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Lenobel improves Longboat Key Commissioner Hal Lenobel’s condition has improved, albeit in small increments, according to his wife, Hazel. The former mayor and Longboat Observer Golf Gambits columnist continued to be listed in serious condition earlier this week at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was diagnosed over the Christmas weekend with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, an inflammation of blood vessels. Mrs. Lenobel said her husband was able to sit up for the first time over the weekend, “but he’s extremely tired.” “He’s not out of the woods yet,” she said. She said it’s still too soon for the commissioner to be taking visitors at the hospital.

The rolling wounded Ralph Hunter, founder and former owner of The Longboat Observer, recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee. Not one for patience, Hunter was up and about soon after. Too soon, it turns out. Hunter’s doctor has ordered the restless entrepreneur not to walk on the bum leg and relegated him to a motorized wheelchair. “I’m doing fine,” says Hunter. “Everything is great. I just can’t walk on the damn thing.”

Holt recuperating Helen Holt, a longtime community activist, has been missed at recent town meetings. Holt has been under the weather for a time and is recuperating at home. In the near future, Holt expects to back in attendance making her voice heard. In the meantime, Holt would be happy to receive phone calls but no visitors just yet.

Auspicious beginning? Sarasota lawyer Andy Cohen made it TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 2A

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Relaxing on the north-end beach and catching up on the latest happenings with each other are old friends Beth Saalman and Tanya Williams. With a shady umbrella and comfortable chairs, they planned an afternoon-long gabfest.

BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF Continuing the trend of winning re-election without having to compete for their seats, three of Longboat Key’s town commissioners won re-election Monday, Jan. 5. No one filed by the 5 p.m. deadline Monday to oppose Vice Mayor Ron Johnson and Commissioners Ken Legler and Jeremy Whatmough. As a result, they have won — again. Johnson won his fourth term; he was first elected to an at-large seat in 1998. He won re-election in a contested race in 2002. This time, he drew no opponent. Legler, the District 1 (south Longboat) commissioner, won his fifth term. He first won election to office in 1996 in a contested race against Longboat resident Lee Rothenberg. Since then, Legler has retained office unopposed for four consecutive terms. Legler has now tied Commissioner Hal Lenobel among sitting commissioners for being elected to four terms without opposition. With his swearing-in in March, Legler will begin his last term. The town’s term limits law will preclude him from running again. “I’m overage and overgrade anyway,” Legler joked. He turned 80 last year. Whatmough, the District 5 (north Longboat) commissioner, won his second term. He won his seat two years ago in a race against former Town Clerk Pat Arends. Whatmough previously had lost to Johnson in 1998. The only incumbent who will have a reelection contest will be John Kerwin. He will face Longboat resident Bob Dawson for the District 3 seat, which covers midLongboat Key. Dawson lost in the 2003 Town Commission election against Joan Webster for one of the at-large seats. TURN TO RE-ELECTION, PAGE 4A

Beach project expected to start in July BY JOSH SIEGEL Staff Writer

Longboat Key’s $21 million beach renourishment project appears headed for a July start date — in the heart of turtle nesting season. Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis advised the Town Commission Monday night at its regular monthly meeting that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of intent Dec. 18. The notice gives interested parties 90 days to comment or object to the renourishment plans. Not expecting opposition, St. Denis said he expects to have by March 18 the necessary permit to proceed. The town would begin accepting bids on that date and would expect to begin pumping sand in July. St. Denis said the July start date is resulting largely because of delays in obtaining federal and state permits. But he also acknowledged that the town took steps to avoid renourishment during the height of the win-

ter tourism season. “I was at the Colony one day showing Murf (Klauber, chairman of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort) the kind of sand we’d be using,” St. Denis said. “Katie (Moulton) asked us if we could please avoid doing it during the season. Businesses had been hit pretty hard the past two years.” With that, St. Denis said he asked the town’s beach consultant to inquire with state and federal regulators whether a summer renourishment would be possible — in spite of it being the height of turtle nesting season. Indications so far, St. Denis said, are that regulators will permit the summer renourishment as long as the town properly guards and relocates affected turtle nests. Jerris Foote, manager of Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle conservation and research program, said if renourishment occurs during turtle season the state will require the town to begin nest monitoring sooner than

normal and to relocate nests 70 days prior to construction. Longboat’s island-long renourishment originally was scheduled to begin in December 2002. But the state and federal permitting process has delayed it. St. Denis said the town also is in negotiations with federal and state regulators over how much sand mitigation will be required. Because the renourishment will cover portions of what is called “hard bottom” sand near the water’s edge — sand that is sensitive to marine life — the town will be expected to mitigate the hard bottom by creating reefs offshore. The state and federal government are trying to determine whether the town will be required to mitigate 1.5 or 2.5 acres. Every acre of mitigation will cost the town $1 million, St. Denis said. As it has turned out, St. Denis said the permitting delays will save the town money. St. TURN TO BEACH, PAGE 4A






through his first Longboat Key Town Commission meeting Monday night as interim town attorney without incident or controversy. At least without incident in the commission chambers. Cohen is filling in for Town Attorney David Persson, while Persson is on sixmonth leave in New Zealand. But after the meeting, Cohen found himself in an awkward predicament: The battery was dead in his Chevrolet Corvette. He needed a “jump.” Town Manager Bruce St. Denis came to the rescue. Soon after Cohen’s car was restarted in the Town Hall parking lot, he walked back into the Town Commission Chambers to thank St. Denis for the jump and say he was good to go. About 10 minutes later, after St. Denis finished meeting with reporters, Cohen was found standing in the parking lot while the engine was running in his Corvette. “My keys are locked in the car,” he said. When Cohen walked back into Town Hall to say thanks, the re-energized battery apparently triggered the car’s automatic locks. Cohen called his brother to the rescue. Said Cohen Tuesday morning of his first meeting: “That was the most exciting thing that happened at Town Hall last night.”

Generous Longboaters Temple Beth Israel has an ongoing Food for the Hungry Program. The last pickup by the All Faiths Food Bank weighed in at 168 pounds. The goal is to have congregation members and their friends bring at least one nonperishable and non-breakable



One last holiday party: Dee and Dick Pelton entertained at a holiday party, when Santa, his toys all delivered, dropped by. With Santa are Yvonne Shaffer, Betty Hartke, Diane Pendleton, Santa, aka Nick Drizos, and Dee Pelton. food item each time they come to the temple. The foods are deposited in a barrel just inside the main door. To jog memories, a reminder flyer is available to take home and post on the refrigerator.

And, at the centers ... A reminder, too, that while some classes are under way at The Education Center in The Centre Shops, registration is still ongoing for others. In addition, the center has several programs of afternoon lectures, art museum day trips and other special events. Call 383-8811 or check the Web site at for more details. At the center at the north end of the Key, The Longboat Key Center for the Arts, the opening reception for the 13th annual Longboat Key Club Exhibit will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. In addition, an exhibition of Nat



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Krate’s works will open in the Glen Gallery there as well. While you’re there, check out the schedule of classes in watercolors, oils, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and more.

News from Uganda Tracy Rzepka, formerly a nurse at the Bay Isles Medical Clinic, left to work with YWAM, Youth With a Mission, a missionary program sponsored by the Life Church of Sarasota. She will be working on the island of Lingira, where she is involved project management and facilitating HIV training. AIDS in the area is a critical medical problem as many as 50% of the population may test HIV positive. For more on Rzepka’s work in Uganda, her Web site is or e-mail, —Compiled by Observer staff


Looking for efficient service with a smile? You’ll find both in Rosemary Calandruccio, clerk at the Whitney Beach post office. Calandruccio began work at the post office in June and says it has been a learning experience. “I had no idea what was involved,” Calandruccio says. “No idea there were so many regulations for mailing packages and letters. My customers are so wonderful and so interesting. I have sent letters and packages to Europe, India, South America and recently to Sri Lanka.” Posting packages for a resident to her GI son overseas led Calandruccio to initiate a Troop Tree. The project sought the donation of items such as hard candy, powdered drink mixes and small board games for the soldiers abroad. “We sent over 400 pounds of donated items to five units overseas,” she says. Whitney Beach Shopping Plaza owners Andrew Hlywa and Dawn diLorenzo donated the postage, about $175. Calandruccio has resided on the Key with her husband, Vini, and 16-yearold daughter, Cristina, for 13 years. Natives of New York, the Calandruccios vacationed here, and like so many others, fell in love with the Key and relocated. —Dora Walters


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Director backs bond issue BY ANIKA MYERS Staff Writer

The Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee had something special to celebrate on New Year’s Eve: a key endorsement from a former foe. Susan Goldfarb, director of the Longboat Key Education Center, said at the committee’s Dec. 31 meeting that she now supports the initiative that seeks to bring a $6 million community center project to Longboat Key. She had been convinced that the new center would not hurt the Education Center’s business, she explained. “When the baby is born — and I truly believe it will be — I want to be there to support and nourish it,” she said. Earlier in December, Goldfarb told the Town Commission and the committee that her not-for-profit facility might not be able to continue operating if a newer facility with state-of-the-art equipment came to the island. Students might go to the new center,

leaving the Education Center without enough students to pay its rent. What’s more, the Education Center’s students are the source of a lot of business for the surrounding Centre Shop retailers and restaurants. But committee members managed to convince Goldfarb that the community center, Education Center and Longboat Key Center for the Arts would be able to work in tandem so that none of the facilities would cause problems for the others. “We don’t see this as being in competition with you,” said committee Chairman Jim Brown. “I see it as a boon to your facility. You can expand what you do now to a large attendance.” Goldfarb promised committee members she would campaign to gain as many “yes” votes as possible for the March 9 initiative. Longboat voters will decide whether to approve a bond issue to fund the center. “I am very confident that this is going to go

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through,” said Goldfarb. Responded committee member Walter Hackett: “It’s good to hear that your fears have been calmed.” ❑ At its Jan. 6 meeting, the committee members also announced: • Chairman Jim Brown is scheduled to speak about the planned center to the Longbeach Village Association at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. • Tracy Knight, of Venice-based Knight Marketing Associates, will complete the group’s brochures within a week to 10 days. • They will pursue an endorsement from former Town Commissioner Jim Patterson. The Community Center Advisory Committee will meet again at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

St. Armands to get new traffic signs BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF After nearly four years of discussions involving St. Armands Circle merchants, residents, landowners, Sarasota city officials and Longboat Key officials, signs of traffic-control progress soon may appear. Literally. In early April, the Florida Department of Transportation is expected to erect directional information signs on the north and south sides of John Ringling Boulevard east of St. Armands Lutheran Church approaching the shopping district. The signs — 2.5 feet high, 4 feet wide and held by one or two posts — will simply say:

Mote CEO has heart surgery Unexpected quadruple bypass surgery on Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, chief executive officer of Mote Marine Laboratory, prompted the Sarasota City Commission to delay a vote Monday, Jan. 5 on Mote’s request for a zoning change. Mahadevan underwent surgery Monday morning at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Friends and co-workers said the surgery was a success. “All went well, and he’s recovering well,” said Dan Bebak, Mote’s director of special projects. But Mahadevan’s surgery and convalescence temporarily will delay Mote’s construction plans. With the commission’s approval, the laboratory and aquarium wants to build the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Marine Mammal Center. The new center would include research offices, classrooms, additional exhibition and meeting space and a restaurant. Without the CEO’s testimony, the commission’s voting process can’t go forward, said Brenda Patten, an attorney with the Sarasota firm of Kirk Pinkerton, who represents Mote. He has the institutional knowledge to articulate some ideas “sure to come up” during the hearing and question-and-answer period, she said. If Mahadevan is well and able to testify, the commission will consider the matter at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2.

Water pressure restored Despite warnings from city of Sarasota public works officials that residents should boil their drinking water Tuesday, Jan. 6, Longboat Key residents were not affected. All of the Longboat Key’s potable water comes from Manatee County. The city of Sarasota lost water pressure Tuesday morning after a water line broke at Sixth Street and Goodrich. Water pressure was restored around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

LONGBOAT MOTE RIGHT LANE Sarasota city planners presented the proposed design in mid-December to the town of Longboat Key for an official reaction and response to the proposed signs. At the Monday, Jan. 5, Longboat Town Commission meeting, commissioners gave their approval — while noting they would prefer the signs to say “Longboat Key” and “Mote Marine.” The signs are a far compromise from what the Florida Department of Transportation originally suggested. FDOT originally proposed that large, green overhead signs — similar to those installed on interstate highways — be installed in two locations. One would have been erected at the Foxy Lady store on John Ringling Boulevard, greeting motorists driving into St. Armands Circle from Sarasota and directing them to Longboat Key and Lido Beach. The other would have been erected over the crosswalk at Boulevard of the Presidents for motorists driving into St. Armands from Longboat. But an association of St. Armands landowners, merchants and residents opposed the signs. Said Dianna Corrigan, executive director of the St. Armands Circle Association: “We didn’t want big overhead signs that would make it look like the signs on I-75. We asked, ‘What can we have that is tasteful and visible and doesn’t take away from the ambiance or the history of St. Armands?”’ Corrigan said FDOT officials and Sarasota police worked together and came up with the proposed compromise. “All three organizations — the landowners, merchants and residents associations — and the police department have approved,” she said. ❑

If it’s not one bridge, it’s another. Opening and closing of the New Pass Bridge on the south end of Longboat Key will continue to operate at a slower than normal rate for the next 30 to 45 days. Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis told town commissioners Monday night the Florida Department of Transportation is replacing two motor drives that open and close the bridge. One of the drives has already been replaced. But as each is replaced, it must be operated at a slower pace than normal for the first 14 days of its use.

Sprinkler workshop to be held

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One of the busiest walkovers on Longboat Key beaches is this wooden bridge at the north-end beach. Technically, it’s not a bridge but it does link the asphalt parking area to the beautiful white sands of the beach and the eternal waves spilling onto it. The bridge also leads to a shell seeker’s paradise as each wave surge brings in a horde of new shells.

Committee eliminates desal BY JOSH SIEGEL Staff Writer

Storm water and reverse osmosis are not practical solutions to Longboat Key’s irrigation water troubles the Water Advisory Committee decided on Tuesday. The committee unanimously decided to take storm water off the table as a source of irrigation water because of the problems collecting and storing it. Some members of the committee were more reluctant to part with reverse osmosis and desalinization. Committee member Ron Mario moved that reverse osmosis of

any kind be removed as an option for the near future because of technological, economic and regulatory issues. The motion passed by a 5-2 vote. The committee determined that it would look more closely at reclaimed water. Committee member Virginia Sanders raised health concerns associated with the use of reclaimed water. The committee also voted 5-2 to propose to the Town Commission that it adopt a pay-as-you-go approach to introducing rate increases for water and sewage. Increases would be phased in over a three-year period.

The Longboat Key Fire Department will be holding a fire sprinkler retro-fit workshop to get condominium residents up to pace on implementing the statewide building and fire prevention code. The retro-fit affects six buildings on Longboat Key: Longboat Harbour Towers, Islands West, Seagate, Islander Club North and South buildings, Privateer North and South buildings and Longboat Key Towers North and South buildings. There will be two sessions of the workshop to accommodate as many people as possible at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 and 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

Agenda • There will be a Longboat Key Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Longboat Development Co. LLC is appealing a town decision determining that a street yard setback is required to be met from the Long View Drive right-of-way bay access for property at 3454 Gulf of Mexico Drive. • There will be a St. Armands Stormwater Improvement Project public meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. • There will be Code Enforcement Board training from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. ❑





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Re-election CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A Kerwin is vying for his second full term. He was first appointed to the commission in December 2000 to fill a seat vacated by Joel Miller. Because of election laws, Kerwin then had to run for his seat in the March 2001 election. He drew no opposition. He was re-elected unopposed again in 2002. This election will mark the first time Kerwin has had to

Beach CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A Denis said because most beach renewal projects occur during the winter season, Longboat Key will begin its dredging and pumping at a time when such equipment is in less demand. In addition, he said, the delay helped the town avoid making overlapping pay-

campaign competitively. Once the 2004 election is completed, five of Longboat’s seven commissioners will have won their most recent terms without opposition. Only Commissioner Joan Webster, elected in 2002, and the winner of the Kerwin-Dawson race will have won contested elections for their latest terms. For the past decade, Longboat Key has had at least one commission race every year. The last time there were no contested races was 1994. That year Commissioners Bob Farber, Ray Metz, Al Green and Lew Gotthainer all won reelection unopposed. ❑

ments on two bond issues. The overlap would have occurred as the town was expected to make a bond payment due on its original 1993 beach renourishment and a bond payment on its new beach renourishment. By avoiding the overlapping periods, St. Denis said, the town will avoid paying up $2 million at once. What’s more, St. Denis said the town is likely to receive $3.8 million in state

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funds toward the renourishment. He told commissioners the Legislature will determine for certain at its upcoming session whether those funds will be forthcoming. But he said the outlook appears good. The state DEP is seeking $30 million in beach funding. But even if the Legislature cut that amount to as low as $13 million, St. Denis said, the town’s $3.8 million still would be included. ❑ In other action, the Town Commission: • Postponed a public hearing on the town’s proposed franchise agreement with Comcast Cable of West Florida. The town delayed the hearing to comply with public notice laws. In the contract, the town is proposing that the length of the agreement be reduced from 10 years to five years. The shorter contract would allow the town to negotiate a renewal with Comcast at the same time the firm negotiates with Sarasota County and the city of Sarasota in 2009. • Transferred $18,600 from its contingency fund to be spent on promotional activities for the newly proposed community center.




Democratic Club gains momentum Park concert also played a significant role in getting more attendance.” “The 13th Congressional race is What a difference a year makes. of special interest, I think, too,” he A year ago members of the added, “because it is a presidential Democratic Club of Longboat Key election year and many of us are received a letter indicating the club unhappy with the incumbent, will needed support and hinted at the make us work harder.” possibility of disbanding. Carroll Johnson, program chairThis January the monthly lunchman and past president, has high eon meeting has been moved to the praise for Clay’s leadership: “He has Harbourside Dining Room at the done an excellent job of organizing Longboat Key Club. The former and raising the enthusiasm of meeting location at the Hilton members.” Longboat Key Beach Resort could Johnson added, “I think the qualnot handle the overflow crowd of ity and dedication of the current 130-plus attending the meetings Dora Walters board is the best we’ve ever had.” now. Joan Rosenstein, Dick Bern and Sylvia Goldman were three of the 130 The slate includes: Bill Levine, The Jan. 20 program will feature a Democrats who attended the club’s last meeting. vice president; Ray Nawrocki, joint appearance by the Democratic candidates seeking the party’s nomination expects the telephone committee to add new treasurer; and Marvin Morse, secretary. Meanwhile, the Republican Club of for the 13th Congressional seat. They are calling services. In March, Clay introduced the club’s first Longboat Key is doing some reorganizing. C.J. Czaia, Jan Schneider and Floyd J. Winters. Republican Katherine Harris of evening meeting with an informal social get- President Dick Van Horne reports club together at the Longboat Key Center for the luncheon meetings are being switched to the Longboat Key now holds the seat. Senate candidates will be a future pro- Arts. “It was open to the public and gave us second Thursday of the month, instead of an opportunity to meet more people and the third Thursday, starting in February. The gram. Jan. 15 luncheon at Longboat Key Club Democratic Club President John Clay explain our club functions,” Clay said. Elected president shortly after the letter Islandside is the annual meeting with the commented on the resurgence of the club: “After the members received the letter, we was sent, Clay attributes much of the election of officers. “The top priority for the new board will be found that most wanted to make sure the renewed interest to the quality of speakers at to review the club’s goals and secure input club continued. We got a significant number the meetings. In March, Derek Bok, former dean of from members on the direction of the club,” of volunteers who were willing to work.” In the past three months, the club has Harvard Law School and now a Longboat Van Horne said. Club membership he estiadded approximately 50 new members and Key resident, spoke on affirmative action. mates is about 220 with few new members. Commenting on the increased now has a membership of approximately Another speaker was Robert Atwell, former president of the American Council of Democratic activity, Van Horne said, “I 350. Last year at this time membership was 250. Education. Susan McManus of the think it is good. The more people aware of Clay pointed out the work of club member University of South Florida, a recognized what is going on, the better.” For reservations to the Jan. 20 Democratic Harriet Marks as an example of increased political analyst, attracted a crowd. She support. “She organized a telephone com- focused on the role of Florida in the 2004 Club luncheon, call Mary Dailey at 3834983 by Jan.15. mittee and each member is called with a elections. Clay said, “I think the March meeting For luncheon reservations and more inforreminder of the club’s next meeting,” Clay with Bok started the trend to increased mation about the Republican Club, call 387said. ❑ With the upcoming elections, Clay attendance. The telephone committee has 4368. BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

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Mark your calendars: The sixth annual Concert in the Park series is just around the corner. The opening concert is Sunday, Feb.1, featuring the Toronto All-Star Big Band, a group of young musicians who pay tribute to the legendary big-band era with the music of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. With them are the Serenaders, a group of seven vocalists. They recently appeared at the Hamilton Jazz Festival, the Canadian Snowbird extravaganza in Tampa and will be playing at the St. Petersburg Coliseum the evening of Jan. 31, the night before their Joan M. Durante Park appearance. Five concerts are scheduled this year. Because of the town’s dredging project last season, only three concerts were held last year. As usual the concerts are from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Joan M. Durante Park. Tickets are $5 per concert, and in case of rain, the tickets can be used for the next scheduled concert. Once again Musical Chairs tickets are available. For $50 for the entire series of concerts, ticket holders can park at The Longboat Observer parking lot and will be driven by limousine to the park where a reserved chair await. The second concert of the season will be Big Z and the Sophisticates on Feb. 15, followed by Richard Igleses and Friends on Feb. 29. March concerts will be on March 14 with local musician Kenny Soderblom with vocalist, Leah McCoy, also his new bride, and the world famous Larry Elgart on March 28. Tickets are available at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and The Longboat Observer, sponsors of concerts. For other ticket sales locations, call 383-2466. Proceeds benefit the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and the chamber. ❑


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

Oakley sunglasses valued at $200 and $40 dollars in cash missing. He stated he left the passenger window down and the doors unlocked. 6:22 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Code enforcement. Man reported a neighbor’s security spotlights being directed at his home and creating a nuisance. Officer found spotlights in question to be shining on the owner’s front walkway and toward the front yard. Only residual wash from the lights reached complainant’s home. No further action taken.

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5:34 p.m. — 2200 block Harbor Oaks Drive. Lost or Missing Property. Woman reported losing a sterling-silver bracelet valued at $500 while walking her dog earlier in the day. 12:00 a.m. — 400 block Falmouth. Suspicious Boat. Man reported a boat operating without running lights. Last seen headed south.

1:18 a.m. — 100 block N. Shore Road. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer reported observing large dragging marks in the sand at the beach access. Officer followed the marks on the beach for more than 100 yards, ending at the waterline. The direction of the marks indicated that a heavy unknown object was dragged off the beach.

Dec. 26

10:11 p.m. — 500 block Sanctuary Drive. Missing or Lost Property. Officer responded to a complaint that a woman lost a diamond necklace valued at $6,000. The necklace is 16 inches long, white gold with 10 to 12 diamonds shaped in a leaf design. Woman noticed it was missing upon arriving at a local restaurant. 11:22 p.m. — 500 block of Cedar Street. Security Check. Officer discovered unlocked door at the post office. Inside looked to be in order. 3:41 a.m. — 1900 block of GMD. DUI. Officer observed vehicle driving through Publix parking lot with radio turned up very loud. When told to pull over, the driver pulled onto the curb. Subject told the officer that he had camera equipment in his car and had the whole thing on camera. He stated that he was not familiar with Florida law and therefore should not be held accountable. Subject refused a breath test.

4:33 p.m. — 2800 block Harbourside Drive. Burglary. Man reported items missing from his boat: six boxes of cigars valued at $800; two bottles of wine valued at $110; Pentax 35mm camera valued at $900; Escort radar detector valued at $250; small pigskin cigar box valued at $40; and 10 more cigars valued at $50. There were no signs of forced entry into the boat. 10:37 p.m. — 6800 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Security Check. Officer found sliding glass door of business open.

Dec. 27 7:31 p.m. — 2300 block Harbour Oaks Drive. Property found. While at the beach, a juvenile found a silver or white-gold men’s wedding band, estimated value of $100 to $150. Ring placed in property. 12:53 p.m. — 500 block Yawl Lane. Burglary/Vehicle. Man reported a pair of



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Cops’ Corner Scorecard Noises Construction Parties Strange Fireworks

10 8 8 11

Critters Barking dogs Loose dogs Dog attacks Dogs on beach Rats Snakes Raccoon rescue

10 6 4 31 1 1 1

High Crimes Burglaries Drug arrests Larceny Trespassing

23 13 52 16

Vandalism Warrant arrests

21 19

Vehicular Occurrences Auto/bike accidents Crashes DUI Fender benders Hit and run Traffic violations Boating violations

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Missing Items Cell phones Children Jewelry/watches Purses/wallets Boats/bikes Rolls Royce hubcap Guns

Tharpe A.W. Lokey of Sullivan’s Island, S.C. was arrested for DUI. He insisted that he was arrested on private property and gave his occupation as “sitting.” 9:48 p.m. — Longboat Pass Bridge. Traffic violation. Officer observed vehicle without a tag light. Subject could not produce a driver’s license and checks showed it to be suspended indefinitely for failure to pay traffic fine. Subject cited for driving while suspended without knowledge. The car’s altered temporary tag was confiscated. 7:12 p.m. — 7000 block of Palm Drive. Burglar Alarm. Officer responded to burglar alarm activation. Homeowners called an hour later and said they accidentally set off the alarm while leaving the home that evening. 7:07 p.m. — 500 block Harbor Point Road. Burglar Alarm. Officer responded to burglar alarm activation. Upon arrival at the residence officer found owner who reported no emergency.

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

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Jan.1 1:41 a.m. — 6430 block Gulfside Road. Suspicious Vehicle. Officer approached a white Pontiac that pulled into a driveway. Subject indicated he did not live at the residence, he stopped so he could use a cell phone. Subject’s license was suspended for financial responsibility reasons. Subject had to call his mother to pick up him and his friends. 2:54 a.m. — 3900 block GMD. DUI. Officer observed gold Buick weaving in and out of its lane and changing speeds erratically. Officer stopped vehicle and administered sobriety tests. Guadalupe Esteban performed poorly and was arrested for DUI and driving on a revoked license for DUI. He recorded Intoxilyzer results of .091 and .089. 11:40 a.m. — 5200 block GMD. Suspicious vehicle. Officer responded to report of a white van stopping in parking lot as if people were going to the beach. Subject stated he had permission from property manager. Subject did not stay. Officer could not locate vehicle. 5:24 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Property Found. Customer left brown leather ladies wallet in store containing $43 in cash and several credit cards. Officer left message on her out-of-town message machine.

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Dumping Trash. Officer responded to report that someone had illegally dumped six bags of garbage in Tandem Construction dumpster. Discarded mail led officer to residence. Subject said his son had a party and was responsible for cleaning up. Subject said he would contact complainant and apologize. 10:29 a.m. — 3100 block GMD. Traffic Accident. A four-car accident occurred when a subject struck a car stopped on Gulf of Mexico Drive. The stopped vehicle moved forward striking another vehicle. That vehicle also moved forward and struck the vehicle in front of it, which was stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street. Subject driving the first vehicle cited for careless driving. 11:27 a.m. — 3400 block GMD. Traffic Accident. Subject riding a bicycle fell into a car stopped due to another accident. 1:41 p.m. — 3700 block GMD. Lost or Missing Property. Subject said he went to Bradenton to pick up a friend, who spent the night at his home. After dropping her off and returning home, subject discovered his wallet missing. Wallet contained some $1 bills, Florida driver’s license, a debit card, a Visa card, a City MasterCard, pictures of his nephew and two, $2 bills. Officer called number provided by subject, but did not get a response. 4:17 p.m. — 500 block Halyard Lane. Natural Death. Officer responded to a report of a person down and discovered Patricia J. Dunn deceased. Cause of death was apparent cardiac arrest. 6:42 p.m. — 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Animal Nuisance. When subject was out on her lanai she heard dog in her yard. She exited her lanai and saw large brown dog and quickly realized second dog, black and white, was behind her. Subject became concerned when dog began growling. Subject was able to get back onto her lanai. She believes dogs belong to her neighbor. Neighbor said dogs got through a

hole in screen, which he would repair. 10:55 p.m. — 1000 block GMD. Fireworks Discharging. Officer responded to Beachplace for reports of fireworks. Contacted subject who said he did not know he was not allowed to possess fireworks that leave the ground. Subject ceased immediately.

Jan. 3 3:28 a.m. — 500 block Broadway. DUI. Officer followed vehicle from Bradenton Beach onto Longboat Key, observed vehicle swerving and changing speeds. Subject did not pass roadside sobriety tests. Richard Howard Halbert, Bradenton Beach, was arrested for DUI. A search of the vehicle yielded one small bag of marijuana, a 12pack of Bud Light and marijuana pipe. Passengers in the vehicle charged with open-container violations. No charges filed for marijuana possession at this time. 10:25 a.m. — 700 block Old Compass Road. Public Service. Subject whose wife was taken to hospital was confused. Officer

12:30 a.m. — 2100 block GMD. Suspicious Person. Patrolling officer spotted white male wearing headphones riding bicycle with no lights. Subject showed officer he had lights, but no working batteries. Officer advised subject not to ride with headphones on. 5:01 a.m. — Anna Maria Island. Assist. Officer helped check area for auto burglary suspect. 10:09 a.m. — 6000 block of GMD. Assist. Large sailing vessel aground. U.S. Coast Guard and Longboat officer boarded vessel for an inspection. Issued boat owner warnings for no registration on board, marine sanitation device not in working order and no documentation for the vessel. Coast Guard officials said they would return to help get vessel free. ❑

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Winners again, by default The “Silly Season” — otherwise known as election time — officially has begun. As such, any day now we should be hearing whether Longboat Key’s favorite daughter, Congresswoman Katherine Harris, will make a run for the U.S. Senate. And while her declaration will make national news, let’s not forget that Longboat Key has — no, make that had — four incumbent town commissioners up for re-election. With the Jan. 5 deadline now past, it’s too late for contestants to file to run for office. For the first time in a decade — and perhaps in the town’s history, Longboat Key now has a majority of town commissioners elected without having to campaign against a challenger. We now have four commissioners elected essentially by default. This year’s unopposed winners are: • Ken Legler, District 1 commissioner; • Jeremy Whatmough, District 5 commissioner; • Ron Johnson, vice mayor and commissioner at large. The fourth: Commissioner Hal Lenobel, who was unopposed in last year’s elections. Commissioner John Kerwin, who is up for re-election this year, is the only incumbent who has an opponent in the March elections. He will face challenger Bob Dawson, who lost a bid for an at-large commission seat last year against Commissioner Joan Webster. Once again, the uncontested elections will generate low levels of grumbling from the electorate. Intuitively it just seems unhealthy for the town to let incumbent commissioners win re-election without a fight. Why is this so? Commission observers and others have proferred a lot of guesses: The position is unpaid; it’s too much work for the

pay; commissioners are subjected to too much peanut-gallery criticism; or, most of Longboat’s residents live here to enjoy the sunsets and sunsets of their lives, not be hassled with public responsibilities. We’ve always contended the lack of competitive elections is largely due to Longboaters being satisfied, for the most part, with life in paradise. Except for the occasional flare-ups — sea grapes blocking the Gulf of Mexico, reclaimed-water bond issues, constantly rising town spending — the town of Longboat Key is a tame, restful, crimeless, enjoyable place. There’s little reason to throw the bums out. (Though we can think of a few.) If Longboaters are serious about wanting competitive elections, we have a suggestion. Commissioner Hal Lenobel thinks three-year terms, instead of the current two-year terms, would help. Part of his contention is it takes new commissioners at least their first year to adjust to the job. By the time they are in the latter part of their second year, they are faced with another campaign, which, when contested, can cost a candidate (and his contributors) $10,000 to $12,000. Lenobel and other commissioners think three-year terms would lessen the cost and presumably make the position more attractive. There probably is some validity to that — although the town, state and nation have survived just fine having twoyear election cycles for its representatives. But even if voters adopt the three-year terms in the March election (the question will be on the ballot), there’s another idea to consider: Move the filing deadline to early February and the elections to April. Here’s why: From June through December filing for election is not on the minds of many Longboaters. They’re gone for the summer, and come the fall

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their minds are preoccupied with the upcoming holidays and seasonal activities. Many seasonal Longboaters aren’t fully into the swing of the town’s activities until after Jan. 1 — and by then it’s too late to file to run for office. If we moved back the filing deadline, and if The Longboat Observer, did a better job of advertising (consistently) the filing deadline for the commission races, perhaps we’d improve our chances of having contested elections. Meantime, congratulations to Commissioners Legler, Johnson and Whatmough on their uncontested victories.

Constitutional amendment

Hometown Democracy: a special interest ploy BY PATRICK SLEVIN We’ve seen a flurry of media reports recently applauding the actions of an organization collecting signatures for a constitutional amendment that would, if passed, forever change how community development is decided in Florida. The good news is that the initiative has sparked a public debate over how Floridians could better manage sprawl. The bad news is that the proposed amendment would polarize our communities, usurp local government and empower special interests determined to advance their self-serving agendas under the banner of democracy. The growth referendum is a response to the 1985 Florida Growth Management Act. The law put the Florida Department of Community Affairs in charge of comprehensive land-use plans developed by nearly every Florida city and county. The spirit of the comprehensive plan set out to capture the vision of the community, protect its quality of life and foster public participation to manage future growth and landuse changes. But nearly 20 years and two census reports later, Florida has experienced a population boom that has rocked the growth management program. Today, growth management is constantly confronting new construction, traffic congestion, overcrowded schools, water use, conservation and endangered wildlife. The organizers of the growth referendum, Florida Hometown Democracy, are raising an issue that is important and will resonate with those who are concerned about the future sustainability and livability of their communities. The big story in the 2002 election was the passage of the “pregnant pig” constitutional amendment supported by animal rights activists. Next year, environmentalists who are the organizers behind Florida Hometown Democracy hope to repeat the success of their People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) cousins. If the Florida Supreme Court allows the amendment to be placed on the ballot in 2004, it will likely pass. And that’s the bad news. The most effective weapon Florida Hometown Democracy will have in getting the measure passed will be exploiting the anxiety of homeowners who are leery of encroaching development, fearing it will adversely affect their property values. A community’s desire to maintain the status quo is a natural

response to uncertainties that come with change, which often give rise to NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) attitudes. NIMBYism is not really civic participation in a democratic sense; it indicates that the institutional mechanisms currently used in many jurisdictions are broken and discourages meaningful citizen participation in land-use decision making. The constitutional amendment would usurp the authority of local elected officials by placing decision making on the shoulders of local citizens. Citizens, rather than elected officials, would be responsible for voting on applications for permits, rezoning, site plans, annexation and any other matters requiring land-use changes to the comprehensive plan. Unfortunately, if this ballot initiative passes, Florida mayors, council members and county commissioners, all elected by the people, will be stripped of their representative authority and will have no vote on matters concerning community development. Hence, the representative form of government at the local level will be seriously damaged. First, it’s a given fact that the majority of citizens often thought of as the “silent majority” are mostly satisfied with their communities’ atmosphere, and they are often too busy to be bothered by local government affairs. As long as the local municipality picks up the garbage, keeps the tap water running and minds its own business, the majority of residents are happy with how the government is running. Second, every election year we hear about low voter turnout. The greatest challenge to political candidates is mobilizing voters to exercise their constitutional rights. If the amendment is approved, then every two years voters will decide on real estate matters that will affect their neighborhoods and their community. But the reality is that most voters will not want to be bothered by the customary land-use changes or comb through reams of data pertaining to permitting, zoning and eminent domain. More than likely, on Election Day, voters will skip most land-use amendments because the process can be difficult to understand. This lack of voter knowledge plays into the hands of the organizers and supporters of Florida Hometown Democracy, who are counting on voter apathy to pass their self-serving programs. The proposed initiative is a strategic maneuver to position an elite few so they can pass environmental policies without

the checks and balances provided by our elected officials. Tampa land-use attorney Ron Weaver, who chairs the Public Affairs Committee for the National Association of Industrial Office Properties, says, “There are 12,000 plan amendments each year in Florida, and government staff carefully review the effects each amendment will have on the community … To expect the public, however well intentioned, to be able to gauge what they’re really shooting down, such as building hospitals, charter schools or retail projects needed near recently built homes, is too much to ask.” State and local governments spend millions of dollars every year on staff, research and analysis on land-use development to make informed decisions. Moreover, our elected officials are charged with basing their land-use decisions on statute, merit, evidence, expert testimony, public comment and overall community benefit. At the end of the day, developers, conservationists and obstructionists do not get everything they want, which probably shows that comprehensive plans and growth management are working. Any hope of solving the issue of growth management in Florida really hinges on bringing people together to find solutions that will help to resolve the conflicts between growth and stability. The present effort, however, will not produce meaningful public participation in growth management. Florida Hometown Democracy’s plan for voters to decide on land-use matters will not serve the public good but will instead drive a wedge between groups of citizens for the benefit of individuals or groups whose primary interest may well be power and profit. The growth referendum submitted by the Florida Hometown Democracy will reward only those whose agendas do not serve community interests. It is not too late to avoid disaster, nor is it too soon to build community bridges within the current system of representative government. Let the debate continue with vigor, but let’s examine the proposed amendment carefully and act to preserve the interests of the people. Patrick Slevin is former mayor of Safety Harbor. He is president of MediaMax Campaigns, a Tallahasse-based public relations firm specializing in controversial land-use projects. This article appeared in the summer edition of The Journal of the James Madison Institute, a Tallahassee-based think tank.




Laugh Lines

A gentile twist on Jewish humor In three years as a “humor” columnist, people have sent, emailed, or phoned me with innumerable jokes, most of them unprintable in a family newspaper. The most common jokes are about lawyers, with Irish, Polish, and “dumb blonde” jokes all in a close tie for second. But Jewish jokes are the funniest, often with an underlying nostalgia or melancholy. No one has sent me a gentile joke, though they appear occasionally on the Internet. To understand gentile jokes one must know the classic Jewish jokes on which they are a variant. I asked several people to send me “classic” Jewish jokes. Then I changed the content or punch line to make them gentile jokes. ••••• A visiting Texan was given a ticket to a piano concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He had never been to a concert other than the Grand Ole Oprey in Nashville, but he decided he would try anything once. He asked the concierge at his fashionable hotel how to get to the hall. “The easiest way is by subway,” he was told. Directions were clearly given. But the Texan got mixed up en route and emerged on the Upper East Side, completely lost. He saw an old Episcopal clergyman sitting on the steps of a church. The Texan asked him: “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The old clergyman answered: “Limo, limo.” ••••• Two gentile businessmen meet on the street. The first says, “How’s your business doing this year?” The other replies, “Just great! Thanks for caring.” The first says: “My only problem is that I can’t find a new Honda Odyssey.” “Oh,” says the other, “I can find one for you. My cousin is a dealer. I can get you one at the standard retail price.” ••••• Five gentile ladies have lunch together at a nice restaurant.

Some have margaritas and some have water, ice tea, or diet drinks. Each orders one of the day’s specials without asking for substitutes. The waiter asks, “Separate checks?” “No,” they answer, “We’ll just divide a total check by five, and pay cash.” ••••• A gentile daughter calls her mother and asks: “Mom, how are you feeling? Do you need anything?” The mother says: “I’m just fine. I really can’t think of anything I need. But thanks for calling.” ••••• A gentile man goes into a Brooks Brother’s store. He sees a sports coat he likes and tries it on. It fits perfectly. He asks the salesman the price. “It’s $500,” he is told. The man says, “OK, I’ll take it.” ••••• A gentile mother is walking with her two little boys. A passing woman stops her and says: “What darling boys. How old are they?” The mother answers: “The poet is 8 and the non-representational painter is 6.” ••••• A busy stockbroker calls his mother. He says: “Mother, I’m sorry I haven’t called for a couple weeks.” His mother says: “Oh, that’s OK. I know you are busy, but so am I. I didn’t realize it has been two weeks. But I hope you can come for dinner Friday night.” Gosh,” he answers, “I have a new girl friend and we want to have dinner by ourselves.” The mother says: “I understand. Come when you find time.” ••••• Parent: “We wanted him to be a lawyer or CPA. But he just loves the jazz ukulele, so we encouraged him to follow his own inclinations.” ••••• “We had hoped our daughter would find a nice Presbyterian boy. But she fell in love with a foreign-exchange student from

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Demo stands with Bush Dear Editor: In the late 1980s I founded the Longboat Key Democratic Club and was the president for two years. Gov. Lawton Chiles came to many of our functions, as did his son, Ed Chiles. We promoted and helped elect Shirley Brown, a Democrat, for two terms in office and Jim Boczar to one term in office. I have been a lifelong Democrat, and with the help of some very dedicated residents of

Longboat, the club has grown and prospered. I have listened, pondered and read all about the Democrats running for the presidency and I cannot find a reason to vote (in this world’s political environment) for any of them. Howard Dean appalls me! For the first time in my life I will vote Republican in 2004. It seems to me, that with the ruthlessness of the terrorists, the attempt of Muslim extremists to wreak havoc to our Judeo-Christian, Western civilization and the unceasing efforts of the

Australia — an aborigine. We don’t want to be controlling, so we have given them our blessing. Young people today should find their own way, without parental interference.” ••••• “The Scot D. London III family gave a larger donation to the church modernization fund than we did. But that’s OK, because we don’t earn as much as they do.” ••••• An elderly couple from New York decided to retire to Peacham, Vt. When they got there they were delighted to discover that most of the other retirees are former residents of their condo in New York. In the summer they sit in rockers on porches and talk. The wives have a wonderful time exchanging recipes for apple pie and baked Alaska. For the husbands, “getting lucky,” means finding a parking spot at the hardware store. ••••• Let me wind up with a new (to me) Jewish-style joke. If someone can create a gentile variant he or she will win a bottle of a newly created wine that has resulted from the recent merger of Maniechevitz and Christian Brothers called, “Manisheygets.” The joke: “I had the strangest dream last night,” a man told his psychoanalyst. “I was dreaming of my mother, but when she turned around, she had your face! This upset me so much I couldn’t sleep the rest of the night. I just lay there waiting for morning. Finally, I got up, drank a Vanilla Pepsi, and came right over here for my appointment. What does my dream mean?” The psychoanalyst was silent for a long minute, then asked: “A Vanilla Pepsi? That’s a breakfast?” George W. Albee is a retired professor from the University of Vermont who lives on Longboat Key. He is writing a book on humor. ❑

Arabs to destroy Israel can only be stopped with a politician who really understands the horrors of the Muslim extremists — political correctness will not do! I stand firmly with President Bush in his fight against terror. Maye Lavinson Longboat Key

Pleased about Publisher’s Award Dear Editor: On behalf of our entire family, we would like to thank you for honoring us again this year with The Publisher’s Award for the “Light Up the Key” contest. The gift basket was beautifully arranged and we will enjoy the wine and Euphemia Haye gift certificate. Decorating our house is a labor of love, performed by grandparents for the delight of their grandchildren and to spread some holiday cheer to our neighborhood and the Key. For us, as Christians, this is also a holy time in the religious calendar. We include Christian themes in our display to express the spiritual side of our family’s celebration. We appreciate the community support for such joyous self-expression. Indeed, we are uplifted by the efforts of all those who

have decorated their homes or businesses. We hope others will be inspired to add their unique voices next year, to “Light up the Key” once again. Blessings to all. Jan and Tim Holmes Longboat Key

Thoughts for the poll Dear Editor: We are up to our rears in snow here in Preaqile, Ontario. This is a small island in the area near Ottawa and Montreal. We see Papineau’s home and that the Ottawa River here is nearly 1/2 mile wide. Then, your eye finds the Chateau Montebello. This is where President Reagan came to the summit in 1986. Now for the question that I can’t help but wonder: Why does the United States need to ask the United Kingdom for information on mad cow disease? Isn’t the United States the number-one cattle producer in the world? Why do we only test 2,657 head of cattle now, when we ship millions of them from this country? Take some of these thoughts to the polls on Election Day. Our health should not be political. Bill and Gail Keller Longboat Key

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I am hurt. Now, which town can I sue? The forgoing statement, unfortunately, is the motto of a segment of society. The maxim is implemented by the commencement of litigation alleging a violation of a tort. Glance at the classified section of the Sarasota telephone directory. Therein is a list of literally hundreds of lawyers offering their services for representation in tort claims. Those claimants follow the unprincipled principle, that when injured, a lawyer,



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being sued as “the anaconda in the chandelier — it hangs constantly overhead, threatening to strike at any time.” Another seemingly silly example of a lawsuit is what occurred in Penobscot, Maine. There the authorities hunted for a convicted sex offender who was wanted on other felony charges. He was apprehended in cold, snowy woods where he sustained frostbite injuries, causing the loss of two toes. He now wants to sue the town for not capturing him sooner. Again, on a town-owned golf course, a plaintiff brought a suit against the town for alleging that a goose bit him. This is no laughing matter: the town paid the goosee $10,000 to settle the personalinjuries charge. Chicago wanted to eliminate discomfort of its citizens and enacted an anti-begging statute. “Foul” and unlawful discrimination the beggars cried! They proceeded to court, where a benevolent jury granted the suing impoverished class action status, protecting all of those in the same classification. Chicago quickly surrendered the payment of $99,000 to the panhandlers. President Bush has announced that he wants to cure some of the litigation evils by limiting punitive damages to $250,000 with no restraint on compensatory damages. Florida and several other states recently adopted laws partially achieving success toward the same goals.


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ELEGANT PALLADIAN VILLA set on azure New Pass waters. Highlights splendid architecture, which seamlessly integrates outdoor & indoor spaces. $10,000,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #234200

LONGBOAT, LIDO & BIRD KEY 3Longboat, Lido & Bird Keys GULF FRONT BEACH MASTERPIECE 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. No compromises. $8,495,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #247914 INCREDIBLE SOPHISTICATION ON THE GULF Discover the most fabulous penthouse with over 4,800 sq. ft. of fantastic finishes, limestone flooring & magnificent views from expansive terraces. $5,850,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #243675 INCREDIBLE ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT on the bay. Over 6,000 sq. ft. of fabulous design & fine detailing with wraparound teak decking & the most exquisite views. $3,999,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton & Bruce Tassinare, 383-7591 or 951-6660. #233125 ST. ARMANDS BAYFRONT Warm, elegant & dramatic traditional European-style with beautiful detailing. A Sotheby's listing. $3,850,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #217393 NEW & FABULOUS MEDITERRANEAN on Longboat boating water is masterfully constructed with character and quality. This 5BR home has views of the bay and deeded beach access. $2,395,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #237659 VILLA DI LANCIA Unique 3BR beachfront penthouse with 2,000 sq. ft. landscaped terrace, semi-private elevator, gourmet kitchen & the finest finishes throughout. $1,895,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #239772 LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT home of distinction. Three BRs plus bonus room, elevator, waterfall pool & spa, & 4-car garage. $1,650,000.Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #236176 SOUTH LONGBOAT ON THE BEACH Fabulous 3BR, direct Gulf front, furnished former model in luxurious Villa di Lancia, with garage parking and gated security. $1,650,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #246848 MEDITERRANEAN WATERFRONT BEAUTY Gorgeously furnished, newer 4BR plus den home in pristine condition. Great kitchen, family room, large pool area & protected dockage with direct bay access. $1,433,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #246534 COREYS LANDING BAY ISLES Wonderfully stunning home behind the gates at Longboat Key Club. Unique 4BR home with 18' ceilings, fireplace, pool & spa, tennis courts & private beach access. $1,299,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #248297 UNIQUE WATERFRONT RETREAT for the boating/beach enthusiasts who appreciate privacy, exceptional tropical landscaping and all the amenities for family enjoyment with a casual lifestyle. $999,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #237716 LIDO SHORES Updated 3BR Paul Rudolph home, close to deeded beach access, with soaring ceilings, slate floors, separate office & large lanai with pool & spa. $995,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #236063 LIDO BEACH CLUB Rarely available penthouse, with direct Gulf front, is elegant & tastefully turnkey furnished. Enjoy gorgeous sunsets & beautiful vistas over downtown. $850,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #249798 DIRECT GULF FRONT Enjoy gorgeous sunsets from this fabulous penthouse unit, located in a completely renovated building next to the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club. $799,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #248813 FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM Magnificent panoramic bay views from this 3BR corner unit, with generous terraces, southern exposure & deeded beach access. Bonus room provides ample space for home office. $799,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #249977 THE BEST OF THE ATRIUM True 3BR with sweeping bay views, extensive custom upgrades, built-ins, tile floors & contemporary furnishings by Living Walls. $769,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #237981 PRIVATE SAILBOAT WATER RETREAT Beautiful bayou views from this 3BR townhome, with garage, beach club & private deeded dock in a gated enclave. $699,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #247646 SUNSET BEACH Enjoy full Gulf views & sunsets every day of the year from this fabulous end unit with 2 balconies. Beachfront living at its best in one of Longboat's favorite addresses. $699,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #250076 CEDARS WEST First floor unit with direct Gulf views has been recently renovated & beautifully furnished. Two-week rental program offers income potential. $695,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #237173 A RARE OPPORTUNITY to own directly on the beach, without condominium restrictions & maintenance fees. This direct Gulf front residence boasts a wide veranda & screened porch. $695,000. Ruth Robinson, 388-4447 or 954-6515. #248847 BAY HARBOUR This premier end unit, with fabulous open bay & city views, is a boater's delight. Spacious 2BR plus den/office & over 2,200 sq. ft., with tasteful appointments. $665,000. Jennifer Pecora, 951-6660 or 780-1925. #248654 FANTASTIC VALUE Direct Gulf front, immaculate unit, located in a completely renovated building. Includes new roof & major assessments in 2002. $650,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #242129

EXCEPTIONAL VALUE AT THE RITZ This handsomely appointed 2BR suite unit features a den & offers spectacular water & north shore views. Includes 2 parking spaces. $1,250,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #241967

PRIVATE WATERFRONT PARADISE Vaulted cei hot tub highlight this 3,000 sq. ft., private trop $1,069,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447. #238489

SANDS POINT Extremely well conceived & executed renovation, with gorgeous views of boating water & docks, expansive beach & New Pass frontage. $599,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #248408

FABULOUS BAY VIEWS from gorgeous 7th Watch sunsets from two balconies. Great com gate. $520,000. Wayne and Penny Sanders,

TIFFANY PLAZA Rarely available beachfront walk-out. Enjoy fabulous sunsets & beachfront living from this well-maintained, almost completely remodeled unit. $649,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #240007 HANDSOME NEW RENOVATION on beautiful Lido Key overlooking the brilliant lights of the city & St. Armands Circle. Marble floors, granite counters & stainless steel appliances. $625,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #237785 GRAND BAY Stunning views in all directions from bay to golf course to sunsets. Wraparound terrace offers maximum privacy. Includes membership in Bay Isles Beach Club. $599,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #242557 ISLAND STYLE BAYFRONT VILLA Relaxed and appealing, this 2BR bayfront home offers deeded, protected sailboat water dock, tennis, pool & spa. $549,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #248358 SAND CAY Wonderful complex with fabulous amenities and excellent rental history.Tropical grounds lead to white sandy beach. $445,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #234877 BAY ISLES - FAIRWAY BAY Longboat Key premier Bay Isles, with fabulous direct bay views from living areas. Newly tiled & updated, with netural colors. Deeded beach access & heated pool. $425,000. Rae Alba, 966-8000 or 232-4280. #249886 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY at popular Gulf front resort, offering year-round, short-term weekly rentals & on-site management & rental office. Only 1st floor unit available. $399,900. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. #245824 LONGBOAT HARBOR Model perfect, 2BR condominium with full bay views, private beach & boat docks. Gorgeous turnkey furnishings & totally upgraded with professional design. $375,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #247252 INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY Two BR bayfront unit, with 3 year 'seasonal' rental in place. Features boat docks and beach access. $349,000. Carol Aviles, 388-4447. #247928 INN ON THE BEACH Southern exposure provides sunshine throughout winter. Steps to beach & pool, yet in a private location. Wonderful Florida lifestyle. $339,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #234304 GREAT OPPORTUNITY to live on Longboat Key at an affordable price. Delightful 2BR unit of approximately 1,200 sq. ft. Furnished, updated kitchen & beautifully maintained. $289,900. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #235361 DEEDED BEACH ACCESS Enjoy it all, beachside cabana, bayside boat slips, pool, gym, 2BRs & turnkey furnished. $285,900. Sharon Freeman, 383-7591 or 545-0899. #237026 TENNIS MAGAZINE RATED #1 RESORT Owners may stay in their unit any 30 days per year & have use of 21 tennis courts, fitness center, children's program, water sports rentals, salon & spa. $195,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #245321

THE SAVOY Enjoy magnificent views from the residence in contemporary high-rise with all t Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #2440 SARABANDE Combining comfort & sophistica sq. ft. of marvelous upgrades along with a $2,395,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulto OYSTER BAY Elegant Mediterranean revival, +/- acre with trees & privacy. A Sotheby's l Treiman, 383-7591 or 966-8000. #219945 LAUREL OAKS Award-winning Pruett Builder with the finest features. Distinctively des $1,044,900. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1 GOLDEN GATE POINT Brand new luxurious b throughout. Spacious unit with spectacular $950,000. Derrick Bhayat, 388-4447 or 284-4 STRONGS POINT Two BR home with 100' on Hu on a large lot with room for a pool. $950,00 #238637 LAUREL OAK Gorgeous neutral decor, three s pantry, and floor-to-ceiling wine closet. C $949,000. Judi Summers, 951-6660 or 302-3 THE LANDINGS Elegant, custom, traditional 5B floor, & French doors leading to lanai & pool Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #243934 WEST OF THE TRAIL Enchanting, new 4BR M Features bonus room, island kitchen & m $859,000. Dorothy and Mike McKendry, 966-8 LAUREL OAKS ESTATES Pruett's Versailles ho gant appointed finishes. Enjoy sweeping view Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1459. #249706 OYSTER BAY Fabulous 3BR West of the Trail ex ceilings, gourmet kitchen & large lanai with p Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #228654 HIDDEN OAKS ESTATES Large contemporary a stunning lagoon pool/spa, Tiki bar, orchid $749,000. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3

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HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT with expansive and dramatic views of the bay, city and keys. Exquisite 5,300 sq. ft., 5BR home with a multitude of fantastic features & great boating. $4,500,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #247515


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BEAUTIFUL BAYFRONT Four BR home at Harbour Court section of the Longboat Key Club offers spectacular bay views to the city skyline. Private community pool/spa & boat dock. $985,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #228918


DELIGHTFUL FLORIDA HOME Private retreat on lush double lot, just steps to St. Armands, Lido Beach, shopping & dining. Three BRs, fireplace & pool/spa. $649,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #237367

AMARYLLIS PARK Four BR, clean & bright home with charming fireplace & large fenced yard. $109,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #242191 5Casey Key


LAFFIN PLACE Main residence has all the charm of an older home with modern amenities to indulge a lavish lifestyle. Guest quarters, 180' bay frontage & private beach. $5,675,000. Nora Johnson, 966-8000 or 809-1700. #232474 PRIVATE, WALLED & GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE with large rooms, spacious gourmet kitchen, 20' x 40' pool, wonderful covered porches, boat dock & beach easement. $2,685,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #243830 CASEY KEY ESTATES 'Island Style' with maple floors, soaring ceilings, numerous balconies, gorgeous pool, tennis court, fishing pier & private beach. $1,500,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #239798 LUXURY AND VALUE ON CASEY KEY Only gated community on the Key with great beach easement. Stylish 3BR plus den home of 3,900 sq. ft. with myriad quality features. $1,350,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #230528 6Siesta Key

floor condo downtown near Ritz, Van Wezel. mplex with two pools, tennis, boat dock, guard 966-8000 or 923-5895. #246814

LIDO SHORES New construction in Sarasota School of Architecture style. Three BRs with walls of glass overlooking the lanai & lap pool. A true jewel with beach access. $1,050,000. Bitsy Robertson and Steve Spraker, 951-6660 or 377-0098. #243664

Penthouse over the bay & downtown. Luxury the amenities you can imagine. $2,545,000. 048 ation, this classy 10th floor unit offers 3,700 amazing views of bay, city, marina & Gulf. on, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #244209 2-story home on lake. Large open pool, 1/2 isting. $1,299,000. Laura Hansen & Lenore

HARBOR ACRES Remodel or rebuild on this great lot across the street from the bay. Excellent condition, with myriad options. $729,000. Judi Summers, 951-6660 or 302-3238. #247210 GATED LANDINGS COMMUNITY This 4BR traditional home on a private treed lot is perfect for the executive family. Located in an enviable neighborhood near desirable schools. $719,000. Sue Broughton, 951-6660 or 356-6490. #249375 THE LANDINGS Enjoy 1st floor lake and preserve views from this 3BR condominium. This property lives like a home, with a large screened lanai and an open sundeck. $549,900. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #246975 LAUREL OAKS Elegantly appointed, rarely available club home, impeccably maintained by original owner. Experience sweeping lake and golf course views. $524,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1459. #247551 TOWNHOUSE ON PALM Fabulous Mediterranean villa in this delightfully chic enclave. Located near everything wonderful our town has to offer. $519,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #249621 BAYWOOD COLONY VILLAS Rarely available bayfront residence in a desirable setting near million dollar homes, with dock & water views. Located close to Siesta Key beaches & ICW. $499,900. Jaye DeForest, 349-3444 or 504-7143. #248893 OYSTER BAY Private setting with bamboo, mature trees and flowers galore, this home boasts high ceilings, renovated kitchen with custom cabinetry & spacious master suite with walk-in closets. $479,000. Chad Roffers, 951-6660 or 376-0188. #236163 OYSTER BAY Fabulous opportunity, just 5 doors from the Field Club. This charming home is situated on a spectacular oak canopied lot offering privacy & serenity. $399,000. Chad Roffers, 951-6660 or 376-0188. #248018 EDGEMONT Beautiful, open & spacious home with custom great room, separate dining room, tray ceilings, crown moldings & 3-car garage. $364,500. Marilyn Hahn, 951-6660 or 724-6152. #249663 THE OAKS AT WOODLAND PARK Spectacular 4BR plus den home in an upscale, desirable neighborhood set amidst majestic oaks on a private lake. Enjoy the spacious caged lanai & heated pool. $359,000. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #247242 RENAISSANCE Ground floor unit in an amazing downtown location. Two BR unit with den comes with tenants for 1 year. Ideal floor plan for an investment opportunity. $349,900. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-2733. #247311 FABULOUS BAY VIEW from this 5th floor unit, open floor plan with great rental history & wonderful amenities. Includes a movie theater, guest suite & on-site manager. $290,500. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 383-6182. #247951 OAK COURT Model perfect retreat, just minutes to downtown. Intimate, friendly neighborhood in a gated community with pool. $236,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #249958 SOUTHGATE Attractive & spacious, updated 3BR home on a large fenced lot. Immediate occupancy. $234,900. Michael Freeman, 951-6660 or 302-1850. #249942 FLORA VILLA Adorable 3BR home is centrally located on a quiet corner lot. Features newer appliances, tile, carpet, screened lanai & 2-car garage. $189,900. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #242174

rs custom model home elegantly appointed igned to flow from indoors to outdoors. 1459. #250084 bayfront with the finest finishes & appliances r water vistas, 2-car garage & day dock. 4447. #229737 udson Bayou and 4 boat docks with lift. Located 00. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337.

suites plus office. Built-ins, storage, butler's Cook's kitchen with high-end appliances. 3238. #244690 BR home with master suite & guest BR on 1st area with private backyard. $910,000. Judy

Mediterranean pool home with classic charm. motor courtyard. Pre-completion priced at 8000 or 586-5007. #241578 ome, featuring a flowing floor plan with elews of golf course & lakes. $839,000. Linda

xecutive home with numerous upgrades, high pool/spa in a private setting. $799,000. Dede home set amid a truly magical property, with house & koi pond. The ultimate in privacy. 962. #248572


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SANDERLING CLUB BEACHFRONT Private estate from Gulf to lagoon on 1.8 acres of privacy in a lush setting. $4,799,000. Sue Broughton & Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 356-6490. #249971 SANDERLING CLUB GULF FRONT 150' of prime walking beach with older 2-story, 5BR home & Gulf front pool. Renovate existing residence or build new. $3,300,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #243921 SOUTH BEACH COMES TO SIESTA KEY Four BR, direct Gulf front townhome with top-ofthe-line finishes & private beach. Many decks span the beach. $2,850,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #220691 FABULOUS SIESTA BAYFRONT Savor wide water views from major rooms, with lush landscaping & nearly 3/4-acre offering real privacy. Beautifully furnished, with pool & dock. $2,485,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #250085 GULF AND BAY VIEWS A gem waiting to be found, with private beach access & boat dock, close to open water. $1,250,000. Karen Chandler and Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #225068 JEWEL OF SIESTA KEY 150' of Grand Canal wraps around this lot on 3 sides. Live in a magnificently restored home from the Sarasota School of Architecture, a Tim Seibert design. A Sotheby's listing. $1,080,000. Georgina Clamage & Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #238791 SPECTACULAR EXCELSIOR GULF FRONT PENTHOUSE Magnificent views of Gulf and beach from this totally renovated and showcase furnished unit in Gulf-to-bay complex. Amenities galore & under-building parking. $895,000. Elke Boaz, 349-3444 or 350-3096. #247651 SANDERLING CLUB Totally renovated & remodeled with new floors, guest quarters, all appliances, landscaping & roof. Walled 3/4-acre property with gorgeous Heron Lagoon views. $875,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #239841 ELEGANT, SPACIOUS TOWNHOME with romantic view of lagoon & fountain, surrounded by lush tropical landscape. Private community with pool, tennis & deeded deepwater dock. $849,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #242033 CRYSTAL SANDS Beautifully, newly furnished & updated unit gracefully set on Crescent Beach. $699,900. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #235548 MARINA DEL SOL Brand new, corner, 2nd floor bayfront unit with several screened & open balconies & view of pool & Little Sarasota Bay. $699,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #239620 CRESCENT ROYALE Fantastic value in this turnkey furnished residence overlooking Siesta Key Beach. $579,900. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #243100 GULF & BAY VIEWS Three BR residence on the private south end of Siesta Key. Paradise for beach walkers & shell seekers along miles of white sandy beach. $575,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #213318 FABULOUS GULF VIEWS, sunsets & the sound of the waves all await the new owner of this charming 2BR unit, tucked on a private sandy beach. $520,000. Julie Jordan, 951-6660 or 923-0598. #246155 TURTLE BAY Beautiful bay view condominium at the south end of Siesta Key. Two BRs, tennis, beach, heated pool/spa & boat docks. $412,000. Kathleen Ucci, 951-6660 or 302-2344. #242649 WHISPERING SANDS Totally updated villa, with new kitchen, tile, carpet & appliances. Enjoy Siesta Key & a private beach near Village & shopping. $399,000. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #246982

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It’s read everywhere Right: Peter and Thelma Adams, of Harbourside Drive on Longboat Key read The Longboat Observer with their granddaughter Melanie, at the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. Below: Marshall and Anne Nelson and Al and Dottie Hixon, all of Longboat Key, read The Longboat Observer while visiting “Dunk Island” off of the east coast of Australia.

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Sara and Abigale Phillips of Longboat Key and Queensburg, N.Y. read their Longboat Observer at Rockefeller Center, in front of the famous Christmas tree. The girls are the daughters of Jim and Anne Mulligan, who are longtime winter residents of Casa del Mar.

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If your organization would like to have meetings or events publicized, mail or fax the information at least one week in advance to The Longboat Observer, Box 8100, Longboat Key 34228; fax: 383-7193 or e-mail: All announcements must be typed, include hour and date of meeting, complete address of meeting place and a telephone reference number. To ensure accuracy, no telephone calls. Deadline is the previous Tuesday, 5 p.m.

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Northern Key Trust Longboat Key — The Longboat 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, from Jan. 6 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. Temple Beth Israel — Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, executive director of the ARZA World Union, North America, will host a Pomer Lecture to provide “some insights onto Israeli politics” at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Temple Beth Israel. For more information call, 383-3428. Sunset Stroll - Island Style –– Enjoy an evening stroll around St. Armands Circle from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. There will be live musical performances by Kenny

Moolenaar, who plays the steel drums; Sundown; Joey La Valee, who plays Key West sounds; and “Hugh” playing Caribbean music. For more information call, 388-1554.

Ferrari’s St. Armands Car Show –– Sarasota Ford and the Ferrari Owners Club are having their third annual car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 10 at St. Armands Circle. Fifty cars will compete for best in show. Beach Harbor Singers — Men and women who harmonize for fun, will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 6 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, or call 383-8811. Business Before Hours — Enjoy wonderful gourmet coffees with Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce members from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8 at The Beanz Man, 4464 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota. Members, $5; guests, $10. RSVP, 387-9519. Lifestyle and Health Expo — will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at The Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of

The Niña replica is in its last year of touring before going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico permanently. It will be docked in Palmetto until Jan. 14. Mexico Dr. Details, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 387-9519.

Business After Hours — The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Members, $5; guests, $10. RSVP, 387-9519. Public Interest Committee (PIC) Public Meeting — Tom Dabney, head of Swiftmud, will speak to Longboaters at a public meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. Dabney will answer questions about wells, reverse osmosis and other subjects of water. The meeting is sponsored by the Public Interest Committee (PIC). Chamber of Commerce 45th annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast — will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive,

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Lido Key. Introduction of board members and officers, as well as the announcement of Chamber Member of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Eager Beaver Award and the Chairman’s Award. Cost is $17.50 per person. RSVP by Jan. 19. Details, 387-9519.

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. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — resumes it weekly lunch meetings Friday, Jan. 9 at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. CONTINUED ON PAGE 17A

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Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Rd., 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. 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, 888-3386227.

Sarasota Festival of Miniatures — a show and sale featuring artisans from the U.S. and the U.K. Historic rooms in miniature, museum-quality furniture, silver, needlework, dollhouse furnishings and accessories. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Holiday Inn Airport Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail. Admission: adults, $5; children, $3. Details, 371-3193. ‘ERG-A-THON’ — Sarasota Crew, a coed, youth-rowing program, is hosting demonstrations and competitions on its erogmeters, the on-land crew training machines from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at Westfield Shoppingtown Sarasota Square. Visit Flea market — From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, the city of Sarasota is sponsoring a flea market at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. There will be more than 50 exhibitors with a wide variety of merchandise for sale. 2004 — The Year in Politics –– A discusion led by New College professof Keith Fitzgerald, will look at the political perspectives on this new year. The meeting, sponsored by the Democractic Club of Sarasota, begins at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 10 with a social, followed by lunch at the Palm Aire Country Club. For reservations call, Paula John, 9273955. The Sweethearts of Branson and the Branson Valley Boys –– performances and sing-alongs will b held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18 at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 6611 Procter Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $10 each with a $40 limit per family. Nursery service will be available for children five and younger. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 there will be a roast beef dinner. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Reservaions required, 918-2422.

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Discover the Niña — Columbus’ replica ship will be docked at the Regatta Pointe Marina, 1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto, until Jan. 14. Built completely without the use of power tools, Archaeology magazine calls the ship, “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”For more information visit, Manatee Kennel Club Dog Show — Thursday Jan. 8 and Friday, Jan. 9 at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling

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7 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner immediately following. The after dinner speaker will be well-known traveler and writer Jane Frawley-Holler. For reservations call, 907-0234.

Women of Manatee County Republican Club –– meets at noon Jan. 9 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 9th Ave. W. Bradenton Chief of Police will speak. For reservations call, 722-5729. The annual Brandeis University on Wheels –– takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Sudakoff Hall, New College Conference Center, General Spaatz Boulevard in Sarasota. Guest speaker Michael Kalafati, former director of admissions at Brandeis University will tell a story about an “eight year odyssey” he experienced in Greece. For more information call Nada, 355-1698. The Connecticut Club –– meets for dinner at

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Club –– of Sarasota/Manatee presents Hasan A. Hammami, advisor to the Board of the SW Florida Islamic Community, discussing, “Muslims: Who We Are, What We Believe, and Where We Come From,” at its luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 15. There will be a reception prior to the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. For reservations call, 966-7780. The Cornell Club -– of Sarasota/Manatee will have a social hour and lunch, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 at Michael’s on East. Dr. Donald Rakow, director of Cornell Plantations will speak. For details call, 907-0234. American Association of University Women — Lee Chaverin, known as the ‘non-singing voice of the Sarasota Opera,” will present a humorous look at the Sarasota Opera scene at the AAUW’s monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Sudakoff Hall at New College, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Mary Muller, 366-4979. ❑

League of Women Voters — “Pancakes and Politics” features Kathy Dent, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County, on “The Countdown to 2004.” 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods. Cost: $3. Reservations, Pat Price, 349-0908 or Alejandra, 929-2444.

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Chapel expands outreach to Bradenton BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

The Longboat Island Chapel, now in its 40th year, is planning to expand its outreach ministry and to place new emphasis on spiritual growth of its members. The Rev. Kenneth Gill said the addition of Marilyn Johnson as director of its ministry program will help make it possible. As part of the expansion of the outreach ministry, Gill said the congregation will work with a small church in East Bradenton headed by the Rev. Dexter McDonald. McDonald’s church has active programs in tutoring, teen counseling and assistance to the elderly. “A chapel member donated $50,000 and asked it be used in East Bradenton,” Gill explained. “McDonald’s church was selected because of its active programs. We will be working with the planning and organization of programs as well as providing needed materials and volunteers.” The Longboat Island Chapel is nondenominational and Gill wants to develop its role as a community church. “We have a wide range of programs or services for residents and visitors,” Gill said. Aware of the increasing number of younger residents, “Rounds, Rhymes and

The Friendship Garden on the Island Chapel grounds is a popular setting for weddings. Silly Songs,” family fun with music, will be offered at 10 a.m. Mondays with Dino Rice, a certified, early-childhood music specialist. Caring Connections, a small support group for spiritual growth, is another new program.

A current successful program is the chapel’s Shepherding program. “Basically it is one-on-one support and we have about 40 members who are lay shepherds or lay ministers who participate,” Gill said. “Many of the calls we receive are from non-members.” Another church project, The Lord’s Warehouse, a re-sale shop, donates thousands of dollars each year to charitable organizations. Gill has been the chapel pastor four years. Two years ago he was involved in a nearfatal motorcycle accident. “The outpouring of love and support I received confirmed my call to this church,” he said. “I want this church available to serve all the people of this community.” Church membership is about 300, but during season attendance can swell to 700. “I would like to see visitors who attend our services become associate members and active participants,” Gill said. Gill’s long-range plans include the construction of a new sanctuary to the south of the present sanctuary, which would be retained for church-related activities. The Longboat Island Chapel is located at 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. For information about services or activities, call 383-6491 or the Web site ❑

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From the pulpit


Revenge or reconciliation? Most of us remember learning about Joseph and his brothers when we were children. Joseph was the “wonder boy,” the dreamer of dreams, the interpreter of other peoples’ dreams, and the man who saved the Ancient Near East from a terrible famine. But Joseph was also a boy who made powerful enemies among his brothers. They almost killed him, but elected instead, to sell him into slavery. Years passed. We can imagine that Joseph was waiting for the day when he could “get even” with his brothers. But the biblical narrative surprises us with a thrilling and heart-warming turnaround, as Joseph chooses to eschew revenge for something far better — reconciliation. Joseph had his brothers in the palm of his hand. He had risen from a jailed, household slave to the position of viceroy of all Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. His brothers came to buy food and did not recognize him, but he recognized them. He toyed with them, having his servants secretly putting their food money back in their packs. He also kept one brother as a hostage, declaring him to be a spy. He demanded that they bring Joseph’s younger brother to Egypt if they ever wanted to buy food, again. When they did, Joseph pretended to “frame Benjamin for the theft of his royal chalice. The brothers were beside themselves with fear and anguish. What would happen to Benjamin? And how would they possi-

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bly break the news to their aged father, who doted on Benjamin as he had, many years ago, on Joseph? Joseph made them squirm. And then, as his brother, Judah, pleaded passionately on behalf of their aged father, Joseph suddenly realized that there was something far better than revenge. He had the room cleared of everyone but his brothers and then cried out, “I am Joseph your brother! Does my father still live?” He grabbed his brothers, hugged and kissed them and foreswore the revenge they were sure was coming. Joseph the planner, Joseph the administrator, Joseph the plotter of revenge, was now simply Joseph the brother, Joseph the son. Like all of us, Joseph needed to be loved and he needed to give love. Unlike too many of us, he was not so stubborn that he threw away his opportunity for this redemptive act in the sake of pride. In the end, he realized it was better to be Joseph, brother and son, rather than Joseph the victor, the winner of a hollow victory. There is much that we can learn about life from our Bible, a book about flawed men and women, men and women struggling for meaning in life. Can we learn from men and women who experience pain and suffering and loss? I hope so, for they are no strangers to us; they are us.

St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. (nursery available) and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 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. 3831255. 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. 383-3428.

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Michael Eisenstat is a rabbi at Temple Beth Israel.

Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Sundays: Adult study class with the Rev. Charlie Shook is at 8:30 a.m. and worship services are at 9:30 and 11 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. Children's Sunday school is at 11 a.m.; nursery available during both services.

Obituaries Asaf A. Benderly

Patricia J. Dunn

Asaf A. Benderly of Longboat Key, died on Sunday, Dec. 28. Born in 1922, in the state of Israel, he was a long-time resident of Potomac, Md., and moved to Longboat Key one year ago, after nine years of seasonal visitations. He is survived by his wife, Lenora Walters; his two daughters, Jill Zagrebhi of Croatia and Eve B. Berman of Park City, Utah; and two grandchildren. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key.

Patricia J. Dunn of Longboat Key, died on Friday, Jan. 2. Born in Bayonne, N.J., in 1933, she moved to Longboat Key 10 years ago from Kingwood, Texas. She is survived by Thomas, her husband of 49 years; daughter, Carol Whitley of North Andover, Mass.; son, Stephen of Brick, N.J.; sister Alyson of Florham Park, N.J. and four grandchildren. Memorial services will be private.

Robert L. Jaffe Robert L. Jaffe of Longboat Key, died on Sunday, Dec. 28. Born in 1922 in Connecticut, he moved to Longboat Key 20 years ago. He was the owner of a pharmacy in Connecticut and is an Army Veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Selma; two daughters, Gail of New York City and Sarasota, and Sheryl of Princeton, N.J.; a son, Steven of Rancho Palos Verdes; and two grandchildren. Memorial services will be in Connecticut. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Pomer Lecture — Rabbi Richard Hirsch of Israel, a noted author and lecturer, will be the guest speaker at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Women’s Auxiliary of the Longboat Island Chapel — will host best-selling author Joan Wester Anderson as guest speaker at its Monday, Jan. 12 luncheon meeting. Anderson’s book, “Where Angels Walk,” was on the New York Times best-seller list for 12 weeks. The luncheon is at noon. Anderson will speak at 1 p.m. in the Chapel Sanctuary, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The public is invited to attend. She will be available to sign her book after her talk. “The Cards be with You” — The Ladies Guild of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church will host its annual dessert card-party fund-raiser at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Stella Maris Activity Center, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Ladies and gentlemen are invited to make tables of four. Bring cards or games for an afternoon of fun, dessert and raffle & door prizes. Tickets are $10 per person. Call 383-5923 or 387-7580 for information and reservations.

Margaret L. Kemp of Longboat Key, died Friday, Jan. 2. Born in Ottawa, Kansas, she came to Longboat Key in 1976. She was a volunteer for Selby Gardens, the Red Cross and was a member of the Delta Pi Sorority. She is survived by her husband, Clarence; a daughter, Patricia McKee of Kinsington, Md.; a son, John of Longboat Key and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea. Memorial donations may be made to the Longboat Key Kiwanis Foundation.

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Shiny new car model ... Or rather, former model for shiny new cars. Longboater Audrey Lucow was chatting to BT about how she used to model for car companies for their new-car ad campaigns. She said that the photo shoots were so secretive that when the models had to go to the powder room, they were escorted by a bodyguard to make sure they wouldn’t tell anyone about the latest automobile. And speaking of powder ... Lucow said that instead of worrying about powdering the models’ noses, the car companies powdered the cars instead! Trash talk ... With show themes like “Frustrated Females,” “Hillbilly Love,” “Tales of the Midget Klan” and “I’m in Love with My Daughter,” it’s no shocker that the king of trash TV, Jerry Springer, would do a little trash talking at the Emperor’s Ball. But this talk wasn’t about transsexuals or outraged lovers, Springer did a little political bashing. Springer, a Democrat who recently considered a run for U.S. Senate in Ohio, said in a ballroom full of Republicans, “Maybe next year we could have the Republicans waiting on the Democrats instead of the Democrats waiting on the Republicans.” Ouch. That one didn’t get many laughs. But after covering his face he came back with, “I’m not too concerned about this crowd, because I know it won’t affect my show ratings!” Dirty dancing ... “Nobody puts Baby in the corner!” Or David Band, that is. While

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Gal pals Mary Ann Robinson, Louise Neher, Carol Horschke and Muz Qualy ring in the New Year with some ultra-cool 2004 sunglasses.

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Kate Walsh and David Band Band’s wife, Myrna, was busy chairing the Emperor’s Ball, he decided to have a little fun on the dance floor with one of the Sarasota Ballet dancers — BT’s sister, Kate Walsh. The two tore up the dance floor to the delight and shrieks of laughter from Nikki Feldbaum and Kacy Carla Bennington behind them. Couples counseling ... You’ve seen the reality shows where couples or newlyweds are thrown into extreme situations to see if their relationships will last. How about being thrown in front of a crowd in a game show at a Sarasota social event? Well, Harold and Sylvia Briscoe, Howard Millman and Carolyn Michel, Jimmy and Paige Dean, Bill Buttaggi and Debra Jacobs and John and Tana Sandefur are up to the challenge. These couples will be the contestants in “He Sez, She Sez,” a game show produced by Bob Plunkett and hosted by Annette Scherman, at the Senior Friendship Center’s “Friendship Celebration” on Monday, Feb. 9, at Michael’s On East.

Yep. Sarasota definitely needed an event on New Year’s Eve, and the Sarasota Ballet of Florida’s Emperor’s Ball provided it. Maybe it was just the fact that the ball had Myrna Band and Mary Ann Robinson as its co-chairs, but with 300 guests ringing in the New Year, this social affair is certainly one of Sarasota’s newest treasures. And, with the appropriate theme of “Treasures of India,” the Hyatt Sarasota ballroom was transformed into an Indian palace with purple and gold Taj Mahal domes and towers emitting flames, tables draped with Indian saris and towering centerpieces of orchids and beads. The Sarasota Ballet of Florida performed two Indian-themed ballets in between courses of a gourmet dinner. Guests competed with the professional dancers themselves by hitting the dance floor immediately when the Tampa-based, highenergy band Breezin’ began to play. A funny Jerry Springer led the live auction and urged guests to spend money on the dancers who were “getting sweaty.” But the fun ultimately began with the clock struck midnight and a flurry of gift-filled balloons dropped from the ceiling, culminating in a good start to 2004.

Jack Bennington gives his wife, Kacy, a New Year’s kiss.

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Ten, nine, eight ... Get ready for lift-off, because the social season is about to take off. Say buh-bye to your last few minutes of free time! Celeb auctioneer, Jerry Springer, gets frustrated during the live auction.

Elita Kane swirls in a magnificent gown.




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The best thing about the Sarasota Film Festival parties is that you get to pull out your funky and fun attire from your wardrobe. Anything goes, just as long as you make a statement on the red carpet. Lori Ann Steiner of Foxy Lady put together an ensemble that would rival the attire of a movie star. Randi Schlanger, board member of the Sarasota Film Festival, is sexy and stunning in a cocktail ensemble for “A Night of a Thousand Stars.” Schlanger models a Juan Carlos Piñera corseted, bustier, mesh bodice gown with Roberta Chiarella chandelier earrings and matching necklace. All available at Foxy Lady West, St. Armands Circle, 3885239.

Sarasota Film Festival When: Friday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 1 Where: Various Sarasota locations It’s a no-brainer to figure out that the Sarasota Film Festival has lots of fun films to go see. But for party-hoppers the best part about the film fest is all its fun parties. For tickets and more information contact the Sarasota Film Festival at 364-9514, or visit its Web site:

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Opening Night Film and Party — The festival kicks off with the screening of “If Only,” directed by Gil Junger and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls. Then celebrate the festival’s opening at the after party with hors d’oeuvres, dessert, open bar and the music of Miami’s “Spam Allstars” that play and mix Afro-Cuban-Electronica with horns. Co-chaired by Jaymie Carter and Suzy Cabanillas. 7 p.m. Jan. 23, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets: $100. “CineSymphony!” — The Sarasota Film Festival partners with the Florida West Coast Symphony to celebrate music in the movies. Guest conductor Emil De Cou will lead the Florida West Coast Symphony performing scores from Academy Award-winning films such as “Schindler’s List,” “Gone with the Wind,” “American in Paris,” “ET,” “Out of Africa” and other movies. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets: $35, $26 and $22. Tickets are available through the Florida West Coast Symphony’s box office at 953-3434. World Cinema Celebration — Fred’s and Morton’s Gourmet Market welcome Sarasota’s finest restaurants for Sarasota’s

hippest street party for an outpouring of world cuisine, street performers, music, dance, complimentary beer, wine and specialty drinks. Co-chaired by Michael Bush and Abigail Shearer Robinson. 7 p.m. Jan. 28, in Southside Village on Osprey Avenue. Tickets: $50. Luncheon Under the Banyans — Chef Paul Mattison creates a scrumptious lunch for an honoring of a very special luminary of the screen. Past honorees include Gena Rowlands, Rita Moreno, Shirley Jones and Tippy Hedren. Chaired by Bettina von Walhof. Noon Jan. 29, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Tickets from $85 to $100. Night of a Thousand Stars — Starstudded independent film screenings culminate in a celebration of the independent spirit. Multiple bands, stellar spread of appetizers and open bars highlight this event in addition to the multiple film stars present. Chaired by Philip Mancini. 9 p.m. Jan. 30, at Michael’s On East. Tickets: $125. Filmmakers Tribute Dinner — This black-tie gala pays tribute to a lifetime of creativity and passion with the Regal Career Achievement Award recipient. Cocktail reception, three-course gourmet dinner and award presentation are featured at this event. Past Regal Career Achievement Award recipients include Richard Dreyfuss (2003), Sydney Pollack (2002), Alan Alda (2001) and John Voight (2000). Chaired by Mary Ann Robinson. 7 p.m. Jan. 31, at The RitzCarlton, Sarasota. Tickets: $275. Late Night Wrap Party — Draw the festival to a close in the wee hours. Last year a surprise performance by Steven Tyler and the members of Aerosmith delighted guests. This year anything goes. Past honorees include Jack Douglas, Michael Stipe, Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff. Jan. 31. —Emily Walsh

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1 Betrothed lovebirds Heather Dunhill and Ted Meekma 2 Faye and Marty Rosen, Nikki Feldbaum and Nancy Bishopric 3 Elisabeth and Gil Waters dance the night away. 4 The Hyatt Sarasota ballroom was transformed with rich purple drapes, firebreathing torches, Indian saris, Taj Mahal domes and tables with beautiful tower ing orchids. 5 In yet another fabulous dress — Tina Little 6 Veronica and Jay Brady 7 Charlie and Dottie Korbuly tap their toes. 8 Sarasota Ballet dancer Darya Fedotova spreads her wings. 9 Rosie and Jerry Chip 10 Susan and Leonard Landau get down on the dance floor. 11 Ten, nine, eight ... the clock counts down to midnight. 12 Co-chair Mary Ann Robinson, Artistic Director/CEO Robert de Warren and Cochair Myrna Band 13 Sarasota Ballet dancer Kate Walsh smiles at the crowd during the Indian dance from “Cà d’Zan — A Fantasy.”



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As we begin the new year of 2004, BT gazes into her social-scene crystal ball at all the upcoming social events you might want to highlight in your Black Tie datebooks. These events will surely make you want to wear that new gown, empty your wallets at the silent or live auction or just have good ol’ fun. See you there!


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January ‘WOW! — World of Wonder’ — The Florida Holocaust Museum and Sarasota Manatee Arch Family Holocaust Education Center kick off their bayfront exhibition, “Coexistence,” with this pre-party cochaired by Dottie Baer Garner, Graci McGillicuddy and BJ Creighton. Don’t miss your chance to bid on “A Girl’s Night Out Pajama Party” sleepover for 10 women at Robb & Stucky. 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Robb & Stucky. Contact: Sarasota Manatee Arch Family Holocaust Education Center, 378-8837 ‘A Dog’s Night Out’ — Dogs will get primped and pampered at Saks ... need we say more? This night benefits ARC, the Animal Rescue Coalition. 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Contact: Janice Dugan, 957-1955, Ext. 7. ‘The Art of the Circus ... Gala’ — Circus Sarasota’s founder and CEO, Pedro Reis, will pull the best trick out of his sleeve when he presents his famous Cloud Swing” aerial act for the first time in 10 years. This gala that benefits Circus Sarasota is co-chaired by Janet Hunter, Mary Ann Robinson and Lee Peterson. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, under the big top. Contact: Janet Hunter, 371-6798. ‘It’s a Maaah-velous Party’ Asolo Gala — Co-chairs Carol Phillips and Koni Findlay bring back this ritzy gala where it belongs — The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Plus, get a sneak peek at Will Stutts’ one-man-show, “Noel Coward at the Café De Paris.” 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at The RitzCarlton, Sarasota. Contact: Janet Allen, 351-9010, Ext. 4708. Sarasota Film Festival — This festival is one of the few times the red carpet is rolled out for you and all the visiting film stars at the most fabulous parties. Don’t miss your chance to walk it! Friday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 1, at various Sarasota locations. Contact: Sarasota Film Festival, 364-9514. ‘Best in Show’ ARC Gala 2004 — The Animal Rescue Coalition thrills again with its annual gala based on the hilarious Christopher Guest spoof, “Best in Show.” There is no doubt that this gala co-chaired by Koni Findlay and Charlie Ann Syprett will be loads of fun. 6:30 p.m. Jean Weidner is stunning at the Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Hyatt Sarasota. Contact: Janice Asolo’s “High Society at the Hyatt Dugan, 957-1955, Ext. 7. Sarasota” in January 2003.


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‘Big Band Valentine Bash’ — Even though the New College Foundation’s gala is not on Valentine’s Day, the “Big Band Valentine Bash” chaired by Lee Peterson is still one of the liveliest events where you can wear out your dancing shoes with your sweetheart. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Michael’s On East. Contact: Mary Lou Wingerter, 355-2991. ‘An Evening with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme’ — The A, B, C, D’s — Alyce Kalin, Beatrice Friedman, Carolyn Michel and Dottie Baer Garner always do it up big with the Van Wezel Foundation Gala. This year the gala takes a Valentine’s theme and features the fabulous duo Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Contact: Kira Bauer, 366-5578 ‘True Luxury’ Beaudry and Bentleys — This year, Tina Little of Queens’ Wreath Jewels pairs up with jewelry designer Michael Beaudry, Bentley Tampa Bay and Town & Country Magazine to take over the entire street of South Boulevard of the Presidents in St. Armands Circle for a luxurious night to benefit All Children’s Hospital. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Queens’ Wreath Jewels. Contact: Tina Little, 388-9800 ‘2004 Dinner with the Stars’ — Like sands through the hour-

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‘Goodwill T-Shirt Gala’ — Chairs Robbie and Mary Ann Robinson think Goodwill fits like a T, and so should you at this year’s Goodwill Gala, which is always a night of frolicking fun. 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Michael’s On East. Contact: Zoltan Karpathy, 955-4483 ‘Butterfly Ball’ — G.WIZ — Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone brings back its gala with a theme completely opposite from its previous gala the “Galactic Ball.” Be sure to flap your wings and get to this event co-chaired by Betty Danto, Denby Smothers and Marilyn Naiditch. 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at G.WIZ. Contact: Donna Wolski, 309-4949, Ext. 102.

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‘An Evening at the AvantGarde: Great Pairs’ — If you want an artsy-fartsy party that’s a good excuse to wear crazy costumes, then this event is it. This year chairs Ron and Jayne Gelbman themed the Ringling School of Art and Design’s gala as “Great Pairs.” 7 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the Ringling School of Art and Design. Contact: Sarah Walcutt-Febish, 3597589. ‘CAN Goes to Hollywood’ — Last year we got to see Marty and Renée Sheade in S & M attire, this year the Community AIDS Network’s gala goes to Hollywood with Sarasota stars Nikki Nilon, Renée Sheade and Carolyn Michel as co-chairs. 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, at Playboy Al Saxonberg with his Elvira-like wife, Bev, had Michael’s On East. Contact: Nikki Nilon, 376-5522, or fun at the Community AIDS Renée Sheade, 383-8178. Network’s gala in March 2003.

April ‘Pique-nique sur la Baie’ — Pretty ladies in pretty hats on the prettiest bayfront in town lunching and viewing fashions from Neiman Marcus. Hmmm ... can you think of a better way to spend your day? BT and Chair BJ Creighton can’t! 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, at New College of Florida. Contact: Jane Summerville, 351-3700 ‘SPARCCLE Party’ — Last year, spirits were super high and soaring at this sparkling affair that benefits SPARCC, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, and is co-chaired this year by Barbara Stich, Janet Turow and Michelle Berg. 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the Crosley Mansion. Contact: Gloria Webel, 925-2700. ‘Cattle Barons’ Ball’ — Last year cowgirls and cowboys had a riproaring time at this ball, which benefits the American Cancer Society. This year throw on your chaps, as well as bring your chaps along to this ball chaired by Tom Jackson and Jennifer Compton. Contact: Beth Ellen Holimon, 365-2858.

May ‘Going for the Gold’ — Karin Paulette Schindler made Gustafson has ruled the silent the ultimate fashion statement at Pique-nique sur la auction circuit for years. See Baie in April 2003. her handy-work and empty your pockets this year at the always opulent gala. Saturday, May 1, at the Franklin Berlin Branch of the YMCA. Contact: Karin Gustafson, 951-1336 ‘Still Life in Motion’ — This fun interactive fashion show always delights guests as much as the Colony’s fabulous Gulf views of the sunset. This event which kicks off the summer season benefits SPARCC — Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Contact: Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, 383-6464.



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Yeohlee Trunk Show and Book Signing What: A trunk show featuring the latest designs of Yeohlee. Meet designer Yeohlee during a book signing. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with live modeling. When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Dream Weaver, St. Armands Circle Contact: Dream Weaver, 388-1974

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‘Through Women’s Eyes’ International Women’s Film Festival Benefiting: UNIFEM/USA — Gulf Coast Chapter Where: Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion at New College Chairs: Jan Holmes and Ginny Hitchcock Contact: Jan Holmes, 954-0237, or Ginny Hitchcock, 9225303 Price: $60

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compassion Spalding Gray only swam to Cambodia. Diane Mason brought a digital camcorder.

BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

In 2002, Cambodia seemed a world away to most Americans. But to Diane Mason, it might as well have been right next door. The Longboat Key resident, writer and independent digital filmmaker already had a personal connection. Mason had written a column at the St. Petersburg Times for seven years. During that time, she became close friends with Jeanne Malmgren, one of her fellow writers. Mason’s friendship had continued when she moved on to freelance efforts and the creation of her own publication in 1992. She’d followed the details of her former colleague’s efforts with her husband, Jim Melvin, to adopt their first Cambodian child, the two-year-old Lia, in 2001. But Mason didn’t become directly involved until the couple made plans to adopt two more girls from Cambodia: Metta and Maya, two orphaned sisters ages 6 and 8. The adoption was approved in late summer of 2002. This time around, when Malmgren’s husband was unable to go to Cambodia because of business commitments, she immediately thought of her friend. She approached Mason and asked her if she could go instead and bring her digital video camera along with her to document the experience. Mason quickly said yes. Mason’s goals were humble at first. Originally, all she planned to create was a record for the girls: a digital document of their past, their home country and the adoption experience. But something changed. This sudden turn of events made what started out as a home movie a fitting subject for a full-fledged documentary. Sadly, what made the film so dramatic to someone watching it made it painful to those living through it. A scandal was brewing concerning people in developed nations adopting children from third-world countries: allegations of baby-selling and worse. The INS (as it was then called) decided to single out Cambodia. A New York Times Magazine cover story on dubious adoptions in that country didn’t help matters. Neither did the aftershocks of the Sept. 11 attacks. INS’s solution was to put a moratorium on all Cambodian adoptions, even the 200 that had already been legitimately approved. And just to add another level of stress: the 6- and 8year-old sisters were particularly at risk because of this delay. No adoptions were allowed after the age of 9, because of the prostitution trade. But that’s just where the sisters might be headed if their adoption didn’t take place. Mason’s film starts out with a recap of the original adoption of Lia compiled from interviews, home video and still photographs. After that, instead of being a sanguine account of the routine adoption of two more Cambodian children, Mason’s film turns suspenseful. She shows the heroic effort of Malmgren and her husband to overcome this impasse, part of a group of prospective parents across the country in the

Longboat Key filmmaker Diane Mason is temporarily on the other side of the camera. same situation. They petitioned Congress and flooded it with e-mail and snail mail. A handful of lawmakers fought to lift the moratorium. They did, but only for the 200 who had already been green-lighted. After they came in, the doors closed again. Metta and Maya were part of this last group. After showing the legal struggle, Mason’s

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film moves to Cambodia. Malmgren is there along with Lia, who gets a chance to revisit her homeland. You see Malmgren’s visit to the orphanage, an emotional meeting with the two sisters, then an attempt to find Lia’s parents who were forced to give her up because of poverty. There are some joyful moments — and gut-wrenching ones. At one point, one of the girls gets sick. She needed to get to a clinic, unfortunately the Cambodian ministry overseeing adoptions wouldn’t release her due to paperwork confusion. But things turned out happily. Malmgren, a Buddhist, is careful not to fit the stereotype of the ugly American. She’s always mindful of being compassionate, ready to forge bonds with the Cambodian people and respectful of their culture, some of whose beliefs she shares. Mason shows a similar lack of ego. Except for a few questions and a voiceover, the filmmaker A family beginning to flower — Jeanne Malmgren with Lia stays out of the picture. Mason Lotus, Metta Jasmine and Maya Orchid

lets Malmgren do most of the talking. While Mason’s film has a seemingly serendipitous style, it sticks closely to its central storyline — and a very heartfelt and gripping story it is. She does allow herself the luxury of interesting cutaways and tidbits. (There’s a nice scene of a statue of a Buddha that suddenly burst to life with a neon halo.) But she never lets pretty imagery distract from her central narrative and always knows when to quit. She credits the digital revolution for her ability to create the documentary in the first place. Mason filmed it on a Sony VX 2000 digital camera. (She had brought along a back-up, but never had to use it.) It proved versatile and very user-friendly in its ability to capture images in ambient light. Good thing — as Mason hadn’t brought any lighting equipment. This was part of a deliberate strategy not to intimidate the people she was filming with the sight of a thundering Western film crew intruding on their privacy. But did she ever feel at risk traveling through a third-world country with an expensive digital camera? Mason says no: “I never felt in any danger. The Cambodian people are wonderful and Yoen Soek, my driver/interpreter, was always there with us.” On the other hand, Mason notes that the hotel she stayed in — the Thai-owned Royal Phnom Penh — was burned down by an angry mob after a Thai actress injudiciously opined that Angkor Wat should really belong to Thailand. Of course, there’s always the danger of going through all this trouble for nothing. Getting something on film is one thing, putting it together another. Mason returned with 18 hours of digital footage from Cambodia. Added to the four hours of Florida coverage, this meant she now had the job of editing 22-hours of film. That job, which she did at home using another spinoff of the digital revolution, Apple’s Final Cut Pro, took about a year. Mason started seriously editing last January, did the finishing touches last October, and had a rough cut in June. Throughout this time, Darryl Saffer was also hard at work composing the compelling score. “Three Khmer Flowers” takes its name from the names which Malmgren and her husband ultimately gave the children: Lia Lotus, Metta Jasmine and Maya Orchid. “Each has a distinct personality,” says Mason. “They’re all unique.” She hopes that the flowers we get a chance to see will make us think of the many flowers we don’t — thousands of orphaned and abandoned Cambodian children whose karma it will be to suffer until something changes. “Three Khmer Flowers” will be shown as part of the Unifem Film Festival of works by women exploring global issues. It features daylong screenings on Friday, Jan. 9 and Saturday, Jan. 10, at New College’s Sainer Pavilion. Mason’s documentary will be part of the session from 1:15 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. Each session is $6; a full day is $10. Call 284-1027 to find out more. ❑




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And now, the nudes with Nat Krate Of stories and studies, math and mystery ... ‘Nat Krate: Figures and Florals • Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ Glen Gallery through Jan. 29 Nat Krate is interested in narrative and form for form’s sake — two radically different things, if not radically opposed. What he paints is a function of how he paints, and it’s not as straightforward as it might seem. Let’s start with how he paints before things get too complicated ... He’s an oil painter who works representationally, obviously heavily influenced by the Renaissance and early baroque traditions — Da Vinci, Vermeer, Caravaggio and the other usual suspects. There’s an invisibility to his brushwork, a seamless blending of colors, a lack of painterly flourishes, a lack of anything to call your attention away from the object being represented. It verges on the photorealistic. Almost. His floral paintings make it clear that while he may be borrowing from the past, he’s not living in it. Although they’re not derived from photographs, there’s a photorealistic quality to them. “Kalanchoe XI” is a vivacious depiction of the circular forms of overlapping sea grape leaves. There are subtle plays of light and reflection, subtle gradations of color — and as many colors as a Hawaiian shirt. “Bird of Paradise” shows the flame-like orange flarings of that Phoenix-like flower, all framed in a triangular dark green leaves folding into it like a ceremonial honor

guard, with a blurred background of the ground behind that. “Helen’s Orchid” shows angelic-looking white flowers with flaming orange hearts, again in a triangular composition with an out-of-focus smear of color behind it all. You can really see his love affair with form here, but it’s the form of the thing in the world, not the form of invention that fascinates him. These are scientifically, painstakingly accurate, and could easily be botanical illustrations. They’re also very pretty to look at. What keeps these floral paintings from being photo-realistic (aside from their not starting from photographs) is just that fact. Krate’s not giving you the unmodified, unprettified accident of what the camera saw at such and such a time transformed into a painting without any mediating editorializing by a painter with all the objectivity of a court reporter. The settings are obviously composed — and it’s here and in his use of color that Krate expresses his visual intelligence. He’s in love with line, contour, composition, a sense of mass and how light interacts with all that — all formal questions. It’s easy to miss this, because he paints realistically and self-effacingly. He’s more like Mozart and less like Charles Mingus. All this could be the product of the abstract eye of some cool alien intelligence — a Martian botanist, perhaps, doing sketches of Terran flora. His paintings of

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roar spin of making a woman the measure of all things. He defies the notion that beauty is math and math beauty in the first place. Does math enter into it? Sure. But there’s more to it than that. Call it the mystery of beauty. That mystery is where the math of pure form ends and the stories in our heads begin. As long as that mystery exists, artists like Nat Krate will go on making paintings. ❑

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people make it clear that he’s part of the human race. Here, he’s clearly interested in narrative, which is a fancy way of saying he likes to tell stories. In many of Krate’s oil-on-canvas stories, the central figure is a woman. “Man” may be the traditional synecdoche for humanity in all its genders — but Krate sees the archetypal human in the eternal feminine. Of course, it may just be that he’s attracted to the female form. His “Jennifer” is a demure seminude covering herself with a towel. Her head is downturned slightly. The light is rosy and diffuse. Her expression is that of an arts (as opposed to fashion) model — which is to say it’s unselfconscious, unaware of the eyeballs of a real or hypothetical viewer, possibly lost in thought. “Victoria,” on the other hand, could well be a woman in a fashion shoot. No nude, her secrets are hid by a copious fur coat that hangs past her knees. She stares dead-on at you with the confrontational look of a drop-dead gorgeous model. But there’s a sly sort of joke at work. The background is filled with scatterings of rocks ground up by a glacier in the distance. This icy, rocky wasteland seems like an uncomfortable place to be, even if you are wearing a fur coat. And she doesn’t seem to be selling anything. These show the same formal exactitude as his florals, but are more emotionally involving. You can’t help wondering what the woman in the towel is thinking about, how exactly the woman in the fur coat wound up in some glacial defile, if she’s warm enough, how she’s going to get home ... “The Closed Door” seems more Danté-esque and allegorical. There’s a cunningly disguised pinwheel composition of the darkened interior of a gothic cathedral — mournfully blue steps and columns spiraling in to one lighted area where a woman (unclothed) is denied entrance to a portal. The fault here seems with those denying grace. But what do I know? As with the narrative of any visual art, unless it’s an illustration in a book, that narrative tricks you into making up your own story in your head. For all I know, she’s trying to borrow a cup of sugar and one of the Cardinals from the Monty Python sketch has just said, “In a minute!” on the other side. This works so well because it’s evocative and not spelled out. His “Disconnected” hits it a little too hard. You see a naked man in a gesture of despair against an atomic mushroom cloud with a detail of God’s life-giving hand touching Adam’s at the top. Not much left to the imagination in that one. But perhaps it doesn’t work so well because its central figure is a man. To put it bluntly: Krate is obviously attracted to the female form. His representations of femininity aren’t quite the pinups you’ll see in Selby Gallery this month. As with his florals, formal questions are his starting point — line in the second dimension imitating the mass, contours and light-reflecting properties of a real entity in the third. All well and good. But you’ll see no ugly women here. So where does beauty as a pure formal equation end (the beauty a Martian could see) and the beauty of biology and narrative (especially all that “She loves me ... she loves me not” stuff) begin? Krate’s “Vitruvian Woman” gives the most direct answer — and in this case

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Art is the cat’s meow Perhaps the only thing harder than herding cats is painting them. But watercolor artist and Anna Maria Island resident Loretta “Lolly” Owens has been doing it for years. Sharing her house with three cats, she’s had plenty of practice. Like most cat-owners, she’s very clear about who’s really in charge. “Those cats own me,” she says. As she describes it, painting a cat is not all that different than painting any sort of artist’s model. It’s a question of getting their personalities down on canvas, that’s all. The cats are eager to share; Owens herself will be sharing the secrets of whimsical cat painting from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island. Whether she can show how to keep your cats from turning into divas remains to be seen. Call 778-1788 for details.

their opinions. Kim will always start by asking, ‘Did you like the book?’ They’re not afraid to say, ‘I hated it.’” She’s referring to Kim Noah, Circle Books’ representative who functions as the book club’s guardian angel. She leads the discussion, lugs stacks of books from the store to save members the pain of parking, and suggests other books they might love. McLeod was a little worried when the club membership got so large. “Book clubs are usually very intimate,” she says. “But this still has an intimate feel. There’s a lot of give and take, but nobody interrupts. And we all wear nametags, so we can all speak to each other by name.” While there’s plenty of socializing going on in the group, it’s all about the books. McLeod notes, “We read bestsellers, we read obscure books, we never get stuck in a rut. If you’re in the club, you wind up stretching your brain. You go places you wouldn’t normally go.” Call 387-1602.

artist received a very specific commission for a 5-by-7-foot painting. According to Krate, the instructions were: “What I want is a front view of a female torso and I don’t want to see her head.” He immediately accepted. Like sonnets, fine art, they say, is made from restrictions and rules. Krate got to work. He soon discovered that the work was no easy task. To create a tall painting in the cramped quarters of a garage with a low ceiling, he had to paint a vertical painting horizontally. To prevent distortions in color, volume and

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The art of Nat Krate (reviewed this issue on pages 2 and 3C) is now on display on our island at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. There was also a time when the artist himself used to live here. Which brings us to a natural question: Why on earth would anyone want to leave this place — especially a visual artist who’s sensitive to the allure of natural beauty? Krate says, “The reason we had to leave Longboat Key is I didn’t have my own studio, not really. I’d converted a two-car garage with a 7-foot ceiling into a studio space and I was making do.” That arrangement worked out fine until the

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density, he was also forced to constantly remove the painting from the easel, put it on the floor, rotate it. Krate soon found a home in Sarasota with 10-foot ceilings. As to the woman in the painting, her identity remains unknown. Krate does say that a young man cried, “Mama!” when it was finally unveiled in Forster-Harmon Gallery. Beyond that, he will say nothing. For details about the “Figures and Florals” exhibition of his paintings, call 383-2345. ❑

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There is a Broadway to destruction ... Forbidden. It means prohibited, not allowed, banned, illicit. Even illegal. Had the Great White Way been in Boston, “Forbidden Broadway,” would have been “Banned in Boston.” In the Midwest it might have been “Illicit in Illinois.” And, out West, it could have been “Prohibited in Pasadena.” But “Forbidden Broadway” was wildly applauded and approved in its visit to Sarasota, under the auspices of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, for a string of performances from Dec. 22 through 28 at the Players Theatre. The quartet of a cast, Brian Patrick Miller, Ed Staudenmayer, Trisha Rapier and Kristine Zbornik, with musical director and pianist Matthew Ward, had the packed house in stitches. Each person in the audience leaned eagerly forward to catch every clever lyric and witty pun that cascaded, non-stop, from the actors’ tongue-twisting mouths. “There’s no Broadway like old Broadway that’s on Broadway today ... ” belted Zbornik as Ethel Merman. “I’m 30 years old tomorrow and I haven’t worked since I played Annie when I was 10,” intoned an aged Annie popping from her pinafore with curls askew and makeup caking. No show was left unscathed. “Chicago” was hit hard: “It’s a cheesy concert version of Gwen Verdon’s last excursion.” “Fosse,” complete with white gloves and bowlers, was “Saucy, glossy Fosse.” Sondheim wasn’t snubbed. “Into the Words” spoofed his look-at-me logorrheic lyricism with a machine-gun assault of words — words so fast, so biting, so twisted, and, well, so forbidden, that sung up to tempo, they’d make a Gilbert and Sullivan patter song sound like a lullaby. (The cast was forced to bring out a sign with the Sondheimesque lyrics printed out just to keep up.) My favorite passages: “Into the words and the tricky little phrases ... I wish, I wish this show were more melodic ... Rhymes that even baffled Merman (this isn’t Jerry Herman) ... ”

Even the minds behind the music made it to the mast. Mel Brooks sang, “I want to be a composer,” and promised his next triumph would be “Blazing Saddles: The Opera.” And Rapier and Zbornik put on a riotous parody of Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera, who both did “West Side Story which was like chicken cacciatore.” And poor Sarah Brightman was stewed (or worse) when she admitted, “I should be charged for the crime I have done to opera.” But the best of the bunches of below-the-belt punches were aimed at shows from the past: “Man of La Mancha”: “To sing the impossible song. To clear my unclearable throat ... Will I reach the impossible note?” “Les Miz”: “This song’s too high ... change the key ... bring it down...” “Aida”: “Verdi and Elton declaring war.” “Lion King”: “It’s Hamlet Goes Safari.” “Phantom of the Opera”: “When the song’s a bitch and I’m slightly under pitch ... ” “Miss Saigon”: “Why God, why this hell? Why God, where’s that small hotel?” “Cats”: “I enjoy being a cat ... ” (Oops — that’s what happens when you cross-breed musicals.) “Forbidden Broadway” began playing New York’s Off-Off-Broadway circuit in 1982 in an Upper-West-Side supper club. In those days, we sat at tables, got served drinks and whooped and hollered as the talented performers belted and belched their way through a brilliant cabaret act, the likes of which hadn’t been seen before. Soon the show was winning prizes: Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards. And, after several strategic moves to larger (but always intimate) quarters, more awards, frequent updates and a series of recordings, the show took up residence in the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre on 42nd Street with “Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey.” The current incarnation we were treated to was brilliant, fun, fast and filled with love. It might have been even more fun in a smaller venue like the cabaret house of

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‘Safe Sex: The Great American Pin-Up’ How we see ourselves is often how we paint ourselves. This exhibit explores the intersection of marketing, desire and the feminine image in this genre of popular American art from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 to Feb. 11, at Selby Gallery at the Ringling School of Art and Design. 359-7563.

For the eyes of the beholders ... The much-anticipated, juried “Longboat Key Club Exhibition” opens with an awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, and continues through Jan. 29, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Nat Krate’s extravagant “Figures and Florals” exhibition also can be seen in the Glen Gallery. 383-2345.

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The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Longboat Key Club Exhibition” opens with an awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, and runs 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. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — “Safe Sex: The History of the Great American Pin-Up.” American artists explore the feminine mystique in four-color process from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 through Feb. 11. 359-7563.

Jacquie Clark’s “A Different Perspective” celebrates binocular vision at the Arts Council of Manatee Gallery.

Katharine Butler Gallery — “Forgard and Gonya” features paintings by Larry Forgard and sculpture by David Gonya from Jan. 13 through Feb. 14. The artists’ reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. 955-4546. Santa Fe Trails Gallery — “Amado M. Peña.” The artist appears from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7; his Southwestern art is on view through January. 954-1972. Sarasota Artists’ Gallery — “Duel of the Titans.” Realism battles with abstraction from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 through 31. 379-5330. Art Center Sarasota — “Artists of Sarasota.” Fine art by our area’s fine artists is on exhibit from Friday, Jan. 9 through 28. “Sumi-E” features Japanese ink painting and runs concurrently. 365-2032. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “Moments in Time.” Matthew Press’ camera freeze-frames nature through Jan. 19. 366-5731. Manatee Community College Fine Arts Gallery — “Myakka River Series.” Jean Blackburn’s fluid work flows through Jan. 8. 752-5225. 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. Senior Friendship Center — “Open Juried Photographic Show.” The artists of the camera paint with lens and light through Jan. 21. 955-2122. The Centre Shops Family Practice — “In a Joyful Garden.” Marguerite Dye’s watercol-

Curtis Weatherall’s “Plate 5” throws nature into sharp relief at Elizabeth Rice Fine Art. ors are a garden of earthly delights in January. 388-5098. Wallace Fine Art — showcasing Italo Botti, the Russian plein-air painters, B.H. Erschel and others. 387-0746. Island Gallery West — featuring area artists with a vast area of imagination. 7786648. 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. 3662093. Galleria Silecchia — featuring new work by Yuri Gorbachev, Ulla Darni and Glenna Goodacre. 365-7414. Hodgell Gallery — “15th Glass

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Apple & Carpenter Galleries — “Age of Elegance.” Featuring elegant paintings from the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries through Jan. 31. 951-2314. Palm Avenue Gallery — “Oils by Bette Caffrey.” Life’s beauty finds expression in her art through January. 953-5757. 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.” Curtis Weatherall’s relief imagery

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Arts calendar CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9C 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. Plum Door Gallery — featuring work by Patricia Gawle, Zoe Von Averkamp, Debbie Dannheisser, Elizabeth Van Riper, and Ellen Kaiden. 362-0960.

Jim Cooper’s “Into the Wind, White Water Bay” makes waves at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery. Chantalle Langlois’ glass and Ed Miracle’s oils, through February. 952-0678.

Avenue Art Shop — “The Circus is in Town.” Nike Parton, Julee Docking and John Barends create a three-ring circus of art in January. 955-4763. 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. Paradox Gallery — “Susan Griggs: 10 Years After.” Artist and store-owner Griggs showcases her paradoxical art through Jan. 30. 362-3715. La Bottega Sarasota — “Bed Paintings.” Featuring Gale Fulton Ross’ provocative series in January. 951-2377. Pianist Randall Hodginson is the guest soloist at Florida West Coast Symphony’s next “Masterworks” series at the Van Wezel.

Kaos Gallery — “Magic & Myth of Mermaids.” Whimsical art goes under the sea in January. 747-0823.

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Sibelius’s Symphony no. 2, at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Van Wezel. 953-3434.


Munchtime Musicales — Jonathan Spivey performs on piano, at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. Presented by the Sarasota Concert Association. 953-3434.

‘Sunset Stroll on St. Armands’ — the Circle is not for squares from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. Featuring live entertainment, art and more. 388-1554.


Van Wezel — Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at the Van Wezel. 953-3368 or 1800-826-9303. The Jazz Club of Sarasota — “Jazz at Two.” Pianist and vocalist Lillette Jenkins jazzes up the afternoon at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9. 316-9207. Florida West Coast Symphony — “Masterworks.” Performing Barber’s Essay no. 2, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, and

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Crucible.” Arthur Miller’s witch trials are in session through Feb. 21. 351-8000. Asolo Conservatory — “The Shape of Things.” An art student makes her boyfriend’s radical makeover her next project in Neil LaBute’s black comedy through Jan. 25. 351-8000. Florida Studio Theatre — “Agnes of God.” Faith and reason collide through Jan. 31. 366-9000. Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret — “Too Darn Hot: A Tribute to Cole Porter.” Audiences get a kick out of Porter’s sizzling music and lyrics through Jan. 10; “The

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Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Meet Me in St. Louis.” The musical meeting lasts through Jan 11; “Singin’ In The Rain” records Hollywood’s transition from silence to sound from Tuesday, Jan. 13 through March 7. 366-5454. The West Coast Black Theatre Troupe — “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Fats Waller’s stomping, romping, ragtime revue runs from Thursday, Jan. 8 through 18, at the Gompertz Theater, formerly Theatre Works. 954-4651.

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‘Cà d’Zan — A Fantasy’ — the dream of dance is a recurring one at the Van Wezel.

Sarasota News & Books — Lucinda Dixon Sullivan reads and signs her tale of redemption in rural Kentucky, “It was the Goodness of the Place,” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. 365-6332. Circle Books — Jilliane Hoffmann signs her legal thriller, “Retribution,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10; Carson Burke signs this enlightened guide to weight-loss, “Thin Lies Within,” at Sunday, Jan. 11. 388-2850.

‘Cà d’Zan — A Fantasy’ Due to popular demand, Circus Sarasota and Sarasota Ballet of Florida will bring the dancers on Cà d’Zan’s ceiling to life yet again at 2 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, and Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. If you missed the fantasy the first time, this is another chance to make the experience a reality. 351-8000.


‘Masterworks’ concerts Leif Bjaland will conduct the Florida West Coast Symphony in performances of Barber’s Essay no. 2, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, and Sibelius’s Symphony no. 2, at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Van Wezel. Pianist Randall Hodginson will be the guest soloist. 953-3434.

Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “Elephant.” Gus Van Sant casts a sensitive but unflinching eye at a typical American high school that will soon become another Columbine. (It’s a fictional documentary that feels like painful fact). 955-FILM. “Through Women’s Eyes: The Fifth Annual Women’s International Video-Film Festival” — featuring rotating selections of movies by area and international women filmmakers throughout the day, Friday Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan. 10, at New College’s Sainer Pavilion. This is sponsored by the area chapter of UNIFEM/USA. 284-1027 or 922-5303. TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR, PAGE 12C

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Le Parigot delivers Parisian perfection No other city in the world has captured the romantic reputation that Paris has perfected. Passionate love scenes, picturesque moments and happy endings are perpetually repeated in Paris — think movies and books. This summer sizzled with Parisian fantasies through the film, “Le Divorce,” and the thrilling Dan Brown novel, “The Da Vinci Code.” Everything from fashion to food feels more romantic when set in Paris. Wishing to start the year off with a feel-good (read chick-flick) movie, my companion (mom) and I decided to see “Something’s Gotta Give,” hoping to share a few laughs and tears with the film’s stars, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The movie’s plot goes from heartfelt to heartache, then more heartbreak — sprinkled with a few heart attacks in between. The love story eventually ends happily ever after in none other than Paris, with snow falling and lips locking and healthy hearts all around. Wishing for a piece of Paris ourselves (minus the French kissing), my companion and I decided the best way to reenact a romantic evening would be to indulge in some fancy French cuisine at Le Parigot. This quaint bistro blends into the storefronts in Gulf Gate, and is barely big enough to hold the handful of couples, who indulge in the cozy comfort. Parisian paraphernalia, photography and famous street names line the wall, and we felt honored to be sitting at the Champs Elysees table, named for the main boulevard in Paris. The maitre d’ informed us of the specials of the evening as soon as we were seated, and it was nice to have the specials posted on a chalkboard among the Parisian portraits and pictures as a quick reference. Evian water was efficiently poured as we sipped on our French wine, while Gallic

Le Parigot 6551 Gateway Ave. Sarasota • 922-9115 Cuisine: French bistro style. Recommended: Salade d’ Epinard, Grouper Provencale, Sautéed Dover Sole with Scallops and Champagne Sauce, and Tarte Aux Pommes. Price ranges: Potages (soups) from $4.95 to $6.50; entres froides (cold appetizers) from $4.95 to $8.75; entres chaudes (hot appetizers) from $6.95 to $8.75; poissons (fish) from $17.95 to $20.95; viandes (meat) from $15 to $21.95; plats du terroir (meals from the countryside) from $17.95 to $18.95; desserts from $4.50 to $6.95. Service: Efficient and polite. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, and American Express. Parking: Lot gets crowded. Handicapped access: Good.

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Le Parigot is a tiny treasure tucked away in the Gulf Gate shops. music played in the background, just like in the movie. Looking over the menu, there weren’t lots of options, but there were quite a few dishes that stood out. It was hard to resist the French onion soup to start, but because the weather was warmer and so was the bistro, I went for the Salade d’ Epinard. This spinach salad also contains walnuts, tomatoes, sautéed bacon, chopped egg and balsamic vinaigrette. It was a good thing that both of us read the menu thoroughly, because there was a notice about ordering early a warm apple tart for dessert. Even before we knew what we wanted for the main course, we knew we wanted that tart, and had to warn the server, because it takes 20 minutes to prepare. Eventually we decided on our entrées. I got the Grouper Provencal, which is sautéed with red and green peppers, onions, garlic, olives, lemon and tomatoes with a white wine, sauce and served with white rice. My companion

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wanted to sample the special for the evening of Sautéed Dover Sole with scallops and Champagne sauce. Perhaps the fun times of New Year’s were fresh on her mind. It was hard not to strike up deep conversations of love and romance in such an idyllic atmosphere. My plentiful portion of spinach salad was proudly presented on a large white plate. The taste of my salad was just as enticing as the aromas, but even bolder. The smoky bacon bits mixed with the sweet walnuts added extra crunch to the crumbled eggs and fresh spinach, which was brightened with balsamic vinaigrette.

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I struggled to leave even a morsel on my plate and wondered how the French stayed so slim. We were appreciative of our servers, who were especially efficient and made certain there were full glasses on our table at all times and checked to see if we were enjoying our meal. Our entrées were artfully served on the large white plates, although the white was barely visible because of the generous portions of food. My Grouper Provencal proved to be perfection. The intricate ingredients — sautéed peppers and onions, garlic, olives, lemon and white wine sauce — seasoned the grouper so every flavor stood out. I had found my true love after all in the Grouper Provencal. My companion’s Sautéed Sole with scallops and Champagne sauce sparkled with flavor. The sauce was creamy and buttery and left my companion bubbling with satisfaction. Although we had both fallen in love with our fabulous French entrées, we wanted a happy ending to our romantic movie/dinner story. The Tarte Aux Pommes turned out to be the bittersweet good-bye we wanted. The dessert had warm, tart green apples, thinly sliced, with a light pastry layer. It was topped with a light vanilla ice cream that almost tasted like whipped cream. It was almost better than a French kiss! Le Parigot is a Parisian pleasure. Bon appetit! ❑

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Contemporary model home, Gulfside North LBK in award winning community. 3 bedroom 3 bath plus family room. Screened porch and 3 decks. Community pool. Walk to the beach & shops. Includes furnishings by Frank Folsom Smith, FAIA Call Conrad Beach Sales at 387-9595.

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Affordable LBK condo w/full bay views. tennis courts, clubhouse, heated pool, boat docks, & deeded beach access. Completely updated 2BR/2BA unit w/tiled foyer, bathrooms, kitchen & screened lanai. Closet Organizers in bedrooms. Turnkey furnished w/designer furniture. Call Tom Dyer 346-3606.

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INN ON THE BEACH - Great potential & perfect get-away spot. 2BR/2BA popular lock-out suite- rent one side and keep one for your use. Beautiful direct beachfront location. $849,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 LAKEWOOD RANCH - Whitemarsh, an exclusive subdivision within Lakewood Ranch offers this designer furnished courtyard home with an endless list of upgrades! Beautiful pool plus paver patio. Guest house with pool bath, makes having company a pleasure. Golf course views and more! $689,900. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

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 SABAL COVE ON LONGBOAT KEY - This Sabal Cove home is absolutely beautiful! This 4/5BR/4BA home has a wide long lake view and is privately positioned on a tropical landscaped lot. Built and designed with attention to detail for the most discriminating buyer. $1,995,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

BIRD KEY WATERWAY - You’ll enjoy the feeling of intimacy and charm in this home centered around a large pool and tiled patio, access by pocketing sliders. Incredible landscaping. Large dock with boat lift. Partial Bay view. $1,695,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220 LONGBOAT KEY TOWER - Spectacular views of the world from this 10th floor condominium with expanded balcony on Gulf side. Fabulous city and golf course views from Bayside. Delightfully updated, is in move-in pristine condition! $798,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

LIGHTHOUSE POINT - Your new private beach and boat lift directly on New Pass. A paradise to call your own with nearly 5,000 sq. ft. in this 3 or 4BR/3.5BA home. Elegant French doors open to an 80ft. terrace with a scenic backyard of natural beauty. Gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors throughout and an elevator. $5,700,000. JIM SODA 552-2666

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 LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES - Partial Bay views from this To-Be-Built canal front home. Great floor plan with 3/4 bedrooms and a 4 car garage. Deeded beach access and private dock. Construction is scheduled for completion in Fall/Winter 2004. Plans and survey available. $2,100,000. MARTY BENSON/HOYT BEATY 552-3942

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - If you need a home for your 65' boat this home is situated on one of the largest and deepest canals on Longboat Key. Amenities include: gorgeous views of the wide canal and estate homes of the Harbor section, soaring ceilings, separate family room w/fireplace, beautiful pool & deck, dock and exceptionally large lot.$1,250,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 RINGLING MUSEUM AREA - Gorgeous wide open Bay views sweeping from mid Longboat Key all the way 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 with multi-multi million dollar homes. A wonderful open floor plan with Bay views from the kitchen, dining room, master bedroom and pool makes this home a must see. $1,595,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

COREY’S LANDING - Perfectly situated Bay front home with Bay views and privacy. Meticulous elegance in this garden villa with 4 bedrooms including complete guest suite with sitting room and private balcony on the second floor. Graciously furnished for immediate enjoyment (all rugs & art excluded). $1,550,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707 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 THE ATRIUM AT FAIRWAY BAY - Sweeping Bay views with oversized terrace from this spacious 2BR/2BA plus den beauty. This residence lives like a beach house with security & amenities of the Bay Isles Beach Club. $699,900. CHERYL TIMMINS 5522690

MARINA BAY - Gorgeous Bay & City views. This 3BR, 3,382 sq. ft. condo has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his & her master bath and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 BIRD KEY - Lovely 3BR/2BA home on large corner lot. Updated in the last 2 yrs with new windows & French doors, a/c, re-plumbing, new kitchen w/Corian countertops & a new hot water heater. Repainted in the last year & relandscaped for your enjoyment. Relax on your patio with a beautiful Bay view! $649,500. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

ISLANDER CLUB ON LONGBOAT KEY What is your preference? A gorgeous view of the Bay and city beyond on the 11th floor or a penthouse with a panorama across the Gulf. Both have 2BR/2BA and are in a building on the pristine beach w/pool & tennis, near shopping & restaurants. $650,000 & $725,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

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

LAKEWOOD RANCH - Whitemarsh, an exclusive subdivision within Lakewood Ranch has this fabulous home for sale. 2BR/2BA former Neal St. Rafeal model w/separate laundry room, dining room & den. Light & bright, tastefully designed using a palette of neutral colors. Choice lot w/golf course & partial lake view. Conveniently located near community pool too! $429,000. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950


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Grand Bay: It’s the people Editor’s note: Molly Schechter, The Longboat Observer’s Aerobic Grandma columnist, is expanding her editorial territory — by writing about real estate. Schechter will cover real-estate trends on Longboat, Lido, St. Armands and Bird keys, key Realtors and developers. And, once a month Schechter will give readers a tour of one of the Keys’ outstanding homes and neighborhoods. The first neighborhood featured by Schechter is Grand Bay.

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BY MOLLY SCHECHTER Contributing Writer

It may well be that the happiest people on Longboat Key live at Grand Bay, the 272-unit condominium complex overlooking the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside Blue course and Sarasota Bay. “Arvida’s Grand Finale on Longboat Key,” as Grand Bay was billed, consists of six buildings on 25 +/- acres; four, 10-story high rises and two, four-story mid-rise buildings. Arvida drew on its considerable Longboat Key experience in developing Grand Bay. The mid-rise buildings offer three different, two-bedroom plans ranging from 1,276 to 1,413 square feet. There are also three different plans in the highrise buildings, each with two bedrooms plus a third media room/library/guest bedroom and 3.5 baths. The Biscayne is 2,250 square feet; the floor-through Cayman with two separate terraces, east and west, is 2,550 square feet; the Antigua is 2,925 square feet. There are two penthouses (4,314 square feet) atop each high rise. Arvida knew how to design for view (and how to sell it); every owner enthuses about his or her personal perspective. The market performance of Grand Bay is also happy-making. Building 1 was the first to be occupied in January 1995. Preconstruction prices there started at around $350,000 for the smallest Biscayne on the lowest residential level (actually the third, above two of parking), increasing $20,000 for each floor. A second-floor Biscayne in Building 1 sold last March for $850,000. There is one currently for sale on the first level of Building 3 with an asking price of $945,000. The second building to be occupied at Grand Bay was midrise Building 6. Prices started at around $279,000 for the smallest unit on the lowest floor, a 1,371-foot Bimini on the first floor. That plan on the second floor of that building sold last February for $550,000. There are three Bimini units for

3080 Grand Bay Blvd., Unit #532 Second floor unit in northernmost mid-rise Building 5. $599,000. Michael Saunders & Company, Jim Hanrahan, 308-7777.

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Pooch paradise — Maddie, the Bichon Frisé, is perfect in pearls, resting up after her morning walk in the Building 4 condo she shares with Barbara Gilman. sale now in Building 5, unfurnished for $599,000 and $627,000 and turnkey furnished on the top floor for $649,000. There are numerous variables besides plan/floor that affect pricing at Grand Bay. The end buildings, for example (midrise Building 5 at the north, high rise Building 4 at the south) each have a stack with a view that does not include any other buildings and these units are considered choice. There is also variation in the level of interior finish; some original purchasers invested heavily in built-ins and other upgrades. By almost any measure, the numbers are pretty attractive, even in the context of Longboat Key’s stellar overall performance. Grand Bay has other attractive qualities that might explain its residents’ almost excessive enthusiasm. “They go out of their way to keep the place in top-notch shape and the staff does the same to make us happy here,” according to Bill

3010 Grand Bay Blvd., Unit #425 View from second floor Biscayne in southernmost Building 4. $995,000. Prudential Palms Realty, Cheryl Loeffler, 387-1707.


3010 Grand Bay Blvd., Unit #421 Furnished Antigua offers lots of space and lots of view. $1,599,000. Coldwell Banker, Joyce Huber, 383-6411.

Grand Bay fast facts: Location: Harbourside Drive to Fair Oaks Lane to Grand Bay Boulevard. Note: Requires gate clearance. Amenities: Two Har Tru tennis courts, two swimming pools, Grand Bay Club with large banquet room and lounge, and fitness center with 2 elliptical trainers, 4 bikes, 2 steppers, 6 treadmills and a rowing machine plus extensive weight training apparatus and steam/shower in men’s and women’s facilities. Beach access (Bay Isles Beach Club).

Grand Bay median prices: Sold Last 12 months Mid Rise $577,800 High Rise 1,027,100 High rise excludes penthouse. One of Grand Bay’s earliest residents, Arlene Stier, has welcomed virtually every newcomer, and often invites guests to her home to view the remarkable wood carvings of her father, Abraham Miller, whose work adorns New York’s Frick Museum.

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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.



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SIESTA KEY - HIDDEN HARBOR Lush tropical L’AMBIANCE World class building, behind the gates of the grounds surround this 2-story contemporary Longboat Key Club offers full concierge service, 6,200 sq. ft. home. European design elements exercise, clubroom, heated pool/spa/sauna and featured throughout. Open, bright floor plan Har-Tru tennis under building parking. Private w/skylights & glass. Pool, boat dock. Fabulous views of harbor, pool & grounds. $4,490,000. stairs to the beach. Anything and Everything has been done to this RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES On the 18th ROYAL floor plan. Brand new Ray Routh kitchen, floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” Residence new carpet, stone and herringbone wood floor. is one of the most desirable. The spectacular With approx. 3300 sq. ft., you will want to check tower, the “Beausoleil” residence has 4,965 out every detail in this 3BR/3.5BA unit, especial- sq. ft. living area plus two terraces overlook$4,250,000. ly the spectacular Gulf Views. $3,595,000. ing the marina & city. COREY’S LANDING Approx 3200 sq ft / 4 This extraordinary 3 BR/3 BA beachfront resibedroom, 4 bath bayfront home with big bay dence with approx. 3300 sq. ft. has the feel of a views, private dock and deeded beach private home, exceptional views. $3,200,000. access. Graciously furnished. $1,550,000. Incomparable views from this 9th floor unit with WATER CLUB Breathtaking views of the gulf, approx. 3300 sq. ft. of luxury and 12’ ceilings. Sarasota Bay, and the skyline from this 9th floor Artfully decorated, this 3 BR/3 BA SABAL floor Dover plan. The best of the best on the desirplan is available FURNISHED $2,495,000. able south side of Water Club II $2,695,000. GRAND BAY VIZCAYA Great amenities in grand LBK community - Magnificent beach front enclave of only 31 elegant heated pool, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse, residences with 2 car garages and private elevaexercise, kitchen, BBQ - deeded beach access. tors. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse Private corner in the newest building. with fitness facilities and a private beach. Panoramic vistas of the bay, marina and Expansive penthouse with over 4,000 sq. ft. of luxpreserve. Wrap-around terraces. $995,000. ury. Endless views of Gulf, pool and grounds from Exquisite Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden the wrap-around terrace. $3,990,000. shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in Spacious and elegant with unobstructed views of resort home. $999,000. the Gulf, this expansive penthouse features many Fabulous panoramic views of the Gulf and unequaled design elements that create a style Bay from this 6th floor 3 bedroom, 3 bath which expresses what Florida living is all about. Biscayne floor plan. $899,000. Approx. 3400 sq. ft. 3BR/3BA. $2,999,000. LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS This pristine 2BR/2BA Perfectly decorated & appointed penthouse. condo w/approx. 1470 SF has been delightfully Marvelous views. You just have to see this updated. Spectacular full gulf view from the stunning Florida residence. Partially furexpanded balcony & exceptional views of the city nished, 2 car garage. $2,450,000. & golf course from this 10th floor unit. Heated pool, exercise & deeded beach access. $798,000. INN ON THE BEACH Behind the gates of the RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE LBK Club Excellent investment opportunities. Breathtaking views. Fabulous floor plan, full Deeded Beach Access, Heated Pool, Spa. concierge services and state of the art ameni- • 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH 614 sq. ft., water views ties. A fireplace adds to the drama and charm of Longboat Pass, lagoon and boat basing. Steps $259,000. of this 10th floor unit with approx. 3000 sq. ft. to the beach and pool. Furnished. of luxury and style. $1,675,000. • 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH 730 sq. ft., Gulf ISLANDS WEST Rarely available split plan 2 bed- views from this rarely available club suite. $369,000. room,2 bath.Approx 1500 sq.ft.8th floor unit with Turnkey Furnished. • 1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH 640 sq. ft., views of the direct gulf views. Great island location across from Bay Isles Shopping Center. $715,000. golf course and garden. Furnished. $224,000. 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.

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 an exceptionally large lot. $1,250,000 Virtual Tour

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 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 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 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 terraces and 3 parking spaces. $6,295,000 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 Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with absolutely stunning views of the Gulf 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 Fabulous Opportunity To Own A Large Bayfront Parcel of land with Bay and 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 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


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Grand Bay CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1D Berliner of Building 4. The Fitness Center is unquestionably the largest and arguably the best equipped on the Key (see Fast Facts); the view from the cardio equipment is nothing short of motivational. Grand Bay’s location is virtually dead center of the Key. One must go through three gates to get there, but the resulting security seems to more than compensate for any inconvenience. Ask Grand Bay folks what’s special about their place, however, and they talk about entirely different things. In more than a dozen interviews with residents and staff, there is an astounding consistency. What they like about Grand Bay is the people and their sense of community. Henry Rosenthal, one of the first to move in and only recently retired after several years as president of the Grand Bay Community Association, speaks of the “great social interaction.” Larry Weiss, another early settler, describes the people as “warm and cordial.” Mike and Alicia LeVine, residents since 1996, speak of “a sense of permanence and community” and say the place has done “a superb job of building relationships between owners.” Barbara Gilman, a relative newcomer in the last-to-be-finished Building 4, says, “We’ve just made it a real mission for everybody to meet everybody.” Off-the-record, folks say, “I don’t find this ‘mine is bigger than yours’ business here like you do in other places,” and “People here are extremely interactive; it’s sort of unusual, they seem to welcome one another and are not cliquish like many other places”; and “You can be by yourself if you want, and there’s easy, good company if you want it.” Long-term resident Valerie Gill summed it up in three words: “It’s the people.” Grand Bay’s sense of community probably has its roots in a marketing strategy. With six buildings to sell and an off-thebeaten-track location with no drive-by or drop-in traffic potential, Arvida convened a roundtable of Longboat Key’s top Realtors to brainstorm ways to differentiate their new project. The consensus was “plan some kind of activities; get folks to bring their friends and they will buy.” Arvida created the position of community coordinator and hired JoAnne Whalen to fill it. There was no precedent for the job and no job description because it had never been done before. JoAnne says she took a very pragmatic approach and designed the program around what her life was when she

wasn’t working, figuring, “If I like it, they’ll like it.” Grand Bay’s original “Arts of Living” program included a wellness segment, off-campus trips, arts and culture, mah jong, yoga, chamber music group concerts, bridge and cooking lessons and “endless parties.” It nourished the Sarasota community as well as the Grand Bay community, because Whalen used local arts groups, florists, caterers, etc. Whalen ran the program for four years (she is now director of relocation for Michael Saunders & Co.). It was clearly the right idea at the right time. An obvious win for Arvida, it was equally a win for Grand Bay owners. Today, Grand Bay has its own social program, overseen by the Community Association Board of Directors and funded by owners (via a small, voluntary contribution and modest admission charges for some events). There is a part-time social director and activities ranging from concerts by the Florida West Coast Symphony’s chamber groups to reviews of books recently published by resident authors to ballet trips and beach parties. There are also ongoing programs, including an annual “Gathering of the Gifts” for kids, which are distributed by the Salvation Army, and gathering of money for a donation to the All Faiths Food Bank. Another facet of Grand Bay’s community culture is that it is decidedly pet friendly. Condo rules allow owners (not tenants) up to two pets per unit with no size limitation. According to Rosenthal, “The owners are very well trained and behaved; there is never any mess and almost no problems.” There’s a “Dog Warden,” Dick Blanc, who says he has little to do. And pet parades like the Rotweiller perambulating with a Boston Terrier smaller than the size of his head, and Dick Blanc’s very big, very black Bouvier de Flandres strolling with two very small, very white Bichon Frises and an even smaller Westie ... well, it is difficult to be anything but gay in such jocund company. Pets are people, too. ❑




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Osteria Restaurant sells for $2,567,500 The Bottle Shop & Osteria Restaurant just off St. Armands Circle at 29 N. Blvd. of the Presidents has been sold for the second time in nine months. Last March Huse & Huse Properties, 3671 Bayou Circle, managed by Stephen M. Huse, purchased the popular restaurant for $2.175 million. In December Huse & Huse sold the property to LHR Ventures III, a limited liability company of 1003 Westway Drive, for $2,567,500. This figures out to be a $392,500 gross profit for Huse & Huse.

26 Coquina Beach lots bring $1.2 million One of the last undeveloped enclaves on Longboat Key is the off-beach Coquina Beach subdivision wedged in the jungle between Buttonwood Drive on the north and Bay Isles Road on the south. Its main road, Neptune Avenue, branches northeast off of Gulf of Mexico Drive in the 2900 block. The other two platted roads are Pyrula Drive and Triton Avenue. There have been several sales in Coquina Beach recently. The most recent was the December sale of 26 lots by Sarasota attorney Clyde H. Wilson Jr. and his sister, Paula C. Wilson, as personal representatives of the estate of their father, former State Attorney Clyde H. Wilson Sr. (1908-1993) for $1.2 million. The buyer was Walker Collier Real Estate Holdings of

Tampa. The purchase covers Lots 7-8 and 10 through 27 in Block F; Lots 1-2 and 7-8 in Block E; and Lots 21-22 in Block D.

Coquina Beach Boom day derelict According to Wilson Jr., his father acquired the Coquina Beach property with a partner named Johnson in the 1940s when Longboat Key was desolate and virtually uninhabited. “I believe the subdivision was platted during the Florida Boom” in the mid-1920s, Wilson added. “Of course it never developed, and Dad bought the vacant property as a longtime investment. Wilson’s father served as State Attorney for the gigantic judicial circuit, covering Southwest Florida from the Hillsborough County line south to the boundary separating Dade County (Miami) and Collier County (Naples) from 1938 through 1946. He later became one of the area’s leading real estate lawyers.


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Siesta Key Beach on sale for $30,000! Interestingly, Wilson said his father could have purchased Siesta Key Beach and a tract running from the Gulf to Sarasota Bay for $30,000 in the late 1930s. “I asked him why he didn’t buy it and he said, “I was only making $4,000 a year as prosecuting attorney and $30,000 was a lot of money back then,” the senior Wilson answered.

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Southampton, N.Y., limited liability company, for $2.6 million. The Polleys bought the three-bedroom and three-bath apartment new in February 2002 for $2.125 million, thus realizing a $475,000 gross profit in less than two years.

$2.150 million home on Bird Key In the lone transaction on Bird Key between Dec. 11 and 17, Linda and Michael Sloan bought the Sarasota Bay front home at 624 Mourning Dove Drive from R. Craig Adams of Harbor Drive, Sarasota, for $2.15 million. The four-bedroom and three-bath home has a swimming pool and was built in 1973. It last sold for $910,000 in June of 2002.

Promenade I Eileen Wilkoff as personal representative of the estate of Doris W. Loevner, Shaker Heights, Ohio, sold Unit 702-E at Promenade I, 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $940,000. The buyers were Barbara E. and Allan B. Schwartz, Coshocken, Pa., who paid half the cost of $470,000 and Paula Chaskes of Calabasa, Calif., who paid the other $470,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment was built in 1985.

The Pierre Allison Fay and her husband, Richard A. Sedgley, bought Unit 506 at The Pierre, 455 Longboat Club Road from Linda Winikow, 340 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, for $900,000. The fourbedroom and three-bath condo was built in 1990.

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Chari B. and Paul B. Polley, 467 Meadowlark Drive, Bird Key, sold their Unit 2 in Building 2 at the relatively new, 21unit en Provence, 2151 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to B. & J.,

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Unit 312 in Building 3 at Marina Bay, 2550 Harbourside Drive, to Carol Frye Stanley and her husband, John Edwin Stanley, 620 Yardarm Lane, Country Club Shores, for $850,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment was built in 1990 and sold previously for $770,000 in February 2003.

Islander Club Millicent H. and Gilbert Finkel from Morristown, N.J., purchased units 85-S and 86-S at the 12-story Islander Club from Rose Palmer Durham and her husband, Edward J. Durham, 2295 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $825,000. The four-bedroom and four-bath condominium was built in 1970 and last sold for $440,000 in September 1997.

Corey’s Landing David Barry Briggs, 1561 Harbor Cay Drive, sold his home in Corey’s Landing at 3565 Mistletoe Lane to Amy G. and Thomas F. Waters for $785,000. The three-bedroom and four-bath home has a swimming pool and was constructed in 1991. It last sold for $525,000 in November 1999.

Country Club Shores, Unit III Jeffery Bruner and David Campbell bought the canal-front home at 524 Spinnaker Lane in Country Club Shores, Unit II, from Christopher P. Cox and Cornelius Furgueson, IV, trustees of the Ruth Johnson Clarholm estate of New York City, for $645,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath home was built in 1964.

Harbour Links Susan A. and Thomas Tokarz of Cape Coral sold their Unit 1049 in Building F in Harbour Links at the Longboat Key Club to Jeris J. and Louis Nicoll from Nanuet, N.Y., for $500,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1999 and sold originally for $389,0l00 in May of 1999.

$500,000 Turtle Crawl sale Charles L. Starr III, president of ResortQuest International of Southwest Florida, which operates on the Key as Florida Vacation Accommodations, purchased Unit 82 at Turtle Crawl condominiums, 4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Turtle Crawl

Enterprises, for $500,000. The sale marked the 30th since the Turtle Crawl Inn resort was converted from rental to condominium ownership earlier this summer. Those 30 sales at the 31-unit Turtle Crawl have generated $9,306,000.

Sands Point Nancy Kotler Brereton of Tampa and John D. Kotler of Kensington, Md., sold their Unit 219 at Sands Point condominium on the gulf at the mouth of New Pass to Margaret and Fred Wohlfahrt, 100 Sands Point Road, for $466,400. The one-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built back in 1966.

Harbour Oaks Linda and Marcelo Crespoda Silva from Albany, N.Y., purchased Unit 1402 in Building 14 in Harbour Oaks at the Longboat Key Club from Mildred R. and Sidney Mishcon of Great Barrington, Mass., for $430,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment was built in 1984 at 2183 Harbourside Drive, and was last sold for $219,000 back in April of 1987. Also at Harbour Oaks, Nancy E. Rothkopf, 2219 Harbourside Drive, sold her Unit 301 in Building 3 to Andrea and Jeffrey Rudolph of Wyckoff, N.J., for $410,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment was built in 1984.

Seaplace III Marilyn and Samuel Leibovitz from Silver Spring, Md., bought Unit 102-A in Building G-4 at Seaplace III from David E. Novak and Emily Sue Gilchrist, 1925 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $357,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1973 and last sold for $63,500 in March of 1995.

Sutton Place Paul A. Cieslik of Tampa purchased Unit T5 at Sutton Place, 542 Sutton Place, from SPE #16, limited liability company of 3400 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, for $245,900. The one-bedroom and one-bath condo was built in 1972.

A three-bedroom, three-bath apartment at en Provence sold for $2.6 million. room and one-bath apartment was built in 1970.

$320,000 in July 2000, thus a $480,000 gross profit for the Trotochaus.

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Gilbert Gray, 1656 Wisconsin Lane, Sarasota, paid $185,900 to Gull Reinsurance, Ltd., a Turk and Caicos Island corporation, Brien Dedoes, president, for Unit 203 in Building 5 at Inn on the Beach (Resort at the Longboat Key Club). The 640-square-foot apartment at 250 Sands Point Road was built in 1982. It last sold for $140,000 in March 1995.

The Craigs paved the way for their St. Armands purchase by selling their Unit A102 at the L’Elegance on Lido Beach to Melvin DeWeese of Germantown, Tenn., for $650,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1996 and was purchased by Gail and Dale Craig for $310,000 in February 1996. Thus, the Craigs realized a $340,000 gross profit selling their L’Elegance condo.

Companion Way lot Patrick E. Champagne of York, Maine, sold his canal front vacant lot at 620 Companion Way to Thomas R. Baugher, 1800-Second St., Sarasota, for $185,000. The property sold previously in July 2000 for $78,000.

St. Armands Gail M. and Dale E. Craig purchased their St. Armands home at 125 S. Blvd. of Presidents from Lois L. and David J. Trotochau, 355 Monroe Drive, for $800,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath residence was constructed in 1956 and last sold for

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Lido Ambassador Robert J. Tornquist of New York City bought Unit 203 at the Lido Ambassador, 800 Ben Franklin Drive, from Julie and Trond Ramberg for $229,000. The one-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1978. It last sold for $195,000 in April 2002.

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The Metropolitan — Work is rapidly moving forward on site preparation for The Metropolitan, Sarasota Bay, a new 18story, 124-unit luxury condominium development in downtown Sarasota overlooking the bay. A temporary sales center is scheduled to open on the site in February, with a formal groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on The Metropolitan’s permanent sale gallery in May. Construction of the upscale living complex is expected to take two years. “The Metropolitan will be the epitome of exclusive, upscale living, offering residents the convenience of easy access to Sarasota’s renowned cultural experiences, fine dining and shopping, along with breathtaking views of Sarasota Bay and proximity to a wide range of recreational activities,” says developer Richard Zipes. Prices range from $1.8 to $5 million.

Coldwell Banker — Michael F. Bayer, a Florida Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate on Longboat Key, was recently awarded the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation. Bayer earned the GRI designation by attending a specific, intensive series with a minimum of 90 hours of classroom instruction covering a variety of subjects, including: contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance and risk reduction.

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Beach Place offers its residents contemporary island living in a comfortable setting. Location: Beach Place, 1045 Gulf of Mexico Drive, building 9, unit 104. When built: 1981. What: Two bedrooms and two baths in 1,500 square feet. Unique features: Direct beachfront, fits one vehicle under the building for parking and also This living room is the perfect place to get comfortable and enjoy a glorious one assigned Longboat Key sunset. space. How long in Style: Contemporary, island living. real estate? Six Sellers’ favorite feature of the property: years. Listening to the surf, year-round sunsets Closed sales voland good-income potential. ume last year? Asking price: $795,000. $15 million. Listing agent: Peter Snyder of Century 21 Where were you Dockside. born: Montreal, Peter Snyder Canada. How long with the company? Six years.



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Basic data Line of business: Selling high-end lights. Owners: Marvin Eichenblatt. Store manager: Lorie Parker. Year founded: Purchased in 1976, but has been in business for almost 50 years. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Employees: Seven. Price range of merchandise/service: From $50 to $5,000. Annual revenues: About $2 million.

Personal Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y. Age: 70. Education: Bachelor’s degree in science textile chemistry. Marital status: Single, divorced. Family: Seven children and 19 grandchildren, including quadruplets. Residence: Sarasota. How long living in this area: Since 1979.


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Marvin Eichenblatt has been filling peoples’ homes and lives with light since 1976. Other interests: “I am the president of Community AIDS Network, a founding member of the Sarasota Film Festival and Temple Beth Shalom.” Volunteer work, organizations: “I believe in giving back to the community and am involved with a lot of different organizations.” Favorite book: A collection of Hemingway, particularly, “The Sun Also Rises.” Favorite movie: “The Producers.”

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Career First paying job: Was a grave-filler at a cemetery. First job after college: Worked for an interchemical company, manufacturing dyerelated products. In between then and now: Spent two years in the Army and 18 years as a textile chemist. Claim to fame: “I was the first Jewish football player in the history of my high school.” How he landed here: “I had a friend who moved here from New Jersey and decided to visit him and ended up moving here with my seven children and changing professions.”

Interests, passions Favorite pastime: Golf.

Business philosophy: “We are a service business. Even though we sell fine lighting, our main thing is service.” Best business advice received: “Treat all customers as if they were your friends, because you will have to see them again.” Most admired businessperson: “Me.” Heroes: Golda Meir, Harry Truman and Sandy Koufax.

Dreams What would you change with a magic wand: “I would change man’s basic respect for the way other people live.” Current dream(s): “A peaceful and happier world.” —Annie Curnow


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PLAYER OF THE WEEK How many years have you played tennis? “I started playing tennis when I was 12,” Wall says. “My father took me to the golf course and had me carry his golf bag. I griped so, that he decided instead of trying to interest me in golf, he would have me play tennis. Initially I hated tennis, too, but grew to love the game.” Now Wall plays seven days a week — if she can. She also runs a business, Interior Resources, and is active in the Adopt-A-Family program. She and her husband, Wayne, moved here 13 years ago from Farmington, Conn. What is your best stroke — serve, backhand, etc? Wall says it definitely is her forehand: “It’s strong and I like to angle the ball a lot.” What is your specialty? Single? Doubles? “I play doubles primarily,” she says, and adds, “I don’t move very quickly on the courts so I need a fast partner.” Wall, a 4.0 player, enjoys playing team tennis and has been active with the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center teams, as well. What kind of racket do you use? Wall has been using a WonderWand for several years. She previously had a Prince racket. What is one thing you’d like to improve? “I think it’s too late but there is always hope,” she says. “Probably my backhand. It’s not as strong as I would like.” What is your most glorious moment in a match? Wall says she is a very competitive tennis player and when she wins a close match, it is always glorious. She recalls play-


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Sarasota County Senior Men’s Tennis 70s League, Division II

Editor’s note: Hal Lenobel is ill. This New Year’s column is reprinted from January 2003. Let’s start the New Year off with some totally trivial and inconsequential information; worthy of not being repeated, perhaps not even worthy of being written. • There are 2,805 stand-alone driving ranges in the United States. As you might expect, the most in any country. Texas has 218, more than any other state. Wyoming doesn’t have any. More than 17 million golfers visit stand-alone golf ranges each year. • Jack Nicklaus’ museum opened this year at Ohio State University, his alma mater. Thus Ohio State ensures that the Golden Bear’s legacy never gets lost. • Sam Snead celebrated his 90th birthday this year. He is probably the only 90-yearold playing a $50 Nassau and giving five shots a side. • Jenny Suh spent four years waiting for an opportunity to become the first female to win a state championship in Virginia. Suh is a 17-year-old senior at Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Va. She won the Virginia Group AAA state title, playing against a field of all boys. Following that victory, she capped her high-school career by cruising to a 12-stroke win in the inaugural Virginia girls’ high school championship. By the way, Virginia is one of the few states that does not have any girls’ golf teams in spite of the fact that there are 60,000 female golfers in U.S. high schools. Suh adhered to the rules by playing from the forward tees, which caused some objections from her opponents in the state title play, all to no avail. Suh is headed to Furman University on a golf scholarship. Remember the name, Jenny Suh. • Jane Minesinger, a coastal resident of Barrington, N.H., has amassed a collection of more than 900 ball-mark repair tools. She says she started her collection because she found so many ball marks on greens which needed repair — as though they were hit by

shrapnel. She says she has spent more than $5,000 in collecting the instruments. Her advice to all golfers is to repair your own ball mark on a green and then repair another for good measure. • One of the USGA’s major tournaments each year is the U.S. Mid-Amateur. This year the event was won by George Zahringer, a personal acquaintance of mine. Zahringer was the first medalist to ever win that event in its 22-year history. That was the longest medalist-tochampion drought in USGA history. In the past, two medalists were defeated in the final round. By the way, by way of explanation, a medalist is the person who achieves the lowest score in a qualifying round of medal or stroke play preliminary to a match play tournament. • Japan’s economic downturn has affected its golf industry. According to financial analysis firm Teikoku Databank Ltd., 71 golf courses in that country have declared bankruptcy thus far during last year. That’s eight less than the two previous years combined.

Q. Is the word “golf” an acronym for “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden?” A. No. According to USGA Museum Director Rand Jerris, the name derives linguistically from the Dutch word kolf, or kolve, which simply means club. In Scottish dialect of the late 14th or early 15th century, the Dutch term became gouff, and later in the 16th-century, golf. It is argued by some that the Dutch game of kolf, played with a stick and ball on frozen canals, was brought by Dutch sailors to the east coast of Scotland, where it was transferred onto the public linksland and became the game we know today. The word links was a term used in Scotland to denote the area of land between the sea and farmland.

Here are a few questions submitted by my readers: Q. Why does Tiger Woods wear that white bandage around his finger? A. According to a representative at Woods’ management company, it is because he previously had a tendency to develop a blister or callous there. Though that isn’t a problem he has had recently, it has become somewhat of a habit, similar to his preference of wearing a red shirt on Sundays.

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Daily Round Robins at 3:30 p.m.: • Women’s: Monday, Wednesday, Friday • Men’s: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday • Mixed: 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday Special event: • Where’s the B.O.B. (men’s doubles 4.0-4.5): 2 p.m. Tuesday

Q. Is there any importance to the effect of humidity on ball distance? A. According to the USGA, humidity has little effect on distance. That is due to the fact that humidity has little effect on both air density and viscosity. Although it is commonly believed that humid air is heavier than dry air, the opposite is true. An increase of humidity causes a small decrease in air density, counter to general opinion, and thus, a slight increase in distance.

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Cedars vs. University Park C. Franson and W. Montgomery defeated K. Kavanough and T. Wesson 6-0, 6-1; J. Eagleton and A. Newfield lost to P. Agan and L. Puyal 3-6, 3-6; H. Hall and P. Gorgensen defeated J. Hunt and W. Hugaconte 6-3, 2-6, 10-2.

Sarasota County Senior Men’s Tennis 60s League Bird Key Yacht Club vs. Laurel Oak Gold — Dec. 4 Jerry Johnson and Bill Stanford, Bird Key Yacht Club, defeated Glen Hamilto and Dick Stegner, Laurel Oak, 6-4, 6-0; Don Ruffalo and Ralph Wakeland, Laurel Oak, defeated Bill Fuller and Stan Waldheim, Bird Key Yacht Club, 6-2, 6-4; Jack Harwood and Doug Wright, Bird Key Yacht Club, defeated John Janes and Charley Young, Laurel Oak, 6-1, 6-2.

Sarasota County Senior Men’s Tennis 60s League Bird Key Yacht Club vs. Serendipity — Dec. 11 Jerry Johnson and Bill Stanford, Bird Key Yacht Club, defeated M. Kallman and B. Winsler, Serendipity, 6-2, 6-3; Bill Fuller and Doug Wright, Bird Key Yacht Club, defeated J. Borrenson and M. Katz, serendipity, 6-4, 6-3; Tom Belcher and Jack Harwoos, Bird Key Yacht Club, won by forfeit.

Longboat Key Niners Low Net, Full Handicap — Dec. 2 Class A 1st Joan Stewart 2nd Marie Barr Class B 1st Carolyn Albrecht Class C 1st Sandra Sewll 2nd Phyllis Bushnell

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440 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key, FL 34228 • (941) 383-7591

DIRECT GULF FRONT Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA on wonderful beach on LBK. All new appliances, glass in lanais off kitchen & 2nd BR. Small complex w/pool & views of Gulf. John McCormick. 383-5577. #247243. $619,000

DOCK ON THE BAY CONDO 2BR/2.5BA townhouse w/direct Bay views. Spiral staircase, fireplace & screened porch overlooking Harbor. Tennis, 2 pools, deep water marina & beach access. Susan Smith. 383-5577. #248322. $599,900

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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 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 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 A PIECE OF PARADISE Rarely available, updated 2BR w/gulf views. 2nd floor, park-like setting. Sugar white sand beaches take your breath away. Rented for 2004 season. Cathy Meldahl. 383-5577. #248055. $498,000 ANN MARIA BAYFRONT Spectacular bay views from this updated 2BR/2BA fully furnished unit with one short block to the beach. Assigned deep water dock. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #99055. $394,500 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 DIRECT BAYFRONT Fantastic views from this 2BR/2BA first floor walk-out unit. Turnkey furnished. Gulf front private beach club. Two pools and docks. Vera Freeman or Helen Bradshaw. 383-5577. #246709. $299,000 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 SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB Beautifully updated villa w/open kitchen/great rm, newer cabinets & countertops. Newer flat roof. Deeded beach access, active clubhouse. Cathy Meldahl. 383-5577. #237881. $269,900 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 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 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 LONGBOAT HARBOUR Beautiful canal & bay views from 3rd floor 1BR/1BA Lanai & living rm combined. Built-in cabinets & buffet. Boat docks, clubhouse, beach facility, tennis. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #237213. $229,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR Nice lagoon view from this turnkey furnished 1BR/1BA. Glass enclosed balcony, private gulf side cabana, tennis, 4 pools and boat docks. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #234536. $193,000

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The Ritz Carlton Superb views of Bay & Marina. 15th Floor 3BR/3BA & $2,349,000. 11th Floor 2BR/2.5BA $1,239,000.


COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 3BR/3BA meticulously maintained. Canal front, fourth nin g dibay, n e P from the e l a S 10,000 lb boat lift, heated pool. $998,000.

FAIRWAY BAY... Beautifully updated 2BR/2BA. Light and bright, garage parking, furnished and wonderful amenities. $389,500.

EMERALD POINTE... Gated LBK 3BR/3.5BA completed in 2002, many upgrades, lake view, pool & spa. $669,000.

Beau Ciel Incomparable views of Bay & Marina! 8th Floor 2BR/2.5BA. $999,900 5th Floor 2BR/2.5BA $975,000.

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. $1,499,000. BAYFRONT SPLENDOR - - 5,000 SF bayfront maintenance-free home in Queens Harbour. Quality abounds with marble and granite surfaces, 20’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen and sumptous master suite, dock for 2 boats. $2,399,000. BOATER’S DELIGHT - BAY ISLES - 3800 SF on deep water canal with bay views. 3BR/5.5BA, rec room, exercise room, granite kitchen, marble baths, elevator, private patio, pool. $1,287,000.

Grand Bay Sarasota Bay views from 2nd Floor end unit in Bldg. 5. No Buildings block view. Very private. Hardwood floors. Remodeled. $627,000.

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. TANGERINE BAY - Direct Bay Front with spectacular views day & night! 2B +den, with wood floors, high ceilings, oversized private 2 car garage, community dock , and private patio for out door grilling. $925,000. LONGBOAT 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.

Vista Bay Point Celebrate wide-open water & city views. Only one residence per floor. 3BR/4BA + den on 5th floor. Private & soundproof. $1,395,000.


Office: - 387-1863 Res: - 383-2025 View virtual tours of these listings at: www.LONGBOATWATERFRONT.COM

Bay Isles Behind gates of LBK Club, 3BR/3BA with caged pool. Tropical landscaping. Excellent price point for neighborhood. $549,000.

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“Making Real Estate Real Easy” 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 - 2nd 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

FAIRWAY BAY FAIRWAY BAY- 3BR/3BA Townhouse - corner. Over 2000 Sq. Ft. - Fireplace, Soaring Ceilings, and Bonus Room. Lots of “New Stuff”. $595,000


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RENTALS AVAILABLE SARABANDE - Entire 12th floor. TKF - 6 mon. min. Magnificent in every way. $10,000.00/month. BEAU CIEL - Sarasota in town. Gorgeous 6th floor - TKF. Awesome views - season or annual. $7,000.00/month. COUNTRY CLUB SHORE - TKF, 3 Br/3BA - Canal Charming. Home available now. Month/Season/Annual


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FAIRWAY BAY- 3BR/3BA with dock Turnkey Furnished at $670,000

We have several single family homes available in Country Club Shores, Bay Isles & Fairway Bay for season or annual! ANDREW BERS, REALTOR®

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 $8,500/month 11th Floor Unfurnished $5,500/month For Annual Lease at Beau Ciel 8th Floor Furnished $4,500/month

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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 PENTHOUSE - Imagine the perfect view, the perfect floor plan, & the perfect location. Here it is!! Walls of glass bring the entire Gulf, Sarasota Bay, Downtown, distant islands & Islandside Golf into your world in the sky. Exquisite detail w/12’ ceilings, 8’ solid oak doors & trim, luxurious master suite, 2 en-suite bedrooms, plus office & den, private elevator & 2 huge terraces $3,995,000.

CUTTER LANE...Move right in to this seven year “new” home located one in from the open bay in Country Club Shores. Everything 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 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-BAYOU HAMMOCK...Truly a delight — a 4,200 square foot home with three bedrooms on over 1.5 acres on the north Longboat Key. A Selby Gardens-like setting, over 340’ of water frontage that includes three docks. Vaulted ceilings in family room, living and dining space. $2,595,000 --PENDING--

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.

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-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...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. $1,255,000 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--

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.

INN ON THE BEACH...Direct Gulf Front, A+ floor plan in quiet Building 4. Completely renovated and in the hotel rental program. Excellent income opportunity as well as vacation time for your own use. Turnkey furnished. $399,000

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-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

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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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.

LONGBOAT KEY 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. L’AMBIANCE -This Penthouse residence of 5,170 sq. ft. is the ultimate in luxurious living and gracious Gulf front entertainment. The 2,400 sq. ft. wrap around terraces open to endless vistas of sea & sky, fiery sunsets. $5,900,000 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.




Over 6,000 SF of luxury! 5BR suites, office, outside bar summer kitchen & deep water dockage with 200 ft. of seawall! 2,800 bottle wine cellar, 3 car garage, elevator & $2,995,000. pool.

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 $2,585,000. dock!

Magnificently designed, custom home. Light, bright, split fl. plan, vaulted ceilings & white tile throughout. Deep water channel boasting 196’ seawall, dock accommo$1,749,000. dates 3 boats.



QUEENS HARBOR 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.


BAYOU HAMMOCK Estate-sized property, tropically landscaped with 345’ water frontage on 1.5 acres +/-. Well designed, custom home with over 4,000 Sq. ft. plus a 4-car garage. 2 docks $2,499,000 on deep water.



COREY’S LANDING 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 & deeded $1,550,000. beach access.

Direct beach front! Popular & private “Carlyle” floor SABAL COVE plan in Building II. Gulf, bay and city views from this Custom designed spacious home on quiet cul du sac. $1,449,000. 4BR + den, 3.5 baths, volume ceilings, family room, “thru” residence. large private pool & spa area w/ summer kitchen. $1,249,000.


Tastefully appointed 3BR/3BA, gulf, golf course & Beautiful lakefront lot, w/golf course views. $799,000. GRAND BAY bay views. Best value behind the gates. Omni tennis courts, 24 hour concierge & garage parking. Sweeping views of the bay, city skyline and golf course $ 8 6 9 , 0 0 0 . from this turnkey furnished penthouse. Great attention to detail, 9 foot ceilings, wrap around terrace and two covTHE PLAYERS CLUB $649,000. ered parking spaces. Corner, upper floor 2BR/2BA with bright and sunny VIZCAYA southern exposure overlooking pool and gulf. Popular Spacious, luxurious condominium with feel of home. beach & tennis community. 4Har-Tru, lighted tennis Exquisitely furnished w/private pool. Stunning views of $2,349,000. $599,000. gulf, 2-car garage. courts. • 941-387-1847 • E-mail:

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 – Panoramic southwest views capture the Gulf and City lights from the 6th floor 3BR/4BA beachfront residence. Highlights include 10 ft. ceilings, new flooring and wall treatments, sitting room in master suite. Fresh and beautiful. $1,699,000. 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. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM - Open bay views from spacious 2BR/2BA plus den. 10 ft. ceilings, granite kitchen, built-ins, tile floors and plantation shutters. Deeded beach access. $699,000. TANGERINE BAY- BAY FRONT PENTHOUSE – Fabulous open bay views from this 3BR/3.5BA. Light and bright, high ceilings, granite kitchen counters, marble flooring, wet bar, gas fireplace, mahogany doors. Oversized 2-car garage and storage. $899,000. SIESTA KEY • NEW LISTINGS



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.

MAINLAND 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. BEAU CIEL 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. RENTAL – Downtown -Gorgeous 7th floor bay views. 2 BR/2 BA, closets galore, all amenities & boat dock. Unfurnished. Annual. $2,000/month

Call Barbara at 941-924-9000 or 941-387-1820

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f Mexico Drive, Suite 1 • Longboat Key, FL 34228


WESTCHESTER “LBK’s Best Buy” Large, Direct Gulf Front 2nd floor 2BR/2BA, TKF, large closets, extra storage, 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, manager, citrus grove and great beach. All this on seven acres of lush landscaping. $599,000


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Tennis players usher in New Year BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

Nelson Goldner, Jay Greenblatt and Bernie Ditchik

Nancy Katz and Annabelle

Karen Johnston


About 30 players took part in the third annual New Year’s Day tennis event organized by Jay Greenblatt at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. A highlight of the event was the recognition of two center members who have been part of the center since it opened in 1998. A plaque named in honor of Bernie Ditchik, who turns 80 this month, will be awarded annually to the Volunteer of the Year at the center. The first recipient is Nelson Goldner. At the New Year’s Day event, Goldner was serving as timekeeper. Friends of Ditchik, Ruth and Sam Osak, proposed the plaque. Assisting were Owen Berkowitz, Chicky and Sid Loftus and Stella and Jerry Friedman. ❑

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Jerry Thompson presents... SANCTUARY Fabulous panoramic Bay, City and Gulf views! Most rooms with walls of glass, open onto wrap-around terrace. 3 BR, $1,275,000. 2 garage parking spaces. Virtual Tour


Lovely canal front home, 2BR/3BA, 53x25 screened lanai w/pool. Large 44’ dock, all this on a beautifully landscaped lot. $699,000. Virtual Tour

CHARACTER & CHARM ON SIESTA KEY 36 Sandy Hook - 6 bedroom, pecky cypress beach house. Beautiful tropical garden, family size pool, 2 in-home offices. Fireplace, brick patio. Walk to the village and $925,000. beach. Virtual Tour Sandy Cove -Remodeled two story townhouse near village. 3BR. Steps to beach and pier. Garage, pet friendly. Virtual Tour $565,000.

SABAL COVE Custom design. Absolutely beautiful home on very private lake front lot. 5,000 sq.ft. New home custom built with every attention to detail. Great lake views. Too new for virtual tour. $1,995,000.

INN ON THE BEACH Sweeping views, from top floor #4601 and 4602, unique “lock out” 2BR plan. Rent one or both, or use as your own $850,000. personal 2BR luxury condo.Virtual Tour 2 BR/2 BA, in BLDG. 1 -- private location, off-site rental program - lease 1 or 2 bath suites - call for details. $849,000.

HISTORIC LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE Great Value in the Village! 2,250 sq ft, 4 BR home with pool, large tropical landscaped lot 100x120, Good value, good REDUCED! NOW $399,000. potential.

Jerry Thompson, GRI, CRS Service • Expertise • Integrity

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Walter May, Grand Life Master and Highest Ranking Bridge Teacher on Florida’s West Coast, will be here every Thursday beginning January 8 for 2 hour seminars that will teach you how to think and play better. BEGINNERS: Noon to 1:45 p.m. INTERMEDIATE: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bayfront Recreation Center 4052 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Pre-Registration preferred 349-0886 Walk-ins accepted Non-Members $12 each seminar Members $10 each seminar

longboat key condominiums for sale Cabana Beach Club Gulf Front Development Condos priced from $325,000-$645,000 • Longboat Key’s newest condo conversion • 1 & 2 bedroom newly updated furnished units • Gulf front and direct bayou frontage • Boating Facilities • Monthly, Weekly and Nightly Rentals allowed • Lushly landscaped with a Key West look • Now taking contracts Dennis Girard Broker Associate 941-809-0041




Ten commandments of playing Bridge 1. Thou shalt not raise thy own pre-emptive bid. Once you pre-empt, your partner must make the bidding decisions. Preempt originally as high as you dare, then shut thy mouth. 2. Thou shalt never make a sacrifice bid when the opponents have stopped at five of a major. They are in a bad contract if they can make it either four or six. Disturb them not. 3. Disturb not opponents who are in three of a major or four of a minor. Do not give them another chance to be in a game contract. 4. Thou shalt not under-lead an ace against a suit contract. For when you do, you shall always find they have a singleton king. Either lead the ace or another suit. 5. Thou shalt not lead a singleton trump. Your partner, who holds AJx or J10x, shall heap curses on you. 6. Thou shalt not bid five of a minor when there is some chance of making three no-trump. Nine tricks are easier to take than 11. 7. Thou shalt not double the opponents in a part-score contract without at least three trump. 8. Thou shalt not false-card your partner when it cannot fool declarer. A cute practice, but foolish. 9. When thy previous bidding has described thy hand, then shut thy mouth. Your partner has ears and a mouth, let him or her decide. 10. Thou shalt not use conventions or bids that might confuse thy partner especially if they have never been discussed. This week’s hand was played in a recent charity game. The questions are: How would you handle the bidding process? Can you stay out of an impossible slam? As West, would you find a double for a four-heart contract? As West, what would you lead? How did someone make a score of +990?



West ♠KJ87 ♥ Void ♦KJ9764 ♣AK2

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.” ❑

North ♠4 ♥A97632 ♦A ♣ Q 10 8 7 6

South ♠ A Q 10 5 3 2 ♥KQ85 ♦8 ♣94

East ♠96 ♥ J 10 4 ♦ Q 10 5 3 2 ♣J53

The bidding: North 1♥ 2♥ All pass

by Donna SWAN



Dealer: North Vulnerable: North-South

East Pass Pass

South 1♠ 4♥

West Pass Double

Opening lead: A♣

Winners MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Dec. 25 North-South 1. Lois Davis and Blair Hunter 2. Anna Howell and Cotton Stephenson 3. Hope Zawatsky and Renee Pekeles East-West 1. Fran Mann and Mel Weisel 2. Betty Sarlin and Gil Smith 3. Anna and Fred Davis MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Dec. 27 Overall Winners 1. Nancy and Bob Lurie 2. Ruth Colner and Lois Kaufman 3. John Berna and Paul Massik 4. Lilo and Harry Hutzler

The Longboat OBSERVER Crossword Edited by Wayne Robert Williams

SPLIT SCREEN By Edgar Fontaine, Dighton, Massachusetts ACROSS 1 '60s hairdo 5 Gomer of Mayberry 9 Market figures 14 Way from a man's heart 19 Docking place 20 Regrets 21 Without doubt 22 Engage in mudslinging 23 Crisis situations 25 Aired again 26 Buffalo hockey player 27 Otto Messner/Dr. Seuss collaboration? 30 Wall St. group 31 Mimicked 32 Wife/sister of Zeus 33 Sam of "Ben Casey" 37 Elec. units 38 Run in the heat? 39 Flying mammal 42 Two dots over a vowel 44 "Revolutions of the Viaducts" painter 45 Strike a stance 46 Evening in Bologna 47 Jack Lemmon/Will Smith collaboration? 51 Match up 52 Fluid transition 53 Torah holders 54 Parasitic insect 55 Shoshones 57 Agt. 58 Actress Virginia 60 Harbor vessel

61 Frank Capra/Marx Brothers collaboration? 69 Dejected 70 French islands 71 Weeder's tool 72 Designate 73 "Ivanhoe" author 76 That __ hay! 78 Stomach: pref. 80 Wheaton of "Stand by Me" 81 Woody Allen/Agatha Christie collaboration? 86 Throat clearing 87 Poetic offerings 88 Occupancy fee 89 Paradisiacal 90 Rocky crag 91 In good shape 92 Make a bundle 93 Grain rot 94 Joke's target 95 Seed cover 96 U.S. tennis stadium honoree 99 William Powell/Jim Carrey collaboration? 106 Visual aid 107 Give tongue to 108 Cromwell's nickname 110 African language group 111 Show host 112 New Zealand bird 113 Old money in Milano 114 Spectacle 115 Burpee purchase 116 Leisure 117 Winter drift

DOWN 1 I.R.S. deadline mo. 2 Feudal land 3 Counsel 4 Spoken 5 University bigwig 6 Mongol tents 7 River of Hades 8 Latin existence 9 Hard up 10 Mountain ridges 11 Glaringly vivid 12 Vim and vigor 13 Deductive reasoning 14 Maintain 15 City on the Missouri 16 McEntire sitcom 17 Fruit pastry 18 Exist 24 Teams' starters 28 Humped beast 29 Reddy or Hunt 33 Quantity of moonshine 34 Ambrosia of immortality 35 Like some columns 36 Reunion grp. 37 __ vera 38 Pianist Thelonious 39 Boyfriend 40 Circle segments 41 Proceeds 43 Steering linkage piece 44 Drummer Gene 45 H. Ross __ 46 Motto 48 Elbe tributary 49 Chichen Itza populace

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Make unclear DOS part Valletta's island Pro vote Cut choppers __ morgana (mirage) Has a meal U of the U.N. Innkeeper Speaking crow Estevez of "Repo Man" Pick one Mattress support Small salmon Finished Strengthening agents Same as mentioned: Lat. Left Buys back Up on a map Workplace rookies Dolly's greeting? Saul's uncle Expression of reproof Reinforced Bunk Liturgical vestment Open courtyards Demonstrates Champion skater Sonja Native of Bangkok String up Iditarod terminus Reebok rival Painter's medium Frigg's husband Stout's Wolfe Natl. network Carpentry tool

Last Week’s Cryptograms\ 1. Electrician writes horror novels after work. His very first short story was a real shocker. 2. Our plucky prep school coach says today’s official match-game against that Wild West gang will kick off at high noon.






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Items Under $200 For Sale GLASSTOP TABLE, 70x42, w/pedestal, $100 o/b/o. Man’s bike, Hampton Cruiser, brand new, $100. 383-5963. RATTAN SOFA, A-1 condition, blue-green floral, $125. 383-8501.

TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & Appraisals offers professional valuation, research and inventory services without a view to buy or sell. Video documentation inventory, art historical/market research, art appraisals. Member of the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456,

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LEARN HOW TO HAND PAINT TILE and paint a mural for your home! Everything you SOFA, 79” floral, sea mist, mauve, off white, need to know for both the beginner and the ex. cond., $100. Recliner, swivel, sea mist professional artist. Call 957-1394 or visit: color, $75. 383-1987. CHEST, DEEP 383-5302.




WHITE WICKER chaise lounge, nice style, ex. cond. w/beautiful down filled cushions, $200. 941-383-3193. FUR STOLE, $155 o/b/o. Designer dress, white chiffon, size 10, $39. 778-6177. 2/FORMAL DRESSES: $75 & $50 (small). Rotisserie oven, $30. 7’ Christmas tree, $20. Record albums, $25. 387-8001. BIKE, MAN’S 2003 Giant Cruiser, alloy frame, rims coaster brakes. New $312.65. Sell $200. 761-1415.


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

Boat Sales, Service & Storage

EXPERIENCED CNA seeking live-in position, willing to work on weekends, have own transportation. 962-3043. References available. CNA 15/YRS. experience, with references will care for you in your home. 941-708-0990. EXPERIENCED CNA caring for the elderly. Flexible hours. Open for live-in position. References. 779-9222.


Caregiver/Companion CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and personable. Mature lady accepting clients for home care. Loves to cook. Good driving record. Bonded. Excellent local references. 371-6919. 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. NURSING COMPANION will live-in and care for the elderly. Also, hourly care. Mature, dependable, experienced w/references. 746-5731.

BOAT LIFT, 20,000/lb. Dismantled and ready to move, $2995. 302-547-0494. Leave message & number.

CNA/CAREGIVER AVAILABLE week days for errands, shopping, light housekeeping & light meal preparation. 4/hr. min. For appt., ☛ ☛ SMALL BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE. contact Tracey: 365-6960 or 544-0653. Vacation or long term. On trailer or in-water. Private launch ramp. Fresh water wash. Carpet/Tile Cleaning Minutes to LBK, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants. Also, bottom painting. Capt. John’s Marina. CARPET & TILE CLEANING. K.A.S. 941-792-2620. Cleaning, LLC. Carpet, tile, grout & summer kitchen cleaning. Bonded & Insured. 26/FT. BOSTON Whaler CC Twin 225, head 941-792-6660. & electronics, service history, Excellent cond., 1/owner, $65,000. Call 941-374-0535.

Catering Boat Slips for Rent/Sale LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 60/ft. boat slip, K-5. Best location, open views, extra large pier area. Available for lease. 941-387-8315 or YOUR YACHT IS BEAUTIFUL! DOESN’T IT DESERVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME? SECURE, DEEPWATER BOAT SLIPS IN A PROTECTED GARDEN SETTING NEAR LONGBOAT’S NORTH END. AVAILABLE NOW FOR BOATS TO 60’. HARBOUR VILLA CLUB MOORINGS (941) 383-9544

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. 2/CUSHION SOFA w/matching chair, light Drive your car to the North and back. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 48/ft. slip for sale by owner, “P” dock, $188,000. bluish, gray, mauve, tan. Very nice, $195/for References. 941-778-5381. 941-366-0908. set. 778-2471.

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LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest priced 60’ slip available. $206,000. Owner, 941-383-2025 or 504-2000.

★ BLUE DOLPHIN CAFE “Now serving at our Longboat Key, Centre Shops location” FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIALS JANUARY 9, 2004 5:00P.M.-8:15P.M.


LONGBOAT KEY Mooring, 2/slips. 77.5’ & 52.5’ on T of dock (boat up to 130/ft.). Seasonal, $19. Yearly $17 per foot per LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal month plus elec. & tax. 203-288-6312. catering. 366-0070. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 48/ft. slip for sale by owner, “P” dock, $188,000. 941-366-0908.

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INVESTOR WANTED. Company expanding, looking for $150,000. For more information, REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. call 941-713-0461. Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and $2000-$7000 per week Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.Char- AUTHENTIC INCOME POTENTIAL 24/7 recorded message 800-366-1375 ext 4967.

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

IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428.

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Cleaning Services 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. IF YOU WANT your house or office really clean, call Mrs. Cruz Cleaning. Sparkle clean, your way! 941-924-9487.

IS YOUR COMPUTER SLOWING DOWN, acting weird? Repairs, Upgrades, Teaching. FREE guaranteed estimates. Certified Computer Technician. Call Forrest, 388-3425. Cmagik on LBK Flash web design commercial/personal, computer help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, 587-5588. YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Trainer. Backed by 25/years of experience. Member of Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. Please call Elinor, 951-6145,

K.A.S. CLEANING, LLC. Employee Owned. Servicing Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. Bonded/Insured. 941-792-6660. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $25/hour. ★★ FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. HOUSE CLEANING FOR THE BEST JOB MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No school, book or person can teach AT THE RIGHT PRICE!! you as easily as this experienced teacher. Repairs. 383-5372. CALL ANDREA: 929-7582


MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. HOUSECLEANING BY European lady, speaks German, non-smoker. Call Eti, 320-9136.

HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Brazilian lady. Good references. Free estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. WHITE GLOVE cleaning and dependable house sitting. Ambitious person with references. Free estimates. 727-6163.


Garage, Moving & Estate Sales

Auditorium. Sat., Jan. 10, 10a.m.-5p.m. & ☛ MULTI-ESTATE Garage Sale, in The Sun. Jan. 11, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: Village, 601 Jackson, Saturday, 8a.m.-2p.m. 954-4165. ESTATE SALE. FRIDAY, January 9th, 9:30a.m. to 2:00p.m. SATURDAY, January Fishing Charters 10th, 9:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. 690 Jungle DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour Queen Way, Longboat Key. French style trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. sofa, chairs and tables, Victorian Parlour set, USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced loveseat and tables including marble top; Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate Grandfather clock, Oriental: marble top controlled cabin, all new equipment & stands, coffee table with seats, Secretary, Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait pair large carved chairs, mirrors, chandeliers, & tackle provided starting at $400. cradle, lamps including Gone With The For information and reservations, call Wind, nice china glass and bric-a-brac, kitchenware and miscellaneous. A Nice Sale! Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. Sale conducted by: Palma Sola Appraisals & Sales, Ina Baden, President.

Furniture SEALY POSTUREPEDIC bed set (full), Harvard frame, patchwork quilt coverlette, Lexington picket fence headboard, Lexington nightstand (both distressed white wash finish). Everything offered in excellent condition, $550. 383-6139. 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.

Health Services HOLIDAZE? ENJOY the season without a hangover or regrets. You can control your drinking. Call for out-patient, Sinclair Method Neuro Assisted Recovery, 330-2929.



ORIGINAL ANTIQUE bedroom furniture: Louis XVI, walnut, beautifully carved COMPUTER STRESSING? No armoire, bed, nightstand. Great price! Jobs Too Big “or” Small. 752-0089. “Let Do it All” 24/7 On-Site Service. 941-809-9797. DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $299; sofa & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full Crushed Shell bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. $299; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota available. Builders, 753-7118. & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & insured. 941-232-8877.

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SECRETARY/ASSISTANT FOR busy real estate team at St. Armands Circle. Experience necessary. Fax resume to: 1-888-729-7115.

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.



4/PERSON THERAPY Spa w/warranty, never used. Retail: $3295. Must move. $1350. 727-433-1106.

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CAR & DRIVER NEEDED for occasional local driving during January & February, 04. We are longtime renters on Longboat Key. 383-1360.

ASSIST THE ELDERLY. Join a special team Interior Design of people who make a real difference in the EXQUISITE CUSTOM Faux Finishes, lives of the elderly. Part-time day, evening and weekend shifts. Home Instead Senior Textures & Murals using the newest most innovative techniques, applied by a licensed, Care, 951-2103. insured, professionally trained artist. REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? Contact: Creative Ambience, 813-390-4120. Two experienced agents needed for fast Free Estimates. References Available. paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate Investor Wanted today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. TALENT, EXPERIENCE and the drive to Joe Pickett, 383-5543. win are not enough. PGA pro seeks MARKETING SERVICES Coordinator for sponsor/investor to complete the package. busy real estate team at St. Armands Circle. Business plan w/references available. Experience necessary. Fax resume to: Serious only. 941-518-6646. 1-888-729-7115.

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MEET THE WORLD! Outgoing, enthusiastic, teen-oriented individuals with strong community ties needed to coordinate international high school exchange program. P/T, flexible hours, non-paid position, stipend and incentive travel, training program. Must be at least 25/yrs. old. Call Betty at 1-866-672-5222 for more information.




Helping seniors, busy adults & businesses manage paperwork in your home or office.

Marty Roca Lic. #MA 32116 (941) 232-9812 or Kedre Molenaar Roca Lic. #MA 33532 (941) 685-5895 For your convenience, we come to you!

Miscellaneous Wanted WANTED TO BUY: old fishing tackle boxes, lures, reels, bamboo rods, guns, etc. 941-966-8737.

BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing the total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container Painting & Wallpapering gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-730-5318 for free CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & consultation. insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. PETE’S LAWN CARE Home Management Residential and commercial, condos. Honest MAINTENANCE AND LANDSCAPING BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL Complete Private Estate and luxury home 30+years exp. LICENSED & INSURED programs. Customized options to suit your ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER needs. Staffed by professionally trained PLC, INC. hospitality managers to accommodate your SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure every need. 941-957-7880. washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We 539-3147 spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Mom/Son Lic./Ins. Cell HOMEOWNERS. LOOKING for someone to 704-7115 or 792-1646. look after your home while you’re away? Westwood Management of Florida, Inc. is PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, committed to achieving unequaled customer Laundry reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. service to our clients and their property management needs. Full management WASH N’ FOLD, ironing, alterations, Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years services available ranging from home sitting, comforters, area rugs, self-service. Open experience & customer service. Insured. repairs and maintenance, cleaning, 7/days. PARADISE COIN LAUNDRY, Paul Passanant. 366-9434. landscaping, pools, etc. Call 941-302-0028 7466 Cortez Road West, 795-1657. ☛ RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & anytime. Serving Longboat Key and Siesta REMODELING. Interior/exterior, Residential, Key for ten years. Massage Commercial. All painters are union trained MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels. Items For Sale fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of WHEEL CHAIR ramp, like new, for $600. 941-383-8801. Try it!! Commerce member. 953-5215. Paid $1300. 941-928-8688. 6/COMMERCIAL BAR stools & table with 4/matching chairs (like new); old Beanie Babies; spoon collection; misc. items. 387-8001.




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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.

Professional Services All Around Garage Door Services, LLC. Free estimates. Insured. 24/hr. Service. New installations, door & operator repairs. 941-447-3841, 941-447-3842. STUDENT TUTOR: Consultant, Education Disabilities 778-0349.

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20D THURSDAY JANUARY 8, 2004 Remodeling & Home Improvements 


All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Large Longboat Key Portfolio. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Dirty grout? Give us a shout! Grout cleaning & restoration services available. Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077 LIC.


EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, WALLS, MURALS. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT MEMBER LBK CHAMBER ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins. HANDYMAN, NO job too big or too small. 20/yrs. Experience. Call for Free Estimates. 941-224-2852.



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Condos & Homes For Sale

BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Adjoining Mixed-Use Buildings: 12,500s.f. of retail/office/residential plus 32-car lot on Old Main St. for image-conscious owner/user. $1.75/mil. PALMETTO Convenience Store & more in outstanding location - good income, good lease. $95K. Confidentiality agreement required for details. SARASOTA Wine-Beer-Convenience store on main road, good lease: $59K Owner’s income-producing building available separately for $425K. Confidentiality agreement required for details. Muffler Shop business established for 24 years; good lease. Owner must retire for health reasons. $72,500.

WATERFRONT CONDO 1BR/1BA. Access to beach & bay. New TKF & appliances. Dock. Low maintenance fees. Fronts Nature Preserve, $149,000. 383-5825.

LBK, BEACHFRONT. Spacious and beautiful, 2BR/2BA among multi-million $ homes and condos. Heated pool, exercise facility and tennis. Offered at $525,000. Call 374-3200.

☛ PROMENADE, STUNNING largest 2BR/2BA, sunset view, outstanding amenities. Principals only, $789,000. 383-5997. DEEDED BEACH access & water view! Top floor, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furn. condo, $285,900. Sharon Freeman, 941-545-0899,, Michael Saunders & Company, Lic. R.E. Broker.

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 LONGBOAT KEY 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., privately equipped beach, or keep a boat in C-1 zoning, many possible uses. $400K your own private slip. A must see with easy access. Offered for $269,000. Contact Mike each. Migone at Wedebrock R.E. Co. 383-5543. ANNA MARIA ISLAND Sports Bar thrives even in off-season on local clientele. Beer-wine lic., smoking OK. BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB Confidentiality agreement required. $85K. SANCTUARY Longview Realty - 383-6112 Richard Estrin, Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker

Commercial Rentals & Sales







HOME REPAIRS. IMPROVEMENTS. 525 BAY ISLES ROAD-Town Plaza II: FOR SALE BY OWNER, TURNKEY. MICHAEL DUVALL, REMODELING. General repairs, carpentry, 4 retail/office spaces available for lease. $850,000/FIRM OR Competitive lease rates. Excellent for RE/MAX EXCELLENCE painting, sheetrock & popcorn, trim, doors 2/YR. ANNUAL RENTAL AVAILABLE. 941-383-9700 & bi-folds, moldings & cornices, decks, medical type uses, 11,000+/-. Owner is very FIRST FLOOR, BEST LOCATION motivated and is willing to offer credits and hardwood floors. A.J. Winters, 713-1951. CENTER COURT. free rent to qualified tenant. Plaza is also Insured. State Registered. offered for sale, $1,350,000. Lee De Lieto, CONDO ON THE BAY. Several 2 and 3 ✭✭✭✭✭ bedroom units available in popular mainland DESIGNED BY JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodel- Michael Saunders & Co., 941-957-3730. complex w/pools, tennis, concierge, LEMENTS of Fine Design ing contractors. In-house plan design. State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. ☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space 24/hr. security and more. Priced from LYNDA FINDER DESIGN GROUP available at the Centre Shops, Longboat $409,000. Please contact Joan Boltax, Many island references. 778-2993. ✳ Key. Call 387-3135. Michael Saunders & Co. for additional info. “STAGING & REINVENTING SPACES” 941-350-6390, anytime. MR. T’S Handyman Services. Carpentry, ✳ Building Maintenance, Vinyl Siding & More! BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN shop/gallery FOR PRIVATE SHOWING, 30/yrs. Exper. 941-727-1019, 941-545-5619. has space for rent. Showroom also available for meetings or classes. Call 957-1394 CONTACT: SALE BY OWNER! ♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years or email via LYNDA FINDER experience as a highly skilled, dependable, <> 941-954-1707 OR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, DESIRABLE restoration/renovation expert, carpenter LONGBOAT KEY 8/unit apartment complex E-MAIL: LYNDAFINDER@AOL.COM WRAPAROUND CORNER UNIT & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and for sale. Fully occupied. Owner/Broker, IN L’AMBIANCE. bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. 941-387-9252. GULFFRONT, WITHIN LONGBOAT KEY Paul Beauregard, 779-2294. CLUB RESORT. TENNIS & GOLF. ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Condos & Homes For Sale BAY & Harbor view - Downtown, 2BR/2BA, CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH THAT YOU Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, BEACHPLACE PENTHOUSE. Largest new kitchen, spacious rooms, secure Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window WILL BUY AT MUCH LOWER PRICE. 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, $650,000. bldg. w/amenities. $455,000. Call 955-4103. Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. POSSIBLE TO BUY AND CLOSE Call Ron - Ron Baldwin & Associates, Inc. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for BEFORE YEAR END. 941-954-7471. appointment. 758-8044. FOR SALE BY OWNER! CALL: 373-0207, 924-9612 EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, LONGBOAT KEY. Premium turnkey ground OR 780-0805 painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, floor, 2BR/2BA condo with garden patio. 415 L’AMBIANCE HAS ONLY screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. Amenities include deeded beach, pool, 1 END UNIT FOR SALE. Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. docking, clubhouse and more. $279,000. GORGEOUS FINISHINGS. 941-383-3751. 812-5115. ST. ARMANDS. Charming 3BR/3BA home CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: Experience w/studio. Only minutes to beach & shopping. THAT YOU CAN PURCHASE real Florida living. 3BR/2BA renovated, $535,000. Please call 953-2242 or Roofing AT MUCH LOWER PRICE. 650-5719. POSSIBLE TO BUY AND CLOSE STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General canalfront home. Private dock, pool, beach BEFORE YEAR END. Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, access. $974,000. Bob Burnett, Michael HISTORIC INDIAN BEACH, 3BR/2BA Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Saunders & Co. Lic. Real Estate Broker, Saline pool home, one in from Bay w/sunset Call DON for immediate response. 941-356-1277 or 387-0048. CALL: 373-0207, 780-0805 and bay views. Great location to all the arts 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, OR 924-9612 and downtown. Extensive remodel in PE20374. VISA/MC. LIDO BEACH 2000/granite stainless steel appliances, gourmet kitchen. Quiet area out of traffic. Asking price $629,000. By owner. Spanish Instruction Gorgeous Direct Gulf view from 941-359-6896, cell: 941-544-6552. 2BR/2BA, 6th floor condo. FREE INFORMATION on Longboat Key Gulf SPEAK SPANISH. Unique method - “Think Screened lanai, beachside heated pool & Bay front condominiums. Price ranges, in Spanish”. Small groups or individual & TOWNHOUSE, 3BR/3BA, end unit, profiles of communities, and locater & clubhouse, garage parking, also: Work Force Development Spanish or 2100/sq.ft. +1750/sq.ft. garage/storage. map. Cindy Migone, Realtor. Office: fully furnished. Walk to St. Armands! English, 727-8235. Many amenities & improvements. Pets al- 941-383-5543 Toll-free: 800-950-3450 lowed. Beach access. By owner. Brokers e-mail: Wedebrock Real $475,000 Tile Installation welcome. 383-3576. Estate Company. Premier Florida Realty PROFESSIONAL TILE Installation. 20/yrs. John Bancroft Experience. Call for Free Estimates. PARK YOUR BOAT in your backyard. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY 941-920-1502 941-224-2852. Stunning waterfront Townhouse, in popular BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, More waterfront listings at: mainland complex with pools, tennis, 24/hr. 322 FIREHOUSE LANE. security, 2BR/2.5BA +den. 3/balconies, 2/car Wicker Painting garage, 2/fireplaces and more! $869,000. FURNITURE PAINTED: wicker, rattan, 3BR/3BA, FAMILY ROOM, SCREENED Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. wood, wrought iron, patio furniture. Pick-up PORCH, 3/DECKS, COMMUNITY POOL, 941-350-6390, anytime. BEAU CIEL, sweeping Bay views from this and delivery. 778-3133. WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. 3100/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA, 4th floor, unfinished $995,000 condo w/several upgrades. Please call for  $635,000 INCLUDES 2/units, Longboat CONRAD BEACH appointment, 941-387-0040 for details and TAKE ADVANTAGE!!! Key, direct Gulf front condo conversion. showing. $1,410,000. Renovations completed. ONLY 11 unit 10% DISCOUNT OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 development. www.cabanabeachclubcon $325,000 LONGBOAT KEY, 1500sq.ft. 387-9595 Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real OFF ADS RUNNING FOR 4 Estate, 941-809-0041. townhouse, furnished, garage. Built 1991, WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM CONSECUTIVE WEEKS tennis resort. Allows pets. Great rentals with future bookings. Dennis Girard, BOOK YOUR AD FOR  $325,000. COMPLETELY New interior. ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041. WATERFRONT CONDO 1BR/1BA. Access LONGBOAT KEY, Bayou frontage, boating 4 WEEKS DIRECT GULF, 2BR/2BA, 30/ft. lanai, to beach & bay. New TKF & appliances. facilities, rent as much as you want. Deeded 383-5509 OR FAX 24 HOURS remodeled, hardwood floors, $535,000. Dock. Low maintenance fees. Fronts Nature beach access. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest TO: 383-7193 Real Estate, 941-809-0041. 941-387-0277 or after Jan. 3, 262-782-2494. Preserve, $154,000. 383-5825.


Lots & Acreage For Sale

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NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Walk to beach and bay from this 2BR/2BA Village home. Enclosed garden and screened lanai. $1100/mo. Unfurnished. Call 726-1802.


HARBOR LANDINGS Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site offered by owner-REALTOR in gated Cortez community; $265,000 price includes dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate George Noble: 685-3372. LONGBOAT KEY 3/Mixed-Use Lots on General Harris Street; total of +/-1.3/acres zoned C-1 commercial. Many possible uses. Offered at $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard Estrin: 807-3363. LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112

Mobile Homes LBK/TWIN SHORES 55+ mobile park. 1BR/2BA, furnished. Private beach, marina. Land included. $89,900. 371-3290.

Open House LBK VILLAGE, 700 Russell St., 1-4p.m., Sunday. 3BR/2BA +den. $389,000. Quest Real Estate & Investments, Al Galli. 941-356-1669.

Real Estate Wanted INTERESTED IN purchasing condominium w/full Gulf view inside Longboat Key Club gates, Gulfside. Cash buyer. No realtors. Toll Free: 1-800-621-6288.

Rentals: Annual NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Walk to beach and bay from this 2BR/2BA Village home. Enclosed garden and screened lanai. $1100/mo. Unfurnished. Call 726-1802. LBK, COUNTRY Club Shores. Well maintained 3BR/2BA canal home with pool. Unfurnished, annual lease. ResortQuest Real Estate. 941-365-9505 Ext: 2200. BAY VIEW, “Hemingway Style” canal home. Hardwood floors, new kitchen and bath, relaxing setting. Gulf access. Seasonal, $3100/mo. and Annual, $1800/mo.. 941-350-8048.

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)


2BR/1BA DOWNTOWN Sarasota, charming neighborhood, $800/mo. 383-2659.



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VACATION RENTALS MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!! Check our Web Site: JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000 THE CASTILLIAN, Longboat Key, Florida. Oceanfront, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, fully equipped condo has just become available during the season. Call 513-561-5940.

☛ ☛ BEACHPLACE, LARGE 2BR/2BA. Decorator furnished, plus. inside parking. Available December, January, March, April. Will cooperate with brokers. By owner: 941-387-2555 WATER VIEW! Perico Bay Cub, minutes to beach, 2BR/2BA, gated community, luxury condo, turnkey. $2600/mo. +tax & cleaning. 941-778-3320. LIDO BEACH, 2BR/1BA house, new appliances. Super clean, furnished. $2200/mo. 800-971-0017 or 863-640-1228. LIDO, 4BR/2.5BA, sleeps 8, private heated 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.  2BR/2BA VILLAGE COTTAGE, close to restaurants & bay. $1800/mo. Jan.-April. 383-2659. LIDO BEACH CLUB, 2BR/2BA, Gulf & Ritz Carlton Beach Club views, newly decorated, fully furnished. Available immediately, $2700/mo. seasonally. Also available long term. 727-376-6558. LONGBOAT KEY. Beachplace, 3BR/2BA, Building #1, DIRECTLY on Gulf. Monthly rental by owner beginning January 1. Non-smokers. E-mail: or 614-885-2702. EXECUTIVE HOME, Perico Island, minutes to beach. Gorgeous 3BR/2BA house, 2/car garage, turnkey. $3700/mo. +tax & cleaning fee or $1500/mo. annual. No smoking. No pets. 941-778-3320. 1BR/1.5BA, SLEEPS 4. Gulf view w/private beach and Bay access w/dock. 3/mo. minimum. Available 1/1/04. Call for info and pictures. 941-780-2352. LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, 3rd floor direct Gulf front, private, 2BR/2BA. Pool, recreation room. Available May through June, 2004. August through December, 2004. 813-837-9901. BEACH PLACE, 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. (941)918-8658

SANCTUARY GULF FRONT LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Available April & May, $2750/mo. June, Aug. & Sept., $2250/mo. Oct. & Dec., $2750/mo. (727) 403-1449.


941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 some

CONDOS SEASONAL On the Bay Side of Longboat Key

LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 1BR/1BA and 2BR/2BA. WINDWARD BAY, 2BR/2BA. WHITNEY BEACH, 1BR/1BA and 2BR/2BA. 700 GULF BAY RD., 3/story home with SEASONAL elevator, bay views. $2150/mo. On the Gulf Side of Longboat Key 700 FOX ST., 2/BR home. Tile floors, 1/car SEACLUB, 1BR/1BA. garage in Historic Longboat Village, LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS, $1000/mo. 2BR/2BA. WINDWARD BAY, 2BR/2BA condo LONGBOAT TERRACE, 2BR/2BA, ground overlooking Sarasota Bay, $1100/mo. floor. LONGBOAT HARBOUR, furnished WESTCHESTER, 2BR/2BA condos. 1BR/1BA on canal, $1000/mo. MARK II, 2BR/2BA condo. BEACHCOMBER, 1BR/1BA condo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Property Manager ISLANDS WEST, 2BR/2BA, ground floor Wagner Realty condo. 941-383-5577 NORTHSHORE ROAD, 2BR/2BA home. SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA condo. SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/2BA condo. Rentals: LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 1BR/1BA, Seasonal & Vacation 2BR/2BA condos. LIDO BEACH: efficiencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps Call Barbara Fulmer, Property Manager to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day Wagner Realty minimum. 388-2590. 941-383-5577 LONGBOAT HARBOUR Towers. Beautiful beachfront condo w/pool, 2BR/2BA. No pets. 2/mo. minimum. $3500/mo. 941-346-8611. 2BR/2BA CONDO. Pool, tennis, boat dock. LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR/2BA. Gulf front. Just across street from beach. Nicely Available January & April through Dec. 2004, furnished. Available now through April. $4000. Multi-month discount available. Near Times flexible. 383-3000. Diplomat, 3rd floor unit, elevator, covered parking, pool, fully furnished. Quiet, beautiful GULF & BAY VIEWS views. No smokers/pets. Call 910-822-4096 2BR/1.5BA, IMMACULATE. or POOL, OVERLOOKING BAY. $2000/MO. 2/MO. MINIMUM LBK, BEAUTIFUL townhouse at Seaplace. 2BR/2.5BA, spa, beach, pool, tennis, 358-8851 clubhouse, fitness center. Available April through Dec., 04 and possibly next season. ✓ LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR/2BA, on Call 941-383-7121 or canal w/dock, large deck, $2395/mo. LBK, LOVELY canal home, 2BR/2BA, 941-355-3200. beach access. Available through April, $2700/mo. No pets/smoking, 941-650-9929, LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Quiet 3rd floor, 1BR/1BA, furnished, 2/sofabeds, glass enclosed lanai, canal & bay views, ☛ ☛ BEACHPLACE, DIRECT beachfront, pools, gym, tennis, beach house. 2BR/2BA. Available starting April, 2004. 1/month min. Call 802-658-3374, e-mail: Looking to rent immediately! (216) 881-3232, (440) 247-3207 or (440) 623-9068. AVAILABLE NOW, seasonal or annual, ST. ARMANDS, 3BR/2BA +den on large 1BR/1BA, large Lido Beach Club apartment. private wooded lot. Walk beach/Circle. Call 362-7278. Available Jan.-May. 941-755-5924.

Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office

Call 383-3880

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VILLAGE COTTAGE, 1BR/1BA, $775. Available 12/1. Wedebrock Real Estate, 383-5886.

CANAL FRONT, North LBK, 3BR/2BA, W/D, cable ready, screened lanai w/hot tub, dock w/boat lift, 2/blocks to private beach. Furnished, $2200/mo. Unfurnished, RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys $1950/mo. No pets. Available April 1, 2004. & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, 387-9967. Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, located on bay, walk to beach. DESIGNER ANNA MARIA Key Royale $600-$650/annual. Call Resort Properties, canal front home, 2BR/2BA+den. Pool, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. terrace, dock. Highest standards. March/May, $4250/mo. 863-860-7407, CHARMING NORTH LBK beach house. 2BR/2BA, W/D, screened lanai, spacious front and back yard. Unfurnished $1500/mo. LBK, SEAPLACE. 2BR/2.5BA, steps to or furnished $2000/mo. Small pet. Prefer beach, newly decorated, w/lanai. Available annual. Call 941-228-9005. October through December, 2004. e-mail: or 423-968-3420. ARTIST COTTAGE CEDARS EAST townhouse. Avail. January 1 IN through January 20 (16/days), $1250 or HISTORIC LONGBEACH VILLAGE. $690/week. 847-913-9997.

1BR/1BA. BOATING & beach, utilities, $795/mo. 941-387-0990.



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BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Walk right out onto the beach from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 941-383-6650. RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME, 2/min. walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool w/screened enclosure, 3BR/2BA. Recently updated w/new paint and furniture, lots of tile, pets welcome upon approval. No smoking and no children please. Security/Deposit. 2/month minimum. $6500/mo. Call 863-559-4610 or E-mail:


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TURTLE CRAWL INN 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:

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✓ LIDO, 2BR/1BA. Very close to beach and St. Armands, $2400/mo. 388-5265.

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


LONGBOAT HARBOR - 2BR/2BA, canal view, $3500/mo.


FAIRWAY BAY- 2BR/2BA townhouse, $5000/mo.

“85% Repeat Guests”

SANDS POINT - 2BR/2BA, $3500/mo. SEAGATE - 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, $4000/mo. TIFFANY PLAZA - 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, $3500/mo.


SEAPLACE - 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, $4200/mo.

ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE - 3BR/2BA w/pool. $3000/mo.

BEACH COTTAGE, Lido Key. 3BR/2BA, Walk to beach and St. Armands Circle. Seasonal/Monthly. 955-0110.

N. BLVD. OF THE PRESIDENTS 2BR/2BA, Bay view, $4000/MO.

BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 2BR/2BA, furnished. Gulf across street. Available November 1st. through March 31st. 941-387-1001.

LIDO SHORES - 3BR/2BA pool house w/direct open bay views, $6000/mo.

$4400/mo. By Owner: (801)292-4182

4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228

BAY HARBOUR - 2BR/2BA, bay view.

ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101.

“Right on the beach!” Recently renovated. Entire year available. Non-smokers

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

BEACH HARBOUR CLUB - 2 units, 2BR/2BA, garden, $3000/mo. 3BR/2BA penthouse, Gulf views, $5000/mo.

JUNGLE QUEEN WAY - 3BR/2BA canal home. Weekly/$875. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - 3BR/2.5BA canal home w/pool, $7000/mo. and 3BR/2BA canal home. Annual $1650/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

DESIGNER CANAL home, 2BR/2BA, w/pool and boat dock. Tranquil setting, close to beach. Jan.-April, $4500/mo. Small pets okay. 941-383-2902.

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LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA, partial Gulf view. Available January 2004, April 2004 through June 2004. August through Dec. 2004. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. 24/hour security. Non-smokers. By owner. Month-tomonth rentals avail. 813-837-9901.

LBK CANAL home. Walk to private beach access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. $3500/mo. Winter. 407-847-9974.

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SEA PINES - 2BR/2BA, 1st floor, Gulf views, $3500/mo.

Inside Gates of Longboat Key Golf Club Olympic pool/tennis 3BR/2BA, 4th floor, corner unit, 3/porches, Gulf view.



BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Very desirable 1st floor larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered parking. No smoking. No pets. 718-227-4582.


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 LBK, BEACHPLACE condo, Gulf view, 2BR/2BA. Jan. 2004 through Dec. 2004. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884.

LAWRENCE HARBOUR - 2BR/2BA, wide bay views, $4500/mo. 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.





Time Share LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $14000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983, 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 LBK, GULF FRONT, 3BR/3BA home wrap around balconies. See the shimmering on private, 100/ft. beach, 70 tropical palms, night time lights of Sarasota, $1,475,000. heated pool, cable TV/internet/fax, Call Tony Andrews of Andrews & W/D, spa quality exercise equipment. Associates. 921-5999. Available May, 2004 $4500/mo. Sept.-Dec., 2004 $5000/mo., Jan.-Aug. 2005 ENJOY SUNSETS on private dock in Cortez $5550/mo., on Intracostal Waterway. Any size boat OK. 941-773-0223, 305-933-3376. 2/BR cottage. Great beach house. Could be easily replaced by a big house. $495,000. CLOSE TO downtown Sarasota: Charming 795-0967. 1BR/1BA, furnished condo, pool, tennis courts. Special for January, February & ☛ ☛ NEW WATERFRONT Community, March, $1100/mo. includes all utilities. Cortez Quay. 3/Lots available w/docks. 923-0555. Re/Max Gulfstream, Paula Jonsson. 730-9888. 3BR/2BA FURNISHED CANALFRONT home. Dogs welcome. Available beginning BOATING COMMUNITY, Coral Shores. April 1, 2004. Monthly only. Private beach Close to Longboat Pass, built 1995, access. See website for photos and rates. 3BR/2BA, pool, 2/boat lifts, $649,900. 761-8516. or call 941-360-0700. PORTOBELLO-JAN., FEB., March, 30/day minimum. Beautiful, furnished 2BR/2BA, W/D, bayside, 1st. floor, easy access to beach. Unit for sale - must keep tidy and allow Realtors to show for reduced rental of $2700/mo. Call 609-490-9779. LONGBOAT KEY, Gulf front condo 2BR/2BA, 2/screened lanais for magnificent sunsets, 2/heated pools, covered parking at the prestigious Westchester Condominium. Available Jan. through April, 2/mo. minimum. 863-646-4444. LBK, FAIRWAY BAY, available 2004. Gated community offering tennis, private beach access, swimming pools, walking paths, exercise room. Newly decorated 2BR/2BA, canal-mangrove views, extended patio, secure garage parking. No smokers/pets. Available March & April, 2004 and ALL next season. Competitive rates. (863)439-1304. 1BR/1BA VILLA, GREENBELT VIEW. PRIVATE CARPORT, TOTALLY FURNISHED. AVAILABLE JAN. 15-FEB. 15 $2700/MO. FEB. 15-MARCH 15, $2700/MO., MARCH 15-APRIL 15, $2000/MO., APRIL 15-MAY 15, $2000/MO. 587-1456

LIDO BEACH. Gulf front, 2BR/2BA, KINGSTON ARMS on St. Armands Circle. beautifully decorated. 6/weeks minimum. Furnished 1BR/1BA. 1/mo. minimum. BEACHFRONT SUITE, Inn on the Beach. Available after January 3, $3900/mo. Annual also possible. Call Agent/Owner, $160-$250 daily, 4th Night Free! 612-823-5005. 941-586-6731. Weekly/monthly discount. 941-364-3477. BRING YOUR boat to this beautifully LBK, SEAPLACE updated 3BR/2BA home in exclusive WINDWARD BAY, 2BR/2BA penthouse, GULFFRONT, 2BR/2BA, neighborhood, on deep water canal w/dock, full bay view and Sarasota skyline. 1/mo. TURNKEY FURNISHED, W/D, POOL, only minutes walk to the beach. Available minimum. Avail. Jan to April. $3200/mo. Call immediately for seasonal or yearly rental. TENNIS. Angelo, 941-362-4143. Call 845-496-3427. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. $3000/MO. ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 C. HITTLE, COLDWELL BANKER 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido 941-349-5911 walk beach/Circle. April, 04. Non-smokers. Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. condo. 388-1404.

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RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCE This magnificent 17th floor “Penthouse” is a Decorator furnished "Beausoleil" residence with 4,965 sq. ft of living area, plus two terraces overlooking the marina and city. The Ritz is renowned for its unique service & unparalleled lifestyle. Enjoy world-class amenities featuring a private elevator, grand foyer, plus membership to Beach Club & Spa. 5,395,000




VIZCAYA The most prestigious community on Longboat Key with stunning Gulf views. This 3BR/2.5BA is a magnificent property offering Mediterranean elegance, private beach, club house, pool, & tennis. $2,850,000 EnPROVENCE Enjoy the evening sunsets on the open terrace overlooking the Gulf. Unique Mediterranean. Exclusive 21 unit residence. Magnificent views in an elegant enclave. Private beach access, club house, pool and tennis. $2,865,000 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 & Tranquil Setting. $845,000 WESTCHESTER Direct Gulf Front with tremendous Vistas and Sunsets. Pristine condition with 2 large bedrooms and 2 lanais. Pools, tennis, clubhouse, manager, and citrus grove. All this on 7 acres of lush landscaping and private beach. Open House Sunday 1-5 Offered at $735,000 BAY PLAZA Fabulous views of Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key, Marina, & Gulf. Twenty-four hour Concierge, valet parking, decorator furnished. $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 PIER 550 ATTENTION BOATERS docking facilities to accommodate boats up to 30 ft - This one bedroom condo is in a Great Location walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and Marina Jacks. Heated pool, wonderful opportunity for investment. $275,000

RITZ 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

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.

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L’AMBIANCE II Prestigious south Longboat community featuring state-of-the-art fitness center, hospitality suite, concierge, private elevators, Olympic sized pool, and game room for your entertainment. Royal Model Gulf, golf, & bay views, 3BR + den, 10ft ceilings, granite, marble, designer furnished. $3,400,000 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

ISLANDER CLUB MARINA BAY 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

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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

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Sarasota’s newest bayfront tower-18 stories, 44 residences. 11th floor masterpiece features many architectural upgrades, finished paint and flooring, ready for occupancy. Spectacular city & unobstructed bay views. Walk to the arts, restaurants. Boat dock available. $2,639,000

Canal front, south exposure, 2BR, almost new, boat dock & beach access. $339,000

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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


WATERFRONT NEW HOME Bamboo & marble floors, granite kitchen, fireplace, 5BR, 2 story family room, music room, pool, spa, boat dock. $2,199,000



- LBK Club Islandside Overlooking pool and beach - custom floor plan, sunrise to sunset, 2 parking spaces. $2,995,000


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INN ON THE BEACH 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.




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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

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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

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Tina Rudek (941)920-0303 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

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

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


ELEGANT PENTHOUSE - Captivating, spacious interior

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

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

WHITNEY BEACH Rarely available 2/2 at Bayside Whitney Beach. Beautiful waterviews of bayou and gulf. Deeded beach access and private boat slip. Offered for $339,000 Teresia Bradford 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

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

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 - NEW LISTING 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



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 and can accommodate 8 comfortably. 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 (NEW LISTING) Immaculate 4BR/4BA multi-level in tropical setting with 17’ soaring ceilings, huge master & private guest suite. Extra feature includes additional lot with brand new deep water boat dock. Only steps to tennis, short stroll to splendid beaches $1,095,000

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