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Romance is alive on LBK Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Longboat Key’s bestselling-romance author, has a new book out, “Master of the Highlands.” The book received a 4 1/2 star pick award (as did her previous books) from Romantic Times. Welfonder sets her romance novels in Scotland.

The toast of Broadway Robert Falls, son of Longboat Key retailer Art Falls, is sure in the news these days. Just last month, Falls was nominated for a Tony award for Best Director of “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” (He didn’t win the prize this year, but he did win the Tony for Best Director of “Death of a Salesman” in 1999.) “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” however, did win for Best Revival of a Play. Richard Johnson of the New York Post’s Page Six column reported Monday that Falls introduced Toni Braxton at her debut in “Aida,” another Broadway play he directed.

Be a good scout ... be prepared The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce held a seminar in June regarding hurricane preparedness for businesses. Many were not able to attend because it was sold out. But there is good news ... the chamber has a “Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Manual For Businesses” that can be obtained at the chamber office, located at 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The supply is limited, so hurry. Also, the seminar was videotaped. To view it, call Gail Loefgren at 387-9519.

Couple renews wedding vows After 65 years of marriage, Orville and Vonda Clayton renewed their marriage vows June 20. Orville is the former “Top Turtle” of Longboat Key’s Turtle Watch. The couple moved off Key and now lives in Westminster in Bradenton.

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One word says it all about this photograph taken by Frank Petralito, of 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive. He titled this week’s winning picture “Storm.” Entries may be submitted in person at the office or mailed to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or emailed in JPEG form (at least 3 x 5 inches) to Lusya Sullivan at lsullivan@longboatobserver.com.

Panel probes privatization BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

Amid concerns about the cost of water research, the Longboat Key Water Advisory Committee cut some studies planned for the summer and decided to procure a list of private companies capable of supplying water to the town. Committee members convened for a special meeting July 22 after learning that Town Manager Bruce St. Denis upped their budget from $25,000 to $75,000 without their prior consent. “How do you see the responsibility of this committee to manage funding?” asked Committee member John Tait. “I think you have the responsibility to make

sure funds are spent appropriately,” St. Denis replied. St. Denis said, if the committee does not have faith and trust in him, perhaps more oversight is needed. “I don’t think faith and trust have anything to do with it,” said Tait. Tait suggested the committee form a list of goals to be obtained throughout the year and the associated costs. Committee member Vince DeLisi said the town already has $750,000 worth of valid information from the failed reclaimed water project. So consultants should become less necessary, because town staff can probably answer the majority of the committee’s questions at this point, DeLisi said.

“I’m in favor of draining our staff to the point where they say, ‘I cannot answer these questions with sufficient detail on my own,’” DeLisi said. Despite protests from St. Denis, the committee decided to discontinue the practice of having consultant Laura Andrews at all meetings. Instead, the committee will make a decision at the end of each meeting as to whether the cost of having Andrews at the next session is warranted. In fact, the committee discussed dismissing Andrews half-way through the meeting, but decided to keep her around for the discussion of private water suppliers. Continuing with the theme of fiscal responsibility, DeLisi said he believes the town should CONTINUED ON PAGE 4A

Orville and Vonda Clayton CONTINUED ON PAGE 2A

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Longboat Key planning staff will be meeting with developers this week to review a new conceptual plan for the vacant parcel in the Buttonwood neighborhood at 3150 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This latest plan calls for a smaller building than previously envisioned for the lot. The 2.25-acre commercial site first became the subject of neighborhood debate in 1999, when it caught the attention of Walgreens as a possible location. Plans were filed for a 13,300square-foot building, but the project did not proceed. Nothing further occurred until January 2003, when the trustee for the property, Frank Menke, brought new plans for a 14,000-square-foot drug-

store to the planning department. But town staff pointed out that only “smallscale” drugstores are permitted by the land’s zoning. Town Planner Monica Daigle said 10,000 square feet is about the biggest a building can be and still qualify as “small scale.” On July 9, Menke and his agents filed new plans for a 10,880-square-foot building. Gone are any references to Walgreens. And the project’s engineer, Clifford H. Laubstein, refused to characterize the development as a drug store, calling it instead a “retail building.” But the traffic analysis submitted for the project is based specifically on a drugstore with a drive-through window. Plans show a single-story building with roof

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Developers filed these plans for a retail building on a vacant lot in the Buttonwood neighborhood.


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Tiger isn’t the only winner in the family. Jazzie, formally known as Gulf-Aire Miracle Child, is one year old this month. Earlier in the month Jazzie took Best of Opposite Sex in the Greater Venice Florida Dog Show.

our TOWN Need an extreme makeover? We know you’ve watched “Extreme Makeover” on ABC. It’s okay, you can admit it. It’s hard to resist seeing people participate in plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, diet and exercise that results in a totally changed and beautiful person. Well now “Extreme Makeover” is coming to you. Dr. Jill Morris, cosmetic dentist, Dr. J. David Holcomb, facial plastic surgeon, Body & Spirit Spa and Gold’s Gym of Sarasota will create a totally new you for “Sarasota Extreme Makeover” on Thursday, Aug. 14 at Christopher’s at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort — all to benefit SPARCC — Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. But first you must be nominated. The Morning Crew at Oldies 108 is accepting nominations for one deserving person, who is always there for family, friends, work or the community, to receive the “Sarasota Extreme Makeover” through July 31. To submit your nominee mail his or her name, picture and the reasons for the nomination to The Morning Crew, 1779 Independence Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234 or email it to themorningcrew@comcast.net. Dr. Morris and Dr. Holcomb will select five finalists to appear at “Sarasota Extreme Makeover.” Guests will be able to cast their vote as they treat their taste buds to Christopher’s fine dining and receive a “goodie bag” valued at $300. “Sarasota Extreme Makeover” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Christopher’s at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort. Admission is $10 at the door. Seating is limited. RSVP to SPARCC, 365-0208. Chairing this event is Lynn McDonald of Bird Key, who is publishing a book “Ladies ... If Your Horse is Dead, Dismount!” McDonald will host a book signing the same evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sarasota News and Books, with the profits benefiting local women’s charities.

Go wild at Euphemia Haye! Euphemia Haye has its customers going wild ... over Alaskan wild salmon, anyway. Salmon devotees will be happy to know that wild salmon (not the farmed version of salmon) have returned to Alaska’s cold waters and now to Longboat Key. Kate Arpke, public relations manager for the restaurant, said the taste is extraordinary.

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Tiger Whatmough is a champion terrier. (Please see story below.)

The Longboat Observer/Black Tie, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club are hosting the third annual Save the Year breakfast this Thursday, July 24. The 2003-2004 Social Calendar is presented at the event. This year’s datebook includes more than 250 social events, photographs and organizational information. A scrumptious continental breakfast, prepared by Michael’s On East, is served at 8 a.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue. And it’s all free, but you must RSVP today to Sally Schule at 364-5386. —Compiled by staff

Champions in the family The Airedale members of the Jeremy and Myrna Whatmough family are doing very well in the show ring. On July 3, TNC’s Tigerdale, who answers to Tiger at the Whatmough household, became a champion at the Tampa Bay All Terrier specialty show. In an outstanding feat, Tiger finished his championship in three weekends and one day. Just three days later he turned two years old. With Tiger in the photo are Judge Dr. HG. Scott Kellogg and handler David Johnson.

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Committee conceptualizes center BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee crafted a conceptual framework for what should be included in a new town facility. Working from a list of possibilities provided by committee member Andrea Frank at the July 17 meeting, the committee adopted some components, nixed some options and put other desires on a “wish list.” A gymnasium tops the committee’s list of necessary components for a community center. The gym is described as a large, multi-purpose room with wood floors and high ceilings. There would be mirrors, which could be hidden behind sliding covers and enough space to seat between 400 and 500 people. Possible uses for the gym listed include large exercise classes, large bridge groups, summer camp activities and town meetings. Next on the list is an auditorium/lounge. This would be an “acoustically friendly” space with carpeting, a storage area and seats for up to 300 people. The secondary room could be used for performances, for passive exercise classes such as yoga, as a senior lounge and for bridge lessons. Committee member Ralph Hunter said if the facility is built in Bayfront Park, the committee should be prepared to sacrifice the ball field and tennis courts if need be, to allow for the optimum configuration. For example, Hunter said he is envisioning waterfront performances similar to the Boston Pops. “I mean, let’s think silly,” Hunter said. The auditorium should have windows to take advantage of the view at Bayfront Park, suggested committee member Walter Hackett. Hunter mentioned a big screen for showing movies. But windows would not work well in a room for performances, noted Chairman James L. Brown, due to lighting concerns. The committee decided a kitchen will be another key component of the facility. The room would be “caterer-friendly,” with a warming oven, large cold storage and several microwaves. Hunter wondered aloud where the food will be served. Brown said the rooms of the community center could be utilized as eating areas as needed. An exercise equipment room is next on the list of ingredients for the community facility. The room would include treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair-masters, weight machines and free weights. Brown said it might be possible to find an outside party who is willing to take responsibil-

ity for running the exercise room. The committee decided the community center should also include up to six separate rooms for meetings, classes and assorted activities. The rooms would be varied in size and one could be set aside for computers and another as a tiled arts and crafts room. Hunter asked whether there should be a music room, with accommodations for, say, tuba storage, “for those who like to blow their brains into a horn, or whatever.” Frank said musicians would probably take their instruments home to practice. When Hunter mentioned the possibility of a woodworking shop, Frank said the facility should not be competing with the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

Committee member Corrine Silver Ragheb said if the Arts Center can offer an exercise class (yoga), then the community center should be able to offer arts classes. Frank said the Arts Center relies on revenues generated by arts classes. The new community center would have an unfair advantage because it will be subsidized by taxpayers, she explained. Vice Chair Beverly Shapiro said if the community center offers art classes, they would pay for themselves. “It’s a business,” said Hackett, adding that the activities should provide income or at least break even. “It would be a good thing, but I don’t see it happening,” said Frank. The committee moved on to a debate about

“I mean, let’s think silly,” — Ralph Hunter

... Location, location, location BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee split down the middle July 17, during a vote on whether Bayfront Park is the best location for the new facility. “If we want to get to the meat of this, we have to pick the site,” said Committee member Corrine Silver Ragheb. Ragheb said she has the sense the committee is “beating around the bush” and she does not want to spend lots of money generating reams of paperwork with nothing to show for it. “I don’t want to us to go down the road of the water committee,” Ragheb said. Committee member Ralph Hunter moved that the committee adopt Bayfront Park as the location for the community center. Ragheb seconded the motion. Committee member Andy Frank asked whether Bayfront Park and Joan M. Durante Park are the only possible town-owned locations. Hunter said he assumes that is true. Chairman James L. Brown said the only other site he has heard mentioned is Vladimir Einsiman’s private property on Bay Isles Road. Ragheb said the Einisman property is costly and does not offer a view of the bay. Public Works Director Juan Florensa suggested the committee may not want to choose a site until more is known about how big the building will be.

“You may not want to tie yourself to one particular site,” Florensa said. Frank agreed: “I really don’t want to lock myself into a site.” Brown said there are a number of good reasons for choosing Bayfront Park, such as its central location on the island, its views of the bay and the fact that the town already owns it. But a con is that it is currently home to numerous facilities, he said, “It’s already 10 pounds in a 5-pound bag.” Committee member Beverly Shapiro said she favors Bayfront Park as the site, but that more land may be needed to accommodate the community center. She suggested amending Hunter’s motion to recommend the procurement of additional land, either to the north or south of Bayfront Park. Frank said she is not comfortable voting on that without knowing whether any of the neighboring properties are available. “What’s the rush?” asked Frank. “The properties may be sold, that’s why,” said Shapiro. Florensa warned that if the committee makes it known that the properties next to Bayfront Park are desired, the prices could go up. Hackett suggested the town put “feelers” out to the property owners in the area. Florensa said town staff would do so. A vote resulted in a 3-3 tie. The committee will conduct field trips to other community centers during the next two weekly meetings. ❑

what historical spaces should be included in the new facility. The committee started by considering whether the building should provide a spot for a Longboat Key Historical Society museum. “I know it would be nice to have something like this,” said Brown. “I don’t know if we can afford it.” Brown asked whether any private donors are willing to help out. Hunter, who is president of the Historical Society, said he has been looking for a donor to provide a home for the historical maps, photos and periodicals for 20 years. Brown said the items could be used to decorate the new facility. Frank suggested it is appropriate to have Longboat Key historical memorabilia in a Longboat Key community center. The committee chose to put a space for the Historical Society on the “wish list.” The committee also debated whether it would be fitting to recreate the office of local war hero and activist General Jim Edmundson somewhere in the community center. “We cannot be all things to all people,” said Brown. Frank said she does not think a room devoted to Edmundson belongs in the community center, whereas Ragheb favored the idea. Hackett said a wall could be set aside for displays honoring notable citizens. The committee voted 4-2 against a room for Edmundson. Accommodations for the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce made the committee’s “wish-list,” based on the assumption the chamber might be interested in relocating. The committee discussed replacing the two hard courts at Bayfront Park with soft courts, if replacement is necessary. And committee members learned about the principle of “potty parity” from Brown. He explained that modern facilities require more female restrooms than male restrooms, because women tend to take longer. Finally, the group discussed the need for a pool. Hackett warned that the pool will require additional staff. Public Works Director Juan Florensa said the lifeguard the town uses for beach outings at summer camp charges $20 an hour. The committee asked town staff to research the best size and shape for a community pool. The group also decided to conduct two field trips in the coming weeks. After the next meeting, at 9 a.m. Thursday July 24, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, the committee will be taking a trip to tour the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Facilities to the south will be visited the following week. ❑

Bridge Tender Countdown to completion: 38 days Coming attractions (July 28 to Aug. 1) • Work on the road base will continue through July. • Landscaping began with the placement of topsoil in the medians on the east and west sides.

Traffic impacts • The speed limit remains 30 mph for safety.

Dora Walters

The demolition of a bit of Longboat Key’s history is now under way. The Poseidon at 3454 Gulf of Mexico Drive, formerly Shenkel’s, is being razed to make way for four, gated-bayfront homes. Edith Barr Dunn, the owner of Shenkel’s for 35 years, owned the property for 42. She leased the building in 1994 to Vince Guifre and his partners, who renamed Shenkel’s the Poseidon. When Guifre decided to close the Poseidon, the decision was made to sell the property. The sale price was $2 million. Demolition is expected to take about a week.

Gil Waters

This concrete finish work under the Ringling Bridge will hasten completion of the $67 million project.


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Panel CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A not be responsible for paying to explore water technology, as was done with the reclaimed water project. The town should seek a “package” deal, where the town buys the water and the supplier makes everything happen, DeLisi said, “He’s going to wear the belt and the suspenders.” One way to accomplish this would be to find a private company willing to bring water to the island, DeLisi suggested. Chairman Richard Schaefer pointed out that the Tampa desalinization plant is an example of a public/private partnership. “That’s a good way to go,” said Shaefer. There is nothing to lose by exploring the possibility, he added. The committee agreed to have Andrews spend 10 hours compiling a list of capable and certified companies. “If it takes 11 hours, I’ll pay,” St. Denis said. Next, the committee reviewed St.

Denis’ plans for water research over the summer. The committee approved having St. Denis recommend water conservation measures, but told him not to go so far as to spend money on having an attorney draft legal ordinances. The committee decided to nix St. Denis’ plan to create sample plots of grass, which he wanted to use as examples to show how different amounts of watering affect grass growth. DeLisi said the people who are using too much water now are not the type of people to go out and visit such town experiments, so the project is not worth one penny. As for the retrofitting of two condos and Schaefer’s home to make them water efficient and study the impact, the committee decided to move forward with the program, as long as it does not exceed $5,000. One of the largest projects — a review of the well water quality on Longboat Key — also got turned down by the committee. St. Denis said the data could be compared to samples taken in 2001 to establish whether the island does indeed have

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peaks that top out at 27 feet. The building depicted has a tile roof, a stucco finish and a stone façade wrapped around the bottom. The architecture is similar to a typical Walgreens building. At this point, the plans are not finalized. The developers are pursuing a public hearing in September before the Planning and Zoning Board. The hearing is required, because the developers are seeking some “departures” from town rules via a process called an outlined development plan. Daigle said she is still awaiting a full explanation of what departures the developer seeks. Laubstein declined to comment on the matter. But one requested departure is mentioned in a letter from Laubstein to the town. He mentions a desire to have the build-

a problem. But when St. Denis mentioned the $20,000 price tag, DeLisi immediately said, “No.” DeLisi said he knows from his chemistry training that there are too many variables to ensure the accuracy of such a test. St. Denis made it clear to the committee members he would go over their heads and ask the Town Commission to fund the study, because he believes the data is necessary. DeLisi said the commissioners should be made aware that the water committee is against the idea. Finally, the committee discussed the plan to test large water users for leaks. Schaefer suggested limiting this project’s budget to $2,000. St. Denis said town staff would perform the tests, so the money would not come out of the committee’s budget. Committee member William Roth said while it is important to monitor spending, he does not think the Town Commission expects a $50,000 water solution. The end result could cost millions of dollars, so the committee should not focus too much on a few thousand dollars, he suggested. ❑

ing situated 20 feet from Gulf of Mexico Drive, which is 25 feet closer to the road than is allowed by the rules. “This would approximately align our building with our neighbor, Buttonwood Plaza,” Laubstein wrote. Having the store closer to the road and sidewalk is in keeping with the principles of new urbanism, Laubstein contended, and would promote user-friendliness and pedestrian safety. Laubstein also made a point of noting that the building could be 40% larger and still meet town requirements. Such tradeoffs are common in the outlined development process. If the Planning and Zoning Board approves of the general parameters of the development in September, the plan will go on to the Town Commission for consideration. The planning board would review detailed plans later, if the concept is approved. Laubstein expressed a desire to begin construction by Jan. 5, 2004 and complete the project by April 2004. ❑

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

9:56 p.m. — 1100 block GMD. Suspicious vehicle. Subject reported car parked in private parking lot without permission. 11:37 p.m. — 3100 block GMD. Domestic violence. Police saw truck veer off road and then skid to a stop in the middle of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The passenger door opened and a woman fell out. The driver parked nearby and ran off to the beach. Woman told police driver was her boyfriend and they were arguing, but he did not push her out of the truck or harm her.

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Cops’ Corner 11:30 a.m. — 600 block Emerald Harbor Drive. Boat violation. Police noticed vessel sunk and listing. Owner said it would be fixed at low tide. 1:05 p.m. — 100 block North Shore Road. Dog nuisance. Subject warned for having dog on beach. 6:22 p.m. — 600 block Longboat Club Road. Boat. Officer swam out and retrieved a 14-foot boat that was adrift upside down with the mast broken. Police found cooler tied to mast with beer still in it, but no people.

July 1 1:48 a.m. — 2400 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Code enforcement. Watering violation. Warned. 8:04 a.m. — 800 block Broadway. Boat. Police noticed sunken boat tied to floating boat and left message about the situation at the owner’s home. 12:08 p.m. — 500 block Russell Street. Property lost. Subject is missing trailer with irrigation equipment and tools. 1:28 p.m. — GMD at Binnacle Point Drive. Traffic accident. Driver ran into line of stopped cars, causing the cars to collide and $8,500 worth of damage. 8:33 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Property lost. Subject is missing sunglasses. 8:42 p.m. — 6300 block GMD. Code enforcement. Watering violation. No one around to warn.

2:24 a.m. — 700 block Gulfbay Road. Suspicious circumstance. Subject heard loud knocking on her front door and wasn’t expecting anyone so she called police, who could not find anyone. 8:18 a.m. — 4400 block GMD. Code enforcement. Watering violation. Warned. 9:02 a.m. — 2000 block GMD. Public service. Juvenile pool attendant complained that she is the subject of resident’s unwelcome sexual comments. Condo manager had already written letter to the resident regarding the issue. Police spoke to the 77-year old man, who said he was joking and it will not happen again. 8 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Public service. Police were called in to deal with man who is no longer wanted at store, because he often asks other patrons for a ride home. Police gave him a ride.

July 3 9:43 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Fraud. Woman cashed forged check held together by Scotch tape and got $346. Later, she cashed a false check purportedly from Poseidon Restaurant for $212. 2:01 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Fraud. Clerk became suspicious of check man tried to cash, because it appeared similar to two false checks cashed previously by woman. Clerk stalled man and called cops. Police found the man walking away from the store and saw him toss a wallet into a water hole

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located on the golf course. Police found a check stub matching the false check in the man’s pocket. Arrested. 6:43 p.m. — 4500 block GMD. Bicycle violation. Police officer saw group of about 50 bicyclists riding in road and blocking traffic. Officer drove alongside the group and told them to stay in bike lane. “End of story, I thought,” officer wrote. But officer later caught up to the same group, who had returned to riding four-abreast. Officer pulled some bicyclists over and warned them again.

July 4 5:34 p.m. — 6000 block GMD. Public service. Police made sure group of drunk boaters took cab home from marina after returning their rental boat.

July 5 1:35 a.m. — 2800 block Harbourside Drive.

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Only on Longboat Jacuzzi near-drowning 0 Lost and found people 2 Code violations 58 Personality conflict 51 Nipple Pinching 0 Picture window shows 2 Elvis sightings 0 Explicit Speedos 2 Anthrax anxieties 0 Realtor rage 1 Cutter Lane crises 4 Classmate clobbering 0 Lewd love letters 1 Flashers 2 Lost causes on St. Judes 5 Statistics represent the reports published in Cops’ Corner year-todate. They are not the official number of calls handled by the police.

Public service. Juvenile girl argued with her 24year old boyfriend and he dropped her at a marina. She called police because she didn’t know where she was or how to get home from there. Police gave her a ride to meet her mom. 12:20 p.m. — 7100 block Joy Street. Public service. Subject is upset because she called police when kids threw firecrackers at her stairs, but officers did not talk to her upon responding to the scene. So an officer went over and took subject’s statement. Officer noted that it was hot in the home, and she was forced to wipe her brow. Officer said this prompted subject to accuse officer of rolling her eyes. 2:55 p.m. — 400 block Firehouse Court. Property lost. Subject left purse in bar to go out and watch fireworks. When she returned, it was gone. 3:53 p.m. — 3400 block GMD. Boat violation. Police cited subjects for being in raft without personal floatation devices. ❑



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Sound Off WHAT FACILITIES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR COMMUNITY CENTER? The Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee wants to hear from Longboat Key residents. Last week, the committee members developed a tentative list of 11 components and descriptions of them to go into a new community center. Check off whether you think the item should or should not be included and fax your response to The Longboat Observer.

Advisory Committee List • Gymnasium

Yes

No

Large multipurpose room; wood floors; high ceiling; mirrors (with sliding covers); space to seat 400-500 theater-style. Possible uses: large active exercise classes (aerobics, step); large bridge groups; summer camp activities; town meetings.

• Auditorium/Lounge

Carpeted floors; acoustically friendly; permanent stage/storage area; space to seat 200-300 theater style. Possible uses: passive exercise classes (i.e. yoga, Pilates); senior lounge; little theater; bridge lessons; performances.

• Kitchen

Warming/re-heating capabilities; caterer-friendly; large cold storage; several microwaves; oven/range. Possible uses: catered parties/meetings; summer camp lunch.

• Exercise equipment room

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Treadmills; stationary bicycles; Stairmasters; weight machines; free weights.

• 4-6 Meeting/Activity rooms

Possibly varied sizes; at least one tiled for arts and crafts; one with computers. Possible uses: classes, meetings.

• Administrative office • Restrooms, storage • Tennis courts • Ball field • Lap/Exercise pool • Parking

Not on the Committee’s List • Chamber of Commerce offices • Historical Society Museum • Re-creation of Gen. James Edmundson’s den • Longboat Library

Comments:

Cut out your answers and fax them to The Longboat Observer 383-7193. Or send us your comments via e-mail (letters@longboatobserver.com) or regular mail (Box 8100, Longboat Key 34228).

Our View

The ‘people’s campus’? When you peruse the list in the accompanying box, perhaps you’ll think what we thought: Boy, did we ever blow it when we spent all that money remodeling and updating the Longboat Key Town Hall. You can’t help but notice whenever you walk into the new Town Hall the expansiveness of the foyer and reception area for town employees. What a grand cost of space. And then, when you walk into the Commission Chambers and view the handsomely constructed dais, highbacked commission chairs and the nifty audio-visual station, complete with a Big Screen, you chuckle at your government having such nice accommodations. And yet here we are trying to decide what should and shouldn’t be included in a new community center. Duh? Why weren’t some of these community wishes provided in Town Hall? Surely that Commission Chambers, foyer and outer office area could have been configured in a theater style auditorium. Couldn’t we have found room for classroom and meeting space. Is it too late? No one at Town Hall is likely to consider those ideas. Yet it’s worth a serious thought or two to consider making the town’s property more of a “people’s campus” and less of a government compound. Instead we’ll proceed down the path of our Community

Center Advisory Committee of compiling a list for which money appears to be no object. As we look at the accompanying dream list, about the only thing we’d leave off the committee list would be the tennis courts. We need more of those like we need more summer humidity. Then there’s the non-list list — chamber offices, historical museum, the late Gen. James Edmundson’s office and the library. All of these make sense if the north side of Bay Isles Road were truly mapped out as a town center. But it’s pretty clear the majority of the community center advisory committee is non-plussed toward establishing a home for Longboat history and one of its more distinguished citizens. That’s OK. As much as a historical museum (with a small space set aside for Edmundson’s memorabilia) seems to be an important piece of a community, we’d rather the historical museum not fall under the reign of the town government. It should remain a private venture. As for the location, the advisory committee was reluctant last week to make a commitment. But the choice is obvious: Bayfront Park and Recreation Center. If we are to have a new community center (if any town building needs replacing, it’s the Rec Center!), we should configure it on town property at Bayfront Park. Keep the ball field but tear down the hard-surface tennis courts. The real question is how much are Longboat taxpayers willing to add to the town budget in perpetuity.

Telemarketing

‘Do not call’ is a political sham The national do-not-call registry is a case study in the mythology that government can improve our lives in ways that the free market cannot. For years, pressure has been building against “telemarketing” — a term most people apply to any phone call from someone you do not know who is trying to get something out of you. They may want your vote. They may want you to answer a polling question. They may want you to donate to support homeless female veterans with learning disabilities. They may want you to change your long-distance service or buy insurance from your credit card issuer. Also, they may want to sell you a vacation package. Here’s the rub of the new legislation: The new government service only applies to the vacation sort of phone call. All the others are exempt. Non-profits can call. Politicians can call. Long-distance carriers can call. So can any company you currently do business with. I don’t know about you, but that pretty much sums up all the “telemarketing” calls I get. But Washington doesn’t define any of these as telemarketing. The list of approved and unapproved calls is not arbitrary. Government is always prepared to nail the merchant class and Lew make it the victim of regulation. But it keeps its paws off really large busiROCKWELL nesses you are already doing business with (credit cards), and especially leaves the top two political parties alone to pester you. As for the merchants it permits, you will notice the bias in the game. If you have done business with the company in the last 18 months, it can call you all it wants. This subsidizes established businesses at the expense of start-ups. One can see, then, why large companies would favor this legislation, if only to reduce the number of competitive solicitors. Note too that the companies to which the list applies must actually shell out money to buy it! What’s in it for the state? Aside from the revenue from list rental, with this service, government can claim that it is doing something to assure that you have a quiet dinner hour even as it permits the kind of phone calls most important to the political class and its connected interest. As usual, government isn’t serving us; it is serving itself. Precisely the kind of calls Washington is forbidding are the kind that the market tends to weed out. The reputation of the caller is injured, sales fall flat and economic pressures cause merchandisers to try some other tactic. In this sense, it is no

different from any other kind of annoying advertising. It works for a while but eventually fades away, or technologies come about that block it. Why would a company want to waste its resources calling people who don’t want to be called? The more sophisticated direct marketing technology becomes the more it will distinguish between those who hang up and those who do not. The market is working to weed these phone calls in other ways. The $40 Telezapper hunts down computer-generated calls and zaps them with a beep. Caller ID tells you who precisely is calling. A private do-not-call list is available through the Direct Marketing Association, and anyone can sign up. Other consumers are just getting smart and realizing that you don’t have to answer every phone call any more than you have to answer every knock at the door. The FTC says that this narrow type of call from an unknown business constitutes 80% of unsolicited phone calls, but I seriously doubt that figure. Regardless, the enthusiasm that has greeted the national registry is only a sign that public support is high for eliminating these calls. What government did was seize on a national trend that was already reflecting itself in the market. Government has formalized it, preparing to take credit for work that the market was accomplishing. In a year or so, it will dawn on everyone that this list does not include the most annoying calls from political parties, pollsters, victim-based charities, police unions, among many others. Will government be blamed? Doubtful. Instead, it will pick out some poor slobs selling condos in Florida and turn them into national scapegoats. Notice that the registration must be updated every five years, to keep government abreast of your phone number (whether listed or not). Also, when you register, you must provide your email address. Am I the only one slightly wary about turning over my email address to the government? Yes, I know they can find it otherwise (that goes for phone numbers too, which you are asked to list on your tax forms). But one wonders whether and in what way the massive amount of email address and phone number data the government is collecting will be used. The official website of donotcall.gov assures us that “your email address will not be provided to telemarketers or the public.” But it says nothing about government agencies. If the government wants to put together a list of numbers, it should consider a do-not-call list that would apply to government itself. The entire nation would surely rise up, flood government servers, and yell: Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You! Lew Rockwell Jr. is president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.


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My view

Forget consultants, investigate R.O. BY GENE JALESKI Guest Writer

Reading The Longboat Observer about all the deliberation about the island’s water problems, I once again see what appears to be a group of people missing the point because they are focusing on the politics surrounding the water issue instead of examining the real challenges. For one thing, the commissioners need to stop listening to high-priced engineering consultants who have never had an inexpensive idea and have been almost 100% wrong for the past two years. Secondly, the town manager needs to withdraw from the process. Time and time again he has demonstrated that his judgment has been clouded by bad advice from the engineering consultants he insists on retaining. Thirdly, the commissioners need to start to actually listen to all the citizens who present some very good ideas and information to the council. Most of it goes totally unheeded unfortunately and has proven to have been a costly shortcoming on several occasions. Here are a few ideas that the commissioners might consider. I have presented these ideas to the commissioners on several occasions to no avail. I have repeatedly told the commissioners that there are several companies that specialize in reverse osmosis water treatment engineering. Several of these companies would be willing to make proposals to construct and maintain a reverse osmosis facil-

ity as a private utility on the island. This is exactly what exists on Sanibel Island and has worked very successfully for more than a decade. The advantages to retaining an engineering concern that is willing to invest in a reverse osmosis (RO) plant are many. For one thing, it is risk free to the taxpayers on the island. The engineering company puts up the money to construct the RO facility. Another advantage is not having to continue to retain the CDM engineering consultants, who will, I fear, find a way to make the project cost a lot more than is necessary. The fiscal model might be almost exactly like the one that has been proven to work on Sanibel Island. The town enters into a long-term agreement with the engineering company to purchase a certain amount of water for a fixed price. Obviously there will have to be provisions for inflation and other well understood cost factors. In my discussions with the engineering firms that would like to bid on creating an RO utility on the island, all have agreed that a dispersed system might be the best way to implement the RO system on the island. The plan might place 10 self-contained RO units at various places on the island. One or more units would use water from the brackish water aquifers beneath the island and return the discharge brine to the saltwater aquifers. This is what happens on Sanibel Island. SWFWMD and EPA have approved several facilities that use this technology. It does not require any unproven technology. No surprises. Contrary to what some high-priced engineering consultants

Letters to

THE EDITOR

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Bring back Lido Casino Dear Editor: In l940, when Sarasota was just getting started — population 11,000 — we had a beautiful, art deco, Lido Beach Casino complex that was built that year, and torn down in l969. In l964, the voters of Sarasota approved a referendum to remodel the casino. The commissioners drug their feet from ’64 to ’69, when they then voted to demolish this beautiful jewel. In l970, the city put up a small, nondescript building that stands to this day. It is in a very rundown condition and is a disgrace to the city, Lido Beach and St. Armands. This deplorable facility is the cornerstone for the 1,300 feet of beautiful, pristine beach, owned by the city. Lately, talk has started among a group of local, lifetime and long-term residents about correcting the past mistake — the bulldozing of the casino. The hope is that we can generate enough interest to build back the Lido Casino to a point. It can’t be just like the old complex, but should resemble it with such things as seahorses, deco-glass block and towers. Our thought is to build a room that will hold some 600 to 1,000 people for a sit-down meeting or a banquet affair. It could have a kitchen facility for warming food that would be catered by one of the many fine caterers in Sarasota. To name a few: Paul Mattison’s, The Columbia, Michael’s On East and Café L’Europe. At this time, some $200 million has been spent, or is being spent, on the five-star Raddison Hotel, the Lido Ritz Spa and Apartments and the luxury Orchid Beach condos. Also, the Holiday Inn and The Hemsley Sandcastle have just been remodeled. All told, the Lido-area hotels will collectively have some 600-plus rooms. The three hotels only have meeting rooms for 200

in each facility. These hotels should more than pay the way for a new Lido Beach Casino. It also would be in harmony with what’s going on in the area, as well as a boon for the St. Armands merchants and Longboat Key. We hope that the city fathers and business people can envision the great potential that this facility can have. Location! Location! Location! With all the building on Longboat Key and with all the quality, high-end, luxury highrises going up downtown, we have to think big and provide first-class, people-gathering places to go with the progress. Looking forward to keeping Sarasota a firstclass community. Bob Angers Sarasota

Views are McCarthy-era Dear Editor: Who wrote the whole-page editorial “The gun to our heads”? The references to communism, socialism, Mao and “gun to head” are from the McCarthy era. Right or wrong, right or left, this is an insult to the intelligence level of Longboat residents. Several of my friends refuse to read The Longboat Observer because of the one-sided, anti-community writings on the editorial page. What a shame. The Longboat Observer is our only town newspaper and communication with the world around us. Instead of acting to unite our small and gifted community to better actions, the newspaper naively and idealistically pursues a negative policy. Do we have a water problem? Is it getting worse? Is this to be a community effort? Will there be droughts in the future? Can’t we learn from experience and the experience of other communities? Will The Longboat Observer pitch in to unite and inform us? We need to hear helpful suggestions and

might say, modern RO units produce no noxious fumes, no poisonous discharges and about as much noise as a neighbor using a vacuum cleaner inside with the windows closed. Each unit is 10by-10-by-40, or about the size of the box on the back of a Publix truck. The units are easily integrated into a community with little or no impact. By adopting a reasonable irrigation plan the additional fresh water produced by an RO facility will not increase the demands on the existing potable water lines. A rational irrigation plan calls for spreading the demand for irrigation water evenly over all seven days of the week instead of the current inefficient practice of watering two days a week. The current plan taxes both the capacity of the water mains and the storage tanks. The result is that we have low water pressure the following days. Lastly, I can see no compelling reason to continue the illogical ideology that taxing people for what they do not get is good for them. In the past this has meant that the wealthiest residents get a financial windfall and the less fortunate landowners pay for nothing year after year. What is wrong with a graduated billing system that rewards water conservation? Once again Sanibel uses a graduated billing system and it works. Because a privately owned RO utility on the island (just like Sanibel) costs the taxpayers nothing to begin with, there is no need for a discussion that somehow paying taxes year after year for nothing is good for you. Gene Jaleski is a Village resident who conducts independant research and monitors the town’s pursuit of water. ❑

opinions from knowledgeable residents. If not through The Longboat Observer, how about through PIC, P.O. Box 8221, Longboat Key, FL 34228. Mort Goodman Longboat Key

Snookered again Dear Editor: After I was “snookered” by your April Fool’s Day bridge picture caption a few month’s ago, your picture editor was deservedly “snookered” by the picture on page 19C in this week’s July 17 issue. I’ve fished with Scott Moore. I like Scott Moore. I know Scott Moore to be an honest guide. I am sure that Scott knows the distinct difference between the look of a swordfish vs. a snook. But, the picture caption of Dick Pelton holding “his first swordfish” is wrong. It is possibly a bold fisherman’s lie. The fish has a very strong resemblance to just another snook; not a swordfish! I think that the long bill of a swordfish belongs on the pinocchio-ish nose of your caption writer. I have no forgiveness in my heart. Erwin S. Edelman Sarasota

Tips from turtle watchers Dear Editor: Longboat Key is enjoying a successful loggerhead turtle nesting season. The turtles are laying their nests in good numbers and we have had (to date 7/17/03) no major storm or tidal surge to wipe out nests as in other years. Also, residents and tourists alike have been very cooperative in helping Turtle Watch personnel in their efforts to monitor the beach for new nests. However, there have been a few problems. Most beachgoers have been willing to pull their chairs up to the sand dunes at the end of the day to avoid a turtle colliding with a chair in her attempts to nest. Some beach visitors do not seem to realize that pulling chairs back to the high tide line is not sufficient. They should be pulled all the way back to the sea oats. With the exceptionally low tides we have been experiencing it may seem that the chairs are far enough back, but when high tide rolls in, the chairs at the tide line may be almost at the edge of the sea, leaving little room for the turtle to crawl up the beach. We try to protect the nests by placing stakes around the area to keep people from inadvertently damaging nests and to provide statistics for the Fish and Wildlife Commission. There have been several instances, especially in front of tourist accommodations, where overzeal-

ous, overhelpful persons have removed stakes from a nest and placed them where they have seen a new crawl. The turtle watch walkers check the beach every morning at daybreak, so marking a new nest is not necessary for any visitor or resident. The licensed volunteers will detect the nest and mark it appropriately. Interference by unlicensed persons is problematic, considered disruptive, and subject to a fine by the state of Florida. Taking a stake from a previously laid nest confuses the location of the old nest. Moving furniture to mark the location of a new nest and footprints through the turtle tracks make the job of the volunteers more difficult. Also, there have been instances of beachgoers trying to help the nesting turtle by getting too close to the turtle or the nest, resulting in the interruption of nesting. The photograph in last week’s Longboat Observer is a prime example of being entirely too close to a sea turtle and should be avoided. The sea turtles are large enough to appreciate in detail from a greater distance. We ask that observers respect the nesting mother and baby hatchlings by keeping their distance. Mother Nature has given them the instinct they need to complete their tasks unaided. One exception would be when hatchlings have been disoriented and are found wandering on the beach — then they should be picked up and put in a bucket with a little wet sand on the bottom and covered with a towel and the turtle patrol called to come and get them for proper dispatch into the sea. As the nesting season is progressing, deep holes dug in the beach can hamper the hatchlings journey to the sea. They should be filled in at the end of the day. The Turtle Watch personnel are licensed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission to patrol the beach. They are well trained for their jobs. They do appreciate information provided by beach goers because, of course, they sometimes make mistakes. Cooperation should be in the form of a phone call. The hot line number is 387-7465 and is available 24 hours a day. Again, we thank all beachgoers, tourists and residents alike, for their interest and cooperation and look forward to a very successful season. Freda Perrotta Longboat Key P.S. The boxed column in Virginia Sander’s Turtle Watch column last week is terrific. Would it be possible to run this someplace in each issue until our season winds down? Thanks.


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THE OAKS Distinctive, wooded estate overlooking the golf course. Over 5,000 sq. ft., soaring ceilings, marble floors, 4BRs, 2 fireplaces & pool with waterfall. $1,299,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #241445 OAKS I An iron-gated brick courtyard introduces enchantment inspired by the lyrical low-country architecture. A treasure in the Oaks, set in a dreamy oasis overlooking the lake. $1,250,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #241388 CHEROKEE PARK This designer perfect, 4BR pool home will captivate you upon entrance. Wood floors, fireplace, & new kitchen with wood cabinets & granite counters. $939,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #241074 THE OAKS II Beautifully situated in a cul-de-sac location. Tasteful upgrades include faux finished walls, double crown molding & special pool with fountain. $839,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #237378 OYSTER BAY Fabulous 3BR West of the Trail executive home with numerous upgrades, high ceilings, gourmet kitchen & large lanai with pool/spa in a private setting. $799,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #228654 IMPRESSIVE HOME IN DESIRABLE HARBOR ACRES Beautiful treed lot with lovely entertaining area around pool. Spacious rooms, great storage, large stone fireplace & full guest suite. $729,000. Denby Smothers, 951-6660 or 807-1129. #238414 GORGEOUS PENTHOUSE boasts the most spectacular views, wonderful Saturnia with marble floors, granite kitchen, 10' ceilings & is turnkey furnished. $695,000. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-2733. #235412 OYSTER BAY Newly renovated & exquisitely detailed, this 4BR light & bright open plan home with morning room, leisure & exercise rooms, & 3-car garage, has a regal setting. $645,546. Diane Gregory, 388-4447 or 504-2993. #236969 DEER CREEK Spacious Rutenberg Bimini IV featuring 4BRs plus office & a beautiful pool & spa backing up to a lake. $499,000. Sue Broughton, 951-6660 or 356-6490. #240170 FULL GULF, BAY AND CITY VIEWS from this 9th floor, 2BR condominium, a neighbor to the Ritz-Carlton. Enjoy the warmth & charm of the sunrise every morning, plus downtown's amenities. $449,000. Carolyn Collins, 951-6660 or 320-0722. #234995 SUNSET & BAY VIEWS from this impeccable 2BR, 1,555 sq. ft. residence with balcony, boat docks, pools, tennis & more. $448,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #241235 CHARMING 1940'S-STYLE HOME located West of the Trail, with gorgeous wood floors, fireplace, built-in bookcases, formal living & dining rooms, screened porch & room for a pool. $395,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #240954 GREEN PASTURES UNDER BEARDED OAKS Secluded horse property west of I-75. Picturesque 3BR home with 6-stall barn. $374,900. Larry and Cheri McLaren, 951-6660 or 360-8400. #241057 BAYFRONT COMPLEX. Spacious, luxurious 3BR with private elevator opening to residence. Greenbelt & partial bay views. Garage parking. $369,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #204209 TURTLE ROCK New 3BR plus den residence with many upgrades. Other home/lot packages available in maintenance-free area. $299,900. Barbara Brady & Kay Barberio, 951-6660 or 921-7872. #234528 BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOME with golf course & lake views. Meticulous 3BR with high ceilings, many upgrades & 2-car garage. $259,500. Pam DeMarie and Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #233043 TAMARON TREAT Four BR home with family room, oversize garage, new roof, and solar heated, caged, fiberglass pool. Great location on a quiet street. $199,500. Pamela & Lynford Wiley, 951-6660 or 925-2153. #237838 RENAISSANCE EFFICIENCY Turnkey furnished, sparkling, white & bright. Perfect for enjoyment of downtown activities. Excellent amenities, security & fitness center. $150,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #217798 CHARMING & WELL-MAINTAINED three BR home with cathedral ceilings, many windows & large, picturesque banyon tree. $139,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #241267 UPDATED CONDOMINIUM IN THE MEADOWS Highly sought after 2BR unit with tiled floors. Enjoy this well planned community with trails, shopping, community center, golf & tennis. $114,900. Pam Sweeney, 951-6660 or 350-4618. #238460 FAIRWAY OAKS CONDOMINIUM Large, remodeled 3BR end unit townhouse features a neutral dream kitchen with all appliances, community pool & tennis courts. $78,000. Phyllis DiBlasi, 388-4447 or 351-1514. #240786

GULF FRONT CUSTOM CONTEMPORARY boasts high ceilings, luxury master suite with fireplace, private beach and wonderful Gulf views on Casey Key. $3,250,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #228089

SILVER OAK ON PALMER RANCH Two-year-old 3BR home with office & bonus game room/den. John Cannon built with over 4,100 sq. ft. overlooking preserve. $998,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #239401

—CASEY KEY— CASEY KEY BEACHFRONT Classic, modern gem on 1+ acre with 200' of beachfront, designed by renowned architect Carl Abbott. Over 6,000 sq. ft. main residence & separate guesthouse. $5,500,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #215560 GORGEOUS BAY VIEWS Exceptional property with the depth to build a compound & deeded private beach access. Plans in permitting process for a 7,000 sq. ft. home. $1,900,000. Dianna and John Allaman, 966-8000 or 416-6100. #237407 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 a myriad of quality features. $1,585,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #230528 BAYFRONT Updated 1BR with foyer entry opening to bright & airy living area. Private setting with wraparound porch, bay views, protected dock & beach easement. $1,299,000. Nancy Moore, 966-8000. #241294

THE OAKS WELL known Chicago decorator/artist has added just the right touch. Every room sparkles with soft restful colors, quality workmanship & traditional detail. $799,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #234809

—SIESTA KEY— SIESTA WATERFRONT - HANSEN BAYOU 4,158 sq. ft. of perfection in new Arthur Rutenberg construction, 3BR plus media/den home. Marble floors, granite countertops, disappearing-edge pool & new dock. $2,750,000. Bitsy Robertson and Steve Spraker, 951-6660 or 377-0098. #238113 NEW CONSTRUCTION - COMPLETION FALL 2003 Three BR Palm Island canal home with large kitchen, den, dock & pool. $889,000. Karen Chandler and Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #240189 WELL-MAINTAINED CANAL FRONT HOME with no bridges to bay. French doors, new carpet, fireplace, fenced-in pool, large lot with room for expansion & beach access. $649,900. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #241612

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Bridge bash A race is being planned for 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Van Wezel to celebrate the dedication of the new Ringling Causeway. There will be both a 5k and a 10k race across the bridge. The entry fee is $15 before Aug. 15 and $20 the day of the race. Awards will be presented to the first six racers to finish in each of several age divisions. The proceeds will benefit the Bari Brooks Teen Center on the Euclid YMCA campus. Entry checks can be mailed to Bridge Run, 1000 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL, 34236. The race will be followed by a boat parade at 10 a.m. and a dedication ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

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sexes, far more males than females will be denied an opportunity to play the sport. How does the Justice Department treat such a claimed disparity? The facts are ignored. Quotas must be met. When they could not afford to fund enough new women’s teams to satisfy the demand, the department just eliminated the men’s teams. Other examples: Brigham Young University abolished its top-10 ranked men’s gymnastic team. Miami University of Ohio cut men’s wrestling, soccer and tennis teams by eradicating 30 wrestlers, 25 soccer players and eight tennis players. Title IX has been responsible, it is estimated, for the termination of 20,000 team athletes. The initial objective of Title IX was to create opportunities, not destroy them. It was enacted to prohibit any gender-based discrimination. Tragically, there are programs today that are being eliminated just because they are for men, according to Mike Moyer, National Wrestling Association. In Florida, the parents of two high school female softball players sued their school, because the boys’ baseball team had superior facilities. And they were right — but only because the parents of the boys’ team donated their time and money to improve the program and spectator stands. The school spent nothing for the improvements. In the federal lawsuit, Judge Anne Conway held that the voluntary arrangement was illegal. To comply with the unseemingly wrong ruling (appeals are expensive), the school was forced to make wholesale changes. The scoreboard, freshly painted, which once read, “Home of the Mustangs,” was painted over to a blank. Unplugged areas of the field were roped off to comply with the decision. In pursuit of equality between the sexes, obviously common sense too often is ignored. Title IX has changed the way sports are played in America. Originally, the law merely banned discrimination based on sex in “any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” But that changed and rethinking is needed. The facts of life should be accepted by the government. It is not discrimination when more men want to become chemists than women and no interference by any administration should be considered to rectify such a fact. “If universities are willing to jettison aspiring male athletes in the name of equality, why not aspiring male physicians?” asks David Gelernter, Yale professor. (Source: Readers Digest, Nov. 2002).

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Kids Korner BY: JAMIE MARCHINI, 9, AND IAN WOOD, 8. We went to the beach and found seashells. We also played in the surf. Then, like every Monday after the beach, we watched a movie. We had a Tennis Clinic with coaches Dave and Kay from the Longboat Key Tennis Center on Tuesday. We improved on hitting the ball over the net, how far we could hit the ball, and serving. We also went to Jungle Gardens in the afternoon. We saw and fed the flamingoes. We also watched a reptile show where we learned about crocodiles and alligators. We had winter in July!We had a “snowball” contest (we made the snowballs out of newspaper). We also drew snow scenes in arts and crafts with chalk and black paper. In the afternoon on Wednesday, we made ice cream with sprinkles and M & M’s. On Thursday we worked on our skits and we played kickball and games. We went to G. T. Bray Community Pool in the afternoon. We jumped off the really, really high dive. We also raced down the slides with our friends. Friday was Luau Day! In the morning we had arts and crafts and we made flowers with pipe cleaners. We also ate pepperoni, cheese and Hawaiian pizza from “Taste of Italy.” Then we hula-hooped, limboed and played hula freeze. ❑

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Growths on dog require needle biopsy Dear Dr. Houk: I have a 6-year-old boxer that has several small growths that have recently appeared. My vet has told me to watch them for an increase in size. I went on the Internet and it said that boxers are more prone to malignant growths than most other breeds. What is your advice as to what I should do next? Mrs. A.

Dear Dr. Houk: I was talking to a friend about my cat. My kitty is about 3 years old and has been limping for about two weeks. I can find nothing wrong, but she does go outside frequently. My friend told me to giver her 1/4 Tylenol two or three times daily, but I’m not sure if this dosage is correct. Could you please advise me? Mrs. C.

Dear Mrs. A.: This is a very good question that certainly needs an answer. Sometimes we know that a growth appears to be benign but sometimes these benign tumors are precancerous and can become malignant. HOUK I always suggest to be absolutely certain to do a needle biopsy or a fine needle aspiration to try to identify the growth. There are many possibilities, including carcinoma, basal cell tumors and mast cell tumors. There also are follicular, subaceous sweat glands, melanoma, etc. I think you now can understand why it is usually best to get a preliminary biopsy and speedy removal. I hope this answers your question and good luck. Dr. Houk.

Dear Mrs. C.: I hope you never have to give Tylenol to your cat, because it is contraindicated. The only NSAID that is safe for cats is aspirin. The combination drugs, aspirin, codeine, and acetaminophecodeine, are used to transition surgical patients but they can only be used in dogs. Corticosteroids also can be used in cats. Postsurgical Fentanyl patches are safe for cats and they do not cause the respiratory depression that sometimes occurs in humans. An oral opioid, butorphanol, can be used in cats and is used extensively but it can cause respiratory depression and decreased GI motility. So, for your question, aspirin is the safest and best for you to use at home. Give a dose of 5 mg

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is necessary to do a myringotomy to see if there is any infection in the middle ear. We always do a culture and sensitivity of the external ear, and if necessary, the middle ear. We commonly take X-rays of the middle ear and drain and flush the middle ear if deemed necessary. The animal is put on systemic medication, appropriate antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and any other appropriate medication until we get a negative culture. This may take as long as six to eight weeks or longer, but it is certainly better than doing surgery to ablate a chronically infected ear canal. Dr. Houk

Dear Mrs. O.: Chronic ear infections can be very difficult to treat and can take a long period of time to completely clear. The ear canal needs to be flushed to expose the tympanic membrane (ear canal) and often it

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The Town Commission is considering applications for appointment to three boards on September 8, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. One position on each of the Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Retirement System Boards of Trustees have terms expiring on September 30, 2003 and one Code Enforcement Board term expiring, May 2006 has been vacated due to a resignation. Citizens interested in serving on one of these boards are required to submit an application to the Town Clerk by September 2, 2003. Applications are available in the Clerk’s Office at Town Hall or on the Town’s web page at www.longboatkey.org/forms/townclerk/applications, for Appointments to Town Boards and Ad Hoc Committees.


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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. 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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Summer Tea Party & Jewelry Trunk Show — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jul 24, at Amy Dodge Aveda Spa and Salon, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Details, 387-0773. The Education Center — is located at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call the office at 383-8811 and leave your away address — that’s where new brochures will be delivered in September. Summer Day Camp — for ages 5 to 12, is held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 8, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Details, 316-1980. ‘Good Morning, LBK!’ — will be held by Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the chamber, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Free. Details, 3879519. Business After Hours — will be held by Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at The Columbia Restaurant, 411 St. Armands Circle. Cost is $5, $10. RSVP, 387-9519. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — meets for lunch at 12:15 p.m. Fridays at Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost for visiting Rotarians and guests is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile — from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays it will be at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road. Business Network International — a new networking meeting is held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 3835543. Suncoast Business Exchange — meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the

Holiday Inn Lido Beach SandDollar Restaurant. Details, 3789423.

Snorkel in the Gulf — near New Pass, at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Cost of American Littoral Society members is $4 and $7 for nonmembers. Peggy, 355-2291. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Learn what goes on behind the scenes at 11 a.m. daily. “Saturday at the Sanctuary — Digging Into Sarasota’s Past” will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 26. 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. Basic Safe Boating Course — will be held by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 82, at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Mote Marine. RSVP, 378-5620.

Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Benefit — will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Sandspur Grill, 5252 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Carol Inello, 388-4444. Shabbat Services — will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Temple Sinai, 1802 Kenilworth St., Sarasota. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the Friday service. Details, 924-1802. Southwest Florida Home Show — will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Robarts Arena. Admission is $1. Dave LaBell, 9575433. Summer Sunset Stroll — will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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AARP Driver Safety — a two-day program will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 24 and 25, at Island Branch Library. Register, 776-1158.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Classes — are held at the Gardens. “Proper Pruning — Fruit Trees,” 11 a.m. to noon Friday, July 25; $20, $25. “Choosing the Right Orchid,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26; $40, $50. Pre-register with Marty Rein, 366-5731, Ext. 239. Storytime in the Tree Lab — will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Geared for ages 3 to 6. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 11, and free for members and children 5 and younger. Details, 366-5731, Ext. 237. ❑

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Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Peli-Boat Tours — tours are held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 to $22. Tours depart from the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. RSVP, 3884444. Frog Creek Kayak Trip — Explore the estuary in Northern Manatee County Saturday, July 26. Cost is a donation of $5 for conservation. It is sponsored by the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club. RSVP by July 24 wit Ed, 747-7060, or with Peter, 7298006. American Littoral Society Outings — Snorkel at 9 a.m. Monday, July 28, in the Gulf at Point of Rocks; $4, $7. Peggy, 355-2291. A kayak trip will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 3

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Obituaries

From the pulpit

Norma Berns

Treasures come in the darkness Several years ago, a ski resort in Thredbo, Australia was covered by an avalanche in the middle of the night. It was like the sound of an explosion and the lodge was buried in 30 feet of wet snow, mud and concrete. Stuart Diver was among the 20 people buried; he was the only survivor. He and his wife of two years ended up being entombed in a 4-by-8-foot space, concrete slabs beneath him and above him, the water intermittently rushing in. He had just enough space to lift his head so that he could breathe. Unfortunately, his wife lying beside him, pinned beneath a mattress, was not so fortunate, and in the 5 to 10 hours that followed the avalanche, she died. Diver survived for some 60 hours in that little cement crypt. Ultimately, he heard the sounds of workmen 30 feet above, and eventually they heard faint cries coming from below. Sometime later they were able to drill a hole through the concrete and earth and extend a microphone and a camera down through the rubble to encourage him. He was totally dehydrated, his toes were frostbitten, he was unable to sleep for 60 hours, and yet, miraculously, they were able to pull him out and he survived. During the interview immediately following his release, Diver said this: “I learned more about myself in those 60 hours underground than I have in the 30 years of my life.” It’s simply an axiom of human life and human suffering that when we’re forced into our own abyss, our own watery tombs, our own darkness, whatever it might look like, we have the opportunity to find something out about ourselves and about God and about life in ways we would have at no other time. For Diver, there were critical moments for him during the 60 hours underground in which he was forced to choose a particular response. He could have chosen to capitulate to the fear and the panic and the desperation, or to somehow regroup mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He said that while he was underground, he would allow his mind to take him to beautiful places he had seen and been in his life. He traveled around the world in his mind, which was one of the

Norma Berns, 73, of Longboat Key, died July 17. She was born in Boston and raised in Haverhill, Mass. She came to Longboat Key in 1977 from Newton Center, Mass. She received a bachelor’s degree from Wheelock College in Brookline, Mass., and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Florida. In Massachusetts, she taught school and was active in community activities and local charities. She was vice president of the local American Jewish Congress. In Florida she was the Welcome Wagon hostess for the barrier islands. She worked at Storefront Center as a counselor for alcohol and drug rehabilitation. She was a member of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Art Center of Sarasota and the Longboat Key Club. She was a member of Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key. Her survivors include her husband of 50 years, Robert; daughters and their husbands, Alison and David Simon of Old Westbury, N.Y., Betsy and Walter Stark of Atlanta; sons and their wives, Bruce and Marcia of Edenton, N.C., and Louis and Pauline of San Jose, Calif., grandchildren, Emily, Debra, Ashley Stern and Jordan Berns; and brothers Buddy Hartman and Howard Glazer of Haverhill, Mass. There was a memorial service held Monday, July 21, at Temple Beth Israel, Longboat Key. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

little devices he used to survive. The fact is that we often can’t control our circumstances. We can’t control what will happen to us or where life will take us, but we can choose our response to the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Nothing or no one can take this power of choice from us. I like to think about taking those experiences in my life which have been the most challenging or painful or difficult or demanding and see them as a kind of a mineshaft through which I have to enter. I have to descend into that shaft and I have to “mine” those experiences. I have to somehow sift through and work through and sort through them and glean that truth which I know is there for me, and which I know can make me the stronger, fuller, more complete person. Alexander Solzhenitsyn talked about what he called “the rule of the final inch.” This man who spent many years in a Russian gulag, who so magnificently articulates the struggle of the human soul in the midst of suffering, said, “It’s in these final hours and moments of any difficult experience in which we really find the true meaning of human experience, the true worth of the human soul, if we can continue and persevere in these final seconds and walk down those final inches.” If we’re willing to venture deeply and tenaciously into the darkness of our most challenging experiences and extract the truth and meaning that is there for us, we may find a wealth of insight and truth that is nowhere else to be found. The writer of the Book of Isaiah said, “I will give you treasures in the darkness and riches in secret places.” Any human being who has survived and conquered his or her own “dark night of the soul” will bear witness to this truth. Whatever your particular grief or struggle, you need to know that you will not always be defined by your darkness and your difficulty. The promise of God is that we are not alone and that fear and despair need not be the last word. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is the senior minister at Longboat Island Chapel. ❑

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Roy Zwickel Roy Zwickel of Longboat Key died July 3. He was born Dec. 27, 1916, in New York City. He started his professional business career with a Lincoln Mercury agency in Catskill, N.Y., and quickly expanded to several agencies in New York. He later built two independent motels, including the Milroy Motel in Catskill, and Roylton Motel in Hudson, N.Y. Subsequently he became a Howard Johnson franchisee, with several establishments in New York and Florida. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Temple Israel in Catskill and Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key. He was an avid collector and seller of antiques. His survivors include his wife, Renee (Aboulafia); a son and his wife, Jon and Diane of Catskill; four grandchildren, Shayne, Collin, Danielle and Gregory; and many cousins, nephews and nieces. His brother, Milton, and his son, Michael, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held July 15 at the Trevor & McCurry Funeral Home, 234 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. Rabbi Daniel Fried officiated. Interment followed at Temple Israel Cemetery in Catskill. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.

Services All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Healing or Morning Prayer will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Downs Spitler, interim rector, will officiate. 383-8161 St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. (nursery available) 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 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m.

Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor of the church. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday Shabbat Service begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday Shabbat Service begins at 10 a.m. A lay member of the congregation will officiate at both services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director. 383-3428. The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sundays (nursery available during the 10-a.m. service). The Rev. Charles Shook will officiate. 383-6491.

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Chances are you’ve heard the story of how a group of plucky Sarasota artists rolled up their sleeves and turned the deteriorating Towles Court neighborhood into an artists’ colony back in 1995. You won’t hear it here again — why go over old ground? This is what’s happening now ... The complex of buildings is sandwiched between U.S. 301 and Links and Adams and Morrill streets in downtown Sarasota. As the term “artists colony” implies, visual artists have pretty much claimed this territory. But they’re benevolent rulers. The first thing you feel is the improbability of the place. It’s all too colorful, all too free. It’s a neighborhood on a human scale surrounded by parking lots, faceless office cubes, an endless river of cars on U.S. 301 and, just across that chrome river, that charming monument to totalitarian architecture, Sarasota’s new courthouse building. You feel like you’ve wandered out of “1984” into the village of the Smurfs. It’s a live-work neighborhood. No alienated artists here. No art-as-commodity divorced from the artists who made it. These artists aren’t just pushing art for the retail trade and hitting the highway for the 5 o’clock drive home. They live here. They’re already home. Go into one of the

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studios, and you’ll see paintings on the wall and, in the next room, an artist creating more. It’s the farmers’ market of the Sarasota art world. It’s not just an artists’ ghetto. Along with folks melding metal and patterning paint, there are other folks teaching yoga, doing graphic design or serving food. Ultimately, what makes the place stand out isn’t the galleries or the artists; the town’s full of them. Towles Court stands out because it’s a scene — not just a place to see art or buy art, but a place to hang out. Most of the area’s other artists’ hangouts have closed down because they made too much noise or couldn’t afford the rent. It’s one of the few left, and the people involved are doing their best to encourage more creative loitering. On the third Friday of every month the various galleries open their doors and hold an artwalk. Early this summer, the place bloomed with scenes from “Ulysses.” Plans are afoot to add scenes of poetry, music and bits of theater. But that story’s yet to be written. If you go there now, here’s a partial sampling of what you’ll find:

Plum Door Gallery • 362-0960 Artist and owner Patricia Gawle specializes in art about architecture, creating scenes of old Florida on canvas and custom ceramic

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Ed Sharpe and friend, one of Towles Court’s hard-working artists. tile. There are other visions of fractured maps and haunting faces by other artists here. All take you to different places.

Kathleen Carrillo Galleries • 362-4871

Other sundry artists on exhibit here include spiritual geometrist Howard L. Cowdrick and the subtly textural Jill Hoffman. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2B

Carrillo has endless energy. You can see it in her work and the way she works. Her prodigous output on display here includes her “Smokin’ ... a jazz series” paintings of emblematic jazz performers from the’40s and ’50s and her current series of fanciful landscapes and cityscapes. Even buildings seem to come alive when she paints them. Look at her paintings long enough, and you’ll come alive too.

The Rilla Gallery • 373-0633 Rilla Fleming (creator of paintings, murals and painted furniture), Janice Paine-Dawes (a fiber artist) and Brenda Fleming (painter in acrylics and oils) find a home for their art and aspirations here.

Rosalie Silver Gallery • 330-9817 This features delicate traceries in watercolor and pen and ink by Rosalie Silver and pastels by Ruth Höök Colby, including her tender “Mother and Child” series.

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Kathleen Carrillo creates new perspectives in her acrylic-on-canvas “St. Paul De Vence.”

This features the art of Katharine Cosenza Butler, a versatile watercolor artist and printmaker. Her work ranges from indoor to outdoor to the water to solid ground. It’s the boundaries of land and sea that seem to draw her — everything from the rugged Maine coast to Florida’s tranquil shoreline to Italy.

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Beverly Fleming Gallery • 3658683 Featuring original work by Beverly Fleming, her daughters, Brenda and Rilla Fleming, and other area artists.

Marge Bennett Art • 955-0050

Giovanni Lunardi's “Alegra” at Rilla Gallery

Katharine Butler’s “Trade Winds” at Katherine Butler Gallery

Offering trips to Marge Bennett’s peaceable kingdoms in watercolors and acrylics.

New World Art • 366-5520 Skip Dyrda’s trompe l’oeil art ranges from custom murals, paintings and prints. The building on the outside is real. Inside, you can’t be too sure.

Gaylord Studio • 952-0678 This features boundary-breaking art and iridescent “foil imaging” by artist and owner Dee Gaylord, sculptures by her son, John Gaylord, and pastels by her daughterin-law, Beth Gaylord. Subversively inventive Ric Miracle is this month’s artist-inresidence.

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The art here is the edible variety — namely continental cuisine.

Named after one of Sarasota’s classic art studios from its heyday as an arts center, the art inside by Jini Mount and Teresa Spinner lives up to its name.

Raymond Studio • 922-1931 Donna Raymond creates expressionist work in pastel.

Inner Visions • 365-8191 Horne’s “Visions of Hope” extends the the power of art to kids who need it.

The Gallery • 346-9727 Not just any gallery, this features striking work in watercolor, acrylics and other media by Marge Helfenbein and others.

Miki Bonni’s “Grounded Angel” promises not to run with scissors at the Beverly Fleming Gallery.

Marge Bennett’s “Florica Jungle” at Marge Bennett Art

Sweets Coffee House • 362-0595 This cooperative art gallery also features java, munchies and ad hoc Thursday night “open mic” poetry readings. What more could you want? According to Carrillo, the acting president of Towles Court’s artists’ association for the summer, the sky’s the limit. “We’ve got the art,” she says. “All we need now is the soundtrack. We’re always open to suggestions from musicians, poets, performers, theater groups. If you’re looking to be heard, we’ve got a perfect outdoor performance space right in the center of everything. Call us, and we’ll figure out a way to make it happen.” For details and directions call 362-0595. ❑

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Landscapes, mindscapes, dreamscapes The artifice of nature through the eyes of 20 artists ‘Landscape’ • Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery through Sept. 15

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It’s a simple, human response. When your eyes see natural beauty you try to capture it. If you’re an artist and your hands are skilled enough, you do — in paint or graphite or photographic emulsion. What could be more natural? But these days, nature herself has become unnatural. As Bill McKibben pointed out in “The End of Nature,” what we call the wilderness only survives because of painstaking human intervention. Nowadays, a primeval forest is as artificial as a golf course. All this tends to make a painting of a primeval forest a tad artificial as well. The scene’s idyllic, but chances are there’s a roaring SUV just outside the frame. But the earth is still the earth and visual artists still try to capture it. Here, there are 20 of them. At first glance, Greg Saunders’ “Untitled” looks like a black-and-white photograph. It’s a beach scene made from powdered graphite on paper. (I’m not sure how he actually applied it. By hand? With an airbrush?) It’s right at the edges of fooling the eye. If he wanted to he surely could’ve, but he’s left enough roughness and spontaneity that you know a human hand was involved. Brady Dollarhide’s vision of two pine trees diagonally slicing the corner of a canvas is fascinating as a formal composition. It’s beautiful to look at, but you can tell it’s the composition that fascinates this artist, not the trees. Alicia Schmidt’s “Monet’s Garden Poplar” resembles a forest-green version of the monolith in “2001.” A Monet-style landscape it’s not; it’s more like a witty commentary on the genre. Heidi Edwards’ “Orange Lake” shows a cool, placid vista in north Florida. It’s a horizontal composition divided into zones of grass, trees and scrub leading back to purple haze and the distant lake. Tall cabbage palms slash across the horizontal forms at random intervals. Behind it all, the sky is a chaos of clouds on the move (you can tell the wind is blowing to the right of the painting) and patches of blue. You can see she has a very free hand, there’s nothing forced or labored here. You can also sense her eye was paying attention to the world in front of her, not the ideas in her head. This was probably painted outdoors, on the spot, from life. Luke Steadman’s “Untitled” is a series of 12 beachscapes arranged in a grid.

No illusions — Trish Thompson’s “Rose Bay Looking West” With the exception of a day-glo lifeguard stand, they’re all done in the same style — a loose, painterly hand showing confident powers of on-the-spot observation. While each panel is pleasant to look at, the sheer repetition subverts the prettiness of each individual image. It’s like Steve Martin doing 12 “a guy walks into a bar” jokes in a row. After awhile you stop thinking about the joke and start thinking about the joke mechanism, what it means, why it works, why a guy, why a bar. Steadman makes you think, why a beach, what’s so pretty about it? His repetition of 12 beach scenes reminds you of all the other beach scenes you’ve seen before. John Beerman’s “Two Busted at Twilight,” just two lonely trees in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere, has a haunted quality to it. You feel, not just the beauty of the scene, but the sense of isolation of actually being in the scene. Leslie Lerner’s acrylic and pastel diptych, “My Life in France: Oceanside: Pink Day,” and its companion, “Blue Day,” has a Japanese quality to it, not so much in the style as the subject matter — nothingness, a preoccupation with empty space and what’s left out. Only the bottom right of each canvas has any substantial image on it at all, just a tiny scrap of sand. The rest is mere colorfield, now pink, now blue. But what little glimpse of beach he shows is enough to evoke a world. Trish Thompson’s oil on canvas, “Rose Bay Looking West,” shows a glimpse of water, spits of land, clouds like smoke. It’s a tawny-looking vista. Everything looks

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Art’s a beach in Luke Steadman’s “Untitled.”

burnt and faded, all muted orange, burnt umbers and dark green fading into blackness. It’s beautiful as a scene, but it’s not just a scene. Look closely and you’ll see she’s marked up the painting with knife scratches and the whorls and dot patterns of various stamps. The markings force you to look at the painting on two levels. You’re not allowed to get lost in the imaginary world inside the make-believe window of the canvas; she forces you to look at the painting as an object, for what it is. It’s an interesting concept, but the patterns themselves aren’t all that interesting. It’s as if she’s defaced the image, as if she couldn’t bear to create something merely representational. On the other hand, I probably wouldn’t have studied her image so long if that’s all she’d done. My mental jury’s still out on this one. I suspect she wanted it that way. Going through this exhibit, you get a sense that the genre of the landscape itself is on trial. The artists here have all wrestled with what painting or drawing scenes of the natural world actually means in our post-modern, post-millennial world. Some attack your conditioned responses to the pretty postcard image; some are defiantly, anachronistically, romantic; some make you think not of the earth out there but the earth inside their heads; some play with form or make jokes. They’ve all wrestled with the contradiction of capturing a natural world that’s not so natural anymore. The other day, I took a photo of Sarasota Bay, a lyrical scene of mangroves and reflected clouds. There was a big ugly truck to the left of the scene. I cropped it out, of course ... But I still know it was there. ❑

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‘Joseph’s Dreamcoat’ is fun, fluffy froth Andrew Lloyd Webber grew up in a family surrounded by fine musicians. His brother, Julian, is a first-rate cellist. His father, William Southcombe Lloyd Webber, was a professor at the Royal College of Music. And his mother, Jean, sang and played the violin. So what, I’ve wondered, happened to Andrew? Why is his music so redundant? So predictable? So simplistic? Round about 1965, Lloyd Webber met Tim Rice and led him into the world of music. Tim had planned on being a lawyer, or a barrister, or whatever it is the British call themselves when they don their wigs. But he shelved his powdered rug and joined the Aardvarks, an early ’60s rock band, instead. Perhaps the two felt they could redeem themselves with Bible study. The result? A pair of inexplicable hits: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (They also collaborated on “Evita,” but while the inspiration for that show was historical it was most certainly not biblical.)

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The lighter side of Middle Eastern chaos Director’s shattered vision captures conflict without cliché.

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Elia Suleiman, the writer, director and star of “Divine Intervention.” vative and enticing. The apparent chaos even helps lend insight into what may be the most important issue facing today’s world — the seemingly hopeless stalemate between Palestine and Israel. In the final scene, the main character and his mother are staring at a steaming pressure cooker on a stove. The mother calmly responds, “That’s enough.” It’s a poignant postscript that sums it all up. Pamela Nadon graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in English, has served as a film analyst in a series of classes and is a member of the American Film Institute. ❑

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea Banyan Theater Company sets sail on a sea of wit and words. BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

The action takes place on an ocean liner in mid-Atlantic. Two playwrights on board have only four days to finish an inchoate mess of a play (which also takes place on an ocean liner) before the ship docks in New York City and the thing is actually performed. Sandor Turai (V Craig Heidenreich) is the smooth-talking brains of the operation. Alex Gal (Jerry Finn), his conTheater ventional-minded partner, is its “Rough Crossing” belly. He spends more time eating Banyan Theater than he does thinking about the play. It’s easy to see why he wouldn’t Company want to think about it. Everyone Reviewed July 18 else on board seems hard at work to sink the venture, though not on purpose. These inadvertent antagonists are: Adam Adam (Rob Houle), a young composer with a psychologically induced speech impediment; Natasha Navratilova (Tessie Hogan), the composer’s Hungarian fiancée, an oversexed diva and the play’s leading lady; Ivor Fish (Matt Bradford Sullivan), a pompous, past-his-prime actor and Navratilova’s former bedmate (former, as in that afternoon); and Dvornichek (Stephen Johnson), a cabin steward who, until that day, has evidently never set foot on a ship in his life. (He thinks port is a kind of wine and refers to smokestacks as “chimneys.”) Things get complicated when ... Never mind. Forget the plot summary. The truth is, things get complicated when Tom Stoppard is the playwright. As to the plot, Stoppard’s really not too interested in it. It’s not even his to begin with. He lifted it from “The Play’s the Thing” by P.G. Wodehouse who, in turn, had lifted it from a 1920s comedy by Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar. Stoppard mocks the purloined plot, and the plots of 1920s and

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Author Dr. Matthew Edlund will be discussing his book, “Body Clock Advantage,” at 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation. The premise behind Edlund’s book is simple: Human beings are cyclical. Having evolved on a planet that rotates, we adapted (like everything else on the planet) to alternating periods of light and dark. Our internal body clocks make us sleepy when it’s dark, alert when it’s light. Thanks to artificial light we think we can ignore all that. The truth is we can’t. Our cycles of alertness are hard-wired genetically. Edlund also points out that this has particular relevance to artists and creative peo-

Opening 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Florida Studio Theatre, this play by Kenneth Lonergan explores the costs and consequences of everyday moral choices. Jeff, the play’s putative hero, likes to avoid conflict, a goal he’s achieved in his job as a security guard working the graveyard shift in a New York City high-rise lobby. Staying out of trouble isn’t always easy, though. Jeff finds it next to impossible after he becomes privy to the secrets and lies of his boss and two of New York City’s finest. Should he be a hero or stay a zero and mind his own business? But the choice is not as black and white as all that ... For tickets or details call 366-9000. ❑

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This group of 25 or so African children from 5 through 12 will perform a wide variety of songs accompanied by African drums and other indigenous instruments, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Church of the Cross in Bradenton. While the concert highlights the needs of destitute and orphaned children on that continent, the mood is defiantly upbeat. Nearly every concert concludes with a standing ovation. Call 756-0060 for more information.

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Women’s Resource Center — “Work by Elaine Bruen.” This exhibit of impressionistic landscapes in oil continues through Sept. 26. 366-1700. The Plum Door Gallery — “Sirens of Summer.” This group show by women artists sings its siren call through Aug. 11. 362-0960. Kaos Gallery — “Passionate by Nature.” Featuring work by Beverly, Brenda and Rilla Fleming through Sept. 15. 747-0823.

This celebration of the link between motion pictures and the non-moving variety usually seen on canvas starts with a preview and cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Saks Fifth Avenue at Southgate Plaza in Sarasota. The live auction at 7 p.m. features 50 creations by area visual artists, each displayed with the artist’s favorite film quote. To participate or find out more, call 544-6557 or 3649514, ext 3.

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Circumnavigate the Circle for Café L’Europe As a restaurant reviewer, I am often asked what my favorite restaurant is. I always have difficulty in answering, because there are so many unique and wonderful restaurants here on the West Coast — from Bradenton, through Anna Maria and Longboat, and into Sarasota. So instead of replying to the question, I ask in return, “What is your favorite restaurant?” Lately, I have been getting the same answer: Café’ L’Europe. Because I have to drive through St. Armands Circle at least twice a day, I sometimes look at it more as a traffic obstacle than a circle of life filled with shops and restaurants, some of which have just recently cropped up along the circumference and some of which have been established for almost 30 years in the same site — such as Café L’Europe. When driving past this St. Armands institution lately, I kept trying to catch a glimpse of what everyone was raving about and became a traffic hazard myself. Finally, I decided to avoid the honking, skip the Circle cycle and pull over to the perimeter point that was calling my name, Café L’Europe. The open wine cellar, hanging plants and bromeliads planted in the Mums champagne coolers give the traditional restaurant a rustic European flair. The bar acts as a division for its two romantic and private dining rooms adorned with featured artwork. (I especially liked the two dance paintings that were poised opposite my table.) The restaurant’s taste in artwork got my approval, so I was anxious to taste if their innovative cuisine would as well. Café L’Europe’s coveted classic French cuisine, combined with a touch of contemporary continental creativity, is not only considered the créme de la créme by its many devoted customers, but the restaurant has been recognized with prestigious awards such as the DiRoNa (Distinguished Restaurants of America) from 1992-2003, and Florida Trend Magazine’s Top 200 Restaurants/Golden Spoon Award annually since 1976. With all the impressive acco-

filet of snapper, which is rolled in cracked pepper, quickly pan seared in pure olive oil, then finished with cognac and wine in a mustard cream sauce. My first companion picked the Curry Painted Sea Bass, which is lightly brushed with a glaze of curry and honey, pan seared and served with a warm, cabbage-apple slaw. My other companion chose the Horseradish Crusted Salmon. The salmon was oven roasted and served over soft polenta and finished with a drizzle of raspberry vinaigrette. The salivating sides of Potatoes Gratinee or Sautéed Fresh Forest Mushrooms sounded irresistible, but we learned fresh vegetables came with our entrees. Many of the appetizers looked enticing, such as the calamari or Jumbo Lump Crab Tower, but we didn’t want to go overboard on the seafood. Instead, two of us decided to order the Café L ‘Europe salad filled with Florida field greens, mangoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and hazelnuts and tossed with the restaurant’s white balsamic vinaigrette. The salads were crisp and tangy. The mango’s citrus essence was a nice contrast to the mildly bold white balsamic vinaigrette. The hazelnuts added a nutty bite to the crunchy salad. To my surprise, though, I did bite into something a little too crunchy to be a hazelnut and realized a foreign object was mixed with my Florida field greens. I tried to forget the

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Café L’Europe 431 St. Armands Circle Sarasota • 388-4415 Cuisine: Traditional and contemporary continental. Recommended: Café L’Europe Salad, Curry Painted Sea Bass, Snapper Au Poivre, and Strawberries Romanoff. Price ranges: Appetizers, soups and salads from $5 to $15; entrees from $23 to $37. Service: Pleasant and attentive. Hours: Dinner is served nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. The three-course Sunday Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Credit cards: All major cards, in addition to the Diners Club and Carte Blanche cards. Parking: Complimentary valet parking is offered. Handicapped access: Good.

Café L’Europe’s open wine cellar invites diners into the continental café. lades, my party and I were anticipating an award-winning meal of our own. After our arrival at our table, we were introduced to our server who was pleasant and warm, just like the soft atmosphere. After another round of different severs brought us our wine selection, water and basket of warm bread, we turned our attention on the timeless menu selections. Even with all the variety of beef, veal, lamb, pork and poultry offered, we all fancied fish for the evening. I ordered the Snapper Au Poivre, comprised of a fresh

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LONGBOAT KEY THE BAYOU STEAKHOUSE The Bayou Steakhouse offers excellent dining and great service in a comfortable waterfront facility. Our menu combines steaks, seafood and pasta at moderate prices. We are located in the Whitney Beach Plaza and accept reservations of parties of six or more. Open: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Bar open until 12:30 p.m. 383-7699 CAFE DON GIOVANNI Come, sit and feel at home and enjoy the friendly casual “Italian” atmosphere with Domenico, the owner. The chef will cook for you his delicious fresh pasta, fish, chicken and famous seafood and veal dishes. And, don’t forget to try our antipasti! Wine and beer available. Open 7 days a week. Sunday Breakfast 9-1:30, Dinner 5-10. Call for reservations: 383-0013. 5610 Gulf of Mexico Drive (next to food mart). CAFE ON THE BAY Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, Cafe on the Bay offers diners views of the marina and bay in an elegant yet casual setting. The extensive menu has something for everyone. We are the sister restaurant of the world class Cafe L’Europe. 2630 Harborside Dr. Hours: Dinner 5:30-9 Sun. — Thurs; 5:30-10 Fri. & Sat.; Open for Lunch on Saturday and Brunch & Lunch on Sunday Brunch from $16.95. 383-0440. CIAO! ITALIA A real trattoria on Longboat Key, the best homemade Italian food you ever tasted! From linguine with fresh clam sauce to veal scaloppine marsala. The most delicious antipasto you’ve ever had, plus succulent brick oven pizza. Try Ciao’s in the Centre Shops, we know you’ll not be disappointed. Hours: 4:30-10p.m. 383-0010. THE COLONY DINING ROOM This classic award-winning restaurant with floor to ceiling windows offers Florida’s finest view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Colony Dining Room cuisine could be described as Contemporary Continental. You’ll also enjoy one of this nation’s finest wine lists. Reservations strongly suggested. Dinner from 6 p.m. nightly. Sunday Brunch: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-5558. CUZINS OF LONGBOAT The best pizza south of Manhattan has arrived on Longboat Key. Cuzins of Longboat has pick-up and delivery only. This location is the off-shoot of the highly successful Cuzins on Manatee Ave. and 75th St. in N.W. Bradenton. Cuzins features NY style pizza, NY style Italian cuisine, salads, sandwiches and more. 383-9477. EUPHEMIA HAYE An eclectic atmosphere of art & antiques creates the setting for award-winning cuisine; classic preparations of roast duckling, steak au poivre, Caesar salad, gulf-fresh seafood and homemade pasta. Upstairs, the HayeLoft Lounge & Dessert Room touts top-shelf spirits & cordials, appetizers, an outrageous dessert display & live entertainment. Dinner nightly. Late night gourmet pizza & desserts. 383-3633. www.euphemiahaye.com. HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS Harry’s has been tantalizing tastebuds for 24 years with Continental Classics and Inventive Seafood, Black Angus Beef, Fresh Local Seafood and Prime Veal. Experience the best in tropical fine dining at Longboat’s most hidden secret. Don’t miss out! Savor Harry’s 4 Course Summer Prix Fixe $29. Brunch/lunch: is served Friday and Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Sundays 10 am - 2:30 pm. Dinner Tuesday thru Thursday 5:30 pm - 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, closed Sunday evening. 525 St. Judes Dr. 5600 block Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-0777. www.harryskitchen.com HARRY’S GOURMET DELI Harry’s has been tantalizing tastebuds for 24 years creating homemade dinners to go, sandwiches, salads, homemade desserts and party specialties for take out or eat in. Fine retail wines and gourmet gift baskets. Harry’s has done catering for every occasion since 1979. Closed Monday’s during the summer. Tues. - Sat. 11-7, Sun. 11-5. 525 St. Judes Dr. 5600 block Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-0777. www.harryskitchen.com

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ISLAND JUICE & JAVA Winner “Rookie” Small Business of 2001. “Experience the taste of Longboat” at this charming gourmet deli/coffee shoppe/ice cream parlor. Health-conscious dieters as well as decadent dessert lovers will delight in a large selection of breakfast, lunch, snack and dessert items. Eat in, take out, and catering. OPEN DAILY 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 3174 Gulf of Mexico Drive (next to Sea Stable) 387-8783. MAR VISTA Come by land or sea to Mar Vista’s Dockside Restaurant and discover Longboat Key’s favorite restaurant for fresh seafood and steaks. Enjoy lunch or dinner on our deck or in our old-Florida-style dining room. Kids’ menu available. 760 Broadway. 383-2391. MAUREEN’S PALM GRILLE A restaurant for all reasons. Bistro style menu has been added offering the traditional and inventive to Steve Horn’s signature cuisine. Dine Al fresco under the stars! It’s what everyone’s raving about. Dinner Wednesday thru Sunday. 383-7774 SUNSET BAR & GRILL At the Hilton Longboat Key. Great “Island Style” dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Happy hour daily 5 - 7 p.m. Hours: 7 a.m. -10 p.m. 383-2451. THE MONKEY ROOM The Colony’s newest venue, The Monkey Room, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, features flavorful dishes from Indonesia, Florence, Havana and Paris. Just perfect for parties of all ages and sizes. Breakfast Mon. — Sat. 7 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. All Day Dining available 11:30 a.m. — 11:30 p.m. Adjacent to The Monkey Room is the all new Monkey Room Bar, one of the most comfortable lounges in town and definitely the place to be and be seen. Live entertainment nightly. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive 383-5558.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACH BISTRO Award winning surfside dining. Zagat Guide “the best food on the Gulf Coast”. Recipient of the “Golden Spoon Award” bestowed on the Top Twenty restaurants in the State of Florida. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Hours: 5:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive. Anna Maria Island. 778-6444. www.beachbistro.com. BRIDGE TENDER INN & DOCKSIDE BAR Specializing in fresh seafood, outstanding steaks & barbecue ribs; open 7 days. Live entertainment every evening, also Sat. & Sun. afternoon. Lively happy hour 36 p.m. in the bar. Sailboat dockage west via Marker 49. Casual/fine dining. Enjoy the best of both worlds. Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. 778-4849. DA GIORGIO RISTORANTE Offers authentic Northern Italian cuisine. A big selection of wines from around the world. Live entertainment with Luigi Toth, contributes to the already pleasant atmosphere. Selected on of Florida’s “Top 40” Restaurants by Florida Trend. Voted Best Italian Restaurant by Readers Choice for the second year. Gift certificates available. Open Daily from 5:30-10p.m. 779-0220. THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Enjoy the biggest & most interesting breakfasts, lunches covering everything from mouthwatering seafood, salads to burgers, sandwiches of all kinds & sophisticated great value dinners. Dine outside on our deck overlooking Tampa Bay or our 1920’s Florida cottage dining room w/fireplace. 7 days a week 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 111 South Bay Blvd. Anna Maria Island (opposite City Pier) 778-1515. THE SUN HOUSE RESTAURANT & BAR The Sun House Restaurant & Bar at Bridgewalk, a landmark resort. Brand new & irresistible! Savor Floribbean Cuisine which is the fusion of American cooking and Latin American ingredients. Enjoy treasured bar recipes! See spectacular water views! Monday - Saturday 11:00am Midnight, Sunday brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm. 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach. 782-1122.

BRADENTON JONATHAN’S Welcome to ambience! Jazz music, creative continental cuisine, daily specials, fresh fish, crisp linens, fresh flowers, and candlelight all make for an unforgettable, intense dining experience. Menu offers a blend of French, Creole and Italian dishes. Full bar, excellent wine list and decadent desserts. 677 Manatee Ave., West (in the Northwest Promenade). Dinner MonSat. Sunday brunch 10 am - 2 pm 761-1177.

CORTEZ SEAFOOD SHACK A landmark restaurant for thirty years. Serving Florida’s freshest gulf grouper and prime steaks. Beautiful waterfront dining outside or in air-conditioned comfort. Home of the $7 discount cruise on our 300 passenger showboat. $9.95 dinner specials daily including our famous clam chowder and salad. Located at the east end of Cortez Bridge (first left on 127th Street). 11:30 am - 9:00 pm Sunday - Thursday, 11:30 am -10:00 pm Friday & Saturday. 794-1235.

ST. ARMANDS/LIDO THE HUNGRY FOX The Hungry Fox is the neighborhood restaurant on St. Armands Circle. Casual dining featuring chef quality food reasonably priced. Serving you breakfast, lunch and dinner, pleasing local appetites for over 19 years with all of your favorites. Children and families welcome. Dine inside or on our garden patio overlooking the Circle. Open: Monday — Saturday 8 a.m. — 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. 388-2222 CHRISTOPHER’S Located 8 stories above beautiful Lido Key, this outstanding restaurant boasts Sarasota’s grandest views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. Christopher’s has already earned a reputation for for providing a dining experience unparalleled in this area. The menu ranges from sushi and lobster salad to Chateaubriand and Dover Sole prepared tableside. After you dine, plan for an after dinner drink or cigar in our “smoke-free” lounge. Entertainment nightly. Located at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort 8th floor. Open nightly 5:00 p.m. Reservations call 388-5608 HEMINGWAYS RETREAT A window into the romantic past–cozy, classy and fun. Celebrating 15 years of sucess as one of Florida’s most popular restaurants, Hemingway’s is St. Armands destination for the upscale casual experience, attracting a worldwide following. Enjoy the freshest seafood, prime steaks and a light tropical fare with a friendly & efficient staff in a warm, relaxing atmoshphere. 325 John Ringling Blvd., St Armands Circle. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 388-3948 LYNCHES PUB & GRUB After 17 years on Longboat Key, sisters Ethna and Chris Lynch have decided to bring the real spirit of Ireland to St. Armands Circle by serving great food in a friendly neighborhood pub atmosphere. Famous for Cork Cottage Pie, Grouper Sandwich, Fish & Chips, Belfast Burger, Irish Smoked Salmon, and homemade desserts. Stop in for a bite, a beer and a chat. Open daily 11 a.m. til midnight. 19 B North Blvd. of Presidents. 388-5550.

SARASOTA BARNACLE BILL’S SEAFOOD No waterfront, no view, just great resort style food at neighborhood prices. Sarasota’s finest fresh seafood, specializing in the freshest local and northern seafood in the market. Old world and contemporary preparations with showcase quality seafood in the restaurant. (3 locations) Barnacle Bill’s Seafood on Main, 3656800, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood on Webber, 923-5800., Barnacle Bill’s 5050 N. Tamiami Trail 355-7700. MARINA JACK Enjoy dining with spectacular views of Sarasota Bay! Our casual fine dining restaurant located on the second level features an award winning menu prepared by Executive Chef Woody Levy featuring fresh gulf seafood, chargrilled steaks & pasta specials. The Marina Jack III dinner boat is available daily for Lunch & Dinner Cruises! Make your Father’s Day reservations now! For more information call 365-4232 or visit us at www.marinajacks.com MOREL RESTAURANT Enjoy sophisticated cuisine in one of Sarasota’s finest restaurants. A pleasant dining experience awaits you at Morel, where the cuisine is tantalizing and the service and atmosphere are warm and inviting. Well worth the trip! Centrally located with ample parking. Reservations suggested. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 4:30-9:30 p.m. 3809 S. Tuttle Ave., 927-8716. MUNROE’S For those beyond trends and power dining, Munroe’s is Sarasota’s mainstay. Enjoy sophisticated regional American cuisine, a global wine list and friendly, attentive service in a historic urban atmosphere. The upstairs jazz tavern offers live entertainment, late night appetizers and desserts, happy hour and full dinner menu. Chef-owned and operated. Valet parking. Hours: Dinner Mon.-Thur. 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Closed Sundays. Catering available. 316-0609.


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GRANDE RIVIERA SARASOTA’S ULTIMATE POINTE OF VIEW - Private enclave of 13 luxurious residences on the tip of Golden Gate Point! Unparalleled panoramic views and private boat docks available. 2,651 - 5,837 square feet. Priced from: $1,525,000 to $4,300,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 552-2669 QUEENS HARBOUR - Queens Harbour home with gorgeous views of the Bay from master, living and dining rooms. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has a dock and lift, pool and outdoor kitchen. Beautiful furnishings and a 28ft Sea Ray included. $1,850,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

WATERCLUB II - Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay & the skyline from this 9th floor Dover plan. The best of them all on desirable south side of WaterClub II $2,695,000 CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707 BIRD KEY - Spacious garden home, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths with family room, workshop and bonus room. Large pool area and beautifully landscaped. Close to downtown and “the circle”. $659,900. HOYT BEATY/MARTY BENSON 552-3989

PROMENADE - Fabulous views of the Gulf from this 2BR southern facing Promenade condo. Featuring top-of-the-line amenities. Security, concierge, exercise rooms and a terrific pool area. $629,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 BAY ISLAND ON SIESTA KEY - Key West style cottage on a very large lot. 3BR/1BA, Living room w/fireplace & large kitchen plus lots of charm make this your perfect island get-away or enlarge w/plenty of room to expand on this beautiful tropical treed lot! $525,000. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950 BELOW APPRAISAL ON SIESTA KEY - Below Appraised Value - This 3BR/4BA luxury home with nearly 3,000 sq. ft. offers great boating waters + a dock w/lift. All of this located on a fabulous treed lot makes this home hard to beat for location and value in one of Sarasota’s finest neighborhoods! $1,399,900. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

THE LANDINGS - Reduced Price for quick sale - of this gorgeous 3BR/2BA Landings home! This home is light & bright and features tile and wood floors, a separate den, pool and lush landscaping. Convenient to nearly everywhere you would want to be in Sarasota! $529,900. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - This 3BR home is located w/sunny southern exposure shining all day on pool & spa! Beautiful light, bright canal front home with a dock. Offered turnkey furnished. $749,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

LONG BEACH - Great Value in the village! 4BR/2BA home with pool. 2,250 sq. ft. big lot size 100 X 120 with side alley entrance. Tropical landscaping. Great rental potential. Great location to build new with bay views! $449,000. TONY ASKEW 552-3967 BAY ISLES - HARBORSIDE - A double cul-de-sac lot with 400 feet of sea wall and protected dockage. Dramatic open bay views. Quality construction in this stunning California contemporary home. An enormous entertainment deck with 50x20 heated pool adjoining a 50 x 6 lap pool. A stunning estate of unparalleled quality. $4,995,000. MARLENE AND HAL LIBERMAN 387-1759

EN PROVENCE - Exclusive community of only 21 beachfront residences, wrapped in grand terraces with direct views of the gulf! 3,437 sq. ft. of luxury, exquisitely appointed with uncompromising attention to detail! $2,595,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

INN ON THE BEACH - Unique “B” floor plan, enjoy your vacation with friends & relatives and keep your privacy with separate entrances. Top floor with sweeping views. Rents as two separate units. Good rental history. Over $108K gross income in 2001 $850,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 SLEEPY LAGOON - This 3BR/2BA home has beautiful canal & Bay views, great boating water. It is situated only four in from the Bay which makes it a wonderful find for someone who wants a great location! $645,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 L’AMBIANCE - Casual elegance in beach front residence with private stairs to the beach and pool area – open design and many unique architectural features. $3,450,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707

INN ON THE BEACH - Never in rental program, totally renovated and beautifully remodeled. Two bedrooms, two baths with fabulous beach views. A truly exceptional opportunity to own at the key’s finest resort. $1,100,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707

WATER CLUB w/FULL GULF VIEWS - This is a 3,000 + sq. ft. true 3BR, LBK condo with absolutely stunning gulf, bay and sunset views. This location in the building is one of the best w/2 deeded parking spaces included. Fabulous world-class amenities & clubhouse, security & concierge. $1,650,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 GRAND BAY - Exquisitely perfect Biscayne at Grand Bay with tiled floor, wooden shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in resort home. Condo complex has all the amenities-tennis, fitness, heated pool & Beach Club access. $999,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 LONGBEACH VILLAGE - Great corner unit only used by owners. Superb ocean views - perfect sun angle. Sprinklers, remodeled kitchen and office/den, newer appliances & A/C. A true value in today’s market. $459,000. WADE HAWLEY 552-3988

SLEEPY LAGOON - SAILBOAT WATER Fabulous 3BR home, tiled floors, split floor plan, French doors lead to large southern exposure caged pool and lanai. Updated kitchen with breakfast nook, new dock, and short walk to the beach! $749,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

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It’s a small world after all Maj. Pete Mitchell and Col. John Saputo, U.S. Marines with ties to Longboat, met in Qatar during the war in Iraq. BY LUSYA SULLIVAN Staff Writer

he two Marines sitting in a bunker at Camp As Sayliah in Qatar asked each other the age-old question, “Where are you from?” Col. John Saputo and Maj. Pete Mitchell discovered it’s a small world after all. Saputo is a resident of Longboat Key, and Mitchell, a native Sarasotan, is the son of Coon Key resident Barbara J. Mitchell. That’s not all. It turns out that Saputo’s wife of 30 years, Denise, is the tennis partner of Mitchell’s aunt, Shannon Johnston. And, the two Marines are both information officers. Mitchell is a media spokesman in the public affairs department, so day in and day out he deals with media. “We worked 18-hour days, from 5 a.m. well into the night, 10 ... 11 p.m.,” he shares. Saputo was the chief of current operations. He ran joint operations and provided information to the Central Command. “Information from big to small — air, land, sea, logistics — we coordinated all of those activities,” explains Saputo. Basically, he and his team told the commanding officers how the war was going and who’s shooting whom from where. Saputo says that he got a whole new understanding of a war, because this time he was on Central Command staff: “In other wars I was in the company level, infantry level. Being on CENTCOM staff, I got to see the whole strategic picture unfold — the minute planning that went into the planning of the war.” A lot of that planning took place in Tampa, where the Central Command headquarters are. “That’s the place from where the war was run,” says Saputo. Qatar was another such place — that’s where the forward headquarters are located. Although Mitchell and Saputo worked in Qatar simultaneously, their service did not take them to Iraq at the same time. Once in Iraq, they had many encounters with the Iraqi people. “I worked extensively with the Iraqi people,” says Mitchell. “They are extremely grateful to be liberated. As much as you hear the negative news, the overwhelming majority wants us there.”

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Maj. Pete Mitchell and Col. John Saputo unite in June near a SCUD missile bunker at Camp As Sayliah, Qatar. Saputo agrees. “All of my experiences were extremely pleasant and positive,” he says. He tells of pulling into Iraqi neighborhoods, and the Iraqis would come out of their homes and show them the areas where the Iraqi military hid their weapons. “Every single one of the neighborhoods I visited, all the village seniors (elders) shook my hand and said, ‘Please come back, because if you do not come back, Saddam people come back,’” Saputo says. Saputo doesn’t blame the Iraqis for fearing Saddam Hussein. The Marine, who was activated from the Reserves in February, acknowledges that at one point Hussein came through for the Iraqis as far as education. “Most of them (Iraqis) have a pretty good grasp of English from their school days,” says Saputo. But

he underscores that Hussein was a cruel dictator. “He used electricity as a political tool,” says Saputo. He explains that if Hussein didn’t like something in an area, he’d shut off electricity for the whole village. Hussein also withheld water and sewage services for the same reason. “He would control the infrastructure to control the people,” says Saputo. So when Iraqis ask Saputo to “please come back,” he understands why. The denizens of this Arabic nation are poor and abused people, he explains. “What you basically have going on here is the Baath party members stole all the wealth. These people have millions and millions of dollars,” he explains. “Saddam’s thugs,” as Saputo calls them, have enough money to buy weapons and recruit Iraqis to fight the Coalition forces. “This is a very hard thing to fight against, because this is a very poor country,” says Saputo. “Good people don’t have any guns or they would have rebelled already. If we pull out, the country will go back in turmoil.” He says that if his interactions and conversations he had with the local people are of any indication, the Iraqis are ready for democracy. And when it takes root in Iraq, Saputo says, “It is going to spread like wildfire” through this region of autocracy. He looks at history to back that up, using U.S. military presence in Japan and Korea. “Look at what we taught them about democracy,” he says. Mitchell is on his way back there as well. This time he will help the Iraqis establish their own media. He will be there until September or so, helping them build an Iraqi free press — radio, TV and newspapers. But nobody said it is going to be an easy task. Iraq, which is about the size of California, is an extremely diverse place. Saputo sheds some light on the situation through a conversation he had with an Iraqi gentleman in one of the neighborhoods he visited. “He was just looking at my detachment of my security guys. He was just looking at their names and looking at their faces,” says Saputo and lists the ethnic backgrounds of his diverse soldier unit — Italian, Polish, Chinese-American, two women, a black, Hispanics. “‘How do you get anything done CONTINUED ON PAGE 3C


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with these different names, tribes, people?’” asked the astonished Iraqi. His confusion is explained by the fact that Iraq has four major religions and 12 tribes. But it is not just the ethnic differences that fascinate Iraqis. The differences are also gender-based. Saputo had two women GIs on his team: One was a machine gunner, another was the driver. “Inevitably, whenever we stopped and got out of the vehicles, women would look out of the gates ... women would grab their daughters and bring them up and point at these girls. They would touch them and smile,” he says. “It was really neat.” These interactions prompted a talk between Saputo and his female warriors. Saputo sat down with them and said, “Do you realize that your sheer presence with the American military is causing a complete cultural revolution?” He said they presented possibilities not only to Iraqis, but to Iraqi women in particular. But not all experiences were positive, of course. “It shook me to the core and really made me realize what we were doing there, when we flew over a mass grave,” shares Saputo. This mass grave contained bodies of 1,100 people who were executed under Hussein’s rule. To put things in perspective Saputo throws out a few more figures. So far they have discovered 43 other mass graves, with the total at 57,000 dead. But that’s not it. Saputo says that there are 190,000 registered but unaccounted-for Iraqis from the Hussein reign. Their mothers are still trying to find information about their missing children. “To me it was so déjà vu,” says Saputo. “I said to myself, ‘How could the Holocaust in modern Europe have happened and nobody did anything? What was the world doing when this was happening?’” That’s why Saputo doesn’t understand why there are peace protests all over the world, including America. “From a Marine standpoint it is so sad that our military has given so much for the freedom of the Iraqi people and then to hear our own people be against it ... I am very proud to be associated with a country that goes to other counties to fight for human rights,” he

says. He thinks that peace lobbyists would not be lobbying for peace in this case if they were in Iraq. “All I ask anybody to do is picture a mass grave.” Living in Iraq was hard. “I will never complain about Florida heat after seeing the desert heat,” Saputo says. “I missed the air conditioning and showers.” He describes the air as full of sand, which is baking-flour-fine, coating the body and getting in the throat. He called it a “miserable existence” not to be able to shower for days. Saputo’s team lived in a building riddled with bullets. Sleeping on cots wasn’t a pleasurable experience either. It was tough. The cuisine wasn’t much better than the accommodations. “We eat food that is provided by Coalition, so it’s American food that is prepared and served by Coalition employees. It’s not quite like home,” says Mitchell. “I like a good piece of steak, so I’ve missed that.” Saputo, on the other hand, didn’t have any beef about the food. “A cold Budweiser beer, that’s what I missed most,” he said. That’s no surprise. When Saputo isn’t tracking down terrorists or liberating nations, he’s running his business, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, (the local Anheuser-Busch distributor), which he’s owned and operated for seven years in the Sarasota area. Saputo clarifies that soldiers are not allowed to have alcohol, but he didn’t see any of it while he was in Iraq anyway. Saputo had something else besides a cold one to look forward to: “I did my last patrol in the evening in June. I boarded a military flight and 33 hours later I am standing in the beauty of Longboat Key, watching dolphins swim in the Gulf. It was especially nice, because we had started the building of our home before I left. When I left, it was sort of in the cinderblock stage,” says the Marine. So it was up to his wife, Denise, to make it go along smoothly. “She did just an absolutely great job.” But he wasn’t the only one with expectations. Denise and their four daughters — Sarah, 28, Katie Tanner, 28, Andrea, 26, and Bethany, 20 — eagerly awaited his safe return. And while Saputo is enjoying his family in his new air-conditioned home as he sips on a beer, Mitchell is on his way back to Iraq, inhaling sand. But that’s OK, because Mitchell will

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Water Club I unit sells for $1.5 million The sale of a Water Club I condominium for $1.5 million led another week’s flurry of more than 20 real estate transactions on Sarasota’s outer keys, as recorded between June 26 and July 2. That sale was an intrafamily-corporation transaction, in which Arnold and Elmore Thaler purchased unit 808 in the 86-unit Water Club I from its Thaler Viewmaster, Limited Partnership of Chicago. The corporate entity purchased the threebedroom and four-bath apartment new in February 1996 for $892,300.

Longboat Key Towers J. Ross Greene of Atlanta bought apartment N301 at the 88-unit Longboat Key Towers, 601 Longboat Club Road, from trustees Marguerite A. Coffey and Bank of America for $925,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment was constructed in 1970.

purchased the Winding Oaks residence at 3431 Winding Oaks Drive from Maureen and Robert Charles Goree of Melvin Village, N.H., for $637,000. The three-bedroom and threebath home was built in 1988 and last sold for $410,000 in November 1996.

Castillian Jolie A. Behmlander from Dearborn, Mich., bought apartment unit 202 in South Building at the 60-unit Castillian Condominiums at 4545 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Rita M. and Marvin S. Kyman for $509,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1979 and was sold previously for $255,000 in April 1994.

Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club Elizabeth Y. and Gregory B. Myers of Lakeland sold their Mark II unit 103 at the 36-unit Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club, 4215 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Judith Eisenstadt Horwich of Chicago, for $385,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1974 and sold previously for $240,000 in November 1999.

Pelican Harbour & Beach Club Karen L. Dobry, 9509 Old Hyde Park Place, Bradenton, bought unit B-1 at 4234 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the 65-unit Pelican Harbour & Beach Club from Louise E. and Albert B. Ferguson Jr. of Pittsburgh, for $349,500. The 30-year-old, twobedroom and one-bath bayside condominium was constructed in 1973 and last sold for $70,000 in June 1978.

Kent Seaplace I CHETLAIN Marilyn and Samuel Leibovitz of Silver Spring, Turtle Crawl

Tangerine Bay Club Gladys and Anthony Lano of Coral Gables sold their condominium 121 at 90-unit Tangerine Bay Club, 340 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Diane Gallo-Vaness and her husband, David Vaness, from Easton, Conn., for $880,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath condo was built in 1991 and was sold last for $585,000 in September 1998.

Winding Oaks Laurie S. and Thomas E. Baker from Orchard Park, N.Y.,

Md., sold their unit T1-107-B at Seaplace I, 2073 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Jane Ann Stephenson and her husband, Robert W. Ray, for $485,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment built in 1973 was last sold for $300,000 in August 1998.

Harbour Oaks Denise and David Michael Thomas from Penwortham, Lancashire, England, purchased unit 202 in Building 2 at Harbour Oaks, 2237 Harbourside Drive, from Angela and Richard A. Walter of Rochester, Vt., for $410,000. The threebedroom and three-bath condominium was built in 1984 and was last sold for $235,0000 in May 1987.

There were a couple more condominium sales at the former Cook’s Holiday Lodge, 4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive, now called Turtle Crawl. Under manager William Priakos, Turtle Crawl Enterprises, L.L.C., sold unit T-402 to Lois and Alan Barson from Oreland, Pa., for $325,000; and sold unit T-302 to Sherry M. and Patrick A. King from North Boston, N.Y., for $315,000. Turtle Crawl recorded eight sales during the first four weeks for a total $2.645 million, or an average price of $330,625.

Inn on Beach Jean M. and Salvador Campisi Sr. bought their unit 2204 at 221-unit Inn on the Beach, 210 Sands Point Road, from Reinhard Realty for $300,000. Signing the deed of sale was Renea M. Glendinning, secretary of Reinhard Realty, 1858 Ringling Blvd. The condominium was erected in 1982.

Cedars West Susan M. and George S. Smith of Pittsburgh paid $281,500 to 860 Evergreen Way, L.L.C., for apartment 5 at the 56-unit Cedars West, 5655 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Managing partners of 860 Evergreen Way are Betty D. and Richard J. Hegner of Harvard, Ill.

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ANNA MARIA BAYFRONT Full bay view from this updated 3BR/3BA home. Beautiful landscaping and private setting. Boat dock with davits. Short distance to beach. Deni Dillon. 383-5577. #237567. $1,190,000

SENSATIONAL FULL BAY VIEWS Dolphin & Manatee at your doorstep. Ceramic tile throughout. Every amenity plus a mile long waterfront walkway. Private beach pavilion on gulf. Don Carey. 383-5577. #240991. $309,000

ST ARMANDS TREASURE Beautifully landscaped 3BR/3BA home w/recently updated kit, bath & more. Warm tropical feel of "Old" FL on quiet side of cir. Spacious great room. Duane Henderson. 727-2800. #89041. $549,000

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

SAILBOAT WATER This 3BR+office home is close to the beach. Cedar ceiling in family room, spa in caged lanai, fireplace & room for a pool. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett. 778-2246. #91566. $519,000

SPANISH MAIN ON LAKE Beautiful lake setting! Catch the East/West breezes. 2BR/1BA. Great marina in the community on Intracoastal. Pool and planned activities. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #236156. $264,500

KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT Spacious 3BR/2BA canal front in Key Royale w/open split floor plan. Sep dining, large family room & room for a pool. New seawall cap, new roof, fresh paint. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #90395. $449,000

SPANISH MAIN Beautifully updated 2BR/2BA in great area. Community has great marina and boat docks. Friendly neighborhood. Fantastic condo. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #227417. $232,500

TOTALLY RENOVATED Impeccable 3BR/2BA residence & only one block to beach. Improvements include new roof, A/C, windows, doors, electric, Mexican tile & more. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #90350. $389,900

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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Katherine A. and Gordon Cook, 8009 Conservatory Circle, Sarasota, sold their apartment 124 at St. Armands Towers North to Cassandra A. and Timothy J. Smith, of Coppell, Texas, for $645,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condominium at 1 Ben Franklin Drive was built in 1968. Julie Rubenzer purchased the two-bedroom and two-bath home at 100 N. Adams Drive from local investor Hubert J. Steenbakkers and contractor Fred Niedrich for $510,000. They had purchased the property, originally built in 1953, for $425,000 in June 2002.

Lido Beach Club Gravlee Homes Inc., headed by Kyle Gravlee of Birmingham, Ala., sold unit 1009 at the Lido Beach Club, 1212 Ben Franklin Drive, to Anne Marie and Donald J. Swartz of 22283 Panther Loop, Bradenton, for $550,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo was built in 1974 and last sold for $140,000 in February 1994. Teri L. and Kevin M. McMahon of Decatur, Ga., bought unit 606 at the Lido Beach Club from Sylvia A. and Daniel J. McNichol of Stevensville, Md., for $493,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo sold previously for $195,000 in August 1998.

Lido Surf & Sand Condominiums Virginia L. Lekovic of the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Ill., sold her unit 301 at the Lido Surf & Sand Condominiums, 1800 Ben Franklin Drive, to Malynda C. and David A. Caplan for $522,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was developed in 1976 and last sold for $150,000 way back in August 1980.

Lido Shores Lora P. and Todd R. Stern purchased their Lido Shores home at 175 Morningside Drive from Linda H. and George C. Christy, 1226 Holly Fern Lane, Sarasota, for $675,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home with a swimming pool was built in 1955 and sold previously for $400,000 in November 2000.

Bird Key Juliet J. Mickey sold her home at 518 Bird Key Drive to A.J.B. Limited Partnership, 112 S. Warbler Lane, for $470,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home with a swimming pool was built in 1965. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957. ❑


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ing,” she says. “It’s really very pleasant because it’s a group of wonderful artists and it goes very smoothly.” Best business advice ever received: Petri says that communication and working together is the key to a successfully run a business. Hobbies: Petri spends three days a week at the gallery, so she says her work is one of her hobbies. Languages are another one of her hobbies. Favorite movie: She says that watches the Spanish channel a lot, due to her interest in languages. “I like more of the old movies,” she adds. Favorite book: Petri says that she likes to

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Alma Ludwig assists manager Ingrid Petri (not pictured) at Art Uptown Gallery. Owners: The Art Uptown Gallery is a notfor-profit cooperative that is owned by 32 locally based artists, many of whom are from Longboat Key, Bradenton, Boca Grande, Sarasota, Cortez, Anna Maria Island and Bradenton Beach.

is closed on Sunday. Price range: “We are really in an affordable range,” says Petri. She explains that because the artists do not have a middleman, the art is less expensive. Paintings range from $125 to $3,000. Ceramics start at $18.

Year established: It was opened in 1981. Manager: Ingrid Petri of Sarasota has been with the gallery for six years.

What’s unique about Art Uptown Gallery? Petri says the gallery started with 18 artists more than 20 years ago and now has 32 artists. “And we’re the only co-op in town,” she adds. What is the most challenging part of running this business? “It’s not really challeng-

Hours: It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. In season the gallery is also open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. It

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Before the professional inspector examines the home that you are buying, you will be asked to sign an acknowledgment of the scope of the inspection. This document will probably include a disclaimer clause designed to relieve the company of responsibility if they should miss a defect. What happens if a defect is missed during an inspection? The disclaimer clause may get the inspection company off the hook for a defect if there is no visual indication of a problem. If the inspector clearly indicated that he was not checking for that

problem–many inspectors do not check for dry rot or inspect roofs–then the recourse will be limited. If negligence is involved, or if the defect should have been obvious to a professional inspector, the disclaimer is not likely to protect the inspector. If you find an undiscovered defect, discuss the matter with the inspector. Depending on the situation, the responsibility for remedying the problem may rest with you, the sellers, and/or the inspector.

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read. She has been reading a lot about the Constitution and the beginnings of this county. (She is from Sweden.) What you like best about Sarasota? She likes the culture and she likes the people. Is there something you’d add to changed about it? She’s happy with Sarasota the way it is. If you could reincarnate, who or what would you be? “I have had such a great life — I’m satisfied. Maybe I’d like to do it again,” she says. “Well, that’s limited. Maybe I’d like to come back as somebody who traveled a lot, did some expeditions, and things like that.” —Lusya Sullivan

•Boca Grande Beachfront Mansion! Unsurpassed views, Italian style 5BR/5 full & 2 Half BA, art studio, crown molding, Carera marble, Nafco wood floors, built-ins, custom cabinets, elevator, screened porch overlooking Gulf & several decks, walled courtyard with pool & 3 car garage. Call Candy for inquiries! •Brand New with Sweeping Bay Views! In a sought after downtown location w/6,827SF, 5-6BR, 5 full & 3 half baths, faux & artisan finishes, intricate wrought iron railings, crown moldings, detailed ceilings, custom columns, 6CG, pool & dock, plus Robb & Stucky furniture equaling $130,000 INCLUDED. Will consider an exchange........................................$5,900,000 •Direct Beachfront with Tremendous Views! 7,000 SF residence with 2 private keyed elevators, 8 ft. wood doors, 10 ft. ceilings, tile, marble & wood floors, crown moldings, granite, brass hardware, 2 master suites with jacuzzi tubs & bidets, plus a 4-car garage...............................................................$5,800,000 •A Gated Estate With 165 Feet On The Bay! - Deep water dock, brand new landscaping, open-air pool, updated kitchen with granite, marble and wood floors, built-ins, mahogany wet bar, fresh faux paint, 3 fireplaces, 2 family rooms plus a game room and an executive office.............................$3,950,000 •Prime 100’ Bay Views! A brand new 4,684 SF residence being built by Vision Homes with impeccable attention to details, furniture quality cabinetry, granite & more, formal living and dining, family room, kitchen w/breakfast nook, library, bonus room w/wet bar, pool, dock and 3 car garage............$3,100,000 •Gulf, Beach, Golf Course & Bay Views! Have it all in this 3,375 SF residence with a private keyed elevator, 8 ft. wood doors, 10 ft. ceilings, tile, marble & wood floors, crown moldings, granite, brass hardware, Jacuzzi tub & bidet in Master Bath plus 2 garage parking spaces.......................................$2,995,000. •Wide Open Deep Sailboat Water! Oversized lot, 4BR/3BA. 4,613 SF with fabulous upgrades, miles of tile, crown moldings, vaulted ceilings, solid oak cabinets, new A/C, formal and informal dining, family room with home theater, granite and wood floors in the kitchen, sitting area with views of the poolside fountains, 60 foot deck, dock, paver drive and 2+ car garage....$1,599,000. •3.5 Acres With Bay Access! Own a piece of Sarasota’s history. Restored 4BR/3.5BA, 3,400 SF, wood floors, fireplace, new plumbing, windows and zoned A/C. Brand new kitchen with Corian and new floors, separate guest suite, pool and 3 car garage, in town.................................................$1,500,000. •Bayou Water With Dock & Lift! 3,258 SF, 3BR/5BA, library, office, family, game & exercise rooms, soaring ceilings, Corian, granite, Baldwin brass, tile & wood floors, plantation shutters, built-ins, faux paint, French doors, balcony with water views, pool, new landscaping & 3-4 car garage.............$1,100,000. •Long Bay Views! 2,178 SF with 3BR/2.5BA, recessed lights, fresh paint, new carpet, diagonal tile, vaulted ceilings,, skylights, decorative mirrors, stained glass windows, fireplace, plant shelves, wood cabinets, glass enclosed breakfast nook, 2 balconies, wood deck with bay views, private laundry and 1 car garage in gated community................................................................ $525,000. •Large Corner Lot on Siesta Key! 3BR/3BA with 2,827 SF, generous space, vaulted ceilings, open stairwell, new double pane windows, custom window treatments, new side porch, intercom & security systems, new zoned A/C, brand new “Key West” style galvanized aluminum roof & 2 car garage. Room for a pool.............................................................................................$519,000. •Downtown RENTAL! 1284 SF 2BR/2BA tastefully updated w/ wood & tile floors, newer appliances, great views, parking & amenities......$1,600 p/month •RENTAL with Water Views! Downtown, 1150 SF, 2BR/2BA, fresh paint, stone-like tile and newer appliances.........................................$1,200 p/month

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Caddy carries on despite debilitating disease Much has been written and televised recently about Tom Watson’s long-time caddy, Bruce Edwards. I thought I might be able to provide a little added insight into the life of Edwards. Edwards has been Watson’s caddy for more than 25 years. Edwards’ story has become more visible than the efforts of Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam, and deservedly so. Edwards is a most personable and friendly kind of guy. My personal history with Watson and his caddy dates back to a U.S. Open at Winged Foot. I was officiating at the tournament when Watson launched a tee shot into deep rough at the 16th hole. After Watson addressed his ball, he stepped away and had his caddy motion for me to come over to his position. Upon arriving there, Watson told me that the ball had changed position after he addressed it and he was assessing himself a one-stroke penalty and replacing his ball. Nobody saw the ball move, but Watson’s integrity did not permit the action to go unpunished and unaccounted for. That, to Watson, is the basis of the game of golf. In what other sport do you keep your own score? In what other game are you responsible for any misdeed you yourself may suffer? Edwards is afflicted with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or what has become familiarly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He has now become a symbol for that neurological disease. Marsha, Edwards’ wife since the onset of the disease, is a love story about which much is still to be written. Unfortunately tour caddies do not have

any health insurance. As a consequence, Watson has assumed all of his friend’s expenses, which amount to approximately $200,000 per year. Watson sent Edwards to the Mayo Clinic, whereupon the diagnosis was made and where he was told to take about 150 pills a day, also paid by Watson. “Now that I’m dealing with the fact that I’ve got what I’ve got, we’re going to focus our attention on dollars for research and find a cure,” Edwards said with difficult, afflicted speech at the U.S. Open. “There are a lot of people that have a lot worse than I do and they’re the ones that should be thought about, not me. You ask any family member whose daughter or son has this, they want to find a cure, because eventually it kills you. There is no ifs, ands or buts.” I have to wonder how Edwards can continue carrying a 50-pound golf bag six days a week, at least 18 holes a day. The spirit of the man is truly remarkable. Lou Gehrig was that kind of man. Gehrig was 37 years old when ALS struck him down. I remember his speech at the July 4, 1941, Yankees game when he uttered, “I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” That must be imprinted on Edwards’ mind. While 30,000 people have been diagnosed with ALS, the disease attracts little research money. A movement has now been initiated by the ALS Driving 4 Life Therapy Development Foundation, Driving4life.org (the 4 being Lou Gehrig’s uniform number). Both Watson and Edwards have recorded a 30-second public service spot for television, which will be shown at several golf tourna-

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ments during the next few weeks, also without remuneration. The Therapy Development Foundation needs money desperately to carry on the efforts to seek a cure for the disease. Watson and Edwards have done all they can to secure that help. As a result of the two men’s story, donations have been coming in at a substantial clip. Edwards’ story is one of exceptional spirit and an inward flame that may be blown upon but never extinguished. His heartwarming story, as stated by Dave Anderson, “deserves the prayers of anybody who has ever been around him.” Edwards is a man to be remembered. Hal Lenobel is a member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee and has officiated at hundreds of golf tournaments around the world. ❑

Sportscards Longboat Key Club Men’s Golf Association Foursome Scramble — July 2 Net score: 48 Al Green Jim Brown Al Saxonberg Gary Ozaroff

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Daily Round Robins at 9:30 a.m.: • Women’s: Monday, Wednesday, Friday • Men’s: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday • Mixed: 5 p.m. Friday Special events: • Where’s the B.O.S.S. (men’s 3.25-3.75 doubles): 11 a.m. Monday • Where’s the B.O.B. (men’s 4.0-4.5 singles): 11 a.m. Tuesday Lessons/clinics/ball machine are by reservations.

Sports/fitness classes: • Aerobics, (low-impact): 8 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (interval training) • Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday • Muscles & More (weight-bearing): 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday • Weight Watchers will resume meetings in the fall. Passive programs: • Duplicate Bridge: 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday News and notes: • Summer Day Camp (ages 5 to 12): 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 8.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK How many years have you played tennis? “I have played tennis for six years now ... I think,” says Uzielli.

What is your funniest flub-up? “My funniest flub-up is when the tennis pro is watching me and I toss up a ball to serve and totally miss it. It’s very embarrassing,” replies Uzielli.

What is your best stroke — serve, backhand, etc.? “My best stroke is my forehand,” replies Uzielli.

Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? “Bjorn Borg,” says Uzielli. “I’ve actually met him before. He was my idol growing up. I almost died when I met him. He put his arm around me to pose for a picture and I thought I would fall over!”

What is your specialty? Singles? Doubles? “I like both doubles and singles,” reveals Uzielli. “Doubles are more fun and singles are more serious. I’ll play anything ... I just love to play.”

Do you have any advice or tips for other players? “Don’t be too serious,” advises Uzielli. “People can get so wigged out about the game. But we’re not playing for money. If we were playing for money, then it’s OK.”

What kind of racket do you use? Uzielli uses a Völkl racket. What is one thing you’d like to improve? “Everything!” exclaims Uzielli. “I’d like to improve my serve especially.” Emily Walsh

What is your favorite part of the game? “My favorite part of the game of tennis is the socializing and playing at the Colony,” says Uzielli.

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What do you like most about playing tennis on Longboat Key? “I love the people I play tennis with here at the Colony and on Longboat Key,” reveals Uzielli. —Emily Walsh

WEATHER STATISTICS AND TIDES Sun., July 13 Mon., July 14 Tues., July 15 Wed., July 16 Thurs., July 17 Fri., July 18 Sat., July 19

High Temp. 91 90 89 90 91 90 90.5

Low Temp. 75 76 75 77 74 76 76.5

Record High 96 (1981) 97 (1981) 99 (1993) 98 (1993) 103 (1996) 101 (1996) 99 (1997)

Record Rainfall* Low North 72 (1984) 0.05 71 (1984) 0.00 72 (1989) 0.00 70 (1992) 0.00 70 (1992) 0.00 70 (1986) 0.00 71 (1986) 0.00

Mid-Key South 0.07 0.10 0.05 0.52 0.26 1.27 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Morning Tides High Low 8:54 (none) 9:44 (none) 10:32 (none) 11:18 (none) 3:25 5:57 3:38 6:48 3:51 7:41

Thurs., July 24 Fri., July 25 Sat., July 26 Sun., July 27 Mon., July 28 Tues., July 29 Wed., July 30

Evening Tides High Low (none) 5:52 (none) 6:42 (none) 7:26 (none) 8:05 12:01 8:41 12:45 9:16 1:31 9:49

*From the town of Longboat Key weather stations

Rainfall: Year-to-date 2003 2002 41.84 30.95 in.

Month-to-date 2003 2002 2.95 5.04

Average Water Temp.: 86

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BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Nearly every room has a bay view in this 3800+ sq. ft. renovated home. Features include an open floor plan, media room/den, well appointed gourmet kitchen, family room w/catherdal ceiling & fireplace, and open patio w/pool. Protected boat dockage.....................................................$2,900,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE BIRD KEY WATERWAY Beautiful updated home. High ceilings, large master suite with spacious bath, moldings throughout, wet bar, open kitchen with granite, wood floors, separate den and playroom. Fabulous patio with stone decking, large pool w/spa and summer kitchen. Dock & boat lift and partial bay view....$1,950,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE BIRD KEY GARDEN Elegance & livability come together in this sensational custom home being built by Anchor. Features include: gated courtyard entry, dramatic 2-story foyer, gourmet kitchen, elegant master suite, bonus room w/wet bar & pool w/spa.............$1,475,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE BIRD KEY GARDEN Casual elegance in this newer home. This open, split plan design has all the features you’d expect. The den/library is beautifully appointed w/built-ins & wet bar. French doors & sliders open to a brick paver patio w/pool & spa. A privacy wall w/gates surrounds the rear of the property...............$1,050,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE BIRD KEY GARDEN Private setting in this well-maintained home. Living room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace. Master suite w/his & her baths. Plenty of sliders open to the large patio & pool area. The extralarge lot makes this property truly a one-of-a-kind......$625,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE BIRD KEY GARDEN Light and bright home wraps around the pool & patio area. Lots of sliders open to the outside for easy access. Features include: an open floor plan, updated kitchen, tiled floors, plantation shutters and tasteful landscaping......................................$565,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE ISLANDER CLUB Two gorgeous views from either of these lovely units on the 11th or penthouse floors. Choose between a full Bay or full Gulf view. Both are 2BR/2BA in this conveniently located building close to shopping and restaurants. Private beach, tennis courts and pool.........................................$750,000 and $795,000.

Direct Gulffront and Poolside Condos priced from $285,000-$335,000

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316-6520 Save A Million St. Armands canal front updated & immaculate 3/2 vaulted ceiling wall of glass faces expansive pool area, dock & davit. $990,000 Best Value Players Club Gulf view gorgeous and unobstructed. 2/2 with garage, updated designer turnkey furnished $675,000 St. Armands Beauty Updated 3/3, with bidet all bedrooms have contiguous baths, light & bright cathedral ceilings, fireplace, great flow for entertaining, Large living and family rooms, south facing walled pool, large 2 car garage. $640,000

www.glencal.com, e-mail glenn @glencal.com Re/Max Properties Inc. 2000 Webber Street, Sarasota, Fl 34239

Central Park Realty Dennis Girard 941-809-0041

Email: dennis@centralparkrealtycorp.com www.club-bamboo.net

7243

Super Value St. Armands, meticulously maintained with courtyard entry, 2/2, 16 inch tiles, large backyard barbeque area, annually leased. $440,000 7243

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This 4,100 SF. 4BR/3.5BA plus office executive residence is located on the TPC golf course in Prestancia, Palmer Ranch. Situated on 3/4 acres with lake views, caged pool w/summer kitchen,wet bar,formal living and dining rooms. Professionally decorated. $995,000 7243

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Garden Gloves

Night-blooming cereus is nocturnal wonder The night-blooming cereus is also known as the queen of the night, rope cactus and moonlight cactus. It is a cactus which hails from the tropics — Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands — and also resides in the subtropical state of Florida, here on Longboat Key. This plant is an ornamental, snake-like-appearing cactus that vines about large trees, growing up to heights of 20 feet and more. It is a non-event most of the year, with exception to the hottest of summer nights, when it decides to bloom after dark. Each plant has its own timetable and blooms mostly one night out of the year, with smaller blooming events subsequent to the initial session. There are those who consider the blooming event to be a bad omen with regard to dates for consummation of commitments of marriage, due to the transitory nature of the vine and blossom. In other words, don’t get married on the same date that the vine blooms. The morning after shows a fading bloom that resembles a flamingo, which is all what many ever see, and is an enjoyable vision in itself. However, once the full-flowering blooms have been experienced, the faded version will always be just that ... faded. In our Longboat Key Village we have several trees that are adorned by these creeping, snake-like vines, which are relatively nondescript and often considered unattractive pests. Only those that have fully experienced the secret pleasure of the blooms can appreciate the dull existence of the cactus for

the remaining months of the year. One of the lovely experiences of living in the Village is the slow walks that residents take throughout the year. These slow walks are not due to age nor capability. The are walks of discovery and joy, because the various flora and fauna change in such miniscule nuances that are demonstrated one day and easily disguised the remaining 364. Living in paradise may be considered a bland, non-seasonable event to the newcomer. However, the longer one resides in our fair state of Florida, and particularly Longboat Key, the more mystery and delight is revealed to the discerning citizen. I have a large tree in my front yard that is adorned with many accompanying plants, which include the night-blooming cereus. This cereus is one plant that brings joy to the hot, dawg days and nights of summer. For several years I have unknowingly and simply enjoyed the faded bloom of the vine. This year is the first in which I have had the opportunity to discover and photograph the full, night bloom adorn the plant at my home, as well as other Village home gardens. It was as if I had a private viewing of spectacular minifireworks as a preview to our recent celebration on the Fourth of July.

Gillian Busard

Night-blooming cereus is quite a sight.

Gillian BUSARD

WAGNER REALTY

Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34240

941-907-8889 Office 941-907-8460 Fax

BOB BURNETT

Since 1939

Lakewood Ranch Country Club – St. Georges Custom built by Anchor, 4BR, 3BA, heated pool/spa, Attention to detail, Plantation shutters, custom draperies, extra storage, Game room. #LBO238146, $679,900 Dave Minton

LT. COL. USAF (RET), REALTOR

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A proven professional you can count on for all your real estate needs.

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Dave Minton

Owner/REALTOR®

Lakewood Ranch County Club – Canterbury Scenic lot on 12th fairway overlooking lake. Pruett built luxury with upgrades. 4BR/3BA, 2 FP, office, decorative ceiling. Diagonally laid tile. Motorcourt entry. #LBO240579, $799,900 Dave Minton

Gillian Busard is a Longboat Key resident, immediate past president of the Longboat Key Garden Club and permit holder of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch. ❑

WELCOMES CATHY MELDAHL, REALTOR, GRI

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Lakewood Ranch Edgewater Georgeous Rutenberg 2/3BR, 2.5BA pool home on lake view lot. Ugraded KitchenAid appliances, Reverse Osmosis water system, Family room wired for surround sound, gas fireplace, master Bath has Jacuzzi garden tub. Canvas awnings across rear windows. #LBO241880, $429,900, Dave Minton

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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.

Charm of the Mediterranean. Inspired by the sun-kissed palette of Italy, San Marco presents bay views from trellised terraces streaming with bougainvillea, a sparkling pool deck w/fitness center & sauna. 23 spacious 3 and 4BR/2.5 to 3.5BA condo residences Call Ellen Ross at: 362-7005

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L ROGER SELLS THE SANCTUARY THE SANCTUARY...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 THE SANCTUARY...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. $1,499,000

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES COUNTRY CLUB SHORES... Renovated four bedroom home which looks down the canal and out to the Bay. Cook’s kitchen with granite tops, double oven and water views. Oversized yard and pool. Dock with new lift. $949,000.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES POINT...This spectacular property is located on the “point” with over 163’ of Bay frontage and 120’ of protected deepwater canal. The views are endless; downtown Sarasota, John Ringling Mansion and panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. The perfect location for your dream home! $2,299,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES...Lowest price waterfront house by $100,000! Three bedroom home on the west end of Ketch Lane. Has been partially remodeled and is ready for occupancy or further renovation. Park your boat at the dock and move right in. $499,000

ST. ARMANDS WATERFRONT...A landmark home on St. Armand’s Key, a one-of-a-kind property. Two-lot waterfront estate is walled and landscaped. Inside is a comfortable Florida-style home, the focus of outside beauty is brought inside through generous use of glass. $2,995,000 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 feet of water frontage that includes three docks. Vaulted ceilings in family room, living and dining space. $2,595,000 THE OAKS...Simply spectacular. Over 7,500 square feet of authentic country French living. Completely rebuilt with love and superior quality. Four/five bedrooms in the main house plus a mother-in-law guest house attached by a breezeway. Built on two lots! Over 350’ of estate frontage; the backyard overlooks an impressive lawn and lake. A truly one-of-a-kind residence in Oaks I. $2,199,000 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 includes a full two-car garage. $779,000 NEW LISTING! PROMENADE...Beautifully decorated updated Promenade 8th floor with gorgeous sunsets and bay views. This wonderful residence is tastefully done and in move-in condition. Furnished. $699,000 AQUARIUS...This south end, Longboat Key beach residence. Northwest exposure for beautiful sunsets. Ideally located in walking distance of Publix and the Colony, this may be one of your last chances to live in a 2/2 for only $479,000

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VERY SPECIAL BEACHFRONT CONDO - truly feels like your in a house at the beach. Sparkling gulf waters, white powder sand, and year’round sunsets surround you in total privacy. A really great buy and beautifully furnished too! $2,250,000. GRAND BAY - WOW!! - is the only way to describe the awesome wraparound views. Watch the big boats sail out to the open bay with downtown Sarasota shimmering in the distance. The lush greenery of Harbourside Blue #9 adds beauty to this incomparable setting. Wonderful furnishings included. $1,599,500. 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 with 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. VILLA DI LANCIA - Privacy & gulf front panorama end unit penthouse. Volume ceilings, huge terrace, wood floors, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, private elevator and all amenities. $1,695,000. A RARE OPPORTUNITY - New bayfront custom estate home on St. Armands Key w/180° views of Sarasota Bay, Mote Marine Bird Sanctuary & the city skyline. A 5BR, 5400 sq. ft. masterpiece w/highest quality construction, architectural detail & elegant finishes. Unparalleled waterside ambiance w/sophisticated modern amenities. Dock w/16,000 lb. & 10,000 lb. lift. The large lanai overlooks the 35’ swimming pool & spa. $3,350,000. SANCTUARY - Corner unit w/wrap around views of golf and gulf. 2BD, den 2.5BA turnkey furnished. Expansive beach, sensational amenities in secure, environment. $949,000. ATRIUM - Rarely available “Banyan” floor plan, in direct bayfront end unit. Over 2,600 sq. ft., eat-in-kitchen, huge great room, 3 BR/2.5BA, 3 balconies, wonderful amenities. $879,000. FAIRWAY BAY - Direct bay front, 2BR/2BA, end unit. Beautifully decorated in one of LBK’s nicest communities. Amenities galore. $459,900. CASA DEL MAR - Fabulous rental complex on beach. Low maintenance fee & great on-site rental program. Beautifully redecorated & updated. $399,900. HARBOUR OAKS - Maintenance free home. 3BR/2.5BA + den. Large great room w/vaulted ceilings, tile floors, & designer touches. Huge screened back deck, 2 car garage, new roof, paver brick drive & entry walkway. $459,900. ISLANDS WEST - Direct gulf front 2BR/2BA w/panoramic views of Gulf, Bay & Downtown. Exceptional building, sensational amenities. Priced to sell quickly w/furnishings. PRICE REDUCED. $609,000. BEACHES OF LONGBOAT KEY SOLD $695,000. ★ ★ ★ ★ INN ON THE BEACH ★ ★ ★ ★ Superb 1st level 2BR/2BA walk-out to pool and beach $795,000.

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Bruce has been charting the course in residential real estate for over 23 years! The only time in life it doesn’t cost more to hire the best. GRAND RIVIERA

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WATER CLUB

Enclave of 13 luxurious residences on Golden Gate Point! Enjoy unparalleled panoramic views and private boat docks available. 2,651 -5,837 sq. ft. $1,525,000 Exquisitely appointed, spacious beachfront residence with 3 to $4,300,000. large terraces! Popular “Arlington” plan with beautiful upgrades throughout! 2 covered parking spaces. $2,475,000. HAMMOCK Sophisticated “Cambridge” floor plan tastefully appointed throughout! 2 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with granite, extra $1,199,000. storage & 2 covered parking spaces.

Appreciates

Barbara Ackerman for her continuing commitment and participation as a member of their Board of Directors

NEW LISTINGS MAINLAND - VILLA ROSA – Almost new 2BR/2BA + den and family room in this lakefront residence. Shows like a model. Fully upgraded to include Corian counters, wood cabinets, stainless steel sink, top of the line washer and dryer, designer tile throughout, Roman shower, all window treatments and additional lush landscaping. Outstanding location convenient to all that Sarasota has to offer. $315,000. LONGBOAT KEY - SANCTUARY – The Sanctuary Building IV. Enjoy sunrise, city lights and panoramic gulf sunset views from this 2BR + den custom furnished apartment. Beautifully upgraded with granite kitchen countertops, wood and halogen lighted built-ins and quality furnishings. Relax in a resort style pool and fitness center. Located directly on the Gulf behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $1,579,000.

BAY ISLES HARBOR SECTION

Estate-sized property, tropically landscaped with 345’ water frontage on 1.5 acres +/-. Well designed, custom home with over 4,000 Sq. ft. $2,595,000 plus a 4-car garage. 2 docks on deep water.

WATERFRONT LOT

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, $3,150,000. 3 car garage, elevator, pool, separate spa area. Magnificently designed, custom home. Light, bright, split fl. plan, vaulted ceilings & white tile throughout. Deep water channel boasting 196’ seawall, dock accommodates 3 boats. $1,799,000.

COREY’S LANDING Build your dream home lot with over 125 feet directly on New Pass! May be purchased with adjoining lots for family com$2,595,000. pound.

BIRD KEY Courtyard home w/detached quest suite. Complete privacy around lushly landscaped pool! Great room with soaring ceil$815,000. ings, screened lanai with summer kitchen.

THE ATRIUM Spectacular waterfront home! Elegant & sophisticated w/attention to detail. 4BR/5&1/2BA, 2 offices, game room, state-ofthe-art sound system, 3 car garage, pool/spa w/cabana & sum$2,595,000. mer kitchen & boat dock!

VIZCAYA Popular “Mangrove” floor plan, 2,105 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, beautiful views of the bay and the pool! A great value on the $629,000. south end of Longboat Key!

SEAGATE CLUB Spacious, luxurious condominium with feel of home. Exquisitely furnished with a private pool. Stunning views of the gulf, 2-car $2,549,000. garage.

SANCTUARY

Panoramic gulf & sunset views from this upper floor corner residence! 2BR/2BA, tile floors, large balcony, views from every room! $599,000. Walk to shopping, restaurants, banks & beach.

SEAPLACE

Direct beach front! Popular & private “Carlyle” floor plan in Building II. Gulf, bay and city views from this “thru” residence. $1,499,000. Largest 2BR/2BA at Seaplace, “A” floorplan w/Southern expotwoparking spaces and two storage spaces. sure & gulf views! Separate storage room w/W/D, turnkey furFAIRWAY BAY $399,000 nished. A great value!

SABAL COVE

Corner 3 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse! Approximately 2,100 square feet under air with soaring ceilings, fireplace, loft/office, $449,000. three terraces and large garage!

A desirable lot in area of $1,000,000 homes. Greenbelt views. $399,000.

www.brucemyer.com • 941-387-1859 • E-mail: bruce_myer@hotmail.com

RITZ CARLTON PENTHOUSE – World class amenities. Sparkling bay views from every room, 4734 square foot residence with 2 master suites, guest and leisure room with wet bar, all marble floors. Magnificently furnished. Annual lease considered. $3,450,000. LONGBOAT KEY - THE PROMENADE Beautiful direct gulf front views of glorious sunsets, beach and pool from this 4th floor pristine 3 full bedrooms, 3 insuite baths residence. Features include cream marble floors and baths, luxurious carpeting, crown molding, wet bar and master bath steam shower. Promenade residence boasts of World-class amenities; 24-hour security, concierge services, His/Her spa and exercise facilities, tea room and gentlemen sports bar, Har Tru tennis courts and secured garage. Richly decorated and furnished could be sold as a complete package. Ready for immediate occupancy. Unfurnished at $1,079,000. SIESTA KEY - BAYOU LOUISE Have it all w/sweeping views of Gulf, New Pass & City lights w/private beach from magnificent gated estate. Palm Beach inspired elegance begins w/hand made Brazilian Oak entry doors, custom wrought iron fixtures & gates, ivory creme marble floors; limestone fireplaces & patios overlooking 40-ft heated pool/spa & Gulf. Seven car garage & 20,000 lb. boat lift complete the picture for the most discriminating buyer who wants brand new! $4,995,000. WATERCLUB I - GULF FRONT Enjoy a Gulf front Island retreat in this 3 BR, 5 bath 7th floor residence with sunset views from 3 terraces. Furnishings are casual and professionally designed. Concierge services, 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and a separate private garage at $3,200,000. THE LANDINGS – Lovely lake & sunset views from this spacious 2BR/2.5BA Landings South residence. Features include high cathedral ceilings, tile floors and large enclosed lanai. An incredible tennis, swimming & exercise facility. Great clubhouse, nature walk & fishing gazebo on the ICW. Active community with guarded gate entry. $217,500. VILLA DI LANCIA – Fabulous gulf front penthouse with over 1600 sq. ft. of roof garden open terrace w/direct gulf view. This beautiful wrap around terrace includes a spa. Features private foyer along with a spacious living room & dining area, custom kitchen & breakfast area, Corian countertops, wine cooler, custom decorating, new tile throughout, an expanded wall of closet space in the master bedroom & private elevator lobby $2,275,000. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM- Fabulous open bay views from this spacious 2BR/2BA plus den penthouse. 10 foot ceilings, granite kitchen, gorgeous built-ins, tile floors and decorator window treatments, new carpeting and plantation shutters. Deeded beach access. Annual lease considered. $749,900. SIESTA KEY - SIESTA COVE 3/5 bedroom, 3.5 bath all recently renovated. Decks abound for outdoor entertaining. Close to Siesta Key’s famous beach. Ultimate in tropical living. $575,000. LIGHTHOUSE POINT - AUTHENTIC TUSCANY Beachfront estate with spellbounding views of the Gulf, Sarasota Bay & city, 7,200 sq. ft. of style & quality. State-of-theart technology & design, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, home theater, elevator, exercise room, marble, granite, oak pegged floors & deeded protected 50 ft. boat dock. $8,000,000.

Call on Barbara’s other Waterfront Properties: 941-780-6045 941-924-9000 • Email - bsasrq@aol.com Take a virtual tour of these properties at: www.barbaraackerman.com

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES

BAY ISLES - Pristine 3BR home w/high ceilings, ceramic floors, bonus 1st level for a car collector, hobbiest, rec room. Walking distance to golf, beach & marina. $699,000. BOATER’S DELIGHT - BAY ISLES 3800 SF on deep water canal with bay views. 3BR/5.5BA, hobby room, granite kichen, marble baths, elevator, private patio, pool. 1,229,000. SPECTACULAR BAY VIEWS - 5000 SF. bayfront maintenance free home in Queens Harbor. Quality abounds w/marble & granite surfaces, 20’ ceilings, gourmet kit., sumptuous master suite, dock for 2 boats. $2,399,000. 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 $649,000. TANGERINE BAY - Updated in “Tommy Bahama” fashion 2BR +den w/beautiful Sarasota Bay views. Features include bamboo flrs, gourmet kit. lg master suite, 2 car gar., outdoor patio for grilling. $749,000. BOAT SLIPS - LBK MOORINGS MARINA 60’ - $212,000 45’ - $160,000

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

Team Buky

Just completed! John Cannon custom 3 or 4BR/3.5BA on deep canal w/private dock. Luxurious designer upgrades! $2,595,000.

Richmond Park at University Park Luxurious privacy. 3 or 4BR/3BA. Custom 3-tier pool/spa. 2+-car garage. Summer kitchen. Crown moulding. $629,000.

NEW LISTING IN FAIRMONT BUILDING - Suite F-23 John Ringling Blvd. 2BR/1BA full Bay and City views, boat dock, walk to St. Armands, priced at $239,000 RENTALS AVAILABLE L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - 4890 Sq. Ft. One of the most elegant properties on Longboat Key 3BR/4.5B decorator furnished and upgrades too numerous to mention. 3 month minimum. Only $20,000/Month. LONGBOAT MOORINGS - Docks available now for your favorite yacht 57.5 Ft., 72.5 Ft. and 130 Ft. For details call 203-288-6312. ST. ARMANDS, BRAND NEW - Never leased, under complete renovation and ready for annual lease August 2003, 2BR/2BA, penthouse level, corner unit, unmatched panoramic views of Bay and City, unfurnished, 2 blocks from St. Armands $1950/Mo plus utilities. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Single family home 3BR/2BA TKF, if you like new things you have to check this out. Available monthly, season or annual and available now! CALL TOM FOR HIS OTHER LISTINGS

Direct to Tom 941-387-1875 or 941-504-9282

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OPEN HOUSE 1 - 4 PM BAY FRONT - COREYS LANDING - 3532 MISTLETOE. 3750 sq. ft. villa with open bay views. Master BR with bay view & 2 guest rooms on 1st level. 2nd level w/media room, office & 2 BR. Private boat dock. $1,499,000.

Gabe

Bird Key

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 , 6 9 5 , 0 0 0 561 HALYARD LANE Beautiful 2BR/2BA Completely Updated & Furnished. See it to Believe it. Only $709,000 SARASOTA HARBOUR EAST

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The Vineyards of Silver Oak Maintenance-free 3BR/2BA. Walk-in bar w/wine cooler & fridge. Designer appliances. More! $539,000.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese & Italian International President’s Elite Top 4% of Agents Worldwide Certified International Property Specialist Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Accredited Buyer’s Representative Elite Previews® Property Specialist

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Charles

INVESTORS Island duplex CANAL FRONT HOME close to beach. Great rental Sailboat water. New construction history. $499,000 5br/5ba, pool/spa. $1,570,000.

Call Gloria Today 941-232-3099 Direct gloriagregory@comcast.net

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PALM GARDENS UNITS 4&5 Professional renovations and

upgrades in these charming apartments downtown. Stop by and take a look.

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 DOWNTOWN Historic Charm

KEY TOWER SOUTH BAY FRONT Quality Key Large 2BR/2BA, 6th floor, large West 3BR home. Wide open bay terrace, incredible beach views. $1,485,000 views. $610,000

SARASOTA BAY FRONT LONGBOAT KEY Direct D lights. Townhouse with Fantastic bay Bayfront home, Ecity EDUC$1,599,000 views, 3br/2.5ba, garage 2646 Sailboat Rwater. sf under air. $394,900

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PRIVATEER Total renovation & incredible gulf COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ED and 3BR, sailboat water, pool. views, on the beach DUC behindREthe gates! Just Immaculate! Tile roof, paver $889,500 reduced to $599,000 drive. LIDO BEACH 49 condos from $150,000 to $4,675,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 27 homes from $359,000 to $4,500,000 RITZ BEACH RESIDENCES - Pre-Construction

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at the Francis Carlton! Fabulous total renovation in this first floor unit. Complete quality upgrades throughout. You really “must see“ this one! $374,900

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Fourth from the bay, this 3BR/3BA home is meticulously maintained. Canal front, 10,000 lb boat lift, heated pool, screened lanai. Offered for $1,099,000.

BEACHPLACE... Charming 2 bedroom 2 bath second floor unit featuring LD grounds and reflecSO views of the beautifully manicured tion pond. Great rental opportunity. $515,000.

GRAND BAY! Beautiful Antigua model, wraparound terraces, over 2,900 sq. ft. Stunning panoramic bay views, exceptional appointments & numerous amenities. $1,350,000

FAIRWAY BAY... Beautifully updated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Sunny location, very light and bright, garage parking, wonderful amenities. Available furnished for $399,000.

LONGBOAT KEY - Elegantly deco-

rated Fairway Bay condo set in serene park-like setting. Gorgeous lanai, oversized BR’s, skylights, fireplace. Owner says sell now! $379,900

GOLDEN GATE POINT - Just Listed! Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo with Sarasota Bay views. Updated, tile throughout and large, screened balcony. $269,000

CASEY KEY - I’m pleased to have this stunning contemporary grace the cover of this month’s Buyers Guide. Call me for any of the 17 homes currently available on Casey Key ranging from $950,000 to $12,000,000

SEAPLACE... 4th floor unit offers 2 bedroom 1 bath and wonderful gulf and sunset views. A wonderful weekend getaway or great rental opportunity. Offered for $342,000.

EMERALD POINTE... New behind the gates at LBK Club. Villa offers views of lake & golf course, swimming pool, spa. 2 car garage. Also available for rental. $649,000.

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BRIDGE

Deal us in

Bridge table fun Playing with Bonnie Ross of Bradenton in a recent Senior Tournament held at the Bradenton Bridge Club, this hand presented itself. Ross is one of my regular partners and we both enjoy playing this game. I opened the bidding one spade and Ross bid two clubs. I now know that Ross has 10 or more points, so I am off and running. I bid four notrump and Ross bid five diamonds, showing one ace. Because we are playing computer hands, which always seem to have problems of some sort, I thought I closed the bidding at six notrump. Imagine my surprise when Ross bid seven hearts. I considered what this bid might be and bid seven notrump. This was a top result for us. All the other pairs either played six spades or six notrump. Ross’ explanation was that she thought she was showing me her king. West led the king of hearts, which I won with my ace and the play was easy. All pairs made seven but we were the only pair in the seven-notrump contract. Is there a full moon? Yesterday, I was playing with a favorite partner whom I will not expose. He bid one heart over the opening bid. He led a small heart and the declarer won with the ace. Our opponents were playing a fourspade contract. Declarer was in dummy and led a small heart, which I trumped with my singleton 10 of spades. Declarer trumped with the king and my partner overruffed with the ace. He then returned a heart, which declarer forgot to trump.

Card games

Donna Maloof

Top

Puts You on

South ♠AKQ652 ♥A2 ♦AK3 ♣ 10 3

East ♠ J 10 8 ♥J97 ♦ J 10 6 5 2 ♣J7

East Pass Pass Pass Pass

North 1S 4N 6N 7N

West Pass Pass Pass All Pass

Opening lead: K♥

Bridge Lessons — Larry Auerbach teaches from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays at Anna Maria Island Community Center. He has been playing for more than 20 years and has more than 4,000 master points. Cost is $8 in advance or $10 the day of. Details, 778-1908. Duplicate Bridge — games, 0 to 300 points, are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays at In-Between Bridge Club, Town & Country Plaza (inside mall). Details, 365-7875. Games also will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Cost is $2. RSVP with Barbara Parkman, 778-3390. Under-50 Women's Mah Jongg Group — meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center, 582 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Bring your own Mah Jongg set and cards. Cost is $2. Audra Martin, 378-5569, Ext. 219. ❑

LAST LOT IN MANDARIN PARK! - Gated community. Downtown amenities. Great location. Close-out. $150,000 INCREDIBLE - desirable location. Custom home on deep water with bay views. Ultimate lifestyle. Walled and private. Gorgeous! $3,350,000 BAYFRONT - wide open direct bay views. Deep water and dock. New Construction. Call for details. GULFFRONT - behind the gates - 8th floor, custom decor - beauty! Sunsets - Right on the beach. $689,000 ENJOY THE TOWER RESIDENCE RITZ CARLTON - Split bedroom floor plan. Spacious w/all rooms opening to the tremendous terrace. Western exposure 2BR/3BA plus den. $1,695,000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - INN ON THE BEACH Fantastic club amenities - golf, tennis, fitness center, fine dining, heated pool, plus gorgeous Gulf beach. 2BR/2BA - Direct Beach and Sunsets - largest floor plan end unit with extra large terraces $1,100,000 OUTSTANDING VIEWS - and value! Direct beachfront club suite. $340,000 CLUB SUITE - with enchanting lagoon and city views. Turnkey furnished. $245,000

(941) 232-3304 (941) 383-4276 A/H

Call REID at

Developers Realty Corp. Lic. R.E. Broker 1819 Main Street, Suite 200, Sarasota, FL

presents…

WINDING OAKS Waterviews! On the big lake, 3 bedroom villa beautifully appointed and in mint condition. Fireplace, eat-in kitchen, vaulted ceilings. Contract Pending $699,900.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Attention investors! Need an exchange! Take a look at this 3BR canal front home, turnkey furnished, private dock, open pool and spa. Virtual Tour A good investment at $749,000.

Don't Miss This Rare Sailboat Water Opportunity in Country Club Shores.

PROMENADE Stunning city skyline & bay to gulf views! This southwest 5th floor, double entry doors, split 2BR is TKF. Gated beachfront w/every amenity. Fitness center, tennis, pool, club rooms, concierge, large pool. Virtual Tour $749,000.

SAILBOAT WATER 652 Lyons Lane

This may be the best waterfront buy in the area. Spacious, lovingly maintained 3 bedroom, 3 bath home at a price below vacant lot value. Rent out, renovate, or build. $699,750.

Fabulous 3BR island home on lush tropical landscaped lot, brick paver circular drive, trellis entry, all tiled floors, French doors to screened pool and lanai. New dock, sailboat water just minutes to ICW & gulf. Virtual Tour $749,000.

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 personal 2BR luxury condo. Virtual Tour $850,000. Lagoon club suite. Wonderful water views. Perfect Florida get away. $225,000. 5307 Opportunity to own largest 2BR, corner suite. Furnished. Virtual Tour $499,000.

Join Donna at the top.

Donna Maloof,

36 SANDY HOOK, SIESTA KEY

941-586-6731

Jerry Thompson, GRI, CRS

DonnaMaloof@michaelsaunders.com

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228

Service • Expertise • Integrity Longboat Key Realtor® Since 1974 Visit my Website for Virtual Tours www.longboatkeyrealty.com

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Wonderful rambling 6 bedroom, pecky cypress beach house. Beautiful tropical garden, large pool, 2 in-home offices. Fireplace, brick patio. This home has character and charm. Walk to the village and neighborhood beach. Virtual Tour $925,000.

NORTH SIESTA KEY 3471 Flamingo Ave. Charming 2BR home in private setting on street of million dollar homes. All new windows, French doors, new roof & A/C. This bright & open home has a screened free-form pool/spa. Contract Pending Virtual Tour $375,000.

SANDY COVE, SIESTA KEY

Remodeled 2 story townhouse near village. 3BR, tiled floor, vaulted beam ceilings, most rooms open to sun decks or lush Prudential Palms Realty • Fine Homes International flowering atrium overlooking large lake, steps to private beach 595 Bay Isles Rd. • Ste. 115 • Longboat Key, FL 34228 & fishing pier. Garage, pet friendly. Virtual Tour $565,000. 7243

NEW LISTINGS

Jerry Thompson

of Sarasota

Take a piece of Florida home with you. The Longboat Observer delivers to your hometown!

Water

on the

GREAT COMPLEX - Marina, pool, deeded beach access. 2BR/2BA ground level villa. Charming! Beautifully decorated. Furn. $312,000 MARINA BAY - Outstanding bay views. Wonderful location, beautifully decorated 3 bedroom. $1,300,000

The Bidding: South Pass 2♣ 5♦ 7♥

Luxury presents

7243

Duplicate Bridge Games — are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Longboat Key. Make reservations with Larry Auerbach, 758-2017.

North ♠97 ♥ 10 5 4 3 ♦Q87 ♣AKQ9

West ♠43 ♥KQ86 ♦94 ♣86542

by Donna SWAN

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

REID MURPHY

Dealer: North Vulnerable: North-South

e-mail: jerrythompson@prudentialpalmsrealty.com


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Auto Transport RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381.

Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED!! LET ME TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF SELLING YOUR CAR. CASH OFFERED TODAY! CALL BRAD 941-374-1315

Boat Charter Adult Care MALE CAREGIVER available for male client. Experienced with Parkinson and Alzheimer. References. 927-5848. FIRST CLASS 24/hour adult personal care in my peaceful, spacious home. Excellent LBK references. 358-0846. LET ME HELP! Errands, shopping, light housekeeping, companionship, outings, ETC! LBK resident, references, 55/yr. young, happy, intelligent woman to help you! Reasonable hourly or day rates. Non-medical only. Cindy, 383-5032 or 724-2488. NURSING ASSISTANT, CNA seeks position to care for your loved ones in their home with tender loving care. Excellent reference. Call Ermina 377-3677. LPN/COMPANION OFFERING live-in FT/PT home visits or my licensed home. Bonded & Insured. Call 7/days a week, 941-365-6008. CNA 15/YRS. experience, with references will care for you in your home. 941-708-0990.

Announcements RINGLING SCHOOL of Arts student seeks retired artists willing to invest into her career in art. The reward will be knowing that a talented and dedicated young life has reached it’s artistic potential through your sowing financially. Please contact Hannah at 941-927-9659 if you have spare resources that could be released for this cause. Proof of enrollment, dedication and talent provided.

Antiques STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. OVER 1,000 PIECES OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND CLOCKS. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY! 7881 15TH ST. E. (OLD 301), SARASOTA, FL. 755-6063

Appraisal Services

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

Boat Rentals

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Boat Slips for Rent/Sale 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

Boat Sales, Service & Storage SIGNS OF A FABULOUS POWER CAT RIDE! Purring Engines Quiet Conversation Steady Footing Dry Ride Skipping Across the Waves Dipping Gently in the Troughs Hair Streaming in the Wind! Got TWIN VEE Power??? WE DO! BruMar Marine Inc. 4134 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Suite 206A Longboat Key, FL 34228 (941) 383-8190 or (941) 350-7043

SUPER CLEAN/SUPER FAST! Experienced with references. $49/per 1/2 day. Clari, 586-1822. NEED A HOUSEKEEPER? Quality service with attention to details. Experienced. References. Call Anna Maria, 954-2147. HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! Good references. Call us! Neto, Karyna 316-0834/928-1935.

 AMERICAN CLEANING SERVICES. Vacation Rentals, Residential & Commercial. Dependable & Reasonable. 795-2782.

Business Opportunities IF YOU want your house to be really clean, GAS REBATE. No tricks, no gimmicks. call Lidia at 941-924-9487. Free Estimates. Call 1-800-430-4GAS. National company Excellent references. brand new to area looking for new reps.  MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? COMPANY SEEKING investing partners. Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Excellent growth opportunity. We have great Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. products for the boating and marine industry. Serious inquires only. Call 941-755-7561. Coins

STOP!! DON’T upset loved ones by changing their surroundings. Giving specialty care to loved ones who deserve the best. 8-24/hrs. available. 16/yrs. experience w/excellent references. 747-6511 or 266-0008. LIVE IN Housekeeper/Companion w/own transportation. References available. Call 545-5759. CNA AVAILABLE. FT/PT for private care. Excellent local references. 727-5050 or 504-4847.

OLD U.S. COINS. Private Collector Buying Old U.S. Coins, Paper Money and Old Watches. Will come to you and pay cash. 1-863-324-1726. Also, other collectibles.

Computer Services COMPUTER STRESSING? No Jobs Too Big “or” Small. “Let Bob-Tech.com Do it All” 24/7 On-Site Service. 941-809-9797. LEARN TO USE your computer as easy as your telephone. Master Computer Teacher. Repairs. 383-5372.

NURSING COMPANION will live-in and care for the elderly. Also, hourly care. Mature, COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your dependable, experienced w/references. computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $25/hour. 746-5731. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508.

Catering 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.

Child Care EXPERIENCED BABYSITTER available evenings. Call Laura, 359-8690. References available upon request.

Cleaning Services RELIABLE, HONEST, hard working woman will clean & organize your home. References available. Call 928-2163.

1998 SUNBIRD Sizzler Jet boat. Low hours, CLEAN WINDOWS, wouldn’t that be nice! garage kept, excellent condition, $5200. I’ll make your glass gleam! Local, license, insured. CHRIS’S WINDOW CLEANING. Call 383-8860. (941) 724-0221. 1996 HUNTER 23.5 Sloop. Like new! Call CHERI’S CLEANING, 10/yrs. in business. 941-383-6862. References. I will give you the cleanest ☛ ☛ SMALL BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE. house for the best rate. 685-5361 or Vacation or long term. On trailer or in-water. 746-6163. Private launch ramp. Fresh water wash. Minutes to LBK, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants.  HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Also, bottom painting. Capt. John’s Marina. Brazilian lady. Good references. Free 941-792-2620. estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116.

TANYA WILLIAMS Estate & Fine Art appraisals offers professional valuation and Boat Slips for Rent/Sale inventory services for your personal property without a view to buy or sell. Video LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest documentation inventory, fine art and priced 60’ slip available. $206,000. Owner, household content appraisals. 355-8456. 941-383-2025 or 504-2000.

Cleaning Services

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 DAZZLE CLEANING, “personalized housekeeping, general cleaning and house checks month plus elec. & tax. 203-288-6312. to meet your needs. Lic./Ins. 379-6582.

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

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TAYLOR MADE CLEANING SERVICES. Professional Residential Cleaning. Weekly-Biweekly. Servicing the Islands only. Best rate on Island. LBK Chamber member. Call 779-0184 and ask for Jennifer.

IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Trainer. Backed by 25/years of experience. Ask for Summer Special! Please call Elinor, 951-6145 www.coach-computer.com.

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Items Under $200

GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & insured. 941-232-8877.

TWO PEDESTAL stands for Bose 901 speakers, $50. 778-5333.

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MACINTOSH IIsi complete computer system w/printer and manual, $100. 383-5372. 50’S-60’S WROUGHT iron patio set: 1/white round or 1/black rectangle, both w/4 chairs, one must go, $150 o/b/o. Call John, 941-924-1008.

Personal Success

Wicker Repair

CHANGE YOUR LIFE WITH BUSINESS, LIFE & HEALTH COACH DAVID ESSEL, M.S. EXCELLENT REFERENCES FROM LOCAL & NATIONAL CLIENTS

Auditorium. Sat., July 26, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sun. June 27, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 photos, all have C.O.A., Sheryl Crow and Sade, $25/ea. 954-4165. Anjelica Huston and The Honeymooners, $12/ea. One of each available. 924-5093.

941-266-7676 PLEASE VISIT: www.davidessel.com

Fishing Charters

DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate controlled cabin, all new equipment & Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait & tackle provided starting at $400. For information and reservations, call Captain Brandon today. 778-5455.

JON BOAT, 10’. Electric motor, and oars, $199. 383-8860. WURLITZER ORGAN, 2/manuals, full pedal keyboard. Good practice organ. $175. 922-5245.

Pet Services PERSONALIZED, LOVING in-home pet and property services. Insured & Bonded. Purrs n’ Paws Pet Care. 941-224-3664.

GREAT ASSORTMENT of new fresh and saltwater graphite fishing rods. One dozen. All priced from $8-$18 each. 721-1997.

Remodeling & Home Improvements

GIRL’S BIKE, $50. Round 3/ft. outside table, ☛ BILL GAREAU Building & Remodeling. $45. Vacuum +parts, $40. Iron & ironing All phases of home improvement. License COMPUTER DESK and chair, $90. RCA board, $15. 366-0677. #RBC0067087. Insured. 685-2244. color 20” +TV-JVC video +TV stand, $175. EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, Landscaping Rattan 76” couch, $250. 366-0677. painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, & Lawn Services ANTIQUE 52” round oak table with claw screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. feet, $1500. Call 778-0171. CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING & LAWN Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. MAINTENANCE expanding into Longboat 812-5115. FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, Key. All your lawn maintenance needs!  mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in Clean-ups, fertilization, mulching, hauling,   box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. sprinkler repair, ponds and water gardens. TILE-TILE-TILE 941-761-2344. Bulk shell and mulch delivered and All Variations of Ceramic Tile spread. Specializing in native plants and DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home Supplied & Installed. Xeriscaping. Excellent references. 778-5294. furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $259; sofa Floors a Specialty. & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full WATERFALL GARDENS. Waterfalls, Large Longboat Key Portfolio. bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed Landscaping, Pond Maintenance, Leaks Free Estimates & Custom Designs. complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, Stopped, Pumps Replaced, Repairs, Dirty grout? Give us a shout! $285; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery avail- Refurbishing, Redesign, Cleaning, Water Grout cleaning & restoration able. Builders, 753-7118. Changes. 587-2556, ask for Gordon. services available.

Furniture

Garage, Moving & Estate Sales AN INCREDIBLE, bodacious 2/family yard sale! 801 Broadway, LBK. Across from Moores Stone Crab Restaurant. Saturday & Sunday, July 26 & 27. Saturday, 8a.m.-4p.m. Sunday, 10a.m.-3p.m.

MASSAGE THERAPY Marty Roca (941) 232-9812 Lic. #MA32116

Health Services

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Painting & Wallpapering ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Lic./Ins. Call Kevin. Cell 704-7115 or 792-1646.

ASSIST THE ELDERLY. Join a special team of people who make a real difference in the lives of the elderly. Part-time day, evening and weekend shifts. Home Instead Senior VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, Care, 951-2103. wallpaper. Island references. The originals HOME BUSINESS Opportunity! Learn to since 1984 - Dan or Bill. 795-5100 or earn income with your own home business. 518-9303. Free Booklet. 888-658-0594.

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RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING. Interior/exterior, Residential, Commercial. All painters are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels. Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215.

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♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years experience as a highly skilled, dependable, restoration/renovation expert, carpenter & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294. EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, WALLS, MURALS. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT MEMBER LBK CHAMBER ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins. JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodeling contractors. In-house plan design. State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. Many island references. 778-2993. FOR QUALITY REMODELS & REPAIRS CALL STEVE THOMPSON CUSTOM FINISHES. RENOVATION. FLOORING . 20/YRS. EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT SERVICE

Commercial Rentals & Sales ☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135.

  PRIME RETAIL SPACES AVAIL. Avenue of The Flowers Shopping Center. From 562/sq.ft. to 1281/sq.ft.+/-, 3/mos. Free Base Rent. Sign now! Ask about our aggressive move-in special. T. Mannausa & Co., AMO, Realtor. 365-1511, ext. 115 or 116. LONGBOAT KEY Mixed-Use Building: Luxury 3BR/2BA apt. & 5/offices on +/-1/3 acre. $1.4/million. ANNA MARIA ISLAND Island Sports Bar: thrives on neighborhood clientele even in summer. Good lease, beerwine license; minimal food service avoids smoking ban. $85K. BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Adjoining Mixed-Use Buildings, 32/car lot for image-conscious investor/user. $1.75/mil. N.W. BRADENTON Restaurant: Italian/pizza, beer/wine, 30 seats. Good lease, easy to expand. $55K. PALMETTO Packing and shipping & much more! Growing business. Great location and potential! $59,900. LONGVIEW REALTY - 383-6112 Richard Estrin Licensed R.E. Broker

Condos & Homes For Sale LIDO BEACH, 1BR/1.5BA, furnished, tenant through 9//30/03. $229,900. King & Co., George Peter Ryan, 388-2040. BEST BUY ON ST. ARMANDS! 3BR/2BA home w/guest house. Appraised at $535,000. Selling for $495,000. Very quiet, secluded lot. Owner relocating. Call 941-953-2242 or 941-780-1488.

 $425,000 LONGBOAT KEY. Furnished townhouse. Largest property for the price on Longboat. Elevator, 2/car garage. Finished to the “9’s”. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp., 941-809-0041. SPECTACULAR BAY VIEWS! DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT CONDO ON THE BAY, “888” BLVD. OF ARTS. 18TH FLOOR, 2BR/2BA, 1288/SQ.FT. $399,900 ALSO 9TH FLOOR UNIT IN TOWER 2, TKF, $568,000. GATED BAYFRONT COMPLEX NEAR RITZ & VAN WEZEL. TENNIS, FITNESS, SWIMMING, BOAT DOCKS. CALL 923-5895 OR 650-5130 WAYNE & PENNY SANDERS MICHAEL SAUNDERS & CO.

941-955-0472 PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest Items For Sale & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. THE LORD’S WAREHOUSE Resale Shop. 30+years exp. We can furnish your home & enhance your wardrobe. 6140 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat. BRILLIANT PAINTING & HOME REPAIR. July, Sat. 9a.m.-1p.m. 383-4738. Interior & Exterior work. Professional & affordable. Lic./Ins. 815-8886. ENTERTAINMENT CENTER. Beautiful solid oak, 7 piece, accommodates 65” wide screen TV, $1500 o/b/o. 224-3872.

Personal Training

PERSONAL TRAINING in the privacy of your home. Professional, qualified trainer, with a degree in sports medicine from the ABS UNIT to reduce abdomen, almost new, University of Florida. Weight loss, strength $40 (orig. cost $110). U.S. Mint Stamps training, toning, rehabilitative exercises. Call Plate, blocks and sheets, wholesale, $100 Justin Peters at Sarasota Biotechnology. minimum. Call 388-5032. 544-8089.

Items Under $200

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Massage

DOES YOUR rattan or wicker furniture look old and tired? How about a face lift, repaint, color changes, minor repairs. Pick-up and delivery available. Call Wicker Wonder, 778-3133.

 LONGBOAT KEY. ON THE GULF, ONLY 11 units. NO RENTAL Roofing RESTRICTIONS. Lushly landscaped, pool, STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General choice of either 2 bedrooms or 1 bedroom. Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, From $325,00-$635,000 including boating Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. facilities. www.cabanabeachclubcondos.com Call DON for immediate response. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, 941-809-0041. PE20374. VISA/MC. BEACH HARBOR Club. Premium 3rd floor location w/bay views. Updated interior and exterior makes this unit one of the best Screen Repair properties for the money. Walk to your ED’S RESCREENING & HOME EXTERIOR privately equipped beach, or keep a boat in SERVICES. Pool cage restoration, screened your own private slip. A must see with easy entryways. Serving Longboat Key. “Quality access. Offered for $279,000. Contact Mike Work, Affordabley Priced”. Licensed & Migone at Wedebrock R.E. Co. 383-5543. Insured. 504-2325 or 921-9289. Ed Ponte, WINDWARD BAY CONDO FOR SALE. Owner/Operator. Spectacular Sarasota Bay views from rarely available 3BR/2BA ground floor bay front Tile Installation villa. Great income potential from this nicely STEVE ALLEN Floorcovering. Professional appointed unit. Offered for $439,900. Ceramic Tile Installation. Many Longboat Contact Bill Hayden at 941-383-3556 or see references. 20/yrs. experience. Chamber a virtual tour of this unit and complex at member. 383-5381, 726-1802. Also, carpet my website: www.KeySarasotaHomes.com Keller Williams Realty. & wood supplied, installed. Lic./Ins.


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BEST BUY on Longboat! 2BR/2BA garden TOWNHOUSE W/BOAT SLIP. Deep water, condo. Immaculate condition, private beach, LBK Club - Harborside Dr. 3BR/3BA. boat dock, heated pool, club house. $575,000. By Owner. No brokers. 383-4058. $299,000. 387-7049. FAIRWAY BAY - Atrium Direct Bay View. OWNER FINANCING/LEASE OPTION. Unit #538, 4th level, 3BR/2.5BA, 2616/sq.ft. Longboat Key, $450,000. 3BR/2BA, pool, w/3 balconies and 2/under building parking community boat dock. Owner/Agent. Re/Max spaces. Priced at $875,000. ST. ARMANDS. Walk to Circle & Lido Excellence, Ramona Glanz, 383-9700. Beach, 2BR/2BA, 1425/sq.ft. on a 60x150 w/extra building used as office or artist's  $379,900 LONGBOAT KEY at lot, studio. Priced at $450,000. BAYPORT. 5/Har Tru Tennis courts, huge FAIRWAY BAY, 1626/sq.ft. townhouse, pool. Flexible rental program. Furnished. 2BR/2.5BA, w/huge parking garage. Priced Peek of Gulf. Central Park Realty Corp. at $434,500. 941-809-0041. CANAL FRONT, 623 Marbury. 3/Story Key West style, 2800/sq.ft., 10/yr. new home on SPANISH MAIN, LBK 2BR/2BA villa. Low a sailboat water canal w/open pool & open fees! Pool and marina, deeded beach acporches. Turnkey furnished. $699,000. cess. $255,000. 383-8860. Owner/Realtor. GULF FRONT CONDO. This 1st. floor walk down, 2500/sq.ft., furnished 3BR/2.5BA condo overlooking pool and beach at Villa NORTH LONGBOAT KEY Di Lancia priced at $1,524,999. BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, NEW CUSTOM-BUILT, less than 2/yr. young 322 FIREHOUSE LANE. Lennar built, maintenance free home, 2200/sq.ft., 3BR/2BA w/caged and heated 3BR/3BA, FAMILY ROOM, SCREENED pool in the Hamptons. Priced at $339,000. PORCH, 3/DECKS, COMMUNITY POOL, HOME W/MARINA, 610 Buttonwood Dr. WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. 2200/sq.ft. Florida ranch style, 3BR/2BA on a very large lot w/boat dockage available for $995,000 $300/yr. Broker/Owner. Priced at $450,000. CONRAD BEACH Also, annual rental for $2500/mo. ST. ARMANDS, 128 So. Washington Dr. OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 2BR/2BA, 1100/sq.ft., totally remodeled for 387-9595 rent $1500/mo. through December 1st. WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM

Condos & Homes For Sale HEMBREE’S LUXURY PROPERTIES

LBK VILLAGE home, 3BR/1BA, free standing, large 2/car garage. Updated paint, new roof and A/C. $409,000. Call Fred Flis, Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.

LIDO BEACH Home to be built on Lido Beach. Gulf views! Still time to customize. $2,900,000

BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB SANCTUARY 2-3BR/2.5BA, FIRST FLOOR, WALK DOWN TO BEACH. TOTAL RENOVATION, LARGE FLOOR PLAN, 2510/SQ.FT. $1,095,000

RITZ RESIDENCE 3BR/3BA, bay views, many upgrades and amenities. $2,495,000 Lease option available.

MICHAEL DUVALL, RE/MAX EXCELLENCE 941-383-9700

MARINA TOWER 3BR/3.5BA, spectacular views and upgrades. $1,950,000 Lease option available.

SECLUDED 150/FT. WATERFRONT PARADISE - 6551 Bayou Hammock Rd. $1,195,000. 4BR/3BA wooded acre. Call Owner/agent, M. Namack, Ilene Mirman Realty 941-730-6812 or 941-378-3582.

RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE 3BR/3BA, great views, amenities and room service. $1,395,000 furnished. Lease option available.

 THREE OAKS, PROCTOR RD. Newly constructed 3-4BR home with pool, granite countertops, all wood cabinets. Minutes to beaches and downtown Sarasota. Ready for immediate occupancy. $360,000. 941-953-2242 or 780-1488.

DOWNTOWN CONDOS-UNDER CONSTRUCTION. AVAILABLE FALL 2003

FAIRWAY BAY, LBK. Largest end unit w/fabulous bay views, 2BR/2BA, extra large balcony, new appliances, tile, carpet and paint in neutral colors. $499,000. Mel & Jan Goldsmith, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-383-6673 or 941-356-6673.

2BR/2.5BA, boat slip, views and amenities, $995,000. 2BR/2.5BA, room service, views and amenities, $895,000.

Andrew Vac RE/MAX Excellence 941-383-9700

LBK. ISLANDER CLUB, 2BR/2BA. Completely remodeled, state-of-the-art exercise room, Har-Tru tennis, on the beach. MORE FOR THE MONEY! N.W. Bradenton, Mid $400’s. 941-383-7641 or E-mail: 4BR/2BA, 2/car, caged pool & spa. Beautiful panoramic view on lakeside lot. Updated, milliesue@aol.com. clean and bright, has cathedral ceilings. HANDSOME TOTALLY NEW renovation in Minutes to Gulf beaches. $320,000. Real St. Armands Towers South. Overlooking the Estate Mart, 941-756-1090. brilliant lights of the city and St. Armands SEAPLACE. BEST LBK BUY! Direct Circle. 2BR/2BA. $649,000. Susan L. Beach Front, 2BR/2BA, $450,000. McLeod, GRI, Michael Saunders & Company And Treetops view with 2BR/1BA, $279,000. (941) 928-4445. Judi Summers, 302-3238.

Condos & Homes For Sale

CONTACT: ED BONGART 941-320-7604 OR 941-951-1776 HEMBREE AND ASSOCIATES, INC. LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

 $285,000-$290,000. Gulf front complex. All new furnishings, on site Rental Office. Rent as much as you want. Rental units being converted to condos. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041. SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER

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Lots & Acreage For Sale

Rentals: Annual

Rentals: Annual

LONGBOAT KEY 3/LOTS; C-1 zoning. $400,000 each. General Harris St. Longview Realty, Richard Estrin Lic. R.E. Broker. 383-6112.

LONGBOAT KEY. Furnished efficiency. $585/mo. Unfurnished 1BR/1BA, available August 1st. Both include water. First, last & security. No pets. 387-9252.

Open House

3BR/2BA HOUSE WEST OF GULF OF MEXICO DR.

LBK, GRAND BAY. Premiere community, w/world class amenities, beach club, 2BR/2BA penthouse, furnished w/wrap around terrace. Spectacular views of Sarasota Bay and skyline. 2/Garage parking, 24/hr. security, $2500/mo. (941) 387-1336.

NORTH LONGBOAT KEY, Beachside Community, 322 Firehouse Lane. 3BR/3BA, family room, screened porch, 3/decks, community pool, walk to beach, fully furn. $995,000 Conrad Beach Open Sunday: 11-4. 387-9595 www.conradbeach.com

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 2BR/2BA CONDO in Longboat. Sweeping views of bay, walk to beach, all appliances. Fully furnished, pool & tennis court. Annual and seasonal rentals. Call 813-469-9338 for more details. CORAL SHORES, 3BR/2BA, 2/car garage, canalfront, dock, close to beach, yard work included. $2000/mo., security $300. RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty, Martha Williams, 778-7777.

FOR SALE BY OWNER

STEPS TO THE KEY’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND LONGBOAT PASS/GREER ISLAND! QUAINT TROPICAL SETTING. ONLY $1695/MO!

941-383-7992

FINE QUALITY WATERFRONT WITH DOCK AND BAY VIEW. UPDATED BY NOTED DESIGNER IN 1999. 3BR, FAMILY ROOM, EXERCISE ROOM AND EQUIPMENT, ELEVATOR, POOL, GOOD CLOSET AND STORAGE SPACE. AVAILABLE FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED. PLEASE TELEPHONE OWNER AT 407-876-3142 FOR DETAILS

DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Water view/new, 1BR/1BA. Beautifully furnished, all amenities included. Annually, $1300. Monthly negotiable. 941-921-1648.

LBK CONDO, steps to beach, 2BR/2BA, 36/ft. tiled lanai, bay view, pool, tennis, exercise room, sauna, covered parking. Unfurnished. $1450/mo. Minimum 4/mos. seasonal or annual. 941-914-0066.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

GULFSIDE LUXURY condo, 3BR/5BA. Minimum 3/months. $10,000/mo. Call 913-677-1050.

2BR/2BA CONDO in Longboat. Sweeping views of bay, walk to beach, all appliances. Fully furnished, pool & tennis court. Seasonal and monthly rentals (also available annually). Call 813-469-9338 for more details.

VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE! Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, U.P.C.C., Downtown.  Experience the elegant lifestyle of The LBK, 3 or 4BR/3.5BA. Canal front w/view of Residence at The Ritz Carlton. Sarasota Bay. Deep water dock. Beach Jennette & Rossi, Inc. access. Turnkey furnished, $4000/mo., Real Estate Management 730-2790. Email: gjodat@aol.com 941-953-6000

LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, located on bay, walk to beach. $600-$650/annual. Call Resort Properties, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203.

PELICAN HARBOR, 3BR/2.5BA, direct beach front, mid-Key. Pool, tennis, beautifully furnished. 1/mo. minimum. $5000/mo. 727-343-9162.

RETIRED COUPLE seeks Island home to lease, unfurnished, starting September 1st. E-mail: rrheilman@msn.com or call LONGBOAT KEY. Spanish Main, 55+, 505-856-1660. 2BR/2BA unfurnished villa. Pool, deeded beach rights, across from marina, private  view of mangrove. $1200/mo. 860-379-8934 LBK, 3 or 4BR/3.5BA house. Canal front or Cell: 860-309-4772. w/view of Sarasota Bay. Deep water dock. SPANISH MAIN, LBK 2BR/2BA villa. Beach access. $1800/mo. unfurnished. Pool and marina, deeded beach access. $2250/mo. furnished. 730-2790. Email: gjodat@aol.com. Annual or Seasonal. 383-8860.

PERICO BAY CLUB, 2BR/2BA. Off season rentals now $1100/mo. 2004 Season, $2500/mo. Longboat, North End Village home, 2BR/1BA. Book now for 2004 Season, $2300/mo. Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.

WHITNEY BEACH, spacious 2BR/2BA condo. Nice water view, 2nd floor, private beach, pool, tennis, W/D, water/cable/pest control included. Unfurnished, no pets, vacant, $1700/mo. SUNCOAST REAL ESTATE, 779-0202

BEAUTIFUL CONDO, 2BR/2BA. Gulf/golf views, high floor and amenities in exclusive, gated community. $4000/mo. Nov.-April. (803) 736-4484.

LIDO SHORES & ST. ARMANDS, furnished LOVELY BAY VIEW! 1BR, spectacular Bay 3BR/2BA, pool, spa & private beach access. view, $850/mo. 1st., last & security. Dock, Call for rates & availability. Ramona Glanz, laundry, deck, quiet, furnished, 1/block to 383-9700. Re/Max Excellence. Bradenton beach. 545-3285. CALL MIKE, 725-2826 LONGBOAT VILLAGE, 2BR/2BA furnished WONDERFUL LONGBOAT Key canal front home. Pet welcome. Avail. June to October, home w/bay views. Deeded beach, 3BR, ☛ NORTON STREET, 3BR/2BA, canal, fireplace, hardwood floors, quiet street. $1000/mo. 941-383-2659. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 garage, lanai, unfurnished. $1450/mo. Call 941-350-8048. bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido 349-1021. SANDS POINT, LBK’s finest Gulf front Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental TEN MINUTES to the beach. 2BR/1BA location, behind the gates of LBK Club. condo. 388-1404. waterfront condo w/dock. 6/mo. minimum. Unfurnished, 1BR/1.5BA, 1400/sq.ft. Private Small pet welcome, furnished. $800/mo. first floor patio overlooking New Pass w/Gulf BEACHPLACE, BUILDING 6. Updated views. Great pool, fishing pier, and the best 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. 412-835-7308. 941-383-2659. of the beach. Kitchen appliances included.  LONGBOAT BEACH style, elevated Non-smoker, no pets. Annual lease, 2BR/2BA GROUND FLOOR CONDO 2BR/2BA home. Annual, $1750/mo. unfurn. $1800 monthly. You’ve got to see this one. WESTCHESTER Info: www.geocities.com/khuelfter/longboat- Mrs. Barker, 383-5897 or Kim at ON LONGBOAT KEY. 941-383-3702. keyrental or 387-2261. BEACH FRONT, POOLS, TENNIS. WINDING OAKS, LBK. Spacious 2BR/2BA LBK, BEACH HARBOUR CLUB, furnished AVAILABLE FOR THE 2004 SEASON. condo, lanai w/hot tub, garage, vaulted (and upgraded) Penthouse. 3BR/2BA, ceilings, immaculate. $2000/mo. The W/D, great pool. 1400sq.ft. under air CALL 813-961-8923 +900sq.ft. private porches. Also available Longboat Connection, Realtor. 387-9709. FOR DETAILS seasonally. Call 360-8966. BAY ISLE HARBOR SECTION

1BR/1BA LBK VILLA, GREENBELT VIEW. CARPORT, PARTLY FURNISHED, NEW A/C, 2/SWIMMING POOLS, GYM, BOAT DOCK. SEASONAL INCOME $6700. $189,900

SEAPLACE. BRAND new kitchen, baths & furnishings, 3/BR unit, Gulf view. $5500/mo. Starting January, 2004. (NY) 914-725-2747.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE www.leasingsarasota.com 2BR/2BA ON 10th floor level, view of Marina Jacks, next to the Ritz. Fully furnished. Prefer 3/mos. or longer @ $1700/mo. 941-388-2555 or 941-266-1078. LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR, first floor condo. Tennis, pool. $600/week or $1800/mo. Available Oct. Also available annually. 847-735-1764.

ST. ARMANDS KEY CONDO. Beautiful, turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA condo. Walk to WANTED, LBK. 2BR/2BA, pool, on the Circle and beach. Available until 12/31. Gulfside. February, 04. 815-629-2416 or E-mail: jolesen1@aol.com. 359-6504 or 730-4465.

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation SUNSET BEACH 2BR/2BA TOP FLOOR, CORNER UNIT, 2/PORCHES, GULF VIEW. WINTER RENTAL NEEDED. 2/MO. MINIMUM $5500/MO.

CASA DEL MAR RESORT CONDOMINIUM

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation FURNISHED, NEWLY decorated end unit villa. Adult community only, 2BR/2BA, 25/ft. lanai, across the street from Venice Beach. $2200/mo. in season. Long-term rental available at reduced rate. 941-360-0989.

CALL GREG: 863-581-4639

WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW

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

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, www.VacationFLA.com. WHITE SANDS of Longboat. Timeshares available, for sale by owner: Priced to sell at $3,000 each or $4500 for both. First and Second weeks (49 and 50) of December. Use or trade around the world with Interval International. 802-384-2285 or www.keyhomerealty.com or jredd@sover.net.

941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys For a complete list, go to: Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, www.Wedebrock.com Fax: 941-383-7925 Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, www.casadelmar.net 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. Waterfront Property ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. LONGBOAT KEY. Canal, pool home. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, SCITUATE-1ST OFFERING new exquisite Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Private beach access, spacious w/billiards living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly oceanfront condominium on Boston’s South or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. Shore. Thrilling panoramic views of Minot room, 2BR/3BA. Call 941-350-8048. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. TKF, across street Light and sandy beach. Enjoy one floor living LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 2BR/2BA w/bay from Gulf. 1/mo. min. Avail.: June 1-Nov. 30, w/superb interior appointments and stunning view, nicely furnished, Building L, 2nd floor, decor. Offered fully furnished @ $1.4/M. LARGE HEATED POOL $1900/mo. 770-671-0338. enclosed lanai. 3/mo. minimum. Call Braga & Associates, A Real Estate Co. WINDWARD BAY. Gorgeous Sarasota Bay 781-544-2000. 631-586-8580. (25/ft.x60ft.) view, beautifully furnished, large 2BR/2BA LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 3BR/2BA. corner unit, third floor Bldg. F. Washer/dryer, GULFSIDE Walk down unit, beautiful view. Available Oct., Dec. & Jan. Call Bridgette at enclosed lanai, beach access, tennis, heated ANNA MARIA “85% Repeat Guests” 989-239-6733 or 989-797-4644. E-mail: pools, covered parking. July thru Nov., 2003. WATERFRONT ESTATE ON 2/LOTS. $2000/mo. 1/month minimum. 387-7676. looby8@speednetllc.com. “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” Desirable North End, beautifully LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, corner. 3BR/2BA FURNISHED CANALFRONT remodeled 3BR/3BA home with 251/ft. Upgraded, first floor, beach access, home. Pets welcome. Available monthly of canal frontage offers easy access to enclosed lanai, 4/pools, tennis, exercise Sept. thru Dec. Private beach access. See for photos and rates. Gulf & Tampa Bay. room. Available now or 2004 season. website http://www.home.earthlink.net/~dshog/LBKRental/ Caged 35/ft. pool w/spa, new dock 508-763-5528. LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, or call 941-360-0700. and a private butterfly garden w/tropical bay/canal views, nicely furnished, 4/pools, SEAPLACE, LOVELY 2BR/1.5BA, updated waterfall, gold fish pond and tennis, beach house, exercise room. and new appliances. Available now through UNIQUE BEACH access at Seaplace. 2BR/2BA. 2/mo. min. First floor walkout, meandering brick walkways. Also, available annually. 383-8566. December, 2003. 379-4832. 50/ft. to ocean beach, garden view, fully Privacy abounds in this unique ON SARASOTA BAY, 2BR/2BA, new furnished, non-smoking. Tennis courts and ground level Island property just steps furnishings, pool, walk to beach, shops, ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished 2/pools. Available: Dec. 2003, $2500/mo. 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, from Anna Maria’s most dining. $2500/mo. in Season. Terms avail. and Jan. & Feb. 2004, $3500. 706-746-3799, walk beach/Circle. April & May, 04. pristine beaches. 708-457-1487 or 847-420-5100. or knutifam@yahoo.com. Non-smokers. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. ISLANDER CLUB. Seasonal or Annual. WATERLEFE: NEW riverfront carriage ANNA MARIA’S BEST 2BR/2BA, lanai and large deck, tennis, LBK, 100/FT. private beach home, home, spectacular views! 2BR/2BA +den, WATERFRONT BUY! Olympic pool, exercise rooms and library. 3BR/3BA, heated pool, W/D, spa, quality garage, golf, marina, fitness, beautifully $975,000 exercise equipment, 70 palms tropical 860-429-6679. setting, cable TV/internet/fax. Jan. through furnished. Monthly or annual, $1800 up. LIDO BEACH. Modern 2BR with patio, April $6000/mo., May-Sept. $4000/mo., 941-812-6077. Call 778-0171 laundry, completely furnished, walk to beach. Oct.-Dec. $5000/mo. 941-387-2001, E-mail: BEACH PLACE, 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. Reasonable. Available now. 383-2566. jios54@yahoo.com. (941)918-8658 www.siestasandcastle.com.

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New & phenomenal 2BR+den, West Indies décor by Robb & Stucky, endless bay and boat basin views, Ritz amenities & services, private beach club. $1,269,000 Wraparound views of Sarasota Bay and the city lights. 2800 sq. ft. of luxurious space, private elevator, great room w/full glass walls, gourmet kitchen, 2 master suites + guest room/den. Ritz Carlton Amenities! $1,449,000 Towers Penthouse - Bay and marina views, 3BR + den with fireplace, wet bar, wine cooler, high ceilings, unique amenity level, COUNTRY CLUB SHORES New three bedroom Mediterranean private 2 car garage. $4,400,000 sailboat waterfront home with new dock. $949,000

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Every custom detail is magnificent, from architecture to appliances! Saturnia floors, wine room, outdoor kitchen and bath, boat dock with lift, walk to beach & St. Armands Circle. $2,400,000

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Views of everything. Furnished 11th floor 2 bedroom. $929,000

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

BEACH FRONT CONDO! Spacious 3BR in a private, nine-unit building directly on the beach. Enjoy your own piece of the beach and sunsets. Pool, tennis, and garage add to this fully remodeled piece of heaven. $725,000 Karen Ankerstar 383-5544

BAY ISLES HOMESITE Large homesite in popular gated community! Quiet location near deep water marina, tennis, shopping and private beach club. $345,000. Mike Migone or Tina Rudek 383-5543.

CONDOS GULF FRONT INVESTMENT Rarely available, turnkey furnished in newly renovated eight unit complex. Gorgeous beach and heated pool just outside your door. Excellent income property with bookings in place. $429,000 LONGBEACH CONDO Exceptional direct gulf views over LBK’s finest beaches. 2BR/2BA with den and large lanai. Great income possibilities. $429,000

HOMES

SIESTA KEY Gorgeous bay views from this beautiful Spanish Mediterranean home. Nearly 5000 sq.ft. of living area on deep protected sailboat water w/private boat dock that can accommodate a large boat. No bridges to bay, minutes to gulf. $2,250,000 Courtney Campbell 383-5543

TOWNHOUSES ON THE CAY Adorable furnished townhouse on deep canal 50ft. from Palma Sola Bay. Unit has Mexican tile, newer appliances and overlooks the pool. Boat dock could be available. Hurry! Unit won’t last long at this price.$159,000 Cindy and Gary LaFlamme 383-5543

GULF FRONT CONDO!Wonderful gulf views over manicured lawns & sparkling pool from this rarely available, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA end unit. Excellent Longboat rental property. $429,000. Mike Migone or Tina Rudek 383-5543.

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 PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT 4 acre +/- property with protected 370 foot deep canal & spacious ranch home with spectacular water views surrounded by complete tranquility and privacy. Endless possibilities. $1,249,000 ESCAPE ... TO HIDEAWAY BAY Enchanting unspoiled beauty surrounds this immaculate 4BR/4BA custom home. Completely private water and pool views, soaring ceilings, spacious and bright interior. Steps to beach, dock and tennis. $1,125,000 “THE AVALON” New quality built 4BR/3BA home with soaring ceilings and open concept. Warm wood flooring, stainless steel, granite tops & much more. Only steps to your own deep water boat dock, sparkling community pool and beach access. $796,200

HOMESITES MILLION DOLLAR VIEW Estate size Gulf front parcel with approved plans & permits for large residence already in place. Build your dream on Longboat’s finest beach. $2,750,000

TWIN SHORES Large 2BR/1BA mobile home can sllep 8! Double lot, outdoor patio area. Lots of extras. Spectacular beach, bay access and just steps to the Gulf. $126,900 Peggy Kulik 383-5543

BEACH HARBOUR CLUB Updated 2/2 Beach Harbour Club unit with bay views and private beach access. Completely furnished. Boat dockage and much more. Best location available. $279,000. Mike Migone 383-5543

GULF FRONT LONGBOAT KEY Totally updated Sunset Beach condo. Turnkey furnished, gourmet kitchen, all new appliances, and crown molding. End unit with 2 balconies, plantation shutters, and updated tile throughout. A must see! $695,000 Marc Turner 778-0700

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GOLF ANYONE build your dream home with gorgeous golf course and lake views. Quiet cul-de-sac location near deep water marina, tennis, shopping and private beach club. $550,000 BAY ISLES Large homesite in popular gated community. Deep water marina, golf, tennis, shopping, fine dining and private beach club nearby. $345,000 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

FEATURED PROPERTY

ANNUAL CANALFRONT POOL HOME! Almost 3,000 S.F. home 3+BR/2BA located in N. Longboat Key. Nice architectural detailing throughout, including vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring & spiral staircases. Heated pool & spa, fireplace, dock & 2 car garage. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

ROMANTIC "VILLAGE" GETAWAY 1/1 Secluded, comfy & cozy and reminiscent of an old Florida cottage in this one bedroom village duplex. Great location & within walking distance to the beach & restaurants. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES GEM! Exquisite tropical decor in this three bedroom home, make this the perfect vacation spot. Boat dock & pool are included. Close to beaches, dining, golf, shopping & more. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

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For a complete list of properties & virtual tours visit our website or e-mail us at info@wedebrock.com

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BRAND NEW HOMES Over 2100 sq. ft of luxurious yet carefree living await you. Hurry to select your colors and waterviews now. Short stroll to deeded deep water docks, gorgeous beaches and sparkling pool. Starting at $663,500.

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