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BUSINESS: Longboat’s Re-opening Enchanted night Florist

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development plans by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Benedict estate: $18 million The price tag nearly sets a record. The property is one of remaining vacant parcels. Tampa developer Jason Woods purchased the Benedict estate, one of the last undeveloped parcels on Longboat Key, for $18 million. The sale, which closed July 12, is the second highest in recent history for a multi-family parcel of property on the Key, as calculated by the per-acre cost. Woods, president of Statewide Associates, plans to build up to 30 townhome condominiums the 5.8-acre property, the maximum allowed under town zoning. Ken Mourtons, project manager with Statewide Associates, said the preliminary plan is to build a

series of four-story buildings containing townhomes. Mourtons said the Tampa development firm had been trying to purchase the property — which was originally developed in 1932 by a German-born chemist — for several years. “We’ve been working on it for a long time,” Mourtons said. “We were finally able to acquire it.” The property is located just south of the Islander Club. There are two small homes and a 2,700 square-foot, circa-1935 home overlooking the seawall on the property. It is one of two parcels of

The 5.8 acre parcel offers an $18 million view. vacant Gulf-front land remaining on the island. The other vacant parcel is a 3.5-acre lot located at 5005 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Manatee County property records show that Elise Benedict

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Browne purchased the estate from the Benedict family Jan. 25 for $5 million.

See BENEDICT page 9A

BOTTOMS UP + Birthday wish Longboat Key resident Miles Leavitt promised himself a birthday party when he turned 60. Leavitt kept his promise July 29, when 90 friends accepted his invitation for a lobster or steak birthday dinner at Pattigeorge’s. Guests included his brother, Fred, from Portland, Maine, several college classmates, business associates and friends he has made since becoming a Key resident. The evening was informal, with a birthday toast from Fred, a gentle roast from Key friend and author Terry Griffin and warm wishes from all. Leavitt, who will be retiring later this year from the Atlanta-based Cobb Energy, lost a close 2006 Town Commission race against Bob Siekmann.

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Sarasota police remove a derelict vessel from Sarasota Bay near the Ringling Causeway Wednesday. The boat had been there for several weeks and the police department attempted to contact the owner before removing it, said Jay Franks, public information officer for the Sarasota Police Department.

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

Leaders focus on tourism options Amid the conversations, one planner envisions a tourism fix, without the Daytona Beach hotel strip. Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a series taking an in-depth look at Longboat Key’s visioning process. The series will focus on the major issues that emerged during public workshops as part of the community process. How does an island replace lost tourism units?

As the resort-to-condominium trend continues and buildable land becomes scarce, that is the question at the forefront of discussion about the future of Longboat Key. Arrington Marlowe, the DeLand-based planning firm hired to conduct the visioning process, released a report July 19 that list-

ed possible approaches to counter the loss of tourism units and boost the future of retail and commercial ventures on the island: “Solutions included incentives to tourism facilities, changes in density regulations to allow redevelopment to existing facilities, changes in town regulations to allow shorter-term rentals during off-season, transportation improvements such as water taxis and trolleys to attract tourists and, in general, creating a more tourist-friendly environment.” The report concluded: “In sum,

participants saw one of the key public policy choices facing the town as the future of tourism on Longboat Key.” But Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board member Walter Hackett doesn’t want people to conjure images of a hotel strip on the island. “We’re not talking about increasing density,” said Hackett. “We are talking about replacing the units that have been lost.



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UP CLOSE Worldly roots Bowman would never be mistaken for a Longboat Key resident — his accent gives him away. He was born in London but grew up in Rhodesia, Africa. He visits Africa, particularly South Africa, frequently to go on safari. He says he never shoots the animals, though, only watches them. Family Bowman’s wife, Carina, volunteers her time reading to pregnant women who have committed misdemeanors. She teaches them how to read to their children. The Bowmans’ two children are “American by passports, not by birth.” They were both born in South Africa, but Daniel now lives in Boston, and Heidi lives in New Jersey. House hunting Bowman has lived in several places all over the world, including Asia, Britain, Africa and the Middle East. He’s been in America since 1981 and started looking for a vacation home in the late ’80s. He looked all over Florida and said he suddenly came upon Sarasota. “I fell in love with it,” he said. He’s owned property here since 1989 and became a full-time resident on Longboat Key two years ago.

Paul Bowman When Paul Bowman stepped onto Bowman Ranch last Thursday, he was greeted several times by teenaged girls staying at the facility, which surprised him. “I had no idea they knew who I was,” he said. Sonja Schierling, director of residential services, told him, “Of course they know who you are.” Bowman is the namesake of the ranch, and his involve-

ment allows girls in the foster care facility run by the YMCA to have a better chance in life that he feels privileged to have had. He was first asked to be involved with the YMCA after a “Go for the Gold” fundraiser a few years ago, at which he met the president of the YMCA Foundation, Karin Gustafson. She called him a week later to ask if he was interested

in joining the board. He graciously declined. But that changed when she told him about their main cause. “When she said, ‘We look after young children,’ it immediately had my interest,” Bowman said. Three years later, Bowman became chairman of the foundation, a position he still holds today. “It gives me a lot of pleasure to be chairman of the foundation,” he said. “I love this facility, and I see that it does wonderful things.” The ranch currently has 20 girls living on its property, with staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are different activities at the ranch, including talent shows and horses on the

property that provide the girls’ therapy. “Taking care of horses gives kids a purpose to learn to take care of themselves,” Bowman said. The average length of time a resident will stay at the facility is one year to 18 months. The ranch is supported by several members of the community who donate, not only money, but their time, talents and services to help facilitate the caring for the girls staying at Bowman Ranch. “This is a very giving community,” Bowman said. “I’m so impressed with people who want to help. There is a surprising number of people prepared to do that.” — Jessica Luck

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lido key by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Residents oppose water-sports rental Enticer Watersports owner George Romano drops Jet Skis from his proposal for a rental operation at the Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club on Lido Key, but resident opposition remains unified. There are few things that can unify residents as swiftly as the two words “Jet Skis.” During the days leading up to a community meeting July 27, Lido Key residents canvassed neighborhoods and posted notices calling on residents to band together and oppose a water-sports rental operation planned for the Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club on Lido Key.

The meeting was one of the first steps required as part of the application process for a conditional-use permit that would allow George Romano, owner and operator of Sarasota-based Enticer Watersports, to run a branch operation on Lido. At the meeting held at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, the Lido Key Residents Association sent a clear message.

Of those present, residents cast a nearly unanimous vote opposing the establishment of a watersports rental operation at the Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club. Only two residents raised their hands in support of the operation. From the onset of the meeting, a crowd of more than 100 residents bombarded Romano with questions and comments. Romano attempted to calm the crowd by telling them that he would not launch Jet Skis from the Lido location. He revealed a plan to rent kayaks, small sailboats, paddleboats and aqua cycles, which are tricycles that float on water. He

also wants to rent surfboards and wind-surfing equipment, which he cannot rent from his main rental location adjacent to O’Leary’s Bar & Grill at City Marina along the calm waters of Sarasota Bay. Tourists and resort members would not be able to rent and operate Jet Skis at this location, Romano repeated to the crowd. But residents remained unified in their opposition. Resident after resident spoke out against the operation. They listed the following concerns: increased traffic, hazardous

See JET SKIS page 5A

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+ T-head opposition

Seventy-one percent of Villa Di Lancia unit owners recently signed a petition calling for the Town Commission to seek an alternative to the proposed solid rock T-head groin project. Villa Di Lancia resident Nick Striglos sent a copy of the petition to the Town Commission last week. In total, 27 of 38 unit owners at Villa Di Lancia signed the petition. In previous correspondence to commissioners, several Villa Di Lancia residents spoke out against the possible adverse impacts of the project on nearby beaches and the aesthetic design of the T-head groins. Striglos said Monday: “We don’t pretend to be engineers. We don’t know what the answer is. But the majority of owners at Villa Di Lancia are concerned that the wrong solution is being considered. We want the commission to consider different alternatives.”

+ Red tide reappears

Water samples collected last week off Manasota Beach in southern Sarasota County contained Karenia brevis, the organism that causes red-tide blooms. Concentrations of the toxic algae ranged from low to medium at several testing locations near Manasota. Multiple reports of fish kills and respiratory irritation from southern Sarasota County south to Collier County have been reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Water samples collected in New Pass and Sarasota Bay showed no presence of Karenia brevis.

+ Plea for state funding

Stephanie Finnan

Lido Key residents Blayne Thompson, Jim and Pat Ludwig and June Moore listen to George Romano’s point of view. Earlier in the meeting residents bombarded the watersport business owner with questions and comments.

POLICE TECH by Roger Drouin | City Editor

System will make officers’ job quicker, easier

The police department purchases 10 new laptops to be installed in police vehicles. It takes a Longboat Key police officer five to seven minutes to write a traffic ticket. A plan to install 10 new laptops in police vehicles could cut that time in half. Officers will be able to use the computers to enter a driver’s information, check background and vehicle information and print out a ticket. Deputy Chief Martin Sharkey said the new system will make the officers’ job easier and quicker, allowing them to do spend more time patrolling and responding to calls than filing paperwork. “Officers can do their jobs in less time,” he said. Sharkey and Capt. Judd Jensen have spent several years testing different computer sys-

tems and working to get the newest technology into patrol cars. A test laptop has been installed in one patrol car, and last week Sharkey ordered nine more computers to install in each of the department’s police vehicles. Sharkey estimates that the entire system will be functional within two months. The idea for the project was conceived more than four years ago, during former Police Chief John Kintz’s tenure. “It’s been a long time in the making — years and years,” Sharkey said. “It was put on hold because technology at the time had not been proven. We wanted to make sure the system was tried and true.” While Sharkey and Jensen

were tinkering with different laptop brands and cellular carriers (the computers send data via cellular signals), other police departments were purchasing systems that didn’t have all the bugs worked out. “Other departments have spent hundreds of thousands on systems that are junk,” Sharkey said. “They just didn’t work. “We could have jumped on this two years ago, and the system could have failed, and we would have wasted taxpayer money,” Sharkey said. The Town Commission approved $170,000 to be used for the computers. Once the new computers are installed, it will take some time for officers to get comfortable using the system. The computers will allow officers to access state and national databases to check driver records, criminal backgrounds and car-registration information.

The computer can also be used to fill out electronically filed reports and print out traffic tickets. The portable computer can be used at the scene of a crash or crime to make notes and draw a map of the area. Sharkey said the Explorer computer that the department chose is a well-tested system that has been installed in thousands of patrol cars and tested in harsh conditions. A future upgrade would allow officers to use the computers to wirelessly file reports back to the dispatch center. Sharkey said that as soon as the current system is up and running, he expects to see an increase in traffic-related citations. Sharkey said: “Some people say we spend all day running tags. We are out there, and we’re very visible. This is going to increase.”

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) directed its chair to send 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 mil-

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— number of new laptops purchased by the Longboat Key Police Department.

345 — number of sailors

who participated in the 2006 national finals regatta of the U.S. Optimist Dingy Association, hosted by the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program.

103 — number of Lido Key

residents who voted to oppose a proposed watersports rental operation at the Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club. The overall vote, recorded by a show of hands, was 103 to 2.

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You. Your Neighbors. Your Neighborhood. The Longboat Observer was founded in July 1978 by Ralph and Claire Hunter and daughter Janet in a one-room office with two typewriters. Since then, and through today, The Longboat Observer has served as the leading source of community and neighborhood news and information for Longboat Key, St. Armands Key, Lido Key, Lido Shores and Bird Key. In March 1995, the Hunters sold The Longboat Observer to the families of David and Ruth Beliles and Matt and Lisa Walsh. And they have kept up and built on the tradition of providing the most comprehensive coverage of news, people and events on Longboat and surrounding keys. Throughout the year, The Longboat Observer averages 18,000 net circulation, the highest penetration on Longboat Key of any print medium in the market. History of the Longboat: Since The Lonboat Observer’s founding, the newspaper has used a rendering of a “longboat” as one of its identifying symbols. According to historical accounts, when Juan Anasco, scout for Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto, anchored off the coast of Longboat Key in 1538, Anasco and his crew used “longboats” to get through the pass from the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota Bay.

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Dexter, a purebred English mastiff, has been a huge part of the Landau family for the past eight years. He recently died, just short of his ninth birthday. Leonard and Susan Landau adopted Dexter as a 3-month-old puppy; he weighed just 35 pounds then. The “gentle giant” eventually grew to his full adult size, weighing 174 pounds. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body, and his lovable personality made him an integral part of his communities in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Longboat Key. The Landaus have lived here since December 2002. He will be missed by all who loved him.

After a July 27 turtle hatching of 94 hatchlings on the north end of Longboat Key, 15 turtles were not able to get out of the nest. With permission from Mario Mota, senior biologist with Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle conservation and research program, volunteers with the Longboat Key Turtle Watch Program released the remaining hatchlings from the nest at sunset July 28. The hatchlings were carefully carried to the water’s edge, and each one successfully crawled straight to the Gulf of Mexico and began swimming.

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confrontations between kayakers and swimmers, irresponsible renters, equipment left on the beach during turtle season, loud beachgoers using private condominium pools and blocked views of the Gulf of Mexico. John Kirker, a board member of the Lido Key Residents Association, said that allowing Romano to set up the operation would clear the way for him to rent Jet Skis in the future. He urged the association to send e-mails to city commissioners to show their opposition. The room full of residents loudly applauded his comments. Another resident suggested that Romano set up his operation at the public beach, and not near private condominiums. The audience again applauded. Sandy Bower, president of the association, said after the meeting that residents were concerned that the operation would impact the natural

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beauty of the beach and impact wildlife. “This is a fragile barrier island and we need to protect it for generations to come,” she said. Longtime Lido resident Nancy Laudando was one of only two residents who supported Romano’s plan. “I’m sick of not having anything for young people to do,” she said. “This area was originally designed as a vacation paradise and we keep passing rules and regulations that take a lot of the fun away.” City Commissioner Mary Anne Servian said that the City Commission could stipulate that no motorized vessels were to be rented. She also said that if there were complaints about the business, the city could revoke the permit. “Conditional use means they can only use it if the City Commission agrees to it, and the permit can be revoked at any time if in violation,” she told residents. “This is not a foot-in-the-door thing. We

can stipulate during the legislative process that they do not rent out motorized vessels.” But residents remained convinced that the decision would clear the way for Jet Skis. The day after the meeting, Romano said he thought residents would be more open to having a rental operation there that did not include the rental of motorized watercraft. Romano said he has to talk things over with the Ritz-Carlton general manager before he decides what to do next. From his standpoint, Thursday’s meeting revealed the clash between retired residents and the area’s tourism interests. Romano said: “They don’t want change. But they don’t represent everyone. We’ll have to look at some statistics, such as how many people vacation here. “Everyone should be able to enjoy the water, the sand, the beach,” he added. “Not just them because they live there.”


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+ For the birds The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce is putting on a benefit for Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary called “Hot August Night” Aug. 22. The fundraiser will include a silent auction with prizes such as a four-night stay in Costa Rica including airfare, two nights at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, sculptures and gift baskets. Sangria is providing the food. The food and entertainment for the evening have all been donated to the cause. “We are delighted to have the Longboat Key Chamber dedicate themselves to us,”

said Jeffrey Dering, executive director of Pelican Man’s. “It’s great to have community awareness in the Longboat Key area.” Depending on the success of the evening, the chamber might host several other benefits for sanctuary, but needs community support behind it. “What we need is for residents to come and to attend,” said Gail Loefgren, president of the LLSA chamber. “We are raising much-needed funds.” Proceeds from this event will be split between Pelican Man’s and the chamber. The cost to attend is $25 per person. Whole Foods Market in Sarasota currently donates its leftover fruit to the sanctuary so it can give a tasty treat to their birds. For the fundraiser, Whole Foods is doing the same for people — but most assuredly the fruit will he fresh. “This should be a fun little event — hot — but fun,” Loefgren said. For more information about the fundraiser or for reservations, call 383-2466.


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Repeal Save Our Homes

Sometime in the next two weeks, a Gov. Bush-appointed committee will begin meeting to figure out what, if anything, should be done to change Florida’s infamously discriminatory Save Our Homes amendment — the amendment that is driving property taxes beyond tolerance for nearly 70% of Longboat Key’s property owners. The conclusion and recommendations should be clear: It should be repealed. In its place Floridians should adopt what Colorado did with much success: a cap on the increase in annual government spending at the state and local levels. All spending. This, of course, is wishful thinking. But it would be a fairer alternative for all property owners — year-round, part-time and commercial owners alike — than what exists. And it would accomplish what Lee County Property Appraiser Ken Wilkinson wanted when he devised and led the campaign for Save Our Homes in 1991 and 1992. (The amendment was adopted in 1992 and went into effect in 1994.)

+ How it came about

At the time, Wilkinson’s intent was noble and path-breaking, especially for an elected government official. As Lee’s appraiser, he saw in the late 1980s that many fixed-income widows and retirees were being forced to sell their longtime homes because they couldn’t afford to pay their constantly increasing property taxes. They were being victimized by two factors seemingly out of their control: • The attractiveness of Florida, booming population growth and new development increased the value of nearly all Florida real estate at rates that were greater than the growth in retirees’ Social Security and interest income. • Though driven by growth, the public’s demand for more government services and counties’ previous policies of ignoring growth, local government spending also was rising faster than population growth and inflation combined. Wilkinson devised what appeared to be an ingenious plan that would solve both of those growing problems: Save Our Homes. The amendment would save Florida’s fixed-income, homesteaded widows from losing their homes by limiting their property tax increases to no more than 3% per year or the rate of inflation, whichever was less. Likewise, Wilkinson figured, if property-tax increases were capped on homesteaded residential properties, this would force local governments to restrain their spending. It makes sense: Limit the amount of money flowing to government, and you’ll limit how much it spends. Florida voters approved the constitutional amendment 53% to 47%.

+ What went wrong

But as with all laws that bestow favors, unintended consequences followed. Indeed, the Save Our Homes amendment mirrors one of Milton Friedman’s irrefutable laws of government — that what you give to one you must take away from another. In hindsight, everyone should have realized Save Our Homes was really just a tax shift that dumped on a voiceless minority. It shifted a greater tax burden for local government spending onto businesses and non-homesteaded property owners — neither of which receives the benefit of the property-tax 3% cap. If assessed values rise, say, 15% in a year in a Longboat Key condominium building because of some high-priced sales, every non-permanent owner in that building is likely to see his taxes rise at the same rate. Indeed, many Longboat Key seasonal residents have absorbed double-digit tax increases from Manatee

and Sarasota counties in three of the past four years. Another unintended consequence: Neither Wilkinson nor anyone else foresaw the effects of the Federal Reserve Bank’s monetary policies and the lackluster stock market on real estate values and property taxes. With the Fed expanding the money supply to make credit easy and its holding down of interest rates at historically low levels, borrowers suddenly could afford big mortgage payments. They rushed to buy, and prices rose. As we all know now, this forced property appraisers to adjust their tax assessments upward just as fast. And that, in turn, generated over the past three years windfall profits for county and city governments.

+ The negative domino effects

The ill-effects of this are spreading like a cancer: 1. Most notably, Florida has an unfair two-tiered tax system that is getting worse by the year. How does it make sense that two property owners with identical square footage in the same condo building pay property taxes that differ by 100%? 2. Instead of what Wilkinson hoped, Save Our Homes was for government spending what lighter fluid is on a charcoal grill. The town of Longboat Key’s actual and budgeted operating expenses, for instance, rose 20% in two years, while population growth and inflation combined rose less than 10%. Longboat Key’s growth in spending is among the norm. 3. Florida’s business climate, although considered robust because of population growth, is becoming increasingly less competitive vis-à-vis other states and tourist destinations. Businesses don’t get the benefit of Save Our Homes on their

property taxes, so as property values have risen, Florida businesses are either forced to absorb the higher cost or raise prices — both instances making them less competitive. This negative effect on businesses also has fueled the demise of Florida’s independently owned beachfront resorts. Unable to absorb the rising property taxes, small resort owners have sold to condo developers. This certainly has hurt Longboat Key’s tourism, restaurant and retail industries. 4. Rising tax rates on non-homesteaded properties and businesses also have contributed to the shortage of affordable housing. Indeed, carry out the trend: The rising tax burden on businesses will discourage new businesses from moving here from elsewhere if competing with out-of-state businesses is crucial to their operations. Those businesses that do operate here, however, will pass along their increased costs to consumers, adding to rising prices for all goods and services and making Florida become more and more like another California — too expensive to buy a home.

+ Sum of the parts

There’s no question that Save Our Homes has been good to the 50% of Florida’s homeowners who benefit from it. Homesteaded, fixed-income widows and retirees indeed have benefited, as have millions of other homesteaded property owners. But they have done so at the expense of the voiceless other half, which is carrying 65% of the propertytax burden. Unless this amendment is repealed, its deleterious cancer cells will continue to spread. All Floridians will be adversely affected — if not in their property tax bills, in the rising costs of goods and services and the never-ending growth of government spending.

HOW TO CREATE A FAIRER FIELD • Repeal the Save Our Homes amendment. This would take a sales job of capital proportions from the state’s elected leaders — a good campaign for outgoing Gov. Jeb Bush, whose political stock is golden. • Require local governments to start their budgeting at the “rollback rate.” This means that at the beginning of each budget cycle, local governments would be required to propose budgets that show spending at the same dollar level as that of the current fiscal year and at a tax rate that would be adjusted downward to provide the same dollar amount of property tax revenues as in the current fiscal year. Governments never do this now. They simply increase spending based on an increase in assessed values. If more money is needed, governments should make a convincing case — not just take the windfall from higher assessed values as they do now. • Adopt a cap on state and local government spending increases equal to inflation and the population growth rate. Statists, political scientists and the elected government classes will reject this as bad policy, saying governments need flexibility in times of emergency and that we elect our representatives to make tough decisions about spending. But for all of our adult lives we have seen the restraint of our elected leaders, and it is pathetic. Motivated to be re-elected, they cannot stop themselves from forever increasing the size of government. This is why property taxes keep rising. What’s more, it is also a well known fact that no amount of government spending will ever create

more wealth. • Let the market continue to determine property values, and let property appraisers determine their assessed values on the basis of market values, as they do now. • As for the disparity in tax assessments, in which side-by-side, identical properties have far different assessed values, let these differences be evened out over time with property sales. Take the condo building on Longboat Key with identically sized units, but far different assessed values — $1 million vs. $2 million. If, say, sales in that building cause values to rise 10%, then all units would see a 10% rise in their assessments. When and if the $1 million unit is sold, then its assessment would be brought up to the level of other units when the new buyer takes possession. • Finally, eliminate the $25,000 homestead exemption altogether. This is an anachronism. The Legislature adopted it before there was air-conditioning — an enticement to move to this mosquito-infested state. Obviously, it’s no longer needed. Everyone should be treated the same. But instead of making everyone pay higher property taxes to account for the elimination of the homestead exemption, simply enact a one-time $25,000 reduction in assessed values for every property in the state. Ken Wilkinson had it half right with Save Our Homes. But he also had it half wrong. Capping government spending would get it 100% right — for everyone, not just for the widows and poor retirees.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 3, 2006

Opinion 7A

MARKET WATCH by George Rauch

Conservative investing remains the right choice In October 2005, Market Watch published the first article pertaining to Dr. and Mrs. Millhalf, who had just moved here full-time, with $500,000 to invest. Their goal is to leave $1 million to their grandchildren. Every few months, Market Watch sits down with Dr. and Mrs. Millhalf to try to answer their questions. Initial investments were made Oct. 28, 2005. Pfizer was added in early July. Dr. Millhalf: Not to be picky, but this 14% annualized return appears to be behind the 15% we are looking for. Is 15%, maybe, too of a GEORGE much stretch? RAUCH Market Watch: Fifteen percent remains obtainable. Our goal remains to buy A-rated, well-managed, undervalued stocks that pay a dividend exceeding 4%, and that sell at a price-earnings ratio of less than the Dow Jones historical average of 14.4 times earnings. This portfolio is building nicely. We just added a $50,000 investment in Pfizer, the largest producer and distributor of drugs in the world. Mrs. Millhalf: I see Pfizer is valued at $53,987, not $50,000. Didn’t we just add this a few weeks ago? Market Watch: Yes, we did. Pfizer has gotten so cheap, and is such a well-managed company, that it met your criteria for purchasing additional stocks to add to your portfolio. Mrs. Millhalf: The gain of $3,900 in only a few weeks must mean this stock is going to the moon. Market Watch: Not really. Pfizer may yet get to a price below your purchase price, however, Pfizer, like other stocks in your portfolio, was purchased at the right price. Over the long run, Pfizer should do well. Dr. Millhalf: This portfolio, however, is still lagging our market return goal of 15%, isn’t it? Market Watch: If you look at

the short-term, tax-free bonds, and the yield thereon, you are saving income taxes in your tax bracket of 30%. Because of the tax-free status of part of this portfolio, you and Mrs. Millhalf are enjoying an annualized return in excess of 15%. Mrs. Millhalf: This is a much greater return than we are getting on our other investments. Should we liquefy our other investments and do this? Market Watch: It is important to become comfortable with the system first. This system is very simple: We buy only A-rated, well-managed, dominant companies in their industries. They must have high cash-dividend yields, and they must be selling at historically low price-earnings ratios. This system is not for everybody because it is extremely conservative. Investors want their portfolios to fly to the moon. But the dirty little secret that Wall Street doesn’t want you to know is that most people don’t make money in the stock market Dr. Millhalf: Don’t these large brokerage houses have a lock on research and knowing which stocks are going to move? Market Watch: Not at all. Wall Street firms are marketing companies. They have sold the public on the concept that they are the true market experts, and that their judgment is better than yours. With the Internet, all sorts of information are available on every company. Investors who do the best in the market tell their stockbrokers to buy stocks, like you and Mrs. Millhalf are picking, to build their portfolios. Most stockbrokers are pushing stocks their research departments suggest they sell. There are huge conflicts of interest in these recommendations because most of the recommendations are commission driven. Mrs. Millhalf: Shouldn’t this be illegal? We don’t know anybody that has done really well in the stock market. Market Watch: It never works

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Amount 1,1,60 shares 1,050 shares 1,300 2,150

Current price $51.00 $62.00 $49.53 $25.11

Value $59,160 $65,100 $64,389 $53,987

Short term tax free bonds Total portfolio value: very well to try to regulate financial markets. It’s better to educate yourself, and make your own decisions based upon a common sense, conservative system. For every investor that takes a flier and makes $1 million, there are thousands who lose money. It is of note, however, that Wall Street’s record bonus last year of $21.5 billion roughly equaled the total increase in the value of the stock market in 2005. The profits went to Wall Street. If you check around with your friends, you’ll find that most people either lost a little bit of money last year, or made nothing. A lot of trading occurred, and a lot of commissions were earned in a record Wall Street year. Dr. Millhalf: If all that activity were illegal, wouldn’t the public at large enjoy the gains instead of Wall Street? Market Watch: Theoretically, yes. But it is not going to happen. Just try to remember that for investors as a whole, their returns decrease as activity in their accounts increase. For the average investor, buying and selling his securities benefits Wall Street. It does not serve the best interests of the investor. Mrs. Millhalf: With all the uncertainties and economic dislocations pointed out by Market Watch, might we be better off to be completely in cash and bonds? Market Watch: That would be the most conservative place to be, without a doubt. But this is a good time to start building a portfolio. As the well-managed, dominant companies become priced more reasonably by the market, it pays to purchase them and add them to your portfolio. While the market is still overpriced, it is much cheaper than it was six years ago, when there were no attractively priced stocks available. As previously pointed out,

Research needs conclusions Dear Editor: I watched “Global Warming” with Tom Brokaw last evening, and I was completely let down. Also, Al Gore’s research leaves much to be concerned about. Why doesn’t anyone who conducts all this research tell us when Miami, New York, and Longboat Key are going to be under 6 feet of salt water? I was born 74 years ago in Miami, and, to this day, Miami, Coral Gables and Biscayne Key are still at the exact level with the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. Do we have another 74 years before they go under water?

$306, 335 $549,971*


At initial purchase Most current

10,400 11,104*

(*)DJIA increase = 6.8% & Millhalf Portfolio Increase = 10% ($549,951 ÷500,000 = a 10% increase in value). The 10% increase in value is 8.5 months from the initial investment. Annualized, the return would be 14%.

groups like banks, drug stocks, and tobacco stocks are currently depressed to the point where they are selling at their all-time relative lows. There is little risk in the bestmanaged companies purchased at the right price. If we stick by our goal of purchasing stocks that pay at least a 4% dividend or better, the growth, for your grandchildren, could be excellent.

Conclusion Buyers in this market should remain cautious. Big money makes the major trends. Big money is still primarily in cash and shortterm debt securities. And big money is accumulating stocks like the Millhalfs own. Accumulation (demand) is why these stocks are going up in price. There continues to be difficult economic factors influencing the market. Retail sales are down. The housing market has slowed down significantly. Consumer discretionary spending, which represents 70% of our GDP, is decreasing, and the $750 billion borrowed against their homes in 2005 by consumers is not being borrowed at the same pace in 2006 as it was last year. The price of oil and gas remains high. Inflation continues its uptrend. (Since the Federal Reserve System was founded in 1913, our money has lost 98% of its value.) We have $50 trillion of debt in this country and only a $13 trillion GDP. The Dow is still selling at 19.8 times earnings, 38% above the Dow’s historical average price-earnings

Also, these same experts say Katrina was the worst hurricane to hit the United States. Any hurricane, of any force, would have been the worst if it hit New Orleans. After all, New Orleans was built below sea level. My parents moved to Miami in 1926. The hurricane that year was one of the worst to hit the U.S. — if not the worst. It blew large ships onto the main streets in downtown Miami. As a matter of fact, one large ship was made into an aquarium and remained there for some 20 years. Emmet Weber Longboat Key

ratio. The Dow cash dividend yield is 2.4%, about half of its historical cash yield of 4.3%. Our trade deficit continues to set records. The U.S. government budget deficits remain at high levels adding to our future interest-payment obligations. Foreigners continue to increase their ownership of U.S. assets while we Americans continue to reduce our percentage of the world’s assets. This means that we will pay out more of our income to foreigners in the future than will be received in income from them. The key to Dow theory is understanding values. There is tremendous wealth in the United States, and much more wealth will be created over the next 50 to 100 years. In spite of our economic dislocations, it’s important to look favorably upon the fact that we are the tail that wags the economic dog of the world. In one year, we still produce 30% of the world’s goods and services — an astounding figure for only 4.5% of the world’s population. Selective purchases of stocks, purchased when each stock is a value, is most likely to produce nice capital gains with a minimum of risk. Caveat Emptor. Editor’s note: To access the Millhalf history, log on to www. George Rauch, Longboat Key, is chief executive officer of Bradenton-based General Propeller and a former Wall Street investment banker.

Remembering Dr. Albee Dear Editor: George W. Albee died peacefully on July 8 after a brief illness. My heartfelt thank you to all of you for your well wishes, cards, letters, flowers, condolences and comfort food. A memorial service will be held in the Waterman Building at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 in the Memorial Lounge, University of Vermont. Margaret Tong and members of the Albee family

8A News

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 3, 2006

VISIONING continued from page 1A Possible changes Sandy Gilbert, chairman of the planning and zoning board, said the board could consider two possible changes to boost struggling businesses on the Key. Before policy changes are implemented, the board will wait to see the results of a town-wide survey and hold several public meetings and possibly an educational outreach program. One option involves changing the way the town restricts the development and redevelopment of hotels and resorts. Current zoning limits new construction on tourism sites to six units per acre. When this legislation was passed in 1984, the law required approval by referendum of a majority of voters before the density quota was amended. Under current zoning regulations, new

construction in a tourism zone is limited to either three or six units per acre. If a developer wanted to build a mid-size hotel, such as the Hilton, it would have to lobby for a density change, which has to be approved by voters. Gilbert said one possibility is to delete the word “density� from the zoning code and regulate hotels and resorts by the buildings’ physical characteristics. “I’m not saying we are going to recommend that,� Gilbert said. “But we are certainly thinking about that. And we want to know what people are thinking about that.� The main question: What kind of zoning changes would voters be willing to accept? “What are we going to do to ensure that people can live out there and it’s not like Casey Key, where residents don’t have shops to go to?� Gilbert asked. “Residents

are aware of the problem.� Andrew Hlywa, owner of The Market grocery store in Whitney Beach Plaza, said that he thinks tourism will continue to dwindle if the current six-unit-per-acre zoning remains. He said he thinks tourism property to the west of Gulf of Mexico Drive will eventually convert to condominiums because the land is worth much more as residential. But he recommends a higher density for tourism property east of Gulf of Mexico Drive, where a small-resort developer can still buy land at a cost that makes running the resort possible. “If all you have is T3 and T6 (zoning), all you will ever have is condominiums,� Hackett said. “People need to know what the impact will be if it stays at 3 and 6.� Another possibility is the formation of an overlay area or tourism district to promote the development of resorts or hotels. “I’m not talking about Daytona Beach,� Hackett said. “With a 25,000 density cap, we will never be a Daytona Beach or Fort Lauderdale.�

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No one is disputing the fact that hotels and resorts have a major economic impact on the island’s commercial and real-estate market. But there are differing viewpoints about whether the town should change zoning policies and other regulations to promote an increase in tourism to make up for recent resort-to-condo conversions. “We don’t want to be like Daytona Beach,�

said John Sommers, a Longboat Key resident. “That’s not what people want.� Sommers thinks that most residents moved here to enjoy retired life in a tranquil setting — something that an increase in nightly rentals could change. On the other side of the issue, people like Don Schroder, chairman of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and broker/associate of Re/Max Gulfstream, says that without preserving tourism, many businesses on the island would be forced to close. Schroder points out that for every $1 tourists spent nightly on hotel rooms, they spend $3, on average, in the community, in restaurants and shops. “The whole key to the future of tourism is the preservation of beds,� Schroder said. Under current conditions, the island will see more condo conversions and an absence of new hotels, said Andrew Vac, owner/broker of Re/Max Excellence. Vac said the solution to the problem of the loss of nightly rentals has to be a combination approach. He cited zoning codes, rental restrictions and sign codes as three key components that the town must look into because all three work together. “We need tourism,� Vac said. Next week The Longboat Observer reviews what some other towns have done to promote tourism in a resort-to-condominium market.

By some measures, the market for higher-priced properties is healthier than for the rest of the read our August article online! residential market. After a Fall lull, luxury homes should do well. “The Luxury Advantage�

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The latest transaction works out to nearly $3.5 million per acre, one of the highest cost-per-acre sale prices for a parcel used for a condominium development. In 2004, the record was set when the former Holiday Beach resort sold for about $3.9 million an acre. In its place, Duluth, Ga.- based Crossgate Partners LLC plans to build the Bleu Claire luxury condominium development. When the Longboat Development Co. purchased the 1.16-acre Poseidon restaurant site on Gulf of Mexico Drive in 2003, it paid about $2 million an acre. The old Holiday Inn property sold for about $2.1 million an acre in 2003 also. The 29-unit Positano on the Gulf luxury development is currently being built on that site. In September 2000, developers of en Provence paid Charles R. Savidge $10 million for a 5.8-acre parcel of land, or $1.7 million per acre.

The Benedict estate has roots that go back to 1932. Dr. Herman Kohl, a German-born organic chemist who lived in New York and vacationed with his family on the Key, originally purchased the estate that year. When Kohl and his wife died in the early 1990s, Elena Kohl Benedict, their daughter, inherited the estate. Then in 1993, the Benedict estate sold off six acres of the originial estate to Villa di Lancia’s 38-unit condominium development. Nick Striglos, an owner at Villa di Lancia since it was built in 1995, said he wasn’t surprised to hear that the remaining part of the estate was about to be developed. Asked about the proposed 30-unit development, Striglos said, “My quick reaction is we would have no objection to that because we knew it was going to be developed.�





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SIX BUILDABLE LOTS ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND. Overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. $3,900,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #294155 ANNA MARIA ISLAND. This lot can be purchased subject to the current owner completing rezoning for residential use. Overlooking Tampa Bay. $775,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #313028 SUN PLAZA WEST. Very unique end unit on the 1st floor in a wonderful, completely renovated Gulf-front building. Great condition, furnished. Fantastic investment you can rent 2x per month. $699,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #292298s Longboat, Lido & Bird Keys LONGBOAT,


WEST INDIES VICTORIAN ON THE GULF. Adorned with intricate detail & a distinctive, unique design, this magnificent, walled & gated Gulf-front estate on coveted Westway drive features 4BRs, private white sand beach, pool/spa & docking pier. $9,490,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #296119 GULF-FRONT LOT. One of the largest direct Gulf-front buildable lots available in Sarasota County. Located on the southern half of Longboat Key, this estate property comprises 1.4 acres with 425’ of Gulf front. $6,450,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #302610 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. The legendary Ritz-Carlton provides every imaginable amenity to the privileged owners of this astounding direct beachfront 11th floor residence overlooking the Gulf. $4,395,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #309286 CLASSIC ELEGANCE. Bayfront home with spectacular bay & city views. Enjoy southern exposure near downtown, St. Armands & the beach. Deepwater dock for 3 boats, boatlift & 120’ waterfront. $3,800,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #301038 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Over 400’ of Gulf frontage on almost 8 acres. This unit features magnificent views, concierge, outdoor pool & spa, & state-of-the-art fitness center. $3,400,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #302962 L’AMBIANCE. Popular ‘Sabal’ floor plan with breathtaking beach & sunset vistas. Designed by Robert Stuffings with many upgrades. $2,595,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #304033 LUXURY, LOCATION & VIEWS. Penthouse with amazing Gulf & city views. 2,800+/-sq. ft. of sophistication including Jerusalem stone floors, granite/slate counters, Sub-Zero & Viking appliances. 2 Gulf-front balconies. $2,200,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #297704 AS FEATURED IN METROPOLITAN HOME, this beautiful but beach comfortable Gulf-front penthouse has 3 true bedrooms, a den & Gulf views from every room. $2,000,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #300747 FULFILL A DREAM - LIVE AT THE BEACH. This home is the perfect alternative to condominium living. Light, airy & impressively remodeled to perfection. Enjoy stunning Gulf views from upper terrace. $1,650,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #296759 JEWFISH KEY. This beautiful one-acre, deepwater estate lot is located in La Lenaire Isle subdivision on a 38-acre island with 17-acre nature preserve. $1,500,000. Joan Bergstrom, 383-7591 or 504-6809. #318255 INN ON THE BEACH. This gorgeous, largest 2BR, 1,619-sq.-ft. condominium is furnished & direct beachfront. Renovated & in hotel program. Enjoy concierge, golf, tennis & fine dining. $1,425,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #294494 INN ON THE BEACH. Fabulous 7th floor, 2BR overlooking private beach, Gulf & pool. Currently in hotel program. Directly on the beach with spectacular sunsets. $1,350,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #299363 PLAYER’S CLUB. Sought after 3BR unit in the building closest to the beach. Updated kitchen, newly tiled floors & newer a/c. $1,350,000. Lee Dillon, 383-3759. #316198 SUNSET BEACH. Gorgeous views from every room out over the pool, beach & Gulf. Immaculate beach residence will delight the most discriminating buyer. $1,100,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #294669 BIRD KEY. Remarkable location on Bird Key, with pool & lanai facing south. Beautifully remodeled 3BR ranch with new appliances, flooring, refinished pool & granite countertops. $1,098,000. Nancy Carey, 388-4447 or 323-1616. #299778 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 WONDERFUL LOCATION. Enjoy sunsets & warm Gulf breezes from this direct Gulf-front, cheerful, light & bright 2BR with a split plan, updated kitchen & screened patio. $999,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #318327 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS NORTH. Full Gulf views from this 12th floor corner unit. Located on Lido Beach & only one block from St. Armands Circle shops & restaurants. Heated pool, sauna & exercise room. $980,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #293998 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Partial bay views from this canal-front home. Features an open floor plan, 2BRs, office, many updates, pool, custom dock & new roof in 2004. $969,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #318587

THOU SAN DS OF HOM E S • ON E ADDR E ISLANDER CLUB. Direct Gulf views extend endlessly from every room of this beautifully renovated, spacious residence. Situated perfectly on Longboat key near shopping & dining. $959,000. Deborah Nelson, 951-6660 or 266-5900. #315192 WONDERFUL BIRD KEY GARDEN LOT. This cleared lot enjoys potential for a water view. Close to the Yacht Club. $950,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #300582 CASA DEL MAR. Multiple units available in this popular Gulf-front resort, offering vacation residences with year-round, short-term weekly rental income. $539,000 - $949,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #314467 LIDO SHORES GARDEN HOME. Very private & well-maintained, this split 3BR residence with pool is situated in a highly sought-after enclave with private beach. Separate formal & casual living areas. $899,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #279328 BEACHPLACE. Two-BR condominium with beautiful furnishings, granite counters, stainless appliances, recessed lighting, tile floors & guest room with entertainment area. $860,000. Helen Larson, 383-7591 or 350-1916. #312374 LONGBOAT BEACHCOMBER. Spectacular sunsets directly on the Gulf. Large 35’ terrace overlooking the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico from this charming 2BR, turnkey furnished beachfront retreat. $858,500. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #312487 MESMERIZING WATER & SUNSET VIEWS behind the gates of the exclusive Longboat Key Club. Among multi-million dollar homes and condominiums. $850,000. Anna Kaminski, 388-4447 or 374-3200. #302109 LONGBOAT KEY YACHT & TENNIS MARK II. Turnkey furnished, Gulf-front 3BR direct water views, boat dock, pool on the beach & tennis. Two covered parking spaces. $795,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #289985 ISLANDER CLUB. Beautiful southwest views of the Gulf from every room on Longboat Key. This open plan features 2BRs in a well-managed complex with myriad amenities. $789,900. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #308000 ARBORMAR. Magnificent Gulf & sunset views from this 3rd floor, turnkey furnished end unit with 2BRs. Generous rental policy with excellent on-site management. $789,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #307205 SAND CAY. Cathedral ceilings give a very spacious feeling to this lovely 3rd floor, 2BR-plusden condominium. Weekly rentals with on-site rental agent. $775,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #288515 LIDO BEACH. Turnkey furnished beachside residence with a gorgeous pool & balcony views to the bay & Gulf. $765,000. Sheldon Paley, 388-4447 or 356-1857. #306060 ON THE BEACH. Gulf views & gorgeous sunsets from your 27’ balcony. Renovated & designer furnished 2BR on south Longboat Key. Enjoy private access to Colony Beach & Tennis next door. $749,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #316425 DIRECT BEACHFRONT on Longboat Key’s coveted south end. Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, this 2BR home is in a prestigious building with an Olympic-size Gulf-side pool. $715,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #311740 AQUARIUS BY THE SEA. Great sunset & beach views from this large, furnished 2BR with 27’ balcony & travertine floors. Ideal south key location close to the Colony for dinner at sunset. $709,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #296012 LIDO BEACH HOUSE. Tucked away, tranquil privacy awaits in this comfortable townhouse. Directly across the street from Lido Beach. $699,900. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #310066

LONG BEACH. Charming, updated, totally remodeled, light & bright home on the beach side of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Only a short distance to Longboat Key’s best beach. $679,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #304190 CASA DEL MAR. Rare investment opportunity to own in one of Longboat Key’s best Gulf-front rental complexes, with on-site management & rental office offering year-round, short-term weekly rental income. $674,900. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #312554 SAND CAY. Beautiful beach residence redecorated & furnished. Features vaulted ceilings, short-term rental program & proximity to shopping & fine dining. $674,500. Donna Maloof, 383-7591. #303274 BAY HARBOUR. True 3BR with views of the boat basin & bay. Recently renovated with tile floors, granite, new cabinets & stainless appliances. Offered furnished. $650,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #310229 ISLANDER CLUB. Set in a beachfront complex, this turnkey furnished unit features 2BRs, many upgrades, a large terrace & great amenities. $650,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #315832

BIMINI BAY SAILBOAT WATER. Over 250’ of waterfront on Bimini Bay. Grand 6BR, 5,200 sq. ft. home with fantastic water views from every room. Enjoy the pool, spa and private dock with davits and deepwater access. Great boating and close to Gulf beach. A Christie’s Great Estates listing. $2,349,000. Jody Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704. #527474

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ST. ARMANDS. A rare opportunity for those who seek Florida beach living at its best. Open, spacious rooms with high ceilings & wonderful outdoor spaces. View the Gulf, only steps to the Circle. $1,399,999. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #312167

PENSHURST PARK IN THE MEADOWS. Rarely available, large, maintenance-free villa in a great country club community. Open great room with cathedral ceilings & fireplace overlooking pond. $489,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #300158

MAGNIFICENT GOLF-FRONT BEAUTY. Completely updated in 2000 and kept in pristine condition. Huge palladian windows overlook oversized pool, lanai & 3rd fairway of the beautiful TPC stadium course. $1,350,000. Steve Abbe, 966-8000 or 400-3969. #313958

THE MEADOWS. Beautiful, maintenance-free 3BR home with open view of golf course from living/dining rooms, master suite & private pool. Fireplace, eat-in kitchen & cathedral ceilings. $385,000. Susan Lerch, 951-6660 or 356-4655. #303124

E S S • W W W. M I C H A E L S A U N D E R S . C O M CASA DEL MAR. In good condition & ready for owner to use as vacation getaway or generate income from short term, year-round weekly rentals through on-site rental office. $549,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #315260 FIRST LIDO. Charming, light & bright villa on Lido Key. Features 2BRs, den/sunroom, updated kitchen & tile floors. Just a short distance to the Gulf-side pool & Lido Beach. $527,000. Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #309701 SEAPLACE PENTHOUSE. Great views over the tennis complex from this 2BR with covered parking. Set in a Gulf-front community. $495,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #303655 Sarasota Mainland


PRIME DTE BUILDING LOCATION. This corner lot sits amid commercial neighbors and borders Payne Park, Sarasota’s future ‘Central Park.’ Ideal for marquee building, hotel or mixeduse. $2,200,000. Lise-Anne Charbonneau, 966-8000 or 587-3358. #318062

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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BEAUTIFUL VIEWS FROM THE TOWER RESIDENCES of Sarasota Bay & the Gulf of Mexico, & all the exemplary services of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Ritz-Carlton Members Club make this an incredible opportunity. $2,120,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #294438 1350 MAIN. Live downtown in the corner penthouse of this premier property. Quietly elegant with 3 en suite BRs, family room & spacious grand salon. Stunning bay views from 2 balconies. $1,799,900. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #305998 STUNNING 7TH FLOOR IN SOUTH TOWER. Complete designer makeover. Custom solid wood cabinets in rich vanilla, top-of-the-line appliances & gorgeous tile. Wine cooler and Verdi butterfly granite counters. $949,900. Karen Cash Greco, 966-8000 or 928-1005. #311508 LIVE/WORK in the downtown area in this newer, light & bright Key West-style home. $749,000. Jan Gillett, 349-3444 or 809-2429. #317463 THE HAMMOCKS. Gorgeous 3/4BR, 2,823-sq.-ft. pool home built in 2005 with amazing designer finishes, private water view & spacious lanai with pool & spa. $729,900. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 400-7713. #318484 PRESTANCIA. Enjoy views of the TPC golf course from this 3BR villa. Features a remodeled kitchen, 2-sided fireplace in living & family rooms, wet bar & pool. $725,000. Judy MooreHadley, 349-3444 or 924-6797. #318495 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 GRANADA. West of the Trail 3BR, 1929 Craftsman/bungalow completely remodeled keeping the original integrity with elements & character of that time period. $649,900. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #318519 ROYAL ST. ANDREW. Full bay view from all rooms of this completely remodeled condominium in a desirable building with many amenities. Features new appliances & gleaming wood floors. $629,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #318059 SUNSET BAY. Brand new interior with designer touches, updated kitchen, new flooring, French doors & open pool/spa. Fantastic tropical location near beaches & shopping. $599,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #318573 HISTORIC LAUREL PARK. The opportunity to live in one of Sarasota’s hottest neighborhoods, close to exciting downtown. This charming cottage has many updates, wood floors & an inviting front porch. $579,000. Denby Smothers, 388-4447 or 586-2142. #308045 THE MEADOWS. Enter this beautifully updated home & you will be drawn to its remarkable golf course & lake views. Features stylish decor, exquisite detailing, high ceilings & heated pool. $579,000. Judy & Bill Nimz & Peter Salefsky, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #310583 RENAISSANCE. Colorful views of the bay from all rooms of this stylish 2BR condominium. Convenient to the arts, downtown & dining. Secure building with great amenities. $529,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #317157 CHIMNEY COURT. Alluring newer home offers 3BR-plus-den, 2,118 sq. ft., impressive volume ceilings, neutral tile & bay window overlooking private yard. Small enclave of homes nestled under oaks near downtown. $425,000. Damon and Gaia Goldman, 951-6660 or 587-5382. #306094 HEATHER LAKE. Set on a large, wooded lot, this three-bedroom, two-car garage home with heated pool, new roof, spacious rooms & storage. $414,900. Susan Matteoli, 951-6660 or 356-1335. #303947 VILLAGE WALK. Splendid privacy in this Capri III model in Village Walk. Enjoy resort living at its best. $414,000. Judy Limekiller, 966-8000 or 374-4802. #316407

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SOMERSET COVE. Elegant & spacious freestanding townhome with 3 true bedrooms, family room, loft/office & deeded deepwater dock with lift. $1,180,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #304757

GULF GATE EAST. Light & bright 3BR home with vaulted ceilings & a private caged pool. $409,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #316345 TREETOPS. A unique work of art at the Treetops. An artist’s touch flows throughout this beautifully maintained 2BR-plus-den home. Enjoy sunshine & privacy in the large backyard. $349,500. Kathy Carbone, 966-8000 or 228-8429. #318425 ARIELLE. Set in a new, gated community, this ground floor Sandpiper model overlooking a preserve features 2BRs, den & upgrades. $344,900. Maripat & Bob Flood, 966-8000 or 223-6676. #306587 LONGWOOD RUN. Bright & sunny with white tile, this home features an updated, open kitchen, cheerful sunroom, high ceilings & a large lot with fruit trees & garden. $342,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #317643 ARIELLE ON PALMER RANCH. Private preserve views from this ground floor 2BR condominium. Superb location close to all amenities & beaches. Enjoy the maintenance-free lifestyle. $339,900. Susan Hilton, 966-8000 or 350-3781. #316786 SOUTH GATE. Charming, updated 2BR home with plantation shutters, gleaming terrazzo floors, oversized 2-car garage & a Florida certified garden. $299,700. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #317663 DREAM COME TRUE. Spacious, updated 3BR with new bamboo floors, tile & carpet. Great central location convenient to shopping. Fenced yard. $299,000. Cynthia Darnell, 349-3444 or 504-7442. #318351 BEEKMAN LAKES TOWNHOME. Best priced, 2,000 sq. ft., maintenance-free residence in area. Features 3BRs, office, private courtyard entry & a 35’ X 11’ caged lanai overlooking a beautiful lawn with old oaks. $299,000. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #311770 PINESTONE. Best lake view in Pinestone from this 3BR home with hardwood floors, French doors & fabulous location. $279,000. Stephanie Bugatti, 966-8000 or 504-0978. #311332 DESOTO LAKES. Adorable ranch home with over 1,700 sq. ft. on 1.5 lots. Privacy & open plan with several outdoor porches. $259,500. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #317827 LAS PALMAS. Enjoy privacy amid beautiful resort-style amenities. The location is perfect, close to Lakewood Ranch & still convenient to downtown. $248,500. Deborah Nelson, 951-6660 or 266-5900. #307608 VISTAS ON BENEVA. Totally renovated 3BR condominium in golf course area. Close to downtown, beaches, shopping & airport. No age restrictions & 2 pets allowed. $239,900. Pam DeMarie & Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #318416 STRATHMORE RIVERSIDE. This property is magnificent with new kitchen, carpet, tile and much more. Close to the beach. $238,000. Nora Johnson, 966-8000 or 809-1700. #299959 VILLA D ESTE AT VILLAGIO. Charming first floor unit overlooking the lake. Open floor plan with breakfast bar separating kitchen from living/dining area. Complex has outstanding amenities. $222,500. Beverly Rabalais, 388-4447 or 320-8935. #314192 LAS PALMAS. Updated 2BR condominium with exceptional views. Set in a resort-style community with myriad amenities. $209,000. Susan Matteoli, 951-6660 or 356-1335. #306163 Siesta Key


GULF FRONT. Enjoy Gulf-front, single-family living with all the benefits of owning a condominium. Direct Gulf views of private beach & lush, rolling green gardens. $3,500,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #317860 SIESTA BOATING RETREAT. Fall in love with this peaceful home, surrounded on 2 sides by water & lush Zen gardens. Total renovation within past 3 months. Private dock & new boat lift. $1,395,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #318377 PALM BAY CLUB. 180-degree views of the beach & island from this contemporary design residence with granite kitchen. Rental income potential. $1,350,000. Alix Wexler and Paul Romley, 349-3444 or 346-8123. #318548 SIESTA TOWERS. Views of the Gulf, Big Pass, Lido key, downtown & sunsets from this 6th floor corner unit. Features 3BRs, neutral carpet & recent renovations. $700,000. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #318614 FULL BAY VIEW from this ground floor, updated & beautifully turnkey furnished 2BR condominium. Offers a 2-week minimum rental. $639,900. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #307107 Casey Key


MAGNIFICENT GULF-TO-BAY ESTATE. Unique 3.1-acre site offers room for large home, guesthouse and tennis court. 130-/+ feet beachfront plus peninsula with 350-/+ feet on the bay. $6,990,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #301312 BEACHFRONT LIVING AT ITS BEST on Casey Key’s north end. Stunning Gulf views from this stylish residence of 3,700 sq. ft. with 3BRs & pool on beach side. $4,850,000. Tom Stone, 3493444 or 356-1700. #297908 DONA BAY PARK LOT. Prime buildable waterfront lot on Dona Bay with 180-degree bay views, just one nautical mile to Gulf. $999,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #312463 CASEY KEY ESTATES. One-acre lot in a gated community. Palm trees line the boundary. Features 30’ deeded easement to private beach. $995,000. Jim & Matt Hanrahan, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #310625

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July 24

3:11 p.m. — 1600 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver of a small pickup truck because it appears that the truck is unable to haul the large load in a trailer. The driver does not have a valid license. Driver’s boss arrives to drive the vehicle home. 8:48 p.m. — 3700 block GMD. Property Lost or Missing. Resident tells police that she thinks she left her purse in a shopping cart at a department store in Bradenton. Woman cancels credit card. No further police involvement. 9:45 p.m. — 3100 block GMD. Suspicious Vehicle. Officer checks a car parked behind Buttonwood Plaza. Of-

ficer walks up to vehicle and finds a couple engaged in a sexual act. Couple is on vacation with family and could not be alone at their unit. Couple leaves without incident.

unconscious man and transport him to the hospital. 2:10 p.m. — 2200 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver of a Jeep with an expired license plate. Man has an expired license and does not have insurance. Also, he is a hurricane shutter installer, but does not have an occupational license on Longboat Key.

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3:36 a.m. — 2400 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver of a late-model Chrysler with a broken tag light. Woman gives officer a false name, and officer discovers that the woman is wanted on a warrant for failure to appear at a court hearing. Woman is arrested for giving false information to a law enforcement officer. 10:52 a.m. — 6800 block GMD. Rescue. Officer and paramedics check on

11:54 a.m. — 500 block Putting Green Lane. Property Damage. Resident bumps into a work trailer as he drives by. Only minor damage is caused, and a report is filed.

July 28

1:13 a.m. — 4000 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer checks out what appears to be an abandoned car, but it belongs to a group that is out on

the beach. No one in the group has a valid license, so owner’s mother comes to pick up the car. Officer tells group to come back to the beach during normal daytime hours. 9:10 a.m. — 800 block Penfield Street. Harassing Phone Call. Someone calls resident and tries to get them to put money into a “7% investment opportunity.” 9:50 a.m. — 1900 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over work truck because the front left tire was wobbling so badly that it appeared as if the rim might be loose. Worker leaves truck, and says it will be picked up for repair. 10:49 a.m. — 1600 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over car with an obscured license plate. Immediately, driver tells officer that the car does not belong to her. Driver only has a learner’s permit and passenger does not have a license. Officer issues ticket to driver. 11:17 a.m. — 200 block Sands Point Road. Property Lost or Missing. Tourist loses sunglasses when she moves into a


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Chapter 5 With Small Fry’s death, the town manager had lost his quorum. Maybe it was just too much for him. But how does one commit suicide by falling tree? In less than two days we had lost three town commissioners, two planning and zoning board members and now the town manager. In many towns such a loss would create a leadership vacuum, but that wasn’t a problem for Longboat Key. We were used to a leadership vacuum, and it didn’t much matter whether our leaders were alive or dead. They would accomplish about as much in either state. I drove back to the Key and to O’Sullivan’s. The Garden Club members at Ken Thompson Parkway were dancing the hootchie-kootchie and waving at the motorists. Sweat and mascara stained their custom T-shirts. I parked in O’Sullivan’s lot and walked across the street to the beach. “Joe,” I said to the chief, “what happened?” “According to his secretary, the town manager got a call a little while ago from some lady who told him that she had seen one of the O’Sullivans fooling around in the grove here, and he came down to investigate. He hadn’t been here too long when the tree fell on him. It looks like primer cord was wrapped around the tree and detonated by remote control when the manager was standing under it.” “Any sign of either of the O’Sullivan sisters?” “No, there’re on a cruise.” The town manager was engaged in an ongoing battle with the O’Sullivan sisters, and the sisters were gener-

CAST OF CHARACTERS Jake Bass: retired Orlando homicide detective, now sworn in on the Longboat Key Police. Salary: $1 a year. Charlie Goins: conspiracy nut who attends every commission meeting Joe Gallagher: chief of police Jimmy Spieler and Dwayne Goodlow: planning and zoning board members killed in a bomb explosion at Town Hall Logan Hamilton: former Town Commission candidate; regular at Biggun’s, a bar on the north end of Longboat Matt Royal: retired lawyer and Logan Hamilton’s best friend Alec Dwyer: town commissioner run over by a Jet Ski at the Hilton Mr. Lockman: town manager of Longboat Key killed by a fallen buttonwood tree at O’Sullivan’s Commissioner Humboldt: run over by at townowned SUV O’Sullivan’s: popular Irish restaurant owned by two sisters Commissioner Adelbert ‘Small’ Fry: town commissioner crushed by a boulder from Islander Club rock groin.

ally winning. The battle had escalated until the manager lost his temper and ordered the public works department to plant a grove of buttonwood trees on city property along the beach in front of the O’Sullivans’ restaurant, effectively blocking the Gulf view for their customers. The trees had not fared well, and there was some thought in the upper reaches of town government that the girls might be poisoning the trees. They weren’t, but they knew how much the idea irked the town manager so they just let the rumor grow. “Any witnesses?” I asked. “One,” said the chief, letting out a sigh of exasperation. “Logan was having his afternoon scotch in the bar and had stepped outside to smoke a cigarette when the tree fell.” “Anything else?” “Forensics called. They said the residue I sent them from the groin was C-4.” “OK,” I said. “We have a bomb killing the planning and zoning board members, Commissioner Fry and possibly the town manager, but the other two were run down by vehicles, one a Jet Ski and the other an SUV. The pattern is different. Are we sure the murders are all connected?” “I’m not even sure they’re all murders,” said the chief. “The Jet Ski and the SUV could have been accidents.” “I don’t think so,” I said. “The timing is too close. Somebody’s out to get the town fathers. Do the other commissioners have protection?” “Yeah, I assigned a cop to each one. The mayor wanted six cops, but she isn’t that worried about a killer. She needed her yard cleaned up and thought she might be able to get a little extra use out of our people.” “You didn’t let her have them, did you?” “I gave her six men in police uniforms. Only one is a cop. The other five are unemployed landscape workers. I had a few old uniforms around the station house and gave them to the landscapers. The mayor will never notice the difference.” “Did the crime lab say anything about finger prints on the letters I left?” I asked. “Oh, yeah. Said they found the town manager’s, his secretary’s, and an unidentified person’s prints. Because all real estate licensees have to have their finger prints taken, the lab is contacting the Florida Real Estate Commission to see if the ones from the letters match any in its files.” “What’s the turn-around time on that?” I asked. “Don’t know. When I talked to the crime lab it’d been on hold for 45 minutes at FREC. I’ll check back later and let you know.” The chief was called over to a fallen tree by a man in a firefighter’s getup. I walked over to talk to Logan. I didn’t think he would be killing off commissioners. He wasn’t unhappy about his loss in the race for an open seat on the Town Commission, and anyway, he never held a grudge for more than a day. But he sure did keep showing up at crime scenes. Our conversation was short. Logan didn’t have anything to add, and I had an investigation to run. He had borrowed Ditto’s car while his was in the shop, and he

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climbed into it and headed north. I called the crime lab to check on progress in identifying the finger prints from the letters. They were still on hold with FREC, but the lab tech told me she had personally talked to some guy in India at the FREC number, and he had put her on hold while he tried to sort out what we were looking for. She had hopes that the Indian guy would pick up soon. I asked her if she could tell anything from the prints she had found. She was not optimistic. The prints were smudged, and apparently the Florida Real Estate Commission had contracted with a company in Bangalore to store the print images and answer FREC’s phone. It was part of an outsourcing program that had been ongoing for some years. The crime lab might never get the prints out of the Indian computer. She’d let me know if she came up with anything. “Hey, if you’re with Chief Galloway, tell him we found enough C-4 in the residue he sent us from the groin that we think we can figure out where it came from. Manufacturers are required to put markers in explosives, so we can probably trace it that way. I’ll let y’all know.” That might be the break we were looking for. If we could trace the C-4 to a manufacturer, we might be able to find out who bought it. I heard a loud burst of expletives coming from the buttonwood grove. I turned to see the chief throwing his cell phone into the Gulf. He fell to his knees, his hands outstretched. “Why me, oh, why me?” The chief ’s face was contorted in rage or maybe pain. He was letting go with bloodcurdling screams, over and over again. He would stop for a breath and then scream again. It was unnerving. I rushed over, thinking he had had a kidney stone attack or something. “Joe, what’s the matter?” I asked, alarmed at the look of horror suffusing his face. “You ain’t gonna believe this,” he said. He took a breath, and I thought he was going to scream again. I recoiled, not wanting to be splashed by errant saliva. Then, with the solemnity that should accompany any grave pronouncement, he said, “Mayor Selma McIntyreRodriguez-McGillicuddy was just killed by a javelin. It had a note attached. It said, ‘Envision this!!’” To be continued... Longboat Key resident Terry Griffin, author of the serial mystery written specifically for Observer readers, is the also author of the novel “Longboat Blues.” “Killer Summer” is fiction. Any resemblance to real-life characters is coincidental. To view past chapters of “Killer Summer,” visit Terry Griffin’s Web site,

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If your organization would like to have meetings or events publicized, mail or fax the information at least one week in advance to The Longboat Observer, Box 8100, Longboat Key 34228; fax: 383-7193 or e-mail: news@ 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.

— is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. It sells furniture, clothing, kitchenware and more. It is seeking donations of quality furniture. For more information, call 383-4738. 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 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. 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.


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God fills us with joy to be shared Upon entering the home of my most gracious hostess, I noticed a rather large, nicely dressed doll propped up before me. Impressed by what I saw, I made a comment about the “silent greeter,” only to be directed to two of its cousins who were also near the doorway, but had eluded my sight. Each was equally as elegantly attired. Wondering if my friend had made the garments for the dolls, I asked, “Did you sew their outfits?” An affirmative response to my inquiry told only part of the story. Not only had my friend made the doll clothing, she had made the dolls, too. I mean really “made” the dolls, including the molding of the porcelain heads. I stood in total awe. Little did I know that my adventure into the unexpected was just beginning. A tour of the home revealed dolls of every size and description residing in each room. I stood, truly amazed at the creativity and care required to make the beautiful collection I had been privileged to see. And, if that was not more than enough to make for one marvelous visit, I was deeply touched to hear the doll creator tell of a recent visit by a little girl, who left with the doll she readily admired and loved the most nestled in her grateful arms. Further reflection upon the memorable moments described above resulted in several conclusions. •Life is full of pleasant surprises. We need to live each day expectantly, seeking what’s around the next bend, open to being awed. •God gifts people in countless ways. Using those gifts is what leads to a full and satisfying life. •Giving brings joy to others and to self. Being joy-

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Alvin William Peck Alvin William Peck, 93, died June 30 in Shelburne, Vt. Mr. Peck was born on March 19, 1912. He graduated from Yale University in 1935, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1938. He served in the United States Army as a judge advocate, with the rank of captain. Mr. Peck practiced trust and estate law for the firm of Goldstein and Peck, in Bridgeport, for more than 30 years. He was active in community affairs and served on the board of education. When Mr. Peck retired to Barnard, Vt., he helped with the restorations of the Barnard Town Hall and the Unitarian Church, and also wrote the “History of Barnard, Vermont 1927-1975” for the Barnard Bicentennial Committee. He was also on the Board of Visiting Nurses Association, a member of the Roundtable and the Woodstock Country Club in the neighboring town of Woodstock. Mr. Peck and his wife spent winters on Longboat Key and took part in activities with the Yale and Ivy League clubs. He is remembered for walking his basset hound, Dolly, at Joan Durante Park almost every day. Mr. Peck is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Miriam. He is survived by four daughters: Jennifer L. Peck, Laura J. Thompson, Deborah L. Peck and Martha P. Fleischmann, along with seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 6, at the Silver Lake Cemetery in Barnard, Vt.

Vincent Macaluso Vincent Macaluso, 68, died July 15. Mr. Macaluso resided on Longboat Key and Douglas Manor, N.Y. Survivors include his wife, Joan; children Vincent Macaluso, Amy Macaluso, Jennifer Gilmore and Elizabeth Carty, of New York; sister, Ann Macaluso, of Manhattan, and three grandchildren. Mr. Macaluso will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, York Ave., Box E, New York, N.Y., 10019.

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SILVER SANDS $635,000 - Beach front resort 365 day rental. Ground floor unit overlooking pool and beach. Entire complex renovated in 2005. LO#308215 TERRY GOODMAN 941-924-9000

ANNA MARIA BEACH $3,900,000 - Exquisite sense of luxury. Divinely different showplace home with direct gulf views. Great room, master suite. LO#290704 ROGER GRENIER 941-924-9000

PORTOBELLO $569,000 - Fabulous 2BD/2BA + den has been completely renovated! Granite, 9ft ceilings, Jacuzzi in master, crown molding. LO#312619 LYNNE KOY/BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

HOLMES BEACH $550,000 - Condo with unusual flair. Happiness sets the tone in this impressive unit. Bright open floorplan. LO#527064 ROSE SCHNOERR 941-751-1155

BIRD/LIDO KEY BEACH RESIDENCES $3,800,000 - Luxurious livability. Peerless condo with a shimmery bay view. 3BR/3 and 1/2 baths. Elevators, foyer. LO#283219 OLIVER MCCONNELL 941-924-9000 BEACHFRONT $3,195,000 - Breathtaking direct Gulf front views. Ritz Carlton management. Ultimate luxury & lifestyle! LO#306590 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000

REGENT PLACE $2,295,000 Magnificent & memorable panoramic views of Downtown Sarasota, Sarasota Bay, Islandside Golf & the Gulf of Mexico! LO#318899 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

SABAL COVE $2,295,000 Showcase home by G. Peterson. Pinnacle of architectural excellence.4540SF water views designer highlights elevator. LO#318941 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000


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LIDO BEACH $2,345,000 - Direct unobstructive panoramic Gulf views. Value is in the land. Build your beach front dream home. LO#316617 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 LIDO HARBOUR TOWERS $699,000 - Fantastic value on Lido! Immaculate unit with gulf views,updated kitchen and baths, tile flooring. Gulf side pool! LO#313019 SHARON WHITFIELD 941-924-9000 LIDO WATERFRONT $649,000 - Rarely avail-3rd flr corner unit. Completely updated 2BD/2BA w/bay & city views. Close to dining, shopping, beach LO#299833 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000 FIRST LIDO $515,000 - Wonderful beach-front community living in this spacious 2BR + den/office condo that feels like a home. LO#300979 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000

ANNA MARIA $2,150,000 Spectacular Gulf views! Private pool with rock waterfall, paver driveway, amazing beach and sunsets. LO#311485 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS $1,499,000 Direct Gulf front w/SW exposure! 3BD/3BA, updated kitchen. Magnificent views from two terraces. Inc 2 covered park. LO#316243 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000


LIDO $499,900 - Showy 2BR/2B condo. Community swimming pool and elevators. A stylish sparkle comes with this unit. LO#295775 CHARLENE, WELANDER 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY ONE IN FROM THE BAY $3,299,000 - Canal home w/dock & lift. 4BD/5BA, crown moldings, granite, marble & more. Summer kitchen overlooks 50' pool w/spa. LO#282894 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY $1,270,000 Gorgeous bay views from end of canal property.Florida-style comfort offers mesmerizing views from every location. LO#318857 JACKIE KLEPPINGER 941-924-9000

GULF BEACH FRONT $975,000 The best of all worlds. Fully updated & furnished. Direct beach access & views. 2 bed, 2 bath. A Lido Beach beauty. LO#317385 ROBERT FORTIER 941-924-9000 1703982_299163

SANCTUARY $1,595,000 - Capture the views-bay & Gulf. Fresh, new & fun on inside. An ideal beach retreat. 2BD+ den, current code windows. LO#318782 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT KEY $1,395,000 - 3BR/3.5BA Grand Bay contemporary condo with spectacular water views.Ultra-modern lighting. Private elevator. LO#310373 RICHARD A. GREENE 941-924-9000

SEA GATE CLUB $899,900 SEAGATE full Gulf front 2bedroom/2bath. Balcony on beach, Ray Routh kitchen, Turnkey furn. LO#290159 JANE A. GIROUX 941-924-9000

LIDO KEY $859,000 This 2BR/2BA unit offers VIEWS of North Lido Beach & the Gulf - hard to rival at such a reasonable price! LO#299163 STEVE IVAN 941-924-9000

SEASCAPE $1,095,000 - Beautiful Gulf front 3BD professionally redecorated & restored.Cherry cabinets, granite.Great rental possibilities. LO#316138 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

CASTILLIAN $845,000 - Direct Gulf front 2nd floor tastfully furnished unit. Perfect location & steps to beach. Kitchen redone in 2003. LO#316375 VICKI LONBORG 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $975,000 - Maintenancefree villa, popular courtyard floor plan with panoramic views across Golf Course Lake. LO#302855 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000

SAND CAY $785,000 - Turnkey furn 2BR/2BA condo W/ DIRECT view of Gulf & Beaches. Updtd BA/kit. Excellent on-site rental mgmt. LO#306026 JOE BOGUSZEWSKI, PA 941-924-9000

BEACHPLACE $1,199,000 - Fabulous gulf-front, first floor end-unit condo. Spectacular sunset views! 2 bedrooms, 2 baths.Easy access to beach. LO#294970 MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000

ATRIUM $975,000 - Stand-out condo. Breathtaking 3BR/2BA residence. Foyer. Clubhouse and community swimming pool. LO#306596 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

OWN A PIECE OF THE SAND... $1,199,000 Totally remodeled to contemporary standards. It's a WOW! Own a piece of the sand, the sea & the sunsets now! LO#314040 KATHLEEN SACHS 941-924-9000

ISLANDER CLUB $893,000 - Own a piece of paradise! Gulf front 2/2 on S. end of LBK. Fully furnished by Robb & Stuckey. Available immediately! LO#308656 MARY JO HEIDER 941-924-9000

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TIDY ISLAND $1,195,000 - Traditional elegance best describes this 3BR/2+BA, 3,241 SF home on Sarasota Bay. Enjoy Tidy Island style. LO#533539 360˚ Virtual Tour PAMELA DIAL 941-778-2261

WEST OF THE TRAIL $659,000 - 1926 Spanish home has 3-4BD/2BA, 2-car garage. Separate guest cottage has 1BD/1BA & kitchen. Close to Siesta Beach. LO#315967 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000 PALM PLACE $549,000 - Rarely avail. 2BR/2BA W/ htd. pool & nice Bay views Downtown. Light & bright W/ lg. lanai, secure parking & more! LO#308964 BILL HON 941-924-9000 BAY HAVEN $379,000 - Charming cottage in a beautiful tropical setting. Generous great room w/cathedral ceilings,wood flrs& French doors. LO#317772 CHARTIER, MIKE J 941-924-9000

SANCTUARY $2,495,000 - Fabulous 1st floor walk-down has 3BD/3.5BA & beautiful Gulf views. Gated community! Gourmet kitchen & TKF. LO#317374 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,695,000 - THIRD IN FROM BAY-updated 3 bed residence, open floor plan, private dock & great sailboat water. LO#291357 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000


DOWNTOWN $750,000 - Premier building 2BD/2BA, western exposure. Steps away to restaurants, boutiques & art galleries. Many upgrades! LO#298916 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000

WATER CLUB $2,750,000 - 9th floor NW corner residence, VIEWS from every room. 3BD, 2965SF in this designer furnished unit. LO#316956 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,949,000 Renovated in '97, water view, 2 from Bay. 3/BD, 3.5BA, granite, pool/spa, deck, private dock w/lift. LO#285158 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000

WINDWARD BAY $429,000 - LBK condo with FULL BAY VIEWS offering 2 heated pools,community dock,tennis court,clubhouse,exercise room & sauna. LO#297150 ELLEN USSIO 941-924-9000

888 BLVD OF THE ARTS $1,165,000 - Totally recreated DT 2/2 condo waterfront property with views of boat activity and sunsets. LO#298410 JUDY & JERRY FRANCIS 941-924-9000

LIDO DORSET $379,000 - Cute dollhouse directly across from Lido's beautiful white beaches; turnkey. Great investment opportunity. LO#302394 INGER LILL 941-924-9000 TAMARON $287,000 - A jewel! 2BD/2BA w/inside utility room. Plenty of storage space & cabinets. Wood flooring at its best! LO#311217 ROBERT FORTIER 941-924-9000

PORTOBELLO $499,000 - Large split plan 2BD/2BA unit w/partial bay/bayou views. Deeded beach access, tennis court & community boat dock. LO#302276 MICHAEL F BAYER 941-924-9000 PORTOBELLO $489,900 - Full Bay view, dock & fishing pier. Courtyard entry. Garden views, split flr plan, Asko appl, custom built-ins. LO#318804 ELLEN ORLOP 941-924-9000



LBK WATER VIEW $549,000 - Balcony views of water and nature preserve. 1st floor walk down condo at Fairway Bay. 2BD, 2BA, turnkey furnished. LO#300499 MARIA BOKA 941-924-9000

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BEACHPLACE $775,000 - 2Bdr/2B TKF. Sunny 1st floor walk-down. 2 parking spaces! Popular gulffront complex. LO#291803 JILL FRIEDMAN 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT TERRACE $729,000 - Condo values. Focus on the good life in this furnished 2BR/2BA gulf-front jewel. Foyer, pantry. LO#313894 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000 SEAPLACE $649,000 - Feels like a brand new beach villa! Completely redone 2/2 w/wonderful patio area & walk-out to the beach. LO#310938 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

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VENICE/OSPREY/NOKOMIS LAKE OF THE WOODS $394,500 - Extras with no $ extra. Quality built 3BD, 2BA, solar heated pool home that has been completely updated. LO#313361 ANITA CARAVELLO 941-924-9000 SOUTH VENICE $189,000 - Turnkey Tommy Bahamas furnished 2BD/2BA. Fully fenced w/extended lanai. Short distance to Gulf & private boat ramp. LO#314541 ANITA CARAVELLO 941-924-9000

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Page 3B The Social Observer

Thursday, AUGUST 3, 2006

Premiere party by Emily Walsh | Black Tie Editor

Chair Sara Bagley with her husband, Jim

It was opening night for the Historic Asolo Theater at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Thursday, June 29. After years of deterioration, the Ringling decided to restore the historic, original Asolo Theater that was shipped to Sarasota from Italy in the 1950s. To celebrate the unveiling of the new “old” theater, the Ringling invited guests to the Historic Asolo Theater Curtain Raiser. Prior to the official unveiling, guests recognized those who helped in the restoring process

while sipping champagne on the actual stage of the theater. Then, the big moment finally came. The curtains of the stage went up and guests gave an overwhelming standing “O” for the magnificent theater. A photographer recreated a picture taken in the 1960s, by having guests of the opening sit in the audience. Following the photograph, guests kept the champagne flowing at a wrap party held in the visitor center that featured Italian fare. The event was chaired by Sara Bagley.

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Photos by Emily Walsh

Willis A. Smith President David Sessions, Vice President John LaCivita and Project Manager Brett Raymaker are thrilled with the work they put into the Asolo Theater/Visitor Service Center.

Ringling’s Executive Director Dr. John Wetenhall and Chairman of the Board Alice Rau

Terry and Susan Romine

Giovanni Lunardi

Guests of the Historic Asolo Theater Curtain Raiser party were part of history when they recreated the original picture taken in the 1960s. See anyone you know? How about BT?

See ASOLO continued on page 3B

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Kevin Curtis and Knickole Barger

by Emily Walsh | Black Tie Editor

Marcelo Gadar

+ A lot of lovin’

Emilie Peyton Louie

+ Baby boom

At a July Fourth fireworks celebration at the home of John and Tana Sandefur, Bob and Dottie Garner were proudly debuting pictures of their first granddaughter. The Garner’s daughter, Alison, and her husband, Michael Louie, celebrated the birth of their first child, Emilie Peyton, who was born weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces in Atlanta. The Garners, who were in Atlanta for the birth, also have two grandsons David and Rob Wyant, sons of their daughter, Betsy Garner Wyant. Former Sarasota Ballet of Florida dancers, Filipp and Christina Gadar, welcomed their first bundle of joy, Marcelo, into the world July 21. Marcelo weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. By the way, Filipp Gadar, who is originally from Moscow, Russia, just earned his bachelor’s degree in professional health sciences and master’s of science in Oriental medicine from the East West College of Natural Medicine. He now has opened his own practice where he offers acupuncture, herbs, tui na massage, food therapy and point injection. His wife, Christina, a Pilates instructor, is especially proud of him:”When he enrolled in school, Filipp didn’t even know how to spell acupuncture.” Well, if he can master English as a second language, earn two degrees in record time, he surely can master the art of being a father. Good luck to them both! (If you’d like Gadar to needle you, please call him for an appointment at 735-6786.)

Last month BT spread the good news about all the couples going to the chapel to get married. Well, this month, we’ve got even more! Knickole Barger worked really hard on surprising boyfriend, Kevin Curtis, with a weekend getaway to the Longboat Key Club for his birthday over the July Fourth weekend. After attending a baby shower, the couple returned to find roses and candles scattered all over the room. Barger, upset because she knew she didn’t plan the delightful decorations, wanted to know what was going on. Little did she know that Curtis, who quickly dropped to one knee, had his mom decorate the room for him so he could propose to his sweetie. Monica Barth also experienced a fun birthday surprise. You read in last month’s Black Tie & Tales that Barth and her significant other, Andrea Recanatesi, are expecting their first child. Well, now, they will be expecting a wedding, too! Recanatesi proposed to Barth on her birthday July 10.

+ Right on for Write-On!

Eileen Wallace, owner of the stationery store Write-On Sarasota relayed that the store just received honors for being No. 1 in sales for the custom stationery company, Lallie. The company creates up-beat contemporary designs of personal stationery and invitations, which are often purchased and used by many stars and statesmen. The owner of Lallie, Nancy Lowell, called around all over Sarasota trying to figure out what would be nice to do for Wallace as an award. Lowell was told to send Wallace to Nuovo for a spa day. (The funny thing is ... Nuovo’s new downtown location is Write-On Sarasota’s neighbor!) Wallace was so thrilled with her award that she is including her staff in the spa services, because she feels that they were instrumental in the store getting the award. How nice!

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The Black Tie 2006-2007 Social Calendar will be distributed this season on Thursday, Oct. 5 in 50,000 of The Observer Group’s SEASON magazines. The calendar will be debuted at an exclusive byinvitation-only party Wednesday, Oct. 4, when more surprises will be unveiled. To submit your events, please e-mail them to ewalsh@ by Tuesday, Aug. 15. If you’re interested in sponsorship or advertising opportunities in the Social Calendar, please call Emily Walsh at 366-3468, Ext. 330.

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ASOLO continued from page 1B

Mitch Mills, Asolo Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Michael Edwards, Sally McRorie, Nancy Markle and Ron Greenbaum

Gay Haney and Elaine Keating

Alan Quinby and Susan Brainerd

Guests gave a unanimous gasp when the curtain went up featuring the newly renovated historic Asolo Theater.

Former Chief Curator and Deputy Director Aaron DeGroft came back to see the newly refurbished theater and posed with Carolyn and Bob Johnson


2 Photos by Emily Walsh

Dinosaurs! Jurassic Fantastic 6 5

Date: Friday, July 21 Place: G.WIZ, The HandsOn Science Museum Benefiting: G.WIZ Big event: The opening of this exciting exhibit featured the Giganotosaurus, which is bigger than the T-Rex.

cameraready 1 Michelle and Mike Bente,

Doug Cherry and Tara Feather

2 Executive Director James Rollings had the children in attendance help him cut the ribbon to the exhibit. 3 Art Lambert with his grandson, Will 4 Phil and Myra Dasher 5 Trevor Nagel and Megan McCurry 6 Dottie Baer Garner and Bea Friedman



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Summer Salon Series Date: Wednesday, July 26 Place: Designing Women Boutique Chairs: Jewel Ash and Gloria Moss Benefiting: Designing Women Boutique Fashion and fun: This luncheon series featured columnist Marjorie North as a speaker and a small fashion show with models wearing clothes from the boutique.

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socialcalendar August 5 Bachelorette Ball Kick-off Party

‘South Beach Style’ Benefiting: Arthritis Foundation When: 9 p.m. Where: Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside Room Chair: Bill Rogers and Sandy Moore Contact: Arthritis Foundation, 708-3901 Price: advance, $25; at the door, $35

8 Back to League Night Party

Benefiting: Junior League of Manatee County When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Junior League Headquarters Contact: Cyndi Dunn, 737-8430 Price: Members only

10 YPG Luncheon

Benefiting: Young Professionals Group When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Sarasota University Club Contact: YPG, 955-2508, Ext. 246 Price: members, $15; non-members, $20

19 Teens for Wishes

Benefiting: Make-A-Wish Foundation When: 7 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Carine Corry and Brandi Meshad Contact: Make-A-Wish, 926-9474 Price: $25

22 AJC Civic Achievement Award

Dinner Kick-off Benefiting: American Jewish Committee When: 5 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Stephanie Emerson, 365-4955

29 Support-a-Girl Campaign Luncheon Benefiting: Girls Inc. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Girls Inc. Chair: Chris Pfahler Contact: Girls Inc., 366-6646 Price: By invitation only

31 Summer Salon Series with Sandra Day

Benefiting: Designing Women Boutique When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Designing Women Boutique Chairs: Jewel Ash and Gloria Moss Contact: Designing Women Boutique, 366-5293 Price: $12

September 8 UnParty

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

16 ‘Walk for Life’

Benefiting: Manatee Glens When: 8 a.m. Where: Sutton Park, Palmetto Contact: 782-4272 or 782-4211 Price: $10 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 Contact: Keffie Lancaster, 365-2342 Price: members, $50, nonmembers, $75

Fine Family Portraiture To Be Treasured For Generations

22 Clowning Around Town Launch

Party 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

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30 ‘Stars Fell on Sarasota’ Fashion

Show and Luncheon What: The Sarasota Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors host a fashion show

and luncheon featuring a fashion expo and fashions from local boutiques. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Contact: Janice Litke, 366-8070, or Amy Worth, 954-5454 Price: $60

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When: 9 p.m. Saturday, August 5 Where: Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Islandside Room Warm weather. Bright nights. Hot pants. Mojitos. DJs spinning the beats. These are the sweet things of South Beach and it’s coming to you, baby. Kicking off the second annual Bachelorette Ball and Auction, which takes place on Sept. 23, is this hot pre-party at the Longboat Key Club. Meet this year’s bachelorettes and find out about their date packages while perusing the mojito, margarita, martini and coffee bars and an array of culinary samplings. Plus, dance the night away to DJ Shambala until 1 a.m. An even better perk — Diplomat Taxi will be offering free rides home from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. So have fun while benefiting the Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For tickets and info call 708-3901 or visit its Web site:


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Oldano. “Everything!” For him, the higher cost and harder work is worth the price of having customers appreciate and notice the difference in the taste of his homemade Italian cuisine.

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Not only is Oldano known for his lasagna and his collection of more than 260 wines, he has a reputation for singing romantic Italian ballads to his customers, and, on some evenings, you might even get a little dancing thrown in.


Oldano comes from the Asti region of Northern Italy, about 20 miles south of Torino, where the 2006 Winter Olympics were held. More importantly, he comes from four generations of chefs, starting in 1798 in Mombercelli. Oldano attended the Auguste Escoffier Institute in France. He has worked in more than 13 different countries, including England, Spain, Germany, Yugoslavia, Belgium and Italy. From his travels, he has mastered Provencal cuisine, and the wisdom of “doing less, but doing it right.” The chef came to the United States and worked from 1988 through 1992 at The Saloon, which he described as “the best Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, without an Italian name.” Oldano then went to London, but came back to the United States and landed in Florida.

The Restaurant

Although Da Giorgio is located on Anna Maria Island, Oldano prefers the beautiful countryside of Italy to the beaches here in Florida. In his restaurant, he makes everyone feel at home. His customers come from Tampa, St. Petersburg and Longboat Key to eat authentic Italian food and enjoy live entertainment by Pino Marelli and Oldano, as well. Oldano’s 24-year-old son, Jonathon, who was also born in Italy, has been helping in the restaurant for six years. His mother believes “he is learning from the best teacher.”

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The “Bonnet” is Giorgio Oldano’s original homemade dessert of chocolate, coffee, and amaretto custard.

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Pollo Valentino (Chicken Valentino) (Recipe for four) 4 boneless chicken breasts 8 jumbo shrimp 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 pound porcini mushrooms 1 tablespoons garlic 1 tablespoons fresh tarragon 6 ounces demi-glace 2 ounces cream 4 ounces cognac 4 tablespoons unbleached flour Salt and pepper

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• Procedure Begin by cutting the chicken breasts in half and flouring them. Lightly sauté the chicken breasts in a saucepan containing the 2 preheated tablespoons of olive oil. Once sautéed, add garlic, shrimp and porcini mushrooms. Allow the ingredients to cook thoroughly. Flambé with cognac and allow the alcohol to burn completely. Add cream, demi-glace, and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper. Allow the sauce to reduce. Serve with your favorite vegetables and potatoes.

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From the cold appetizers or Antipasti Freddi, Oldano recommends the Carpaccio Di Tonno of thin slices of tuna served with diced onions and capers drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and lemon. The Polenta Quattro Formaggi is the most popular Antipasti Caldi, or hot appetizer, consisting of Italian cornmeal with a variety of cheeses and topped with a porcini sauce. His famous main courses include Lasagna All’emillana, the most traditional Italian lasagna with meat sauce and béchamel; Gobbini al Pesto, which is homemade petit ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and served with a creamy pesto sauce; and the dish named after him is the Scaloppine di Vitello Giorgio, or veal scaloppine sautéed in a porcini-bordelaise sauce.

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Longboat Key Vizcaya Fabulous Vizcaya on the beach! Over 3300 SF of incredible upgrades, designer finishes and private pool w/ summer kitchen.$2,990,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Twin Shores Steps away from white sand beach & boat docks. Adorable turnkey furnished, remodeled home. 55+ community with lots of updates. $189,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

Islands & Waterfront

Longboat Key Estates

Bird Key

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

Point property with 1 acre on premiere street. Rarely available Bay & canal location with 2 existing homes. $8,500,000 The Singer Group 552-5220

Queens Harbor

Bay Isles

St. Armands

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

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

CAR-FREE LIVING! St. Armand’s excitement - quiet side street location. Beautiful pool & spa area in a private setting. $1,075,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

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Hidden Harbor @ Siesta Key

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

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

Grand Bay

Bird Key

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

Exceptional Bird Key garden home w/beautiful pool area. Nicely updated kitchen & baths. Great curb appeal & room to expand. $950,000 Marty Benson/Hoyt Beaty 552-3942

Sanctuary Outstanding Gulf front condo with amazing views in impecable condition decorated with refined taste. Enjoy sun rise & sunset. $2,490,000 Michael Granston 552-3990

Sleepy Lagoon Park Longboat Bayfront! Fantastic custom home on double lot with protected boating, huge pool, super views & fabulous finishes! $3,825,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Emerald Harbor Rare, large pointe homesite with 150’ seawall on cul-desac. Full bay views from your new homes second story! $1,975,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

Grand Bay Islander Club Updated direct gulf front unit at Islander Club. Granite kitchen, new appliances, new storm shutters, new A/C. Great Views! $924,900 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Bay, mainland, marina and gulf views – beauty from sunrise and to sunset. 2BR, Den, 3.5BA; private gulf beach. $1,595,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Country Club Shores Unobstructed Bay & City views from this Country Club Shores home directly on the Bayfront. Deep-water dockage, pool & spa. $3,950,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

Longboat Key Club Great Investment opportunity. Completely renovated “lock out” floorplan at Inn on the Beach! Four Star resort on the beach. $899,900 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Downtown @ Essex House Million Dollar View Completely remodeled 2/2 condo.Waterfront views from every room Granite counter tops stainless appliances. $675,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

Bradenton Beach Direct Bay Front! This unit offers 2BR, 2BA, 1079 sf, community dock, heated pool. Complex is just steps from the beach! $499,900 Michelle Musto 552-3981

Downtown @ 1350 Main Unique style loft in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Walk to shopping, restaurants & the bayfront. Wonderful amenities. $399,999 The Singer Group 552-5220

West Wind 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

Downtown @ 100 Central Fabulous bldg. right down town. Tile flrs, Club room, fitness, movie rm, pool & spa, guest suite. Move right in - $735,000. Linda A. Page 552-2694


Grand Bay Beach Harbor Club Affordable, Mid LBK complex is Beach to Bay w/private beach and boat dock/fishing pier! Full gulf and sunset views!! $675,000 Steve Harris 487-5112

Bright 2BR/2BA split plan condo w/Sarasota Bay & golf course views; resort style pools & amenities plus private beach club! $799,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

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

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

Gulfshore of LBK Longboat Key Canal $, Canal $, Canal $! Lowest priced waterfront on Longboat! 100’ seawall on deep water canal - very close to open Bay. $590,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

Incredible full bay & marina views from this 55+ community w/active social clubhouse, deeded beach access, boat docking. $235,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

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

Longboat Harbour 2BR/2BA updated 1st floor end unit; pool; harbor views; boat dock; canoe/kayak storage; tennis. Private Gulf beach access with pavilion. $518,700 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Lakewood Ranch Hard to find 5B + den + family room + upstairs bonus room / 4BA. Granite, crown, fireplace & vaulted ceilings. Heated Pool/Spa. $1,485,000 Jim Soda 552-266

Lakewood Ranch CC Village This home offers over 4,200 sf of spacious indoor living, a 3-car garage an open floor plan that includes 4BR/4BA. $2,450,000 Jim Soda 552-2666

Lakewood Ranch Brand new penthouse w/amazing views. Upgrades Galore! Large 2 car garage, 2 story clubhouse w/exercise rm, card rms & more. $849,500 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

Manatee Private 6 Acre Lakefront Estate! 5/4.5 Tudor home with family room, library, fireplaces, large kitchen & enormous decks. $1,890,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

Oak Court Immaculate 3/2, open floor plan, cathedral ceilings, fireplace, wood floors & private extended screened lanai. 2 car garage. $429,900 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

Whitemarsh @ Lakewood Ranch Shows “like new”, on a beautiful lake lot with pool. Granite, decorative woodwork, built-ins and extra 3rd bedroom. $699,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

Meadows Former model Large, beautiful, private pool & lanai. 3BR 2BA, 2 car garage. Turnkey Furnished. Home warranty transferable. $429,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

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Tatum Ridge

Charm and comfort in this bright canal-front island home. This updated canal home offers 3BR/2BA, 1925 sf, and boat dock. $749,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

Legends at Tatum Ridge! This waterfront home offers 3BR, 3BA, 2338 sf, den, and 3-car garage. $473,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

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3626 Fair Oaks Pl

Spectacular Sarasota Bay Views! 2 story open floor plan w/walls of windows. Gourmet kitchen. 1st flr master suite. Maint. free single family home. Pool & spa + private dock. Old price: 2,590,000 New: $2,399,900 Susanne Lee 552-3926

Wellington Chase 6226 Buckingham St

Remodeled & Move in Ready! 3/2 open floor plan with preserve & lake view. New paint, tile & carpeting. Priced to sell! Old: $392,000 New: $349,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-2690

Mockingbird Place 5251 Echo Lane

Brand spankin new! 3BR/2BA Southside location. SS appl., granite counters in kitchen & baths, Moen plumbing fixtures and more!! Within .5 miles of Ashton Elementary & Sarasota Middle schools! $384,900 Steve Harris 487-5112

Tropical Shores 8625 Dunmore Dr.

Bay views, deep water dockage, West of Trail, renovated & updated, pool/spa, huge master suite. $125K below appraisal. Motivated! Agent/Owner $849,900 Rand Rubin 487-5194

C.C. of Sarasota 3626 Torrey Pines Way Elegant 2937Sq’ 3/4 BR 3.5BA Pool Home on TPC Club Course’s 6th Fairway w/Long 7th Fairway Views, Home Warranty & Replumbed $575,000 Steve Wooster 552-4201

Mote Ranch

5931 Sandstone Ave

Spectacular lake view in Mote Ranch. Pristine 3BR 2BA. High ceilings; professional landscaping; pool & large lanai. $449,900 Owner/Agent Bill Hirsch 487-5136

University Park 7615 Heathfield Ct

Shimmering pool,spa,lake & golf views from this wonderful Neal built Fairfield home. Many upgrades. Enjoy Florida at it’s best! Old: $1,142,000 New: $1,024,000 Ed Haggerty 552-2678

Lakewood Ranch 6604 Nautical Dr.

4BR/3BA plus Den and bonus area. Fireplace, crown molding, built-ins, large pool, custom lighting & window treatments. Old: $895,000 New: $750,000 Jim Soda 552-2666

Amberlea 4895 Fallcrest Cir

When only the best will do. Spacious 4BR/3BA home with oversized caged pool. Upgrades thruout home.Beautifully landscaped.Old: $639,900 New: $619,900 Gary Hoskins 552-2450

Lakewood Ranch 12311 Greenbrier Way

g roof, 3 inTile 4 bed+office / 3BA. Tile throughout main endarea, p t c car-garage, pool & t private lot. Close to schools & shopping. n ra coNew Old: $649,000 : $599,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 Venetian Golf & River Club 137 Mestre Pl.

Just Reduced--Best Price...Motivated Seller. New construction w/lots of custom upgrades & turn key furnished. Old: $434,500 New: $419,000 Owner/Agent Jan Huff 552-3986

Bent Tree 4333 Charing Cross Rd

Priced below appraisal, 3BR/2BA home w/updated kitchen, granite counters, wood cab, preserve view & Home Warranty $320,000 Roberta Arcand 487-5128

Carver Park 2307 N. Orange Ave

Serious about selling! Priced $8100 under July 06 appraisal; Seller will pay $5000 towards Buyer’s closing cost! 3/1 updated w/new kitchen/bath cabs, appli., flooring, etc. $184,900 Theresa Fieberts 487-5110

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flower power by Kate Honea | Staff Writer He’s owned a bed and breakfast in Tennessee and served serving as an in-flight service manager transporting troops to Baghdad. Now, Longboat Key resident Brian Sullivan intends to enchant islanders with his new florist shop.

In a town where commercial business seems to be on the back burner, it’s a surprise to find a new Longboat store. Even more surprising — it’s opening in the summertime.


rian Sullivan has a plan to make his new business successful. Last month, he opened Longboat’s Enchanted Florist, replacing the former tenant, Longboat Creations, in the Whitney Beach Plaza. As a Longboat resident, Sullivan understands the need for growth in commercial business and is planting those seeds to make sure that change is possible with his new florist shop. While the transformation is still a work in progress, the signs

of change are clear. Stunning silk floral designs and other artistic arrangements tower from pots and vases in all corners of the store. Fragrant potpourri fills the space, as does Sullivan’s charisma and creativity. Piecing together each petal for his customers is part passion and part personality all derived from his diverse background. Sullivan was born New York, but reared in Connecticut. After his graduation from the University of Illinois in 1985, Sullivan moved to Tennessee

to open a bed and breakfast. While still managing the B&B, he visited Longboat Key several times with his parents. It wasn’t until 2001 that he sold the bed and breakfast, bought a house on Longboat and was ready for the “relaxed life.” But, Sullivan didn’t retire completely. He became an in-flight service manager for World Airways. From Bangor, Maine, Sullivan would fly with what is called a “heavy” cargo of troops and supplies to Baghdad, Germany or Ireland, and stay in the safer Kuwait before a return flight back to Maine. And, his floral business didn’t just blossom overnight. Sullivan’s first job was delivering flowers and, eventually, designing arrangements before he got into the bed-andbreakfast business. Longboat’s Enchanted Florist sprouts from the combination of his previous floral experience and the desire for a slower pace of life. Sullivan’s specialties include

BASICS Longboat’s Enchanted Florist Address: 6834 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Whitney Beach Plaza Phone: 383-7838 Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On-call Sundays. custom silk-floral arrangements and fresh floral designs for all occasions. He makes house calls for clients and designs floral concepts to their specifications. “Longboat’s Enchanted Florist offers anything from a single flower, a bouquet with balloons or elaborate arrangements for a wedding,” Sullivan said. “It just depends on what my clients want.” One unique service Sullivan offers is free delivery of ar-

rangements to Longboat Key residents. “I know what price gauging feels like — especially living out here on Longboat Key,” Sullivan said. Another distinctive deal — fresh flowers delivered to your door every Friday for $50. “I like to exceed my clients’ expectations,” Sullivan said. “If they order a $25 arrangement, I make sure to give them a $35 design.” Sullivan revealed a few of his other trade secrets, as well. He buys his silk flowers directly from silk warehouses and has his fresh flowers flown in directly from Holland and South America. His best-kept secret, though, is his only employee: Mari is an award-winning florist and set designer from New York City. Utilizing the slower months to settle in his business, Sullivan plans to hold a grand opening when the summer is over, and the “real” season begins.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 3, 2006

KEY COMPARABLES by Kate Honea $550,000

3810 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit F303, Beach Harbor Club, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: Stephen Harris, of Prudential Palms Realty, said, “The most unique aspect of this property is the beach-to-bay access at an affordable price.” The Beach Harbor Club complex has many amenities, including barbecue pits on the beach and bay, boat access to the bay, and a large, private clubhouse. Upgrades have been made, including new elevators. “Management is located on the property, and the condo also has lower maintenance fees,” added Harris. Price: $549,900.

4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 11D or 7B, Casa Del Mar, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Two. Special Interests: “Casa Del Mar is a very popular Gulf-front resort. Its main attraction is that it offers owners an income stream year-round, with short-term weekly rentals through the rental office on site,” explains Richard Perlman, of Michael Saunders & Co., who has 10 listings with the complex. He added, “This vacation getaway at the beach has an 85% repeat-visitor rate.” Other amenities include a huge Gulffront swimming pool, tennis courts and barbecue facilities. Price: $549,000.

1930 Harbourside Drive, Unite 112 Bldg M-1, Fairway Bay, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: This is the lowest-priced, first-floor unit at Fairway Bay. Listing agent Maria Boka, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc., said, “Pet owners love this walk-down unit to the path by the bay. You don’t need to use the elevator.” An oversized patio and beautiful view complement this turn-key furnished condo that Boka said, “is ready to move into today.” Price: $549,000. WC_LO 10.25x8_080306.qxd


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600 Sutton Place, Sutton Place, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests:” The main thing with this penthouse is the direct bay views,” describes Marcus Turner, of Wedebrock Real Estate Co. “This nice and clean fourth-floor unit is updated and fully furnished.” The wellmaintained complex also has Gulf access with a beach pavilion. Price: $549,000.

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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 July 21 through July 27, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)





725 Hideaway Bay Drive New Construction Paul Miller $950,000 4621 GMD Alteration Casa Del Mar Condo $109,000 2301 GMD Alteration Clarence Crutchfield $58,800 932 Spanish Drive North Alteration John Clay $30,000 2105 GMD Alteration Leslie Goldman $26,566 2399 GMD Alteration Kenneth White $25,778 4325 GMD Alteration Bart Basi $19,489 511 Edlee Lane Re-roof Olive Macleod $18,000 279 North Shore Road Alteration Richard Maul $17,305 3561 Bayou Circle Alteration Reginald Barton $15,420 4052 GMD Alteration Town of Longboat Key $14,609 4401 GMD Alteration James Boland $14,353 731 Emerald Harbor Alteration Mary Elizabeth Hirschmiller $12,000 3311 Sabal Cove Drive Pool Cage Thomas Sugalski $9,945 4430 Exeter Drive Alteration Eleanor Wilson Williams $9,886 502 Forest Way Re-roof Cedars East Condo $8,571 4325 GMD Alteration Nicholas Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Kulich $8,328 2120 Harbourside Drive Alteration James Huber $6,500 5461 GMD Alteration Robert Parks $6,000 836-843 Bayport Way Alteration George Hulme $5,721 1055 GMD Alteration 1055 GMD LLC $4,502 1050 Longboat Club Road Alteration Carol Newman $3,585 490 North Shore Road Alteration Martini Albaum $3,545 5382 Sandhamn Place Garage Alteration Christian Bertelsen $3,500 808-817 Bayport Way Alteration Martin Lerner $2,200 771 Old Compass Road Garage Alteration Lloyd Turman $1,523


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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 BAY ISLES - Fabulous 4BR 5,100SF home of fine detail & finishes throughout in the exclusive gated Harbor section of Bay Isles recently remodeled in 2005 w/new kitchen, bathrooms, appliances, plumbing fixtures & granite countertops throughout. Soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, office, 3 fireplaces, family room, wine cellar, bar & spacious outdoor entertaining terrace. MLS#302526 $2,995,000 RENAISSANCE - Downtown living at its best. Sweeping Bay & City views from the balconies of this southwest corner condo that has been remodeled including new upgraded kitchen, master bath & many details throughout. MLS#302398 $799,000

LIDO KEY - 3BR home on a wide private deep boating water basin w/a southern exposure & partial Bay view. The restaurants & shops of St. Armandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle & Lido Beach are a short walk away. MLS#298315 $2,895,000

LONGBOAT GULF FRONT LOT - One of the largest Gulf front buildable residential lots available in Sarasota County w/425â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Gulf front. This estate property is 1.4 acres w/ potential to divide into 2 lots. MLS# 302610 $6,450,000 Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;AMBIANCE - Luxury & privacy behind the gates of Longboat Key Club w/concierge service in this spacious Royal model. Gulf front w/magnificent views of sunrises, sunsets, Bay & city lights. Opulent interior w/12â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceilings, exciting ceiling treatments & quality built-ins. MLS#311205 $3,995,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES LOT - Canal front lot on the southern end of Longboat Key on the desirable southern side of the street. MLS#301010 $1,275,000

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En Provence penthouse sells for $4,707,500 Real-estate sales may be off locally, statewide and nationally, but large waterfront transactions continue on Longboat and adjacent keys in spite of the normal summer doldrums. Case in point, the penthouse over Building 2 at the 21unit, threebuilding en Provence condominium. Laura J. DiMicheleVukovich, of 2333 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold her fourKENT bedroom CHETLAIN and fourbath penthouse at 2151 Gulf of Mexico Drive on May 25 to Margaret Ann and Clarence P. Cazalot Jr., of Houston, Texas, for $4,707,500. DiMichele-Vukovich acquired the penthouse, brand new, for $3.9 million in February 2002, to turn a gross profit of $807,500 on the sale to the Cazalots. En Provence was created on the five-acre Gulf beach front site of the former Charles Savidges’ 10-bedroom mansion at 2121 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The Savidges sold their home and property in September 2000 for $10 million; at the time,

the highest price ever paid for a single family home in Sarasota County. The home was immediately razed, clearing the way for the construction of the en Provence condominium. Michael Saunders & Co. sold all 21 units prior to completion during the peak of the post Gulf War building boom.

Lighthouse Point sale The second largest sale for the week of July 10 through July 14 was the $3.1 million that Dawn M. and Paul V. Holland paid for their home at 55 Lighthouse Point Drive, jutting into New Pass. Selling the property was Renee Zwickel, widow of Roy Zwickel, joined by Jonathan Zwickel and Claire Zwickel Szajer, all as trustees of the Zwickel Family Trust. The Zwickels acquired the new five-bedroom and fiveand-a-half-bath house with a swimming pool in November 1995 for $1.5 million from JRJax Inc. James Clabaugh, vice president of JR-Jax, signed the deed of sale. The transaction afforded the Zwickels a gross profit of $1.6 million in just less than 11 years.

Beachplace In one of the highest prices ever paid for a condominium

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This penthouse at 2333 Gulf of Mexico Drive has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and sold for $4,707,500.

at the 336-unit, Arvida-built Beachplace complex, Brett M. Dias, of Latrobe, Pa., sold his Unit 604 in Building 9 at Beachplace III for $1,345,000 to James L. Kennedy, now of 1045 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The two-bedroom and twobath Gulfside apartment was constructed in 1981.

Dias acquired the condominium just last Feb. 28 for $1,275,000, to turn a gross profit of $70,000 in less than five months.

Grand Bay III Deborah J. and John T. Gardner Jr., of Edwards, Colo., pur-

chased Unit 352 in Building III at the six-building and 272unit Grand Bay for $1,164,000 from Gayle and Daniel H. Levy of Garrison, N.Y. The three-bedroom and three-and-a-half-bath condominium at 3030 Grand Bay Blvd., was created in 1998. The Levys bought the apartment in

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DOWNTOWN BAY FRONT 3,284 SF double unit w/unobstructed views, 3-4 BR/4BA, custom builtins, granite, Corian, marble, wet bar, gourmet kitchen, executive office, 2tiled balconies and 2CG in secure, gated building w/tennis, pools, and boat docks available!.......$1,499,000

HIGH IN THE SKY ON SIESTA KEY! Upgraded 1,187SF, 2Br/2Ba w/miles of gulf views, granite, Italian limestone floors, wood cabinets, faux finishes, custom wood doors, new wall to wall glass doors, Woodmode kitchen, 4 balconies & 1CG in secure building! $1,750,000

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


LONG LAKE & PRESERVE VIEWS! Luxurious 3,814SF, 4-5Br/3.5Ba w/ bamboo flrs, tile, wood cabinets w/ pull-outs, built-ins, granite, marble, detailed ceilings, stone/marble fp, stainless steel appl., guest suite w/ sep.entry, pool/spa, summer kit. & 3CG!.................................$1,400,000

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VIR PENTHOUSE OVERLOOKING THE GULF, BAY & MARINA! 2,464SF, 3-4Br/3Ba w/private elevator access, marble floors, 11Ft ceilings, crown moldings, granite & natural stone, wet bar, wood cabinets, 2 terraces & 1CG in a secure building w/amenities!................................. $1,875,000





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VIR UNRIVALED BAY VIEWS! Downtown 270-degree views from 16th flr in Embassy House, 1,695SF, 2Br/2Ba, mirrored walls, hardwood floors, ceramic tile & 2 enclosed balconies in secure building w/covered parking & amenities! … $869,500

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


DEEDED, DEEP WATER DOCK WITH LIFT! Courtyard home of 4,358SF, 3Br/2.5Ba + sep. 1Br/1Ba guest suite, new wood floors, architectural columns, detailed ceilings, 2 fps, new granite, furn. quality cabinets, pool, spa, summer kitchen & 2CG-West of Trail! ........$1,350,000

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August 2002 for $950,000, to turn a gross profit of $214,000 on the transaction.

Beaches of Longboat Key-South James Bernard Pinski, of Kankakee, Ill., and Michael James Pinski, 435 L’Ambiance Drive, sold their Unit 206 in Phase 1 at 776 Longboat Club Road to Mirella Fuda and Anthony D’Atria from Mahwah, N.J., for $830,000. This represents an apparent $50,000 loss in a little more than one year for the Pinskis, who bought the 22-year-old, twobedroom and two-bath condominium in May 2005 for $880,000.

Pelican Harbour & Beach Club Anne N. and Daniel C. Rutz, from Marietta, Ga., purchased Unit G-1 at the 65-unit Pelican Harbour & Beach Club, 4234 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Mary and Richard Neufeld, 6724 Pennsylvania Ave., Sarasota (Manatee County), for $650,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1973. The Neufelds bought it in May 1997 for $290,000, to realize a $360,000 gross profit over the last nine years.

St. Judes Apartments Yuliya O. and Powel A. Crosley, 106-36th St., N.E., Bradenton, acquired their second St. Judes Apartment condominium in as many weeks when they paid K. & A. Inc. $460,500 for Unit 22 in the

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third section. K. & A. President Jeffrey J. Braaten, 3087 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton, signed the deed of sale to the one-bedroom and one-bath apartment at 707 St. Judes Drive, which was constructed in 1966. K. & A. earned a gross profit of $149,5000 on the sale, having acquired the apartment for $310,000 in March 2005. On July 3, the Crosleys bought Unit 7 at St. Judes Apartments, also from K. & A.

The Beach at Longboat Key There was a sale at the 15unit The Beach at Longboat Key (the former Sea Bird Beach Resort), 3465 Gulf of Mexico Drive, in which Kevin M. Migone, Michael S. Gallatin and Harry Bruce Migone paid $250,000 to The Beach at Longboat Key LLC, and Priakos of Florida LLC, for Unit 220. Charles L. Starr III is manager of The Beach of Longboat Key and William H. Priakos Sr., Fort Smith, Ark., is the managing member of Priakos of Florida LLC.

Beach Residences Judith and Brian T. Bedol, from Montclair, N.J., bought Unit 907 at the 12-story, 88unit The Beach Residences at 1300 Ben Franklin Drive by paying $1.95 million to four Illinois investors: Dennis Cipcich, from Elburn; Raymond M. Grimm, from Carol Stream; and Kathleen A. and James H. Watson, from McHenry.

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Gulfside unit 604 in building 9 in the Beachplace III complex has two bedrooms and two baths. It sold for $1,345,000, making it the highest price ever paid for a condominium at the Beachplace complex.

The Illinois investors bought Unit 907 for $1.64 million last January 25, then selling it for the $1.95 million to record a gross profit of $310,000 in six months.

Sales top $1 million While there were but nine residential sales recorded at the courthouses the second week of July, five were for $1 million or more. These large sales accounted for $12,266,500 of the week’s $14,457,000 total. Longboat Key accounted

for all but one of the sales. So, while here in the midst of the summer doldrums and the hurricane season, sales may be fewer than in past years, but the coveted waterfront condominiums and homes are still selling and commanding high prices. While in some areas the property owners are renting their empty units, most here seem to be waiting for the next shift in the market. Veteran Bird Key Realtor Robert Norwine notes a recent trend

toward rewarding successful sales reps with inventive bonuses over and above their regular commissions as one means to move properties. 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.

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3541 Fair Oaks Wide open golf and lagoon views yet very private. This 2-3 BR, 2.5 BA Taylor Woodrow home is beautifully appointed throughout, with cherry cabinets, granite counters, hand-painted tiles, plantation shutters and custom faux painting. Expansive screened pool and outdoor living space. Also includes membership to Bay Isles Beach Club.


850 Evergreen Way Turnkey furnished 2 BR, 2.5 BA unit features many updates including new Pella windows and SS appliances. This Tennis Resort on N. Longboat Key boasts 10 lighted Har-Tru courts, a large clubhouse w/pro shop, Olympic size heated pool, day dock, and on-site rental program. Seller is very motivated and will consider all offers. Seize the opportunity.


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GOLF GAMBITS by Thomas L. Friedman | Guest Writer

Golf becomes the national pastime Editor’s Note: This week’s column replaces the regular Golf Gambits column by Hal Lenobel. It originally ran in the August 2005 issue of Golf Digest. It runs with the permission of Thomas L. Friedman.

It’s a new era for America and the world of sports, and the game is golf.

The game of golf allows players of all ages and abilities to compete.

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physically able. Indeed, that’s why every year scores of people die while playing golf. They go down swinging. In baseball, they go down eating Not only can you play the same game of golf that professionals play, you can play the same courses and, at least occasionally, hit the same shots. That’s so much more egalitarian than baseball. When was the last time you heard that a 20handicapper is hitting a home run over the Green Monster in Boston? Americans are doers at heart, not spectators. If you want to play golf, just grab your clubs, head to your local muny and get in line at the first tee. When was the last time you got a baseball game together? Moreover, some of golf ’s greatest events — the U.S. Open, in particular — are now played on public courses, truly open to anyone, such as Bethpage, Torrey Pines and Pinehurst. You can not only play them, but when it comes time to watch the Open on TV, you can actually say while Tiger is preparing to putt, “I had

the same putt. It breaks right.” I have no idea what it’s like to face a Roger Clemens fastball, and I never will. And should you actually try to walk the base paths at Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, you’ll get handcuffed. Then there is the deeper Zen of both games. Golf is so much more ... well, American than baseball in terms of its inner spirit. To begin with, it is an individual game in a country built by individualists. Indeed, there is no sport that more rewards individual merit than golf. A professional baseball player hitting only .230 can make $1 million a year on a three-year contract. A professional golfer who averages just one stroke per round higher than the tour average probably will go hungry. To this day, professional golfers, like the pioneers and pilgrims who founded this country, eat only what they kill. They start every year on the tour with $0.00. Sure, the big names have their endorsement cushions, but the vast majority of professional golfers live or die by how they perform every day. What do you suppose the average ERA in baseball would be, if, on each throw in the ninth inning, Johnny Miller was overheard whispering into the TV microphone, “If he doesn’t throw a strike on this one, it’s gonna cost him

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golf continued from 7C $250,000.” There are a lot of baseball pitchers who wouldn’t be able to lift their arms. Professional golfers pull it back with that kind of pressure — not win-orlose pressure, but eat-or-not-eat pressure — that made America what it is today. No professional sport is more democratic. Golf ’s national championships are open to everyone with the requisite handicap — amateurs and professionals alike — starting with local qualifiers. Rarely does a U.S. Open go by, for men or women, where some out-of-nowhere qualifier doesn’t surge up the leader board. There is simply no such analog in baseball. Where do I sign up to try to qualify for the World Series? Golf is not only a more democratic sport; it’s a more philanthropic sport. The PGA Tour and its sponsors have already given close to $1 billion to charities. That is truly the American way. Baseball teams are better known for asking taxpayers to dig into their pockets to fund baseball’s newest stadium. Golf is actually the sport most in sync with today’s American economy. As Michael Mandelbaum, the author of “The Meaning of Sports,” observed: “When people worked on farms, they were too spread out to play golf. Now that they work in offices, they have the time and the incentive to play golf, because it is one of the few ways that they can still get exercise — even as they age.” The obituary of Herbert Warren Wind in the New York Times noted that Wind’s series for Golf Digest in 1972 included his observation that golf was “the official game of our era, the common ground, the shared enthusiasm, the Cloth of Gold that drew together the heroes from such separate worlds as sports, government and entertainment.” Golf is also so much more like life than baseball. Baseball is played on a flat surface to produce predictable bounces of the ball. Golf is deliberately played on

an uneven surface, designed to bring good and bad bounces, bad lies and crazy angles, into the heart of the sport. And that’s why it’s so much like life, because golf, like life, is ultimately about how you react to the good and bad bounces that come your way. Hence the adage that if you play just one round of golf with a person, you can learn everything you need to know about their character: Do they blame their caddie or their equipment for poor shots? Do they curse and lose their temper or take the good and the bad in stride? And most of all, do they cheat or do they play by the rules? Play nine innings of baseball with others and you won’t really know anything more about them than when you started — other than their particular baseball skills. Baseball players tend to reveal their character more outside their sport, or outside the lines, than inside. Americans learned more about the character of ex-New York Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer when he confronted Pedro Martinez during a brawl than they ever learned watching him whispering into Joe Torre’s ear on the bench. And speaking of playing by the rules, golf is far different from baseball in that it has no umpires built into the sport. You call your own balls and strikes — or the fans will call the slightest infraction on you as they watch their TVs at home. Golf, like America, is built on the rule of law. Other sports are built on the notion that you try to get away with as much cheating as the umpires or officials don’t see. The drug of choice in golf is Advil — not steroids. They only whiff of a drug problem in golf-involved accusations that some professionals were using betablockers to help control their nerves. Even that is quintessentially American. Very few Americans are taking steroids to build up their muscles, but many take drugs to manage their stress, because the problem for most Americans is not weakness, but anxiety. Baseball players are on

Golf promotes camaraderie and, in some cases, a bit of good-natured ribbing. steroids; America is on Valium. Golf also deserves to be recognized as our true national pastime because it is the game that virtually all of our presidents played. Sure, every president gets called upon to throw out a ceremonial first pitch on the opening day of the baseball season, but that’s where his or her connection to the game usually ends. None of them built a pitcher’s mound on the White House lawn, but there has been a putting green there for years. Whether it was Ike, who learned the game on military courses, or Bill Clinton, who was brought up on the municipal tracks in Arkansas, or JFK, who perfected his swing on the groomed links near Hyannis Port and Boston, most of our presidents turned to golf for relaxation. They might have watched baseball, football and basketball, but they played golf — some, like Ike, until their dying days. Last but not least, there is the home run — the quintessential American contribution to sports. Truth be told, the home run lives on today more in golf than in baseball. Sports Illustrated recently ran a cover story about the decline of home runs in baseball this season, now that players face suspensions for taking steroids. But don’t worry. You can still get your home-run fix by watching golf. Did you see what Tiger Woods did to the par-4 16th at Doral in the tournament this year? He took out his driver, took a mighty Ruthian swing and put the ball on the green 360 yards away. I happened

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to be watching it on TV. It was even more exciting than watching Sammy Sosa or Hank Aaron belt one over the wall, because it is one thing to hit a home run; it is quite another to hit a home run and have it land and stop in the circle you want it to 360 yards away. Look, I have nothing against baseball. I played the sport as a young boy. It’s a wonderful pastime. So is bowling. But our national pastime? The game that most deeply reflects the American character? It’s clearly golf, and this is without question the greatest time ever to be an American golfer. For one thing, you get to see the sunset of the greatest golfers of the 20th century, Americans named Nicklaus and Palmer in particular, and the rise of the greatest golfer of the 21st century, an American named Woods. Good equipment is also available to more Americans, and the oversupply of courses means everyone can find a placed to play in their price range. So c’mon, sing it with me now: “Take me out to the golf course, take me out to the links, buy me some ProV1s and Callaways, I don’t care if I never come back … Root, root, root for your home pro, if he don’t win it’s a shame … So it’s a holein-one, two, three putts you’re out at the old golf game.” Thomas L. Friedman is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign-affairs columist for The New York Times.

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Sports/Fitness Classes: • Aerobics: Low impact, “BurnN-Build,” 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. • Interval Training: Power Hour Plus, 7:45 a.m. Saturdays. • Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and

Fridays. • Muscles and More: (Weight bearing), 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • NIA: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays. • Joy of Stretching: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. • Pilates: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Bridge: • Duplicate bridge: 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Christine Wilson is looking to the future. The recent Riverview High School graduate will take a year off from school to try her hand at the pro tennis circuit by playing in future pro tournaments. Her ultimate goal would be playing in Wimbledon, and this Lido Key resident is well on her way, by playing and practicing five to six times a week.

when I was 4 years old and I fell into it naturally. It was really fun.

What made you pick up a racket? My dad used to play. I started

Name one thing you do that wins matches. Try to have a game plan. Be-

What benefits do you get from playing tennis? I enjoy it; it keeps you in good shape. How competitive are you? I’m pretty competitive with myself.

fore a shot is hit, you should know where it’s going. If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? I pretty much have all my shots down. But I would say return of serve, because it’s really important to break the other player. Who has most influenced your game? Pete Sampras, for his serve. He has one of the best serves;

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he’s very consistent. Relate the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. I remember when I was little and I had first started, my dad and I played on the U.S. Open courts. Those are big courts. Pass on one tip that you play, by or the single most important tip you’ve received. Try to have patience in order to keep the ball in play. And don’t try to finish the point

too early or you might make a mistake. Who is your favorite athlete, and why? Roger Federer. He’s one of the greats. He has all the shots. His footwork is really good and his backhand, as well. I have a one-handed backhand, too. What is your favorite stroke? Serve. I know how to place it well. It gives me free points.

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Lender A Coastal Funding

(800) 594-3319

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

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AAA Mortgage

(866) 441-3619

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

No Quote



Aapex Mortgage

(877) 839-9829

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

No Quote



(888) 90-HOMES

6.250 / 0.25

6.000 / 0.13

6.500 / 0.25

No Quote



Accountable Mortgage

(800) 840-8771

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



American Home Finance

(888) 429-1940

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



America’s Best Mortgage

(800) 713-8189

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00



Avail Mortgage

(800) 545-8678

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.250 / 0.00



Borrowers Advantage Mtg.

(888) 510-4151

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

No Quote



Capital Trust Mortgage

(800) 511-2862

6.500 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



Chase Manhattan Mtg. Corp.

(941) 761-9808

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



First Choice Mortgage of FL

(561) 642-4540

6.625 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

7.000 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



1st Metropolitan Mortgage

(800) 548-5988

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.375 / 1.00

No Quote



Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.875 / 1.88

5.500 / 1.88

6.375 / 1.00

3.750 / 1.00



Heidelberg Capital Corp.

(813) 784-4099

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

No Quote



Magnolia Mortgage Corp.

(800) 392-6851

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

No Quote



N.E. Mortgage Lender

(877) 559-3621

6.000 / 2.00

5.750 / 2.00

6.125 / 2.00

5.500 / 0.00



Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.13

5.750 / 0.00



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

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Resident Donna Schlorf and Texas resident Dee Priakos practice Monday with Pro David Sparks at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.

Longboat Key PUBLIC Tennis Center Summer Men’s Singles July 11 Quarters Howard Banfield def. Andy VonJohnn, 6-2. Mike Ortega def. John Beeman, 6-4. Larry Shapiro def. Steve Johnson, 6-3. Ron VonJohnn def. Blythe Young, 6-3. Semi-Finals Banfield def. Ortega, 6-2. R. VonJohnn def. Shapiro, 6-4. Finals Banfield def. VonJohnn, 6-2. 3rd Place Shapiro def. Ortega, 6-4.

Longboat Key CLUB Women’s Golf Association Best 2 Balls Net on Holes starting with S &T July 11 1st Place: Ellen Fedder, Barbara Kiefer, Sandy Fulkerson and Chris Hersberger, 60. 2nd Place Tie: Jan Curl, Joyce Welch, Jean Tarsy and Dorothea Morris with Laverne Satnick, Marlene Wilkening, Carol Scarbrough and Proxy, 62. 3rd Place: Sylvia Levine, Barbara Brumfield, Marie DeLisi and Lois Fishman, 61. Total Points: 30 Chip-ins: Laverne Satnick, Carol Scarbrough and Barbara Keifer

Women’s 18-hole Golf Association July 25 Format: Throw out 3 holes Net Division 1st place: Linda Webber, 56 2nd place: Joyce Steele, 61 3rd place: Sylvia Levine, 64 4th place: Jean Tarsy, 67 Gross Division 1st place: Ellen Fedder, 64 2nd place: Barbara Brizdle, 73

WINNERS Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel July 18 North-South 1. La Verne Sutnick and Donald Kayton 2. MaryLou Thomas and Jay Jelinek 3. Duci Kovacik and Helen Schweyer East-West 1. Polly Kaatz and Larry Auerbach 2. Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Barbara Nelson and Donn Osmonn

Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel July 20 North-South 1. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 2. Cele Schwartz and Donald Kayton 3. Mary Lou Thomas and Jay Jelinek East-West 1. Jayne Forstenzer and Polly Kaatz 2. Brian Howard and John Schmidt 3. Barbara Nelson and Donn Osmonn

July 25 Overall Winner 1. Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstenzer 2. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 3. Duci Kovacik and Helen Schweyer 4. Polly Kaatz and Donald Kayton

July 27 Overall Winner 1. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 2. Mary Lou Thomas and Jay Jelinek 3. Polly Kaatz and Jayne Forstenzer 4. Duci Kovacik and Helen Schweyer

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Sailors in the Opti Nationals race to the finish line.

Racing Opti sailboats

SARASOTA YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM The Sarasota Youth Sailing Program conducts programs throughout the year, including a summer camp. It had 250 children this year, and the children are able to get a taste of sailing on boats often donated from local organizations. The program also has race teams beyond the Opti nationals, including lasers and 420s for middle- and high-school children. For more information, call 504-4236.

Sarasota Bay has had a recent influx of sailors — 345 to be exact. The Sarasota Youth Sailing Program hosted the 2006 national finals regatta of the U.S. Optimist Dingy Association last week. Ann Stocke, Sarasota Youth Sailing board member, said normally the program wouldn’t be up for a chance to host the nationals so soon after hosting the event in 2002, but were approached last October after Hurricane Katrina to host again this year. Usually, hosts have about a year to prepare for the event. “How can you turn down Hurricane Katrina victims?” Stocke asked. “We’ve had a tremen-

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Racers begin heading toward the starting line.

dous amount of support from hundreds of volunteers and our sponsors.” The title sponsor for this year’s event was Carl Black GMC, of Sarasota. Participants came from not only all over the country, but also from all over the world. This year saw participants from Seattle, New York and Chicago, to as far away as Sweden and Great Britain. The sailors range in age from 8 to 15 and are put in green, blue, white and red fleets (groups of racers), depending on their ages. All first-time participants race as green fleeters, regardless of age. The green fleet races on a modified course. The boats in the red, white and blue fleets sail together — this year, in round-robin starts. Two boats, 500 feet away from each other, make an imaginary starting line; if sailors cross the line before they’re supposed to, it’s called an “over start,” and they have to dip their boat down and circle back. This sport teaches kids not only independence in the water, but good sportsmanship. “It’s an honesty thing,” said Carol Reddaway, mother and

coach to three sailors. “If they think they’re over early, they have to go back.” Both Reddaway and Stocke said it’s amazing to see how much confidence this sport gives children, helping them in other areas of their life, as well. Both of Stocke’s children have dyslexia, and both have displayed marked improvement since starting to sail. “The best part is being comfortable with yourself,” Reddaway said. “Team sports are great, but this teaches you alone, without anyone yelling from the sidelines.”

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Cole Kileen (red vest) waits his turn to be sprayed with the water hose. The heat index was 100 on Tuesday. An Opti sailor heads out to start the race

Racers round the second buoy on the course.

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Songbirds get vocal lessons at Pelican Man Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary receives more than 1,500 baby birds every summer. The large majority of those are songbirds. Part of the difficulty in raising songbirds is that their parents teach them everything they need to know in order to survive as adults. This includes what to eat, how to avoid predators, and how, where and when to migrate. As their “foster parents,” we have a difficult time teaching them these essential skills. One thing that most people do not realize is that baby songbirds learn how to sing from their parents as well. Most people assume that the songs one hears from the birds in their own backyard are instinctual, and that baby birds are born knowing how to sing. Songbirds, however, need to learn this from their parents. Without this knowledge, songbirds will have no idea how to communicate with others of their kind and will live a life of

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A pair of songbirds prepare a duet. Above: Matt Dowd and Abby Featherstone get excited for the race. Right: An Opti sailor heads out to start the race.


A songbird sings for his supper.

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isolation. Songbirds are unique in this aspect and are one of the only species on the planet, which are not born knowing how to communicate. They learn their songs in much the same way that children learn to speak. They listen to an adult and then practice what they hear until they can repeat it. Of all of the species on the planet, only humans, some dolphins and whales, and songbirds, learn their vocalizations. Most species of birds can only learn their songs during the first few weeks of their lives. If they are not exposed to their songs during this time, they will sing a song that comes naturally to

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by Donna Swan and edited by Richard Yohe

Count tricks This week’s hand was sent by our friend, Anon, who writes: “Today’s contract of three notrump by South is easy if he counts his tricks and plays a low heart at trick one. Eight tricks are sure: three hearts, one diamond and four clubs. So now, the ninth trick is there if spades are led at trick two. It does not matter which spade is led, just give the defenders the ace and queen as soon as possible. “Most declarers will try the finesse in diamonds, which loses. And when East plays a heart, now EastWest will take five tricks: two spades, two hearts and one diamond, for down one and a poor result.” Anon is a superior bridge player who carefully plans the play of each hand before he plays the first trick. Too often, players are forced to play too fast in a duplicate game because of the time factor. The best play requires a steady game, not taking too much time with each board.

BRIDGE Dealer: North Vulnerable: N/S



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♠ AQ2 ♥ 10 7 6 5 4 ♦6 South ♣ 10 7 3 2 ♠ K 10 3 ♥ AJ2 ♦ 8743 ♣ AQ5 Bidding: North 1 ♣ 3 ♥

East Pass All Pass

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West Pass

Opening Lead: ♥ 5

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

The Longboat Observer

Sudoku Edited by Michael Mepham © Tribune Media Services

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

For Your Consideration

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.

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.

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.

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents • Sarasota, FL • (941) 388-4447

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2/2 deep Waterfront Home 4308 NE 2nd ave. Bradenton

2/2 Heron Harbour Condo #108 7500 W. 40th ave. Bradenton

2/2 Condo 2-4/3.5 Luxury Condo @ riverview #401 #126E 1400 W. 1st ave. Marquee en Ville Bradenton 4 story unit CaLL FOr tErMS & 235 Cocoanut ave. brochure of each sale... all subject to prior sale Sarasota

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 3, 2006

Weather 5D


RED TIDE REPORT No red tide was present as of July 27.


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the gardens at palm-aire - 2 Bedroom condo, excellent location, freshly painted, very private, low fees and a great price. Excellent investment opportunity. Just reduced $185,500. Call me today to see this one. Century 21 Advantage.

niels & marianne trulson


GREAT BUY - Newer home on premium private preserve lot. TOTAL PRIVACY from almost any part of home. Custom built. Upgrades throughout. Diagonal tile flooring, huge kitchen w/center island. Crown molding, extended caged Lanai, pocket doors, huge Master suite w/private sitting area. Over 2,100 sq.ft. $379,900 Re/Max Properties. Charles Totonis 941-308-4313

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PALM LAKES – BUILDER CLOSEOUT! - Home site #29 Sago Palm - . Approx. 1,728 sq. ft., NEW 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, Corian countertops, 2-car garage, paver driveway, barrel tile roof, lush landscaping. Gated, club/swim community! Incredible price, $267,500.

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.

PALM LAKES – BUILDER CLOSEOUT! - Home site # 67 Queen Palm - 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! Incredible price $229,900.

PALM LAKES – BUILDER CLOSEOUT! - Home site # 21 Phoenix Palm - Approx. 1,650 sq. ft., NEW 2 bedrooms plus den, 2 baths, Corian countertops, 2-car garage, paver driveway, barrel tile roof, lush landscaping. Gated, club/swim community! Incredible price $259,000.

Robert Harris Homes

Owner Realtor

Robert Harris Homes

Robert Harris Homes





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Fishing Charters

steven postans antiques

SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchens has been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Let us combine our knowledge with your individual style. 383-0777.

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

7881 15th St. E. (old 301), Sarasota, FL. 755-6063

Auto Sales & Service Items Under $200 For Sale king-size mattress, boxspring, and off-white headboard from Robb and Stuckey, excellent condition, sacrifice, $195. (941)383-1822.

1996 BMW 750IL. Smooth 12 cylinder, loaded, white, very clean. $11,900. (941)376-8559.

Auto Transport

sofa, 89 inches, 3 cushion, pale blue-pink, $75. 240-246-6817.

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

Adult Care

Boat Charter

compassionate companion with experience in Hospice/Elder Care. Excellent cook, light housekeeping, errands/outings. References. 941-708-3641.

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.

a lending hand your hand at home Non-Medical Homecare providing personalized care for Seniors •Respite Care •Light housekeeping •Doctor’s Appointments •Medications Reminders •Available 24 hours •Case Management •References Hourly or 24 hour care (minimum 4 hours) Licensed Insured Bonded 941-809-3725


Boat Sales, Service & Storage

Cleaning Services


mrs. maids. Want a clean house? Call us today Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.

mrs. klean. Residential & Commercial Cleaning Service. Experienced, excellent references, reliable, dependable. Reasonable rates. Free estimates. Let us do the cleaning for you. (941)962-7291.

Brazilian maid

Furniture Repair Alberto’s Refinishing Of Fine Furniture. Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, Doors, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: (941)296-5427

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

house, office, move-in and move-out cleanings. Great references. Free estimate.

p/t bookkeeping position available. Must be proficient in QuickBooks. Some phone & filing. Could work into F/T position. Call (941)383-2900.

Please call monica 941-539-2062

the beachcomber Condominium on Longboat Key needs a Part Time Assistant Manager. 20/hrs. per week. Weekends required during season. (941)383-1083.

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. Housecleaning By Private Party. Longboat Key Club Experienced. Very Honest, Reliable, Excellent References. Call: (941)928-5516

Help Wanted

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

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

time to cleAN? I can help! Hard-workItems For Sale ing, thorough, dependable, honest gal available for cleaning including move-ins/outs, Brand New King Pillow-top SET, Brand weekly, bi-weekly. Experienced. ReasonName With Factory Warranty. $250. Can able rates. Excellent references. Pamela, Deliver. (941)234-8019 320-0023. A Brand Name Queen Pillow-top Mattress SET, New With Warranty. Can Deliver. Computer Services 22’ Hurricane Deck Boat, Excellent $180. (941)234-8019 Condition & Well Maintained. 2004 115HP Certified Computer Professional. Yamaha Four Stroke Motor. Dual Batteries. warehouse nonprofit Computer slow or acting weird? On-site lord’s Fully Equipped: Lights, Bimini Top. Bottom Open 9a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays only through support. Lido Key. Call Forrest, 388-3425. Painted, Very Stable 10” Draft. Lots Of September. Furniture, clothing, decorator Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years items, kitchenware, jewelry. Information: Storage! $11,000. 941-346-1934. of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, 383-3649. upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless Boat Slips for Rent/Sale networking. PC or MAC web design. Full Size Mattress SET, Brand New With Warranty. Can Deliver. $135.00. Boat Condo Dry Slip. Unit #1203 Of The 383-3878, 587-5588. (941)234-8019 Boathouse On Longboat Will Accommodate Monohull Boats Up To 32’ LOA, 8.5’ Beam. Consignments Available Immediately. Beautiful Setting On Answers for this week’s crossword South Longboat Key Includes Fuel. Dry consignment store. Florida’s largest Dock Restaurant, Ship’s Store And Covered & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery Detail Area With Power And Water. $500 available. House of Lords - Osprey. Per Month, with 10% Discount For Annual 941-966-5446. Lease. (941)923-3774 flats boat. 2003 18/ft. Action-Craft, trailer, 125 HP Mercury less than 60 hours. Bimini, poling platform, pole, bottom painted and in water. Excellent condition. $19,000 firm. E-Mail: or call 387-8448.

Business Opportunities

cna/hha: 24/years experience to care for your loved one in home or nursing facil- do you want to save money on gas? Go ity. Excellent references. Reasonable rates. to: and take the tour. 355-4509. McIntosh Manor Assisted Living Facility Has One Private Room For Full-time Resident & Two Openings For Daily Respite Care Residents With Meals. Call: Ophelia (941)923-3309

Thursday, august 3, 2006


28,000sq.ft. warehouse. over 1,000 pieces of 18th & 19th C. English and Continental furniture and clocks. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY!

• Free-Bee ads must be placed in person, mailed, or faxed by individuals with private addresses and phone numbers. (Sorry, no commercial advertising in the Free-Bee section.)


Cabinet Making Kitchen Cabinets: Touchup / Stripping/ Refinishing. Licensed & Insured. Call Nancy (941)726-9049

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.

Financial Services commercial money 90% LTV to $1M Stated Income Quick Close. (941)356-1524.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, August 3, 2006

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

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

Painting & Wallpapering ray cordy custom Painting & Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All trades are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings that are for 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.

Personals Alone? seniors Dating Bureau! SAFEST since 1977! (ages 45-90). 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days.

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

for all your home improvement needs. 20 years. Lic. and insured. Call Bill, 773-3799. robert held’s handyman & more! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717.

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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 lic.

john gubernat handyman specializing in roof leaks, siding, soffit, fascia, chimney flashings, exterior aluminum trim, home repairs. 28 years experience.

Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/Taxes

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

Over 25/yrs. experience

Telephone: 941-749-5646

Longview Realty 941-383-6112 For more great business & realty buys:


Gail Sunray, Owner

BONDED & insured

**Confidentiality agreement required for details.

Condos & Homes For Sale

your personal bookkeeper, LLC

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

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 main road of popular resort area. $1,690,000** PLASTICS FACTORY: Established Fla. company, state-of-art equipment & building on 3 acres, highly profitable, good customer base.** pet grooming. Profitable business in strategic location, loyal customer base. $59,900** gifts/antiques/furniture etc. Big beautiful Sarasota shop sells new & pre-owned items. Low rent, profitable. $225K - owner financing available**. breakfast/lunch: Turnkey restaurant in busy Bradenton plaza. $79,990.** furniture store: Italian leather chairs/sofas, Italian/Austrian crystal chandeliers, other quality imports in highly visible Sarasota spot. $59,990** bait & tackle: Profitable, great Cortez Rd. location. Motivated seller. $65K.

Commercial Rentals & Sales local repair Service for all home needs. Member of BBB. Lic/Ins. 17/yrs. ex- * prime retail and office space perience. Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Fax: 941-363-9017. Carpentry, painting, Key. Call 387-3135. tile, pressure washing, dock & deck repair.

Personal Services

I come to your home or office.

Commercial/Business Opp.

Remodeling & Home Improvements



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

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

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

beautiful longboat Key home in prestigious Sabal Cove. Beautifully maintained custom built home situated on tidal water in prestigious gated community, Bay Isles. This elegant 4000/sq.ft. home features 4BR/4BA w/large master suite with an oversize master bath. Spacious floor plan includes large family room w/working fireplace, eat-in gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, office with built-ins and oversized 3/car garage. French doors open to large lanai and in-ground heated caged pool/view of tidal water and golf course. Lots of upgrades include central vacuum, ceiling fans, tile, hurricane film on windows and doors, crown molding throughout, alarm system and lots of closet space. Air Conditioning, Alarm, Cable/Satellite TV, Carpeted Floors, Dishwasher, Disposal, Fireplace, Hardwood, Microwave, On Water, Patio with built-in barbecue. 3302 Sabal Cove Lane, Longboat Key. For more information, contact Toby Lee Gilfix, 941-383-1060. lbk, seaplace Beachfront Condo: 1500/sq.ft., 3BR/2BA, recently renovated. Turnkey perfect. All amenities, child friendly, covered parking. Asking $798,000. Contact Arlene, 924-2641 or E-mail:


longboat key investors 2BR/2BA penthouse at windward bay tastefully turnkey furnished, W/d.

Condos & Homes For Sale

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

Lido Shores

3BR/2BA 2327SF. Pool Home Large Lot Beach Access $1,100,000

Sleepy Lagoon

Canal Front 3BR/2BA 1830SF. 50 Ft. Dock $950,000

Parkstone Townhouse 3BR/2BA Townhouse 1670 SF. Waterview $299,900

Re/Max Excellence Ramona Glanz (941)383-9700 longboat key: Country Club Shores canal fronts - $1,395,000 & $1,150,000. Bird Key garden home - $924,900. Beachside condo - $595,000 and Bayside Condo $449,900. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700 or The Beach At Longboat Key. Newly Remodeled Studio In Small Direct Gulf Front Complex. Everything Is New - Tile, Bath, Murphy Bed, Kitchen w/Stainless Appliances, Flat Screen TV. Just Steps To Beach, Unbelievable, Unobstructed Gulf Views. Nightly Rental On-Site Office To Help Pay Expenses. Must Sell. Lost Job. $499,000. (317)531-3683 Owner

seller will lease back for 5 months of the season for the next 3 years.

mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradenton’s

Price reduced to $449,000

best kept secret

call Dorothy cook, associate wagner realty (941)383-5577 or 730-9715

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

Tile Installation Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. Lic/Ins.

Classifieds 7D

Spanish main, LBK. Detached villa, full canal views, deeded beach access, 55+ community. $395,900. Jesse Brisson, Gulf-Bay Realty. 941-713-4755.

Donna Bucher RoseBay Real Estate 941-713-0203

8D Classifieds Condos & Homes For Sale 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 lbk duplex income property. Canal-side with 4 to 6 bedrooms & deeded beach access. Live in it, rent it out for income, or redevelop (adjacent property also available): $759K. Mary Ann Namack at Longview Realty. (941)383-6112. 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.

Condos & Homes For Sale condo for sale unique loft unit - sleeps 6 spacious unit great rental potential on-site management for rental program $375,000 seahorse beach resort 3453 gulf of mexico dr. longboat key, fl 941-383-2417

home 3+br/2.5ba: Gulf Gate area, you’ll love our luxurious 2554/sq.ft., 1950/sq.ft. $264,000. 2940 Lexington St. 3BR/2.5BA villa. Stunning great room w/fireplace, large screened deck overlook- 941-923-7869 or Cell: 941-726-0724. ing fountain/water-fowl pond, laundry room, upscale island style home. Steps to courtyard, 2/car garage. Closets, cabinets, LBK beach. 2004 Builder’s model, wonderskylights galore. Community pool. Beach ful details, 2BR/2BA +loft. HOA incl. lawn, Club. Many extras. An owner sale. Asking pool, cable & security. $1,150,000. $708,000. 941-383-1344. 305-632-0449.

OVERLOOKING SARASOTA BAY 7211 Westmoreland Drive

longboat key

Great Sunsets Await You!

drastically reduced!

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

the village key west cottage 560 Broadway

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

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

3,319/sq.ft. a.c. Private location on great beach. Completion end of 2006. $3,695,000

Move In & Do Nothing!

MUST SEE! Reduced $850,000 (941)737-8939


positano building 5 - Capri model

For details call Ron Baldwin & Associates R.e. 941-954-7471

Agent/Owner Brokers Protected

Call Owner/Agent Nancy Lindeman 941-400-2656 Michael Saunders & Co.

beachfront LaFlamme 941-928-0990.

condo. Remax

Call Lissy Excellence.

St. Armands Towers, 2BR/2BA, 6th Floor, Completely Furnished. $559,900. Co-op 4% (941)388-0007 Whitney beach - Expansive Gulf & Beach views from this tastefully turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA top floor unit. Heated pool, tennis, and beach right out your door. Bayside boat slips available. Asking $995,000. Contact Mike Migone at 941-812-7437, RealtyOne Florida.

Condos & Homes For Sale

Beautiful 4/BR, 3/Bath Custom home on deep water canal.

condo. Beach, pools, tennis & cable. Newly furnished. No pets. Available August 1, 2006. $1200 monthly plus utilities. Call 941-383-7734.

™™™™™™™™™™™™ casa del mar longboat key 2 bedroom 2 bath serious seller reduced $549,000



lbk: direct bay view, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, fully furnished, king/queen, pool, beach. Very clean, no pets/smokers. Short or long term lease. Available 8/1. 877-741-2813. Palm Aire 2BR/2BA Condo, Water/Golf View , Remodeled 2005/2006. July-Oct. $1100/Month. Nov-Dec. $2,000/Month. Jan.-April $2800/Month. (248)670-0080 bird key waterfront home: 4BR/5BA, Pool, Deep Water Dock. Spectacular View of City Skyline. Available September 1st. $4750/mo. 941-355-9520, 1-800-852-1270 (Ext. 3002).

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™™™™™™ spectacular sarasota Bay and Intracoastal views from LR, DR, kitchen, MBR, den and lanai. Unique LBK condo w/windows on 4 sides. 3BR/2BA plus den and laundry. New hardwood floors and renovated kitchen w/granite counters. 2/Car covered parking, heated pool, beach access, tennis court, boat dock, elevator, pet permitted, partially furnished. $775,000. 941-383-1084. canalfront: 3br/2ba/2Car carport, 1800/sq.ft., furnished, newly updated. FSBO $879,900. Brokers welcome. See 941-360-0700. the Pierre. Architecturally award winning building. 5th floor, full Gulf, sunset views. Remodeled & updated. $1,975,000. By owner. 865-603-3126. E-mail: Ebay - Search - Longboat Key. longboat Bay front - 1BR/1BA with excellent cash flow. Turnkey furnished with on-site management. Gulf access, boat docks, heated pool, tennis and more. Asking $429,900. Contact Mike Migone at 941-812-7437, RealtyOne Florida.

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vacant: elenton, .4/acre across from Manatee River, $349,000. RUSKIN, desirable Spanish Main Yacht Club: 100/FT. on Little Manatee River x 180/ft. 2BR/2BA ground level, non-smoking villa with well, $299,000. 1-800-605-1000. with full view of Marina, Clubhouse and Out-Of-State Property Nature Preserve. Active 55+ community with deeded Gulf access. $340K Denise beat the summer heat. Own a piece of Fleese, Realtor. 941-504-5211. Vermont set on historic Lake Bomoseen. 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.

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country club Shores. New seawall lbk, waterfront: 1BR, dock. and dock, beach access. 2006 38/ft. $795/mo. 218-863-1991. yacht. $1,210,000. (941)383-7823, lido beach. Efficiencies and 1BR apts. semi-annual rentals. Across from beach. Call for special rates that start at $600/mo. (941)518-5850. westchester Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, TKF, 2 pools, lbk, seaplace: 1500/sq.ft., beautifully tennis, club house. furnished 3BR/2BA condo on the beach, $824,000 5/min. from St. Armands. Clubhouse, tennis/pools, fitness center. Covered parking. Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate No pets. $2700/mo. Call Arlene, Wagner Realty 941-924-2641 or e-mail: 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121 Whitney beach: 1BR/1BA, Bayside

seaplace 610 emerald harbor drive $2,395,000

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

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Close to Lake George, NY and Killington Ski Resort. Live in one house and rent out the other. Price reduced from $535,000. For more info, call Roxanne 1-802-779-7159 or 1-800-541-8512.

emergency preparedness Land gulf beach condo, $630,000. Fur- Program. Secure Tennessee Mountain Top nished, 2BR/2BA. Gulf views, 2 parking acreage available to public under 10K. Unrestricted. 866-909-6263. spaces. Jim Owen, 605-882-2197.

islands west: 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, with all the amenities, $1600 a month. beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, $1500/mo. St. Judes: 2BR/1BA, unfurnished, boat slip. $1250/mo. neptune: 2BR/2BA home, unfurnished, all new, $1250/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127 siesta key: THE BEACH TERRACE. Gulf/Beachfront, 1BR/Studio, newly remodeled. 60 day min., May-Nov. $2400/mo. Dec.-April $3900/mo. Annual $1900/mo. Leave message, 941-342-0827. LBK Emerald Harbor, Old Compass Rd Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA 2/Car Garage, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Deeded Beach Access, Annual. $3,000/Month. Seasonal $6,000./Month (941)387-7017 2BR/2BA Condo; Gated, Pool, Lakefront Lanai, 1st Floor, Non-smoking, No/Pets. $960./Month. Call: (941)966-3181

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation Exquisitely Furnished, 4BR/4.5BA Penthouse Condo In Tangerine Bay On LBK, Overlooks Sarasota Bay, Including Pool, Tennis, Exercise, 2/Car Garage Private Beach Club. No/Smoking, No/Pets. Annual Or Seasonal. 1br furnished condo on northern tip of Longboat. Private single level building. Backyard opens to the bay with dock, beach to the side. $1500/mo. annually. Also available seasonally. Call for rates. 941-374-0304.




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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

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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.

hendersonville, N.c. - The “Treehouse” getaway for 2. Mountains, streams, secluded. Weekly. $500. (941)755-5064. 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. Lido Key Beach Rentals. Weekends, Weekly, Monthly. 1/2 Block To Beach. Walk To St. Armand. Summer Rates $150./per Weekend, $300./Per Week, $500/Per Month. (941)726-5098 beach front/gulf front condo 3015 Gulf of Mexico Drive - summer rates for this 2BR/2BA newly renovated and updated with a garage. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., Delightful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including full kitchens and laundry room. Available weekly or monthly. 383-2566. lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal rates effective until Nov. 30th. 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. lido vacation rentals. One and two bedroom units available. Furnished apartments across from beach and 1/block from St. Armands Circle. Available now. Call 266-4775. 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. Construction Special August & September: 2BR/2BA Gulf beach condo. Also available for other months at $2000/mo. 727-501-3675. the Pierre. “Behind the Gates” available Jan. 15th. Over 2300/sq.ft. of beach front living, gorgeous 5th floor beach views, newly remodeled 2BR/2BA with den. All amenities including 2 enclosed parking spaces & 24 hour concierge. Non-smokers. 865-579-9099 or e-mail:

vacation rentals Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 For a complete list, go to:

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

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!

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weekly rentals. Luxurious, fully furnished 1-4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117.

lbk: 3br/2ba house, north end, bay & Gulf access, totally furnished. Available Sept. 1. $3500/mo. 212-604-0221.

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.

cedars tennis resort 5680 Gulf of Mexico Drive One - Two & Three Bedroom Townhouses Attached Garage Heated Pool/Tennis/Dock Vacation & Some Annual (Weekly Minimum) Pet Friendly 941-383-4621

SIESTA KEY: Beachfront Mansions, $7500.00 marina suites: w/40/ft. Dock. seaplace: 2BR/2BA, $3500. LIDO KEY: 4BR/5BA, $12,000 PHILLIPS LANDINGS: 3BR/3BA, $5000 Ritz Carlton Residence SUITES Ritz Carlton Tower RESIDENCE Ritz Carlton Beach club plaza at five points 100 central university park w/golf VISIT OUR WEBSITE JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000

lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available August-December, 2006 & 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884. north longboat Key elevated house, 2BR/2BA, with large new heated pool. Steps to beach. Newly refurbished interior with new oak flooring. Covered parking. Enjoy sea breezes and relaxed Florida living! For information , pictures and rates: or call 941-256-0564. longboat key condo: mid-key, direct Gulf/Beachfront, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA/2Kings, washer dryer. Excellence. Non-smokers. Dec. thru Feb. remain: $5000/mo., $9500/2mos. Owner: cell 859-468-3478.

palm-Aire 1 & 2/br condos and villa with garages: smartly furnished, great views. Utilities included. Neat and clean. No smoking. No pets. Maintained by owner. May through December, $900-$2100. January Special, $2300. 941-351-1741.

whitney beach. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view. direct beachfront. Beachplace Beach, pools, tennis, cable and high-speed Building #1, 5th floor. THE ULTIMATE #1. internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from Offering the utmost in luxury living for the docks. No pets. Available monthly starting truly discerning vacationer. Best views, best May 1. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner: decor, best price - Fifth floor facing Gulf of Mexico. Exquisite beachfront 2BR/2BA. gulf beach condo: 2BR/2BA, 2 month Stunning sunsets and panoramic views. minimum. $1200/mo. No pets, no smoking. Newly remodeled, luxuriously furnished. Jim Owen, 605-882-2197. High-end fully equipped kitchen. Reserved parking. Specials: Aug./Sept. and other se- gulf front condo for rent. Beautifully lect months still available. Non-smokers furnished 2BR/2BA, behind LBK gates. only. To see digital pictures, go to $4800/mo. 813-334-0813. see VRBO property number 46278. For availability, call 813-470-7079 or 813-245-2479.


longboat key. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145.

beachfront, longboat Key condo. Heated pool, 1BR/1BA, kitchenette, turnkey. $1500/monthly. $450/weekly. August & December. 941-761-3616, 518-7226. ritz beach residence

lbk - Covert II. Beautifully furnished, W/D, direct Gulf front condo. Non-smokers. No pets. 2BR/2BA. $5000/mo., $1250/week. Please call 904-704-4379.

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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. 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. 351-5101.

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lido beach, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large condo unit, upgraded, beautifully furnished, large terrace with Gulf view. All amenities: pool, party room, gyms. Seasonal rental December thru April, $2500/mo. or Annual rental @ $1500/mo. 518-547-9788. stylish gulfside home steps to LBK beach. New 2004. 2BR/2BA +loft. Community pool. 3 month minimum. $7500/mo. No pets. 305-632-0449. lbk, direct Beachfront: 2BR/2BA, 36/ft. lanai, recently updated, 3rd floor. 2/mo. min. 262-782-2494. summer special: 1/2 price until Sept. 1. Country Club Shores, LBK home with boat dock/pool, 3BR. Beautifully updated. or 614-487-2460.

bayport, lbk: 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished, spectacular full Gulf views. Tennis, exercise, pool. Available now through Nov. Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800 SF, $1900/mo. & Dec. & Jan. 2007 $5000/mo. Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. 770-671-0338 or Available February, Non-smoker. Call lbk, sutton Place. Beautiful 3rd floor Owner (610)647-5710 condo. Beautiful Water Views on bay, LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 1BR/1.5BA, private beach club, 2/heated bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido pools. Available thru December. $1350/mo. Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental (941) 545-6118. condo. 388-1404. lido beach. Luxury 1BR/1.5BA penthouse, Gulf front. (941)350-1852.

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Call: Chris At 941-388-4498 longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view, professionally decorated/furnished, king/queen, pool, tennis, beach, 1st floor. No pets/smokers. Available Nov-May ‘07. 3 mo. minimum. 877-741-2813.

condos/homes seasonal 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, $5000, 3/mo. minimum. westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, beautiful Gulf view. $5000/mo., 1 mo. min. windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks bay, $4000/mo., 1 mo. min. longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, updated, Summer monthly, nice bay view, $2200/mo. bayview dr.: 2BR/2BA home, furnished, pool, bay view, W/D, $3000/mo. Summer and Fall. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127

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