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Thursday, January 16, 2003

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Town back to drawing board BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The Town Commission will be getting out the dowsing rod for the workshop on Jan. 16, where the top topic will be water. Besides the old problem of salty wells, the town faces a new water challenge in 2003. Longboat Key’s water-use permit expires in September. Town staff is already working with officials at the Southwest Florida Water Management District in preparation for a full-blown review of water use on the Key. “Nothing is rubber stamped,” said SWFWMD spokesman Michael Molligan. “The water use

The stringer Jay Morgan can usually be found with a racquet in his hand but he won’t be found on the tennis court — he’s usually under a shady tree. In fact, Morgan refers to himself as the “Shade Tree Stringer.” An employee of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, Morgan is a certified member of the United States Racquet Stringers Association. Morgan said the key to how often you need to restring your racket is the number of times you play a week. If you play twice a week, your racket should be restrung twice a year. Playing five times a week, your racket needs restringing five times a year.

permit is required because the water resources belong to everyone.” Since the permit was last renewed in 1993, the town has had six years when it used more than its share of water. “Obviously, we’ve exceeded the allotment and they’re going to want to know why,” said Public Works Director Juan Florensa. The permit caps water use on Longboat at 113 gallons per person, per day. The town reported daily use of between 112 to 129 gallons per person. Molligan said the town will have to justify the increased water use. The 113-gallon water cap is not like a speed



Two Longboat Key newsletters have raised the ire of commissioners in recent weeks. Commissioner Ron Johnson is “incensed” because the Public Interest Committee printed his private e-mail address in its newsletter. And Commissioner Hal Lenobel took exception to the way he was portrayed in a recent issue of the Green Report, an e-mail news bulletin written by former Commissioner Al Green.

Helen Holt attended the Jan. 6 Town Commission meeting held at All Angels By the Sea Episcopal Church and was distributing flyers about the Citizens Academy of Government. One person signed up and returned the form to Holt, who placed it on a table and continued distributing flyers. Then as Holt describes it, “Everyone just poured into the hall. I went back to the table and the signed form was gone.” Holt can’t remember the name of the person but is asking that whoever did sign up that night please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 316-1999 and identify himself.

PIC-ed on Ron Johnson’s e-mail address was printed along with those of all the other commissioners in the December issue of “The Voice of Longboat Key.” It was meant to give P.I.C. members a way to contact their commissioners about the rezoning of Vladimir Einisman’s property. P.I.C. had the address because Johnson is a member of the group. “This is an intolerable invasion of my privacy,” Johnson wrote P.I.C. President Joan Webster, herself a commission candidate. Because the Einisman matter is of a judicial nature, Johnson is concerned about his personal computer being confiscated as part of a lawsuit. Johnson is also worried that he is at a higher risk of getting a computer virus because more people have his e-mail address now. “When you submitted an application for P.I.C. membership, you provided us with an email address without restriction,” Webster replied to Johnson. Webster said P.I.C. believes contact information for “every public servant” should be available. Other municipalities, such as Sarasota, do make e-mail addresses for commissioners available. But the city itself issues the address; it is not private.

Reminder Village clean-up day is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18. Michael Drake says there will be jobs for everybody. Just turn up at 8:30 a.m. at the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2A


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limit, where there is a fine for breaking it. Using 117 gallons per person, as Longboat did in 2001, is not the “end of the world,” said Molligan. But if the town got up around 150 gallons per person, SWFWMD would want the Key to formulate a plan for reducing water use, he said. Yet, the town may be at that point already. The town is submitting a water-use rate that is based on a population of 20,733 people. That is the peak population. There are only 7,603 full time residents, according to the U.S. Census. “Seasonal population has to be factored in seasonally,” said John Zimmerman, the water

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An energetic CeCe LaRochelle had the crowd at the Jan. 12 Sunday in the Park concert snapping their fingers and tapping their toes as she delighted them with a medley of all-time favorites. See Page 12A for photos of concert-goers.

Meanwhile, Lenobel rebuked the newest local publication, the Green Report. The subject was the approval of a plan to expand the public tennis facility on Bay Isles Road. Green wrote: “All was rosy until Commissioner Lenobel, a longtime critic of tennis, started grilling Jay Greenblatt, the spokesman for the group. Through a series of questions that were not really questions but CONTINUED ON PAGE 4A

2A THURSDAY JANUARY 16, 2003 Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Drake suggests wearing gloves and old clothes. Cold drinks will be provided.

Longboat Observer. (Barry Walsh is no relation to Matt Walsh, publisher of The Longboat Observer.)

Traveler grounded

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Longboater Shirley Fein, writer of travel articles for The Longboat Observer, has been grounded recently. Knee surgery has kept her homebound for a short time, but she is making excellent progress. After some therapy sessions, Fein says, “I’ll be as good as new.”

For every walker on the Gulf of Mexico paths, it seems there is a dog. Every morning before 9 a.m., a meticulously groomed standard white poodle prances along the path at the end of a long retractable leash. The poodle is having a wonderful time; we’re not so sure about the walker. Two look-alike Border collies frequently appear on the walk, and, as is their breed’s trait, are in full control of the outing and doing it their way, thank you. A grey-and-white greyhound frequently escorts her owners on their daily walk to join the coffee group at Juice & Java. She’s growing up and her manners are improving as she strolls along on her long legs taking small, neat steps. In the category of determined walkers are a man and a black/brown and white, spaniel-type dog. The man moves along with a methodical stride, seldom looking left or right. At his side is his dog, matching his human’s steps, stride for stride.

Arbor Day observance In observance of national Arbor Day, the Longboat Key Garden Club will be planting two trees at Joan M. Durante Park. Club President Gillian Busard said one tree will be planted in honor of Garden Club founder, the late Patricia Kroh Freudenheim. The second will honor Pat Metz, who died Jan. 13. Metz had been a long-time club member and in 2002 was co-chairman with Virginia Sanders of the club’s annual Home and Garden Tour. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. The public is invited.

Selby names editor Longboat Key resident Barry Walsh has been named managing editor of the Selby Botanical Gardens Press. She also edits the semi-annual research publication Selbyana. Walsh also writes a column, Longboat Lore (on page 5A in this issue), for The



Uphaus’ recreation Most of Longboat Key’s residents know Terry Uphaus as the manager of Publix. It is a demanding job. For recreation and relaxation, Uphaus heads for the golf

course or the backyard of his east Bradenton home. He’s an avid gardener and last year was featured on the Jerry Baker’s “Master Gardener” show on the PBS TV series “Garden Wisdom.” He said the segment has been repeated several times. Uphaus’ yard is about an acre with numerous oak trees creating a large shaded area. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Uphaus will be the speaker at the Longboat Key Garden Club meeting held at the Bayfront Recreation Center. The public is invited to attend.

Chair honors surgeon Dr. Leonard J. Weiner and his wife, Dr. Jane Weiner of Longboat Key, were recently in Louisville for the appointment of Dr. Wayne Stadelmann as the first Leonard J. Weiner Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Chair at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. During his tenure as professor and chairman, Weiner trained more than 120 residents, physicians and fellows in his specialty. As an internationally recognized plastic surgeon, he also served as chairman of the board of trustees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The endowed professorship of plastic and reconstructive surgery had been established at the University of Louisville School of

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Dr. Leonard J. Weiner, left, congratulates Dr. Wayne Stadelmann, formerly of the University of South Florida, on his appointment as the first Leonard J. Weiner Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Chair at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Medicine in honor of Weiner. Colleagues, students, friends and grateful patients contributed to the chair in recognition of Weiner’s 30-year tenure as founding director of the program. The Weiners return to Louisville each year for the Kentucky Derby. —Compiled by Dora Walters

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Zoning board rules in favor of town BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

People have benefited from Robert Georgevich’s land for years, by using it to get to the beach. He knows they were there, because he picked up their trash. But now Georgevich himself has been denied the right to use his land. Georgevich and his wife, Ann, are thinking about redeveloping their property at 4765 Gulf of Mexico Drive and changing it from the Holiday Beach Resort to condominiums. They want to use Atlas Street — the 40-foot-wide beach access between the Resort and the Westchester Condominium — in calculating the size of the new project. Although the town has the right to use the land as a street, the Georgeviches hold the title to it. Town staff decided that the Georgeviches cannot use the land to determine the size of a new development. The Georgeviches appealed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Jan. 9. Attorney Micheal Furen argued that the town is usurping the Georgeviches’ land. While it is clear some rights were lost

when the land was dedicated as a street, that does not mean the owner gives up the land altogether, he said. “In our view, this would result in a classic case of total taking of private property rights by a local government,” said Furen. Planning, Zoning and Building Director Jill Jeglie said allowing the Georgeviches to use the land would set a bad precedent. It could threaten the numerous other beach accesses in town, she explained. Besides, the land in question is zoned as open space, she said. That is entirely different from the rest of the Georgeviches’ land, which is zoned for tourism. The town has never allowed one type of zoning to be mingled with another, Jeglie said. For example, the town built a new police department on commercial land. If the adjoining open space — also town owned — were included in the package, the building could have been much bigger. Jeglie also cited several other examples where the mixing of zones was prohibited by the town. She asked that the details be included in the record of the zoning hearing. Furen objected.

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“There may be a simple answer to those,” Furen said. “Mike Furen was not representing the owner.” If the Georgeviches are not allowed to use the land, they may have to challenge the way the town is using it, Furen suggested. The easement allows the land to be used as a street, not necessarily as open space. Whereas, if they are allowed to use the land, their plans would not include changing the way the beach access is used, Furen said. “Can it be used to stick out a house? I don’t think so,” said board member Raymond Nawrocki. But if the owner meant to give away all of his rights, he would have sold the property, instead of granting an easement, pointed out board member Richard Webster. Edward Cohen said the beach access is very important to residents of Windward Bay. “Do nothing in this process that will restrict parking at the end of Atlas Street,” he said. The board voted unanimously to deny the Georgeviches’ request, although Chairman Vince DeLisi and board member Forrest Rivinius both paused at length before deciding. ❑

Town briefs News Pass Bridge work The Florida Department of Transportation will be conducting repair work on New Pass Bridge from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Jan. 20 to 24. There is a problem with the supports for the bridge tender’s house. Crews will have the drawbridge open while they install support brackets. Any drivers that approach during this time can expect a 15 minute delay before the bridge is closed to allow them to pass. The project will cost $114,000. As for the federally funded dredging of New Pass, the phase which will bring sand to Longboat Key is not expected to start until Jan. 25. Pipes should be placed on the beach Jan. 20. Sand pumping is scheduled to be complete on Feb. 15.

Agenda • There will be a Town Commission workshop at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at SunTrust, 510 Bay Isles Road. Items on the agenda include: • A discussion about water supply options. • Consideration of a traffic advisory radio.


A smiling Helen Holt, center, is an informal referee for candidates Joan Webster and Bob Dawson. BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

There were no fireworks as Bob Dawson and Joan Webster, candidates for the at-large seat on the Longboat Key Town Commission, made brief presentations at the Jan. 8 meeting of the Longbeach Village Association. Dawson succinctly stated his platform. He proposes positive changes to the commission’s oversight of budgeting as well as organizational planning and management. The spending of tax money was one specific category

he mentioned. Dawson stressed the commission’s accountability to set the tone and direction of the town. “In other words, the buck stops with the town commission, not the staff,” he said. Dawson recently moved to Longboat Key retiring from a 28-year career in public accounting. He is chairman of the Longboat Key Citizens Relations Committee and treasurer of both the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club and S.T.A.R.T. Webster cited her involvement in

Volunteer dies BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

Patricia L. Metz, or Pat, as she is better known, died Jan. 13 at her Whitney Beach home after battling a recurrence of cancer which she initially had two decades ago. Metz may have lost her hair during her cancer treatments last year, but she never lost her sense of humor. She didn’t buy just one wig — she bought three. “There is my Nancy Reagan lookalike wig, my Sandra wig compete with headband, and my Martha Stewart wig,” Metz described. She rotated them according to her whim. Metz and her husband, Ray, who served 12 years on the Longboat Key Town Commission, came to Longboat Key in

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community affairs for the last 10 years, including being president of the Public Interest Committee, Webster said, “I have a lot of knowledge from these various groups to contribute.” Webster serves on the town’s Planning and Zoning Board. She spoke of the need to maintain balance between commercial and residential use and the recently approved ordinance “was a way to begin.” Webster concurred with Dawson on the need to keep a close watch on how tax money is spent. ❑

1984 from Milwaukee. The life of leisure was not for Metz and she walked into the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. She subsequently served as president for three terms on its board of governors, and as chairmen of the Glen Gallery and the Members Gallery. Metz also become active with the Longboat Key Garden Center and the Longboat Key Republican Club. In February 2002, Metzes were honored at the Arts Center’s “They Make A Difference” dinner. The awards dinner recognizes outstanding Longboat Key citizens whose contributions have and continue to make a positive difference in the community and the lives of those who live here. Survivors include her husband, Ray; her four children, Col. Scott Gordon of Silver Springs, Md., Nancy Gordon-Moore of Louisville, Ky., Wendy Sofyanos of Lake Forest, Ill., and Julie Parfitt of Oshkosh, Wis.; a brother, P. James Wilson of Longboat Key; five stepchildren; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Longboat Island Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1750 17th St., Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34234. ❑

• Sale prices of the Longboat Key Hilton Hotel and the Holiday Inn-Lido Beach were incorrectly reported in the Dec. 26 and Jan. 9 editions. Sarasota Prime Hotels Ltd. purchased both hotels in September 1997 from affiliates of the Shannon Hotel Group for $14 million each. On Nov. 22, 2002, according to the online records of the Manatee County property appraiser, the Sarasota Prime sold the Hilton to Longboat Key Development Ltd. for $13.8 million. On Nov. 26, Sarasota Prime sold the Holiday Inn-Lido Key to Lido Development LLC for $13.9 million. As a result, the apparent losses on the sales by Sarasota Prime also were incorrectly reported. Sarasota Prime’s losses on the sales prices were $200,000 on the Hilton and $100,000 on the Holiday Inn. • The description of a Lido Shores property was incorrectly reported in the Dec. 26 edition. Carrie S. and Kenneth C. Cox of Mendham, N.J., purchased a 65,067-square-foot lot at 1101 Westway Drive on Lido Shores for $5.5 million, according to Sarasota County property records. The Coxes purchased the property from William M. and A. Christine Isaac, who purchased the lot in 1999 for $2.08 million, according to county records.

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The first 600-foot section of the bridge is in place.

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Coming attractions (Jan. 19 to 25) • Framework is being placed in preparation of the final pier segment. The final segment is expected to be completed in February.

Traffic impacts • Speed limits in the area remain 30 mph for safety.



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Town CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A division manager for Manatee County, which supplies water to Longboat. “See, they’re using peak season. I don’t think they can legitimately get away with that with the District.” Zimmerman said when the county looks at Longboat, it uses a population of 14,000, to account for the seasonal surges and the summer slowdown. Based on that figure, Longboat Key residents used 174 gallons of fresh water per person, per day in 2001 — not counting the millions of gallons drawn from wells. Of course, there is more water to be had from Manatee County — more than 7 million gallons per day. The county’s daily demand for water is 42 million gallons and its supply is 50 million gallons.

And the town’s water contract with Manatee allows more water to be purchased for a $3 million fee. But the county would have difficulty justifying such a sale, Zimmerman said. The county holds its own residents to a standard of 110 gallons per person, he said. So allowing Longboat to go much higher than that would be tough, he said. “We can’t even justify the water they’re already using.” Instead, the town will have to look at methods such as conservation, desalinization and cisterns, Zimmerman said. Currently, the town has no incentives for water conservation. The water rates are not designed to prevent excessive use. The zoning laws do not promote salt tolerant landscaping. Nor is there any encouragement of low-flow showers and toilets. Combining salt tolerant landscaping

Newsletters CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A veiled accusations, Mr. Lenobel heaped scorn on the testimony presented. He implied that contrary to what was said, there was no need for a lottery for playing spots. He said he observed times when all the courts weren’t occupied. He questioned the zeal of those who said they wanted to play but couldn’t by asking why they didn’t give up their cocktails and play at night. “From his position on the dais and with the mike, he attacked with a cruelty that I have not seen before. His disdain for the desire of the players to want to play in the a.m. had an ironic twist. Twice before, the commission had gone to great legal expense to protect the right of the golf club members to get tee times in the morning ... I guess Commissioner Lenobel considers golfers different than tennis players. Since tennis doesn’t have a nineteenth hole, they should not be drinking.” Lenobel replied: “Your Green Report #8 was so filled with inaccuracies, that I feel obligated to respond. “I did not ‘heap scorn on the testimony presented,’ as you stated. I simply presented facts as I was given them by both our finance director and that which was observed with my own eyes.

with cisterns can have a dramatic effect on water use, Zimmerman said. He said another other option is to use salty well water, by retrofitting the wells with desalinization membranes: “Those are getting really pretty effective. So you don’t have to import water from remote sources to meet irrigation demands.” The options evaluated by the town’s water consultant, CDM, include buying reclaimed water, building a desalinization plant or creating a reclaimed water plant. CDM estimated that a desalinization plant using well water would cost customers $5.19 per thousand gallons, while one involving seawater would cost $7.13 per thousand gallons. Reclaiming Longboat Key’s sewage would cost $3.89 per thousand gallons. Currently, fresh water costs $1.18 per thousand gallons. The workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at SunTrust, 510 Bay Isles Road.❑

“To say that I am ‘a longtime critic of tennis’ is beyond comprehension. I was among the commissioners who supported, aided and was vital in the passage of the existing tennis facility. To aver otherwise is a gross falsehood and one of which you should be aware, or you are totally ignoring the facts. “I never mentioned ‘the zeal of those who said they wanted to play,’ nor did I ever mention the word ‘cocktails’ in my questioning. Be advised that it was Jim Patterson who suggested lighting at the tennis courts. “‘Cruelty’ was never intended, the actual need for additional courts and cost to our community were all that I had in mind ... “I guess I should not be surprised by your ignominious mendacity, since that has been your past history. Nevertheless, I must excoriate your use of your rag for purposes other than reporting the truth and your opinion. “Please remove my name from your list of e-mail subscribers.” Green said he does not plan to respond to Lenobel’s criticism. “I don’t intend to follow it up. That’s just silly. Obviously he’s upset. He doesn’t want to be attacked in public,” said Green. Green said his news bulletin is reaching about 500 people. He said the “magic number” is 1,000 subscribers, because most mailings reach couples, which means 2,000 readers. “That’s enough to win any election,” he said. ❑


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Commission considers flooding fix BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The town is addressing flooding in the Village this year with a $365,000 improvement project, but what about the rest of the island?

At the Jan. 6 Town Commission meeting, Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough suggested looking for a way to fix the severe flooding caused by rainstorms, such as on Gulfside Road. The idea came up at the annual goals meeting, but it was rejected. “The town manager said, ‘Oh, fixing it is going to cost a lot of money.’ But this is Longboat Key,” Whatmough said. “We are willing to help the Friends of Tennis. But I think we ought to be working to help the citizens where they live.” Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said the problem on Gulfside Road is that it is designed to hold water running off of the lawns in the area. If the road didn’t hold the water, the lawns

would, he explained. Another difficulty is that Gulfside Road is lower than the surrounding terrain, so the rain would have to go uphill, St. Denis said. “So put in a pump,” said Whatmough. Commissioner Ron Johnson said he owns a house nearby and the flooding is a well-known problem. But it has gone on for so long that people in the area have come to accept it, he said. St. Denis said the town would have to pay an engineer to study the problem. Commissioner Ken Legler said he wanted to know what that will cost before making a decision. “Maybe we can get the ‘Friends of Flooding,’”

said Commissioner Hal Lenobel. “They’ll use their rainy day fund,” joked Town Attorney David Persson. “This is a serious problem. It’s not a funny problem,” said Whatmough. The commission agreed to have St. Denis spend up to $25,000 on an engineering study of flooding on Longboat Key. But the decision was made after five hours of other business. “I feel this came up under Town Commissioner comments, late at night and did not get a proper hearing,” Mayor John Redgrave wrote to St. Denis. As a result, the issue will be discussed further at the Jan. 16 workshop. ❑

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Six generations of Albrittons famous for liquid sunshine The Albritton Fruit Co. store at 4016 Gulf of Mexico Drive, with its signature striped canopy in citrus colors, opened in the 1980s and is one of seven Albritton locations. The others are Siesta Key, South Venice, Englewood, Sarasota Grove on Proctor Road, Grove Market & Deli on Clark Road, and a new store that just opened on Bahia Vista. Although gift fruit makes up 80% of the business, mostly in November and December, the Albrittons are famous for their fresh-squeezed juice. The treepicked fruit is not pasteurized; instead, oranges are cold-stored at the Clark Road juicing plant, which operates year-round to serve the local market. The Albrittons, who have been providing liquid sunshine in Florida for six generations, recently received an award from Gov. Jeb Bush for being the oldest, continually-operat-

ing family business in Florida. As the shipping cartons say, the Albrittons have been “growing citrus since 1880.” That was the year Capt. Thomas Albritton, formerly of the Confederate Army, moved his family from Atlanta to Florida, where his son, Thomas A. Albritton, planted citrus groves near Bartow. When the freeze of 1895 wiped out those groves, Thomas A. moved the family further south to the Bee Ridge community on Proctor Road. Sarasota’s first settlers had just arrived from Scotland. Bee Ridge grew to include numerous Albritton family members. In the early 1900s, Thomas A. Albritton became grove manager for Mrs. Potter Palmer and her son, Honoré Palmer. Thomas’ son, Karl, grew up to direct and expand the Albritton Fruit Co. It was Karl’s wife, Edith, who originated the idea of opening fruit stands that became the citrus gift shops we know today. Last year, “Grandpa

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Karl” died at 101 years of age, attesting to the health value of citrus. Today Karl’s son, John Albritton, is president of the company, his son John B. manages grove and livestock operations, and sixth-generation Jason Gibba (Karl’s great-grandson) manages the juicing plant. Currently, eight family members are active in the business, and a seventh generation is coming along. During the season, Albrittons features a grove-fresh pick-of-the-month, beginning in November with navel oranges and flame red grapefruit. December has navels and star grapefruit. January is the short honeybell tangelo season and also has red grapefruit. February introduces temple oranges and repeats red grapefruit. March brings honey tangerines and ruby red grapefruit. April is time for Valencia oranges and golden white grapefruit, and May ends the season with valencias and ruby reds. Valencias cold-store the best. The Albrittons have citrus groves in Sarasota, DeSoto and Hardee counties, and

Pioneer citrus grower Karl Albritton, who passed away last year at 101, is shown in the 1950s inspecting fruit at his family’s packing plant in Sarasota. Fruit stands were the idea of Karl’s wife, Edith. Longboat Key has supported an Albritton store since the 1980s. It is now one of seven in Sarasota County. cattle operations in Sarasota, Manatee and Hendrey counties. The grass-fed cattle also like citrus peels. ❑

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A new fiscal hawk? Too bad for Longboat Key voters that Mayor John Redgrave and Commissioner Hal Lenobel were re-elected to the Town Commission without opposition. Voters are always better off when there is a competitive race. But the fact Redgrave and Lenobel were unopposed also is a signal Longboaters are satisfied with them. We’ll avoid passing judgment, except to reminisce that at one time we remember Redgrave as a fiscal hawk and watchdog. Perhaps for a reminder his collar needs a swift yanking. Meantime, the race for retiring Commissioner Jim Patterson’s at-large seat will pit two first-time candidates, Bob Dawson and Joan Webster. The contrast between the two will be clear, with Webster representing the strident voice of the organization she heads, the Public Interest Committee, and Dawson running on his skills as a corporate finance chief. We hope Longboaters get over their previous refusal to consider seriously a candidate who has not been a longtime resident of Longboat Key. Indeed, that will be Dawson’s biggest challenge — convincing Longboaters that he is qualified, despite having lived here full time for two years. Given the recent proclivities of the commission to spend rather loosely, Dawson deserves a full hearing of what he would bring to the dais. Heck, he might even rekindle the mayor’s fiscal religion. ❑❑❑

’03: not great; ’04: better With all our friendly snowbirds here now, the local banks and brokerage houses are trotting their economic Olympians to drum up business. Surely you’ve received at least one invitation to listen to Godzilla National Bank’s chief global thinker on what’s going to happen to stock prices in 2003. Of course, no one really knows. It depends — on factors to which none of the Olympians has the answers (i.e. Iraq, North Korea, consumer spending, fiscal policies, etc.) But judging from the economists we’ve heard so far, we’ll go with the forecast of Allen Sinai, an economic adviser to both President Bushes and an economist with the global

advisory firm of Decision Economics. Speaking Monday and Tuesday to private groups in Sarasota, Sinai said: “The here and now of the U.S. economy and world economy are scary … 2003 looks like a transition year to a more solid recovery and expansion in 2004, with considerable risks and uncertainties along the way to be monitored and assessed for a more certain view of the U.S. and global prospect to take hold.” In other words, 2003 will be much like 2002 nationally. He’s says there’s a 45% chance the 2003 recovery will be a repeat of the 1990-91 recovery — half as fast as other recoveries (+3% GDP). Fortunately for us, our winter residents cannot stand the cold up North. So the local economic activity here hasn’t been as adversely affected as it has up north. We should do better than most places. As for stock picks in 2003, Sinai didn’t talk specifics. He talked sectors. He likes financial services and pharmaceuticals. He says he’s “overweight” (a buyer) in cash and “slightly overweight in technology stocks for the first time in three years.” Sinai says he’s “underweight” (not a buyer) of consumer cyclicals, telecommunications and fixed-income bonds. ❑❑❑

Bush speech lyrical Parts of Gov. Jeb Bush’s inaugural address seemed lyrical — particularly when he added up the staggering numbers of Florida’s deprived children and reminds us that it is not government that will solve their ills. Responsible people and parents will. There are many other portions of Bush’s speech worth noting. We’ve highlighted a part in the Excerpts box on this page. To read the entire speech, go to ❑❑❑

Dunce cap for Daschle “It’s reckless and very, very unfair.” That’s Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., commenting on President Bush’s proposal to eliminate the tax on dividends. Daschle proves once again he doesn’t have an original

Excerpt “ … It is family that taught me the importance of faith and friends. These weren’t conclusions I drew based on reading or research, but on seeing my own parents make these their priorities. My mom and dad are here today, and each remains for me a very personal and compelling example of a life fully lived; of people who have experienced both the triumphs and pain that come from giving themselves over to the vibrant core of human experience and to the service of others. To this day, I call my dad for advice, and his response is always as gracious as it is wise. He is now and forever my greatest hero. “Now my mother, she doesn’t usually wait for my call. She calls me. And what she lacks in coddling, she more than makes up for in smaller phone bills by keeping her comments short, to the point, and right on target. “At any rate, my parents have shown me that when we accept personal responsibility for ourselves and those we love, we don’t have to invent government programs that apply complex rules to matters better addressed by profound human caring. What is a checklist compared to kindness? What is agency procedure compared to compassion?” Gov. Jeb Bush 2003 Inaugural Address

thought in his head. This is the Democratic Party’s Pavlovian response to any attempt to reduce the confiscatory extortion of our incomes by the federal government. They always say: 1) The government can’t afford it (as if the taxpayers can!); and 2) that only the rich will benefit. Geez, Louise. See the comments below of Joel Mowbray, who points out that more Americans own stock than hold jobs. And don’t tell us the government can’t afford it. Government spending consumes more than 40% of the national income. And the federal government consumes 60% of the 40%. Talk about “reckless and very, very unfair.” Daschle should look in the mirror.

Stockholders outnumber jobholders

Dividend tax cut should appeal to Democrats BY JOEL MOWBRAY When the President unveiled his new economic growth package on Tuesday, at the center of the initiative was an idea that was not anywhere on the political map just four months ago: the elimination of the double-taxation of dividend income. And despite the $100 billion price tag of the supply-side proposal, enough Democrats are likely to support it to give Bush a comfortable margin of victory on the high-profile tax cut aimed squarely at the increasingly important “investor class.” Joel Scrapping the taxes people pay on MOWBRAY dividend income would have a tremendous impact on a wide swath of the American public. But if the dividend tax is such a common levy that tens of millions of Americans cough up each year, why did eliminating it not gain any political traction until recently? In a town where issues come and go, but none rises to the top overnight, the rapid ascent of the push to scrap the dividend tax seems to have resulted from a combination of powerful backers and old-fashioned lucky timing. Although Republicans, for several years now, have been courting investors, Democrats are eyeing what they see as a constituency that could put them back in power in Washington. Democrat pollster Mark Penn last summer found that there are now more people who own stocks than

hold jobs among the electorate, by a margin of 66%-53% — transforming the old mantra of “jobs, jobs, jobs” into “stocks, stocks, stocks.” Shortly before the November elections, the GOP pushed through the House two modest tax cuts as a show of solidarity with investors. But eliminating the dividend tax was not even floated as a possibility, let alone included in the final package. But one suggestion from a well-known Wall Street player to the president pushed the idea forward. At the economic summit in Waco, Texas, last August, Charles Schwab, a familiar figure to millions because of his brokerage house and the commercials he has done, told President Bush the double taxation of dividends should end. In his trademark brevity, the president replied, “That makes a lot of sense.” Within a couple months, the idea found backers in now-axed White House economic guru Lawrence Lindsey and a number of conservative activists inside the beltway, including Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) President Grover Norquist. Eliminating the dividend tax has enormous appeal because it touches so many voters, and it has the virtue of being an easy sell. Dividends are taxed twice, once when the corporation declares profit and again when the investor receives his cut. For example, if Corporation A has $1,000 in profit to pay out in dividends, it would first pay Uncle Sam $350, and then Joe Q. Stockholder would have to pay up to $253 in taxes on his $650 dividend — meaning Uncle Sam siphons off up to 60% of the original $1,000 profit. No wonder the number of companies paying dividends has plummeted.

Junking the dividend tax has also gained traction in large part because it doesn’t carry the baggage other types of tax cuts do. Zeroing out the capital gains tax, for example, would be blasted immediately as a giveaway to the rich — an attack that already has built-in appeal because it has been trotted out before. But getting rid of the dividend tax has no such history. The dividend tax is one paid in large part by the middleclass and senior citizens. Roughly half of dividend recipients are in households with less than $50,000 annual income, and more than half of dividend income goes to people over age 65. In other words, it’ll be tough for Democrats to oppose President Bush’s initiative — if not downright foolish. The only variable at this point is that the White House may only propose a 50% cut in the dividend tax because of the “cost” of the full monty. But as ATR’s Norquist explains, killing the tax is an easier sale to make because “eliminating the dividend tax is a principle, but cutting it in half will come across as special pleading, asking for a favor.” And in the new political reality where there are more stockholders than jobholders at the voting booth, eliminating the dividend tax is one principle the president would be smart to fight for. Joel Mowbray, a former congressional staffer and entrepreneur, writes columns for A graduate of the University of Illinois and Georgetown Law School, Mowbray worked on Capitol Hill for former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), where he established his reputation as a leading advocate for Social Security privatization.




My view

Day with Harris exhausts this reporter BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

Katherine Harris doesn’t eat, drink, sleep or go to the bathroom. Not that you wanted to know such intimate details about her, but I swear the woman is a walking Go Bar (an energy bar). I shadowed Harris during her congressional inauguration. Let me tell you, it was not easy. She makes the Energizer Bunny look anemic. Following Harris made me think about being involved in politics. It’s a bum job. Every minute of your day is scheduled. People are constantly nagging for your attention. You travel by foot, car or plane “en masse,” a mob huddled around you. Constant security checks. No time for your family except for a quick hug or kiss goodbye. Everyone wants to know what you’re thinking about this or that issue, when really all you could be thinking about is when the headache you have is going to go away before you have to vote. And the media. What a mob. They want to know what you’re thinking at every moment. And you have to worry constantly whether they’re going to twist your words around, say nice things or rip you. It’s one thing to have your picture in a publication. But it’s quite another to have your picture in a publication which criticizes every last detail down to how you do your makeup. I would never hold up. But Harris takes all these stresses with great stride and ease. The second she stepped into the Capitol you could tell she felt at home. Much of her strength and courage has come from proving herself during the Bush/Gore election, what she calls “The Storm.” But I suspect that a great deal of her strength

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A fresh powdering of snow covered the White House lawn. Can you spot the rooftop snipers? comes from a tight support group, her family. Her husband, Anders Ebbeson, seemed to be always at her side, even for the few seconds she had to spare. She admitted, “It is not easy being married to me,” and expressed her great appreciation for everything Ebbeson does for her. Ebbeson’s brother and sister-in-law, Clas and Ingrid Ebbeson, came to the inauguration from Sweden to show their support as well. As

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Dredging can still be done Dear Editor: In response to your letter dated Nov. 25, 2002, I would like to emphasize that you have not addressed all of the issues in my letter dated Sept. 13, 2002. We are not asking for the entire canal to be dredged. We are asking for portions of the canal to be dredged where maintenance is necessary due to storm sewer runoff. Enclosed is an excerpt from an article by Shay Sullivan, city editor, The Longboat Observer, dated Dec. 5, 2002: “Indeed, the town signed easements recorded in court containing the language ‘town to maintain storm sewer, including the removal of debris from the canal resulting from the storm water outfall.’” Originally, the town did not ask the adjacent property owners if it was OK to run off the water and debris into the private canal. I myself did not grant permission. How did the town plan on cleaning the canal floor? The town should have provided the foresight to gain access for this project, when it knew the canal floor would have to be cleaned eventually. Not to mention that the town has never once in 26 years cleaned the canal floor. I have noticed that the town now has an ongoing street-cleaning program. I have been taking pictures periodically; debris is still forming in the concrete center of the road and storm drains. Throughout the years the town has been maintaining sections of the ruptured and cracked covert pipes at the face of the seawall. The town has replaced the washed away dirt

with truckloads of dirt to fill the cavities behind the seawall and in turn the dirt has washed into the canal. All of the street repairs, until repaved, have temporary mounded-sand fill which remains open for weeks until the sand compacts and, in the interim, our canal fills with debris. This accounts for a great portion of the debris at the end of the canal. I feel the town created a dilemma and is using the refusal of two property owners to avoid this maintenance dredging. Since the town obtained signed easements when they placed the covert pipes for storm water runoff, it should be the town’s responsibility to gain access to maintain the removal of debris resulting from runoff. The canal is part of the town’s infrastructure. We are not asking to have the entire canal dredged, just the isolated areas. We do expect the town to keep its promise to maintain the storm sewer, including the removal of debris from the canal resulting from storm water outfall. The canal is 40 feet wide. Why can’t the dredge pass down the canal like any other vessel? The dredge pipe can stop pumping a safe distance before the property begins and ends and set up the pumping equipment of the side of canal that granted permission. This inconvenience would take place only in front of the two properties that haven’t signed. If it can’t be done by water, let’s get the job done by land. If the dredge cannot proceed down the canal because of two neighbors not signing, I would like to offer my property for the town to gain access to clean the canal floor. I talked to several of my neighbors in the vicinity of the storm drains and they have agreed to grant permission also. I assume that Mote Marine would also let the town gain

did Harris’ parents, George and Harriett Harris, who were so proud they looked like they would burst. Harris’ uncle and aunt and brother, Walt, also were constantly by her side. Louise Ebbeson, Harris’ stepdaughter, was so full of awe and excitement that she said she wasn’t able to fall asleep until 4 a.m. after the inaugural reception, because of all the excitement and adrenaline from the memorable occasion. The moment after Harris took her oath and was sworn in as a U.S. representative for District 13, she was ready to go to work. Harris said her mom always told her not to start off running too fast, and she admitted always to doing just that. But Harris also said she realized she can’t do everything all at once and is committed not to overworking herself. But if you ask me, someone is going to have to chain her down. Her engines are always running, and she’s ready to roll. I look forward to seeing her reach the highest of heights in politics. If there is any doubt about her ability, try shadowing her for a day. You will quickly learn that she is knowledgeable, courageous, gracious, poised and determined to fulfill the needs of District 13, the state of Florida and the United States of America. I told her husband, Anders, when I was leaving Washington, D.C., that I was going home to tell everyone how great and amazing Katherine Harris is and how no one is more perfect for the job of U.S. Representative/District 13. She convinced me. But, I need a rest. Emily Walsh is a fourth-generation newspaperwoman. After her taste of the Washington media scene, she says she’d rather stay on Longboat Key. ❑

access. This way the town will be fulfilling its obligation on the recorded easement to maintain the storm sewers, including removal of debris from the canal. I run my boat with a qualified crew as a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, on call 24 hours a day for search and rescue missions coordinated with Coast Guard Station Cortez, as well as port security patrols in Tampa Bay and safety patrols on weekends to assist the boating public in towing and distress situations. If the dredging program does not proceed in the canal, it will limit my service to the community, because I can’t get my boat out of the canal in low tides. Kindly process this letter accordingly, and respond. Roy and Maxine Bellas Longboat Key

Congrats to Dora Dear Dora: Congratulations for being chosen the Citizen of the Year by the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club. We salute you, not only for your extraordinary journalistic accomplishments, but for your dedicated involvement in a myriad of local civic activities and charities as well. May you continue to add to your list of remarkable accomplishments for many years to come. Our compliments to the Kiwanis Club for recognizing your remarkable abilities and achievements. Shirley and Arnold Fein Longboat Key

Individual rights preserved Dear Editor: Your statements on the outcome of the Town Commission public hearing were well done and well stated. The story was accurate except for one minor item. Only the back half of the Avenue of the Flowers is owned by T. Mannausa Development Co. where the rent isn’t too bad, but the maintenance charges amount to almost half of what is paid in rent. That same organization went before the Town Commission about three years ago and received permission to change its store locations from retail to offices, saying they could not rent them as originally planned because there was not enough demand for retail space on Longboat Key. This year, it (Mannausa Development) fought to keep the empty commercial space of Dr. Vladimir Einisman as is and not allow the

man to switch to residential and develop it to its highest and best use. I, too, would favor its development as commercial space if the demand were there, but it isn’t, because people like part-time resident John Tait (and apparently his wife) won’t/don’t shop here. My only conclusion must be Mannausa Development Co. wanted to depress the value of the property even further and buy it at a distressed price and then ask the town for a change itself. I doubt it will finance any court case to pursue the issue further and we’ll see how much the residents who protested the change will spend to advance the question to court on appeal. Well done, Michael Furen, Bruce Franklin and Einisman. Individual rights have been preserved. Arthur Falls Sarasota

Change of land use Dear Editor: Four commissioners are to complimented for sustaining their positions in the face of a sincere public outcry that they change. The notion that there is a large potential market for goods and services on the Key defies some simple observations. Clearly our citizens have no interest in creating attractions for off-island customers in any significant numbers, such as a theater or Walgreen’s might bring. Is it unusual to hear complaints about the cost of dining at local restaurants as compared to the plethora of modest cost spots on the mainland? Who can doubt that thrifty Longboaters buy much of their needs for gasoline, hardware and even grocery items at mainland mass marketers, ignoring the need to patronize local merchants who bear the burden of high costs and low volume. I think our zoning laws should encourage all commercial property owners to submit plans for attractive residential development within the limits of our properly restrictive residential rules. The appearance of the Key would only be enhanced and the impact on density and traffic would be minimal given the limited amount of land that would be subject to such change. At some point, if there is a real demand for commercial space, the market will assert itself. V.M. DeLisi Longboat Key



Cops’ Corner The following reports are actual reports compiled by the Longboat Key Police Department. They are all answered and dealt with by members of the department or referred to others for action.

Jan. 3 12:29 p.m. — 6000 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). DUI. Police arrested Juan Jose Lopez, 24, of Sarasota, for driving under the influence of beer. 4:27 p.m. — 2000 block Harbour Links Drive. Property found. Subject gave police a checkbook she found. 4:47 p.m. — 3700 block GMD. Property found. Subject turned in a pellet gun he found. 5:32 p.m. — GMD at Bay Isles Parkway. Traffic accident. Driver hit a bicycle and drove off. Bicyclist was able to maintain balance and was not injured. 6:28 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Larceny. Subject said he left wet suit on newspaper rack and it was taken. He saw it in a nearby convertible, but when he tried to retrieve the suit, he was shoved away by two males who got into the car and drove off. 11:57 p.m. — 5800 block GMD. Suspicious vehicle. Police witnessed driver maneuvering as if to avoid officer. Officer followed the car but lost it when it turned onto a side street.

Jan. 4 1:28 a.m. — 1600 block GMD. Suspicious circumstance. Subject said someone tried to enter her hotel room and ran away when she asked who it was. Subject said the person sounded young. 5:07 a.m. — 3000 block GMD. Rescue. An Indiana woman was transported to the hospital after taking unknown amount of pills with wine in an apparent suicide attempt. 10:10 a.m. — 5400 block GMD. Traffic accident. Subject backed into a parked car.

12:55 p.m. — 6600 block GMD. Disturbance. Subject bought woman’s home and then agreed to rent it back to her until she closed on a new home. But she would not sign a lease or pay him in advance, so subject called police, who said this is a civil matter and advised subject to evict woman. 3:43 p.m. — 100 block Broadway. Property found. Police found and returned two surfboards. 4:44 p.m. — 300 block Northshore Road. Larceny. Someone smashed subject’s car window and stole a purse containing more than $200 and credit cards. 10:44 p.m. — 5500 block GMD. Fireworks. Subject gave police fireworks left behind by a guest, because he was worried that if trashed, the fireworks would explode upon incineration.

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Barking dogs Mangled peacocks Loose dogs Dog attacks Bees’ nests Frantic squirrels Dog poisoning

1:27 a.m. — Sarasota County. Traffic violation. Subject cited for driving with suspended license. 12:59 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Property found. Police returned lost checks.

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7:40 a.m. — 1700 block GMD. Traffic accident. Subject rear-ended a car and was cited for tailgating. 9:40 a.m. — 700 block Marbury Lane. Animal. Worker found opossum in ducts. Police arrived and it was “evicted.” 11:01 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Traffic violation. Subject was cited for driving with a suspended license. 11:23 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Traffic accident. Driver ran into subject’s parked car and kept going. 11:45 a.m. — 6800 block GMD. Worthless check. Subject reported that $300 check bounced. 1:18 p.m. — 600 block Dream Island Road. Fire. A fire started between electronic appliances and was extinguished. 2:05 p.m. — 4100 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject was arrested for attaching license plate to the wrong car. 2:21 p.m. — 700 block Russell Street. Rescue. Small child fell while playing and hurt head. The child’s eyes rolled back into his head, so child was flown to trauma hospital as a precaution. 3:37 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject driving with an expired tag and an invalid license was also in possession of marijuana. Arrested.

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Cell phones Children Jewelry/watches Purses/wallets Hearing Aids Boats Mailboxes

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Only on Longboat Jacuzzi near-drowning Lost and found people Code violations Personality conflict Superglued doors Rude in restaurant Nipple Pinching Picking toenails Elvis sightings Explicit Speedos Anthrax anxieties Crossdresser crossing Soda overdose Classmate clobbering

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Statistics represent the reports published in Cops’ Corner yearto-date. They are not the official number of calls handled by the police.

7:23 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Fraud. Subject who uses Internet for purchases and payments had his account used to pay for about $5,000 worth of Internet gambling. 11:29 p.m. — 600 block Cedar Street. Suspicious circumstance. Subject reported a woman standing in his yard. Police believe she was out with her dog, not trespassing.

Jan. 7 3 a.m. — 6000 block GMD. Suspicious person. Two subjects were removed from private property after their stories about retrieving a fishing pole did not match. Police told subjects if anything was missing from the marina, they would be the prime suspects. 12:26 p.m. — 5000 block GMD. Property lost. Subject is missing license plate. 12:36 p.m. — 800 block Bayport Way. Property lost. Subject is missing laptop from vehicle. 1:59 p.m. — 700 block Longboat Club Road. Abandoned juvenile. Subject left her 7-year-old alone while she walked on the beach with her boyfriend. Subject gave child a cell phone to call her in an emergency. Child called 911 instead. Police arrived and called state social workers. The mother came back after two hours and took the opportunity to tell police about a kayak she is missing. 3:11 p.m. — 4300 block Falmouth Drive. Property damage. Subject said unknown forces caused small dent in fender. ❑




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Do fingerprints always tell the truth? group of examiners to match two prints with that of a certain defendant on trial. Of the 35 agencies that examined them, most reported that the prints matched, but eight concluded no match and six reported inconclusive. U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollak, former Yale Law School dean, issued a ruling that limited the use of fingerprints as admissible evidence in a drug-related murder case. He decided that there was not enough acceptable data showing that the methods used by fingerprint analysis would pass the test of scientific rigor required by the U.S. Supreme Court and that there was an “alarmingly high” error rate on proficiency examinations. Robert Epstein, defense counsel and severe critic of fingerprinting as evidence, asserts that standards for examiners vary widely and errors in proficiency happen frequently. Barry Schenck, famed defense lawyer in the O.J. Simpson case, states, “We have always been told that fingerprint evidence is the gold standard of forensic science. If you have a print, you have your man. But it is not an objective decision. It is inexact, partial and open to all sorts of criticism.” Another problem with fingerprinting is the lack of professional standards. New York, California and London are not in agreement on basics. Pollak vacated his initial decision in the above mentioned case, holding that the defense presented “real questions” about the adequacy of the profi-

ciency tests taken annually by certified FBI fingerprint examiners. He was vexed that he could hold one way in fingerprinting matter and another federal judge in a different jurisdiction could rule the opposite, with the same strength on the same facts. The questions are many, requiring persuasive answers before the disturbing, puzzling issues on the values of fingerprinting are resolved. (Source: New Yorker Magazine, May 27, 2002.) James Durante, a Longboat Key resident, is a retired member of the New York Bar. ❑




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An elderly woman was stabbed to death in her home by a powerful thrust in the right eye with a pair of sewing scissors. The police investigation revealed a clear thumbprint in the room where the murder occurred. It matched that of Detective Shirley McKie, 35, a promising police officer. However, McKie swore that she never entered the house. Another person was convicted of the crime, but McKie repeated under oath that she never was inside the murder house. She was indicted for perjury. On the trial, Allan Bayle of Scotland Yard, for the defense, testified: “It was obvious that the fingerprint was not Shirley’s. It wasn’t even a close call. I have shown that mark to many experts ... and they have come to the same conclusion.” McKie was acquitted but her suffering never ceased from the time of her arrest. Throughout she was shunned by her fellow police officers. She never returned to her job but resigned. Bitterly, she states that the incident “ruined my life and I am now trying to pick up the pieces.” It is a regrettable, significant practice for the media to report arrests with much publicity but comparative little attention is assigned to acquittals of the same charges. It is just as unfortunate that some of the public equate arrests with conviction. On a larger scale, grave issues have been raised concerning the validity and the extent of fingerprints to establish guilt. The system has been authoritatively attacked. Christophe Champod, Forensic Science Services, opines, “What we are trying to do in this field is reduce, reduce, reduce the population so that there is only a single individual that can possess a set of fingerprints of the entire universe ... but we can never examine the fingerprints of the entire universe.” Bayle emphasized that mistakes are made in fingerprints. “It is a subjective subject based on the personal knowledge, ability and experience of the tests,” he said. In preparation for a particular trial, the FBI asked a large





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TRANSCENDING THE EXTRAORDINARY, this 4 level masterpiece of architectural detail exudes an elegant New Orleans/French influence. The finest beach & Gulf views, dramatic staircases, birdcage-style elevator, fireplaces, master suite & vanishing edge pool create an incredible haven. $16,750,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #226876 BEACHFRONT DELIGHT Striking main residence plus charming cottage. Elevated home features many upgrades, Gulf front heated pool & sundeck on 100' of prime beach on Longboat Key. $4,499,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #223991 BEACHFRONT JEWEL Six BRs & over 6,600 sq. ft. with sweeping beach & Gulf views. Volume ceilings, granite counters, separate guest apartment & fully equipped workout room. $3,360,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #226239 LONGBOAT KEY BAYFRONT Gated island estate with splendid vistas of azure waters. Beautifully appointed residence offers a 3-room master suite, 3 guest suites & protected dockage. A Sotheby's listing. $3,200,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #217889 DIRECT BAYFRONT Magnificent views from this custom home with volume ceilings, marble & wood floors. Fabulous lighting, stained & etched glass & gourmet kitchen. A Sotheby's listing. $2,500,000. Hanrahan - Salmon Group, 383-7591 or 800-231-1280. #225812 PANORAMIC WATER VIEWS, great boating & close to Lido Beach & St. Armands Circle. Mediterranean pool home with over 4,900 sq. ft., 5BRs, expansive terraces & fine finishes. $2,395,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #225595 INCREDIBLE BAY VIEWS 4,900 sq. ft., custom 5BR bayfront home with fireplace, state-of-the-art kitchen, 3-car garage, boat dock, tennis court & heated pool/spa. $2,295,000. Thomas Heimann & Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 447-7338. #226132 CHARMING MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE residence has been newly renovated. Offers wide water views, dock and lift. $1,695,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #221486 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Walk to the beach or St. Armands Circle from this 4BR canal front home on large lot. Caged & heated pool & boat dock. $1,450,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #217441 PRIVATE WATERFRONT RETREAT for the boating/beach enthusiasts who appreciate privacy, exceptional landscaping & all amenities for family enjoyment. Wraparound decks accessible from all BRs. $1,280,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #222138 LIDO SHORES New home built in Sarasota School of Architecture design. Three BR home with walls of glass overlooks sumptuous lanai & expansive lap pool. $1,150,000. Bitsy Robertson and Steve Spraker & Bitsy Robertson & Steve, 951-6660 or 377-0098. BEAUTIFUL BAYFRONT Four BR home at Harbour Court section of the Longboat Key Club offers spectacular bay views to the city skyline. Private community pool/spa & boat dock. $1,100,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 3837591 or 302-0686. #228918 VILLAGE OF LONG BEACH Key West-style home with view of Intracoastal Waterway, large custom pool with waterfall & 6-car garage. Cottage on property is an excellent guest suite. $986,000. Bob Burnett, 383-7591 or 356-1277. #222905 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB Customized 3BR plus den home with dynamic views of lake & golf course. Elegant interior, volume ceilings, marble floors, heated pool & private beach club. $985,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #227555 GRAND 2-STORY MEDITERRANEAN with over 4,600 sq. ft., featuring high ceilings & incredible details & appointments, 1st floor master suite, French kitchen, walled courtyard & pool. $949,900. The August Team, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #229042 COREY'S LANDING Soaring ceilings, exquisite built-ins & designer touches throughout. Community pool & tennis included. $869,500. Pam DeMarie and Connie Lyke, 951-6660. #227667 BIRD KEY Three BR pool home with a long list of improvements including new roof, pool cage, tiled floors & kitchen. Wonderfully large & private yard. $550,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #230369 BEHIND THE GATES of the prestigious Longboat Key Club w/ Gulf views. Immaculate, recently updated residence w/ tile, Berber carpet, built-ins & lovely mirrors. $529,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #220962 CHARMING RENOVATION of one of the only duplexes in the Village on Longboat & only one lot from the bay. Enjoy bay views from a second story. Build your dream home in a one of a kind neighborhood. $375,000. Jo Ellen Burnham, 383-3759. #215530 PEACEFULLY LUSH LAGOON SETTING at a luxury beach resort. Exquisitely remodeled condo w/ the best materials. Sold turnkey - excellent carefree investment. Golf, tennis, fine dining. $293,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #227977 INN ON THE BEACH Tranquil setting from comfortable club suite with wonderful views. Great investment opportunity to own in premier resort community. $268,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #217636

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WEST OF THE TRAIL Old Florida styling with contemporary features in this 3BR pool home with fireplace, guest apartment, 2-car garage & community boat dock in a private setting. $690,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 3837591 or 724-3000. #226288 NATURE LOVER'S OASIS unfolds in this Anchor built 3BR plus library with upgrades home in University park. One of the best lots with lake & golf course views. $550,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1459. #231074 WEST OF THE TRAIL Charming 3BR, 2-car garage home with pool in private setting, just 2 blocks to the bay. Immediate occupancy. $549,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #227234 WEST OF THE TRAIL Model-like home with 4BRs & almost 3,000 sq. ft., high ceilings & walls of glass overlooking Selby-like gardens. $549,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #230819 ENJOY BOATING & FISHING This waterfront home on the Braden River is ideal with great room plan, 3BRs plus den, many upgrades & private boat dock with hoist. $449,000. Betty C. Poma, 951-6660 or 378-2079. #231186 LIGHT AND BRIGHT Charming, immaculate 3BR plus office home with the ultimate in privacy. Lush landscaping, heated pool/spa & 2-car garage. One block from Sarasota Bay. $359,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #227082 TURTLE ROCK Exceptional home with Corian, marble, crown moldings, 2sided fireplace, office, Jacuzzi, pool & more. $329,000. Alix Wexler and Paul Romley, 349-3444 or 346-8123. #230114 EUROPEAN ELEGANCE with lake & preserve views. Maintenance-free 3BR home in Palmer Ranch. Furnishings available. $325,000. Susan Noah, 9668000 or 468-9286. #22682

SARASOTA CITY SKYLINE VIEWS over bay waters. Fabulous transformation with high ceilings, traditional style & design. Master on 1st floor, open pool & spa with terra cotta terrace. $2,997,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #228127

– SIESTA KEY – TIMELESS ELEGANCE ON SIESTA KEY The pinnacle of custom construction on a special double-sided waterfront lot awaits. Open Sarasota Bay views & protected deep boating water. $5,500,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #225313 CONTEMPORARY DESIGN PERFECTION Siesta Key bayfront with lots of glass on boating water. Gourmet kitchen, vanishing edge pool & 4-car garage. A Sotheby's listing. $4,500,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #212034 ABSOLUTE PERFECTION Watch the dolphins play from this beautiful Gulf front pool/spa home on Siesta Key. Wonderfully appointed, a great home for entertaining. $3,995,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #230054 FABULOUS VIEWS from Key West-style home on Gulf & bay with 160 ft. on Big Pass. Boat dock on Bayou Louise. Potential for 3 building sites. $2,750,000. Sandy Thompson, 349-3444 or 365-1548, ext. 536. #226435 ELEGANT CUSTOM WATERFRONT HOME with quality finishes throughout, the open floor plan faces the deep boating water of a grand canal. Exceptional bay views from the master suite. $1,995,000. Terri Healey & Tom Wagner, 9668000 or 320-0389. #229261 IRRESISTIBLE BAY VIEWS from every room. Three/4 BRs each with balcony, state-of-the-art kitchen, 75' lap pool, spa & dock with lift on deep water. $1,995,000. Kathleen Ucci, 951-6660 or 302-2344. #224611 SEAGROVE A private Gulf-front retreat of charming courtyard homes and beach front condominium residences. Priced from the mid-$1 millions. Sarena Irwin and Tami Hillier, 312-0146. OUTSTANDING BAYFRONT PROPERTY Walled & gated for privacy with canopy of majestic oaks protecting the front entrance. Panoramic bay views from open wood deck & new boat dock. $1,699,000. Dan Shanahan & Elizabeth Holman, 951-6660 or 356-5260. #226940 EXCITING CARL ABBOTT MODERN DESIGN to be built on north Siesta Key sailboat water canal with upgraded interior features. Enjoy rooftop patio, pool/spa, waterside deck & private dock. $1,695,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #227767 CANAL-FRONT GEM near the Intracoastal, just a short distance to Siesta Beach. Spacious home, new gourmet kitchen with Corian countertops, large screened lanai overlooking water. $799,900. Karen Harding, 388-4447 or 724-6988. #229963 RARE GULF-FRONT CONDO with boat dockage on private south end of Siesta Key. Breathtaking views of the Gulf & miles of white, sandy beach. $599,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #213322 SIESTA WOODS Warm & inviting home with new kitchen, flooring, metal roof & tropical pool. $479,000. Michael James, 951-6660 or 724-4034. #231014 CHARMING THREE BR COTTAGE with hardwood floors on wide canal and excellent boating water. Deep lot allows for possible expansion. $459,900. Joan Perdue, 388-4447 or 923-0655. #227284


WEST OF THE TRAIL Designer restoration just completed on Circa 1918 Old Florida 3BR home. Original details preserved. 10' ceilings, new pool, 2-car garage, large corner lot. Nothing overlooked. $810,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #228422

CUSTOM KEY WEST-STYLE on coveted Casey Key. Totally updated 3BR with fabulous water views is a boater's dream with large dock, deeded beach access, summer kitchen & heated pool. $1,300,000. Pam DeMarie & Connie Lyke, 951-6660. #223954

VILLA TOSCANA ON CASEY KEY Gulf to bay property with 150' of private beach & Gulf frontage plus 150' of bay frontage with wonderful privacy, pool with cabana & deepwater dock. $7,500,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. GULF TO BAY ISLAND-STYLE with media and game room, private beach, cabana, covered deepwater dock and large pool on lush tropical grounds. $3,995,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #150214 KEY WEST-STYLE HOME on Casey Key with Gulf & bay views. Contemporary design features 4BR suites, tile & hardwood floors, & cathedral & vaulted ceilings. $1,199,900. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #206664 SHACKETT ISLAND Breathtaking sunset views from this executive bayfront home on 3/4-acre with over 300' of waterfront, private dock, fishing pier & Gulf access. $747,351. Stephanie Church, 951-6660 or 724-5448. #230915

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bones that are not as strong as they once were, an interesting example of the body’s own self-preservation strategies. Recently, Birnkrant asked a doctor about her exercise program and activity level and got a flattering (if not particularly helpful) response: “Anyone this mobile at 84 is living in uncharted waters.” So she goes on her slim, merry way, still putting her grocery bags on the elevator and walking the stairs to her third-floor condo. And she still eats anything she wants and doesn’t gain weight.

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Miss Sherry Five years ago, Sherry Fideler was the director of the town’s Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Since then, she has traded the security of that regular job for the joys of being an independent group-fitness instructor, personal trainer and nutrition consultant, and she has been through some other significant changes as well. Like Birnkrant, she reports an increased enthusiasm for and commitment to an active lifestyle. Fideler’s work was — and is — her foundation workout. Five years ago, she was teaching six- to nine-hour-long classes every week. Now she’s teaching even more — about a dozen. Her foundation workout is better, not because it’s more hours, but because it’s more varied and better balanced. She has added Resist-a-Ball, water aerobics and Reebok Core Strengthening to her teaching repertoire and as a result to her own routine. Another big change for Fideler over the last five years has been the change of life. While the medical establishment was recommending hormone replacement, drugs didn’t make sense to Fideler: “Menopause isn’t a disease or an illness; you shouldn’t need to treat it with drugs. Taking one can start a chain reaction that alters your body chemistry in many ways. Why do it if you don’t have to?” Fideler’s studies led her to a different place. She observed that the Japanese language doesn’t have a word for menopause and that the Japanese diet is rich in soy. At fitness conferences, she learned that 1,800 milligrams of calcium a day and weight-bearing, strengthstraining exercise three times a week provided protection from osteoporosis equal to that of HRT. She put all that together into an approach she describes as “no drugs, little dietary changes, little supplements and a good attitude.” She reports that she “noticed it was there” but basically went through “the change” without any problems, and now actively proselytizes for her approach. Fideler says she “feels much stronger physically and mentally vs. five years ago.” She eats basically whatever



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You read her dirty little secret here five years ago: Loris Birnkrant of The Shores earned this encomium in her home town at age 11. She was 79 at the time of her original profile, which pointed out that she was much envied for her seeming ability to eat pretty much what she wants without outgrowing her wardrobe. Her workout routine then included a ritual morning stretch, frequent walks, swimming and yoga classes. Recent cataract surgery makes chlorine in the eyes a nono, so the swimming is on hold. But otherwise, her then-andnow routines are pretty much the same. Birnkrant has added something to her morning ritual — crawling. It was a Feldenkrais workshop that made her even think about it, then she remembered that doctors had recommended crawling to her years earlier. She thought they were nuts and didn’t believe them but as she began to ache Loris Birnkrant a little “in new and different places,” it occurred to her to try it. She says, “Crawling just made sense to me; it helps your back even if you can’t stand up and exercise. It works parts of the back, shoulders and neck you didn’t even know about.” Yoga classes are a cherished part of Birnkrant’s activity and she particularly focuses on her breathing. “The more I think about the breathing, the easier it is for my body to do the movement,” she says. “Breathing is first; breath is what keeps us going.” Birnkrant today is even slimmer than she was five years ago, maybe even a little slimmer than she’d like to be. But she consoles herself that from a bone density perspective, the weight loss is actually a blessing. It is less weight for

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The thinking person’s solution to weight loss Dear Sylvia: I have been reading your column and know you are opposed to diets. But I still prefer to turn to a diet simply because I think that after losing weight I can then return to a plan that will help keep the weight off. I would appreciate your comment and hope you will agree. — Sarah Dear Sylvia: My friends and I read and discuss matters related to weight loss. One of my friends has decided that you believe that your program is the only game in town. I don’t get that impression but don’t know how to respond. — Sally

that nothing changes and you haven’t learned anything. You’re just putting your problems on hold until you return to your normal eating habits. To lose weight and keep it off is what it’s all about. I am opposed to diets because diets make you fat. Each time you severely restrict your intake of calories you slow down your metabolism. When you decide to diet to lose weight you are training your body to get by on fewer calories. When you return to your old habits you find you are eating less and gaining more weight. Obesity researcher Albert Stunkard concludes that people are better off not even trying to lose if they have difficulty maintaining weight loss and further states that “there is evidence that repeated cycling (yo-yo dieting) adds to cardiovascular and related health risks.” Finding a way of eating you can live with is what works. You need a change in your eating habits and that requires education and motivation. To the second questioner I must say that I am grateful to the fates to be involved with work that has taught me so much and has helped others. However, there is no such thing as a program that works for everyone. The program that is designed for everyone will work for no one. One of the major reasons I always offer a free, no-obligation preview is to discourage those who

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Both of these questions raise issues that motivate me to repeat the title of a recent radio show that I did for a couple of years, “Diets are for Dummies.” I’ve been repeating this for years because it gets to the root problem that dieters face. Diets fail for as many reasons as there are diets. Each case is unique. A diet, by definition, is something you go on and off. That is why my program teaches people to be in charge of learning how to eat, not how to diet. People insist on thinking they can go on and off a diet and still maintain their weight. The reason that doesn’t work is


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are not suited for my approach. Everyone must decide for themselves if they are ready for the responsibility of ditching diets and taking charge of their problems. Recently I was approached by someone about selecting a weight-loss program and together we decided Pritikin would be ideal for her because she also had other health problems with which to contend. There is also a program that comes out of the University of Pennsylvania that is also quite good. If you are interested in gaining information on other programs, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Low Frustration Tolerance I want to mention a few points from the book, “The Art and Science of Rational Eating,” written by Dr. Albert Ellis. This book, written in 1992, estimates there have been tens of thousands of publications dealing with obesity, eating and weight loss in the preceding 20 years. We can surely add a few thousand more since 1992, including my own. Ellis, a world renowned psychologist, comments on the psychological harm of yo-yo dieting. He says, “The chronic dieter who keeps regaining lost weight usually begins to hate himself as a global failure as a person.” I ask you, who has played and lost at the weight loss game has not had their own self-worth issues stare them right in the face? Data is continually being published in newspapers, magazines and books that inform us that diets fail and that we, as a nation, are fatter than ever. Why would anyone insist on going on a diet? According to Ellis, the answer is in the three letters, LFT. Ellis says that a great majority of people who have overeating problems suffer from Low Frustration Tolerance. LFT is a form of thinking that lies at the root of the individual with eating problems and other addictions. LFT comes from a belief that states that life must be fair, easy, pleasurable and hassle-free. When situations arise that do not conform to these demands, they look for quick escapes from daily stress. See if you can find yourself in these remarks: • “I just can’t get myself to wake up earlier in the morning to exercise. It’s just too hard!” • “I just couldn’t resist that chocolate cake at the party! I must have it when it tastes so good.” • “My life is full of stress and I can’t say ‘no’ to food when I’m under stress. I must not be deprived under such conditions.” These “I can’t” statements really mean that you won’t put in the effort necessary

to lose weight. With a gun held at your head you could stay away from the chocolate cake, because the consequences are clear cut. As long as you remain conscious of the consequences of eating or not eating the cake, the choice is clear and dieting is do-able.

Give yourself a talking to As you can see, your LFT comes from what is going on in your head. The secret of combating LFT is also in your head. By giving yourself a forceful talking to (and by using other techniques), you can quiet or diffuse your LFT enough to give yourself a fighting chance of reaching your goals. We are all born with a natural ability to think irrationally and so there is no objective reason to put yourself down for doing so. In fact, learning to accept yourself as a fallible human, which we all are, is an important step in overcoming the vicious cycle that leads to the next diet that fails. Your chances of being successful at anything are much higher if you are comfortable with yourself. The fact is that losing weight is a means towards improving the quality of your life, to enjoy it more. Keeping the big picture in mind, you may want to ask yourself, “How much of the quality of my life am I giving up by constantly dieting? Perhaps I should settle for a goal weight which is a little higher than what I would ideally prefer so that I will not have to restrict my food intake quite so drastically.” A reasonable amount of self-deprivation is appropriate for each of us. I like to say that you can have it all, you just can’t have it all the time.

Make your own choice Clearly, many factors will influence each person’s equation. Everyone has different tastes, goals, limitations and strengths. That is why the only game in town is what is going on in each one of our lives. Ultimately you are the only one making yourself feel good about yourself. Being disappointed in yourself is a choice, just as accepting yourself is a choice. In conclusion, diets are for dummies. You need to lose the lifestyle that caused the problem and find one that’s compatible with your tastes and preferences — not your neighbor’s. It’s all about choices.

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Manatee County Health Care Advisory Committee Meeting — will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Manatee County Health Department, 410 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton. Janice Dunbar, 749-3030. “New Options for Asthma Relief” Lecture — will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Free asthma screenings to follow. Reservations, 1-888-685-1596. “Bending Those Knees Not As Easy Anymore?” Knee Screening — will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, suite 110, Doctors Hospital Outpatient Services. Reservations, 1-888-685-1596. “Benefits of Massage” Presentation — will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Education Classroom. Register, 416-5150. “Sjögren’s Syndrome: Learning, Living, Coping” Seminar — will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at Hyatt Sarasota. Registration will be at 8 a.m. Fees are $60 for patients and $70 for guests. Details, 1-800-475-6473 “Fountain of Youth: The Anti-Aging Formula” Lecture — will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Reservations, 1-888-685-1596. “Common Problems and Questions About Knee Pain” Lecture — will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Reservations, 1-888-6851596. Women’s Lunch & Learn Program — “Finding the

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“Hearing Loss: How it Affects You and Your Family” Lecture — will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Reservations, 1-888685-1596. “Everything You Wanted to Know About Feet” — lunch and lecture will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Senior Friends Activity Center, 4046 Sawyer Road, Sarasota. Cost is $3.50 and $5. RSVP by Jan. 21, 1888-685-1596. ❑

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Value experiences As you know, I experienced a big event in my life which I believe will turn out to be one of those watersheds in my life. Along with my conversion, my call to vocational ministry, the birth of my children and other critical events, my accident will have a lasting (and positive) influence in my life. I am still sorting out all that happened and trying to adjust from being semi-functional to suddenly feeling well again. One thing I am convinced of, however, is this: We must not wait to fulfill God’s call upon our lives or to become the people God is calling us to be. This little maxim keeps coming back to me: “If not now, when? If not us, then who?� I am increasingly fascinated at how God provides us with every opportunity and experience we need to complete our spiritual journey on this earth. Some of you, like me, are slow learners and let some of the valuable great experiences slip by unnoticed. But God always gives us a second and third chance to get it right. Let us redeem the time and make the most of every such opportunity for growth, healing and liberation in 2003. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is a senior minister at Longboat Island Chapel. �

St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Youth and adult Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 3881234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 4:30 and 6 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday

Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday Shabbat Service begins at 8 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Saturday Shabbat Service begins at 10 a.m., followed by a Kiddush. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at both services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director, and on Friday night by the Temple Beth Israel Choir. 3833428. The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Worship services are at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays (nursery available). The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. Adult study classes with the Rev. Charles Shook are at 10 a.m. Sundays. 383-6491.


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There are watershed experiences in our lives which help define who we are and give our lives direction and purpose. These experiences shape our character and destiny — marriage, the birth of a child, the loss of a spouse, a catastrophic illness, an existential crisis, etc. Ironically, these great experiences come to us in the form of unexpected blessings, as well as seemingly insurmountable challenges. Every year Time magazine selects the Man of the Year. This person can be either of incredible greatness or incredible infamy. In this sense, someone is considered great because of the impact he has on the course of world events. As well, our life experiences are great not because they are GILL necessarily pleasant or desirable or bring us immediate joy or ecstasy, but they are great because of the impact they have in shaping our character and the course of our lives. In Galatians Chapter 3, the Apostle Paul asks demoralized Christians, “Have all of your experiences been for nothing?� In other words, have you experienced so much joy (and suffering) for nothing? Will you not incorporate all of your blessings and challenges into helping shape you into the image of Christ?

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Francis D. Walker Jr. Francis D. Walker Jr., 88, of Longboat Key and of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Jan. 2. He was born Oct. 11, 1914, in Vassalboro, Maine, and lived here for 27 years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1935, and served in the Navy for 30 years, making 14 war patrols aboard the USS Searaven and USS Crevalle and was awarded two Silver Stars. Later he was employed by Sylvania Electronic Systems for six years. He was a member of the Navy League and the Power Squadron. His survivors include his wife, Babette K. (Bendinger); his children, Francis, Amy L. and Michael; and seven grandchildren. Ashes will buried in the spring in Arlington National Cemetery. The Messinger Indian School Mortuary, Scottsdale, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Inez Dye Mary Inez Dye, 101, of Longboat Key, died Jan. 5. She was born March 13, 1901, in Lafayette, Ind. She came here as winter resident in 1966 but moved here permanently in 1970. She was a homemaker. Her survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Mary Ann of West Lafayette, Ind., and Longboat Key; daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Sam Cockerham of Springfield, Va., and Nancy and Michael Freeland of Longboat Key; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband, Charles Taylor, and her son, John, pre-

ceded her in death. A celebration of life gathering will be held on her birthday, March 13, in Lafayette. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Wilfred M. Gaeta Wilfred M. Gaeta, 71, of Palm Beach Gardens and formerly of Longboat Key, died Jan. 9. He lived on the Key from 1980 to 1985. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of PGA National Golf Club. His survivors include his wife, Sophie; and children, Cheryl, of Palm Beach Gardens, and Michael, of Pasadena, Calif. A Mass was celebrated Jan. 14 at St. Paul of The Cross Catholic Church in North Palm Beach. QuattlebaumHolleman-Burse Funeral Home, West Palm Beach, was in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East. Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407; or The PGA National Junior Golf Program.

Nancy H. Cook Nancy H. Cook, 65, of Mattapoisett, Mass., and a winter resident of Longboat Key, died Jan. 10. She was born in Walpole, Mass., and has wintered in Manatee County since 1992. She was a homemaker and a member of the United States Tennis Association. She was a Protestant.

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Geneva Johnson Geneva Johnson, 94, of Sarasota, died Jan. 12. She was a cake decorator, owner/founder of a ceramics business and a homemaker. She attended the Church of Christ. Her survivors include her daughter, Sylvia Eileen Johnson of Sarasota; her son, Ronald A. Johnson of Longboat Key; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild, Mason Vice of Santa Fe. There will be no funeral, but family memorial services will be held in Fort Myers. Memorial contributions may be made to Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236; or to The Longboat Key Center for The Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, FL 34228.

Patricia L. Metz Patricia L. Metz died Jan. 13. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Longboat Island Chapel. (Please see page 3A for story.)

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have a male-ego problem when it was introduced in 1996 with a heavily promoted cameo role in a James Bond movie. At the time, the Z3’s only competitor was the Mazda Miata, which debuted in 1989, not counting the much more expensive Mercedes SL. But when the Porsche Boxster and the Mercedes SLK joined the roadster segment in 1997, they kicked some sand in the Z3’s face, even though the Z3 continued to outsell the more expensive Boxster and SLK. BMW added the M Coupe, based on the Z3, in September 1998. Chief designer Chris Bangle liked to say the only competitor to the M Coupe was “a bottle of Viagra.” In retrospect, maybe the Z3’s image needed a boost. It’s a bit of an irony that Chung, a 32-year-old woman, is helping lead the team promoting the Z4’s macho image. The irony does not bother her. “Men will not buy what is said to be a pink car, but women will buy a car with a masculine image,” she said. Her role includes helping decide which

features and options come to the United States. The U.S. market gets two versions of the Z4, both with inline six-cylinder engines. The Z4 roadster 2.5i with a 2.5-liter, 184-hp engine and a fivespeed manual, has a base price of $33,795. The Z4 roadster 3.0i with a 3-liter, 225-hp engine starts at $40,945. Prices include destination. “The Z4 is more masculine, more athletic,” than the Z3, Chung said. “It’s not so much that our buyers are male or female; it’s more of an attitude.” On the average, Z3 buyers are 70 percent male — slightly higher than the 67 percent male average for the roadster segment and higher than the 65 percent male average for BMW overall, she said. Nevertheless, to project a more masculine image for the Z4, “Media buys will be skewed in a certain way,” Chung said. She said it was too early

to provide examples, other than “The Hire.” BMW will hold back some of its Z4 advertising push for next spring, when the weather is better for roadsters, Chung said. The Z3’s U.S. sales peaked in 1998 at 20,613, with nearly identical sales in 1999 at 20,062. In its run-out this year, Z3 sales were down 48.2 percent to 6,462 through the first 10 months of 2002. The U.S. company sold 734 Z4s in October. At full production, BMW expects Z4 sales next year roughly to equal Z3 sales at their height. “The segment needs some freshening; it needs some new emotion,” said Ed Robinson, executive vice president for operations for BMW North America. “This is the perfect time to introduce a new roadster.” From Automotive News. Copyright 2002 Crain Communications Inc. All rights reserved.




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Men of Style ... As part of the search for the 10 Men of Style, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sarasota Magazine have nominated 100 stylish men. Here are some of the “Key” guys who are “too sexy for their shirts”: Gary Ackerman, Ira Barsky, Vern Buchanan, Howard Curd, Judge Rick Defuria, Shane Eagan, Gerald Elden, Rabbi Michael Eisenstat, Cary Findlay, Bob Garner, Ron Greenbaum, Brian Johnson, Phil Kaltenbacher, Ed Keating, Tommy Klauber, Michael McClung, Norman Menell, Geoffrey Michel, Michael Moulton, Sean Murphy, Larry Saslaw, Jim Syprett and Matt Walsh ... What?!? Dad?!? Who picked these guys anyway? (Dad does look pretty spiffy in a bow tie, though.) Anyway, show up at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at Saks Fifth Avenue to help narrow the search for the 10 Men of Style.



Do you remember? ... When “A Night to Remember” is? If you forgot when the Alzheimer Association’s annual gala was it’s alright, because the date has changed to Friday, March 7. Make sure you mark your Black Tie Datebooks. For more information and reservations call Leigh Patmagrian at 365-8883.

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Sarasota’s society sizzled on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Asolo Theatre Company’s annual gala “High Society at the Hyatt Sarasota.” More than 370 guests packed into the foyer of the Grand Ballroom for the cocktail hour in grand gowns and dashing tuxes and tails. After a threeweek hiatus of social events, spirits soared as the new year and social season kicked back into high gear. As the ballroom doors swung open, guests were awed by the beautiful

“She Knows Where She’s Going” ... To the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, that is. Katie Klauber Moulton has been nominated, not for being stylish like her brothers, Tommy and Michael Klauber, or her husband, Michael Moulton, but for the Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County’s prestigious “She Knows Where She’s Going” Award. Klauber Moulton, general manager of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, will be honored as a role model for young girls at the Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon on Feb. 28 at Michael’s On East. Quote of the week ... When BT asked how he was doing at “High Society at the Hyatt Sarasota,” Bill Myers replied, “If I were any better I’d be twins!” Growing up is hard to do ... Especially when you outgrow the Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion at New College. Carol B. Green reported to BT that the 4th annual UNIFEM “Through Women’s Eyes” International Video-Film Festival has grown to record size. The festival reached record numbers of attendees during Independents Day on Friday, Jan. 10 , which showcased films by local women filmmakers and on Saturday, Jan. 11 for the Main Festival and Fundraiser Reception. Hall of Famers ... Being inducted into the 2003 Community Video Archives Hall of Fame are Longboaters Ed and Elaine Keating and Bird Key resident Michael Saunders. Also being inducted is St. Armands Key resident Carolyn Michel. Community Video Archives President and Founder Annette Scherman strives to “create an evolving video archive of our extraordinary community and its special people that will live forever!” Although if she wants the videos to live forever, she might want to convert to DVDs. Although Community DVD Archives just doesn’t have that ring to it, does it?

ballroom swathed in candlelight. The stage was decorated with scenery that resembled the Asolo Theatre, which housed Kenny Soderblom and his orchestra for a performance of Cole Porter’s “High Society,” featuring Broadway stars Rebecca Luker, Howard McGillin and conductor David Lai. Sarasota’s Swans Jean Weidner and Margaret Wise were honored with the Asolo’s 2003 Award for Dedicated Service, and no other two swans could be more deserving. Also honored at High Society was David Band. Co-chairs Susan Buck and Scott George created a magnificent evening. And as Buck mentioned, “I sold my soul for this event.”

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For the Sarasota Opera’s Opening Night Gala everyone knows you must wear a gorgeous gown. But for the rest of the opera season look your best in a sharp dress or pant suit. Designing Women Boutique has set a new standard in fashion consignment and new clothing. Manager Susan Desmeules, Founder Jean Weidner and board member Jewel Ash have put together a black-tie look that shows off the impeccable quality and high style of the boutique.

Sarasota Opera Opening Night Gala When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 Where: Sarasota Opera House

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Designing Women Boutique Board member and Sarasota Opera enthusiast Jewel Ash makes a bright and bold statement in a Dana Buchman suit. The red and hot pink silk suit is part of a three-piece collection with a form-fitting jacket with zipper sleeves and zip-up front. The jacket goes with red silk pants or a hot pink and red silk shift dress. All three pieces, $275. Ash sparkles in a chunky gold necklace and matching earring set, enhanced with pearls and green and pink crystal jewel stones, $55. All available from Designing Women Boutique, Sarasota, 366-5293.

Double, double, toil and trouble ... well, during the opera, that is. Because the Three Witches are definitely not invited to the Opening Night Gala. The drama will take place during the opening performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s, “Macbeth,” which immediately follows the opening gala. To take in Macbeth’s doom and gloom, you have to have a little fun first. The Opening Night Gala will be full of joy, celebrating the commencement of the 44th season of the Sarasota Opera. As in previous years the Sarasota Opera constructs a tent on Pineapple Avenue in front of the Opera House. Glittering gowns send sparkles up and down the street and guests buzz with excitement about the upcoming musical season. Inside the tent, decorations transport you to a grand ballroom with beautiful floral arrangements by Tiger Lily. Cocktails are served at 5 p.m., followed by a lavish dinner catered by Michael’s On East. At 7:30 p.m. the Opera House opens its doors for a performance of “Macbeth.” Maestro Victor DeRenzi conducts the Sarasota Opera in this Guiseppe Verdi’s musical version of the great Shakespearean tragedy. Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Duncan, Macduff and the Three Witches will take you through this dramatic opera. At the culmination of the opera performance an afterglow party restarts the fun with champagne, dessert and dancing until dawn to the Abe Guard Orchestra. This glorious gala is co-chaired by Virginia Toulmin and Joan Wood. Corporate sponsors for the Opening Night Gala are The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch and Williams, Parker,

Harrison, Dietz and Getzen. Tickets for the Opening Night Gala are $150 (not including a ticket to the performance) and are available by calling 366-8450, Ext. 246.

The organization The Sarasota Opera produces outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich, and educate the community, as well as patrons from across the state and around the world. The Sarasota Opera fosters artistic excellence, diversity, and vitality in the Sarasota area by producing opera as a living art form through performances and composition; offering a stage for Americantrained principal artists; producing high-caliber spprentice and studio artist programs; owning, maintaining and operating the Opera House as a yearround facility; and promoting and increasing public knowledge and appreciation of opera. ❑


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Benefiting: Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone (G.WIZ) When: 6 p.m. Where: G.WIZ ExploraZone Galleries Chairs: Beatrice Friedman, Alice Rau and Tana Sandefur Contact: Donna Wolski, 906-1851, Ext. 102 Price: G.WIZ members, $100; non-members, $125.

Men of Style Kick-Off Hosted by: Saks Fifth Avenue and Sarasota Magazine Benefiting: Circus Sarasota and YMCA Foundation When: 6 p.m. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Sally Schule, 364-5386

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Out-East Gala ‘An Evening in Paris’ Benefiting: Lakewood Ranch East Communities Charitable Fund When: 7 p.m. Where: Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Chair: Virginia Orenstein Contact: Lyn Griffiths, 907-1210 Price: $125 ASID Designer Showhouse Opening Gala Hosted by: ASID Association IV Benefiting: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota & Manatee Counties, University of South Florida and Ringling School of Art & Design Where: 139 S. Washington, Sarasota Chairs: Jeff Hart, ASID, and Gwendolyn Sears, ASID Contact: Carol Field, 926-7794 Price: $75

19 Temple Beth Israel’s ‘Cabaret L’Chaim’ Hosted by: Temple Beth Israel Benefiting: Temple Activities When: 6 p.m. Where: Longboat Key Club Harbourside Chairs: Audrey Lucow and Renée Sheade Contact: Rhoda Cooper, 387-8725, or Robert Zivitz, 387-7547 Price: $150 and up

Jan. 19 to Feb. 16. ASID Designer Showhouse Tour Hosted by: ASID Association IV Benefiting: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota & Manatee Counties, University of South Florida and Ringling School of Art & Design Where: 139 S. Washington, Sarasota Chairs: Jeff Hart, ASID, and Gwendolyn Sears, ASID Contact: Carol Field, 926-7794 Price: $17


Asolo Angels Halo Day Luncheon Hosted by: Asolo Angel Association When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Helene Myers and Virginia Sypula Contact: Clare Ward-Jenkins, 351-9010, Ext. 4707 Price: $25 Renaissance 2003 Cocktail Reception Benefiting: Women’s Resource Center When: 5 p.m. Where: The home of Dr. Ira and Annette Ross Contact: WRC, 366-1700 Price: By invitation only Celebration Luncheon Patron Party Hosted by: Bob and Pasqualina Peterson Benefiting: Girls Inc. When: 5:30 p.m. Where: The home of Bob and Pasqualina Peterson Contact: 366-6646, Ext. 210 Price: By invitation only

21 Operalogues and Tea Hosted by: Venice Opera Guild Benefiting: Sarasota Opera When: 1:30 p.m. Where: Mission Valley Country Club, Venice Contact: Jocelyne Favorite, 493-3772 Price: $15

23 Fashion Show and Luncheon Benefiting: Longboat Key Center for the Arts When: 12 p.m. Where: Longboat Key Club Harbourside Chairs: Joan Partridge and Alberta Sherman Contact: Rose Scott, 387-0108 Price: $75 Bishop’s Garnet Ball Benefiting: Catholic Charities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties When: 6 p.m. Where: St. Anne’s Hall, Bishop Nevins Academy Chairs: Maria DeSanto and Beverly Ryan Contact: Julie Flaherty, 383-7563 Price: $150 An Evening with Jackie Mason Hosted by: Flanzer Jewish Community Center Benefiting: Flanzer JCC’s programs for children, families & seniors When: 8 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Contact: Sherry Gluchov, 3785568, Ext. 224 Price: $100 and up

24 ‘Meet the Designers’ Wine and Cheese Party Hosted by: Sarasota Magazine and ASID Association IV Benefiting: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota & Manatee Counties, University of South Florida and Ringling School of Art & Design When: 5:30 p.m. Where: “Jewels on the Bay” 2003 ASID Designer Showhouse Contact: 366-8225 Price: $17 Opening Night Film and Party Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chair: Michele Hall Contact: SFF, 364-9514 Price: screening only, $10; screening and after-party, $85.

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Designing Women Trunk Show What: Featuring the designs and art work by Miriam Cassell, Marianne Eriksson, Nancy Sedlar, Marcia Freedman and Andrea Mihalyffy. Where: Designing Women Boutique Contact: Designing Women, 366-5293

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A Winter Gala Honoring Betsy Bagby Place: Lakewood Ranch Country Club Date: Sunday, Jan. 12 Chair: Jo Ann Frye Benefiting: Bradenton Opera Guild/Sarasota Opera

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‘Broadway on Longboat Key’

Circus Sarasota — from thought to finish

BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Writer

Magic — it’s one of the oldest catchphrases associated with the circus. Magic — a curlicued, filigreed word on the most ancient, yellowing circus posters ... The magic of the circus! Magic ... What’s that mean exactly? As Arthur C. Clarke is fond of pointing out, “A sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” “Magic” is the word you use when you see technology and skill that’s so advanced that you can’t understand it — that it leaves your mouth hanging open in awe. “Magic” is high-tech — the result of endless repetition and practice. It’s what you see in the films of Martin Scorsese, the martial arts of Jet Li, the animation of Hayao Miyazaki. There’s no mysticism involved, just a mania for excellence. Pedro Reis exhibits this mania — and it’s the reason Circus Sarasota is as magical as it is. He’s never satisfied, which is why the fans of his circus are never disappointed. It all starts in his head. An idea. A theme. “Not necessarily a theme all the way through the show,” he says. “But something to group the acts together.” Reis starts thinking about next year’s circus before the current performance is over. Once he comes up with a loose idea of the theme of the circus, that tells him what the title is going to be. Once he names the performance, the names of the performers going in it naturally follow. Certain acts just fit — and all of them are the best at what they do. After that, he gets on the phone. “I’m calling people in our own backyard — and people all over the world. I call Russia, Germany, France, Czechoslovakia.” He laughs and says, “You would not want to have my phone bill.” Nailing down the acts is only the beginning. Where are they going to stay? Where CONTINUED ON PAGE 2C

Sponsored by The Longboat Observer, “Broadway on Longboat Key,” June LeBell’s popular concert/lecture series, is music to the ears of area music mavens. Music lovers will be pleased to note that Leonard Bernstein will be the focus at the next performance, set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Stella Maris Hall, behind St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The stellar performers include singer Marilyn Parry and pianist Robert Reeves. Her superstar speakers will be Metropolitan Opera star Judith Blegen (“Bernstein’s favorite soprano all through the late ’60s and ’70s,” notes LeBell), and Blegen’s husband, Raymond Gniewek, former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. LeBell was also the subject of a recent reminiscence in The New York Times by Eli Zabar, son of the founders of the famous Zabar’s deli in New York City. Zabar noted that LeBell, his second-grade classmate, claimed he “stank like smoked fish after lunch.” LeBell claims that he was being kind — and that her actual words were, “You smell like dead fish.” She goes on to say, “I threw up on him. No wonder he remembers it.” The upcoming concert/lecture promises to be much more civilized ... Admission is $10 per person at the door or through The Longboat Observer. For information call 383-5509.

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Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis on the site where the idea of the circus will become reality. Reis is the executive director and founder of Circus Sarasota; Jacobs is a performer and co-founder.

Like the man said, if you want something done, ask a busy person. Cortez resident Anne Abgott has been busy lately. In addition to being a watercolor teacher, exhibitor, board member and director of education at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, she’s also exhibited at the Art Uptown Gallery in Sarasota, and at Island Gallery West and the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island’s gallery, and has been featured in such arts publications as Watercolor Magic, Northlight Magazines and International Artist — which Detail from Anne also will spotlight Abgott’s “Snowbirds her in its upcoming at Jewfish” “Master Artists” series. Abgott notes, “I am very busy at the moment coordinating a group of local artists and faculty members to show at the opening of the new Town Hall on Longboat Key. The photo of my painting, ‘Snowbirds at Jewfish,’ is from a photo I took when our beautiful white pelicans came back this year to Longboat. I paint all subjects but my white pelican series is the most popular.” Busy or not, she still takes time to reconnect her art to fresh observations of the natural world around her. —Marty Fugate


are their kids going to stay? What’s the best flight, the best airport? Who’s going to pick them up? Do they have their visas? What about the sound system, the lighting, the tent? What kind of wind are they expecting? Is it the right kind of ... The logistics keep him up at night. God — and the devil — are both in the details. “It’s not enough to get it right,” says Reis. “I want it to be astonishing. I want it to be beyond your expectations. You expect a tightrope act? I want to bring people coming down through the roof of the tent. I want you to leave saying, ‘How did they do that?’” Much of the logic involves throwing out the logic of other circuses that, well, don’t try so hard. Others might do the same acts, year in and year out — the same robotic routines, always ending in a bow and a ta-da! Circus Sarasota changes every year. Harder still, they don’t save their best for last.

“We have a tightrope act that’ll blow you away,” Reis says. “We’re not saving it for the end; it’s the first thing you see. And then the next act will blow you away. I want it all to blow you away.” Reis emphasizes that this is something more than mere spectacle. “This year’s theme is ‘The Art of Circus.’ It’s an art form. It’s not enough that this act is great, that act is great. It has to flow together. It has to create a whole.” Respecting the art means respecting the artists. “These circus artists are the best in the world — we don’t try to micromanage,” Reis says. “We give them the freedom to show you how good they are.” Reis adds that respect is the reason Circus Sarasota doesn’t do three acts a day. “Maybe it makes economic sense, but it’s exhausting,” he says, “You’re not at your best. You wouldn’t think of asking the ballerinas to do three “Nutcrackers” in a row. We don’t ask that of our artists.”


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Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs prepare for the opening of Circus Sarasota Jan. 30. Cirque de Soleil set the standard. “Their slogan was ‘Reinventing the Circus’ — and that’s exactly what we’re doing. It proved to people the circus is still an exciting contemporary art form — not a thing of the past. Reis welcomes the challenge — but there’s no sense of trying to copy Cirque de Soleil. He didn’t even copy the name. “People ask, ‘Why didn’t you call it Cirque de Sarasota.’ My answer is — I’m proud of my heritage. This is America; it’s an American circus. It’s excellent and I’m proud of it.” He adds that he was tempted, though.

“People say ‘circus’ like it’s a synonym for chaos and confusion. ‘A media circus’ — flippant expressions like that. I hate that. The circus is absolute order — it’s the opposite of chaos,” Reis says. Of course. If the technology wasn’t so advanced, it wouldn’t look like magic. “The Art of the Circus” premiere is only weeks away. Reis has been rehearsing with some of the acts in the area. When the overseas acts arrive, there’ll be only one week of rehearsal time before opening night, Jan. 30. Reis promises that it will be excellent ... But he’s already thinking about next year.

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‘Town of Longboat Key Exhibit’ Joan M. Durante Pavilion, Longboat Key Center for the Arts The art at this 12th annual exhibit is as diverse and eclectic as the town that sponsors it. Deborah Friedman’s gouache painting “Seagrape” took best of show. It’s a loopy, flowing, organic composition — a switched-on, electric seagrape plant. Anita Blackwell’s “Magical Glitter Box” is an intriguingly textured raku clay container — effortless and unpretentious in its just-so simplicity. Thomas Longwell’s acrylic-on-wood sculpture “Moose With One Red Hoof” took second place. This hobbyhorse moose is painstakingly painted with myriad detail. “Whimsical” doesn’t do it justice — but it’ll put a smile on your face. D.A. Gordon Dart’s “Island Park” earned third place. It’s a light-hearted acrylic painting of Sarasota’s bayfront, folks on their lunch breaks in the foreground, condos behind them. The fields of color are absolutely uniform. Each leaf, every window, every atom is rendered meticulously. In the equal awards, there’s Richard Stewart’s “Reflections in a Turkish Café,” a hauntingly-manipulated digital photo; Joanne Smith’s acrylic “Italian Idyll” shows the pastel-powder cliffs of dreams; “Uncle Henry’s Tall Tales,” is another set of mythical beasties from Michelle Berg Uhrman; Richard Beard’s acrylic “Longboat Key Tree Motif No. 2” shows nature’s wild side. Prize-winning or not, the art on display here has its winning ways — from Lloyd Singer’s elfin “Hilda,” to Ranger Smyth’s enigmatic “Knowledge is Power,” showing what looks like a

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Frank Zappa once noted, “The present-day composer refuses to die.” He could’ve added, “The present-day playwright refuses to die.” The Asolo Conservatory is one of the few venues around in our area still performing new work by these die-hards. It had the distinction of premiering a workshopped incarnation of “The Theater Conservationist,” by prominent “The British playwright, Mark Wheatley. Conservationist” The actors were flawless and fearAsolo Conservatory less. Gil Lazier directed — and didReviewed Jan. 8 n’t pull any punches with the edgy material. “The Conservationist” is a gutsy play. It’s gutsy, because it deals with the thorny issue of racial identity — something very different than mere racism. Nowadays, aside from a few lunatic hate groups, Western Civilization generally agrees that racism is bad. There’s almost no general agreement on the subject of racial identity. This play talks about it — honestly. That’s what’s gutsy about it, but there’s more to it than that. The play opens with an awkward meeting between a son (Bryan Whitcomb as Robert) and his father (Dean Anthony as

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If that sounds a bit pat, the play is anything but. Its basic plot structure is like a trellis around which the playwright has grown a vine of irony, contradiction, and questionable motives. Grandpa Martin finds out that — heaven forbid — his grandfather was a Protestant Scots-Irish draft-dodger, and not a good Catholic son of the old sod. (His brain instantly rejects this fact.) Robert’s ex-wife is the second black woman he’s had a relationship with; he’s still not-so-equal business partners with his first ex-lover, Valerie (Montego Glover). Robert’s heart’s not colorblind after all; his choice of black wives and girlfriends is all tied up with his rejection of his father’s background — an implicit self-hatred that’s implicitly insulting to the women. Shawn’s decision to live with his mom is heavily influenced by André, a black professor and Valerie’s current flame, who’s big on racial identity politics. But André dumps Valerie for a white woman — another victim of contradiction and questionable motives. Shawn, meanwhile, is dating Christine (Lauren Orkus) the very ditzy and very white office assistant. At 15, his motives are still a matter of hormones. All this is intercut with attempts by Robert’s current girlfriend — Addie (Heather Corwin), the conservationist of the title — to preserve an ancient Roman mosaic that’s disappearing under the rising waters created by a new dam. Her team coats some of the faces with protective plastic in the hopes that future generations can save them. These disappear under the flood. But her team is able to dismantle and retrieve one of the mosaics, an image of draft-dodging Achilles dressed in drag. It’s a suitably loopy, paradoxical picture and a sly metaphor for our culture’s schizoid mosaic of mutually contradictory definitions of religious, tribal, racial, gender, family and personal identity. Crazy or not, the ancient image has value; it’s part of our history and worth preserving. Robert, of course, is a metaphorical conservationist trying to save what’s good about his family and love affairs. At one point he pleads with Valerie about the value of what they had once. “It’s not all junk, is it?” She doesn’t answer until the end of the play and then agrees, “It’s not all junk.” Crazy or not, our modern lives are worth preserving. It may not be junk but what does the mad mosaic of modern identity mean? The playwright doesn’t even try to make sense of it. His play at least hints that, a few hundred years from now, someone might. ❑


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The kids are all right — the cast of “Rent” awaits the first of the month at the Van Wezel. The “Rent” is coming due at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 4, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The late Jonathan Larson’s 1996 Broadway smash was an update of Puccini’s 1896 classic “La Boheme,” which in turn was the Italian composer’s adaptation of Henri Murger’s “Scenes de la Vie de Boheme” from 1848. Much has changed from the original. Dancer and the painter are now filmmaker and performance artist. Tuberculosis is now AIDS; the city is now New York. One thing has remained constant in the bohemian life — the struggle to find an affordable apartment and get along with your roommates. Tickets: $57 and $42. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-8269303.

Whose Macbeth is it anyway? Sarasota Opera is set to perform two versions of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, “Macbeth.” The standard version, reflecting revisions made by Verdi in 1865, will be performed from Feb. 8 through March 30, at the Sarasota Opera House. Verdi’s original version from 1847 will be performed from March 28 through April 2.

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Try and wash this musical out of your hair Rodgers and Hammerstein knew what they were doing when they created “South Pacific.” It was just a few years after World War II. Mary Martin was in her prime. Ezio Pinza was the household operatic icon that Luciano Pavarotti is today. America was about to enter a thoughtful era of attempts to vanquish bigotry. And, having already presented the ground-breaking musicals, “Oklahoma” and “Carousel,” Rodgers and Hammerstein were up to breaking new ground with a musical that combined comedy, drama, politics, war and self examination. Not only that, they were also giving the world more than two hours of great music — songs that would immediately go from stage to audience hums to the hit parade. And I don’t mean one or two of the tunes. I mean every single “South Pacific” song. They just don’t write them like that any more. So, when we saw that “South Pacific” was visiting the Van Wezel, we had to go. And, even though the “orchestra” was mostly synthesized, and the performers were wearing

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The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Town of Longboat Key Exhibit,” is an eclectic, all-media show running through Feb. 5, in the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Bill Buchman” features Buchman’s experiments with color and form through Jan. 25, in the Glen Gallery. Call 383-2345. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “The Photographic Art of Clyde Butcher.” Butcher’s powerful large-scale photographs illuminate Florida’s natural beauty through Feb. 13. 366-5731. Wyland Galleries — “Seascapes by Arozi.” Work by the Australian artist will remain on exhibit through January. 388-5331.

Selby Gallery at the Ringling School of Art and Design — “Faith Ringgold, In Retrospect” features work by the noted African-American artist. “Arcs, Circles, Spheres” presents sculpture by Rob Giordano. Both exhibits continue through Feb. 21. 359-7563. Art Center Sarasota — “Le Selva.” This features paintings by Nancy Hall; “One Man” showcases J.D. Dragan’s silver gelatin male nude prints; “Open to All” highlights member artists. These concurrent exhibits run through Feb. 9. 365-2032. Blue House Gallery — Highlighting the jewelry creations of Barbara Sperling and oils by Peter Mitchev through January. 366-0211. Elizabeth Rice Fine Art — “Valentin Popov: Recent Paintings, Monotypes and Collages.” Featuring monumental monotypes and enamel-and-oil-on-aluminum paintings through Feb. 6. 954-8575. Sarasota Season of Sculpture — 22 large-scale sculptures are on exhibit along Sarasota’s bayfront through January. Free docent tours available. 331-2008. L’Attitude Gallery — “Abstract Spirit.” Marilyn Gross’

Part of the “La Selva” exhibit of Nancy Hall’s paintings of the lush South American rain forest at Art Center Sarasota watercolor and acrylic abstractions are on display through Feb. 6. 373-0767. Gaylord Gallery — “Old Florida Series.” This exhibit of Jack Nolan’s plein air watercolors continues through Feb. 12. 952-0678. Petals on Palm Avenue — “Focus on Nature.” Photographic art by Gary and Pat Nebel keeps Florida’s natural beauty in focus through January. 906-9296. Gallerie des Artes — “The Eyes Have It.” Eye-opening new work by Charla Gaglio is featured through January,

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Kingdom.” Uncaging the artist’s highly-detailed watercolors of African fauna, through Feb. 28. 924-1200.

Unity Gallery — featuring Kathleen Punti’s vivid urban landscapes in oil and watercolor through Jan. 30. 9553301. Museum of Asian Art — “Fantastic Animals.” Dragons, demons and 4,000-year-old horses are featured in this fantastic bestiary of Asian art. 954-7117. Kaos Gallery South — abstract paintings by Vick Vercauteren on exhibit through Feb 1. 747-0823. Manatee Players — work from Miki Boni’s whimsical “Barnyard Animals” series is on exhibit through Feb. 9. 747-0823. Joan Peters’ “Sarasota Opera House” at the Sarasota Arts Day, Sunday, Jan. 19. Donated by the artist for the “Pen” silent auction to benefit creativity in high school seniors. Perkins, oil paintings by Yuri Gorbachev, and a preview of Glenna Goodacre’s “Irish Memorial” sculpture through January. 365-7414. Island Gallery West — “”Holiday Celebration.” The celebration continues through January. 778-6648. Missing Link Gallery — showcasing indigenous art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas and contemporary photographs by Mario Algaze, Javier Silva Meinel, Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann and Bill West. 366-6600.

Palm Avenue Gallery — “Oils by Bette Caffrey.” The artist’s florals, still lifes and landscapes are featured through January. 953-5757. The Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — “Animal


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16C THURSDAY JANUARY 16, 2003 Leroy Anderson’s “Syncopated Clock,” and Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock.” Tickets are from $18 to $45. Call 953-3434. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — “An Evening with Harry Belafonte.” The Caribbean-born creator of such infectious, satiric music as “Banana Boat” and “DayO sings at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Tickets are $55, $50 and $45; Righteous Brothers. Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield hold a righteous reunion at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Tickets are $55, $50 and $45; Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. This concert, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, includes such masterpieces as Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453. Tickets are $58, $54 and $50. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303.

Housecat Hunsingers’ Travelin’ Blues Show — yet another blues festival from 9 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Phillippi Estate Park. Performers include Johnny Rawls, R.J.’s Rhythm Rockers, and Chris Cain Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the gate. 953-4228 The Jazz Club of Sarasota — presenting Antoinette Johns at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Bayfront Room in the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for members, $4 for guests. 316-9207.




Asolo Theatre — “The Corn is Green” explores a teacher’s struggles with a promising protégé in a Welsh mining town

from Jan. 17 through May 24; “Inherit the Wind.” This fictionalized “Monkey Trial” evolves through Feb. 22; “You Never Can Tell.” Shaw explores the early days of women’s liberation through Feb. 23; “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical tale of a crowded house and raging hormones runs through April 5. 351-8000 or 800-361-8388.

Asolo Conservatory — “The Conservationist.” Mark Weatley’s new play concerning a young man’s empty homecoming continues through Jan. 26. 351-8000 or 800-361-8388. Theatre Works — “Dames at Sea.” This affectionate spoof of early Hollywood musicals continues through Feb. 9. 9529170. Manatee Players — “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” This musical of mirth and marital multiplication opens Thursday, Jan. 16 and continues through Feb. 9. 748-5875. Florida Studio Theatre — “Proof.” A young woman ponders her inheritance of genius and madness through Feb. 15. 3669000. FST Cabaret Club — “Guitar Girls.” Running through March 22, this features the work of Carol King, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and other all-time greats. 366-9000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Damn Yankees.” The devil creates the most evil intrusion on New York baseball since George Steinbrenner through March 9. 366-5454. Players Theatre — “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

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Island Players — “Deathtrap” — Ira Levin’s comic thriller runs through Jan. 26. 778-5755.

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McCurdy’s Comedy Theater — Tom Rhodes. The free-wheeling, stage-prowling, stand-up comic performs through Sunday, Jan. 19. 925-3869. Van Wezel — Circus Sarasota. The aerialists, clowns and jugglers of our area’s stellar circus hit the stage at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Tickets are $7; The New Shanghai Circus. China’s own stellar circus brings its 2,500-year-old blend of artistry and athleticism at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21. Tickets are $20. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303. L’Attitude Gallery — “CD Release Party.” The Nathen Page Piano Trio performs from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday Jan. 16, to celebrate its latest release. 373-0767.

Circle Books — N.M. Kelby signs copies of “In the Company of Angels,” her tale of heroic nuns in World War II, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; Longboat Key author George Tuttle signs copies of his mystery novel, “Murder in the Opera House,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. 388-2850. Sarasota News & Books — Jill Conner Browne signs copies of her hilariously over-the-top “The Sweet Potato Queen's Big Ass Cookbook (And Financial Planner)” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16; David Grimes and Tom Becnel sign their offbeat, off-road, and off-the-radar Florida tourguide, “Florida Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Offbeat Stuff,” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. 365-6215.



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This all day annual block party takes hold of the streets in downtown Sarasota from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. It’s a celebration of the arts — all of them, including visual arts, dance, poetry, theater, and music from classical to the blues. The emphasis — in everything from the Graffiti Wall to the Hands-On Studio to the Kids’ Art Center to street theater — is on audience participation. Nationally-noted artists and acts include the Urban Bush Women, a street-level performance troupe fusing dance, theater and storytelling. (The event is free but the Arts Council requests a $4 donation from adults for indoor performances.) Call 365-5118.

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you could possibly imagine. 383-2345. Education Center on Longboat Key — now accepting ongoing registrations for upcoming winter adult classes in every other thing you could possibly imagine. (Classes are still available, but these are filling up quickly.) 383-8811. Art Center Sarasota — offering a plethora of classes in drawing, painting and art theory for adults and youth. (It’s not your imagination.) Frank Webb will demonstrate his watercolor technique from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. The cost is $7 for members and $10 for guests. 365-2032.

Ringling School of Art and Design — ongoing continuing education classes, including several new workshops created in partnership with the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. 955-8866. Sarasota Ballet Academy — comprehensive training for professionals and non-


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Buy a Sunday in the Park season subscription for $30 and receive tickets to all three concerts and a guaranteed “musical” chair at the concert. Musical Chair subscribers will also get special parking privileges at The Longboat Observer and transportation to Joan M. Durante Park by Longboat Limousine. Individual tickets to each concert are $5 and can be purchased at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive South, The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Parking will be managed by the Longboat Key Police Department and will be available at Joan M. Durante Park and Euphemia Haye Restaurant. Bring your own chairs and /or blankets, picnic baskets and drinks (non-alcoholic). Water will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the concerts benefit the Arts Center and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce.

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Kathleen Takvam’s winning contest entry: “Every year a few days before Thanksgiving, my 4th-grade students come into class to find an invitation on their desks. It invites them to an ‘I am Thankful for my Wonderful Class Ice Cream Party.’ Their eyes light up and the word quickly spreads through the room. “They talk of nothing else for the next day or two until the big event. I build the excitement by letting them vote on the flavors and toppings they want me to purchase. Edy’s, of course, always wins. “The night before the party I stay after school and decorate a large table and have it set so that this is the first thing they see when they enter. I build excitement all day by having our subject matter done in teams with ice cream names. As they leave for lunch they aren’t interested in eating, only that it is bringing them closer to the ‘ice cream event.’ “When it is finally time for the party, I begin by telling each child why I am thankful for him/her. I make sure that I mention a special quality about each one that I admire and tell them why it makes them special. Finally, each student gets to come up to the table and make himself/herself a big dish of ice cream of all favorite flavors. “Each child feels so special as he sits there eating his ice cream, savoring every spoonful, smiling and knowing that I think he’s pretty terrific. “I also enjoy my big bowl of ice cream as I smile at them, usually with tears in my eyes, thankful that these children are touching my life and very glad that every year I get to show them that with ice cream.” ❑

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this month), but Edy’s also shipped some bonus gallons of ice cream directly to her at Whitney Beach. She also received a year’s worth of coupons for Edy’s Grand Ice Cream. Her Whitney Beach neighbors lined the railing to watch for the arrival of the cool winnings and then celebrated with an ice cream party by the pool that Sunday after Christmas. There may be more ice cream parties in the future at Whitney Beach: The Takvams are retiring after this school year and will spend most of their time on Longboat.

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Marriage produces Italian cook The world of cooking changed dramatically for Barbara Falcone when she remarried and found herself part of a large Italian family who loved to eat. “My first husband was diabetic and died very young of complications,” Falcone said. “While he was alive, cooking was restricted to his needs. When I married Louie, I was challenged. Everybody cooked Italian.” Falcone began “by picking the brains” of family members, including her mother-in-law. Falcone chuckled as she remembers one of her first experiences: “It was really nothing but sautéed zucchini. But to me it was exotic.” with Even spaghetti sauce was a puzzle. FALCONE “Everyone had a different recipe,” she said. Over the years she has evolved a recipe of her own but it has variations — in the summer, she always uses fresh tomatoes. Falcone has even tackled osso bucco, braised veal shank, and been successful. “It’s a lot of work, though,” she added. One Thanksgiving, the family came to their home. Falcone prepared the traditional turkey with all the trimmings. Lou’s mother contributed a big pan of ravioli. “Everyone ate the ravioli and left the turkey untouched,” she recounted. A traditional fish stew, generally served at Christmas, and pasta fazole, the popular Italian soup, have never been mastered by Falcone. “I think it’s because I really don’t like either of them.” When entertaining, the Falcones like to have only one other couple. “So we can play bridge afterwards,” she explained. Rack of lamb is a favorite entrée of Falcone’s. It is simple but impressive. She uses the traditional rosemary and oil to prepare it. She does recall one disaster in the kitchen.



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“It wasn’t the food,” she explained, “it was me.” A newly converted Catholic, she forgot the restriction on eating meat during Lent and prepared a ham on Ash Wednesday. “I never did that again,” she said. Falcone admitted the kitchen is not her favorite place to spend time. “I like to prepare foods that don’t take much time or are not complicated. I really like to eat out and take home the leftovers.” But New Year’s Day, the Falcones did have open house for 37 guests. She made her friend Pearl’s fish chowder and called on some Longboat Key caterers for help. ❑

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Rediscover Longboat’s Ivo’s in Sarasota The address may be different, but the food and service at Ivo’s Ristorante are as excellent as you remember. For 21 years Ivo’s was located on the ground floor of the Four Winds Beach Resort on Longboat Key. You can now find Ivo’s at 2085 Siesta Drive, Sarasota (across the street from Dillard’s at the Southgate Shopping Plaza). Ivo’s new ristorante is nothing less than charming. Pastoral murals depicting the Italian countryside cover the walls. Seating about 40, the table placement allows space for easy access and a bit of privacy. Crisp, white cloths cover the tables and small vases of fresh flowers top each. Three archways lead from the dining area to a small bar and off to the kitchen at left. Although we didn’t have reservations, we would suggest you get reservations; the restaurant began to fill quite quickly. After our efficient and courteous waiter

seated us, a basket of warm bread instantly appeared. In detailed fashion, he presented the specials of the evening, which included sea bass, osso buco and ravioli. At an adjacent table, another waiter was reviewing the specials and when he came to osso buco, all at the table applauded enthusiastically. The appetizer list is, well ... appetizing. Take your choice of classic caprese escargot, cozze in bianco (mussels in white wine with garlic and parsley) or perhaps vongole al sugo (clams in oil, garlic and parsley). Five pastas are on the regular menu with at least one special every evening. Especially tempting was the tortellini della casa with mushrooms, spinach and cream. The entrée menu has something for every appetite. Veal, chicken, seafood, lamb, beef and duckling are all available. Many are entrées Ivo has served over the years and are


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A house salad of crisp greens, with kidney beans accents, sets the tone for dinner. well-recognized. Two specialties are roasted rack of spring lamb, with the traditional rosemary and garlic, and Duckling Mistral, deboned duck with chestnut stuffing and sauce perigourdine. Filet of beef Wellington is another specialty. The beef tenderloin is baked in a pastry puff with duxelle stuffing and served with black truffle sauce. But seafood was on my palate. While the sea bass special was interesting, I decided on the Snapper Adriatico. My companion is fond of Chicken Florentina, and while it is a popular Italian entree, chefs do have variations of it. A house salad accompanied our dinner. It was a superb collection of varied fresh greens, ripe tomato slices and a scattering of dark red kidney beans. The dressing was a simple oilvinegar-herb blend and complemented the salad nicely.

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What a delight our entrées were. The presentation was outstanding with its colors, flavors and textures. My snapper, sautéed until it flaked easily, had capers and black olive slices atop it. The sharp capers and pungently flavored olives added excitement to the bland fish. With it were buttered fresh carrots, creamed spinach and a mound of sliced cooked potatoes with mild sauce or glaze. Each forkful was a taste experience. My companion’s chicken was cooked to perfection and was fork-cutting tender. It was accompanied by the same vegetables. As we were enjoying our dinner, the osso buco was served to the adjacent table, and again, met with applause. Wondering if Ivo’s desserts would sustain the superb quality of our meal so far, we ordered dessert. I really enjoy sampling different chefs’ ver-

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388.3210 1163

19 N. Blvd. of Presidents • St. Armands Circle

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sions of tiramisu. We also ordered a lemon torta on the recommendation of our waiter. The desserts were scrumptious. The tiramisu was very moist and each ingredient was clearly defined for utmost enjoyment. The food dictionary defines “torta” as a tart, a pie or cake. Ivo’s torta is similar to a slice of pie with a miniscule crust and a very dense, tart lemon filling. It is very rich and a most generous portion. In every aspect, our evening was outstanding. Although the restaurant has been open only a short time, Ivo’s fans from his many years on Longboat Key are already rediscovering him. More than once during the evening, Ivo came out of the kitchen and was warmly greeted by guests. We generally don’t include restroom reviews in our dining-out pieces, but this time we did and we give the rest room a thumb’s up. It is as charming as the dining room. Welcome back, Ivo! ❑

Left: A charming restroom; far left: A limon torta; below: The dining room with pastoral murals is found at Ivo’s.

Ivo’s Ristorante 2085 Siesta Drive • Sarasota Phone: 951-9200 • Fax: 951-9300 Cuisine: Authentic Italian. Recommended: Osso buco, chicken florentine, tiramisu and any appetizer. Price ranges: Appetizers, $6.75 to $7.25; pastas, $14.75 to $17.75; entrées, $17.95 to 23.95; and desserts, $4.50 to $5.75. Service: Impeccable. Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Closed Sunday. Parking: Ample and adjacent, plus street parking. Credit cards: All major cards. Handicapped Access: Excellent.

Barnacle Bill’s North Trail Fabulous “Resort Style”

Sean Murphy’s

Bridge Tender Inn And Dockside Bar Where The View is Free


ZAGAT: Best Food on the Gulf Coast FLORIDA TREND: Florida’s Top 20 Restaurants

Seating from 10:30-2:00 Reservations Suggested 355-7700


N. Trail location only

We specialize in large lobsters

WINE SPECTATOR: Award of Excellence Early Bird Menu 11:30 to 5:30 Daily

Dockside Music with our Local Greats

2 lbs. & up

Barnacle Bill’s Seafood locations: 5050 North Trail • 355-7700 Main, Downtown • 365-6800 Webber & Beneva • 923-5800

Lunch • Dinner • Spirits HAPPY HOUR 3-6 MON. thru FRI. 3 Deep Water Docks Dinner Reservations Suggested 135 Bridge Street • 778-4849 • Bradenton Beach One Block East of Trolley Stop #43




Surfside Anna Maria Island 778-6444 •

Lunch Served Daily on our Bayview Deck

Carving Station • Exceptional Hot Entrees Omelette Station • Tantalizing Salads • Dessert Station Pasta Station • Breakfast Station Raw Bar Complimentary Champagne or Mimosa LOBSTER






Relaxed Dining in a Spectacular Setting • Bistro Quality • Pier Prices • Our own Unique Atmosphere Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner 7 Days

Take-out Menu Catering Open Daily 5:30 - 10:00 PM

(behind Publix) 1163

Reservations Suggested

Longboat Key




Great Food • Island Appeal

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23 Ave. of the Flowers

11:00-4:30 4:30-9:00

111 Bay Boulevard South • Anna Maria (Opposite City Pier)

“Absolutely exquisite ...the very best”

Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Seafood is Our Specialty!







(941) 779-0220 or (941) 779-0221 5702 Marina Drive • Holmes Beach, FL




LONGBOAT KEY CAFE DON GIOVANNI Come, sit and feel at home and enjoy the friendly casual “Italian” atmosphere with Domenico, the owner. The chef will cook for you his delicious fresh pasta, fish, chicken and famous seafood and veal dishes. And, don’t forget to try our antipasti! Wine and beer available. open 7 days a week. Sunday Breakfast 9-2, Breakfast (Jan. to May) 8-11, Lunch 11-3, Dinner 410:30 every night. Call for reservations: 383-0013. 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive (next to food mart). CAFE ON THE BAY Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, Cafe on the Bay offers diners views of the marina and bay in an elegant yet casual setting. The extensive menu has something for everyone. We are sister restaurant of the world class Cafe L’Europe. 2630 Harborside Dr. Hours: Lunch 11:30-3; Dinner 5:30-9 Sun. — Thurs; 5:30-10 Fri. & Sat,; Sunday Brunch from 9-1 $16.95. 383-0440. CIAO! ITALIA A real trattoria on Longboat Key, the best homemade Italian food you ever tasted! From linguine with fresh clam sauce to veal scaloppine marsala. The most delicious antipasto you’ve ever had, plus succulent brick oven pizza. Try Ciao’s in the Centre Shops, we know you’ll not be disappointed. Hours: 11:30-3, 4:3010p.m. 383-0010. THE COLONY DINING ROOM This classic award-winning restaurant with floor to ceiling windows offers Florida’s finest view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Colony Dining Room cuisine could be described as Contemporary Continental. You’ll also enjoy one of this nation’s finest wine lists. Reservations strongly suggested. Dinner from 6 p.m. nightly. Sunday Brunch: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-5558. EUPHEMIA HAYE An eclectic atmosphere of art & antiques creates the setting for award-winning cuisine; classic preparations of roast duckling, steak au poivre, Caesar salad, gulf-fresh seafood and homemade pasta. Upstairs, the HayeLoft Lounge & Dessert Room touts top-shelf spirits & cordials, appetizers, an outrageous dessert display & live entertainment. Dinner nightly. Late night gourmet pizza & desserts. 383-3633. HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS Harry’s has been tantalizing tastebuds for 23 years. The restaurant is tropical fine dining with a casual flair. This intimate restaurant serves continental classics and inventive seafood. Lunch is served 11:30am-2:30pm. and Sundays 10:00am-2:30pm. Dinner SundayThursday 5pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-9:30pm The adjacent gourmet deli offers dinners, sandwiches, salads and party specialties to take-out. The deli has an extensive selection of wines and offers gourmet gift baskets. Open 11am.-7pm. Harry’s has done stylish catering for every occasion since 1979. Open 7 days a week. 525 St. Judes Drive, 5600 block Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-0777. ISLAND JUICE & JAVA Winner “Rookie” Small Business of 2001. “Experience the taste of Longboat” at this charming gourmet deli/coffee shoppe/ice cream parlor. Healthconscious dieters as well as decadent dessert lovers will delight in a large selection of breakfast, lunch, snack and dessert items. Eat in, take out, and catering. OPEN DAILY 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 3174 Gulf of Mexico Drive (next to Sea Stable) 387-8783. LYNCHES LANDING BAR AND GRILL Sisters Ethna and Chris Lynch have captured the true spirit of Ireland. Famous for Cork Cottage Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish smoked Salmon, fresh seafood and great burgers. Enjoy spectacular sunsets and our live music. 4000 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Hours: 11:30 a.m.11p.m. 383-0791. MAR VISTA Come by land or sea to Mar Vista’s Dockside Restaurant and discover Longboat Key’s favorite restaurant for fresh seafood and steaks. Enjoy lunch or dinner on our deck or in our old-Florida-style dining room. Kids’ menu available. 760 Broadway. 383-2391.

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A restaurant for all reasons. Bistro style menu has been added offering the traditional and inventive to Steve Horn’s signature cuisine. Dine Al fresco under the stars! It’s what everyone’s raving about. Dinner Tuesday thru Sunday. Sunday breakfast 8:30 - 12:30. Lounge music 8pm Wed. 383-7774

Located 8 stories above beautiful Lido Key, this outstanding restaurant boasts Sarasota’s grandest views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Opened in April, Christopher’s has already earned a reputation for for providing a dining experience unparalleled in this area. The menu ranges from sushi and lobster salad to Chateaubriand and Dover Sole prepared tableside. After you dine, plan for an after dinner drink or cigar in our “smoke-free” lounge. Entertainment nightly. Located at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort 8th floor. Open nightly 5:00 p.m. Reservations call 388-5608

SUNSET BAR & GRILL At the Hilton Longboat Key. Great “Island Style” dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Happy hour daily 5 - 7 p.m. Hours: 7 a.m. -10 p.m. 383-2451. THE MONKEY ROOM The Colony’s newest venue, The Monkey Room, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, features flavorful dishes from Indonesia, Florence, Havana and Paris. Just perfect for parties of all ages and sizes. Breakfast Mon. — Sat. 7 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. All Day Dining available 11:30 a.m. — 11:30 p.m. Adjacent to The Monkey Room is the all new Monkey Room Bar, one of the most comfortable lounges in town and definitely the place to be and be seen. Live entertainment nightly. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive 383-5558.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACH BISTRO Award winning surfside dining. Zagat Guide “the best food on the Gulf Coast”. Recipient of the “Golden Spoon Award” bestowed on the Top Twenty restaurants in the State of Florida. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Hours: 5:00p.m. — 10:00p.m. Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive. Anna Maria Island. 778-6444. BISTRO AT ISLAND’S END Beach Bistro’s more casual cousin. Selected one of Florida’s “Top 200” restaurants by Florida Trend, praised by Zagat Guide and voted Best Overall Restaurant by locals. “Gulf Coast Cookery” with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Jazz piano on weekends. Hours: 5:00p.m. — 10:00p.m. Bistro at Island’s End, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island 779-2444. BRIDGE TENDER INN & DOCKSIDE BAR Specializing in fresh seafood, outstanding steaks and barbecue ribs; open 7 days. Live entertainment every evening, also Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Lively happy hour 3 — 6 p.m. in the bar. Sailboat dockage west via Marker 49. Casual/fine dining. Enjoy the best of both worlds. Hours: 11:30 a.m. — 2:00 a.m. 778-4849. DA GIORGIO RISTORANTE Offers authentic Italian cuisine. A big selection of wines from around the world will most certainly enhance your meal. Live entertainment with Luigi Toth, Tuesday through Saturday, contributes to the already pleasant atmosphere. Gift certificates available. Open Daily from 5-10p.m. 779-0220. THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Enjoy the biggest & most interesting breakfasts, lunches covering everything from mouthwatering seafood, salads to burgers, sandwiches of all kinds & sophisticated great value dinners. Dine outside on our deck overlooking Tampa Bay or our 1920’s Florida cottage dining room w/fireplace. 7 days a week 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 111 South Bay Blvd. Anna Maria Island (opposite City Pier) 778-1515

ST. ARMANDS/LIDO THE HUNGRY FOX The Hungry Fox is the neighborhood restaurant on St. Armands Circle. Casual dining featuring chef quality food reasonably priced. Serving you breakfast, lunch and dinner, pleasing local appetites for over 19 years with all of your favorites. Children and families welcome. Dine inside or on our garden patio overlooking the Circle. Open: Monday — Saturday 8 a.m. — 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. 388-2222

SARASOTA BARNACLE BILL’S SEAFOOD No waterfront, no view, just great resort style food at neighborhood prices. Sarasota’s finest fresh seafood, specializing in the freshest local and northern seafood in the market. Old world and contemporary preparations with showcase quality seafood in the restaurant. (3 locations) Barnacle Bill’s Seafood on Main, 3656800, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood on Webber, 923-5800., Barnacle Bill’s 5050 N. Tamiami Trail 355-7700. DA RU MA Enter the exciting, fascinating and delicious world of Da Ru Ma, where expertly trained chefs perform feats of classic Teppan style cooking at your table. Along with traditional favorites, innovative combinations featuring sauteed shrimp, teriyaki steak, seafood, tempura, sushi and much more. Enjoy sunset specials with a breathtaking view of the bay. Open daily 5-10. At the Sarasota Quay, U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road. 951-2440. MOREL RESTAURANT Enjoy sophisticated cuisine in one of Sarasota’s finest restaurants. A pleasant dining experience awaits you at Morel, where the cuisine is tantalizing and the service and atmosphere are warm and inviting. Well worth the trip! Centrally located with ample parking. Reservations suggested. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 4:30-9:30 p.m. 3809 S. Tuttle Ave., 927-8716. MUNROE’S For those beyond trends and power dining, Munroe’s is Sarasota’s mainstay. Enjoy sophisticated regional American cuisine, a global wine list and friendly, attentive service in a historic urban atmosphere. The upstairs jazz tavern offers live entertainment, late night appetizers and desserts, happy hour and full dinner menu. Chef-owned and operated. Valet parking. Hours: Dinner Mon.-Thur. 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Closed Sundays. Catering available. 316-0609.



It’s read everywhere Residents of Grand Bay recently took The Longboat Observer to South Africa. Pictured are Bob and Sue Coyne, front, Hadassah and Marty Strobel, Heidi Castleman Klein and David Klein and Ruth and Alan Ades while on safari at the Phinda Game Preserve.

Sandra H. Levy visited Edgoya, Svalbard, Norway, this summer. She assures The Longboat Observer that those antlers are not really growing out of her head.



An elite group of 44 residents will claim as their own Beau Ciel’s unparalleled array of amenities. They will also revel in its locale, on Sarasota’s famed Boulevard of the Arts. A glimpse of your new life starts the moment you enter Beau Ciel’s dramatic two-story lobby. This significant space houses a spiral staircase, rich furnishings, and a floor of limestone enhanced by mosaic inlays. At its heart will stand a magnifi-

Not yet fully constructed, Beau Ciel is already being called one of the most architecturally significant residential properties to arise on Sarasota’s waterfront. Enthusiastic buyers have snapped up more than 75 percent of the homes available. And no wonder. Soaring 17 stories over Sarasota Bay, this new condominium community offers the best of sophisticated metropolitan living.

A glimpse of life at Beau Ciel starts as you enter the dramatic two-story lobby. cent, 12-foot abstract sculpture by nationally renowned artist Howard Ben Tré, whose work appears in such eminent venues



Only 44 residences on the downtown waterfront with spectacular


Now rising between the marina skyline on one side and the open bay waters on the other, Beau Ciel is becoming more beautiful every day. Construction is underway on the exclusive address featuring only 44 dramatic residences of luxurious design and dramatic through views, steps from all the arts and culture of downtown.The lobby sculpture has been commissioned and the cascading waterfall is beginning to flow. A new way of life is about to ensue in the private Plaza Club, featuring a handsome dining and boardroom, fitness club and resort pool overlooking the yacht harbor just below, along with all the pleasantries of a dedicated concierge for residents only. A limited number remain from the mid $800s.

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as New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. From the lobby, private elevators will whisk you to your new home. Here, revel in breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay, the Yacht Harbor, and the city skyline. Live in the airy elegance volume ceilings provide. European kitchens, graced by granite countertops, make cooking a pleasure. (Gourmets especially appreciate state-of-the-art appliances, and the butler’s pantry.) His-and-her marble master baths house whirlpools in which to soak away the day’s stresses. On gentle Florida nights, sit on your private terrace and gaze at tranquil waters and sparkling city lights. The amenities offered in your home are matched only by those provided to all residents via Beau Ciel’s Plaza Club. Located on Beau Ciel’s third level, it is the social heart of your community. Congregate in the elegantly appointed

lounge each morning. Greet your friends as you sip orange juice, munch on bagels, and prepare for your day by scanning the Wall Street Journal. Complete appointments and chores with the help of an on-site concierge. In the evenings, enjoy a cardiovascular workout in Beau Ciel’s state-of-the-art fitness center. Swim a few laps in the community’s reflecting pool. If you prefer, an adjacent lagoon pool gives you the opportunity to frolic in the spray of a three-story waterfall. Hard as it may be, you simply must tear yourself away from Beau Ciel to explore the city itself. Sarasota’s world-class shopping and art galleries sit only steps away from your home. Spend your days exploring them, enjoying the world-class programming at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, or taking in stellar exhibits mounted by the Ringling Museum of Art.

Exquisite design. Unparalleled amenities. Prime location. Beau Ciel has one more amenity to offer: the sterling reputations of those who have envisioned this project. Behind every community developed by U.S. Assets Group stand principals Thomas Brown and Jay Tallman. Together, they offer nearly a half-century of expertise in high-end building. Nationally recognized for quality construction and amenity planning, their work has been lauded by such prestigious organizations as the National Association of Homebuilders and the Southeastern Builders Conference. Beau Ciel has already assumed the aura of a landmark property. No wonder it’s more than 75 percent sold. To take advantage of the few, unique opportunities remaining, please call our Preview Center, 941-955-3034. Home prices start in the mid $800s.








Artist’s conceptual rendering.

Introducing La Bellasara

A Collection of Twenty-Nine Classically Inspired Bayfront Condominium Residences

On The City Side of The Bay, with Floor-through Signature Views




Two, Three and Four-Bedroom Condominium Residences from $1.1 Million to over $2 Million. Penthouse Residences: $3.9 Million and $4.2 Million.




Sales Gallery: 1801 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Open Monday-Saturday from 10 am-5pm, Sunday from 12pm-5pm Michael Saunders & Co. , Licensed Real Estate Broker Oral representations cannot be relied upon as correctly stating the representations of the developer. For correct representations, make reference to the written documents furnished by the developer to a buyer. Not an offer where prohibited by State statutes. Plans, descriptions, materials and amenities are subject to change. Features and prices are subject to change without notice.

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DORA Observing an observer BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

Dora. She’s the Madonna of Longboat Key: Everybody knows her by her first name. Many Longboaters probably don’t even know her last name (Walters), she’s that well known on her beloved Key. For decades, Citizen of the Year Dora Walters has chronicled the stories of others. Now, the tables are turned. For Walters, receiving the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year Award on Jan. 21 will just be the latest chapter in a story that began with a little girl in western Massachusetts. Walters had not yet entered the first grade While in the big city, she went to a party thrown by a Swiss artist named Otto. The man is now her husband. Was it love at first sight? “No,” recalled Walters. “I had a Mexican boyfriend in between.” In Mexico, Walters would visit villages aided by an American relief agency. Her job was to report back on how the donations were being utilized. Walters remembered how villagers threw a fiesta in honor of her visit. It was traditional to give gifts to visitors, but the villagers had few possessions besides tortillas, so they went out and picked cactus fruit for Walters. “Everything was just kind of an adven-

when she received an old typewriter from her father. That settled it. She would become a journalist. “I taught myself to type,” said Walters. “That’s why I’m still the world’s lousiest typist.” (Her editors agree.) She started out writing for the “kiddy” pages of her local newspaper. Walters went on to study public relations and journalism at Boston University. There, she became the first female editor of the yearbook, a position which covered the cost of tuition. After school, Walters wrote for the Springfield Union in Massachusetts, covered features for the Burlington Free Press in Vermont and eventually wound up in New York City.

Clockwise from top center: Dora Walters in The St. Pete Times’ Sarasota office; Dora in her favorite car, MG-TD; Claude Kirk, Florida’s first Republican governor since The Civil War, and Dora; Dora meets Ann Landers while working for Wilmington, N.C., Star-News.

ture,” Walters said. In the ’60s, Walters made the move to Florida, because there was “warm weather and a job.” The job was at the now defunct Sarasota News. From there it was on to the St. Petersburg Times, where Walters was assigned to cover everything south of the Skyway Bridge. This led to some big stories, such as the

time a girl was kidnapped from a state park near Osprey right around the time several female campers on the Appalachian trail were slain. Walters and other members of the news media spent the next three days at the sheriff’s office, waiting. On the third day, Walters saw a deputy surreptitiously get into a cruiser and leave. She followed the cruiser to Siesta Key, where she was the only one to see police arrest the culprit, Rusty Bannister. The missing girl was found alive. Walters would occasionally work with Channel 13 on news stories during the seven years she worked for the St. Petersburg Times. Eventually, she made the switch to television news in 1975. As far as she knows, Walters was the first female reporter for Channel 13. The stories continued. A phosphate dam broke into the Peace River. When Walters arrived at dawn, the Peace River ran milk white. The shoes she waded around in that day hardened into concrete. Then there were the people. Karl Wallenda, famous for balancing on the tightrope, told Walters he braved the high wire to get to the martini on the other side.

When Jimmy Carter was beginning his campaign, he came to Sarasota but no one showed up, except Walters, who spent an hour talking to the man who went on to be president of the United States. As communication equipment improved, Channel 13 no longer needed a separate office to cover Sarasota and closed up shop. Walters received an offer from Channel 40 in Sarasota to become an assistant news editor. She took the job and six weeks later the news director left. Walters was in charge of the nightly news. She went from being out in the field to being a mentor for those who were. “She was always willing to teach others,” said Bob Harrigan, the weatherman at Channel 40 whom Walters hired. Harrigan said the job at Channel 40 was his first and he was horrible on the air. Walters would take him aside and coach him, offering tips and encouragement, Harrigan said. “She was very good to me,” Harrigan said. “And very good to others too. She would be hard, but hard in a way that was good for you.” In 1987, Walters came home, to The Longboat Observer. She had been working for CONTINUED ON PAGE 3D

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NEW LISTING - FABULOUS EMERALD HARBOR HOME This home has a wonderful location near the Bay on the widest canal on Longboat Key. With its 2,500+ sq. ft., four bedrooms, pool, spa and dock can accommodate a very large boat, this home is one of a kind. Wonderful flow plan and terrific views are added bonus. $949,000. Virtual Tour NEW LISTING - WATER CLUB W/ FULL GULF VIEWS This is a 3,000+ sq. ft., true three bedroom, Longboat Key condominium with absolutely stunning Gulf, Bay & sunset views. The location in the building is one of the best and two deeded parking spaces are included. Fabulous worldclass amenities and clubhouse, security and concierge. $1,775,000 Virtual Tour PROMENADE W/ GULF VIEWS Largest 2BR, split plan condo on the sunset side of the building w/ absolutely gorgeous Gulf views. The location within the building is one of the best. This exclusive complex provides exercise & club rooms, Har-Tru tennis, great security and concierge. $795,000. Virtual Tour WONDERFUL LONGBOAT HOME This 2300+ sf. 3BR home is located on Longboat’s tranquil north end. Terrific split bedroom plan w/very large master bath. Beautiful grounds & located on a shallow canal for easy canoeing or kayaking. $595,000. Virtual Tour

FABULOUS EMERALD HARBOR HOME - This home has a wonderful location near the Bay on the widest canal on Longboat. With its 2,500 sq. fr., 4BR, pool, spa & dock that can accommodate a very large boat, this home is one-of-a-kind. Wonderful flow plan & terrific views are an added bonus. for a virtual tour. $979,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

VENICE ON THE BEACH - Direct Gulf views, magnificent two story four or five bedroom, 4.5 bath Mediterranean gated home with Jr. Olympic pool. Extremely detailed with moldings, marble, granite and hardwood floors. $2,675,000 Carol Palmeri, 966-7003

WATERCLUB WITH FULL GULF VIEWS - This is a 3,000+ sq. ft. true 3BR, Longboat Key condominium with absolutely stunning Gulf, Bay and sunset views. The location in the building is one of the best and 2 deeded parking spaces are included. Fabulous world-class amenities & clubhouse, security & concierge. for a virtual tour. $1,775,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

THE BEACHES - LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - Best 3BR/3BA buy behind the gates at the LBK Club! Direct panoramic gulf views from every room. Beautifully remodeled kitchen, granite counter, wood cabinets. Tastefully turnkey furnished. This pristine condo with unobstructed views is a must see! $1,269,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

GRAND BAY - LONGBOAT KEY - Gorgeous bayfront. Beautiful views of Sarasota Bay and skyline. Luxuriously appointed, shows like a model. Tennis, pool, private beach, clubhouse & state-of-the-art fitness center. $999,000. Jerry Thompson 552-3966

FAIRWAY BAY W/GORGEOUS DOWNTOWN VIEWS Gorgeous unobstructed Bay front views of downtown Sarasota can be seen from most rooms of this condo which is situated behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Membership to the Bay Isles Beach Club is included. $399,000. Virtual Tour FAIRWAY BAY WITH BAY VIEWS Located in the desirable Longboat Key Club this largest, two bedroom style floor plan condominium has two balconies, views of the Bay and the beautiful grounds and walk ways of Fairway Bay. Reduced $429,000. Virtual Tour WHITNEY BEACH CONDO This condo is located on Longboat Key’s tranquil north end with deeded access to a gorgeous white sand beach right across the street. Boat dockage available. $190,000. Virtual Tour EMERALD HARBOR Gorgeous Bay Front home that has been totally remodeled. $1,295,000. SALE PENDING Virtual Tour EMERALD HARBOR HOME Boaters take note of this deep-water home w/186’ of water frontage. $785,000. SALE PENDING Virtual Tour

FAIRWAY BAY WITH GORGEOUS VIEW Gorgeous Bay views can be seen from most of the rooms in this wonderful, turnkey furnished condo. Located behind the Gates with membership to the Bay Isles Beach Club included. $379,000. Virtual Tour PROMENADE WITH GORGEOUS VIEWS Largest 2BR split plan condo w/stunning gulf & pool views. SALE PENDING $819,900. Virtual Tour

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LONGBOAT KEY HOME W/BEAUTIFUL VIEWS This home has beautiful canal & Bay views, great boating water and is situated four in from the Bay, which makes it a wonderful find for someone who wants a great location. An added plus is the terrific dock that has been built with seating area. $699,000. Virtual Tour GRAND BAY’S VERY BEST BUY This wonderful 2 BR condominium is beautifully put together and has gorgeous unobstructed bay views. Located on the private side of Bldg. #5, this condo also comes with 2 parking spaces. $599,000. Virtual Tour

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Fabulous penthouse with incredible views! 5,000 square feet beautifully designer furnished. $6,900,000.


Spectacular Sunsets! - Surf, white sandy beach, superb living - all the amenities! 3 bedroom /3.5 bath, 3,811 square feet with den and breakfast bar. $2,850,000. Architectural elegance! - Sweeping terrace views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, 3 bedroom /3.5 bath, 3,415 sq. ft. $2,875,000.


the Longboat Times, when she was lured away by Ralph Hunter, who ran the “better paper.” At first, Walters wrote the news stories for The Longboat Observer. Things would get so slow out of season that she was able to take the summers off. That would soon change, however. When it became clear that the summer news needed to be covered, Walters made the switch to features reporting, so she could still have her summer sojourns. “She was a marvelous worker. Just as she is today,” said Longboat Observer founder Ralph Hunter. “She is like the Dalmatian at the fire station. Whenever the alarm goes off she’s gone.” In her free time, Walters likes to sail, listen to jazz and cook. Her coworkers can attest to her chili-making skill. Walters said she was totally surprised to be honored as Citizen of the Year. “I enjoy my job, so if they’re giving it to me for what I do, it’s kind of like frosting on the cake.” Walters is one of only four women to win the award in the past 28 years. Over the 15 years Walters has been at The Longboat Observer, she has watched the Key’s population grow significantly. But she said the influx of new residents has not changed the island’s character. “I think it’s pretty much the same,” she said. “I think Longboat Key has a unique sense of community. And I think the paper is vital in keeping it together.” “They don’t make them like Dora anymore,” says Matt Walsh, publisher of The Longboat Observer. “In 27 years in this business, I have yet to meet anyone who is a more passionate journalist than Dora Walters. Her life should be required reading in the journalism handbooks on how to be a reporter and photographer. It sounds like a cliché, but I believe Dora really does have ink in her blood and doesn’t breathe air. She breathes the news. “After eight years with her, I still don’t know how she manages to be everywhere and get to so many places. She

runs circles around people who are not even half her age. If I were to rank the most important person in The Longboat Observer’s history, it would be a tough choice between Ralph Hunter, its founder, and Dora Walters.” ❑

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This magnificent property offers Mediterranean elegance with European ambiance and panoramic views of the Gulf. Master craftsmanship & quality abound. 3BR/2.5BA. $2,875,000.


Bamboo custom designed canal front 4BR/3BA home has marble floors, granite countertops, custom built-ins, heated pool and spa and boat dock with 10,000 lb lift. $1,199,000. Remodeled 3BR in neutral tones and in move-in condition. Caged, heated pool & spa, fireplace, membership in LBK Club included. $659,000.


4th house from open bay view on wide canal. Has great potential, or ready for site to build your dream home. Deep water dock. 2BR/2BA as is with right to inspect. $575,000.




With direct Gulf views, beach and bay rights, and community dock. $537,500.


With ice cream parlor & coffee shop. Mid Longboat Key with great potential. $350,000.


Harbour Court


maintenance-free home behind the gates of the LBK Club. Spectacular bay views to Sarasota skyline. 3,000 sq. ft. residence offers 4BR/4BA. Kitchen/family room and living room w/fireplace open to lanai areas right over the water. Formal dining room. Community pool w/spa, 2 Har-Tru tennis courts, your own private boat dock, (20 ft. from lanai) 2 car garage. $1,100,000 Click on MLS#228918 @ for VIRTUAL TOUR.

3BR/3BA on golf course w/pool, gazebos, pond & waterfall, built-ins, 3 walk-in closets in master, double kitchen, and more. $449,500.


Gulf front first fl. walkout to pool. Updated unit is turnkey furn. 2 heated pools, clubhouse, tennis courts & more. $575,000.


Like new inside, this 2BR/2BA home is beautifully decorated and renovated. Fully furnished & on first floor. $279,000.


Top to bottom: Front row, center with the long, dark hair, Dora and her third grade class; Dora inspects the corn-crib in the yard of a home in Totolapan, state of Morelos, Mexico.

• GRAND BAY. Direct Bay views with extra large balcony. The most quiet and private location 2B/2B unit that shows like a model. Beautiful tile floors & built-ins throughout. Parking garage. Longboat Key moorings boat slip available separately. $699,000. Click on MLS#230539 @ for VIRTUAL TOUR. • LONGBOAT BEACH HOUSE Absolute direct Gulf Front, 2nd floor south end corner unit. 1,300 sq. ft., 2BR/2BA, furnished condo home. Tile floors & newer appliances. Heated pool & just steps to the beach. $539,000 Call 383-1990 • INN ON THE BEACH AT THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. Club suite in World Class resort. Finest restaurants, 38 holes of championship golf, tennis & fitness center. Grossed $41,538 in ‘01 $195,000. Buttonwood Harbour Tangerine Bay #535 Buttonwood Harbour Beach Place Tangerine Bay #534 Sunset Beach Queens Harbour Promenade Inn on the Beach Sea Place Water Club II Buttonwood Cove Inn on the Beach Longboat Harbour


$400,000 $895,000 $450,000 $599,000 $895,000 $645,000


Buttonwood Hbr Harbour Court Bayou Sound Rd. Sea Place Bay View Rd. Cedars East Sea Place Beach Place


Great location close to hospital and schools, fenced lot, 3BR/3BA, updated kitchen, separate guest quarters. $259,000.


Fabulous views of Sarasota Bay, LBK, marina, & Gulf. 24-hr Concierge, valet parking. Walk to the library, theaters, and restaurants. $539,000.


Tastefully 2BR/1BA updated home with water views. Walk to St. Armands. Boat dock. $199,500.


Potential for 15/20 condos with retail shops & parking, Anna Maria Island. Directly across front gulf - a prime location. $6,000,000.


LBK under $100,000? This 55+ Mobile home comm. w/invest. potential. Great location. $98,500.

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Gorgeous Gulf & Bay views from the area’s finest condominiums & homes. From Gulf front units with private beaches to downtown units & homes with city night lights! •Key West Style Estate! - Approx. 1 1/ 2 acres on the Bay with 7BR/7.5BA, 8,000+ SF, 35’ ceilings, double oak staircase, Acanthus moldings, stepped ceilings, Artisan finishes, gourmet kitchen, utility craft room, executive office, paver brick, elevator, 25-car garage, pool & dock.........................................$4,900,000. •Own Your Own Piece of Sarasota’s History! - 3.5 acres with bay access through Phillippi Creek plus a private lagoon, restored to preserve its original Florida charm, 1920’s 4BR/3.5BA, 3,400 sq. ft. with refurbished, original oak floors, fireplace, built-ins, custom moldings, French doors, new A/C, brand new kitchen with new wood floors, Corian & stainless steel appliances, master with new bath-Jacuzzi tub, dual sinks & large walk-in closet, pool, paver brick & 3CG....................$1,900,000. •Wide-Open Sailboat Water! Nearly an acre boasting 4 oversized BR/3BA, 4,613 SF with fabulous upgrades, miles of tile, spectacular fixtures, crown moldings, vaulted ceilings, faux painting, central vacuum, security system, clerestory windows, solid oak cabinetry throughout, formal and informal dining area, family room with home theatre, granite and wood floors in the kitchen, sitting area with views of the poolside dolphin fountain, 60-foot deck, dock, paver drive and 3 car garage...................................................................................................$1,599,000. •Brand New - Ceiling to Floor! Completely remodeled 4BR/4BA with stone-like tile & wood-type floors, brand new kitchen with furniture-quality cabinetry, Jenn-Air appliances & granite, French doors galore, crown moldings, antiqued vanities, pool, 2-car garage & observation deck with water views. Furniture and financing available..................................................................................$989,000. •Maintenance-Free Golfing & Boating! Turnkey furnished w/new carpet and paint in pristine condition 3BR/2.5BA, 2,867 sq. ft. with columned entry, custom ceilings, clerestory windows, streamlined kitchen with Corian, family room with built-ins, master suite with aquarium glass, private pool, peek of the lake and 2 car garage in an extremely secure community.........................................$899,000. •Enchanting 180-Degree Sunsets on the Bay! Direct Bay Front 3BR/2.5BA PENTHOUSE, 3,000+/-SF, crown moldings, neutral carpeting, wet bar, 2 convertible balconies, master suite w/private balcony & built-ins. In a soon-to-be gated downtown community...................................................................$799,000. •Stunning Bay & Marina Views! In a Premier, full service downtown building with gracious amenities of pool, hot tub, security, concierge & valet services. On the 8th floor with new A/C, fresh paint, newer carpet, 2 balconies, built-ins & window treatments. Near by virtually all of the diverse cultural activities that Sarasota has to offer................................................................................$549,000. •Bay Front Community with Private Serenity! Immaculate 1BR/1BA w/vaulted ceilings, track lighting, glassed lanai, kitchen with wood cabinets, raised ceiling & bonus deck, in a gated community with amenities-boat docks, pools, tennis courts, nature trails & more!...................................................................$135,000. •Downtown Bay Front Rental! Tremendous bay views-fresh paint, new tile floors, new A/C, new windows treatments, new smooth-surface range and microwave in kitchen, master suite with Roman tub! Near by most of Sarasota’s diverse cultural activities!...............................................................$2,600/month.

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Owner: Rebecca N. Anderson is the owner. Year established: The store opened November 1988. Web site: Anderson had a Web site for one year. But she says, “My customers want to talk directly to me. I just dropped it. We’re too personalized for that.� Employees: Anderson is a St. Armands resident. “I’m in and out all the time,� she says. In addition to her, there are two sales associates at the store. Hours: The store operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It stays open until 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of each month for the special events held by the St. Armands Circle Association, which she serves as the membership chairman. Type of store: Anderson designs for the practical, easy travel, easy living. Her basic fabric is 50/50 cotton and polyester. “I design my own line of clothes,� she says. She also does wardrobe consultation free of charge at the store. She also says that she gets “really good costume jewelry and I search for the best price.� The store also carries belts, hats and purses. Why open this kind of a store? Anderson made her own clothes. “People asked me where I got my clothes ... there was a need for it and I was getting bored,� she says. And the fact that she majored in business, coupled with her ability to sew, steered her in this direction. Most expensive items: These are the specialty fabrics, which are custom-cut and range from $150 to $200. Her basic 50/50 cotton knit sells for less than $100. Least expensive items: A 50/50 cotton knit tank costs $35. Earrings range from $18 to $20. Most popular item, service: “I don’t do anything trendy so it won’t go out of style,� says

Anderson. Her basic gaucho skirt has been a favorite since the store opened. What is the most challenging part of running this business? “Selecting my colors because I have to make sure they go back and blend with what they (customers) already have from previous years,� she explains. Best business advice ever received: “Don’t try to act like a big store or you’ll go under like they do,� she shares. Hobbies: “I’m always here,� says Anderson. But she does like her gardening. Favorite book: The books I read are to the grandchildren,� she says. She has four. Favorite movie: Similar story here. “Occasionally I’ll go to the movies with the grandchildren, but it’s whatever they want to see,� she says. What you like best about St. Armands? “Everything. The convenience of being able to ride your bike to the bank or beach,� she says. “I have my little corner of paradise. It’s quiet.� Is there something you dislike about it? “No,� she says. “I even love the tourists because they are my customers. They are the reason for my success.� If you could reincarnate, who would you be? Anderson says that she would probably come back as her great-grandmother, for whom she is named. She grew up in North Carolina, raising her own vegetables (no herbicides) and raising her meat. “To be totally self-sufficient,� is what Anderson finds so appealing about her great-grandmother. “I don’t want to be a celebrity because a famous person is not necessarily a happy person. And I know that my great-grandmother was a happy person. Happiness is not measured in dollars and cents.� — Lusya Sullivan











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Top building permits These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department in December, in order of dollar amounts.





628 Rountree Drive

replace single-family home

Ruth B. Godfrey


2525 Gulf of Mexico Drive

replace carports

Islands West Condo Association


580 Chipping Lane

replace single-family home

Robert K. Gault Jr.


530 Yardarm Lane


Joseph and Dusanka Stasic


570 Chipping Lane

alter kitchen and bath floors, shower tile

George L. Pintea

$125,000 $110,225

s e c u d o Intr

Mrs. Rogers’ Neighborhoods


and cabinets 5850 Gulf of Mexico Drive

FEMA remodel units 5 to 7

Whitstar Corp.

6341 Gulf of Mexico Drive

add second story

Philip J. Lombardo


5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive

convert offices 5 to 8 to doctors’ offices

Centre Shops Inc.


3010 Grand Bay Blvd.

install shutters, unit 102

James O. Fergeson Jr.


3281 Bayou Sound

replace windows, siding; paint exterior

James F. Tracy


2389 Harbourside Drive

replace garage doors

Harbor Circle at Longboat Key Owners


AMAZING GULF FRONT ESTATE ON SIESTA KEY- $4,495,000 Fabulous Guy Peterson creation with 5000 sq. ft. of class and quality. Secluded Sanderling home, affording breathtaking views, “dream kitchen”, awesome master suite and expansive viewing decks with tower. HARBOR ACRES BAY VIEWS AND GREAT BOATING! - $2,895,000. Gorgeous, furnished, almostnew home with extraordinary detailing. 4,200 sq. ft. with 4BR/4BA, 4 car garage & elevator. SENSATIONAL SUNSETS - $2,475,000. from this fantastic Bird Key home. Smashing Mediterranean w/all the “appropriate touches”. Great boating! In-law suite possible. Priced below appraisal! PANORAMIC WATER VIEWS FROM ST. ARMANDS MEDITERRANEAN - $2,395,000. Spacious 4 or 5 bedroom home with over 4,900 sq. ft., volume ceilings, dramatic extras, 2 fireplaces, elevator and docking for a 40’ boat. STUNNING AND PRIVATE HOME IN BAY ISLES - $1,249,000. - PRICED BELOW RECENT APPRAISAL! Cul-de-sac location with gorgeous lake & golf course views. Immaculate 3 or 4 BR home w/tasteful upgrades and lovely pool area. BIRD KEY BONUS! - $550,000. - Charming 3BR/3BA pool home w/wonderful, private yard. 3,000 sq. ft. of delightful space, complete w/den, sep. family room, living room & oversized 2 car garage. MUSEUM AREA TOTAL RENOVATION $414,500. - Almost completely new 3BR/2BA home w/stainless kitchen, high ceilings, private yard w/room for a pool and zoned for guest house.

Association 1095 Gulf of Mexico Drive

remodel unit 305

Luann Lamp


3281 Bayou Sound


James F. Tracy


525 Bay Isles Parkway

repair posts, beams

Dead River Properties Inc.


578 Jessmyth Drive

add pool, spa

578 Jessmyth Drive Joint Venture


640 Rountree Drive

add pool, spa

Longboat Key Partners LLC


425 L’Ambiance Drive

add pool fence

L’Ambiance Association



Laura D. Hansen, GRI

Since 1939

35 Year Resident of Longboat Key



Wagner Realty at the Centre Shops welcomes Cathy as Branch Manager of the Longboat Key office. Cathy brings 25 years of real estate experience on Longboat Key to Wagner’s. Give Cathy a call for your real estate needs.

OYSTER BAY LAKEFRONT- 1/2 acre of privacy. Old world style 4BR/4.5BA, large pool, family room and office. Formal living and dining rooms. Storage galore. The essence of quality throughout. $1,650,000 ST. ARMANDS, WASHINGTON DR. - 2 lots plus large architect designed home near beach, fine restaurants and shops. Call for survey. $1,100,000 VENICE ISLAND PARKFRONT DOWNTOWN - Custom 3BR townhouse condo with garage. Only 4 years old. Many special features.


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Featured Property of the Week! Ritz Carlton Luxury Residence

#16 Ave. of the Flowers, Longboat Key (behind Publix)

This 11th floor spacious 3BR residence has it all—gorgeous views over downtown, the bay and the marina. Private elevator, fabulous finishes and all the amenities. Includes membership to the Ritz Carlton Beach & Spa Club. Offered at $1,690,000


Other Choice Properties Available: Longboat Key—Bay Front! 5372 Sandhamn Pl., gated 5 BR 4,900 sf showcase w/dock. $2,295,000

Lido Beach Club—1212 Ben Franklin Drive


Unit 1102—Direct Gulf Front 2/2 totally remodeled! ....$625,000 Unit 909—Largest unit available! 2/2, over 2,000 sf! ....$595,000 Unit 408—Great views & fantastic value for only .........$519,000 Unit 302—Direct Gulf Front Value. 2/2 turn-key ...........$585,000

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Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach

WATER CLUB DIRECT GULF! - $2,495,000. “Arlington” plan w/3 bedrooms, 5 full baths, wood floors, fabulous upgrades and finishes... plus 2 parking spaces, (one is a sep. garage!) THE VIEWS WILL AMAZE YOU - $2,444,000. Ritz Tower Residence on 14th floor faces directly west for the finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 sq. ft. of fabulous finishes & upgrades. 3BR + family room. REGENT PLACE! - $2,395,000. - spacious “B” plan in south building w/the most fabulous views of gulf, bay and city. Over 3,200 sq. ft. of PIZAZZ! LUXURIATE ON LIDO! - $969,000. - 3BR/2.5BA condo home in L’Elegance. Views of both gulf & bay. Corner unit w/generous wrap-around balconies. Tile floors, storm shutters and designer turnkey funished. SANCTUARY-BEACH “WALK-DOWN” $899,000. - 2 or 3 bedroom with gorgeous wood floors, great built-ins and perfect location. WOW! THE VIEWS! THE VIEWS! - $589,000. Roomy Islander Club unit on the 7th floor with nice tile floors, built-in Murphy bed, large terrace and partially furnished. WONDERFUL HARBOUR OAKS VILLA $469,000. - Great high ceilings, tastefully updated, new granite kitchen, fireplace and large deck w/views through the trees to the golf course. FAIRWAY BAY WALKDOWN - $299,900. - Lush greenbelt views from this 2 bedroom. Tennis, pool and deeded beach access. Small pet okay.

3404 Gulf Dr.—2/2—Great Investment Oppty @ only $349,000 5608 Gulf Dr.—Spacious 2/2 Condo w/ Great Rentals $375,000

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Bradenton/Mainland 8612 15 Ave NW/Laurel Oaks—gorgeous 3/3 pool home $349,000 If you are looking to buy or sell property on the barrier islands, please contact us for a free, no-obligation interview.

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Bird Key Elegance 258 Robin Drive Bird Key A fabulous 4,600 square feet Mediterranean home with incredible architectural details highlighted by crown moldings and 10 foot ceilings. For information on this or any other fine property, please contact

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Dockside Realty, Inc.

sold for $920,000 Realty sales slowed during the week before Christmas because only 12 transactions were recorded at the Sarasota and Manatee county courthouses. The largest was the $920,000 sale at Grand Bay I. This is the amount Juliet and Hugh Helfenstein paid for the three-bedroom and three-bath apartment unit 163 in the 9-year-old first Grand Bay building at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd. Selling the apartment was Bruce MacCorkindale, acting in the role of trustee of the Joan F. and James J. Green Trust of Seaford, N.Y.

Country Club Shores


There were two sales in the 420-lot Country Club Shores, both in the $800,000 range. Leonard Kohn of Osprey sold his two-bedroom and two-bath home in Unit V at 520 Putter Lane to Connie Parker of McLean, Va., for $812,000. The 33-year-old home with a swimming pool last sold in May 2000 for $695,000. Over in Unit IV Anthony A. Sarandes of Ocala bought the three-bedroom and two-bath home at 551 Bowsprit Lane from Catherine F. and John C. Daley for $800,000. The house, built in 1970, has a swimming pool.

Players Club I Katherine M. and Stephen T. Bellringer of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, sold their unit 201 at the 134-unit The Players Club to Sandra G. Erman from Parsippany, N.J., for $899,000. The two-bedroom and three-bath apartment in phase I at 1485 Gulf of Mexico Drive will be 22 years old this year. It sold in December 1999 for $355,000.

Saga of Longboat Shores In the midst of Florida’s halcyon real-estate boom of the early to mid-1920s, one of the most ambitious planned developments was the 1,056-lot Longboat Shores subdivision. It was located at almost mid-Key along the Gulf in the Buttonwood Bayou area. No sooner than the subdivision’s plat had been recorded that

Dockside Realty

The Florida Boom burst in the summer of 1926, yes, even before that disastrous September hurricane that hit Miami, swept across Lake Okeechobee and entered the Gulf of Mexico near Fort Myers. That storm, incidentally, dumped 8.76 inches of rain on Bradenton while damaging the first bridge to Longboat Key over Longboat Pass, delaying its formal opening for more than a month. Like the never-completed Ritz-Carlton hotel and hundreds of other Boom-day developments, Longboat Shores “died a’borning.” Yet today there are some remnants of Longboat Shores such as the house that was sold at 640 Longview Drive in December. Arden L. Lerfald purchased this three-bedroom and two-bath home for $460,000 from Quantum Design & Construction Inc. of Tampa, Samuel Neyman, vice president. Built in 1974, the home last sold for $395,000 in May 2002.

Bayport Beach In an intra-family transaction at the 136unit Bayport Beach & Tennis Club, Mary Ann Picard sold her unit 605 in building 3-B, 605 Bayport Way, to Picard Brothers Real Estate, L.L.C., for $276,500. The sale price was $53,500 less than the $330,000 Picard bought

with Annette Rogers

Appropriate Renovations When Selling Your Home There are many factors to consider when preparing your home for sale. Annette Renovations may be necessary, but before you attempt any major projects, let’s talk about what kind of changes may be appropriate. It is not a good idea to remodel your kitchen or bathroom just before selling your home. These renovations are usually expensive and time consuming.

include replacing the roof, fixing gutters, painting, or replacing broken steps, windows and doors. When you are getting ready to sell your home, look for renovations that will cost a small amount in relationship to the increase they will have on the value and salability of your home. I can help you decide if you should go ahead with the changes you are considering. For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, please call:

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BENT TREE Beautiful wooded lakefront home with 3 bedrooms, den, 2.5 baths gorgeous new kitchen - granite counters, instahot, warming drawer. Truly a wonderful family home with 3 car garage, over half acre $ 549,000 Call Barry or Carol Lewis @ (941) 383-1051 or (941) 374-2628

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Single Family Homes $1,900,000 - $9,500,000 $899,000-$4,200,000 $429,000-$4,200,000 $575,000-$4,200,000

Condos $329,000-$7,600,000 $229,000-$3,400,000 – $229,000-$1,600,000

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$179,000-$2,800,000 $189,000-$2,500,000 $335,000-$3,000,000 • Website:

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Boom ended in 1926


GRAND BAY The spectacular Bay, Marina, and City views are just the beginning! This Biscayne model features a host of extras: A wine cellar and tasting room, Two parking places, and Reconfigured kitchen to name a few. Start living the ultimate resort lifestyle today- only $999,000 Call Barry or Carol Lewis for an appointment to see this special offering. (941) 383-1051 or (941) 374-2628.

TANGERINE BAY Incredible views of lagoon, pool and Bay from this light and bright 2 bedroom plus den, 2 bath, oversized 2 car garage unit. Over 2200 square feet in this 2nd floor unit. Gas hook up in private court yard for grilling. $799,000 call Pete Snyder for your private tour. (941) 383-1051 or (941) 356-6824. GOLDEN GATE POINT Tastefully decorated and furnished 4th floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath end unit with outstanding westerly bay views! New windows, updated kitchen and baths, washer and dryer in unit. Deep water boat dockage INCLUDED with water and power. Outside storage. Close to so much... Lido Beach, St. Armands, Downtown, Marina Jack, and The Ritz. $545,000 Turnkey furnished. Call Jeff Mann @ (941) 383-1051 or (941) 321-1489

the sales began off its plat map in much the same fashion as New York Giants’ John McGraw’s ill-fated Pennant Park was being sold where El Conquistador Country Club is today. All this was taking place about the same time John Ringling started building his Ritz-Carlton Hotel of Sarasota on the north banks of New Pass in March 1926. Boom-day sales had reached such a fever pitch that Sarasota’s biggest real estate operator, A.S. “Spark” Skinner, boasted that “there are only 1,056 lots in Longboat Shores and when they are sold there won’t be anymore.”

The Chart House Centre • 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr. • Longboat Key • 941-383-6411



BUSINESS St. Jude’s Apartments David Bass, 7903 25th Ave. W., Bradenton, sold his one-bedroom and one-bath unit 19 in building 4 of St. Jude’s Apartments to Kathryn V. Lawrence for $110,000. The apartment at 747 S. St. Jude’s Drive was built in 1966 and last sold for $108,000 in February 2001.

Lido Dorset

Lusya Sullivan

This Longboat Shores home, located at 640 Longview Drive, sold for $460,000 last month. the condo for in September 2002, indicative of the fiduciary nature of her sale. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1980.

Gulf Key Anne J. McCann of 410 Firehouse Court, bought unit 4 at the 10-unit Gulf Key condominiums, 540 Neptune Ave., from Miriam and Armando Montalvo of Coral Gables for $183,900. Built in 1972, the two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was last sold for $83,000 in September 1994.

Mary D. Zawaski from the southwest Chicago suburb of Palos Heights, Ill., bought unit 110 at the Lido Dorset from Mary Anne and George D. Klobosits, 6508 Deer Lake Court, Sarasota, for $170,000. The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1963.

Judy Kepecz Hays

Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957. ❑


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Inn on Beach A Portage, Mich., couple, Mary J. and Alan G. Lewandowski, sold their unit 202 in building 1 at the 245-unit Inn on the Beach to Mary A. and Nicholas J. Fontana of Bonita Springs for $333,500. This 21-year-old apartment sold previously for $310,000 in April 2001.

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Longboat Harbour There was a sale in the 150-unit first section of the 300-unit of Longboat Harbour condominiums. Judith A. and Richard Genda, 8541 Great Meadow Drive, Sarasota, sold their apartment unit 101 in building E to Tina and Scott R. Muller of Downers Grove, Ill., for $305,000. The two-bedroom and twobath apartment at 4350 Chatham Drive was built in 1969.


World class beach resort at your doorstep, largest 2 bedroom in the rental program. 2001 rental revenue was $97,700+. Rarely available and reduced to $738,000


Paul James Wilson bought his home in the Village (Longbeach subdivision) at 681 Fox St., from William Manning, 10315 Cortez Road, Bradenton, for $200,000. The house was built back in 1964 and last sold for $53,000 in December 1984.

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- Sunrises and sunsets, gulf, bay, skyline and golf course views. Light, bright and airy 2BR + den, 2 balconies, plantation shutters, garage parking, amenities including pool, tennis, fitness center. $975,000.

Designer-decorated w/gulf frontage. Tiled foyer, light and bright. Rec room, custom blinds, Extralarge closets, spacious 2BR/2BA. Washer/dryer. Clubhouse, community, pool/spa, turnkey. under bldg pkg. REDUCED $615,000

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Fantastic club amenities - golf, tennis, fitness center, fine dining, heated pool plus gorgeous Gulf beach. 2BR/2BA - Direct Beach and Sunsets - largest floorplan- end unit with extra large terraces $800,000 EXCEPTIONAL - Beachfront first floor walk-out. 2 private double terraces. Largest floorplan. $775,000 OUTSTANDING VIEWS - and value! Direct beachfront club suite. $340,000 LAGOON & CITY VISTAS - Sunrises. Club suite with 2 balconies. Turnkey furnished $275,000 CLUB SUITE - with enchanting lagoon and city views. Turnkey furnished. $245,000

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Islandside Private living within LBK Club. Open views to beach & city skyline. Southern exposure views, tastefully appointed. Over 3,500 sq. ft.,3BR/3.5BA. 2-car garage. Turnkey furnished at $3,500,000



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Lido Beach, Completely Renovated! Four 2BR/2BA units. Steps to the beach, walking distance to St. Armands. Could be rented weekly during season or yearly with tenants in place. Coin-op washer/dryer for tenants. Call for further details. $879,000


Soaring ceilings, beautiful built-ins. Corian counters, marble baths, great room, family room, 3BR/3.5BA, heated pool with Jacuzzi. Deeded beach access. $849,000.




Fabulous southwest beach views from this updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Very private, open floor plan, great building, Olympic sized pool. $549,000. Totally updated 2BR/2BA gulf front condo. Granite counters, new appliances, wood cabinets, faux finishes, fabulous light fixtures, plantation shutters. Olympic sized pool. $499,000.

Direct Bayfront Location. Magnificent, 5BR/4.5BA retreat. Gourmet kitchen w/granite & wood. Deep water dock avail. Current dock in place. $2,699,000 330 John Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL 376-6411 ~Direct Line 388-4433 - office 924-9000 ~ showing inquiries

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plan. Spacious & open w/all rooms opening to the tremendous terrace plus located on the West side of the building. 2BR/3BA plus den. $1,800,000 GULF FRONT - Gorgeous beach, pool & tennis. Wonderful 2BR split plan. New windows, sliding doors & appliances. Great views. $639,000 ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS - ground floor walkout plus private patio with great Gulf and sunset views. Totally redone - a masterpiece! Furnished $755,000 OUTSTANDING - Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA in exceptional Gulf front complex w/tennis & lovely pool area. Gulf & sunset views. $689,000 BEAUTIFUL - 2BR/2BA. Gulf to bay complex with gorgeous pool, boat docks and beach $190,000


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PLAYER OF THE WEEK How many years have you played golf? “I began playing here on Longboat Key about 10 years ago,” Burnside says. She prefers golf over tennis because it is a game you can play “when you are 90.” Burnside is on the course everyday if possible.

Is there anything you would like to improve about your game? Laughing, Burnside says, “My score. I would like to consistently shoot in the 80s.” She plans to schedule more practice time. Now that a two-year project to build and decorate a new home on the Key is completed, Burnside will have more time for golf.

What is your best score? It was an 84 scored when she was playing at the Spring Lake Golf and Country Club in Spring Lake, Mich.

What is your favorite part of the game? “Driving — to hit a long straight drive from the tee is so sweet,.” Burnside says.

What kind of clubs do you use? “I find the Ping clubs very satisfactory,” Burnside says. “They can be fitted to you and can be redone as you get older.”

What is your funniest flub-up? Burnside recalls a tournament in which she had great difficulty putting.

What is the highlight of your golfing career? “I remember it very well,” says Burnside.”I was a guest at the Isla del Sol Golf and Country Club at St. Petersburg and I got a hole in one on the 17th hole, using an eight iron. I was so elated. I haven’t had one since.”

Dora Walters

Nancy Burnside Longboat Key Club Women’s Golf Association

WAGNER REALTY Winter Rentals Reduced! Longboat Terrace Longboat Harbour Longboat Harbour Pelican Harbor Windward Bay 6311 GMD

2/2 2/2 1/1 2/2 2/2 3/2

$4000 per mo. $2400 per mo. $2000 per mo. $2500 per mo. $2800 per mo. $3200 per mo.

What golfer do you most admire? “Nancy (Lopez) does everything so well and she has a terrific personality to go with her talent,” Burnside says.

Bayfront Park Recreation Center: 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, (941) 316-1980

Ongoing classes Jan. 15 to 21 Sports/Fitness Classes: • Aerobics, (low-impact): 8 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday • Young at Heart: 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday • Muscles & More (weight-bearing): 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday • Boot-Camp Workout (cardio): 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday • Total Body Sculpting: 9:15 a.m. Tuesday • The Joy of Stretching: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 9:15 a.m. Thursday • Pilates: 10:30 a.m. Thursday • Tai Chi: For Fitness and Health: 11:15 a.m. Wednesday and Friday

Passive Programs: What is your advice to other golfers? “I’m the one who needs the help,” she laughs. “I really am a novice. Some golfers tell me I need to agonize more, especially when putting. But, I am a fast golfer; I like to keep moving.” What do you like most about golfing on Longboat Key? “I really enjoy the courses on the Key because here I can play real fast,” she says. But, if Burnside had her way, she’d walk, instead of using a cart. —Dora Walters

• Duplicate Bridge: 7 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Saturday • Contract Bridge (social): 1 p.m. Friday

News and notes: • The new tennis court lights have been activated. Hours of operation for lighted play are 5 to 10 p.m. • Senior men’s softball is organizing. For information, contact John Cruikshank at 383-9354. • Lifestyle Class: “Living Thin/Living Healthy” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Feb. 17. • Lecture Series: “Senior Home Safety” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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VILLA DI LANCIA - Longboat direct gulf front three bedroom condominium beautifully decorated with many built-ins and beautiful finishes throughout. Large terrace with the desirable southwest exposure. Offered at $1,850,000.

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BAY PLAZA - Fully remodeled 10th story two bedroom condominium overlooking bay and gulf. Steps to downtown. Offered at $469,000. SALE PENDING

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ON THE GRAND CANAL Big view & great boating from this 3BR/2BA pool home in Holmes Beach. Completely updated & ready to move into. Sailboat water & boat dock w/lift. Jane Tinsworth. 795-3000. #88119...................................................$565,000


ISLAND TOWNHOMES Brand new 3BR/2BA townhomes in small quiet complex w/quality design & construction. 1700sf w/priv garage, htd pool, only 3 remaining. $385,000. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #88679........$390,000

NEW KEY WEST DESIGNBAY VIEWS Built in 2001, this thoughtfully conceived 3500+ sq. ft. showplace has fabulous details. Rich wood floors and cabinetry, dream kitchen in granite, French doors, moldings, breezy porches, elevator, huge fenced yard surrounding a sparkling pool. Garage accommodates RV & collector’s toys. Great price! ML228355 $750,000

WINDWARD BAY Updated 2BR/2BA with glass enclosed lanai and view of Sarasota Bay. Pools, tennis, docks, beach access. Great investment - 4 year annual tenant in place. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #229234................................................$348,000

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NEW LISTING TANGERINE BAY CLUB Absolutely Bay Front Two/three bedroom unit of 2380 sq ft offers incredible privacy with wide vistas over dolphin playground and sparkling nighttime skyline. Known for its splendid pool and gardens, this premier condominium is located conveniently at the south end of Longboat Key. Enjoy gas grilling in your private courtyard. Two-car, private garage. Two small pets may be allowed. Membership at the beach club conveys with this unit. Act now. ML 229331 $799,000 NEW HOME - OAKS CLUBSIDE Under construction with February occupancy expected. Splendid “Ambrosia” model by Whitehall Quality homes. Over 4,100 Square feet of dramatic interior detail, columns, vaulting, arches, crown moldings 10 foot to 14 foot ceilings, state-of-the-art kitchen. All of this on one of the most coveted lots remaining in Oaks II, with breathtaking lake and golf course views. ML217796 $1,699,900

ROYAL ST. ANDREW - Large three bedroom corner condominium located in a well-maintained downtown Sarasota Building. Offered at $395,000.




At the net

Confidence is as important as talent You’ve certainly heard of or read any number of articles or even books on mind over matter. There are books and theories on everything from how to heal your back to how to heal your backhand. Doctors, psychologists and commentators alike have all expounded upon the abilities of professional athletes to control their emotions, channel their thoughts and focus on the challenge before them. Inevitably, only the very best seem to excel during the most critical times. It doesn’t seem to make any difference if it’s the quarterback, behind by six, driving his team down the field with two minutes to go, the basketball player that hits the three-pointer for the win at the buzzer or the golfer that sinks the five-foot putt for the championship. They all seem to share the same characteristics. Aside from the will to win (no small trait either), they all seem to possess that innate ability to rise to the occasion. And the really great players do it time and time again. That sets them apart from all the other athletes in their sport. To be sure, it’s not just because they are the most talented players because all professional athletes have talent. It’s because they have the level of confidence in themselves that it takes to prevail. Playing tennis is no different. Top ranked professional tennis players, especially on the men’s tour, all have incredible talent. Yet,

year after year, those players that have held the number-one ranking for any length of time continually rise above the rest. They know they can win. They have confidence in themselves. Do you think Serena Williams has confidence? You bet, and plenty of it. So, what is it and where does it come from? Confidence is nothing more than self-belief. It’s knowing that you can do it. It’s knowing what your abilities are and having faith in them. So, if you haven’t got it, how do you get it? Like any thing else, if you know what you’re doing and you’re good at it, you’ll have confidence in your ability. If you know your job, you have confidence that you can do a good job. You got there by putting in your time and working hard. It’s no different in tennis. If you have the skill, then you’ll have the confidence you need to do it successfully over and over again. If you don’t as yet have the skill, you’ll have to get it. And to get the skill, you’ll have to practice. Let’s say we’re talking about your drop shot. If you can hit that shot for a winner nine out of 10 times, you’ve mastered that skill. You know the next time you’re set up to hit that drop shot, no matter what the circumstances are, you can almost hit that shot in your sleep. You’re that confident. To get to this point, you’ll need to have a plan. To start, you’ve got to pick some specific goals. Decide what you want; a great drop

JOHN Mrachek

shot, a deep second serve, an overhead you can hit in the alley, or a angled volley that almost parallels the net. Just don’t set your goals beyond your reach. Then, set out to master that shot. Get a lesson, practice on the ball machine and don’t quit until you can do it nine out of 10 times, repeatedly. Then give it the test. Try it against an opponent. Finally, evaluate your performance. How did you do? Do you need more practice? If so, then do it until it becomes second nature to you. Test it again. Before long, your confidence will make it happen. John Mrachek is the manager of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. He is also the 2000 club champion in open singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the Longboat Key Club. ❑

LBK Public Tennis Center: 590 Bay Isles Road, 316-TEN-S (8367) Schedule — 7 Days/Week Open play: Mornings: 8, 9:30 and 11; Afternoons: 3:30, 5 and 6:30

Daily Round Robins at 3:30 p.m.: • Men: Tues., Thurs., Sat. • Women: Mon., Wed., Fri.

• Mixed: 3:30 p.m. Sun. Reservations suggested.

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LBK team vs. Jacaranda tennis Saturday, Jan 4. Steve Miller and Larry Shapiro won, 6-2. 6-3. John Mrachek and Jack Daly won, 60, 7-5. Nelson Goldner and Jay Greenblatt won, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

Longboat Key Club Mixed Foursomes Golf Tournament Sunday, Jan. 5 Gross: 1st Arthur and Chris Hersberger Gerry and Sheri Lublin 2nd Net: 1st 2nd 3rd

Bill and Ann Flinter Ray and Louise Stewart Noel and Toby Siegel Harvey and Myrna Pearlman Tom and Sandy Finnegan Mike and Betty Sarzynski Frank and Mary Jo Spinola Bud and Sandy Fulkerson

Closest to the Pin: George Minning and Peter Tracy, Sandy Finnegan and Marnie Lawrence


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A UNIQUE & GRACIOUS ESTATE The striking residence offers fabulous living spaces & beach views plus a separate 3BR “old Florida” guest cottage. Enjoy the sunset from the screened lanai, sun deck, heated pool or simply relax on the beach. Sold furnished. • VIRTUAL TOUR • $4,499,000 L’AMBIANCE Direct beachfront 3BR with panoramic views of beach. Wraparound balcony, elegant built-ins, designer furnished and two garage parking spaces all behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. • VIRTUAL TOUR •


PRIVATE BEACH HOUSE Panoramic views from this charming 2 story gulf front retreat with 3BR’s, large window complements the expansive water view, open gulf side pool and sundeck. Own a vacation home while earning rental income. Furnished. • VIRTUAL TOUR • $2,400,000

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Twice the results PRESTANCIA All the elements for a perfect lifestyle from this impressive lakefront home. Well designed split plan, four bedrooms and den/office, 4 baths, formal living & dining room, family room & chef’s kitchen. Captivating exterior w/large sparkling pool/spa w/waterfall overlooking lake and fairway, 3 car garage all within the TPC golf course. • VIRTUAL TOUR • $739,900 BEACHES - Direct beachfront with over 2,100 sq. ft. Panoramic beach views can be seen from each room. This residence is situated in the best location in this building. Wonderful on-site amenities including concierge, fitness center, tennis, lap pool and all behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. • VIRTUAL TOUR • $925,000 HIDEAWAY BAY Private deep water boat dock on protected Bayou. Ideal parcel to build your dream home nestled in a small enclave of custom homes on Longboat Key. Private tennis courts, serene and tranquil settings and steps to beach. $1,200,000 LIDO AMBASSADOR - Steps to the beach, world renowned St. Armands or dine at the Radisson hotel. Split plan two bedroom, screened lanai with partial views of Gulf, southern exposure in a secured building. $369,000

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Unmatched Service. Unrivaled Experience. ST. ARMANDS BAYFRONT Estate Home offering quality construction, architectural detail, and sophisticated interior finishes. 180 degree views of Sarasota Bay and sky line. A true boater’s delight. $3,850,000 BEACHES OF LONGBOAT KEY Glowing gulf views from this beautiful 2BR 8th floor jewel. Robb & Stucky turnkey furnished - you can move in tomorrow and enjoy beach front living at its finest! Excellent price $695,000. NEW LISTING - HARBOUR OAKS Wonderful maintenance free home with 3BR/2.5BA + den. Large great room concept w/vaulted ceilings, tile floors, & designer touches. Huge screened back deck, 2 car garage, new roof, new paver brick driveway & entry walkway add to this exceptional value. $459,900. FAIRWAY BAY Fabulous direct bay front, 2BR/2BA, end unit. Beautifully decorated for a comfortable Florida lifestyle in one of Longboat Key’s nicest communities. Amenities galore. Great Bargain! $495,000. NEW LISTING - ISLANDS WEST Direct gulf front 2BR/2BA with panoramic views of Gulf, Bay and Downtown. Exceptional building, sensational amenities. Priced to sell quickly with furnishings. $649,000. ISLANDS WEST Breathtaking vistas of the gulf, bay and downtown. Beautifully turnkey furnished, with den/2nd BR. $465,000. Sensational location! You can see forever from this 2 bedroom penthouse level condo. Enjoy higher ceilings, open floor plan, and move-in condition. $719,000.


MARINA BAY Exceptional bay front value in Bay Isles. Large 3BR/2.5BA with huge eat-in kitchen, family room, screened bay view terrace, separate dining room and closets galore. Feels like a private home. $825,000. SANCTUARY Corner unit w/wrap around views of golf and gulf. 2BD, den 2.5BA turnkey furn. Expansive beach & sensational amenities in secure, private environment. $965,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $785,000. VILLA DI LANCIA Absolute privacy and gulf front panorama in an end unit penthouse. Volume ceilings, huge terrace, wood floors, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, private elevator and all amenities. $1,950,000. LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS Fabulous direct gulf views from this spacious 2BR/2BA end unit. Bright & cheery, beautiful marble floors, and second parking space. $729,000. CASA DEL MAR Fabulous rental complex on the beach. Low maintenance fee and great on-site rental program for optimum owner income. Beautifully redecorated and updated. $465,000.

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BOATER’S DELIGHT - BAY ISLES Over 4000 square foot on deep water canal overlooking Cranes Bayou. Three bedroom, 5 and a half baths, plus wine cellar and hobby room. Features include granite kitchen, marble baths, high ceilings, elevator, private patio, pool area and oversized garage. $1,329,000. NEW VILLA - LONGBOAT KEY CLUB Under construction, one of a kind villa, three bedroom, two and a half baths, with panoramic golf course lake views. Many upgrades including pool and spa, granite kitchen and ceramic floors. $799,000.

THE MOORINGS: 80 ft. 'T' slip for your pride and joy at the area's finest marina. Please call for price. ISLANDER CLUB: Seasonal rental, just finished and luxuriously updated 2/2 condo. $6,500 per month

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THOMAS FYNES, P.A. A Certified International Property Specialist “Making Real Estate Real Easy” Tom is in the Top 1% of Agents for Coldwell Banker Worldwide! COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 572 YAWL LANE - Highly sought-after 2nd lot in from the bay with gorgeous bay views from two master suites. 5BR/4.5BA. Two story Mediterranean custom updated with volume ceilings and grand staircase.Two-car attached garage with a paver brick circle drive. No bridges to the intracoastal waterway and Sarasota Bay. Enjoy the private, lushly landscaped, caged, heated pool. $1,695,000 2BD/2BA 2000 sq. ft. completely remodeled, lushly landscaped, private dock, sailboat water, caged, heated pool. $739,000 PALMER RANCH-MIRA LAGO Perfect for a young family, just listed 3BD/3BA, over 2100 sq. ft. of maintenance free living, model condition. $289,900 SARASOTA HARBOUR-EAST Full unobstructed views, 30 ft. boat dock, 1BR/1BA, designer finished & turnkey furnished, 55 + condo at St. Armands $227,000 EMERALD POINTE Brand new & ready to move in! Gorgeous Amethyst Model behind the LBK Club Harbour Section gates. Only 16 custom luxury homes. $699,000

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BAY PLAZA: Enjoy being around the cultural & culinary activities of downtown Sarasota from this 2BR/2BA in desirable Bay Plaza. Large rooms, 2 balconies. Carpet, kitchen tile, paint, a/c all new in 2000. Full service building with valet and concierge $400,000. TANGERINE BAY CLUB: Longboat Key’s finest Bayside comm. Featuring 2 car private garages, resort style pool, day dock/fishing pier, fabulous floor plans, private beach club. Please call for current availability. THE MEADOWS: Spectacular 4 bedroom/4 bath home on 1.1 acres of lush landscaping in Windsor Park. Pool with waterfall, new bamboo floors. $659,000.

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BAY FRONT COREY’S LANDING Open bay view from this 3750 square foot villa behind the Longboat Key Club gates. Master bedroom with bay view plus two guest rooms are on the 1st level, 2nd level includes media room, office and two bedrooms. Private boat dock. $1,549,000. BAY ISLES - DEEP WATER DOCK Four bedroom, four bath plus den and family room, 3800 square foot Features include very open plan w/high ceilings, caged pool & spa. Quality, spacious kitchen, ceramic floors, marble master bath & outdoor cook center. $1,449,000. TANGERINE BAY Updated in “Tommy Bahama” style, this 3BR/2.5BA villa has beautiful Sarasota Bay views. Features include 2 car garage, bamboo wood floors, high ceilings, open plan, gourmet kitchen and spacious master suite. $759,000. FAIRWAY BAY GARDEN APT. Two bedroom, two bath, just completed beautiful modern renovation w/granite counters, new appliances, ceramic floors, plantation shutters plus internal stairs to 6-car garage that doubles the space. $449,000. QUEENS HARBOR - BAY FRONT 5000 square foot custom designed maintenance free home with panoramic bay views. Upon entering the foyer and gallery with 19 foot ceilings you immediately feel the eloquence and sophistication of design and detail. Features incl. patio and pool with summer kitchen and a dock for two boats. Furnished. $2,599,000. PANORAMIC BAY VIEW On the water in Queens Harbor with boat dock, 3800 square foot two-story maintenance-free home. Features INGTravertine D include 1st level master bedroom, floors, 20 N E Pkitchen, foot ceilings, granite marble bath, built-in office, large pool and spa. $1,895,000.

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LONGBOAT KEY - BAYFRONT ESTATE Boater’s Paradise – Experience the private sanctuary of the Key’smost magnificent water front location with unbelievable views of Bay and Bayou from this one-acre peninsula lot. This 4BR/4BA features 10 foot ceilings, a resort style pool and spa, dockage for multiple boats with 653 feet of perfect seawall. Enjoy Florida’s charm and natural beauty. $2,995,000.

LIGHTHOUSE POINT - AUTHENTIC TUSCANY Beachfront estate in the exclusive gated enclave of Lighthouse Point. Spellbounding views of the gulf, Sarasota Bay and city skyline are captured from this 7,200 square foot masterpiece of style and quality. State-of-the-art technology and design are highlighted along with shellstone covered terraces, imported gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, home theater, elevator, exercise room, marble, granite, oak pegged floors and deeded private protected 50 ft. boat dock. Offered at $8,000,000.

SANCTUARY – Gulf front large corner 3BR/3.5BA in sought after Building III. Furnished w/quality & attention to detail in soft tones. Upgraded kitchen, 9’ ceilings & wrap around terrace overlook pool & pristine beach. $1,995,000. BRADENTON - Overlooking Skyway Bridge - Waterfront estate, newly created old Florida Victorian design on Tampa Bay. $4,950,000.

PRESTANCIA – Lowest priced home in Prestancia. 2 lg. master suites, 2 guest rooms & study. Newly tiled floors, family room w/fireplace, a/c storage in garage. Tropical landscaping w/well & circular drive. $450,000. WATER CLUB I – Southern views of Gulf & City from 3BR/3BA magnificently furnished in neutral tones. 2 private terraces, 10 ft. ceilings & soffit lighting. 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, concierge, 24-hr security. $1,450,000.


REGENT PLACE PENTHOUSE Breathtaking sunsets from rarely available penthouse behind the gates of the LBK Club. Spacious, airy residence features 3BR/3.5BA with 12 ft. ceilings and accent lighting. Saturnia marble floors and custom cabinetry highlights this magnificent penthouse with unobstructed views of gulf, golf course, bay and city skyline. $3,200,000.

LBK - ONE-OF-A-KIND Direct Gulf front home w/condo maintenance. 2BR, study, 3BA plus guest house w/patio & bath. Beamed living room, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, granite Mexican tile, pool, tennis & boat docks. $2,395,000. OAKS COUNTRY CLUB Overlooks 7th fairway & lake. 3BR + den, 3.5BA, over 3,400 sq. ft., fireplace, wood floors, ceramic tile, Corian counters, Roman shower, French doors, designer windows, wood built-in desks in den/office, 3 car garage & pool. $879,000.

view to Gulf, Bay and City. 3BR, media room/den 4BA beautifully appointed 3748 sq ft. Open space, solid wood doors, his/her master bath w/3 walk-in closets. Secure building, gracious amenities, fabulous pool & spa, 24 hr. concierge. Walking distance to restaurants, theatre and galleries. RITZ CARLTON PENTHOUSE – World class amenities. Sparkling bay views from every room, 4734 sq ft residence w/2 master suites, guest and leisure room with wet bar, all marble floors. Magnificently furnished. $3,450,000. LONGBOAT KEY WATERCLUB I 2585 sq ft air-conditioned plaza level. 18x40 tiled terrace, 13x25 master suite, 10’ ceilings & marble floors, 2BR + study, 2.5BA, designer built-ins, window, wall treatments & extra closets. $899,000. PROMENADE – Penthouse w/views of gulf, bay and city. 3BR/3.5 BA, 10 ft. ceilings, raised panel walls and doors, crown molding, wood and marble floors, wraparound terrace, 2 parking spaces. Concierge, 24 hour. security. $1,495,000.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Located on the Southern end lot of Cutter Lane, this home is in move-in condition with custom office or possible 4BR. Unrivaled panoramic views of downtown skyline and Sarasota Bay. Large dock and lift with deepwater access. $2,679,000 This spectacular property is located on the “point” with over 163’ of Bay frontage and 120’ of protected deepwater canal. The views are endless; downtown Sarasota, John Ringling Mansion and panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. The perfect location for your dream home! $2,299,000 Look directly down the waterway and out to the bay (just past the dolphins!) from this beautifully updated Country Club Shores home. Three bedrooms/three baths and a waterfront office/workout room. Many upgrades including cook’s kitchen with granite countertops and built-in plasma television. $949,000

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L’AMBIANCE Over 4,890 square feet of living space in this magnificent, one-of-a-kind residence with spacious terraces on both sides overlooking the Gulf, the Bay, the golf course and the city skyline. Superb designer features in every room from custom wall coverings; to comfortable, yet elegant furniture; gourmet kitchen; and spectacular marble and mosaic tile flooring. $6,495,000 EMERALD POINTE SOUTH Brand new and ready to move in! Gorgeous Amethyst Model behind the Longboat Key Club Harborside gates. Private community of only 16 custom homes. $699,000 GRAND BAY Beautiful Cayman floorplan in Building Two offers dual terraces and endless Bay views. Lovingly decorated and finished with exquisite taste, this home offers many upgrades including upgraded tile, crown molding and custom built-ins. $1,099,000 PENDING GRAND BAY Brand new and done just right! That’s the way to describe this viewful Biscayne model overlooking downtown, the golf course and Longboat Key Moorings Marina from the wraparound terrace. Southwestern exposure offers gorgeous sunset views. $989,000 PENDING WATER CLUB Beautiful Cambridge residence in the southern building. Sunset Gulf views as well as views over Sarasota Bay. 6th floor height means 10’ ceilings. Tastefully furnished. Den can be used as a third bedroom. May be purchased furnished. $1,349,000 INN ON THE BEACH Great income potential! “A” plan club suite in world class resort. Longboat Key Club offers 38 holes of championship golf, fitness center, tennis and fine dining. Very consistent rental income. $219,900


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RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES Sarasota will fulfill your every desire for opulent living while providing breathtaking views and a fabulous floorplan, along with full concierge services and a state-of-the-art amenities level. This residence features a private elevator lobby, grand foyer, luxurious master suite and spacious terrace. Includes a membership to the Members Club at The Ritz Carlton proposed Beach/Spa Club. $1,465,000. THE RITZ Beautiful Northern bay views from every room. 2 bedrooms and den. Enjoy world class amenities atop the Ritz. Monte Carlo $1,399,000. VILLA DI LANCIA Direct gulf views, graceful Mediterranean architecture, condo community with only 38 luxurious beachfront residences. Extensive builder upgrades & tastefully furnished $1,895,000. EN PROVENCE Most exclusive paradise community with the romance of French Mediterranean. $2,695,000.

GRAND RIVIERA Private enclave of 13 luxurious residences on the tip of Golden Gate Point! Unparalleled panoramic views and private boat docks available. 2,651 - 5,837 square feet. Priced from: $1,525,000 to $4,300,000. GRAND BAY Private corner in the newest Grand Bay building. Panoramic vistas of the bay, marina and preserve. Wrap around terraces. $1,049,000. Exquisite Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in resort home. Condo complex has all the amenities. $999,000.

FAIRWAY BAY Located in the desirable Longboat Key Club, this largest floorplan Fairway Bay home has two balconies with views of the bay and the beautiful grounds and walkways of the community. Turnkey furnished. $429,000

HARBOUR COURT In a private enclave of eighteen homes this 3BR/2.5BA home with deepwater dockage is behind the gates of the LBK Club with community pool, tennis & deeded beach access. $899,000.

QUEENS HARBOR - OPPORTUNITY Fabulous 2-story, 3115 sq. ft. residence overlooking 2 lakes, golf course. 4BR, maintenance-free. Upgraded with etched glass doors, granite, tiled floor, home theatre, study with 2 computer centers. heated pool and spa and summer kitchen. $899,000.


L’AMBIANCE 360˚ Virtual View Casual elegance in beach front residence with private stairs to the beach and pool area open design and many unique architectural features. $3,450,000. INN ON THE BEACH Club Suite designed to provide the ideal vacation villa necessities. Income statements are available. $394,000. BEACHPLACE Exceptional opportunity! See the beauty of the island views of beach, city, bay & gardens. Loaded with upgrades & beautifully finished. $589,000.

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L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE...Magnificent 5200 sq. ft. Penthouse directly on the beach with 2400 sq. ft. of wrap-around terraces giving fabulous views of Gulf, Golf course and Bay and Sarasota. 4BR plus den, office and game room, with 7 bathrooms en suite. Private elevator opens to foyer with double door entrance, under cover parking spaces, extra storage and wine lockers. $6,995,000. GRAND RIVIERA... Private enclave of 13 luxurious residences on the tip of Golden Gate Point! Unparalleled panoramic views, private boat docks available 2,651 -5,837 square foot. Priced from $1,525,000 to $4,300,000. BAYFRONT ESTATE...A true estate feel comprised of two lots, lushly landscaped with seclusion & privacy on the open bay, One of a kind property with 1.7 acres on boating water. $2,875,000. WATER CLUB... Exquisitely appointed, spacious beachfront residence w/3 large terraces! Popular “Arlington” plan w/beautiful upgrades throughout! 2 covered parking spaces. $2,550,000. WATER CLUB... Sophisticated “Cambridge” floor plan tastefully appointed throughout! 2 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with granite, extra storage & 2 covered parking spaces. $1,249,000. VIZCAYA... Spacious, luxurious condominium with the feel of a single family home. Exquisitely furnished & appointed with a private pool & stunning views of the gulf, 2 car garage. $2,549,000. WATERFRONT LOT... Build your dream home on a wonderful lot with over 125 feet directly on New Pass! May be purchased with adjoining lots for family compound or estate. Stunning views of bay, gulf & south end of Longboat Key. $2,595,000. BAY ISLES HARBOR SECTION... One of the best lots with approximately 246 feet of water frontage with Southern exposure. Great floor plan with a dramatic flair! $2,225,000. GULF FRONT MOTEL... Own the beach! Create your dream home from the vintage Longboat Key gulf front property or start fresh. Wonderful mid-Key location. $1,995,000. GRAND BAY... Popular “Cayman” floor plan in desirable building 4 w/sweeping views of the bay, marina & city skyline! 2 balconies provide total privacy. Fabulous amenities and deeded beach access too! $1,095,000. GRAND BAY... Tastefully furnished “Bimini”, corner residence. Bright & sunny w/views of Sarasota Bay & golf course. Extended wraparound terrace, exquisite tiled flooring in LR, DR & kitchen. Plus private beach club, great amenities & social activities! $575,000. MARINA BAY... Bay & gulf view complement this graciously appointed residence w/over 3,000 square feet. Well designed with family room, 2 terraces. 2nd covered parking space available for additional $30,000. $998,000. EMERALD POINT SOUTH... Brand new and ready to move in! Gorgeous. Private community of only 16 custom luxury homes $699,000. THE ATRIUM... Popular “Mangrove” floor plan, 2105 sq ft with 3 BRs, beautiful views of the bay & the pool! A great value on the south end of Longboat Key! $659,000. SEAGATE CLUB... Panoramic gulf & sunset views from this upper floor corner residence! 2BR/2BA, tile floors, large balcony, views from every room! Walk to shopping, restaurants & banks. $659,000. HARBOUR LINKS... Spacious and light home in a small community with views of the golf course and lake. Private end residence with white tiles, den, private elevator and large screened terrace. One of the best three bedroom values on the south end of Longboat! $499,000. THE VILLAGE... Old Florida charm! Totally renovated beach cottage on Longboat’s north end. Mexican tile throughout, new appliances, caged pool, screened lanai, Florida room & just 1/2 block from the community boat dock & fishing pier! $429,900. SABAL COVE... Choose from two desirable lots in an area of million dollar homes. Greenbelt views. $399,000 & $349,000.

BEACHPLACE Purchase resort or investment property instead of watching a portfolio diminish. Condo has all the amenities. 2BR/2BA $539,000. Direct gulf front condo walk to the beach. A private villa at the beach. 2 bedroom / 2 bathrooms $749,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Great location, just 5 lots from the Bay! Light, bright and sunny. Southern exposure, perfect for the large open pool & spa. Private boat dock & large landscaped lot. $749,000.

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SEAPLACE – Direct gulf front 3BR/2BA. Completely updated with granite and tile. Gorgeous views. Seasonal. $5,500/m. GOLDEN GATE – Bayfront open views 1 bedroom completely updated. Beautiful boat dock available. Annual unfurnished $1,250. Now you can log onto to search the entire Sarasota MLS (Multiple Listing Service)

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INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY LBK Gulf front property. P&L statement available. $1,995,000. VIZCAYA Perfectly decorated and appointed penthouse. Maximized views in an elegant enclave of 31 residences. 2car garage. $2,695,900. VIZCAYA Luxurious direct gulf front with magnificent views! 4BR/4.5BA. Summer kitchen, guest suite, private elevator and 2-car gar. Enclave of only 31 residences! $3,795,000. COREY’S LANDING Bay front home with views, privacy. & meticulous elegance. 4 bedroom with guest suite, private balcony on 2nd fl. Furnished. $1,550,000.

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If your organization would like to have meetings or events publicized, mail or fax the information at least one week in advance to The Longboat Observer, Box 8100, Longboat Key 34228; fax: 3837193. All announcements must be typed, include hour and date of meeting, complete address of meeting place and a telephone reference number. To ensure accuracy, no telephone calls. Deadline is the previous Tuesday, 5 p.m.

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ommunity C Arbor Day — will be celebrated by Longboat Key Garden Club at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Joan M. Durante Park. Two flowering trees will be planted in honor of the club’s founder, Patricia Kroh Freudenheim. Light refreshments will be served. All are invited. It is chaired by Virginia Sanders, 383-3659. Annual Awards Meeting — the 45th annual event will be held by Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $17.50. RSVP by Jan. 17, 387-9519. “Circus Ring of Fame” — will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Armands Circle Park. This annual event recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to the circus. Free. 388-1554. “Nooner” — will be held by Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce from 11:30 a.m. to 1

Trash and Treasure Sale and Continental Breakfast — will be held by the residents of Gulfshore of Longboat Key MHP at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Rec Hall. Proceeds will benefit hall improvements. Jean Mills, 383-3159. Alpha Course — on Christian faith, internationally recognized and nondenominational, will be presented by St. Armands Key Lutheran Church at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the church. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m. for 11 consecutive Mondays. Details, 388-1234. “Changing the World in Your Own Backyard” Lecture — with John Cronin, director, Pace Academy for the Environment, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in Martin-Selby Science Education Center of Mote Marine Laboratory. It is free for members and one guest and $5 for nonmember adults and children ages 4 to 18. Details, 388-4441.

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EMERALD POINTE... New behind the gates at LBK Club. Villa offers views of lake and golf course, swimming pool/spa. 2 car garage. Also available for rental. $700,000.

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2300+ sf. 3BR home located on LBK’s tranquil north end. Split bedroom plan, large master bath. On shallow canal for canoeing or kayaking. $595,000. Virtual Tour

FAIRWAY BAY WITH GORGEOUS VIEW Gorgeous Bay views from most rooms in this wonderful, TKF condo. Behind the Gates w/membership to Bay Isles Beach Club $379,000. Virtual Tour





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Mini-Versity of Judaism — courses will be offered at 3 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. “My Grandfather’s Grandfather” course will be facilitated by Rabbi H. Bruce Ehrmann Wednesday, Jan. 22. “A Challenge in Jewish Living — Creating Your Own Mitzvah List” will be with Rabbi Peter Kasdan Thursday, Jan. 23. There is no charge for temple members but nonmembers pay a one-time fee of $25 for all Mini-Versity courses. Details, 383-3428. Choral Workshop — The Beach Harbor Singers, men and women harmonizers with Carol Whitfield, a professional director, meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March at Beach Harbor Club. Judie, 383-4664.

Jan. 17 and 18, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Cost is $5 with reentry. Details, 1-954-563-6747. “Our Water Story” — a new exhibit, developed by Sarasota County Environmental Services and the Florida House Learning Center, will open Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the learning center, located at 4600 Beneva Road South, Sarasota. Free. House are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Details, 316-1200.

Winter Orchid Sale — will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday, Jan. 18 to 20, at Camp Lot A Noise Tropicals greenhouses, 4084 47th St., Sarasota. Orchid lectures will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Details, 351-2483.

“Supervisor Training in Your Drug Free Workplace” Workshop — will be presented by Longboat Key and Siesta Key chambers of commerce at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Radisson Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Details, 387-9519. Republican Club of Longboat Key — luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Bird Key Yacht Club. Carolyn Mason, mayor of Sarasota, will be featured. Details, l383-1039. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets for breakfast meetings at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Details, 383-5050. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — meets for lunch at 12:15 p.m. Fridays at Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost for visiting Rotarians and guests is $12. Bezner, 387-0706. The Education Center — located at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, offers a variety of classes. Details, 383-8811. Mote Marine Laboratory— located at 1600 Kent Thompson Parkway, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for members. Details, 388-2451. Wild Bird Rescue Training Class — will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary, City Island. Free. RSVP, 388-4444. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile — will be at the Longboat Library, located at 555 Bay Isles Road, from 1:15 to 2 p.m. every Monday.

Bayshore Bioquest — will will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Quickpoint. Cost is $3 for American Littoral Society members and $5 for nonmembers. Ruth, 9662297. St. Petersburg Field Trip — will be sponsored by Manatee County Audubon Society Saturday, Jan. 18. Bring a lunch and meet at 6:45 a.m. at Post Office, 824 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Details, 792-9235. Scrub Jay 5K Cross-Country Race — third annual event will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Registration is at 7 a.m. and fees are $12 for youth and $18 for adults. Details, 483-5956, 966-7068.

public events


Hot Topics Luncheon — will be hosted by The League of Women Voters at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at The Waterside Room, Sarasota Quay. Cost is $13.50. RSVP by 1 p.m. Jan. 22, 921-9778. “Life in the Treetops” Talk — will be given by Dr. Meg Lowman, chief executive officer at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Ringling School of Art and Design, Ringling School Lecture Hall, adjacent to Selby Gallery. Details, 925-1343 Big Ten Alumni Luncheon — will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Michael’s On East. Judge Becky Titus will mc and the speaker will be astronaut Jack Lousma. Details, 966-3575. Sarasota Winter Antiques Show & Sale — the 37th annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday,

Captains Forum 2003 & Fly Fishing Expo — will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Phillippi Estates Park, 5700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free. Details, 923-7799. Temple Beth Sholom Special — with Rabbi Reuven Hammer, scholar-in-residence, will be held at 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. “Israel: Facing the Future” Shabbat Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. “Aaron: The Man of Peace” Shabbat Service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18; it will be followed by “New Siddur Commentary” lunch discussion. Temple, 955-8121.


Greater Sarasota Women’s Golf Association — Kick Off 2003 will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Waterside Room, The Quay. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Bernadette, 925-8053. Sarasota Power Squadron — Cruise & Rendezvous will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at The Waterside Room, Sarasota Quay. Cost is $16. RSVP by Jan. 23: if coming by boat, call 349-4028; if coming by car, call 921-1545. Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties — a Guest Brunch will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at The Oaks, 650 Tamiami Trail. Karen, 387-9163, or Stephanie, 925-0595. Chi Omega Alumnae Association of the Sarasota-Manatee Area — will meet for its annual business meeting and election

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of officers will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at a private home. RSVP with Lydia by Jan. 21, 366-5496. Under-50 Women’s Mah Jongg Group — meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center, 582 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Bring your own Mah Jongg set and cards. Cost is $2. Audra, 378-5569, Ext. 219.

Lunch Bunch — meeting focusing on stimulating topics meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. RSVP, 366-1700. Sarasota County Green Party — will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Sudakoff Center on the New College Campus. Wendy Gingerich, 266-4726.


“Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard Lecture Series” — will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Crowley Museum and Nature Center. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 5 to 12, free for children under 12. RSVP by Jan. 17. Details, 322-1000. “The Canadian Rockies” Travel Program — will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Details, 778-6341. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Classes — “Basket Weaving,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 17 and 24. “Beginning Nature Printing on Paper,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 23 and 24. Registration, 366-5731. Anna Maria Island Community Center — offers classes for children and adults. Schedule, 778-1908. Fishing Clinic — will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key. Free. Details, 349-4400. Sill Lectures — are held at 10:30 a.m. “Music Appreciation,” Mondays through Feb. 2, Symphony Hall. “Contemporary Public Issues,” Tuesdays through March 25, Players Theatre of Sarasota. “Arts and Humanities,” Wednesdays through March 26, also at the theater. “England — Byrd, Purcell, Handel, Sullivan, Williams, Rutter,” Monday, Jan. 20, Holley Hall. “United States Foreign Policy Since Sept. 11,” Tuesday, Jan. 21, also at the theater. “Visions of Marble, Visions of Paradise: The Tradition of the Taj Mahal,” Wednesday, Jan. 22, also at the theater. “The Role of Diplomacy in Dealing with the Moslem World,” Thursday, Jan. 23, also at the theater. Information, 365-6404. “Astonish the World: Tell the Simple Truth” Lecture — will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Selby Public Library, Sarasota. Free. Details, 861-1100. ❑

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A DREAM COME TRUE - Turnkey corner unit with unobstructed bay views. Meticulously maintained, tastefully decorated with many upgrades. Great amenities. 2 pools, boat docks, tennis, beach...................................................$383,500. Beautiful lot in LBK maintenance free community. Deep water boat dock, 2 minute walk to great beach.....$275,000. PALMER CLUB - at Prestancia , over 55 community with active recreational and social programs. 2 bedrooms, sunny balcony, high ceilings.....................................................$175,000. GULF VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM - in this renovated 2BR/2BA condominium. Travertine floors, granite kitchen, top of the line appliances. Professionally decorated and furnished.........................................................................$689,000. SPANISH STYLE HOME - with spacious courtyard entrance on extra large lot in a very private location. 3BR/3BA, pool, solarium, canal...........................................................$735,000. SOPHISTICATED WATER CLUB - with sweeping bay views and excellent gulf views. 2BR + den, office, 2 parking spaces, full concierge services.................................$1,700,000. EMERALD POINTE SOUTH - 3BR/3.5BA home with caged, heated pool and double garage. Beautiful tile floors, spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances.............$649,000. GULF FRONT - 4 Bedroom home with library on Longboat’s best beach. Designer-decorated and furnished with casual elegance. Furnished.....................................................$3,000,000. ISLAND RETREAT The ultimate in privacy and tranquility. The Polynesian style home is designed in pods. 4 BR, 4.5 baths. Bayfront location. Boat dock. Price includes a Carolina skiff and a landside docking space. Furnished...................$950,000. WEST OF THE TRAIL - Building lot across from a county park with a water access..............................................$65,500. St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida (941) 388-4447 FAX (941) 388-3041


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Good works

He makes a difference He was a member of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens even before he visited it. So when Joel Fedder moved to Longboat Key eight years ago from Baltimore, “I sought Selby in a very deliberate way,” he says. Now he is a member of its board of trustees, he has been The Gardens’ treasurer and he also chairs its science committee. “We’re doing some wonderful things,” he declares. In addition to volunteering at The Gardens, he sits on the executive committee of Jewish Federation and is a member of its board; he also is a member of the board of the Jewish Foundation. In Maryland he was a general counsel for 27 years with American Heart Association and served as a chair of the board of United Way and was on the board of two hospitals there. “It was natural for me to be deeply involved


in the community,” he says. “My father was very active in the community,” he explains, and one of his father’s sayings, “You have to put into the well as well as withdraw,” stuck with him. The concept of community involvement was a given for him when he got here, Fedder notes. He believes that it’s very important “to make a difference in the world and I feel very passionately about the importance of those who are able to do so.” One of his most obvious contributions to The Gardens is the “Tuesdays In The Tropics” Fedder Science Lecture Series. He says that the desire to bring such program to Selby came to him while floating down the Amazon River with Meg Lowman (executive director of The Gardens). Because Fedder and his wife, Ellen, wanted Selby to have a scientific educational component, which was oriented to the general community as distinguished to being oriented to the scientific community, Fedder took care of the finances. He did not disclose the amount in question but says, “The income from this endowment will enable Selby forever to bring in three to five world-recognized speakers a year.”

Lusya Sullivan

Joel Fedder and Freddy The Frog pose for a picture. Fedder got this sculpture for his wife’s birthday.

Volunteer opportunities: Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.: 366-2224. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: 359-5728, 359-7777. LifeLink: 957-4737. Literacy Council of Sarasota: 955-0421. Manatee County School Health Services: 748-0747, Ext. 1240. Manatee County Shelter: 792-8686. Manatee Children’s Services: 345-1200, Ext. 136. Manatee Memorial Hospital & Health System: 745-7287.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: 366-5731, Ext. 236. Meals On Wheels: 747-4655. Neighborly Senior Service of Manatee: 758-9969.

Givers Last month, Dan Hoffe, Alan Silva and Robert Cimetta presented six Jaws of Life machines, valued at $110,000, to Sarasota Fire Chief Brian Gorski at Fire Station 5 in Sarasota. The donors are survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in 2001, having been in the World Trade Center during the attack. ❑

WEATHER STATISTICS AND TIDES Sun., Jan. 5 Mon., Jan. 6 Tues., Jan. 7 Wed., Jan. 8 Thurs., Jan. 9 Fri., Jan. 10 Sat., Jan. 11

High Temp. 63 70 59 63 67 72 66

Low Temp. 46 48 43 51 47 58 58

Record High 94 (1996) 92 (1983) 80 (1997) 82 (1989) 88 (1993) 85 (1993) 87 (1993)

Record Low 36 (2001) 41 (1981) 30 (1996) 34 (2001) 38 (1991) 32 (1982) 26 (1981)

Humidity 50% 67% 55% 69% 69% 87% 48%

Rainfall 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.05 0.00

Thurs., Jan. 16 Fri., Jan. 17 Sat., Jan. 18 Sun., Jan. 19 Mon., Jan. 20 Tues., Jan. 21 Wed., Jan. 22

Morning Tides High Low (none) 6:31 (none) 7:11 11:50p 7:49 (none) 8:27 12:40 9:03 1:34 9:39 2:33 10:13

Evening Tides High Low 10:18 (none) 11:03 (none) 3:03 6:06 3:17 7:03 3:33 8:02 3:52 9:06 4:15 10:15

From The Longboat Observer weather station

Rainfall: Year-to-date 2003 2002 0.05 0.94 in.

Month-to-date Average Water 2003 2002 Temp.: 60 0.05 0.94 in.

Moon phases: First Qtr.


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Deal us in

A chancy play

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.”


East ♠AK2 ♥Q854 ♦8743 ♣ 10 8

West ♠953 ♥972 ♦J ♣ A Q 7 6 5 3 South ♠ 10 7 ♥ A K J 10 ♦ A K 10 9 ♣J93 The Bidding: East Pass Pass All pass

South 1N 2S

West Pass Pass



Walter May, Grand Life Master and Highest Ranking Bridge Teacher on Florida’s West Coast, will be here every Thursday beginning January 16 for 2 hour seminars that will teach you how to think and play better. BEGINNERS: 10 a.m. to Noon INTERMEDIATE: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bayfront Recreation Center 4052 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Pre-Registration preferred 349-0886 Walk-ins accepted Non-Members $12 each seminar Members $10 each seminar

North 2H 3N

Opening lead: 6♣

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MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB All Angels By The Sea Episcopal Church — Thursday, Dec. 26 North-South 1. Hope Zawatsky and Renee Pekeles 2. Lilo and Harry Hutzler 3. Trudy and Al Florin East-West 1. Gerda Smith and Elaine Lieb 2. Lenore Weiss and Helen Schwartz 3. Shirley Nushlotz and Bill Zack

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LONGBOAT KEY MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church — Tuesday, Dec. 31 North-South 1. Barbara Thoman and Cotton Stephenson 2. Winnie Skversky and Dorothy Swerling 3. Evelyn Maurer and Jerry Isaacs The Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church.

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MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Wednesday, Dec. 25 North-South 1. Merry and Al Silber 2. Blanche Jacoby and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Shirley Nusholtz and Cotton Stephenson East-West 1. Ruth Colner and Tim Lesnik (tie) Fran Mann and Mel Weisel 2. Anna and Fred Davis


North ♠QJ864 ♥63 ♦Q652 ♣K4


Bunny Roland of Citrus Springs, Fla., writes, “West led the club six against our three notrump contract. How can we make this contract? We clearly can’t attack spades, because the opponents will likely take two spades and three clubs before we can set up tricks. This means we will have to rely on the heart finesse. We can get a club trick, four diamond tricks (assuming that suit behaves) and four heart tricks. “The only trouble with this plan is that we can only take the heart finesse once. That works if East has only three hearts to the queen, but West’s club six is probably from a five-card suit, and we are counting on him for two diamonds, so it is more likely that East will hold hour hearts rather than three.” Most declarers will duck the first club lead, hoping perhaps that West will jump up with the ace. Using the rule of 11, declarer should know that the ace and queen are most likely in the West hand. Playing the king on the first trick from the dummy does win. It certainly is a risky play and you could go down that way, but it seems to be the best play with declarer’s club holding.


Dealer: East Vulnerable: East-West

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‘86 MERCEDES 190 2.3 16V. 5/speed. Collectible. Winner St. Armands show! Perfect. Fun to drive. $15,000. 941-778-1132.

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381. AUTO TRANSPORT state to state. Insured, professional, N/S driver w/clean record. Reasonable rates. References available. (941) 545-5325.

Boat Charter CHITWOOD CHARTERS, Grand Banks/ Selene Yachts. Luxury Cruises, Sunsets, Cocktails, Special Occasions. Half day to weekly. Bare boat available. Need a new hobby? Learn to pilot a yacht. Capt. Chitwood. 941-957-1530.

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

CADILLAC: 1993 Allante. Only 32K/mi., pearl white, burgundy top and interior, digital dashboard. Excellent condition. Northstar V8. $19,900. Phone 383-0795.


S E RV I C E D I R E C T O RY Landscapes in Paradise Complete Lawn & Landscape Maintenance




Our prayers and Thanks go out to all those who are helping

Phone 383-5103 • Cell 284-1777 Over 30 Years engineering & construction experience. Longboat Key


Painting - Residential - Commercial - Interior - Exterior Specialty & Custom Painting Pool Decks & Driveways Roof Coating - Staining Power Washing - Waterproofing

Residential & Commercial

• Renovations Residential & Commercial • Restoration Projects • Design Consulting

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J. PHILLIPS FINE PAINTING Interior/Exterior/Wallpapering Reliable • 25 Years Experience Insured & Lic. • FREE Estimates Tel: 927-6127 Cell: 504-8594


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ISLAND MAINTENANCE Property Maintenance • Interior/Exterior Residential & Commercial • FREE ESTIMATES • Registered & Insured Mark S. George, Owner/Operator


FALL SPECIALS $150 OFF any complete Interior or Exterior job $50 OFF power washing $75 OFF pool deck re-paint

FREE ESTIMATES Insured Over 20 years Experience

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Commercial •Residential • Vacation Rentals 25 Years Call Joy or Laura experience

(941) 812-2485

Free Estimates

PRIVATE GOLF LESSONS Len Martin Professional Teaching Professional Natural Golf Certified Instruction By Appt. 941-922-2945

Window Decor by Nelly

Affordable Draperies, cornice boards, bedspreads, valances, pillows, horizontal & vertical blinds, plantation shutters

FREE AT HOME CONSULTATION 2101 12th Street Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 365-0120 (941) 704-6570



Boat Sales, Service & Storage

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale



LET’S KEEP YOUR LOVED ONE OUT OF THE NURSING HOME. We provide 8-24/hr. care. Qualified in all nursing needs. SUPERB BOAT Slip for rent in high & dry Reasonable rates! Call 426-1291, 266-0008. indoor marina. In & out boat storage at its 1998 MAKO 28 Center Console, $42,900. finest. Excellent south Longboat location, CNA WILL provide daily care and light Twin 225 Mercury EFI’s, t-top, depth easy access to Bay and Gulf. Up to 30’ Call housekeeping, meals prepared and run errands. Good references. 753-1825. recorder, outriggers, Furuno GPS, head, trim 371-1866 tabs, bait well, wash down, stereo system, SUSAN SHAUGHNESSY, R.N. Private duty additional 80/gal. fuel tank. Good condition. YOUR YACHT IS BEAUTIFUL! nurse. Experienced in home and hospital Call Mike, 941-650-0292. care. References. 761-2656, 704-2190. DOESN’T IT DESERVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME? CURRENT RN licensed. Worried about your loved ones, but they still want BRUMAR’S MARINE, INC. SECURE, DEEPWATER BOAT SLIPS independence? I will give them a physical HOME OF THE IN A PROTECTED GARDEN SETTING exam and manage their medications. TWIN VEE POWER CATS NEAR LONGBOAT’S NORTH END. Also available for caregiver/companion. AVAILABLE NOW FOR BOATS TO 60’. 941-729-6891. ROBALO 2220, 2001 225/Mercury Optimax. Full electronics, full canvas, less than 20/hours. $36,900. 941-387-6435.

Ranging from 10’5” dinghys to 32’ of luxury BOATS WITH ATTITUDE 4134 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL (941) 383-8190

PRIVATE SALE. Slip on “E” dock, Longboat Key Moorings. Call 941-922-3379.


Business Opportunities

ST.ARMANDS Circle thriving business for sale. Great location. Under $200,000. ☛ ☛ SMALL BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE. Call Marni at My Realty (941)320-7686. Vacation or long term. On trailer or in-water. Private launch ramp. Fresh water wash. Caregiver/Companion Minutes to LBK, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants. Also, bottom painting. Capt. John’s Marina. CARING, CAPABLE and personable lady now accepting new client for home 941-792-2620. care. Loves to cook, good driving record. RHODES 22 sailboat, detailed and ready for References. 941-714-0934. great winter sailing. Refitted 2000. $8500. John, 920-1502. CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and personable. Mature lady now accepting new client for home care. Loves to cook. Good Boat Slips for Rent/Sale driving record. Bonded. Excellent local LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 60/ft. boat slip. references. 371-6919. Seasonal, $19.00 per foot. Monthly $23.00 per foot. Yearly $16.50 per foot, plus   RETIRED MEDICAL professional. electricity and sales tax. 383-2025/504-1232. Experienced with references. 778-5528.



NURSING COMPANION will live-in and care for the elderly. Also, day care. Mature, dependable, experienced w/references. 746-5731.


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companion for amlutory. Mon.-Fri. Open 8a.m.-2p.m., $90. 379-6969.

Catering ➤ ➤ CATERING. BARTENDER AND/OR serving at your party, formal/casual. No party too small or large. (941) 918-8042.

Cleaning Services

SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Specializing in small dinner parties. 383-0777.


THREE MAIDS CLEANING SERVICE TEN SEASONS ON THE KEY REASONABLE RATES LBK REFERENCES 795-1705 CLEAN WINDOWS, wouldn’t that be nice! I’ll make your glass gleam! Local, license, insured. CHRIS’S WINDOW CLEANING. (941) 724-0221.


All Ages Welcome! Pilates & Aquatics Available Golf & Tennis Conditioning

Personalized Fitness 941-387-8361

Laura Proctor Personal Chef

Patti-Linn Stanley Certified Personal Trainer Land and Water Instruction

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Improve Range of Motion Increase Bone Density Focus on Functional Fitness

I Come To You! Individualized Programs Reasonable Rates

ACE, AFAA, AEA, AFAP Certified



927-2128 Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup



ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners

Bradenton (941) 746-6306 Sarasota (941) 922-1615

Jim and Sandee Davis Owners

LBKC Member SCT Member

Same owners since 1979

Sun Set Screens & more 4 years local experience Island work

Owner - 720-2742 Manager - 720-1063 Lic.# 105367


Specializing in GROUT & TILE Cleaning & Sealing Carpet & Upholstrey

(941) 379-3135

Revolutionary “Viper Turbo” Steam Cleaning System

Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT For your convenience, I come to you! Chair massage also available License# MA32116

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Reasonable Rates

• AFFORDABLE SOLID SURFACES • Kitchen & Bathroom Countertops

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Pamela Miller, LMT

Insured Free Estimates



Massage In Your Home • • • •

Deep Relaxation Neuromuscular Reiki Energy Work Office Visits Available

New Client Special for 1st Massage: $55


Fitness Classes with Certified Instructor

Barbara Anderson

Low Impact Aerobics Tues/Thurs/Sat 8-9 AM Complete Body Sculpting Tue 9:15-10:15 AM

Variety of innovative colors, styles & accessories.

Pay per class - Members $5 / Nonmembers $8 Bayfront Recreational Center

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Help Wanted

Interior Inventory


CARETAKERS: OWNERS of LBK residence looking for a couple with work ethics, integrity and responsibility to maintain property. Wife to clean, iron, maintain interior. Husband to oversee landscape maintenance, maintain pool, respond to security alerts, be responsible for exterior. Require probably 2 days/week for each Oct.-May, less during summer when owners not in residence. Reply with pertinent info and references to: Caretakers, 921 Guisando de Avila, Tampa, FL 33613.


Fitness Equipment

SHARPER IMAGE Vibrating Massage chair, HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Braziltan leather, like new! Was $2800. Now ian ladies. Good references. Free estimates. $1500 o/b/o. 387-3244. Please call Kiara 342-4243. ADVANCED CLEANING SYSTEMS. We do it all! No task too tough, no job too small. Residential and commercial. Need errands, a personal assistant or private chauffeur? Light cooking, yard work, painting, windows. Prompt, professional. Licensed and insured. References. Free consultation. 518-6400. HOUSEKEEPING & CHILDCARE. Reliable, mature, meticulous and thorough Brazilian female. Excellent references. Call Aline (941)544-3237. DAZZLE CLEANING, “personalized housekeeping, general cleaning and house checks to meet your needs. Lic./Ins. 379-6582. DIRT DOESN’T scare us! Licensed and Insured, non-smoking cleaning experts. Painting and decorating available. Island references. Residential/Commercial. Nancy, 779-0040. Ellen, 779-2422.

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.

Furniture 100% ITALIAN Leather NEW IN BOX. Sofa $695, Love seat $650, Chair $500 or Group $1700. 906-9668. Can Deliver. BRAND NAME, brand new. Full orthopedic mattress set. Still in plastic. Warranty. $100. Can deliver. 941-232-2880. FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. 941-761-2344. Brand Name, BRAND NEW, Full ORTHOPEDIC Mattress Set. Still in plastic with Warranty. Matching Set. $85. 906-9677. Can deliver.

Landscaping HOUSEKEEPING, 20/HRS. a week, high rise condo. Cleaning common areas, halls, & Lawn Services etc. On bus route 6th & Tamiami. Call Pat Rogers, 957-3957. FREE SNOW REMOVAL, and when its not snowing, I specialize in installing CRUSHED FIRE YOUR BOSS! Forget the Suit SHELL and ROCK yards, driveways and & the Commute! 800-304-1258 walkways. Rip Rap, sand and mulch also delivered and spread. Hauling available. Please call DAVID BANNIGAN at 794-6971 ADMINISTRATION, 20/HRS. a week. Assist or cell at 504-7045. condo manager. Light books, W/P, phone, reception, files. Downtown Sarasota. Lost & Found Call Pat Rogers, 957-3957. LOST. GOLD colored money clip about 4:30p.m., January 9th on the sidewalk in the Items For Sale 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Dr. Reward. THE LORD’S WAREHOUSE Resale Shop, 383-2530. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Gigantic sales! Furniture, clothes, Massage housewares, etc. Open Mon., Weds. & Sat., 9a.m.-3p.m. 383-4738.  KATHRYN’S MOBILE MASSAGE. Home/office/resort. “Relax”. 447-6485. 4/TICKETS, LION King. Tampa Bay License #MA0021414. Performing Arts Center, Sunday, January 26, 2003, 6:30. Face value, $235. 387-9990.

DAYBED, WHITE/BRASS. Complete w/2 BLACK GAMA Fingertip dark ranch mattresses, trundle. New in boxes. Sell mink coat. Small-med. Flawless. $1200. $285. 941-232-2880. 941-778-5381.

(1) BRAND NEW Queen ORTHOPEDIC Items Under $200 mattress set, still in plastic with Warranty. 2/LADIES GOLF clubs, Lady Cobra driver Matching set. $90. 906-9668. Can deliver. 3 wood w/covers, $50/ea. 2/Ladies wool Computer Services BRAND NAME, brand new. Queen coats, 1/black, 1/taupe, good cond. $15/ea. ATTENTION SENIORS! Beginners and orthopedic mattress set still in plastic. Ladies leather jacket, black, never worn, intermediate computer instruction. E-mail Warranty. $110. Can deliver. 941-232-2880. $40. 10/Ladies sweaters, size medium, and Internet. In your home. Reasonable various colors & styles, great cond., $3/ea. rates. 364-5815. LEATHER COUCH, love seat and chair. Soft 929-7668. pink, overstuffed, excellent condition, $300. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your 248-345-3230. GLASS SLIDING shower doors, complete computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $20/hour. APT. SIZE sofa and love seat. Gently used, w/aluminum frame to fit size 57 1/2”. $50. 383-3163. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. down filled, neutral color. $1700 o/b/o. ✦ ✦ ✦ COMPUTER COACH. I will teach Call 387-9455. 2/TICKETS, CABARET. Jan. 15, 2003, 10th row, 2p.m. $55/ea. 383-4006. you in your own home & at your own BRAND NEW King mattress, Simmons pace. Please call Elinor. 951-6145. Beauty Rest, in plastic. Must sell! $285. PAIR OF exquisite decorator quality rare 941-232-2880. copper door knockers - unable to utilize. PC/WINDOWS HELP: Apps, Internet, $100/ea. or $175/for both. 388-3238. DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home e-mail, anti-virus, upgrades, repairs, Web Sites. 10/years experience. Forrest, furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $259; sofa PATIO SET. 42” glass top table w/4 captain 388-3425. & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full chairs, $150. 941-383-8604. bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed <> complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, SERVER, COUNTRY French w/casters, LEARN COMPUTERS faster and $285; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery avail- $100. Mirror, full length floor, movable, $100. able. Builders, 753-7118. easier. Retired computer teacher, 383-5485. 40/years experience. Repairs. SHARPER IMAGE Vibrating Massage chair, Unlimited lessons. 383-5372. tan leather, like new! Was $2800. Now SONY SPEAKERS, floor size. Approx. 3/ft. high. Barely used, $100/for pair. 918-1470. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, $1500 o/b/o. 387-3244. training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules BRAND NAME, brand new Queen Pillowtop CHINA DISPLAY unit, vanilla lacquer finish, Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. orthopedic mattress w/springs. Still in glass doors, lighted, $90. Display unit/bar, plastic, $125. King set available, $175. vanilla lacquer finish, glass doors, lighted, Crushed Shell $90. 387-0085. 941-232-2880. GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. DOUBLE BED, used twice, new when I VELVET SOFA and love seat. Great cond., We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota bought it, $300. If interested, call 383-2649, $200. 388-5094. & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & evenings. insured. 941-753-2954. END TABLE, Thomasville, solid pecan wood (1) BRAND NAME QUEEN ORTHOPEDIC w/beveled glass insert and drawer, $75. plush mattress set. Still in plastic, $120. Lamp, 28”, like new, composite stone Entertainment! Can deliver. 232-2544. material, beige color, $45. 383-7092. PIANOMAN (GERSHWIN SPOKEN HERE) LIVE MUSIC MAKES YOUR PARTY MEMORABLE. ENJOY STANDARDS, SING-ALONGS, HEAR YOUR REQUESTS & DANCE! YOUR PIANO OR MY KEYBOARD. 941-346-7933


383-5509 (Pass the good news!)

MASSAGE THERAPY Marty Roca (941) 587-9690 Lic. #MA32116 For your convenience, I come to you! EXPERIENCE THE HEALING BENEFITS OF MASSAGE. Swedish deep tissue and neuromuscular massages available. Location optional. Bradenton, Sarasota or in home. 753-7766 Lic. #MA34584.

Music AMATEUR VIOLINIST seeks small ensemble for fun and enjoyment of good music. Call Wayne, LBK 383-3203.

Painting & Wallpapering JAVIER OVALLE PAINTING. 25+/years experience. Many local references. Fine Finish Work. Interior/Exterior. 753-6019 or 726-6896. PAINTING/WALLPAPERING BY MICHAEL. Free Estimates. LBK References. 378-4529. PAINTING. INTERIOR/EXTERIOR. Carpentry and drywall repairs. 15yrs experience. Lic-Ins. Call Andrew (941)928-5836. ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Lic./Ins. Call Kevin. Cell 704-7115 or 792-1646. PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

(1) Brand NEW name brand KING PILLOW RECLINER, BLACK leather, 1/yr. old. TOP mattress set. Still in plastic with   CANFIELD PAINTING. Color your Excellent condition, $125. 755-4557. Warranty. Matching set. $160. 232-2544. New year! Free estimates. Interior-Exterior. Can deliver. GAS DRYER, G.E. never used. mfg. References available. 364-8874. Brand Name, BRAND NEW Queen PILLOW suggested price, $349. Sell, $200. 360-0926. TOP mattress set. Still in plastic with Answers for this week’s crossword warranty. Matching set. $100. 232-2544. LADY’S SCHWINN bicycle, Collegiate, model. $100 firm. 383-6086. Can deliver.


PINE KING bed w/box spring and mattress, $199. 383-4045.

STILL NOT Breaking 100 Golf Clinic, Feb. 1st., 10-12, $50. Hitting The Driver NEW RIGHT handed steel shaft Wilson Golf Clinic, Feb. 1st., 12:30-2:30, $50. Sandwich 55/degree, $50. McGregor right Call Carol 941-779-2429. handed steel shaft 5/iron, $50. Right handed steel shaft 1 3-5/woods and covers 3/wedge GOLF LESSONS, by USGTF professional. and putter, $100. 355-5577. Call Carol, 941-779-2429.

Help Wanted LADY TO drive senior citizen to shopping and clean condo. $10/hr., approx. 4/hrs. a week. 952-1110.

FRENCH DOORS. Primed wood doors and frame, opening size 4/0x8/0, interior or exterior use. Doors are 1 3/4” 12 lite with hinge and t-astragal, 4 5/8” frame. $100. 387-0766.




Painting & Wallpapering


PAINTING & GENERAL SERVICES CO. Father & Son Team. Handyman repairs, pressure washing, professional quality work. All phases interior/exterior. Call Dan, 954-2158.

PRIVATE TUTOR avail. to help with home schooling or FCAT preparation. Certified w/25yrs. experience in Massachusetts. 351-6099.

Personal Services SARASOTA SOUND. Audio video hook-ups and installations. Home entertainment center assembly, home/office furniture assembly. Hernando Gomez, Jr. (Spanish spoken) 355-6340.

Pet Services

Commercial Rentals & Sales OFFICE SPACE, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Dr., is divided into 3 office, $550/mo. Please call 383-3844.

  LONGBOAT KEY’S highest traffic generator. Avenue of The Flowers, space ready. Be in for Season. Retail or office. T. Mannausa & Co., AMO, Realtor. 365-1511, ext. 115.

PERSONALIZED, LOVING in-home pet and property services. Insured & Bonded. IN-TOWN OFFICE. Great location, 220/sq.ft. Purrs n’ Paws Pet Care. 941-224-3664. & windows. $400 including utilities. Smaller space, $100. Parking included. 320-5763.

Professional Services

EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. 941-730-6838.

Remodeling & Home Improvements  CERAMIC TILE Supplied and Installed Best pricing on all brand name CARPETING & LAMINATES. “Why pay retail” 10 Years Island Resident CHAMBER MEMBER “We take care of our neighbors” STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERING 383-5381 726-1802

☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135. RESTAURANT FOR SALE: Death in family reason for selling this proven money maker for 14/years!! One of the most popular bar and grills in S.W. FLA. Asking $1.3M includes prime R.E., liquor license and business. 941-302-9000. Admiral Realty. Longboat Key Jewelry, Fine Gifts and outstanding collectibles at top location. Price, inventory negotiable. Mixed-Use Building: Luxury 3BR/2BA apt. & 5/offices on +/-1/3 acre. $1.4/million. SARASOTA Restaurant: Success forces relocation. Wine/beer, 44 seats, $110K for all but name. Bradenton Financial District Breakfast/Lunch, takeout/delivery, catering, 5-day week, 86 seats, easy to run. $170K.

N.W. Bradenton Restaurant: Italian/pizza, beer/wine, 30 seats. Good lease, easy to expand. $55K. Coin Laundry: Fairway Center retail condo unit, all equipment included. $145K.

REMODELING, CARPENTRY, drywall, tile, concrete, wood deck. CBCO23213. 761-9088 or cell: 737-5372.

LONGVIEW REALTY - 383-6112 Richard Estrin Licensed R.E. Broker


Condos & Homes For Sale EXTRAORDINARY BAY VIEWS Custom 4944/sq.ft. condo residence on Sarasota Bay. 4BR/3.5BA, 8/ft. doors, 2/fireplaces, elevator. Condo fee includes flood insurance, all exterior maintenance, landscaping and 24/hr. guard gate. $1,395,000 BAY AND CANAL VIEWS CORNER PH Exquisitely updated 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, deed beach. $369,000 IN TOWN GATED COMMUNITY 2-3BR/2.5BA, open plan, volume ceilings, lots of upgrades. $389,000 Sharon Freeman (941)321-0249 Michael Saunders & Company e-mail:

Condos & Homes For Sale SUNBOW BAY, Holmes Beach. Direct Bay front panoramic corner unit, 2BR/2BA w/terrace. Completely updated, new furnishings, 2/heated pools, tennis, elevator, under building parking. Walk all. HURRY! Information 941-795-3778....$315,000. LBK NEARLY 1/2 acre on Bishop’s Bayou. Enchanting unspoiled tropical beauty surrounds lovingly resorted Whitney Cottage. Warm wood floors, pecky cypress paneling, cozy fireplace, renovated kitchen with marble opens to large living room & florida room, 2bd/1ba. Steps to public dock, fishing pier, Art Center, gulf beaches. $695,000. (941)387-0158.

 $479,900, LONGBOAT KEY, 3/Bedroom Townhouse w/elevator. Bright high ceilings w/huge entertaining rooms. OVER 3000/sq.ft. furnished, 2/car garage. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp., 941-809-0041. LBK 2BR/2BA villa. Low fees! Pool and marina, deeded beach access. $255,000. 383-8860. Owner/Realtor.

 GOLF COURSE. Sarabay Country Club overlooking 6th green, 3BR/2BA, 2/car. Large lot, 5/min. to airport. Great investment. Tenant in place. $197,500. 941-351-2211, leave message.


 $779,900. DIRECT GULF FRONT, behind the gates of Longboat Key Club. Top of the line renovations and furnishings. Absolutely nothing to do! Stunning just doesn’t describe. Dennis Girard, Central SUNSET BEACH, LBK. Penthouse Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041. unit, 2BR/2BA, w/full Gulf view, designer $799,000. BUTTONWOOD Harbor. Custom decorated. Turnkey furnished. $649,000. built 1990 Mediterranean, 3BR/3BA, heated (727)937-3488. caged pool, 2570/sq.ft. under air. Mature oaks, partially wooded. Community dock, extreme privacy (canal opposite). 387-0487. 3347 SABAL COVE IN THE CONDO ON THE BAY. Best priced LONGBOAT KEY CLUB 2BR/2BA, updated, fabulous full bay views, 10th floor. Docks, pools, tennis, gated. Great OPEN HOUSE buy @ $438,900. Joan Boltax, Michael EVERY SUNDAY Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390. 1-4p.m.

 $659,900 LONGBOAT KEY, full direct 4000/Sq.Ft., Custom 5-Year New Home, Gulf view. Near Publix, 2BR/2BA, new granite counters, new ceramic and  $519,900 DOWNTOWN, Bay front, kitchen, Property #51996 carpets. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodel- 2BR/2BA. Totally renovated, unsurpassed Corp. (941) 809-0041. Brokers Protected ing contractors. In-house plan design. Bay and city views. Nothing compares. State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp., WATERFRONT ESTATE. Rare, double lot Call for Showing 941-809-0041. Many island references. 778-2993. (both buildable) with 250/ft. on canal at North 941-383-8950 end of Anna Maria. Ground floor two-story 941-587-5260 GERMAN HANDYMAN. Tiles, wood flooring, 1714 WALDEMERE. Split 4BR/3BA/2/car. 3BR/3BA home in a garden setting complete painting and all other home repair you may Caged pool, fireplace, low maintenance with heated pool and spa. Offers privacy in need help for. High quality, reasonable yard. $765,000. 316-9371. quiet neighborhood, short walk to Gulf. New prices. No job too small!! Licensed and roof, new pool screen, new solar panels, ☛ SANCTUARY, RARELY AVAILABLE. insured. 539-7937. new dock and new A/C unit (heat pump). Spectacular direct Gulf front corner unit with SIESTA KEY - WHISPERING SANDS 1 year home warranty included. $799,000. panoramic views of Gulf, golf course and Call (941)778-0171. (A SPECIAL PLACE) EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION bay. Completely furnished 2BR/2.5BA +den. A must see! $1,299,000. Call Marilyn WITH CREATIVE SOLUTIONS  VILLA ON LAGOON UPDATED,  JUST LISTED $2,279,000. Water Club, Duncan, Coldwell Banker, 1-800-404-0117, AND COMPETITIVE PRICING.  BRIGHT, OPEN FLOOR PLAN N/W Gulf views, 3BR, 3200/sq.ft. Beautifully ext. 141. FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES,  2BR/2BA, DEN, GARAGE appointed. Dennis Girard, Central Park WALLS, MURALS. Realty Corp. 941-809-0041.  LOTS OF EXTRAS, MUST SEE! LICENSED AND INSURED  $224,900. VILLA on Longboat with  VERY DESIRABLE LOCATION Marina and deeded beach access, WINDWARD BAY, 1BR/1BA. Very bright  WALK TO (VILLAGE) ARTISAN TILE 2BR/2BA+den, low maintenance. corner villa w/garden view. TKF, new carpet, (941) 383-2659 new appliances. $192,500. (514) 484-8668. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp.,  CALL OWNER 941-349-8002 941-809-0041. $450,000 ♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, fully MID LBK. End villa, 2BR/2BA, screened experience as a highly skilled, dependable, furnished condo for sale. $475,000. lanai, all new appliances, laundry room off restoration/renovation expert, carpenter large kitchen, 2/pools, private beach house & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and BAYFRONT FOR the tennis enthusiast. (941) 383-3910 or (815) 562-2156. w/storage and facilities, marina. Small pets Refurbished Longboat condo townhouse: full bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. permitted, completely turnkey furnished. (OLD FLORIDA), Siesta Key, Sarasota Bay view, 2BR/2.5BA, garage. Much more! Paul Beauregard, 779-2294. $445,900. Open Sunday, noon-4p.m. School of Architectural style with walls Light, bright, comfortable and pretty. Call owner-agent, George Noble, Longview of glass, long view, dock, pool, private $289,000. 941-387-1208. road. Investment priced at $1,220,000. Realty: 383-6112. Roofing Claire Marlow, Charles Rutenberg Realty, BAY FRONT condo. 2BR/2BA, 1200/sq.ft., secure, sunset/park views, next to Sarasota   BAYSIDE ROOFING. Roof DIRECT BAY FRONT VILLA/LONGBOAT 349-4835. Bay Club. By owner, 366-7115. $282,000. specialists! Re-roofs! New roofs! repair KEY. 270/degree views! Maintenance Tile Replacement! All work guaranteed! free, ground level, 3BR/2BA split plan, ISLANDER CLUB. Fabulous beach views from this updated 2BD/2BA Condo. Olympic RC004206. 941/753-6879. approx. 1400/sq.ft., eat-in all-white kitchen, sized pool, tennis courts, fitness. Steps to glassed/screened lanai. Neutral carpet/ beach. For sale by Owner. 941-387-7539. TAKE ADVANTAGE!!! ceramic, 2/walk-in closets, mud/laundry room Screen Repair off kitchen w/W/D and storage. Oversize SPANISH MAIN. Gorgeous villa near 10% DISCOUNT ED’S RESCREENING. Pool cage restoracarport +parking available for 2nd car, BBQ clubhouse, sparkling pool and boat docks. tion, screened entryways. Serving Longboat OFF ADS RUNNING FOR 4 ok. Clubhouse, marina, 2/heated pools, Tastefully renovated kitchen, updated Key. “Quality Work, Affordabley Priced”. tennis, saunas, exercise & game rooms. bathrooms bonus room and private lanai. CONSECUTIVE WEEKS Licensed & Insured. 504-2325 or 921-9289. Deeded beach access. Unfurnished. $455K. Offered at $329,900. Call Tina Rudek/Mike Ed Ponte, Owner/Operator. BOOK YOUR AD FOR Avail. April, 2003 (negotiable). (941) Migone of Wedebrock R.E. 383-5543. 383-4964 or (941) 400-9152. Nov. 19-Jan. 1: 4 WEEKS Tile Installation (314) 882-6983. THE MOST Spectacular Penthouse view in Sarasota! 32/ft. high floor-to-ceiling windows. MORENO MARBLE & TILE. Installation 383-5509 OR FAX 24 HOURS & Restoration. Quality work. Over 20/yrs. CANAL FRONT, 3BR/2BA. Beautiful bay Downtown. $4,200,000. Susan L. McLeod, TO: 383-7193 experience. Insured. Call Javier, Cell: view, w/boat dock, pool. $389,000. Realtor. GRI. Michael Saunders & Company. Vincent, 383-8860. A. Paradise Realty. (941) 928-4445. 685-5163 or 795-6615. ☛ BILL GAREAU Building & Remodeling. All phases of home improvement. License #RBC0067087. Insured. 685-2244.

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LYONS LANE, 3BR/2BA canal front home, newly remodeled. $1800/mo. Longboat Village, 3BR/1BA home $1200/mo. Wedebrock Real Estate Company 383-5886 or 800-486-5886

CONDO WITH million dollar view! Available for 6-10/mos. of 2003. Available March 1st. 2BR, nicely decorated, 55 community. $1200/mo. 941-953-6146.


LIDO BEACH efficiency. Super clean, just redone, furnished, annual. Dennis, M-F, 800-971-0017 or 863-640-1228. BAY PLAZA, Sarasota. Downtown, 2BR/2BA, unfurnished, annual. $2700/mo. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence. 800-708-5994 or 941-387-2927. LIDO BEACH, 2BR/1BA house. Super clean, furnished. $1200/mo. 800-971-0017 or 863-640-1228.


ANNUAL COTTAGE rental in LBK Village, 1BR/1BA w/large kitchen, dining, living. Fenced in yard. Water/sewer/trash included. $800/monthly. Please contact Joe Rogers @ 941-383-2391. NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA Islander Club condo. Fantastic Gulf view from all rooms. ALL new appliances and furnishings. Annual renter preferred. Will consider seasonal. Available March 1st, $6500/mo. 614-457-8514. CENTRE SHOP office available. Decorated. Priced below market. 387-7676. Also available seasonally.

TANGERINE BAY CLUB. Large luxurious, 3BR/2.5BA, $4500/mo. Pool, tennis, beach. Furnished or unfurnished. 516-353-5971, LONGBOAT KEY canal home w/bay views. or 941-383-0254 or leave message @ Old Florida charm, 3BR/1BA, antique hardwood floors, new carpet, fireplace, 516-482-5833. screened porches, garage. Walk to PRICE, $1,850,000 deeded beach, shops and restaurants. WOODMANS CHART, 2BR/2BA, W/D, 941-387-3526 941-350-8048. $1100/mo. VIEW ONLY BY APPOINTMENT. CASA DEL SOL, 2BR/2BA, W/D, perfect, Rentals: $850/mo. 7778 CASTLE ISLAND, 4BR/3BA, new, Seasonal & Vacation $2000/mo. Lots & Acreage For Sale LIDO VACATION RENTALS. One and two COLDWELL BANKER LBK, NORTH End canal front lot for sale by bedroom units available. Furnished LISA SNOW owner. 5/Min. to Gulf, new 50/ft. dock, sewer apartments across from beach and 1/block 388-5532 and water. 383-8710. from St. Armands Circle. Available now. Call 266-4775. LONGBOAT KEY 3/LOTS; C-1 zoning. $400,000 each. General Harris St. Longview AQUARIUS CLUB, 2BR luxury apartments Realty, Richard Estrin Lic. R.E. Broker. DOWNTOWN, 1BR/1BA, turnkey furnished. on the Gulf. Tennis, pool. 941-383-4223. 383-6112. Available January 1st. Near theaters, restaurants, Bay. Must have references. SARASOTA RANCH CLUB. Beautiful BEACHCOMBER CONDO on beach, $1000/mo. 941-320-1885. 10 acre lot in privately gated equestrian 1BR/1BA, heated pool, W/D, furnished. Jan. community. $215,000. 387-1442. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, LBK. 3BR/2BA, through April, $1000/weekly. May through Dec., $500/weekly. Owner 941-383-9419. 2/car home. $1750/mo. 941-383-9799.

Open House SUNDAY, JANUARY 19th, 1-4p.m. 3460 Winding Oaks Drive. 3BR/3BA, water view, over 2700/sq.ft. Private beach, 2/car garage, $599,000. Sarasota Style Realty, Inc. 388-2135. BAYFRONT & TENNIS. Open Sunday, noon-4p.m.: refurbished 2BR/2.5BA townhouse at 832 Evergreen Way, Cedars Tennis Club, $445,900. Call owner-agent, George Noble, Longview Realty: 383-6112.

Rentals: Annual LONGBOAT KEY. 1BR/1BA unfurnished, $560/mo., includes water. No pets. 387-9252. BEACH PLACE, annual rental. Unfurnished, newly painted and carpeted, 2BR/2BA, southern exposure, Gulf and Bay view, covered parking. Will consider seasonal. Available January, 2003. No pets or smokers. Call 941-383-4249. E-mail: LONGBOAT KEY, Charming 3BR/2BA house, contemporary interior. Sky lights, canal w/boat dock, 2/blocks to beach. $1800/mo. (941)383-2445. EN PROVENCE, 3BR +family room. Fabulous views in premiere condo community. Call Cheryl Loeffler, Coldwell Banker Previews. 383-5000. FURNISHED STUDIO IN HISTORIC LONGBEACH VILLAGE A short walk to Longboat’s best beaches, public boat ramp, pier, shopping and restaurants. (Prefer annual.) Call 383-3880 LBK ON BEACH. Best southern tip gated location. 25/Ft. of living room, windows looking onto water, marina, golf course and lush serenity. Pleasantly furnished, 2BR/2BA, 1500+sq.ft. Sands Point condo. Private-like beach and spectacular waterside pool. Annual @ $1950/mo. 800-339-2984. BEACHPLACE, 2BR/2BA, unfurnished, Southern exposure, covered parking. Wonderful amenities, $2100/mo. Call Maggie Hicks, 383-6411.

☛ ☛LONGBOAT KEY, 801 Broadway, 2BR/1.5BA. $1250/mo. +utilities. Horizon Realty. 778-0426.

ST. ARMANDS TOWER NORTH, 2BR/2BA $1850/mo. Lido SHORES, 2BR/2BA, $1300/mo. Lido HARBOUR SOUTH, 1BR/1BA $1200/mo. Cristin Curl 383-4747 or 800-950-3450

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, LBK. 3BR/2BA, 2/car, heated pool, deep canal, dock, boat lift, private beach access. 727-848-4100.

GULF FRONT PROPERTY, 2BR/2BA condo with bay view. “Seaplace” South End of Longboat Key. Wonderful grounds, tennis and beachfront pools. January and April through December 2003. Available at THE RENAISSANCE, 2BR/2BA. Brand new, reduced rate. 609-368-3824. All dates in fully equipped, pool, private health club, 2004 open. business center, multi-media theater, JANUARY AND/OR FEBRUARY 2003 concierge, private parking, electronic building access. $1800/mo. 941-954-3465, Castillian, Gulf front, $4500/mo. Longbeach, Gulf front, $4500/mo. 941-504-5723. Laguan Yacht Village, 4/BR, $5000/mo. Wedebrock Real Estate Company WATERFRONT, LBK. 1/BR apartment. 383-5886 or 800-486-5886 Quiet, mature setting, $795/mo. Also, 2BR, $895/mo. boating & beach. 941-383-2819, 941-383-7396. L’ELEGANCE, 2BR/2.5BA +den, $4500/mo. BAY, 1BR/1BA villa, DOWNTOWN, 1BR/1BA, turnkey furnished. WINDWARD Available January 1st. Near theaters, $2000/mo. restaurants, Bay. Must have references. **Many quality seasonal rentals available! $1200/mo. 941-320-1885. COLDWELL BANKER LISA SNOW 388-5532 CHARMING COTTAGE IN HISTORIC LONGBEACH VILLAGE. ST. ARMANDS, 2BR/2BA condo. All amenities. Available February and March. 2/BR, Laundry, Fireplace, 359-6504 or 730-4465. New Kitchen, Back Porch, Spacious Front and Back Yards. LIDO BEACH. Luxury Condo on beach, A short walk to Longboat’s 3BR/2.5BA, huge terrace, pool/spa, gym, best beaches, public boat ramp, pier, tennis courts, security gate, breathtaking bay & city view! Flexible availability. Also shopping and restaurants. available annually. (941) 918-4596. (Prefer annual) Call 383-3880 LIDO BEACH STUDIO. Walk to beach and St. Armands Circle. Charming studio w/private patio, barbecue grill, pool. Recently SEAPLACE, 1BR loft, 1.5/BA. Furnished, renovated. Avail short or long term. Pictures: Gulf view, steps to beach. Available Call immediately. $1500/mo. 914-725-2747 or Janie at 727-502-9780. 914-725-7002. ➨ ➨ LBK, BEAUTIFUL bay views, spacious BAYFRONT. SPECTACULAR water views 2BR/2.5BA w/garage, Olympic pool and from every room. Stunning TKF, 2BR/2BA, new fishing dock. Pets welcome. January, balconies. Avail. mid-Jan. Great mainland $1950/mo. April/May, $2950/mo. 544-7111. building w/docks, pools, tennis. Gated and close to airport, arts, downtown, shopping AVAILABLE MARCH & APRIL. 3BR/2BA and more! $2800/mo. Joan Boltax, Michael canal front residence. Turnkey furnished, Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390. fenced yard, private beach access. Pets allowed. For rates and photos go to website:  SEAPLACE. GULF views, largest 2BR/2BA, large W/D, new appliances, newly or call 941-360-0700. furnished, 50 steps to beach. Annual. LBK CANAL home within easy walking 941-955-9590. distance to private beach access, shops, LIDO BEACH house, 2 or 3BR/2BA, park. 3BR/2BA Furnished home on screened lanai, across from beach. Walk quiet street. Available Feb., March, April, $2500/mo +tax. Contact to Circle, furn. or unfurn. Annual-Seasonal. 2003. 407-847-9974. 941-388-2763.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation STILL RENTING THIS WINTER? Stop renting, start owning and gaining appreciation. - We have an exciting inventory of island properties. - Take advantage of exceptionally low interest rates today. Call Linda Paskovich direct at (941) 504-0601 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL (941) 383-6411 LIDO BEACH, charming studio. Private w/friendly environment. Pool, patio, steps to St. Armands. All amenities. $2000/monthly. Also, available weekly. 941-400-8706. PELICAN HARBOR, 3BR/2.5BA, direct beach front, mid-Key. Pool, tennis, beautifully furnished. 1/mo. minimum. $4500/mo. 727-343-9162. LBK, ISLANDER Club. Spacious 2BR/2BA Gulf side condo. Beach, pool, tennis, exercise room, turnkey furnished. Partial Gulf views from roof deck. Available Jan.-May. 1/mo. minimum. (860) 429-6679. LONGBOAT VILLAGE, 3BR/1BA home with 2/car garage, walk to beach, restaurants and shops. 813-641-9007. VACATION RENTALS NOW AVAILABLE! Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key. Direct Gulf front condo Lido Surf-N-Sand, & St. Armands Towers. Great beach view from this 4th floor @ Beach Place. JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000 BEACHCOMBER, 1BR/1BA condo. Pool, private access to beach, bay view, 3rd floor, elevator. Smith Realtors, 778-0770, 800-741-3772. SARASOTA, FLORIDA 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Condominiums, $6,500 to $10,000 per month. THE RESIDENCE at the RITZ-CARLTON Furnished & unfurnished condominiums. Single family homes Bird Key. Downtown Bay Front, Golf Course. Beach Front & Main Land Seasonal Rentals Available. Call 941-953-6000. WWW.LEASINGSARASOTA.COM JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT

LONGBOAT, 1/BR condo. Clean and comfortable, Gulf side. Available January. Call Martin 941-914-4646.

★ PELICAN HARBOUR, 3BR/2BA, LBK. Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. 513-608-4320, 513-871-4333. E-mail: LBK, SUTTON Place. Beautiful 3rd floor condo on bay, 1BR/1.5BA, private beach club, 2/heated pools. Available March 1st. (941) 792-6029 or (941) 545-6118. SUNSET BEACH direct Gulf, walkout to pool and beach. No Pets. No Smokers. $4500/mo. two month min. Avail Jan 03. Page “Glenna” (941)372-8317. SARASOTA BAY, panoramic water view w/sunsets, beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA. $2200/mo. 3/mo. minimum. Owner, 941-751-2366. LONGBOAT KEY condo. Newly remodeled, Key West style, 2BR/1BA. Full Gulf view, close to St. Armands. Available now, $4000/mo. Call Tish, 813-784-5568. LIDO BEACH. Step right onto the beachfront from this gorgeous 2BR/2BA Gulf front condo in Lido Regency. Totally updated and new furniture. Heated pool, sauna, etc. Short walk to St. Armands Circle. Available January 15 through May. $3700/mo. Also, annual. Call 941-388-1742 or 941-504-1393.


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SUNSET BEACH, LBK. Newly redecorated 2BR/2BA condo located in a small complex. 5th floor unit, beautiful view of Gulf and pool. Minimum 2/mo. rental. Jan.-March, $5300/mo. April, $4300/mo. 860-633-3545.

LBK, CANAL residence w/pool, French doors, billiards room, fireplace, laundry, private beach access. Turnkey furnished, walk to beach, shops, restaurants, 2BR/3BA. 941-350-8048.

SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA, steps to beach and pool. Available January, 2003, $3000/mo. Available April & May, 2003, $3000/mo. Call Linda Paskovich, 941-504-0601.

FOR JUST $1300 per month (six months min.) rent a beautiful Gulf front condo. Spacious 1 bedroom, pool, nicely furnished, covered parking. For more details, call 202-746-7027 or e-mail:

LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Newly renovated ANNA MARIA Gulf beach front, large 2BR 2BR/2BA, canal/bay views, pools, gym, rec. apartment. Lovely furnished interior, tropical room, tennis, beach house. March only. $2800/mo. Call evenings: 516-431-4612. patio. 941-778-3143.

LONGBOAT KEY at Sutton Place. Newly decorated 2BR townhouse w/garage, LONGBOAT KEY, Bayport. Available SUTTON PLACE, 1BR/1BA condo. Pool, 2/pools, beach access. Available March, March. 2BR/2BA condo, Gulf front, first floor private access to beach. Bay view, 3rd floor, 908-245-9558.. end unit, $4500/mo. 1-800-728-5534. elevator. Smith Realtors, 778-0770, LONGBOAT KEY. Water Club, 3BR/4BA, 800-741-3772. gorgeous views of the Gulf. Tennis, pool, SOUTH PALM AVENUE. Designer decorated 2BR/2BA, garden apartment.. LIDO KEY, Lido Tower condo, 7th floor, private beach. Rental Jan. 1-March 31 walk to Burns Ct and & Selby Gardens 2BR/2BA, new tile, new paint, carport, pool, minimum. Please call Diane (973) 377-2315. .Available. April 1st 2003. 941-387-0438. sauna, spa/hottub, club house. Deeded beach access 2/min., partial Gulf view. Good LIDO BEACH efficiencies available. 3/Day, for 4/persons., 1/mo. minimum rental. Call Weekly and Monthly specials! 941-388-2590. SARASOTA BAY condo with million dollar Blanche, 941-383-7121. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Gorgeous view! Near Yacht Club, modernized 2BR. Available March, April+. 2/mo. minimum. 55 ☛ ☛ BEACHPLACE, DIRECT beachfront, Gulf views, beautifully furnished, 2BR/2BA, community. $2300/mo. 941-953-6146. 2BR/2BA. Available starting April, 2003. largest unit 2nd floor. Available May through (216) 881-3232, (440) 247-3207 or December, 2003. (860)966-2668. BEACH PLACE, 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. (440) 623-9068. LONGBOAT ARMS, 2BR/2BA. Available (941)918-8658 LONGBOAT KEY, villa on small lake in January to April. 1/mo. min. Beach and bay LIDO AREA. Studio apartment w/1BR. Spanish Main Yacht Club. Steps from Gulf or views, brand new furniture and carpet, pool Totally remodeled w/large patio. Very Bay. Pool, clubhouse, carport, washer/dryer. and tennis. $2500/mo. Call Angelo. private, minutes to beach and St. Armands Fresh new decor throughout. Super clean! 383-2953. shopping. Available now. $1200/mo. Call 15/min. from St. Armands Circle. Available PALM AIRE Country Club, 2BR/2BA, villa. 941-780-1488 or 941-232-1512. Jan., Feb., March, 2003. $2600/mo. Please Double garage, fully furn., golf privileges. call Dave, 847-295-4800. Also available annually. 388-5504 or FIRST FLOOR CONDO HOME LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 704-2681, ask for Bruce. 6701 GULF OF MEXICO bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido 2003 SEASONAL Rentals Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental WHITNEY BEACH Longbeach condo, Gulf front, $4500/mo. condo. 388-1404. Longboat Harbor Towers, Gulf front, Large one bedroom for rent: $4500/mo. 2003 SEASONAL RENTALS. Oct. $2500 Longboat Towers, 3BR/3BA, Gulf front, Beach Harbor Club, bayside, $3000/mo. Nov. $2500 Longboat Harbor, bayside, $3500-$4000/mo. $7500/mo. Dec. $2500 Privateer South, 2BR Gulf front condos, Pelican Harbor, bayside & Gulf side, $3800$5000/mo. Jan. $3000 $3800/mo.-$5000/mo. Feb. $3000 Seaplace, 2BR Gulf side, $3000/mo.- Windward Bay, 1 and 2BR units, $2500$3500/mo. Mar. $3000 $4800/mo. Spanish Main home, $2400/mo. Lido Harbour Tower, Gulf side, $4500/mo. April $2500 Lido Harbour South, 1 and 2BR Gulf side, 3BR+, 3BA Gulf front home, pool,$8000/mo. 3BR/2BA, pool home, $3500/mo. $2200/mo.-$3300/mo. On heated pool and large white 2+BR/3BA canal/pool home, $4000/mo. Lido pool home, 2BR/2BA, $2500/mo. sand beach. 3BR/2BA Longboat Village home, $3000/mo Wedebrock Real Estate Updated unit, open feeling, also, private 2BR/1.5BA St. Judes home, $2500/mo. 383-4747 or 800-950-3450 beach patio and enclosed garden. 3BR/1BA Longboat Village home, $2500/mo Wedebrock Real Estate Company Tennis Courts & boat docks. 383-5886 or 800-486-5886 To die for views, can sleep 4 LIDO BEACH. Near beach and St. Armands occasionally Circle. Studio apt. and 2BR/1BA apt. with LONGBOAT KEY, Seaplace townhouse, private patios in house and garden setting. 2BR/2.5BA, new furniture and paint, nicely Call Broker/Owner Turnkey, tastefully furnished. 383-2566. decorated, garage, lanai and terrace, steps The Toni Everett Company to beach and pool, spa, sauna, tennis. Licensed Real Estate Broker Available December, 2002 thru February 10, SEA CLUB I 813-629-6260 2003 and April 10, 2003 thru December, RESORT RENTALS 2003. Good for 4/persons. Call Blanche, GULF FRONT, HEATED POOL. 941-383-7121. 4141 GULF OF MEXICO DR., ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. LONGBOAT KEY 34228 SEAPLACE, 1BR loft, 1.5/BA. Furnished, Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, Gulf view, steps to beach. Available living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly RESERVATIONS: 941-383-2431 immediately. $2500/mo. 914-725-2747 or or May through Jan. $1200/mo. 351-5101. WWW.SEACLUB1.COM 914-725-7002. LIDO BEACH CLUB, furnished, 2BR/2BA, MID-KEY, 2BR/2BA condo. All new interior, Gulf front. 3/mo. min. $3800/mo. ground floor, walk out on beach. $4800/mo. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Annual available. 941-780-0732. Excellence. 800-708-5994 or 941-387-2927.

CASA DEL MAR RESORT CONDOMINIUM WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228

LIDO BEACH. Due to cancellation, available immediately, 2BR/2BA condo. Newly renovated and furnished. Large balcony LBK, PRIVATEER NORTH, 2BR/2BA, Gulf overlooking pool and Gulf. Minutes walk to view, pool, tennis, beautifully furnished. St. Armands Circle. No pets. Non-smoker. Available 1/1/03-4/30/03, 3/mo. minimum, Bargain at $3500/mo. St. Armands Towers. 941-388-2575 or 570-654-6511. $4000/mo. 708-452-1957. FABULOUS 2BR/2BA condo on Lido with Gulf views. 3/mo. minimum. 346-0207.

BEACHPLACE. BEAUTIFUL direct Gulf WATERFRONT, LBK. 1BR, $495/week front 2BR/2BA condo. Available Nov. thru ($1800/mo.); 2BR, $550/week; $2000/mo. April, 2 or 4-6/mo. min. stay required. 383-2819 or 383-7396. 847-913-4562. LONGBOAT KEY. Beautiful Gulf front LONGBOAT, MID-KEY condo, 2BR/2BA. condo, pool, on beach, 1BR/1BA, sleeps 4. Screened porch and sun deck overlooking From $840/weekly. 617-328-7145. tropical gardens, nicely furnished, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. $680/weekly or $2600 monthly. 941-383-5914.

“THE WATERFRONT”, 2BR/2BA spacious, “Getaway” w/sweeping Manatee River views. Quiet neighborhood next to Twin Dolphin “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” Marina, walk to historic Downtown BradenON THE Beach with views of the waves. ton shops and restaurants theatre, library, Tennis Court, Jacuzzi, pool, underground South Florida Museum. Includes pool and parking all behind the gates of Longboat Key Jacuzzi, washer/dryer, fishing pier, etc. Club. This 2BD/2BA condo offers a contem- $2000/mo. (941) 928-5930. porary, casual decor with modern luxury amRENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys biance. Avail Jan-Mar $5000/mo, Apr-Nov BANYAN BAY Club. 3.5BR/3BA. Bayfront. & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, $3500/mo. Ninety day minimum. Inquire for (843) 883-3496/ Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 2004 season. (941)320-6527. 800-708-5994 or 941-387-2927. BEAUTIFUL 1BR/1BA. Longboat Harbour, LBK CONDO. Cedars East, 2BR/2.5BA. newly and completely renovated, shows LBK CANAL house, 3BR/2BA, heated pool, Weekly, monthly or longer term lease like a model, 2nd floor w/lovely views; all garage. January, February, March, 2004. available. Heated pool, 1/mile to Gulf beach amenities. $2000/mo. January, 2/mos. or access. Call 941-918-1470. more. 941-383-8112. $8000. 302-834-3026. “85% Repeat Guests”

AVAILABLE MARCH, 2003 Mark I, bay front, $3800/mo. Whitney Beach, bayside, $2700-$3300/mo. 3BR/3BA home on canal, $3800/mo. 3BR/2BA canal front, $3650/mo. 2BR/2BA, Norton home, $3000/mo. Longboat Key Estates, 3BR/3BA, pool, $4500/mo. 2BR/2BA apartment, $2200/mo. Wedebrock Real Estate Company 383-5886 or 800-486-5886 LBK. PRIVATE home, 3BR/2BA, deep water, beach access, pool, newly furnished. Weekly or seasonal rentals. Pets OK. or 770-840-0028. SPANISH MAIN Y.C., 2BR/1BA villa. Lake view, pool, beach access. 2003 season. 941-378-1667, or 262-251-4739. DOWNTOWN, 1BR/1BA, turnkey furnished. Within walking distance of everything: (theaters, restaurants, Bay). January through March. $1500/mo. 941-320-1885.

Roommates Wanted SARASOTA, 50+ villa. $625/mo. utilities. Non-smoking. Call 809-2630.


Rooms For Rent ROOM FOR rent in 3BR/2BA, newly renovated home with full house privileges including W/D. Located near Bee Ridge & I-75. Female/non-smoker. $400/mo. +1/3 utilities. 941-371-6692.

Time Share WHITE SANDS OF LONGBOAT TIMESHARE WEEKS 51, 52, 1 AND 2 $20,000. CALL 383-4927 E-mail: VERANDA BEACH Club. Deluxe 2BR/2BA apartment w/bay view. 2/weeks available. $25,000/for both. 847-568-1661.

Waterfront Property SECLUDED DEEP WATER canal front home. 730 Penfield, LBK. Pool, 40/ft. dock. Below appraisal. Must sell!! Reduced to $699,000. 302-3840.

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LARGEST SELECTION OF SALES AND VACATION RENTALS N. Longboat Key 6350 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-5543 1-800-335-5543

S. Longboat Key 26 Avenue of Flowers 383-5544 1-800-950-3450

Holmes Beach 3224 East Bay Dr. 778-0700 1-800-615-9930

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LONGBOAT BEACH COTTAGE Elevated 3BR/2BA surrounded by lush tropical foliage 1 lot away from gulf w/ocean peeks. 30’ screened lanai, wood-burning fireplace & deeded 15’ beach access. $899,000. Mike Migone or Tina Rudek 383-5543

EN PROVENCE ON LONGBOAT KEY Elegant 3BR/3.5BA with den, family room & breakfast bar. Enjoy evening sunsets on open terrace w/alfresco kitchen overlooking the Gulf. This unit has 4,024 sq. ft. & every amenity possible. $2,875,000 Bridget Spiess 383-5544

LONGBEACH CONDO Exceptional direct gulf views over Longboat Key’s finest beaches. 2BR/2BA with den and large lanai. Great income possibilities. $439,000 Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 383-5543

CONDOS WESTCHESTER CONDO. Spacious & bright end unit with sensational gulf views. Two large master suites, two screened lanais on 7 acres of lush gulf-front property. $529,000. LONGBEACH CONDO. Exceptional direct gulf views over LBK’s finest beaches. 2BR/2BA with den and large lanai. Great income possibilities. $439,000. WINDWARD BAY. Watch the manatees & dolphins at play from this immaculate end unit w/incredible Sarasota Bay views. Tastefully updated directly across from sparkling pool, tennis & deeded beach access. Boat docks available. Offered at $385,000.

WHITNEY BEACH Gorgeous views of Bishops Bayou from this rarely available 2nd floor, 1BR condo. This unit has never been rented! Walk to the area’s most pristine beach. $214,000 Gary and Cindy LaFlamme 3835543

ESCAPE...TO HIDEAWAY BAY Enchanting unspoiled beauty surround this Immaculate 4BR/4BA custom home. Completely private water & pool views, soaring ceilings, spacious & bright interior. Steps to beach, dock & tennis. $1,195.000 Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 383-5543

BAY ISLES This bamboo custom canal front home is spectacular! Top of the line finishes, marble floors, granite countertops, custom built-ins & outdoor kitchen w/Jenn-Air stove, exquisite staircase. Heated pool/spa, boat dock w/10,000 lb lift, room for 50’ boat. $1,199,000 Bridget Spiess 383-5544

CHARMING VILLA ON LONGBOAT KEY Tastefully remodeled & decorated 2BR/2BA condo with over 1,000 sf. TKF, heated pool, deeded beach access and protected sail boat docks. Water views from lanai. $299,000 John Hines 724-7199

PENTHOUSE AT THE POPULAR GRANDE CONDOMINIUM Features include 3BR/4.5BA, 2 master suites. Sweeping gulf and bay views. Private 2 car garage, marble & granite throughout $1,899,000. Mike Nink 383-5543

SPACIOUS GULFSIDE HOME Spectacular gulf and sunset views, sounds of the ocean and white sugar sand right at your doorstep. Inviting 5BR/3BA home on 100x180 lot with excellent income revenue. $2,795,000. Mike Migone or Tina Rudek 383-5543

HOMES SPACIOUS GULFSIDE HOME. Spectacular gulf and sunsets views, sounds of the ocean and white sugar sand right at your doorstep. Inviting 5BR/3BA home on 100 x 180 lot with excellent income revenue. $2,795,000. ESCAPE…TO HIDEAWAY BAY Enchanting unspoiled beauty surround this immaculate 4BR/4BA custom home. Completely private water & pool views, soaring ceilings, spacious & bright interior. Steps to beach, dock & tennis court. $1,195,000 LONGBOAT BEACH COTTAGE Elevated 3BR/2BA surrounded by lush tropical foliage with gulf peeks. Huge screened lanai, cozy fireplace & deeded 15’ beach access. $899,000. “THE AVALON” AT LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE. MODEL OPEN DAILY 1-5, 6330 LAGUNA DRIVE. Brand new quality built 4BR/3BA home with soaring ceilings and open concept. Warm wood flooring, stainless steel, granite tops & much more. Only steps to your own deep water boat dock, sparkling community pool and beach access. $739,000. SAILBOAT HOME Popular 3BR/2BA split plan with 2 car garage on deep water canal. Quiet location near beach access. Formal living & dining room, large kitchen, enclosed lanai w/room for a pool. $425,000.


COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Great location on this southernmost street. 4th house from open bay view! Widest canal in CCS. Has great potential, or build your dream home with deep water dock. Hurry, won’t last. $575,000. Bridget Spiess 383-5543

WESTCHESTER GULF FRONT Rarely available direct gulf front, 3rd floor, end unit. Open split plan with 2 large master suites. 2 large screened lanais with sensational gulf views. $529,000. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 383-5543

BEACH HARBOR CLUB Renovated in quality finishes. All new windows and doors, lovely garden views. Quiet and peaceful. Clubhouse with heated pool, boat dock with private beach across the street. $279,000 Bridget Spiess 383-5544

WINDWARD BAY Watch the manatees & dolphins at play from this immaculate end unit w/incredible bay views. Tastefully updated. Directly across from pool, tennis & deeded beach access. Boat docks available. $385,000. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 383-5543

NORTH BEACH VILLAGE This is it! Rarely available 3BR/2.5BA townhouse w/2 car garage. Low maintenance fee for cable, lawn, pool, etc. New hardwood floors & carpet. Large screened porch. Close to beach. You’ll love it here! $415,000 Gail Tutweiler 778-0700

BOATERS DREAM HOME Key West home on lg private lot. Water views, high ceilings, open floor plan, 40x20 covered slip and 3+ deep water slips able to handle large sailboats. $1,600,000 John Hines 383-5543


BOLLITO HOME Beautifully furnished 2+BR/3BA canal front home with pool, jacuzzi, boat lift and spacious enclosed lanai. Just a short walk to the beach or bring your boat and cruise gorgeous Sarasota Bay!

CASA DEL SOL Secluded gulf front home with large pool, private volley ball court, workroom and unbelievable views. You will never have to leave this 4BR/3BA home.


SAILOR’S DELIGHT Spacious & bright ranch in popular boating community near deeded beach access. Expansive lanai with pool/spa surrounded by gardens andtranquil fountains. Moor your boat on one of Longboat’s deepest canals. $729,000

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PALM COTTAGE Remodeled and decorated canal front home with Cape Cod theme. 2BR/2BA downstairs and 1BR/1BA upstairs. Garage, grill and boat dock. Call for rates!

LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE. MODEL OPEN DAILY 1-5,6330 LAGUNA DRIVE. Don't miss your opportunity to own a new quality built home in this maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to sugar sand beaches and your own deep water dock. Only 6 Homesites left. Starting at $240,000.

Tina Rudek & Mike Migone

6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Wir Sprechen Deutsch

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