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sluggish season by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Tourism rates down Concerns over red tide, hurricanes and the economy impact the season. A combination of factors — from red tide and hurricanes to warm weather up North ­ — contributed to a sluggish tourist season on Longboat Key. The season got off to a slow start in January, February and March but improved in April, as more people arrived on the island for the late Easter holiday. Resort occupancy rates on the Manatee County portion of the island for January, February and March hit a four-year low, as shown in statistics from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visi-

tors Bureau. Sarasota County does not break down occupancy by region, so there are no statistics available for the Sarasota County portion of Longboat Key. But overall hotel occupancy rates were down throughout the county for January and February. “It was a slow start,” said Gail Loefgren, president of the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St Armands Key Chamber of Commerce. “Overall it was as slow as it has been since 9/11.” Loefgren attributed the sluggish season to a

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Manatee county portion of Longboat Key 2003 2004 2005 2006 January 51.9 52.8 58.4 56.2 February 72.3 82 78.7 71.5 March 87.3 97.7 87.4 80.2 combination of factors, including concerns about red tide and hurricanes, the perception that the economy has worsened and rising fuel prices. “It took us a while to pick it up again after 9/11,”

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+ Ruth’s tree

Although Ruth Seager said she didn’t want a funeral or memorial, a group of her golf friends decided they needed to do something in her memory. As an informal tribute, Seager’s friends pooled together money to buy a tree to place on the golf course at the Longboat Key Club, along with a granite marker. At the planting, all the friends placed a stone at the base of the tree in Seager’s memory, as Sheri Lublin explained the Jewish tradition of using stones or shells to remember those who have died. Keeping the planting informal, the event was kept discreet to try to honor Seager’s wishes, and the tree is a symbol that encompasses the many friendships Seager fostered during her time on Longboat Key.

Thursday, MAY 11, 2006

Club Manager Rob Edwards, Jockey Vicki Fry, Buck Fry and Sally Kessler playing horse, with Bevalie Brunson at the Bird Key Yacht Club’s Kentucky Derby party May 6. For more photos and the full story, see page 8A+.

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island fire by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Sister Keys blaze chars five-acre tract Multi-agency effort contained the fire by Wednesday afternoon. Smoke rose from smoldering ashes and several small fires reignited on Sister Keys’ largest island Saturday, five days after a brush fire erupted. The island’s mangrove-lined shoreline was spared from the blaze, giving the impression that the fire had little impact. But tracts of land were charred gray and black in the middle of the island. Florida Division of Forestry officials estimated that five acres were damaged. Longboat Key firefighters, police and

public works crews, along with Division of Forestry crews, were transported by boat to the island throughout the week. Into the weekend, crews continued to build a small firebreak line and rigged a series of floating pumps that feed water from Sarasota Bay into a fire hose connected to a row of sprinklers. The sprinkler system was used to spread water onto the perimeter of the fire. Photos by Roger Drouin

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The blaze burned undergrowth across a five-acre section of Sister Keys’ largest island.

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+ High school seniors

It’s our last call to include high school seniors who are graduating this spring in our May 25 graduate section. To include a senior you know who lives on Longboat Key, Bird Key, Lido Key or St. Armands Key, call Kat Wingert, community editor, at 383-5509 Ext. 31, or e-mail her at kwingert@longboatobserver. com. The deadline for the section is May 19.

+ Mourning muffins

+ Book signing

Jennifer Schwirzer will be signing copies of her book, “Dying to be Beautiful,� at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11 at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd and at 5 p.m. Friday, May 12 at Living Word Christian Store, 5421 Fruitville Road. The daughter of Longboat Key resident Jill Wilson, Schwirzer began a three-year battle against anorexia nervosa at the age of 19. Today, at age 49, she remains fully recovered. She is concerned that the lifethreatening eating disorder that has traditionally affected girls in their late teens and early 20s is now becoming more prevalent in younger girls of ages 13 or 14. Founder of Michael Ministries, a music/speaking/writing ministry, Schwirzer has written three religious-themed books and is a talented musician. On Mother’s Day, May 14, she will be a soloist at Christ Church of Longboat Key and will have a book signing at 4 p.m., May 15 at The Market, Whitney Beach Plaza.

For our muffin-capers, we want to let you know you’ll have to get your fill on May 10, because it is our last Wednesday muffin-andcoffee session of the season. We regret to tell you that you’ll have a little spare room in your stomachs (and purses, for some of you), but you are still welcome to be the first ones to pick up your new Longboat Observer on Wednesday mornings during the summer.

+ Doggone good time

Most every day at 5:30 p.m., Dog 30 takes place in the Village, as residents and their dogs gather for some informal socializing. While Sugar and Maddie romp with Bacchus and Eli chasing balls and Frisbees, their owners enjoy a glass of wine and conversation. While well-trained, some dogs have their squabbles, but all the toys are shared.

grandchildren of Penny and Gus Swoboda are just enjoying the beautiful white sand and sunsets on Longboat Key beach. Visiting their grandparents are Max, Gwen, Edie, Gus and Lex Dahlin, the children of Chip and Andrea Dahlin.

+ Christmas in ... May? Although it may look like a Green Bay snow bank, the

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+ Proud parents

Longboat Key residents Jim and Ellen Shields recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they attended a special event. Their son, James, a civil-

ian with more than 20 years of service, was presented the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. The honor was presented at the ceremony, with Francis J. Harvey, secretary of the Army, and Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, United States Army chief of staff, making the presentation. Shields is program manager, Joint Lightweight Howitzer, Program Executive OfficeGround Combat Systems. He was specifically recognized for his leadership.










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summer business by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Moore makes improvements The work is part of a plan to improve business during the summer months. Alan Moore is applying for a zoning exemption that would allow him to keep a 3-foot high fence around a small outdoor dining area at Moore’s Stonecrab Restaurant. Beginning last winter, Moore set up several tables on the deck and shell patio area in the back of the restaurant. Moore also erected a fence around the patio area, and last week the town’s code enforcement officer told him he needed to fill out paperwork to file for an exemption that would allow him to keep the fence. Moore was in the process of filling out the exemption paperwork earlier this week. Because the town decided to relax building permit requirements for commercial businesses several years ago, Moore does not have to apply for a permit because the fence is less than 3-feet tall, said town Environmental Planner Steve Schield. The exemption process is a way to keep tract of improvements; it is not a regulatory measure, Schield said.

The purpose of the fence is to provide a buffer between the parking lot and the area where the tables are located. Moore said he also plans to add some shrubs and landscaping to the area overlooking the water. All this work is part of a plan to improve business over the summer months. For the past five summers, the restaurant has closed for lunch, but this summer, Moore plans to stay open for lunch. Typically, the restaurant stops serving lunch the first Monday of May, which landed on May 1 this year. Since May 1, Moore said lunchtime business has been going well. Outdoor dining has become popular, and on several days there has been a wait to eat on the patio. Moore has bigger plans to build a deck over the water, if town and state officials approve the project. Moore said he has a submerged land lease from the state and he has been talking to state officials about the deck. In the meantime, he hopes that once

Beach project 80% complete Longboat Key’s beach-renourishment project is about 80% completed, said Public Works Director Juan Florensa. Last week, crews were spreading white sand from 6701 to 6351 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Next crews were scheduled to add more coarse sand across from Bayport Beach & Tennis Club Condominium. Crews will than add white sand to the Key’s beaches from the 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive south. “We’re still hoping for a June completion,” Florensa said. — Roger Drouin

Roger Drouin

Because of the popularity of its outdoor dining areas, Moore’s Stonecrab Restaurant may continue serving lunch during the summer months. more people hear about the improvements to the patio, they will eat lunch at the restaurant. Moore said some residents think he plans to convert the restaurant to residen-




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help wanted by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Town fields applicants Recent resignations leave Town Hall short-staffed. The town is seeking applications for four openings, including two department manager positions. The open positions include: recreation manager, director of the planning, zoning and building department, deputy town clerk and parttime police dispatcher.

Recreation manager

As of last week, 37 applications were submitted for the position of recreation manager of Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Candidates from Sarasota and Bradenton, as well as outside Florida, have applied for the position, said April Wood, the town’s human resources manager. Former recreation manager Mark Litwhiler held the post for five years before resigning April 15 to take a job with the city of Oviedo as the city’s new assistant director of parks and recreation. Currently, instructors are continuing to conduct fitness classes and other activities, but no one is keeping the recreation center office open on a daily basis. Public Works Director Juan Florensa plans to sort through the stack of applicants and recommend to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis which candidates be called in for an interview. The new recreation manager will run the town’s summer camp, organize the

fitness-program schedule at Bayfront Park Recreation Center and manage the rental of the center. “Since it is a one-person department, they wear many different hats,” Wood said. “They have many responsibilities, from putting together events to lining the ball field.”

Planning director

The town appointed Longboat Key Planning Manager Monica Daigle as interim director. Although Daigle is being considered as a permanent replacement, the opening will also be open to interested applicants. As of last week, the town had not yet posted an advertisement for planning director opening. Former director Jill Jeglie, a longtime city planner and seven-year veteran with the town, resigned April 26. Jeglie began her new job May 1 as a senior planner with Gadsden County.

Deputy town clerk

Deputy Town Clerk Barbara Eisenberg also resigned last month. She is currently the deputy town clerk for Holmes Beach. An advertisement for the position was posted earlier this week. Town Clerk Jane O’Connor said she is looking for a candidate who can multi-task and be trained for several different duties

The new deputy clerk’s main responsibilities include keeping minutes from the Town Commission meetings and keeping track of commissioner mail. But the duties do not stop there. “They are not just typing minutes everyday,” O’Connor said. O’Connor said the goal is to train the new clerk to be able to fill in for other departments when necessary. The training is part of a recent effort to make Town Hall a “high-performance organization.” O’Connor said an advantage of the cross training for the candidate is that it could enhance his or her career development path.

Police dispatcher

tial because of a recent referendum that allows Moore and co-owners to begin the application process for a re-zone. But Moore said, “The whole point is to keep it open.”

The police department is also looking for a part-time dispatcher. The dispatcher would work 16 to 24 hours a week, primarily day shifts, and more hours during an emergency, such as a hurricane. “We’re looking for someone who is able to stay calm on the phone,” said Communications Director Steve Decker. “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have sweaty palms on that first call.” Decker said the position is a good way for someone looking to get hired onto the town’s police force or fire department, because many officers currently working for Longboat began their careers as a dispatcher.

+ Rental policy to be discussed

The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board will discuss the town’s 30-day minimum rental policy at its Tuesday, May 16 meeting. P & Z board members voted unanimously at a May 1 meeting to place the topic on the agenda for their next meeting. Interim Planning Director Monica Daigle said that town staff would draft a zoning ordinance if directed to do so by the planning and zoning board. Several business owners have called on the planning board to consider changing the policy to allow property owners to rent their homes for periods less than 30 days. Owners are asking the board to consider trying out a less-restrictive policy for summer months only.

+ Subdivision construction under way

A developer began clearing a 3.2-acre parcel of land last week on the east side of the 3000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The site is the future home of an 11home subdivision to be called Coquina Beach. The property is located behind Gulf Tides Condominium, 3008 Gulf of Mexico Drive. By Monday, most of the trees were cleared from the site and a large mound of dirt was piled high in one corner. Originally, the developer, Tampa-based Walker Collier Estate Holdings, wanted to build 13 homes, but some of the lots had to be made larger because of the town’s minimum lot-size requirement.

+ Harris makes bid

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris flew to Tallahassee Monday afternoon to file her qualification papers, making her bid for the United States Senate official. During previous weeks, Harris said she was dedicated to the upcoming the Senate race. At an April 24 speech before the Longboat Key Republican Club, Harris told Republican supporters that she would not waver from plans to run for Senate, despite recent pressure from Republican leaders in Washington and press reports about her campaign staff dissolving.

+ Agendas

Planning & Zoning Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 16. Longboat Key Town Hall. 501 Bay Isles Road. Town Commission Workshop — 1 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Longboat Key Town Hall. 501 Bay Isles Road.

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Duggan. “As soon as it started getting cold, people started coming down here.�

Loefgren said. “Then we had all these problems last year with red tide and hurricanes, and we had a lull this year. Unfortunately these are all things we have no control over.� Loefgren said there is no quick fix, but the chamber is working on marketing efforts, such as spending $50,000 on advertisements in newspapers and magazines in New York City, Chicago and other northern cities.

Strong second half

The factors Mary Kay Ryan, director of sales and marketing at Longboat Key Club’s Inn on the Beach, attributes the slow start to reservations that were canceled last year because of concerns that a lingering red tide bloom would still plague the area during the upcoming winter season. Many reservations for Inn on the Beach were canceled in October and November 2005, just as satellite images began showing that the red tide bloom off Sarasota was beginning to weaken. At Casa Del Mar, red tide was also a concern, but didn’t impact rental rates. Many longtime Casa Del Mar guests asked about red tide and hurricane damage when they made reservations, but reservation staff reassured them that the water has been clearblue and the Key escaped the storm season with minimal impact. “When anybody asks me if we were damaged, I say we were blessed,� Williams said. “I don’t count the few trees that blew over as damage when I look at what happened across the state.� Despite concerns about red tide and hurricanes, Williams said that this season appears to be a record year for gross revenue at Casa Del Mar. Erin Duggan, public relations manager with the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau said that many northern visitors stayed in their home states a little longer this year. “We were off to a slow start in January because of the record highs up North,� said Erin

The sluggish start turned into a strong tourist season as vacationers poured onto the Key in March and April. Several Longboat resort managers and business owners said they recorded recordhigh revenues in the end of March and beginning of April. Although final occupancy figures were not available as of press time, April seemed to have been a much stronger month for the Key’s resorts and hotels because of Easter Sunday’s mid-April date. Duggan said March and April were two of the best months for Sarasota County barrier islands, as far as occupancy rates and average daily rates. Although January, February and April occupancy rates were down slightly at Inn at the Beach, Ryan said that April rates were higher than the previous year. During April, the hotel’s revenue was up 20% from the previous year. Ryan said more people were on the Key because of Easter’s later date this year. Harry Christensen, co-owner of Harry’s Continental Kitchens, said this season was a strong one for the restaurant, deli and catering service. Christensen said March and April were the strongest months. Although he doesn’t have figures yet, he estimates a 10% increase in gross revenue during these months. But Christensen explained that the picture is not an entirely positive one: “Snowbirds seemed to stay on the island longer this year. Also a lot of new people moved to the island during the last real-estate boom. But tourism is way down.� At Publix supermarket in Avenue of the Flowers plaza, revenue numbers were down slightly this season. “Even though it may be a little lower this year, it was overall pretty close to the past seasons,� said Manager Terry Uphaus.

SISTER continued from 1A There were no reported injuries, although crews were exhausted because of the heat, demanding terrain and long hours. Residents first began noticing smoke rising from the island at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 2. On Tuesday evening, Marbury Lane resident Dr. Cee Edmundson and Town Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough were instrumental in contacting Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and getting town officials to work out an agreement with Sarasota County Fire Rescue to make helicopter trips over the island. Before dusk, the helicopter made 10 trips over the island. The helicopter stopped making flights at sunset due to safety concerns. Within an hour, flames grew. Throughout the night, Edmundson said the blaze sent hot embers into a strong southerly breeze and burning vegetation could be heard crackling from across the Intracoastal Waterway. Wednesday morning, a helicopter from the Florida Division of Forestry used a 275gallon bucket to pick up water from Sarasota Bay and douse the fire. At 11 a.m. the helicopter pilot stopped passing over the fire, and returned five hours later. By noon Wednesday, the fire was mostly contained. A crew of nine Longboat Key firefighters poured water onto remaining hotspots using portable pumps that sucked water from the bay. Crews concentrated on a smoldering fire on the northeastern edge of the island’s interior. The fire was contained before it reached the northernmost tip of the island, which is covered by a patch of tall Australian pines. If the fire reached the pine trees, they could have quickly burst into towering flames, firefighters said. Longboat Key Fire Rescue Chief Julius Halas said the strategy was to extinguish the fire as quickly as possible without caus-

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ing more ecological damage to the island. The plan was to continuously soak the key with water, instead of hauling equipment out to the island on a barge in order to cut down a swatch of trees and brush to create a firebreak. On Thursday, three Division of Forestry fire crews were on scene to create a small firebreak — about 2-feet wide — around the perimeter of the fire to reduce the likelihood of rekindling or fire extension to the Australian pine path to the north. Aerial surveillance showed that the inner core of Sister Key’s largest island was charred. Ed Flowers, district manager Florida Division of Forestry Myakka division, said brush fires are a natural occurrence and the Sister Keys fire would clear away a layer of undergrowth and fuel rapid regrowth. Flowers said it will be difficult to find evidence to determine the cause of the fire, but he said the probable cause was likely a campfire. Flowers said: “There hasn’t been any lightning. Someone was out there and got it going.� Flowers said if not for the helicopter trips Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, firefighters on the ground would have been fighting a losing battle. Normally, the Division of Forestry wouldn’t fly a helicopter over a brush fire on an uninhabited island. “Technically, they went above and beyond for us,� Halas said. Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough, who toured the island Friday, agreed. “It was something that showed a cooperative effort,� he said. “They couldn’t get a handle on it without a helicopter going in there and getting it knocked down a little,� Flowers said. Veteran Longboat firefighters and police said they could not recall another instance when a helicopter was used to fight a fire on or near Longboat.







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The end of tourism? and appreciation of real estate will slow Talk to Larry Starr, president of know the answer: Who is Florida’s — increasingly so. And the vibrancy of ResortQuest International here on the Speaker of the House? Longboat Key will wither accordingly. Gulf Coast of Florida and a longtime Much to the pleasure of the Sarasota There’s not enough pain yet for Longboat Key businessman, and he’ll Herald-Tribune and its political Longboat property owners and resitell you why his company’s recently reporter Jeremy Wallace, it appears dents to take action for change. But remodeled The Beach at Longboat was outgoing Florida House Speaker Allan before that crisis hits, it might behoove not completely torn down and rebuilt Bense will enter the primary race our elected officials, planning board into a more luxurious, slightly larger against Katherine Harris to vie for the members and a blue-ribbon group of resort. Republican Party’s nomination to chaldevelopers, the Key’s resort owners and Density and zoning. lenge incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill forward-thinking residents to craft a Had Starr torn down the building, Nelson. visionary plan. And that plan would do built in 1950, the town would have Clearly, Bense’s ego is getting the betthis: Spell out specific steps Longboat allowed him to build only a two-unit ter of his brain. This happens frequently Key should take to create a climate that project. That would have made no ecoto those who live in the Tallahassee would make it attractive economically nomic sense. So Starr remodeled the Beltway. In their world, inside the building with 15 nice (but not Longboat- and esthetically to have, say, three, four, state Capitol, they are Masters of the five world-class resorts. Wouldn’t that luxurious) units. Universe, forgetting how few of Florida’s be preferable to the inevitable? Meanwhile, up the street on Gulf of 17 million citizens pay attention to, Mexico Drive, two of Longboat Key’s much less care about, what they do quaintest seaside resorts, the Wicker — until the tax bill arrives. Inn and Arbors by the Sea, owned by + Bense for Senate: futile Bense should spare the Republican the Messer family, are for sale. And Who is Allan Bense? Party this exercise in futility and of difguess how they’re being marketed? Not That’s what 10,500,000 registered fusing the party’s resources. Indeed, if as properties that can be operated as Florida voters will be asking themselves. history is an indicator, he has less of a quaint, seaside resorts, not as condos Or, try this one: Go stand in the chance than Harris — in spite of whatthat would continue to operate as resort middle of a shopping mall and play ever the pollsters, Gov. Jeb Bush and the rental units, not as tourist attractions. Jay Leno’s “Jay Walking.” Ask shoppers biased political reporters are saying. They’re being promoted as properties the following question, and you’d be For instance, name one Florida House suitable for single-family homes and stunned at how few, if anyone, would speaker in the past 25 years who was family compounds. Fact is, elected to the U.S. Senate. the economics just won’t Answer: None. FLORIDA’S U.S. SENATE RACES work. Name all of the Florida If, say, a buyer wants House speakers in the past 20 Since 1980, a Florida House speaker has never made it to to continue operating the years who have been elected to the U.S. Senate . Wicker Inn as a resort, he Congress. Winner Loser couldn’t borrow to finance Answer: One, Tom Feeney, 1980 Paula Hawkins, GOP Bill Gunter, Dem. the purchase and make the R-Orlando/Daytona Beach, 1982 Lawton Chiles, Dem. Van Poole, GOP business work. The land 2002. costs are too high to support The point: Florida House 1986 Bob Graham, Dem. Paula Hawkins, GOP the rental rates. Speakers are like corporate 1988 Connie Mack, GOP Buddy McKay, Dem. The sale of the Wicker personnel directors — every1992 Bob Graham, Dem. Bill Grant, GOP Inn and Arbors by the Sea one on the inside knows who 1994 Connie Mack, GOP Hugh Rodham, Dem. will be two more nails in they are but no one on the 1998 Bob Graham, Dem. Charlie Crist, GOP Longboat Key’s tourism cofoutside has ever heard of fin. And this is sad — for them. 2000 Bill Nelson, Dem. Bill McCollum, GOP everyone. Without attractive Who is Allan Bense? Come 2004 Mel Martinez, GOP Betty Castor, Dem. Gulf-side resorts and hotels Jan. 1, 2007, we probably that attract tourists, the flow won’t remember.


Amnesty could be national tragedy The massive marches by those favoring illegal immigrants revealed the ugly truth behind the fog of pious words and clever political spin from the media and from both Democrats and Republicans in Washington. “Guest workers”? Did any of the strident speakers, with their in-your-face bombast in Spanish, sound like guests? Did they sound like people who wanted to become Americans? Were they even asking for amnesty? They didn’t sound like they were asking THOMAS for anything. They sounded like they were SOWELL telling. Demanding. Threatening. These were not the speeches of people who wanted to join American society, but people who wanted their own turf on our soil — in disregard and defiance of what American citizens want. Europe has already been through this “guest worker” policy that we are being urged to follow. They have learned the hard way what it means to have a growing foreign population in their midst — a population that insists on remaining foreign and hostile to the culture, values and people around them. Some European countries have learned this lesson at the cost of riots and bloodshed in the streets and lives lost in terrorist attacks. Others have only

had to contend with national polarization — thus far — but polarization is not a small thing. In this country, however, there are still people who refuse to learn any lesson at all. Some business interests see only an opportunity to get cheap labor. Some intellectuals see only abstract principles about abstract people crossing an abstract border. Some tell us loftily that earlier generations of immigrants who were once thought to be unassimilable turned out over time to become as American as anyone else and patriotic citizens. That might well be true of immigrants from Mexico, legal and illegal, if the circumstances of today were the same as those during an earlier era of immigration from Europe. But circumstances are not the same — and those circumstances are not going to become the same by pretending that they are. The ugly display of grievance-mongering bombast at the illegal immigrant marches is just one of those circumstances that are not the same as in an earlier era. When people came here from Europe, they came here to become Americans. There was no prouder title for them. American generals of German ancestry led the fight against Germany in both World Wars. The Irish “Fighting 69th” earned its fame on the battlefields of the First World War and Japanese American fighting units were among the most highly decorated in World War II. They proved they were Americans.

The underlying tragedy of the present situation is that it is doubtful whether the activist loudmouths, who were too contemptuous of this country to even speak its language while demanding its benefits, represent most immigrants from Mexico. Both legal and illegal immigrants have come here primarily to work and make a better life for themselves and their families. But a country requires more than workers. It requires people who are citizens not only in name but in commitment. Americanization did not happen automatically in earlier times and it will not happen automatically today. Immigrants in an earlier era had leaders and organizations actively working to transform them into Americans — the Catholic Church with the Irish and numerous organizations among the Jews, for example. Today’s immigrant activists and the politicians who kowtow to them have just the opposite agenda: to keep foreigners foreign and to make other Americans accept and adjust to that. It will be a national tragedy if they succeed. Just what problem will amnesty solve? Illegal aliens will benefit and politicians will benefit by sweeping the illegality aside by making it legal. But how will American citizens benefit? America can lose big time. Author-economist Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, Calif.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006

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MY VIEW by Tom Mayers | Guest Writer

Wildlife preservation adds value to Longboat At a recent meeting of the Longboat Key Historical Society, I suggested that a good plan for the future would be for us to designate and consider the island of Longboat Key as a park. The audience participated by adding names of Longboat Key wildlife to a list, while I showed a video featuring Longboat Key wildlife. While this list of animals is not by any means complete, it does illustrate the wide variety of interesting native animals that we have here on Longboat Key today, along with a few introduced species. The animal names given that night follow here ... Blue heron, night heron, green heron, white heron, white pelican, brown pelican, gopher tortoise, fresh water turtle, loggerhead turtle, green

turtle, corn snake, barracuda, raccoon, black snake, whippoorwill, chuck wills widow, box turtles, coach whip snake, rattlesnake, dove, stingray, mangrove snake, wood stork, bald eagle, osprey, manatee, skimmer, porpoise (dolphin), egret, hawk, seagulls, ibis, peacock, zebra butterfly, alligator, oyster catcher, sand hill crane, wild turkey, frogs, rabbits, roseate spoonbill, quail, screech owls, great horned owls, snow owls, barred owls, wood storks, sheep head, cooter turtle, amberjack, bass, seahorse, frigate bird, minnows, armadillo, mullet, ducks, snook, Cuban anole, green anole, grouper, trout, possums, seahorse, sharks, humming birds, pileated woodpeckers, small wood peckers, red wing black birds,

boat tailed grackles, king snakes, rats, squirrels, cormorants, ring neck snake, mocking birds, blue jays, cardinals, flounder, snapper, needlefish, red fish, moray eels, stone crabs, blue crabs, horseshoe crabs, scorpions, black widow spiders, golden orb spider, flounder, crows, pinfish, jewfish, ladyfish, spider crabs, mackerel. The topic of the talk that I gave was about my history of Longboat Key. Central to that topic has always been the Longboat Key wildlife. When I was a boy, there were fewer than 1,000 people living on Longboat Key. It was more than 90% wilderness and less than 10% human habitation. Today, the times have changed with more than 90% human

Letters TO THE


Tourist: No to Jet Skis

Dear Editor: My family and I have been visitors to beautiful Longboat Key for the past seven years. While staying at Casa Del Mar last year during Easter vacation, I read in The Longboat Observer about a controversy with Jet Skis being rented from the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. At that time, I was neutral in how I felt about the issue. On Easter Sunday, April 16, I saw the issue still had not been resolved. The Jet Skis had appeared and were again available for rent from the Hilton. Then the next few days, the Jet Skis were absent. During both the morning and then again in the late afternoon that the Jet Skis were not in the area, my wife and I noticed the presence of several dolphins swimming within about 150 feet of the coast in front of where we were staying at Casa Del Mar. On one of those days we saw two dolphins swimming within 25 feet of the beach. On the morning of Thursday, April 20, I was sitting on the balcony of our rental unit at Casa Del Mar reading the paper, when I looked out on the Gulf to see two people on a Jet Ski traveling full throttle in a southerly direction and clearly within 150 feet of the beach. They turned sharply toward the shore for about 100 feet and then quickly turned around away from the shoreline and went full throttle back in a southerly direction. In less than one minute this Jet Ski was followed by two Jet Skis coming from north of Casa Del Mar, with each towing one other jet ski behind. These Jet Skis both throttled down and pulled into the Hilton. Within 20 minutes, another Jet Ski came from the north and pulled within 100 feet of the beach at Casa Del Mar to circle a swimming dolphin that had surfaced in that area. It appeared as if the Jet Ski with three riders posed a definite danger to this lone dolphin. I called the office at Casa Del Mar to report the problem. They advised me to call the police department to report the situation, which I did. The police department dispatcher took my information and sent an officer to look into the situation. My opinion about Jet Skis has changed. I realize now the real danger to people and, especially, to aquatic life these Jet Skis pose. I believe and would be willing to bet that there are more people who come to Longboat Key to see and enjoy the dolphins swimming along the coastal waters than there are people who come to ride the Jet Skis. I know my money will be on the dolphins.

I suggest that the Longboat Key Town Commission take the advice of this tourist to the bank by placing an absolute ban of Jet Skis from their (mostly) peaceful seashore. Alan Freeman Middletown, Ohio

Less commerce good for Key

Dear Editor: Your editorial on the 30-day rental rule examines some pertinent issues affecting Longboat Key, but does, I fear, come to the wrong conclusion, particularly in relation to the matter of commercial activity on the Key. I can see no case for commercial enterprises on Longboat, other than those able to sustain themselves by meeting local needs; namely, those supplying food and general household and personal requirements. One or two hotels maybe have a place, but the loss or lack of them seems to me to be of little consequence. What does matter is the sustainability of St. Armands Circle. If that were to be lost, Longboat Key would be in serious trouble. By reducing commercial activity (by natural wastage, of course) on the Key to only that which is necessary, we would be giving St. Armands a vital boost, and in doing so, protect Longboat’s future. If St. Armands fails, so too will its neighbor to the north. Longboat Key is essentially a lovely, residential island. The last thing it needs is more commerce. Other than essentials, St. Armands and Sarasota’s shops and malls will more than adequately suffice. As for the private commerce of residential lettings, I would counsel against any relaxation of the 30-day rule. A reduction to even 14 days risks turning Longboat into a kind of revolving dormitory. The dangers inherent in such a folly should be clear for all to see, not least of those who have an interest in protecting and enhancing the value of their island real estate. Michael J. Lazarus Longboat Key

In defense of commerce

Dear Editor: Just checking, but Longboat Key is still in America, right? Why should our commission be charged with trying to put a legitimate businessman out of business? Ralph Cole is, and has been, doing business on the Key and Anna Maria Island for years. He is providing a service for our visitors, just like the restaurants, parasailors, sunset-cruise operators, scooter rentals, boat rentals and all the other vendors

habitation and less than 10% wilderness area. Each vacant lot has been cleared and built on. These vacant areas were the only places left for some of the wildlife. As these places are developed, there has been no plan to insure that the wildlife will be protected. My suggestion is that we adapt to this change and recognize the wildlife as an integral part of what makes Longboat Key special and a place where people want to live and visit. If we adapt and include the wildlife in the future of Longboat Key, it may remain like a paradise for us and for future residents. Longboat Key without the wildlife will be like a parking lot. That does not sound nice to me. One suggestion that I made

on the Key. He, like all of us, has invested considerable time and money into his business to support his family. Is this the direction we want to be heading — when any group opposed to a certain activity can get it outlawed or thrown off the Key? Maybe we can edit the sign at the bridge to read “Welcome to Longboat Key. Sorry, no fun allowed.” Longboat Key’s businesses are closing fast enough as it is; let’s not drive another one out with some sort of vendetta.  Paul Moore  Longboat Key

Bubble hasn’t burst

Dear Editor: If paradise to you means watching the sun rise and set on waterfront property, listening to the sound of the surf or the cry of the gulls, you can be sure many people feel the same way. I have been a resident of Lido Beach since 1990, and I know the call of the Gulf. I know that a home or condominium on the beach is a good investment for the future as well as a dream home for the present. Contrary to dire predictions that the bubble has burst, sales have slackened and prices are falling, waterfront sales have remained strong. We have seen fluctuations but not significant drops. True, many buyers are waiting for prices to come within their reach. Remember, there is no land left for developers to buy and build additional Gulf front condominiums. The effort is focused on downtown and city residences. But to many people, like myself, Florida means gazing at the storybook water and the endless and ever-changing sky. With so much negative news recently about real estate, it’s time we stood back and took stock of what we have here on the Gulf Coast: location and climate that can’t be duplicated. Our bubble certainly hasn’t burst. We welcome those who come to share it with us. Karin Stephan Lido Key

Nelson remarks lack merit

Dear Editor: Apparently nothing will alter The Longboat Observer’s unrelenting commitment to Katherine Harris, despite her acknowledged improprieties in blindly, or blithely, and repeatedly accepting tainted-campaign donations; and despite her apparent lack of credibility. But to urge on her behalf (The Observer, April 27) that she “has more ability and substance” than does Sen. Bill Nelson, is so transparently laughable that no response is justified. Your characterization of the senator as “a disciple of big-government socialism and taxation” buttressed by failing grades

was that the town of Longboat Key produce and print a small brochure featuring our wildlife and advocating the protection of the less than 1% of some of these animals that are still left here. This could help by instructing people and workers not to kill any turtles or snakes that are harmless. People can put water stations out to help the animals and it will cause animals to come by where they can be viewed and enjoyed. If we do nothing we are in danger of losing one of the best aspects of our island. If we just begin treating it like a park, Longboat Key may become more like a park, like the old timers remember it. Tom Mayers is a longtime resident of Longboat Key.

assigned to voting records by the most extreme anti-tax and pro-business advocates champions the super-rich at the expense of the overwhelming majority of your readers. As an assistant administrator of the Small Business Administration during the years that the Reagan White House attempted to dismantle SBA, I was heartened by the successful efforts of Republican as well as Democratic members of Congress to save the programs in the face of assaults on behalf of big business. Today, Bill Nelson is among the champions of small-business programs, and a leader in the effort to protect Florida’s Gulf Coast from offshore drilling depredation. Your enthusiasm for Katherine Harris does not warrant  your distorting the record of Sen. Bill Nelson. (Although I write as an individual Longboat Key voter, I am president of the Longboat Key Democratic Club.)  Marvin H. Morse Longboat Key

Litwhiler will be missed

Dear Editor: Kat Wingert honored Mark Litwhiler in her lovely “Pep Talk” in the April 21 edition of The Longboat Observer. Not only was Litwhiler a source of vast sports knowledge and enthusiasm, he was an asset to the town in his role as recreation Director at Bayfront Park Recreation Center — and a helluva nice guy. Unfortunately, Litwhiler had no choice but to leave. His was a dead-end job with no future. The Rec Center is simply not a priority here. With the exception of the enthusiasts who take classes or have meetings there, it has few supporters. Maybe the loss of this valuable man will cause the town leaders and taxpayers to, once again, contemplate whether Longboat Key should or should not have a facility that reflects the high quality of everything else on our beloved island. I hope that happens before the poor, tired, old building crumples into the newly renovated baseball field. Molly Schechter Longboat Key   Editor’s Note: Molly Schechter writes the Aerobic Grandma column for The Observer.   To send in your letters please e-mail them to or mail them to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 34228. The Longboat Observer gives priority to letters of local interest and about local issues. The Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. the editor reserves the right to condense letters.


The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006

NORTH CASEY KEY GULF-TO-BAY. Completed in 2005 on over an acre on a private road. Walled and gated with attention to detail throughout. Infinity-edge pool, complete summer kitchen, covered dock with lift and the ultimate private beach of Sarasota. $12,000,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. Longboat Key

ACREAGE ON CRESCENT BEACH. Almost 3 acres of pristine beachfront property ideal for development as family compound or enclave of homes. Enjoy miles of sandy beach at your doorstep. $8,900,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #303587

MARVELOUS GULF-FRONT OASIS showcasing through walls of glass. This custom two-story re ing and dining rooms, family room and beachfron 383-7591 or 387-0533. #286062

UNIVERSITY PARK’S FINEST. Todd Johnston Strafford IV with an interior designed with luxurious appointments, a warm palette of neutral colors & an expansive floor plan of over 4,700 sq. ft. $1,799,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #299646

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Rare 4BR custom bui landscaping & deep water. Only a short distanc 383-7591 or 376-8559. #301872

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LIDO SHORES. Great end unit view of fantastic beach, with 3 balconies, updated kitchen & cov 4447 or 809-0038. #309469 FIRST LIDO. Charming, light & bright villa on Lid kitchen & tile floors. Just a short distance to the Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #309701 THE PRESIDENTIAL. This like-new 2BR unit ha top. Across the street from the beach & a sho Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #299845 LIDO PRESIDENTIAL. This 2BR penthouse unit from the beach. Located just minutes from St. 6660 or 355-7528. #291816

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TANGERINE BAY CLUB. Enjoy the luxury & comfort of a turnkey furnished 4BR penthouse with spectacular bay views, fireplace & 2-car garage. $1,599,900. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #299803 BAY ISLES. Rarely available maintenance-free townhome in a sought after enclave of 18 homes. Open, light & spacious floor plan, great kitchen, lanai & water views. $1,500,000. Michael Yawitz, 383-7591 or 587-8091. #295579 GRAND BAY. Popular Cayman model in immaculate condition with breathtaking bay views. Features soft neutral colors, faux painting & wonderful crown molding details throughout. $1,389,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 266-2174. #309327 TANGERINE BAY. Direct Bayfront with spectacular views of Sarasota Bay. This 2BR-plusden, 2-car garage home boasts a courtyard entry & open plan with gourmet kitchen. Enjoy the beautiful pool setting. $1,135,000. Mel & Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #298883 SAND CAY. Perfect home for investment and vacation. Penthouse end unit with soaring ceilings and stunning views, plus nearly $50K annual income. $999,900. Steve Magner, 383-7591 or 376-8559. #307355 EMERALD POINTE. Exquisite taste & flair abound in this totally refurbished residence. Quality throughout & a superbly designed floor plan with views of water & green from all windows. $995,000. Donna Maloof, 383-7591. #295578 LONG BEACH. Set in Longboat Village, this vacation cottage with a home feeling is set on the water with a 50’ dock. $979,000. Jonathan Fox, 393-3759 or 330-1441. #305545 ISLANDS WEST. This beachfront two-bedroom, 11th floor residence is ready for your personalized renovation. $949,900. Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 313-5500. #306492 PRIVATEER SOUTH - BEHIND THE GATES. Totally renovated 2BR residence with stunning Gulf, bay & city skyline views. $859,000. Tom Farr, 951-6660 or 587-0725. #309355 DAZZLING BEACH & SUNSET VIEWS from this first floor, turnkey furnished 2BR residence in Longboat Key Club. Features a patio, pool & boat dock. $825,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #297328 BAY ISLES. Excellent cleared building lot in Bay Isles. Maintenance fee includes access to the private Bay Isles Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico. $795,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #299771 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Best value in this well maintained home in a very desirable neighborhood. Features a lovely pool & screened lanai. Original owner has taken loving care. $785,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #299239 BUTTONWOOD COVE. This 3BR features a deepwater boat slip, under-building parking with a large storage closet, 2 tennis courts, beach park, clubhouse & heated pool. $749,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #291520 WHITNEY BEACH This beautifully furnished 2BR condominium overlooking Bishop’s Bayou offers the best of everything - pools, tennis, beach, boat docks and fishing pier. $699,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #289070 SAND CAY. Exceptional Longboat Key value with on-site rental office for short-term rentals. Owner may use as much or little as they wish. $675,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 5042393. #309206 THE GARDENIA HOUSE. Surrounded by gardenia bushes, this lakefront, totally updated, lovely home is a must see. This freestanding villa is located on the park near the entrance & across from deeded beach access. $549,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #309694 SEAPLACE. Desirable, private end unit at Seaplace. Totally redone & updated Northwest unit with 2-story loft & stairs to large bedroom. $549,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #302450 CEDARS EAST. Stunning end unit available at one of Florida’s most renowned tennis resorts. Features winding nature trails, mangroves, dock & expansive bay views. $534,900. Jay Seigel, 383-7591 or 228-5298. #301165 SUTTON PLACE. This private 2BR villa with attached carport is in great condition with newer windows, roof, appliances & carpet. Enjoy 2 pools, deeded beach access & boat docks. $529,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #294506 BANYAN BAY BEAUTY. Corner 2BR unit in a Gulf-to-Bay complex with private beach, community boat dock, pool & tennis. Set in nature’s tropical gardens of banyans, palms & gumbo limbos. $495,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #293080 LONGBOAT ARMS. Newly renovated end unit in a small complex on the bay. This turnkey furnished 2BR features a breakfast room, split plan & deeded beach access across the street. $479,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #289185 WINDWARD BAY. Beautiful views of Sarasota Bay. Boat docks, clubhouse & heated pool are just outside the door of this 2BR with deeded beach access. $479,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 9516660 or 374-0196. #305404

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THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Ritz-Carlton management provides every imaginable amenity. Astounding, direct Gulf-front 11th floor home in the sky representing the ultimate luxury lifestyle. $4,395,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #309286 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Over 400’ of Gulf frontage on almost 8 acres. This unit features magnificent views, concierge, outdoor pool & spa, & state-of-the-art fitness center. $3,400,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #302962 LIDO BEACH. Exquisitely designed Mediterranean mini-estate with luxury upgrades, gourmet kitchen & boat dock. Close to St. Armands Circle & Lido Beach. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets. $2,499,000. Philip Smith, 907-9595 or 400-0109. #527460 AS FEATURED IN METROPOLITAN HOME, this beautiful but beach comfortable Gulf-front penthouse has 3 true bedrooms, a den & Gulf views from every room. $2,000,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #300747 LIDO SHORES. Modern neighborhood on the rise. Buy now before this newly designed home is constructed. $1,280,000. Brian Snyder, 383-7591 or 376-2005. #284270 LIDO HARBOR TOWERS. Three-BR residence in a very unique, completely renovated building directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy stunning bay & Gulf views. $990,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 5044435. #281152 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS NORTH. Full Gulf views from this 12th floor corner unit. Located on Lido Beach & only one block from St. Armands Circle shops & restaurants. Heated pool, sauna & exercise room. $980,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #293998 ST. ARMANDS. Tropical hideaway within a short distance to the Circle & beach. Totally private & surrounded by gardens, waterfall & decking. $865,000. Jim Hanrahan, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #295206 KEY TOWERS SOUTH. Direct Gulf-front corner residence with beautiful views of water, beach & sunsets. Captures the best of Lido Key with stylish decor, open balcony & fabulous location. $849,000. Georgina Clamage and Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #296198 BELCASTELLO - THE ULTIMATE VENETIAN GULF-FRONT ESTATE. Old World sophistication combined with casual Florida living & ST. ARMANDS TOWERS SOUTH. Located on Lido Beach, this 6th sweeping Gulf views. Top quality & attention to detail throughout. floor corner unit is close to St. Armands Circle. The most sought-after Pool, boatdock & loggia/summer kitchen. Adjoining buildable waterbuilding on Lido offers a heated pool, sauna & exercise room. front lot with dock also available. A Christie’s Great Estates listing. $649,500. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #294807 $13,500,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 355-7528. #292439 PRISTINE GULF-SIDE RETREAT. Spacious & bright 2BR corner unit on Gulf side of Lido Beach. Views of greenbelt from this beautiful condominium. $649,000. Phyllis DiBlasi, 388-4447 or 351-1514. #282650



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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Enjoy direct bayfront views of the city in this 3,350-sq.-ft. home in sought after Country Club Shores on Longboat Key. $3,300,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #270672

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MAINLAND WATERFRONT. Enjoy over 100’ of shoreline with easy access to the bay from this well-built 4BR pool home. Set on a quiet street with a fenced yard & high elevation. $849,900. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #299018

c sunsets. Located across street from public vered parking. $595,000. Nina Dearing, 388-

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ES CA BAY. Grand estate set on 3.21 acres of gated & exquisitely landscaped bay frontage. Revel in unparalleled luxury & craftsmanship. Sarasota’s most extraordinary outdoor entertaining areas. $12,900,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #288518 WARWICK GARDENS. Mark Rutenberg’s award-winning Aurora model home is now available. as been completely renovated from bottom to Set on a premier, lushly landscaped lot, this residence is designer furnished & has a private ort distance to the Circle. $479,000. Tammy pool area. $1,595,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #303984 is in a small, well maintained building across SILVER OAK. New 2006, 2-story Todd Johnston executive home overlooking pristine preserve. Armands Circle. $475,000. Debra Pitell, 951Boasts 4BRs, bonus room, office, pool, spa & summer kitchen. $1,495,000. Maripat Flood, 966-8000 or 223-6676. #298411 LAUREL OAK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB. The quintessence of quality & style, with double leaded glass doors, a breakfast nook, gourmet kitchen with granite, 30’ pool, & game, family & formal living rooms. $1,485,000. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #309057 THE RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON. Gorgeous corner residence boasting 1,763 sq. ft. in this beautifully appointed pied-aterre on top of The Ritz-Carlton. Relax & enjoy the dramatic bay & city views. $1,400,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 3648884. #300171 PRESTANICA. Golf course home with southern exposure & a beautiful, large pool setting. Features marble floors & separate guest quarters. $1,399,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 3837591 or 928-3559. #309185 HAMMOCKS. Spectacular Coachman-built 3,760-sq.-ft., 5BR custom home on a large cul-de-sac lot creates the perfect family environment. Features 2BRs & bonus room upstairs. $1,050,000. Tom R. Delaney, 383-7591 or 387-3990. #309613 UNIVERSITY PARK’S FINEST. Experience panoramic water views from the moment you enter this Todd Johnston Strafford plan, expanded by the original owners. Luxurious features & upgrades throughout. $1,049,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #293440 THE OAKS CLUBSIDE. Enjoy a tranquil view of the fairways & lakes OUTSTANDING BAY WATERFRONT. Capturing expansive bay views, this impeccably renovated Key Royale home offers 2,653 sq. ft. of livin this elegant 3/4BR home. Features wood floors, spacious rooms, ing area, 3BRs, custom kitchen & screened patio with spa. A Christie’s high ceilings, 3-car garage & very large pool area for al fresco dinGreat Estates listing. $2,299,000. Kimberly Roehl, 748-6300 or 447ing. $995,000. Bobbie Banan & Betty Mullinnix, 388-4447 or 3569988. #521918 2659. #309647 LAUREL PARK. Pre-construction in downtown’s historic Laurel Park. Key West-style home with ceramic, carpet & wood floors USIVEAFlLIATEOF#HRISTIEgS'REAT%STATES

throughout. Ready late summer 2006. $899,000. Matt Orr, 951OFINDEPENDENTREALESTATEBROKERS 6660 or 685-4077. #301032

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FANTASTIC BIRD KEY PROPERTY. This very unique, gracious residence is a 2-story Colonialstyle with a dramatic center entry foyer & circular staircase. Truly a wonderful family home. $2,375,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #304296 DESOTO ACRES. Lovely, extensively updated family home on over 2 acres. Features Corian counters, extra large living room with fireplace, formal dining room with wood floors, & den or 4th bedroom. $875,000. Anka Eshak, 951-6660 or 504-6374. #309486 UNIVERSITY PARK. Fabulous home on a lovely lake features 3BRs, office & large master retreat overlooking the pool and spa. $875,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 6855368. #298747 DOWNTOWN BAYFRONT. This beautifully renovated & turnkey furnished 2BR corner unit has fabulous wraparound cityside & bay views. Enjoy a great cosmopolitan ‘in-town’ feel. $785,000. Steve Davis, 966-8000 or 356-1143. #299032 UNIVERSITY PARK. A secret garden lies behind this delightful, French-inspired, furnished model home. Quality upgrades, 2BRs, den & beautiful heated pool in a tranquil, greenerysheltered lanai. $695,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #309790 CEDAR COVE ESTATES. Remarkable West of the Trail home with over 2,400 sq. ft., vaulted ceilings, separate dining room, 10’ ceilings & large pool with spa. $639,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #302989 BLACKBURN POINT WOODS. Completely remodeled villa with new hardwood & ceramic floors, new appliances, high volume ceilings, large rooms, & community pool & tennis. $595,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #291164 THE LANDINGS - A FAVORITE IN-TOWN LOCATION. This waterfront 3BR condominium home has been totally renovated with new flooring, new appliances & a new kitchen. $469,900. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #307397 SUPERBLY MAINTAINED three-bedroom home in an active family neighborhood. Entry opens to living area with view of private pool area. $450,000. Lynn Brock, 388-4447 or 313-1234. #303517 RENAISSANCE. Spectacular bay views enjoyed by every room in this designer decorated one-BR residence. Hardwood floors & an open plan enhance the beauty of this home. $449,000. Julie Jordan, 951-6660 or 923-0598. #306483 CHATWICK COURT. Stunning, totally updated 3BR gated home in mint condition, with a fenced yard & 2-car garage. $429,990. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #298696 GULF GATE. Quiet & conveniently located home with a spacious caged pool/spa area. This lovingly cared for 2BR, 2-car garage residence is perfect for comfortable living. $425,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #298863 DOWNTOWN OASIS. Restored 2BR 1950s ranch on a wooded lot conveniently located close to downtown activity. $335,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #302886 GULF GATE. Recently renovated home with Florida room, 3BRs & numerous fruit & palm trees. Located in a quiet neighborhood. $322,000. Dick Aubry, 349-3444 or 544-1462. #305898 NEWBURN VILLAGE. Built in 2005, this home features a foyer entry, custom tile & paint, tray ceilings & window coverings. $320,000. Jay Seigel, 383-7591 or 228-5298. #303921 OAK FOREST VILLAS. Designed with vaulted ceilings, light interior, large rooms and open floor plan for your Florida lifestyle. Enjoy long, peaceful views from the tiled lanai. $300,000. Susan Matteoli, 951-6660 or 356-1335. #308263 HILLCREST PARK. Spanish-style home close to downtown, public park & shopping. Clean & bright with hardwood floors, brick fireplace, new roof & a/c. $289,900. Marianne LeBar, 9516660 or 650-0337. #309663 LOCKWOOD GARDENS. Set on a huge treed lot, this 2BR open plan home features an attached garage & large enclosed porch overlooking the private yard. $250,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #309225 EASTWOOD OAKS. Add your personal touch to this 2BR home. Features an updated kitchen, new windows, Lexan hurricane shutters & a fenced backyard. Close to downtown. $220,000. Lisa Gullick, 388-4447 or 321-6973. #309099 Siesta Key

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FABULOUS LOCATION & STUNNING VIEWS from this unique, open & spacious custom home. Features cathedral ceilings with skylights throughout, large master overlooking the bay, an eat-in kitchen & stone fireplace. $3,950,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #285692 PANORAMIC VIEWS from this waterfront jewel. This beautiful & meticulous Key West-style treasure boasts spectacular sunsets, deep sailboat water, boat lift & open lap pool. $3,695,000. Michelle Wilde-Aldrich, 388-4447 or 544-3813. #285744 FAMILY HOME ON YACHTING WATER. Fabulous long views with 140’ of water frontage & the best deepwater protected dockage. Five BR set on a prestigious North Siesta cul-de-sac. $2,895,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #271975 BEAUTIFULLY BUILT BEACH HOUSE across from Crescent Beach with Gulf & sunset views. This brand new residence features elegant architectural details, 3BRs, elevator & very private pool terrace. $1,425,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #309890

10A Neighborhood &ROM



The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006

village association by Dora Walters | Senior Editor



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Villagers enjoy backyard party The backyard garden of Village residents Dr. Bob Kromer and Matsie Yost was perfect for an informal gathering May 3 of Longbeach Village Association members and guests. For some it was an opportunity to say goodbye for the summer and for others, a chance to make plans to enjoy off-season on Key. As usual, the potluck buffet was varied and delicious with choices from steamed clams to the usual chips and dip. The Village friends came early and stayed late.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006

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Celia and David Nadin with Brian Clark

Judy and Howard Weinblatt with Lynn Christensen

Photos by Dora Walters

Above Left: Corinne Ragheb with Fred and Liz Riedinger Above: Gail and Des Wyer Left: Clarice and Ed Schetter with Kip O’Neill

Edy Gitchel and D’Arcy Arpke

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TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MAY 16, 2006 (QUASIJUDICIAL) Please take notice that a public hearing will be held at the request of Dead River Properties, property owner, a division of Dead River Company, to consider an Outline Development Plan amendment application for Town Plaza I to modify the list of permitted uses listed in Resolution 87-30 to those uses listed under the C-1 Limited Commercial Zoning District, or alternatively, to modify the list of allowed uses for property located at 525 Bay Isles Parkway. A quasi-judicial public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board on the proposal will be held on May 16, 2006 at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard, at the Town Commission Chambers, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Florida. This hearing will be held in accordance with established quasijudicial procedures. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposal. Copies of the proposal and related material may be viewed at the Planning, Zoning & Building Department, 501 Bay Isles Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Questions may be directed to the Planning, Zoning & Building Department at 316-1966. The proposed amendment will affect property within the corporate boundaries of the Town of Longboat Key as shown on the map appearing at the bottom of this advertisement. No verbatim record by a certified court reporter is made of these proceedings. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at these proceedings upon which any appeal is to be based (see Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Town Clerk’s office at 941-316-1999 forty-eight (48) hours in advance of this proceeding. If you are hearing impaired, please call 941-373-7002. Sandy Gilbert, Chairman Planning and Zoning Board Publish: May 11, 2006



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12A News

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Cops’ Corner May 1

8:42 a.m. — 3400 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver who is tailgating other cars and driving into the bicycle lane. Woman is ticketed for having an expired license.

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9:16 a.m. — 400 block GMD. Larceny from a Business. Gas station clerk tells police that a man drove off without paying for $10 worth of gas. Officer looks for white work van but cannot find the vehicle. 10:01 a.m. — 5300 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer stops SUV with an expired license plate. Woman tells officer that her license was suspended more than one year earlier. Officer issues woman ticket and SUV is towed. 3:58 p.m. — 4800 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over a Buick with a cracked windshield. Officer arrests driver for not having a valid Florida driver’s license.

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5:59 p.m. — Intersection of GMD and Sutton Place. Car Crash. Driver of a Lincoln slows to make a turn off GMD. The driver behind the Lincoln does not stop in time and crashes into the rear of the Lincoln. Driver is ticketed for reckless driving.

May 2

2:10 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Park-

way. Property Lost or Missing. Vacationer loses her wallet. Wallet contains driver’s license, $500 cash and credit cards. 6:59 p.m. — 3800 block GMD. Rescue. Officer meets with bicyclist who fell from his bike while riding in a group. Paramedics treat man for minor abrasions and a head injury. Man refused transport to the hospital. Other riders help him get back home. 9:44 p.m. — 4300 block Longboat Harbour. Neighbor Disturbance. Officer meets with resident who is complaining that her neighbor in the condo unit below hers is banging on the ceiling. Woman tells officer that last year she had renters in her unit that disturbed the man below. When she went to his unit to discuss the incident, a verbal argument ensued. Officer talks to the man below, who says he banged on his ceiling because his neighbor was making noise. Officer tells both residents to avoid contact with each other and to call the police department if there is a continued problem with noise.

May 3

7:48 a.m. — 500 Putter Lane. Code Enforcement. Neighbor calls police about construction noise before 8 a.m. Officer notices two compressors running and several workers hammering on the neighbor’s home. Officer issues supervisor a written warning for construction noise before 8 a.m.

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11:52 a.m. — 3300 block Sabal Cove Lane. Suspicious Vehicle. Neighbor calls police about a white pickup truck parked on the street. The truck belongs to a construction worker registered to do work in the community. 1:45 p.m. — 3000 block Grand Bay Boulevard. Vandalism. It appears that someone rode BMX-style bikes around the walls of the flower beds. Resident tells officer it will cost about $1,000 to repair the damage. There are no suspects. 7:33 p.m. — Longboat Key Police Department. Property Lost or Missing. Woman tells police that her son lost his cell phone while walking to work. Woman also reports missing phone to phone company. 11:26 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Security Check. Officer closes front doors to Town Hall. It appears that the doors were not pushed all the way shut.

May 4

8:26 a.m. — 6500 block Bayou Hammock. Car Crash. Driver of a Jeep that was pulling a trailer hits a car parked on narrow street. Minor damage caused to car and trailer. 8:33 a.m. — 500 block Schooner Lane. Larceny from Private Residence. Resident leans bicycle against his house. At 7:50 a.m. the next day, the bicycle is missing. Resident believes workers in the area may have taken it. 10:52 a.m. — 4700 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer follows car driving 30 mph in a 45 mph zone on GMD. There is a long line of traffic behind the car. Officer pulls over driver, who says he was just out on a leisurely drive with his girlfriend and didn’t realize he

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was doing anything wrong. Officer discovers that driver had his license suspended five years ago. Officer arrests driver and transports him to Manatee County Jail. 12:44 p.m. — Intersection of GMD and Bay Isles Road. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver for having an expired license plate. Officers issues ticket to driver.

May 5

11:58 a.m. — Coquina Beach. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over Ford Explorer with license plate registered to a Toyota. Driver has a suspended Georgia license. Man tells officer he has been driving to and from work. Officer arrests man for driving without a license. 1:56 p.m. — Intersection of GMD and Longboat Club Road. Car Crash. Driver slows down and another driver cannot stop in time and crashes into first car. $5,000 worth of damage caused to first car. 2:16 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Property Damage. Resident hears a loud sound as he is driving down GMD. A golf ball hits the windshield and breaks the windshield. Golfer who caused the damage apologized and gives resident contact information. Officer files damage report. 3:35 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Abandoned 911 Call. Officer goes to resort to see who dialed 911. A worker was trying to call overseas and accidentally dialed 911. Because the phone system requires callers to dial 9 first, numerous false 911 calls have resulted.


5:05 p.m. — 4900 block GMD. Larceny from Construction Area. A rental generator worth $2,400 is missing.

May 2

5:22 p.m. — 600 block Neptune Avenue. Code Enforcement. Anonymous neighbor calls police about construction noise past 5 p.m. Workers are trying to move a dump truck that is stuck in the sand. Driver is able to get the truck out of the sand.

May 6

10:26 a.m. — 6700 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over Ford truck without a license plate. The tag was on the dash and had an expired decal. Driver tells officer that his father gave the truck to him last month, and it was stupid not to update the registration. Driver is arrested.

7:39 a.m. — 5900 block GMD. Code Enforcement. Resident calls police about construction noise before 8 a.m. Officer goes to location, but does not hear any construction noise.

12:50 p.m. — 3100 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer follows a white Chevrolet pickup traveling 32 mph in a 45 mph zone. Officer issues ticket to driver for not having a valid license.

2:42 a.m. — 5300 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over car without a tag light. Driver tells officer he does not have a license and he never had one. Officer issues ticket and driver’s friend drives car home.

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14A Religion

FROM THE PULPIT by Rabbi Michael Eisenstat

WORSHIP SERVICES All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Bayfront Christian Fellowship, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Summer Bible study and Communion. The Rev. Terry Wise, Ph. D., is the pastor. 358-8264. Christ Church of Longboat Key, holds service at 10 a.m. Sundays, at the Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Drive. The Rev. Dr. Ray Woody is the pastor. 383-9402. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Adult study discussion is at 9 a.m. and traditional service at 10 a.m. Sundays. Nursery available. 383-6491. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is interim minister. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Nursery available. Traditional service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Shabbat services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will conduct the services. 383-3428.

Inclusive Inviting Inspiring Interesting 9:00 am

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006

Don’t stand idly by while Darfur and Chad bleed A terrible tragedy is playing out in the Darfur region of the Sudan, as Arab militias known as the “Janjaweed” have been raping and slaughtering the villagers of Darfur, whom they view as political rivals. The men are killed. The women are usually raped and marked so that their husbands will not take them back. Children are either taken as slaves or killed. More than 400,000 have been killed. Some 2.5 million Darfurians have fled across the border to neighboring Chad, where they lead a precarious existence, especially because the Janjaweed have been crossing over the border to continue their policies of genocide. Under these conditions, disease, no stranger to Africa, has run rampant. Children, in particular, are dying in unprecedented numbers. Starvation rides a black horse and precedes the rider of the pale horse of death. Despite the urgency of our government’s pleas to the United Nations and our strong protestations to the Sudanese government, the genocide goes on. At this point, one wonders what can be done. We have successfully petitioned our government to take the political steps necessary to end this terrible crisis. But what do we do when our government takes

those diplomatic steps and gets little positive response? Some might respond by throwing up their hands and saying, “We did what we could do. We wrote to the White House, and the White House was not able to get any results. We have to leave it at that.” And let me speak frankly; none of us wants to see our country running off to yet another war in which our country has little vested national interest. But leaving it there, leaving the whole issue behind and saying, “We have done what we can do,” does not satisfy me. It does not satisfy me as a “mensch,” someone who is, hopefully, a decent human being. It does not satisfy me as Jew, whose people have suffered genocide. It does not satisfy me as a Jew, whose Bible says, “lo ta-amod al dam re-echa: thou shalt not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.” And I do not think that my God and my dear Christian friends and neighbors would disagree. In a recently released report, the United Nations World Food Program has announced that effective immediately, millions of these weak and vulnerable victims of this tragedy throughout eastern and western Sudan will receive half-rations of food because of a significant funding shortfall. By reducing the daily food

allotments to 1050 calories per day, they hope to stretch out the food supply to last beyond the “hunger season,” the annual pre-harvest period from July to September, when the needs are most critical. But even that will not be sufficient, because the Janjaweed have also taken to burning crops. According to Peter Smerdon, the World Food Program’s senior public affairs officer, the cut in food rations was made necessary by a shortfall of donations: 70% of what is necessary to feed 6.1 million people during the hunger period. Now, you know the problem. You are Jews and you are Christians. You know what needs to be done. Here is how you can do it. Write a check, made out to “Mazon: Food for Darfur and Chad Fund.” If your church has its own organizational link, bring it to your pastor and let him forward it on. If not, send it or bring it to Temple Beth Israel and we will send it in. Do it before the weekend is over. People are dying of starvation. You are Jews. You are Christians. You are human beings. Do it! Please. For their sake. For your sake. For God’s sake! Michael Eisenstat is rabbi at Temple Beth Israel.


Adult Education The Rev. Charles Shook

Elizabeth Romes Young


Elizabeth Romes Young, 99, of Longboat Key, died April 13. Mrs. Young was born October 6, 1906 in Mendota, Ill. She was the twin sister of Sara Romes Matthes, formerly of Lido Shores. Young moved to Sarasota with her husband, Jed, in 1970. She retired from Chicago, where she had worked as an actuary for A.S. Hansen Actuaries and Consultants. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1926. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and a

member of P.E.O. Sisterhood for 75 years. Young was predeceased by her husband, Jed; her brothers, Norman Romes and Chris Romes; a nephew, William Lake Matthes; and her twin sister, Sara Romes Matthes. She is survived by her nephew, Donald Lake Romes; nieces, Susan Romes Wainer, Sandra Romes Holden, Sue Matthes Galvin, Judy Romes Elmore, Karen Romes Ingram and Terri Romes Barrett; and grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews. A private graveside funeral was held April 17 at Sarasota Memorial Gardens.

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HIDEAWAY BAY THURS 5-7 $2,395,555 3600 Virtual Tour 705 N Hideway Bay Ln, Longboat Key. Residence perfection. Eloquence! Gorgeous home. A marvelous ambiance and so much more! LO# 308982 JERRY CUNNINGHAM 941-924-9000 KEY TOWER SOUTH THURS 5-7 $1,179,000 1750 Ben Franklin Dr Ph B, Sarasota. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets & panoramic gulf views from this stunning penthouse! 2BR split plan plus den/office. LO# 304079 KATHY SCOTT 941-924-9000 ARBOMAR THURS 5-7 $945,000 4485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr 201, Longboat Key. Full Gulf views are included with your new 2 bedroom, 2 bath custom designed and decorated sanctuary on the beach. LO# 302064 KATHY SCOTT 941-924-9000 ESSEX HOUSE THURS 5-7 $695,000 707 Gulfstream Ave S 1004, Sarasota. Downtown living on the water. Essex House penthouse finally available! Fantastic views of the city, day & night. LO# 309777 EMELIE ZACK 941-924-9000 PHILLIPPI GARDENS THURS 5-7 $529,900 2500 Constitution Blvd., Sarasota. Adorable 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is completely renovated & professionally staged. Furniture available as seperate package. LO# 293367 EMELIE ZACK 941-924-9000 LIDO HARBOUR TOWERS THURS 5-7 $485,000 1770 Ben Franklin Dr. 604, Sarasota. Wonderful large one bedroom Condo on beautiful Lido Beach w/great view's of the gulf. Secure under bldg parking. LO# 302073 INGER LILL 941-924-9000 COUNTRY OAKS THURS 5-7 $334,500 8232 Cypress Lake Dr., Sarasota. Charming, lakeview home nestled on quiet cul-de-sac. Family rm overlooking patio & lake. Under appraisal price!!! LO# 304789 LYNN A. LUKEN 941-924-9000

ANNA MARIA BEACH $3,900,000 Exquisite sense of luxury. Divinely different showplace home with direct gulf views. Great room, master suite. LO#290704 ROGER GRENIER 941-924-9000

SANCTUARY $1,479,000 Wow! Steps to beach, this walk-down residence is completely renovated, light, bright and beautiful. A wonderful value! LO#308451 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000


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LONGBOAT KEY $1,395,000 3BR/3.5BA contemporary with views of the Bay. Back-lighted glass block wall. Ultra-modern lighting. Private elevator. LO#310373 RICHARD A. GREENE 941-924-9000

SANDS POINT $899,000 Fantastic views of Gulf & sunsets. Renovated stone & wood floors, gourmet kitchen. Marina. Best kept secret on LBK. LO#310384 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000


BIRD/LIDO KEY BIRD KEY $4,390,000 Classic luxury haven. Custom 3 bedroom, 4+ bath bay-view residence. Circular drive. Open floorplan, great room. LO# 308452 DYRK DAHL 941-924-9000 BEACH RESIDENCES $3,800,000 Luxurious livability. Peerless condo with a shimmery bay view. 3BR/3 and 1/2 baths. Elevators, foyer. LO# 283219 OLIVER MCCONNELL 941-924-9000 BEACHFRONT $3,495,000 Breathtaking direct Gulf front views. Ritz Carlton management. Ultimate luxury & lifestyle! LO# 306590 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000 LIDO TOWERS $789,000 Updated 2BR/2BA end unit w/crown molding & wood floors, porcelain tile & carpet. Turnkey furnished;deeded beach access. LO# 302754 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000 SARASOTA $739,000 Reduced $100,000! Gulf views, tastefully remodeled 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Gulfside pool. Under bldg. parking. New kitchen, TKF. LO# 295492 SHARON WHITFIELD 941-924-9000 LIDO WATERFRONT $649,000 Rarely avail-3rd flr corner unit. Completely updated two bedroom, two bath with bay & city views. Close to dining, shopping, beach LO# 299833 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000 LIDO SURF & SAND $629,000 Listen to the waves from the Gulf and feel the tropical breezes from this third floor 2/2 end unit garden condo! LO# 288506 NANCEE KAMINS 941-924-9000 LIDO TOWERS $409,500 1BR/1.5BA w/in steps to the beach and walking distance to St. Armands Circle. Partial Gulf view. Southern exposure. LO# 299075 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $1,699,000 Deep water dock & country club living. This 3700SF home features walls of glass, high ceilings & gourmet kitchen. LO# 293049 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 TIFFANY PLAZA $1,690,000 Gulf front 3BR/3BA penthouse w/glorious views of Gulf and bay. Large open floor plan with lots of sun all day long! LO# 306389 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000 BAY ISLES $1,599,000 Beautiful 3BR/3BA custom home in prestige neighborhood. Gourmet kitchen with eat-in area. Marble & stone throughout. LO# 298651 HOWARD O. ROYER 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,349,000 Totally renovated, spacious and open floor plan with pool & dock. South side of canal, 5th house from the bay. LO# 309496 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

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LIDO KEY $745,000 Gorgeous bay views, 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo. Private boat dock. Walk to St Armands Circle. Turnkey furnished. LO#309916 ROBERT FORTIER 941-924-9000

LIDO REGENCY $620,000 Spectacular sunsets & panoramic direct Gulf views mesmerize from this fabulous Gulf-Front condo! Exceptional amen. LO#302210 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000 309415

LIDO HARBOUR SOUTH $599,900 Spacious split plan, corner unit. Pristine condition, tastefully decorated. Quiet location. Priced to sell! LO#309958 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000

SEAPLACE $549,000 This cute beach-themed 2BR/2BA condo has a lovely garden view. The beach is steps away. Completely furnished. LO#309415 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

BEACHPLACE $1,325,000 Your own private getaway directly on the Gulf with steps down to the beach. TKF, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, covered parking. LO# 301543 DONALD VERCAUTEREN 941-924-9000 WATERFRONT $1,250,000 Live the Florida dream now on the beach with full Gulf and bay views. Totally remodeled. Sunrises and sunsets. LO# 302190 KATHLEEN SACHS 941-924-9000 SUNSET BEACH $999,000 Gorgeous beach-site penthouse. Exhilarating 2 bedroom, 2 bath gulf-front residence. Elevators. Community swimming pool. LO# 299653 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 WATERFRONT $995,000 Garden level beach house intimate with the beach. Live your Florida dream now! It truly is a gem! Special end unit. LO# 300358 KATHLEEN SACHS 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $975,000 Maintenance-free villa, popular courtyard floor plan with panoramic views across Golf Course Lake. LO# 302855 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 ATRIUM $975,000 Stand-out condo. Breathtaking three bedroom, two bath residence. Foyer. Clubhouse and community swimming pool. LO# 306596 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000 BANYAN BAY $899,000 Imaginative end-unit townhome. Furnished 3BR/3BA home situated right on Gulf with scenic views. Foyer. Balcony. LO# 305782 MARY E HALE 941-924-9000 GRAND BAY $895,000 Offering direct Bay views; largest 2 bedroom plan. Beautifully finished with oversized ceramic tile in living areas. LO# 306540 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

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HARBOUR OAKS $869,900 Refurbished villa! Elegantly furnished with great attention to detail. On the golf course with private pool. LO# 295100 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000 BEACHPLACE $839,000 This 3rd floor unit offers a southern exposure w/views of the Gulf, bay & golf course. Very light & bright. LO# 304654 MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000 NORTH LONGBOAT KEY $799,000 Beautiful views from this 2BR/2.5BA residence. Newer appliances & interior, Corian counters. Tastefully furnished. LO# 304994 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 BEACHPLACE $795,000 2BR/2BA TKF. Sunny 1st floor walk-down. 2 parking spaces! Popular gulf-front complex. LO# 291803 JILL FRIEDMAN 941-924-9000 SEAPLACE $599,000 Fabulous villa on the beach! This 2BR/2BA has been renovated w/contemporary flair. 2 parking spaces! LO# 307768 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000 LBK WATER VIEW $549,000 Balcony views of water and nature preserve. 1st floor walk down condo at Fairway Bay. 2BR, 2BA, turnkey furnished. LO# 300499 MARIA BOKA 941-924-9000 CEDARS EAST $492,900 Upgrades 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome. New windows, garage, tennis club, pool, dock. Walk to beach. LO# 308271 CAROLYN DONNELLY 941-924-9000 BEACH HARBOR CLUB $419,000 2BR/2BA w/ground floor patio. Beach access, boat docks, heated pool, BBQ/picnic area. Newer appliances. TKF w/2 bikes. LO# 309038 ELLEN USSIO 941-924-9000

MAINLAND RITZ CARLTON $1,695,000 Great value at the Ritz! Marble floors, private elevator, state-of-the-art amenities. Ultimate luxury & lifestyle! LO# 310144 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000 CORTEZ $899,000 Almost 3000 SF of totally renovated luxury. Sophisticated elegance with full bay views from almost every room. LO# 528208 PAMELA DIAL 941-778-2261 BOATING & BEACH COMMUNITY $830,000 Pool home on 1 acre, close to Gulf. Detached 3-4 car garage w/office loft. Boat & RV parking. Community boat ramp. LO# 308566 ANITA CARAVELLO 941-924-9000 WINDING OAKS $695,000 Private villa with long lake views. 2105 SF, 2BR/2BA, large lanai, new kitchen & breakfast/study area. LO# 310030 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 ROYAL ST ANDREW $609,000 Best 3BR, pool, tree, waterview condo for the active downtowner looking for location, convenience & value. LO# 308837 BENNITT BATES 941-924-9000 RIGBYS $499,000 Historical Spanish Med in coveted Southside village area, exudes charm & character. Updated kitchen, wood floors. LO# 304815 AMY ROBINSON 941-924-9000 SARASOTA $449,000 Relaxed condo living. Lead a leisurely life in this attractive 3BR/2BA condo. LO# 518001 DOUG NEWCOMER 941-751-1155 LAKE SARASOTA $334,900 Delightful smaller home. Find joy in this very special two bedroom, two bath split-plan. Swimming pool. Open floorplan. LO# 304738 AUDREY MARTEN 941-924-9000 DOWNTOWN BUNGALOW $289,000 2/1, new roof, A/C, granite, flat-top range, French doors, wood floors, picket fence. Walk to Main St. A must-see. LO# 293187 VALARIE L WADSWORTH 941-924-9000

MANATEE UNIVERSITY PARK $872,900 Custom 3BR/2BA plus office. Luxurious master retreat with views of pool/spa. Open flr plan w/frpl. Gourmet kitchen, granite. LO# 298900 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000 CROSSINGS SUB $329,000 Comforts await in this Ranch. Friendly 3BR/2BA split-plan. Foyer, walk-in closets, pantry. Screened porch. LO# 305548 MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000 ROBERTS PARK $259,000 Cute 2 bedroom, 2 bath home on large corner lot. Room for a pool or RV/boat parking. Great neighborhood. LO# 303129 VICKI LONBORG 941-924-9000

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the spot If you’re hunting for treasure, the Y ... YMCA, that is ... truly marks the spot. Its annual event, Going for the Gold, is a precious gem that ties together the entire Sarasota social season. This year’s theme, “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” celebrated the 15th crystal anniversary of the event. Co-Chairwomen Debbie Dannheisser and Wanda Rayle decorated the Franklin G. Berlin branch of the YMCA in sparkling crystals and icy blues. Treasure hunters found their “gold” in the silent and live auctions that featured riches from jewelry to vacations. The evening honored past co-chairs, benefited the YMCA’s programs that help children and strengthen families, and celebrated surpassing the $4 million mark in total dollars raised in the past 15 years. Without a doubt, Going for the Gold is a valuable ritual.

Co-Chairwoman Debbie Dannheisser and Heloisa Jennings

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Carl and Cindy Weinrich with Jayne and Ron Gelbman

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Also flashing pictures at “Still Life in Motion” was Sarasota Magazine’s Rebecca Baxter. After snapping a shot of a few socialites, Baxter was caught writing down their names with a Barbara Banks Photography pen! Baxter explained that she had just visited Banks’ new photography studio.

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After volunteering to take the difficult job as auction chair for the American Cancer Society’s “Cattle Barons’ Ball,” Amy Sankes got even more involved with ACS. American Cancer Society’s mid-Coastal area Executive Director Cynthia Dunlap approached Sankes with a job opening. Sankes is now the unit executive director of south FL-SW62467 RMKBrndng

Proud papa Michael Klauber was a devoted dad May 4, at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Klauber attended “Still Life in Motion: In Living Color,” a fashion-show event that benefited Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center and the Women’s Resource Center. Models in the fashion show showed off styles from The Colony’s boutique, Le Tennique. One of the models was Klauber’s daughter, Molly. Every second Molly graced the stage, Klauber was busy clicking away on his digital camera capturing images of his super-cute daughter. Later, Klauber revealed that he took more than 100 pictures! (Side note: Make sure you put Still Life in Motion in your calendar for next year’s season. It is a really fun event!) Sarasota and DeSoto counties. Into her eighth week at the job, Sankes is loving it.

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But doesn’t absence make the heart grow fonder? Here at Black Tie, we will certainly miss you over the summer months, but will look forward to seeing PM you again 3:36 Page in 1 the fall. However, we’ll

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keep in touch with an issue of Black Tie at the end of June, July and August. In the meantime, don’t forget to pack our Black Tie Season Magazine — The Standouts Issue, which is inserted into this issue. Black Tie Season Magazine is the perfect reading material for the plane, on the beach or at home on the couch! Also, don’t forget to send in your dates for the 2006-2007 social calendar. (See “Save the Year” ad, right) Until next time ...

The Observer Group and Black Tie, Saks Fifth Avenue and Mattison’s invite you to join them for the sixth annual “Save the Year” breakfast Thursday, July 20, at Saks Fifth Avenue for the release of the 2006-2007 Social Calendar. But first, we need the dates of your events. Please fax us this form at 362-4808 or e-mail us at ewalsh@longboatobserver. com. Deadline: June 1. Name of event: Name of group hosting event: Name of group event benefits: Date and time of event: Location of event: Name of committee chairs: Name of contact person: Phone number and e-mail address: Ticket price of event:

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Josh Sankes chills out in his prized purchase — a La-Z-Boy recliner — while he waits for his car in the valet line.

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Date: Friday, May 5 Place: Chelsea Center Chair: Laura Leeming Benefiting: Make-A-Wish of Sarasota/Tampa Bay Inc. Hot tropics: Guests loved the Caribbean theme so much that they radiated a casual carefree feeling that lasted throughout the evening.



cameraready 1. Karin and Bart Leereveld, Dr. Rob Herbold, Tamara and Chris Moody, Terry and Doug Damm 2. Kristen Jahn, Darcy Zaccagnino, Alan and Leslie Jones 3. Taryn Guelker, JoAnn DeMartini and Dana Noecker 4. Taylor Stamey plays with a terrier that was up for auction. 5. Rebecca Bigger and Yari Granda 6. John Leeming with his wife, Laura, chairwoman of the event

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Mana-Sota Lighthouse for the Blind Spring Fashion Show Date: Monday, May 1 Place: Michael’s On East Chair: Annie Spurge; Honorary Chairs Virginia Toulmin, Lee Peterson, Gwenne Heiser and Joyce Tate Benefiting: Mana-Sota Lighthouse Eye see: Joan McGee and Marsha Panuce produced the fashion show, “Visions of Spring,” which featured McGee’s designs. Honorary Chairs Virginia Toulmin, Lee Peterson, Gwenne Heiser and Joyce Tate modeled on the runway along with ABC 7 celebrities.


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Still Life in Motion ‘In Living Color’ Date: Thursday, May 4 Place: The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Chair: Katie Klauber Moulton Benefiting: Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center and the Women’s Resource Center Rainbow bright: The Colony hosted a fabulous renegade theater-type fashion show event that featured colorful cocktails, couture and cuisine along with dynamite dancing.

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Hosted by: En Vogue Benefiting: Manasota SOLVE Inc. Maternity Homes When: 10:30 a.m. Where: Lakewood Ranch Country Club Chairs: Shaun Long and JoAnne Klement Contact: Judy Scott, 761-3224 Price: $50

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23 YSL National Makeup

Artist What: Saks Fifth Avenue welcomes YSL’s national makeup artist who will show you the cosmetic company’s summer line and make you look beautiful. Appointments requested. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks, 364-5373

August 1 ‘Back to School: A Teen Workshop’

What: Let the design team of The Salon at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota show you how to recreate the season’s top make-up and hair trends at home. Also, participants will receive a complimentary gift. When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Where: The Salon at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Contact: Reservations, 309-2008 Price: $45

socialcalendar May 12 Mother’s Day Gala

Benefiting: Operation Serving Children When: 6 p.m. Where: The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Chairs: Dick and Carol Angelotti Contact: Rich Vannucci, 809-7780 Price: $125

12 Party with Pat

Benefiting: Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Bird Key Yacht Club Contact: Humane Society, 955-4131 Price: $100

12 Mother’s Day Tea

Hosted by: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota When: 1 to 5 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Contact: 309-2008 Price: $41 and up

12 Sports Legends Weekend Dinner Gala with Derrick

Brooks Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast When: 7 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Stephanie Glaser, 331-4376 or 488-4009 Price: $150

13 Youth Opera Benefit Dinner

Hosted by: Sarasota Opera Benefiting: Sarasota Youth Opera When: Following Youth Opera production performance Where: Peterson Great Room, Sarasota Opera House Chair: Bobby Garibaldi-Sanders Contact: Special Events, 366-8450, Ext. 402

13 Meet the Bachelors Party

Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy When: 8:30 p.m. Where: Five O’clock Club Contact: UCP, 957-3599 Price: $10

13 Mother’s Day Tea

Hosted by: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota When: 1 to 5 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Contact: 309-2008 Price: $41 and up

13 Leadership Legacy: A Great Party!

Benefiting: Education Foundation of Sarasota County When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Missy Cleary, 809-3410 or Melissa deLisser, 360-3727

17 Reggae on the Bay

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d’Zan’ Benefiting: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art When: 6 p.m. Where: Cà d’Zan Terrace Contact: Suzanne Coelingh, 359-5720 Price: $5

18 ‘Feeling Groovy’ Honoring Tommy and

Jaymie Klauber and Jerry and Sue Ann Levin Benefiting: Flanzer Jewish Community Center When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Ester Solin, 378-5568, Ext. 225 Price: $150

20 ‘A European Café-style Party’ For more information, visit or call 1-800-871-6380

Hosted by: Sarasota Ballet Association Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida When: 10 a.m. Where: The home of Luther and Joyce Jungemann Chair: Patricia Talbott Contact: Vlatka Ivanisevic, 924-5850 Price: $35


Kathryn Carr was a bronze beauty at YMCA Foundation’s “Going for the Gold: Crystal Blue Persuasion” on Saturday, May 6. Carr wore a brown A-line dress with a tulle overlay decorated with bronze beads and crystals.

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Anita Wexler: the woman behind the masks Anita Wexler is an artist on a heroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey through spaces within. Her paintings document that voyage: From her goddess mask series to her floral and figurative scenes, each image hints of magic, ritual and romance. Why does she paint? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because I have to,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My emotions get too big for my heart to contain. They spill out of me and onto the canvas.â&#x20AC;? In her voyages through mundane reality, Wexler moved to Sarasota a few years ago. She now teaches art at Alta Vista Elementary. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some of what touches her heart: Live performance My favorite recent performances would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dickens,â&#x20AC;? which were both at the Crosley Museum. Both were haunting. And they also made me laugh.

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Anita Wexlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art is her journey.

I love books, but lately Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been swamped. For a quick

fix literary fix, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been going through Billy Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; latest poetry anthology: â&#x20AC;&#x153;180 More Extraordinary Poems for Every Day.â&#x20AC;? I read a few and feel rejuvenated. My favorite art book of the moment is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surrealism: Two Private Eyes,â&#x20AC;? by Nesuhi Ertegun and Daniel Filipacchi.

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Hieronymus Bosch is my favorite artist of all time, past, present and future. Last summer, I coveted his paintings when I was beckoned to the Prado, in Madrid. Philippe Valy is another wonderful artist and an early inspiration. I love all of the Surrealists. Locally, Sabrina Small and Kim Northrop intrigue and inspire me.

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Henrik Ibsen Blair Brown and Sarah Cameron Sunde find another side of Ibsen. All it takes is time. This is a story about Blair Brown, Sarah Cameron Sunde and Henrik Ibsen. It takes place at The Hermitage artistic retreat on Manasota Key. It’s a story about a story. It’s a story with magic in it. It all comes together in the end. Like all good stories, it starts with a person: Blair Brown. Let’s start there. Blair Brown is many things. She’s a director. She’s an actor of the screen who’s worked with the best: director Ken Russell and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky (who altered her consciousness on “Altered States”); with TV innovator Jay Tarses on “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd” (in which she had the title role); with director Victor Nunez on the elegaic “Flash of Green” and director Lars Van Triers, on his unsettling American allegory, “Dogville.” She’s an actor of the stage with Shakespearean training. There isn’t space in print to list her work on the stage. But Brown knows what works on stage. She knows that talk is cheap. The words of a script are not enough. Good actors get behind the words to what the characters want and think. And then they make it real. That’s so basic it goes without saying if you’re a professional actor. You make the script live; that’s your job. Basic. Except when the words have been translated from another language. That’s a different story. Which brings us to the story within a story. Henrik Ibsen is a playwright’s playwright. Joyce loved him. Shaw loved him. Contemporary directors and actors still love him — despite the fact that most English translations of his plays read like depressing dialogue from an Ingmar Bergman movie as experi-

Why is this man not smiling? — Henrik Ibsen

Blair Brown sheds light on Ibsen’s words. Marty Fugate

enced in a bout of insomnia on late-night public television at 3 a.m. “I’d always wondered about that,” Brown says. “Ibsen-into-English seemed to be missing something — jokes, colloquialisms, the human factor. I remember reading Ibsen’s letter to a friend. He was casting ‘The Wild Duck’ and he wrote that he was worried a certain actor would make it too funny — too funny? How was that possible?” Convinced that Ibsen had been lost in English translation, Brown decided to find him on her own. She began by translating “The Wild Duck” — painstakingly, word-for-word, from an English-to-Norweigian dictionary. After going all five acts, she came to a realization: There’s no such thing as a literal translation. Norwegian has one word for father — “father,” “dad,” “daddy” depending on context. It has filler words that change meanings like chameleons. “Every translation is a judgment call,” she says. Brown decided she needed the help of a native speaker — and Sarah Cameron Sunde came to mind. In 2004, Sunde had received critical acclaim for translating and directing “Night Sings Its Songs” by Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse. Brown contacted Sunde, and the two immediately joined forces. Translation began again. With Sunde’s help, Brown had her share of illuminations. The stiff Ibsen translations she’d known had been the product of British academics — specialists in the meanings of isolated words, not the flow of scenes on stage. Sunde helped bring out the colloquial texture of Ibsen’s language — a rhythm closer to American speech than it was to British. But it was slow going. “Both of us had to make a living,” said Brown. “We were lucky to do five pages a day.” Then, just before Christmas in 2005, the phone call came — from The Hermitage Artist’s Retreat on Manasota Key. Would Brown and Sunde like to have an artistic residency there? Brown asked, “What would we have to do?” The answer was nothing — just work on your art. Their answer was yes. Brown and Sunde have been working at the retreat since March. “It’s an incredibly beautiful place,” Brown says. “I’ll look out the window, and there’ll be Bill, the great blue heron, sunning himself, or an armadillo crossing the yard.” She says wrily: “I sometimes ask myself — what are we doing here, working on Ibsen in this tropical paradise? We should be up in the North Sea somewhere, dressed in wool and drinking schnappes.”

Brown adds: “We’ve been very productive — sometimes up to 25 pages a day. There are ground rules here in paradise. There are a few rules: No family, no friends, no pets. What’s good about that is it breaks up all your patterns. The food is different, where you shop is different, and it’s not like there are a million movie theaters and fabulous restaurants around to distract you. We’re really happier watching the sunset, making dinner, then doing a bit more work. It’s amazing to have the gift of time. Time is magic.” Brown and Sunde have been putting that magic to good use. They’re drawing out a side of Ibsen the academics miss — more human, more approachable. In some ways, “The Wild Duck” has the cast of eccentrics worthy of an episode on “Lake Woebegone Days”: a childhood friend who never stopped being a child; an eccentric inventor (whose invention only exists in his mind) who sponges off the income of his wife. Ibsen’s jokes are there. If Brown and Sunde do their jobs right, contemporary American audiences will get them. That’s not to say Ibsen’s core material wrapped up inside the jokes isn’t extremely dark. “It’s a play about a teenage girl who kills herself,” says Brown. “That’s what initially hooked me. Sadly, the topic is still very current. She isn’t horribly abused or tormented — but the child is invisible. Nobody knows what’s going on inside of her. She’s surrounded by very nice people who don’t see her or hear her. I feel that very deeply. Raising my own son, I find that the hardest thing to do is to see your child for who he or she really is and love them for it — to have a relationship with the reality of that person, not your ideal of who they should be or how they reflect on the success or failure of your parenting skills.” Brown feels the stiff artificiality of many Ibsen translations gives contemporary audiences a place to hide. When Ibsen’s characters speak in natural speech — and the mood of the play isn’t uniformly dark — that hiding place is gone. The distance between the audience and the characters on stage disappears. “I’m hoping people will see themselves on stage — and not say, ‘Oh, those people in the 19th century. They had those problems back then.’” Brown and Sunde are creating a full translation of Ibsen’s play — stage directions included. Once that’s done, Brown contemplates creating a shorter version, set in the 1950s — all the better to give audiences even less of a place to hide. “But it’s all there in Ibsen’s original, if you look for it,” she says. “Ibsen wasn’t interested in creating remote allegories. He wrote plays about living, breathing people. ‘The Wild Duck’ still hits home today.”

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TALKING PICS by Pamela Nadon | Film Critic

‘United 93’ captures heroic 81 minutes No one will ever forget where he or she ing this harrowing film. Real time is was on Sept. 11, 2001, when two com- reel time, as “United 93,” encompassing mercial jets flew into the World Trade the entire 81 minutes that the plane Center and a third hit the Pentagon. The was airborne. But Greengrass doesn’t images were horrific — and burned into stay onboard throughout the movie. He transports the audience between milithe minds of all who saw them. What the world didn’t see on that tary command posts and air-traffic-conday was the fourth aircraft — United trol centers as well. We watch, as do the 93, hijacked with 40 people controllers, when the second aboard. Terrorists had taken plane strikes the World Trade the plane and were flying Center. The impact of that it to an unknown target in unimaginable horror made real Washington, D.C. We’ll never is remarkably captured in the know what fourth horrifsilent gasps and blank stares of ic image we would’ve seen, those who witness it. When the thanks to the heroic efforts of order comes down to halt all air its crew and passengers who traffic, someone is compelled thwarted the terrorist’s plot. to remark, “We’re at war with someone.” Director Paul Greengrass Words can’t adequately (“The Bourne Supremacy,” PAM convey what Greengrass has “Bloody Sunday”) has brilNADON brought to the screen. He liantly documented the valiant hauntingly captures the action efforts of these everyday heros in his new film, “United 93.” It’s a fitting with a hand-held camera. The shaky camtribute to the 40 brave souls who fought erawork conveys the controlled chaos, for their lives and those of their coun- utter disbelief and confused attempts to trymen. Anyone who sees this powerful respond and also helps give “United 93” movie will never forget their courage a documentary feel. But that’s just to speak of the look. and patriotism. (Believe me; I’ve seen it.) While we can never really see what went The film’s authenticity is rooted in the on inside that plane, Greengrass has fact that the director met with all of the done a fine job of reconstructing what it families of the passengers and crew over must have been like. the course of seven weeks. He was privy It’s a moving film — and not always to cell-phone conversations between easy to take. Everyone will have his or her those on board and their loved ones on own reasons for seeing this controver- the ground. Ordinarily, the cell-phone is sial piece of work. Having been a flight the most intimate communication device attendant for 12 years, I was extremely there is — but for the people on that curious to see how the events unfolded plane, it was their lifeline to the bad news aboard the airplane. Greengrass obvi- of world news. The cell phone made the ously did his homework and more when passengers aware of the other hijackings. it came to the technical aspects of mak- Thanks to that painful knowledge, the Anna Maria Island Community Center extends a heartfelt thank you to all the generous sponsors, donors, contributors and patrons for helping us make “An Affaire to Remember – 2006” a phenomenal success, and one that will truly make a positive difference in over 5,000 lives in our community.

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people on that flight eventually realized that, unless they took action, countless more lives would be lost. The last film I felt so reverent about was “The Passion of the Christ.” Such emotional subject matter is difficult to address. When it’s properly achieved, the experience can be overwhelming. During the last 20 minutes of “United 93,” I had a lump in my throat. As I looked around the packed theater, I saw that every face in the crowd was transfixed by what was occurring on screen. When it ended,

someone in the audience yelled, “Bravo 93!” Everyone clapped. No one spoke as they exited the theater. “United 93” had left the audience literally speachless. It stands as a living testament to those who fought and died in this early battle in the war against terrorism. Pamela Nadon graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in English, has served as a film analyst in a series of classes and is a member of the American Film Institute.

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There really is such a thing as and ornamentation from Spiva â&#x20AC;&#x153;better half â&#x20AC;? and it has noth- ey, who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make as much ing to do with sexist remarks of his figured bass fill-ins as he about marriage. could have. Still, his work with This past Sunday afternoon, Schnell made a tidy, if a bit too the Florida West neat, continuo (thus, Coast Symphony the two instruments presented its final adding up to one, Salon Afternoon of making this a quartet the season with small with five people). ensembles from the The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dessert was orchestra in different a frothy piece of fun configurations, playby Bohuslav MartinĂş ing works by Brahms, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Revue de Telemann, MartinĂş Cuisine,â&#x20AC;? the music for and Sarasota coma madcap ballet that poser Paul Ramsier. tells the story of some JUNE Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start with the flirtatiously over-thebetter half, which was top pots, lids, dishes LeBELL after intermission and spoons (no cows and featured what I or moons mentioned), lovingly call â&#x20AC;&#x153;food music.â&#x20AC;? who tease, tempt and tantalize It was clever programming, each other in the course of four juxtaposing a pair of musically dances filled with humor, fun, disparate pieces with a com- fantasy and wit. mon culinary thread in deliMartinĂş was born in a Czech cious performances starting bell-tower (which may have with flutists Betsy Hudson Tra- contributed to his lightheaded, ba and Carmen Bannon, bas- asymmetrical rhythms) and, soonist Jordana Elliott, cellist while he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as well known Christopher Schnell and harp- as some of his compatriots â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sichordist Jonathan Spivey. It Dvorak, Janacek and Smetana, set an elegant table for Part II to drop a few names â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he was of Telemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tafelmusik,â&#x20AC;? or extremely prolific, writing more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Musique de table.â&#x20AC;? This kind than 400 pieces in the course of of music was dished out in the his peripatetic life, which took baroque era and used as a back- him from Eastern Europe to ground for dining and other Paris to New York and, finally, family gatherings. to Switzerland. The musicians in Holley Hall Along the way, he was influfed us well with their beautiful enced by a few other names: blend and stylistic playing, es- Stravinsky, Ibert, Roussel and Le pecially the dazzling work by Jazz Hot! And they all show up Elliott in a very snazzy bassoon in this scrumptious revue, which part in the Vivace movement. he scored for the unlikely combiThe playing from all five musi- nation of clarinet (Bharat Chancians in this, um, quartet from dra), bassoon (Fernando Traba), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tafelmusikâ&#x20AC;? was stunning but trumpet (Gregory Knudsen), vione wished for a bit more flair olin (Christopher Takeda), cello

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(Christopher Pegis) and piano (Jonathan Spivey). These fine musicians squeezed out every drop of humor and wit possible, showing their great versatility while always maintaining musical control and style. From the opening March through the ridiculously askew tango and the jiving Charleston, they paid utmost attention to the music and

let it speak through them. This revue won the heart of this reviewer. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the first half of the program. Paul Ramsierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zoo of Dreams,â&#x20AC;? evokes all sorts of images, especially Part III: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sahara Rainforest.â&#x20AC;? But there is more to music than a name. Even in the able hands

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of cellist Christopher Pegis and double bassist John Miller, Ramsierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music is dry, difficult and unemotional. At best, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting study in sounds and rhythms, more satisfying for the players than the listeners. This is not to say Ramsier isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a good musician or composer. But even having heard this work several times before, it still fails to move me. Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; great Horn Trio in E-flat, Opus 40, rarely fails in its emotional depth and heart. It needs a trio of musicians who rise with the Brahmsian swells and plummet with his crushing tears; an ensemble that breathes Brahmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; style and luxuriates in his warmth. If they all donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no sense in highlighting one or even two musicians who do, because this is a group effort. And horn player Lydia Van Dreel, violinist Daniel Jordan and pianist Jonathan Spivey seemed to be playing in different rooms. There were occasional flashes of the great Brahms colors, but more often the accents were simply on the wrong syllables. Whether this lack of cohesion was due to something as simple as a mismatching of musical intentions or artistic differences, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say. But this was not the Brahms I know and love. 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today in New York,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salute to the Artsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sound of Broadway.â&#x20AC;?

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THEATER by Marty Fugate | A&E Editor

Around the mad, mad world All the stage is a world in new adaptation of Verne classic.

Jules Verne’s novel of a peripatetic Englishman’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe includes an elephant excursion, an interrupted human sacrifice, a steamer voyage through a typhoon and a railway trip through hostile Indian territory. This FST production of Mark Brown’s adaptation manages to cram all that onto the stage. It does so with five actors, a few strategically placed chairs, maps and title cards and a lot of imagination. The plot that drives the trip: The year is 1872. Phileas Fogg (Dan Matisa), an eccentric, mysteriously rich and insanely punctual Englishman, bets that he can go around the world in 80 days. He sets forth. Passpartout (Brad DePlanche), his newly hired French manservant, helps him. Along the way, Fogg rescues an Indian princess named Aouda (Mahira Kakkar). Fixx (Eric Hissom), a feckless detective, confuses Fogg with a bank robber, and chases Fogg around the world trying to arrest him. With Fixx on his heels and disaster at every turn, Fogg tries to make good on his bet. It’s a race against time. That’s it. That’s the plot. The clock, as Hitchcock liked


‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Short version: Adaptation is a three-ring circus of the mind.

to point out, is always ticking. But let’s stop the clock. Brown’s play about a by-the-numbers man is hardly a by-the-numbers adaptation. Assuming that most of the audience already knows the plot, the playwright uses it as a springboard for Monty Python-style chicanery, improvisation and goofy interaction with the audience. Fixx fixes his eye on a theatergoer and signals: I’ve got my eye on you. Another actor uses another audience member (a theater critic for another publication) as a visual aid for a lecture on the evils of opium abuse. There’s a lot of that going on. It’s flat-out hilarious. Director Russell Treyz plays all these elaborate bits of business like a three-ring circus act. See — a fictional character trying to pull off a fictional stunt in this corner, an actor breaking the fourth wall and goofing around with someone in the audience in that corner. As to the actors: If the stereotypical Englishman has a stiff upper lip, Matisa’s portrayal of Fogg extends that stiffness to his whole body. (His character doesn’t really emerge as a character until the second act.) Kakkar’s Indian princess melts his stiff upper lip and the rest of him; DePlanche’s Passpartout is a cross between Bud Abbot and a hyperactive clown escaped from Cirque de Soleil. Hissom’s Fixx is only a shade more competent than Inspector Clousseau; Sheffield Chastain gets to play quick-change artist, brilliantly filling in the missing roles of the cast of thousands that isn’t there. Despite all the gags piled on top of it, Verne’s underlying story proves surprisingly durable. You still care about whether or not Fogg wins the bet. (Even if you already know.) Amazingly, you’re still enthralled with the journey. You’re carried along, even though this is not epic movie. No cast of thousands. No wide-angle Technicolor shots of exotic locales. No balloon. The travel is all in your head. And that’s the best trip there is.

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‘the gg monologues’ Short version: “gg” just wants to have fun. Where and when? Backlot Arts • 2208 Industrial Parkway Turn east at 47th Street off U.S. 301 and follow the signs. • Running through May 21 For more information call 363-9300.

In the mood for another wounded, bitter play by another wounded, bitter young woman playwright? If you are, you’ll hate Amy Knapp’s “the gg monologues.” There isn’t a molecule of bitterness in it. By design. Come to think of it, the play’s central character (“gg” — which is short for “good girl”) came to life as a design. Knapp, a single, Sarasota woman, was fighting off the bite of a bad mood. She created a doodle of a winking female face as a totem against the blues. It worked — and “gg” was born. Since then, the character’s many lives have included a line of clothing, an imaginary diary printed in a monthly column, and now a play. In the play, “gg” is incarnated as 12, count ’em, 12 women. Each of the 12 actresses — Alison Abbey, Christine Alexander, Zan Aufderheide, Mandy Elmore, Dana

He may be lost, but he’s always on time — Dan Matisa goes “Around the World in 80 Days.” Forrest MacDonald

Frankel, Peg Hughes, Kendall Jones, Pam Karasy, Montana Knapp, Natalie Piersonand Carrie Wilds — takes one of gg’s insights, incidents or inside jokes and puts her own personal spin on it. Dramatically, splitting one voice into 12 is a clever touch — allowing the play to stick with the same character without making it feel like the same. The play’s also well-written because it’s not over-written. In each scene, the point is made, the joke is told, and you’re done. Amanda Schlachter directs with a light-hearted touch, which is as it should be. (There’s a bit of Gigi to gg, after all.) The actresses act with high-voltage feminine energy and distinctive bits of comic characterization. Guy’s note: The play has a feminine point of view — but not the “men suck” point of view. To use a geopolitical analogy, if “The Vagina Monologues” represents the Cuban missile crisis, “the gg monologues” is detente. It’s all about shoes, outfits, dating and the like — a celebration of that time in a woman’s life when that’s the most important thing there is. As Cyndi Lauper once said: “Girl’s just want to have fun.” “gg” is the girl who’s doing it.

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Arts — “Art in Motion” keeps moving through Sept. 22, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “The Faculty Show” runs through October, at the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Selby Gardens — “Photography Exhibition.” This annual juried exhibit runs through May 23. 3665731. Art Center Manatee — “Tribute to Niké Parton.” This celebration of Parton’s oeuvre runs through May 27. 746-2862. Manatee Arts Council Gallery — “Geometricks.” Jill Joli Wulkan finds an angle in her art through May 29. 746-2223. Wallace Fine Art — “Group Show.” Paintings by Italo Botti and contemporary Russian realists and minimal sculpture by Manus is on exhibit through May 31. 3870746. Kinghale Gallery — “Micole Bredean: New Work.” The artist’s sensual figures fill the eye through May 30. 927-9700. Sonnet Gallery — “John Douglas and Moravia.” Abstract paintings by these artists from Arizona and Venezuela are on display through May 31. 955-6443. State of the Arts Gallery — “Hands On: Art to Touch.” Work by Bill Buchman, Frank Colson, Dascha Reich and others creates visual and tactile art appreciation through May 31. A champagne reception uncorks from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12. 955-2787. Palm Avenue Gallery — “John Horejs.” The artist’s paintings reflect the beauty he sees through June 1. 953-5757. Greene Contemporary — “Paul Lorenz.” Lorenz’ abstract spaces are open for inspection through May 31. 365-9406. White Dog Design — “Hope Conner.” Conner’s art can be seen through June 5. 331-1455. Harmony Gallery — “Gail White: Petals and Places.” The artist displays her abstract florals and landscapes through May 26 in this gallery space at Florida West Coast Symphony’s Holley Hall.

To include your arts and entertainment event in our A&E calendar, please send it via fax: 383-7193; by mail: 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or by e-mail:

953-4252. Beverly Fleming & Rilla Gallery — “Windows to Nature.” Jon C. Stout’s lambent watercolors offer vistas of the natural world through May 31. 365-8683. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Howard Cowdrick and Ronn Mattia” runs from May 9 through June 3. The artists’ reception is from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 19. 955-9456. Metamorphosis — “Nicole Mauser: Paintings.” Mauser’s imagery manipulates the viewer’s information stream through May 31. 373-9101. The Little Art Gallery — “Kim Northrop: Twelve Oranges for Frank O’Hara.” Northrop’s painterly paean to the poet is on exhibit through May 18. 957-0609. The Gallery — “Drawings by Mort Miller.” Miller’s gestural, expressive art is on display through June 15. 955-8341. Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — “Spring Exhibit.” Cassidy-Berns’ watercolors and painted furniture are on display through July 31. 924-1200. Paradise Gallery — “Irena Sheri: Happy Thoughts.” Sheri’s art fuses the abstract and the figurative through May 30. 366-7155.

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festivals Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

— “Efest.” This celebration of earth-friendly living runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13. 953-3368. Village of the Arts —End-of-Season Sale. Art is offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13. 741-8056.

music FST Cabaret — “The Flip Side.”

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“Echoes of Another Man,” at 1 p.m. Saturday May 13; “Laughing Matters, Too,” developed by Florida Studio Theatre creative staff, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20; and Michael McKeever’s “Hand of God” at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27. 363-9300. Florida Studio Theatre — “Around the World in 80 Days.” Phileas Fogg is in a world of trouble through June 10. 3669000. FST Gompertz Theatre — “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” This hard-rock musical tells the story of a man, his music and a botched sex-change operation through May 19. 366-9000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Beauty and the Beast” roars to life through May 28. 366-5454.

Venice Little Theatre — “Little Women.” This story of a loving family caught in the Civil War runs through May 14. 488-1115. Venice Little Theatre Stage II — “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” This musical version of Mark Twain’s classic tale runs through May 29. 488-1115. Glenridge Performing Arts Center — “Invasion of Privacy.” The Glenridge Players perform Larry Parr’s prize-winning play about the trial of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author of “Cross Creek” through May 14. 552-3665. Manatee Players — “Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.” Sondheim’s love letter to musical theater runs through May 28 at the Manatee Players. 748-0111.

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• Sandpiper on LBK Full Gulf views from this intimate, 10 unit seaside, condo. Open floor plan with almost 1800 sf and large beachfront lanai. Price Reduced $860,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

• Full Gulf & Intracoastal views from every room! 3BR/2.5BA estate w/beautiful island kitchen, granite + an aquarium glass bay window overlooking the Gulf. Wine room, 3rd flr grand master suite w/breakfast bar, floor to ceiling marble fireplace, marble master bath & loft. Elevator. Only one quarter mile to the Gulf with no bridges. $3,400,000. Agent/Owner Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

• Bay Isles Boater’s paradise! 4000 sq ft home w/ 2 master suites, private guest suite, fireplaces, office, boat lift, dock, pool & spa. $2,175,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

• Hidden Harbor Dramatic views of the Bay. Fabulous custom design using six interconnected pods. Enormous master suite. Tropical living at its finest with infinity pool, multi level decking & protected boating. $4,800,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

• Beachplace Direct Gulf-front Penthouse! Largest 2BR floorplan at Beachplace. Expanded terrace on top floor. Furnished, updated kitchen, 2 parking places, gated security, heated pool, tennis, exercise and beautiful grounds. $1,399,000 Marty Benson/ Hoyt Beaty 552-39427

• Southpointe Shores 3 homes from the Bay, sailboat water. Private dock with 50 amp service welcomes 60 ft. boat. 3BR/2.5BA with exquisite kitchen with Aquarium window on the bay. $1,995,000 Jacqueline Middleton 376-3131

• Bird Key Magnificent Mediterranean on oversized canalfront lot. Marble & other fine appointments. A boater’s dream w/2 boat lifts. Sarasota’s most prestigious address, w/close proximity to St. Armands, downtown & Lido Beach. $2,595,000 Agent/Owner Harriet Sutter 552-2674

• Lido Shores Great views over Pansy Bayou from • Grand Bay Penthouse this 4 bedroom Key West home. The ultimate in elegant living in this Granite kitchen, private elevator, Grand Bay Penthouse. Over 4400 caged pool with spa. $2,900,000 luxurious living area and over 5343 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 sq ft of terrace. Sunrise to sunset the view goes on forever. $3,500,000 • Longboat Key Jerry Thompson 552-3966 Secret English garden pool home only a short walk to the beach. • Whispering Sands on Siesta Key "English cottage feel" both inside 800 feet of private Gulf beach. Shad- & out. Flowers, plants & fountains ed picnic/bbq area. Stroll into the everywhere! Beautifully furnished Village. 2BR/2BA, two heated pools interiors with painted beam ceilings. and club house. New tile, carpet, $795,000 Hannerle Moore 387furniture. Price reduced to $449,000 8136 Linda Thompson 552-2693 • Grand Bay • Country Club Shores 2BR/2BA corner residence w/Bay Magnificent unobstructed Bay views on & golf course views. Beautiful club the point, plus 143 feet on the Canal, house w/fantastic exercise facility, Completely renovated in 1992, 3300 har-tru tennis courts & 2 resort size Sq Ft, Open Heated Pool. $3,350,000 pools plus private beach. Club ofMarlene & Hal Liberman 387-1759 fers “the very best”! $829,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3966 • Portobello on Longboat Key Top floor unit has 2 balconies w/sce- • Islander Club nic Gulf to bay views! New carpet & Enjoy life at one of Longboat’s most paint; Deeded beach access, fishing popular condos ideally located just pier, clubroom, tennis courts, & heat- minutes walk from the shops at Aved pool. Convenient mid key loca- enue of the Flowers. $759,000 Mition. Drastically Reduced $685,000 chael Granston 552-3990 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 • L’Ambiance • Bird Key “See Through” Sabal 2-3BR/3BA Water views surround you from this 8th floor unit. Gulf, Bay & city views. rare location where 3 canals con- Behind the Key Club Gates. Full verge. This home offers a bay view, time concierge, pool, private beach, pool & private dock. $2,499,000 The tennis, exercise, etc. Numerous Singer Group 552-5220 upgrades & 2 parking spaces. $2,699,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387• Bay Isles Bayou 1707 Perfect, decorator, move in condition 3BR/2.5BA, split open plan w/ • Beachwalk loads of attention to detail. Granite Incredible Gulf, sunset & beach kitchen, Mstr BA has top of the line views from this corner townhome. finishes including inlaid marble. Pri- Beautifully furnished & upgraded in vate caged pool area. $1,090,000 a private quiet location. $1,795,000 Kent Peterson 552-3980 Hannerle Moore 387-8136


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• Landings 3-4BR/3BA home. Updated kitchen & baths, bamboo floors, new carpet & gourmet kitchen. New paint inside & out. Pool & 2 car garage. $839,000 Agent/Owner Wade Hawley 5523988 • South Gate Must See! Seller will pay up to $5,000 toward closing costs! 3BR/2BA Southgate home, newer roof, hurricane shutters & garage. $299,900 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 • Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA water view villa. Completely updated in ‘04. Courtyard entry, 1car garage,gated community, tennis, bike paths + activities. Villa is located across from heated pool. Only 2 miles to the gulf beaches! $439,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 • Lakewood Ranch A ½ acre lot overlooking preserve, water & private golf course. Solar pool/spa & water heater saves on huge energy costs. $1,295,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 • Palmer Glen BEST VALUE in Palmer Glen! Perfect Family Pool Home, Mint Condition, 4BR/3BA + den, tile & hardwood floors. Lots of upgrades! $625,000 Fernando Viteri 552-2456 • Eagles Point Fabulous Bay views from this corner penthouse. 10ft ceilings, marble entry, wood floor in living areas, glassed in lanai, new a/c, 2 under building parking spaces. Lots of changes incorporated in this unit. $899,000 Renata Chanoski 552-3902 • Lawrence Point Bayfront in downtown. Great location for this 1859 sq ft condominium w/bay & sunset views(located within a secured gated enclave) next to Ritz Carlton. Wonderful pool right on the inlet. $799,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

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Longboat Harbour Towers began its project to replace its aluminum carports in the fall of last year.

improvements by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

Several Longboat Key condominiums are making improvements, but how residents pay for them differs.

Photos by Kat Wingert

Longboat Key Towers is undergoing the largest retrofitting in Sarasota County.

TOP 10 AVERAGE QUARTERLY CONDO MAINTENANCE FEES Out of 32 Longboat Key condominiums surveyed by Federation of Longboat Key Condominiums. For 2005 unless noted. Condominium Maintenance fee Quarterly reserve fee amount 1. en Provence $6,241 $516 2. Vizcaya $4,650 $0 3. L’Ambiance (2004) $3,756 $480 4. Longboat Key Towers $3,500 $262.50 5. The Pierre (2004) $3,200 $240 6. Tangerine Bay (2004) $3,100 $773 7. Villa di Lancia $2,970 $0 8. Marina Bay (2004) $2,875 $475 9. Beaches of Longboat Key $2,711 $675 10. Promenade $2,500 $116 Lowest Seaplace


Source: Federation of Longboat Key Condominiums 2005 survey.

At Longboat Key Towers on Longboat Club Road, the balconies of the two, 44-unit condominium towers have been removed and the paint stripped, revealing only bare concrete. More than three years into a five-year project, it’s hard to tell if the towers are 35 years old or newly constructed, which, according to Property Manager Carman Lowther, is precisely the point. “We’re going to take 20 years off this building, easily,” Lowther said. “It was in need of a complete retrofit, but once it’s done, it will look brand new.” The project is the largest retrofit being performed in Sarasota County. Aside from new balconies and paint, by the end of the project in two years, the buildings will also have new windows, cooling towers, air handlers, sprinkler system, landscaping and updated electrical and plumbing, a refinished swimming pool and retrofitted elevators. Lowther said the multi-million-dollar project was paid for using some reserves, along with assessments to the owners. “For a project like this, reserves wouldn’t begin to cover it,” Lowther said. “It’s done mostly by special assessments.” Aside from making much-needed improvements for the condominiums, the new work also helps hold the units’ market value. Across the Key, projects like this one differ in size, expense and circumstance, but how they are paid for depends mostly on residents’ preferences. Earlier this year, residents at The Tides of Longboat condominium at 5555 Gulf of Mexico Drive faced a surprise assessment of $60,000 per unit, when balconies on the 12-unit, complex were showing signs of rust. The balconies had to undergo extensive reconstruction to replace the rusting steel reinforcement bars. Dick Webster, president of the Tides Association, said its owners paid as the project progressed. Webster, who is also secretary of the Federation of Longboat

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Secluded paradise with tropical garden setting on two large, 133 ft. x 424 ft., buildable lots on North Longboat Key. Spanish-style Rutenburg home with new barrel tiled roof, landscaped paver bricked courtyard entry with fountain and new kitchen. 100 ft. deep water dock.

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An outstanding gated estate with over 8700 sq. ft. of exquisite finishes on an acre of prime Manatee River waterfront. $4,350,000.

941-387-1820 or 941-924-9000 Coldwell Banker reSIdenTIal real eSTaTe InC. • 201 Gulf of MexICo dr. • lonGBoaT key • Take a virtual tour of these properties at:

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of April 28 through May 4 , in order of dollar amounts. 350 GMD




Applicant Tangerine Bay Club


1045 GMD


Howard Garfinkel


2120 Harbourside Drive


Tom Walker


5461 GMD


Lana M. McDonald


6601 Gulfside Road


Paul and Sherri Stanley


4215 GMD


Ellen L. DeHaven Peterson


775 Longboat Club Road Pool

Beaches of Longboat Key


4750 GMD


R. Donald Thompson Jr.


551 De Navarez Drive


David C. Debickero


3600 GMD


Buttonwood Condo


798 Jungle Queen Way


James L. Mattson


560 Putting Green Lane


Jamie S. Gage


866 Spanish Drive South Alteration

Carol Van Vleet


731 Emerald Harbor Drive Alteration

Mary Elizabeth Hirschmiller


4800 GMD


Lenore H. Hagen


3740 GMD


William H. Durkin


760 Broadway


Marvista Group Inc.


700 Old Compass Road


Eileen F. Hassel


701 Old Compass Road


Robert D. Craft





552 Juan Anasco Sailboat water on North Longboat Key. Meticulous 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with family room, vaulted ceiling in master bedroom, fireplace and access to heated pool and large lanai. Best of all a 20,000 lb boat lift and jet ski launch. $935,000

Relax... It’s as good as done!

Best value at Beachplace Completely and beautifully remodeled by top local designer, this large 2 BR plan offers custom built-ins, expanded, fitted closets, new tile floors, granite and tile kitchen, steps to the beach. $799,000.

Historic Orange Blossom Penthouse The most impressive apartment in the best location Downtown. 2 full floors of luxury plus a 3500 ft roof top terrace with 360 degree views of the Bay and City. $3,950,000.

Large Lot with a very livable home in charming Longboat Key Village. This wonderful buy is located at 610 Russell Street with easy access to shopping and the beach. Offered at $629,000.

Charming home within walking distance to Downtown or Southside Village. One of the best west of the Trail neighborhoods, move-in condition. Includes wood floors, French doors, gourmet kitchen and separate guest apartment. $795,000.

Beautiful Long Views over the lake and golf course. Located in the Country Club Village at Lakewood Ranch. Fabulous upgrades and a larger lot give special appeal to this lovely residence. Located at 13994 Sienna Loop and offered at $929,000.

Colony Beach and Tennis Resort Rarely available clubhouse suite with full gulf views and world class amenities for carefree family vacations. Owner’s use limited to 30 days per year. $275,000.

Gorgeous views of the beach at Westchester condominiums on Longboat Key. Designer finished in neutral colors and a reconfigured kitchen that includes Sub Zero. Furnishings include two large flat screen plasma televisions. Offered at $799,000.

Vacation Home Charm in Longboat Key Village. 7057 North Longboat Recently remodeled home on a beautiful lot on the bayou canal includes a 50 foot dock and boat hoist with convenient shopping nearby and easy beach access. Offered at $979,000.

5916 Midnight Pass RD W-202 A renowned Siesta Key icon with in house rental program and great reputation. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is being offered furnished. It has direct Gulf views for those amazing Siesta sunsets. In close proximity to Siesta Key Village’s shops and restaurants, Surf and Racquet is the place to be on the beach. $1,047,000.

555 Beach Road Income producing triplex across Beach road from Siesta Key beach. Watch sunsets from your terrace in your 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit with two car garage, while two other units make you money. Walk to beach. Close to village. One of a kind Siesta offering with wood and ceramic tile floors. $1, 795,000.

7848 Midnight Pass Road Duplex plus studio on Heron Lagoon. Very deep 17,000 sq. ft lot. Lush landscaping in this private, tropical oasis on the quiet end of Siesta Key. Possible Gulf views from new construction. Live in One, rent the other! This is a rare opportunity. $1,179,000.

5120 Jungle Plum Road “As new “ private mariner’s paradise. 50’ Viking at dock now. Designer features include gourmet kitchen, gracious living room with pool and water views, whimsical play room, high tech family room/ screening room, bonus/ billiard room and gym. Enjoy magical sunsets, pool, boat dock and a home beyond comparison. $3, 590,000.

The Tower Residences at The Ritz Dazzling by day, spectacular by night. Sunset views beyond imagination in this preferred bay view location. The Tower Residences adjacent to the Ritz Carlton Hotel is home to those who want a lifestyle without compromise. Sixth floor location and finished with marble, floors, tiles terrace and granite countertops. 2 parking spaces included, of course. $1,749,000.

13418 Blythefield Terrace Lakewood Ranch - Built by John Cannon Construction in 2003. The new owners have created a special ambiance. Located on the largest Blythefield homesite, most of the rooms in this 4 BR home have water views and open to the pool area.A special home theater and bath occupies the second level and has a lake view balcony. $2,350,000.

Watercrest at Lakewood Ranch Penthouse perfect. Big lake & golf course views at Watercrest. Neutral palette, gorgeous kitchen with granite & undercabinet lighting. Private foyer entrance, 2-car garage, preferred southern exposure. Brand new & never occupied.When only the best will do! $899,000


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Profits persist despite slowdown After the preceding week’s burst of 20 sales (April 10 through April 14), realty transactions on the keys simmered down for the week of April 17 through April 21. In spite of this, most sellers still recorded gross profits, ranging from $1,925,000 down to $125,000, and all within the last eight years or less. There was just one reported loss of $615,000, but this was really a “paper loss,” because the buyers owned the selling corporate entity.

$1,175,000 translated into a $705,000 profit for seller Bob Hargis, of Weatherford, Texas. Hargis bought the property for $470,000 in March 1999. Buying the Dream Island home were Anna D. and William B. Tiller, of Tampa.

$608,000 in eight years at Covert

Edith Renfer, 5230 Gulf of Mexico Drive, registered a gross profit of $603,000 in eight years by selling her 48-year-old condominium Unit 301 at Covert I to Blandyna Nowak, of Glenview, Ill., for $995,000. Renfer paid $386,000 for the four-bedroom and two-bath apartment in March 1998.

$1,925,000 profit at Vizcaya The largest sale with the biggest profit for of the week was recorded at the elegant KENT Gulf-front, Mediterranean-styled Vizcaya at CHETLAIN 2401 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Jane E. Jenkins, $301,000 Longbeach gain of Lutz, sold her Unit 3C3 in Building III for Dawn M. and Dale E. Hauser, from Kan$3,525,000 to Barbara Jo and Terry D. Growcock, 1241 sas City, Mo., bought the home at 751 Broadway St., Gulf of Mexico Drive. in the historic northend Village of Longbeach (Lots Jenkins paid $1.6 million for the property in Oc- 8-9 on Block 17) for $682,000 from Lara Fine. The tober 2003. This figures out to be almost $2 million sale gave Fine a gross profit of $301,000 in just two gross profit in just two years and eight months. The years, having paid $381,000 for it in March 2004. four-bedroom and four-and-a-half-bath residence at The three-bedroom and one-bath home was originally 2399 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1998. constructed in 1940, and then renovated in 1967. $1,175,000 on Dream Island The sale of the 36-year-old, three-bedroom and twobath waterfront home at 712 Dream Island Road for

Beaches of Longboat Key-South

Kathleen and Steven L. Maloy, 506–63rd St., Braden-

ton, sold their Unit 304 at the 74-unit Beaches of Longboat Key-South, 775 Longboat Club Road, to Linda and Lynn Foltz, from Cannonsburg, Pa., for $750,000. The Maloys purchased the two-bedroom and two-bath condominium built in 1984 for $625,000 in July 2004, to earn a $125,000 gross in a year and 10 months.

Casa Del Mar

Dorothea A. Bilder, from DeKalb, Ill., purchased Unit 1-A in Tract F at the 106-unit Longboat Key Casa Del Mar, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Elizabeth Caroline Massey Breithaupt, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, for $650,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condominium was constructed in 1973.

Colony Beach & Tennis Club

Rose and Charles J. McCabe, of Boston, sold their apartment 137-S at the 232-unit Colony Beach & Tennis Club, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Nale Developments (Florida) Inc., of Tampa, for $90,000.

Beach Residences on Lido

In that “paper-loss” transaction, Judith and John Hays, 551 Putter Lane, Country Club Shores, bought Unit 702 at the new 88-unit Beach Residences, managed by the Ritz Carlton, located on Lido Beach at 1300 Ben Franklin Drive, for $1,994,300. They acquired the property, via a quit claim deed, from their Rougemont Properties LLC, which had bought the apartment, new, last December for $2.61 million. This figures out to be a $615,700 loss in five months.

Condos sold for $169 million

The last new condominium sale we have recorded at The Beach Residences was in the first week in January, in which 78 of the 88 apartments had been sold for $169,111,000. For the record, the 12-story Beach Residences is a development of the English-based Taylor

Weekly, Monthly Waterfront rental 3Br/2Ba pool hoMe on canal

6842 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key • 941-387-9004 •

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SIESTA KEY ESTATE - Over 2 acre gated Bay front estate on south Siesta Key containing a 7,400 Sq. Ft. house and a 1,450 Sq. Ft. 2BR guest house that are separated by a tennis court with a dock and large yard overlooking the Bay with an outdoor pool, terrace and gazebo. The estate could be subdivided. MLS#295185 $6,750,000

LONGBOAT GULF FRONT LOT - One of the largest Gulf front buildable residential lots available in Sarasota County. This estate property is 1.4 acres with 425 Ft. of Gulf front. There is the possibility of dividing the property into two lots. MLS# 302610 $6,450,000 VIZCAYA - Over 6600 Sq. Ft. of custom elegance with the finest detailing, finishes and cabinetry created by Ann Folsom Smith Interiors in a community of only 31 Gulf front residences. 5BRs which includes two master suites, spacious kitchen with Neff cabinetry, living, dining and family rooms, two double car garages, extensive terraces with outdoor grill. View the Gulf from all main rooms. Truly a paradise for the discriminating buyer. MLS#302005 $5,950,000

Kat Wingert

This home at 712 Dream Island has three bedrooms and two baths. It sold for $1,175,000. Woodrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U.S. Towers subdivision.

St. Armands Towers-North

Christine M. and Kenneth A. Rathgeber, from Boston, were the buyers of apartment Unit 56 at the 13-story, 70unit St. Armands Towers-North. They paid $950,000 to James Koster, Erin Koster and Ashley Koster, trustees, under the will of Heather Koster, of Hoboken, N.J. Jack Shire and Robert Hoffman built St. Armands Towers-North in 1968.

Sarasota Harbour East

Thomas J. Dimas, 777 John Ringling Blvd., sold his Unit 34 in the Hawthorne House at Sarasota Harbour East Apartments to Debra A. and Robert Williams, 3615 Hidden

River Road, Sarasota, for $618,000. Dimas bought the apartment in July 2003 for $263,000, to turn a gross profit of $355,000 on the sale. The late I. Z. Mann built the two-bedroom and twobath condominium in 1965. It was one of the first condominiums constructed in the Sarasota area.


The correct sale price for the home at 630 Hideaway Bay that appeared in the May 4 edition of The Longboat Observer was $1,235,000. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957.

(941) 412-3323 230 South Tamiami Trail, Venice 34285 $889,900â&#x20AC;ŚSIESTA KEYâ&#x20AC;ŚHARBOUR TOWNE! - Full

bay views from almost every room of this 4 bdrm, 3 bath condo with over 2,300 sq ft of living area - plus garage! Deeded dock with no bridges to the ICW. Clubhouse, pool, tennisâ&#x20AC;Śand of course, Siesta Key! #511169 Bradway/Wheeler 809-8430

$2,150,000â&#x20AC;ŚLYONS BAY! - Bay view 5 bdrm, 3 ½ bath, 2 story w/ panoramic views. Master suite encompasses full second floor. Large living area opens to bayside open pool area Full, covered boat dockage with 10,000 # lift and access to ICW. #506544 Bradway/Wheeler 809-8431


- 2-story with dock on magnificent 1.5 acres overlooking Casey Key. Towering oaks, 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath waterfront estateâ&#x20AC;Ś almost 4,000 sq ft of living area. Parcel may be split offering a unique opportunity. #514176 Kim Gauvreau-Wallace 321-7229

$3,700,000â&#x20AC;ŚDONA BAY!

- Hurricane protection built in to this 3/3 custom bayfront! Plus...2 offices, exercise room, additional bonus room! Elevator access to all levels. Protected boat basin, 2 covered boat slips and lifts, an additional open boat slip! Heated pool # 511735 Melissa Caldwell 266-8829

$4,650,000â&#x20AC;Ś.CASEY KEY! - 3 level residenceâ&#x20AC;Ś3 bed-

rooms, 3-1/2 baths with panoramic bay views! Poolside summer kitchenâ&#x20AC;Śprivate elevator from first level to main living area. Separate 800 sq ft guest cottage built on pilings over the bay. Covered boat dock with 3 lifts. Bayside gazeboâ&#x20AC;Śdeeded beach easement. #505126 Bradway/Wheeler 809-8431 or 809-8430

$1,995,900â&#x20AC;ŚISLAND ESTATE! REmARKABLE DESIgN - features 4 master suites, 5 full baths, 2 story Mediterra-

nean! Three kitchens, including one outdoors and one designed for full catering. Full second floor balcony overlooks pool and outdoor gazeboâ&#x20AC;Śradiant barrier, cedar fascia, thermal pane windows and 3-car garage. Every conceivable detail! #480801 Pam Cameron 716-3838

LIDO KEY - Walking distance to St. Armandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle restaurants and shopping from this over 5,000 Sq. Ft. 5BR gated contemporary home with an open floor plan overlooking a large outdoor entertainment area with a 74 Ft. infinity edge pool. Views of downtown from the roof top deck with deepwater dockage for multiple boats. MLS#293326 $5,450,000

LIGHTHOUSE POINT - Located behind the gates on the very southern end of Longboat with 4BRs and office in 5,200 Sq Ft with marble floors and volume ceilings throughout. The open floor plan with a large kitchen is perfect for entertaining with a 60 Ft. lighted boat dock minutes from the Gulf and Bay. MLS#307708 $3,595,000 BAY ISLES - Fabulous 5,100 Sq. Ft. home of fine detail and finishes throughout in the exclusive gated Harbor section of Bay Isles that was completely remodeled in 2005 with new kitchen, bathrooms, appliances, plumbing fixtures and granite countertops throughout. Soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, protected 50 Ft. boat dock, 4BR suites, office, 3 fireplaces and family room with wine cellar and full bar. Spacious outdoor entertaining terrace and pool deck with 38 Ft. pool and new pavers. MLS#302526 $2,995,000

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LIDO KEY - 3BR home on a wide private deep boating water basin with a southern exposure and partial bay view. The restaurants and shops of St. Armandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle and Lido Beach are a short walk away. MLS#298315 $2,895,000

BEACHES PENTHOUSE - Spacious Gulf front condo on Longboat Key with 4,000 Sq. Ft., 4BRs and 3 terraces with views of the Gulf, Bay and golf course that has been beautifully updated and decorated with a roof garden, skylights, kitchen par excellence, marble floors, security system, hurricane shutters, 9 Ft. ceilings and numerous built-ins. MLS#296800 $2,600,000 PRESTANCIA - This grand 4BR Rutenberg design is elegant & built for both indoor & outdoor entertaining w/all one can expect w/an incredible property on 2/3 of a private acre w/a large lake. Soaring ceilings & upgrades galore and w/wet bar, fireplace, office & outdoor grill area & over 1,200 Sq. Ft. of marble floors. MLS#295992 $1,350,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES LOT - Canal front lot on the southern end of Longboat Key on the desirable southern side of the street. MLS#301010 $1,350,000

RENAISSANCE - Downtown living at its best. Sweeping Bay and City views from the balconies of this southwest corner condo that has been remodeled including new kitchen, master bath and many details throughout. MLS#302398 $829,000

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Beachplace First floor walk out with spectacular gulf and sunset views. 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Great Beach getaway or rental opportunity. Available for $1,199,000. Fifth floor beachfront location. Corner unit, very light and bright, 2BR/2BA with an endless views of the Gulf. Available for $1,299,000.

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30-year fixed 15-year fixed 30-yr jumbo 1-yr A.R.M. Phone Numbers Rate / Points Rate / Points Rate / Points Rate / Points yr / life margin

Lender A Coastal Funding

(800) 594-3319

6.375 / 0.00

5.990 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

No Quote



AAA Action Home Financing

(941) 708-5342

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.38



Aapex Mortgage

(877) 839-9829

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

No Quote



(888) 90-HOMES

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.375 / 0.00



Accountable Mortgage

(800) 840-8771

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00



American Home Finance

(888) 429-1940

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00



Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Mortgage

(800) 713-8189

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

5.250 / 0.00



Borrowers Advantage Mtg.

(888) 510-4151

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

No Quote



C & C Financial Services

(800) 287-8858

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

No Quote



Capital Trust Mortgage

(800) 511-2862

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.625 / 0.00

4.500 / 0.00



Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.

(941) 761-9808

6.625 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

No Quote



First Choice Mortgage of FL

(561) 642-4540

6.375 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00



Flagstar Bank

(941) 206-2240

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.875 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00



Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.875 / 1.88

5.500 / 1.88

6.375 / 1.00

3.000 / 1.00



Home Finance of America

(941) 929-9112

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



Homestead Mortgage

(888) 760-6006

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



N.E. Mortgage Lender

(877) 559-3621

5.875 / 2.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.375 / 1.00

5.750 / 0.00



Prime Plus Mortgage

(800) 630-4259

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

6.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.13

5.750 / 0.00



Stepping Stone Mortgage

(800) 638-2659

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

6.750 / 0.00

No Quote



Absolute Mortgage Company

(941) 761-9808 or (800) 559-8025.



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A beautiful southern exposure. The golf course, the gulf and the bay can all be seen from this third floor location. 2BR/2BA turnkey firnished. Available for $839,000.


This 4th floor 2BR/2BA, beach front unit offers stunning views of the gulf from every room in a well appointed bldg. $949,000. 5116

Immaculate Penthouse Open Sunday 1-4

This rarely available 2BR/2BA offers over 1600 sq. ft. of chic designer living space. Captivating gulf, endless beach and tranquil nature views. Immaculate and tastefully updated with luxurious wood flooring, Euro light fixtures, new air conditioning and more. Offered at $897,000

The Castillian on Longboat

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

Longbeach Gulf-Front Open Sunday 1-4

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

Longboat Harbour Towers

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

Longboat Harbour Towers

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

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

Nature Lovers Retreat

Ever changing direct bay views & gulf peeks make this unique 1BR/1BA a must see. Explore by kayak or kick back on your dock enjoying wildlife while catching dinner. Offered at $397,000

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KEY COMPARABLES by Kate Walsh $5 Million 25 Lighthouse Point Drive, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Four. Bathrooms: Six. Special interests: Linda R. Dickinson, of Michael Saunders & Co., says this homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extraordinary location in a gated enclave of 16 homes in the Longboat Key Club is the ultimate in privacy and security. Its quality, old-world craftsmanship of stonework, millwork and ironwork is rarely seen today. Its proximity to such Longboat Key Club amenities as hotel rooms, spa, golf and tennis are incredibly wonderful. Price: $4,999,995. 363 Ben Franklin, Lido Beach Bedrooms: Four. Bathrooms: Five. Special interests: Two villas on one property is the first unique characteristic of these residences overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Lido Beach. Also unique to this new construction and the area are the rooftop pools, says agent Dyrk Dahl, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. Luxury finishes and accessibility to St. Armands are other exceptional qualities. Price: $4,999,000.

344 W. Royal Flamingo Drive, Bird Key Bedrooms: Four. Bathrooms: Five. Special interests: This brand new home is the best open-bay buy on Bird Key, with fabulous deep-water boating, and beautiful open bay views of sunsets and city lights. Candy Swick, of Candy Swick and Co., compares the kitchen to the Hope Diamond, and says the $20,000 carved front door, stone flooring, 18-foot ceilings in the den, and exquisite landscaping sets this property apart. Price: $4,975,000.



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

Ritz CaRlton ResidenCes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beausoleilâ&#x20AC;? Penthouse with 5,000 SF living area plus 2 terraces overlooking Marina and City. 2 elegant master suites, den/library plus media room. Great corporate apt. MLS #279909 $4,650,000 Also 2BR/2.5BA designer decorated and furnished. MLS #293389 $1,775,000 sunRise shoRes $579,000 2BR/2BA Longboat condo. 8 unit complex w/beautiful bay views, fireplace, pool & open screened-in porch. Community boat dock & steps to the beach. Peaceful & quiet setting. MLS #294707 sand Cay $735,000 Longboat Key. Beautiful Gulf views from this delightful, turnkey furnished, expanded unit. Large bedrooms, water views from living room, kitchen, den and lanai. Heated pool and tennis. Excellent income property. Rents 1-7 days 365 days. On site Manager and Rental Office. MLS #291345

INN ON ThE BEACh-Maybe the best value on Longboat Keysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; renowned Beach. This stunning, fully upgraded luxury 1BR Club suite, is in the Innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rental program, is unique on the market. Dolphins & birds at play, dreamy sunsets, lush tropical landscaping, large verandah at the 4 star, 3 diamond LBK Club, with stunning lagoon views. Enjoy 4 golf courses, 38 tennis courts, a staffed fitness center, 4 restaurants, private beach, pool, spa and the pampering you $499,000 deserve. Effortless rental returns. VIRTUAL TOUR

essex house $729,000 Magnificent views of the water & downtown from this 4th floor condominium OLD in Downtown Sarasota. 3BR/2.5B unitS completely updated and beautifully furnished. MLS #279688 VIRTUAL TOUR

whitField $299,800 3BR/2BA, 2 car attached garage, new ceramic flooring throughout main living area w/new Fraze carpeting in bedrooms, new roof, garage door, cabinets, countertops, appliances, newly landscaped

LONGBOAT KEY- Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;AMBIANCE Beach front unit. An unbelievably gorgeous residence behind the gates of Longboat Key featuring beautiful sunset views on the Gulf of Mexico. Magnificent corner residence 3 BDR + Den, 10 ft ceilings, granite counters, gorgeous wrap-around terrace, Amazing amenities: Olympic pool, fitness center, entertainment room & 2 parking spaces, guest suite, all for you to enjoy. $3,100,000



direct views of the Gulf of Mexico, sarasota Bay and the skyline. This residence features 4 BDR with over 3, 800 sq. ft., granite counter tops, & upgrades. Designer ready. Enjoy ultimate luxury and services of the Ritz-Carlton with room service as well as on-site concierge service, gourmet dining, and maid service. Over 400â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Gulf frontage on almost 8 acres. Including pool, spa, bar, elegant boardroom, billiards room, state of the art fitness center, theater with tiered seating and 2 guest suites. special feature Ritz Kids Program. $2,595,000ĂŚ




LONGBOAT KEY BAYfRONT - Country Club shores-Majestic TuscanMediterranean style is breathtaking! Deep-water dockage for up to 80 ft. yacht. saturnia floors, custom granite kitchen, 4 bedrooms, media room, fitness room, fireplace, 6 car garage and a spectacular infinity pool. fabulous outdoor living area with summer kitchen. $4,750,000

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Two lots both featuring 126â&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the water with a southern exposure. Purchase the lots individually or together for a combined 252â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of water frontage. ThE BEsT CITY VIEWs $3,200,000 to $3,450,000 IN ALL Of sARAsOTA BAY! Offered from

CentRal paRk ii Fabulous location, gorgeous townhouse style unit. Close to downtown and beaches. Washer, dryer, newer paint inside 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 balconies. Mls #287975............................................................................................................. $299,000 73 twinshoRes 2 Bedroom and 2 Bath mobile home located on Longboat Key. Totally updated 55 plus community. Marina, private beach access, boat dock turnkey furnished. Mls #299198........................................................................................................................ $198,000 7.53 aCRes with 3 homes in Myakka City MLS #283545........................................ $435,000 111 aCRes of buildable land .................................................................................. $4,329,000



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8C Real Estate CONDOS continued from 1C Key Condominiums, said state law requires associations to hold money in reserves for cyclical pro-jects like re-roofing and parking-lot resurfacing, but some owners waive the mandatory reserve, and prefer to pay as they go for everything. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can waive the reserve amount and assess everything,â&#x20AC;? Webster said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reserve is nice for things you know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to do, like paint and fixing the roof, but assessments are necessary for what you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan on, like emergencies and unforeseen repairs.â&#x20AC;? At Beachplace on the south end of the Key, all 11 of its buildingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; elevators are being updated and improved. Six of the elevators received new electrical outfitting and cab renovating last year, leaving five more to complete this year. According to Beachplace General Manager Bob McFarland, the improvements to the elevators are paid for completely by reserves, costing residents no additional money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already been saving for the last 20 years by putting money from their fees into reserves,â&#x20AC;? McFarland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great planning by the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors. Some (condominium residents) are assessed on everything; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for full-time residents on a fixed income.â&#x20AC;? After sustaining damage from storms in 2004, Longboat Key Harbour Towers de-

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cided it was time to replace the aluminum carports in its parking lot with ones built of concrete block. Unfortunately, according to Manager Paul Catt, the project was delayed when the state required a permit in addition to a town permit. Started in the early fall 2005, Catt wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure when the improvements would be completed, but said no matter how long it takes, the new tile-roofed carports will be an upgrade of safety as well as aesthetics. When the condominiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents approved the project last year, they also decided to pay for it through assessments. Fairway Bay, a community made up of mid-rises and townhomes divided into three entities, uses a mix of reserves and

assessments to get its maintenance projects completed. At Fairway Bay I, 18 units recently got new skylights, and Fairway Bay II is currently replacing the roofs of two

A Golf & Country Club Community MaIntenance fRee lIvInG at Its best $ offered at 389,900. Tranquil water view, light and bright 2 BR/2BA plus den, great room plan. Neutral carpets, tile and colors in MOVE IN CONDITION. Walk-in closets, Roman shower, all appliances and window treatments. Extended caged lanai and private courtyard patio. call Maggie Nasser 780.1006


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This immaculate maintenance free home offers 2/3BR/, 2BA. relaxing water views front and rear! Corian countertops, tile backsplash, neutral colors, security system, thermopane windows and doors, "Luminette" drapes and decorative window treatments. Shows beautifully. Call Tom Repp 704-3346



beaUtIfUl sUnRIses oveR the lake $ offered at 435,000.


Fabulous Full Direct Gulf View ground floor end unit with no apartments above. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath open plan unit has never been rented and features an enclosed lanai with ceramic tile, breakfast bar and under-building parking space. Amenities include Club House, exercise room, heated pool, Har-Tru tennis and fishing pier. Great value at a great price. Call Vicky Bird, 941.504.0193


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mid-rises and six town houses. In June, the asphalt at all three Fairway Bays will be replaced with brick pavers, and last year, Fairway Bay I got re-roofed and painted. With the mix of work, there has also been a mix of payment. Cheri Johnson, property manager for Fairway Bay I and II, said half of the re-roofing on Fairway Bay I was paid for by reserves, and the other half by a loan. The skylight replacements were paid for by assessments, and Fairway Bay IIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roofs were partically paid for by assessments. Accordin g to Johnson, each of the communities has its own association, which determines what work will be done and how it will be funded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fairway Bay I definitely reserves more aggressively,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it is all up to the individual association how much is put in reserves and how much will be paid for by assessments.â&#x20AC;?

Longboat Harbour Towers hopes to finish its project by the end of summer.

PRIvate & RelaxInG WateR & Golf coURse vIeW $ offered at 460,000.

Over 1900 sq. ft. of a/c space. 2/3 BR, 3 Full baths, Greatroom, Heated pool, Solid surface counter tops, Wet bar, Plantation shutters, Plant shelves, Walk in closet, Radiant barrier, Pella windows and Insulated garage door to maximize energy efficiency. Easy to show and ready for occupancy. Call Maggie Nasser 751-9070

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Maintenance free, former model, great room plan, 1838 sq. ft. 2 BR/2 BA, plus DEN. Tiled, light, bright, cheerful. Crown molding, corian, walk in closets, Roman shower, dbl vanities, fabulous pool and beautifully landscaped courtyard. Call Maggie Nasser 780-1006.







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


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2200sq.ft., Maintenance Free, 3BR/2BA great room plan. Oversized side load garage. Beautiful chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, gas fireplace, designer tile, crown molding, Breathtaking view, extended paver brick lanai great for entertaining! Call Maggie Nasser 780-1006


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lovely sInGle faMIly hoMe WIth Golf coURse vIeW $ offered at 599,000.

This newly renovated 2500 square foot home will amaze you! 3 BR/3 BA,/LR/FR/DR and den â&#x20AC;&#x153;area.â&#x20AC;? All new Corian, cabinets, appliances, AC, hot water heater, decorator tile, and fresh paint. The work has been done for you so come and enjoy. Heated pool, large lanai great view, mature landscaping. Call office for showing. 751.9070

neW constRUctIon, toP sellInG Plan $ offered at 749,000.

2400 sq. ft. Model like upgrades, granite, wood cabinets, designer tile throughout, crown molding, built-inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3 full baths, 2/3 BR, 2 1/2 car garage, stamped concrete, pool and spa and WATER VIEW! Call Maggie Nasser 780-1006

steRlInG Iv bUIldeRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Model $ offered at 982,000. new contruction

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

Rosedale Realty, Inc. 941-751-9070

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gated bay front estate w/ south east exposure. Beautifully appointed home featuring two separate living areas, 4 bedrooms en suite, 61/2 baths, office, furnishings, pool & spa, 3 car tiled garage, boat, personal water crafts and lifts. Direct views of Bay, City & Siesta Key. MLS#300928 $6,490,000.







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rare canal front home with privacy of bird sanctuary and wonderful southern exposure. Renovated 3BD, 2BA home complemented by granite, natural wood, stainless and terrazzo. Boat lift included. MuSt See!MLS#303865





• cedars West one of eight gulf front condos Last one for sale in 1995. Just under 2,200 SF, this unit offers unobstructed gulf views from all rooms. Ground level walk-out sits 12 feet above sea level. 37' wrap-around screened porch, furnished, heated pool & tennis courts. MLS#299856 $1,500,000.


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direct gulf views from 5th floor penthouse in one of the most beautifully maintained complexes on Longboat. Light & lovely 2B/2B condo with newer appliances & A/C. Parking garage with extra storage. MLS#294699 $1,100,000


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walk out to beach from 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo featuring newer baths and kitchen with granite countertops. Very soft, neutral decor with all furnishings included. First floor walkout, small pet accepted. Privacy will highlight your Longboat lifestyle. MLS# 295266 $795,000.


Unless you win. Then bet often. 12. If you lose money playing golf, don’t tell your spouse. If you must tell your spouse, make sure he or she knows it would be rude to throw a golf club at you. 13. Never offer another player advice during a round. Unless you’re playing for money. Then offer it every 5 or 10 minutes. Some suggestions: “Pay no attention to that creek. The big one. Straight ahead. Don’t hit it there.” “Always swing as hard as you can.” “Remember, it’s just a game. A game that will haunt you the rest of your life.” 14. Always tip the golf staff well. But not too well. The last thing we need is you making the rest of us look bad. 15. Never drink too much on a golf course. The game itself should be a high. Unless you’re playing like garbage. Then it’s perfectly fine to drink. 16. If you’re playing with your boss, always let him win. Unless your boss really stinks. Then you should recommend tennis. 17. Keep the office talk to a minimum when playing with your boss. The point is to get to know each other as people. 18. If your boss is a real blowhard, make sure you invite someone else to play. 19. Always compliment your boss’

penthouse - 2 BD/2BA light, bright with 9 ft. ceilings, turnkey furnished, 2 parking spaces (1 covered). Just steps to pool and Gulf. A great value at $565,000. MLS#303655



For all of golf ’s singular charm, a doctor for someone who owes what truly sets it apart is its regard money to a bookie. for etiquette, how it demands of its 2. If someone else is talking on a participants a respect that other cell phone on a golf course, remind sports can only envy. We dress well; that person it’s rude. Unless you’re we say nice things to each talking to each other on other. If we have to spit, cell phones. Then you we make sure no one is can discuss the matter looking (a personal code). later. For generations, these 3. Never throw a golf rules have been the founclub in frustration. dation of the shared golfing 4. If you must throw a experience. Without them, golf club in frustration, the game would be chaos. make sure it’s your own. Or, in other words, hockey. 5. Never throw a golf   Except now, golf is difclub in the direction of ferent. It’s safe to say that another person. when Old Tom Morris was 6. If you must throw a HAL getting up and down from golf club in the direcLENOBEL behind a cluster of sheep, tion of another person, he didn’t have to drop his make sure it’s someone niblick to answer his cell phone (of talking on a cell phone. course, if he did, we’d like to think 7. Never wear a shirt on the golf he’d at least have his phone on “vi- course that displays offensive brate”). The same fundamental language. rules of etiquette — avoid a player’s 8. If you must wear a shirt that line, tending the flag if you’re clos- displays offensive language, make est — apply now as they did then. sure it has a collar. But in this ever-changing, compli- 9. Don’t discuss politics while playcated world, maybe certain rules ing golf. Golf, on its own, gives you need to be amended, or even added. ample opportunity to discuss liars and cheaters. For instance: 10. Don’t lie or cheat while playing 1. Despite what I said earlier, never golf. If you need to get that behavanswer your cell phones on a golf ior out of your system, perhaps you course. Unless you’re a doctor. Or should consider running for office. a bookie. Or most importantly, 11. Don’t bet while playing golf.

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• longboat key yacht & tennis updated 3bd/2ba condo overlooks beach front pool out to the Gulf. Boat slips and tennis courts on bay side. 2 covered parking spaces. MLS289985 $865,000.




• 3 bd beachplace gulf front complex Over 1800 sq. ft. 1st floor walk-down with garden views out to golf course. turnkey furnished & excellent rental income. Wonderful amenities. MLS#297720 $999,000.





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R TOU ∙ ARBORMAR - Enjoy awesome Gulf views from this 2BR end unit. Heated pool, putting green. $810,000. ∙ BEACHCOMBER - Magnificent Gulf views from rarely avail. 2BR TKF end unit, directly on Gulf. Weekly rentals, On-site manager/rental agent. $859,000. ∙ SAND CAY- 2BR plus den in Gulf front complex. Vaulted ceilings, new tile, TKF. Great investment prop., weekly rentals w/on-site rental agents. Pool, tennis, beach. $775,000. ∙ BUTTONWOOD COVE - Direct Bay views from 2BR with Florida room. Your own boat dock, under-bldg. parking, deed beach access. Furnished. $699,900. ∙ LONGBOAT ARMS - Best buy on LBK. Newly renovated, furnished 2BR/2BA plus breakfast room. Pool, tennis deeded beach, boat docks. $479,000. ∙ SUTTON PLACE - Don’t miss this one! Cozy villa in Bayfront complex. 2BR/2BA, new windows, roof, carpet, appliances and more. 2 pools, private beach, pavilion, boat docks. Bring your pet. TKF. $529,000.

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deeded deep water boat slip comes with 3BD, 2BA Beach to Bay condo. 2 glassed-lanais, heated pool, under building parking. MLS#291520 $749,000.

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swing. Some suggestions: “Does that hurt?” “If only the hole were at the bottom of that pond.” “Good thing we have those fancy computers back at the office to add up your score.” 20. If you get a hole-in-one, make sure to buy the entire club a drink. Unless it’s a particularly big club. Then what you shot isn’t really their business. Feel free to add your own rules. Just

remember. The key is to respect the integrity of the game. And to wear a collared shirt. Come to think of it, you can’t remember both. Just worry about the shirt.


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BAYFRONT PARK REC CENTER 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive Ongoing Classes: March May 10 through May 16 For more information, call 316-1980 Sports/Fitness Classes: • Aerobics: Low impact, “Burn-N-Build”, 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. • Interval Training: Power Hour Plus, 7:45 a.m. Saturdays. • Young at Heart: 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • Muscles and More: (Weight bearing), 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • NIA: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays. • Joy of Stretching: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. • Pilates: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays.

Rivendell! Beautifully maintained Key West Cottage style, 3BR, 2.5BA “Smart House.” Former model home in this “front porch” neighborhood. Wood floors, spacious rooms, wonderful porches, incredible outdoor areas with mature landscape. Garage entry at rear of house. $629,000.

Bridge: • Duplicate bridge: 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Million Dollar Views from this 1st floor condo in downtown Sarasota. 2 bedrooms and 2 baths in this completely redone unit, complete with underground parking and pool. $689,000.

LONGBOAT KEY PUBLIC TENNIS CENTER 590 Bay Isles Road 316-TEN-S (8367) Season Schedule Everyday - Morning Sessions: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Afternoon Sessions: 3:30 and 5 p.m. Maggie Hutter, Jo Rutstein, realtors©, gri

Daily Round Robins - 3:30 p.m. •Women’s: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. •Men’s: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. •Mixed: 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Maggie: 941-780-9888

Daily lessons, clinics and ball machine available by reservation.

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Special Events •Who’s B.O.B.: Men’s (4.0 to 4.5 doubles) 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Jo: 941-587-9156 An independently owned and operated member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

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

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FulFill a dreaM! Live at the beach! This home is the perfect alternative to condo living. Light, airy, charming, and impressively remodeled to perfection. Stunning gulf views from the upper terrace. Generous outside living space. Landscape and maintenance so carefree it leaves more time for watching sunsets and strolls to St. Armands for dining and shopping. $1,650,000. west oF trail - Charming bungalow. Updated electric, plumbing and metal roof. Wood floors, fireplace & newer room addition. Situated on quiet treelined street. 3BR + detached 2 car garage. $610,000. Country Club ShoreS, longboat Key Ideally located on Sarasota Bay, stunning Bermuda style home offers 274’ of seawall to accommodate any boater’s needs. Custom designed by Cliff Scholz, the elegant interior of this 5 bedroom residence features spacious living areas, high ceilings, a kitchen to please any chef, opening to the family room. Living room with gas fpl, 5 full and 2 half-baths, elevator. Great water views from most rooms. The two levels of covered balconies, outdoor kitchen, the pool and spa offer the perfect backdrop for outdoor entertaining. The fine design, the architectural detail, the highest level of finishes, dock, and the bay front location make this the perfect home to enjoy the wonderful Florida lifestyle. $5,975,000

Hanly & associates realty 310 John Ringling Blvd • St. Armands Circle • Sarasota FL 34236

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388-2331 • Fax (941) 388-1453 e-mail: toll Free 877-589-7979

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

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

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

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Cliff Nelson Club Longboat Cliff Nelson has been visiting Longboat Key for more than 50 years, and visits seasonally from Atlanta. He plays tennis three to four times a week. What made you pick up a racket? In 1931, at the age of 11, my parents gave me a tennis racket for Christmas. That same Christmas, my cousin also got a tennis racket, so we started playing all the time. We played without taking lessons, so we played as much as we could and taught ourselves. What benefits do you get from playing tennis? Tennis has played a key role in keeping me fit and active and letting me do a lot of things I want to do. In 2002, when my wife of 62 years, TK, and I went on a barge off of France, I got West Nile Virus and was very sick. I believe that my conditioning from playing tennis and being active helped me get better and fight it. So tennis has kept me in shape and I have also met a lot of wonderful people on the court. How competitive are you? I’m very competitive. Of course, as you grow older, you are a little less so, but I’ve always been very competitive. Name one thing you do that wins matches. I have a strong inside-outside serve, plus an unorthodox backhand that allows me to confuse the opponents by disguising the angle of the shot. If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? I would like to improve my drop shot. That’s the hardest thing for me. Who has most influenced your game? I’m not sure if any one person has influenced my game, but my wife has urged me to play throughout the years, otherwise I would have given up the sport for other commitments. Relate the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. I have three. The first was at my club in Atlanta, the Cherokee Town and Country Club, I won the 55 and over singles championship 10 out of 11 years I played in it. Second, when I was 58, I was talked into playing in the A and B open championships at the same club. In the first championships, it was a 95-degree day in August, and I had to play a 28-year-old. We went three sets and more than two hours before I won. Then, after only 35 minutes to rest, I played the second match of the championships against a 38-year-old. In that heat, I knew I couldn’t last three sets again, so I beat him 6-2, 6-3. To this day, I don’t know how I did it. How about one tip that you play by, or the single most important tip you’ve received? Attitude and determination are the most important things. We all make errors, but how you handle them makes a big difference. You can always come back. Who is your favorite athlete, and why? He’s not a professional, but Lou Bender, a fellow Longboater. I admire him for his early sports skill as an All-American basketball player, and because at 96, he still plays tennis three times a week. What is the funniest or most embarrassing moment you’ve had playing? I’ve played with Dr. Ernie Reiner for years every Saturday and Sunday morning, and his sense of humor has always blended well with mine. One time, we were playing and I hit an overhead shot into the net. I looked up at the sky and said, “Why, God, why?” Behind me came the deep grumbling of Ernie’s voice: “Because I don’t like you,” he said. Another time, we were all going out to dinner, when he handed me a prescription. I told him I didn’t take any medication, and he told me just to read it. On the script he wrote: “Take humble pills three time a day rectally, for humility.”

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by Sean Roth | Gulf Coast Business Review

Job jitters

A worker shortage is coming, author Steve Gunderson says. Executives and entrepreneurs need to make sure staff, both current and future, are well educated. Steve Gunderson doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a pretty future coming for the American workforce. Over the next 50 years, his research shows a looming shortage of skilled labor that could pose a serious challenge to the future of the U.S. labor force. Workers are going to need to be much more adaptive as technology continues to drive the job market. The message for small business owners, hiring managers and chief executives: Unless you help your workers keep up with a skills learning curve now, you may not be able to find workers when you need them later, at least not in the United States. Gunderson calls the coming workforce crisis the Jobs Revolution. He co-authored a book with the same name. Gunderson, a former U.S. congressman who is now president and CEO of the Council on Foundations, explained the revolution in Sarasota at a luncheon hosted by The Economic Development Corporation of Sara-

sota County April 28. The future worker shortages, Gunderson says, will come principally from the baby-boomer-population retirement wave coupled with somewhat stagnate population growth nationwide. At the same time, Gunderson says there is a growing skill gap fueled by the steadily declining number of jobs available to employees with no higher education. Simultaneously, he argues, the explosive growth of minority groups in the population, principally Hispanics and African Americans, brings increasing educational deficiencies and inequalities that need to be addressed. For example, Gunderson reports that population trends forecast that Hispanics will make up 37% of the workforceage population by 2010, yet other statistics show that presently only 11% of Hispanics over 25 have a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. Gunderson says economic data shows the

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U.S. economy is ultimately benefiting considerably from the current usage of hiring employees overseas, primarily because U.S. companies can then reinvest those higher profits back into the community. The problem with that, Gunderson acknowledges, is there are few systems available to help displaced U.S. workers catch up to fill skilledworker jobs. China and India also have a big popu-

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lation advantage over the United States. Gunderson says that if natural intelligence is spread evenly across populations, then those two countries likely have four or five â&#x20AC;&#x153;good mindsâ&#x20AC;? to every one of their U.S. counterparts. All of those problems leave education and constant skills training as the only panacea to keep the U.S. workforce on the top rung of the labor market. His argument is that encouraging higher education is ultimately a workforce investment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It used to be we would put all of our money into tax incentives to bring corporations to our area,â&#x20AC;? Gunderson says, speaking before his presentation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reality today is that we need to put all of our public resources into education and training, because if we have the skilled workforce, the economic development will happen.â&#x20AC;? Gunderson also suggests employment insurance as a way that workers can constantly train themselves for the next job cycle change. In his example of the program, Gunderson suggests that a worker could save a dime for every working hour in an education account. Invested at even a paltry interest rate of 2%, in 20 years that worker would have $5,000 saved up, he asserts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assume if the typical business says weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll match your dime with a dime, we would easily have $10,000,â&#x20AC;? Gunderson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So that person could update his skills to remain a competitive member of the workforce. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s without government spending one more dime.â&#x20AC;?

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Longboat Key Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18-Hole Golf Association Parings Partner Better Ball April 11 Flight A/B: Gross â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carol Zito/Proxy, 82. Net: 1st Place­ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Margaret Lachmann/Proxy, 63. 2nd Place (tie) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Donna Pettinato and Betsey Gentile, Tina Steskos and Karen Pizzarello, 64. 4th Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gerda Toth and Carolyn Thompson, 68. 5th Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sheri Lublin and Rita Glosser, 70. Flight C/D: Gross â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lauren Pike and Helen Fournier, 93. Net 1st Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hweilin Sung and Florence Fridl, 68. 2nd Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bea Rapowitz and Jan Ellison, 69. 3rd Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Laura Dutton and Rochelle McKinney, 70. 4th Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sylva Langton and Joyce Kolligian, 72. 5th Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Barbara Struth/Proxy, 73.

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Photos by Emily Walsh

by Emily Walsh | Black Tie Editor


Dye for

Lynn Yunis and Beth Wexler

The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort hosted an event to dye for — Still Life in Motion, which benefited Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center and the Women’s Resource Center. On May 4, guests crowded into The Colony’s Monkey Room patio for the event, which included cocktails, cuisine and a fabulous fashion show themed, “In Living Color.” While guests sipped pomegranate martinis and chowed on new Chef Lee Parker’s Caribbean-style cuisine, they watched a renegade theater-type fashion show featuring the clothes and accessories from The Colony’s boutique, Le Tennique. Models danced and posed on a star-shaped runway decorated with furniture from Home Resource. Featuring different colors in each segment set to songs like “Pink Panther” and “Mellow Yellow,” the show culminated with a fantastic finale, in which one model emerged from an enormous cocoon wearing a bathing suit adorned with butterflies. Finally, guests joined the models in a conga line and danced the night away. Michael Klauber dances on stage with his daughter, Molly.

Sue Bassett Klauber with her granddaughter, Carling Seguso

Bruce and Mary Ann Bozzi with Murf Klauber

Lauren and Bernard Walsh

Molly Schechter, Lee Peterson, Robbie and Mary Ann Robinson

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The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006

Discover “The Art Of Living”

tIFFany PLaza PenthOuse - sensational southwest corner penthouse with panoramic views of the gulf and bonus bay views as well. Large, open floor plan with 3Br/3Ba, dining room, skylights and 2 balconies. a great buy at $1,695,000.

the atrIum - Glorious bay views from this spotless jewel in the private harbourside Golf course community. this beautiful 3Br unit is meticulously maintained and an absolute joy to behold at a wonderful price. $975,000.

DEAL US IN by Donna Swan

A team match There are many reasons why it might not be advisable to draw trump at the first opportunity. At times, the trump suit is the only means of transportation between declarer’s hand and the dummy. This hand is from a regional tournament in Florida. It was dealt in a team match, and at both tables, South became declarer at the four-spade contract. Despite the fact that high cards were evenly distributed between the two sides, South’s distributional assets made the spade game reasonable. At both tables, West led the king of diamonds, which was ruffed by declarer. At one table, declarer drew three rounds of trump and then a club. West won the king and played another diamond, forcing South to trump. South was now down to only one trump. Declarer led another club, but East refused to take her ace. Declarer was helpless — he could get back to his hand only by ruffing a diamond or heart, but that would use his last trump. Declarer had to settle for nine tricks, six spades, one club and the ace and king of hearts. At the other table, the declarer, after ruffing his opening lead, immediately led a club. Now the declarers were helpless. West won the king of clubs and played a second diamond, and declarer ruffed and continued another club. East had to win the ace, or lose it; and led another diamond. Declarer ruffed his hand, drew three rounds of trump, running everyone out of spades, and had four club tricks to cash for an overtrick. 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.”

LIdO harBOur tOwers - Penthouse condo with outstanding views of the Gulf of mexico from every room. a splendid end-unit condo directly on the beach. eloquence! Luxurious 3Br/2Ba unit. elevators, pool and clubhouse. $1,249,500.

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


Luxury on the Water

diReCt guLf fRont estate

2.6 acres plus existing home or sudivide. Call Reid for specific development opportunities. $7,900,000

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

Queens harBOur custOm masterPIece: Oneof-a-kind architectural gem with sensational panoramic views of golf course, lake and canal on private ‘point’ lot. this is the only site that allows 42 ft. pool and spa. Furnished. VIrtuaL tOur $1,950,000.

The Huber Team Unmatched service. Unrivaled experience.

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sutton PLaCe - Charming villa w/ boat docks, heated pool & beach access. Ground level - no steps.$399,000 beauty at CoRey's Landing - Single family home. Rare location on Golf course w/ beautiful Bay views. Courtyard pool plus tennis amenities. Terrific square footage & private guest house. $1,995,000 dReam isLand - Cute cottage home on terrific lot w/ boat house. Canal directly to Bay. $1,675,000

Please remember our brave soldiers in your prayers!

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diReCt bayfRont • new Home - Deep water plus boat dock. Magnificent custom finishes. $4,900,000

Mark Huber



Representing the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Ste 1 • Longboat Key, FL 34228

beRmuda bay - Great Bradenton Beach. Beach access. Furnished. 2 car garage. $895,000

Longboat Key CLub inn on tHe beaCH CLub suite - Desirable Building 6. Great lagoon and city views. $494,000 unique CLub suite - Top floor, end unit all upgraded, exquisite detail, one of a kind custom home. $595,000

Call Reid Today! 941.232.3304 or 941.383.4276

Developers Realty Corp. Lic. R.E. Broker 1819 Main Street, Suite 200, Sarasota, Florida

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WHERE TO PLAY Longboat Island Chapel: Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Larry Auerbach, 758-2017. Bayfront Park Recreation Center: Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and contract bridge games are at 1 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 316-1980.


Bob, Audrey & Jill Res: (941) 366-5251


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


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


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


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

1350 MAIn

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

Prudential Palms Realty * fine Homes International


Advertise in The Longboat Observer 383-5509

The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2006


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As of May 8, no red tide was found in local waters.

Dedicated sunset watcher, Carol Scoville, took this sunset photo through the dune grass near Conrad Beach off Broadway, during one of her visits from Farmington, Conn. Please send your sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, or e-mail them to lburke@ longboatobserver. com


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Month-to-date Average water 2006 2005 Temp.: 77 1.00 in. 3.92 in.


WAGNER Since 1939

ExpEriENcE couNTs


Bringing People Home to the Island Since 1939

Bill Greene

realtor®, Gri

former Rhode Islander

30 Years Experience Now is the time to market your property…call (941) 383-5577 • Toll Free (800) 352-0367

SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB Bright, well cared for 2BR/2BA stand alone villa. Corner lot, w/wonderful water view. Enclosed lanai. Near the clubhouse & heated pool. Active 55+ complex w/deep water marina & more. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #298740 $385,000

PERFECT BEACH HOUSE West of GMD, Hi & dry 2BR/2BA, close to beach & glorious sunsets. Custom caged pool. Enjoy now with children or grandparents or possible great rental. No stairs. Build up for panoramic beach views. Low maintenance. Harry Christensen 383-5577 #307188 $990,000

WHAT A TREAT! Mint condition only one away from Bay in Spanish Main but still has a view. Lots of new upgrades and 1/8 ownership in extra parking area for guest or add’l vehicle. Clubhouse, heated pool, beach access, marina, 55+ community. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. 383-5577 #298059 $575,000

DIRECT GULF FRONT CONDO Large Gulf front unit w/2 beach front balconies. Fabulous sunsets. Two pools, tennis, clubhouse, citrus grove. Low density—7 acres. Don’t miss this one! Jack McCormick 383-5577 #294770 $824,000

LONGBOAT HARBOUR 2BR/2BA w/ good view of Bay & ICW. Lg unit. Just needs your personal touches. Great complex w/many amenities. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #304208 $419,000

WINDWARD BAY 2BR/2BA with water views of Bay & Gulf. Updated kitchen, dome ceiling, ceramic floors. Washer and dryer in unit. Beach access, boat docks, tennis heated pools. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #294176 $470,000

COVERT I 1BR/1BA, rarely available, immaculate. Small, friendly complex. Excellent rental possibilities—short term allowed currently. Deeded beach access. The Centre Shops nearby. Don Carey 383-5577 #310468 $329,000

LONGBOAT TERRACE Direct Gulf front 2BR/2BA with great views. First floor walk out to the beach. Beautifully decorated and updated. Turnkey furnished. Bill Greene or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 #287090 $824,000

COVERT II Updated, 3BR/2BA, could make a great family beach home or retirement dream or rental possibilities. Pool. Beverly Moore/Jo Warren 778-2246 #521717 $799,000

UNIQUE YACHTSMAN’S PARADISE This north LBK 3BR/3BA estate offers broad expanses of water views. 150’ frontage & deep water dockage w/covered boathouse. Nothing else like it in the area. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. 383-5577 #281127 $3,595,000

GREAT POSSIBILITIES ON LBK This 3BR/3BA plus 1BR/1BA separate entrance apt is ready for creative owner to remodel, rebuild or leave as is. Caged pool/hot tub. Detached oversized 2 car garage. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. 383-5577 #288498 $839,000

LONGBOAT HARBOUR Best views of Bay. 2BR/2BA. TKF. Private beach, tennis, 4 pools, clubhouse. Rented for 2006 winter season. Bill Greene 383-5577 #299633 $505,000

5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

WAGNER REALTY Cathy C. Meldahl, P.A. Realtor/GRI/Branch Manager 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228 At “The Center Shops” (800) 352-0367 • (941) 383-5577

NoRth LoNgBoAt Key

SpaciouS quality built home in Sleepy lagoon.

543 Juan anasco. private neighborhood 3bD/2ba, vaulted ceilings, separate dining room, screened balcony overlooking natural canal and fruit trees. huge furnished family room. 2 car garage, excellent storage & workshop. canoe and kayak access to waterways & beach access mlS# 304222. Just Reduced $840,000


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

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


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

• The East County Observer is offering free advertising space in the classifieds. • Free-Bee ads will only be accepted for the items-under-$200 classification and may run for two weeks maximum for each ad. (One Free-Bee ad per month)

call brad 941-374-1315

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

Boat Charter

• Free-Bee ads must be placed in person, mailed, or faxed by individuals with private addresses and phone numbers. (Sorry, no commercial advertising in the Free-Bee section.)

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.

Items Under $200 For Sale

Boat Sales, Service & Storage


Cleaning Services


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

cabinet/hutch: wood with shelves, excellent cond., $299. 941-388-5106(days).


new furniture for sale: 6 Tommy Bahama Parsons chairs, $750. Round wood just me & Co. Cleaning Services. Spe- kitchen table, 4 chairs and baker’s rack, cializing in Residential, Model Homes & Of- $700. Coffee and sofa table, $500. Sofa, fices, Pressure Wash & Windows. Move-ins loveseat, chair, $2500. All coordinating. and Move-outs. Call for FREE ESTIMATE (941)383-2063 and appt. 941-234-2315. asap cleaning. Fast, reliable service. Residential/Commercial. All phases of cleaning. Contracts available. Free estimates. (941)371-1875. dustbusters residential & commercial cleaning insured and bonded free estimates references call 941-223-5375

Man’s bike (Huffy), 24”, excellent condi- 22/ft. boston Whaler Outrage, 1987 time to cleAN? I can help! Hard-worktion, used approximately 6 times, cover. hull. 200/HP Yamaha 1996, 120 gallon fuel, ing, thorough, dependable, honest gal available for cleaning including move-ins/outs, $50. (941)383-5460. rear seat. Creampuff! Asking $18,000. weekly, bi-weekly. Experienced. Reason(941)232-9959. able rates. Excellent references. Pamela, 4 sliding glass doors, white aluminum, 320-0023. 89” tall, 49” wide. 3 pass-thru windows, 32” high, 43” wide, brand new, never installed, Boat Slips for Rent/Sale Housecleaning By Private Party. $199. (941)374-1693. boat slip available for rental up to 45’ Longboat Key Club Experienced. Very desk chair, $15. Matching side chairs, vessel at Longboat Key Moorings on Dock Honest, Reliable, Excellent References. $20 each. Call 387-7136. “O”, Slip “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of Call: (941)928-5516 beautiful antique mahogany FULL extra room to move around. State-of-the-art bed frame complete. $150 obo. docking with cable, TV, electric and water Computer Services hook-ups. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405. (941)383-2373. expert technical Assistance. superb boat slip for rent in high & dry Need help with hardware, software, netAdult Care indoor marina. Excellent South Longboat lo- works or wireless? Call Alan anytime: companionship, personal Care, cation, easy access to Bay & Gulf, up to 941-364-5858/941-544-6725. Meal Preparation, Transportation, Shop- 29’. Call 371-1866. ping, Bonded, Insured and Thoroughly boat rack for rent. Boathouse on Long- computer obedience Training. Is your Screened. Call Pam, 365-6696. boat Key. High and dry, covered. Unlimited computer misbehaving? Will train your ins and outs. Up to 31/ft. boat, 9.5’W. computer to listen to you! Special $40/hour. Independent Home Health Care Has FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. $495/mo. 228-4105. Certified Nursing Assistance & Home Health Aids Available, For Private Duty longboat key Moorings: 63/ft. slip, E the computer coach: Offering one on Care In Home Or Facility. Reasonable dock. For sale by owner. $234,500. one lessons, computer maintenance and internet security. Please call Elinor, Rates. Available 24-7 (941)928-9418 973-879-1839. 941-586-5689. Boat Slip for Rent, Up tp 80’ Vessel, 6’ Antiques Draft. Beautiful Secluded Private Setting, Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years 100 Amp Service, Water. Very Large of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, Aerated Bait Tank On Dock. Call: upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless steven postans antiques networking. PC or MAC web design. (941)383-6275 383-3878, 587-5588. 28,000sq.ft. warehouse. Dry Dock Boat Slip For Sale. Indoor Storage For Up To 25’ Boat On Southern LBK. over 1,000 pieces Consignments $58,000. (313)410-4301 of 18th & 19th C. English and consignment store. Florida’s largest Continental furniture 45FT. Boat Slip (I-13).For Rent. Available & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery and clocks. The Moorings Marina At Longboat Key available. House of Lords - Osprey. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING (941)812-3395 941-966-5446. MONTHLY! 7881 15th St. E. (old 301), Sarasota, FL. 755-6063


Crushed Shell

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.

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

Cleaning Services Condo Cleaning: Licensed, Insured & Auto Sales & Service Bonded. 15/ Years Experience. References Rolls Royce, 1985, Silver Spirit, Upon Request. Vicki (941)744-6338 Linda Loaded, Excellent Condition, Garage Kept. (941)238-8987 117,600/ Miles, $22,900. (941)778-7653 cleaning as You Really Expect! Residential and Commercial. Experienced, honretired longboat Key police officer. est & reliable. Great references and comDrive your car to the North and back. petitive prices. You will be happy with our service! Call Aura, 941-685-8811. References. 941-778-5381.

Auto Transport

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

Furniture Repair

Wood Refinishing: On-Site- TouchupStripping- Staining- Glazing- Etc. Kitchen Furniture Architectural Woodwork. Lic./Ins. Nancy (941)447-4349

Gifts Celebrate National Teachers Day, May 9th, Nurses Day, May 12th, Mother’s Day May 14th With A Bouquet Of Premium Fruit. Find Us On Line At or Contact Us at Edible Arrangements. 941-316-9400

Garage, Moving & Estate Sales Let Premium Estate Liquidators conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure.

Property Rentals

Sarasota Longboat East County

Observer Classifieds Your neighborhood marketplace!

955-4888 Help Wanted

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


companions/homemakers, you can make a difference. Help our seniors stay independent. We provide: meals, light housekeeping, transportation & companionship. We offer F/T, P/T flexible hours. Pay $9/hr. Call Comfort Keepers, The #1 Companion Agency In Town. (941)921-9506. two experienced Real Estate Agents wanted for busy island office. Call Mike Nink, Wedebrock R. E. Co. (941)383-5543.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAy 11, 2006

Help Wanted

$$$$$ are you interested in...... additional and competitive income representing one of the country’s most prominent newspapers determining how many days a year you work - you coordinate the coverage of your own route the herald-tribune is now contracting independent contractors... call

361-4401 to get started hairstylist/nail technician. Are you looking for a friendly, upscale salon in a beautiful and thriving shopping center? Call The Little Salon on Longboat Key at 383-8699. part time Beach Attendant wanted for Longboat Key resort. Must have sailing experience, be reliable, enjoy the outdoors and working with the public. Call 383-5511 or fax resume to 383-0402. hair stylist. Relocate your business to upscale, busy Longboat salon. Friendly atmosphere, competitive rates. Make next season the best yet. Sandra, (941)387-9807. full time Maintenance person for Longboat Key Resort. Must have janitorial and light maintenance skills. Saturdays included in schedule. Great benefits, 401K. Call 383-5511 or fax resume to 383-0402. front desk Person, part-time, LBK high rise. Dependable, non-smoker with references. Call 383-8345 or fax: 383-0606. hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort Accepting applications for: Front Desk Agents Servers Bussers Line Cooks Sous Chef Room Attendants Housepersons Gift Shop Attendant (part-time only) Bellperson (am only) Benefits include: Health*Dental*Life*401K Employee Meals*Travel Discounts

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

Nursing/Companion Caring Dependable Nursing Assistant Seeks Private Job. Very Good Experience & References. Contact: (941)922-6527 /(941)400-5646

Drug Free Work Place

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

your personal bookkeeper, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/Taxes I come to your home or office. l l l l

Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns BONDED & insured Over 25/yrs. experience

Telephone: 941-749-5646

Remodeling & Home Improvements

lido beach. Small motel seeks a maid to clean rooms. We pay $50/hr. for all your home improvement needs. 20 years. Lic. and insured. Call Bill, (941)388-2590. 773-3799.

Items For Sale

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

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

Commercial Rentals & Sales

drywall repairs, popcorn removal. retexture and repaint. two pro companies working together. clean, condo approved. Coordinated and insured. References.

Experienced, Efficient Home Health call 284-8558 or 750-9067 Aide Will Provide For You Or Your Love One Excellent Care Services Anytime. Call Michelle (941)587-8652 paul sutherland. Carpentry, minor & major repairs, built-ins, crown moldings & Painting & Wallpapering more! Residential/Commercial. Prompt, decarlo dattilo painting. Licensed & pendable service. (941)792-4645. insured. Interior/exterior painting including . . drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper .. installation & removal, pressure washing. tile-tile-TILE Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) All variations of Ceramic Tile 744-1020. 30+years exp. Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Pastel Painting. Interior/exterior, neat, Many Local References. reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Supplying LBK clients w/over 14 years experience & customer service. Lic./InExpert Marble & Travertine Installation sured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434. Floor & Walls ray cordy custom Painting & Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, ResidenCall Ashdown Flooring Inc. tial, Commercial. All trades are union (941) 726-3077 trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Floorlic. ins. ing, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings that are for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct john gubernat handyman product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. specializing in roof leaks, Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable siding, soffit, fascia, references. 953-5215. chimney flashings, exterior aluminum trim, Personals home repairs. Alone? seniors Dating Bureau! SAFEST since 1977! (ages 45-90). 28 years experience. 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days. Excellent quality, prompt service. Personal Services 941-383-5765 lbk resident

Apply in person at: 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 Or fax resume to: 941-383-5962

Remodeling & Home Improvements


robert held’s handyman & more! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717. expert tile installation floors, counters, backsplashes, walls, murals. lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber artisan tile (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins.


Classified 5D


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

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

Commercial/Business Opp.

☛ prime retail and office space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135. commercial space for lease: Siesta Key, 3150/sq.ft., possible addition 1500/sq.ft., $25/per sq.ft. Available now. Call S. Dudley Carson, Re/Max Premier Services. (941)349-5200.

Condos & Homes For Sale Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Major Price Reduction 2BR/2BA Premium Front Location At #1 Family Beach Condo Resort. Southern Exposure On Partial Gulf View Terrace, 200Ft. To Starbucks, Deli And Gulf Beach, Ownership Includes Any 30 Days Each Year, Including Prime “School’s Out” Vacations, Plus Extra Days At 50% Off Hotel Rates.

Prin Only $240K (941)383-5092 mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradenton’s best kept secret 55+ community starting in low $200’s Bayfronts, Lakefronts, Canalfronts, Boat docks currently available. Donna Bucher RoseBay Real Estate 941-713-0203

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

$369,000 Ryan Roslansky Michael Saunders & Company


Overlooking Sarasota Bay


beachfront restaurant: Thriving business, building with additional income on main road of popular resort area. Never Before Offered. $1,690,000** Beautiful Home, PLASTICS FACTORY: Established Fla. Completely Remodeled company, state-of-art equipment & building on 3 acres, highly profitable, good customer By Professional. base.** Stone Fireplace, Custom Kitchen. tire distributor. Thriving business 3BR/2BA All w/Granite seeks equity investor to expand** development opportunity: 1.3-acre New Pool Brick Patios mixed use Longboat site w/good highway & Much More visibility, much potential. $1.2 million. gifts/antiques etc. Big beautiful Sara7211 Westmoreland Drive. sota shop enjoys low rent in great location. Wonderful mom-n-pop opportunity. $225K** seafood/restaurant/market: 35 $875,000 seats, 2 outdoor tables, beer/wine, good lease in Holmes Beach. $94,900 (941)737-8939 breakfast/lunch: Turnkey restaurant in busy Bradenton plaza. $79,990.** Agent/Owner Pack/Ship: Good Sarasota location, good lease, good opportunity. Only $99,900** bait & tackle: Profitable, great Cortez longboat key Condo on The Beach. Rd. location. Motivated seller. $75K. Rarely available spacious and newly decorated 2BR/2BA furnished mid-key condo. Small complex with resort amenities, heated pool, white sand beach. Watch the **Confidentiality agreement required for dewaves of the Gulf from your lanai or living tails. room. Offered at $849,000. Call (760)944-6016. (No agents please). Longview Realty 941-383-6112

For more great business & realty buys:

valuable 105x110 lot and Key West style home, 3BR/2BA. Views of Sarasota Bay. $1,100,000 o/b/o. Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090.

6D Classified

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2006 MITSUBISHI GALANT 0% apr for 60 MONTHS!



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Condos & Homes For Sale

direct gulf views Perfect 2BR/2BA Income/Vacation


Sand Cay - Penthouse - Remodeled including new furniture - 50K income/onsite rental - $999,900 affordable beachfront beachcomber - Completely redone and newly furnished - Across from Ave. of Flowers year round income - $439,000 Steve Magner Michael Saunders & Co. 376-8559

for sale by owner Seaplace Two bedroom 1st floor furnished condo, 2 bedroom 2 bath, In-unit Washer/Dryer. Next to pool, gym & beach, Great North sunset Views, Two deeded parking spaces. Walk-in closet plus storage. Remodeled Co-ed Gym, Har-Tru Tennis courts. Community Wi-Fi Internet. Gated Community with 24/7 Security.




110A Oak Ave.

Surprising 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Furnished Beach Cottage Condominium Use As A Vacation Home: Own As An Investment: On site Management: Exceptional Income and Rental History

$699,000 Jerry Thompson Prudential Palms Realty 941-232-2988

Appointment to see: 941-383-2597


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

✔corey’s landing

2 bedroom 2 bath completely remodeled, beautiful view.

overlooking Sarasota bay 2br/2ba condo walking distance to downtown by owner $639,000

Great Income! Best price in building 6 & 7 $479,000.

Auction World USA, Inc.

Screened lanai with gorgeous sunset views of the Gulf of Mexico.

longboat key wonderful private home behind the gates of the lbk club. light & bright, open floor plan, soaring ceilings, many upgrades & built-ins. pool & jacuzzi w/summer kitchen, 3BR/3.5BA, over 3000/sq.ft. $1,095,000 941-356-6673 mel & jan goldsmith michael saunders & co.

1350 Main At Palm University Park: Stunning 4BR/3BA with Fabulous Views Of Golf Course And 2 Lakes. Spacious Dining & Living Rooms. Soaring Ceilings. Pool With Jacuzzi. Kitchen Perfect For Entertaining. Even If Golf Is Not Your Passion, There Is Tennis and Many Other Social Functions to Enjoy In This Wonderful Private, Gated Community. $999,800. Barbara Karassik, Direct (941)358-8024, Exit Realty

Bldg. #6

✔longboat key village

800-262-3050 Lic. R.E. Broker

Inn On the Beach Newly Remodeled Studio Condo, Fully Furnished. Beautiful Lagoon View. Currently In Rental Program.

✔seagate: longboat key full gulf, bay and city views from this completely remodeled and updated, furnished, 14th floor south end unit, 2BR/2BA, pool and tennis. $1,285,000

For More Information Call:

Condos & Homes For Sale

longboat key direct bay front with spectacular views, courtyard entry, open floor plan, 2br/2.5ba +den $1,100,000

✔Queens Harbour

buying opportunity islander club

Owner Direct price of $619,900 ($80,000 below original listed price!)

✔tangerine bay

Beach Cottage Condominium

One parking space is covered, the other is next to the front door.

Renters are available for 4 months in 2007 if you want the income.

Condos & Homes For Sale

112 OAK AVE.

Exceptional 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, furnished


*Includes all applicable rebates and incentives. All prices plus tax, rebates and incentives to dealer. Manufacturer programs subject to artwork are for illustration purposes only. Dealer and agency not re

spectacular bay views from this beautiful key west style light and bright 2BR/2BA home. $999,000




By Owner. No Brokers Please. (847)234-6650

By owner, immediate occupancy 3800/sq.ft. Sarasota bay front Condominium, 4th floor, 3BR, 4 baths plus family room and den. Built 2002, spectacular view of bay and new bridge, unbelievable sunsets. Walk to town and bay front activities. Asking $2,199,000. All professionally decorated, furnishings and accessories available. Call Don Stephens, (863) 529-4564, E-mail: by owner 4 Immaculate Bay Plaza Bay Front 4 2BR/2BA with unrestricted 4th floor views from each room and both balconies 4 completely upgraded - 12/04 4 Concierge and valet parking 4 1612/sq.ft. of gracious indoor living, +balconies 4 Asking price - $762,500 4 For info, or to arrange a visit, please Call Dick Granger 941-915-0429 4 Principals only - please

“At The Heart Of Everything” Luxury 2BR/2BA Condo 9th Floor w/Views. Completion December 2006



610 buttonwood Drive - $729,000. 3010 Grand Bay, Unit #452 - $1,295,000. 430 Burns Court - $875,000. Please contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or 2br/1ba, 1st floor, screened lanai, end unit, total renovation, walk to Venice Beach. $219,000. 485-0272.

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Condos & Homes For Sale beachplace - penthouse direct gulf front 2BR/2BA, Extended balcony, two parking spaces, one in and one out. turnkey furnished and never rented. $1,250,000

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

Spanish main: 2BR/2BA end unit with view of Marina. Newly offered at $340,500. Denise Fleese. Gulf Bay Realty, 941-504-5211.



Own A Piece Of Paradise 3BR/2.5BA Ground Floor Villa

Special 2BR/2BA+ DEN

Canal Front Home W/Pool New Roof Completely Furnished Move-In Condition



players club direct gulf front 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths $1,399,000

Private Beach Club & Community Pool.

Jungle Queen Way

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

(941)388-5514 (941)266-7171

gulf front condo for sale. Behind LBK Club gates. $900,000. Visit:

1212 westway drive north lido key A home with potential to use as is or upgrade or tear down and build that multimillion dollar dream home. Stop by and look at the property.

Virtual Tour

2213 Harbourside Drive Hubert Steenbakkers

bottom is here! 1120 Bogey Lane, LBK. $200K under comps. Fixer house. Below land value. First $599K takes. Bill, (941)866-0224.

longboat key the village key west cottage 560 Broadway reduced! $775,000 CANAL FRONT HOME 755 N. ST. JUDES DR. Reduced! bonus on closing! $639,000 contact judy heyer latitude 27 realty 941-387-9004 or 941-730-9009 longboat key Whitney beach 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, new appliances, private beach, boat docks, pools. $659,000 (941)724-3519

condo: boater’s paradise. Rarely available Hamilton Club, Siesta Key. 3BR/3.5BA, large rooms, easy on/off the Key. Private dock. $1,100,000. Mapp Realty, Judith Pittman, 302-1720.

❈❈❈❈❈❈ casa del Mar 2BR/2BA $579,000 By Owner



First Offering...Totally Renovated 2BR/2BA Condo Features Gourmet Kitchen, True State-Of-The-Art Appliances, New A/C, Tank-less HW Heater, Built-in Wine Cooler, Decorator Designed Built-ins, Tiled Floors, Updated Baths. Breathtaking Gulf Views By Day... Pristine Lake Views By Night. ..Magical! 4th Floor Setting.

Hurricane Season

PRICED Thousands Under Appraisal.

Longboat Harbour: 2BR/2BA, Corner, Gulf View/ Canal, Top Floor, Covered Parking, Some Updates, Furnished, Enclosed Porch. Brokers Welcome. $499,000 Call: (561)622-4671

Is Coming and You Are On the Waterfront!

Offered At $905,000.

westchester Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, TKF, 2 pools, tennis, club house. $824,000

We Have The Answer. Why Not Purchase A Villa That Has A Resort Atmosphere, Is Located Nearby And Has All the amenities You Can Enjoy? Yes, You Can Enjoy The Safety Of Being Inland Without Giving Up A Thing. Dine In A Beautiful Restaurant, Golf On Beautiful Golf Courses In Florida, Secure Your Boat In the Marina. When Hurricane Season Is Over, You Can Place Your Guests In The Villa.

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

Asking $1,200,000 Call Steve 317-201-6484

Call Nick Isil Rosebay R.E. (941)685-9519



What Do You Do? Where Do You Go?...

fulfill a dream! Live downtown in the corner penthouse at 1350 Main. Charming, elegant, 3BR/3.5BA and family room. Marble, granite, stainless and upgraded floors. Stunning direct Bay views from 2 balconies. parking for 2 cars. $1,799,900

To Find That Home Away From Home

Call Owner/Agent Nancy Lindeman 941-400-2656

Jean Petrucci....Stella Viarengo Keller Williams Realty LWR

Michael Saunders & Co.

DON’T WAIT! Hurricane Season Is Here!! BE Prepared!


(941)920-1771 or (941)993-3901 sutton place drastically reduced! 2BR/1.5BA townhouse w/garage. 2 Pools/Deeded Beach Access w/Cabana, Boat Docks. 2 Small Pets & Children OK. Lowest priced Unit in Complex. $449,000 800-404-6926

a Value on Longboat Key

the best of riverbay 2486 square foot Townhouse, 3-4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 porches & large attached two car garage. Many upgrades, 9 foot ceilings with fancy crown mouldings, granite countertops in the 19’x17’ fully equipped kitchen.

Sands Point 2 bedroom plus den, 3 full baths First floor walk out Beach, pool and boat dock.

This townhouse has a private interior elevator, intercom and more. Best of all, this end unit has water views on 3 sides and is the only home in RiverBay to offer this exclusive feature!


Offered by the Owners at $538,000.

Jerry Thompson Prudential Palms Realty 941-232-2988

Call us at 609-397-5064 One of us is available locally to show you this property. Buyers only, no Brokers please.

HARBOUR VILLA-BAYFRONT 2/2 Cathedral Ceilings Top Floor, Turnkey. 30’ Deeded Deep Water Dock Heated Pool Serene Garden Setting.

$794,900 T. Dolly Young Real Estate (941)778-0807 Aft. Hrs. (941)792-8357


Chip Waterman @ 941-951-2000

kingston arms 2BR/2BA, Great location, walk to St. Armands and Lido Beach, turnkey. Great rental history $509,995 The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 941-387-9709 By Owner: Center Gate Estates: 5406 Dominica Circle, Sarasota. Family Home, 3BR,2BA+ Den, Family Room W/Fireplace, Eat-In Kitchen, Formal Dining Room Pool. (941)780-2448 Investor Opportunity HURRICANE SEASON RETREAT Chance Favor A Prepared Mind Tky/Furn Resort Setting. Sarasota Palms 1BR/1BA. Patio Over Looking Pool. $149,900. Brent Kuehl. (941)447-5929. Info & Picture At: Century 21 Advantage

PALMER RANCH Unique Condo 2nd Floor End Unit, Golf Course Views 3 BR, 2.5 Bath, w/Granite Countertops 2 Car Garage w/Private Interior Elevator 2845 Sq. Ft. Under Air! Plus Huge Lanai Community Pool. Small Association.

Pre-Construction PRICE $590,000 Contract Assignment For July Occupancy


When Ready For Occupancy

By Owner 941-350-7135 Principals Only luxurious condominium: 1BR/1BA, loft style, cathedral ceilings, gated community, clubhouse with pool, tennis court, fitness center, 4 miles from beach. $189,900. 941-321-2948.

longboat key. Best kept secret! Small beachplace: 2br/2ba walk down, Gulf complex, 19 units, deep water marina, 2 front complex. Partial Gulf. $789,000. tennis courts, beach access, 2 pools, JaBrokers welcome. 407-304-6885. cuzzi and lush landscaping, 2BR/2BA cottage style villa. Easy maintenance resort/condo, perfect for vacation getaway. waterfront property: 2BR/2BA on Casual living, turnkey furnished. $549,000. deep water canal in Anna Maria. Views of For sale by owner. To view this unique unit, Tampa Bay and walking distance to stores 302-0403, 383-3716. and restaurants. Reduced $795,900. Call affordable Beachfront Invest941-779-1512. ment. Completely redone, newly furlongboat village. Move in ready, nished, year round income. $439,000. 3BR/2BA/2 car, updated with loft carriage Steve Magner, Michael Saunders & Co. house. $719,900 o/b/o. Real Estate Mart, (941)376-8559. (941)756-1090. downtown: Dolphin Tower, Condo, Split, lbk. beautiful 2BR/2BA condo. Re- 15th fl, 2BR/2BA, Balcony, 1416/sq.ft. Pool, modeled, fully furnished, a lot of amenities. Garage and Parking. $549,900 Negotiable. Broker/Owner, (941)366-2277. $675,900. 813-787-5326.

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Lots & Acreage For Sale

Rentals: Annual

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

beach access: 1BR/1BA unfurnished duplex apt. close to Publix, $775/mo. Includes gas and water. 2944 GMD, #2. 924-7080 or 383-0991.

Two Beautiful Gulf Front Lots

st. armands: 2BR/2BA, full Bay views, completely updated, turnkey furnished, boat dock included, walk to beach. $2500/mo. Call 504-9282.

Lot #1

Is On Point Of The Rocks Road In Siesta Key W/95’ Gulf Frontage


Lot #2

In On Gulf Of Mexico Drive W/Gulf View & Direct Beach Access.


Owner Will Entertain Trade For House Or Condo. Brokers Protected.

Owner 284-0551 great opportunity: Vacant 1.3-acre Longboat site with good GMD visibility, C-1 zoning, many possibilities. $1.2 million. Longview Realty, (941) 383-6112.

Open House Open Saturday 1-5 PM By Owner

Lido Beach. 2BR/2BA. Spetacular Gulf sunsets. Cancellation causes opening in prestigious St. Armands Towers: 9th floor, walk to shops, restaurants in Circle. Large rooms, Gulf view from all rooms, 42/ft. balcony, heated pool, sauna, covered carport, elegantly and fully furnished. Non-smoker. $2375/mo. Please call 800-847-0173 ext. 201 or 305-582-8466 Cell. bird key waterfront home: 4000/sq.ft., 4BR/5BA, Pool, Deep Water Dock. Spectacular View of City Skyline. Available August 1st. $4750/mo. 941-355-9520, 1-800-852-1270 (Ext. 3002). Lido Beach Condo, 1/Block From St. Armands, Direct Gulf Views. Total REDUCED Renovation 2005. (412)310-8436 (941)724-4703 lakewood ranch: WaterCrest condo. New, 1900/sq.ft., gated, 3BR/2BA/2Car garage, W/D, pool/fitness center. N/S. No pets. $1800/mo. Includes Cable, water, sewer. 941-907-4253. a little SLICE OF PARADISE: luxury condo 2BR/2BA Townhome, steps to Lido Beach. BIRD KEY: 4BR/4BA, w/pool, beautifuly upgraded, 3800/sq/ft. 941-350-1852.

Longboat Key The Arbomar 4485 Gulf Of Mexico Dr. Unit 704 2BR/2BA End Unit With Spectacular Direct Gulf Front To Bay Views. Renovated, Corian Counter Tops Covered Paved Parking,TKF, Cimate Controlled Storage Electric Hurricane Shutters Many Amenities Including On-Site Management Heated Pool Income Producing Complex

Price Reduced: $999,000. Motivated Sellers Reasonable Offer Encourage (941)387-0266

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

941-724-4703 New 2850SF. Townhome On Manatee River. Gated, Marina, Private Elevator, 40FT DEEP WATER DOCK. $2850./Month. (941)586-3695 lido beach May Specials. Efficiencies and 1BR apts. semi-annual rentals. Across from beach. Call for special rates that start at $600/mo. No pets. Quiet people only. (941)388-2590.

Lido Beach Cottage, 2BR/2BA, Cute, Key Royal Holmes Beach. Direct Bay Super Clean, Annual. 800-971-0017 Or Front, Gorgeous View Of Skyway. (863)640-1228 3BR/2,5Bath/2CG. Private Dock. $2,500,000. North Point Harbor Osprey: Walmart Location, 2BR/1.5BA Canal Front 4BR/3BA/5CG Elevated Living Room, Dining Room, Den, Beautiful W/New Lap Pool/Spa/Waterfall, Seawall & & Remodeled. $1280/Month. Country Club Dock. $872,500. 2BR/2BA/2CG Renovated Of Sarasota: 3BR/2BA, Swimming Pool, Ranch w/New Seawall/Dock 20,000 lb Lift. Granite New Kitchen, Bathroom, & New Both W/community Pool, And Tennis @ Appliances. $2,000/Month. Laurel: Minutes $989,500. Call Lynn Bankuty, Realtor To Beach, 2BR/2BA, Den Or Office, New Paint In & Out, New Berber. Gorgeous SunCoast R.E. (941)737-1420 House. $1650./ Month (941)400-4280 Open Saturday & Sunday 1-5. Only A (941)400-4281 Few Steps From Beach W/Partial Bay View. Totally Renovated And Furnished Bright 2br/2ba condo 1BR/1BA Unit In Runaway Bay; 1801 Gulf Dr. Unit 271, Bradenton Beach. By unfurnished, views of Sarasota Owner (941)778-8327 bay, walking distance to downtown. References required Out-Of-State Property $2000/mo. +utilities

Come To the Mountains Murphy, N.C. View Lots Starting @$28,000+ Gated Communities Custom Built Log Homes Vacation Rentals FREE Brochure

Investors Realty 1-(800)497-3334

941-315-3155 condos/homes annual islands west: 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, with all the amenities, $1600 a month. beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, $1500/mo. St. Judes: 2BR/1BA, unfurnished, boat slip. $1250/mo. gulf key condos: 2BR/2BA, furnished, $1500/mo. neptune: 2BR/2BA home, unfurnished, all new, $1250/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127

Rentals: Annual

Classified 9D Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

lbk club, Bay Isles: 3BR/3BA. Beautiful 2 story home. Caged pool, beach access, canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: designer kitchen. $3800/mo. 539-5911. with dock, private beach access. Dogs welgreenbrook vistas, LWR: 2 story, come. Fenced yard. Available from May. 4BR/4BA. Immediate possession. Short See website for photos and rates. or call term: $2100/mo. One year: $1900/mo. 41-360-0700. Maintenance free. 941-351-7477.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Lido Key Beach Rentals. Weekends, Weekly, Monthly. 1/2 Block To Beach. Walk To St. Armand. Summer Rates $150./per Weekend, $300./Per Week, $500/Per Month. (941)726-5098

Longboat Key Club: totally new 3BR/3BA/3CG, over 4000/sq.ft. total area, windward bay. Exquisite Bay views on 2 levels, beautifully landscaped corner from every room, 2BR/2BA, beach access, lot, 1/2 acre, fully furnished. $8500/mo. or tennis, 2 pools, exercise room, clubhouse, $2500/week. Annual $3800/mo. marina, new appliances. Minimum 3/mo. Available for Annual. (941)377-5300. 941-539-5911. Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800SF, Longboat Key condominium, ground Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. floor, walk out the door to the Gulf, 2BR, 2 Available Non-smoker. Call Owner baths, beautifully furnished. $2500 per month. May & September available. Owner: (610)647-5710 (863) 529-4564. next season: Oct.-May 2006-2007. Lido Spectacular Gulf Sunsets, Beach. 2BR/2BA. Cancellation causes opening. Prestigious St. Armands Towers: walk to shops, restaurants in Circle. Large rooms, 9th floor, Gulf view from all rooms, 42/ft. balcony, heated pool, sauna, covered carCASA DEL MAR port, elegantly and fully furnished. Non-smoker. $3950/mo. 6/mo. minimum. condominium rentals Also, Annual Rental available. Please call 800-847-0173 ext. 201 or 305-582-8466 WEEKLY RENTALS Cell. GULF front/gulf view lido Luxury 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Remodeled. Heated Pool, Steps To Fax: 941-383-7925 Beach. Reasonable. Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117 “Take our virtual tour at” condo-on-the-Bay Tower I Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. beautiful van gogh 11th floor unit, sweeping views from every room, new kitchen, 42 inch HDTV, furnished, mid-century modern style furniture, 2 bedroom 2 bath, large master with sit in TV area. 4 to 12 month rental. Call Tom 941-951-1514 or (cell) 941-350-4179

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

vacation rentals Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 For a complete list, go to: Gulf/beach front condo - 3015 Gulf of Mexico Drive: 2BR/2BA with garage, newly renovated and updated. Please contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or bayport, lbk: 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished, spectacular full Gulf views. Tennis, exercise, pool. $5000/mo. Avail. December, 2006 & Jan.-March 2007. 770-671-0338 or

inn on the beach Discounted rates from $131/night Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views. 941-387-9709 800-469-4852

BEAUTIFUL BEACHFRONT condo. North Longboat. 2BR/2BA, washer dryer, tennis, pool, beautifully decorated. Available May through December, 2006 & January through May 2007. 914-238-3711(New York)

lido beach, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large condo unit, upgraded, beautifully furnished, large terrace with Gulf view. Seasonal rental December through April, $3000/mo. or Annual rental @ $1800/mo. 941-376-2312. Longboat Key: Adorable Furnished Cottage, Turnkey, 2BR/1/BA, Available May Until January 1st. Close To St. Armands. $1350/Month (941)373-9999 longboat key. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. storybook cottages. Romantic B&B decor, a Victorian fairy tale retreat in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) patio. Semi-annual. $1000/mo. for multiple months. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $700/mo. Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual rates avail. 941-779-2393. lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available August-December, 2006 & 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884. north lbk Whitney Beach condos by owner Private beach, tennis, heated pools, boat docks, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA. also taking reservations for 2007 941-724-3519

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAy 11, 2006

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

vermont charm, and tranquility can be found in the heart of the “Green Mountains”, Killington VT. Beautifully furnished 1 & 2 bedroom condos featuring fully equipped kitchens. The Best Western Inn & Suites, Rutland/Killington VT now offers a special “Summer Resident” rate package. Rentals available week to week or book an entire month and get the very best value while escaping the summer heat in FL. Packages include all utilities, breakfast, pool/tennis, housekeeping services and complimentary guest appreciation bar-b-que each Wednesday night. Call 1-800-828-3334 x2001 for more details or go to and click on Extended Stays.

lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal rates effective until Nov. 30th. Daily rates $50-$130 3/day min. Weekly rates: $300-$650. Monthly rates: $700-$1200. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. No pets. Quiet people only. Please call 941-388-2590.

lido vacation rentals. One and two bedroom units available. Furnished apartments across from beach and 1/block from St. Armands Circle. Available now. Call 266-4775. Longboat Harbour, 2007 January, February, March. 2BR/2BA, End Unit, 3rd Floor w/Elevator, Near Pool, Beautiful Views Of Canal & Bay. (610)574-3673 (610)429-1493. whitney beach. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view. Beach, pools, tennis, cable and high-speed internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from docks. No pets. Available monthly starting May 1. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner: Tiffany Plaza, Gulf Front 1st Floor, 2BR/2BA, Beautifully Furnished, Available November Thru April, One Month Minimum. (863)688-9556 siesta key: 2BR/2BA and loft. Beach, pool. June-Dec., $1600/mo. 716-650-9650. LBK Emerald Harbor, Old Compass Rd Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA 2/Car Garage, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Deeded Beach Access, Annual. $3,000/Month. Seasonal $6,000./Month (941)387-7017

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

turtle crawl inn on Longboat key

LBK; 2BR/2BA Condo, Top Floor, Direct Gulf Front @ Beachplace. Updated, Pool, Tennis. Available Through November. (412)817-0102

daily, weekly, monthly directly on the Gulf beach!

Rentals Wanted

Wagner Realty since 1939 866-754-3443

LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., Delightful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden condo. 388-1404. setting. Across from beach, walking disRare Opportunity! Direct Bay Front tance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to Intracoastal View. 2BR/2BA Spanish Main Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including Yacht Club. Heated Pool, White On White full kitchens and laundry room. Call for Decor. Annual Possible. (631)875-1247 special summer rates. 383-2566. condos/homes seasonal

Wanted: Furnished Apartment For February, 2007 - Possible 5-6 Weeks -Habourside Elevator Building. Contact: (610)664-7977

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

Looking To Purchase Veranda Beach Club Week 23. (301)468-0606 or sea club III, weekly rental available. One (301)367-1008 marina suites: w/40/ft. Dock. and two bedrooms. Gulf front. seaplace: 2BR/2BA, $3300. sea oats, 1 & 2/BR condos directly on Waterfront Property Ritz Carlton Residence SUITES the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly. Bayfront Custom Home, Ritz Carlton Tower RESIDENCE gulf of mexico dr., 2BR/2BA, New Unbelievable Views / Location. Michael Ritz Carlton Beach club spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, Saunders & Company. John Zisman plaza at five points beautiful, pool. Summer 2006. l.b. harbour, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, (941)504-2393 100 central great view of Bay. university park w/golf sutton place, bayside, 2BR/2BA. islands west: breathtaking Gulf view, Spectacular Bayfront Lots beautiful accommodations, $5000, 3/mo. VISIT OUR WEBSITE minimum. Two Direct Bayfront Lots, Spanish Main: 2BR/2BA, furnished. WaJENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. ter view. $4000/mo. 100Ft Of Beach, REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, 941-953-6000 Marina Across The Street beautiful Gulf view. $5000/mo., 1 mo. min. windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks To Accommodate Yachts. longboat home: Furnished, 2BR/1BA, bay, $4000/mo., 1 mo. min. $2,500,000/Each. $1400/mo. Flexible lease. Real Estate Mart. longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, updated, Summer monthly, nice bay view, $2200/mo. (941)756-1090. furnished & UNFURNISHED

beachfront, banyan bay #103 Walk right onto beach from charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops, restaurants. Large screen TV’s W/D. Full Gulf views! Sunsets, pool, tennis, fishing pier. 941-383-6650.

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