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film fest by Marty Fugate | Arts & Entertainment Editor

On location: Longboat Key Sarasota Film Festival finds the perfect location to celebrate — the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Perfect planning makes it possible.

Sick of the hundreds of campaign signs that stand in front lawns for the upcoming Town Commission election, Douglas Baker decided to take a stand against the irony of politics. “When I ride my bike and look at all these signs it makes me laugh,” Baker wrote to The Longboat Observer. “Aren’t these ‘Votefor’ guys fighting to make this a pretty island?” Yet, as much as Baker wishes it could revert to the island he remembers as a child in the ‘60s, a place where everyone didn’t take things so seriously, he also took some advice from his partner, who told him: “If you can’t fight them, join them!” Heeding that advice, he decided to enter his own candidate in the race — his dog, Mia. “Frankly, I hope she wins! Good luck, voters,” Baker wrote.

sort, starting this year. The resort would provide a one-stop party location for the area’s film-loving socialites. It also would set aside 85 complimentary rooms to visiting cinephiles and celebrities. Hollywood 20 would still show the films; “Night of a Thousand Stars” would remain at Michael’s On East. The details were spelled out in a threeFILM FEST continued on 4A

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+ Vote for Mia

If you’re sitting in the audience, a film takes two or three hours. If you’re one of the people who made the film, the journey from script to finish takes months and years. The same principle applies to film festivals. Nothing just happens. Last fall, the Sarasota Film Festival announced that it would be shifting its major social events to the Longboat Key Club and Re-

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+ Let Freedom Roar A delighted Cheryl Karner with “St. Armands Future” by Tom Toebe, at the Off the Wall event at the Durante Gallery of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. For story and more photos, see 9A.

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politics by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Siekmann gets it doneÍ

Siekmann’s supporters describe him as a problem-solver and a “voice of reason.” Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles profiling Town Commission candidates Miles Leavitt and Bob Siekmann. The profiles will run in alphabetical order. Bob Siekmann sat comfortably at his kitchen table as the topic shifted to regional planning. He thinks town commissioners need to “look outward” and work with county and state governments to find solutions to prob-

lems such as traffic and soaring taxes. He made gestures with his right hand to punctuate his point. In his left hand he cradled Lilly, his smoke gray two-and-a-half year old Burmese cat. After being in his arm for 15 minutes, the cat had fallen asleep. Siekmann spoke calmly and resolutely about current town issues. He had the air of a mediator rather than an accountant turned marketing administrator. Neighbor Ben Feole describes Siekmann as a “calming voice of reason.” Feole, who at-

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Week, the owner of the Freedom bike made a stop on Longboat Key to visit friend Jan Swetic ... and show off the motorcycle. Chuck Elliott, who lives in Texas, decided to transform his Harley Davidson Road King into a freedom-themed bike after Sept. 11. The side of the bike, painted by Elliott’s son-in-law Emil Armendariz, features the memorable image of the two New York Firemen raising the American flag. Below the scene, the two firemen in the scene signed the bike. On the other side, above a scene of the Vietnam Memorial, President George W. Bush signs the bike. Elliott travels all over the country with the bike, showing it at bike shows and festivals, as well as patriotic events.

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It has been said that having a dog adds a year to one’s life. Although that statement hasn’t been verified, Weldon and Brenda Frost think it must be true from the exercise from walking, the blood-pressure-lowering-one-way conversations and the unflagging loyalty their dog, Gunnar, provided in his 15 years and 9 months as their beloved pet. With great sadness, the Frosts announced that travelers on Binnacle Point Drive will no longer see the tricolored Beagle, who always had his tail

“absolutely vertical and his nose pointed to the ground,� according to the Frosts. Gunnar’s owners remember how he would bring his bowl out to the kitchen table to ask for more food, or race around the garden with a ball in his mouth, daring you to catch him, like Walter Payton on his way to a touchdown. At the end, Gunnar was white-headed, deaf, one-eyed and nearly blind, sick and barely mobile, yet the Frosts’ said his sniffer was still working overtime and he always responded warmly to affection. “He left behind such a dreadful, dreadful emptiness, and memories of his faithful companionship,� the Frosts wrote in their remembrance of Gunnar. “So, thanks, Gunnar, wherever you are, for your constant affection and wholesome canine entertainment. And thanks for the extra year.�

+ Longboat authors sign books

Longboat Key authors Brenda Hill and Marilyn Hill will be signing their books, “Our Love Affair With Food & Travel,� along with Key author, Chef Here Laurent, signing his book, “Cooking Secrets — The Why and How,� from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at The Market in Whitney Beach Plaza. There will be an informal art display, as well. Author Marguerite Dye will have her two books; “If I were ... ,� a children’s story and her book of humorous poems, “A Smile, A Chuckle, A Loud Guffaw or What Happened When I Wasn’t Looking.� Ceramicist Mimi Siekmann and painter Jill Dye will have some of their works on display during the afternoon. The event coincides with the weekly wine tasting held each Saturday at The Market. Then, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, Terry Griffin, author of “Longboat Blue,� a mystery set on the Key, will be signing his book. Miles Leavitt, a candidate for the Longboat Key Town Commission and a key fictional figure in the novel, will be in attendance with Griffin.




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commercial conundrum by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Plaza grapples with empty stores Representative says declining tourism and lack of visibility plagues the plaza. Over the past several years, Mary Mulligan has talked to dozens of prospective tenants in an attempt to fill vacancies at the Avenue of the Flowers shopping plaza. She spoke with national chain representatives and owners of small stores, advertised in local newspapers and mailed brochures. But the outcome has become dismal and predictable, said Mulligan, an asset manager for Dead River Properties Corp., the Maine-based company that has owned the plaza since the 1980s. Recently, residents living near the plaza have put pressure on Dead River Properties to address the “appearance of near abandonment.” Two weeks ago, Bay Isles resident Madelyn Spoll launched a petition calling for the Town Commission and the Planning & Zoning Board to contact the corporation and discuss why there are so many empty stores. The petition deals with the front section of Avenue of the Flowers, also known as Town Plaza I. In a Feb. 17 letter, Bay Isles Association President Richard

Weber wrote that the “lack of tenants and the appearance of near abandonment of the area is not in keeping with the standards of our Bay Isles community.” Weber asked the company to take action. Mulligan dispelled the belief that Dead River has been ignoring the property. She said owners consider the plaza one of their premier properties and they want to see it filled with stores. “You just can’t imagine all the time the owner has spent trying to entice tenants to come here,” Mulligan said in a phone interview Friday from Dead River Property’s Portland, Maine headquarters. “There is an impression that because there are vacancies, the property is not being taken care of, and that is not the case,” she added. “We maintain that property to the highest standards.” After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shook Southwest Florida’s tourism industry, interest in the plaza has been declining, with many possible renters citing the Key’s seasonality or the recent decline in hotel rooms as the main

reasons for not signing a lease. Avenue of the Flowers stands out from Dead River’s other nine retail centers, which total more than 1 million square feet of retail space in New England and Florida. On average, Mulligan reports, the centers, not including Avenue of the Flowers, are 93% leased. The company owns two retail plazas in Florida, a Publix-anchored center in Melbourne and another plaza in Port St. Lucie. These retail centers are currently 92% leased. Meanwhile, Avenue of the Flowers has 10 of 15 spaces leased. The main difference, Mulligan said, is that Avenue of the Flowers, is a hard sell because many prospective tenants are wary of the island’s slow summer months. When Joe’s Place, an American-cuisine restaurant, moved out two years ago, the plaza was dealt another blow. The restaurant brought a high number of customers into the plaza, and, since then, the center’s owners have not been able to find another anchor restaurant. A marketing campaign that included sending brochures to 150 restaurants in the area was unsuccessful, Mulligan said. “We have a responsibility to

This restaurant at Avenue of the Flowers has been vacant for two years.

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make it as viable as possible, and it has been a challenge,” she said. Mulligan said the owner welcomes the chance to work with town officials to see if the town can help fill the plaza with new tenants. One possible option is increased signage. A sign for Publix Supermarket is visible to motorists on Gulf of Mexico Drive, but the adjacent stores are often overlooked because there is no sign that indicate the stores are there, Mulligan said. A previous request to place a larger sign on

beach project by Roger Drouin | City Editor Longboat’s mid-Key beaches were topped with a layer of fine, white sand last week.

Gulf of Mexico Drive and another sign on Bay Isles Parkway was turned down by the town, Mulligan said. Mulligan said the owners of the plaza remain optimistic: “If we get the right mix of tenants, I would think that would keep the citizens and tourists shopping at our center.” As of Tuesday morning, Dead River Properties was working to secure two prospective tenants. “I think these next two leases will bring traffic to the center,” she said.


+ Beach study nears completion

Engineers expect to release data from a $57,000 3-D beach study March 18. The high-tech modeling system is designed to predict how an erosion-control structure at the Islander Club condominium could impact nearby beaches. A representative from Delft, a Hollandbased engineering firm, will present results to the Town Commission as soon as April 3. The decision to pay for the study followed weeks of debate whether T-head groins at the Islander will prevent sand from flowing to other stretches of beach. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis told commissioners that the Delph 3-D study would produce solid data about the impacts.

+ Groundbreaking planned Roger Drouin

Mid-Key beaches get white sand Contractor works south; gray and white sand planned for Bayport.

Tony Holme wondered how long crews would be working in front of Rivera Beach Resort. Last Tuesday evening, there were 10foot-high piles of white sand just north of Rivera Beach Resort, where the Ontario vacationer has been staying for the past week. Throughout the night, under the bright glow of lights, a buzzing parade of bulldozers spread the sand. By Wednesday morning the stretch of beach was covered in a new layer of fine, white sand. “There were rows of sand up there, and they worked all night,” Holmes said, shading his eyes from the sun and pointing to the beach. “By 7 a.m. this morn-

ing, it was all gone.” The beach near the 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive was topped with oneand-a-half feet of white sand — an aesthetic measure. “It’s a wonderful beach here. We don’t need that much sand,” said Jean Olson, a longtime resident at Longboat Terrace. After not being able to pump white sand for three weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told town officials Tuesday that crews can resume pumping white sand. The federal agency had halted the pumping of white sand from a site two miles off Anna Maria Island because an endangered green sea turtle was killed during dredging there. Now that crews have resumed pumping white sand, Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said the contractor expects to finish the $21 million island-wide renourishment by mid-May. The contrac-

tor was originally scheduled to finish the project in December, but was delayed by equipment problems, storms and two turtle deaths. For the remainder of the project, mostly white sand will be spread along the island’s shoreline. At the stretch of beach in front of Bayport Beach & Tennis Club Condominium, coarse gray sand will be used to extend the shoreline. In addition to the Bayport area, two erosion-prone areas (near The Islander Club condominium and Northshore Drive) have already been covered with thousands of cubic yards of coarse sand and a top layer of white sand. “People say, ‘Why are you putting all that sand on the beach when it gets washed away?’” St. Denis said. “But, the fact is, that most of the beach is the same as when we put sand on the beach in ’93. The three erosion spots are where we have problems.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Grand Mariner condominium development is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7. Although crews began foundation work three weeks ago, the event kicks off the project, which is expected to take one year to finish. Michael Saunders will attend the event, along with real estate agents and representatives from Chicago-based Terrapin Properties, project developers. As of last week, seven of 14 units had been sold. The condominium will feature deep-water boat slips, private two-car garages and a heated pool.

+ Board supports beach protection

In a letter to Town Commissioners, Villa Di Lancia President Jess Soltis urged the town to move forward with groins near the Islander Club. Soltis wrote that the groins would help protect the beach at Villa Di Lancia, directly south of the Islander. Soltis also said the board supports permeable groins, such as the Makepeace groin at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Soltis said the board is worried about the safety and appearance of T-head groins and the possibility that the groins would prevent sand from flowing south.

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2006 SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS The Longboat Key Club and Resort, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key For more information call 1-800-237-8821 or 383-8821 Press Kick-Off 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9 400 invited guests (including a few with cameras and notepads) find out the names of the festival films and stars while eating hors d’oeuvres and enjoying an open bar. The buzz begins. Filmmakers Tribute Dinner 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8 850 guests, a three-course dinner, and one very special recipient of the Regal Entertainment Career Achievement Award — it all adds up to cinema excitement. The evening event starts out with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. (Enjoy. Nobody’s counting.) Black tie is optional. Late Night Wrap Party 11 p.m. Saturday, April 8 Stick around after dinner. This lavish after-party features cocktails, a major musical talent and a “Mission: Impossible” theme. For general information on the Sarasota Film Festival call 5753456 FILM FEST continued from 1A year contract. That was the easy part. Making it happen won’t be. The announcement was made Sept. 29, 2005. Bright and early on Sept. 30, planning and preparation began. Hosting the high-society soirées of a major film festival would be a huge undertaking for any resort. To complicate things, the 10-day festival (usually set at the turn of the year) had been bumped back to a clearer spot on the calendar. It would now take place from March 31 to April 9 — high season, not exactly downtime for a major Florida resort. NobodyMar#1 said anything about LBK turning the regular guests away. The film festival fun would be a

new demand. The extra workload meant hiring extra people: servers, housekeepers, kitchen staff, you name it. Exactly who and how many? The resort’s event planners did the math and started hiring. The planners also made sure there’d be no scheduling conflicts — from now through 2008. Two groups showing up in the same room on the same night for two different functions is only funny in sit-coms. (Not even then.) Mary Kay Ryan, the resort’s director of sales and marketing, notes, “We blocked out the night of the Tribute Dinner for the next three years.” Film mavens will get to enjoy their meals in peace. But what would they be eating? Robert Weil, the resort’s execu-

tive chef, had some menus to plan. It’s no abstract question — more like a Hollywood audition. Weil cooked up three different options. Then came the taste test. Jody Kielbasa, the Sarasota Film Festival’s executive director, Mary Anne Robinson, its event chairwoman, and Jennifer Silva, its managing director, had three meals apiece. They sampled from each, and then reached a consensus. Tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. “Everything’s timed to the second,” says Ryan. “It’s like a military operation.” That system is based on people. Chef Weil is fond of saying, “It takes a village.” In his mouth, it’s not a slogan but an expression of appreciation for his award-winning staff. “Chef Weil and his team make it happen,” says Ryan. “Ideally, it runs so smoothly, we’re invisible. The guests at the tent don’t see us. They just enjoy their dinners” Which brings us to the tent. Sound like a no-brainer? To know how big it is, you have to know who’s coming. (Figure 900-to-1,000 people, so about a 30,000-square-foot tent.) Weather is a factor. (Get the toughest fabric. Take no chances.) What the people will be doing. Last Thursday, representatives from Premiere, an event coordinating company, came over with tape measures and plumb lines. And that’s the way it’s been with everything: the tent, the estimated guests, hiring demands, schedule conflicts, meals, plates, forks, knives and spoons. Somebody’s got to think it through. It’s hard work. Here at the resort, the parties will be the main attraction. But

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let’s not forget the 65 to 75 film professionals who’ll be staying at the resort during the festival. Kielbasa doesn’t plan to forget them. “Some of the most important people in the film community will be our guests,” he says. “The impression they take away from our area will have a ripple effect. We’re here to make sure it’s a good one.” More hard thinking. More hard work. But that’s still just preparation. Just wait until the festival itself.

Michael Welly, the resort’s general manager, knows what’s coming. “It’ll be one of those all-handson-deck kind of events,” says Welly. “It’s going to be intense.” He’s been through it before. He’s ready for it. Kielbasa is ready for it. Ryan is ready for it. “We all are. And we’re all excited. Driving into the premieres on the mainland. Seeing those klieg lights, cutting across the sky. It’s the movies. Who wouldn’t be excited?”

Longboaters vote early Buddy and Cindy Tober had to wait behind one person before casting their ballots during the first day of early voting Monday. “We were in and out in five minutes,” Buddy said, standing outside the Town Hall entrance and wearing his “I Voted” sticker. “It’s fantastic.” Last year, the couple voted on Election Day and had to wait in a long line that stretched down the front steps and around the corner toward Bay Isles Road. As of Tuesday at noon 155 Longboaters had voted. Last year’s town election was the first time early voting took place on the Key. Last year, 40% of Sarasota County residents and 23% of Manatee residents who voted, did so during the seven-day, early voting period. For this year’s election, early voting was extended to 14 days. Town Clerk Jane O’Connor said a steady trickle of voters came to Town Hall Monday, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the pace picked up, as residents stopped to cast their ballots for the Town Commission seat and two referendum questions. Town Commission candidate Bob Siekmann and his wife Mimi were the first voters during the 2006 election. Early voting will continue until Sunday, March 12. During early voting, polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. — Roger Drouin

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SIEKMANN continued from 1A tends the same church and many of the same organizations, including the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club and the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, used the words “thoughtful,� “low-key,� “soft-spoken� and “studious� to describe Siekmann. Siekmann has developed a simple system for decision-making: listen carefully to people; keep an open mind and research thoroughly; make a rational decision; and stand by it. The formula stems from his early career as the administrative manager at one of nation’s largest advertising firms. He landed the job at the age of 29. For Siekmann, listening is the most important part of the formula. “I tend to listen more to what people are communicating. Not only what they are saying, but how they are saying the words and what they are not saying� Siekmann said during an interview Friday. “I’ve done more talking than I like to over the past few months.� While Siekmann worked at Chicago-based Leo Barnett Advertising, there was a office credo:

Advertising is a communication business. The adage made its mark on Siekmann. At Planning & Zoning Board meetings, many of the members will talk three or four times as Siekmann takes in the dialogue. Then, in a soft-spoken manner, he will come up with a suggestion or take the initiative to move a motion forward.

Problem solver Feole used the following example to capture how Siekmann gets things done: The Arts Center was having problems with parking during an art show opening. People were parking any which way, neighbors were complaining and tempers began to flare. Then Siekmann offered to organize the parking situation at big events. He got together three other volunteers and directed people to the Arts Center’s parking lots. When those lots become full, volunteers directed drivers to park diagonally on the Arts Center lawn. “If you need to get something done, you can count on him,� Feole said. “When he sees an issue

he will tackle it.� For Siekmann, the solution is often in the details. In the early 1960s, he worked as a cost accountant at Warwick Electronics, updating inventory and keeping track of production results. Siekmann was brought in because one of the factories was having major problems. Siekmann described this job as a multi-million dollar math formula. Cost accounting, by nature, is usually the least favorite job for accountants, but Siekmann became engrossed by the complex equation and ended up loving the job. In a change of pace, Siekmann went from the factories to Leo Barnett’s advertising headquarters in downtown Chicago. Shortly after he began working there, employees were victimized by a series of petty thefts. For more than a year, someone had been breaking into the office, stealing wallets, purses and laptops, then sneaking out. The thefts put many of the workers on edge. In a closed-door meeting, Siekmann met with another administrator and said something had to be done. Siekmann knew that an employee was committing the crimes because the suspect always

seemed to be one step ahead of everyone. The two administrators conjured up a sting operation. “We put a pinhole camera in a flower pot and put money in front of it,� Siekmann said. “We had the Chicago police staked out in the other room.� Late at night, the building’s director of security came into the room and, on film, picked up the money and walked away. “When you have a logical problem, it is like a giant puzzle and you have to find your way through it,� he said. “You can’t solve a problem with a bias. If you really think the guy on the outside is stealing, you will never catch the guy on the inside.�

Family man When he’s not volunteering at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, the Art Center or other local organizations, Siekmann enjoys being outdoors. He loves kayaking with his wife, Mimi, at Sister Keys. He also spends time helping Mimi garden and landscape at their Land’s End home. Then there’s golfing, for which, lately, he has had less time. Siekmann has two sons, Jeff and Matt, and a daughter, Mari

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Beth Lohman, from his first marriage. He met his first wife Carol, a Chicago native, in college. They married in 1964 and after a long battle with cancer, Carol died in 1989. During the illness, Siekmann and Carol grew closer. “I became very close with her so it wasn’t very bad,� he said. “It brought us together.�

“It’s just what I do� Asked why he decided to run for town commissioner, Bob Siekmann pondered the question for a second. “It’s just what I do,� he answers. “I get involved.� Siekmann was the recipient of the Quincy College Citizenship Award his senior year. Now called Quincy University, it is a small, liberal arts school in Western Illinois. “I didn’t even know they had a citizenship award.� He also mentioned how he drove a truck full of supplies to Arcadia after Hurricane Charley. But Siekmann doesn’t talk about himself very long, and the topic somehow changed back to Town Hall issues. This is the way Siekmann likes it. He would rather talk about issues than himself.

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Last week, we said the most independent candidate would be the best choice for voters on the Longboat Key Town Commission in the March 14 town election. The suggestion seemed obvious: that we were recommending candidate Miles Leavitt for the town’s at-large seat over candidate Bob Siekmann — largely because Leavitt does not have the historical ties that Siekmann does to the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee, of which all current town commissioners are members. Siekmann is a former PIC board member. We are recommending neither candidate. They are both qualified candidates who would serve the town’s taxpayers well. The difference between them for undecided voters, in our view, will be how well Siekmann can convince voters in the next two weeks that he is his own man, that he would make decisions independent of any interest groups and in the best interest of taxpayers, not what’s best for the town government or what is politically self-serving. There is a difference in those interests, and too often in the past many commissioners have forgotten what they are.


WHO’S RUNNING THE CAMPAIGN Readers of last week’s editorial, which said the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee was the issue in this year’s Town Commission election, easily might have concluded that we called Longboat Key activist Sandy Gilbert the campaign manager for candidate Bob Siekmann. He isn’t. Siekmann’s wife, Mimi, is Siekmann’s campaign manager. Gilbert is one of about a dozen advisers whom Siekmann has consulted in his campaign. What’s more, Siekmann has the challenge of convincing voters that he would continue the Bob Dawson legacy — serve as a scrutinous watchdog over the town’s finances as the former commissioner did. We’re not suggesting Dawson’s methods be the prescribed route. What’s important is the effect — keeping reasonable and rational restraints on government spending. Leavitt already has vowed to be that type of a commissioner. We have no

doubt that Siekmann could be, too; he certainly has the professional credentials. But as they say in Missouri: “Show me.” Convince us. If he does, the decision for Longboat Key’s undecided voters will be that much tougher.

+ ‘Yes’ on Moore amendment

In addition to the Town Commission vote, Longboat Key electors also will be deciding whether to adopt a charter amendment that would allow the owners of Moore’s Stone Crab restaurant the right to petition the Town Commission for a zoning change on its property — from commercial to residential use. Remember: This is not a vote that converts the Moore property to residential use. It only would give the Moore family the right to petition the town for a zoning change. The Town Commission could reject the Moore’s future request. The implication of this vote is important for the Key: A “yes” vote likely will help perpetuate the life of one of Longboat’s prized restaurants. It would give its owners greater bargaining power for a loan to upgrade the property and keep the restaurant operating. A “no” vote most assuredly will shut Moore’s down.

by Thomas Sowell

D.C. press: Put them in their place The first revolt of the American colonists against their British rulers was immortalized by Ralph Waldo Emerson as “the shot heard round the world.” Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting accident has now become the shot heard round the Beltway. The accidental shooting of Harry Whittington, while he was on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney, has nothing to do with government policy or the vice president’s official duties. But the mainstream media went ballistic that the news was not given to them more Thomas quickly, which prevented SOWELL it from becoming the feeding frenzy of the Sunday television talk shows. Whether this delay was deliberate or otherwise, it is being called a “cover-up” in the media, as if there were some crime to cover up. NBC White House correspondent David Gregory shouted at White House press secretary Scott McClellan, as if Mr. Gregory’s constitutional rights were being violated. It was a classic example of a special interest demanding special privileges — as if they were rights. There is nothing in the Constitution or laws that says that the media have a right to be in the White House at all, much less to have press conferences. Press conferences have become a customary courtesy over the years, but courtesy is a two-way street, except for those in the media who act like spoiled brats, as if they have some inherent right to whatever serves their institutional, career or ideological purposes. The media love to wrap themselves in the mantle of “the public’s right to know,” but there is no such dedication to that right when it goes against the journalists’ own prejudices. The public’s right to know what a “partial birth abortion” is has been consistently disregarded for years by whole networks, even when they have given wide coverage to abortion controversies. Whatever your position on abortions, you need to know what you are talking about, but the media recognize no such

“right to know.” If you knew, you might not agree with them. The same journalists who used phony documents to attack President Bush’s military service recognize no “right to know” why Sen. John Kerry’s honorable discharge is dated long after his service was over and during the Carter administration, when less than honorable discharges were allowed to be upgraded to honorable. The “public’s right to know” apparently extends only to such things as will not cause the public to reach conclusions different from those of the liberal media. My favorite press secretary was Margaret Tutwiler, who treated reporters like misbehaving little boys, which is how they often acted. Nor were the reporters’ antics due solely to personal boorishness. They had before them the example of Dan Rather and Sam Donaldson, who reached the big time on TV by being snotty to presidents. At the very least, White House correspondents can get more time on the tube by waxing indignant at what they choose to portray as

violations of “the public’s right to know” while the cameras are rolling. An off-duty incident in Dick Cheney’s private life has been hyped in the media as if it had some real significance for more than a quarter of a billion Americans. The media want to know when was President Bush informed about this incident? What did the White House press secretary know and when did he know it? The people who mattered — doctors and local law enforcement — were informed immediately about the hunting accident. What was President Bush supposed to do — other than provide the media with something to print or broadcast? The media are so full of themselves — among other things that they are full of — that they act as if the government exists to provide them with something to publicize. The time is long overdue to put these people in their place. Where is Margaret Tutwiler when we need her? Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution in California.

danish cartoons | by David Holcberg

Appeasing Islamists will embolden them Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to The Wall Street Journal. Fear of violence against its staff might have been a legitimate reason for The Wall Street Journal not to publish the cartoons. But if the decision was based, as Tunku Varadarajan claims, on “stewardship responsibilities” and “a desire to be constructive,” then it is a disgraceful decision. According to Varadarajan, no newspapers in the Western world should have reprinted the Danish cartoons. Printing the cartoons in a show of support for free speech, his convoluted logic suggests, would favor our Islamist censors, and give them “a detonator” to incite their sympathiz-

ers — as if they had a shortage of detonators and excuses to erupt in violence. It is outrageous that Mr. Varadarajan would advise us to let the Danish editors and cartoonists fend for themselves against a global onslaught of Islamist rage, threats and violence. Abandoning the Danes would make every artist, writer, editor or publisher who criticized Islam an easy target for the Islamists. Appeasing enemies such as the Islamists will only embolden them to threaten and attack us more. David Holcberg writes for the Ayn Rand Institute.

Í Responses to Feb. 23 editorial

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, March 2, 2006

You took ‘low road’

Dear Editor: I was very disappointed to see that you have decided to take the low road in pushing your candidate for the upcoming March election. Instead of supporting a candidate with any discernible record or credentials, you have decided to blur the real issues with some pure innuendo against the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee. First of all, you continue to misunderstand what PIC is. PIC is not a special interest group trying to place its members into places of influence. It’s just the opposite. PIC seeks hard-working volunteers in civic and government positions to become members of PIC. That’s why in their progress to becoming commissioners, so many (four of the present seven) were past board members of PIC. That’s also why PIC has invited members of the planning and zoning boat, zoning board of adjustment, code enforcement board and other town committees to join its ranks. If we are going to make astute recommendations on important town issues such as taxes, water, traffic or zoning, we’d better have


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some people involved who know what’s going on. As far as my personal role as the “town’s political Godfather” your own reported facts dispute the assertion. If I were really “influencing town affairs out of the public eye” then I would control the commission. If I controlled the commission, how do you explain that they voted against my recommendation on the Sarasota school tax resolution and, so far, have a different position on the resolution of the emotional jet ski situation? If I am a Godfather, I am not a very good one. Beyond the false premise of your innuendo against me and PIC, there are, as usual, some complete errors of fact in your piece. First, George Spoll did not defeat Bob Dawson in the last election. He defeated Bob Sewell. You are also completely incorrect in asserting that “Gilbert’s campaign management hand was evident” at the Feb. 13 debate. I am not on Bob Siekmann’s campaign committee, I have not written any of his ads or campaign materials, and I made no phone calls asking people to attend the debate. The large turnout for Bob was simply a reflection of his support on the

Key. Let’s get back to what is the real issue in this campaign. It isn’t PIC, and it certainly isn’t Sandy Gilbert. It’s quite simply who would make a better commissioner, Bob Siekmann or Miles Leavitt? Bob Siekmann has a distinguished, “blue chip” record of serving the town, ranging from the planning and zoning board, the Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen’s Advisory Committee and Longboat Key Kiwanis Club to rolling up his sleeves to park cars at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts or driving truckload after truckload of relief supplies to hurricane victims in Arcadia. Your man, other than serving five years ago on the Police Pension Board, has done little for the town by comparison since. That’s what this election is really about. Nothing more, nothing less. Sandy Gilbert Longboat Key See “Our view” on page A6. It endorses neither candidate. Miles Leavitt is not “(y)our candidate,” nor (y)our man.” — Editor



Individual thinking and spending

Dear Editor: I would like to respond to Mr. Ham Jones’ question to Mr. Bob Siekmann at the debate on Feb. 13. As this was a debate about the candidates’ positions, and not about other commissioners’ wives, I did not have a chance to respond at that time. Mr. Jones, I work for my money and I am entitled to support whomever I like. I support Bob Siekmann and what he stands for and felt that I had the right to make a donation to his campaign. I did not expect, nor did I ask for, anything in return for that donation, other than that he fight a good fight and win. I did not ask permission from my husband, nor, if you knew me, feel it necessary to ask anyone how I should spend what I earn. I am sorry that your opinion of women seems to be that they are nothing more than extensions of their husbands, and have no other thoughts in their heads than what their husbands have put there. Madelyn Josey Spoll Longboat Key

Plumbing truck detracts from neighborhood

Dear Editor: We retired to Longboat Key almost three years ago because we loved the quiet beauty and lack of commercialism. Peggy Goodrich has every right to be upset with the LaPensee Plumbing truck that she has to look at daily from her kitchen window. It isn’t there to work on a plumbing problem, it’s a means of transportation for an employee to get to and from work, and, therefore, is parked out front every evening. It’s the same thing as a neighbor putting up with a commercial sign in their yard, advertising their line of work. If we wanted to live in a tourist-oriented community, we would have cho-

sen Bradenton Beach or Holmes Beach. We live at the north end of Longboat Key and do not want our yards filled with motor homes, boats or commercial trucks. LaPensee Plumbing should find their employees another means of transportation. No one wants to look at a huge truck parked regularly on her neighbor’s property. I’m sure, if you asked any of the condo associations their opinion, they would not want commercial vehicles parked on their property every evening either. I hope that the commission and planning and zoning board think hard on this issue, to ensure our island stays as lovely as it is now. Reina Berman Longboat Key

School programs need evaluation, not dollars

Dear Editor: I would like to comment on the school tax plan. Everyone agrees that we should have the finest schools and teachers possible, but that does not mean we should provide unlimited funds for that purpose. The present superintendent seems to think so. The fact that the reading levels of students decline every year is scandalous. Instead of spending money on computers and software, shouldn’t more be spent on reading skills and books? Science labs are another area that needs serious review. Mr. Gary Norris should spend more time evaluating his existing programs, rather than campaigning for more tax dollars for new and unproven plans. What have all the millions of dollars produced so far? Were those efforts effective? Why throw more good money after bad? Last time the tax passed, all employees were promised raises. This time, parents have been told some school charges will

Experienced, not an insider

In your editorial, you accused me of having too close an association with Sandy Gilbert and the Public Interest Committee. Here are some facts you apparently did not have: • Sandy Gilbert is not my campaign chairman and he is not, and never has been, part of my campaign committee. I manage my own campaign, ably assisted by my wife Mimi. • Sandy Gilbert has attended only 3 of my 25 campaign appearances. Contrary to your editorial, he does not show up at all my appearances. • I am associated not only with the Public Interest Committee, but I am also a member of another dozen organizations in our community. If I am guilty by association, I stand with a large number of my fellow citizens. • My opponent does not belong to any organizations, and he is proud of it. You find this lack of involvement, this failure to participate in the community, to be a sign of his independence. I disagree.

be dropped if the tax is renewed. All citizens are owed a thorough accounting of where the money is going and what results it has produced before they can decide if additional funds are needed. Sadly, this information has not been forthcoming from the school superintendent or the school board. Thomas J. Jendrysik Longboat Key

Taking a shot or two

Dear Editor: Rather than shooting at defenseless birds, wouldn’t it be a better exhibition of machismo to hunt wildcats or grizzlies with bow and arrow? That would tend to even out the odds a bit. Lester Ageloff Longboat Key

Don’t throw dollars at traffic study

Dear Editor: I am observing with interest the debate about the traffic study. On one side are those who think it is a waste of money, since nothing can be done about it, anyway. Others propose Draconian measures to keep those darned mainlanders off of “our” road. What surprises me is the presumed certainty that there is, infact, a lot of non-Longboat Key traffic on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Before we get carried away, we need some indication that the issue is real, without spending the $20,000. As any statistician will verify, a sample of as few as 100 vehicles can provide results in the 90% accuracy range. Why not do an inexpensive and simple sample, look at the results, and then decide what, if anything, to do next? Tom Freiwald Longboat Key

Non-profit donations need creativity

Dear Editor: There must be some mistake. I read in a recent Longboat Observer that the Longboat Key Town Commission has donated $25,000 of taxpayer money to a non-profit organization (Mote Marine).

Throughout my campaign, I have been proposing the following: • Spending controls and budget and planning constraints focused on holding spending flat for the 2006-07 year. • Regional solutions for regional problems, with a specific emphasis on: reducing county taxes, getting back more of our county tax dollars and solving our traffic problems. • Election reform to address the lack of participation in town government at the commission and board levels. My opponent, who bills himself as a fiscal conservative, has proposed the following: • Spending $4 million to fully fund the town’s pension funds. • Spending $1 million extra to install Makepeace groins at the Islander hotspot. • Limiting town long-range planning to 3 years maximum. You refer to my opponent as an “Independent voice”. I suggest he is really uninformed, inexperienced and unprepared to serve as a commissioner. Bob Siekmann Longboat Key

Personally, I don’t think we can assume that paying one’s property tax is a voluntary act. While I don’t wait for the police to come to my door before paying my property taxes, I wouldn’t pay them without that real threat. Given that, I don’t believe the commissioners have any moral right to make donations with money that is basically extracted from me by the threat of force. If they want to feel good about themselves, they should try donating their own money, rather than taxpayer money. While I believe that Mote Marine is a very worthy cause, like most taxpayers, I can readily come up with a list of worthy causes, some of which I support with my own money. I’m only guessing here, but I think that my neighbors might become somewhat concerned if I started donating their money to the worthy causes I support. While it truly embarrasses me to admit this, I actually have to earn the money to pay my property taxes. My trust fund, which consisted of a used 1961 Dodge Phoenix with seriously huge fins, ran out long ago. Hence, I become somewhat concerned when the government simply gives my money away. Here is a better idea. Simply add the “worthy causes” of choice to the monthly water and sewer bill, with a voluntary check-off program. If you support Mote Marine or the Rec Center, for example, prove it by simply adding a dollar (or some other amount) to the total amount of your water and sewer bill. Not only would we help out some worthy causes, but also the town commissioners can get a real feel for what is or is not important to the taxpayers. William Hayden Longboat Key To send in your letters please e-mail them to or mail them to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 34228. The Longboat Observer gives priority to letters of local interest and about local issues. The Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. the editor reserves the right to condense letters.

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hurricane preparation by Roger Drouin | City Editor


Program raises questions Owners discuss federal flood insurance program at Condominium Federation meeting.

contributions of $100 or more Here are the most recent contributions for the two Longboat Key Town Commission candidates filed with the town clerk from Feb. 4 to Feb. 17.

Bob Siekmann

Fred Smith...............................$100 William Roche..........................$100 Sally Boynton...........................$100 Eric Hammersand.....................$100 Mary Chickvara........................$250 Karen Case...............................$200 Harriet Bembaum.....................$100 Irene Vassilaros-Boyer...............$100 William Hayden........................$100 Lucia Uihlein............................$250 Edward Schmitt........................$250 Carl Cheek................................$100 John McMahon.........................$100 Plant Ideas and Services...........$100 William Diem............................$120 Walter and Grace Hackett........$100 Even Collinsworth.....................$100 Total contributors (from Feb. 4 to Feb. 17): ......................................42 Total raised to date: ......... $11,371

Miles Leavitt

Chuck Dimler............................$100 Lynches Pub & Grub.................$200 Marlene Yohe............................$100 Fred Ramsey.............................$200

Jeannette Wright......................$100 Thomas Britt............................$200 Thomas Callaghan....................$500 Mary Bates...............................$100 Rita Thompson..........................$100 Patricia Rowe...........................$100 Ron Mecklin.............................$100 Sandy Mecklin..........................$100 Kenneth Barr............................$100 Total contributors (from Feb. 4 to Feb. 17): ......................................20 Total raised to date: ......... $14,016


Here are the expenditures for the two Longboat Key Town Commission candidates as filed with the town clerk from Feb. 4 to Feb. 17.

Bob Siekmann

No invoices paid during the two-week period

Miles Leavitt

Longboat Key News — advertisements ................ $2,362 Moveable Feast —food for fundraiser..................$66 Longboat Liquors —beer & wine for fundraiser.....$592 The Longboat Observer —advertisements ....................4,492

Longboat Key condominium residents had more than a dozen questions for Lynne Magel, an insurance specialist with the National Flood Insurance Program. During her speech to the Longboat Key Federation of Condominiums Feb. 23, Magel told condominium owners about the federal flood insurance program that covers losses due to rising flood waters, including tidal surges during a hurricane. One of the setbacks of the program is that it only provides up to $250,000 for each unit damaged. Most of the questions focused on this aspect of the program. “This whole thing has engulfed (us) over the past 24 months,� said Dick Webster, secretary of the condominium federation. “It’s catching people off guard.� Magel said she expects the Federal Emergency Management Agency to increase the maximum coverage from $250,000. But she added: “Don’t expect them to raise it too high, because they don’t want the risk.� The $250,000 coverage limit has been static since 1994. Many owners were surprised to hear about the coverage limit.

NEXT MEETING The next Longboat Key Federation of Condominiums meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 18 at Beach Harbour Club. The topic will be: the future of Longboat Key — how to get there. Right: Insurance specialist Lynne Magel talks to Whitney Beach resident John Sandford about flood insurance after last week’s Longboat Key Federation of Condominiums meeting. Federation President George Spoll said that Fairway Bay, a condominium in Bay Isles, recently purchased an additional flood insurance policy so that the units, worth more than $250,000, would be covered in the event of a serious storm. Spoll said the extra coverage averages about $340 per owner annually. “Without the extra policy, if we were wiped out, each owner would be assessed $90,000,� Spoll said. Other condominiums, such as Regent Place, have purchased similar policies from Lloyd’s of London, one of the few companies that provide additional flood insurance coverage. “If condominiums do not purchase the additional coverage they are putting themselves at risk,� Spoll said.

Magel said that if a tidal surge destroyed a residential building, the national flood program would pay up to $250,000 for each unit impacted. A claims adjuster determines the exact amount that the program pays. After recent hurricanes in Mississippi and the Florida panhandle, insurance companies have been battling over which company will pay for damages, Magel said. In many cases, the damage was caused by tidal surges, and policies other than flood insurance, such as wind, are not triggered. Magel said condominium associations are required to provide flood insurance for their units and restoring buildings after a storm event. The contents of individual units, however, are the responsibility of




The IndependenT CandIdaTe for LongboaT Key Town CommIssIon Paid Political Ad by Miles Leavitt Campaign - Approved by Miles Leavitt

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off the wall by Dora Walters | Senior Editor

On your mark, get set ... GO! Excitement was in the air as the Off The Wall ticket holders waited for their number to be drawn. Everyone had checked out the artwork and other items displayed in the Durante Gallery of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and selected their choices. The fun evening, held Feb.27, enabled ticket holders to select an item “off the wall,” but they were allowed into the gallery only after their number was selected. Only groups of five were allowed in

at one time, and with just three minutes to select an item. Ticket holders whose numbers were drawn early had a greater selection, but no one went home emptyhanded. The owner of the last ticket drawn received a dozen red roses and a guarantee of being first in line at next year’s “Off the Wall” event. Guests enjoyed refreshments served in the Sculpture Garden before the drawing took place. Linda Lasota and Lauri Pollack co-chaired the event.

Photos by Dora Walters

Volunteer Barbara Kerwin with Lucille Miller and her selection, “Leap,” by potter Ki Woon Huh.

Evie Lichter meets Ed Brickman, creator of the silver necklace she chose

Penny Pollock selects “The Butler” from off the wall.

Susan Landau chooses a raku candle basket

Nancy Jacobson and her designer handbag

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BEACHFRONT ESTATE ON LIDO SHORES. 22,000+/- sq. ft. on over 2 acres with a private beach, Gulf & city views, 5 bedrooms, home theatre, birdcage elevator, marble floors & roof-top deck. $13,950,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #292272

Longboat, Lido & Longboat, Bird Keys

ISLAND MANSION ON THE GULF. Adorned with intricate detail & a distinctive, unique design, this magnificent, walled & gated Gulf-front estate on coveted Westway drive features 4BRs, private white sand beach, pool/spa & docking pier. $9,490,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #296119

LIDO BEACH. No detail was overlooked or qual Lido Key. Enjoy the wide open floor plan, large $5,700,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton,

VILLAGE GREEN CLUB. Charming, freshly painted older home overlooking the golf course. Features 3BRs, new carpet & appliances, & a 2-car garage. $375,000. Beverly Rabalais, 3884447 or 320-8935. #290256

SARASOTA BAY PARK. Historic & charming 1920 2 blocks from bay beach & a short distance to Ba 7591 or 400-8936. #288463

Lido & bird key

ESTANCIA DEL MAR - LIVE BY THE SEA. Addison Mizner-inspired gated grand estate on Sarasota Bay. Lushly landscaped to maximize privacy, this home boasts an infinityedge pool, dock & large al-fresco entertainment area. $11,000,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #289854 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 BIRD KEY PROTECTED BAYFRONT. Long sunset views & protected dockage in this charming writer’s home with luxurious master suite, sensational chef’s kitchen & wonderful outdoor living room. $2,925,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #284657 BAY ISLES. Beautiful executive home with tasteful & total renovations including new marble flooring & a newly designed state-of-the-art kitchen. $2,700,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #297583 SPACIOUS GULF-FRONT CONDOMINIUM with over 4,000 sq. ft., 4BRs & 3 terraces. The owners have combined 2 condominiums to create one fabulous residence with views of the Gulf, bay & golf course. $2,600,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #296800 BOATER’S DREAM HOME. This artistic residence was designed by award-winning architects to create a sense of spaciousness & connection to nature. Large windows fill almost all rooms with water views. $2,379,000. Diane Otis Stirling, 388-4447 or 320-4261. #297455 AS FEATURED IN METROPOLITAN HOME, this beautiful but beach comfortable Gulf-front penthouse has 3 true bedrooms, a den & Gulf views from every room. $2,199,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #300747 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 INN ON THE BEACH. This recently renovated, largest 2BR corner unit with beach views offers excellent rental potential & first class amenities. $1,535,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #300852 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 QUEENS HARBOR. Elegant, maintenance-free ‘Ashford’ model with lake views. Features 3BRs plus den/office, large open living area with high ceilings & built-ins, & center island kitchen. $1,250,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #290236 LONGBOAT KEY LOT. This 29,726-sq.-ft. lot includes plans for a sensational 5,834 total sq. ft. home with beach access. Nestled between historic Longboat Village & the beach. $989,900. Judy Winkleman, 485-5421 or 284-0559. #299327 CAPTIVATING WATER & SUNSET VIEWS from this direct beachfront, located behind the gates of the exclusive Longboat Key Club. $975,000. Anna Kaminski, 388-4447 or 374-3200. #293907 ON THE BEACH IN THE KEY CLUB. Remodeled & gorgeous, this residence offers great beach & golf course views. Set in a luxury building with concierge & garage parking for several vehicles. $899,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #288742 WINDING OAKS. Spacious, maintenance-free villa with a large deck, private pool & separate spa. Located in desirable Bay Isles at the Longboat Key Club. $779,000. Lee Dillon, 383-3759. #301264 CEDARS EAST. Stunning end unit available at one of Florida’s most renowned tennis resorts. Features winding nature trails, mangroves, dock & expansive bay views. $534,900. Jay Seigel, 383-7591 or 228-5298. #301165 SUTTON PLACE. This private 2BR villa with attached carport is in great condition with newer windows, roof, appliances & carpet. Enjoy 2 pools, deeded beach access & boat docks. $529,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #294506 THE PRESIDENTIAL. This like-new 2BR unit has been completely renovated from bottom to top. Across the street from the beach & a short distance to the Circle. $515,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #299845 THE BEST BUY ON LONGBOAT KEY. With new paint, carpet & boat dock, this residence is the perfect getaway for the boating enthusiast. Located next to Durante Park & near restaurants. $345,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #294128

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Wonderful W sarasota mainLand tage-style home with beamed ceilings, wood Sarasota Mainland $925,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 3 SPECTACULAR ESTATE with jewel-like interiors is set on 1.3 acres of artfully landscaped LE CHATEAU. Direct bayfront next to The Ritz bay frontage. This important residence enjoys romantic areas for grand outdoor entertainresidence in an intimate enclave of just 27 u ing. $8,500,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #288542 2849. #300713 BRAND NEW DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT. Old World Mediterranean 2/5BR home with CONDO ON THE BAY. Forever unobstructed ba extensive use of stone, tile & wood. Features a large pool & spa, cabana with full outdoor tion. Sleek contemporary yet warm & invitin kitchen, & new dock. $3,450,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356wood. $834,900. Janis Collier, 951-6660 or 31 0203. #300072 LIVE DOWNTOWN ON MAIN STREET. Luxury 2 HISTORIC ESTATE. Magnificent neo-classical, meticulously renovated in 2005 on nearly an city views from terrace. Amenities include fit acre of pool and gardens in the museum area. Breathtaking architectural detail throughout. pool & spa, & concierge service. $725,000. The $2,100,000. Scott George, 966-8000 or 359-9905. #301946 or 350-0100 & 951-6660. #299722 VERY UNIQUE AND SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL turnkey furnished residence with many decorator touches, features a dramatic entry foyer and exquisite wood flooring throughout. $1,995,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #284373 KEY WEST-STYLE WATERFRONT HOME on beautiful South Creek. Kayak or boat from your private dock directly on the ICW & Gulf. Large fenced yard, pool & spa. $1,295,000. Dorothy and Mike McKendry, 966-8000 or 586-5007. #297690 BAYFRONT ON GOLDEN GATE POINT. New construction available approximately May 2006. Features 2BRs, den, great room plan, & fabulous bay & city views. $1,250,000. The Hedge Team, 9516660 or 350-0100. #300342 GRANADA. This Spanish Mediterranean home has a courtyard design. Great architectural details include rounded front foyer, soaring ceilings & living areas opening to private courtyard with pool. $1,249,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #297454 ENJOY THE LANDINGS LIFESTYLE with direct views of Roberts Bay & stunning sunsets from this updated 2,556-sq.-f., 3BR-plusden condominium. Features wood floors, extended kitchen & updated master. $1,185,000. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 9257757. #300314 HANDSOME MODERN ON LIDO BEACH. Close to St. Armands & GRANADA. Beautiful 3-year-old Spanish Mediterranean home downtown, this beautifully crafted residence boasts an exquisite interior with cherry woodworking, walls of glass, limestone floors & West of the Trail. Features designer touches throughout, granite, a 51’ lap pool. A Christie’s Great Estates listing. $6,800,000. Linda stainless steel, plantation shutters & pool with fountain. $969,000. Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #296425 Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 266-2174. #301105 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. Highly upgraded, designer 2BR unit with views of the bay & the exciting lights of the city. Features a fabulous granite kitchen, surround sound system & 2 parking spaces. $965,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #270068


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CONRAD BEACH - LONGBOAT KEY. Enjoy maintenance-free living from this Key West-style home with 3 levels, bamboo floors, fireplace & sundeck with hot tub. Spiral staircase leads to loft. $1,595,000. Saint Cacchiotti, Gail Wittig & Julie Klick, 387-0533 & 388-4447. #293069


LONG BEACH - TRUE OLD FLORIDA. Cute cottage in the historic Village on Longboat Key. Close to the beach, boat ramp & restaurants. Take advantage of the best value on Longboat Key. $429,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #301133 BAHAMA HEIGHTS. Close to Siesta Key, this furnished artist’s haven has 2BRs or possible 3rd BR, many upgrades, terrazzo floors & a private, fenced yard. $239,500. Phyllis DiBlasi, 388-4447 or 351-1514. #294067 LAS PALMAS. A pathway to paradise, this 2BR townhome has updated interior, lush landscaping & resort-style living with 2 pools, tennis, spa & numerous amenities. $229,000. Jane Kelly, 951-6660 or 544-5855. #296338 SUNRIDGE. Well maintained complex within a short distance to Ringling School, the museum & USF. Very bright & updated with newer appliances, paint, Berber carpet & designer tile. $229,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #298975 VILLAGE GARDENS. Rarely available 2-story unit with glassed lanai & screened balcony. Vaulted ceilings & eat-in kitchen enhance this tropical 2BR in-town gem. $204,900. Rob Dardas, 383-7591 or 359-9502. #300369 RIVERSIDE PARK. Ringling School of Art remodeled cottage with a new kitchen, a/c, appliances, carpet & tile. $169,000. Julie Jordan, 951-6660 or 923-0598. #299034

WILDWOOD GARDENS. Adorable and completely renovated three-bedroom home on a quiet, central street. $295,000. Damon and Gaia Goldman, 951-6660 or 587-5382. #298016

MUSEUM AREA. Newer 2BR home with ‘Old Florida’ charm & many custom features including a clerestory window & book cases. Located across the street from the bay. $700,000. Betty C. Poma, 388-4447 or 587-5233. #289907 TURTLE ROCK. Expertly designed for family & entertaining, this beautifully updated & spacious home boasts 3/4BRs & pool. $650,000. Anna Kaminski, 388-4447 or 374-3200. #291222 SOMERSET AT TURTLE ROCK. Fabulous, maintenance-free 4BR with den & pool. Enjoy ay views combined with a masterful renovastunning views of lake & preserve. $529,900. Tom Farr, 951-6660 or 587-0725. #300926 ng. Features stainless appliances, granite & FOREST LAKES COUNTRY CLUB. Beautifully maintained pool home with a large backyard 13-1212. #299736 overlooking Phillippi Creek & great curb appeal with a circular driveway. $529,000. Annette 2BR, 9th floor corner unit with water views & Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #300721 tness center, theatre, billiards room, heated UNIVERSITY PLACE. Brand new Pat Neal Lancaster plan in a gated community with clube Hedge Team & Lynn Pemberton, 951-6660 house & 2 pools. Set on over a 1/3-acre lot with numerous upgrades, extended lanai & room for a pool. $485,000. Diana Kaeding, 383-7591 or 3562874. #287380 WEST OF THE TRAIL OPPORTUNITY. Lot value includes an open, freshly painted & tiled ranch-style home with new a/c, bright southern exposure & wonderful location near Siesta Key. $474,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 3560203. #289977 PRESTANCIA - VILLA PALMERAS. Fabulous 2BR, 2-car garage maintenance-free home with a split plan, spacious den, & TPC golf course & lake views from the oversized screened lanai. $435,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #300538 HISTORIC INDIAN BEACH. Great open design & use of square footage in this 2BR with extended 2-car garage. West of the Trail & ready for immediate occupancy. $375,000. Dana Westmark, 951-6660 or 356-5091. #300612 CENTER GATE ESTATES. Well-maintained 3BR villa situated on a cul-de-sac with community pool nearby. Almost 2,000 sq. ft. of living space includes formal living & dining rooms & an eat-in kitchen. $320,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #292179 STONERIDGE. Great corner unit with a screened balcony, $20K MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE on a double mainland bayfront lot in upgrades, stainless steel appliances, & upgraded cabinets & with panoramic bay views and 312’ of seawall. Rarely occupied, priscounters in kitchen. $280,000. Rinat Sikdar, 383-7591 or 447tine condition & top quality throughout. 50’ lap pool & 8-car garage. A Christie’s Great Estates listing. $6,500,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 0606. #298635 355-7528. #289539 ENJOY GOLF COURSE VIEWS from this partially furnished & well maintained 2BR lower level unit in Woodland Grove. Community features three 18-hole golf courses, clubhouse, tennis & proximUSIVEAFlLIATEOF#HRISTIEgS'REAT%STATES

ity to I-75. $255,000. Jennifer Pecora, 951-6660 or 780-1925. OFINDEPENDENTREALESTATEBROKERS #301347

West of the Trail location, 2,800-sq.-ft. cotd-burning fireplaces & oversized pool area. 388-4447 or 356-0203. #301192 z-Carlton. Lovely & completely updated 3BR units. $889,000. Pat Loy, 383-7591 or 383-

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siesta key Siesta Key THE ULTIMATE BEACH HOUSE designed for sea & sunset views set on 150’ of walking beach & Heron Lagoon for fishing & kayaking. Cherry paneled Gulf-front office, home theatre, 8-car garage. Stunning deck, 850 sq.-ft. lanai with summer kitchen & 40’ lap pool. A Christie’s Great Estates listing. $9,750,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #293716 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. $3,500,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #297474 GULF-FRONT LIVING in a tropical condominium community. Enjoy direct Gulf views of private beach & lush rolling green grounds that separate this residence for all other units. $3,500,000. Dennis O’Brien, 383-7591 or 350-2763. #300771 NEW KEY WEST-STYLE CUSTOM HOME designed by renowned architect Clifford Scholz. Located on a quiet street, this waterfront residence has 3,100 sq. ft. & great attention to detail throughout. $1,599,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #293836 ISLAND HOUSE. Direct Gulf-front 2BR home with water views from every room. Located in one of Siesta Key’s finest condominium complexes. Excellent rental program. $1,499,000. James Brothers Real Estate Team, 951-6660 or 724-4034. #295115 SPECTACULAR VIEWS in a superb location. Decorator designed & completely furnished, this unit enjoys full views of Little Sarasota Bay, day dock & clay tennis courts. $1,445,000. Sara Copeland Chester, 349-3444 or 737-8234. #299511 ONLY ONE BLOCK TO THE BEACH. Renovated 3/4BR turnkey furnished home earning the highest rental income on Siesta Key. Close to beach & Village. $1,295,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #294963 BEAUTIFUL DIRECT VIEWS of the Gulf & public beach from all living areas of this 2BR, turnkey furnished residence. $750,000. Sheldon Paley, 388-4447 or 356-1857. #301290 SIESTA HARBOR. Fully furnished, bright & open unit in immaculate condition. Features deeded beach access, sailboat water & lanai with new glass enclosures. $565,000. Mary Sauve, 966-8000 or 923-6609. #300763 Casey Key

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MAGNIFICENT GULF-TO-BAY ESTATE in premier section on Casey Key. Rarely available 3.1 +/- acre property with 120’ of Gulf front, plus unique peninsula extending back towards bay. $6,990,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #301312 CASEY KEY GULF-TO-BAY. Behind the gates of a Gulf-to-bay property, a tranquil atmosphere awaits. This outstanding Sarasota School of Architecture home was remodeled in 2004 by Siebert. $6,900,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #295716 A MAGNIFICENT GULF-TO-BAY PARCEL on Casey Key’s exclusive north end. The high elevation of the property will offer magnificent Gulf sunset vistas. Potential for largest estate home on Casey Key. $6,495,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #294393 DIRECT BEACHFRONT VACANT LOT in a favorable location on Casey Key near the north bridge. Boasts 192’ of beach frontage & one acre. Close to final permits for a 7,000-sq.-ft. home. $6,000,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #290426 UNIQUE CASEY KEY BAYFRONT with boathouse, just minutes to Venice Jetties. This home features fabulous views, decks, elevator & a private tropical setting with lush landscaping & pool. $2,495,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #297851


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Neighborhood 13A

changing watch by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

Yacht club installs new commodore From the bagpiper playing out front for arriving guests to the menu of Scottish smoked salmon roulade with highland oatcakes, the Bird Key Yacht Club went Scottish for a night of celebration for its new commodore, Barry Thomson. On Feb. 18, almost 200 people attended the club’s Change of Watch ceremony to swear in the new officers. As members entered the club, outgoing Commodore Dick Schaefer and his wife, Gerda, greeted them at the start of a receiving line which included the new officers: Commodore Thomson with his wife, Judith, Vice Commodore Bob Pe-

tersen and Rear Commodore RoseMarie Molinari with her husband, Peter. The club was decorated with high floral centerpieces on each table in the dining room, and a lion ice sculpture presided over the shrimp during cocktail hour. The Change of Watch ceremony followed its guidelines with every formality, except for one brief interjection of humor. When the officers put on their caps, Thomson found he was no longer the only one with a pony tail: About 20 other club members donned caps with faux pony tails sticking out from the bottom.

Photos by Kat Wingert

Above: The new officers with outgoing commodore: Peter and RoseMarie Molinari, rear commodore; Bob Petersen, vice commodore; Judith and Barry Thomson, commodore and past Commodore Dick Schaefer with his wife, Gerda. Left: Ellen Gay Haney and Evan Collinsworth

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red hawk drives by Kat Wingert

You. Your Neighbors. Your Neighborhood. The Longboat Observer was founded in July 1978 by Ralph and Claire Hunter and daughter Janet in a one-room office with two typewriters. Since then, and through today, The Longboat Observer has served as the leading source of community and neighborhood news and information for Longboat Key, St. Armands Key, Lido Key, Lido Shores and Bird Key. In March 1995, the Hunters sold The Longboat Observer to the families of David and Ruth Beliles and Matt and Lisa Walsh. And they have kept up and built on the tradition of providing the most comprehensive coverage of news, people and events on Longboat and surrounding keys. Throughout the year, The Longboat Observer averages 18,000 net circulation, the highest penetration on Longboat Key of any print medium in the market. History of the Longboat: Since The Longboat Observer’s founding, the newspaper has used a rendering of a “longboat” as one of its identifying symbols. According to historical accounts, when Juan Anasco, scout for Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto, anchored off the coast of Longboat Key in 1538, Anasco and his crew used “longboats” to get through the pass from the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota Bay.

send us your news No news is too small! If it happens in your neighborhood or involves you, your family or neighbors, let us hear about it — news, birthdays, anniversaries, achievements, engagements, marriages, milestones. Or send us photographs. To contact us:

Community News, Announcements, Events, Photographs Kat Wingert, community editor, 941/383-5509, Ext. 31;

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Director of Golf Jim Poole, golf course architect Ron Garl and General Manager Michael Welly officially renamed the Red Hawk Golf Course. Kat Wingert

Longboat Key Club unveils Red Hawk Golf Course The sod is laid, the shale poured, and, after six months of construction and more than $2 million, the Longboat Key Club officially opened its Red Hawk Golf Course. Michael Welly, general manager of the club, officially renamed the course, from “Harbourside Red” to “Red Hawk,” at a foggy luncheon and press conference Feb. 23 at the club’s Harbourside grill deck. “I feel like I’m at Pebble Beach,” Welly said. “Well, OK, maybe that’s a stretch.” The newly designed, nine-hole course is the second Harbourside course redesigned. Last year, Welly announced the opening of the Blue Heron Course. Unlike the Blue Heron, which features large sand dunes, the Red Hawk features a rolling landscape with numerous shale bunkers and waste areas. The course’s signature hole, the par 3, 181-yard No. 6, is so named for its challenging sprawl of bunkers leading up to

the green, which sits in a bowl of shallow, grassy hills. Golf course architect Ron Garl designed both the Red Hawk and the Blue Heron, and built greens up to United States Golf Association regulations and unique waste bunkers to save water and make the courses environmentally friendly. “It’s important to be a good neighbor and good stewards of the land,” Garl said. “It’s also wonderful to have a commitment from the owners to make the club a place members will enjoy playing.” In that commitment, the club has spent about $5 million so far redoing the Blue Heron and Red Hawk, and is about onethird finished with redoing all 45 of its holes. According to Jim Poole, the club’s new golf director, the Key club will most likely renovate its 18-hole Islandside course next, leaving the nine-hole Harbourside White course as the last to get a facelift.

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Cops’ Corner Feb. 19

1:41 a.m. — 1500 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Noise Disturbance. Resident calls police about people playing basketball and yelling at residents. Group leaves before officer arrives. 6:35 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Officer stops skateboarders on their way to Town Hall to skate the steps. Officer drives teenagers to the police department and parents bring them home. 11:12 p.m. — 2000 block GMD. Noise Disturbance. Resident calls police because his neighbor had her door open and was talking loudly with her family. Officer asks neighbor to shut her door and keep the noise to a minimum.

Feb. 20

4:19 a.m. — 3100 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer checks business because a gate was left open. Everything appears secure. 7:17 p.m. — 3500 block Mistletoe Lane. Burglar Alarm. Open pool door sets off alarm. Officers check home and leave.

Feb. 21

1:31 a.m. — Intersection of GMD and Schooner Lane. Traffic Violation. Officer

pulls over van with broken tag light. Driver immediately tells officer he does not have a license. Sarasota police arrested the driver one year earlier for driving without a license. Officer arrests driver. 3:38 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Suspicious Person. Officer issues warning to man sunbathing with his buttocks partially exposed. Man apologizes and leaves the beach. 10:54 p.m. — 600 block Bay Isles Parkway. Gas Leak. Officers and firefighters respond to smell of a gas leak. There is no leak, and the smell may have been coming from nearby sprinklers.

Feb. 22

12:21 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Code Enforcement. Officer notices water sprinkler shooting water into the air. Public works crews notified. 2:31 a.m. — 300 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer smells burning wood odor and checks nearby structures to make sure there is not a fire. 3:31 a.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Code Enforcement. Officer leaves a third warning at a home with lawn sprinklers on during a non-watering day. Over the past

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10:03 a.m. — 600 block Bayview Drive. Noise Disturbance. Resident calls police because his neighbor’s dogs have been barking. Officer goes to home, and several dogs in the screened pool area of the house are barking. No one is home. Neighbor says that every time his neighbor leaves the dogs outside, all they do is bark. Officer says he will watch the home and try to talk to the owners. 8:48 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Noise Disturbance. Resident complains about loud noise at the lounge. Officer talks to manager, who says that the doors were opened to let smoke out of the building and agrees to close the doors. 10:19 p.m. — 550 block Birdie Lane. Suspicious Circumstance. Neighbor calls police about a home for sale with door open and lights on. Realtor tells officer that the house had been shown earlier and the agent in charge must have forgotten to lock up. Home is secured.

Feb. 23

4:47 p.m. — 800 block Bayport Way. Larceny from Public Property. While woman is at the beach, someone steals her black and cream-colored Schwinn beach cruiser. The bike has a bell with a picture of a “squirrel or a horse” on it. 5:01 p.m. — 600 block El Centro. Obscene Phone Call. Woman receives three obscene phone calls from an unknown male. Officer tells woman to call the Verizion nuisance line and report the phone calls.

Feb. 24

10:18 a.m. — 3400 block Fair Oaks Lane. Code Enforcement. Officer pulls over purple Camaro and driver admits that he smoked cannabis on the way back to work. Officer finds five cannabis roaches in the ashtray. Man is issued promise to appear in court, and officer puts roaches into evidence. 4:59 p.m. — 7200 block GMD. Disturbance. Officer calls police because his girlfriend is intoxicated and refuses to leave his house. Woman lets officer drive her home.

9:35 a.m. — 400 block GMD. Assist Other Agency. Officer notices a car and occupants that match the description of vehicle Manatee County deputies are looking for. Officer arrests man on a warrant for violation of probation.

Feb. 25

12:49 p.m. — 100 block Broadway Avenue. Property Found. Officer finds a bike in parking lot. Officer puts the bike in the police department’s fenced area for safekeeping. Two days later, the owner of the bicycle reports it missing. Bicycle is returned to owner.

2:15 p.m. — 3100 block GMD. Code Enforcement. Resident calls police about a dog on the beach. Officer talks to two men with dog. The men said they were unaware of any wrong doing and apologized for the inconvenience.

1:08 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer arrests man for driving without a license.

8:19 p.m. — 500 block Norton Street. Suspicious Vehicle. Resident returns home to find an unoccupied dark-colored sedan parked in his driveway. Car is gone when officer arrives at home.

11:59 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Property Found. Fuel station attendant finds check card on top of a pump. Officer finds owner and returns card.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, March 2, 2006

FROM THE PULPIT by the Rev. Daniel J. Maiden

The Community of God We live in a world of catch phrases. With so many competing claims for our time and resources, the depth and breadth of our existence is rapidly being condensed to just a few words and images - “Just do it,” “Drivers wanted,” or “Got milk?” Coming from the world of marketing, these words can reinforce an abbreviated understanding of the world around us. Growing up an evangelical, I was quite familiar with the bumper sticker, “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.” Of course, the catch phrase was not, itself, biblical, nor did it reflect the journey of faith reflected in diverse stories, teachings, poems and parables that we call scripture. Yet, I am more concerned with how I was shaped by the implicit dismissal of nearly 2,000 years of human history following the completion of the canon — as if the winds of Pentecost had stopped blowing upon the people of God. Is it not possible that God has yet “more light” to break forth in the world around us? One of the catch phrases used at our chapel seeks to claim our identity as a house of worship. Again and again, we refer to ourselves as an interfaith community church. This is a bold declaration, given that most of our members identify as Christian and come from mainline denominations up north. Certainly, the Sunday service would not be confused as anything but Christian. Yet, there remains within the collective memory of the chapel, the belief that we do not walk this journey alone. We have at least shared space with our Jewish sisters and brothers when the chapel was first built, as well as benefited from the leadership of former ministers, including the Rev. Jim Marsh, who teaches world religions at Manatee Community College. This memory has taken form in a wooden

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panel across from the main entrance, and in a painting in the small chapel, with symbols from various faith traditions. Yet all catch phrases, even those with good intentions, cannot reflect the larger reality of our existence. Surely, the events of 9/11 have taught us that our relationship with other religions is tenuous. Few of us could identify the basic tenants of another religion, and fewer still could discuss its impact upon culture and science. Thus, we might easily associate the religion of Islam with violence, all the while forgetting that during the Dark Ages, when Christians warred against Christians, civilization did not cease, but continued to advance in the name of Allah. The other risk is that we minimize our differences, picking and choosing what we like about one another, without confronting those beliefs which challenge our preconceptions, push us to grow or bring us face to face with our own limits and self-deceptions. As I consider our identity as an interfaith community church, I am drawn to this statement as a call, as a hand, stretched forth to enflesh the world anew. Though I am thoroughly rooted within the Christian tradition, I am conscious of my limits, as well as the vastness of God. Thus, I am called to consider possibilities and to live with ambiguity. It is the same openness that, in my experience, characterizes the community at the Longboat Island Chapel. It is an openness that can affirm one’s own experience, while encouraging others as they follow their own path with God. By the grace of God, we will grow in faith together, giving witness to the richness of God’s ever-expanding universe. The Rev. Daniel J. Maiden is the associate minister for administration and program ministries at Longboat Island Chapel.


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OBITUARIES Mario John DeDona

Mario John DeDona, 82, Longboat Key, died Feb. 22. Born in Detroit, he served in the U.S. Army and was a dedicated General Motors employee for 32 years. After retiring, he moved to Longboat Key, where he dearly enjoyed the game of golf. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 38 years, Irene Stribrny DeDona. Mr. DeDona is survived by his wife, Lorraine DeDona; sons and daughtersin-law Richard and Christi of Pinehurst, N.C., and David and Christie of Marietta, Ga.; daughter Deborah, of Lincoln Park, Mich.; and granddaughter Rosemary Irene, of Marietta. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association (800-242-8721) or the American Diabetes Association (800-342-2383). A memorial service will be held in Michigan at a date yet to be determined.

Roger E. Brickman

Roger E. Brickman, 86, of Longboat Key, died Feb. 23. Born in Chicago May 17, 1919, he attended Miami University, in Ohio, and served as a B-26 pilot in England during World War II. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. Following the war, Mr. Brickman was a marketing executive for Illinois Meat Co., and John Morrell. He lived in Oak Brook, Ill., before moving to Sante Fe, Calif., in 1970. In 1990, he and his wife moved to Longboat Key. He is survived by his wife, Lori, a daughter, Debra Stone and her husband, Leonard, of Tampa; a son, James, and his wife Susan, of Dallas; four grandchildren, Blake, Jennifer, Trevor and Natalie; and great-grandson Holt. Burial will be held in Colorado.

WORSHIP SERVICES All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Bayfront Christian Fellowship, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Coffee and snacks at 9:30. The Rev. Terry Wise, Ph. D., is the pastor. 383-7220. Christ Church of Longboat Key, holds service at 10 a.m. Sundays, at the Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Drive. The Rev. Dr. Ray Woody is the pastor. 383-9402. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Adult study discussion is at 9 a.m. and traditional service at 10 a.m. Sundays. Nursery available. 383-6491. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is interim minister. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Nursery available. Traditional service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 4:30 and 6 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Shabbat services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will lead the services. 383-3428.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, March 2, 2006

red roses by Jessica Seubert | Staff Writer

Jazz evening sets mood for Valentine’s Day The Longboat Key Center for the Arts chose the perfect night to have one of its jazz events — Valentine’s Day. Longboat Creations donated 50 long-stemmed red roses to be given to the first 50 ladies arriving at the event, which went quickly as the audience of 150 arrived. They came to see Kenny Soderblom and his jazz group of bassist John Lamb, drummer Chuck Parr and pianist Richard Drexler, playing a mix of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Couples tapped their toes to the lively music and solos of piano, bass, drums and Soderblom’s saxophone, even yelling out the occasional, “Yeah, man,” digging the beats. Soderblom’s wife, Leah, even joined in to sing along to some of the romantic tunes, and gave him a Valentine card onstage. The show gave everyone a perfect way to spend a romantic evening.

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Jan Pyburn, Maxine Block and Marty Macallister show off their roses.

John Lamb walked down the bass line.

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PORTOBELLO $829,500 - Wonderful direct Gulf front 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit. Very nicely appointed and updated. All rooms face the Gulf. LO#292543 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

L'ELEGANCE $1,049,000 - A spectacular condo with full bay views. Expanded kitchen with additional built-in cabinets and granite countertops. LO#289000 DONALD VERCAUTEREN 941-924-9000

BEACHPLACE $795,000 - 2 bedroom, 2 bath TKF. Sunny 1st floor walk-down. 2 parking spaces! Popular gulf-front complex. LO#291803 JILL FRIEDMAN 941-924-9000

LIDO BEACH WATERFRONT $949,000 - Direct Gulf front views from this first floor unit. Walk out onto your big patio. 10' ceilings. LO#283984 VICKI LONBORG 941-924-9000

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LIDO BEACH $895,000 - Gulf views to Siesta from this 12th floor 2BR/2BA. Tasteful renovation, new kitchen and baths. Pool at the beach. LO#290220 TERRY GOODMAN 941-924-9000 KEY TOWERS SOUTH $888,000 - Fabulous Sweeping Direct Gulf Views & fantastic sunsets from this stunningly updated gulf-front condo. LO#297862 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000





ONE IN FROM THE BAY $3,699,000 - Canal home w/dock and lift. 4 bedroom, 5 bath, crown moldings, granite, marble and more. Summer kitchen overlooks 50' pool with spa. LO#282894 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000

NICHOLS $1,440,000 - Four bedrooms, each with own bathroom. Bamboo floors, granite, glassed-in fireplaces. Master with French doors to terrace and pool. LO#288712 NESSA ADELSON 941-924-9000 HARMONY $1,295,000 - Modern Sarasota style with island fun! Canal, boat dock, heated pool, 3BR/2BA, beautifully landscaped & maintained. LO#288464 MARTIE LIEBERMAN 941-924-9000

L'AMBIANCE $3,100,000 - Sweeping sunsets from your wraparound terrace! Magnificent residence with 3 bedroom plus den, 10' ceilings and wonderful amenities. LO#266225 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

SANCTUARY $2,695,000 - Opulent end-unit condo. Consummate unit with gorgeous amenities. 3BR/3 and 1/2 baths. Generous floorplan. LO#287061 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

SUTTON PLACE $515,000 - Beach-site delights. Individual and inviting 2-bedroom end-unit townhome. Family room, fine master suite. LO#287476 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000 SEAPLACE $499,000 - Steps from beach! Wonderful value for largest 2 bedroom plan. Beautifully turnkey furnished. 2 parking spaces. LO#297047 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

LIDO WATERFRONT $649,000 - Rarely avail-3rd flr corner unit. Completely updated two bedroom, two bath with bay and city views. Close to dining, shopping, beach. LO#299833 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000

REGENT PLACE $2,749,000 - Breathtaking views of Gulf, city, golf course. 3BR/3.5BA 9th fl spacious residence. South side location. Furnished. LO#284163 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000

WINDWARD BAY $525,000 - Enjoy expansive Bay Views from this spacious, TKF 2BR/2BA unit. Steps to beach. On Site: docks, tennis, & more. LO#300042 BARB SIGURDSON 941-924-9000

RIVO AT RINGLING $825,000 - Quality new construction in great downtown location. Beautiful penthouse with city and water view. Completion fall '06. LO#299269 INGER LILL 941-924-9000



$2,385,000 - Canal front home two lots in from bay. Dock & 100 ft seawall. Large, sunny rooms & an open floor plan. Caged pool. LO#286345

$1,450,000 - Brilliant & masterfull 3BR/2+BA: glass-walled Living Room, gourmet Kitchen, sweeping bay views & dramatic sunsets. LO#301183

NANCEE KAMINS 941-924-9000

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WATERFRONT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $2,299,000 Bay views and deep water dock. Updated 4000SF with open floor plan, wood floors, granite ctrs, media room/study. LO#280254 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $1,795,000 - Deep water dock and country club living. This 3700SF home features walls of glass, high ceilings and gourmet kitchen. LO#293049 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000

GOLDEN GATE $799,900 - Spectacular sunsets and view of the Ringling Bridge from updated 2/2 condo with great address! LO#295103 JUDY & JERRY FRANCIS 941-924-9000 HARBOR TOWERS $555,000 - Wonderful Gulf views - enclosed glass balcony. Split BR plan. Tnky furn. Gulf, sunset, and waterfall views. LO#299945 SHELLEY KING 941-924-9000 LANDINGS SOUTH $469,000 - Landings 2/2 Rarely avail. Portside Villa. Enjoy water views from all living areas. Two car garage. LO#300073 LYNN A NILSSEN 941-924-9000 WEST OF TRAIL $465,000 - Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home w/tile, private yard. Tastefully furnished. 5 min from Siesta Beach. LO#297974 CAROLYN DONNELLY 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $1,689,000 - Refined is the word. Savor ultra comforts in this marvelous residence. Here's a dazzling 5BR/3BA home. LO#253140 DYRK DAHL 941-924-9000



INDIAN BEACH $379,000 - Ringling Museum Area Currently - a 1952 frame "Fisherman's Cottage" RMF-2 Allows For Duplex Zoning. LO#294254 LOUISE TESSIER 941-924-9000

$1,395,000 - Your own private getaway directly on the Gulf with steps down to the beach. TKF, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, covered parking. LO#301543

$1,350,000 - Beautiful sunset views from this fifth floor corner unit. Light, bright and wonderful amenities. LO#295133

HIBISCUS PARK $349,000 - Splendid 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Good location. Newer windows, doors & appliances. Great fenced yard. A must see! LO#292374 ROBERT FORTIER 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY $1,595,000 - An enticing lifestyle. Fantastic home. Fun pool. Open floorplan, great room, office. Master suite. LO#300113 NANCY L. GRENIER 941-924-9000


MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,389,000 - Wonderful canal-front home has 3 bedroom plus den and 2 bath. Pool terrace has a "summer kitchen". Nearly 2300 SF. LO#281344 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000



COREYS LANDING $1,649,000 - Direct bayfront home with boat dock! Elegantly refurbished 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with soaring ceilings, light and bright! LO#293351 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

WATERFRONT $1,380,000 - Live the Florida dream now! Designer remodeled end unit. Enjoy sunrise and sunset overlooking panoramic Gulf and bay views. LO#302242 KATHLEEN SACHS 941-924-9000

UNIVERSITY PARK $872,900 - Home with deluxe charms. Lovely amenities and custom appointments. 3BR/2 baths. Cool pool. Foyer, pantry. LO#298900 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000 302190


$1,250,000 - Live the Florida dream now on the beach with full Gulf and bay views. Totally remodeled. Sunrises and sunsets. LO#302190

$1,099,000 - The Bayou! Spacious 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bath pool home w/lush landscaping! Deeded beach access incl-incredible sunsets! LO#300248

KATHLEEN SACHS 941-924-9000

BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000



COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,200,000 - Loads of space in this waterfront home. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, new dock with 2 boat lifts! Heated swimming pool. LO#291600 ROBERT FORTIER 941-924-9000 GULF FRONT CONDO $1,195,000 - Seldom available 2 bedroom, 2 bath gulf front condo behind the gates of the LBK Club. Private beach. LO#282507 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000

FAIRWAY BAY $979,000 - Fantastic bay views rarely avail-double unit 2560SF three bedrooms, two baths, 2 terraces renovated kitchen and den built-ins. Beach club. LO#301374 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000



$799,000 - Lovely 3BR/2BA condo has NW Gulf views. Furn & updated. Hurricane shutters, 2 pools, tennis, great walking beach. LO#301237

$190,500 - An ideal price. Check out a sensiblypriced star. 2 bedrooms, 2 and 1/2 baths. LO#295380

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GREY HAWK LANDING $829,900 - Rutenberg designed home on premium lot. Upgrades thru-out. 4-5BR, 3BA, in-law ste or game room. Tropical landscape. LO#302254 ANITA CARAVELLO 941-924-9000 KEY ROYALE $829,000 - Custom distinction. Beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath waterfront Ranch. Open floorplan. Well worth a visit! LO#301117 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000 CAPTAIN'S POINT OF MANATEE $699,900 - Condo w/pvt, deeded, deep water boat slip on the Manatee River. Access to Bay and Gulf. Front to back water views. LO#301464 BRENDA TIPTON 941-924-9000 LAZY B RANCHES $375,000 - One acre lot with three bedroom, two bath updated home. Pool newly remarcited and tiled. Newer A/C, kitchen cabinets and countertops. LO#300204 MONICA ROCHE 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,150,000 Spellbinding is the word. Enjoy a superb lifestyle in this marvelous Ranch. 2BR/2 baths. Foyer. LO#280165 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000 FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM $1,099,000 - Bright & cheerful interior, 3BR condo behind gates of LBK club w/direct view of bay. Great amenities incl. LO#297849 HOWARD O. ROYER 941-924-9000

LAKE TIPPECANOE $229,500 - Beautiful view of lake in this newly furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Screened lanai. Seller motivated. 55+ Community. LO#298966 JOE BOGUSZEWSKI, PA 941-924-9000


COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,349,000 - Great Country Club Shores 3BR home at the end of canal near bay. Tastefully furnished & ready to occupy. LO#301361 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000 SANDS POINT $1,249,000 - Phenomenal viewsamazing first floor walk-out with two bedrooms and almost 2000SF. Beautiful built-ins and boat dock available! LO#281029 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

LAKE SARASOTA $329,600 - Wonderful find in Lake Sarasota! 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with many upgrades. Fenced yard; Caged pool custom designed with fountain. LO#293026 ANITA BOAKES 941-924-9000

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NEIGHBORS by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

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No matter how many times he shows it or talks about it, Don Whiston never gets tired of the joy his Olympic silver medal brings to others. “It’s not an ego thing or anything like that,” Whiston said. “I mean, it happened more than 50 years ago, but people just get such a kick out of it that it makes it fun to see their reactions.” Whiston won his silver medal as the goaltender for the U.S. Hockey Team at the 1952 Oslo Olympics. Whenever he travels, usually from his home in Sugarloaf, Maine, to stay at his home at Gulf Shores on Longboat Key, he brings his medal along because he knows people want to see it. “I was going into surgery last summer, and even the staff at the hospital were asking if I had it with me,” Whiston said. Watching the Torino games the last couple weeks — he especially enjoys the skiing events since he traded his skates for skis soon after his Olympic days — Whiston said it shows how far athletes have come in the last 50 years. He remembers the fanfare wasn’t quite as good back then as it is with today’s Olympics. “We were just a bunch of guys,” he said. “Nobody knew who we were.” As for the caliber of athletes, Whiston said although some of the athletes he competed with were exceptional, the overall skill level and athleticism of to-

day’s athletes astounds him. In his own Olympic experience, no one expected much out of the United States hockey team. Canadians had dominated the sport for years and were the favorites of the games, along with the Czechs. However, the Olympics followed European hockey rules, with a larger ice rink that lent itself to a game that better suited a European style of play that was more about puck handling and skating than checking other players into the boards. “The Europeans didn’t bodycheck at the time,” Whiston said. “We were knocking the hell out of them, and they didn’t know why,” Whiston said. He said he remembers the newspapers calling them “the gangsters from North America.” Whiston grew up playing hockey in Ipswich, Mass., home to another Olympic silver medalist, Nancy Kerrigan. But his chance to play on the U.S. hockey team came when he was invited to tryout after playing hockey for Brown University, which reached the finals of the NCAA playoffs his senior year. Whiston was chosen the Most Valuable Player of that tournament. After he graduated from Brown, Whiston got a job as an investment banker earning $50 a week in New York City, but he decided to leave to go train with the

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team. Luckily, his employer generously supported him by still paying his salary while he was away. Once on the national team, the players went oversees to prepare for the Olympics, playing 53 matches in two-and-ahalf months all over Europe. During the Olympics, the team played nine games in nine nights, and although the Canadians came away with the gold, the Americans fought their way to a silver-medal finish. Of all the things Whiston remembers from the experience, he said the most memorable thing was walking into a stadium of 150,000 people for the games’ opening ceremony, and hearing the National Anthem being played. “The only other time I was as elated was for the births of my six children,” Whiston said. “Even now, when I’m in a stadium and I hear the National Anthem, I can get very sentimental.” These days, Whiston spends most of his time traveling and enjoying either the sugary sand of Longboat Key or the powdery snow of Sugarloaf Mountain, where he boasts four Olympic neighbors, including skier Bode Miller. At 79 years old with a frame that’s lean and strong, Whiston still travels from Utah and Aspen to Maine to hit the slopes, but his medal is one thing he never leaves home without. “I feel like I’m giving something to people by showing it,” Whiston said. “I just think, if I didn’t share it, when else would people get a chance to see and hold an Olympic medal?”

UP CLOSE Longboat Living: The Gulf Shore unit came into Whiston’s family when his father bought it in 1957. Whiston remembers coming to Longboat Key for vacations since he was a young boy, and he now uses it as an easy getaway. “This is more like family here,” Whiston said. “There are people here I’ve known for 20 years; it’s like home.” From serving to representing: Before entering college, Whiston served in the U.S. Coast Guard until World War II was over. He then spent one year at Phillips Exeter Academy before enrolling at Brown University. Once he came back from the Olympics he briefly played professionally, then coached a few years for his alma mater. Star Struck: On a recent skiing trip to Utah with his son, Whiston stayed at the Stein Eriksen lodge, named after the Norwegian skiing legend. By coincidence, Whiston met Eriksen in the lobby one day and told him they competed in the same Olympics. Asking what position Whiston played on the hockey team, Eriksen told Whiston he remembered watching him play and then asked him if his teeth were still all his own. “He was laughing because he remembered back then we played with no mask, no helmet, nothing,” Whiston said. “I told him: ‘Well, they’re not all my real teeth.’”

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Michelle Kwan gets a gold medal ... from me Michelle Kwan’s withdrawal from the Olympics is a heart-breaker: A recurring groin injury forced the fivetime world champion,

nine-time national champion and silver and bronze Olympic medal-winner to give up her lifelong dream of Olympic gold. The story isn’t likely to last long; some other Olympic happening (or mishap) will eclipse it sooner, rather than later. Before it disappears, however, I’d like to award a different medal to the amazing skater. You can help me name it. Except for die-hard figure-skating enthusiasts, Michelle Kwan’s injury only became a news item during the National Championships in January. The reality is that she was sidelined last October by a hip injury, which kept her out of the season’s international Grand Prix series. She only appeared once this season, Dec. 11, at the Marshall’s Figure

Skating Challenge, in Boston. In 1994, Kwan lost her spot She skated “gingerly� there, when the Association needed according to USA Today. She one for Nancy Kerrigan, who won the fan voting, but did had been kept out of the nanot execute a triple jump. tionals by an off-ice attack by Kwan reported that she Tonya Harding.) pulled her right groin muscle Having virtually won every Dec. 17. Was this a separate prize except Olympic gold, injury or secondary to the hip one can only try to imagine problem? It seems reasonable just how much Kwan wanted to believe they are, somehow, to skate and win at the this MOLLY connected. Regardless, U.S. year’s games. NBC commenFigure Skating team physi- SCHECHTER tator and former Olympic cian Leisure Yu announced in skating champion Scott HamUSA Today: “I feel she will be ilton told Kwan in an intercompletely recovered by Jan. 13.� Since view that he understands how she feels, that didn’t give her time to ramp up but I doubt that he does. Kwan’s loss is for the Nationals on Jan. 14, Kwan, in- not only enormous, it is likely unique in stead, petitioned the U.S. Figure Skat- the true sense of an oft-abused word. ing Association. She skated a special Honoring just how well she handled program for them to demonstrate her her painful decision to withdraw, we condition, and got her spot on the team. could award Kwan a gold medal for (There is a bit of poetic justice in this. “Grace Under Pressure.� She could not

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When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Where: A series of five homes on Longboat Key. For more information on homes, see the Home and Garden special section. Cost: $15. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For more information: call Susan Landau at 383-8030.

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: news@ 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.

held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 11, at 3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive. There will be a variety of items, including handcrafted jewelry, needlecrafts, paintings, shell art and more. There will also be a pancake and sausage breakfast for $3.50. For more information, call 383-2763. Safe Boating and Seamanship Courses — is a 14-week course that begins Monday, March 13, on the third floor of Mote Marine Laboratory. Classes run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Cost is $30 and includes materials. For more information, call Al Haleblian at 387-5620 or the Flotilla 82 office at 388-1033. Key of Sea Group — The local group sings for fun. It meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Thursday, at the Players Club Clubhouse, 1401 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Musical expertise is not a requirement. There is a nominal fee to join. For more information, call Judie at 383-4664. Music and Movement for Well-Being — will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through April 7 at the Longboat Island Chapel. Use elements of tai ji and chanting to breathe, move, hum and laugh. Cost is $10 per class or $60 for eight classes. For more information, call Dino Rice at 383-5086. 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. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — meets at noon, Wednesdays, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $14. For more information, call Marilyn Bezner at 3870706. Lord’s Warehouse Resale Shop — is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. It sells furni-

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ture, clothing, kitchenware and more. It is seeking donations of quality furniture. For more information, call 383-4738. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Like-new books are for sale daily. For more information, call 383-2011. Mote Marine Aquarium — features sharks, manatees, turtles and its interactive Immersion Cinema. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. For information, call 388-4441, Ext. 438. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary -located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island. The sanctuary is offering free admission weekends the last week of every month through May. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children ages 6 to 17; and free for children younger than 6. For more information, call 388-4444.

public ‘First Friday Walk’ — will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3, on Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. There will be entertainment, gallery openings and refreshments. For more information, call Doug Carpenter at 951-2314. Anna Maria Island Heritage Day — will take place Saturday, March 4, beginning at 10 a.m. on Pine Avenue, from Gulf Drive to Tarpon Street. The road will be closed for arts and crafts and food vendors. There will be live music, tours of the museum and historic cottage, as well as a decorated bike parade and pet parade. For more information, call 7780492. Antiques Show and Sale — will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday March 3 and March 4, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. Cost is $5 for re-admission all weekend. Children get in free. For more information, call

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Fitness Exposition — is the pre-event to the Sarasota Marathon that will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the YMCA of Sarasota, 1075 S. Euclid Ave. There will be a series of lectures from what to eat before and after a race to proper care for your feet. You may also pick up packets to enter the race for the following day. For more information, call Lisette Riveron at 266-8546.

Sarasota Women’s Republican Club — will meet Friday, March 3, at Michael’s On East. The luncheon will feature the 2006 Candidate Forum with Republican candidates for Congress: Vern Buchanan, Donna Clarke, Nancy Detert and Tramm Hudson. Reservations must be made by calling Joy at 378-8782 or Carol at 925-2929.

Sarasota Historic Homes Tour — will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, throughout Laurel Park. There are five homes featured on the 16th annual tour. For more information, call 953-8727.

Sarasota Sportfishing Anglers Club — will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Bee Ridge Park, 430 Lockwood Ridge Road. For more information, call Jim Gillespee at 966-1150 or 544-5433.

Skyliners Big Band — will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St. The 18-piece orchestra will play music from the ‘40s, ‘50s and today. Cost is $10 per person. Bring your own beverages. For more information, call Phyllis Zuerner at 362-2145.

Women’s ORT — will have all four chapters of greater Sarasota meet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn, N. Tamiami Trail. There will be an accessory sale to raise money for ORT schools around the world. For more information, call 927-6678.

Brown Bag Concerts — are a series of free lunchtime concerts taking place at noon each Thursday through March at the gazebo in Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail. Bring your own bag lunch and a chair or blanket to sit on. For more information, call 861-5000.

Howard Club — will meet for its first charter day luncheon from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 12, at the Hyatt Hotel, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts. Cost is $50 in advance to attend. For reservations or more information, call Phyllis Gipson at 360-9770.


Sarasota Marathon — sponsored by Albritton Fruit, the half marathon and marathon begin at 6 a.m. Sunday, March 5, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum. Cost is $80 to enter the marathon and $60 to enter the half-marathon, and costs $10 more the day before the event at the fitness expo. For more information, call Lisette Riveron at 266-8546. Fun Run for the Turtles — The annual 1-mile run/walk will be at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 5. The 5K run with the Manasota Track Club will begin at 8 a.m. Those interested may register at Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The run benefits Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle conservation and Research Program. For more information, call 388-4331.

Sarasota Audubon Society — will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, at the first Congregational Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., and feature the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary. For more information, call 377-3977. Power Network — meets every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at Café Baci, 4001 S. Tamiami Trail. Cost is $10. For more information, call Sharon Riehmann at 586-5806.

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Join Kiwanis Club members for a tasty breakfast of hot gourmet pancakes, spicy sausage, steaming coffee and fresh orange juice at the annual fundraiser for Sarasota-Manatee children’s charities. Longboat Key’s All-Star chefs — Harry Christensen, top left, Tommy Klauber, top right, Ray Arpke, bottom left and Jill Ball, bottom right — will use their special gourmet pancake recipes at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast.

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MYSTICAL OBSERVER by Mephisto a problem, you attack it and burn right through it. Usually that works. When it doesn’t, don’t let your anger spill out on the people you work with. Then you become the problem. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You will be contacted by an investor from Nigeria with a promising financial proposal. Walk away. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) Venus has got it for you. This looks like a good week for romance. You’ll know the right thing to say and who to say it to. You’ve got the mojo. At least, this week. Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) Most of the time, you put yourself last. This week, cut straight to the head of the line. If there’s something you want, grab it. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius ­— at least it is for you. This week. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Old dreams sometimes come true. Sometimes, the reality isn’t as wonderful as the dream. Be ready to let go of your old expectations.

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WHAT’S UP DOC? by Arvey Rogers, M.D. | Contributing writer

Effects of alcohol depend on speed of metabolism It has always seemed to me that men are able to drink more liquor then women without becoming intoxicated. Is this true? It is true, at least for most men. The occurrence of intoxication depends upon how rapidly alcohol is metabolized by the body into non-intoxicating products, and the concentration of the alcohol in the blood stream. Men metabolize alcohol more rapidly than women, possibly related to liver size or other factors. The larger volume of circulating blood (with its water content) in men serves to dilute the alcohol, which reduces its intoxicating potential. I am unaware of studies in small men or large women. When in doubt, drink less, and, remember, not to drink and drive. — Arvey Rogers, M.D.

Palpitations have many causes I am 52 years old and have begun to experience a fluttering sensation in my chest; it comes and goes. I have no other symptoms at the time. My blood pressure is normal as is my cholesterol and LDL levels. I am overweight and have been experiencing more stress lately. A routine EKG performed in my primary care physician’s office revealed extra beats “coming from the ventricle.” I could not complete an exercise stress test because of poor conditioning. Are occasional extra beats dangerous? Should I undergo 24-hour monitoring of heart rhythm? How important is a formal stress test at this time? The sensation of your heart beating in your chest is called a “palpitation”. Palpitations, or fluttering sensations, can be caused by a normal heart rhythm with a

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Patient has choices for treatment I have suffered from open-angle glaucoma for many years. All kinds of drops have failed to lower my intraocular pressure to the goal level, which my physician hoped to achieve. She has recommended that I undergo one of two surgical procedures: tube drainage or trabeculectomy, and she tells me they are about the same. How can I choose between one or the other? Both procedures are performed in a surgical suite; they both require an incision to be made in the eye, just above the cornea. With tube drainage, a silicone straw is inserted into the fluid-filled eye chamber and is used to remove fluid under high pressure. It stays open. With a trabeculectomy, an incision is made just above

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Knuckle-cracking pain I have always been told that cracking knuckles can cause arthritis or other problems. Is this true? What causes the cracking sound, anyway? The crackling sound, believe it or not, is the result of air being squeezed out of the joint spaces in the finger joints. It is more annoying to people nearby than dangerous to your joints. To my knowledge, it is not a cause of arthritis. If, on the other hand (no pun intended), you experience pain when doing this, you may already have arthritis (usually what is called osteoarthritis — age-related). When that is the case, I would advise you to break an already bad habit. Submit your health questions to: What’s up Doc?, The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or fax to 387-7193; or e-mail to Arvey Rogers, M.D., F.A.C.P., is the retired chief of the Gastroenterology Division of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is currently professor emeritus at the University of Miami School of Medicine.


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Earth, Wind & Fire Know for hits such as September, Shinning Star and many more.

Mar. 20, 8 PM

Natalie Cole

Her hits include I've Got Love On My Mind & Miss You Like Crazy

Sleeping Ugly Apr. 1, 10:30 AM

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* If available, $10 Student/Teacher Rush Tickets may be purchased the day of the performance. Groups of 20 or more receive a 10% discount on most performances

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Give Dance a Chance

3 Photos by Emily Walsh

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 22 Place: Dolphin Aviation Chairs: Gila Meriwether, B.J. Creighton, Renee Hamad and Diane Slattery Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida Fashion takes flight: The luncheon was high-flying, and designer Craig Signer, of Saks Fifth Avenue, showed a colorful collection that took influences from the styles of the 1950s through the 1980s.



1 Dancers from the Sarasota Ballet of Florida — Robyn Roebuck, Jill Schwab and Merris Gonzalez 2 Alina Klein, Robert de Warren and CoChair Gila Meriwether 3 Jan Chester, Laura Proctor and CoChair B.J. Creighton 4 Maxine Dohonoo and Jacqueline de Warren 5 Kacy Carla Bennington and Patricia Caswell 6 Dottie Baer Garner and Patty Bettle




Evening of Excellence


Photos by Jessica Seubert

Date: Friday, Feb. 24 Place: Michael’s On East Benefiting: The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. Co-chairs: Chris Pfahler and Libby Early. Perfect pairings: Artists featured at the show were as funky and colorful as their works.

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1 Ken Pfahler with his wife and co-chair of the event, Chris, and Jim and Shirley Ritchie 2 Helen Martin, Arianna Westerfield, Janice Piedra, Dara Thompson and cochair Libby Early

3 High-school student and artist Christina Lowary with artist Jan Davis, who donated this painting. 4 Alex and Caitlin Balno get ready as guests start to arrive. 5 Caroline Zucker with her daughter, Liza Leonard



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Date: Sunday, Feb. 19 Place: Michael’s On East Chairs: Rosalie Krone and Naomi Wertheimer Benefiting: American Technion Society Honoring: The evening honored Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting.


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7th Annual Children First Celebration THERMAGE

Date: Saturday, Feb. 25 Place: The Chelsea Center Benefiting: Children First, which serves programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start and the Families First Initiative Co-presenting sponsors: Tom and Judy Siegfried and Ruth and Gerard Daniev Groovy, baby: The ’60s themed fundraiser was just that. Youngsters Angela Naydinor, Aryn Kohl and Anthony Gomez handed out programs. “I was running around, and then I gave a lot of these to people,” said Naydinor of the programs. She added: “Groovy, baby!”

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Come join us as the sun sets inside Robarts Arena, along with Sarasota’s finest restaurants, wineries, silent auction and entertainment!


ADVANCED TICKET PRICE: $50.00 ($60.00 at the door) Our Mission is to feed those in need, reduce food waste and educate the community as to the issues of hunger.

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2 Nini Trunk Show

What: Enjoy a trunk show of Nini fine jewelry with a personal appearance from the designer. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 3645318

2 to 4 Marilyn Arnold

Tropical Resort Wear‌ Fine Men’s Clothing and Sportswear for the Discriminating Gentlemen Plus The Largest Selection of Resort Sport Coats in Southwest Florida

Palley Trunk Show What: A preview and trunk show of wearable sculpture. Her new collection is titled “Totems.� A cocktail reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3. When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Mariposa Design Gallery Contact: Mariposa, 366-9510

3 to 4 Sugar Jewelry

What: A trunk show featuring the custom made, semi-precious jewelry of Sugar. Where: The Met, St. Armands Circle Contact: The Met, 388-3991

8 to 9 Barry Brinker

Trunk Show What: This trunk show features the jewelry of Barry Brinker. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5318

8 to 9 Valentin Magro Trunk

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Show What: View a trunk show that features the fine jewelry of Valentin Magro with a personal appearance from the designer. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 3645318

9 ‘Hats & Chukkers’

Tea and Fashion Show Benefiting: All Children’s Hospital Guilds of Sarasota When: 11:30 a.m. Where: The home of John and Sandy Barry Chairs: Sandy Albano, Sandy Barry and Sheryl Vieira Contact: Sandy Albano, 9158619 Price: $100 and up

16 Kiton Trunk Show

What: View the menswear of Kiton at this trunk show. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5334

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Show What: View John Hardy’s designer jewelry made in gold and silver with exotic gemstones and diamonds at this trunk show. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 3645371


Ask Mr. M Is it appropriate to wear suspenders and a belt at the same time? — Fashionably challenged No. It would be like wearing a necktie with a bowtie. It just wouldn’t make sense. — Landon McMahon (To ask Mr. M an etiquette question, please e-mail your question to

Rochelle Curry strikes a pose on the runway in a Craig Signer gown at the Sarasota Ballet of Florida’s “Give Dance a Chance� Luncheon and Fashion Show Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Dolphin Aviation.

22 Judith Leiber Caravan

What: Troves of Judith Leiber’s sparkly evening bags travel to Sarasota for this show. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5300

22 to 24 Inner Circle Trunk

Show What: This trunk show features the fine jewelry of Inner Circle. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5329

27 to 28 Zang Toi Trunk

Show What: View the designer collection of Zang Toi at this trunk show. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5310

29 to 31 Graff Trunk

Show What: Enjoy the fine jewelry designed by Graff at this trunk show. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5318

April 6 Bobbi Brown National Makeup Artist What: Get a makeover from one of Bobbi Brown’s national makeup artists at this event. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5375 12 YSL National

Makeup Artist What: Get makeup tips from YSL’s national makeup artists. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 3645373

standout Jean Carnes looked lovely at the Corinthian Gala in this ruffled bronze gown by Lilly Rubin that happened to match her hair.

hotflash Unique — Mariposa Design Gallery, a unique store itself, is hosting its first show: “Be Original.� The trunk show is a special preview of wearable sculpture by Marilyn Arnold Palley. Palley is an internationally known fiber artist, but has now used her creativeness for a new line of jewelry. The adornments for both men and women are made of natural materials like amber, coral, jade, turquoise, cinnabar and silver. Her new collection is titled “Totems.� A cocktail reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3. The show runs during normal store hours from March 2 to March 4. For more info, call 366-9510.

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What is your favorite Olympic sport?

Managing Your Retirement Distributions

Making the wrong move with your retirement distributions could make a big difference in the quality of your retirement.

At this presentation you will learn: 4 How do the new mandatory Distribution Regulations affect you. 4 The potential effects of mandatory distributions starting at 70½. 4 Which IRA beneficiaries options you should consider. 4 The benefits of rolling over your retirement plan assets. 4 How will your decisions now affect your family after your death. 4 The benefits of the Roth IRA. (Hint: Mandatory distributions are not required) 4 Strategies to help meet your retirement income needs.

Left: “The one where they go off the jump and do all the tricks, aerial skiing,” said Georganna Elliott. Above: “I’d have to say hockey,” said Randy Renfroe.

socialcalendar March 3 ‘An Evening at the Avant-Garde’

Patron Party Benefiting: Ringling School of Art and Design When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Chairs: Elizabeth Wery and BJ Creighton Contact: Sarah Walcutt Febish, 359-7589 Price: By invitation only

4 Lobster Bake

Benefiting: The Hermitage Artist Retreat When: 6 p.m. Where: The Hermitage Contact: 475-2098 Price: $125

4 Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament

Benefiting: Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota When: 6 p.m. Where: G.WIZ Contact: 924-8895 Price: $200

5 Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Evening Party Hosted by: Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club of Sarasota-Manatee When: 6 p.m. Where: The home of Susan Kimsey Contact: Jill Ouseley, 312-0113

6 ‘Building on the Vision’ —

The Campaign for Sarasota Opera Benefiting: Sarasota Opera When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Sarasota Opera House Chairs: Ed Bavaria, Betsy Hinrichs, Joan Wood and Dr. Jack Wright Contact: Sarasota Opera, 366-8450, Ext. 570

6 Florida Winefest & Auction Friend-

Raiser and Kick-Off Party Benefiting: Caring for Children Charities When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Longboat Key Club Harbourside Contact: Winefest, 9521109 Price: By invitation only

Mrs. Bloom Chair: Patricia Talbott Contact: Vlatka Ivanisevic, 924-5850 Price: $25

10 The Willy Wonka Chocolate Gala

10 An Evening of Art

Hosted by: The Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns Benefiting: Ringling Educational Foundation When: 5 p.m. Where: The Art Gallery of Colleen Cassidy-Berns, Carla’s Clay and Art and Frame of Sarasota Chairs: Colleen Cassidy-Berns, Carla O’Brien and Robert Antovel Contact: Lisa Seaboyer, 924-1200

11 International Women’s Day Luncheon Benefiting: UNIFEM, Gulf Coast Chapter When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Susan Aime and Audrey Lewis Contact: Hannah Honeyman, 355-2809 Price: $40 11 Flight of Hope to Latin America

‘Sabado Gigante’ Benefiting: The Wellness Community When: 6 p.m. Where: Dolphin Aviation Chairs: James and Anastasia Bowen and Rich and Kristen Williams Contact: Jay Lockaby, 921-5539 Price: $175 and up

11 Celebrity Waiters

Benefiting: Mental Health Community Centers Inc. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Village on the Isle, Venice Chair: John McLarnan Contact: Kevin, 953-3477 Price: $50

11 Celebration of Imagination Chil-

Benefiting: Embracing Our Differences When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Private residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Contact: 9280567 Price: $250 and up

8 ‘Cocktails, Canopes and Cavorting

12 Chocolate Sundae

with Brits’ Hosted by: Sarasota Ballet Association Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida When: 5 p.m. Where: The home of Mr. and

Bryan, a Certified Financial Planner™, has over 11 years of industry experience and is committed to educating people about their options in managing their financial resources and providing straight-forward advice about real life issues.

Join us for one of the following Dinner Dinner Longboat Hyatt, Longboat OR OR Key Club Sarasota Key Club 220 Sands Pt. Dr.1000 Blvd of the Arts 220 Sands Pt. Dr.John Ringling Room The Keys Room John Ringling Room March 14 at 5:25 pm March 15 at 5:25 pm March 23 at 5:25 pm

Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy When: 7 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Tami Fox Contact: UCP, 957-3599 Price: $150

dren’s Art Auction Benefiting: Justin Lee Wiesner Early Childhood Learning Center and Goldie Feldman Academy When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Temple Beth Sholom Social Hall Contact: 5522770 Price: $100

7 Tour of Kitchens

Featured Speaker Bryan S. Fazio, CFP® Branch Manager, St. Armands Key

Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy When: 1 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: UCP, 957-3599 Price: in advance, $20; at the door, $25


2006 Butterfly Ball When: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18 Where: G.WIZ

The Butterfly Ball takes flight on Saturday, March 18, for its third annual gala, which benefits G.WIZ. This year the ball will feature cocktails, a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing under a bayside tent to the music of the Vine Street Rumba Band, which is a new feature this year. Co-Chairs Bob and Lisa Morris and Trevor and Nikki Taylor promise the event will be an enchanted evening. Tickets are $150 and up and are available by calling Sandy Gran at 309-4949, Ext. 100.

The event is free. To reserve a seat to this event please call 941/ 388-5075. In serving you, we generally act as a broker-dealer but may act as an investment advisor for certain accounts for which we are appointed as investment advisor, and our obligations will vary with the role we play. Unless we otherwise specifically indicate in writing, we are acting only as a broker-dealer. Please consult “Important

Information About Your Relationship With A.G. Edwards” on for a discussion of the differences between our brokerage and advisory services.

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“My themes reflect issues of transformation, pilgrimage, spiritual growth & yearning. My designs, colors and patterns, as they gracefully drape the body, welcome the movement that is essential for the evolution of our own unique beauty.”


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SOLYMAR ON SIESTA KEY The only community on North Siesta Key with single family beachfront lots. Ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 air conditioned square feet, these home embody Old World charm & the beauty of Spanish Mediterranean architecture. Nine exquisite homes priced from $3,550,000. 346-7527

SANCTUARY Gorgeous Sanctuary unit with forever views! Huge wrap around terrace, spacious floor plan with den or third bedroom. Enjoy incredible amenities behind the Longboat Key Club gates! $1,995,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 552-2669

LONGBOAT KEY Full Water Views! Sparkling new canal front home in Sleepy Lagoon with over 3500+ SF. 3BR/3.5BA, waterfall/pool, spa, dock & deeded beach access. $1,875,000. ANDREW BERS 383-2550

SIESTA KEY Siesta Breakers! Crescent Beach crown jewel. Unbelieveably redone by Inbar Design. Fabulously appointed & furnished. Big Beach Vistas from all 3 bedrooms! $1,800,000. KIM GILLILAND 809-5151

HARBOR ACRES Bayfornt unobstructed panoramic views of the barrier islands, bridge & city lights. Five bedroom residence w/ open floor plan, gourmet kitchen and large master suite. Large elevated terrace overlooks garden,pool , spa & waterfall. Deep water dockage. $4,750,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

PLAZA @ FIVE POINTS 15th floor luxury residence w/sweeping views of Downtown, the bay and beyond. Move in condition. Many upgrades: wood floors, crown moldings, granite kitchen & baths. 2BR/2.5BA with every amenity available. $1,350,000. KENT PETERSON 552-3980

SARASOTA 3/2 historically significant 2 story American Four square. Large front porch, dramatic stairway and updated kitchen. $1,190,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

DOWNTOWN CONDO 1st floor condo at Essex House. Completely renovated: wood cabinets, granite, wood floors, new carpet & appl. Underground parking, remodeled lobby & pool. $699,000. HUTTER & RUTSTEIN 552-1358

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BIRD KEY Unique estate size property. Picturesque views of downtown Sarasota as well as the open water views. Avail yourself of both existing homes or build your own dream estate. $8,500,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220 BAYOU LOUISE NO BRIDGES to Gulf or bay! Custom home on Bayou Louise, 4 BR, great room with entertainment bar, huge outdoor living area, pool/spa. $3,600,000. ANDREW BERS 383-2550.

QUEENS HARBOR Unobstructed bay from views, 4495 sq. ft. home w/cook’s kitchen, granite counters & cherry cabinets. Two master suites w/view of pool & bay. Library/den & boat dockage. $2,799,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

SIESTA KEY Paradise found on Siesta Key. This 2BR/2BA Gulf front condominium has views you have only dreamed about. Turnkey furnished & many amenities – Steps to beach and village. $1,099,000. WARREN HICKERNELL 349-1409

SERENOA Custom 2-story 5-6BR/4.5BA/ Den/Family Rm/ home w/pool & summer kitchen has beautiful lake & golf course. Ex-large bonus room w/separate entranceperfect for in-law suite. $1,100,000. BOB MOFFATT 232-3370

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Just completed w/luxurious features: solid mahogany doors, travertine & wood floors. Fantastic bay view with boat dock & walk to your private beach across the street. $2,799,000. KENT PETERSON 552-3980

SIESTA KEY ARTIST HOME & STUDIO COTTAGE on wooded double lot just 2 blocks to the beach. Unique 2/2 home w/ vaulted ceilings fireplace + separate studio. Ripe for renovation or build 2 new homes. $890,000. BOB STAHLSCHMIDT 349-6465

LANDINGS 3-4BR/3BA home. Updated kitchen & baths, solid bamboo floors, new carpet, oversized gourmet kitchen. Lush landscaping, new paint inside & out. Pool & Oversized 2-car garage. $839,000. WADE HAWLEY 552-3988

LONGBOAT KEY Waterfront home w/ wide views of the bay, boating water w/ boat & lift! Wood floors throughout main living areas, cherry kitchen, granite tops, gas cooking, double ovens, ice maker, etc. $3,825,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 3871707 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Three bedroom pool home on canal located on the south side of street. Live in this updated home or tear down & build new. $1,095,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Magnificent unobstructed bay views on the point of Country Club Shores plus 143’ on the canal. Gutted & completely renovated in 1992. 3300 sq. ft. under air. $3,750,000. HAL & MARLENE LIBERMAN 387-1759 LONG BEACH Caribbean Seaside style home located in the historic village of Longboat Key. Architect design w/gorgeous hardwood floors & beams throughout. Perfect getaway or full time residence. $795,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 BRADENTON Enjoy sweeping Gulf views & Sunsets from this penthouse unit. Located in Beautiful Bradenton Beach with all the charm the west coast has to offer! $1,099,900. STEVE HARRIS 780-2352

SANCTUARY Gulf front 3BR/3.5BA huge corner unit with amazing views! 2 parking spaces in preferred lobby level. Oak floor throughout and marble baths + 2 terraces. $2,590,000. MICHAEL GRANSTON 552-3990 LONGBOAT KEY Island retreat on wide canal with WOW view! 3BR/3.5BA w/pool & 50’ boat dockage. Completely remodeled. Private beach access across the street. $1,275,000. ANDREW BERS 383-2550 PRIVATEER Behind the gates of the LBK Club-Islandside. Great Gulf and Bay views, light & bright, updated European style & marble bathrooms. $1,050,000. LINDA THOMPSON 552-2693 BIRD KEY Bird Key 3BR/2BA Garden home ready for updating or great lot for new construction. Bay views with 2 story construction. $799,900. MARTY BENSON 552-3942 LONGBOAT KEY Delightful Villa in Emerald Pointe South. Open, bright & lovingly maintained. Opal floor plan, 2-car garage, den or 3rd BR, loads of storage. $993,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 BEACHPLACE Great Beachplace location, 1st floor 2BR/2BA walk out, close to pool, beach and club house! $850,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

PORTOBELLO Top floor unit, 2 balconies for panoramic Gulf to Bay views! New carpet & paint. Deeded beach access, tennis courts & heated pool. Convenient mid-key location. $799,500. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

Mainland Sarasota/Manatee OAKS EXQUISITE residence in the OAKS-4BR(full suites) 4.5BA, Master has sitting room & fireplace,fireplace also in Living & Family room, formal Dining Room, solar &gas heated pool, marble & tile everywhere $1,790,000. MARIA BALAZ 780-5723 EAST SARASOTA Treed estate property. 4BR/3.5BA 3300+ SF. Walled, fenced & gated for privacy. Huge pool & screened entertainment area. Close to I-75 for easy commute. Room for a guest house too! $1,750,000. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950 EMBASSY HOUSE Totally renovated Embassy House corner unit. Views of the Bayfront, Marina & Selby Gardens. Creative construction & decorating elements. A very special treat! $1,195,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

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PERICO BAY CLUB 2BR/2BA water view villa. Completely updated in 2004. Courtyard entry, 1-car garage, pristine gated community, tennis courts, bike paths and activities. $475,000. MICHELLE MUSTO 552-3981 THE MEADOWS 3BR/2BA Former model. Tastefully decorated with many extras. Security system, cabinets in garage, large lanai and pool area perfect for entertaining. $429,000. HUTTER & RUTSTEIN 552-1358 CASA DEL SOL Spacious 2BR/2BA + den. Vaulted ceilings, eat-in kitchen, 2 car garage. Florida room plus screened lanai on greenbelt. Move right in! $299,000. HUTTER & RUTSTEIN 552-1358 SERNOA Wonderful 4BR/3BA home with great tranquil lake view and large pool area perfect for entertaining. Newer roof, A/C, pool surface and exterior paint. $879,900. FRED RUEGER 374-0059 GREEN TREE Best of everything! 3BR/2BA home with large family room & kitchen, formal dining & living rooms, caged pool/lanai & private wooded view. $499,900. ADAM CHICOINE 809-3003

Arts&Entertainment THEATER


Cervantes’ dream is not so impossible after all at Players Theatre. 3C

Verdi’s tale of a thief steals hearts of opera audience. 5C



Art Scene & Heard — Longboat Key, Sarasota and more

DINING OUT CAFÉ LEYSIN A culinary trip to the Mediterranean is as close as Towles Court. 7C

Thursday, MARCH 2, 2006 Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote.

Oscar Pam’s

Photo by Attila Dory, Courtesy of United Artists / Sony Pictures Classics

inhabit some of the finest movies ever made. And it gets even better. The wickedly funny Jon Stewart, of the “Daily Show,” will be hosting the big event. Looks like a cerebral celebration on all levels. Predicting this year’s winners is a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. I’ll start with the category and list of nominees, and then put my two cents in. The envelopes, please...

Best Actor

Nominees: Philip Seymour Hoffman for “Capote,” Terrence Howard for “Hustle & Flow,” Heath Ledger for “Brokeback Mountain,” Joaquin Phoenix for “Walk the Line” and David Strathairn for “Good Night, and Good Luck” My choice is Philip Seymour Hoffman, for the title role in “Capote.” He unequivocally embodies Truman Capote. He puts in one of the best performances of his career — and one of the best performances by an actor in the history of film, for that matter. Hoffman’s always on top of his game but is seldom given credit because he’s one of those actors who disappears into his characters. That should come to a screeching halt after audiences see his amazing work in this incredible film. Phoenix and Strathairn are both dead-on as Johnny Cash and Edward R. Murrow, respectively, and Ledger’s the best he’s ever been, but Hoffman’s Capote is downright chilling.

Best Actress

Nominees: Judi Dench for “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” Felicity Huffman for “Transamerica,” Keira Knightley for “Pride & Prejudice,” Charlize Theron for “North Country” and Reese Witherspoon for “Walk the Line” Dench may pull it off, or even Huffman; Theron already has one and Knightley is oh-so-young, but with a huge future. Reese Witherspoon, however, knocks your socks off with her gutsy portrayal of June Carter, aka Mrs. Johnny Cash. She put a great deal of work into this role and it shows. She’s another great actor who doesn’t get much attention. She deserves it. Courtesy Photo

Joaquin Phoenix with Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line.”

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Amy Adams for “Junebug,” Catherine Keener for “Capote,” Frances McDormand for “North Country,” Rachel Weisz for “The Constant Gardener” and Michelle Williams for “Brokeback Mountain” Once in a great while, a supporting role in a small movie can elevate that film to greatness. Amy Adams does exactly that in “Junebug.” Her heartwarming naiveté resounds throughout this precious film. Michelle Williams tugs hard at the heartstrings in “Brokeback Mountain,” but Adams has that rare gift of leaving audiences wanting much more. She’s truly a breath of fresh air. For that alone, she deserves the Oscar.


by Pamela Nadon | Contributing Writer

This year, Hollywood is sweating the small stuff when it comes to the Academy Awards. Low-budget films have a high profile in the 2006 Oscar line-up; most of the nominees have been made for less than $15 million. These low-budget wonders take on some tough targets — from the taboo (“Brokeback Mountain”) to the sublime (“Pride & Prejudice”) to terrorism (“Munich”). It’s refreshing to see substance trump style — which is not to say these films lack style. These celluloid terrorists, transvestites, pimps, prostitutes, celebrities and gays

lon for “Crash,” Paul Giamatti for “Cinderella Man,” Jake Gyllenhaal for “Brokeback Mountain” and William Hurt for “A History of Violence” For across-the-board talent, you’ve got to give it to George Clooney in 2006. From director to actor to screenwriter, he’s done it all — and it’s all top-notch work. But, let’s talk Oscars. Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a masterful, understated performance as a broken man who risks everything for true love, that he still gets my vote. Hurt was seductively slimy in “A History of Violence,” but his screen time barely equaled a cameo appearance — it’s not enough to justifying calling it a true supporting role. Dillon and Giamatti, although fine actors, both seem out of their league compared to the other nominees.

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: George Clooney for “Syriana,” Matt Dil-

Amy Adams as Ashley in “Junebug.”

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Best Picture

Nominees: “Brokeback Mountain,” “Capote,” “Crash,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Munich.” I can’t recall when five films of such caliber have been simultaneously nominated for an Academy Award — ever. Any of these intelligent and thought-provoking pictures deserves huge recognition. So I’m going with my heart on this one and putting in a nod for “Brokeback Mountain.” It moved me unlike any other film I’ve seen in ages. It entertains on so many levels: impeccable writing, spectacular visuals and first-rate performances by an ensemble of first-rate actors. The total experience leaves you reeling. It’s the perfect movie.

Best Director

Nominees: George Clooney for “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Paul Haggis for “Crash,” Ang Lee for “Brokeback Mountain,” Bennett Miller for “Capote” and Steven Spielberg for “Munich” My vote goes to Ang Lee, simply because he packed mainstream audiences into theaters to see a film about two men who fall in love. And he did so with such powerful gentility that audiences with all sorts of preconceptions were moved beyond belief. His camera work is profound and his characters are subtlety riveting. “Crash” was groundbreaking, too, in it’s own way, and “Capote” was as visually enticing as it’s characters. “Munich” was powerful, but left me cold. Ang Lee’s film permeated my soul. That’s great directing. Pamela Nadon graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s in English, has served as a film analyst in a series of classes, and is a member of the American Film Institute.


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The tragedy of Alonso Quisano My desire has been no other than to deliver over to the detestation of mankind the false and foolish tales of the books of chivalry, which, thanks to that of my true Don Quixote, are even now tottering, and doubtless doomed to fall for ever. —Miguel de Cervantes Imagine a contemporary author writing a satire attacking “Fifth Grade comic book minds,” (to quote the bad guy from “Wait Until Dark”). The hero goes mad and thinks he’s a superhero. He goes forth to have superhero adventures. But he can’t fly, can’t see through walls, and doesn’t have super hearing, invulnerability, or the power to read minds. Everything goes wrong. He hurts himself and others because he’s not a superhero. Our hero finally realizes this fact — too late. He comes to his senses and dies. That’s the novel. Then a Broadway playwright comes along and adapts the novel as a musical. The musical adaptation cele-

playbill ‘Man of La Mancha’ Short version: Broadway gives Cervantes’ dream a happy ending. Where and when? The Players 838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Running through March 5 For more information call 365-2494.

brates the hero’s delusion. The lack of super powers doesn’t really matter. You’re a superhero if you think you’re a superhero. That’s the message of the musical. The public eats it up — and forgets the point of the original novel. Ironic, isn’t it? That’s, essentially, what happened with “Man of La Mancha.” The bones of Cervantes’ plot are largely undisturbed. Setting: La Mancha, a desert region of Spain. Time: the 1600s. Alonso Quixano, an aging gentlemen on the lowest rung of nobility, reads too many tales about ancient knights. He broods. He loses his mind. He starts thinking that he’s one of those knights. Rechristening himself “Don Quixote,” he goes on a quest with his faithful squire, Sancho Panzo. Don Quixote tilts at windmills. He renames a trash-talking barmaid “Dulcinea del Toboso,” and defends her honor. The world honors his mad idealism with beatings and contempt. Eventually, his son-in-law shocks him back into sanity. The old man writes his will. He dies in bed. From the bones of this tale, playwright Dale Wasserman, lyricist Joe Darion and composer Mitch Leigh fleshed out a musical in 1965. In the cleverly framed story, the Spanish Inquisition throws Cervantes in a dungeon to await trial. The other prisoners try him first. His defense is to act out his famous book. Cervantes plays Don Quixote; the prisoners take other roles. As the knight, Cervantes argues for lost causes, idealism in defiance of common sense and the pursuit of impossible dreams. A stone would weep. The prisoners weep. They absolve him. You hope the real Inquisitors will do the same.

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Eve Caballero, Allen Kretschmar and Jason Kimble share a Quixotic moment. Jeff Dillon directs with zest. (This is a play about putting on a play. What director doesn’t love that?) He plays it by the Broadway book — no deconstruction or bipolar Don Quixote here. Allen Kretschmar’s plays the title role as a Man-of-La-Mancha-Classic. As the author, he’s a soft-spoken humanist. As the knight, he booms with pseudo Shakespearean rhythms — a rustic’s notion of an ancient nobleman’s speech. Jason Kimble is comic and John Ritteresqeue as Sancho-the-Sidekick. The big joke: he’s smarter than his employer; Eve Caballero is gutsy as Dulcinea. Her character is meant to be coarse. Some actors might not play it that way because they want to be likeable. She throws herself into it. It makes her likeable; The background characters show energy and joy, though, at times, a few who should have stayed in the background, don’t.

Bottom line; the opening night audience loved it. It’s a warm play, this fable of radical subjectivism. It has poetry in its heart. You can’t say it turns a blind eye to the problem of evil. Like the hero of “Brazil,” Don Quixote looks the reality of evil in the eye; then returns to his beautiful delusions before he dies. But that’s not how Cervantes ended his novel. Which was meant as a satirical attack on beautiful delusions. In the original ending, the old man regained his sanity and realized his life was a waste. Alonso Quisano’s quest was a tragedy. Sorry to harp on this point, but that’s the book. Celebrating what Cervantes attacked is no small change. This is not to say the musical isn’t great fun on its own terms — as original material. “Man of La Mancha” may be a beautiful dream. It may even be possible. But it’s not Cervantes’ dream.

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Listen to the mockingbird Remember the Old South? It’s more than an academic question. As Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Plenty of people remember the quote, but forget its context:“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness.” This is not a grim warning against being trapped in a “Twilight Zone”-style time loop. The philosopher was talking about cultural memory: storytelling, but also the living heritage of manners and tradition. Tradition is only a trap if it’s blind. Conscious tradition makes growth possible. That’s why Harper Lee wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.” And why Christopher Sergel adapted it as a play. To remember the Old South. American pop culture remembers a cartoon: an ugly scene of hogs, Klansmen, lynchings and stupid dirt farmers with missing teeth who said “ain’t” and spat. That’s a caricature, not memory. A reality existed behind the caricature. It was a lot more complicated. The play dives into those complications: The layers of class consciousness.

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The texture of day-to-day life. The real history. Jean Louise Finch is the protagonist. The play’s brilliant structure turns her into two protagonists. She’s Scout (Shanley Caswell), an 11-year-old tomboy growing up in small-town Alabama in the 1930s. She’s the same woman in her 30s (Norah Sweeney). The adult is the narrator. She’s fighting to remember her

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‘I masnadieri’ — a performance of the opera of a young man Verdi’s “I masnadieri” premiered in London in 1847. The composer, just 34 years old, had become good friends with Andrea and Clarina Maffei, who kept a salon in Milan. Verdi enjoyed the company of this cultured and cultivated couple, often visiting their home and attending their elegant parties. So, it’s not surprising that Andrea, the poet, and Giuseppe, the composer, would collaborate on an opera. But one must remember that Verdi was still finding his way as a master of emotional, dramatic, staged musical presentations. His friend, Maffei, was a great scholar, poet and an admirer of Shakespeare and Milton, but he was mired in the too-too romantic thinking of the early 19th century. Maffei’s rather far-fetched romanticism is what makes “I masnadieri” less rich in characterization and depth than the Verdi masterpieces that followed. JUNE Opera companies usually stick with LeBELL Verdi’s crowd-pleasing masterpieces. His mature work is staged; his early work stays on the shelf. Twenty-first century opera audiences hardly ever get to see live performances of “I masnadieri.” Happily for area opera lovers, Victor DeRenzi is truly, madly, deeply in love with Verdi. His passion has propelled him to take the thankful task of presenting all of the composer’s works, including this one. It’s a rare chance. But that doesn’t make the convoluted, unbelievable story of Massimiliano, the Count Moor, and Carlo and Francesco, his two exceedingly unlikable sons, any easier for contemporary audiences to swallow. Even so, the opportunity to see a fully staged performance of “I masnadieri” with an excellent cast of singers is richly rewarding. Ready for the far-fetched story? Here goes: Carlo and Francesco are brothers. They despise each other, for reasons that are never quite explained. Francesco sets out to mur-

der his father and become the regent of the region. Amalia, an orphan niece of Massimiliano, is in love with Carlo. Francesco, wanting his father’s power and Amalia’s love, conspires. He tells a series of lies, first to Carlo (he tells him his father has banished him from their home) and then to Amalia and Massimiliano (he tells them that Carlo is dead). The fake news causes the old Count to collapse. We are led to believe that he has died. He comes back to life later in the opera, dies again, then revives again, but Amalia fails to recognize Carlo because he has a suntan. Seriously. (Carlo: “Don’t you recognize me with my suntanned face?” Amalia: “You look familiar.”) If this sounds like an opera synopsis by Robert Benchley, you’re right on target. It gets worse before it gets better. In Act IV, Francesco has a terrible dream — a warning of eternal damnation. Hope stirs that at least one character in this miasma of turmoil may redeem himself. No. The Church is unforgiving. In Act IV, Scene two, just as we’re beginning to think Carlo and Amalia will live happily ever after, Carlo decides he simply can’t continue his life as a thief. The solution for his crisis of conscience? He stabs Amalia and runs off to the gallows. Storyline aside, the opera’s music offers glimpses of the future Verdi: embryonic choruses that will come to term in “Il Trovatore,” bright flashes of fioratura writing that will shine with full brilliance in “La Traviata,” and heavenly melodies that are, without a doubt, pure Verdi. Martha Collins directed the production. It gets a tad stilted and static, at times — but blame must be shared with the composer. Aria follows aria without coming up for air. Duets and ensembles are tossed in with scant care for char-

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This was a fun exhibit. Sure, it had a serious purpose — a benefit for the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, that culminated Feb. 27. Even so, the art put a smile on your face. In case you missed it, here’s a sample of what the fun was all about: “The Umbrella Dancers” is a lithograph by Jonathan Winters — the mad, comic genius from the 1960s who taught Robin Williams everything he knows. It shows the same gravity-defying whimsy you saw in Winters’ improvisations — but don’t think this is the work of some lightweight Sunday painter. There’s a purity to it, a Miro-like simplicity. Winters’ art defies gravity. Peter Stannick’s ink-on-canvas “Station” is a witty study in contrasts and a crisp, masterful composition. The scene is a New York City subway station. A woman sits on a bench to the viewer’s left. Sophisticated. Long, black hair. Black mini-skirt. Drop-dead gorgeous. Her eyes tilt to the viewer’s left (her right) studying a poster of art by Keith Haring, the late graffiti/street artist. There’s lots of busy, funky, energetic stuff going on in that poster: Babies crawling, fiery figures, two people lifting a third, who’s shooting out sparks of light. Chaos and cool coexist in the same universe. Dee Gaylord’s “Sunkist” is an intricate web of organic color: a scene in the twilight zone between landscape and abstraction. The late Leona Sherwood’s “Hanfleur Harbour” shows a scattering of triangular sailboats in muted pastels. It’s perfect. Not a single line should be changed. Ki Woon Huh’s “Leap” is a delicate vase set with the openwork traceries of leaves and organic patterns and the color and texture of ivory. Astonishing. Like everything else he creates. Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art lithograph, “Crak,” shows a female French Resistance fighter (sporting a baret, of course) firing a rifle and crying, “Now, mes petits, pour La France!” The image is powerful and ludicrous at the same time. How does he do it? Florence Putterman’s mixed-media “Salem Valley Road” draws you into a curving path sweeping up a hill dotted with trees, like jewels. It makes you want to step into the scene and keep walking. Paul Cohan’s manipulated photograph, “Leda and the Swan,” is a scene of a woman bathing in a pool, with drooping head and downcast eyes. It has the look of a woodcut or block print, all sharp demarcations and saturated colors. Brilliant. Barbara Gabbe-Harris’ manipulated photograph, “Buddha’s Feet,” shows Siddhartha’s famous toes, tinted by the artist to the dreamy pink/blue shades of sunset clouds. That’s just some of the fun. You really had to be there. On the other hand, if you took some of the art home with you, in a sense you still are. This exhibit happened at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion. “Nell Rude” is still happening at the Glen Gallery down the hall. It features Rude’s prismatic photography (and a sidebar of newspaper clippings and other historic icons). Rude’s “Beautiful Lady” captures a woman’s face through the mist of a falling curtain of water. “The Ritz Architecture, Reflection” is another image of the floating world: a reflection of the luxury hotel, melting in the mirror glass of the One Sarasota Tower. The world Rude sees is an interesting one. Don’t let this exhibit melt away before you see it.

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Cliff Roles — found in translation To paraphrase Cliff Roles, every boy dreams of being an astronaut, locomotive driver or circus ringmaster (and sometimes wizard, if you happened to grow up in England, the land of Merlin, Hobbits and Harry Potter). But dreams are one thing, reality another. Roles’ youthful studies weren’t quite as magical as the courses at Hogwarts — try foreign language major at Croydon College, instead. He graduated with a fluency in five languages. He got to use at least one of those languages — German — when he took a job in the building trade in Cologne in 1975. In 1984, he landed a gig as a radio promoter for a major German music company, was there when Pink Floyd played “The Wall” at the Berlin Wall in 1991, got out of the music industry in 2000 and got out of Germany in 2002. In 2004, Roles began translating the insights of area guests into radio waves on his program, “Talk of the Suncoast,” on WIBQ. On top of that, he translates the excitement of the circus to happy audiences in his role as ringmaster at Circus Sarasota. Some boyhood dreams do come true. When he dreams of having fun, it looks like this: Cliff Roles and his equine associate. Live performance: Recently? I would say “Laughing Stock,” at the Asolo. I especially loved the first 50 minutes in the second act, the part where they’re butchering Dracula. David S. Howard forgetting his lines. David Brietbarth with his cape stuck in the door. I killed myself laughing. Also: “Urinetown” at the Golden Apple. Hilarious. Absolutely brilliant. Carl Turoff ’s direction was spectacular. Books in progress: It’s actually “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the brand new Harry Potter. Who wouldn’t want to be a wizard? It’s is a boyhood dream. That and locomotive driver, astronaut and circus ringmaster, I suppose. But, I think she’s brilliant, I mean the author, not Harry, J.K. Rowling. Brilliant. There’s no other word. What an imagination. I started reading it a month or so ago. I’m about two chapters into it at the moment. I’ve been meaning to finish, but

I’ve been ring mastering at Circus Sarasota. On top of all the other things I do, I don’t get around to reading much. But every chance I get, I pick it up. I’m dying to finish it. The suspense is killing me. I want to know how it ends. Recent film: “Munich,” by Steven Spielberg. It really pulled me in. Some of that’s personal. You know, I lived in Germany over half my life. I was there during the Munich attack, knew people affected by it. Seeing it on the screen, it was all quite familiar: the streets, the buildings. I could definitely relate to the film. But, I think a person from Timbuktu could relate to it, it was just brilliantly directed. The story tore my heart out, but I loved it. Visual art: I love that enormous statue based on the photograph from World War II — the sailor and the nurse kissing at the corner of Island Park. “Unconditional Surrender,” I think



it’s called. I love the idea of it. I mean, the appeal is very basic. A moment, frozen in time. That’s what the photograph was. Now here it is again, the same moment in time, but in three dimensions, larger than life. I’m proud we’ve got it here in Sarasota, and proud of all the other sculptures. It shows the world we’ve grown up, we’re a cosmopolitan city. I think it’ll attract the right sort of attention. Area restaurants: Do I have to answer that? I go to a lot of restaurants. Whichever one I pick ... But, I suppose I ask my guests on the air the same question. It’s only fair. OK, if you insist. Sam Sneed’s Tavern, then. That is my local favorite. It’s about 150 yards from my home. My wife and I go there on regular basis. Wonderful food, wonderful people. But it’s one of many favorites. Patrick’s, on Main Street. Shakespeare’s, in Osprey. Rico’s Pizzeria, for pizza. I could go on. It depends on where and when, what kind of mood I’m in.

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open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3; the exhibit runs through March 30. Joseph Jeswald’s off-kilter visions also can be seen through March 28. 365-9406.

Exhibition.� This juried exhibit opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, and runs through March 20, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Nell Rude� offers the artist’s prismatic visions and runs concurrently at the Glen Gallery. 383-2345.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites.� Victorian reveries draw you in through April 3. 359-5700.

Hastings On The Court — “Thomas Frontini and Hilary Wallis.� This challenging exhibit opens from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11 and runs through March 31. The Al Hixon Quartet will perform at the reception. 993-7612. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Larry Forgard and Charlie Barmonde.� This exhibit of fleeting figures and eternal stoneware runs through March 4; “Katherine Butler: New Works.� This runs from March 7 through April 8. An artist’s reception takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 17. 955-9456. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — “The Louisiana Project.� Conceptual photographer Carrie Mae Weems dreams of New Orleans in this exhibit opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 10 and running through April 7. 359-7563.

Beverly Fleming Gallery — “Joyful Serenity.� Joyous art by Pamela-Branning is on exhibit through March 17. 3658683. Celery Barn Gallery — “Gail Howard.� The artist’s ephemeral visions can be seen through March 17. 952-9505.

Selby Gardens — “Sumi-e Chinese Brush and Ink Exhibition.� This exhibit of Asian art runs through April 13. 3665731.

Elizabeth Rice Gallery — “Contemporary Masters.� Featuring masterful art by de Kooning, Dine, Frankenthaler, Motherwell and others through April 29. 954-8575.

Art Center Sarasota — “Animation Art.� Moving images by Ringling School of Art and Design animation students have been captured for your viewing pleasure through March 12. “Go with the Flow� showcases member artwork and “Point Counterpoint� features art by Ellen Mason and Sally Sloan; these exhibits run concurrently. 365-2032.

Metamorphosis — “Matt Sesow.� Art by this self-taught outsider (who rejects the term “outsider�) is on exhibit through March 30. 373-9101.

Women’s Resource Center — “Beneath the Surface: Works by Anita Wexler.� Buried meaning comes into view through March 31. 366-1700. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art — “Leslie Lerner: The Florida Years.� This exhibit of powerful work by the late, great Florida-based artist offers a glimpse of greatness

Greene Contemporary — “Aaron Board.� The artist’s large-scale canvases create portrals to other worlds. Doors

Sharp-Stevens Gallery — “Marge Bennett: Watercolors.� This exhibit continues through March. 365-4222.

South Florida Museum — “The Highwaymen.� Work by African-American landscape artists of the ’50s and ’60s is on exhibit through March 12. 746-4131.

Center for the Arts and Humanities — “The Black Muse 2005.� African-American artists explore the political and the personal through March 4. 365-5118.

Dabbert Gallery — “Divine: The Fine Art of Daniel Bilodeau.� This exhibit of the artist’s romantic, contemporary, inventive, surprising work opens from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 10; it continues through March 31. 955-1315.

through April 1. 366-2093.

Palm Avenue Gallery — “Patricia May.� The artist’s rare visions can be seen through March. 953-5757. State of the Arts Gallery — “New Horizons.� This exhibit of new works by David Steiner, David Utz, Judy Wise and others catches the eye through March 10. 955-2787. Suzanne & Devorah Gallery — “Suzanne Patton: Recent Works.� Patton’s latest oils and pastels are featured in this ongoing exhibit. 538-8804. Creaturo Gallery — Frank Creaturo captures the cast of the human drama in his art. Ongoing. 953-6163. Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — “A Perfect Match.� Cassidy-Berns’ tropical watercolors and hand-

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Choreographed by Robert de Warren, this ballet will make the pagan splendor of Carl Orff’s magnum opus spring to life from March 24 through March 26, at the Van Wezel. The visual and musical spectacle combines the dancing talents of Sarasota Ballet with the musical talents of Key Chorale and the Southwest Florida Symphony, conducted by Joseph Caulkins. If you missed it the first time, don’t miss it again. 3518000.

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peripatetic experience of art and music from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 3, in downtown Sarasota. 951-2656. ‘Palm Avenue First Friday Art Walks’ — featuring gallery openings and live “Pops on Palm” performances, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3, on Sarasota’s artful Palm Ave. 951-2314. ‘Village of the Arts’ First Weekend Art Fest’ —Bradenton’s art colony holds a festive open house from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 3, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4. 741-8056. ‘Fine Art and Backstage Tour’ — the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota hosts this peek at the Van Wezel’s very fine art, at 10 am. Tuesday, March 7. 953-3368.

music Sarasota Opera — “Die Fledermaus.”

Johann Strauss Jr.’s operetta runs through March 26; “I Masnadieri.” Verdi’s bandit opera steals the stage through March 25; “La Bohème.” Puccini’s opera sings the sorrows of two down-and-out lovers through March 25; “The Marriage of Figaro.” Mozart’s masterpiece extends an invitation through March 25. 366-8450. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — The Polish Chamber Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1; “Sarasota Chorus of the Keys: Songs America Sings.” The beloved area chorus takes a musical journey through American history at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4; The Philadelphia Orchestra performs works by Beethoven and Liszt at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. 953-3368. Florida West Coast Symphony — “Youth Orchestra Concert.” The symphony’s student musicians perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Neel Performing Arts Center at Manatee Community College. 953-3434.

The Jazz Club of Sarasota — area jazz musicians get into the groove at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium’s Bayfront Room. 366-1552. Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret —“Piano Men.” This revue celebrates the 20th century’s keyboard kings through March 25. 366-9000. Venice Little Theatre Cabaret — “Always, Patsy Cline.” This revue celebrates a country music legend through March 5. 488-1115. St. Paul Lutheran Church — “GuitarSarasota’s Trio Voilà.” Flautist Jane Hoffman, violaist Laura Jensen-Jennings and guitarist Thomas Koch perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4. 362-2991. First United Methodist Church — “Jazz in the Chapel.” Jeff Lego performs on trombone at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. 955-0935. Bishop Planetarium — “Sarasota POPS Orchestra: Jazz Connection.” This jazzy concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. 746-4131. Glenridge Performing Arts Center — “Musicians from Marlboro.” This worldclass sextet makes its single Sarasota appearance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5; Mike Markaverich, the area’s noted jazz pianist, performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 5. 5525325.

dance Van Wezel — “The Sleeping Beauty.” The

Daniel Bilodeau’s ‘Wet Paint’ makes a splash at Dabbert Gallery.

theater Asolo Theatre — “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Asolo Conservatory — “Five by Tenn.” This quintet of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams struts the stage through March 19; “Lady Windermere’s Fan.” Conservatory actors take a walk on the Oscar Wilde side from March 10 through May 7. 351-8000.

Own Wife.” Actor/playwright Doug Wright creates 35 characters (including a male tranvestite who says “I do” to his feminine side) who do what it takes to survive in Nazi and Cold War Germany through March 26. 366-9000.

Florida Studio Theatre — “Moonlight and Magnolias.” The Hollywood dream factory has a break on the assembly line through April 8. 366-9000.

The Players Theatre — “Man of La Mancha.” Cervantes’ impossible dream of Don Quixote takes form on stage through March 5. 365-2494.

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Russian National Ballet Company performs this classic ballet as only they can at 8 p.m. Friday, March 3. 953-3368.

Quiet courage confronts racism from Feb. 24 through May 6; “Anything to Declare” declaims a hilarious French sex farce through April 22; “Trying” explores age, intellect and friendship through April 8. 351-8000.


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Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret — “FST Improv Troupe: And the Red Tide Also Rises.� The theater’s resident zanies find the lighter side of everything at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. 366-9000. Van Wezel — “An Afternoon with Jack Klugman.� The Emmy Award-winning comedian creates hilarity at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5. 953-3368. Houdini’s Showplace — “The Magic of Sarasota.� Vince Carmen and friends create illusion and delight through Nikolai Koslov ’s ‘In the Forest’ makes nature’s subtle beauty visible at Wallace Fine Art.

female directors continues through this Friday, March 3. 284-1027. Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “7th annual Academy Awards Party.� Relax, drink champagne and pick the winners as the Oscars unfold on the big screen at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5. 955-FILM.

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Starving artists flock to Café Leysin and my salad appeared. It was an invention of the evening — radiant salmon slices on baby spinach leaves and little accents of fruit. It was probably the best salad I’ve ever had in my life. Next came the side dish (actually an entrée) of ossu buco, veal shank braised in wine and veal stock, all relaxing on a bed of Risotto Milanese. Man, it was good. This was followed by the entrée (actually a second entrée) of Muscovy duck breast — marinated in something hypnotic and surrounded by red potatoes and mission


figs. Wow. Dessert? Are you kidding? The food was excellent. As to service — there was a half hour wait for my drink order and another hour before the first entrée. Hey, it’s understandable. Café Leysin was packed with hungry art lovers attempting to feed their bellies. Demand exceeded supply. This is a great place to eat — with one caveat. Don’t come here hungry on the night of an art walk. As I said, they’ve got some pretty cool art on the walls here.


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A rising supply of homes on the market ensures a slower pace, but 2006’s slow start doesn’t ensure lower prices. In Alfred Marshall’s 1890 work, “Principles of Economics,” he stated: “There is then one general law of demand: The greater the amount to be sold, the smaller must be the price at which it is offered in order that it may find purchasers; or, in other words, the amount demanded increases with a fall in price, and diminishes with a rise in price.” He also stated that, with a rise in price, there is more motivation to produce more to be sold. In the case of Southwest Florida, that means one thing: More homes on the market. And Marshall never lived through a Florida real-estate boom. In shock from last year’s frenzied pace of buying demand that favored sellers, some homeowners are now in a frenzy of speculation over what the real estate market will do next, now that the scale has tilted toward a flood of supply of homes on the market. The market now has tipped back to the buyers.

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In 2005, the problem for Realtors was finding listings for property-hungry buyers. But after homeowners have seen what their neighbors have received for their homes, many are entering the market to

sell and, hopefully, cash in as well. “Last year, we had the buyers, but we couldn’t find listings anywhere,” said Cathy Meldahl, with Wagner Realty. “This year, we have double and even triple the amount of listings, we’re just lacking the buyers for them.” Although anyone can see more “for sale” signs sticking up on front lawns these days, the question is what the increased supply in homes for sale does to the overall price of real estate. Roger Pettingell, with Coldwell Banker Previews, said it doesn’t mean sellers aren’t still going to make a profit, it just means they need to realize buyers now have other options to choose from. “The supply of homes is now equalizing the market,” he said. “Sellers used to be able to add on the 30% appreciation rate to their home’s value to figure out what to sell it for. Now that buyers have more choices, it means that those sellers are

going to have to price comparatively.” With the larger supply also comes a slowing of the market’s pace. Whereas last year, homes were sold the same day or even before they were put on the market, this year, the buyers have more time to mull over the inventory. This means more bargaining power for the buyers, as well as longer waits for sellers, but not necessarily a drop in prices. “With more listings, I think there will probably be more negotiating,” Meldahl said. “We’ve seen minor price reductions, but the properties still aren’t selling. What we need are more buyers.”

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Feb. 10 through Feb. 23, in order of dollar amounts.





611 St. Judes Drive New construction Mark Lindisch $450,000 2903 Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) Alteration Trustee Norman Hahn $90,243 535 Sanctuary Drive Alteration shutters Co-Trustee Marvin Sweet $41,129 3564 Fair Oaks Lane Alteration Michael Donovan $35,000 551 Putting Green Lane Re-roof Goldsen Broadcasting LLC $29,809 561 Golf Links Lane Addition boat dock Paul Primamore $29,226 657 Halyard Lane Re-roof James Tanovich $29,167 571 Golf Links Lane Addition boat lift Elhanan Stone $28,371 455 Longboat Club Road Alteration Trustee Gerald Ross $26,278 591 Bowsprit Lane Addition pool Franklin Simmons $24,000 541 Golf Links Lane Addition boat lift Patricia Laurin $21,875 5610 GMD Alteration North Key Plaza $20,000 600 Birdie Lane Alteration garage Trustee Beverly Porter $19,615 380 GMD Alteration shutters Benjamin Immerman $17,000 585 Sanctuary Drive Alteration shutters Co-trustee David Holmes $16,100 575 Sanctuary Drive Alteration shutters Shirley Brodsky $15,782 2525 GMD — Alteration elevator — Islands West Condominium Assoc. $15,000 562 Norton St. Addition pool Michael Seamon $14,250 2105 GMD Alteration shutters Trustee Eugene Bushmann $11,676 5 Winslow Place Alteration shutters John and Barbara Kerwin $10,152 801-807 Bayport Way Re-roof Bayport Beach & Tennis $10,000

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JXiXjfkXËj=`e\jkGifg\ik`\j ESTANCIA DEL MAR - Beyond Luxury! An Addison Mizner inspired gated Grand Estate under construction on one of the widest points of Sarasota Bay with 5BR suites contained in 11,000 Sq. Ft. Lushly landscaped for maximum privacy with an infinity edge pool, dock & large al fresco covered entertainment area complete with summer kitchen, bar & fireplace. Theatre, library, wine room, pub/billiards room and more with over 1,400 Sq. Ft. of covered terraces. Custom designed and built to the highest standards & quality. MLS# 289854 $11,000,000

LIGHTHOUSE POINT - This elegant home in the gated community on Longboat’s southern end has 4BRs with office in 5,200 Sq. Ft. with marble floors and volume ceilings throughout. The open floor plan with a large kitchen is perfect for entertaining with a 60’ lighted boat dock minutes from the Gulf and bay. MLS#292739 $3,595,000 BAY ISLES - Fabulous home in the exclusive gated Harbor section of Bay Isles that was completely remodeled in 2005 w/new kitchen and bathroom cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures & granite countertops throughout. Soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, protected 50 ft. boat dock & over 5,100 sq. ft. of fine detailing & superb finishes. Four BR suites, private office, 3 fireplaces & family room w/wine cellar & full bar. Spacious outdoor entertaining terrace & pool deck with 38’ pool & new pavers. MLS#302526 $3,450,000 BAY ISLES - Impeccably maintained Mediterranean design home secluded in Longboat’s most exclusive neighborhood. Located on deepwater with 100’ 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 $2,900,000 LONGBOAT GULF FRONT - Direct Gulf front beach cottage with 1,800 Sq. Ft. and several decks to relax on. Great rental and renovation potential. MLS#278263 $2,095,000 BAY ISLES BAYOU - Captivating and unique home privately situated on corner lot that has been completely remodeled. New stucco roof, imported cherry wood granite kitchen, wine cooler, new bathrooms, new electricity, etc. Impressive new landscape including fountain and outdoor and indoor travertine flooring. MLS#301994 $1,295,000

LAUREL PARK Fabulous New Construction Downtown Choose from Italian Revival Influence Or Southern Craftsman Style With 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths 2 Fireplaces, Pool, and Elevator Only One of Each Model Remaining $1,170,000 - $1,370,000

LONGBOAT GULF FRONT LOT - One of the largest direct Gulf front buildable residential lots available in Sarasota County. This estate property is 1.4 acres with 425’ of Gulf front. Plenty of room to build a large home with a Gulf front pool. There is the possibility of dividing the property into two lots. MLS#302610 $6,450,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES LOT - Canal front lot on the southern end of Longboat Key and on the desirable southern side of the street. MLS# 301010 $1,395,000

goLdEn gAtE Point Stunning Penthouse with over 3500 SF Spectacular Full Bay & City Views High Tech Media/Security System Luxury Appointments Throughout A Designers Dream! $2,499,000

VIZCAYA - Over 6600 Sq. Ft. of custom elegance with the finest detailing, finishes & cabinetry created by Ann Folsom Smith Interiors in a community of only 31 gulf front residences. Five bedrooms including 2 master suites, spacious kitchen with Neff cabinetry, living, dining and family rooms, two double car garages, extensive terraces w/ outdoor grill, Grand Illusions Trompe l’oeils & Virginia Hoffman custom glass creations. View the gulf from all main rooms. Truly a paradise for the discriminating buyer. MLS #302005 $5,950,000 BEACHES PENTHOUSE - Spacious Gulf front condo on Longboat Key w/4,000 Sq. Ft., 4BRs & 3 terraces w/views of the Gulf, bay & golf course that has been beautifully updated & decorated with a roof garden, skylights, kitchen par excellence, marble floors, security system, hurricane shutters, 9’ ceilings & numerous built-ins. MLS#296800 $2,600,000. BANYAN BAY - Beautifully furnished renovated Longboat 3BR condo in a small Gulf front enclave with great amenities. The perfect beach get-away. MLS#295781 $899,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1-4

CITYSCAPE - Live and work in this contemporary penthouse suite with 20’ ceilings and 4BRS plus office loft area that has never been lived in. Superb location across from theatres and restaurants with security, concierge and two parking spaces. MLS#284791 $869,000

Browse our web site to view virtual tours of these and our other listings HUdSon BAYoU 3 BR 2 BA Condo with Boat Dock/Lift Small, Private Complex near Selby Gardens Tranquil Bayou Views, Pool, Garage $749,990

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SUPPLY continued from 1D Fear factor

As the supply grows and the market slows, one reason people fear a drop in demand is that investors may be exiting. Confronted with longer selling times and, possibly, smaller profits, the “flippers” in the market are not experiencing the quick turnaround time enjoyed previously, and the market isn’t as lucrative. “Investors have gotten out by this time,” Meldahl said. “Flipping property is going by the wayside.” Aside from the lack of investors, many Realtors said it has taken longer than usual for the season to begin. Without tourists, snowbirds and visitors, there are even fewer potential buyers. “January has always been a kind of quiet month,” said Mike Nink of Wedebrock Real Estate Co. “We’ve had a lot of activity in the last week, and March is our biggest month, so we’ll see.” Meldahl conjectures that Hurricane Katrina might be responsible for a slower than usual start: “In October, the mar-

ket started to change, and I think, with all the media attention to Hurricane Katrina, some people didn’t want to put all their equity on a barrier island.” Pettingell agreed that the start has been particularly slow this year, but said the fact remains that many baby boom-

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value compared to other Florida destinations, such as Naples and Palm Beach. With rising interest rates not overly affecting the barrier-island market because of the amount of cash purchases, many Realtors are convinced it is just a matter of time before the buyers catch up to the sellers and the market balances out or tips toward the sellers again. “I am confident it will not go down,” Meldahl said of the market. “I’ve been in this business 25 years, and one thing I know is that real estate is cyclical. We have to let the market settle down and see what it’s going to do, but I don’t think it’s going down. We live in paradise — how could it go down?”

ers are looking to retire to Florida in the coming years, and the demand will always stay high for Longboat Key and her sister islands because of the desirable location. “It’s somewhat of a protected market,” Pettingell said. “Longboat has always been heading up, not straight up, but it’s been the little engine that could. We’re always going to have the same amount of desire and a limited supply, and this market is usually the last affected and the first back.” Pettingell also said the area is still a

Mainland Waterfront Properties


Country Club Shores IV • JUST REDUCED $1,595,000 Exceptional, One-story three bedroom, two bath canal front home with Fantastic bay views. Completely remodeled in 2002. Homey and Bright. Just move in and enjoy your little piece of Paradise.

Updated 2/2 villa on deep water canal with dock, davits and boat at shaded private patio. $401,499 Large 2/2 end unit condo. New windows, beautifully updated. Dock & lift. Convenient location. $435,000 Million dollar view of Palma Sola Bay. Large 2/2. Needs updating. Attached carport & storage. $470,000 Longboat Key furnished. Magnificent view of Sarasota Bay to enjoy from every room of this 1 bedroom condo. Dockage available. $449,000

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Mainland Acreage

Approx. 2 acres on Caruso Road. Cross fenced with 2 out buildings. 3/2 hardwood floors, new kitchen. Agent owner. $435,000

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buttonwood harbour-longboat key

Custom “Ranch” style pool home remarkably remodeled and updated throughout including a chef’s kitchen w/hickory wood cabinets, saturnia marble floors throughout, crown moldings, open heated pool & spa w/waterfall and a maintenance free 30’ $1,475,000 composite dock on a deep water canal. •VT


longboat key beachfront estate

Remarkable elevated main residence offering inviting living spaces, private elevator, gourmet kitchen, sundeck, dramatic sunsets and azure waterviews. Charming 3 bedroom guest cottage adjacent to main residence, 3 car garage & heated - open pool. $5,795,000


sleepy lagoon-longboat key absolute privacy

private and secluded homesite with 0.87+/- acre in east Manatee County. $295,000

hideaway bay

Bayfront lot available within a private enclave on North Longboat Key, estate-sized homes, tennis court and only minutes to the beach. $2,200,000

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university park

pristine maintenance free residence with over 2,400 sq. ft. Open and inviting floor plan with light and bright oversized master suite, volume and tray ceilings, upgraded appliances and screened-in pool overlooking the natural preserve. OpeN hOuse suNday 1–4 $759,000

desirable location

desirable Longboat Key lot available with plans to begin construction on a beatiful 4,700 square foot Mediterranean style residence. several floor plans to choose from. $2,995,000 adjoining lots available.

bay isles - longboat key

Beautiful executive home w/extensive remodeling inside & out, new marble flooring, state-of-the-art kitchen, 2 gas fireplaces, exceptional pool deck w/gas heated pool/spa & private “composite” dock for a 50’ boat plus 14,000 lb boat lift. Located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $2,700,000 •VT



boaters delight Traditional split plan residence. Light & bright throughout with oversized Florida room overlooking canal, eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar, separate dining room, private dock, 10,000 lb boat lift, davits & easy access to sarasota Bay. Great rental potential. $635,000

eXcellent location spacious 4BR pool home with over 2,500 sF, ceramic tile throughout, oversized family room and open lanai. Close proximity to st. stephens in a very desirable neighborhood. $450,000

private beach house

Two story beach house featuring 100’ of private white sandy beach with expansive Gulf views, privacy abounds, $40K+ in recent upgrades, heated beach front pool and excellent rental potential. Variance & state approval granted for new construction. OpeN hOuse suNday 1–4 $2,675,000

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venice beach getaway

Gated community directly on the beach, 2 bedroom plus den, updated throughout, marble floors, plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings and magnificent beach views. $649,000

manatee river waterfront

On over 1 acre of lush tropical landscaping, secluded and captivating custom home on the Manatee River with recent renovations. Over 4,200 square feet of living space, gourmet kitchen, fireplace and private/covered boat dock. OpeN hOuse suNday 1–4 $2,950,000

bradenton's premier address

exclusive and gated estate on 3.3 acres on the Manatee River. Classic 5 bedroom home with over 5,600 sF, new private tennis court with backboard, open pool, enclosed jacuzzi, covered boat dock to house 2 boats and beautifully manicured grounds. $5,900,000

conrad beach on longboat key

Relax in this maintenance free, Key West style beach house on Longboat Key'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. $1,595,000 •VT

Magnificent subdivided parcel with 4 buildable lots, approximately 1.95+/- acres. $3,500,000

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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! 2607D Two bedroom with Gulf views. $1,535,000 2603/04B Two bedroom lockout with Gulf views. $1,399,000 2803C+ Two bedroom with Gulf views $1,360,000 3102C Two bedroom with pool views $1,350,000 2703C+ Two bedroom with Gulf views $1,350,000 6401C Two bedroom with lagoon views. $995,000 7103A Club Suite with lagoon views $499,000

west of the trail Fantastic, 3BR light & bright home in Cedar Cove estates. approximately 2,300 sF, open floor plan, vaulted & tray ceilings, separate dining room, expansive 70’-wide screened in lanai with a 40’ pool, gas heated spa and ionization pool filtration system. Only minutes to shopping, dining and the white sandy beaches of siesta Key. $695,000


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KEY COMPARABLES by Jessica Seubert $850,000 4825 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 303, Longboat Key Complex: Westchester. Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: This condominium features seven acres of beach, with lush landscaping, said agent Jennifer Blake, of Capital Properties and Services. The unit features an open floor plan, with two screened balconies facing the Gulf. The building is in excellent condition and features amenities such as two heated pools, a clubhouse, tennis courts and shuffleboard. Price: 849,000.


7001 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 22, Longboat Key Complex: Longbeach. Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: “The direct Gulf views are spectacular,” said agent Sylvia Babineau, of My Realty Company. Longbeach is the largest beachfront property in terms of acreage per-unit. The condominium is pet friendly, allowing two medium-sized pets, as long as they aren’t disruptive. Longbeach, at the north end of the Key, it is only one block from the Whitney Beach Plaza and three blocks from Mar Vista Pub and Restaurant, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant. Price: $850,000.

1750 Ben Franklin Drive, Unit 2A, Lido Key Condominium: Key Tower South. Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: Co-agent Judy Nimz, with Georgina Clamage of Michael Saunders & Co., explains this unit, with a little more than 1,400 square feet, has a larger floor plan than traditional units at Key Towers South. It features a granite-top buffet, a wine cooler and large closets. The updated building, directly on Lido Beach, is well managed and updated, and the open lanai allows for great views overlooking the pool and beach. Price: $869,000.

Incredible Opportunity

Full Bay Views. 2/2 Beautifully updated thru-out. Lots of ceramic tile. Cpt in BRS. 1st floor, walk-out unit with Pvt Beach, Docks, Tennis HTD Pool - $649,000. THE OAKS BAYSIDE ESTATES Sweeping lake views. 4BR/3.5BA Pool home. Immaculate! 3-car garage. 3,600 s.f. - $1,250,000. 2004 ASID DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE Fisherman’s Bay Estates - 6BR/7BR 7000 s.f. Bayfront estate with private dock and poolside cabana. $5,800,000

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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.

Watercrest at Lakewood Ranch

Open House Sunday, March 5th 1–4 pm

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.

Buy Now or Lease to Own

st. arMands waterFront - Serene and elegant with wide water views. In private enclave of five homes. Remodeled to perfection. Beautifully landscaped grounds with open pool and gazebo. Sailboat water, dock and lift. 3 BR plus office, family room and bonus room. $2,995,000.

6450 Watercrest Way #201

2287 SF Fully Furnished Condominium $895,000 Impeccably decorated interior by an Award Winning Designer Enjoy all the amenities that luxury living has to offer: j Panoramic Views of 164 acre Lake Uihlein & Legacy Golf Course j Walking distance to Main St. shops, dining & entertainment j New top of the line Medical Center For more information or private showing, contact

Dennis Yoder • 376-0372

#1 Coldwell Banker Realtor Manatee County 2005 Top .04% Coldwell Realtors Worldwide

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

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. bird Key bayFront - Island style custom home. Wide terraces and bayside open pool overlooking sunsets. Dock for large yacht, elevator, 6 plus car garage and 5 bedrooms. $4,500,000.

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents • Sarasota, FL • (941) 388-4447

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dennis girard Broker Associate

Phone: 941.809.0041 Toll Free: 1.866.837.3180 Fax: 941.387.0960 www.

$339,900 - $499,900 - new condo conversion on bradenton beach Totally renovated including all new exterior, granite countertops and new tropical furniture package. Great income producer that allows nightly rentals.


New projects stem sales slowdown The sales slump on the outer keys that commenced last summer has been mitigated by the completion of two imposing high-rises on Lido Beach and a resort-tocondominium conversion of the former Sea Bird Beach Resort into The Beach at LongKENT CHETLAIN boat Key. It all started last July on Lido Beach, when the first sale was

Drive. This project has taken off, with sales and recordings of nine of its 15 units in the last two weeks of January and first week in February, totaling $5,198,200. The last four of the nine sales, at the site of the former Sea Bird Beach Resort, were recorded between Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, three by developers Beach at Longboat Key LLC, and Priakos of Florida LLC. Purchasers by unit number were: 221 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kevin M. Migone, Michael S. Gallatin and Harry B. Migone, for $899,900. 223 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mary and Jeffrey Zyonse, of Tampa, for $549,900. 225 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophie Kuczak from Glen-

recorded at the 88-unit, 12-story Beach Residences, 1300 Ben Franklin Drive. Since then, 78 apartments have been sold, for $169 million. Simultaneously, further down the beach, the 54-unit, 11-story Orchid Beach Residences, 2050 Ben Franklin Drive, launched its sales blitz by selling 49 condos, for almost $93 million. That is $261 million for 127 new condominium apartments on Lido Beach in six months.

The Beach at Longboat Key

The latest new project on Longboat Key is the 15-unit The Beach at Longboat Key, 3465 Gulf of Mexico

silver sands Longboat key Gulf Front development; Units from $495,000 - $849,900, Some units include lockout; Flexible rental program means income!




$349,900 & 885,900 - 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-of-the-art furnishings and interior. Flexible rental program.

city PentHouse

Sarabande - Panoramic views of Bay, Gulf & City from this 8 room residence filled with custom upgrades, 2 secure parking spaces, 24 hr concierge, guest suites, Olympic pool & walking distance to Main Street. $3,850,000





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$795,000 - buttonwood cove impressive 2/2 in desirable complex. Great mid-key location; Robb & Stucky furnishings; Beautiful view of the Bay. Great second home. Deeded Beach access; Tennis courts, Bay side pool and boat dockage available.

3551 bayoU circle, bay Views and Deep Water Dock Just updated, this 4000 Sq. Ft. home boasts an open floor plan, media room, family room, high ceilings, granite, wood floors, gourmet kitchen, 1st level master bedroom and 2 guest suites. $2,299,000 3161 bayoU soUnD, boater's Delight! Custom 4 bedroom home with an open floor plan that wraps around a caged pool and spacious lanai. High ceilings, lots of glass, marble bath, kitchen with granite and new stainless appliances are only some of the special features. $1,795,000

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Exciting opportunity to own at the resort of the Longboat Key Club. A perfect investment property, personal weekend retreat or that extra guest bedroom. Overlooking the golf course and only steps to the hotel and beach. $469,900

canal front

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$1,075,000 - 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.

519 bayView Located on north Longboat Key, this custom 3400 Sq. Ft. home boasts 20 foot ceilings, tile floors, two 2ndlevel guest suites sharing a family room, master suite on 1st level, 3+ car garage. $1,575,000


gulf front - lido

New on the market, lot is ready to build your beach dream-home with unobstructed gulf views. Currently occupied with a 4 bedroom bungalow, great for rental. $2,500,000

2 gulf front condos

$739,900 - sand cay

most affordable 2/2 Unit in a desirable complex; onSite rental office; excellent income potential; Heated pool, deeded beach access and tennis courts; Turnkey Furnished. Ask for great rental history.

longbeach, this 2 bedroom/2 bath unit has panoramic views of the Gulf, pool and lushly landscape grounds. Just updated and beautifully furnished making it a perfect island retreat or rental investment. reDUceD! $735,000 beachcomber, Located across from Publix mall this 1 BR/1BA condo has just been updated and is turnkey furnished. Great as investment with weekly rental policy and on-site management. reDUceD! $465,000

village of longboat

791 Emerald Harbor Drive oPen house sunday 1-4 BOATER'S PARADISE ON LONGBOAT KEY Surrounded by spectacular water views with Dock for 10-70 ft. boat. Almost 2/3 Acre. Private Beach Access. $2,999,000. Owner financing available.

Build your dream home with panoramic BAY views. Property currently has a 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom duplex reDUceD! $599,000 which is a great rental.

linda weber Pa office: 383.6411 res:


Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key

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KEY WEST STYLE MAINTENANCE FREE HOME On beautiful gated & private island. 240 Picturesque Acres. Bayfront views. Bird sanctuary, scenic biking and nature trails. $899,000

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Real Estate 7D

This St. Armands home at 112 Filmore Drive, has four bedrooms, three baths and a pool. It sold for $1.5 million.

N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, conveyed title to their Unit 309 to Maureen E. Ferguson and her husband, Thomas D. Steiner, of Hillsdale, N.Y., for $850,000. The late Paul Neal, father of area developer and former State Sen. Pat Neal, constructed the three-bedroom and two-bath condo at 6701 Gulf of Mexico Drive in 1971.

Seaplace III

view, Ill., for $549,900. 107 — Dennis Girard, 3864 Torrey Pine Blvd., Sarasota, for $499,900.

Barbara Koetsier, of Wayne, N.J., bought Unit G4209-A at Seaplace III from Robert Wolfe, of Dayton, Ohio, for $725,000. The transaction for the 33-yearold, two-bedroom and two-bath condominium represents a gross profit of $574,000 for Wolfe, who bought it in October 1999 for $151,000.

2 boat slips for $430,000

Sea Gate Club

Carolyn J. and Elliot T. Joseph from Birmingham, Mich., bought Unit 13-B at the 15-story, 90-unit Sea Gate Club tower at 2425 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from A. Marion Van Dyke-Cooper and her husband, John Arnold Cooper, of Forestville, Mich., for $935,000. The sale price for the two-bedroom and two-bath apartment, built in 1973, is $560,000 more than the $375,000 that the Coopers paid for it in May 2000.

Arbomar Apartments

To pave the way for Carolyn and Elliot Joseph’s purchase at Sea Gate Club, they sold their Unit 803 at the 32-unit Arbomar Apartments, 4485 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Patricia R. and Timothy M. McDonald from Cincinnati for $779,000. The two-bedroom and onebath Arbomar condo was constructed in 1973. The Josephs bought Unit 803 in February 2003 for $418,000, to register a $381,000 gross profit on the sale in three years.

Leslie S. and Richard E. Rivera, of Sarasota, sold their two boat slips 13 and 14 on O Pier at the 274-slip Longboat Key Moorings Marina to Three Mustangs LLC, of Wayzata, Minn., for $430,000.

Spanish Main Yacht Club

Louise and Joseph H. Sabotin, from Fernandina Beach, purchased Unit 163 at 718 N. Spanish Drive in the 212-unit Spanish Main Yacht Club, 5700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive from Karen A. Hensel and her husband Charles R. McIntyre, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., for $339,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath residence was built

in 1969. Hensel and McIntyre paid $240,000 for the condominium in August 2004 to post a $99,000 gross capital gain.

Colony Beach Club

In the one sale at the 232-unit Colony Beach & Tennis Club, Edith Herbert, 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold her Unit 201-S to Sheila Goldblatt, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $275,000.

$1.5 million St. Armands sale

An older waterfront home on St. Armands Key, at 112 Filmore Drive, has been sold by Barbara J. and Duane N. Henderson to Sarasota Main Street Realty LLC, 1310 Main St., for $1.5 million. The four-bedroom and threebath home with a swimming pool had been added on over the years. It last been sold for $1.2 million in November 2004, meaning the Hendersons earned a gross profit on the transaction of $300,000 in just a year and three months.

Lido Towers

Phyllis and Jon E. Jacobson, from Melville, N.Y., bought Unit 607 at Lido Towers from Nina B. and Charles M. Cox, of Newport News, Va., for $593,000. 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.

Kathy Simonds

Make This Your Longboat Key Beach House


Whitney Beach III

Whitney Beach condominiums, located at the north end of the key, consists of a total 139 apartments, 36 on the gulf side of Gulf of Mexico Drive and 103 on the bayside. There was one sale recorded on the gulf side at Whitney Beach III. Joan M. and S. Daniel Steiner, 1301

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• Full, Unobstructed Gulf Views • Light and Bright • Completely Updated with Granite & New Appliances • Private Beach Across the Street • Boat Slips, Club House, Exercise Room, Heated Pool $729,900

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A Golf & Country Club Community steRlIng Iv BuIldeR’s Model $ offered at 982,000. new contruction Ken Dardis and Jim Forst shake after the finals for the Men’s Open Singles Division. Dardis won the match by two points in a tiebreaker.

lovely sIngle faMIly HoMe wItH golf couRse vIew $ offered at 649,000.


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Offered at $879,900


Key West Style, 3BR/1BA. Third in from the Bay. Original Hardwood, Updated kitchen & bath, Fireplace. A real charmer!

Fabulous water view, 2900 sq. ft. Greatroom, 3BR/3 Full BA, plus den. Home offers a dream kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counter tops, center island, designer appliances and tile, crown molding, central vac, custom closets, plus many other builder upgrades. OUTDOOR CABANA with full summer kitchen, pool, spa, paver brick decking, oversized 2 1/2 car garage. Possible lease back opportunity from builder, furniture package available separately.


Build your dream home and enjoy the great views. Dock and deeded beach access included. Offered at $1,145,000

Offered at $1,050,000

David M. Lopez, CBR


301 John Ringling Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34236

This newly renovated 2500 square foot home will amaze you! 3 BR/3 BA,/LR/FR/DR and den “area.” All new Corian, cabinets, appliances, AC, hot water heater, decorator tile, and fresh paint. The work has been done for you so come and enjoy. Heated pool, large lanai, great view, mature landscaping. Call office for showing. 751.9070

new HoMe coMplete foR "season" $ offered at 559,000.

Enjoy FL living in this new construction, 2240 sq. ft. home! 3BR, 2BA, pool, tiled throughout main living areas, corian, high ceilings, light and bright kitchen and even a lake view. Call Mike Edwards 356-0680

populaR plan, faBulous vIew, gReat pRIce $ offered at 514,900.

2/3BR, 2BA MAINTENANCE FREE home offers 1900sq ft of a/c space. Two car side-load garage. greatroom plan, spacious and open. Neutral carpet, crown molding, built-ins in den, plantation shutters, high ceilings, large walk- in closet, Roman shower, separate vanities, heated pool and a LOVELY GOLF COURSE VIEW. Call Maggie Nasser 780.1006 (furniture pkg. available)

pRIvate & RelaxIng wateR & golf couRse vIew $ offered at 469,000.

Enjoy The Gulf View! 2 Story Duplex on stilts. Perfect for investors or live in one yourself. 1 Block from Beach, 2 Blocks from Bay. The West Unit is 1064 sq. ft., 2BR/2BA with a view of the Bay from the 2nd Floor Deck. The East Unit is 1736 sq. ft.., 3BR/2BA with a view of the Bay from 2nd Fllor Deck. Built to 1996 Hurricane Standards. Great Storage on the Grond Floor. Offered at $699,000.

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Maintenance Free living in Prestancia. Nothing has been left out of this completely remodeled unit. Sensational Kitchen, Library, office, lighting and Limestone Floors make this a standout in Villa D’Este! NEW PRICE $789,000. Jo: 941-587-9156

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BeautIful sunRIses oveR tHe lake $ offered at 435,000.

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MaIntenance fRee lIvIng at Its Best $ offered at 389,900.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006

mixed-doubles by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

Club championships finish hot

Audrey and Ian Sharp, champions of the second flight of the tournament.

Although the clouds and cold weather dominated the majority of the tournament, the finals offered nothing but sunshine. About 30 people enjoyed the weather and the tennis as they watched the final games of the Longboat Key Club’s annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Championships the morning of Feb. 19. The tournament featured more than 20 players who played in two divisions on both the Harbourside and Islandside courts. The week of tennis kicked off Valentine’s Day, with a

draw party in the evening, and a tennis exhibition Feb. 16. Play began Feb. 16, with the majority of the rounds played Friday through Sunday, except for one play-in round on Thursday. After the tournament concluded, about noon Sunday, players and spectators joined together for a picnic-style lunch on the hard practice court at Islandside, and Tennis Director John Woods announced the winners, who were Daphne Whitman and Bruce Myer for the first flight and Audrey and Ian Sharp for the second flight.

Photos by Kat Wingert

Daphne Whitman and Bruce Myer, first-flight champs.


WALK TO ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE Charming 1940s - 2000 sq. ft. home with hardwood floors, fireplace, din room featuring walls of glass, lots of Mexican tile and gourmet kitchen. Caged pool and lush private gardens link the main house to the 2BR/2B spacious guest house. Walk to the beach. $1,595,000 Pat J. Taylor, 951-2000, A/H 355-1454. #287548 GOLDEN GATE POINT Come to beautiful Golden Gate Point in the heart of downtown Sarasota. See this 2BR/2B condo with stunning panoramic views of the Sarasota Bay from every room. Enjoy the pool, fishing pier and day dock. The very best price on Golden Gate Point and surrounding areas. $750,000 Pat J. Taylor, 951-2000, A/H 355-1454. #302650 CEDARS EAST ON LONGBOAT KEY Buy a vacation or rent one out. A short walk to the beach. Great 2BR/2B condo with many extras to delight the owner or the renter. On-site rental management. In one of Longboat Key’s finest tennis communities. Great clubhouse, Olympic pool, boat landing. Dogs are welcome. $545,000 Pat J. Taylor or Anna Blessing, 951-2000, A/H 302-8138. #297288.

Pat J. Taylor, GRI REALTOR ERA Mount Vernon Realty Co., Inc.

WnIdbVcY6cYn8V^a LOOKING BEYOND THE COSMETICS Many buyers make home buying decisions based primarily upon emotional reactions to the homes we show them. A freshly-painted house with clean windows, crisp, neat decorating, and waxed floors will sell for top dollar, while a nearby home which needs a lot of cosmetic attention languishes on the market, even with a much lower asking price. If you find yourself in the position of comparing two such houses, put your imagination to work. If the only difference is paint, cleaning, and carpeting (or getting unsightly furniture moved out), remember that these are fairly low ticket items that you would probably choose to do even if the house is in good shape. If you focus your attention on the location and the condition of the structure and the major systems, you may be able to buy a house that needs some work for less. If cosmetic problems make you nervous about the home, the structural inspection can answer most of your questions.

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Direct Beach Front, 3BR/3BA. The perfect beachfront cottage.

new price! $750,000

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This rarely available 2BR/2BA offers over 1600 sq. ft. of chic designer living space. Captivating gulf, endless beach and tranquil nature views. Immaculate and tastefully updated with luxurious wood flooring, Euro light fixtures, new air conditioning and more. Offered at $925,000

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grand bay penthouse With sparkling gulf to bay water views this luxurious residence is the ultimate Penthouse. Over 4,400 Sq. ft. Every room opens to 5,343 Sq. ft. of terrace. Four en suite BR with lg. closets & storage. 2 pkg. $ spaces. 3,500,000

sanctuary Gorgeous gulf front second floor, 3 Bedroom is beautifully furnished and decorated. Two spacious terraces. Secured parking, and every possible amenity. $2,300,000

beachplace - 2BR/2BA great location & rental potential.


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Secluded beachside retreat with Gulf and beach views. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the surf from this 2BR/2BA, with den and huge lanai. “Island-style” interior with designer finishes. Pet friendly community. Offered at $899,000

Longboat Harbour Towers New Listing 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 New Listing Spacious 2BR/2BA deluxe floor plan. Spectacular direct & southerly gulf views from living, dining & bedrooms. Eat-in kitchen with bay views, new paint, windows & A/C. Offered at $787,000

Contemporary Gulf-Front Walkout Beautifully updated designer showcase. Unsurpassed direct views of the Gulf, sand dunes, sea oats and miles of sugar sand beaches. Popular Gulf-to-Bay community. Docks, tennis and more. Offered at $695,000

NW Bradenton Family Home Open Sunday 1-4 New Listing Brand new on huge lot, only minutes to river and deep water marina. Spacious and luxurious with all the desirable features. Located in a quiet neighborhood with no deed restrictions. Offered at $589,900

Whitney Beach Bayside Nicely updated 1BR/1BA first floor walk-out. Gulf-to-Bay community, boat docks and more. Offered at $450,000

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006

Discover “The Art Of Living”

SPORTSCARDS Sarasota County Senior Men’s Tennis Leagues Oaks (O) vs. Cedars (C) Jan. 30 Greiwe and Grisdale (C) def. Fredy and Hayner (O), 6-0, 6-3. Eagleton and Jorgenson (C) def. Pezzilo and Cornell (O), 6-2, 6-2. Joseph and Eaton (C) def. Downes and Tobin, 6-1, 6-3. Cedars def. Oaks, 3-0. Longboat Key Club 2006 Championship Results Men’s Championship Flight: Gross: 1st Place — Ted Boyer, 151. 2nd Place — Hank Foster, 171. 3rd Place — Joe Curl, 173. Net: 1st Place — Dave Decker, 146. 2nd Place — Ernie Westwood, 147. 3rd Place — Ray Stewart, 152. President’s Flight: Gross: 1st Place — Jim Zakovec, 179. 2nd Place — Stave Stein, 185. 3rd Place — Frank Watts, 186. Net: 1st Place — Bruce Strongman, 150. 2nd Place — Rick Patrone, 152. 3rd Place — Bud Fulkerson, 154. Chairman’s Flight: Gross: 1st Place — Frank Spinola, 192. 2nd Place — Mike Sarsynski, 195.

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3rd Place — Jules Willen, 195. Net: 1st Place — Tom Finnegan, 149. 2nd Place — Bill Fussner, 154. 3rd Place — Doug Lunau, 154. Women’s Championship Flight: Gross: 1st Place — Arlene McKitrick, 151. 2nd Place — Barbara Kubik, 184. 3rd Place — Jan Van Iten, 194. Net: 1st Place — Barbara Brizdle, 153. 2nd Place — JoAnn Stein, 158. 3rd Place — Mary Jo Spinola, 162. President’s Flight: Gross: 1st Place — Sandy Finnegan, 193. 2nd Place — Jean Tarsy, 208. 3rd Place — Betty Sarzynski, 214. Net: 1st Place — Sandy Fulkerson, 146. 2nd Place — Gaye Schwarz, 162. Cedars Purple (CP) vs. Landings Purple (LP) Feb. 17 Grisdale and Eagleton (CP) def. Spellman and Kaplan (LP); 6-0, 6-0. Jorgensen and Scher (CP) def. Spitalny and Gary (LP); 6-2, 6-2. Joseph and Pekeles (CP) def. Heller and Jungmann (LP); 6-1, 6-0. Cedars def. Landings, 3-0.

the sanctuary - the most sophisticated, gorgeous condo on Longboat Key. First floor walk-out to the beach. Beautiful inlaid marble floors, true gourmet kitchen with rich wood cabinetry & luscious slab granite counters, exquisite custom built-ins, custom lighting, opulent designer custom furnishings, 2 garage spaces, 3 ensuite bedrooms and a bonus children’s room (totally precious). Priced furnished VIrtuaL tOur $2,695,000.

University Park Country Club 7676 Heathfield Court $2,126,000 Spectacular views surround this stunning luxury Marc Rutenburg home. Dynamic lake & golf course views in the rear and private preserve views are to the side and lake to the front, thus total serenity surrounds you. Every upgrade imaginable. Travertine floors, granite countertops, beautiful custom cherry wood cabinetry, double crown molding, detailed beveled glass double door entry, plantation shutters, and the list goes on. This home boasts of 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, den, bonus room with wetbar and bar fridge,media room, and guest quarters upstairs and summer kitchen w/refrigerator. Stunning open air pool & spa with paver bricks. Why wait to build, when you can have this magnificent home now? Call Marcia McLaughlin with Re/Max Properties at 1-941-954-5454 for details.

The McLaughlin Team

LIDO harBOur tOwers - Penthouse condo with outstanding views of the Gulf of mexico from every room. a splendid end-unit condo directly on the beach. eloquence! Luxurious 3Br/2Ba unit. elevators, pool and clubhouse. $1,195,000.

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gem with sensational panoramic views of golf course, lake and canal on private ‘point’ lot. this is the only site that allows 42 ft. pool and spa. Furnished. VIrtuaL tOur $1,950,000.

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diReCt guLf fRont estate - 2.6 acres plus existing home $7,900,000 diReCt guLf fRont Lot - 1 acre $3,950,000 Longboat CLub Rd - Outstanding family home on Golf course directly across from beach. Quality throughout. Numerous upgrades. Beautiful location. Behind the gates. $3,600,000 goRgeous Home - Superior design finishes. Deep water with large dock. No bridges to Bay. Beautiful private location close to beach. $3,650,000 PentHouse - diReCt beaCHfRont Panoramic gulf, bay & golf course views. Luxurious, gorgeous furnishings and finishes. Behind the gates. $2,990,000 diReCt bayfRont • new Home Deep water plus boat dock. Magnificent custom finishes. $4,900,000

sutton PLaCe - Charming villa w/ boat docks, heated pool & beach access. Ground level - no steps. $439,900 beauty at CoRey's Landing Single family home. Rare location on Golf course w/ beautiful Bay views. Courtyard pool plus tennis amenities. Terrific square footage & private guest house. $1,995,000 dReam isLand - Cute cottage home on terrific lot w/ boat house. Canal directly to Bay. $1,550,000 beRmuda bay - Great Bradenton Beach location. Direct beach access. Beautifully furnished plus 2 car garage. $895,000

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POrtOBeLLO - Fabulous direct gulf front 2Br/2Ba. Perfectly maintained complex w/tennis, pool, clubhouse & beautiful grounds. Great opportunity to hear the waves lapping the shore & sunsets every evening. Don’t miss this well-priced cutie. $849,500.


the GranDe - Incredible 3260 sq. Ft. direct gulf front 3Br/4.5Ba custom condominium. Best value on LBK. enjoy sunsets every day of the year on over 1400 sq. Ft. of terrace. $1,799,000.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006

GOLF GAMBITS by Hal Lenobel

Unplayable Ball Rule benefits all levels of golfers Tiger Woods’ British Open took to escape from the gorse. victory at St. Andrews certainly On the first, his ball pitched helped stamp 2005 as yet an- towards the hole when it hit other “Year of the Tiger,” but the ground, and many viewers who’s to say that Tiger would might have figured that would have won, were it not mean an obligatory for the benefits of the re-drop. However, a Unplayable Ball Rule re-drop would have (Rule 28)? been required only if Benefits, you say? the dropped ball came You bet. to rest “closer to the In golf ’s earliest hole than the spot his days, there was no original ball lay unsuch thing as relief playable.” In this case from an unplayable (since the ball came to lie. Golf ’s pioneers rest farther from the simply would hack hole than the original HAL their way out of nearlie), the fact that it LENOBEL impossible situarolled toward the hole tions, and watch their when it landed was irscores soar. Of course, relevant. golf was almost exclusively a When taking relief from an match-play game in those days, unplayable ball, the player has so a battle with the gorse that three drop-options: He can reresulted in a quadruple bogey turn to the spot from which he only meant you were one down, played his last stroke; he can not four strokes behind. keep the spot where his ball lay As the game grew and stroke unplayable between him and play became the more common the hole, and retreat as far as game, the Unplayable Ball Rule he likes; or he can drop within was added so that one errant two club lengths, in any direcshot would no longer turn the tion, from the spot where his leader into an also-ran. Keep in ball lay unplayable, as long as mind that Woods went bogey- he does not drop closer to the par during his two unplayable hole. situations in the third round. On Woods’ second encounter He went on to a five-stroke vic- with an unplayable lie, the twotory — so, in a way, he did ben- club-lengths relief option bareefit by the existence of Rule 28. ly got him out of the gorse. But, Sharp-eyed viewers might when his dropped ball struck have noticed two interesting oc- the ground, it rolled almost two currences on the drops Woods club lengths into an area clear

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of gorse and heather. Had the ball rolled more than two club lengths, he would have been required to re-drop. Most golfers are reluctant to use the Unplayable Ball Rule and accept the one-stroke penalty that accompanies each of the relief options. They would rather go for the one-in-a-million miracle shot, instead of giving up a stroke, although they usually find that the odds are pretty accurate. Hey, if it’s good enough for Tiger, it might be worth considering for us.


I recently read a description of John Daly’s bus, in which he travels from tournament to tournament. Big John drives in a big

motor home, a Greyhound bussized, fully equipped ride that carries a price tag of $1.3 million. Apparently, Daly does not like airplanes, a la John Madden. The length of Daly’s bus is 45 feet and the weight 20 tons. Some of the features are: Three, 42-inch, flat-screen

Hal Lenobel is a former member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee on which he served for 23 years.

FYI Most players arrive at the course early to practice and warmup at the driving range before the round. Did you know that before match play, a player is permitted, under the rules, to practice on the competition course? Because a match is only between the player and his opponent, each has an equal amount of time to practice on the course before the round. However, in stroke play, practicing on the course before the round will result in disqualification. The Note to Rule 7-1 allows the Committee to prohibit practice in match play, or permit practice on the course in stroke play.

DIRECT BAYFRONT HOME- Stunning custom home in Country Club Shores. Wrap around balconies on 2 levels. Boat dock on side canal, 4/5 bedrooms, 5 full, 2 half baths, extensive use of marble and granite. Elevator. Pool & Spa. 4 Car Garage. 5300 sq ft of luxury. Not a detail overlooked. $5,975,000

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TVs, one of which slides out for outdoor viewing beneath a long awning. Two satellite dishes. A large, propane gas grill slides out for outdoor cooking, capable of handling 20 steaks at a time. Mirrored ceilings dominate from front to back, with several floor-to-ceiling wall mirrors. A tiger-skin carpet, fold-out couch upholstered in tiger skin, swivel rocker, massaging recliner and a dining table which seats seven. There are three stereos with Bose speakers, a full-size refrigerator with freezer and icemaker, a stove, a large microwave and a washer and dryer. All the comforts of home ... and then some!

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BAY FRONT LOT- Country Club Shores Build your dream home on this sought after lot on the south side of the street. Wonderful city views, 287 ft water frontage, Boat dock, beach access.


COUNTRY CLUB SHORES- 4th in from Bay, 3 Bedroom / 3.5 Baths. Kitchen with granite counter tops, center island with gas stove. Family Room Living Room & Dining Room. 2nd Floor Master opens to Balcony with views of the Bay. Sound system throughout. Heated pool & spa. Deeded beach access. 40 ft dock, boat lift and lift for jet ski. $1,645,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES- Spectacular bay views. Finely crafted to highest specifications. Comforts include Master Suite serviced by an elevator, additional master on the upper level, plus 2 more BR’s, 3 Full 1 Half Bath. LR/FPL, Formal Dining Room, and Den. Marble floors, granite counter tops, custom cabinets. and a 3 car garage only some of the wonderful details of this brand new home. The pool and spa overlook the dock on deep sailboat water canal. $2,695,000

Located on the very convenient Bird Key this home features an open and spacious floor plan. Step thru the foyer of this very special home and enter the living room with a gas burning fireplace and sliders that pocket back to reveal the heated pool and spa. The kitchen is a chef’s delight with granite counter tops, top of the line appliances, a six- burner gas stove and center island. The breakfast area has a slider to the covered summer kitchen, great for outside entertaining. There are 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, a paver circular drive leading to 3 car garages. The finest materials have been used throughout, from the decorative ceilings treatments, marble and carpeted floors, special lighting fixtures used throughout the home, crown moldings and the many architectural details that make this a very special home. Nicknamed the “Steel home” it is constructed of steel roof trusses, interior walls, floor joists and is built to withstand a Category 5 Hurricane. It was designed in response to the many requests for waterfront size and quality on a garden lot This luxurious home is priced at $1,995,000 For a Virtual of this beautiful home go to:

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Peter Kasdan Longboat Key Blue Softball Team

Peter Kasdan has been visiting Longboat Key since 1987 and has been a permanent resident of the Key since 2002. Kasdan has played on the Blue team at Bayfront Park Recreation Center since 1994. When did you begin playing softball? I first played in 1952 when I was at camp in Connecticut with an intramural team. I was a baseball player, but I played on that team, and we traveled all over the Northeast, playing in some fierce competition with older kids. When I got older, I played in New Jersey, and then, in 1993, I came down and wanted to play here, but I wasn’t 60 yet, so they wouldn’t let me. It turns out, one of my friends called the head of the team and told him how disappointed her Rabbi was that he couldn’t play. The next year they let me on the team as a ringer, until I was 60. They didn’t think a Rabbi could play, either, and the blue team gave me to the yellow team. But, after one game, the blue team wanted me back and I’ve played on it ever since. What benefits do you get from playing softball? Physically, you get a lot of exercise, and Bayfront is the most incredible place to play. But the best thing about it is the sense of camaraderie with the teammates and the opponents. There’s lots of joking between us, and there in never anything negative that is said about the opponents.

How competitive are you? I’m extremely competitive, but I rarely loose my cool. I always try to be proactive about it. What’s your best skill? I take the most pride in my ability to field and throw. From the outfield, I can get it to home plate with one bounce. I don’t have the arm I used to have, but I’m accurate, and, from playing baseball for years, I also have a good sense of where the ball is going and am able to cut it off in the field. If you could improve one thing about your game, what would it be? My hitting. I’m having a great season; lately everything’s been .500 or more, but I’d still like to hit the ball farther. Who has most influenced your game? My son, who was and is a better ball player and athlete than me, and who keeps telling me that I’m not turning my body right or pivoting right. And the other is my father, who was a semi-pro baseball player, and used to take me to all the Brooklyn Dodgers games. I got to be a batboy at a few games and Gill Hodges used to rub my head for luck because I had red hair, but I’ll always remember those times. Give me the best experience you’ve ever had on the field. A few weeks ago I was 8-for-8 in a

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double-header and I hit for the cycle in the first game. I had 9 RBIs in that game. If you could plan the perfect softball game, that would be it. Now, the next week, when my wife and son came to watch me play, I was 1-for-6. That will bring you back down to the ground. Give me one piece of advice for others. Play your heart out and enjoy the game. Don’t have a swelled head when you win, and don’t be grumpy when you lose. Who is your favorite athlete and why? In baseball, it would be Pee Wee Reese, who was the shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers when Jackie Robinson started playing from the Negro League and African Americans were really treated like second-class citizens. He was the captain of the team and he stood up in the clubhouse and told everyone to treat Robinson with respect, or they didn’t have to play on the team. I really respect that he did that. It took men like him to change things.

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• bird key gaTed bay fronT esTaTe w/south east exposure. Beautifully appointed home featuring two separate living areas, 4 bedrooms en suite, 61/2 baths, office, furnishings, pool & spa, 3 car tiled garage, boat, personal water crafts and lifts. Direct views of Bay, City & Siesta key. MLS#300928 $6,490,000. • ProMenade sweeping gulf To bay views from renovated 3 bedroom 3 bath condo home. Granite, wood & marble finishes. top of the line amenities include hAR-tRu tENNIS, club house, exercise room, heated pool. $1,495,000. • SeaPlace besT value on longboaT! 2 bedroom, 2 bath 4th floor penthouse. turnkey furnished, 2 parking spaces. $565,000. • SunSet beach This is The view - from 5th floor penthouse in one of the most beautifully maintained complexes on Longboat. Light & lovely 2B/2B condo with newer appliances & A/C. Parking garage with extra storage. MLS#294699 $1,100,000. • longboat terrace your view from 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo featuring newer baths and kitchen with granite countertops. Very soft, neutral decor with all furnishings included. first floor walkout, small pet accepted. Privacy will highlight your Longboat lifestyle. MLS# 295266 $859,000. • longboat key yacht & tenniS updaTed 3bd/2ba condo overlooks beach front pool out to the Gulf. Boat slips and tennis courts on bay side. 2 covered parking spaces. $890,000. • harbour oakS lovely - maintenance free, light, bright END VILLA. with most popular floor plan. 3BR/2.5BA w/ cathedral ceilings, gas heated private pool, 2 car garage AND tuRNkEy fuRNIShED. Located in the heart of the Longboat key Club. MLS#295345 $785,000. • longboat harbour towerS direcT gulf view from living room, dining area, kitchen, master bedroom and 30' lanai. this 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo shows like a model! Everything new from floor to ceiling! turnkey furnished. MLS #280962 $824,000. • cedarS weSt one of eighT gulf fronT condos Last one for sale in 1995. Just under 2,200 Sf, this unit offers unobstructed gulf views from all rooms. Ground level walk-out sits 12 feet above sea level. 37' wraparound screened porch, furnished, heated pool & tennis courts. MLS#299856 $1,500,000. • buttonwood harbor waTer fronT home features 3-4 bedrooms, 3 baths on the canal wit h Bayou views. Newly capped 100 ft. seawall has room for 2 boats (power or sail). huge pool, spa & lanai. MLS#279445 $1,285,000.

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BAYFRONT PARK REC CENTER 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive Ongoing Classes: March 1 through March 7 For more information, call 316-1980 Sports/Fitness Classes: • Aerobics: Low impact, “Burn-N-Build”, 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. • Interval Training: Power Hour Plus, 7:45 a.m. Saturdays. GMDI-076 Temp Ad LBO_rev


• Young at Heart: 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • Muscles and More: (Weight bearing), 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • NIA: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays. • Joy of Stretching: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. • Pilates: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays.


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Bridge: • Duplicate bridge: 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. • Contract bridge (social): 1 p.m. Fridays. March highlights: • Senior men’s softball: 9 a.m. Tuesdays (doubleheaders). • AARP 55/Alive safe-driving class: 1 to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March20 and March 21. Pre-registration required. Call 316-1980.

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Season Schedule Everyday — Morning Sessions: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Afternoon Sessions: 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Daily Round Robins — 3:30 p.m. •Women’s: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. •Men’s: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. •Mixed: 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Special Events •Who’s the B.O.S.S.: Men’s (3.5 to 4.0 doubles) 2 p.m. Monday. •Who’s B.O.B.: Men’s (4.0 to 4.5 doubles) 2 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday. •Who’s W.H.O.: Ladies (3.5 to 4.0 doubles) 2 p.m. Wednesday •Who’s L.C.: Ladies (4.0 to 4.5 doubles) 2 p.m. alternating Wednesday. Daily lessons, clinics and ball machine available by reservation.


Introducing Grand Mariner on Longboat Key. Situated on a private harbour, this exclusive, gated yachting community is a boater’s paradise. The enclave houses only 14 expansive condominium residences with amenities unrivaled anywhere on the Gulf Coast. Of note, and arguably the ultimate privilege–private yacht slips accommodate vessels up to 70 feet in length. Gracious appointments are found everywhere–an elegant elevator lobby for each residence, a world-class resident’s lounge, gourmet kitchens, two-car enclosed garage, and a breathtaking pool overlooking the yacht harbour. Due to limited availability, you must act quickly to secure a residence at this dream address. Its location, distinctive Mediterranean design and unsurpassed amenities make Grand Mariner the new crown jewel of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Presented by

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Coldwell Banker Congratulates

Barbara Ackerman

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

Over $80 million in Sales for 2005!

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Bay and City Views from this double unit 2560 sq.ft. 3 BR, 3 BA w/2 terraces. Recently renovated kitchen and den. Custom closets, wet bar, den & master bedroom built-ins, extra storage, track & indirect lighting & 2 parking spaces. Clubhouse, exercise facility, tennis, beach club behind the Gates. $979,000.

Secluded paradise with tropical garden setting on two large, 133 ft. x 424 ft., buildable lots on No. LBK. Spanish-style Rutenburg home with new barrel tiled roof, landscaped paver bricked courtyard entry with fountain and new kitchen. 100 ft. deep water dock. $2,995,000.

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NEW LISTING 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. $475,000

Stunningly Understated - Boca Grande design, 4 BR, 4.5 BA, 5600 SF plus family room & study. Designer accents feature oak floors, white wood railings, built-ins & moldings, Chef’s kitchen, 2story living room with magnificent water views, 1st level master suite leading to lap pool and spa. Large deep water boat dock and gorgeous landscaping. $4,325,000.

ASSIGNMeNt AvAILAbLe for this 3584 sq.ft. 3 BR plus family room residence with direct full Gulf & 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. $3,695,000.


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Rarely available northwest direct Gulffront 5th floor corner residence with over 2200 sq. ft. and full unobstructed sunsets views from two terraces. All assessments paid and completed. Great opportunity for direct Gulf-front living in a prestigious community. $1,699,000.

South views of Gulf, Bay, City and golf course. Light wood & tile floors, plantation shutters and separate den area. 2 large terraces to capture the magnificent sweeping views. Enjoy amenities of tennis courts, exercise facilities, concierge services, plus three guest suites. $2,195,000.

Do you want View, Size and Location? The Best Value on the Beach! 9th floor Sunrise and sunsets from spacious 3BR, 3.5 BA, private elevator, 10-foot ceilings, master bedroom has marble bath with Jacuzzi tub. $2,749,000.

Astounding Bay Views from this 2 BR 2 BA Designer architectural details & built-ins, extensive custom mirrors & lighting. “Behind the Gates” of LBK provides security, exercise facility, tennis, bayfront walking paths & beach club. Furniture negotiable and owners will consider annual leaseback for investors. $649,000.

Gulf, Bay & City views from this 8th floor unit. 2 terraces, 10' ceilings, 3 BR plus a study off the master bedroom, his and her baths, stone flooring, soffit lighting and a private elevator foyer.

Spectacular largest Sanctuary direct Gulf end unit with over 3300 sq. ft. 3BD, 3 full BA plus bonus room for computer room/study. Completely renovated with designer upgrades. Wonderful sunset views over looking pool complex. $2,595,000.




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Direct Gulf front large corner furnished 3 BR, 3.5 BA., upgraded kitchen, marble baths, 9 ft. ceilings, 800 sq. ft. wrap-around terrace overlooking pool and beach. $2,495,000.

Seller Motivated! Direct Gulf front enclave of 8 residences. 2BR, 2 full BA, steps from the beach. Great rental policy or your own piece of paradise. Immaculate, well maintained, and a great opportunity. $849,000.

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TOWER RESIDENCE with views of Gulf & Bay from every room of this 10th Floor 3BR residence. Walk to downtown restaurants & theatre. $2,250,000.

Quiet seclusion & distinctive interior elegance w/ warmth of single family living in a condominium lifestyle. Enjoy panoramic & wraparound views of the Bay to Gulf & City. Features include 3 bedrooms plus study, separate his & her baths, highest quality designer finishes,, enclosed 2-car garage. $2,150,000.

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.

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.

Panoramic city and bay views, 12th floor 4/5BR, 4.5BA apartment with 4500 SF of elegant living space. 24-hr concierge, 2 garage parking spaces. Formal dining room, family room, large open kitchen, private elevator and service entrance. Walk to shopping, theatre and fine dining. $2,950,000.

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Prestigious Palmers Creek estate on lake facing nature preserve. Custom 4860 square foot 4 BR home features travertine floors, granite, custom cabinetry, 2 bonus rooms, office, fireplace, summer kitchen pool and spa. $1,895,000.

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.

This 4500 sq. ft. Mark Rutenberg built residence featuring a bonus room, study and den. Fabulous pool area with marble, paver brick, Koi pond, summer kitchen and spa overlooking the golf course and preserve. Designer appointments and lush landscaping. Furniture Available. $2,150,000.

Panoramic views of the Intracoastal, Siesta Sunsets from this 3 BR penthouse. 10 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, library French doors, built-in bookcases. Glassed enclosed lanai. Amenities 8 Har-Tru tennis courts, clubhouse, heated pool, exercise facility and nature trail. Minutes to downtown and Siesta Key. $749,000.


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by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

Fran Wassenar reacts after her shot.

As the sun cut through a thin stream of clouds drifting overhead, Fran Wassenar squinted her eyes in concentration as she leaned back, bent her knees, and shot a disc across the court into the pyramid on the opposite side. Knocking out an opposing disc, she thrust her arms over her head and celebrated the small victory in her friendly, yet intense, game of shuffleboard. Wassenar was one of about 30 people who participated in the fifth annual shuffleboard tournament Feb. 21 at the Sun ‘n Sea resort. The tournament began when Bob Dobiga, who has been visiting Sun ‘n Sea for about 15 years with his wife, Gerry, decided to get all the shuffleboard players together for a tournament followed by a cookout. Gerry Dobiga said she was surprised at her husband for arranging the tournament because she’s usually the social one. Since then, the tournament has grown, and everyone is invited, whether they play shuffleboard or just want to come for the barbecue that Managers Pat and Jan Murphy prepare for everyone. Although they may look intimidating when they shoot, the players aren’t too serious about their play, and they don’t exactly follow the official rulebook for the game. “The scoring can get kind of complicated,” Gerry Dobiga said. “So, it’s whoever gets the most points. We just get one point each round to keep it simple.” But she also said the two shuffleboard courts at the resort come alive about a week before the tournament, with the pinging of the discs from people practicing. To make things a little more interesting, the Dobigas also have the players draw their partners from a hat, and they have a rule that no one is allowed to play with his or her spouse. As the groups squared off, several Sun ‘n Sea visitors camped out around the courts to watch the games and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers. “It’s a blast,” said Gerry Dobiga. “It’s something we look forward to every year.”

Shuffleboard players participate in Sun ‘n Sea’s fifth annual tournament.

Bob Houser shoots and scores.

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by Gillian Doll

Take steps now to control dollarweed Dollarweed, the nemesis of lawn care, is also sold as a ground cover in some northern nurseries. This seems to be true of most plants — in one part of the country the plant is considered native, while another location finds that same plant to be an invasive nuisance, with no control over the growth and destruction of natural habitat. Interestingly enough, travelers spread some of these plants; jets passing overhead with pollen and seedlings that often filter down through the atmosphere often spread seedlings. This is especially true of dollarweed. Dollarweed is also known as “pennywort,” and is defined as a tubular plant with a round leaf head and jagged edges. It looks similar to the Irish clover and another weed with a shredded-leaf pattern. The weeds are known to spread

easily via an underground rooting system, and all have pretty, tiny flowers. When these plants sprout up they may be first considered somewhat attractive because of the flowering. However, once these invaders get a toehold in your garden or lawn, they become a pest, overtaking what you truly love, and persistently spreading with complete abandon. I have read several passages on the Internet regarding gardeners who have given up their entire yards to these weeds. This may explain why dollarweed could be considered groundcover. I spoke with a well-known Longboat Key landscaper about dollarweed control. He spoke about two products: a weedand-feed with broadleaf control, made by Scott, and a pesticide called atrazine. Atrazine has a checkered background

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Dollarweed, also known as pennywort, causes ongoing grief for neat lawn care. But there are weapons against it. with plenty of rumors. Scott’s is often named, along with many other homemade recipes, which require more work than a sane person would devote to a patch of garden, let alone a residential yard. Atrazine has been extensively studied at various Florida universities, and has been found to naturally decompose, and is a highly regarded farming tool. There are some environmentalists and rumormongers who claim that Atrazine is hazardous, even though it decomposes naturally, can’t be found in plants that have been grown with it in the soil, and can’t be found in any sort of concentration in runoff waters. High concentrations, purposefully tested, do not cause any problems, except in the testing process, because it does naturally decompose. In Florida, January and February are considered the best months in which to apply these possible antidotes to dollarweed, and the rub is that you must wait up to six weeks to have visual confirma-

tion that the process is working. Having experimented with various products for the last 10 years, some benefit from Atrazine is visible in our backyard, after two weeks. Dollarweed is a flat, round groundhugging plant. If you do not want a consistent lawn, have poor soil content, poor drainage, or little desire to control the weed, it will take over your ground space without any problem. Mowing and watering your lawn assist in the spreading of the plant. A portion of our backyard that has retained both rain and tidewater over the years has provided a breeding ground for weed takeover. It is quite satisfying to see the weeds finally begin to yellow and deteriorate after this long battle. Gillian Doll is the former Longboat Key Garden Club President and former president of Longboat Key Turtle Watch and the present permit holder for Florida Fish and Wildlife Life Permit No. 11.


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BIRD WATCH by Michael Givant | Contributing Writer

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Recent sightings of sandhill cranes at Myakka River State Park, and wood storks and roseate spoonbills at Durante Park, have left feelings within me that still reverberate. For me, birding is about more than identifying birds. It is also about the experience of birding and the feeling that I’m left with when the birds fly off.

The Wonder of Closeness

At Myakka River State Park, our car stops in back of a tram. Just off the roadside in a clearing are two large, gray birds. The small red spots on their heads identify them as sand hill cranes. A friend hands me a digital camera and I am about to do something I never do — take a bird’s picture. They seem to be feeding on the ground and I try to get to a close, but comfortable, distance for them and for me. No sudden movement, no loud noise and don’t look directly at them, as any of those actions may scare off the birds. I walk through the underbrush that is crunching beneath my feet. The sandhills, using their long dark bills to peck away at the ground, pay no attention. Ouch! A thorn stabs me in the thigh. Live with it, for now. The birds start to walk parallel to me. I follow and, again, they pay no attention. Because I’m technologically challenged, I go back to the car for instructions on using the digital camera. Back with them, I click away. Later, my



wife asks me if I enjoyed our day at Myakka, and immediately I feel a sense of wonder about the birds. They were big, thinking, feeling creatures, not objects, aware of my presence and had tolerated me for a while.

Filled with sound

One morning, with the sun glinting off the sandbars in Sarasota Bay, I counted the wood storks feeding in the low tide. There were five. The most I’d ever seen gathered together here were two. Literally, time seemed to slow down. As if they were synchronized, the big, endangered birds lifted their gangly black legs, stirring the muck with pink feet and putting long bills into the water, moving along, searching for fish. The slow motion parade lasted until two flew and the rest moved out of good viewing range. I walked to another spot and watched them from there. I’d seen them feeding before, at length. Now, their heads and long necks appeared to look like peeling black and white wood. Their long bills looked like smoothly textured, non-descript wood. All I could think was, “Is that why they are called wood storks?” A silly question — or was it? Then another two flew. Time seemed urgent now. Within seconds, the remaining wood stork fluttered its wings, whose span is more than five feet. As the big bird lifted off, there was a whooshing noise. As it gained altitude over the mangroves, the noise turned to a wheezing sound as the bird disappeared into the sky. I stood there as those sounds, that I can still hear, filled me up.


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Hungry for more

There had been no birds in sight until two large, pinkwinged birds flew in over the still, tidal water of Durante Park. All I could think was — roseate spoonbills, birds that are on a special concern list, which means that while they aren’t threatened or endangered, they bear watching. I hurried over to where I thought they had landed, careful not to make much noise. I didn’t believe it until I saw them. Yes! A dark, rose-red color on the head and sides, they were clearly spoonbills. I watched, half-hidden through the grasses. Then wanting a better look, I moved out into the open. Big mistake. The sudden loud beating of their wings took me as much by surprise as my appearance did to them. I saw the direction in which they were headed and still remember the lovely rose splash at the base of one’s white tail as they flew out of sight. When I got to the bridge they were in the water. One was standing broadside to me and the other was a little further away, facing me. Its bill was gray, flat and shaped like a spoon, which made the bird appear as if it had come from another planet. When the first one took off, the second followed within a few seconds. When I saw them go over the trees and into the blue sky over Sarasota Bay, I knew that they were gone for good. Those few seconds left me hungrier to see them and drink in their beauty than I could have imagined. Like a ten-year-old, I thought: Why couldn’t they have given me just two minutes? Later in the day, I knew, without a doubt, that I’d see spoonbills again. Why? The ten-year-old in me says so, and there’s no sense trying to reason with a stubborn ten-year-old. Michael Givant, who taught sociology (specializing in die-hard sports fans) for 30 years at Adelphi University in Long Island, N.Y. is a first-time snowbird to Longboat Key. He has written 160 articles on birds and birdlife.


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The first men and women to hold office in the Town of Longboat Key lived up and down the Key, many on Ringling Boulevard, which became Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) in 1956. Their residences, or the sites where they once stood, are shown on this map, adapted from the “1955 Key Notes Guide,” published by the Longboat Key Civic Club. Numbers are placed on the map at the approximate sites that correspond to the following list of founders (asterisks mark buildings that still stand today). 1. Joseph Zwick. Elected as a District 1 alderman on the night of the historic vote for incorporation, Nov. 14, 1955, Joe Zwick went on to serve as town mayor. He owned the Amoco Station on the south end of the Key (BP Station), 400 GMD. Behind the station, he built the New Pass Fishing Camp and Marina (The Boathouse on Longboat Key). 2.* Herbert Field. Also a District 1 alderman, Herb Field moved to the Key in 1949 with his wife, Annabel, and their three sons. He bought beachfront property, cleared the jungle by hand, and

built The Colony Beach Club Resort at 1620 GMD, with modern cottages set in among tropical landscaping. A few of his original structures remain on the beach at The Colony today. The Fields later had a residence in Bayou Hammock. 3.* David Zimmerman. Alderman-atlarge Dave Zimmerman and his wife, Margaret, resided in the Twin Shores Resort Trailer Court at 3740 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Twin Shores Inc.). Zimmerman served as first president of the Town Council, until poor health forced his resignation. A special election was held in June 1956 to fill his spot and several others. 4. Lucille Lundblad. In a June 1956 special election, Lucille Lundblad became the first woman to hold town office, as she handily won the alderman-at-large contest. Lucille and her husband, Capt. Erich Lundblad, owned and operated the Delray Cottages at 5431 GMD (replaced by the Longboat Terrace). 5.* Wilfred LePage. The town’s first mayor and municipal magistrate, Will LePage, owned and operated LePage’s Cottages on the beach at 5581 GMD

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(Wicker Inn). Will and his wife Dorothy, a lawyer who chaired the commissions that drafted the town’s first zoning regulations and charter, resided in an early mixed-use building at 5440 GMD, with their home upstairs above shops and offices. 6.* Edward C. Snyder. Representing District 2 (midKey) was Alderman E.C. Snyder. He and his wife, Clara, owned and operated the Taralin Beach Apartments at 5620 GMD, a cluster of 1-story, concrete-block buildings at the corner of Tarawitt (the Village Plaza shops). 7. Floyd Scrivener Sr. Also representing District 2 was Floyd Scrivener, who resided with his wife, Charlotte, at the Palm Shores Apartment on the beach at 5645 GMD (replaced by the Sea Twig). 8. Guy Paschal. The first Town Council honored Guy Paschal, the Longboat Civic Club president who led the campaign for incorporation, by naming him honorary mayor. Guy and his wife, Melanie, lived in a converted barn on a mangrove island they named Wake Island (replaced by Hideaway Bay). 9.* J. Budd Strong. District 3 Alderman J. Budd Strong and his wife, Katherine, lived in a home at 558 Bayview Road (now combined with the neighboring house). 10. Cecil Scholfield. Longboat’s first town clerk and first town manager, Cecil Scholfield and his wife, Lillian, lived in a beach-front house at 6565 Gulfside Road (replacement home on site today). The first meetings of the Town Council were held at Scholfield Realty, on the corner of GMD and Broadway (a dentist’s office today). 11.* John Ashcraft. In the June 1956 special election to fill vacancies on the Town Council, John Ashcraft became a District 4 alderman. John and his wife, Mildred, owned and operated the Peppermint Stick restaurant on GMD (Firehouse Road) and originally lived upstairs, in another example of early mixed use. 12. Harry Yerkes. In the regular town election on Nov. 14, 1956, held on the first anniversary of incorporation, Harry Yerkes became a District 3 alderman. Harry and his wife, Phyllis, lived at 593 Juan Anasco Drive (replacement home now on site). 13.* Gordon Whitney. Also representing District 3 was Gordon Whitney. He and his wife, Lora, and their three sons lived at Whitney Beach Cottages, their beach-to-bay resort at 6701 GMD (replaced by Whitney Beach Condominiums today). The Whitneys also developed Bayou Hammock, a wooded peninsula across Bishops Bayou from their resort, with bayou and bayfront homes set in among cedars and oaks. In 1955, the Whitneys built their own home at the tip of Bayou Hammock. The following year, they closed their resort because of beach erosion, but a number of the cypress cottages were moved to the Village, where they serve today as private residences and the Longboat Key Center for the Arts studios. 14.* James Taylor. Jim and Myrtle Taylor lived in Longbeach Village, in a frame cottage known as the Armstrong House (named for its original owner) at 6921 Poinsettia Street at the corner of Cedar Street (private residence today). 15.* Howard Ridyard. The man who would hold the record (still unbroken) for tenure as a town alderman/ commissioner, Howard moved to the Key from Massachusetts in 1948. He and his wife, Hazel, built a Cape Cod cottage in the Village at 640 Broadway (private residence today). 16.* David Crane. The November 1956 election also resulted in David Crane becoming a District 4 alderman. In 1953, David and his wife, Woodra, pur-

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cue house, and servants quarters). Barry Walsh is a contributing columnist and Longboat Key resident who has published many articles on Longboat Key and Sarasota history.


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Boat Charter

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.

you’ve tried the rest now call the best great price call robin today (941)321-6236 housechecks, housekeeping, move in/outs, construction. Cleaning services to meet your needs. References. Licensed. Insured. 870-4141.


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

cleaning as You Really Expect! Residential and Commercial. Experienced, honBoat Slips for Rent/Sale est & reliable. Great references and com80/ft. deep water dock with direct access petitive prices. You will be happy with our to Bay. On North Longboat Key $400/mo. service! Call Aura, 941-685-8811. 941-302-1211.

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30th Anniversary Sale

boat slip available for rental up to 45’ vessel at Longboat Key Moorings on Dock “O”, Slip “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of extra room to move around. State-of-the-art docking with cable, TV, electric and water hook-ups. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405.

25% Off Everything


Items Under $200 For Sale

•Fine Furniture •Antiques •Collectibles •Orientals •Florida Style Furniture •Fine Lighting •100’s Of Paintings •Over 5,000 Items

• The total value of articles for sale must not exceed $200 and each article must be priced.

Chest, 36x20, distressed finish, 4 drawers, excellent condition and excellent quality, glass topped, $199. (941)388-3238. 2 small round coffee tables, glass tops, $12 each. (941)383-5781. very old African Mask: Pende helmet type. Firm $175. (941)387-0457. travel/garment Bag, holds all. Great for short business trips, can hang up on plane. Strong durable material, excellent condition, $37 obo. (941)778-6177. Smith Corona portable electric typewriter, $25. (941)383-0591.

Adult Care santini elder CARE. Operated for 20 years, offering live-ins, P/T or F/T day care if needed. Lic. & Ins. Santini Elder Care has been chosen by the Business Advisory Council in Washington D.C. Santini will serve the State of Florida and is expected to play a crucial roll in the party’s efforts to involve top business people in the process of government reform. Congratulations! Call 941-365-6008, 24/7.

Announcements huge sale! N. corner of Cortez Rd., West and 123rd St. in Cortez, 9a.m.-1p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 2nd. and 3rd. Antiques, fishing tackle, decorative items, too much to list.

Antiques highest prices paid collector interested in purchasing old paintings and water colors. any condition.

Award Winning Collectibles

Curtis Brothers Furniture 2088 12th Street (941)366-9766 Auto Sales & Service 2002 nissan Xterra SE: power everything, CD, 35,000 miles, $14,800. (941)809-0849. 1989 porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. (Pristine and pampered), last production year of the handmade 3.2 liter Carreras. White/cashmere (too many options to list), looking for another caring owner and a good home. Call 941-720-6488 or E-mail: for info.

Auto Transport retired longboat Key police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381.

Autos Wanted

call brad 941-374-1315

Boat Charter


Conveniently Located On LBK buying American paintings and watercolors before 1960; especially New England, New York, Pennsylvania, landscapes, beach and harbor scenes, children, city, animals, etc. Any subject. Also some European paintings. Private party. Please call Siesta Key, (941)346-2897.

seeking position to care for your loved one. All shifts available. Over 20/years experience. Own transportation. References. 377-1714 or 813-569-5404.

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

✔ blue dolphin cafe “Now serving at our Longboat Key, Centre Shops locations” Friday night specials MARCH 3, 2006 5:00P.M.-8:15P.M.

✔ 1.5/lb. live Maine lobster ✔ slow roasted prime rib ✔ pure lump crabmeat cakes ✔ CRISPY DUCK WITH ORANGE/CRANBERRY GLAZE

autos wanted!! let me take the hassle out of selling your car. cash offered today!

Downeast Flybridge Sedan Available For Half-Day Cruises. Captain & Mate Included.



Thursday, MARCH 2, 2006

homemade pies! and much more...just ask... reservations recommended beer and wine available 383-3787


mrs. maids. Want a clean house? Call us today Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.

Computer Services computer support: Viruses, Internet, Programs, Networking. A+ Certified Computer Professional. Lido Key. Call Forrest 388-3425. expert technical Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858/941-544-6725. the computer coach: Offering one on one lessons, computer maintenance and internet security. Please call Elinor, 941-586-5689. computer obedience Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $40/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless networking. PC or MAC web design. 383-3878, 587-5588.

Consignments consignment store. Florida’s largest & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery available. House of Lords - Osprey. 941-966-5446.

Answers for this week’s crossword

Cleaning Services just me & Co. Cleaning Services. Specializing in Residential, Model Homes & Offices, Pressure Wash & Windows. Move-ins and Move-outs. Call for FREE ESTIMATE and appt. 941-234-2315. edla’s cleaning services: Residential, Commercial, New Construction. Meticulous, deep cleaning top to bottom. We Guarantee. Affordable & Reliable. Excellent references. Free Estimates. Licensed and Insured. 371-9869.


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Crushed Shell

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Personal Services

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

retired tax adviser, bookkeeper, expert to prepare one 2005 tax for real estate agent and amend past year(s) overpays. Teach/mentor: re: future planning. Please call Janet: 780-7283.

☛ ☛ re/max excellence wants you if you are: a new licensee, an unhappy agent at your current firm, a qualified assistant with experience or a realty sales manager. Please contact Andrew Vac 941-383-9700 or

your personal bookkeeper, LLC

Experienced Condominium Manager

mortgages: part time will train $100K plus potential. (941)812-6381 or (941)356-1524.


(941)224-3344 Events flea market saturday starts at 8a.m. outside ginny’s antiques & art 5600 marina dr., holmes beach on anna maria island parking across the street at library 779-1773

✔ ✔ flea market. Sarasota Municipal

Auditorium. Tues., March 7, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Weds., March 8, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165.

Fishing Charters deep sea fishing - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate controlled cabin, all new equipment & Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait & tackle provided starting at $400. For information and reservations, call Captain Brandon today. 761-1715.

Furniture tan leather recliner: less than 2/yrs. old. Paid: $600. Asking $250. call (941)383-2444. moving sale: Henredon custom folio sofa, 2 white side chairs, $1500. Queen Tempur Pedic bed w/Cherry Albert frame/headboard, $600. Suncoast patio furniture: 36x54 table, 16x24 side table, 2 swivel chairs, 2 arm chairs, $400. All like new. (941) 957-0438. Like New “From Rob & Stucky” Pennsylvania House: Cherry 3-Pc. Entertainment Center, Chaise Lounge, Dining Suit With Arched China Cabinet, Large Armoire. Stanley 4pc Washed Oak King Bedroom, 6 Piece Penn. House Wicker Seating Group, Outdoor Sofa Group (Sunbrella). Rattan Sofa Groups (From Orlando Show). Latest Fabrics & Frames Save 30-40% MANATEE FURNITURE (941)745-2596 3015 1st Street East (Hwy. 41) Fred Says “Take Advantage Of Our Nicest Inventory In 18 Years”

Luxury Waterfront Hi-Rise Cam Required

Reply To Luxury Condo Post Office Box 8734 Longboat Key Fl. 34228 are you interested in...... additional and competitive income representing one of the country’s most prominent newspapers determining how many days a year you work - you coordinate the coverage of your own route

Items For Sale 100 gallon fish aquarium: fresh or salt water. Includes filter, four internal pieces and two lights. $750. Cost $5000. 504-2000 or 383-2025. Vinotheque QT wine cabinet, model 6107, oak, medium tone, temperature/humidity controlled, holds over 500 bottles, 52”w x 86.5”h x 29.5”d, excellent condition, $1500 obo. (941)383-5032.

Missing Siamese Cat

Massage Massage Therapy relaxation and stress relief. Offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular. Sarasota, Bradenton facilities or in home service. 941-753-7766 Lic. #MA34584.

Secretarial •General Office Work

Music Instruction

Good People Skills A Must Responsibilities Include: Greeting Congregation Members And Visitors And Handling Telephone Calls. Computer Knowledge is Necessary (Microsoft Word, Publisher) Knowledge Of Database Helpful.

voice & Piano lessons for children and adults. Degreed, experienced teacher. For more information, call 365-5691 or visit:


annual flea market: Sat., March 4, 9a.m.-3p.m. Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, 4701 Independence Dr. South off Cortez Rd. Baked Goods, Clothing, Jewelry, Linens, Books, White Elephants, Furniture. Lunch Served. Let Premium Estate Liquidators conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure.

Health Services do you know what your health insurance premiums are really buying? Do you have health insurance questions? Finally, affordable health insurance! Call Michael Miele: 756-6291 or E-mail:

A Center Of Jewish Life On Longboat Key

oriented? Looking for a dynamic, growing company? Yes? Terrific because The Observer Group needs an outgoing and professional front office assistant to round out it’s team. We offer the opportunity to learn, a great working environment, top pay & benefits.

Reply with cover letter and resume to: L. DOWNEY, Accounting Manager, P.O. Box 3169, Sarasota, FL 34230 or E-mail:

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BONDED & insured Over 25/yrs. experience

Telephone: 941-749-5646

Bichon Frise, AKC, 15 Weeks, 3/Males. Very Small, Adorable, Trained Fluff Balls. $650./Ea. (941)961-9199 or (941)358-2225

Remodeling & Home Improvements expert tile installation floors, counters, backsplashes, walls, murals. lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber artisan tile (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins. paul sutherland. Carpentry, minor & major repairs, built-ins, crown moldings & more! Residential/Commercial. Prompt, dependable service. (941)792-4645.

custom renovations/restoration expert. All phases of carpentry, repairs Painting & Wallpapering & fine finishing. Very meticulous, clean, soPastel Painting. Interior/exterior, neat, ber and prompt. Insured. 30/yrs. experireasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. ence. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294. Supplying LBK clients w/over 14 years robert held’s handyman & more! experience & customer service. Lic./In- Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & House Watch. sured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday van-go PAINTING residential/commercial, thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpa- 758-8044, 704-7717. per. Island references. Bill, 795-5100 or . . 518-9300.

carlo dattilo painting. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Job Opportunity: Condo Rental Office Residential and commercial, condos. HonReservation / Receptionist, RNS est & reliable. Free estimates. (941) Experienced Preferred. Full-time With 744-1020. 30+years exp. Benefits. Alternate Saturdays Required. Fax ray cordy custom Painting & Resume: (941)383-4486 Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All trades are union mortgages: part time will train trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Re$100K plus potential. (941)812-6381 or models, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood FloorFurniture Repair (941)356-1524. ing, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Alberto’s Refinishing Of Fine Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” Furniture. Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, administrative assistant coatings that are for your Sensitive & AllerDoors, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: genic Needs. An Environmentally Correct (941)296-5427 product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Are you organized? Familiar with Homeowners & Contractors welcome. the switchboard? Able to juggle several Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable Garage, Moving projects at a time? Customer-service references. 953-5215.

& Estate Sales




Temple Beth Israel 567 Bay Isles Road Longboat Key

Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns


Lost & Found

call 957-5265 to get started

Fax Resume: (941)383.9164 Or Call (941).383.3428

I come to your home or office.

White W/Blue Eyes, Pink Collar Name- Marissa LBK Club Bay Isles


Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/Taxes

lord’s warehouse nonprofit Resale Shop. Furniture, clothes, housewares, books and much more! Open Mon., Wed., Sat., 9a.m.-1p.m. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat. 383-4738.

the herald-tribune is now contracting independent contractors...

seeking live-in companion/caregiver for engaging, older Longboat Key female resident. Must be non-smoker, must drive and supply references. Interview will be arranged. Reply to: 617-522-1995

Gail Sunray, Owner


All variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Many Local References. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Expert Marble & Travertine Installation Floor & Walls Call Ashdown Flooring Inc. (941) 726-3077 lic.


local handyman. Painting, carpentry, dock/deck, pressure wash, gutters. Unlimited house repairs Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. LIC/INS.


john gubernat handyman

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

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

Sarasota Longboat East County

28 years experience.

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Excellent quality, prompt service. 941-383-5765 lbk resident

Your neighborhood marketplace!





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Services APPLIANCEs & A/C DOCTORS: We Repair: Air Conditioning, Refrigerators, Washers/Dryers, Ovens, Garbage Disposals. Other Household Items. Honest Dependable - Over 20 Years Experience. (941)650-9293

Spanish Instruction habla espanol? Learn to communicate in Spanish. Hourly lessons at your home. Call 383-4332.

Tile Installation

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

deluxe corner penthouse bayfront

perfect island retreat updated, steps to private beach, shops and boat dock. $540,000

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

Astounding views, easy beach access, 2BR/2BA, eat in kitchen, 27/ft. great room, year round 23/ft. lanai, many extras. Designer details and built-ins included. Two heated pools, tennis, sauna, clubhouse, fitness center, boat docks and more.

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

first time offered by owner below certified appraisal $695,000

Commercial/Business Opp.

Open House Sat. & Sun. noon-3p.m. 4960 Gulf of Mexico Dr. - Ph1 (opp. Hilton) or call for appt. 941-383-7974

PLASTICS FACTORY: Established Florida company w/state-of-the-art equipment, good customer base. $7 million** tire distributor seeks multimillion equity investor.** breakfast/lunch restaurant in busy Bradenton plaza. Well-equipped. $110K.** pizza etc. Profitable takeout/delivery, 23 seats; well-equipped, on main south Manatee road. $99K** Pack/Ship: Good Sarasota location, good lease, good mom-n-pop opportunity. $105K** bait & tackle: Easy-to-run, profitable business in great Cortez Road location. Motivated seller. Only $85K. **Confidentiality agreement required for details. Longview Realty 941-383-6112 For more great business & realty buys:

well established lawn business, $679,900. Tina M. Doxtator, PA. Century 21 All Aces Realty, (941)705-8462.

Commercial Rentals & Sales

bob burnett lic. r.e. broker michael saunders & co. 941-356-1277

El Conquistador Area: Designer Black & White, 3BR/2BA, Second Floor End Condo, Closed Lanai, Carport, Upgraded Fine Condition, Pool/Spa. $335,000. (941)751-5930 LBK: Full Gulf Views, Totally Renovated & Updated. ”Hurry On This One!” $729,900. Sergei Sokolov (941)308-3973 ReMax Properties beachplace - penthouse direct gulf front

shadybrook townhouses: 3BR/2.5BA. $159,000 & $169,000. For handyman. Call Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090. LONGBOAT KEY CONDO Beachfront Behind the gates of exclusive Longboat Key Club with unobstructed views of Gulf of Mexico, sunsets, the bay and golf course. Offered at $900,000 Triplex Perfect for investors, across the street from the beach with Gulf and water views. Among multi-million dollar homes. Offered at $899,900 LONGBOAT KEY CONDO BEACHFRONT Captivating water and sunset views among multi-million dollar homes. $975,000

2BR/2BA, Extended balcony, two parking spaces, one in and one out. turnkey furnished and never rented. $1,250,000 for details call ron baldwin & associates, inc. 941-954-7471 beautifully renovated. Pristine and exquisitely furnished Longboat Harbour: 2BR/2BA walk-out. Close to pool, deeded beach access and parking. $549,000. Sharon Freeman, 941-545-0899. Michael Saunders & Company. westchester Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, TKF, 2 pools, tennis, club house. $824,000 Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121


Direct beachfront home site w/unobstructed sunsets and water views. Ready for custom home. Preliminary house plans available and permits in place. Offered at $1,999,000.

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

BIRD KEY LOT Ready for custom home. Building plans available. $1,100,000

bradenton Village of The Arts: ability to live and work from your gallery or office. Also suitable for attorney, architect, etc. Garden paradise, 2BR/2.5BA, $379,000. Mapp Realty. Call Judith, 302-1720.

Anna Kaminski Michael Saunders & Co. 941-374-3200

Gulffront, large 2BR/2BA, updated kitchen and baths, small complex, TKF. only one of two units that have side windows in living room! $775,000

casa del mar 2br/2ba newly remodeled, beautiful. reduced from $699,00 to $650,000 motivated seller 941-383-5549 by owner

Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121

office space available 6400 gulf of Mexico dr.

Condos & Homes For Sale buy at today’s price & save! Live uptown/downtown Sarasota where everything is happening and move in approx. November 2006. Enjoy your South facing 2BR/2BA +den condo that surrounds a tropical atrium. $695,000. Please call Julie Caller, Realty Executives. 504-8223. lbk Cedars West Gulf front, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. Overlooks pool, Gulf and beautiful sunsets. Excellent rental program. 1640/sq.ft. Pool, tennis. $825,000 Lido Key Lido Beach Club Direct Gulf front unit, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, recently renovated building. Next to Ritz Carlton Beach Club, 1532/sq.ft. Magnificent Views. $969,500 Horizon Realty Janet Hardy Owner/Realtor 941-256-6090

Classified 9E

fsbo: buttonwood Harbor. Custom built 1990 Mediterranean, 3BR/3BA, heated caged pool, 3,000/sq.ft. Mature oaks, partially wooded. Community dock, extreme privacy (canal opposite). $1,100,000. 941-387-0487. price reduction! longboat terrace

Anna Maria: North End, On Canal w/New Boat Dock, 3BR/2BA/2CG, Completely Remodeled. Lush Vegetation, New Lanai, Pool/ 2br/2ba: large lanai, new roof, new air, Jacuzzi. $975,000. carport, marina, heated pool and club- (314)650-7557 or (314)567-6512 house. $395,000. 941-383-0591. turtle crawl inn lush gulfside complex. 1br/1ba, turnkey furnished. rental manager on site. liberal rental policy. $439,900 lynn parker rosebay real estate 941-751-0582

admirals walk: 2BR/2BA, 1112/sq.ft. By Owner. Ground floor, best lake and pool views. $245,000. 941-544-4968.

gulfgate: 2 beautifully updated homes: 2527 Moorings Lane, $399K. 3216 Kenmore Dr., $419K. Both over 2000/sq.ft. 928-9168. OPEN HOUSE Sunday, 2-4p.m. windward bay only $495,000 2BR/2BA penthouse. bay & gulf views. updated and tkf. seller lease back. 2 pools, tennis, boat dock, beach access. call dorothy cook, assoc. wagner realty 941-383-5577 or 941-730-9715

corey’s landing 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. $1,145,000 longboat key village spectacular bay views from this beautiful key west style light and bright 2BR/2BA home. $999,000 seagate: 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 tangerine bay longboat key direct bay front with spectacular views, courtyard entry, open floor plan, 2br/2.5ba +den $1,195,000 941-356-6673 mel & jan goldsmith michael saunders & co. Beautiful Views: Gulf/Pool, Promenade Condo. Gulf Views From Every Window. Updated & Nicely Furnished, 2BR/2BA, Second Floor Unit. Serious Inquires Only. $969,000. Information Call (404)307-4007 boaters best buy! 2BR on Palma Sola Bay - Intracoastal waterway access. Updated townhome. Heated pool & boat slip. Only $335,000. Call Fred, Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090. gulf front, Longboat Key condo: 2BR/2BA, steps to the beach and pool, ground floor, spectacular sunsets, on-site manager. Small welcoming complex, cherished by original owner. $1,000,000. 813-251-3822, after 7p.m. longboat key Village: 3BR/2BA, 2 car garage, huge new loft addition can be separate guest quarter. $739,900. Call to see. Fred at Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090. longboat key the village key west cottage 560 Broadway $799,000 YOUR HOME IN PARADISE 560 LINLEY STREET $675,000 CANAL FRONT HOME 755 N. ST. JUDES DR. $659,000 island home or rental duplex 641 st. judes dr. $634,000 contact judy heyer latitude 27 realty 941-387-9004 or 941-730-9009

waterfront property: 2BR/2BA on deep water canal in Anna Maria. Views of Tampa Bay and walking distance to stores and restaurants, $864,900. Call 941-779-1512.

10E Classified

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FIRKINS AUTOMOTIVE All prices plus tax, tag and dealer fee of $387. All vehicles subject to prior sale. All rebates and incentives to dealer. Manufacturer programs subject to change without notice. Offers cannot be combined. Photos and artwork are for illustration purposes only. Dealer and agency not responsible for misprints or errors.

Condos & Homes For Sale wanting to move to the mountains? We did! And we love it! Call me for your mountain home! RE/MAX in the Mountains Real Estate, Franklin, NC. 800-273-8814 or Ask for Donna (former 20-year Sarasota resident and St. Armands business owner). Anna Maria Holmes Beach, Lovely 2BR/2BA Condo, Steps To Beaches, Shops, Restaurants, & Trolley. Tranquil View Of Lagoon To ICW. Community Boat Dock, Pool, Tennis. Only $439,900. Cathy Daley (941)302-1004. Homes & Dreams Realty direct gulffront: Brand new. The Beach at The Longboat - formerly Seabird: studio, 1st floor walk out. $569,000. E-mail preferred:, 847-657-9072. sutton place - reduced $20,000! 2BR/1.5BA townhouse w/garage. 2 Pools/Deeded Beach Access w/Cabana, Boat Docks. 2 Small Pets & Children OK. Lowest priced Unit in Complex. $489,000. 800-404-6926. southgate: completely remodeled 2BR/2BA with private entrance, study, room for pool. 2724 Blossom Dr. 928-9168. $309,000.

Condos & Homes For Sale Holmes Beach: Reduced 603 & 605 Northpoint Harbour. Key Royale/North: Two Homes, next door in island’s finest community. 4BR/3BA/5CG, elevated home, beautiful views of Tampa Bay, New Lap Pool, Spa, Waterfall, Seawall/Dock. $1,200,000. Also 2BR/2BA/2CG ranch home, seawall/dock, & 20,000-pound lift. $1,150,000. Both For $2,300,000! Lynn Bankuty, Realtor, Suncoast Real Estate. (941)737-1420

casa del Mar 2BR/2BA $579,000 By Owner (941)383-5549

LongBoat south End, Bay Harbour Condo, 3BR/2BA or 2BR/2BA with den. 1462 sq feet, Bayfront marina and pool view. Boat dock available. Complete renovation, hurricane glass sliders, maple cabinets, granite counter tops, new tile and carpet, new furnishings. Call Owner/Agent $660,000 or best offer. 941-266-0819 or 850-212-8788.

“Best Kept Secret Located Behind The Gates Of Longboat Key Club” . Desirable Northwest 2BR/2BA Sands Point Condo W/Italian Stone Hardwood Floors. Gourmet Condo Kitchen With Custom Cabinets, Granite Counter Tops, Stainless Steel Appliances.

1BR/1BA Condo Turnkey Furnished 3rd Floor Waterviews

This Is A Must See!


For Sale By Owner $899,000.

Ryan Roslansky Michael Saunders & Company

Walter (941)321-4003 Edith (941)350-4117



Condos & Homes For Sale


Enjoy The Marina & Miles Of Beautiful White Sandy Beaches.

Casa Del Mar


100 central Ave., downtown Sarasota: 4BR/2.5BA, 2 car attached garage. Urban oasis with many recreational amenities. Offered at $945,000. Call Sheldon Paley, Michael Saunders & Co. 356-1857.

LBK Harbour

beach - distress sale. Make offer quickly: 4BR/2BA Duplex, weekly incomes, quality, rare ground level, finance ready. Anna Maria Island. $600,000’s +/- entire building! Principals only. Please call Janet: 941-538-0233. Realty Executives-Solutions.


lbk, country Club Shores: Southern canal front, 3BR/2BA, pool. Immaculate condition. $1.1M. By Owner, (941)383-4055.

Beach Front Condo With Marina.

Great Investment Or Second Home On Sandy Beaches Anna Maria Island 4/Plex Holmes Beach


Vacant Lot

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Whitaker Bayou (1 mile from Main Street). Custom Mediterranean, 5300sf under air, bay view, sailboat water, gated. 4 bedroom, library, media room. Under construction, you can customize if you buy early. As is $3.5 million; completed $4.6 million. (941)232-2329. MLS# 292588 seaplace longboat key 2br/2ba, updated with gulf views. Bldg. G5, #206. just reduced. $745,000 941-387-9709 the longboat connection, inc., realtor


Condos & Homes For Sale 797 beach Rd., Siesta Key: 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, beautiful direct view of Gulf. $750,000. Call Sheldon Paley, Michael Saunders & Co. 356-1857.

key royale: canal front home. Tastefully remodeled inside, Corian kitchen, ceramic tile & Berber carpet. Pool & spa. Boat dock. Exceptional value at $929,900. Call Owner Direct, 941-356-1456.

Best Deal on LBK Lowest priced 3BR house on the water on LBK Move in ready, single family house situated on your own 100’ seawall. Deeded beach access, close to shops, dining. $699,000 Call Barb Vitale Coldwell Banker 941-705-4478 lbk, whitney Beach. Beyond luxury 2BR/2BA condo, turnkey furnished, custom kitchen. Views of Bayou & Gulf, tennis, heated pool, beach access, fishing pier, docks. $899,000. Call Chad Weaver, 941-773-7255, CMI & Associates, Inc. west bradenton: one year new. 5BR/2.5BA, on private lake. $450,000. Adjacent properties available with 2 more houses and buildable lot for family compound. Exclusive - Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090. beachplace, Longboat Key: 3BR/2BA, walk down unit, beautiful view. Call Bridgette at 989-239-6733 or 989-799-8744 ext. 195. E-mail: LBK: Ground Floor, Gulf Beach Front Condo. Large Double Wide w/door walls in Livingroom/Bedroom Opening To Large Patio. Spotless, Turnkey Furnished, Recently Updated & Upgraded. No Brokers. Reduced $699,000. (313)383-4893 / 313-999-6201

grand bay: Biscayne model, 2250sq.ft., wrap around views of the Bay & golf course, $1,295,000. 430 BURNS COURT: zoned residential/commercial, totally renovated & updated, $875,000. Please contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or longboat key: Sands Pt. Condo Association. Behind the Gates. By Lighthouse Pt. 2 bedroom unit, 1.5 baths, relongboat key cently renovated, marble floors, new Whitney beach kitchen, new appliances, new bathrooms, 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, new new windows, new A/C. Beautiful New Pass appliances, private beach, boat water views, marina berth, new pool. 3rd floor Gulf front building. Absolutely best lodocks, pools. cation on Longboat. Motivated owner. $659,000 $845,000. Furnished by Robb & Stucky. Call owner at 973-423-0404 or (941)724-3519 973-427-7738.

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Classified 11E







1611 Cortez Rd. • Bradenton

748-6510 Condos & Homes For Sale West Of Trail - Community Boat Dock Park Your Boat Or RV Here. Beautifully Maintained 3BR/2BA Home Would Be A Great Second Home Or Investment Property $375,000. MLS#295881. Primo Lot ...Primo Location Woodlands Of Bent Tree 4BR/3BA Pool Home, 3100SF.. Park Like Grounds Lake Views. Open Floor Plan With All Amenities. Reduced To $838,000. MLS#289105. Karen Grant RE/MAX Excellence. (941)504-4952 Direct. (941)383-9700 Office.

Lots & Acreage For Sale Vacant Lot On Canal, 759 Marbury Lane, Longboat Key, $795,000, Size 80X123. Call: ((203)919-2600 or (203)855-1498.

Mobile Homes

941-755-1571 Open House

Open House Sunday 1-4

1750 Ben Franklin Drive, 2A Key Towers South Direct SW Corner Gulf Front 2BR/2BA Condo On Lido Key w/Full Gulf & Sunset Views! Beautiful Tile, Marble-Top Buffet w/Wine Cooler & Custom Closets. Open Balcony & Large Picture Window Capture Breathtaking Views!

$869,000 Georgina Clamage And Judy Nimz Michael Saunders & Co.

(941)586-3789 Or (941)374-0196

LBK Twin Shores Mobile Home (79) Owner Occupied 55+ Park Share Ownership Gulf To Bay Property I’m Looking For New Owner I’m Furnished -Move in Ready I Have 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath I’m Newly Painted With 2 New AC/Heat Units New Carpet/Ceramic Floors Remodeled Bedroom, Kitchen, Bath Washer/Dryer

$188,500.00 I Need A New Owner It’s Free To Look!

Paul & LaVelle Stewart (941)383-7849

Property Rentals

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open Sunday march 5: 1-4p.m. 2628 Bougainvilla; south gate ready for moving in 3BR/2BA, family room, fireplace, large kitchen, terrazzo floors, large yard for pool. $374,000 lease purchase considered surfside properties sue ann levin realtor/owner 346-7512


Out-Of-State Property Kentucky Real Estate For Sale Offering Lush Green Pastures, Gently Rolling Landscape And Hardwood Forests At Nationally Recognized Moderate Prices. Located Between Lake Cumberland And Green River Lake Offering Baby Farms, Large Acreage, Country Cottages And Lake Resort Communities. Moderate Climate, Low Tax Rate And Homestead Tax Exemptions For Those 65 And Over. Call Golden Rule-Wilson Real Estate At 1-800-854-9992 or 1-800-410-5155 For FREE Sample Catalog Or See

Rentals: Annual beautiful st. armands home 3BR/2BA, full car garage, great school system, close to beach, Circle, shopping, dining. beautifully landscaped, lawn/ac maintenance, and pest control included. $2200/mo.


By Owner; Howell Michigan, Lake Chemung Resort, Membership & Trailer, 6000 block home. Long term rental: 1BR, Enclosed Porch, Kitchen, LR, W/D. 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car. New home, 2400/sq.ft., 3 Furnished. $35,000. Vern (941)792-8346 floors, boat slip, pool, billiards table, kayak. $3200/mo. plus utilities. (941)809-0849.

Rentals: Annual

sought AFTER Downtown Sarasota location: 2BR/2BA condo. Walk to restaurants, movies & galleries, $1100/mo. (941)356-3291.

condos/homes annual 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. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127 downtown waterfront. Remodeled 2BR/2BA, includes W/D, cable, elevator, water/sewer. Pets OK. $1200/mo. Lease/Purchase. 941-953-5215, 941-232-8836. fairway bay: updated end unit townhome, 3BR/3BA +loft/den, 2/car garage, storage and bonus room, use of beach club. $3000 Annual. Unfurnished. Linda Paskovich, Prudential Palms Realty, 772-321-2176. lbk 3BR/2BA, furnished canal front home with boat dock, walk to private beach access. Below market! $1800/mo. 407-929-0214. Lido Beach Condo, 1/Block From St. Armands, Direct Gulf Views. Total Renovation 2005. (412)310-8436 (941)724-4703

Rentals: Annual condominium rental Highly Sought After 2 Bedroom VAN GOHE Unit In 888 Condo On the Bay - Sarasota. Completely & Beautifully Renovated. Stainless Appliances, New Cabinetry, Granite Tops, & Marble Bath. Extraordinary Panoramic Views Of Sarasota Bay Yet Still In The City.

Annual Rentals Preferred.

Contact Duane 941-724-4703 furnished: for rent - short or long term rental: 1-room efficiency with kitchenette; near Bee Ridge and 41. Private lodging in older Sarasota. Fully furnished. Ideal for student. Need excellent references. Non-smoker. $750/mo. 941-993-3630. beach access: 1BR/1BA unfurnished duplex apt. close to Publix, $775/mo. Includes gas and water. 2944 GMD, #2. 924-7080 or 383-0991.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation LBK, Direct Beach Front Condo, 2BR/2BA, Recently Renovated, Screened Lanai, Pool, Tennis, 3/Month Minimum. (781)244-3388

12E Classified Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

bayport, longboat Key. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view, lanai, sun deck, tennis, pool, fitness center & more. Monthly seasonal. 954-476-1137, E-mail: ❈ Pelican harbour, 3BR/2BA, LBK. Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished, 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. 941-383-7901, 513-608-4320, E-mail: Longboat Key: 3BR/3BA Condo At Banyan Bay Club, Excellent Bay view, Newly Renovated, Available December Through April, $4,000/Mo. (813)545-9321 is your new waterfront home construction behind schedule? Stay at Mangrove Hideaway. or call 815-351-5052.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 For a complete list, go to: beachfront, banyan bay #103 Walk right onto beach from charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops, restaurants. Large screen TV’s W/D. Full Gulf views! Sunsets, pool, tennis, fishing pier. Available 5/1-6/8 and after 8/13/06. 941-383-6650.

lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available August-December, 2006. January-December 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884. beachfront condo with direct Gulf views. Available March & April. This 2BR/2BA at 3015 Gulf of Mexico Drive with garage parking has been totally renovated & updated. Please call Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or lbk canal home. Walk to private beach access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Below market! $3900 monthly. 407-929-0214.

north longboat Key elevated house, 2BR/2BA, with large new heated pool. Steps to beach. Newly refurbished interior with new oak flooring. Covered parking. Enjoy sea breezes and relaxed Florida living! For information , pictures and rates: or call 941-256-0564.

stoneybrook: 2br/2ba, furnished, den, glassed and screened lanai, 1st. floor, golf and lake view. All Country Club privileges. Available March. 966-8020. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404.

enjoy unique beach access at Seaplace this summer. 2BR/2BA sleeps 4 (2 mo. min. longboat key, Privateer North, off lease). First floor walk-out, 50/ft. to ocean, gated road. On beach and golf course. garden view, fully furnished, non-smoking. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA, 2/balconies. Gulf Tennis courts and 2 pools. Available: and bay views, heated Olympic pool, tennis. May-Nov. $1300/mo., Dec. $2600, Available winter 06/07 and starting June Jan.-March $3600/mo., April $2600. 2006. (New York)914-747-3338 or 608-251-2173 or 914-946-7735. summer Martha’s Vineyard: storybook cottages. Romantic B&B 3BR/2.5BA, screened porch, deck, tennis, decor, a Victorian fairy tale retreat in His- centrally located 2 towns and beaches. toric Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to $2200/weekly. July 7 to October 15. beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher. The Gin- 941-383-9785. gerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) patio. $2700/mo. The Doll longboat key Gulffront condo. Small House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $1800/mo. complex, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, pool, Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual. rates $4500/mo. 1/mo. minimum. Available after March 15. No pets. 219-548-3758. avail. 941-779-2393.

Beach Harbor Club- 3 Bedroom Penthouse- Exceptional FurnishingsBeautiful Bay View- $5,000 SeaGate- 2 Bedroom- Gulf Views $4,100 SeaGate- 2 Bedroom- Gulf Views $4,800 SeaGate- 2 Bedroom- Gulf & Bay Views- Furn. Annual- $2,800/Month Windward Bay- 2 BR/2BA- Beautiful Bay Views- $4,500/Month. Owners Looking For A Change?

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Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800SF, lbk: 3br/3ba condo. Water view, heated Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. pool, dock, tennis court. Monthly rental. Available April, May, & June 2006. 813-495-3884. Non-smoker. Call Owner (610)647-5710

LBK Emerald Harbor, Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Garage, Deeded Beach Access, Or Annual. Seaplace, 1/BR Loft, W/Two Full Baths, Beautifully Decorated. Call For More Info. (941)387-7017 (502)633-6629 Or (502)-655-0419. longboat key, seaplace: 2br/1ba, fully equipped, all amenities. Available 2007 rentals available - On the Keys & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Season. Owner, 770-509-7419. Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. vacation rentals

SeaPlace- 2 Bedroom Units Several To Choose From -Great Gulf Front, Gated Community- $4,100 To $4,500

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, March 2, 2006

longboat key. Gulf front, pool, beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. Available March 1st. through 22nd. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145.

seaplace: 2br/2ba, N/S. New furniture and carpet, 2-parking spaces, all amenities. 2007 Season: Jan. & Feb. or March & April. Best deal all 4/month. May be seen now. 941-355-3537, Saul. lbk, buttonwood Harbour house: 2BR/2BA, heated pool, garage, private setting, walk to beach. Unavailable Feb./March. No pets/smokers. $3000-$4200. 941-387-8589, sutton place: 2BR/2BA. Updated comfortable, one level villa with glass enclosed lanai, washer/dryer, carport, 2 pools, walk to beach. No pets. No smoking. Available from January. 914-772-1550. gorgeous new Townhomes. Harbour Landings, Cortez: 2BR/2BA Annual, $1350/mo. 3BR/2BA Seasonal, furnished, w/canal view, $1100/week. All amenities, 2 car garages, private elevators. Walk to beach. Call Donna @ Premier Florida Realty, 761-3720/313-0104 Cell.

LBK Spanish Main, 2BR/2BA Villa Overlooking Lake, 55+, Private Beach Accharming 3BR/2BA furnished home: cess, Clubhouse, Heated Pool, Patio. Beaucanal front with dock, private beach access. tifully Furnished. $3,000./Month Cathy Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Available Daley (941)302-1004 from May. See website for photos and rates. or call lbk: spectacular Beachfront condo. 41-360-0700. Tiffany Plaza. Be the first to rent this professionally remodeled 3BR, 2.5BA lido beach: Delightful modern 2BR/1BA condo. Everything new with high-end furapartment with porch in garden setting. nishings. Perfect accommodations for visitWalk to beach, public pool, and St. Ar- ing friends, family and grandchildren. Covmands Circle. $750/week. Also, studio ered parking, WiFi, cable, poolside party Chris, 513-922-8143, $550/week. Available beginning March. room. (941)383-2566.

cedars tennis resort 5680 Gulf of Mexico Drive

One & Two Bedroom Townhouses Attached Garage

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation longboat beach House, Longboat Key: 6th floor, end unit with two gorgeous views of the Gulf, 2BR/2BA, fully furnished. $4500/mo. Immediate occupancy. Owner 863-529-4564. condos/homes seasonal

sea club III, weekly rental available. One and two bedrooms. Gulf front. sea oats, 1 & 2/BR condos directly on Heated Pool/Tennis/Dock the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly. gulf of mexico dr., 2BR/2BA, Vacation & Some Annual spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, (Weekly Minimum) beautiful, pool. Pet Friendly l.b. harbour, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, great view of Bay. 941-383-4621 sutton place, bayside, 2BR/2BA. islands west: breathtaking Gulf view, beautiful accommodations, $5000, 3/mo. minimum. Spanish Main: 2BR/2BA, furnished. WaSeaPlace 2/BR W/Bay View, Full ter view. $4000/mo. Amenities (2) Pools On The Beach Side. westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, Mim. 2/Months. Jan. 2006 & 2007 Season. beautiful Gulf view. $5000/mo., 1 mo. min. 201-344-5906 windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks bay, $4000/mo., 1 mo. min. Lido: Beach Front, Key Towers South, 2BR/2BA, Renovated, Furnished, Heated Pool. Annual/Seasonal. Available April, Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor 2006. (856)264-6579 or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty lbk-seaplace 941-383-6127 2br/2.5ba, recently renovated, steps to beach, pool & spa, lanai, w/d. $3800/mo. minimum 2/mo. call marsha (423)968-3420 or e-mail: visit website: longboat key, bay front condo. Gorgeous views, 2BR/2BA, sailboat slip, luxuriously furnished, heated pool. Available April 1st. through December 31st. Rate upon request. 2 months minimum. Call Staley Browne at 957-4677 ext. 253. seaplace: 2br/2ba. Immaculate condition. Book Now for Winter 2007 Season!!! Call 502-552-1594 or E-mail: lbk duplex: unobstructed gulf views, totally remodeled, 1st. year offered. 3BR: $2500. 4BR: $3500. Including garage. Off season rates also available. 941-232-1357. turtle crawl inn on Longboat key daily, weekly, monthly directly on the Gulf beach! Wagner Realty since 1939 866-754-3443

Enjoy Easter In Sarasota!!

Lido Shores

1211 Center Place

Available April 01 On A Weekly Or Monthly Basis Private Neighborhood Beach Main House- 2Bedrooms/3Baths, Office, Large Kitchen, Living Room, Pool, Outdoor Kitchen Guest House- 1Bedroom/1Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen Pets Allowed (On Individual Basis)

Rates Vary By Month

Call: Chris At 941-388-4498 siesta key Coguille on the Gulf: 2BR/2BA and loft. Beach, pool. April $3900/mo. May-December $1800/mo. 716-650-9650. due to illness, renter canceled. Tiffany Plaza: 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front, $5000/mo. Also available annually. 383-1255, ask for Cathy.

lbk, bayport Beach & Tennis Club. Rental unit available for winter of 2007. Whitney beach, newly updated 2BR/2BA condo, waterview, beach, pool Second floor with beautiful full ocean view, tennis, cable, horse shoe pits, shuffle 2BR/2BA, beautifully maintained, freshly board, ample closets, fish from dock. No decorated, light & airy, screened lanai, open pets, no smoking. Available Now! March & deck, swimming pool, tennis courts, exerApril Monthly.Call (941)778-8363 or email cise and community room. Beautifully landscaped complex, private beach with Bay acowner cess and boat launch. 3 month minimum rental. 860-651-4267. inn on the beach Discounted rates from $199/night Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views. 941-387-9709 800-469-4852

lido vacation rentals. One and two bedroom units available. Furnished apartments across from beach and 1/block from St. Armands Circle. Available now. Call 266-4775. lbk condominium, SeaPlace, recently remodeled, beautiful 3BR/2BA beachfront on the Gulf. Furnished or unfurnished. Available for longterm/annual lease as of May 1, 2006. Please call for details. 924-2641.

lido Luxury 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Remodeled. Heated Pool, Steps To Beach. Reasonable. Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117 bayport, lbk: 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished, spectacular full Gulf views. Tennis, exercise, pool. $5000/mo. Avail. December, 2006 & Jan.-March 2007. 770-671-0338 or north lbk Whitney Beach condos by owner Private beach, tennis, heated pools, boat docks, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA. also taking reservations for 2007 941-724-3519

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, March 2, 2006

Classified 13E

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Siesta Key: Turtle Bay, Turnkey Furnished Waterfront Condo, 2BR/2BA, Private Beach, 3/Month Minimum. $2200/Month (941)302-0250


Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

marina suites: w/40/ft. Dock. water club: 2BR/4BA, $10,000. country club shores/the bayou Beach Place: 2BR/2BA, $5,000. Seaplace: 2BR/2BA, $3,500. Ritz Carlton Residence SUITES Ritz Carlton Tower RESIDENCE Ritz Carlton Beach club plaza at five points 100 central university park w/golf

lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., 2BR cottage and 2BR house. Steps to beach & pool. Very private, quiet and clean. Daily rates: $90-$165 3/day min. Weekly rates: $500-$1100. Monthly rates: $1400-$3000. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. No pets. Quiet people only. Please call 941-388-2590.

Waterfront Property braden riverfront, 3BR/2BA/1cg, family room, 2 fireplaces, split plan, pool with Jacuzzi, pool cage, 2400sf on 0.46 acre, upgraded, new tile throughout, new AC and duct work, custom kitchen. Dock. For sale by owner. $625,000. More details at: or call 941-708-9475.

resort condominium WEEKLY RENTALS GULF front/gulf view Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our virtual tour at”


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spanish main, 55+, 2BR/2BA villa overlooking bay. Private beach access, clubhouse, pool, patio, attached carport, laundry. Newly decorated and furnished. 1/King bed and 2/twins. Immediate availability through 4/10/06. 863-324-1827.

lbk, gold Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $18000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983,


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Time Share

A home at 1212 Westway Drive on Lido Key is within walking distance of St. Armands Circle. Private beach access down this quiet street. This home has two bedrooms, 2 full baths, great room, lanai, pool, garage, completely furnished. Monthly rate varies by month. Discounts for multiple months and a yearly rate. Go see!!

Call Steve at 317-201-6484 email:

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BAYPORT BEACH & TENNIS CLUB. 2BR/2BA, new contemporary furnishings, monthly. 513-662-6678.

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Brett Berry, chief operating officer and executive vice president of The Fresh Market, says the chain succeeds by sticking to its niche: Selling perishables, such as meats, cheeses and fruits and vegetables.

Tomatoes The Fresh Market sees Florida ripe for the taking. Publix and Whole Foods: Beware. by Jean Gruss | Editor/Lee-Collier The supermarket wars are heating up and traditional grocers such as Publix and Albertson’s are facing competition from

two sides. On one side is mammoth discounter WalMart, which is selling food for less money

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In general for the company, we’re shooting for about a 20% unit growth per year. Where those fall in geographic regions is a little shoot and miss, but there’s a disproportionate amount of growth in Florida. For us, Florida has been just a fantastic state and market. Both the east coast and the west coast. We have a larger presence on the east coast, and there are a number of reasons for that, most of which is due to the availability of sites and the density of people. However, we are very interested in continuing to grow up the Gulf Coast. I think the lifestyle here, the Midwest focus, the slower, kinder lifestyle really bodes well. Our concept is all about slowing down and enjoying the experience of food shopping. On the West Coast we first opened in Naples, then up in Clearwater, now in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs. As far as future growth, this is absolutely fertile territory. We’ll open a number of stores this year. I think Florida should meet and exceed the 20% annual rate. The demand is out there.

through its supercenters and neighborhood markets. At the other end, upscale purveyors such as The Fresh Market are stealing from mainline grocers’ most profitable areas, such as fresh produce and meats. The Review caught up with Brett Berry, chief operating officer and executive vice president of The Fresh Market, based in Greensboro, N.C., as he was opening a new store in Bonita Springs recently. Berry outlines his company’s strategy in Florida, sizes up the competition and discusses some changes in the industry.

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this market. Can you tell us about other areas you’re looking in Florida? I’d love to be in the Panhandle. I’d love to be in Destin. There’s lots of fill-in on the east coast. I’d love to be in Sarasota; I think that could hold a number of stores for us. Gainesville too. Florida is so fertile. Publix has long dominated Florida with quality service. How do you compete against Publix? Publix is a great competitor. They’re one of the few of the large-scale competitors that are privately held, which give them a lot of freedom to do things that our other competitors can’t do. They do provide their customers a good experience, and they tend to treat their employees pretty well. The way we compete against them is through the strength of our concept and better execution. Our typical store is about 20,000 square feet and their stores are 40,000 to 50,000 square feet. And our focus is different. Publix has to be everything to everyone, because they have to compete against Albertson’s and WinnDixie. Our concept: We’re not everything to everyone and in fact I’m happy not to be everything to everyone. Because of that, it gives me a corner from which to compete. What exactly do you mean by perishables? By that I mean the perimeter of the store. Produce, seafood, meat, bakery, deli, and cheese. We also try to emphasize our notion of value, which is not just cost like Wal-Mart. It’s where quality and cost cross each other. What won’t you find here that you can find at Publix? We have a limited assortment of groceries. You can’t buy diapers

here. You can’t buy detergent, which take up a lot of square footage in other grocery stores. How do you get customers who want to buy diapers and detergent to come to your store too? Everybody, including myself, has to shop somewhere else. We focus on being the very best at what we do, which is perishables. The other grocery stores don’t have as good a selection and as good a value — as defined by product quality — so people who value their perishables will come here. What happens over time is that they’ll make the majority of their trips here and then they’ll make their one weekly trip to Publix or Target. Do you view Wal-Mart in the same light as Publix? I view everyone who takes a share of your stomach as competition. So that includes all grocers and all restaurateurs. Wal-Mart’s Supercenter is on one end of the spectrum, and to say that we don’t compete against them is probably disingenuous. However, they’re serving a different niche. And the niche that they serve they do very well. With their neighborhood store, I think they’re trying to figure out where they’re going with that. The way we compete against them is the same way we compete against Publix, which is by sticking to our knitting and doing what we do the very best we can. What about Whole Foods? Are you competing for sites with them? On the competitive spectrum, they’re much closer to us than most others. I have lots of respect for them. They’re a well-run company. They’ve taken a slightly different approach in their store model and changes in that model.

They’ve gone to very large store plans. They’re opening a lot of 60,000- to 70,000-square-foot stores, which are significantly bigger than the stores they were opening two or three years ago. With that shift in emphasis, they have to put more things inside of their stores. They were once just focused on their core philosophy, which is health food oriented. Now they’ve expanded to be something else. We try to create an intimate, convenient place to shop with the fact that we’re only 20,000 square feet. At 70,000-squarefeet it’s just a different shopping experience. They’re a public company, and their numbers are easily available. They are darlings of Wall Street. Quite honestly, what’s good for them is good for us. I wish them well because when they succeed, it strengthens vendors and the whole industry. So I want Whole Foods to do well. Are we competing for sites? Sure. We’re generally looking for more or less the same demographics. I think Florida is probably a better demographic for us than it is for them. I think the age of Floridians is more squarely in our store than it is in Whole Foods. Whole Foods does extremely well in inner cities. In the urban areas of Miami they’re doing really well. My hat’s off to them for figuring out the urban concept. We’re less of an urban store, and we tend to attract a slightly older customer. People will go to Whole Foods who believe in their philosophy. People shop us because of the love of food. As people get older and become empty nesters they tend to cook more because it’s a leisure activity. Do you have sales targets for new stores? We don’t have official targets.

Business 17E


The Fresh Market Headquarters: Greensboro, N.C. Ownership: Privately held by the Ray D. Berry family 2005 Revenues: $450 million Founded: 1982 Number of stores: 54 Store size: Average is 18,400 square feet Store employees: Average is 100 per store Product emphasis: Perishables including meats, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables; bakery, deli and cheeses. Future Florida store openings in 2006 (dates are tentative): Wellington (May 17), South Tampa (October 11), Gainesville (October 11), North Naples (December) and Destin (December.) Rather than managing to a number or target, we’ll focus on making sure we’re doing the very best we can do then letting the results fall where they land. Is that an advantage of being privately held? Yes. The truth is, our shareholders are much more demanding because they know the business. Shareholders and analysts on Wall Street flat-out don’t know the business very well. So we make our decisions based on long-term investments, not on quarterly basis. At its core, that’s one of our big advantages over a competitor like Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Whole Foods is a great

company, but they’re saddled by the heroin of Wall Street. Last week they missed their earnings, and it was like Black Monday over there. Intrinsically, nothing’s happened inside the company, and it’s causing devastation and disrupting operations, and it’s all because they didn’t manage their earnings. We don’t have to play that game. We’re very blessed. Have you ever considered taking the company public? We’re asked that quite a bit, and bankers want to take us public. But at this very point in time, there’s no need for us to do that. To fuel the growth that we’re contemplating, there’s no need to go public.

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DEAL US IN by Donna Swan


Choice of Lead An opening lead can make or break a contract and is one of the toughest decisions at the bridge table. If partner has bid a suit, I like to lead the highest card that I hold in that suit. Others may elect to under-lead a high card in that bid suit, which I find difficult to read. If my partner has chosen to bid a suit, he would like to know where the high cards are located. If partner has not bid, I try to lead a suit that I would like to see returned. Of course, singleton can be a great lead against a game contract, and a doubleton, sometimes easier to read, can be an excellent lead. In this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand, Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice of a diamond lead worked badly, but it is the percentage choice. If East has the queen, it figures to be an effective lead, and the ace would be a nice bonus. For a club lead to do any good, East will have to hold at least the queen of clubs. The club lead seems safer. On the club lead, declarer may manage 12 or 13 tricks. The contributor writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;West led the five of diamonds, I put in the queen, which held, and reflected that I was fortunate that West did not lead a club. I open the clubs by crossing to the ace to take major suit finesse. The second line of play seems more natural, so I play the ace and king of hearts, and ruff the heart with the six of spades. When the queen comes down tripleton, I have two discards for my clubs; but I will need to have a trump in my hand to ruff dummyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second club. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do this if the king is offside. I can lead low to the Jack, then collect the king under a club. I led low to the Jack and cashed the ace, leaving the king outstanding, and will, eventually, ruff dummyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club. I led a low trump to the Jack, cashed the ace and showed my cards, conceding a trump whenever West chose to ruff for a top result. Donna Swan is a resident of Longboat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays â&#x20AC;&#x153;for the fun of it.â&#x20AC;?

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RED TIDE REPORT As of Feb. 24, the was no red tide found from Pinellas to Collier counties.

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Temperature Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Mon., Feb. 20 76 55 87 (1999) 35 (1998) Tues., Feb. 21 75 60 86 (1997) 43 (1984) Wed., Feb. 22 77 61 87 (1997) 52 (1996) Thurs., Feb. 23 75 67 85 (1984) 43 (1987) Fri., Feb. 24 73.5 66.5 88 (1989) 50 (1993) Sat., Feb. 25 81 62 82 (1996) 47 (1984) Sun., Feb. 26 70 63 89 (1997) 44 (1989)

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Extraordinary bay & canal views from this model perfect home. Incredible 4 bedroom suites, gourmet kitchen with granite & top-of-the-line appliances, family room w/wet bar & fireplace, office/den, loft, marble floors, tray ceilings w/moldings & 3 car garage. 50' lap pool, spa, dock & lift, summer kitchen. Country Club Shores. $3,699,000

Direct access from this canal home, 3 in from Sarasota Bay, is pure heaven for boaters who prefer their own private dock & lift. This spectacular home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, travertine floors, eat-in kitchen, family room, formal living & dining rooms. Screened lanai w/pool. Country Club Shores. $2,199,000

Lido Towers - Deeded beach access, carport, pool/spa are a few of the condo features.Two great units are available: UNIT #213 - Updated 2 bedrooms, 2 baths w/eat-in kitchen, crown molding, porcelain tile, screened wrap around lanai. $789,000 Turnkey furnished. Southwest exposure. UNIT #411 - Turnkey furnished, 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths & screened $409,500 lanai with coveted Southern exposure.

University Park • Picture perfect and model-like, this 3080 SF home with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths has exquisite upgrades and detail. Complete with an inside and outside fireplace, it features leaded entry doors, granite, crown moldings, coffered ceiling with waffle detail, pool/spa and 3-car garage. $1,295,000

University Park • OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 • Loaded with upgrades, this 2597 SF great room plan has 2.5 baths, 2 bedrooms plus 2 separate offices/dens and is surrounded by tropical landscape lighting. It also features a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with window seat, granite countertops, lanai with pool/spa and extended garage. $889,900

Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Enjoy fabulous Gulf views from this 1,941 SF, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, top floor unit. Walk to the beach or to your private pool. Enjoy refreshments in the tiki huts with wonderful views of Big Pass & the Gulf. Terrazzo floors, community boat docks. Great value in a prime location. $1,195,000

&YQFDU.PSFBOE(FU.PSF Michael & Mary Nell Moore, REALTORS® Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 • Longboat Key, FL 34228 941-321-8592 or 941-266-7740

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