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Thursday, December 23, 2004




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.

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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.”




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

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Board member Tom Steiner listens to President Sam Kennedy at the board meeting Dec. 16.





Courts may be only solution for chapel

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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.


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.

Dec. 16

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

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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, “There might be a press release forthcoming.� Indeed, a day later, a group referring to itself as “the majority of the board of governors for the Longboat Island Chapel� said in

a press release that the chapel’s board has installed former board member Evans as president and ousted Kennedy. “The board voted by a majority of 8-3 to remove Kennedy from office — despite his refusal to relinquish the position,� the release said. But Kennedy’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, “The courts are going to need to intervene, because I’m not sure reasonableness is going to prevail here.� �

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. “I was surprised and disappointed, too,� Marilyn Johnson said. “The 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.� She spoke of her enjoyment working with the chapel’s programs, and referring to the current church controversy said, “I have tried very hard to be neutral. I pray

the differences will be resolved.� Johnson joined the chapel in October 2003; her contract did not include the summer months. Her expressed preference was for a year-round contract. “ 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.� 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 master’s of divinity at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. �




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. “It’s never the same job everyday,� Fultz said. “We never know where we will be and what we will do. It can change with the flip of a coin, depending on the day.� The Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department announced Dec. 9 that Fultz was named the department’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. “Mark Fultz has been with our department for over five years and has demonstrated excellent abilities and skills and a willingness to accept new responsibilities,� 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. “I always wanted to work out here,� Fultz said. “When I came out of fire school there was an opening here, but you had to be an EMT. At that time I wasn’t an EMT.� Here on Longboat, Fultz is the Fire Rescue Marine Response Unit coordinator. One of his responsibilities is making sure the department’s 28-foot Boston Whaler Fire Rescue boat is properly equipped. He also trains firefighters to use the boat,

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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, it’s just another part of the job. “It’s a nice pat on the back, which is nice every once and a while,� he said. �





Our View

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. ❑




My view

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 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 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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Constructing Candyland BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer

Madeleine Hirschhorn holds her icing bag up to the corner of her gingerbread house and gives the roof a half-scrutinizing, half-skeptical look. She frowns and starts to cut some Twizzlers into smaller pieces. “I find that licorice covers a multitude of sins,� she said. Hirschhorn was one of 17 ladies who enjoyed an afternoon of creatively crafting gingerbread houses Dec. 17, at the Longboat Key Club’s Islandside Dining Room. The women enjoyed lunch together to ensure their hunger was satisfied before diving into bowls filled with candy to decorate their houses. The club’s pastry chef, Nick Prentzel, was on hand to demonstrate the finer techniques of icing the roofs of the houses and creating tiny icicles from the gingerbread eves, while helping out with any other questions. Some used candy canes to accent their doorways or windows, some had sprinkled powdered sugar for snow on the roofs and yards. Whether it was using red hots to line a driveway or pretzel sticks to build a stack of firelogs by the door, each house was colorful, creative and one of a kind. Sue Sennott has attended the event for three years at the club, but has crafted gingerbread houses as part of her holiday tradition for 10 years. This year, she made a stop at Kilwin’s to deck her house out in luxury. “I love it, because if you make a mistake, you just eat it,� Sennott said. After two hours of decorating, the smell of gingerbread filled the room, candy littered the tables and everyone was covered in icing.

The group of 17 ladies had almost 20 different candy decorations to choose from. “The thing that’s so great about doing it here is you don’t have to clean up afterwards,� Sennott said. �

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not come back. 12:49 a.m. — 5400 block GMD. Property Lost. Tourist reports her wallet missing. She said she might have lost the wallet while she was at the bookstore. 2:04 p.m. — 2800 block GMD. Fishing. Two men fishing with a net at a marina are told to stop. After a resident complains to police, an officer tells the men they are trespassing and they leave without arguing.

Dec. 15 4:00 p.m. — 4900 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman driving down GMD called police after she saw what looked like a man hitting a passenger as they were driving. Officer pulls over the car and questions the man. The man says he was trying to stop his wife, who has Alzheimer’s disease, from taking off her seatbelt. 6:51 p.m. — 700 block St Judes Drive. Boat. Because of low tide, a resident’s 34-foot boat ran aground and began to leak diesel fuel. A Hazmat team worked to clean up the spill and the Coast Guard monitored the situation.

Dec. 16 10:12 a.m. — 2400 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over a red Dodge pickup for having a cracked windshield and expired tag. The driver says his license was not valid and he had no insurance. The driver is issued a ticket for driving while license suspended. 3:52 p.m. — 5600 block GMD. Traffic Violation. A van with a carpet sticking out the rear door that is covering the registration tag

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Dec. 17 1:38 p.m. — 3400 block Winding Oaks Drive. Burglary Alarm. Officer finds a master bedroom sliding glass door unlocked. The house was secured and homeowner contacted. 4:43 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Disturbance. Neighbor calls police about a sand pile near the road. Officer reports that the pile takes up less space than a compact car. But the neighbor says the pile is blocking his driveway and that posts near his driveway were damaged in the past. Officer writes: “He was irate because ‘I didn’t agree the sand pile was a problem.’ He thought I was biased and his wife said she would call the F.B.I because I was biased.”

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All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. A Christmas Eve service will begin with special music at 4:30 p.m., followed by a celebration of Christ’s birth at 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Unction also will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Downs Spitler, interim rector, will officiate. 383-8161.

Pope Paul VI was known as the pilgrim pope because he was the first pope in centuries to make long journeys outside of Rome. On Jan. 5, 1964, he traveled to the Holy Land, where he offered Mass as what is believed to be Christ’s birthplace. At this Mass, he gave a beautiful homily on the lessons of Bethlehem and Nazareth. This year, the feast of the Holy Family falls on Dec. 26, and I thought it appropriate to offer his homily at this time: Nazareth, a model “Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his Gospel. Here we can observe and ponder the simple appeal of the way God’s Son came to be known — profound, yet full of hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imitate him. “Here we can learn to realize who Christ really is. And here we can sense and take account of the conditions and circumstances that surrounded and affected his life on earth: the places, the tenor of the times, the language, the culture, the religious custom — in brief, everything that Jesus used to make himself known to the world. Here, everything speaks to us, everything has meaning. Here we can learn the importance of spiritual discipline for all who wish to follow Christ and live by the teachings of his Gospel. “How I would like to return to my childhood and attend the simple yet profound school that is Nazareth. How wonderful to be close to Mary, learning again the lesson of the true meaning of life, learning again God’s truths. But we are only here on pilgrimage. Time passes and I must set aside my desire to stay and carry on my education in the Gospel, for that education is never finished. But I cannot leave without briefly recalling in

St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive. Three candlelight services will take place Christmas Eve, a 5 p.m. family service, a 7 p.m. contemporary service and a 10 p.m. traditional service. There will be a 7 p.m. service on New Year’s Eve. Contemporary worship service is at 9 a.m. (nursery available), Bible study at 10 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Christmas Eve Masses take place at 4:30 and 9 p.m. preceded by a choir at 8 p.m. Christmas Mass will be at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and Sunday Vigil at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday Masses are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor. 383-1255.

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Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Shabbat services are held at 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will lead the services. 383-3428. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be offered at 10 p.m. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sundays. Nursery available. 383-6491. Interfaith Service at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Christmas Eve service will take place at 5:30 p.m. Interfaith services are held Sunday. Holy Scriptures with the Rev. Charlie Shook are at 9 a.m. Worship service with the Rev. Kenneth Gill is at 10 a.m. 383-2659.


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Daniel Katzman, 80, of Longboat Key, died Dec. 10. Born Aug. 24, 1924, in Omaha, Neb., he graduated from the University of Nebraska and was an Army veteran of World War II. He retired as president of the Commodore Corp., a manufacturer of mobile homes and recreational vehicles as well as developer of mobile-home parks in North America. Mr. Katzman moved to Longboat Key in 1976 and was a member of Temple Beth Sholom. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Sara Katzman-Benjamin; a son, Steven; sisters Sylvia Jess and Charlotte Zipursky; and three grandsons. A service was held last week. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, was in charge. ❑

passing some thoughts I take with me from Nazareth. “First, we learn from its silence. If only we could once again appreciate its great value. We need this wonderful state of mind, beset as we are by the cacophony of strident protests and conflicting claims so characteristic of these turbulent times. The silence of Nazareth should teach us how to mediate in peace and quiet, to reflect on the deeply spiritual, and to be open to the voice of God’s inner wisdom and the counsel of his true teachers. Nazareth can teach us the value of study and preparation, of meditation, of well-ordered, personal, spiritual life, and of silent prayer that is known only to God. “Second, we learn about family life. May Nazareth serve as a model of what the family should be. May it show us the family’s holy and enduring character and exemplify its basic function in society: a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings — in summary, the perfect setting for rearing children, and for this there is no substitute. “Finally, in Nazareth, the home of the craftsman’s son, we learn about work and the discipline it entails. I would especially like to recognize its value, demanding yet redeeming, and to give it proper respect. I would remind everyone that work has its own dignity. On the other hand, it is not an end in itself. Its value and free character, however, derive not only from its place in the economic system, as they say, but rather from the purpose it serves. “In closing, may I express my deep regard for people everywhere who work for a living. To them I would point out their great model, Christ, their brother, our Lord and God, who is their prophet in every cause that promotes their well-being.” — Pope Paul VI

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Winner of the Publisher’s Award, 7040 Firehouse Road

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Multi-family — Al Fishbein, Bill Holland, Dan Marschke, Ken Comeforo, Dan Noyes and Bill Winters of Longboat Harbour

Longboat Keyest — Debbie Saputo


BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF ow many times do you drive down Gulf of Mexico Drive with a smile on your face? Let’s be honest — not very often. But, this season, the spectacular holiday lighting displays on GMD are helping to put grins on motorists’ faces, as well as prompting lots of oohs and aahs. (At one point, the dazzling displays inspired the judges of The Longboat Observer’s “Light up the Key” contest to sing the schmaltzy, old Debbie Boone hit, “You Light Up My Life.”) And yes, we know we say it every year, but the holiday lights just get better and better every year. It makes it harder to judge the contest, especially in the multi-family category (condominiums). Perhaps the condominium associations have more of a competitive nature than residential homeowners. Judges were a bit dismayed that the holiday spirit seems to be sagging in Longboat’s residential neigh-


Single family — Estrella and Anthony Van Riemsdijk

Mostest — D. M. Williams of Casa Del Mar

Artsiest —Tim Dunlop, Cheek residence

Publisher’s Award — Gerald and Jacqueline Spierenburg accept the award for the home of their daughter, Jan Holmes.

Commerical — Tom Carroll and Mike Wehr of Longboat Bay Club

borhoods, particularly on the south end, where streets in Country Club Shores displayed only a smattering of Christmas lighting cheer. But if the judges were to give an award for the Most Christmas Spirit, Spanish Main Yacht Club would be our winner. It has the most decorated homes. But, on to the winners …

The Publisher’s Award The Tim and Jan Holmes home at 7040 Firehouse Road won the Publisher’s Award in 2001 and again in 2003. We simply can’t deny this home its hat trick — a third Publisher’s Award and elevation into the Hall of Fame. (The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is the only other to achieve this status.) As always, it’s the one display that makes you stop your car and sit for a while just to soak in the pleasure of looking at the electrical, holiday work of art. In fact, judges caused a bit of a traffic jam in front of the display Saturday evening. The beauty of this lighting display is the holiday spirit behind it. Gerald and Jacqueline Spierenburg, Jan Holmes’ parents, decorate the home for their daughter’s family, who come for the holidays from their other home in Chicago. They spend weeks perfecting the display, beginning the day after Thanksgiving. Each year the Spierenburgs add to the elaborate display. Among this year’s new additions are miniature palm trees around a cutout nativity scene and two snowmen on the roof with lighting presents. And yet, they declared they “were toning it down this year.” TURN TO LIGHT UP THE KEY, PAGE 2A+




scaled back some, bringing a classier, festive look to its happy front-yard scene; 812-820 Spanish Point Drive South — Two home together are better than one; 5930 Gulf of Mexico Drive — Slow down when you drive by Rolf-Jurgen and Gabriela Wagner’s home. They have an attractive display that winds its way down the drive of their Villa Octagon residence; 691 Binnacle Point Drive — The inflated Santa makes this display; 681 Emerald Harbor Dirve — Classy candy canes.

Light up the Key CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A+ The Holmes, no doubt, will be equally as pleased with the Spierenburgs’ efforts as the judges and Longboat residents.

Single-family category 1. 545 General Harris Street — This entrant captured the judges’ attention with its effect. Anthony and Estrella Van Riemsdijk have created a lighted winter wonderland surrounding their home. And, as if the front of their home isn’t beautiful enough, the real treat is behind their home. On the edge of the pool sits a brightly lighted train with colorful lights and Santa on his sleigh in white lights. The Riemsdijks said they had to move the larger decorations to the back, because someone kept stealing the bulbs! (Scrooge, perhaps?) They have created a magical entryway for Santa’s sleigh. 2. 630 Buttonwood — Cute. Very cute. The clincher on this display is the Santa figure whose legs and black boots are sticking out of the fireplace chimney, as if jolly ol’ St. Nick is stuck trying to get down the shoot. As Santa is kicking his way down, colorful, gift-wrapped boxes surround the chimney. Meanwhile, one of Santa’s reindeer stands in the driveway, resting against Santa’s golf cart. Luis and Christine Ortiz have added more nice touch-

Multi-family category Mid-Key is clearly the heart of Longboat Key’s holiday wonderland. And no place is more noticeable than at the confluence of Longboat Harbour and The Arbomar — easily two of the finest displays on the Key. Last year, however, Longboat Harbour, 4454 Gulf of Mexico Drive, put extra effort into its display and won the Multi-family category.

The Mostest — Spirit of the season at Casa del Mar es: lighted candy canes surrounding the mailbox and pots of poinsettia straddling either side of the front door. 3. 711 Emerald Harbor Drive — George and Dorothy Suca have a festive front that will bring passersby to a halt. The judges like the lighted Santa and lighted, moving reindeers. At the front of this sleigh, however, is not Rudolph but an icy, lighted polar bear, complete with red-and-green lighted collar. Adding fun to the whole display is a 7-foot

inflated snowman with a great grin. Standing next to the snowman is a sign that reads: “Fat Snowmen Live Longer.” Honorable Mentions: 3380, 3390 and 3400 Island Court Drive — These three clustered homes go all out every year. With a little more coordination, they’d be prize winners; 501 General Harris St. — The James Wall family always creates one of Longboat’s more-decorated homes. In this year’s display, the Walls have

1. 4454 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Harbour — This year the Longboat Harbour display ties everything together in a bright, colorful and elegant package. The driveway lined with candy-cane lights runs nicely into the decorations on the side, including decorated trees and bushes with a mixture of colored and white lights. The island in the middle sets the display apart, with a large tree made out of strings of white lights standing tall as a focal point, and behind it real palm trees with their

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Artsiest — 5541 Gulf of Mexico Drive is arsty enough to appear on the Cheek holiday card. trunks wrapped in white lights and their fronds twinkling in green. Small reindeer graze the grass on the sides of the drive. It was the display the judges simply couldn’t get out of their minds. 2. 3800 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Beach Harbor Club — Last year Beach Harbor Club came out of nowhere with a dazzling, whitelights display. This year, it has refined the elegant display even more. This was a tough call for judges. Next year, Beach Harbor Club could move up to first place. 3. 1485 Gulf of Mexico Drive, The Arbomar — Its eight-story tree is always a stunner. Judges especially like the touch of the sign, reading, “Christmas on Longboat Key.” Honorable Mentions: 3320 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Arms — winner of the Publisher’s Award in 2002; 5393 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Terrace — judges are crazy about these different-colored lights wrapping the palms trees at the entrance (could be a winner next year!); 4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Turtle Crawl Inn — absolutely beautifully lighted palm trees; 1045 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Beachplace — the guardhouse is charming with the grazing animals on its roof; 360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Tangerine Bay Club — its lighted arbors are sheer elegance — and judges liked the unique touch of the light-

1. 3200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Bay Club — Mike Wehr, maintenance manager of the Longboat Bay Club, decided this year the lights should come closer to home for it residents. Instead of lining the bushes in front with white lights, he and his assistant, Tom Carroll, decided to put all the decorations on the building. The effect is stunning. Set back a small way from Gulf of Mexico Drive, it glows with the icicle lights hanging from each condominium’s balcony and two trees made out of strings of lights running the length of the building on each side, hugging the decorations in a bright, elegant package. To top it off, candy cane lights provide a little splash of color in a sea of white, accessorizing the display neatly. 2. 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, The Longboat Key Club — How nice it is to see The Longboat Key Club get into the spirit on the Key. The wreaths on the pillars are welcoming sight coming onto Longboat Key. And the club’s two entranceways (Islandside and Harbourside) are glittering gateways to “behind the gates.” 3. 525 St. Judes Drive, Harry’s Continental Kitchens — Harry’s Restaurant is festive enough as a stand-alone display, but add in the lights on Harry’s Deli and its office building and the total effect is tops. Honorable Mentions: 5581 Gulf of Mexico Drive, The Wicker Inn — Jamie Messer has again lighted his charming Wicker Inn to perfection. The tall palms are majestic beacons.

The Artsiest 5541 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Carl and Sylvia Cheek — This home illustrates that a few, subtle, yet eye-catching and well-placed touches can exude artsy style. Sylvia Cheek had vision of what she wanted her decorations to look like this year and even had an


Longboat Keyest — 10 Lighthouse Point greets motorists coming over the New Pass Bridge.

artist create a Christmas card with the design. Her vision includes softball-sized bulbs like exotic, ripe fruit ready for picking, hanging from the lower branches of two banyan trees at the entranceway of the home. The colors of the bulbs are also unique — in addition to the traditional reds and greens are deep plums, blues and yellows.

The Longboat Keyest 10 Lighthouse Point, John and Denise Saputo — Location, location, location — the Saputo home couldn’t be in a greater location on Lighthouse Point (the Saputos won the Single-Family Category last year). Their home is truly the welcoming beacon for those coming over the New Pass Bridge to Longboat Key, therefore the Longboat Keyest winner. The deck, lined in white lights, shimmers in the night, using the water’s reflection to add to the aura. Although the display is somewhat difficult to appreciate fully as you drive over the bridge, the best way to enjoy this display is to take the time to pull into the parking lot at Overlook Park on the northwest side of the New Pass Bridge. The Saputos’ organized display of white lights is a pleasure to behold. “I just love decorating,” Denise Saputo said. “John — he likes to stand back and look at it.”

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age in the arteries, limiting blood flow to the legs and resulting in pain with walking. The pain typically goes away with rest. The diagnosis can be made by eliciting these symptoms from the patient’s history and feeling the pulses in the patient’s legs. In addition, there is a simple test called an ankle-brachial index that can be performed, in which the blood pressure in the foot is measured using a hand-held Doppler (detects blood flow by sounds). This correlates well with the symptoms of claudication. Fortunately, there are a large variety of treatments for this condition, ranging from exercise or medications to percutaneous treatments using balloons, wires, lasers, angioplasty or atherectomy (removing hard plaque from arterial walls), all techniques to open blockages in the artery and reduce plaque size. In addition, bypass surgery can be performed to divert the blood flow around the blocked arteries and increase the blood flow to the legs. Most patients can be treated with some modality of therapy to improve their walking. Incidentally, the knee arthritis you described could limit your walking, and I would suggest you take a mild anti-inflammatory drug to minimize knee pain and allow you to exercise your legs. Steven Silverman, M.D. Vascular Surgeon Sarasota and Bradenton

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Submit your health questions to: What’s up, Doc?, The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or fax to 387-7193; or e-mail to Arvey Rogers, M.D., F.A.C.P., is the retired chief of the Gastroenterology Division of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is currently professor emeritus at the University of Miami School of Medicine. �





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Are you ready for plastic surgery? I was! Part Two: Tips, Suggestions, and Before and After Photos Last month I wrote Part One of “Are You Ready For Plastic Surgery? I Was!” It was subtitled The Decision. I described why I had decided to go under the knife and have cosmetic plastic surgery. I talked about all the non-surgical procedures I had tried without the desired results, as well as concerns and the price of the procedure. If you have any questions or would like a copy of Part One, please contact me through The Longboat Observer. This month I have some suggestions for choosing a surgeon, a few pre-operative and post-operative tips if you decide to go ahead and take the plunge, and my before and after photos. I don’t think I actually looked like my before photos. They are brutal. And my after photos don’t seem like an accurate depiction of how I look now. But for the sake of exemplifying the results of the procedures, I decided to bite the bullet and share them.


Things To Consider 1. Is the surgeon you are considering to perform your surgery board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)? Surgeons with this certification have completed a minimum of five years of surgical training following medical school, including a plasticsurgery residency program. Surprisingly, some of the physicians who are performing cosmetic surgery today have had no formal surgical training at all. Be careful. 2. Ask friends and ask around. Word of mouth referrals are important. 3. Does your surgeon inspire confidence? I liked that my surgeon thinks he is talented and competent. 4. Are the procedures your surgeon will be performing the ones that she or he performs on a regular basis and is most known for in the community? For example, some surgeons are noted for performing more body procedures than facial and vice versa. 5. Ask your surgeon whether a general anesthetic will be used. If the answer is yes, ask about the anesthesiologist. Is he or she board certified? How long has he or she been working for your surgeon’s surgery group? A general anesthetic is the riskiest part of any operation. 6. Even if you will have your surgery in the doctor’s office or at a surgery center, it is important to find out if your surgeon has operating privileges in an accredited hospital for the same procedure(s) you will have performed. Before granting privileges, hospital


Pre-operation front view

Pre-operation side view review committees evaluate a surgeon’s training and competency for specific procedures. 7. If you will be recuperating at home the first night after surgery, make sure that you are not alone. Some people prefer to stay with a friend for a couple of days so their family is not alarmed by how they look right after surgery. I came home with my head in a turban and two tubes on either side of my head. I looked scary. 8. How far away is your plastic surgeon’s office? You may have as many as six to 10 follow-up visits, so you don’t want to be traveling too far.

and surgery center. My advocate was my husband. Many plastic surgery patients prefer someone other than their spouse (too disapproving, too afraid, etc.). Compile your list of questions and have your advocate ready to write down the answers. You would be surprised by the difference between what you think you heard and what was actually said.


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Post-operation side view tions? Or are you secretly entertaining thoughts of how greatly your life will improve when you turn the clock back some unrealistic number of years? A facelift is not a cure-all. 4. Consider taking an advocate to your presurgery consultations with the nurse, surgeon

Post-surgery tips 1. Follow post-surgery guidelines from your surgeon to the letter. 2. If possible, take off work and scratch any social commitments for two to three weeks. 3. Ice, ice, ice — for the first 48 hours, especially for any eye surgery. 4. Drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest and take the prescribed pain medication if you need it. No need to be a stoic. 5. Eat lots of fresh pineapple. It has an enzyme that promotes healing. I also used some homeopathic herbal supplements that are purported to help speed recovery. But always ask your surgeon before taking or using anything that is not recommended in the post-operative literature. 6. Regardless of the recommendation to use the popular Dermablend makeup to cover bruises, I found that my ordinary concealer, a little foundation and some loose powder gently patted on the bruising looked less obvious. 7. Be patient and try not to worry. The first few days you’ll look like you’ve been in an auto accident. Don’t be frightened. It took two weeks before I recognized any signs of my familiar features and began to observe the muchdesired improvements. I fretted needlessly. Susan Goldfarb has been a freelance writer focusing on health issues for more than 20 years. She is a certified yoga instructor and teaches at the Education Center on Longboat Key. ❑



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After seven months of sequins, ribbons, glue, beads and fabric, the ladies of the Bird Key Yacht Club’s Ornament Class can call themselves graduates. Bevalie Brunson, instructor of the ornament class, held a graduation dinner for her 13 pupils Nov. 29, at the club. The ladies placed their ornaments on top of upside-down wine glasses to display them for their classmates. Each place setting at the table was filled with a classmate’s work, and, after admiring each other’s ornaments, they sat down for din-

ner together — with their husbands exiled to a separate table. The theme for this year’s ornaments was “Home for the Holidays,” with the group making ornaments that reminded them of different places around the world. “It’s wonderful to see how different each person interprets the theme,” Brunson said. As a thank you, Brunson gave each graduate huckleberry cordials and huckleberry jam. The following day, the ornaments were put in a case to decorate the yacht club’s main hallway, where they will remain until after Jan. 1. ❑

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Rotary Club of Longboat Key — will postpone its meetings because of the holidays. Meetings will resume at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706.

‘Saltwater Fishing for All Seasons’ — a class discussing topics including how, when and where to catch popular fish, will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 6, for eight consecutive weeks at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost for members is $90 and $95 for non-members. Call 383-8811 for more information. The Education Center — located at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, starts its winter term Jan. 3. Classes include yoga, writing, art history and more. For more information, call 383-8811. Mote Marine Aquarium — Located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Call for details, 388-2451. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 to 17; and $2 for children ages 4 to 11. Peli-Boat tours leave at 10 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Prices are $8 for children and $16 for adults. For more information, call 388-4444.

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BlackTie BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

No cheer here ... Well, no one ended up winning a stocking full of holiday cheer in our “Blast from Holidays Past” contest. We asked readers to guess who was who in past holiday pics from some of our favorite people in the Black Tie scene. Unfortunately, no one could guess, but everyone certainly wanted to find out. See if you came close. 1. Hint: Our North Pole contacts can’t identify this beauty queen. Can you? Answer: This picture was found in the Sarasota Jungle Gardens archive. The gardens believe that the woman is one of a number of beauty queens who used to pose at the gardens in the 1950s. Unfortunately, the gardens don’t know who Santa Claus is either ... Maybe it’s actually him! 2. Hint: This family always garners up some fun. Answer: Come on folks! This one was easy. It’s the Garner family — Their late son, Rob, Alison, Betsy, Bob and Dottie. 3. Hint: This little girl is a candy cane connoisseur. Answer: Now heading up the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, Kim Mancini is still just as cute.

Harvey Hinrichs with his wife and co-chair, Betsy

Elisabeth Waters stuns again in a gorgeous gown.

Patrick Danis with his aunt, Susan Danis, Sarasota Opera executive director

Co-chair Jane Bavaria with her husband, Ed

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The Sarasota Opera’s fourth annual Opera Ball was a perfect prelude to its winter season. Held on Saturday, Dec. 18 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, the ball paid tribute to the opera’s executive director, Susan Danis, on her fifth anniversary. Her French heritage was perfect for the theme of the evening, which was the rustic French countryside. But the guests certainly did not come to the ball dressed rustically. Ladies looked like opera divas in absolutely stunning gowns — with handsome husbands and escorts by their sides. Chaired by Jane Bavaria and Betsy Hinrichs, the evening, from cocktails to ballroom dancing, was a stylish success. ❑

4. Hint: This girl whispers aerobic tips in Santa’s ear. Answer: Actually, Molly Schechter’s sister, Ellen Alexander, is one closest to Santa at J.L. Hudson in Detroit pre-1950. 5. Hint: This Brazilian beauty hasn’t changed one bit. Answer: And Heloisa Jennings certainly hasn’t changed since this picture taken when she was 7 years old at her first communion in Brazil.

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6. Hint: This bright blonde is always sunny when it comes to money. Answer: She is none other than SunTrust’s first vice president, Veronica Brady. 7. Hint: This young boy was raucous in Caracas. Answer: Ramses Serrano certainly doesn’t cause a raucous anymore at his gallery, Sonnet Gallery Fine Art. 8. Hint: These cute twins “sher” a holiday moment. Answer: Sheryl Vieira of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and her twin sister, Sandy Albano, truly are still that cute. 9. Hint: This little snowboarder’s name is not Chris. Answer: And, really, it’s not — Gris Bettle. ❑

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NARSAD’s (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) annual gala, “Sunshine from Darkness,” is one of the few remaining events where the most beautiful black-tie gowns are brought out of the closet. And as Co-chair Lee Peterson and committee member Flori Roberts agree, you must be “dripping in jewels.” So Tina Little of Queens’ Wreath Jewels brought out her most exquisite jewels that shine as bright as sunshine.

Lee Peterson, Cochair of NARSAD’s “Sunshine from Darkness” gala, and Flori Roberts, committee member, are glistening in glittery jewels. Peterson models a 50,51carat diamond bib, 2.43-carat diamond earrings with mother-of-pearl and white pearl drops set in 18-karat white gold and a 10-carat radiant cut diamond ring. Roberts wears a 16carat diamond lariat with South Sea and Tahitian pearls, 7.5carat diamond earrings with large South Sea pearl drops, 10.71-carat diamond bracelet set in 18-karat white gold by Zydo and a 7-carat diamond ring. All available at Queens’ Wreath Jewels, St. Armands Circle, 388-9800.

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When: 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall NARSAD, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, is the largest not-for-profit charitable organization worldwide that raises and distributes funds for psychiatric research. Since 1987, NARSAD has awarded $157.3 million to fund 2,364 grants to 1,883 scientists at 321 universities and medical research institutions worldwide. More significantly, contributions to support NARSAD’s programs are given 100% to research, because separate foundations underwrite administration and fund-raising. That’s why attending this black-tie gala is so important. But the gala isn’t all facts and figures. “It’s also fun,” stresses Co-chair Lee Peterson. Emily Walsh

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a gourmet dinner at 6 p.m., in the Van Wezel’s grand foyer. Guests will receive VIP seating for an exciting concert by Michael Feinstein and Barbara Cook. Feinstein is a master of the American popular song and his special guest, Cook, will astound you with her pure soprano voice that has graced international stages. After the concert there will be a dessert buffet and presentation of the Luminary Award to Cook. Cook will receive the award for her courage for discussing her struggle with depression as it relates to alcoholism. Journalist Mike Wallace was honored with the first Luminary Award in 2003 and Pulitzer-winning writer and humorist Art Buchwald was honored in 2004. Bob and Lee Peterson, Robert and Joyce Tate and Mary Wallace are co-chairs of NARSAD 2005, with Virginia Toulmin serving as honorary chair. Tickets are $275 and up. For tickets and information call Janet Hunter at 371-6798. — Emily Walsh









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READY 1 Jacqueline Morton 2 Myrna Labberton, Kathy Lauder, Virginia Toulmin and Helen Rogers 3 Patricia and Leo DalCortivo 4 Ann Cameron 5 Joan Wood, Stephen Sieg and Maria McGill 6 Victor and Marcella Hazan with Maestro Victor DeRenzi and his wife, Stephanie Sundine 7 Harry and Victoria Leopold 8 Lee and Jerold Ross 9 Even Collinsworth and Gay Haney Photos by Emily Walsh







Debutante Ball Date: Saturday, Dec. 18 Place: Sarasota Municipal Auditorium Benefiting: Florida West Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra Program


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(From left to right, front row to back row) Tia Jones, Ali Dvoskin, Lauren Pritchard, Tara Shea, Ashley Frye, Courtney Conley, Erin Shepherd, Emily Krouse, Kelly Beasley and Leigh Alvarez 2 Kelly Beasley has her hair done by Lindsey Schlabach. 3 The escorts 4 Cameron Kruger and Courtney Watson 5 Susan Butler is surrounded by her escorts Derek Silverman, Robert Subbiondo and Josh Saef. 6 Jonathan Dyal, Diana Wilbur, Jameson Dyal, Megan Trefry and Ford Drury 7 Lauren Carter gets help from her mother, Debora, with her gloves. 8 Lauren Pritchard and Emily Krouse 9 Danny Beasley 10 Chair Robin Serbin and Debbie Partridge 11 Leigh Alvarez poses as an escort while Tara Shea practices her curtsey. 12 The Sarasota Municipal Auditorium is unrecognizable with its beautiful decorations for the ball.



















CALENDAR DECEMBER 29 Perlman Music Program Gala Dinner Benefiting: Florida West Coast Symphony When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Dottie Baer Garner and David Klein Contact: Karen Marra, 953-4252, Ext. 28 Price: $625 (including gala dinner and concert)


Benefiting: African American Youth in the Performing Arts When: 8 p.m. Where: Waterside Room at the Sarasota Quay Chairs: Carol Johnson and Jacqueline Ray Contact: Audrey Coleman, 360-1541 Price: $125

New Year’s Eve Argentinean Celebration Benefiting: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall When: 9 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Contact: Margaret Fuesy, 955-7676, Ext. 226 Price: $165

Perlman Music Program Concert Benefiting: Florida West Coast Symphony When: 8 p.m. Where: Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center Chairs: Dottie Baer Garner and David Klein Contact: Karen Marra, 953-4252, Ext. 28 Price: $625 (including gala dinner and concert)


Family Development When: 8 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Lucy Nicandri, 3718820, Ext. 1030 Price: $20


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Starlight Gala Patron Party Benefiting: Temple Beth Israel When: 5 p.m. Where: The home of Betty Schiff Chair: Betty Schiff Contact: Jewel Ash, 330-0109, or Audrey Lucow, 3835862 Price: By invitation only


The Emperor’s Ball ‘New York Tavern to Broadway Bash’ Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida When: 8 p.m. Where: Hyatt Sarasota Chairs: Daniel and Elita Kane, Harold Libby and Wanda Rayle Contact: Sarasota Ballet, 359-0099 Price: $250; special $50 discount, “Babysitter’s Fee” for persons age 40 or younger New Year’s Eve Gala Hosted by: Florida Suncoast Chapter Society Inc.

7 ‘A Dog’s Night Out’ 2005 Hosted by: Penny Hill Group and Saks Fifth Avenue Benefiting: Animal Rescue Coalition When: 6 p.m. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Chairs: Koni Findlay and Charlie Ann Syprett Contact: Mary Lee Richey, 957-1955, Ext. 7 Price: $50 Thunder by the Bay ‘Born to be Wild’ Kickoff Party Benefiting: The Florida Center for Child and


Thunder by the Bay Festival Benefiting: The Florida Center for Child and Family Development Where: Various Locations in Sarasota Contact: Lucy Nicandri, 371-8820, Ext. 1030 Price: $10 to $20

9 Winter Gala Hosted by: Bradenton Opera Guild Benefiting: Sarasota Opera Association When: 6 p.m. Where: Lakewood Ranch Country Club Chair: Jo Ann Frye Contact: Jo Ann Frye, 776-2850 Price: $125 NARSAD 2005 ‘Sunshine from Darkness Gala’ Benefiting: NARSAD — National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression When: 5 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chairs: Lee Peterson and Joyce Tate Contact: Sarah Edwardson, 921-6807 Price: $275

10 Dine for Wishes on the Bay Benefiting: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sarasota County When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Ophelia’s on the Bay Contact: Brenda Woolston, 926-9474 (WISH)

11 A Taste for Life Benefiting: American Red Cross, Southwest Florida Chapter Where: Participating Restaurants Chairs: Jennifer Compton and Shelley Lister Contact: Kimberley Reibel, 379-9300, Ext. 223 Price: Dinner charge Outreach Luncheon Hosted by: American Technion Society, Sarasota Chapter Benefiting: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology When: Where: Harbourside Dining Room at the Longboat Key Club Chairs: Rosalie Krone and Milton Richter Contact: Gary Folz, 3836455 Price: By invitation only

14 ‘Thank Goodness the Holidays are Over’ Party and ‘The Dating Game’ Benefiting: UCP — United Cerebral Palsy When:

8 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Wendy Mann Resnick, 957-3599 Price: $15

15 Arts Night Benefiting: Sarasota County Arts Council When: 8 p.m. Where: Five Points Plaza in Downtown Sarasota Chairs: Nikki Hood and Amie Shay Contact: Molly Schreiber, 365-5118, Ext. 301 Tickets: $75 Boots & Buckles Benefiting: Flanzer Jewish Community Center When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Flanzer Jewish Community Center Contact: 378-5568, Ext. 226 Price: $100; after Dec. 31, $125

16 Arts Day Benefiting: Sarasota County Arts Council When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Downtown Sarasota Chair: Mayor Richard Martin Contact: Molly DeMeulenaere, 365-5118, Ext. 301 Price: adults, $3; children, free Stars of Tomorrow Brunch Hosted by: Bradenton Opera Guild Benefiting: Sarasota Opera Association When: 11:30 a.m. Where: El Conquistador Country Club Chairs: Rollen and Sandy Secor Contact: Rollen and Sandy Secor, 756-3077 Price: $20 Stars of Tomorrow Concert Hosted by: Bradenton Opera Guild Benefiting: Sarasota Opera Association When: 2 p.m. Where: Neel Auditorium Chairs: Jeff and Ethel Doughty Contact: Jeff and Ethel Doughty, 778-0726 Price: $10 Starlight Gala Benefiting: Temple Beth Israel When: 6 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Audrey Lucow and Jewel Ash Contact: Audrey Lucow, 383-5862 Price: $150 and up

18 Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon Benefiting: Gulfwind Chapter Women’s American ORT When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Chairs: Ruth Michael and Meryl Torin Contact: Ruth Michael, 921-1549 Price: $36

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being a part of the Venice parade for the first time, but wasn’t expecting a rain showEveryone knows Edith Barr Dunn. Think er: “In all the years, it’s been cold, but it you don’t? Think Stetson hat. You can see never rained. This year we were drowned Dunn’s Stetson hat (one of the hundreds rats!” Dunn’s car was eighth in line when she happens to own) bobbing through the the rain started. “We couldn’t have got out crowd at every charity event. Or, you’ll be of line even if we wanted to,” she recalls. sure to spot her in her classic yellow 50/50 “The car and toys got soaked. We were freezing, because we were so raffle vest. You could name wet, so we decided to turn any organization and Dunn Age: 84 the heater on. But the car is probably involved. “I do a Birthplace: was so full of water that we lot of stuff,” Dunn says. “I started to steam!” even do things that no one Pontypridd, South After having her car dry knows I’m involved in. I do Wales. out for a week (and a serious so many things I always get Social stats: detailing job), Dunn can them messed up.” American Cancer only talk about how many Which isn’t necessarily Society, Catholic toys they were able to coltrue. Charities, Century lect for needy children. But many people don’t Foundation (Sarasota But parades aren’t the know what Dunn does durMemorial Healthcare only thing comprising ing the holidays. You could Foundation), Goodwill Dunn’s holiday spirit. “I ring say she’s the area’s version Foundation, Kiwanis the Salvation Army bell for of Santa Claus. Dunn has Club of Longboat Key, the Kiwanis Club. I always been in the Sarasota get people to donate money. Christmas Parade since Salvation Army, St. Some people say, ‘Oh, God, 1987 (now called the Jude Children’s you’re here again? I can’t Sarasota Holiday Parade). Research Hospital and afford you.’ But I always get For the last 14 years, Dunn Toys for Tots them when I say back, ‘We has represented Toys for Quote: “The guy help the needy, not the Tots in the parade. Dunn upstairs always knows greedy!’” decorates her classic red what you’re doing.” On her own, Dunn colMercedes convertible SL lects toys, money and food with stuffed animals and to give to the less fortunate Christmas decorations, which is driven in the parade. Dunn sits on during the holidays. “It’s for such a good the back of the car with two Marines and a thing. I used to do a golf tournament in driver. Dunn’s friend, Sylvia Babineau, has October to collect money to give to Toys for been the official driver for the past three Tots.” Dunn also helps out particular famiyears. In the parade, Dunn and the Marines lies, too. Dunn will never stop what she’s doing. “It accompanying her wave Toys for Tots flags, just makes me feel good. The guy upstairs and Dunn rings Santa’s bell. This year, for the first time, Dunn was always knows what you’re doing. I feel like part of the Venice Holiday Parade. “We I’ve been paid back immensely. I have a lot were very fortunate this year to have to be thankful for — I’ve got my health, my Marines who had just returned from Iraq,” family’s health and I have so many friends Dunn says. “They walked the parade and who never say no to me.” Indeed, it’s impossible to say no to Dunn. collected tons of toys as they walked along ❑ for Toys for Tots.” Dunn was excited about We’re thankful for her. BY EMILY WALSH

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Pietro da Cortonna, “Hagar and the Angel,” c. 1637-1638 • Bequest of John Ringling, 1936

Angels among us BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

Benedetto Gennari II’s “ The Annunciation,” 1686 • Bequest of John Ringling, 1936

Snow-deprived snowbirds feeling a lack of Christmas spirit might consider a spirit of a different variety: The angelic

Paintings shown are from the collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida and reproduced courtesy of the museum.

spirits on display at the John and Mable Ringling Museum. Renaissance and Baroque painters derived their image of the angelic from classical notions of beauty and their own imaginations. Artists also created a subspecies of angels in training — putto alone, putti in flocks, the sculptures of which dot the museum grounds. We hope the samples shown here lift your holiday spirits. Enjoy. ❑

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Noël-Nicolas Coypel’s “Portrait of Madame de Bourbon-Conti as Venus,” 1731 • Bequest of John Ringling, 1936

Karel Du Jardin’s “Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness” c. 1662 • Bequest of John Ringling, 1936



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Jeanne Travers in a peaceful pose

Give peace a dance You can tell Jeanne Travers is a dancer just by looking at her — even when she’s sitting. There’s something about the way she gestures and moves her hands when she talks ... Like now.


A&E The young USF professor of dance and choreography is describing her latest project at the home of Mort and Carol Siegler at L’Ambiance on Longboat Key. WUSF’s Dick Lobo is on hand to create a documentary about it. Travers talks about a lyrical scene and her hands become graceful flowing swans. She talks about combat and conflict, and her movements become abrupt and angular. Everyone else around the table sits watching, spellbound. “Pathways to Peace” is the choreography project she’s describing with her words and gestures. It’s based on Madame Bernard Chantal’s “International Book of Peace.” Her work will interweave Chantal’s text with modern dance interpretations by American and French dancers and live music ranging from Judeo-Spanish melodies to Sufi chants. There will also be accompanying narration in French and English, including manifestoes and cries from the heart by statesmen, philosophers and religious leaders worthy of the name urging an end to bloodshed. “Pathways to Peace” will premiere in Paris in April 2005. Following that, Travers will be training dancers from USF and coordinating dancers and musicians who’ve

On the HORIZON Florence Putterman

Amadeus, Amadeus

Lido Shores artist Florence Putterman will be exhibiting new paintings and works on paper from Jan. 1 through 31, at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art. Putterman’s energetic imagery works on both an abstract and a representational level. Her art expresses the deep connection between this world and the next you often see in the sacred art of primitive cultures. The sense of wonder Putterman evokes seems both ancient and timeless. Call 366-2093.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s if-you-playyou-pay morality tale will be performed from Jan. 29 through March. 19, at the Sarasota Opera House. The backstory: Notorious lustful playboy Don Giovanni (aka Don Juan) chases women like murder, and commits murder in the process. The statue of his victim, the Commendatore, shows up for dinner and drags him down to hell. See what happens? Call 366-8450.

already participated in the project to prepare for an American premiere in Sarasota sometime in late 2005 or early 2006. Everyone involved will be working pro bono. Gesturing with her hands, she says, “I was deeply inspired by the book. It’s a simple, pure message weaving the common truths of many faiths together. What I hope to show in this choreography is the possibility of peace based on that shared tradition — and the cost of war if we fail to work together.” Watching her hands move, it’s clear that the dance is taking form in her mind.

‘Under One Sun’ When a soldier enlists, the soldier’s family enlists as well. Life isn’t easy for military families. It’s particularly hard on the children, especially when they’re separated from a parent, and even more so in a time of war. Six-year-old Sarasota resident Isabella Becking knows what it’s like. Her father, Tech. Sgt. Fred Becking, is part of the Air Force Reserves. He’s frequently deployed overseas, and has been stationed in Pakistan for most of this year. Isabella’s separation from her father is an experience she shares with many other military children. What sets her apart: She’s written a book on the

Larry Elgart Longboat Key’s legendary “Ambassador of Swing” will swing into action at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Backed up by his orchestra, the bandleader and alto-saxophonist will lay down some sweet sounds that might tempt you out of your seat. Call 953-3368.

Perlman students shine The “Perlman Music Program Concert” will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Holley Hall. The concert will showcase the talents of 35 students ages 12 to 18, from the program’s two-week Sarasota residency hosted by the Florida West Coast Symphony. Itzhak Perlman, the program’s director, will perform on solo violin along with the student orchestra. This concert

subject called “Under One Sun.” With her mom’s help of course. It began about a year ago when Isabella’s father was away. Her mother, Kim Becking, saw her daughter’s sadness. To help Isabella deal with it (and other kids going through the same thing) she encouraged her daughter to write and illustrate a book about the experience. The book was published last October. While her mother assisted, the words and pictures are Isabella’s own. “I’m very proud of her,” says Kim Becking. “Writing the book together was therapy for both of us. It’s a way of showing it’s OK to keep loving people, even when they’re gone, even when they’re on the other side of the world. And it’s OK to miss them.” It’s all about connections, as symbolized by the image of the sun in the title. Seeing the sun out her bedroom window is a source of great comfort to Isabella. She knows it shines on her father as well. As she writes in her book, “When I see the sun I know no matter where they are my friends and daddy see it too. We are all under one sun.” A sunshiny note: Isabella’s father is home on leave through the holidays. “We get him for Christmas,” says Kim Becking. “He reports back in January.” ❑ will be part of a two-evening celebration, beginning with a gala dinner to benefit the program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Michael’s On East. The dinner features the students, Perlman and his wife, program co-founder Toby Perlman. Itzhak Perlman Tickets for the complete event package are $1,250 per couple and from $2,500 to $5,000 for couples at the sponsor level. Call 953-4252. ❑

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Mary Zimmermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosesâ&#x20AC;? is a slippery thing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a blob of mercury, a puff of smoke, a changeling. It dodges mental hammers and flows out of categorical boxes like water. Trying to nail and box it in a review is tough. But here goes: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on tales in Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphoses.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosesâ&#x20AC;? (Ovid was a Florida Studio Theatre Roman poet who distilled the Reviewed Dec. 3 essence of Greek Running through mythology. March 31 Unlike critics, poets are allowed to do that.) The action takes place around a pool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the kind you might see on any deck in Marin County. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s may sound like a gimmick, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a metaphor, a living, liquid illustration of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceaseless transformations. The actors do their thing around its shimmering waters. They metamorphosize, as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect, from character to character (and, at times, from god to human), as one story flows into the next. Midas stupidly asks Bacchus for the Midas touch and turns everything to gold, including his daughter; Orpheus in the underworld returns with his dead wife, Eurydice, but takes one last look at her before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made it to the exit and loses her forever; Halcyon mourns for her drowned husband. Aeolis, god of winds, takes pity on both and turns them into seabirds, forever enjoying the seven halcyon days of calm; Phaeton, the son of the sun, takes the keys to his daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chariot without listening to daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructions and sets the earth on fire; Zeus and his son, Hermes, enter the world in disguise. Goodhearted peasants unknowingly entertain them, are rewarded, become rich, become eternally entwined trees at the moment of death; a wood nymph and a god get it on when he stops pretending to be somebody else; a woman who scorns love is cursed by Aphrodite to lust for her father, commits the unspeakable, and dissolves into tears; naked Love (aka blind Cupid), the son of

Aphrodite, falls in love with Psyche (the Soul), who burns him with the hot wax of dripping candles when she tries to see his face. Aphrodite curses her daughter-in-law. Psyche suffers, endures, and is reunites with Love in one of Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s few unambiguously happy endings. This is all profoundly and oddly moving, even if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t devour Edith Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books on mythology as a kid. The playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emotional truths are universal, and something more than a nod to Greek myth fanatics. Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformations are archetypal; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re public dreams as Jung once said (and the play now quotes him). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosesâ&#x20AC;? offers up these public dreams in a ritualistic, quasi-religious fashion. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of physical acting, elements of dance and mime. The ritual can be aweinspiring, but it runs the risk of crushing the dreamy source material. The play shrugs off that weight with low comedy and laughter. The gods wear sunglasses and smoke cigarettes; anachronisms and sight gags abound. This is more than comic relief or parody. Profundity and profanity mix as they do in dreams; you can make fun of a thing and honor it at the same time. It makes sense in a myth or a dream, and also makes sense on stage. Director Richard Hopkins dives right into the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mercurial nature. Hopkins embraces the contradictions: the lack of Aristotelian unities; the lack of a unity of tone; the absence of characters who are what they are; Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s void in place of a clear resolution. He goes with the flow and it works. The 10 actors do a great job â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but this also defies categories. A contemporary actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job description goes something like: Get inside a single characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skin and stay there. What they do is more a matter of mime, dance and sacred trance in which ego boundaries melt away. Such highfalutin talk shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imply you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t laugh when Phaeton (Gary Littman) talks to his shrink while floating on a raft in the pool; when Aphrodite (Gabra Zackman) vamps; or the sleepy god of sleep walks in with a teddy bear â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or cry when Midas mourns his daughter; when Orpheus

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Gary Littman, Katherine Michelle Tanner, Stephanie Kovacs and Gabra Zackman pool their talents in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metamorphosesâ&#x20AC;? at Florida Studio Theatre. (Thomas Piper) loses his wife; when Alcyone (Stephanie Kovacs) loses her husband, Ceyx (Piper); or Cinyras (Ian Bedford) realizes heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been tricked into incest. But what makes you laugh and cry goes beyond individual characterization. The actors are communicating fateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thread, a superstring connecting and transcending individual lives. Simply put, Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motive for teasing out this transpersonal thread is that individuals die. Talking about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ceaseless flux of timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riverâ&#x20AC;? is all very nice. But when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trapped inside a body thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drowning in that river, you tend to take it personally. And start looking for something beyond the personal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about bodies. The flesh is the star of the show, both in Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s myths and Zimmermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the flesh and what happens to it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about being physical. The actors arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mouthpieces for ideas; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re beings in the pool of physical existence. They experience all the permutations of fear, loathing and desire the flesh is heir to.

Under Aphroditeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curse, Myrrha lusts for her father, Cinyras; Hunger (Tanner) rides on the back of greedy Erysichthon (Ian Bedford); Stephanie Kovacsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Alcyone at the shore of suicide; Psyche (Zackman) bringing the light to the face of winged, naked Eros (Gary Littman). (And, yes, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some brief nudity.) As reimagined on stage, Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s myths evoke both human vulnerability and possibility in the waters of change. Bodies can have fun; they can also be hurt; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not built to last. What does? The myths themselves are whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eternal. The stories repeat forever; the people reliving them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The moral, if there is one: We live in bodies. Live now, love now. You could die at any minute. Or get turned into something else. Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become men, men become gods, men also become trees and birds but more often die. As Shanti Deva said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All things deteriorate.â&#x20AC;? We live under a death sentence. Ovidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s myths and Zimmermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play says love anyway, even if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense. Risk love. Jump into the pool. â?&#x2018;

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Pops go the holidays Old standards find a new audience at “Holiday Pops” concert. Back in the 1960s, when my parents moved to Sarasota, they talked about all the wonderful art exhibits, concerts and operas. But there was always a giggle as they described the audience of “White Heads.” Well, some things actually do change. The other day, when the Florida West Coast Symphony went to the Sarasota Opera House for its Holiday Pops concert, the place was packed and the White Heads were in the minority. There were towheads and redheads, freckled faces and a host of lap sitters, all gazing adoringly at the stage, as Andrew Lane led the symphonic forces through a happy afternoon of holiday favorites from “Jingle Bells” in enough arrangements to last at least 12 more months, to “Winter Wonderland,” “Deck the Halls” and a special orchestral rendition of “The Night

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Before Christmas,” with Channel 7’s Richelle Ridgeway as the narrator. But from the rapt looks on the little one’s faces, my guess is they’d all come to see 12-year-old Danielle White, the 2003 winner of FOX-TV’s “American Idol” spin-off, “American Junior.” What better way to get into a concert than by wanting to be just like the beautiful, talented girl up on the stage? And White didn’t disappoint. She may have made them wait until the second half of the concert, but with three songs (“When You Believe,” “A Grown-Up Christmas List” and an arrangement of “Let It Snow”), she walked away, again, as an adored winner. Lane, the principal conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony’s Youth Orchestra Program, knows his way around kids and White Heads, too. He’s energetic, funny, informative and, best of all, doesn’t talk down to his audience. He just has a good time and, in doing so, makes us have one too. He was particularly amusing when he loaned his podium to Craig Cranston, the CFO of Manasota Flooring (an event sponsor), who, as an alumnus of

Booker High School, was able to take up the baton with a nice, steady beat to conduct the ensemble in an arrangement of “Winter Wonderland.” Musically, the stars of the day were the old-time arrangers like Leroy Anderson, Morton Gould and Carmen Dragon. James Beckel wrote a brief opening “Christmas Fanfare” that led directly into Anderson’s exciting “Christmas Festival,” which has all the (sleigh) bells and whistles that evoke images of Christmas. Gould’s arrangement of “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” is as funny and prickly as Gould was himself. And Dragon’s “Variations on Jingle Bells,” is nostalgically dated with its mix of wartime dance music, Tchaikovsky, grand movie score and even a taste of William Tell’s apple. “Jingle Bells” never sounded so good. Robert Wendel, a pops conductor, arranger and composer, had a pair of works on the program, but the stand-out was his arrangement of the beautiful “Coventry Carol,” which was full bodied and richly scented with Vaughan Williams-like harmonies.

The less successful sections of the concert were the performance of excerpts from Respighi’s “La Boutique Fantasque,” which somehow lacked the rhythmic spirit and bite that a Cossack dance and Mazurka need, and the Mannheim Steamroller arrangement of “The Holly and the Ivy.” But that may be because Mannheim Steamroller is a usually a little too syrupy for my taste — a pretty mix of New Age massage music, redundantly redolent of Pachelbel. And the most, well, interesting moment of the afternoon was the Chase arrangement of something called “Around the World at Christmas Time,” a pastiche of international carols from Germany, France, England and America, along with that old time Christmas favorite: “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah.” June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as "Today in New York," "Salute to the Arts" and "The Sound of Broadway." ❑

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‘Spanglish’ offers lessons in comedy Brooks’ comic genius isn’t lost in translation. I’m a huge fan of James L. Brooks. From his outstanding television shows (“The Mary Tyler Show,” “Taxi”) to his Academy Award-winning films (“Terms of Endearment,” “As Good as it Gets”), Brooks has proven himself the king of character-driven filmmaking. Face it, when one looks back on Jack Nicholson’s stand-out performances, who could ever forget the womanizing, drunken

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astronaut or the misanthropic obsessive-compulsive author Brooks made possible? In his new film “Spanglish,” the director once again extracts the absolute best from his cast. Adam Sandler (who seems to have moved from crowd-pleaser to serious actor) skillfully plays a celebrated L.A. chef who’s married to a neurotic, narcissistic nitwit (Téa Leoni). They have two children, a sweet teenage daughter with a heart as big as her chubby frame, and a pubescent son plagued by nightmares. Their neuroses are fueled by their ditzy mom and nurtured by their loving lush of a grandmother (played to perfection by Cloris Leachman). Enter the new Mexican housekeeper (Paz Vega of “Talk To Her”) and her young daugh-

ter. Vega steals the show as a drop-dead gorgeous, no-speak-English immigrant, whose goal it to raise a daughter who gets the best life has to offer while still respecting her roots. When the two diametrically divergent families cohabit, the results are fairly predictable. Dad, decent guy that he is, falls for the irresistible woman but takes it only as far as preparing her a gourmet meal. Mom, well, let’s just say, never really gets it. Grandma stops drinking, although no one notices, which causes her to respond with, “I must have been a pretty good drunk.” And the kids all learn a valuable lesson or two. During the first half of “Spanglish,” there were times I felt as if I were trapped in this crazy household. True, I could’ve left the theater, but

I feared missing something, given Brooks’ track record. What I would have missed were the characters’ reactions to their enlightenment in the film’s latter half. It was worth the wait. Although Leoni’s over-the-top performance drove me over-the-top (in a bad way), the other actors were brilliant. There were lots of laughout-loud moments, including an orgasm to rival the one in “When Harry Met Sally.” As comedy, “Spanglish” is as good as film gets. Pamela Nadon graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in English, has served as a film analyst in a series of classes and is a member of the American Film Institute. ❑

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art Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Members Exhibition” features art by member artists through Jan. 5, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Subjects and Symbols: Portraits of Women, Paintings and Drawings” features art by Marianne Chapel through Jan. 5, at the Glen Gallery. 383-2345.

Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island Gallery — “Rhea Chiles.” Art by the wife of the late Florida governor is on exhibit through Jan. 7. 779-6694. The Sarasota County Arts Council — “The Road Less Traveled.” Art by the Petticoat Painters is on display through Jan. 27. 365-5118. The Arts Council of Manatee County — “Ke Young Shepherd.” This multimedia exhibit continues through December. 746-2223. Art Center Sarasota — “Members’ Holiday Show.” This continues through Dec. 31. 365-2032. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Surrealism and Modernism.” This traveling exhibit of 20th-century masterpieces stays put through Jan. 9. 359-5700. South Florida Museum — “Herbie Rose: 20 Years in Florida.” Honoring the watercolor artist who honors Florida through Jan. 16. 746-4131. Museum of Asian Art — “The Pei Architectural Legacy.” The achievements of I.M. Pei and sons are on view through Feb. 25. 954-7117. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “Joyce True Photo Exhibition.” Her camera’s aim is true through Jan. 9. 3665731. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art & Design — “Constructing Realities Part II.” Jin Soo Kim, Jane Hammond and Chris Piazza fabricate new artistic realities through Jan. 12. 359-7563. The Desirée-Snyder Gallery — “George Chaplin.” Chaplin’s optically hypnotic work pulses with color through Dec. 31. 363-0200. Wallace Fine Art — “Group Show.” Work by international artists Calzada, Dubavic, Botti, Erschell, Spalatin, Manus, Raevitch, Kosnichev, Carreno and Seghi will be on display through Jan. 20. 387-0746. Katharine Butler Gallery — “In Season.” Sales of contemporary art benefit hurricane victims through the holidays. 955-4546. Beverly Fleming Gallery — “Crystal Caves.” This exhibit

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Santa Fe Trails — “James Roybal.” Paintings and bronze sculptures by this multitalented artist are featured through Dec. 31. 954-1972. Design Impressions — “Gay Germain.” The artist’s structural abstractions are on view through December. 9235037. Palm Avenue Gallery — “Carole Connely.” The artist’s TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR, PAGE 6C


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dance Sarasota Ballet — “La Boutique Fantasque.”Sarasota Ballet and Circus Sarasota present the final performances of Leonid Massine’s fantasy about an enchanted toyshop at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 552-1032 or 1-866-722-5538. Van Wezel — Broadway on Ice.” This icy extravaganza combines Tony Award-Winning Broadway showstoppers with the Olympic ice skating champions Oksana Baiul and Rudy Galindo at 2 and 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, and at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28; “Salute to Vienna.” This lavish tribute to Johann Strauss waltzes on stage at 8 p.m.


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theater Asolo Theatre — “Broadway Bound.” Neil Simon’s portrait of the Jerome family in 1949 Brooklyn continues through March 31; “Peter Pan.” J.M. Barrie’s classic takes flight through Jan. 1; “The West End Horror.” Sherlock Holmes stalks the murderer of a drama critic through March 3. 351-8000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Chicago” combines sin, show biz and a shyster lawyer through Jan. 16. 366-5454. Florida Studio Theatre — “Metamorphoses.” Ovid’s mythical characters go through strange changes through Feb. 5. 366-9000. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — “Babes in Toyland.” This musical Christmas comedy marches forth at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. 953-3368. ❑

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Entertaining for the holidays can be exhilarating and exhausting, depending on just how full your plate is. If you fall into the latter category and would prefer to be waited on and pampered in style, why not go all out? Lift your holiday happenings with the elegance and attentive service that the Ritz-Carlton Hotels have branded worldwide. Locally, that means the Ritz-Carlton’s Vernona Restaurant. The name of the fine dining restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, holds historic meaning. “Vernona” was the name of Owen Burns’ wife and also the name of the hotel that previously stood on the property where The Ritz-Carlton stands now. Burns sold the hotel to John Ringling, his business partner, in the 1930s. The Vernona dining room is decorated in his wife’s honor to look like a glowing garden room in an Italian villa. And that it does. While the yellow and gold accents grab your attention, the expansiveness of the room — with its high ceilings and arched windows — creates an ambiance that says “extraordinary.” Crystal chandeliers make the whole interior sparkle, while rose colored chairs and a floral carpet capture a warmer side of the room. Subtle and simple decorations offer holiday cheer — the glass holly leaves hanging from the chandeliers. Even at night, the outside terrace treats you to a beautiful view of Sarasota Bay. Before you even begin your meal, the service strives to make you comfortable with bottled water and the correct colored napkins. True to Ritz form, your hostess and waiter address you by name — “Mr.” this, “Ms.” that. With wine selections by the glass, our waiter uncorked a new bottle and poured a sample for approval. Such standards are expected at The Ritz-Carlton, but it is pleasing no matter what. The Vernona has an inventive Mediterranean menu mastered by the new French chef, David Serus, who works under Executive Chef Frederic Morineau. Time spent working in the French Riviera inspired Serus’ mixture of cultural cuisine, including tastes from Spain, Italy, Southern France and Morocco. His Mediterranean medley is apparent from the start with a bread basket filled with olive bread and another with a crisp cheese crust. Two separate spreads or dips are offered, one is a light, homemade hummus while the other is an olive oil and balsamic dip. Both bring bold tastes, the hummus a garlic and herb sensation, while the dipping oil has a noticeable balsamic bite. The menu does not offer nightly specials. Instead, it features seasonal specials, such as seafood and fruit. This means all items have the freshest ingredients.


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Ray and D’Arcy Arpke fa-la-la by flashlight.

Diners at Mar Vista applauded the Village Carolers.

Elves Gail Wyer and Terri Noyes jingle some bells.

they e r he come a’caroling STORY AND PHOTOS BY DORA WALTERS


ingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh what fun it is In a one-horse open sleigh.

Village carolers strolled the streets enthusiastically, but not always melodiously singing the songs of the holiday season. Starting at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Villagers enjoyed potluck appetizers before caroling. Then, the group of 24 carolers wended their way to Hibiscus Street then on the Poinsetta. Leading the carolers were Ellie McCrudden ringing golden bells, with elves Gail Wyer and Terri Noyes lighting the way with flashlights. At the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, the carolers sang

“Rudolph, The Red Nose Reindeer” on the outside deck before going indoors. An appreciative audience at Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant gave the carolers a round of applause for their rendition of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” led by Ray Arpke. Along Fox Street the carolers made several stops before going back to Broadway and Longboat Drive South. The carolers final stop of the evening was at the home of Mary Geeslin. Assembled on the stairway to her home, the carolers sang “Silent Night.” And, Geeslin joined in. As they departed for home with wishes of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all, the songsters agreed the Village Carolers will be back next year. ❑

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Agent v. Realtors A lone agent takes on the Sarasota Board of Realtors, alleging antitrust violations. BY SEAN ROTH Real Estate Editor


ois Hekker is downright angry over recent decisions by the National Association of Realtors. A Sarasota real estate agent for a more than a decade, Hekker says the association has been hijacked in favor of a few larger companies at the expense of consumers and independent agents. To force change, Hekker, 66, is the plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that accuses the Sarasota Association of Realtors Inc. and its board of directors of violating antitrust laws. The complaint, filed by attorney David Barry of San Francisco, alleges the association has improperly linked access to historical Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data and universal-access lockbox keys with membership in the group. Bundling the cost of a membership with those two services has prevented at least 5% of the area’s licensed real estate agents from competing in the marketplace with the existing 4,000-member organization, thereby inflating commissions by about $2,600 annually per licensee, according to the lawsuit. The complaint, which may become a class action, is seeking triple damages equal to about $1 million for each of the past five years. At issue is the association’s dominance in the local market and the difference between a legal competitive advantage and an illegal monopoly. The case is one of a recent wave of anti-competitive lawsuits aimed at associations throughout the country and at ancillary companies, including lockbox manufacturers.

California lawyer Barry concedes he’d been looking for MLS/lockbox cases that fit a certain profile, such as the Sarasota system, to battle in court. It’s his third such case, and he has already been hired for an as yet unspecified fourth. Barry is one of the high-profile attorneys on the frontline of real-estate related antitrust litigation. In 1979, he sued the San Francisco Board of Realtors over public

access to the MLS. He largely attributes his loss in that “We did a survey that showed that 90% of people matter to filing the complaint in state court rather than believe that it is a generic term,” Barry says. “The court federal court. rejected our survey ... and without that (his primary eviHis most well-known case is a lawsuit against five San dence), the petition was dismissed.” Diego County boards of Realtors and Sandicor, a While Barry dislikes calling his actions against the regional MLS they own. The lawsuit brought on behalf Realtor boards a crusade, he says he does intend to end of two real estate agents — Arleen Freeman and James the coercive membership element of the associations. Alexander — accuses the boards of raising prices for “I’m not emotional about it,” Barry says. “But I am tryMLS services for the 8,000 real estate agents in San ing to end an illegal process.” Diego. The for-profit Sandicor MLS service was not In the Sarasota case, Barry calls the MLS and lockbox sold to individuals; instead it was sold to the Realtor tie-ins “a cute dodge” around the law. boards, which then sold the services to agents at a high“In the Thompson case, the court said you can’t tie er price. MLS into membership,” Barry says. “They must think, In March 2003, the 9th Circuit Court of ‘Well, it didn’t say anything about lockboxAppeals found for the plaintiffs and es. There is no mention of historical MLS “I was really returned the case to the district court for a data.’ Come on, nobody is going to buy a hearing on Barry’s request for an injunction crippled MLS.” looking to do against the boards and Sandicor, and to He explains that one of the biggest cases in areas determine the amount of damages. In his advantages for MLS users is the ability to that were ready look at surrounding properties and past listruling, Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski rebuked the defendants, stating: “Rarely do antitrust — areas that are ings in a particular area. With that historidefendants serve their own heads on so cal information, real estate agents can pretty cookie shiny a silver platter.” determine how long a property was on the cutter. That With an estimated overcharge of $2 milmarket, how much it listed for and the comlion per year, the plaintiffs’ initial suit was makes it easy to petitive differences between properties. investigate the seeking triple damages for the past 10 years “Sure you could go down to the courtor $60 million. house and look for other sales on Main facts.” Barry plans to fight a proposed settlement Street and you could find comparable by the association to a breakaway defendant sales,” Barry says. “But those are just the David Barry group for cash and coupons valued at more closed sales. There is so much more inforAttorney than $4 million. “We believe that settlemation that is missing. I did a deposition on ment is way too low,” Barry says. “We the president of (Simi Valley, Calif.-based) believe it should be in at least the $30 to $40 million Rappatoni Corp. (the nation’s largest MLS software sysrange.” tem developer and the Manatee County Association of In an unrelated case, Barry fought the National Realtors’ provider), where they said that no board of Association of Realtors over its trademark of the title Realtors would buy MLS without that information.” “Realtor.” The attorney contended the word is a generic Hekker first contacted Barry via e-mail. term and cannot be trademarked. He took the case to “I don’t actively advertise,” Barry says, “She must have the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the U.S. seen my name over the Internet. We corresponded back Patent and Trademark Office. and forth for months. I was really looking to do cases in areas that were ready — areas that are pretty cookie cutter. That makes it easy to investigate the facts.” He has accepted the local case on contingency, which means he makes no money if he loses. Barry is pursuing similar cases in northern Kentucky and Spokane, Wash. 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LONGBOAT, LIDO, BIRD AND SIESTA KEYS SANCTUARY - One of a kind 3 BR, 3 1/2 Bath furnished par excellence with direct Gulf view. Over 3,400 sq. ft. with closets galore. Special night lights from patio. Totally upgraded with new water heaters, new A/C, new decorating and newly painted. High ceilings and wooden floors. Kitchen and master bathroom are unlike any other Sanctuary unit. $2,595,000 possible lease back. REGENT COURT “LAS FUENTES”- The ULTIMATE gulf front estate on Longboat’s southern end. Spectacular with over 7900 SF containing 7 bedrooms and separate servants quarters. First level could be used for extensive car collection. Unique rooftop entertainment area with 360º views. Call for additional exciting features. $18,900,000 furnished. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE - With over 5,000 SF with full gulf view and 5 spacious BRs. The deluxe master suite comes with a sumptuous marble bath, large walk-in closets and a separate office/exercise room. This corner unit has large wrap around terraces. $3,995,000. BAY ISLES - Contemporary design w/ volume ceilings, large master suite with Bayou views, open great room overlooking pool, spacious 1st level workshop & storage, 2 separate guest suites and family room on main living level. Deep water canal w/ new 80' dock & 27,000 lb lift. Room for 2 boats. $1,795,000. SEA BREEZE - Newly completed five unit luxury condo building on Siesta’s southern end with traditional coastal architecture. Spacious floor plans with Gulf views from all primary living spaces. European kitchen cabinets with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, marble flooring in master bath, large terrace and high ceilings. 3BR condo with over 3,800 SF includes 2 car garage and deeded boat dock offered at $1,775,000 and $1,895,000. 2 BR condo with over 1,900 SF. Offered at $799,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous furnished condo on the beach with full gulf view and views of the bay and golf course. This is behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club and has volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces and double garage. $2,700,000. WATER CLUB - This spacious condominium has high ceilings with crown moldings and 2 large terraces. Open living room, dining room area opening out to a terrace where you can view the sunsets. Master bedroom with his & her walk-in closets. Kitchen has granite countertops, pantry, center island & breakfast area. This unit has 3BR & 3 full bathrooms. $1,875,000.

MAINLAND PROPERTIES RITZ TOWER RESIDENCES - Incredible bay and sunset views from this 9th floor NW corner unit. Over 3,650 sq. ft. plus two terraces. 3BR plus den/office or 4th bedroom, 4 full baths, family room, designer turnkey furnished, 2 car covered parking and private elevator access. Entertain on a grand scale or slip away to the quiet solitude of the luxurious master wing. $2,495,000. COUNTRY CLUB AT LAKEWOOD RANCH - One of a kind masterpiece by Lee Wetherington Homes built for Lee Wetherington’s personal home. The home will never be duplicated. All the upgrades that one would expect including Venetian Plaster throughout. Home decorated by a top interior designer and being sold furnished. Beautiful lake view with the golf course in the distance. Four-car garage. A must see! $1,795,000. BEAU CIEL - The most amazing penthouse in all of Sarasota with views of everywhere. This 5300 SF condo is spread over 2 floors and contains 4BR suites with dramatic circular staircase and state of the art media room. Every detail imaginable. Never lived in, with designer furniture. Can be purchased furnished or unfurnished. $4,500,000. PRESTANCIA - The ultimate home is on an oversized lot overlooking the signature island green 4th hole of the TPC Prestancia golf comm including over 12,000 sf of custom details. Screened atrium w/Koi pond, natural waterfall & bird aviary. This one of a kind home includes numerous entertainment rooms, 2 spacious offices, gym, massage room & an oversized caged heated pool & spa w/additional reflecting pool & Jacuzzi off the master bedroom. $3,295,000. SARABANDE - Spectacular panoramic views of bay and gulf waters and the city lights of Sarasota from this 3 BR penthouse. The exquisite interior details include extensive use of marble, granite countertop kitchen, crown moldings, custom built-ins, superb millwork and 11 ft. ceilings. Offered with two under-building parking spaces. $2,690,000. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE - The ultimate address in Sarasota to enjoy all the services of the Ritz Hotel. 3000 SF containing 3BRs and family room with wood floors and the top designer finishes throughout. West facing 14th floor location with fabulous views of the Bay, Gulf and sunsets from all rooms and the expansive terrace. $2,490,000. BEAU CIEL - Elegant & private bldg. with only 44 residences. Preferred end unit with sweeping bay, city & marina views. Step off elevator into your private luxury residence. Dramatic 2story lobby, full fitness center, luxurious amenities level w/catering kitchen, pool, spa & concierge. Common areas furnished with elegance & amazing art pieces. Near restaurants, shopping and all the arts. $1,675,000. RITZ RESIDENCE - Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Fantastic panoramic bay views from this 12th floor condo w/2 master suites, fabulous kitchen & large open terraces. $1,495,000. OAKS ESTATE CLUBSIDE - Beautifully landscaped, wooded estate has over 5,000 SF of luxury. Enjoy the private setting with pool/spa and a cascading waterfall outside & inside, soaring ceilings, marble floors, expansive glass walls with the master suite with double sided fireplace. $1,349,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM BAY POINT - Totally renovated corner condo with the coveted south exposure on Golden Gate Point with breathtaking views. Renovation includes kitchen & bathrooms, w/crown moldings throughout and an enclosed balcony to enlarge the living room. Best value in downtown Sarasota bayfront condos. $699,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM MANATEE RIVER LOT - Sweeping waterfront views from your new home on the Manatee River. Beautiful 1 acre lot in the gated Cypress Creek Estates subdivision. Easy access to Interstate. $679,900.


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Says Lois Hekker: “It’s the biggest cartel going. The keys (to the lockbox) are never in the office. It’s just easier to pay the damn dues.”

The plaintiff As for Hekker, real estate is her third career. In the ’60s, she was the first female marketing director of Ted Bates & Co., New York, one of the largest advertising firms in the nation at the time and the creator of the tag line: “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands” (M&M Candies). Then in 1976, she moved to New Jersey. “I expected it to last two years,”

she says. “That two years became 10.” She eventually landed a job licensing the logo for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs in several northeast states. In 1987, she was visiting friends in Sarasota when the real estate bug bit. “For three days I was cooped up with Realtors,” she says. “Also I liked the view TURN TO HEKKER, PAGE 6D

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BUSINESS dues-paying members,” Wise says. “ It wouldn’t be fair to give someone all that benefit who isn’t a member. That would just be ridiculous. The lockbox situation is a matter of safety and security. Homeowners don’t necessarily want anyone to have the ability to enter their homes at any time.” Few other Sarasota real estate agents/Realtors were willing to be quoted by GCBR, but many said they agree the MLS is being punished because of its success. They contend it offers members a fair competitive advantage.

from my house so I bought it.” She started representing buyers almost right away and has done so almost exclusively since then. One of her prime concerns is the emergence of virtual office Web sites (VOWs), or internal company Web sites that replace the more widely available MLS. “With that they can cut me out of the listings,” Hekker says. “I went down to Calusa Lakes last weekend. There were only four listings in the MLS, but I saw at National perspective Steve Cook, vice president of public least 11 signs down there. I bet they had affairs for NAR, doesn’t it in their own system. These expect Hekker to prevail. guys are not playing a “We haven’t lost a case,” straight game.” Cook says. “In every single That complaint isn’t case there has been found to addressed by the lawsuit filed be no problem with the sysin Tampa federal court earlitem. It is well established er this month, but Hekker that the Realtor board that expects the suit will be owns and operates the MLS amended soon. can require membership to So why go through the access the system. The MLS trouble and suffer the possisystem is about 100 years old ble backlash of filing a lawand started with Realtors suit? Hekker says she had no ‘It is legitimate trading information on choice: there’s no legitimate way to do her job if she does- for an association three-by-four cards. The U.S. real estate market has n’t become a member. to offer benefits become the envy of the “It’s the biggest cartel going,” Hekker says. “The to its members. world because of our freeexchange of information.” keys (to the lockbox) are But there are What about Barry’s San never in the office. It’s just Diego case? Cook says that easier to pay the damn dues.” different rules case is different because when you become Sandicor is a for-profit entiLocal association ... a monopoly.’ ty. Many people, including “Most (MLS) are owned the local association, view and operated by non-profthe issue quite differently. David Barry its,” Cook says. “MLS is not Sarasota Association of Attorney a public utility. It is paid for Realtors Judy Schomaker and maintained for home says the group has not yet received official notice of the lawsuit, sellers and buyers. Someone else is wel“but we feel very positive about the out- come to make the investment to create a database to share among real estate procome.” The association has about six real fessionals. But it’s going to be hard and estate agents, also known as Thompson time-consuming work. It is hard to start brokers, that pay for access to the MLS from scratch.” Plus, Cook says, the cost of joining the but do not join the association. “We have been approved by FAR and association is low. The average memberNAR guidelines,” Schomaker says. “In ship fee for the Sarasota Association is about $1,000 per year. In addition, agents fact we were just recertified by NAR.” Carl Wise, president of Preferred must sign a code of ethics. “Essentially, we have become a victim Commercial Inc., and an association member, says the lawsuit is unreasonable. of our size and the success of our system,” “MLS is a system that was created by he says. “But this was never created for

John Doe Public.” If a non-Realtor broker wants to show a property, Cook says, that agent can call the listing broker and arrange to have the property opened for them. In addition, the national group has taken steps to prevent monopolistic price increases in the case of lockboxes, Cook says. “Two years ago there was only one player in the lockbox industry (Supra),” Cook says. “The board was up in arms with issues of it raising prices and changing lockboxes all over the place. So (NAR) went into the lockbox business (buying a majority stake in SentriLock) and today there are three to four other companies selling in the marketplace.” For Cook, the issue really comes down to the steadily changing environment for real estate. “Most Realtors have become content providers, putting lists together,” Cook says. “MLS has become a very good source of data, which is ultimately very good for consumers. As it stands now we have an incentive to keep improving the content.” ❑

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• The U.S. Justice Department has an ongoing investigation into NAR’s policy for VOWs. The sticking point largely rests with a provision that allows real estate agents to opt out other brokers on listings. “This is really a question of the owner’s right to control the marketing of their property,” Cook says. “But we have postponed the effect of the rule until June 2005. If the Justice Department investigation continues past that point we may delay it again.” • Dominant companies, such as Iowa Realty in Des Moines, Iowa, have faced antitrust suits over business rules such as a refusal to share commissions and an internal VOW of listings. • And there’s a movement in the U.S. Legislature to make the Multiple Listing Services available free-ofcharge on the Internet.


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John and Karen Baker (with resort employee Hazroun) vacationed on the private island of Petit St. Vincent in the Caribbean.

No polar bears here! — John Gill made it all the way to the South Pole, well, actually to Brown Bluff in Antarctica, close enough to the Pole, while on a voyage on the Lyubov Orlova. He didn’t run into Chilly Willy, because penguins are only found in the chilly, antarctic climate, while polar bears are only in the Arctic Circle, where the North Pole and Santa are located.

School’s out, forever — After retiring as educators, Alice and Murray Blueglass spent their first fall break visiting England, Ireland, Scotland and the wine vineyards of Bergerac, France.


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Windward Bay Condo Offered at $525,000 Spacious 2BR/2BA end unit updated in neutral earth tones. Large lanai to enjoy tranquil water views. Newer windows, storm shutters, boat docks, tennis, deeded beach access, active clubhouse w/ exercise room, and more.

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SPANISH MAIN Absolutely perfect stand alone villa on the lake. Top quality furnishings. Everything tastefully updated & beautifully maintained. Over 55 boating community. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #268482 $438,000

CONDO MAINLAND SARASOTA Spacious one bedroom, one bath w/carport inside washer and dryer. Inside cat allowed. Pool, library & 2 workout rooms. 5 miles to downtown & 7 miles to beach. Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 #266447 $117,900

SAND CAY Great rental investment property. Right on the gulf side of Longboat Key. 2BR/2BA ground floor. Newly updated with carpet, furnishings & AC. Private beach, tennis and on site rental management. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #267562 $729,000

BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME! Unique property on beautiful Gull Bayou. 3BR/3BA, caged pool & 2 car gar. Fisherman's paradise. Deeded beach access. Property being sold "as is". Vera Freeman & Helen Bradshaw 383-5577 #264545 $750,000 SPANISH MAIN ON THE LAKE Beautifully updated 2BR/2BA villa. Everything is newer and spotlessly maintained. Must see this unique floor plan. Peggy Henger & Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #267075 $379,000

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TROPICAL PARADISE Whether a vacation retreat, family home or second home, this 4BR/4BA offers the best of Florida living. Set in absolute privacy, surrounded by lush tropical plantings, fruit trees and a peak of the Gulf, this custom built, turnkey furnished elevated home features open floor plan, high ceilings, ceramic tile floors, beautifully decorated, private pool area, lots of screened balconies and decks, 8 car garage and an artist’s studio. Near beach access and shopping. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #268479 $1,650,000

S P E C TA C U L A R B AY F R O N T Paradise begins at the end of Lyons Lane on north Longboat Key. A rare true point home with water on 3 sides. 3BR/3BA, pool, very private. Casual living at its finest. Peggy Henger or Mary Wickersham 383-5577 $2,200,000

SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB Great location on lake. Freestanding, updated, turnkey furnished villa. 55+ community. Seller wants to lease back for portion of season. Clubhouse, heated pool, deeded beach access. Cathy Meldahl 3835577 #267901 $349,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR Beautiful water view from enclosed balcony, kitchen updated, near pool & tennis. Best amenities – 4 pools, beach, cabana. Seasonal rental in place. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #268039 $392,000 SPANISH MAIN Well maintained villa w/view of fountain. Lots of built-ins, updated kitchen, TKF. Active clubhouse, heated pool, boat dock as available. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #268262 $350,000

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– NEW LISTING – Fabulous contemporary bayfront home with views that go on forever, including Bay, city and Gulf! There are over 6,000 square feet of quality including four bedrooms, office, flowing terraces and elevator. A true Longboat Key estate on an acre of waterfront property. $3,995,000

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GORGEOUS EXECUTIVE HOME! $775,000 This 4BR/3.5BA is completely renovated! Caged pool area with summer kitchen that overlooks tranquil nature preserve. Three-car garage completes this perfect home.

SOPHISTICATED ISLAND SANCTUARY $999,000 Come home to this beautifully remodeled Siesta Key canal-front residence! This 3BR/3BA home invites you to enjoy the outdoors with its arch-framed pool area and covered boat dock. A simply perfect setting!



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BOGEY LANE...Brand new, home looking down the canal. High ceilings, four bedrooms, three car garage. May be purchased partially furnished. Owner will trade or finance. $1,999,000 BOGEY LANE...Look down the canal and out to the Bay from this three bedroom plus den, completely renovated home. High ceilings, granite, cook’s kitchen, plasma television, oversized swimming pool, dock and davits. $1,399,000

THE BEACH RESIDENCES ON LIDO KEY RESIDENCE 807...Best resale value at the Ritz. Fabulous Bay and City views from this 8th floor, great floorplan with split bedrooms and den/3rd bedroom, awesome kitchen, two covered parking spaces. $1,849,000

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VIZCAYA...Southern exposure with private pool and HARBOUR LINKS...Panoramic golf course and lake summer kitchen on one of three terraces. Guest suite, views with volume ceilings, large tile, spacious kitchen private elevator and 2 car garage. $2,499,000 and two car garage. $799,000 RITZ CARLTON...Superb views from this 3,575 sf WINDING OAKS...Light and bright 3BR/2.5BA villa custom designed unit. Extensive upgrades. Large granite with volume ceilings; lake and golf course views. $749,000 bar and media room. World-class amenities. $2,495,000 CITYSCAPE PENTHOUSE...TWO LISTINGS! Two SABAL COVE...Beautiful, custom home on a quiet story 2BR/2BA loft-style condo. Great views. Dedicated cul-de-sac. Spacious 4BR plus den, 3.5BA with volume parking and extra secured storage unit. Common areas ceilings, large, private pool/spa area with summer include conference room with wet bar. $595,000 kitchen plus a 3 car garage. $1,249,000 LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS...TWO LISTINGS! BEAU CIEL...TWO LISTINGS! 2BR/2.5BA. Gourmet Buy your boat a home at one of the most luxurious kitchen with granite counters. Marble bathrooms and yatching resorts in Florida! 68’ or 50’ dock. $259,000/ designer flooring. Concierge service. $999,900/$925,000 $195,000





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Adrienne Vittadini’s New Pass mansion sells for $8.9 million The three-year-old mansion on the Sarasota side of New Pass at 1255 Westway Drive has been sold for $8.9 million by Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini of New York City to Maryann and James Armour for $8.9 million. Protected by its New Pass seawall, the five-bedroom and six-bath home includes a swimming pool and has 10,463 square feet under roof, 6,618 of which is air-conditioned living space. The Vittadinis purchased the property for $1.223 million in 1999 before building a new house in 2001. This New Pass transaction was the largest among the 18 sales consummated for the week between Nov. 18 and Nov. 24 on Longboat, St. Armands, Lido and Bird keys. This is a slight increase from the 14 sales the preceding holiday week of Nov. 12 to Nov. 17, reflecting the extra day of recordings.

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The Vittadinis have another luxury home for sale on New Pass at 1313 Westway Drive. This gated, Venetian villa “speculation” manse is on the market for $8.995 million. The home has two master suites and 6,788 square feet of living space. Linda Dickinson of Michael Saunders, listing agent for the Vittadini-Armour sale, is showing the nearby home. This home, coupled with the $15.2 million listing for the Vicks’ nearly two-acre beach estate at 1067 Westway Drive, has to make this residential lane, paralleling the south side of New Pass, the priciest in Sarasota County.

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When Faye and Paul Henry Caswell sold their waterfront home for $1.5 million at 731 Emerald Harbor Drive on Dream Island, the deed of sale was recorded with the Sarasota County Clerk’s office. Because Emerald Harbor is located in Manatee County on the north side of the town of Longboat Key, the sale should have been filed at the Manatee County Courthouse in Bradenton. Mary Elizabeth Metger Hirschmiller of Palm Beach purchased the 16-year-old, three-bedroom and three-bath home from the Caswells Nov. 24. The Caswells realized a gross profit of $901,000, having bought the property for $599,000 in 1999.

Marcia Joanas of Clarence, N.Y., sold her home at 572 Schooner Lane in Country Club Shores, Unit I, to Bridget Jennings of North Haven, Conn., for $1.45 million. The four-bedroom and three-bath home has a swimming pool and is one of the earlier homes built in 1963.

Phyllis and Albert Dworkin of Sarasota sold their unit 312 at Promenade I to Res-0422, a Boulder, Colo., limited liability company, for $1.3 million. The three-bedroom and three-bath condominium at 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1985.

Lido Shores Cavalier Investments I Inc., a Virginia corporation with a local address of 1003 Westway Drive, purchased the 50year-old Lido Shores home at 110 Morningside Drive from Barbara Banks and Billue Guignard for $925,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home has a swimming pool.

Longboat Beach House There were a couple of sales at the 22-unit Longboat Beach House, 4311 Gulf of Mexico Drive, indicating an appreciating increase in values. For $732,500, Judith and David Endean purchased unit 204 from Loretta and Ralf Gilbert and Linda Gilbert and her husband, Raymond Wolf, of St. Petersburg and Yardley, Pa. Unit 601 at Longboat Beach House was sold for $600,000 by Irene and Timothy Vincent, 4401 Gulf of Mexico Drive,

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Elegant Golf Course Living - 4000 sq. ft. maintenance free home with 4 Bdrm suites, dramatic family room & kitchen with 20’ ceilings, coffered ceilings, formal living & dining rooms, luxurious marble master suite. $1,825,000 Deep Water - Only seconds to the open bay. Maintenance free living - more time for boating! 3 Bdrm suites + den, high ceilings, 1st flr master suite, inviting pool/spa patio with sunny southern exposure. $1,649,000

Gulf Side on Bradenton Beach, On Site Rental Office, No Minimum Night Stay, Extensively Renovated. A Real Money Maker.




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3720 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 12234

Bay Isles Bayou - Boater’s Delight - Deep water dock & expansive water views from this 4000 sq. ft. home. High ceilings, hardwood flrs, walls of glass, luxurious master suite & flr plan that wraps around a sparkling pool & spa. $1,795,000 Bay Isles - Magnificent lake and golf course views from this 3450 sq. ft. almost new home. 11’ ceilings, wood and ceramic floors, walls of glass, and inviting pool/spa are some of the features. $1,389,000

GULF FRONT DEVELOPMENT 3/2 including motel room lock out , on site rental office, nightly rentals..JUST LIKE NEW, A REAL $ MAKER.



From sun up to sun down the most panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, City, marina & gulf are enjoyed from the wrap around windows and terraces of this 3000 sq. ft. home in the sky. Upgrades galore with decorator finishes. $1,695,000




Managed by the Ritz Carlton & sharing the beach location with the Ritz Carlton “Members Club”. The ultimate in luxury resort style living is waiting for you. 2000 sq. ft., 2 bedroom villa with expansive windows, and sumptuous interior. $1,395,000

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WHITNEY BEACH A rare opportunity to own in this highly sought after community. 2 bedroom beachfront corner unit with great Gulf views and privacy. Furnished, pool, tennis & boat dock............................................$775,000

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Adrienne Vittadini’s three-year-old mansion sold for $8.9 million. to the Krenson Corporation of Lakeland.

Seaplace Kristal Michelle and George David Key of Houston bought unit G7-101-B at Longboat Key’s largest condominium complex, the 461-unit, Arvida-built Seaplace, from Winifred Skversky, 1935 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $725,000.

Sale in the Village There was one sale in the historic Longbeach Village at the north end of the Key, in which Victoria and Peter Coggin of Anna Maria bought the home at 680 Linley St., from Thomas Eugene Sweeney of Dania for $410,000. The one-bedroom and onebath home was first built in 1952 and later updated in 1970. The property last sold for $68,000 in October 1983.

sold her residence in unit16 at the 212-unit Spanish Main Yacht Club, 5700 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Robert Cavosi of Glendale, N.Y., for $261,000.

$185,000 boat slip Raymond Steven Inglett of Marietta, Ga., sold his boat slip 15 on Pier E at the 274-slip Longboat Key Moorings Marina to Roleshar Investments Inc., of Altamonte Springs for $185,000.

St. Armands Key

Evelyn Feldman of Quincy, Mass., sold her unit E-2 at the 65-unit Pelican Harbour & Beach Club to Alexander Millman of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota for $375,000.

Spartan Property Investment, a limited liability company of 6423 14th St. W., Bradenton, headed by managing member Douglas Parks, bought and sold two St. Armands Key homes. Spartan received $750,000 for the home at 255 N. Washington Drive from George Laschewski of Stittsville, Ontario. The three-bedroom and two-bath house has a swimming pool and was built in 1962. In the other transaction, Spartan Investment bought the home at 206 N. Blvd. of the Presidents from Edward Kolek Jr. of Sarasota for $584,000.

Windward Bay

Lido Surf & Sand

Ann Bilthouse Havel, 4900 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold her unit 301 in Building B of the 151-unit Windward Bay condominium to Vicki and Robert Havel and Cathy and William Bishop, 3390 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $340,000.

Jacqueline and Brian Horvath of Pittsburgh sold their unit 617 at Lido Surf & Sand to David Heller and Alexander Walter of Amityville, N.Y., for $570,000.

Pelican Harbour

Longboat Beachcomber Thomas Giordano of Port Washington, N.Y., bought unit 305 at the 40-unit Longboat Beachcomber condominium, 2721 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from two couples of Normal, Ill., for $275,000. The sellers were Melissa and James Cremer and Judith and Vincent Addicks.

Spanish Main Yacht Club Margaret Ahmann of Washington, D.C.,

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK Over 300' on the POINT OF THE BAY This magnificent residence features 4 bedrooms, elevator, library and bonus room. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, Thermador gas range and Subzero refrigerator. Fine artisan details throughout, faux painted walls, 3 fireplaces, 3 car garage with room for your yacht. $5,995,000

L’AMBIANCE Spectacular Sweeping Sunset, gulf, golf & bay views! This magnificent Royal Model features phenomenal views, 3 BDR + den, 10ft ceilings, granite counters, marble floors, and a gorgeous wrap-around terrace. Prestigious south Longboat community featuring state-of-the art fitness center, hospitality suite, concierge, & Olympic sized pool for your entertainment. $3,250,000


Coon Key

Breathtaking DIRECT BAYFRONT residence- Southwest corner unit with over 3800 sq ft of elegance and featuring 3 BDR plus family room, stone floors, his and her master bath, plantation shutters, wraparound terrace, private elevator, and private beach club. Wonderful amenities are yours to enjoy! $1,395,000

Over on Coon Key at the Sarasota Harbour East Apartments, Sandra and Robert Clark of Cranston, R.I., purchased unit 33 in the Hawthorne House from Richard Gray and Joseph Lee, 1111 N. Gulfstream Ave., for $290,000.



Gulf views from every room- room-One of the best floor plans on Longboat Key- Completely updated 2 bedroom unit featuring granite counter tops, Saturnia floors, and 2 beautiful terraces. This residence is absolutely breathtaking! $949,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK This majestic masterpiece designed in Tuscan-Mediterranean style is simply breathtaking! This home offers deep-water dockage large enough for an 80’ yacht. Features include Saturnia floors, custom granite kitchen, 4 bedrooms, media room, fitness room, fireplace, 6 car garage and a spectacular infinity pool. Fabulous outdoor living area with complete summer kitchen. $4,700,000 Experience wonderful sailboat water in this beautiful 3BDR home featuring a private setting where you can enjoy gentle bay breezes. Also included for your outdoor pleasure is a sparkling pool and lush landscaping. Country Club Shores is located within minutes of pristine beaches, restaurants, St. Armands, and downtown Sarasota. $1,295,000 Spectacular custom built Mediterranean home with over 3,000 sq ft of living space. This home features 4 BDR, cathedral ceilings, gorgeous wrap-around terrace, new pool, and boat lift. Enjoy deep water sailing with direct access to Sarasota Bay! $1,645,000

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. ❑


Gulf front splendor “Longboat Key style!” Sensational residence with 3300 sq. ft. and nonstop views of the white sandy beach, island side golf course, Sarasota Bay and the dazzling city skyline. Waterfront living at its best. This 2 BDR unit + media room features beautiful wood floors, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, and deluxe master suite with amazing gulf front views. $2,995,000.


Top building permits

Feels like home - Located behind the gates of Longboat Key Club Harbour Side this beautiful 3 BDR residence offers phenomenal bay views with almost 3400 sq. ft. of luxury living. Enjoy a wonderful, open floor plan with spacious kitchen, intimate dinning room, and a gorgeous wraparound terrace to enjoy the gentle bay breezes. $1,199,000

These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department Dec. 10 through Dec. 16, in order of dollar amounts.

Over $76 Million Booked Year to Date...

Address 5931 Emerald Harbor Drive 536 Spinnaker Lane 700 Lyons Lane 6291 Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) 4040 GMD 3235 GMD 511 Sutton Place 573 Sutton Place 2089 GMD 3235 GMD 3235 GMD 3235 GMD 3235 GMD 4030 GMD 808-817 Bayport Way 6750 GMD 3808 GMD 660 Linley St. 601 Norton St. 1050 Longboat Club Road 3710 GMD 711 Marbury Lane 680 Linley St. 100 Sands Point Road 761 Fox St. 5811 GMD



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Gregg and Barbara Kaplan Moos Investments Inc. James Eatrides Paul and Sherri Stanley Ltd. GTE Florida Inc. Marlis Reitenbach Sutton Place Condominium Sutton Place Association Ronda Ellis Emerson Thompson Mid-Ohio Securities Corporation Customer Peter O’Hara Rhett and Suzanne Miller Palm Plaza Partners Patricia Ostroski Semmie Ford Brian Costello Victoria Goggin John Sommers Angelica Marshall Trustee Ralph Van Sicklin Georgianna Salvati Victoria Goggin Warren Persky Roberta Banan Joseph Gentile


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MAINLAND- EAGLES POINT Enjoy Beautiful Sunsets- This gracefully positioned residence offers panoramic views across the water. A magnificent residence featuring exquisite appointments throughout with custom cabinets, granite counter tops, plantation shutters, custom "crackle" finishes in hallway, and almost 3,000 square feet of living. Enjoy fabulous amenities! $1,225,000

RITZ-CARLTON Come live the lifestyle! Elegant living in this beautiful 3 bedroom residence, which has a private elevator lobby, grand foyer, luxurious master suite, spacious terraces & membership to the Beach Club and Golf Club, concierge services and state of the art amenities level. $2,100,000

THE BEACH RESIDENCE A Ritz-Carlton Managed Residence- Panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and the city skyline. Gourmet kitchen, luxury master suite, private terrace, and elegant appointments. Walk to St. Armands, minutes away from the cultural district of Sarasota. Offered from $1,395,000 - $6,000,000

TANGERINE BAY CLUB-PENTHOUSE Premier Corner Residence - This 3 BDR + den unit will amaze you with its endless upgrades including marble floors, cathedral ceilings, beautiful built-ins, gourmet kitchen, and a 2 car garage. An elaborate tropical setting overlooks the beautiful bay waters. $1,090,000


Magnificent contemporary residence offers serene seclusion amidst lush tropical landscape. This 5 BDR residence features solid oak floors, granite counters, marble, gas fireplace, walls of windows, an inviting atrium entrance, 5 balconies overlooking the property, and large pool. This is truly a rare opportunity to own an architectural masterpiece! $1,349,000

BEAU CIEL Endless Views - Custom masterpiece with many architectural upgrades, finished flooring, marble, carpet, & newly painted. Ready for occupancy. Spectacular city & unobstructed bay views. Boat dock available. $2,595,000

For virtual tours, or to view our area’s Multiple Listing Service, log on to 201 GULF OF MEXICO DR. • LONGBOAT KEY 12234


BUSINESS Store around the corner

Madison Park 80 S. Palm Ave. 953-9176

Jessica Seubert

Lance Licciardi and Tim Thomas

Line of business: Home furnishings and interior design. Owners: Lance Licciardi and Tim Thomas. Founded: Oct. 1. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays. Employees: “Just the two of us,” said Lacciardi. Price range of merchandise/services: Anywhere from

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$9.95 to $2,000 and up.

PERSONAL (LANCE LICCIARDI AND TIM THOMAS) Birthplace: Licciardi: Whitesboro, N.Y. Thomas: Fort Lauderdale. Education: Licciardi: “I went to Munson-WilliamsProctor Arts Institute in Utica, N.Y., where I got my fine arts certificate and I got my degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.” Thomas: “I have my bachelor’s from West Virginia University.” Family: Licciardi: “We have three cats, Madison, Park and Sebastian. That’s actually where we got the name of the store from: Madison Park.” Residence: Sarasota. How long in this area: Licciardi: “I’ve lived here for 7 years.” Thomas: “I’ve been here since 1985 on and off.”

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LOTS HIDEAWAY BAY Private enclave on North LBK with private boat docks, tennis court and minutes to beach. One Bayfront lot available to build an estate sized home.

LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS • NEW LISTING YOUR DIRECT GULF VIEWS from living room, dining area, kitchen, master bedroom & large balcony. Model like, completely renovated, 2BD/2BA condominium as perfect as we’ve seen. Club house, exercise room, heated gulf front pool. MUST SEE! $735,000.

BEACHPLACE • NEW LISTING RARELY AVAILABLE 3 BEDROOM AT POPULAR BEACH PLACE. Sophisticated and elegant with split floor plan. Wonderful bay and gulf views. Turnkey furnished, two parking spaces (underbuilding and outside) & exercise rooms. $949,000.

VEINTE • SALE PENDING THIS IS THE VIEW from both bedrooms, living room, dining area & kitchen. Over 1800 sq. ft of gulf front living. Beautifully maintained Longboat Key complex with under building parking garage, pool & tennis courts. $885,000.


CONDOMINIUMS TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ CARLTON Luxurious 15th floor corner residence with panoramic views of Bay, Gulf and amazing sunsets. Private elevator, volume ceilings, over 3,700 sq ft, 3BR & remarkable amenities. $3,300,000 .VT VIRTUAL TOURS AT WWW.SAINTANDGAIL.COM


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First paying job: Licciardi: “Washing the service area of a car dealership. My brother and I would wash the place down with a hose every Friday.” Thomas: “I worked at the beach concession stand at Ottawa Beach State Park in Holland, Mich.” First job after college: “Working in the visual department at Gimbels in Pittsburgh.” Thomas: “Williams-Sonoma.” In between then and now: Licciardi: “I’ve worked mostly as an interior designer and worked at the Gap as an assistant manager to get training for this.” Thomas: “I was a store manager for five years. I’ve pretty much been in retail management since I’ve finished college.” Claim to fame: Licciardi: “As an interior designer, people remember me most for my Tiffany-blue dining room in the Phillippi Mansion. And, for the Craftsman cabinet nightstands I did for the symphony showhouse.” Thomas: “As a company, understanding the customers’ needs and to provide great customer service.” How you came to Sarasota: Licciardi: “We were walking the beach before I had a flight home. It was January, so it was about 21 degrees in Pittsburgh. And I saw the design opportunities with construction.” Thomas: “My parents moved here in 1985 from Holland, Mich.”


750 Hideaway Bay • 6553 Gulfside Road The Oaks II - 640 Tarleton scaping, secluded & captivating custom home on the Manatee River w/many fine features. Over 4200 SF of living space, gourmet kitchen, fireplace & private/covered boat dock. $2,900,000 •VT BRAND NEW - HIDEAWAY BAY 4BR with over 4,700 SF of quality construction and many fine appointments. Heated pool/spa, private dock. Move in ready. $2,695,000 •VT THE OAKS II 4BD/4.5BA w/open floor plan overlooking the Heron golf course. Great room, office/library, eat-in kitchen, walkin closets, private setting & encl. heated pool & spa. $799,000 •VT PRIVATE BEACH HOUSE 100’ of beach, 2 story residence, expansive views, privacy abounds, recently remodeled, heated beach front pool, excellent rental potential, & it’s furnished $2,575,000 •VT BENT TREE - THE KNOLLS Spacious, free-standing townhouse with over 2,200 SF, 3 BR, vaulted ceilings, screened lanai & lovely garden views. $279,000


ATRIUM • SALE PENDING SWEEPING BAY VIEWS to the Sarasota coastline from living room, dining area, master bedroom & kitchen. 3 large bedrooms, 2 baths, newer kitchen are highlights in this meticulously maintained condo home behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Under building parking, Bay Isles Beach Club, clubhouse, fitness center. Offered at $795,000. SANCTUARY BEACHPLACE VIENTE ATRIUM SUTTON PLACE LONGBOAT TERRACE TREASURE BOAT WAY PARKWAY DRIVE SAND CAY #208 THE SHORE #307 INN ON THE BEACH #7106 SANCTUARY



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Favorite pastime: Licciardi: “Gardening, although I don’t have any time to do that anymore.” Thomas: “Probably relaxing at the beach, but I haven’t done that in a while.” Other interests: Licciardi: “Art. My life has always been surrounded by it, and it’s what I love to do.” Thomas: “Biking and boating. I like to cook, too.” Volunteer work/ organizations: Licciardi: “The Florida West Coast Symphony Designer Showcase and the Children’s Guardian (Ad Litem) Fund.” Favorite book: Licciardi: “I wouldn’t call them my favorites, but I am reading books on the presidents right now. They are interesting. ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak is my favorite, favorite book of all time.” Thomas: “‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ by Dr. Seuss.” Favorite movie: Licciardi: “‘Moulin Rouge.’” Thomas: “I don’t really have a favorite. I’m not really a movie person.”

PHILOSOPHY/HEROES Business philosophy: Licciardi: “Have fun. Because our business is our world, we want it to be a great environment. Nothing is more of a compliment than to hear our customers say how fun our store is.” Thomas: “I believe that if you love what you’re doing it shows, and you have to love what you are doing to be successful.” Best business advice received: Licciardi: “Just do it.” Thomas: “Follow your dream. And you’ll never know until you try.” Most admired businessperson: “Tim’s dad, Jon Thomas, because he was the one that instilled in us that we should just do it, and if you don’t try you might really miss something in the world.” Thomas: “My dad.”

DREAMS What would you change with a magic wand: Licciardi: “I am a great environmentalist, and I would want everyone in the world to care for nature as much as I do.” Thomas: “I would ask for world peace.” Current dream: Licciardi: “To have a Madison Park in every major city.” Thomas: “To have this store be a successful endeavor.” — Jessica Seubert



PLAYER OF THE WEEK Frank Quiriconi is a winter resident from Jackson, Miss. He came to Longboat Key after retiring in December 2001. The former health-care administrator has played tennis since 1969. What made you pick up a racket? “My wife, Barbara, and I have belonged to a tennis club in Jackson for 30 years, because tennis was more accommodating to a work schedule than golf.”


Bayfront Park Recreation Center 4052 Gulf Of Mexico Drive • 316-1980

News Fitness Free for All: Is a sampler of the fitness classes offered at the center and will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5. The event is free to the public.

Why play tennis? “It’s a great sport, because you get a lot of exercise and meet lots of wonderful people while you’re playing. I love playing with the Ruff group (a group of older men who get together three times a week to play) because you meet all kinds of people.”

Senior Softball Players Needed: Those age 60 or older who are interested, please call John Cruikshank at 383-9354.

How competitive are you when you play? “I like to win, as everyone does, but it doesn’t get in the way of the fun.”

Tennis court lights are now operational from 6 to 10 p.m.

Name one thing you do that wins matches. “I get the ball over the net more times than the other person. I do have a strong forehand stroke and I’m still able to move around pretty well.”

Ongoing Classes For more information, please call 3161980.

If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? “Consistency and accuracy on every shot. I don’t want to miss anymore.”

Sports/Fitness Classes:

Give me the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. “Last year, Vince Macaluso, my doubles partner, and I won the Longboat Key Club’s doubles championship for the 3.5 level.”

Interval Training: 8 a.m. Saturdays.

Dec. 22 through Dec. 28

Aerobics: Low impact, 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

What’s one great tip you use? “Keep your eye on the ball.”

Muscles and More: Weight bearing, 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Frank Quiriconi

Who is your favorite person to play with or against? “Barbara, my wife, but she’s probably a better player than I am.”

Longboat Key Club Tennis Association

What is the funniest or most embarrassing moment you’ve had playing? “One time I fell down after hitting the ball. I stumbled over my feet and just fell. Not too swift of me, falling down while pursuing a ball.”

Who is your favorite athlete and why? “Peyton Manning, because his father played at Ole Miss and his brother played at Ole Miss and he’s from New Orleans, which I love.” — Kat Wingert

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(941) 387-1864 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34229

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Country Club Shores 4th in from the Bay on a 12,700 SF lot. 2300 SF, 3 beds, 3 baths open floor plan with partial bay view, deep water dockage, great pool area, paver drive, new barrel tile roof. MLS#264688 $1,295,000 Perhaps the best remodel of a Graden home you'll see! 3 beds, 3 baths, new guest suite, gourmet kitchen, super pool area, new top-of-the-line air, windows, appliances. Listed turn-key, this home has it all! MLS#246434 $1,289,000

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Golf Gambits


Golf and good health Golf was enormously popular long before Tiger Woods captured the American imagination, and it will remain popular long after he has joined the pantheon of sports greats. Woods is young, slim and obviously athletic; traits that are absent in many successful golfers. Perhaps that is why golf is the most misunderstood of sports. In particular, many people share two beliefs that are untrue. One, because its pace is leisurely, golf does not promote cardiovascular health; and two, because golf is gentlemanly, injuries are rare. Until recently, doctors have helped perpetuate both myths. However, new research is changing minds: Golf can be good for your health. Injuries are common, but you can prevent them if you make golf part of a balanced fitness program. “A good walk, spoiled.” That’s how exercise physiologists described golf in the 1970s and ’80s, when the aerobics revolution was at its peak. At that time, doctors thought that exercise would not help your heart unless you worked hard enough to raise your heart rate to between 70% and 80% of its maximum and long enough to keep your pulse up for at least 20 minutes at a time. With the possible exception of the first President Bush, who was famous for dashing down fairways at a breakneck speed (he once completed 18 holes on foot in one hour and 24 minutes), golfers don’t do that. Scientists still believe that aerobic exercise is great for health. The second President Bush is a prime example. But over the past 10 years, researchers have learned that modestly paced exercise is also beneficial, even if it is interrupted by periods of inactivity. The point is to do it. Your goal should be to exercise at a moderate pace for about 30 minutes almost every day. A gym workout may be best, but simply walking to and from the gym can help, as can mowing your lawn, washing your car, raking leaves, dancing and many other daily activities. When it comes to golf, the benefit won’t come from swinging the club, no matter how high your score, but from walking. The average course is about 6,300 yards. Even without trekking into the rough, a round of golf can count as 4 miles of walking. If you walk 18 holes three to five times a week, you will get an optimal amount of endurance exercise for your heart. If you pull your clubs in a cart or carry them, you’ll burn more calories per round and benefit even more.


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Season Schedule Everyday — Morning Sessions: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Afternoon Sessions: 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m.

But if you play less often or if your climate dictates a lengthy off-season, you’ll have to supplement your golf with ordinary walking or an equivalent exercise to get the best results. Even if you walk for 54 to 90 holes a week, you should add exercises for flexibility and strength to attain balanced fitness, optimal health, injury protection and, it’s true, a lower handicap. Finland is hardly the golf capital of the world, but scientists there conducted a study that shows golf really can promote fitness and health. The subjects were 110 healthy but sedentary men between the ages of 48 and 64. During the trial, half the men played 18 holes of golf two or three times a week, always walking the course. The other men didn’t play golf, but they continued their normal routines, including gardening and household chores. All the men went through a series of tests before and after the 20-week experiment. In that short period, the golfers had pulled ahead, losing weight, reducing their girth and abdominal fat, improving their aerobic exercise capacity (as measured by treadmill tests), increasing muscular strength (as measured by back extension) and boosting their HDL (good) cholesterol levels. The golfers also showed a tendency toward reduced blood pressure. But this change, unlike the others, did not meet the tough statistical standards for validity. Golf may be good for healthy men, but is it also safe for men with ailing hearts? Another European study is reassuring. Doctors carefully monitored 20 men with heart disease before and after a round of competitive golf. The physical stress of pulling their clubs over 18 hilly holes and the mental stress of competition boosted the players’ heart rates to an average of 105 beats per minute, which is almost at the aerobic target (109) for men at age 65. Playing golf was also strenuous enough to boost the players’ blood pressures and adrenaline levels. Even so, competitive golf was easy on the heart: All the men wore heart monitors and none developed abnormal heart rhythms or cardiac symptoms during the study. Golf is good for your health and safe for your heart, but if you’re not used to walking, you shouldn’t switch from riding in a cart to walking all 18 holes at once. I have always suggested the following if you are obligated to ride a cart: Take chances on walking every other hole and let your riding partner do the same on those holes when you ride. I gathered the statistics for this article primarily from a Harvard Men’s Health Watch printed some months ago. Whether the figures are correct, I cannot be certain, but they do sound quite reasonable.

Special Events — •Who’s the B.O.S.S.: Men’s (3.5 to 4.0 doubles) 2 p.m. Monday. •Who’s B.O.B.: Men’s (4.0 to 4.5 doubles) 2 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday. •Who’s W.H.O.: Ladies (3.5 to 4.0 doubles) 2 p.m. Wednesday or Saturday. •Who’s L.C.: Ladies (4.0 to 4.5 doubles) 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Sportscards LONGBOAT KEY 18-HOLE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION Low Gross by Flight Dec. 14 Flight 1: 1st Place — Sheri Lublin, 85. Flight 2: 1st Place — Ronnie Bernard, 102. Flight 3: 1st Place — Lauren Pike, 99. Flight 4: 1st Place — Jane Doty, 113.

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This is certainly one of the most spectacular properties on the west coast of Florida. No expense was spared to make this 12,000 SF home a true masterpiece. Artisans from around the country patiently fulfilled the owner’s dream of a magnificent mansion on the river. 2 master suites, 3 guest rooms, maid quarters, music room, library, a bar and media room which would fit a first class hotel, 5 car garage and a 360 ft boat dock. The property is sold furnished. $10,900,000 This SECLUDED ISLAND type property is probably the most attractive bay front property in Sarasota. Connected to the mainland only by a driveway, offering absolute privacy. The mature oak trees and tropical vegetation, along with breathtaking views of the keys, make this completely renovated 1920s home most unique. It allows for a laid-back life style in the center of a bustling city. Offered at $10,000,000 Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the breathtaking panorama of sparkling SARASOTA BAY and beautiful Longboat Key, this unique estate presents dazzling display of space and light within its bold, innovative artistry. The 10,000+/- square-foot, 3 level residence boasts a fabulous master suite w/outstanding views, gourmet kitchen w/upgraded appliances, 6 satellite kitchens seamlessly blended throughout the main & guest home, porcelain floors, & custom built-ins. $6,250,000 Grand estate from Gulf to Bay, on NORTH CASEY KEY’S most desirable and exclusive end. The home and guest house were built in 1986 and feature 5 BR, large foyer and great room as well as a multiple car garage space which can be transformed to other use. The lushly landscaped grounds include tennis court, 80ft lap pool, bayside dock and white sandy beach with breathtaking views to Siesta Key. $5,385,000 Amazing curb appeal on HIGEL AVENUE. Gated entrance, winding drive thru a tropical park w/Koi pond & fountains to reach the home hidden from the street. Spectacular views from main level across the pool, down to the beautiful private beach & gulf. Absolute privacy is assured. Almost 70,000sf & 157ft frontage on Fiddler Bayou/Gulf of Mexico. Shared only w/4 other parties. 5600sf home orig built in 1959, enlarged in 1985 is sold as-is. Ideal property for someone ready to remodel or build a magnificent home on lot hard to find anywhere else. $5,250,000 Fabulous Five Star RITZ CARLTON lifestyle. Special agreement has been made for membership to Spa, Beach club & Golf club all to be included in this purchase. Enjoy impeccable pampering from an award winning hotel staff. Bathed in a breathtaking panorama, bay & city views. Have it all. 2 elegant master bedrooms, library, gourmet kitchen, sound system, gallery-foyer & exquisite dining rm. Easy walk to shopping. Most desirable location in Sarasota, the Cultural Capital of Florida. $4,650,000 This 5th floor unit at SARABANDE offers surround views of the bay to Big Pass, the marina & Golden Gate. With the magnificent down town skyline to enjoy from your grande living area. This 4,534 SF unit is offered at the lowest SF price of any bayfront listings. Enjoy wonderful sunset views or walk to shopping, dining & bayfront park or take advantage of the many amenities of this outstanding condominium. $2,350,000

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Unit 503 (Tower Residences) Investment Opportunity - Tenant in place through Nov. ‘05. Spacious, wide open floor plan with large balcony overlooking the Bay. $1,795,000 Unit 606 (Tower Residences) - Leased investment opportunity. All the Ritz amenities and unparalleled Bay, City, Marina views abound in this “Turnkey Furnished,” State-of-the-Art, end-unit residence. Enjoy the opulent lifestyle that is “The Ritz.” $1,695,000 Unit 709 (Beach Residences) Experience the very ultimate in luxury - concierge, valet, outdoor pool/spa/beach club, theater, media room and all the privileges of Ritz Carlton membership. Seventh floor. $2,190,000 Unit 408 (Beach Residences) One of the least expensive Ritz luxury beach residences available! All the services, all the views, all the lifestyle. $1,680,000

Spectacular Bay Views Private dock and captivating Bay & wildlife views await you in this rarely available complete & spectacular remodel. This 2BR/2BA is decorator furnished and has been masterfully redone with stunning touches throughout. Located in a gorgeous park like setting only minutes to beaches. $970,000

Sanctuary... Spectacular Gulf & Golf course views from this beautifully updated 3BR/ 3BA 3rd floor end unit. Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club you’ll enjoy concierge, sparkling pool, spa, tennis, workout facility & under building parking. $1,195,000

Oaks Clubside This sensational 6BD/4.5BA home has exceptional detail and style. Marble flooring, fireplace, granite countertops, custom cabinetry, moldings, soaring ceilings and so much more. Stunning vistas of wetlands, golf courses, trees, etc. Sarasota’s best club community. $1,399,000

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Attention Beach Lovers Large estate sized lot on Longboat Key with full gulf views and beach access. Site has been approved for a new home and is located in the more nfavorable A Flood Zone. Currently the lot has two completely furnished homes sold “as-is’ being used as rental properties. Contact Lister for other possibilities. $3,600,00


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holiday in London

“Lion King” stage

Entertainment in the line for Father Christmas Rapunzel fairy tale in a Harrods window

Mason Cash china collection

Carolers at Covent Garden

Energetic traveler And so we found ourselves having lunch at Gundel in Budapest a few years ago. Shortly here must be a reason for a supposedly before requesting our bloated check, we struck intelligent couple to fly overnight to up a conversation with a British couple at the London for a three-day vacation and next table. Cards were indeed exchanged and then return to the States: Which of the fol- the usual pronouncements were made. Shortly before leaving for this trip to London, I elowing answers is correct? A. Had to go and could not afford to stay mailed them with the suggestion that we meet again, but at the same table. They courteously longer with the British pound around $2. B. Needed some airline miles to maintain claimed that they, too, had just run across our card. So it was that we were invited to their frequent-flyer status. C. Missed going overseas after a four-month home just outside of London for dinner on the Friday night of our arrival. absence. We left O’Hare on Thursday night and D. Wanted to see London’s Christmas decorations and Nathan Lane in “The arrived at Heathrow on Friday morning. While Lois immediately went to a business meeting, I Producers.” In a feeble attempt to maintain your inter- checked into the elegant Landmark Hotel and, est in this report, clues to the above will be because our room was not quite ready, was left to contemplate making posted throughout this colwhat could be classified as umn. The answer is at the an investment in breakend. For background, The fast. With the pound at $2 Energetic Travelers’ frequent and hotel prices already but brief excursions were outrageous, I was faced interrupted for a few months with $25 scrambled eggs, by a sojourn at Christ $10 bacon, $10 coffee and Advocate Medical Center $10 toast. I also could near Chicago. We had have enjoyed all of the planned to report to you on above for a bargain price the simple robotic surgery of $50 for the “traditional that was used to repair a English breakfast.” I opted somewhat leaky mitral to walk across the street, valve, but ensuing complicawhere the same “traditions would have turned our London’s subway first opened to tional” was available for column into a small book. It the public in 1890 between around $8. Shades of New is enough to report that all is Stockwell and King William Street well now, and we planned our resumption of York, I settled for a $1.50 coffee. Lunch found both of us in a local restaurant overseas adventures to the extremely civilized that had some regional renown for “the best confines of London. But we must further digress before fish and chips in London.” Hopefully, some extolling the wonderful sights, sounds and place is better. But we were fascinated to savories of London. We ask one further ques- watch a young lady across from us feast on just tion: How many times have you met some- a large bowl of French fries. These are, of one while traveling and exchanged calling course, the “chips” of “fish and chips.” When cards with the statement, “When you next halfway through, she buttered two slices of come to Whatsville, you must call us and bread and carefully arranged the remaining we’ll have you over”? After returning home, fries on one piece, put the other slice on top those cards are quickly discarded or filed and ate her French fry sandwich (not exactly away in a place to be immediately forgotten. low-carb). We later found that this is well In an unusual fit of “maybe we’ll get lucky,” known as a “chip butty,” and is Paul Lois and I actually started saving those cards. McCartney’s favorite sandwich. We even Then we shock the people who offered them learned the different pronunciations, which by showing up via e-mail or telephone to depend on whether you come from the north or south. (This ability will undoubtedly make announce our upcoming visit. BY STUART SCHEYER Contributing Writer


Photos by Stuart Scheyer

Portobello Road crowded with holiday shoppers us attractive at elite Sarasota fund-raisers.) Friday evening we boarded the ThamesLink train for a quick trip to Elstree, where our new friends picked us up and drove us to their surprisingly large home, especially by English standards. We walked in and were astonished to find every table, cabinet and ledge covered with ceramics. Our friend was a serious collector of Mason Cash china — upstairs, downstairs and in our ladies’ chamber — wine coolers, muffin holders, tureens, platters, cups and even chamber pots. We were joined by members of their family and found ourselves part of a traditional Jewish Shabbat dinner. Conversation flowed, and we again remind you to save and use those cards! Saturday morning required a visit to the shops and stalls of the ancient Portobello antique market. While always busy, this Saturday was even more heavily packed with Christmas shoppers. The next two days were filled with visions and sounds. First and foremost was seeing “The Producers” with Nathan Lane at the Saturday matinee. Simply put, we both thought that it was the best show we have ever seen. “Lion King” at a Sunday matinee also evoked our personal bravos. For some reason, there is a special charm about theater in London; perhaps it is the multiplicity of shows or the enthusiasm of the widely diverse audiences. Saturday night we had dinner with old friends and Sunday evening we dined with

another new couple. The three dinners were notable for the chance to absorb interests and perspectives that we normally would not experience. Although the world situation and politics inevitably entered our discussions, it was thoughtful and gratefully not incessant or intense. A few more notable memories: The remarkably “user friendly” London cabs, with easy access and luxurious legroom, but any short ride is $10 to $20 and the trip from Heathrow costs $100 (take the express train); wondrous Christmas windows and food stalls at Harrods; carolers and revelers outside at Covent Garden; the line of parents and children winding through an entire floor at Harrods, with 500 children waiting six hours to sit on the lap of “Father Christmas.” London is really a most civilized city filled with courteous people, who are even more attractive because they speak a language that is similar to ours. Three days in London is far more exhilarating than a week on some beach. Try it or visit one of the many American cities than can provide similar revitalization. And the answer to the opening question is obviously — all of the above! Stuart and Lois Scheyer are in their early 70s and are residents of Longboat Key. They each log more than 100,000 air miles a year. They will be pleased to answer any travel questions and can be reached by e-mail at ❑



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Bridget Spiess: Happy Holidays to all my Friends & Clients Eve Kommel, Judy Cordover and Mickie Konner were a traveling trio in Tuscany, Italy.

BEHIND THE GATES OF BAY ISLES on sailboat water, w/ dock to accommodate 50’ boat. Shows like a model. High ceilings, marble floors, granite counters. Professionally landscaped. Screened in pool with pool bath. Gas fireplace, 5-car garage, magnificent home for the person who appreciates fine quality and excellent craftmanship. $2,500,000

Charlie Korbuly and his wife, Dottie, went to Budapest, Hungary, to celebrate the 90th birthday of Korbuly’s mother. The well-read Korbuly pauses in front of the Blue Danube and the Hungarian Parliament.

RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCE 17th floor “Penthouse” residence is one of the most desirable in downtown Sarasota. Decorator furnished “Beausoleil” residence with 4,965 SF of living area, plus 2 terraces overlooking the marina & city. World-class amenities featuring private elevator, grand foyer, decorator furnished, plus membership to Beach Club & Spa. $4,675,000

Polly and Paul Kaatz lugged The Longboat Observer to Lima, Peru, for a wedding on Polly’s side of the family.

POSITANO ON THE GULF Positano redefines elegance for Longboat Key’s exclusive waterfront lifestyle. Situated on almost 10 acres with 750 feet of beach frontage, each luxury estate condominium will provide spectacular and unobstructed views of the Gulf. Over 4,000 SF of living area including terraces, 10’6” ceiling heights; grand 8’ double-entry doors; custom crown molding; gourmet kitchens w/granite countertops & premium appliances; luxurious master suites w/Gulf views and palatial master baths; tiled wraparound terraces and 2 or 3 car garages; private ground floor lobby w/elevator and a service elevator for deliveries. 24-hour staffed gatehouse, waterfront clubhouse w/ top-notch exercise facilities, heated pool and spa.

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Fred and Linda Kretlow visited this black-and-white marble duomo (which means cathedral) while visiting Siena, Italy.




Sunrise/sunset Sunrise 7:18 7:18 7:18 7:19 7:19 7:20 7:20

Thurs., Dec. 23 Fri., Dec. 24 Sat., Dec. 25 Sun., Dec. 26 Mon., Dec. 27 Tues., Dec. 28 Wed., Dec. 29

Last light Sunset 5:42 5:43 5:44 5:45 5:45 5:45 5:46

Betty Lindenberg took this picture of the last spot of light before darkness fell at her Sanctuary condominium. Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in J-PEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to

Moon phases First Qtr.

Jan. 17


Last Qtr.


Dec. 26

Jan. 3

Jan. 10

Moon phases, tides courtesy of

Tide chart Thurs., Dec. 23 Fri., Dec. 24 Sat., Dec. 25 Sun., Dec. 26 Mon., Dec. 27 Tues., Dec. 28 Wed., Dec. 29

Morning High none none none none none none 12:39a

Tides Low 5:40a 6:20a 6:57a 7:33a 8:09a 8:44a 9:20a

Rainfall: Year-to-date


Average water

2004 49.14 in.

2004 .28 in.

Temp.: 65.9

2003 72.53 in.

2003 4.28 in.

Temperature and Rainfall

Evening Tides High Low 9:34p none 10:06p none 10:40p none 11:17p none 11:56p none 3:58p 6:53p 4:15p 7:50p

Mon., Dec. 13 Tues., Dec. 14 Wed., Dec. 15 Thurs., Dec. 16 Fri., Dec. 17 Sat., Dec. 18 Sun., Dec. 19

Temps. High Low 75 50 64 54 59.5 42.5 69 48.5 68.5 55.5 70 58 68.5 53.5

Record Temps. High Low 83 (1986) 44 (1984) 83 (1994) 40 (2003) 83 (2001) 42.5 (2004) 82 (1992) 38 (2000) 85 (1992) 35 (1981) 83 (1992) 35 (1981) 84 (1993) 46 (2003)

Rainfall North Mid-Key 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.12 0.14 0.00 0.00

South 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.13 0.00

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This week’s hand was sent to me by our friend, Anon, one of my favorite partners and a good friend. Anon writes, “South must not let East get in because a club shift would be fatal to the contract. So South plays the diamond ace on the first trick and runs the top spades. He now leads a trump to the dummy and then plays the Jack of spades, pitching his diamond loser. “West is in with the queen of spades and leads a trump, which is won in the dummy with the Jack. Declarer leads the diamond queen from the dummy, and no matter where the king lies, the contract is safe. If East plays low on the trick, the declarer discards a club. This is another instance where second hand low is not the proper play.” It is interesting to observe what might happen if West were to lead a small spade, the unbid major or even the ace of clubs. It seems some players like to lead the top of nothing, although West does have a sequence in diamonds. The 10 of diamonds would not be my choice of a lead against this contract.

Dealer: S Vulnerable: None North ♠ J 10 4 2 ♥ J 10 9 ♦AQJ ♣653 East ♠8753 ♥4 ♦K764 ♣ Q J 10 9

West ♠Q96 ♥532 ♦ 10 9 8 3 ♣A87

by Donna SWAN

Donna Swan is a resident of Longboat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays “for the fun of it.” ❑

Winners MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Dec. 11 North-South 1. Ina Becker and Jackie Tucker. 2. (tie) Marty Mos and Ruth Colner and Mary Lou Thomas and Julie Woods. East-West 1. Juddy Solomon and Jayne Forstenzer 2. Lorraine Peters and Jay JeLinek. 3. (tie) Helen Schweyer and Paul Massik and Selma and Larry Troum.

South ♠AK ♥AKQ876 ♦52 ♣K42 The Bidding: South 1♥ 4♥

West Pass All Pass

North 2♥

East Pass

Opening lead: 10♦

The Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. The Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club games are held at 1 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 for details. ❑

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ACTIVELY BUYING older paintings & water colors especially New England subjects. JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., Period furniture, silver, pottery, Oriental 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or carpets, nautical and whaling items, 630-417-7540. accessories, entire estates. Please call Tyler on Siesta Key, 346-2398.

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

Auto Sales & Service

LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS: 48/ft. slip for sale. Fabulous Bay views! 387-8337.

1969 POWDER Puff Blue VW Beetle. Appraised at $13,000. Offered for $10,500. LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS: 70/ft. slip. Professionally maintained. Awesome! D dock. $4100/foot. 813-431-8900. 941-488-9876. BEAUTIFUL LONGBOAT Key Moorings. Seasonal rental, 55/ft. slip. Under market. 1999 PORSCHE Boxster convertible. Black, Glenn, 561-995-1966, 561-302-8880. tan interior, 5/speed. Private owner. $23,000. LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. 383-8750. Available for rent at Spindrift, located top row south end. 630-330-3657.

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RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. BOAT SLIP available for up to 45’ vessel at Drive your car to the North and back. Longboat Key Moorings on Dock “O”, Slip “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of extra room References. 941-778-5381. to move around. State-of-the-art docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water Autos Wanted Items Under $200 For Sale hook-ups. Asking price of $199,000 includes membership to the prestigious Coomodore ANTIQUE BELLEEK: 2/cups & 2/saucers, Club. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405. AUTOS WANTED!! $95/ea. set. 758-1282. GOLD FRAMED & matted leopard print: 33”x43”, $125. 941-504-0165. ONE MAN’S and 1 lady’s bicycle, both for $75. 383-3337. COFFEE AND lamp table set, metal legs, glass top, $199. 921-9780. HOME OFFICE desk chair on rollers. Grey Tweed material, exc. cond. $20. 387-8110.



BICYCLE: CALOI men’s beach cruiser, new RENT A BARTENDER for private parties. coaster brake, stainless steel spokes, fat Hors d’oeuvres & catering. Doris, 223-2883 or 941-358-5791. tires/seat, $175. 366-0327.

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SUSAN SHAUGHNESSY, R.N. PRIVATE DUTY NURSING. 1:1 Care in home and hospital. Experienced w/references. 761-2656.

 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.

NOW TAKING clients for elderly assisted living and respite care at Anna Maria Care Home. 941-779-0322. ADULT CARE/COMPANION EXPERTS. HHA/CNA care in your home. Live-in or hourly. Bonded/insured/reference checked. Personal care, housekeeping, errands, etc....Call for info: 951-6080. CERTIFIED CAREGIVER/Retired Nurse. Reasonable and area references. 40/yrs. experiences. No lifting. 746-9246.

Antiques 1880’S BRUNSWICK style antique billiard table. Appraised at $8000. Asking $6000 o/b/o. Free local Delivery. 345-6874. STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. OVER 1,000 PIECES OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND CLOCKS. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY! 7881 15TH ST. E. (OLD 301), SARASOTA, FL. 755-6063

Boat Rentals CANNONS MARINA 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Half-day and Full-day rentals 14’-24’ Skiffs /Runabouts /Deckboats Ride in Style in our Grady-White & Scout boats. All powered by YAMAHA outboards. 383-1311

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Cleaning Services CLEANING SERVICES by Brazilian family. Meticulous, honest. Houses, offices, apartments, condos & moving. 504-6157. DETAILED CLEANING AT IT’S BEST! Prompt, thorough, reliable. Free estimates. References. 20/yrs. exper. 941-366-2158. HOUSEKEEPER, 20/YRS. experience. Honest & dependable. References available. 929-1086, Esther.

Computer Services THE COMPUTER COACH - Offering one on one lessons, computer maintenance and internet security. Please call Elinor, 941-951-6145, Cell: 941-586-5689. Cmagik on LBK Flash web design commercial/personal, computer help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, 587-5588. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508.

EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need NEED SOMEONE to take care of you in the help with hardware, software, networks or comfort of your home? We are committed to wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. provide you with excellent care. Please call for appointment, 941-350-1669. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, EXPERIENCED COMPANION/CAREGIVER training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Good references, dependable, non-smoker. Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. Live-in/out/overnight. Short/longterm. Norma, Is Your Computer Slowing Down? 941-758-5077. Is it acting weird? For any kind of computer help, call Forrest 388-3425. Catering Certified Computer Professional.

★ HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL WITH BEST WISHES FROM THE CREW AT BLUE DOLPHIN CAFE We will be closed for dinner on Friday December 24th and January 31st. and look forward to seeing you January 7th. “Now serving at our Longboat Key, Centre Shops location” RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED BEER AND WINE AVAILABLE 383-3787


Concrete CONCRETE/MASONRY/RESTORATION: Driveways, Walkways, Sidewalks, Curbs, Retaining Wall, Structural, Trucking. C-Squared CGC Inc., Sean D'Agostino 345-3092. CGC# 1506629.

Consignments CONSIGNMENT STORE. Florida’s largest & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery available. House of Lords - Osprey. 941-966-5446.

Crushed Shell GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. catering. 366-0070. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has insured. 941-232-8877. been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Specializing in small dinner parties. 383-0777. Fishing Charters

24’-6” CHRIS CRAFT open bow. 55 hours, Child Care many extras, like new. $27,900. 941-387-0085. INFANT/TODDLER & Preschool openings. Loving, Christian childcare and school. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY/PRIVATE Concordia Lutheran Early Childcare Center, OWNERSHIP! Selene 53’ 2001 Twin Diesel. 365-0845. Full electronics. Luxury Features. Teak/Granite/Ultra-leather. Like new. Tax Cleaning Services Shelter. Low hours. $775,000. Call Capt. HOUSE-CLEANING WITH references: Call Chitwood, 941-383-5232. after 3PM. 927-2863. Ask for Aramka. CATALINA 18/FT. Sailboat, 2000. Excellent cond., furled jib, 4/H.P O/B. Depth finder,  MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? auto tiller, lines and bumpers and many Call Sara or Mike. Competitive prices. extras. $8750. 383-1355. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.

REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and Licensed. 941-228-7802. 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. 778-5455.






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BED, FULL mattress set, orthopedic firm, never used, $100; pillow-top sets, never used, full, $135; queen, $155; king, $230. NASA memory foam set, as seen on TV, cost $1,599. Sell $695. Victorian-style daybed w/pop-up trundle, 2 new mattress, $340. Can deliver. 941-809-8798.

BACK PROBLEMS? Swing problems? SWIMMING INSTRUCTION. Learn to swim Find a better way of playing golf. Free during the holidays and all winter long in Introduction. Call 941-685-5061 for info. your heated pool. Try 1/hr. for $60 of learning and fun for children and adults. 35/yrs. experience. Ruth Hershman, Help Wanted 941-377-0006. LIDO KEY: P/T Maintenance, mostly outside. 4/hrs. a.m.’s, Mon. through Fri. MATTRESS: ALL new set, plush or pillow- $9.50/hr. 388-2922. Items For Sale top. Distributor over stock. Brand names LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. starting at Full, $80. Queen, $100. King, Furniture, clothes, housewares, books & $190. Memory foam set, SACRIFICE $379. much more! Open Mon., Wed. & Sat., Call 941-737-7662. 9a.m.-3p.m. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat. 383-4738. OVAL GLASS dining room table w/glass pedestals, 8/fabric chairs. Ex. cond. Asking $1800. 941-778-0183.


CLASSIFIEDS WORK Furniture Repair PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, scratches, parts replacement. We keep your furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Robert Martin, 727-2533.

RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & REMODELING. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All painters are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings by Safe Coat/AMF that are for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product affiliated with So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215.

DUTCH STAR INTERIOR PAINTING. Start the New Year with a New Look! Massage Superior Quality Workmanship & Materials. EXPERIENCE THE HEALING BENEFITS. Professional Detail. Clean, Reliable & Ins. Coastal Massage Therapy: offering Swedish, Overnight & Emergency Services Available. Commercial Hospitality Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular. Location Residential. optional: Bradenton, Sarasota or in home. DUTCH STAR INTERIOR PAINTING. Painting Florida’s Most Prestigious 941-753-7766 Lic. #MA34584. Properties. 941-755-5526 Call for a Fast & Free Quote. Receive 10% OFF project Painting & Wallpapering price with this ad.

SOFA SALE: Queen Sleepers, ex. cond., $75. Easy chairs available. See now for P/U January, 2005. Call 941-383-2411 ext. 152. POOL TABLE: gorgeous oversized 4x8 Professional Series, 1” slate, decorative legs. Still in crate. Cost $4400. Sell $1550. 941-809-8798.

THE PAINTMASTERS. Residential. 18/yrs. Personals experience. Neat custom work. Free estimates. Local references. David, ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! (941) 359-1747. Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days. CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Don’t Forget!! LBK Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. Call 30+years exp.


SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER Chapel. January-May, $50/week. NURSERY HELP - $15/week. 383-6491.

Garage, Moving & Estate Sales LET PREMIUM ESTATE LIQUIDATORS conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure.



PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

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SARASOTA HOSPITAL AREA. Sizzling 14,000+/sq.ft. lot RMF-5 4/units or rezone to OND, Med office. $425,000. Glenn Callaghan, Re/Max Properties, 928-9020.

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LAKE VIEW CONDO. Discover Longboat style living without the Longboat traffic. Low density complex with lush tropical landscaping. Absolutely private. Gated 24/hr. security. Smith Realtors is proud to offer this rare opportunity to the discerning buyer. Contact Victor Rosenfeld, Realtor at 778-0777 or evenings at 920-1693.


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SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, call Marc 321-0707. Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. Yarns Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for CHIC-UNIQUE-FUN-YARNS. Learn to Knit appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717. every Saturday, 3p.m. Morning Glory Yarns, CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION Sarasota. 941-364-8600. EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs & painting. Insured. Member of Better Commercial/Business Opp. Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard. SARASOTA 779-2294. Florist Shop. Motivated owners cut price of    established profitable business to $99,500** Beautiful & great area. OUTSTANDING AREAS TILE-TILE-TILE Fine Art/Framing business established over 12 years: thriving in affluent neighborhood. All Variations of Ceramic Tile $90,000.** Supplied & Installed. Sub Shop/Deli price cut to $129K**. Floors a Specialty. Profitable, great visibility on major highway. Many Local References. Comfort & charm. Free Estimates & Custom Designs.


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MEDICAL/DENTAL BUILDING ☛ ☛ INCREDIBLE BAY view condo unit. Interested in sale/lease back offers. 383-1947 or 388-1996.


TUTOR: 30/YRS. exper. M.A. Reading M.A. LOCAL HANDYMAN. Painting, carpentry, learning Disabilities. Diagnostic/Remedial unlimited house repairs, dock/deck repair. and Supplemental. Call 778-0349 between Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. LIC/INS. 4-6p.m.

HARBOUR OAKS Townhouse - two story, 2500/sq.ft. condo w/private heated pool, spa & 2/car garage, overlooking the Longboat Key Club golf course, priced at $675,000. MLS#266352. Call Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700.




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Free Standing Villa on lovely landscaped corner lot. 2BR/2BA w/extended living area plus bonus room. Tastefully turnkey furnished w/beautifully renovated kitchen and bath. New AC and roof. 55+ socially active community w/clubhouse, pool, deeded beach access and private marina w/docks. $295,000 Available January 2005


941-587-2173 BEACHCOMBER: 2721 GMD, LBK. 2BR/2BA condo on 6th floor overlooking ☛ COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: 3BR/2BA Gulf. Completely furnished. $949,000. canal home. Pool, boat dock w/lifts. Make 309-829-3089. offer! 609-602-3348, leave message. CONDO WANTED: private individual wants to buy 1BR/1BA on Longboat Key. Call Andrew Ferraro, 732-292-0084 or Email:

LIDO KEY condo, on the beach: 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. $625,000. Call 544-2338 or 539-6419. No realtors.

BAYPORT, LBK. TKF, 2BR/2BA, 2/lanais. Renovated, new appliances. Gulf across street. $549,000. 941-387-0070.

FABULOUS FURNISHINGS 4 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHS This is a spectacular unit with absolutely everything in place for luxurious living.

THE SHORE, #307. Beautiful 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front, 1560/sq.ft., top floor. Includes skylight, new granite, appliances, wallpaper, lighting. Owner is realtor. Call Greg Ruthven, 863-581-4639 or after 5:00p.m. 863-683-3459. LIDO KEY - 3BR/3BA condo on beach. Huge enclosed balcony, lovely bay/Gulf views. 2-car/indoor parking, pool. $975,000. By owner, brokers protected. 301-588-7396.




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Real Estate Wanted SELLING OR BUYING? We are members of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, and Accredited Buyer Representatives (ABR). Richard & Alison Estrin Licensed Real Estate Brokers LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. Call: (941) 383-6112; Toll-free (877) 281-4940

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Rentals: Annual BEACH ACCESS, 2BR/2BA, unfurnished. Old Florida charm. Water and gas included. 2944 GMD. $900/mo. 924-7080. COUNTRY CLUB Shores: 3BR/2BA canal front home. Pool, dock, pilings for boat. Unfurnished. $3000/mo. 329-2020. L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. 203-227-0500.

DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Beautifully furnished condo, 1BR/1BA, Bay view, all amenities included. 4 mo/min. $2500/mo. $1400/mo. annually. No pets. 941-921-1648.


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BEACH HARBOR Club condo: 2BR/2BA, 3rd floor. Available mid January through mid April. Please call for details, 410-592-3410.


BAY ISLES: 5/bedrooms, dock/bay view, 941-587-2173 Harbour Sound Dr. Islander Club, 2BR/2BA, $1800. Bird Key, fantastic home, 3BR/2BA, $3000. Jennette & Rossi, Inc. Real Estate Management, 941-953-6000. VISIT OUR SEAPLACE. 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, WEBSITE: spectacular Gulf views, professionally decorated. 2/pools, whirlpools, exercise, LONGBOAT, 3BR/2BA, on canal, w/garage, tennis, W/D. Non-smokers. Available March unfurnished, 2500/sq.ft. Available immed. & April. (815) 462-5724. $1500/mo. 270-2743. LBK, BAY views: spacious, elegantly PENTHOUSE, UNFURNISHED: Dolphin furnished, 3BR/3BA townhouse in gated Bay Towers, the most beautiful and enchanting Isles. Private beach club & more. 2/mo. view of the Bay. 2BR/2BA, new appliances minimum. 703-759-3701. bathrooms and floors. $1800/mo. For an 2BR/1.5BA W/SCREENED lanai at appointment, 941-544-4610. Seaplace, a Gulffront community. Newly NORTH LONGBOAT Village: 2BR/2BA, designer decorated w/new appliances to 1BR/1BA. From $800/mo. annual. Room for include W/D. Available December, 2004 & trailer and boat, unfurnished, 1/4 block from January, 2005. Call owner for specifics: water. 1-941-380-5076. Lyn or Joe LaPlume at 401-789-1155 BAYOU, LBK: 3BR/2BA, pool, unfurnished. LIDO VACATION RENTALS. One and two $2800/mo. 1-941-380-5076. bedroom units available. Furnished apartments across from beach and 1/block LBK, CANAL home w/pool, walk to private from St. Armands Circle. Available now. beach, spacious and updated, fireplace, Call 266-4775. billiards room, 2/large bedrooms, 2.5BA. Call for more info! $1600/mo. 941-350-8048.

LIDO BEACH: direct Gulf/beach views, newly remodeled house, 2BR/2BA. Available Jan. through May, 2005. No pets/smoking. Call 937-367-2880. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Gorgeous Gulf views, beautifully furnished, 2BR/2BA, spacious. Tennis, pool. Call for availability. (860)966-2668, For pictures: #13556. LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON Place: 2BR/2BA comfortable villa w/enclosed lanai and covered parking. Heated pools, private beach and boat access. Available for seasonal (2/mo. min.) or annual rental. No smoking. No pets. 845-425-1645 or 914-772-1550. LONGBOAT KEY, north end: charming 1BR/1BA condo, close to beach, tennis courts, boat dock. Seasonal or annual. Available Jan. through March. Call 387-9991. SEAPLACE 3BR/2BA GULF FRONT UNIT. AVAILABLE AFTER DEC. 20, 2004. $5000/MO. 2/MO. MINIMUM. CONTACT: KISTAL KEY 281-726-2020 OR EMAIL: KISTALKEY@SBCGLOBAL.NET


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LIDO BEACH: unfurnished, 1BR/1.5BA condo. Very large sundeck overlooking Gulf. Pool & public beach access, enclosed BEACHFRONT, LIDO, 2BR/2BA Gulf front, parking, cable, phone. Electric not included. next to Orchid Bay. Open Fall Season - Nov. No pets. $1,300/mo. 941-809-3657. through April. 3/mo. or longer. Owner, 266-1078, Sunset FURNISHED. LB KEY: Spanish Main Yacht rentals now! Key West too! Club. 55+: 2BR/2BA, includes cable, water, pool, club house. $1050/mo. Call 383-3151. LIDO BEACH COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, LBK. Furnished or unfurnished home, 3BR/2BA, BEAUTIFUL 1BR/2BA CONDO 2/car, heated pool, dock, boat lift, private W/PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS beach access. Pets OK. 727-848-4100. LOCATED ON BEN FRANKLIN DR. RELAXING CANAL Front Home and NEWLY FURNISHED. Banyan Bay Gulf-Front Condo available for AVAILABLE MONTHLY $1300-$2800/MO. annual rental at discounted rate beginning April 2005. See ad in Seasonal section. Call Owner at: 508-566-5061 <> or call 863-559-4610. BEACHPLACE: GULF front. Largest 2BR/2BA, attractively furnished, Mexican tile throughout except bedrooms. Available April 1, 2005. 383-0654.

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

ASTOUNDING DIRECT GULF VIEW. Fabulous sunsets, best value on LBK. 2BR/2BA, nicely decorated & fully furnished w/every amenity. Clay tennis, 2pools/2hot tubs, exercise room, clubhouse and miles of beautiful sandy beach. Avail. April 5/05 through Jan 5/06. 2 month min. Call to view. 941-383-4556.


LBK, GRAND BAY. Premiere community, w/world class amenities, beach club, 2BR/2BA penthouse w/wrap around terrace, turnkey furnished. Spectacular views of Sarasota Bay and skyline. 2/Garage parking, 24/hr. security, $6000/mo. Also, annually. WHITNEY BEACH. Newly furnished (941) 387-1336. 2BR/2BA condo on water (bayside), water view. Beach, pools, tennis, cable, utilities, LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, bay/canal ample closets, carpeted. Fish from docks. views, furnished, pools, tennis, beach house. LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 2BR/2BA, lovely No pets. Seasonal or annual. Available $2900/mo. 315-415-8282. view, beach access. Available March & April. December 15. Call 941-387-8448 or email: Call 251-342-7339 or 251-510-8822. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, 3/mo. min. RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Serene 3rd floor Immaculate 3BR/3BA, custom built home. & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, 1BR/1BA. Furnished, queen bed, sofabeds, Longboat Key, Country Club Shores. Newly Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, glass enclosed lanai, canal/sunset views, redecorated, completely furnished including many extras. Deep water canal, dock, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. pools, gym, tennis, beach house. $2500/mo. heated pool, close beach access. 802-658-3374. $5000/mo., including utilities, pool service, lawn service, etc. 941-383-2991. BEHIND THE GATES OF LBK CLUB LIDO BEACH AT JUNCTION OF NEW PASS FULL PANORAMIC GULF VIEW TAKE ADVANTAGE!!! AND GULF. PENTHOUSE UNIT, 2BR/2BA, 10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE 2BR/2BA, 2000/SQ.FT. 2ND FLOOR OFF ADS RUNNING FOR 4 DECEMBER THROUGH APRIL CONDO WITH DIRECT GULF VIEW. CONSECUTIVE WEEKS LARGE LR, LOVELY DECOR. 813-505-3290 POOL AND BOAT DOCK. BOOK YOUR AD FOR ONE OR MORE MONTHS 4 WEEKS JAN 1-MAY 1. 383-5509 OR FAX 24 HOURS ☛ LBK, CANAL home: relaxing pool, $4500/MO. TO: 383-7193 walk to Gulf, billiards room, 2BR/2.5BA. NON-SMOKERS. $3300/mo. 941-350-8048. OWNER Answers for this week’s crossword CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA or 2BR/2BA 203-562-9544 furnished homes. Dogs welcome. Fenced FROM DEC. 19 THROUG JAN. 1, yard. Dock, walk to beach. Available CALL 941-383-1964 November & December, 2004. Monthly only.

SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club 55+, 3BR/2BA, custom furnished, dock/marina, private beach access. Annual or Seasonal. Call ☛ GOLDEN GATE POINT: Bayfront, immaculate, 1/bedroom. Heated pool, fishing 387-9991. pier. No pets. Jan., Feb. & March. $2300/mo. LBK 3BR/2BA, vaulted ceilings, skylight, 941-374-3401. screened lanai, on canal w/boat dock. Walk THE CASTILIAN, Longboat Key, Florida. to beach. $1875/mo. annual. 400-0815. Oceanfront, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, fully ☛ GOLDEN GATE POINT: Bayfront, equipped condo w/screened-in balcony furnished/unfurnished, 1/bedroom Heated overlooking Gulf. Available Nov., Dec. 2004. pool, fishing pier. No pets. $990/mo. Jan. & Feb., 2005. 1/mo. minimum Call 941-374-3401. 513-561-5940.

Private beach access. See website for photos and rates. or call 941-360-0700. WINWARD BAY villa: 1BR/1BA, completely remodeled & turnkey furnished. Boat slip, 2/heated pools, gym, tennis, sauna, clubhouse. Deeded beach access. Call owner 780-8443. LBK - BANYAN BAY - 3BR/3BA, water view, heated pool, tennis court, workout room. Monthly, seasonal or annual rental. 813-495-3884.



LONGBOAT KEY. Great location! Gulf front, large 2BR/2BA, furnished, w/lanai, heated pool, includes washer/dryer, cable. Available season or year round. Weekly, monthly or annual. Call Jim @ 760-944-6016.

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LONGBOAT KEY/PELICAN HARBOR: Gulfside home, 3BR/2BA, beautifully furn. Available immediately through May 15th. $3500/mo. Also, longterm lease available beginning May. 758-0978, 795-1695.

LONGBOAT KEY, SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Newly decorated w/many amenities and garage. Private beach. Small pet OK. Available January 1st. to March 24th. Reasonably priced. 908-447-4168.

LBK, BEACHFRONT. Spectacular Gulf view, private beach, beach to bay has fishing pier, 2BR/2BA, new kitchen, W/D, pool, active clubhouse. Avail. anytime Jan. 2005 through March. 2 or 3/mo. min. $3300/mo. 201-933-1584, 941-918-1134, cell: 201-390-7844.

LBK, BEACHPLACE CONDO. BUILDING #1. Starting at $2800 per month! THE ULTIMATE #1. Luxury living at its best for the discerning vacationer. Best views, best decor, best price - Fifth floor. Exquisite beachfront 2BR/2BA. Stunning sunsets and panoramic views. Newly remodeled, luxuriously furnished. High-end fully equipped kitchen. Reserved parking. Avail. January and April through August 2005. Non-smokers only. Digital pics available. Call 813-875-7775, or cell 813-245-6800. Steve or Lyndsey.


w/magnificent Gulf views. Fabulous LBK, BUTTONWOOD Harbour house. furnishings and art. Wonderful amenities. 2BR/2BA, heated pool, garage, private Weekly maid service. $5400/mo. setting, walk to beach. Unavailable 941-388-3738. Feb./March No pets/smokers. $2500-$4000. 941-387-8589, LBK - ON GULF: 2BR/2BA, 2 balconies, heated pool, tennis, other amenities. HARBOUR VILLA CLUB, Longboat Key. $4500/mo. 2 mo./min. Avail. January 15. Beautiful Bayside 2BR/2BA, fully equipped 941-918-9559. units with water views; heated pool & spa, hard surface tennis, walk to beach. weekly maid service included in rent. 800-433-5298.

☛ ☛ BEACHPLACE, LONGBOAT KEY BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Available Monthly. Jan. 1, 2005 through May 30, 2005. 2BR/2BA. Decorator furnished, new kitchen accessories. Golf course view, under building parking. Non-smoking. By owner. 941-383-5188

Walk right out onto the beach from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 941-383-6650.


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LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE, OUTRIGGER RESORT - GULF FRONT, 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Beautifully furnished, weekly/monthly, $850/week. 383-3844 or W/D, screened lanai, pool. Beach and 383-3187. boat access. Small pet OK. Available March SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club: 55+, 2BR/2BA 2005 through 2006 season. 513-792-9622. villa overlooking bay. Private beach access, clubhouse, pool, dock/marina, patio, LONGBOAT AND LIDO KEYS attached carport, laundry. Newly decorated and furnished, 1/king bed and 2/twins. HUNDREDS OF VACATION RENTALS. Immediate availability through March. PRIVATE HOMES, GULF OR BAY $2400/mo. 863-324-1827 or 863-224-2957. CONDOS AND BEACHFRONT LBK, SANCTUARY, 7TH FLOOR. GULF RESORTS. FRONT. SPECIAL - SAVE $1000 ON JANUARY RENTAL - NOW ONLY $3,900 FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION FOR JANUARY, 2005! The ultimate in luxury 941-387-9709 for the discerning renter. 3BR/3BA. Exquisite all new furnishings & decor throughout. Panoramic beach views all around and direct full front view of famous Florida sunsets. Covered parking. Newly remodeled and fully equipped, no expense spared. Reserved LBK, SEAPLACE parking. Available Jan., Feb., March, 2005. GULFFRONT, 2BR/2BA, Non-smokers only. $8500/mo. +local tax. TURNKEY FURNISHED, W/D, POOL, 3/mo. min. Call 813-962-2652 or 813-245-6800, ask for Steve or TENNIS. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. LIDO BEACH. Cute 3BR/2BA, walk to beach and St. Armands. Also, off island 3BR/2BA. Both available Jan. to May. 941-955-0110.


GREAT SUNSET view: two 2BR apartments on Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach. Call 941-914-4646. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. PORTOBELLO: DIRECT Gulf front, 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis. No smoking. 1/mo. min. $4000/mo. Jim, 248-330-5201.

WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our virtual tour at” Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE

LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. April through Dec., 2005 $2250/mo. +10% tax. 727-403-1449, 727-518-1572, LONGBOAT KEY beach condo: 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view. $5500/mo. 3/mo. minimum. Call 813-240-9347 or NORTH LONGBOAT KEY 2BR/2BA HOUSE ON CANAL OR 2BR/2BA GROUND FLOOR CONDO. WALK TO BEACH. 383-6606 EMAIL: 2ALE@COMCAST.NET


PELICAN HARBOR beach house: On Gulf. 2BR/2BA, FR, garage, pool, tennis, boat dock. One month minimum. $3600/mo. 859-635-5125.

 LBK, FAIRWAY BAY, Bay Isles (gated). LBK, COVERT II beachfront condo. Townhouse, 2BR/2.5BA, beach club, many Spectacular Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, pool. amenities. No pets. Seasonal/annual. No smoking/pets. Available April, 2005. 941-383-3583. (513)871-9120.




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ST. ARMANDS Circle. Kingston Arms Condominiums. Newly renovated and “ON BEAUTIFUL LONGBOAT KEY” furnished 2BR/2BA unit, heated pool, steps to beach and shopping. No pets, no smoking. Available Jan. through April, 2005, ($2800/mo.) (770) 226-0955 or e-mail: LIDO BEACH: right on the beach - gorgeous 2BR/2BA, Gulf front condo in Lido Regency. New furniture and totally remodeled. Heated pool/Jacuzzi/sauna. Short walk to St. SAY YOU SAW IT IN Armands. Available Jan. through April, 2005. THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER Call 941-388-1742.

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LONGBOAT KEY Fairway Bay, 1BR/2BA +den, bay view/pool, $3800/mo. J/F/M. BEACH HOME-LONGBOAT, 3BR/2BA, 478-461-6371 Gulffront, $6000/mo. J/F/M. LIDO PRESIDENTIAL, 1BR/1BA, pool/beach, $2200/mo. J/F/M. LIDO REGENCY, 1BR/1BA, pool/beach, LONGBOAT KEY, SEAPLACE, 2BR/1BA, fully equipped, all amenities. Available March $2200/mo. J/F/M. KINGSTON ARMS, 1BR/1BA, pool, 1st. 2005 season. Owner, (770) 509-7419. $2500/mo. J/M. CONDOS/HOMES BIRD KEY HOME, 3BR/2BA, pool/canal SEASONAL view, $6000/mo. J/F/M. SIESTA, 2BR/2BA, remodeled/pool/beach, SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. $3750/mo. J/F/M. DOWNTOWN-PALM AVE. Villas, 2BR/2BA, Weekly through December. Gulf front. SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the Great location, $4000/mo. J/F/M. 888 BLVD. OF THE ARTS, 2BR/2BA, bay Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. 6525 GULF OF MEXICO DR., 2BR/2BA, view/pool, $3400/mo. J/F/M/A. spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, $4200. Brenda Cozy 751 BROADWAY, charming 4BR/2BA 941-954-6500 home, pool, pet & family friendy. 1/mo. min. Coldwell Banker Real Estate EMERALD POINT, 3BR/3BA, new home. Gated community. Small pet OK. $3800/mo. BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA, 1st. floor unit, WATERFRONT SARASOTA BAY w/dock beach access, close to restaurants and for fishing and walk 100 yards to beautiful shopping, $3500/mo. Gulf of Mexico beach for swimming, short LB ARMS, 2BR/2BA, partial Gulf view, pool, walk to park, 1BR/1BA apt. $825/weekly, tennis. $3,500/mo. $1800/monthly. 2BR/2BA home, $1200/ THE SHORE, Gulf view 2BR/2BA condo. weekly. $3300/monthly. Both have sun room, Pool, tennis, fitness center. $5,000/mo. living room, kitchen. Home 941-779-9074, 2/mo. min. Mobile: 703-587-4675 or email: Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Kim Fisher Wagner Realty LONGBOAT KEY CLUB BEACHFRONT 941-383-5577 2BR/3BA IN L’AMBIANCE Exquisitely furnished, sweeping views of Gulf, Bay and City. Tennis, pool, fitness center. 3/mo. minimum 203-227-0500

LIDO BEACH: Efficiencies, 1BR’s, 2BR’s. Steps to beach. Very private, quiet and clean. Available weekly/monthly and discounted long-term rates. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. 3/Day minimum. No pets. No smoking. 941-388-2590. LBK-FAIRWAY BAY: behind the gates in Bay Isles. 2BR/2BA newly professionally decorated condo with direct Bay/City views. Completely furnished with 2 TV’s, W/D, DW, phone, cable, fax, and covered parking. Exercise equipment, heated pools and private beach club. $4000/mo. plus deposit. 2 month minimum. No smokers or pets please. Call (606)356-7254 or e-mail: LONGBOAT KEY, Florida. Beachplace condos: 2BR/2BA, Newly refurbished 1st. Floor Walkdown. Private beach complex. Avail. May 2005 thru May 06. Competitive Monthly rates. Call 609-926-7596 or email:

VACATION RENTALS Seaplace: 2BR/1BA, $2800 Fairway Bay: 2BR/2BA, great views, $3800. The Atrium: 2BR/2BA, +den PH, $6000 The Sanctuary: Gulf to bay, $9000 941-953-6000 JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE:

STORYBOOK COTTAGES. Romantic B&B decor, cottage chic in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) patio. $2500/mo. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $1600/mo. Weekly and monthly rates avail. 941-779-2393.


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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation THE CASTILLIAN. Stunning LBK beach front condo w/sweeping Gulf & Bay views, 3BR/2.5BA, 3rd floor. All amenities, tennis, pool, hot tub, covered parking. 2/mo. min. 248-640-2654.


ISLANDER CLUB, BEACHSIDE. South LBK. Beautifully furnished, large 2BR/2BA. Great amenities and activities. 387-0121. E-mail:


LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145.



SEAPLACE CONDO - 3/BR, partial oceanview w/covered garage. From December 1 to March 15. 2 month min. $3500/mo. Call 607-722-5663. Mary or Anthony. CONRAD BEACH. Charming Gulfside neighborhood, steps to beach, community pool. New 2BR/2BA +loft, 2/car garage. No pets/smoking. $7500/mo. View at: Owner/Broker. 305-632-0449. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, LBK. Furnished home, 3BR/2BA, 2/car, heated pool, dock, boat lift, private beach access. Pets OK. Monthly or annually. 727-848-4100. RELAXING CANAL HOME & GULF-FRONT CONDO FOR RENT...Relaxing mid-Key canal front home: 3BR/2BA recently updated, well maintained. Private deeded beach for neighborhood just across street. Private Tiki Hut on beach for enjoying sunsets. Large screened in pool, great dock for fishing (rented Jan.-March 2005). BANYAN BAY - Gulf front 1st floor condo: 2BR/2BA, completely remodeled. Spectacular Gulf views from inside & out. Steps to the Gulf. Community pool, Clubhouse, tennis courts & Bayside dock. Walk to Centre Shops (rented Feb.-March 2005). Interested in annual rentals beginning April 2005. Call or email for seasonal rates. 863-559-4610 or <>

Rentals Wanted SCULPTOR WANTS studio work space w/good lighting, 20x10 or available. Uses wax, very clean, daytime. Jerry, 941-383-8921.

Time Share LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $18000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983,

Waterfront Property DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT HOME: 3/minutes to Main St., 3BR/3BA, no deed restrictions, 14,000+/sq.ft. south facing lot. No bridges to bay, billiard room, fireplace, private entry guest suite, water & electric to dock. $1,299,000. Glenn Callaghan, Re/Max Properties. 928-9020.



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CAREFREE WATERFRONT LIVING Brand new Mediterranean flats designed for carefree waterfront living with all the luxuries and conveniences one could desire. Nestled between the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef. Starting at $795,000. Call office 383-5543 or Tina Rudek 920-0303

LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE 2BR/1BA adorable ranch home in the heart of Longboat Key Village. Excellent value! This property sits just 3 homes from Sarasota Bay! Community boat ramp. $419,000. Call office 383-5543 or Gary/Cindy LaFlamme 780-8000 or 725-0928

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WINDWARD BAY CONDOS Tastefully updated 2BR/2BA end unit offers spacious floor plan, electric storm shutters and newer windows. Direct bay front complex with boat docks, deeded beach access, active clubhouse, tennis and more. Offered at $525,000. Call office 383-5543 or Tina Rudek 920-0303

CANAL FRONT Elegant and professionally decorated 2BR/2BA totally updated home on desirable Longboat Key. This one won't last. $779,000. For more info Call office 383-5543 or Susanne Kasten 448-3027

PORTOBELLO CONDO Serene Bayou & garden views highlight this impeccable 2BR/2BA. Tastefully decorated & updated with quality custom features. This Gulf to Bay community offers beach access, sparkling pool, tennis, boat dock & more. Offered at $499,000. Call office 383-5543 or Tina Rudek 920-0303

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YOUR TROPICAL PARADISE AWAITS Completely renovated, perfect for entertaining. Over 4,400 sq ft home w/deluxe master suite and bath, ultimate gourmet kitchen & lg balcony w/bay views. On secluded deep water bayou. $2,599,000. Call office 383-5543 or Cindy Migone 812-7438

BAY VIEW TO SARASOTA Rarely available unit, one of a kind, bay views to Sarasota skyline in sought after Pelican Harbour. Private beach and boat docks, 2BD/2BA with private setting. Views from master bedroom & livingroom/dining area.$519,000. Call office 383-5543 or Jenine/Bruce Meyer 266-8303/266-8152

SANCTUARY Enjoy dazzling bay, gulf, city, golf course views and spectacular sunsets from this 3BD/3BA beachfront residence. Interior with designer touches throughout, including hardwood flooring. Has a pool, sauna, hot tub, tennis and state of the art exercise room. $1,195,000. Call office 3495543 or Cindy Migone 812-7438

MYAKKA RIVER TRAILS Beautiful, newly constructed estate home on 5.7 pristine acres in Myakka River Trails family community in Venice. No details were left out of this lovely Federal style home with Venetian glass chandeliers, carved marble fireplace, sweeping lakefront views and 12 ft ceilings.Too many amenities to mention. $849,999. Call office 349-5543 or Rick DelVizo 928-0737


BEITELMAN HOUSE Nicely furnished three bedroom, two bath home on a canal with large open air deck and boat docks. Fully equipped, laundry facilities and undercover parking. Call 383-5886

TIFFANY PLAZA Great complex located directly on the beach, with swimming pool. Two and three berdoom units are fully equipped and have large balconies facing the Gulf. Call 383-5886

CEDARS EAST Nice 2BD/2.5BA townhouse with a two-car garage. Located across the street from the beach in one of Longboat Key's top tennis communities. Great seasonal rental potential. $425,000. Call office 383-5543 or Cindy / Gary LaFlamme 780-8000/725-0928

MEDITERRANEAN BAYFRONT Condo of ten residences. Sweeping views of intracoastal waterway and sunsets over Lido. Features 3BR/ 3BA, den, 2-car garage, over 2100 sq ft. Nice pool area with barbeque and pull up dock. Offered at $929,000. Call office 383-5543 Marc Turner or visit open house.


GENESIS II Adorable two bedroom, two bath cottage just steps from the beach. This cottage has recently been remodeled, has a hot tub, screened patio and laundry facilities. Call 383-5886

GENESIS I A recently refurbished elevated 3 bedroom, 2 bath Gulf front home with new furniture & hot tub. Private & secluded, with path down to beach. Sit on the lanai and watch the sunset. Call 383-5886

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December 23 2004  
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