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Thanks, Anon This hand-written missive found in a Country Club Shores mailbox: “With all due respect, I believe your Foo Dogs are backwards. The paw on the ball should be on the inside. Anon.” The owners are delighted to have the information (who knew?) and thank “Anon” for taking the time to share it. They plan to reverse the out-of-order animals as soon as strong backs are available to help.
Carl and Sylvia Cheek’s home at 5541 Gulf of Mexico Drive won the “Artsiest” award in this year’s The Longboat Observer’s “Light up the Key” holiday light contest. To see the winners of all seven categories (Single-family residence, Multifamily residence, Commercial, The Mostest, The Longboat Keyest, and The Artsiest) and the overall winner, The Publisher’s Award, turn to page 1A+.
Board members ousted? Mail is going to the dogs Lillian Sands says, “They must have always wanted to be mailmen.” Her dogs, Scout and China, jumped into the mail truck as soon as the driver got out. On second thought Sands says, “Maybe they just wanted to go for a ride.”
Who was that? Who was that debonair gentleman shopping at Publix on a recent afternoon that caught the attention of Realtor Sylvia Babineau? According to Babineau it was Prince Albert of Monaco. “I know what he looks like,” she said. Realtors know all. Babineau says she has heard reports that in the past he has moored his yacht at Longboat Moorings and has dated a local girl. Could that be Prince Albert in the white stretch limo that’s been going up and down the Key? ❑ Arts & Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1C Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4E Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10D Cops Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14A Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5E Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4E Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6A Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13D Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3E What’s Up Doc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5A+
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The Longboat Island Chapel turmoil continued last week at its board meeting.
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informed Marilyn Johnson, the assistant minister, that her contract, which expires Dec. 31, would be extended only one month. Johnson has served at the chapel since October 2003 (see sidebar page 5A). The one-month renewal of Johnson’s contract follows an October board meeting at which members voted 6-4 not to renew the contract of the Rev. Ken Gill, the chapel pastor. Since then, the chapel congregation and board have been in turmoil. When supporters of Gill attempted to hold a referendum to change chapels bylaws to return hiring-and-firing authori-
BY THE OBSERVER STAFF Sam Kennedy, chairman of the Longboat Island Chapel Board of Governors who was sued by his fellow board members, filed a counterclaim Dec. 21, asking the court to stop opposition board members from taking any action until a settlement is reached and declaring valid the removal and resignation of three board members. On behalf of Kennedy, Ron Collier, a name partner in the Sarasota law firm of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier & Gordon Chartered, filed the counterclaim in the 12th District Circuit Court. Collier asked the court to affirm in a declaratory judgment that: • Richard Evans, a board member who resigned Oct. 21, “was not properly elected to fill his own vacancy on the board” and that Evans was not properly elected to the board on Dec. 16. • Any and all votes by Evans as a director, officer of member of the chapel after his resignation be null and void. • A majority vote of chapel members may remove a board member without cause. • Board members Tom Steiner and Richard H. Palmer were removed properly from the board effective Dec. 17 and that all votes taken by them subsequent to that date are null and void. • Kennedy “was not properly removed from his position on the board.”
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BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
Board members shouted at each other. The president and two board members refused to vacate their seats. Two board members spoke at each other so loudly, simultaneously, that neither could be understood. Audience members laughed at a board member proposal. Christmastime’s “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men” didn’t pervade much of the atmosphere at the Dec. 16 Longboat Island Chapel Board of Governors meeting. Discontent continued to dominate the divided board last week. And then a new element surfaced: confusion. By the meeting’s end, the 12-member board was so split that it was unclear to some board members and congregants: • Whether the signatures of 241 congregants, based on a Florida statute, had ousted two board members, Tom Steiner and Richard Palmer; • Whether board members, including Steiner and Palmer, had successfully ousted President Sam Kennedy from the board; • And whether former board member Dick Evans was reinstated and voted in as the new president of the board. This much was clear: After the board meeting, two board members — Sally Rauch and Wayne Meyer — and Evans
Chapel chairman files countersuit
Board member Tom Steiner listens to President Sam Kennedy at the board meeting Dec. 16.
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Courts may be only solution for chapel
Sally Rauch, member of the chapel’s board of governors, thinks issues will be resolved by the courts.
BY THE OBSERVER STAFF There is at least one point on which the 12 board members and the congregation agree at Longboat Island Chapel. Said Board President Sam Kennedy: “It’s a shame. Most religious organizations handle their differences internally, not through the media or in the courts.” How will the chapel’s disputes be resolved? Here’s what a few current and former board members told The Longboat Observer: • Gordon Lenci jokingly suggests a path that he doesn’t expect to happen: “The whole board should resign, and the congregation elect a board they can work with. “I don’t think the board understands that the congregation wants to have a voice. The board may be right, but a meeting to air the whole matter in a democratic way is needed,” Lenci said. • Dick Pelton: “The only way to get it resolved is if the Loyalists are willing to recognize that a majority of the church wants a say in the church. Unfortunately I think it will have
From the beginning ... April 2004 • Chapel’s Board of Governors meets and tells senior pastor, the Rev. Ken Gill, he needs to improve in areas such as leadership and dress code. Board members seemed to agree that church members enjoy Gill’s sermons, but some members said he should be more enthusiastic and lead with new ideals.
Oct 14 • Board members vote 6-4 not to renew Gill’s contract as pastor. The board of governors tells Gill to pack his things and move out of his office. They agree to pay Gill until his current contract expires in January. Gill was pastor for five years. • More than 250 board members show support for Gill. • Dick Evans resigns from the board after the October meeting and is reinstated in November.
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to be resolved in court.” • Sam Kennedy: “I never say it is impossible. I think the people involved have to compromise, or it will be resolved in the courts. I think the church is governed by a group of people who want it to continue in the same fashion and will go to whatever extent they need to and will exert power to continue it this way.” • Richard Evans, former board member: “I never like to think a resolution is impossible. The dispute could be readily resolved if Pastor Gill would accept the justified decision of the board.” Evans said the ensuing dispute over Gill’s future should not have been made public. • Board member Sally Rauch said the main issue in the church right now should be focused on Gill and not focused on any so-called power struggles by board members. But having said that, she said most of the issues centering around the dispute — such as who should be on the board — will have to be decided in court. Said Rauch: “Isn’t it sad we have come to this?” ❑
• The board meeting called for Dec. 22 was called improperly and that any actions taken at the meeting would be null and void. • Members of the chapel do not have the right to vote by proxy except for the limited purpose and manner prescribed in the chapel bylaws. • The president or members may propose amendments to the chapel’s articles of incorporation provided notice is given to the members two weeks prior to the vote. • The chapel is required to indemnify Kennedy and pay his legal expenses. Kennedy further petitioned the court for permanent and temporation injunctions to: • Stop Steiner, Palmer and Evans from acting as board members and from participating in a scheduled Dec. 22 board meeting. • Force Steiner, Palmer and Evans to turn over their chapel board records. ❑
Steiner and Richard Palmer is delivered to the church.
• Board members who voted to oust Gill, along with their supporters, known in the church as Loyalists, stand by their decision. • Board President Sam Kennedy, representing the Loyalists, calls for a special meeting Sunday Nov. 14 to vote on changes to the church’s bylaws that would give the congregation — not the board members — the ability to appoint and fire the chapel’s minister.
Nov. 12 • Six members of the board of governors and former board member Dick Evans file a lawsuit two days before the hearing, alleging that Sam Kennedy, president of the church’s board of governors, illegally scheduled the referendum. • A Manatee County Circuit Judge orders a temporary injunction to stop the Nov. 14 referendum.
Dec. 15 • A request signed by 241 church members to remove Tom
• At the start of a board meeting, Kennedy announces Steiner and Palmer are no longer members of the board. He explained under a Florida Statute provision, a majority of the congregation signed agreements requesting they be removed from the board. • Both Steiner and Palmer refuse to leave their seats at the table as Kennedy requested, with Steiner protesting loudly it can not be done and questions the legality. • A letter signed by the “majority of the board of governors” says the board installed Dick Evans as president of the board of Longboat Island Chapel, ousting previous President Sam Kennedy.
Dec. 28 • A hearing date is set for Dec. 28. The hearing will be held in Manatee County Circuit Judge Robert A. Farrance’s chambers, and he will discuss the injunction issue with both attorneys.
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Commission plans anniversary event BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer
Longboat Key is turning 50. On November 15, 2005, the town will celebrate 50 years as an incorporated town. At a meeting Thursday, Dec. 16 town commissioners discussed how to make the milestone a memorable one. Commissioners considered holding a weekend-long event before directing Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to begin planning a one-day celebration. The anniversary celebration is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 14. Commissioner Hal Lenobel led the move toward the one-day celebration. “I would like to see this happen as a one-day event where the effect is broad.” Commissioner George Spoll said the town should make every effort while planning the anniversary celebration. Commissioner Lee Rothenberg asked how the celebration could take place on one day, when a number of organizations wanted to
help. Spoll responded that the official town celebration should be a one-day event, but the town could encourage other groups to hold events throughout the year. “This will make the year special,” he said. Commissioners named Key resident Phyllis Black as chairman of the event. Commissioners also discussed what involvement local organizations, such as the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key, would have in the town’s 50th anniversary. This discussion sparked a disagreement between Commissioners Bob Dawson and Joan Webster. Webster suggested the town donate $3,000 to the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce for a 50th anniversary event the organization planned for April. Although the chamber requested a $1,500 sponsorship for its event, Webster said the town should donate $3,000. “I was looking for a way to encourage more participation from commissioners and their spouses,” Webster said. “I suggested the town set aside two tables and then take the tickets
and resell them to commissioners, their spouses or whoever.” Dawson objected to the request, implying that Webster was advocating free tickets for commissioners. “I strenuously objected to the commissioners benefiting from any donation to the chamber, and suggested if the commissioners wanted to go, they could buy their own tickets,” Dawson wrote in an e-mail. Webster said she was interrupted during the meeting before she could finish her sentence. “I didn’t expect to go for free,” Webster said. “I expected we would buy the tickets from the town. Commissioners always buy their tickets to fund-raisers or other affairs. “I was trying to show support for the what the chamber does,” Webster added. “Bob didn’t seem to follow my thinking. That’s OK. That’s what workshops are for.” Also at the meeting, commissioners voted to move an ordinance to ease gate requirements on the Key. Commissioners will vote on the first reading of the ordinance at the next meeting Monday,
Jan. 3. If adopted by commissioners, the coding change would allow 6-foot-high transparent gates within the town’s 20-foot street setback area. Planning board members defined transparent gates as being 70% opaque. Town Attorney Dave Persson said the coding change would make the Ben Price gates legal. An appeal hearing regarding the Price gates was postponed from a December Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting until commissioners vote on the zoning changes. The proposed zoning changes also include a section clarifying what a pool safety fence is. Town Planner Monica Daigle said the zoning changes will establish a clear understanding of what kinds of fences and gates are allowed on the Key. “Without a clear definition, staff and the public have had a hard time dealing with this code,” Daigle said. At a Nov. 16 meeting, planning and zoning board members unanimously approved the coding changes. ❑
Low water levels leave residents wondering BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer
Who pulled the plug? Many residents and visitors to Longboat Key have noticed that the water levels in Sarasota Bay are lower now than they were two months ago. The low-water levels are the result of natural processes such as lower winter tides and colder waters, said Ernest Estevez, director for the Center of Coastal Ecology at Mote Marine Dora Walters Laboratory. Residents walk near Lighthouse Point on the south end of the Key. The water level in the Gulf and bay is actually lower this time of year, Estevez said, but it also ning off land and into the bay. appears even lower, because high tides that nor- pushing sand along the edge of the inlet. Janet and Martin Albaum took a good look During the rainy summer months, runoff raises mally happen during the afternoon take place at night — from midnight to 3 a.m. — when most out into the Pass. Janet pointed to a couple walk- the water levels close to land. This effect creates ing along the western shore of Greer Island, com- a “bulge of water close to land,” Estevez said. In people are asleep. November, the bulge plays a much smaller role in “In the winter months, the water level in the monly know as Beer Can Island. “You used to never be able to do that,” she said the balance of water in the bay. bay can be 1 to 2 feet lower during the daytime Another factor is a less understood scientific compared to what it looks like in summer,” about the couple walking along the exposed Estevez said. “This is as much a part of living in shoreline. “We never walked where those people effect. Oceanic waters, specifically shallow waters are, except maybe during some very low tides.” — such as Sarasota Bay — actually get lower this part of Florida as pelicans and palm trees.” Because of the low tides, the water level in the when the air temperature cools. In essence, as the The lower water levels have some visitors canal in front of the Albaums’ condominium air gets colder, water shrinks and takes up less scratching their heads. “I have the same question asked every year for dropped about 6 feet below a dock line. Shallow space. “When water is hot it expands, but cold water 25 years: ‘Where has all the water in the bay water was replaced with a stretch of sand. “We’ve been speculating that we will have contracts,” Estevez said. “The coast of Southwest gone?’” Estevez said. “The water appears lower and it really is. A combination of factors makes beachfront property soon,” Martin Albaum said. Florida is very shallow and water on our shelf is But it’s what people don’t affected by air temperature much more than deep for this dynamic effect.” see that causes them to water. Residents who are notice more beach along “Many people have a hard time believing this, accustomed to the lower the bay. but it is true from a physics point of view,” he winter tides take advanDuring the winter added. “Low tides are definitely lower just tage of the conditions to months, high tides take because all the water level on the West Coast is walk on mud shelves in place late at night when lower.” the bay that are covered most people are asleep. Another factor that can sometimes influence with saltwater during “We are still getting real bay water levels is wind. most of the year. Many high tides, but at night,” “Sometimes winds can push water offshore residents also know to the research scientist said. during low tide,” Estevez said. “You need a day or be wary when boating, “In the summer time, those two of 10- to 15-mph concentrated winds to because channels are Courtesy photo high tides roll in around begin this effect.” more difficult to navi- Milton Richter took this photo from his 13th floor condo. The dots are footprints. noon, when people are Because of all these factors, December is the gate. more likely to be on a bridge time to go for a walk on shallow beach flats. “I think it’s just a “Bundle up, put some boots on and go enjoy process of nature,” said Zack Abuza, who has or on a boat. “Those tides of the same level are still equal, yourself,” Estevez said. lived on the Key for 30 years, as he looked out But boaters need to exercise caution. from his North Gate condominium into but take place at night,” Estevez added. Despite what people see or don’t see, the water “At this time of year, boaters really need to Longboat inlet. “But I don’t think I’ve seen it any levels are 6 to 12 inches lower in the bay, Estevez know their charts, and never take their eyes off lower than this. It does seem unusually low.” the water,” Estevez said. “If there is wind or the Abuza said a buildup of sand along the Pass said. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, Estevez said, November and December water is turbid, always go slow. Ask people who might make the water levels look even lower. The sand buildup is the result of years of tides are particularly dry months, and little rain is run- know an area how to get from here to there.” ❑
newsbriefs Town Hall to close Longboat Key Town Hall will close Thursday, Dec. 23, and Friday, Dec. 24 for the Christmas holiday. All administrative offices will be closed, but essential services, such as the police department and fire stations will remain open, said Town Clerk Donna Spencer. The Longboat Key post office at 560 Bay Isles Road will remain open for regularly scheduled hours Friday, Dec. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The post office will close on Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1. The post office at Whitney Beach Plaza will close at noon Friday, Dec. 24. The office will also close on Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1. Trash and yard waste pickup will continue as regularly scheduled.
Early voting considered A proposed ordinance could clear the way for a week of early voting during Longboat Key’s town elections in March. Town Clerk Donna Spencer told commissioners that a state law passed in July, mandated that municipalities hold an early voting period. The state law requires that towns set aside 15 days for early voting, but it would be difficult to do this in Longboat, Spencer said. Spencer said a 7-day period of early voting, from Friday to Friday before the March 8 election, would allow town staff to return ballots to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office in time for them to mark who has voted already. “The city of Sarasota is using the same seven-day period I am recommending,” Spencer told commissioners. If an early voting period is adopted, residents can come to town hall during the week before the election — including a Saturday and Sunday. Commissioners will vote on the early voting ordinance at the next commission meeting Monday, Jan. 3.
Agenda • Town Commission Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 3, Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. • Planning and Zoning Board Comprehensive Plan Meeting, 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.
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Board CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A ty to the congregation, board members opposing Gill filed a lawsuit. They alleged Kennedy, president of the board, illegally scheduled the referendum and inadequately notified church members of the vote. At a Nov. 12 hearing, Manatee County Circuit Judge Robert A. Farrance ordered a temporary injunction to stop the chapel referendum. He also ordered the board of governors not to pass any changes to the bylaws until a Dec. 28 hearing. But that didn’t stop the two sides from furthering their causes. At the start of the Dec. 16 board meeting, Kennedy announced that according to the provisions of a Florida statute, a majority of the congregation, 241 members, signed agreements requesting that Steiner and Palmer be removed from the board. The signed agreements were delivered Dec. 15 to the chapel and also to attorney John Harlee, who represents them. Steiner and Palmer refused to leave their seats when Kennedy requested they do so. Steiner protested loudly and questioned the legality of the action. When attorney Ron Collier, who represents Kennedy, attempted to explain the action, he was unsuccessful. The board appeared unable to resolve whether Collier had standing to speak. Kennedy then said that Evans was no longer a board member, either. Evans resigned from the board in October. His board allies voted to reinstate him in November, but Kennedy said: “The action taken to reinstate him was illegal.” Collier said there are no provisions in the chapel’s bylaws, articles of incorporation or
Richard Palmer’s board member status is being questioned.
state statutes that permit such a reinstatement. Evans made no comment, nor did he leave his seat as Kennedy requested. Board member Sally Rauch then asked to make a motion. She said Kennedy, “having made rulings and taken positions antagonistic to the best interests of this corporation,” be relieved of his duties and Dick Evans be named chairman of the meeting and president of the board until the annual meeting in January when elections occur. Her motion drew laughter from a section of the 70 people in the audience. The motion failed, with five opposed and four in favor. Kennedy did not recognize the three votes of Steiner, Palmer and Evans, who voted in favor of the motion to oust Kennedy. Their votes would have made Rauch’s motion prevail. But Steiner considered the three votes valid and stated Kennedy was no longer chairman and asked him to step aside for Evans. Steiner added, “The majority of the board rules until the court says otherwise.”
Kennedy did not step down and continued to conduct the meeting. Rauch proposed a second resolution, requesting the board adopt Florida Statutes 617.0801 and 617.2103 as the board’s official position. The two statutes deal with board duties and incumbency among not-for-profit corporations. In support of her resolution, Rauch attached a three-and-a-halfpage memo from Robert E. Dreher, a former board member. Kennedy ruled it out of order. “It is not on the agenda and needs to be reviewed before further consideration,” he said. He reminded members of the court order directing no changes of the bylaws. Throughout the meeting, Steiner challenged Kennedy on points of order and legality of his actions. Frequently, both spoke at once, making it impossible to understand either man’s remarks. Board member Dick Pelton made a motion proposing Kennedy’s legal fees be paid based on a bylaws provision for indemnity of board members. There was little discussion with a tie vote 44. It was broken with Kennedy voting in favor. This brought prompt reaction from Steiner. “You can’t do that,” he said. “It is a conflict of interest.” If the votes of the three disputed members had been counted, the motion would have failed, 7-5, not to pay the fees. Addressing the issue of three vacancies on the board, board member Gordon Lenci proposed action be taken to fill them. Kennedy said, “It is the function of the president to make recommendations. I propose John Holtzermann, Jeff Penfield and Judy Achre.” Steiner again voiced his opposition. The motion failed with a 5-4 vote.
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Jackie Dixon introduced a motion to limit the items of business at the Jan. 9 annual meeting, but no action was taken because Kennedy ruled it an illegal motion. In another resolution, Palmer proposed the meeting be closed and the board meeting in private for discussion of personnel matters. Not recognizing Palmer as a board member, no vote was taken. Asked after the meeting about his removal from the board, Steiner said, â€œThere might be a press release forthcoming.â€? Indeed, a day later, a group referring to itself as â€œthe majority of the board of governors for the Longboat Island Chapelâ€? said in
a press release that the chapelâ€™s board has installed former board member Evans as president and ousted Kennedy. â€œThe board voted by a majority of 8-3 to remove Kennedy from office â€” despite his refusal to relinquish the position,â€? the release said. But Kennedyâ€™s attorney, Collier of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford & Gordon Chartered in Sarasota, questioned the validity of the vote based on the fact a majority of congregants signed agreements to oust Steiner and Palmer. Said Collier, â€œThe courts are going to need to intervene, because Iâ€™m not sure reasonableness is going to prevail here.â€? â?‘
Assistant minister does not receive contract renewal BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
Marilyn Johnson, Longboat Island Chapel program director and assistant minister, will be leaving the chapel at the end of January. Board members Sally Rauch, Wayne Meyer and Dick Evans informed Johnson at a meeting Dec. 16, the chapel could not offer her a yearlong contract. Her contract ends Dec. 31. But, the board members extended her contract another month. â€œI was surprised and disappointed, too,â€? Marilyn Johnson said. â€œThe first year on a new job you are learning what to do and after that you really get to know the people. I felt I was making some good friends.â€? She spoke of her enjoyment working with the chapelâ€™s programs, and referring to the current church controversy said, â€œI have tried very hard to be neutral. I pray
the differences will be resolved.â€? Johnson joined the chapel in October 2003; her contract did not include the summer months. Her expressed preference was for a year-round contract. â€œ I found it difficult not to be here in the summer and it did confuse some of the congregation. I have no plans for after January but I do want to stay in the area, because my home is here.â€? For the next few weeks, Johnson says she expects she will be transitioning and working with her replacement. Prior to joining the chapel, Johnson was resident chaplain at Tampa General Hospital and for eight years worked with prisoners at the Charlotte County maximum-security facility. Johnson is a graduate of Wayne University and received her masterâ€™s of divinity at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. â?‘
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Department names Fultz Firefighter of the Year BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer
When the alarm sounds at the Longboat Key fire station, firefighter Mark Fultz never knows what will happen when he gets to the scene of a traffic crash, house fire or medical call. But he is always ready to go. â€œItâ€™s never the same job everyday,â€? Fultz said. â€œWe never know where we will be and what we will do. It can change with the flip of a coin, depending on the day.â€? The Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department announced Dec. 9 that Fultz was named the departmentâ€™s Firefighter of the Year. The purpose of the annual award is for the department to honor one a firefighter chosen by his or her peers for outstanding dedication and service, said Fire Chief Julius Halas. â€œMark Fultz has been with our department for over five years and has demonstrated excellent abilities and skills and a willingness to accept new responsibilities,â€? Halas said. Fultz joined Longboat Fire Rescue after 10 years of experience as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and fire inspector in Naples, East Manatee County and the city of Bradenton. But when he finally ending up securing a job on Longboat, he realized he would stay on the island for a while. â€œI always wanted to work out here,â€? Fultz said. â€œWhen I came out of fire school there was an opening here, but you had to be an EMT. At that time I wasnâ€™t an EMT.â€? Here on Longboat, Fultz is the Fire Rescue Marine Response Unit coordinator. One of his responsibilities is making sure the departmentâ€™s 28-foot Boston Whaler Fire Rescue boat is properly equipped. He also trains firefighters to use the boat,
Longboat Key Firefighter of the Year Mark Fultz on the 28-foot Boston Whaler fire rescue boat he operates. which is custom-fitted with a 500-gallon water tank. When he is not working, Fultz enjoys spending time with his wife, Michele, 3year-old twins Pierce and Paige and 6-yearold daughter Shelby. Fultz also is an avid fisherman and surfer. Fultz appreciates the firefighter of the year honor, but to him, itâ€™s just another part of the job. â€œItâ€™s a nice pat on the back, which is nice every once and a while,â€? he said. â?‘
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Faith Dec. 25 is about so many things — family, gifts, charity, love, peace, hope, thanksgiving. As much as anything, it’s also about “faith.” The story of the birth of Jesus abounds with faith. The faith that Mary and Joseph had as they made their way to the stable. The faith of the Maji as they followed the stars to Jesus’ manger. The faith that all God-abiding people have that one day there will indeed be peace on earth. And it’s about the faith of which Frank Church spoke in his famous editorial to Virginia O’Hanlon. Indeed, as Church wrote, what a world it would be if we had no faith. Merry Christmas. — Editor
…The time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first-born, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. “‘Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger.’ “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke, 2: 1-14
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus… Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897 We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world
if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernaturall beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
…And the story of Virginia O’Hanlon FROM THE PEOPLE’S ALMANAC Francis P. Church’s editorial, “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” was an immediate sensation and became one of the most famous editorials ever written. It first appeared in the The New York Sun in 1897 — 107 years ago — and was reprinted annually until 1949 when the paper went out of business. Thirty-six years after her letter was printed, Virginia O’Hanlon recalled the events that prompted her letter: “Quite naturally, I believed in Santa Claus, for he had never disappointed me. But when less fortunate little boys and girls said there wasn’t any Santa Claus, I was filled with doubts. I asked my father, and he was a little evasive on the subject. “It was a habit in our family that whenever any doubts came up as to how to pronounce a word or some question of historical fact was in doubt, we wrote to the Question and Answer column in The Sun. Father would always say, ‘If you see it in the The Sun, it’s so,’ and that settled the matter.
“‘Well, I’m just going to write The Sun and find out the real truth,’ I said to father. “He said, ‘Go ahead, Virginia. I’m sure The Sun will give you the right answer, as it always does.’” And so Virginia sat down and wrote her parents’ favorite newspaper. Her letter found its way into the hands of a veteran newspaper editor, Francis P. Church. Son of a Baptist minister, Church had covered the Civil War for The New York Times and had worked on the The New York Sun for 20 years, more recently as an anonymous editorial writer. Church, a sardonic man, had for his personal motto, “Endeavour to clear your mind of cant.” When controversial subjects had to be tackled on the editorial page, especially those dealing with theology, the assignments were usually given to Church. Now, he had in his hands a little girl’s letter on a most controversial matter, and he was burdened with the responsibility of answering it.
“Is there a Santa Claus?” the childish scrawl in the letter asked. At once, Church knew that there was no avoiding the question. He must answer, and he must answer truthfully. And so he turned to his desk, and he began his reply which was to become one of the most memorable editorials in newspaper history. Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April 1906, leaving no children. Virginia O’Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a bachelor of arts degree at age 21. The following year she received her master’s from Columbia, and in 1912 she began teaching in the New York City school system, later becoming a principal. After 47 years, she retired as an educator. Throughout her life O’Hanlon received a steady stream of mail about her Santa Claus letter, and to each reply she attached an attractive printed copy of the Church editorial. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, N.Y. ❑
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Mote stops to give thanks for traffic light BY KUMAR MAHADEVAN Contributing Writer
Now that the traffic signal at Ken Thompson Parkway and John Ringling Pkwy. (S.R. 789) has been constructed and is expected to be operational soon, Mote Marine Laboratory would like to take this time to thank our generous supporters for their efforts in helping us through the process and update some interested residents on how the process evolved. The signal is the result of a traffic study conducted after the city of Sarasota requested that Mote create a new master plan for its 10.5-acre leasehold. According to the plan approved by the city, Mote was
required to design and build the light if the lab expanded (after the completion of the Keating Marine Education Center at New Pass). The signal should help with safety considerations and help accommodate the growth of all the leaseholders on City Island, as well as the increased number of visitors expected, thanks to the wonderful improvements at Ken Thompson Park. When Mote decided in 2003 that it could not delay the expansion of the Goldstein Marine Mammal Center — it was a needed expansion if we were to continue treating sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles with the necessary biological safeguards —
the city requirement for the light kicked in. While Mote is in the business of doing marine research, rehabilitating sick marine animals and educating children and the general public about issues affecting our nearshore environment, it is not in the business of building traffic lights. For this expertise we turned to the Dillard Smith Construction Co., which built the light, and the state Department of Transportation, which supplied the mechanisms that operate the signal. But the real help came from a generous supporter and board member who stepped up in light of Mote’s need and offered to donate
the construction cost for the light, thereby ensuring that Mote did not have to use other member and donor funds for this purpose. (While the funding for the light came from this generous donor, the signal will still be controlled by the city of Sarasota.) Thanks to this support, Mote will be able to continue educating nearly 50,000 students a year and rehabilitating sick and injured animals. We hope that the light will help keep traffic flowing smoothly in all directions and we thank the donor and the others for their support. Kumar Mahadevan is president of Mote Marine Laboratory. ❑
If you were the judge
Why are Russian judges treated with disrespect? In the United States, judges are treated with utmost respect, as they should be. The jurists walk down from the elevated level in their long black robes, while all in the hall of justice must stand. Refusal by a presentee to assume that position carries the risk of contempt of court, subjecting the offender to a fine, imprisonment or both. The above procedures are adapted by nearly all of the world’s civilized countries with one notable exception — Russia. There, the treatment of Judge Olga Kudeshkina illustrates the lack of respect shown to the jurists. The judge was scheduled to preside in a high-profile case. When she refused to execute an order directed by her boss, she was dismissed from the case. Russia has not managed to create a true, independent judiciary. The power of the prosecutors far exceeds the strength of the jurists. Low-level bribery and corruptness are rife. Interference in the judicial process by state institutions is a problem. The courts are often subservient to the executives while security services, procedures and police remain highly polarized, said the Organization for Economic Cooperation Development. The dischargees state the problem differently: “We’ve still got one foot in the totalitarian system and one foot in democracy.” The unusual outspoken behavior of the judge comes at a time when the ramshackle judiciary faced the trial of bil-
lionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of president Vladimir Putin’s oil organization, Yukos. The defendant has been accused of fraud and tax evasion. The case will be based on political realities rather than the evidence presented, said Robert Amsterdam, the Canadian lawyer representing Khodorkovsky. The case follows the practice of President Putin to use the judiciary to present political points. Others say that although the courts are not political, they are suspected of accepting outside influence. In the 18th century, Peter the Great created a post called the prosecutors general, also known as the “sovereign eye.” Its apogee was reached in Stalin’s time. Andrei Vishinsky’s trial advocate said, “Give me the man and I’ll find the crime.” The term teleshow justice was born whereby prosecutors dictated the verdict to the judge. In a national address, President Putin reunited the public saying Russian justice is swift. But he promised to raise judges’ salaries, build new courthouses and a new criminal code. Finally, he introduced habeas corpus. Unfortunately, the old system prevails. Administrative pressure on the judges has increased, particularly since Putin became president, said Boris Kuznetsov, a lawyer in
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How the Grinch hijacked church Dear Editor: Webster defines hijack as “stopping in transit and stealing the cargo of.” This is exactly what has happened at the Longboat Island Chapel. The church’s progression and successful future were suddenly halted and its heart stolen. A small group of the church’s membership has seized control of the church through a devious scheme of modifying the church’s bylaws and establishing its own rules for governing the church. The will of the majority of the church members was ignored. Headed by part-time resident and attorney Tom Steiner, the hijackers have divided the congregation and caused considerable ill will and animosity among members. Great timing by the “Grinch that stole Christmas.” At a time when people of all faiths around the world are celebrating the birth of Christ, some board members have managed to take the church’s focus off love and compassion and have contributed to a
highly emotionally charged atmosphere that does not belong in any place of worship. I was appalled at the comments and obvious objectives of the hijackers at the recent church board of governors meeting. Their refusal to listen to the majority has caused an uproar within the church, forcing separate church services by the two groups. Their “see-you-in-court” attitude for each discussion item exemplifies the mean-spirited nature of their methods. The few board members who supported Steiner acted like puppets voting for or against motions only to appease his desires and totally disregarding the congregation majority. A recent petition, signed by a majority of the church’s membership, removed two board members; however, the two members refused to step down even though the removal process was in accordance with the church bylaws. Over the past few years, this group fired two ministers of the chapel. Both ministers
Moscow. The prosecutors still work closely with the judges, seeing each other often to discuss cases without the knowledge of the defendants or their attorneys. “While the judges may not be corrupt, you can’t say there are no incidents of bribery,” said a commercial arbitrator. Judge Kudeshkina had presided over many high-stakes cases, including murder, bribery and organized crime. Before a certain trial, prosecutors appeared in Kudeshkina’s office for “a chat.” She was told to render a guilty verdict. She said she would examine the evidence before a decision was made. She later was summoned to the office of her boss, Olga Yegorova, Moscow’s chief judge. Yegorova directed that certain damaging evidence that existed against the prosecutor should be excluded from the trial. Kudeshkina refused to do so and was fired. After her discharge, she ran for a parliament seat, urging more independence for judges. She withdrew from the race after receiving anonymous threats. The end of the story is yet to come. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
James P. DURANTE
James Durante, a Longboat Key resident, is a retired member of the New York Bar. ❑
were well-liked and the chapel’s majority of members wanted them to remain. By this ongoing debacle is not about the chapel’s minister; it’s about the congregation having some say in the direction of their place of worship. Certainly, the newspaper is not the forum for this kind of internal religious dispute. But this matter affects so many Longboat Key residents who are longtime members of the chapel and many of whom are full-time residents. The hijacking of the chapel is a setback for the entire community, not just the Longboat Island Chapel membership. Bob Burnett Chapel member, 13 years Longboat Key
Kiss and make up Dear Editor: What is going on in our wonderful church, the Longboat Island Chapel, is extremely distressful. I wrote a poem about the situation and read it to the congregation in November. It expresses my feelings, as well as others. I would like to share it with your readers. I call it, “Let’s Kiss and Make Up.” Longboat Island Chapel has always been Extremely special to me. What’s happening now is very sad. Our prayers are needed, as all can see. The majority of the congregation Favors retaining our pastor, Ken Gill, But the board of governors had voted to cancel His leadership. Many feel ill. The board of governors has worked hard for us Over the years. They’re doing their best.
We thank them for their hours of toil, But beg them to reconsider, with zest. Divided we stand. We must correct this! I have friends on the board and in Guardian Angels, too. I don’t want to lose even one. Boohoo! We must pray about this. Things have gone too far. But as Christians, we know there is always hope. Let’s kiss and make up and start over again — Put our heads together and try hard to cope. Marguerite Loucks Dye Bradenton
Interesting comparison Dear Editor Dr Tripodi’s recent views expressed in the Dec. 9 issue of The Longboat Observer are based on gross misinformation. He is not, as of the time of this writing, a member of the Longboat Island Chapel, so one has to doubt his sources. Our worship chairperson, Wayne Meyers, was elected by the congregation because of his many accomplishments and capabilities. His job is one that requires a great deal of time and talent. He is dedicated, as most of us are, to the task of maintaining the chapel as a nondenominational Christian church, which is tolerant of the divergent religious views of others. It is interesting that the good doctor mentions “Mein Kamph” because of the way Ken Gill has managed to have his flock follow blindly along. Believing the lies they are fed reminds us of Germans killing Jews for Hitler. Myron Elliott, M.D. and Helen Elliott Longboat Key
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THE WEST COAST OF FLORIDA'S premiere gated beachfront estate. Over 2 acres on the walking sand with phenomenal views spanning the Longboat Key coastline and the downtown Sarasota skyline. $15,200,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #266835 VENETIAN VILLA. Romantic, classic home set on the azure waters of New Pass. Superbly designed, this 6BR treasure personifies quality. A grand home with great warmth & charm. Private dock & private beach access. $8,995,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #267213 EXPERIENCE LONGBOAT'S MOST HIDDEN TREASURE. Enjoy beachfront living on oneplus acre of private grounds. This magnificent residence exudes comfortable elegance & features the finest details & craftsmanship. $7,975,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #265769 REMARKABLE REFINEMENT. Magical Gulf front home exudes casual elegance in desirable Lido Shores. Splendid family home full of style with lush landscaping, pool & fireplace. $5,400,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #254763 BAYFRONT ISLAND-STYLE ELEGANCE. This elevated 5BR custom home boasts an elevator, spacious waterside terrace, dock for large yacht, & bayside pool. $4,500,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #261977 NEW BIRD KEY CONSTRUCTION. Architecturally designed for elegant living & entertaining, this extraordinary 2-story, 5BR estate is on the Bird Key bayfront. $4,250,000. Mary Ann Dabney, 388-4447 or 350-9806. #250365 LIGHTHOUSE POINT. This elegant, spacious home in a gated community has 4BRs in 5,200 sq. ft., with gorgeous marble floors & volume ceilings throughout. Features pool & large dock. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $3,999,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248961 ST. ARMANDS. A yachter's fantasy, with tremendous water depth & dockage. Walled, gated & beautifully designed home with wide water views from most rooms. Two blocks to Lido Beach. $3,350,000. Marilyn S. Brown & Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 377-6215. #255631 LIDO BEACH. Over 1/2-acre of rarely available bay front property in a secluded setting on Lido Key. A boater's delight with 165' on sailboat water. $3,250,000. Kathleen Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #265200 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. A Ritz-Carlton managed complex on Lido Beach, this property has 400' of beach frontage on almost 8 acres. $2,890,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #263395 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Enter a world boasting an eloquently expressed lifestyle of such privilege, privacy & pleasure. Florida's premier luxury tower managed by the Ritz-Carlton. $2,850,000. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #261478 SLEEPY LAGOON. Direct Gulf front with large sandy beach, located in a private setting in an area of multi-million dollar estates. $2,750,000. Michael Losey, 383-7591 or 809-3491. #253050 GOLF COURSE AND WATER VIEWS abound from this rare property in a private setting on Longboat Key. This wonderful home offers open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, French doors, updated kitchen, elevator & 3-car garage. $2,700,000. Dick Lewis, 388-4447 or 302-3348. #263510 COMFORT AND CLASS ON THE BEACH. Three BR Regent Place turnkey-furnished unit with volume ceilings, breathtaking views & 2-car garage. $2,700,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248453 EXCLUSIVE EN PROVENCE. Enchanting 4BR Gulf front condominium with marble floors & granite countertops is top-of-the-line in every aspect. $2,695,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #232491 HIDEAWAY BAY. Exquisitely designed 4BR waterfront home with countless arches, grand windows, formal living & dining rooms, & boat dock. Located in a desirable enclave of estatesized homes. $2,695,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #256909 ONCE IN A LIFETIME, THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Seize the opportunity to own a spectacular, 3,964 sq. ft. Gulf front estate condominium with all the amenities that make the Ritz-Carlton the standard of luxury. $2,650,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #260495 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS PENTHOUSE. Luxury, location & magical views from this residence with sophisticated interiors, 2,800 sq. ft. & 2 45' balconies overlooking Lido Beach & St. Armands Circle. $2,600,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #267874 SANCTUARY. Unique 3BR, turnkey furnished residence with direct Gulf view overlooking the pool. Enjoy over 3,394 sq. ft. with closets galore. $2,595,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #267531
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BRAND NEW HOME ON BIRD KEY. Designed by Las Casitas, this residence boasts almost 6,000 sq. ft. of luxurious detail, private patio with custom fountain & waterside pool & spa. $2,995,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #261160
BIRD KEY. Outstanding canal home opportunity at the cut to Big Pass & at the end of a private cul-de-sac. Features an excellent dock/davit & seawall to accommodate a 50' boat. $1,820,000. Monica Slater, 951-6660 or 302-0011. #266786
BAY HAVEN. Located in the museum area, just a 1/2-block from Sarasota Bay, this wonderful 2BR eclectic home has been masterfully remodeled inside & out with no detail overlooked. $485,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #266820 BALLANTINE MANOR. Nestled on a 1/2-acre Selby-like lot, this fabulous 1950s ranch boasts 3BRs, pool & 2-car garage. $439,900. Janis Collier, 951-6660 or 313-1212. #267729 FOREST LAKES. Major upgrades throughout this 2,600 sq.-ft. golf course home overlooking lush gardens & meticulously manicured golf course. $385,900. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #267513 MILLION DOLLAR BAY VIEWS on Golden Gate. This 1BR features a heated pool, fishing dock & boat dock available. $379,900. Donna Baranowski, 951-6660 or 504-3951. #268035 THE RENAISSANCE. Savor the best colorful bay views & sunsets in the heart of the arts. Beautifully furnished new development with fitness center, pool, concierge & club room. $359,000. Georgina Clamage & Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 586-3789 & 9516660 or 374-0196. #267748 6Siesta Key
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BAY ISLES--ON GOLF COURSE & LAKE. Fabulous panorama of golf course, lakes & sunsets. Features an open plan with vaulted ceilings, neutral colors, two atriums, fireplace & large lanai. $654,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #257697
THE OAKS. Perfect for grand entertaining or quiet family living, this home is situated in a very private setting on the Eagle Course, with beautiful golf course vistas. $1,496,000. Betty Mullinnix, 349-3444 or 928-3441. #267170 BEAU CIEL. Cherish sweeping bay views from this sought after 3,100 sq. ft. end unit. Set in an exciting, award-winning building in the heart of the arts district. $1,424,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #262774 HISTORIC SPANISH-MEDITERRANEAN. Beautifully restored residence with many artistic touches keeping with the original style. A fabulous design in the heart of Sarasota. $1,299,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #245418 UNIVERSITY PARK. Enjoy the unprecedented features of the finest moldings, handcrafted built-ins & a rich palette of warm colors harmoniously blended to create this beautiful home. $1,225,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #267560 UNIVERSITY PARK. Country club living at its best. Spectacular sunsets, golf course views & luxurious appointments combine to create this premier, 4,200+ sq. ft. residence. $1,198,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #267101 VINTAGE CHEROKEE PARK. Nestled among mature oak trees, this 3BR ranch-style home is located on a large lot. Expansive, open floor plan, fireplace & refinished wood floors. $1,049,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #263330 THE OAKS. The Grande Dame of Bo MacEwen designs in the Oaks. This cherished low country style overlooks a lake from breezy, open porches. Gated brick courtyard & magnificent landscaping. $995,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #268047 UNIVERSITY PARK - KNIGHTSBRIDGE. This stunning, custom built home boasts top-ofthe-line amenities, breathtaking views of the lake, granite kitchen, built-ins & beautiful decor throughout. $949,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #263004 BLACKBURN HARBOR. Spectacular panoramic water views instantly captivate you in this penthouse level residence. Brand new 3BR with over 2,400 sq. ft. of spacious living. $895,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #267778 WONDERFUL OAKS I HOME features 4BRs, separate dining room, kitchen with new appliances & granite center island, & private pool area. $795,000. Phyllis Garfinkel & Ellen Heritage, 951-6660 or 302-6400 & 951-6660 or 921-4778. #258857 LAUREL PARK - COASTAL COTTAGE COLLECTION. New home with vintage 1920s garage & guesthouse on a quiet brick street in historic Laurel Park. Old styling with new standard & exceptional detail. $749,000. Bruce Tassinare & Jennifer Pecora, 951-6660 or 955-3333. #262212 GOLDEN GATE POINT. Views of Sarasota Bay, Bird Key and the new Ringling Bridge. Totally renovated corner condominium with the coveted south exposure on Golden Gate Point. $699,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #261337 CITYSCAPE AT COURTHOUSE CENTER. Urban sophistication in the heart of Sarasota. This penthouse loft boasts 2,275 sq. ft. on the 9th & 10th floors, 2-story window wall & dynamic city to bay views. $649,900. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #259719 PHILLIPPI COVE. Phillippi Creek pool home with private dock. Updated 3BR residence with new barrel tile roof & large lot. $525,000. Dana Westmark, 951-6660 or 356-5091. #267605
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THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE BEST. Mesmerizing water views are captured by this incomparable, brand new 6,800-sq.-ft. Charleston-style home by Three Fish Waterfront Estates. This estate features a luxurious library, pool/spa & dock. $6,250,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #264933 ONE ACRE OF SELBY-LIKE GARDENS on north Siesta Key. This 4BR South Seas Plantationstyle home boasts big water views, deep sailboat water, over 4,600 sq. ft., walls of glass & 2 offices. $3,695,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #266988 HIDDEN HARBOR. Enjoy 317' of protected deepwater frontage. Exclusive 4/5BR home with library, 2 fireplaces & hardwood floors. Very private & in lovely condition. $2,899,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #267259 SIESTA KEY. Located in one of Siesta's most desirable neighborhoods, this SpanishMediterranean design is on protected boating water with sparkling pool/spa & tropical landscaping. $2,450,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #264307 NEW CONSTRUCTION. Wonderful, open floor plan with state-of-the-art amenities, caged pool/spa & boat dock. Located close to beach & Village. $1,425,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #251649 FABULOUS LOCATION. Beautiful, brand new, 3/4BR canal home with elevator, upgrades & pool. Enjoy proximity to Siesta Beach, Village, shopping & restaurants. $1,350,000. Anna Kaminski, 388-4447 or 374-3200. #266455 BAYOU LOUISE. Very private, secluded 4BR home on desirable north Siesta Key. Surrounded by water on 3 sides, this residence features a large kitchen, fireplace, waterfront deck & boat dock. $1,150,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #264563 FULL GULF VIEWS from this 9th floor corner unit. Features 2BRs, elevator to the door, terrace & East Village at your doorstep. $950,000. Nita Elliott, 966-8000 or 504-2415. #267750 BAY OAKS. Turnkey furnished 1BR unit set in a popular complex with heated pool/spa & tennis. $309,999. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #262870 5Casey Key
SUPERB LOCATION. Gulf front estate in the highly sought after Palmer Point on the northern tip of Casey Key. Enjoy fabulous beach, 6,300 sq. ft. main home & guesthouse. $5,900,000. Tom Stone & Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #259806 ELEGANT CLIFFORD SCHOLZ DESIGNED HOME on the beach. The finest appointments highlight the residenceâ€™s classic proportions. Bayfront lot available separately. $4,500,000. Jo Ellen Burnham, 383-3759. #253760 CASEY KEY. Enjoy a certain spot to linger, next to a shady lagoon on 150+ feet of bay front, where an early morning stroll on the beach brightens the day. $3,297,222. Dianna and John Allaman, 966-8000 or 232-4200. #263944 CASEY KEY GULFSIDE HOME on a wonderful, wide, sandy private beach. This 3BR residence & separate guesthouse are situated on property with panoramic views & bay easement. $3,100,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #261625 FABULOUS, WIDE BAY VIEWS from this residence on Casey Key peninsula. Features 2/3BRs, den, dock & beach easement. $1,750,000. Tom Stone & Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #265909
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