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Election 2004

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Water rate charges jump 157%



Spring Season Spring is blooming at The Longboat Observer — at least on the cover of this spring edition of Season, inserted into this week’s issue. Check out all the bloomin’ arts and social events for the spring months of March, April and May. Extra copies of Season can picked up at The Longboat Observer office at 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key (come on Wednesday mornings — we serve fresh coffee and muffins from Harry’s), or in the bright-red Season newsstands located in St. Armands and Lido keys and throughout Sarasota.

An old-fashioned Florida wedding — cowboy style! Don’t let the cowboy motif fool you — this wedding had Florida written all over it. The newlyweds, Mark Meador and Kathy Gyur, were wed on Saturday, Feb. 21 near the beach at the Casa del Mar condominiums with nearly 200 friends, family and seasonal guests in attendance. The couple first met as dancers in the local dancing group, the Cripple Creek Cloggers, 12 years ago. Short a partner for one of its shows, the group heard that Gyur knew some of the steps and requested her to dance with the group. “My first words to her were, ‘Howdy TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 2A

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Willie Fumero pounds the congas at the third Sunday in the Park concert in Joan M. Durante Park. Nearly 250 people listened to the Cuban sounds of Richard Egues & Friends. A first for the series, the Cuban tunes featured the smooth, high-pitched flute-playing of Richard Egues Jr., who immigrated to the U.S. just two years ago. Egues is the son of one of Cuba’s most famous musicians. The next Sunday in the Park concert will be March 14 and will feature Longboat jazz legend Kenny Soderblom.

After nearly two months of discussion about the need to raise the town’s water and sewer service charges, the Longboat Key Town Commission unanimously voted Monday to increase the charge for water from $5.37 to $13.80 per month — a 157% increase. Only one resident, 30-year Longboat resident John Albrecht, voiced opposition to the new rate structure, calling it “unreasonable discrimination.” Albrecht issued a letter to town commissioners and spoke briefly before the commission about his dissatisfaction with the rate structure. Albrecht has had numerous discussions with Finance Director Terry Sullivan and other town staff about the water rate structure. “The town has the grand opportunity to do it right this time,” Albrecht said. “But this goes exactly the wrong direction.” In his letter, Albrecht said: “The proposed amendment retains the present structure and merely changes the ‘fixed’ charge from $5.37 per dwelling unit per month to $13.80 per unit per month. This change drastically increases the discrimination in pricing.” Albrecht indicated that town data show that about half of the 2,000 single-family residences, each of which is served by a single meter, use fewer than 5,000 gallons of water per month for domestic water uses. The remaining single-family residences use 51% of total water sold for irrigation in addition to their domestic TURN TO WATER RATE, PAGE 4A

Commission candidates field questions at forum BY DAVID WEXLER Staff Writer

As they answered 90 minutes of probing questions from 62 interested Longboat Key residents and voters Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center, Town Commission candidates Bob Dawson and John Kerwin made it clear they are not close. At the start of The Longboat Observer-sponsored candidate forum, Kerwin moved his chair away from Dawson in a move that helped emphasize the distance between the two candidates, particularly on town issues. The candidates fielded questions on everything from the $6.4 million community center bond referendum to the town budget to what kind of car they drive. This was the third and final round of forums featuring the two candidates for the District 3 commission seat. The candidates squared off in similar forums on Jan. 21 at the monthly dinner meeting of the St. Mary Star of the Sea Men’s Club and Feb. 4 at the Longbeach Village Association’s annual meeting. Both candidates displayed posters outlining their campaign goals. In what is his first election campaign, incumbent Commissioner Kerwin addressed fixing the town’s water problems, beach renourishment, new zoning changes, new water safety rules and a more user-friendly Building Department. Dawson, meanwhile, said the time is now for strengthened business and financial planning and improved leadership from the commission.

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Candidates Bob Dawson and John Kerwin ... they’re apart on the issues and at the table. Dawson, who ran unsuccessfully against Joan Webster last year for the at-large commissioner’s seat left, added: “It is time for you to be treated as a valued customer. “There’s never an excuse for arrogance, poor service or knee-jerk reactions,” Dawson said, referring to recent complaints about the town’s Building Department. TURN TO FORUM, PAGE 5A






Rally for a Cure update Since we published the story on the great success of the “Rally for a Cure” golf and tennis fund-raiser at the Longboat Key Club, we have learned of a post-event success enjoyed by the organizers. Longboat Key Club’s resident, W. Shane Eagan, made an additional donation toward the cause. At last tally, the event raised just under $50,000 — for a total of $48,047. Hearing news of the events success, Eagan pushed the total up to $50,000 with a contribution of $1,953.

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Newlyweds Mark Meador, left, and Kathy Meador join Casa del Mar General Manager D.M. Williams on the beach following their wedding at Casa del Mar on Saturday, Feb. 21. partner!’,” Meador said. Although the dancing group has since broken up, the relationship of Meador and Gyur has blossomed. As members of the group, they have traveled extensively in the United States and internationally together. Meador said that the idea for the cowboy outfits came from the couple’s experience with the dancing group and mutual love of country music. The two are Bradenton natives. Meador has two sons; Gyur has two daughters. Meador has been an employee at Casa del Mar for 19 years. The manager of Casa del

Florida Trend magazine released its annual Golden Spoon awards, with nods to several restaurants in the Longboat Key area. This year, Holmes Beach’s Beach Bistro joined Longboat Key’s Euphemia Haye in the magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. Also given top honors was the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort’s Dining Room, which received a Golden Spoon Award. On Longboat Key, Café on the Bay, Maureen’s Palm Grille, Harry’s Continental Kitchens and Pattigeorge’s made the top 500 Best Places to Dine. Christopher’s on Lido Key and Da Giorgio Ristorante on Holmes Beach were also recognized as among Florida’s top 500 restaurants by the survey. —Compiled by John Sents

The John and Denise Saputo home is the shining star of Lighthouse Point. The home is featured on the 28th annual Longboat Key Home and Garden Tour this Saturday.

Tour time For those who have been anxiously awaiting the Longboat Key Garden Club’s annual Home and Garden Tour, your wait has nearly come to an end. The home tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 6. There are five homes scheduled on the tour this year, and ticketholders can begin their stops at homes on the tour wherever they would like. The five Longboat Key homes are: the Lighthouse Point home of John and Denise Saputo; the Lenny and Susan Landau home, 3518 Fair Oaks, Queens Harbour; the Jerry and Shirley Gotthelf home, 2199 Harbourside Drive, Harbour Oaks; the Wendy Curts-Urbinas home, 1932 Harbourside Drive, Harbourside; and the John and Ann Summers home, 5961 Emerald Harbor Drive, Emerald Harbor. Organizers have arranged for the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Joan M. Durante Park as stops on the tour as well. At the Arts Center, both the Glen Gallery and the Members’ Gallery will be open to visitors. Also, the Arts Center’s new classroom building will be open, with a host giving tours throughout the day. At Durante Park, visitors can enjoy a

rest in the outdoors. Refreshments will be provided, as well as toilet facilities, organizers said. Tickets for the home tour are $15, and are available at the following Longboat Key locations: Raymond James Financial Services, 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Susan Stribling’s, 2 Avenue of the Flowers; The Sea Stable, 3170 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Exit Art, 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Chart House Shops), and 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive (the Centre Shops); Longboat BP, 400 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Longboat Key Liquors, 6850 Gulf of Mexico Drive (Whitney Beach Plaza); the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive; and Longboat Creations Florist, 6834 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Tickets are also for sale the day of the tour at Joan M. Durante Park, 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Ticketholders can also receive discounts at selected restaurants. Discounted dining will be available at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, the Blue Dolphin Café, or the Colony Dining Room. For more information or for ticket locations off the Key, call Judy Williams at 383-1567 or Betty Sponaug at 387-8142.




Referendum will decide fate of center BY DAVID WEXLER Staff Writer

Longboat Key voters will cast their vote March 9 on the $6.4 million community center bond referendum. The referendum would provide the funds for a 19,500-square-foot community center. The facility would include a 3,000-squarefoot community room, a 3,000-square-foot activity room, a rooftop terrace designed for outdoor activities, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and office space for the Longboat Key Historical Society. The facility would replace the existing Bayfront Park Recreation Center at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The cost to the individual taxpayer is .0973 mill, or $9 per $100,000 of accessed value of a home. For an individual with a home or condominium accessed at $500,000, the annual costs will be $48.70. The Bayfront Park Recreation Center currently costs the city about $155,000 annually with revenue of about $45,000. The new center is projected to have an operating budget of $350,000. The committee expects the net operating cost to be $260,000, which is more than double that of the existing facility. On Thursday night, The Longboat Observer sponsored a public election forum at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. During the forum, James Brown, chairman of the Community Center Advisory Committee, presented information about the proposed community center and fielded questions from audience members. How many parking spaces will there be? What will happen if there are two events occurring simultaneously? The proposed community center will support 126 parking spaces. Brown said if the center held a large event that reached capacity, it would close other parts of the community center to avoid an overflow of parking. Another option for overflow parking is off-site parking, he said.

Why not in Joan M. Durante Park? When the Community Center Advisory Committee was appointed last May, it asked the town which sites could be considered. With the exception of Joan M. Durante Park, there were no other sites large enough to house all the programs they envisioned, not to mention parking. The town informed the committee that Joan M. Durante Park could not be considered because it is zoned for “passive use” or “open space,” and the use for recreation programs would not meet this zoning. “Durante Park seemed to be an obvious choice at the beginning,” Brown said. “But it’s zoned for passive use and it would have to be re-zoned. I think putting the center in Durante Park would take away from the essence of what that park really is.” Committee member Andy Frank said

building the center at Durante Park has been on the ballot in the mid 1990s, but was “soundly defeated.” Frank said: “If we try to fight it again, it would be like knocking your head against the wall.” At that time, the town was required to give land toward the project. Brown said since that time, the town used that land to build the new police and fire stations. “They soaked up all the available land on Longboat Key,” Brown said. Why is it facing the bayfront? Last November, Mayor John Redgrave voiced concerns about the original building’s cost and size. The Commission asked the town to review plans for a smaller, $4 million building. This required the rectangular building to be oriented so that only

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Community Center Advisory Committee Chairman James Brown answers voters’ questions.

Town’s voter turnout difficult to predict BY DAVID WEXLER Staff Writer

Voter turnout trends in Longboat Key have gyrated erratically over the past five years — from a high of 44% in 2000 to a low of 21.7% just a year later. “At one time on Longboat Key, voter turnout was extremely high,” said Town Clerk Donna Spencer. “It used to run in the 70-percentile range.”

Spencer said elections with bigger issues on the ballots, such as the town’s tennis courts or beach renourishment, have tended to generate a higher number of voters. She declined to predict what effect the community center bond issue would have on Tuesday’s turnout. Longboat Key has slightly more than 6,000 registered voters. ❑

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In addition to electing a District 3 commissioner and voting on the $6.4 million community center bond referendum, Longboat Key voters also will be asked to vote on two amendments to the town’s charter, a proposed sales tax increase in Manatee County and the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates. The two charter amendments are as follows: • Three-year terms of office — Should Article II, Section 2 of the Charter of the Town of Longboat Key be amended to provide for three-year terms for town commissioners? • Elimination of term limits — Except for town commissioners serving as of Jan. 1, 2004, should Article II, Section 2, of the Charter of the Town of Longboat Key be amended to eliminate term limits for town

commissioners? Currently, Longboat’s seven commissioners can serve a maximum of three two-year terms. Longboat voters approved the threeterm limit in 1999. Town Clerk Donna Spencer said that extending a term from two to three years would benefit town commissioners in several ways. “The main reason is it really takes more than a year for a commissioner to fully understand the process of town government and to learn all of the different facets and who does what in the whole scheme of things,” Spencer said. “For them to really understand and become a good contributor, their first term really is spent learning how to do it. If they’re limited to six years with twoyear terms, they are getting very good at their job by the time they can’t do it anymore. They felt if they went to three-year terms and had three terms, it would give them a longer period to do a better job.”

Is this the final design? Brown said this is technically not the committee’s final design. The design, he said, still will be “adjusted and tweaked” somewhat. However, all of the amenities will remain the same. Since the committee was formed last May, it has held more than 50 meetings on a weekly basis. The committee also visited several other community centers in the region, hosted experts in the field, researched demographics and developed a program based on two surveys of Longboat Key residents. The surveys were conducted in late September and early December. “This design incorporates all the program ideas that the committee decided,” Brown said. What’s the cost to fix up the current recreation center? Brown said because of current building codes, the cost to upgrade the existing facility to meet the codes would cost between $2 million to $3 million. Those codes include FEMA and ADA regulations. “The $6.4 million is certainly a lot of money,” Brown said. “But in the building we’re in now, if you look around, you can see it needs a lot of attention.” ❑

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Why does the proposed center not include a swimming pool? Brown said the reason the proposal does not include a swimming pool is the same reason they had to eliminate one of the tennis courts. “There is currently not enough space available,” Brown said.

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the skinny-side of the structure faced the bay. “As a result, it limited the view and limited the number of parking spaces to 86,” Brown said. “There were so many compromises. It was an obvious bad solution.” The Community Center Advisory Committee later voted unanimously to reaffirm their original recommendation.

Also on the ballot — but only for Longboat residents living in Manatee County — will be a proposed 10-year, 1/2cent increase in the Manatee sales tax. If approved, the sales tax would increase from 6.5% to 7%. The additional revenue would be used to buy land and fund county parks, recreational facilities, canoe trails, boat ramps, sidewalks and outdoor lighting. The money also is to be earmarked for stormwater, water and waste water facilities, public transit, transportation and public buildings, erosion control and safety vehicles. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at two locations in Longboat Key. Voting for the Manatee County portion of the elections will will be at Precinct 95, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Voting for the Sarasota County portion will be at Precinct 19, Town Hall Commission Chambers, 501 Bay Isles Road. ❑

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent announced her offices will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, to provide an opportunity for all eligible voters to cast their votes before the March 9 elections. The Supervisor of Elections offices are at the following locations: the downtown Sarasota office, 2001 Adams Lane; the Venice office, 4000 Tamiami Trail South; the North Port office, 13640 Tamiami Trail (Biscayne Plaza). The State of Florida Division of Elections is also presenting a series of candidate and committee workshops during the months of March, April and May. The workshops are open to all supervisors, their staff, candidates, political committees, and the public. These workshops will cover the “Dos and Don’ts of Campaign Finance, Chapter 106, F.S.” and “The Candidate Petition Process.”

Agenda • There will be a Community Center Advisory Board meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. • Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 9 for town elections. Voting for the Manatee County portion of the elections will take place at Precinct 95, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The voting for the Sarasota County portion will take place at Precinct 19 — Town Hall Commission Chambers, 501 Bay Isles Road. • There will be a Community Center Advisory Board meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 11, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A water uses. Albrecht said the town’s model used to calculate the new service charges — which estimated single-family residences each averaging 11,000 gallons per month — applies to fewer than 150 residences. Albrecht noted that the single-family residences that use fewer than 5,000 gallons per month “suffer price discrimination similar to that suffered by multifamily and mobile homes.” What’s more, Albrecht contends, that all irrigation on the Key “is subsidized by rates which are below the cost of delivered water.” Albrecht suggested a flat rate of $3.70 per 1,000 gallons, in addition to a twostep rate of $2.70 for the first 5,000 gallons per month of domestic water use and a rate of $4.70 for additional use per month. The annual water revenues from both the flat rate and the two-step rate will essentially equal the revenue from the proposed amendment, Albrecht said. “The flat rate and the two-step rate do not subsidize irrigation,” Albrecht said. Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough thanked Albrecht for working with the commission and educating them on the water rates. “Over the past four or five months, Mr. Albrecht and I have probably had had anywhere from 50 to 60 conversations lasting anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour,” Whatmough said. “He has tried hard to educate me. My most recent conversation was within the last two days. His heart is to try to help the town with their problems. He’s sincere, and he has worked hard and vicarious and has been very cooperative with us. “I told Mr. Albrecht that this ordinance is an interim thing,” Whatmough added. “He said what I had said previ-

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ELECTION 2004 What does customer satisfaction cost in the Longboat Key Building Department? For the next five months, the cost will be $66,000. The Town Commission unanimously approved a budget transfer of $66,000 from the town’s contingency fund for the hiring of a deputy building official and a building department receptionist. The new positions were created in the wake of a contentious meeting in December with members of the Longboat Key Federation of Condominiums. Members complained of town staff members showing bad attitudes toward customers; cumbersome permitting processes; and excessively high permitting fees. The town expects the new employees to begin service by May 1. The $66,000 includes wages and benefits for both employees for five months, from

ously, which is to say, ‘There’s nothing temporary in government. Once it gets passed, it’s hard to change.’ But I did want to assure you, Mr. Albrecht, that what you have said here tonight, we will workshop and we will consider.” Despite Whatmough’s comments, Albrecht told The Longboat Observer on Tuesday: “I am disappointed that there was no opportunity for dialogue with the commissioners. They made no attempt to answer me. This is no way to run a government.” Commissioner Ron Johnson also reminded his fellow commissioners and audience members that Monday’s actions are only a temporary rate change. “It’s surprising how much confusion there is from the public about what we’re doing tonight,” Johnson said. “Tonight is

May 1 to Sept. 30, which is the end of the fiscal year. Altogether, Town Manager Bruce St. Denis previously said the salaries and benefits of the two positions would total $125,000 a year. The deputy building official will be responsible for direct supervision of plan review and inspection services and report to the building official. The receptionist would be primarily responsible for handling phone calls related to zoning, permitting, project status, licensing and insurance for contractors. The staff changes are designed to allow Building Official Randy Fowler to spend more time in project planning and problem solving. St. Denis said the additional personnel also would allow administrative staff to better assist citizens through the permitting process. The town currently has three administrative positions that handle building functions. ❑ not the night to set a long-term solution for the problems with the water. These are just interim charges covering the continued increases in operating costs and rates charged by Manatee County. Imposing these rates will allow town to develop a solution to the water and sewer system.” In other action Monday, the Town Commission: • Unanimously approved a resolution requesting support of the Manatee and Sarasota Boards of County Commissioners in seeking amendments to drawbridge operations. Town staff said the frequent openings of the drawbridges separating Longboat Key and the mainland is the direct cause of increasing trafTURN TO WATER RATE, PAGE 5A

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ELECTION 2004 Department Volunteers, is moving off the Key. Simon was appointed as a trustee in June 2001. Longboater Robert Bernard, a retired New York state administrative law judge, will replace Simon. Bernard previously served as a trustee on the Police Officer’s Retirement System Board. • Presented plaques to the Longboat Key Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year. The recipients were police officer Dennis Silverio and firefighter Doug Dakel. Silverio’s responsibilities include patrolling the waters around Longboat Key. He has been with the department nearly five years. Dakel, originally from Cincinnati, joined Longboat Key Fire Rescue in November 1980. He currently serves as shift lieutenant of operations; acting deputy chief, acting fire marshal; and coordinator of the department’s health/fitness/wellness program. ❑

Forum CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A Dawson commended his opponent for recently “beginning to address building department arrogance issues and permit fees. But this has been going on for many years,” Dawson said. “Why has nothing been done about this in the last three to four years?” At Kerwin’s request, town staff recently proposed adding two positions to the department, as well as reducing building permit fees and possibly eliminating some permits. “I think building department employees are overworked,” Kerwin said. “And when they’re overworked, you can get hostile. By adding staff, they will be much more comfortable and user-friendly.” Dawson said: “Had I been on the commission, I would’ve opposed (adding two positions) to the building department. I’m not sure how adding two people is going to affect the arrogance of that department. I think it’s the wrong solution at the wrong time.” Dawson said he was committed to strengthening the town’s planning and internal controls, and the fiduciary role of the Town Commission. He called the 10.5% year-over-year operating expense growth “not acceptable.” Specifically, Dawson said, “We need to look at the root cause of these problems, and need to look at what costs are fixed and what costs are variable.” Dawson said most recently, the commission did not deal with significant salary increase of the town manager and reclassification of many town employees to higher salary levels. “We pay at the 75th percentile, and we have some people at 100 percentile,” Dawson said. “We need to restructure some salaries. There are areas where we can make some painless cuts.” Kerwin said the increase in operating expenses was necessary because the town needed to restructure the Longboat Key Fire

Commissioner Lenobel returns to Town Hall He’s back. Longboat Key town commissioners welcomed Commissioner Hal Lenobel back to the dais Monday night after a two-month absence. The former Longboat Key mayor and Longboat Observer golf columnist was diagnosed over the Christmas weekend with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, an inflammation of blood vessels. “It feels wonderful to be back,” Lenobel said. “It’s been a rough haul. This is something I love to do. I’ve done it for seven years, and I want to finish my last year.” Lenobel’s term ends in March 2005. Former Longboat Key mayor and Lenobel friend Jim Patterson drove

Lenobel to the meeting. As a sign of progress in his recovery, Lenobel said he is now moving around with the help of cane rather than a walker, which he previously used. “It’s good to get out again,” he said. “I love to do this. I love the service I provide. I think I’m good at it, and I enjoy doing it.” Lenobel is still undergoing thrice-weekly dialysis treatments, which he said may interfere with his attendance at workshops. “But I plan to be as active as I can,” he said. Lenobel said he received a tremendous amount of support during his recovery. “I must have had 300 get-well cards,” he said. “I received a lot of gifts and a lot of flowers. The response has been terrific.” Asked what he missed the most during his time away from the Town Commission, Lenobel replied: “To voice my opinion. I love to voice my opinion.” — David Wexler

THURSDAY MARCH 4, 2004 5A Rescue salary structure to make the department more competitive. Said Kerwin: “If you’re going to cut something, it’s going to hurt, and people on this island don’t want that.” Members of the audience applauded Kerwin’s response. Both candidates were asked to make specific suggestions of ways to improve the quality of life on Longboat Key. Dawson said transportation issues, flooding, narrow roads and sidewalks all need to be addressed. Meanwhile, Kerwin emphasized fixing the town’s transportation problems, particularly congestion on the north and south ends of the island. As the town’s representative with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, Kerwin is looking into ways at alleviating the traffic congestion at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, as well as traffic along St. Armands Circle. He said Longboat Key residents should consider providing funds for a traffic officer to control the traffic flow on the Circle. Additionally, the $6.4 million community center referendum was a hard issue to ignore. James Brown, chairman of the Community Center Advisory Board, made a presentation about the proposed community center prior to the candidate’s forum. Asked if he had communicated before that he would vote against the community center bond referendum, Dawson reiterated: “I think it’s no secret that I will pull the no lever,” Dawson said. “I don’t think you can build to satisfy the needs of 100% of the people, 100% of the time.” One resident brought up a quote from Dawson that recently appeared in The Longboat Observer. Dawson was quoted as saying, “I don’t think we need to build a Cadillac when maybe something lesser will do.” The resident asked Dawson: “So what kind of car did you drive to the Rec Center today?” For the record, Dawson drove a Cadillac. His opponent — a Lexus RX 330. ❑





Dawson signs sail into hot water BY DAVID WEXLER Staff Writer

For the second time in the past month, Town Commissioner candidate Bob Dawson has found himself in hot water with the town over the use of political signs. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis notified Dawson Monday night outside the Town Hall chambers that his latest political sign — which appears on a boat docked at Cortez Bridge — was not in compliance with the town’s political sign ordinance. Last month, the town removed 19 of Dawson’s political signs and nine of Commissioner John Kerwin’s at various residential properties on Longboat Key. The signs had been removed because they were in the right of way. “The town several years ago adopted a very strict sign code to make sure it looks like it does now,” St. Denis said. “Specifically, a political sign can only be 5 square feet if it’s within the jurisdiction of the town. As it happens, with the boat they have out there, the sign was within the jurisdiction of the town, and was larger than what campaign signs are allowed to be.” According to Dawson, the “Vote Bob Dawson” sign was scheduled to appear on the boat through the end of the District 3 Town Commissioner election March 9. The boat was to move daily from the Cortez Bridge to the New Pass Bridge. Following the Town Commission meeting Monday, Police Chief Al Hogle and St. Denis showed Dawson a plat of the water jurisdiction. Additionally, Dawson asked St. Denis to show him the town ordinance for political signs. The town ordinance states: (a) Each sign shall not exceed five square feet in area. (b) A maximum of two political signs are permittable per lot, parcel, or tract. (c) The sign shall be prohibited within street rights-of-way, but may be erected on private property and shall be removed from the premises within 48 hours after the issue or campaign has been decided or resolved. “Clearly, the intent of the above ordinance deals with signs erected on the land, not the water,” Dawson stated in an e-mail to Hogle. “My sign is on a navigable waterway, in a boat, with a captain that moves the boat on a regular basis. Surely you would not fine a sailboat with the manufacturer’s name emblazoned on the sail, even though it is not compliant with the size requirements of the sign code.” Dawson has found a simple solution to the problem. “They are going to move the boat out of the jurisdictional waters of the town, at which time it is not our issue anymore,” St. Denis said. ❑

Dawson raises more funds than Kerwin BY DAVID WEXLER Staff Writer

Campaign finance records show that Longboat Key Town Commission candidate Bob Dawson has raised $2,229 more in contributions than his opponent, incumbent Commissioner John Kerwin. As of Feb. 26, Dawson raised $9,754 to Kerwin’s $7,525. Dawson’s monetary expenditures totaled $6,287.65 compared with Kerwin’s $4,412.97. The last round of financial reports is due March 5. More than half of Dawson’s contribution funds were received before the end of last year. As of Dec. 31, Dawson had raised $4,975 to Kerwin’s $2,050. The March 9 election marks the first election that Kerwin has run in which he has faced opposition. Kerwin resigned from the Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2000 to fill the vacant District 3 seat on the commission. The position opened after Commissioner Joel Miller resigned in November 2000. This is Dawson’s second commission campaign. He ran unsuccessfully last year for the at-large seat, which was vacated by retiring Commissioner Jim Patterson. Dawson lost to Joan Webster. Last year, Dawson raised about $5,800. The big difference is that half of those contributions came from Dawson personally. This year, he has received more than 100 individual contributions. In his campaign last year, only 16 individuals contributed $100 or more to Dawson’s campaign. None gave the $500 maximum. So far this year, seven individuals have given $500, excluding a $550 loan that Dawson gave to himself. Altogether, Dawson and his wife made $867 in loans and contributions. Dawson’s largest contributors

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CONTRIBUTORS OF $100 OR MORE As of Feb. 26, 2004 Bob Dawson’s contributors George W. Rauch, $500 Sally Rauch, $500 Chas. Kahn, $100 Robert Twyman, $100 Art Falls, $100 Robert White, $100 R.C. Johann, $100 Robert E. Dods, $200 Wendy Dawson, $117.15 Richard Hershatter, $100 Frank and Connie Robinson, $100 Neva Kelley-Paesani, $100 Skip Sack, $100 David and Marjorie Osborn, $100 W.E.L.D., $100 Robert Sewell, $500 Ulysses Brualdi, $500 Art Falls, $175.62 Robert P. Dawson $550 (loan) Mike Nink, $150 Dr. and Mrs. Samir Ragheb, $500 Wendy C. Dawson, $200 Carleton Stewart, $500

Bill Kelley, $100 Bob Twyman, $100 Rick and Dorothy Williams, $100 Celia Edmundson, $100 Richard W. Baum, $100 Joe Handy, $100 Robert O’Brien, $100 Ralph and Claire Hunter, $100 Mr. and Mrs. Al Bracciano, $100 Elizabeth and Alfred Riedinger, $100 Mary Alice McGovern, $150 Art Falls, $100 Ernest and Lorraine Giordano, $100 Bill and Kelly Kary, $250 Dan Young, $500 Total raised, $9,754 John Kerwin’s contributors William Levine, $100 David W. Brenner, $100 Walter Hackett, $150 Hamlin Gilbert, $100 Christa Fineshriber, $135 Herbert L. Kellner, $100 Albert B. Frank, $100 Virginia Johnson, $100 Patricia E. Loy, $100 W. John Kerwin, $1,000 (loan) Larry Greenspon, $100 Mary Miller, $500 Jay Greenblatt, $100 Walter Hackett, $100 Grace Hackett, $100 Edward Schmitt, $200 Joseph F. Roller, $100 Kennedy Legler, $100 Peter D. Shea, $100 Ronald Mario, $200 Rusty D. Chinnis, $100 Anne Mock, $100 Barbara Adler, $100 W. John Kerwin $100 (loan) Frank W. Fineshriber $250 W. John Kerwin, $400 (loan) Thomas A. Wood, $500 Nelson Goldner, $100 Patricia Wood, $500 Craig and Janice Abbott, $100 Ralph B. Hunter, $100 Total raised, $7,525


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Canadian hero, Longboat snowbird BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

In Canada Johnny Esaw is a legend. His work as a sports broadcaster in the great white north made his name a staple in Canadian households. In May Esaw will be awarded the prestigious Order of Canada for his 50 years of work in sports broadcasting. To the average American, the full meaning of this honor may not be commonly recognized. However, to any Canadian, the award and its presentation to Esaw represent quite a different animal. “At his height, there were two guys recognized for sports (in Canada),” said Larry Nichols, a friend of Esaw’s who worked with him at CFTO-Channel 9. “He was absolutely one of the top two.” In being accepted to the Order of Canada, Esaw achieved the highest civilian award in Canada. In a half century, Esaw’s list of accomplishments nearly cover the gamut of Canadian sports. In addition to his induction to the Order of Canada, Esaw has won awards that include the Sports Media Canada Award, the National Sports Centre of Ontario’s Special Achievement Award and several other awards for excellence in broadcasting. He was inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, The Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, The Winter Olympics Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Skating Hall of Fame. However, of all his accomplishments, Esaw said that being added to the Order of Canada was his greatest. “Out of all the things I’ve done, I always thought this is the one thing that I’d

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Jack Esaw will receive the Order of Canada in May for his 50 years in sports broadcasting. never get — and it’s the one thing that I wanted most,” he said. As sports in the 20th century experienced its most memorable moments, Esaw was right along with them. As part of his show, “Sports Hot Seat,” Esaw interviewed some of the greatest sports heroes of the world. His guests included Arthur Ashe, Mickey Mantle and Cassius Clay. In addition, Esaw was the man who brought the show, “Wide World of Sports” to Canada, adapting it so that the show highlighted the best of American sports and the best of Canadian sports. Esaw’s career began in 1947, after a leg

injury cut his career in professional hockey short. While recovering, Esaw would occasionally sit in a broadcast booth and pretend to broadcast for the local radio station in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. “They heard about me at the station (CJNB), and asked if I could broadcast for them,” Esaw said. After working for several radio stations and covering assignments such as the World Series in 1949, Esaw eventually got the call to work for the television station CFTO-TV, where he was appointed sports director. During his stay at CFTO, and later CTV, his work took figure skating off the society pages and into prime-time television; televised the first hockey game in color; and made the first broadcast of the World Curling Championships — among other accomplishments. Between 1962 and 1967, he was the voice in Canada for hockey on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. And, his behind-the-scenes negotiations brought award-winning Olympic coverage to Canada from 1964 to 1968. Now retired, Esaw spends his summers in Toronto and his winters on Longboat Key with his wife, June, with whom he recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. His two children are now grown and raising their own kids, giving him more time for two of his loves: golf and Bluejays baseball. For now, he is enjoying his acceptance to the Order of Canada. “You’re up there with the best,” Esaw said. “You can’t put a price tag or a rating on it. It’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me.” ❑

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ARTIST'S HAVEN Fabulous set-up for one who needs a generously sized studio/workshop and longs for privacy. Two homes with 5 acres of incredible landscaping. $799,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #245015 WEST OF THE TRAIL NEW CONSTRUCTION Fabulous 3BR plus office/den Key West-style home with wood floors, Chicago brick, metal roof and courtyard pool. $745,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #243727 HIDDEN OAKS ESTATES Large contemporary home set amid a truly magical property, with a stunning lagoon pool/spa, Tiki bar, orchid house & koi pond. The ultimate in privacy. $699,000. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #248572 VINEYARDS OF SILVER OAK Expanded Tuscany model equipped beyond your expectations, located in a maintenance-free, gated community, with fitness center clubhouse & pool. $599,000. Dan Shanahan, 966-8000 or 356-5260. #246352 LAUREL PARK Classic coastal cottage, new construction with vintage 1920's garage & guesthouse. Old style with new standards & exceptional detail. $589,500. Bruce Tassinare, 951-6660 or 955-3333. #252902 HIDDEN OAKS NORTH Warm & inviting traditional home on 1/2-acre of lush, tropical landscaping. Features wood floors, cathedral ceilings, family room with fireplace & heated pool. $565,000. Gene Cooke, 388-4447 or 780-0964. #243973 LAKE VIEW IN A PRIVATE VILLA A gated entry leads you to a most charming Tuscan home with crown moldings, high ceilings, family room, den, screened lanai & 2-car garage. $524,900. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #253211 LA VISTA Free-standing, maintenance-free villa on a double lot in Prestancia. Beautifully maintained 2BR plus den residence with room for a pool. $515,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #252395 SEE FOREVER from this 18th floor, 2BR turnkey furnished condominium in a popular, gated bayfront building, with boat docks, concierge and more. $468,900. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #252245 PRESTANCIA Understated elegance in this maintenance-free home, expertly renovated to perfection. Three BRs, gourmet kitchen & soaring ceilings. $444,900. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 346-9121. #251943 OAKS PRESERVE Enjoy sunsets over a fountain lake. Traditional elegance in a garden setting in this 3BR, maintenance-free treasure, with 12' ceilings, tile & wood floors, & fireplace. $395,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #246061 RENAISSANCE Enjoy views from every room of this sunny 11th floor corner unit in the Renaissance. Enjoy all the spectacular amenities convenient to downtown. $375,000. Carol-Ann Warr, 388-4447 or 780-0665. #252715 ONE WATERGATE Well-maintained, comfortable & quiet unit in a desirable complex, located close to the Ritz-Carlton, theatres, Van Wezel & downtown. $369,900. Ruth Robinson, 388-4447 or 954-6515. #244591 PRESTANCIA Enjoy fun living on Prestancia's TPC course. Maintenance-free 2/3BR villa. $349,000. Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 400-1461. #252156 TURTLE CREEK Majestic oak trees greet you as you approach this 4BR pool home. Situated on an acre & cul-de-sac, this split plan residence is ideal for family living. $335,000. Sherri Mills, 349-3444 or 350-7112. #252642


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ROYAL PALM HARBOR Vintage Old Florida charm on Siesta Key. Walk to the beach from this fabulous, remodeled 3BR pool home on sailboat water. $1,185,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #247076

BENT TREE Newer home in an established neighborhood. Open plan with high ceilings, set in a cul-de-sac location near great schools. $279,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #252176 THE UPLANDS Three BR home in a lovely bayfront community. Solidly built, vintage 1950's home set on a double lot, just 4 homes to the bay. $265,000. Pam DeMarie & Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #249497 OAKLEY GREENE IN THE MEADOWS Enjoy golf course views in this 3BR villa with fireplace & enclosed lanai. Rarely available in Oakley Greene. $259,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #251901 AMARYLLIS PARK Four BR, clean & bright home with charming fireplace & large fenced yard. $109,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #242191

cross from pubic beach access. Features fireplace, tial Gulf views. $895,000. Annette Rogers & Michael

on a golf course lot with stunning views. This anite kitchen, high ceilings & large rooms. 000 or 923-5895. #246864 portunity in a prestigious, sought-after West of ot offers privacy & serenity. $825,000. Debra



GULF TO BAY LUXURY ESTATE walled & gated with exquisite design & style, this home includes a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, vanishing-edge pool, summer kitchen and sevencar garage. $12,000,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #251582 LAFFIN PLACE Main residence has all the charm of an older home with modern amenities to indulge a lavish lifestyle. Guest quarters, 180' bay frontage & private beach. $5,675,000. Nora Johnson, 966-8000 or 809-1700. #232474 GULF TO BAY Behind the gates a tranquil atmosphere awaits, created by blending the modern, completely remodeled home into the lush vegetation. Enjoy the expansive views of the Gulf. $4,590,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #252584 UNIQUE GULF-TO-BAY This stunning 3BR California contemporary boasts vaulted ceilings, fireplace & panoramic Gulf views from all rooms, located on a wide, sandy beach with buildable bay lot. $4,300,000. Nancy Moore, 966-8000 or 966-1200. #244078 PRIVATE, WALLED & GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE Completely renovated in 2002, this home features panoramic views of the bay & Intracoastal plus Gulf views from the front porch & charming gazebo. $2,685,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #243830 240 FEET OF BAYFRONT with 1950's Sarasota School-style home. Residence has been in family for over 50 years. Close to Blackburn Point and Gulf easement. $2,650,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #248024 ATTRACTIVE BAYFRONT HOME of 2,700 sq. ft. with lush landscaping, beach easement, pool & great dockage. Made for the Casey Key lifestyle. $1,735,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #242752 6Siesta Key


NEW SIESTA KEY GULF FRONT with breathtaking water views. Marble floors throughout, granite, extensive use of onyx & French limestone. Setting a new standard of luxury on Siesta Key. $3,999,999. Judy Moore-Hadley & Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 349-3444 or 383-7591. #250592 ISLAND SANCTUARY IN THE SANDERLING CLUB Incredible gated estate on over 2 acres, with 350' on the Heron Lagoon. Spacious 4BR pool home with a separate 2BR guesthouse, beach, tennis & boat docks. $2,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #246994 HIDDEN LAGOON Breathtaking Gulf views from almost any room of this unit, with exquisite decor & furnishing. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets directly on the beach. $1,295,000. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #249326 WATERFRONT ESTATE on Heron Lagoon. Main home has 2/3BRs, large glass-walled family room with fireplace, & expansive lagoon views. Separate, totally private tiled guesthouse. $975,000. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444 or 504-0205. #249323 SANDERLING CLUB Totally renovated & remodeled with new floors, guest quarters, all appliances, landscaping & roof. Walled 3/4-acre property with gorgeous Heron Lagoon views. $875,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #239841 WINDWARD PASSAGE Million dollar full Gulf views from this 3BR condominium on Siesta Key. Premier complex in like-new condition. $859,000. Joyce Naegele, 349-3444 or 586-7959. #252708 ELEGANT, SPACIOUS TOWNHOME with romantic view of lagoon & fountain, surrounded by lush tropical landscape. Private community with pool, tennis & deeded deepwater dock. $849,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #242033 MIDNIGHT COVE BAYSIDE Elegant 3BR bayfront corner unit in the best beach-to-bay complex, with enclosed lanai. Watch dolphins & manatees from dazzling 180-degree views. $649,000. Boyd Cowper, 349-3444 or 587-4521. #247568 EXCELSIOR BEACH Enjoy paradise in this turnkey furnished penthouse unit with full bay views & on-site everything. $514,000. Sara Copeland Chester, 349-3444 or 737-8234. #242978

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Our View

Town budget is a quality-of-life issue It’s a shame fewer than 1% of Longboat Key’s permanent residents attended last week’s candidate forum at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. They missed a night of America at its best — spirited discussion and debate that brought democracy to life the way our founding fathers meant it to be. At a time when voter apathy and ignorance in America are so prevalent, it was reassuring and inspiring to hear the exchange of ideas and people’s passions, all expressed with civility and decorum. As one attendee summarized his assessment of the forum (accurately, by the way), neither Town Commission candidate — incumbent John Kerwin nor challenger Bob Dawson — delivered any “knockout punches.” And, based on the audience’s questions WE RECOMMEND and comments, if you try to • Town Commission: Bob place a bet in Las Vegas on Dawson how Longboaters are going to vote Tuesday, March 9 • Community center bond on the candidates and the issue: No $6.4 million community • Three-year terms of center bond issue, you office for Longboat would be shooting craps. town commissioners: Both candidates and both No sides of the community • Elimination of term limcenter issue were amply its for Longboat town represented. commissioners: Yes Watch for both elections to be close. • 1/2-cent sales tax (Manatee): No ❑❑❑ Much of the candidate debate last Thursday night centered on the town’s fiscal management. This seemed to bother one attendee, so he asked candidate Dawson: Outside of bringing more budgetary vigilance to the Town Commission, “What specifically are you going to do to improve the quality of life on Longboat Key?” The question implied what we hear so often in America: That government is responsible for our quality of life and that Americans want government “to do something” to make our lives better. To his credit, Dawson responded that better fiscal management is indeed a quality-of-life issue. If government takes less of our income, we have more freedom — ergo a better quality of life. ❑❑❑ Keeping Dawson on the defense, another resident wanted him to list specifically what items he would cut from the town budget if he were elected. Dawson previously told the audience he had no plans or intentions to outsource Longboat’s police, fire and rescue operations to Manatee and Sarasota counties. And he told the audience member that his inten-

It’s a privilege to vote. Vote Tuesday, March 9 tion as a commissioner is not to nitpick individual line items from the town budget but to analyze and challenge the town administration more than it has been in the past. On this subject, Commissioner Kerwin couldn’t help but be amused. He chuckled good-naturedly when he referred to Longboat Mayor John Redgrave, recalling how Redgrave vowed when first elected that he wanted to cut Longboat’s budget 10% to 15%. Redgrave couldn’t do it. Kerwin’s unspoken point: There isn’t a lot of fat in the budget. Nonetheless, as we suggested two weeks ago, Dawson is closer than Kerwin to seeing what’s really needed with the town’s budget. Come budget time, commissioners have a tendency to take what they are presented. They fail to go further. This would be refreshing to see: The commissioners asking the town manager to present and meet financial targets; the commissioners establishing management incentives that would reward the town manager for fiscal performance; the commissioners pushing the town administration to show gains in productivity — a practice that is as common as the sunrise in the private sector. To paraphrase an old management maxim: You can’t manage what you don’t measure. ❑❑❑

About that brochure Some of the pre-election buzz circulating Longboat Key this past weekend and early this week was residents’ reaction to the taxpayer-funded brochure on the proposed community center. “Why is the town spending tax dollars urging me to vote to spend more tax dollars?” asked one Longboat resident. This practice soils the process. We wonder: If there were organized opposition to the community center, would the town have written a $4,736 check — the cost of the brochure and its mailing — to circulate a brochure promulgating the other point of view? While this practice of using taxpayer funds to take sides on a referendum stinks (face it, the brochure was a community center promo piece), it’s legal. In 1997, Town Attorney David Persson told the Town Commission that the Florida Supreme Court ruled that in a lawsuit that “leaders have both a duty and a right to say what course of action they think best, to make fair use of their office for this purpose.” Persson also noted, however, the court said the practice “must not be abusive or fraudulent.” What constitutes abusive? This was abusive. Without all of the hyping endorsements in the community center brochure, plus the endorsement of the Green Report on the back page, it would have been a neutral informational piece.


Finance community center voluntarily Proponents of the community center note that the homeowner’s annual cost on the $6.4 million bond issue may be as much as one person’s meal at one of Longboat’s finer dining establishments. Not a big cost in the scheme of things. What’s more, the renderings of the proposed center look appealing. You can imagine a gleaming new building with a fabulous view of Sarasota Bay, a great little jewel to help Longboat’s Realtors sell the Key to prospective buyers and to add to the value of Longboat real estate. But how much more value would a community center add to the value of your home or condo? Would the additional value exceed its direct cost to you? Or, say you never intend to sell your home. In that case, the value that a new community center adds to the assessed value of your home will translate only into higher property taxes. Or flip the perspective: What happens if a community center is not built? Will values decline? Will Longboaters be worse off than they are today? Not likely. In the absence of a community center, the Key’s bridge players still won’t have first-class facilities; exercises classes will remain crowded; the summer recreation camp will continue to have less-than-ideal conditions for children; and Longboat will not have an ideal meeting place for lecture series. Essentially, those are the constituencies whom Longboat property owners are being asked to subsidize. But if we subsidize them, why shouldn’t we subsidize to a greater extent the Longboat Key Center for the Arts? Why not subsidize the private, not-for-profit Longboat Key Education Center? How are those users’ needs and desires any different than those who want a better community center? In the ideal, we have repeatedly suggested the better route would be for Longboaters to finance and support a community center the way they support their churches, synagogues, art centers and education centers — voluntarily. Rather than force everyone by the gun of majority vote (whereby the minority has no standing) to pay for the community center via taxation, it would be far better if, say, Longboaters were given a choice each year. Let us check off on a form how much we’re willing to contribute. Charge users a market rate for the use of the facility. And whatever shortfall occurs raise the difference through private efforts — pancake breakfasts, galas, auctions, etc. That would indeed be a community center in which its users have a passionate, vested interest. We should take our cue from what already exists: If the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, the Longboat Key Education Center, the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and the Anna Maria Island Community Center can exist largely through private efforts, why not the Longboat Key Community Center? We support the concept and design of the proposed community center. It would be great. It’s the method of financing and sustaining it that is problematic.

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

U.S. 41: Lane Reduction Plan On March 22, the Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a public hearing on plans to reduce the lanes on U.S. 41 between Gulfstream and Orange avenues from four lanes to two lanes. Let the city commission hear your voice. ❑ YES, I SUPPORT narrowing to two lanes,

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slowing motorists to 25 mph and adding angle parking on U.S. 41 between Gulfstream and Orange avenues to improve pedestrian access.


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slowing motorists to 25 mph and adding angle parking on U.S. 41 between Gulfstream and Orange avenues to improve pedestrian access.


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Setting the record straight Dear Editor: We can no longer restrain from responding to articles in other newspapers filled with misinformation and misrepresentation. Nowhere did “A Day in the Life ... ” mention providing space for a Town Commission meeting for a hot topic every four or five years. The Education Center Director Susan Goldfarb supports the community center, because it will provide space that she does not have and will enhance her program and allow it to grow. The community center will provide space for the Arts Center to exhibit, providing the many, who do not frequent the Arts Center, to view its fine work. Athletic activities will be far greater because there will be more space exclusively for physical classes. The Duplicate Bridge Club, Garden Club, Weight Watchers, Drive Over 55, homeowners association meetings, etc. will meet in the three classrooms or in the lounge. Many more people will participate in exercise classes and the fitness room than would on the tennis courts. SILL Lectures could be simulcast to the community center in the acoustically sound lounge, making it possible for those who cannot drive to participate. The current Rec Center is not up to code and is projected to cost between $2 to $3 million. That would still leave us with only 2,000 square feet as compared to 19,500 square feet in the proposed new community center. The issue of how much it will cost to operate has not been “glazed over.” It has appeared in print and at the more than 40 public presentations we have made and will continue to make. The projected cost is $150,000 more than the current $110,000 for the existing building. As to the “legalities of the situation” in regard to Durante Park, only “passive recreation” is allowed. A cultural center in Joan M. Durante Park was offered to the voters some years ago and they voted not to change the ambiance of the park as it is. Each of us has the right and responsibility to vote, but it is irresponsible to disseminate misinformation in an attempt to sway voters based on one’s biased writings. Community Center Advisory Committee Longboat Key

Malcontents made USA what it is Dear Editor: A colorful e-mail letter written and distributed by a past commissioner has been invading my computer. The first time I saw it, it was amusing. But I was startled by the distortions in the letter. It described meetings that I attended at which the author of the colored letter was conspicuously absent. Another recent letter promoted me to the position of campaign manager of Town Commission candidate Bob Dawson. Dawson’s flyers clearly state the name of his campaign manager. I am not he. So I wondered: How could this commentator and ex-commissioner do that? This commentator also described Dawson supporters, of which I am one, as a “malcontent.” I have no problem with that. A malcontent is a person who is not content with the status quo and strives for improvement. A malcontent wants a change for the better. It was a malcontent who circulated the petition for the proposed community center. This malcontent stood in front of Publix collecting signatures for the petition while the contented sat comfortably at home or played tennis. That “malcon-

tent,” by the way, was my wife. Mr. Dawson’s opponent says the town staff and town manager do a superbly fabulous job; he is content. Then he lists his accomplishments. Let us see the record and what is the truth: • Public Works Building — The ground level does not comply with FEMA regulations, resulting in closing the vehicle maintenance department and retirement of the town employee who did the maintenance work. • Town Hall — The referendum was put to the voters for a $4.2 million bond issue. That was not enough. The town manager had to ask the commission for more. The cost rose to $6.2 million. • Tennis Center — In January 2003, the Friends of Tennis at the Town Commission meeting said they would pay for the engineering and architectural work and by the time that was completed they would have the money to complete the project. They said if they didn’t, they would walk away from the project. The town was to contribute $50,000 and the land; Friends of Tennis were to come up with $150,000 to completion. In November 2003, Friends of Tennis told town commissioners they were short $100,000 to finish the tennis courts. The Town Commission approved the additional $100,000. In the 1770s, the American colonists were malcontents. The founding fathers were malcontents. If it were not for the malcontents, we would not have the wonderful republic with all of its freedoms that we have now. Yes, I am a malcontent. If I were not, I would not be here. The same applies to my wife. Incidentally, I reported the green letter as spam. Samir Regheb Longboat Key

New sales tax will preserve quality Dear Editor: On March 9 Manatee County residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether there should be a one-half cent increase in the Manatee sales tax. An editorial in The Longboat Observer says, “Vote No.” It suggests that this new tax will not preserve quality of life; it will make it worse. Quite the contrary; the purpose of the proposed tax increase is to create a land conservation program to fund the purchase of environmentally significant and recreational lands and enhance facilities for the public to use and enjoy forever. This tax is a 10-year half-cent sales tax on goods up to $5,000. It is estimated that about one-fourth of the proceeds will come from visitors. Half of the money (50%) generated will be used for parks and trails and for infrastructure in the county and cities. The tax is expected to raise about $18 million a year. About $7 million would be used to buy sensitive land or purchase easements that would protect it from development. About $7 million would be used for recreational facilities such as ball fields, boat ramps, sidewalks, beaches and greenways. The remaining $4 million would be divided among the cities and could fund infrastructure projects such as water and wastewater facilities, sewer system repair, transportation, and erosion control. If we care about protecting the quality of life for Manatee County residents of all ages engaged in sports activities, bicyclists, birdwatchers, hikers and all those who enjoy what is special about living in our paradise, then let

us vote YES to save some of “old Florida” before it is gone forever. Freda Perrotta Longboat Key

Opportunity only knocks once Dear Editor: The proposed community center will add an important new dimension to Longboat Key. It will become an important venue for cultural and social activities. I have been active in a community center in Birmingham, Mich. In spite of numerous private clubs surrounding Birmingham, the community center has become a focal point for all kinds of cultural and social events. This can happen on Longboat Key. A community center will open avenues to a variety of interests, exercise classes, lectures (there could be a Town Hall series), musical presentations from jazz to classical string quartets. It could be the domicile for a senior men’s club and a senior women’s club. It will offer a valuable enhancement for people already living here and will create an incentive for people to buy on Longboat Key. The time is right for building the community center. The cost to residents is very reasonable (about $9 per $100,000 of assessed value) and represents a bargain. Interest rates will never be so low and inflation so benign. A community center would cost more to build later than now, when inflation is reflected in higher interest rates and higher building costs. The Community Center Advisory Committee (CCAC) has toured the facilities of other community centers in southern Sarasota County, and has coordinated with architect Lisa Wannamacher on a conceptual design and program spaces as identified by CCAC, and on a final site location (along Bayfront, north of the existing baseball field in Bayfront Park). The committee has worked diligently for many months to get input from Longboat residents on their needs and the kind of building that will best serve them. The community center will only happen if residents get out and vote for it. Don’t let this opportunity get away from us. Make it happen by going to Town Hall March 9 and casting your “yes” vote. If you will be away or are not well enough to go out, call 861-8668 (Sarasota County) or 741-3823 (Manatee County) to ask for an absentee ballot for the election. You will automatically get the ballots for the presidential primary and for the bond issue to finance the proposed community center. Do it now. Don’t let old man lethargy stop you. John A Cooper Longboat Key

Why increase tax burden? Dear Editor: Since there is no compelling reason to build a $6 million community center, why increase the already heavy tax burden on residents and non-residents (especially the latter). No one knows where the tipping point will be, i.e. the level at which people decide Longboat Key is no longer affordable to move onto. If such were to happen, the cost of today’s “wish list” could be extremely painful for all. T. Ferguson Longboat Key

You’re worth it! Dear Editor: In May of 1993, I became the director of the Longboat Key Community Center. It had been in existence for more than 25 years, run by a volunteer board of directors, a paid director and paid summer-camp counselors and volunteers for a variety of volunteers for a variety of activities. There were two exercise classes, two softball leagues and a bridge group that met for three months and summer camp. The following year, the town of Longboat Key took over the ownership and changed the name to the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Throughout the years there has been a major increase in activities. There have been concerts, town parties, meetings and celebrations, wedding and graduation parties, lecture series, holiday camp and special events for children, not to mention the fund-raisers, sing-a-longs,

THURSDAY MARCH 4, 2004 11A Weight Watchers, and AARP Safe Driving Classes, the current nine exercise classes and almost daily bridge classes and/or games. In 1993, the center was adequate for the few activities that were held there. Back in 1993, most of the town buildings were adequate for the activities that were held there. Since then, each of the town departments has had their buildings upgraded to accommodate for the growth of the community. I believe it is time for the community/recreation center to be up-graded. The current center is a bit of an eyesore in comparison to the rest of the community. It is also inadequate for the needs of this community. And the inadequacies will only spiral as the community loses meeting/celebration places such as the Holiday Inn, and growth continues. Most communities in this country have community centers. They are an asset to the communities and provide whatever programs are needed to enhance a quality of life. And, wouldn’t it be nice to have a backup location for the Sunday in the Park concert series in case of rain. Local Realtors also tell us that your property values will be enhanced by such a center. Yes, the proposed community center will cost money to build and maintain. I am no longer director of the community/recreation center, but I think you’re worth it. Shirley Fideler Bradenton

Turn about is not fair play Dear Editor: One of our very, very top citizens on Longboat Key is Jim Durante. He is one of the very few, and I can count them on my one hand, who out of sincere love for his wife and Longboat Key, donated, at first, $500,000 and then upped the ante to $1 million for the development of a park for our island. We dearly thank him for this beautiful, functional memorial to Joan Durante. However, anyone and everyone at the time of the signing of the agreement for this donation, especially the past commissions, i.e. Mayor Jim Brown and Commissioner Bob Farber, were 100% aware of the provision in the donation, that in the future, if the town were to build a community center, it would be located in Joan M. Durante Park. This is simply the fact. It is imperative that Longboat Key honor its integrity and honesty. There is not a single person who was aware of this kind, loving donation who would not agree that our recent new community center absolutely would be part and parcel of this precise gift. There may be legal written interpretation that could, like most legal mumbo jumbo, be construed with a possible different interpretation. However, the fact is that the community center must be located in Joan M. Durante Park if the town of Longboat Key wishes to maintain the integrity of its commitment upon acceptance of Mr. Durante’s kind gesture when he made the magnanimous donation. Incidentally, the recreation center on Longboat Key was donated by me personally. I donated the tennis building from Far Horizons. The cost of this move was to be paid for by other community-minded people. Other people never came forward and I paid to have the building moved and secured at the recreation center site. The “travesty” of this situation was that the recreation center was dedicated to Kit Fernald! The solution is to honor our word and the original intent with Jim Durante. Build the new community center at Joan M. Durante Park and keep our recreation center in its present location. The new community center will be in the middle of our town. It is closer to the north end where there are mostly homes that are not blessed with the recreation/meeting rooms that are in almost every condominium development on the south half of the island. Let’s be honest, fair and intelligent. We can have both a fabulous community center and not disturb our functional recreation center. A perfectly simple solution honoring the will of the Durante memorial and no additional monies needed. Murf Klauber Longboat Key






THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT MUST BE RESPONSIVE • Arrogance, Poor Service, and “Knee-Jerk” Reactions Must Be Eliminated • Permit Fees Must Be Reduced; Paperwork Simplified

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IT’S TIME FOR EXPENSE AND CAPITAL PROGRAM CONTROLS • 10.5% Year Over Year Growth (36% Over Last Four Years) in Expenses Is Not Acceptable • Excessive Contingencies for Capital Projects Must Be Replaced By Sound Planning & Controls • Town Salary Structure Must Be Reviewed – Independent Assessment Vs. Benchmarks • Never Again Should We Be In The Same Predicament As Now on Water & Sewer Repairs • NO RESIDENT SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND





The Net Result is Higher Property Taxes For You!

73% Increase in Valuation 20% Reduction in Millage = HIGHER TAXES

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If you were the judge

What is the legal history of marriage in the U.S.? Of late, no subject has dominated the collective public mind more than the institution of marriage, particularly those claimed by the same sex participants. Frank Sinatra sang his lilting advocacy, “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage,” while Milton Burle characterized the status, “Marriage is the only war where you play with the enemy.” Poets in the distant past often wrote about nuptials. From the Bard of Avon: “Hasty marriage seldom proveth well,” to the equal caveat of John Selden, who said, “Marriage is a desperate thing.” However, there is the joyous optimistic observation that “marriages are made in heaven,” made by Alfred Lord Tennyson. So much for the poets of long ago. Examination of the topic’s history discloses extraordinary facts. In the 17th century, couples seeking to marry required no licenses, no witnesses, no ceremony and no official. Marriage was accomplished simply by a man and a woman declaring themselves spouses of each other. A religious ceremony

was optimal but not necessary. Strange but true, there has been little change in the fundamentals today. All that is needed is the desire of the two partners to marry. Yes, a license and a marriage official are required, but that’s it. Everything else is window dressing. The traditional aspects of the wedding –– from the elaborate wedding preparation to the galaformal affair with ring bearers, bridesmaids, best men and maids or matrons of honor –– are designed to make the event a happy memory. Yet all that is actually required is for the bride and groom to answer affirmatively to the official question: Do you want to marry each other? In the 17th-century United States, a couple, defined as a man and a woman who lived together, were considered married. As late as 1843, the Indiana marriage law provided, “No particular form of ceremony shall be necessary, except that the parties shall declare that they take each other as husband and wife.”


Early settlers in the West committed themselves to lifelong devotion far before they thought to have a judge or preacher to sanctify the event. Because neither a jurist nor a preacher came often in the Chesapeake region, when one did appear at the marriage ceremony, often it was due to a pregnant bride. Females then were deemed of marriage age at 12 and males at 14. But an 1828 record in Green Hollow, Maine, shows Mr. Williams, 87, wedded to Polly Candle, 14. For those times, the universal belief was that the connubial enterprise would remain for life. Yet existence for the blushing or non-blushing bride was cruel then and is unthinkable today. All of her property was transferred to her husband, and if she left him, he retained ownership of her onceowned property. On top of everything, alimony was nonexistent. Here is a chilling fact: In the 17th century, the probability was that after seven years of marriage, the woman would be dead. By the 19th century, state legislators concluded that if a man and a woman could marry themselves, they should also be able to divorce themselves. When that occurred,

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the woman often would be destitute. Hence, changes in the statutes provided some relief for such women. But not until recent times would a husband be eligible for alimony or monetary payments from his ex-wife. Such is the price of equality among the sexes. Common-law marriages, once prominent in the United States, eventually were outlawed by all of the states. They frequently came into existence with the tremendous waves of immigrants coming to the United States for permanent residence. The vast majority did not understand the English language. Many believed that on completing the procedure to obtain a wedding license, they were then married. They then started to raise families. Obviously, the public good would not have been served if the legal status of those children were bastards, so an appropriate legalism was created. However, a couple registering at a motel as Mr., Mrs. or Ms., when false, does not constitute a common-law marriage. No matter the frequency of the occasion.

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mark was visible from punch. Complainant refused to give statement and was taken into custody. 3:59 p.m. — 600 block Yardarm Lane. Alarm/Burglar. Officer responded to burglar. All appeared to be in order. Gust of wind triggered alarm. 11:03 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Public Service. Officers responded to a report of someone planning to drive after drinking too much. After talking with driver and wife, officers concluded man and wife were in no condition to drive. A cab was called.

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11:52 p.m. — 6800 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Security Check. Door of vacant business was unsecured.

Feb. 14 10:55 a.m. — 5300 block GMD. Public Service. Officer responded to barking dog complaint. Upon arrival, owners left area with dog. 3:05 p.m. — 3000 block Bayou Sound. Disturbance. Complainant reported reckless driver, who entered a security gate by tailgating another vehicle. Complainant followed the vehicle to where vehicle was parked and went inside house. Residents stated complainant grabbed subject and shook him. Complainant stated he “didn’t hit anyone,” and showed officer his firsts to prove so. Subject said he was struck with a closed fist in the upper left chest area. A red



12:11 a.m. — 6800 block GMD. Security Check. Unsecured door. Keyholder notified. No further action taken. 12:17 a.m. — 6800 block GMD. Security Check. Rear sliding glass door unsecured. Nothing had been disturbed. 8:11 a.m. — 500 block General Harris St. Disturbance/noise. Man issued written warning for using a circular saw. He said he was unaware of town ordinance. It was not revealed what man was using circular saw for. 9:16 p.m. — Lighthouse Point Drive. Public Service. Man reported to police that he was concerned that his wife locked herself in her bedroom. While talking to police, his wife came out of bedroom. Wife said she was not expecting husband home so early and when alarm downstairs went off, she locked herself into her bedroom and pushed the panic button. No further action required.

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Barking dogs Loose dogs Dog attacks Dogs on beach Snakes Raccoon rescue

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Vehicular Occurrences

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Auto/bike accidents Crashes DUI Fender benders Hit and run Suspicious vehicle Traffic violations Boating violations Reposessed vehicle Skateboarding

Improper conduct 2 Property found 10 Code violations 10 Property damage 1 Public service 18 Security check 24 Off the Key fishing 1 llegally dumped trash 1 Suspicious phone call 4 Suspicious circumstance 10 Collapsed person 2 Suspicious person 3 Fire 1 Tree Tussles 3

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Missing Items 3 0 1 12 0 4 0


Cell phones Children Jewelry/watches Purses/wallets Boats/bikes Cash Driver’s license

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Statistics represent the reports published in Cops’ Corner year-to-date. They are not the official number of calls handled by the police.

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Feb. 17

5:15 p.m. — 500 block Putting Green Lane. Code enforcement. Man issued a written warning for working past 5 p.m. Subject said he was not aware of ordinance, and that it would not happen again. 11:37 p.m. — Mistletoe Lane. Assist Other. Police gave MSO information about man pulled over with stolen boat motor in back seat of vehicle. Man was arrested.

10:33 a.m. — 300 block N. Shore Road. Narcotics violation. Man handed over to police a plastic bag containing white substance. Man found bag lying next to a trash can. Substance believed to be crack cocaine. 4:05 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Larceny. Man reported his golf clubs were taken from golf clubhouse. Clubs are valued at $4,094. ❑


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MARCH 4, 2004

John Sents

Albie, back, and Andy Frank at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, one of the many recipients of the couple’s volunteer efforts. The Arts Center is presenting its annual “They Make A Difference” Award to the Franks for their work in the community.

Doing their part “They Make a Difference” honors Albie and Andy Frank with its annual award. BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

“They don’t really announce themselves,” says Kelly Kary of Albie and Andy Frank. “But they really do a lot. Whatever function they are with they put their hearts into it.” “They really give a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘giving back to the community,’” adds Nick Drizos of the Franks. “They don’t look for anything other than the selfsatisfaction of giving back.” The Franks’ quiet, behind-the-scenes approach to volunteerism has made a difference on Longboat Key and its surrounding communities. Accordingly, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts will honor the couple with its “They Make A Difference Award” on March 11 at the Harbourside Dining Room at The Longboat Key Club. The Arts Center presents the award at an annual dinner to those who have made outstanding community contributions. “They do things all over the island,” said Dan Idzik, president of the Arts Center. “They are an exceptional couple and a great model for people on Longboat Key to follow.” The Franks, who have been full-time residents on Longboat for 22 years, first started getting involved in local volunteer work when Andy Frank started volunteering at Mote Marine Laboratory. Much like her other projects, Frank became heavily involved with Mote. She eventually became a member of the staff as a marine biologist, and later became the coordinator for the first Jason

Project in 1989. The Jason Project makes live broadcasts Community Center Advisory Committee and the Arts of deep-sea water exploration for kids in classrooms across Center for Andy Frank. They are both on the board of the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy the nation. Although she had been involved with Mote for some (SMART), for which Albie Frank serves as chairman, and the Sunday in the Park concert series time prior to this point, Frank said that (Andy Frank is chair, Albie Frank is a the experience of running a commissionmember). er’s campaign in 1986 was when her volIf you’re In addition to their volunteer work, the unteer work really took off. interested: Franks extend their assistantance to help “Following that campaign, I was the Longboat Key police, fire and paraapproached by members of the Recreation What: “They Make a medic departments on the holidays. For a Center to be on their board,” she said. “At Difference” awards ceremony number of years, the Franks have been that point, Albie and I got on the board at When: 6:30 p.m., March 11 donating a Thanksgiving dinner to the the old Rec Center.” Where: Harbourside Dining people on duty of these departments. The Franks’ work on the board of the Room at the Longboat Key Rec Center was instrumental in adding a In scheduling her typical day, Andy Club ball field and tennis courts around the Frank generally will be organizing several Price: $125, benefiting the center. Andy Frank said that this experiof the four local volunteer organizations Longboat Key Center for the ence led to various volunteer positions on her plate. Her husband, Albie, doesn’t Arts get much of a break either. He’s working throughout the community. on five groups throughout the community. “If you’re enthusiastic about things, you Contact: Jenny Glassmoyer, After starting their morning together often get invited to be a member of a 383-2345 with some exercise, the Franks begin their board or serve on a committee,” she said. daily routine of volunteer work. “That’s kind of how one thing led to Although their community work overlaps on occasion, another.” Since that point the Franks have become involved in a Albie Frank says that they generally are working on their diverse group of volunteer organizations. Their work separate projects throughout the day. “We try to do lunch together,” says Albie Frank. ranges from the town of Longboat Key’s Code Enforcement Board and the Tax Oversight Committee for “Generally though, we may not see each other until dinner ❑ Albie Frank, to the Mote Marine Laboratory, the that night.”



Laissez les bon temps rouler! BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

Bourbon Street wasn’t the only place where the Mardi Gras spirit got the good times rolling. Last Saturday, that spirit was in the air at the Longbeach Village Association’s first Mardi Gras Celebration at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Guests at the jazz concert and potluck picnic enjoyed informal fun in creative costumes bedecked with baubles, bangles and beads. A good time was had by all, as the Island Swing Band filled the cool evening air with — what else? — Dixieland jazz. ❑ Gail Wyer, secretary of the Longbeach Village Association

Photos by Marty Fugate

Sharon Oper, Laurie Jones and Maureen Revill

Justin Noyes and Rachel Van Atta

Joe and Mary Mazza

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For years, the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key has held an annual award ceremony to honor members of the community whose work has helped make the town a better place to live. This year’s honorees, Doug Dakel of the Longboat Key Fire Department; Dennis Silverio of the Longboat Key Police Department; and Vicki Workman of Publix, follow in that tradition. Surrounded by friends, family and co-workers at the Harbourside dining room at the Longboat Key Club, this year’s honorees heard from the people that they work with about what their work has meant for the community. “Citizen of the Year” Workman came to the

front during a standing ovation to receive her award from Kiwanis President Ron Johnson. A crew of friends and work associates from Publix and the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary were in attendance. Workman has become beloved on Longboat Key for her kind nature and exuberant attitude as a sample distributor/welcoming committee at the local Publix. “Receiving this award makes me think of all the hearts I have touched,” Workman said. “If I have touched one here or at the store, I’m happy.” Also at the meeting, Johnson honored former Kiwanis President Hal Lenobel. Because Lenobel could not be at the awards ceremony because of illness, his wife, Hazel, received the award in his behalf. ❑

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How clean is your kitchen? Did you know that food poisoning is one of the most prevalent diseases in America? In fact, the last time you thought you had an intestinal flu bug you might actually have suffered a mild case of food poisoning. Symptoms range from slight to severe intestinal discomfort lasting a few hours to several days. Some episodes of food poisoning turn into life-threatening situations, especially for infants, the ill or elderly. Improper handling of food, cooking, storing and improper cleaning of cooking utensils and work surfaces can provide the opportunity for microscopic organisms that are everywhere — in the air, soil, water and in the human and animal digestive tracts — to multiply and cause trouble. Many of the 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses in the United States each year are contracted right in our own homes. A major breeding ground for salmonella, E-coli, campylobacter and listeria, the most common bacteria that cause food poisoning, is the home kitchen. No kitchen can be completely germ free, but here are some cleaning practices to help cut back on bacteria and make your kitchen safer.

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) recommends using a diluted bleach solution (one teaspoon of chlorine bleach to one quart of water) on countertops and cutting boards from time to time. You can spray countertops with the homemade solution and wipe dry with a paper towel. For cutting boards, flood the boards with the mixture and let stand for a few minutes. Rinse completely with fresh water and then let dry completely before putting the boards away. Dishwashers do a good job of cleaning most cutting boards but thin ones can get damaged. Dishwashers must get hotter than 140 degrees to kill the bacteria. Cutting boards can also be put in the microwave for five minutes to kill bacteria. But some wood cutting boards have metal pieces in them and that would be dangerous. Finally, you should replace cutting boards that have become deeply scratched, carved or grooved. Dean Cliver, a professor of food safety at the University of California, quoted in the same New York Times article by Hesser mentioned above, says, Contrary to popular belief plastic cutting boards are no safer or easier to clean than wood cutting boards.” He conducted a study and found that cellulose in wood absorbs bacteria but will not release them. I have never much liked plastic cutting boards and mostly use my wooden ones, so I am happy to hear about this new discovery.


Cutting boards and countertops I am always wiping my cutting boards and kitchen countertops. They look clean, but according to a recent article in the New York Times by Amanda Hesser, because “clean” people wipe up so much, they often end up spreading bacteria all over the place. She quotes Chuck Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona who has studied bacteria in home kitchens, as saying, “The cleanest kitchens are in the homes of bachelors who never wipe up and just put their dirty dishes in the sink.” Imagine that! The key is to wash and scrub, not just wipe. Always wash and scrub cutting boards and countertops with hot soapy water after each use. It is especially important to wash cutting boards before chopping vegetables, salads or other ready-to-eat foods if the boards have been used to trim raw meat, poultry or seafood.

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Kitchen sinks Sinks are teeming with bacteria. Drain things over the sink, never in it. Sterilize your sink and drain plugs often with the dilute bleach solution you prepared for your cutting boards and countertops and keep edible food out of the sink.

Refrigerator door handles and cabinet knobs Here again you can spritz any handles and knobs, including the controls on your stove or oven, with your bleach solution to keep bacteria to a minimum and to avoid contaminating your hands as you bustle about the kitchen. If you think bleach may damage these handles and knobs, use hot, soapy water or an antibacterial glass cleaner.

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Bargain hunters flocked to the annual “Opportunity Sale” at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church on Saturday, Feb. 28. Clothing, electronics, books, kitchenware and other odds and ends were donated for the annual sale by members of the church, said Dorothy Cole, an organizer for the event. When all was said and done, the sale netted nearly $6,000 that will be used by the church toward outreach programs in the greater Sarasota community. Cole said that the event’s success was a result of the work of more than 35 volunteers at the event, as well as the numerous volunteers who contributed items and helped set up prior to the event. Although they have not planned another event for next year, Cole said that the Women of All Angels by the Sea Church have had the event for at least nine years. She said that they will discuss the possibility of another sale next year at their April Meeting. The next meeting for the Women of All Angels by the Sea Church is on Wednesday, Mar. 17. ❑

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With Elma Cockerham supplying her mother’s recipe and some of the men from the congregation doing the actual cooking, the Longboat Island Chapel’s Pancake Supper on Feb. 24 was under way. It was a sticky-sweet success. Church patrons, residents and visitors from as far as New Hampshire and Illinois gathered to share each other’s company and, of course, as many mouthwatering pancakes, sausage and applesauce as they could possibly eat. And if all that syrup wasn’t sweet enough, a tempting assortment of homemade desserts was for sale for people to take home. ❑

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It didn’t matter what time they arrived — from the first early birds at 8:30 a.m. to the latecomers around noon — shoppers packed the Stella Maris Activity Center at the St. Mary Star of the Sea church with shoulderto-shoulder crowds, in what organizers are calling the most successful rummage sale in St. Mary’s history. “We raised more than last year, or any year before,” said member Margaret Carroll of the Star of the Sea Guild. “I think this is going down as our best ever,” Unable to hold back laughter, Carroll described the overwhelming crowds and merchandise at the event, saying, “Of course, I had it all organized!” Volunteers from the Star of the Sea Guild and the Men’s Club spent more than five days preparing the activity center for Saturday’s event. The money raised from the event will go toward charities in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, Carroll said. Some of these groups include Manasota SOLVE, the Migrant Apostolate, Meals on Wheels, and the Salvation Army, among others. ❑

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Education Center fetes faculty BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

As the winter term came to a close at the Education Center on Longboat Key, both new and old teachers met at the Blue Dolphin Café for the annual faculty party to receive thanks for their work and talk over upcoming plans for this spring semester. After some socializing, event organizers brought everyone together for a semi-formal presentation, in which teachers spoke on their success this term and hopes for the future. Susan Goldfarb, director of the Education Center, said that in addition to thanking everyone for their work this winter, the party gives faculty members an opportunity to meet other teachers that they might not otherwise. The spring classes at the Education Center began March 1. ❑

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The Longboat Key Garden Club welcomed local author Janis Frawley-Holler to its meeting Monday, Feb. 23. Frawley-Holler gave members a preview of her new book, “Island Wise,” with a visual slide show and discussion of some of her journeys throughout the islands of the world. In addition to her visual accompaniment, Frawley-Holler taught garden club members some of the terminology of the islands, opening her talk with an, “Aloha!” and asking the audience, “Is everybody here feeling irie?” “Irie,” as explained by Frawley-Holler, is Jamaican for, “simply wonderful.” The presentation continued with slides and

discussion of islands that included Likiep Atoll in the South Pacific, the Isle of Sark in the Channel Islands near England and several others that she said were, “really laid back.” The author previously spoke at a garden club meeting to discuss her last book, “Key West Gardens and Their Stories.” Her new book chronicles 25 of the islands under Frawley-Holler’s belt. Frawley-Holler is the travel editor for Sarasota Magazine and has written for Travel and Leisure and Spa, among others. In addition to its guest speaker, the garden club discussed its upcoming home tour on March 6 and its annual field trip to Winter Park and the Morse Museum of Art on March 25. ❑

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An Open Letter To The Citizens Of Longboat Key We want the voters on LBK to know why we are so actively supporting Bob Dawson for Town Commissioner. We have an opportunity to elect a uniquely qualified individual to the Commission; someone who will be accountable to you for taxes paid and expended. We are not against his opponent. Instead we look upon Bob’s candidacy as an opportunity to elect a man who was a trouble-shooter for one of the largest companies in the United States, with the responsibility of cleaning up problems and providing the highest measure of accountability for how its shareholders’ money was spent. As shareholders of the Town of Longboat Key, why wouldn’t we want to support an individual who has volunteered to be our watchdog. He has the background and experience to pre-audit proposed Town expenditures to ensure that we, the Town shareholders, are not subjected to the current practice of “padding” project proposals with an additional 15-25% for cost overruns on projects and building proposals. Simply stated, Bob pledges to make sure we are getting the best bang for our tax dollar - each and every one of them! With his guidance, we will also be assured that the salaries for all employees from the Town Manager to the newest clerk will be at the proper levels for like-sized communities. He is not convinced we should have a self-supporting Planning and Building Department. We have all heard the stories told by the Federation of Condominium Owners on the fees charged to just make minor improvements. Again, Bob has pledged to review department expenditures to ensure the charges are fair. Currently, the fees charged to property owners wishing to make improvements on their existing property or building are paying the staff’s salaries. Permits to paint a building and lay sod are just unfair! The fact that the taxpayers are the Department’s customers has become lost. The Town Manager has publicly stated he needs a year to bring the Department around. Twelve months is too long! The attitude needs to change now. All of us are the P&B’s customers. Bob believes the phrase “How may we help you” must become the watchwords of the Department. Bob also thinks we should further review the contract extended to Comcast for closed circuit television service. Requesting our own channel would assure those who wanted to watch our Town government at work could do so from the comfort of their own homes instead of incurring the cost of a larger meeting hall. Bob favors the creation of a new Community Center, although he is not convinced the existing proposed cost of the current bond issue referendum is a financially sound one. He also believes some funds in the referendum might be considered for use in the acquisition of adjacent land that has recently become available, and if acquired, could provide for full utilization of a community center. Bob does not want history to repeat itself with us, the taxpayers, again being saddled with a “fast tracked” proposal like RECLAIMED WATER! Bob does believe we deserve a first rate facility, but feels there needs further refinement. Nonetheless, he has assured us that should the voters choose to move forward with the current proposal, he will vigorously support it as a Commissioner and will monitor the construction to ensure that we get what we are paying for, and accurately paying for what we get. Another of his tax-saving plans would develop a budget which provides for “rainy-day” funding; an annual set-aside, to be sure funds are available for any emergencies. Bob believes the Budget should also include 20-year replacement funding for water, sewer, and streets. A financial reserve fund for that purpose, and that purpose only, is appropriate. As our property values have risen, so have our overall property taxes. What HAS NOT been stated is your overall tax bill has increased every year. Compare your tax bill from 2003 with the proposed 2004 bill, and you will find it has increased. The prevailing “tax and spend” attitude needs to change. We are the shareholders, and it is our money being spent, NOT THE TOWN’S BUDGET MAKERS. We believe we have a fiscal expert waiting in the wings to be elected as our next Town Commissioner; an individual who can provide a wealth of experience as to how our Town can be run more efficiently and economically. We can’t lose this opportunity on March 9th. While Bob’s opponent is suggesting that he be reelected, the fact of the matter is that he is competing for the first time. Bob’s opponent was appointed his first time, and then ran uncontested the second. Again we will state we are not against him, but he has never been “elected” by the voters of Longboat Key. It is in our BEST INTEREST as property owners, business owners, and shareholders of the Town of Longboat Key to elect a man whose background and experience will give us a seat on the Commission to protect our tax dollars while providing economy and efficiency at the same time.

We Support Bob! Shirley Beachum James & Florence Boland Katie Bolon Richard & Betsy Bores Al & Olga Bracciano Larry & Barbara Breen Les & Carol Brualdi Gillian Busard Barbara Conrad Jack & Margot Eagleton Cee Edmundson Art Falls Gloria Fiorelli Joe Handy John & Kimmy Hartigan Dick Hershatter Bill & Kelly Kary Bill & Anne Kelley Milton Kruk Michael Levine Tom & Lilia Mahoney Antonette Marconi Stanley Macbeth Tom & Jayne McAuliff Lana McDonald Jim & Clara McGonigle Mary Alice McGovern Mike Nink Harvey & Lorena Noyes Bob & Rosemary O’Brien Dave & Margie Osborn Peter & Neva Paesani Samir & Corinne Ragheb George & Sally Rauch Alfred & Elizabeth Riedinger Frank & Connie Robinson Ed & Joyce Rooney Robert & Sandra Sewell Carleton Stewart Rita Stormes Bob Twyman

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George Henry Cobb II George Henry Cobb II of Bradenton and formerly of Longboat Key, died Feb. 23. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he came to Longboat Key in 1951 from Iowa. Cobb spent 47 years on the Key before moving to Bradenton in 1997. He was a member of the Sarasota Rotary Club and served as district governor and other district offices. He was also an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe and the Pacific. Cobb is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters Susanna Toumanoff of Pewaukee, Wis., Johanna Weeks of Bangor, Maine and Laura of Culemborg of the Netherlands; a sister, Patricia Tarnow of Chatham, Mass.; a brother, Sam of Columbus, Ohio; and six grandchildren. No local services are planned. The Good Earth Crematory in Bradenton is in charge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sarasota Rotary Club, P.O. Box 2766, Sarasota, 34230.

Sarah Sand Sarah Sand of Longboat Key, died Feb. 22. She came to the Key from Pound Ridge, N.Y., where she was a social worker and director of


OBITUARIES programs for the elderly at Stuyvesant Neighborhood House. While on Longboat Key, she was active in numerous charitable and community organizations. She is survived by her husband, Edward; a son, Thomas of Delray Beach; and one granddaughter. There will be no memorial services. The National Cremation Society, Sarasota Chapter is in charge.

Ronald Kirchner Ronald Kirchner of Longboat Key and Commerce Township, Mich., died Feb. 27. Born in Carnegie, Pa., he wintered on the Key for six years and was a member of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; sons Michael and Richard, both of Milford, Mich,; and his parents, Mary and H. Ronald of Bradenton. A memorial service was held March 2, at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, was in charge.

Thomas Jones Thomas Jones, formerly of Winter Park and Longboat Key, died Feb. 25. Born in Wheeling, W.Va., he attended the Naval Academy on a presidential appointment and graduated from the academy in 1953. He went on to serve seven years in naval aviation as a pilot and as a teacher at the academy.

Following his tour of duty, he attended Harvard and New York University School of Business and held multiple positions until his retirement in 1980, when he and his wife came to Longboat Key. Jones is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Letitia West of Tampa; two sons, Thomas Jones III of Winter Park, and Geoffrey of Melbourne Beach; a brother, Robert Kennon Jones; and 10 grandchildren. Memorial services were held Feb. 28 at The Palm Cemetery in Winter Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute, 3001 Martin Luther King Blvd. W., Tampa, 33607.

Clayton Thaddeus Lyons Clayton Thaddeus Lyons of Longboat Key and Lakeland, died Feb. 26. Born in West New York, N. J., he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy V-5 program and later aboard a destroyer in the Atlantic. He was also a past member of the Longboat Key Flotilla #82 Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee; two sons, Thomas and Richard of Lakeland; a daughter, Jane Ann McConnell of Eveleth, Minn.; two grandchildren and two nephews. Memorial services were held at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, on March 1. Memorial donations can be made to Longboat Key Flotilla #82 Coast Guard Auxiliary, Mote Marine Laboratory, Keating Educational Center, City Island, 34228.

“The Passion of Christ” film sparks forum The release of Mel Gibson’s film, “The Passion of Christ,” has raised concerns in both Jewish and Christian communities. In response, the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at St. Leo University, in partnership with the American Jewish Committee and Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key, is holding a community forum at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the temple, 567 Bay Isles Road. The forum is free and open to the public. Rabbi James Rudin, senior advisor to the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, will make an initial presentation. A panel of local clergy, including Rabbi Michael Eisenstat of Temple Beth Israel; the Rev. Downs Spitler of All Angels By the Sea Episcopal Church; the Rev. Kenneth Gill of Longboat Island Chapel; the Rev. Eric Wogen of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church; and the Rev. Fausto Stampiglia of St. Martha’s Catholic Church will comment and field questions from the audience. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 383-3428.

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‘The Passion of Christ’ film provides ‘teaching moment’ Not since 1973, when I was a rabbi in Huntsville, Ala., have I experienced the level of concern over Christian-Jewish relations that I am experiencing today. In 1973, there was a massive, nationwide evangelical movement within the Christian community that had as one of its stated purposes, the targeting of the Jewish community for proselytization. Today, there is concern, even fear, of what the effect of Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of Christ,” will have on the Jewish community and on the state of Christian/Jewish relations, in general. Based on the observations of those who have seen the movie, there have been two general reactions. There are those who have found it to be a profoundly moving experience. They, as Mel Gibson said he intended, have been “pushed over the edge” in terms of the power of Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus’ passion became “live” for them — a personal religious experience. Others saw something else. They believe that Gibson has made a cinematic passion play, reminiscent of the Medieval passion plays, which unleashed untold hatred and violence against Jewish communities throughout the Middle Ages. Like those plays, the Romans, who scholars point out were the only ones with the power of life or death –– the only ones who could crucify, the only ones who could order this form of public execution –– become benign pacifists as Pilate washes his hands and declares that he has no reason to execute Jesus. Of course, Gibson argues that it is simply what the Gospels report, not what he reports. Additionally, Gibson chooses the Gospel of Matthew, as

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Won’t you be my neighbor ... The so-called Atlas sisters, Bev Saxonberg and Rosie Chip, lived next door to each other on St. Armands for years, until Chip and husband, Dr. Jerry, moved to Laurel Oaks last year. Now, Saxonberg and her husband, Al, recently bought a condo at La Bellasara on Golden Gate Point and put their home on the market. Rumor has it that the Saxonbergs have bought a home to live in until their condo is ready. And where is it? Out near Laurel Oaks! Not next-door neighbors again, but close! Weepy women ... Kacy Carla Bennington and Nikki Nilon were weeping the other day at Girls Inc.’s Celebration Luncheon. Luckily nothing was wrong with the two ladies. They were just showing a little emotion when girls from Girls Inc. sang Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” at the end of the luncheon that honored Sarabeth Kalajian, Sandy Loevner and Diane Weiss with the “She Knows Where She’s Going” award. Scrub-a-dub-dub ... Things were a little soapy at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort this past weekend, especially because the hotel housed some of daytime TV’s brightest soap-opera stars. “Days of Our Lives” stars Arianne Zucker, Kyle Lowder, Kyle Brandt and Patrika Darbo and “All My Children” star Walt Willey all enjoyed their stay on Longboat Key during their visit to town for Mote Marine’s “Dinner with the Stars.” Lowder sported a nice sunburn at the event and commented that he had spent a little too much time on the Colony beach. Lowder said, “I hope the makeup artist on the show can cover it up!” See his pink cheeks on page 12B.


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Red road ... Instead of a red carpet in front of the Hyatt Sarasota on Oscar night, the Hyatt should have painted Boulevard of the Arts red. Why? You should have seen the fancy cars that were filled with dressed-to-the-nines men and women arriving at the hotel for Stanley and Janet Kane’s annual Oscar party. Woo-wee! Hollywood’s red carpet walk didn’t even compare to this one. Mother of the bride ... Dottie Baer Garner gets to plan a wedding. Garner was surprised the other night when her Atlanta daughter, Alison, called to say that her boyfriend, Michael Louis, had proposed. And, of course, she said yes! But this news was no surprise to Garner’s husband, Bob. Louis had previously asked Bob for Alison’s hand in marriage on a recent visit to Longboat. But Bob kept the news secret from Dottie, so she would be just as surprised as Alison. What a special surprise! Rich and famous ... Ivana Trump has got it all. She’s rich, famous and absolutely beautiful. When Trump was the guest of honor at Junior League’s Legacy Luncheon, BT admired her beauty and wondered about her beauty regimen. Probably something BT can’t afford! Ivana Trump

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All the fabulous faithful, representing both the Catholic and Jewish faiths, were shining brightly at the fifth annual Eternal Light Dinner on Sunday, Feb. 29. The event was hosted by the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, which is a collaboration of the American Jewish Committee and Saint Leo University. The guests flocked to the Harbourside Dining Room of the Longboat Key Club to honor Bishop John Nevins, who was recognized for his efforts to further the relationship between the two faiths. The evening was special for Nevins, who even received a letter from the Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Casper. The evening definitely deserves a heartfelt, “Amen!”

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‘Celebrate Longboat Key’ When: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 20 Where: Harbourside Dining Room, Longboat Key Club The event Longboaters love to attend black-tie events. So they will surely love to attend a black-tie event that’s on Longboat for Longboat, right? You betcha! Especially because this is the first gala ever held to benefit the Longboat Key Historical Society and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. So get ready to “Celebrate the Key, come on!” The Key’s Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to plan a very

special night for Longboaters. The elegant evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails followed by a scrumptious dinner at the Harbourside Dining Room at the Longboat Key Club. A silent and live auction will tempt you with its fabulous items such as a kitchen makeover, “an extreme makeover,” a vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colo., cooking classes at Euphemia Haye, dinners at Longboat’s finest restaurants and much more. Finally, dance the night away to Double Vision. “Celebrate Longboat Key” is co-chaired by Maggie Hicks and Sandy Tull. Hicks relayed that almost all of the tickets for the gala are already sold, so act fast. Tickets for the gala are $75, with tables of 10 available for $600. For tickets and information call the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce at 387-9519. —Emily Walsh

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American Society for Technion Annual Dinner, honoring Sylvia Cohodas Date: Wednesday, Feb. 25 Place: Michael’s On East Chairs: Rosalie Krone and Naomi Wertheimer Hosted by: American Society for Technion — Sarasota Chapter Benefiting: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology


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Nadav Aharony, Ruthy Kaidar, Honoree Sylvia Cohodas and Dr. Yoram Zimmels 2 Cecile and Paul Grodner 3 Lenore Berke and Sonia Cole 4 Lila and Herb Kotzen, Eileen Berger and David Leavitt 5 Irving Naiditch, Bea Friedman, Marilyn Naiditch, Bunny and Sam Gourse 6 Co-chairs Rosalie Krone and Naomi Wertheimer 7 Mil and Barbara Grauer 8 Mildred and Robert Rosenthal 9 Isadore and Lillian Alpert with Florence Katz 10 Lynn Stahl with her mother, Lois Cohodas, Herb and Myrna Lauber and Cohodas’ other daughter, Nancy Oberman Photos by Emily Walsh


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SALES & INFORMATION CENTER CORNER OF U.S. 41 & PHILLIPPI SHORES DR. 1990 LANDINGS BLVD., SARASOTA, FLORIDA 34231 Phone: 941-929-9554 • Fax: 941-929-7556 MANAGED BY THE RAMAR GROUP COMPANIES, INC. An environmentally conscious company renowned for first-class communities that complement their surroundings Marketed By RAMAR REALTY OF SOUTHWEST FL., INC. Andrew Johnston, Licensed Real Estate Broker Co-Brokers Welcome This ad and any accompanying marketing materials, represents a preliminary or conceptual plan of development for the project and is subject to future revisions. Nothing herein shall be relied upon as a warranty or commitment that amenities or improvements will be constructed exactly as reflected herein, if at all. Amenities, features lists, unit pricing and timing of construction are subject to change without notice.

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is delighted to Welcome Back

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Personal appearance by famous artists Nuguematz and Chimney Butte.

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Butterfly Ball Patron Party Date: Sunday, Feb. 22 Place: Saks Fifth Avenue Chairs: Marvin and Betty Danto and Irving and Marilyn Naiditch Benefiting: G.WIZ — Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone



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Celebration Luncheon


Date: Friday, Feb. 27 Place: Michael’s On East Chairs: Nikki Feldbaum, Nikki Nilon and Janet Hunter Benefiting: Girls Inc.














OrchidBeach Club LIDO KEY

Enchantment at Play Magnificent gulf and bay views are just some of the many indulgent pleasures within each spacious residence at Orchid Beach Club. Residents will appreciate a concierge and valet, 24-hour gated security and private elevator access to each residence. Complete with a gourmet kitchen, state-of-the-art telecommunications, and luxurious master suite with whirlpool, bidet and morning bar, each residence feels more like a luxury estate home than a beachfront condominium. Al fresco kitchens with gas grills on spacious panoramic terraces offer a place to share meals and enjoy scenic gulf vistas. In addition to all these pleasures, residents will enjoy beachfront club with social, fitness and spa amenities.

Now under construction. Construction pricing still available. Call 941-388-2050 for an appointment or visit

Exquisite Residences from the high $1 Millions Extraordinary Penthouses with Spectacular Panoramic Views from $4.5 Million Sales Office: 500 North Tamiami Trail • Sarasota, FL 34236 • Site: 2050 Benjamin Franklin Drive 941-388-2050 • Fax: 941-955-3084 • Toll-Free: 877-388-2050 • ANOTHER QUALITY DEVELOPMENT BY U.S. ASSETS GROUP Prices & features subject to change without notice. Offer void where prohibited by law. Broker cooperation welcomed ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DEVELOPER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS, MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS ADVERTISEMENT AND TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503, FLORIDA STATUTES, TO BE FURNISHED BY A DEVELOPER TO A BUYER OR LESSEE.








1 “She Knows Where She’s Going” Award honorees Diane Weiss, Sarabeth Kalajian and Sandy Loevner 2 Girls from Girls Inc. get ready to perform at the luncheon 3 Jewel Ash and Margaret Wise 4 Lois Ross and Ann Herbek 5 Lynn Thomson and Debbi Benedict 6 Best girlfriends Doris Kaplan and Renée Sheade 7 Joan Brand, Adela Rose and Linda Kauffman 8 Jimmye Reeves and Kacy Carla Bennington 9 Co-chairs Nikki Nilon and Nikki Feldbaum 10 Wendy Surkis, Dottie Baer Garner and Iris Starr 11 Sandy Loevner’s super cute granddaughters, Shanah Sloane and Jackie Olson Photos by Emily Walsh


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views of Gulf, Bay and city skyline • One-of-a-kind penthouse floorplan • 4 spacious terraces • 2 pampering master suites • 2 luxurious guest suites • 3-car enclosed garage

All dimensions are approximate. This floorplan is subject to change without notice. The seller reserves the absolute right, in its sole judgement and discretion, to substitute appliances, materials, fixtures and equipment of equal or greater quality or value for those specified.




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Thursday, March 11 6:00 - 8:00 pm John Wurdeman will give a talk at

6:30 pm on Russian Art

First Three Days Only:

1 Shirley Ritchey, Chair Cindy Kaiser and Kelly Pepe 2 David McShane and Katherine Azbell 3 Bob and Judy Hoffman 4 Pineview student artist Jennifer Hung with Michael Saunders and Darla Furst 5 Helen and Roy McBean 6 Bonita and Bill Echstenkamper 7 Dee Bennett, Gene and Anne Beckstein and Sen. Mike Bennett 8 Jack and B.J. Hunkele 9 Martie Lieberman and Sam Holliday 10 Pat and Bob Johnson 11 Lynn Thomson, Art and Ann Hardy and John Lewis 12 Robert and Kathy Ochs with Bob and Sharon Tritschler

Show runs through March 25th At the Centre Shops 103 5350 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key



an additional 250 paintings will be shown here before they go out to galleries all over the country.


10 Celebrating 39 years on the Circle with fine men’s clothing and sportswear for discriminating gentlemen. Featuring Countess Mara, St. Croix, Alan Stuart, Sportif, Tori Richard, Corbin, Slider Pants and Walk Shorts, and the largest selection of resort sport coats in Southwest Florida. 3044

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2004 Dinner with the Stars — Featuring the stars of ‘Days of Our Lives’ Date: Saturday, Feb. 28 Place: Michael’s On East Benefiting: Mote Marine Laboratory’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital

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“Days of Our Lives” stars Kyle Lowder and Arianne Zucker “All My Children” star Walt Willey and Carol Harwood Marvin and Betty Morse Lorraine Woods and Vincent Palange Michelle Pearson and Sherrie Kannaday stand in line to have their program books autographed. Suzanne Barron with her daughter, Jackie

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of Island Life

To view the complete Black Tie Calendar for the season, check our Web site at

MARCH 4 Second Hand Rose Luncheon and Fashion Show Benefiting: SPARCC — Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center When: 10:30 a.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Chair: Sherry Stich Contact: Susan Cavanaugh, 921-5740, or Gloria M. Webel, 9252700 Price: $50 ‘Loud Shirts & Hula Skirts’ Dinner Cruise Benefiting: Manatee Community College Foundation When: 7 p.m. Where: Aboard the Starship Yacht at Marina Jacks Chair: Jaime Brown Contact: Jaime Brown, 752-5390 Price: $65 and up

11 Gala Donor Luncheon Benefiting: SaBra Chapter of Hadassah When: Noon Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Judy Bloch Contact: Sandi Kligman, 351-0703 Price: They Make a Difference Benefiting: Longboat Key Center for the Arts When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room Chairs: Ginny Bryan and Nancy Cohen Contact: Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 3832345 Price: $125

12 ‘Goodwill Fits Like a Tee!’ Gala Benefiting: Goodwill Foundation When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Robbie and Mary Ann Robinson Contact: Zoltan Karpathy, 955-4483 Price: $150


5 Chocolate Fantasy Gourmet Dinner Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: UCP, 957-3599 Price: $125

6 Rumba, Salsa and All That Jazz Benefiting: Dreams Are Free Institute When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Hyatt Sarasota Chairs: Melba Jimenez and Kathy Hahn, Honorary Chair Sen. John McKay Contact: Melba Jimenez, 3664010, Ext. 1 Price: $125 Cooking with Chocolate Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy When: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: UCP, 957-3599 Price: one session, $25; one session plus lunch, $40; both sessions plus lunch, $60

International Women’s Day Luncheon Benefiting: UNIFEM/USA — Gulf Coast Chapter When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Hyatt Sarasota Chair: Audrey Lewis Contact: Audrey Lewis, 758-5140 Price: $40 A Special Event featuring Bart Starr Hosted by: Manatee Glens Benefiting: Manatee Glens Children’s Programs When: 6 p.m. Where: Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Contact: Nancy McCarty, 741-3131 Price: $100 Butterfly Ball Benefiting: G.WIZ — Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone When: 6 p.m. Where: G. WIZ Chairs: Marvin and Betty Danto and Irving and Marilyn Naiditch Contact: Donna Wolski, 309-4949, Ext. 102 Price: $125 and up ‘Riding Waves to Success’ Dinner Auction Benefiting: Cardinal Mooney High School When: 6 p.m. Where: Cardinal Mooney High School’s Selby Center Contact: Patti Pearson, 379-2647 Price: $75 Celebrity Waiters Dinner Benefiting: Mental Health Community Centers Inc. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Village on the Isle, Venice Chair: Contact: Carolyn Eagen, 496-4934 Price: $50 and up The BIG Curtain Call Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Players Theatre Chair: William Drumm, Esq. Contact: Mary Lou Spinelli, 331-4376 Price: $45 Encore Gala and Awards Celebration with Elizabeth Birch Benefiting: ALSO Out Youth and PFLAG When: 6:15 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Betty Nelson Contact: 951-2576 Price: $125

A slice of island life as refreshing as its sparkling blue name suggests. Azure is an intimate collection of 20 luxury condominium residences quietly tucked away on picturesque Lido Key, yet just a glance away from Sarasota. No details have been overlooked in these elegant homes. All residences feature expansive floor plans highlighted by spacious, private terraces and breathtaking views of the bay, beach, lush green park and the Sarasota skyline. It’s your own slice of paradise. From the $1 millions.

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Present: The 6th Annual

Five two-hour musical programs in

Joan M. Durante Park

Sunday in the Park Concert Series

MARCH 14, 2 TO 4 P.M. KENNY SODERBLOM AND LEAH MCCOY Sponsored by R.W. Baird and Dr. Robert Gordon

MARCH 28, 2 TO 4 P.M. LARRY ELGART AND HIS ORCHESTRA Sponsored The Longboat Key Club

14 7 Annual Dinner Benefiting: Planned Parenthood When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Hyatt Sarasota Chairs: Dick and Caren Lobo Contact: Julee Breehne, 365-3913, Ext. 101 Price: $100 Chocolate Sundae Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy When: 1 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: UCP, 9573599 Price: advance, $20; at the door, $25 Notte en Bianco Benefiting: Florida West Coast Symphony When: 6 p.m. Where: The home of Donald and Marsha Panuce Chairs: Donald and Marsha Panuce Contact: FWCS Development office, 953-4252 Price: $250

‘A Party in Paradise’ — Honoring Warren and Margot Coville, Lee Levine and Goldie Feldman Benefiting: Jewish Family and Children’s Service When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Charles and Betty Ackerman Contact: Andria Bilan, 366-2224 Price: $150 and up

15 Funnybones Luncheon Hosted by: Sarasota Comedy Festival Benefiting: Child Protection Center When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Kacy Carla Bennington and Alexia Pepper Contact: Sarasota Comedy Festival, 362-3972 Price: $60 UCP Campaign 2004 Awards Party Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy When: 7 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini Contact: UCP, 9573599 Price: By invitation only

Musical Chair Subscriptions Buy a Sunday in the Park season subscription for $50 and receive tickets to all five concerts and a guaranteed “musical” chair at the concert. Musical Chair subscribers will also get special parking privileges at The Longboat Observer and transportation to Joan M. Durante Park by Longboat Limousine. Individual tickets to each concert are $5 and can be purchased at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive South, The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Parking will be managed by the Longboat Key Police Department and will be available at Joan M. Durante Park and Euphemia Haye Restaurant. Bring your own chairs and or blankets, picnic baskets & drinks (non-alcoholic). Water will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the concerts benefit the Arts Center and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. Robert W. Gordon, D.D.S.


For information, call 383-2466 or 383-5509 Sunday in the Park Concert Series Committee: Andy Frank, chair, James Durante, Cee Edmundson, Albie Frank,Gail Loefgren, Hal Lenobel, Lisa Walsh and Dora Walters






Right: Mini-me. Minnie Mouse. Mini-skirt. Which is “in” this spring? The mini-skirt, of course! This denim mini by Citizens of Humanity is available at The Met, St. Armands Circle, 388-3991.


Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5310

Fifth Avenue, 364-5329


11 to 12

18 to 20

LaMer Spa Event What: Nourish your skin with LaMer skin products during a private facial. Where: Saks Beauty Place Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5375

David Dart Trunk Show What: A trunk show featuring the fashions of David Dart. Where: Susan Stribling’s New Traditions, Longboat Key Contact: Elle Cook, 383-6451

Clarins Skincare Event What: Cleanse and refresh your skin with Clarins products during a private facial. Where: Saks Beauty Place Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5375

4 to 5

12 to 13


Robert Krugman Trunk Show What: A trunk show featuring the fashions of Robert Krugman and a personal appearance by Krugman, himself. Where: Susan Stribling’s New Traditions, Longboat Key Contact: Elle Cook, 383-6451

Panache/Susan Green Trunk Show What: A trunk show featuring the latest designs of Panache/Susan Green. Meet the designer while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and live modeling. When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Dream Weaver, St. Armands Circle Contact: Dream Weaver, 388-1974 Heidi Brueggeman Trunk Show What: A trunk show featuring a sugar stone jewelry collection and personal appearance by designer Heidi Brueggeman. Where: The Met, St. Armands Contact: The Met, 388-3991

Lida Baday Trunk Show What: A trunk show featuring the fabulous fashions of Lida Baday. Where: The Met, St. Armands Contact: The Met, 388-3991

5 to 10 Cartier Trunk Show What: A trunk show featuring Cartier’s jeweled watches. Where: Fine Jewelry, Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5318

20 Meredith Haws Jewelrey Collection What: View designer Meredith Haws’ jewelry collection and meet the designer. Where: The Met, St. Armands Contact: The Met, 388-3991 Emily Walsh

23 16 to 17

David Hayes Trunk Show What: A trunk show featuring the designer fashions of David Hayes. Where: Designer Salon, Saks Fifth

Sisley Spa Event What: Relax and enjoy a private facial using Sisley products. Where: Saks Beauty Place Contact: Saks

Food, Flowers and Fashions on Longboat Key Hosted by: St. Mary Star of the Sea Guild Benefiting: St. Mary Star of the Sea Church When:

Noon Where: Stella Maris Activity Center at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church Chairs: Neva Paesani and Susan Clarke Contact: Carole McMahon, 3833923 Price: $25

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Artist’s conceptual rendering.

Living at La Bellasara, you’re only minutes from Sarasota’s rich cultural scene... and just steps from your casually elegant pool terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay and the city lights. Life here is as simple or sophisticated as you wish. Select from a private collection of twenty-nine residences on 455 feet of the city’s most prestigious waterfront, Golden Gate Point. 3 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath Condominium Residences from $1.6 Million to Over $2 Million. NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Sales Gallery: 331 South Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236 Monday – Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12 noon to 5pm 941.330.2122 Fax: 941.330.2024

Oral representations cannot be relied upon as correctly stating the representations of the developer. For correct representation, reference should be made to the documents required by section 718.503, Florida Statutes to be furnished by a developer to a buyer or lessee. This offering is made only by the prospectus for the condominium and no statement should be relied upon if not made in the prospectus. This is not an offer to sell or solicitation of offers to buy, the condominium units in states where such offer or solicitation cannot be made. Prices subject to change without notice.

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A swirl of surrealistic, free-form metallic buildings. An acrobatic elephant balancing a ball with a look-at-me expression on his face. A sturdy, if stubborn-looking, zebra, electric with a zigzag dance of black and white patterns. What sort of inventive mind comes up with this art? Actually, it’s two minds — the husband-and-wife artistic team of Dan and Nisha Ferguson. He’s a sculptor and she’s a painter. While it’s unusual enough to have two working artists in one marriage, the Ferguson’s go beyond that. They make beautiful art together.

The process Dan begins by creating an original sculpture in plastelina; this is then cast in limited editions of 44, each with a fixed color and design created by Nisha. These sculptural forms each function as the base for a ceramic bowl. Nisha handpaints each bowl individually with an original design in a painstaking process of underglazing requiring six separate firings in the kiln. The result: Each one of their pieces is an original.

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NTERTAINMENT The beauty of MARCH 4, 2004

simplicity Two minds, four hands and one heart create art.

The inspiration Their inspiration ranges from such modern masters as Klimt, Modigliani and Picasso to the work of folk and vernacular artists. You can also see the impact of keen-eyed direct observation. They’re both clearly in love with nature’s exuberant colors and the muscular beauty of animal and human forms. These forms are highly stylized. The simplicity is seemingly effortless, but it’s actually the hard part. As Dan says, “Complex forms like humans and animals are made up of many basic forms. Training oneself to recognize these forms, and then to render them simply, takes years upon years. There is beauty in simplicity.”

Dan Ferguson in front of The Met on St. Armands Circle

Dan and Nisha Ferguson’s angelic “Guardian”

The celebration of nature’s colorful carnival also owes a debt to the legacy of the circus. When she isn’t creating visual art, Nisha is probably working out on the trapeze. She’s a member of a four-woman team of aerial dancers called “GravityWorks.” Modeling itself on Cirque de Soleil, the group is constantly practicing (solo and double trapeze, rope, fabric, hoop — you name it) on an elaborate 20-foot tall circus rig in front of the Fergusons’ home. It’s easy to see how the color, flair and gravity-defying precision of the circus have found their way into their art. Those elephants, zebras, and lions didn’t get there by accident. True to the circus tradition, where Dan is a master of form, Nisha is in love with color. “It’s my most important tool,” she says. “I will go to any length to get the color I see in my head.” Bringing their skills together, the art these two create is colorful, original, and bursting with life. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to see in a gallery, but not a department store — unless the store happens to be The Met. More often than not, the place is doing double duty as an exhibition space. (Last fall, it displayed some of Bill Fenner’s extravagant costumes for Sarasota Ballet’s “Cà d’Zan — A Fantasy.”) According to Iris Starr, its director of public relations, art is just another way of making The Met’s customers feel at home. “It’s the same as

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doing a private art show in one’s own home,” she says. And even in the happiest of homes, there are plenty of married couples who have a hard time deciding where to put the futon. The Fergusons work together 24/7, and have beautiful art to show for it. “When you have to work What: ‘A Fountain of together that much you learn Dreams’ to get along,” says Dan. “It When: 12 to 5 p.m. March doesn’t always go smoothly at 5 through 7 first. There can be tension, Where: The Met, 35 South but that’s just in the initial Boulevard of the design process. Once we’ve Presidents, St. Armands decided what we’re going to Circle do and it’s a question of execuContact: 388-3991 tion, then everything goes smoothly.” What they create exists within certain clearly defined limitations of genre, subject, medium and scale. As Chuck Jones said long ago, limitation is the mother of the creativity. Whether you’re creating the

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Ever since Gauguin created his pretty paintings, the South Pacific has tended to be synonymous with paradise. But in 1943 in the Solomon Islands, it could be hellish. That’s the setting of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, though they kept most of the nastiness off-stage. The action is divided between an American naval base and a French plantation. The sailors are Theater gearing up to i n v a d e “South Pacific” JapaneseThe Players Theatre held New Reviewed Feb. 26 Guinea. Emile de Beque (Leonard A. Rubinstein), the plantation owner, is waging his own campaign to win the heart of Ensign Nellie Forbush (Marianne Carson Oden). The Americans try to enlist the Frenchman on a dangerous mission (hiding out on a deserted island as spies on Japanese convoys) with Lt. Joseph Cable (Tom Westlake), but he’d rather be a living lover than a dead patriot. To complicate matters, Cable falls in love with Liat (Jisaura Guerrero), a beautiful young Polynesian. He can’t deal with the fact that her skin happens to be brown, just as Forbush can’t accept the Polynesian wife in de Beque’s past. This is still the pre-politically-correct 1940s, after all. Through it all, the mystical island of Bali H’ai (the home of true love, according to local legend) beckons just out of reach. As musicals go, this has a surprising amount of substance; it’s based on a novel by James Michener, after all. While there is a love story, it’s more than a bit of romantic fluff. Underlying it all is the serious subtext of racism, which the musical attacks head-on in the song,

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Rock, Ark. she portrays. (No offense intended to anybody from that town — these are, after all, traits that can get you into the White House.) When she sings “A Cockeyed Optimist,” you believe she’s just that. Westlake’s Cable is alternately blue-blooded and warm-blooded as a Princeton man discovering love in the South Seas; Guerrero’s Liat is sinuous and lovely and “younger than springtime” indeed; Nancy Brining plays Bloody Mary (a Polynesian venture capitalist and occasional marriage broker) with indomitable verve; Greg Kehrer is always a bit of comic relief as the conniving Luther Billis, an early model for Sergeant Bilco, no doubt. The political, as they say, is the personal. Here it works both ways: The affairs of the heart have political consequences. In the end, it all comes down to choices. War beckons on the one hand, love on the other — the bullies or Bali H’ai. It’s surprising how little has changed. Well, maybe not that surprising. ❑

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Sarasota Ballet turns idea into living dream De Warren choreographs stunning, kabuki-inspired interpretation of ‘Madame Butterfly.’ BY ELINOR ROGOSIN Dance Critic

How fortunate that Robert de Warren decided to revive his ballet, “Madame Butterfly,” a highly theatrical and personal retelling of the tragic, love story based on the opera of the same name. It is a stunning, fullevening ballet that demonstrated the unique, storytelling quality that The Sarasota Ballet has developed under de Warren’s tenure as artistic director. While de Warren is credited with both the choreography of “Madame Butterfly,” as well as the concept of updating the story to the days just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of World War II, the entire production is a highly successful collaboration. The music is a pastiche of popular selections from the 1940s, arias from Puccini’s opera, “Madame Butterfly,” and an original, percussive score composed by David Goldstein. Bill Fenner’s dramatic costumes are a visual delight, although the see-through tights of the male dancers in the kabuki-style play were unnecessarily vulgar. An impression of the spare, Japanese aesthetic was created by Lino Toyos’ dramatic sets, while the lighting designed by Tony Tucci added to the emotional atmosphere of the ballet. However, it was the enthusiastic dancing of the Sarasota Ballet dancers that transformed an idea into the living, breathing drama onstage. The sound of mournful music faded as the scrim rose to reveal Marines and their girlfriends dancing exuberantly to the popular music of the day. Hips swinging, shoulders shrugging, the girls and Marines were jiving with delight, flinging themselves about with open abandonment as if they hadn’t a care in the world. Geisha girls, Mistie Metten, Anme Rojas, Jillian Schwab and Kate Walsh, in


black wigs and white powdered faces, coyly minced their way towards the happy dancers. Drawn by the music, they, too, began to jitterbug until both cultures had joined together in a joyous celebration of dance. Nikolai Morschakov as Lt. Pinkerton remained apart, while the other Americans swung their partners around in the latest dance steps. Arrogant in his demeanor and alone after the others left the club, Morschakov imagined dancing once again with his fiancée, (Dale Jordan) in a tender, lyrical duet. Newcomer Morschakov has a charismatic stage presence, an expressive torso and catches a musical phrase in his body. This is his first major role with The Sarasota Ballet, which might have accounted for his having been slightly off balance at the beginning of his first solo. But as Morschakov settled into the role, it became evident that he easily connects emotion and movement. From the first stiffness of his character’s haughty aloofness to his joyous, open, bounding leaps in the love duets with Cio, Cio San, (Tatyana Lyabina), there wasn’t a pirouette or a lift in Morschakov’s performance that didn’t begin as an emotional response to the moment. Lyabina, an assured, tiny dancer, who is also in her first year with the company, inhabited the role of the geisha as if born to the part. Holding two, goldenedged fans that fluttered in her hands like soft whispering words, she appeared at first as an almost mythic figure adored by a group of masked men, and immediately captured the heart of Pinkerton (Morschakov). Roman Zinovyev, Aram Manukyan, Jae Hoon Lim, Michael Keating, David Thompson and Charles Glunk doubled their roles, appearing first as the American Marines and then as the dramatic, masked men in the





Puccini meets kabuki in “Madame Butterfly” highly stylized, pseudo-classical, Japanese kabuki dance that had been arranged by the scheming manager, Goro (Dex Honea). Lyabina, the star of this performance, remained passive, her facial expression remote from the show of any emotion, even as she was held aloft on the arms of her two attendants. Lyabina is precise and quick in her movements, and though she maintained an oriental turning in of her energy in her solo, which had an Eastern flavor in the jointed, arm movements, her leg shot up straight to her ear at times of deep emotion, and just as quickly folded back into her body. Though she is as graceful as a butterfly, Lyabina kept returning to the body posture and impassiveness of a subservient, Japanese geisha, even as Morschakov lifted her light, supple body in their first, ecstatic embrace. It was not until the last heartbreaking scene, when she knew that Pinkerton had deserted her that a distressed Lyabina crumbled, her face and body expressing the agony of her betrayal, before resuming the formal mask of a



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The sorrows of ‘Werther’ and the machinations of Mahler

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Kellie Van Horn and Rafael Dávila in Sarasota Opera’s “Werther” village squares. But, due to technical problems, the third act — particularly the last scene — didn’t come off as well. Perhaps when those snags are ironed out the last act of the opera will look as good as the first two. One thing that did come across was that there’s good reason “Werther” isn’t presented too often. Beethoven’s Ninth, on the other hand, is performed almost

too much. But, in the excellent hands of Leonard Slatkin, the National Symphony and the Key Choral on the Sarasota Concert Association’s series at the Van Wezel last week, it was fresh and almost new. In fact, it was new because the National Symphony chose to perform it in the Mahler arrangement. Slatkin used the entire first half of the program to explain and illustrate how Gustav Mahler had, in the conductor’s words, “clarified” the Ninth and brought it into the modern era with a contemporary symphony orchestra. The upgraded instruments of the 20th century just weren’t part of Beethoven’s world and one wonders what sounds would have emerged if he’d had the modern orchestra at his command. Unfortunately, while Mahler magnified the instruments in the orchestra, he didn’t do a thing to bolster the chorus in the final movement and, as a result, the Key Chorale was often overwhelmed. The excellent soloists — soprano Dominique LaBelle, mezzo Jill Grove, the brilliant tenor Eric Cutler and last minute replacement bass David Pittsinger — fared considerably better. June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as "Today in New York," "Salute to the Arts" and "The Sound of Broadway."❑

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “Tapestries in the Garden.” This exhibition weaves its magic from Saturday, March 6, through April 26. 366-5731. Copper Moon Gallery — “Perception: Inside/Out.” Featuring contemporary art by Ann Wisnom from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 5, through April 1. 747-8783. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Renaissance to Rococo.” This exhibition of masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art runs through April 25. Call 359-5700. South Florida Museum — “Souvenirs of Florida.” This celebrates Florida’s legacy of the tasteful and the tacky through March 21. 746-4131. Art Center Sarasota — “Winter Members’ Show.” Memorable work by member artists can be seen through March 14. 365-2032. Women’s Resource Center — “25 Years of Women Artists.” Curated by Pat Buck, this exhibit features work by Marge Bennett, Ruth Hook Colby, Julee Docking, Martha Hartman and others through March 26. 366-1700. Island Gallery West — featuring area artists with a vast area of imagination. 778-6648. Sage Spirit — “Zachanee.” Featuring a two-day exhibit of CONTINUED ON PAGE 9C





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Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — “Ronald Bladen: From Expressionism to Minimalism.” This survey of the late, great Canadian artist’s work runs through March 27. 359-7563. Elizabeth Rice — “New Work by Jean Weinbaum.” The Swiss artist presents a dance of ever-changing, luminous color through March. 954-8575. Robert Wilson Galleries — “Tom Nicholas: Recent Works.” This exhibit of Nicholas’ stunning landscapes and architectural vistas runs through March 12. 906-8400. Galleria Silecchia — featuring new work by Yuri Gorbachev, Ulla Darni and Glenna Goodacre. 365-7414. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Leslie Lerner: Donkeyland.” Lerner’s skewers the assinine modern world through March 31. 366-2093. Medici Gallery — featuring unique paintings by Fabio Calvetti and other contemporary European artists. 906-9499. Missing Link Gallery — “Mario Algaze.” The transcendent work of this Cuban-born photographer is featured through March. 3666600. Blue House Gallery — showcasing work by Jean Blackburn, Frank Colson, Richard Thomas and others. 366-0211. Katharine Butler Gallery — “David and Norine Zapata.” The Zapatas’ art reveals Florida’s fragile natural beauty through March 13. 955-4546. Kathleen Carrillo Gallery — “A Balinese Experience.” Carrillo and Pat Gawle display the artistic fruits of their trip to Bali through March 16. This collaborative show also can be seen at the Plum Door Gallery. 906-1544


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Paradox Gallery — “Ladies Night Out.” Janet Mishner celebrates femmes d’un certain âge from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 4 through March 31. 362-3715. The Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — “Fruit Frenzy.” Cassidy-Berns fruitful exhibition runs through March 31. 924-1200. Uva Rara Gallery — “ii.” Featuring work by Ing-Britt Irene Largerberg through April 1. 725-1025. Gallery 53 — featuring Bill Mack’s wall sculptures through March. 650-6223. Art Uptown Gallery — offering rotating exhibits by member artists. 955-5409. Joan Peters Gallery — “Forever Florida.” This celebrates Sarasota and Bradenton in paintings and photos by Joan Peters, Alice Benjamin Boudreau, Serge Polakoff and others through May 31. 741-8056.


Sarasota Italian Cultural Events — the festival Italiano runs through March 9. 921-4848. ‘First Friday Stroll Downtown’ — a peripatetic experience of art and music from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 5, in downtown Sarasota. Call 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 5, on Sarasota’s artful Palm Ave. Call 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 5, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6. 741-8056.

Tom Nicholas celebrates space in “Piazza Navona, Rome” at Robert Wilson Galleries. tation of Byron’s epic poem runs from Saturday, March 6, through March 27. “The Magic Flute.” Mozart’s legerdemain continues through March 15; “Tosca.” Puccini’s opera of art, power, love, good and evil runs through March 27; “Werther.” This operatic adaptation of Goethe’s tale of adolescent angst runs through March 20. 366-8450.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Courtyard Concert” The Bay Band and vocalist Judi Edwards perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 4. 358-3180. Florida West Coast Symphony — “Youth Orchestra Concert.” This free concert takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Neel Auditorium; “Masterworks.” Leif Bjaland con-

ducts works by Griffes, Saint-Saëns and Schumann with Andrés Díaz on cello at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 11 and Saturday, March 13, at the Van Wezel, 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Neel Auditorium, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at the Van Wezel. 953-3434. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — Willie Nelson sings at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4; Kenny Rogers performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 7; John Davidson entertains at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9; Czech Philharmonic will be conducted by Andrey Boreyko at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. 953-3368. The Jazz Club of Sarasota — “Jazz Concert TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR, PAGE 10C



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9C and Auction” jazzes things up from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday March 7, at Phillippi Estate Park; “Jazz at Two” features Jerry Rabinowitz at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Bayfront Community Center. 366-1552 or 861-9870. “Blues by the Bay” — Sharon Scott and Sam Lane create a cabaret from Saturday, March 6 through March 20, at the Waterside Room Theatre at the Quay. 3778740. First United Methodist — “Jazz in the Chapel” features Bob Howland and the Fred Williams Trio at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8. 955-0935. The Skyliners Big Band — dance to the music from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, March 8, at Payne Park Auditorium. 952-0694.

Neel Auditorium at Manatee Community College — “Bach-A-Thon.” This birthday tribute to the great composer is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. 752-5252.


‘Flashback: Antonio Carreño’ Carreño’s enigmas will continue to beckon through March 9, at Wallace Fine Art on Longboat Key. His abstractions have been compared to the works of Chagall and Miró; his strange, indeterminate spaces hold more than a hint of surrealism. Don’t miss this chance to enter his world. 387-0746.


Asolo Theatre — “I’m Not Rappaport.” Herb Gardner’s curmudgeons triumph through May 22; “The Millionairess.” Shaw’s heiress draws interest through April 3. “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The Frank family finds a brief separate peace from Friday, March 12, through May 22. 351-8000. Asolo Conservatory — “The Taming of the


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Two great exhibits at Art Center The Longboat Key Center for the Arts will be hosting two eye-opening exhibitions this month. “Jeanne Norman Chase Exhibition” continues through March 25, at the Glen Gallery; “Annual Student Exhibition.” This juried exhibition of work by the Center’s students runs from Sunday, March 7, through March 28, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion. An awards ceremony and reception for both exhibits is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 7. 383-2345.

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Van Wezel — Moscow Festival Ballet presents “Cinderella” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 5. (The performance will conclude before midnight.) 953-3368.

Circle Books — James R. Sargeant signs his business guide, “Last Rites or Turnaround,” at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 5; Dick Grace signs his retirement guide, “Every Day is Saturday,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6; Martin Davis signs his illustrated book of military history, “Traditions and Tales of the Navy,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6; Patrick Caruso signs his W.W. II history, “Nightmare on Iwo Jima,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 7. 388-2850.

The thundering voices of our area’s beloved 110-man chorus will join

Shrew.” Kate and Petruchio wrestle for supremacy in Shakespeare’s politically incorrect romance through March 21. 351-8000.

Asolo Guild Play Readers — “Where Did We Go Wrong?” Verna Safran’s comedy will be read at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 8, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 358-7442 or 351-8000. Florida Studio Theatre — “The Bully Pulpit.” Michael Smith’s play speaks not-sosoftly of Teddy Roosevelt through April 10. 366-9000.


Recent work by Antonio Carreño beckons at Wallace Fine Arts. together for its annual concert, “Show Stoppers: The Great Songs of Broadway,” at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Hear Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, and more as you’ve never heard them before. 751-2087.

Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret — “On the Road.” The road of song goes ever on through March 20. 366-9000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Bells are Ringing” opens Tuesday, March 9, and chimes through May 2. 366-5454. Manatee Players — “The Women.” Clare Boothe-Luce’s classic comedy runs through March 7. 748-5875. The Players Theatre — “South Pacific.” Rodgers and Hammerstein set sail through March 14. 365-2494.

Flanzer Jewish Community Center — “One Arab. One Jew. One Stage.” Bob Alper and Ahmed Ahmed share a non-preachy message of humor and hilarity at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. 378-5568.


Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “The Peking Mystery.” Longboat Key director Harry Rassky’s documentary considers the mystery of the missing “Missing Link” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. 955-FILM.


Selby Public Library — Publicity wizard Kelly Fores shares her magic at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. “How the Scots Invented the Modern World.” The Rev. Dr. Bennett Barnes reviews Arthur Herman’s book at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 9. 8611100. Longboat Key Center for the Arts — a wide variety of ongoing adult art classes. 383-2345. The Education Center on Longboat Key — “Spring Classes.” Many adult arts and cultural classes are still open. 383-8811. ❑

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“One of our favorites (recipes) when we entertain is beef brisket,” she says. “The sauce is a bit unusual because it combines onion soup mix, catsup, mustard, grape jelly and garlic. It is great and tastes even better the next day.” Entertaining can sometimes be nerve wracking and Frankel says the best way to be a serene hostess is to plan and prepare ahead. “Select a menu which can be prepared in advance and perhaps only needs time in the oven, then make desserts that can be frozen and taken out just before serving time,”she says. “Your guests are in your home to enjoy your company. That is the priority.” Frankel has two children and four grandchildren and has taught them all to cook. Recently she was making Snickerdoodles with her 12-year-old grandson, Zachary. “After we finished, he told that he didn’t really like them,” she laughs. Because her time on Longboat Key varies, Frankel isn’t involved in any community activities, but in West Bloomfield, she is active with the senior center and serves on the foundation’s board of directors and teaches a jewelry class. ❑

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Get naked at the Hillview Grill Apparently, I’m the only one who hasn’t heard all the hype about Hillview Grill. So, when I decided to make an impromptu visit on a Saturday night, the Hillview hotspot was packed with people. The host said the wait was an hour. My appetite wasn’t in a patient mood, so I planned to revisit the Grill — and call ahead for reservations. On my second trip to the Grill, when it was just as jam-packed as the first time, I realized that the Hillview Grill is a neighborhood favorite and not just some trendy trattoria. It is the place where everybody knows your name, the place for good food at affordable prices and the place with the cozy atmosphere. Although the restaurant exudes a familiar ease, the service is professional and prompt. Nothing about the restaurant’s décor attracts

your attention, yet nothing distracts you, either. I was intrigued by the hints of Creole cuisine on the menu not only because it was my first quest to the Grill, but also because it was officially Fat Tuesday, the day that marks the end of Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent. (Luckily, food is not an option to give up in my line of work!) My friend and I were anxious to start off with an appetizer, but held off when we saw that a choice of black bean soup, gazpacho or a house salad is served with all of the entrées. A native of Miami, I had to go with the black bean soup, one of my childhood favorites (and still is). My friend chose the house salad. All the house specialties of jambalaya, trout, and even the grilled chicken with “mac and cheese,” sounded spicy yet comforting.

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Hillview Grill 1920 Hillview Street Sarasota • 952-0045 Cuisine: Comfort food with a kick of Creole. Recommended: Black bean soup, Naked Fish, Macadamia Encrusted Mahi Mahi and Chocolate Espresso Torte. Price ranges: Starters from $4.95 to $9.95; lighter bites from $7.95 to $10.95; house specialties from $11.95 to $18.95; From the Grill from $15.95 to $24.95. Service: Professional and prompt. Hours: Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; seasonal Sunday hours from 5 to 9 p.m. Credit cards: “Pretty much everything but the Sears card.” Parking: Hard to find a space nearby that doesn’t require a walk. Handicapped access: Good.



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Direct bayfront, first floor Cayman model at Grand Bay. Unit #113 on the 3rd level with views of golf course, Sarasota Bay and Downtown Sarasota skyline at night. Two oversized lanais, 3BR, 3.5BA, 2500 plus sq. ft. condo turnkey furnished for your immediate occupancy. Call Andrew Vac at 383-9700.



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TANGERINE BAY - 3BR/2.5BA, end unit with awesome open water views, gourmet kitchen, marble wet bar, your own gas grill in the entry courtyard, 2 car private garage, resort style pool, private beach club membership. $869,000. MICHAEL GRANSTON 552-3990 BAY HARBOR ON LONGBOAT KEY -Just reduced for quick sale! Premier 2BR unit on open Bay at an affordable price. Spectacular open Bay views. Sailboat water. Deep water dockage available. Walk out to the pool, your boat or fishing on the seawall. Beautifully maintained complex. Minutes from St. Armands. Furnished $345,000. MARLENE & HAL LIBERMAN 387-1759

BEACHES – A beauty behind the gates of Longboat Key Club. Gorgeous water views and sunsets from this direct west facing well appointed and furnished 2BR/2BA 6th floor Beaches unit! Move-in-condition, building restucco & painting almost complete. Extra parking under building. $719,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 BIRD KEY DREAM HOME - Beautiful 4BR/3BA home to be built taking advantage of the gorgeous Bay view. Great 1st floor master suite w/spacious bath and his & her walk-in closets. The great room overlooks the water for enjoying the sunset vistas. Take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor where you will find 3 bedrooms plus a 20 X 30 media room. $2,450,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

GRAND BAY ON LONGBOAT KEY - The ultimate private corner 3BR/3BA condo in the newest Grand Bay building. Panoramic vistas of bay, marina & preserve. Wrap glass terraces that don't look into another building! Very tastefully decorated & in move-in condition. $995,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 SANCTUARY - Enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets from this stunning 3BR/2BA Gulf front unit. Too many upgrades to list. Located directly on the Gulf behind the gates of Longboat Key Club. $1,595,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 ISLANDS WEST- Fabulous opportunity for 8th floor 2BR/2BA unit with views of direct Gulf and sunsets. Popular and rarely available split plan and great island location across the street from Bay Isles shopping center. Recently refurbished clubhouse. $695,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY - If you need a home for your 65” boat this home is situated on one of the largest and deepest canals on Longboat Key. Amenities include: gorgeous views of the wide canal and estate homes of the Harbor section, soaring ceilings, separate family room w/fireplace, beautiful pool & deck, dock and exceptionally large lot. $1,150,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

SARASOTA BAYFRONT HOME - Gorgeous wide open views sweeping from mid Longboat Key all the way to the Ringling Causeway in the distance. This completely gutted and rebuilt home is located on a very deep lot in the desirable Ringling Museum area with multi-multi million dollar homes. A wonderful open floor plan with Bay views from the kitchen, dining room, master bedroom and pool makes this home a must see. $1,495,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 LAKEWOOD RANCH -Whitemarsh, an exclusive subdivision within Lakewood Ranch offers this designer furnished courtyard home with an endless list of upgrades! Beautiful pool plus paver patio. Guest house with pool bath makes having company a pleasure. Golf course views and more! $649,000. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

L’ ELEGANCE ON LIDO KEY - Nestled between the Ritz Carlton Beach Club and Orchid Beach Club at a fraction of the cost! Rarely available Essex plan 3BR/3Ba stunning Gulf to Bay thru-unit. Gulf views with 400 feet of Lido Beach front. Turnkey furnished. $1,248,800. JIM SODA 552-2666 LAKEWOOD RANCH - Located in Whitemarsh, an exclusive subdivision within Lakewood Ranch, this 2BR/2BA former Neal St. Rafael model is light & bright. Separate dining rm, den & laundry room. Choice lot w/golf course & partial lake view. Conveniently located near community pool. $399,999. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

BIRD KEY WATERWAY - You’ll enjoy the feeling of intimacy and charm in this home centered around a large pool and tiled patio, access by pocketing sliders. Incredible landscaping. Large dock with boat lift. Partial Bay view. $1,695,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

“Now Available” BEAU CIEL – DOWNTOWN BAYFRONT Only four of these luxurious residences from the developer remaining - don't miss the opportunity to own one of the best views of Sarasota Bay. A palette of lifestyle amenities can be yours in this exclusive new luxury tower with only 44 waterfront residences. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-5pm and Sun. 12-5pm. Priced from $1,700,000. 955.3034 L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - Extraordinary penthouse with magnificent views of the Gulf, sunsets, Key Club golf course, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay and lights of downtown Sarasota. This sumptuous penthouse's interior was designed by world renowned designer Robert Stuffings. Amenities include: 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14ft. ceilings, 2400 sq ft of wrap around terraces and 3 under cover parking spaces. $6,295,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

L'AMBIANCE ON LONGBOAT KEY Spectacular sweeping Gulf and Bay views from this 8th floor 3BR/3BA Royal floor plan. Tastefully decorated in light tones with marble floors and custom built-ins. Great amenities at one of Longboat's premiere communities. An exceptional residence for the exceptional person! $3,495,000. MARTY BENSON/HOYT BEATY 552-3942 COREY’S LANDING - Perfectly situated Bay front home with Bay views and privacy. Meticulous elegance in this garden villa with 4 bedrooms including complete guest suite with sitting room and private balcony on the second floor. Graciously furnished for immediate enjoyment (all rugs & art excluded). $1,550,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707 PROMENADE ON LONGBOAT KEY -Gorgeous views of the Gulf, pool, sunsets and the Bay from this Promenade condo with top-of-the-line amenities, security, concierge, exercise rooms and a terrific pool area overlooking the beach. Fabulous views from every room, desirable split plan for privacy, very nicely furnished and master steam shower. $669,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 SANCTUARY ON LONGBOAT KEY -This 3BR/3BA home has a full Bay view w/partial Gulf view! Top of the line amenities included: 24hr security, tennis, pool & clubhouse. Open & airy with new carpet and freshly painted. $1,225,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

INDIAN BEACH -Splendor on the Bay in this 1920's four bedroom, four bath home which has been expanded yet retains its period ambiance. This home of distinction was in the 2001 Designer Showcase with ceiling art by Paul Montgomery. Main house, guest house and a basement fishing pier along with Bay views on this Grand estate! $4,800,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707


• 595 Bay Isles Rd, Mediterranean Plaza, Longboat Key • 8830 S. Tamiami Trail • 8447 S. Tamiami Trail • 130 N. Tamiami Trail • 438 St. Armands Circle • 2863 University Pkwy • 10 South Adams Drive • 8801 Stoneybrook Boulevard

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MARCH 4, 2004

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Ralph Ayers recreated his condo to deliver an unobstructed Gulf to bay view. His dolphin collection just happened; a guest counted 96, including the school that swims on the dining room ceiling, below left.

Passion for

panorama How a (now former) bachelor achieved his Gulf-to-bay vision. BY MOLLY SCHECHTER Contributing Writer

Ralph Ayers will tell you straight out, “I am not a domestic person. Decorating is a real pain to me. Women love it. I hate it.” Walk into his sui generis penthouse on the beach at Regent Place, however, and you would never know that. From the most expansive vista to the smallest details, it speaks of a man who knew just what he wanted and successfully achieved it. The year was 1994. Ayers had been making getaway visits to Sarasota for a while and had owned two condos on Siesta Key. He then sold his Kansas-City based, vinyl-siding manufacturing business and was retiring. A bachelor, he

wanted a place “closer to his boat,” which was docked on Longboat Key. And he wanted a penthouse with a very specific view: from Gulf to bay with no interruptions. Ayers had looked at L’Ambiance but the units that were the size he wanted didn’t have the view he desired. So, he looked at Regent Place where construction had just started on Building 1 and pre-construction sales were beginning on Building 2. There, he found just the space he was looking for: 3,500-plus square feet with three bedrooms, a media room and three and a half baths. The view still wasn’t there but Ayers “saw the opportunity to open up the space,” and because he was buying before construction began, he was able to do it.

He made a number of major structural changes. He eliminated the wall between the kitchen and the living area. He removed a pantry wall behind the bar and replaced it with a floating glass display. He opened up the wall between the master bedroom and media room, installing pocket doors for privacy when needed. He got rid of a long, gallery hallway from the kitchen to the entry foyer. He combined some space gained from that maneuver with a very large closet to create a small office. And he reconfigured the master bath to open it up — actually the most technically difficult change, because it involved moving some plumbing. TURN TO AYERS, PAGE 3D



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THE ART OF LUXURY LIVING ON THE SARASOTA BAYFRONT UNFURNISHED 9th Floor - 3100 sq. ft. 12th Floor- 3100 sq. ft. 12th Floor - 3100 sq. ft. 14th Floor - 4000 sq. ft. Penthouse - 4700 sq. ft. -

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NEW Wonderful Mediterranean Home with glorious views of Sarasota Bay and recently completed by luxury builder Peter Laughlin. Some of the gorgeous amenities include a fabulous master suite with balcony overlooking the Bay, gourmet kitchen, marble floors, elevator, deep-water boat dock and beach access. $3,095,000 Virtual Tour

Striking architectural style offering a private enclave of only 13 luxurious residences. Unparalleled panoramic views and a marina with limited boat slips.

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$2,409,000 3rd Floor Approx. . 2,650 sq. ft.

2 RESIDENCES REMAINING VIZCAYA • Magnificent beach front enclave of 31 elegant residences with 2 car garages and private elevators. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse w/ fitness facilities & a private beach. Expansive penthouse with endless views of Gulf,pool & grounds from wrap-around terrace. $3,990,000. Perfectly decorated penthouse. Marvelous views. Partially furnished, 2 car garage. $2,450,000.

GRAND BAY • Great amenities in grand LBK community - heated pool, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse, exercise, kitchen, BBQ - deeded beach access. Private corner, panoramic vistas of bay, marina & preserve. Wrap-around terraces. Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden shutters & decorator detailed.

NEW Emerald Harbor Jewel. This charming three-bedroom home is situated on an extemely large lot and has a terrific location on the canal. Amenities: a wonderful pool area, newly landscaped grounds and a great floor plan. $749,000 Virtual Tour

$985,000. $999,000.

INN ON THE BEACH • Behind the gates of the LBK Club Excellent investment opportunities. Deeded Beach Access, Heated Pool, Spa. • 1 BR / 1 BA 614 sq. ft., water views of Longboat Pass, lagoon. Steps to beach, furnished. $259,000. • 1 BR / 1 BA 640 sq. ft., views of the golf course and garden. Furnished. $224,000. BAY ISLES - HARBOR SECTION Mediterranean 4-5BR/5BA, 5100+ sq ft


SANCTUARY 2600 sq. ft. w/many upgrades. Full Gulf view & partial Bay view. $1,595,000. WESTON POINTE Private courtyard home w/guest apt. and boat dock.


EN PROVENCE Paradise of 21 beach front residences. 3BR/3BA w/gulf view. $2,495,000. RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE Awesome views, 10th fl., fireplace. 3000 sq. ft. $1 ,675,000. ISLANDS WEST Split plan 2 BR, 2 BA. 8th floor with direct gulf views. $695,000. RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES 18th floor, “Penthouse” overlooking the marina & city. $4,250,000. COREY’S LANDING 4BR/4BA bayfront home. Bay views, private dock. Furnished $1,550,000.

Extraordinary L’Ambiance Penthouse with magnificent views of Gulf, sunsets, Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Amenities include double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 2,400 sq ft of wrap terraces and 3 parking spaces. $6,295,000 Virtual Tour If You Need A Home For Your 65’ Boat this Country Club Shores home is situated on one of the deepest canals on Longboat Key. Amenities: soaring ceilings, separate family room with fireplace, beautiful pool & dock. $1,150,000 Virtual Tour Gorgeous Wide Open Bay Views sweeping from mid-Longboat Key to the Ringling Causeway in the distance. This rebuilt home is located on a very deep lot in the Ringling Museum area. Wonderful open floor plan, beautiful pool. $1,495,000 Virtual Tour Fabulous Opportunity To Own A Large Bayfront Parcel with Bay and Gulf views, boating and beach access on Longboat Key. Would suit for a corporate or family retreat with multiple units and multiple dockage possibilities. $4,999,000 Virtual Tour Wonderful Water Club Condominium with views of the Gulf of Mexico. This condominium has a beautiful kitchen, 2 covered parking spaces and private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world-class amenities & clubhouse. $1,095,000 Virtual Tour Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with stunning views of the Gulf and downtown Sarasota. This condominium is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments $2,500,000 Virtual Tour throughout. World-class amenities & clubhouse. NEW Promenade Condominium With Fabulous Views of the Gulf, pool, sunsets and the Bay. Amenities: split plan, furnished, master with whirlpool tub and marble steam shower, terrific pool area and concierge. $669,000 Virtual Tour Marina Bay with Gorgeous Bay & City Views This 3BR, 3382 sq. ft. condo that has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his and her $1,295,000 Virtual Tour master bath and wonderful floor plan.

WATER CLUB Views of gulf, bay, & skyline. 9th fl. Dover plan. South side of Water Club II $2,695,000. LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS Direct gulf front 8th floor corner 2BR/2BA unit.


INDIAN BEACH This 1920’s home has been expanded and updated yet retains its period ambience. Approximately. 5800 square feet, 2 Bedroom/2Bath Main House, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bath Guest House, two 2Car Garages, Basement and Fishing Pier. Full Bay Views. Wood floors, 3 fireplaces, ceiling art by Paul Montgomery. This home was a 2001 Designer Showcase Home. $4,800,000.

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LONGBOAT KEY HARBOR - 5BR two story * QUEENS Essex/Courtyard model home with a media The private elevator opens directly into the foyer of Ayers’ condo; the doubled-in-the-mirror view typically elicits a “wow” from guests. Below: Ayers saw no need for the dark-mahogany-doored, double guest closet specified for the foyer so he replaced it with this custom built in. The niches display some of the acrylic art that he collects, and there is closed storage underneath.


Ayers CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1D Ayers also made some significant cosmetic changes before he even started furnishing his new place. He banished all the dark mahogany interior wood trim specified by the developer, including a very dominating pair of doors on a double guest closet facing the living area. And he reconfigured the tray ceiling in the dining room for indirect lighting. When it came time to furnish, he brought in a designer from Kansas City with whom he had worked successfully on his home there. “She was supposed to guide me,” Ayers says, “I wasn’t thinking Florida as much as Midwest.” But it didn’t work out that way. When he bought a couch that “looked as if it belonged in a Colorado mountain place,” his designer didn’t say, “Whoa, there!” She bought kitchen wallpaper and paint to match it. When Ayers realized she wasn’t providing the guidance he wanted, he dumped the decorator, peeled off the wallpaper and set off on his own. He reupholstered the couch right away. He repainted twice to get the exact wall finish he wanted. Choosing the light fixtures, he says, was the biggest challenge. “Every time I found something I liked,” he says, “they discontinued it.” Ayers’ condo today is an expansive space with non-stop views — just the way he wanted them, from Gulf to bay. Entering from the private elevator elicits a “wow” from visitors, who are greeted by a powerful sense of light and water reflected in a long wall of floor-to-ceiling mirror. Large, beveled squares give the wall dimension and life. The eye goes immediately to the panorama that was Ayers’ priority. “The windows are our wall decorations,” he says, “and we like open and contemporary, as you can see” “Thinking Florida” has taken hold throughout Ayers’ home. A guest once counted the dolphins and came up with 96. A whole school swims in the dining room’s tray ceiling. They

are etched on the shower doors in the master bathroom. There are crystal dolphins and bronze dolphins and sculptured glass dolphins. Perhaps the best dolphin story comes from the dining room, where dolphins support the glass table top and form the backs of the chairs. Ayers commissioned the set from an artisan who promised to deliver in 90 days. The chairs arrived on schedule. Many months later, the table base still had not been delivered and Ayers had to involve an attorney. It finally arrived a year and a half after it had been ordered. The chair dolphins have happy, smiling faces; the ones on the table base look, if not sad, at least dour. The artisan’s last word, perhaps? Ayers is no longer a bachelor and no longer exactly retired. In 1998, he married Bobbie Dreis, the creator and marketer of visualization software for consumers and professionals. He is now helping his wife market her product line, which includes the “Imagine your ... ” TM series (Dream Home, Interiors, Landscape, Remodeling and Deck) and Visualphile® for professionals ( The Ayerses are thinking of eventually moving to Florida full time and Bobbie is herself visualizing “masses and masses of wildly colored bougainvillea,” which may mean moving to a house with a garden. Despite Ayers’ very successful undertaking at Regent Place, it’s likely he’ll ask his wife to be in charge of any future interior design projects. ❑

room & numerous upgrades. Wonderful golf course & lake views. $1,495,000 VIZCAYA - This magnificent gulf front penthouse w/3BR has 11’ ceilings, surround sound stereo system, Beaumonet floors details galore! Incredible gulf views. $2,999,000 KEY WEST BEACH-STYLE - 3BR home with fireplace, spacious garage and across the street from beach access. Great rental income potential. $895,000. CLUB LONGBOAT - Fully renovated 2BR/2BA. Full view of evening sunsets Turnkey furnished. $749,000 L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - Incredibly classy and decorated to perfection, this 4800 SF home is truly magnificent! Huge views, superior finishes and the supreme location! $5,495,500. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE Exquisite 5 bedroom home with almost 5000 SF of fabulous living directly on the gulf. $4,600,000. PERFECTION AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT Thoughtfully created floor plan offering 4BR, gorgeous marble floors, volume ceilings and ultimate kitchen. Great boating water! $4,350,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Architectural statement on the wide open bay - Over 6,000 SF Volume ceilings, gorgeous views, wraparound teak decking, mahogany & slate floors, vanishing edge pool, deluxe master suite and gourmet kitchen. Beautifully Furnished! $3,999,000. REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous, turnkey furnished condo on the beach. Volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces, awesome views and double garage. Possible to combine with unit next door. $2,999,000. WATER CLUB - Direct Gulf Front 3BR condo w/wood floors, fabulous upgrades and finishes, plus 2 parking spaces (one in a separate garage!) $2,495,000. WATER CLUB - Designer perfect condo with over 3000 SF, gorgeously furnished. Views of Gulf and Bay $1,950,000. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM - 3 bedroom Southern exposure corner location condo w/panoramic Bay & City views. $749,000.

EAGLES POINT @ THE LANDINGS Spacious 4BR condo with 3000 SF and 10’ ceilings. Views of intracoastal waterway and Siesta Key. Fabulous upgrades throughout, including crown moldings, granite, faux painting, plantation shutters and many built-ins. $1,275,000. BAYFRONT DOWNTOWN CONDO - Prime corner location spacious 3 BR in prestigious 888 building. See it all. Sunsets, the new Ringling Bridge, Bird Key, Longboat Key and Bay. Protected boat slips. $725,000. HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT - Beautifully renovated 4 bedroom home in upscale neighborhood close to downtown. Property located on a quiet, deep water boat basin w/dock that can accommodate 3 boats, including a large sailboat. $2,595,000. HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT - Huge and dramatic views of bay, city and keys. Exquisite 5 bedroom home with a multitude of fantastic features. Elevator, marble floors, media room and great boating! $4,500,000. BEAU CIEL TWO-STORY PENTHOUSE Downtown on the bay, spacious 4 bedroom home with over 5300 SF of luxury. Dramatic and exquisite! $4,500,000. BIRD KEY BAYFRONT - Marvelous views, deep water dock, spacious Mediterranean home in superb location. $3,200,000. HISTORIC ESTATE ON THE WATER Wonderfully charming, completely restored and updated, this walled and gated property is an incredible find! Fabulous 5,500 SF main home, guest house, pool and almost 1 acre of marvelous landscaping. $3,300,000. SARABANDE - Classy yet comfortable 10th floor condo with 3700 SF of marvelous upgrades and amazing views of the bay, city and gulf. $2,345,000. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCES- The views will truly amaze you. Faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 SF of fabulous finishes & upgrades. 3BR plus family room. $2,390,000. OAKS CUSTOM HOME - Open and elegant with no detail spared! Crown moldings, marble floors, volume ceilings and fabulous lighting! Quiet cul-de-sac. $975,000. THE RENAISSANCE PENTHOUSE Furnished with bay views, Saturnia Marble floors, 10’ ceilings, 2 bedroom plus den & 2 parking spaces. $695,000.

SIESTA KEY SPACIOUS KEY WEST HOME - On quiet North Siesta cul-de-sac. Four bedroom, heated pool, volume ceilings and multiple decks, located on Hansen Bayou. $2,250,000.


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Ayers’ wife Bobbie does her thinking in the kitchen and says, “Having so much light makes it a fun place to be and prepare food. Too bad I don’t like cooking better.”

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Real estate sales on the offshore keys took a mid-season pause with just 13 transactions recorded between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11, yet four of these, or 30.7%, were for more than $1 million. Three of the four sales occurred on Longboat Key, led by a $2.65 million purchase of the Sarasota Bay-front home at 571 Putter Lane in Unit V of Country Club Shores by Lee and Kathie Pokoik. The sellers of the 26-year-old, four-bedroom and four-bath home with a swimming pool were Erlane D. and John E. Tait of Jacksonville. In a second transaction at Country Club Shores, John Del Casale and Michael Osher of Campbell, Calif., sold their two-bedroom and two-bath home at 990 Bogey Lane for $345,000 to Nadine and William C. Cannon of Apopka, outside of Orlando. The house was built in 1973 and last sold for $285,000 in May 2002.

built in 1978 and has a swimming pool. The Freis bought the property in May 1997 for $700,000, literally doubling their sale price.

Grand Bay Linda and Clifford Fletcher of Scottsdale, Ariz., sold their Unit 314 at Grand Bay III to Mistle Investment, Ltd., Toronto, Canada for $1.05 million. The three-bedroom and 3.5-bath apartment at 3030 Grand Bay Blvd. was built in 1998 and last sold for $513,000.

$1.29 million sale on Lido Beach The DPL Investment Corp., out of Miami, purchased the 12-unit apartment at 528 Polk Drive in Lido Beach from Patrice V. And Gerald G. Jones for $1.29 million. The apartment building was built in 1972 and sold previously for $1.2 million in November 2002.


Bay Isles Nancy M. and George R. Cambria Sr. from Staten Island, N.Y., bought the Bay Isles Unit 1 home at 1640 Harbour Cay Lane from Eugenia and Frederick E. Frei of Englewood for $1.58 million. The three-bedroom and three-bath home was

Longboat Sandpipers Karen E. and Duane Compton, 670 Russell St., in the CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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THE BEST OF BIRD KEY BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Nearly every room has a bay view in this 3800+ sq. ft. renovated home. Features include an open floor plan, media room/den, well appointed gourmet kitchen, family room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace, and open patio w/pool. Protected boat dockage.....................................................$2,699,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE

OAKS BAYSIDE - Gracious home on 1.5 lots. Fairytale gardens overlooking lake. Open pool and spa with cabana summer kitchen. 3BR/4BA. Updated kitchen, formal living room, family room and game room. $1,450,000

BIRD KEY Beautiful home to be built taking advantage of the gorgeous Bay view. Great 1st floor master suite with spacious bath & his & her walk-in closets. The great room overlooks the water for enjoying the sunset vistas. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor where you’ll find 3 BR plus a media room.................$2,450,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE BIRD KEY WATERWAY New home w/well-thought out floor plan & great water views. Amenities include: master suite w/his & her bath, stunning kitchen w/stainless appliances & granite counters, family room w/gorgeous view down the canal, bonus room, spacious patio & pool and dock with lift..................................................$2,395,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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BIRD KEY GARDEN Delightful ambiance & the feel of your own private estate can be found in this home on one of the Key’s largest & prettiest lots. The home offers all bedrooms w/baths ensuite, living room w/fireplace, separate dining room, den, crown moldings, wood floors & storage galore. This is truly a unique property...........................................................$895,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE



Direct Bay Front on double lot. Exquisitely maintained with marble floors, swimming pool and dock. The ultimate in Florida lifestyle. $1,995,000

BIRD KEY GARDEN Lovely home on large corner lot. This split plan design wraps around the pool & patio area. Features include: banks of French doors, an added patio w/charming garden setting & Bay view, update kitchen w/Corian countertops, tile flooring, lush landscaping & citrus trees.............................................................$649,500. BIRD KEY GARDEN Private setting in this well-maintained home. Living room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace. Master suite w/his & her baths. Plenty of sliders open to the large patio & pool area. The extralarge lot makes this property truly a one-of-a-kind......$597,050. BEAU CIEL Picturesque views of the Marina & Bay. 6th floor, 2BR/2.5BA, designer ready unit. Incredible amenities: concierge, 24 hr security, valet, fitness center and pool & spa. Conveniently close to theaters, restaurants & shopping. Priced to sell...............$790,000. ISLANDER CLUB Two gorgeous views from either of these lovely units on the 11th or penthouse floors. Choose between a full Bay or full Gulf view. Both are 2BR/2BA in this conveniently located building close to shopping and restaurants. Private beach, tennis courts and pool..........................................$650,000 and $725,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE




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BIRD KEY WATERWAY A feeling of an island resort is what this home invokes. Pocketing sliders completely open the home to the tiled patio & large pool. The atrium is an intimate space for casual dining or morning coffee. Partial bay view from the patio and backyard garden. Dock with boat lift...............................................$1,695,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE


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One acre landscaped lot in gated community. Deeded beach easement to wide private beach. Tennis court. Palm trees mark boundary. $650,000

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440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228

Off week? Four-of-13 sales top $1 million on keys


Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the breathtaking panorama of sparkling SARASOTA BAY and beautiful Longboat Key, this unique estate presents dazzling display of space and light within its bold, innovative artistry. The 10,000+/- square-foot, three level residence boasts a fabulous master suite with outstanding views, gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances, six satellite kitchens seamlessly blended throughout the main and guest home, porcelain floors, and custom built-ins. $6,250,000 Secluded contemporary BAYFRONT ESTATE, close to downtown, lushly landscaped with fabulous Bay and sunset views. Imported European kitchen to meet chef standards. Tennis court installed by makers of Bollettieri Academy. 2 boat docks & lifts. $5,975,000 150 feet of beautiful and unspoiled beach in the SANDERLING CLUB, a 1.6 acre property from gulf to lagoon. Ideal site to build dream home or to use existing structure with 4,500+ sf under roof for remodeling. Also ideal for anyone looking to acquire “additional” 180ft. of beachfront. $5,875,000 Fabulous Five Star RITZ CARLTON Lifestyle. THE 18th Floor PENTHOUSE. High over Sarasota bay, bathed in a breathtaking panorama, 3 sides, 4 balconies, full bay & city views, sunrise & sunset. In Sarasota, the Cultural Capital of Florida. $5,750,000 The prestigious gated community of the SANDERLING CLUB. Direct Gulf front with 200’ of private, protected, pristine beach w/dramatic sunsets. On over an acre, offering opportunity to purchase a prime beachfront on Siesta Key w/possibilities ranging from renovation to using site for new construction. $5,500,000 Grand estate from Gulf to Bay, on NORTH CASEY KEY’S most desirable and exclusive end. The home and guest house were built in 1986 and feature 5 BR, large foyer and great room as well as a multiple car garage space which can be transformed to other use. The lushly landscaped grounds include tennis court, 80ft lap pool, bayside dock and white sandy beach with breathtaking views to Siesta Key. $5,385,000 A magnificent display of Victorian charm and amazing views. This estate offers over 5700 sq, ft. with a separate guesthouse. Oak floors, granite countertops, wood burning fireplace with marble and mahogany surrounding. Baldwin brass details, China Pantry and gourmet kitchen. Elevator ready and plenty of room for a tennis court. $1,750,000

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Village, sold their Unit 203 at the 10-unit Longboat Sandpipers Condominium, 5635 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Phyllis T. and Robert W. Gelfman of Greenwich, Conn., for $860,000. This three-bedroom and threebath condo is 24 years old this year.

Tangerine Bay Club In a corporate-to-corporate transaction, Unit 222 in Building 2-C at 90-unit Tangerine Bay Club, 350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, was purchased for $749,000 by Casa Tangerine Limited Partnership of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, from Clayton Limited, an international business company licensed in British Virgin Islands and based at St. Helier, Jersey, in the Channel Islands. The threebedroom and three-bath apartment was constructed in 1992 and last sold for $395,000 in June of 1992.

Winding Oaks Helen H. and Alexander Feiner, 4540 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, sold their Unit 21 in Winding Oaks to Catherine and Hans Bischof, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $600,000. This is less than the $675,000 it last sold for in March 2001, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s listing. The three-bedroom and three-bath home at 3441 Winding Oaks Drive, was built in 1988.


BUSINESS Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Ann M. Leuzarder, of Kittery, Maine, for $380,000. The apartment was built in 1973 and has two bedrooms and two baths.

Seaplace V Joanne F. and Saul H. Coplan 4411 Beauchamp Court, Sarasota, sold their Unit 103-G in Building M2 at Seaplace V to Andrea and Todd E. Csenesits, Northampton, Pa., for $300,000. The twobedroom two-bath apartment at 1945 Gulf of Mexico Drive, was built in 1973.

Colony Beach & Tennis Club Patrice and David Ryan purchased a halfinterest in Unit 142-S at the 232-unit Colony Beach & Tennis Club from Sandra I. and E. Campbell Dean for $57,000. Purchasing the other half interest for $57,000 were Rosemary and Richard Detskas of Williamsville, N.Y., and Laurie S. and Thomas E. Baker of Orchard Park, N.Y.

St. Armands Key Susan C. and Gary H. Lasky of Brookfield, Wis., sold a half-interest in their St. Armands Key home at 339 Madison Drive to Katie L. and Ron A. Hermann for $192,000. The house was built in 1952 and has four bedrooms, five baths and a swimming pool. It last sold for $122,000 in January 2002.

The bayfront home at 571 Putter Lane in Country Club Shores topped sales this week at $2.65 million. $164,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment was created in 1963 when the late I.Z. Mann built the Harbour Apartments as one of the first condominium projects in the Sarasota area. He later built the Longboat Harbour Condominiums among other area

developments. 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. ❑

Coon Key Casa Del Mar Derek L. Filcoff, 1932 Harbourside Drive, purchased Unit 2 in Tract D at the 106-unit Longboat Casa Del Mar Condominium, 4621

Terry Luff of Mashpee, Mass., bought Unit 35 in the Arlington House of the Sarasota Harbour East Apartments from Edward J. Tasso, 1231 Cottonwood Trail, Sarasota, for

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Line of business: Jewelry gallery. Owners: Joan Michlin and Skip Ennis. Store manager: Gerri Laurino. Year founded: “Since 1984, but we’ve only been here (St. Armands) for one-and-a-half years.” Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon to 6 Sunday. Employees: Six. Price range of merchandise/service: $99 to $13,000.

First paying job: “I delivered bagels.” First job after college: “I worked as a fashion photographer in New York.” In between then and now: “I worked as a jeweler on the beach and then we opened our own gallery.” Claim to fame: “Designing jewelry.” How he/she landed here: “We basically spun the globe and decided this was it. We really didn’t like the East Coast of Florida — we wanted to go warmer and ended up moving here after vacationing here.”

Personal (Joan Michlin) Birthplace: Detroit. Age: 46. Education: University of Michigan and Memphis Academy of Art. Marital status: Married. Family: One 6-year-old daughter. Residence: Oyster Bay neighborhood in Sarasota. How long living in this area: 21 months.

Interests, passions Favorite pastime: “Going boating.” Other interests: “My daughter and photography.” Volunteer work, organizations: “My daughter’s school. I work in the classroom one day a week and they’re always trying to recruit me to do other things.” Favorite book: “Science fiction is my favorite.” Favorite movie: “Sleepless in Seattle.”

r Longboat K e v o c ey Dis Most affordable waterfront home behind the gates. Ideally situated on protected boating water, this residence provides a spacious floor plan and an integral link with the outdoors and sparkling water views. While superbly designed for entertaining, the home also offers comfort and seclusion for peaceful family living and intimate gatherings. Feature include open plan, cathedral ceilings, kitchen w/corian counters, fireplace & ceramic tile floors. Boat dock w/easy access to the bay. REDUCED $975,000

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Skip Ennis and Joan Michlin, owners of Joan Michlin jewelry gallery, with their new jewelry fashions for spring, going into summer.

Philosophy, heroes


Business philosophy: “If you do the right thing, what goes around comes around.” Best business advice received: “Not to do a lot of things part way, but to do one thing really well.” Most admired businessperson: “Eleanor Roosevelt.” Heroes: “Rudy Guliani.”

What would you change with a magic wand: “There would be no more war; no more terrorism; no more troubles on earth. Everything would be perfect.” Current dream(s): “To make everything the best we can for everyone.”

Jerry Thompson presents... NEW LISTING - SEAPLACE Best Value! Totally and tastefully remodeled, 2Bedroom/2Bath, only 2 in from the white sandy beach. Screened terrace with sunny south $439,000. exposure. BEACHPLACE

The sparkling waters of the Harbor Waterway are the stunning backdrop for this 4BR/4BA + office/library home. Fabulous gulf sunsets from the expansive patiowith a pool & spa. Boaters will love the deep-water private dock large enough to accomodate a large yacht. Additional features of this beautiful home include extensive millwork, formal dining room, family room, living room w/fireplace, gourmet kitchen w/European tile, breakfast bar & oversized 3-car garage. This elegant home affords comfortable, casual living w/“private access to the Gulf Coast’s most pristine beach. 1,950,000

Largest 2BR/2BA walkdown! Perfect “move-in” condition. Turnkey furnished. Great lake views. $605,000. SABAL COVE Custom design. Absolutely beautiful home on very 1,995,000. private lake front lot. THE BEACHES Hear the surf and watch the gorgeous sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Direct Gulf front 2BR/2BA and behind the gates of Longboat Key Club. Offered turn$719,000. key furnished. A good value at.

New Mediterranean style home above the Intracoastal waterway leading to the Gulf in the secluded “Lighthouse Point,” the prime real estate location on LBK. Custom marble flooring, textured stucco in vast living area, handmade mouldings & unparralled vistas of bayou & waterway. Luxurious master on 1st level w/seating area & large fireplace. Upper-level has private in-law suite/nanny quarters, 2nd & 3rd BR & sweeping view from game room w/full balcony overlooking intracoastal. This 4-5BR two story home, built in 2003, offers the utmost in opulance & luxury, on south end of LBK. $ Privacy and centrally located. 5,500,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Lovely canal front home, 2BR/3BA, 53x25 screened lanai $699,000. w/pool. Large 44’ dock. SALE PENDING SANCTUARY Fabulous panoramic Bay, City and Gulf views! Most rooms with walls of glass, open onto wraparound terrace. 3 BR, 2 garage parking spaces. Virtual Tour $1,225,000. INN ON THE BEACH Sweeping views, from top floor #4601 and 4602, unique “lock out” 2BR plan. Rent one or both, or use as your own personal 2BR luxury condo.VVirtual Tour $850,000. 2 BR/2 BA, in BLDG. 1. private location, off-site rental program - Rent or use for your own beach front $849,000. get-away HISTORIC LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE Great Value in the Village! 2,250 sq ft, 4 BR home $399,000. with pool. SALE PENDING

Exquisitely remodeled throughout with vaulted ceilings, fine finishings, marble floors and a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops a center island and breakfast nook overlooking the water. This desirable split plan offers privacy yet intimacy. Dock and lift already in $ place. 3,300,000

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Office: 383-6411 Home: 359-0229 Cell: 321-8592 & 266-7740 UNIVERSITY PARK COUNTRY CLUB #1 RATED GOLF COURSE IN SW FLORIDA

GOLF COURSE LOT - Private home on golf course w/ lake view. Over 2,700 SF with many cabinets, Corian, 3 or 4 BR/3BA, office/den, living & dining rooms, summer kitchen on lanai w/pool & spa. $649,900 ONE-OF-A-KIND HOME - Custom features, over 4,200 SF, deluxe kitchen, office/den, theatre & game rooms, incredible millwork. Paver decking, pool, spa. Golf & water views. $1,475,000

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Louis Wery (941) 232-3001 Search for all properties on Award-Winning Website Tangerine Bay Southernmost complex on Longboat Key. Full bay views. 2BR/2.5 BA plus den. Large kitchen with island. Private 2-car garage. $799,900.

The Ritz Carlton Superb views of Bay & Marina. 2BR/2.5BA plus den on 11th floor of hotel tower. All the luxurious amenities of living at the Ritz. $1,239,000.

Magnificent 2/3BR, 5th floor unit. Features include a southern exposure, pristine condition, garage parking and wonderful amenities package. Offered for $1,250,000.


Lido Beach NATURE NATURE VIEW 2339 SF with 3BR/2.5BA, Corian, great room, dining room, Florida room with wet bar. Community pool. Home warranty provided. $375,000

PARK LIKE SET TING - 2,675 SF split plan, 3 BR/3 BA, living & dining, family rooms, office/den and center island kitchen w/ Corian and granite. Lanai with pool and spa, with many palm and fruit trees. $564,000

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Two adjoining lots on Ben Franklin with panoramic views of Gulf. Two homes planned for site. Near St. Armands. $2,700,000.

Best value in gated LBK Club. Completed in 2002 this 3BR/3.5BA villa offers many upgrades, wonderful light, twocar garage, lakeview, pool & spa. Available for $685,000. LIDO REGENCY Generous open floor plan, 1BR/1.5BA, city view, well appointed building, turnkey furnished. Offered for $325,000 WATER CLUB RENTAL: Gorgeous gulf views, 3BR/3BA sixth floor unit. Beautifully decorated with the most extensive amenities package available. 3 month minimum, April to November. BEACHPLACE RENTAL 3BR beachfront, excellent condition. Available various time frames.

Beau Ciel Incomparable views of Bay & Marina! 8th Floor 2BR/2.5BA. $999,900 5th Floor 2BR/2.5BA $975,000.

Edgewater Village Custom home on lake with view of preserve. 4BR/2BA plus den. Gated community on Lakewood Ranch. $398,000.

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Historic Bay Haven

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Lovely 3BR/2.5BA cottage in Indian Bch area near Museum District. Extensively remodeled in 2000. Salt-water pool with warranty. $669,000.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Amazingly beautiful 4 BR / 4 BA home for upscale, contemporary living. On a bayfront point lot with views that go on forever.


Grand Bay

$3,999,000. INN ON THE BEACH Lagoon & sunrise views from club suite in Longboat Key Club Resort. Totally renovated, excellent investment opportunity. Turnkey furnished.

$299,000. BAYWOOD COLONY - SOUTHWOOD Light & bright 2 BR / 2 BA end unit in private area, west of Trail. Glass enclosed lanai. 1 block to bay to view sunsets. $164,900.

SAINT ARMANDS A beautiful 3/4 BR / 3 BA home in a wonderful canalfront location! Terrific master suite added upstairs. Walk to St. Armands or Lido beach. $1,975,000.

Carolyn Donnelly Carolyn’s Keys

941-387-1835 or 350-9900

WATERFRONT BAY ISLES - Stunning, spacious 4BR home with high ceilings, open floor plan, state of the art media room, gourmet kitchen, wood floors, walls of glass & deep water boat dock w/lift. $2,495,000. NEW ON THE MARKET Deep sailboat water and only minutes to the open bay, this custom maintenance-free home is every boaters dream. 3 bedrooms plus den, 19' ceilings, open plan, gourmet kitchen & more. $1,549,000. BAYFRONT SPLENDOR - 5,000 SF bayfront maintenance-free home in Queens Harbour. Marble and granite surfaces, 20’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen master suite, dock for 2 boats. $2,399,000. REDUCED $100,000 - 3750 sq.ft. villa in Corey’s Landing w/open bay views. Master BR w/bay view. 2nd level w/media room, office & 2 BR. Private boat dock. $1,449,000. GREAT BUY BAY ISLES - Renovated inside & out. 3B/3.5B 0pen plan w/high ceilings, ceramic & wood floors & state-ofthe-art kitchen and bath, new spacious pool. $795,000. LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - Beautiful treed lot in Bay Isles Bayou. $379,000. SABAL COVE - Large lakefront lot. $799,000. 40’ - 60’ BOAT SLIPS - LBK MOORINGS MARINA

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Sarasota Bay views from 2nd-floor 2BR/2BA end unit in bldg 5. Very private. Wide open water view. Remodeled. Behind gates. $627,000.

Vista Bay Point Celebrate panoramic water & city views. Only one residence per floor. 3BR/4BA plus den on 5th floor. Private & soundproof. $1,395,000.

For Annual Lease at The Ritz Carlton 11th Floor Unfurnished flat with views of Sarasota Bay & of Marina. $5,500/month For Annual Lease at Beau Ciel 8th Floor Unfurnished $4,500/month

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Discover “The Ar t Of Living” ROGER SELLS THE SANCTUARY BUILDING 3...Wonderful 7th floor, direct Gulf large corner residence, beautifully finished. Sumptuous master suite, guest suite, den/3rd bedroom plus kids’ retreat. Completely furnished and ready to become your new home. $1,895,000 --PENDING BUILDING 2...Located in the Sanctuary’s prime direct Gulf building. This popular floor plan offers both direct Gulf and Bay and city views. Many upgrades are included, such as generous use of tile, wet bar, built-ins and storage, and covered parking. $1,449,000 --PENDING

REGENT PLACE PENTHOUSE - Extremely rare find on Longboat Key with wide open Gulf to Bay panorama. Walls of glass and the open contemporary design provide breathtaking views of the Gulf, Bay, Downtown and Islandside Golf Course from this 10th floor masterpiece. Private elevator opens to 12’ ceilings, 8’ solid oak doors & trim, luxurious master suite, 2 en-suite bedrooms, skylights, plus office, den and 2 huge terraces. Nothing campares! $3,895,000.

THE SAVOY ON PALM...Just like living in an upscale boutique hotel, this is downtown Sarasota at its finest. In a location that offers walking distance to practically everything, this 3,600 foot residence has beautiful bay and city views. $1,255,000

REDUCED Gorgeous waterfront home on St. Armand’s Circle. You will love living in this sumptuous three bedroom plus den home with high ceilings, upscale finishes and incredible master suite. Just off the swimming pool and hot tub is an oversized dock and lift. The restaurants of St. Armand’s and Lido’s beaches are only steps away. What a way to live!


COUNTRY CLUB SHORES PERFECTION - For boating enthusiast. Meticulously detailed, vaulted ceilings, huge master suite, office/4th BR, custom eat-in kitchen/ family room, 2 upstairs bedrooms, beautiful caged pool/ spa, & great dock w/lift on sailboat water. $1,995,000.



SLOOP LANE...Amazing home located on a point lot on the very southern tip of Longboat Key. Over 4,000 feet offering one of the best views in the Sarasota area—downtown, open bay expanses. Great for any boater or water lover. Four bedrooms with a complete guest wing, soaring ceilings and state-of-the-art kitchen. Fabulous interior design throughout. $3,999,000 --VIDEO-CUTTER LANE...Move right in to this seven year “new” home located one in from the open bay in Country Club Shores. Everything is top notch—great views from practically every room. Great finishes include granite, marble and appliances; great four-bedroom split floor plan with separate den/office; and oversized garage with workout/hobby/play space. $2,195,000 --VIDEO-PUTTING GREEN...Amazing location for your dream home! This southern-facing homesite offers 130’ of water frontage, just one back from the open bay on Putting Green Lane. A brand new seawall and dock are being constructed for the new buyer’s enjoyment. $1,499,000 BOGEY LANE...Brand New, just completed Country Club Shores Mediterranean home. This beautiful home was just built by John Cannon Homes and is ready for immediate occupancy. Views are straight down the canal and out to the Bay past the swimming pool. High ceilings, four bedrooms, three-car garage. $1,895,000 BOGEY LANE...Look down the canal and out to the Bay from this completely renovated three bed room plus den home. High ceilings, wood floors, cook’s kitchen with granite counters, new dock and boat lift. $1,199,000 SPINNAKER LANE...My most recent listing offers three bedrooms on an oversized lot. Look down the canal and to the Bay. Priced to sell. $625,000

GRAND BAY RESIDENCE 161...This is the lowest priced Antigua floor plan at Grand Bay with views that go on forever. One of only two stacks of Antiguas with unobstructed views. Complete 3 bedroom, 3.5 baths. $1,350,000 RESIDENCE 641...Direct Bayfront, Aruba floor plan in Building Six. Wonderfully finished and ready to move into. $728,000 RESIDENCE 634...Highly desired Capri residence in Building Six with views from both terraces. Beautifully finished with oversized ceramic tiles, granite countertops and built-ins. May be purchased furnished. $699,000


roger c. pettingell luxury waterfront specialist

387.1840 586.6668

Roger has listed and sold more than $325,000,000 in luxury and waterfront homes.

SANCTUARY - Fabulous, direct gulf front new listing. Extremely private with spectacular beach and sunset views. Eat-in kitchen, huge living area, 2 sunny terraces and all the special amenities at Sanctuary for a happy and exciting lifestyle. Great price at $1,345,000.

GRAND BAY - WOW!! - Awesome wraparound views. Open bay with views of downtown. The lush greenery of Harbourside Blue #9 adds beauty. Wonderful furnishings included. $1,599,500. OTHER FINE LISTINGS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: FAIRWAY BAY - 2 Great Bayfront Listings...........$389,500/$379,500 SABAL COVE - Huge Corner Lot............................................$450,000 INN ON THE BEACH - 2 Gulf Front Units...........$695,000/$795,000 GRAND BAY - 3BR/3BA Bay Front........................................$899,000 SEVERAL REASONS TO LIST WITH US: Villa Di Lancia...Sale Pending...$2,200,000 L’Ambiance.....Sale Pending......$2,495,000 Regent Place.....Sale Pending....$2,200,000 Sanctuary.........Sale Pending.........$899,500 Harbour Oaks......Sale Pending.....$545,000 Sanctuary........Sale Pending.......$1,480,000 Fairway Bay...............Sold..............$390,000

Joyce Huber Mark Huber Unmatched Service. Unrivaled Experience. See Virtual Tour at: JOYCE HOME 383-2440 MARK HOME 383-6739 387-1822 (Office Direct) • 800-365-8492

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#1 Sales

Volume for 2003 in Central & Western Florida


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


WATERFRONT LISTINGS UNDER $1 MILLION .O. P . .P. .O. .R. .T. U . .N . . I. .T. Y, . . . .O. .P. .P. O . .R. .T. .U. .N. .I.T. .Y, . . . O. .P. .P. .O. .R. T. .U. .N. .I. T. .Y. LONGBOAT KEY - TANGERINE BAY - DIRECT BAYFRONT: from 3 BR/2.5 BA, south LBK. 3rd BR w/garden view, gas fireplace & grill hook-up, wet bar, mahogany doors, 2-car garage and storage. Pool and community dock. Private Beach Club. $849,000. LONGBOAT KEY - PROMENADE: Wonderful sunset views from this furnished 2BR/2BA. Open white kitchen with new appliances, large living and dining areas. Extra garage parking, his & her spa, lighted clay courts and pool. $799,000. LONGBOAT KEY - SANCTUARY: 3BR/2.5 bath behind the gates of LBK Club. Wonderful casual feeling. Furniture and kitchen items included. $890,000.

Over 6,000 SF of luxury! 5BR suites, office, outside bar summer kitchen & deep water dockage with 200 ft. of seawall! 2,800 bottle $2,995,000. wine cellar, 3 car garage, elevator & pool.

Spectacular waterfront home! Elegant and sophisticated. 4BR/5&1/2BA, 2 offices, state-of-the-art sound system, 3 car garage, pool/spa, cabana, summer kitchen & boat dock! $2,585,000.



SIESTA KEY - BAYOU LOUISE: New dock, partial bay view, great neighborhood. Existing house w/ tenant being sold as is. 2BR/1BA. Approved for 4000 sq. ft. home. $699,000. LONGBOAT KEY- GRAND BAY Bay and sunset views from every room. 6th floor, corner, G 3 BR/ 3BA, elevator foyer. Features N DhisI &Nher master marble PE bath, study, 3rd BR with ensuite bath. $899,000.

LONGBOAT KEY - TANGERINE BAY - DIRECT BAY VIEWS: 2BR plus den. Gourmet kitchen, terrace grill off large breakfast room, Sisal and tile flooring, plantation shutters, designer lighting, faux painted walls. Oversized 2-car garage & storage. Beach membership included. $899,000. LONGBOAT KEY - CANAL FRONT: Waterfront island retreat with elevated screened pool, dining room, family room w/fireplace, 4th study/bedroom, turnkey furnished, boat dock & sailboat water. $895,500. LIDO KEY - L’ELEGANCE: The ultimate beachfront residence. 2 BR plus den, 2.5 BA,9 ft. ceilings, wood & marble floors, and endless views. Tennis, pool, exercise facility & gated security. $799,000. MAINLAND - BEAU CIEL NEW CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES AT POST CONSTRUCTION PRICES: 4thfl 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/ marina, city and bay views. $895,000. 4th floor 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/bay, marina & city views. $950,000.


Dynamic, sophisticated home on 126’ of water, one of the largest waterfront lots in the community! Volume ceilings, marble throughout, summer kitchen on oversized deck area, private dock $2,195,000. & more! 3 bedrooms plus office.


Exquisitely appointed residence with the feel of a single family home! Bright, warm southern exposure with your own private pool & summer kitchen on one of 3 expansive terraces. Guest suite with separate entrance, private elevator & 2 car garage. $2,499,000 Two pets allowed with Board approval!


Panoramic bay views from this 4 BD, 3.5 BA + den home with a private dock on deep water. Light & bright with volume ceilings, gourmet kitchen, 2nd floor guest suite, fireplace & summer kitchen. Enjoy community pool, Har-Tru tennis courts $1,550,000. & deeded beach access.

Custom bay front home overlooking Cà d’ zan! Soaring ceilings, gourmet eat-in kitchen, porch opens off of master, living room & kitchen & a private porch for the 2 upstairs bedrooms. Heated pool $2.295,000. & spa, and 2 boat docks.



Penthouse “Cayman” w/outstanding views of the gulf, bay, golf course, city skyline & marina! Elegantly appointed turnkey furnished $1,345,000. residence, 10’ ceilings & granite countertops. Sweeping views of the bay, city skyline & golf course from this E PENDING $649,000. turnkey furnished penthouse. SAL


NEW LISTING WATERCLUB I - Wonderful 2BR+den 4BA Dover model with views of gulf has the feeling of a private home with advantages of a condo. Designer perfect with spectacular appointments throughout including a gourmet kitchen, granite counters, wood and marble flooring, beautiful faux painted walls, plantation shutters, his/her marble master bath. World class amenities include gulf side pool and clubhouse, exercise facilities, on site management, security and concierge. Furnished. $1,195,000.

LIGHTHOUSE POINT - AUTHENTIC TUSCANY: with spellbinding views of the Gulf, Bay & city, 7,200 sq. ft. State-of-the-art technology & design, 3 fireplaces, home theater, elevator, exercise room, marble, granite, oak pegged floors & 50 ft. boat dock. $6,975,000.

COREY’S LANDING: 3/4 BR/4BA residence with high ceilings, master BR on 1st level plus study. Lanai with summer kitchen, pool and spa overlooking golf course and bay. Har-Tru Tennis Courts, Private Beach Club. $1,250,000.

BAY ISLES BAYFRONT LOTS HARBOR SECTION: Two spectacular lots w/200 feet each of seawall. Boating capabilities up to 65 feet. Beach Club membership. $2,275,000 & $2,750,000.

THE PIERRE: 7th floor 3BR/3.5BA w/ panoramic views of Bay, Gulf, golf course and city. Wood floors, designer built-ins. Concierge, security, 420 ft beach, pool, tennis & two hospitality suites. $1,395,000.


Best location in the building. SW corner w/over 3,700 sf, private elevator lobby, luxurious master suite & spacious terraces. Full concierge services & state of the art ameni$1,995,000 ties level! Adjacent to The Ritz Carlton.


BEACHSIDE ESTATE: Overlooking the Gulf, a tropical paradise with an “Old Florida” residence & art studio.Unique and private, offers casual beach living. $3,150,000.



Elegant 3BR, 3BA home overlooking the lake with hardwood floors, volume ceilings, separate dining room, fireplace, atriSpacious home on cul du sac. 4BR + den, 3.5BA, volume ceilings, um, lots of storage, large screened lanai with plenty of room large private pool & spa area w/ summer kitchen. $1,249,000. for the grandkids to play! Steps from the community pool & Beautiful lakefront lot with golf course views. $799,000. close to shopping, tennis & marina! $675,000



NEW LISTING - PRESTANCIA: Magnificent home with wide lakefront & golf course views. Great floor plan beginning with 3 or 4BR. master suite with exercise or separate study. large kitchen with granite countertops and breakfast room. 4th BR or study with a wall of built-ins. Light tiled floors, 8 ft solid wood doors, 12 ft ceilings, covered summer kitchen with large caged pool & spa overlooking a glistening lake. $895,000. OYSTER BAY: 4 BR, 2.5 BA custom home on nature preserve. Wood and tile floors, Corian, Eurotech cabinetry & new appliances. Near shopping and Sarasota’s finest school district. $695,000. THE OAKS: Stately residence in the prestigious golf I N inG community, quality and D elegance 6500 sq. ft., marN E P ble and wood flooring. $1,200,000.


Least expensive home in the Bayou! A large corner lot with lush landscaping & caged pool. Open floor plan with large rooms, perfect for entertaining & Florida living! $619,000.

Corner, upper floor 2BR/2BA w/bright & sunny southern exposure overlooking pool & gulf. Popular beach & tennis community. 4Har-Tru, lighted tennis courts. $599,000. • 941-387-1847 • E-mail:

• 15th floor 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/bay, marina & city views.


• 10th floor 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/bay, marina & city views.


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f of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 • Longboat Key, FL 34228




Real estate reports

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





35 Lighthouse Point

new single family residence

Thomas J. Napoli


6100 GMD

new construction

Kathy A. Simonds


301 GMD

remove/replace trellis

Nancy L. Parker


4949 GMD

demolition of hotel/restaurant

Holiday Inn


612 Ranger Lane

replacement single family residence

Sandra H. Levy


2605 GMD

pressure wash/paint exterior

Four Winds Beach Resort


6270 GMD

interior renovation

Barbara Hania


2425 GMD

interior renovation

David and Ellen Levine


2045 GMD

re-roof Building 4

Seaplace Condo Association


2045 GMD

re-roof Building 6

Seaplace Condo Association


2045 GMD

re-roof Building 7

Seaplace Condo Association


100 Sands Point

interior remodeling

Nancy K. Brereton


2045 GMD

re-roof Building 5

Seaplace Condo Association


2045 GMD

re-roof Building 8

Seaplace Condo Association


4485 GMD

alteration per plans

Kent D. Lagro


3740 GMD

kitchen alteration

Paul L. Cornuke


701 Lands End Drive


George G. Gruse


2225 Harbourside Drive

pool, spa, deck, fence

John W. Lasher


6888 Poinsetta Ave.


William Edwin Diem


3358 Bayou Gate

swimming pool

Richcarr Development


4241 GMD

exterior paint

Pelican Harbor Condo Association


1621 Harbor Cay Lane

demolition of residence

Ray R. Dils


Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. — announces the following associates have qualified as members of the Coldwell Banker International President’s Premier, an honor bestowed upon the top 1% of the more than 105,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide for outstanding 2003 sales performance: Lynne Koy, Bruce Myer and Roger Pettingell, Longboat Key. The following have qualified as members of the Coldwell Banker International President’s Elite, an honor bestowed upon the top 4% of the more than 105,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide for outstanding 2003 sales performance: Joe Murphy, Gloria Weed, Gabe Buky, Margaret Hicks, Joyce and Mark Huber, and Linda Weber, Longboat Key; Lynn Robbins, Downtown Sarasota; Joseph Boguszewski, Barbara and Jim Vitale, and Steven Kepecz, St. Armands. The following have qualified as members of the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle, an honor bestowed upon the top 11% of the more than 105,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide for outstanding 2003 sales performance: Rose Schnoerr, Anna Maria Island; Thomas Fynes, David and Wendy Leventhal, Louis Wery, Longboat Key; George Appel, Dyrk Dahl, Gini and Terry Fine, Jag Grewal, Downtown Sarasota; Anita Boakes, Nelson Neal, Katharine Srur, Susan Sweeney, St. Armands; and Sharon Whitfield, St. Armands Key. The following associates have qualified as members of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society, an honor bestowed upon the top 20% of the more than 105,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide for outstanding 2003 sales performance: Pamela Dial, Susan Hollywood, Anna Maria Island; Geoffrey Cross, Carolyn Donnelly, Audrey Marten, Gary McKinstry and Christopher Wormwood, Longboat Key; Vikki Keyser, Jud Powell, Sarasota Commercial Services; Jayne Giroux, Michele Fuller, Terry Leftwich and Greg Sheller, Downtown Sarasota; Selina Auvil, Bob and Taube Levitt, Julio Melendez and Louise Tessier, St. Armands; Mary Bernas, Terry Goodman, Jaclyn Smith, St. Armands Key. ReMax/Excellence — Ramona Glanz, with ReMax Excellence of Longboat Key and St. Armands Circle, recently completed The Luxury Home Marketing training course offered by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The course is a step towards earning the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation. ❑

THOMAS FYNES, P.A. A Certified International Property Specialist

“Making Real Estate Real Easy” NEW CUSTOM CANAL-FRONT HOME $1,575,000 Custom waterfront home to be built with 3,400 sq. ft. of luxurious living space, gated courtyard entry, private dock, pool/spa, waterfall, 3 BR, 3.5 BA, 4-car garage, terrace on 2 levels, gourmet kitchen with granite & custom cabinets, fireplace, elevator.

INN ON THE BEACH CONDO $349,900 Behind the gates of the exclusive Longboat Key Club is this beautiful one bedroom turnkey furnished suite with panoramic Gulf views. Internationally renowned beachfront resort. Excellent island retreat or rental property in a 4-star facility.

FAIRWAY BAY FAIRWAY BAY- 3BR/3BA Townhouse - corner. Over 2000 SF. Fireplace, Soaring Ceilings, and Bonus Room. Lots of “New Stuff”. REDUCED TO $569,000 HURRY!

BAY ISLES 511 HARBOR POINT DR. 3BR, 4 full & 2 half BA + bonus room. Private beach & dock. Master on first floor. “VIRTUAL TOUR” $1,850,000 HARBOR SOUND DRIVE - 5 BD/6.5 BA, 4038 sq. ft. on 25,692 sq. ft. waterfront lot. Private dock and pool. “VIRTUAL TOUR” $1,660,000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 572 YAWL LANE - 2nd lot in from bay w/gorgeous views from 2 master suites. 5BR/4.5BA. 2 story Mediterranean w/volume ceilings & grand staircase. 2-car garage w/paver drive. No bridges to intracoastal. Lushly landscaped, caged, heated pool. “VIRTUAL TOUR” $1,695,000





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ST. ARMANDS-LIDO - TKF, 2BR/2BA. Cutest little house you ever saw. Very flexible. Pet friendly. Call for details. THE ATRIUM - Large, 2000+ SF, 2B/2BA & Den. Updated. Spectacular views. TKF. Annual @ $3500/mo. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - 3 BR/2BA. Unfurnished charming home available now. Pool. Annual. $1,75000/mo.

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Longboat Key Condominiums For Sale Gulf Front Development Condos Priced From $325,000 - $645,000 Cabana Beach Club • 1, 2 & 3 bedroom newly updated furnished units • Gulf and bayou frontage • Boating facilities • Monthly, Weekly, Nightly Rentals allowed • Lushly landscaped with a Key West look • Condominium Conversion in progress • Now accepting contracts Dennis Girard, Broker Associate call 941-809-0041 or visit Email:




Salon pampers chamber members ‘after hours’ BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce members and guests from throughout the area met Feb. 26 for the chamber’s monthly Business After-Hours meeting. Participants enjoyed food, drink and socializing on the deck outside the Ana Molinari of South Longboat Key salon. The salon was also open and offering beauty care and pampering for both chamber members and their guests. ❑

Photos by John Sents

John and Barbara Kerwin enjoy a beautiful day.

Gail Loefgren, president of the chamber, gets pampered by nail technician Jaheida Guerrero at the Ana Molinari of South Longboat Key salon.

Fabiola Beckmann, her mother, Ana Molinari, and Kristy Musteffe enjoy the evening.

Harold Freeman, Gina Damico and Mike Gannon enjoy socializing.

For Your Consideration

Tom & Andy



GULF FRONT, BEACH MASTERPIECE- Spectacular Design. Custom electric forged entry gates, brick motor court, atrium, Italian fountains, balconies, verandas, and fenced grounds. Like great works of art, exceptional homes are precious and rare. The perfect blend of sophistication and the comfort of casual but elegant beach living. Four bedrooms, pool, eight car garage. No compromises. $8,495,000.

ON LONGBOAT KEY POSITANO ON THE GULF ALL DIRECT GULF FRONT RESIDENCES THE VILLA AMALFI - Enjoy your own private pool & spa. 3BR/3.5BA plus home office, 969 sq. ft. of terraces, 2 car garage. Spectacular beachfront home in bldg. 2. $2,845,000. THE CAPRI - Popular floor plan featuring kitchen/family room plus formal living room. 3BR/3.5BA plus home office, 776 sq. ft. of terraces, 2 car garage. Bldg. 4. $2,895,000. THE AMALFI PENTHOUSE - On top of the world feeling featuring an open floor plan. 3BR/3.5BA, home office. 969 sq. ft. of terraces. Bldg. 3. $2,795,000.

ON THE MAINLAND AMAZING SPACE - Nearly 2 acres of lush landscaping in private Greymoss neighborhood.Builder’s own home off Proctor Road. 3/4 BR & room to expand. Artistically designed pool area. Property may be subdivided into 2 lots. $799,000. LAKEWOOD RANCH - A John Cannon design on great golf course site ING PEND with southern exposure. S the with 4 bedrooms, home office/exerAL“ ENioka” cise room, pool and spa, 3 car side load garage. $559,900 888 BOULEVARD. OF ARTS - Van Gogh end unit, 11th floor. Big views, 2 bedroom 2 bath, built-ins, granite. $579,000. THE OAKS - Builder’s own home only 2 yrs. young. True 4 BR with wood and ceramic tile floors, fabulous kitchen and family room, 2nd story bonus room, pool and outdoor grill area. A great value in The Oaks. $769,000.

ST. ARMANDS BAY FRONT - Exceptional quality and design. Three bedrooms plus den, three baths. Dramatic living room, cook’s kitchen, disappearing edge pool. Separate guest house. Boat dock. $2,500,000.

For knowledgeable & experienced Real Estate Services Call Ann at 941-356-7717

INCREDIBLE CHARM - West of the Trail, close to downtown. Constructed in 1995. 16 ft. ceilings, wood floors, fireplace, Two Master Suites and separate guest house over detached two car garage. Unique alley access from Osprey as well as main entrance from Alta Vista. See this. $635,000.

Michael Saunders & Company 3044

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



LAKEWOOD RANCH - Family home that shows like a model. Custom Built with beautiful finishes. Summer Kitchen, Pool & Spa. Many upgrades including landscaping and appliances. Office Built-ins. Lakewood Ranch’s best value. $665,000.


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WATERFRONT CUSTOM HOME Longboat Key, Distinctive four bedroom, four bath home under construction. The ultimate in Florida living. Great room, gourmet kitchen, elevator, screened decks, waterfall, spa, pool and four car garage. 50’ boat dock, Beach access, Detailed plans available. $1,650,000.

Ann Martin

Joe Ozier and Nicki Conway take a break on the deck outside the salon.

Amy Bailey, Stephen Musco and “The Loan Goddess” Maria Masucci

SIESTA KEY - Contemporary waterfront suitable for Kayaks, etc. 4BR plus loft, pool, spa, large treed lot. Amazing views. $849,000. CASEY KEY - New construction with a fantasy island observation deck including private hot tub. Gorgeous kitchen, 2 master suites, beautiful vistas from bay to gulf. With pool, Gulf easement, privacy. The best of Casey Key with no wait for long construction or painful remodeling. Just move in and start enjoying life! Only $3,999,000.


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Veterans Flag Ceremony — join the Windward Bay Veterans Committee as it puts a flag to rest with a special ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at Rec Room of Windward Bay, 4888 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Details, 383-3476. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts guest speaker Jim Henry, Rotary’s district governor of 54 clubs in Florida, for its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. The 28th annual Longboat Key Home & Garden Tour — Tour five incredible homes on Longboat Key, as well as the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Joan M. Durante Park, on this anticipated event of spring. Tour time is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6. Tickets are $15 and available at many Longboat Key locations. Tickets are also available the day of the tour at Joan M. Durante Park, 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive. For more information, 383-1567 or 387-8142. Annual Spring Hobby and Craft Fair — Gulfshore of Longboat Key will hold its annual event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at 3710 Gulf of Mexico Drive. A variety of crafts (jewelry, needle crafts, original paintings, boat models, shell crafts and more) will be available for sale. Enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast for $3 and a bake sale. Part of the proceeds goes to benefit different charities. Details, 3832763. The Education Center on Longboat Key — is presenting a slide/lecture presentation and exhibition of “Jewish and Christian Antiques from Old Russia and Poland” with USF Professor Robert Barylski, Ph.D. Two lectures will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at The Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Guests are invited to bring any artifacts that they would like evaluated

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by Barylski. Members $25; non-members $30. Details, 3838811. Monday@Mote — hosts Philippe Pierre Cousteau, president, Philippe Cousteau Foundation, Fort Pierce, Fla., at its Monday lecture series at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8. Cousteau will present “Journey through the Everglades with Philippe Cousteau.” Reservations required, 388-4441, Ext. 691. The University of Vermont’s Annual Luncheon — for alumni, parents and friends with presentation by Dr. Geoff Tabin, recently featured on National Geographic’s adventure series, will be held at 11a.m. Monday, March 8, at The Longboat Key Club. Details, call Debra at 941-794-3397 or 1-888-4588691 by March 3. ‘They Make a Difference-Imagine the Future’ — The Longboat Key Center for the Arts honors Albi and Andy Frank at its annual benefit at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Harbourside Dining Room at the Longboat Key Club. Enjoy music and dancing, featuring MC Squared. Tickets are $125 and up. Details, 383-2345. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key annual Pancake Breakfast –– doors open at 7 a.m. at the Stella Maris Center at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Cost is $4. Longboat Key Democratic Club — hosts Shellie Sachs Levin, director of Emily’s List Majority Council and Major Gifts programs in the Southeastern U.S. at its monthly luncheon meeting 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the Harbourside Dining Room at the Longboat Key Club. Reservations, Mary Dailey, 383-4983. Celebrate Longboat Key 2004 Auction/Gala — benefiting the Longboat Key Historical Society and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Harbourside Dining room, Longboat Key Club. Tickets are $75 per person. Details, 3879519. Tennis Clinics — for ages 5 to 16 are held year-round, usually from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Cedars Tennis Club. Fees are from $15 to $25. Laurie Tinnell, 2240207. ‘Rounds, Rhymes and Silly Songs’ — The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, hosts a 10-week class of sing, dance and play for children from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays. Infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers with parent or guardian. (Grandparents are welcome unaccompanied.) Registration, 383-6491. Beach Harbor Singers — Men and women who harmonize for fun will meet from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March, at the Beach Harbor Condominium clubhouse, 3800 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The group sings Broadway songs, golden oldies and folk tunes. Music and expertise are not required. Nominal fee. Judie, 383-4664.

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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 noon Saturdays. It has a large selection of new and barelyused fiction and non-fiction books. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile comes to the library from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Details, 383-2011. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $2 for children ages 4 to 17. Details, 388-4444. Mote Marine Aquarium — located at 1600 Ken Thompson on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Details, 388-2451.

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Bignonia Palm Circle Annual LuncheonCard and Games Party — The Sarasota Garden Club invites you to attend at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 5, at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Tickets $25. Call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, 955-0875. The Caledonian Club of Florida West Annual Thistle Ball — will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Entertainment will be provided by The Jacobites, a new Pipe and Drum Band, and a group of the Riverview High School Dancers, followed by Ron Berringer. Anyone of Scottish descent or who is simply interested in Scottish culture will be welcomed. Call Diane or Ron Kemp at 941-758-9945, or email them at

public events Florida West Coast Symphony Association’s 29th annual Designer Showcase — runs through March 21, at Seagrove, 6400 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. See interiors designed by 32 top decorators. Also, art gallery, furniture, jewelry and handbags, children’s items, kitchen and garden accessories, gift boutique, silent auction and poolside café. Tickets, $12 at various locations; $15 at the door. Details, 3832609. Friends of Selby Public Library 25 Cent Book Sale — will be held from 9 a.m. to 5

“Full Moon Walk” — Enjoy this rare opportunity to see Crowley by moonlight at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. Watch the full moon rise over the sawgrass marsh and the Myakka River from the observation tower. Free with admission. Reservations required. Call 3221000. Gate closes at 6 p.m. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Peli-Boat Tours -are held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. The cost is $8 to $22. Tours depart from the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. RSVP, 388-4444.


Organizers of this year’s Longboat Key Home and Garden Tour promise its brightest tour ever Saturday. For detailed information, check the calender item on the preceeding page (12D). p.m. Saturday, March 6, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at the Friends of Selby Public Library Bookstore.

year beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7. For additional information, contact Larry Hibbs at 792-7715.

Manasota Mensa Membership Test — The local chapter of American Mensa, the high IQ society, will offer its test on Saturday, March 6. Call Nancy Heinrich at 373-0956 or email her at for time, place and cost.

Purim Family Extravaganza — Chabad of Sarasota is celebrating the Jewish Purim holiday. This lively event will include a Purim meal, traditional Hamantashen L’chayim, and DJ entertainment at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at M. Aurel & Elsie P. Rosin Chabad Center, 7700 Beneva Road. Cost is $18 per adult and $12 per child. Advance reservations are necessary. Details, 925-0770.

4th Annual Car Show — sponsored by Bradenton Elks Lodge #1511, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at MCC, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Show registration $5 per vehicle at show. All proceeds benefit The Elks Children Therapy Services in Florida. Contact Charlie Fitt at 792-7395 or email at St. Martha Catholic School Open Houses — Families seeking fall 2004 registration for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade will be welcome from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at the Bishop Nevins Academy campus at 4380 Fruitville Road. Details, 953-4181. Jazz concert and auction to benefit “Adopt-a-Camper” — is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail. Concert will feature the Sarasota Jazz Club’s “All Stars”. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Details, 861-9870. Crop Walk — Organizers for this annual event are seeking volunteers to walk this

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“Introduction to the Stars” — The session of ‘The Myakka Friends Nature Adventure Series’ has been moved from Saturday, March 6, to Saturday, March 13, due to the original date taking place on a full moon, which would have made it more difficult to see the stars clearly. Details, 378-5166. Lewis Park Clean Up — Join the members of Manatee River Garden Club to help clean up Lewis Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the park which is located on the corner of 30th St. W. and 1st Ave. W. Please bring hats, gloves and tools you prefer to work with. For more information, please call

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Sarasota Power Squadron Boating Cruise — Members are invited to a weekend of relaxation and fun at the Twin Dolphin Marina. A catered BBQ at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Marina Pool will be followed by a show at the Riverfront Theatre. 40 tickets are reserved as well as 12 slips for Friday, March 5 through Saturday, March 6. BBQ is $10 per person, and Theatre is $15 per person. Details, 3588330. Women of Manatee County Republican Club Meeting — will meet at 12 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 9th Ave. W. Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston will speak on future plans for the city. Men and women welcome. Luncheon is $15. For reservations, call 758-4878. Anna Maria Island Democratic Club — will meet for a Dutch Treat at 12 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Paul Duke, veteran Washington journalist who moderated “Washington Week in Review” for twenty years, will be the guest speaker on the candidates and issues of Election 2004. For more information, contact Dale de Haan at 778-9287. ❑


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* THE WESTCHESTER - 2 BR, 2 BA gulf front condo beautifully renovated in 2002. Two balconies w/direct views of gulf, marble floors, custom lighting & molding. Shows like a model. 2 heated pools, tennis. $730,000. * MARK-III - LBK YACHT & TENNIS - Directly on beach, 2BR/2BA. Gulf views from every room. Pool, tennis, docks on the bay. $635,000. * LONGBOAT ARMS NEW LISTING! FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY - To own a 3rd floor 2BR/2BA Turnkey furnished condo with Bay views. $325,000. FIRST FLOOR - 2 BR, 2 BA condo, updated kitchen, & baths, furnished, beautifully maintained. Pool, tennis, boat docks, deeded beach access. $289,900. OUTSTANDING VALUE ON LBK - 2 BR, 2 BA , new flooring, bay views, pool, tennis, boat docks. Turnkey Furnished. $233,000.

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Tiger Bay Club — hosts Supervisor of Election Kathy Dent, Tax Collector Barbara Ford-Coates; Clerk of the Circuit Court Karen Rushing; Property Appraiser Jim Todora; and Sheriff Bill Balkwill at its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at Michael’s On East. Tiger members, $18; guests, $23. Reservations, 955-5865.

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Local turtle lover finds time to help Gillian Busard moved to the Village in 1997. One evening shortly after moving there, she was walking the beach at sunset and came across some people releasing some baby turtles and instantly became enamored with the “benevolant dinosaurs living in modern society,” as she describes them. One of the people involved with the release was Penny Rosenthal. She befriended Busard and invited her to join the Longboat Key Turtle Watch, a nonprofit organization (as of last year) that monitors five miles of the Manatee County shoreline on Longboat Key and Greer Island from May 1 through Oct. 31, (the length of turtle nesting season) collecting and recording data, which they then give to the state. Busard is currently the permit holder for the organization. This position requires that she keeps up on the ever-changing state guidelines for monitoring the turtles and that she updates the status of the permit when needed. “The rules change every year and we have to keep up with them,” says Busard. “It’s a challenge to keep people inspired when

they want to do things their own way, or the way that they’re used to doing them.” Early every morning during nesting season Busard and other members of Turtle Watch walk the beach to collect data and move nests with eggs away from the incoming tide. Once the eggs are hatched, after the 70-day gestation period, the nests are excavated (eggshells counted, etc.) and that information is also sent to the state for recording. The organization has also adopted the stretch of highway from Broadway to Companion Way and the beaches along the Key that are in Manatee County, which involves picking up garbage to beautify the island. Busard is also the involved in a number of other organizations. She was the past president of the Longboat Key Garden Club. She is a member of Kawanis; a graduate of the Leadership Manatee program; is the campaign manager for Town Commission candidate Bob Dawson; and is a columnist for The Longboat Observer. “The reason I can involve myself with so many different activities and organizations


Gillian Busard, permit holder for Longboat Key Turtle Watch, Inc. is because I participate at a level that is effective for me,” says Busard. “A lot of meetings aren’t feasible with my schedule. I have to choose activities that I love and that fit in with my professional life; organizations that make me feel good and that help the group.”

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PRIVATE BEACH HOUSE 100’ of beach, 2 story residence, expansive views, privacy abounds, recently remodeled, heated, beach front pool, excellent rental potential, and it’s furnished. $2,525,000 •VT LAUREL LAKE ESTATES - Newer custom home w/over 3400 sq. ft. Separate guest quarters,media room,heated pool & spa.Sold furnished w/countless upgrades. Situated on a double corner lot in gated community. $735,000 •VT A UNIQUE & GRACIOUS ESTATE 100’ of beach, over 5,000 square feet of combined living space from main house and separate 3 bedroom guest cottage, heated pool, furnished. $4,499,000 HIDEAWAY BAY Brand new 4 bedroom with over 4,700 square feet of quality construction and many fine appointments. Heated pool and private dock. Under Construction. $2,525,000

• LONGBOAT HOME NOTHING BUT QUALITY! Just under 2800sq ft custom built home by Rusty Chinnis with garage space for 3 to 4 vehicles. Beautiful open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, 3 large bedrooms, 3 baths, lap pool, screened lanai, all neutral decor, tile throughout. Huge light and bright hobby room, elevator. Canal access for small boat. $885,000. For virtual tour click on MLS# 252558 at


THE OAKS Perfectly positioned to build estate sized home in prestigious, gated community in South Sarasota. Corner lot with water views, natural landscape abounds. $395,000


HIDEAWAY BAY Private enclave on North LBK with private boatdocks, tennis court and minutes to beach. 2 direct bay front lots to build estate sized homes. $1,200,000 TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ CARLTON Luxurious 15th floor corner residence w/panoramic views of Bay & the Gulf. Private elevator, volume ceilings, over 3,700 sq ft remarkable amenities. $3,300,000 •VT EXTRAORDINARY GULF FRONT PENTHOUSE 3BR + 2,000 square foot landscaped terrace, semi-private elevator and foyer with direct beach views, gourmet kitchen, fireplace and built-ins in small gated $1,799,000 community. Just Reduced •VT SUTTON PLACE Adorable 2 bedroom townhouse on mid Longboat Key with access to Gulf or Bay. Available boat slips, beach club on Gulf, corner unit, screened lanai,1 car garage and rental history available. $268,200 *SANCTUARY Tastfully appointed corner residence with great Gulf views and landscape abounds. Three bedrooms, wood floors, plantation shutters, lovely furnishings, and wrap around balcony $849,000 all within the gates of the Longboat Key Club. TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ CARLTON Penthouse with over 4,600 sq ft w/sweeping bay & Gulf views. Private elevator, soaring ceilings, 4 private balconies and remarkable amenities. $4,800,000 •VT SURROUND YOURSELF IN LUXURY Graciously appointed condominium /hotel suites. The Resort at LBK Club pampers you with fine dining, generous amenities and dramatic views of the Gulf, lagoon, tennis courts, or golf course fairways. Great income potential! INN ON THE BEACH - CLUB SUITES 7103 Gross Income $31,700+ $292,500 2402A Gross Income $61,500+ $339,000 .VT



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• BUTTONWOOD COVE YOUR WATER VIEW From magnificently renovated condominium at popular beach to bay complex. New floors, walls, ceilings, kitchen & baths. Designed, decorated and furnished by Robb & Stucky. The finishes and tile work define quality at its best. Clubhouse, heated pool, tennis, racketball, private beach area, boat docks, under building parking. Turnkey furnished. $749,000. For virtual tour click on MLS# 252889 at

• LIDO BEACH CLUB DESIGNER FURNISHED - ALL NEW DECOR. 1400 sq. ft. 2BR/2BA condo features new kitchen and includes all Pamaro Shop furnishings - Beautiful gulf view from balcony, covered parking, heated pool and right next door to Ritz Carlton Beach Club. Secured building. $539,900. For virtual tour click on MLS# 252509 at

INN ON THE BEACH AT THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. A room with a view and what a view it is! Gulf front club suite at a world class resort in desirable building #1. Great privacy with southern exposure overlooking New Pass and the gulf. MLS#234304 $339,000.

LONGBOAT KEY YACHT & TENNIS SPECTACULAR VIEWS Of the Gulf, Beach and Sunsets from 4th level balcony. Amenities include beach front heated pool, bayside boat dockage and tennis. 2BR/2BA, underbuilding parking space. MLS215495 $499,000.

SARASOTA HOME - WEST OF TRAIL FABULOUS 3/4 BR, 3BA home west of trail on Bougainvillea St., is designer perfect. Old Florida charm in abundance. Poolside bar area is great for entertaining. Southside Elementary. MLS#24486 $429,000.


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HARBOUR COURT $985,000 SALE PENDING BUTTONWOOD COVE $499,000 SALE PENDING Sanctuary #605 LB Harbour Towers #405 Bird Key Bayfront L’Elegance #706 Sunset Beach #2501 Seaplace #201 LB Beach House #201 Inn on the Beach #5206


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GRAND BAY Turnkey furnished 3 bed/3 bath Biscayne unit offers southern views over Sarasota Bay, Marina, and Golf course from wrap around terrace. Offers state of the art clubhouse and is pet friendly $1,059,000

WESTCHESTER 2BR/2BA, Gulf Front condo in pristine condition. Watch sunsets from one of your two lanais. Two heated pools, clubhouse, tennis court, citrus grove on beautiful seven acres. Turnkey furnished, ready to move in. $689,000

ENPROVENCE Enjoy evening sunsets on the open terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Unique Mediterranean 21-unit residence. Magnificent views. Private beach access, club house, pool and tennis. $2,775,000


VIZCAYA The most prestigious community on Longboat Key with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. This 3BR/2.5BA magnificent property offering Mediterranean elegance, private beach, club house, pool, and tennis. $2,775,000

TWIN SHORES Great buy on Longboat Key. Wonderful 55+ mobile home park has view of the bay and deeded private beach access. Boat docks for up to 28ft boat when available. $179,000

TANGERINE BAY Terrific value in south LBK. This cheerful & bright residence has 2BR plus a den that could be used as a bedroom. Includes a two-car garage, marble fireplace, bay front terrace overlooks pool, grounds, bay. Small pets welcome. $879,000

SU N 1-4 P M ATRIUM at Fairway Bay is one of the most desirable locations. 3BR each with a terrace 2.5BA Beautiful views of Sarasota Bay Amenities galore! Bike path, exercise, heated pool, spa, tennis hard surface and private beach club. $799,000

LONGBOAT KEY Prime Location! Gulf Front Property Build Your Dream Home on this 100'x150' lot. Call for more information or to view. $2,100,000

ISLANDER CLUB Completely renovated 2BR/2BA condo With peek of gulf from master Complex offers state of the art amenities, including a fitness room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico & white sandy beach. Reduced $445,000


Downtown RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCE 17th floor Penthouse residence is one of the most desirable in downtown Sarasota. Decorator furnished "Beausoleil" residence with 4,965 sq. ft of living area, plus two terraces overlooking the marina and city. Enjoy world-class amenities featuring a private elevator, grand foyer, beautifully appointed, decorator furnished, plus membership to Beach Club Spa. $5,395,000


BAY PLAZA 2BR/2BA with fabulous views of Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key, Marina, & Gulf. This beautifully updated residence is in pristine condition & decorator furnished. Amenities include: concierge, valet parking, fitness center & pool. Located conveniently in the heart of downtown near restaurants, theatres, & galleries. $642,000

REGENCY HOUSE Spectacular Bay Views from this completely updated 2BR/2BA end unit. Spacious LR/DR, remodeled kitchen & baths, designer tile, new appliances. One of Sarasota's most desirable locations. Enjoy magnificent sunsets from your living room. Club house, elevator, heated pool & 24hr. guard on duty. $475,000


ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE Situated on a wide canal. This 3000 sq.ft beautiful home is perfect for the easy lifestyle. Built in 1988, with a spacious kitchen, enclosed porch, caged pool, dock and davit, 2 car garage and numerous extras. HURRY THIS WON'T LAST! $1,329.000

BRENTWOOD ESTATES Great starter home. Neutral colors with new carpet, newer air conditioner, inside laundry room, large fenced back yard with room for a pool. $143,000



Golden Gate Point. Docking facilities to accommodate boats up to 30 ft. Completely remodeled 1BR condo with partial bay view. In a great location, walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and Marina Jacks. Heated pool, wonderful opportunity for investment. For the discriminating buyer. $275,000


POSITANO New development, replacing Holiday Inn. 29 units on the Gulf. One of the last chances to buy pre-construction on Longboat Key. The ultimate in condo living. Clubhouse, community pool & fitness room right on beach, 24hr security. Located on 10 acres. Call Bridget for further information 941-720-6304.

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The first of many large plazas between buildings in the massive Forbidden City, which is no longer “forbidden.”

China in 8 days: “Like smelling flowers on horseback.” The energetic traveler BY STUART AND LOIS SCHEYER Contributing Writers

Forget all of the stereotypes that China is difficult, dirty and dour. Actually, it is easy, clean and friendly. The sites and sights are spectacular, exciting and vibrant. China is a kaleidoscope of the very new surrounded by magnificent antiquity. Except for pictures, “Mao is no Mo.” Free enterprise abounds. Our trip in the fall was planned almost exclusively on the Internet. Except for booking our international flights directly with United and using some Hilton points for two hotels, other arrangements were made from my home office computer. Anyone with a computer, including you, can do it. Otherwise, use a good travel agent or call us. The Energetic itinerary was to fly non-stop on Tuesday afternoon from Chicago to Beijing, arriving on Wednesday afternoon. This is actually a 13-hour, all-daylight flight that crosses the International Date Line. Not knowing what to expect, we arranged to be met by a car from the Hilton. Following our usual routine of integrating into the local time zone, we checked in and immediately went by taxi to a longawaited Beijing duck dinner. Taxis, which are everywhere, are very cheap and reliable. All you need is a card with the name and address of your destination in Chinese, and most important, the address of your hotel for your return. Traffic in Beijing is the most chaotic I have ever seen, and I have driven in Mexico City, Rome and similar war zones. The recipe for chaos starts with the thousands of bicycles that you have seen in pictures. Then, add an army of pedestrians. Now introduce to the mixture enough cars to fill the streets of New York. Incidentally, all of the cars appear to be less than 5 years

The “everything is new” riverfront skyline in Shanghai, with two of the tallest buildings in the world. Below: The interior of the new Shanghai International airport. Just one of many unique architectural achievements in the rapidly expanding airport infrastructure. Left: Two famous people: Lois Scheyer beneath the giant picture of Mao at the entrance to the Forbidden City, one of the few visible signs of Communism.

old, which is a reflection of the rapid change in the economy. Finally, instruct all of the above to move as quickly as possible on the streets with total disregard for anyone else. You might imagine that this would create a significant number of accidents — and it does. Yet, this is just part of the energy that envelops the country. Anyone, including you, can make this trip. Construction is everywhere and the local bird appears to the construction crane. Housing and office complexes inundate the area and these are not cheap, tacky buildings. To the contrary, the architecture is brilliant and exciting. Condominiums, complete with balconies and mortgages, are available at costs that approach our major cities ... and they are selling as fast as they are being built. One more comment on the architecture: Some of the most interesting and innovative buildings in the world are TURN TO CHINA, PAGE 2E


China CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1E here. The four airports that we passed through are stunning and there is not a single airport in Europe or America that can compare. If I seem shocked and awed by what we saw, it is because I am. Now, add to this modern China the magnificent antiquities that are so well known. We spent Thursday with a driver from the hotel going outside the city to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Llama Temple. As Nixon said on his first trip to China, “That is a Great Wall.” We used taxis on Friday to explore the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Pearl Market. This last stop is actually the first stop of almost all flight attendants on international fights. Our only disappointment was the Ming tombs, which are about as exciting as a New York subway station in the ’50s. We left Beijing early on Saturday morning and took a flight to Xian, site of the incredible Terracotta Warriors. Again, the Internet found a superb driver/guide with a full-size van. There is not enough space to describe that fantasy one-hour drive to and from the museum, with stops on the way for delicious lunch ($6 for the three of us at a local restaurant that our guide assured us was clean), the porcelain factory and a visit to an exhibition of extensive Chinese crafts. The museum itself has displays

TRAVEL of about 2,500 reconstructed, full-sized terracotta warriors, out of an estimated 7,000 that have been found. Each has an individual face and different types of uniforms are represented. It is difficult to comprehend the huge investment in money and manpower that went into the project, which was bury the army along with a dead emperor to defend his body and spirit from his enemies. We returned to the airport in the evening in time to catch our flight to Shanghai. Total cost of the all-day driver and his excellent van was $60. See, anyone, including you, can make this trip — and think about how reasonable the price is, compared to what you usually spend. Sunday found us touring Shanghai, another construction Goliath and architectural marvel. Two of the tallest buildings in the world are there. Traffic tries to emulate the whirlwind of Beijing, but a better road infrastructure smoothes things out somewhat. We enjoyed the remarkable new wharf area and the observation decks, then spent the evening in a neonlit area of bars and restaurants that rivals London, New York or Chicago. Again, taxis were our only method of transportation. Monday morning was the beginning of the final phase of the trip, with an early flight to Hong Kong. We had some old business friends there that filled the next two days with a little business and a maximum of sightseeing. We did break away for a trip to Kowloon on our own on

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Thousands of incredible full-sized “Terracotta Warriors” stand in formation in the new museum in Xi’on. Below: An unintentional pun: Is there some truth in this rare flaw in modern Chinese signage? the famous and historical Star ferry. The plan was to stay in Hong Kong until Thursday, but when we returned to our hotel late Tuesday night, we looked at each other and simultaneously said, “Let’s go back tomorrow” and we did. After all, who wants more than eight days in China? As noted in previous columns, airlines can be very cooperative and United changed our reservations easily, although they charged us $100 each ... less than we would have spent on hotels and meals. Lastly, there are surprises everywhere. Public toilets in major cities are worthy of emperors: marble everywhere, which is cleaned constantly by a squad of uniformed attendants. Any idea of dreary hotels or second-class airlines is obsolete. The two Hiltons and Mandarin Oriental are world class in service and décor. Pricing is still far lower that other major cities. Inside China, we flew on China Eastern, Air Shanghai and DragonAire. I had pictured wicker benches and smoke filled airplane cabins. To the contrary, they fly new aircraft with outstanding cabin service. Again, these reservations and tickets were purchased on the

Internet. Obviously, we only touched the surface of this emerging Goliath and this article includes only a small sample of the visions, sounds and tastes that we savored. If the 19th century was the age of Great Britain and the 20th century was the age of America, then the 21st century will be the age of China. There is much more to be seen and we certainly will return soon, but we skimmed the best on this trip. When we discussed our schedule with an old and wise Chinese man, he said, “Traveling like you do is like smelling flowers on horseback.” And I replied, “But you see a lot more flowers this way.” Stuart and Lois Scheyer are in their early 70s and are residents of Longboat Key. They each log more than 100,000 air miles annually. They will be pleased to answer any questions and can be reached by e-mail at ❑




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Misunderstood Rule gets relief One of the most frequently misunderstood Rules of golf involves the question of relief from a cart path. The rules are actually fairly simple, as long as you keep in mind that interference occurs only when your ball lies on the cart path or so close to it that the path interferes with your stance or the area of your intended swing. Bear in mind, mental interference or line of flight does not constitute interference. You can claim interference, however, if your ball lies off the cart path and a normal backswing or follow-through would strike the path, or if you have to stand on the path in order to play your next shot. In order to determine whether you have interference, you must take a normal stance and address your ball with the club you would expect to use for your next stroke. However, if it is necessary and reasonable to play the next stroke with an unusual stance, and that stance causes interference, you are entitled to relief but you may not take an unusual stance, or use a longer club than necessary, just to create interference. If you have interference and your ball lies “through the green,” you must determine the point to the ball that (a) is not nearer the hole; (b) avoids all interference; (c) is not in a hazard or on the putting green. Remember, nothing is said about going to the nearest side of the cart path — that’s not always the nearest point of relief. The recommended procedure for determining the nearest point of relief is to address your ball with the club that you would expect to use for the next stroke, then move to the closest point (fulfilling the requirements spelled out in b and c above) where your swing and stance are free from the interference. Stand at this point and place a tee in the ground on the spot where your ball would be. This spot is the “nearest point of relief.” If the original position of the ball is such that it is not perfectly clear which direction will yield the nearest point of relief, use the above procedure to determine two or more possible nearest points, then simply measure the distance from where the ball lies to each possible point. The point that is the shortest distance from your ball lies is the nearest point of relief and must be used. You can’t choose one point over another or one side of the cart path over the other simply because it will give you a more favorable shot. Measure one club length from the nearest point of relief, and then decide if relief is the best option. Using any club in your bag, measure a distance of one club length from the nearest point of relief. If you decide to take relief you must drop your ball within this club length. You must be aware that up to this point I haven’t mentioned marking, lifting, or even

How many years have you played tennis? Shep Goldberg has been playing tennis since 1974 and Mrs. Goldberg has been playing since the ’70s. The couple had their first date playing tennis together in 1980. “He was my financial advisor, and one day I told him I just didn’t feel like doing business and asked him if he played tennis,” Mrs. Goldberg says.

touching your ball. The reason being, a smart player examines the area in which he would be required to drop the ball if he should elect to take relief, and then determines if he is better off taking the free relief or playing the ball from where it lies. There are occasions when it might be wiser to punch a shot off the cart path than to try to hack the ball out of tall rough or from behind a tree. Rule 24 provides relief from the obstruction, in this case the cart path; it doesn’t guarantee a clear shot, or any shot at all, for that matter. If you decide that taking relief from the cart path is the best option, you should now lift your ball and clean it, if necessary. You are not required to mark the ball’s position before you lift it, but that is always a good idea. Now drop the ball into the required area.

What is your best stroke — serve, backhand, etc.? Goldberg says he likes to use his backhand and always plays that side of the court with his wife in doubles. Mrs. Goldberg says her forehand is her stronger stroke and plays that side. “I always defer,” she said.

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What is your specialty? Singles? Doubles? Mrs. Goldberg always plays doubles, and Goldberg enjoys both.

Three questions (answers follow): 1. If you address a ball on the green and accidentally touch it with your putter head but the ball does not move, does this count as a stroke? 2. A ball is almost completely buried in a bunker and your opponent wants to make sure it is his. Can he pick it up, identify it and replace it without penalty? 3. Your ball comes to rest in an aeration hole in the fairway. Is this area considered ground under repair? Answers: 1. No. As long as the ball remains in its original resting position (Rule 18/2) 2. No. In a hazard, he is not entitled to lift a ball and identify it. It is a stroke penalty if he does (Rule 12/2). 3. No. Rule 25/15.

John Sents

Shep and Toni Goldberg

What kind of racket do you use? Goldberg uses a Prince Triple Threat and Mrs. Goldberg uses a Wilson oversize.

out loud,” Goldberg says.

What is one thing you would like to improve? Mrs. Goldberg says she wants to improve her play at the net. Goldberg says he wants to improve his overall game.

Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? Goldberg says he’d like to meet Martina Navratilova; Mrs. Goldberg says John Newcombe.

What is your most glorious moment in a match? “There is a gentleman who comes here to play men’s doubles that is not pleasant to play with,” Mrs. Goldberg says. “On one occasion, we received a call saying that they desperately needed a couple to play mixed doubles. We agreed, and it turned out to be this man and his wife,” she recalls. “We played magnificently. It was a kill and we were so happy about it.”

Do you have any tips for other players? For a husband and wife team, Goldberg says, “Make only complimentary remarks.” Mrs. Goldberg says, “Personality is the most important. If your personality is always to win, you should just go to the movies.”

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What is your funniest flub-up? “When my wife counts my double faults

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2003 2.41 in.

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An unusual bird with unusual features The wood stork is perhaps one of my personal favorite wading lowish when young. During breeding season, adults develop birds. They are quite comical, yet extremely intelligent. Nothing patches of pink feathers under their wings and their flesh-colored makes me laugh harder than to see a wood stork runfeet become bright pink. The male is slightly larger. It ning on his long skinny legs with his big body, after flies with neck and feet extended. something he thinks is edible in our yard. Of course, These birds are particularly adept at reaching high it usually is not edible, but a piece of bark (didn’t I altitudes, using thermal currents to travel long disjust say intelligent?). We have several who occatances. At 2,000 feet they can glide for miles without sionally visit our yard and I’m certain that they are a flapping their wings. They live in freshwater or brackfamily. ish wetlands, marshes and fields. Golf courses with The wood stork is the only stork in North ponds are a favorite site of theirs in Florida. I have America. Once called wood ibis, and easily recogseen groups of 10 or so at the golf course here on nized by the naked, dark gray wrinkled head and Longboat. There is also quite a colony of them at S.R. upper neck, formed by small scale-like plates, giving 53. But the largest concentration I’ve seen is on U.S. 41 just south of Naples. it the nickname “ironhead” or “flinthead.” This is a wading bird that stands 3 feet tall and has DI LORENZO Wood storks roost in cypress trees and mangroves. a wingspan of 5 feet. It has a white-feathered body They feed in shallow water, catching crayfish, frogs, with a black, iridescent, green tipped wings and tail. They have insects and fish. They are quite the grubbers, if you begin to feed a massive, long, slightly curved bill that is black in adults and yel- them at your home (which we do not advocate, because it pro-

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Dawn di Lorenzo



Bringing People Home to the Island Since 1939 Cathy Meldahl

Single Family

25 Years WATERFRONT ELEGANCE Custom built 2 story home w/4860 SF of living area. Branch Manager Magnificent view of Manatee River. Pool, dock, exercise room, home theatre, Clarksdale, MS

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gourmet kitchen. Not a driveby. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #242956. $1,925,000 DESOTO LAKES POOL HOME Spacious 3BR/2BA in ground pool home, 2 car garage, privacy fence, lanai, fireplace & lots of tiling. Great home to entertain. Kathrine Burns. 751-0670. #100629. $189,900

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2 MINUTE WALK TO BEACH Like new 3BR elevated home, French doors, ceramic throughout, plantation shutters, lots of storage. 4+car garage, great landscape, fenced cul-de-sac. Jane Tinsworth. 761-3100. #100830. $695,000

LONGBOAT KEY, BAYFRONT Longboat Harbour, 2BR/2BA turnkey unit. Top floor, glassed-in lanai overlooking boat canal. Light & bright w/pools, fishing docks & walkways. Deeded beach access. Dee Dee Burke. 383-5577. #251046. $300,000

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A wood stork suns after a fresh-water bath in the author’s pond. hibits proper breeding cycles). Different from other wading birds, they do not use vision to catch their prey. They capture prey by using “grope-feeding” of “tacto-location,” walking and sweeping their bill from side to side. When they touch prey, their bill snaps shut in 25 milliseconds, one of the fastest reflexes known in vertebrates. Wood storks are big eaters. A nesting pair needs 440 pounds of fish in one breeding season to feed themselves and fledge their young — this is why you do not want to feed them little tidbits — they just won’ reproduce this way. The nesting cycle is strongly determined by food supply. The male chooses the site; both parents will incubate the three to five eggs; and they both feed by regurgitating food into the nest. Weighing 2 ounces at birth, they will be half the size of an adult in four weeks and leave the nest at nine weeks. They are sexually mature in four years and live 10 years in the wild. Their natural predator is the alligator, but they are still on the endangered species list. Drainage of wetlands, extensive logging of cypress trees and the ecological changes in the Everglades marsh for urban development are causing loss of food sites, resulting in reproductive failure. In 1930 there were 20,000 nesting pairs. It is believed that there are now fewer than 4,000. Dawn di Lorenzo is a volunteer at the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary. ❑

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DOCK ON THE BAY CONDO 2BR/2.5BA townhouse w/direct Bayviews. Spiral staircase, fireplace & scrned porch overlooking Harbor. Tennis, 2 pools, deep water marina & beach access. Susan Smith. 383-5577. #248322. $599,900 GREAT GULF FRONT LOCATION Enjoy tremendous sunsets from this large 2BR/2BA. 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, citrus grove & lots of storage all on 7 acres of lush landscaping. John McCormick. 383-5577. #248378. $599,000 THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Bring your boat & toothbrush! Deepwater canal to ICW & Gulf. Meticulously maintained 3BR furnished home on North end of LBK. Cathy Meldahl. 383-5577. #253185. $585,000 WINDWARD BAY 2BR/2BA corner condo with 1523 SF of water views. Updated kitchen with washer & dryer. Tile, boat docks, tennis, pools & beach access. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #246774. $359,000 BEAUTIFUL CANAL VIEWS This special retreat even has some bay views. TKF, ground floor, 2BR/2BA, private beach pavilion, active social program. Cathy Meldahl. 383-5577. #252485. $305,000 ATTENTION BOATERS Enjoy marina views from this well maintained 2/2 villa with protected boat basin at your door. Easy access to Intracoastal & Gulf. Cathy Meldahl. 383-5577. #253489. $284,500 LONGBOAT KEY CONDO Remodeled 2BR/1.5BA townhouse with private yard, garage, pool, dock & private beach. Pets allowed. Bill Greene. 383-5577. #253540. $272,000 SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB Beautifully updated villa w/open kitchen/great room, newer cabinets & countertops. Newer flat roof. Deeded beach access, active clubhouse. Cathy Meldahl. 383-5577. #237881. $269,900 SPANISH MAIN ON LAKE Beautiful lake setting! Catch the East/West breezes. 2BR/1BA. Great marina in the community on Intracoastal. Pool and planned activities. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #236156. $249,900 SPANISH MAIN CHARMER Must see this updated furnished 2BR/2BA villa. Commuity has large deep water marina, deeded beach, heated pool, etc. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #253615. $239,900 BOATING COMMUNITY Spanish Main. Great location in a terrific area on Longboat Key. Very reasonably priced for area. Heated pool, beach access, clubhouse & marina. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #247897. $229,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR Beautiful canal & bay views from 3rd flr 1BR/1BA Lanai & living rm combined. Built-in cabinets & buffet. Boat docks, clubhouse, beach facility, tennis. Dorothy Cook. 383-5577. #237213. $229,000

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Deal us in

Bid and expose

by Donna SWAN

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

Winners MERILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Feb. 11 North-South 1. Lilo and Harry Hutzler 2. Jeanne Stafford and Joe Bregmen

West ♠ A Q 10 9 8 ♥K86 ♦K3 ♣K82

North ♠J63 ♥J742 ♦ Q J 10 5 ♣AJ

Outstanding first floor spacious turnkey furnished unit with water and nature preserve views. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths in split plan with large balcony for peaceful relaxation. New appliances and A/C in 2002. Located in Bay Isles with private beach club membership. The grounds and sidewalks are meticulously maintained with 2 pools and tennis to enjoy. Offered at $379,000

East ♠52 ♥ 10 9 5 3 ♦9876 ♣754

South ♠K74 ♥AQ ♦A42 ♣ Q 10 9 6 3

Jane Rees 941-923-6857 Select Properties of Sarasota


When North raised his partner’s no-trump opener to game, it was obvious that West, with his vulnerable overcall had to hold all the outstanding key cards. Even then, Declarer could have been set if he had played the hand differently. The opening spade lead (fourth highest) was won by the Jack in the dummy. The immediate tendency is to finesse the diamond to West. West comes back with the Ace of spades and another spade to clear that suit. West gets back in with his club King and cashes his two spades to set the contract by one. With the lead in the dummy on his first trick, Declarer proceeded with the Ace and Jack of clubs, overtaking with the queen to force out West’s king. West can play his spade Ace and another one. Declarer cashes his remaining two good clubs. On the first club, West can pitch a heart, but on the second one, West has to part with a good spade. Declarer plays the ace and a small diamond. West takes his last spade but has to come back to Declarer in hearts giving him four clubs, two spades, a diamond and two hearts. What happens if West, after gaining the lead in clubs, doesn’t clear the spades but returns a small spade? Declarer, with two spades taken, takes his last two clubs as before, forcing a spade to pitch from West and setting up an endplay.

Fairway Bay, Longboat Key

Dealer: South Vulnerable: East-West

The bidding: South 1N All pass

West 2♠

North 3N

From the Gulf the Golf Courses...

East Pass

FEATURE PROPERTY OF THE WEEK LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB: 4BR/4BA split plan luxury home, 3900+ sq ft under air. Gourmet kitchen, master suite with jacuzzi. Wood tile floors, 3-car garage. Pool with waterfall, jacuzzi and summer kitchen. Golf and Tennis. $824,900

Opening lead: 9♠ 3. Carol and Walter Schreiber East-West 1. Merry Gerber and Audrey Henderson 2. Bonney Libman and Elton Yasuna 3. John Brucher and Victor Ross

LAKEWOOD RANCH Whitemarsh section 3 Bed / 3 Bath designer furnished with endless list of upgrades. Separate guest house, pool in courtyard plus paver patio w/golf course view. $649,000

MERILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Feb. 14 North-South 1. Anna Howell and Cotton Stephenson 2. Claire Brinn and Mary Jane Hibbs 3. Lilo and Harry Hutzler East-West 1. Marge and John Callahan 2. Barb and Norm Gross 3. Helen Schweyer and Jerry Sekel

Finding “Homes” for clients. Call

Sylvia Zimmerman Direct 941.552.3950 Cell 941.350.5022 e-mail:

595 Bay Isles Rd. Ste. 115 • Longboat Key, FL


Games are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. Call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 for details. ❑

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☛ ☛ NEEDLEPOINTERS, STITCHERS, Embroiderers, Knitters are invited to attend “The Stitching Table” at LBK Center for the Arts, (941-383-2345). Bring your favorite project and learn from each other. Wednesdays during March. 10a.m. until 3p.m. Only $5 per week. Table hosted by <> and Rosalyn Cherry-Soleil. (E-mail: See you there!

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PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE never used, $100. 383-2902.



STATIONARY EXERCISE bike, $65 cash. 388-3248.


RINGLING TOWN Hall Lecture Series: 2/tickets for Frank McCourt on Weds., March Appraisal Services 31, 10:30a.m. at Van Wezel. Excellent seats. TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & $90/for the pair. 383-1049. Appraisals offers professional valuation, FUTON, LIKE new, full size mattress, $200. research and inventory services without a 941-383-0123. view to buy or sell. Video documentation inventory, art historical/market research, art COLOR TV AC/DC cigarette lighter cord appraisals. Member of the Appraisers $45. Scuba snorkel flag float, $25. Treadmill, Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, manual w/arm levers, $95. Book collection $35. 914-1598.

Art Instruction

BRAND NEW wireless keyboard and mouse for laptop computers. No wires. Cost: $99. COME TO the LIGHT and paint from your Sell: $49. 383-5372. heart. Meditation, visualization followed by joyful painting in a serene setting. Facilitated by LBK art instructor, Lulu. Tuesday class. Adult Care 387-8202. EXPERIENCED CNA caring for the elderly. Flexible hours. Open for live-in position. DO YOU love vibrant colors? Dye Painting on Silk & Pastels offer unique & challenging References. 779-9222. rewards for the artist: Small classes CNA 15/YRS. experience, with references available now. Lulu, 387-8202. will care for you in your home. 941-708-0990. Auto Sales & Service COMPANIONS AVAILABLE FOR HOURLY/24 HOUR CARE PROFESSIONAL/EXPERIENCED REFERENCES AND BACKGROUND CHECKED. CAN ASSIST WITH COOKING, LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING, DR. APPT.’S, ETC. CALL FOR INFO: 752-3822

NURSING ASSISTANT, CNA seeks live-in position to care for your loved ones in their home with tender loving care. Excellent reference. Call Ermina 377-3677.

Alterations/Upholstery ALTERATIONS BY JULIE. 25/yrs. exper. Reasonable Rates. House calls for the homebound. Call 795-8315, leave message.

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

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale LONGBOAT KEY Mooring, 2/slips. 77.5’ & 52.5’ on T of dock (boat up to 130/ft.). Seasonal, $19. Yearly $17 per foot per month plus elec. & tax. 203-288-6312. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 40’ slip for sale. $158,000. 941-586-1347. LONGBOAT KEY. Brand new boat slips and davits for rent, w/electric boat lifts, up to 10,000/lbs. 302-3762.

FEBRUARY 1ST. YOUR YACHT JUST BECAME... MORE AFFORDABLE! $480 Monthly Max! Protected, deep water boat slips For yachts up to 60 feet $11.00 a foot No minimum, $480 maximum. Garden setting, minutes from the Gulf. HARBOUR VILLA CLUB MOORINGS (941) 383-9544

Boat Detailing BOAT DETAIL by Aqua Marine Yacht FOR SALE: 55/ft. slip w/extended finger pier & Boat Detail Service. 941-545-5070 at LBK Moorings. $209,000. 941-383-8193 SEE OUR AD IN or 941-539-6956. THE SERVICE DIRECTORY. SOUTH END of Longboat Key, indoor boat slip for lease at Spindrift; height 10’4”, length Boat Rentals 29.5/ft., beam 8.5’. 941-383-3932. CANNONS MARINA 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Half-day and Full-day rentals 14’-24’ Skiffs /Runabouts /Deckboats Ride in Style in our Grady-White & Scout boats. All powered by YAMAHA outboards. 383-1311

Boat Sales, Service & Storage JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., 3/person w/trailer, $5900. 941-383-2025 or 630-417-7540. 1987 20/FT. Sportcraft Open Fisherman. 1/Owner, outstanding condition. Rebuilt O/B engine, new upholstery. Too much to see and tell! $7250 o/b/o. Call 727-430-3757 or 941-383-7617.

BOAT SLIP available on Longboat Key, Buttonwood Harbor at Pattigeorge’s Restaurant. Electric boat lift up to 7000/lbs. @ $200/mo. 23-25/footer. Please contact Pattigeorge's Restaurant for more info. 383-5111. RENT FROM a private owner and SAVE BIG! I have 2 high and dry indoor slips available at the Boat House on Longboat. Up to 30’. Super South Longboat location. Call direct 371-1866. BOAT SLIP available for up to 60’ vessel at Longboat Key Moorings. State-of-the-art docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water hook-ups. Asking price of $275,000 includes membership to the prestigious Commodore Club. Call Terri Ayers with Michael Saunders & Company at 941-518-8923.


THE ADVANTAGES of Sarasota Bay Club’s 21/FT. SEARAY Sundeck 2001, 240/HP, exceptional Home Health service in your 160/hrs. s.s. prop, 1/owner. Dry dock, own home. Home Health care by a licensed, service history. Like new! $28,500. insured & competitively priced agency, 1978 VW Super Beetle convertible, red 321-246-3342. Sarasota Bay Club’s own ClubCare. Call w/black top. Runs like a dream! $9500. GRADY WHITE, 19/ft., 1987. 115/HP Paula for information @ 366-7667 Ext. 366. 351-7979. Yamaha 95, depth finder. Well maintained. 1999 TOYOTA Camry LE: 32,000/mi., $5500. 383-7901. sunroof, CD, chrome wheels, new tires. Answers for this week’s crossword Outstanding condition, $11,800. 387-6491. SAIL BOAT for sale! 1976 22/ft. Oday solid keel model: stored out of the water since CLASSIC CAR: 1957 T-Bird Convertible, 1995, trailered from N.E. in Nov., has new fully restored, willow green. Must see! main sail, battery, Garelick motor bracket, $35,000. Jerry, 941-586-1818 or 925-4641. fire extinguisher and lightning protection 1999 LEXUS 400 Sedan: burgundy w/tan wiring, 3/excellent jibs, 8/HP Johnson, interior, under 29K/mi., mint condition, fully Seamaster Plasticoe compass, Apelcoe G.P.S./depth finder, I-Com VHF, porto potty, loaded, $29,200. 779-1231. 5/gal. water supply, original blue gel coating. Very good cond. $3800. Need larger boat. Auto Transport 941-778-2932. EXPERIENCED DRIVER will deliver your car anywhere in the country. Call Lee, 927-4441, Boat Slips for Rent/Sale after 5p.m. LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest You’re Wheels Up North! CDL professional priced 60’ slip available. $212,000. Owner, driver, family man. Flat fee. 378-2238 ext. 941-383-2025 or 504-2000. 3/04/04 173, 926-3002, Roger.


Caregiver/Companion CARING, COMPASSIONATE, experienced caregiver with excellent Longboat Key reference available immediately. Call Debbie, 727-6903, 545-5941. CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and personable. Mature lady accepting clients for home care. Loves to cook. Good driving record. Bonded. Excellent local references. 371-6919. STATE CERTIFIED Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide & Companion available for a variety of duties in your home Monday through Friday, days or evenings. Call Robert, 708-6787 for appointment. PROFESSIONAL WOMAN looking to do P/T transportation assistance, personal assistant work, errands, doctor appts., shopping, secretarial. References available. 756-8326. MENNONITE LADY, 55. Shop, clean, laundry, companion for ambulatory, weekly year round. 8a.m.-2p.m. $90/day. 379-6969.

Carpet/Tile Cleaning CARPET & TILE CLEANING. K.A.S. Cleaning, LLC. Carpet, tile, grout & summer kitchen cleaning. Bonded & Insured. 941-730-5318.

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 location” FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIALS MARCH 5, 2004 5:00P.M.-8:15P.M.


LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal catering. 366-0070. PRIVATE CHEF SERVICES. Want a great way to celebrate any occasion? Hire a private chef! We cater to your every need from menu planning and preparation to food and wine pairings. Let us do all the work while you relax and enjoy this wonderful experience. Contact Chef Gordon, 748-9333.

Cleaning Services VOTED CLEANEST PEOPLE in the world by our kids. Call us to see for yourself!! 795-2502, 737-5797.

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.  HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Brazilian lady. Good references. Free estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. ✓ ✓ HOUSECLEANING DONE in Sarasota. Quick, efficient, Sarasota resident 922-1478.

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HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. RECLINER CHAIR, dark blue, oversized, Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! plush. Like new! $300. 730-2856. Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna LIVING ROOM set: like new, midnight blue. 316-0834/928-1935. Sleeper sofa, love seat, tables & lamps. Also, 2/matching chairs & area rug. $1500/all CAN ANYONE REALLY CLEAN or sold separately. 941-383-0123. YOUR HOUSE AS GOOD AS YOU WANT DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home THEM TO? furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $299; sofa DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed JOAN 924-9339 complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, $299; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery available. Builders, 753-7118. CLEANING BY PAULINE has an opening for 1 client due to a move. References. SOFA, LIKE new, $800. Full sleeper sofa, $345. Glass & brass coffee table, $150. End 359-0828. table, $125. Call 794-5994. K.A.S. CLEANING, LLC. Employee Owned. Servicing Private Homes, Condos, FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, Rentals & Seasonal Homes. Concierge mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in Services & Home Watch. Bonded/Insured. box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. 941-761-2344. 941-730-5318.

Investment Opportunities INVESTORS NEEDED for real estate lease/option program. 15-20% return on investment. Call for details, 941-496-9800.

Investor Wanted TALENT, EXPERIENCE and the drive to win are not enough. PGA pro seeks sponsor/investor to complete the package. Business plan w/references available. Serious only. 941-518-6646.

Landscaping & Lawn Services BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing the total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-730-5318 for free consultation.

TIM MURPHY’S Complete Lawn Care Service. No job too big or too small. Prompt, ORIGINAL ANTIQUE bedroom furniture: courteous and dependable. Free Estimates. Computer Services Louis XVI, walnut, beautifully carved Call 812-2565. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your armoire, bed, nightstand. Great price! computer misbehaving? Will train your 752-0089. Laundry computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. WASH N’ FOLD, ironing, alterations, FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. Furniture Repair comforters, area rugs, self-service. Open Cmagik on LBK Flash PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, 7/days. PARADISE COIN LAUNDRY, web design commercial/personal, computer LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, 7466 Cortez Road West, 795-1657. help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest scratches, parts replacement. We keep your technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Massage 587-5588. Robert Martin, 727-2533. GREAT BODY WORK. Relaxation, COMPUTER STRESSING? No Sports/Fitness conditioning, nurturing touch, Garage, Moving Jobs Too Big “or” Small. male therapist. In-call/Out-call. 8a.m.-10p.m. & Estate Sales “Let Do it All” 24/7 447-3775. #MA11869. On-Site Service. 941-809-9797. MOVING MUST SELL! Grandfather clock EXPERIENCE THE HEALING BENEFITS IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, (Spiegel), $395. Television, 52” Mitsubishi, OF MASSAGE. Swedish, deep tissue and training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules $800 o/b/o. Tanning bed, $850 o/b/o. Golf neuromuscular massages available. and tennis instructional library (VCR’s & Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. Location optional. Bradenton, Sarasota or in videos), $200/ea. o/b/o. Computer Imac OSX home. 753-7766 Lic. #MA34584. IS YOUR COMPUTER SLOWING DOWN, & desk, best offer. Health handbooks, ACTING WEIRD? Repairs & Upgrades. best offer. Call 780-2783 for information and Certified computer professional. Call Forrest appointment. MASSAGE THERAPY 388-3425. ANNUAL FLEA MARKET, Sat., March 6, Marty Roca EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need 9am-3pm. Mt. Vernon Clubhouse, Lic. #MA 32116 help with hardware, software, networks or 4701 Independence Dr., south off Cortez Rd. (941) 232-9812 wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. Baked goods, clothing, jewelry, linens, or books, white elephants, furniture. MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No Lunch served. Kedre Molenaar Roca school, book or person can teach Lic. #MA 33532 you as easily as this experienced (941) 685-5895 Health Products teacher. Repairs. 383-5372. For your convenience, we come to you! YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer HEARING LOSS SAVE big bucks go to our Trainer. Backed by 25/years of web site at experience. Member of Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. Please call Elinor, 951-6145,

Help Wanted

REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? Two experienced agents needed for fast Crushed Shell paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota Joe Pickett, 383-5543. & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & ASSIST THE ELDERLY. Join a special team insured. 941-232-8877. of people who make a real difference in the lives of the elderly. Part-time day, evening Fishing Charters and weekend shifts. Home Instead Senior DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour Care, 951-2103. trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced ☛ ☛ CAREGIVER/COMPANION WANTED Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate weekly, Mon., Wed. & Fri., mid-day to assist controlled cabin, all new equipment & partially disabled Holmes Beach man Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait (age 74) with errands, housekeeping and & tackle provided starting at $400. personal maintenance. $10/per hour to start. For information and reservations, call CNA cert. a plus. 780-3547. Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. DISHWASHER & kitchen prep person. REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. On beach, Banana Cabana. Good pay. Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. 795-0301. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.CharHome Management BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Complete Private Estate and luxury home Fly Fishing programs. Customized options to suit your needs. Staffed by professionally trained hospitality managers to accommodate your FLY CASTING INSTRUCTION every need. 941-730-5318. FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS CERTIFIED & ORVIS ENDORSED INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP GROUP CLASS MARCH 27TH LBK REC. CENTER RUSTY CHINNIS 383-3880


YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping POOL TABLE: 8’ professional, solid wood, services. Our knowledgeable staff will leather pockets, 1” slate, custom felt, $1650. assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, 586-3189. licensed, insured.

Items For Sale

Painting & Wallpapering PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434. CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp.

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

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

Personals ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days.

LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. We can furnish your home & enhance your Personal Services wardrobe. Open Mon., Weds. & Sat. 9a.m.-3p.m., 6140 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat. ERRAND RUNS. Not able to get around anymore? Need errands run, dogs walked? 383-4738. Call Errand Runs, 941-730-0604. 5/PERSON SPA, good condition, new pump and heater, 3/yrs. old, $1200. 383-2588. MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR. 3/yrs. old, lightly used. Great condition, $999. 761-0885. 100% WOOL pile Oriental design rug, made in India, 8’10”x12’, pastel, $750. 383-3432.

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Personal Services YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner Helping seniors, busy adults & businesses manage paperwork.      

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

Telephone: 941-749-5646 Email:


Pet Services WHILE YOU work or while you play, we are honored to care for your pet friends. Insured & Bonded. Purrs & Paws Pet Care, 224-3664.


CLASSIFIEDS Remodeling & Home Improvements

Commercial Rentals & Sales

4 retail/office spaces available for lease; 562/sq.ft., 1281/sq.ft. & 1273/sq.ft., all of which can be combined to form 1/unit. Competitive lease rates. Excellent for medical type uses. Owner is very motivated and is willing to offer credits and free rent to qualified tenant. 11,000+/-sq.ft. Plaza is also offered for sale, $1,350,000. Lee De Lieto, Michael Saunders & Co., 941-957-3730.

Condos & Homes For Sale

☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, available at the Centre Shops, Longboat EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, Key. Call 387-3135. FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. WALLS, MURALS. Commercial/Business Opp. 812-5115. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT OUTSTANDING AREA MEMBER LBK CHAMBER JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodel- Fine Art & Framing business established in ing contractors. In-house plan design. affluent neighborhood for over a dozen ARTISAN TILE State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. years. Confidentially agreement required for (941) 383-2659 Many island references. 778-2993. details. $80K. LONGBOAT KEY Lic./Ins. 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., Roofing HANDYMAN SERVICE by Manasota Home C-1 zoning, many possible uses. $400K Improvements. Carpentry, decks, kitchens & STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General each. baths, tile, painting & much more. Licensed Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, ANNA MARIA ISLAND Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Sports Bar thrives even in off-season on and Insured. (CBC1251443). 929-1168. Call DON for immediate response.    720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, local clientele. Beer-wine lic., smoking OK. Confidentiality agreement required. $85K. PE20374. VISA/MC. TILE-TILE-TILE SARASOTA Restaurant...lunch/dinner & take-out. Well All Variations of Ceramic Tile located. Great mom/pop opportunity. Supplied & Installed. Spanish Instruction $59,900. Floors a Specialty. SPANISH TEACHER, tutor, translator. Muffler Shop. Illness forces owner to retire Large Longboat Key Portfolio. Private lessons for individuals & groups. after 24/yrs. Good lease. $72,500. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. PALMETTO Professional Spanish teacher. 232-2246. Dirty grout? Give us a shout! C-Store & More in outstanding location Grout cleaning & restoration good income, good lease. $95K. Tile Installation services available. Confidentiality agreement required for PROFESSIONAL TILE Installation. 20/yrs. details. Call Neil Halfacre BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Experience. Call for Free Estimates. (941) 726-3077 Unique Mixed-Use Buildings: 12,500s.f. 941-224-2852. LIC. INS. of retail/office/residential plus 32-car lot on Old Main St. for image-conscious user or Wanted to Buy PAUL SUTHERLAND. Carpentry, Repairs investor. $1.75/mil. & more! Residential & Commercial. No job SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, too small. 35/yrs. exper. Prompt, dependable watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please Longview Realty - 383-6112 service. 792-4645. Richard Estrin, call Marc 321-0707. Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker HANDYMAN, NO job too big or too small. Commercial Rentals & Sales 20/yrs. Experience. Call for Free Estimates. 941-224-2852. 525 BAY ISLES ROAD-Town Plaza II: ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717.

♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years experience as a highly skilled, dependable, restoration/renovation expert, carpenter & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.

LONGBOAT KEY CLUB suite, Inn On The Beach. Behind the gates. Beautiful building #6 Lagoon building. Absolutely gorgeous views of the lagoon, New Pass bridge and Lighthouse Point. Just newly renovated, Feb. 2004. New appliances, new carpet, new tile, new bedding, new kitchen, completely painted, ducts cleaned and sanitized. LONGBOAT KEY 8/unit apartment complex Detailed to perfection. Never rented, never for sale. Fully occupied. Owner/Broker, lived in. Asking: $329,900. Call owner: (973) 423-0404/office, (973) 427-7738/home. 941-387-9252.



Luciano & Dino


Bert Spagnola

Master Auto Technicians

Detail Coordinator

Specializing in Service and Repair of Ferrari & All Other European & Brittish Cars

Interior - Exterior


Zymol wax detailing is our specialty


Brows, Eyeliner by experienced, professional permanent makeup technician

941-228-7938 Permanent Makeup & Electrolysis Center

Residential-Commercial Cleaning

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Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup



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Serving Anna Maria, Longboat Key

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


Brenda Christ, Owner/Operator

ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners IF YOU HAVE DIRTY CARPETS, YOU NEED TO CALL:


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

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

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$599 Computers Everyday Secure (SSL) e-mail PC Cleaning & Repair Wireless & Wired Networking System Upgrades




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CLASSIFIEDS Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

BIRD KEY, 3BR/2BA home w/screened (SALE PENDING) BEACHPLACE pool and 2/car garage. By Owner/Realtor. PENTHOUSE. Largest 2BR/2BA, turnkey $499,000. Call Gabe, 374-5772. furnished, $650,000. CEDARS WEST. Beautifully furnished, never rented, walk out to pool and beach DIRECT GULF FRONT - First floor walk and tennis, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished. down at Villa Di Lancia, Unit #112, with $595,000. views of beach, Gulf and pool, from this RITZ CARLTON. Penthouse, 4266/sq.ft. in 2BR+den and 1.5/BA, 2400+sq.ft. condo the Hotel with all the Ritz amenities, priced at $1,429,999 and ready to move in. $2,950,000. Call Ron or Laure Baldwin, DIRECT BAY FRONT - First floor Cayman Ron Baldwin & Associates, Inc. model at Grand Bay, Unit #113, on the third 941-954-7471. level with views of golf course, Sarasota Bay and Downtown Sarasota skyline at night. Two oversized lanais, 3BR/3.1BA, 2500+sq.ft. condo priced at $999,999 and BY OWNER turnkey furnished for your immediate DIRECTLY ON SARASOTA BAY occupancy Waterfront Lido Key residence - 426 Mid-Longboat Key mid-rise. Cleveland Drive, on the bayou of Otter Key, Rare 1st floor 2BR/2BA Walk-Out! with direct access to Sarasota Bay, the most Sunrises, Dolphins, Manatee, Marina. protected boating water for your large boat GULF BEACH/Pavilion/Sunsets or sailboat. Priced at $2,500,000 right now! across street. Call Tasteful Updates - Immaculate Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence Pools, Clubhouse, Sauna 383-9700 Children/Small Pet Friendly Great Neighbors! $375,000  $425,000 DOWNTOWN. Direct bay

view, completely remodeled and decorated, stunning renovations. Amenities second to none! Pets. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041.

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale


FOR SALE by owner: Longboat Key Villa in Harbour Oaks, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, pool overlooking Harbourside golf course, new roof, exterior painting, carpeting, appliances, pool screening, etc. The premier WALK TO Asolo, Ringling Museum, New panoramic view of the golf course in Harbour College, USF & Sarasota Bay. Secluded, Oaks II. $550,000. Shown by appointment only. Day: 365-0118. Evenings: 383-4563. West of Bayshore, $475,000. 351-3305. $349,900. BRADENTON BEACH, Gulf development, on-site rental office. Newly updated and furnished. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041.

MELBOURNE, FL. Intercoastal riverfront penthouse, 360/degree river views, 3BR/2BA, 2405/sq.ft., interior decorator’s dream. Custom designed walls of butterfly birdseye maple wood w/brass inlay. Fireplace, volume ceilings, crown moldings, gated community. For a virtual tour: or call Robin Miller, Coldwell Banker Sunland Realty, 321-693-8289.







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


BEST VALUE! Enjoy the ambiance of St. Armands Circle and walk to the beach, 2BR/2BA, fireplace, living room, family room, NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Key West style dining room, updated, immaculate. Glenn with spectacular bay view. $879,000. Callaghan, Re/Max Properties. 316-6520. Bob Burnett, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-356-1277. PANTHER RIDGE (Trails): 3BR/3BA, with great room, 2/ponds, park-like grounds, LEASE/OPTION AVAILABLE: 3BR/2BA over 8.5/acres, caged pool/hot tub, (den/office). LBK canal front home, walk to huge 48x84/ft. barn/workshop/stable/other. beach, 2700/sq.ft., appraisal $598,000. $579,900. 322-0509. 586-4930.




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• Office: (941) 749-1825 • Mobile: (941) 545-6770

Phone: 941/349-9553

Cell: 631/513-0974


Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT


For your convenience, I come to you! Chair massage also available License# MA32116

A professional home-watching service

(941) 232-9812

Reasonable Rates

Therapeutic Massage

The Area’s Most Professional Mover. Don’t Settle With Anyone Less!

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The leading home-watching service providing the widest array of services.

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Driveways Pool Decks Walkways Patios Any Size Jobs Prompt Service Free Estimates

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LICENSED MASSAGE, NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPIST. Enhance overall well being • Improve mobility in golf & tennis • Increase circulation all in the comfort of your own home!

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Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

 $635,000 INCLUDES 2/units, Longboat Key, direct Gulf front condo conversion. Renovations completed. ONLY 11 unit development. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041.


 $325,000. COMPLETELY New interior. LONGBOAT KEY, Bayou frontage, boating facilities, rent as much as you want. Deeded beach access. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041.





PARK YOUR BOAT in your backyard. Stunning waterfront townhouse in popular mainland complex w/pools, tennis, 24/hr. security, 2BR/2.5BA+den, 3/balconies, 2/car garage, 2/fireplaces and more! $869,000. Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390, anytime.




Condos & Homes For Sale



$375,000 941-795-4830








BY OWNER $675,000 941-383-3886

BEACHFRONT CONDO 1BR/1BA, nicely furnished, w/heated pool, across from Publix. $255,000. 708-371-8020, days. 708-361-0860, eves.

LBK, MARK II, unit #203, 4215 GMD, 2BR/2BA, Gulffront condominium. Completely renovated, in small complex, 1500+/-sq.ft., $574,500. 813-240-5817. WATERFRONT CONDO 1BR/1BA. Access to beach & bay. New TKF & appliances. CONDO ON THE BAY. Several 2 and 3 Dock. Low maintenance fees. Fronts Nature bedroom units available in popular mainland Preserve, $154,000. 383-5825. complex w/boat docks, pools, tennis, concierge, 24/hr. security and more. Priced  $1,995,000. LONGBOAT, Gulffront, from $379,000. Please contact Joan Boltax, 3270/sq.ft., 3BR, amenities second to none! Michael Saunders & Co. for additional info. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-350-6390, anytime. 941-809-0041. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! Beachfront 2BR/2BA, among multi-million $ homes and condos. Beautiful and spacious. $529,900. Call 374-3200.



LONGBOAT HARBOUR 2BR/2BA, new kitchen, new carpet & furnishings. Shows like a model. Private beach access, boat docks, pool, clubhouse, exercise and tennis, covered parking. $327,500. Open Sundays, 2p.m.-4p.m., 4380 Exter Drive, Building H, Apt. #104. Towne & Shore Realty, 383-3840 or call Betty 383-3844. BY OWNER, updated 2BR/2BA LBK villa. New paint, carpet & tile. 55+ complex, pool & beach access. Furnished. $237,000. 383-0034.

SALE PENDING - SEAPLACE. Ground floor, corner unit 3BR/2BA, furnished. $535,000. Call Ron or Laure Baldwin, Ron Baldwin & Associates, Inc. 941-954-7471.

SANDS POINT CONDO. Best kept secret on LBK. In the Longboat Key Club, on the Gulf, w/beach and boat docks, 2BR, turnkey furnished, ready to move in. $469,000. Call Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390, anytime.

Lots & Acreage For Sale HARBOR LANDINGS Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site offered by owner-REALTOR in gated Cortez community; $265,000 price includes dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate George Noble: 685-3372. LONGBOAT KEY 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard Estrin: 807-3363. LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112




REMODELING/HOME IMPROVEMENTS Custom Painting Custom Faux Finishes Wallpaper Hanging Interior/Exterior Design Pressure Cleaning

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Lots & Acreage For Sale 5630 GULF of Mexico Dr., LBK. 2+/- acre commercial site with canal front. Zoned CI. Perfect live/work situation. $1,500,000.00. Lee DeLieto, Michael Saunders & Co. 957-3730. FOR SALE BY OWNER 594 BAY ISLES RD. LONGBOAT KEY 3.78/ACRES ZONED RESIDENTIAL (UP TO 12/UNITS). IT ADJOINS THE TOWN CENTER, BAY ISLES RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY AND TENNIS CENTER. PLEASE FAX INQUIRIES TO: DEVELOPMENT FAX: 941-365-6393

Out-Of-State Property HEAVILY WOODED 72/acre private retreat one hour east of Nashville. Located between 2/premier lakes and Caney Fork River. Excellent trout fishing, century old home, scenic ridgetop views, pond, springs, abundant wildlife, $349,900. 615-430-0798.

Real Estate Wanted LOOKING TO purchase home or condominium on the Key. Low $200’s, cash buyer. Would consider land swap vs. 6/acres on Blue Ribbon trout stream in Catskill, NY. Will be in town first week in April. 973-342-4361. INTERESTED IN purchasing condominium w/full Gulf view inside Longboat Key Club gates, Gulfside. Cash buyer. No realtors. Toll Free: 1-800-621-6288.

Rentals Abroad LONDON SW1, ENGLAND. Escape the Florida summer heat and rent my studio apartment in central London. For details: 794-8972 or E-mail:

Rentals: Annual

CLASSIFIEDS Rentals: Annual



CORAL SHORES, 5111 Coral Blvd: 3BR/2.5BA, private master suite, 3000/sq.ft., W/D, lawn maintenance included. Boat dock on saltwater canal, 2/car oversized garage, abundant storage, close to beach. Immaculate home. $1700/mo. Immediate availability. 941-795-8956. CANAL FRONT, North LBK, 3BR/2BA, W/D, cable ready, screened lanai, dock w/boat lift, 2/blocks to private beach. Furnished, $2200/mo. Unfurnished, $1850/mo. No pets. Available April 1, 2004. 387-9967. LONGBOAT VILLAGE, 2BR/1BA house. Available April for annual. Furnished or unfurnished optional. $1450/mo. includes utilities. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Sept. 26th, 2004. 1/mo. minimum. Call 810-348-4127 or Fax: 810-244-5348, include name, address, phone/fax to receive info and rates.

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888, 2BR/2BA. Full bay view, 16th floor, 2/heated pools, fitness, gated, cable, water, LIDO BEACH: efficiencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps DELUXE 2BR condo. Newly renovated concierge. $1790/mo. 1st., last, security. to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day w/granite, on the Gulf. Available March. $1000/week or $3800/for the month. Newly redecorated. 953-9756. minimum. 388-2590. 859-441-6896 or 859-750-4774. 2BR/2BA CONDO w/sweeping Bay views. STEPS TO BEACH! SEAPLACE. CONDOMINIUMS Fully furnished, includes 3/TVs, cable, 2BR/2.5BA, elegant decor. Available Oct. DVD/VCR. Steps to the beach, pool, tennis 2004-March 2005. $3600/mo. 423-968-3420 Sutton Place, 3BR/2.5BA, small pet OK. Seaplace, Gulf view and garden. court. Call 813-469-9338. or Beach Place, garden, Gulf view. 2BR/1BA +DEN-DOWNTOWN Sarasota, BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor Downtown Ritz Carlton. charming neighborhood. No pets. First, last, larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, GOLF COURSE units now available. security, $800/mo. 383-2659. 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, SINGLE FAMILY HOMES tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered COUNTRY CLUB Shores, LBK. 3BR/2BA parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 Winding Oaks, 2BR/2BA villa LBKC. Bird Key, 3BR/2BA, pool, dock. canal home with heated pool and boat lift. to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. Siesta Key, pool home, pet friendly, Unfurnished, annual lease. $2950/mo. Florida Accommodations/ResortQuest Real WHITNEY BEACH, 2BR/2BA poolside 3BR/2BA. ANNUAL RENTAL garden villa (Bayside). Available Feb. 23rd to Estate. 941-365-9505 Ext. 2200. Sutton Place: 2BR/2BA, small pet OK. April 4th, 2004. Also available April 16th to 700 FOX ST. 2/BR HOME, TILE FLOORS, 1/CAR GARAGE IN HISTORIC LONGBOAT VILLAGE. UNFURNISHED, $1000/MO. WINDWARD BAY 2BR/2BA CONDO OVERLOOKING SARASOTA BAY. $1100/MO. LONGBOAT HARBOUR FURNISHED 1BR/1BA ON CANAL. $1000/MO. WHITNEY BEACH 2BR/2BA CONDO, FURNISHED $1500/MO. SUTTON PLACE 2BR/2BA, FURNISHED. $1200/MO. 519 BAYVIEW DRIVE 2BR/2BA W/DEN AND POOL, FURNISHED. $2600/MO. CALL BARBARA FULMER PROPERTY MANAGER WAGNER REALTY 941-383-5577

888 ON RITZ Marina, 3/levels, 3BR/3.5BA 2/car garage, boat dock. Furnished. No pets/smoke. $2800/mo. annual. $5200/mo. DUPLEX ON the canal: 2BR/1BA, garage, 4/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. lanai, large wooded deck. All furnished, washer/dryer. Annual or Seasonal. 763A St. Judes Dr. 302-0732 ask for Joe. MAGNIFICENT SWEEPING BAY VIEW BEAU CIEL BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS. 5BR/4.5BA FABULOUS 9TH FLOOR 2BR/2.5BA WETBAR, FIREPLACE, PLASMA TV, GRANITE IN BRAND NEW LUXURY HIGHRISE W/CONCIERGE, VALET, THEATER ROOM, FITNESS, POOL. $4000/MO. ANNUAL $6500/MO. 3/MO. MIN.


home totally remodeled. Pool. separate apartment. Annual lease. 941-388-6456. LIDO BEACH condo: 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, across from beach, walk to St. Armands. heated pool. 6-12/mos. $2200/mo. Call 388-3437 for appointment.

LBK, BUTTONWOOD Harbour house. 2BR/2BA, heated pool, garage, private setting, walk to beach. Monthly. No ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, pets/smokers. 941-387-8589. living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly CONDOS or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. SEASONAL SEAPLACE, 1BR loft, w/two full baths, On the Bay Side of Longboat Key beautifully decorated. Call for more info. 502-633-6629 or 502-682-2946. LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 1BR/1BA and 2BR/2BA. ★ PELICAN HARBOUR, 3BR/2BA, LBK. WINDWARD BAY, 2BR/2BA. Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished WHITNEY BEACH, 1BR/1BA and 2BR/2BA. 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/2BA condo. Tennis, Dock. 941-383-7901, 513-608-4320. LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 1BR/1BA & E-mail: 2BR/2BA condos. SEAPLACE G8 BLDG., 2BR/2BA, immac. condition, S.W. view of Gulf. Walking trails, SEASONAL fitness center, pools, tennis courts, security. On the Gulf Side of Longboat Key Active clubhouse. On the beach. 3/mo. min. LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS, Call evenings, 513-831-2350. 2BR/2BA. LONGBOAT TERRACE, 2BR/2BA, ground floor. LONGBOAT COVE WESTCHESTER, 2BR/2BA condos. 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, MARK II, 2BR/2BA condo. $6200/MO. 3/MO. MIN. ISLANDS WEST, 2BR/2BA, ground floor condo. SUNSET BEACH NORTHSHORE ROAD, 2BR/2BA home. 2BR/2BA, GREAT GULF VIEWS. SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA condo. $5800/MO. 2/MO. MIN. CLUB LONGBOAT, 3BR/2BA, 3/mo. min. SEA CLUB III - weekly. 1BR/1BA, 2BR/2BA, CALL GREG: 863-581-4639 Gulffront. Call Barbara Fulmer, Property Manager Wagner Realty 941-383-5577

WHITNEY BEACH, 1BR/1BA remodeled condo. Heated pools, tennis courts, beach access. Available Feb. through April, 2005. LUXURY CONDO. Fairway Bay, 2BR/2BA, 941-928-0309. unobstructed bay view and downtown Sarasota. $3200/mo. Contact Dennis, LA PLAYA 800-808-6550. GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS LONGBOAT KEY. Beachplace condo avail. April through Dec. 2004 and all year 2005. WEEKLY RENTALS 2BR/2BA. Monthly rentals only. Very GULF FRONT 2 & 3 BEDROOMS competitive rates. 609-926-7608.

BIRD KEY. Great home, over 2600/sq.ft., 2+BR/3BA, lanai, garage. $2200/mo. incl. lawn care. The Longboat Connection, UNIQUE BEACH access at Seaplace. 2BR/2BA. (2/mo. min. rental). First floor Realtor. 387-9709. walkout, 50/ft. to ocean beach, garden view, furnished, non-smoking/no pets. LONGBOAT KEY condo, Islander Club fully for rent, yearly or seasonally. Please call Tennis courts and 2/pools. Available: May-Nov., $1250/mo., Dec. $2500, 732-873-1950. Jan.-March $3500/mo., April $2500. LEASE/OPTION AVAILABLE: 3BR/2BA 706-746-3799, or (den/office). LBK canal front home, walk to beach, 2700/sq.ft. $2200/mo. 586-4930. BRADENTON, SAN Remo Shores area, 2BR/1BA waterfront condo w/boat dock, DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Water 2/miles to beach. Small pet Okay. First, last, view/new, 1BR/1BA. Beautifully furnished, security, $800/mo. 383-2659. all amenities included. Annually, $1300. Monthly negotiable. For Rent/Sale! ST. ARMANDS Circle. Kingston Arms 941-921-1648, leave message. Condominiums. Newly renovated and furnished 2BR/2BA unit, heated pool, steps Rentals: to beach and shopping. No pets, no smoking. Available Sept. through Dec., 2004 Seasonal & Vacation ($1900/mo.) and Jan. through April, 2005 DUPLEX ON the canal: 2BR/1BA, garage, ($2900/mo.) (770) 226-0955 or e-mail: lanai, large wooded deck. All furnished, washer/dryer. Annual or Seasonal. 763A St. Judes Dr. 302-0732 ask for Joe. BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Walk right out onto the beach from this SIESTA KEY, beachfront, Coquille at charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Crescent Beach, 2BR/2BA, loft, pool, 1st. Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf floor. $3800/mo. Available from April 1st. view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 716-650-9650. 941-383-6650. KINGSTON ARMS on St. Armands Circle. Furnished 1BR/1BA. 1/mo. minimum. LBK, FAIRWAY BAY, available 2004. Gated Annual also possible. Call Agent/Owner, community offering tennis, private beach access, swimming pools, walking paths, 941-586-6731. exercise room. Newly decorated 2BR/2BA, LBK, GULFFRONT. Desirable 3BR/3BA, canal-mangrove views, extended patio, 30/ft. balcony overlooking Gulf. Available secure garage parking. No smokers/pets. 2004 and 2005. Email: or Available March & April 2004, March & April 941-794-8301. 2005. Competitive rates. (863)439-1304.

BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant w/thru views of Bay & Marina. All amenities including concierge & valet. No pets/smoke. SEAPLACE, 2BR/1BA, fully equipped, $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. 3/mo. minimum. all amenities. Available 2005 season. Owner, SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club, 2BR/2BA. $2300/mo. 1/mo. minimum. 770-993-0790. 970-948-6815. (770) 509-7419.

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CITATION CLUB, Palmer Ranch: 2BR/2BA, furnished. June 1st. to Dec. 1st. Pool, tennis, Jacuzzi. $1100/mo +utilities. 941-925-3504. LONGBOAT ARMS. Bayfront condo, 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, boat dock, private beach access, large screened lanai. Available May-December, 2004 reduced rates; January-March, 2005 $3600/mo. 603-692-6445. RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. BEACH COTTAGE, Lido Key. 3BR/2BA, Walk to beach and St. Armands Circle. Seasonal/Monthly. 955-0110. MANASOTA KEY, private home directly on beach/Gulf, 2BR/2BA, pet possible. Avail. May on & next season. 570-943-2516. SEAPLACE, UPDATED 2BR/1BA, tennis, pool, amenities. Available Jan. & Feb., 2005. 941-379-4832. SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA beachfront S.W. Gulf view. Excellent location. Beautifully furnished Available December 2004 & January 2005. 941-387-0567. LBK, SPANISH Main Yacht Club, 2BR/2BA villa. Avail. 2004 only. $2000/mo. 387-7136. E-mail:

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RENTALS SEASONAL VACATION & ANNUAL CONDOS BEACH HARBOUR CLUB 2/Units - One 2BR/2BA, updated and pleasant. $3000/mo. Other - 3BR/2BA with 2 spacious decks and Gulf views, $2500/mo. annual or $4500/mo. seasonal. TANGERINE BAY - OK snowbirds, last minutes means those prices are for 2004 only! Two fabulous units, $3500-$4000/mo. SEA PINES - 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf views, smaller complex. $4500/mo. LAWRENCE POINT - 2BR/2BA penthouse, direct bay views. $3500 seasonal $2500 annual. Downtown sophisticated. HOUSES ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE THREE HOMES to choose from. $3000 to $4000. Call for details. CONRAD BEACH - 4BR/3BA Keywest luxury. $9000/mo. Call Direct: 941-387-1826 or 941-383-6411 Ext. 228 Coldwell Banker Previews 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228

THE CASTILIAN, Longboat Key, Florida. Oceanfront, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, fully equipped condo has just become available during April 2004 & for the 2005 season. Call 513-561-5940.

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

LONGBOAT KEY Village beach house, 2BR, nicely furnished, on canal, walk to beach and shopping. $1450/mo. Seasonal or annual. 795-0301.


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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

LONGBOAT KEY. Privateer South condo behind the gates. Beachfront building, 2BR/2BA. Partial Gulf view, pool, tennis. Available starting April - 3/month minimum. 201-666-1079.

WINDWARD BAY, Longboat Key. Newly remodeled 2BR/2BA penthouse, full bay view. Pool, tennis, exercise room. Available May-Nov. 2004. Jan. through March, 2005. Non-smokers only. Call 773-506-9153 or E-mail:

LBK, DESIGNER CANAL HOME, 2BR/2BA, w/pool and boat dock. Tranquil setting, close to beach. May-Nov. $2750/mo., Dec.-April $4500/mo. Pets okay. 941-383-2902.

LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido SEAPLACE, FACING GULF & BEACH. Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental 2BR/2BA, available May to October. Pools, gym, tennis, covered parking. $1200/mo. condo. 388-1404. 2/mo. minimum. $5000 total for 5/months. LIDO, 4BR/2.5BA, sleeps 8, private heated Must see. 388-5032. pool, shuffleboard court. All new construction. Available March 1st. By week or month. $2500/week. $7500/mo. TURTLE CRAWL INN Call 407-877-7070 ext. 0 ask for Amanda. Your Vacation Getaway! 3BR/2BA FURNISHED CANALFRONT home. Dogs welcome. Available from May 1, 2004. Monthly only. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates.

or call 941-360-0700. LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, located on bay, walk to beach. $600-$650/month-to-month. Call Resort Properties, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. ☛ ☛ BEACHFRONT: NORTHSHORE RD. Ground level, all view home, Bean Point. $3500/mo., $1500/week. 559-760-1331. LIDO BEACH. Adorable 1BR/1BA on ground floor in private home and yard setting. Newly renovated in modern decor. Ample parking. Available beginning March, due to cancellation. Walk to beach and St. Armands. Please call owner at 383-2566.

Daily & Weekly Rentals Located directly on the Gulf with 200 feet of beautiful beach, pool and lush landscaping. Updated and redecorated units with 1BR, living/dining and kitchenette. Tower lanais overlook Gulf to enjoy the famous sunsets. Close to shops, restaurants and entertainment. Call now and experience life on the beach!

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LBK SEAPLACE, 1BR, +den w/sofa bed, 1.5BA. Gulf/Bay views, terrace. Steps from beach. Tastefully decorated, W/D. All amenities. Available Dec. 2004-April 2005, 2/mo. min. 941-383-2814. DECEMBER TO April: adult community Longboat Key, Sarasota. Cozy 2BR/1BA, large open patio, washer/dryer, 2/minute walk to beach & bay, $1800/mo. Judy, 305-386-3629. GENESIS PROPERTIES OF LONGBOAT KEY 2 & 3 BEDROOM HOUSES AND COTTAGES NEWLY FURNISHED, ON THE BEACH!!! PRIVATE HOT TUBS! AVAILABLE WEEKLY OR MONTHLY CRAIG WEISS OWNER: 724-2900

BAYPORT, LBK. Large 2BR/2BA, lanais, W/D, tennis, pool, fitness center, fishing. Available May 2004/2005 941-387-1001. 1BR/1.5BA, GULF view w/private beach, Bay access w/dock. $2000/mo. Available now. Call for info and e-mail pictures. Seasonal or annual. Call for annual rates. 941-780-2352.

BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Gorgeous ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished Gulf views, beautifully furnished, 2BR/2BA, Rentals Wanted 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, largest unit 2nd floor. Available May to walk beach/Circle. May, 04. Non-smokers. BAYSIDE CONDO, 2-3/BR for 2005 season. December, 2004. (860)966-2668. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. 941-387-9666 through March 20th and 859-441-8455 after March 20th. LONGBOAT KEY GORGEOUS DIRECT GULF WANTED 2 or 3 bedroom luxury apt./condo BEAUTIFUL 1BR CONDO ON BEACH, directly on Gulf for non-smoking, quiet END SUITE, 2BR ELEGANT DECOR, BEACHSIDE POOL, couple, March 2004 and Dec. to April 2005. TOTALLY RENOVATED. WALK TO SHOPPING. Call 416-447-3738 and leave message or AVAILABLE WEEKLY/MONTHLY. E-mail: IMMEDIATELY JANUARY, 2004 AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 22ND. SYLVIA BABINEAU, BROKER REASONABLE RATES. Retail Space Wanted MY REALTY COMPANY NON-SMOKING/PETS RETAIL SPACE wanted: tasteful, polished, 941-504-0551 941-383-8686 professional massage therapist is looking for massage room to rent in office, hotel or LBK, BEAUTIFUL townhouse at Seaplace. salon. Rondi Guerin, 224-4622. 3BR/3BA UPDATED LBK canalfront home 2BR/2.5BA, spa, beach, pool, tennis, in Country Club Shores. Caged heated pool, clubhouse, fitness center. Available April Roommates Wanted quick walk to private Gulf beach. Available through Sept., 04 and March through Dec., HOUSE TO share. Excellent Sarasota summer months. Call 517-263-7835, E-mail: 2005. Call 941-383-7121 or location. Nice, clean home in quiet, secure neighborhood. Monthly lease. Fully furn. $500 +deposit & utilities. 922-1478 ✔✔✔ LBK, SEAPLACE 1BR/1BA VILLA, GULFFRONT, 2BR/2BA, Time Share GREENBELT VIEW. PRIVATE TURNKEY FURNISHED, W/D, POOL, VERANDA PENTHOUSE, week 36, CARPORT, TOTALLY FURNISHED. TENNIS. mid-September, 4BR/4BA, 2/story. Perfect AVAILABLE: AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. corporation perk. Recently appraised MARCH 15TH.-APRIL 15TH. $1900/MO. $3000/MO. $13,500. Asking $10,000. Open to offer. C. HITTLE, COLDWELL BANKER 941-809-5091. 383-7992 941-349-5911 LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, GRAND BAY, fantastic views: golf, marina, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & SEAPLACE, 2BR/1.5BA condo on beach bay, 3BR/3BA. Newest building. Turnkey 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $18000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida w/Gulf and sunset views, newly decorated, furnished. 3/mo. minimum. 387-0171 owner. Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, large terrace, tennis, pools, washer/dryer, 2/mo. min. Available 1/1/05. 201-943-5737 LBK, GULF FRONT, 3BR/3BA home 800-201-9983, on private, 100/ft. beach, 70 tropical palms, or heated pool, cable TV/internet/fax, Waterfront Property ☛ LIDO 3BR/2BA, pool. Available 4/1, W/D, spa quality exercise equipment. minimum 3/mos. Rent includes pool/lawn Available May, 2004 $4500/mo. WATERFRONT LOTS and home between maintenance. Also available annually. Sept.-Dec., 2004 $5000/mo., Jan.-Aug. 2005 Englewood and Boca Grande: 6/lots 320-9388 or 388-1178. $5550/mo., w/seawalls and a ground level waterfront home, deep water, no bridges, 1 tip lot LBK. AVAILABLE due to cancellation. 941-773-0223, 305-933-3376. directly on ICW and Bay, your dock to the ISLANDER CLUB, spacious 2BR/2BA Gulf side condo. Beach, pool/tennis/exercise LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, Gulf in 3/min. Last chance for affordably room. Turnkey furnished. Partial Gulf views 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Available April & May, priced waterfront from $289K. 570-943-2516. from roof deck. Term and price negotiable. $2750/mo. June, Aug. & Sept., $2250/mo. Oct. & Dec., $2750/mo. (727) 403-1449. TWO TERRA Ceia Bay waterfront lots on 941-927-6357. Horseshoe Loop Rd. Call Chris Hittel @ LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, Re/Max Gulfstream Realty, 941-920-2284. RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME, 2/min. 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Weekly, monthly. 617-328-7145. BRADENTON BEACH condo, 2BR/2BA, Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal direct Gulf front view, partial bay view. Pool, fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool BEACHFRONT SUITE, Inn on the Beach. hot tub, tennis courts, boat dock. Turnkey w/screened enclosure, 3BR/2BA. Recently $250 daily, 4th Night Free! Weekly/monthly furnished. Granite/stainless kitchen. Great updated w/new paint and furniture, lots discount. rental history. This unit has it all! $424,900. of tile, pets welcome upon approval. 941-364-3477. No agents. 303-944-8300. No smoking and no children please. Security/Deposit. 2/month minimum. ☛ SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA. Immaculate RESIDENTIAL LOT & private 40’ dock on $6500/mo. Call 863-559-4610 or E-mail: condition. Available April, 2004-December Manatee River. By owner. Details, price: 2005. 502-222-1059, 502-522-1594, or ✔ ✔ SEAPLACE, WINTER 2005. Large ☛ ☛ NEW WATERFRONT Community, beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA condo. No SANDS POINT. Inside gates of Longboat Cortez Quay. 3/Lots available w/docks. view. 3/mo. minimum preferred. Call Key Club, 1500/sq.ft. condo on Gulf, Re/Max Gulfstream, Paula Jonsson. 1.5BR/1.5BA. 2005 Season. 516-922-6033. 941-383-6088 or 609-497-1360. 730-9888.



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SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB Canal Front, single villa, south exposure, 2 BR;, almost new, boat dock and beach access. $324,900

Chris Moody, son of Longboaters Neil and Sharon Moody, makes sure he isn’t missing any big theater premieres in the A&E section; Julian Parry catches up on the latest gossip in Black Tie; and Bart Leereveld makes sure he wasn’t in Cops’ Corner, while the threesome were in Costa Rica.

L’AMBIANCE II Royal Model Gulf, golf, & bay views, 3BR + den, 10ft ceilings, granite, marble, designer furnished. Prestigious south Longboat community featuring state-of-the art fitness center, hospitality suite, concierge, private elevators. Olympic sized pool, for your entertainment. $3,400,000

QUEENS HARBOR Behind the gates of Bay Isles Parkway Magnificent home, overlooks the lake & golf course. Popular Ashford model, 2BR with a luxurious master suite, private guest suite + den. Elegantly detailed with designer upgrades. $995,000

RITZ New & phenomenal 2BR+den, West Indies décor by Robb & Stucky, bay & boat basin views, Ritz amenities & services, private beach club. $1,269,000 Towers Penthouse - Southwest corner Bay and marina views, 3BR + den with fireplace, wet bar, wine cooler, high ceilings, Private 2- car garage. 5200 sq. ft. $4,650,000

ISLANDER CLUB Walk out to the beach and pool, no elevator, the feel of a home without the maintenance. Designer decorated and updated with 9ft. ceilings, furnished. $639,800 Spectacular beach & sunset views! Updated 2BR direct gulf front condo, Olympic sized pool, tennis & fitness center. $699,900 Double Unit - Phenomenal sunrise to sunset, city skyline & beach views from this rarely available 2900 sq. ft. 4BR direct beach front 11th floor residence. $1,450,900

On a recent trip to Bangkok, Linda Steward of Sarasota found a colorful friend that was interested in reading The Longboat Observer, so of course, she shared with him the interesting newspaper that traveled with her around the world.

INN ON THE BEACH The 4 star resort at the LBK Club. Direct beachfront resort! Pamper yourself with exotic cuisine, golden sunsets, tennis, golf, spa services & miles of white sand beach.


L’AMBIANCE II Unbelievably gorgeous, magnificent residence with views of Gulf, golf course, bay & Sarasota skyline. Rarely available, 10 ft ceilings, 2BR + den, custom cabinetry, Saturnia floors, automatic blinds, state of the art lighting, southern exposure, wraparound terrace. Partially furnished. $2,499,000

Open Bayfront - New 5200 sf, 5BR, media room, soaring ceilings, stone floors, granite kitchen, summer kitchen, fireplace, infinity pool, 5+car garage. $4,250,000

L’AMBIANCE II Beachfront Richly and exquisitely appointed beachfront residence with wrap-around terrace and private stairway that leads you to the pool and the white sandy beach. This magnificent 3 bedroom residence will astound you. $3,195,000


Longboat residents Don and Carole Horowitz and Irv and Sorley Rosenthal check out The Longboat Observer as they explore medieval buildings in old town of Aarhus, Denmark, as they cruised the Baltic last fall.

Sarasota’s newest bayfront tower-18 stories, 44 residences. 11th floor masterpiece features many architectural upgrades, finished flooring, marble, carpet, and newly painted. Ready for occupancy. Spectacular city & unobstructed bay views. Walk to the arts, restaurants. Boat dock available. $2,639,000

BIRD KEY Beautifully updated from floor to ceiling w/ expansive living space, 4 bedrooms, plus office. Gorgeous gourmet kitchen w/ state-of-the-art appliances and Saturnia floors throughout! Truly a work of art & offers serene seclusion! $949,000

ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Picture Perfect Penthouse! Beautifully updated kitchen with granite counter tops and updated bathrooms, 2 bedrooms, direct gulf front close to St. Armands, shops and restaurants. Within walking distance of Lido Beach! $899,000 Enjoy colorful sunrises & sunsets. Magnificent double unit penthouse. Truly one of a kind, beautifully updated w/granite countertops, dramatic marble & granite bathrooms, 3BR+ den w/3000 SF. $1,700,000



Beach- One of the nicest beaches in the world. Prime property w/150’ water frontage on which to build your dream home! $1,995,000

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GULF FRONT CONDO Great investment opportunity! Available to rent 1-7 days, 365 days a year, w/onsite management. Prime mid key location. Open & bright, vaulted ceilings. Updated & turnkey furnished. Owners allowed pets! Family friendly and steps to the beach. $595,000. Cindy or Gary LaFlamme 383-5543

SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT 3/4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, attention to detail, custom built canal front home. Too many amenities to mention, a boater’s paradise. $1,395,000. Cindy Migone/Donna Nieman 349-5543


ELEGANT PENTHOUSE - Captivating, spacious interior

BAY ISLES LOT Last of few remaining lots in exclusive Bayou Sound subdivision on beautiful Longboat Key. Private Longboat Key Club entry surrounded by lush golf course & marina. Private beach club just minutes away. $375,500. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 383-5543

WANT A PRIVATE HOME, YET MAINTENANCE FREE? This gulfside 2 or 3 bedroom has it all. Mid Key location and remodeled beautifully. Turnkey furnished. Hear the ocean waves and enjoy your privacy. $449,000. Karen Ankerstar 383-5543

with warm & inviting designer finishes. Private wraparound terraces, sweeping gulf, bay, sunrise & sunset views. Intimate gulf front complex featuring only 8 residences with private attached garages. $1,899,000. HOMES SECLUDED CUSTOM HOME Immaculate 4BR/4BA multi-level in tropical setting w/17’ soaring ceilings, huge master & private guest suite. Extra feature includes additional lot w/brand new deep water boat dock. Only steps to tennis, short stroll to splendid beaches. $1,095,000 “THE HIBISCUS” Open daily 1PM to 5PM Brand new home with flexible floor plan & many upgrades in a maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to assigned boat dock, gorgeous beaches & sparkling pool. $638,500


INCOMPARABLE! There is an island on the horizon that offers exclusiveness, tranquility and value like nowhere else. Condominiums of 1874 to 2200 sq.ft., with water views from $250,000 to $395,000. Call for your private showing. Geoff Wall 778-0700

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

GULF AND POOL VIEWS Totally updated, new paint & carpet, storm shutters, new appliances, new AC. Two pools, desirable well-maintained complex. Island living at its best. $474,000. Marc Turner 778-0700

LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE Don't miss your opportunity to own a new quality built home in this maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to sugar sand beaches and your own deep water dock. Only 3 Homesites left. Starting at $240,000 BAY ISLES - large homesite in popular gated community. Deep water marina, golf, tennis, shopping, fine dining and private beach club nearby. $375,500



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

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

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

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“THE OSPREY” Open daily 1PM to 5PM Luxurious yet carefree living await you in this brand new home with serene water views and assigned boat dock. Spacious 3BR/2.5BA with open terrace, screened lanai, 2 car garage and ample storage for all your toys. $660,000

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