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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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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.

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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+ 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 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

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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.

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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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post storm by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Policy calls for residential access Plan details a “first push� 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 town’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 “first push� that would result in a clear access route to all multi-family dwelling units. Under this policy, the town’s

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vate roadways and private-access entrances, was supportive of Clair’s policy suggestion. “I wholeheartedly endorse his recommendation,� Spoll said early in the discussion. Commissioner Lee Rothenberg was more reluctant, but he also supported Clair’s suggestion. “I have always been troubled by spending taxpayers’ money on private roads, but I think what we are talking about is something we should do,� Rothenberg said. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis described the “first push� 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, “We 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 town’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 “first push� clearing meant to push debris out of the way. It does not call for extensive debris removal. After Thursday’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 “Public or private, gates or no gates, we have to get ambulances in there,� Halas said. “We now have access everywhere people live.� 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.� 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 town’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 town’s contractor would clear the Publix parking lot because it would become a staging area. read our June article online!

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As July 4 approaches … Three vignettes:


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.

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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.


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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 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

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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

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Taking the first step to get a proposed groin project back on track, town commissioners decided June 15 to direct Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and engineers to meet with state permitting officials and discuss the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permitting process. The project lost momentum during the past several weeks after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection sent two letters to the town, stating that project would not be approved and opposition from beach residents grew. Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision intends to provide insight into the basis for FDEPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to take a stance against the project. Commissioners also decided that it would be necessary in future weeks to meet with residents adjacent to the site of the groin project to determine why they are opposed to the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to solve the problem,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor Joan Webster. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will take a little more time, a little more money and a little more patience.â&#x20AC;? To provide immediate shoreline protection, the commission decided to add 62,000 cubic yards of sand along the erosion hotspot in front of the Islander Club. Most recently, waves from Tropical Storm Alberto eroded chunks of sand from the shoreline there. David Brenner, board member at the Islander, told commissioners that the beach shrank from 180 feet to 35 feet since it was renourished last summer. Brenner said Islander residents want to see a permanent structure on the beach, but they are not committed to the

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COST CONFUSION There has been some confusion as to who will pay for upcoming engineering studies in an effort to salvage a groin project. The question was posed at a Town Commission meeting June 5, when Commissioner George Spoll suggested that the engineering firm be responsible for the new design costs, because the state had rejected the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous designs. In the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 9 response to Spollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suggestion, Coastal Planning & Engineering President Tom Campbell said that the Boca Raton firm declined to offer free services to the town. In the letter, Campbell said the firm would provide services and defer payments until, and if, the Town Commission decided to move forward with the project as Coastal Planning proposes. But Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said that Campbell told him something different. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What was in the letter was slightly different than the conversation I had with Tom Campbell,â&#x20AC;? St. Denis said at a Town Commission workshop June 15. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my discussion, he said if they got into modeling, he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start billing until the town decided to move forward.â&#x20AC;? notion of solid, rock T-head groins. Brenner said he was concerned that Coastal Planning & Engineeringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest proposal was not flexible enough to meet the demands of nearby residents who are opposed to the large size and appearance of solid, rock groins.


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News 11A

budget workshop by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Commission discusses lower millage The Longboat Key Town Commission set a maximum millage rate of 1.456 for the 2006-07 fiscal year, but the majority of commissioners said they were aiming for a lower rate. If the commission approves the 1.456 rate in September and retains the proposed $15.7 million budget, the town would end up with a $615,670 surplus. Although the 1.456 rate would hold the previous yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tax millage, residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; property tax bills would show an increase because property values are expected to grow 14.66%. At the June 15 meeting, the first of several budget workshops, the majority of commissioners said they favored keeping the millage rate low. Commissioner Bob Siekmann suggested a 1.415 rate,

which, if approved, would be Longboat Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lowest tax rate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very accessible number,â&#x20AC;? Siekmann said following the workshop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m throwing it out as a target.â&#x20AC;? Siekmann said that an estimated $200,000-plus would have to be trimmed from the budget for the 1.415 rate to work. Even if the commission doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trim the budget this year, Siekmann said it would have to trim certain expenses over the next few years because soaring property valuation increases are expected to flatten during upcoming years. Siekmann noted that building-permit fees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which are expected to decrease because the island is built out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and property taxes make up 80% of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenue.


Commissioner George Spoll suggested that Town Manager Bruce St. Denis look into modeling a budget showing a 4% increase in expenditures, instead of a 6.69%, increase over the 2005-06 budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe we owe it to our citizens to try and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Please come back with a budget to show no more than 4% increase over the previous year.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Spoll said that the study could cause some residents who have been calling for tax reductions to reconsider. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The value of the exercise would be to make us look at the items that may be impacted,â&#x20AC;? Spoll said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the citizens can gauge if those cutbacks would be worthwhile.â&#x20AC;? St. Denis said that significant reductions in the budget would

require changes to the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay structure or outsourcing certain services now provided by the town. St. Denis also said that a 2% decrease in the budget would have little impact on residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tax bills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the budget that we have is tight,â&#x20AC;? he added. Commissioner Randy Clair said he was opposed to any changes in the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pay scale or number of personnel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People say cut the taxes, but the minute we say we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pick up the garbage or the tree down in street, the first resident yells bloody murder.â&#x20AC;? Mayor Joan Webster said she is satisfied with St. Denisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; proposed budget, but she is willing to work to keep the millage rate at 1.456 or lower. Webster said the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget

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Freedom Fest adds twists to tradition It’s still an old-fashioned celebration, but the fifth annual Freedom Fest will include a few new things — a new time, new games and new menu items — as well as a modern invention — a rock climbing wall. The patriotic event, hosted by the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, starts off with a bang with the traditional opener, the Freedom Fest Parade, but just at an earlier time. To accommodate younger children’s schedules and the Mother Nature’s summer heat, the parade will begin at 9 a.m. (lineup for the parade begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of Bank of America on Bay Isles Road). Children of all ages are encouraged to decorate their bikes, strollers, wagons —

‘AVENUE OF THE FLAGS’ The American flags, which line Bay Isles Road on the Fourth of July, are sponsored by individuals, families and businesses. It truly is a stunning sight. What: 3-by-5-foot American flags. Sponsorship Cost: $50 Patriotic Duty: The Longboat Key Public Works Department “plants” and lines the American flags early in morning on Bay Isles Road. Information: The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Chamber of Commerece, 383-2466.

yes, even dogs — to march down Longboat Key’s Main Street (aka Bay Isles Road), along with the Longboat Key Police and Fire departments and their vehicles. Uncle Sam (aka Jim Seaton) has agreed to take part in the parade, as well as some of Longboat Key’s commissioners. And, if you can’t march, line the “Avenue of the Flags” and wave your American flags, which will be inserted in next week’s issue of The Longboat Observer. After the parade, join your neighbors and friends in Bicentennial Park, beside Town Hall. There are new children’s games and — drum roll, please — a 25-foot rockclimbing wall (for children and adults.) Tickets for the games and rock climbing are sold that day in the park. There are prizes for everybody. And while hotdogs on still on the menu, because of the earlier start of Freedom Fest, there are some breakfast items on the menu. The Blue Dolphin Café will prepare its famous Belgium waffles. And enjoy sausages, fresh coffee, Scoop Daddy’s ice cream cones, fresh-sliced watermelon and soda. Then dine on picnic tables in the beautiful and shady park. Festivities for Freedom Fest wind down at 11 a.m. Sponsors for Freedom Fest 2006 are Cannons Marina, Casa del Mar, Longboat Key Maintenance and The Longboat Observer. For more information, call the chamber at 383-2466, or see the advertisements on page 8A+.

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News 13A

Copsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Corner June 9

1:03 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4600 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver for speeding. Driver tells officer that he had been drinking in Sarasota. Driver and passenger agree to take a cab home. 6:51 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2000 block GMD. Traffic Violation. A silver Jeep Cherokee is parked on the roadside, partially blocking the bicycle path. The car is unoccupied and the keys are in the ignition. Officer has car towed.

June 10

3:42 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2000 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver of a van with a loud exhaust. Driver tells officer that he does not have a license and the van belongs to a friend. Officer issues several citations and lets driver go. 4:44 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4900 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver for having illegal tip attached to the Mercuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhaust pipe. Officer issues ticket for improper equipment.

June 11

10:03 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 100 block GMD. Property Found. Fisherman finds a wallet under New Pass Bridge. Officer tries to contact wallet owner.

June 12

10:15 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 block St. Judes Drive. Vandalism. Unknown person goes to restaurant some time between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m. and throws three bottles of hot sauce and one bottle of Yoo Hoo against the building. The bottles all break and splatter on the west wall of the restaurant. Landlord believes that one of his tenants may have vandalized the building because he was unhappy with electrical work the landlord was having done. 5:06 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; New Pass Bridge. Rescue. Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kayak overturns in 4 to 6-foot waves. The man is stranded on a sandbar 100 yards offshore, but he is able to finally swim to shore. The kayaker was exhausted but unharmed, and officer cancels call to Coast Guard and fire rescue before they arrived.

June 13

12:23 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 7000 block GMD. Fire. While on patrol, officer notices a bright flash as a power transformer catches fire. Trees around the transformer also begin to burn. Firefighters extinguish blaze, and FPL restores power within hours. 1:05 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 block Yawl Lane. Disturbance. Neighbor calls police about a husband and wife arguing. After police arrive, both parties decide to stop arguing and go back to bed.

June 9

3:26 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 300 block Northshore Drive. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over reckless motorist. There is a jug of Captain Morgan rum in the front seat that no one in the car claims. Rum is poured out. Officer issues warning to driver for not having insurance. 9:17 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5600 block GMD. Disturbance. Store clerk calls police, saying that his landlord is having electrical work done at his store without permission. Landlord tells officer that he is repairing floodlights at the convenience store, in order to bring the building into compliance with The Convenience Store Safety Act. Landlord sent certified letters requesting that the store clerk/operator made repairs to the lights. The clerk did not make the repairs, so the landlord hired an electrician to do the work. The clerk argued that he would not pay and

that he wanted his own contractor to change the bulbs to a lower wattage to save money. Officer tells clerk he should hire a lawyer if he has problems with the rental lease. 1:39 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 block St. Judes Drive. Harassing Phone Calls. Store clerk calls landlord three times. During the last phone call, he yells vulgarities at the landlord and threatens to â&#x20AC;&#x153;take care of youâ&#x20AC;? if the landlord comes into his store. The phone calls were part of an ongoing civil dispute.


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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

sweet sounds by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Key Club strikes a chord The Longboat Key Club’s “Jazzy June Jamboree” June 15 at Spike ’n Tees was a first for the club — jazz on Thursdays. The Mike Royals Trio played for 50 club members while they enjoyed appetizers, cocktails and dinner. “We try and do a lot of casual, social evenings in the summer,” said Karen Roman, director of activities and events. “The members love to come out and have a good time.” Jan Curl said her Thursday outing was prompted by events she attended previously. “We came here last year, and we really enjoyed it,” she said.

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FROM THE PULPIT by Rev. David L. Danner, D. Min.

Learn to live life with faith, not fear Several weeks ago I saw a sign in a colleagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, which said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone who stays calm around here, just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the situation.â&#x20AC;? Elsewhere Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve read in a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be crazy to work here, but it helps.â&#x20AC;? For years I have had a sign in my office, which gently warns all who enter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bug me.â&#x20AC;? The fact that the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;bugâ&#x20AC;? is replaced with a rendering of an innocent ladybug softens the delivery, but not the message. These are signs of the times, are they not? Stress is a significant part of our work life, our home life, our community and even our religious life. We read the words of the Psalmist, â&#x20AC;&#x153;God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.â&#x20AC;? Yet, as the storms of daily life swirl around us, we often wonder, either aloud or in our heart, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where is God, and does he really care.â&#x20AC;? The fact is that our God is not only the God of peace, joy, happiness and serenity, but also the God of the whirlwind, of fire, storm, trouble and distress. When there is confrontation, the Lord accompanies us into the conflict, strengthening our resolve and giving us purpose. When there is trouble in life, the Lord does not promise to remove all the problems, but rather gives us himself as an abiding and comforting companion so that we do not have to face the concerns all alone. We all want a life filled with peace and serenity, however, such does not come from avoiding problems, but rather facing them with purpose, facing them compassionately, and above all facing them knowing that the power of God is with us at every turn, and will never, ever, abandon us. Only once have I been in a serious accident. I was

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in a car with filled youth-group members driven by an older sibling. We hit an icy patch on a busy freeway, spun around several times, before crashing into a guardrail. In those moments, which seemed like several eternities, I recall reciting the ancient prayer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lord, have mercy.â&#x20AC;? Although simple and brief, the plea sums up all that we believe and hope for in our distress. Be merciful to us Lord, giving us not what we deserve, nor even what we ask for, because sometimes we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what we truly need. To receive mercy, no matter what happens, this is the beginning and end of all prayer. There are many instances in this life when we can rightly rail at God. Natural disasters, acts of genocide, sudden death and untimely illness, to name but a few, can cause us to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can a loving God allow such terrible things to happen to good people.â&#x20AC;? This was Jobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question, and Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer was swift and sure: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth. Tell me, if you have understanding â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;? One hundred twenty-nine verses of rhetorical questioning of Job by God follow, but the point is clear: A genuine faith costs us. We have to give up our self-reliance and learn to trust. Ultimately we are powerless. We pray for courage to do what we can and must do, and wisdom to turn over to God whatever we cannot. Perhaps another beloved psalm says it all: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;? David L. Danner is the rector at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church.


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Six student performers from some of the most prestigious music programs in the world played June 14 at Longboat Harbour as part of the Sarasota Music Festival. Coordinator Ann Sweet has been involved with this event for four years, and said they never quite know what types of musicians they will get. This year, rehearsal conflicts for weekend performances dictated that four pianists, an oboe player and a viola player make the trip. Each year, the performers come from all over the world, many of them studying at the Juilliard School of Music. “The joy of the performance is incredible,” Sweet said. “Meeting and interacting with young people is so rewarding – especially from being a teacher. I’m learning from them.” Liza Stepanova played first, a pianist at Juilliard. Stepanova, originally from Belarus, a republic of Russia, came to the prestigious music institution

last year. Following Stepanova, the trio of Chun Chieh Yen (piano), Kuan-Chen Huang (viola) and Julia Levin (oboe) performed for the crowd. Yen and Huang are both from Taiwan, studying at the Hochshule for Music and Theatre in Hanover, Germany, and Stony Brook University, respectively. Levin is getting her master’s degree at the University of Michigan. After the trio, Young-Ah Tak, a graduate of Juilliard, played contemporary piano selections. You You Zhang, from China, followed Tak, and also played piano. She came to the United States at age 14 to attend the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, earning her bachelor’s degree; she was one of four pianists in the world to be accepted that year. Currently, she is working toward her masters at Juilliard. Yen soloed on piano to close out the program. Sixty people were in attendance, and all agreed that the performances were incredible. “They’re always this good,” Carolyn Gornowicz said. “Sometimes, one musician will come back for several years.” Sweet’s goal with the student performances is to publicize it even more, so as many people as possible can be exposed to this young talent. “You see so much negativity in the newspapers today about young people that it’s really a crime we don’t publicize the good things,” Sweet said. “We’re helping them to know how much their talent is appreciated.”

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George and CindyNoble After almost five years of living the retired life, George and Cindy Noble decided they’d had enough of playing tennis and attending parties. It was time to go back to work. Which is why in October 2005, the couple opened their own business, Edible Arrangements of Sarasota, on North Tuttle Avenue. “We didn’t like the inactivity of being retired,” Noble said. The store specializes in displaying a bouquet of fresh fruit with a variety of styles and flavors. Although Noble sometimes laments the loss of court time for tennis, he said he enjoys spending it as a hands-on, small-business owner, especially after a former career as an ophthalmologist in Rhode Island. “We’re not supervisors in the business, though,” Noble said. “We’ll go out and spend much of the day do-

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ing deliveries.” When the two aren’t out making deliveries, they are in the shop, working on arrangements and their newest hobby — learning Spanish. Noble has taken a few classes to try to learn the language, and uses down time to practice with his Spanish-speaking employees. “My favorite phrase is: ‘Como se dice,’” Noble said. “It means, ‘How do you say?’” In addition to learning Spanish, the couple is also learning how to track down the fresh fruit they need to make top-quality arrangements. “Did you know that our cantaloupe comes from Costa Rica?” Noble said. “The hardest thing is securing premium fruit when it’s not in season.” Although the business keeps the Nobles busy as their primary retirement endeavor, their favorite as-

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Enthusiast practices what she preaches For some professionals, their work is a nutrition class at a community college. “It more than work; it is a calling. That makes enthralled me,” she said. She developed her them not only good at what they do, but own weight-management program and has good at inspiring others, as well. So it is been on it ever since. And she married her with Zonya Foco, the nutrition exnew enthusiasm with her intense pert who was a keynote speaker at enjoyment of another class — publast month’s “Speaking of Women’s lic speaking. This is how she came Health” conference sponsored by to be the only registered dietician WEDU-TV, at the Ritz-Carlton, and ACSM certified health and fitSarasota. ness instructor in the country to Foco even speaks of herself in be designated a certified speaking those terms, saying that she is “on professional. a mission to win the war on obeFoco has about 50 speaking ensity, diabetes and heart disease.” gagements per year, which means Her zeal has its roots in her teenshe spends a lot of time in airports. MOLLY age years. As a cheerleader in high How, I asked her, do you manage school, she was the “middle girl” SCHECHTER to eat healthy in the land ruled by — the one who stood on the others’ Cinnabon and her consort, Burger shoulders. As she tells the story, “I King? She eats at Panda Express, put on 20 pounds, and my teammates said, ordering plain white rice, a veggie stir-fry or ‘Zon, would you go on a diet?’ I lived on a beef with broccoli. “And I stand there and roller coaster and I know what it’s like to be point at the broccoli and tell the countercontrolled by weight.” man to give me this piece and that piece,” When Foco was at her heaviest, she took she said. Her other airport choice is Wendy’s, because its chili contains three to four types of beans. ONE GOOD HABIT Foco is a big promoter of beans, which, she said, sponge cholesterol out and have Halve it and you can have it. This more potassium than a banana (600 to 700 simple trick will work anytime. Permg per half cup vs. 451 mg for a medium formed once a day, you can quite posbanana, according to the Palo Alto Medical sibly shed 26 pounds in a year, while Foundation). never being deprived. The recommended intake of potassium Trade pre-dinner snack of cheese and for adolescents and adults is 4,700 mg/day. crackers for raw veggies and light dip. That’s a lot of beans! A Foco favorite is her By stocking the fridge with ready-toMediterranean roll-up: hummus, tabboumunch veggies, this daily 300-calorie leh and chopped tomato in a whole-wheat savings will help you shed 31 pounds wrap. And she says, “Never have a salad in a year, while shielding you from without beans on it.” heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Foco is still very much the cheerleader. She talks about supercharging your diet Commit to “bread or dessert” instead and diabetes-proofing your kids. She has of “bread and dessert” every evening literally dozens of ideas and strategies for and you’ll lose 12.5 pounds in a year. weight management and healthful eating Love juice? Trade your morning 12(see box), and is committed to the idea that ounce glass for 4 ounces, then dilute small, simple steps are the key to long-term with water and ice. You’ll save money lifestyle changes. and lose 12.5 pounds in a year. Asked what one point she feels is most important, she chooses anti-oxidant theory:

“Do you know that cataracts and clogged arteries result from oxidation?” Anti-oxidants, including vitamins C and E, slow the oxidizing process. This is a huge subject, but generally speaking, the stronger the color of a fruit or vegetable, the higher its anti-oxidant value. Fruits: prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums. Vegetables: kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beets, bell peppers. You can read what Foco has to say about anti-oxidants and much, much more including recipes and more tips on her Web site: You can find out more about “Speaking of Women’s Health,” at The Sarasota event will be back next May. It sells out every year. To attend, be sure to call 1-800-354-9338, Ext. 2241, and add your name to the invitation mailing list. Send in your reservation pronto; the event sold out in one day in 2006.

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

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— will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Stella Maris Hall, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The event, hosted by the Rev. Edward Pick, is to welcome Msgr. Frank Dewane, who was recently appointed Coadjutor Bishop Designate of the Diocese of Venice, call 3831255. ‘Summer Solstice at The Colony’ Fourth Annual Shindig — will be held at 6 p.m. until the sun goes way down Friday, June 23, on the Monkey Room Patio at The Colony. Sip cocktails, dine on cuisine from the Monkey Room menu or shindig specials, dance the night away to the band, Something Famous, and soak in the most spec-

tacular sunset. No cover charge and casual dress. Call 383-5558 for reservations. ‘A Wine Raters Soiree’ — will be held Wednesday, June 28, at Café on the Bay, 2630 Harborside Drive. The event includes a tasting of seven Coppola wines, live music, raffles and a choice of hors d’oeuvres or an entire evening with a five-course dinner to raise funds for the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund. A ticket for the tasting of seven Coppola Wines paired with hors d’oeuvres is $28 per person and begins at 6 p.m. A ticket for the five-course paired wine dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. is $55 per person. A ticket to attend the event for the entire evening is $75 per person. For reservations, call 383-0440. Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of

Pattigeorge’s ‘London Gastropub’ Interactive Dinner When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22 Where: 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive What: Join Tommy and Jaymie Klauber and the PG’s staff for the fun-filled cooking demonstration by traveling the globe of flavors. Cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Price includes passed hor d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails, three course dinner and wines paired with each course. For reservations call 383-5111.

Commerce ‘Good Morning, LBK’ — will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the chamber office, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Free. Come and enjoy a great breakfast. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays for breakfast at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Call Vince DeLisi at 383-0086 for more information.

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Western Night ropes ‘em in Members of Bird Key Yacht Club line dance the night away People not only turned out for “Western Night” at the Bird Key Yacht Club, but they arrived in some of the finest Western wear this side of Texas. More than 80 people signed up to attend the event, which is more than usual for the off-season. The club’s decorations worked well with the theme, from bales of hay outside the front doors to a western-themed saloon backdrop behind the disc jockey.

The evening consisted of cocktails, dinner and line dancing taught by Shirley Carico, with music by DJ Donald Wilson. “We love her,” Bevalie Brunson said of Carico. Brunson’s been in the line-dancing group at the club for 13 years. “She’s the best teacher we’ve ever had.” Sally Kessler, one of the event chairs at the club, said the evening had a wonder-

ful turnout, with so many members gone for the summer. “A lot of clubs don’t do enough to attract people,” said Rob Edwards, general manager of Bird Key Yacht Club. “Thank goodness we have a strong social committee and volunteers. It really is a joint effort between members and management.” And everyone in the room dressed the part, from bandannas and cowboys hats to bolo string ties. “Costumes really make a difference,” Edwards said. “It really gives the night a great atmosphere.”

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Arts &Entertainment THEATER


Becky’s Rejects make lemonade out of musical lemons. Page 3B

Coloratura concerts at the Sarasota Music Festival. Page 2B



Art Scene & Heard — Longboat Key, Sarasota and more



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Thursday, JUNE 22, 2006

theater by Marty Fugate | Arts and Entertainment Editor

Here’s to you ...

Mrs. Warren The Banyan has a new location. It stays rooted in the theater of ideas.


eorge Bernard Shaw is a favorite at the Banyan Theater Company. It’s easy to see why. Shaw was a rascal. Intelligent, witty, Irish, socialistic, verbose and opinionated, certainly. But above all a rascal. To the Victorians, he was the rude little boy who pointed out that the Emperor had no clothes. It’s bad enough that the boy should say such things. But the rude little boy seemed to enjoy it so much. Shaw, in his rascality, pointed out

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‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’

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Director: Gil Lazier 8 p.m. • Aug. 10 to Aug. 27 Where? Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota For more information call 552-1032.

the connection between morality and money. No Marxist, he never claimed the two were linked at the hip like Siamese twins. But, like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, they did hold hands. Mentioning such things in public was the height of rudeness. Mrs. Warren is a prostitute with a heart for gold who invested her money wisely, became a madam, and sent her daughter, Vivie, to the finest schools in England. More specifically, she bribed her daughter to do her best in those schools, which she did. Vivie is eventually shocked to discover the disrespectable source of her tuition money. Her mother argues that, to a woman of ability and limited means, respectability in Victorian England is a one-way ticket to a factory job that will poison you or a dead-end marriage that will drive you mad. The Victorians were shocked at the prostitution in Shaw’s play. Shaw was shocked at the sheer waste of feminine talent in his society and worldwide. It’d be nice to say that equality of ability for both sexes is true in law and fact around the world. It’s not. Whole societies treat women as second-class citizens, in law and fact. Sadly, Shaw’s play is still relevant today. The world is still filled with naked emperors who are perfectly content to let the women do their dirty work and stay out of sight. If they ever did watch Shaw’s play, they would probably find it rude. And they would undoubtedly agree. The man who wrote it was a rascal. But a smart one. And, let’s face it, Shaw’s reputation as an egghead’s egghead can be offputting to some people.

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Greg Leaming thinks they’re dead wrong. He should know. Leaming, the creative director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, is also directing this Banyan production. He notes that, “Shaw’s theater was the theater of ideas. But it goes deeper than that. It was really the theater of the people of ideas — people like Shaw himself. Shaw’s characters are extremely smart. Ideas are their life’s blood.” He adds another insight. “Shaw’s characters may discuss ideas,” he says. “But their discussions are never merely cerebral. Ideas are life and death issues to them. As a motherdaughter play, it takes both characters to the edge of a moral precipice. Vivie is faced with a huge moral choice when she finds out the truth: Does she remove herself from society, stop receiving “dirty” money from her mother and do what’s “right,” or does she maintain her emotional bond with her mother?” According to Leaming, Shaw’s ability to turn ideas into tangible, flesh-andblood reality is thrilling. He adds that

making Shaw’s all-too-human characters come alive on stage is equally thrilling. “This play is a challenge to everybody working on it,” he says. “But we’re meeting it with great gusto and zest.” Jerry Finn, the Banyan’s executive director, says that its two other plays this summer will be equally challenging. Chris Dolman will direct William Nicholson’s “Retreat from Moscow,” a tale of a history professor obsessed with Napoleon’s retreat whose marriage is heading for a Waterloo of its own. Gil Lazier, the Banyan’s artistic director and former head of the FSU/ Asolo Acting Conservatory, will direct Christopher Hampton’s translation of Yasmina Reza’s “Life X 3,” a take-noprisoners comedy about life’s choices and the domino effect of unintended consequences. “Our fifth season is one the Banyan is going to be proud of,” says Finn. “I think it’s one of our best.” The Banyan company has found a new location once again. Its commitment to playwrights who breathe life into ideas is as deeply rooted as ever.

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A synesthetic symphony of color Someone at the Sarasota Music Festival must have synesthesia — the rare and amazing ability to visualize colors while listening to music. On the weekend of June 9, the Sarasota Opera House stage became a colorful, visual canvas — hues that changed according to the music’s mood. For example, the backdrop for the American premiere of an unfinished quartet JUNE by Shostakovich LeBELL was pink, while Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B flat, Opus 11, received a background of orange and brown leaf-like things on a beige palette. These colors always seemed exactly right. A synesthetic set designer? That seems right too. Color commentary aside, the real focus of the concerts was the music, not the backdrops. And Friday evening’s program was an aurally colorful affair, with nice interchanges among the instrumentalists. The concert opened with Loeillet’s Trio Sonata in F with flutist Thomas Robertello, oboist Nancy Ambrose King, cellist Ronald Leonard and harpsichordist Jonathan Spivey. Next came the Shostakovich Quartet. It was written in the early 1960s but left unfinished and only recently discovered just about three years ago in the composer’s archives. It’s filled with folk tunes (including a minor-keyed “London Bridges”), and familiar segments from Shostakovich’s symphonies but, while

it’s fairly straightforward with simple rhythms and intervals, it crackles with wonderfully sudden bursts of virtuosic writing. These were handled with stylistic flourishes by violinists James Buswell and Joseph Silverstein, violist James Durham and cellist Ronald Leonard. That piece was followed by the Beethoven Piano Trio. Pianist Robert Levin, clarinetist Charles Neidich and cellist Steven Doane offered one of the most tender, loving performances I’ve heard of this fine work. It’s Beethoven being playful, shy and romantic and the musicians showed extraordinary subtlety and sensitivity with every turn of a phrase. The program’s entire second half was devoted to Tchaikovsky’s rousing “Souvenir de Florence,” with faculty musicians Buswell, Barbara Westphal and Leonard joined by students Sharon Park, Oleksandr Vavilov and Bronwyn Banerdt. Although some sections of the work became muddy as the musicians got a little too carried away, there also were some exquisitely sonorous segments, especially in the second movement’s duet between the first violin and first cello to a pizzicato accompaniment. Funny about festival Fridays. There are really three divisions to each concert (four, if you count the pre-concert lecture by Bob Levin). This evening’s finale was a spectacular Student Postlude Performances. This time around, they began with a decahedron of dexterous young wind players in a movement from Enesco’s “Dixtour in D,” a work filled with Hebraic and Middle Eastern melodies. (The 10 students, were color-coordinated in pairs, each duo wearing matching tops according to instrument: flutes, clarinets,

bassoons, etc.) Students from Curtis, Juilliard and Indiana gave a heartbreakingly beautiful reading of the adagio from Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor. And another five youngsters closed the evening masterfully with sections of the Franck Piano Quintet in F minor. The festival’s color-coordinated backdrops continued Saturday, June 10. With Mozart in yellow, Francaix played against a purple-on-white background, and Smetana getting a white wall with strange psychedelic shadows. Interestingly, the (purple on white) Quartet for Winds by Jean Francaix was the program’s most vivid piece — performed brilliantly by flutist Thomas Robertello, oboist Nancy Ambrose King, clarinetist Charles Neidich and bassoonist Nancy Goeres. Filled with funny, almost cartoon-like sounds of tweeting and tooting, this is a very French, rather tipsy piece and the musicians looked and sounded as if they were having a great time playing it, all in the right spirit. The opening Mozart, the Quintet in C, K. 515 (Silverstein, Buswell, Westphal, Dunham and Doane) is an extremely elegant, sophisticated work ... maybe a bit too sophisticated. Although the performance was exquisite, I confess I caught myself nodding off a few times. (Mozart mavens, please don’t shoot me for this.) Perhaps, like caviar, this piece is an acquired taste. Perhaps I shall one day acquire it. Smetana’s Piano Trio in G minor, is a dense, serious work — written in memory of the composer’s daughter who died as a child of scarlet fever. Unfortunately, the performance by pianist Susan Starr, violinist Joseph Silverstein and cellist


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Ronald Leonard was unbalanced with the piano often overpowering the strings. In the softer sections there were moments of great beauty. Silverstein (his bushy white eyebrows furrowed in concentration) managed to set things right in the end.

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by Marty Fugate | Arts & Entertainment

Improvised satire doesn’t phone it in Serendipitious satire for a song.

“Phonebook: The Musical” is the brainchild of Becky’s Rejects, an areabased, off-off-off Broadway improv troupe. It’s the ideal musical for people who hate musicals. What’s to hate? Don’t get me started ... • As theatrical art forms go, the musical is as fresh and new as an old service elevator that creaks and rattles ominously as it scrapes between floors, threatening to get you stuck (or hurl you to your doom) at any moment. • People in real life don’t tend to burst into song. People in musicals do. • People in musicals tend to get ridiculously excited (to the point they


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burst into song) over incredibly stupid things. Three-and-a-half hours of this is like being stuck in a conversation with a lunatic obsessed by some fixed idea — say, a psychotic enthusiasm for onion soup, or the history of duck decoys. • People in musicals usually can’t sing very well. If they can sing, they usually can’t act. • The plots in musicals resemble the creative output of those monkeys banging away at typewriters trying to write like Shakespeare. The rejected scripts by the more stupid monkeys. • In the alternative reality of the musical, the laws of cause and effect have been suspended by the laws of ridiculous coincidence, meeting cute and idiotic problem solving. (There’s an idiotic problem. The idiots all get together and solve it, singing all the time.) If the musical is a lemon, Becky’s Rejects make lemonade out of it. After an appetizer of improv games (led by off-center comedians Chris Friday and Christine Alexander), Friday and the other improv actors (Kevin Allen, Tim Beasley, Jamie Day and pianist Russell Heath,) have fun at the musical’s expense. Guest host Alexander (oxymoronic term, isn’t it?) sat this one out. First, the Rejects open the floor to suggestions for the musical’s idiotic situation (a Chinese restaurant, chosen at random by a theatergoer from the yellow pages) and the lame motif (“Um, I don’t know”) for the show’s opening and closing musical number. Remember those anti-musical bullet points? The actors accentuate the negative — and it’s positively hilarious. The Rejects take all the musical’s goofy flaws and make them goofier and more


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goes down in less than 45 minutes. All five actors have a great sense of comic timing and mischief. Reflecting their improv backgrounds, Beasly and Heath are strongest at verbal comedy. Friday, Allen and Day share that verbal strength, but with stage experience to draw from, are also adept at the comic nuances of body language, reaction takes and talking with their hands. The Rejects combine their skills to create a smart, occasionally R-rated, performance that doesn’t take itself too seriously and makes the audience howl with serious laughter. You don’t have to hate musicals to love it — there’s as much affection as invective in the performance. Hate the musical genre or love it, you’ll love the show.

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Recital. This concert takes place at noon Thursday, June 29. 358-8511. Flanzer Jewish Community Center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Big Night Out. This tropical band provides the sound track for an evening of dinner and dancing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25. 378-5568.

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Bangâ&#x20AC;? explores the metaphysical possibilities of the most expensive musical ever made through July 2. 366-9000. FST Gompertz Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad Dates.â&#x20AC;? A woman seeks happiness one shoe at a time from June 30 through July 16. 366-

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9000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bigâ&#x20AC;? plunges a 12-year-old boy into grown-up problems through July 23. 366-5454. Backlot Theater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Phonebook: The Musical.â&#x20AC;? Beckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rejects creates improv comedy at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. 363-9300.

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Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale of love, banishment, mistaken identity, crossdressing and an enchanted forest will run from July 12 through July 16 at Anna Maria Island Players. 7785755.

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RECIPE AND A RESERVATION by Kate Honea | Staff Writer


Dave Shiplett

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The Chef

At age 47, Executive Chef Dave Shiplett feels the keys to being a successful chef are “culinary memory, recollection of flavors or flavor profiles.” His diverse background helps set Ezra apart with his eclectic American cuisine. Shiplett attended French cooking school in San Francisco where he picked up Chinese, Thai and Latin influences. Of course, his background as the son of a commercial fisherman, has influenced him as well. “Younger chefs tend to experiment, but I have learned through the years that simpler is better,” Shiplett said. He believes that the point is “what is on the plate” not how it is presented. Shiplett hopes to be “the consummate chef that will satisfy for years.”


Shiplett is a Bradenton native born at

Dave Shiplett, formerly the executive chef at Longboat Key’s Poseidon restaurant and now at Ezra in Bradenton, won’t reveal his famous Crispy, Crackling Calamari Salad, but shares another spicy recipe instead. Manatee Memorial Hospital. His first job in the industry was as a busboy in the upscale Tiffany Room in 1974. When the head chef found out his sous chef was imbibing too much, Shiplett was thrown into the kitchen at age 15 to take the sous chef’s place. “I was hooked,” he said.

The Restaurant

Moving to Ezra in Bradenton was like moving back home to Shiplett. He enjoys being in a shopping center, and not being affected by the “low” season as he was on Longboat Key. Now at Ezra, he can prepare the same quality food that is less expensive. Dave still values his customers from Longboat Key who now make the drive out to Bradenton to satisfy their appetite for his Crispy, Crackling Calamari Salad, and other signature items.

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Curried Florida Spiny Lobster Bisque with Fresh Hearts of Palm Salad 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder 4 ounces vegetable oil 2 ounces unsalted butter 1/2 Spanish onion 1 2/3 quart lobster/chicken broth 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake 1 to 2 pounds Florida lobster for meat and shell for broth 5 1/2 ounces flour 2 cups Half & Half Optional: 3 cups fine chopped fresh hearts of palm 1 ounce Key lime juice Mint and cilantro chopped for garnish 1 ounce Thai fish sauce Time: Approximately 20 minutes Yield: Serves approximately 20 Procedure Saute oil and onion for approximately 2 minutes. Add curry powder and pepper flakes. Saute for approximately 2 more minutes to draw curry out.

Add flour and cook 2 more minutes. Then add broth and simmer approximately 4 more minutes until the mixture tightens. Add the cream and stir well. Then strain the mixture. Add lobster meat to hot strained soup and serve with chopped hearts of palm, tossed in Key lime, cilantro and mint on top of soup. Substitutions Chef Shiplett says this recipe is “versatile.” He says the lobster can be changed out to any type of seafood like lump crab meat or shrimp. He said you could also add some rice and edamame and make it more of a casserole. Shopping Tip When picking out your fresh seafood, Chef Shiplett says it shouldn’t have any aroma, and should be devoid of smell besides the ocean. It should be clean and clear. Wine Pairing Chef Shiplett recommends Adler Fels. The slight sweetness is a good contrast for the spicy bisque.

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TALKING PICS by Pamela Nadon | Film Critic

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the interstate bypassed and time forgot. Thanks to a traffic violation, McQueen ends up stuck there, doing community service. Predictably, his experiences in the town make him a much wiser and caring car/person and thus a shoe-in for winning the race. Or will he? Now, I know this movie honks its horn as a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; flick â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hear much childish laughter. Talking cars may make kids smile â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the words coming of the carsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mouths/radiators are aimed at adults. The dialogue can be fairly funny. Lines like: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m as happy as a tornado in a trailer park,â&#x20AC;? and, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in hillbilly hell,â&#x20AC;? had me chuckling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but they were totally lost on the kids. Adult jokes plus childish fantasy may be Pixarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formula for pleasing both kids and their parents but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carsâ&#x20AC;? also seems too long for its target group. After an hour into it,

the kids were noticeably restless. Director John Lasseter (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Story,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Bugâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lifeâ&#x20AC;?) is certainly a brilliant filmmaker in the computer animation genre. His landscapes are gorgeous and his action scenes often riveting. Randy Newmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soundtrack is killer. The animated character design is truly amazing. The cars actually look and act like their human A-list voices â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which include Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, George Carlin and Michael Keaton, to name a few. (Sadly, I spent too much time trying to figure out whose voice matched what character. I should have read the credits first.) And by the way, stay for the credits ... they are some of the most entertaining footage in the entire movie. On a more serious note, co-director and writer Joe Ranft (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Story,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Lion Kingâ&#x20AC;?) died last August at the age of 45 in a car crash (too ironic). He was the story department chief at Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pixar. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident that his creative genius will be sorely missed. The movie is dedicated to this enormously talented man. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carsâ&#x20AC;? didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change my take on animation. I appreciate the effort that went into it, but give me the real thing any day. Driving home from the movie, I had an odd sense of dĂŠja vu. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t place it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then it hit me. Talking cars really arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all that original. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been done before in an ancient TV show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Mother the Car.â&#x20AC;? Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real thing.

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Benfold’s Café on St. Armands is a family affair.

Village home sells for $4.67 million. PAGE 6C


You. Your neighbors. Your neighborhood.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

The seawall in front of the north unit of the Privateer, built in 1974, sits on the erosion control line, marked by a dotted line in the aerial image. In the event of a reconstruction, a variance would be needed to build within 150 feet of the line.

After the

storm If the big one hits Longboat Key, are we prepared to rebuild?

What would happen if, instead of veering away from Longboat Key, a powerful hurricane made a direct hit? What if it left widespread destruction, including the need for numerous condominiums, homes and businesses to be rebuilt? What if, when it came time to rebuild, the laws were unclear, and a litany of litigation ensued between the town and property owners? After six months of drafting and debate, the Longboat Key Town Commission is attempting to pass an ordinance that it hopes will erase the what ifs of post-disaster recovery. Ordinance 139, if approved (see sidebar), changes the process property owners adhere to when rebuilding non-conforming structures damaged in a disaster. The policy doesn’t impact modern conforming properties. Those behind the new policy say it will give owners more choices and preserve their right to rebuild, while streamlining the town’s approval process for reconstruction.

STORM continued on page 8C

Kat Wingert


Commssion to vote on second reading July 10. After town staff made a few minor revisions to the proposed ordinance regulating post-storm reconstruction, the Town Commission voted 6-1 June 15 to approve the first reading of the new policy. Those who worked to draft ordinance 06-09, a re-write of section 158.139 of the zoning code, say it sets clear guidelines for how property owners can go about rebuilding after a hurricane of other involuntary destruction. “I think this ordinance is a great step forward from the current code,” said Attorney Michael Furen, a Bradenton attorney who has represented several homeowners in appeals against town codes. If the Town Commission approves the second reading of the ordinance at its July 10 meeting, it will clarify the redevelopment process. The ordinance will

replace a current policy that is marked by a lack of a defined method for determining how property owners can rebuild nonconforming homes or condominiums, structures that do not meet current flood and density codes. In ambiguous wording, the current ordinance allows property owners to rebuild the same structure if they comply with federal, state and local restrictions “to the greatest extent possible.” The town’s planning and zoning board, building department and Town Commission spent more than six months shaping the new ordinance. At Thursday’s meeting, Town Attorney David Persson clarified that the ordinance would apply to legally nonconforming structures, including both residential and commercial properties. Commissioner Peter O’Connor voted against approving the first reading of the ordinance. — Roger Drouin

2C Business

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006


Benfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ St. Armands Circle 7 S. Blvd. of the Presidents 388-1671

Line of business: A cafĂŠ serving coffee, ice cream, Mortyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bagels, Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;est La Vie pastries, sandwiches and salads. Benfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was voted as serving the best-tasting milkshakes on St. Armands Circle, by readers of The Weekly Planet. Owners: Kelly and Simon Benford. Founded: December 2005. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Employees: Kelly Benford says the number of employees depends on how busy it is, but usually between ones and three, which include her mother-in-law, herself and her husband on the weekends. Price range of merchandise: The average is about $4. A cup of coffee is $1.50 plus tax, and the most expensive item is the boxed tea set, at $17. Relate something about the business people may not know, or something you would want them to know: Kelly Benfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Simon, has the business

background, and Kelly taught 7th grade science for 8 years. They opened up Benfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ one week after their baby, Liam, was born. Friends and family donated their help and their time to the shop. She wanted â&#x20AC;&#x153;flexible hours so I could spend time with my baby.â&#x20AC;? Benford likes how the cafĂŠ is family-oriented. The business â&#x20AC;&#x153;deals with people and customers who are warm and friendly,â&#x20AC;? she said.


Birthplace: Kelly Benford was born in Michigan; her husband was born in Indiana. Education: She went to the University of South Carolina, and her husband went to Penn State. Family: New baby, Liam, and a 9year-old son, Ethan. How they came to the area: Benford used to spend a lot of time in Miami, and her husband had family in Palmetto. They settled on the West Coast because it was slower and more relaxed. They picked St. Armands for the cafĂŠ because â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is well known with a lot of foot traffic.â&#x20AC;?

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Co-owner Kelly Benford serves ice cream to customers and an occasional spoonful to her son, Liam, at Benfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ on St. Armands Circle.


First paying job: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad used to bring home cars from work, and I would wash and clean them,â&#x20AC;? Benford said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kar Kare,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; with all â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ks.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? She was also a hostess at a restaurant.

Volunteer work/organizations: The couple coached son Ethanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team. Favorite item in the store: Benford likes the different flavored iced teas that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need any sugar or sweetener.



Favorite pastime: The Benfords like going out on their boat and travelling. In fact, world maps adorn the walls of the cafĂŠ. Other interests: Simon likes to cook, especially food with an Asian theme. AY D N U S M N 4P PE 1O

Business Philosophy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be friendly, be honest and take responsibility. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame other people for your mistakes. Being friendly goes a long wayâ&#x20AC;?. Best business advice ever received: For all matters pertaining to the

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What would you change with a magic wand: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starving children. I would take childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suffering away. All children deserve as much love as my children get.â&#x20AC;? Current dream: The Benfords hope to expand their business by opening in another state, or Benfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother may open one across the state.

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543 Juan anasco. private neighborhood 3bD/2ba, vaulted ceilings, separate dining room, screened balcony overlooking natural canal and fruit trees. huge furnished family room. 2 car garage, excellent storage and workshop. canoe and kayak access to waterways and beach access mlS# 304222. Just Reduced $795,000


Call Dorothy Cook, Broker/Assoc. Wagner Realty (941) 383-5577 or 730-9715

Prudential Palms Realty Pre-Conversion Condos

CAPRI INN on Siesta Key Pre-Conversion Pricing Starting at $349,900! Just steps to the beach-totally updated tropical setting-turnkey furnished-on site management best value on the Key! CALLE MINORGA Enclave on Siesta Key Pre-Conversion Pricing Starting at $439,900!

SEA SPRAY RESORT on Siesta Key Pre- Conversion Pricing Starting at $389,900! See Crescent Beach from this propertylush & private. Top quality interior & furnishings-on site pool. Close to Village! SILKWOOD ENCLAVE a condominium Pre-Conversion Pricing Starting at $329,900!

Just steps to the Village. Totally updated 2 Bedroom/2 Bath on a quiet cal-de-sac units - granite countertops, stainless appli- with community pool. Vaulted ceilings, ances. Blocks from the beach, on-site pool. attached garage and screened lanias. CALL FOR SPECIAL BUYER INCENTIVES! (Mention code OB1) WARREN HICKERNELL, REALTOR â&#x2014;&#x2039; 941-349-1409 â&#x2014;&#x2039;

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

Coldwell Banker Congratulates

Barbara Ackerman


Again named The Top Agent in Sarasota and Manatee County for the second year in a row!

These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of June 9 through June 15, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)



1211 GMD 554 Jessmyth Drive 852 Evergreen Way 5920 GMD 4234 GMD 5211 GMD 415 L’Ambiance Drive 680 Old Compass Road 3550 Mistletoe Lane 1211 GMD 4825 GMD 4825 GMD 4835 GMD 4401 GMD 5757 GMD 668 Spanish Drive North 3411 Winding Oaks Drive 4621 GMD 6161 GMD 585 Schooner Lane 597 Bayview Drive 4454 GMD

Alteration Re-roof Alteration Alteration Alteration Re-roof Alteration Addition Addition Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Pool Alteration Pool Alteration

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Applicant Carmen Trotta C. Van Winfree Thomas Buchwald John Donato Peter Grottodden Convert III Condo Assoc. Rudolf Mueller Sam Houston Francis Kupl Promenade Condo Assoc. David Hodgson Nina Witzenburg Warren Harding Donna Maddox George Mycak Robert Irvine Stuart Dalgleish Robert and Nancy Smith Francis Buzan John Alfano John Goodrich Longboat Harbor

Over $80 million in Sales for 2005!

Amount $55,000 $41,000 $27,900 $27,312 $22,000 $20,000 $17,345 $13,914 $12,613 $9,500 $7,856 $7,851 $7,851 $7,435 $7,005 $6,525 $3,750 $3,250 $2,375 $2,295 $2,255 $2,250

Top 1% of Coldwell Banker Associates Worldwide


Country Club shores

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LONGBOAT KEY BEACHFRONT - OUTSTANDING VALUE FABULOUS PRICE REDUCTION! Spectacular Gulf, Sunset, Sunrise & resort style pool view from this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2580 sq. ft. residence. New Kitchen tile floor & faux painted walls, extensive built-ins in the master bedroom and den, window treatments, 2 large terraces w/access from all bedrooms & kitchen. Ready for immediate enjoyment of a beachfront lifestyle in a prime secure LBK Club location. $1,799,000.

LONGBOAT KEY NEW CONSTRUCTION - BRITISH ISLAND STYLE -BOATER’S PARADISE This 5,024 sq. ft. residence is a refreshing architectural statement. Colors, cabinetry, flooring and design details will delight your senses. A casual yet elegant home featuring 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, expansive verandas and magnificent bay views. Additional highlights include pool with spa, family room, butler’s pantry, gas fireplace, summer kitchen, 3-car garage and private beach access. 173’ seawall -protected deep water. $4,495,000.

Mainland-the landinGs eaGles Point

Mainland - oaKs Preserve

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Exciting & spectacular views begin as you walk to this 3BD/2BA beautifully appointed overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway & lights of Siesta Key. A truly elegant residence tucked away in a corner of the Landings. Upgraded features inc. crown molding, eat-in kitchen & custom closets. Located in one of Sarasota’s premier communities offering amenities of 8 Har-tru tennis courts, clubhouse heated pool, exercise facility & nature trail. Minutes from Downtown & the white sand beaches of Siesta Key. $650,000

MERIDIAN HAVE IT ALL! Championship golf plus Bay and nature preserve views. Private NW corner unit Gulf unobstructed views of Intracoastal and of Siesta Key. 3 BD plus den or separate dining room. Newly renovated clubhouse, minutes from downtown. $875,000.

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ritZ Carlton hotel residenCe

Betty Mullinnix, P.A. Broker-Associate

Michael Saunders & Company

PIED-A-TERRE. Beautifully furnished 1 bedroom 1.5 bath with direct Bay views overlooking Marina Jacks and Golden Gate Point. Perfect for the weekend retreat. Enjoy the advantages of cultural downtown, luxury concierge and hotel services at your fingertips. Hotel residences include the Ritz Carlton Spa and Beach Club membership. $1,149,000.

LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - A Private Villa w/long lake views from this 2105 sq ft 2BR/2BA w/large screened lanai. Lots of natural light graces the spacious interior featuring a new granite kitchen w/10x9 breakfast/study area off kitchen, tiled floors, new carpet & paint, terrific walk in closets. 2 car garage w/side terrace for grilling. Pets permitted, so bring the whole family. Bike to shopping and beach club. $735,000 $695,000 New Price $649,000

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Experience True Country Club Living in The Oaks! Enchanting and Tranquil Views, Oaks Bayside Architecturally designed and built by one of the areas finest builders. Enter into a piece of paradise of style and excellence situated on an acre on North Creek in a captivating and enchanting setting. Watch eagles and ospreys from the tree top loft of the guesthouse or quietly lounge by the pool enjoying the tranquility of Oaks Bayside. Too many exquisite details to list! $2,699,000 Magnificent Estate Size Home, Oaks Clubside Expansive golf course views from this exquisitely designed custom home. Extensive architectural details throughout. Beautiful 18” marble and pecan wood floors, luxurious master suite, his and her baths, coffered ceiling and exercise room, family room with built-in cabinetry, bar with granite top and wine storage, island kitchen w/wood cabinets and granite tops, Pella windows! $1,895,000 Beautiful Lake Setting, Oaks Bayside Southern lake views nestled among stately oaks and palms. Custom 3 bedroom, 3 bath + study with all major rooms opening to lanai and pool…..perfect for gracious living and entertaining. Features include arched columned pool cage, double pane windows, granite kitchen $1,095,000 Magnificent Example of Style, Quality and Setting Expansive Southern golf course views, this exquisitely detailed home with coffered ceilings, crown olding throughout, granite kitchen with Dakor appliances, 8’ solid doors, three car garage plus, plus! $1,079,000 Beautiful Fairway and Lake Views, Oaks Clubside Wonderful two story home in pristine condition located on the Heron Course overlooking fairway and lake views. All major rooms open to expansive lanai and pool, outdoor kitchen w/Viking grill, entertaining and outdoor living at its finest. Luxurious master suite on first floor with sitting area, large walk-in closets, marble and granite bath $995,000 Picture Perfect Setting, Oaks Clubside Situated on the Eagle Course with Southern views, this Arthur Rutenberg home has beautiful vistas of golf course, lake and preservation. All major rooms open to a wonderful pool area with paver brick lanai, outdoor kitchen and an architectural columned cage. Beautifully landscaped setting and mature oak trees. Oversized 3 car garage and more! $969,000 Nestled among trees on the Heron Course, Oaks Clubside This residence offers a very private setting with beautiful fairway views. All major rooms open to a wonderful lanai with pool/spa and outdoor kitchen, perfect for entertaining and outdoor living. Large study with built-ins, and additional private access from the master suite. Expanded 3 car garage. $895,000 Captivating Bay Views, Meridian at Oaks Preserve, #602 Expansive views of Little Sarasota Bay and beyond to the Gulf of Mexico, enjoy magnificent sunsets from your sixth floor screened balcony in this spacious and bright 3 BR 3 Bath or 2 + Study. Possible Lease option or owner financing available. $699,000 Lot 139 Walls Way, Oaks Clubside The only lake lot available on the Heron Course. Price includes building plans for a magnificent home designed specifically for this corner lot by the Evans Group. $579,000

5100 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242


LONGBOAT KEY BEACHFRONT - Gorgeous views of the Gulf & beach from this desirable NW 2BR/2BA completely renovated w/Italian stone & wood floors, crown molding, European bathrooms & gourmet kitchen w/custom cabinetry, granite & S.S. appliances. Amenities include heated pool overlooking the Gulf w/ deepwater marina w/access to the Intracoastal. Located behind the gates of the LBK Club. Best kept secret on LBK. Close to shopping, restaurants & entertainment. The perfect island retreat. $899,000 $849,000. New Price $799,000

siesta Key - siesta Cove The WOW factor inside and out! Beautiful on almost ½ acre private lot, majestic oak trees, sculptured gardens, mature hedges surround the circular, long brick drive to 3-car garage. Updated new wood & stainless kitchen, new master suite with fitted closets, marble & wood floors. New spa, roof, 4 zone A/C. Nanny suite-finished bonus area. Children friendly. $1,999,000 $1,599,000. Mainland - bayfront Villa Azzura captures the enduring charm of Tuscany on Sarasota Bay. Minutes from culture & fine dining. A 2,200 SF. master suite, 4 guest rooms, wading and lap pool with spa, wine room, 8-car garage, 45'. boat capacity, rich woods, natural stone & marble. $4,975,000. Mainland - oyster bay New Construction - This is a one-of-a-kind unique property with an oversized deep lot. New 3872 sq. ft. home with pool and spa is planned to begin in January. Buyer can still make changes to meet needs. Live west of the trail near downtown and Siesta Key Beach. $1,699,000. lonGboat Key Water Club i Expansive, Gulf, Bay and Sunsets from every room in this designer appointed Cambridge 2 BR plus den area and open floor plan. Fabulous wood floors throughout, upgraded doors, hardware, closets, lighting and 10’ ceilings and two terraces perfect for entertaining with magnificent views, extraordinary beachfront location and a grand Clubhouse. $1,750,000 siesta Key - tortuGa Beachfront 3rd floor southwest exposure 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished w/ a glassed enclosed lanai & garage parking. Highlights include new appliances, new air conditioner, Murphy bed on lanai. Generous view of the Gulf, tennis, boat docks, private beach, heated indoor/outdoor pool game room & manicured gardens. Tortuga has it all. $629,000 $599,000 $549,000 lonGboat Key reGent PlaCe Do you want View & Location? The Best Value on the Beach! Breathtaking full sunrise and sunset views from this fabulous 9th floor south side location. Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath spacious residence. Private elevator, 10 feet custom ceilings, crown molding, built-ins, granite kitchen, marble baths and Jacuzzi tub. Full unobstructed views of Gulf, golf course, Bay and Sarasota Skyline. This is one you will not want to miss. $2,749,000 lonGboat Key WindWard bay ATTENTION BOATERS! Wonderful Bay front setting for this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo with new appliances in this community with outstanding amenities that include community boat dock, tennis courts, 2 heated pools, clubhouse, exercise facility, sauna and beach access. $449,000 $399,000 siesta Key - bayfront Contemporary tropical oasis overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Lush landscaping surround the tiered deck leading to the sailboat water dock. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 full baths, granite, stone fireplace, oversized pool with diving board and pool bath. $2,295,000.

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LONGBOAT KEY BEACHFRONT neW ConstruCtion ASSIGNMENT AVAILABLE for this 3584 sq.ft. 3 Bedroom plus family room residence with direct full Gulf and Bay views. Exquisite interior finishes, 10 ft. ceilings, summer kitchen, marble floors, expansive terraces, clubhouse with owner’s lounge, workout facility, large pool, 350 ft of beachfront.

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KEY COMPARABLES by Kate Honea $2.15 Million 484 Meadow Lark Drive, Bird Key Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Three. Special interests: “Located two homes from the end of the canal, this property has easy access to Sarasota Bay,” says John August, of Michael Saunders & Co. August also says this house consists of “updated bathrooms, with a skylight in one, a fully re-modeled kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a bar added to the family room.” Price: $2,149,000.

Courtesy photos 1641 Harbor Cay Lane, Bay Isles, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Three. Bathrooms: Four. Special interests: Hannerle Moore, Prudential Palms Realty, says this house is located in “the most prestigious neighborhood on Longboat Key and Sarasota.” The properties amenities are a 200-foot sea wall, and, what Moore says, is a “gorgeous pool area, overlooking a basin-water view.” Price: $2,175,000.





The Only Realtor in the Area to Achieve the Legend Society* 4 Years in a Row!

3592 Fair Oaks Lane, Queens Harbor, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Three. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: This property is one of the newest homes in Queens Harbor. Diane Otis Stirling, of Michael Saunders & Co., says this house has “the deepest dock area in Bay Isles, with room for a couple of boats.” Other standout characteristics include a “terrific, updated kitchen,” and two full master suites with a second-floor viewing deck. Price: $2,175,000.

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$234 Million in Sales Booked in 4 Years!

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WaTer cLUB Breakfast on the Gulf, light bright southern exposure residence with breath taking views: from the sarasota skyline to the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf. This 3,000 sq ft. , 3 Br, private entrance, designer furnished residence. has a state of the art fitness center, concierge staff, club house, pool, and tennis courts. moments to Golf, shopping and more. Pet friendly. ready to enjoy. $2,495,000

inn on The Beach-maybe the best value on Longboat Keys’ renowned Beach. This stunning, fully upgraded luxury 1Br club suite, is in the inn’s rental program, is unique on the market. dolphins & birds at play, dreamy sunsets, lush tropical landscaping, large verandah at the 4 star, 3 diamond LBK club, with stunning lagoon views. enjoy 4 golf courses, 38 tennis courts, a staffed fitness center, 4 restaurants, private beach, pool, spa and the pampering you $499,900 deserve. effortless rental returns. VIRTUAL TOUR

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LonGBoaT Key BayFronT - country club shores-majestic Tuscanmediterranean style is breathtaking! deep-water dockage for up to 80 ft. yacht. saturnia floors, custom granite kitchen, 4 bedrooms, media room, fitness room, fireplace, 6 car garage and a spectacular infinity pool. Fabulous outdoor living area with summer kitchen. $4,799,000 Promenade - Fantastic views of Gulf and city skyline from this splitplan beachfront gem! 2Br/2Ba with possible 3rd bedroom or den. numerous upgrades! Like new. over 1,800 sq. ft. of luxury living. Tastefully furnished and ready to move in! amenities include olympic $1,099,000 sized pool, fitness and tennis.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

Real Estate Reports

Betty Johnson

Betty Johnson has joined Longview Realty Inc., as a licensed broker-associate. She plans to specialize in residential properties. Johnson, a longtime property owner and well-known resident of the Key, operated her own real-estate agency on the island for many years. She and her late husband, Carl, built the 6400 Building on Gulf of Mexico Drive, in which Longview Realty now has its offices. The Johnsons also developed the Outrigger Resort.


$300 Million of Successful Transactions Last 5 Years SIESTA KEY ESTATE - Over 2 acre gated Bay front estate on south Siesta Key containing a 7,400 Sq. Ft. house and a 1,450 Sq. Ft. 2BR guest house. The estate includes a tennis court, dock, large outdoor pool, terrace and gazebo overlooking beautiful Sarasota Bay. The estate could be subdivided. MLS#295185 $6,750,000

L’AMBIANCE - Luxury and privacy behind the gates of Longboat Key Club with concierge service in this spacious Royal model. Gulf front with magnificent views of sunrises, sunsets, Bay and city lights. Opulent interior with 12 ft. ceilings, exciting ceiling treatments and quality built-ins. MLS#311205 $3,995,000

downtown 3bedroom/3bath

Compare to all, then settle down in this gracious Ritz Residence offering over 3500sf of luxury. Sparkling marina views & city views. Large terraces. Terrific open plan flooded with light, perfect for entertaining. Available now. By appointment only. $1,899,000.

LIDO KEY - 3BR home on a wide private deep boating water basin with a southern exposure and partial Bay view. The restaurants and shops of St. Armand’s Circle and Lido Beach are a short walk away. MLS#298315 $2,895,000

money-maker beachouse on siesta key 4BR/3BA with pool directly across the street from beach access. weekly rentals. Sold subject to leases. $1,250,000.

downtown loft for rent

2BR/2BA Turnkey Ultra Modern. Like new. $3,500/mo. Or Best Offer for options & photography go to:, click on associates and search name judi summers to view properties

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Michael Saunders & Company

Licensed Real Estate Broker • 1801 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Real estate Is Really sellIng On lOngbOat Key... [Update fOR may 2006 sOld and ClOsed Real estate

From All mlS reAl eStAte oFFiceS And county tAx recordS

sIngle famIly HOmes 796 Marbury Ln 520 Wedge Ln 3463 Byron Ln 560 Linley St

$1,100,000 $995,000 $662,000 $585,000

COndOmInIUms Regent Place Longboat Key Tower Beaches Promenade Promenade Castillian Players Club Fairway Bay Fairway Bay-Atrium Winding Oaks Arbormar Winding Oaks

$2,900,000 $1,650,000 $1,225,000 $1,200,000 $1,100,000 $1,000,000 $895,000 $875,000 $855,000 $839,000 $765,000 $742,500

Winding Oaks Whitney Beach Fairway Bay Corey’s Landing Sunset Beach Harbour Villa Club Privateer Seaplace Fairway Bay Bay Harbour Longboat Harbour Spanish Main

$725,000 $685,000 $670,000 $662,000 $660,000 $660,000 $655,000 $600,000 $515,000 $510,000 $340,000 $315,000

[The above sales information was compiled from the Sarasota Assoc. of Realtors MLS.




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Coveted Southwest corner at Longboat Harbour Towers. Magnificent Gulf views and upgrades. 2BR/2BA plus walk-in storage/office. Karastan, Kohler, & KitchenAid. By appointment only. $829,000.

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UNIVERSITY PARK CC - A Mark Rutenberg’s Aurora Award Winning model home. Own a designer furnished model that has never been occupied. Luxury abounds everywhere and located on a premier lushly landscaped lot. Being sold below replacement cost. MLS#303984 $1,595,000 BAY ISLES - Mediterranean design home secluded in Longboat’s most exclusive neighborhood that has been impeccably maintained. Located on deepwater with 100 Ft. seawall and dock. Fabulous master suite, living room, dining room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, large family room with wet bar and fireplace, volume ceilings, marble floors, heated pool and spa and use of the private Gulf front Beach Club. MLS#287719 $2,820,000

CONDO ON THE BAY - One of a kind first floor 3BR unique condo totally remodeled overlooking the Bay with exquisite details, 10 Ft. ceilings and a private 1,400 Sq. Ft. terrace. Boat dock available and minutes to downtown. MLS#301496 $1,499,000

VIZCAYA - Over 6,600 Sq. Ft. of custom elegance with the finest detailing, finishes and cabinetry created by Ann Folsom Smith Interiors in a community of only 31 Gulf front residences. Five BRs which includes two master suites, spacious kitchen with Neff cabinetry, living, dining and family rooms, two double car garages, extensive terraces with outdoor grill. View the Gulf from all main rooms. Truly a paradise for the discriminating buyer. MLS#302005 $5,950,000

CASTILLIAN - A turnkey furnished Gulf front condo on third level makes one truly communicate with the sand and beach in this recently renovated building. MLS#308449 $865,000 BAY ISLES BAYOU - Captivating and unique home privately situated on corner lot that has been completely remodeled with a new stucco roof, cherry wood granite kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops, wine cooler, new bathrooms and travertine flooring. MLS#301994 $1,295,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Beautiful new construction waterfront home built with extreme quality and incredible craftsmanship throughout including travertine marble and red oak floors throughout, countertops are hand chosen stone, top electronics wired in and copper gutters and soffits, 3 stop elevator, 70’ dock with 14,000 lb lift and lap pool. Magnificent bay and city skyline views from the main living areas and a beautiful spacious roof top garden for entertaining. MLS#311837 $4,295,000 BAY ISLES - Fabulous 5,100 Sq. Ft. home of fine detail and finishes throughout in the exclusive gated Harbor section of Bay Isles that was completely remodeled in 2005 with new kitchen, bathrooms, appliances, plumbing fixtures and granite countertops throughout. Soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, protected 50 Ft. boat dock, 4BR suites, office, 3 fireplaces and family room with wine cellar and full bar. Spacious outdoor entertaining terrace and pool deck with 38 Ft. pool and new pavers. MLS#302526 $2,995,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES LOT - Canal front lot on the southern end of Longboat Key on the desirable southern side of the street. MLS#301010 $1,295,000

Browse our website to view virtual tours of these and our other listings. Please contact us for a market analysis of your property.

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker

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


The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

by Kent Chetlain

Bayou Hammock home sells for $4.67 million

Kate Honea

This Bayou Hammock home on the north end of Longboat Key, has five bedrooms, four baths and sold for $4.6 million.

The week’s largest transaction was the $4.67 million sale at the south end of Bayou Hammock in the Village area at the north end of Longboat Key. The property is surrounded on three sides by water, dividing old Bishop’s Bayou (Whitney Bayou) and Sarasota Bay. Christine and Gerard Byrne, of Kilkenny, Ireland, sold this five-bedroom and four-bath home at 6501 Bayou Hammock Road to Bruce A. Krone, trustee of the Patrick DeCastro Trust, of Cincinnati. The property is composed of a 43,124 square-footpointed lot, just under the 43,560 square feet in one acre of land. The Byrnes bought the property in KENT CHETLAIN May 2005 for $3,115,000, to turn a gross profit of $1,555,000 in just one year. But as the old saying goes, “It takes money to make money.” The original house was built in 1955, the year the island was incorporated as the town of Longboat Key. Then, in 1967, the structure was renovated and enlarged to its current configuration.

Key sales double Residential sales recordings on Longboat, St. Armands and Lido keys literally doubled during the week of May 29 to June 2, climbing from nine to 18. Actually, there were 22 transactions, if one counts the three boat-slip sales at Longboat Key Moorings Marina and one at the Boathouse on Longboat Key. The preceding week, May 22 to May 26, saw 12 transactions, but one was a non-residential boat slip and two were rare non-cash sales. Of this week’s 18 residential transactions, no fewer than eight were for $1 million or more, ranging from $1 million to $4.67 million.

Longboat Key Estates The second largest sale was the $3 million that Cengiz Aygun, from Baltimore, paid for the large 3-year-old home at 578 Jessmyth Drive in Longboat Key Estates. Sellers of the four-bedroom and three-and-a-half-bath house with a swimming pool were Henry D. Hiter Jr., and his wife, Teri L., of 2880 Casey Key Road, Nokomis. The Hiters recorded a $61,000 gross profit on the sale in just nine months, having paid $2,939,000 for the property last August.

Queens Harbour The home at 3568 Fair Oaks Way on Lot 49 of the original Manchester Bay development, now known at Queens Harbour, was sold by Denise R. and Timothy W. Huelsman, of Bradenton, for $2,624,400 to Sharon and Kenneth Levitsky, from Ridgewood, N.J. The four-bedroom and four-and-a-half-bath home with a swimming pool was constructed in 1996. The Huelsmans bought the property in March 2003 for $1.8 million, thus realizing an $824,000 gross profit in a little more than three years and two months.

Sabal Cove

Live. Breathe. Longboat Key.

Nestled along the pristine coastline of Longboat Key, Bleu Claire brings a new level of exclusivity to beachfront condominium living. Inspired by the villas of the French Riviera, the community’s understated elegance reflects the beauty of its natural surroundings and the enchanting views of the Gulf of Mexico. From the $3 millions. Penthouses from the $5 millions. Call 941-744-7441 or visit

A $1.74 million sale in Sabal Cove appears to represent a $160,000 loss in just two months, at least according to the records of Sarasota County Property Appraiser Jim Todora. K. & R. Ventures, a limited liability limited partnership (LLLP), 2040 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota (Manatee County), sold the 10-year-old home at 3328 Sabal Cove Lane to Sally A. Ross for $1.74 million. According to tax records, K. & R. Ventures purchased the three-bedroom and four-bath home with a swimming pool in March for $1.9 million, for an indicated gross loss of $160,000.

Beaches of Longboat Key Jane R. and Dr. Matthew Newman, of St. Louis, sold their Unit 607 at the 74-unit Beaches of Longboat Key South, 550 Longboat Club Road, to Coleen M., and John J. Flad, from Middleton, Wis., for $1,225,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment at 775 Longboat Club Road was constructed in 1984.

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Janice M. and John S. Wismer, of Jerseyville, Ontario, Canada, bought Unit G7-401-B at Seaplace VI from Nancy A. and B. Richard Schlup, 13848 Siena Loop, Lakewood Ranch, for $865,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1978 by Arvida Corp. The Schlups grossed $570,000 in a little less than 14 years on the sale, having paid $295,000 for the condo in July 1992.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

Arbomar Apartments Suzanne G. and Dennis J. Antinori, of Alpharetta, Ga., sold their Unit 401 at the 32-unit, Gulf-side Arbomar Apartments, 4485 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Judith and Gary R. Spiezio, from Sevierville, Tenn., for $765,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condo was constructed in 1973. The Antinoris made a gross profit of $70,000, after having bought the apartment for $695,000 in October 2004.

Winding Oaks Carole Pryor Madden and her husband, Robert A. Madden, bought Unit 37 at 3462 Winding Oaks Drive from Kathryn W. and Carleton M. Stewart for $742,500. The three-bedroom and three-bath residence was constructed in 1988. The Stewarts made a gross profit of $291,500 on the sale, having paid $450,000 for the property in July 1998.

Fairway Bay I Linda Paskovich, of Vero Beach, sold her Unit 201 in Building B of the 288-unit, Arvida-built Fairway Bay complex to Jane Vargas, from Morristown, N.J., for $670,000. Built in 1982, the three-bedroom and three-bath condo at 1904 Harbourside Drive was purchased by the seller in October 2001 for $375,000, resulting in an indicated gross profit of $295,000 in four-and-a-half years.

Sunset Beach Pamela G. and H. William Mutz, from Lakeland, purchased Unit 1302 in Building 1 at 65-unit Sunset Beach on Longboat Key, 2105 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Mary Anne and Roy D. Pusateri, of Libertyville, Ill., for $660,000. The Pusateris more than doubled their money on the sale of their 22-year-old, two-bedroom and two-bath condominium. They paid $270,000 for the apartment in December 1997.

Privateer North Urban C. Bergbauer, of St. Louis, sold his Apartment 605


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in the 58-unit Privateer North tower, 1050 Longboat Club Road, to Dee and Kevin Leaderman, from Lawrenceville, Ga., for $655,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was constructed in 1974. The sale represented a substantial $558,500 gross profit for Bergbauer, having paid $96,500 for the condominium in December 1978.

Windward Bay Joanne and Gary S. Seltzer, from Rockville Center, N.Y., purchased Penthouse 1 in Building A at the 151-unit Windward Bay Condominium from Joan Weissman, 4960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $550,000. The late I.Z. Mann as Longboat Harbour North built the two-bedroom and two-bath condo in 1975.

Spanish Main Yacht Club Janet G. and Eugene F. Roma, of Cohasset, Mass., sold their Unit 153 at 691 El Centro in the 212-unit Spanish Main Yacht Club to Dawn A. and John A. Mans, from Brick, N.J., for $315,000.

Longboat Key Shores In a fiduciary transaction, Christine Ann Bowman sold their current Longboat Key Shores home at 3 Winslow Place to Diana Davie and herself for $195,000. The twobedroom and two-bath home with a swimming pool was constructed in 1978. Bowman acquired the property in December 1996 for $390,000.

Longboat Key Moorings Marina There were three boat slips that exchanged hands at the 274-slip Longboat Key Moorings Marina. The owning and operating Longboat Key Marina Associates Ltd., sold slip 2 on I-Pier to Hilda and Jimmie Crain, of Fulton, Miss., for $276,000. LBK Marina Associates is headed by President Ben Price. Martha V. and Raymond G. Wile, of Williamsburg, Va., sold slip J-03 to Edward Mihevic, of Parrish, for $265,000. Kenneth A. Marsh and his wife, Tanicey Knopp, 19 N. Blvd. Of the Presidents, bought slip 11 on P-Pier for $222,000 from Helmuth Teichmann, of Salzburg, Austria.

Boathouse on Longboat Key Debra A. and Thomas M. Abbott, of Montrose, Colo.,

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sold their boat berth 1305 at the 194-berth Boathouse on Longboat Key, 410 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Susan and Daniel C. Bracciano, from Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., for $82,000.

Orchid Beach Club Lido Beach, a Mount Clemens, Mich., limited-liability company, sold their new condo, Unit A-1002 at the 54unit Orchid Beach Club Residences, for a gross profit of $455,000 in less than nine months. The corporate entity bought the condo last October for $1,795,000 and then sold it at the end of May to Elizabeth A. and Douglas N. Durand, of Tarpon Springs, for $2.25 million. Signing the sale of the condominium at 2050 Ben Franklin Drive was James Tanielian, managing member for Lido Beach LLC.

Beach Residences The 82nd of the 88 new condominiums, created at 1300 Ben Franklin Drive on Lido Beach last year by Beach Residences LLC, was sold and recorded at the Sarasota County Courthouse June 1. Buying Beach Residences Unit 907 for $1.64 million were Dennis Cipcich, Raymond M. Grimm and James H. and Kathleen Watson, all from the west Chicago suburb of Geneva, Ill. Since last fall, we have reported the sale of the 82 Beach Residences for $179,181,000.

St. Armands Towers-North Robert P. Gwinn, of Riverside, Ill., paid $1 million for Penthouse 1 at the 13-story, 70-unit St. Armands TowersNorth. The sellers were Carol and William G. Gibson, of Barrington, Ill.

Lido Dorset Joanne I. and Gary J. Leaman, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, sold their Unit 210 at the Lido Dorset condominium, 475 Ben Franklin Drive, to Mirko Oldja, from Totowa, N.J., for $350,000.The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1963. The Leamans made a gross profit on the sale of $280,500, having paid $69,500 in May 1992. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

“The overarching theme of (Ordinance) 139 is to allow people to rebuild what they have.” — Town Attorney David Persson

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The erosion control line, shown by the dotted line, runs through the Islander Club’s pool area and seawall. The development encroaches the 150-foot waterfront setback required by the town.

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In 1981, the town called for buildings to be set 150 feet back from the mean high-water line. In 1991, the mean high-water line was renamed the Erosion Control Line (or ECL), as recommended by the state. The 150-foot waterfront setback made many condominiums built prior to 1981 non-conforming. Then, in 1984, Longboat Key went through a tumultuous visioning process when it looked to revise its comprehensive plan. After much argument, voters agreed to reduce the density of the Key to one-third of what was allowed before the visioning process, allowing six units per acre. This change in density requirements also made many older buildings non-conforming because of their number of units. In 1989, an ordinance dealing with rebuilding a structure that had been destroyed passed, stating that in the event of a disaster, the town would look at plans to rebuild on a case-by-case basis. To add to the mounting non-conformities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency called for coastal buildings to be built up with no living area on the ground floor. If a tall condominium project were destroyed and had to be rebuilt off the ground, the added elevation would then violate the town’s height requirements, making several developments nonconforming in three different ways. According to the old ordinance, owners of a non-conforming property would have to go through a process of review with the town to determine how they could rebuild based on what non-conformities they had. The plan was a sound one for making sure owners rebuilt to modern codes and law, but was impractical when dealing with a situation where there was widespread damage. “The old ordinance was crafted to deal with a case where an individual building was destroyed, such as in a fire. For that it worked fine,” said David Persson, Longboat Key town attorney. “The problem was if the island is overwashed and there are hundreds of buildings destroyed, it is unreasonable to expect

every single owner to go through the layers of meetings needed to rebuild.” Town Commissioner Randy Clair, who was instrumental in bringing attention to the inadequacies of the old ordinance, agreed that it was cumbersome in a time of disaster, both for the town and property owners. “When I began looking at Ordinance 158.139, I tried to think about it from a general standpoint,” Clair said. “Procedurally, 139 relaxes some of the standards, giving planning and zoning the ease to approve it. It simplifies the procedure and it simplifies the rules.”

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TIPS TO BE PREPARED Before a storm ever hits, your condominium association should be prepared with a plan in case it faces a rebuilding process. Here are a few tips to help plan for the worst possible scenario. 1. Review condominium documents and update if necessary. After the storm, the town can approve plans, but only the association can make them. Association board members and managers should know what the protocol is for making decisions regarding reconstruction, including how soon to meet after a storm, and what percentage of a vote is necessary to take action. 2. Have a current survey available. In the event of a reconstruction, it will be helpful to have a survey that’s as up to date as possible. And, looking at it ahead of time will show where the development sits in relation to the Erosion Control Line. 3. Get a yearly appraisal. With the recent shifts in market value, having enough insurance is key to obtaining funds to rebuild. To ensure the buildings aren’t underinsured, obtain a yearly appraisal of its value so you’ll know how much money to expect to start over with after a storm.

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The plat of Whitney Beach III shows the property’s buildings in relation to the mean high water line, designated by “MHW.” Association President John Sandford said the condominiums might need a variance for reconstruction for the building closest to the water.

aimed to move buildings back from the water, preferably 150 feet from the ECL, and it allows owners to keep the cubic area of the building they had before, and raise it to accommodate the FEMA elevation requirements without penalizing it for the extra height. “It (139) is a liberal policy that gives owners options,” Persson said. In essence, according to Persson, owners have one of two options. They can rebuild where they were, but they don’t get any allowances afforded under Ordinance 139. They have to comply with all current codes, including density. The other option is to use 139, in which case they get the benefits of retaining the dimensions of their building cube, they just have to move it back from the water. “It’s really a carrot to move people back from the water, and it also has fewer what-ifs from the old policy,” Persson said. One of the what-ifs that some worry about in the new policy is what the town will require if there isn’t room on the property to move the building east, away from the Gulf of Mexico. On a strip of land mid-Key, some buildings are sandwiched between the ECL and Gulf of Mexico Drive, leaving nowhere for them to relocate. In these cases, according to Persson, the owner will have to advocate the town for a variance. “The overarching theme of 139 is to allow people to rebuild what they have,” said Persson.

Taking an interest Throughout the revision process of the ordinance, John Sandford, president of Whitney Beach III, has been following the issue of 139 in Longboat Key Planning & Zoning Board meetings. Sandford became interested in the issue after hearing Clair speak at the Longboat Key Condominium Federation meeting in February about the problems inherent in the town’s old ordinance. “It scared the hell out of me,” Sandford said of Clair’s presentation. “And I wanted to learn more about it.” After learning more about it, Sandford began investigating where his own condominium stood on non-conformities. Sandford found that the 36-unit complex at Whitney Beach III, built in 1973, was closer to the ECL than he had previously thought. “We did a few things to examine where we stood if we had to rebuild, and we found that we are a couple feet shy on one building for the 50-foot mark from the ECL,” Sandford said.

“The planning and zoning board said it will waiver down to 50 feet from the line, so we’d probably have to get a variance for that building or look at moving back a few feet.” The one thing that has surprised Sandford more than anything, however, is the lack of interest among other condominium associations. Sandford said he was routinely the only representative from a condominium present at the planning and zoning meetings, where the ordinance was reshaped for the Town Commission’s approval. In the event of a disaster, the new options given to property owners by the ordinance also means owners must make decisions, and condominium associations are largely in charge of enforcing the policy set out in their documents about how decisions are made. David Brenner, planning and zoning board member and a five-year board member of the condominium association for the Islander Club, a development built notoriously close to Gulf, said it’s important for condominium owners to know how decisions are made. Brenner said for many of the Islander Club’s residents, it might be an issue of practicality on whether they event want to attempt to rebuild or not.

WHAT MAKES PROPERTIES NONCONFORMING? 1. Not set far enough back from the Erosion Control Line. Updated in 1990, the town wants buildings to be 150 feet from that line preferably, with an absolute minimum of 50 feet from it. In the 1960s and ’70s, many buildings were built too close to the Gulf, putting them in a dangerous position in the event of a storm. 2. Exceeding the density code. After the density of the island was reduced in 1984, many developments became non-conforming. The current density is six unts per acre. 3. Ground-level units. According to FEMA regulations, residences must be built above the base-flood elevation or state-mandated height (ranging from 10 to 20 feet above sea level). The additional height would make many buildings violate the town’s height limits when rebuilding.


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“If we figured it would take at least three years or longer just to rebuild, I don’t even know if that’s something everyone would want to go through and wait for,” Brenner said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if they voted to sell and take the money from that to buy another place.” In that case, Brenner said condominiums could require 100% agreement among owners on whether to liquidate or not. Under 139, condominiums are also given other options to decide about reconstruction. For example, if some property owners decide they don’t want to rebuild, the condominium could include fewer units in the same cubic area, enlarging the units that are rebuilt. Brenner said it’s important to find out what the association’s policy is regarding these decisions, and what the process is for making them. At the north tower of the Privateer, a 56-unit development built in 1974 off Longboat Club Road that is also near the ECL, Condominium Association Manager Denise Shue said the association requires two-thirds of the property owners’ votes to make a decision regarding reconstruction. Sandford said no matter what the condominium documents state, it’s important for the owners and board members to know what they are, and also assess what issues the property might have to deal with in the event a reconstruction is needed. “I think the P&Z has done a tremendous job with the new ordinance,” Sandford said. “What’s disappointing is that there hasn’t been more involvement. I don’t think other condominium associations are aware of the problems they could face. If a big storm comes, I think a lot of condo associations are going to be caught with their pants down.” — City Editor Roger Drouin contributed to this report

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10C Sports

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

GOLF GAMBITS by Hal Lenobel

Caddie short changes golfer (and himself) A not-so-funny thing happened to Stuart Appleby while contending for the title in the final round of the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational last summer. The affable Aussie stood at 3-under par — just 3 shots off the lead — when he hit his second shot behind the green on the par-4 13th hole. The ball stopped behind a temporary immovable obstruction. With the aid of John Paramor, chief referee on the European Tour, Appleby established the nearest point of relief and then took the proper drop. After the ball hit the ground, it bounced backward onto a cart path, and Appleby’s longtime caddie, Joey Damiano, grabbed HAL LENOBEL the ball on the second bounce and handed it back to Appleby. Oops. Because Damiano stopped the ball before it had come to rest, Appleby was assessed a 2-stroke penalty for violating Rule 1-2 (Exerting Influence on a Ball). Mike Shea, senior director of Rules for the PGA Tour, said Rule 20-2c (When to Re-Drop) and Decision 202c/4 (Caddie Stops Dropped Ball Before it Comes to Rest; When Penalty Incurred), in particular, cover this type of situation. “Rule 2-2c lists a number of instances when a dropped ball must be re-dropped, and 20-2c (vi) refers to a ball rolling more than two club-lengths from where it first struck a part of the course,” Shear explained. “Since Appleby’s ball was stopped before it rolled more than two-club lengths, the caddie took an action to influence the position or movement of a ball, which breaches Rule 1-2.”

Appleby said he did not see Damiano grab the ball, but Paramor did. The rules official waited until the 15th hole to inform Appleby of the penalty, checking to see if there were any stipulations that might absolve Damiano. On the 16th hole, Appleby missed a two-foot putt for par, and tossed the ball into the pond. “I had a nice tournament going until that mistake,” Appleby said. “Is it the caddie’s responsibility to know the rules? Absolutely. I knew the rule, but I was not watching the ball on the path.” “It’s my fault,” Damiano said. “I take full responsibility.” The two-shot penalty cost Appleby at least $100,000. It didn’t cost Damiano his job, but it did cost him money, as well. “He’s a poorer caddie for it because he’s not getting paid this week,” Appleby bristled.

Expensive Lesson Dean Wilson learned an expensive lesson at last year’s Buick Invitational. After finishing his fog-delayed second round Saturday morning with a three-over-par 75 on Torrey Pines’ South Course, Wilson left the scoring trailer without signing his scorecard. So, instead of beginning the third round tied for 16th place at 6-under par, Wilson, who opened the tournament with a 63 on the North Course, was disqualified. He violated Rule 6-6b (Signing and Returning Scorecard): After completion of the round, the competitor should check his score for each hole and settle any doubtful points with the committee. He must ensure that the marker or markers have signed the scorecard, signed the scorecard himself and returned it to the committee as soon as possible. “First time as a pro,” Wilson said as he cleaned out

his locker. “Dean was sick about it,” said Mark Russell, PGA Tour tournament director. “I told him I would sign my scorecard when I get on the first tee. That way, you never have to worry about that.” Russell said the official in the scoring trailer checks each card to make sure there’s a score in each box and two signatures. He said Wilson left the trailer before the official was able to check his card. “If his feet are outside the trailer, he’s deemed to have left the scoring area,” Russell said. “Our person in the scoring area said that he was checking another guy’s card for that exact situation, and Dean left before he had a chance to check his. Ultimately, the player is responsible for knowing the Rules.” Wilson, 35, gained notoriety for the professionalism and support he displayed playing the first two rounds with Annika Sorenstam at the 2003 Bank of America Colonial.

Quick quiz Q. A gull swoops down and grabs a player’s ball, moving it a few feet. What’s the ruling? A. Because the gull moved the ball, that constitutes interference of a ball at rest by an outside agency, under Rule 18-1. The ball must be replaced without penalty. If unsure of the exact spot, the player must drop the ball as near to the spot as possible, under Rule 20-3c. Hal Lenobel is a former member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee on which he served for 23 years.

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Arthur Newfield Cedars Tennis Club

How competitive are you? Very. They had a vote once at Cedars, and I was voted the most competitive player. It was a vote of my peers, if I have any. Name one thing you do that wins matches. I’m competitive and disciplined. I’m good in crisis situations, and I usually play the ad court. If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? Be a better listener. Who has most influenced your game? Tennis pro Pauline Betz Addie. Rod Laver, since I’m left-handed. Allie Ritzenberg. Give me the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. Playing a lot with Dan Goldie (who was ranked No. 27 in the world in the ATP rankings in 1989) when he was young. We belonged to the same tennis club, the McLean Swim and Tennis Club. Goldie was 8 to 12 years old at the time. I was 42 at the time. He was club champion. You could tell he was excellent. Relate the one tip that you play by, or the single most important tip that you’ve received. Actually, there are two. On an overhead smash, since I am left-handed, keep your right hand in the air and make believe you’re going to catch a ball with that hand. That came from Warren Girle, general manager at Cedars. The other is to relax the tips of your fingers while hitting serves and overheads. That came from numerous people including, but not limited to, Pauline Betz Addie. Who is your favorite athlete, and why? I have two: Rod Laver and Roger Federer — best players that ever lived. What is your favorite stroke? I don’t have one favorite stroke. Offensive strokes I’d like to have are: Andy Roddick’s first serve, Pete Sampras’ second serve, Roger Federer’s forehand, Justine Henin-Hardenne’s backhand, John McEnroe’s net game, Pete Sampras’ overhead-smash forehand and Lew Hoad’s overhead-smash backhand. Defensive strokes I’d like: It’s a tie for return of serve between Jimmy Connors and Andre Agassi, and for overall defense it’s Rafael Nadal, who out-muscled Federer in the French Open. That guy’s an animal.

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Bobs-B-Q Longboat’s “The Bobs” — Nosal and Trisolini, that is — hosted their annual barbecue for the Community AIDS Network. CAN staff members, case workers, doctors and patrons enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and bratwurst, grilled personally by Nosal, no less, Friday, June 16, at the Islands West club house. Some guests dressed in Western wear, because the invitation to the barbecue was a rewrite of Gene Autry’s “Back in the Saddle Again,” while others wore tropical attire — perfect for the beautiful island evening and sunset.

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lotS Hideaway Bay - LongBoat Key Bayfront lot available within a private enclave on North Longboat Key, estatesized homes, tennis court and only minutes to the beach. $1,850,000 SLeepy Lagoon - LongBoat Key Magnificent subdivided parcel with 4 buildable lots, approximately 1.95+/acres. $3,500,000 SLeepy Lagoon, Lot 4 Vacant lot now available for purchase. $750,000


â&#x20AC;˘VT conrad BeacH on LongBoat Key Excite your senses and renew your spirit in this maintenance free, Key West style beach house on Longboat Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charming North end. This 3BR plus loft includes three luxurious living levels, elevator, gourmet kitchen, sweeping porches, fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hot tub and oversized garage. Furniture package $1,595,000 available. OpEN hOUSE SUNDAy 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 â&#x20AC;˘VT JUSt redUced-BUttonwood HarBoUr Custom pool home remarkably remodeled and updated throughout including a chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen w/hickory wood cabinets, Saturnia marble floors, crown moldings, open heated pool & spa w/waterfall and a maintenance free 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; composite dock on a deep water canal. Complete Turnkey furniture package available. $1,385,000

inn on the beach â&#x20AC;˘VT SUrroUnd yoUrSeLf in LUxUry The Resort at Longboat Key Club pampers you with fine dining, generous amenities and dramatic views of the Gulf, lagoon and golf course fairways with graciously appointed condominium/hotel suites. Great Income potential!

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Two bedroom with Gulf views.............................$1,535,000 Two bedroom lockout with Gulf views...........$1,399,000 Two bedroom with Gulf views.............................$1,360,000 Two bedroom with Gulf views.............................$1,350,000 Two bedroom with pool views............................$1,225,000 ClubSuite with lagoon views........................$475,000 ClubSuite with garden views........................$439,000

The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

Weather 3D

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RED TIDE REPORT As of June 19, no red tide was found in local waters.


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Year-to-date Month-to-date Average water 2006 2005 2006 2005 Temp.: 82 11.85 in. 23.61 in. 5.6 in. 5.88 in.



Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Mon., June 12 81.5 72.5 97 (1984) 67 (1987) Tues., June 13 85 75.5 98 (1981) 71 (1987) Wed., June 14 85 75.5 98 (1981) 69 (1991) Thurs., June 15 88.5 74.5 98 (1981) 69 (1991) Fri., June 16 89 73 98 (1981) 69 (1991) Sat., June 17 92 75 98 (1981) 70 (1998) Sun., June 18 88 73 98 (1981) 70 (1985)

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For Your Consideration sanderling beach clubEnchanting 1.6 Acres with over 300 ft. of frontage on Private Heron Lagoon, views down lagoon and out to Gulf. Majestic Oaks. Gated courtyard with fountain. Hardwood floors, fireplace and walls of glass. 4 bedrooms. $1,999,900.


FulFill a dreaM! Live at the beach! This home is the perfect alternative to condo living. Light, airy, charming, and impressively remodeled to perfection. Stunning gulf views from the upper terrace. Generous outside living space. Landscape and maintenance so carefree it leaves more time for watching sunsets and strolls to St. Armands for dining and shopping. $1,650,000.

552 Juan anasco

Sailboat water on North Longboat Key. Meticulous 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with family room, vaulted ceiling in master bedroom, fireplace and access to heated pool and large lanai. Best of all a 20,000 lb boat lift and jet ski launch. $895,000

west oF trail - Charming bungalow. Updated electric, plumbing and metal roof. Wood floors, fireplace & newer room addition. Situated on quiet treelined street. 3BR + detached 2 car garage. $610,000.

35 Watergate #603.

3BR/3B, 2,990 sq. ft. The Tower Residences adjacent to The Ritz Carlton. Dazzling by day, spectacular by night. Sunset views beyond imagination in this preferred bay view location. $1,749,000

Ann Martin For knowledgeable & experienced real estate services call ann at 941-356-7717

981 longboat club road.

3BR/3B, 4322 sq. ft. The essence of quiet elegance. Plantation style home with French doors opening to terrace, private pool and Islandside golf course of the Longboat Key Club. $2,950,000

7155 gulf of mexico dr., #22

Turnkey furnished 2BR/2B, decorated in a fresh new casual beach style. Direct Gulf front close to pool. Great for rental or personal use. $689,000

bay isles - Beautifully crafted new home with smashing golf course and lake views. Volume ceilings in living room with fireplace opening to porch and pool terrace, luxurious master. 3 gracious guest suites, gym or office, beautiful quality in woodworking and stonework. Marvelous kitchen opens to family room. 3-car garage, beach club. $2,495,000. direct beachFront south longboat - Behind the gates of The Longboat Key Club. Prestigious building with Olympic sized gulfside pool. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from this 2 bedroom. Best location and views $715,000.

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents â&#x20AC;˘ Sarasota, FL â&#x20AC;˘ (941) 388-4447


dennis girard Broker Associate Phone: 941.809.0041 Toll Free: 1.866.837.3180 Fax: 941.487.3792 "Most units sold on Longboat Key in 2005 & 1st Quarter 2006!" %$ 5# %$ ,, 9ÂŞ2 /ÂŞ3% , , )#! %$ÂŞ4 !34 )# $2 ÂŞÂŞ02

$899,900 - Longboat key condo

2/2; Small Direct Gulf Front Complex (only 6 units). Wooden boardwalk from the back door to the sand. Oversized patio area overlooking the pool and Gulf. This very well maintained unit would make a terrific 2nd home or investment. Flexible Rental Program

$1,189,000â&#x20AC;&#x201C; beaches of Lbk

Least expensive 3/3 Behind the Gates of LBk Club. Luxurious & meticulously maintained w/over 1800 Sq Ft. Beautiful furnishings, porcelain tile floors, granite countertops & stainless appliances. Granite wet bar w/ wine cooler. Wrap around balcony overlooking Tennis Courts, Gulf & Golf Course. impeccably kept grounds. Amenities incl. Direct Beach Access, Heated Pool, Spa/Hot Tub, Fitness Room, Tennis and Golf. A gorgeous unit! ,9ÂŞ $!)

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

$499,900 - the diPLoMat

Direct Gulf Front Turnkey Furnished 1 Bedroom/1 Bath unit. Perfect midLongboat key location with direct beach access! On-site rental office with a flexible rental program. A perfect opportunity to own a piece of Gulf front paradise for less than $500,000!

$475,000 - $895,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tortUga inn Popular resort on Brad. Beach has been a favorite for years. 3 Units available; 2 quaint studio units with Full Gulf views â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both offer oversized bathroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s w/ sep. tub & shower. The other unit located in the new bldg, offers gorgeous Bay views, beautiful furnishings and all the bells and whistles and comforts of home. Direct beach access. These are phenomenal units in a tropical oasis! A definite MUST SEE!!!

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Lender A Coastal Funding

(800) 594-3319

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

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AAA Action Home Financing

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Aapex Mortgage

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6.125 / 0.00

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6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

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Accountable Mortgage

(800) 840-8771

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.250 / 0.00



American Home Finance

(888) 429-1940

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6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00



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Borrowers Advantage Mtg.

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6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

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Capital Trust Mortgage

(800) 511-2862

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

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Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.

(941) 761-9808

6.750 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

6.875 / 0.00

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First Choice Mortgage of FL

(561) 642-4540

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00



1st Metropolitan Mortgage

(800) 548-5988

5.875 / 2.00

5.375 / 2.68

6.250 / 1.00

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Flagstar Bank

(941) 206-2240

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6.250 / 0.00

6.875 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00



Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.875 / 1.88

5.625 / 1.88

6.250 / 1.00

3.250 / 1.00



Home Finance of America

(941) 929-9112

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N.E. Mortgage Lender

(877) 559-3621

6.000 / 2.00

5.625 / 2.00

6.125 / 2.00

5.500 / 0.00



Prime Plus Mortgage

(800) 630-4259

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00



Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.13

5.750 / 0.00



Stepping Stone Mortgage

(800) 638-2659

6.625 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

6.875 / 0.00

No Quote



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Rates are compiled by National Financial News Services. Rates valid as of June 15, 2006. Index type on adjustable rate mortgages (ARM's) is Index "A". Rates may be for new applications only; information on terms, fees, and APRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s may be obtained by calling the lender directly. Lenders call (610) 344-7380 to participate. Consumers with questions or complaints concerning a listed lender may call The Department of Banking & Finance's Regulatory hotline at (800) 848-3792. For additional information on mortgages, go to: Š1997 NFNS

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2/2 Located on Bradenton Beach, this is 1 of only 4 units in the entire bldg! Offers great Gulf and Bay views from this 2nd floor turnkey furnished and well maintained unit. Unit offers newly installed wood laminate/tile floor, crown molding, central vac and 2 balconies. Heated pool and under bldg parking. Flexible rental program.



$525,000-$875,000 - the beach at Longboat key

Longboat's newest condo conversion; 2 Units available; Studio w/bay view, 2/2 w/full Gulf view. Complete renovation including new state-ofthe-art furnishings and interior. Flexible rental program.

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2 Bedroom/2 Bath split plan home located in the quaint district of Longbeach Village. Located on a quiet street, this home features large rooms and plenty of windows. Close walk to the beach.

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$1,200,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; saLty acres Beautiful Gulf views from this meticulously maintained 2/2 unit on Longboat key! Turnkey furnished with 1346 sq ft. Deeded beach access and impeccably kept grounds. Enjoy year round or perfect for a second home. A perfect retreat!


4134 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 301 Longboat Key, FL 34228

Gracious Sarasota Bay Residence NEW LISTING


Look what's become available: a near impossible to find one acre point property situated on an entire cul-de-sac on Bird Key's premier street. The rare estate-size location offers 516 feet of waterfront with unparalleled views of Bay, City & canal, safe mooring for yachtsmen & 2 existing homes to enjoy with your family & guests. Or, if you desire you have the opportunity to build a spectacular, large residence........................................................$8,500,000.


A gated entry accesses this 6,549 sq. ft. contemporary gem of 7 bedrooms & 5 baths. Bay & interior spaces merge with floor to ceiling walls of glass in the expansive living & dining rooms, enormous ceilings, open kitchen, guest wing, 2 fireplaces, & a wet bar. From 259 ft. of open Bayfront surrounding the property, you see endless water views, vistas of downtown Sarasota & City lights, Siesta Key and leisurely cruising yachts ...$5,999,999.


This rare, wonderful waterfront property offering a Bay view & incomparable boating is located where 3 canals converge. Enjoy the water views that surround you from this gracious home with banks of French doors opening to the spacious brick paver patio & pool with spa. Nestled within lushly landscaped grounds this home has a private dock & boat lift .............$2,499,000.


This big, little home on a large corner lot is ideal for a vacation getaway or year round living. Enjoy outdoor living on the vast, brick paver patio surrounding the large pool. This property is tastefully landscaped & impeccably maintained. Walk or bike to the beach, St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota..............$900,000.

1350 MAIn

Unique style loft in the heart of downtown Sarasota. From this central location of Main St. & Palm Ave. you can truly walk to restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, the bayfront & cultural events. Amenities include valet parking, concierge services, business center a guest suite and 24-hour security..........................................$399,999.

Prudential Palms Realty * fine Homes International


Spacious Mediterranean custom home located in a serene, gated enclave near The Ritz with dazzling bay, skyline and sunset views. Over 5,000 sq. ft. of captivating design and dramatic features. Offered at $4,450,000

The Castillian on Longboat

NEW LISTING Tastefully updated in soothing earth tones, this spacious direct Gulf-front condo offers completely private Gulf views from all rooms and huge tiled terrace. Desirable mid-key complex features under building parking, Gulf-side tennis, pool and spa. Offered at $875,000

Longbeach Gulf-Front

Secluded beachside retreat with Gulf and beach views. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the surf from this 2BR/2BA, with den and huge lanai. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Island-styleâ&#x20AC;? interior with designer finishes. Pet friendly community. Offered at $869,000

The Palms Townhomes at Palma Sola

NEW LISTING Over 2500 sq. ft. of luxurious living in a protected bay/ beach front location. Spectacular water views. Attractive boutique-size complex with only 10 residences. Deep water boat docks, 3+ garages, private elevators, large open terraces, and more. Starting at $825,000

Longboat Harbour Towers

Inviting direct Gulf-front condo with huge open terrace to enjoy beach views/sounds, and dream the day away ... Peaceful bay views and great amenities complete this well cared for home. Offered at $789,000

Longboat Harbour Towers

Spacious 2BR/2BA deluxe floor plan. Spectacular direct & southerly gulf views from living, dining & bedrooms. Eat-in kitchen with bay views, new paint, windows, and air conditioning. Offered at $787,000

Whitney Beach Hideaway

NEW LISTING Enchanting Gulf, beach & sunset views over pristine North LBK beach in popular Gulf-to-Bay community. Inviting retreat, updated, nearly 1,000 sq. ft., open terrace, pool & tennis, boat dock, great income possibilities. Offered at $639,900

Tina Rudek

Direct: (941) 920-0303 Office: (941) 383-5543 (800) 335-5543 Ich Spreche Deutsch /

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2006

DEAL US IN by Donna Swan

Return my suit “Why didn’t you return my suit?” is a cry heard often at the bridge table. This happened to Polly Perry, of Bradenton, in a local duplicate game. Sometimes, blindly returning partner’s suit is not the best approach to defending a hand such as this one, that Polly sent to me. West led the 10 of spades, and when dummy came down, the declarer

was delighted. Even if he had to lose two diamond tricks, he could see nine tricks. Most pairs returned the spade at trick three and declarer won the spade in his hand, and ran the eight of diamonds to East’s queen. Dummy’s Jack won the spade return, and the king of diamonds forced the ace. East shifted to a heart, declarer played low and the ace of

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.”

the longboat observer Sudoku


edited by Michael Mepham

Dealer: South Vulnerable: Both

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Opening Lead: 10

Solve the puzzle by placing the numbers 1 through 9 in each row, column and box. See answers on page 6D.



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hearts was the defender’s last trick. The contract was made. Perry realized that there was no reason to attack the spade suit. At trick three, she led a heart — not just any heart — the nine, which unblocked the suit. If South plays low, so does West, and dummy wins. When East gets in with the ace of diamonds, she continued with the queen of hearts and the defense took three heart tricks, plus the ace and queen of diamonds, setting the contract.


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WINNERS Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel May 30 Overall winners 1. Carolyn Allworth and Paul Massik Tie: Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstenzer with Syd Weiner and Helen Schweyer 4. Evelyn Maurer and Donald Kayton Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel June 6 North-South 1. Lois and Bob Auerbach 2. Carolyn Allworth and Paul Massik 3. Evelyn Maurer and Donald Kayton East-West 1. Helen Schweyer and Mary Pyke 2. Lori Brickman and Dulci Kovacik 3. Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstenzer Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel June 8 North-South 1. Brian Howard and Larry Auerbach 2. Cele Schwartz and Paul Massik 3. Jayne Forstenzer and Polly Kaatz East-West 1. Julie Caron and Gary Harris 2. Mary Lou Thomas and Jay Jelinek 3. Duci Kovacik and Helen Schweyer Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel June 13 North-South 1. Lois and Bob Auerbach 2. Evelyn Maurer and Donald Kayton 3. Carolyn Allworth and Paul Massik East-West Tie: Jayne Forstenzer and Cele Schwartz with Duci Kovacik and Helen Schweyer 3. Barbara and Donn Osmon Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel

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FABULOUS LOCATION. - Stunning waterfront views down canal to bay from every room of charmingly updated, open and spacious, custom built home. Granite, stainless steel, pool, spa, dock, sailboat water, deeded beach access. Oversized lot perfect for expansion. Attractively priced at $1,500,000. RE/MAX Gulfstream.

THE GROVE – BEEKMAN PLACE - Lovely light and bright 3BR/2B pool home with spa and serene lake views. Private backyard setting with outdoor Jenn-Aire grill. Master bedroom with built-ins. Master bath with Jacuzzi tub. Convenient location only 10 minutes to Downtown Sarasota. Recently appraised at $385,000. Bought new home and must sell! $350,000.

Barbara Penney

Owner Realtor



Lakewood Ranch – The BesT of waTeRcResT Fabulous 3BR/3BA condo w/private 2 car garage and 2480 sq. ft. of A/C space. Price reduced. Unit in preferred Sanctuary Building. Best location – close to pool & clubhouse. Upgrades include kitchen, baths, granite counters, tile throughout living area. Penthouse level w/high ceilings, fabulous views of Lake Uihlein. $ 799,000. Sky Sotheby’s International Realty. Tom & andy cail 941-366-9777

8419 MiraMar Way 3-204 – Country Club of lakeWood ranCh. A Golf Course Community. New Condo. Upscale Decor with Tile in Main Living Area. Granite Kitchen Counters and Cherry Cabinets & Stainless Steel Appliances. 3/2/Den/2CG/Lake View. $525,000. Suzanne Hill Realty

colorful key west style villa - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, oversized one car garage plus carport. Screened-in deck, 900 sq. ft. bonus room with hot tub. Master bath has garden tub, master bedroom has two closets. Community pool. New A/C, completely replumbed. $349,000 Furnished.

venetian golf & river club - low price blowouts from team venetian - not a misprint! Gorgeous Estate Home Just Reduced Francesca $739,000 NOW $699,000. Raphael Pending Sale. Crivelli $670,000 - $649,000. VeniceNewHomes@ Prudential Florida WCI Realty

COUNTRY CREEK - NEW Construction 4 bd/ 3-1/2 ba/3 car gar. Every Upgrade Included. Large Lot on Preserve. Pool. Beautiful view from oversized Family Room. Granite countertops and wood cabinets throughout! Signature walk-in “Hide-away” pantry and stainless steel GE Profile appliances. Must See! $694,900

MILL CREEK - NEW Construction 4 bd/ 3-1/2 ba/3 car gar. Pool. Striking Stonework. 1.5 Acre Lot with Creek Frontage. All Upgrades and Extras Included! Solid wood cabinets. Central vacuum and in-wall pest control. 13 SEER A/C with 2 climate controlled zones. $684,900

maggy, Jim & ron

Capstone Construction Group, LLC

Capstone Construction Group, LLC


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941-371-3321 or 941-809-0611

Suzanne hill

By owner



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Items Under $200 For Sale microwave/convection oven: Sears Kenmore, counter top model, large capacity, carrousel, touchpad controls. Ex. cond., $69. (941)383-8052. country style oval oak table with leaf and 4 chairs, good condition, asking $200. Can e-mail pics. Call 941-545-6040. etagere: metal, color silver, 3/glass shelves, 1/metal shelve, 74Hx34Wx20D. New $599. Now only $120. (941)920-1693. country style oval oak table w/leaf and 4/chairs. Good cond. Asking $200. 941-545-6040.

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Cleaning Services

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.

time to cleAN? I can help! Hard-working, thorough, dependable, honest gal available for cleaning including move-ins/outs, weekly, bi-weekly. Experienced. Reasonable rates. Excellent references. Pamela, 320-0023.

Boat Sales, Service & Storage

Computer Services


28,000sq.ft. warehouse. over 1,000 pieces of 18th & 19th C. English and Continental furniture and clocks. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY! 7881 15th St. E. (old 301), Sarasota, FL. 755-6063

Auto Sales & Service

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

expert technical Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, netlbk moorings: 48/ft. boat slip for rent, works or wireless? Call Alan anytime: on dock P-07. $16/ft. monthly +utilities. Call 941-364-5858/941-544-6725. 941-724-9486 or 941-400-7452. longboat key Moorings: 63/ft. slip, E Consignments dock. For sale by owner. $229,900. 973-879-1839. consignment store. Florida’s largest & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery want to rent 19/ft. boat lift, month to available. House of Lords - Osprey. month. Call 941-365-9999. 941-966-5446. boat slip for Rent: up to 63/ft. Longboat Key Moorings, E-13. $17 per ft. plus utilities Crushed Shell per month, 40/ft. minimum. (770)360-9859. & Gillis Enterprises. boat slip for rent /sale: up to 57/ft.. gillis Rent: $17/ft., 40/ft. minimum. Sale: call Crushed, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. We install shell driveways. 941-355-1986. Serving Sarasota & The Keys since 1978. dry dock 21/ft. Bayliner 2000: I/O. Like Fully licensed & insured. 941-232-8877. new. $12,000. Slip 24/ft. for rent or sale. 708-267-6704.


4 4 flea market. Sarasota Municipal ideal image. Profitable existing fran- Auditorium. Sat., June 24, 10a.m.-5p.m. & chises and territories - complete or partial Sun., June 25, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: interest in several territories. Call 954-4165. 813-645-6738 or e-mail:

Cabinet Making

Fishing Charters

deep sea fishing - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour Kitchen Cabinets: Touchup / Stripping/ trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. Refinishing. Licensed & Insured. Call Nancy USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced (941)726-9049 Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate controlled cabin, all new equipment & Catering Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait tackle provided starting at $400. SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchens & For information and reservations, call has been making party memories from the Captain Brandon today. 761-1715. casual to black tie affair. Let us combine our knowledge with your individual style. 383-0777.

Cleaning Services just me & Co. Cleaning Services. Specializing in Residential, Model Homes & Offices, Windows. Move-ins and Move-outs. Call for FREE ESTIMATE and appt. 941-234-2315.

Vehicle Storage. Inside & Insured. No 8 mrs. maids. Want a clean house? Competitive prices. Project Cars. Near Airport. $95.00/Month. Call us today References. Bonded and Insured. Detail Available (941)726-4929 371-3175.

Maid On The Go. Biz, For All Your Cleaning Needs. Affordable Rates w/Exceretired longboat Key police officer. tional Service. Sheryl(941)721-9510 Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381.

Auto Transport

certified computer Repair & Training Call Jack, 408-6231.

2005 searay: 24/ft., sundeck. Less than 100 hours. All extras. $46,000. Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, 941-650-5771. upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless flats boat. 2003 18/ft. Action-Craft, networking. PC or MAC web design. trailer, 125 HP Mercury less than 60 hours. 383-3878, 587-5588. Bimini, poling platform, pole, bottom painted and in water. Excellent condition. $19,000 computer obedience Training. Is your firm. E-Mail: computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $40/hour. or call 387-8448. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508.

Business Opportunities

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, june 22, 2006

Furniture Repair

Help Wanted

Alberto’s Refinishing Of Fine graphics tutor wanted. Instruction Furniture. Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, in modifying and standardizing scanned sciDoors, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: entific graphics using either PhotoShop 7 or (941)296-5427 Corel Draw 7. Longboat Key. Call 387-8448 or E-mail: nurses needed for spinal injury. Long The Freshest Idea In Gifts. A Premium term, home care. Hoyer lift. F/T-P/T. Travel Bouquet Of Fruit, Gift Wrapped & Delivered opportunity (941)383-6953. To Your Door For Any Occasion. EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS 316-9400 Housesitting home safe Pet & Homesitting. Certified Garage, Moving petsitter. Lic./Bonded/Ins. Serving Sarasota & Estate Sales & Longboat Key. 941-383-0194. Grand Opening! Florida Style Chic, 1622 63rd Avenue East Bradenton (Behind Vintage Vagabond Antiques). OPEN AIR MARKET, Sunday, June 25th, 7:30-1:30. Spaces In the Shade Are Available. Estate Items, Vintage Stuff, Free Drawing, Food Concession. INFO. LINE (941)795-5566

Items For Sale moving north: Downsizing Sale! Fine furniture, exquisite china, cut glass & linens. By appt. 366-6318.

BathroomExpo Toilet, Vanity, Cabinets, Brand New In Boxes, 7 pieces, Let Premium Estate Liquidators Craft Made, Chocolate- Birch Wood. Paid conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA $3400 Sell $2800. (941)387-7075 Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for A Brand Name Queen Pillow-top Mattress information/brochure. SET, New With Warranty. Can Deliver. $180. (941)234-8019 Help Wanted

4 person Spa: runs great, looks good. Sales Representative For 50/Yr. Old $400 o/b/o. You haul. 941-918-4471. Magazine Needed. Scene Magazine. Good Pay, Good Benefits, Good People. Fax Full Size Mattress SET, Brand New With Warranty. Can Deliver. $135.00. Resume: (941)954-5067 (941)234-8019 * * re/max excellence is hiring a lord’s warehouse nonprofit full time office administrator. No real estate Open 9a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays only through experience necessary, telephone and September. Furniture, clothing, decorator computer skills necessary. Send resume to items, kitchenware, jewelry. Information: or fax to 383-9710. 383-3649.

lead Our digital operations You are our candidate for operations manager if you have a proven track record in l Assertive and motivational leadership l Strong people interaction skills l Knowledge of digital pre-press and graphics technology (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) l The ability to create and manage work flow processes l And an affinity for the newspaper business Full benefits, competitive compensation, downtown Sarasota location.

Brand New King Pillow-top SET, Brand Name With Factory Warranty. $250. Can Deliver. (941)234-8019 two body Masters 314 Pec Deck-Verticals. $300 each o/b/o. (941)383-0492.

Landscaping & Lawn Services j.e. blackwood. Landscape Gardener Ornamental Horticulture. Specialized Care of Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Flowers, Tropicals, Fertilization, Correct Pruning, Pest Control. 36 Years Experience. Estate Trained. Dependable Caretaking. Excellent References. Member Florida State Horticultural Society. 941-504-9950.

your personal bookkeeper, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner

Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/Taxes I come to your home or office. Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns

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ad sales apprentice You are our candidate for newspaper ad sales apprentice if you possess the following: l

A strong sense of initiative and resourcefulness

l A can-do, make-it-happen attitude l The desire to be rewarded for your efforts l And an affinity for the newspaper business Full benefits and great commission schedule. Send your resume to: Fax #941-753-8456 The Observer Group

Commercial/Business Opp.

longboat income property: Canal-side duplex w/4 to 6 rentable bedTelephone: 941-749-5646 rooms for income, or redevelop (adjacent property available). $799K. beachfront restaurant: Thriving business, building with additional income on main road of popular resort area. $1,690,000** Remodeling PLASTICS FACTORY: Established Fla. company, state-of-art equipment & building & Home Improvements on 3 acres, highly profitable, good customer for all your home improvement needs. base.** 20 years. Lic. and insured. Call Bill, pet grooming. Profitable business in strategic location, loyal customer base. 773-3799. Good lease. $75K** .. gifts/antiques/furniture etc. Big .. beautiful Sarasota shop sells new & pre-owned items. Low rent, profitable. tile-tile-TILE $225K - owner financing available**. breakfast/lunch: Turnkey restaurant All variations of Ceramic Tile in busy Bradenton plaza. $79,990.** Supplied & Installed. retail furniture: crystal chandeliers, Floors a Specialty. etc. Growing young business sells quality Many Local References. imports in highly visible Sarasota spot. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. $79,999** bait & tackle: Profitable, great Cortez Expert Marble & Travertine Installation Rd. location. Motivated seller. $65K. Floor & Walls Call Ashdown Flooring Inc. (941) 726-3077 lic.


john gubernat handyman specializing in roof leaks, siding, soffit, fascia, chimney flashings, exterior aluminum trim, home repairs.

experience Massage. Coastal Massage Theory. Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular. Sarasota, Bradenton facilities or in home service. 941-753-7766 Lic. #MA34584.

ray cordy custom Painting & Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All trades are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings that are for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable references. 953-5215.

28 years experience. Excellent quality, prompt service. 941-383-5765 lbk resident lic.

Alone? seniors Dating Bureau! SAFEST since 1977! (ages 45-90). 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days.

paul sutherland. Carpentry, minor & major repairs, built-ins, crown moldings & more! Residential/Commercial. Prompt, dependable service. (941)792-4645. drywall repairs, popcorn removal. retexture and repaint. two pro companies working together. clean, condo approved. Coordinated and insured. References. call 284-8558 or 750-9067

expert tile installation floors, counters, backsplashes, walls, murals. lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber artisan tile (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins.

Longview Realty 941-383-6112 For more great business & realty buys:

Commercial Rentals & Sales

Condos & Homes For Sale



**Confidentiality agreement required for details.

* prime retail and office space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135.

Painting & Wallpapering Pastel Painting. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 14 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

robert held’s handyman & more! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717.

Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. Lic/Ins.

Over 25/yrs. experience


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.

custom renovations/restoration expert. All phases of carpentry, repairs & fine finishing. Very meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Insured. 30/yrs. experience. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294.

Tile Installation

BONDED & insured

Painting & Wallpapering Send your resume to: The Observer Group

Remodeling & Home Improvements

Personal Services


Classified 7D

Spanish main: 2BR/2BA end unit with view of Marina. Newly offered at $340,500. Denise Fleese. Gulf Bay Realty, 941-504-5211. by owner: Bay Plaza, Downtown Bay front: 2BR/2BA with unrestricted 4th floor views from each room and both balconies. Completely upgraded - 12/04. Concierge and valet parking, 1612/sq.ft. of gracious indoor living, +balconies. Asking price $812,500. For info, or to arrange a visit, please Call Dick Granger 941-915-0429 Principals only - please. 3010 Grand Bay, Unit #452 with bay views - $1,295,00. 567 Bird Key Drive: 2414/sq.ft. garden home - $924,900. 610 Buttonwood Drive: 4BR/3BA - $699,000. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or royal palm: Beautiful 3BR/2BA/2car, 1550/sq.ft., 1999 constr., deed restricted, convenient location to mall shopping, dining, movie theater, 175 and U.S. 41. $265K. Ron Shields, Horizon Realty,, 941-932-1209.

Fairway Bay 2BR/2BA Condo Fabulous Bay View Great Condition New Flooring

(724)941-1876 or

8D Classified

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, june 22, 2006

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

westchester price reduced! $895,000


610 emerald harbor drive $2,395,000

4corey’s landing

4 Gulf view 4 2BR/2BA end unit 4 renovated in 2005 4 designer furnishings lissy laflamme RE/MAX Excellence 941-928-0990

bring your offers!!! $75,000 price reduction! longboat terrace Gulffront, large 2BR/2BA, updated kitchen and baths, small complex, TKF. only one of two units that have side windows in living room! $749,000 Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121

reduced again!! st. armands towers north condo on lido beach & st. armands circle. Spectacular views, 12th floor corner unit, 1 floor below penthouse, 2br/2ba, 1400 sq.ft., beautifully updated, turnkey furnished. $839,000 doug parks gulf realty, I & D, inc. 941-400-9087

let’s trade

******************** you buy mine i’ll buy yours I will accept smaller home or condo at fair market value in exchange for my luxurious 3800/sq.ft. Sarasota Bayfront condo, 4th floor, 3BR/4BA, family room and den. Built 2002. Spectacular view of Bay and new bridge, unbelievable sunsets. Walk to town and Bayfront activities. Asking $2,199,000. All professionally decorated. Furnishings and accessories available. Don Stephens (863)529-4564 or E-mail:

beachcomber, longboat Key: Gulf front, 1BR/1BA, top floor unit, City/Bay views. Excellent investment. $459,000. 941-504-4549.

longboat key for details call ron baldwin & associates, inc. 941-954-7471

CANAL FRONT HOME 755 N. ST. JUDES DR. Reduced! $599,000

westchester condominium. Manatee County, North Longboat Key: ground floor, 2BR/2BA, updated condo, #B103. Gulf view, steps to the beach and pool. For sale by owner. $888,000. 941-545-8021.

contact judy heyer latitude 27 realty 941-387-9004 or 941-730-9009

mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradenton’s best kept secret

don’t miss it islander club 2 bedroom 2 bath completely remodeled, pool, beach & fitness center.

55+ community starting $239,900, bayfronts, Canalfronts, Lakefronts, Boat Docks! Donna Bucher RoseBay Real Estate 941-713-0203

$699,000 it’s a buying opportunity! Jerry Thompson Prudential Palms Realty 941-232-2988

Built in 2000, this home has 12’ ceilings, crown molding, open kitchen with Corian countertops, spacious master suite, large pool (40’x12’) with open lanai, new seawall, deeded beach access. Jan Jordan The Longboat Connection, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker 941-387-9709

lbk condo: Spanish Main Yacht Club: 2BR/2BA +office/den, marina, deeded Gulf access, completely furnished, updated kitchen. $399,000. By owner, 941-387-3130. gulf front condo for sale. Behind LBK Club gates. $900,000. Visit: condo: boater’s paradise. Rarely available Hamilton Club, Siesta Key. 3BR/3.5BA, large rooms, easy on/off the Key. Private dock. $1,100,000. Mapp Realty, Judith Pittman, 302-1720. lbk income property. Canal-side duplex with 4 to 6 bedrooms & deeded beach access. Live in it, rent it out for income, or redevelop (adjacent property also available): $799K. Mary Ann Namack at Longview Realty. (941)383-6112.

canalfront: 3br/2ba/2Car carport, 1800/sq.ft., furnished, newly updated. Best Bargain On Anna Maria, Island, FSBO $879,900. Brokers welcome. See 1BR/1BA, Half Elevated Duplex 650 SF., 941-360-0700. Backyard Lake View. Central Heat/ Air, Enclosed Garage, 2 Blocks To Beach. $299,000. By Owner. (863)255-9771 beachplace - penthouse direct gulf front OVERLOOKING SARASOTA BAY 2BR/2BA, Extended balcony, two parking spaces, one in and 7211 Westmoreland Drive one out. turnkey furnished and never rented. $1,250,000 Great Sunsets Await You! players club direct gulf front 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths $1,399,000

the village key west cottage 560 Broadway reduced! $730,000

Beautiful 4/BR, 3/Bath Custom home on deep water canal.

longboat key. Best kept secret! Small complex, 19 units, deep water marina, 2 tennis courts, beach access, 2 pools, Jacuzzi and lush landscaping, 2BR/2BA cottage style villa. Easy maintenance resort/condo, perfect for vacation getaway. Casual living, turnkey furnished. $549,000. For sale by owner. To view this unique unit, 302-0403, 383-3716.

waterfront property: 2BR/2BA on deep water canal in Anna Maria. Views of Fairway Point At Palm Aire, Completely Tampa Bay and walking distance to stores Remodeled 1BR/1.5BA Condo, 960SF. and restaurants. Reduced $795,900. Call Many New Options. $209,900. Call: Bob 941-779-1512. (941)400-3997

Stunning Home w/The Finest Of Everything Custom Kitchen w/Granite & Top Of the Line Stainless Appliances Turkish Marble Floors Throughout W/Designer Wall-to-wall In 3 BRS Custom Closets Crown Molding Everywhere Stone Fireplace In Family Room 2 Full Baths w/Custom Cabinetry- Granite Large 2-Person Walk-in Shower Oversized 2/CG Expert Landscaping Fruit Trees Brick Patios Custom Pool w/Fountain Attention To Detail Galore

longboat key wonderful private home behind the gates of the lbk club. light & bright, open floor plan, soaring ceilings, many upgrades & built-ins. pool & jacuzzi w/summer kitchen, 3BR/3.5BA, over 3000/sq.ft. $1,045,000

4Queens Harbour longboat key Elegant maintenance free home with picturesque lake views 3/4BR/3.5BA, open plan, 2900 plus sq. ft. $1,250,000

4tangerine bay longboat key direct bay front with spectacular views, courtyard entry, open floor plan, 2br/2.5ba +den $995,000

4longboat key village spectacular bay views from this beautiful key west style light and bright 2BR/2BA home. $950,000 4seagate: longboat key full gulf, bay and city views from this completely remodeled and updated, furnished, 14th floor south end unit, 2BR/2BA, pool and tennis. $1,285,000

941-356-6673 mel & jan goldsmith michael saunders & co.

fulfill a dream! Live downtown in the corner penthouse at 1350 Main. Charming, elegant, 3BR/3.5BA and family room. Marble, granite, stainless and upgraded floors. Stunning direct Bay views from 2 balconies. parking for 2 cars. $1,799,900 Call Owner/Agent Nancy Lindeman 941-400-2656 Michael Saunders & Co.

Move In & Do Nothing!

Lots & Acreage For Sale

Walk Across The Street To Bay Walking Distance To Marina Convenient To Downtown

vacant lot for sale in Longboat Key Village


Includes an adjoining lot with 3BR/2BA ranch home. $777,000

Reduced $850,000 (941)737-8939 Agent/Owner Brokers Protected

kingston arms 2BR/2BA, Great location, walk to St. Armands and Lido Beach, turnkey. Great rental history $509,995 The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 941-387-9709

Gary LaFlamme Re/Max Gulfstream 941-725-0928

Open House

Sunday 1-4Pm Lakewood Ranch FSBO Affordable 4BR/2BA/2CG 2,058SF 6442 Blue Grosbeck Circle

(941)374-2739 For Info.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, june 22, 2006

Out-Of-State Property

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

hendersonville, N.c. - The “Treehouse” getaway for 2. Mountains, streams, lido beach, charming 3BR/2BA. Living secluded. Weekly. $500. (941)342-9576. room, family room, screened porch & hot tub. Furnished house, 1/2 block to Lido Beach, 2/blocks to St. Armands Circle. Available now and season. Come To the Mountains 815-877-3332, Fax: 815-877-3309. Murphy, N.C.

View Lots Starting @$28,000+ Gated Communities Custom Built Log Homes Vacation Rentals FREE Brochure

Investors Realty 1-(800)497-3334

1br furnished condo on the water. Beautiful bay view. $1500/mo. annually. Also available seasonally. Call for rates. 941-374-0304. condos/homes seasonal sea club III, weekly rental available. One and two bedrooms. Gulf front. sea oats, 1 & 2/BR condos directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly. gulf of mexico dr., 2BR/2BA, spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, beautiful, pool. Summer 2006. l.b. harbour, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, great view of Bay. sutton place, bayside, 2BR/2BA. islands west: breathtaking Gulf view, beautiful accommodations, $5000, 3/mo. minimum. westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, beautiful Gulf view. $5000/mo., 1 mo. min. windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks bay, $4000/mo., 1 mo. min. longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, updated, Summer monthly, nice bay view, $2200/mo.

Classified 9D

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation


summer special: 1/2 price until Sept. 1. Country Club Shores, LBK home with boat dock/pool, 3BR. Beautifully updated. or 614-487-2460.

Luxury Unit With Panoramic Bay Views SUNRISE AND SUNSETS! 2BR/2BA Designer Furnished Available 3-12 Months

Call Owner: (404)262-1541 Bus. (404)376-0676 Cell

lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal rates effective until Nov. 30th. Daily rates $45-$110 3/day min. Weekly rates: $275-$600. Monthly rates: $750-$1000. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. Please call 941-388-2590. siesta key: 2BR/2BA and loft. Beach, pool. July-Dec., 3 month min. $1600/mo. 716-650-9650.

whitney beach. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view. Viewing: 2nd Thur 9th July Beach, pools, tennis, cable and high-speed internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from Email Photos Available docks. No pets. Available monthly starting Rentals: Annual May 1. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner: bird key waterfront home: Tiffany Plaza, Gulf Front 1st Floor, 3800/sq.ft., 4BR/5BA, Pool, Deep Water 2BR/2BA, Beautifully Furnished, Available Dock. Spectacular View of City Skyline. November Thru April, One Month Minimum. seaplace: 2br/2ba, direct Gulf view, beautifully decorated, pools, tennis and Available September 1st. $4750/mo. (863)688-9556 more. 2/mo. min. Available June through 941-355-9520, 1-800-852-1270 (Ext. 3002). LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 Nov., 2006: $1700/mo. Dec. 2006 through water views: Newly remodeled, fully bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Jan. 2007: $3500/mo. 941-822-0917. furnished 2BR/2.5BA townhome w/attached Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental lbk, beautiful townhouse at Seagarage at Cedar East Tennis Club. Olympic condo. 388-1404. place. 2BR/2.5BA, spa, seconds to beach, size pool, walk to beach, short distance to lbk, sutton Place. Beautiful 3rd floor pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness center. St. Armands Circle. Short or long term condo. Beautiful Water Views on bay, Available from Oct. 2006 through Jan. 07 lease. $1750/mo. 941-383-5191, 1BR/1.5BA, private beach club, 2/heated Call 941-383-7121 or 630-721-1818 E-Mail: pools. Available thru December. $1350/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor bayport, lbk: 2BR/2BA, beautifully fur(941) 545-6118. or Lynne Jackson nished, spectacular full Gulf views. Tennis, beautiful st. armands home Wagner Realty lido beach - great beach views. Beauti- exercise, pool. $5000/mo. Avail. December, 941-383-6127 fully renovated 2BR/2BA, under building 2006 & Jan.-March 2007. 770-671-0338 or 3BR/2BA, full car garage, parking, pool/spa. Reasonable. Call Gabe great school system, Buky, Coldwell Banker. 941-374-5772. beachplace/lbk: sunsets on sandy close to beach, Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800 SF, Longboat Harbour, 2007 January, beach or balcony, 2BR w/amenities, Circle, shopping, dining. Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. February, March. 2BR/2BA, End Unit, 3rd pool/health club/tennis courts. June-Dec. beautifully landscaped, Available February, Non-smoker. Call Floor w/Elevator, Near Pool, Beautiful Monthly $2000. Contact Eliza/NYC, lawn/ac maintenance, Owner (610)647-5710 Views Of Canal & Bay. (610)574-3673 212-570-2950. and pest control included. (610)429-1493. $2100/mo. Whitney beach condo turtle crawl inn longboat key: Immaculate 2BR/2BA 2BR/2BA, private beach, on Longboat key unit in gated community on the Gulf. Private 941-724-4703 heated pool, tennis. beach, Gulf view, heated pool, tennis, Available now. fitness club. Seasonal/winter $4400/mo. daily, weekly, monthly with 3 month minimum. Contact S. Paley, directly on the Gulf beach! 941-954-3558 941-356-1857. a downtown Condo Split, 15th floor. Furnished turnkey 1BR/2BA or 2BR/2BA, Wagner Realty since 1939 Balcony, Pool, Garage & Parking. Option to 866-754-3443 Buy & Negotiable. 941-366-2277. furnished & UNFURNISHED lido vacation rentals. One and two LBK Emerald Harbor, Old Compass Rd bedroom units available. Furnished marina suites: w/40/ft. Dock. Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA 2/Car apartments across from beach and 1/block seaplace: 2BR/2BA, $3300. Garage, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Deeded from St. Armands Circle. Available now. Ritz Carlton Residence SUITES lido beach. Luxury 1BR/1.5BA pentBeach Access, Annual. $3,000/Month. Sea- Call 266-4775. Ritz Carlton Tower RESIDENCE house, Gulf front. (941)350-1852. sonal $6,000./Month (941)387-7017 Ritz Carlton Beach club Longboat Key: Adorable Furnished Whitney beach: 1BR/1BA, Bayside Cottage, Turnkey, 2BR/1/BA, Available May plaza at five points weekly rentals. Luxurious, fully furcondo. Beach, pools, tennis & cable. Newly Until January 1st. Close To St. Armands. 100 central nished 1-4 bedrooms. Condominiums and furnished. No pets. Available August 1, $1200/Month (941)373-9999 university park w/golf Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site manage2006. $1200 monthly plus utilities. Call ment. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: longboat key. Gulf front, pool on 941-383-7734. for information and beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, VISIT OUR WEBSITE virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. heritage harbour. New 1,377/sq.ft. sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 2BR/2BA +den, vaulted ceilings, golf course or 617-328-7145. JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. view. Water/Cable included. Resort ameniREAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT ties. $1200/mo. or Lease/option. 941-953-6000 941-586-9250. inn on the beach lido beach. Efficiencies and 1BR apts. Discounted rates from $131/night storybook cottages. Romantic B&B semi-annual rentals. Across from beach. decor, a Victorian fairy tale retreat in HisCall for special rates that start at $600/mo. Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. CASA DEL MAR toric Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to (941)388-2590. Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views. beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher. The Gincondominium rentals Lido Beach Condo, 1/Block From St. gerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (seArmands, Direct Gulf Views. Total cret garden) patio. Semi-annual. $1000/mo. WEEKLY RENTALS Renovation 2005. REDUCED for multiple months. The Doll House w/mini 941-387-9709 GULF front/gulf view (412)310-8436 (941)724-4703 loft, 1BR/1BA, $700/mo. Daily, Weekly, 800-469-4852 Monthly and Annual rates avail. lido beach: 139 McKinley. 2BR/1BA, Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC 941-779-2393. tile floors, lanai. Fully furnished. Walk to St. Fax: 941-383-7925 Armands Circle and beach. Available month longboat key condo: mid-key, direct Lido Key Beach Rentals. Weekends, to month. Also available small efficiency. “Take our virtual tour at” Gulf/Beachfront, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA/2Kings, Weekly, Monthly. 1/2 Block To Beach. Walk 224-7110. washer dryer. Excellence. Non-smokers. To St. Armand. Summer Rates $150./per condos/homes Dec. thru Feb. remain: $5000/mo., Weekend, $300./Per Week, $500/Per $9500/2mos. Owner: cell 859-468-3478. Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. annual Month. (941)726-5098

islands west: 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, with all the amenities, $1600 a month. beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, $1500/mo. St. Judes: 2BR/1BA, unfurnished, boat slip. $1250/mo. neptune: 2BR/2BA home, unfurnished, all new, $1250/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127

downtown, palm avenue: 4th floor. Great bay views and sunsets, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, 1425/sq.ft., breakfast room and furnished lanai. Garage parking and heated pool. August, September, October: $2000/mo. November on: $3200/mo. 360-6563.

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

941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: For a complete list, go to: with dock, private beach access. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Available from June. See website for photos and rates. or call 941-360-0700. lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive st. armands Key: weekly or monthly. rentals. Available August-December, 2006 Beautiful 2BR/2BA bungalow, 1 block from & 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By Circle. $800 weekly. $2500 monthly. Call owner. 941-383-1884. 941-400-3664.

4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE “Where People Return Year after Year” “intentionally better” ask about our rate specials!

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, june 22, 2006

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., Delightful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including full kitchens and laundry room. Available weekly or monthly. 383-2566.

beach front/gulf front condo 3015 Gulf of Mexico Drive - summer rates for this 2BR/2BA newly renovated and updated with a garage. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or

beachfront: Oct.-May 2006-2007. Lido Beach. Spectacular Gulf Sunsets, 2BR/2BA. Cancellation causes opening. Prestigious St. Armands Towers: walk to shops, restaurants in Circle. Large rooms, 9th floor, Gulf view from all rooms, 42/ft. balcony, heated pool, sauna, covered carport, elegantly and fully furnished. Annual rental available. Non-smoker. $3950/mo. Please call 800-847-0173 ext. 201 or 305-582-8466 Cell Or E-mail:

beachplace, Longboat Key: 3BR/2BA. Walk down unit, beautiful view. All months available. Call Bridgette, 989-239-6733 or 989-797-4644.

BEAUTIFUL BEACHFRONT condo. North Longboat. 2BR/2BA, washer dryer, tennis, longboat key condo: 2BR/2BA, on the pool, beautifully decorated. Available May Gulf, balcony construction July through through December, 2006 & January through October. 2006 only. $1000/mo. May 2007. 914-238-3711(New York) 727-501-3675.

lido Luxury 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Remodeled. Heated Pool, Steps To Beach. Reasonable. Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117

Rentals Out-Of-State Sapphire Valley, N.C. Sleeps (6). Lake, Pools, Golf, Tennis, Hiking, Waterfalls July 15th-22nd. $500/Week (941)924-9559

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