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Traveling REBuilding blocks music Longboat Harbour hosts evening of beautiful sounds from six aspiring virtuosos.
The ‘Bobs’ are back at the grill again for the Community AIDS Network. PAGE 1D
Is the Key ready to pick up the pieces of a direct hit?
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OUR TOWN PEOPLE, PLACES AND PICS
Thursday, JUNE 22, 2006
back in the fold by Roger Drouin | City Editor
Key Moorings under contract Key Club hopes to close on sale by August, expanding the exclusive resort’s facilities. The Longboat Key Club entered a contract earlier this week to purchase Longboat Key Moorings and nearby Café on the Bay, according to Michael Welly, general manager of the Longboat Key Club. Once finalized, the purchase would bring the marina back
into the ownership of the Key Club, which owned the marina in the mid-’80s, before its current owner purchased the marina for $9.1 million in 1989. Sarasota County Property Appraiser records show the current
See MOORINGS page 7A
SIGNS OF SUMMER + Celebrate the Fourth!
Look for your free American flag in the June 29 edition of The Longboat Observer — and wave it proudly on the Fourth of July. Thanks to The Observers’ advertising sponsors, 77,000 American flags will be inserted into Observer newspapers next week. Wave the flag and show your patriotism and American spirit in honor the 230th birthday of our nation, and even show it off at the Freedom Fest on Longboat Key July 4. Also, look for our Guide to the Fourth special section — with a complete listing of the Fourth of July celebrations occurring throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Colorful beach towels and chairs line the sand on a sunny summer afternoon at the Gulfside beach. Just remember to take your beach chairs with you when it’s time to go home — it’s turtle season.
OUR TOWN continued on 2A
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NESTING SEASON by Roger Drouin | City Editor
Birds ruffle residents’ feathers Beach access is closed during nesting season, which ends Aug. 31. Beachwalk resident Dr. Milton Comer cringed Monday morning when he saw public works crews had roped off a 600-foot rectangle around a group of black-and-white shorebirds. About 100 skimmers, listed as a species of concern in Florida, settled on a sandy stretch of
shore directly in front of the boardwalk leading from the 19-unit condominium complex. Within hours, crews began marking the beach with “Area Closed” signs and orange flags. Comer and some of his neighbors, who had been fighting to keep the private beach-access area open, felt like they had reached a dead end. The issue first arose three weeks ago when residents were frustrated after the town roped off an area in front of Beachwalk’s boardwalk
See NESTING page 4A
Dr. Milton Corner points out a closed area of beach.
2A Our Town
The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006
OUR TOWN continued from 2A
+ 100 years young
Riley Carter, a former Sutton Place resident and a decade-long attendee of the Longboat Island Chapel, celebrated his 100th birthday at the church Sunday, June 18. Members of Carter’s family were guests of honor during the 10 a.m. service, which was followed by a birthday luncheon complete with a German chocolate birthday cake, Carter’s favorite. Carter even enjoyed a song from 16-year-old Amanda Mindlin, who serenaded him with “Young at Heart.” “It was fun,” Carter said. “But my real birthday is on the 22nd, so I’m having another party this Saturday.”
+ Goodbye, Longboat Key
After 24 wonderful years living at Beachplace on Longboat Key, Albie and Andy Frank are relocating to 100 Central in downtown Sarasota. “You miss one payment and see what they do?” Albie Frank joked. Throughout the years, the Franks have been influential faces on Longboat, including last fall,
Happy Birthday Riley Carter!
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+ Longest day of the year
when Andy Frank was crowned Ms. Longboat Key: “50 and Fabulous.” at the town’s 50th anniversary celebration. The couple also serves on the board of SMART, a therapeutic horse-riding center in east Manatee County. Frank said he and his wife decided to move for a change of lifestyle to a more urban setting, downtown. “Everything seems to be very exciting downtown right now,” Frank said. “I can’t say we’re moving for any one reason, it’s just for a different feel.” Frank said that despite the move, which will take place June 22, he knows they will stay in touch with all their Longboat friends. “We won’t be far,” he said.
Summer has officially begun! On June 21, the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. To celebrate the solstice, The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is throwing its fourth annual Summer Shindig at 6 p.m. June 23, in the Monkey Room. Cocktails and summer fare will be on hand to help toast the sun as it sets to close out a long, summer day.
+ Flower power
Longboat’s Enchanted Florist, a flower shop in Whitney Beach Plaza, will now be owned and operated by Brian Sullivan. The store will re-open in July. Sullivan previously worked as an international flight attendant on airplanes that flew to Baghdad with firsttime troops. Sullivan, who purchased the former Longboat Creations, is announcing the store’s arrival to the Key by holding a 60%off sale on existing inventory from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 1 through July 3.
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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006
code enforcement by Roger Drouin | City Editor
Town investigates outdoor dining Moore’s, Mar Vista face code violations for illegal outdoor dining. Code violations could end up shutting down outdoor dinning areas at two waterfront restaurants. The Longboat Key Code Enforcement Department is investigating illegal outdoor dining at Moore’s Stonecrab and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, both located on Broadway Avenue. A cod- enforcement officer recently made initial contact with the restaurants’ owners. Neither restaurant is currently at risk of being fined. The code enforcement department began looking into the possibility of code violations after an anonymous complainant came forward and several advertisements were placed in the newspaper advertising outdoor dining at Moore’s, said Code Official Randy Fowler. It appears that both restaurants have been serving food at outdoor tables without applying with the town to do so, Fowler said. Mar Vista previously applied for a site-plan amendment to allow dining on the restaurant’s deck area. But dinning is not allowed at additional tables over-
looking Sarasota Bay. At Moore’s, co-owner Alan Moore has talked to town officials about applying for a siteplan change that would allow him to serve food at a limited number of outdoor tables. A resident complained that Moore has been serving food at tables before the proper paperwork was filed and approved. Fowler said that outdoor tables are not a problem, but serving food or drinks at the tables is not allowed because it would be an expansion of the restaurant. Fowler dispels statements that the code enforcement department is trying to make it difficult for businesses to operate on the Key. “It’s not about the code enforcement department being kinder,” he said. “It’s whether they (restaurants) follow the proper procedure to do something. You don’t just do it and expect the town to turn a blind eye. “They have done something that code enforcement has to follow up,” Fowler added. “And we are trying to help them find the best administrative remedy.”
LOCAL WILDLIFE byJessica Luck | Staff Writer
There are currently eight cleared tables at Mar Vista. Fowler said the immediate solution for both restaurants is to stop serving food and then meet with the town about obtaining proper approval for an outdoordining area. On Tuesday at Mar Vista, about eight tables sat without table clothes. Normally these tables are covered with table clothes and salt and pepper shakers. Ed Chiles, owner of the Chiles Group, which owns three local waterfront dining establishments, was unavailable for comment as of press time. Moore said a code enforcement officer called him Tuesday to set up a time to discuss the
outdoor seating. Moore said he thinks whoever is complaining about outdoor dining is trying to retaliate because Moore won a referendum in March that allows him to begin the rezoning process from commercial to residential, if he decides to do so in the future. The island was sharply divided among residents supporting Moore and those opposing the amendment. “I believe it has to do with my winning the election,” Moore said. “Whoever is stirring this up has a mission to make life miserable for myself and Mar Vista. That is my personal opinion.”
Alberto damages 17 turtle nests A significant number of turtle nests found on Longboat Key suffered damage due to high surf June 12 and June 13, when Tropical Storm Alberto passed through the area. Seventeen of the 21 nests were either lost completely or washed over. The eggs in the washed-over nests still have a chance of hatching. Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program, along with Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteers, monitors 35 miles of nests in Longboat Key, Lido Beach, Siesta Key, Casey Key and Venice Beach. The turtle-nesting season started May 1 and ends Oct. 31, so there are more chances of nesting complications due to storms as the hurricane season continues. “At this stage we’re prepared for anything because of the past summers,” said Paula Clark, intern/ volunteer coordinator with the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program. “I think Hurricane Dennis hit about this time last year.” The sea-turtle program and its 165 volunteers conduct an inventory of the nests as soon after a storm as possible, which is key in helping the nests. “We are only moving the nests that are washed out, because the standing water could pull the eggs out,” Clark said. “Nests can take getting washed over if the water goes
INBRIEF COMMUNITY NEWS AND NOTES
+ Firefighter promoted
Rocky Parker, a firefighter with 22 years of experience, was promoted from firefighter-paramedic to lieutenant last week. Parker joined the Longboat Key Fire Department in November 1999. He brought search and rescue experience with him from his career at the Indianapolis Fire Department. He is currently the fire department’s team leader on the Hurricane Response Team (HRT). Parker fills the opening left when Lt. Michael Haupt retired because of health concerns last month. “My most important job right now is to make sure my guys are safe,” Parker said.
+ Getting word out
A reverse-911 system called about 6,000 Longboat Key residents Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Alberto flooded sections of St Armands. Of the 6,000 phone calls, the system contacted about 55% of the households, either by voicemail or direct contact. Since the initial test-call Tuesday, an additional 200 residents have registered for the Code Red reverse-911 system, which notifies residents in the case of emergencies such as evacuations and hazardous material spills. Hearing impaired residents can sign up for TDD format. People may register for the Code Red system by calling 373-7728, Ext. 400, or visiting the town’s Web site at Longboatkey.org and clicking on the Code Red link.
+ Cell phone antennas
Four new cell phone antenna have been installed atop condominiums on the south end of the Key. The antennas include a new Sprint antenna at Islands West and an Alltel antenna at The Privateer. There is now a total of 12 antennas on the island. But cell phone service from mid-to-north Key is still patchy, Joan Murphy, representative of a cell phone consulting company, told town commissioners at a meeting Monday. Kat Wingert
Flags just west of the Privateer Condominium on the south end of Longboat Key mark turtle tracks from a false crawl the night before. back down. Because the sand is porous, the water will drain back out.” Recently, Clark said the progam discovered an unusual event at the Islander. A turtle crawled 566 feet down the beach before returning to the water. Following the turtle tracks, the group discovered human footprints, which were likely the cause for the turtle’s disorientation. Clark advises people to watch the turtles from a distance so as not to disturb their nesting habits.
Late last week, clumps of seaweed and debris, including hundreds of aluminum cans, covered a half-mile stretch of shoreline — thanks to Tropical Storm Alberto. Public Works Director Juan Florensa said that the seaweed and garbage was likely pushed ashore by the storm’s waves and unusually high tide. The trail of seaweed and trash started just south of the Gulfside Road beach-access area on the north end of the Key. Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough said that on Friday morning he walked out on the beach and saw a 3- to 4-inch-thick stretch of seaweed and garbage. “I saw this huge mass of beer cans, scuba masks, sun visors, shoes, Styrofoam cups, pieces of a boat and on and on,” Whatmough said. “That whole strip of the beach is really suffering from this accumulation. There was no way you could go into the water, there was stuff drifting out about 15 feet into the water.” After Whatmough and several residents called the town, public works crews began removing trash from shore Thursday and worked into the weekend. Crews had to remove the trash by hand, because they could not get a beach rake and tractor onto the beach during turtle and shorebird nesting. Florensa said public works crews would continue to remove trash, but would not remove the naturally occurring seaweed. - Roger Drouin
+ Commercial vehicle ban
Town Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward an ordinance that would prohibit commercial vehicles over 15,000 pounds from parking in residential areas. Commissioners asked Police Chief Al Hogle why 15,000 pounds was used as the cutoff weight. Hogle said he didn’t want to include larger pickup trucks, such as full-size dualie trucks, in the ban. “We are looking at larger vehicles,” Hogle said. The issue first arose in February when a handful of Bayview Drive residents said they were tired of looking toward their neighbor’s driveway and seeing a large LaPensee Plumbing truck.
The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006
NESTING continued from 1A
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after people sighted nesting birds. Beachwalk property Manager Stephanie Chapman, with Beth Callans Management Corp., called the town’s public works department and asked if it could provide a path through the roped-off area. After getting the go-ahead from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), public works employees created a narrow walkway through the nesting area. This all changed Monday when a FWC biologist walked the beach and took photos of a new group of nesting shorebirds. The skimmers were located within 50 feet of the end of the boardwalk. Later in the day, public works crews were on the beach again, this time closing off the access walkway and extending the “Area Closed” zone. The area could remain closed until at least Aug. 31, the end of shorebirdnesting season. “FWC allowed us to open that beach access with the understanding that if a shorebird monitor saw birds nesting, they would close it immediately,” said Annie Ross, technical manager with Longboat Key Public Works. For Comer, a retired surgeon from Louisville, Ky., the reappearance of a closed beach was a surprise. “I thought they had it remedied,” he said. “This is too much.” Comer said the problem is that residents have to walk at least 500 feet north to an-
other boardwalk to get onto the beach. He said this is difficult for older residents and visiting guests lugging beach gear. “We all moved here because we wanted water access,” he said. “They denied us access to our entire beach, and if we want to go to the beach we have to walk all that way.” Comer said he was upset that Beachwalk owners pay high taxes and then have their beach closed, without a say in the matter. “I’ve never seen a bird standing in the tax line,” he said. Ross said it is unlikely that FWC will allow the town to change the closed-off area. “The birds are right in front of the beach access,” Ross said. “They have tried to do as much as they can, but their No. 1 concern is the threatened species.” Beachwalk President Frank Fiore said that many residents are in their 80s and will have a hard time walking to the northern boardwalk. “We certainly have some residents that are irritated,” he said. “But I don’t know if there is anything we can do other than grin and bear it.” Public Works Director Juan Florensa said the town will work to keep the next-closest boardwalk, which is a private boardwalk shared by Beachwalk, open. But he said it is possible that the roped-off section could be enlarged if more nesting birds are found. “This is only temporary,” Florensa said. “You live on the beach, and this is something you have to deal with.”
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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006
post storm by Roger Drouin | City Editor
Policy calls for residential access Plan details a â€œfirst pushâ€? clearing meant to push debris out of the way. It does not call for extensive debris removal. Town commissioners drafted an ordinance June 15 that, if approved, paves the way for a post-storm-debris-removal policy designed to provide access to all residential areas on the island. At several earlier meetings, the commission was divided over how far the townâ€™s contractor should go when clearing and removing fallen trees and other debris after a hurricane. After debating the issue for several weeks, commissioners reached a consensus to move forward with a policy suggested by Commissioner Randy Clair. The policy, as Clair suggested, calls for a â€œfirst pushâ€? that would result in a clear access route to all multi-family dwelling units. Under this policy, the townâ€™s
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vate roadways and private-access entrances, was supportive of Clairâ€™s policy suggestion. â€œI wholeheartedly endorse his recommendation,â€? Spoll said early in the discussion. Commissioner Lee Rothenberg was more reluctant, but he also supported Clairâ€™s suggestion. â€œI have always been troubled by spending taxpayersâ€™ money on private roads, but I think what we are talking about is something we should do,â€? Rothenberg said. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis described the â€œfirst pushâ€? as an initial attempt to provide access through the Key, similar to a snowplow pushing snow off to the side of the roadway. St. Denis said, â€œWe will clear just that path. And that may mean putting debris somewhere else on property. The more time spent on one property, the slower the process will be. We are going to be operating under very difficult condi-
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debris-removal contractor or contractors, would work in the following order: clear a passage through Gulf of Mexico Drive and major public roadways, such as Bogey Lane; clear other public side roads; clear private roadways such as Bay Isles Parkway and Harbourside Drive; clear one access route to every condominium or multi-family dwelling, This policy goes further than earlier proposed policies that would have stopped short of clearing routes to private condominiums. In order for the townâ€™s contractor to clear private roadways and entrances to condominiums, the property owner must sign a holdharmless form that frees the town and the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency from any liability. The policy specifically details a â€œfirst pushâ€? clearing meant to push debris out of the way. It does not call for extensive debris removal. After Thursdayâ€™s meeting, Fire Chief Julius Halas said he was relieved that the commission decided to clear access to all residential areas. This decision could play a vital role in emergency services during the days after a storm, when most injures occur as residents try to begin getting back to their homes and making repairs, Halas said â€œPublic or private, gates or no gates, we have to get ambulances in there,â€? Halas said. â€œWe now have access everywhere people live.â€? Halas said it will take time to clear all roadways and access drives, but hopefully within 24 hours, paramedics, firefighters and police officers can get to most residential areas. Commissioner George Spoll, who led the push to include pri-
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tions. The goal is to make sure we can access the building if the need arises.â€? Clair agreed that the goal is to open up areas, including condos and townhouses, for emergency access. Commissioners also discussed at length if commercial properties should be included. Clair suggested pushing debris aside only if access would be vital to the townâ€™s recovery. But St. Denis argued that the language was vague and could be used to compel town officials to clear debris from every business on the Key. Eventually, commissioners agreed that town would not clear debris from commercial property unless the town directly used it during the recovery process. For instance, it is likely that the townâ€™s contractor would clear the Publix parking lot because it would become a staging area.
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As July 4 approaches … Three vignettes:
ADAMS, JEFFERSON & THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE
One: Longboat Key is fighting a losing battle to keep its businesses. And yet, now that two restaurants, Moore’s Stone Crab and the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, are serving food at tables on their lawns, the town has been urged to curtail the practice for it’s not in compliance with the town’s dining codes. Two: In Manatee and Sarasota counties, shootings occurred at a couple of night clubs, both known to attract detritus. So the Manatee County Commission bans anyone under age 21 from admission to clubs serving alcohol. The city of Sarasota was expected to do the same this week — under the theory that such a ban will protect the under-21 young adults from all future shootings. (And what about those 21 and over? Their safety doesn’t count? They’re 21, so they’re automatically smarter and wiser than 18-year-olds?) Three: Last week, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs issued a subpoena to this newspaper. It sought our records on one of our customers. Through the power bestowed on him by the Legislature, a state inspector demanded that we produce any information relating to the name of the advertiser, his address, telephone number, credit card number, how much he paid for his advertisements, dates of the advertisements and any other information that we may have in our possession. The crime? An independent bodyguard and private investigator who moved from New York advertised his services in our paper. One of his competitors apparently determined that our customer had not obtained a license to practice his profession in Florida. The competitor wanted “the state” to shut him down, or at least make him comply with the licensing law. What has happened to us? What has happened to our founding principles, to the foundation of our commitment to individual freedom? As the dawn of Independence Day nears, this time of year often compels us to reflect on our roots, to examine then and now, re-connect with what it means be a citizen of the United States of America, to remind ourselves why the colonists took to arms. It’s all about Freedom. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
“(John) Adams died, as many of you know, the same day (Thomas) Jefferson died. Jefferson had been his closest friend, then his political rival, then his political enemy. After twelve Adams years of neither speaking to each other, Adams initiated the first letter of what was to be one of the great reconciliations in our history. The correspondence between these former presidents lasted until their deaths, and is some of the most
wonderful letters in the English language. And then they died on the same day, each in his own bed, surrounded by his books. And it wasn’t just any day. It was the 4th of July, 50 years Jefferson after the Declaration of Independence. People at the time saw it as the clearest sign imaginable that the hand of God was involved with the destiny of the United States and who could blame them?
Where has the commitment to these principles gone? American political leaders often say we are a nation of laws and are governed by the rule of law. But the above three vignettes symbolize on small scale how we have strayed from those oft-repeated Jeffersonian principles of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Take the subpoena for advertising records. When we think about it, however trivial it may be in the scheme of our world, the issuing of the subpoena still is a one strand in an enormous government web that ensnares Americans at every level of their lives. To what end, for instance, must we have laws that require bodyguards and private investigators to obtain statesanctioned licenses to practice their craft? The answer, of course, is that these laws allegedly protect the consumer. But this is arrogance. Our state lawmakers essentially decided Floridians are intellectually incapable of judging on their own the qualifications and capabilities of anyone proclaiming to be a bodyguard or investigator. And thus our lawmakers appointed “the state” — Big Brother — to regulate and control these practitioners, to protect us from our chosen ignorance. (In reality, the unspoken and real purpose of the bodyguard laws is to limit competition, create barriers to entry and protect those already holding an investigator’s license. In reality, these laws are anti-consumer.) Likewise, with the night clubs. County commissioners deemed it the responsibility of “the state” to make decisions for those between the ages of 18 and 21 — to protect them. (What about the protection of those 21 and older?) As for Longboat’s restaurants, the challenge
against outdoor dining is yet another example that a man’s property in this country is no longer his own.
— David McCullough, Imprimus, May
What have we done in the 230 years hence our nation’s founding? What are we doing to our country and ourselves? Where is this leading? In the context of the early 1770s, the above three examples — outdoor dining, shutting off night clubs to 18-year-olds and issuing subpoenas for advertising records — are trivial. They are specs on the backs of the great issues of the day. They are microbes in the context of the colonists’ grievances against the King of England that Jefferson articulated in the Declaration of Independence — “He had plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our Towns and destroyed the Lives of our People” … Indeed, none of the three examples cited will cause Liberty’s death. But they are three of a thousand — a thousand small cuts that eventually will bleed to death the heart and soul of American Liberty. As the birthday of our nation approaches, we urge readers to refresh their resolve to the American spirit — the inalienable right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom.
Not once, but twice — the latest time last week — we have written incorrectly that Longboat Key Commissioner George Spoll ran against Bob Dawson in the town elections two years ago. For the record, Spoll ran against Robert Sewell.
by Tucker Carlson
Republicans have become ‘Animal Farm’
The following excerpts appeared in “The Decline and Fall of the Republican Party,” published in the Spring 2006 Cato’s Letter from the Cato Institute. What went wrong with the Republican Party? That is a really tragic question … How did this administration — which is, in the shorthand of the media, a sort of right-wing, small-government, tearit-all-down, cryptolibertarian administration — get to be, in fact, an administration that is in almost every single way as liberal as Bill Clinton’s administration? How did that happen? The first and most obvious explanation … is that the president, despite everything you hear, is not actually all that conservative. He is definitely not animated by any libertarian instincts … The reason I believe Republicans are
in for a very rough time in the mid-term elections has nothing to do with their betrayal of their own ideology. There is a growing perception among the American people that the Republicans have become corrupt … Most members of Congress are not corrupt, but people will remember the ones who are. Duke Cunningham clearly just went completely insane, and that is anomalous, but people will remember … People will remember that Jack Abramoff was a close associate of Tom DeLay, and that connection will be more devastating than the Valerie Plame leak or the war in Iraq. It signals to voters that Republican politics has turned into “Animal Farm.” In the last scene of “Animal Farm,” the animals throw off the master. But of course the pigs wind up becoming
the masters in the final scene, wearing the old master’s clothes and swilling his liquor. All the dumb animals, the kind of sweet, credulous animals — the horses, the hounds, the hares — are peering through the farmhouse window on the crisp night, and inside the pigs are sitting with the neighboring farmers playing poker and getting loaded. And the animals outside could not tell who were the pigs and who were the masters. They all looked the same. The revolution had come full circle. To an average voter, it looks like the Republicans have put on Democrats’ clothes and are sitting around playing poker in Congress. Republicans will be punished for what they have done, but for all the wrong reasons. The election this fall will be bittersweet no matter what happens.
The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006
NORTH CASEY KEY GULF-TO-BAY. Completed in 2005 on over an acre on a private road. Walled and gated. Infinity-edge pool, complete summer kitchen, covered dock with lift and private beach. $12,000,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #310605
FABULOUS LOCATION & STUNNING VIEWS from this unique, spacious custom home. Features cathedral ceilings with skylights, large master overlooking bay, eat-in kitchen & stone fireplace. $3,950,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #285692
BEAUTIFULLY BUILT BEACH HOUSE across from Crescent Beach with Gulf & sunset views. This brand new residence features elegant architectural details, 3BRs, elevator & very private pool terrace. $1,425,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #309890
HAMMOCKS. Spectacular Coachman-built 3,760-sq.-ft., 5BR custom home on a large cul-de-sac lot creates the perfect family environment. Features 2BRs & bonus room upstairs. $899,900. Tom R. Delaney, 383-7591 or 387-3990. #309613
CEDAR COVE ESTATES. Remarkable West of the Trail home with over 2,400 sq. ft., vaulted ceilings, separate dining room, 10' ceilings & large pool with spa. $639,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #302989
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LONGBOAT, LIDO & BIRD KEYS
LONGBOAT KEY BAYFRONT. Exquisite Mizner-style custom residence built by Bruce Saba. Approximately 8,100 total sq. ft. with top quality appointments. Located in prestigious Bay Isles with private beach club. Completion date Oct. 2006. $7,495,000. Debra Pitell & Julie Klick, 9516660 or 356-0437 & 388-4447. #308646 HANDSOME MODERN ON LIDO BEACH. Close to St. Armands & downtown, this beautifully crafted residence boasts an exquisite interior with cherry woodworking, walls of glass, limestone floors & a 51' lap pool. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $6,800,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 3884447 or 350-3304. #296425 PICTURE PERFECT BAYFRONT GATED ESTATE on the south side of Bird Key. Beautifully appointed home with separate living areas, 4BRs en suite, pool, spa & views of the city over Sarasota Bay. $6,490,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #300928 MARVELOUS GULF-FRONT OASIS showcasing spectacular sunsets and pristine sandy beach through walls of glass. This custom two-story residence features spacious areas with formal living and dining rooms, family room and beachfront den. $5,795,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #286062 FABULOUS BIRD KEY DEEPWATER BAYFRONT. Custom 4/5BR, 5,800-sq.-ft. home with travertine floors, granite counters, spacious master suite, gourmet kitchen & media room. New saltwater pool/spa & boat lift. $5,495,000. Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 320-0389. #311699 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Enjoy fabulous views of the Gulf, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay & city skyline from this 10th floor corner unit with 4,189 sq. ft. & 853 sq. ft. of terraces. $4,850,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #299158 CLASSIC ELEGANCE. Bayfront home with spectacular bay & city views. Enjoy southern exposure near downtown, St. Armands & the beach. Deepwater dock for 3 boats, boatlift & 120' waterfront. $3,800,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #301038 A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY to own 1.95+/- acres on Longboat Key. Already subdivided into four individual canal-front lots. Nearby beach access. $3,500,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #288805 KEY WEST-STYLE BAYFRONT HOME on Lido Key. This unique 5BR residence includes a pool, deepwater dock & screened wraparound porches with bay views. $3,500,000. John August, 3884447 or 373-0038. #292684 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Over 400' of Gulf frontage on almost 8 acres. This unit features magnificent views, concierge, outdoor pool & spa, & state-of-the-art fitness center. $3,400,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #302962 BIRD KEY. Spectacular newer home with 5BR, luxurious appointments, floating staircase & guest suite on main level. $2,995,000. Anka Eshak, 951-6660 or 504-6374. #305024 LUXURY WATERFRONT HOME in a premier Sarasota area. Private yacht/tennis club on the island. Short distance to Sarasota's charms. Terraces from almost every room offer water views & ease of entertainment. $2,600,000. Denby Smothers, 388-4447 or 586-2142. #297038 BAY ISLES. Beautiful executive home with tasteful & total renovations including new marble flooring & a newly designed state-of-the-art kitchen. $2,595,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #297583 LIDO BEACH CLUB. This is the largest penthouse at the Lido Beach Club. Owner has combined 2 penthouse units for almost 4,000 sq. ft. of living space. Enjoy the most beautiful views. $2,450,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #291644 AS FEATURED IN METROPOLITAN HOME, this beautiful but beach comfortable Gulf-front penthouse has 3 true bedrooms, a den & Gulf views from every room. $2,000,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #300747 BIRD KEY. Soft, sophisticated details in this 5BR plus solarium, library & partial bay views. $1,900,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #302429 FULFILL A DREAM - LIVE AT THE BEACH. This home is the perfect alternative to condominium living. Light, airy & impressively remodeled to perfection. Enjoy stunning Gulf views from upper terrace. $1,650,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #296759 FABULOUS WATERFRONT LOT on prestigious Bird Key, close to the Yacht Club. Offers a deepwater dock. $1,600,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #300579 BIRD KEY NEW CONSTRUCTION. A private yard, pool & spacious screened lanai complement the casual lifestyle of this unique residence with architectural detailing, bright interior & sea island style. $1,495,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #296206 BIRD KEY. The very best of everything throughout this quality built three-bedroom home with open pool. $1,495,000. Kevin Reddington, 966-8000 or 266-4202. #305322 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Perfectly maintained, recently improved & tastefully furnished 3BR canal-front home. Explore your options. $1,295,000. Jay Seigel, 383-7591 or 228-5298. #298799 LIDO SHORES. Modern neighborhood on the rise. Buy now before this newly designed home is constructed. $1,280,000. Brian Snyder, 383-7591 or 376-2005. #284270 BIRD KEY. Remarkable location on Bird Key, with pool & lanai facing south. Beautifully remodeled 3BR ranch with new appliances, flooring, refinished pool & granite countertops. $1,098,000. Nancy Carey, 388-4447 or 323-1616. #299778 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS NORTH. Full Gulf views from this 12th floor corner unit. Located on Lido Beach & only one block from St. Armands Circle shops & restaurants. Heated pool, sauna & exercise room. $980,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #293998
THOU SAN DS OF HOM E S • ON E ADDR E WONDERFUL BIRD KEY GARDEN LOT. This cleared lot enjoys potential for a water view. Close to the Yacht Club. $950,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #300582 ISLANDS WEST. This beachfront two-bedroom, 11th floor residence is freshly painted and newly carpeted. $949,900. Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 313-5500. #306492 LIDO BEACH CLUB. Wonderful, totally remodeled, beautifully turnkey furnished 12th floor unit facing the north, with breathtaking views of the Gulf & city. $895,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #285346 LONGBOAT BEACHCOMBER. Remarkable Gulf views from this 2nd floor, turnkey furnished, end unit 2BR condominium. On-site rental agent with one week rental policy. $859,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #294853 DAZZLING BEACH & SUNSET VIEWS from this first floor, turnkey furnished 2BR residence in Longboat Key Club. Features a patio, pool & boat dock. $825,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #297328 BIRD KEY GARDEN HOME. This well-maintained 3BR has a warm & inviting open floor plan suited for casual living. Cathedral ceilings give this residence a spacious feel. $825,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #296842 BEACH HARBOR CLUB. Sit on your own private terrace & watch the sun slip into the Gulf from this 2BR penthouse in a Gulf-to-bay complex. $825,000. Diane Otis Stirling, 388-4447 or 3204261. #310763 LIDO SURF & SAND. Wonderful opportunity in a direct Gulf-front building on Lido Beach. Two-BR residence with Gulf views, balcony with sliding doors, & an open patio. $799,900. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #280636 LIDO SURF & SAND. Completely renovated 2BR, 6th floor condominium with tile throughout, extended living room to balcony, sliding glass doors & screen. $799,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #291554 PRIVATEER SOUTH - BEHIND THE GATES. Totally renovated 2BR residence with stunning Gulf, bay & city skyline views. $799,000. Tom Farr, 951-6660 or 587-0725. #309355 BIRD KEY. Wonderful 3BR garden-style pool home with a great room split plan & excellent location on Bird Key. $799,000. Linda Browning, 966-8000 or 302-0013. #312071 ARBORMAR. Magnificent Gulf & sunset views from this 3rd floor, turnkey furnished end unit with 2BRs. Generous rental policy with excellent on-site management. $789,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #307205 LIDO BEACH. Turnkey furnished beachside residence with a gorgeous pool & balcony views to the bay & Gulf. $765,000. Sheldon Paley, 388-4447 or 356-1857. #306060 BUTTONWOOD COVE. Magnificent bay views from this 2BR, bright, designer decorated & furnished condominium with Florida room. Enjoy your own boat dock, a heated pool, tennis & more. $699,900. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #307762 LIDO BEACH HOUSE. Tucked away, tranquil privacy await in this comfortable townhouse. Directly across the street from Lido Beach. $699,900. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #310066 PRISTINE GULF-SIDE RETREAT. Spacious & bright 2BR corner unit on Gulf side of Lido Beach. Views of greenbelt from this beautiful condominium. $649,000. Phyllis DiBlasi, 388-4447 or 351-1514. #282650 LONG BEACH. Charming home in a wonderful neighborhood in the village on Longboat Key. Value is in the land at this location. $629,000. Jonathan Fox, 393-3759 or 330-1441. #305646
CEDARS EAST. Set in a tennis resort with bay views, this 2BR features hurricane windows, garage & all amenities. $532,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #299541 FIRST LIDO. Charming, light & bright villa on Lido Key. Features 2BRs, den/sunroom, updated kitchen & tile floors. Just a short distance to the Gulf-side pool & Lido Beach. $527,000. Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #309701 BANYAN BAY BEAUTY. Corner 2BR unit in a Gulf-to-Bay complex with private beach, community boat dock, pool & tennis. Set in nature's tropical gardens of banyans, palms & gumbo limbos. $479,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #293080 WINDWARD BAY. Beautiful views of Sarasota Bay. Boat docks, clubhouse & heated pool are just outside the door of this 2BR with deeded beach access. $479,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #305404 CABANA BEACH CLUB. Own a piece of paradise on Longboat Key. Small Gulf-to-bay resort with private beach & completely renovated Key West condominium. Flexible rental program. $439,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #311713
BELCASTELLO - THE ULTIMATE VENETIAN GULF-FRONT ESTATE. Old World sophistication, casual Florida living & sweeping Gulf views. Top quality & attention to detail. Pool, dock & loggia/summer kitchen. Adjoining waterfront lot with dock available. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $13,500,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #292439
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UNIVERSITY PARK. Enjoy panoramic preserve/golf views from this customized Todd Johnston home. Wraps around & opens to a spacious screened lanai with heated pool, spa & summer kitchen. $1,225,000. Dana Westmark, 951-6660 or 356-5091. #311667
FOREST LAKES COUNTRY CLUB. Beautifully maintained pool home with a large backyard overlooking Phillippi Creek with a well & sprinkler system. $529,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #300721
IMPECCABLY REMODELED three-BR waterfront home with gourmet kitchen. A boater's dream featuring a 20,000 lb. boatlift. Perfect for casual living or elegant entertaining. $1,150,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #289226
CASCADES. Set in a 55+ community, this 3BR home is completely upgraded with tile floors, granite counters, wood cabinets & lake views. $460,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #314460
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MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE on a double mainland bayfront lot with panoramic bay views and 312' of seawall. Rarely occupied, pristine condition & top quality throughout. 50' lap pool & 8-car garage. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $6,500,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #289539 BALLENTINE MANOR. Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the views of sparkling Sarasota Bay & Longboat Key, this unique estate presents a dazzling display of space & light. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $6,250,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #245700 SPECTACULAR SARASOTA MAINLAND BAYFRONT. Sought after mainland bayfront. Fabulous John Cannon custom home with remarkable bay views. Top quality appointments, pool & spa. Priced below appraisal. $2,295,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #311351 THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON. A spacious Ritz-Carlton residence with an inviting floor plan offering unique views of the city skyline and Sarasota Bay. $1,995,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #290719
SANCTUARY PENTHOUSE. Enjoy captivating views of the Sarasota skyline, Sarasota Bay & the Gulf from this 4,000-sq.-ft. penthouse with 5,000-sq.-ft. terrace. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $5,250,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #306053
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UNIQUE MAINLAND BAYFRONT ESTATE - BELLA VITA. Enjoy almost an acre of tranquil beauty with full bay views overlooking Longboat Key. Rebuilt in 2004 to create open floor plans & connecting loggias, with dock, pool, spa & tennis. $1,950,000. Monica Slater, 951-6660 or 302-0011. #274636 FISHERMENS BAY. Boat dock, gated neighborhood & charming Key West-style pool home with over 3,440 sq. ft. surrounded by lush gardens. $995,000. Janis Collier, 951-6660 or 313-1212. #312939 WHITFIELD ESTATES. Historic Spanish Mediterranean West of the Trail home designed & lived in by Ralph Twitchell. Private lush setting on a large lot with boat dock & guesthouse. $899,000. Lee Dillon, 383-3759. #310732 MAINLAND WATERFRONT. Enjoy over 100' of shoreline with easy access to the bay from this well-built 4BR pool home. Set on a quiet street with a fenced yard & high elevation. $849,900. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #299018 TREYMORE. Remarkable Rutenberg residence on beautiful, private treed lot. Features 12' ceilings, architectural details, spacious rooms, pool & spa. $799,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #313456 RENAISSANCE. Downtown living at its best. Sweeping bay & city views from the balconies of this southwest corner condominium. Totally remodeled including new kitchen & many details throughout. $799,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #302398 SERENOA. Exquisite Arthur Rutenberg Turnberry III model offers spectacular views, 4BRs, a den and a 3-car garage. Located in a very desirable gated community. $749,500. Saba Attari, 9668000 or 504-6897. #307006 TURTLE ROCK. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake & preserve from this immaculate Lee Wetherington 4BR-plus-office home in a sought-after community. $650,000. Stephanie Bugatti, 966-8000 or 504-0978. #311378 UNIVERSITY PARK. Light, bright, open & beautiful maintenance-free 3BR home. Over 2,900 sq. ft. with neutral decor, ceramic tile, built-ins & large pool area with an extra veranda off den. $650,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #312863 TURTLE ROCK. Custom Lee Wetherington 3BR with den, 2-sided fireplace, caged pool & privacy. $515,000. Judy Brinkley, 966-8000 or 809-7353. #303821 PELICAN COVE. Harbor view & significant upgrades make this unit a must see in The Cove. Open, bright & tiled throughout with an enclosed lanai, storage galore & award-winning grounds. $487,000. Joan Perdue, 388-4447 or 923-0655. #314158 UNIVERSITY PARK - YOUR HOME IN THE TROPICS. Maintenance-free living decorated & updated in cool colors of the Gulf & sandy white beaches. Relax & enjoy the private preserve views within a award-winning community. $474,900. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #312232 THE LANDINGS. This 3BR condominium offers southwestern exposure, wooded views & an enclosed lanai. Close to the Racquet Club. $439,500. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 3503743. #307620 BARRINGTON RIDGE. Bright & open floor plan with 3/4BRs, upgrades throughout & serene lakefront lot with views from your private lanai. Room for a pool of your own or use the wonderful community pool. $432,900. Denby Smothers, 388-4447 or 586-2142. #313660 MAINTENANCE-FREE IN PRESTANCIA. Two-BR villa in popular Mara Villa I. Vaulted ceilings with many windows framing spectacular views across lake to 8th Fairway of TPC golf course. $420,000. Steve Abbe, 966-8000 or 400-3969. #307097
759 • SOUTH LONGBOAT 383-7591 • PALMER RANCH 966-8000 • SIESTA KEY 349-3444 RS: 9 AM TO 4 PM
WONDERFUL PRIVATE HOME behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Family room with soaring ceilings, many upgrades & built-ins throughout, & master suite overlooking spa & heated pool. $1,045,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #285584 DOWNTOWN SARASOTA. Charming 1920s bungalow complete with white picket fence, front porch, metal roof, heart pine floors & fireplace. Enjoy proximity to downtown Sarasota in a delightful neighborhood. $399,000. Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #314021 THE TRAILS. Expansive lakefront home with 3BRs, tile roof, circular paver drive, community pool & tennis. Beauty at its best. $399,000. Phyllis DiBlasi, 388-4447 or 351-1514. #313255 THE RENAISSANCE. Spectacular bayfront view from this classic downtown location close to everything. Features bamboo flooring & fabulous amenities. $399,000. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-6749. #286998 GULF GATE. Quiet & conveniently located home with a spacious caged pool/spa area. This lovingly cared for 2BR, 2-car garage residence is perfect for comfortable living. $399,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #298863 THE LANDINGS. This two-bedroom Portside villa has it all. Features a lake view, updated kitchen, enclosed lanai & two-car garage. $395,000. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #303526 PARKRIDGE. Magnolia floor plan with a full lake view. Features more than $10K in upgrades with updated cabinets & Corian countertops in kitchen. $350,000. Rinat Sikdar, 383-7591 or 447-0606. #298626 SOUTH GATE. The tree-canopied backyard of this 2BR home is perfect for a pool. The residence offers a large family room with Mexican tile & a 2-car garage. $328,900. Marianne LeBar, 9516660 or 650-0337. #314152 NEWBURN VILLAGE. Built in 2005, this home features a foyer entry, custom tile & paint, tray ceilings & window coverings. $320,000. Jay Seigel, 383-7591 or 228-5298. #303921 THE KNOLLS. This 3BR freestanding villa in The Knolls at Bent Tree is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Split floor plan with vaulted ceilings, skylights & 2-car garage. $295,000. Dana Westmark, 951-6660 or 356-5091. #312876 COUNTRY PALMS. This immaculate newer home in a deed-restricted community overlooks a preserve. Features 3BRs, wood floors, maple cabinets & Corian counters. $295,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #310130 BEST LOCATION IN PINE RUN. Newer building with tranquil views. Two-BR townhouse with soaring ceilings. A nature lover's paradise near Casey Key with 2 pools & 4 tennis courts. $235,000. Phyllis Garfinkel, 951-6660 or 302-6400. #314059 PAVER PARK ESTATES. Darling 2BR cottage in a charming 'old Sarasota' neighborhood. Close to downtown & all it has to offer. $225,000. Phyllis Garfinkel, 951-6660 or 302-6400. #314410 BELLA VILLINO. Enjoy a great location next to the pool/clubhouse from this one-bedroom condominium with walk-in closets, in-unit laundry, high ceilings and carport. $194,900. David Reitnecht, 966-8000 or 650-2084. #303059 5Siesta Key
GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE. Set on over 2 acres with a 7,400-sq.-ft., 3-6BR main home and a 1,450-sq.-ft., 2BR guesthouse. The property includes a tennis court, dock and a large yard overlooking the bay. $6,750,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #295185 SIESTA BEACHFRONT PROPERTY. This 1.6-acre property from Gulf to lagoon with 150' of unspoiled beach is an ideal building site for a new home. $5,300,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #303912 EXTRAORDINARY BAYFRONT ESTATE. This is the home Sarasota has been waiting for. Over 9,600 sq. ft. of total elegance with every conceivable amenity. Enjoy deep bay views from this Mediterranean showplace. Construction completion in 2007. $4,490,000. Susan McLeod, 3884447 or 951-2541. #304039 PRIVATE BAYFRONT SANCTUARY. Outstanding architecture by Jack West with walls of glass & open interior spaces beautifully captures the unobstructed water views. Open pool, dock & beach access. $3,250,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #297474 GATED YACHTING ENCLAVE. Deepwater harbor is at your back door from this soundly built home, with 5,537 sq. ft. of open, bright living area, a coral stone fireplace & pool/spa. $2,895,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #283015 SIESTA GULF VIEW. Magnificent water views from this 2BR direct Gulf-front penthouse condominium, just south of the Village. Enjoy one of the world's most beautiful beaches. $1,150,000. Patricia Taylor, 383-7591 or 724-6075. #283774 WALKING DISTANCE TO THE BEACH. Remodeled and furnished 3/4BR home with tropical pool area. An awesome location close to beach & Siesta Village. Excellent rental opportunity. $1,095,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #306429 FULL GULF VIEW RESIDENCE in Whispering Sands. Features new carpet & paint, private beach, 2 pools & 2 clubhouses. Located in the Village of Siesta Key. $859,900. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #305434 WHISPERING SANDS. This 2BR condominium is set in an active 55+ complex with 2 pools, clubhouse, updated common areas & gorgeous private beach. $395,000. Raul Elizalde, 349-3444 or 350-7904. #307634
The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006