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Women’s fishing school pulls in almost 40 anglers. Thursday, august 31, 2006

Key Club withdraws offer ing. The Key Club’s New York principal, Loeb Partners Realty, made the final decision to withdraw the offer, said Michael Welly, general manager of the

Key Club. Asked why the investment company withdrew the contract, Welly said, “We couldn’t make the financials work at the time.” “Loeb has strict guidelines for obtaining property, and this didn’t quite make it,” Welly said. In June, the Longboat Key Club entered a contract with Longboat Key Marina Associations LTD, led by managing partner Bill Vernon. Once finalized, the purchase

would bring the marina back into the ownership of the Key Club, which owned the marina in the mid-1980s, before its current owner purchased the marina for $9.1 million in 1989. The purchase would have included a parcel of commercial property and 37 boat slips. The commercial property included the Café on the Bay restaurant, a yacht brokerage, fuels station

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Ladies’ lure

no sale by Roger Drouin | City Editor

The Longboat Key Club last week withdrew its offer to purchase a parcel of bayfront property including portions of the Longboat Key Moorings and nearby Café on the Bay build-

See OUR TOWN page 2A



Longboat Key Club financing firm Loeb Partners opts out of property purchase; club Manager Michael Welly still considers future purchase.

The cotton plant at Casa Del Mar, grown by D.M. Williams and Mark Meador, is one step closer to officially becoming the world’s tallest cotton plant. On Aug. 23, Ervin Shannon, an agricultural assistant with Manatee County, documented the plant to be 27.1 feet tall, which surpasses the old world record by about 1 1/2 feet. Another cotton plant grown on the Casa Del Mar property holds that record. Two letters will be sent to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” one from Gail Loefgren, president of the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, and one from the state agriculturist office, verifying the plant’s height. Loefgren was on hand for the measuring of the plant and became an official “cotton-picker,” when she joined the Tall Cotton Picker Association by plucking a bole of cotton from the plant.


Jessica Luck

Eddie Moran momentarily comes off his skimboard as he does a move in his heat of the Skimboard Bash competition on Bradenton Beach Saturday. To his right, Ben Val Divieso completes one of his rides. About 90 competitors signed up for the event, with proceeds going to red-tide research.

ERNESTO by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Spared, but staying prepared Town officials breathe a sign of relief and urge residents to have storm plans ready for the next storm. Early Monday morning, Longboat Key faced a familiar situation: A tropical storm, expected to become a hurricane, was headed

for Southwest Florida and everyone was watching to see where it would make landfall. Then at 11:30 a.m., as the lat-

est prediction from the National Hurricane Center showed Tropical Storm Ernesto shifting direction, setting course for the southeastern tip of Florida, Longboat Key town officials called off a pending meeting to determine if, and when, to order an evacuation. As of press time Tuesday af-

ternoon, forecasters predicted minimum rainfall and no impact from winds on Longboat Key. “We expected a little bit of rain, but according to the current forecast, we are not going to get any rain, and we are outside the wind

See ERNESTO page 5A

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+ Generous gift

OUR TOWN continued from page 1A

Longboater Neil V. Moody made a $100,000 donation to The Sarasota County Arts Council for its endowment. This is the first endowment gift in the history of the 20-year-old organization. “I am thrilled to be able to do this and hope other people will follow,” said Moody, an Arts Council board member since 2005. Moody is currently a member of the Sarasota YMCA Foundation Board and was

Kyle Griffin

+ Flocking to him

Kyle Griffin, 2 1/2, shares his beach with a flock of seagulls Aug. 20. Kyle is

previously a board member of the Sarasota Community Foundation and St. Stephens Episcopal School. He also served as president of the Florida West Coast Symphony.

+ Gator aid

Amy Poag, Memphis, Tenn., visited Longboat Key last week, as she often does. But she got a surprise bon voyage when she saw an alligator on the golf course of the Longboat Key Club on her way out of town.

Neil V. Moody “We’d always been told there were no gators on Longboat Key,” she said. “We’ll think twice now about fishing golf balls out of the water.”

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Fish round-up by Roger Drouin and Jessica Luck

| City Editor and Staff Writer

Clean-up crews race against red tide The town’s seven-day-a-week operation aims to keep beaches clear as red tide intensifies. “Look,” Kevin Webb, Public Works supervisor, said Friday afternoon as he drove near the Gulfside beach. He pointed to the trails of dead fish lying near the shore. “We’ve already been here, and they’re coming back,” he said. “They’ve washed up since we cleaned this morning.” Public works employees, along with temporary staff, were working 12-hour days beginning Aug. 24 and into early this week to rid the beaches and waterways of dead fish as a result of red tide. By Monday, they had removed 16 tons of dead fish. Crews also removed weeds and litter such as glass bottles from the beach. Crews used a tractor and beach tiller to remove fish from the Gulf-side portion of the island. In addition, the town hired a contractor to remove dead fish from the bay. “This is nothing compared to last year,”

Webb said. So far, the main fish found washed up on shore have been bait fish, such as trout, mullet, some catfish and eels. “I saw a red snapper on Thursday,” Webb said. “It’s a pretty fish. It’s such a shame.” Grubbs Emergency Services LLC used a vessel called a harvester to scoop dead fish from bay waters near New Pass. The hyacinth harvester is actually designed to remove weeds from lakes, but Grubbs uses the machine to clear away dead fish killed by red tide. “We are working seven days a week,” Webb said. “It got worse this weekend.” Last year, when a lingering bloom killed thousands of fish along both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay surrounding the island, the town spent a total of $380,340 to remove dead fish. Webb said the town is removing the worst cases of dead fish first.

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+ Turtle death

Public works crews discovered a dead loggerhead sea turtle on Longboat Key Monday. The turtle was found on the beach near The Sanctuary on the south end of the Key. While scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory would not know the exact cause of death for several days, they suspected that red tide was involved. Last year during a lingering red tide bloom, the toxic algae contributed to the death of nine sea turtles on Longboat Key. Jessica Luck

Anthony Ruic, with Able Body Labor, works to clear the Gulfside beach of dead fish and debris on Friday afternoon.

“It’s a never-ending thing,” Webb said. “It’s kind of a gamble with how many crews you should get. You learn from past experiences what’s coming. You have to watch it.”

Student scholarships

+ Underground power lines

Several months ago, the Town Commission buried the idea of underground power lines. The project would have cost $12 million to $15 million and the Town Commission decided it was too costly. But recent projects throughout Florida have inspired some commissioners to resurface the issue. At its October or November workshop, the commission will discuss whether to pay for an in-depth analysis to determine the possible price range to bury power lines on the Key.

+ No watering changes

Jessica Luck

The Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key awarded 16 scholarships to area students Aug. 24 at the The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. The club raised $17,000 for the students and hosted a reception for all who could attend at The Colony’s Monkey Room. “This year was by far the most difficult undertaking to choose among the applications that I ever experienced,” Vince DeLisi, a Kiwanis member, said. “But it was an awesome chore.” Scholarship recipients are: Valerie Atkins, Roberta Rodgers, Ashley Betti, Brenda Whitehair, Nicholas Matthews, Cristina Robles, Iwona Townsend, Melana Morris, Tara Spielman and Marlene Jurgensen. Not pictured are: Renee Boyette, Cristina Calandruccio, Michael Hurst, Andrea McRae, Jacquelyn Shephard and Raymond Sanders.

+ Labor Day

Traffic by Roger Drouin | City Editor

$3.7 billion shortfall threatens road projects Roadway projects throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties are needed to alleviate traffic congestion. A series of roadway projects in the Manatee-Sarasota region is estimated to cost $5 billion by 2030. These projects are necessary to alleviate congestion on traffic-clogged roads, described as “red” roadways. The problem is that a decline in state funding has triggered a $3.7 billion shortfall, said Mike Maholtz, transportation planner with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. “We only have $1.3 billion in projected revenue,” he said. Maholtz told Longboat Key Kiwanis members at their weekly meeting Aug. 17 that as MPO officials wait for funding to trickle in, more people move to the area, adding to the volume of traffic on the roadways. Maholtz said that by 2030, MPO officials estimate that 520,000 residents will live in Sarasota County and 473,000

residents will live in Manatee County. The estimates are low, because North Port is expected to double earlier estimates by 80,000 residents. “We have a lot of red roads in the highway system,” Maholtz said about roads such as Fruitville, U.S. 301 and U.S. 41 — roads that are not managed by the state. “This problem will not go away. We just have to find the best way to manage it.” Maholtz points to three reasons for the $3.7 billion shortfall. Local gas-tax revenue is the single greatest funding source used to pay for local transportation projects. The share of gas-tax money coming back to the MPO from the state government has decreased recently. “By the time the gas tax goes to Tallahassee and comes back, we are getting anywhere from 50

Newly enacted watering restrictions throughout Sarasota County will not impact Longboat Key residents. “Longboat Key is going to keep its own watering schedule,” said Public Works Director Juan Florensa. “Our citizens know on which days they can water, and we don’t want to change that.” Earlier this month, Sarasota County changed the irrigation water restrictions to allow only one day, not two days, for watering. Longboat Key residents will continue to follow the watering schedule: Odd addresses water on Sunday and even addresses on Tuesday. Times to water on the allowed irrigation day are from midnight to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to midnight.

cents to 82 cents (per dollar) at best,” Maholtz said. “We get a lot less back than we pay in gasoline taxes.” In addition, the state contributes an annual amount of money for local road projects. That funding source has also decreased in recent years, shrinking from $12 million to $5 million. And, to add to the problem, the state removed a U.S. 301 road-widening project from its schedule of priority projects to receive state funding. Local-transportation planners also have to deal with skyrocketing increases in the cost of construction materials and right-ofway property purchases. “The cost of asphalt and concrete and the cost of right-ofway (property purchases) is remarkable,” Maholtz told Kiwanis members. “Recently we have had cost increases that leave everyone speechless.” For instance, to widen a onemile stretch of Bee Ridge Road,

would cost an estimated $25 million for right-of-way easements, he said. Last month, MPO Chairman Larry Bustle sent a letter to Gov. Jeb Bush and state representatives, requesting additional state funding for slated road improvement projects. The letter, sent July 5, highlights 13 slated projects in Sarasota County that will cost a balance of $518 million. If funding is not increased, it will take 97 years to fund these projects. In Manatee County, there are five projects that are estimated to cost $258 million. It would take 43 years to funds these projects, if state assistance is not increased. The projects listed in the letter include only those that are waiting on the MPO’s Project Priority List and Long Range Transportation Plan. None of the listed projects is planned for construction on Longboat Key or neighboring barrier islands.

For the Labor Day weekend, Town Hall, including the building department and public works office will be closed Monday, but re-open on Tuesday. The Longboat branch of the United States Postal Service will also be closed on Monday. Garbage pickup normally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 4, will be Saturday, Sept. 2.

numbers in the news

16 — tons of dead fish re-

moved from Longboat Key’s beaches and bay waters, as of Monday.

$17,000 — amount awarded to 16 area college students in from of scholarship funded by the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club. 3.7 — shortfall (in billions) for roadway projects planned in Manatee-Sarasota through 2030.

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and swimming pool. Private owners own the 270 boat slips as part of a condominium system, and these slips were not included in the contract. Stuart Scheyer, former board member of the Moorings Condominium Association and owner of two slips for more than 10 years, described the following contract: The Longboat Key Club offered $9 million for the commercial property and the 37 boat slips. The contract was signed by both parties, and the Key Club withdrew its offer days before the expiration of the due-diligence period. Scheyer, who led an effort by the condominium association to stop the deal under the association’s power of first right of refusal, said that a group of slip owners were ready to finance the $9 million purchase price to bring the property into the ownership of the condominium association. He resigned as treasurer of the board after the board voted 5-1 against buying the property. Scheyer was concerned that the Key Club had entered the contract without satisfy-

swath,” said Susan Ammons, public information officer for Longboat Key. “It’s a huge change from yesterday morning,” Ammons said Tuesday afternoon. Miami-Dade area was expected to get up to 7 inches of rain and 60-plus mph winds. Fire Chief Julius Halas, Police Chief Al Hogle and Town Manager Bruce St. Denis continued to closely follow the storm until they knew for sure that the eye of the storm would once again miss Longboat. St. Denis said that, considering past storm patterns, Longboat Key has had its share of good luck. He has a theory

ing a list of agreements that the condominium board requested. Welly said that a possible right of refusal from the board association did not cause the Key Club to withdraw its offer. “We were led to believe there was a group of slip owners who had plans to purchase the property,” Welly said. “But in the end, that wasn’t the reason we withdrew the contract.” Welly said that he plans to continue to talk with Vernon to keep the possibility of a future deal alive. “It’s not done,” he said. “Bill (Vernon) and I will continue to talk until we come up with some scenario that will work.” Welly’s goal is to join the Longboat Key Club and the marina, something that he and Vernon began discussing two years ago. Scheyer also said there is still interest among owners to buy the property, but that the board is back at “square one.” In the meantime, Dennis Matthews, general manager at Longboat Key Moorings, said it would be business as usual at the marina.

CAFÉ ON THE BAY MOVES Café on the Bay at the Moorings will be closing on Labor Day and re-opening at its new location in the former Maureen’s Palm Grille in the Centre Shops mid-September. “Progress is coming along very, very well,” said General Manager Ken Parsons of the new venue’s construction. The restaurant is leaving its location at Longboat Key Moorings, where the owner could not offer a

long-term lease because the property was under contract. The Centre Shops location will feature a “larger parking lot, larger restaurant, larger outdoor terrace and brand new interior, from floor up,” said Parsons. The restaurant and its elegant food won’t be the only attraction. “The bar is going to be the hot spot on the Key, if not all of Sarasota,” Parsons said.

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about this history of near misses. He said that climate and conditions in the Gulf of Mexico make it difficult for a hurricane to make a direct hit on Longboat Key. “Hurricanes want to move north, northwest,” he said. Unless a cold front moves down and forces the storm to move eastward into Southwest Florida, as happened during Hurricane Charley, the storm will continue north toward the Panhandle. Cold fronts can also push storms east across the Keys or into Southeast Florida. A moving hurricane has to encounter very specific weather conditions in order for it to make landfall near Longboat Key, he said.

CONSTANT READINESS Town officials barely breathed a sign of relief this week before they were back in readiness mode — a constant state during hurricane season. “You always have to be ready,” said Halas. The following tips can help residents get ready for any future storms: • Have a plan ready. “Prepare in every way,” said St. Denis. “Know what you are going to do so you don’t have to do it last minute.” St. Denis said an important part of any hurricane plan is securing homes. This includes protecting windows with plywood or storm shutters and securing outdoor furniture. • Get ready for evacuation. St. Denis suggests having a dry storage container with copies of insurance policies, homeowner information, valuables and photos and other items that residents would want to take with them. Residents need to be sure to bring a long-term supply of their medications with them. • Remember to bring pet-care items

such as proper identification, immunization records, ample supply of food and water, carrier, medications and leash. • Safely secure boats. If there is enough advanced warming, moving boats out of the water and out of the storm’s path is the best possible way to avoid damage, said Glen Sandridge, vice president at MarineMax. When possible, store boats out of the water on land or on a lift to protect them from dangerous storm surges. If the boat is on a lift, tether the bow and stern to the lift itself so that high water will not float it off the lift. Placing an anchor from the boat on the lift to nearby land can also be effective in the event the lift becomes damaged. Remove all canvas and boat covers, which can, damage the boat during excessive winds. When docked, double or triple-line boats, allowing them to move with the water but keeping them tight enough to prevent the vessel from slamming against stationary poles and docks. This is traditionally the cause of most boat damage.

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Ed Smith site: Sell it, don’t tax

It could be much, much worse. We could be the hapless taxpayers of New York City. A week ago, this was the headline and first paragraph of a story in the New York Times:

Work begins on Yankees’ subsidized stadium

“Declaring the start of a new era for the Yankees and for the Bronx, officials broke ground yesterday on a $1.2 billion project to build a 51,000-seat replacement stadium. The ceremony took place as throngs of police officers cordoned off protesters who oppose the project because it will eliminate most of two parks and require $400 million in public subsidies.”

being used for, they’ll have to give even more to the city. The bigger point is this: What is the other side of the stadium coin? Better yet: What do commissioners think would happen if that $48 million were left in the hands of taxpayers? We guarantee they wouldn’t choose a business enterprise that will generate $810,000 a year in operating losses. But that’s exactly what city and county commissioners are doing. Again, their own Powerpoint presentation shows the new stadium will require an operating subsidy on top of the annual debt payments to pay off the construction bonds! Another consideration: the proposed increase in the tourism bed tax, from 3% to 4%. Many people think: big deal. The tourists won’t care. And if you’re going to have a tax, the best tax is one that taxes the guy who doesn’t have a say. Tourists, of course, aren’t oblivious. They avoid taxes as much as the next guy, and they live on budgets. The more you take from them in taxes, the less they spend on entertainment. Beyond the tourists, commissioners might think about the effects of the increased tourist tax on the cost of housing. This is not a stretch. If the bed tax is increased 33% on Longboat Key condos rented out during the season, the owners are not going to absorb that tax. They’re going to pass it on. That higher cost then gets factored into the price of units when they are sold and when they are appraised. While you may say a $40-a-month increase in the bed tax on a $4,000-amonth condo is not much, it still nudges the cost of housing upward for everyone — not just the tourists. So if the city and county commissioners analyzed this scheme with more sense and less emotion, they should be able to conclude that the losers in this deal with far outnumber the winners. But they want a stadium. And they can have one. But they should put virtually all of the cost and all of the risk on the private sector. For starters, consider selling some or all of the land — with restrictions on developers for recreational uses. The city shows every year it doesn’t know how to

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It’s nothing like that here. For one, Sarasota city and Sarasota County elected officials are talking about soaking taxpayers for only $48 million to build a new stadium for the Cincinnati Reds and “a community recreation facility” near the existing Ed Smith Stadium complex. That’s nothing like subsidizing George Steinbrenner, one of the wealthiest men in America, and one of the most overpaid sports teams in baseball. But even if it’s $48 million or $400 million or $48, the subsidy is not justified. Indeed, rather than accept the course the city and county are on as a fait accompli, it would be a pleasant, if not stunning, turn of events if the 10 city and county commissioners would give this stadium deal some serious thought — as opposed to what they’ve done so far. They’ve swallowed the stadium advocates’ and economic development gurus’ cheap, re-used bait, hook and all. Enough already with the bogus estimates of the economic impact of the Reds on Sarasota’s economy. For crimeiny sakes, they’re here for one month! Big deal. Or could it have been any more operate a profit-making stadium, so the embarrassing for Sarasota city taxpaycity shouldn’t be in the stadium-operaters? Rather than at least appear to be ing business. Take a cue from others: impartial and deliberative at the public The late Joe Robbie built a $100 million hearings, the commissioners sat in their facility after local voters told him no to high-backed chairs wearing “red” shirts? tax subsidies. Jack Kent Cooke spent What was the point of the pub$160 million or so on a new lic hearings? Their minds are stadium for the Washington made up: Saddle the taxpayers AT A GLANCE: NEW SARASOTA STADIUM Redskins. Jerry Richardson with another tax load that benfinanced a $164 million staefits the few at the expense of CONSTRUCTION COST FINANCING dium for the Carolina Panthers. the many. Bond issue $47.8 William Davidson, owner of Sure, it’s a point of civic Hardening facility grant $1.2 the Detroit Pistons basketball pride to have a gleaming new Furniture, fixtures (Cin. Reds) $1.0 team, paid for the $70 million sports stadium. It makes Furniture, fixtures (Concessionaire) $1.0 Palace project. people feel good — that they Naming rights (Cin. Reds) $0.9 If not selling the property, live in a progressive, with-it Reds’ additional contribution $2.1 perhaps consider leasing the place. But if city and county Total $54.01 land and facilities on terms that commissioners really evaluated make sense for the city and lesthe stadium proposition, they SOURCES OF DEBT PAYMENT see, the way states are leasing might consider such thoughts (present value, $ in millions) their highways to private-sector as these: State ($500,000 / yr. for 30 years) $6.88 operators. Creative thinking • If that $48 million of taxCounty bed tax (½ of 1% bed tax over 20 years) $17.6 could produce a development payer money were not spent Cincinnati Reds ($248,000 / yr., increased by $5.0 scenario in which taxpayers on a sports stadium, for what 3% / year over 30 years and private-sector operators would it be used? What are City of Sarasota ($720,980 annual debt service) $8.98 can win — without subsidies. the alternatives? Would that City of Sarasota (From city’s debt-service reserve) $5.0 There’s a minor-league baseball money produce better results? Land leases $9.64 owner in Fort Lauderdale, for Take the state’s contribution Total 53.1 instance, who is looking for —$500,000 a year. Do you opportunities to own and operthink it’s at all possible that STRUCTURE OF CITY BONDS ate small-scale stadia. He sees money could generate more • City pledges ½-cent state sales tax as revenue such facilities as potentially productive results than what it stream to pay debt service on bonds profit-making ventures. will in a stadium? • $4.2 million is annual debt service At the least, before they cast Or how about the city’s • $720,980 is city’s share of annual debt service that the final votes, city and county annual $720,980 that will go must be made up to cover current general fund commissioners should give toward annual debt service? expenses. alternatives more thought and The city’s own Powerpoint consideration — for the sake presentation said that money PROPOSED CITY INVESTMENT of the people whose money “must be made up to cover cur Current Proposed commissioners want to spend. rent general fund expenses.” Annual debt service $805,000 $720,980 While new baseball stadiums In other words, if you give city Annual operating costs $437,445 $809,850 and spring training games money to one group, you are Required capital improvement* $0 $400,000 generate nostalgia and civic taking it away from another. Total annual subsidy $1,242,445 $1,930,830 pride, they’re not the economic And taxpayers still want whatengines that promoters claim. ever service that $720,980 was

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

Escalating property taxes worry residents Longboat Key residents wonder how much their rates will continue to go up and how that will affect the town’s future. Editor’s Note: This is the sixth article in a series on Longboat Key’s visioning process. This week focuses on rising property taxes. In the visioning small-focus groups held earlier this year, Longboat Key residents expressed concern about escalating property taxes, which have been on the rise for the past five years. Although non-homesteaded homeowners (part-time residents) and businesses are the heaviest hit, full-time residents as well are feeling the effects of rising property values, rising insurance rates and subsequent rising taxes. “It was identified as an issue of concern,” said Herb Marlowe, consultant with Arrington-Marlowe, the consulting firm helping to shape Longboat Key’s visioning process. But the rising rates are nothing new. “This is a constant thing,” said Longboat Key Mayor Joan Webster. “The big concern is the way counties are so free to raise millage and tax people.” The Longboat Key Town

Commission will meet Sept. 11 to set its final millage rate for this year. Manatee and Sarasota County TRIM notices were issued Aug. 14. Residents and business owners have until Sept. 8 to file a review with the property appraiser. Don Schroder, president of C.A.R.T., Coalition Against Runaway Taxes and president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, said one problem with the TRIM notices is that they are based on Dec. 31 tax evaluations and not up-to-date property vales. “That was long before there was a slide in the real estate,” Schroder said. “But we’re stuck with that.” Currently, C.A.R.T. is working on a two-pronged approach to rising taxes. The organization is working with Manatee County to finalize the county’s position on tax deferment for working waterfront hotels and motels. Also, C.A.R.T. is working with a legislative representative in Florida to try and cement tax-assessment laws. Save Our Homes, the tax assessment law put in place in 1992, states that Florida caps annual property tax assess-

ments at 3%. But Schroder says the problem with that is there is no escalation clause to account for inflation. That flat rate is shifting the burden to non-homesteaded residents and business owners to compensate for an increase.

Impact on business “The interesting thing from a Longboat Key perspective is that the commission is now looking at how to re-energize businesses on Longboat Key,” Schroder said. “They realize it has flipped too far.” Winnie Nelon, member of H.A.R.T., Home Owners Against Runaway Taxation and a part-time Longboat Key resident, said businesses could start to suffer even more, and not just from having to pay higher property taxes. “The local governments have seriously underestimated that non-homesteaded residents spend a lot of money when we are in Florida,” Nelon said. “If we have less money after paying higher property taxes, then there is less money to spend at local businesses. For every tax dollar we pay, businesses will have one less dollar of income.”

Pushing for reform The majority of Longboat Key residents, about 70%, are paying property taxes well

above a 3% increase. Nelon says the key issue surrounding that is that non-homesteaded residents don’t get to vote for county commissioners and, more importantly, don’t get a real voice in helping to make the decisions about the budget and rising tax rates that mainly affect them. She is flying down from Massachusetts to attend the Sept. 11 commission meeting; other non-resident owners will be attending the meeting as well. “Somebody’s got to jump into the fray face to face,” she said. “Our fundamental issue is that we have blatant taxation without representation.”

Possible solutions One solution is for a cap to be put on property-tax rates for everyone, not just full-time Florida residents. Nelon said it doesn’t have to be 3%, but any number between 6% and 10% would be reasonable. Nelon said that Kuaia, Hawaii, is one jurisdiction that has recently restructured property tax structures that cap property tax increases for all owners, with two different increase caps for residents and nonresidents. “A slight disparity would be fine,” Nelon said. “We don’t mind paying a little bit more.” The catch of that solution would be that communities

would have to readjust their budgets for the loss of income. But, even now, residents have questioned what the town of Longboat gets in return from the counties for its tax dollars. “The question raised during the focus groups was, ‘What services is the town getting (from the counties) for the tax money?’ and the reality is very little,” Marlowe said. Longboat Key commissioners are well aware of residents’ concerns and are constantly lobbying for the town to see some return on the many tax dollars it puts into both Sarasota and Manatee counties, especially in their school systems. “We get so little tax money back in terms of services,” Webster said. She pointed out that Longboat Key is independent in terms of services such as police and fire protection, as well as taking care of its own roads, but she would like to see more money in order to help fund things such as land acquisition for future beach renourishments and updating the town’s recreation center. “When we meet with other commissions, I always bring up, ‘How does this affect Longboat Key?’ Webster says. “We remind them of how much money Longboat Key is contributing to them. It’s a fairness thing in my mind.”

MY VIEW by Shirley Fein | Guest Writer

Labor Day holiday belongs to kids, too When President Grover Cleveland signed the bill in 1894 creating Labor Day as a national holiday to honor all working people, I wonder if he knew about all the farm children who could and would claim this as their holiday as well. My brothers and I did! We were part of the workforce on our family farm and we always felt that a Labor Day celebration belonged to us as much as it did to all the grownups.

Summer on the far There was a great deal of work to do on the farm all year long. Summer was the busiest time and everyone was assigned a job. No one sat around wondering what to do. We kids helped put the hay into the cavernous hayloft in the cow barn. We watched as the men cut fields of corn, then my brothers would help put the stalks into the old hay truck. Dad would drive the truck up the hill to the silos where the corn would be chopped into silage and stored and used to feed the cows during the long, cold Connecticut winter. After supper we would help to paint the summer farm equipment and store it for the winter in the dilapidated garage near the woodshed. My brothers would disappear into the woods behind

our old drafty farmhouse and gather logs that they would split into firewood for Mom’s antediluvian wood-burning kitchen stove. I still marvel at my mother’s ability to create delicious meals and baked goods on that ancient relic. I can still hear my father saying, “Feed the cats and dogs, take care of the chickens and help your mother.” Our lives whirled around a never-ending list of jobs. As much outdoor work as possible had to be completed by Labor Day, the first Monday in September, when our summer would officially be over and a new school year would begin the next day. In the house we were canning fruits and vegetables to use as part of our meals during the wintertime. We cleaned the kitchen cabinets and put oilcloth on the shelves. We scrubbed the old-fashioned food pantry until our arms ached. Most of the summer clothes were washed, ironed and packed away for the next year. The boxes of winter clothes were brought down from the attic, aired out and then hung up in the freshly painted closets.

Three-day celebration In our area, Labor Day was a three-day celebration that

began on Saturday with the 4-H Club competitions at the local fairgrounds, continued through Sunday’s fun and games and ended on Labor Day Monday with a colorful and noisy parade followed by a gigantic fireworks display. On Saturday night just prior to the square dancing, the judges would announce the winners of the 4-H competitions. I still remember what fun it was to count my blue ribbons that I won for my canning, sewing and pickling projects. My older brother always won first prize for his pet bull-calf, George, whom he trained to walk on a leash. He spent many hours grooming George. He polished the calf ’s hoofs with soft steelwool pads soaked in a soapy solution and then would brush the animal’s brown and white coat until it was shiny and soft to the touch. The local newspaper always printed a list of winners of the 4-H competitions. Mom would put all those articles on the wooden door of the old icebox with a thumbtack for everyone to see and admire. Following the Saturday night 4-H awards ceremony, there was a potluck supper and a lovely square dance at the Grange Hall. On Sunday there were horseshoe games, picnics and the traditional horse-pulling contests.

The big parade We could hardly wait for Labor Day Monday, the day of the big parade and even though we were a small town, enough people turned out to create a fantastic show. All the retail stores and all the fabric mills were closed. Everyone celebrated together. While the grownups visited with each other and had political discussions, trying to cure the ills of the world, my brothers and I played with our school friends and everyone enjoyed the holiday for what it was originally intended: to honor all American workers. One year my father put my three brothers and me in the back of his red pickup truck and we rode in the parade with the police car, the fire truck, high-school marching band and an array of young children on their bicycles. Some people even rode their horses in the parade. The horses were decorated with colorful blankets and had fresh flowers in the harnesses near their ears. All the spectators that knew us shouted, “Sam, don’t let the kids fall out of the back of the truck!” We waved and felt so grand.

Time for school After the Monday parade and the fireworks display con-

cluded, we knew that this great weekend was over. Tomorrow we kids would all be back in school carrying our Mickey Mouse lunchboxes that Grandma had ordered from the Sears Roebuck catalogue. It was also time to move on to the winter farm chores that would be waiting for us each day when we would come home from school. We would feed the chickens, collect the eggs and my brothers would also help with the milking. Somehow we found the time to complete our school homework, and for me, practice piano as well. Labor Day weekend, with all its wondrous and exciting activities reinforced our roles in being an important part of the farm labor group. On this special weekend, we were given credit and public recognition for all our hard work. We were living proof that through our work on the farm we were linked to all the other farm children across the United States and to the entire American work force as well. This was definitely our special holiday. Yes, Labor Day belonged to all of us, both young and old alike! Shirley Fein is a Longboat Key resident. She regularly contributes travel columns to The Longboat Observer.

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10:38 a.m. — Longboat Key Police Department. Assist other Agency. Man reports, by law, to police headquarters to advise that that he is a registered sex offender and will be visiting Longboat Key. Police take information and advise man to notify Manatee County Police Department as well. 10:34 p.m. — 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Suspicious Person. Officer approaches a red Chevrolet pickup truck parked in a lot with a man sleeping inside. The out-of-state man did not have a valid license and was transported to a shelter to sleep.

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6:56 p.m. — Bradenton Beach. Assist Other Agency. Officer arrives after call to assist with a stolen vehicle recovery. Bradenton Beach police officer has subjects on the ground and Longboat officer assists in securing them in handcuffs. A second officer also arrives with additional handcuffs because there were not enough to go around.

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4:53 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Suspicious person. While driving through Bayfront Park Recreation Center parking lot, officer observes man crossing GMD to bus stop across the street. Officer questions subject, who was completely dry after a heavy rain had recently fallen. Subject says he has been in the park reading for the past several hours. A criminal check reveals subject has prior arrests for theft and burglary. With park building secure, no further action is taken.

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5:25 p.m. — 4200 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer receives call from woman walking the beach with regard to a “Help me” plea she saw written in the sand. Officer arrives, checks scene and observes that inside the letters, a female’s name, address and room number are visible. Officer goes to address, discovers 11-old-girl, in no distress, along with family members.. Girl says she always writes her name in the sand. Officer educates girl on the possible dangers of providing this information and that she should not call for help unless there really is danger. signs posted to the contrary. Officer determines subject is indigent and transports woman and her tent to New Pass Bridge area. 1:48 p.m. — 2100 block GMD. Disturbance/Civil. Police respond to resident having problem with a moving

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company. Driver advises that he will not offload woman’s property until cash is paid and woman only has credit card. Officer assists woman in obtaining cash from ATM and setting up balance to be paid with Western Union.

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7:16 a.m. — 4100 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer observes a white Honda traveling 52 mph in a 45-mph zone. Car is stopped and driver does not have a valid license. Driver check reveals subject has previously been arrested three times for driving without a license. Officer supplies subject with fourth arrest and orders vehicle towed.

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9:29 a.m. — 5100 block GMD. Assistance. Complainant advises that her father, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, left in her vehicle, telling her he was heading for Virginia. Officer observes vehicle and initiates traffic stop, in which subject agrees to return to daughter’s condo. Officer returns man home. 10:41 a.m. — 3700 block GMD. Larceny/from Vehicle. Officer takes report of stolen cell phone taken from LBK Ad for LBO 8/25/06 4:50 officer PM Page 1 maintenance golf cart. Complex manager calls

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Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #298682 CASA DEL MAR. Rare opportunity for this creatively updated 2BR unit in a popular Gulf-front complex overlooking pool & Gulf. Makes a great vacation hideaway & investment opportunity. $799,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #306730 DEEDED BOAT DOCK. Fairway Bay townhouse with deeded boat dock, 3-car garage, pool & beach club. $799,000. Donna Stewart, 383-7591 or 993-3635. #305165

BIRD KEY GARDEN HOME. This beautifully renovated residence features 3BRs, 2-car garage, open pool & tropical yard. Situated on a 15,000+ sq.-ft. lot. $1,075,000. Deborah Nelson, 951-6660 or 266-5900. #314558

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HIGHLAND PARK AT THE MEADOWS. Enjoy the luxury & comfort of this large, maintenance-free villa. Features a fireplace, eat-in kitchen, cathedral ceilings, wet bar & new roof. $4,350,000. Betty C. Poma, 388-4447 or 587-5233. #320505 HARBOR ACRES. Beautiful full bay views & walking distance to downtown along the lovely Bayfront Park. Build your dream home or renovate this fabulous waterfront property with dock on deep water. $2,795,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #312191 THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, SARASOTA. Very private home with 3 suites & over 3,600 sq. ft. in Sarasota’s best address. Rare walk-down stairway to amenity level & 2 parking spaces. $1,999,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #302805

GLORIOUS CONTEMPORARY BEACHFRONT HOME. Impeccable & inviting, 3 stories with top floor as dedicated master suite that includes a Gulf-view porch. The open plan brings the beauty of the outside in. A Christie’s Great Estates listing. $2,995,000. Helen Moore, 485-5421 or 724-2030. #500345

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SIESTA KEY BAYFRONT. Expansive views are forever from this architecturally appealing 4BR home located in a quiet cul-de-sac enclave. Pecky cypress accent walls & angles add to a Frank Lloyd Wright feeling. $2,595,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #312472

SOUTHSIDE VILLAGE. Newly constructed custom home with gourmet kitchen, pool, 3-car garage & separate guesthouse in exciting Southside Village. Open plan with choices to fit your lifestyle. $1,295,000. Judy & Bill Nimz & Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #304484

GULF GATE WOODS. Beautiful home situated for privacy & entertaining. Family room opens to lanai & large pool. Three-bedroom split-plan in one of Sarasota’s most desired areas. $379,900. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #315455

KENSINGTON PARK. Totally updated open floor plan on a quiet corner lot. Completely remodeled kitchen, brand new carpet, fresh paint & a large backyard. $325,000. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #321732 MEADOWS. This turnkey furnished, 3BR maintenance-free home is newly painted inside and out. Features a one-car garage & new roof in 2004. $305,000. Donna Baranowski, 951-6660 or 504-3951. #315902 NORTH CREEK. 18,000-sq.-ft. lot on North Creek in the growing Osprey corridor. Set on canoe or kayak water with building plans available. $300,000. Susan Matteoli, 951-6660 or 356-1335. #321882 SARASOTA SPRINGS. With almost 1,800 sq. ft. of living area, this nicely landscaped 3BR, 2-car garage home has new appliances & is lovingly maintained. $299,900. Dan Barberio, 951-6660 or 587-6692. #321412 RIVERVIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT. Three-bedroom home in quiet enclave of larger homes. Enclosed lanai for cool days. Treed preserve across street. Easy access to shopping, schools & Siesta Key beaches. $299,000. Lee Byron and Susan Keal, 350-5542 or 925-8253. #319845 SARASOTA SPRINGS. Enjoy this 3BR home painted & tiled throughout, with new kitchen cabinets & appliances. Located in a quiet & private setting. $299,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #286118 A TREETOP OPPORTUNITY. Open plan 3BR home with a wonderfully private backyard, 2-car garage & a screened porch in a great location. Enjoy the community pool, tennis & convenience to everything. $288,500. Bev Alter, 966-8000 or 228-4556. #320867 FAMILY HOME - VALUE PRICED. On a tree-lined street in popular Lake Sarasota, this updated 3BR residence features a wonderful eat-in kitchen, spacious screened deck & fenced-in yard. $279,900. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #314207 PALM AIRE. Enjoy sunny days from this 1st floor corner 2BR condominium. Recently renovated with new kitchen & flooring. $254,900. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #297816 LIVE THE RESORT LIFESTYLE. Fabulous pool and clubhouse, workout facility, and tennis only add to the value of this delightful 2BR townhouse with attached garage. $209,900. Cynthia Darnell, 349-3444 or 504-7442. #319184 SUNRIDGE. Newly renovated townhouse in a wonderful ‘in town’ complex enhanced by new appliances, fresh paint, designer tile & Berber carpet. Community offers a large heated pool & clubhouse. $198,900. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #319521 DARLING BENEVA RIDGE townhouse with 2BRs, new carpet & appliances. Very close to shopping & dining with a pool, tennis & more. $159,500. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #317761

E S S • W W W. M I C H A E L S A U N D E R S . C O M OAKS CLUBSIDE. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on the newly designed Arthur Hill Eagle Course. Beautifully appointed with attention to details. Private guest wing. $1,275,000. Betty Mullinnix, 349-3444 or 928-3441. #321142 UNIVERSITY PARK. Executive home overlooking a large lake. Over 3,000 sq. ft. of upgrades, high ceilings, large rooms and pool/spa. $1,150,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #315524 UNIVERSITY PARK - EATON PLACE. Style & grace combine to create this 3,000-sq.-ft. pool home with a traditional flair. Be captivated by the panoramic water views within this gated country club community. $999,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #317186 TURTLE ROCK. This custom John Cannon 4BR-plus-office pool home has over 3,600 sq. ft. of true elegance overlooking a nature preserve for ultimate privacy. $899,000. Stephanie Bugatti, 966-8000 or 504-0978. #320794 HARBOR HOUSE WEST. Breathtaking direct bay & sunset views. Enjoy waterfront luxury living in a downtown residence with private courtyard, just steps from bay. $895,000. Denby Smothers, 388-4447 or 586-2142. #315080

THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON. An elegant mix of stunning downtown & bay views combined with The Ritz-Carlton world renowned amenities. Located close to downtown’s cultural attractions. A Christie’s Great Estates listing. $2,190,000. James Buchanan, 951-6650 or 376-0064. #315513

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OWEN BURNS. Well maintained, mirror image duplex with a total of 4BRs on a nicely sized downtown lot near Laurel Park. $850,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #307028 GRANADA. Beautiful 3-year-old Spanish Mediterranean home West of the Trail. Features designer touches throughout, granite, stainless steel, plantation shutters & pool with fountain. $849,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 266-2174. #301105 RIVENDELL. Executive 4BR home with office, pool/spa & fenced yard. 3,000+/- sq. ft. resplendent with upgrades. Model perfect & in a great location near beaches. $769,900. Linda Bastian, 966-8000 or 321-6203. #316478 CHARMING ENCLAVE NEAR BAY. This split plan 3BR, 2-car garage ranch is situated on one of Sarasota’s oldest brick streets in a much-prized mainland area. Clean lines, spacious & beautifully maintained pool home. $699,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #312671 1350 MAIN. Downtown living in a new building to be completed in December. Two-BR unit with water views & many upgrades. Close to marina, theatres & restaurants. $695,000. BibiAnn Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #316131 BROADWAY PROMENADE. Overlook the park with bay views from 2 balconies in this luxury downtown condominium. Wonderful location near arts, dining & shopping. Fabulous amenities on site. $649,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #321140 LAUREL LAKES. This unique 4BR, 3-car garage home offers gracious living for your family in a lovely new development. Large pool provides respite from summer heat. $549,900. Laura Hansen, 383-7591 or 383-8273. #321681 UNIVERSITY PLACE. Former model home with over 3,000 sq. ft., 4/5BRs, spacious rooms, 12’ ceilings, pool & spa. $543,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #316997 SHORELAND WOODS. This immaculate home offers an updated kitchen, crown moldings, gleaming terrazzo floors, granite, blinds & more. Plenty of room for a pool. $499,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #321191 EXTRAORDINARY LOCATION for this one-BR corner unit with stainless appliances on the 13th floor in the heart of downtown. Amenities include valet parking, concierge, 24-hour security & guest suite. $479,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #321965 THE LANDINGS. Lake views await you from this updated 3BR Coach House in the Landings. Enjoy the lifestyle with a pool, tennis, exercise rooms & social activities. $474,500. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #320811 MAINTENANCE-FREE IN PRESTANCIA. Two-BR villa in popular Mara Villa I. Vaulted ceilings with many windows framing spectacular views across lake to 8th Fairway of TPC golf course. $420,000. Steve Abbe, 966-8000 or 400-3969. #307097 COLONIAL OAKS. Extensively updated interior & exterior in this meticulously maintained 4BR split plan home in a popular, conveniently located community. $399,900. Cathi Reali, 966-8000 or 232-8200. #311991 PELICAN COVE. This 2BR condominium has a spacious layout & all new kitchen appliances. Located in a tropical oasis with exceptional amenities, covered parking, community boat docks & heated pools. $345,000. Judy Limekiller, 966-8000 or 374-4802. #319272 BENT TREE. Spacious townhouse with serene views of a lake on the cul-de-sac. Features a glass sunroom, eat-in kitchen & ample storage. $339,900. Betty C. Poma, 388-4447 or 587-5233. #310900 LUSH, PRIVATE & CONVENIENT. Just minutes from downtown, Siesta, I-75 and shopping. 3BR, 2-car garage, vaulted ceilings, French doors, wood-burning fireplace & peaceful lanai. $329,000. Kay Chandler, 966-8000 or 350-9678. #304341

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aul Mortell seems to have gotten the swing of living on Longboat Key; he’s been a full-time resident here for 10 years. Before that, Mortell started vacationing here in 1984. The move from Fairfield, Conn., to Longboat Key permanently gave Mortell a great opportunity to meet his network of friends here by playing tennis and volunteering with the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. With the Arts Center, Mortell is mainly involved in helping to coordinate and organize the annual jazz festival. He says the jazz series, which runs once a month from January to April, helps to bring people to the Arts Center. “The Longboat Key Arts Center is a hidden gem,” Mortell said. “They offer not only shows but classes there.” Mortell also praises the pool from which the Arts Center picks its performers. The local crowd has embraced the talent. The Arts Center usually schedules its jazz concerts on Tuesdays, and one year that happened to fall on Valentine’s Day. The Arts Center ended up with a sold-out house that night. “There’s a lot of talent in Sarasota,”

he said. Mortell’s interest in jazz took roots years ago. Mortell’s fraternity brother, Dusty Pollock, persuaded him to visit him in Sun Valley, Idaho. The Swing ’n’ Dixie Jazz Jamboree takes place there every October. The festival features 30 venues and about 25 swingand-jazz bands mainly from the West Coast and Canada. Out of the 17 years the jazz festival has been running, Mortell has attended 14 of the concerts. And he already has plans to go this year. Of course, Mortell’s enthusiasm about the festival also centers around the natural surroundings. Sun Valley is such a beautiful place, he says, that it allows him to recharge and get in a vacation while he is there. Back on the Key, Mortell can be found playing tennis with Bob Ruff ’s group, which plays six times a week. Ruff organizes a roster of players and helps to provide the background for a great meeting place. “It’s important to me because it’s become a social thing,” Mortell said. “Most of my friends are tennis players.” — Jessica Luck


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Town hires new deputy fire chief Two weeks after retiring as the assistant director of public safety for Port Everglades in Broward County, Louis Gagliardi assumed the position of Longboat Key deputy fire chief and fire marshal Monday. His salary for the position is $69,409. Gagliardi replaces retiring Fire Marshal Carroll Mooneyhan, who will assist with the transition and continue to work in the department’s volunteer program. In total, Gagliardi served 32 years in the Broward Sheriff ’s Office Department of Rescue and Emergency Services, working under Sheriff Ken Jenne. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fire and life safety from the University of Cincinnati, Gagliardi began his career in Dade County as a cross-trained police officer and firefighter. He was promoted to the detective bureau in 1983 and transferred to the fire department in 1987. He became the assistant director of public safety for Port Everglades in 1998. The port is home to nearly 20 cruise lines, 35 shipping lines and more than 1.75 million gallons of liquid propane stored on site. Longboat Key Fire Chief Julius Halas said Gagliardi’s extensive background helped in formulating his decision for the position. “Lou served for 10 years as both a fire inspector and a lieutenant,” Halas said. “You couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable person for this position.” The move from a large operation like Port Everglades to a smaller community like Longboat Key should be a smooth process for Gagliardi, because safety is his main concern. “Fire prevention is essential in any community,” he said. “I’ve spent many years in beachside communities, and nothing is more important.” One aspect of Gagliardi’s duties will include working with Longboat Key Code Officer Randy Fowler and his

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Longboat Key Fire Chief Julius Halas, with newly appointed Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshall Louis Gagliardi.

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Commissioner “Big Butt” Bogardus has been on the losing end of each political battle he fights. And, he is no match for a batch of hungry stone crabs, either. Det. Jake Bass notices the tire tracks of a Lexus leaving the latest murder scene. He’s pretty sure the car’s owner is a real-estate agent.

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Commission. The latest issue taken up by the town had to do with the future of a restaurant known as Less’s. It was a comfortable place, clinging to a spit of land on the bay side of the island. Its specialty was stone crabs, and the tourists loved it. However, tourism was dying on the Key, and the owners of Less’s had talked about rezoning their property so that if the business went bankrupt because of lack of tourism, the owners could sell the property and recoup some of the investment they had made over the 40 years of the restaurant’s existence. This caused quite a stir on the island, because many of the residents didn’t want to lose the restaurant. Not that they ever patronized the place, but one never knew when one might get a sudden craving for stone crabs. Because the town manager ate stone crabs every year on his birthday, he didn’t want to see the place close. It was his opinion that the owners of Less’s needed to keep the place open even if they were losing money. Where else was he going to celebrate his birthday if they closed? Big Butt was leading the charge for the zoning change. He had the antiquated idea that, within reason, people ought to be able to do what they wanted to with their property. The island was divided on the issue, but much to the chagrin of the town manager and the rest of the Town Commission, a large majority of citizens agreed with Big Butt. As this became evident, the other commissioners were beginning to think that if they wanted to get re-elected they had better join with Big Butt on this issue. The controlling question for the commissioners was whether, if they defied the town manager, they would get to go to the hurricane conference this year. A consensus seemed to be evolving. A deal was in the works for the owners of Less’s to take over the tennis resort on the other end of the Key for one day a year, the town manager’s birthday. They would broil up all the stone crabs the manager and his party could eat, free of charge. In return, Less’s would get its zoning change. The island was abuzz with the very thought that Big Butt might finally be of some use; he was actually going to win a political fight. I arrived at the scene, a swamp beside Gulf of Mexico Drive near the north end of the Key. Some years before a developer had convinced the Town Commission to let him remove a small grove of trees and replace it with a wetland in return for the city of Sarasota giving the developer the right to rip out some wetlands on the mainland. A wetland is, of course, a swamp, so we now had one on Longboat Key. Sarasota said it didn’t need any more swamps and was glad to let the developer fill in one of theirs and make a new one

on Longboat. Big Butt was staked out naked in the shallow water, looking a little like a beached whale with his large white belly thoroughly chewed on by hundreds of stone crabs. “They won’t live long,” I said. “They need a lot of water. How did they get in the swamp?” “See all those crab traps stacked over on the bank? I think somebody just pulled up the traps and brought them here and released the crabs,” said the chief. “Who called it in?” “Logan. Who else?” The chief was clearly exasperated. “He’s got to have a hand in this somehow. There’s no way he would just coincidentally be at every one of our crime scenes.” “What’s his story?” “Said he was too drunk to drive home last night, so he stopped at the Britts’ and spent the night on their sofa.” Logan lived on the south end of the island, much to the chagrin of many of his neighbors. “He had just awakened and stepped outside to have a cigarette. Saw the crabs snacking on Big Butt and called it in.” “Any other evidence?” “We found some tire tracks on the shoulder of the road. The crime scene people have made a mold. If we ever find the car we’ll have something to compare. The tires are from a Lexus.” I told the chief about my work on finding the Lexus. “I should have something this afternoon. I’ll let you know.” I left and headed back to my condo to work on the list of turtle loving, Lexus-driving, real-estate ladies. By mid-afternoon I had narrowed the list to 20 women. The problem was that half the people on the island had real-estate licenses, and most of them drove Lexuses. I was pretty sure many of them only got the license so they could get the free food and booze at the chamber meetings. Nevertheless, I had a lot of people to look into. There were more turtle-license plates than you would think. I was glad it wasn’t a “Save the Wild Dolphin” tag I was looking for. Those actually have some color to them, so a lot more people bought them, whether they cared about dolphins are not. On the other hand, the turtle tags were so ugly I figured one had to be a true believer to buy one. I guess pretty soon we’d be seeing “Save the Lovebug” plates. I checked with the lab about the fingerprints on the letters I had taken them two days before. They were still on hold with India. It didn’t look too promising. I began to dig through the names of the 20 people who met the criteria we’d developed so far. Nothing jumped out at me immediately, but I was pretty sure one of those women was involved



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Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce Small Business Success Workshop – will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Andy Fox will be the featured speaker. Cost is $30 per session. Call the chamber for more information at 383-2466. Longboat Flotilla 82 Boating Safety Class — will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Buchanan Room, Mote Marine Aquarium. Upon taking the course and passing the exam, each student will receive a certificate and the Florida Fish and Wildlife will issue the student a Florida Boater Education I.D. card. Cost is $25 per family or single. Contact Alfred Haleblian at 378-5620 for more information. Temple Beth Israel – will celebrate Slichot evening services at 9:30 p.m. followed by the service at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. For more information, call 3833428. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, for breakfast at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Call Vince DeLisi at 383-0086 for more information. Shifting Sands Support Group – meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico

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Drive. Facilitator Mimi Horwitz, R.N., M.S., brings people together to share their common feelings and to see that they are not alone or isolated. For more information, call 383-6491. Rotary Club of Longboat Key – resumes its meetings Sept. 6. The Rotary Club meets at noon Wednesdays, at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. Cost is $14. For more information, call Marilyn Bezner at 387-0706. Food Drive — an ongoing drive is being conducted at the Longboat Island Chapel to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the chapel between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, for the summer. Like-new books are for sale daily. For more information, call 383-2011. Mote Marine September Splash: 2 for 1 Admission – Mention the buy-one, get-onefree admission offer to receive the discount, valid through September. Mote Marine Aquarium features sharks, manatees, turtles and its interactive Immersion Cinema. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island.

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

Regular admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. For information, call 388-4441, Ext. 438. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the sanctuary is offering visitors “Free Summer Sundays,” with free admission each Sunday from June through August. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children ages 6 to 17; and free for children younger than 6. For more information, call 388-4444.


Red Cross Youth Corps’ Back to School Bash – will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 at the Mid-County Service Center, 10311 Malachite Drive, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, contact Bobbi Larson at 792-8686. American Red Cross Standard First Aid Training – will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1 at the Manatee County Chapter, 2905 59th Street West, Bradenton. The course trains people in Adult CPR and First Aid. The cost is $45 and includes training materials. Call 792-8686 for more information. Feng Shui for the Business Workplace and Home Office Seminar – will be held at 10:30

DON’T MISS What: Ron Gordon Charity Golf Tournament — All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Registration is $65 per player or $260 per team. To register or for more information, contact Ron Gordon at 266-0526. When: Saturday, Sept. 9 Where: Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club on Palmer Ranch

a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Robb and Stucky. Learn how to maximize your flow of prosperity with professional feng shui consultant and nationally certified Interior Refiner Cheryl Grace. Reservations are essential. Call 922-2274, Ext. 178, for more information. Fur Fun Fridays – will be held 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays between Sept. 8 through Sept. 29. Activities include: dog walking, cat cuddling and animal themed games and crafts, for children ages 7 to 12. Registration is required and the cost is $30 per child for the four-week session. Call Kate or Dee at 955-4131 for more information. Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation’s Friends, Family and Fun – will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at the Flan-

zer JCC, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Cost is $36 per family, or $12/single and $8/children. For more information, call Rosa at 371-4546, Ext. 107. The South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium — will be closed through Monday, Sept. 4 for installation of major new exhibits and annual general maintenance. The three facilities will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 5 with events and attractions for the entire family. For additional information, call 7464131, Ext. 34.


Kayak Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach – will take place 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. Cost is $20 for members of American Littoral Society and $25 for non-members. All equipment is provided and a short training session will be provided. Contact John Sarkozy at 966-7308 for more information.


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GOODWORKS by Stephanie Finnan | Staff Writer

Mote volunteer shines Guests first encounter the slight and quiet 92-year-old Ben Kessler at the entrance of Mote Marine, but little do they know that he is a firecracker of a salesman and will most likely be successful in selling them a membership to the popular aquarium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memberships are the lifeblood of Mote, and I sell as many as I can,â&#x20AC;? said Kessler, a resident of Longboat Key for 26 years. In his 10th year of volunteering at Mote Marine, Kessler cites the staff as what keeps him coming back year after year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I enjoy most is the caliber of people that run Mote,â&#x20AC;? he said. Of the 10 organizations for which Kessler has voluntered, he cites Mote Marine as the place that appreciates its volunteers the most. Kessler, who has spent much time traveling the world with his wife, Flo, volunteers at Mote Marine twice a week and also dedicates time to the Senior Friendship Center. The main reason he keeps so busy is to keep his mind in focus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop your body from deteriorating, but as long as my mind is working, that is the most important thing, so I keep busy,â&#x20AC;? Kessler said. Meeting Ben Kessler, in itself, is worth a trip to Mote Marine. For more information on volunteer opportunities at Mote Marine, contact Andrea Davis at 388-4441, Ext. 438.

Givers Neal Communities donated funds to support a youth mission trip with Habitat for Humanity. Called the Mission Trip, its purpose is to enrich the lives of people living in Sarasota through the volunteer efforts of the local youth.

Ben Kessler A total of 30 teenagers stayed at Sarasota Military Academy for eight days, doing projects on homes for the elderly and rehabilitating homes that needed miscellaneous repairs.

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FROM THE PULPIT by the Rev. David L. Danner

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CHRIST CHURCH by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Congregants bid farewell to founding pastor The Rev. Ray Woody is leaving the church to care for his sick wife. Christ Church of Longboat Key wanted to give a proper farewell to its formative pastor, someone who helped build the church from the ground up. The Rev. Ray Woody guided the 20-month-old church from its infancy, but he is stepping down to help care for his wife, Pat, who has cancer. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Porter will become the new pastor. Woody gave his final sermon to the congregation Aug. 27. Congregants then feted him with a farewell ceremony and luncheon. His wife, Pat, was able to listen to the events of the celebration by listening in on a conference call connected to the speaker system. One of the first events of the ceremony was a tribute to Woody from church member John Dixon. He spoke about the first time he met Woody, when Woody was a pastor at Siesta Key Chapel. The Dixons were new to the area, and they had been visiting local churches to find out which one was best tailored to them. “What really impressed we was the phone call I received the following Monday after meeting him,” Dixon said. Then, church elders presented Woody with gifts from the congregation: a plaque, cards from church members, a collage, a check for his salary through the end of the year and an additional check for $19,000 that the church members felt Woody deserved. “This is one of the hardest things in the world to

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Thursday, AUGUST 31, 2006

Brandon James, TJ Kwarskine, Mike McCarthy and Jack Meoff


Victoria Del Purgatorio, Josh Davis, Taylor Pidper and Logan Waggoner

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Co-Chairwoman Brandi Meshad and Julian Colucci

Kayla Branch and Tara Kerr

Stephen Stokes, Meghan Dooley and Tyler White

When you think of a high school party, the first thought that comes to mind is that famous party scene from the John Hughes’ film, “Sixteen Candles.” This high-school party was anything but. Gavin and Lisa Meshad’s daughter, Brandi, is following in her community-minded parents’ footsteps. After gathering a group of her teen friends to participate in Relay for Life in the spring, Brandi decided she wanted to do more for the community. So, she teamed up with her friend, Carina Corry, and formed Teens for Wishes ­ — a group of teens that holds fundraisers to benefit other teens. Their first fundraiser, “The Silver Lining Ball,” was held Aug. 19, at Michael’s On East and benefited Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event was a semi-formal black-and-white ball, and believe it or not, more then 200 teenagers arrived in black-and-white formal attire. The high-school students sipped on virgin daiquiris prior to sitting down for a formal dinner. There, the teenagers frequented an oxygen bar and had fun making their own “Dancing Heads” videos, where they sat in front of green screen and bobbed their heads to ani-

mated bodies. Finally, the dance floor was constantly packed with teenagers dancing to hip, cool music. Brandi and Carina and their committee have coined the slogan, “Every cloud has a silver lining and every teen should get their wish.” Teens for Wishes has future plans for more events — we certainly wish them well.

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Contact: Keffie Lancaster, 365-2342 Price: members, $50, non-members, $75

2 Wingfest

Hosted by: Sarasota Reds Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast When: 4:30 p.m. Where: Ed Smith Stadium Contact: Big Brothers Big Sisters, 488-4009 Price: $5 and up

8 UnParty ‘Dim Sum and Dancing’

Benefiting: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art When: 7 p.m. Where: Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Chairs: Anna Pohl and Bill Rogers Contact: Mattison’s, 387-2700 Price: $50 Chapeaus et Champagne Benefiting: TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care When: 11:30 a.m. Where: University Club Contact: 923-5822 Price: $75

16 ‘Walk for Life’

Benefiting: Manatee Glens When: 8 a.m. Where: Sutton Park, Palmetto Contact: 7824272 or 782-4211 Price: $10

‘Jes Mis Behavin’ Concert, Featuring the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble Hosted by: Suncoast Pride Benefiting: Smith Center for Therapeutic Riding When: 6 p.m. Where: Golden Apple Dinner Theater Chair: Pam Henley Contact: Pam Henley, 918-8866 Price: $60 Mad Hatter’s Ball Hosted by: Young Professionals Group Benefiting: All Faiths Food Bank, Mental Health Community Centers, Phoenix Academy, The Wellness Community and Junior Achievement When: 8 p.m. Where: Hyatt Sarasota Chair: Keffie Lancaster

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‘Pinot in Paradise’ Hosted by: JD Ford Fine Wines Benefiting: The Life of Riley Foundation When: 4 p.m. Where: Tasting Room at Fred’s Contact: 362-9463 Price: advance, $20; at the door, $25

17 Showcase Luncheon

Hosted by: Sarasota Ballet Association Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Donna Maytham, 351-5361 Price: $25

21 Principal’s Luncheon

Benefiting: Sarasota County Arts Council When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Contact: Reservation line, 365-5118, Ext. 306 Price: $35 Cocktails at the Cà d’Zan Benefiting: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art When: 6 p.m. Where: Cà d’Zan Terrace Contact: Lyndsy McDonald, 359-5700, Ext. 5705 Price: $5

22 Clowning Around Town Launch Party

UnParty ‘Dancing & Dim Sum’ When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 Where: Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Getting excited about the 21st annual UnGala Gala? Well, the UnParty officially gets the party started on Friday, Sept. 8, at Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza on Longboat Key. It’s the UnParty’s second year on Longboat and its theme is “Dancing & Dim Sum.” Enjoy an open bar, yummy hors d’oeuvres, fashion show by L. Boutique and Sacino’s Formalwear, a 50/50 raffle and dancing to the band Freight Train Annie. Also, get your hands on the first available tickets to the UnGala Gala. The UnParty, which is chaired by Anna Pohl and Bill Rogers, benefits The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Tickets are $50 and available at the door, or by calling 387-2700.

Benefiting: TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care When: 7 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chairs: Jackie Massey and Sheryl Vieira Contact: Debbi Benedict, 483-4460 Price: $90

23 Bachelorette Ball

Foundations for Dreams 10th Anniversary Hosted by: Michael Saunders & Company Benefiting: Eddie Mulock Dream Oaks Camp Scholarship Fund When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Crosley Mansion Contact: Foundation for Dreams, 748-8809, Ext. 301 Price: $200

28 Summer Salon Series with Scott George

Benefiting: Arthritis Foundation When: 6 p.m. Where: Longboat Key Club Chair: Bill Rogers Contact: Arthritis Foundation, 708-3901 Price: in advance, $100; at the door, $125

Benefiting: Designing Women Boutique When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Designing Women Boutique Chairs: Jewel Ash and Gloria Moss Contact: Designing Women Boutique, 3665293 Price: $12

Golf & Dinner at the Ranch Hosted by: Commercial Investment Division of Sarasota Association of Realtors Benefiting: Mote Marine Aquarium’s Aquaculture Park, Construction Technology Careers Pre-apprenticeship Partnership and Crowley Museum and Nature Center When: golf and lunch, Noon; dinner, 6:30 Where: Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club Contact: Sarasota Association of Realtors, 923-2315 Price: golf and lunch, $95; golf, lunch and dinner, $125; dinner, $35

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Reid Leeming, Bryce Branning and Mike Pipert have fun making their own â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing Headsâ&#x20AC;? video.

Alex Harris and Cori Stephens

Christina Niffenegger, Veronica Perkowski and Taylor Stein

Ariella Zwerling and Corinne Showalter

Michael Vilches, Kelly Alvarez and Christian Broom

Anne Cappello, Brogan Sprout, Rachel Guttman, Kathleen Carter and Natasha Damm

Matt Butler, Todd Dickson and Alex Negroski try out the oxygen bar.

Tara Khleif, Ian Krouse and Courtney Berger

Lauren Milhollan, Deni Morgan and Kelly Koepsel

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AJC Civic Achievement Award Dinner Kick-Off

Photos by Emily Walsh

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 22 Place: Michael’s On East Benefiting: American Jewish Committee Honorees: At the kick-off party, AJC announced the Civic Achievement Award recipients — architects Carl Abbott, Tim Seibert and Guy Peterson.


cameraready 1. AJC President Andy Maass, Sally Yanowitz and Ken Shelin

2. David Freund and Jaymie Klauber 3. Dr. Larry Thompson, Bob Garvin and

Julie Magenheim 4. Sandi Stewart, Dianne Belk and Larry Calder



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Date: Aug. 22 Place: The Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Benefiting: The Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary, hosted by the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce Birds, owls, and pelicans, oh my: “This event gives us a chance to showcase our recent improvements,” said Public Relations Director Jay Davis, hoping to show off all the departments on display, including the rescue and rehabilitation, education center and research center.

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cameraready 1. Tonya Atchison, Valarie Wadsworth and Debbie Wagner 2. Randal LaFlamme, Lissy LaFlamme, Yvette Eberly and Ramona Glanz

3. Three-year-old Ginger Harrison 4. Kara Tyler with “Socrates,” an Eastern screech owl 5. Carolyn Perrine and Justin Burger 6. Public Relations Director Jay Davis, Elizabeth Davis and Executive Director Jeffrey Dering



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Bachelorette Ball Kick-off Party â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;South Beach Styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Date: Saturday, Aug. 5 Place: Longboat Key Club and Resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Islandside Room Chairs: Bill Rogers and Sandy Moore Benefiting: Arthritis Foundation Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot: The Longboat Key Club played up the tropical weather and turned its Spike & Tees Restaurant into a South Beach-style type scene with colored lighting, flowing drapes and a groovy dance floor surrounded by lounge seating.

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RECIPE AND A RESERVATION by Stephanie Finnan | Staff Writer

Paul Mattison

With three local favorite restaurants, a rapidly expanding business and a new bride, Paul Mattison has many reasons to smile. Photos by Stephanie Finnan

THE CHEF Most people would be exhausted to be as involved as businessman and Chef Paul Mattison, but he takes it all in stride, continuing to develop and expand his business. Even though Mattison is no longer the main man in the kitchen night after night, he is actively involved in planning menus and the recipes for all his restaurants. Mattison does love the thrill of the kitchen and enjoys jumping in to help on busy nights. He continues to be motivated by the diversity that comes with each day in the restaurant and catering business, and he always stays in the “realm” of the kitchen. The secret to Mattison’s success is putting 110% into what he does in addition to a great staff of people. “I surround myself with people that are motivated and really want to be in this industry,” Mattison says. BACKGROUND Growing up in New York, Mattison

learned the ways of the kitchen alongside his Italian grandmother. That inspiration fueled him to attend the Culinary Institute of America. Travels to Aspen for one ski season turned into a five-year stay, where Mattison spent his culinary time at Piñons. However, Siesta Key’s The Summer House was calling his name, and Mattison relocated to Sarasota in 1991. “After 10 great years,” Mattison started his own company in 2001, Mattison’s American Bistro and Catering Company in St. Petersburg. The success kept coming, with the opening of Mattison’s City Grille, Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza and Mattison’s Siesta Grille. In addition, Mattison operates Mattison’s Catering Company and recently opened Mattison’s Culinary Outfitters on Longboat Key. As a spokesperson for Cuisinart appliances and cookware, Mattison also appears regularly on the Home Shopping Network.

RESTAURANT The tucked-away restaurant on Longboat Key is described as a “new classic steakhouse.” The immediate impression of Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza is old-world style, with its dark, yet warm dining room. Known for its hand-cut aged steaks and tableside bananas Foster, Mattison’s Steakhouse is the perfect getaway for a intimate dinner, or a great spot to unwind with drinks and live entertainment in the bar room. Prices range from $7 for an appetizer to $37 for a specialty steak. The best part about the restaurant is what lies is beneath the foyer floor. A unique wine cellar can be the background to your next dinner party or romantic night for two.

Steak Longboat 4 – 9-ounce filets of beef tenderloin 4 strips Applewood-smoked bacon Brown sugar 5 egg yolks 12 ounces clarified butter 4 ounces dry, white wine Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoon Worcestershire 3 dash Tabasco Salt and pepper Wrap filets with bacon, season with salt and grill to desired temperature. Top with Dijon hollandaise and an even coating of brown sugar. Place under broiler until sugar caramelizes. Serve with demi glace (optional). Dijon Hollandaise Place egg yolks, Dijon, Worcestershire, Tabasco and wine in stainless mixing bowl. Whisk well and place bowl over pot of simmering water. Continue whisking while adding butter slowly until well incorporated and mixture becomes thick. Wisk in the lemon and season with salt and pepper.

RESERVATIONS Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza 525 Bay Isles Parkway (located behind Publix) 387-2700 Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday

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Center for Arts & Humanity — “Tod Bailey“ opens with an artist’s reception from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 30. 954-1111. UU Gallery — “Dorie King.” This exhibit of King’s oils, watercolors and pastels opens from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3 and runs through Oct. 29. 371-4974. Greene Contemporary — “Jeffrey Schwartz.” This art show of Schwartz’s vignettes opens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 30. 365-9406. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Encore: The Art of the Historic Asolo Theater” runs through Jan. 7. 359-5700.

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Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Art in Motion” offers moving visual statements through Sept. 22, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “The Faculty Show” runs through October, at the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — Jamie Kirkell: The Orchid and the Iris.” Kirkell’s vivid floral paintings are on exhibit through Nov. 29. 366-5731. Selby Gallery — “Arnold Mesches: The FBI Paintings.” Mesches satirizes spies through Sept. 20; “Art In Revolution: Russian Constructivist Paintings” runs concurrently. 359-7563. ArtCenter Manatee — “ArtCenter Manatee Faculty” runs through Sept. 9. “746-2862. Courtesy photo

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

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art — “Impulse.” Abstract paintings by Chris Skura, Macyn Bolt, Bianca Pratorius and others are on display through Oct. 29. 3662093. Dabbert Gallery — “Blooms of Summer” features floral visions through Sept. 30. 955-1315. Katharine Butler Gallery— “Summer Collection.” This stellar group show shines through Sept. 30. 955-9456. Art Studio of Colleen CassidyBerns — “Best Painted Furniture in the World.” Cassidy-Berns turns furniture into art through Nov. 30. 924-1200.

coming attractions FridayFest Suzette Jennings & The MoodSwingz create an outdoor concert from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. near the bay at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Swing by with chairs and blankets, but no coolers. 953-3368. ‘Fifth Anniversary Memorial Concert’ Florida West Coast Symphony will perform “Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time,” in remembrance of the tragic event that divides the years of our time, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Holley Hall. 9533434. ‘Seven’ Seven artists will offer seven perspectives on Florida in this exhibit from Sept. 16 to Jan. 14, at South Florida Museum. 746-4131. Sarasota Actors Workshop’s Short Play Festival These off-the-mainstream upstarts will offer a gumbo of funny, explicit, provocative and


Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” A flapper rewrites the rules of Jazz Age romance through Sept. 10. 366-5454. Manatee Players — “Review! Revue!” Audience favorites of musicals from “Brigadoon” to “West Side Story” will be performed from Sept. 7 through Sept. 17. 748-5875.


Jeffrey Schwartz’s “Two Tomatoes” ripen at Greene Contemporary.

Backlot Theater — “Royal Jazz Series.” The Michael Royal Trio performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. 363-9300. Selby Gardens — “Selby Sunsets.” Dulce performs rumba, flamenco and Latin jazz at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. 366-5731.

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Arts — “Adult Art Classes.” Insight is offered in the arts of figure drawing, pottery, still life and oil. 383-2345.


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Suzette Jennings edgy short plays from Oct. 6 through Oct. 15, at Backlot Theater. 363-9300. Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition Acclaimed artists from the area, region and nation will display their visions from Sept. 12 through Oct. 14, at Art Center Sarasota. The artists’ reception will happen from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. 365-2032

The Education Center of Longboat Key — “Fall Classes.” Brochures will be mailed to nonmember prior students this week. Register early; classes fill up fast. 383-8811.

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Big Dreams Die Hard Three million dollars for the building? No problem. Six million-plus on renovations? Fine. Profits? None, so far. When should Oscar Parsons, 83, give up? Mark Wemple

Oscar Parsons has spent about $6 million converting a Sam’s Club into the Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center. Upgrades include the installation of 30 doors capable of sustaining 130 mph winds.


by Mark Gordon | Gulf Coast Business Review

Longboater Oscar Parsons openly admits that his ego is part of the fuel behind the Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center. But he also fully believes he can make it work. Oscar Parsons is nothing if not stubborn. Over the last four years, he’s pumped nearly $10 million into making the Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center a profitable business that attracts shows and residents from throughout the Gulf Coast. Yet this is a venture that by nearly every estimate, save for his own and a few other true believers in his inner circle, has little chance of succeeding. Consultants told him attempts at private ownership of a convention center fail 90% of the time. And more proof of the daunting task lies 35 miles north, where a company specializing in the field sold its interest in a similar venture in Pinellas County, citing a poor rate of return on the

investment. But the occasionally thickheaded Parsons is still going, experts be damned. “It looks like this can be one of the 10% that makes money,” Parsons says, without a hint of doubt. Parsons will turn 84 in October. He’s made millions of dollars through various businesses over the last half-century, from limestone quarries, car dealerships and banks in his native Kentucky, to a lighting gallery in Sarasota. He’s lost some millions, too, he admits, in a few failed ventures and recessions. Parsons sees the convention center as the crowning achievement of his life, saying flat out that part of his drive is ego-fueled.

“This would be my grand finale,” he says, “my last hurrah.” The convention center is a former Sam’s Club near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Parsons bought it from Wal-Mart for $3 million in 2002 and, soon after, went to work renovating it into a versatile convention center that could be a catch-all for greater Sarasota, hosting concerts, shows, conventions, weddings, meetings and, basically, any other event that needs a big space. He’s spent about $6 million on various upgrades and purchases, including acoustics, the roof, lighting, the parking lot and banquet materials. He’s even had 30 doors capable of sustaining 130 mph winds installed. Parsons faced hurdles, hoops


Should he stay or should he go? Oscar Parsons is four years into an attempt to make private ownership of a convention center a profitable business. He spent $3 million for the building and about $6 million on improvements. He has yet to make significant revenues on the venture. The land itself was recently appraised for $3.9 million, he says, and he’s had offers of roughly $6 million for the building. The Review would like to hear readers’ thoughts on what Parsons can or should do. Keep going? Sell it, even if it’s at an overall loss? Change strategies with the center? Make different use of the facility? Send your thoughts by e-mail to Mark Gordon at mgordon@ or by regular mail to 1517 State Street, Suite 300, Sarasota, Fl 34236.

and headaches from the beginning, and he still has problems four years later. For instance, although the center is near an airport, Sarasota-Bradenton provides little boost, as it’s a regional facility that doesn’t draw as many fliers as Tampa or Fort Myers. Some other problems facing Parsons include: • There is no major hotel connected to the facility, a black

mark right from the beginning, many in the industry say. There are several hotels in the vicinity of the airport, but none even within a short walking distance to the center. • Parsons gets no tax revenue from local governments, as other publicly-run convention centers do nationwide to help keep the business going. On the contrary,

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Gorgeous unobstructed bayfront views from this Queens Harbour home Located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, this 4495 sq. ft., four bedroom home has it all...grand foyer, cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen with granite counters and beautiful cherry cabinets, separate dining room, two master suites both with bay views and private boat dockage.

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Aug. 18 through Aug. 21, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)




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William Newhouse


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Rarely available direct Gulf front walk out to beach 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse with exceptional Gulf and sunset views from enclosed patio and master bedroom. Amenities include manicured tropical gardens, private beach, 2 heated pools, recreation center with exercise facility, fishing dock, and tennis courts. The perfect island retreat. $1,095,000

An Italian Style Villa with sparkling city/bay views located in a gated bayfront residential community. Architectural features include terraces overlooking brick courtyard pool and water, Italian tiles, limestone stone all reminiscent of romantic Italy. A new wood kitchen, flooring, elevator, 4 car garage with artist studio and large study. $1,985,000

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

DIRECT BEACHFRONT TOWNHOUSE GETAWAY - Fabulous beach views from this completely renovated, turnkey furnished “loft” 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse. Rarely available. Perfect for weekend retreat. Includes 2 park$549,000 ing spaces. New Price

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Longboat Key Waterfront Values WindWard Bay - Lowest-priced 2 BR/2 Bath condo with FULL BAY VIEWS on Longboat Key. Beach access, boat docks, 2 htd. pools, tennis, exercise rm., saunas, turnkey. $429,000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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INN ON THE BEACH - Maybe the best value on Longboat Key’s renowned beach. This stunning, fully upgraded luxury 1BR club suite, is in the Inn’s rental program, is unique on the market. Dolphins & birds at play, dreamy sunsets, lush tropical landscaping, large verandah at the 4 star, 3 diamond LBK Club, with stunning lagoon views. Enjoy 4 golf courses, 38 tennis courts, a staffed fitness center, 4 restaurants, private beach, pool, spa and the pampering you deserve. $479,900 Effortless rental returns. PROMENADE Fantastic views of Gulf and city skyline from this splitplan beachfront gem! 2BR/2BA with possible 3rd bedroom or den. Numerous upgrades! Like new. Over 1,800 sq. ft. of luxury living. Tastefully furnished and ready to move in! Amenities include Olympic sized pool, fitness and tennis. $1,099,000 RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE - New from developer luxurious. Endless wraparound views of bay, sunsets & our islands. W/over 4,600 sq. ft. of living area w/1000+ sq. ft. of terraces. 3 BR + Den and family room, gourmet kitchen w/granite counter tops. Luxurious baths, private elevator, 2 car private garage, total papering in the “Ritz” style. Platinum membership included. $4,750,000 RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE - High above the Sarasota skyline, enjoyment is yours from the moment you step inside your private foyer entrance. Experience simply the best with an open and generous layout featuring almost 3,000 sq. ft., three bedrooms plus a family room, an expansive master suite & a beautifully appointed gourmet kitchen! Furnished. $2,790,000 WATERCLuB See sunrise and sunset from this 9th floor corner residence has spectacular WRAPAROuND VIEWS of SARASOTA BAY or the GuLF OF MEXICO from every room. The Dover floor plan offers: 3BR, wood floors, luxurious baths, gourmet kitchen 2,965 sq. ft. in this designer-furnished home. Concierge / Olympic size pool. Offered at $2,750,000.

WATERCLuB Breakfast on the Gulf, light bright southern exposure residence with breathtaking views: from the Sarasota skyline to the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf. This 3,045 sq. ft., 3BR, private entrance, designer furnished residence, has a State of the Art fitness center, concierge staff, club house, pool, & tennis courts. Moments to Golf, shopping & more. Pet $2,389,000. friendly. Ready to enjoy. WATER CLuB Experience spectacular gulf sunsets all year and bay views from this magnificent 3bdrm 7th floor luxurious residence. Exquisitely and tastefully finished in neutral tones and uncompromising quality. Wonderful state-of-the-art amenities ,security and location. Grand entry, private elevator, luxurious master suite& spacious 2nd terrace 12x11, electric shade, $1,975,000. central vacuum, “the ultimate” BAY ISLES, LONGBOAT KEY Great exposure on this property offers sun on the pool all year round! Private living is what you can expect in this beautiful community located within the gates of prestigious Bay Isles. Private, deeded beach access and fantastic boating waters for your yacht are included. $1,950,000.


Bayou Sound sale tops week’s transactions The sale of the 27-year-old Bay Isles Unit 2 home at 3330 Bayou Sound by Sheila L. Nitzberg and her husband, Harry Kartoz, for $835,000 holds the distinction of being the largest sale on the outer keys for the week of Aug. 14 through Aug. 18. The Kartozes, of 5408 Eagles Point Circle, Sarasota, sold the four-bedroom and three-and-ahalf-bath home with a swimming pool Aug. 1 to Margaret M. And Thomas H. Baron, of Syracuse, N.Y.


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Susan and George T. Priovolos, 16202 33rd Court, E. Parrish, paid $628,000 to Anthony D’Atria, 2309 12th St., Sarasota, for his Unit 303 at the 32year-old, 13-story and 106-unit Lido Beach Club at 1212 Ben Franklin Drive. The Gulf-view apartment has two bedrooms and two baths.

Key Towers South Further on down Ben Franklin Drive at 1750, there was a sale in the 84-unit Key Towers South. Yvonne and Peter Walsh, of North Brunswick, N.J., purchased Unit 3-C from Stephanie M. Michel, of Roxbury, Mass., for

Lido Shores condominium Robert T. Menzies, from PointeClaire, Quebec, Canada, purchased Unit 501 at Lido Shores condominium, 350 S. Polk Drive, from SPE No. 29 LLC, of 3400 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, for $550,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1977. Signing the deed of sale for SPE No. 29 was its manager, Jefferson F. Riddell, of Edina, Minn.

Sleepy Lagoon Marta J. and James C. Altizer, of 523 Juan Anasco Drive in the north end Sleepy Lagoon Park subdivision, acquired the adjacent property at 533 Juan Anasco Drive from Candace and Michael Spinal, of LaJolla, Calif., for $535,000. The two-bedroom and twobath home was first constructed in 1953; it was completely renovated and refurbished 17 years later. The Spinalis purchased the property in August 2001 for $167,500, so the sale represented a tidy $368,500 gross profit in five years.

Boathouse on Longboat Key Susan and Daniel C. Bracciano, of Gross Point Shore, Mich., sold their boat berth 2118 at the 194-berth Boat-

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Newer construction by Bruce Williams Homes located in Northwood Park offering 4BR, 2BA, 3 car garage, large family room and upgrades throughout. Perfectly situated on an oversized lakefront lot and conveniently located to I-75. Open House Sunday 1-4 $333,000 •VT

•VT Tropical paradise on siesTa Key Enjoy Gulf front single family living with all the benefits of owning a condo. Wonderful 4,100+ SF residence with direct Gulf views, hardwood floors, voluminous ceilings, cagedheated pool, private beach and lush rolling green gardens. $2,900,000

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Custom designed 3BR w/interiors by Architect Robert Stuffings, 2,800+ SF w/custom granite floors, gourmet kitchen and 2 parking spaces perfectly located behind the gates of the LBK Club. Sold partially furnished. $2,595,000 •VT

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Two bedroom, beach front unit located behind the gates of the MacArthur Beach & Raquet Club. Updated throughout w/marble floors, plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings, den and magnificent beach views. $599,000 hideaway bay on longboaT Key

Bayfront lot available within a private enclave on North Longboat Key. Estate sized homes, tennis court and only minutes to Longboat Key Beaches. $1,850,000

HARBOuR OAKS Light, bright, maintenance free corner villa in desireable Harbour Circle. 3BR + family room with soaring ceilings, skylights and corner fireplace. Enjoy beautiful views from the oversized terrace overlooking the Harbourside golf course. Very conveniently located just across from community pool. $669,000.

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$575,000. Stanley Goldman, of Bayshore Construction Co., constructed the two-bedroom and two-bath apartment in 1970.

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•VT 3+ acres on The manaTee riVer Exclusive, gated estate on 3.3 acres overlooking the Manatee River. Classic 5BR home with 5,600+ SF, new tennis court w/ backboard, open pool, enclosed hot tub, covered boat dock to house 2 boats and beautifully manicured grounds. $4,980,000

Adorable 1,700+ SF ranch house w/vaulted ceilings, spacious formal living room, separate formal dining room, wood deck, large screened-in lanai and room for a pool. Perfectly situated on 1.5 lots in a very desirable neighborhood. $259,500 •VT

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Maintenance free, Key West style beach house. This 3BR plus loft includes three luxurious levels, elevator, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hot tub & oversized garage. Located on Gulf side of road, community pool and beach is one block away. $1,595,000 The longboaT Key club & resorT


CASuAL RELAXATION ON LONGBOAT KEY A Boaters Paradise! Excellent condition, this country club shores Ranch Style home offers beautiful water views, 3BR, nicely furnished w/ a pool enclosed in a large Lanai. Dock on 100 ft. of sail boat water, 4th in from point. Deeded Beach Access. $1,299,000. COuNTRY CLuB SHORES PERFECT CANAL HOME FOR YOu AND YOuR YACHT. Entertain friends and family in this updated residence featuring 3BR, new lift & boat hoist! Spectacular Sailboat water! THIRD IN FROM THE BAY! Deeded Beach Access. Great value! $1,695,000.


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Surround yourself in luxury with fine dining, generous amenities and dramatic views of the Gulf, lagoon and golf course fairways with graciously appointed condominium/hotel suites. Great Income potential! •VT boaTer’s delighT on siesTa Key Truly remarkable and stunning Mediterranean style residence offering 4,100+ SF w/spectacular views of Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Spacious 4BR floor plan, gas fireplace, caged-heated pool, mature fruit trees and a private 210’ “composite” dock. $3,290,000

2603/04B Two bedroom lockout w/Gulf views ............$1,399,000 2803C+ Two bedroom w/Gulf views ...............................$1,360,000 2703C+ Two bedroom w/Gulf views ...............................$1,350,000 1305/06B Two bedroom lockout w/Gulf views ............$1,325,000 5103A ClubSuite w/garden views .......................................$439,000

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 31, 2006

Stephanie Finnan

This home at 533 Juan Anasco Drive in the Sleepy Lagoon Park subdivision has two bedrooms, two baths and sold for $535,000. house on Longboat Key, 410 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $49,500 to Holly Parker, of Denver.

Ringling sold to Arvida for $13.5 million A recent article stated that Arthur Vining Davis, former chairman of Aluminum Company of America, paid $15 million for the 2,000 acres of Ringling properties in Sarasota County back in 1959. Actually, Davis’ Arvida (ARthur-VIning-DAvis) real-estate corporation paid $13.5 million to the heirs of John Ringling’s estate, mostly for his Ringling Isles (John Ringling Estates), consisting of most of the south end of Longboat Key, St. Armands, Coon, Otter and Bird keys.

Key Look-Out foresaw boom As Guy Paschal’s news mag-

azine, Key Look-Out, observed at the time of the major acquisition: “The vast Ringling holdings, which have lain idle for many years, had been regarded as a stumbling block for development of the keys. The Arvida program is expected to pave the way toward a substantial new business boom ... ” Indeed, it did and has and we are living with that reality. Amazingly, just one home on New Pass recently sold for that much, not to mention this summer’s $18 million sale of the late Dr. Herman Kohl’s Gulf-front estate, Villa Am Meer.

Dr. Kohl invested $15,000, not $7,500 In Frank Cunningham’s entertaining book, “The Key to Longboat,” he briefly describes how Kohl bought a 49% stake in the future of Tropicana Products for $7,500. Actually, according to former Tropicana

CEO and state Sen. Ed Price, of Bradenton, Kohl’s total investment was $15,000 after becoming acquainted with Tropicana founder Anthony Rossi in 1946. At the time, Rossi was struggling to keep his Fruit Industries Inc. afloat while he strove to both develop the production here and the markets in New York. When Rossi sold Tropicana to Beatrice Foods, of Chicago, in 1979, Kohl’s share of the $580 million sale was a cool $284 million. Talk about windfalls!

Tropicana Cabins inspired new name Interestingly, in searching for a better name for his company and its chilled orange juice, Rossi, a deeply religious man, prayed to God for an inspiration. As it happened, he was driving one day on the Tamiami Trail, south of Sarasota, thinking about a good name, when he noticed an attractive motel sign: Tropicana Cabins. “Tropicana. That’s it. I like the name ‘Tropicana.’ Our company shall be called ‘Tropicana,’” his wife, Sanna Barlow Rossi, wrote in her 1986 biography, “Anthony T. Rossi, Christian & Entrepreneur.” Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957.



REAL ESTATE REPORTS Michael Saunders & Co. — announces the listing of a new Addison Mizner-style custom residence, constructed by local builder Bruce Saba, by Debra Pitell, a Main Street associate. Julie Klick is the co-listing agent. The more than 6,664-squarefoot home on Longboat Key features extensive use of Ariete stone, six bedrooms, an elevator, boat access and spectacular full bay views. It is also built to strict hurricane standards. The home is expected to be completed in October. The asking price of 558 Harbor Point Road is $7,495,000. Wedebrock Real Estate Co. — is proud to announce the top producers for the month of July. The top listing agents were Tina Rudek, Longboat Key office; and Gail Tutewiler, Holmes Beach office. The top selling agents for the month of July were Henry Floyd, Longboat Key office; and Gail Tutewiler, Holmes Beach office. Neal Communities — began construction on its state-ofthe-art Design Gallery with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 6,500-square-foot design center is located on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. The Design Gallery, a homeinterior center that gives customers the ultimate in service, is guided by the professional design team of Charlene Neal, vice president of design; Kathry

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

A Paradise Realty is proud to announce its top agents for July. The top listing agent is Cindy Grazor; Debbie Dial is the top sales agent. RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty announces Daniel Matusiak has joined the company and will be working from its downtown office. Matusiak is a multi-million dollar producer with 23 years of real-estate experience with residential and commercial investment properties.

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

ESTANCIA DEL MAR - Addison Mizner inspired gated Bay front estate on Longboat Key w/5BR suites, spacious master suite w/his & her baths in approximately 11,000SF on a lushly landscaped 1 acre property w/an al fresco covered entertainment area complete w/summer kitchen, bar & fireplace. Theatre, library, wine room & pub/billiards room. Completion scheduled for Sept ’06. MLS#289854 $11,750,000 VIZCAyA - Over 6,600SF of custom elegance w/the finest detailing, finishes & cabinetry w/5BRs which includes 2 master suites, spacious kitchen w/Neff cabinetry, living, dining & family rooms, two double car garages, extensive terraces w/outdoor grill. MLS#302005 $5,950,000 COuNTRy CLub SHORES - Beautiful new waterfront home w/travertine marble & red oak floors, stone countertops, top electronics wired in, copper gutters & soffits, 3 stop elevator, 70’ dock w/14,000lb lift & lap pool. Magnificent Bay & city skyline views from the main living areas & a beautiful spacious roof top garden for entertaining. MLS#311837 $4,295,000

FAIRWAy bAy - Charming villa w/fireplace, skylights, high ceilings, wood floors, private patio leading to the pool, deeded beach access & spacious two car garage. MLS#320228 $549,000

Wagner Realty — Frank Maruca of the Manatee Avenue office, is the first Realtor to win a brand new Jaguar from Neal Communities. Maruca sold three properties — two single family homes and one town home in Forest Creek. Pat Neal, president of Neal Communities, said, “We recently began the sales program that rewards each Realtor with a choice of a free Jaguar or Lexus after they have achieved two or more successfully closed sales with Neal Communities.” Neal Communities began the car give-away program to thank their participating Realtors for their continued support. The car program expires at the end of September.

sanderling beach clubEnchanting 1.6 Acres with over 300 ft. of frontage on Private Heron Lagoon, views down lagoon and out to Gulf. Majestic Oaks. Gated courtyard with fountain. Hardwood floors, fireplace and walls of glass. 4 bedrooms. $1,795,000.


L’AMbIANCE - Luxury & privacy w/concierge service in this spacious Gulf front condo w/magnificent views of sunrises, sunsets, Bay & city lights. Opulent interior w/12’ ceilings, exciting ceiling treatments & quality built-ins. MLS#311205 $3,995,000 LONGbOAT KEy bAy ISLES - Fabulous 4BR 5,100SF home w/details & finishes throughout this remodeled home w/new kitchen, bathrooms, appliances, plumbing fixtures & granite countertops, soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, office, family room, wine cellar, bar & outdoor entertaining terrace. MLS#302526 $2,995,000 LONGbOAT KEy bAy ISLES - Mediterranean design home located on deepwater w/fabulous master suite, living room, dining room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, large family room w/wet bar & fireplace, volume ceilings, marble floors, heated pool, spa, dock & use of the private Gulf front Beach Club. MLS#321002 $2,820,000 LIDO SHORES - Florida style home overlooking Pansy Bayou just a short walk to St. Armand’s Circle w/4BRs, volume ceilings, granite kitchen, large caged heated pool, elevator, 100’ dock, 5 car garage & deeded beach access. MLS#321866 $2,450,000 LONGbOAT HARbOuR TOWERS - Direct Gulf front recently renovated condo w/20’ floor tiles, crown moldings, bathrooms, granite counter top kitchen w/GE Profile appliances & washer/dryer in unit. Low maintenance fee. MLS# 318715 $895,000 CASTILLIAN - A turnkey furnished Gulf front condo on third level makes one truly communicate w/the sand & beach in this recently renovated building. MLS#308449 $865,000

Forinash, design director; Leisa Weintraub, vice president creative director; and Cheryl Niemann, Neal’s assistant. Neal Communities is one of the largest privately owned building and development companies in Southwest Florida.

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queens harbor gated enclave Capturing picturesque lake and fairway views, this luxurious residence showcases exquisite design. Generous, flowing living and entertainment space features 4 bedroom suites and library/study. Walled garden pool and spa surrounded by statuary and fountains. Private Beach Club. $1,950,000.

Ann Martin For knowledgeable & experienced real estate services call ann at 941-356-7717

bay isles - Beautifully crafted new home with golf course and lake views. Porch and pool terrace. Luxurious master. 3 gracious guest suites, gym or office, beautiful quality in woodworking and stonework. Marvelous kitchen opens to family room. 3-car garage, beach club. $2,395,000.

direct beachFront south longboat - Behind the gates of The Longboat Key Club. Prestigious building with Olympic sized gulfside pool. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from this 2 bedroom. Best location and views $695,000.

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 941•383•7591 / Michael 928•3559 / Annette 284•7373

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 31, 2006


by Mark Gordon | Gulf Coast Business Review

Business titans shift to political arena Businessmen Vern Buchanan and Tramm Hudson are leading Republican candidates to replace Katherine Harris as the party’s nominee for the 13th District congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representa-

tives. And because the district — which covers Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties and parts of Manatee and Charlotte counties — is Republican-heavy, the winner of the Sept. 5 primary is considered a likely favorite to


take the general election in November. What’s more, Buchanan and Hudson come to the election with a life built in entrepreneurism: Buchanan founded copy franchise American Speedy

Printing in 1976 and the Buchanan Automotive Group in 1992. Hudson formed Enterprise National Bank in 1988, which later became RBC Centura, for which he was the head of the West Florida division.

Enough is enough. Vern Buchanan uses that phrase several times in speaking about why he would be willing to give up his executive position to be one of potentially dozens of freshman representatives trying to make sense of Beltway politics. But Buchanan doesn’t say it in a “throw the bums out of Washington” kind of way. Instead, he means it about himself. He says since he’s spent the last 30 years taking a pair of companies “from zero to something very successful,” he’s now seeking a new challenge, for which he can use his skills in a different way. “At what point can I give something back?” Buchanan asks. Just like his main primary opponent, Tramm Hudson, Buchanan says a chief reason for running is to promote the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that helped him succeed in business. “We want to create an environment that encourages risk-taking,” he says. “That’s the only way to win the global economic war.”

lous lawsuits would be a big boost to small businesses and entrepreneurs. “There’s a general feeling in the country,” Buchanan says, “that to get rich you either win the lottery or sue somebody.” He says that Florida took a step in the right direction in the last legislative session, when the Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush passed a bill reforming class-action lawsuits and repealed joint and several legislation, which had required businesses with deeper pockets to pay more in economic damages in negligence lawsuits. Buchanan says he regularly hears from people that the British legal system gets is right when it comes to lawsuits: The loser of a suit pays the winner’s legal costs. It’s a good idea, he says, but probably wouldn’t have large support in Washington.

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“We want to create an environment that encourages risk-taking. That’s the only way to win the global economic war,” says Vern Buchanan.

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Buchanan supports a wider use of Health Savings Accounts, tax-favored savings accounts that combine with high-deductible health-insurance plans. That’s one way small businesses can fight back against the rising costs of providing health care for employees. “It’s a big-time challenge,” he says. People are living longer and while U.S. medical technology is at the forefront globally, some of the country’s administrative systems are antiquated, Buchanan says, which further drive up costs. Buchanan says he likes an idea that calls for small businesses to band together with each other so the combined entity can have stronger purchasing power. He also says curbing frivolous lawsuits that raise the costs of medical malpractice insurance is important, too.

Tort reform Buchanan says putting an end to frivo-

Taxes Buchanan says he supports a policy of cutting taxes that doesn’t ignore balancing the federal budget. Specifically, he supports killing the estate tax, otherwise known as the death tax. His support is geared more toward protecting family farms that get penalized, he says then protecting the “Warren Buffetts of the world.” Buchanan also says he would be supportive of cutting the capital-gains taxes to 15%, to boost further business investment.

Immigration Buchanan’s opinions on the immigration issues facing business owners stem from his main point that the “federal government has to follow through with the laws” already on the books. Past that, he supports building a high-tech fence along the portions of the U.S.-Mexico border that are the high-traffic spots for illegal alien crossings. The fence would include dual barriers and security cameras. For solutions to the problem, Buchanan is against providing amnesty to illegal immigrants and says they shouldn’t be rewarded with Social Security or guest-worker programs.

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Money & Politics

Here’s a total of all the money the candidates for the 13th congressional District have received as of Aug. 15. REPUBLICANS


Vernon Buchanan $2,208,883 Tramm Hudson $959,185 Nancy C. Detert $243,318 Mark G. Flanagan $146,005 Donna Clarke $58,980

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to help small businesses when looking for health-care coverage for employees. First, he promotes a wider use of Health Savings Accounts, tax-favored savings portfolios that combine with high-deductible health insurance plans. Second, Hudson supports associated-health plans, which would allow a pool of small business to join together to get better coverage deals from health insurers.

Tort reform Mark Wemple

“An entrepreneurial spirit should be encouraged, and right now our tax policy doesn’t do that,” says Tramm Hudson. Tramm Hudson admits it’s corny, but one of his first thoughts in why he’s running for office goes back to the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” the Frank Capra classic that profiles an idealistic senator taking on corrupt Washington politicians. Even Hudson’s wife makes fun of him for getting all pumped up when he watches the film. But the nobleness resonates with Hudson. And after 25 years in banking, he has no reservations, he says, in giving up the rewards of being the boss to blending in with power-hungry politicians. Hudson says the past few months have taught him some valuable lessons on how to morph from a top executive who makes clear and quick decisions to someone who can compromise and play well with others. The biggest lesson: Listening.

“The campaign trail breaks you in,” Hudson says. “It forces you to listen to people” and take other points of view into account. Just like Vern Buchanan, his main opponent in the primary, Hudson says his successful business career has been an impetus to running for office. “I understand,” he says, “the importance of a strong, vibrant economy.”

Health care Hudson says one overlooked aspect of the health-care-affordability crisis is people doing more to be healthy in the first place, such as dieting and exercise. “Personal responsibility is at the cornerstone of it,” he says. Hudson is also a fan of two initiatives

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Tort reform is a cousin of health-care reform, in Hudson’s view. “We need complete tort reform,” he says. “Frivolous lawsuits drive the cost of health care out of sight.” Hudson says that Florida is becoming a model for national tort reform, although the Sunshine State still ranks in the lower third nationwide in most national listings of the legal atmosphere businesses are up against. Hudson hopes the theories in the bills on class action lawsuit reform and joint and several legislation that were passed by the Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush can get traction nationwide. “In terms of a business agenda,” Hudson says, “tort reform has to be on the table.”

Taxes Hudson says the current tax system is essentially a wealth-redistribution plan that penalizes savers and hard workers. “Our tax system is the most arcane and convoluted system out there,” he says. “We

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need a simple, fair way to raise revenue for the federal government.” Hudson’s biggest beef is with the estate tax, otherwise known as the death tax. He supports full repeal. “The death tax is cruel and unusual punishment,” Hudson says. “To think that the day the grim reaper comes to your door, so does the tax man … ” Hudson says he’s also in favor of cutting the capital-gains taxes, to spur more business growth. “An entrepreneurial spirit should be encouraged,” he says, “and right now our tax policy doesn’t do that.”

Immigration The borders are the beginning and the end of the complex problem, Hudson says, and the first step is to secure them before dealing with the issue of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. Hudson opposes amnesty for those already here. Hudson says the “catch and release” policy of detaining and releasing illegal immigrants and then expecting them to just show up for court is a “ludicrous” failure. It should be replaced by a policy of “catch and return,” he says, where those caught crossing the border illegally will be quickly returned home and never allowed to return. Hudson says he recognizes small business owners could be caught in the middle of the problem, because the Florida labor pool relies on immigrants. He suggests entrepreneurs continue seeking solutions, starting with revamping hiring practices to fit the new situation.

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Bay Isles Boater’s paradise! 4000 sq ft home w/ 2 master suites, private guest suite, fireplaces, office, boat lift, dock, pool & spa. $2,175,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136 Beachplace Beautiful 2BR Gulf front. Wood floors, newer kitchen appliances, covered parking, security shutters & furnished. $1,275,000 Hoyt Beaty/Marty Benson 552-3989 Grand Bay Grand Bay Penthouse with miles of panoramic views. Sunrise to sunset.4000+sqft all rooms open to spacious wrap-around terrace. $3,500,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

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Grand Bay Bright 2BR/2BA split plan condo w/Sarasota Bay & golf course views; resort style pools & amenities plus private beach club! $799,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

Bay Isles Spacious 4BR family home with large caged pool, open and bright floor plan, volume ceilings & tile floors. Beach access. $1,385,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

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St. Armand’s Towers Gorgeous direct gulf front views in this bright and spacious completely renovated unit! Designer touches and affordable price. $979,000 Kent Peterson 552-3980

Longboat Key Estates New construction w/partial Bay views.3/4 BR, beautifully furnished w/stone, granite & marble .Disappearing edge pool & boat dock. $2,395,000 Marty Benson/Hoyt Beaty 552-3942

Sanctuary Top floor unit with both sunrise and sunset views. Huge terraces, high ceilings, tastefully decorated and furnished. $2,400,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Hidden Harbor on Siesta Private & secluded w/ expansive water views ! Built in 2000, custom designed 4 BR home with protected boat dock, pool & more. $4,800,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 Beau Ciel New listing -Rarely available, FULL BAY VIEW “B” plan. Prvt. elevator, marble flrs & baths, granite kitchen,Neff cabinets. $1,450,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694 Whispering Sands 800 ft of private Gulf beach. Shaded picnic/bbq area. Stroll into the Village. 2BR/2BA, 1st fl corner; 2 heated pools; club house. New tile, carpet, furniture.$449,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693 Anna Maria New Home! 3BR/3.5BA, den, 2386 sf, granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appl., elevator, pool. Short stroll to Gulf! $859,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 John Ringling Amazing opportunity to purchase almost 250 ft. on the Bay! Original Van Wezel estate may be restored or divided into 3 lots. $9,339,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 Orchid Beach Direct Beach Front. Views LBK to Siesta & Dwntwn. 7th fl w/4229 s.f. - lrg rms, huge terraces w/gas grill, 2 car garage. $3,150,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

Longboat Key Custom home with over 3,400 sf. Study, media room, courtyard entry, private dock, pool/ spa, gourmet kitchen plus many extras. $2, 195,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

Vista Hermosa Across from Crescent Beach, walk to shops and restaurants. Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA condo. Top floor, mid-rise bldg., elevator; club house, heated pool. $435,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Country Club Shores Open & light home has 3 bedrooms & 4 baths, spacious master, vaulted ceilings, large pool, newer seawall, dock & 1600 lb lift. $1,190,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

Siesta Key Rare, 93x150 waterfront home site with open canal views & is situated on a cul-de-sac. Excellent location -priced to sell! $698,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

Beachplace First floor walk out conveniently located to the pool, club house and beach. Furnished beautiful lake and partial gulf view. $850,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966 Westwind Shores Stones throw to the gulf waters! 1BR/ 1BA ea. side, 1540 sf under roof. great set up! live on one side and rent other unit. $699,900 Michelle Musto 552-3981

Queens Harbor Unobstructed Bayfront views from this 4495 sq ft Queens Harbor home. Library, cook’s kitchen, pool & private dock. $2,799,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

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Conrad Beach Vacant lot “West” of GMD. Nestled within 27 other custom built homes in Conrad Beach, Longboat Key. Build 2350 AC sq. ft. $549,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

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Anna Maria Fabulous bay views! This completely remodeled home offers 4BR/3BA, 2205 sf, granite counters, new roof, doors, and windows. $1,200,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

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Emerald Harbor Canal front home w/ terrific floor plan w/ large kitchen & family room, split bedroom plan overlooking pool & water views. $1,495,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

Water Club Gorgeous Gulf , Bay &City Views. Contemporary furnishings. 31’ main terrace,private garage.. Concierge, fabulous amenities. $1,952,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

Longboat Key Estates Canal home w/4 suites. Pecky cypress doors/beams, travertine, Gourmet kit., 2 fireplaces, elevator, Bay Views, deeded beach. $3,775,000 Jim Soda 552-2666

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Bird Key Garden Home Three bedroom pool home with 2200 square feet of spacious living! Room for expansion. $897,900 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Harbour Links Spacious, beautifully appointed 2500sq. ft. end unit featuring 3bdrms/3bths. Totally updated with custom finishes. $859,000 Maureen Curtin 552-3937

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Cedars West Designer inspired, turnkey furnished, first floor walkout, Gulf view condo. Excellent rental income & great LBK location. $824,750 Andrew Bers 383-2550

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El Presidente Paradise awaits you on amazing Crescent Beach! Gulf views! Beautifully upgraded 2BR/2BA. Great on site rental program. $1,100,000 Heidi Rossman 487-5193 Siesta Key Brand new 4/4.5 on Bayou Louise. Great room, gourmet kitchen, huge outdoor living area, pool/spa, wraparound veranda & more. $3,695,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Siesta Village Area One block to Siesta Village, Two more to the beach! Fabulous NEW 4BR/3BA 2600+ sq.ft. A/C area Single Family home & pool. $1,300,000 Kim Gilliland 487-5179 Siesta Key Bayfront duplex with full bay views and new dock! Live in one side, rent out the other. 2 story w/ 2/2 each side. 2003 Jaguar in mint condition included in the sale! $1,490,000 Bev Ulrey 809-1936 Holiday Harbour Sparkling pool overlooking gorgeous panoramic bay view! Cul-De-Sac location with perfect opportunity for remodel or build new. $1,950,000 Cristi Schitea 487-5123

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Oscar Parsons says he needs at least 52 events a year to make money. Right now, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at about 60% of that goal.


Facilities with more than 100,000 square feet of convention center space. Orange County Convention Center, Orlando 1,103,538 square feet Miami Beach Convention Center 502,848 square feet Fort Lauderdale Broward Convention Center 375,000 square feet Tampa Convention Center 299,000 square feet Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, Jacksonville 265,000 square feet Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami 150,000 square feet Palm Beach Convention Center 150,000 square feet Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center 120,000 square feet Lakeland Center 102,000 square feet Source: Visit Florida, GCBR

PARSONS continued from page 1C Parsons had a $60,000 tax bill for 2005, a 25% jump from the $48,000 he was assessed in 2004. â&#x20AC;˘ The little revenues the center takes in only allow Parsons to employ a skeleton crew, which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide many oppor-

tunities to market the center on an ongoing basis.

Atta-boy, Oscar Parsons says several local governments


officials praised him for taking the lead in bringing a convention center to the area. For example, Pat Baker, who helped organize the Manatee County Republican Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Lincoln Day dinner last year at the facility, called it â&#x20AC;&#x153;the star of the county,â&#x20AC;? in a convention-center release. And Parsons says that soon after he bought the building in 2002, he got similar pats on the back from building officials and others in Manatee County when they heard what he was planning to do with the facility, which has a Sarasota mailing address but is in Manatee County. Still, looking back now, those atta-boys turned out to be ominous signs: Part of Parsonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; struggles can be traced back to a county thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavy on zoning and building regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to the building department and told them my plans. They said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great, we love it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what we need,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? says Parsons, pausing, before he drops the punch line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then they gave me a rule book [on building codes] that was 19inches thick.â&#x20AC;? Building codes and other rules have proven to be prickly for Parsons over the past four years; he recently says he passed on a job to spend $500,000 to convert some of the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space into conference rooms, both because he was not sure there was market demand, but also because of a potential code struggle.

It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like that in Kentucky, Parsons says whimsically. He recalls that in 1939, when a local sheriff in his tiny hometown of Calvin asked the local home builder for permits vouching for the work he was doing, the builder said the permit was in the house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a silver pearl handle and shoots six times,â&#x20AC;? Parsons says the builder told the sheriff.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;More trouble than itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Some of the other problems Parsons has encountered have a been-there-done-that feel from executives at Global Spectrum Inc., a Philadelphia-based company that manages arenas, stadiums and convention/expo centers worldwide. From 2001 to 2004, the company managed the Pinellas Expo Center on U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park. The Pinellas Expo Center was also a converted Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club that had 100,000plus square feet of space. But Global Spectrum sold it after three years of paltry revenues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was beginning to be more trouble than it was worth,â&#x20AC;? says Frank Russo, Globalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior vice president of business development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were spending too much money for too little return.â&#x20AC;? He declined to release revenue figures for the facility. In one sense, Global Spectrumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom line was different than Parsonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the

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late 30s, he moved into banking, forming in 1961 the American Fidelity Bank and Trust Co. In his 40s, Parsons entered the mining field, opening Southeastern Stone Quarries, a facility he still owns today that makes crushed limestone. A licensed pilot, Parsons moved to the Sarasota area in 1978 after years of thinking of the area as flyover land on trips to Naples and Tampa. He bought a condo on Longboat Key and founded a new business, Lighting Galleries of Sarasota, which he ran on his own until selling it in 2000. Parsons has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mark Gordon

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AT A GLANCE Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center Here are a few examples of what Oscar Parsons has spent on improvements of the center over the four years he’s owned it: New ceiling — $50,000 Roof improvements—$200,000 Electric wiring — $20,000 Banquet tables, chairs, tablecloths and kiosks — $500,000 By the numbers: 120,000 square feet of air-conditioned space; 93,000 square feet of event floor space; 3,000 square-feet kitchen space, capable of serving 3,000 sit-down dinners; 1,400-square-foot ‘green room’ for concert performers; 1,050 parking spots Costs: Full center: $8,200 per day (less than 9 cents per square foot) Half center: $4,200 per day Conference rooms: $200-$780 per day

was just not enough in comparison to other venues the company manages. Strafacci says there are some staples of success when running a convention center in any market, the Global Spectrum executives say, starting with a good real-estate deal. Parsons, who bought the Sam’s Club before the Southwest Florida real-estate boom, has that. He’s missing most of the other ingredients, though, such as being easily accessible from a major highway, heavy demand from local residents who would frequent events and low overhead.

Public-relations push Despite all the reasons he’s bound to fail, there’s the upbeat Parsons on a recent morning, driving his golf cart around the cavernous facility, showing a visitor around. He stops the cart by a small assembly room where a realestate-training seminar is on a break and shows someone how to turn up the air conditioner. Parsons still works just about every day. His second wife, Rose Malerba Parsons, whom he married last year, is responsible for marketing the center. Parsons recently

results of the Pinellas center were measured against the 18 other convention and expo centers the company manages, including one in China and the Harborview Center in Clearwater. Barry Strafacci, who was in charge of the Pinellas Expo Center for Global Spectrum, said converted big-box facilities usually do much better in the Northeast, because it’s cold and wet in the winter there, so people look for indoor activities, unlike on the Gulf Coast. Strafacci maintains that his facility saw “a heck of a lot of business,” it

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launched a public relations blitz to generate interest in the building; upcoming scheduled shows include a boat expo in November and a Florida Huddle travel show in early 2007. But it’s not nearly enough. Parsons says he needs at least 52 events a year to make money, and he’d like to be at 100 a year, which he figures would be about $4 million a year in revenues. Right now, he’s about 60% toward the first goal, because the center hosts about 35 events a year. It’s enough to pay the bills, Parsons says, but not much else. Parsons says he has a Plan B if things get really bad, but he’s not there yet. He’s been offered double the $3 million he paid for the building — offers made by people he referred to as cheapskates. “Whoever buys this thing is going to pay for it,” he says. “I didn’t do all this work just to wave it off.” Still, don’t be surprised if Parsons does sell the building, even after all the money, time and effort he’s invested into it. “As you know, I’m pretty impetuous,” he says, hands locked behind his head, crossed feet planted on his desk. “If someone comes in with a good opportunity … ”



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HEAVY PRESSURE Major tournament aces (since 1983): The Masters, 8 The U.S. Open, 21 The British Open, 6 The PGA Championship, 20 mark, “It was a lucky shot, It’s a crazy game. I’m just glad I don’t have to do it for a living.” As unusual as Zoeller’s ace was, all holes-in-one are lucky shots. A 300 game in bowling or a perfect game in baseball or even golf’s elusive double eagle all involve luck, but also require much skill. Jack Nicklaus has had 20 holes-in-one. Nicklaus’ last ace came in a practice round at the 2003 Senior British Open when he was 63 years old. Gary Player has 19. His most recent was last November, when he was 70, in a pro-am in South Africa. Arnold Palmer has 18. He was 74 when he made his last one in a casual round at the Bay Hill course in Orlando. Norman Manley, of Long Beach, has the most holes-inone for an amateur, 59, including four in one year. Mancil Davis, who played briefly on the PGA and Canadian tours, has 50, the most for any professional golfer. Last month, Iowa quarterback Drew Tate, 21, hit an ace at a charity tournament, but he couldn’t accept the $25,000 prize and his dream of a new Harley because of NCAA rules. Three U.S. presidents, all Republicans, have recorded holes-in-one: Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Nixon said his ace, hit with a 5-iron on the second hole at Bel Air Country Club in 1961, was “the greatest thrill in my life — even better than being elected.” I must admit, each of my own nine holes-in-one has given me a thrill. The most rewarding thing about them is the fact that my den does not have to be painted — the walls are covered with plaques.


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Milan Mesarof, originally from Slovakia, is a tennis attendant at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. He’s been with the resort for five years and has already become a key fixture in tennis played at The Colony; everyone seems to know his name. He plays about three times a week. How long have you been playing tennis? Fifteen years as an amateur. What benefits do you get from playing tennis? Being able to play with customers (at The Colony). How competitive are you? My games are very serious.

Name one thing you do that wins matches. My backhand is good. If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? Serve. Who has most influenced your game? An 83-year-old doctor who plays here. Give me the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. Last year I played with a 50-year-old woman who was visiting her dad here. It was a good match, and I got a letter from her saying, “Thank you.” I also really enjoy playing with the kids; they surprise you because they are good.


Retired Longboat Key Police Chief Wayne McCammon and part-time Longboat Key resident Olga Davis share a copy of The Observer on the terrace of the hotel Chateau Frontenac in an old Quebec city in Canada. The Laurentian mountains can be seen in the background.

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Ladies Let’s Go Fishing President and Founder Betty Bauman demonstrates in front of the Sarasota Yacht Club pool how to properly reel in a fish when out on the water. For the demo she reeled in a “fish” (a swimmer using a snorkel) while using the proper techniques. “Balance is everything,” she said.

LADIES’ LURE by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

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The Ladies Let’s Go Fishing school recently lured about 40 women from the Sarasota area to participate in its weekend-long fishing seminar Aug. 19 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. The organization will be holding five weekend learning sessions for women in the state of Florida this year. “A lot of ladies like the concept of fishing because you get to reconnect with nature,” said Lisa Steinberg, vice president of Ladies Let’s Go Fishing. “But it’s getting through the door and breaking down the barrier (that’s the problem).” She said most women go fishing with their spouses and aren’t able to learn the techniques needed to fish that way. Also, there are no fishing classes like there are for activities such as golf or scuba diving. “It’s good because the instructors come in open-minded; they want to teach you,” said Taylor Williams, who was attending her second weekend session. “It’s a place where you feel comfortable, you’re allowed to ask questions. It’s not a manly thing.” The weekend started with a welcome reception for the participants on Friday, Aug. 18 at the yacht club and continued with classes, skill stations and fishing demonstrations on Saturday. Saturday’s lunch concluded with a “Dress for Fishing Success” fashion show. But, the culmination of learn-

ing weekend occurred on Sunday, when the women were able to go out and try their hand at fishing in smaller groups. After returning to Sarasota Yacht Club after a day of fishing, the women took a filleting class so they could learn how to prepare their fresh catches. “Women always pick up fishing fast because they listen,” said Capt. Ric Ehlis who was teaching a skill station on how to throw a casting net properly.

J.P. Malicsi shows Athena Monahos how to hold her fishing rod properly.

Steinberg says the women who do catch on tend to become enthralled with their new sport. “We get e-mails from women that say, ‘Wow, this changed my life,’” Steinberg said. “Women say they now have the confidence to go out and buy a boat or that they taught their son to fish. And this is worth it; that’s why we keep doing this.” For more information please visit:

Capt. Dave Zalewski teaches Taylor Williams how to use a “gaff” in order to bring a larger fish up from the water.

Capt. Ric Ehlis helps Jennifer Koselak with her first net casting.

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FLEET FUN by Stephanie Finnan | Staff Writer

Navigate your own adventure at SYC Six years ago, Sarasota Yacht Club members attended their usual Saturday Sailors’ breakfast, when Ray Hutchins brought up the idea of offering the members the chance to sail. The impromptu idea turned into a reality when another member stood up during that same breakfast and offered his Bauer sailboat that was sitting in his backyard. Thus, the club’s Bauer program was off and running. Following that morning, nine other members bought Bauer sailboats to donate. “It was embarrassing, it happened so quick,” said Hutchins, director of the Sarasota Yacht Club’s sailing program. Hutchins’ goal was to provide another service to the members, giving them an alternative to sitting at home. “The program grows because I am pushing it all the time,” said Hutchins, who is pleased with the progress of the Bauer program. Members praise him for

his efforts, saying this program has “rejuvenated the club.” Experience on a Bauer 10 sailboat, as well as instruction and training, is available to all 450 members of the Sarasota Yacht Club. Although, sailing has been part of the club since it was founded in 1926, that aspect of the club has been more prevalent in recent years with the advent of the Sarasota Yacht Club Sailing Program for adults and children and its regatta.

Adult program Adult involvement in the Bauer fleet is available to members and their guests. And, friendly competition among the members is encouraged, said Bernie Gaillet, director of the Bauer Program for the club. Gaillet, an avid sailor all his life, is working to develop more of an interest in adult use of the boats. “Sarasota Yacht Club is a club for members by members,” said Gaillet about volunteering his

time to strengthen the program for his fellow members. Unlimited use of the club’s 10 Bauer boats is available to members once the club certifies them in safety and instruction.

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Children’s program Hot summer days are best spent on the water, especially when controlling your own sailboat, as the children of the SYC Youth Sailing Program learned over this summer. The program, in its fourth year, offers a twoweek summer session, giving children ages 8 through 18 the opportunity to sail their own Bauer. Two instructors make sure it’s fun and interesting at all times. “Sailing is an unisex sport with totally equal opportunities,” said Gaillet, whose grandchildren enjoy the summer program.

UPCOMING SAILING EVENTS The Sarasota Yacht Club Invitational Regatta will take place Nov. 4 in the Gulf of Mexico, west of New Pass. For information contact Mariella Doyle at 365-4191.


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

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Maintenance free, former model, great $ room plan, 1838 sq. ft. 2 BR/2 BA, . Built in 05’, 2500 s/f 3BR/3BA/DEN, 3 CAR GARAGE! Neutral colors, tile, plantation plus DEN. Tiled, light, bright, cheerful. Crown molding, corian, walk in closets, Roman shutters, fabulous kitchen, circular drive. PRICED WELL BELOW REPRODUCTION COST. shower, dbl vanities, fabulous pool and beautifully landscaped courtyard. Call Maggie Nasser 780-1006. call Maggie Nasser 941-780-1006


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Located on north Longboat Key, this custom 3400 Sq. Ft. home boasts 20 foot ceilings, tile floors, two 2nd-level guest suites sharing a family room, master suite on 1st level, 3+ car garage. $1,474,000


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2300 sq ft. 3BR/ 2BA/ 2-1/2CG great room home is near completion and priced well below reproduction cost. Granite, tile, stainless steel, crown, ent.ctr. and many other 2500 sq. ft. 3BR/2BA/2-1/2CG de- designer upgrades included. Popular Picadilly III Plan on beautiful treed homesite! Call signed and decorated beautifully! From the lush landscape, the Brazilian cherry front Mike Edwards 941.356.4407 doors, spacious & beautiful kitchen, tile, crown, and all the elegant touches, no detail steRlInG IV was missed on this fine home. Call Mike Edwards 941.356.4407


Bauer boat donors, expressing her pride in the sailing program and the upcoming regatta. If the interest and success of the regatta at the club continues to grow, Hutchins hopes to extend the tradition to neighboring clubs and create an invitational for some friendly competition.

BUIldeR’s Model MaIntenanceoffered at FRee $ 982,000. lIVInG at Its Best new construction

Fabulous water view, 2900 sq. ft. Greatroom, 3BR/3 Full BA, plus den. $ Offers a dream kitchen w/cherry cabinets, granite counter tops, center island, designer Tranquil water view, New carpeting throughout, freshly painted, light, bright and in MOVE-IN appliances and tile, crown molding, central vac, custom closets, plus many other builder CONDITION! 2BR/2BA/DEN/2CG, great room plan, eat in kitchen, walk-in closets, Roman show- upgrades. OUTDOOR CABANA w/full summer kitchen, pool, spa, paver brick decking, oversized 2.5-car garage. Possible lease back opportunity from builder, furniture package er, Extended caged lanai and private courtyard patio. call Maggie Nasser 941.780.1006 available separately.

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Rosedale Realty, Inc. 941-751-9070

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






Unobstructed Gulf views This lotDis ready to build CE occupied with a your beach dream-home. DUCurrently E R 4 bedroom bungalow, great for rental. $2,345,000


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For lease Longboat Key Moorings

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Cell: 504.2000

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Weather 3D


RED TIDE REPORT Red tide is medium to high at New Pass as of Aug. 28.


Morning Evening Low High Low High Thurs., Aug. 31 none 4:16a 1:15p none Fri., Sept. 1 none 5:08a 2:46p none Sat., Sept. 2 none 6:19a 4:07p none Sun., Sept. 3 none 7:48a 5:10p none Mon., Sept. 4 none 9:12a 6:01p none Tues., Sept. 5 4:22a 12:49a 6:43p 10:22p Wed., Sept. 6 5:28a 12:54a 7:20p 11:22p


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Average water Temp.: 88

Joyce Levin took this photo on Lido Beach. Please send your sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228 or e-mail them to



Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Mon., Aug. 21 91 76 99 (1996) 71 (1984) Tues., Aug. 22 91.5 75.5 98 (1993) 72 (1984) Wed., Aug. 23 91 77 98 (1996) 72 (1987) Thurs., Aug. 24 88 78.5 97 (1996) 72 (1987) Fri., Aug. 25 91.5 77.5 101 (1996) 72 (1986) Sat., Aug. 26 87 73.5 99 (1997) 71 (1986) Sun., Aug. 27 85.5 76 97 (1997) 73 (1984)

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 31, 2006

Improve your Bridge Game!!

DEAL US IN by Donna Swan/ Edited by Richard Yohe

Not a top

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Bunny Roland, of Citrus Spring, thought she and her partner certainly had achieved a top result on this week’s hand. Roland writes: “This was not an easy play for my partner. She looked at the dummy and wondered if she could even make the contract. “North led the deuce of hearts, and my partner won the trick with dummy’s Jack. She cashed the ace of clubs and played a diamond to her ace to advance the Jack of clubs, which was ducked by North. A third round of clubs went to the 10 and a spade was played on the queen. Next came the top two hearts and then the king of clubs. “This was the position of the last three tricks. North held the queen of hearts and the queen and nine of diamonds. Dummy had the five of hearts, the Jack of dia-

the longboat observer Sudoku

Edited by Michael Mepham

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monds and the five of clubs. South had the king of spades and the 10 and seven of diamonds. West, my partner, had the 10 of spades and the 10 and seven of diamonds. “When my partner played the five of clubs from the dummy, South had to hold on to the king of spades, so he let go of the diamond. My partner discarded the 10 of spades, and it was North’s turn to squirm. A heart discard would make dummy’s five of hearts good, so he also discarded a diamond. My partner then overtook dummy’s Jack and won trick 13 with the eight of diamonds. “Our score of 520 on the double squeeze was only average, because two pairs bid and made a slam on this hand.” Editor’s Note: He could also make the bid using the eightever, nine-never rule. Then, he would only lose one heart with a finesse to the queen and get to dummy with the clubs twice. 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.”

BRIDGE Dealer: West Vulnerable: N/S

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Begins Thur., Sept. 7th • 9:00-11:30 am In-Between Bridge Club


♠ A Q 10 9 ♥63 South ♦ AK82 ♣J63 ♠ KJ842 ♥ 10 7 4 ♦ 10 7 6 ♣ 4

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Solve the puzzle by placing the numbers 1 through 9 in each row, column and box. See answers on page 7D.

Bidding: West 1 ♠ 2 ♦ 3 ♥

North Pass Pass All Pass

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The Observer Crossword edited by Wayne robert Wil­l­iams

YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW By Josiah Breward, Scranton, Pennsylvania ACROSS 1 Optimistic feeling 5 Legally responsible 11 Not the least bit 16 Compass dir. 19 Islamic prayer leader 20 Latin name for England 21 Negate 22 Royal address letters 23 Organized workers 25 Rich in detail 27 Expansive speaker 28 Belgian seaport 30 Twenty Questions classification 31 Seine sights 33 City on the Meuse 34 Concubine in a harem 35 Indentured servitude 39 Ask for alms 41 Mine vein 42 Robust 43 # 44 Sound judgment 46 Russian villa 50 Well-honed skill 51 Abbr. on an env. 53 Drug plants 55 Encircle 57 Big name in potato chips 58 Municipal grp. 59 Contents abbr. 60 __ Beach, SC 61 Berne's river 62 Silky smooth 64 Alfonso's queen 65 Yesterday, today

and tomorrow 69 Boxing letters 72 Substandard urban housing 73 Morays 74 Danny of "Taxi" 78 Title for M. Clouseau 80 Of the ear: pref. 81 Like 82 More evident 83 Traitor 86 Nourish 87 Recombinant letters 88 Greek porticos 89 Big-time perp 90 Take off on foot 91 1982 cyberflick 92 J. Davis' domain 94 From __ to Beersheba 95 Harping on 98 Rummage sales 102 Oasis drinker 104 Leslie Caron film of 1953 105 USA part 106 Island greetings 108 Finishing touch 112 Chain gang activity 114 Self-appointed task 116 Kyushu volcano 117 Royal decree 118 More level 119 Author/director Kazan 120 NASA orbiter 121 Jam-packed 122 Generator component 123 Snow racer DOWN 1 Hawaiian port

2 Khayyam of Persia 3 Sunscreen ingredient 4 Soul-stirring 5 Hardy's partner 6 Quaint hotel 7 Exchange charge 8 Flower 9 Cotton plant machine 10 Let off pressure 11 Fiery Furnace survivor 12 Part of AT&T 13 Texas shrine 14 Sex drive 15 Fibonacci or da Vinci 16 Puppeteer Lewis 17 Spanish Mlles. 18 Marine snail 24 Part cast 26 Brush up on 29 Fat cats 32 A votre __! 35 Oboe's ancestor 36 Writer McMurtry 37 Take in, as pants 38 Dinner roll 40 Tight drawers? 44 Catch sight of 45 "R.U.R." playwright 47 Quote as a reference 48 Shaped with an ax 49 Dog of a movie 51 Old-time strongman 52 McQueen movie 53 Byron poem 54 Dum or Dee's first name? 56 AST part

57 Fellows 61 Steel-clad 62 Egotist's focus 63 Mix and work 66 From within 67 "The Truman Show" director 68 Half of MXII 69 Twitches 70 Nautical speed 71 Norway's capital 75 Arboreal lemur 76 Mortise mate 77 Large ape, briefly 79 Public sign 81 Lacking a key 82 Kind of code or colony 84 Beset 85 Menu option 86 Resembling: suff. 90 Change tags 91 Least common hits 93 Roofed walkway 95 Act your age! 96 Crescent-shaped 97 Norwegian saint 98 Babist faith 99 Stock up on 100 Goose eggs 101 Polio vaccine developer 103 Double agents 107 Your brothers to your father 109 Survey 110 Actress Arden, casually 111 Be a bookworm 113 USN training program 115 "The Bridge of San Luis __"

Last Week’s Cryptograms 1. “It’s policy:” A defensive cop-out for being unable to effectively argue favorably about continuing needless actions. 2. To prepare a really fine French Empire lamb chop be sure to use the “bony part.”




The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 31, 2006

Future 5D

MYSTICAL OBSERVER by Mephisto Aries (March 21-April 20) Uranus and the moon will create obstacles. Be careful where you put your shoes.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) Never judge another unless you’ve walked a mile in their moccasins. This right does not apply if you’ve stolen their moccasins

Taurus (April 21-May 20) Receiving flirtation is fun. Flirt back — but don’t take it too seriously.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Watch out for exploding cigars.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) The people you really don’t like are people just like you. That’s what you really don’t like about them.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Learning is a form of benevolent theft. If you see something clever, steal it.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Avoid the influence of William Shattner. Do not wear a red shirt. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) Thanks to Saturn, you’ve become your own worst taskmaster. Ease up on yourself. Just because you’re self-employed doesn’t mean you can abuse the help. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A good idea will come to you in the bathtub. Write it down and wash

behind your ears.

bird flu. Inoculate yourself with organization and common sense.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) When surrounded by elephants, trumpet. When surrounded by wolves, howl.

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: If you love somebody, set them free.

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) Be mindful of where you put your feet, your car and your words. Pay attention and it will pay you back.

To have your picture in the Mystical Observer for your birthday, send it to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 34228, or e-mail a jpg or pdf to chaake@longboatobserver. com. Please include your birth date, and send two weeks prior to your birthday.

Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Chaos in the office spreads like

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siesta beach condo - 6th floor north end unit of Terrace East. Exquisite layout & design of open kitchen area w/Neff cabinetry, black granite and black glass - purely sensational! Spectacular beach & north island views to Sarasota Bay and beyond. Value priced $1,695,000. Michael Saunders & Co.

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best priced home in deer creek - Immaculate 3 bedroom, 2 bath Pool home located on a cul-de-sac with a wrap around Pond/Lake views. Recently re-piped New Kitchen with granite & stainless appliances. New cabinets, new carpet and paint. Generous lanai with lap sized pool & private lake views. Oversized laundry room with bonus area. $498,000. Prudential Palms.

michael & cynthia bowers

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PALM LAKES – BUILDER CLOSEOUT! Home site # 67 Queen Palm, incredible price $229,900. Approx. 1,453 sq. ft., NEW 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, Corian countertops, 1-car garage, paver driveway, barrel tile roof, lush landscaping. Gated, club/swim community!


Owner Realtor



Robert Harris Homes

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

RIOMAR NEW CONSTRUCTION & JUST LISTED - On the Lake with over 2,200 sq. ft. Transferred owners never lived in this gorgeous home. True 3 Bedrooms, den, huge master suite w/ garden tub and shower, tile flooring, oversized lanai, incredible Great Room, high ceilings Must sell! $424,900 RE/MAX Properties

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LAKERIDGE FALLS JUST LISTED AND PRICED BELOW VALUE - On the lake with over 1,700 sq.ft. most popular single family floor plan. Loaded with upgraded features: Diagonal tile flooring, upgraded cabinets and appliances, deluxe master suite, extended garage, screened lanai, true 3 Bedrooms. Priced $50,000 below value at $369,900 RE/MAX Properties

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ONE HUNDRED CENTRAL - Most popular, newly constructed building in the heart of downtown. Spacious corner unit with beautiful bay views, wrap-around terrace, 2BRs, den, full-size laundry, 2 garage parking spaces and great amenities. $1,175,000. #319940. Michael Saunders & Co.

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PALM LAKES – BUILDER CLOSEOUT! Home site #27 Sago Palm. Approx. 1,728 sq. ft., NEW 2 bedrooms plus den, 2 baths, Corian countertops, 2car garage, paver driveway, barrel tile roof, lush landscaping. Gated, club/swim community! . Incredible price, $268,900.

Robert Harris Homes



Just Reduced

UNIVERSITY PARK LAKE AND GOLF COURSE VIEWS - Incredible private lot! Transferred owners want it sold! Priced reduced & great value. Incredible views from almost everywhere. Over 2,700 sq. ft. 3 car garage, true 3 Bedroom and Den, pool, huge Kitchen, 6 years new. Make offer! $762,500. RE/MAX Properties


DIRECT GULF FRONT with BAY VIEW only $749,000 - 2br/2ba perfectly maintained 8th floor condo!!Extra large open air tiled balcony with ELECTRIC HURRICANE SHUTTERS for safety and light control. Equipped with many upgrades! Unit is tastefully furnished! Re/Max Properties

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Items Under $200 For Sale

two PTG wood and iron end tables, $50 obo. Must sell. (941)538-9065 lamp, pendant, frosted white with grapevine motif. From Driftwood Gallery, $75. (941)761-9236.

circa 1950’s walnut desk, original hardware, good condition, $200. (941)356-1487.

toaster oven. Hamilton Beach, large capacity mealmaker, new in sealed carton, $25 obo. (941)365-2160.

12 Ltd Edition Chokin 6” Japanese Floral Calendar plates. 1982 Hamilton Collection, 23k gold borders. Absolutely beautiful. $180. “Gone tropical, no room for Oriental decor”. (941)778-5333.

king size firm pillow mattress and boxspring, 1 year old, $200. (941)383-9652.

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pair of boat wips, originally cost $300+, sell for $100. (941)350-5292.

Have a safe and Happy Labor day

Adult Care


cna: caregiving & Companionship are my specialties. Medication reminders, grooming, excellent care. References avail. 941-536-1766. cna/HHA: experienced w/Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, etc. Excellent local references. 544-0653.

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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


Thursday, august 31, 2006

Auto Sales & Service

Great Transportation, 1997, Toyota SUV, 4 Wheel Drive, Roof Rack, Trailer Hitch, Service Records Available. All New Parts When Needed, Runs Excellent. Great Tires, Body Fine, 20/Mi. Per Gallon, Burns No Oil, Fine Mileage $8500. Call: (941)536-3050

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale lbk moorings: 70/ft. slip available for long term lease. $18/ft. per month plus electrical. 941-387-8047.


SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchens 2001 mb S430, 80,000 miles $22,500. has been making party memories from the Black. Good condition. Moon Roof. Naviga- casual to black tie affair. Let us combine our tion System. Alloy wheels. Bose Premium knowledge with your individual style. 383-0777. Sound system. 800-223-4717 x153. 1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic, loaded. Great condition. 6-cylinder. Almost new Goodyear off-road/on-road tires. CD changer, power windows, power locks. Recently serviced and detailed. White. One owner. Well cared for. High mileage, but still purring well, $4,999. Call. (941)284-4848.

Cleaning Services

just me & Co. Cleaning Services. Specializing in Residential, Model Homes & Offices, Windows. Move-ins and Move-outs. Call for FREE ESTIMATE and appt. 941-234-2315.

2006 range Rover HSE, full size, loaded. Cynderella Cleaning Service. Like new. $68,900. 407-765-1400. Residential & Seasonal. “Let Cynderella 2002 kia Sedona EX Mini Van: loaded, Do Your Cleaning.” Experienced. 1/owner, well cared for. Above average (941)345-6455 miles but looks and runs great. $7400. LBK, 702-324-3392. krisztina’s exceptional Cleaning. Home & Office. Reasonable rates. Call 941-726-5516. Auto Transport

retired longboat Key police officer. time to cleAN? I can help! Hard-workDrive your car to the North and back. ing, thorough, dependable, honest gal available for cleaning including move-ins/outs, References. 941-778-5381. weekly, bi-weekly. Experienced. Reasonable rates. Excellent references. Pamela, Beauty Care 320-0023. Permanent Makeup, Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Lip Color. RN Nurse 15 Years mrs. maids. For a clean house call Experience. Call: (800)304-4859 us today Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.


Boat Charter

Computer Services

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.

Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless networking. PC or MAC web design. 383-3878, 587-5588.

Boat Sales, Service & Storage

Certified Computer Professional. Computer slow or acting weird? On-site support. Lido Key. Call Forrest, 388-3425.


flats boat. 2003 18/ft. Action-Craft, trailer, 125 HP Mercury less than 60 hours. Consignments Bimini, poling platform, pole, bottom painted and in water. Excellent condition. $19,000 consignment store. Florida’s largest firm. E-Mail: & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery or call 387-8448. available. House of Lords - Osprey. 32’ Century, 2001 CC Twin 250, Yamaha 4 Stroke 5/Year Warranty, Top Of the Line Furuno Electronics, Dry Docked, Brand New Upholstery, $99,000. (941)371-7551

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

LBK Moorings; 75’ Boat Slip For Rent. Wide Beam, Great Location, “D” Dock. $875./Month. (941)387-9525 (941)400-5959 Boat Condo Dry Slip. Unit #1203 Of The Boathouse On Longboat Will Accommodate Monohull Boats Up To 32’ LOA, 8.5’ Beam. Available Immediately. Beautiful Setting On South Longboat Key Includes Fuel. Dry Dock Restaurant, Ship’s Store. $450. Per Month, with 10% Discount For Annual Lease. (941)923-3774 lbk moorings: 48/ft. boat slip for rent, on dock P-07. $16/ft. monthly +utilities. Call 941-724-9486 or 941-400-7452.


Answers for this week’s crossword

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 31, 2006

Crushed Shell

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

Fishing Charters

Housekeeper Needed- Two Half Days Per Week Plus Availability Four Hours Friday Evenings & Occasional Help With Dinners. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Call: (941)383-3428, Mary.

save 35%-80% on Premium European botanically based anti-aging skin care for Landscaping men and women, before & after sun care, & Lawn Services mineral make-up, baby care, body care, vegan nutrition, weight loss/mgmt, natural hormone balance cream, aromatherapy and Gulf Shore LANDSCAPING: Lawn more. Michele Shields, RN, (941)932-1208 Care, Pressure Washing, Landscaping. or Ron 941-932-1209. Owner Operated by Island Resident. Licensed & Insures! Exceptional Value! Call: (941)726-7070 Health Services willis hypnosis Center. Betty Willis, Master Clinical Hypnotherapist. Smoking Massage Cessation, Pain & Stress Release, Weight Control & More. 941-524-0358. experience the Healing Benefits of

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everybody wins with RE/MAX Exceldeep sea fishing - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour lence. Call Andrew Vac at 383-9700 or trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. E-mail: to see how! USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced administrative assistant for busy Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate construction office. P/T-F/T. Computer controlled cabin, all new equipment & experience necessary. (941)761-7770. Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait & tackle provided starting at $400. For information and reservations, call Items For Sale Captain Brandon today. 761-1715. A Brand Name Queen Pillow-top Mattress SET, New With Warranty. Can Deliver. Furniture $175. (941)234-8019 Brand New, Visco Memory Foam, Queen lord’s warehouse nonprofit Set. $360. With Warranty Can Deliver. Must Open 9a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays only through Sell (941)234-8019 September. Furniture, clothing, decorator items, kitchenware, jewelry. Information: Health Products 383-3649.

Help Wanted

Massage Therapy. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular. Sarasota/Bradenton facilities or in home service. 941-753-7766 Lic. #MA34584.

Gail Sunray, Owner

I come to your home or office.

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Painting & Wallpapering

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


Alone? seniors Dating Bureau! SAFEST since 1977! (ages 45-90). 1-800-922-4477 (24/hrs.). Or log onto:

Over 25/yrs. experience

Telephone: 941-749-5646


for all your home improvement needs. 20 years. Lic. and insured. Call Bill, 773-3799. randy’s remodeling. Over All Drywall, Finishing Windows, Doors, Interior Carpentry, Installation & Texture 941-320-2506, LLC./Ins.


yorkie pup, AKC, male. First shots, health certificate. Born 6/1/06. $1000. 941-228-3970.

Pet Services

Bichon Frise, AKC, (3)F - (2)M, 9+/ -Weeks, Cert. & Shots. Adorable, TINY, Socialized, Trained Babies. One Pair Of Twin Runts (M-F). All Healthy Parents On Premise. All Proceeds Donated To Charity. $800/Ea. (941)358-2225

Remodeling & Home Improvements

expert tile installation floors, counters, backsplashes, walls, murals. lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber artisan tile (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins. custom renovations/restoration expert. All phases of carpentry, repairs & fine finishing. Very meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Insured. 30/yrs. experience. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294.

robert held’s handyman & more! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Tile Installation Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 704-7557, 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. 758-8044. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. A&D Interiors-Painting, Paper Lic/Ins. Hanging, Woodworking & Cabinetry, Ceramic Tile. (941)504-7701 or (941)526-7895

Commercial/Business Opp.

longboat income property: Canal-side duplex w/4 to 6 rentable bedrooms for income, or redevelop (adjacent property available). $759K. beachfront restaurant: Thriving business, building with additional income on local repair Service for all home main road of popular resort area. needs. Member of BBB. Lic/Ins. 17/yrs. ex$1,690,000** perience. Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. PLASTICS FACTORY: Established Fla. Fax: 941-363-9017. Carpentry, painting, company, state-of-art equipment & building tile, pressure washing, dock & deck repair. on 3 acres, highly profitable, good customer base.** drywall repairs, pet grooming. Profitable business in strategic location, loyal customer base. popcorn removal. $59,900** retexture and repaint. gifts/antiques/furniture etc. Big two pro companies working beautiful Sarasota shop sells new & together. pre-owned items. Low rent, profitable. clean, condo approved. $225K - owner financing available**. Coordinated and insured. breakfast/lunch: Turnkey restaurant in busy Bradenton plaza. $49,900.** References. cafe/smoothie bar in Bradenton gym. Profitable, easy operation. $50K** Call furniture store: Italian leather Ken Nesary Drywall chairs/sofas, Italian/Austrian crystal chan284-8558 deliers, other quality imports in highly visible Sarasota spot. $59,990** general renovations, LLC. Specialty construction - new & repairs. Sarasota Lic. 30/yrs. experience. Many references. 941-400-3960.

Remodeling & Home Improvements

Personal Services

Are You Looking For Someone Special To Do Your Shopping, Laundry, Local Errands & Prepare Meals? Excellent References. (941)922-4324

Excellent quality, prompt service. 941-383-5765 lbk resident lic.

BONDED & insured

Music Instruction

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

28 years experience.

Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns


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

BABIES “R” US The Baby Superstore

Classifieds 7D



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

Commercial Rentals & Sales

I’m Retiring ........ FOR SALE The Sea Stable----LBK, Susan Stribling’s--- LBK, ANI West--- Anna Maria. Three Profitable Women’s Clothing Stores On The Islands, Buy One Or All. Details To Serious Potential Buyers. Be Ready For The Fall Season, Cash Bonus For Early Purchase. Call Art Falls At (941)377-2699

8D Classifieds Condos & Homes For Sale

by owner. Downtown Bay Front, unobstructed views from this charming 2BR/2BA Bay Plaza beauty, 1688/sq.ft. of enviable condo living with 2 balconies, completely updated Dec. 2004. Owner says sell @ $795K. Call Dick Granger @ (941)915-0429 to discuss or arrange a showing.

longboat key drastically reduced! the village key west cottage 560 Broadway $730,000 contact judy heyer latitude 27 realty 941-387-9004 or 941-730-9009

Condos & Homes For Sale lakewood ranch County Club, FSBO. Below market value, maintenance free Mediterranean style pool home w/lake view, 3BR/2BA +den/office w/custom built-ins, 2/car garage w/golf cart garage, upgrades throughout, 2459/sq.ft. $599,000. Principals only. 941-448-4873 by owner. Longboat Key Mid-Key, 2BR/2BA, GULF FRONT GROUND FLOOR condo with lovely large screen porch right on the beach. Newly decorated and refurbished, looks brand new. Covered parking, many amenities. $895,000. Call owner (863)529-4564.

lbk condo: 2BR/2BA, on Gulf, Westchester community. Immaculate, turnkey. $827.5K. See ad on, listing #20691514 or call Laura at 404-459-0102 for details.

™™™™™™™™™™™™ casa del mar longboat key

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

Michael Saunders & Co.

2 bedroom 2 bath serious seller reduced $549,000



Beautiful tastefully furnished 2br condo w/Gulf views. upgraded, bright. priced to sell $619K or rent/$2500 1-888-500-7751 Call Cynthia Guerrero, Broker/Owner: and visit for virtual tour

longboat key condo on the beach Great Turnkey, 2BR/2BA. Beautiful Mid-Key Complex. Priced to sell with incentives. For details and photos visit:

kingston arms 2BR/2BA, Great location, walk to St. Armands and Lido Beach, turnkey. Great rental history $509,995 The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 941-387-9709


The South Shore Of Tampa Bay 40 Minutes North Of Sarasota 160’ of Deep Water Frontage & Concrete See Wall. Sailboat Water. 45’ Boat Slip, 20X20 Deck At Dock Direct Access to Tampa Bay 3,000SF Home 75’ Patio 3BR/3BA/2CG Fully Furnished Nothing of Comparison is Available Between Tampa & Naples!

Just Now Being Offered.

2 NEW Homes in Lakewood Ranch C.C. Totally Private Golf Course, Lake & Preserve Views! Two Of the Best & Most Unique Homesites In LWR.

First Time Offered

Each Home Has Been Custom Designed & Built With Impeccable Taste & Features. Clean Lines, Open Wide Panoramic Views & Quality Rarely Seen In Today’s New Homes. Imported Marble Floors, Soaring Ceilings,

You Name It, It is Here.

4000SF 2 Story 4 Private Suites, 4 Baths+2.5 Baths, 5 Covered Lanais, 4CG


Condominium Living In Lakewood Ranch At It’s Best!

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


Located On Lake Ueilene, Offers Private view Lakewood Ranch Has To Offer. 5 Minute Walk To Main Street Dining, Shopping, Entertainment. Features Approximately 2000SF Of Quality, Upscale Beautiful Upgrades. High Ceilings, 2 Large Bedrooms, Den, 2.5BA/2CG. Designer Furnishings Window Treatments. Completely Furnished.

Sale Price $700,000 Rental Considered $3,500



(941)780-8514 *Broker/Owner

Move In & Do Nothing!

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

MUST SEE! Reduced $850,000 Agent/Owner Brokers Protected spectacular sarasota Bay and Intracoastal views from LR, DR, kitchen, MBR, den and lanai. Unique LBK condo w/windows on 4 sides. 3BR/2BA plus den and laundry. New hardwood floors and renovated kitchen w/granite counters. 2/Car covered parking, heated pool, beach access, tennis court, boat dock, elevator, pet permitted, partially furnished. $725,000. 941-383-1084. Rarely Available Top Floor Condo In A Prestige Waterfront Longboat Tennis Oriented Community. Tastefully & Completely Upgraded. Elevator. Extra Storage. 8 “Har-Tru” Tennis Courts. Resident Pro. On Site. 2 Pools. Right On Beach. Great Rental Policy. $879,000. Cathy Daley, Homes & Dreams Realty (941)302-1004

Condos & Homes For Sale upscale island style home. Steps to LBK beach. New 2004. Wonderful details. Spacious 2BR, den +loft, HOA incl. lawn, pool, cable & security. Owner/Agent $1,150,000. 305-632-0449. St. Armands Towers, 2BR/2BA, 6th Floor, Beuatiful & Completely Furnished. $599,900. Co-op 4% (941)388-0007 Holmes Beach Waterfront Condo With Serene Water View To ICW. Tastefully Furnished 2BR/2BA. Heated Pool & Tennis in Complex. Elevator. Across The Street From Shops. Close To Beach, Restaurants. Free Trolley Stop Outside. Could Be Rented Seasonally. $434,000. Cathy Daley, Homes & Dreams Realty. (941)302-1004 An Immaculate, Tastefully Upgraded 2BR/2BA Stand Alone Lake Front Villa In A Unique Community. Steps To Beach. Pool, Fishing, Marina, Putting Green, Club House In Complex. REDUCED! To $449,900. Hard To Find This Value On Longboat At This Price. Cathy Daley, Homes & Dream Realty (941)302-1004 westchester Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, TKF, 2 pools, tennis, club house. $824,000 Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121



(941)737-8939 For Sale By Owner- Holmes Beach Triplex. Annual Income $34,200. Steps To The Gulf. Call (646)842-0096 For More Info. Asking $599,000

Condos & Homes For Sale

3700SF 4 BRS/3.5BA, 3 Covered Lanais, 3CG

7211 Westmoreland Drive


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

for sale: Country Club Shores canal fronts, Bowsprit: $1,150,000 & $1,395,000. Golf Links: $1,045,000. Bird Key garden home - $895,000. The Shore: $595,000. Sutton Place: $449,000. Sunridge: 3BR Townhouse, $225,000. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700 or Beautiful Views: Gulf/Pool, Promenade Condo. Gulf Views From Every Window. Updated & Nicely Furnished, 2BR/2BA, Second Floor Unit. Serious Inquires Only. Reduced $939,000. Information Call (404)307-4007 610 emerald harbor drive $2,395,000 Beautiful 4/BR, 3/Bath Custom home on deep water canal. Built in 2000, this home has 12’ ceilings, crown molding, open kitchen with Corian countertops, spacious master suite, large pool (40’x12’) with open lanai, new seawall, deeded beach access. Jan Jordan The Longboat Connection, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker 941-387-9709

mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradenton’s best kept secret 55+ community starting Low $200,000’s, bayfronts, Canalfronts, Lakefronts, Garden views. Boat Docks Donna Bucher RoseBay Real Estate 941-713-0203

Spanish Main Yacht Club: 2BR/2BA. REDUCED! Full view, open area to Marina, Clubhouse & Nature Preserve. Ground level in active 55+ community with deeded Gulf access. $320K. Denise Fleese, Realtor. 941-504-5211.

lbk duplex income property. Canal-side with 4 to 6 bedrooms & deeded lbk, seaplace Beachfront Condo: beach access. Live in it, rent it out for 1500/sq.ft., 3BR/2BA, recently renovated. All amenities, child income, or redevelop (adjacent property Turnkey perfect. also available): $759K. Mary Ann Namack friendly, covered parking. Asking $798,000. Contact Arlene, 924-2641 or E-mail: at Longview Realty. (941)383-6112.

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Condos & Homes For Sale motivated seller 888 blvd. of the arts for sale or for rent newly upgraded, new kitchen and all new appliances, granite countertops, wood floors. unobstructed view. Recently reduced $150,000. $699,000 Must see. Best waterfront value on the market today. 356-1053

Lots & Acreage For Sale

203+ - Acres- Manatee County. Logue Rd. CR 39, N. Of Hwy. 64 Between Bradenton & Wauchula. Land Realty, Inc. -Realtors 877-936-4121

Out-Of-State Property MOUNTAIN RETREAT

MUST SEE!! 49+ Acres

South Western Virginia 1200’ Riverfront With Private Bridge Stocked With Trout Near Mt. Rogers Grayson Highlands State Park Jefferson National Forest Crowded With Timber & Wildlife Ready For Building Your Dream Hide-away $15,000 Per Acre

Call Steve

(366) 957-1690

Come To the Mountains Murphy, N.C. View Lots Starting @$28,000+ Gated Communities Custom Built Log Homes Vacation Rentals FREE Brochure

Investors Realty 1-(800)497-3334

Rentals: Annual

lbk, seaplace: 1500/sq.ft., beautifully furnished 3BR/2BA condo on the beach, 5/min. from St. Armands. Clubhouse, tennis/pools, fitness center. Covered parking. No pets. Min. 4/mos.-1/yr. Call for details. Arlene, 941-924-2641 or e-mail: hidden lakes studio. Tuttle near Fruitville. New carpet, blinds. First, last & security. $695/mo. 780-9661.

bird key waterfront home: 4BR/5BA, Pool, Deep Water Dock. Spectacular View of City Skyline. Available September 22nd. $4750/mo. 941-355-9520, 1-800-852-1270 (Ext. 3002). lbk, waterfront: 1BR, dock. $795/mo. (includes some utilities) 941-387-0990 or 218-863-1991.

Rentals: Annual

Bradenton Beach: Like New, Bay & Gulf Views, 2BR/2BA Duplex, Private Pool, Fenced Yard. $1800/ Month Plus Security. (941)778-6441 condos/homes annual beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, bayside. St. Judes: 2BR/1BA, unfurnished, boat slip. Pet friendly. twin shores: 2BR/1BA, 55+, 2/mo. min. or annual. Bayview Dr.: unfurnished 3BR/2BA, pool & yard. Maintenance included. $1800/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127 lakewood ranch: 1BR/1BA condo. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile floor, view, plenty of storage. $900/mo. 941-448-4873.

sunrise area: Clark & I-75. Will rent with option to purchase. Newly remodeled, appliances, carpet & tile. 3BR/3BA/2CG. Nice quiet area on large corner cul-de-sac. $1800/mo. First & last. 941-809-5091.

downtown: 2br/2ba +den, renovated, overlooking Marina Jacks. Tennis, sauna, pool. $2100/mo. 941-724-2222.

Whitney beach: 1BR/1BA, Bayside condo. Beach, pools, tennis & cable. Newly furnished. No pets. Available August 1, 2006. $1200 monthly plus utilities or Seasonal, $2400/mo. Call 941-383-7734.

LBK, Waterfront Home, 2BR/2.5BA, with Pool. Country Club Shores. Furnished / Unfurnished. $1999./Month. Available September. 941-376-8006 lbk condo: 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, private beach, panoramic views, terraces, pool, tennis, parking, security. Unfurn. $2675/mo. Furn. $2400/mo. 941-993-7240.

Lakewood ranch. Spacious 1BR, cathedral ceilings, view of lake. $899/mo. 780-9661.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation longboat key. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. Lakewood Ranch, “Best Of Best”, Turnkey Exquisite Decor, No Expense Spare. 2yr/Old 2000SF. Condo. 2BR/2.5BA, Den, 2/CG, Gated Community on 65 Acre Lake, Health Club & C.C. Privileges Available. Heated Pools, Walk to Main Street, 20 Minutes To Beaches. All New, Nothing Never More Nicer Or More Comfortable. Minimum 4 Month Lease $3200. Per Month. (941)780-8514 lido 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Immaculate, Heated Pool, Steps To Beach Fall Specials* Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117

LBK, Beach Harbor Club, 1st Floor 2BR/2BA, Easy Gulf & Bay Access, Clubhouse, Pool. Newly Renovated, In Unit Laundry, No Pets/Smoking. Available Oct-May, 3 Months Minimum. Contact Susan (347)448-0430

Longboat Key: Adorable Furnished Cottage, Turnkey, 2BR/1/BA, Available September Until January 1st. Close To St. Armands. $1200/Month (941)373-9999

historic cottage in Longboat Key Village. Completely remodeled, for annual or monthly rental. Furnished 2BR/1BA, phone, cable, internet provided. Annual $1800/mo. or $2500 monthly. No smokers/pets. 360-0351 or 320-4640. stylish gulfside home steps to LBK beach. New 2004. 2BR, den +loft. Community pool. 3 month minimum. $7500/mo. No pets. Owner/ 305-632-0449.

Classifieds 9D

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Whitney beach. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view of Bishop Bayou. Beach, pools, tennis, cable TV and high-speed internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from docks. No pets. Available monthly. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner:

1br furnished condo on northern tip of Longboat. Private single level building. Backyard opens to the bay with dock, beach to the side. Call for rates. 941-374-0304.

lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available June 2007. August-Denorth longboat Key elevated house, cember, 2006 & 2007. Covered parking. 2BR/2BA, with large new heated pool. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884, Steps to beach. Newly refurbished interior 404-325-9578. with new oak flooring. Covered parking. Enjoy sea breezes and relaxed Florida lido beach. Luxury 1BR/1.5BA pentliving! For information , pictures and rates: house, Gulf front. (941)350-1852. or call LBK, Sanctuary, 7th floor. Gulf front. 941-256-0564. The Ultimate in luxury for the discerning renter. 3BR/3BA, exquisite all new furnish“ritz-carlton amenities” ings & decor throughout. Panoramic beach beach residences views all around and direct full front view of famous Florida sunsets. Covered parking. Newly remodeled and fully equipped, no ex3BR/+den, exquisitely furnished, pense spared. Reserved parking. Available sweeping views of gulf, January, February, March 2007. Non-smokpool & fitness center ers only. $10,000/mo. +local tax. 3/mo. min. Call 813-470-7076 or 813-245-2479 ask for 941-544-0686 Steve or email or View on line at: on the Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly May through Jan. $1600/mo. lido vacation rentals. One and two 351-5101. bedroom units available. Furnished lido beach, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large apartments across from beach and 1/block condo unit, upgraded, beautifully furnished, from St. Armands Circle. Available now. large terrace with Gulf view. All amenities: Call 266-4775. pool, party room, gyms. Seasonal rental lbk, sutton Place. Beautiful 3rd floor December thru April, $2500/mo. or Annual condo. Beautiful Water Views on bay, rental @ $1500/mo. 518-547-9788. 1BR/1.5BA, private beach club, 2/heated palm-Aire 1 & 2/br condos and villa with pools. Available thru December. $1350/mo. garages: smartly furnished, great views. (941) 545-6118. Utilities included. Neat and clean. No smokLido Beach: L’Eleganze, 2BR/2BA Over- ing. No pets. Maintained by owner. May through December, $900-$2100. January looking Bay/City. Granite Counters/Ceramic Floors, New Furnishings/Appliances. Walk Special, $2300. 941-351-1741. to St. Armands Circle. $5800/Month. gulf front condo for rent. Beautifully Prudential Palms Realty, Gina Penzotti. furnished 2BR/2BA, behind LBK gates. (941)809-2152 $4800/mo. 813-334-0813. Exquisitely Furnished, 4BR/4.5BA Penthouse Condo In Tangerine Bay lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., DelightOn LBK, Overlooks Sarasota Bay, Including ful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden Pool, Tennis, Exercise, 2/Car Garage setting. Across from beach, walking disPrivate Beach Club. No/Smoking, tance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to No/Pets. Annual Or Seasonal. Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including full kitchens and laundry room. Available longboat key condo: mid-key, direct weekly or monthly. 383-2566. Gulf/Beachfront, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA/2Kings, LBK; Sutton Place, 3BR/2.5BA, 2 King washer dryer. Excellence. Non-smokers. Size Beds, 2 Twin Beds. Completely RenoDec. thru Feb. remain: $5000/mo., vated & Furnished, (2) Pools, Walk To $9500/2mos. Owner: cell 859-468-3478. Beach, Cleaning Service. Internet Access. $3700./Month (845)279-7397

CASA DEL MAR condominium rentals WEEKLY RENTALS GULF front/gulf view Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our virtual tour at” Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE “Where People Return Year after Year” “intentionally better” ask about our rate specials!

beachfront condo - 3015 Gulf of lbk: direct bay view, 1st floor, Mexico Drive - weekly or monthly. Contact Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, fully furnished, Andrew king/queen, pool, beach. Very clean, no 941-383-9700 or pets/smokers. Short or long term lease. Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800 SF, Available October. 877-741-2813. Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. lbk: 3br/2ba house, north end, bay & country club Shores. Beach access Available February 2007, May-December, Gulf access, totally furnished. Available and boat dock. Unfurnished. $1800/mo. 2007. Non-smoker. Call Owner Sept. 1. $3500/mo. 212-604-0221. Monthly or annual. (941)383-7823. (610)647-5710

LBK Emerald Harbor, Old Compass Rd Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA 2/Car Garage, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Deeded Beach Access, Annual. $3,000/Month. Seasonal $6,000./Month (941)387-7017 inn on the beach Discounted rates from $131/night Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views. 941-387-9709 800-469-4852

canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: with dock, private beach access. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Available from June. See website for photos and rates. or call 941-360-0700. LBK; Direct Gulf Front Condo. Sunset Beach. Large 2BR/2BA, 1st Floor Walkout To Pool & Beach. Fully Furnished & Beautifully Decorated. Two Months Minimum. On-Site Security & Maintenance. No Smoking/No Pets. $4500/Month. Call: Frank (416)540-1313. Email: fdel13@

Longboat Key, Beach Harbor Club. Spacious 2BR/2BA, unobstructed bay view, easy Gulf beach access. Newly renovated, beautifully decorated, in-unit laundry. Boat slip available up to 30/ft. w/unit. Available Jan. 14-April 14, 2007. $3500/mo. Contact Greg, 859-331-8587, 859-750-6322. summer special: 1/2 price until Sept. 1. Country Club Shores, LBK home with boat dock/pool, 3BR. Beautifully updated. or 614-487-2460.

10D Classifieds

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

condos/homes seasonal

LBK: 2BR/2BA, Fully Furnished Condo, lbk - Covert II. Beautifully furnished, W/D, Gated Community w/First Rate Amenities. 3 direct Gulf front condo. Non-smokers. No month minimum. $4400/Month For 6 pets. 2BR/2BA. $5000/mo., $1250/week. Months or $5,000/Month For 3 Months in Please call 904-704-4379. Season. (734)973-0561. lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., lbk, direct Beachfront: 2BR/2BA, 36/ft. 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very lanai, recently updated, 3rd floor. 2/mo. min. private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal 262-782-2494.

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sea club III, weekly rental available. One and two bedrooms. Gulf front. sea oats, 1 & 2/BR condos directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly. gulf of mexico dr., 2BR/2BA, spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, beautiful, pool. Summer 2006. l.b. harbour, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, great view of Bay. sutton place, bayside, 2BR/2BA & 3BR/2.5BA. islands west: breathtaking Gulf view, beautiful accommodations. 3/mo. minimum. westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, beautiful Gulf view. 1 mo. min. windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks bay. 1 mo. min. longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, updated, Summer monthly, nice bay view, $2200/mo. bayview dr.: 2BR/2BA home, furnished, pool, bay view, W/D, $3000/mo. Summer and Fall. arbomar: 2BR/2BA, gorgeous Gulf view, 1/mo. min. Gulf Key condo: 2BR/2BA villa, small pet. 1/mo. min. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127

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

rates effective until Jan. 1st. Daily rates $45-$110 3/day min. Weekly rates: $275-$600. Monthly rates: $750-$1000. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. Please call 941-388-2590.

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Lido Key Beach Rentals. Weekends, weekly rentals. Luxurious, fully furWeekly, Monthly. 1/2 Block To Beach. Walk nished 1-4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site manageTo St. Armand. Summer Rates $150./per Weekend, $300./Per Week, $500/Per ment. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and Month. (941)726-5098 virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. beachplace/lbk: sunsets on sandy beach or balcony, 2BR w/amenities, pool/health club/tennis courts. June-Dec. Monthly $1800. Contact Eliza/NYC, 212-570-2950.

direct beachfront. Beachplace Building #1, 5th floor. THE ULTIMATE #1. Offering the utmost in luxury living for the truly discerning vacationer. Best views, best decor, best price - Fifth floor facing Gulf of LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 Mexico. Exquisite beachfront 2BR/2BA. bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Stunning sunsets and panoramic views. Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental Newly remodeled, luxuriously furnished. High-end fully equipped kitchen. Reserved condo. 388-1404. parking. Specials: Aug./Sept. and other seLongboat Harbour, 2007 January, lect months still available. Non-smokers February, March. 2BR/2BA, End Unit, 3rd only. To see digital pictures, go to Floor w/Elevator, Near Pool, Beautiful see VRBO property number Views Of Canal & Bay. (610)574-3673 46278. For availability, call 813-470-7079 or (610)429-1493. 813-245-2479.

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turtle crawl inn on Longboat key daily, weekly, monthly directly on the Gulf beach! Wagner Realty since 1939 866-754-3443

beachplace, lbk. Available most months ‘06 & ‘07. Turnkey, 2BR/2BA, all amenities, beach, pool, tennis, health club. Reasonable rates. Call Cheryl, 802-773-4011. bayport, lbk: 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished, spectacular full Gulf views. Tennis, exercise, pool. Available now through Nov. $1900/mo. & Dec. & Jan. 2007 $5000/mo. 770-671-0338 or

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