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ourtown Headed to Hall of Fame Retired Major Gen. Jim Patterson has been nominated to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame at the Army Aviation Museum, Fort Rucker, Ala. The 10-member Hall-of-Fame board selected 24 candidates. Approximately 14,500 members of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) will vote on the candidates later this month. Candidate Patterson is listed as follows, in part, on Dora Walters the ballot: “MG Patterson’s career was marked by a skillful blending of air-and-ground cavalry experience, with armor and aviation commands that had a significant influence on the developer of air cavalry tactics. He became one of the Army’s Air Cavalry’s brightest pioneers as Commanding Officer of the highly successful 6th Air Cavalry Combat Brigade, which he trained in cavalry and aviation tactics. His successful demonstrations of these techniques at Fort Hood in 1975 led to new insertions in FM100-5 (the bible for senior staff officers) that acknowledged the Army’s commitment to world leadership in the use of attack helicopter and air mobility. “Patterson was next assigned as Assistant Division Commander in the 1st Cavalry Division, followed by a tour as Deputy Commanding General of the Army Aviation School and Center at Fort Rucker. “Patterson’s greatest contribution to Army Aviation, however, was his inspirational troop leadership, not only in training and experimentation but also in combat in Vietnam. “He was a dynamic combat commander who always led from the front. Seeing one of his crews shot down in an enemy occupied area, Patterson landed and took personal charge of defense of the crew and their aircraft. Throughout the night, Patterson, now injured, and his tiny force of six, fought off repeated ground attacks as he directed gunship and artillery fire on enemy mortar and machine-gun positions until extraction the following day. “Patterson, the warfighter, with more than 3,000 hours (including 1,100 combat hours), is one of the few aviators awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. “He has numerous other awards for TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 2A
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Proposed water rate hike: 44% BY JOSH SIEGEL Staff Writer
Longboat Key’s water and sewer rates are on course to rise an average of 44% as early as March. The Longboat Key Town Commission reached consensus Jan. 15 at a commission workshop to approve a series of temporary rate hikes. First reading of an ordinance adopting the rates will occur Feb. 2 at the Town Commission’s next regular meeting. Adoption of the ordinance will be the first phase in raising $16 million to pay for repairs to the town’s aging
water system infrastructure. The proposed rates would change as follows: • Water service charge: from $5.37 to $8.50, up 58%. • Water billing charge: from $1.66 to $2.50, up 50%. • Waste water service charge: from $13.54 to $14.50, or 7%. • Waste water billing charge: from $2.22 to $3.65 or 64%. The plan also includes a tiered water-use rate designed to encourage conservation and penalize heavy use. The proposed rate changes are expected to
remain in place until the commission determines definitively whether the town will pay for its water system repairs through current rate revenues or by issuing bonds. Commissioners still remain undecided on the permanent financing method. The new rates, however, will be increased enough to cover a 10% increase in the fees charged to the town by its water supplier, Manatee County; to begin collecting revenue for capital improvements; and to cover the cost of increased penalties for excessive water use. TURN TO WATER RATES, PAGE 4A
PRETTY IN PINK
While winter brings a bit of chilly weather to Longboat Key, the season is also the island’s most colorful. Just slip on a jacket and stroll along one of the many paths in Joan M. Durant Park and discover some natural beauty.
Herb Lovett: patron saint of St. Jude event BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF Herbert L. “Herb” Lovett, one of the founding patrons of Longboat Key’s annual St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon and Bike-a-thon, died Jan. 14 at his Sarasota home. He was 76. A 20-year employee of the town of Longboat Key and a Longboat Key Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year in 1982, Lovett had a love affair with the town in which he lived and worked. He was hired in 1972 at $5.21 an hour as a building inspector. For the next 20 years he developed a reputation as an honest, devoted and respected member of the community — in his work and as a father who raised his children on the Key. At the end of his career with the town, he had become such a well-known and respected representative of the town among residents that he was appointed special
services representative — a position in which he acted as the town’s public relations representative and liaison with the community. “He did a fabulous job for the town of Longboat,” said Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, owner of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort and frequent combatant with Lovett. “He got into the spirit of helping all of the people and did a great job.” Said Edith Barr-Dunn: “He really and truly was (an honest building inspector).” BarrDunn and Lovett were always seen at the St. Jude luncheon selling raffle tickets on behalf of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. She also worked with Lovett many years when he inspected her Shenkel’s Restaurant. “They said at one time he was TURN TO HERB LOVETT, PAGE 4A
Herb Lovett and Edith Barr-Dunn worked together for many years and were friends.
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a dessert-only potluck at 7 p.m. The movie will be shown at 7:45 p.m. There is no charge and members are encouraged to bring a friend. Association members will enjoy the opportunity to relax, because a clean-up day is scheduled for 9 a.m. that same day. All residents are welcome. Just remember, bring work gloves and wear old clothes.
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valor and service. After retirement, Patterson continued to serve his local community, Longboat Key, as mayor and town commissioner.” If Longboaters could vote, Patterson would be a shoo-in.
Chamber prez welcomes second granddaughter
Old chums do cabaret
Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce President Gail Loefgren is all smiles. She’s a grandma once again. Hannah Nicole Loefgren, weighing in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, was born at 3:31 p.m. Jan. 13. Proud parents are Mike and Jennifer Loefgren, who are also the parents of Emily, 2 1/2 years old. Loefrgen also has a 10-month old grandson, Colin, the son of Kristin and Lee Heintz. Expect baby pictures soon. Dora Walters
Well done! Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Longboat Key author of historical romance novels, has done it again. Her third book, “Bride of the Beast,” was released last year and launched Warner Books new romance imprint “Warner Forever.” The book also received a nomination from Romantic Times Magazine for its prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Awards for “Best Scottish Historical Romance of 2003.” The book was the winner of the The Historical Romance Club’s “Historical Romance of the Year for 2003” award. In selecting the book, the reviewers said, “It was the best we had read all year. The sequel to “Devil in a Kilt,” (a previous Welfonder book) is pure magic. Perhaps it is the way that Ms. Welfonder describes the harsh and wild beauty of the Scottish highlands, making you feel you are actually there.” “Bride of the Beast,” is listed in the 2003 Top Ten Reads.
The Agatha Christie murder mystery, “Mouse Trap,” produced by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and The Players will be presented Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, at the Players Theatre. It is the fourth joint venture by the two organizations. The cast is made up of chamber members. Working on their lines (above) are Tony Appel of Juice & Java, and Wayne McCammon, former Longboat Key police chief. The chamber and The Players share the proceeds of the performances. For tickets, contact the chamber at 387-9519 or The Players, 365-2494.
Let’s go to the movies “Seabiscuit,” one of the 10 best films of the year, was selected by the Longbeach Village Association, for its Jan.-24 social event. The movie, to be shown on a big screen, will be preceded by
Each season, Beach Harbor Club presents three musical events at a breakfast for all the residents. The residents of each building take turns in creating the shows. Judy and Marlene Campanaro (right) were a two-woman cabaret show. The show consisted of musical “sendups” about condo living, with songs such as “Pool Rules” and “The Board That I’d Vote For.”
Road to recovery Longboat Key Commissioner Hal Lenobel is continuing his recovery. Lenobel was transferred this past week out of the intensive care unit Courtesy photo at Sarasota Memorial Hospital to the hospital’s transitional care unit. Hazel Lenobel said: “He continues to make slow, but steady progress. Hal and I greatly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and good wishes over the past month.” Last week for the first time since being admitted to the hospital on Christmas Eve, Lenobel was walking again. ❑
While many Longboat Key residents are aware of a trim young woman, usually wearing a black outfit, running on Gulf of Mexico Drive, many may not know her name. Her name is Terrie DuCray, a four-year resident of the Key, and she runs every day. “Except when it snows,” she says. DuCray began running 27 years ago when she looked for a sport or exercise program that wasn’t complicated but was satisfying. “I didn’t want a sport where I had to have a partner, schedule tee times or find an available court, and I came up with running,” she explains. I can do it whenever I want, wherever I want and as long as I want. I don’t need any expensive equipment — just a good pair of shoes. DuCray lives behind the gates at Bay Isles and her daily routine is to walk to Gulf of Mexico Drive, turn right and head north. She runs six miles to Cannons Marina, where she takes a water break, then runs the distance back. It takes her a little more than two hours. Despise all her years running, it doesn’t get any easier. “It’s a daily challenge,” DuCray says. With a laugh, DuCray says, “I have been doing this on the Key so long that motorists know me. They honk or wave and it gives me the incentive to keep going.” Why does she run? “It is something I have to do. You know how some people have to have a cup of coffee to get them started for the day? Well, running is my cup of coffee. It really does get my day started and when I finish, it is such a joy of accomplishment.” DuCray owned a women’s clothing boutique in York, Pa., which she sold when she moved to the Key. Her new career is as a musical booking agent. —Dora Walters
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Harris’ decision came on a ski slope BY MATT WALSH Editor
The epiphany came on top of a mountain. Congresswoman Katherine Harris was gazing at the snowcovered mountains in Aspen during the Christmas holidays when she finally made up her mind not to run for the U.S. Senate. On that day, when she and husband Anders Ebbeson were to return home, Harris decided to take one last ski run by herself. When she reached the top of the lift, she found herself looking at a picture of godly serenity — tiny flakes glittering in a soft sunlight, cold air gripping her red cheeks, the sound of mountain air echoing through the trees and prehistoric rock formations. “I had gone back and forth so much,” Harris said. “I felt like something was holding me back.” In deep thought on the mountain, Harris said she received a call from her husband, who was down at the bottom of the slope, checking on her. She told him of her decision. When she finished the run and Ebbeson asked how she was. “I’m good,” she said. There was closure. From that point on, weeks of “yes I will,” “no I won’t” finally ended. Harris said she went back and forth “hourly” with whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Democrat from Miami. But in the end, she said at her press conference Jan. 16, the deciding factor was “spending time with my family and friends.” She also emphasized that she hasn’t finished the job for which she was elected to Congress — a point she repeated four times during her press conference. “I believe in my heart I have made the right decision,” Harris told The Longboat Observer after the press conference. Just as Harris, while presiding as Florida’s secretary of state, found herself in the center of drama during the 2000 presidential election, Harris found herself caught up in political drama again when Graham announced his retirement this past summer. Would she give up her presumably safe House seat to run a statewide campaign for the U.S. Senate? Harris told The Longboat Observer she didn’t intend or try to be coy about her decision. But her press conference Friday had all the characteristics of drama. Harris chose as the setting for her congressional re-election candidacy the Dallas and Elizabeth Dort Gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County in Newtown. The symbolism was obvious: Harris sponsored legislation that Congress adopted to keep federal tax dollars flowing into depressed communities for housing. Harris’ media advisers from Tampa set up a low-rise stage, about the size of four cafeteria tables, and a podium at center court. About 15 to 20 feet away, two-tiered decking was set up to accommodate a pack of local, regional and national media — newspaper photographers and television camera crews. Shortly before Harris appeared, about 40 to 50 friends and different constituencies — firefighters, veterans, business
people — crowded onto and around the front of the dais. Among them: Longboaters Kathryn Carr, Eileen Curd and Katie Moulton, general manager of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort; Sarasota philanthopists Graci McGillicuddy and Margaret Wise; Sarasota business woman Lee En Chung; and Sarasota businessmen John Cox and Tom Dabney. And sitting in front of the stage were a half-dozen children representing the Boys & Girls Club. At 1:30 p.m., while CNN television flashed on screen that Harris had announced she would not seek re-election, Harris entered the gymnasium amid an anxious crowd. Her husband accompanied her to the stage, as applause and cheers from the congresswoman’s supporters echoed through the gymnasium. This was drama. Beaming, but with her hands shaking nervously as she held the pages of her speech, Harris began. Rather than state quickly her decision, she obviously intended to build to a crescendo. She recited her and Congress’ accomplishments — the American Dream Downpayment Act, which she sponsored; legislation for retired veterans; tax relief; the Patriot Act. And then she began titillating the audience into thinking she may be running. She talked of Floridians from all over encouraging her to run for Senate. “I also believe that my background and qualifications can serve Florida effectively in the United State Senate,” she said. “On the other hand,” she said, I am just one year into a job I love, and I have so much more that I can accomplish for the
Congresswoman Katherine Harris says she’s not running.
Punch line inserted only hours before speech “I am going to be a candidate for the United State Senate,” said Congresswoman Katherine Harris. Harris says she and adviser Adam Goodman worked for three days on her speech announcing her re-election candidacy for Congress and her rejection of a U.S. Senate race. But the punch line didn’t get inserted until Friday morning, hours before she delivered it. It was Goodman’s idea, Harris said. “He came over this morning and read it to me,” Harris said. “I was shocked. I almost fell off the sofa.”
people of my district ... They have inspired me in good times, believed in me in time of challenge, and have faithfully responded time and again when I have asked for their support.” This was the moment. “And so today,” she said, “after careful deliberation, I am here to announce that I am going to be a candidate for the United States Senate.” The audience gasped, clapped, whooped. Camera drives whined in a flutter of popping flashes. And then Harris delivered her punch line: “Just not this year.” More drama, buzz, and more whooping followed. “My decision may surprise those who looked forward to the headlines and horse race always associated with contests that attract national attention,” Harris concluded. “Rest assured ... all in good time. “I came to Washington to do something, not be something. And before I apply for another job, I intend to complete the one I was hired for.” In the question-and-answer session after her remarks, Harris did not commit to running for the U.S. Senate in 2006, when incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson’s first term ends. When a reporter tried to pin her down on which year she would run for Senate, she said: “As a famous American once said, ‘There you go again.’ I have to finish the job I was hired for.” Asked whether President Bush, his staff and Republican Party leadership pressured her into not running, she said: to the contrary. Asked specifically what Karl Rove, the president’s chief strategist, had to say, Harris responded: “He was never discouraging.” At the same time, Harris said, “(U.S. House Speaker Dennis) Hastert paid me a compliment when he asked me not to leave (the House).” Asked what her husband advised, she said: “I don’t want to speak for him. He loves me in spite of all this. I think, like I would, he would like to see me run for the Senate. But we’ll let the future take care of itself.” ❑
Water solution: ‘There is no one silver bullet’ BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF While the town of Longboat Key continues to grapple with securing its future water supplies, Thomas Dabney, chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, issued two messages Jan. 14 to the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee: • “For Longboat Key, there is no one silver bullet,” Dabney said. • And, he said, “Things are not as bleak as you might think.” Addressing about 75 people at PIC’s annual meeting in the parish hall at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, Dabney said the future of Longboat’s water sources are likely to be different sources: ground water (wells), captured and stored surface water; rivers and streams and “maybe” reclaimed water. He all but ruled out desalination. “The
PIC elects officers The Longboat Key Public Interest Committee elected new officers at its annual meeting Jan. 14. They are: Lee Rothenberg, president for another term; Sandy Gilbert, vice president; George Noble, secretary; and Walter Hackett Jr., treasurer.
biggest problem is how to get rid of the brine,” Dabney said. Dabney said the desalination plant in Hillsborough County obtained government permits in part because it was sited next to a power plant. That location allows the desalination plant to blend its brine with water at the power plant, thus reducing disposal issues. “How are you going to blend yours?” he asked. “It becomes an expensive proposition.” Instead of desalination, Dabney said his taxsupported agency, also known as Swiftmud, and other government-run utilities are increasingly developing systems to capture and store surface rain water and increase their use of reclaimed water. At the same time, they are trying to reduce the region’s reliance on water from the underground Floridan aquifer, which runs 100 feet to 400 feet below the surface in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Dabney noted, for instance, that an aquifer storage recovery well — which is used to store rain water underground — has been constructed near Port Charlotte. He also said: “Reclaimed water is an increasing supply. Reclaimed water now is viewed as gold.” Farmers in particular like it because it contains less salt than ground water. Dabney said Manatee County has a 10-year reclaimed water project under way designed to ship large quantities of reclaimed water to the
big fruit and vegetable growers in the eastern portion of the county. What the farmers no longer use in groundwater the county is retaining to recharge the Floridan aquifer, Dabney said. The recharging is necessary to help curb increasing salt intrusion — a condition with which Longboat Key residents are quite familiar. But there may be a solution to the salty aquifer, Dabney said. Swiftmud experts have learned recently that better water is available in an intermediate aquifer 60 to 100 feet below the surface. “We think there’s tremendous capacity for 30- to 40-foot wells picking up water from the surfical zone,” he said. “We’ve never tapped that for Longboat Key.” In fact, Dabney noted, the Longboat Key Club has begun investigating abandoning its 400-foot wells and tapping the intermediate aquifer. Even by tapping the intermediate aquifer, however, Dabney said Longboat Key’s water problems will not end. In addition to figuring out how to tap multiple sources, he said the town’s water policies should do three things: • Promote conservation and reduce demand with a rate structure that is price sensitive; • Adopt ordinances requiring residents to install water-conserving plumbing fixtures; • Send repeated messages in the town’s water bills to conserve. ❑
Who uses the most water? “We’re in good shape until about 2018, and then we start running out of water,” says Thomas Dabney, chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. But the future of water in this region of the state, Dabney said in a speech to the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee Jan. 14, will hinge on agriculture. Consider how the 242 million gallons of water a day are used in this region: • Agriculture — 53%, or 128 million gallons; • Public supply — 37%, 89 million gallons; • Recreation (golf courses) — 6%, 14 million gallons; • Industry — 4%, 9.7 million gallons. Says Dabney: If you believe agriculture will shrink because of foreign competition, more water will become available. If you think it will stay about the same, the usage percentages are not likely to change much. If you think agriculture will grow in the region, perhaps less water will be available. “Agriculture,” Dabney says, “is the single greatest variable of our future water supply.”
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Water rates CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A “We need to collect now,” Town Manager Bruce. St. Denis told the commission. Until the current fiscal year, Manatee County previously charged the town a penalty just for the gallons used over the town’s 2.5-million-gallon daily allotment. Under the new rules, if the town exceeds its daily water allotment, penalties will be assessed on the entire amount of water use. “2.51-million gallons would only have been a blip on the radar screen,” St. Denis said. “Now it’s three times [as much]. “They didn’t tell us explicitly,” said St. Denis, explaining how Manatee County adopted the new penalty system. “It was our fault that we missed it.” Vice Mayor Ron Johnson recommended talking to Manatee County about the changes. “We should appeal to the County Commission to call attention to it,” he said. “It’s not typical of their dealings with us.” The commission recommended that Mayor John Redgrave and St. Denis approach the Manatee County Commission about the new penalty sytem. St. Denis also gave the commission information on increasing the number of watering days to decrease the likelihood of exceeding the 2.5-million-gallon limit.
But St. Denis said more irrigation days may have the opposite effect. “We don’t have enough scientific data,” he said. “At best we’re only going to be close.” Meantime, commissioners continued to debate how to finance the town’s $16 million in water system improvements. While OK with a plan that would increase rates in phases, Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough said the commission could not proceed with capital improvement plans without general obligation bonds. “This is not a five-year plan, it’s a 15year,” Whatmough said. “It’s not a $16million plan, it’s a $36-million plan.” Commissioner John Kerwin said he was not sure that issuing bonds is the best method. Bonds would spread out the burden of paying for capital improvements over a longer period, Whatmough said. But St. Denis noted, “Bonds are still 14 months away,” a reference to the likelihood that a bond-issue referendum would not occur until March 2005. In other business, the commission: • Heard Fire Chief Julius Halas report on the fire sprinkler retrofitting workshops held last week to inform residents in the nine buildings affected on Longboat Key. The Legislature adopted a new law making it mandatory for buildings higher than 75 feet to be retrofitted with fire sprinkler systems. The Senate amended the bill so that building residents, with a two-thirds majority vote, could exclude
living areas from the retrofitting. All common areas are still required to be retrofitted by law. The buildings have until Dec. 31, 2013, to comply. “Forty people attended the two sessions,” Halas said. “All nine buildings were represented.” Halas recommended that the commission explore financial incentives to expedite the retrofit that would pay for 6% of the total project cost. The issued was slated to be discussed again the commission’s February workshop. • Moved forward a measure that would excuse Commissioner Hal Lenobel through the April regular workshop. If unexcused, Lenobel’s seat would be vacated. Lenobel has been in the hospital since Christmas. “We have seven commissioners for a reason,” Commissioner Kerwin said. “How will six handicap us?” Any 3-3 vote by the commission would result in a defeat, St. Denis explained, “aside from missing his counsel and wit.” • Moved forward ordinances relating two police officer pensions. It would allow officers who have reached retirement age to continue working for five years while investing pension payments into a tax-free account. • Forwarded two grants to the Fire Department, one for $10,000 to purchase automatic external defibrillators and one for $5,700 for continuous positive airway pressure flow meters and an evacuation stair chair. ❑
Accounting/Computers/Taxes: “He always tried to figure out how you could do something instead of why you couldn’t.” Longboat Key resident Mike Hodges remembered Lovett’s help when in the late 1970s a group of residents conducted a petition drive to install a bike path
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and, later, code enforcement officer. In his performance evaluations, Lovett was sometimes cited for having “a strong temper,” “is quick to disagree with others.” D.M. Williams, general manager of Casa del Mar, recalled his first meeting with Lovett. It was in Williams’ first week at Casa del Mar: “You must be Williams,” Lovett said. Williams replied: “That depends on whether you’re the sheriff.” To which Lovett responded: “I’ve got more power than the sheriff.” Lovett wanted Williams to remove two small signs at the condominium’s entrance. When Williams said his guests and owners would be unable to see the entrance to the resort, Lovett suggested Williams move Casa del Mar’s large sign closer to Gulf of Mexico Drive. “We moved the sign that day,” Williams said. “The next morning Herb drove up again. He said, ‘You know how smart I am, and how I know everything about this island? I was wrong. The sign needs to be moved back.’” After that, Lovett told Williams: “I owe you one.” From that day forward, Williams said, Lovett made sure Williams received attentive — and legal — customer service with the town. Indeed, in most of Lovett’s performance evaluations over his 20-year career with the town, he received accolades for his work. Among the comments from his evaluators: “exceptional inspection abilities,” “very dependable,” “a quick learner,” “warm, friendly, sociable, reliable, prompt, always very polite and willing to help.” In December 1982, Lovett was recognized for his service to Longboat Key. The Longboat Key Kiwanis Club named him Citizen of the Year. Town Manager Dennis Kelly said at the time, “I can think of no other person that deserves this award more.” This was the same year Lovett helped found the St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon and Bike-a-thon, which for the past 23 years has been one of the largest and most successful social events and charitable fund-raisers on the Longboat Key. Lovett helped raise the profile of the event when he made a friendly wager with Klauber. “If we would raise $3,000 in that first event, he would have to ride off the groin (at the Colony) on a bicycle,” Klauber recalled. The event surpassed expectations, and amid a crowd of onlookers, Lovett rode his bicycle off the
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NEWS end of the groin and into the Gulf of Mexico. Lovett hit his head on his handlebars, and the then-Police Chief Wayne McCammon jumped in to help. “He was a sport,” Klauber said of Lovett. From that point on, Lovett chaired the event. Even after he had a severe stroke a few years ago, Lovett still attended the St. Jude organizing meetings, serving this past year, for what would be his last time, Lovett rode in the event’s bikea-thon and sold raffle tickets with Barr-Dunn at the entrance to the luncheon. In 1985, after working for the town for 13 years, Lovett submitted a resignation letter. Then a senior code enforcement officer, he had been offered a job that would pay him enough money to allow his wife to quit working and “help us put a little money away for our retirement years.” “It is with great sadness that I submit this letter,” Lovett wrote. “This is, without a doubt, the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. I deeply love the Key and the people who live and work here; my commitment to St. Jude Day and my promise to help the youth center in its quest for a new building has made sleep impossible for the past week. And regardless of where I am or what I do the rest of my life, my heart will always be on Longboat Key.” The town didn’t let Lovett get away. It named him special services representative. When he retired from that position in 1992, the total score on Lovett’s performance evaluation said Lovett “exceeds expectations.” Born on July 1, 1927, in Cattlesburg, Ky., Lovett spent his early years in the Hubbard, Ohio, area. He was a Navy veteran who served in World War II; he was discharged honorably. He worked for Allied Chemicals in construction from 1956-57. He was a self-employed salesman from then until he joined the town in 1972. He moved to the Sarasota area in 1963 and lived for many years on St. Jude Drive on Longboat Key. Lovett’s survivors include his wife of 56 years, Martha; daughters, Connie Clark of Sarasota; Valorie Horta of California; and Nancy Smith of Bradenton; sons, Richard of New York City, and David of Bradenton; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A private memorial service was held for the family. National Cremation Society, Sarasota chapter, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memorial and Honor Programs, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 381051905. ❑
‘Miss Vicki’ named Citizen of the Year BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
“I was overwhelmed,” Vicki Workman said. “It took me a couple of minutes to understand what he was saying.” That was Workman’s reaction when she was notified she had been named Citizen of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key. The Citizen of the Year dinner will be held Feb. 24 at the Harbourside Dining Room, Longboat Key Club. Also honored at the dinner will be Dennis Silverio, Policeman of the Year, and Douglas Dakel, Firefighter of the Year. Fellow officers selected both winners. “It was Ron Johnson who called me,” Workman said. “I asked him what I had done to be so honored. If I remember correctly, he said, ‘You do it everyday.’” Workman has been in customer service for 13 years at the Avenue of the Flowers’ Publix. She advises customers about what’s on sale for the day, makes suggestions for menu planning and demonstrates products, but mostly she charms customers with her friendly smile and the warmth of her voice as she asks this familiar question, “How are you doing today, darlin’?” Snowbirds get special attention from Workman. “I haven’t seen them for so long and we have so much to catch up on,” she explained with a twinkling smile. Workman shares good news and bad with her customers. “I know my job is customer service but I feel really my job is to listen and pay attention to each one of them.” Workman and her husband, George, a semi-retired mechanical and civil engineer, moved to the Key 15 years ago from Columbus, Ohio. In addition to her full-time job at Publix, Workman does fund-raising for the Heart Association and the Arthritis Foundation. She is also a dedicated supporter of the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary. For dinner ticket information, call 383-2416. ❑
6A THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2004
THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER
Town manager presents ballot items to Republicans BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
Town Manager Bruce St. Denis discussed the three issues on the town’s March 9 ballot at the Jan. 15 meeting of the Republican Club of Longboat Key. The meeting was held at Island House at the Longboat Key Club. A proposal on the ballot regarding term limits for town commissioners would remove all limitations or allow three terms of three years each. Currently the terms are two years and three terms are allowed. A $6.4 million bond issue for a community center to be built at Bayfront Park will be decided by the voters at the same time. Manatee County residents only will decide on the addition of a 1/2 cent sales tax. New officers of the club were elected: Bob Dawson, president; Dick Van Horne, vice president; Roger Grenier, vice president; Barbara Conrad, secretary; and Maureen Steiner, treasurer. ❑
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board and some artwork for $40. The sale will continue until Jan. 26 or until the motel is empty. No date has been set for the demolition of Silver Beach. A new condominium, La Firenza, will be taking its place. The Holiday Inn Hotel and SuitesLongboat Key is officially on its way out of existence. Demolition of the old hotel is expected to begin Monday, Jan. 26. Workers have been disconnecting utilities, removing trees and other vegetation in preparation. The razing will take about a month to complete. Bulldozers will be used to do the bulk of the demolition. Construction of Positano, a Mediterranean-style complex with 29 luxury condos, will began immediately after the dust settles. ❑
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The question before the Planning and Zoning Board is how to help Longboat Key’s struggling businesses and what to do with the over abundance of commercially zoned property. “There is not enough population to support commercial areas,” consulting planner Pamela Truitt said. Combined with a number of other factors, such as the increased seasonal nature of the population of Longboat and the higher property values for residential areas, the board looked at a presentation for giving current commercial zones the option of going to mixed commercial and residential use. Much of the undeveloped land currently zoned strictly as commercial could add residential units. The Centre Shops and Whitney Beach would get a boost from new residential units as well. “It would be a sad day in this town to see no commercial areas,” board member Jerry Lee said. “I don’t want to take any action that would move commercial off the island.” Board member Sandy Gilbert clarified that the proposal of the town was concentration of commercial areas in the two major centers of commerce, the Centre Shops and Whitney Beach Plaza, not reduction. “Is there a reason to believe there is a demand for rezoning?” board member Lee Rothenberg asked. “Or are you taking a longterm approach?” The mixed-zones proposal takes a longterm approach, Truitt affirmed. She described 13 properties that could be converting to mixed use. The 42 acres of property could result in a maximum of 149 new residential units. Any change in density on the
island would go to a ballot referendum. “When people hear density, they run scared,” board member Michael Drake said. “We need to come up with something easier to sell to voters.” Chairman Robert Diamant asked how the zoning change would affect the transition of tourist destinations to residential zones. “Would it slow down the transition?” he asked. “Would it create competition by having more players in the market?” Truitt said that all the commercial areas looked at are on the bay side whereas the Gulf side is where the tourism-to-residential transitions are happening. Board member Richard Levin pointed out that most of the commercial areas have multiple owners. How do you get them to agree, he asked. “Money still talks,” Truitt said. Alan Moore, owner of Moore’s restaurant, suggested that the board look into ways to get people to Longboat Key, with the decline in tourism. Andrew Hlywa, owner of Whitney Beach Plaza said that the mixed use would help him. He suggested the possibility of some condos on the property and a bed and breakfast over the liquor store. Hlywa also shared Moore’s concern about the decline in tourism. “With the Holiday Inn closing we have no idea what this season will be like,” he said. “That’s hundreds of people a week.” Gail Loefgren, president of the Longboat Chamber of Commerce, said that Longboat Key is a premier tourist and residential area. “Businesses want to be here,” she said. “I’m betting everything on that market (The Market at the Whitney Beach Plaza),” Hlywa said. “We need people.” ❑
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Smart thing to do From our selfish perspective, it would have been an exciting summer and autumn watching native-daughter Katherine Harris hustling and boxing her way to a seat in the U.S. Senate. But her decision is understandable. Create a balance sheet of assets and liabilities, and the weight of assets clearly say, from Harris’ selfish interests, that she did the right thing. Only Harris, her husband and a few confidantes and associates know the real reasons Harris decided against running for the Senate. At the Jan. 16 press conference she said she decided against a bid for Bob Graham’s Senate seat primarily for two reasons — “family and friends,” she said, and that she wanted to complete a job for which she was elected to the U.S. House of Harris Representatives. These may well be the real reasons, and there’s no reason not to take her word for it. But if you put yourself in Harris’ shoes, it’s likely you would have reached the same decision. Look at the assets and liabilities:
Assets (Why stay in the House) • She loves her job as congresswoman. “I am just one year into a job I love,” she said at her press conference. It fits. She must keep a fast pace (no problem there); she’s dealing with national and state policy issues (a perfect arena for her wonkishness); and, because she’s in the House, she still must remain connected to her home and friends in Sarasota. In the Senate, her home would be Florida — a swamp of 16 million constituents. • She has access to the House leadership. In her first year in Congress, Harris apparently passed the freshmen hazing and good-ol’-boy tests well enough to be admitted to the House’s leadership circles, where she has access to the Big Dogs — House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Majority Whip Roy Blunt. This is heady stuff, even for a Bartow girl who was thrust into the middle of the Bush-Gore election inferno of 2000. • She has a safe House seat. While Harris knows she cannot take her House re-election campaign for granted, let’s be honest: It will be harder this time than two years ago for Jan Schneider and the other two candidates to oust Harris. Sure, the Democrats are rallying in Longboat Key and nationwide. But that won’t matter in District 13. • By not running for the Senate, Harris will have the full GOP apparatus (and money) behind her in her bid for reelection.
Liabilities (Why not to run for Senate) • A statewide race is much more difficult than a House congressional race financially, physically, mentally. • Raising money in a Senate race would be much tougher, too. With three or four Republican opponents, the hunt for money would be as difficult, if not more difficult, as the nonstop pace. • If she won the GOP nomination, the national Democratic Party would have borne down on Harris with all of its resources. It would have been ugly. • To win, Harris would have needed to sway at least 12% of Florida’s Democratic and Independent voters into her camp. That’s assuming she would win all 38% of the GOP vote, which she wouldn’t. In contrast, in District 13, 47% of the registered voters are Republicans. Winning District 13 takes much less effort. • Finally, if she were to win the Senate, Harris would have been starting at the bottom again. The longer Harris remains in the House, the more equity she will build toward an eventual Senate race, if in fact she does decide to run for the Senate. By repeating in her press conference that she wants to finish her job in Congress, Harris is avoiding one of the negative raps that dogs her (but apparently hasn’t hurt her): that she doesn’t stay in one job long enough for the cement to dry. With a proven, successful record in the House, she will have more stature in a future Senate race. “I know in my heart I made the right decision,” Harris said last week. As she also said, “The future will take care of itself.”
No silver bullet for Longboat Listening to Thomas Dabney, chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, talk about water is always fascinating. Thus was the case a week ago at the annual meeting of the Public Interest Committee. Dabney has a great geological command of this region’s water picture and has the ability to explain it in a way that makes a complicated subject understandable. Take the Floridan Aquifer, from which we draw a lot of water. As Dabney explains it, the Floridan is unlike any other aquifer in Florida in that rain does not recharge it. The Floridan is 400 feet below the surface, and between our feet and the Floridan there are layers of clay and limestone that prevent rain from seeping into the aquifer. Thus, when it rains in Sarasota and Manatee counties, all that water more or less just rushes out to sea. The only way the Floridan is recharged, Dabney says, is from the water that soaks into the ground from the 100-foot Highlands Ridge that runs down the middle of the state. Dabney noted that at one time many gazillion years ago, the Highlands Ridge actually was the only dry spot in Florida. We’re living on what used to be sea beds. Who uses all of the potable water? Dabney knows chapter and verse on that, too. In Sarasota and Manatee counties, agriculture accounts for 53% of the consumption; people, 37%; recreation (i.e. golf courses), 6%; and industry (phosphate, others), 4%. The future of agriculture, Dabney says, is also the future to our water supply. If you think agriculture will continue to shrink because of foreign competition, there’ll be more public supply; if you think it will grow (not likely), there’ll be less. The point here is perhaps more than anyone as chairman of Swiftmud, Dabney is the best authority at the moment on the future of water in our area. And here’s what he says for Longboat Key: “Things are not as bleak as you might think,” Dabney says. For one thing, optimism has arisen. Swiftmud sees opportunities in Longboat Key users to pull water from what he called the intermediate aquifer. Instead of continuing to use the old Longboat wells that were drilled 400 feet into the Floridan, Dabney says there are sources 40 to 60 feet below the surface. In fact, the Longboat Key Club is exploring this source closely. But having said that, Dabney also told his audience that the reality for future water supplies is this: “For Longboat Key, there is no one silver bullet.” Longboat’s future supplies likely will consist of a combination of groundwater (wells), captured and stored surface water and “maybe” reclaimed water. He all but ruled out desalination for one reason: No place to put the brine. He also recommended the town’s public policies consist of
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a combination of actions — again, no silver bullets: a rate structure that sends conservation signals; ordinances requiring water-conserving plumbing fixtures; and repeated messages from the town in its monthly water bills to conserve. There you have it. Who needs a water committee? The chairman of Swiftmud just took away all the drama. Now it’s just a matter of the details. ❑❑❑
Buy and build our own supply Last week we suggested the town of Longboat Key consider selling its water utility operation to Manatee County. And, as expected, the idea hit the floor without a sound. It’s anathema to Longboat’s government officialdom (including the Town Commission), which sees Longboat government controlling utilities, recreation, zoning, police, fire, etc. essential to the town’s existence. Nonetheless, selling the utility operations still should be explored. But if not that, why not this: Manatee County holds Longboat Key hostage because it is the town’s only water supplier. This does not give us much leverage. Longboat would benefit from access to a second supply, which, of course, has been one of the reasons driving recent discussions about desalination and water independence on Longboat Key. But if we cannot build a desalination plant, why not consider buying inland real estate and building a reservoir or storage tanks from which we can draw water as needed? As Thomas Dabney, chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, noted last week, water is being pumped long distances from near Charlotte County up to Manatee County. So, if we’re so wedded to having our own utility operation, let’s go all the way — build an inland secondary system that stores it and pumps it to Longboat Key when we need it. ❑❑❑
Europeans gaining in freedom The Washington-based Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal recently released the 10th annual Index of Economic Freedom. The index measures economic freedom around the world on the basis of 10 factors and then ranks nations from the most free to the least free. For the second year in a row, the United States has fallen in the rankings. Two years ago, the index ranked the United States the fourth most economically free nation; last year it dropped to sixth, tied with Estonia and Denmark. This year, even though the United States’ score improved 0.01, its ranking fell to 10, largely because of steps taken toward increasing economic freedom in European nations. According to the authors of the index, the United States, overall, remains one of the world’s freest and most vibrant economies. The authors especially praised the Bush tax cuts. “Domestically, the top marginal tax rates for individuals have been reduced several percentage points, and the partial elimination of double taxation on dividends leaves corporations less reliant on debt financing, and therefore less vulnerable to economic downturns. Inflation is almost nonexistent, and interest rates are the lowest in half a century.” Despite this positive backdrop, the index for the second consecutive year cites an ominous trend in the United States, an assault on property rights: “Local governments’ abuse of eminent domain power with the seizure of private land (with some compensation) and its transfer to another party for a non-public or quasi-public use has become more common — despite some successful legal challenges to that practice. An even more serious problem is that governments at all levels impose numerous regulatory and land-use controls that diminish the value and enjoyment of private property. Examples include extensive “growth controls”; unreasonable zoning hurdles; facility permitting regimes; and far-reaching environmental, wetlands, and habitat restrictions on the use and development of real estate. Thus, the protections for private property are undermined by a vast bureaucracy that has the power to interfere substantially with many property rights.”
OPINION My view
THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2004 9A
Pay-as-you-go is the Bonds fairest way to way to go for repairs finance water system BY RICHARD H. SCHAEFER Guest Writer
Reasons to adopt town proposal for water and sewer rate increases: • The town infrastructure is in place and was paid for by the entire community through general obligation bonds (water and sewer utility systems). • The infrastructure must be maintained, repaired and upgraded on an ongoing basis. This project will be an ongoing process based on the town management’s recommendations. • While the infrastructure is in place and was paid for by all, from use and deterioration over time (30 years) requires that it be maintained and upgraded. The most economical way to accomplish this is to establish an ongoing plan that insures in maintaining these services on a reliable basis. • Maintenance of the existing delivery system is a cost that should be incurred as needed. Current projections indicate that over the next five years this can be accomplished within the proposed rate structure. Obviously maintenance is an ongoing requirement and in five years a new evaluation will be required. • The recommendation that sewer and water rates property take this need into consideration and provide the funds to accomplish this need. • No new infrastructure is being created and the repairs and maintenance insures the users of reliable service. • Bonding this repair is an inappropriate way to fund the system’s maintenance items. • The presented plan eliminates the costs of bonding, and since all the funds are not needed at once, this provides adequate funding to meet the required repairs ad upgrades as planned. It is the most economical way to accomplish the objective and recognize the increased costs of our water and sewer services. • Finally, this method encourages con-
servation that could reduce the overall costs of water to the community. Usage in excess of Southwest Florida Water Management District allocations and contractual agreement with Manatee County result in significant surcharges that are being currently incurred. • The usage rates on the separate schedule “schedule of comparative rates” clearly indicates that this plan still provides usage rates that are the most reasonable in the area. • Risk of default of bonding provisions. A bond issue requires a referendum to become effective. In the event it should not pass, the town could find itself in default of bonding covenants. That would require the commission to raise water and sewer rates quickly, to ensure adequate revenues to cover the revenue flow covenant requirements. In summary: • The new rates provide funds for maintenance and repair of the existing system. • The proposed rate increases are the most economical way to proceed. • The recommended approach is a fiscally correct method of providing funds for the maintenance, repair and maintenance of the system on an ongoing basis. • The proposed plan provides for a phase rate increase over three years, which allows those interested to consider conservation to reduce the impact of these increases. • This plan encourages conservation, which will reduce the excess usage surcharge to the town. • Risk of defaulting on existing bond covenants is eliminated. • Finally, the recommended rates are still lower or competitive with nearby communities. Richard H. Schaefer, a longtime resident of Longboat Key, is chairman of the Longboat Key Water Advisory Committee.
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Reviewer or pagan? Dear Editor: Marty Fugate’s review in The Longboat Observer on Dec. 25, of Langston Hughes’ “The Black Nativity,” staged by The West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Dec. 18 through 28 at the Gompertz Theater in downtown Sarasota, was another excellent article by this fine critic of the arts. However, I beg to differ with its concluding remarks. Having just attended the performance, I read the review with great interest, agreeing with the writer’s praise for the production’s heartfelt exuberance, excellent performances by the 25 singers and dancers, and the compelling authenticity of the gospel church experience as interpreted for the stage by Director Nate Jacobs. But then came the last two paragraphs of the article, which surprised with their nega-
tive tone and their disclaimers that appeared to contradict the positive spirit of the author’s overall response to the show. In the conclusion, when Fugate writes, “Jesus is the star of the Christmas story. Jacobs and company never let you forget it,” sounds like the writer wishes it weren’t so. I am compelled to ask, who should be the central character of a production called “The Black Nativity” if not Jesus Christ? Having just finished praising the production for rendering the Christmas story in its simplicity, directness, essential humanity and linking it “to the experience of Christians right now,” Fugate in conclusion appears to be criticizing it for being what? Too religious? Too Christian? Following this logic, should audiences who are not of the Christian faith shy away from Handel’s “Messiah,” because Jesus Christ is the
BY RICHARD HERSHATTER Guest Writer
Longboat Key’s water Advisory Committee is to be commended for its arduous study and wellreasoned evaluation of the present and longrange problems affecting our aging water and sewer systems. Their suggestions for correcting the problems and meeting future needs in successive five-year capital improvement projects, as presented at the Town Commission workshop Jan. 12, have merit and should be implemented with all due deliberate speed. Where I disagree with the committee (and with The Longboat Observer, for that matter) is the method(s) suggested for financing the endeavor. Bear in mind that we are talking about nearly $16 million in expenditures for the first phase of the capital-improvement project alone, which is not chump change even by Longboat Key standards. Also keep in mind that this is not merely a repair, but a reconstruction of the system that has been slowly deteriorating over a period of some 30-plus years. Moreover, the plans are designed not only to correct obsolescence, but also to expand to meet the needs of the future. As a lifetime conservative, I heartily endorse the principle of “pay-as-you-go,” and deplore unnecessary borrowing (bonding), but current suggestions to pay for the first five year stage on either a one shot or 3-years “phase in” are not sensible approaches. Why do we bond (borrow) to finance multiple expenditures? We do it for three reasons: 1. The expenditure is large. 2. The expenditure represents a major improvement and not merely an ongoing repair. 3. The project is designed to last many years and will benefit future property owners, as well as those presently on the scene. In other words, the cost is spread out over a period of years so that those benefiting in the future help to bear the burden, as well as enjoy the benefits. One example is the muti-million dollar cost of beach renourishment, which is
star of that story, too? The reviewer’s final comment is: “In case you’ve never been in a revival meeting and would like to keep it that way, you have been warned.” I have two responses to this remark. First, there is a vast difference between a real revival meeting and an artistic interpretation by a director who is a professional, acutely sensitive to his material and his intended audience. Of course “Black Nativity” engages the audience, as all good theater should, but director Nate Jacobs never allows the show to overstep the delicate boundary that separates performers from their viewers. Finally, I believe that Americans in general, and The Longboat Observer readers in particular, do not need to be “warned” against experiencing a novel religious or cultural phenomenon. After all, aren’t we the ones who travel the world to see the Middle East, the sacred dancing of South India, the spiritual rituals of Southwest Native Americans, and who, yes, even meditate with Buddhist monks in Tibet? I venture to guess that we would be able to tolerate, even enjoy, an indigenous American experience like the gospel revival meeting, without having a psychological crisis about it. Of the many positive comments made by Marty Fugate about the “Black Nativity,” the one which particularly stays in my mind is “Church is a place where they gather together, not a blender that grinds them into an undifferentiated mass.” The reviewer is speaking of the actors playing the roles of a diverse gospel congregation, portraying individuals “with their specific realities and contradictions.”
historically paid for through general obligation bonds. Another is the soon-to-be considered community center, for which voters will be asked via referendum to authorize bonds. The argument is made that not everyone uses water in proportion to the value of their property, and that it is unfair, therefore, to spread the burden by way of borrowing to be repaid on the basis of an individual’s property value, rather than usage. However, if you were to follow that logic out to its ultimate conclusion ... Why are people who do not use it taxed for the community center? And why are older residents, who no longer have school-age children, taxed for the cost of building and maintaining public schools? The answer, of course, is that expenditures that benefit the community at large ought to be shared by everyone. Theoretically, a community center enhances the community as a desirable place to live, and a public school system improves the ability of future adults to become responsible citizens and to vote sensibly. (The operative word is “theoretically”). I make no comment on whether the town did or did not properly maintain its water and sewer systems in the past, so as to reduce the size of the current problem. The fact is that we are faced with a current and immediate factual situation, and the fairest and least onerous way of financing the project(s) is the way most communities do — by means of general obligation bonds, spread out over the useful life of the improvements. As has been pointed out, one small benefit will be the ability of the individual property owner to deduct the cost of borrowing from his or her federal income tax. I strongly urge the Town Commission to endorse this method. Pending a resolution to these issues, let us take the old-fashioned and time-tested approach. Submit a general obligation bond issue to the electorate at a duty-call referendum. Dick Hershatter is a retired Connecticut lawyer and novelist who has taken public positions on many of the problems facing Longboat Key today.
I would submit that the same kaleidoscope of diversity exists within the Sarasota arts, cultural, religious and ethnic scene, and that we can be enriched by experiencing these diverse specific realities, instead of fearing “the other.” I, for one, hope that “Black Nativity” becomes an annual Christmas tradition, enriching the Sarasota community. Thanks Nate Jacobs, for giving me a new “specific reality” to enjoy this Christmas season, and thanks Marty Fugate, for giving me food for thought. Anisa H. Sawyckyj Longboat Key
Return to your roots Dear Editor, I regret very much that Maye Lavinson has so lost touch with her roots in the Democratic Party that she feels compelled to publicly announce her support for President Bush in a letter to the editor on Jan. 8. As her friend and her successor as president of the Longboat Key Democratic Club in 1990, I would like to ask her to reconsider. The ideals that made us Democrats in our youth are unchanging and are still the best expressed and acted on in the Democratic Party. Surely, now that we are in our 80s we can recognize the goodness in Democratic candidates and can still make a choice consistent with those core values that we all believe in. I would ask her to once again take a hard and thorough look at the opposition and the consequences of keeping them in power. Margaret Chiefari Longboat Key
10A THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2004
THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER
If you were the judge
Why are lawyers deserving of much praise? “I better call my lawyer,” said President George W. Bush. He was answering a question from the media, about countries which failed to support the war against Iraq not being allowed to bid on the $20billion-plus in contracts to rebuild Iraq. As usual, the comments of the president were correct. Too often, the legal profession has been subjected to grossly unfair thinking in assessing the merits and values of counselors at law. Much of the public has a skewed image of the profession from television series, motion pictures and periodicals. All of it is wrong. What is wrong with lawyer jokes? The answer is, lawyers don’t think that they’re funny and other people don’t think that they are jokes. That is unfortunate and untrue. A leading group to portray attorneys in truth is the Florida Bar in its laudable campaign “Dignity in Law.” It was the U.S. Supreme Court by its decision in trumping the doctrine of free speech that has permitted lawyers to advertise to the general public. The vast majority of the members of the Bar throughout the nation vigorously oppose what the decision has wrought. But, of course, all are bound to accept the mandate of the Court of Last Resort. Nevertheless, to protect the citizenry from outlandish abuse and claims within the confines of the Supreme Court’s edict, proper limitations have been placed on the public advertisements by lawyers. No actors or third persons may appear in the advertisement, no praise by anyone of the claims skills of the lawyers, only the advertising lawyer may appear in his office and no assertion for success
can be offered. Those restrictions are properly enforced by the Florida Bar attorney in the Sunshine State who violates any of the above tenets is subjected to severe disciplinary punishment, including suspension from practicing or worse — disbarment. To make the public aware of the above program, the Florida Bar has initiated its Dignity in Law program. It has opened the lines of communication with the public, disseminating information as to what lawyers do. The community is learning that lawyers are for the public good and that they maintain an extremely high standard of ethics. There are 70,000 members of the Florida Bar and only a minute fraction of them violate the ethics criterion required of them. Regretfully, it is the few rogues who are the recipients of the public’s attention by their wrongdoing and they feel the public’s false mistrust. When a lawyer performs an “improper act,” no one is offended more than other lawyers are. The malfeasance or misfeasance of the wrongdoer hurts all other lawyers. The legal profession is self-disciplined. The actions of offending lawyers are publicized. Every complaint against a lawyer in Florida is reviewed and thoroughly investigated by a local grievance committee comprised of onethird non-lawyers. Swift results are achieved, thereby the stereotypes that attorneys and judges commit wholesale misdeeds are completely inconsistent with the facts. Lawyers work diligently and effectively every day in helping clients buy or sell a home, prepare a will, complete an adoption, and start or expand a business. They are in the forefront
in charitable enterprises. In Florida, lawyers contribute $1.6 million in direct funding and $1.3 million hours in pro-bono services. It is worthy of note that the greatest number of patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence, the members of Congress then and now, and all or nearly all of the governing bodies, local and otherwise, in all of
the states throughout the U.S. were and are lawyers. Finally, is there any parent or grandparent who does not rightfully feel proud and boasts that his or her descendant is a lawyer? James Durante, a Longboat Key resident, is a retired member of the New York Bar. ❑
Historical Society and chamber plan for gala
James P. DURANTE
Courtesy of Longboat Key Historical Society
This great white shark was caught off Whitney Beach on Christmas Eve 1937. It was brought in by Edgar Green, a worker for “Dad” Holbrook, who operated a shark factory on Longboat Key for 10 years. In his first three years, Holbrook caught more than 3,000 sharks for their oil, fins, liver and hide. BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
“Celebrate Longboat Key,” a gala to benefit the Longboat Key Historical Society and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Harbourside Dining Room, Longboat Key Club. The evening, presented by Michael Saunders & Co., includes silent and live auctions and music by Double Vision. On exhibit will be a display of photographs and
news clippings of past years presented by Ralph Hunter, president of the Historical Society. The event chairman is Maggie Hicks. Proceeds will enable the Longboat Key Historical Society to begin to build a future for the preservation of Longboat Key’s past. Individual tickets for the evening are $75, with tables of 10, $600. For additional information on sponsorships or program advertising, call the chamber at 387-9519. ❑
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Water Club gets jazzy in January BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
“Jazz in January,” the first event in the Water Club’s 2004 music series, took place Jan. 15 in the clubhouse. Bill Buchman’s “Art of Jazz” performed, with Kenny Fitzgerald on the bass, Chuck Parr on drums, and Buchman on the piano. Buchman is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. The evening program ranged from classics of the Roaring ’20s to the modern jazz era of the ’50s and ’60s. Preceding the program guests enjoyed an informal buffet. Fran Blum was the evening’s organizer. ❑
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LONGBOAT, LIDO & BIRD KEY 3Longboat, Lido & Bird Keys BEACHFRONT ESTATE 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 LIGHTHOUSE POINT Pure perfection in a beachfront enclave. Thoughtfully created floor plan of over 5,100 sq. ft., offers 4/5BRs, soaring ceilings & marvelous boating. $4,350,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248961 FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY to own a fabulous Gulf beach home. Owner financing available for this 6,700+ sq. ft. property, which has been beautifully upgraded and furnished. $3,360,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #244989 COMFORT AND CLASS ON THE BEACH Three BR Regent Place turnkey furnished unit with volume ceilings, breathtaking views & 2-car garage. $2,999,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248453 GORGEOUS BEACHFRONT RESIDENCE with awesome views of the Gulf & its incredible sunsets. Spacious 'Arlington' plan offering a sumptuous master suite. $2,495,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #249346 PERFECT BEACH GETAWAY Breathtaking views of the Gulf from this 2-story home with all new furnishings, new carpet & numerous upgrades. Spectacular beachfront heated pool & sundeck. $2,400,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #220722 SABAL COVE Exceptional, unique southwest design by award-winning architect. Warm, natural colors enhance inviting decor with handcrafted woodwork & a caged pool/spa overlooks lake. $2,195,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #245745 DIRECT BAYFRONT Enjoy magnificent views from this custom home with volume ceilings, marble & wood floors, fabulous lighting, gourmet kitchen & beach club membership. $1,995,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #245192 A RARE ANTIGUA GEM on the ninth floor, directly beneath the penthouse. This unit boasts the highest ceilings and the most spectacular 360-degree bay views. $1,450,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #247388 ISLAND COURT - BAY AND BEACH 3,400 sq. ft. of perfect island living with a deepwater dock on the bay, just steps to the beach & spectacular sunsets. Private lagoon pool & 4-car garage. $1,390,000. Maruta Miluns & Jenifer Schwell, 383-7591 or 388-4447. #249104 GRAND BAYFRONT CONTEMPORARY Fabulous, newly remodeled home with wide open bay views, sunny exposure & boat dock. Pool, tennis, security & private beach club. $1,300,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #250406 QUEENS HARBOR Courtyard privacy enhances the charm of this 3BR home. The grand foyer leads to 14' ceilings, crown molding, prestige lighting & corner aquatic window. $895,000. Lorraine Wagoner & Pat Garrett, 383-7591 or 349-3444. #243024 EXCITING KEY WEST-STYLE modern pool home on natural boating canal, just steps from one of Longboat Key's most beautiful beaches. Almost new, offered turnkey furnished. $799,000. Jo Ellen Burnham, 383-3759. #245489 BIRD KEY Beautifully renovated 3BR garden home with new tile & carpeting, large family room, side-entry garage & pool. $669,000. Mary Ann Dabney, 388-4447 or 350-9806. #244981 HARBOUR VILLA CLUB Longboat Key yachtsman's dream. Imagine mooring your yacht at your own 40' bayfront dock, next to your beautifully decorated residence. $659,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #249171 LIDO BEACH CLUB Spacious 2BR split plan condominium overlooks the Ritz Beach Club and future home of the Beach Residences. Neutral colors, mirrored walls & updated kitchen. $534,900. Mel & Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #250210 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS An inspiring location with magical views of the bay, canals & city lights from this 6th floor corner unit across from Lido Beach. Enjoy carefree beachfront living. $520,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #249088 SANDS POINT On the beach in the Longboat Key Club, this 2BR turnkey furnished unit with boat slips is ready for move-in. $469,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #250217 INN ON THE BEACH Recently renovated Club Suite with beach & pool views. Excellent gross rental revenue to exceed $54,000 in 2003. $410,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #250241 FAIRWAY BAY Enjoy sunny southeastern exposure with breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay, city skyline, peaceful nature preserve and the Intracoastal. Deeded beach access. $389,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. #247287 INN ON THE BEACH Enjoy Gulf views from your own luxurious getaway in this top-quality Longboat Key resort, with barefoot beach & heated pool. Short-term rentals allowed for income/investment. $349,000. Susan Keal & Lee Byron, 371-2549 or 925-8253. #249120 INN ON THE BEACH Beach front club suite on 4th floor, with awesome beach views & a private balcony overlooking pool area. Located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $339,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #249081
EXCITING CARL ABBOTT MODERN DESIGN under construction on North Siesta Key sailboat water canal with upgraded interior features. Enjoy rooftop patio, pool/spa, waterside deck & private dock. $1,750,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #227767
BAY ISLES Stunning & private home on a cullake. Priced below recent appraisal. $1,249,000 387-0800. #249359
CASUAL ELEGANCE IN GATED BEACHFRONT ENCLAVE Dramatic open design offers stunning views of the Gulf, bay and city skyline. 7,021 sq. ft. of superb quality construction and detailing on .83-acre. $6,950,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #244740
LOWEST PRICED CANAL FRONT HOME on nav vated. Steps to a fabulous beach, this home is ment where no structures can be built. $699,900
SUTTON PLACE Adorable townhome with ceramic tile on first floor, living & dining rooms, all white kitchen with newer appliances and screened lanai on 1st floor. $268,200. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #245174 TENNIS MAGAZINE'S #1 RATED RESORT Owners may stay in their unit any 30 days per year and have use of 21 tennis courts, fitness center, complimentary children's program, salon & spa. $235,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #231845 LONGBOAT ARMS One of the best buys on Longboat Key. Two BR, turnkey furnished split plan with bay views, heated pool, tennis, community boat docks & deeded beach access. $233,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #232032 TENNIS MAGAZINE'S #1 RATED RESORT Owners may stay in their unit any 30 days per year and have use of 21 tennis courts, fitness center, complimentary children's program, salon & spa. $230,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #239535
LAUREL OAK ESTATES Fabulous 4,350 sq. ft spa, 3-car garage, & golf course & lake view 383-7591 or 724-3000. #249665 LAUREL OAK 1 1/4-acre golf course lot with e Five BRs, expansive pool & entertaining deck Driggs, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #242028 PRESTIGIOUS LOCALE just one block from t zoning' has great possibilities for a charming h or 374-0196. #241875 WEST OF THE TRAIL Delightful 4BR pool hom high ceilings, clerestory windows, tile & wo $669,000. Susan Keal & Lee Byron, 371-2549 UNIVERSITY PARK Fabulous 4BR Todd Johnsto ity, including maple cabinetry, custom fireplac Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1459. #250352 WEST OF TRAIL BEAUTY Virtually all new, re ings, maple floors, new kitchen, large fence $599,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383UNIVERSITY PARK Quality built Bamboo home the sparkling lake & fairways. Entertain pool$574,900. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-14 BEAUTIFUL VIEWS of Balmy Palms, glistening cable Van Gogh plan. Two balconies, newer dis ceramic tile kitchen, floor & walls. $529,0 #246741 SUNSET TOWER Totally updated and expand ful tile, 2 masters, heated community pool an 388-4447 or 355-3580. #245522 FABULOUS WEST OF THE TRAIL HOME is d books. The outdoor poolside bar area is idea Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #244486 THE RENAISSANCE Two BR unit with bay view ing. Amenities include workout room, massag bics. $449,000. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-27 SUNSET & BAY VIEWS from this impeccable balcony, boat docks, pools, tennis & more. $44 #241235
JEWEL-LIKE GATED ESTATE wrapped by 2 sides of water. Enjoy stunning bay views from most rooms, lovely solarium with indoor pool & honed marble terraces offering elegant outdoor living. A Sotheby's listing. $4,500,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #250082 HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT ESTATE Magnificent quality & wonderful value in this family home, which lives casually, yet entertains with great style. Features excellent views & big boat dockage. $3,999,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #244729 GRAND TWO-STORY PENTHOUSE AT THE ORANGE BLOSSOM with 7,200 sq. ft. and 360 degree views over Sarasota Bay and city below. Sweeping staircase to 2nd floor suites and rooftop terrace. $3,950,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #218028 SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT ESTATE in prestigious guard gated community. Features panoramic views of bay & Siesta Key. Custom built with the finest quality workmanship & finishes, & over 6,000 sq. ft. $3,800,000. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #239545 WATERFRONT RESIDENCE IN THE PHOENIX Exquisitely furnished with 3,785 sq. ft. & fabulous bay views. A Sotheby's listing. $1,695,000. Jennifer Kolar, 951-6660 or 374-0969. #232701 SOUTH MAINLAND SAILBOAT WATER Sarasota School of Architecture-style 4BR home with bay views, situated on a quiet cul-de-sac. Features a sunroom & large lanai with pool. $1,695,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #250374 COME HOME TO THE RITZ-CARLTON Leading 'Country French' designer has furnished this 2BR plus den with exceptional antiques, fine linens & unique accessories. Fabulous views across marina to bay. A Sotheby's listing. $1,525,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #246101 HISTORIC SPANISH-MEDITERRANEAN Beautifully restored residence with many artistic touches keeping with the original style. A fabulous design in the heart of Sarasota. $1,350,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #245418 HARBOR ACRES Almost new ranch in a sought after community, surrounded by elegant homes. Features 3,000 sq. ft. of living areas, new roof, landscaping, pool & spa. $1,100,000. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #246893
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GRACIOUS COLONIAL with over 4,000 square feet framed by majestic oaks, dazzling magnolias and serene lake views. Savor the traditional style and gentility of Oaks I. $985,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #242170
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AS YOU LIKE IT, OAKS II A design for living well, with views over lake to fairway. Gracious 3,572 sq. ft. open plan built by Mahoney, with superb details & elegant comfort. $959,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #249243
CARLYLE IN PALM AIRE Three BRs plus den, living, dining & family rooms, extensive use of tile, Corian counters & wood cabinetry. $249,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #246321 WHISPERING CRANE Former model home, built in 1997 on a large lot in a deedrestricted area. New carpet & paint, ready for immediate occupancy. $199,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1459. #245506 ASANTE TOWNVILLAS A pre-construction opportunity, these beautiful townhomes, in the Mediterranean-style of The Ringling School of Art, are located 1 1/2 miles from downtown. Priced from $176,000 to $192,000. Pam DeMarie & Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #245672 HERONMERE Great Meadows location, with 3BRs overlooking pool & greenbelt/golf course views. $149,900. Phyllis Garfinkel, 951-6660 or 302-6400. #249386 5Casey Key
vigable canal. Bring all offers -- seller very motisituated across from a natural greenbelt environ0. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #245264
BENT TREE A truly beautiful pool home updated with the best of everything. Selby-like professionally landscaped yard with year-round color in a serene lakefront setting. $609,500. Ruth Robinson, 388-4447 or 954-6515. #248115
., 4/5BR custom Rutenberg home, with pool, w. $899,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky,
UNIVERSITY PARK Custom built, light & bright upgraded Clarion model situated on a nature preserve. Features tile in most areas, great privacy, resort-style pool & lounge area. $435,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #248933 THE OAKS PRESERVE Nearly new, 2,256 sq. ft. on a premium preserve lot. Features tile and sisal floors, sumptuous master, Corian/cherry kitchen & pool with summer kitchen. $430,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #249248 INVESTOR'S DREAM Great 2BR unit on tenth floor in popular bayfront building with excellent bay views and amenities. Pools, tennis and boat docks. $429,500. Joan Boltax & Judy & Bill Nimz, 388-4447 or 951-6660. #245012 LAUREL OAK ESTATES The last available lot in prestigious community. Imagine building your dream home on nearly an acre surrounded by stately oaks & elegant homes. $425,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1459. #240232 SPARKLING SUNSETS & WATER VIEWS from this 12th floor, 2BR residence in a popular mainland bayfront building, with boat docks, pool, tennis & more. $424,900. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #245051 FABULOUS LAKE VIEWS IN UNIVERSITY PARK This light & bright 3BR home is great for entertaining. Features numerous upgrades, built-ins & neutral color palate. $415,000. Dana Westmark, 951-6660 or 356-5091. #250363 CONDO ON THE BAY With breathtaking bay views, this elite downtown condominium, with 2 separate BR suites, has been updated & painted, & awaits a new owner's creative touch. $409,000. Diane Gregory, 388-4447 or 504-2993. #246503 SARASOTA BAY PARK Fabulous lot with view of Sarasota Bay through old oaks. Redo existing home or build new in this very tropical setting in the museum & Indian Beach area. $399,900. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #247891 MARA VILLA PRESTANCIA This gorgeous 2-story villa is remodeled to perfection, with soaring ceilings in the living/dining area overlooking picturesque Prestancia Golf Course. $389,000. Patricia Taylor, 383-7591 or 921-6075. #247685 BAYVIEW AT THE LANDINGS Rarely available, simply gorgeous 3BR in Bayview mid-rise. Model perfect residence with serene lake views and bay beyond. $375,000. Phyllis Garfinkel, 951-6660 or 302-6400. #250366 POINSETTIA PARK West of the Trail opportunity to build new or refurbish charming home set on a large treed lot. Located close to Siesta Key & downtown. $349,000. Julie Jordan, 951-6660 or 923-0598. #242971 EAST LAKE A real value, this home captures the pride & comfort of Rutenberg's superb craftsmanship. A true 4BR pool home, located in an intimate residential community. $344,900. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1459. #248548 DOLPHIN TOWER Terrific downtown 2BR residence, with wood floors, updated kitchen & lobby, & covered parking. $339,000. Ruth Robinson, 388-4447 or 954-6515. #245490 WOODLAND PARK Fantastic open plan, light & bright home with gleaming wood floors, stainless steel appliances, & maintenance-free landscaping, all within a wonderful community. $274,900. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-2733. #245682 THE RENAISSANCE Fabulous open bay views from an upscale building. Features concierge, elegant pool area, clubroom, theater room, exercise room, meeting room & secure parking. $255,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #250150
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OPEN BAY WATER and protected deepwater boat basin provide the perfect setting for this exciting, private gated acre estate, featuring a home theater, guest unit, spa & two pools. $5,995,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #245201 SANDERLING With 150' of unspoiled beach & a 1.6-acre property from Gulf to lagoon, this is the ideal site to build or remodel existing home of 4,500 sq. ft. $5,875,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #243994 FABULOUS CONTEMPORARY ON THE BEACH The epitome of comfort & elegance, completely rebuilt with open floor plan, expansive glass & amazing views from every room. $4,250,000. Judi Summers, 951-6660 or 302-3238. #246615 THE ULTIMATE IN CASUAL KEY WEST-STYLE and elegance. This M.L. Collingwood waterfront residence features a 5,500 sq. ft. main home, separate full guest apartment, pool/spa, & deepwater dockage. $4,199,000. Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 320-0389. #247083 HANSON BAYOU 4,158 sq. ft. of perfection in new Arthur Rutenberg construction, 3BR plus media/den home. Marble floors, granite countertops, disappearing-edge pool & new dock. $2,495,000. Bitsy Robertson and Steve Spraker, 951-6660 or 377-0098. #247279 SIESTA KEY ITALIAN MEDITERRANEAN A walled Mexican tiled courtyard highlights this magnificent residence, with raised pool/spa & separate guest quarters. A Sotheby's listing. $1,495,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #249107 ELEGANT BERMUDA STYLE TOWNHOME with wide water view of Nettie Bayou and deep water dock in exclusive gated community. Completely remodeled with wood floors, granite, marble, new fixtures. $1,295,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #242082 SANDERLING CLUB Totally renovated, traditional 3BR pool home on approximately 8/10acre on the widest part of Heron Lagoon. Enjoy peaceful water views & privacy. $1,295,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #250174 TORTOISE ESTATES Slip away to the beach for magnificent sunsets or an early morning stroll. This lovely 3BR custom home has everything you need to live the ultimate tropical lifestyle. $800,000. Debbie Judge, 349-3444 or 544-6054. #250120 MIDNIGHT COVE BAYSIDE Elegant 3BR bayfront corner unit in the best beach-to-bay complex, with enclosed lanai. Watch dolphins & manatees from dazzling 180-degree views. $649,000. Boyd Cowper, 349-3444 or 587-4521. #247568 SIESTA KEY VILLAGE 11th floor Whispering Sands unit on direct beach & Gulf front. Great complex with 2 pools, clubhouse & excellent views. Siesta Key's best choice. $529,900. Dan Shanahan, 966-8000 or 356-5260. #241852 TWIN OAK POND A canopy of oaks frame this beautiful Old Florida-style home. Three BRs, with more than 2,700 sq. ft., nestled on 2 lots with plenty of room to expand. $525,000. Dana Westmark, 951-6660 or 356-5091. #250368
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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. 7 6:51 p.m. — 5400 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Lost or Missing Property. Subject reported her Texas state driver’s license missing.
12:06 a.m. — 600 block Cedar Court. Security Check. Routine business check revealed unlocked door. Officer found inside to be in order and was able to secure the door. Officer found same door open a week previously and was asked to handle the situation in this manner. 4:10 a.m. — 5200 block GMD. Code Enforcement. Officer observed light shining on Sunrise Shores sign angled so that it shined into the northbound traffic lane of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Oncoming shift advised to contact during business hours. 4:45 a.m. — 6000 block GMD. Property found. Officer found black leather wallet during routine business check. Wallet contained credit cards — two Mastercards, two Visas; Rhode Island driver’s license; Vermont College ID card and $331 in cash. 11:31 a.m. — 5400 block GMD. Lost or Missing Property.
Subject reported a missing cell phone valued at $250. 6:09 p.m. — 1000 block GMD. Property Found. Subject turned in a key found on the beach. 6:10 p.m. — 1100 block GMD. Larceny from Private Property. Woman reported that a witness saw subject remove a cell phone from her beach bag. Both approached the woman and told her what was witnessed. Woman returned the phone, claiming she found it in the sand. 6:44 p.m. — 200 block Sands Point Road. Traffic Accident. Mirror of a passing vehicle struck the open left rear door of properly parked vehicle. 9:31 p.m. — 5600 block GMD. Security Check. Officer reported open men’s restroom and unlocked doors during routine business check. Key holder did not respond. 9:59 p.m. — GMD/Bay Isles Parkway. Traffic Violation. Officer observed a vehicle weaving in lane. Officer pulled vehicle over and asked for driver’s license. Subject said her purse was stolen. Check revealed that subject’s learner’s permit had expired. Officer issued citations for driving after dark on a learner’s permit and driving without a license. Subject admitted that license was taken, but she did not have time to get one.
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12:02 a.m. — 100 block North Shore Road. Officer observed vehicle parked in cul-de-sac. Subjects given a written warning and advised of town ordinance. 4:02 a.m. — 600 block Longview Lane. Animal Nuisance. Officer responded to a complaint of dogs barking. Contacted subject who said his dogs were startled by a raccoon. 10:12 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Public Service. Officer responded to problem with delivering mail to commissioners. Mail not able to be hand delivered was left by the door. 11:37 a.m. — 1100 block GMD. Larceny from Business. Officer responded to complaint from condo general manager of a number of items missing from condo clubhouse, including a UPS package. Subject reported finding some of the missing items and UPS package in plain view in a unit while checking for a water leak. Subject left after finding no water leak. Subject advised that he was asking the occupants to leave, refunding the remainder of their balance and telling occupants that they were no longer wanted on property. No charges were filed. Subject wanted report made in case of further problems. 11:43 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Assist. Officer responded to report of patient ordered to Sarasota Memorial for involuntary mental examination due to dangerous behavior. Transferred by Longboat Key Fire-Rescue without incident.
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12:03 p.m. — 5700 block GMD. Lost or Missing Property. Subject reported missing wallet after getting off bus. Wallet contained $96 cash, Bank of America Visa card, Sarasota County bus pass, Florida driver’s license and some papers. 1:11 p.m. — 3100 block GMD. Code Enforcement. Officer contacted construction superintendent regarding watering violation and was advised irrigation installer was working on sprinklers, which were being adjusted so they would operate at the right times. 2:39 p.m. — 2600 block GMD. Lost or Missing Property. Subject reported small bag missing, with items valued at $100. 6:51 p.m. — 200 block Sands Point Road. Traffic Accident. Golf cart struck open driver’s side door of parked vehicle. 10:25 p.m. — Off Longboat Key. Assist other Agency. Officer responded to backup call by Bradenton Beach. Helped run a number of juveniles through dispatch. Stayed on scene until all subjects were cleared. 10:26 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Security Check. Routine business check revealed door standing open. All appeared normal. Key holder notified to secure the door.
Jan. 10 12:52 a.m. — Off Longboat Key. Assist other Agency. Responded as backup to Bradenton beach to assist in search for two subjects running southbound on beach. Subjects possible involved in buglary of a vehicle. Subjects not located. 11:33 a.m. — 3300 block Bayou Sound. Suspicious Circumstance. Subject reported pool full of algae. New pool company had been cleaning it for about a month. Owner of company advised that he would clean it up. 1:14 p.m. — 700 block Lands End Road. Disturbance. Officer responded to complaint of disturbance not in progress. Subject reported dispute with neighbor over trees. Subject claimed the trees were hers and could trim them. Reported her neighbor stopped company from trimming trees because they were on
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her property. Officer advised that it was a civil matter. 1:35 p.m. — 2300 block GMD. Emergency Message. Officer responded to call regarding subject who might be suicidal. Officer made contact with subject and determined that without action the subject was likely to cause himself serious harm. Subject was transferred to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for evaluation. 5:18 p.m. — 3800 block GMD. Lost or Missing Property. Subject reported that unknown person entered condo through unlocked door and took $300 cash from desk drawer. Nothing else found missing. 7:47 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Traffic Accident. Subject backed into unattended parked vehicle causing damage to right rear corner of the vehicle. 9:01 p.m. — 3500 block GMD. Domestic Disturbance. Officer responded to a verbal argument between husband and wife. Woman was intoxicated and man did not want her to have another drink. When asked to choose between her marriage and another drink, woman responded, “Both.” Couple reached compromise. Woman would have half of a drink and man would stay the night. Subjects stated they were sorry officers had to come out. 10:27 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Security Check. Rear door of business found unlocked during routine check. All appeared normal. Key holder responded to secure the door. 10:58 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Runaway. Officer responded to call from Colorado subject, who stated that her runaway step-sister left a message saying she wanted to talk. Subject’s caller ID showed Longboat Key phone number. Officer traced call to Longboat hotel and made contact on second trip. Girl was in the company of man. They stated they were married. Both were asked to accompany officer to police department. After girl showed officer a “love” tattoo on her shoulder, grandmother, who has custody, was contacted in California. Girl was identified by grandmother, but girl denied knowing the grandmother. It was agreed by all, because girl appeared fine
Cops’ Corner Scorecard Noises Construction Parties Strange Fireworks
0 0 1 1
Critters Barking dogs Loose dogs Dog attacks Dogs on beach Rats Snakes Raccoon rescue
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Vandalism Warrant arrests Fraud
0 0 2
Vehicular Occurrences Auto/bike accidents Crashes DUI Fender benders Hit and run Suspicious vegicle Traffic violations Boating violations
7 1 2 0 1 2 2 0
Missing Items High Crimes Burglaries Drug arrests Larceny Trespassing
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Cell phones Children Jewelry/watches Purses/wallets Boats/bikes
and does not want to return to grandmother, that she could continue working here.
Jan. 12 12:46 a.m. — 2600 block Harbourside Drive. Noise Disturbance. Officer responded to noise complaint. Subject was cleaning kitchen with gas-powered pressure washer. Advised not to use the machine. Subject said he would get a quieter machine soon. 3:40 a.m. — 700 block Broadway. Security Check. Routine business check revealed unlocked door. Inside appeared normal. Key holder contacted. Door locked. 9:04 a.m. — 4200 block GMD. Larceny. Approximately 40 feet of a 5-foot-tall chainlink fence was stolen from side of a tennis court. Fence was cut and carried to a vehicle waiting on GMD. 11:16 a.m. — 500 block Birdie Lane. Suspicious Person. Subject working on construction site denied going door-to-door
1 0 1 3 0
Only on Longboat Lost and found people Property found Code violations Personality conflict Explicit Speedos Public service Cutter Lane crises Illegally dumped trash Flashers Lost causes on St. Judes Turtle Trouble Suspicious person Tree Tussles
0 3 4 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Statistics represent the reports published in Cops’ Corner year-to-date. They are not the official number of calls handled by the police.
preaching about Jesus. Subject advised to stay on job site. He agreed. 8:38 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Hit and Run. Unknown vehicle struck a parked car.
Jan. 13 10:11 a.m. — 90 Lighthouse Point Drive. Trespassing. Woman reported trees cut on private property. Man who complained about the trees suspected of hiring someone to trim them. 2:14 a.m. — 4800 block GMD. Larceny. Bronze planter with a fish on it stolen. Dirt, flower stems and petals found in elevator. Pot was valued at $100. 2:35 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Larceny. Purse stolen from car while woman loaded groceries in Publix parking lot. Purse contained keys to apartment, wallet with driver’s license, Visa credit card, Sam’s card, photos and lots of receipts. Purse also contained a lot of junk. ❑
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Garden Club plants tree for Arbor Day BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
In recognition of Arbor Day Jan. 16, the Longboat Key Garden Club planted a golden rain tree in Joan M. Durante Park. The planting of trees is a tradition with the club. Several other trees donated by the club are in the park, each marked with a descriptive sign. In a brief ceremony, club President Barbara Kerwin spoke of the origin of Arbor Day and member Virginia Sanders, a self-described tree-hugger, spoke of the value of trees in the environment. Assisting with the planting was a crew from Young’s Nursery. ❑
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Keep felines on heartworm preventative Dear Dr. Houk, I have two cats, both of which go outside part of the time. They go out daily but rarely stay out overnight. All their vaccines are current. I live in Florida and wonder about heartworm in cats and if they need to be on a preventative. Can these cats be tested? Do I have anything else to consider because my cats go outside? Mrs. P.H. Dear Mrs. P.H., Much more is now known about heartworm disease in cats than just a few years ago. We find that it is a HOUK more silent disease in cats, but sometimes it can cause apparent inflammatory lung disease just 90 days after infection. At this time the antigen test is still negative and no microfilaria are present. The problem is that if a coughing cat comes in with apparent feline asthma and the usual treatment is started it can be life threatening. This causes a lose-lose situation and can be dangerous. For this reason, heartworm testing is a big help but is not always the answer. Heartworm disease in cats is more common than feline leukemia (FELV) in the general cat population in the United States. In both dogs and cats, immature adult heartworms or larvae are present although antigen testing shows nothing. In cats, radiographs take three months after infection by a mosquito, although not demonstrating clinical disease, show marked increases in intestinal and bronchial disease. The cat is also much more likely than a dog
to show coughing and difficulty in breathing. One reason for this is that the immature larvae reach maturity in the dog and show little reaction before six months, while many of the immature heartworms in the cat die before maturity and cause much more reaction (inflammatory changes, etc.) as they die. In the cat, heartworm disease isn’t always associated with fully mature heartworms. The diagnosis of heartworms in a cat is usually in the presence of clinical and radiographic signs associated with heartworms, and is usually supported by a positive antibody test. Of course, a negative test does not always rule out the presence of heartworm disease. Echocardiography is probably the surest diagnostic tool. The best way to prevent heartworm disease is to keep your cat on a preventative all of the time. In our clinic we are recommending all cats, whether indoor or outdoor (because most cats get out sometime), be tested for heartworms. A fecal test should be done and a feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus test should be run yearly. You have sent a very pertinent question that definitely needs further investigation. Dr. Houk
PET PICS Jorge, a schnauzer, loves to pose for anyone who is willing to take his picture. He belongs to Col. and Mrs. Robert Anderson II, who reside in Sarasota. Would you like to share a photo of your pet? Photos may be submitted, along with information about your pet, in person at the office or mailed to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or e-mailed in J-PEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to Annie Curnow at email@example.com.
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Medical precautions you can take Cruising The new ocean liner named Queen Mary 2 is on her maiden voyage, from Southampton, England to Fort Lauderdale. Before you book your cruise of a lifetime, you might want to check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp. It gives the health report on 166 vessels, based on the results of unannounced inspections to rate water safety, food preparation and potential contamination, and general cleanliness, storage and repair. A score of 86 out of 100 is viewed as satisfactory. The CDC can recommend that a ship not sail, though it cautions that a lower score “does not necessarily imply an imminent risk of an outbreak of gastrointestinal disease.” By the way, the QE2, the Queen Mary 2’s sister ship, received a score of 97 when inspected on Oct.18, 2003.
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Good news for coffee drinkers An amazing new result from Harvard researchers concludes that coffee may reduce a person’s risk for developing Type II diabetes. The multi-year study of more than 40,000 male health professionals and 80,000 female nurses found that those who drank six or more cups of regular coffee a day were half as likely to develop diabetes as those who drank three or less cups per day. That’s a lot of java, and decaffeinated coffee seems to have no effect. But before you go out and buy stock in Starbucks, note that the researchers concluded that caffeine intake from all sources appears to be the determining factor. Also,
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Cardiac arrest helped by vasopressin The New England Journal of Medicine reports that vasopressin can significantly increase survival rates of patients who go into cardiac arrest. Asystole cardiac arrest comprises 20% to 40% of cases, fatal more than 95% of the time, according to the American Heart Association. The heart completely stops, and can be caused by a heart attack, and extreme trauma. Epinephrine or adrenaline has been the drug of choice for cardiac arrest. Now, vasopressin followed by epinephrine may dramatically increase survival rates from cardiac arrest. Ventricular fibrillation or pulseless electrical activity are helped by epinephrine or vasopressin. The study, conducted by a team from three universities in Austria and Germany, was presented at the European Resuscitation
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Wellness Community establishing program on Key BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
The Wellness Community has announced plans to establish an off-site program on Longboat Key. Dr. John Kleinbaum, Wellness Community program director, speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key, said the program will begin on Monday, Feb. 2 and will Dr. John Kleinbaum
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St. Mary’s Guild held a Newcomers Tea on Jan. 13 at the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church rectory. The tea gives newcomers an opportunity to meet other Guild members in an informal setting. Anita Ross is membership chairman. Hostess for the tea was Sandy Finnegan.
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From the pulpit
The days of wine and stone water jars The wedding feast of Cana –– I love this part of the Bible. The simple narration of the text is so graphic it makes us feel as if we are among the guests with Jesus, Mary and the Apostles. This was a time long before the movies, radio and television. A wedding in the family was a big social event. Friends and family might come from a distance, and the celebration might go on for several days. When people came into a house from dusty roads, they removed their sandals, washed their feet and immersed their hands and arms up to the elbows. This is why there were many large jars of water at the wedding. In addition, the possibility of running out of refreshments would have been an embarrassment for the newlyweds. The shortage of wine might have turned the whole affair into a catastrophe. The wine ran out, but the guests stayed! We then see Jesus saved the day, because of Mary’s prayer. Jesus wanted the young couple to begin their life together on the right foot, so he converted the pale, insipid water into rich crimson wine, indicating his blessing and approval.
All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Unction will also be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Downs Spitler, interim rector, will officiate. 383-8161. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m., (nursery available) bible study at 10 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 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 through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor of the church. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday Shabbat Service begins at 8 p.m. Saturday Shabbat Service begins at 10 a.m. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at both services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director and the Temple Beth Israel choir. 3833428. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Sundays: Adult study class with the Rev. Charlie Shook is at 9:30 a.m. and worship service is at 11 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. Children's Sunday school is at 11 a.m.; nursery available during both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. 383-6491.
human emotions. Devotion to Mary as an intercessor with Jesus flows from this Cana episode. The phrase, “To Jesus though Mary” is a longstanding tradition. We certainly can approach Jesus directly and are under no obligation to go through Mary, but sometimes approaching our common mother first can make it easier. The Rev. Edward G. Pick is pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. ❑
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Obituaries Sylvia S. Goldstein
At the wedding feast of Cana, Jesus turned water into wine. There are so many lessons to be learned. The fact that Jesus used this opportunity to work his first miracle certainly shows that there is a religious dimension to marriage. In other places, he sets the standard for which he wants all married people to strive. It also says that we have a perfect right to participate in joyful celebrations. Holiness does not mean being dour. A marriage is a celebration of love, the noblest of
Sylvia S. Goldstein of Bradenton and formerly of Longboat Key, died Jan. 18. Born in Manhattan, she came to Manatee County from Detroit in 1994. She was a full-time homemaker and is survived by her daughter, Ellen Gittleman of Forest Hills, N.Y.; and her sisters, Hilda Goldstone and Isabelle Schechter, both of Longboat Key. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1750 17th Street #A, Sarasota or the American Diabetes Association 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road #415, Maitland, Fl 37251.
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THE BEACHES $695,500 Best 2BR/2BA buy behind gates at Longboat Key Club! Partial Gulf view & full golf views with beautiful sunrises. LO#250218 BARBARA MILLER 941-924-9000
BIRD/LIDO KEY LIDO $1,250,000 Build your dream home or live in the existing charming Florida home! Wonderful canal views, close to beach! LO#245795 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000 L'ELEGANCE $799,000 Beachfront 2BR/2.5BA with 9 foot ceilings, wood/marble floors & expansive terraces. Tennis, pool, exercise & security. LO#250011 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 LIDO TOWERS $364,900 Best priced 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished condo on Lido Key. Partial Gulf view, deeded beach access, screened lanai. LO#250921 BARBARA MILLER 941-924-9000
LONGBOAT KEY BAY ISLES $2,900,000 Marvelous house! Marble floors with inlay cubes, gourmet kitchen, large spacious rooms, 150 feet on the water! LO#250928 STEVEN C. KEPECZ 941-924-9000 L'AMBIANCE $2,499,000 Beachfront with wraparound views of beach, Bay & city! Granite & marble, 2BR plus den, custom cabinetry, 2 parking spaces. LO#248491 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 VIZCAYA AT LONGBOAT KEY $2,349,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Magnificence at Vizcaya! spacious,luxurious condo with feel of single family home. Furnished. Stunning views of Gulf LO#213021 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000
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THE PROMENADE $625,000 Light bright 2BR/2BA condo. Views of the Gulf of Mexico. Marble foyer, marble baths, ceramic tile throughout! LO#249180 BOB & TAUBE LEVITT 941-924-9000 BAY ISLES $549,000 3BR/3BA split plan behind the gates of LBK club. Custom home in tropical setting W/pool. LO#247030 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000 FAIRWAY BAY $374,500 TKF 2BR/2BA with garage parking. Beautiful Bay views. Most appliances have been replaced. Nothing to do but move in! LO#248808 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000
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INN ON THE BEACH $299,000 Lagoon & sunrise views from club suite. Amenities incl private beach, golf/tennis, fitness & fine restaurants. TKF LO#249186 CAROLYN DONNELLY 941-924-9000
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LONGBOAT HARBOUR $199,500 Newly furnished with canal views! Wonderful retreat with beach access, pools, tennis & exercise room in clubhouse. LO#227658 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $2,185,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Gorgeous residence. Enjoy a matchless lifestyle in this 5BR/5BA home. Bountiful layout. LO#248218 MICHAEL LANE/MICHELE FULLER 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,995,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Absolutely perfect! Split plan with cathedral ceilings. Private dock. A dream home with nothing to do but move in. LO#243677 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000
MAINLAND HARBOR ACRES $2,700,000 Exquisite luxury, Bayfront, Sailboat water, Boat Docks, detailed residence. 6/BR/4.5BA. LO#248668 JANE A. GIROUX 941-924-9000
RITZ CARLTON $1,599,000 Why not live at the Five Star Ritz Carlton. View beautiful sunsets, magnificent water views and lovely gardens. LO#250143 ELLEN ORLOP 941-924-9000
LONGBOAT KEY $1,950,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Four bedroom, four bath plus office/library home. Deep-water dock. Extensive millwork, gourmet kitchen, pool/spa, 3-car garage. LO#247618 STEVEN C. KEPECZ 941-924-9000 VILLA DI LANCIA $1,695,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Best unit in small complex! Private elevator, gas fireplace, 10 foot ceilings, privacy views from interior & balcony! LO#225601 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000 BAY ISLES $1,660,000 One of the largest lots in Bay Isles with Bay views & over 4000 SF of home on a private lot. 5BR/6BA on canal. LO#244108 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000
CORAL COVE $1,145,000 Two-story home on canal. Four bedrooms, four baths, fabulous European kitchen, many luxury features, dock. LO#250705 ANITA BOAKES 941-924-9000
LIGHTHOUSE POINT $5,500,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour New construction with every detail was considered for your ultimate beach retreat. Over 6,000 SF with private boat dock. LO#250929 STEVEN C. KEPECZ 941-924-9000
MARINA TOWER $1,495,000 Stunning view of Bay, marina and Gulf from downtown corner unit. Walk to dining, theatre, opera, library, movies. LO#250587 GARY MCKINSTRY 941-924-9000 232917
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,599,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour One lot in from Bay with views of downtown! Four bedrooms, three baths, pool & private dock. Stainless & granite Neff kitchen. LO#241361 AUDREY MARTEN 941-924-9000
WATERFRONT SOPHISTICATION $1,495,000 Custom 4BR mediterranean home with deep water dock in LBK Club. Marble & wood floors, elevator, granite kitchen. LO#246861 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000
HUDSON LANDINGS $649,000 Unique opportunity to live downtown in this stunningly & stylishly renovated 3BR condo. Bayou views & sunsets. LO#250482 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000
SLEEPY LAGOON $1,489,000 Best Bay & city views on LBK from this lush tropical lot with manatees and dolphins. 3BR/2BA home. LO#232917 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000
GRAND BAY $627,000 End unit with Sarasota Bay view. Remodeled 2BR/2BA with wood floors. Tile in baths. Clubhouse with full amenities. LO#248874 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000
EMBASSY HOUSE $477,000 Stunning & sophisticated with panoramic view of Bay. Finished in earth tones. Living & dining rooms open to 2 terraces. LO#249452 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000
OAK FORD $329,000 Sensational golf-area Ranch. A charming lifestyle enlivens this wooded-lot residence on a full acre. 3BR. LO#250238 TERRY LEFTWICH 941-924-9000
BEACHES $869,000 3BR/3BA with Gulf, Bay & golf course views behind gates of LBK club. Omni tennis courts, concierge & garage parking. LO#244742 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000
SARASOTA $139,900 2BR/2BA condo nestled among live oak trees. Spacious master suite. Close to downtown, beaches & shopping. LO#249967 MARY, H. BERNAS 941-924-9000
SIESTA KEY SIESTA KEY $1,895,000 Rare Gulf to Bay Charming Key West 3BR/2.5BA Dock with lift Breathtaking views private road. LO#248309 DEBORAH BEACHAM 941-924-9000 SIESTA KEY $1,595,700 Prime Siesta Key location directly across from the white sandy beach. Opportunity to purchase adjacent parcels. LO#243776 JOE BOGUSZEWSKI, PA 941-924-9000
BEACHPLACE $995,000 PH with direct Gulf view. Oversized terrace, tile floors, hurricane shutters & 2 assigned parking, 1 under bldg. LO#249592 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 CANAL FRONT $895,500 Custom designed, open floor plan with high ceilings, marble fireplace, large kitchen with Corian counters, TKF. Pool. LO#248869 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000
TIDY ISLAND $489,000 The world's best kept upscale secret. Gate guarded, wide Bay views, 168 acres of protected nature preserve. LO#246686 LOUISE TESSIER 941-924-9000
RENAISSANCE $249,000 Smartly-kept hi-rise. Enjoy a cozy & cordial lifestyle in this easy care residence offering balcony. LO#240220 MELISSA BONGART 941-924-9000
CONRAD BEACH $1,395,000 Key west style architecture in Conrad Beach. Views of Gulf. Screened summer kitchen, sun deck, oak flooring. LO#243041 BOB SMITH 941-924-9000
SABAL COVE $1,249,000 Custom designed home on quiet cul-de-sac. Spacious four bedroom plus den/three & one-half bath with large private pool/spa area. 3 car garage. LO#247896 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000
UNIVERSITY PARK $564,000 Open split plan on park like lot W/3BR plus office. Large lanai with pool & spa. LO#245551 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000
LAKEWOOD RANCH $349,900 Premium lot, private with panoramic lake & golf views. Open split floor plan, eat-in kitchen & uploads galore. LO#247029 MARIA BOKA 941-924-9000
SANCTUARY $1,480,000 Gulf view & panorama of downtown, island side golf course & Sarasota Bay. Two terraces to enjoy sunrise & sunset. LO#247409 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000
THE PIERRE $1,250,000 Two/three bedroom, three bathroom with southern exposure. View of Gulf, Bay, golf and pool. Covered parking and wonderful amenities package. LO#250706 MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000
BEAU CIEL $1,050,000 Downtown Sarasota with view of Bay & marina. 2BR/2BA W/2335 SF and world class amenities. Boat slip available. LO#246189 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 MCCLELLAN PARK $749,000 Spectacular West of the Trail family home situated on a lush double lot with a private setting in a quiet area! LO#248979 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000
SLEEPY LAGOON PARK $1,575,000 3400 SF custom waterfront home with gated courtyard, pool/spa, waterfall, elevator & gourmet kitchen with granite LO#246931 ANDREW M. BERS 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,495,000 Build your dream home here! One back from Bay with 130' water frontage. New seawall & dock being constructed. LO#249493 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000
SADDLE CREEK $1,350,000 Hidden Wooden Retreat. None like it. 3/4BR/4BA, 4700 plus SF overlooking private lake. Indoor pool/spa. LO#243492 GLENDA FRANKLIN 941-924-9000
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INN ON THE BEACH $233,900 Outstanding value on the beach! Luxurious club suite at Longboat Key's top resort(rated one of the top 25 in USA). LO#245025 JIM VITALE 941-924-9000
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ST. ARMANDS DIVISION $1,975,000 Beautiful home in wonderful location! 3BR/4BA, vaulted ceilings, marble/stone floors, custom built. Pool. LO#248845 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS $1,700,000 Best of the best! Endless views of Bay & Gulf. Updated with granite countertops, steam room & aromatic soaking tub. LO#249920 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000
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BlackTie BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor
Kissin’ cousins ... When Mary Ann Robinson was out on one of her first dates with her husband, Robbie, they went to the movies. While standing in line for tickets, Robbie went up to a beautiful woman and gave her a big smooch. Mary Ann said, “Now wait a minute, what’s going on?” Luckily, the woman turned out to be Jean Vallee, the wife of Robbie’s cousin, Walter Vallee. So ever since the smooching incident, Robbie calls Jean his “kissin’ cousin.” Fabric fabrication ... You can’t pull the wool over BT’s eyes, because BT is at every event. BT noticed that the purple table runners at NARSAD’s “Sunshine from Darkness” gala on Monday, Jan. 12, looked strangely similar to the purple scarves draped on the tables at the Sarasota Ballet’s “Emperor’s Ball.” Hmm ... Were they the same scarves? Probably, but kudos go to the NARSAD committee for being fabric frugal. Where no man has gone before ... Yes, folks, that’s right. It’s time to jump aboard the Enterprise with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock for a Trekie convention — Star Trek, that is. Travel the galaxies to meet Captain Jean-Luc Picard (in real life known as actor, Patrick Stewart) of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Oh, whoops ... “Dammit Jim!” that’s a goof ... Stewart will actually be at the Sarasota Film Festival’s “Luncheon Under the Banyans” on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Guess you better leave your Spock ears at home.
Black and White: A colorful affair BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor
Michael’s On East was glowing with candlelight and decorated in black and white all right, but Temple Beth Israel’s 25th annual gala, “Candlelight in Black and White,” on Sunday, Jan. 18 was exceptionally colorful. Co-chairs Audrey Lucow and Pearl Kushner filled the ballroom with gala guests who were all bubbling with excitement. Guests immediately took to the dance floor and waltzed to the music of Mike Ash and The Notables. Even Rabbi Michael Eisenstat with his broken foot (in a boot) managed to do the jitterbug! Following a gourmet dinner, guests enjoyed a fun musical show by Cantor Harold Orbach titled, “The Fiddler Comes to America.” This vibrant event was definitely a bright night that benefited Temple Beth Israel.
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Lillian and Bruce Sands dance to their requested song, “Unforgettable.”
mid•night (mid’nît’), n. ... At Temple Beth Israel’s “Candlelight in Black and White,” Co-chair Audrey Lucow gave everyone the definition of midnight in Sarasota — “Will everyone please be seated, because we’re about to start the show and I know that Sarasota midnight is 9:30 p.m.!” Party protection ... Some people may have been shocked to be greeted at the Temple Beth Israel gala by police officers at both the front and back entrances of Michael’s On East. Asked why he had to take names at the door, the police officer replied, “They have had problems before.” What problems? “Some people have tried to sneak in before.” At the temple gala?!?! Perhaps organizers should pass on some security tips to chairs of the Bishop’s Ball. Watch out Kate Spade ... because you might have a rival here in town! Elisabeth Waters’ hobby is to make purses. She says that when she can’t find a color or a specific purse she wants she just goes ahead and makes it herself. Waters toted around one of her fabulous creations at the Asolo’s gala, “It’s a Maaah-velous Party,” on Saturday, Jan. 17 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
Irene Ross and Sally Shapiro
A sparkling Florence Katz
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Helen Sherman and Mimi Edlin share a laugh.
Rabbi Michael Eisenstat with Bea Friedman
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LOOK For event on Valentine’s Day think pink ... or red or white. That’s just what Iris Starr of The Met did when putting together four different evening ensembles for the Van Wezel Foundation’s annual gala “A Romantic Gala Evening with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.” Starr paired romantic shades with black to add an extra dramatic touch. Your sweetheart will surely approve.
‘A Romantic Gala Evening with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme’ When: 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
with a fabulous dinner catered by Michael’s On East in the Grand Foyer, decorated in Valentine’s Day colors, of course. The A, B, C, D’s also ask that you come ready to bid on the silent auction that features two different “I love New York” trips, a “Loving Las Vegas” trip, a violin signed by Itzhak Perlman, guitars signed by your favorite performers and more. Following the performance, gala patrons will also receive a dessert and champagne reception to culminate the romantic
The A, B, C, D’s — Alyce Kalin, Bea Friedman, Carolyn Michel and Dottie Baer Garner are the sweetest chairs for the upcoming Van Wezel Gala on Valentine’s Day. Here, these lovely ladies look spectacular in the colors of love. Bea Friedman is as sweet as candy in a Bernard Zins silk pink jacket paired with a Marg of Pepper Pike bucket purse topped with pink flowers. Alyce Kalin is the pink of perfection in an Armani stretch wool-satin, one-button short jacket in peony over a black Armani shell and black Carmen Marc Valvo satin trousers. Carolyn Michel, is suitably dramatic in an Armani black organza gauze jacquard star-draped bustier Spring 2004 gown and a DeMerini white gold necklace with diamond droplets. Dottie Baer Garner is super cute in a Kay Unger three-piece silk suit with pink embroidered bustier. All available at The Met, St. Armands Circle, 388-3991.
“It’s love, at last I’ve someone to cheer for ... It’s love, at last I’ve learned what we’re here for ...” At last it’s time to celebrate love and cheer for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme at the Van Wezel’s “A Romantic Evening with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.” Grab your sweetheart and head to the Van Wezel on Valentine’s Day for a fabulous gala with the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning “First Couple” of American popular music. Not only will you be able to cuddle up and listen to the best love songs around, but you’ll be treated to preferred performance seating for Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme’s show, “One More for the Road — Our Last Tour,” where they promise to “do it up big!” Before the big show, the A, B, C, D’s — Alyce Kalin, Bea Friedman, Carolyn Michel and Dottie Baer Garner, who are chairing the gala, will wine and dine you
evening. The gala benefits the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s education and outreach programs. Tickets for “Gala Stars” are $250 and for “Gala Patrons,” $500. In addition to the post-performance champagne and dessert reception, gala patrons will receive special recognition in the gala program and an invitation to a patron party on Feb. 2 at the home of Bob and Lee Peterson at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. For more information contact Kira Bauer at 366-5578. —Emily Walsh
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Arnold and Shirley Fein Co-chair Audrey Lucow with her husband, Milton, and co-chair Pearl Kushner with her husband, Irv 3 Suzette and Gerry Seigel 4 Shirley Scullion and James Raymond 5 Ida and Ed Wilkof 6 The Michael’s On East ballroom was packed to the max with temple members dressed for the theme of black and white. 7 Edward and Harriet Schaye 8 Joan and Les Jacobs with Barbara and David Levin 9 Alice Needle and Paul Reamer 10 Loris Birnkrant and Dr. Helga WallApelt make some music at the piano. 11 Rosalie Krone and David Young 12 Jewel Ash is the cutest raffle ticket collector ever.
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Q. Dear Gemma My friend just received a large diamond ring and when I asked her what the carat weight, color and clarity were she looked at me as if to say it wasn’t my business. I was really offended. I didn’t mean anything by asking these questions. What do you think about this? — Hurt Feelings in Sarasota
Gemma: To Hurt Feelings in Sarasota, there has always been a veil of mystery surrounding beautiful women and their jewels. Some things are sacred and should remain so.
By asking the color and clarity of your friend’s diamond, you asked her to pass judgment or to rate her diamond for you — good or bad, 1 to 10. This is not only impolite, it is inappropriate. The only person who should request the color, clarity and carat weight of one’s diamond is the insurance agent insuring the diamond. The two most obvious reasons for asking this question are: 1. However innocent it may have sounded, these questions could really be an attempt to establish a “pecking-order.” 2. You are considering the purchase of a large diamond yourself and need more information. If #1 fits, shame on you. If #2 fits, politely ask your friend if she would share the name of her jeweler, where you can then go and procure the information you need to make your own personal decision on a diamond. The next time a friend shows you a diamond ring, share her joy, tell her how beautiful it is and how happy you are for her. Cherish your friends, admire their jewels and they will do the same for you. — Gemma Answer the question below and return card or fax response to QWJ at 388-2269 by February 10.
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CALENDAR A Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Benny Goodman
Here! Now! Ann Margaret
Mark Morris Dance Group*
Peter Cincotti & Dick Hyman with Friends
Jan. 26, 8 p.m.
POST SHOW CURTAIN CALL
Jan. 28, 8 p.m.
Jan. 27, 8 p.m.
FEATURING THE TERRY MYERS ORCHESTRA WITH MICHAEL ANDREW & THE SWING SISTERS
Jan. 25, 2 p.m.
An Evening with Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie
Mancini at the Movies
Don Rickles and Tony Danza
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
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Feb. 6, 8 p.m.
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Frank Gorshin in Say Goodnight Gracie
Feb. 7, 8 p.m.
Feb. 11, 2 & 8 p.m.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*
The Ten Tenors* POST-SHOW CURTAIN CALL
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater*
Feb. 12, 8 p.m.
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Feb. 13, 8 p.m.
...and much, much more! The Café in the Grand Foyer opens 2 hours prior to every performance.
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23 ‘Choice Affair’ Luncheon with Marcia Gillespie of Ms. Magazine Benefiting: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc. When: Noon Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Wendy Grassi, 365-3913, Ext. 108 Price: $35 Opening Night Film and Party Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival When: 7 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chairs: Jaymie Carter and Suzy Cabanillas Contact: Jennifer Silva, 364-9514, Ext. 3# Price: film screening, $15; screening and after party, $100 Opera for Animals: “Singing is Saving” Benefiting: Area animal welfare groups When: 6 p.m. Where: Palm-Aire Country Club of Sarasota Chairs: Carol Sparrow and Randolph Locke Contact: Carol Sparrow, 358-1767 Price: $50
Sandy Secor Contact: Rollen Secor, 756-3077 Price: $20
Stars of Tomorrow Concert Hosted by: Bradenton Opera Guild Benefiting: Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists When: 2 p.m. Where: Neel Auditorium, Manatee Community College Chairs: Jeff and Ethel Doughty Contact: Jeff Doughty, 778-0726 Price: $10 Brandeis Anniversary Celebration Benefiting: Brandeis University National Women’s Committee When: 11:15 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Jeanne Frank Contact: Anita Chalson, 377-3140 Price: members, $35; guests, $40 ‘A Magical Evening’ Benefiting: Flanzer Jewish Community Center Children’s Scholarship Fund When: 6 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Barbara Katz and Honey Salzman Contact: Sherry Gluchov, 378-5568, Ext. 224 Price: $125
26 24 ‘Best in Show’ ARC Gala 2004 Benefiting: Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Hyatt Sarasota Chairs: Koni Findlay and Charlie Ann Syprett Contact: Janice Dugan, 957-1955, Ext. 7 Price: $250
Asolo Angels Halo Day Luncheon Benefiting: Asolo Theatre Company When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Helene Myers and Virginia Sypula Contact: Angel Office, 351-9010, Ext. 4707
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Luncheon Under the Banyans Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival When: Noon Where: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Chair: Bettina Von Walhof Contact: Jennifer Silva, 3649514, Ext. 3# Price: $85 and up ‘Dinner and a Movie’ with the Sarasota Film Festival Hosted by: Sarasota Film Festival Benefiting: First Step of Sarasota Inc. When: 5:30 p.m. Where: University Club Contact: Judy or Kelly, 552-2065 Price: $100
TUES• JAN 27 • NOON Tickets are $85 Individual and $100 Patron. Patron Tables of ten for $1,000.
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Patrick Stewart gracefully transcends boundaries between Theatre, film and television bringing classical, epic and Shakespearean works to contemporary audiences. Charismatic and intriguing, Stewart joins the Sarasota Film Festival as the distinguished guest of honor for Luncheon Under the Banyans.
Film credits include the adaptation of Paul Rudnick's play, JEFFREY, David Lynch’s DUNE, the film adaptation of Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler and Steve Martin’s clever romantic comedy LA STORY, among many others. Stewart will next be seen in the Showtime remake of The Lion in Winter. He stars in 20th Century Fox's X-MEN and X-2 both directed by Bryan Singer. He also stars as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the STAR TREK feature films.
CineSymphony! Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival and Florida West Coast Symphony When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Contact: Jennifer Silva, 364-9514, Ext. 3# Price: $35, $26 and $22
25 Stars of Tomorrow Brunch Hosted by: Bradenton Opera Guild Benefiting: Sarasota Opera When: 11:30 a.m. Where: El Conquistador Country Club Chairs: Rollen and
‘From Salsa to Sorbet’ Spring Luncheon Benefiting: Historic Spanish Point When: 11 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Coni Craig and Cornelia Matson Contact: Dianne M. Prairie, 9665214, Ext. 250 Price: members, $60; guests, $75 World Cinema Celebration Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival When: 7 p.m. Where: Southside Village on Osprey Avenue Chairs: Abigail Shearer Robinson and Michael Bush Contact: Jennifer Silva, 364-9514, Ext. 3# Price: $50
29 ‘It’s in the Bag’ Reception and Raffle Drawing Benefiting: Fine Arts Society of Sarasota When: 6 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chair: Cindy Wolfendale Contact: Cindy Wolfendale, 3878333 Price: $60
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23 BIS Trunk Show What: A one-day-only trunk show featuring the California sunwash wrinkled rich denim of BIS. Plus receive a free gift with any trunk show purchase. Where: Susan Stribling’s New Traditions, Avenue of the Flowers Contact: Susan Striblings, 383-6451 LaMer Spa Event What: Feel 10-years younger after a private facial using the best skin products from LaMer with a licensed aesthetician. Where: Saks Beauty Place Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5374
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Zonda Nellis and Millicent Kennedy What: A double trunk show featuring the latest designs from Zonda Nellis and Millicent Kennedy. Meet the designers while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and live modeling. When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Dream Weaver, St. Armands Circle Contact: Dream Weaver, 388-1974
‘Rainbow of Colors’ What: The Sarasota Garden Club presents a fashion show and luncheon featuring fashions by Draper’s and Damon’s, lots of door prizes and a raffle. When: 11:15 a.m. Where: Laurel Oak Country Club Contact: Sarasota Garden Club, 9550875 Price: $25
YSL National Makeup Artist What: Edwin, YSL’s National Makeup Artist, comes to Saks to make you beautiful. Where: Saks Beauty Place Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 3645373
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Life is either a barbecue or the pits in “Barbecue People” by Israeli directors Joseph Madmony and David Ofek.
SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL Pam’s festival picks — for reel enjoyment just add popcorn. BY PAM NADON Film Critic
Isn’t it great when things just get better with age? The Sarasota Film Festival is a great case in point. Now in its sixth year, it’s garnered world-wide recognition by showcasing the best in independent film. Besides drawing film enthusiasts from around the globe, it’s also attracted esteemed actors, directors and filmmakers, who will be on hand to create an upclose and personal experience for festivalgoers. This year’s lineup includes Sam Elliot (“The Big Lebowski”), Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me”), Woody Harrelson (“Cheers”), Academy Award-winner Louise Fletcher (“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”), and Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek”). A surprise mystery guest will also receive Regal Entertainment’s Career Achievement Award; previous recipients include Jon Voigt, Alan Alda, Sydney Pollack and Richard Dreyfuss. If star-gazing isn’t quite up your alley, the festival also offers seminars, symposiums, shorts and the Tropicana KidsFest (a nine-day series of films, programs, workshops and interactive experiences). It’s easy to take all this for granted, but there are millions of filmgoers who aren’t so honored (or lucky) as to have such a global film forum in their own backyard. We do, and we might as well take advantage of it.
What follows are just a few of my prescreening favorites. I suggest you buy your tickets early; they tend to sell out.
with the worlds of her family and the entire community) is drastically altered in this profound portrait of a young woman who discovers the meaning of life.
‘Virgin’ ‘Shrink Rap’
Elisabeth Moss experiences an immaculate misconception in “Virgin.” Jesse is a 17-year-old misfit. She has an allnight paper route on which she swills beer and Jack Daniels, while chain smoking. Her parents (the always fabulous Robin Wright Penn of “White Oleander” plays the mom) are religious zealots who can’t fathom why she doesn’t take after her born-again, long-distance runner sister. When Jesse finds herself pregnant, she is certain that it had to be an immaculate conception. (She never knowingly had sex; the truth is, a boy took advantage of her when she was passed out.) Jesse’s world, (along
Gratefully, this is not a small movie about hip-hop but rather a very clever and hilarious film about a loser student therapist. In his first virtual semester at the California Institute for Human Behavior.com, Bernie is hired as a bartender for a party given by two, 30-something actors. When his Edsel breaks down (accidentally on purpose), he becomes the houseguest who never leaves. The inhabitants include a TV star who abuses alcohol, his girlfriend who has commitment issues, and a brother with an oral fixation. “Sometimes what you want isn’t what you need” is the philosophy Bernie employs to put these colorful characters back on track. With the opening line, “Even Hitler had a girlfriend,” this witty little film had me hooked at the get-go. You’ll want to stay for the credits to catch the “coup d’état.”
lose/lose proposition by directing her in an Equity-waiver theatrical production of “Frankie and Jonnie at the Clare de Lune.” In doing so, he breaks two cardinal rules: Never spend your own money on a production and never work with your wife. This engaging comedy has a Larry David “Curb Your Enthusiasm” feel to it and stars Pressman and his real life wife. Mandy Potekin (“Chicago Hope”) makes a hilarious cameo. Note: Michael Pressman will be attending the festival for a Q&A after the screening.
‘Frankie and Jonnie are Married’ Michael (director, writer, actor Michael Pressman) is an extremely grounded producer who deals with live-wire television actors day in and day out. His wife is a mother/actor who cannot land a role, so Michael takes on a
Harvey Keitel and Andhy Méndez dream of better things in Juan Gerard’s “Cuba Libre.” TURN TO FILM FESTIVAL, PAGE 2C
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Film Festival CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1C This comedy/drama/political thriller is set in 1958 Holquin, Cuba, as seen through an 8year-old’s eyes. It begins in a movie theater where the film “Julia,” starring Doris Day and Louis Jourdan, is playing. Suddenly there is a blackout (caused by Castro’s revolutionaries), which signals the boy’s world is about to change forever. This film offers interesting insights into how Cuban families perceived the impending revolution and its aftermath. Harvey Keitel (“The Piano”) plays the family patriarch with precision acuity. The intelligent camerawork further enhances the film’s visual experience.
By accident four, small-time, bumbling thieves steal a Rembrandt worth millions. That was the easy part. Trying to fence the painting results in sometimes amusing and at other times tragic subplots. Just when these oafs come up with a feasible plan of action, a $100,000 reward is offered, which puts the concept of “honor among thieves” in a whole new light. For one it’s a life-ordeath decision. This film successfully juggles comedy, thriller and love story all at once, and it does so from a refreshingly Danish point of view — with a wonderful surprise ending.
‘Barbecue People’ No, this not the fourth installment in the Hannibal Lecter series, it’s a thoroughly engaging Israeli film centering around a family gathered for a barbecue. Each member harbors a secret that involves his or her honor and upon revelation brings about a newfound solidarity and inner peace. Allegorically, it addresses the plight of all peoples of the world who strive to live harmoniously with one another. Great acting and a unique method of storytelling make this a truly enjoyable film.
‘Year of the Woman’
I don’t know art but I know what’s flammable — Nicolas Bro in “Stealing Rembrandt”
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This extremely well-done, riveting documentary is about women who attended the 1972 Democratic and GOP Conventions in Miami. It’s all actual footage, shot by first time filmmaker, Sandra Hochman, who
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The most moral little whorehouse in Texas Once upon a time in the West ...
Greg Kehrer is hilarious as the weasely, waffling, circumlocutious governor doing “The Sidestep” — it’s particularly funny in an election year. Walker’s Sheriff Dodd is a goodold boy with a propensity for profanity and anger management issues. He has a tendency to fire off both his mouth and his gun (but just into the air) when he loses his temper. Walker wisely doesn’t smooth over the character’s rough edges. Trisolini’s obnoxious “Watchdog” is the reincarnation of a wire terrier as a manic televangelist. Wilson puts in a strong, compassionate, tough but philosophically equanimous performance as Mona; her listen-to-me voice is also compellingly strong and well-controlled. The theatrical cartoon these characters inhabit is based on a true story. I imagine the truth wasn’t quite so charming and entertaining as the fiction. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” bears about as much relationship to real prostitution as “Guys and Dolls” does to the real Mafia. But it’s nice to believe, at least for two hours or so, that a place like this once existed. A bordello without pimps; where nobody came away with a disease or a knife wound; where all the whores had hearts of gold; and the worst thing that could happen to any of them was bad publicity. ❑
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A musical about a whorehouse? It makes about as much sense as a musical about the Mafia, assassins or crooked Broadway producers. Come to think of it, they’ve made musicals of all those things, so forget I said anything. Our story takes place in the one-horse town of Gilbert, Texas — or just outside of town, in a brothel called the “Chicken Ranch.” (It got its name during the Depression, Theater when impoverished farmers used to pay for their assignations with “The Best Little poultry.) The place has been a Whorehouse in going concern for 150 years or so: Texas” an open secret and a bit of a legPlayers Theatre end, not only in Gilbert but Reviewed Jan. 15 throughout Texas. Mona (Dina LaVee Wilson), its owner/operator, runs a kinder, gentler brothel with no drugs, pimps, kinkiness or foul language. The ladies say “client,” not “john,” “trick,” or anything so unladylike. Its oddly moral standards and volume pricing have helped it survive over the years. It also helps that the town sheriff, Ed Earl Dodd (Don Walker), has had a thing going with the proprietress ever since the Kennedy inauguration. Things are going swimmingly in its 151th year of operation. Then Melvin P. Thorpe (Bob Trisolini), a nosy reporter in a star-spangled suit who calls himself “The Watchdog,” decides to shut the Chicken Ranch down. He’s shocked by it, in the sense that Harold Hill was shocked by the pool table in River City, but what he’s selling is ratings, not musical instruments. Thorpe stirs up trouble; the sheriff cusses him out and threatens him in front of live TV cameras; political feathers are ruffled across Texas; Thorpe sneaks into the Chicken Ranch and catches the sheriff, a state senator, and most of the Texas A&M football team with their pants down; the Chicken Ranch shuts its doors and the chicks within fly their coop. But life will go on. While the play features a fair amount of profanity, eyecandy and teasing implication, it’s more concerned with Texas culture than skin trade — cowless cowboys, double mindedness about sex, good-old-boy politics, obsession with smashmouth football, and obsession with old-time religion
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Of prodigy, misbehavior, virtuosity and verve Two different but sound approaches to the piano What do Thomas “Fats” Waller and Yefim Bronfman have in common besides the piano, music, ethnic backgrounds and talent? Not much else, unless you add an uncanny ability to feel at home in a certain milieu and entertain an adoring public of music lovers. Fats Waller was born back in 1904, died young of pneumonia on a train near Kansas
City, Mo., when he was just 39. In that short time he managed to write the music for dozens of songs that have kept feet tapping and crowds clapping right into the 21st century. Yefim Bronfman was born in 1958, 15 years after Waller’s death, far from middle America, in exotic Tashkent. Unlike Fats, who learned to play piano by watching a pianola, Bronfman
studied hard, emigrated to Israel when he was 15 and made his international debut two years later with Zubin Mehta and the Montreal Symphony. Put Fats Waller on a concert stage playing Tchaikovsky and he’d probably have felt decidedly uncomfortable. And God alone knows how Bronfman would fare with “Honeysuckle Rose.” Probably the most important thing the two musicians shared this past week is that both were represented in Sarasota, one in memory and the other in person. Waller was portrayed musically by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe at the new Gompertz Theatre (née, Theater Works). Bronfman, in turn, portrayed musical works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. “Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Fats Waller Musical Show,” directed and choreographed with imagination, taste and energy by Reggie Kelly, is a cabaret portrait of Waller’s musical magic from the title song to the wit of “Squeeze Me,” the poignancy of “Feelin’ I’m Falling,” and
the historic landscapes of “The Viper’s Drag” and “Black and Blue.” It’s a show that could be static because it’s performed almost in concertstyle. But the dancing and acting prowess of the WBTT’s players lifts it over the footlights into the souls of the audience. The fascinating part of this performance is the ability of Solomon Burton, DeTrece Lavender, Leon Pitts II, Teresa Stanley and Jnana Wilson to put across a song. They’re not great singers, but the energy and zest they put into the words and music attest to the fact that the “Joint is Jumpin’.” It can’t help but jump and tap and stomp and clap. Music director LaTerry Butler kept things moving (except for a singularly untuneful saxophone that wandered from the score with earsplitting ambiguity) and brought these clever tunes (including “Two Sleepy People” and “Write Myself a Letter,” two songs much older than us youngin’s would have imagined) to wonderfully vibrant life.
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Happily, this show is not amplified and that pleased the dickens out of my ears! Yefim Bronfman’s recital at the Van Wezel, under the auspices of the Sarasota Concert Association, had a somewhat lethargic beginning (due, perhaps, to the pianist’s not feeling well). Bronfman’s vocabulary at his instrument was, in Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in D, Opus 10, No. 3, and the Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Opus 111, very limited. His fortes seemed forced and businesslike and his pianissimos, while absolutely gorgeous, were more perfect than heartfelt. The phrasing, technique and tempos were accurate but there was a lack of spontaneity and connection that led me to feel more bored than inspired. But then came part two of the recital with the exciting Prokofiev D minor Sonata (No. 2, Opus 14), a stunning Dumka of Tchaikovsky and a pair of Preludes (Opus 23) by Rachmaninov. Now, Bronfman came alive. It was like hearing a totally different person. He breathed each phrase as if he were singing. His sound was huge, rich and warm. Perhaps he was feeling better. Perhaps he’s
On the HORIZON ‘Carmen’ Sarasota Ballet will reprise its interpretation of Bizet’s opera about a fickle, passionate Spanish gypsy and her unfortunate relationship choices, at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday Jan. 31 and Sunday Feb. 1, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. “Dvorak-American” also will be presented. Call 351-8000.
‘The Quintessential Contemporary Exhibition’ at the Arts Center Pianist Yefim Bronfman more comfortable with music from his homeland. Whatever the reason, Bronfman’s second half was his finest half, by no half measures. And his Domenico Scarlatti encore rang clear as a bell. June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as "Today in New York," "Salute to the Arts" and "The Sound of Broadway." ❑
This exhibit features contemporary art from private collections on Longboat Key from 1970 to the present; it opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and continues through Feb. 29 at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. What’s so significant about it? Think of it this way. As someone once said: “The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on.” The same could be said of the moving pencil, chisel or paintbrush in the visual art world. By defini-
tion, what’s contemporary today won’t be contemporary ten years from now. It’s not only hard to keep up; unless you make it your business or passion, it’s next to impossible. Culled from private collections, this exhibit represents the efforts of those who’ve done just that. It’s as close to a snapshot of now as you’ll ever see in the visual arts. Be sure to see it before it moves on. Call 383-2345.
‘The Black Muse 2004’ The Sarasota County Arts Council will be hosting this exhibit of works by African American artists from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6 through March 3, at the Center for Arts and Humanity. This exhibition, in honor of Black History Month, features work by Joyce Ladner, Bernard Cully, Jackie Peters Cully, Gale Fulton-Ross, Barbara Mask, Eleanor Merritt, and Jean McMurren. Call 3655118. ❑
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Weather or not ... Old Man Weather didn’t seem like a supporter of the arts as the day began Sunday, Jan. 18. It was the day set aside for the Sarasota County Arts Council’s 15th annual “Arts Day,” in downtown Sarasota and the rain was coming down in cold, wet sheets. A few of the earlier events were scrubbed, but
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The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Longboat Key Club Exhibition” continues through Jan. 29, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Figures and Florals.” Nat Krate’s larger-than-life visions persist through Jan. 29 in the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Northern Trust Longboat Key — “Quintessential Contemporary.” This preview of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ upcoming exhibition of postmodern pieces in Longboat collections runs through Jan. 29. 383-2345. The Centre Shops Family Practice — “In a Joyful Garden.” Marguerite Dye’s watercolors are a garden of earthly delights in January. 387-1211. Wallace Fine Art — showcasing Italo Botti, the Russian plein-air painters, B.H. Erschel and others. 387-0746. Wyland Galleries — “Passionate Vistas.” Dreamlike vistas by James Coleman are on view through January. 388-5331. Island Gallery West — featuring area artists with a vast area of imagination. 778-6648. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — “Safe Sex: The History of the Great American Pin-Up.” American artists explore the eternal feminine in four-color process through Feb. 11. 359-7563. Manatee Community College Fine Arts Gallery — “Diphyllobothrium Latum.” Viewers read an artist’s book while surrounded by a 60-foot paper tapeworm in April V. Flanders’ whimsical installation. Ongoing through Feb. 12. 752-5225.
Art Center Sarasota — “Artists of Sarasota.” Fine art by our area’s fine artists is on exhibit through Jan. 28. “Sumi-E” features work by the Sarasota Chapter of the Sumi-E Society of America and runs concurrently. 365-2032. Museum of Asian Art — “Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Asian art speaks across the ages through Feb. 27. 954-7117. South Florida Museum — “Lewis & Clark Botanical Discoveries” features Charlotte Staub Thomas’ pioneer plant paintings through March 7. 746-4131. Arts Council of Manatee Gallery — “Jacquie Clark.” Speaking the language of flowers in watercolor in January. 746-2223. Unity Gallery — “Work by Connie Lyn Buckler.” Flowers are seen up-close and personal through Feb. 4. 955-3301. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Landscapes.” John Beerman, Jim Couper, Heidi Edwards, and Janaki Lennie’s vistas are on view in January. 366-2093. Galleria Silecchia — featuring new work by Yuri Gorbachev, Ulla Darni and Glenna Goodacre. 365-7414. Palm Avenue Gallery — “Oils by Bette Caffrey.” Life’s beauty finds expression in her art through January. 953-5757. Medici Gallery — featuring unique paintings by Fabio Calvetti and other contemporary European artists. 906-9499. Apple & Carpenter Galleries — “Age of Elegance.” Featuring elegant paintings from the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries through Jan. 31. 951-2314. Provenance Gallery — “Linda Salomon and Bozena Szlachta.” Their vivid creations are featured in January. 366-6777. Blue House Gallery — “Kokoro.” Exploring Zen and the art of Pamela Sumner through Jan. 30. 366-0211. Elizabeth Rice Fine Art — “Nature in Relief.”
Irene Patten’s untitled bathing beauty maintains a confident gaze at Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design. Curtis Weatherall’s relief imagery captures nature’s forms in January. 954-8575. Sonnet Gallery — “Dreams of Lights.” New work by painter Antonio Carreño is on exhibit through Jan. 31. 955-6443. Gaylord Gallery — “Group Show.” Featuring Dee Gaylord’s mixed media, Chantalle Langlois’ glass and Ed Miracle’s oils, through February. 952-0678.
Copper Moon Gallery — “Pauline’s Potpourri.” Featuring the paintings of Karen Pauline through Feb. 29. 747-8783. Joan Peters Gallery — “Winter Show.” New works by Joan Peters and friends are on view through Feb. 29. 741-8056.
Beverly Fleming Gallery — “Landscapes.” This exhibit of work by Dorothy Sherwood continues through Feb 13. 365-8683. Rosalie Silver Gallery — “Feminine Mystique.” Silver’s latest watercolors can be seen through Feb. 19. 330-9817. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Forgard and Gonya.” Larry Forgard’s paintings and David Gonya’s sculpture are on exhibit through Feb. 14. 955-4546. Missing Link Gallery — “Mario Algaze.” Exhibiting work by the noted Cuban-born photographer in January. The permanent collection of indigenous art also is on display. 366-6600. La Bottega Sarasota — “Bed Paintings.” Showcasing Gale Fulton Ross’ provocative series in January. 951-2377. Kaos Gallery — “Magic & Myth of Mermaids.” Whimsical art goes under the sea in January. 747-0823.
‘Smooth Jazz on St. Armands’ — showcasing the Que Players from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23. 388-1554. ‘St. Armands Winter Art Festival’ — this “Super Bowl of Art Festivals” features work by more than 175 artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24 and 25. 388-1554.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — “An Afternoon with the Osmonds” features music by members of the 1970s family singing group at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21; “A Tchaikovsky Gala.” The Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra pays loving tribute at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21; “CineSymphony.” Oscar is honored in this concert of Academy Award-winning scores at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24; “A Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Benny
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Goodman.” The sounds of the era of crooners and big bands are in the air at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25; The Russian National Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. 953-3368. The Jazz Club of Sarasota — “Salon Coffee.” Dick Smolens jazzes up the afternoon at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23; a “Jazz Jam” takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Bayfront Community Center. 316-9207.
The Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts Center at Booker High School — “As You Like It.” Shakespeare’s tale of young love and mistaken identity runs from Jan. 21 through 24. 366-4582. Venice Little Theatre — “Assassins.” Stephen Sondheim’s musical explores a dark aspect of the American psyche through Feb. 8. 4881115.
Florida West Coast Symphony — the New Artists Piano Quartet and Chung-Yon Hong on violin serve up Bach, Mozart, and Brahms at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. 953-3434.
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The Players Theatre — “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” This toe-tapping country classic runs from Thursday, Jan. 15 through Feb. 1. 365-2494. Asolo Theatre — “I’m Not Rappaport.” Herb Gardner’s curmudgeons triumph from Friday, Jan. 23, through May 22; “The Millionairess.” Shaw’s tale of a self-absorbed heiress draws interest through April 3; “The Road to Ruin.” Holcroft’s comedy of family and finance continues through Feb. 22; “The Crucible.” Arthur Miller’s witch trials are in session through Feb. 21. 351-8000. Asolo Conservatory — “The Shape of Things.” An art student goes too far in this black comedy through Jan. 25. 351-8000. Florida Studio Theatre — “Agnes of God.” Keeping the faith through Jan. 31. 3669000. Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret — “The Best of Times: A Jerry Herman Songbook” runs through March 20. 366-9000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Singin’ In The Rain” sings of Hollywood through March 7. 366-5454. Manatee Players — “The King and I.” This continues through Feb. 1. 748-5875. Island Players — “Crimes of the Heart.” Beth Henley takes aim at Southern-fried sisterhood through Jan. 25. 778-5755.
Best bets Lights ... camera ... ‘CineSymphony!’ Music is often the unsung hero of the movies. To even the score, the Sarasota Film Festival offers this concert of Oscarwinning film compositions at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Emil de Cou (formerly San Francisco Symphony’s pops conductor) will be conducting the Florida West Coast Symphony. Call 953-3434.
McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre — Sean Morey. This musical comic and creator of the “Man Song” performs Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23 and 24. 925-3869.
‘Singin’ All That Jazz’ Longboat Key tenor saxophone great Kenny Soderblom and vocalists “Twinkle,” Lisanne Lyones, Karen Benjey and Leah McCoy jazz it up at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Jazzman Kenny Soderblom Players Theatre. Call 365-2494.
Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “The Barbarian Invasions.” The characters of Denys Arcand’s “The Decline of the American Empire” reunite nearly two decades later to reexamine their lives. 955FILM.
Circle Books — Nancy Cohen signs her “bad hair day” mystery, “Highlights to Heaven,” at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23; Scott Deitche signs his history of Tampa’s underworld, “Cigar City Mafia,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24; producer/writer Stephen J. Cannell signs his L.A. police procedural, “Vertical Coffin,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. 388-2850.
Bradenton Opera Guild — “Werther Prelude.” Dr. Rollen Secor presents the background of Jules Massenet’s opera based on Goethe’s Bildungsroman, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Christ Episcopal Church. 7948784. ❑
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Local restaurateurs form group
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THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER
DINING BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
Formerly of: Longboat Key Club The Manor, West Orange, NJ
The Sandy Lane Hotel,
Twenty-eight locally owned independent restaurants joined together last fall to form The Sarasota Originals, a chapter of the Council of Independent Restaurants of America (CIRA), the first in Florida. The first national chapter was organized in Washington, D.C. in 1999. At a media conference held Jan. 13 at the Bijou Café, Michael Klauber presented the chapter’s four top priorities: • “Promote independently operated restaurants to visitors
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The Sarasota Originals, a group of 28 locally owned independent restaurants, formed last fall.
J.P Knaggs of Bijou Cafe and Bill Herlihy of Cafe L’Europe
Wine Dinner: “Taste of Argentina” The menu will feature fun fresh twists of traditional Argentinean wines & cuisine. February 11th at 7:00 p.m. $85 per person. Please call 387-2700 for reservations.
FREE Soup for You!
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February 26th at 11:30 a.m.
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(formerly the Plaza on Longboat)
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and locals through the quality and uniqueness of the cuisine, which give this coast its culinary stamp on the map. • “Bolster the public awareness of the significant social, economic and charitable contributions that our local independent restaurants make to the surrounding communities. • “Improve the economic viability of independent restaurants by combining their buying power and obtaining the pricing levels that are available to national chains. • “Educate the people of our community, particularly the youth, about the differences between chain restaurants and independent restaurants, while introducing them to the concept of buying locally and buying fresh. “The Sarasota Originals want to keep the public thinking globally but eating locally,” Klauber said. “Independent restaurants are our allies. If we work together, we can level the playing field.”
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IN THE HAYE LOFT
Our upstairs menu features soup, salads, our famous duck, a fresh fish special, a superb sandwich du jour and appetizers from sashimi to paté. Not to be missed are our ultra-thin personal gourmet pizzas. Decadent desserts, a fabulous selection of top-shelf spirits and wines. Join us after dinner or after the show.
LUNCH SPECIALS 11:30 to 4:00 Mon. - Fri. Fish & Chips (served with Cole Slaw)
Stone Crab Salad or Sandwich & Soup Combo $6.99
Kenny Soderblom Group featuring: Leah - Elegance in Song
Stone Crab Claws & Shrimp Combo (fried, boiled or sautéed)
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
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The growing trend throughout the country, he said, is chains buying up choice pieces of land and bringing in new variations of fast foods, often representing a challenge to independently owned restaurants. Chains purchasing in volume are often able to offer lower prices. As its first public event, 24 of the members participated in the Sarasota Arts Day in downtown Sarasota. Instead of hot dogs and hamburgs, Arts Day strollers chose from the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort’s grilled conch egg roll with spicy Caribbean dipping sauce; Euphemia Haye’s barbecue duck; wild mushroom strudel from Café on the Bay; grilled tropical duck salad from Cafe Blasé; and from Roessler’s, chocolate paté with sabayon and fresh berries. The Sarasota Originals are getting an assist from students at the Ringling School of Art and Design, who are developing a print program for the group. For more information about The Sarasota Originals, contact Michael Klauber, 365-0543; Kate Houle, 383-3633; John Caragiulo, 951-0866, Tommy Klauber, 383-5111; or Jean-Pierre Knaggs, 366-8111. ❑
Ray Arpke of Euphemia Haye and Patricia Caswell, Sarasota Arts Council director
Tommy Klauber of Pattigeorge’s and Jim Sullivan of Patrick’s
in a casual atmosphere
Sip… D’Arcy Arpke of Euphemia Haye, Hal Christensen of Harry’s Continental Kitchens and Maureen Horn of Maureen’s Palm Grille
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Nominated to be the official State Soup of Florida! Only 12 Florida restaurants chosen for the “Souper Bowl.” out of 36,000 restaurants in Florida. We’re thrilled! Stop in and taste for yourself! • Stone Crabs • Home Alone? Don’t dine alone... Visit us in the Palm Grille Lounge.
Panoramic Views of Lido Beach • Spectacular Sunsets
Prime Rib • Thurs. Only Snow Crab (all you can eat) • Fri. & Sat. from 5pm Sunday Breakfast Buffet • 10am - 2pm
Crab & Garlic Soup
Sand Dollar Rooftop Restaurant
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OLD FLORIDA ATMOSPHERE. . . Delicious Cooking. . .
Now on St. Armands Circle after 17 years on Longboat Key
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THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dora
Martha is her entertaining mentor Marth Stewart still has some fans. Wendy Curts is a longtime devotee of Stewart’s. “I began reading her books and following her way back when she first appeared,” Curts says. “I would entertain according to her suggestions.” Raised in Rye, N.Y., Curts learned to cook from her grandmother, Miriam. With a laugh, Curts, explains, “Not from my mother. She cooked maybe twice a year.”
SHRIMP MOLD Ingredients: 1 can tomato soup 8 ounces of cream cheese 1 envelope of unflavored Knox gelatin 1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup onions, chopped 3/4 cup celery, chopped 2, 6- to 8-ounce cans of small shrimp
• In sauce pan, warm tomato soup. • Add cream cheese and stir until cheese melts. • Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. • After dissolving, add to soup mixture. • Add the onions, celery and shrimp to soup and stir. • Pour mixture into an oiled mold, preferably a fish shaped mold. • Refrigerate until firm or overnight. • Unmold on bed of greens. Garnish as desired. • Serve with crackers or party pumpernickel bread.
“Miriam loved to entertain and so do I,” Curts says. “Her sweet-and-sour meatballs were famous. She taught me how to make the make them and I still do.” Curts remembers two specific bits of advice from Miriam: “The key to all good food is slow cooking. And, use good pans.” While living in Chappaqua, N.Y., Curts was a member of the Gourmet Club. “It was a lot of fun,” she says. “Each dinner would have a theme and we would be assigned specific dishes. One time I did Yorkshire pudding.” Cooking is a form of relaxation and with creativity for Curts. An interior decorator, Curts concentrates on setting a pretty table. “I think of the table as the canvas and the settings are piece of art,” she says. She almost never works from a recipe, instead creating as she cooks. Her children love her “Chicken a la Wendy,” which varies each time she makes it. Frozen, skinless-chicken breasts can always be found in her freezer. “They are perfect for unexpected company or if you have a very busy day,” she adds. Having just joined Prudential Palms Realty, she anticipates her schedule will be busier. Disasters in the kitchen don’t happen often. “My biggest disasters happen when I take a short cut and use something like a packaged cake mix. One time I made brownies from a mix.
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A perfect setting for a gathering awaits you at the Harrington House Beachfront Bed and Breakfast...Tea Parties, Bridal Luncheons, Club Luncheons, a Gathering with the Girls, etc.
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They were awful — never again.” Her one rule for entertaining is keeping out of her kitchen and spending time with her company. To adhere to this rule, she prepares ahead as much as possible, leaving only re-heating. And she asks her guests to bring the dessert. Moving to the Key less than a year ago, Curts enjoys playing tennis and is a member of the Longboat Key Garden Club. ❑
Plan to attend Chef Jonny’s Gastronomical Event. Savor samples of all four courses including wine tastings!
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Wendy Curts relaxes in her living room before guests arrive.
OWER LUNCH? CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE. JOIN THE RICH... THE FAMOUS... AND THE REST OF US.
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
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DINNER NIGHTLY FROM 5:00 LUNCH MON-FRI 11:30-5:00 COMPLETE BAR
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A neighborhood restaurant serving a world of choices.
Experience the Taste
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Barnacle Bill’s Seafood locations: 5050 North Trail • 355-7700 Main, Downtown • 365-6800 Webber & Beneva • 923-5800 www.barnaclebillsseafood.com
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DINING GUIDE F o o d
LONGBOAT KEY THE BAYOU STEAKHOUSE The Bayou Steakhouse offers excellent dining and great service in a comfortable waterfront facility. Our menu combines steaks, seafood and pasta at moderate prices. We are located in the Whitney Beach Plaza and accept reservations of parties of six or more. Open: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Bar open until 12:30 p.m. 383-7699 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 9-1:30, Dinner 5-10. 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 the sister restaurant of the world class Cafe L’Europe. 2630 Harborside Dr. Hours: Dinner 5:30-9 Sun. — Thurs; 5:30-10 Fri. & Sat.; Open for Lunch on Saturday and Brunch & Lunch on Sunday Brunch from $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: 4:30-10p.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. CUZINS OF LONGBOAT The best pizza south of Manhattan has arrived on Longboat Key. Cuzins of Longboat has pick-up and delivery only. This location is the off-shoot of the highly successful Cuzins on Manatee Ave. and 75th St. in N.W. Bradenton. Cuzins features NY style pizza, NY style Italian cuisine, salads, sandwiches and more. 383-9477. 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. www.euphemiahaye.com. HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS Harry’s has been tantalizing tastebuds for 25 years with Continental Classics and Inventive Seafood, Black Angus Beef, Fresh Local Seafood and Prime Veal. Experience the best in tropical fine dining at Longboat’s most hidden secret. Weekly specials, Prixe Fixe available, wonderful wine dinners. Zagat rated, Wine Spectator Award and Florida Trend best 250 restaurant. Winter hours starting December 16:Brunch/lunch: served 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Sundays 10 am - 2:30 pm. Dinner Sunday thru Thursday 5:00 pm - 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Private dining room will seat up to 48. 525 St. Judes Dr. 5600 block Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-0777. www.harryskitchen.com HARRY’S GOURMET DELI Just across the street from Harry’s restaurant is a gourmet take-out deli with fresh homemade dinners to go, sandwiches, salads, delicious desserts and party specialties. Tables are available inside and outside. Fine wines with case discounts and gourmet gift baskets are available. Open seven days. 11am - 7 pm. Harry’s exceptional catering offers special party planning for every occasion. 525 St. Judes Dr. 5600 block Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-0777. www.harryskitchen.com
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ISLAND JUICE & JAVA Winner “Rookie” Small Business of 2001. “Experience the taste of Longboat” at this charming gourmet deli/coffee shoppe/ice cream parlor. Health-conscious 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. 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. MAUREEN’S PALM GRILLE 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 Wednesday thru Sunday. 383-7774 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. NOSH A RYE “New York meets Longboat” at this authentic, family friendly, Kosher-style deli. Favorites like corned beef, chopped liver and matzo ball soup abound, along with homemade soups and salads. This is true deli dining at its most delicious! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 387-9300
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. www.beachbistro.com. BRIDGE TENDER INN & DOCKSIDE BAR Specializing in fresh seafood, outstanding steaks & barbecue ribs; open 7 days. Live entertainment every evening, also Sat. & Sun. afternoon. Lively happy hour 36 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 Northern Italian cuisine. A big selection of wines from around the world. Live entertainment with Luigi Toth, contributes to the already pleasant atmosphere. Selected one of Florida’s “Top 40” Restaurants by Florida Trend. Voted Best Italian Restaurant by Readers Choice for the second year. Gift certificates available. Open Daily from 5:30-10p.m. 779-0220. THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Featuring traditional breakfast favorites and our own unique creations. Lunch ranging from Grouper sandwiches and fried Shimp to Caesar salad. All sorts of dinner specials and seafood pastas. Dining available outside on our deck or in our circa 1920 old Florida dining room complete with fireplace. All overlooking Tampa Bay. Open 7 days a week 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 111 South Bay Blvd. Anna Maria Island (opposite City Pier) 778-1515 or 778-1516.
CORTEZ SEAFOOD SHACK A landmark restaurant for thirty years. Serving Florida’s freshest gulf grouper and prime steaks. Beautiful waterfront dining outside or in air-conditioned comfort. Home of the $7 discount cruise on our 300 passenger showboat. $9.95 dinner specials daily including our famous clam chowder and salad. Located at the east end of Cortez Bridge (first left on 127th Street). 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Sunday - Thursday, 11:30 am -10:00 pm Friday & Saturday. 794-1235.
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 CHRISTOPHER’S Located 8 stories above beautiful Lido Key, this outstanding restaurant boasts Sarasota’s grandest views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. 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 HEMINGWAYS RETREAT A window into the romantic past–cozy, classy and fun. Celebrating 15 years of sucess as one of Florida’s most popular restaurants, Hemingway’s is St. Armands destination for the upscale casual experience, attracting a worldwide following. Enjoy the freshest seafood, prime steaks and a light tropical fare with a friendly & efficient staff in a warm, relaxing atmoshphere. 325 John Ringling Blvd., St Armands Circle. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 388-3948 LYNCHES PUB & GRUB After 17 years on Longboat Key, sisters Ethna and Chris Lynch have decided to bring the real spirit of Ireland to St. Armands Circle by serving great food in a friendly neighborhood pub atmosphere. Famous for Cork Cottage Pie, Grouper Sandwich, Fish & Chips, Belfast Burger, Irish Smoked Salmon, and homemade desserts. Stop in for a bite, a beer and a chat. Open daily 11 a.m. til midnight. 19 B North Blvd. of Presidents. 388-5550.
SARASOTA MARINA JACK Enjoy dining with spectacular views of Sarasota Bay! Our casual fine dining restaurant located on the second level features an award winning menu prepared by Executive Chef Woody Levy featuring fresh gulf seafood, chargrilled steaks & pasta specials. The Marina Jack III dinner boat is available daily for Lunch & Dinner Cruises! Make your Father’s Day reservations now! For more information call 365-4232 or visit us at www.marinajacks.com MICKEY’S RESTAURANT Located in the Historic Burns Court area, Mickey’s Urban Bites takes pride in serving up delicious, quality food. From the best thin crust pizza in the world to the unique sandwiches, great pastas, and fresh salads, Mickey’s makes sure all dishes are quality. Casual American fare in a friendly, colorful atmosphere including indoor and patio dining. Mickey’s menu offers everything from vegan to Atkins. In addition to a great beer and wine selection. Located at 301 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Open Monday through Saturday from 11am-10pm. Credit Cards accepted. 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.
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INDIAN BEACH -Splendor on the Bay in this 1920's four bedroom, four bath home which has been expanded yet retains its period ambiance. This home of distinction was in the 2001 Designer Showcase with ceiling art by Paul Montgomery. Main house, guest house and a basement fishing pier along with Bay views on this Grand estate! $4,800,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 L’AMBIANCE ON LONGBOAT KEY - Spectacular sweeping Gulf and Bay views from this 8th floor 3BR/3BA Royal floor plan. Tastefully decorated in light tones with marble floors and custom built-ins. Great amenities at one of Longboat's premiere communities. An exceptional residence for the exceptional person! $3,495,000. MARTY BENSON/HOYT BEATY 552-3942
GRANDE RIVIERA – SARASOTA’S ULTIMATE POINTE OF VIEW - Don’t miss out on the best location in town. Just a few of these luxurious residences left. Enjoy unparalleled panoramic views and private docks available. Priced from $1,675,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 552-2669 GRAND BAY - Exquisitely perfect 3BR/3BA Biscayne at Grand Bay with tiled floors, wooden shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in resort home. Grand Bay has all the amenities-tennis, fitness, heated pool & Beach Club access. $999,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707
LANDS END - Lands End is a very private enclave of twelve residences in the true "Old Florida" style with lush landscaping, pool, tennis, deep water dockage and total privacy on the very north end of Longboat Key. The home has an attached studio which would be perfect for an artist or car buff and lush tropical views. $850,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 SLEEPY LAGOON - This 3BR/2BA home has beautiful canal & Bay views, great boating water. It is situated only four in from the Bay, which makes it a wonderful find for someone who wants a great location! $645,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136
LONG BEACH ON LONGBOAT KEY - Great Value in the village! 4BR/2BA home with pool. 2,250 sq. ft. big lot size 100 X 120 with side alley entrance. Tropical landscaping. Great potential. Great location to build new with bay views! $399,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966
BEAU CIEL – Just completed, decorator ready 8th floor 2BR/2.5BA unit at Beau Ciel. Beautiful Bay & Marina views. Top of the line appliances and finishes. Outstanding amenities include fitness center, full concierge, valet parking and a stunning pool area. Close to Downtown theatres and dining. $1,100,000. HOYT BEATY/MARTY BENSON 552-3989
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY - Spectacular 4BR/4BA custom home on deep water. Completely renovated with only the finest materials used. 2 Bay view master suites, roof-top terrace with views of open bay & city skyline. Pool & spa + a brand new dock with a 12,000 lb lift. $1,995,000. JIM SODA 552-2666 SANCTUARY ON LONGBOAT KEY - This 3BR/3BA home has a full Bay view w/partial Gulf view! Top of the line amenities included: 24hr security, tennis, pool & clubhouse. Open & airy with new carpet and is freshly painted. $1,275,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966
BIRD KEY WATERFRONT – Live the lifestyle natural to you in this home with quality finishes, large family room w/fireplace, marble floors, 4BR/3.5BA, media room, pool, balustraded patio and protected dock. $2,800,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220 L’AMBIANCE ON LONGBOAT KEY - Every detail has been thought of in this 3BR/3BA royal floor plan to make this one outstanding home. A Ray Routh kitchen, use of stone, new carpet and a new herringbone wood floor just to name a few of the quality features that you will find. Spectacular views make this a truly magnificent home. $3,595,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY - 4BR/3BA home w/southern exposure & partial Bay views. New deck & pool, Sailing water. No bridges to bay. Deeded beach access. Plus new boat lift up to 10,000 lbs and a jet ski lift. $1,575,000. LUCY KORO 552-3962
BAYFRONT PARCEL ON LONGBOAT KEY Fabulous opportunity to own a large Bayfront parcel of land with boating and beach access on desirable Longboat Key where acreage is fast disappearing. The parcel is located on the narrowest part of Longboat Key where you have Bay and Gulf views. Would suit for a corporate or family retreat with multiple units and multiple dockage possibilities. $4,999,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 BEAU CIEL - Picturesque views of the Marina and Bay from this 6th floor 2BR/2.5BA designer ready unit. Only 44 residences with incredible amenities: concierge, 24 hr security & valet, fitness center, the Plaza Club w/facilities for entertaining or business needs, pool and spa with a tropical setting & waterfall. Conveniently located Downtown close to theaters, restaurants and shopping. Priced to sell! $870,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220
L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - Extraordinary penthouse with magnificent views of the Gulf, sunsets, Key Club golf course, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay and lights of downtown Sarasota. This sumptuous penthouse's interior was designed by world renowned designer Robert Stuffings. Amenities include: 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14ft. ceilings, 2400 sq ft of wrap around terraces and 3 under cover parking spaces. $6,295,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136
VIZCAYA - The ultimate perfectly decorated and appointed penthouse condo. Maximized views in an elegant estate enclave of only thirty-one residences. Two car garage. $2,695,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 TANGERINE BAY - 3BR/2.5BA, end unit with awesome open water views, gourmet kitchen, marble wet bar, your own gas grill in the entry courtyard, 2 car private garage, resort style pool, private beach club membership. $869,000. MICHAEL GRANSTON 552-3990
LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB - Custom built 4BR/4BA split plan luxury home with 3900+ sq ft under air. Gourmet kitchen w/granite and upgraded appliances. Large master bedroom suite w/jacuzzi tub. Home features wood & large ceramic tile floors, high ceilings, crown moldings + a 3 car garage. Beautiful pool area w/waterfall & jacuzzi and an outdoor summer kitchen makes it perfect for entertaining. Golf Course & Tennis Community. $877,500. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950
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Every Sunday between 12:30 and 12:55 p.m., they sprout along the edges of Gulf of Mexico Drive like rain lilies after a deluge. “Open House 1 to 4 p.m.,” they say. In various combinations of red, white and blue with arrows of all shapes and sizes, they are the benevolent Circes of Longboat Key, luring passersby to the delightful shoals of owning property in paradise. As Jenifer Schwell of Michael Saunders & Co. says, visiting Sunday open houses has “become an event. It has become part of the pastime.” It’s difficult to say precisely how many properties are open on the Key on a given Sunday. Not all have signs. Different subdivisions have different rules, and open condos are often invisible from the street. A survey of weekend real estate ads and Web sites suggests that more than two dozen is a reasonable estimate for this time of year. There can be half dozen or more signs along Gulf of Mexico Drive in various sections of Country Club Shores alone. On Jan. 11, there were no fewer than 12 open-house signs between that subdivision and North Shore Drive at the tip of the Key.
First come the neighbors There are several distinct groups who participate in the Sunday open-house ritual. The consensus of Realtors is that the neighbors come first, on bicycles and often out of simple curiosity. They are welcome, however, because they can and often do drive “real” prospects to the property. There are subsegments within “real” prospects. One is visitors who come to open houses either to fill downtime in their weekend agenda or because they are taken with the Key and think they might like to live here “some day.” These prospects may benefit the Realtor more than the seller of the open property, because they are unlikely to buy short term. But future residents come from this kind of shopping, which is vital to the overall health of the market. The team of Wade Hawley and Suzanne Nault of Prudential Palms Realty reports considerable success developing these prospects using e-mail. Hawley and Nault follow up with even the most casual of drop-ins and get responses back from 80%. They have sold several properties this way. Lots of Sunday shoppers are “real” prospects who are currently and actively in the market. Some are in the early stages of deciding where on the Key they want to be and defining what they are really looking for. Others may be farther along and simply enjoy exploring on their own. Poking around an open house is a far different
The queen of open houses and her consort, Annette Rogers and husband Leon, “sitting” an open house together as they have virtually every Sunday of their 22-year marriage. Rogers is happy because “my new partnership with Michael Moulton means we can now have two listings open every Sunday.” Leon is happy when the listing he’s sitting has a working television.
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experience from a showing, with one or more Realtors involved, with far less pressure to get to the next house or to give feedback. There are even open-house aficionados; one of whom bought recently and then protested, “Now we won’t have anything to do on Sunday.” The final subsegment of “real” prospects consists of folks who are always in the market, typi-
cally with a strong investment interest though they may live in the houses. Gene and Jessica Nock, for example, already own two houses on Tarawitt Street. They are “usually driving around on Sundays, looking in specific areas on Longboat Key.” They do this without their Realtor, involving her only when they are close to making an offer. “In this climate, you have to have your financing in order and be ready to move quickly,” Gene Nock says. “There really is no bad deal on Longboat Key.”
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560 Chipping Lane, Country Club Shores V, Michael Saunders & Company. $2,395,000. Exemplifying a major transition that is taking place in this subdivision, this is mostly new construction.
The most obvious “find” of an open-house tour is the house or condo of your dreams. And it does happen. Helen Bradshaw of Wagner Realty’s Longboat Key office has been selling here for 18 years. She lives in Country Club Shores and many of her listings are there. It is prime open-house territory, because the signs can go out on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Bradshaw has always done open houses. “It works,” Bradshaw says. “Most sellers are thrilled to death to have their houses open. The
first time, all the neighbors come then the serious buyers.” Bradshaw recently sold her listing on Golf Links to a young couple who first discovered it at a Sunday open house. Several Realtors interviewed had similar stories to tell. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen and there is strong consensus that directly or indirectly, open houses produce results for sellers as well as Realtors (for whom they are obviously a valuable source of clients). Michael Moulton of Michael Saunders & Co. says, “The number-one way to sell a piece of property is a sign; the second most important way is an open house.” Another thing shoppers can do on Sunday afternoon is get a feel for which neighborhoods they like best, meeting not only the places but the people. Longboat Key is many communities within a community. It is not unusual to meet Realtors who live in and have particularly deep knowledge of a specific area. Bradshaw in Country Club Shores is one example. John Zisman of Michael Saunders & Co., a TURN TO LIFESTYLES, PAGE 3D
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BEAU CIEL (beautiful sky) THE ART OF LUXURY LIVING ON THE SARASOTA BAYFRONT The sophisticated contemporary architecture combined with a casual yacht harbor, private club lifestyle creates a new interpretation of downtown elegance. All 44 waterfront residences have thru-views of the Bay and Harbor. Pool / Spa / The Plaza Club / Fitness Center / Valet / Community Boat Dock.
Approx. 3100 sq. ft. 9th Floor - $1,890,000 12th Floor - $1,840,000 12th Floor - $1,950,000
Approx. 3100 sq. ft. Contemporary design, original works of art, striking, open and brilliant custom details. Comes with everything you see including the views, 7th floor. $2,195,000
Approx. 4000 sq. ft. 14+ Floor - $2,590,000 Approx. 4700 sq. ft. Penthouse - $3,600,000 SANCTUARY Behind the gates of the LBK Club Heated Pool / Sauna / Spa / Har-Tru Tennis / Exercise / Club House / Private Beach approx 2600 sq. ft. gulf front 3 bedroom unit w/many upgrades. Magnificent full Gulf view & partial Bay view. Watch the sunset & sunrise from this 5th floor stunning unit. $1,595,000. L’AMBIANCE Anything and Everything has been done to this ROYAL floor plan. Brand new Ray Routh kitchen, new carpet, stone and herringbone wood floor. With approx. 3300 sq. ft., you will want to check out every detail in this 3BR/3.5BA unit, especially the spectacular Gulf Views. $3,595,000. This extraordinary 3 BR/3 BA beachfront residence with approx. 3300 sq. ft. has the feel of a private home, exceptional views. $3,200,000. Incomparable views from this 9th floor unit with approx. 3300 sq. ft. of luxury and 12’ ceilings. Artfully decorated, this 3 BR/3 BA SABAL floor plan is available FURNISHED $2,495,000. GRAND BAY Great amenities in grand LBK community heated pool, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse, exercise, kitchen, BBQ - deeded beach access. Private corner in the newest building. Panoramic vistas of the bay, marina and preserve. Wrap-around terraces. $995,000. Exquisite Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in resort home. $999,000. RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES On the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” Residence is one of the most desirable. The spectacular tower, the “Beausoleil” residence has 4,965 sq. ft. living area plus two terraces overlooking the marina & city. $4,250,000. RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE Breathtaking views. Fabulous floor plan, full concierge services & state of the art amenities.A fireplace adds to the drama & charm of this 10th floor unit w/approx. 3000 sq. ft. of luxury & style. $1,675,000. ISLANDS WEST Rarely available split plan 2 bedroom,2 bath.Approx 1500 sq.ft.8th floor unit with direct gulf views. Great island location across from Bay Isles Shopping Center. $715,000.
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SIESTA KEY - HIDDEN HARBOR Lush tropical grounds surround this 2-story contemporary 6,200 sq. ft. home. European design elements featured throughout. Open, bright floor plan w/skylights & glass. Pool, boat dock. Fabulous views of harbor, pool & grounds. $4,490,000.
Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with absolutely stunning views of the Gulf
EN PROVENCE Exclusive paradise community of only 21 beach front residences. 3BR/3BA with direct gulf view. $2,495,000.
of Mexico and downtown Sarasota. This very sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. Fabulous world-class amenities, clubhouse, security and concierge. $2,500,000 Virtual Tour Designer Perfect Water Club Condominium with views of the Gulf of Mexico. This sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. Has 2 covered parking spaces and private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world-class amenities, clubhouse, concierge and security. $1,199,000 Virtual Tour
COREY’S LANDING Approx 3200 sq ft / 4 bedroom, 4 bath bayfront home with big bay views, private dock and deeded beach access. Graciously furnished. $1,550,000. WATER CLUB Breathtaking views of the gulf, Sarasota Bay, and the skyline from this 9th floor Dover plan. The best of the best on the desirable south side of Water Club II $2,695,000. VIZCAYA Magnificent beach front enclave of only 31 elegant residences with 2 car garages and private elevators. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse with fitness facilities and a private beach. Expansive penthouse with over 4,000 sq. ft. of luxury. Endless views of Gulf, pool and grounds from the wrap-around terrace. $3,990,000. Spacious and elegant with unobstructed views of the Gulf, this expansive penthouse features many unequaled design elements that create a style which expresses what Florida living is all about. Approx. 3400 sq. ft. 3BR/3BA. $2,999,000. Perfectly decorated & appointed penthouse. Marvelous views. You just have to see this stunning Florida residence. Partially furnished, 2 car garage. $2,450,000.
Marina Bay with Gorgeous Bay & City Views This 3BR, 3382 sq. ft. condo that has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his and her master bath and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000 Virtual Tour
INN ON THE BEACH Behind the gates of the LBK Club Excellent investment opportunities. Deeded Beach Access, Heated Pool, Spa. • 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH 614 sq. ft., water views of Longboat Pass, lagoon and boat basin. Steps to the beach and pool. Furnished. $259,000. • 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH 730 sq. ft., Gulf views from this rarely available club suite. Turnkey Furnished. $369,000. • 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH 640 sq. ft., views of the golf course and garden. Furnished. $224,000.
Fabulous Opportunity To Own A Large Bayfront Parcel of land with Bay and
INDIAN BEACH Splendor on the Bay / Step back in time. This 1920’s home has been expanded and updated yet retains its period ambience. Approx. 5800 sq. ft., 2 Bedroom/2Bath Main House, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Guest House, 2-2-Car Garages, Potting Shed, Basement, Fishing Pier and Fabulous Full Bay Views. Wood floors, 3 fireplaces, ceiling art by Paul Montgomery, custom designed details throughout as this was the 2001 Designer Showcase Home. $4,800,000.
Gulf views and boating and beach access on desirable Longboat Key, where acreage is fast disappearing. Would suit for a corporate or family retreat with multiple units and multiple dockage possibilities. $4,999,000 Virtual Tour NEW Lands End Is A Very Private Enclave of twelve residences in the true “Old Florida” style with lush landscaping, pool, tennis, deep water dockage and total privacy on the very north end of Longboat Key. The home has an attached studio which would be perfect for an artist or car buff and lush tropical views. $850,000 Virtual Tour Longboat Key Canal Home with Beautiful Views This home has beautiful canal and bay views, pretty landscaping, great boating water and is situated four in from the bay, which makes it a wonderful find on north Longboat. $645,000 Virtual Tour $1,675,000 Gets You Unobstructed Bay Views and boating water. Queens Harbour home with views of the Bay from master, living and dining rooms. this 4BR/3BA home has a dock and lift, pool and outdoor kitchen. Beautifully furnished & an exceptional buy. $1,675,000 Virtual Tour If You Need A Home For Your 65’ Boat this Country Club Shores home is situated on one of the largest and deepest canals on Longboat Key. Amenities include gorgeous views, soaring ceilings, separate family room with fireplace, beautiful pool & deck, dock and $1,150,000 Virtual Tour an exceptionally large lot. Extraordinary L’Ambiance Penthouse with magnificent views of Gulf, sunsets, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay and lights of downtown Sarasota. Amenities include 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 5,200 sq ft with 2400 sq ft of wrap $6,295,000 Virtual Tour terraces and 3 parking spaces. NEW Truly Beautiful Queens Harbour Home. A pair of wooden Mediterranean style doors lead you into an extraordinary courtyard with lagoon pool and incredible landscaping. The main house contains marble floors, a stunning country French kitchen and fireplace in the library. Far and above the normal Queens Harbour home. $1,125,000 Virtual Tour Gorgeous Wide Open Bay Views sweeping from mid-Longboat Key to the Ringling Causeway in the distance. This completely gutted and rebuilt home is located on a very deep lot in the desirable Ringling Museum area. Wonderful open floor plan, beautiful pool, and bay views from most rooms. $1,595,000 Virtual Tour
GRANDE RIVIERA ON THE TIP OF GOLDEN GATE POINT Striking architectural style offering a private enclave of only 13 luxurious residences. Unparalleled panoramic views and a marina with limited boat slips.
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1D 15-year inhabitant of Sleepy Lagoon, is another. Zisman understands the “sticker shock” often experienced by first-time buyers in his subdivision because he himself remembers when “undeveloped lots sold for $45,000 to $55,000, a tenth of what they command today.” He has as much to tell you about his territory as you have time to listen; it is local color you can’t get from an advertisement, a brochure on the Internet and invaluable to the shopper who is trying to make up his mind about what area or areas to focus on. Sightseeing on Sunday is as good a way for a buyer to find a Realtor as vice versa, though not often thought of in those terms. Shoppers will encounter a different sales person at each open house in a context and a time frame fully appropriate to comparison shopping. Finally, open houses can be a grand source of ideas. Whether you are in the market for a multi-million dollar property or not, you can walk in to one on a Sunday afternoon and, particularly in builders’ spec houses, see the newest and the best there is. Open houses also offer opportunities to see the ideas of some very talented people. That’s certainly the case at Conrad Beach, the new “coastal” (euphemism for “slightly off the beach”) community at the north end. This enclave of Key West architecture is attracting primarily younger families and open-house traffic is a key source of sales. Jeanne Zeigler, vice president and sales director, says that 90% of her buyers are folks who “didn’t know such a place existed on Longboat Key until they were pulled in by the architecture.” About half the homes Conrad Beach are shown and sold furnished with interiors by Anne Folsom Smith, wife of developer Frank Folsom Smith, who has designed for a casual lifestyle that goes “back to the roots of Florida beach vacations, to the Florida of the ’50s and before.” The landscaping is by John Wheeler Landscape Inc. These people are tops in their respective fields. You can’t walk into their private clients’ homes and yards, but you can see their work at Conrad Beach any Sunday.
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These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department in December, in order of dollar amounts.
609 Cutter Lane
561 Bay Isles Road
new construction of tennis courts and facilities
Town of Longboat Key
6031 Emerald Harbor
Jon L. Rubinstein
3401 Bayou Sound
225 Sands Point
Sinder Family Property Co.
The Shore Condominium Association
591 Birdie Lane
add boat lift and dock
7125 Firehouse Road
Turtle Crawl Inn
addition of swimming pool, spa and deck
521 Golf Links Lane
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace
597 Halyard Lane
3250 Bayou Road
Roberta Straff Ttee
610 Buttonwood Drive
612 Juan Anasco Drive
590 Putting Green Lane
3441 Bayou Court
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731 Russell Street
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6031 Emerald Harbor
Jon L. Rubinstein
832 Evergreen Way
828 Evergreen Way
Randall R. Olsen
4D THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2004
KLAUS LANG R EALTOR®
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Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the breathtaking panorama of sparkling SARASOTA BAY and beautiful Longboat Key, this unique estate presents dazzling display of space and light within its bold, innovative artistry. The 10,000+/- square-foot, three level residence boasts a fabulous master suite with outstanding views, gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances, six satellite kitchens seamlessly blended throughout the main and guest home, porcelain floors, and custom built-ins. $6,250,000 Secluded contemporary BAYFRONT ESTATE, close to downtown, lushly landscaped with fabulous Bay and Sunset views. Imported European kitchen to meet chef standards. Tennis court installed by makers of Bollettieri Academy. 2 boat docks & lifts. $5,975,000 150 feet of beautiful and unspoiled beach in the SANDERLING CLUB, a 1.6 acre property from gulf to lagoon. Ideal site to build dream home or to use existing structure with 4,500+ sf under roof for remodeling. Also ideal for anyone looking to acquire “additional” 180ft. of beachfront. $5,875,000 Fabulous Five Star RITZ CARLTON Lifestyle. THE 18th Floor PENTHOUSE. High over Sarasota bay, bathed in a breathtaking panorama, 3 sides, 4 balconies, full bay & city views, sunrise & sunset. In Sarasota, the Cultural Capital of Florida. $5,750,000 The prestigious gated community of the SANDERLING CLUB. Direct Gulf front with 200’ of private, protected, pristine beach w/dramatic sunsets. On over an acre, offering opportunity to purchase a prime beachfront on Siesta Key w/possibilities ranging from renovation to using site for new construction. $5,500,000 A magnificent display of Victorian charm and amazing views. This estate offers over 5700 sq, ft. with a separate guesthouse. Oak floors, granite countertops, wood burning fireplace with marble and mahogany surrounding. Baldwin brass details, China Pantry and gourmet kitchen. Elevator ready and plenty of room for a tennis court. $1,750,000 Built by Pruett builders, with high quality craftsmanship and attention to details. Over 3,500 sq. ft, 3bed/3bath with office and Florida sun room to enjoy the view. Beautiful Brookhaven cabinets in kitchen, with oak floors and tile throughout. Large, 10-car garage with handyman workshop. Open patio, pool, sun deck, & hot tub. Full bay views w/100 ft on PALMA SOLA BAY. $1,690,000
Michael Saunders & Co. Licensed Real Estate Broker
440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228
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BUSINESS Key real estate
2003 brought sales records and condo conversions A real-estate blitzkrieg swept through the outer keys during 2003, shattering more sales records and witnessing the beginnings of beach-resort conversions into condominiums on Longboat and Lido Beach. The largest such conversion was the $20,955,000 sale of Longboat Key’s 146-unit Holiday Inn to be razed and replaced by 29 luxury condominiums. Nearby Turtle Crawl Inn at 48l35 Gulf of Mexico Drive was sold for $8.4 million and its 31 rental units were remodeled and converted into condominiums, which sold out this summer.
Lido Shores Across New Pass in Lido Shores, the paralleling Westway Drive became the most coveted of Sarasota County’s waterfront developments, when two Sarasota County residential records were set. The first blockbuster was recorded last May for $11 million at 1127 Westway Drive. The buyers had purchased the adjoining lot earlier in the year for $5.5 million, thus creating a $16.5 million “family compound” along the south banks of New Pass. Then in December, a spectacular 12,000-square-foot, new three-level home at 1219 Westway Drive and its adjacent property at 1221 were purchased for a single Sarasota County sales record of $13.219 million. On Lido the 85-unit Half Moon Bay Club at 2015 Ben Franklin Drive was sold for $18.125 million, razed and is being replaced by the twin 11-story towers with 54 luxury condominiums and renamed the Orchid Beach Club.
Bay lot near Holiday Inn The triangular-shaped lot across from the former Holiday Inn at 5000 Gulf of Mexico Drive with 200 feet on Sarasota Bay has been sold in a corporate-to-corporate transaction for $2,239,360. Selling the tract was 5000 Gulf of Mexico Drive, a limited liability company managed by Mark Miller at 1680 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. The buying entity was Longboat Key Partners II, also a limited liability company whose address is 1401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The 5000 Gulf of Mexico Drive group acquired the property from Joseph A. Tortoretti in September 2002 for $1.8 million, thus realizing a $439,360 gross profit on its investment after a little more than a year.
Bird Key Caryl Barrie and her husband, Abram Roy Kaplan, bought the Bird Key home at 395 Bob White Drive from Lynn M. and Michael J. McDonald of 611 Owl Way, Bird Key, for $1,050,000. The virtually new three-bedroom and threebath home was built in 2001 and has a swimming pool. The old property sold for $210,000 in June 1999.
L’Elegance on Lido Beach Marvin E. Ferguson, 1800 Ben Franklin Drive, sold his Unit B-907 at L’Elegance condominium on Lido Beach to Mitchell L. Rappel and Susan L. Glass of Greenbrook, N.J., for
The Turtle Crawl Inn was converted into condominiums in 2003. $890,000. The three-bedroom and twobath apartment was built in 1996.
Beachplace III Carol A. and Dennis J. Powers from Dubuque, Iowa, purchased Unit 304 in Building 8 at Beachplace III from Mistle Investments Ltd., of Toronto, Canada, for $750,000. Mistle Investments is headed by Ronald Goldstein. The twobedroom and two-bath apartment at 1055 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1981. Also at Beachplace III there was an intra-family, or fiduciary sale, in which Patricia and Gregory Purcell from Wyomissing, Pa., sold a half interest in their Unit 601 in Building 11 by quitclaim deed to Robin and Daniel Purcell of Arlington, Mass., for $100,000. The Purcells bought the condominium in June 1999 for $305,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo at 1085 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1981.
Longboat Key Towers Evans Tilles and Terry G. Neis of New York City purchased Unit S-604 at the 88-unit Longboat Key Towers, 601 Longboat Club Road, from H. Richard Schad, also of New York City, for $710,000. The two-bedroom and twobath apartment was built in 1970.
Sleepy Lagoon Park #2 Margaret E. and William R. Ames, 680 Beach Road, sold their home at 737 Norton St., in Sleepy Lagoon Park #2 subdivision of north Longboat Key for $475,000. Buying a 50% share in the property were Mary Deborah and Michael A. Imparato, while the other 50% was purchased by Donald Lichter. The original home was built in 1956, but was completely refurbished in 1965. The Ameses purchased it for $260,000 in October 1998.
Aquarius Club John W. Murray of London, Ontario, Canada, sold his Unit 2-G at the 59unit Aquarius Club, 1701 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Thomas D. Strikeleather from Murfreesboro, Tenn., for $450,000. Murray sold it for almost six times what he paid for it in April 1976, $71,500. The apartment was just a year old at the time.
St. Judes Gordon C. Conrad from Malvern, Pa., bought the residence at 784 N. St. Judes Drive (Lot 9) from Helen and George A. Quattromani, 5605-80th Ave. E., Bradenton, for $360,000. The two-bath apartment was built in 1959.
Whitney Beach Carol S. Miller from the west Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill., purchased Unit 153 on the bayside of
Whitney Beach condominium from Kathleen E. and Olaf Allan Takvam for $300,000. The three-bedroom and twobath apartment at 6750 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1969. The condo sold previously in February 1996 for $159,000.
Sutton Place There were two sales at the 80-unit Sutton Place, 4300 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and both involved Bernice I. and Gerald I. Loew of Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y. The Loews sold their Unit 201 in the South Building, 600 Sutton Place, to Patricia L. Bergen of Bloomingdale, N.J., for $220,000. The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1973 and was purchased by the Loews in June 2000 for $150,000. The Lows then purchased the twobedroom and one-bath Unit 102, also in the South Building, from Louise A. and Frank J. Ridge of North Quincy, Mass., for $285,000. The condo was built in 1973 and last sold for $120,000 back in May 1991.
Water Club II Ava Embry obtained from Gerald R. Embry $121,400 for his interest in their penthouse, 1105 at the 11-story Water Club II. The Embrys, who are from Dalton, Ga., bought the two-bedroom and three-bath condominium new for $1,014,500 in October 1999.
Lido Surf & Sand Mitchel R. Carter of Incline Village, Nev., sold his Unit 308 at the Lido Surf & Sand condominium, 1100 Ben Franklin Drive, to Pete A. Klisares from Westerville, Ohio, for $490,000. The apartment with two-bedrooms and twobaths was built in 1976 and last sold for $433,000 in December 2001.
Lido Beach home Linda W. and William D. Pigozzi of Longwood in suburban Orlando purchased an older three-bedroom and two-bath house at 202 Grant Drive from David N. Finkelstein, 27 Fletcher Ave., Sarasota, for $439,000. The house was built in 1948.
Lido Royale Gladys and Giovani Principato of Linden, N.J., sold their Unit 104 at the Lido Royale Condominium, 115 Tyler Drive, to Susan and David Carl Shoffstall of Plant City for $243,000. The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1979 and sold previously for $138,000 in July 2001. 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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FAIRWAY BAY- 3BR/3BA Townhouse - corner. Over 2000 Sq. Ft. - Fireplace, Soaring Ceilings, and Bonus Room. Lots of “New Stuff”. $595,000
Superb views of Bay & Marina. Fine amenities. 15th Floor 3BR/3BA & den. $2,349,000. 11th Floor 2BR/2.5BA & den $1,239,000.
BAY ISLES HARBOR SOUND DRIVE - 5 BD/6.5 BA, 4038 sq. ft. on 25,692 sq. ft. waterfront lot. Private dock & pool. “VIRTUAL TOUR” $1,660,000
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 572 YAWL LANE - 2 lot in from bay w/gorgeous views from 2 master suites. 5BR/4.5BA. 2 story Mediterranean custom updated w/volume ceilings & grand staircase. 2-car attached garage w/paver drive. No bridges to intracoastal waterway & Sarasota Bay. Lushly landscaped, caged, heated pool. “VIRTUAL TOUR” $1,695,000 nd
RENTALS AVAILABLE ST. ARMANDS-LIDO - TKF, 2BR/2BA. Cutest little house you ever saw. Very flexible. Call for details. BEAU CIEL - Sarasota in town. Gorgeous 6th floor - TKF. Awesome views - season or annual. $7,00000/month. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - 3 BR/2BA. Unfurnished charming home available now. Pool. Annual. $1,75000/month.
637 Norton Street - Sleepy Lagoon Offered at $1,575,000 • Custom waterfront home • 3,400 sq. ft. of luxurious living space • Gated courtyard entry • Private dock • Pool/spa, waterfall • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths • 4-car garage • Terraces on all 2 levels • Fireplace • Elevator • Gourmet kitchen with granite and custom cabinets • Construction to begin February 2004
Beau Ciel Incomparable views of Bay & Marina! 8th Floor 2BR/2.5BA. $999,900 5th Floor 2BR/2.5BA $975,000.
Grand Bay Sarasota Bay views from 2nd-floor 2BR/2BA end unit in bldg 5. Very private. Wide open water view. Remodeled. Behind gates. $627,000.
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Behind gates of LBK Club, 3BR/3BA with caged pool. Tropical landscaping. Excellent price point for neighborhood. $549,000.
Tangerine Bay Southernmost complex on Longboat Key. Full bay views. 2BR/2.5 BA + den. Large kitchen with island. Private 2-car garage. $799,900.
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BAYFRONT SPLENDOR - 5,000 SF bayfront maintenance-free home in Queens Harbour. Quality abounds with marble and granite surfaces, 20’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen and sumptuous master suite, dock for 2 boats. $2,399,000.
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BOATER’S DELIGHT - BAY ISLES - 3800 SF on deep water canal w/bay views. 3BR/5.5BA, rec room, exercise room, granite kitchen, marble baths, elevator, private patio, pool. $1,287,000. BAY FRONT - COREY’S LANDING 3750 sq. ft. villa with open bay views. Master BR with bay view and 2 guest rooms on 1st level. 2nd level with media room, office and 2 BR. Private boat dock. REDUCED $100,000 $1,449,000. WATERFRONT SOPHISTICATION - Custom Mediterranean home w/deep water dock in the LBK Club. 4Bd/5Ba, den, high ceilings, gourmet kitchen wood floors, elevator and bonus 1st level are some of the features. $1,495,000. LB KEY CLUB - Beautiful treed lot in Bay Isles Bayou. $379,000. Large lakefront Sable Cove lot. $799,000. NEW VILLA- LBK CLUB - Just completed, 3BR/3.5BA. with pool & spa. Very bright open floor plan, ceramic floors, granite kitchen, high ceilings, 2 car garage. Reduced $699,000. 40’ - 60’ BOAT SLIPS - LBK MOORINGS MARINA
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Magnificent 2/3bd, 5th floor unit. Features include a southern exposure, pristine condition, garage parking and wonderful amenities package. Offered for $1,250,000.
University Park CC Luxurious privacy. 3 or 4BR/3BA in Richmond Park. Custom 3-tier pool & spa. 2+car garage. Summer kitchen. Crown molding. $598,000.
Also Available For Sale on Lido Beach Two adjoining lots with panoramic Gulf views. Near St. Armands Circle. $2,700,000. For Annual Lease at The Ritz Carlton 15th Floor Turnkey furnished $7,500/month 11th Floor Unfurnished $5,500/month For Annual Lease at Beau Ciel 8th Floor Furnished $4,500/month
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese & Italian Best value in gated Longboat Key Club. Completed in 2002 this 3 bedroom / 3.5 bath villa offers many upgrades, wonderful light, two-car garage, lakeview, pool and spa. Available for $685,000.
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6D THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2004
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COLDWELL BANKER PREV Discover “The Ar t Of Living” ROGER SELLS THE SANCTUARY BUILDING 3...Wonderful 7th floor, direct Gulf large corner residence, beautifully finished. Sumptuous master suite, guest suite, den/3rd bedroom plus kids’ retreat. Completely furnished and ready to become your new home. $1,995,000 --VIDEO--
THE OAKS...Over 7,500 square feet of authentic country French living on two lots! Four/five bedrooms plus mother-in-law guest house attached by a breezeway. Over 350’ of estate frontage; the backyard overlooks an impressive lawn and lake. A truly one-of-a-kind residence in Oaks I. $1,999,000 --VIDEO--
REGENT PLACE PENTHOUSE - Extremely rare find on Longboat Key with wide open Gulf to Bay panorama. Walls of glass and the open contemporary design provide breathtaking views of the Gulf, Bay, Downtown and Islandside Golf Course from this 10th floor masterpiece. Private elevator opens to 12’ ceilings, 8’ solid oak doors & trim, luxurious master suite, 2 en-suite bedrooms, skylights, plus office, den and 2 huge terraces. Nothing campares! $3,995,000.
BUILDING 2...Located in the Sanctuary’s prime direct Gulf building. This popular floor plan offers both direct Gulf and Bay and city views. Many upgrades are included, such as generous use of tile, wet bar, built-ins and, two storage and two parking spaces. $1,449,000
ST. ARMANDS...Gorgeous waterfront home on St. Armand’s Circle. You will love living in this sumptuous 3 BR plus den home with high ceilings, upscale finishes and incredible master suite. Just off the swimming pool and hot tub is an oversized dock and lift. The restaurants of St. Armand’s and Lido’s beaches are only steps away. What a way to live! $1,975,000 THE SAVOY ON PALM...Just like living in an upscale boutique hotel, this is downtown Sarasota at its finest. In a location that offers walking distance to practically everything, this 3,600 foot residence has beautiful bay and city views. $1,325,250
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES PERFECTION - Perfect for boating enthusiast. Meticulously detailed layout, vaulted ceilings, huge private master suite, office/4th BR, custom eat-in kitchen/ family room, 2 upstairs bedrooms, beautiful caged pool/ spa, & great dock w/lift on sailboat water. $1,995,000.
GRAND BAY...Direct Bayfront, Aruba floor plan in Building Six. Wonderfully finished and ready to move into. $779,000 TANGERINE BAY...Properly priced and ready to move in, wonderful views across the resort-like pool of Tangerine Bay to Sarasota Bay. Oversized eat-in kitchen, gas fireplace and sumptuous master suite. Also a full two-car garage. $779,000 AQUARIUS...This south end, Longboat Key beach residence. Northwest exposure for beautiful sunsets. Ideally located in walking distance of Publix and the Colony, this is one of your last chances to live in a 2/2 for only $479,000 PENDING
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES SLOOP LANE...Amazing home located on a point lot on the very southern tip of Longboat Key. Over 4,000 feet offering one of the best views in the Sarasota area—downtown, open bay expanses. Great for any boater or water lover. Four bedrooms with a complete guest wing, soaring ceilings and state-of-the-art kitchen. Fabulous interior design throughout. $3,999,000 --VIDEO-REGENT PLACE - Fabulous beachfront w/panoramic views. Only 2 units per floor, you enjoy sunrise over the bay, city, golf course and sunset over the Gulf. Marble floors, custom kitchen with granite counters, 2 huge terraces (1 gulfside & 1 bayside), 3 ensuite bedrooms. Only $2,200,000.
CUTTER LANE...Move right in to this seven year “new” home located one in from the open bay in Country Club Shores. Everything in this home is top knotch— great views from practically every room. Great finishes include granite, marble and appliances; great four bedroom split floor plan with separate den/office; and oversized garage with workout/hobby/play space. $2,195,000 --VIDEO--
PUTTING GREEN...Amazing location for your dream home! This southern-facing homesite offers 130’ of water frontage, just one back from the open bay on Putting Green Lane. A brand new seawall and dock are being constructed for the new buyer’s enjoyment. $1,499,000 BOGEY LANE...Brand New, just completed Country Club Shores Mediterranean home. This beautiful home was just built by John Cannon Homes and is ready for immediate occupancy. Views are straight down the canal and out to the Bay past the swimming pool. High ceilings, four bedrooms, three-car garage. $1,975,000 GRAND BAY - WOW!! - Awesome wraparound views. Open bay with views of downtown. The lush greenery of Harbourside Blue #9 adds beauty. Wonderful furnishings included. $1,599,500.
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PUTTING GREEN...Wonderful getaway home in Country Club Shores! Two bedrooms, plus family room/den overlooking swimming pool, Jacuzzi and dock with boat lift. On a nice street, well landscaped and barrel tile roof. $685,000 PENDING KETCH LANE...Lowest priced waterfront house by $100,000! Three bedrooms on the west end of Ketch Lane. Partially remodeled and ready for occupancy or further renovation. $499,000 PENDING
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Over 6,000 SF of luxury! 5BR suites, office, outside bar summer kitchen & deep water dockage with 200 ft. of seawall! 2,800 bottle $2,995,000. wine cellar, 3 car garage, elevator & pool. Magnificently designed, custom home. Light, bright, split fl. plan, Gchannel boastINwater vaulted ceilings & white tile throughout. NDDeep E P E ing 196’ seawall, SALdock accommodates 3 boats. $1,749,000.
Spectacular waterfront home! Elegant & sophisticated. 4BR/5&1/2BA, 2 offices, state-of-the-art sound system, 3 car garage, pool/spa, cabana, summer kitchen & boat dock! $2,585,000.
NEW LISTING: OYSTER BAY – Nature preserve lot surrounds this 4 bedroom, 3 bath custom home in the prestigious Field Club area. Updated features include wood and tile floors, Corian countertops, Eurotech cabinetry and new appliances. Great floor plan flow with glass enclosed Florida room for entertaining. Convenient to shopping and Sarasota’s finest school district. $695,000. THE OAKS – Enjoy the country setting and vistas from this 3 bedroom / 3 bathroom in the prestigious Oaks Preserve. The best of both worlds, estate like living with a maintenance free lifestyle. Fireplace, oak floors, plantation shutters. $469,000. B E A U C I E L OPPORTUNITIES AT POST CONSTRUCTION PRICES – 15th floor penthouse 4032 sq. ft., 3BR,3.5BA, den, study and family room with 1088 sq. ft. terrace area, magnificent vistas of city, bay and marina. $2,600,000. – 10th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BR/2.5BA with bay and marina terrace views. $1,050,000. – 4th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BR/2.5BA with marina, city and bay views. $895,000. – 4th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BR/2.5BA with bay, marina and city views. $950,000.
QUEENS HARBOR Spacious, luxurious condo w/feel of home. Exquisitely furnished w/private pool. Stunning views of gulf, 2-car garage. $2,349,000.
RITZ TOWER RESIDENCES Dynamic, sophisticated home on 126’ of water, one of the largest waterfront lots in the community! Volume ceilings, marble throughout, summer kitchen on oversized deck area, private dock & more! 3702 sq. ft. of luxury, maintenance free. $2,195,000.
COREY’S LANDING Best location in the building. SW corner w/over 3,700 sf, private elevator lobby, luxurious master suite & spacious terraces. Full concierge services & state of the art ameni$1,995,000 ties level! Adjacent to The Ritz Carlton.
SANCTUARY Panoramic bay views from this 4 BD, 3.5 BA + den home with a private dock on deep water. Light & bright with volume ceilings, gourmet kitchen, 2nd floor guest suite, fireplace & summer kitchen. Enjoy community pool, Har-Tru tennis courts $1,550,000. & deeded beach access.
WINDING OAKS For the buyer who desires the spaciousness of a home with the convenience of maintenance free living! Direct beach front! Popular “Carlyle” plan in Building II. Gulf, bay and city views from this “thru” residence. $1,449,000.
Tastefully appointed 3BR/3BA, gulf, golf course & bay views. Omni tennis courts, 24hr concierge & garage parking. $869,000. Warm & inviting, this 3BR, 2.5BA home has sweeping views of SABAL COVE the lake & golf course, granite throughout, gas stove, soaring ceilings, atrium, fireplace, tiled entryway, garage entry & deck off of kitchen. Enjoy the heated pool & spa from the HUGE deck (vinyl, in lieu of wood)... both open & screened areas. $699,000 Elegant 3BR, 3BA home overlooking the lake with hardwood floors, volume ceilings, separate dining room, fireplace, atrium, lots of storage, large screened lanai with plenty of room Spacious home on cul du sac. 4BR + den, 3.5BA, volume ceilings, for the grandkids to play! Steps from the community pool & large private pool & spa area w/ summer kitchen. $1,249,000. $675,000 close to shopping, tennis & marina! Beautiful lakefront lot with golf course views. $799,000. GRAND BAY
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Sweeping views of the bay, city skyline & golf course from this turnkey furnished penthouse. Great attention to detail, 9’ ceilings, wrap around terrace & 2 covered parking spaces. $649,000.
Corner, upper floor 2BR/2BA w/bright & sunny southern exposure overlooking pool & gulf. Popular beach & tennis community. 4Har-Tru, lighted tennis courts. $599,000.
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N E W L I S T I N G : TANGERINE BAY – Fabulous open Bay views from this 3BR/2.5BA desirable south end LBK residence. Light & bright with high ceilings, granite kitchen counters, marble flooring, wet bar, gas fireplace, mahogany doors. Gas hookup allows for outdoor cooking & entertaining in the courtyard. Oversized 2-car garage & storage. Tropical grounds & resort style pool & cabana. Bay Isles Beach Club Membership included. $899,000. PROMENADE - PENTHOUSE Sophisticated 2story direct Gulf front with sunset views from every room. 3BR/4.5BA residence with an Art Deco flair. Includes 25 ft. ceilings, fireplace, interior elevator, his & her baths, marble floors. Concierge service and 24-hr security and all amenities. $1,950,000. CANAL FRONT – Waterfront island retreat custom designed and built with a current 2000 look. Elevated screened pool perfect for entertainment. Great floor plan with separate dining room, large family room with fireplace, open kitchen and breakfast area, 4th study/bedroom, high ceilings, tile floors, corian countertops, boat dock & sailboat water. $895,500. LIGHTHOUSE POINT - AUTHENTIC TUSCANY Beachfront estate with spellbinding views of the Gulf, Sarasota Bay & city, 7,200 sq. ft. of style & quality. State-of-the-art technology & design, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, home theater, elevator, exercise room, marble, granite, oak pegged floors & deeded protected 50 ft. boat dock. $6,975,000. VILLA DI LANCIA – Fabulous gulf front penthouse with over 1600 sq. ft. of roof garden with private spa and wet bar adds new meaning to entertaining. This 3BR/3BA residence features custom updates, tile floors, wine cooler and private elevator lobby. $1,950,000. BAY ISLES BAYFRONT - HARBOR SECTION – Open bayfront jewel! Double lot with 400 ft seawall is the backdrop for a tropical multi level deck and 50x20 ft heated pool with lap pool extension. Private dock for multiple boats up to 65 ft. Over 4000 sq ft split plan contemporary home features 4BR/4.5BA, separate guest quarters, soaring ceilings & first level master suite. $4,500,000. SANCTUARY – Looks, feels and is a 3BR/2.5bath place at the beach located behind the gates of Longboat Key Club. White-beige and touch of blue creates a wonderful casual feeling. All furniture and kitchen items included. Just bring your bathing suit & golf clubs. Perfectly priced at $890,000. WATERCLUB I - GULF FRONT 3BR/5BA, 7th floor residence with sunset views from 3 terraces. Concierge services, 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and a separate private garage. $3,200,000. THE PIERRE – Elegant, spacious 7th floor 3BR/3.5BA residence provides panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, Gulf, the award winning LBK golf course and city lights. Features wood floors, soffit lighting and custom designer built-ins. Wonderful amenities include concierge services, security, 420 ft of white sandy beach, pool, tennis courts & two hospitality suites. $1,395,000.
LIDO KEY • NEW LISTING L’ELEGANCE – The ultimate beachfront residence. Beautifully appointed 2 BR plus den, 2.5 BA, features 9 ft. ceilings, wood & marble floors, designer built-ins & expansive terraces to capture endless bay and city views. Tennis, Gulf front pool & lounging deck, exercise facility, gated security & resident manager. Moments from St. Armands Circle & Sarasota’s finest shopping & dining. $799,000. SIESTA KEY BEACHSIDE ESTATE, Overlooking the azure Gulf waters, blends a tropical paradise with a restored “Old Florida” residence and the separate art studio. Unique and private, mesmerizing views create the serenity of casual beach living. $3,495,000. BAYOU LOUISE – New dock, partial bay view, seconds to bay and city. Great neighborhood. Existing house with tenant on month to month being sold as is, 2BR/1BA. Builder approved for 4000 sq. ft. home. $759,000.
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Arts Center hosts chamber ‘After Hours’ BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts was the host for the Jan. 13 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. Arts Center volunteers led tours of the facility. Of special interest was the newly completed Building 400 with its large painting studio and jewelry classrooms. Chamber members also had the opportunity to view the Longboat Key Club exhibition and Nat Krate’s show, “Florals & Figures.” ❑
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Jamie Culbreath, Karen Day, Steve Band and Laurie Dellatorre
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KEYHOME Location: 585 Yawl Lane, Country Club Shores, Longboat Key. When built: 2003. What: Three bedroom suites, three-and-a-half baths and 3,800 square feet of living space. Unique features: Three complete bedroom suites, elevator, unique wall of glass doors opening to pool and bay views. Sellers’ favorite features: The gourmet-kitchen, familyroom combo; it’s the third in from the bay; it has a fourcar garage; 20-foot ceilings in living room and a fireplace. Asking Price: $2,295,000. Listing Agent: Pat and Tom Hanly. How long with the company? We opened our own company (Hanly & Associates) in 1999 after many years with RE/MAX. Pat and Tom Hanly
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THE BEST OF BIRD KEY BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Imagine yourself viewing the magnificent sunsets over the Bay from this extraordinary almost built home. Featuring huge rooms, good storage & a large pool & patio area for entertaining......$2,900,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE
This newly built, three-bedroom, 3,800-square-foot home is sure to please even the most discerning buyer. How long in real estate? In Sarasota, since 1991, and before moving to Florida, I (Pat) was the number-one agent in the state of New Jersey. Closed sales in volume last year? $41 million. Where were you born? Tom is from London, England, and Pat is from Ridgewood, N.J., where they both lived and practiced real estate before moving to Sarasota. They have sold more than 100 homes in Country Club Shores since 1999. They also sell on Bird Key and the Sarasota mainland. ❑
BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Nearly every room has a bay view in this 3800+ sq. ft. renovated home. Features include an open floor plan, media room/den, well appointed gourmet kitchen, family room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace, and open patio w/pool. Protected boat dockage.....................................................$2,800,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE BIRD KEY Beautiful home to be built taking advantage of the gorgeous Bay view. Great 1st floor master suite with spacious bath & his & her walk-in closets. The great room overlooks the water for enjoying the sunset vistas. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor where you’ll find 3 BR plus a media room.................$2,450,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE
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DIRECT BAYFRONT - NEW CONSTRUCTION - Deep water plus docks, unobstructed gorgeous bay views. Magnificent new home. Call for details. $4,477,000 1224
INCREDIBLE - DEEP WATER PLUS DOCK AND GORGEOUS VIEWS TO BAY! - Custom home, walled, private, downtown location. Exquisite details plus gorgeous pool area. $3,350,000
BIRD KEY GARDEN Delightful ambiance & the feel of your own private estate can be found in this home on one of the Key’s largest & prettiest lots. The home offers all bedrooms w/baths ensuite, living room w/fireplace, separate dining room, den, crown moldings, wood floors & storage galore. This is truly a unique property...........................................................$895,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE
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LONGBOAT BAYSIDE - BEACH ACCESS - Plus marina & pool. Charming 2BR/2BA ground level villa. $289,900
BIRD KEY GARDEN Lovely home on large corner lot. This split plan design wraps around the pool & patio area. Features include: banks of French doors, an added patio w/charming garden setting & Bay view, update kitchen w/Corian countertops, tile flooring, lush landscaping & citrus trees.............................................................$649,500. BIRD KEY GARDEN Private setting in this well-maintained home. Living room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace. Master suite w/his & her baths. Plenty of sliders open to the large patio & pool area. The extralarge lot makes this property truly a one-of-a-kind......$597,050. BEAU CIEL Picturesque views of the Marina & Bay. 6th floor, 2BR/2.5BA, designer ready unit. Incredible amenities: concierge, 24 hr security, valet, fitness center and pool & spa. Conveniently close to theaters, restaurants & shopping. Priced to sell...............$870,000. ISLANDER CLUB Two gorgeous views from either of these lovely units on the 11th or penthouse floors. Choose between a full Bay or full Gulf view. Both are 2BR/2BA in this conveniently located building close to shopping and restaurants. Private beach, tennis courts and pool..........................................$650,000 and $725,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE
LAKEFRONT EXQUISITE - 4BR home, impressive builtins, designer details, spacious master bedroom plus pool and spa, summer kitchen and much more! $1,995,000
ENJOY THE TOWER RESIDENCE RITZ CARLTON Magnificent 3BR/3BA w/60ft of terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay. Featuring hardwood floors plus exquisite upgraded finishes and Ritz Carlton amenities and services. Also available for rental. $1,895,000
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BIRD KEY WATERWAY A feeling of an island resort is what this home invokes. Pocketing sliders completely open the home to the tiled patio & large pool. The atrium is an intimate space for casual dining or morning coffee. Partial bay view from the patio and backyard garden. Dock with boat lift...............................................$1,695,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE
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BIRD KEY WATERWAY New home w/well-thought out floor plan & great water views. Amenities include: master suite w/his & her bath, stunning kitchen w/stainless appliances & granite counters, family room w/gorgeous view down the canal, bonus room, spacious patio & pool and dock with lift..................................................$2,395,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE
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Store around the corner
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LINDA ROE DICKINSON
9 Avenue of Flowers, Longboat Key • 387-8997
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Basic Data Line of business: Jewelry and collectibles, including Swarovski and Jadro. Owner: Kavita Chatani. Year founded: “I have been at this location for five years and was at the Centre Shops for nine years. I have also owned the Zodiac store in the Desoto Mall for 24 years.” Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Employees: “One for now. I have someone coming to work with me in a couple of weeks.” Price range of merchandise/service: $10 to $10,000-plus for special orders.
Private Sailboat Water Retreat: beautiful bayou views from this 3BR townhome with private deeded dock in a gated enclave. Furnished Beach Club. $699,000
Kavita Chatani has been selling jewelry for more than 24 years.
Favorite pastime: “I love to play cards and I also love to watch television.” Other interests: “Going to the spa for exercise classes.” Favorite book: “Gandhi’s book.” Favorite movie: “The Titanic.”
Birthplace: India. Age: 60. Education: Two years of college in India. Marital status: “Happily married.” Family: Two boys. Residence: Bradenton. How long living in this area: 24 years.
What would you change with a magic wand: Nothing, I’m quite content. Current dream(s): “I want to see my family happily married and have grandchildren.”
Island Style Bayfront Villa: Relaxed and appealing, this 2BR/2B bayfront home offers deeded, protected sailboat water, dock, tennis, pool & spa as amenities $549,000
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ON LONGBOAT KEY QUEENS HARBOUR - Custom designed, canal front home in the Tuscan style. Fabulous kitchen, open floor plan, screened lanai, pool and spa. Deepwater dockage. New Price! $1,599,000. BAY ISLES - True 4 BR home with home office, terrific floor plan, 2 separate guest suites, one with sitting room, pool and spa. $975,000. POSITANO - New construction. Mediterranean style, 3 BR plus den, luxury condos. On the site of the Holiday Inn. Prices begin at $2,000,000.
ST ARMANDS, WATERFRONT FAMILY HOME - Exquisite European traditional detail in every corner. Five bedrooms, eight baths. Palladian windows open onto expansive pool area with bay view. Warm, elegant and dramatic. Wonderful for entertaining. Nanny’s quarters. 2 docks. $3,850,000.
ON THE MAINLAND LAUREL OAKS ESTATES - Imposing “Southern Living” architecture paired with an open Florida floorplan. This homesite is totally private & spacious. 4BR plus an upstairs bonus or billard room. Be prepared to fall in love. $1,295,000. AMAZING SPACE - Nearly 2 acres of lush landscaping in private Greymoss neighborhood. Builder’s own home, built like a fortress. 3/4 BR & room to expand. Artistically designed pool area. Property may be subdivided into 2 lots. $799,000. LAKEWOOD RANCH - A John Cannon design on great golf course site with southern exposure. the “ Nioka” with 4 bedrooms, home office/exercise room, pool and spa, 3 car side load garage. $574,900 888 BOULEVARD. OF ARTS - Van Gogh end unit, 11th floor. Big views, 2 bedroom 2 bath $579,000. THE OAKS - Motivated seller. BestPpriced home G in the Oaks, 4 BR, home SALE ENDIN office, pool, golf course location. Only $995,000. THE OAKS - Builder’s own home only 2 yrs. young. True 4 BR with wood and ceramic tile floors, fabulous kitchen and family room, 2nd story bonus room, pool and outdoor grill area. A great value in The Oaks. $785,000. MAJESTIC BAY IS UNDER WAY - Still time to select amenities. Golden Gate Point’s star attraction with boat docks, whole floor residences for the ultimate in views & privacy. Priced from $1,199,000 to $2,298,000 for spectacular penthouse.
WATERFRONT CUSTOM HOME Longboat Key, Distinctive four bedroom, four bath home under construction. The ultimate in Florida living. Great room, gourmet kitchen, elevator, screened decks, waterfall, spa, pool and four car garage. 50’ boat dock, Beach access, Detailed plans available. $1,650,000. ST. ARMANDS BAY FRONT - Exceptional quality and design. Three bedrooms plus den, three baths. Dramatic living room, cook’s kitchen, disappearing edge pool. Separate guest house. Boat dock. $2,500,000. ENCHANTING AND INVITING BAY FRONT RESIDENCE - Totally updated to perfection. High ceilings, fireplace, four bedrooms, four baths. French doors open to tropical bay side pool, spa and boat dock $1,995,000.
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THE RESORT AT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - Great income producing Club Suite. End unit with large deck. Enjoy personal vacation in 4star luxury resort and leave your property to outstanding management while you are away. Assessment has been paid. $249,000.
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GULF FRONT, BEACH MASTERPIECESpectacular Design. Custom electric forged entry gates, brick motor court, atrium, Italian fountains, balconies, verandas, and fenced grounds. Like great works of art, exceptional homes are precious and rare. The perfect blend of sophistication and the comfort of casual but elegant beach living. Four bedrooms, pool, eight car garage. No compromises. $8,495,000.
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Casual Elegance in a Gated Beachfront Enclave: Dramatic open design offers stunning views of the gulf, bay & city skyline. 7021 sq ft. of superb quality construction & detailing on .83 acres. $6,950,000
First paying job: “I’ve never worked for anyone but my family and for myself.” First job after college: “After two years of college I left India and went to Spain and worked for my brother with the U.S. Navy 6th Fleet.” In between then and now: “I got married. It was love at first sight. My husband was living in Jamaica because he owned a duty-free store there, so I moved there, and when the political environment began to sour we came to the U.S. and opened a jewelry store in Miami and then moved to the Sarasota area.”
Business philosophy: “You have to be honest. It pays off in the long run.” Best business advice received: “No matter who walks in, you must treat them good — you never know.” Most admired businessperson: “In my family, my brother-in-law, who owns a computer store, and my son who is very successful.”
Spectacular Estate: with jewel-like interiors is set on 1.6 acres of artfully landscaped bay frontage. This important residence enjoys romantic areas for grand outdoor entertaining. A Sotheby Listing. $9,750,000
SIESTA KEY - Contemporary waterfront suitable for Kayaks, etc. 4BR plus loft, pool, spa, large treed lot. $849,000. CASEY KEY - New construction with a fantasy island observation deck including private hot tub. Gorgeous kitchen, 2 master suites, beautiful vistas from bay to gulf. With pool, Gulf easement, privacy. The best of Casey Key with no wait for long construction or painful remodeling. Just move in and start enjoying life! Only $3,999,000.
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B AREFOOT ON THE BOAT. B LACK TIE ON THE TOWN . YOU ’ VE FINALLY FOUND THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS .
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Who owns this gem? When Shannon Hotel Group acquired the Longboat Key Club, it had the help of some of Wall Street’s savviest and most endowed investors. Meet the owners.
The Longboat Key Club’s Islandside golf course and resort (to the left of the circular building): “They just don’t make this kind of property anymore,” says Tom Rasmussen, executive vice president of its owner/operator, Shannon Hotel Group Inc. Reprinted from the Gulf Coast Business Review BY MATT WALSH Editor
hen W. Shane Eagan, Thomas A. Rasmussen, Thomas R. Holmes and Laurence R. Smith, the partners who owned Shannon Hotel Group Inc., purchased the Longboat Key Club for $25 million in 1990, they obtained an $18 million loan from what was then NCNB National Bank. The remainder — the equity required to buy the club and resort — came from the four partners and a rich investor group in New York City, known as Loeb Partners Realty & Development Corp. Together, the four partners and Loeb formed a new company, Key Club Associates, Limited Partnership, with Loeb as the general partner, and contributed about $8.2 million in equity, according to public records. And so began a 13-year partnership in which one of New York City’s more revered names on Wall Street and in the investment world became the financial backbone and controlling partner of the most valuable real estate asset on one of the most valuable barrier islands in all of Florida. It’s a partnership that has paid off well. The partners’ investment is easily worth more than 12 times the original $8 million investment — and that’s conservative. Based on public documents that were part of an initial public offering prospectus issued in 1998, the partners recapitalized their investment in the Key Club for a purchase price of $60 million. Assuming a 10% annual increase — and that’s conservative based on Longboat real estate values — the Longboat Key Club and Resort at Longboat Key Club today could be worth at least
$96.6 million. Or just say an even $100 million. Asked in a recent interview in Shannon Hotel Group’s Longboat Key headquarters whether the Key Club is for sale, Rasmussen responded succinctly: “No.” In fact, he said, “We got a good laugh recently. There was a rumor going around that we were going to sell the Harborside golf courses for $15 million. That would only be the down payment. “Assets like this just aren’t out there,” Rasmussen said. “They just don’t make this kind of property anymore.” Perhaps that’s why the Longboat Key Club for the past dozen years has been the only resort property in Loeb Partners’ vast real estate portfolio. The company owns and manages more than 12 million square feet of income-producing real estate, mostly retail centers and commercial office buildings stretching from New York to Florida to Oregon to California. Over the past 35 years Loeb Partners Realty has acquired, financed, managed and advised on more than $3 billion of real estate investments. For context, all of Longboat Key’s real estate is valued at slightly more than $4 billion. Loeb Partners Realty’s corporate bloodline is rich. Its predecessor was the real estate investing arm of Loeb Rhoades & Co., which at one time was the fourth-largest investment banking firm in the United States. When the principals sold the investment banking unit in 1979, they kept its real estate business. According to company information, Loeb Partners Realty “acquires, repositions, advises on and manages real estate assets on behalf of a select group of major domestic and foreign pension funds, insurance companies, high net worth individuals and investment groups.”
Among Loeb Partners’ largest investors are C.V. Starr Co. Inc., whose founders also started American International Group Inc., one of the largest insurers in the world; and Abercromby Property International, whose partners include Barclays Bank Pension Funds, Friends Provident Life, the Shipbuilders Industries Pension Fund and high-net-worth individuals from Switzerland and Hong Kong. But the roots of Loeb Partners’ investors are family members and executives associated with patriarch Henry A. Loeb, one of the founders of Loeb Rhoades. If you look at the table of Key Club Associates’ limited partners on page 3E, most of them are relatives of Loeb or partners and executives in Loeb’s successor companies. At the top of Key Club Associates and Loeb Partners’ Realty is Joseph Lesser, a Midwesterner who earned his business and law degrees at the University of South Dakota. In his 70s, Lesser has been the president and chief executive officer of Loeb Partners Realty since 1968. Lesser did not return Gulf Coast Business Review’s calls. Lesser decided to invest in the Longboat Key Club after Holmes, one of the partners in Shannon Hotel Group Inc., approached him when Shannon was negotiating with Arvida/JMB in the late 1980s to purchase the resort and golf club. Holmes, now a Longboat Key resident and chairman of two Massachusetts manufacturing companies, among other investments, says he had a previous business relationship that gave him access to Lesser and Loeb. While Holmes’ connection helped, Rasmussen says Lesser TURN TO LONGBOAT KEY CLUB, PAGE 2E
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Longboat Key Club CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1E was also familiar with the Key Club another way: Henry Loeb, who died in 1998, was a member. Even though Loeb Partners is the general partner of Key Club Associates, which means it’s ultimately responsible for the operations and performance of the Key Club, Loeb Partners’ ownership stake actually is minor. According to recently filed documents with the town of Longboat Key, Loeb Partners owns only 1% of Key Club Associates; 1% of
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BUSINESS LLK Associates, a one-third owner of the club; and 1% of Shannon Partners Realty, a two-thirds owner of the Club. That’s not to say Loeb doesn’t benefit from its position. As general partner it receives management fees and distributions from the Key Club’s operations. According to a 1998 Loeb public offering circular, Loeb Partners receives lease payments from the club. Part of the partnership agreement also entitles Loeb to receive a portion of the Key Club’s revenues — provided the club exceeds certain undisclosed targets. And Loeb Partners’ receives management fees. According to 1998 audited financial
statements, Loeb received 3% of Key Club Associates’ total revenues in 1995 through 1997, or $2.9 million. In addition, the partnership paid out $5.1 million as capital distributions to its shareholders during that same period. With these fees and other operating expenses, the Longboat Key Club still has operated profitably. According to the audited statements for the years ending 1995 through 1997, Key Club Associates produced the following for its owners: operating profits of $2.9 million, $3.6 million and $3.7 million on revenues of $30.25 million, $32.25 million and $34.65 million — operating margins between 9% and
11%. After interest expenses, however, those profit margins shrank to between 5% and 7%. And note this: While the value of the Key Club’s real estate is appreciating for its investors, Key Club Associates is not a growth business. Rasmussen estimates the company’s 2004 revenues are likely to be about $33 million — $1.5 million less than in 1997. At the same time, as reported last week, Key Club Associates, Limited Partnership is facing a $20 million capital investment to maintain the property’s highend value. SEE CLUB OWNERSHIP BOX ON THE NEXT PAGE
LONGBOAT KEY CLUB OPERATIONS (Most recent data available) REVENUES Hotel Golf, tennis, social memberships Food and beverage Golf Tennis Fitness center Conference services Other food, beverage Other income Total revenues OPERATING EXPENSES Hotel Food and beverage Golf Tennis Fitness center Conference services Other food, beverage Unit owners’ distributions Depreciation, amortization General and administrative Total expenses
Twenty-seven of the The Longboat Key Club’s 45 golf holes are on three nine-hole courses, known as Harborside, which meanders through the pricey Bay Isles residential area.
Operating income Interest expense Net income
1996 $14,588,551 7,584,414 5,050,260 3,231,882 372,227 382,484 413,931 178,699 445,795 32,248,243
1997 $14,255,577 8,462,056 5,220,952 3,388,629 $1,209,055 1,278,803 213,481 206,517 422,180 34,657,250
3,688,967 4,730,577 3,444,797 668,552 300,483 375,508 85,656 6,606,351 1,319,607 7,344,878 28,565,376
4,013,996 5,352,706 3,571,977 687,908 509,198 371,920 84,625 6,569,350 1,723,819 8,024,095 30,909,594
3,682,867 1,436,889 2,245,978
3,747,656 1,730,266 $ 2,017,390
SPECTACULAR VIEWS of bay or gulf from every room of the 10th floor end unit. About 3000 sq.ft. open plan with 10’ ceilings, private elevator foyer, 3 tiled terraces and luxurious clubhouse. $2,500,000
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GOLF COURSE LOT Private home on golf course with lake view. Over 2,700 SF with many cabinets, Corian, 3 or 4 BR/3BA, office/den, living & dining rooms, summer kitchen on lanai w/pool & spa. $639,900
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INSIDE THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB OWNERSHIP Below is the family ownership tree of the Longboat Key Club, as indicated in public records:
Key Club Associates, Limited Partnership This is the corporate entity that owns the Longboat Key Club and Resort at Longboat Key Club. Principal address: 444 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat. Principal mailing address: 521 Fifth Ave., Suite 2300, New York, N.Y. 10175.
• GENERAL PARTNER: LBK Hotel Management Inc., 1% owner of Key Club Associates. LBK Hotel Management Inc., 521 Fifth Ave., New York, is 100% owned by Loeb Partners Realty & Development Corp., which is 100% owned by Loeb Holding Corp. Loeb Partners Realty is located at 521 Fifth Ave., New York. The directors and officers of LBK Hotel Management Inc. are Joseph S. Lesser, president; Alan L. Gordon, vice president; and Bernard B. Falk, vice president. Lesser is also president and CEO of Loeb Partners Realty; Gordon is executive vice president of Loeb Partners Realty; and Falk is executive vice president of Loeb Partners Realty. Estimated gross value of ownership: $1 million.
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• LLK ASSOCIATES, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, 33.3% owner of Key Club Associates. Estimated gross value of ownership: $33.3 million. GENERAL PARTNER: LLK Realty Management Inc. is a 1% owner of LLK Associates; Loeb Partners Realty is a 100% owner of LLK Realty Management. Estimated gross value of ownership: $330,000. LIMITED PARTNERS: 99% owners of LLK Associates. Estimated gross value of ownership: $32.967 million. The limited partners include:
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• Abercromby Property International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63.46% St. George International (50% owner of Abercromby); Exeter Properties Inc. (28.5%); Hadrian Properties Inc. (21.5%) • Louise S. Loeb, Jerome A. Manning, Elisabeth L. Levin and Jean L. TroubH TTES U/I/D 10/11/63 with Henry A. Loeb grantor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.24% • Maurice L. Greenberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.37% • Trust for the benefit of the children of Edward E. Matthews . . . . . . . .3.2% • Thomas L. Kempner & William A. Perlmuth TTES U/W Carl M. Loeb 1/3/55 F/B/O Thomas L. Kempner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.6% • Thomas L. Kempner & William A. Perlmuth TTES U/W Carl M. Loeb 1/3/55 F/B/O Alan H. Kempner Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.6% • Jerome A. Manning, Thomas Tisch & Jeffrey A. Kigner Trustees U/A/D 12/4/92 F/B/O Henry L. Levin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.8% • Jerome A. Manning, Thomas Tisch & Jeffrey A. Kigner Trustees U/A/D 12/4/92 F/B/O Jennifer Levin Carter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.8% • Jerome A. Manning, Thomas Tisch & Jeffrey A. Kigner Trustees U/A/D 12/4/92 F/B/O Jessica E. Levin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.8% • Jerome A. Manning, Thomas Tisch & Jeffrey A. Kigner Trustees U/A/D 12/4/92 F/B/O David J. Levin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.8% • Amy Lesser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.83% • Sharon Lesser Maguire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.83% • Kathryn Poteat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.4% • Margaret A. Kempner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.4% • Carl L. Kempner Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.4% • Michael C. Kempner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.4% • Maxene Chassin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.6% • Jessica Tcherepnine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.6% • Arthur Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.1% • Alan L. Gordon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.8% • Marcia B. Mintz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.8% • Dion C. Owens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.1% • Henry R. Kanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.1% • Abbie J. Kanner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.2% • Gary L. Naughton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.3% • Kathleen H. Naughton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.1% • Phyllis Mosberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.1%
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• SHANNON PARTNERS REALTY, GENERAL PARTNERSHIP, 65.7% owner of Key Club Associates. Estimated gross value of ownership: $65.7 million. LLK ASSOCIATES, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, 92.35% owner of Shannon Partners Realty. Estimated gross value of ownership: $60.67 million. GENERAL PARTNER: LLK Realty Management Inc., 1% owner of LLK Associates, with Loeb Partners Realty 100% owner of LLK Realty Management. Estimated gross value of ownership: $606,740. LIMITED PARTNERS: 99% owners of LLK Associates (see above list of limited partners). Estimated gross value of ownership: $60.06 million.
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WSE ASSOCIATES INC., 5.5% owner of Shannon Partners Realty. W. Shane Eagan is president and 100% owner of WSE Associates Inc. Eagan is also president of Shannon Resort & Club Group Inc., which manages the Key Club. Estimated gross value of ownership: $3.61 million.
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TOMRAS INC., 2.1% owner of Shannon Partners Realty. Tom Rasmussen is president and 100% owner of Tomras. Rasmussen is executive vice president of Shannon Resort & Club Group Inc., which manages the Key Club. Estimated gross value of ownership: $1.38 million.
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‘You do not have reservations on this flight’ Fifteen minutes had passed since the Lufthansa agent at the O’Hare counter first looked at our tickets. During that time, he stared at his computer screen, left us to go back into the office behind the counter and then returned to pick up his vigil of screen staring. He finally looked up at us and pronounced, “You do not have reservations on this flight!” It was going to be a bumpy trip, even for the Energetic Travelers. The trip was originally planned as an easy seven-day visit to Italy, focusing on Positano. There were actually two reasons why we chose Positano, a small, vertical tourist attraction on the craggy coast south of Naples. First, two of our children had honeymooned there and came back with rave reviews. Second, we visited Italy at least two dozen times in the past for business and pleasure and never went to Positano. So we now planned a trip that was to include three nights and two glorious days in Positano. For contrast, we filled out the week with three days in Florence, which we knew would be really glorious. We had booked our flight with economy seats on Lufthansa and used United miles to
upgrade to business class. The strange drill for these “Star Alliance” partners is that you must first buy your economy ticket directly from Lufthansa; then, you request an upgrade from United, which asks Lufthansa for the upgrade. This leaves some exposure of owning economy seats, not getting an upgrade and spending nine cramped hours sharing garlic with strangers on both sides. By carefully subjecting three different Lufthansa telephone reservations agents to intense interrogation before making our reservations, I felt reasonably confident that the flights we wanted were open enough to provide upgrades — and they were confirmed. With an attitude that stretched from Chicago to Berlin, the Lufthansa agent denied the existence of our fully paid Lufthansa tickets, which were in his hand, and insisted, “United canceled your reservations.” By this time, a senior Lufthansa lady with an even more senior attitude appeared. Our protestations that we had booked with and paid Lufthansa failed to impress her. “You must see the people at United!” While we shuttled between the two airlines, the flight to Munich left without us.
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Lois Scheyer admires the view of one of the many cities she visited while in Italy. We negotiated our surrender and sought asylum on a very late flight to Frankfort, with a connection to Turin and a final arrival in Naples nine hours after our original plan. Because fast travel laced with flexibility is only one facet of this column, a comment on our destination is appropriate. We deliberately planned our trip in early September to avoid the masses of Europeans who vacation in July and especially the Italians who cherish fiera d’Agosto — a vacation in August. Little did we know that Positano attracts visitors during a much longer season. Now, Positano is — or perhaps was is a better word — an interesting town in a beautiful setting. It covers a very steep cliff that rises perhaps 800 feet out of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Unfortunately, a thick forest of shops and small hotels now covers the natural beauty. We then found that our view of this altered environment was obscured by a massive blanket of tourists, as far as the eye could see. Shopping and elbowing through the sea of
shoppers are the principal sports in town. Perhaps this is why it is so attractive to honeymooners, who spend most of their time within the confines of their overpriced hotels. We sought refuge by taking a pleasant boat ride to the town of Amalfi, which turned out to be a flatter version of Positano. Finally, a taxi ride up to Ravello revealed a lovely and quiet village best suited for writing a first novel. Next on the itinerary was Florence, reached by direct train from Naples through Rome. After a three-hour train ride, the memory of “why Positano?” had passed and we were in the magnificent, exciting and sophisticated city of Florence. Working from our base at the new Lungano Suites on the banks of the Arno, we savored the museums, restaurants, street sculptures and myriad facets that make Florence one of our favorite cities. Stuart and Lois Scheyer are in their early 70s and are residents of Longboat Key. They each log more than 100,000 air miles annually. ❑
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Put your putting to the test Reprinted from Feb. 6, 2003 Some of us are good putters, others fair putters and finally those players who are awful putters, or may be considered to have “the yips.” That term was coined by Sam Snead, who said the definition of the yips is when the putter strikes the ball before you are ready. In any event, approximately one out of every three shots in a round is spent on the putting green. Hence, I’m going to write a few questions and answers relative to putting and the putting green. Q. A player’s ball is resting against the flagstick. The player removes the flagstick and the ball moves away from the hole. The player plays the ball from its new position, holing the putt. What is the ruling? A. Decision 17-4/4. The player was required to place the ball on the lip of the hole (Rule 17-4). In match play the player loses the hole (Rule 17-4 and 2-6). In stroke play, the player incurs a penalty of two strokes and the ball is considered holed (Rule 17-4 and 3-5). Q. A player’s ball struck the rim of a hole-liner, which had not been sunk deep enough, and bounced out of the hole. Should the ball be considered holed in such a circumstance? A. Decision 16/5. No. Under the Definition of “Holed,” the ball must be at rest within the circumference of the hole. Q. A player’s ball is resting against the flagstick. Without the player’s authority, his opponent or fellow competitor removes the flagstick and the ball moves away from the hole. What is the ruling? A. Decision 17-4/3. In match play, the opponent incurs a penalty stroke and the ball must be replaced against the flagstick Rule 18-3b). In stroke play, the ball must be replaced against the flagstick without penalty to anyone (Rule 18-4). In either form of play, the player may then move or remove the flagstick as prescribed in Rule 17-4. Q. May a player whose ball lies on the putting green brush aside casual water on his line of putt, or mop it up with a towel? A. Decision 16-1a/1. No. Such action would be a breach of Rule 16-1a (touching line of putt). Q. Prior to putting, a player touched the inside of the hole. Should he be considered to have touched his line of putt in breach of Rule 16-1a? A. Decision 16-1a/5. Yes. Unless the hole was materially damaged and the player was entitled to repair it. Q. A player touches his line of putt in brushing aside loose impediments with his cap or towel. Is this permissible? A. Decision 16-1a/8. No. Such action is a breach of Rule 16-1a, which permits the player to touch his line of putt in removing loose impediments only with his hand or a club. Q. The flagstick has been removed. Player A wants the position of the hole marked but he does not want to waste time retrieving the flagstick. So Player A asks Player B to
place the grip end of his putter in the hole. Is this permissible? A. Decision 17-3/6. Yes, but a putter used to mark the position of the hole must be treated as a flagstick for the purposes of applying the Rules. Q. After a stroke is made, the person attending the flagstick removes it and places it on the ground. He then realizes the ball might strike the flagstick, so he picks it up. What is the ruling? A. Decision 17-1/8. There is no penalty. The flagstick is deemed to be attended by the person attending it until the ball comes to rest and it may be moved by the attendant to a position where the ball will not strike it. This is a new Decision which came into being this year. Q. A player holds the flagstick with one hand and holes a short putt with his other hand. Is this permissible? A. Decision 17-1/5. Yes, provided the flagstick has been removed from the hole and the ball therefore does not strike it. If the ball was to strike the flagstick, a breach of Rule 17-4 would occur. Q. A player’s ball lies on or near the putting green. Before playing his next stroke, he taps down spike marks in the vicinity of the hole. Is this permissible? A. Decision 16-1c/4. No. Such action would be a breach of Rule 16-1c since repair of spike marks in the vicinity of the hole might assist the player in his subsequent play of the hole. The above Decisions account for about 10% of those Decisions based on Rules 16 and 17, the putting green and the flagstick. The 2003 Decisions book consists of 600 pages. New Decisions are added annually, although actual Rules changes occur once every four years.
Peter Hankins Club Longboat How many years have you played tennis? “Racquet ball and handball really were my sports, until a friend in Michigan built an indoor-outdoor tennis complex and convinced me to invest,” Hankins says. “I invested and decided I’d play tennis, too.” What is your best stroke — serve, backhand? “It is volleying,” Hankins says. “I really enjoy the infighting of volleying. I think it is the reflex part because that is so much part of racquet ball and handball.” What is your specialty? Hankins says he used to play a lot of singles, but, now, because of a couple of health reasons, he plays mainly doubles. What kind of racket you use? At the present time, Hankins uses a Head TI-6. What is the one thing you’d like to improve? “I’d like to improve on returning serves,” he says. “I am taking some lessons with club pro, Steve Miller, and I think it is helping my confidence.” What is your most glorious moment in a match? “It definitely was winning the Super Senior Tournament in Clearwater in 2002,” Hankins relates. “We had an allLongboat Key team captained by Jack Daly.” What is your funniest flub-up? “Not exactly funny, but it is different,” Hankins says. “I used to throw my racket over the stands frequently. I don’t do it very much now.”
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Tiffany Plaza- Rarely available. Walk out to beach. Updated with crown moldings, new tile & carpet. Spectacular full gulf view. $649,000 Grand Bay- Stunning views in all directions. Wraparound terrace. Fabulous amenities. $599,000 Halyard Lane- Great views across Sarasota Bay. Spacious home with sundeck on second floor. $1,199,000 Mistletoe Lane- Direct bay front on double lot. Exquisitely maintained with marble floors, volume ceilings. Swimming pool and dock. $1,995,000 Casey Key- One acre landscaped lot in gated community. Deeded beach easement to private beach. $595,000 Ritz Carlton- The Penthouse high over Sarasota Bay, 4 balconies, 2 master bedrooms. The ultimate in lifestyle. $5,750,000
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Ritz-Carlton opens beach club, announces golf course
The 18-hole course designed by internationally acclaimed golf-course architect Tom Fazio, promises to be challenging.
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BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer
At the official opening celebration of its new $30-million Members Beach Club Jan. 15 on Lido Key, the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota unveiled plans for its Members Golf Club, to be designed by internationally recognized golf-course architect Tom Fazio, in Lakewood Ranch. “The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota just celebrated its second year, and in that short time it has gone from a city hotel to a destination resort,” James McManemon, the new general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, said. This new Members Beach Club, a 30,000square-foot facility located four miles from the hotel, offers hotel guests and members of the club, a beautiful private stretch of beach, a beachside heated swimming pool and children’s activities, as well as a variety of dining experiences and spa services. A big part of the hotel’s expansion, the 325acre Members Golf Club, won’t break ground until spring. Hotel officials anticipate a fall 2005 opening. Fazio, the man responsible for the vision behind the Ritz-Carlton’s new golf course, was at the Members Beach Club celebration to discuss the plans for the new members-only golf course. “Because we have such a large piece of property, it gives us the opportunity to create a course for all ranges,” Fazio said. “We wanted to make it challenging, so it can test the
best players in the world, but we also want all of our members to be able to enjoy it.” Fazio, considered to be one of the best golfcourse architects today, thinks that a great golf course should reflect the natural beauty of the area and the course he and his design team created for the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is no exception. “Water creates a great environment, and all of the digging necessary to create water features gives us a lot of earth to create ridges, elevations and curves,” Fazio said. “Landscaping on that scale of property takes a big commitment because it’s long term and it’s expensive to create this kind of quality. We’re proud the Buford family has made the commitment it takes to put together a project of this magnitude.” Once completed, the Members Golf Club will be available to guests staying at the RitzCarlton and local and seasonal visitors who purchase memberships. The specific details of the Members Golf Club will be unveiled in approximately 30 days. For now, The Ritz-Carlton has announced that there will be three different membership packages: The Sports Package, which offers members access to the beach club, the spa, limited tee times in season and unlimited tee times out of season. The Golf Package, which is limited to 13 members for every hole (18 holes total), is slightly more exclusive, and the Premier Package, includes overnight stays at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. ❑
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L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - Incredibly classy and decorated to perfection, this 4800 SF home is truly magnificent! Huge views, superior finishes and the supreme location! $5,850,000. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE ON THE BEACH - Exquisite 5 bedroom home with almost 5000 SF of fabulous living. $4,600,000. PERFECTION AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT Thoughtfully created floor plan offering 4BR, gorgeous marble floors, volume ceilings and ultimate kitchen. Great boating water! $4,350,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Architectural statement on the wide open bay - Over 6,000 SF Volume ceilings, gorgeous views, wraparound teak decking, mahogany & slate floors, vanishing edge pool, deluxe master suite and gourmet kitchen. $3,999,000. REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous, turnkey furnished condo on the beach. Volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces, awesome views and double garage. Possible to combine with unit next door. $2,999,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - One lot in from the bay, brand new and marvelous 4700 SF home on 1.5 lots. Deep water boating, 2 master suites, move-in ready! $2,595,000. WATER CLUB DIRECT GULF! “Arlington” plan with 3 BR, wood floors, fabulous upgrades and finishes, plus 2 parking spaces (one in a separate garage!) $2,495,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - New 5BR Mediterranean home displays quality & all the bells & whistles. Deluxe master suite, volume ceilings, heated pool, dock & deeded beach access. $2,395,000. WATER CLUB - 3BR, across street from Beach access. $1,895,000. LUXURIOUS KEY WEST BEACH-STYLE Volume ceilings, 3 BR, fireplace, with deeded beach access. $975,000. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM - 3 bedroom Southern exposure corner location condo with panoramic Bay & City views. $799,000.
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8E THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2004
THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER
ommunity C CALENDAR If your organization would like to have meetings or events publicized, mail or fax the information at least one week in advance to The Longboat Observer, Box 8100, Longboat Key 34228; fax: 383-7193 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
on the Key
Annual meeting and awards breakfast –– The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Meeting
and Awards Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Jan. 22, at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive. The Chamber Member of the Year will be announced. Cost of the breakfast is $17.50. To make reservations call, 387-9519.
Smooth Jazz on St. Armands –– Belinda Womack will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Circle. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and food and drinks will be available during the concert. WSJT 94.1 DJ George Nix will be on site with smooth-jazz prizes and lots of smoothjazz merchandise. Free to the public. For more information call, 388-1554. The Village Goes to the Movies –– A free screening of “Seabiscuit,” a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture
25 Years HOLMES BEACH BEAUTY! Location! Location! Spacious family home or island Branch Manager retreat! Large corner lot w/circle drive, 2 deeded boat slips, updated throughout, Clarksdale, MS
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Helen Bradshaw Memphis, TN
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solar heated pool/spa. Gina & Peter Uliano. 358-7990. #94820. $539,900 ANNA MARIA BAY FRONT Lush tropical bay front setting with 3BR/2BA older home on a large 75x198' lot w/deep water dockage. Short distance to beach. Remodel or build new. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #93749. $945,000 WATERFRONT ELEGANCE Custom built 2 story home w/4860 SF of living area. Magnificent view of Manatee River. Pool, dock, exercise room, home theatre & gourmet kitchen. Not a drive by. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #242956. $1,925,000
SPANISH MAIN Light & bright 2BR/2BA, beautifully maintained free standing villa. Active 55+ community w/deep water marina on the Intracoastal. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #248551. $239,000
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Peggy Henger St. Louis, MO
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Suzanne Lutkoff Long Island, NY
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Cindy English Longboat Key, FL
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Vera Freeman Sarasota, FL
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Bill Greene Cranston, RI
SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB Beautifully updated villa w/open kitchen/great room, newer cabinets & countertops. Newer flat roof. Deeded beach access, active clubhouse. Cathy Meldahl. 383-5577. #237881. $269,900
Condo/Multi-Family LONGBOAT HARBOUR Beautiful canal & bay views from 3rd floor 1BR/1BA Lanai & living room combined. Built-in cabinets & buffet. Boat docks, clubhouse, beach facility, tennis. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #237213. $229,000 BOATING COMMUNITY Spanish Main. Great location in a terrific area on Longboat Key. Very reasonably priced for area. Heated pool, beach access, clubhouse & marina. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #247897. $229,000 SPANISH MAIN ON LAKE Beautiful lake setting! Catch the East/West breezes. 2BR/1BA. Great marina in the community on Intracoastal. Pool and planned activities. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #236156. $259,000 ON THE LAKE, SPANISH MAIN Must see this single villa with tranquil views of lake. Updated with tile, carpet, newer kitchen. Great boating community. On the Intracoastal. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #237311. $289,500 WINDWARD BAY 2BR/2BA corner condo with 1523 SF of water views. Updated kitchen with washer & dryer. Tile, boat docks, tennis, pools & beach access. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #246774. $359,000 ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/1BA each side w/separate utilities. Recent renovations new vinyl siding, kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances, stairways & balconies. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #96341. $389,500 A PIECE OF PARADISE Rarely available, updated 2BR w/gulf views. 2nd floor, parklike setting. Sugar white sand beaches take your breath away. Rented for 2004 season. Cathy Meldahl. 383-5577. #248055. $498,000 LOCATION! LOCATION! This beautiful building lot is adjacent to the future Villa Rosa Subdivision. Deeded canal access through Lot 88(rear) for entrance & dockage. Laurie Dellatorre. 778-2246. #97809. $514,900 GREAT GULF FRONT LOCATION Enjoy tremendous sunsets from this large 2BR/2BA. 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, citrus grove & lots of storage all on 7 acres of lush landscaping. John McCormick. 383-5577. #248378. $599,000 ISLAND DUPLEX Spectacular bay view from second floor on the end of the canal by the future Villa Rosa subdivision. 2BR/2BA each. Short distance to Gulf. Laurie Dellatorre. 778-2246. #92819. $749,000 ISLAND DUPLEX Meticulously maintained duplex, West of Gulf drive. Steps to prime beach. Each unit offers 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. Large decks & lush tropical setting. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #98098. $797,500
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and Best Supporting Actor, will be shown at 7:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Included, will be a “dessert only” potluck that begins at 7 p.m. Scholar in Residence weekend program –– Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, presents The National Interreligious Affairs Director for the American Jewish Committee, exploring the relationships among the world’s religions, Jan. 23 through Jan. 25. For more information call, 383-3428. St. Armands Winter Art Festival –– will feature neverbefore-seen artwork from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and beyond. The festival will include works by 200 different artists in a variety of mediums, and takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 24 and 25 in St. Armands Circle. The Cards Be With You –– The Ladies Guild of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church will host its annual dessert/cardparty fund-raiser, at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Stella Maris Activity Center, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Bring cards or games for an afternoon of fun, desserts, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $10. For more information call, 383-5923. Northern Trust Longboat Key — The Longboat Key Center for the Arts has a preview of its new show, “Quintessential Contemporary,” on display at the Longboat Key office of Northern Trust, 540 Bay Isles Road, through Jan. 29. The exhibition focuses on art produced since the 1970s, from Argentina, Cuba, Belgium England, Israel and Mexico, among others. For exhibit hours call, 383-2345. One Day Safe Boating Course –– The U.S. Auxiliary, Flotilla 82 will teach a one-day basic safe boating course at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Mote Marine. Candidates who complete the course will receive a Florida Safe Boating card, which could lower your insurance costs. For more information or to make reservations call, 378-5620. Saturday at the Sanctuary –– Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary is offering a free program, hosted by Dr. Landess of the Nokomis Veterinary Clinic, discussing reptiles. This program is especially designed for families. For more information call, 388-4444. Beach Harbor Singers — Men and women who harmonize for fun, will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through March, at the Beach Harbor Club condo club house, 3800 Gulf of Mexico Drive. There is a nominal fee to cover the director and music and expertise is not required. The group will sing Broadway songs, golden oldies and folk tunes. Judie, 383-4664. Longboat Island Chapel Men’s Club — meets at 8 a.m. on the first Monday of each month at the chapel. All men welcome. Advance reservations required. Chapel, 3836491. The Education Center on Longboat Key — registering for winter classes. Register online at www.lbkedctr.org, or call 383-8811. Celebrate Longboat Key 2004 Auction/Gala – will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 20, in the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room. Tickets are $75 per person. Details, 387-9519. Tennis Clinics – for ages 5 to 16 are held year-round, usually from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Cedars Tennis Club. Fees are from $15 to $25. Laurie Tinnell, 224-0207. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It has a large selection of new and barely used fiction and non-fiction books for sale. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile comes to the library from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Details, 383-2011. Business Network International — networking meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 383-5543. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults $2 for children ages 4 to 17. Details, 388-4444. Mote Marine Aquarium — located at 1600 Ken Thompson on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Details, 388-2451. Wild Bird Rescue Training Class — will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 h at Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary, City Island. Free. RSVP, 388-4444. Suncoast Business Exchange — a networking group of business owners and sales representatives meets from 7:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Holiday Inn Lido Beach SandDollar Restaurant, seventh floor. Details, 888-338-6227.
Kathy Lund Sales Assistant North Andover, MA
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CALENDAR 27 and is for children 5 and older. Open House –– The new Bamboo Club, located at 2502 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, will have several units open for viewing from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. The event is sponsored by the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce. There will be entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. For more information call, 778-6671, Ext. 404.
Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway Unveiling –– A caravan of antique cars from the Antique Club of America will travel the Tamiami Trail to a series of unveilings in Manatee and Sarasota counties, celebrating the official designation of the Trail as a Florida Scenic Highway at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 29.
At each event, a scenic highway sign will be unveiled and a proclamation will be read by elected officials. For information regarding times and locations call, 359-5772. Island Extravaganza and Casino Night –– The Anna Maria Island Rotary Club announces its second casino night. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 South Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. There will be 14 games of chance, food, drinks, fun and both silent and live auctions. For more information call, 779-0429. TURN TO CALENDAR, PAGE 10E
DISCOVER . . .
Joan Dorf, Kimmy Hartigan, Ester Cook and Sue Gaisser, members of St. Mary Star of the Sea Ladies Guild help with the annual "Cards Be With You" dessert/card party, Jan. 27.
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T-REC Coalition Snowball Dance –– All teens and adults with disabilities are invited to attend the dance-filled evening with music and light refreshments, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Chelsea Center, Sarasota. Dress up and get down to the latest hits by “Wired for Sound.” These is no cost and the event will be supervised. For reservation call, 486-2311 Ext. 9. Bradenton Women’s Club –– will host a dance from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 31, at The Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton. Admission is $10 and hors d’oeuvres will be served for the first hour. Proceeds will go to benefit the restoration of the clubhouse, built in 1921. For more information call, 773-0177. Rotary Club of Sarasota –– will be hosting a dinner and dance “Remember the Good Ol’ Days,” from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. Proceeds go to benefit the Area 7 Rotary Centennial Project, the “Make Me Strong” special needs playground at Oak Park School. Tickets cost $75. For more information call, 9570025.
Second annual Florida Postcard Expo –– will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 4880 Fruitville Road. Admission in $2. For more information call, 952-9251. Singles on the Go Travel Club –– is having a progressive lunch on Jan. 24 at the Biltmore, Vinoy and Don Cesar in St. Petersburg. For information regarding price, times or location call, 355-1258. Vietnam Recognition Day –– The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will host a Vietnam recognition day to honor all Vietnam veterans, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the VFW, 124 S. Tuttle Avenue. All veterans and their families are invites to attend. Live entertainment and food will be provided. For more information call, 365-1918. Second Mars Landing Featured at G.Wiz –– G.Wiz will host a day-long celebration of the second Rover landing on Mars. Featured speaker NASA robotics engineer Eduardo Lopez-Del-Castillo will discuss design, engineering, producing robotics and the NASA mission to Mars, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Other guest speakers will lecture throughout the day. For more information call 309-4947, Ext. 104. Manatee River Orchid Society Show and Sale –– will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25, at the Manatee Convention Center, 1 Haben Road, Palmetto. There will be more than 8,000 orchids for show and for sale, including many different species and hybrids. Admission is $2. For more information call, 2864900. Republican Committee Executive Committee Meeting –– will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Twin Dolphin Restaurant. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., downstairs and the meeting is at 7 p.m. upstairs. For more information call 745-7101. Doggy Tales –– The Sarasota Humane Society and the Selby Library Youth Department are bringing together certified pet therapy dogs from the Humane society and kids who read aloud to them. The program begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until 5:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday, beginning Jan.
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CALENDAR Adult men’s basketball, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Good works Wednesdays. Adult volleyball, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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Thursdays. Cost is $2. Center, 778-1908.
sporting clubs & outdoors
Myakka River State Park Kayak Trip –– sponsored by the American Littoral Society, Southeast region, is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Participants can expect quiet water. An open-seat kayak, with all equipment and supplies will be provided. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and water. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information and launch location call, 966-7308. Master Gardener Tours of Emerson Point –– Identify plants and wild life as you explore Emerson Point, one of the most pristine natural preserves in the state. The leisurely walk begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 25, at the parking area for the observation tower at Emerson Point in Palmetto. For more information call, 722-4524. Saltwater Fly Casting School –– CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Road, Siesta Key, is offering a one day Orvis endorsed saltwater fly casting school from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 21. The school will cover casting instructions, knots, leader construction and local saltwater patterns. A casting video and school textbook will be included. Cost is $150 and lunch is included. For reservations call, 349-4400. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Peli-Boat Tours — tours are held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 to $22. Tours depart from the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. RSVP, 388-4444. Basketball and Volleyball — games are held at Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Health Care Crunch –– The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club’s monthly meeting is at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 22 at Michael’s on East. Guest speakers, Duncan Finlay, CEO of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Lindell Orr, CEO of Doctor’s Hospital, will discuss today’s medical issues. For more information call, 955-5865. Nobel-Prize winner to speak –– Paul A. Samuelson, a winter resident of Longboat Key and Nobel-Prize winning economist, columnist and author will speak at the winter luncheon-meeting of the SarasotaManatee Phi Beta Kappa Association on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Michael’s On East. For more information call, 485-2123. State University of New York at Albany annual luncheon –– will be at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at Marina Jack Restaurant, 2 Marine Plaza, Island Park, Sarasota. The executive director of the University of Albany Alumni Association will be the guest speaker. Cost is $20 per person. For more information call, 922-6302. Chi Omega Alumnae Association –– of Sarasota-Manatee will hold its annual business meeting and election of officers at the home of Lydia McIntire, at 10 a.m., Jan. 24. For more information call, 366-5496. Frugal Night ––The Caledonian Club will have its annual Frugal Night (annual membership meeting) at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. The evening will include dinner and a performance of “Brigadoon,” the first musical to ever win the Drama Critics Award. Anyone interested in Scottish culture is welcome to attend. For more information call, 739-6197.
THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER
A helping hand
Longboat Key resident Nancy Raymond volunteers her time at the SPARCC Treasure Chest every week. Nancy Raymond doesn’t usually lend her time to charitable organizations, but Safe Place Rape and Crisis Center, better known as SPARCC, and all of the down-to-earth people who spend their time involved with the organization, managed to spark her interest. “I was introduced to the organization by some friends, and when I found out what they did and how down-to-earth everyone there is I really wanted to get involved,” Raymond said. “I’ve been a volunteer with SPARCC for 10 or 11 years now — ever since they moved into the new building.” Raymond spends a good amount of her time volunteering at the Treasure Chest, a donation center that resells the items donat-
ed and gives the proceeds to help the women and children in the SPARCC shelter. “Sometimes clients come in who are staying at the shelter and we help them get on their feet,” Raymond said. “We also do a lot of fundraising, which brings in a lot of money for the (SPARCC) shelter.” One of the most rewarding reasons for Raymond to volunteer with SPARCC is that people know that she’s involved with the organization and have come to her if they know someone who has been abused or is involved in a bad situation. Her involvement with SPARCC enables her to refer the people who need help in the right direction. • SPARCC —Treasure Chest 1426 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 365-1976 ❑
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Sunrise/sunset Sunrise 7:21 7:21 7:20 7:20 7:20 7:19 7:19
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WEATHER Sunset 6:04 6:04 6:05 6:06 6:07 6:08 6:08
Moon phases Full
Moon phases, tides courtesy of
Longboat resident P.M. Osadjan took this photo of a gorgeous sunset on Longboat Key. Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in J-PEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to email@example.com.
Temperature and Rainfall Mon., Jan. 12 Tues., Jan. 13 Wed., Jan. 14 Thurs., Jan. 15 Fri., Jan. 16 Sat., Jan. 17 Sun., Jan. 18 Rainfall:
Temps. High Low 72 62 70 48 70 51 71 50 71 52 70 51 75 52 Year-to-date 2004 0.10 in.
Record Temps. High Low 81 (1989) 31 (1981) 80 (1983) 41 (1982) 82 (1999) 42 (1982) 84 (1990) 37 (1996) 82 (1993) 32 (1981) 83 (1990) 34 (1981) 82 (1993) 33 (2003) Month-to-date
2003 0.94 in.
2004 2003 0.10 in. 0.94 in.
Rainfall North Mid-Key 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A Average water
South 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 N/A N/A
Thurs., Jan. 22 Fri., Jan. 23 Sat., Jan. 24 Sun., Jan. 25 Mon., Jan. 26 Tues., Jan. 27 Wed., Jan. 28
Morning Tides High Low 3:19 p 8:13 12:21 8:50 1:13 9:23 2:06 9:53 3:02 10:19 4:02 10:42 5:13 11:00
Evening Tides High Low none 6:35 3:33 7:37 3:48 8:38 4:04 9:40 4:22 10:44 4:44 11:54 5:09 none
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Dealer: West Vulnerable: North-South
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I have tried to emphasize that bridge is a partnership game. Failing to trust your partner is a sure way to fail. In this week’s hand, I will not name the contributor, because he is most likely looking for a new bridge partner. He writes, “My partner is known for impulsive bidding. West opened the bidding one club and my partner bid four spades. I feel if he had doubled and then bid the spade suit, he might have been able to play in the four-spade contract. Both East and South passed and West bid five clubs. Without any hesitation, my partner bid five spades, which was doubled by West. Down one.” West made a good bid when he bid the five clubs. Going down one against a cold bid is always good. I do have a problem with North’s bid of five spades. His first bid would be considered pre-emptive and his hand is much too good for that bid. As the contributor pointed out, North’s hand was good enough to double and then bid his spade suit. If North had passed the five-club bid, his partner might have been able to bid five spades or to double the five-club contract. If you find yourself playing with someone who seems to be playing this game alone, look for a new face.
West ♠8 ♥ Q J 10 2 ♦AK2 ♣AKQ32
East ♠6 ♥K876 ♦J9876 ♣654
South ♠ J 10 9 ♥54 ♦ 10 5 4 3 ♣ 10 9 8 7
by Donna SWAN
The bidding: North West 1♣ 4♠ 5♣ 5♠ Double All Pass
East Pass Pass
South Pass Pass
Opening lead: K♣
LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center –– Jan. 6 North-South (Section B) 1. Jackie Tucker and Ina Becker 2. Judy Goldberg and Sue Bardach 3. Polly Kaatz and Sylvan Eisman East-West 1. Bonney Libman and Elton Yasura 2. Judy and Gene Krasnow 3. Lenore Miller and Lorraine Ageloff
Donna Swan is a resident of Longboat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays “for the fun of it.” ❑
Winners LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center –– Jan. 6 North-South (Section A) 1. Bob Wacks and Roy Skelvin 2. Richard Kaufman and Mort Smith 3. Fran Mamn and Mel Weisel East-West 1. Natalie Apple and Jean Simon 2. Louise and Charles Schadt 3. Barbara and William Frank
Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Contact Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 to make reservations. Reservations and a partner are required. ❑
595 Bay Isles Rd. Ste. 115 • Longboat Key, FL
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Boat Slips for Rent/Sale
1998 LEXUS G.S. 300, 47,000/mi., very FOR SALE: 55/ft. slip w/extended ﬁnger pier at LBK Moorings. $209,000. 941-383-8193 good cond., black. $18,750. Call 383-0090. or 941-539-6956. 1999 INFINITI I30 Limited. Leather, sun roof, PRIVATE DUTY CNA/HHA for in-home care. Bowes speakers, CD & changer. All power, YOUR YACHT IS BEAUTIFUL! College grad. References avail. Maggie, rich bottom bronze, 86,000/mi. Looks & runs DOESN’T IT DESERVE A 924-5557. great! $9300 o/b/o. Diane, 366-0234. BEAUTIFUL HOME? NURSING ASSISTANT, CNA seeks P/T position to care for your loved ones in their Auto Transport SECURE, DEEPWATER BOAT SLIPS home with tender loving care. Excellent IN A PROTECTED GARDEN SETTING RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police ofﬁcer. reference. Call Ermina 377-3677. Drive your car to the North and back. NEAR LONGBOAT’S NORTH END. LPN PRIVATE duty with class. TLC for your References. 941-778-5381 AVAILABLE NOW FOR BOATS TO 60’. loved ones. Medications set-up, drive to Dr. HARBOUR VILLA CLUB MOORINGS appointments. Free to travel. Reliable, Autos Wanted professional. No heavy lifting. Flexible hours. (941) 383-9544 References available. Lic./Ins. 755-3122. AUTOS WANTED!! LONGBOAT KEY Mooring, 2/slips. 77.5’ & CERTIFIED NURSE assistant will care for 52.5’ on T of dock (boat up to 130/ft.). your loved ones. Shopping, errands. LET ME TAKE THE HASSLE Seasonal, $19. Yearly $17 per foot per References available. 360-3468. OUT OF SELLING YOUR CAR. month plus elec. & tax. 203-288-6312. CASH OFFERED TODAY! LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 60/ft. boat slip, Antiques K-5. Best location, open views, extra large CALL BRAD HEYWOOD WAKEFIELD dining set: 1950’s pier area. Available for lease. 941-387-8315 941-374-1315 oblong table, 6/chairs, small server, $3750. or firstname.lastname@example.org. 941-924-3000. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 48/ft. slip for sale by owner, “P” dock, $188,000. STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES 941-366-0908. Boat Charter
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CHITWOOD CHARTERS/YACHT BROKERS. Grand Banks/Selene Yachts. Luxury Cruises, Sunsets, Cocktails, Special Occasions. Half day to weekly. Bare boat avail. Need a new hobby? Learn to pilot a yacht. Capt. Chitwood. 941-383-5232.
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2000 HONDA Accord: 2/door, 4/cylinder, LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 48/ft. slip SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has auto., 36K/mi., $11,900. Below book value! for sale by owner, “P” dock, $188,000. been making party memories from the 941-366-0908. Non-smoker. Runs great. 363-0794. casual to black tie affair. Specializing in small dinner parties. 383-0777. 2003 CHRYSLER SEBRING LIMITED LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest convertible, showroom condition, 3400/mi., priced 60’ slip available. $206,000. Owner, LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal 941-383-2025 or 504-2000. loaded, $24,750. 383-7696. catering. 366-0070.
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BOAT LIFT, 20,000/lb. Dismantled and ready to move, $2995. 302-547-0494. Leave message & number. 26/FT. BOSTON Whaler CC Twin 225, head & electronics, service history, Excellent cond., 1/owner, $65,000. Call 941-374-0535.
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BOAT SLIP available on Longboat Key, Buttonwood Harbor at Pattigeorge’s Restaurant. Electric boat lift up to 7000/lbs. @ $200/mo. 23-25/footer. Please contact Pattigeorge's Restaurant for more info. 383-5111.
DON’T LIKE to cook? Too busy? Dinner’s ready. You could be enjoying a delicious, healthy meal prepared in your home. I will cook, serve and clean-up. For busy couples, seniors, single professionals, retirees. Ask me for references. Charles Carson, 363-0794.
AUTHENTIC $2000-$7000 per week EXPERIENCED 20/YR. old sitter for child INCOME POTENTIAL 24/7 recorded of any age. Good references available. Call Melanie, 941-284-8870. message 800-366-1375 ext 4967.
NURSING COMPANION will live-in and care HOUSE CLEANING by experienced for the elderly. Also, hourly care. Mature, Brazilian lady. Good references. Free dependable, experienced w/references. estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. 746-5731. CLEANING WITH (TENDER LOVING PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS available CARE). Residential experts, we pay to take care of you in your home. 24/hr. attention to every detail. You will not be service, 7/days a week or as few as 4/hours disappointed. Call 795-2502, 737-5797. a day. Transportation available. Bonded & Insured. 941-921-4747. K.A.S. CLEANING, LLC. Employee Owned. Private Homes, Condos, CNA/CAREGIVER AVAILABLE week days Servicing & Seasonal Homes. Concierge for errands, shopping, light housekeeping & Rentals light meal preparation. 4/hr. min. For appt., Services & Home Watch. Bonded/Insured. 941-792-6660. contact Tracey: 365-6960 or 544-0653. CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and personable. Mature lady accepting clients for home care. Loves to cook. Good driving record. Bonded. Excellent local references. 371-6919.
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THE ADVANTAGES of Sarasota Bay Club’s exceptional Home Health service in your own home. Home Health care by a licensed, insured & competitively priced agency, Sarasota Bay Club’s own ClubCare. Call Paula for information @ 366-7667 Ext. 366.
Carpet/Tile Cleaning CARPET & TILE CLEANING. K.A.S. Cleaning, LLC. Carpet, tile, grout & summer kitchen cleaning. Bonded & Insured. 941-792-6660.
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Cleaning Services WE DO WINDOWS FREE ESTIMATES LOCAL REFERENCES AVAILABLE 737-2578
MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. IF YOU WANT your house really clean, call Mrs. Cruz Cleaning. Sparkle clean, your way! Also, babysitting. 941-924-9487. RELIABLE, HONEST, hard working woman will clean & organize your home. References available. Call 928-2163.
EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need IS YOUR COMPUTER SLOWING DOWN, help with hardware, software, networks or acting weird? Repairs, Upgrades, Teaching. wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. FREE guaranteed estimates. Certiﬁed Computer Technician. Call Forrest, COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your 388-3425. computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $25/hour. Crushed Shell FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. school, book or person can teach you as easily as this experienced We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & teacher. Repairs. 383-5372. insured. 941-232-8877. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Events Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. ✔ ✔ FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Auditorium. Tues., Jan. 27, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Trainer. Backed by 25/years of Wed., Jan. 28, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: experience. Member of Longboat Key 954-4165. Chamber of Commerce. Please call Elinor, 951-6145, www.coach-computer.com.
REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.CharterFishingSarasota.com
Furniture 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. ORIGINAL DEUTSCH 4/drawer natural rattan desk, never used, 42x20.5x30, $200. 383-9652. ORIGINAL ANTIQUE bedroom furniture: Louis XVI, walnut, beautifully carved armoire, bed, nightstand. Great price! 752-0089.
DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $299; sofa Cmagik on LBK lbk.cmagik.com Flash DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full web design commercial/personal, computer trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate $299; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery 587-5588. controlled cabin, all new equipment & available. Builders, 753-7118. HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. COMPUTER STRESSING? No Top-of-the-line ﬁshing electronics. Ice/bait Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! tackle provided starting at $400. Jobs Too Big “or” Small. & SAY YOU SAW IT IN Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna “Let Bob-Tech.com Do it All” 24/7 For information and reservations, call THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER 316-0834/928-1935. Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. On-Site Service. 941-809-9797.
YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping services. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, licensed, insured.
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Interior - Exterior
Zymol wax detailing is our specialty
Aqua Marine Yacht & Boat Detail Service 941 • 545 • 5070
New Sun Marble Restoration Perfection is Not An Accident Marble • Terrazzo • Granite Limestone • Travertine • Etc.
HOME-ALONE? The leading home-watching service providing the widest array of services.
• Office: (941) 749-1825 • Mobile: (941) 545-6770
We’ll watch your home when you leave it behind!
387-7886 Weekly Inspections • Monthly Reports Bonded • Insured
Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT
For your convenience, I come to you! Chair massage also available License# MA32116
6221 14th St. West Bradenton, FL 34207
KITCHENS , BATHS , ADDITIONS , ROOM MAKE -OVERS
• FINISH YOUR JOB QUICKLY, W/O INTERRUPTIONS • HIGHEST QUALITY, REGARDLESS OF YOUR BUDGET • ONE-STOP-SHOP: DESIGN, SELECTIONS, PERMITS
Watts Humphrey @941.400.8576 & INSURED CGC1506235
$599 Computers Everyday Secure (SSL) e-mail PC Cleaning & Repair Wireless & Wired Networking System Upgrades
Kim K im & Kurt Phillips, LMT/NMT
941-725-0789 or 725-0628
LICENSED MASSAGE, NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPIST. Enhance overall well being • Improve mobility in golf & tennis • Increase circulation all in the comfort of your own home!
927-2128 Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners
IF YOU HAVE DIRTY CARPETS, YOU NEED TO CALL:
Landscapes in Paradise Complete Lawn & Landscape Maintenance
CUSTOM CARPET CLEANING SERVICE
24/HR WATER REMOVAL Same owners since 1979
LIC.#’s 17717, 23033
PERFECTLY CRAFTED LIVING SPACE
Jim and Sandee Davis Owners
Bradenton (941) 746-6306 Sarasota (941) 922-1615 LBKC Member SCT Member
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PLATINUM MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. • Best Rates In Town • Construction Loans • Purchase • Refinancing Joanne Johansen Licensed Mortgage Broker, Executive Loan Specialist
Cell: (941) 724-5295
Licensed Mortgage Brokerage Business
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PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, scratches, parts replacement. We keep your furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Robert Martin, 727-2533.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Join a special team of people who make a real difference in the lives of the elderly. Part-time day, evening and weekend shifts. Home Instead Senior Care, 951-2103.
LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. We can furnish your home & enhance your wardrobe. Open Mon., Weds. & Sat. 9a.m.-3p.m., 6140 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat. 383-4738.
REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying ofﬁce fees? Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high trafﬁc Island ofﬁce. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. Joe Pickett, 383-5543.
FRENCH ANTIQUE marble mantel, 45”hx40”w, beige tone, $1200. Murano glass wall sconce, deep rose tone, 30”Lx20”W, $1000. Additional items. Must sell soon! 387-0438.
Help Wanted COMPANIONS/HOMEMAKERS. Do you enjoy helping people? Meals, light housekeeping, companionship, transportation. Comfort Keepers, 921-4747. CARRIER NEEDED TO DELIVER EACH WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER IN DOWNTOWN SARASOTA AND SURROUNDING AREA. PLEASE CONTACT: CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION. 383-5509
Landscaping & Lawn Services BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing the total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-730-5318 for free consultation. PETE’S LAWN CARE MAINTENANCE AND LANDSCAPING RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL LICENSED & INSURED
BABY GRAND PIANO, beautiful, black IF YOU’RE looking for an honest work from lacquer, digital and computerized w/CD’s, home business or money to start your own teaches you to play. Great fun! Cost: business I have found many good ones at $12,000. Asking: $6000. 941-737-9490. this website: www.grocerymoney.org 4/PERSON THERAPY Spa w/warranty, HOUSEKEEPER, LBK Resort. Flexible never used. Retail: $3295. Must move. $1350. 727-433-1106. hours. 383-2105.
PLC, INC. firstname.lastname@example.org 539-3147
WASH N’ FOLD, ironing, alterations, BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: EXQUISITE CUSTOM Faux Finishes, comforters, area rugs, self-service. Open Complete Private Estate and luxury home Textures & Murals using the newest most 7/days. PARADISE COIN LAUNDRY, programs. Customized options to suit your innovative techniques, applied by a licensed, professionally trained artist. 7466 Cortez Road West, 795-1657. needs. Staffed by professionally trained insured, hospitality managers to accommodate your Contact: Creative Ambience, 813-390-4120. CLASSIFIEDS WORK Free Estimates. References Available. every need. 941-957-7880.
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PATTI-LINN STANLEY 941-387-8361 CERTIFIED & INSURED PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER I COME TO YOUR LOCATION! (HOME, CONDO, POOL) PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULATION
The Area’s Most Professional Mover. Don’t Settle With Anyone Less!
(941) 355-2936 / (800) 282-7674 www.davivalenti.com • email@example.com www.wheatonworldwide.com Fla. State Mover Reg. #IM81
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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT ✧ STRENGTH TRAINING AQUATIC EXERCISE ✧ PILATES ✧ YOGA
PAV E R S INTERLOCKING NEW INSTALLATION & REPAIRS: BRICK PAVERS
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Painting Inc. 941-795-5100 941-518-9300 Dan or Bill
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PHYSICAL THERA[Y TENNIS Lawrence Bertolino, P.T. InHome physical therapy / personal training Post rehab recovery / Strength training Specializing in all orthopedic conditions / manual therapy Insurance Accepted 941-350-0006
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TENNIS LESSONS • USPTR Certified Teaching Professional • Division-1 College Player • Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy Graduate • 15 Years Teaching Experience • Private Courts Available • “My Courts or Yours” Private/Semi-Private Clinics Junior Tennis Academy At The Ritz Carlton Afternoons - Daily, M-F Call for time.
Jason Berke TDA Director of Tennis Ritz Carlton Sarasota
16E THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2004 Massage MASSAGE THERAPY Marty Roca Lic. #MA 32116 (941) 232-9812 or Kedre Molenaar Roca Lic. #MA 33532 (941) 685-5895
CLASSIFIEDS Professional Services STUDENT TUTOR: Consultant, Education Disabilities 778-0349.
HAVING reading problems? Reading Specialist/Learning 30/yrs. Experience: Elementary B.A., Reading - M.A., Learning - M.A., Education - Ed. D.
Condos & Homes For Sale
BUSINESS WANTED! Looking to purchase small, proﬁtable business on Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key. Preferably from absentee owner. Contact: Michael 314-965-4512, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BEACH HARBOR Club. Premium 3rd ﬂoor location w/bay views. Updated interior and exterior makes this unit one of the best properties for the money. Walk to your privately equipped beach, or keep a boat in your own private slip. A must see with easy access. Offered for $269,000. Contact Mike Migone at Wedebrock R.E. Co. 383-5543.
OUTSTANDING AREA Fine Art & Framing business established in afﬂuent neighborhood for over a dozen years. Conﬁdentially agreement required for EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, details. $80K. LONGBOAT KEY painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, For your convenience, we come to you! screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. C-1 zoning, many possible uses. $400K each. MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and 812-5115. ANNA MARIA ISLAND fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. HANDYMAN SERVICE by Manasota Home Sports Bar thrives even in off-season on 941-383-8801. Try it!! Improvements. Carpentry, decks, kitchens & local clientele. Beer-wine lic., smoking OK. baths, tile, painting & much more. Licensed Conﬁdentiality agreement required. $85K. Miscellaneous Wanted SARASOTA and Insured. (CBC1251443). 929-1168. Mufﬂer Shop. Illness forces owner to retire WANTED TO BUY: old ﬁshing tackle boxes, after 24/yrs. Good lease. $72,500. lures, reels, bamboo rods, guns, etc. EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION PALMETTO 941-966-8737. FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, C-Store & More in outstanding location WALLS, MURALS. good income, good lease. $95K. Music LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT Conﬁdentiality agreement required for details. GRAND PIANO, La’Petite Kimball. Black MEMBER LBK CHAMBER BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT satin, excellent condition. Beautiful! $5800. Unique Mixed-Use Buildings: 12,500s.f. 941-350-8048. ARTISAN TILE of retail/ofﬁce/residential plus 32-car lot (941) 383-2659 on Old Main St. for image-conscious user or Painting & Wallpapering investor. $1.75/mil. Lic./Ins. CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including HANDYMAN, NO job too big or too small. Longview Realty - 383-6112 drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper 20/yrs. Experience. Call for Free Estimates. Richard Estrin, installation & removal, pressure washing. 941-224-2852. Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. PAUL SUTHERLAND. Carpentry, Repairs Commercial Rentals & Sales & more! Residential & Commercial. No job 30+years exp. too small. 35/yrs. exper. Prompt, dependable ANNA MARIA Island, Gulf Dr. Commercial ☛ RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & service. 792-4645. 3000/sq.ft. concrete block, zoned C-2, Gulf REMODELING. Interior/exterior, Residential, MR. T’S Handyman Services. Carpentry, view, high trafﬁc, $799,000. 941-730-9440. Commercial. All painters are union trained Building Maintenance, Vinyl Siding & More! LONGBOAT KEY 8/unit apartment complex journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels. 30/yrs. Exper. 941-727-1019, 941-545-5619. for sale. Fully occupied. Owner/Broker, Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of 941-387-9252. Commerce member. 953-5215. ☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space TILE-TILE-TILE available at the Centre Shops, Longboat ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER Key. Call 387-3135. SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure All Variations of Ceramic Tile washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We Supplied & Installed. 525 BAY ISLES ROAD-Town Plaza II: spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at Floors a Specialty. 4 retail/ofﬁce spaces available for lease. reasonable rates! Mom/Son Lic./Ins. Cell Large Longboat Key Portfolio. 765/sq.ft.-1281/sq.ft. Competitive lease 704-7115 or 792-1646. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. rates. Excellent for medical type uses. Owner is very motivated and is willing to Personals Dirty grout? Give us a shout! offer credits and free rent to qualiﬁed tenant. Grout cleaning & restoration 11,000+/-sq.ft. Plaza is also offered for sale, ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! services available. $1,350,000. Lee De Lieto, Michael Saunders Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). & Co., 941-957-3730. 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days. Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077 WANTED: TRAINER for old dog 58, who Condos & Homes For Sale thinks he’s a prince with a touch of class, INS. HISTORIC INDIAN BEACH, 3BR/2BA but looks like a frog. Fireman Joe, LIC. 941-730-7470, Ellenton. ♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years Saline pool home, one in from Bay w/sunset experience as a highly skilled, dependable, and bay views. Great location to all the arts restoration/renovation expert, carpenter and downtown. Extensive remodel in Personal Services & ﬁne ﬁnishing contractor. Kitchen and 2000/granite stainless steel appliances, bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. gourmet kitchen. Quiet area out of trafﬁc. Asking price $629,000. By owner. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294. YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, 941-359-6896, cell: 941-544-6552. HOME REPAIRS. IMPROVEMENTS. LLC BEACHFRONT. Spacious and REMODELING. General repairs, carpentry, LBK, Gail Sunray, Owner painting, sheetrock & popcorn, trim, doors beautiful, 2BR/2BA among multi-million $ & bi-folds, moldings & cornices, decks, homes and condos. Heated pool, exercise Helping seniors, busy adults & hardwood ﬂoors. A.J. Winters, 713-1951. facility and tennis. Offered at $525,000. businesses manage paperwork. Call 374-3200. Insured. State Registered.
Bill paying and account reconciliation Budgets and ﬁnancial reports Organizing investment, personal and tax ﬁles Federal and Florida tax returns Personal and business correspondence Medical claims and insurance forms
Telephone: 941-749-5646 Email: email@example.com
Pets SHELTIE, 9/YR. old male Blue Merle, 25/lbs. Great companion, quiet, loving, loyal, healthy, stunning blue eyes. If you have room in your heart for a special 4 legged friend, WIZARD may agree to be your best buddy. Call Phil 780-0115.
Remodeling & Home Improvements
BEACHPLACE PENTHOUSE. Largest 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, $650,000. SEAPLACE. Ground ﬂoor, corner unit 3BR/2BA, furnished. $560,000. CEDARS WEST. Beautifully furnished, ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! never rented, walk out to pool and beach Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, and tennis, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window $625,000. Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. RITZ CARLTON. Penthouse, 4266/sq.ft. in Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for the Hotel with all the Ritz amenities, appointment. 758-8044. $2,950,000. Call Ron or Laure Baldwin, Ron Baldwin & Associates, Inc. 941-954-7471. JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodeling contractors. In-house plan design. State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. Many island references. 778-2993.
STATE CERTIFIED Rooﬁng & General Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, Rooﬁng (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Call DON for immediate response. 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, PE20374. VISA/MC.
Spanish Instruction SPEAK SPANISH. Unique method - “Think in Spanish”. Small groups or individual & also: Work Force Development Spanish or English, 727-8235.
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PROFESSIONAL TILE Installation. 20/yrs. All Around Garage Door Services, LLC. Experience. Call for Free Estimates. Free estimates. Insured. 24/hr. Service. 941-224-2852. New installations, door & operator repairs. 941-447-3841, 941-447-3842. CLASSIFIEDS WORK
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LONGBOAT KEY. Premium turnkey ground ﬂoor, 2BR/2BA condo with garden patio. Amenities include deeded beach, pool, docking, clubhouse and more. $279,000. 941-383-3751.
2BR/2BA VILLA: New appliances in kitchen, dome ceiling, 2/remodeled baths, new ceiling in living, dining area & hall. Built-in china, new W/D, enclosed lanai, patio, pool. Clubhouse, marina, boat slip, beach access, cable TV. No agents. $289,900. 383-3107, Owner. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, 322 FIREHOUSE LANE. 3BR/3BA, FAMILY ROOM, SCREENED PORCH, 3/DECKS, COMMUNITY POOL, WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. $995,000 CONRAD BEACH OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 387-9595 WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM
WHAT A DEAL! WHAT A VIEW. BEACHFRONT CONDO, DIRECT GULF/NEW PASS VIEWS, 2790/SQ.FT. LBK CLUB AREA, MARINA. MAKE IT SPECTACULAR! $975,000 383-5897/387-3356
$635,000 INCLUDES 2/units, Longboat Key, direct Gulf front condo conversion. Renovations completed. ONLY 11 unit development. www.cabanabeachclubcondos.com Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041. LIDO BEACH Gorgeous Direct Gulf view from 2BR/2BA, 6th ﬂoor condo. Screened lanai, beachside heated pool & clubhouse, garage parking, fully furnished. Walk to St. Armands! $475,000 Premier Florida Realty John Bancroft 941-920-1502 More waterfront listings at: www.premierﬂorida.com
LONGBOAT KEY condo, one of the lowest priced 2BR/2BA in Bay Isles. Totally renovated w/all new furnishings. Seller motivated. Asking $373,000. Caroline Worley, Re/Max Properties. 941-586-6633. RARE LBK VILLAGE HOME 3BR/2BA, POOL. GLASS ENCLOSED LANAI. 1-4P.M. SUNDAY 691 RUSSELL A MUST SEE! $595,000 387-9516 BROKER PROTECTED
FAIRWAY BAY MID-RISE, LBK
BEAU CIEL, sweeping Bay views from this 3100/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA, 4th ﬂoor, unﬁnished condo w/several upgrades. Please call for appointment, 941-387-0040 for details and showing. $1,410,000.
SUNNY 2BR/2BA APARTMENT NEWLY RENOVATED 2003 PRISTINE CONDITION, CUSTOM DECORATED, NEW TILE/CARPET, GARAGE.
LIDO CONDO, direct Gulf view, all new kitchen, corner unit, 3rd ﬂoor, screened lanai, $627,500. 941-388-2023.
*BROKERS OK $379,900 CALL OWNER: 941-383-3082
INCREDIBLE UNOBSTRUCTED Bay views. One Watergate next to the Ritz. 2BR split plan, 2BA. Dining/family room. Excellent GOLF COURSE frontage, 4BR/2BA Village condition. Priced at $479,000. For sale by Green home. Family room, 2/car garage, $224,900. Call owner, Fred: 756-1090. owner. Call 922-6761.
Condos & Homes For Sale
Condos & Homes For Sale
$325,000. COMPLETELY New interior.
LONGBOAT KEY, Bayou frontage, boating facilities, rent as much as you want. Deeded beach access. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041.
BY OWNER, updated 2BR/2BA LBK villa. New paint, carpet & tile. 55+ complex, pool & beach access. Furnished. $237,000. 383-0034. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: Experience real Florida living. 3BR/2BA renovated, canalfront home. Private dock, pool, beach access. $974,000. Bob Burnett, Michael Saunders & Co. Lic. Real Estate Broker, 941-356-1277 or 387-0048. COZY AND CUTE 1BR/1BA condo, nicely furnished, updated beachfront building w/pool, management ofﬁce. Best location, best value on the beach. $259,000. 708-371-8020, days. 708-361-0860, eves. “CONDOMINIUMS” LONGBOAT HARBOUR 1BR/1BA, beautiful canal view, extra special sized living area. Turnkey furnished. $229,000 LONGBOAT ARMS 2BR/2BA, top ﬂoor corner unit w/water views. Tennis, boat docks and beach access. Turnkey furnished. $325,000 WINDWARD BAY 2BR/2BA, corner condo w/glass enclosed balcony and water views. Updated kitchen, W/D, turnkey furnished. $359,000
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TENNIS HEAVEN ON THE BEACH “CLUB LONGBOAT” 5055 GULF OF MEXICO DR.
FULLY RENOVATED CONDOMINIUM COMPLEX BEAUTIFUL LUSH GROUNDS OVER 5/ACRES, EXPANSIVE BEACHFRONT PROPERTY, UNIT #311. TOTALLY REFURBISHED, BAMBOO FLOORS, GRANITE & MARBLE. 2BR/2BA, DEN & LARGE TOMMY BAHAMA LANAI, FULL VIEW OF EVENING SUNSETS! 8/HAR-TRU TENNIS COURTS, ADULT AND CHILDREN POOLS, FULL WORK OUT ROOM, JACUZZI, SAUNA, LARGE ACTIVE CLUB HOUSE W/SEPARATE LOCKER ROOMS. FINDERS KEEPERS! TRULY A RARE GEM!
FOR SALE BY OWNER, TURNKEY. $850,000/TURNKEY OR 2/YR. ANNUAL RENTAL AVAILABLE. FIRST FLOOR, BEST LOCATION CENTER COURT.
LEMENTS of Fine Design LYNDA FINDER DESIGN GROUP
“STAGING & REINVENTING SPACES”
FOR PRIVATE SHOWING, CONTACT: LYNDA FINDER 941-954-1707 OR E-MAIL: LYNDAFINDER@AOL.COM
Call Dorothy Cook WAGNER REALTY 383-5577, A/H 756-4851
Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation
Real Estate Wanted
INTERESTED IN purchasing condominium w/full Gulf view inside Longboat Key Club gates, Gulfside. Cash buyer. No realtors. ☛ ☛ BEACHPLACE, LARGE 2BR/2BA. Decorator furnished, plus. inside parking. Toll Free: 1-800-621-6288. Available March. By owner: 941-387-2555
ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS. 5BR/4.5BA Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, home totally remodeled. Pool. separate living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. apartment. Annual lease. 941-388-6456. LBK, COUNTRY Club Shores. Well maintained 3BR/2BA canal home with pool. Unfurnished, annual lease. ResortQuest Real Estate. 941-365-9505 Ext: 2200. ARTIST COTTAGE IN HISTORIC LONGBEACH VILLAGE. 2/BR, Laundry, Fireplace, New Kitchen, Back Porch, Spacious Front and Back Yards. A short walk to Longboat’s best beaches, art center, boat ramp, pier, shopping and restaurants. (Prefer annual) Call 383-3880 www.longboatrental.com
1BR/1BA. BOATING & beach, utilities, $720/mo. 941-387-0990.
WATER CLUB DIRECT GULF! 3BR Arlington condo w/wood ﬂoors and fabulous upgrades and ﬁnishes throughout. Includes two parking spaces. Offered at $2,495,000. Contact: Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton: 941-383-7591 or 387-0800. Michael Saunders & Company. SUNBOW BAY, Anna Maria Island. Direct bayfront panoramic corner unit, 2BR/2BA w/terrace. Completely updated, new furnishings, 2/heated pools, tennis, elevator, under building parking. Walk to beach & shopping. Info: 941-795-3778. $339,900. TOWNHOUSE, 3BR/3BA, end unit, 2100/sq.ft. +1750/sq.ft. garage/storage. Many amenities & improvements. Pets allowed. Beach access. By owner. Brokers welcome. 383-3576.
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594 BAY ISLES RD. LONGBOAT KEY 3.78/ACRES ZONED RESIDENTIAL (UP TO 12/UNITS). IT ADJOINS THE TOWN CENTER, BAY ISLES RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY AND TENNIS CENTER. PLEASE FAX INQUIRIES TO: DEVELOPMENT FAX: 941-365-6393
LIDO KEY, St. Armands Tower S., spacious 2BR/2BA condo near St. Armands Circle. Walk to beach. Amenities include pool, exercise room, and community room. Unfurnished, annual rental, $1500/mo. ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-365-9505, ext. 2200. TANGERINE BAY on Longboat. Direct bayfront, 2300/sq.ft., 2BR/2.5BA +den, resort style pool, ﬁshing dock, gas grill, 2/car garage +all amenities. Non-smoking. References. 383-7410.
LBK/TWIN SHORES 55+ mobile park. 1BR/2BA, furnished. Private beach, marina. Land included. $89,900. 371-3290.
relaxing setting. Gulf access. Seasonal, $3100/mo. and Annual, $1800/mo.. 941-350-8048.
1BR/1BA VILLA, GREENBELT VIEW. PRIVATE CARPORT, TOTALLY FURNISHED. AVAILABLE: FEB. 1ST.-MARCH 1ST. $1900/MO. MARCH 1ST.-APRIL 1ST. $1900/MO. APRIL 1ST.-MAY 1ST. $1600/MO.
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RESORT CONDOMINIUM WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 www.casadelmar.net Ofﬁce Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE “85% Repeat Guests” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” ASK ABOUT OUR RATE SPECIALS!
VACATION RENTALS Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Ofﬁce 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 For a complete list, go to: www.Wedebrock.com
LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, located on bay, walk to beach. 1BR/1.5BA, GULF view w/private beach, $600-$650/annual. Call Resort Properties, Bay access w/dock. $2250/mo. all inclusive. 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. Available now. Call for info and e-mail BAY VIEW, “Hemingway Style” canal home. pictures. Seasonal or annual. Call for annul Hardwood ﬂoors, new kitchen and bath, rates. 941-780-2352.
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888 ON RITZ Marina, 3/levels, 3BR/3.5BA 2/car garage, boat dock. Furnished. No pets/smoke. $2800/mo. annual. $5200/mo. 4/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815.
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BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant w/thru views Lots & Acreage For Sale of Bay & Marina. All amenities including HARBOR LANDINGS concierge & valet. $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site 3/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. WATERFRONT CONDO 1BR/1BA. Access offered by owner-REALTOR in gated to beach & bay. New TKF & appliances. Cortez community; $265,000 price includes NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Walk to beach Dock. Low maintenance fees. Fronts Nature dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate and bay from this 2BR/2BA Village home. Preserve, $154,000. 383-5825. George Noble: 685-3372. Enclosed garden and screened lanai. LONGBOAT KEY $1100/mo. Unfurnished. Call 726-1802. 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at CHARMING NORTH LBK beach house. SANCTUARY $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard 2BR/2BA, W/D, screened lanai, spacious front and back yard. Unfurnished $1500/mo. Estrin: 807-3363. 2-3BR/2.5BA, FIRST FLOOR, or furnished $2000/mo. Small pet. Prefer LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112 WALK DOWN TO BEACH. annual. Call 941-228-9005. TOTAL RENOVATION, LARGE FLOOR 5630 GULF of Mexico Dr., LBK. 2+/- acre 2BR/2BA CONDO w/sweeping Bay views. PLAN, 2510/SQ.FT. commercial site with canal front. Zoned CI. Fully furnished, includes 3/TVs, cable, $1,049,000 Perfect live/work situation. $1,500,000.00. DVD/VCR. Steps to the beach, pool, tennis Lee DeLieto, Michael Saunders & Co. court. Call 813-469-9338. MICHAEL DUVALL, 957-3730. RE/MAX EXCELLENCE 2BR/1BA +DEN-DOWNTOWN Sarasota, 941-383-9700 charming neighborhood. No pets. First, last, FOR SALE BY OWNER security, $800/mo. 383-2659. PERICO BAY VILLA. Gated community, 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished. Tennis/heated pool. $259,900. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.
2BR/2BA, PANORAMIC BAY VIEW FROM ALL WINDOWS, TOTALLY FURNISHED, NEW APPLIANCES. FEB. 1ST-MARCH 1ST. $2600/MO. MARCH 1ST.-APRIL 1ST. $2600/MO. APRIL 1ST.-MAY 1ST. $2200/MO. 587-1456
PRIVATEER NORTH INSIDE GATES OF LONGBOAT KEY GOLF CLUB OLYMPIC POOL/TENNIS, 2BR/2BA, 3RD FLOOR, CORNER UNIT, 2/PORCHES, GULF & POOL VIEW. RIGHT ON THE BEACH! AVAIL: MAY 1ST, 2004-OCT., 2006 $4000/MO. 941-383-5564
RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700.
2BR/2BA+LOFT, POOL, SPA AND PROTECTED CANAL. ROOFTOP DECK PROVIDES BAY VIEW. MINUTES FROM BAY, GULF AND BEACH.
BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Very desirable 1st ﬂoor larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, W/D, pool, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. covered parking. No smoking. No pets. Weekly, monthly. 617-328-7145. 718-227-4582.
KATHY SCOTT, COLDWELL BANKER 812-5805
BEACHFRONT SUITE, Inn on the Beach. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 $250 daily, 4th Night Free! Weekly/monthly bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido discount. http://longboatbeach.com. Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental 941-364-3477. condo. 388-1404.
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LA PLAYA GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS
SEAPLACE, 1BR, 1/den w/sofa bed, 5th ﬂoor with Gulf/Bay views. W/D in unit, Available March/April, 04 & Jan., Feb., March 2005. 941-383-2814 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LONGBOAT KEY, Fairway Bay townhouse. Available April 1st. Short/long term. 387-0438.
WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT 2 & 3 BEDROOMS 941-383-6224 888-383-6224 www.laplayacondo.com “ON BEAUTIFUL LONGBOAT KEY”
LBK, SEAPLACE GULFFRONT, 2BR/2BA, TURNKEY FURNISHED, W/D, POOL, TENNIS. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. $3000/MO. C. HITTLE, COLDWELL BANKER 941-349-5911
LBK, DESIGNER CANAL home, 2BR/2BA, w/pool and boat dock. Tranquil setting, close to beach. Jan.-April, $4500/mo. Small pets RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME, 2/min. walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki okay. 941-383-2902. Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal BRADENTON, SAN Remo Shores area, ﬁshing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool 2BR/1BA waterfront condo w/boat dock, w/screened enclosure, 3BR/2BA. Recently 2/miles to beach. Small pet Okay. First, last, updated w/new paint and furniture, lots security, $800/mo. 383-2659. of tile, pets welcome upon approval. No smoking and no children please. ☛ ☛ BEACHPLACE, DIRECT beachfront, Security/Deposit. 2/month minimum. 2BR/2BA. Available starting April, 2004. $6500/mo. Call 863-559-4610 or E-mail: Looking to rent immediately! (216) 881-3232, email@example.com (440) 247-3207 or (440) 623-9068. WINDWARD BAY, 2BR/2BA penthouse, THE CASTILLIAN, Longboat Key, Florida. full bay view and Sarasota skyline. 1/mo. Oceanfront, 4th ﬂoor, 2BR/2BA, fully minimum. Avail. Jan to April. $3200/mo. Call equipped condo has just become available Angelo, 941-362-4143. during the season. Call 513-561-5940. 2BR/2BA CONDO. Pool, tennis, boat dock. ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished Just across street from beach. Nicely 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, furnished. Available now through April. walk beach/Circle. April, 04. Non-smokers. Times ﬂexible. 383-3000. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, 3rd ﬂoor direct Gulf front, private, 2BR/2BA. Pool, recreation room. Available May through June, 2004. August through December, RENTALS 2004. 813-837-9901. SEASONAL VACATION & ANNUAL CONDOS SEAPINES - 2BR/2BA, 1st ﬂoor, Gulf view. $4200/mo. SEAPLACE - 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, $4200/mo. COVERT II - 1BR/1BA, Gulf view. PELICAN HARBOUR- 3BR/2BA, Bay view. $6500/mo. HOUSES ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE - 2BR/2BA charmer. $2500/mo. CUNTRY CLUB SHORES - 3BR/2BA, pool house. $1750/MO. HARBOUR SECTION - 3BR/3BA pool home on open Bay views. $8000/mo.
Coldwell Banker Previews Property Management Team 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 Tom Fynes, Vicki Lonborg and Linda Paskovich Call Direct: 941-387-1826 or 941-383-6411 Ext. 228 visit our website: www.longboatkeyvacations.com
LONGBOAT KEY, Gulf front condo 2BR/2BA, 2/screened lanais for magniﬁcent sunsets, 2/heated pools, covered parking at the prestigious Westchester Condominium. Available through April, 2004 & December through April, 2005 Season. 2/mo. minimum. Call Linda, Toll free: 1-888-206-6611 or 863-646-4444.
KINGSTON ARMS on St. Armands Circle. Furnished 1BR/1BA. 1/mo. minimum. Annual also possible. Call Agent/Owner, 941-586-6731.
Your Vacation Getaway! Daily & Weekly Rentals Located directly on the Gulf with 200 feet of beautiful beach, pool and lush landscaping. Updated and redecorated units with 1BR, living/dining and kitchenette. Tower lanais overlook Gulf to enjoy the famous sunsets. Close to shops, restaurants and entertainment. Call now and experience life on the beach!
941-383-3788 Toll free: 866-754-3443 Visit our website: Turtlecrawlinn.com
CONDO ON GULF, Longboat. Heated pool, 1BR, sleeps/4, furnished kitchen, cable, phone. Washer/dryer in building. Monthly May-January $1400. February-April negotiable. 941-383-9419.
AVAILABLE NOW, seasonal or annual, 1BR/1BA, large Lido Beach Club apartment. Call 362-7278.
GRAND BAY, luxury 2BR/2BA condo w/full bay & golf course views. Usually rents for $5500/mo., now $4000/mo., 3/mo. minimum. 941-387-0727.
LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR/2BA, on canal w/dock, large deck, $2395/mo. LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA, partial Gulf view. Available January 2004, 941-355-3200. April 2004 through June 2004. August BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. through Dec. 2004. Covered parking, Walk right out onto the beach from this Olympic pool, ﬁtness center. 24/hour charming 2BR/2BA, 1st ﬂoor condo near security. Non-smokers. By owner. Month-toCentre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf month rentals avail. 813-837-9901. view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 941-383-6650. LONGBOAT KEY BEAUTIFUL 1BR CONDO ON BEACH, LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Available April & May, ELEGANT DECOR, BEACHSIDE POOL, $2750/mo. June, Aug. & Sept., $2250/mo. WALK TO SHOPPING. Oct. & Dec., $2750/mo. (727) 403-1449. WEEKLY/MONTHLY. AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 22ND. SUTTON PLACE, LBK. 2BR/2BA, Bayfront REASONABLE RATES. condo, 4th ﬂoor. Views of Bay & Gulf, NON-SMOKING/PETS 2/heated pools. $3500/mo. Avail. March 1. Call 941-383-6832. 941-383-0194/0217 LONGBOAT KEY, Privateer North, off gated road. On beach and golf course. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA, 2/balconies. BANYAN BAY CLUB. Gulf and bay views, heated Olympic pool, LONGBOAT, tennis. Available starting April, 2004. 3.5BR/3BA. Bayfront. (843) 883-3496 (New York)/914-747-3338, or 914-946-7735. firstname.lastname@example.org LBK. AVAILABLE due to cancellation. ISLANDER CLUB, spacious 2BR/2BA Gulf side condo. Beach, pool/tennis/exercise room. Turnkey furnished. Partial Gulf views from roof deck. Term and price negotiable. 860-429-6679 or 941-387-3858(after Feb. 1, 2004).
BEACH COTTAGE, Lido Key. 3BR/2BA, Walk to beach and St. Armands Circle. Seasonal/Monthly. 955-0110. SEAPLACE, 2BR/1.5BA condo on beach w/Gulf and sunset views, newly decorated, large terrace, tennis, pools, washer/dryer, 2/mo. min. Available 1/1/05. 201-943-5737 or email@example.com
JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000
GORGEOUS DIRECT GULF END SUITE, 2BR TOTALLY RENOVATED. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY JANUARY, 2004 SYLVIA BABINEAU, BROKER MY REALTY COMPANY 941-504-0551
INCREDIBLE PANORAMIC BAY VIEWS FROM THIS ATRIUM 2BR/2BA AND OFFICE PENTHOUSE CAN BE YOUR HOME IN LONGBOAT KEY CLUB WITH 3/MO. MINIMUM @ $4500/MO. CONTACT ELAINE: 859-630-8059
LIDO BEACH: efﬁciencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day minimum. 388-2590. WHITNEY BEACH, 1BR/1BA remodeled condo. Heated pools, tennis courts, beach access. Available March or April, 2004. 941-928-0309. ST. ARMANDS, 3BR/2BA +den on large private wooded lot. Walk beach/Circle. Available Jan.-May. 941-755-5924.
Rentals Wanted RETIRED LANDSCAPE architect seeks pleasant 1BR or efﬁciency in garden setting. Happy to do light gardening during rental. Excellent local references. 342-0577.
PROFESSOR, WIFE, non-smokers, no pets, seeks 6/weeks water view, 2BR/2BA rental: 3BR/2BA FURNISHED CANALFRONT Anna Maria, Longboat. Feb. 1-March 15. home. Dogs welcome. Available beginning Offering $2500 inclusive. 941-778-3747. April 1, 2004. Monthly only. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates. Time Share http://www.home.earthlink.net/~dshog/LBKRental/
LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Quiet 3rd ﬂoor, 1BR/1BA, furnished, 2/sofabeds, glass enclosed lanai, canal & bay views, pools, gym, tennis, beach house. 1/month min. Call 802-658-3374, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GULF & BAY VIEWS 2BR/1.5BA, IMMACULATE. POOL, OVERLOOKING BAY. $2000/MO. 2/MO. MINIMUM 358-8851 LONGBOAT KEY, 2/21-2/28/04. Beautiful duplex, sleeps 10, 4BR/4BA, tennis, pool, on the beach. 941-383-5511, attn: Grace, apt. 406.
or call 941-360-0700. DESIGNER ANNA MARIA Key Royale canal front home, 2BR/2BA+den. Pool, LBK, SPANISH Main Yacht Club, 2BR/2BA terrace, dock. Highest standards. villa. $2000/mo. 387-7136. E-mail: March/May, $4250/mo. 863-860-7407, email@example.com LBK, LOVELY canal home, 2BR/2BA, www.vrbo.com/18876.htm WINDWARD BAY, Longboat Key. Newly beach access. Avail. March 1st through May, $2700/mo. No pets/smoking, 941-650-9929, 2BR/2BA VILLAGE COTTAGE, close to remodeled 2BR/2BA penthouse, full bay restaurants & bay. $1800/mo. Jan.-April. view, across from beach. Pool, tennis, www.hortsorb.com/lbk.asp 383-2659. exercise room. Available May-Nov., 2004. BEACH PLACE, 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 2BR/2BA, Non-smokers only. Call 773-506-9153 or (941)918-8658 www.siestasandcastle.com. furnished. Gulf across street. Available E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org November 1st. through March 31st. AVAILABLE NOW! Palma Sola townhouse, VACATION RENTALS 941-387-1001. MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!! 2BR, heated pool, boat slip, $2500/mo. Check our Web Site: www.leasingsarasota.com
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LBK, SEAPLACE. 2BR/2.5BA, steps to beach, newly decorated, w/lanai. Available October through December, 2004. e-mail: email@example.com or 423-968-3420.
SIESTA KEY, beachfront, Coquille Crescent Beach, 2BR/2BA, loft, pool, 1st. ﬂoor. EXECUTIVE HOME, Perico Island, minutes $3300/mo. Available from February 1st. to beach. Gorgeous 3BR/2BA house, 2/car 716-650-9650. garage, turnkey. $3700/mo. +tax & cleaning fee or $1500/mo. annual. No smoking. No LIDO, 4BR/2.5BA, sleeps 8, private heated pets. 941-778-3320. pool, shufﬂeboard court. All new construction. Available March 1st. By week or month. $2500/week. $7500/mo. Call 407-877-7070 ext. 0 ask for Amanda.
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VERANDA PENTHOUSE, week 36, mid-September, 4BR/4BA, 2/story. Perfect corporation perk. Recently appraised $13,500. Open to offer. 941-809-5091.
Waterfront Property GORGEOUS FULL Bay & Golf course views at Grand Bay. This 3BR/3.5BA condo is almost 3000/sq.ft. of pure perfection and lends itself to be casually elegant: tons of upgrades & built-ins, huge master, entire wrap around balconies. See the shimmering night time lights of Sarasota, $1,475,000. Call Tony Andrews of Andrews & Associates. 921-5999.
Tara Golf Club villa w/heated pool and golf course, $2700/mo. Available March only: Longboat Village bungalow, 2BR, near bay, ☛ ☛ NEW WATERFRONT Community, restaurants, $2700/mo. Perico Bay villa, Cortez Quay. 3/Lots available w/docks. heated pool, tennis, $2500/mo. Real Estate Re/Max Gulfstream, Paula Jonsson. Mart, 756-1090. 730-9888.
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Bayfront CHOICE building! Designer decorated, 3825 s.f., private elevator, 3BR and family room, lives like a home! Sunrise to Sunset views. $1,350,000
Sarasota’s newest bayfront tower-18 stories, 44 residences. 11th floor masterpiece features many architectural upgrades, finished flooring, marble, carpet, and newly painted. Ready for occupancy. Spectacular city & unobstructed bay views. Walk to the arts, restaurants. Boat dock available. $2,639,000
ISLANDER CLUB Beautifully renovated condo designer decorated with new kitchen and updated bathrooms. Complex offers state of the art amenities, including a fitness room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and beautiful white sandy beach. Reduced $449,000
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WATERFRONT NEW HOME
Bamboo & marble floors, granite kitchen, fireplace, 5BR, 2 story family room, music room, pool, spa, boat dock. $2,199,000
Penthouse on the Beach Fabulous direct gulf and sunset views! Tastefully furnished and updated, large 2 bedroom with oversized terrace, tile floors, built-ins and hurricane shutters. $995,000
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WESTCHESTER Gulf front condo in pristine condition. Watch the sunset from your Lanai. Two heated pools, clubhouse, tennis court, citrus grove on beautiful seven acres. $735,000
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New & phenomenal 2BR+den, West Indies décor by Robb & Stucky, bay & boat basin views, Ritz amenities & services, private beach club. $1,269,000 Towers Penthouse - Southwest corner Bay and marina views, 3BR + den with fireplace, wet bar, wine cooler, high ceilings, Private 2- car garage. 5200 sq. ft. $4,650,000
FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM is one of the most desirable locations. Amenities galore! Bike path, Exercise, Heated Pool, Spa/Hot Tub, Tennis Hard Surface and Private Beach Club. In a Quiet and Tranquil Setting. Reduced over $15,000 to $829,000
Prestigious south Longboat community featuring state-of-the-art fitness center, hospitality suite, concierge, private elevators, Olympic sized pool, and game rooms for your entertainment. Areca II Model Unbelievably gorgeous, magnificent residence with views of Gulf, golf course, bay & Sarasota skyline. Rarely available, 10 ft ceilings, 2BR + den, custom cabinetry, Saturnia floors, automatic blinds, state of the art lighting, southern exposure, wraparound terrace. $2,499,000 Royal Model Gulf, golf, & bay views, 3BR + den, 10ft ceilings, granite, marble, designer furnished. $3,400,000
INN ON THE BEACH
- LBK Club Islandside Overlooking pool and beach - custom floor plan, sunrise to sunset, 2 parking spaces. $2,995,000
GRAND BAY Gorgeous Biscayne End Unit Offers Southern Views over Sarasota Bay and Marina. Decorator furnished with wrap around terrace to watch the Beautiful Sunsets. OFFERED AT 1,059,000
ISLANDER CLUB Walk out to the beach and pool, no elevator, the feel of a home without the maintenance. Designer decorated and updated with 9ft. ceilings, furnished. $639,800 Spectacular beach & sunset views! Updated 2BR direct gulf front condo, Olympic sized pool, tennis & fitness center. $699,900 Double Unit - Phenomenal sunrise to sunset, city skyline & beach views from this rarely available 2900 sq. ft. 4BR direct beach front 11th floor residence. $1,450,900
The 4 star resort at the LBK Club. Direct beachfront resort! Pamper yourself with exotic cuisine, golden sunsets, tennis, golf, spa services & miles of white sand beach.
GOLF VIEW CLUB SUITE $260,000 LAGOON CLUB SUITE Dynamite views, refurbished. $299,000 BEACH FRONT CLUB SUITE $339,000
LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS
Endless unobstructed beach, bay, sunrise, sunset and golf course views abound from this gulf front 2 bedroom furnished residence, behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $850,000.
COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK
Open Bayfront - New 5200 sf, 5BR, media room, soaring ceilings, stone floors, granite kitchen, summer kitchen, fireplace, infinity pool, 5+car garage. $4,250,000
ST. ARMANDS TOWERS
Enjoy colorful sunrises & sunsets. Magnificent double unit penthouse. Truly one of a kind, beautifully updated w/granite countertops, dramatic marble & granite bathrooms, 3 + BR w/3000 SF. $1,700,000
EnPROVENCE Enjoy the evening sunsets on the open terrace overlooking the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Unique Mediterranean. Exclusive 21 unit residence. Magnificent views in an elegant enclave. Private beach access, club house, pool and tennis. $2,875,000
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SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB
Canal front, south exposure, 2BR, almost new, boat dock & beach access. $339,000
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www.LBKRealEstate.com COME LIVE WHERE THE PROS PLAY Immaculate townhouse condominium at the best kept secret on LBK...Cedars East Tennis Club. Upgraded with terrific rental history. Jr. Olympic pool, sauna, locker room, 10 lighted, Har-tru tennis courts. $325,900 Doug Bruce 383-5543
VILLAGE GREEN POOL HOME Spacious 4BR/2BA, 2 Car garage. You’ll love the convenience to shopping, restaurants, and beaches. An ideal location on a quiet street, would love a caring family. $214,000 Teresia Bradford 383-5543
GULF AND POOL VIEWS Desirable well maintained complex, end unit, storm shutters, new appliances, 2 pools. Island living at its best! Possible owner financing negotiable. $474,000 Marc Turner 778-0700
ELEGANT PENTHOUSE - Captivating, spacious interior
PRIVATE ISLAND - TWO HOMES TO CHOOSE FROM! Imagine being a part of this private, gated Tidy Island community. Two miles of waterfront surround 168 acres of nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary. Choose between 3BR/2BA or 3 story 2BR/2.5 BA units. $250,000 or $395,000 Geoff Wall 778-0700
LONGBOAT KEY RESTAURANT Turnkey restaurant in desirable mid Longboat Key location. Good numbers, good lease and a steady clientele. Been in the same location for several years serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. $252,500 Cindy or Gary LaFlamme 383-5543
SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT 3/4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, attention to detail, custom built canal front home. Too many amenities to mention, a boater’s paradise. $1,395,000. Cindy Migone/Donna Nieman 349-5543
WANT A PRIVATE HOME, YET MAINTENANCE FREE? This gulfside 2 or 3 bedroom has it all. Mid Key location and remodeled beautifully. Turnkey furnished. Hear the ocean waves and enjoy your privacy. $449,000 Karen Ankerstar 383-5543
GOLDEN BAY Mediterranean Bay front has sweeping bay views. Located on Golden Gate Point, unit has 3 bedrooms plus den. Nice open plan. Too many amenities to mention. Over 2100 sq. ft. $939,000. A true value in today's market. 383-5543
BEACH HARBOUR CLUB Updated 2/2 Beach Harbour Club unit with bay view and private beach access. Completely furnished. boat dockage and much more. Best location available. $269,000 Mike Migone 383-5543
with warm & inviting designer finishes. Private wraparound terraces, sweeping gulf, bay, sunrise & sunset views. Intimate gulf front complex featuring only 8 residences with private attached garages. $1,899,000. 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 100x180 lot with excellent income revenue. $2,795,000 ULTIMATE WATERFRONT LIVING - Modern multi-level with protected 50’ boat dock for large sailboat and/or powerboat. Open, airy design offers gorgeous bayviews, enormous master suite with fireplace & spa tub, large loft/den, caged pool & 4 car garage. $975,000 “THE OSPREY” Open daily 1PM to 5PM Luxurious yet carefree living await you in this brand new home with serene water views and assigned boat dock. Spacious 3BR/2.5BA with open terrace, screened lanai, 2 car garage and ample storage for all your toys. $660,000 “THE HIBISCUS” Open daily 1PM to 5PM Brand new home with flexible floor plan & many upgrades in a maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to assigned boat dock, gorgeous beaches & sparkling pool. $638,500
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LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE 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 3 Homesites left. Starting at $240,000
CASTILLIAN 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath condominium in UPSCALE community. Amenities include Gulf views, Tennis & Heated Swimming Pools. Furnishings are practically brand new & both baths have been updated. This second floor, spacious condo has private laundry facilities & views FOREVER. Available now for 2004 season!!
SEAPLACE GULF VIEW CONDOMINIUM Just Reduced for Season - 2 bedroom, 2 bath in gated community with tennis, jacuzzi & pool. This fourth floor unit also features an indoor laundry. Close to all amenities including St. Armands & Publix. CALL NOW!!
CEDARS EAST 2 bedroom, 2.5 baths townhouses in this tennis community with pool, fishing dock, nature trails & clubhouse. Pet friendly community. CALL NOW FOR RATES AND AVAILABILITY!
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SECLUDED CUSTOM HOME Immaculate 4BR/4BA multi-level in tropical setting w/17’ soaring ceilings, huge master & private guest suite. Extra feature includes additional lot w/brand new deep water boat dock. Only steps to tennis, short stroll to splendid beaches. $1,095,000
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