5 BR, large foyer and great room as well as a multiple car garage space which can be transformed to other use. The lushly landscaped grounds include tennis court, 80ft lap pool, bayside dock and white sandy beach with breathtaking views to Siesta Key. $5,385,000 Fabulous Five Star RITZ CARLTON lifestyle. Special agreement has been made for membership to Spa, Beach club & Golf club all to be included in this purchase. Enjoy impeccable pampering from an award winning hotel staff. Bathed in a breathtaking panorama, bay & city views. Have it all. 2 elegant master bedrooms, library, gourmet kitchen, sound system, gallery-foyer & exquisite dining rm. Easy walk to shopping. Most desirable location in Sarasota, the Cultural Capital of Florida. $4,650,000 Rarely available condo in SANDS POINT, behind the gates of LBK Club. Beautiful lagoon views from open spacious living & master rooms. 1BR with den, which could be used as 2nd bedroom. Grounds maintained to high standards, with pool, hot tub & beautiful beach on Gulf of Mexico. Dock available with electric, water and fishing tackle. $550,000.
Cabana Beach Club Cabana Beach Club (nee Dunes Beach Front Resort) is another example of a rental beach resort converting to condominium ownership. There were three sales at the 11-unit Cabana Beach Club, 5851 Gulf of Mexico Drive, by new owner Whitstar Corp. Signing the deed of sale for Whitstar was its vice president, Charles L. Starr III, 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Classic Condos Corp., Ocala, purchased two units, 6 and 5-B, for $620,000; Dyan Saccoccio of Scituate, R.I., bought Unit 12 for $299,000; and Cabana Bayside LLC, 4080 Gulf of Mexico Drive, acquired Unit 11 for $350,000.
LBK Yacht & Tennis Club Elizabeth E. and Ralph J. Mills of Tampa sold Unit 203 at the 17-unit Mark II in the Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club to Paul J. Morse of Galloway, N.J., for $594,500.
Arbomar Apartments Nolan C. Craver Jr. of Urbana, Ill., bought apartment 401 at the 32-unit Arbomar Apartments, 4485 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Stella Puig, of Bradenton, for $575,000.
Longbeach Village’s Seagrape Shirley T. and Martin J. Mercer of Bradenton sold Apartment 11 in the Seagrape Building of the 89-unit Longbeach Village Condominiums to Dorothy J. and Dennis F. Harezo of Bradenton for $570,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 7001 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1974. The apartment was previously owned by former major league relief pitcher Tommy Hume and his wife, Susan. The Humes sold it for $175,000 in April 1988.
Inn on the Beach Carl William Gethin, joined by Anne and Ivan William Gethin of Leighton, Powys, United Kingdom, bought Unit 7203 at Inn on the Beach from Doris Dordel and Vytas and Gerda Maceikonis for $245,000. Milner Hotels Inc., Detroit, sold Unit 2404 at Inn on the Beach to Anna Marie Martin of Brooklyn, N.Y., for $384,500.
Cedars East Joanne M. and Mark D. Caccamisi of Lakeland purchased Unit 35 at Cedars East Condominiums from Romel Akrouche of Westerville, Ohio, for $369,800.
The condominium owned by late Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Mike Royko, Unit 105 of the 10-unit Longboat Sandpipers, 5635 Gulf of Mexico Drive, has been sold by his wife, Judith Royko, of Chicago for $860,000. The buyers were Donna Ann and Theodore J. Casper of Thiensville, Wis. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment was built in 1980. The Roykos bought the condominium while they were living in Winnetka, Ill., in July 1995 for $325,000, representing a gross capital gain of $535,000 over the last nine years.
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Norman and Karen Passman of Piermont, N.Y., sold Unit 525 in Building 5-B at Tangerine Bay Club to Nancy Curtiss of New Providence, N.J., for $860,000.
Barry M. Pritchard of Cape Vincent, N.Y., sold Unit E201 at the Beach Harbor Club to Roseanne and David Paul Fenstermaker, 3808 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $317,000.
Longboat Arms Linda McDonald-Ferris and Gregory J. Ferris of Toronto paid $280,000 to Concetta and Charles Emmanuele, 3320 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for Unit 304-C at the 45-unit Longboat Arms Condominium, 3330 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Two of the three sales on Bird Key for the period of July 15 through July 21 were for more than $1 million. In fact, R. Craig Adams, 1526 Harbor Drive, Sarasota, sold the home at 302 Bird Key Drive to Carol A. and David D. Bone for $2.35 million. The 34-year-old house has four bedrooms and four baths with a swimming pool. Adams purchased the home in January for $2.2 million, yielding a $150,000 gross profit in seven months. In the second biggest sale on Bird Key, D. & D. Management LLC, 11 S. Blvd. of the Presidents, bought the home at 662 Mourning Dove Drive from Anthony TURN TO REAL ESTATE, PAGE 4C
Myra Monfort of Fort Collins, Colo., purchased Unit 101 in Building 2 of Beachplace I from Miriam and Marvin Sweeting of New York City for $790,000. Matred (U.S.) Inc., London, as represented by attorneyin-fact James L. Ritchey, sold Unit 102 in Building 4 at Beachplace I to Lenore P. and Jerry E. Silverman of Wyckoff, N.J., for $580,000.
The trend began in earnest on Longboat Key last summer, when the 29-unit Turtle Crawl Inn (formerly Cook’s Holiday Lodge), at 4765 Gulf of Mexico Drive, was converted from beach rentals to condominiums. It reached its peak last September when the 146-unit Holiday Inn HolidomeLongboat Key was sold for $20.96 million to make way for the 29-unit luxury Positano condominium development, now under construction on the 10-acre Gulf beachfront site. These 29 luxury condos are replacing 146 rental units at the once popular Holiday Inn tourist destination. The 102-room Hilton Hotel at 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive soon may be the last of Longboat Key’s large rental resorts. Because of a long-term contract with the Hilton system, the hotel is committed to remain as a hotel until 2013.
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LONGBOAT KEY, LIDO KEY, BIRD KEY & SIESTA KEY VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE - Exquisite 5BR home with 5,000 SF of fabulous living directly on the gulf. Owner will consider trade. $3,995,000. WATER CLUB - This spacious condominium has high ceilings with crown moldings and 2 large terraces. Open living room, dining room area opening out to a terrace where you can view the sunsets. Master bedroom with his & her walk-in closets. Kitchen has granite countertops, pantry, center island & breakfast area. Ample closet space with laundry room big enough for an office or more storage! This unit has 3 bedrooms & 3 full bathrooms. $1,875,000.
The four-bedroom and four-bath home with a swimming pool was built in 2002.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3C Minicucci and his wife, Celeste Gruenstein, Sarasota, for $1.55 million. Built in 1969, the three-bedroom and fourbath home has a swimming pool. Minicucci bought the home in March 2000 for $698,000 to realize a gross profit of $852,000 in the last four-and-one-half years. In the third Bird Key sale, Cori and David Allen Frankenfield of Manatee County sold their home at 615 Owl Way to Richard Maney of Sellindge — near Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom — for $660,000. The three-bedroom and twobath home with a swimming pool was built in 1966. It last sold in December 1998 for $265,000.
St. Armands Stephen Hirschle and Sandra Bareiss Hirschle of Karlsruhe, Germany, sold their nearly new home at 414 N. Washington Drive on St. Armands Key to Suzanne M. and Peter M. Douglas for $2.039 million.
WATER CLUB - Breathtaking views of the Gulf, Bay & skyline from 8th floor Cambridge plan on the south side of Water Club II. This 2BR/3BA residence features stone floors in living areas, wood floors in bedrooms. $1,695,000. WATER CLUB - Designer perfect condominium with over 3000 SF and is gorgeously furnished. Views of Gulf and Bay. $1,950,000. SEA BREEZE - SIESTA KEY - New construction, condo on south end of Siesta. 3,800 SF w/3BRs and an open, spacious floor plan, Gulf views from all living spaces. Spacious kitchen w/granite countertops. Large master suite. Deeded boat dock included. $1,775,000 & $1,895,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAYS 1-4 PM VIZCAYA - Magnificent gulf front penthouse w/3 BRs, 11’ ceilings, surround sound, Beaumonet floors & details galore! Incredible gulf views. $3,299,000.
St. Armands Towers-North Charmagne and Louis Wayne Bossola of Pittsburgh purchased Apartment 66 at St. Armands Towers-North from Dona and J. Herbert Fisher Jr. of Lancaster, Pa., for $660,000.
Lido Harbour-South Kenneth W. Hartwell of Troy, Mich., sold Unit 509 in the Seaview House at Lido Harbour-South to Charles J. Ryan of Skaneateles, N.Y., for $675,000.
Lido Regency Lynn Margaret Fergusson and her husband, David Hefford, from Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom, bought Penthouse G at the Lido Regency from Orlando Faroh and Diana and Edgar Faroh, 1700 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $520,000. Kent Chetlian, 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. ❑
Top building permits These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department Aug. 6 through Aug. 12, in order of dollar amounts.
REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous furnished condo on the beach. Volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces, awesome views and double garage. Possible to combine with unit next door. $2,700,000.
4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) 560 Yardarm Lane 430 N. Shore Road 5461 GMD 1916 Harbourside Drive 1904 Harbourside Drive 6700 GMD 2721 GMD
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Applicant Longboat Key Hilton Rush Simonson Jerome Glassman John Dormeus Jr. Co-Trustee John Adare Barbara Brunnschuetz Joyce Wiese Beachcomber Condo Assoc.
Amount $32,000 $16,426 $10,385 $5,500 $3,100 $2,600 $2,448 $830
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LIGHTHOUSE HOUSE POINT This elegant spacious home has 4 bedroom suites in 5200 SF with gorgeous marble floors, volume ceilings throughout. The open floor plan with a spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Large dock to boat to nearby gulf and bay. $4,350,000.
MAINLAND PROPERTIES BEAU CIEL - Downtown overlooking Sarasota Bay. Amazing designer finished 2-story penthouse, 4BR masterpiece features a circular staircase and media room are just a few of the many features. 5,300 SF of dramatic and exquisite detail throughout. $4,500,000.
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BAY POINT - Totally renovated corner condo with the coveted south exposure on Golden Gate Point with breathtaking views. Renovation includes kitchen & bathrooms, w/crown moldings throughout and an enclosed balcony to enlarge the living room. Best value in downtown Sarasota bayfront condos. $699,000. 8194
RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE - The views will amaze you! 14th floor faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 SF of fabulous finishes and upgrades. 3 BR and family room. $2,390,000. RITZ RESIDENCE - Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Fantastic panoramic bay views from this 12th floor condo with 2 master suites, fabulous kitchen and large open terraces. $1,575,000.
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SARABANDE - Panoramic views from this end penthouse condo with 3 BRs. Superb mill work & extensive use of marble with many built-ins. $2,690,000. SARABANDE - Unparalleled views of bay, city and gulf. This classy, comfortable 10th floor unit offers 3700 SF of marvelous upgrades. $1,995,000. OAKS CUSTOM HOME - Open and elegant with no detail spared! Crown moldings, marble floors, volume ceilings and fabulous lighting! Quiet cul-de-sac. $975,000.
Spectacular Bayviews from almost every room in this Queens Harbour Masterpiece. Giardinera floor plan with 4 full bedroom suites. $2,595,000
COUNTRY ARTISTS ESTATE - Private gated 5 acres with 2 houses. Ideal for buyer with extensive hobbies, car collector, sculptor, painter, gardener, etc. $799,000
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Full bay view. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, open customized floorplan. Great investment property. $273,000
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Inn on the Beach CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1C but huge demand at the base.” Current listings at Inn on the Beach include one unit at $279,000 and another at $399,000; the third is a larger unit described by real estate professionals as “aggressively priced” at $1,100,000. A resort-renovated unit just closed at $975,000 — a new high for the property but locally a “bargain” for a 1,600-square-foot corner unit with two bedrooms, two baths and a Gulf view. A market factor unique to Inn on the Beach is renovation. There are two renovations going on. One is the physical renovation of the owners’ units and the club’s facilities. The other is the renovation of the relationship between the Inn’s condominium owners and the owners and managers of The Longboat Key Club, known as Key Club Associates. The latter relationship deteriorated with the 2003 Renovation Program, when the Key Club required owners to invest from $44,000 for club suites up to nearly $85,000 for deluxe two-bedroom, two-bath units. Owners who did not participate would no longer be able to have their units managed and rented by The Longboat Key Club in the club’s hotel program. They could still rent using independent local agents, but owners and their tenants would be able to use the beach and the pool only. They would have no access to restaurants, golf, tennis or any other club facility. While the Key Club has always required owners to meet certain standards, this program encountered resistance to what some owners considered excessive prices for the renovation work. The renovation program also fueled a belief among some owners that the Key Club was profiting from owners at the expense of reinvesting in The Longboat Key Club. As a result, about 70 of the 221 unit owners dropped out of the hotel program, costing the Key Club about a third of its hotel revenues, as well as revenues from golf, tennis and the club’s restaurants. In March, the managing partners of Key Club Associates, New York City-based Loeb Realty Partners, replaced its longtime management team of Shane Eagan and Tom Rasmussen with a new general manager, Michael D. Welly. Welly is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry who has held a variety of senior positions, including senior vice president, resort operations, for Wyndham International with responsibility for large clubs at The Boulders, Ventana Canyon and Carmel Valley Ranch. Early this summer, Welly went back to the non-participating condominium owners with a refurbishment offer and the ability to rejoin the hotel program. Welly says he will “find a way to accommodate new owners who still want to get into the renovation program.” He is confident that after this year’s owners’ weekend, which is scheduled for Aug. 19 through Aug. 22, the Longboat Key Club will have 85% to 90% participation in the hotel program, approaching the traditional 90% to 95% levels. Non-participating owners who have rented their units through local agencies appear happy with their results, according to Larry Starr of Resort Quest International (formerly Longboat Accommodations), which manages more than over a dozen such units. Starr says he does not know “that enough time has passed to evaluate their (owners’) satisfaction with their arrangements.” Both long-term owners and recent buyers express confidence in Welly’s management. Robert Rosin and his wife, Angela, bought their fourth-floor club suite in Building 2 when The Inn was under construction in 1982. Rosin says intense interest in the Inn is a “product of the change in management. The word has gotten out that management is now exceptionally friendly and accommodating and has
Longboat Key Club General Manager Michael D. Welly estimates 85% to 90% of Inn on the Beach condominium owners will participate in the hotel program by the end of August. committed itself to spend substantial monies on upgrading the facilities, principally the golf course.” His only complaint: “I wish I owned six.” Stephen Shapiro, 48, is a New York City lawyer in the real estate and hotel business. His wife, Amy Attas, V.M.D., is one of Manhattan’s premier veterinarians, with a list of celebrity clients including Elton John. Tennis players, they have been coming to Longboat Key for many years and staying at many different hotels. In 2003, they bought a renovated club suite in Building 7 “primarily for investment purposes,” Shapiro says, “with the perk of having a few weeks for ourselves.” He describes the attraction as “a premier position in a premier area.” Says Bers: “I believe that as goes the Longboat Key Club, so goes Longboat Key.” One of his clients purchased an unrenovated beachfront unit in June, paying $325,000 and intending to use it for vacations. Health problems now make that impossible, and the client has relisted the unit for sale at $399,000. The resort, too, is doing well. In June it reported its average daily room rate had risen 20% and occupancy was up 10% versus a year ago.
Says Welly: “In getting back together and mending bridges, we are recognizing that owners are our partners in this venture. Our relationship is all about managing relationships.” ❑
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Full Gulf & Sunset Views - 2BR/2BA, bright interior from this rarely available 4th floor unit. Excellent income potential. Heated pool, sauna, billiards, putting green, exercise room & more.$575,000 Great Family Home - This 3BR/2BA lakefront home is ideally located, only minutes to beach, shopping, schools & hospital.$250,000 Location, Location - Open, spacious & bright 3BR/2BA. Cathedral ceilings with large master suite,all in a private setting on a cul-de-sac.$239,000
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AREA MORTGAGE RATES
30-year fixed 15-year fixed 30-yr jumbo 1-yr A.R.M. Phone Numbers Rate / Points Rate / Points Rate / Points Rate / Points yr / life margin
Lender AABC Mortgage
5.625 / 0.00
5.000 / 0.00
5.875 / 0.00
3.125 / 0.00
Aapex Discount Mortgage
5.250 / 1.50
4.625 / 2.00
5.500 / 2.00
3.125 / 1.00
5.500 / 0.00
5.000 / 0.00
5.875 / 0.00
2.875 / 0.00
5.625 / 0.00
5.125 / 0.00
5.750 / 0.00
3.250 / 0.00
Absolute Mortgage Company Accountable Mortgage
GULF FRONT VILLA Yes your own 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit on the beach. Your villa is totally renovated, professionally furnished and decorated. Believe me the unit is stunning. Site permits weekly rentals. Ideal for a second home.
CHEROKEE PARK West of Trail, 4 Bedroom Ranch Home, Close to 1 Acre, 2 Glorious tropical landscaped lots adorned with mature foliage and trees, Jr. Olympic Caged Pool completes this Tropical Oasis in a central location.
American Federal Mortgage Corp.
5.250 / 1.50
4.625 / 2.00
5.625 / 2.00
2.500 / 2.75
American Home Finance
5.625 / 0.00
5.00 / 0.00
5.750 / 0.00
2.625 / 0.00
America’s Mortgage Express
5.625 / 0.00
5.000 / 0.00
6.000 / 0.00
3.625 / 0.00
Amex Direct Lending
5.750 / 0.00
5.250 / 0.00
6.000 / 0.00
Borrowers Advantage Mortgage
5.750 / 0.00
5.250 / 0.00
6.125 / 0.00
Century Home Funding
5.250 / 3.00
4.625 / 3.00
5.625 / 3.00
2.625 / 2.00
Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.
Double A Mortgage
5.500 / 0.00
4.875 / 0.00
5.875 / 0.00
3.250 / 0.00
6.000 / 0.00
5.500 / 0.00
6.250 / 0.00
Fairfield Financial Mortgage
First Rate Mortgage Group
5.625 / 0.00
5.125 / 0.00
6.000 / 0.00
4.000 / 0.00
Florida Mortgage Corp.
5.500 / 0.00
4.875 / 0.00
5.750 / 0.00
3.875 / 0.00
Frontline Financial, LLC
5.625 / 1.00
5.125 / 1.00
5.875 / 1.00
3.250 / 1.00
Golden Rule Mortgage
5.250 / 1.63
4.625 / 1.25
5.625 / 1.00
2.375 / 1.00
Hamilton Residential Mortgage
5.500 / 0.00
4.875 / 0.00
5.875 / 0.00
Home Finance of America
5.500 / 0.00
4.875 / 0.00
5.875 / 0.00
2.875 / 0.00
5.625 / 0.00
5.000 / 0.00
5.750 / 0.00
4.125 / 0.00
interState NET BANK
5.750 / 1.25
5.125 / 1.50
5.625 / 0.00
5.125 / 0.00
6.000 / 0.00
Mortgage Financial Net.
5.750 / 0.00
5.250 / 0.00
6.000 / 0.00
3.750 / 0.00
National Future Mortgage
5.500 / 0.00
4.875 / 0.00
5.750 / 0.00
Nationwide Home Equity Corp.
5.750 / 1.00
5.250 / 1.00
6.000 / 0.25
3.250 / 1.00
Oak Mortgage Co.
5.500 / 3.50
5.000 / 2.00
5.375 / 5.00
5.875 / 0.00
5.250 / 0.00
6.000 / 0.00
3.000 / 0.00
Southern Capital Resources
6.000 / 0.00
5.375 / 0.00
6.125 / 0.00
The MoneyTree Lending Group
5.625 / 0.00
4.875 / 0.00
Rates are compiled by National Financial News Services. Rates valid as of August 13, 2004. Index type on adjustable rate mortgages (ARM's) is Index "A". Rates may be for new applications only; information on terms, fees, and APR’s may be obtained by calling the lender directly. Lenders call (610) 344-7380 to participate. Consumers with questions or complaints concerning a listed lender may call The Department of Banking & Finance's Regulatory hotline at (800) 848-3792. For additional information on mortgages, go to: www.SarasotaMortgageRates.com ©1997 NFNS
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
What do lady golfers really mean by ‘iron’? This article was taken from the Aug. 21, 2003 of The Longboat Observer. I’d like to get just a few odds and ends off my desk before future articles of a more serious nature. Here is a list of definitions of female golfing terms right out of the Ladies Golf Dictionary: Caddy — Two women talking about a third, who isn’t there to defend herself. Chipping — Time to get your nails done again. Double bogey — “Casablanca,” followed by “African Queen.” Fairway — Splitting the bill when the girls go to lunch. Good lie — Weight on our driver’s license. Greens — Lunch we eat when we’d really love a cheeseburger. Hole-in-one — Time to get new pantyhose. Iron — What guys need to learn to do to their own shirts. Rough — Getting a guy to understand, well, pretty much anything. Shaft — You watch the kids while he goes golfing. Slice — “No thanks ... just a sliver.” Tees — Putting on that Victoria Secret negligee. Water hazard — Giving the kids too much to drink before a road trip. Wedge — Bathing suit that’s too tight. ••• The question often comes up about walking the course versus riding in a cart. I thought of this the other day while sitting in a cart with a frankfurter on a roll in one hand, and a Milky Way in the other. Tests on the merits of both have shown the following: The golfer walking 18 holes, while carrying his own bag, travels an average of 5.9 miles and expends slightly more than 1,800 calories. Riders, without cartpath restrictions, surprisingly walked an average of 2.3 miles and burned 895 calories. Bear in mind, you can expend 95 calories by merely sitting on the couch and watching reruns of “Seinfeld.” In any event, the USGA has started a “Walking Program.” The possibility of its success is greatly diminished by the need for clubs and courses to earn money by renting out carts. ••• The Rosasen Apparel Co. has started
How many years have you played tennis? “Almost three years. My next-door neighbor is Warren Girle (tennis pro at Cedars.) One year, for my birthday, he got me a tennis racket as a present. What is your best stroke? “My forehand.”
manufacturing and selling Capri pants for men to be worn while playing golf. Deride that, and I think, to your surprise, you are sure to find men wearing them on the course before too long. ••• Question from a reader: Q. Is there ever an occasion when a Rules violation is not enforceable? A. Yes, when it is discovered after the completion of a golf tournament. In this year’s Masters, Rich Beam should have been penalized two strokes for grounding his club in a hazard on the 13th hole during the final round. However, Beam’s infraction was not noticed until the incident was reviewed after the tournament, but by then it was too late to penalize him. Actually, Beam leaned on his club in the hazard, thereby grounding the club, which is a violation of Rule 13-4. If Beam had slipped in the hazard and, in trying to break his fall, had leaned on his club, there would be no infraction ... that is an exception to Rule 13-4. Nevertheless, leaning on a club in the hazard is specifically addressed by Decision 13-4/2 and is punishable with a two-stroke penalty. ••• One of the most embarrassing situations in golf is having the ball end up farther from the hole than it was when you hit it, such as when a player strikes a tree, hits a ball washer or a tee marker. In such cases, the unplayable ball Rule can work to the player’s advantage. One of the options to Rule 28 is to return to where the ball was last played, despite the fact that it would be closer to the hole. Decision 28/8 informs us there is nothing to prohibit a player from going closer to the hole when choosing this option. ••• Golf is a game we sometimes take too seriously. It is only when something really important related to it is lost that we gain a true perspective. We are often chasing the little white ball all around a big green pasture. You don’t need to have made an eagle or chipped in for a birdie to win the Masters to understand something none of us should ever forget: Golf without our friends is a game diminished.
What is your specialty? “I prefer singles. I’ll play doubles; it doesn’t really matter as long as I get to play.” What kind of racket do you use? “Volkl Catapult 10.” What is one thing you’d like to improve? “I don’t want to give anything away for my opponents, so I’d say the time allotted for me to play.”
What do you think is the most important quality for a tennis player to possess? “Proper strokes. If you start with improper strokes, it just makes everything harder to fix.” What is your most glorious moment in a match? “I can’t really remember any one thing. One time, I got to rally with Andy Roddick, but I’d say the thing I love most is getting out there and hitting with my 4year-old and 8-year-old.” What is your funniest flub-up? “It’s not really a flub-up, but the first time I played, people from Cedars came out with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. I was the brunt of everyone’s amusement.” Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? “Anna Kournikova.”
Sportscards LONGBOAT KEY TENNIS CENTER SUMMER MEN’S SINGLES Aug. 10 Quarters: Rudy Meissner def. Jim Brown, 6-4; John Beeman def. Chris
Chris Moneuse Cedars Tennis Club Do you have any advice or tips for other players? “Mimic how the pros hit the ball. Pick up Federer’s backhand or Roddick’s forehand and try and do it like they do.” What do you like most about playing tennis on Longboat Key? “The weather. You can always play in a nice, warm climate. You get to work up a good sweat and get great exercise.” — Kat Wingert
Moneuse, 6-3; Jim Tarsy def. Steve Johnson, 6-2; Tim Fitzpatrick def. Ron VonJohnn, 6-3. Semis: Meissner def. Beeman, 6-2; Fitzpatrick def. Tarsy, 6-2. Finals: Meissner def. Fitzpatrick, 6-2. 3rd Place: Beeman def. Tarsy 6-4.
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Hal Lenobel is a member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee and has officiated at hundreds of golf tournaments around the world. ❑
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Visitors delight in bio-diversity Despite the new development along Gulf of Mexico Drive, visitors to Longboat Key are impressed by the wildlife that coexists with a growing human population. The town of Longboat Key is a designated wildlife sanctuary, as the rustic wooden welcome signs at each end of the island proclaim. From Quick Point Nature Preserve at New Pass to Centennial Park to Joan M. Durante Park to Greer Island at Longboat Pass, the town is managing its wildlife habitat. Offshore mangrove flats, such as the Town Islands at mid-Key and the Sister Keys opposite the Village, provide protected habitat for birds, small mammals and reptiles — including rare species, such as pileated woodpeckers and land turtles. The Islandside and Harbourside golf courses, the churches, the temple and those homeowners with woodland gardens also do their part by providing nesting trees. The Water Club Condominium preserves a remnant cedar stand. A recent visitor to Longboat Key, Dr. Madireddi V. Subba Rao, was delighted with the variety of wildlife he observed. Rao, a biology professor and president of the Environmental Research Academy International in India, is the author of science books, including one on conserving sea turtles in the Bay of Bengal. He enjoyed meeting the Turtle Watch on the north end of the Key and conferring with sea-turtle staff at Mote Marine Laboratories. He also enjoyed a close encounter with a 10-foot shark that washed up on the beach during his visit. Another visitor, this one from Cape Cod, was walking on the beach and chatting with his hosts when he suddenly stopped and declared, “You may be used to this, but what a remarkable array of birds.” He was right, of course. Nearby was a flock of ibis with their orange curved beaks — the brown and mottled birds being the youngsters. Further ahead, a great blue heron fished with one eye protecting his territory. Egrets perched in a tree ruffled their snowy white feathers, and brown pelicans flew by in formation. Ospreys and cormorants, sea gulls and terns completed the picture. It was a living illustration of an Audubon field guide. The
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While participating in an Orchid Conservation Congress at Selby Gardens in May, Dr. Madireddi Subba Rao was a houseguest on Longboat; he is shown here examining that 10-foot shark that washed ashore on the north end. Below: Rao meets the Turtle Patrol on north Longboat at the start of morning rounds (left to right): Renee and Albert Connelly, Rao, Judy Williams and Lucinda Hathaway. Rao, a professor, environmentalist and author in India, has written about conserving sea turtles in the Bay of Bengal.
Cape Cod birder, who had yet to see Longboat’s seasonal visitors such as roseate spoonbills, white pelicans and wood storks, asked his hosts, “Do you ever tire of paradise?” The answer was a definite no, but it is good to be reminded of what we need to preserve. At Joan M. Durante Park — a shoreline restoration project with mangrove lagoons and a mix of native and exotic vegetation — town staff experiments with habitat management techniques. A color-illustrated brochure — available at the park, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and Town Hall — has drawings of 16 types of wildlife at home in the park, including the powerful osprey or sea hawk. James Linkogle, Longboat Public Works project manager, mentioned plans to relocate an osprey nesting pole. Apparently, the birds prefer the trees. ❑
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Veterinary knowledge about marine life limited Charles Manire is a doctor of veterinary medicine, a profession that, in and of itself, is not unusual. But his specialty is most unusual — medical care for marine mammals and sea turtles. Manire is the manager of Mote Marine’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital, under the aegis of the Mote Marine Aquarium, on Sarasota’s City Island. Veterinary medicine, like human medicine, has come a long way through the years, and is more effective than ever in treating illness and injury. Veterinarians know how to treat horses, cows, pigs, dogs, cats, poultry and even hamsters, and make them well. However, when it comes to marine mammals, no great body of knowledge exists because there are relatively few marine veterinarians, and even fewer organizations specializing in their care.
Dwight F. DAVIS
The nature of disease and injury Marine mammals and sea turtles contract many of the same illnesses that afflict land animals. They also contract a few conditions peculiar to themselves and the marine environment. Parasitic infestations are common, as are diseases like pneumonia, blood infections, ulcers of the skin, throat and alimentary canal, and tumors. Injuries from collisions with boats; bites from other animals, such as sharks and cuts from monofilament fishing line and crab-trap lines, also are commonly found. In a rare case, a rough tooth dolphin had eaten a number of sponges, completely blocking its digestive tract. It was brought to the Mote hospital, where the sponges were fished out with the help of an endoscope.
The learning process Much of what Manire and his team have learned about caring for dolphins, small whales and sea turtles has been by trial and error. This has led to advancement in knowledge in many different forms. When these animals first came to the hospital, the logical starting point of treatment was frequently to apply the type of medicine and dosage given to a domestic animal of like weight and similar symptoms. Sometimes that turned out to be “just what the doctor ordered,” and sometimes not. In one case, certain antibiotics, known to be highly effective in farm animals, produced severe side effects in dwarf and pygmy sperm whales. The discoveries that have worked far outnumber the disappointments. A human hormone used in HIV and cancer patients was found to resolve anemia in dolphins and whales. They also determined the blood values for a rare species that could help in future treatments.
Sharing the knowledge This dedicated veterinary team shares its findings through publications and through memberships in various organizations, including the International Association for the Aquatic Animal Medicine. The information appears in peer-reviewed journals or is presented at conferences here and abroad, to aid others around the world, also are working to rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals. Cheers to Manire for his invaluable contribution in this field. If you would like to learn more about this subject, visit the Mote Marine Mammal Center. Your entrance fee includes admission to nearby Mote Aquarium, home to more than 200
Veterinarians can use some human medications on marine animals. living marine fishes and invertebrates. Bring your camera and children or grandchildren. For additional information, call 388-2451. Dwight F. Davis is a volunteer and past president of the Volunteer Association of Mote Marine Laboratory. ❑
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from this 2BR/2BA third floor Longboat Key condo. Skylights, wood floors, new roof and lovely pool. Just steps to the beach. Susan Smith 383-5577 #259070 $649,900 PELICAN GARDENS - LIDO Studio with remodeled kitchen, high ceiling, hardwood flrs, private courtyard. Near park & beach. Pool. Getaway or rental investment. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #260568 $189,000 SEA OATS - LONGBOAT KEY Rarely available, ground floor, TKF, 1BR/1BA on gulffront of LBK. Updated kitchen & new windows, gulfside patio w/great view. Resort zoning. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #260658 $380,000 SELDOM AVAILABLE 3BR/3BA villa. End unit in Sutton Place. 2 pools, deeded private beach club, boat docks & marina. Partially furnished. Vera Freeman & Helen Bradshaw 383-5577 #261070 $365,000 VILLAGE OAKS 9 miles to Lido Beach. 2BR/2BA. 1 car attached garage. Washer & dryer inside. 1 sm pet allowed. Clean & freshly painted. Tennis & heated pool. Publis transportation nearby. Shopping! Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 #261240 $159,500
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Passiflora the passion vine The passionflower truly is overwhelming and lives up to its name. It is an intricate, fringed complexity that amazes the most jaded of garden observers. It exposes as many as 10 sepals and petals, with exotic filaments and sexual parts elaborately displayed. Filaments are crimped, short and straight, twotoned, and of miniature and large sizes. The blooms vary, from tiny to several inches across, in arrays of colors from pink, red, blue or purple. All the reds are perfumed, and carpenter bees and bumblebees are crazy in love with them. I have cultivated a plant that does not yet bear fruit, but provides an oversized purple and yellow passion-blooming
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vine in the backyard arbor that delights the eye from a distance, with green leafy foliage as a perfect backdrop. The plant’s blooms are a truly amazing feat of nature, attracting butterflies as larval host plants. Caterpillars will evolve to munch on the large leaves. It also serves as a feeding opportunity for adult butterflies. So, you have the outrageous bloom along with several species of Florida’s Julia, zebra longwing and Gulf Fritillary butterflies to accompany it. Some passion vines produce fruit, but the native Florida version is the least impressive, exhibiting tiny flowers and having greenish-yellow color. This is Passiflora suberosa and has the common name “corky-stemmed” passionflower. An edible cultivar, Passiflora edulis, known as the “Possum Purple,” was developed by Robert Barnum at Possum Trot Nursery. The sweet purple-fruiting passion vines ordinarily are subject to nematode damage and fungus in South Florida, but Barnum’s variety is a sturdy species that thrives here. The plant is self-pollinating, but may be hand-pollinated for a better fruit set. Yellow passion fruit, which grow better in Florida, are bee-pollinated. You will need two types for cross-pollination. I have read the fruits are tart. When you plant, keep in mind the blue passionflower is more cold tolerant than the red or purple. Plant in full sun against a support trellis or fence. Keep it away from trees unless you want to have the vine climb the entire tree. Plant it in fast-draining soil, keeping it well irrigated. Add potting soil or organic soil in the area to assist with growth. Mulching around the root zone will benefit the young plant. The plant will grow quickly, so utilize a balanced fertilizer or slow release nitrogen/potassium. Too much nitrogen may result in abnormal foliage production.
Gillian Busard Doll is a Longboat Key resident; member of the Longboat Key Garden Club; and permit holder of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch. ❑
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Sunrise/sunset Sunrise 7:04 7:04 7:05 7:05 7:06 7:06 7:07
Thurs., Aug. 19 Fri., Aug. 20 Sat., Aug. 21 Sun., Aug. 22 Mon., Aug.23 Tues., Aug. 24 Wed., Aug. 25
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WEATHER Timeless beauty
Years may pass, but one never tires of a beautiful sunset. Fairlie Pasfield took this photo on Lido Key in 1995, and it hasn’t aged a bit.
Sunset 8:04 8:03 8:02 8:01 8:00 7:59 7:58
Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in J-PEG form (at least 6 inches tall or wide) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moon phases First Qtr.
Moon phases, tides courtesy of
Temperature and Rainfall Mon., Aug. 9 Tues., Aug. 10 Wed., Aug. 11 Thurs., Aug. 12 Fri., Aug. 13 Sat., Aug. 14 Sun., Aug. 15
Temps. High Low 83.5 76 91 75.5 91.5 77 92 77 84 74 88 76 92 75
Year-to-date 2004 31.72 in.
Record Temps. High Low 98 (1994) 70 (1992) 97 (1993) 72 (1985) 97 (1985) 72 (1992) 97 (1991) 72 (1986) 98 (1991) 72 (1986) 99(1993) 69 (1992) 98 (1993) 69 (1992)
2003 54.76 in.
2004 2003 4.97 in. 9.89 in.
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Rainfall North Mid-Key South 0.30 0.11 0.49 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 NO READINGS 0.66 0.65 0.69 0.60 0.90 0.11
Tide chart Thurs., Aug. 19 Fri., Aug. 20 Sat., Aug. 21 Sun., Aug. 22 Mon., Aug. 23 Tues., Aug. 24 Wed., Aug. 25
Morning High 3:36 3:56 4:23 4:55 5:35 6:29 7:41
Tides Low 9:52 10:47 11:48 none none none none
Evening Tides High Low 3:32 10:25 4:31 10:49 5:40 11:08 7:12 11:18 none 2:28 none 3:59 none 5:19
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When the Jack of spades is led against the notrump contract, can you find the correct play to make your contract? You know this lead was not fourth from the longest suit. It could be the top of nothing, a lead I never can understand. With your spade-stoppers under immediate attack, you will not be able to give up the lead twice to establish the diamond suit. If you try the heart suit and the queen of diamonds doesn’t fall, you can take only eight tricks. The club suit may yield six or seven tricks, if the suit is not five in one hand. Once you leave your hand, you have no immediate entries to return to your hand. If you take the club finesse and it loses, you have no re-entry to the dummy. To be assured of your contract, cash the ace of hearts at trick two, discarding the deuce of diamonds. To avoid the heartbreak of a shipwrecked suit, cash the ace and the king of clubs, and if the queen of the clubs doesn’t fall, give up a club and you can claim the rest of the tricks. Don’t forget to discard the remaining spade honor from your hand on the second or third rounds of clubs. This creates a dummy entry with the queen of spades in case the opponents continue that suit. The opponents won’t wish to put you back in the dummy, so if they lead a heart or a diamond they will set up your hand. You will lose at most, one club, two diamonds and a heart.
by Donna SWAN
Donna Swan is a resident of Longboat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays “for the fun of it.” ❑
Grand Slam promotion at The Colony
Developers Realty Corp. Lic. R.E. Broker 1819 Main Street, Suite 200, Sarasota, FL
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is taking advantage of summer offering its Grand Slam promotion to anyone
REAL ESTATE IS REALLY SELLING ON LONGBOAT KEY...
✻UPDATE FOR JULY 2004
SINGLE FAMILY HOMES 989,000 778,000 645,000 350,000 276,000
South ♠AK ♥ A K J 10 9 ♦98653 ♣2
East ♠9752 ♥742 ♦ AK7 ♣Q75
Opening lead: ♠ J Contract: 3 NT
who would like to participate. Through Sept. 23, when you purchase three clinics or private lessons, your fourth clinic or private lesson is free. During the summer months, the public is invited to experience the world-class tennis facilities and teaching expertise that has brought The Colony acclaim as the No. 1 Tennis Resort by Tennis Magazine for eight consecutive years. For more information, please call The Colony Tennis Center at 383-6464, Ext. 2312, or visit the resort’s Web site at www.colonybeachresort.com.
Kittens need help At the Humane Society of Sarasota, there are many new litters at the shelter needing dry kitten and cat food; canned food is also welcome. Please stop by the shelter at 233115th St., to help these orphaned felines. For more information call 955-4131 or visit www.hssc.org. ❑
Pam Voorhees Home Loan Consultant “Longboat Key Resident” 586-8079 Email: Pam_Voorhees@Countrywide.com
CONDOMINIUMS Sanctuary $ 1,450,000 Sea Oats Beachwalk 1,225,000 Club Longboat Water Club 1,050,000 Fairway Bay Sanctuary 938,000 Seaplace Tangarine Bay 860,000 Inn On The Beach Beachplace 790,000 Windward Bay Fairway Bay-atrium 719,000 Fairway Bay Promenade 715,000 Longboat Harbour Emerald Pointe 645,000 Cabana Beach Club Harbour Villa Club 645,000 Seaplace Cabana Beach Club 645,000 Beach Harbor Club Beaches 625,000 Spanish Main Beaches 625,000 Cabana Beach Club Beachplace 580,000 Beach Harbor Club Arbormar 575,000 Longboat Harbour Longbeach 570,000 Spanish Main
West ♠ J 10 8 4 3 ♥Q8653 ♦4 ♣98
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready to help you get the home of your dreams. ✓ Competitive Rates ✓ Local experts with the power to say “YES” to your home loan ✓ Up-front approvals,* at the time of application ✓ As little as no- to low-down payment options available to make qualifying easier ✓ Fast service on VA/FHA and all loan programs ✓ Construction financing available
COUNTY TAX RECORDS
560 Outrigger Lane $ 1,404,000 571 Ranger Lane 560 Schooner Lane 1,380,000 3691 Bayou Circle 6000 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 1,350,000 1917 Harbour Links Circle 812 Marbury Lane 1,250,000 6889 Poinsettia Avenue 511 Bowsprit Lane 1,200,000 681 Fox Street 580 Birdie Lane 1,150,000
North ♠Q6 ♥ ---♦ Q J 10 2 ♣ A K J 10 6 4 3
The power of home loan approval is in the hands of your neighbor.
SOLD AND CLOSED REAL ESTATE
FROM ALL MLS REAL ESTATE OFFICES
Dealer: North Vulnerable: Both
Equal Housing Lender. ©2003 Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. Trade/service marks are the property of Countrywide Financial Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. Add appropriate state legal.* Up-front approval subject to satisfactory property review and no change in financial condition. Some products may not be available in all states. Prices and guidelines are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. All rights reserved.
550,000 535,000 510,000 455,000 384,500 370,000 362,000 360,000 325,000 320,000 317,000 315,000 299,000 295,000 281,500 224,000
Longboat Key Lifestyle
New Mediterranean Style home in the secluded sanctuary called LIGHTHOUSE POINT 4/5 bedroom two story residence + boat dock and lift. Pool/Spa. Designer furnished ready for occupancy. Offered at: $5,500,000 No expense spared! 100% renovation boasts perfection in Bay Isles’ Harbor Section. Marble floors throughout, large spacious rooms, wet bar, and a “kings” kitchen. Time to enjoy Spring! Pool, hot tub/spa, private dock and BBQing, what else could you need? Offered at: $3,000,000 Distinctive 4 bedroom/4 bath plus office/library home. Fabulous Gulf sunsets. Deep-water private dock. Extensive millwork, gourmet kitchen with European tile, pool/spa, 3-car garage. Offered at: $1,950,000
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Antiques STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. OVER 1,000 PIECES OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND CLOCKS. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY! 7881 15TH ST. E. (OLD 301), SARASOTA, FL. 755-6063
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Boat Rentals CANNONS MARINA 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Half-day and Full-day rentals 14’-24’ Skiffs /Runabouts /Deckboats Ride in Style in our Grady-White & Scout boats. All powered by YAMAHA outboards. 383-1311
Boat Sales, Service & Storage
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY/PRIVATE Appraisal Services OWNERSHIP! Selene 53’ 2001 Twin Diesel. TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & Full electronics. Luxury Features. Appraisals offers professional valuation, Teak/Granite/Ultra-leather. Like new. Tax research and inventory services without a Shelter. Low hours. $775,000. Call Capt. view to buy or sell. Video documentation Chitwood, 941-383-5232. inventory, art historical/market research, art appraisals. Member of the Appraisers JET BOAT: 1996 Sea Ray 120/HP, 14/ft. Items Under $200 For Sale Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, 4/person w/Bimini top, cover and trailer, KOHLER FAIRFAX tall single-control www.artappraisals.org. $2850 o/b/o. 941-383-8333. lavatory faucet (model K12183-CP). Brand new in box. Perfect for use w/self rimmed JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., Art lavs or deck mount lavs. Brushed chrome, 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or spout reach 5”, spout ht. 9.9375”. Cost: 630-417-7540. $139.69, Sell: $99.50. 383-1728. OIL PAINTINGS DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST Boat Slips for Rent/Sale DINING SET; 3’x6’ rustic pine table w/4 LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. ladderback woven straw seat chairs, $200, Internationally known painter selling Available for rent at Spindrift, located top row (941)795-7469 or (941)773-1005. direct to the public from his huge south end. 630-330-3657. Sarasota studio. 20/PC. ROYAL Doulton Albert bone china. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings: 48/ft. slip for Tropical landscapes, European scenes, Pacific Rose pattern w/22k gold trim. lease or sale. 387-8337. Dishwasher safe. In original packaging. nudes, jazz and more. MSR $568. Sell $200. 383-4575. LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS. Most Below wholesale prices desirable 45’ slip enjoys unobstructed RACING BIKE, 27” 10/speed, great shape, from $100 8X10” to $500 for 4X5 foot view of Sarasota Bay. Includes extra $175. 723-0238. condo paintings. 12/ft. space alongside for dinghy, $210,000. Seller financing possible. Also available for EDGE FITNESS Cycle: model 480P, Call 366-8528 yearly lease, $775/mo. +electricity. programmable magnetic stationary cycle. Call 248-851-5800 (from 9a.m.-5p.m.) or Excellent condition. Asking $90. Call Molly, 248-417-1002. 941-795-4163.
Cleaning Services WANT A CLEAN HOUSE AND NO TIME? Honest, reliable & longtime resident. Call Jackie, 320-0049 or 355-9112. References available. Residential & Commercial Housekeeping for all needs. Weekly maid service, departure cleans, deep cleaning and carpet care. Barefoot Estate Management, 761-3000. YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping services. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, licensed, insured. HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna 316-0834/928-1935. FRIENDLY, TRUSTWORTHY, Confidential, Dependable: Thai woman and American woman will spotlessly clean your home, office or boat. 941-778-5830. NICE CLEANING. Commercial/Residential. Reliable. Meticulous. References available. CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATES. 362-7806 or 228-0705. IF YOUR HOUSE OR BOAT needs a good cleaning, please call us: Maria and Fernandes, 941-587-1562 or 941-355-2041, evenings.
Computer Services CERTIFIED COMPUTER PROFESSIONAL. Support, Repairs, Upgrades, Training, Web sites. Customize your new PC. Call Forrest 388-3425. COMPUTER SERVICE & REPAIR. Slow PC? No internet? Professional in-house repairs done by certified technicians. Start-finish $49. No hidden charges. 739-6424.
MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No WHITE BEDROOM, 8/pc, $75; D/R, $50; school, book or person can teach Auto Transport Caregiver/Companion B/R, 3/pc, $20; Hi-Lo daybed, $40; Wooden you as easily as this experienced RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. LOVING CHRISTIAN woman would like to snack tables, $15. 383-0054. teacher. Repairs. 383-5372. Drive your car to the North and back. care for elderly. Personal care, errands, References. 941-778-5381. appts., light meal preparation. 371-1678. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your Adult Care computer misbehaving? Will train your SEEKING POSITION to care for your loved computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. PRIVATE DUTY LPN seeking P/T for home Don’t Forget!! one. All shifts available. Over 20/yrs. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. care. 30/yrs. experience. Current CPR & experience. Own transportation. References. FLA license. Resume available. 322-4008. 377-1714. Cmagik on LBK lbk.cmagik.com Flash web design commercial/personal, computer SUSAN SHAUGHNESSY, R.N. PRIVATE for Classifieds is THE ADVANTAGES of Sarasota Bay Club’s help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest DUTY NURSING. 1:1 Care in home exceptional Home Health service in your technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, Noon on Monday and hospital. Experienced w/references. own home. Home Health care by a licensed, 587-5588. 761-2656. insured & competitively priced agency, Sarasota Bay Club’s own ClubCare. Call IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SICK to have Autos Wanted training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Paula for information @ 366-7667 Ext. 366. my services! Excellent cook, caregiver, Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. CNA, massage therapist. Alterations.
Excellent recommendations. Call 351-2378.
Answers for this week’s crossword
Alterations/Upholstery ISLAND UPHOLSTERY. Designer work: home and boat interiors. Restoring antiques. 121 Bridge St. Free estimates! 778-4335.
LET ME TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF SELLING YOUR CAR. CASH OFFERED TODAY! CALL BRAD 941-374-1315
Catering SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Specializing in small dinner parties. 383-0777.
I WILL sell your items on E-Bay for you. One piece or entire collections. Call 941-544-8555.
ORGANIZE AND HOUSEKEEP FOR YOU. Now open for new clients. Excellent references. Call Anna Maria, phone/fax: 954-2147, cell: 960-4936.
YOUR ANTIQUES AD HERE! CALL 383-5509
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.
MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Sara or Mike. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.
14C THURSDAY AUGUST 19, 2004 Concrete
CONCRETE, MASONRY, Restoration, Shell Driveways, Concrete Painting, Staining, Sealing, Hauling & Deliveries, Debris clean-up. C-Squared Contractor, 345-3092. Sean D'Agostino CGC#1506629.
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. Crushed Shell For information and reservations, call GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and insured. 941-232-8877. Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.CharterFishingSarasota.com
✔ ✔ FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal Furniture Auditorium. Sat., Aug. 21, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 22, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: QUALITY FURNITURE: leather couches, chairs, coffee table, king bed & headboard, 954-4165. queen headboard and end table. 387-9002. ANNUAL NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET AT SEAFOOD SHACK IN CORTEZ SATURDAY, AUG. 21, 8A.M.-2P.M. SELL, BUY OR TRADE. $10/PER SPACE. BRING YOUR OWN TABLE. 941-792-9100
Financial Consulting FROM DAMAGED to clean credit. Personal/CONS home business loans. Second chance needed? America’s #1 rated funding program. Apply online: www.paragon-financial.com or call 1-800-514-5044 ext. 1.
CHERRY DROP-LEAF table (measures 28x40 without leafs) w/6 ladder back chairs (2/full drops, 2/leafs & table pads), $875. 383-4140.
SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER
Help Wanted HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED: preferably a couple, to work 2/days a week on Longboat Key. Good pay, non-smoking environment, own transportation and good language skills required. Call Maureen at 383-1039 or e-mail at: email@example.com
RESEARCHER THE GULF COAST BUSINESS REVIEW seeks telephone researchers for a 30-day project August through early September. Activities include telephoning, faxing and e-mailing businesses to verify and obtain information for a directory of companies. Must be accurate, neat, pleasant on the phone.
SCHEDULE YOUR AD FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AND RECEIVE “10% OFF” TOTAL COST!
Individuals will work from GCBR office, 650 Central Ave., Sarasota. Pay: hourly, competitive. Hours: Flexible, up to 40 per week. Send qualifications to: Matt Walsh, 383-7193 (fax) or firstname.lastname@example.org
DESK CONCIERGE: Fri., Sat. & Sun. 3p.m.-11p.m. Must be service oriented and PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, dependable. Background check and LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, Home Management uniforms required. Longboat Key Condo. scratches, parts replacement. We keep your Call 383-5267, 8a.m.-4p.m. weekdays only. Barefoot Estate Management.. Servicing furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal Robert Martin, 727-2533. Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. REAL ESTATE OFFICE Bonded/Insured. 941-761-3000. Garage, Moving LOOKING FOR AGENTS. & Estate Sales GENEROUS SPLITS, GREAT LOCATION. Items For Sale ☛ ☛ ESTATE/MOVING SALES. Premium CALL VICKY Estate Liquidators, proceeds benefit COMMERCIAL CHIPPER/SHREDDER: 941-812-9593 YMCA Children’s Programs. 951-1336 for Troy Bilt, super Tomahawk, 8/HP, Briggs & information/brochure. Stratton, $350 o/b/o. 383-1498.
LOOKING TO rebuild credit? Financial assistance needed? DFC Pre-Summer essential finance program! Standard to high Health Services risk loans. Low to high income or credit score. www.directfinanceloans.com. Apply LOSE WEIGHT For The Last Time! Free Body Analysis Free Consultation. on line or call now. 1-888-728-3757, ext. 1. 941-224-1692. www.weightloss1.org
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REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
DEADLINE for Classifieds is NOON ON MONDAY
Help Wanted CONDO CLEANER: Biweekly, year round, 12/UNIT MOTEL on Lido Key seeks property 3BR/3BA, some mirrors, marble floors, manager to run day to day operations. light ironing. Pleasant work environment. Tom, 383-7192. Cleaning required. Call Dan, 305-244-8922.
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Interior - Exterior Your Home or Marina
Our Customers are the Brightest Ones in the Marina
ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners
IF YOU HAVE DIRTY CARPETS, YOU NEED TO CALL:
CUSTOM CARPET CLEANING SERVICE
24/HR WATER REMOVAL Jim and Sandee Davis Owners
Bradenton (941) 746-6306 Sarasota (941) 922-1615
Same owners since 1979
LBKC Member SCT Member
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Laundry • Dishes • Linens Spring Cleaning • One Time • Move In/Out
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Residential & Commercial
THURSDAY AUGUST 19, 2004 15C
Remodeling & Home Improvements
PARADISE IMPRESSIONS. Complete ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! design & consulting service. Licensed & Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). Insured. 25/yrs. Experience. No Fee for 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days. Initial Consultation. Locally owned and operated. 922-1160.
Landscaping & Lawn Services BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing the total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-761-3000 for free consultation.
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YACHT QUALITY Outdoor Kitchens: any level of fit & finish, galleys from $6000 to $150,000, waranteed. Local builder, email@example.com. Call for appt. 941-792-5769.
EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, WALLS, MURALS. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT MEMBER LBK CHAMBER
Bill paying and account reconciliation Budgets and financial reports Organizing investment, personal and tax files Federal and Florida tax returns Personal and business correspondence Medical claims and insurance forms
Painting & Wallpapering RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & REMODELING. Interior/exterior, Residential, Commercial. All painters are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings by Safe Coat/AMF that are for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product affiliated with Healthyhome.com. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215.
OUTSTANDING AREA Fine Art & Framing business established for over 12/yrs. in affluent neighborhood. $90K**
All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Many Local References. Free Estimates & Custom Designs.
**Confidentiality agreement required for further details
Dirty grout? Give us a shout! Grout cleaning & restoration services available.
Longview Realty - 383-6112 Richard Estrin, Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker
Remodeling & Home Improvements
CUSTOM PAINTING - Paperhanging. Local References, 25/yrs. experience, insured. CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION Prompt, free estimates. 713-9391. EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs & painting. Insured. Member of Better PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard. reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. 779-2294. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Paul Passanant. 366-9434. Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. insured. Interior/exterior painting including Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper appointment. 758-8044, 704-7557. installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest LOCAL HANDYMAN. Painting, carpentry, & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. unlimited house repairs. Call Jim Tarsy, 30+years exp. 941-320-9860.
Commercial Rentals & Sales
5610 GMD PLAZA Spaces available. Approx. 1000, 2000/sq.ft. Very reasonable rent. $12.50/sq.ft. Paul, 941-749-5804, 941-518-3226.
Roofing SAY YOU SAW IT IN
FURNITURE PAINTED: wicker, rattan, wood, wrought iron, patio furniture. Pick-up and delivery. 778-3133.
Call Ashdown Flooring Inc. (941) 726-3077
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SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please call Marc 321-0707.
Telephone: 941-749-5646 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted to Buy
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Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. Lic/Ins.
ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659
Gail Sunray, Owner Helping seniors, busy adults & businesses manage paperwork.
STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Call DON for immediate response. Condos & Homes For Sale 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, LOVELY GULF and garden views from this PE20374. VISA/MC. immaculate 2BR/2BA at Promenade. Marble foyer and baths and ceramic tile throughout. Master suite has 2/large walk-in closets and Screen Repair steam shower. Full service amenities include ED’S RESCREENING & HOME EXTERIOR resort style his/her spas and social rooms, SERVICES. Pool cage restoration, screened lighted clay tennis courts and heated pool entryways. Serving Longboat Key. “Quality overlooking beach. Offered at $599,900. Call Work, Affordably Priced”. Licensed & Susan Fox, Michael Saunders & Company Insured. 504-2325 or 921-9289. Ed Ponte, at 544-6648. Owner/Operator.
Tile Installation PROFESSIONAL CERAMIC TILER: walls, floors, etc. Knowledgeable, prompt and reliable service. Reasonable rates. Many excellent references. IF QUALITY COUNTS, call David 792-2552.
FOR SALE by owner: Longboat Key Villa in Harbour Oaks, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, pool overlooking Harbourside golf course, new roof, exterior painting, carpeting, appliances, pool screening, etc. The premier panoramic view of the golf course in Harbour Oaks II. $550,000. Shown by appointment only. Day: 365-0118. Evenings: 383-4563.
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PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL WANTS TO BUY GULF FRONT LBK CONDO DIRECT FROM OWNER. $300K-$600K RANGE.
NORTH LONGBOAT KEY BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, 392 FIREHOUSE LANE.
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CASUAL COASTAL LIVING. 2BR/2BA +LOFT. COMMUNITY POOL, WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. $895,000 CONRAD BEACH
3BR/2.5BA, FABULOUS PANORAMA OF GOLF COURSE, LAKES AND SUNSETS. END UNIT. PREMIUM LOT! $659,000
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NO REALTORS. NO COMMISSIONS. CLOSE FOR CASH. WILL CONSIDER LEASEBACK. DON STEPHENS 364-4600
WALK TO Asolo, Ringling Museum, New College, USF & Sarasota Bay. Secluded, West of Bayshore, $475,000. 351-3305. RITZ BEACH Residences/Lido Beach. Did you miss your first chance to buy at the BEACH RESIDENCES? 3352/sq.ft. unit for sale at $1,680,000. Great value! For more information, call Bibi-Ann Allard at 685-0422. Michael Saunders & Co. UNIVERSITY PARK Country Club, lake view, 3BR/3BA, +den, vaulted ceilings, wine closet, many designer built-ins. Pool/spa. $929,000. 941-358-7344.
BIRD KEY, best location in Sarasota. Great opportunity to remodel or build new. 941-544-6005. BAYFRONT LOT: 100/ft. frontage, full view of Tampa Bay, cleared, partially filled, 222/ft. deep. Zoned R1. Offered at $2.5M. Please call Michel Cerene, Broker. 778-0777 or 545-9591 eves. or Mike Carleton, Realtor, 737-0915.
Lots & Acreage For Sale HARBOR LANDINGS Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site offered by owner-REALTOR in gated Cortez community; $287,500 price includes dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate George Noble: 685-3372. LONGBOAT KEY 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard Estrin: 807-3363. LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112
Rentals: Annual TANGERINE BAY MAGNIFICENT PENTHOUSE MAGNIFICENT VIEW FABULOUS FURNISHINGS 4 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHS This is a spectacular unit with absolutely everything in place for luxurious living. $1, 175,00.00
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: 3BR/3BA, 2/car garage, pool, boat lift, dock, 4th from Bay. $1,450,000. 928-3447. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY, beautifully unique 3BR/2BA home, the Village. Turnkey furnished. $799,000. Call Judy Heyer, Realtor 730-9009. Latitude 27 Realty, 744-2727.
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LONGBOAT KEY. Islander Club, 2BR/2BA condo. Long term or seasonal. Call for details, 941-387-7065 or 813-787-5326.
GULF VIEW, extensive upgrades, beachfront, Lido Key, 2BR/2BA. For sale or L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, rent. $825,000. 936-377-2731. 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and WANTS TO BUY A CONDO sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. AT “BEACHPLACE” ON LBK 203-227-0500. DIRECT FROM OWNER. LIDO BEACH, 139 McKinley. 2BR/1BA, CLOSE FOR CASH. Florida room, walk to beach & St. Armands, new tile, light, bright, freshly painted, KISTALKEY@SBCGLOBAL.NET $1475/mo. +utilities. 1 or 2/yr. lease availa281-726-2020 ble. Call Ed, 388-3426 or 224-7110.
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BIRD KEY, original garden home: 3BR/2BA, 2200/sq.ft. living area, caged pool & lanai, 2/car garage. Small pet OK. $3000/mo. 941-371-1866.
GOLDEN GATE POINT: Bayfront, furnished/unfurnished, 1BR. Pool, fishing pier. No pets. $1050/mo. 941-374-3401.
ISLANDER CLUB, 2BR/2BA beachfront condo. Reduced to $1800/mo. LIDO SHORES, 2BR/2BA furnished pool home, $2000/mo. 988 BLVD. OF THE ARTS, 2BR/2BA bayfront condo, $1350/mo. The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 387-9709
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BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS 3BR/2BA, CLOSE TO BEACH, CIRCLE, SHOPPING, DINING AND EVERYTHING. LAWN/AC MAINTENANCE, AND PEST CONTROL INCLUDED. $2200/MO.
NOTHING LIKE THE RITZ. Beautifully furnished, totally equipped, 1400/sq.ft. Spacious 1BR/1.5BA apt. in the Ritz Residence with all Ritz Carlton amenities. Terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay, parking space in building. Includes membership to Ritz Beach Club & Spa. Minimum 4/mo. Also available annually. Contact 941-383-9097.
STORYBOOK COTTAGES. Romantic B&B decor, cottage chic in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher, cable, phone. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, bay/canal patio. $1000/mo. per multiple months. views, furnished, pools, tennis, beach house. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $1300/mo. 315-415-8282. $850/mo. Weekly and monthly rates avail. 941-779-2393. LBK, GRAND BAY. Premiere community, w/world class amenities, beach club, GULF FRONT condo on Lido Beach. 2BR/2BA penthouse w/wrap around terrace, Exquisite 2BR/2BA, fully furnished. Minimum furnished. Spectacular views of Sarasota 3/mo. $4250/mo. 908-229-3895. Bay and skyline. 2/Garage parking, 24/hr. security, $2600/mo. (941) 387-1336. LONGBOAT VILLAGE COTTAGE: 941-724-4703
LBK, CEDARS EAST TOWNHOUSE: 2BR/2.5BA, fully furnished, bright and attractively decorated, new appliances, screened lanai w/mangrove view and privacy. Included tennis and pool, $1450/mo. 847-913-9997.
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LBK, BEACHPLACE, 2BR/2BA. Beautifully decorated, turnkey condo w/lanai. Available October through December, 2004. Amenities include Olympic pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center and 24/hour security. Non-smokers please. To view: www.longboatcastle.com <http://www.longboatcastle.com> By owner. Month to month rentals only. 407-302-5350.
Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, U.P.C.C., Downtown. Experience the elegant lifestyle of The Residence at The Ritz Carlton BAYPORT BEACH & TENNIS FAIRWAY BAY SEAPLACE JUST TO NAME A SELECT FEW JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000 PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE: www.leasingsarasota.com BEACHFRONT, LIDO, 2BR/2BA Gulf front, next to Orchid Bay. Open Fall Season - Nov. through April. 3/mo. or longer. Owner, 388-2555, firstname.lastname@example.org Sunset rentals now! Key West too! LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404.
LBK CANAL home. Walk to private beach access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. October through December, $2900/mo. January to LONGBOAT KEY. Directly on beach, April, $3500/mo. 407-898-4175. 3BR/2.5BA walk out, behind the gates of Longboat Key Club, full ocean views from LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On the beach, every room. Beautiful grounds, pool, tennis Gulf views, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, 2/terraces, courts & fitness rooms, perfect sunsets. new kitchen and furnishings, TV’s, $6500/mo. Sept. through Dec. $7000/mo. VCR/DVD, computer printer, W/D, stereos, Jan. through April. Call 941-383-8107. heated pool, tennis court, exercise room, assigned parking. 3/mo. minimum, 2005 season. $5000/mo. Longer stays available. 212-787-9337. LA PLAYA WHITNEY BEACH condos 1 & 2/BR’s: GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS heated pools, tennis courts, private beach. Available now monthly through 2005. WEEKLY RENTALS 941-928-0309. GULF FRONT 2 & 3 BEDROOMS LBK, BUTTONWOOD COVE. Monthly 941-383-6224 Rental: 3BR/2BA. Reasonable with discount for 3/mos. or more. 941-383-2513, 888-383-6224 609-266-7060 or for more details and www.laplayacondo.com photographs: www.VRBO.com/43489. “ON BEAUTIFUL LONGBOAT KEY” CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA furnished home. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Spa, dock, walk to beach. Available Oct., Nov., Dec., 2004. Monthly only. Private beach LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, access. See website for photos and 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Available April, May & rates. http://www.LBKgetaway.com or call June, $2000/mo. Aug. & Sept., $2000/mo. 941-360-0700. Oct. & Dec., $2750/mo. Also available Jan. & Feb. 2005, $4000/mo. 727-403-1449, BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. email@example.com Walk right out onto the beach from this L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and 941-383-6650.
2BR/1BA, updated. Now through Dec. $975/mo.: .Jan.-April $2500/mo. PERICO BAY Club: 2BR/2BA villa. Now through December 31. $1400/mo. Jan. through April, $2500/mo. PALMA SOLA BAY townhouse, 2BR/2BA, waterfront, pool, boat dock. Now sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. throug Dec. $450/week. $1200/mo. Call for Long season. 203-227-0500. seasonal rate. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090. LIDO BEACH: efficiencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps LBK - Covert II. Beautifully furnished, direct to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day Gulf front condo. Non-smokers. No pets. minimum. 388-2590. 2BR/2BA. $5000/mo., $1250/week. Please call 904-704-4379.
FURNISHED CONDO 1/mile from Anna Maria on Cortez, on a waterway. Open living, dining area, large bedrooms, 2/full baths, kitchen, laundry and lanai. Requires Homeowner Association approval. $1200/mo. Includes Cable TV and water. Call Susan, 614-802-2900 Ext. 219. BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA, 1st. floor, W/D, pool, clubhouse, tennis, fishing dock, steps THE SANCTUARY, elegant 2BR/2.5BA to beach. Available monthly or seasonal. +den, and 1/car garage. Security gate, pool, (Not available for February or March). concierge, beach. Available on a long term Non-smoking unit. (203) 481-2748. lease. Showings by appointment. Call for more information: ResortQuest Real Estate, DECEMBER TO April: adult community 941-365-9505, ext. 2200. Longboat Key, Sarasota. Cozy 2BR/1BA, GRAND BAY, private side of newest large open patio, washer/dryer, 2/minute building, fantastic views, golf course, marina, walk to beach & bay, $1600/mo. Judy, bay, 3BR/3BA, unfurnished, world class 305-386-3629. fitness center, 2/pools. 387-0171, owner. STEPS TO BEACH! SEAPLACE, master 1BR/1BA, WATERFRONT: $720/mo. bedroom w/king bed & private bath, guest bedroom w/queen bed & private bath. 387-0990. Sleeps/7. New elegant decor with new kitchen. Available Aug.-Oct. $2000/mo. Rentals: Nov.-Dec. $2500/mo. Two month minimum. Seasonal & Vacation 423-968-3420. To view: Rentwithaview.com GULF FRONT, pool, 1BR apartment, screened balconies, $750/week. 383-3844 ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE: 2BR/2BA, totally or 383-3187. renovated home. Call Andrew Vac, Re/MAx Excellence. 383-9700. LONGBOAT COVE 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. $6000/MO. 3/MO. MIN.
2 & 3 BEDROOM HOUSES AND COTTAGES NEWLY FURNISHED, ON THE BEACH!!! PRIVATE HOT TUBS! AVAILABLE WEEKLY OR MONTHLY CRAIG WEISS OWNER: 724-2900
GULFSIDE BAY ISLES, Harbour Sound Dr. 5BR/6BA, dock, Bay view. Call Pauline Kemp, Jennette & Rossi, Inc. Real Estate Management, 941-953-6000, www.leasingsarasota.com.
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SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS LINDA PASKOVICH CALL OFFICE DIRECT: 941-552-3923 OR CELL: 941-504-0601 CONDOS GRAND BAY: 3BR/3BA, 180/DEGREE+ VIEW. L’ELEGANCE 2BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT. LIDO SHORES 1BR/2BA, GULFSIDE. BIRD KEY HOME 3BR/2BA, GARDEN. PALMER RANCH - VILLAGE WALK 4BR/2BA, OVERLOOKING LAKE. PRUDENTIAL PALMS REALTY 595 BAY ISLES RD., LONGBOAT KEY, FL 34228
BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. UNIQUE GROUND floor apartment in Seaplace, building G1. Garden view, 50/ft. from back door to beach. Two month rental required, 2BR/2BA. Fully furnished, including washer/dryer. Available March & April, 2005. $3600 Jan., Feb. & March. $2600 April & Dec. $1300 May through Nov. Call: 706-746-2594 after 6p.m. or e-mail: Knutifam@yahoo.com SANCTUARY, LBK condo. The ultimate in luxury for the discerning renter. 7th floor, Gulf front, 3BR/3BA. Exquisite furnishings & decor throughout. Panoramic beach views all round and direct full front view of famous Florida sunsets. Covered parking. Newly remodeled and fully equipped, no expense spared. Reserved parking. Available Jan., Feb., March, 2005. Non-smokers only. Call 813-962-2652 or 813-245-6800, ask for Steve. LBK, BUTTONWOOD Cove condo. One of few Gulf to bay properties: 2BR/2BA, gorgeous views, exquisitely refurbished and furnished. Monthly/Seasonal/Annual rentals w/discounts for 3+ months. Boat dock available, heated pool, private Gulf beach, tennis. No pets. No smokers. 813-685-9130. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101.
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LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, 3rd floor direct Gulf front, private, 2BR/2BA. Pool, recreation room. Available August-Dec. 813-837-9901.
LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On beach w/ocean & bay views, N.W. corner condo, 11th floor, 2BR/2BA w/terrace. Beautifully furnished. Spacious, meticulously maintained. Heated pool, exercise area, library, tennis court & assigned covered parking space. Includes utilities & housekeeping, (not phones). Available beginning January 1, 2005. 3/mo. minimum. Longer stays negotiable. $5000/mo. Or annual rental from January on. Virtual viewing available upon request. 1-978-475-1678.
LBK, THE PROMENADE. Larger 2BR/2BA w/great Gulf & bay views from six levels above beach on SW side. Exceptional decor & large terrace. Gated, concierge, pool, gym, tennis, enclosed parking. Minimum 3/mos. 941-350-3970.
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WINDWARD BAY THRU OCTOBER 15, 2004
LONGBOAT KEY, SEAPLACE. Gated, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, spectacular Gulf views, newly professionally decorated. 2/pools, whirlpools, exercise, tennis, W/D. Non-smokers. Available Dec. through April. (815) 462-5724.
BEAUTIFULLY FURNISHED 2BR/2BA CORNER UNIT, W/D IN UNIT, ENCLOSED LANAI, COVERED PARKING, BEACH ACCESS, TENNIS, HEATED POOLS.
1/MONTH - $2000/MO. 2/MONTHS $1800/MO. 383-4477
LBK BEACHPLACE condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available Oct., 2004 to December, THE CASTILLIAN. Stunning LBK beach 2004. Also 2005. Covered parking. front condo w/sweeping Gulf & Bay views, 3BR/2.5BA, 3rd floor. All amenities, Non-smokers. By owner. 404-325-9578. tennis, pool, hot tub, covered parking. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, 2/mo. min. 248-640-2654. 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. VACATION RENTALS 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. CONDOS Longboat Key & Anna Maria KINGSTON ARMS on St. Armands Circle. SEASONAL Seasonal & Annual Furnished 1BR/1BA. 1/mo. minimum. Call Wedebrock Rental Office SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. Annual also possible. Call Agent/Owner, 941-586-6731. Weekly through December. Gulf front. 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR, first floor condo. Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. For a complete list, go to: Tennis, pool. $750/week or $1800/mo. 724 MARBURY LANE, 3BR/2BA home on www.Wedebrock.com Available Aug. throug Jan.. Call Jane canal w/boat dock. WHITNEY BEACH, 2BR/2BA, furnished Bay 847-735-1764. view, $3800/mo. LIVE ON the beach. Full Gulf front, WESTCHESTER, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, DELUXE 2BR condo. Newly renovated w/granite, on the Gulf. Available month of 3BR/3BA, small complex. Available Oct. direct Gulf view, $4800/mo. ST. ARMANDS, 2BR/2BA, furnished, March. Weekly rentals avail. August through 2004 through April 2005. 941-383-8297. 1/block to shopping, 2/blocks to Lido Beach, December, $1000/week. 859-441-6896 or 859-750-4774. TAKE YOUR PICK...RELAXING CANAL $2800/mo. FRONT HOME or GULF-FRONT CONDO, 609 BAYVIEW HOME, pool, 2BR/2BA +den. RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys 3BR/2BA canal home is a 2/minute walk $4200/mo. & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut 6525 GULF OF MEXICO DR., 2BR/2BA, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal fishing, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. fantastic mid-key location, large pool $4000. 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, 1BR/1.5BA, GULF view w/private beach, w/screened enclosure, CONDO (2BR/2BA) CASTILLIAN, $6000/mo. newly remodeled walk-out unit directly on Bay access w/dock. Available now. Call for the Gulf...full view, just steps from the info and e-mail pictures. Seasonal or annual. patio to the Gulf. Both recently updated Call for annual rates. 941-780-2352. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor w/new paint and furniture, lots of tile. or Kim Fisher Pets welcome upon approval. No smoking CLASSIFIEDS WORK Wagner Realty please. SECURITY/DEPOSIT required. 1/mo. minimum stay. Call or email for 941-383-5577 SAY YOU SAW IT IN seasonal rates. Call 863-559-4610 or THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER www.longboatbeachrentals.com
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views including wide beach, city lights, golf course and sunrise are part of this southwest 9th floor 3BR/3BA unit featuring marble, Granite and state of the art amenities. Two guest suites available, lobby and garage concierge, tennis courts and miles of white sandy beaches. $1,250,000.
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L o n g b o a t K e y • TANGERINE BAY CLUB: End unit overlooking lagoon to Bay. Large 2 BR + den w/diagonal tile throughout, designer windows, faux-painted walls, mahogany doors, granite kitchen, Induction range, gas fireplace & grill hookup, custom built-ins in master BR & den, 2 car garage, community boat dock & beach club membership. $925,000.
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L o n g b o a t K e y • DIRECT BAYFRONT TREETOPS: This 3BR/3BA home is set at water’s edge on a beautiful, protected, deep-water harbor on Sarasota Bay, “TreeTops” is a distinctive residence that’s filled with architectural excitement and interior glamour. Built 33 feet into the air, the threelevel home is named “Treetops” because of the way its living areas are nestled into the surrounding trees. Light-filled spaces and large sundecks provide wonderful water and nature views. A swimming pool and dock are included. $1,895,000.
Pristine Anna Maria location with spectacular Bay views on deep canal. Easy walk to beaches, unique shops and fine dining. Offered at $799,900 SALE PENDING
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Whitney Beach Gulf Front Condo Rarely available and well maintained, 1BR/1BA in popular Gulf to Bay community. Magnificent sunsets and direct gulf views. Just steps to pool, tennis courts and boat docks. SALE
Offered at $525,000
Discover four brand new Mediterranean flats nestled between the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef. Designed for carefree water-front living with all the luxuries and conveniences one would desire. Two car-plus garage, elevator, sparkling pool. Leave the stress behind, relax and enjoy the island lifestyle. Starting at $795,000
Build Your Dream Home Possible Bay views from this cleared lot in pristine area with deeded access to deep canal. Offered at $529,900 SALE PENDING
SALE PENDING 705 Hideaway Bay Lane . . . . . . $ 1,099,000 812 Whooping Crane Court . . . . . $ 799,000 6328 Laguna Drive . . . . . . . . . . . $ 648,500 6332 Laguna Drive (lot) . . . . . . . $ 240,000
Tranquil Country Living Peaceful 5.7 acre property near Manatee River in Parrish. Endless possibilities! Offered at $498,000
6334 Laguna Drive (lot) . . . . . . . $ 245,000
L o n g b o a t K e y • BAY ISLES: Renovated Mediterranean style home w/wide open water views of waterway and bird sanctuary, sailboat water & protected dockage on wide turning basin. Beach membership incl. $1,935,000.
L o n g b o a t K e y • WATER CLUB I • GULFFRONT 3BR/5BA, 7th flr w/sunset views from 3 terraces. Soft tones, light oak floors, granite countertops & plantation shutter doors. Concierge, 17,000 SF. clubhouse & sep.garage.$2,950,000.
L i d o S h o r e s • MODERN WATERFRONT HOME: is Florida’s best architectural statement on the West Coast. Fabulous unobstructed private bayou views, 75” lap pool, outstanding floor plan, walk to beach. $4,695,000.
6336 Laguna Drive (lot) . . . . . . . $ 275,000
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M a i n l a n d • BEAU CIEL: 4th floor, 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/marina, city & bay views. $895,000. 4th floor, 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/bay, marina city & city views. $950,000.
Longboat Key • THE PIERRE Direct southwest gulf front 3BR/3.5BAcorner unit, turnkey furnished, wood floors, Corian, spacious kitchen. Magnificent views of sunrise & sunset from 3 terraces. $1,750,000.
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VILLA CASSANDRA Positive cash flow. Perfect vacation home/ investment. One block to everything! Views forever. 3BR/3BA, pool, furnished. $879,000. Geoff Wall 545-0206.
WHITNEY BEACH GULF FRONT Rarely available and well maintained, 1BR/1BA in popular Gulf to bay community. Magnificent sunsets and direct gulf views. Just steps to pool, tennis courts, and boat docks. Offered at $525,000 Tina Rudeck 920-0303 or Mike Migone 812-7437
STUNNING DIRECT GULF FRONT! A beautiful transformation at Martinique South! This 2BR/2BA direct gulf front, corner unit has been totally re-designed and the result is stunning. Beautiful new furnishings, garage, heated pool & tennis make this a golden opportunity. $742,000 Call Gail Tutewiler 705-0227.
PERFECT ISLAND GETAWAY Perfect home on the water. Wonderful open floor plans provide spectacular panoramic views of the property. Coral edged pool is between two large open verandas perfect for entertaining. Open kitchen, fireplace, covered boat lift and large two car garage. $1,025,000. Jim Dunn 726-0349
MEDITERRANEAN BAY front has sweeping bay views. Located on Golden Gate Point, unit has 3 bedrooms plus den. Nice open plan. Too many amenities to mention. Over 2100 sq.ft. $929,000. Call for more information. 383-5543
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WHITNEY BEACH Enjoy white sand beaches and beautiful sunsets. Immaculately maintained condominium complex on the north end of Longboat Key. Choose from one bedroom or two, gulf views or bayou views! Many units to choose from. Call 383-5886
LONGBOAT HARBOUR Several two bedroom 2 bath units with relaxing canal views, located in a prime mid-rise complex mid Longboat Key, with all the amenities covered parking, heated pool, tennis, etc! Call 383-5886
BAYFRONT CONDO Rarely available Full Bayfront condo. Panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. New clubhouse, tennis, pools and deeded beach access. $495,000 Lisa Varano 730-9060 or Cindy Migone 812-7438
GULF VIEW Totally updated 2/2 ground floor, 2 pools and covered parking. Just steps to the beach Best value in well maintained complex on the beach. Don't miss this one! $474,000. Marc Turner 224-1112
INVESTORS DREAM Unique four-plex with many possibilities. Just steps to the gulf, bay, shops & fine dining. Plus, a large covered patio overlooking the gulf. This property has excellent rental history! $1,200,000. Call Missi Watkins 730-5227 or Lee Kinworthy 807-1610
WELCOME HOME THIS IS THE ONE Location, Quality, Style and Value make this beautiful home the total package! Recently upgraded throughout no detail overlooked. For the discriminating client who has an eye for perfection. $259,900. Jim Dunn 726-0349.
RUSTIC CHARM Two-story lofted home on secluded lot with big shade trees Three bedroom/ two bath, new kitchen with appliances. Large two-car garage with separate workshop, large back yard. Cedar trim throughout. Close to schools. $229,000. Jim Dunn 726-0349.
BRAND NEW MEDITERRANEAN FLATS designed for carefree waterfront living with all the luxuries and conveniences one could desire. Nestled between the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef. Starting at $795,000. Tina Rudek 920-0303
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FAIRWAY BAY This complex has all the amenities one would want - private beach club, beautiful pool area with gorgeous bay view, exercise room, and tennis. Two and three bedroom units available. Call 383-5886
CEDARS EAST Many spacious townhomes available in active community. A perfect place to improve your game, or simply relax in the large community pool. All units have private garages. Call 383-5886
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