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Thursday, June 17, 2004




Planning Board approves dock; Player’s Club storage building BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

It can’t be over ... or is it? The cat-and-dog fight between those dueling divas, Olive the cat and Schnapps the dog, appears to be nearing an end — or at least a summer respite. Dahling Olive, Dr. Amy is correct. I do see red — especially when I am confronted by the color banana. Thanks for the invite to a “light lunch” but I only dine at Euphemia Haye. Considering this is most probably the end of our relationship, I am enclosing a photo of myself so that you will have something to remember me bye. Bye Bye Bye, Schnapps

Support the troops It’s time to rally the troops — in support of our men and women in the U.S. military. The men and women who have volunteered to protect us and defend our freedom. On July 8, The Longboat Observer will publish a special “UNITED WE STAND” section that will be sent to 5,000 of our troops overseas. Send us your letters and photographs. Write letters to the troops. Thank them. Show support for them and wish them safety and safe return home. Encourage them. Send them your love. Here a few suggestions for photos: Send us a photo of your family with an American flag; or family members showing the “thumbs up” or a thank-you sign. TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 2A

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Victoria Walter has a swinging good time on the playground at Joan M. Durante Park June 12. Victoria, along with her parents and three siblings, was at the park to get photographed with other young families who live on the Key. These families represent the “new age” of Longboat Key. More and more, a growing number of parents have chosen the Key as an ideal place to raise their children, despite some of the obstacles it presents for families. (For complete story and more pictures, see 1C.)



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Vol. 25, No. 49 Four sections


Dawson urges reduced expenditures; lower mills BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

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The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved at its meeting Tuesday the addition of an 800-square-foot boat dock behind the Whitney Beach Plaza. “It will help the whole shopping center, and it will help the residents as well,” said Andrew Hlywa, owner of the Whitney Beach Plaza. “It’s a good deal for everybody.” The project required a special zoning exception to the town’s maximum allowable area of 500 square feet for a dock. Citing the town’s recent desires to improve the health of commercial properties and Longboat retailers, planning board member Richard Levin said of the application, “I don’t see how we can deny it.” While initiating a motion to approve the new boat docks, Levin recommended the board add to the application two stipulations suggested by Town Attorney David Persson: that overnight dockage be prohibited and that the docks be built for use only by Whitney Beach Plaza patrons. With no discussion, the board voted 6-0 to approve the docks with those two conditions. Town staff stipulated other conditions in the approval as well. The conditions include: The docks cannot exceed 4 feet in width; a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection must be obtained; the area can only be used between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.; no additional lighting will be added; and there can be no impacts on the mangrove fringes. Hlywa and Dawn DiLorenzo have been reno-

Commissioner Bob Dawson continued last week to follow through on his campaign promise of work toward reducing growth in Longboat Key’s budget. In his most recent budget proposals, Dawson suggested the Town Commission consider reducing the town’s millage rate by as much as 44%, to 1.03 mills. The proposal comes on the heels of his “Dawson’s ‘Two Cents,’” which challenged the operating expenditures reported by Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and cited a “philisophical difference” in carrying over surplus funds. Also this week, St. Denis released a response to 62 budget questions that Dawson posed June 2. The responses were recorded from a meeting between Dawson, St. Denis and Finance Director Terry Sullivan. The response answers budget questions that range from workers comp to impact fees. Dawson’s most recent budget proposal, dubbed the “Straw Person Budget,” uses a budget model that cuts the target for general fund expenses from $13.7 million to $11.9 million. In the “Straw Person Budget,” this reduction in expense reduces the property taxes required from $9,200,298 to $5,252,115.

The “Straw Person Budget” reduces expenses by applying $2 million of the town’s $3.1 million in surplus funds to general fund expenses. “Straw Person” also makes $200,000 in cuts from the budgeted capital projects and cuts the Town Commission’s contingency by $300,000 — one-half what the town manager budgeted. Assuming that initial predictions of a 10% increase in taxable value on Longboat Key are correct and taxable property values rise above $5 billion, Dawson’s model promises to lower the millage rate from 1.85 mills to 1.03 mills. Using the same taxable values, the town manager’s budget could reduce the millage rate from 1.85 mills to 1.81 mills. In the 62 responses to Dawson’s initial questions (see complete story on pages 4A and 5A), St. Denis and Sullivan answered some of Dawson’s concerns. However, Dawson’s questions and work to cut back on town spending has continued past the meeting, most recently with his “Straw Person” proposal. “It’s not a matter of one person is right and another person is wrong. It’s a difference in philosophy,” St. Denis said. St. Denis said the surplus leaves money available for unexpected projects. Without the surplus, the town might raise taxes or might not be able to do a project. Borrowing

from another source requires a referendum. “It’s hard for us to know what we’re not going to do 15 months in advance,” St. Denis said. St. Denis also said the town has been able to consistently reduce the millage rate over the past few years because the town maintained a stable budget. There have been no unexpected increases. “What we’re talking about is a sustainable tax rate,” he said. Commissioner Ken Legler said he was “not in favor of that (Dawson’s proposal) at all.” He said he looked at the town’s surplus as a safety fund. “If something unexpected or a hurricane happened, we need that (surplus),” Legler said. “I’m in favor of reducing the millage rate. That’s extreme.” Mayor Ron Johnson said he hasn’t read Dawson’s new proposal. However, he said that depleting the town’s surplus would be “reckless behavior.” “I live my live conservatively,” Johnson said. “I don’t think that is in the town’s best interest.” Johnson likened Dawson’s budget vigilance to another commissioner seven years ago. “It almost, almost equals the work that TURN TO BUDGET, PAGE 9A




behind her was 3-year-old Shadow. Both are declawed and neither had ever been outdoors. Mixon says she walks here neighborhood twice a night hoping to spot them but no luck so far. Shadow was one of a litter abandoned in the Village and found by a Public Works crew.

ourtown Send pictures of Americana — reminders of why our men and women are serving. Send your letters and photos by mail to United We Stand, The Longboat Observer, Box 8100, Longboat Key, Fla. 34228; by email to Artwork should be in TIFF or JPEG form. It should be actual size at 300dpi or three time the desired print size at 72dpi. (Internet photos are too small.)

Birthday Bunch has bash

World traveler returns to Blue Dolphin Brandon Wells, popular waiter at The Blue Dolphin, recently took a month’s leave from his job for personal reasons. Customers missed him and constantly asked about his whereabouts. His prank-loving co-workers decided to send Wells around the world. They would tell customers, “Brandon is in Tahiti this week. Next week he is going to Nepal.” They even reported him visiting our troops in Iraq. Wells was actually in Sarasota helping his mother with arrangements for his grandfather, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He learned of the gag when he returned to work and saw the huge Welcome Home sign

At Renée Sheade’s May 19 birthday, seated from left: Rosie Chip, Bea Friedman. Standing: Helene Myers, Nikki Nilon, Helene Noble, Doris Kaplan, Roddy Samuels, the birthday girl, Jeanette DeAngelo, Claire Love, Molly Schechter, Beverly Saxonberg and Helen Sherman (see story at right). with dozens of well wishes from fictitious customers. In on the prank were were Manager Gordon Ketchum, Tracy Lowe, Kimberly Duffy, Jeannine Stebbins, Sandi Wagner and Marion Cobb. Wells said, “I was shocked but it was fun. I can always laugh at myself.” Ketchum reports customers are enjoying the joke, “Even those who bought the travel reports.”

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Manager Gordon Ketchum, Brandon Wells and Tracy Lowe of The Blue Dolphin hold up Wells’ banner signed by fictitious customers.

Edith Barr Dunn and her 50/50 crew volunteer at many golf tournaments around the area. Wearing bright yellow aprons with big pockets for handling the money, members of Dunn’s crew sometimes varies. With her at the Sports Page Bar & Grille and BK Wine & Spirits Charity Golf Tournament held

Renée Sheade celebrated her birthday on May 19 at Michael’s On East. Joining her to celebrate were the members of the Birthday Bunch; Rosie Chip, Bea Friedman, Helene Myers, Nikki Nilon, Helene Noble, Doris Kaplan, Roddy Samuels, Jeanette DeAngelo, Claire Love, Molly Schechter, Beverly Saxonberg and Helen Sherman. Couldn’t tell which birthday it was from the candles on the cake and Sheade wasn’t telling.

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The 50/50 crew — Sylvia Babineau, Edith Barr Dunn, Linda Meisenback and Kerry Walsh May 2, at Oakford, were Sylvia Babineau, Linda Meisenback and Kerry Walsh. Proceeds of the event benefited the United Way of Sarasota County, Inc.

Word of warning If you have workmen in your house, make sure your pets are in a closed area. Joanne Mixon, Longboat Key deputy clerk has learned the hard way. While an air conditioning contactor was in the home for an estimate, her 6-year-old cat, Roma, slipped out an open door. Close

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Section of Avenue of the Flowers sold BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Now under new ownership, the eastern section of Avenue of the Flowers may see changes to revitalize business in the area and fill vacant storefronts in the commercial property. Formerly owned by Town Plaza 2 Investment Ltd., the Town Plaza 2 section of the Avenue of the Flowers was sold for $1.4 million on May 14, to W. Howard Rooks. It has been under contract since March. Rooks, a Sarasota-based Realtor and developer, has several other projects under his belt, including developments in Laurel Park and St. Armands Circle. He is also a partner in the 22-lot subdivision known as the Houses of Indian Beach on Bayshore Road in Sarasota. Rooks will be managing all tenant issues at the Town Plaza 2 section of the Avenue of the Flowers. “I can only see Longboat getting better and better,” Rooks said, “particularly as it increases in residential population.”

Businesses in this 11,200-square-foot section of the Avenue of the Flowers include the Nosh A Rye Deli, Network Video, Panache Beauty Salon, LHS Enterprises, Postnet Postal and Business Services and Safe Harbor Yacht Sales. As in the rest of the Avenue of the Flowers, the property includes a significant portion of empty business space. Going into the slow summer months, there are three empty storefronts in Town Plaza 2 that comprise 3,000 square feet of space. Barbara Bowman, owner of the Nosh A Rye Deli, said she is considering putting her restaurant on the market as well. “We’re going to fill in the vacancies as quickly as possible,” Rooks said. “I’m going to keep this as an investment and I hope some day someone will invest in the whole thing.” Rooks said he is offering very attractive rates in the interest of getting Town Plaza 2 fully occupied. He would not disclose the amount, but said it was substantially less than

The eastern section of the Avenue of the Flowers was sold for $1.4 million. what Town Plaza 1 is charging for rent. Town Plaza 1 charges $18 per square foot. “There are a lot of factors involved,” Rooks said. “Including the tenant and the length of the lease.” The broker for Town Plaza 2, Lee DeLieto

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of Michael Saunders and Co., said he has been contacting past renters to let them know about the improved rates. Some business owners renting at the Town TURN TO AVENUE, PAGE 9A

Temple leader, philanthropist dies in New York BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

Longtime Temple Beth Israel leader and community philanthropist Bruce Sands, 72, of Longboat Key and Rye Brook, N.Y., died June 13 in New York, after a long battle with cancer. He was born and reared on the West Side of Manhattan. After graduating from Horace Mann School and Yale University, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Sands was actively involved in community service since his move to Longboat Key in 1990. He served as president for Temple Beth Israel and its Men’s Club. “As president of the temple he moved to make the temple into one big family,” said Rabbi Michael Eisenstat. “His dedicated efforts also put the temple on a firm financial footing. Bruce was a warm and loving man, extremely charismatic, had great energy and was unfailingly polite.”

Corrections/Clarifications • A story last week incorrectly stated that there will be $21,675,000 in bonds issued for Longboat’s beach renourishment. This is the total cost of the project. When the town applies state funding, surtax funds and other means, the bonding is estimated at $11,801,340. • The Longboat Observer reported on page 1A in the June 10 edition that the town’s beach renourishment project “has been postponed to May 2005” and that “Town Manager Bruce St. Denis recommended that the project be held off until May 2005.” The latter statement is correct. Due to an editing error, the former statement was incorrect (albeit soon to be true). • In the June 3 issue of The Longboat Observer, we reported that Longboat Key Realtor Barbara Ackerman of Coldwell Banker Previews recently sold closed the highest-priced single-family home sale and the highest-priced condominium sales in separate transactions. Turns out we were half right in several respects and half wrong in one respect. First, the wrong: Top-producer Ackerman was the listing agent for a Lighthouse Point home that sold for $6 million, which we called a record for Longboat Key. But The Longboat Observer’s real estate columnist, Kent Chetlain, reminded us that the record actually was set four years ago. Charles and Phyllis Savidge sold their home and estate at 2121 Gulf of Mexico Drive for $10 million in 2000. The Savidge property is now the site of the en Provence condominiums. Now for the other halves of the half right: As reported, Ackerman was the listing agent on the Lighthouse Point sale and the record $5.8 million sale of a L’Ambiance condominium. But the selling agents were longtime Longboat Realtors Ron Baldwin on the Lighthouse Point sale and Cheryl Loeffler on the L’Ambiance sale. ❑

Joe Miller, a member of the board of trustees during Sands’ tenure, said, “It was a privilege to work with him as a trustee on his board. He was a genuine gentleman and liked by everyone. He was hard-working, conscientious and dedicated to the temple. We will all miss him.” Morton Bloch, president of Beth Israel’s Men’s Club and a vice president during Sands’ term as temple president, said this about Sands: “It is a tremendous loss to the temple and the community. He was a great philanthropist with a special interest, Camp Coleman, a youth camp in Georgia. A frustrated baseball player in his youth whose dream was to play for the New York Yankees, his goal for Camp Coleman was to establish a baseball field there.” In addition to his service to Temple Beth Israel, Sands served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center and the American Jewish Committee. He served as the first chairman of the Center for Catholic/Jewish Studies (an out-

growth of the American Jewish Committee and Saint Leo University). He was a recipient of the Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Award. “I was always impressed with how much he gave of himself in a very quiet way,” said temple member Irv Eison. Sands is survived by his wife, Lillian; his children, Leslie, Karen, Stephen, Allison and Jennifer; his stepdaughters, Hope and Rebecca; his sons-in-law, Michael Milsom, Andrew Greenspan and Scott Oling; and his daughter-in-law, Jill Sands; his grandchildren, Emma, Graham, Rachel, Jenna, Benjamin, Hannah, Jesse and Greyson; and his brother, Robert. Funeral services were held June 15, at Graham Funeral Home in Rye, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to Camp Coleman, 201 Camp Coleman Drive, Cleveland, Ga. 30528. “Bruce was a caring, loving individual who was always there to help,” said his friend Fred Taich. “I’ll miss our Wednesday lunches and our almost daily phone calls. He was an extraordinary friend.” ❑

Water discussion to continue BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

All aspects of water use will be addressed at the Town Commission’s regular workshop 1 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at Town Hall. The workshop continues much of the discussion that was left unfinished when the Water Advisory Committee was “sunset” May 3. Former WAC member Vince DeLisi expressed concerns at the May meeting that the town would not finish

the work the committee began. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis told DeLisi that discussion on water issues would continue at this workshop. In a 70-page packet, St. Denis laid out water-policy issues that include water quality monitoring; well testing monitoring; alternative irrigation water supply; water conservation; water and sewer rates; consideration of bonding water and sewer improvements; and the long term contract

with Manatee County. The packet also includes materials from the WAC. The Town Commission will also discuss the format of the town’s utility bill. The commission will consider options to change the bill’s format. Some of the formats include a graph showing a year’s usage, or an option that shows the amount of water consumed at various tiers and the correlating charges. ❑

Other items to be discussed at the workshop: • Beach renourishment start date: The town manager will recommend that the town push back the start date for beach renourishment to May 2005. The change is intended to help schedule the project around the busiest part of the season. • Continue budget discussion: There will be an opportunity to continue discussion about the town’s budget proposal. • Building permit amendment: After eliminating permit requirements for “minor work,” the town commission will continue discussion about an amendment to the fee resolution. The amendment exempts painting from all fee requirements but increases the fee for a third inspection of the same violation. There will also be discussion about whether fees should be imposed to track improvements on pre-FEMA structures. There is concern that these structures follow the state law where improvements cannot exceed 50% of the home’s value. • Plan for town manager evaluation: The Town Commission will evaluate the town manager at its September workshop. In preparation, commissioners will discuss the format of how the evaluation will proceed. • Consider historic preservation ordinance: Will consider developing a historic preservation ordinance. The ordinance would allow the creation of historical sites or districts on the island. •Domestic security funding: Will consider a subgrant agreement to receive goods, equipment, supplies and training as part of a multi-jurisdictional type IV Light Technical Rescue Team. The program is intended to fulfill the purposes of the Florida Domestic Security Strategy. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. • Grant for the chamber: Will consider awarding a grant from the town’s portion of Sarasota County Occupational License payments to the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. • Change purchase-card companies: Consider switching vendors for the town’s purchasing card. The town has used Bank of America for the past several years. There have been problems with obtaining the correct data files. The commission will consider a proposal to switch to SunTrust Bank. • MPO apportionment: Consider a resolution to adopt the continuation of the MPO’s current board structure. The current board structure consists of 15 voting members plus one non-voting member representing the Florida Department of Transportation. Federal and state laws require an apportionment plan following each decennial census. • Plan meeting with Sarasota Commission: Town Commission will meet with the Sarasota City Commission in September or October. Commissioners must decide the timeframe for the meeting and the agenda items that will be discussed. ❑




Town manager answers 62 budget questions ation. CC fees are associated with credit card discounts.

BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Longboat Key Commissioner Bob Dawson submitted 62 questions June 2 about the town’s budget and financial management to Longboat Key town Manager Bruce St. Denis. Dawson said it took him close to 100 hours to examine the budget and write his questions. The commissioner said he submitted the questions so taxpayers will get 100% of the benefit from their increased property values. “Costs and expenses were allowed to increase, with only a slight lowering of the millage rates,” Dawson said. “I don’t think that’s right.” The responses were recorded during a three-hour meeting between Dawson, St. Denis and Finance Director Terry Sullivan. “I don’t have a problem with the things he is asking for,” St. Denis said. “He’s doing a good job of educating himself. We’re here to supply the information.” The following is the town administration’s verbatim response to Dawson’s questions: 1. Hold expense to 3% growth-use remainder to fund water/sewer costs. In General Fund we reduce the tax revenues and millage rates in lieu of transferring surpluses. 2. What is large worker’s comp. in recreation center for? Also Tennis center? Look also at garage. What is overall rate we are paying as a % payroll. Summer camp counselors are covered for worker’s compensation, as are the part-time employees of the Tennis Center. The rates are based on state comp code. Workers Compensation costs the town approx. $170,000 annually or 2.5% of wages. 3. What is the merchandise in Tennis Center ... why CC fees? We do not have an inventory. Merchandise is costed out when purchased by tennis and recre-

4. Do a P&L stmt for tennis and recreation centers. See page 40 and 41 of FY 2004 Budget and detail report attached. 5. Revenue — What is Adm Fee for Utility, Streets, Municipal Garage Fund?? BIG NUMBERS. $630,000 for Utilities. None for Streets, Municipal Garage, etc. 6. Why are atty misc legal exp and books/dues constant each month? By agreement. 7. Advertising Exp — are we getting a multiple times discount? What about pay on time discount? We did get a discount from Longboat Observer but it was terminated. The town may try the Longboat News; their fees are less than LBO. Sarasota and Bradenton Heralds offer no discounts except based on a certain number of lines and number of days in circulation (which we use). 8. What are the comparables for car allowance/vehicle provided for town manager? The automobile provided to the town manager is part of his contract negotiations. However, other governments provide vehicles for their executives. 9. Police have laundry/clothing allowance as well as uniforms ... What is the difference? Also Fire. The town provides uniforms to certain departments. It also provides an allowance to maintain them. 10. Medical expense comps? Look at as a % of salaries. Percentages of salaries are not consistent because of their marital status. Health Options PPO Single PPO Spouse PPO Child PPO family

Cost $ 4,529 9,805 9,805 13,181

11. Tennis Center ... What are wages supplemental lessons/special events? Where are revenues? Why is this over and above normal pay? Lesson revenue is split 50/50; paying the pros for lessons is part of their compensation package. For revenues, see 4 above. 12. What is advertising for in Tennis? Tennis programs in Longboat Observer. 13. Gen Svcs what is big negative in Oct. 2002? Year-end closing. reversing entries in pension. 14. Look at MIS expenses in 2002/2003 — they should not continue forward especially for capital/consultants MIS submits capital budget yearly for obsolete equipment. MIS use a consultant in lieu of a full time employee. This arrangement is excellent. Highly qualified consultant-self-employed. No office space, no insurances to pay, no vacation/medical. 15. Why did MIS car allowance increase in Dec. 2002? Car allowance is paid through payroll. There were 3 pay periods in December. 16. Why all of the professional services-other in most departments? Most of the larger consulting services are explained in the Manager’s Budget Message. See page 6 in FY 2004 Approved Budget. 17. Look at profitability of rec and tennis centers. See 4 above. The Recreation Center has never been a break-even program. It is driven by the market price for the types of services provided. Tennis has been at break-even or better. The new facility will increase revenues. 18. Why isn’t tennis/rec center charged for rental of bldg. Just as fire, police, etc. are? No departments are being charged rent by the town. They do have rental fees they pay to store documents off-site and rent equipment when necessary so the town does not purchase the equipment.

19. What operational expense reductions have been considered in submitting the budget in 2003/2004? The budget is based on the goals and objectives, new programs and continuance of approved ongoing programs. 20. Where is town manager’s vehicle expenseSuburban? Capital expenditures appear in the capital budget in the year of purchase. Maintenance is budgeted under fuel/oil and R/M automotive. 21. Why do we charge town Manager $14 for building rent? See 18. 22. Why is miscellaneous so large when we go so low in details in other categories. There are a large number of small and varied items that are needed to operate departments. Categorizing items should be done only when it is desired to track these small items. Most miscellaneous line-item budgets are small compared to their departmental budget. Fire operating budget is $3,470,000; miscellaneous is $5,000. Purchases can be observed in the G/L account detail. 23. Why so much “professional services-other” Does the amount in MIS during 2002/2003 have to re-occur in 2003/2004? Previous response 24. Does town manager vehicle show up on his W-2? His W-2 shows personal use of the vehicle. 25. What is tradeoff for outsourcing the garage? For past several years the town has purchased extended warrantees on most of its major equipment. The trade-off has proved successful. Garage mechanics cannot stay current on every new piece of equipment/technology, but the dealership must. 26. What are we paying Persson and Cohen during Persson in NZ? Persson charges $150 per hour and Cohen $125. We paid Cohen $46,312.50 from January through April. During the same time period we paid Persson $26,977.50.

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WWW.LONGBOATOBSERVER.COM 27. What documentation is presented for other legal expenses and books/pubs? Other legal expenses and outside attorneys are invoiced. Outside attorneys are first approved by Persson; all Persson’s invoices are approved by the town Manager. Books/pubs are paid as an agreement. 28. How many people in each department? Previously provided. 29. How much, and how do we manage merchandise inventory at Tennis Center? See 3 above. 30. Part of miscellaneous income is a transfer from utility, street, etc. funds for administrative fees? Why and how calculated? Only Utility Fund pays the town administrative fees. It is indirect overhead. See page 38 of FY 2004 Budget. 31. Community Center and water advisory Committee expenses should not re-occur? True. 32. Why very heavy negatives in Oct 2003? Please identify the area you observed, but in general 9/30 is year-end, so many adjustments take place in October. 33. What is the fee arrangement with the town attorney? Who approves his charges? Why are some charges fixed on a monthly basis? See 26 above. The attorney negotiates his fees. He submits invoices to the town manager for approval. Books/Pubs are a monthly stipend for convenience so that we do not own his library. 34. What are the internal controls on rec and tennis center merchandise and lesson sales? See 3 above. Controls are provided by John Mrachek carefully scrutinized his pet project. 35. What are the arrangements for compensation of the tennis personnel relative to lessons? etc.? Perhaps some get more and some get less by the revenues and costs show 50/50. 36. Repairs/Maintenance — What is included and what is contractual? How much is nonrecurring-see fire department building maintenance?


NEWS Fire has multiple contracts for maintenance. I have printed all of Fire’s FY 2003 expenditures in R/M buildings and equipment for your review. 37. Why was there a credit to CC fees in March 04? This posting error was corrected. 38. How are consultants managed? How is their performance or non-performance evaluated? Do we go out for bids? Consulting services are bid with performance tasks. All bid documents are prepared or approved by the purchasing manager. Consultants are assigned to the departments that have asked consulting services. The assigned department head evaluates their performance, and ultimately they are evaluated by how well they perform their assignments. 39. What is printing/forms charge of $38,000 in Feb 2004 for under town clerk? The costs in the clerk’s budget for printing and forms is dominated by document management of the town permanent records. 40. Why do most all get a car allowance? How is that handled when determining comparables? Department heads receive a car allowance or a vehicle. Comparables are part of the wage and benefit surveys. 41. What is high R/M in MIS? MIS is responsible to maintain the main frame, servers, software licensing and most other electronics equipment. This is expensive. 42. Heavy R/M in Police and Fire Jan/Feb/Mar 04. What is this? See the G/L detail. 43. Police Jan 2004 high miscellaneous. What is it? See the G/L detail. 44. What are travel and living rules? See the town’s Travel Policy. • Meals include tip. • Breakfast, $6; Lunch, $10; Dinner, $19. • Mileage $.36 per mile. • Hotel/non-vehicle travel paid at cost. Rules for commission, manager and attorney are somewhat different.

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45. What are contracted services in Parks department? How many of our own people do we have? Also recreation dept. Contractual services in Parks is for mowing, hauling, trimming etc. Recreation has contracted grounds maintenance. Recreation has 1 full-time person. Parks has 3 full-time people. 46. What is $25,000 solid waste recycling charges in General Services? County impact fee. 47. What is $23,950 R/M charge in Jan 2004Streets Dept.? Australian pine tree removal. 48. Can we separate out 2900 for prior year? It can be done with the assistance of Planning and Zoning and Building and Code Enforcement. They assisted in developing the budget in FY 2004. 49. Administrative Services appears to have a $275 fixed professional services other — what is it? OSHA required Industrial Medical Program. 50. Rental Building and Equipment-what are we renting? How much is recurring? All of Yarnell off-site storage is recurring. However, the town is aggressively managing historical information; thus, Yarnell storage space is dwindling as the existing storage meets its destruct dates. 51. Look at overtime as well as temporary salaries? O.T. is most prevalent in Police and Fire. Using O.T. gives the town the flexibility to maintain manning level requirements without hiring additional staff. 52. What goes away since negotiation with police union has finished? Town manager and Administrative Services director to answer. 53. Where did gas and oil charges go for police beginning in Feb? Posted in March. 54. Details of professional services please Please specify.

55. Review expense vouchers/payment? Please specify. The town’s paper and electronic payables process has been audited. 56. Building Department has to carry 40+% indirect in its fee structure, why not tennis and rec center also? This calculation was performed to insure that the town’s building fees conform to Florida Statutes. This does not apply to Tennis or Recreation Centers. 57. Feb. Mar. Apr — Build/PZB has very high legal fees — Why is it there rather than Attorney? Attorney fees were also high those months. The Planning and Zoning Department use Zoning Specialty attorneys to provide research on zoning issues. 58. Why is charge for duplication $71.15 in both PZB and Building Depts for the month of April? They split certain copier costs that they share in the PZ and B wing of town Hall. 59. Why pay a car allowance for rec center? This is primarily for buses used for summer program transportation. 60. When a grant pays for something like street repairs ... Where is the revenue and expense booked? Grant revenues booked in intergovernmental revenue in accordance with the State Chart of Accounts. Expenditures are booked in the department accruing the benefits of the grant. 61. PZB temporary help and overtime should go away with new people approved. I understand the concept of having more hands work at regular wages, but I don’t anticipate much relief. The current overtime is not impacted by the Building Official because he cannot earn overtime. The Building O.T. is from inspectors and document preparation. In Planning and Zoning most of the overtime is for production of minutes and preparing documents for board meeting etc. 62. R/M analysis of what is being done by outside contractors, and what are expenses supporting our own personnel. Please be specific. ❑

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Go after the beach regulators The environmental regulators for the state of Florida have gone overboard and off the deep end. Their two-year, $675,000 harassment of Longboat Key’s efforts to obtain renourishment permits is unjustified and deserving of citizen and elected official backlash. Someone needs to rein in and overturn these unreasonable, unrealistic environmental zealots. Since 1993, Longboat Key has renourished all or portions of its beach twice. Why then is there such a hassle to obtain a permit for what’s been done before? The state’s demands on the town — as reported in last week’s Longboat Observer — are outlandish. Thermometers in turtle nests to record the temperature of the sand? They can’t be serious. Costs of $322,000 per year to monitor turtle nesting, an artificial reef and the nine-mile beach? Absurd. Turnabout is fair play. The Longboat Key commissioners should go on the offensive. For starters, commissioners should sign as a group strongly worded letters to Gov. Bush, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Colleen Castille, state Sen. Lisa Carlson and Reps. Bill Galvano and Donna Clarke protesting the department’s demands. Mayor Ron Johnson should follow up with requests for personal visits to each of these state officials. And then to top it off, the commission should invite Secretary Castille and her chief regulators to a Longboat Key Town Commission meeting for our version of a congressional inquisition. And here’s an assignment for the town attorney: What would be the consequences of the town telling DEP to take a flying leap? This abuse is out of control. Longboat went through this already when it tried to obtain permits to dredge the canals. If this is what little Longboat Key is enduring, you can imagine what these regulators are doing to taxpayers and other municipalities all over Florida.

Whose state is this anyway — the regulators’ or ours? Sidebar: If Longboat Key has delayed its renourishment for two years so far — and soon to be three years — without largescale erosion crises, where’s the urgency for a $21.6 million renourishment? Should it, could it, be scaled back to cover only “hot spots” and at much less the cost? ❑❑❑

Dawson’s 62 questions: He’s entitled We said last week Longboat Key Commissioner Bob Dawson’s questioning of the town budget was going to be fun to watch. Well, it’s getting more fun by the day. As noted on pages 1A, 4A and 5A this week, Dawson has come forth with two more volleys: 62 questions to the town administration on specific spending items and a suggestion that, given the town’s latest assessed valuation, Longboat’s millage rate could be dropped to as low as 1.03 mills from its current 1.85 mills. Watch for Dawson to catch flak. Indeed, he already is. Town watchdog Betty Blair in this week’s letters to the editor criticizes Dawson for being nitpicky with his 62 questions and wasting the time of Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and Finance Director Terry Sullivan. To the contrary, Dawson should be commended. He’s doing taxpayers a long overdue service — learning exactly how the town operates and asking the question “why?” Dawson is doing what all corporate and not-for-profit directors have a fiduciary duty to perform. That is, know and understand how a corporation works. Likewise, the town administration should welcome Dawson’s questions. When practices are followed year after year without someone asking why, the tendency is to become accepting, complacent — and wasteful. New thinking can be restorative and healthy.

As a freshmen commission member, Dawson is entitled to be inquisitive this year — even overly inquisitive. This is not harassment. Ask Dawson why he’s doing what he’s doing, and he’ll tell you: “Look at Enron, where the directors didn’t do the job they were supposed to do. “I’ve gotten into the budget to understand myself what the behavior is and how we fiscally manage the town,” he told us. “I’ve never talked about cuts in the budget but about maintaining controls on growth. What I am suggesting is a that the Town Commission display the leadership to provide guidance to the town manager in terms of what the millage rate should be going forward. I’m not proposing that we go into marathon budget sessions.” Keep probing, commissioner. The taxpayers and the town will be better for it. ❑❑❑

Ed Koch: ‘I’m voting for George Bush’ When former three-term New York City Mayor Ed Koch told a Sarasota audience last week that he will be voting to reelect George Bush, audience members applauded. Koch joked: “I don’t get that kind of appluase in New York.” Speaking as a guest of SunTrust Bank to many of the bank’s customers, Koch described himself as “a liberal with sanity.” Said the former mayor: “I don’t agree with Bush on one domestic issue. But the single overriding issue is international terrorism. It’s going to be with us another 50 years. Koch said he supports the Bush Doctrine of preemptive strikes against terrorists and nations that harbor them. “I think we had a right to do what we did in Iraq. I don’t believe the Democrats have the stomach to stand up and fight.” On John Kerry, Koch said: When he asks 10 liberal friends how many will vote for Kerry, eight raise their hands. Then he asks: How many think Kerry will win? None does. “Nobody likes him,” Koch said. “They don’t feel a bond with him.”

Sound off! AMBIVALENCE? 56% FAVOR COMMERCIAL CONVERSIONS; 44% OPPOSE Last month, the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board conducted a public hearTHE QUESTIONS AND SCORECARD ing on a proposed plan that would give most Yes of the Key’s commercial properties the Do you support allowing commercial property owners option to convert to residential use. The the option to convert their properties to residential use? 8 board also floated the idea of giving Do you support mixed residential-commercial uses Whitney Beach Plaza and the Centre Shops at Whitney Beach Plaza and the Centre Shops? 9 an option to convert to mixed uses — perDo you support limited tourism uses, such as a 8 haps a combination of commercial and resibed and breakfast hotel, at Whitney Beach Plaza and the Centre Shops? dential or commercial and tourism. Do you support allowing each commercial property 6 In the wake of that hearing, The Longboat owner to submit proposals for his property regardless Observer asked readers if they would support of units per acre and then letting the town planning such changes. boards decide whether they meet the town codes Reader response was negligible — 14 peoand standards? ple sent back questionnaires. That in itself Too high Acceptable says the issue has not yet stirred the passions The town’s proposed plan suggests 9 4 of Longboaters enough to make the silent a maximum density increase of 187 residential majority speak out. units, which is less than a 2% increase in the But the responses still are indicative. The town’s existing density. What is your opinion of the respondents are ambivalent: 56% favor 187-unit increase in density? allowing commercial property owners the option of converting their properties to residential use; 44% do not. On one point, the respondents were definitive: 70% said a maximum 187 everyone to win. new residential units would be too many. • We just need to do a good job convincing the resiHere’s are the readers’ comments: dents. • I feel commercial property owners should have the PROPONENTS option to go residential. We have lean months during the • Longboat Key must enter the real world. summer for all commercial businesses. Let the owners • Because most viable business owners will not con- increase their property values by giving them freedom to vert but benefit from removal of marginal competitors, choose. there is no reason to panic homeowners by using the 187• Conversion to residential is OK if they are the height unit number. Limit it to 40 units over a three-year period, of residential buildings and do not exceed present limits! each conversion subject to city approval. If 40 convert, • This should be coupled with relaxation of the positive ask again in 2007-2008. building code rules/status on permits and • The residents must wake up and see that the busi- renovation/replacement upgrades for condo and home nesses on Longboat Key need their help in this effort for owners. If so, it will likely pass muster with the voters.


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• The last several elections and referenda clearly state the wishes of Longboat Key residents. Existing zoning laws should be enforced without change. • As a full-time resident who is employed full time, I am told to wait a year for select employees in the town’s building department to change their attitudes as I apply for building permits. Drainage is and has been a problem everywhere on the Key. The beaches are not cleaned. Red Tide continues to exist. Town employees are paid onethird more than elsewhere. Adequate water in the future, I am told, is a problem. Seems to me commercial property issues can wait forever! • A real estate tax incentive could be provided for commercial properties that upgrade their facilities. The lowered tax might be in effect for 3-5 years. Commercial properties should not be converted to residential use.

• Now that Tom Hires has been accommodated with his development of the Buccaneer property; Art Falls, Ed Chiles, the Moore family, et al, are in line for their special treatment. There is no need for these people who knowingly bought and have owned commercial properties to further enhance their million-dollar value to the detriment of this island and its citizens. • I agree with Ray Wolf’s idea to preserve public use of properties such as Mar Vista and still provide for the current owners to cash out. Longobat Key will otherwise become a boring island. • I would hate to see the entire Key become residential. We are certainly heading in that direction.




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Thanks for more old memories Some columns elicit nary a comment, others somehow touch a nerve and bring lots (half a dozen) phone calls and e-mails. Last month’s reminiscence about “the good old days” brought an unexpected large response. Most of these were from oldsters who suggested additions or supplements to enrich things mentioned. Lack of refrigeration, ice-boxes and the iceman clearly were important in the memories of many. One reader recalled proudly his inspired solution to the chronic problem of having to empty the overflow pan under the ice-box. He lived in South Carolina in a Depression-era house that sat on supports a couple feet off the ground. At about age 10 it was his constant assignment to empty the overflow pan. He had the creative idea of positioning the ice-box over a hole he had drilled in the floor, with an inserted funnel, to provide steady draining. This brilliant solution is still a matter of great satisfaction 70 years later, proving once again that “necessity is the mother of invention.” Two other readers chided me gently for leaving out two important sources of keeping things cool — the well and the springhouse. How could I have overlooked these? Many families drew their water from a well or from a flowing spring whose water was often quite chilly. Enclosing the well or spring provided a cool food-storage area. Still another caller said her family and neighbors kept butter and eggs in containers set in a nearby chilly stream that flowed much of the year. All of this reminds us of how much we are influenced by the importance of temperature in preserving our lives.

Occasionally an unexpected power outage forces us to cook everything in the freezer (but, only if we have gas, propane or charcoal). And, a couple of days without airconditioning reminds us of our huge dependence on oil and coal to provide power to cool/heat our homes. I once spent three months living in a black, tarpaper Air Force barracks in Montgomery, Ala. It was almost unendurable. How many of us would live here year round without air-conditioning? How many cashiers could add up the cost of our purchases if the cash registers stopped working? One phone call stretched into lunch at the pub with John Clay, a recent (three years) arrival on our Key. He is the author of a most interesting book, “Snollygosters, Airheads, and Wimps,” a wonderful collection of unusual words used by, for, about and against our presidents since George Washington. Our similar ages and military experiences stretched our lunch conversation well into teatime, and I have possible material for future columns. This, and other conversations, filled in other gaps in my earlier essay, briefly noted here: • Handkerchiefs. It is doubtful that many contemporary young men (those under 50) carry, or can define, a handkerchief. • Typewriter. Once a major writing instrument, now largely unknown. • Fountain pen. Something one filled with ink and used for writing. Received on important occasions like graduation, birthdays. Now unknown. • Cloth diapers. Often collected, washed and returned by

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Budget questions are harassing Dear Editor: I am aghast that one of our town commissioners would submit to our very busy town manager a long list of 60 questions on minor, nit-picking details of the proposed town budget and expect him to spend the necessary hours needed to answer them! Anyone who has lived here for several years and has paid attention to the town budgets (admittedly there aren’t many of us) would know many of the answers. The rest are requests for justification, which, I think, are arrogant and uncalled for. I go over the detailed “green bar” version of the town budget every year, and I usually come up with four, or maybe five, questions. But 60? In a $13 million budget, Commissioner Dawson is demanding an explanation of “$71.15 for duplication in both PZ&B and Building departments for the month of April.” There is such a thing as administrative review of expenses and revenues ... and then there is harassment. And that’s what this is. It is unconscionable that, after all these years of fine local government, Bruce St. Denis and Terry Sullivan have to be subjected to an inquisition like this. Betty Blair Longboat Key

Dawson keeps his campaign promises Dear Editor: Election campaigns and slogans are often left in the dust of the election, few remem-

bering the promises until something quite specific is magnified in the media by the decision of the editor or journalist(s), either hounded by their own individual perception of a public oversight or by providing a voice for the public who feel their representation is lacking something. A great example of this is in the Letters to the Editor section of the Bradenton Herald regarding development of Perico by Arvida. The public majority is against it, while those who voted it in have somehow decided that “they know better” than their constituents. In the two past Longboat Key elections, Commissioner Joan Webster, then a firsttime candidate, debated first-time candidate and now Commissioner Bob Dawson. The two hopefuls spoke about accounting needs. Webster stated that the town needed to “hire an accountant” as an alternative to voting for Dawson. She further stated that if a resident wanted to be represented to vote for her. She has thus far provided neither option for her constituents. This town — and all government representation — requires accounting savvy be included as part of the responsibilities. This is the desire of the voters and was clearly indicated in the last local election. We all want a closer watch with regard to our coffers. Spending money is easy; spending it wisely is something all voters respect. We rarely find the government earning any kind of money-related respect. Dawson is doing a good job as incoming

diaper companies. Incidentally useful for years to polish cars and furniture after original use completed. Now unknown. • Telephones with separate receivers. A million young women found employment as operators. You gave them a number and they connected you. Receiving a long-distance call was often bad news. Dial phones came much later. • A lawn mower that had to be pushed. • House calls. The family doctor came to your house in the morning carrying his little black bag from which he produced his medications. • Jobs for teens. Every “service” station had teenagers who pumped your gasoline, checked water, oil, tire pressure, and washed car windows. Now unknown. (Ditto, yard work, golf caddy, snow shoveler.) • Paperhanger. Picking new wallpaper and hiring a professional paper hanger was a rite of spring. Sometimes you skipped a year by cleaning your wallpaper with a gummy substance that came in a can. • Medicine. I forgot Castoria, Carter’s Little Liver Pills and cod liver oil. • Mom and Pop stores. Most things and services were obtained in small stores owned and operated by a (usually older) couple. Groceries, books, beverages, etc., were bought there, and often delivered, by one of their children on a bike. Now replaced by Wal-Mart, Sam’s and K-Mart that sell these things — all made in China. George W. Albee is a retired professor who lives on Longboat Key. He drove for years an American-made Checker cab that he washed and polished each week. He resents Japanese SUVs that display a sign: “Proud to be an American!” ❑

freshman in a closed shop. He fights the status quo by keeping his word and asking for facts on the issues. I hope the remaining commissioners will elevate the purpose of their positions by infusing Dawson’s fact-finding missions with upcoming discussion and decision making in the budget process. I challenge all of our commissioners to step up to the opportunity of boycotting political posturing now, during the upcoming budget review, and, well, always. Make a commitment to accurately assess the important factual budgetary elements of our life here in paradise. And please, spend that money as if it belonged to someone else. It does — and, we are watching, listening and evaluating the process. Gillian S. Busard Doll Longboat Key

Win-win situation Dear Editor: This is concerning neglected peacocks at the north end of Longboat Key: admired by visitors and mostly deplored by unwilling hosts — the homeowners. Nosy spectators, noisy mating calls, inexcusable organic fertilization ... not an ideal situation for the peacocks, homeowners or visitors. On the other hand, City Island is undergoing a renovation, and what a nice touch it would be to add these magnificent birds as an additional attraction to Mote Marine and Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary. There is plenty of space and shade. All it takes is a shelter and portable fences to confine them during boat shows, etc. There are even veterinarians at hand from both institutions (population control). When I bring my children next year to see the beautiful birds, hopefully, we would not feel like trespassers in the neighborhood. Alexander Klashnya Longboat Key

Bagel on, Bob Dear Editor: While it was touted closer to Financial Analysis 6001, what Bob Dawson’s Budget Methodology seems to represent is Accounting 101. It sure makes one wonder about the level of financial acuity of the town manager, its finance guru, and the

skills coverage methodology of the Town Commission, if this is where Dawson begins his analysis. Concerned residents are eagerly awaiting further contributions. But please, no more of this “benchmarking to other towns and cities.” Just because Town “A” provides Chevrolets doesn’t justify providing Cadillacs. The days of self-perpetuating wage increases and “our benefits are bigger than yours” are curiously isolated to government or companies falling off the slippery slope. Benchmarking could be targeted to privatization. Assuming 20% overhead, Longboat Key should set salaries and benefits perhaps at 5% above the privatization cost; for the town employee, that’s 25% above market. With more than 80% of the budget going toward labor and contracted labor, the town manager should take a cue from SarasotaAdministrator Jim Ley and get serious about getting off the tax-and-spend wagon. Bagel on, Bob. David E. Novak. Longboat Key.

Reagan is role model for all Dear Editor: The tributes and testimonials to Ronald Reagan provide a wonderful example for men and women across the county who aspire to public office. To be elected requires a vision for the future combined with a clear message delivered with skill, enthusiasm and humor. Larry Marthaler Longboat Key

Reagan’s humor one of a kind Dear Editor: In 1976, I was one of the very small cadre of Reagan campaign workers in President Gerald Ford’s home state of Michigan. When I first met Mr. Reagan, I asked him how, inasmuch as he was the oldest candidate in history for the office, he thought his age would factor in the election. He said, “You know, Terry, I just returned from China and the leaders in Beijing wondered if I was old enough.” Terry Romine Sarasota



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solely for residents’ storage, maintenance and recreation. The 1,768-square-foot building includes an exercise facility, office space and a conference area. “The current facilities are not sufficient,” said Michelle Butler, president of the Player’s Club Organization. “The current clubhouse does not have room for both members and staff.” Town staff recommended approval, and the board unanimously approved the project. Conditions of the project include construction of a fence around the building and obtaining a permit from the DEP. There were three absences at the board — including Dr. Fred Rickard, who resigned June 14 (see sidebar). Chairman Robert Diamant and Jerry Lee were also not present. There will be no P&Z meetings for the summer months of July and August. The next scheduled meeting is set for Sept. 21, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Other discussion at the meeting included: • Positano’s Permit: In a 5-1 vote, approved a site plan amendment application that will extend Positano LLC’s deadline to obtain a building permit. The deadline was extended CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

Rickard resigns from Planning and Zoning Board BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Dr. Fred S. Rickard, a member of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board for the past seven years, has resigned from board, citing health concerns in his resignation letter. “I have enjoyed my association with dedicated town staff and board members with whom I have worked,” Rickard said in the resignation letter. Rickard’s wife, Carol Rickard, a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the past two years and previously the Code Enforcement Board for four years, has not submitted a letter of resignation. However, she said she would resign soon. “I couldn’t imagine not being involved in the community,” she said. “You have a chance to be a part of what is going on, which to me is the most important thing.” She and Rickard are planning to move to a condominium in Sarasota in the near future. The Rickards have not purchased the condo yet due to some extenuating circum-

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stances, Carol Rickard said. There have already been three applicants for Rickard’s position on the P&Z Board. The applicants so far are Randall T. Clair, George A. Symanski, and Robert V. McGuigan. Clair is a retired corporate attorney. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the Maritime Law Association and the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee. McGuigan is a retired senior vice president for a corporate insurance company. He is a member of the St. Mary Star of the Sea Men’s Club, the Knights of Columbus and the Sarasota Investment Club. Symanski is a retired attorney who specialized in local government and land-use law for 26 years. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar. Rickard’s resignation will be announced to the Town Commission at its Thursday workshop. The Town Commission will have the option of selecting the new P&Z board member at its July regular meeting or its September regular meeting. The P&Z Board does not meet again until Sept. 21. ❑

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from June 17, 2004 to June 17,2005. Board member Ray Metz was the lone dissenter. He said he didn’t think the project should be dragged out that long. “They asked for six months and that is what I approved,” Metz said. The anticipated completion date of the Positano Condominiums has been pushed back to late July or August 2005, Positano LLC managing partner Jeff Gravely said. • Outdoor Commercial Dining: Discussed the possibility of changing the zoning code to permit an arbor (trellis) over outdoor dining areas in the marine commercial district. This district includes the Dry Dock Waterfront Restaurant, Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant and Marina, and the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub. Dry Dock’s owner, Eric Hammersand, originally requested the change. He wants to build a permanent arbor to cover its outdoor patio area. “This season, we did not have the use of the outdoor patio for so long because it was too cold,” Hammersand said after the meeting. “It impacts us financially, but is also an inconvenience for our guests.” Adding a new arbor creates open-space issues. However, Planning, Zoning and Building Director Jill Jeglie said town staff recommended to the board that the town code be amended to allow trellises for outdoor dining in all commercial and marina districts. “The redevelopment of commercial property is of great concern to both the town and town staff,” Jeglie said. Discussion at the meeting included whether outdoor space heaters or overhead fans could be used in the arbors. Jeglie said that both might be possible. Board member Richard Levin expressed concerns. “You are straitjacketing people to do something,” Levin said. “You are giving general parameters but not specifics.” Board member John Kerwin asked that town staff come back with a new proposal that includes language about permanent restructuring. The board unanimously agreed with the decision to bring back a revised plan at the September board meeting. • Commercial Zoning Discussion: Continued discussion on the town’s proposal to limit commercially zoned properties to market centers and allow other businesses to switch to residential zoning. Pam Truitt, president of Truitt Consulting, said she got good feedback from the public meeting. “I heard there is strong support,” she said. “But I also heard that 187 units will never get passed. People agree that there is something to be done but disagree on how to handle it.” Kerwin agreed that the proposed density would be a hard sell: “People want less density. We need something that doesn’t upset people.” Board member George Spoll said the board, “is going to have to sell the project,” to get it passed this time. Town staff will bring more information back to the board for a further discussion in the fall. • Code Change: Reviewed a change to the town’s Chapter 158 zoning code. The change removed a portion of the town’s building code and added it to the zoning code. The section added says that when an addition or alteration is added, a statement of zoning compliance is issued in the same manner as a certificate of occupancy. ❑


Budget CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A John Redgrave put into the budget when he first became a commissioner,” Johnson said. Redgrave remembered that budget session as well. “Seven years ago, I proposed several similar things and saw the error of my ways,” Redgrave said. “In cases of recent history, to have to go back to taxpayers for money is a very embarrassing thing.” Redgrave, as well as several fellow commissioners, said they are looking forward to discussing the budget with Dawson at their special budget workshop. ❑

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Avenue CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A Plaza 2, including Roberta Straff of LHS Enterprises, said the plaza needs an “anchor” to draw shoppers to the area. She said that the location of the plaza makes some businesses less visible. “It’s like what the Blue Dolphin did for the Centre Shops,” Straff said. “They need to put in something that people want to come for.” The western neighbor of the property, Town Plaza 1, will have six empty storefronts when the Patchington boutique ends its lease. Owned by Maine-based Dead River Properties Inc., this section includes Publix, Eckerd Drug Store and eight other businesses. Its vacancy rate has increased from 37% last August to 44% this summer. “The economy has taken care of the downturn, but we can’t get away from the seasonality,” said Mary Mulligan, asset manager for Dead River Properties Inc. Mulligan said there are currently two “really good, serious prospects” to fill shops in Town Plaza 1 – including a buyer that is interested in the restaurant formerly occupied by Polo’s Italian Grille and Lounge. “We’ll do a competitive deal to get those spaces occupied,” Mulligan said. The company is still fighting a lawsuit and countersuit against the former tenant of Polo’s, Joe Carrino. The company filed a lawsuit against Carrino for failure to pay rent. Carrino filed a counter suit, arguing that the restaurant had a rat problem and sewer issues that he was not informed of when he signed his lease. He said the problems forced him to close the restaurant. Mulligan declined to comment on the lawsuits. She said Dead River was not interested in selling the property at this time. “It’s a beautiful location, Publix anchored,” Mulligan said. “But it’s cyclical. I’m optimistic that we’ll be sitting on a nice, fully leased center a year from now.” Rooks said he hasn’t looked into purchasing the Town Plaza 1. He said he might be interested in it — depending on the price and if it were for sale. The assessed value of Town Plaza 1 is listed at $7,120,000. It was purchased in 1983 for $5 million. Town Plaza 2 Investment Ltd., purchased Town Plaza 2 in 1991 for $490,000. ❑

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SANDHAMN With over 6,100 sq. ft. on the bay and your own private boat dock, this elegantly furnished Tuscan-style home has a fabulous, flexible floor plan and lavish finishes. $3,675,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #249795

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ISLAND COURT-- BAY AND BEACH 3,400 sq. ft. of perfect island living and just steps to the beach & spectacular sunsets. Private lagoon pool & 4-car garage. $1,390,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #249104 MARINA BAY Breathtaking end unit, with 3,383 sq. ft. of panorama. Features Beach Club on Gulf. The best of all worlds awaits on Longboat Key. $1,325,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #253668 A RARE ANTIGUA GEM on the ninth floor, directly beneath the penthouse. This unit boasts high ceilings and spectacular 360-degree bay views. $1,250,000. Karin Stephan, 3837591 or 504-4435. #247388 GRAND BAY Captivating city and bay views from this tastefully updated unit. Travertine floors throughout & granite kitchen with cut glass back splash. $1,195,000. Bill Dunn, 388-4447 or 724-0205. #237658 TANGERINE BAY Professionally decorated by Judy Graham Interiors for maximum beauty & comfort, this unique 4BR bayfront penthouse features a fireplace & 2-car garage. $1,100,000. Diane Otis Stirling, 388-4447 or 320-4261. #258737 UNIQUE WATERFRONT PRIVATE RETREAT for boating/beach enthusiasts who appreciate privacy, exceptional tropical landscaping & all the amenities for family enjoyment & casual lifestyle. $999,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #250441 LIDO SHORES Newer, completely renovated, 2BR residence on a nicely sized lot. Excellent home for fun & entertaining. $950,000. Susan Holderman, 951-6660 or 377-4105. #258220 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Beautifully remodeled, fabulously located home, boat dock with lift, deeded beach access and pool with waterfall. $935,000. Bob Burnett, 383-7591 or 387-0048. #242068 LIDO SHORES This school of architecture & design home is located on one of the bigger lots in a great neighborhood. Main section has 2BRs & guest wing has 3BRs. $899,900. Monica Barth, 951-6660 or 928-6017. #249287 RARELY AVAILABLE three BR unit in the Players Club. Beautifully remodeled with stainless steel appliances & granite countertops. $899,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447. #252711 SANDPIPER Fabulously situated directly on the Gulf, this immaculate, walk-out, furnished, 2BR, corner unit offers approximately 1,800 sq. ft. in a friendly, 10-unit community. $885,000. Marilyn S. Brown, 388-4447 or 377-6215. #251007 ISLANDS WEST Immaculate, designer furnished, 2BR condominium with dramatic, full Gulf & beach views. Enjoy the generous balcony for sunsets & relaxing to the rolling surf. $849,900. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #257370 LONG BEACH Spectacular bay views from this beautiful Key West-style home, with granite countertops, soaring ceilings & walls of glass. $839,000. Bob Burnett, 383-7591 or 387-0048. #251846 EMERALD HARBOR Tastefully remodeled 3BR pool home on an oversized lot with a rare, long canal view. Features sunny east/southeast rear exposure, dock & deeded beach access. $799,900. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. #252308 GRAND BAY Top floor, west corner unit in the most desirable location. This elegantly furnished residence boasts dazzling views over Sarasota Bay. $719,000. Jim Hanrahan or Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #258198

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Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248961 VILLA DI LANCIA Fabulous double penthouse on the Gulf with 5BRs & 5,000 sq. ft. of elegance. Corner unit with expansive terraces, gourmet kitchen & generous living room. $3,995,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #247798 ELEGANT BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Gracious home designed for entertaining. All the amenities of glamorous living, including marble, granite, crown molding, coffered ceilings, open bay views & boat dock. $3,450,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #256092 VIZCAYA Magnificent Gulf front penthouse with fabulous Gulf views in an intimate seaside enclave. Created in the style of Addison Mizner, with Mediterranean architecture. $3,299,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #253734 BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Premiere location with breathtaking views of the Sarasota skyline and Siesta Key. This Spanish-Mediterranean boasts a deepwater dock & spacious pool patio. $3,200,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #239958 LIDO BEACH Return to splendor in the Van Wezel Estate. The 1st home built on Lido. Set on deep sailboat water, this Spanish-Mediterranean has picturesque views of the bay & Otter Key. $2,995,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #256298 RARE AND EXCITING within Club Longboat & on golf course. Over 5,000 sq. ft., 5BRs, large rooms, volume ceilings, 3-car garage & lap pool. Close to the beach. $2,900,000. Dick Lewis, 388-4447 or 302-3348. #253530 CHARMING BIRD KEY BAYFRONT home with open gourmet kitchen, all new interior & deep, protected boating water for a casual Florida lifestyle. $2,750,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #256534 COMFORT AND CLASS ON THE BEACH Three BR Regent Place turnkey-furnished unit with volume ceilings, breathtaking views & 2-car garage. $2,700,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248453 QUEENS HARBOUR Fabulous bay views from almost every room of this Queens Harbour masterpiece. Four full BR suites, large family room with soaring ceilings & myriad upgrades. $2,595,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 383-6182. #253971 PERFECT BEACH GETAWAY Breathtaking views of the Gulf from this 2-story home with all new furnishings, new carpet & numerous upgrades. Spectacular beachfront heated pool & sundeck. $2,525,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #220722 WATER CLUB--SPECTACULAR VIEWS of bay or Gulf from every room of this 10th-floor end unit. 3,000-sq.-ft. open plan with 10' ceiling, private elevator foyer, 3 terraces & luxurious clubhouse. $2,500,000. Sally Traquena, 388-4447 or 587-1330. #247991 LIDO WATERFRONT Pristine, custom Mediterranean home set on gated, lushly landscaped grounds. Features gourmet kitchen, pool, spa & dock, close to St. Armands Circle & beach. $2,500,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #257115 SLEEPY LAGOON Direct Gulf front with large sandy beach, located in a private setting in an area of multi-million dollar estates. $2,499,000. Michael Losey, 383-7591 or 809-3491. #253050 BAY ISLES Magnificent new home on Harbourside Golf Course. Panoramic golf & lake views, exciting architectural details & the finest finishes. Four BRs, pool, spa & 3-car garage. $2,195,000. Ann Martin & Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #256405 BIRD KEY Featuring a large living room and flowing floor plan, this waterfront pool home boasts shimmering water views. $2,000,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #255162 DIRECT BAYFRONT Enjoy magnificent views from this custom home with volume ceilings, marble & wood floors, fabulous lighting, gourmet kitchen & beach club membership. $1,995,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #245192 AMAZING VIEWS OF GULF & BAY from this fabulous 9th-floor, furnished condominium at Water Club. Over 3,000 sq. ft. of designer perfection, upgrades & extras. $1,950,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #234535 ST. ARMANDS Three-story, 2000 built, Inbar designed contemporary home with newly fenced property & detailed landscaping enhanced by a lap pool with waterfall. $1,795,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #255916


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THE ULTIMATE IN CASUAL KEY WEST STYLE and elegance. This M.L. Collingwood waterfront residence features a 5,500-sq.-ft. main home, separate full guest apartment, pool/spa & deepwater dockage. $4,199,000. Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 320-0389. #247083

GULF TO BAY ESTATE Rare opportunity for a grand residence on Casey Key's most desirable & exclusive north end. This home & guesthouse feature 5BRs, large foyer & multiple-car garage space. $5,385,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #250692 EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY with gorgeous bay views and deeded private beach access. In process is a 7,000 sq.-ft. home with gatehouse. $4,900,000. Dianna and John Allaman, 966-8000 or 232-4200. #248990 UNIQUE GULF-TO-BAY This 3BR California contemporary boasts vaulted ceilings, fireplace & panoramic Gulf views from all rooms. Located on a wide, sandy beach with buildable bay lot & dock. $4,300,000. Nancy Moore, 966-8000 or 966-1200. #244078 CASEY KEY WATERFRONT Savor remarkable views from this Key West-style, 3-story, 3BR residence. Experience all Casey Key has to offer with vistas out to Gulf from master & office. $2,900,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #257114 SWEEPING BAY VIEWS This fantastic Key West-style home is perfect for entertaining in a tropical setting. Features a gourmet eat-in kitchen, screened pool & lanai and separate guesthouse. $1,399,900. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #249532 6Siesta Key

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PARADISE SHORES Fabulous waterfront with 60' boat dock on sailboat water. Features a stunning, open floor plan with 5,200 sq. ft. of living space. $2,100,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #257641 TREASURED CHEROKEE PARK 1950 Cypress home set on the largest lot size in Cherokee Park. Step back in time to a real 'sidewalk' neighborhood, close to hospital, Southside School & Southgate. The value is in the land. $1,299,000. Phyllis Garfinkel, 951-6660 or 302-6400. #257689 THE RITZ-CARLTON UNDER $1 MILLION This handsomely appointed pied-a-terre boasts southern exposure & overlooks the downtown coastline and marina. Two garage spaces included. $999,995. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #244813 OAKS Gracious colonial home, framed by old oaks and magnolias, overlooks picturesque lake with gazebo. Extensive artful renovation. $985,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #251425 BUCCANEER BAY Just 5 homes in from the bay, this partly updated residence features over 100' of canal front. Excellent mainland location in a fabulous neighborhood. $779,000. Michael and Joseph James, 951-6660 or 724-4035. #257082 RENAISSANCE Full bay views from this rarely available, 2BR-plus-den residence. Set in the heart of Sarasota's arts & cultural district, this 14th- floor unit captures the spirit of elegance. $619,000. Monica Slater, 951-6660 or 302-0011. #256969 WEST OF THE TRAIL Over 2,700 sq. ft., this spacious, updated, energy efficient, 4BR home is surrounded by fruit trees. Features den, new family room & fenced yard. $499,000. Bruce Tassinare, 951-6660 or 955-3333. #257048 MODEL PERFECT and expanded Lee Wetherington home boasts fabulous lake views with a preserve backdrop. Features den or 4th BR, stylish detailing & neutral decor. $469,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #257615 MISTY OAKS This centrally located, 4BR home is set on a private golf course lot. The split plan features an oversized 2-car garage, heated pool/spa & beautiful landscaping. $421,200. Susan Matteoli, 951-6660 or 356-1335. #257832 GULF GATE EAST Exceptionally cute & clean 2BR home with split plan, eat-in kitchen, newer tile & wood-burning fireplace. $239,900. Michael Freeman, 951-6660 or 302-1850. #257656 CENTRAL PARK This special, south-facing penthouse unit is beautiful, immaculate, charming & sophisticated. Very spacious & open plan with large balcony. $214,900. Terri Krenn, 951-6660 or 928-1865. #257355 5Casey Key


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12A THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2004

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

May 29 12:19 a.m. — 400 block GMD. Security check revealed unlocked door at store. Owner called. Owner locked door. 4:11 a.m. — 10 block GMD. Lost property. Officer found a Florida license plate on the New Pass Bridge. Owner and vehicle not found. 4:48 a.m. — 6900 block GMD. Narcotics. A juvenile was arrested for possession of banned substances. 8:00 a.m. — 6600 block GMD. Code Enforcement. Watering violation. Owner was contacted and ordinance issued. 9:04 a.m. — 3200 block Harbourside Drive. Vandalism. Owner parked truck and returned to find dent. No witnesses. 9:34 a.m. — 400 block GMD. Property damage. Damage occurred to 1999 Toyota Camry while parked at restaurant. Owner drove car to Canada and found damage to be $1,400. Called to report damage to police. 1:33 p.m. — 2900 block GMD. Traffic violation. Officer ran a tag on a GMC SUV and discovered “seize tag order.” Officer followed. SUV pulled off road and parked on two occasions. Officer continued following, then stopped car. Owner admitted his license was suspended. He was cited driving with a suspended license with no insurance and his license and tag were seized. Owner contacted towing service. 3:09 p.m. — 2900 block GMD. Suspicious vehicle. Officer noted a Plymouth


COPS Volare suspiciously parked at a beach access. Also noted man sitting in driver’s seat. Called second officer, who recalled seeing same driver and vehicle parked at other beach access points. Officer maintained surveillance and checked plate. Observed man exit car and walk out to the beach, returning 10 minutes later with a fishing pole. Officer left. Thirty minutes later, observed same vehicle entering and exiting condominium and hotel parking lots. Officer followed vehicle pulled into motel, pulled next to vehicle, and asked driver why he was pulling in and out of parking lots. The man said he was looking for good places to fish.

He gave a false name and said he could not remember his Social Security number and had no driver’s license. He claimed to have a valid Georgia driver’s license, but officer could find no information on it. The man said he borrowed the car from his girlfriend, who was on the beach and could identify him. Officer could not locate the girlfriend. The man later admitted he gave a false name and that his license was suspended. The man was arrested for driving with a suspended license and giving false information. 7:08 p.m. — 6900 block GMD. Traffic violation. Officer stopped an older Mercury that had the tag of a 1995 Jeep. The driver gave officer a false Mexican driver’s license. He said he bought the license in Texas for $78 three years ago. The man was issued citations for no license and unauthorized possession/unlawful acts in relation to a dri-

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May 30 3:01 a.m. — 1600 block GMD. Traffic violation. A driver went 52 mph over the New Pass Bridge, a 35 mph zone. Officer followed the vehicle into the parking lot of resort. Officer stopped the vehicle. The man’s license was suspended. He also has a Georgia warrant for failure to appear on a traffic charge. He was issued citations for speeding and driving with a suspended license. The license was confiscated. 10:52 a.m. — 5600 block GMD. Traffic violation. Officer stopped a 1997 Chevy with an expired decal. The man had no license. He said he bought the car and had only a title, which was still in the owner’s name. He was issued two citations, one for the tag being expired and one for no driver’s license. The tags were confiscated and car was towed. 11:56 a.m. — 1200 block GMD. Traffic violation. A car with no visible tag was stopped. The tag was in the back window area and was valid. Driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay child support. He was given a verbal warning for improper display of a tag and a citation for driving with a suspended license without knowledge. The license was confiscated. The man was given 24 hours to pick it up. 6:49 p.m. — 3600 block Fair Oaks Place. Suspicious Person. A suspicious man was fishing in the lake behind a man’s home. He said he was staying with his parents in the neighborhood and would fish behind their home in the future. 10:13 p.m. — 2800 block Harbourside Drive. Disturbance/Noise. A group of “about 30 people” at the “E” dock of marina were asked by an officer to turn off their music and keep their voices down. The group had

a dispute earlier with a neighbor, who called the police.

May 31 12:16 p.m. — Off the Key. Assist other Agency. Officer responded to an unconscious diver aboard a vessel. Manatee County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Longboat Fire and Rescue also responded. Life support was given to the diver. Officer led the return back to the Bradenton Beach Boat Ramp. The diver was transported to the Blake Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead at the hospital, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Jay Wackerle. 4:52 p.m. — 100 block North Shore Road. Disturbance. Officer responded to a fight at Greer Island. Multiple subjects fled the area as officer approached by boat. There was a group of 20 people that was still arguing. One group got in a boat and started to cast off. Officer ran up and ordered them to stop, but they continued. Officer waded into the water and climbed on the bow of the boat, ordering the driver to beach the boat. They complied. In interviews, one girl said that she was pushed by another girl. The other girl said she was punched in the face. There were no visible marks on either girl. Their fight was a second altercation. It followed an earlier attack in which a man threw a chair at his ex-girlfriend and was subsequently assaulted by six men. The chair-tosser ran to hide in the woods when police arrived. He was located. All subjects were allowed to leave after interviews.

June 1 10:34 a.m. — 3400 block GMD. Fire/Misc. Police and fire officials responded to a broken gas line. The line was closed and the company was contacted. 12:46 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. A couple was panhandling and trying to sell food stamps at Publix. The couple were given trespass warnings.


1:22 p.m. — 4900 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer stopped a pickup truck with a badly cracked windshield. The driver had a suspended license an expired tag and no proof of insurance. He was issued citations for all three violations and a warning for the windshield. The truck was towed. 5:15 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Officer delivered mail to Commissioners Hal Lenobel and Jeremy Whatmough.

June 2 11:56 a.m. — 700 block St. Judes Drive. Traffic accident/No Injury. A 1995 Chevy truck backed into a parked 2003 Nissan SUV. The truck suffered no damage; the SUV had $1,500 in damage. 12:04 p.m. — 5700 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer stopped a vehicle that was not maintaining its lane. The driver had a resident alien card, but no driver’s license. He spoke very little English. He could not provide his date of birth or address to a translator. He was arrested for driving without a license and given a written warning for failure to maintain a single lane. Border Patrol ran his resident alien card. The number came back registered to a female. The card was confiscated. The man was given a court date and released to his family. 12:57 p.m. — 5800 block GMD. Property/Found. A Sony portable phone was turned into the police department. 5:22 p.m. — 2400 block GMD. Code Enforcement. A dog in training for a seeingeye program was being walked on the beach with a leash. Officer gave the owner a verbal warning. 6:42 p.m. — 3400 Block Winding Oaks Drive. Suspicious Person. A woman told police that she saw a man carrying a box. She said he walked south when she approached him. Officer made contact with the man. He was working for a gas company. Officer asked the man to let residents know

if he serviced the gas lines on their property. 8:01 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Assist other Agency. Officer delivered mail to the Town Commissioner’s homes. 8:45 p.m. — 3400 block GMD. Property/Found. A caller found a bike that fell off a vehicle on GMD. Officer took the bike.

June 3 2:34 a.m. — 500 block Bowsprit Lane. Disturbance/Noise. A caller advised police that his neighbor had parties for five straight days. Caller also supplied the tag number of a vehicle that was speeding up and down the street. Officer called the owner of the car, who said that his son was driving it. He said that he would handle that situation. The homeowner was given a warning. He was leaving the home that day. 1:06 p.m. — 500 block Putting Green Lane. Trespassing. A woman told police that construction workers were parking on her property. She had unsuccessfully asked the superintendent to resolve the issue. She said her mailbox had been run over and material that she installed to control dust was damaged. Owners of the three vehicles were contacted and issued written trespassing warnings. The owner of the company was contacted and complied. The woman was advised to put up “no trespassing” signs. 3:00 p.m. — 6500 block Bayou Hammock Road. Code Enforcement/Water. Officer gave a verbal warning to a resident that watered in violation of town ordinance.

June 4 11:38 a.m. — 4500 block GMD. Traffic Accident/No Injury. Driver of a Toyota Avalon fell asleep and drove off the road. The vehicle was stopped in the entrance of the Grande Condominiums. 12:40 p.m. — 500 block Halyard Lane. Code Enforcement/Water. Sprinklers were left on, but the home was vacant. Officer left a copy of the town’s water ordinance.

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7:08 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Code Enforcement/Water. Sprinklers in the Town Plaza were left on. The owner was contacted and a message left. 10:13 p.m. — 700 Fox St. Domestic violence. A neighbor called police following a domestic argument. The husband had left prior to officer’s arrival. There were no signs of violence. Officer provided the wife with a statement and domestic violence packet. Officers patrolled area for the remainder of shift.

June 5 7:30 a.m. — 1400 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer spotted a car that has been riding on a spare for several weeks. Officer stopped the car. Driver had no license. He was arrested and taken to Sarasota County Jail. He was also issued a citation for no license and for unsafe equipment. Vehicle towed. 8:30 a.m. — 600 block Old Compass Road. Suspicious vehicle. A suspicious rental van was parked in a driveway. A neighbor said the van was their son’s. He didn’t think the neighbor would mind that it was parked there. 9:13 a.m. — 4300 block GMD. Larceny. A business in the shopping area reported that cloth cushions disappeared from their outdoor furniture. They may have been lost while taking in merchandise from a storm. 9:27 a.m. — 400 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. A Lincoln Towncar’s license plate was poorly secured and unreadable. Officer stopped the vehicle. Driver had neither driver’s license nor registration. Car was registered in her father’s name. She said she didn’t have time to get a license. Driver was taken to jail. Passengers were taken to their workplace at the resort. 1:29 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Larceny. A woman’s compact disc case was stolen from her car while it was parked at the Colony. The car’s door was left unlocked. 2:12 p.m. — 5600 block GMD.

Trespassing. A man sat in one of a resort’s beach chairs after accessing the beach via the entrance of another resort. Officer warned the man not to use resort entrance like a beach access. 2:30 p.m. — 5500 block GMD. Trespassing. The man sitting in the resort’s beach chair was reported as a non-guest by management. Officer advised him to leave the area or be arrested for trespassing. 3:36 p.m. — 1200 block GMD. Property/Lost. A woman lost her wallet at the condo. The wallet contained her license, credit cards and $200 in cash. The wallet was lost for four days before it was reported. 5:06 p.m. — 300 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. A Cadillac going 48 mph over the New Pass Bridge was stopped by police. Driver had no registration or insurance. He said he just bought the car. He was arrested for attaching a tag that wasn’t assigned and no registration. He was issued a citation for no insurance. Car was towed. 8:57 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer heard cries from a maroon vehicle parked at grocery store. Someone yelled, “Let me go, you’re hurting me ... you’re hurting my arm ... stop, stop.” The vehicle held two young girls. They denied screaming. “We’re just sitting here listening to the radio,” they said. Parents returned and girls continued to deny screaming. 10:56 p.m. — 2800 block Harbourside Drive. Suspicious Vehicle. A 16-foot boat was tied to the mangroves at Longboat Key Moorings. Officer could not find the owner. Staff was notified.

June 6 12:43 a.m. — 5400 block GMD. Traffic Accident/No Injury. A parked truck was hit outside the police department. The driver that hit the truck left a note with a phone number. Truck driver filled out a report. ❑

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Veronica Kent becomes overwhelmed when she adds up all the costs of her education at the University of Central Florida. Luckily, thanks to the Longboat Key Garden Club, she can put her mind at ease for a little while. The Longboat Key Garden Club awarded two scholarships of $2,000 each on June 9, at Bicentennial Park, to students Kent and Aaron Kandur, to help further their college educations.

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“This will help pay for my summer- school classes,” Kent said. “I was surprised because I’ve always applied for scholarships and I’ve never gotten one. When I heard that I got it, I thought, “Yes, finally!” Susan Ammons presented the scholarships on behalf of the garden club and its scholarship committee, made up of six members who had the task of picking the winners. “The quality of these two applicants was just outstanding,” Ammons, chair of the committee, said. “Had we not had two scholarships to give, we would still be in that meeting. The decision on these two fine students was unanimous.” Kandur attends New College, and is a junior majoring in biology. His goal is to obtain his doctorate in marine ecology and then teach and do research in that field. He said he will use the money to spend his summer working in the Pritzker Marine Laboratory at New College instead of working a summer job to pay his room and board. Kandur is working on a project to categorize organisms in the Sarasota Bay, and has already found species that have not previously been noted as existing in this area. Kent is a junior at UCF, majoring in environmental engineering. After she finishes her undergraduate degree, she would like to

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Aaron Kandur, Susan Ammons, Mayor Ron Johnson, Marion Stuart and Veronica Kent complete her master’s in the same subject. She has done an independent study on Florida’s aquifers as well as the problems of beach erosion. Kent also dances with the Orlando City Ballet. “I’m working two part-time jobs right now in addition to dancing, so this is a big

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In my opinion ... Amy Trachter, Psy.D., Ph.D., clinical psychologist, discusses: Do you take your medications as prescribed? Part of the treatment for acute or chronic illnesses, whatever the patient’s age, usually includes taking medications for varying periods of time. Are you one of those who stops taking medication once you start feeling well, even though your doctor recommends a longer period of treatment? Sometimes patients don’t adhere to medical treatment regimens unintentionally; they forget, find dosing schedules inconvenient, or don’t remember to take them along when leaving the house. Some medicines are expensive, difficult to swallow or associated with unpleasant side effects. Improved communication between you and your doctor is advisable if you wish to: 1) increase your understanding of medications, why they are being prescribed, and their expected results (and unwanted effects); 2) understand the consequences of non-compliance; 3) discuss circumstances which might make it difficult for you to follow your doctor’s recommendations; and 4) ask if there are less expensive, equally effective medications available. You need to feel it is OK to tell your doctor when and why you don’t take medications, so that either lifestyle or medicine alterations can be made to optimize your treatment especially if you require long-term medicine use.

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Cataracts: Problem is never one-sided

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I have recently undergone lens implant surgery for a cataract that developed in my left eye. My right eye seems to be fine. What are the chances that I will develop a significant cataract in my right eye? How closely do I have to be followed? I am 69 years of age and take calcium replacement for a medical condition. Is there any relationship of the cataract to the calcium I take?

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Harry Grabow, M.D., ophthalmologist, answers: There is always the possibility that you will develop cataract-related symptoms (blurry vision) in your right eye, because cataracts have a tendency to affect both eyes. Your operated eye should be fine, but there is a 30%-to-35% chance that a “secondary cataract” may develop (this usually takes 3 months to 3 years). It actually results from scar tissue that has grown on the “membrane” behind the lens implant where the previous cataract used to be. If the scar becomes thick enough to interfere with clear vision, it can be treated with a laser in minutes, making an opening in the clouded membrane, clearing the pathway for light to pass unimpeded. After cataract surgery, we usually follow patients year-

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Snoring: All in the ear of the bedmate I am a 71-year-old man with a chronic, worsening snoring problem. An ENT physician I consulted recommended that I undergo a sleep study to determine whether I had sleep apnea. The results indicated a mild form. Sleeping with a mask (CPAP) reduces audible snoring, but the noise from the mask disturbs my wife. Are there any surgical procedures to remedy this problem? How risky are they (I take Plavix for mild coronary artery disease)? How successful?

The subject of this month’s fitness profile prefers to remain anonymous. Her pseudonym is Dulcie. And her fitness claim to fame is that she has found and institutionalized a fitness routine — a lifestyle, really — that is perfect for her. Dulcie wants it made clear that she is “not a sanctimonious fitness nut, I’m just trying to take care of myself.” She is also emphatic that she is not proposing that anyone else should follow her routine. But the specifics are not what is important here. What’s important are the themes, the first of which is that the best fitness programs, the only long-term successful programs, are highly personalized and tailored to their practitioners’ needs and preferences. Yes, you’ve heard it here before and you’ll hear it again. Few case histories make the point more eloquently than Dulcie’s. It began about 15 years ago. Her husband had become a major runner, up to and including the Chicago Marathon. He tried to get Dulcie to run and she gave it a shot, but it simply was not for her. So they changed gaits and started walking together. Now they do both. They leave their house just south of Harbourside Drive every morning at the same time. He jogs to Quick Point Park then turns around. She walks. When they meet, usually somewhere around Tangerine, then walk home together. The walk for Dulcie is about three miles and takes a little less than an hour. She does it every day, yes, even on hot ones. When the whether is propitious, she frequently does it twice a day. She walks at a moderate level of exertion and it varies from one day to the next. She says, “I don’t pressure myself; it depends on how I feel on a given day. I want to do this forever and I never want it to be a burden. That’s my philosophy on the whole thing.” Major theme No. 2: It matters hugely that you enjoy whatever activity you choose to pursue. In Dulcie’s words, “Exercise should be fun. If you dread doing it, you won’t do it.” And walking is pleasure for Dulcie on many levels. She loves being outside. She likes having her weight under control. She finds it relaxing and says, “It leaves me free to think.” Perhaps dearest of all: it is time and activity that she shares with her husband. The daily walk is the major component of Dulcie’s rou-

Andrew M. Marlowe, M.D., otolaryngologist (ENT), answers: The first thing to determine is whether you have snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring is annoying and socially unacceptable, but not physically harmful. Sleep apnea can cause short- and long-term harm. The treatment is different, because many snoring treatments do not help sleep apnea. Your sleep study results should be combined with your symptoms to determine in which category to place you. I would tell you that if the noise from the CPAP mask disturbs your wife, then it is unlikely you can be made to sleep silently enough for her. Snoring is caused by turbulence and flopping of the tissues in the upper airway (imagine a flag flapping in the wind). The first step to treatment is a thorough exam of the nose and throat to try to identify the likely sources (common ones include large tonsils, deviated nasal septum, allergies, reflux, excess weight, large tongue, short and wide neck). Treatments are aimed at straightening the path of airflow by removing obstructions in the nose or throat and stiffening tissues to prevent flopping. Surgical treatments that are typically done to reduce snoring are aimed at shortening or stiffening the uvula and palate (the floppy parts). Many methods are available (laser, radio frequency, electrocautery, sclerotherapy, implants) and most can be performed in the physician’s office under local anesthesia. Most snoring therapy is not covered by insurance and prices vary depending on the method used. The success rate is up to 85% if the reason for snoring is diagnosed properly. As for any surgery, you would have to stop the Plavix several days before to reduce the risk of bleeding.

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tine but it is far from the only one. Like Connie Ellison, profiled here last month, Dulcie uses her bicycle instead of her car whenever possible — to her shifts as a volunteer at the Longboat Library, to Publix, to the post office and for an “occasional sport ride.” She also swims, almost daily from May to October. She “goes around the pool hundreds of times,” bicycling her legs (think treading-water-with-forwardmotion). It’s another way to enjoy being outdoors and another way to burn calories. And Dulcie has a clear understanding of the impact of age on metabolism: “There are two things to do when you get older. Eat less or exercise more.” As far as formal exercise is concerned, Dulcie does little. A few years ago, she had a bout of sciatica. “Lying down was terrible, sitting was awful,” she says, “The only thing that helped was walking.” One neighbor taught her a series of floor exercises; another instructed her on moves to do in the pool. “Between the floor exercises and the pool,” she says, “the sciatica started to get better.” An overenthusiastic approach to a truckload of mulch dumped in her driveway prompted a second attack of lower back pain, but her personal rehab program was again successful. As reported, Dulcie continues the pool routine. She also does the floor exercises but says, “I am not faithful about the floor work. I kind of get lazy.” Whatever she is doing appears to be enough. She has had no further trouble with her back, and a hip that used to bother her no longer does so. Dulcie wisely recognizes that nutrition is a key part of her fitness lifestyle. She likes to cook, watches cooking shows and is “always changing recipes to make them healthier.” All of this is simply Dulcie’s way of going about her life. She’s 20 pounds lighter than she was when she moved down here and says she just “feels better.” From a fitness perspective, it is a classic example of key principles. Find something you like to do, do it regularly, eat sensibly — and reap the benefits.


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From the pulpit

Those who trust have found the cure for worry W. H. Auden said it, perhaps more strikingly then anyone in recent history: “In headaches and in worry — vaguely life leaks away.” We all have experienced what that means. Somehow the pressure of existence, the worries and anxieties of life get us down. We are all worriers, unduly concerned about the future. If only we could obey the injunction of Jesus not to be anxious about tomorrow, the aspirin manufacturers would go out of business, the mental institutions in this country could dismiss half their patients and the lives of thousands would be brightened and improved. Yet, we continue to worry. Everyone does. Clergy and church executives are just as guilty as the housewife who frets that her dinner might burn or the husband who is upset about his income tax. Many Lutherans are familiar with the story of how Katie Luther dressed in black and when asked who was dead, informed the great reformer that God must be dead, judging by the way her husband was worrying. This is the universal malady, the sickness that affects us all — worry. And, the usual suggested cure is maddening. “Don’t worry,” people tell us. Don’t worry! That’s no help. In fact, such advice is frustrating. When people tell us

not to worry, we usually feel that they do not understand. They should have our problems, we think, and then they wouldn’t pass out stupid advice like that. Yet, Jesus told his followers, including us, not to be anxious about life. Just how did he intend us to accomplish that blissful state? The formula suggested by Jesus begins with a very simple thing — singleness of purpose. One way worry may come is when we seek to serve God but at the same time are bent on accomplishing too many other goals as well. We worry when our loyalties are divided. This is why Jesus is so sweeping in some of his demands. He wants us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. He insists on total and complete commitment to his cause. It is not that he simply wants to monopolize our life or our love. He knows that the only way we can escape the universal malady of worry, the only way we can keep life from “leaking away,” is by singleness of purpose. But there is a second part of the formula for overcoming worry. That is trust. Every time we worry we indicate our lack of trust in God. We confess that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, but we don’t live that way. Trust

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and worry can’t live in the same house. Did you ever ride with a backseat driver, with someone who was constantly saying, “Look out! ... Watch that curve! ... Slow down! ... Do you think you can pass that car?” Such an experience can be a nervewracking one. Most drivers feel like saying: “Sit back and trust me. I can take care of this job all by myself.” The worriers are backseat drivers. When we worry we indicate that we don’t completely trust God, we don’t believe the promises of the Bible, we’re not sure God knows what he’s doing. For Jesus certainly makes clear the source of our trust. He points out that God takes care of the lilies of the field and the sparrows of the air. The inference is clear that God doesn’t forget even such trivial details, how much more will he care for those whom he loves, the human beings made in his image. So trust is the magic word. Trust is putting our life in God’s hands, saying, “I’ve done all I can. Lord, the rest is up to you.” The Christian who learns to trust has found the cure for humanity’s universal malady. Trust means knowing that Jesus abides with us to the end of our existence, no matter what else may happen in our lives. With the power that our Lord possesses, we have no cause for worry.




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Hurricane party promotes preparedness BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

The lack of major storms in Longboat Key’s recent history didn’t keep a sold-out crowd away from the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Hurricane Party and Disaster Preparedness Seminar June 10, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. The “party” featured guest speaker Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center. “You’ve been very, very lucky here,” Mayfield said. “There is no real reason why you can’t have a hurricane.” Mayfield said that if a hurricane strikes, most damage to barrier islands will come not from the winds but the storm surge — the flooding brought in from the Gulf. “It’s hard to get people to understand that a cubic yard of water weighs almost 1,700 pounds,” Mayfield said. “It comes in like a bulldozer.” Charlie Roberts, Manatee County’s emergency management operations officer, presented slides how storm surge would impact the chamber’s office. In an illustration, the chamber was seen after a category 1 hurricane with up to 6feet of flooding. A series of illustrations showed how the storm surge flooding would increase. In a category 4 or 5 hurricane, the storm surge would reach 16 to 19 feet and cover the top of the chamber. Longboat Key Fire Chief Julius Halas said the most important part of a disaster plan is having a safe evaculation location. Areas east of I-75 are generally safe. Halas recommended areas such as Lakewood Ranch or Arcadia. Although the meeting offered hurricane information for residents, much of the dis-

Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, paints a grim picture of the effects of a hurricane, and what that means to business owners on the Key. Photos by Kat Wingert

Larry Rossini and Maruta Miluns enjoy the “party.” cussion focused on how businesses could get back up and running. Jane Barr, CFO of Bitdiddle’s Inc., said that 70% of businesses without a disaster plan will be gone after a major storm. Some of the business information included permitting and getting re-established after a storm. “When your business is not open, you are not making money,” building official Randy Fowler said. Fowler recommended keeping copies of a site plan, lot size, size of structure and value of property. He said it would help expedite permitting for storm-damage repair.

Business owners are the first group to get access to Longboat after a storm, said Al Hogle, chief of police. Hogle said if the island is evacuated, both residents and business owners must report to the Van Wezel to make a “re-entry authorization request.” After that point, businesses and residences will gradually be admitted to the island, Hogle said. More information on preparing homes or businesses for storms can be found at the town’s Web site, departments/fire/hurricane.htm; or at the National Hurricane Center Web site, ❑

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served straight The Banyan Theater Company branches out into new space

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Above, clockwise around the samovar: Miriam Ring, Jerry Finn, Doug Jones, Brad Wallace, Jeff Norton, Colleen McDonnell and Wendy Bagger Left: Director Gil Lazier and Executive Director Jerry Finn are not in costume but in character for their roles in Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Banyan Theater Company — the name itself tells you it’s a different animal. It’s spelled “Theater,” not “Theatre.” It’s a dead giveaway that the people involved don’t give an inch to pretense, affectation or empty style. What they do care about is theater served straight: the essence of theater. The company first put down roots in the summer of 2002. Its first season of challenging plays — Shaw’s “Don Juan in Hell” and Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.” met with critical acclaim and audience raves. It’s been that way ever since. Longboat Key resident Jerry Finn has been its executive director, producer, and at times an actor from the start. Noting a lack of theater in our area in the summer, he also noted that the Asolo Repertory Company shut down in the summer, leaving an assortment of top-flight actors with time on their hands. Aware of other communities in the nation with successful summer theater festivals, he came up with the idea for the Banyan Theater to fill the gap Brad Wallace receives Chekhovian discomfort from Douglas Jones. — which he did with Howard Millman’s blessings. And, as we mentioned before, the company prospered, the audience came and critics raved. There ing. They gamely did all that. was only one problem ... And still got good reviews. The actors were working harder than they should have Starting this summer, the troupe will be performing at to — not that these actors minded hard work if it had to the Cook Theatre inside the FSU Center for the do with acting. But this was a matter of running around Performing Arts — a space complete with lighting and and wasting time. crossover spaces, professional dressing The problem was the procrustean perrooms and places to rehearse. mutations of New College’s Sainer “It’s a relief,” says Finn. “We can focus Pavilion, the Banyan’s first home. It was on what we’re good at: the theater.” a wonderful space, but designed as a Their first object of concentration will chamber music hall. Its use came with be Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya,” an severe restrictions: The company could inventive tragic-comedy exploring a taninstall exactly nothing permanent. gled knot of Russian relationships. It’s Instead, the troupe had to create a comalmost impossible to summarize, but here pletely detachable stage, proscenium arch goes: — Jerry Finn and lighting system within the space, One minute, Professor Serebriakov and building it up at the beginning of sumhis gorgeous wife, Yelena, are enjoying the mer, tearing it down at summer’s end. simple life on the family’s dacha. The next The space also had no dressing room or backstage. To put minute, Sonya (the professor’s daughter from his first maron their makeup, the actors had to go to another building. riage) and her uncle, Vanya, arrive and everybody falls in To exit from one side of the stage and enter from the other, the actors had to go all the way around the buildCONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

“It’s a relief. We can focus on what we’re good at: the theater.”

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‘Uncle Vanya’ • June 24 to July 1 In Chekhov’s play Professor Serebriakov and Yalena, his gorgeous wife, move to his dacha outside St. Petersburg, where Sonya, his daughter from his first marriage, lives with her Uncle Vanya (on her mother and his first wife’s side) and his friend, Dr. Astrov. Brilliantly written but unsummarizable romantic complications ensue. Gil Lazier directs.

‘Otherwise Engaged’ • July 15 to Aug. 1 Modern British playwright Simon Gray’s London hit concerns a successful book publisher who just wants time alone to listen to his favorite bit of music, Wagner’s Parsifal. No such luck. He’s endlessly interrupted by friends, relations, tenants, his wife, a former classmate and writers who want to be published. It’s funny, but it’s more than a joke. The interruptions create a microcosm of a life. Kent Paul directs.

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love with everybody else. Bad things happen, but also funny things happen — very funny. That’s not what American audiences have come to expect in Chekhov. The reason: His original jokes are often literally lost in translation. Finn points out that the venerable Russian playwright is often hobbled by the stilted language of old-fashioned translations — pseudo Shakespearean or Victorian formality that’s not true to the spirit of his plays. Not to worry —

the Banyan will be performing the Paul Schmidt version. “Schmidt had a genius for language,” he says. “He could translate Chekhov into contemporary speech while remaining faithful to the text. Somebody seeing this play knowing nothing about Chekhov will think it was written last year.” The text is vitally important to Finn and everyone else in the company. “In the beginning was the word,” could be the Banyan’s motto when it comes to theater. A playwright couldn’t hope for better vehicles to make word become flesh. ❑

Along with her duties as music critic at The Longboat Observer, June LeBell is now also the director of the Glenridge Performing Arts Center in the retirement community at Palmer Ranch. What makes this any different from auditoriums at other retirement centers? “It’s not just an auditorium,” she says, “It’s posh — a fully equipped theater, with professional lighting, sound and dressing rooms, seating 267 people.” LeBell is now hosting her “Sound of Season” lecture series at the facility. These informal sessions feature lectures and audience talk-backs with noted figures in the local music scene from 3 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday. Most recently, Leif Bjaland, Florida West Coast Symphony’s artistic director, spoke at its June 9 session. Singers from the Gloria Musicae chamber chorus will both speak and perform this week. (The general public is welcome at these events. Admission is $8 for non-Glenridge members.) LeBell notes that the lecture series is only the beginning. Future possibilities include live theater, concerts of jazz, and chamber music, gala cocktail parties ... “The sky’s the limit,” she says with some satisfaction, “I feel like a kid in a candy store.” Call 522-5298 for details. ❑




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This time is the big time Revue frees the songs of Jerry Herman to tell their own stories. BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

Was there ever a time when the songs “Hello Dolly” and “Mame” didn’t exist? It’s hard to imagine. In your mind’s eye, you see performances in the days of “Quest for Fire,” our primTheater itive ancestors grunting along in Indo-European ... “Showtune” “Ooook-ook-oook-oooga-ook Florida Studio Theatre ... Mame!” June 10 But that’s just fantasy. The truth is, these ur-showtunes were written within living memory. In fact, the guy who wrote them is still alive — a fellow named Jerry Herman, who also penned the hits from “La Cage Aux Folles,” such other lesser known perennials as “Mack and Mabel” and “Dear World.” In this revue, you’ll hear Herman’s songs from eight different musicals. Even if you’ve heard them before, you’ll hear them differently in this performance. Not that any radical change has taken place ... They’ve just been set free. Ordinarily, each of these songs has a job to do as part of a musical. Like wires in a circuit board, they carry currents of story and characterization. Paul Gilger’s “Showtune” snips these tunes out of their context and, surprisingly, they still work. Freed of their tasks, the songs shine with lyrical brilliance and insight. As performed by Cary Barker, Chad Hudson, Rachel Moses, Alecia Robinson, Robert Stoeckle and Jim Weaver, the tunes emerge as miniature character studies and glimpses into the human heart. “Bosom Buddies,” introduces two women, supposedly best friends, who are always throwing verbal daggers at each other disguised as constructive criticism. The playwright takes the tack of making these two women none other than Mame and Dolly. It’s a funny touch. Many of the songs are meditations on the theme of carpe deum. “It’s Today,” points out that, “This time is the big time,” and advises you to, “Grab it with both hands.” “Kiss Her Now,” warns reluctant Romeos, “Blink your eye and you’ve lost her.” “Before the Parade Passes By,” urges you to

get on the parade while you’ve still got a pulse. Other songs assert the value of old time Hollywood (Stephen Hope as a mogul in “Movies Were Movies”), romance (Alecia Robinson in “I’ll be there Tomorrow,” but, come to think of it, almost all the songs are about romance), the versatility of the Hebrew language (Rachel Eve Moses in “Shalom”), and the joys of putting on clothing (Rachel Eve Moses in “Ribbons Down My Back,” the entire cast in “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” and Jim Weaver doing several numbers in drag from “La Cage Aux Folles”). Clothing, particularly feminine clothing, seems to have a therapeutic value in Herman’s universe. Therapy is a theme in many of the songs; they’re like selfhelp prescriptions for those suffering from the blues. At the first onset of depression, Dr. Herman’s advice is to “Open a Window,” “Just Go to the Movies” or put on the aforementioned Sunday clothes. Some productions have a definite cut-off; the song ends, the audience applauds and that’s that. Others segue seamlessly into the next. “Showtune” presents this kaleidoscope of nostalgia, romance, independence and infighting in a way that lets you appreciate the heart of each song. Some are stand-alone numbers, but others cleverly segue into contrasting songs. My favorite here was Moses’ comic performance as a very pregnant young naïf in “What Do I Do Now.” This blends seamlessly into “Tap Your Troubles Away” in which the various male members of the cast get her mind off her troubles via the joys of tap-dancing — and we discover she has taps on the bottom of her fuzzy slippers. “Showtune” also intercuts various songs with each other to create a point-counterpoint effect. “And I Was Beautiful” alternates with “Kiss Her Now” in a performance by the whole company. There’s also a life-affirming march at the end of the first act blending samples from a variety of Herman’s work. The cleverest segue of all is the jump from Stephen Hope doing “I Promise You a Happy Ending” to the promised happy ending performed by the whole company, which includes both “Hello Dolly” and “Mame.” (How could it

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Danny’s guilt is never in doubt. He becomes the first Padgitt in the history of the impregnable clan ever to be arrested. The clan immediately rallies to his defense. Willie’s been warned to avoid controversy, but he can’t ignore this story. He bravely reports all the gruesome details of the murder, and Danny’s arrest and arraignment, and accompanies the factual stories with an editorial or two. He fearlessly points his finger straight at the murderer, the scion of the crooked clan. By doing so, he makes himself a marked man. The death threats begin. Willie buys a gun and keeps writing. His ongoing crusade in print against the murderer solidifies his reputation, “as a hardcharging, fearless, 23-year-old fool.” On the bright side, subscriptions and ad sales are rising rapidly. After the family’s plot to save Danny fails, the jury convicts him and sentences him to life in prison. But, as he’s dragged out of the courtroom, he vows revenge on his jurors. One by one, they begin to die. Danny’s surely the killer — or is he? Suspenseful? You’d better believe it. But there’s more to the book than nail-biting drama. Grisham’s languid porch-rocker storytelling makes you silently smile at his characters’ amusing names; the sweet little stories behind his characters quickly capture your attention and affection and help make “The Last Juror” irresistible. It’s the best Grisham effort in recent memory. Anne Reynolds Wright is a volunteer at the Longboat Library. Its summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 383-2011. ❑

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Switched-on art illuminates Emerging artists offer fresh takes on the world ‘Switched’ • Sarasota County Arts Council through June 22 “Switch” — it’s a venerable word with many long-established meanings, including a sudden change, a substitute, a toggle for opening and closing an electrical circuit or a device for punishing small children once popular in America’s Deep South. More recently, “Switch” is the name taken by a group of young Turk and Turkette artists in the Sarasota area. Photographer Mandy Castro takes pleasure in subverting the visual language of fashion photography. Her images could be taken for models in ads except for the fact that they’re not selling anything. In her “Contemplation,” a young, dark-haired woman sits inside some sort of a wooden box, an Ikea storage unit perhaps, in a clean, well-lit space. If it weren’t for the title, you’d see the scene as claustrophobic and interpret her posture as despair — but she’s simply in her own space, thinking her own thoughts. In our culture, people who think too loudly in public usually prompt other people to come up and say, “Is there anything wrong?” Castro reminds us that the body language of meditation and inward reflection is easily misread. In this case, thinking inside the box is a form of creativity. Greg Mocilnikar is fond of both the human face and the joys of extreme cropping. Working in oils, he paints exceedingly large portraits of his subjects — not the whole face, but only a portion. “Alison, Profile,” is an extreme profile indeed — just an edge of ear and the gleam of an eye. “Ryan Caulk, 2nd Lt. United States Air Force,” is just a bit of neck and strong jaw going up to the bridge of the nose and then stopping. The result of his truncated portraiture is both

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Yoko Nogami’s “Three Cats and the Woman” offers the languorous fragment of an enigmatic narrative.

striking and unsettling, not only because of the scale, but the tension between the impersonal and the impersonal. He defines the human image in blobs of color that on a smaller scale work, would come together in the eye. Blown up, the eye and the mind dither between seeing the forms and see-

ing the person. He makes you think and makes you see, all at the same time. A nice trick. Yoko Nogami’s depictions of the human figure have a quiet, evocative perfection. Her interest is somewhere on the spectrum of form and personality — not in the sense of




Mocilnikar, who teases with the edges of recognition. She plays with the subject’s recognition of you, the implied viewer. In “The Woman and Three Cats,” the woman isn’t aware of you at all. The woman seems alone, except for her cats. In “Girl Hiding Behind a Tree,” the little girl does seem to see you, as if she were playing a game of hide and seek. But it’s really the artist playing hide and seek with you, the person looking at the painting. The effect is to draw you into the painting. You become part of it and, almost unconsciously, begin creating a story to explain what’s happening — some explanation of how the woman came to be lying there or why the little girl is hiding. The painting has suddenly expanded into the larger canvas of your mind. It’s another nice trick. Justin Harder expresses his whimsical sense of humor

with an intricate, mazelike use of line in “Show Me” and “Antidote.” Both contain interesting surprises. Many of the artists here make oblique or direct references to the brave new cybernetic world we now inhabit. Bryce Wymer’s “Beneath the Sheets” is a green-tinted hurricane. The green suggests the viridian color of an early generation computer display, recently invoked as the sickly hue of the virtual prison world of the “Matrix” film series. Here, you might be looking at the trees of some cyberworld whipping about in a digital wind. Or, perhaps the artist is just playing with color. Chris Sittel explores the fractured interface of sign and design in the digital world in “Pastel” and “Fluorescent,” two pieces from his “Distressed Image” series. Numbers, letters, waveforms and geometric shapes seem to dance until they don’t mean anything anymore; they’re just shapes in an abstract pattern. It evokes the mental meltdown you experience if you’ve been at a computer too long — an ironic marriage of abstract art and information overload. Elaine Fong’s “Patterns” is a dyptich showing the contours of openwork decorative block, swirling smoke and a bird sitting on a scoop-back plastic chair. The two paintings making up the work are all very hard-edged and precise, as if created by a computer. The artist, in fact, created them the old-fashioned way — with paint and canvas. It’s an oddly subversive sort of imagery, the visual art equivalent of a musician trying to make a guitar sound like a synthesizer. John Henry defeating the steam drill with his hammer is probably closer to the mark. Cindy Mason creates a kind of haunting geometry in her “Cloud Study” and “Sea Study” series. Cool colors of aqua and green swirl in stylized depictions of clouds, waves and organic forms. It creates the peaceful, meditative sense you get looking a stained glass window. The work in this exhibit is the work of young minds, a matter of thinking, not chronology. There are artists in their 80s

His aim is true — Greg Mocilnikar’s “Allison, Profile” with childlike eyes and stultified curmudgeons who are still in their teens. For an artist, youth is a question of the joy of vision, joy in both the world you see in front of your eyes and the worlds you create on canvas or paper. Every kindergartner making sloppy fingerpaintings has that joy. Most people lose it, including many professional artists. What you’ll see in this exhibit is the work of young minds — artists who are still turned on by their emerging power to create form, drama, meaning and mystery. The switch is definitely set to “on.” ❑

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On the HORIZON ‘Between Heaven & Earth’ The much-anticipated “Between Heaven & Earth” exhibition of art and precious objects related to the Chinese family will run from July 7 through Dec. 5, at the Museum of Asian Art. Ranging from the 18th to 20th centuries, the artifacts shed light on such topics as weddings, funeral rites, Buddhism, calligraphy, respect for ancestors, medicine, mythology and the use of free time. Call 954-7117.

‘Dorothy Parker ... One Foot in Scarsdale’ Jack Fournier’s play concerning Dorothy Parker, an acerbic critic, satirical poet and writer of short stories, begins June 30, at FST’s Gompertz Theatre. Carolyn Michel will star as Parker in this one-woman play. Parker, a true American original, was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, otherwise known as the “vicious circle,” a group also boasting such members as screenwriter and humorist Robert Benchley; Harold Ross, the creator and original editor of The New Yorker; critic Alexander Woollcott; Harpo Marx; and such playwrights as George S. Kaufman, Marc Connelly, Edna Ferber, and Robert Sherwood. The group was as witty as it was competitive. Audiences should get a taste of both as seen through the eyes of Parker. Call 366-9000.

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Selby Gallery at the Ringling School of Art and Design — “Multiple Visions III.” This exhibit offers work by the school’s instructors created since 1980 from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 25 through July 30. 359-7563. Art Center Sarasota —“Open Juried Photography Show.” This continues through July 24. 365-2032. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts —“Women Contemporary Artists Exhibition” runs through Oct. 1, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Volunteer Exhibition” runs through Oct. 20, in the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Museum of Asian Art —“Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Asian art speaks across time through June 25. 954-7117. Sarasota County Arts Council —“Switched.” Work by the emerging artists of the Switch group will be on display through June 22. 365-5118. Apple and Carpenter Galleries —“La Belle Epoque.” Distinguished art from the 1850s through the 1950s is featured through June 30. 951-2314. Wallace Fine Art —featuring work by Italo Botti, the Russian “plein air” painters, Antonio Carreño and others. 387-0746.

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Landscapes Part II.” Deborah Brown, Greg Edonson, Joan Moment and Marty Fugate Antonio Petracca offer additional perspectives through Deborah Brown’s “Turtles” explores life under the sea at the Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira July 17. 366-2093. Mar Gallery Paradise Gallery —“Abstraction Forms.” Brother artists Medici Gallery —featuring glorious art by contemporary Daniel and John Kime expression the passion of life in a European artists. 906-9499. fusion of music, painting and sculpture. 366-7155. Elizabeth Rice Fine Art —“Group Show.” Featuring bold Paradox Gallery —“Janet Mischner.” The artist offers new new work by Sam Francis, Donald Sultan and Randi perceptions with acrylic and digital imagery. 362-3715. Grantham. 954-8575. The Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns —“Fruit Frenzy.” Copper Moon Gallery —“Dreamscapes.” Featuring Bob Booker’s surreal, infrared photography through June 25. Cassidy-Berns’ art bears fruit through Aug. 1. 924-1200. 747-8783. Sonnet Gallery —featuring powerful imagery by Steven Kaos Gallery —featuring work by Jami Wright, Kathy Katzman, Marguerita Deleuze, Ivan Rojas, Barbara Wright, Tammy Berk, Jeanne Norman Chase and George Harrison and Adrian Serrano in June. 955-6443. Bieber. 747-0823. Katharine Butler Gallery —“Paintings by Howard Cowdrick and Sculpture by Ronn Mattia.” This runs through June 12. 955-4546. TURN TO A&E CALENDAR, PAGE 12B Beverly Fleming Gallery —“Unseen Sights.” Work by Pauline Copans is featured through June 17; “Portraits in Pastel,” featuring work by Yvonne Seiwell, runs through July 15. 365-8683. Plum Door Gallery —“Group Show.” Showcasing art by Zoe von Averkamp, Debbie Dannheisser, Patricia Gawle, Ellen Kaiden, and Elizabeth Van Riper. 362-0960. St. Armands





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Florida Studio Theatre —“Showtune.” This revue celebrates Jerry Herman’s classic scores through June 26. 366-9000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre —“Suds.” This 1960s rock/soap opera bubbles through June 27. 366-5454. Venice Little Theatre Stage II —“Theatre In A Blender.” These original productions put contemporary theater on frappé with performances of Stephen Dietz’ “Lonely Planet” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19. Reservations are mandatory. 488-1115. courtesy photo

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‘St. Armands Craft Festival’ —175 crafters encircle the Circle with cool creations from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20. 388-1554.

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Sarasota Folk Club —“Old Miakka School House Restoration Hootenanny.” This benefit concert takes place at noon Sunday, June 20, at the Old Miakka School House. Jackie Moseley, Jim Gromko, Curt Clark, Myakka, Jay Littlehawk Band, Big Ray and Ramon Hernandez will perform. 322-0176.

Best bets A jazzy ‘FridayFest’ Montreal jazz guitarist Les Sabler will be joining forces with the Tampa group Citiheat at the next outdoor FridayFest concert, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 18, near the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome at this free concert; coolers aren’t. 953-3368.

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Les Sabler performs at FridayFest.


Ringling School of Art and Design Continuing Education —now enrolling for summer studio art classes. 955-8866. Longboat Key Center for the Arts —still accepting enrollment for some open studio art classes. 383-2345. Florida Studio Theatre School —offering summer classes in a theater arts for kids and adults. 366-1350. Anna Maria Island Art League —youth and adult classes in visual arts. 778-2099. Art Center Sarasota —assorted workshops and classes in digital and traditional visual arts. 365-2032. Community Music School —music instruction for kids and adults at all levels. 953-4410. Sarasota Youth Opera Workshop —this six-week course covers both appreciation and application for ages 8 to 18. 366-8450. ❑

‘The Sound Of Sarasota’ Gloria Musicae, our area’s stellar vocal chamber ensemble, recently celebrated its 25th anniverary. Members of this renowned classical chorus will speak and perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at The Glenridge Theater. June LeBell, The Longboat Observer music critic, hosts this lively casual Wednesday afternoon interview series. 552-5298.

FST Cabaret —the FST Improv Troupe shares its controlled insanity at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19. 366-9000.

books Circle Books —Kim Cool signs her rollicking book of circus history, “Circus Days in Sarasota and Venice,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19. 388-2850.

music Sarasota Music Festival —“Artist Showcase Concert.” Featuring compositions by Haydn, Holst, Doppler and Glinka at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at Holley Hall; “Festival Concerts.” Compositions by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Schubert will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, June 18. An entirely (and not just mostly) Mozart concert will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Sarasota Opera House; “Birthday Celebration.” This free student concert and anniversary bash takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Sarasota Opera House. 953-3434.

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Rosebud’s blossoms amid a blooming Osprey As you drive South Tamiami Trail, you can’t help but notice how Osprey is spreading its wings. Soon a Super Wal-Mart will surface on a big open stretch of land on the east side of the trail. Classy country clubs and housing complexes are hugging both sides of the trail. But Osprey, once a quiet fishing village, is anything but ostentatious. There is one place, however, that seems to stand its ground in this blossoming area — Rosebud’s. Open for eight years, Rosebud’s, despite its name, is a full-grown flourishing flower. The Bill Kodras, owners and operators of this family restaurant, have nurtured this establishment with 45 years of restaurant experience. Everything about this restaurant is rosy — from the color of the paint and decorations to the enthusiastic service, which comes complete with a former opera singer turned waiter who belts out “Happy Birthday” with pure gusto and Italian vibrato. Classicism is completed with columns, inside and out. Renaissance, Impressionist and still life artwork soften the décor. Two bud vases full of red rosebuds are the centerpieces on the tables and focal points of the dining room. Wine bottles displayed on the ledges stick out of the wall like thorns. Even the waiters wear rose-colored bowties. These days, I seem to be fooled by fake flowers (I guess that is the whole point) and was again fooled by the roses on our table. I admit it would be a task to tend to the bouquets of buds radiating in Rosebud’s restaurant. With all the fancy flowers and formalities in the restaurant, the wooden tables sans cloths seemed slightly out of place.

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Everything — the décor, the walls, even waiters’ bowties — is rosy at Rosebud’s, located on South Tamiami Trail in Osprey.

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SABAL COVE - Famous architects own home located behind the gates in Sabal Cove. This fabulous 5BR contemporary home is situated on over half an acre, has a large terrace, pool & spa and extensive landscaping for privacy. The interior includes a 3 story entrance atrium, 2 story living room w/walls of windows, solid oak floors, granite, gas fireplace, 5 balconies and a screened porch overlooking the pool & terrace. $1,349,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY 4BR/3BA Spanish Mediterranean home with southern exposure, cathedral ceiling & partial Bay views. Brand new wrap around deck & a gorgeous new sunken pool. Sailing water. No bridges to bay. Deeded beach access. Plus new boat lift up to 10,000 lbs and a jet ski lift. $1,575,000. LUCY KORO 552-3962

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EN PROVENCE Exclusive community of only 21 beachfront residences, wrapped in grand terraces with direct views of the gulf! 3BR/3BA, 3,437 sq. ft. of luxury, exquisitely appointed with uncompromising attention to detail. $2,395,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM Stunning 2600 sq. ft. Atrium unit with 3 balconies. 3Br/2.5BA, chef ’s kitchen and wood floors, crown molding and loads of built-ins. Plantation shutters and designer wall coverings throughout. Private beach club & gated security. $875,000. MARLENE & HAL LIBERMAN 387-1759 L’AMBIANCE Great southern corner unit with Gulf & Bay views. This has been designed to be a true 3BR residence. Gourmet kitchen, semi-private elevator, full-time concierge, great amenities & a guest suite available. Longboat’s truly fabulous condominium complex! $1,649,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 SEAPLACE Turnkey exquisitely furnished and decorated end unit (small list of exclusions); mirrored Wall in third bedroom/den; Home Owner Warranty provided; ground level; never rented; Garden/park/partial Gulf view; open parking P-32 included. $649,000. HOPE & JOHN HALAK 552-3975 FAIRWAY BAY Extraordinary 3BR/3BA, full Bay front Fairway Bay condo w/gorgeous unobstructed views of the Bay & downtown Sarasota. This beautiful, rarely available “J” floor plan condo lives like a home with 2560 sq. ft. living rm, dining rm, master & front guest BR have full Bay views, den/office, two balconies, security shutters. It just doesn’t get any better than this! $995,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

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LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES Wonderful Mediterranean home with glorious views of Sarasota Bay and recently completed by luxury builder Peter Laughlin. Some of the gorgeous amenities include a fabulous master suite with balcony overlooking the Bay, gourmet kitchen, marble floors, elevator, deep water dock and beach access. $3,095,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY Location,location,location and expansive Bay views are yours in this beautiful and large 3BR/2.5BA Mediterranean home one in from the Bay. A dock & lift included and only minutes by boat to New Pass and the Gulf. Loaded w/luxurious features and a pool area with heated lap pool & extensive covered area for entertaining Florida style. $1,899,000. KENT PETERSON 552-3980

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a new age on Longboat Key

By Kat Wingert Staff Writer

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Jack Walter and his sisters, twins Anna (left) and Victoria, keep themselves busy, while the adults talk about their favorite subject — kids. Photos by Kat Wingert

hen Rosemarie McKee and her husband, Greg, first came to Longboat Key four years ago, it was love at first sight. With the whitesand beaches and the crystal-blue water, they knew this was the place they wanted to live. Nothing could be greater with the water and the beach so close — at least at first. A year and a half later, the McKees had a daughter, Gillian, and then concerns arose. Although most parents worry about the safety of their child, Rosemarie and Greg never had to even consider that, living on Longboat. Instead, Rosemarie worries that there are no other children in her neighborhood for Gillian to play with, there are few family activities to participate in and when it comes time for Gillian to go to school, it will require a daily trip off the island. In a town where, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, 97.4% of the people are over the age of 18, there are only a handful of young families, and few opportunities for those families to interact. These families face challenges of meeting people their own age, finding playmates for their kids and having to drive their kids to school. Yet, despite the obstacles young families face raising their kids on Longboat, most of them see it as just the cost of living in paradise. The most common complaint for residents with young children is the amount of driving it takes to get on and off the island for their kids’ activities, especially with schools

located in Sarasota or Bradenton. Paul and Robin Marshall, residents of Longboat for eight weeks out of the year and who are hoping to make the move permanently within a year, offer some perspective on the driving situation. After living in Atlanta, driving long distances is nothing new for the Marshall family. Robin said she used to drive 40 minutes to get to her sons’ school, so going over the Ringling Bridge to get to Sarasota is not seen as a lengthy trip. Paul said that he enjoys having friends in Sarasota, because it gives the family an excuse to get off the island: “We live in a country-club community in Atlanta, but we don’t belong to that particular club because we like to venture out,” Paul said. “It’s that sense of doing something, of having an adventure.” Resident Roger Pettingell agreed, and said that the traffic and driving times for the Key are minute in comparison to most large cities. He added that with the Ringling Bridge being a fixed-span now, people don’t have to worry about whether they will be late because the bridge is up, which makes the keys more accessible. The keys may be easier to get on and off, but unfortunately, schools for kids are still a considerable drive for most. Although both Manatee and Sarasota counties’ school systems send their buses to pick up Key kids, (as do some private schools), many parents opt to drive their children, especially elementary-aged ones, to school. Pam Sullivan used to live on Longboat Key, but moved to Casey Key when her 6-year-old twins, Devon and Reagan, started going to kindergarten, and the drive became too long. “I was driving a half hour to take them to school, and TURN TO NEW AGE, PAGE 3C

Robin Marshall and Janet Walter chat amid the bustle of families at Joan M. Durante Park June 12.

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Extraordinary, Three Bedroom & Bath, Fairway Bay Condominium with gorgeous, unobstructed views of the bay and downtown Sarasota. This 2560 sq. ft. condominium lives like a home with full bay views from most rooms. Amenities: den/office, two balconies, security shutters, wet bar. Don’t miss this rare find. $995,000 Virtual Tour

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with gorgeous Gulf and Bay views. These large residences will include 3 bedrooms plus media rooms, gorgeous finishes, gourmet kitchens, private pools w/outdoor kitchens, rooftop gardens, elevators, 3-car garages, deep-water docks & beach access. $3,500,000 plus Wonderful Mediterranean Longboat Key Home with glorious views of Sarasota Bay and recently completed by luxury builder Peter Laughlin. Some of the gorgeous amenities include a fabulous master suite with balcony overlooking the Bay, gourmet kitchen, marble floors, elevator, deep-water boat dock and deeded beach access. Beach, Boat, and Bay views from brand new home, it doesn’t get any better. $3,095,000 Virtual Tour Extraordinary L’Ambiance Penthouse with magnificent views of Gulf, sunsets, Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Amenities include double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 2,400 sq ft of wrap terraces and 3 parking spaces. $5,995,000 Virtual Tour Marina Bay with Gorgeous Bay & City Views This 3BR/3.5BA 3382 sq. ft. condo that has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his and her master baths, 2 balconies and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000 Virtual Tour

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NEW Famous Architecht's Home Located Behind The Gates In Sabal Cove This fabulous 5BR, contemporary home is situated on over half an acre, has a large terrace, pool and spa and extensive landscaping for privacy. The interior includes a 3-story entrance atrium, 2-story living room w/walls of windows, solid oak floors, granite, marble, gas fireplace, 5 balconies & screened porch overlooking the pool. $1,349,000 Virtual Tour Gorgeous, Unobstructed Views of Downtown Sarasota and the Bay from this totally remodeled Fairway Bay Condominium. No expense has been spared: new cabinets, granite and marble, new appliances & flooring. $485,000 Virtual Tour Totally Remodeled Fairway Bay Townhome with all rooms on one level. Beautifully redone, light and bright with granite, marble, tile, fireplace, high ceilings and new appliances. Beach Club membership included. $479,000 Virtual Tour Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with stunning views of the Gulf and downtown Sarasota. This condominium is beautifully turnkey furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. World-class amenities & clubhouse. $2,500,000 Virtual Tour


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Bottom row: (left to right) Major the dog, Steve Walter, Mike Walter, Anna Walter, Victoria Walter, Becky Walter with Scruffy, Roger and Alisa Pettingell with Jake, Paul and Robin Marshall with Oliver; Top row: Lucy and Janet Walter, Seth and Jack Walter, and Simon Marshall


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w/granite counters, marble & granite baths, 3 BR + den with 3000 SF. Walking distance to Lido Beach & St. Armands. $1,650,000 Picture Perfect Penthouse 2BR direct gulf front residence. Kitchen w/granite counter tops. Walk to Lido Beach! $874,000 L’AMBIANCE Mesmerizing Views of white sand beach, gulf, golf course, Sarasota Bay & skyline. 2 BDR + den, 10’ ceilings, custom cabinets, Saturina floors & wraparound terrace. Amenites: LBK community fitness center, hospitality suite, concierge, private elevators, olympic pool, 2 parking spaces. $2,499,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Elegant Estate - This magnificent residence features 4 bedrooms, elevator, library & bonus room. Gourmet kitchen w/granite countertops, Thermador gas range & Subzero refrigerator. Fine artisan details throughout, faux painted walls, 3 fireplaces and 3-car garage. Over 300 feet on the POINT OF THE BAY! $5,995,000

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then a half hour back home,” Sullivan said. “After doing that to drop them off and pick them up, that’s two hours of my day spent in the car just getting them to and from school. Now we’re only 10 minutes away and we’re surrounded by kids in the neighborhood. I love Longboat, but that’s just not the quality of life I want for my kids.” Becky Walter said that while it’s nice to know that her four kids will attend Anna Maria Elementary School when they get older, she won’t mind driving them to middle school eventually. For her, it was just always a part of the package of living on Longboat Key. And while there weren’t any kids on the block when she moved to the Key, she knew there were more children just up the street on Anna Maria Island. Pettingell admits that he grappled over his son, Jake, 4 weeks old, not having a neighborhood full of kids to play with when he gets older. At the same time, he takes comfort in knowing what kind of place Jake will grow up in. “If you look at how life is, it’s a wholesome life growing up on an island,” Pettingell said. “That’s a reasonable tradeoff for us, to be able to grow up in this environment.” Paul Marshall agreed: “It’s like a throwback to the old days. It’s such a great atmosphere. From a child’s perspective, being around other kids is important, but from a parent’s you can always drive them.” Most parents compensate for the lack of playmates by keeping their children busy with outdoor activities. Becky Walter enjoys taking her kids to the beach and out on her boat, but Katie O’Donnell, a summer resident of the Key who permanently resides in St. Louis, said she could never imagine raising her three kids in a place with so few children. “There are no kids here,” O’Donnell said. “It would be sort of strange. There’s no way the kids could just go to the neighbor’s to play or hang out. They have sports and things to do, but not having any other children around would be hard for them.” Becky Walter’s sister-in-law, Janet Walter, moved to Longboat about two years ago, when she was pregnant with her first child. When she was considering moving to the Key, the lifestyle of the island was the biggest factor, considering her love of the water, but in addition, she knew her children would always be safe on Longboat. Whether it’s going to the beach or riding bikes, she said she likes the fact that the streets are safe and the sidewalks are family friendly. She realized that it was an older area, but she embraces the makeup of her community. “It seems like it’s getting younger,” Janet said. “Every time we go to the beach, it seems like there’s a lot of kids. It’s partly a question of whether young people can afford to live here, but people have caught on to what a wonderful thing it is for a family to live here.” Becky Walter has lived on the Key for two and a half

years, and said she can see younger influx just on her street. “When I first moved here, there weren’t any kids on our street,” Becky said. “Now, there are 11.” Pettingell has been on the Key since 1983, and said he has seen the Key get more youthful in recent years. Aside from new improvements such as updating old houses and condos, he said most people who are moving off the Key have been here for 20 or 30 years and want to move closer to Sarasota out of convenience. That opens up residences to younger people coming to Longboat for the first time. “I’m seeing young families more than I ever would have expected,” Pettingell said. “I mean, you used to see wheelchairs on the sidewalks, and now you see strollers.” While there are still few of them, the young families on Longboat Key make up for what they lack in number by their sense of community with each other. Janet Walter recalls a time when her daughter, Lucy, was sick and she had to go to the store to get medicine. Lucy had finally fallen asleep and Walter was hesitant to awake her to go into Eckerd. She called Rosemarie McKee. McKee told her to stay where she was, and drove over to drug store to look after Lucy in the car, while Walter went in the store to retrieve Lucy’s medicine. “After awhile, you get to know the other people with children on the Key, and you form your own community,” McKee said. This is not always easy, as Rosemarie’s sister-in-law Chris McKee pointed out. She said that because the town doesn’t hold many family-friendly events, it is up to the families to find each other. Both Rosemarie and Chris McKee said they wish there were more events for families so that kids could meet and parents could share information. “It’s a little disappointing to find that everything that’s going on around here is geared for the older population,” Rosemarie said. “It would be great if there was something that could bring us together more.” So how do older residents feel about new kids in the neighborhood? “They love them,” Becky Walter said. “I have apologized so many times for my kids riding their bikes in our neighbors’ driveways and for being loud, but they say they like having kids around, and they like hearing them play.” When Lucy Walter was born, Janet’s older neighbors made a point to come over and greet the newborn, and even now they continue to spoil Lucy with gifts each holiday. “You know, you’re always going to have a few people that don’t like kids,” Janet said. “But for the most part, everyone is very welcoming and wonderful. Most people like seeing young families around.” Now that families have made the move to Longboat, only one question remains — where do they go to retire? “It’s really an interesting dynamic, living in a mostly retired community,” Janet Walter said. “You see people that have worked their whole lives so they can retire here, and here we are now. And, I’m not going anywhere. I want to live here the rest of my life.” ❑



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L’Ambiance condo sells for $3 million Patricia Bullard and her husband, James Stark Thomas Jr., of Atlanta, sold their Unit M-208 at the 145-unit L’Ambiance condominium on Longboat Key’s south beach to Christine T. Buckley, 435 L’Ambiance Drive, for $3 million. The three-bedroom, threebath and two half-baths apartment was constructed in 1994 and new for $1,075,000 in April 1994.

Nine sales top $1 million Despite passage of the peak winter tourist season, real estate activity between May 13 and May 19 on Longboat and the satellite keys of St. Armands, Lido and Bird, continues at a heightened rate. There were 38 sales recorded in this period, with no fewer than nine ranging in price from $1 to $3 million. The 38 sales generated $30,009,000 in sales volume, with Longboat Key leading with $25.299 million, of which almost $23 million was represented on the Sarasota, south-side of the Key. Since the first of the year there have been 521 transactions of which 99 were for more than $1 million.

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Promenade I Joann Heisen and her husband, David Lenihan of Princeton, N.J., paid a record $1.6 million for a Promenade condominium, acquiring Unit 909 in phase one from Chancel Ltd., of the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom, represented locally by Kerkering Barberio & Co., 1858 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Chancel directors Nicole Henson and Steve Towse signed the deed of sale. The three-bedroom and fivebath apartment was built in 1985 and last sold for $776,400 back in August 1988.


Regent Place Suzanne and Robert H. Bluestein purchased Unit 15A in Tower One at the 18unit Regent Place, 455 Longboat Club Road, for $2.8 million from Patricia J. and Nicholas L. Reding, who just previously purchased a home at 70 Lighthouse Point Drive for a subdivision record $6.35 million. The Bluesteins’ new three-bedroom and four-bath Tower One Regent Place apart-

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Suzanne and T. Farrell Hayes of Ootlewad, Tenn., bought the home at 572 Yawl Lane in Unit II of Country Club Shores for $1.4 million from Elaine E. and Donald R. Dreiske from Flower Mound, Texas. The three-bedroom and three-bath home with a swimming pool was built in 1963. It sold previously for $715,000. Barbara L. Conrad of 7379 Villa D’Este, Sarasota, sold her Unit V home in Country Club Shores at 560 Golf Links Lane to Carolyn R. Lehr and her husband, Anthony E. Scott, from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., for $1.085 million. The four-bedroom and fourbath home has a swimming pool and was constructed in 1967.

Bay Isles Thomas Mannausa’s Town Plaza II Investment Ltd., sold its portion, parcel B2, of the commercial center at 525 Bay Isles Parkway to local real estate investor W.

Howard Rooks, 1003 Westway Drive, Lido Shores, for $1.4 million. Built in 1985, the office has 11,200 square feet enclosed. It last sold for $490,000 in May 1991.

Beach at the north end of the Key from developer Longbeach I, Inc., for $875,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home was constructed in 2002.

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Robert M. Taylor of 611 Mourning Dove Drive bought two apartments, units 115-N and 116-N, at the Islander Club of Longboat Key from Robert H. Hanson, 3631 Fair Oaks Place in Queens Harbour for $1.25 million.

Barbara L. and Alan Manning together with Linda Shorts, all from London, England, sold their Unit 504 in Building 2 at Beachplace I to Linda Geer of Overland Park, Kan., for $808,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 1135 Gulf of Mexico Drive was created in 1980.

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Grabill Properties L.L.C., of Fort Wayne, Ind., sold the residence at 3664 Mistletoe Lane in Corey’s Landing to Leslie and Robert Munzer of Knoxville, Tenn., for $1.125 million. The three-bedroom and four-bath home was built in 1989 and was purchased by Grabill Properties in May 2001 for $867,000.

Susan and Gerald Keith Barnes along with Paul Keith Barnes of Kissimmee, south of Orlando, bought Unit 641 at Grand Bay VI, 3070 Grand Bay Blvd., from Victor G. Levine, 5444 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $715,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was constructed in 1995 and sold previously for $525,000 in June 2001.

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Elizabeth Kolber from Clarence, N.Y., purchased the quaint, Key West-styled home at 322 Firehouse Lane in Conrad

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$1,773,500. In the largest at Fairway Bay III, Verna T. Smith, 1299 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sold her Unit 631 in Building 6 to Carole J. and Harvey A. Krieger of St. Clair, Mich., for $715,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 2120 Harbourside Drive was constructed in 1988 and was purchased by Smith in August 1990 for $500,000. Carol T. Savage of New York City bought Unit 121 in Building M1 at Fairway Bay I from Allen Barkey of New Rochelle, N.Y., for $372,500. The two-bedroom and twobath apartment at 1930 Harbourside Drive was constructed in 1982 and last sold for $220,000 in May of 1998. Gerry R. and Melvin L. Glass, 7956 Hampton Court, University Park, sold their Unit 1203 in Building 12 at Fairway Bay I to Sandra L. and Paul R. Bolich of Hopkins, Minn., for $345,000. The two-bedroom and three-bath condo at 1924 Harbourside Drive was built in 1982. The Glasses bought it for $190,000 in December 1997. Judy A. and George R. Siegel from Wexford, Pa., purchased Unit 216 in Building M-2 at Fairway Bay I from Daniel W. Yoder of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Dennis Yoder, 3405-5th Avenue Drive, W., Bradenton, for $341,000.The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 1932 Harbourside Drive was erected in 1982.

Beaches of Longboat Key-South Marisa A. and Lee E. Kilbrith of Huntington, N.Y., sold their Unit 306 at the Beaches of Longboat Key-South, 775 Longboat Club Road, to Marie Fazzary for $685,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1984 and sold previously in October 2001 for $565,000.

The Players Club II, IV Norman Danniels of Toronto, Canada,

bought Unit 202 at The Players Club II, 1465 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Claire and Leonard Lawrence for $680,000. The twobedroom and three-bath condo was built in 1981 and sold last for $529,000 in April 2002. Lillian R. and Roy Melvin, also of Toronto, sold their Unit 205 at The Players Club IV, 1425 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to JDBM, a limited liability company from Fort Wayne, Ind., for $665,000. The twobedroom and three-bath apartment was created in 1983.

Inn on the Beach They may call it Resort at Longboat Key Club, but the deeds of sale still list it as Inn on the Beach. There were a couple of sales there. Mary Ann and Daniel J. Palmer from Louisville, Ky., bought the 1,380-squarefoot Unit 3101 from Steven E. Snow of Melrose Park, Ill., for $625,000. Built in 1982 the apartment last sold for $425,000 in February 1997. Ronald Kehle from Stamford, Conn., sold his 650-square-foot Unit 2402 to Barbara and Frances Carbone from Lafayette, Colo., for $339,000. The apartment at 210 Sands Point Road was built in 1982 and last sold for $295,000 in May 1998.

Winding Oaks Leonard Kohn purchased his home at 3464 Winding Oaks Drive from Lawrence Fox, 8134 Coates Row Place, Bradenton, for $619,000. The three-bedroom and threebath residence was constructed in 1988 and last sold for $485,000 in July 1999. Maxine Burke sold her home at 3416 Winding Oaks Drive to Stanley Friedlander of Orange Village, Ohio, for $535,000. The 16-year-old, two-bedroom and two-bath residence was purchased by Burke for $240,000 in October 1995.

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There were two more sales at the 31-unit Turtle Crawl condominium conversion, 4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive, of the former Holiday Lodge resort. Charles L. Starr III, 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive sold his Unit 82 to Jerry Sorrentino from Sun Valley, Calif., for $600,000.The two-bedroom and onebath apartment was built in 1990 and was sold last December for $500,000. Judith L. And Jerry I. Downham from Lafayette, Ind., purchased Unit 81 at Turtle Crawl from Barbara J. and Charles G. Palmer of Fort Smith, Ark., for $435,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condo was refurbished in 1990.

The house at 671 Gulf Bay Road in the old Bailey-Dobson subdivision was sold by Michelle and Bert Woodson, now of 1933 Third Ave., W., Bradenton, to Colette M. LaFuente of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for $375,000. The house was originally built in 1976 then renovated in 1980. The Woodsons purchased it for $155,000 in January 1994.

Seaplace I, V, VI Largest of the three sales in the largest condominium complex on Longboat Key — the 461-unit Seaplace — occurred at Seaplace VI, where Karen L. and Raymond Pannone paid $599,000 for Unit G7-111-B. Sellers were Carol J. and George A. Bark of The Woodlands, Texas. The three-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 1935 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1978. The Pannones, who live in the Orlando suburb of Windermere, paved the way for their purchase at Seaplace VI by selling their condominium Unit G3-104-A in Seaplace I to Kristin D. and Gregg P. Mylett from Rocky River, Ohio, for $465,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 2039 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1973 and last sold for $182,500 in August 1998. Geraldine Perry of Edgewater, N.J., sold her Unit M2-414-C at Seaplace V to Stephanie and Garbriel Najarian for $386,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condo at 1945 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1973. Perry bought the apartment for $318,000 in July 2003.

Beach Harbor Club Jane Robertson of Loans, Scotland, purchased Unit C-307 at the Beach Harbor Club from Eli J. Agsar, 7200 Bee Ridge Road, for $280,000. The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment at 3806 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1970. Agsar bought the condo for $95,000 in February 2000, pocketing $185,000 gross profit in four years.

Spanish Main Yacht Club Dubois Inc., of Kaiserlautern, Germany, purchased Unit 128 at 575 S. Spanish Drive in the 212-unit Spanish Main Yacht Club from Carolyn and Gary C. Richardson, 9716 Oak Run Drive, Bradenton, for $228,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condo was constructed in 1967.

Cedars East Margaret J. and Kenneth W. Kelley, 50559th St., Holmes Beach, sold their Cedars East condo Unit 9 in Section 1 at 617 Cedar Court to Donna L. and Harvey L. Russakoff from Marion, Pa., for $219,500. The onebedroom and two-bath apartment was constructed in 1988. The Kelleys bought the condo in October 2002 for $188,000.

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O ther Fine lis tin gs f or your c onsidera tion QUEENS HARBOR - One-of-a-kind custom home..........$2,200,000 EN PROVENCE - Corner unit - Great views........................$2,900,000 GRAND BAY - 3 BR/ 3 BA Bay Front.........................................$899,000 GRAND BAY - Wrap-around views & furnished.................$1,549,500

Harbour Oaks...............Pending........... $685,000 Sanctuary.............................Sold.......$1,345,000 Sabal Cove Lot...................Sold..........$450,000 Inn on the Beach................Sold..........$795,000 Villa Di Lancia....................Sold........$1,695,000 Regent Place......................Sold........$2,200,000 Regent Place.................Pending........$3,500,000 Inn on the Beach.................Sold...........$695,000

L’Ambiance.................Sold.........$2,200,000 Sanctuary....................Sold...........$899,500 Sanctuary...................Sold........$1,480,000 Sands Point Road......Sold...........$695,000 Lido Towers................Sold...........$429,000 Winding Oaks.......Pending........... $525,000 Fairway Bay..........Pending...........$379,500 Fairway Bay...............Sold...........$389,500

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RESIDENCE 161...This is the best priced Antigua floor plan at Grand Bay with views that go on forever.One of only two locations of Antiguas with unobstructed views. Complete three bedroom, 3.5 baths. $1,338,000

BOGEY LANE...Brand new, Mediterranean home, built by John Cannon Homes and is ready for occupancy. Views are straight down the canal and out to the Bay past the swimming pool. High ceilings, four bedrooms, three-car garage. Owner will trade or finance. $1,895,000

RESIDENCE 475...South side of Building Four. Gorgeous wraparound 7th floor residence with amazing views of the marina, lake and the sun setting into the Gulf. Furnished and finished only with the absolute best...plasma TVs, Herendon furniture, granite countertops. Two parking spaces, hurricane shutters and electric window treatments. $1,349,000

GOLF LINKS LANE...Cute waterfront, two bedroom, plus den home. New roof, appliances, kitchen and baths. Sunny and beautiful. $849,000

RESIDENCE 174...Cayman floorplan in Building One with amazing 7th floor direct views of downtown, golf course and Gulf of Mexico. Completely renovated with marble flooring throughout, custom lighting and window treatments. $1,299,000

KETCH LANE...Build your dream water front home on this oversized lot which looks straight down the canal. Lot just cleared. $625,000--PENDING EMERALD POINTE... Brand new villa in Bay Isles. Ready to move in. This three bedroom home is a tremendous value at $599,000.


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THE BEACH RESIDENCES ON LIDO KEY The Ritz is under construction; buy today and choose your own finishes. Three prime residences for resale at Lido’s Key’s premier property. Amazing views, quality and service. Contact me immediately to learn about about them, while you can still make your own finish selections. Walk out your magnificent

BUILDING 3...Highly popular northeast corner residence. Enjoy wraparound views with an open plan and exciting interior design. Split plan offers guests plenty of privacy. building and you are at the beautiful Ritz Beach Club, memberMay be purchased furnished. $1,299,000

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Top building permits These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department in June 1 through June 10, in order of dollar amounts.


Kat Wingert

This Key West-style home at 322 Firehouse Lane in Conrad Beach sold for $875,000.

Marshfield, Mass., bought Unit 104 in Building E at Longboat Harbour from Ruth H. Lerner, 2525 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $190,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 4350 Chatham Drive was built in 1969 and last sold for $137,000 in April 2002.

and Neil D. Manasse from Albany, N.J., for $715,000. The two-bedroom and 2.5-bath apartment at 1800 Ben Franklin Drive was built in 1996 and sold last for $385,000 in October 1998. Karen A. Warren bought apartment A803 at L’Elegance for $700,000 from Nola and Larry A. Hietbrink. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment last sold for $410,000 in May of 2002.

Boathouse boat berth

Lido Harbour Towers

Carol M. And Barry R. Lewis 4444 Oak View Drive, Sarasota, sold boat berth 2209 at Boathouse on Longboat Key to Judith D. and Edward K. Christian of Grosse Pointe Farm, Mich., for $42,000. The Lewises bought the berth for $17,000 in June 1997.

Annette M. and Deon Robert Haney, 7333 Golf Park Drive, Sarasota, sold their Unit 104 at Lido Harbour Towers to Marwan M. Kashkoush and Phoebe Brockman from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, for $420,000. The one-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 1770 Ben Franklin Drive was built in 1970.


Bird Key James H. Dickerson Jr., purchased his Bird Key home at 665 N. Owl Drive from Melinda and Malcolm B. Vilas III, 1365 Harbor Drive, Sarasota, for $2.5 million. The four-bedroom and 4.5-bath home with a swimming pool was built in 2001 and purchased by the Vilases in February 2002 for $1,875,000. Thus, they made a $625,000 gross profit in a little over two years.

L’Elegance on Lido Beach Barbara B. Appel, 6507 Mooring Point Circle, Bradenton, sold her Unit B-808 at L’Elegance on Lido Beach to Penelope J.

4949 GMD 4500 GMD 3501 Bayou Sound 5393 GMD 2525 GMD 623 Marbury Lane 590 Wedge Lane 560 Cedar Street 500 Cutter Lane 623 Buttonwood Drive 741 Binnacle Point 595 Dream Island Road 3806 GMD 749 Norton Street 100 Sands Point Road 350 GMD



new construction alteration alteration alteration alteration siding and paint demolition alteration window replacement fence alteration boat lift addition fence addition alteration alteration alteration porch alteration

Positano LLC Larry J. Clemons Mark Brivik Robert Lichtenstein Valerie G. Olah Russell A. Lattuca Hogan Real Estate Janet K. Wikoff Carole A. Salmon Emerald Key Estates David J. Carter Tom Hires Anthony Picardi Jeffrey Bernard Fred Wohlfahrt Gloria M. Lundy

Amount $184,000 $65,000 $35,000 $31,570 $19,856 $12,000 $25,970 $11,445 $10,342 $6,559 $6,321 $5,000 $5,000 $2,500 $1,229 $954

Real estate reports

Lido Ambassador Karen M. and James R. Kiehne from Severna Park, Md., bought Unit 210 at the Lido Ambassador from Zoran and Zlatko Pehar and Tony Pehar of Chicago for $375,000. The condo at 800 Ben Franklin Drive was last sold for $180,000 in July 2001. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957. ❑

The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates Inc. — announced Cheryl Loeffler, sales associate from the Prudential Palms Realty’s Longboat Key office, was awarded third place in the state of Florida for her outstanding sales performance. The achievement is awarded to the top three sales associates within the state and presented each quarter. Loeffler recently sold the highest-priced conCheryl Loeffler dominium on Longboat Key. Loeffler has consistently been recognized as one of the multi-million dollar producers in the Longboat Key office and Longboat Key/Sarasota area. Loeffler is also recognized as a national speaker for Prudential Real Estate Affiliates Inc. Her main topic has been “Marketing for Upper

Tier Homes.” Loeffler will sit on the Fine Homes Panel for an upcoming national meeting in Hilton Head, S.C.

Michael Saunders, president and founder of Michael Saunders and Co., the largest independent real estate broker on Florida’s Gulf Coast, attended the Gathering of Eagles conference hosted by REAL Trends, a Denver, Colo.-based trends and consulting firm. Only senior management from the nation’s largest regional and national real-estate service organizations are invited to attend. Scott Sosso, of Prudential Palms Realty, was also one of the select few to receive an invitation to attend the REAL Trends Gathering of Eagles Conference. Island Real Estate — named Marianne Correll as the top-listing agent for May. Liz Blandford and Richard Freeman were named top sales agents for May. ❑

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ALL DIRECT GULF FRONT RESIDENCES THE VILLA AMALFI - Enjoy your own private pool & spa. 3BR/3.5BA plus home office, 969 sq. ft. of terraces, 2 car garage. Spectacular beachfront home in bldg. 2. $3,045,000. THE CAPRI - Popular floor plan featuring kitchen/family room plus formal living room. 3BR/3.5BA plus home office, 776 sq. ft. of terraces, 2 car garage. Bldg. 4. $2,995,000. THE AMALFI PENTHOUSE - On top of the world feeling featuring an open floor plan. 3BR/3.5BA, home office. 969 sq. ft. of terraces. Bldg. 4. $2,995,000.



A RARE FIND - 1.92 acres of majestic old oaks shade the gardens and lush plantings on the grounds of builder’s own large and unique Frank Lloyd Wright style home of brick, cedar and glass. This 3-4BR is truly a home for Floida living at it’s best. Located west of I-75 off Proctor on a private culde-sac. $799,000. CUSTOM HOME - on large lot only nine yearsGyoung. 3BR/2BA home has IN D new ceramic tile and carpet throughout, kitchen/family room. Pride of ownN E P E SAL beautiful home. ership shows in this absolutely $259,000. ROOM TO ROAM - Lovely 2 year new home in Quail Run. 4 bedroom, 3 bath, over 2300 sq. ft. Large preserve lot. Too many features to list! $309,900.


(941) 387-7833 or (941) 954-5454 •

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from the high $200’s* Also in the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch… MIZNER RESERVE from the high $300’s • (941) 907-7304

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* Includes standard homesite. Prices effective date of publication. Subsequent sales may have resulted in unavailability of any or all price levels.


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Michael Annette




Teamworking for You!


Photos by Kat Wingert

The young and old bridge the gap at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Bird Key Yacht Club’s new fitness center: Barry Thomson, Ruth Dulmage,Commodore Bill Stanford, Brian Prost and Tom Belcher.

REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous furnished condo on the beach. Volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces, awesome views and double garage. Possible to combine with unit next door. $2,700,000. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE Exquisite 5BR home with 5,000 SF of fabulous living directly on the gulf. Owner will consider trade. $3,995,000.

Yacht Club gets new fitness center BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer

The gap between young and old was brought a little closer with the opening of Bird Key Yacht Club’s new fitness center. At the opening ceremony for the 1,000square-foot facility on the evening of June 4, Ruth Dulmage, one of the oldest members of the club at 90, stood next to Brian Prost, the youngest member at 35, and the two cut the ribbon opening the center together. Designed to give its members a place to workout without leaving Bird Key, the club converted administration office space into a work out room with state-of-the-art fitness technology. In addition to the normal racks of dumbbells and barbells, the center has three treadmills and four elliptical machines, along with a reclining and upright stationary bicycle. Most of these machines are hooked to a sound system that allows the person exercising to plug headphones into a small box and then listen to the televisions that are mounted on the wall in the front of the room. “Our goal was to build a facility that was good enough so members would not need to go anywhere else to work out,” said Bill Stanford, commodore of Bird Key Yacht

Club. “Now they don’t have to go into Sarasota or to another gym. They can stay right here and have everything they need.” The center cost approximately $150,000 to build, including the cost of equipment. Wayne Lawrence was the fitness consultant in charge of planning the center. “It was certainly a challenge to find out how the equipment would fit into the room, and what equipment would be most useful to the members,” Lawrence said. “Originally I did it all for a smaller room, and then they decided to use this one to have more space, so I had to redesign it, but it turned out very well.” The center took about two years to plan and build, and it is hoped that it will attract new members. “It’s great,” Doris Stelzer said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever use it, but I’ll never criticize something progressive. You’ve gotta turn with the tide. After all, when they put in tennis courts, everyone said, ‘Now what do you need tennis courts for?’” So far, the club has issued more than 250 cards for the center, which is about onethird of the total number of individuals in the club. “It’s terrific,” Martha Fuller said. “I’m fired up and ready to begin tomorrow morning, as a matter of fact.” ❑

VIZCAYA - This magnificent gulf front penthouse w/3 BRs, 11’ ceilings, surround sound stereo system, Beaumonet floors & details galore! Incredible gulf views. $3,299,000. BIRD KEY BAYFRONT - Marvelous views, deep water dock, spacious Mediterranean home in a truly superb location. $3,200,000. LIGHTHOUSE POINT PERFECTION Thoughtfully created floor plan offering 4BRs, gorgeous marble floors, volume ceilings and the ultimate kitchen. Great boating water! $4,350,000. LIDO KEY - 3-Story contemporary 2000 built Inbar designed home. Many built-ins, office, floor to ceiling glass sliders throughout, maple floors and granite countertop kitchen. Second floor open w/kitchen, dining & living areas. Elevator to the top deck $1,790,500. to enjoy 360o panoramic views. GRAND BAY - Cayman design with spacious terraces & panoramic views of Gulf & Bay for true indoor/outdoor living and entertainment. Furnished. $1,199,000. WATER CLUB - Designer perfect condominium with over 3000 SF and is gorgeously furnished. Views of Gulf and Bay. $1,950,000. SEABREEZE - SIESTA KEY - Two condos left in completed new construction condo*minium on southern end of Siesta Key. 3,800 SF includes 3 BRs and open, spacious floor plans with Gulf views from all primary living spaces.

$1,775,000 and $1,895,000.

MAINLAND PROPERTIES SARABANDE - Unparalleled views of bay, city, gulf & July 4th fireworks. This classy, comfortable 10th floor unit offers 3700 SF of marvelous upgrades. $1,995,000. OAKS ESTATE CLUBSIDE - Distinctive home has over 5000 SF of luxury. Soaring ceilings, marble & granite, expansive glass and fine finishes. Private wooded setting w/pool & waterfall. $1,349,000. SARABANDE - Panoramic views from this end penthouse condo with 3 BRs. Superb mill work & extensive use of marble with many built-ins. $2,690,000. COUNTRY ARTISTS ESTATE - Private gated 5 acres with two houses. Ideal for buyer with extensive hobbies, car collector, sculptor, painter, gardener, etc. $799,000. HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT Beautifully renovated 4BR home in upscale neighborhood close to downtown. Property located on a quiet, deep water boat basin w/dock that can accommodate 3 boats, including a large sailboat. $2,595,000. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE - The views will amaze you! 14th floor faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 SF of fabulous finishes and upgrades. 3 BR and family room. $2,390,000. BEAU CIEL Downtown overlooking Sarasota Bay. Amazing designer finished 2-story penthouse, 4 BR masterpiece features a circular staircase & media room are just a few of the many features. 5,300 SF of dramatic and exquisite detail throughout. $4,500,000. HISTORIC ESTATE ON THE WATER Wonderfully charming, completely restored and updated, this walled and gated property is an incredible find! Fabulous 5,500 SF main home w/guest house, pool and almost one acre of marvelous landscaping. $2,895,000. RITZ RESIDENCE - Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Fantastic panoramic bay views from this 12th floor condo with 2 master suites, fabulous kitchen and large open terraces. $1,575,000. NEW LISTINGS

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Doris Stelzer, Ann Brownell, and Nancy Carlton check out the new fitness center at the Bird Key Yacht Club. “I think it will help bring in new members,” Stelzer said.


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A crowd gathers at the Bird Key Yacht Club on June 4 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new fitness center.

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 Office: 941•383•7591 or 941•387•0800 Cell: Annette 284•7373 / Michael 928•3559

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK How many years have you played golf? “I’ve played for 15 years,” Minkoff says. “My husband and I would always have visitors down, and we played tennis at the time, but they didn’t, so we took up golf so we could play with them.” What is your best score? “My best up North is 89, but the courses are different up there,” Minkoff says. “My best here on these courses down here is a 91.” What kind of clubs do you use? Minkoff uses Callaway Onyx irons. What is the highlight of your golfing career? “I had a hole-in-one about three years ago on the Red Course of the Longboat Key Club,” Minkoff recalls. “It was a par 3 and I used my driver and it went right in.” What would you like to improve in your game? “Everything!” Minkoff says. “I would like more distance with my woods, more accuracy with my chipping and to be more consistent with my putting.”

Lois Minkoff Longboat Key Women’s 18-Hole Golf Association

What is the most important quality for a golfer to possess? “Persistence and good humor,” she says. “You always have

to keep it in perspective that it’s just a game.” What is your funniest flub-up? “I was on the ninth hole of the White Course, and I had a terrible shot over the water,” Minkoff recalls. “The ball landed in the rough just outside of the sand, and it was just a terrible shot, but I went up and chipped it into the hole. It was really lousy, but it turned out OK.” What golfer do you admire most? “Of course, Tiger Woods — everyone admires him, but I would have to say Phil Mickelson because he’s always enduring and smiling, despite his mishaps,” she says. “He’s also such a risk taker.” What advice do you have for other golfers? “Keep at it,” Minkoff advises. “As hard as it is, it’s worth it to keep trying. You’ll never conquer it, it’s such a humbling game, but that’s what makes it special.” What do you like best about golfing on Longboat Key? “The relaxation,” Lois says. “I love living on a golf course, with the accessibility of it, and I really enjoy the whole ambiance. Also, the people in Longboat’s golf shops are wonderful.” — Kat Wingert




Bringing People Home to the Island Since 1939


Longboat Key Tennis Center Spring Men’s Singles — June 8 Quarters: Joe Dunn def. Time Fitzpatrick, 6-4; Jim Tarsy def. Steve Johnson, 6-3; Mel Taub de. Ted Sisk, 6-3; Ron VonJohnn def. Marv Hart, 6-3. Semis: Tarsy def. Dunn, 6-4; Taub def. VonJohnn, 6-2. Finals: Tarsy def. Taub, 6-2. 3rd Place: Dunn def. VonJohnn, 6-4. Longboat Key Club Men’s Golf Association Two Best Balls of Foursome — June 9 Winners: Joel Fedder, Paul Bowman, Kurt Wilkening, Norman Reiter — 22. 2nd Place: David Young, Jack Jaret, Fred Fox, bob McCarthy — 19. ❑

BEACH FRONT CONDO! Gorgeous gulf view from this 2BR/2BA third floor Longboat Key condo. Skylights, wood floors, new roof and lovely pool. Just steps to the beach. Susan Smith 383-5577 #259070 $649,900 DIRECTLY ON THE BAY Spectacular views of the Intracoastal. Updated 3BR/3BA home. Rare, true point home with water on three sides. Boat dock with lift. Must see. Peggy Henger or Mary Wickersham 383-5577 #255157 $2,400,000 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 $279,900

SPANISH MAIN CHARMER Must see this updated furnished 2BR/2BA villa. Community has large deep water marina, deeded beach, heated pool and clubhouse. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #253615 $239,900

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

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ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! An oversized single villa w/3BRs. Completely updated. Deeded beach access, heated pool, clubhouse & possibility of boat slip in marina. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #254102 $272,500

LONGBOAT ARMS 2BR/2BA with water views. Turnkey furnished. Boat docks, clubhouse, tennis and beach access. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #244796 $299,000

VILLA ON LONGBOAT KEY 2BR/2BA, updated villa. Higher ceilings, all white kitchen w/new appliances, enclosed lanai. Active clubhouse, marina & beach. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #254509 $269,500

BOATING COMMUNITY Spanish Main - Great location in a terrific area on Longboat Key. Very reasonably priced for area. Heated pool, beach access, clubhouse & marina. Just needs TLC. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #247897 $219,000

LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS Rarely available 40' boat slip in one of Florida's top luxury yachting resorts. 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, deli, laundry, etc. Leased thru Nov, 2004. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #256059 $164,900

ATTENTION BOATERS Enjoy marina views from well maintained 2BR/2BA villa with protected boat basin at your door. Easy access to Intracoastal & Gulf. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #253489 $284,500

SPANISH MAIN VILLA Lovely villa with beautiful tile floors. Boating community right off the ICW. Active over 55 community. Great deeded beach access. Everything you need. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #256622 $235,000


Located at THE CENTRE SHOPS at 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key (941)383-5577 Toll Free (800)352-0367 To preview all homes in Manatee & Sarasota Counties, please visit

LBK Public Tennis Center: 590 Bay Isles Road, 316-TEN-S (8367) Summer schedule — seven days a week • Weekdays: Closed from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. • Weekends: Closed at 12:30 p.m.


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• Aerobics, (low-impact): 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (interval training) • Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Muscles & More (weight bearing): 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Weight Watchers: Meetings to resume in fall. • Passive program: Contract (social) Bridge: 1 p.m. Fridays; Duplicate Bridge: 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays News and Notes: Summer Day Camp: June 1 through Aug. 6, ages 5 to 12, Monday through Friday. Please call for registration information, 316-1980.

• Daily round robins at 9:30 a.m. Special event: • Where’s the B.O.B. (men’s doubles 4.0-4.5): Call to set up. Lessons/clinics/ball machine are by reservations.


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Don Howard and John B. Hampshire display two, full-size cutaway Mercury engines that were given to the squad by Mercury Motors and Andre Spalvins of Marine Max. The engines will allow the squadron to teach its engine maintenance class more effectively.

Keeping the waters safe In the state of Florida, anyone over 21 years of age can operate a boat without having to get any sort of license, pass any sort of test or have any training. The Sarasota Power Squadron is working hard to make sure that despite the lack of regulations, boating is a safe activity for everyone to enjoy. The squadron offers educational courses about boat safety, provides free vessel safety checks at boat docks and has more than 30 instructors who teach courses to ensure public boating safety. Don Howard, the squadron’s education officer, and John B. Hampshire, commander of the squadron, volunteer about 40 hours a week to keep the squadron serving the public during season. “It takes a lot of time to keep everything going during season,” Howard said. “So much that I can barely use my boat.” The non-profit organization gives safety classes for $35 for non-members, and members can take special courses in everything from piloting to celestial navigation, which range up to $75. The Sarasota Power Squadron is one of the largest in the nation with more than 500 members, and is one of the only ones with its own facility. “No one gets paid that works here,” Hampshire said. “Everyone’s a volunteer,

from the instructor to me, the commander.” The squadron provides its services by collecting donations, dues from members and fees from classes. “It’s great to have the fellowship of the squadron,” Howard said. “But the main reason for being is public safety.” To find out more about the Sarasota Power Squadron, visit its Web site at:, or call 954-2375.




Thirty-eight scholarships were presented to graduates of the Challenge Program sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center at the Bay Village Retirement Community May 27. The Challenge Program helps women who need help to realize their goals. The scholarships are to be used on a wide range of non-traditional continuing education plans. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded a $14,525 grant to expand the Senior Friendship Center’s dental clinic in Venice. The money, which comes from the South County Senior Citizens’ Endowment Fund, will be used to purchase dental chairs and other equipment to meet the demand of dental care for lower income, older adults. The clinics are staffed by volunteer physicians, dentists, clinic aids and secretaries. ❑



WATER CLUB I • GULFFRONT Island retreat, a 3BR/5BA, 7th floor w/sunset views from 3 terraces. Soft tones, light oak floors, granite countertops & plantation shutter doors. Concierge services, magnificent 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse & separate garage. $2,950,000.

M a i n l a n d • PRESTANCIA: 3BR+den/3.5BA maintenance free home w/wooded & golf course lot & view of lake. Quality upgrades, fireplace, pool w/spa, Corian and more. $695,000.


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L o n g b o a t K e y • COREY’S LANDING: 3/4 BR/4BA w/high ceilings, master bedroom on 1st level plus study. Lanai with summer kitchen, pool & spa overlook golf course & bay. Har-Tru Tennis Courts, Private Beach Club. $1,150,000.

L o n g b o a t K e y • WATER CLUB: The perfect plantation style beach house with sunset and shorelines views from every room. 3,400 sq. ft. of style and uncompromising quality. Rare art work, maple in laid wood floors and shutters create a casual beach lifestyle. Private garage and under building parking. A complete package for $3,250,000.

Longboat Key• BAY ISLES: Newly renovated Mediterranean style waterfront home located in the exclusive Harbor section of the LBK Club. Highlights include 3BR+den/2.5BA, caged pool & spa, gourmet kitchen, summer kitchen & travertine marble floors. Enjoy full wide open water views of waterway and bird sanctuary, sailboat water and protected dockage on a wide turning basin. Beach membership included. $1,935,000.

Longboat Key • THE PIERRE Direct southwest gulf front 3BR/3.5BAcorner unit, turnkey furnished, wood floors, Corian, spacious kitchen. Magnificent views of sunrise & sunset from the 3 terraces that capture the city, Siesta Key & the Gulf. $1,750,000.


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Mainland • LAKEWOOD RANCH: Famous Pruett Portmarnack model - furnished beyond beautiful. A true showplace. Owners barely used it. Beautiful views and privacy from resort pool & veranda with fireplace and summer kitchen, 5 bedrooms plus upstairs game room with pool table and guest suite. Wonderful study, gourmet kitchen. $2,695,000.

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Bayfront Park Recreation Center Summer Day Camp — will be held Monday through Friday, June 1 to Aug. 6, for ages 5 to 12. Please call for registration information at 316-1980. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, June 18, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 3870706. Special Shabbat dinner — will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Reservations may be made by mailing a check for $20 per member or $25 per non-member. Call 383-3428. The Colony Restaurants’ Second Summer Shindig — Celebrate the longest day of the year and the beginning of the sizzling summer season from 6 p.m. until the sun goes way down, Saturday, June 19, on The Monkey Room Patio at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, Longboat Key. Island flavored entertainment and happy hour pricing all night with tropical fare and additional food specials. No cover charge. Call 383-6464, Ext. 2901 for reservations.

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St. Armands Craft Festival — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, on St. Armands Circle. More than 150 crafters will be on display, including booths of food and music. Admission is free. For more information, call American Craft Endeavors at 813-962-0388. ‘Rally for the Reef’ — will be held to raise awareness for the plight of Florida’s reef and draw attention to how Florida drivers can help from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, at Mote Aquarium. The rally will feature Joe Nemecheck’s Busch series car, Steve Bramley’s ARCA series car and AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson’s collection of historic race cars. Cost is Mote’s regular admission. Snorkel in the Gulf at New Pass — Naturalist, Peggy Williams, will guide you as you snorkel along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline at 2 p.m. Monday, June 21. Bring your snorkel equipment. Cost is $4 for American Littoral Society members and $6 for non-members. Call Peggy at 355-2291. Business After Hours — will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Euphemia Haye Restaurant, Longboat Key. Cost is $5 for Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for guests. Call 387-9519. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It has a large selection of new and barely-used fiction and non-fiction books. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile comes to the library from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Details, 383-2011. 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.

includes all current and former officers. Details, 951-6622.

Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 to 17; $2 for children 4-11. Details, 388-4444.

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Military Officers Association of America Luncheon — will be held Friday, June 18, at Michael’s On East. The Consul General of France, from Miami, will honor those who fought and served in the liberation of France during World War II. Cost is $17 per person. Those wishing to attend, even if not for lunch, are invited and this







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Turtle Crawl $600,000 Seaplace $599,000 Seaplace $595,000 Islander Club $590,000 Aquarius $590,000 Longboat Harbour Tower $570,000 Sands Point $550,000 Beachplace $545,000 Winding Oaks $535,000 Seaplace $465,000 Fairway Bay $405,000 Cedars East $390,000 Seaplace $386,000 Fairway Bay $380,000 Harbour Oaks $375,000 Fairway Bay $372,500 Fairway Bay $350,000 Fairway Bay $345,000 Fairway Bay $341,000 Inn On The Beach $339,000 Seaplace $335,000 Inn On The Beach $335,000 Cedars East $322,500 Longboat Harbour $320,000 Longboat Arms $275,000 Colony Beach $261,500 Windward Bay $255,000 Cedars East $219,500 Longboat Harbour $190,000

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The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club Welcome our State Legislators — from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Michael’s On East. Legislators Nancy Detert, Donna Clarke, Ron Reagan, Frank Peterman and Jerry Paul will speak. Cost is $18 for Tiger members and $23 for Tiger guests. Call 955-5865 or email Sarasota Power Squadron Father’s Day Omelet Breakfast — will be held form 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 20, at the Sarasota Power Squadron Building. Cost is $8 per person. ❑


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TO SEND A LETTER OR PHOTO TO OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ! Be a part of our special UNITED WE STAND section. The Observer newspapers are sending 5,000 copies of this special section to the Marines, Sailors and Soldiers at Camp Fallujh in Iraq to show our Armed Forces that we support them. Send us letters of appreciation. Or send us photographs of your families, your companies — or pictures of “Americana.” Don’t miss this special opportunity. Deadline: June 23. Send to: United We Stand, The Longboat Observer, Box 8100, Longboat Key, 34228; e-mail:; fax: 383-7193. For information, call 383-5509.

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Local laws give elephants the right-of-way from any direction.


ight days and nights on a train in South Africa — you have to love it or hate it — and love it we did. Of course, this was no ordinary trip or train. It was the Golf Safari on Rovos Rail, one of the most elegant railroads in the world. Rohan Vos started rebuilding old railroad cars and locomotives as a hobby; soon his hobby turned into a full-fledged business based in Pretoria, with some 100 trips a year on the southern half of the African continent. The three Golf Safaris a year are recent additions to the usual schedule that is built around game drives, sightseeing and leisure travel, but those features are also included in the golf trips. The full itinerary is a kaleidoscope of golf at five excellent courses, at least three game drives and sightseeing and shopping trips for everyone. Additional events are available to non-golfers. All of this is wrapped in a beautiful package of service that befits a five-star hotel. In fact, the first actual stop on our trip was at a genuine fivestar hotel: Cape Grace in Cape Town, South Africa. But first, a little background on the trip. If you are one of our relatives or dwindling number of friends who are required to read our columns and follow our travels, you probably know that we enjoy fast and frequent trips. We recently wrote about five days in Costa Rica and eight days in China (that one Courtesy photo was a little fast, even for us). So when we first heard of the golf trip on Rovos, it had many Above: The majesty of the country is matched by the magnificence of the inhabitants. Below: “I know I can; I know I can.” Every departure from the positives and one big negative: the length of Rovos Rail station in Pretoria starts with a blast of steam from one of the line’s the trip. With a base of eight nights on the beautifully restored engines. train and three nights on airplanes, in addition to a night in Pretoria before leaving, we debated for a CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

No better excuse for a “mulligan” than being interrupted by a giraffe on the fairway (note the startled golfer on tee).



Rhinos do “clean up nicely.”


year. Nevertheless, the chance to see a major new country and big game and be on a train and play golf became too irresistible. We then decided that we could not miss

Cape Town and added an opening night in that great city. So, we flew non-stop overnight to London and left the same night on a flight to Cape Town, arriving in the early morning. Cape Grace Hotel was (appropriately)

quite gracious and had a room ready for us at 9 a.m. With only a little over 24 hours scheduled in Cape Town, we left immediately, after a welcome shower, for a tour of this unique city that straddles the Atlantic and Indian oceans. All of the accolades

about the setting and surroundings are true. The second night we stayed at Illyria House in Pretoria, which was enthusiastically recommended by the Rovos staff, and it certainly is the Taj Mahal of B&Bs, with commensurate prices.

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The welcoming committee back at the train greets weary travelers after a hard day on the golf course with hot towels, snacks and silver trays with champagne.

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Now, let’s get to the real reason for the trip: golf and and off days were filled with sightseeing and game drives. game while riding the rails. The trip was structured in a We received a moderate education on the habits of each manner similar to a cruise, with travel at night and a new animal and watched their constant vigil for avoiding more destination each morning. We left on Saturday morning voracious species: “You snooze, you lose!” It is difficult to from Rovos Rail’s private station in Pretoria, which is the describe the excitement that comes from close proximity to formal capital of South Africa. Actually, most government such wild animals, all from the safety of your open sided business is in Johannesburg and Cape Town. With cham- vehicle ... safe as long as you stay inside the profile. A lovepagne and canapés for nourishment, we met our staff and ly lake trip to search for crocodiles and hippos filled one 37 other guests and experienced the first of what was to be early evening. many examples of the friendly efficiency of the staff. Golf All of the above was enhanced by some of the most outbags vanished into a holding area, suitcases were placed in standing service and facilities that we have ever experisuites and explanations abounded. With a blast of steam enced. In addition to sleeping cars with two or three suites and the nostalgic shout of the train whistle, we were off. each, we had an observation car, lounge car, dining car and At this point, it is appropriate to describe the accommo- full kitchen car. Each had been grandly restored to its origdations that were to be our home for 14 hours a day for inal splendor. Room service was available 24/7. We were more than a week. For obvious reasons, a train is not too treated to superb breakfasts and dinners on the train with a wide. But any comparison wide variety of interesting, to the old “bedrooms” or but not foolish, choices. “roomettes” is erroneous, The South African wines, because there were only which were recently two “Royal Suites” in our extolled in the admittedly short EuroInternational Herald pean-style railroad car. Tribune, were superb. We had a permanent Suites were attended to queen bed in one end of every time we left — and the room and a desk, all of this was presented by refrigerator and armchairs a staff that was genuinely in the other end, with friendly and professional. moderate closet and storBecause we spent so age space. For bathroom much time with the South lovers, and count me as African staff and internaone, there was a full showtional travel partners, we er stall, old-fashioned gained a greater prospecclaw foot bathtub and tive on the social and Above: This hippo has never heard of the Atkins Diet. Below: The ample room for the toilet political situations in the natives say that this buck comes with a built-in toilet seat or target. and sink. This most many countries of the important room on board southern African contiwas first class. nent. Hope was evident We settled in for a very throughout the country of welcome respite by getting South Africa and we were traveling on the first day considerably impressed and having a chance to get with the pride of most citacquainted with fellow izens. When we asked a passengers from Wales, cab driver about crime in Australia, Great Britain, Johannesburg, he Sweden, Switzerland and a answered, “There might be large group from Germany. some, but I will never talk Although we were the against my country.” The only Americans, English change from apartheid to was the universal landemocracy has been guage. remarkably peaceful, but We awoke on Sunday to problems abound, with find a bus next to our train AIDS, unemployment and loaded with our golf clubs tribal rivalry presenting and we were off on a brief major challenges. Most ride to Leopard Creek important, hope was the Country Club — certainly one of the finest courses that we watchword and the marvelous physical assets of this counhave enjoyed in the world. Golf was perfectly spaced: Royal try make it an excellent vacation destination. Swazi on Monday, Beachwood at Durban on Wednesday, In summary, the longest trip that we have taken in many Champagne Sports Resort on Thursday and Lost City at years was also one of the best. A Golf Safari or any other Sun City on Saturday. Champagne Resort, only 5 years old, travel offered by Rovos Rail comes very highly recommendmight be the best course that we have ever had the pleasure ed. It can be reached on its excellent Internet site at to play. Logistics were superb and planning excellent. The or by e-mail at bus preceded us everywhere and we arrived at each course with our names on carts and caddies. As an added attracStuart and Lois Scheyer are in their early 70s and are residents tion, giraffes, monkeys and crocodiles joined us as we played of Longboat Key. They each log more than 100,000 air miles a — certainly a justifiable cause to claim a “mulligan.” year. They will be pleased to answer any travel questions and Golf was only one facet of the experience. 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RIVER CLUB; EXECUTIVE HOME - On lake and golf course. four bedrooms, four baths, office, pool, spa, and 3 car garage.................................................PENDING..........$635,000.


DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY - This spacious 3BR villa with family room and double garage is behind the gates of the LBK Club, overlooking the golf course. Private beach club membership included...........................................................................$395,000.



GRAND BAY - Condo living at its finest! Enjoy panoramic gulf, golf course and bay views from this corner 3/3.5 bayfront home which is beautifully decorated and stylishly furnished. 2 garage parking spaces; great recreational and social amenities; Bay Isles Beach Club membership..............................$1,550,000 furnished.



GULF FRONT - 2/2 with minimal fees and restrictions on great walking beach. Enjoy sunsets from your screened porch................................................................................$695,000. WHIMSICAL - Artistic Village home with separate studio. Close to Art Center, community dock and beach.....................$387,000. BOATERS DREAM - Wonderful LBK Key West home on deep sailboat water with dock space for your own personal fleet........................................PENDING.............$1,350,000. BEAUTIFUL LOT in LBK maintenance free community. Deep water boat dock, 2 minute walk to great beach...............$239,900. St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida (941) 388-4447 FAX (941) 388-3041

“Our bidding was perfect. My play was very poor,” writes the contributor who wished to remain anonymous for fear of difficulty finding partners. “West opened the bidding with one heart, and North, my partner, with almost enough points for a one no-trump to show my 11-to-12 point hand with a stopper in the heart suit. “I made my mistake early in the play. West led the five of hearts, and I played the three from the board. East played the eights, and I won with the 10 in my hand. I led the three of spades and West played his ace and cleared the hearts by leading the ace and Jack. I took the Jack with my queen and led a small club to the board. West won with his ace and took two more heart tricks and defeated my contract. “My second mistake was asking West, a good friend of mine, about the hand after the game. He told me that if I had listened to the bidding I would have known that he was marked with all the outside strength. He did open the hand. If I had gone up with the heart king in dummy, instead of taking the trick with the 10 in my hand, I could have made the contract. I still had time to set up my black suits.” Sometimes it is best not to ask about poor results on a particular hand.


356-2659 • 383-2659


Michael Saunders & Company

Licensed Real Estate Broker Affiliated with Leading Estates of the World & Sotheby’s International Realty


Luxury presents


on the

GREAT BOATING WATER - Dock, outstanding 4BR home. Pool & Patio, featuring outdoor kitchen. $2,300,000. PENTHOUSE - PANORAMIC GULF, BAY & GOLF COURSE VIEWS - Luxurious, gorgeous furnishings and finishes. Behind the gates. $3,700,000 DOWNTOWN - DIRECT BAYFRONT - New Construction, wonderful bay and sunset views from end unit. Boat docks available. $1,495,000 DRAMATIC DIRECT GULF & SUNSET VISTAS Behind the gates - end unit, generous terraces, private elevator, gorgeous finishes, outstanding complex. $2,575,000 GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE - 21,000 sq. ft. Luxurious masterpiece. Private, tropical waterfront setting on over an acre. Premier new construction. $15,777,777 DIRECT BAYFRONT - NEW - Deep water docks. Magnificent cutom home. $4,477,000 INCREDIBLE - DEEP WATER PLUS DOCK AND GORGEOUS VIEWS TO BAY! - Custom home, walled, private, downtown location. Exquisite details plus gorgeous pool area. $3,350,000 LAKEFRONT EXQUISITE - 4BR, impressive builtins, designer details, spacious master, pool, spa, summer kitchen and much more! $1,995,000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - 2BR/2BA Direct Beach and Sunsets - largest plan, end unit, extra terraces. $1,100,000 BAYFRONT LOT - 200’ on the Bay, 1-acre. deeded beach access. $3,100,000

(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

Advertising works in


Dealer: West Vulnerable: None

West ♠A62 ♥AJ952 ♦J83 ♣A7

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

Winners LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — May 25 North-South 1. Lee Lippe and Hope Zawatsky 2. Mary Lou Thomas and Robert Schaefer 3. Shirlee Finkel and Marge Gilbert East-West 1. Carol and Charles Semonsky 2. Selma and Lee Troum

North ♠ K Q 10 5 ♥K3 ♦ A 10 7 ♣QJ85

East ♠974 ♥86 ♦96542 ♣632

South ♠J83 ♥ Q 10 7 4 ♦KQ ♣ K 10 9 4

by Donna SWAN




The bidding: West 1♥ Pass

North Double 3N

East Pass All pass

South 2N All pass

Opening lead: 5♥ 3. Carolyn Allworth and Paul Messick LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — June 8 North-South 1. Richard Kaufman and Jerry Isaacs 2. Lois and Bob Auerbach 3. Hope Zawatsky and Lee Lippe 4. Eda Wiley and Hope Weatherby East-West 1. Helen Schweyer and Blanche Jacoby 2. Polly Kaatz and Ruth Shapiro 3. Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstenzer tied with Carolyn Allworth and Paul Massik Duplicate Bridge games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach, 758-2017. ❑


Pleasurable Sunset

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On Longboat Key, shopping and sunsets are a pleasure. Greg Watson saw this sunset at a Longboat Key public beach access just north of Publix. Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in JPEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to

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Temperature and Rainfall Mon., June 7 Tues.,June 8 Wed., June 9 Thurs., June 10 Fri., June 11 Sat., June 12 Sun., June 13

Temps. High Low 91 74 92.5 74 90 74 90.5 72 NA 74.5 89 NA 94 75.5


Year-to-date 2004 16.9 in.

Record Temps. High Low 97 (1984) 67 (1992) 98 (1981) 70 (2002) 96 (1983) 68 (1991) 96 (1985) 68 (1991) 96 (1983) 67 (1987) 97 (1984) 67 (1987) 98 (1981) 71 (1987)

2003 18.23 in.

Rainfall North Mid-Key 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.52 0.00 0.00 0.15 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.00


Average water

2004 2003 6.65 in. 3.22 in.

Temp.: 84

Jerry Thompson presents...

Tide chart South 0.00 0.00 0.61 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02

Morning High 11:57 none none none 5:56 6:16 6:38

Thurs., June 17 Fri., June 18 Sat., June 19 Sun., June 20 Mon., June 21 Tues., June 22 Wed., June 23

Tides Low none none none none 8:31 9:41 12:03

Evening Tides High Low none 8:48 12:32 9:27 1:11 10:06 1:54 10:45 2:41 11:24 3:33 none none 10:58

Feature Properties


Private, gated estate on prestigious Casey Key features 4BR’s en-suite, 6 BA’s and over 6,000 sq. ft. Amenities NG state-of-the-art include media and sunset ENDIrooms, P E L A appliances, gourmet kitchen, vanishing edge pool S with spa, deeded beach access, dock and 192’ of Bayfront for your boat. Luxury defined! $4,495,000.

SANCTUARY Panoramic Bay, City and Gulf views! Most rooms with walls of glass, open ontoSO 720 LDsq. ft. of wrap-around terrace with fabulous views. Virtual Tour $1,225,000.

The Hibiscus Condominiums Discover four brand new Mediterranean flats nestled between the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef. Designed for carefree waterfront living with all the luxuries and conveniences one would desire. Leave the stress behind, relax and enjoy island living.

Canal Front Duplex Pristine Anna Maria location with spectacular Bay/Skyway views on deep canal. Easy walk to beaches, unique shops, fine dining and historic City Pier. Adjacent to exclusive Villa Rosa subdivision with new homes of $1.5 to $2.5 Million. Collect income now until you are ready to build your dream home in this wonderful location.

Build Your Dream Home Possible Bay/Skyway views from this cleared lot in a pristine area of Anna Maria. Deeded access will allow private entrance and dockage on deep canal. Adjacent to exclusive Villa Rosa subdivision with new homes from $1.5 to $2.5 Million. Gorgeous beaches, unique shops, fine dining and City Pier are only a short walk away.

Starting at $795,000

Offered at $799,900

Offered at $529,900


Sale g n i d n Pe Top floor, 2BR with sweeping gulf views. Turnkey furnished, 2 separate terraces, the perfect Florida getaway or beach retreat. Good rental history. Off-site Virtual Tour $850,000. rental program. Unique floor plan allows two separate G entrances, rent DINThis N one side and live in the other. very private gulf E P E REDUCED $799,000. front location. SAL


INGfloors, new kitchen Beautifully remodeled 2BR/2BA, ENDwood Pfacing E L $439,000. and baths, sunny southern terrace. A S

Secluded Waterfront Oasis Immaculate custom home surrounded by tranquil gardens and lush tropical landscaping. Spacious design with private master suite, great room with fireplace, wet bar & built-ins, huge eat-in kitchen, unique terraces, sparkling swimming & inviting whirlpool, 3-car garage, newly extended deep water dock and new boat lift. Offered at $1,099,000

For all your real estate needs

Tina Rudek

(941) 920-0303

Jerry Thompson, GRI, CRS Service • Expertise • Integrity

Longboat Key Realtor® Since 1974


595 Bay Isles Rd. • Ste. 115 • Longboat Key, FL 34228 office: 941.552.3966 • toll free: 866.799.9400 / e-mail:

Office: (941) 383-5543 or 1-800-335-5543

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Alterations/Upholstery ISLAND UPHOLSTERY. Designer work: home and boat interiors. Restoring antiques. 121 Bridge St. Free estimates! 778-4335.

RECORD COLLECTION, over 200, 78 & 33, $85/obo. 955-1708. 2/GARFIELD COLLECTOR plates #C5674 “Dear Dairy Series” by Jim Davis, $95/ea. 778-6441. ROD-6’ PENN Longbeach w/320GT1 reel, $50. RoyBI V-MAG-40 reel, $20. Pinnacle rod w/reel, $15. 761-1415. SEARS KENMORE washer/dryer (white). Ex. cond., $175/for both. 941-927-9486. TREADMILL, LIKE new, rarely used (about 6/hrs.). Pd. $250. Sell $100. 383-2635. PANASONIC TURNTABLE radio, cassette deck w/2 speakers, $40. Showtime Rotisserie oven, $30. DeLonghi Safe Heat fan heater (new), $50. 54” Video Tripod (new), $15. Belgian Waffle iron (new), $15. Sunbeam Pie maker (new), $15. White ceramic canister set, 4/pc., $10. 7/Readers Digest record album sets and misc. albums, $25/for all. 387-8001. ATOMIC CLOCK, $25. 9’2” Surfboard, $25. Ashanti 24” African drum, $100. 383-7215. LAP TOP Dulcimer, fine crafted Books picks table stand, soft cover, $120. 955-5592. THREADED INSERTS (Tricnuts), 8-32 SS. 2,000 for $50. Candy machine, $15. 713-2171.


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Auto Transport

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. BOAT SLIP available for up to 60’ vessel at Drive your car to the North and back. Longboat Key Moorings. State-of-the-art References. 941-778-5381. docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water hook-ups. Asking price of $275,000 includes membership to the Autos Wanted prestigious Commodore Club. Call Terri Ayers with Michael Saunders & Company at 941-518-8923. AUTOS WANTED!! LET ME TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF SELLING YOUR CAR. CASH OFFERED TODAY! CALL BRAD 941-374-1315

Boat Charter  CHITWOOD CHARTERS/YACHT BROKERS. Grand Banks/Selene Yachts. Luxury Cruises, Sunsets, Cocktails, Special Occasions. Half day to weekly. Bare boat avail. Need a new hobby? Learn to pilot a yacht. Capt. Chitwood. 941-383-5232.

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

BOAT SLIP available for up to 45’ vessel at Longboat Key Moorings on Dock “O”, Slip “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of extra room to move around. State-of-the-art docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water hook-ups. Asking price of $199,000 includes membership to the prestigious Coomodore Club. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405.

Caregiver/Companion THE ADVANTAGES of Sarasota Bay Club’s exceptional Home Health service in your own home. Home Health care by a licensed, insured & competitively priced agency, Sarasota Bay Club’s own ClubCare. Call Paula for information @ 366-7667 Ext. 366. SEEKING POSITION to care for your loved one. All shifts available. Over 20/yrs. experience. Own transportation. References. 377-1714.

Catering LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal catering. 366-0070. 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.



Cleaning Services


CLEANING SERVICES by Brazilian family. Meticulous, honest. Houses, offices, apartments, condos & moving. 504-6157.


Appraisal Services

Adult Care

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

CNA 15/YRS. experience, with references will care for you in your home. 941-708-0990.

Art Instruction

WOMEN’S SCUBA diving equipment: like new, well maintained, rarely used. U.S. Diver's Regulation and octopus. Seaquest B.C. vest, dive bags and accessories. Cost new over $700. Sell all for $200. 383-9116.

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JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft.,  HOUSE CLEANING by experienced 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or Brazilian lady. Good references. Free 630-417-7540. estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. 21/FT. SEA RAY Sundeck 2001, 5.0 EFI 240/HP Sterndrive, 140/hrs. Full canvas & carpet, enclosed head, swim ladder, dive platform, AM/FM/CD, SS prop, compass, one owner, dry storage, service history. Like new! $27,500. 321-246-3342.

Residential & Commercial Housekeeping for all needs. Weekly maid service, departure cleans, deep cleaning and carpet care. Barefoot Estate Management, 761-3000.

YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping services. Our knowledgeable staff will Boat Slips for Rent/Sale assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. licensed, insured. Available for rent at Spindrift, located top row south end. 630-330-3657. HOUSE CLEANING/SPECIAL PROJECTS. Reliable, non-smoker. LBK references. 3/hrs. @ $55. Call Sandy, 923-7701. PROTECTED DEEP WATER BOAT SLIPS, MINUTES FROM GULF. AVAILABLE WEEKLY, MONTHLY OR ANNUALLY. NORTH END OF LBK

Answers for this week’s crossword


HAVE FUN and enrich your life with painting YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SICK to have on silk. Call LuLu, 387-8202. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings: 48/ft. slip for my services! Excellent cook, caregiver, rent. Short or long term. 387-8337. CNA, massage therapist. Alterations. Excellent recommendations. Call 351-2378. Auto Detailing RENT FROM a private owner and SAVE AUTO DETAILING by Island native. Only BIG! I have 2 high and dry indoor slips YOUR ADULT CARE top quality products including high powered available at the Boat House on Longboat. AD HERE! Shop Vac & Buffer. Call about multi-wash Up to 30’. Super South Longboat location. Call direct 371-1866. CALL 383-5509 packages. 724-0874.





Cleaning Services

Computer Services

HOUSEKEEPER, 15/YRS. experience. YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Backed by 25/years of Thorough & dependable cleaner. References Trainer. experience. Serving beginners & advanced available. Esther, 929-1086. users. Ask for Summer Special!! LONGBOAT CLEANING CO. Servicing LBK Please call Elinor, 951-6145, 586-5689. & surrounding area, 20/yrs. Work done by longtime Island residents. References. Special Off Season prices available! Call EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need us for free estimate on windows. 388-0338. help with hardware, software, networks or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Sara or Mike. Competitive prices. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. BEYOND PAMPERED. Housecleaning, FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. personal services. Low rates for senior citizens. 685-5361 or 727-3776. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules IMMACULATE INTERIORS. Let us clean, Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. organize and refine your home. We bring a level of excellence unlike any other. Concrete Also, closets and garage sale organization. Call 346-7313. CONCRETE RESURFACING: Stone, Block and Tile Finishes. Specializing in Pool DETAILED CLEANING with TENDER Decks, Driveways, Patios and Sidewalks. LOVING CARE. Residential and commercial Free Estimates. 941-809-1879. experts. Your wish is our command. You will not be disappointed. Susan, 795-2502 or 737-5797. Crushed Shell

Financial Consulting

Furniture Repair

LOOKING TO rebuild credit? Financial assistance needed? DFC Pre-Summer essential finance program! Standard to high risk loans. Low to high income or credit score. Apply on line or call now. 1-888-728-3757, ext. 1.

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

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


ART ON FURNITURE. Wood furniture repair and refinishing. Quality paint jobs (crackle, Fishing Charters glaze, lacquer and plaster). Some finished DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour pieces for sale, 704-4964. trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. Garage, Moving USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate & Estate Sales controlled cabin, all new equipment & Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait ☛ ☛ ESTATE/MOVING SALES. Premium Liquidators, proceeds benefit & tackle provided starting at $400. Estate For information and reservations, call YMCA Children’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure. Captain Brandon today. 778-5455.

Help Wanted Fitness Equipment

P/T AFTER SCHOOL certified teachers. Hours, 4-7p.m. Please call 795-1246, ask for ☛ PACIFIC/MALIBU 4/way unit, $2500. Susan. Sylvan Learning Center. Life Cycle #5500R, $1500. 941-383-2183.

GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, CLASSIFIEDS WORK   HOUSECLEANING. Mature lady, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. thorough. Reasonable, 21/yrs. experience. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota Also, will run errands & grocery shop. Furniture & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & 758-2379. insured. 941-232-8877. SPECIAL SALE. 4/Pieces Rosewood furniture, purchased in Hong Kong! Blends Computer Services well w/traditional or modern decor. Lovely Events soft color, in excellent condition. $2700 for all IS YOUR COMPUTER SLOWING DOWN, TARA 18 hole Golf Event. Tax deductible 4/pieces. More expensive if sold separately. ACTING WEIRD? Repairs & Upgrades. play-off supports Christian Resource Center For appointment, call 927-7569. Certified computer professional. Call Forrest of Manatee. July 10. Sponsers/Golfers/ 388-3425. Corporate. Call Janet, 941-383-6389, toll FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in free: 866-299-3794. MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. school, book or person can teach 941-761-2344. you as easily as this experienced DR. HARRY MORGAN, World Class Speaker, Biblical Expositor, Christian DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home teacher. Repairs. 383-5372. Resource Center Therapist: brings furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $299; sofa fascinating series at 6:00p.m., Sunday. & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full Cmagik on LBK Flash web design commercial/personal, computer NW Baptist Church (from Manatee Ave., bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest head N. on 75th St., W on 9th Ave. NW. complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, Church left at 7913 9th Ave. NW). PUBLIC $299; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery INVITED. Additional info: Janet, 383-6389. available. Builders, 753-7118. 587-5588.



Bert Spagnola Detail Coordinator

Interior - Exterior

Our Customers are the Brightest Ones in the Marina

Aqua Marine Yacht & Boat Detail Service 941 • 545 • 5070

Fully Insured






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

Is your boat running like it should be? If not, call... Mobile Marine Service


CELL: 941/730/9703


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



by Tammi


Laundry • Dishes • Linens Spring Cleaning • One Time • Move In/Out


Outboards • I/O’s • Inboards Call for appointment • 941-232-3523

Polly’s Cleaning Service “We do everything, so that you don’t have to!”



Residential & Commercial

(941) 713-3468

Sparkleties Inc.

Cleaning Specialties • 15 years business in MA. CUSTOM CARPET CLEANING SERVICE

24/HR WATER REMOVAL Jim and Sandee Davis Owners Same owners since 1979

Bradenton (941) 746-6306 Sarasota (941) 922-1615 LBKC Member SCT Member


• Let us tackle any odd cleaning job for you! • • Specialist in “no wax” vinyl floor restoration. • • We recreate the original clean and high shine finish that actually repels stains and heel marks. The shine can last for years with little care. • • Ideal for Homes - Offices - Motels - Boats - R.V.’s • • Acrylic Tub Restoration • • Bonded - Insured - References •

Call Susan 941-761-2656

THIS SPACE COULD BE YOURS! Call Maureen for more information about The Longboat Observer Service Directory! Phone: 383-5509 or Fax: 383-7193

8D THURSDAY JUNE 17, 2004 Landscaping & Lawn Services

Help Wanted REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. Joe Pickett, 383-5543.


CLASSIFIED BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing the total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-761-3000 for free consultation.

Home Management

Painting & Wallpapering

Personal Services

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

RETIREE W/LUXURY auto, looking for F/T or P/T situation as a driver or companion, errands, etc. References. 360-6463 for details.

Massage CUSTOM PAINTING - Paperhanging. Local Barefoot Estate Management.. Servicing Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal EXPERIENCE THE HEALING BENEFITS. References, 25/yrs. experience, insured. Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. Coastal Massage Therapy. Swedish, deep Prompt, free estimates. 713-9391. Bonded/Insured. 941-761-3000. tissue, neuromuscular available. Location Personals optional: Bradenton, Sarasota or in home. 753-7766 Lic. #MA34584. Home Services ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). PET & HOUSESITTING: Care for your pet in MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days. your home while you vacation. Permanent fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. Sarasota resident. References available. 941-400-5249. Try it!! Call Phyllis, 941-953-7640. Personal Services



Items For Sale

PIANO, YAMAHA Baby Grand, early G1 Series. Excellent condition. Below appraisal, $8000. 941-358-7226 for appointment.

HEALTH RIDER, ex. cond., $100. 4/Kitchen swivel stools, $195. 383-5651.

Painting & Wallpapering

Helping seniors, busy adults & businesses manage paperwork.

LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. We can furnish your home & enhance your wardrobe. 6140 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat. Open June & July, Saturday, 9a.m.-1p.m., 383-4738.

Interior Design

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp.

AMAZING CHANGES at little cost! Home ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER decorating in your home on your budget. SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We 906-1306 or 922-7645. spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Mom/Son Lic./Ins. Cell Landscaping 704-7115 or 792-1646.

LLC Gail Sunray, Owner


Bill paying and account reconciliation Budgets and financial reports Organizing investment, personal and tax files Federal and Florida tax returns Personal and business correspondence Medical claims and insurance forms

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

EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, WALLS, MURALS. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT MEMBER LBK CHAMBER ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins. ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717. CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs & painting. Insured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294.

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TILE-TILE-TILE All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Large Longboat Key Portfolio. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Dirty grout? Give us a shout! Grout cleaning & restoration services available.

LONGBOAT KEY 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., many possible uses. $400K each. SARASOTA Restaurant...lunch/dinner, take-out. Great mom-&-pop opportunity. $49,900.**


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Tile Installation PROFESSIONAL CERAMIC TILER: walls, floors, etc. Knowledgeable, prompt and reliable service. Reasonable rates. Many excellent references. IF QUALITY COUNTS, call David 792-2552. Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. Lic/Ins.

Commercial Rentals & Sales

2BR/2BA VILLA: Updated with so many extras, marina and beach access. Our loss your gain! No agents please. $259,900. 383-3107, Owner.

LONGBOAT KEY 8/unit apartment complex for sale. Fully occupied. Owner/Broker, 941-387-9252.


Live Luxuriously Large in one of Downtown Sarasota’s LAST Remaining New Penthouses. Plaza At Five Points City/Bay views from multiple terraces. $1,885,000 Mary Anne Casey 365-6101


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Condos & Homes For Sale GRAND BAY: 3BR/3BA, full Bay/City views. Marble floors, custom built-ins. 24/hr. recorded info: 1-800-280-1925 ID #2186 Adam Robinson, Keller Williams Realty. FOR SALE by owner: Longboat Key Villa in Harbour Oaks, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, pool overlooking Harbourside golf course, new roof, exterior painting, carpeting, appliances, pool screening, etc. The premier panoramic view of the golf course in Harbour Oaks II. $550,000. Shown by appointment only. Day: 365-0118. Evenings: 383-4563. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, 392 FIREHOUSE LANE. CASUAL COASTAL LIVING. 2BR/2BA +LOFT. COMMUNITY POOL, WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. $845,000 CONRAD BEACH OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 387-9595 WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM VILLAGE GREEN Golf Course home: 4BR/2BA w/family room plus screened lanai. Like new inside, completely remodeled. Call, look and make offer. Exclusive. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090. BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB SANCTUARY

SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club 55+, free standing 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, dock/marina, private beach access. $255,000. Owner/Realtor. 941-383-8860.



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FURNITURE PAINTED: wicker, rattan, NORTH LONGBOAT KEY, beautifully wood, wrought iron, patio furniture. Pick-up unique 3BR/2BA home, the Village. Turnkey furnished. $799,000. Call Judy Heyer, TRADE. OWNER will accept smaller home and delivery. 778-3133. Realtor 730-9009. Latitude 27 Realty, or condo on this beautiful brand new 744-2727. 4000/sq.ft., 4BR/4BA luxury canal home CLASSIFIEDS WORK in prestigious Country Club Shores. BreathLBK “On The Beach”, 5393 GMD. First taking view of bay, deep water access, SAY YOU SAW IT IN floor, 2BR/2BA, 1400/sq.ft. Clean, updated $1,875,000. Will also do owner financing. throughout, steps to pool/beach. $725,000. Roger Pettingell, Coldwell Banker Previews, THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER 941-383-9254. Open Sunday, 1-4p.m. 387-1840.


HOUSE FOR sale: 560 Linley St. in the Village. Turnkey furnished +boat and car. $550,000. Call Judy Heyer, Realtor. Latitude 27 Realty. 730-9009 or 744-2727. LOVELY GULF and garden views from this immaculate 2BR/2BA at Promenade. Marble foyer and baths and ceramic tile throughout. Master suite has 2/large walk-in closets and steam shower. Full service amenities include resort style his/her spas and social rooms, lighted clay tennis courts and heated pool overlooking beach. Offered at $599,900. Call Susan Fox, Michael Saunders & Company at 544-6648.



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SUNDAY, 2-4P.M. 1119 59th St. N.W., Bradenton. 4BR/3BA, waterfront home, $946,000. 927-2392.


BEAU CIEL, REDUCED/RELOCATING! Sweeping Bay views from this 3100/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA, 4th floor, unfinished condo w/several upgrades. Please call for appt., 941-387-0040 for details and showing. $1,335,000. FEATURED PROPERTY SEAPLACE 3BR/2BA, END UNIT, GROUND LEVEL. TURNKEY EXQUISITELY FURNISHED & DECORATED. GARDEN/PARK/PARTIAL GULF VIEW $649,000 CALL HOPE HALAK OR JOHN HALAK 941-809-2277 OR 941-685-8393 PRUDENTIAL PALMS REALTY



Out-Of-State Property MINNESOTA LAKE HOMES. Enjoy the summer on a lake in your new 2BR/2BA townhome at The Greens on Lake Winona. New homes starting at $150,000. Contact Vacation Properties Network, 308 3rd. Ave. E., Alexandria, MN 56308. 1-320-762-8387.

Rentals: Annual BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS 3BR/2BA, CLOSE TO BEACH, CIRCLE, SHOPPING, DINING AND EVERYTHING. LAWN/AC MAINTENANCE, AND PEST CONTROL INCLUDED. $2000/MO. 941-724-4703 BEAUTIFUL GULFSIDE PENTHOUSE on Lido Beach, totally remodeled and ready for you. 2BR/2BA. Available now. Call for details, 388-2063, 376-1610. LBK, BEACH HARBOUR CLUB, furnished (and upgraded) Penthouse. 3BR/2BA, split plan. W/D, 1600sq.ft. under air & private porches. Summer rates with 6/mos. lease now. Available seasonally. Call 360-8966.

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SIESTA KEY. The weather’s perfect, the sunsets are awesome - enjoy a beachside rental, come and stay on Siesta Key! 3/Day rentals available. To view: 737-5603.




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ST. ARMANDS, 3BR/2.5BA single family home, unfurnished. Open plan, large master LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On beach LBK BEACHPLACE condo. For Sale By bedroom/bath, walk to beach, shopping & w/ocean & bay views, N.W. corner condo, 11th floor, 2BR/2BA w/terrace. Owner. Largest 2BR/2BA, view of the beach, restaurants. 371-8183. Contemporarily furnished, spacious, covered parking, turnkey, mint condition. SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB 55+, free meticulously maintained. Cable TVs every Olympic size swimming pool, spa, fitness standing 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, room, DSL connection for high-speed center, tennis courts. 941-383-1884. dock/marina, private beach access. Annual internet. Heated pool, exercise area, library, FOR SALE By Owner. Beautiful, remodeled or Seasonal. 383-8860. tennis court & assigned covered parking home on canal in Country Club Shores. space. Includes utilities & bi-weekly  LBK, FAIRWAY BAY (gated). Town- housekeeping (not phones). Avail. beginning $939,000. 941-953-3994. Owner/Agent. house, 2BR/2.5BA, beach club, many Jan. 1, 2005. 3/mo. minimum. Longer ATTENTION BOATERS. Enjoy marina amenities. No pets. Non-smoker. Available stays negotiable. $5000/mo. Virtual viewing views from well maintained 2BR/2BA free now, seasonal/annual. 941-383-3583. available upon request. 1-978-475-1678. standing villa w/protected boat basin at your door. Easy access to Intracoastal & Gulf. BEACH ACCESS, 2BR/2BA apt. Older VACATION RENTALS $284,500. Cathy Meldahl, Wagner Realty. w/lots of charm, 2944 GMD. $895/mo., water and gas included. 924-7080. 941-383-5577. Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS. 5BR/4.5BA Call Wedebrock Rental Office home totally remodeled. Pool. Annual lease. 941-388-6456. HARBOR OAKS CIRCLE 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 VILLA DOWNTOWN, CLOSE to Bay and cultural For a complete list, go to: activities, 2BR/1BA +den. Cat okay. First, 3BR/2.5BA, FABULOUS PANORAMA last, security, $800/mo. 941-383-2659. OF GOLF COURSE, LAKES AND ISLANDER CLUB, Longboat Key, beachSUNSETS. END UNIT. front: 2BR/2BA, $2000/mo. The Longboat GULF FRONT, pool, 1BR apartment, PREMIUM LOT! Connection, Realtor. 387-9709. screened balconies, $750/week. 383-3844 $659,000 or 383-3187. L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 941-356-6673 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA furnished home. exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Spa, dock, MEL & JAN GOLDSMITH views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and walk to beach. Available May through Dec., MICHAEL SAUNDERS & CO. sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. 2004. Monthly only. Private beach 203-227-0500. access. See website for photos and rates. or call  DOWNTOWN, CENTRAL PARK II. 941-360-0700. BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT 2nd floor corner unit, Elegant, secure, 2BR/2.5BA, decorator mint condition, 2BR/2BA at Bayport Beach turnkey furnished, 5/yrs. new. W/D, pool, LONGBOAT KEY - Bay Harbour, 2BR/2BA, & Tennis Club for sale: $439,900 or rent. fitness, tennis, day dock. $1200/mo. overlooking Bay and private Marina. Monthly/seasonal/annual. No Pets/No 847-556-5869. 941-544-4509. smoking. 941-780-4016 or 313-410-9406. LIDO BEACH efficiency and 1BR apartment, Lots & Acreage For Sale LBK GULF FRONT. Newly updated and furnished. Available for annual rental, steps beautifully redecorated 2BR/2BA condo with HARBOR LANDINGS to beach. 941-388-2590 direct Gulf view, large lanai, washer/dryer, Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site offered by owner-REALTOR in gated ANNUAL - 6980 POINCETTA - 1BR/1BA pool and parklike setting. Available monthly Cortez community; $265,000 price includes cottage, in the Village, wood floors, cathedral May to December 2004 and 2005. dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate ceilings, carport, W/D hookup, screened 914-238-3711/New York or porch, pet OK, $850/mo. 690 RUSSELL - LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace: 2BR/2BA, George Noble: 685-3372. 3BR/2BA, fireplace, furn., $1600/mo. beautifully furnished. Non-smokers. Winter LONGBOAT KEY 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of SUNCOAST REAL ESTATE, 779-0202 2005, other months available. 708-771-3129, +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at E-mail: $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard BAYFRONT, MAINLAND popular building, ST. ARMANDS furnished condo. Luxury Estrin: 807-3363. 2BR/2BA, 9th floor, unobstructed views 2BR/2BA, all amenities. Available August of bay and new bridge. New paint and through December. 359-6504. LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112 carpet. Really nice. $1800/mo. Annual only. L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, EAST MANATEE County, 27/acre horse Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, ranch with 30/stall barn, near Lake Manatee 941-350-6390. exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping & Lakewood Ranch, $598,000. Contact DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Water views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and Debbie Dunning, Michael Saunders & Co., view/new, 1BR/1BA. Beautifully furnished, sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. Licensed R.E. Broker, 941-377-2780. all amenities included. Annually, $1300. Long season. 203-227-0500. Monthly $1800. No pets. 941-587-9440, BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. TKF, across street leave message. from Gulf. 1/mo. min. May 1-Nov. 30, GOLDEN GATE Point: Bay front, 1BR/1BA, $1900/mo. Dec. $3000. Jan. 1-March 30 Don’t Forget!! furn./unfurn., pool, fishing pier. No pets. $4000. 770-671-0338. $995/mo. 941-349-3401. DEADLINE WESTCHESTER, ON beautiful Longboat Key: 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front, beautifully  VILLA ON LIDO, 2BR/2BA, $1200/mo. for Classifieds is Fireplace, hardwood floors, private back turnkey furnished. Available now through yard, only 1/block to beach. Dennis Girard, December, $2800/mo. Season, $6000/mo. NOON ON MONDAY Reserve now! 941-308-6763. ResortQuest Real Estate, 809-0041.



LBK, THE PROMENADE 2005. Larger 2BR/2BA with Gulf and City views, six levels above beach on S.W. side. Recently updated. Available Dec.-April. Minimum 3/mos. 941-350-3970.

☛ BEAUTIFUL BEACHFRONT condo, 2BR/2BA. No pets. 2/mo. minimum. Avail. April thru Dec. $2500/mo. 941-346-8611.


CASA DEL MAR RESORT CONDOMINIUM WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE “85% Repeat Guests” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” ASK ABOUT OUR RATE SPECIALS!

LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA. Available June and August-Jan., 2005. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. 24/hour security. Non-smokers. By owner. Month-to-month rentals avail. 813-837-9901. LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Available April, May & June, $2000/mo. Aug. & Sept., $2000/mo. Oct. & Dec., $2750/mo. Also available Jan. & Feb. 2005, $4000/mo. 727-403-1449, NEWPORT BAY Club & Hotel, Newport, R.I. 2/BR townhouse on the waterfront in the heart of historic downtown Newport. Walking distance to mansions and beaches. Available September 17th through the 24th. $1800/for the week. Call 401-848-5644. LBK, FAIRWAY Bay condo: 2BR/2BA or 1BR+den, fabulous view. New appliances, pool, tennis, exercise room, beach access. Gated/security building. 2/mo. minimum. 724-941-1876, LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. Call for Summer rates. 617-328-7145.


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LIDO BEACH: efficiencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps LBK, BEACHPLACE CONDO, fifth floor. to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Newly remodeled, luxuriously furnished. Fully equipped kitchen. minimum. 388-2590. Reserved parking. Avail. from July 1st. NonAMAZING DIRECT GULF VIEW. Longboat smokers only. 813-962-2652, 813-875-7775. Key, 2BR/2BA, fully furnished, W/D, beach, pools, tennis. July, 2004. $2200. LONGBOAT COVE 941-383-4556. 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, 1BR/1.5BA, GULF view w/private beach, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. Bay access w/dock. Available now. Call for $6000/MO. 3/MO. MIN. info and e-mail pictures. Seasonal or annual. Call for annual rates. 941-780-2352. CALL GREG: 863-581-4639 LBK BEACHPLACE condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available Aug., 2004 to December, LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 2004. Also 2005. Covered parking. bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884. Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404. RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, LBK 1BR APTS. Furnished, located on bay, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, walk to beach. $650/month-to-month. 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. Call Resort Properties, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. WINDWARD BAY ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. June 1 through September 30, 2004 Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. corner unit, w/d in unit, enclosed lanai, covered parking, beach access, KINGSTON ARMS on St. Armands Circle. Furnished 1BR/1BA. 1/mo. minimum. tennis, heated pools. Annual also possible. Call Agent/Owner, 1/month - $2000/mo. 941-586-6731. 2/months - $1800/mo. 3/months - $1500/mo. ANNA MARIA ISLAND 383-4477 COTTAGES & CONDOS WEEKLY, MONTHLY BOOKING SPRING & SUMMER

NORTH LONGBOAT Village, 2BR/1BA cottage, turnkey furnished. Walk to Bay, beach and restaurants. June-December, $1200/mo. Jan.-April, $2500/mo. Includes electric and cable TV. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090. BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Walk right out onto the beach from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 941-383-6650.

WAGNER REALTY SINCE 1939 866-383-4666

BEACH HARBOR, Longboat Key. 2BR/2BA, 1st floor, furnished, W/D. Private beach. $1500/mo. until December, 3/mo. minimum.. 413-245-7004. Log on to see pictures:

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, 3rd floor direct Gulf front, private, 2BR/2BA. Pool, recreation room. Available August-Dec. 813-837-9901.




SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. Weekly through December. Gulf front. SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. 724 MARBURY LANE, 3BR/2BA home on canal w/boat dock.

941-383-6224 888-383-6224 “ON BEAUTIFUL LONGBOAT KEY”

TAKE YOUR PICK...RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME or GULF-FRONT CONDO, 3BR/2BA canal home is a 2/minute walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool w/screened enclosure, CONDO (2BR/2BA) newly remodeled walk-out unit directly on the Gulf...full view, just steps from the patio to the Gulf. Both recently updated w/new paint and furniture, lots of tile. Pets welcome upon approval. No smoking please. SECURITY/DEPOSIT required. 1/mo. min. stay. Call or email for seasonal rates. Call 863-559-4610 or E-mail: VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, U.P.C.C., Downtown. Experience the elegant lifestyle of The Residence at The Ritz Carlton SANCTUARY FAIRWAY BAY SEAPLACE JUST TO NAME A SELECT FEW JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000 PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE:

Call Barbara Fulmer or Kim Fisher Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. STORYBOOK COTTAGES. Romantic B&B decor, cottage chic in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher, cable, phone. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) patio. $1000/mo. per multiple months. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $850/mo. Weekly and monthly rates avail. 941-779-2393.

Time Share WEEKS 22 & 35 at Longboat Key’s Veranda Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, 1st & 5th floor units. Beautiful ocean front view! (904) 269-4513.

Waterfront Property MARINA FOR SALE to be offered mid-July. One bridge to Bay, 3.7+ acres, GC/PW/ Res.-9. Janet, 941-383-6389. Horizon Realty.

☛ ☛ NEW WATERFRONT Community, Cortez Quay. 3/Lots available w/docks. Re/Max Gulfstream, Paula Jonsson. 730-9888.

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Longboat Key

BRAND NEW MEDITERRANEAN FLATS designed for carefree waterfront living with all the luxuries and conveniences one could desire. Nestled between the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef. Models open daily 11am-4pm. Starting at $795,000. Tina Rudek 920-0303

LONGBOAT BAY FRONT Inspiring bay and wildlife views from this one of a kind location. Bonus wrap around protected side canal with deep water, ideal for a large boat. 2,642 sq ft home being sold "as is" but in excellent condition. Deeded beach access just 4/10ths of a mile away. Plans for a new 4,500 sq ft home in the works. $1,895,000. Cindy or Mike Migone 812-7438/812-7437

CANAL FRONT DUPLEX Spectacular Bay/Skyway views & deep boating water short walk to beaches, shops, fine dining and City Pier. Secluded Anna Maria location adjacent to exclusive subdivision. Collect income now until you are ready to build your dream home in this pristine area. $799,900. Tina Rudek 920-0303



OWN A TOWNHOUSE WHERE THE PROS PLAY A terrific opportunity to own a beautiful townhouse at the prestigious private tennis club in southwest Florida. Play where the pros play or swim in our gorgeous jr. olympic & heated pool. This is the best investment property on our island. Ask for the rental history & you’ll see why. $369,800. Doug Bruce 713-3285

THE OSPREY Luxurious yet carefree living awaits you in this brand new home with serene water views and assigned boat dock. Spacious 3BR/2.5BA with open terrace, screened lanai, 2 car garage and ample storage for all your toys. $660,000. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 920-0303/812-7437

INVESTORS DREAM Unique four-plex with many possibilities. Just steps to the gulf. bay, shops & fine dining. Plus, a large covered patio overlooking the gulf. This property has excellent rental history! $1,200,000. Call Missi Watkins 730-5227 or Lee Kinworthy 807-1610

MEDITERRANEAN BAY front has sweeping bay views. Located on Golden Gate Point, unit has 3 bedrooms plus den. Nice open plan. Too many amenities to mention. Over 2100 sq.ft. $929,000 383-5543

VILLA MIRANDA! Positive cash flow. Perfect vacation home/investment. One block to everything! Views forever. 3BR/3BA, pool, furnished. $879,000. Geoff Wall 5450206.

TWO STORY CAPE COD Sarasota Springs beautiful two-story cape cod home. Three or four bedrooms, 2.5 bath , large fenced backyard with lots of shade. Nice quiet neighborhood. $179,000. Susanne Kasten at 448-3027.

LA SIESTA Rarely available 2 bed/2bath location directly across the street from the Siesta Public Beach. Great rental complex close to Siesta Village. One week minimum in summer. Heated pool, clubhouse, gym and more. Offered for $449,000. Cindy or Mike Migone 812-7438/812-7437

ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Sunsets every night from this direct gulf front unit. 2BR/2BA overlooking the pool. Absolutely the best view! Inside utility room & covered parking. A favorite rental spot. $849,000. Gail Tutewiler 705-0227


SEA OATS An intimate eight unit complex right on the beach. One and two bedroom units with gulf views, gulfside patios, and laundry facilities. Available weekly, monthly and seasonally.

COVERT II Small complex located directly on the gulf. Very comfortably furnished two bedroom, two bath units with excellent views of the beach. Pool and laundry. Available weekly, monthly and seasonally.

INN ON THE BEACH Beautiful two bedroom penthouse offers a great floor plan with both bedrooms and the living area opening to the open lanai with great lagoon view. Available weekly, monthly and seasonally.

SEA CLUB Intimate, eight unit complex, located directly on the beach, with swimming pool and beach cabana. One and two bedroom units are fully equipped and have beachside patios. Available weekly, monthly and seasonally.

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June 17 2004  
June 17 2004