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Thursday, May 13, 2004



Town’s water penalties top $267,000 BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Longboat Key taxpayers have paid more than $267,000 in water overuse charges to its supplier, Manatee County, since the county raised its water rates last October. The penalty charges have come on top of the county’s base rate increase of 18%, which also went into effect in October. Longboat Key Finance Director Terry Sullivan said the majority of the charges were applied for water use on Sundays and Tuesdays, Longboat’s designated irrigation days.

Prior to the new rates and overuse charges, the town paid Manatee County $1 for every 1,000 gallons of water used — with penalties of $1.66 for every 1,000 gallons in excess of 2.5 million. For all of the previous fiscal year, Longboat Key paid $55,584 in overage charges. Seven months into this fiscal year, Longboat’s water penalties have increased 380% over the previous year. New rate changes from Manatee County raised the base cost of water to $1.18 per 1,000 gallons. But when the town uses more than its 2.5 million-gallon allotment in a day, the rate doubles to $2.36 for every 1,000 gal-

lons up to 3 million gallons. Usage above 3 million gallons triples to $3.54 for every 1,000 gallons over 3 million. With the exception of March, Longboat Key’s monthly water use consistently averages less than 2.5 million gallons a day. But because water rates from Manatee County are charged on a daily basis, Longboat frequently exceeds the 2.5 million-gallon limit, Sullivan said. To help recover some of these increased costs, in April, the Town Commission TURN TO WATER, PAGE 4A

BIG FISH Another standout Season The Longboat Observer has declared the “season” officially over, but not before celebrating the standout people, fashions, invitations, events and scenes in its Black Tie Season Standouts issue inserted in this edition. (Oh, go ahead and peek right now, you may be a standout this season!) This is also the last issue of Black Tie for the season. But it’s not disappearing completely. Black Tie will appear monthly in the summer (June 24, July 29 and Aug. 26). Don’t forget to fill out your Save the Year forms (see page 12B) with your events to be included in the 2004-2005 Black Tie Social Calendar. Fax your forms to Emily Walsh at 349-7505 or email them to

Graduating high school? If you or someone you know (residents of Longboat, St. Armands, Lido or Bird keys) is graduating from high school this year, The Longboat Observer would like to hear from you. A special graduation feature is planned for the June 3 issue. Please call Annie Curnow at 383-5509 or e-mail her at Dora Walters

Seniors win one for Longboat The USA League Tennis Florida Super Senior 70s Championship was held at the USTA-Florida complex in Daytona Beach April 16 through April 18. The team from Longboat Key Public Tennis Center placed as the Florida Sectional Champs and were undefeated playing teams from Fort Myers, Tallahassee and

Nancie Kalin, center, of U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris’ Sarasota office, presented congratulatory plaques to the winners of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Small Business Person of the Year awards held May 6, at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. Jack Ovadia, left, The Beanz Man, was named Small Business Person of the Year. Susan Robinson, right, Key Concierge LLC, was named Rookie Small Business Person of the Year. For story and more pictures of the event, please see page 1D.

Key Club to present scaled-back tennis center BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer


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Representatives of Key Club Associates are expected to present scaled-back plans for the Harbourside tennis center complex to the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board at the board’s monthly meeting May 18. Sarasota architect Sam Holladay, president and owner of Seibert Architects, said changes include a reduction in new tennis courts from 25 to 23; reducing the amount of additional parking for the courts; moving the courts further south than had been originally proposed; moving the clubhouse closer to where the current clubhouse exists; moving the maintenance building just west of the clubhouse; and leaving the golf-cart path. The changes came after the planning board granted a continuance to Key Club Associates at the board’s April 20 meeting. While the board voted to recommend the Town Commission reject the Key Club Associates’ proposal to build

20 new homes on the Islandside portion of its development, the board agreed to give Key Club Associates additional time to address landscaping and noise concerns of the town and residents living near the Harbourside tennis complex. In the company’s original plans, Key Club Associates proposed removing the 20 existing Harbourside tennis courts and pro shop and constructing new courts, a 2,259-square-foot pro shop and 1,200-square-foot restaurant/café. At the April planning board meeting, Key Club representatives also expressed interest in adding new landscaping to the property. This week, however, Mark Mashburn, executive vice president of New York-based Loeb Partners Realty and spokesman for Key Club Associates, said instead of additional landscaping the company has opted to scale back the project and move some of the buildings. Mashburn said these new changes came as a result of a meeting with a group of residents from Winding Oaks, the neighborhood nearest the

Harbourside tennis complex. “We are listening to the neighbors and letting them have input,” Mashburn said. “We will work with them.” Mashburn said that new adjustments will improve the residents’ southern view from their homes. “For the user, the feeling will be similar to today, very park-like,” Mashburn said. “You can’t always meet the needs of the community, but in the case of the Harbourside tennis courts, it looks like we’re going to be able to do that.” Winding Oaks residents confirmed they have been meeting with Key Club representatives. “It has definitely taken a step forward,” said Winding Oaks resident Jean Martin. “The conversations have been very constructive. They have shown a willingness to cooperate.” As for the 20-home Cà d’Cuore residential develoment, Mashburn said the company doesn’t have a definitive alternative to its original plans, although planners and architects are working on this project as well. ❑

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meet at the Cuoco Matto Italian restaurant in Sarasota with presents, ready to help her celebrate her big day in a big way. Appetizers, dinner and dessert were ordered, along with Babineau’s all-time favorite dessert, tiramisu.

ourtown Ormond Beach. The Longboat Team qualified for the finals by previously winning the district championship.

Science rockets 10-year-old to top

Junior Longboater rises up ranks Longboater Andrea Rokop, 8, continues her run up the junior tennis rankings, with a runner-up trophy at Sarasota Bath and Racket Club Super Series on April 11. She also won the girls 10 and under division of the Bangoura Memorial Tennis Tournament at Lakewood Ranch on Sunday, May 10. Rokop, an Anna Maria Elementary second grader who trains with Warren Girle at Cedar’s Tennis Club, was ranked No. 60 in the state of Florida prior to her victory in this weekend’s event.

Photos by Annie Curnow

Florida Sectional champions Peter Hankings, Andy Thoms, Al Tripodi, Dick Schlorf, Captain Jack Daly, Jay Greenblatt, Wolfgang Wostle, John Mrachek and Arnie Helzer.

Nancy William Rothkopf returned recently from a four-day trip to Washington, D.C.. As part of Rothkopf’s trip, she visited the Smithsonian Museum on National Space Day. Her grandson, Ian Brody, 10, was participating in a science competition at the museum, in which he achieved first place in a field of 500 entries. Brody was a member of a group of 10 students who participated in an after-school program at the University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The group’s winning entry designed a moon-walker vehicle. Brody and Rothkopf also got to meet the astronaut and senator John Glenn, who piloted the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Glenn advised all the children at the competition to, “dream and achieve,” Rothkopf said.

Relay the night away

Hostesses Joan Stiefel, Edith Barr Dunn, Pricilla Gratton and Marnie Hayden surround birthday girl Sylvia Babineau at Cuoco Matto. Andrea Rokop, winner of the girls 10 and under division of the Bangoura Memorial Tennis Tournament.

Surprise, Sylvia! When local Realtor Sylvia Babineau had her birthday April 2, she wasn’t planning any-

thing special, jut a simple dinner with her friend, Edith Barr Dunn. Little did she know that 15 of her friends had secretly planned to

The auction held at the end of March at Bayfront Park Recreation Center to raise money for “Team Rock” (lead by Gayl Ludvicek, owner of Zebo Studios) allowed the team to participate in Relay for Life at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, April 16 and 17. The team spent the night walking McKechnie Fieldto benefit the American Cancer Society. The team also sold food during the event to add to the money it had already raised. Each team was given a country to represent; Team Rock’s country was the Czech Republic. They barbecued brats and made kolaches, a Czech pastry. The event raised $52,000. —Compiled by Annie Curnow


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Town Briefs L’Ambiance seeking overnight suites L’Ambiance at Longboat Key Club Association Inc. is trying a second time to gain permission to convert a storage room into a two-bedroom, one-bathroom overnight suite for owners’ family members. The south Longboat Key condominium, located on Longboat Club Road, previously lost two requests for the conversion — one before the Longboat Zoning Board of Adjustment and the second its petition for a writ of certiorari in Sarasota County Circuit Court. This time the condominium association will appear May 18 before the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board seeking approval for an amendment to the Longboat Key Gulf Planned Development Plan. The amendment seeks to add a new land use to L’Ambiance’s permitted land uses — that of less than 30-day overnight stays by members of the owners’ immediate families. Last year, L’Ambiance opted not to apply for a development plan amendment and instead sought permission from the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. The town staff, however, recommended against converting the storage unit, claiming that the overnight suites would be akin to hotel rooms, which are not permitted uses at L’Ambiance. The board rejected L’Ambiance’s request. The condominium then appealed the ruling in Sarasota County Circuit Court, where its request was again denied. A spokesman for L’Ambiance could not be reached for comment. The condominium will present its request at the 9 a.m. May 18 meeting at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

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Appeal won’t affect plans BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Reservations are still being taken for the Grand Mariner Condominiums after two residents appealed last month’s legal decision in support of the town’s site approval for the 14-condo project. “It’s their legal right,” said Tom Hires, a partner in the development of the Grand Mariner. “This does not affect our plan, we’re going full speed ahead.” The appeal follows a year-long legal battle by residents Accursio Sclafani and Doreen Erickson. The couple raised issue with the town’s application of a code that would allow Dream Island LLC to develop 14 condominiums on 1.9 acres of land. The condominiums, which range from 3,200 to 3,600 square feet, would replace the Buccaneer Inn.

The debate temporarily ended last month when Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Paul E. Logan ruled that his court did not have the “authority to second guess an administrative body’s reasonable interpretation of their regulations.” Sclafani and Erickson are hoping that Logan will grant a motion for rehearing. “We’re not trying to be obstructive,” Sclafani said. “We just want to see this thing done properly.” On behalf of Sclafani and Erickson, Attorney Donald E. Hemke laid out several points in the appeal that they felt were not addressed in Logan’s previous decision. Hemke said that the Logan’s order overlooked that the 1.9- acre parcel being used for the project was severed from a 6.5-acre “parent” tract in 1992. He said that the remainder of the 6.5 acres is currently being used by the

Public meeting to gather input on commercial strategies

They’re shining stars

Agenda • The Planning and Zoning Board meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. The meeting will include further discussion with representatives from Key Club Associates about the proposed development of new tennis courts, a pro shop and restaurant/café on the Harbourside Planned Development. • A public meeting to discuss alternatives to the current system of commercial zoning on Longboat Key from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. • The Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. • Town Commission’s regular workshop is at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

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Nominees Lisa Langevin, Julia Mansfield, Peggy Boone, Sally Krause and Capt. Kathe Fannon One of the things that attracts visitors to Longboat Key over and over again, aside from the climate and beauty, is the level of service that they receive when they come here. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Shining Star Award was created to recognize the people who give outstanding service to the Key’s visitors, snowbirds — and locals. Owners of local businesses nominated employees who give 110% to their job. This year’s nominees are Lisa Langevin

Harbour Villa Club as a separate tract. In addition, their appeal continues to assert that the project was approved using the standards of a 6.5-acre project, while the 14 condominiums are being built on 1.9 acres. Hemke said that the judge’s order, “overlooked or misapprehended that physically it was impossible to satisfy the various development criteria on the 1.9 acre parcel.” The appeal argues that there is a requirement of 99,366 square feet of open space for the 62,104 square feet that make up the 14 condos. However, Hemke said there are only 82,874 square feet of space available on the 1.9 acres. Town attorney David Persson said that the town is working on a response to the appeal, which must be filed by May 14. Persson said it is very rare for a motion for a re-hearing to succeed. ❑

of Longboat Key Bay Club; Julia Mansfield of Gulf Tides of Longboat Key; Peggy Boone of Little Gulf Cottages; Sally Krause of the Longboat Key Club; and Capt. Kathe Fannon of Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters. The winner will be announced at the National Tourism Week Tri-Chamber Luncheon at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort, May 13. For more information or to make reservations for the luncheon, call 383-2466. Cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. ❑

The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board will conduct a public meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in the Town Commission Chambers at Town Hall in an effort to get public input regarding several long term strategies for Longboat Key’s commercially zoned property. The meeting will include a presentation from Pam Truitt, planning consultant on commercial issues for the town, and a Q&A session and idea exchange. The questions that will be addressed in the meeting can be found on page A6. A new option being proposed by the town would limit commercially zoned properties to the Centre Shops, the Avenue of the Flowers and the Whitney Beach Shopping Plaza. All commercial areas outside of these centers would be allowed to convert to residential zoning. Voters rejected a referendum last year that would allow properties of one-acre or more to convert to mixed-use development, with a maximum of six residential units per acre. The board is asking that interested parties RSVP by May 14. To RSVP, contact Donna Chipman at 316-1966. Refreshments will be served. ❑

Holiday Beach ruling concedes to both parties BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

If it is possible for a court order to satisfy both parties, Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Paul E. Logan’s decision in the Gulf Corp. case last week seems to have come close. The 12-page ruling offered favorable concessions to both the town of Longboat Key and Ann and Robert Georgevich, who represent the Gulf Corp. as owners of the Holiday Beach Resort. Representatives of both parties said the decision achieved their goals. The debate centered on a 40-foot-wide parcel of land currently being used by the town for a beach access with parking. The town designated the road as Atlas Street. The Georgeviches have owned the Holiday Beach Resort since 1971. Six years prior to their ownership, the former owner granted the town an easement on the 40-foot-wide parcel. Although the Georgeviches own the title to the parcel, the town retained certain easement rights. As a platted street, Atlas Street is used as one of 10 beach access points on the island. Using a ratio based on the number of parking spaces and area of public beach, the town utilizes these beach access points to obtain millions in state funding for beach renourisment, said Cliff Truitt, a beach consultant for the town. Town Planner Monica Daigle had determined that Atlas Street, a 1/2-acre parcel zoned as an open-space district,

could not be used to satisfy zoning criteria, standards and limitations for any development on the remaining 2 1/2 acres of the Holiday Beach Resort, a high-density tourist resort commercial district. The Georgeviches disagreed. After arguing unsuccessfully with the Longboat Key Zoning Board of Adjustment, their counsel took the case to the Manatee County Circuit Court for further debate. More than a year afterward, Judge Logan’s decision upheld the town’s designation of the parcel as Atlas Street, a right he said was designated to the town in 1965. He further stated that Gulf Corp. “may not interfere, obstruct or destroy the rights of the town to continue to use the subject strip as a street.” He also upheld the town’s designation of Atlas Street as an open-space district, which prevents residential or tourism uses on the 1/2-acre street and prevents its use for purposes of calculating density. Logan’s ruling gave the Gulf Corp. benefits as well. The ruling quashed the town’s assertion that the Gulf Corp. cannot use the street for purposes of open-space calculations on the balance of the land comprising the Holiday Beach Resort, saying that it would be “inconsistent with the Town Code and Comprehensive Plan.” Logan said the Gulf Corp. may use the street for certain lot, yard, bulk and ratio requirements, including the floor-

area ratio. Therefore, although they cannot increase the number of units on the property, the Gulf Corp. can make larger units based on floor-area ratio calculations that include the entire three-acre property. The property can build six units per acre, which allows up to 15 units on the 2 1/2 acre property. Donald Hemke, an attorney for the Gulf Corp., said that he believes the ruling also removes any setbacks from Atlas Street. Although the Gulf Corp. cannot build on Atlas Street, they can build right up to the southern edge of the road. “Everything is settled,” Robert Georgevich said. “They’re happy; we’re happy.” Town attorney David Persson agreed. “It seems to achieve the goals of both parties,” he said. Georgevich said that he presently has no plans to develop on his property. “What the future will be, will be,” he said. Both Persson and Attorney Michael Furen, who represented the Gulf Corp., said that although they were pleased with Logan’s decision, there was some confusion over certain aspects. In a written statement to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Persson said the town may file a motion for clarification in the case to “ensure that the town’s understanding comports with the judge’s order.” ❑

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HOW TO CONSERVE ON IRRIGATION • Group plants by zones of similar water needs and use drought-resistant native plants. Reduce the amount of existing grass in your lawn. If you do install sod, do so during the rainy summer months. • Longboat Key’s sandy soils hold little water. Adding organic matter, such as compost, peat, topsoil or yard waste to soil increases its ability to hold moisture. • Adding a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch over soil will minimize evaporation, reduce weeds, moderate soil temperatures and slow erosion. It can also be an alternative to grass cover. • Lawns thrive when irrigated no more than once a week in warm months. The roots will gradually move deeper, and require less irrigation. December through February, once every two weeks will suffice. 3/4 inch of water is sufficient. Over-watering can cause root rot and fungal diseases in plants. • Adding a micro-jet or drip irrigation systems will help conserve. Inspect sprinklers to make sure it is covering only areas that need water. • State law requires a rain shut-off device for all automatic lawn sprinklers installed after 1991. It shuts off the system when it is adequately irrigated. • The town’s ordinance limits watering to Sundays for odd addresses and Tuesdays for even addresses. Times to water on these days are from midnight to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to midnight.


HOW TO CONSERVE INDOORS • Turn off the faucet when not in use. • Check plumbing for leaks. Read your meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter increases, you may have a leak. • Replace high-flow toilets with one that uses 1.6 gallons or less per flush. • Take short showers instead of baths. • Replace showerheads with an ultra-low flow model. • Run only full loads in the washing machine or dishwasher. • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator. imposed a new base service charge for water that increased from $5.37 to $13.80 a month, a 157% increase. The change was intended to cover the increased costs from Manatee County and was adopted as a temporary charge until the Town Commission decided on a permanent rate structure. The additional charge to the town’s 11,079 equivalent living units brought the town almost $94,000 more a month than it was taking in previously, Sullivan said. “Remember, we were already six months in arrears,” Sullivan said. “By Sept. 30 we had to recover all charges to us.” Mayor Ron Johnson said town officials have asked Manatee County commissioners to reconsider the county’s new penalty system, but to no avail. “They can charge us anything they want, and we have to pay it,” Johnson said. He also said Manatee County Commission Chairman Jane von Hahmann said, “We need to clearly demonstrate we’re serious about water conservation.” Meantime, town officials have begun efforts to encourage conservation. The town sent 127 letters to residences whose single-family domestic and irrigation system meters tallied more than 50,000 gallons in a month. Within the next 30 days, the town administration will send letters to residences using more than 30,000 gallons a month. The town recommends an average water user consume fewer than 7,000 gallons per month. In addition to the letters, the town also is sending a

brochure to property owners, giving tips on water conservation. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis also has been meeting with condominium owners to help them implement better conservation measures. And when the Longboat Key Police Department identifies water-sprinkling violators, officers give the offenders a copy of the town’s watering ordinance. The town’s public works department also is offering free water audits to residents. Public Works Superintendent Kevin Webb, who has conducted most of these audits, checks sprinkler heads, reads meters for leaks and offers advice. He said that of the 127 letters sent out, the town received 41 calls back from residents concerned about their usage. At the residents’ request, he has given water audits to five homes. Call 316-1958, Ext. 226 for information. ❑ SEE TOP RESIDENTIAL WATER USERS CHART, PAGE 5A

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Dredging nearly complete BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

The last steps of the town’s dredging process are nearing an end with money left to spare. With three major de-watering projects nearly completed, there is still $562,000 remaining from the $2.857 million budgeted for the one-year dredging project which targeted 55 canals on Longboat Key. “We achieved the objectives: making the channels and preserving the environment,” said Juan Florensa, public works director. Florensa said the town still needs to monitor the dredging sites, which all must be landscaped to bring them back to their previous condition or better. “It’s not a victory yet, there are still other items that are not completely done,” he said. “Replacing of the seagrass is key. We also need to come to terms with channel markers for the project.” He said that some residents expressed concerns that the channel markers are too large and too numerous. However, for the most part, people have been pleased. “It (the dredging project) gave residents the opportunity to enhance the value of their homes,” Florensa said. “Many citizens took advantage.”

The last three de-watering targeted areas are located in Joan M. Durante Park, Overlook Park and Bayfront Park. The de-watering of these areas required the largest amount of time in the dredging project. Dredged materials from these areas were hauled away to be sold as fill or simply taken to a landfill. Restoration for the Joan M. Durante and Overlook Park sites should be complete in a few weeks. The dewatering project at the Bayfront Park site may take longer. The time it takes to finish this project is contingent on how long it takes the Bay Isles Association to finish its private dredging project. The town agreed to help the Bay Isles Association by letting it move dredged material to the Bayfront Park site, said George Spoll, vice president of the Bay Isles Association. Dredged material is moved north from the Bay Isles dredging to the Bayfront Park site, from where it can be shipped. Although the Bay Isles Association is using the same subcontractor as the town, Energy Resources, the association is paying for its private dredging, Spoll said. ❑

Village to resume hurricane system BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

A hurricane notification system and the updating of the Village directory were the subjects of discussion at the final Longbeach Village Association meeting May 5, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. Village resident Judy Carman suggested starting up a community hurricane notification system, which had been done in past years, but had not been done in recent hurricane seasons because there had been no eminent threat. “All we would have to do is go to a neighbor or two and be friendly, good neighbors and let people know about the hurricane evacuation notice,” Carman said, “because the last time we were evacuated there were

some elderly people who didn’t evacuate because they never heard the notice and no one ever thought to stop by and tell them.” Association members agreed that reinstating the community notification would be a good idea and moved on to discussing the possibility of updating the Village directory. The directory, which was last updated three years ago, was called “a wonderful addition to the neighborhood” by Village Association President Joe Mazza. Other members agreed the directory was handy, but the project would require organizing a few people to sell advertisements, collect everyone’s information to update the directory and to find a printer — things to work on over the summer months. ❑

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Our View

Commercial plan good for all The May 18 public meeting on commercial zoning brings to mind the old saw: If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Indeed, this time around, the town staff and consultant Pam Truitt are moving closer and closer to what eventually will become inevitable: That is, at some point all of Longboat’s commercial properties will be given the flexibility of either remaining commercial, converting to residential use or, in the cases of a few larger properties, being allowed to convert to mixed use — be it residential, commercial, office and/or tourist use. But let’s not get ahead of next week’s discussions; the inevitable outcome still is a long way off. First things first. For now, credit Truitt, Longboat Planning, Zoning and Building Director Jill Jeglie and the Planning and Zoning Board for not letting the commercial issue die after voters rejected a mixed-use referendum more than a year ago. In fact, they have devised a plan that should be palatable for all Longboaters and for the good of Longboat Key. With the exceptions of Whitney Beach Plaza, the Centre Shops and Avenue of the Flowers (what the planners want to call the town’s “market centers”), they’re proposing that all of Longboat’s commercial properties be given the ability to stay as is, redevelop under existing town codes or convert to residential use at predetermined densities of three to four units per acre. For Whitney Beach and the Centre Shops, Jeglie and Truitt are non-committal on whether residential or mixed uses should be allowed. They say that “is still being debated.” (The answer is “yes”; more on that another time.) They are more definitive, however, about Avenue of the Flowers, noting that it should not be included in the discussions because it is a “newer development,” has “sufficient opportunity for expansion and/or upgrading” and is “part of a larger development.” So the news here is the residential option for the non-market center properties. This is a more liberal step than what was proposed more than a year ago in the town’s referendum. If you remember that vote, Longboaters rejected giving com-

COMMERCIAL ZONING PUBLIC MEETING Time, date, place: 4 to 6 p.m., May 18, Town Commission Chambers, 501 Bay Isles Road. What: Discuss creation of market centers at Whitney Beach and the Centre Shops and allowing other commercial properties the option to convert to residential. Questions to be discussed: • What are the issues for businesses? (e.g. too much supply; too little supply; building codes; zoning codes). • Should the town change the codes to help commercial? • If you are a commercial property or business owner, what can the town do to help? (e.g. change zoning code; allow residential conversions; other) • Should the town adopt a strategy that allows residential to replace commercial? Would you support a density referendum with the proposed units? • Should residential and/or tourism be allowed in the proposed Market Centers?

mercial properties of greater than one acre the ability to convert to up to six residential units per acre while maintaining prescribed amounts of commercial space. For a variety of reasons — confusion, fear, opposition to increased density, poor sales job, anger over the Einisman property vote — Longboaters overwhelmingly said “no.” And good thing they did. It was a flawed measure. It would have helped some but not all commercial property owners. This time, Jeglie and Truitt have a proposal that appears to be careful, gradual and more logical in addressing Longboat’s oversupply of (deteriorating) commercial properties. At the same time, their proposed plan should not frighten Longboaters opposed to growth into thinking the Key would be overwhelmed with increased density if all of the commer-

cial properties converted to residential. For one thing, not all of the commercial properties would convert at once. Some likely wouldn’t do it all. What’s more, given the loss recently of hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn and Silver Beach Resort, even if all of the commercial properties converted to residential, including Whitney Beach and the Centre Shops, that would add 187 residential units total as proposed in the Truitt-Jeglie plan (111 if residential were not permitted at Whitney Beach and the Centre Shops). That’s less than 2% of what exists now. And even with 187 additional units, which is not likely to occur, Longboat’s traffic and day-to-day density still would be less than what it was with the now-shuttered Holiday Inn, Silver Beach Resort, Buccaneer Inn and Lynches Landing operating at full strength. Let’s not lose sight of this factoid, either: Only 30% of Longboat Key’s existing residential properties have fulltime residents. If similar ratios occurred in 187 new residential units, that would be 60 occupied units year-round, hardly a blip on the radar screen. Now look at one of the alternatives to the Truitt-Jeglie plan — doing nothing. This would not serve anyone. Many of Longboat’s commercial properties will continue to deteriorate in value and condition — negatively affecting the owners and surrounding properties. Just look at the vacant bank building on the north end of the Key or the undeveloped Bill Mote property on Gulf of Mexico Drive. What are they adding to the value of the town’s tax base? What are they contributing to the value of the Key vacant and unimproved? If given the choice of residential use, such an alternative would likely bring new assets — structures and people — that would add to the value of Longboat Key and at the same time spread the town’s increasing tax burden over a wider base. If you think it through, the best option for the future of Longboat’s commercial property is giving all of the properties increased flexibility — the flexibility to have the market, not the government, decide a property’s highest and best use. The new Truitt-Jeglie plan is a strong step in that direction.

Titanic struggle worldwide

Fanatical Muslims rekindle the Crusades BY PHIL LUCAS If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and gender diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is an acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages, and take the children, too. This piece is not for you. We published pictures Thursday of burned American corpses hanging from an Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims. Some readers didn’t like it. Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with Muslim physicians thought it might offend or endanger them. Well, we sure don’t want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do we? That’s just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might get hurt. We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims. They can’t get along with their neighbors on much of the planet: France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia, Somalia, etc. etc. etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in which Muslims are not involved? Today, where there is war, there are fanatical Muslims. We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer number of them. One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are in now when they slaughtered more than 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in New York City. Madeline Albright, the former secretary of state and feckless appeaser who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resented the Crusades. Well, Madame Albright, if Westerners were not such a forgiving people, we might resent them, too. Let’s recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe and when they reached sufficient numbers they imposed their intolerant religion upon Westerners by force. Christian monarchs drove them back and took the battle to their

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Iraqi gunmen, loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, demonstrate in the center of Najaf, Iraq. homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and we bottled them up for 1,000 years. Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again. Ask France. Ask England. Ask Manhattan. Two-anda-half years ago fanatical Muslims laid siege to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our president announced it would be a very long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland. Sound familiar? Let’s consider the concept of a “long war.” Last time it was 200 years, give or take. Anybody catch “Lord of the Rings?” You know, the good part, the part that wasn’t fiction, the part that drew us to the books and movies because it was the truest part: the titanic struggle between good and evil, between freedom and enslavement, between the individual and the state, between the celebration of life and the worshipping of death. That’s the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has

peaks and valleys. There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims — some live here — but that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Centers, the millions gassed and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands slain in Eastern Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West Bank and Spain, or the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage over the Euphrates as a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful dance of death. Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on “diversity,” we are so nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that our brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe we’re so addled on Ritalin we wouldn’t know which end of a gun to hold. Maybe we need a new drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us grow a backbone. It doesn’t take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest, the fastest, the strongest and the most committed always win. No exceptions. Look at your spouse and children. Look at yourself in the mirror. Then look at the pictures from the paper last Thursday. You better look at them. Those are the people out to kill you. Whom do you think will win? You? Or them? Think you can take your ball and go home, and they will leave you alone? Read a little history. Start with last week, last month, last year and every other year back for half a century. Then go back 1,000 years. Nobody hides from this fight. Like it or not, that’s the way it was and that’s the way it is. But many Americans don’t get it. That’s why we published those pictures. If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared your children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless editors, then I say, it’s a start. Phil Lucas is executive editor of the Panama City News Herald. This column appeared April 4. Reprinted with permission.


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Laugh Lines

‘The good old days’ — how we’ve changed in 75 years Children love to hear about their parents’ and grandparents’ childhood. Part of growing up is learning that everyone was once a child (and still is, according to Freud, but that is another story). Recently I received orders from a couple of my grandchildren to report how things were different when I was a child. I consulted with a friend my age who grew up in a small city in the South while I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. We spent an afternoon discussing how kids’ world has changed in 75 years. We agreed that the absence of radio and television back then was major. This also meant little music and lack of all the devices kids now have to deliver music. We had a wind-up Victrola in our parlor and perhaps two-dozen records that were played repeatedly, especially my favorite, a song about Lucky Lindy. I learned all the verses of the “Star Spangled Banner” and of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” My friend, of course, learned “Dixie.” There were no school buses then. We walked to school, coming home for lunch, except in the dead of winter. We walked everywhere — to the swimming hole, to fish and to pick berries in the woods all summer and fall. We picked wild strawberries, huckleberries, elderberries, blackberries and apples from overgrown, abandoned orchards. We played baseball, using old gloves, with balls patched and wrapped in black tape. No one was overweight. There were no refrigerators. Most families had an outside window box accessible by raising a kitchen window. Things froze there in winter and often spoiled on hot summer days. Some families had an ice-box. Ice was purchased from the Ice Man, who came regularly in horse-drawn wagons and filled ice orders from seeing a card in the window. As the ice melted, a pan under the ice-box had to be emptied often before it overflowed onto the kitchen floor.

Lack of reliable cooling meant that many foods had to be eaten at once or canned, usually in glass jars. Back yard gardens produced tomatoes, beans, beets, etc. to be canned. Sauerkraut was homemade with salt and fermentation. Apples and potatoes were stored in root sellers. There were no supermarkets! Money was scarce and hard to come by. Pennies were valuable because stores sold a variety of penny candy. A nickel bought a large candy bar — Baby Ruth, Clark bars and Hershey bars were favorites. A movie ticket was 10 cents, but you could stay for two complete repeats. There was no plastic. Today, toys, gadgets, even furniture are made of plastic. Toys were few, but lasted longer. If I had kept my iron train, Buddy L truck and Lincoln Logs, I could sell them to collectors for big bucks. (My son collects and sells old children’s books like Tom Swift and the Rover Boys — first editions are priceless). Dry cleaning was unknown so kids wore their same wool clothing all winter. Knickers and sweaters got pretty ripe, especially on kids who had to milk cows before they came to school. Sour milk and manure odors made a whole school room pungent. Family farms were common. Milk was delivered in glass bottles by local farmers. Pizza was largely unknown. Once when we visited cousins in New Jersey, they begged my uncle to drive 12 miles to Passaic when there was a new place selling pizza. It was wonderful, but just a rare, once-a-year treat. French fries were unknown. Trains were available to go anywhere. Because there were no super-highways (or good roads), long trips by car were difficult. Airplane travel was non-existent, so most people stayed home. Taking a train trip meant making frequent changes at “hubs,” like today’s plane trips. Fathers who were “railroaders” had high status. Freight trains moved the cargo

George W. ALBEE

Letters to


If you would like to send us your comments, please write, e-mail or fax one of the following addresses: Box 8100, Longboat Key, FL 34228; e-mail:; fax: 3837193. Please include your name and phone number. The Longboat 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.

I’m the diva, dahling! Dear Editor: Dahling, my name is Olive. I am a cat. I live at the Longboat Key Animal Clinic. I’ve always enjoyed living here and meeting the people and pets that come in, but I have always longed to have my home noticed. It just sat, forlorn, like a faded wallflower. So, now it has new paint. I like to call it “banana.” Now everyone notices my building and more people are bringing their pets in to see me — Olive. I am a diva, dahling! Thanks for noticing! Olive The Longboat Key Animal Clinic Cat P.S. Hey, Schnapps, check out our new friendly groomer, Thomas.

Best-dressed president Dear Editor: Sometimes he’s wearing a flight suit; sometimes a business suit. Sometimes he’s in camouflage uniform; sometimes in jeans, big hat and big boots. The changes in backdrop are interesting, too. What is Mr. Bush running for — president or best dressed? Lester Ageloff Longboat Key

Protecting which unborn? Dear Editor: It is turtle season again on Longboat Key and our loyal turtle watchers are out in force

Annie Curnow

Hey, Schnapps! It’s me, Olive, over here at the Longboat Key Animal Clinic. Why don’t you come over and see me sometime? to protect the thousands of unborn turtles on our beaches. If only their effort was put into protecting the thousands of unborn babies that would die each day as a result of an abortion. Makes one wonder where our sense of values lie. Richard J. Antonello Longboat Key

How about a little praise? Dear Editor: In a past issue of The Longboat Observer, Marivn Lederman requested that members of the Longboat Key Club express their opinions of what is good and what is bad about

now carried by the 18-wheel trucks. No super highways, no big trucks. The speed limit for cars was 30, but there were few roads smooth enough to allow that speed. Cars were put in storage, on blocks, during the winter. Snowplows were unknown. Sledding was popular. Horse-drawn sleighs were common. Skis had a leather strap into which shoes were inserted. No ski boots. Ice skates, like roller skates, were clamped onto regular shoes. Towns were important. Local school football and basketball teams were supported enthusiastically. There were professional sports teams in the big cities, but it was rare for most to visit cities. The first time I went to Pittsburgh and saw the huge buildings, I kept saying: “Wow, ya could put a lot of hay in that one!” Neighbors stayed put. People were born, lived and died in one neighborhood. Everyone knew you and assumed parental rights — they could feed you — or scold you if you deserved it. I ate breakfast every Sunday for years at a neighbor’s house because I liked their buckwheat cakes and sausage, and they bought the Philadelphia Public Ledger with different funnies. Drug stores had soda fountains. An ice-cream sundae was 10 cents and a cola was a nickel. Druggists mixed medicines from prescriptions written in Latin by the doctor. People cured digestive distress by drinking baking soda dissolved in a little water. Vicks was popular, as was iodine and castor oil. The state mental hospital was in North Warren. The name North Warren evoked fear and trembling. Everyone read every word in the daily newspaper. It was the major source of news, local and national. The ads were usually truthful about sales and savings. It was a thrill to see your name in the paper, and the paper made sure it happened. George W. Albee is a retired professor who lives on Longboat Key. He is a recent convert to e-mailing his grandchildren. ❑

the previous management’s policies and procedures. People who are happy with the way they are treated are rarely these who make their feelings known, and I can only imagine the deluge of complaints and personal needs that were aired. This week I would ask those of us who love the club, appreciate the staff and find the club a great place to belong to, express our opinions. Let Mr. Welly know about the staff members who have treated us well and deserve a pat on the back for a job well done. My hat is off to all of them. Melvin Bergstein Longboat Key

Don’t let progress get in the way Dear Editor: Easing my way along the south end of Longboat Key, I am reminded of my youth and an innocence long past. The pristine beaches once adorned by endless pine trees are now bordered by concrete and steel. This is not to imply that the area has lost its charm, but forgive me if I forsake the opportunity to talk my way through the guard gates surrounding the golf course. I can see the condominiums from the highway just fine. Whose idea was it to build homes in the middle of the course, anyway? Allow me to play one round, oh please, and watch the stock price of the local glass company skyrocket. At this moment, I will be more than pleased to trade the convenience of shopping for groceries on the Key for the sight of the old bait shop and the rattle of the hump-back bridge. Longboat Key will always be the jewel of the Gulf coast, but let us not allow progress to get in the way of common sense. For where else in the world can one hope to see a manatee, peacock, and a sea turtle, all in the span of a 20-minute walk? Greg Charles Deerfield Beach

Don’t give up on community center Editor’s Note: A copy of this letter originally sent to Longboat Key Mayor Ron Johnson was also sent to The Longboat Observer. Dear Mayor Johnson, Because the community center was voted down in the March election, I hope you will

not give up on the idea. A thriving community center would provide an attractive cultural, social, educational recreational facility for residents. As such, it would also enhance Longboat Key as a place to live. The architectural design of the proposed center and the location are real winners. Perhaps enough money could be raised in the private sector to make this dream come true. I have done a great deal of fund-raising in my life and would be glad to help raise private money. In the meantime, I am aware former Commissioner Jim Brown thinks the town should buy the Nations Bank building and make a center out of that. He also continues to favor using the present recreation center. I like many of Brown’s ideas, but this particular idea is not a good one. I question whether Brown in thoroughly familiar with a thriving community center. In a successful center for a community of the size of Longboat Key, there can be events drawing at least 150 people. The Nations Bank building has only 20 parking spaces. Furthermore, it is an isolated, poorly located spot. That is why it has been sitting empty for so long. Traffic to the location is also a problem. People going to the center would not wish to contend with the 4 to 6 p.m. northbound tradesmen traffic. Spending money to remodel the present recreation center does not make sense, either, when one considers that the building is primarily used only in the mornings. It is better to move the activities presently using that center to a new community center. Certainly the town cannot afford to have a recreation center that is used 50% of the time and a remodeled bank building that might be utilized only 50% of the time. A building is a major capital investment and to be successful it needs to operate 100% of the time from approximately 9 a.m. to 7 to 9 p.m. Combining cultural social, educational and recreational activities in one building with adequate parking would be an important ingredient to a successful operation. Perhaps a combination of private funding and public funding could bring this about. I ask that you read this letter to the commission and place it in the public record. John Cooper Longboat Key

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Longboat Lore

Longboat street names trace history of Key Most street names on the Key have an appropriate maritime theme, such as Gulf of Mexico Drive, Bay Isles Parkway, Harbor Place, Schooner Drive, Longboat Drive. In addition, those streets named for people trace the history of the barrier island. • DeNarvaez Drive. This canal-lined street leading to the bay on the north end of the Key was named by Gen. L.J. Harris and his wife, Trudie, developers of the Sleepy Lagoon subdivisions. They recorded the name with the Manatee County clerk in 1950 to commemorate the red-bearded, oneeyed, deep-voiced governor of La Florida, Panfilo de Narvaez, who led an ill-fated expedition to the area in 1528, a decade before DeSoto’s historic landing. Known for his brutal treatment of the Indians, DeNarvaez and his men trekked northward through Florida searching for gold. Missing a rendezvous with their ships, they constructed wood barges and set sail for Mexico. DeNarvaez was washed overboard during a storm in the Gulf, but several of his men survived and returned to Spain to brief DeSoto prior to his expedition. • Juan Anasco Drive. Hernando DeSoto’s advance scout is believed to have come ashore on Longboat Key the year before the DeSoto expedition. Described as a brilliant and handsome man, Juan Anasco set sail from Cuba in the fall of 1538 with 50 men in a caravel with two pinnaces, also known as longboats. He was using a navigational guide compiled in 1537 for Spanish navigators in the New World by Alonso de Chaves, who located Bahia Honda or “deep bay” (Tampa Bay) and identified two large barrier islands to its south as the Islas de San Clemente (Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key), with a passage between them to the mainland. Historians believe that Chaves erred by 1.5 degrees latitude in locating Bahia Honda, which landed Anasco (and DeSoto after him) south of the entrance to Tampa Bay, off Longboat Key. Anasco spent two months in and about Tampa Bay, including time shipwrecked on a key, where his journals record that he and his men “lived off pelicans and gulls and the fish they caught.” They survived and

returned to Havana with four Indians captured to serve as interpreters for DeSoto. In 1941, Gordon Whitney, developer of Whitney Beach, discovered the remains of a 400year-old longboat buried in Bishop Bayou that may have been Juan Anasco’s. • Ringling Boulevard. Until 1957, the main thoroughfare on Longboat Key was named Ringling Boulevard in honor of John Ringling, the circus magnate who purchased the south half of the Key in the early 1920s. After establishing the Ringling Tropical Plant Nurseries (Country Club Shores today), he built a concrete road from New Pass to the county line, gave land for the Key’s first golf course, and began work on the Sarasota Ritz-Carlton Hotel (left unfinished in the Depression and finally demolished by Arvida). In 1957 when Longboat traded rural delivery Route No. 5 for city delivery, Sarasota Postmaster Gordon Higel recommended changing street names on the Key that were similar to downtown streets, such as Ringling Boulevard. Town Commissioner Herb Field, founder of Colony Beach Club, suggested Gulf of Mexico Drive, and so it became. • Lois Drive. In Longbeach Village at the north end of the Key, Lois Drive is named for the wife of A.S. Skinner, whose company purchased the vacant land in the sparsely developed Village in 1923. He brought in a bulldozer, leveled the remnants of an Indian mound, and renamed platted streets for his wife and for his partners, Fox Smith, Russell Holderman and William Lindley. Skinner and Associates was instrumental in building a macadam road from the county line to Longboat Inlet (Longboat Pass today) and in having Manatee County build a wooden bridge connecting Longboat to Anna Maria and the mainland. When the Depression squelched their development plans for the Key, the Skinners moved to New Jersey. • General Harris Drive. Named for a Canadian developer, General Harris Drive is part of the Sleepy Lagoon subdivisions. L.J. (Joseph) Harris came to Longboat Key in 1939 and built the Gulf-front Cheeri-Ho Cottages at midKey. In 1946, he purchased 430 acres, dredging and filling

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Panfilo de Narvaez, a red-bearded conquistador whose expedition came ashore south of Tampa Bay in 1528, is commemorated by De Narvaez Drive on Longboat Key. Dream Island and Sleepy Lagoon, and what is Hideaway Bay today. On Dream Island, he built the Sleepy Lagoon Club, which became the Buccaneer Inn (now closed for redevelopment.) ❑


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Rising temperatures weren’t the only hot item at St. Armands Circle May 1. The sixth annual Corvette show drew 185 redhot Corvettes that covered the park and roundabout — drawing fanatic owners and gawking spectators. “Corvette owners are fanatics,” said Carlo Dattilo, a member of the Skyway Corvette Club at the event. “One guy out here was actually picking up leaves around his car. He said they were too close.” The event was organized by the Skyway Corvette Club. Corvette owners at the event voted for the best cars in a ballot that decided the three best cars of each of the five classes of Corvettes. The five classes span the 40-year history of the Corvette — with the C-1 being the original model, and the C-5 being the most recent. Skyway Corvette Club President Paul Jantzen said that the group hopes to repeat the event next year. ❑

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Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #232063 THE ULTIMATE WATERFRONT LIFESTYLE ON LIDO SHORES Relax & enjoy the mesmerizing Gulf & bay views from this exquisite, decorator furnished & appointed 5BR estate with vanishing-edge pool & dock. $5,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #231664 SANDHAMN With over 6,100 sq. ft. on the bay and your own private boat dock, this elegantly furnished Tuscan-style home has a fabulous, flexible floor plan and lavish finishes. $3,875,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #249795 VIZCAYA Magnificent Gulf front penthouse, with fabulous Gulf views in an intimate seaside enclave. Created in the style of Addison Mizner, with Mediterranean architecture. $3,299,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #253734 BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Premiere location with breathtaking views of the Sarasota skyline and Siesta Key. This Spanish-Mediterranean boasts a deepwater dock & spacious pool patio. $3,200,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #239958 CHARMING BIRD KEY BAYFRONT home with open gourmet kitchen, all new interior & deep, protected boating water for a casual Florida lifestyle. $2,750,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #256534 COMFORT AND CLASS ON THE BEACH Three BR Regent Place turnkey-furnished unit with volume ceilings, breathtaking views & 2-car garage. $2,700,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248453 EXCLUSIVE EN PROVENCE Enchanting 4BR Gulf front condo with marble floors & granite countertops is top-of-the-line in every aspect. $2,695,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #232491 QUEENS HARBOUR Fabulous bay views from almost every room of this Queens Harbour masterpiece. Four full BR suites, large family room with soaring ceilings & myriad upgrades. $2,595,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 383-6182. #253971 PERFECT BEACH GETAWAY Breathtaking views of the Gulf from this 2-story home with all new furnishings, new carpet & numerous upgrades. Spectacular beachfront heated pool & sundeck. $2,525,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #220722 HIDEAWAY BAY Exquisitely designed 4BR pool/spa home with countless arches, volume ceilings, grand windows, formal living & dining rooms. Located in a desirable enclave of estate-sized homes. $2,525,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #256909 SPECTACULAR VIEWS of bay or Gulf from every room of this 10th floor end unit. 3,000 sq. ft. open plan with 10' ceiling, private elevator foyer, 3 terraces & luxurious clubhouse. $2,500,000. Sally Traquena, 388-4447 or 587-1330. #247991 SLEEPY LAGOON Direct Gulf front with large sandy beach, located in a private setting in an area of multi-million dollar estates. $2,499,000. Michael Losey, 383-7591 or 809-3491. #253050 BAY ISLES Magnificent new home on Harbourside Golf Course. Panoramic golf & lake views, exciting architectural details & the finest finishes. Four BRs, pool, spa & 3-car garage. $2,195,000. Ann Martin & Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #256405 DIRECT BAYFRONT HOME Stunning custom residence in a private location with panoramic views from master suite, living room & kitchen. Private dock just steps from pool/spa. $1,999,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #239687 AMAZING VIEWS OF GULF & BAY from this fabulous 9th floor, turnkey-furnished condominium at Water Club. Over 3,000 sq. ft. of designer perfection, upgrades & extras. $1,950,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #234535 ST. ARMANDS Three-story, 2000 built, Inbar designed contemporary home with newly fenced property & detailed landscaping enhanced by a lap pool with waterfall. $1,795,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #255916 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Beautiful Mediterranean pool home with fabulous bay views, dramatic 2-story ceilings, kitchen with granite counters & dock on sailboat water. A boater's paradise. $1,580,000. Sally Traquena, 388-4447 or 587-1330. #247549


ELEGANT CLIFFORD SCHOLZ DESIGNED HOME on the beach. The property stretches over an acre from Gulf front to bayside. The residence's classic proportions are highlighted by the finest appointments. $5,400,000. Jo Ellen Burnham, 383-3759. #253760

OCEAN BEACH Superb craftsmanship througho surrounds the home, tennis court & private poo 374-4161. #253776

SWEEPING BAY VIEWS This fantastic Key West-style home is perfect for entertaining in a tropical setting. Features a gourmet eat-in kitchen, screened pool & lanai, & separate guesthouse. $1,399,900. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #249532

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MEDITERRANEAN WATERFRONT BEAUTY Gorgeously furnished, newer 4BR-plus-den home in pristine condition. Great kitchen, family room, large pool area & protected dockage with direct bay access. $1,399,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #246534 YACHTER'S DREAM ON LONGBOAT KEY Enjoy this casual Key West home located on deep water. This fabulous residence has a dock to accommodate up to 5 large boats. $1,350,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #239763 L'ELEGANCE Fabulous 9th floor unit with direct Gulf views of fantastic sunsets. Wonderful amenities include Har-Tru tennis, heated pool & spa, exercise room, & under-building parking. $1,200,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #256564 GRAND BAY Caymen design with great views of both the Gulf & bay. Designed & decorated by a well known local top designer. Three BRs, full dining room & 9' ceilings. $1,199,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #256876 TANGERINE BAY Fabulous bay views from this rarely available, 3BR end penthouse unit, with marble floors, cathedral ceilings, loft area, cabana, boat dock & deeded beach access. $1,090,000. Monica Barth, 951-6660 or 928-6017. #252929 BAY ISLES Fabulous views from every room in this waterfront residence behind the gates of Bay Isles. Spacious master suite, oversized 2nd & 3rd BRs, great terraces & decks. $999,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #253512 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Completely redesigned pool home with all new systems, gourmet kitchen, entry gallery, marble floors & granite countertops. Sailboat water with dock. $999,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447. #252403 RARELY AVAILABLE Three BR unit in the Players Club. Beautifully remodeled with stainless steel appliances & granite countertops. $949,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447. #252711 LIDO SHORES This school of architecture & design home is located on one of the bigger lots in a great neighborhood. Main section has 2BRs & guest wing has 3BRs. $899,900. Monica Barth, 951-6660 or 928-6017. #249287 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Southern exposure on a large, deepwater canal lot. Value is in the land. $859,000. Michael Losey, 383-7591 or 809-3491. #253963 AT THE BEACHES Absolutely dreamy 2BR, remodeled & furnished by designer/owner. Enjoy Gulf, sunset & golf course views. Features concierge & generous garage parking. $829,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #253502 TASTEFULLY APPOINTED MID-RISE Light & bright corner residence with views of Gulf, tropical landscaping & golf course. Wood floors, plantation shutters & wraparound balcony. $829,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #253709 ST. ARMANDS Comfortable 3BR pool home on one of the largest interior lots available on St Armands. Close to shops, restaurants & the beach. $795,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #256198 LIDO BEACH CLUB Enjoy beautiful sunsets & great Gulf & city views from this totally renovated unit with the finest upgrades & appointments. $769,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #256671 THE BEST OF THE ATRIUM True 3BR with sweeping bay views, extensive custom upgrades, built-ins, tile floors & contemporary furnishings by Living Walls. $729,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #237981

BEAUTIFUL & SUNNY This 3BR St. Armands poo fencing, landscaping, & hurricane glass protectio Aldrich, 388-4447 or 544-3813. #251984 SALTY ACRES Private Gulf side condominium maintained complex with open interior space & t 951-6660 or 356-1335. #250851 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Full Gulf views from th cony opening to all rooms. Close to St. Armands 351-1514. #256749 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS A magical window to th 6th floor condominium. Glamorous features thro Circle. $698,000. Phyllis DiBlasi, 388-4447 or 35 A RARE OPPORTUNITY to own directly on the be fees.This direct Gulf front residence boasts a wide Banan & Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659 SAND CAY Direct beachfront unit with magnifi locations on Longboat Key. $695,000. John Zism BIRD KEY GARDEN HOME on a quiet street. Lig spa & entertaining area. $695,000. Ann Martin, DIRECT GULF FRONT This 2BR end unit offers s sunsets & Sarasota Bay. $679,000. Mel and Jan BEACHPLACE Rarely available, furnished reside opportunity with Gulf views. $650,000. Janis Co ISLANDS WEST Great SW corner apartment w Newly refurbished clubhouse, on-site manag $624,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 383 PROMENADE Lovely Gulf & garden views from th out. Full service amenities include resort-style s Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. CLUB LONGBOAT Enjoy the sunsets, 8 clay/Har house & great beach. Spacious, wonderful & Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 o SANDS POINT Extremely well conceived & exec ing water & docks, expansive beach & New Pass or 725-0227. #248408 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Beautiful views in the boasts 1,320 sq. ft., large balcony & close prox Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #253688


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AN ISLAND WITHIN AN ISLAND Incredible estate property on nearly 3 acres in Sanderling. Totally private, gated & over 350' of Lagoon waterfront. Lovely, spacious home with oversized rooms. $2,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #246994

RARE AND EXCITING within Club Longboat and on golf course. Over 5,000 sq. ft., 5BRs, large rooms, volume ceilings, 3-car garage & lap pool. $2,900,000. Dick Lewis, 388-4447 or 355-3580. #253530

EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY with gorgeous bay views and deeded private beach access. In process is a 7,000 sq. ft. home with gatehouse. $4,900,000. Dianna and John Allaman, 966-8000 or 232-4200. #248990 UNIQUE GULF-TO-BAY This 3BR California contemporary boasts vaulted ceilings, fireplace & panoramic Gulf views from all rooms, located on a wide, sandy beach with buildable bay lot & dock. $4,300,000. Nancy Moore, 966-8000 or 966-1200. #244078 PRIVATE, GATED & WALLED GULF-FRONT ESTATE Over 6,000 square feet on three levels with large rooms and high ceilings opening to expansive covered porches. Spectacular Gulf views. $3,950,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #256441 CASEY KEY Over one acre, Gulf to bay on peninsula bay lot of over 300 ft. Vintage cottage with protected boat basin, dock and private beach. $3,050,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #221291 6Siesta Key SIESTA KEY

e canal. Marble floors, granite countertops, toph lovely landscaping and boat dock. $899,000. 5962

HARBOUR VILLA CLUB Longboat Key yachtsman's dream. Imagine mooring your yacht at your own 40' bayfront dock, next to your beautifully decorated residence. $645,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #249171

ol home has been completely remodeled, with on on all windows. $725,000. Michelle Wilde-

WONDERFUL LIDO BEACH CONDO Enjoy your evenings dining on a large patio overlooking expansive views of the Gulf. Just a short walk to the new Ritz-Carlton Beach Club & Residence. $499,900. Tom R. Delaney, 388-4447 or 387-3990. #242568 INN ON THE BEACH Southern exposure provides sunshine throughout winter. Steps to beach & pool, yet in a private location. Wonderful Florida lifestyle. $339,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #234304 INN ON THE BEACH Recently renovated club suite with lovely lagoon views & fabulous amenities. The large, open terrace allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings and marine life. $289,500. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #251628 TENNIS MAGAZINE'S #1 RATED RESORT Owners may stay in their unit any 30 days per year and have use of 21 tennis courts, fitness center, complimentary children's program, salon & spa. $230,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #239535

with beach & Gulf views. Small, beautifully tasteful furnishings. $699,000. Susan Matteoli,

his 2BR, 6th floor condominium with 40' balCircle. $698,000. Phyllis DiBlasi, 388-4447 or

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EXTRAORDINARY RITZ-CARLTON CORNER PENTHOUSE RESIDENCE. Professionally redesigned & upgraded 3BR with leisure room, library & 4 terraces. Two secure parking spaces & all hotel amenities. A Sotheby's listing. $5,350,000. Pamela & Lynford Wiley, 951-6660 or 925-2153. #213339 COME HOME TO THE RITZ-CARLTON Leading 'Country French' designer has furnished this 2BR plus den with exceptional antiques, fine linens & unique accessories. Fabulous views across marina to bay. A Sotheby's listing. $1,525,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #246101 LAUREL OAK Gorgeous neutral decor, three suites plus office. Built-ins, storage, butler's pantry, and floor-to-ceiling wine closet. Cook's kitchen with high-end appliances. $879,000. Judi Summers, 951-6660 or 302-3238. #244690 WEST OF THE TRAIL NEW CONSTRUCTION Fabulous 3BR-plus-office/den, Key West-style home with wood floors, Chicago brick, metal roof and courtyard pool. $745,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #243727 PRESTANCIA Understated elegance in this maintenance-free home, expertly renovated to perfection. Three BRs, gourmet kitchen & soaring ceilings. $439,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 346-9121. #251943 THREE OAKS Beautiful 4BR-plus-den pool home with all designer upgrades. Located in a great school neighborhood & is handicap accessible. $399,999. Monica Barth, 951-6660 or 928-6017. #250572 AMARYLLIS PARK Four BR, clean & bright home with charming fireplace & large fenced yard. $109,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #242191 5Casey Key


GULF TO BAY LUXURY ESTATE walled & gated with exquisite design & style, this home includes a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, vanishing-edge pool, summer kitchen and 7-car garage. $12,000,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #251582 LAFFIN PLACE Main residence has all the charm of an older home with modern amenities to indulge a lavish lifestyle. Guest quarters, 180' bay frontage & private beach. $5,675,000. Nora Johnson, 966-8000 or 809-1700. #256243

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ONE-PLUS ACRE BAYFRONT ESTATE Fabulous, open bay views from this majestic 6BR Spanish-Mediterranean home. Finely crafted with truly grand details. $5,775,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #254085 DIRECT GULF FRONT with 200' of private, protected, pristine beach in the prestigious gated community of Sanderling Club. Over 1 acre, offers 2,295 sq. ft. A Sotheby's listing. $5,500,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #235249 COCOANUT BAYOU This work of nature's art is poised on a lushly landscaped acre lot on sailboat water. With open water views from most rooms, features include 4BRs, private dock, pool & spa. $4,500,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #254957 DIRECT GULF FRONT No beach, with over 170' on Big Pass. Four BR home on 2 buildable lots features a master wing, media room & updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. $3,350,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #227845 SARASOTA BEACH The ultimate Key West-style beach home directly on Siesta Key Beach. This 5BR-plus-den home features a large kitchen, open floor plan & lots of windows for glorious sunset views. $3,300,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #256505 GULF VIEW LITTLE SARASOTA BAY Set near Crescent Beach, this property currently has 2 units with 2 guest quarters, could be 2 or 3 large units, all with fabulous views of the Gulf. $2,495,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #256248 WIDE OPEN BAYFRONT VIEWS This 3-level, 4,200 sq. ft. Mediterranean home is spectacular in every way. Features an elevator, fireplace, pool, boat dock, travertine and courtyard. $2,395,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #256073 HISTORIC CHARM ON NORTH SIESTA DEEPWATER Character abounds in this circa 1940 cottage wonderfully refurbished in exquisite quality & style, with private pool courtyard & sailboat water dock. $1,299,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #245971 TERRACE EAST Enjoy stunning full Gulf & beach views from this 8th floor, 2BR condominium, plus a rare ground floor office/artist studio. Close to the Village. $1,074,900. Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #255665 MIRA MAR Grand sunset and water views from this 2-yr.-old home, with guest apartment, soaring ceilings, wood floors & ample storage. $949,000. Pamela & Lynford Wiley, 951-6660 or 925-2153. #253869 SARASOTA BEACH Totally renovated 3BR home will be split out of existing complex & sold with right to use pool. Located just 1 block from beach. $850,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #256617 LIVE ON THE WATER and fish from your private boat dock. Enjoy marina views from this 2BR residence with Florida room, neutral decor, garage, pool & tennis. $525,000. Elaine DeVito, 966-8000 or 374-7119. #256309 EXCELLENT VALUE ON SIESTA KEY Three BR ranch in a great neighborhood. Bring your decorating ideas. $459,000. Joyce Naegele, 349-3444 or 586-7959. #255761 TURTLE BAY Beautiful bay views from this 2BR condominium on tropical South Siesta Key. Enjoy tennis, beach & boating from this tastefully furnished unit. $455,000. Kathleen Ucci, 951-6660 or 302-2344. #252801 SIESTA BAYSIDE Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, 3BRs plus den, & private lanai. $441,000. Betty C. Poma, 951-6660 or 378-2079. #251328 SIESTA BAYSIDE Neat & clean pool home in a great Siesta Key neighborhood. Features tile floors & 2-car garage. $429,900. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #256504 SARASOTA BEACH Cute cottage with 3BR suites, wood beams & walls, & metal roof. Has additional entrance & could be guest suite. Enjoy the Siesta lifestyle. $399,500. Joan Perdue, 388-4447 or 923-0655. #256733 GREAT OPPORTUNITY to build on Siesta Key. Close to village, beach, shopping & fine dining. Lot has been spun off from original property. $225,000. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #249928 388-4447 or 356-0203. #231664 BEACHFRONT ESTATE Striking main residence plus charming cottage. Elevated home features many upgrades, Gulf-front heated pool & sundeck on 100' of prime beach on Longboat Key. $4,995,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #223991

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She transforms old minks into huggable treasures When Rita Glosser’s mother gave her the mink stole she had worn proudly for many years, she put it away for safekeeping, not sure what else to do with it. Glosser had fond memories of her mother wearing the stole at special occasions but had no actual use for it. After having the stole for some time, she came upon the idea to transform the stole into a keepsake, one which she could admire every day rather than just store away in the closet. ReMinkie Bears was born. ReMinkie essentially means mink fur remade, in this case into bears of different sizes, kittens, bunnies, and now even purses, throws and pillows. When Glosser’s friends saw her original bear creation, they started asking her to make bears for them from old furs. Glosser agreed, enjoying the artistic endeavor. She has continued making bears for 10 years. “When Paul and I moved here from Johnstown, Pa., I wanted to get involved with something in the community,” says Glosser. “My background was in television and I did a lot of meaningful charity work up north and I wanted to do something here.

The idea of making teddy bears made good sense, because people in Florida had furs in their closets that weren’t being worn.” The business continued to grow locally with the help of a handful of local women who make the bears out of their own homes, from Glosser’s patterns. And, the cottage industry received a real boost in sales when “The Queen of Clean,” Linda Cobb, of national television and newspaper fame, gave ReMinkie Bears two substantial mentions in her nationally syndicated newspaper column. “‘The Queen of Clean’ mentioned my bears in both June and October of 2002, and the pieces ran in more than 600 small newspapers around the country, which exposed what I do to a lot more people. I now have ReMinkie Bears in 48 states,” says Glosser. One of the biggest draws of purchasing a bear from Glosser is that it is very personal. She not only uses the fur that is sent in but also salvages the lining, which sometimes has monogrammed initials, and uses the personalization on the bear, either on a paw pad or on the stomach. “Again and again I get letters from people

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JOIN US at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room (Behind Avenue of the Flowers at 535 Bay Isles) Go to Gatehouse for entrance to Longboat Key Club Tuesday, May 18th Social Hour at 11:30 a.m. - Luncheon at 12 noon The LBK Democratic Club is working to elect all Democratic candidates in November, including John Kerry for President, a United States Senator and a Congressional Representative for the 13th Congressional District.

NO-SEE-UM CONTROL Attention Volunteers Citizen Appointments: • Police Officer’s Retirement System Board of Trustees (one member) • General Employee’s Retirement System Board of Trustees (one member) • Citizen Relations Committee (five members) • Code Enforcement Board (one member)

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been an exciting 10 years and it’s still going strong. It just gets bigger every year.” — Annie Curnow

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Civic Minded? Your Town Needs You! The Town Commission is considering application for appointments to Town Boards with one seat expiring May 2007 on the Code Enforcement Board. One Town Commission - Appointed Seat is open on two of the three Pension Boards with terms expiring September 31, 2004, and must be filled. Five of ten seats are open on the Citizens Relation Committee. Applications should be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office by May 30. Applications are available in the Clerk’s Office at Town Hall or on the Town’s web page at: Clerk/Applications for Appointments to Town Boards and Ad Hoc Committees


Cops’ Corner The following reports are actual reports compiled by the Longboat Key Police Department. They are all answered and dealt with by members of the department or referred to others for action.

April 9 11:11 a.m. — 700 block Broadway. Disturbance/Civil. A woman called the police about her husband and one of his friends, saying, “I want them out of my house and off my property.” Both men were asked to leave by officer. After gathering his things, the husband said, “I can’t believe my wife is kicking me out.” The wife advised that they were, “married in Canada and it doesn’t apply here.” Officer asked the couple to sign a trespass warning, indicating their understanding of it. The wife refused to sign it and said she had changed her mind. The husband and his friend left. No trespass warning was issued. 12:14 p.m. — 800 block Tarawitt Drive. Trespassing. A man called police about an argument. The caller said a man had backed his car onto his property. After making contact with the two men, the property owner said that in a past incident, the driver of the car had told him, “Halloween will come early for you.” The property owner signed a trespass warning against the driver. The driver also signed the warning to indicate he was aware that he was not welcome on the owner’s property. 5:23 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Disturbance/Neighbor. A man parked on a woman’s lawn. Officer contacted the man and asked him to move his car. He complied. 8:53 p.m. — 10 block GMD. Traffic

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COPS Violation. Officer stopped a Cadillac that was speeding and playing loud music. After stopping the driver, officer smelled burned marijuana in the car. He could not locate any marijuana. The driver said that he was picking up his last paycheck from Mattison’s Steakhouse. He had a steak knife in the glovebox. Officer told him to put the steak knife in the trunk and cited him for having a loud stereo and not wearing a seatbelt.

April 10 12:25 a.m. — 100 block GMD. Code Enforcement. A group of people were at Overlook Park after it was closed. Officer asked them to leave. They complied. 10:19 a.m. — 3700 block GMD. Death/Natural. Officer responded to a woman who died of natural causes. 10:49 a.m. — 3800 block GMD. Vandalism. A man suffered $500 in damage to his Cadillac as a result of a caustic liquid being placed on his windshield. He said he didn’t have any enemies, although he was on the board of the Beach Harbour Club. 5:30 p.m. — 500 block Reclinata Drive. Emergency Message/Welfare Check. A man asked officers to check on the welfare of a companion. Officers located the companion, who appeared to be intoxicated. She requested some help with her problems and voluntarily agreed to check herself into Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Officer notified the man of her status. No further action taken. 9:09 p.m. — 6900 block Poinsetta Avenue. Assist Other Agency. Officer helped a child protection investigator for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. A caller had notified police of possible abuse to a 3year-old child. The parents were hostile to the child protection investigator and would not allow her to speak to the child. However, they did allow the police officer to talk to the child. In the report, the officer said that the child appeared to be fine. The investigator made a report that the parents

‘Photographer’ gets ‘touchy-feely’ A man claiming to be a professional photographer now has a warning from police after a number of models accused him of getting “overzealous” at a “photoshoot” on Greer Island, commonly known as Beer Can Island. According to Detective Kristina Roberts of the Longboat Police Department, three models reported that the man inappropriately touched them under the pretense that he was, “brushing off sand.” The “brushing” later became more aggressive, as he pulled off a model’s bikini strap and “adjusted” their bikinis. Roberts said the women reported that he had touched them below the waist. The girls were convinced to come to the island for the “shoot” after being contacted by him through e-mail. The women had released information about themselves on a modeling Web site. Following reports from the three girls, the Longboat Key Police Department interviewed the man. He admitted that his only photography credentials were that he owned a camera, although he has a Web site. He denied any improper touching, but admitted that he may have gotten “over would not allow her to speak with the child. 9:34 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Code Enforcement. A Chrysler P.T. Cruiser was parked at the corner of Broadway and GMD with a “for sale” sign on it. Officer made contact with the owner and asked him to remove it. 10:25 p.m. — 800 block Longboat Club Road. Suspicious Circumstance. Two women

zealous” in his quest for the perfect picture. He turned over the CD-Rom disc with the girl’s pictures. The girls did not press charges, and were satisfied with the return of their pictures and the promise that none of their pictures will appear on any Internet site.

Suspect in jewelry theft released A jury found a suspect not guilty for a larceny case involving $10,000 in stolen jewelry. The victim, Dr. Holli Bodner, found the jewelry missing from her home after her cleaning lady and her daughter had been in the house to clean. The cleaning lady’s daughter was the suspect in the case. According to police records, Bodner had instructed her cleaning lady never to bring the daughter in her home, because she has drug problems. In the report, Bodner said that the daughter, “was probably with her,” when the cleaning lady was there. In the past, Bodner, a psychologist, has used her credentials to Baker Act a neighbor. In addition, she had two restraining orders against him denied by a circuit court judge. — John Sents reported that several men were walking around the balcony of a home. The women said it seemed suspicious to them. After responding to the house, officer spoke with the parents of the boys, who said that they were staying until April 21. No further action taken. TURN TO COPS CORNER, PAGE 14A

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April 11 1:16 a.m. — Off the Key. Assist Other Agency. Officer responded to help an officer on Bradenton Beach who was investigating a possible burglary. 8:01 a.m. — GMD/Sloop Lane. Suspicious Person. A man fell asleep in the yard of a residence. Officer made contact with the man, who said he had been in Overlook Park drinking beer and swimming all night. He said he was too drunk to ride back to town, and had fallen asleep. Officer sent him on his way. 11:24 a.m. — 500 block Reclinata Drive. Assistance. A woman called police and said she wanted help for alcoholism. She was not intoxicated, nor suicidal. She said she had just left Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and did not want to go back there. Officer contacted Manatee Glens Coastal Recovery, which said that it had no beds available. Officer asked her if she wanted to check herself into Manatee Memorial Hospital. She said, ‘No,’ and didn’t need any further help. No further action was taken. 11:52 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Traffic Accident/No Injury. A Toyota four-door vehicle backing out of a parking space outside of drug store did not see a Toyota two-door vehicle driving by and hit it. Damage to both vehicles was minor. No one was hurt. 11:55 a.m. — 6900 block Poinsetta Avenue. Disturbance/Domestic. A grandmother asked her family to “get out of her house,” after her daughter and granddaughter got into an argument. When the officer arrived, the grandmother had left the house and her family was packing up to leave. 3:01 p.m. — 10 block Lighthouse Point Drive. Trespassing. Officer responded to a reported trespass of a dog and a man on the beach. Neither dog nor man could be found. 3:49 p.m. — 6400 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. A man with no driver’s license and no license tag was stopped by an officer. The driver was issued a traffic summons for not having a valid driver’s license or vehicle registration. He signed a motor vehicle waiver and secured his vehicle along the roadside. No further action was taken.

10:30 a.m. — 5400 block GMD. Property/Found. A man brought a box of .38 caliber ammunition to the police department to be destroyed. 10:40 a.m. — 700 block Tarawitt Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman reported that her mailbox had been open on several occasions. She said she had talked to several neighbors who have found the doors to their mailboxes open. The woman asked if an officer could patrol the street around 2:30 p.m. when the mail was delivered. Officer said they could patrol it when time allowed. 11:59 a.m. — 3000 block Harbourside Drive. Property/Lost. A set of golf clubs were reported missing after they were turned in to the Harbourside Golf Course “bag” person at the Longboat Key Club. The clubs, bag and golf balls were valued at $3,000. 12:15 p.m. — 3500 block Mistletoe Lane. Burglar. After responding to a burglar alarm, officer found a sliding glass door open. No one was in the residence. Officer contacted the homeowner, who secured the door. 3:36 p.m. — 500 block Reclinata Drive. Assistance. Officer responded to a woman who wanted to go to a rehab clinic for alcoholism. The woman said she was at her father’s house. After offering to transport her to a rehab clinic, the woman changed her mind. She said that she was lonely and wanted to talk with someone. Officer made contact with the girl’s father, who said he would go home and take care of her. He said she was going to be checked into a facility that week. 3:58 p.m. — 5500 block GMD. Boat/Unsecured. A caller advised that a burnrd-out boat stern from a yacht called, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” had washed ashore. The case was forwarded to the Florida Wildlife Commission for investigation. 9:37 p.m. — 100 block GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer pulled over a 1989 Pontiac with expired tags. The driver said that he had just purchased the vehicle and had not yet registered it. He also said that he had attached a tag from a friend and was not assigned to the vehicle. The driver was issued citations for attaching a tag he was not assigned and for not having a vehicle registration. The vehicle was towed, and the driver got a ride home with the tow truck.

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April 13 12:00 p.m. — 7000 block GMD. Public Service. A woman called to report a man that she was worried about. She said that the man seemed confused. She said he had left her office, stood by his car and fallen asleep. Officer made contact with the man, who said that he was taking medication for Parkinson’s disease. Speaking to the man, he seemed to be talking to someone in the passenger’s seat of his vehicle. However, no one was there. The man could not remember when he last ate. Officer called for paramedics to help the man. He said that he had no relatives close by and all of his family was on the other coast. 7:25 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Juvenile/Nuisance. Three men were caught skateboarding at Town Hall. They were advised to leave. No further action was taken.

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10:00 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Emergency Message/Welfare Check. A mother called to check on the welfare of her two girls, who were staying at a resort. The girls were left alone while their father went on his honeymoon with his new wife in Key West. An officer responded to the room and found the two girls, aged 17 and 13, alone in the room. They said that their grandmother was watching over them.

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and handcuffed him. Longboat Key Fire and Rescue responded and transported him to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He fought the whole way on the bus, saying he would cut everyone’s throats. Then he would calm down. The pattern repeated.

April 15 9:57 a.m. — 6200 block GMD. Code Enforcement. A dog was running on the beach. Officer contacted the owner, who was on the beach. The owner called the dog and put it back on a leash. The owner said the dog was a certified “service dog.” The owner showed a card to verify this. She said she “let her (the dog) off the leash to exercise.” Officer asked how the dog could be assisting her if it were off the leash and in the water. The woman became irate. Officer contacted the trainer of the woman’s dog. The trainer said that the dog should be put in a harness and not taken off the leash in public. The officer then went back to the dog owner’s residence and explained that the dog has a right to be on the beach, but is not exempt from leash laws. 2:44 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Property/Recovered. A citizen surrendered an assortment of shotgun shells to police. They were put into the police armory. 3:23 p.m. — 700 block Norton St. Animal/Dog Nuisance. Caller informed police of a barking dog at a residence. Officer responded and located two dogs who were “continuously barking.” They could easily be heard from the roadway. No one was home at the residence. Officer left a written warning at the front door. 4:21 p.m. — 1200 block GMD. Vandalism. Caller informed police that the passenger door of his vehicle had been “keyed.” Slight scratches were also found on the right side of the vehicle toward the rear. Damage was estimated at $1,000. 4:26 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Assist other Agency. Town commissioners had their mail delivered to their front door by police. 8:05 p.m. — 3100 block GMD. Larceny. Caller informed police that his wife’s wallet was stolen from his room at a resort. The wallet contained $50, 20 credit cards and a bankcard. The room was left unlocked, because the caller’s three children were in and out of the room going to the beach.

8:07 p.m. — 5300 block GMD. Disturbance/Neighbor. Officer received a report of an intoxicated woman who was trying to gain access to a room at condominium. Officer met with woman who agreed she was, in fact, under the influence of alcohol. She said she was trying to get into her room, but had lost the keys. Officer helped her try all of her keys in her purse, none of which opened the door. The woman’s husband was contacted, and he arrived with the correct key. 9:58 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Fire/Alarm. Officer responded to a pulled fire alarm at resort. Several juveniles were seen in the area. Parents were awakened and all took their children inside once the “all-clear” was given by the fire department. 10:06 p.m. — 3600 block Fair Oaks Place. Abandoned 911 Call. A family abandoned a 911 call after trying to determine if they should take a family member with heart troubles to the hospital. The man has a history of heart disease. Officer responded to the call, and contacted Longboat Fire and Rescue. It was determined that the man did not need to go to the hospital. The family was advised to call the fire department if they needed help in the future.

April 16 1:21 a.m. — GMD/Sloop Lane. Traffic/Violation. Driver of a small white car leaving resort pulled out in front of an officer’s vehicle without stopping. The driver continued south at varying speeds, drifting within the lane and crossing the center line. Officer stopped the car. The driver had a “learner’s license.” It was after 10 p.m. and he was alone in the car — both violations of a “learner’s license.” The driver, who received a citation, was being followed by another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle drove him home. 1:50 a.m. — Off the Key. Assist other Agency. An off-duty officer helped a Sarasota officer get a driver out of a vehicle and into custody. The vehicle was not stopping for the Sarasota officer. ❑



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Do you really know the partner you ‘love’? Women spend months, even years planning every detail of their wedding day. Yet, blinded by romance, they frequently marry or have serious relationships with people whom they really don’t know. Think back how many times you thought you knew everything there was to know about your partner. You believed that the person you were in love with was exactly whom he/she seemed to be. You were sure that you had found your perfect partner for life. Then suddenly, without warning, disaster. The relationship was in shambles. Your mind was spinning. What went wrong? Chances are the signs were there all along. You just didn’t know what to look for. I realize that the idea of “assessing” your partner and his/her qualities is an unromantic concept. But without an in-depth evaluation, you probably will end up like a 35-year-old female patient of mine. Let’s call her Barbara. She is beautiful, and she dresses beautifully. A Harvard MBA, she is a professional. She is gentle, empathic and giving. Although she has had many relationships over the years, she has yet to fulfill her dream; namely, to be married and have a child. When I first met Barbara she was living with a man who had neither the desire to marry or have a child. When she initially came into therapy with me feeling depressed and anxious about the state of her relationship, she soon realized that although her significant other was charming and successful, she would never have her ultimate dreams come true if she remained with him. So after a two-year relationship she mustered up the courage

and left the relationship. Less than a month after the break-up, I bumped into Barbara on the street. She told me that she had just met the most wonderful man in the world and that she was falling in love with him. Since it was neither the time nor the place to offer her professional advice, I simply hugged her and wished her well. Every so often I would bump into her at various events. She would always tell me about the various trips that she and her boyfriend were planning and the designer clothes and jewelry that he had purchased for her. In her mind, she had finally made it. She was now traveling in a jet-set world, private planes and luxury yachts. What more could a woman want? Now let’s return to Barbara’s “love” relationship. Last month, Barbara told me she needed to talk to me immediately. When she arrived at my office later that day, she told me that her beloved had broken up with her. What she also told me was that she found out that he was dating someone younger and that she was in a state of shock and confusion. Over the last month Barbara acknowledged some disturbing facts about her ex. She told me about his heavy drinking and about how he would occasionally pass out. She also revealed to me that he refused to talk to her about the future of their relationship, specifically marriage and her desire to have a child. She also admitted to herself that she was the one doing most of the giving and that he gave only when it was convenient for him. Recently, she had a conversation with his second wife, who told her that he drank to excess during their 10-year marriage and

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that he also physically abused her when he would become angry. Asked what she had discovered about his previous marriages before their break-up, she told me that her boyfriend would never want to talk about the past and always blamed his wives for the demise of the marriages. Barbara also learned that her beloved had cheated on both of his wives, replacing these relationships quickly, so as never having to be alone. Barbara clearly had fallen in “love” with a man whom she didn’t know. It was the illusion and her hopes and dreams for the security of marriage and a family that blinded her to the harsh realities of who her partner really was. He had significant “skeletons in the closet” — his alcoholism and history of abuse and infidelity. He was unable to communicate honestly about personal matters, including his lack of desire to marry and have more children. And his problem-solving skills were less than nil. He would simply withdraw and refuse to talk. When Barbara and I together objectively took looked behind the cover of her lover, she was able to begin to see that the man with whom she had fallen in love was someone who would never have been able to provide her with the love and lifestyle that she wished. And in looking at Barbara’s relationship history, she is now beginning to see that all of her significant relationships had been with men who were really “unavailable” to her. It’s easy to confuse reality with hopes and dreams, love with lust, luxury with emotional safety and comfort and look the other way when the red flags are waving. We should educate ourselves about the ABC’s of relationships so we become empowered and knowledgeable so we don’t set ourselves up for relationship disasters. ❑

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Medically speaking

If you have a TIA, a stroke may be next Within the next year more than 500,000 Americans will suffer the effects of a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack), resulting in a loss or alteration of consciousness, speech, motor function, memory, as well as visual and auditory sensations. Although these symptoms are temporary, they produce a frightening experience. TIAs may be described as transient neurological deficits caused by a temporary interruption of blood supply to the brain. This is due to a transient brain injury, resulting from an obstruction of the carotid artery in the neck or cerebral artery in the brain by either a blood clot or fatty deposits within the arterial system. The typical TIA is sudden and reaches its maximum effect in several minutes, with symptoms lasting up to an hour. Studies indicate that 10% to 20% of patients with a TIA seen in a hospital emergency room will return to the ER within 90 days with a stroke. Fifty percent of these patients will have their stroke within 24 to 48 hours after their initial TIA. Because it is impossible to determine whether an immediate stroke will follow a TIA, it is most important that patients be evaluated in a hospital ER within three hours of the onset to be properly treated. This includes a neurological examination, blood tests, MRI, CT scans and an ultrasound evaluation of the cerebral arteries of the neck. These measures should rule out an impending stroke and provide information about the cause of the TIA. Other diseases with symptoms similar to TIAs, such as seizures, high or low blood sugars, migraines,

drugs or tumors, must be considered in the differential diagnosis. TIAs occur more frequently with preexisting conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, elevated lipid levels and smoking. Blood pressures above 140/90 invite more frequent encounters with TIAs; therefore it would be useful to reduce the blood pressure to 130/80, or better yet to120/80 in most cases. The risk factor for TIAs in smokers is increased by 50% compared to non-smokers, because nicotine constricts arteries. Diabetes also increases TIAs because diabetes promotes fatty deposits in the arterial system, further reducing the blood supply to the head. In addition, existing heart disease — atrial fibrillation, valvular disease and left ventricular enlargement — has been associated with an increased rate of TIAs. These diseases cause blood clots in the heart, which are then carried by the blood stream, blocking the flow of blood to the arteries to the head. High blood levels of cholesterol-like substances (hyperlipidemia) are also associated with an increased incidence of TIAs. These fatty substances tend to accumulate on the surfaces of blood vessels, restricting the blood flow. There are numerous treatments for the prevention of TIAs. High blood pressure may be treated with more than 100 medications used singly or in combination to lower blood pressures. Antihypertensive drugs such as ACE-inhibitors have been found to be most promising in reducing TIA events. Those cardiac diseases that cause blood


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clots responsible for TIAs may be treated with a variety of blood thinners or anticoagulants. These medications include daily aspirin alone or in combination with other anticoagulants, such as Plavix, Ticlid and Aggrenox. These drugs have decreased the incidence of TIAs more than 25%. In certain cases, the anticoagulant Coumadin is used to provide a higher level of anti-clotting; however, this drug has some serious side effects that include abnormal bleeding in the brain, kidneys and intestinal tract and skin. Coumadin must be monitored on a monthly basis to insure that the correct dosage is used. Statins, the anticholesterol medications used to reduce cholesterol levels in people with cardiovascular disease, have been shown to lower the incidence of TIAs and strokes. The reduction appears to be so significant that it has been suggested that even people without cardiac disease should discuss the feasibility of taking these drugs with their physician. In TIA patients whose carotid arteries in

the neck that are more than 70% obstructed, surgical intervention will reduce the incidence of stroke by 65% compared to those who are treated medically. Studies have also shown that when the obstruction is less than 70%, the surgical outcomes are not as favorable. Recent progress in endoscopic surgery has utilized stent procedures in some TIA patients who are not candidates for the usual neck surgery. These advanced methods are still being evaluated for their efficacy. The occurrence of a TIA in an individual should be taken seriously. This is a sign that a stroke may be possible in the near future. All TIAs should be evaluated and treated on a long-term basis. Dr. Murray Friedman, M.D., Ph.D, is a retired physician from Illinois. He received his doctorate in microbiology from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He currently works part time for the Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota. ❑

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If you were the judge

Are there legal complications in senior cohabitation? “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be. The last of life for the first was made. Our times are in his hand.” Sad was the endearing love letter expressed by Robert Browning to his beloved, Elizabeth. And they remain so in the hearts and minds of many today. Living longer and hopefully better are facts. Reaching the century mark occurs so often nowadays, it is not newsworthy. The rocking chair has disappeared in favor of sports activities and the social amenities. Participation in such activities is not reserved for the young only. A concomitant part of that mode of existence is the pandemic growth of those in the September and later stage of life living or otherwise assuming the traditional married status. Government statistics support the above. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that since 1989, the number of households with two unrelated different-gendered adults has more than doubled to 266,000 couples. Moreover, the experienced and knowledgeable researchers are of the opinion that the recorded number is substantially lower than reality. The reason is that many with superior-year status do not choose to reveal their actual lifestyle. Those living and enjoying the late lifestyle unfortunately are confronted with legal problems frequently. And that could affect their relationship big time. Here is a paradigm: Retiree Sterling Riley, 70 plus, fell in love with a widow. He built her a modern home next to his. They maintained the fiction that

they lived separately when in fact they lived together in her home. A decade later, he died intestate (no will). His estate was divided among 12 relations. She received zero, zilch, zip. Another illustration: Helen Smith, 77, lost her husband in 1988. Seven years later, she met a widower and they now live together. “I love him, but have no intention of marrying him. It’s having someone to eat with and tell him your troubles.” She believes that her children and grandchildren “understand that our living together fills a loss that we both have” but she is not certain. Here is a “youngster.” Wendy Patterson, 59, provides an unusual twist to the subject. Her mother disapproved of Wendy’s live-in relationship with her 65-year old partner. But when Wendy’s father died, her mother started an 11-year co-habitation with a neighbor. Wendy said, “My mother is a moral person and she could see that I am not a sinner. I gave her permission that it was OK for her, too.” Legal impediments frequently prevent those on the shady side of life from the traditional marriage. Pension, Social Security, health-insurance programs, any or all could be hindrances. And sometimes an unhappy previous marriage could provide an obstacle. A relatively new advocacy group, Alternatives to Marriage Prospects, composed of 6,500 members, offers guidance as to what can be done to provide a measure of protection for partners in unmarried but live-in positions. It affords members

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examples of what can be done. Arthur Ackerman, 64, and Dianne Newman, 51, both divorced, lived together. She died. Her will bequeathed one third of her estate to each of her two grandchildren and one third to Arthur, so that he could live in her home for an extended period. Ed Lesen, 66, and Clarice Pollock, 69, lived together for 27 years. They co-mingled their lives in every legal way except marriage. They used the power of attorney in favor of each other. The couples living together should have things in writing. A will, of course, is the best and easiest manner of disposing of assets. Ignore the words of Anatole France, “Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.” On another note, awkward embarrassing moments may appear in identification of each other. “Boyfriend,” and “girlfriend” are inappropriate with mature adults. Other options equally as bad are “co-pilot, spouse-substitute.” The easy answer simply is “friend.” Linda Waite, prominent sociologist, says that married people are happier and healthier, but for older couples, marriage is “less relevant.” For them the need for companionship is more important. Obviously, considering entering into an intimate relationship as outlined above is a personal choice. For one or more cogent reasons, some say, “No,” but others say, “Go for it.” James Durante, a Longboat Key resident, is a retired member of the New York Bar. ❑

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From the pulpit

Every mother has a favorite child Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, a day we honor all of our mothers, both living and dead. We all have our own recollections of this wonderful person in our lives. A favorite writer of mine was the humorist Erma Bombeck who offered these sentiments on who her favorite child might be: Every mother has a favorite child. She cannot help it. She is only human. I have mine. That child for whom I feel a special closeness. The one I reach out to in a rare moment. To share a love that no one else could possibly understand. My favorite child is the one who was too sick to eat the ice cream at his birthday party, had measles at Christmas and wore leg braces to bed because he toed in. She had the fever in the middle of the night, the asthma attack child in my arms at the emergency ward. My favorite child spent Christmas alone away from the family, was stranded after the game with a gas tank on “E,” lost the money for his class ring. My favorite child is the one who screwed up the piano recital, misspelled “committee” in a spelling bee, ran the wrong way with the football and had his bike stolen because he was careless. My favorite child is the one who fell asleep over an assignment on

China that the teacher never bothered to grade, flunked her driver’s test five times and told us she could hardly wait to get out of the house. My favorite child slammed doors in frustration, cried when she didn’t think I saw her, withdrew and said she couldn’t talk to me. My favorite child always needed a haircut, had hair that would not curl, had no date for Saturday night and a car that cost $600 to fix. My favorite child did dumb things for which there were excuses. He was selfish, immature, bad-tempered and self-centered. He was vulnerable, lonely; unsure of what he was doing in this world ... and quite wonderful! The one I’ve loved the most is the one whom I have watched struggle ... and because the struggle was his ... done nothing. All mothers have their favorite child. It is always the same one. The one who needs you at the moment for whatever reason ... to cling to, to shout at, to hurt, to hug, to flatter, to reverse charges to, to unload on, to use ... but mostly to be there.

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Obituaries Jack F. Laven Jack F. Laven, 82, Longboat Key, and Hull, Mass., died May 2, after a short illness. He was born in Somerville, Mass., and was a retailer for Slesinger’s in Boston. He was a meteorologist in the Coast Guard Artillery Unit in Newport, R.I., during World War II. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Charlotte (Slesinger); sons Michael of London and Charles of New York City; a sister, Barbara Goldberg of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Lawrence of West Newton, Mass.; and two grandchildren. Services and burial will be in Massachusetts, where Levine Chapel Inc., Brookline, is in charge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Charlotte and Jack Laven Fund, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215; or to Temple Beth Shalom, 600 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA 02045.

Organization of America, Sarasota Chapter, and the National Board of the Zoa. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Eleanor; a daughter, Mindy Aisen; a son, Terrry Allon; and four grandchildren. Burial will be in Paramus, N.J. A memorial service will be later in Longboat Key. Palms Funeral Home, Sarasota, is in charge.

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Nathan Lipson, 78, Longboat Key, died April 30. He was born Feb. 7, 1926, in New York City. He was an attorney and a labor arbitrator who graduated from the Duquesne School of Law and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He founded the Zionist

Lucille Peirce, 100, Sarasota, died May 5. She was born March 18, 1904, in Chicago and came to Sarasota from there 34 years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key, the Jewish Federation, Technion and Hadassa. Survivors include daughters Joan Kalow of Sarasota and Ellen Hofman of Glenview, Ill.; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A service was Wednesday at Palms Memorial Park. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, was in charge. Memorial donations may be made to Jewish Federation of Sarasota and Manatee counties, 580 McIntosh Road S., Sarasota, FL 34232; or to The Salvation Army, 1701 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, Fl 34239.

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BlackTie BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

Working girls ... These girls are always workin’ 9 to 5, but now their resumés will read a little differently. Amie Shay, formerly of SunTrust, and will now assume the senior marketing position at Northern Trust Bank. United Way will surely miss marketing whiz Lucy Nicandri as she joins the staff at Florida Center for Child and Family Development. And, Heather Dunhill is leaving Comcast to become a full-time college student, pursuing a degree in marketing.


BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

The Mental Health Community Centers Inc. had their wishes fulfilled on Saturday, May 8 with the success of their gala “High Hopes Gala Dinner Dance.” The evening, at Serendipity Country Club, honored Bob and Lee Peterson for their efforts in furthering the research for mental health. The evening was chaired by Anne (Bunny) Coelingh and Nick Drizos, with Dr. Myra Rakoff as honorary chair. More photos on page 2B.

Dunn’s new do ... She still has her Stetsons, but ponytail no more! Edith Barr Dunn has a new hairdo. Dunn was spotted bopping around Edith Barr Dunn in her new cute bob at the American Heart Association’s “Lady in Red” Gala on Friday, May 7, at the Hyatt Sarasota. Dunn’s best bud, Phyllis Cobb, first saw the new hairstyle from behind and thought that someone was ripping off Dunn’s signature style, until Dunn turned around to Cobb’s surprise. Cobb thinks that the new do is just darling and makes Dunn look 10 years younger. BT agrees — we love it!

Left: Denise and Chair Nick Drizos Below: Honorees Lee and Bob Peterson

Prego ... Presto chango, Michelle Schweber is prego! No, not the spaghetti sauce, Schweber and her husband, Larry, are expecting a baby! Schweber revealed the good news at the “Lady in Red” Gala and told BT that she is 5 months pregnant. The Schwebers, who moved to Naples last year, still pop into town every so often and will definitely have to come back soon to show off their new bundle of joy.

George Adley and Deborah Blue I dos ... A couple of “I dos” have been said and will be said soon. George Adley and Deborah Blue recently tied the knot in a small private ceremony in northern Florida at an old chapel that Blue’s father has been attending since the 1920s. And BT’s sis, Kate Walsh, will soon be dancing to the altar with Dex Honea. The two, both dancers with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, are planning July nuptials. Best wishes to you both. Love you!

Above: Carol Phillips, the Rev. Jim and Nikki Nilon, Howard Phillips and Flori Roberts Right: Debra Jacobs and Bill Buttaggi

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READY “Hopes Fulfilled” continued from page 1B

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THURSDAY MAY 13, 2004 7B


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22 ‘Save the Year’ Breakfast What: Saks Fifth Avenue and The Longboat Observer present the 2004-2005 social calendar at this fun breakfast that features food from Michael’s On East, awards and raffle prizes. When: 8 a.m. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Emily Walsh, 349-7500

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MAY 13 Still Life in Motion Hosted by: Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Benefiting: SPARCC — Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Colony Beach & Tennis Resort Contact: Le Tennique, 383-7576 Price: $55 plus donation of clothing items


21 McNeal Story Book Blast Benefiting: McNeal Elementary School When: 7 p.m. Where: Lakewood Ranch Country Club Chair: Julie Aranibar Contact: Julie Aranibar, 907-2002 Price: $75

26 Scholarship Awards Reception Benefiting: Community Foundation of Sarasota County When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Maggie Pugh, 955-3000

The Meadows Cup Charity Classic Gala & Auction Hosted By: Easter Seals Southwest Florida and the Meadows Golf & Country Club Benefiting: Easter Seals When: Where: Meadows Golf & Country Club Chairs: Bob and Billie Delaney Contact: Carrie Rasmussen, 355-7637, Ext. 411 Pajama Party Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy When: 9 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: UCP, 957-3599 Price: advance, $25; at the door, $30



15 The Players’ Ball Benefiting: YPG — Young Professionals Group When: 8 p.m. Where: G.WIZ — Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone Chairs: Mark Resnick and Angela Massaro-Fain Contact: Angela Massaro-Fain, 351-0024, Ext. 306 Price: general, $75; VIP, $100 Black and White Dinner Dance and Auction Benefiting: Hope Family Services Inc. When: 7 p.m. Where: El Conquistador Country Club Chair: Sen. Mike and Dee Bennett Contact: Hope Family Services, 747-8499 Price: $100


Cattle Barons’ Ball Benefiting: Manatee County unit of the American Caner Society When: Where: Bradenton Auditorium Chairs: Congressman Dan and Glenda Miller Contact: American Cancer Society, 745-1214 Price: $100 Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship and Awards Gala Benefiting: Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Hyatt Sarasota Contact: Latin Chamber of Commerce, 358-7065 Price: $75

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Dr. Mark and Irene Kauffman on the art of collecting art

BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

The names alone are impressive — Oscar Bluemner, Arthur B. Carles, Arthur Davies, Romare Bearden, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Jack Levine, Reginald Marsh, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, and more — an honor roll of pioneering American modernists. “Early American Modernism” features ground-breaking work by these artists from Friday, May 13 through June 13, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Such a stunning array of art would be the envy of any museum, but it’s a private collection, on loan from Dr. Mark and Irene Kauffman of Longboat Key. You have to wonder how they put it together in the first place. What was their grand strategy? Actually, they didn’t have any. Well, not at first. They never set out to be art collectors. They began buying paintings, a few at a time, and their collection grew like topsy. As Mrs. Kauffman put it, “It just happened.” How? A better question might be: Where? It all began on Longboat Key more than 20 years ago. The Kauffmans had retired here and were looking for a new interest to share. They soon met and befriended a host of art lovers, Marty Fugate including two retired physicians and art collectors who invit- Dr. Mark and Irene Kauffman collect their thoughts near sculptor John Dehn’s “Iron Man.” ed the Kauffmans into their homes. The art on the walls fascinated them; the possibility of buying their own art intrigued Kauffmans did. And quickly discovered how much they still American visual artists who’d decided to extend the revoluthem, maybe just a few paintings ... tions of the Armory Show. Their collection comprised most Hold on, is what the Longboat Key art aficionados told had to learn — a flurry of names, dates, and movements. The Kauffmans asked questions. And more questions. of the major art movements: modernism, social realism, them. Buy art, but if you want to be happy with what you buy, Which led to even more questions ... American fauvism and cubism, and abstract expressionism. learn all you possibly can first. “He was kind,” says Mrs. Kauffman about Fleischman. Again, the Kauffmans hadn’t deliberately set out to find “one As Kauffman puts it, “Being an art collector is like being an “And amazingly patient.” of each.” They weren’t stamp collectors. They were simply athlete. You don’t just jump into it; you have to train.” Kauffman relates how Fleishman answered their questions, buying art they loved. So they did, inhaling art books, magazines, and catalogues, continued their training, and never put them under any presAnd they both had to love it. and haunting the spaces of galleries and museums. The more sure. That patience paid off: The Kauffmans bought their first “An ‘acquisition committee of two,’ has to approve everythe Kauffmans educated themselves, the more they felt the painting from him, John Marin’s “Circus Liolls #2,” a waterthing we buy,” says Kauffman. “We have to agree, or there’s no tidal pull of American art. And when they first read about the color of a circus scene. It’s still part of their collection, and on purchase.” Sadly, he adds that their only regrets are, “the 1913 Armory Show, it was love at first sight. display at the Ringling’s current exhibit. paintings we didn’t purchase.” By way of background: European art had gone through sevOther dealers continued their training: Jeffrey Bergen, The Kauffmans are proof that every now and then unineral revolutions per minute since the Mark Brock, Stacey Epstein, Bridget Moore tended consequences work out for the best. They didn’t set 1880s. American art hadn’t fully felt and Michael Rosenfeld and Reagan out to be collectors. They certainly weren’t looking to create the impact. Then the Armory Show If you go: Upshaw, to name a few. With Sidney an investment. They’re now collectors of the first order, and (the International Exhibition of Deutsch, the Kauffmans were definitely the art they bought for love has exploded in value. Go figure. What: ‘Early American Modernism’ Modern Art held at New York’s 69th training for the big leagues. Deutch was an And there’s another reward: Along with art, the Kauffman’s When: May 13 through June 13 Regiment Armory) hit like a tsunaamazing well of art knowledge, both theohave also collected what they call their “art friends.” Where: The John and Mable Ringling mi. This survey of contemporary retical and practical, and always happy to let “We’ve met wonderful people in the art realm in every city Museum of Art European art included recent works them draw from his well. Another patient we’ve traveled to,” says Mrs. Kauffman. Contact: 359-5700 by impressionists, cubists, fauvists trainer. And they’ve certainly seen their share of cities. They’ve and others. To visual artists of the old “He didn’t let us make mistakes,” says traveled around the world to buy art, and sent their art around school, it was a barbaric yawp of Kauffman. “He guided us, gave us generous payment terms, let the world to boot. Some of their Ben Shahns have even made depraved decadence. To the young turks, it represented the us buy paintings that were really beyond our means.” it as far as Japan. More recently, the Boca Raton Museum of long overdue crash of the old school. They saw the show, and And so, Deutch and others advised them, nurtured them, Art borrowed their entire collection for two months in 2003; went out to create some revolutions of their own. nudged them. The Kauffmans kept buying art. One painting the Ringling will do the same for part of May and June this “That’s what really turned us on,” says Kauffman. “It was an at a time, their collection began to grow. year, followed by the Butler Museum of Art in Youngstown exciting period.” “We hadn’t really started out with the idea of creating a colOhio, in September. The Kauffmans now had a basic grounding in art knowlSharing the art they love seems generous — but doesn’t it edge, just enough for their real training to begin. Returning to lection,” laughs Mrs. Kauffman. “We were simply buying paintings we loved.” make them the least bit nervous to part with it? the sports analogy, they were ready to find a real trainer. But without even realizing it at first, they were assembling “You’re only a temporary custodian,” says Mrs. Kauffman. Longboat Key art lovers advised them to go to New York and an important collection of 20th century American art. “You don’t own the paintings. They’re like your children; you look up certain art dealers who were happy to give advice. Ultimately, the Kauffmans acquired work by 33 towering must share them with the world.” ❑ Start with Larry Fleischman, they said. That’s exactly what the

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Talking pictures

Stop ... you’re killing me Black comedy explores the lighter side of suicide. The title of Lone Sherfig’s new film, “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself” pretty much sums up its subject matter. It’s the story of two devoted Scottish brothers, Harbour and Wilbur. One is cheerful, energetic and kindhearted, the other unambitious, sullen and rude. (Judging by the film’s title, it’s not too tough to guess which one’s Wilbur.) Together, they run a secondhand bookshop which they’ve inherited from their recently demised father. Wilbur’s depressed. One thing that may be depressing him is his utter incompetence in the art of suicide. In the opening scene, we witness Wilbur doing what he doesn’t do best, all alone in the upstairs bookstore. After popping numerous pills, he crams his head into a gas oven. This is just one of many techniques he eventually employs to bring about his own demise. Others include: wrist-slitting, attempted drowning and hanging himself from a clothesline. His attempted end is where the story really begins. As Wilbur is choking upstairs, a sweetly melancholy woman enters to rescue him. Alice, a meek, single mom, is a hospital janitor who rips off the patients’ books and sells them to subsidize her income. Thanks to her intervention, Wilbur lives. Alice returns with additional purloined titles, and the brothers happily gladly continue to

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A bedtime story, not a deadtime story — Jamie Sieves reads to Lisa McKinlay. buy from the poor soul. But the financial relationship soon becomes something more. Harbour falls in love with and eventually marries Alice. Everything seems hunky-dory. Harbour and Alice are very much in love. Wilbur begins to actually

enjoy living, even going so far as to save a suicidal victim from the river. But suddenly the plot thickens. So not to spoil the ending, I’ll leave it at that. “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself” is a quirky comedy — yes comedy, black

though it may be. Danish director Lone Scherfig (“Italian for Beginners”) does a top-notch job working with a wonderful acting ensemble including: Shirley Henderson (“Bridget Jones’ Diary”) as Alice; Adrian Rawlins (“Harry Potter”) as Harbour; and Jamie Sieves (“Before You Go”) as Wilbur. Interestingly, Scherfig has set the film in Scotland, though English isn’t her first language. To add another level of difficulty, she’s also the co-writer of the screenplay with fellow Dane, Anders Thomas Jensen. Despite the cultural differences, the two have managed to write a witty and superbly sensitive script, reminiscent of the British comedies back of the 1950s and ’60s. The characters are all fallible in their own way. In the end, you can’t help loving them all. When Wilbur almost succeeds in one suicide attempt, Harbour asks him what death was like. He’s expecting to hear some beautiful, poetic, description — and shocked when Wilbur replies it’s as dull as dishwater. Such gemlike insights lend beauty to this dark comedy. Its subject matter could easily have made this an exercise in gut-wrenching pathos that isn’t funny at all. Thanks to its excellent writing, directing and acting, “Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself” is wittily ticklish. If laughter’s not a good reason to go on living, what is?

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Art Center Sarasota — “Spring Members Show.” The artists’ reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13; this continues through June 5. “The Glasier Exhibition” of Frederick Whitman Glasier’s historic photography runs concurrently. 365-2032. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Women Contemporary Artists Exhibition” runs through Oct. 1, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Volunteer Exhibition” runs through Oct. 20 in the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. South Florida Museum — “Clyde Butcher: Seeing the Light” offers a retrospective of the Florida photographer through Aug. 31. 746-4131. Museum of Asian Art — “Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Asian art speaks across time through June 25. 9547117. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — “Annual Community Exhibition.” This combined exhibit of work by Sarasota Portrait Painters and William and Martha Hartman continues through May 28. 359-7563. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “24th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition.” This tribute to the natural world continues through May 30. 366-5731. The Sarasota County Arts Council — “Kaleidoscope.” Work by Barbara Goodman, Ruby Hall, Ellen Kaiden, and Judy Kramer creates a prismatic perception through May 24. 365-5118. Wallace Fine Art — “Russian Realism and Impressionism.” This reprise exhibit of 40 contemporary Russian paintings continues through May 15. 387-0746. All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church — Jean Boroughs’ luminous watercolors are on display through May 31. 383-8161.

Palm Avenue Gallery — “Denny Arant.” The artist defines landscapes with vivid outpourings of color through May 31. 9535757. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Landscapes Part II.” Deborah Brown, Greg Edonson, Joan Moment, and Antonio Petracca offer additional perspectives from May 15 through July 17. 3662093. Art in Business — “Spring Exhibit.” Work by 24 local and national artists will be on view through May 27, at Unisource. 9556633. Medici Gallery — featuring glorious art by contemporary European artists. 906-9499. Missing Link Gallery — “Jerry Uelsmann.” Uelsmann proves that the camera can lie through May. 366-6600. Santa Fe Trails Gallery — Renée Simpson. Original art by this original Southwestern artist is featured in May. 954-1972. Sonnet Gallery — featuring powerful imagery by Steven Katzman, Marguerita Deleuze, Ivan Rojas, Barbara Harrison and Adrian Serrano in May. 955-6443. Senior Friendship Center — “Beyond the Lens.” Featuring the imaginative, innovative photography of Larry Mulvehill through May 26. 955-2122. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Paintings by Marina Preston and Jill Hoffman.” This exhibit of Hoffman’s grid abstractions and Preston’s minimalist totems runs through May 15. 955-4546. Rosalie Silver Gallery — “Landscapes and Seascapes.” Ruth Hook Colby and Rosalie Silver offer vistas of earth and ocean through May 20. 330-9817. Blue House Gallery — “The Usual Suspects.” This group show of work by Abgott, Case, Chinnis, Moody, Thomas and White runs through June 2. 366-0211. The Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — “Fruit Frenzy.” Cassidy-Berns’ art bears fruit through May 31. 924-1200. Joan Peters Gallery — “Forever Florida.” Art celebrates the sunshine state through May 31. 741-8056. Copper Moon Gallery — “Dreamscapes.”

Joan Moment’s “Garden Buzzing” hums at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery. Featuring Bob Booker’s surreal, black and white infrared photography through June 25. 747-8783.


Van Wezel — “FridayFest.” This free outdoor concert by the bayfront features the Eric Darius Quintet and Nadia Darius from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 14. Coolers not permitted. 953-3368. Florida West Coast Symphony — “Spring

Fest.” All four chamber ensembles and pianist Jonathan Spivey perform vernal works by Fauré, D’Rivera, Bach, Debussy, Bartok and Stravinsky at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Holley Hall. 953-3434. The Jazz Club of Sarasota — “Jazz at Two” features the Lillette Jenkins Trio at 2 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Bayfront Community Center. 366-1552. Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret — “OneTURN TO ARTS CALENDAR, PAGE 4C

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Hit Wonders.” Pondering the 15 minutes of musical fame through May 29. 366-9000.

This exhibit of visual by pioneering American modernists is on exhibit from Thursday, May 13 through June 13. Spanning from 1913 through the 1950s, the art is on loan from the collection of Dr. Mark and Irene Kauffman of Longboat Key. (See 1C.) 3595700.


Asolo Theatre — “Free and Clear.” Robert Anderson’s rediscovered play explores the unintended consequences of an American family reunion through May 30; “Hay Fever.” The bohemian Bliss family spends a weekend in the country in Noel Coward’s play through May 23; “I’m Not Rappaport.” Herb Gardner’s curmudgeons triumph through May 22; “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The Franks find a separate peace through May 22. 351-8000. Florida Studio Theatre — “Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins.” This witty return to America’s 1970s culture wars runs through June 5 as part of the Festival of New Plays. 366-9000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Suds.” This 1960s

‘Reggae on the Bay Concert’ Democracy and Calypso Sound perform from 6 to 9 p.m. May 19, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This event also features catering, live music, and games for all ages. 366-5731.

Extra! — Huey Lewis & The News This all-American rock band rolls out of music history and into our area at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 953-3368.

Detail, Stuart Davis’ “Yellow Café” at the Ringling museum rock/soap opera bubbles through June 27. 366-5454.

Island Players — “Greater Tuna. Two actors become the population of Tuna Texas with their quick-change artistry through May 16. 778-5755.


Circle Books — Bea Shearer-Tharp signs her account of the lives of oil pipeline workers, “It Takes a Lot of Tough,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 16. 388-2850.


Ann Wisnom’s “Crows” at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts.

Longboat Key Center for the Arts — a wide variety of ongoing adult art classes. 383-2345. Anna Maria Island Art League — youth and adult classes in visual arts. 778-2099. Art Center Sarasota — assorted workshops and classes in digital and traditional visual arts. 365-2032. Florida Studio Theatre School — classes in a host of theater arts for kids and adults. 366-1350. ❑

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‘Cocktails at the Cà d’Zan’ This event, the last of the season, will feature cocktails, a spectacular sunset and the country-and-roots rock music of the Billy Rice Band from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 20, on the Cà d’Zan terrace at the John and Mable Ringling Museum. Call 358-5700.

Howie Mandel Howie Mandel, the multitalented comedian, talk show host, and voice character actor of “Bobby’s World” fame, will show just how multitalented he is at 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call 953-3368.

‘Jubiliation Joyce!’ re-rejoyces James Joyce’s “Ulysses” compressed and reimagined Homer’s seven-year “Odyssey” as the events of a single day in Dublin, Ireland — June 16, 1904. It’s a day Joyceans call “Bloomsday” in honor of the book’s mock epic hero, wandering newspaper ad salesman, Leopold Bloom. The 100th anniversary of that fictional day is just ahead. Outside of Dublin, the world’s largest celebration will be “Jubilation Joyce!” in Sarasota. Jubilations span June 12 through 16 and include: a dramatic enactment of Leopold Bloom’s odyssey through four chapters of “Ulysses,” beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Towles Court Artist Colony; a

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The race is to the swift You need not be a track buff or even a sports fan to enjoy this account of a simpler time for athletics. BY JACK NOLAN Guest Writer

Quickly now! Who was the second runner to break the four-minute barrier for the mile? He did it 46 days after Roger Bannister’s 3:59.4 historic achievement at Oxford’s Iffley Road track on May 6, 1954. It was John Landy of Australia who, with a 3:58 perBook formance, set the stage for what was heralded as “The Perfect The Perfect Mile Mile.” The two champions By Neal Bascomb were to meet at the British Published by Empire Games in Vancouver, Houghton Mifflin BC in August, 1954 — but that $24.00 is the second great story in this volume. Neil Bascomb chronicles the efforts of three world class runners to break a standard that was long thought to be beyond human achievement. Roger Bannister, an English medical student, John Landy, son of a well-to-do Melbourne family, and Wes Santee, the product of a dysfunctional Kansas farm home, had posted times just above the four-minute mark. The three athletes adopted widely different training methods that produced painfully small improvements in their times. They inched closer to their goal while listening fearfully for reports of their competitors’ progress. The news of Bannister’s success was devastating to the other

two. They knew that greatness would fall to only the “first man.” The effect of his feat electrified the British nation. The poor performance by British athletes in the Olympics of 1948 and 1952 seemed symptomatic of their waning position in world affairs Bannister was a true amateur and became an instant national hero. Bascomb captures the excitement of the race at Oxford, and the efforts of Bannister’s teammates, Brasher and Chataway, to pace him to the gun lap. Then he was on his own. The actual “Perfect Mile” at the Empire Games three months later could have been anticlimactic, but the author recreates the tension of the moment. The U.S. was watching on television (Santee, a U.S. Marine, was commentating for NBC). Australia, England, and millions worldwide listened on radio. The race was a tactical masterpiece; both Landy and Bannister broke four minutes and the winner was ... Well, I don’t want to spoil the ending for you. You need not be a track buff or even a sports fan to enjoy this account of a simpler time for athletics and for the world, but for those with clouded memories of these events, this book can be a delight. Jack Nolan is a volunteer at the Longboat Library. Its current hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, call 383-2011. ❑

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The kids are gone and the dog is dead Robert Anderson’s rediscovered work examines guilt, obligation and life deferred in 1940s America. BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

Once upon a time in America, there were families that really loved each other with no strings attached. But not in this play. Playwright Robert Anderson (“I Never Sang for My Father”) offers a glimpse at a dysfunctional family circa 1940. The nail that drives the drama home is the contradiction of self-sacrifice. Theater John (John Krich), the father, is a second-generation Irish “Free and Clear” immigrant. Abandoned by his Asolo Theatre own father, he pulled himself up Reviewed May 7 by his bootstraps, was kicked down in the Depression, and pulled himself up again. He could’ve been a writer, but worked at a job he hated to provide for his family and give the next generation what he didn’t have. He’s domineering and used to pushing the family around. Sarah (Polly Holliday), the mother, is a brilliant woman with a master’s degree who had decided to sacrifice her own career to stay at home, support her husband, and raise a family. That’s exactly what she did — after a brief stint in an asylum — though intimacy wasn’t part of the deal. Larry (Bryant Barter), the youngest son, is a mamma’s boy. Frustrated mom poured all the culture and sensitivity she denied herself into him. Just out of grad school, he’s a would-be writer, has had a story published in The Atlantic, and is engaged to an older woman who may remind him of his mother. Jack (Bryant Mason), is the pugilistic older son. He’s a lawyer who wants to leave the law and married to a woman he wants to leave, too. Up until now, both boys have sacrificed what they want to do with their lives. They’re used to taking dad’s orders — or going through mom to get around him. You find this out when the boys come home for their mother’s birthday. Things seem superficially pleasant at first, then all the suppressed resentments erupt. You see

that John uses his unhappy childhood and life of denial as a cudgel to beat everyone else into submission. He says he wants the best for his kids, but they’ve had all the advantages, so what they do doesn’t count. Larry was paid $200 for his first story? Dad was paid $500 for his. The truth is, his sacrifice isn’t even all that sacrificial. He actually enjoys the work he supposedly hates — it’s a way of escaping from his family. Mother gave up her career, but always resented it and compensated by making the youngest her pet project. Both, in their own way, want their own back. They demand payment for their sacrifices in the form of control. They’ve gotten it up until now. But not today. Guilt, direct orders, threats and bribes won’t keep Jack from divorcing his wife and leaving the bar or Larry from marrying the older woman. Ugly things are said. The kids leave. They don’t even get to bury Laddy, the decrepit family dog, who’s just been put to sleep by the vet. (Mom and Dad had thoughtfully waited for the kids.) This explains one of the play’s bitter jokes. At one point, Sarah mutters, “When the kids are gone and the dog is dead.” Larry overhears her and she explains, “After that you’re supposed to be free.” The play’s title is another ironic joke. At the burnt-out end of it all, the boys are “free and clear,” but probably not. They don’t stand up to their father like men; he backs them into a corner and they blurt out the truth in desperation. Now they’re free, but the sick patterns burned into them remain. Both still ask dad for money. Laid bare, Anderson’s play seems harsh. But “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?” it’s not. The bile takes time to boil to the surface. Except for the dad, nobody’s direct. Mom and the boys don’t do shoot-outs on Main Street. They’re snipers in the shadows. They shoot, then run away. It takes time before the bullets fly. Anderson suckers you in — makes you think it’s a warm family comedy at first, then slowly brings in the disturbing bits. Director Eberle Thomas brings this strategy to life with

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If music be the food of mind, play on ... Florida Voices and friends offer smart, sensitive musicality. Studies say that children who listen to music by Mozart have a marked increase in their IQ scores. They don’t say whether the same thing happens when they hear Brahms or Bach. And they don’t tell us if the scores plummet after 24 Mozart-less hours. But, if the studies are right, the choral singers from Riverview and Sarasota Christian high schools should be up in the genius range, ready to take on the world, send their applications to Mensa and apply to Harvard and Yale for early admission. They have Gregory Chestnut and his Florida Voices to thank for the added boost to their brain cells. On Sunday, April 25, the Florida Voices presented its annual “Masterworks” concert at First United Methodist Church in downtown Sarasota. The first half of the program was devoted to various works for chorus by more than 300 years of classical composers from Giovanni Pergolesi to Randall Stroope. Under the expert leadership of Betty Mullett, the singers from Riverview High got things started with five nicely balanced pieces that showed the ensemble’s lovely vocal texture and usually excellent sense of pitch and phrasing. Then the choirs of the Sarasota Christian School took over with another display of the pure, clear tones associated with youth. Riverview’s greatest moments came with its precision pitch in Stroope’s “Amor De Mi Alma” and sheer, transparent pronunciation in the Latin beats of “Duerme Negrito” (with a lovely solo by Lauren Turner). And, although there was some tentativeness in the restrained performance of the opening duet (for soprano and alto) from Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” the choirs of Sarasota Christian School, with an impressive but unidentified male soloist, did justice to the rhythmic Gloria from “Missa Kenya” by Paul Basler. The Florida Voices closed the first half of the program with a quartet of gentle, introspective

by June LEBELL

“Mozart at the Keyboard” — after Lorenzo Posch circa 1770. pieces sung with sensitivity and musicality. Perhaps the most impressive part of the first half, and the most important for the students’ futures, was the fact that they performed in multiple languages. The high school students all sang without referring to music or words; believe me, everything they sang will stay with them for the rest of their lives. This means they’ve learned how to pronounce words in foreign languages. And they’ve also learned to enunciate their own language with clarity and feeling. Music does that. And it keeps on working, just like the Energizer Bunny. The entire second half of the program was devoted to the Mozart “Requiem” in a collaboration between all of the participating high school choruses and Florida Voices. Gregory Chestnut conducted and the soloists included some of the choral directors we’d just seen leading their choirs in the first half.

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The forces that sang the Mozart clicked off their consonants as one, a feat they should all be proud of. Yes, there were a few wrong notes floating around and moments in the fugues where the chorus left the orchestra in the dust. And one could quibble with the baroque style with which the singers performed a classical composer. But it’s more important that these young musicians had the chance to sing one of the greatest pieces in the choral repertory with an allprofessional orchestra and got through it with strength, enthusiasm and passion. And if you had looked very carefully at the orchestra, made up primarily of musicians from the Florida West Coast Symphony, you might have noticed that the second bassoonist was none other than Trevor Cramer, the recently retired, beloved, longtime behind-the-scenes impresario of that symphony and the Sarasota Chamber Festival. What a great way to spend “retirement.” ❑

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Lunch with a little SPARCC to it BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) Auxiliary held its spring luncheon May 5, at Mattison’s Steakhouse and Wine Cellar on Longboat Key. After the ladies recognized outstanding members, announced the past year’s successes and introduced the new board of directors, Chef Paul Mattison, owner of the restaurant, put on a cooking demonstration. The demonstration, held in the courtyard behind the main restaurant, carried a Caribbean/Mexican theme, in

honor of Cinco de Mayo. Because the ladies were dining in the restaurant after meeting and cooking demonstration, Mattison made their three-course luncheon — a tomato salad with arugula and basil-infused oil, grilled Caribbean spiced chicken breast, served with a strawberry compote and mango purée and a chocolate fallen soufflé. Mattison made it all look easy. He used fresh, seasonal ingredients in a creative way and left the ladies looking forward to the meal awaiting them inside. ❑

President Gloria Webel presents a $177,000 check to SPARCC board President Derek Billib, left.

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Chef Paul Mattison prepares the luncheon for the SPARCC Auxiliary.

Carol Reimers enjoys the fragrance of the rose she was presented with for her efforts.

Carol MacAllister receives her flowers from Gloria Webel.


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Dining out

Morel enchants with cuisine and intimate service

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The word “morel” may conjure up memories of cute little mushroom caps, but once you eat at the restaurant of the same name, the word will take on a whole new meaning. Think American continental fine dining in an old-world atmosphere. Morel Restaurant sprouts in a Sarasota strip mall (near the intersection of Bee Ridge and Tuttle Avenue). A flurry of fuchsia bougainvillea vines encircles an awning and enchanting entranceway to the restaurant, making you forget the CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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Fuchsia bougainvillea fronts the charming entrance to Morel Restaurant.

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Morel Restaurant 3809 Tuttle Ave. Sarasota • 927-8716 Cuisine: American-continental. Recommended: Lump Crabmeat Wonton Skin Raviolis, Butternut Squash Soup, Arctic Char Florentine, Chilean Sea Bass, Poached Pear. Price Range: Appetizers from $5.75 to $9; salads and soup from $6 to $7.75; entrées from $18 to $26. Hours: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Service: Polite and prompt. Credit Cards: Most major cards, except American Express. Parking: Plenty. Handicapped Access: Good.

modest establishments on either side. Tinted windows and doors shield what awaits inside the alluring quarters — Chef Fredy Mayer and his award-winning cuisine — and a restaurant full of his devoted diners. Even though season seems to be coming to an end, almost every table at Morel is taken on a Friday night. The out-of-the-way location doesn’t seem to deter the devotees who will drive the distance for Mayer’s magical menu. Mayer comes by his culinary talents naturally. His mother was a professional chef; his father a butcher. His parents operated their own butcher shop and restaurant. Mayer started out as a pastry chef in Europe and apprenticed in some of the world’s bestknown kitchens. At the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados (a favorite vacation spot and restaurant of my grandparents, who now enjoy Mayer’s Morel), Mayer was the chef pastissier. And, for 25 years, Mayer oversaw the kitchens at Manor Restaurant in West Orange, N.J. Most Longboaters discovered

Mayer when he was the executive chef at the Longboat Key Club. He and his wife, Paula, opened Morel in 2000. Pastel paint makes the intimate dining room glow with warmth and compels you steal a glance around the room. Charming china plates grace the wall. Paintings and floral arrangements are easily admired in the adjacent mirrors mounted on the wall. A bound burgundy menu is placed on top of the already elegantly set table by our server, who also lists the appetizer and entrée specials for the evening — a list longer than the simple menu in front of us. The detailed descriptions take a while to absorb. Luckily, the party seated next to us is also told the list of specials and this time we pay close attention to decipher the delicious dining choices. Recipes range from Eastern European, such as potato and leek latkes and wild mushroom ragout, to appetizers and entrées with Asian touches. My companion and I went for the latter with Lump Crabmeat Wonton Skin Raviolis with shitake mushrooms and leek sauce. Even though the temperatures are summerlike outside, a bowl of butternut squash soup sounded satisfying. Warm, heavenly fluffy bread with a rosemary olive oil opened our meal as we opened our eyes to the entrées. With all the specials, I ordered what sounded most intriguing and out of the ordinary. I went with the Arctic Char with Scallops Florentine. Arctic char, rarely seen on a menu, is described as similar to salmon in texture and taste. My companion chose the seared Chilean sea bass with oriental vegetables, hoisen teriyaki reduction over jasmine rice, with wasabi garnish. The plate of lump crabmeat wonton skin raviolis is roasting hot. The soft wonton skin with the clumps of crab in leek sauce lack a distinct flavor, but all together, it’s a tasty combination. The butternut squash soup is steaming hot. The buttery blend contains cubes of squash and green onions to add texture to the silky soup. The creamy crabmeat raviolis and savory soup are a substantial start. Mayer’s motives are obvious when our sec-

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ond course arrives. Both plates are piping hot and a variety of vegetables, from sabered snow peas to asparagus arrows, surround the main course so you can’t see the bottom of the dish. He is determined — down to every last delicious detail — to make the presentation and preparation pleasing in all aspects to his customer. My Arctic Char Florentine is a fishy tasting filet over a bed of fresh spinach, with simply sautéed scallops. A mound of mashed potatoes along with the vegetable medley added color to the creation. I noticed my companion was quiet, and that is because she couldn’t keep her hands, or rather her fork, off her Chilean sea bass. The plump Chilean sea bass was seasoned

with a salty hoisen sauce, and surrounded by sticky Jasmine rice and oriental vegetables. It was near perfection. Even though we were aware Mayer was previously a pastry chef, we weren’t prepared for the picture-perfect poached pear dessert we ordered. (Even our table neighbors oohed and aahed over our dessert when it arrived!) The skinless pear was perched in a dish deep with chocolate sauce that slid off the sides of the fruit. A scoop of vanilla ice cream and slivered almonds added richness to the sweet grainy sensation. Morel may not be your mushroom of choice, but it definitely should be your choice of a restaurant. ❑

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Bird, Longboat & Casey Key Homes LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES Partial Bay views from this to-be-built canal front home. Great floor plan with 3/4BR & 4 car garage. Deeded beach access and private dock. Construction is scheduled for completion in winter 2004. Plans & survey available. $2,100,000. MARTY BENSON/HOYT BEATY 552-3942

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY Location,location,location and expansive Bay views are yours in this beautiful and large 3BR/2.5BA Mediterranean home one in from the Bay. A dock & lift included and only minutes by boat to New Pass and the Gulf. Loaded w/luxurious features and a pool area with heated lap pool & extensive covered area for entertaining Florida style. $1,980,000. KENT PETERSON 552-3980

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FAIRWAY BAY Extraordinary 3BR/3BA, full Bay front Fairway Bay condo w/gorgeous unobstructed views of the Bay & downtown Sarasota. This beautiful, rarely available “J” floor plan condo lives like a home with 2560 sq. ft. living rm, dining rm, master & front guest BR have full Bay views, den/office, two balconies, security shutters. It just doesn’t get any better than this! $1,025,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

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Ralph Warfel of Oswald Trippe & Co. was the speaker.

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Jack Ovadia, the Beanz Man, shown with his wife, Patricia, was named Small Business Person of the Year.

Susan Robison, Key Concierge, was named Rookie Small Business Person of the Year. Her husband, Ferruh Muktar, is on the right.


business SUCCESS A week celebrating small businesses culminates with the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards breakfast. BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce named Susan Robinson of Key Concierge, LLC, Rookie Small Business Person of the Year, and Jack Ovadia, The Beanz Man, Small Business Person of the Year, at the chamber’s 11th annual Small Business Person of the Year Awards Breakfast held May 6 at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. Ralph Warfel, chairman of the chamber’s Small Business Council, announced the winners. Robinson and her husband, Ferruh Muktar, frequently came from their home in Baltimore to their vacation getaway on Longboat Key. They often wished for a friend or firm that could be their eyes and ears when they were not here. After making the move to the area as full-time residents three years ago, they utilized their previous international business experience and applied it to the business of property management. Their mission statement is to provide “peace and comfort to homeowners while they are away with the most trusted and reliable management service in the Sarasota area.” Robinson said, “If I’d known how much fun it is, I would have started the business years sooner.” Ovadia operates a coffee showroom, The Beanz Man, in Sarasota. While operating a restaurant in Palm Harbor in 1995, he began importing espresso equipment from Portugal. It

became a full-time job a year later. He moved to Sarasota and opened Chef’s Corner Café in Sarasota. The café was a success, but because it was taking too much time from his main business, he sold the restaurant. Second-place winner in the Rookie Small Business Person of the year was Dr. Andrea Brand of Longboat Key, whose practice is solely making house calls. Longboat Key resident Liz Yerkes, a licensed massage therapist since 1989 was the third-place winner. Chuck Neubauer of Newbauer’s Gulfcoast Photography, in business since 1981, was the second-place winner on the Small

Liz Yerkes and Dr. Andrea Brand were runners-up in the Rookie category. Business Person of the year category. Third-place winner was Darrell Turner of Turner Tree and Landscape. He began as a one-person operation with one dump truck and today has 55 employees and 200 pieces of equipment. Robison and Ovadia were also presented with congratulatory plaques from U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris. Nancie Kalin of her Sarasota office made the presentation. Sponsors of the chamber’s Small Business Week activities were: The Vollmer Financial Group of USB Financial Services, Ben Cooper & Associates, Livingston, Patterson & Strickland, PA and Oswald Trippe & Co. ❑

Chamber members enjoy the breakfast buffet at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort.

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2 RESIDENCES REMAINING L’AMBIANCE • World class building offers full concierge service, exercise, clubroom, heated pool & spa and har-tru tennis. Spectacular 3BR/3.5BA ROYAL plan. Stone & wood floors. Huge Gulf views $3,495,000. Spacious 3 bedroom Areca with fabulous gulf views and wrap around terraces. $1,649,000. PORTOBELLO Direct gulf front renovated unit. Awesome sunsets! $675,000. BAY ISLES BAYOU Custom contemporary pool home with extraordinary finishes! Private and perfect. Marble floors, gourmet kitchen. $849,000. ISLANDS WEST Spacious corner unit with superb gulf, bay & sunset views. $835,000. EN PROVENCE Paradise of 21 beach front residences. 3BR/3BA w/gulf view. $2,395,000. RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE Awesome views, 10th fl., fireplace. 3000 sq. ft. $1 ,675,000. RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES 18th floor, “Penthouse” overlooking the marina & city. $4,250,000. COREY’S LANDING 4BR/4BA bayfront home. Bay views, private dock. Furnished $1,495,000. WATER CLUB Views of gulf, bay, & skyline. 9th fl. Dover plan. South side of Water Club II $2,595,000.

NEW Gorgeous, Unobstructed Views of Downtown Sarasota and the Bay from this totally remodeled Fairway Bay Condominium. No expense has been spared: new cabinets, granite and marble, new appliances & flooring. $485,000 Virtual Tour NEW Totally Remodeled Fairway Bay Townhome with all rooms on one level. Beautifully light and bright with granite, marble, tile, wet bar, fireplace, high ceilings and new appliances. Beach Club membership included. $479,000 Virtual Tour NEW Extraordinary Water Club II Condominium that has the feel of a beach home. This 3-bedroom Arlington is very special and one-of-a-kind. Exquisitely turnkey furnished with gorgeous artwork, alabaster lighting, silk window treatments, stunning built-ins and crown molding. Also includes 2-car garage. $2,995,000 Virtual Tour Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with stunning views of the Gulf and downtown Sarasota. This condominium is beautifully turnkey furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. World-class amenities & clubhouse. $2,500,000 Virtual Tour Wonderful Water Club Condominium with views of the Gulf of Mexico. This condominium has a beautiful kitchen, 2 covered parking spaces and private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world-class amenities & clubhouse. $1,049,000 Virtual Tour Marina Bay with Gorgeous Bay & City Views This 3BR/3.5BA 3382 sq. ft. condo that has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his and her master baths, 2 balconies and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000 Virtual Tour Three Bayfront Residences To Be Built In The Mediterranean Style with gorgeous Gulf and Bay views. These large residences will include 3 bedrooms plus media rooms, gorgeous finishes, gourmet kitchens, private pools with outdoor kitchens, rooftop gardens, elevators, 3-car garages, deep-water docks & beach access. $3,500,000 plus

INDIAN BEACH This 1920’s home has been expanded and updated yet retains its period ambience. Approximately 5800 square feet, 2 Bedroom/2Bath Main House, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bath Guest House, two 2Car Garages, Basement and Fishing Pier. Full Bay Views. Wood floors, 3 fireplaces, ceiling art by Paul Montgomery. This home was a 2001 Designer Showcase Home. $4,495,000.


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Key real estate

Sales on keys taper from peak 42 to 29 After achieving a real estate peak of 42 sales on the outer keys the first week in April, realty recordings at the Sarasota Courthouse tapered off to 29 the second week. There were five million-dollar-or-more transactions, and of the 29 sales, 23 were on Longboat Key. This contrasts with the preceding record week of 42 sales (34 on Longboat Key) of which 10 topped the million-dollar plateau. The sales volume on Sarasota’s outer keys north of Siesta can best be seen comparing the monthly sales totals for the months since the first of year. There were 90 in January and 76 in the shorter February, followed by 110 in March and 71 just in the first two weeks of April. Of the 347 sales for the first 3 1⁄2 months of 2004 no less than 59 of the transactions were for $1 million or more!

Winners Circle, Bradenton, sold their Unit 2E1 at the exclusive Vizcaya, 2377 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Elenor H. and John H. Maxheim for $2.125 million. The Hoffmans purchased the seven-year-old, three-bedroom and three-bath Gulf-front residence in April 2001 for $2.125 million, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser Jim Todora’s records.

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The third largest area transaction of the week occurred on Bird Key when Richard Gabriel and his wife, Monica Tamborini, of Swampscott, Mass., purchased the home at 612 Mourning Dove Drive from Michel G. and Donald G. Mason for $1.4 million. The four-bedroom and four-bath home with a swimming pool was constructed in 1971 and last sold for $520,000 in April of 1992. In a second Bird Key transaction, Susan Trovas and John Roth, successor trustees of the Jane and Walter L. Roth Trust, 838 Tennessee Lane, Sarasota, sold the home at 324 Bob White Way to Dina S. and James H. Wigmore Jr., of Scituate, Mass., for $630,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home with a swimming pool was constructed in 1974.


Water Club I The largest individual transaction the second week of April was the $2,225,000 Martha V. Wile paid for her Unit 402 at the 11-story, 86-unit Water Club I tower, 1441 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Sellers were Jean P. and James M. Tarsy, 445 E. Royal Flamingo Drive, Bird Key. The Tarsys bought the three-bedroom and five-bath apartment new in January 1996 for $814,800, for a gross profit of $1,410,200 in eight years.

Vizcaya Judith E. and Robert W. Hoffman, 6923

Lido Beach Donna and Jonathan Shelgosh purchased the home at 533 S. Polk Drive on Lido Beach from Linda B. and Charles E. Spry Jr., for $1,180,000.The three-bedroom and

This ’70s home at 700 Russell Street in the Village was sold for $345,000.

Harbour Court

three-bath home was built in 1999 and has a swimming pool. It sold previously for $342,000 in October 2002. On a more modest note, Kathy L. and Frank V. Scuorzo from Bridgewater, N.J., sold their Unit 1105 at the Lido Beach Club, 1212 Ben Franklin Drive, to Marcia A. and Joel C. Gorick from Rockville, Md., for $350,000. The 30-year-old apartment has one bedroom and one bath.

Monica A. and William C. Brecka purchased their home at 2282 Harbour Court from Martha S. and Byron G. George, 1299 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, for $985,000. The four-bedroom and four-bath home was built in 1988 and last sold new for $525,000 in March 1988.

Grand Bay I Barbara B. Farrel, 7659 Alister MacKenzie Drive, sold her Unit 113 at Grand Bay I to Beth S. and Henry M. Hocherman from Chappaqua, N.Y., for $900,000. The three-bedroom and 3.5-bath apartment at 3060 Grand Bay Blvd., was constructed in 1994.

Casa Del Sol The Casa Del Sol Apartments at 210 Garfield Drive on Lido Beach was sold by Richardo San Pedro, 7524 Cove Terrace, Sarasota, to Carol and Santiago Gallegos of Andover, N.J., for $1.1 million. There are four, two-bedroom and two-bath apartments in the 32-year-old building that last sold for $785,000 in May of last year.


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ISLANDER CLUB Completely renovated 2BR/2BA condo. All newly decorator furnished by Robb & Stucky. Huge balcony w/beautiful view of bay. Complex offers state of the art amenities, including fitness room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico & beautiful white sandy beach. $595,000

New Mediterranean Style home perched above the flowing Intra-coastal Waterway leading to the Gulf of Mexico in the secluded sanctuary called "LIGHTHOUSE POINT". Marble tile flooring, vast living area, & unparalleled vistas in this recently completed custom home. You won't believe it! Offered at $5,500,000

Waterfront Home in the "Bayou" of Bay Isles, Longboat Key's premier BAY side community. Lot and plans are available for a brand new home for $1,495,000, OR you could have the owner build you an approx. 45005000 sq. ft. home for $2,495,000

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In an intra-family transaction, Susan and Steven Schwab of Scarsdale, N.Y., sold their Unit B-505 at Sanctuary III, 545 Sanctuary Drive, to Betty B. and Martin J. Schwab of Purchase, N.Y., for $800,000. The three-bedroom and 2.5-bath condominium was built in 1991 and sold previously for $739,000 in June of 1993.

Rental Properties on Longboat Key, Lido, St. Armands & Siesta Key







SINGLE FAMILY HOMES $3,830,000 $2,625,000 $2,125,000 $1,450,000 $1,355,000 $1,268,000 $1,200,000 $1,150,000 $1,100,000 $1,085,000 $1,065,000

741 Binnacle Point $1,050,000 2282 Harbour Court $985,000 3281 Bayou Road $935,000 5921 Emerald Harbor Dr. $800,000 700 Lands End Drive $800,000 3312 Sabal Cove Lane $745,000 681 Old Compass Road $695,000 531 Ranger Lane $655,000 616 Lyons Lane $563,000 7180 Gulf of Mexico Dr. $550,000 1907 Harbor Links Circle $508,468

CONDOMINIUMS L’Ambiance Regent Place Water Club Vizcaya at Longboat Key L’Ambiance Vizcaya at Longboat Key Villa Di Lancia Sanctuary Sanctuary Villa Di Lancia Pierre Beachplace Grand Bay Tides of Longboat Grand Bay Tangerine Bay Sanctuary Players Club Tangerine Bay Beachplace Beachplace Longboat Key Tower Players Club Sunset Beach Fairway Bay - Atrium Tiffany Plaza Beaches Longboat Terrace Beachplace Beachplace Harbour Links

$5,800,000 $2,525,000 $2,225,000 $2,200,000 $2,200,000 $2,125,000 $1,375,000 $1,349,000 $1,275,000 $1,150,000 $1,150,000 $1,100,000 $950,000 $879,000 $850,000 $839,000 $800,000 $799,000 $778,000 $776,000 $770,000 $755,000 $680,000 $680,000 $670,000 $640,000 $635,000 $628,000 $612,500 $605,000 $600,000

Longboat Terrace Fairway Bay Beachplace Cedars West Sand Cay Privateer Harbour Villa Club Fairway Bay Fairway Bay Beach Harbor Club Winding Oaks LBK Yacht & Tennis Fairway Bay Fairway Bay Windward Bay Longboat Harbour Whitney Beach Windward Bay Spanish Main Beach Harbor Club Diplomat Inn On The Beach Longboat Harbour Cedars East Sutton Place Spanish Main Sutton Place Longboat Arms Spanish Main Longboat Harbour Colony Beach

home was built back in 1964 and sold previously for $530,000 in January this year.

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561 Sloop Lane 540 Harbor Gate Way 6550 Bayou Hammock Rd. 811 Binnacle Point Dr. 3511 Bayou Pointe 3351 Bayou Sound 3359 Bayou Gate Way 300 Firehouse Lane 3300 Bayou Road 560 Golf Links Lane 3503 Fair Oaks Court



$585,000 $580,000 $575,000 $560,000 $549,000 $535,000 $525,000 $510,000 $505,000 $499,900 $450,000 $435,000 $375,000 $372,000 $369,000 $350,000 $331,000 $330,000 $310,000 $300,000 $299,000 $295,000 $280,000 $265,000 $265,000 $255,000 $250,000 $234,000 $230,000 $220,000 $92,500

Players Club I Julie D. and David L. Fried, 1445 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold their Unit 209 at The Players Club I to four buyers from Stanmore, Middlesex, England, for $799,000. Richard Lawrence and Tracey Phillips Altman each purchased 47.5% of the condominium, while Claire and Leonard Lawrence acquired the remaining percentage. The two-bedroom and three-bath condominium at 1485 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1981 and was purchased by the Frieds for $740,000 in February 2003.

Tangerine Bay Club Wilmer J. Hergenrader from Memphis, Tenn., bought Unit 226 in phase 1 at Tangerine Bay Club, 350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Angela Cozzi of Great Neck, N.Y., for $778,000. The three-bedroom and threebath condo was created in 1982.

Beachplace III Joan and James Druker of Garden City, N.Y., sold their Unit 104 in Building 9 at Beachplace III to Letitia K. and William O. West of Tampa for $770,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 1045 Gulf of Mexico Drive, was built in 1981 and last sold for $585,000 in December 2000.

Country Club Shores Rosecorp, Inc., 2147 Porter Lake Drive, Sarasota, purchased the canal-front home at 531 Ranger Lane in the Fourth Unit of Country Club Shores from Tom Huston and his wife, Lisa Smith, 757 Siesta Key Drive, for $655,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath

Beaches of Longboat Key-South Patricia and Robert Milstein of Loudonville, N.Y., sold their Unit 606 at the Beaches of Longboat Key-South to Alaine E. and Phillip A. Office from Dayton, Ohio, for $635,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 775 Longboat Club Road, was built in 1982.

Fairway Bay Ann P. and James C. Johnson of Janesville, Wis., bought Unit 401 in Building 4 at Fairway Bay from Carol M. and Jack E. Pregont, 3547 Fair Oaks Lane, for $610,000. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment at 1908 Harbourside Drive was constructed in 1982. It sold previously for $330,000 in April 1986.

Club Longboat Beach & Tennis Delores and E. James Gaylord, 6511 Moorings Circle, Bradenton, sold their Unit 203 in Building C at Club Longboat Beach & Tennis Condominium, 5055 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to David D. Kaufman of Highland Park, Ill., for $610,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1973.

Longbeach Village Margaret and Jerry Soultz from Marion, Ind., purchased Unit 21 at the Starfish Building in the 89-unit Longbeach Village Condominiums, at the northwest tip of Longboat Key, from Sally Trout and Sylvia Babineau, 1272 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, for $600,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo at 7125 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1974 and last sold for $405,000 in October 2003.

Harbour Villa Club Marjorie and John J. Shepard sold their Unit 106 with its boat berth and parking space at Harbour Villa Club (at the Buccaneer) to Elizabeth and Douglas Gowan from Okemos, Mich., for $550,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 615 Dream Island Road was created in 1985. The Shepards CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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


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built in 1990 and sold previously in August 1999 for $135,000.

bought the condo in June of 1995 for $199,000, so grossed a profit of $351,000.

Seaplace V Janet M. and Richard B. Provesana from Sterling Heights, Mich., bought Unit M2-413A at Seaplace V from Charles Glen Ged of Boca Raton for $444,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condominium at 1945 Gulf of Mexico Drive was erected in 1973 and last sold for $300,000 in November 2000.

Casa Del Mar Camille K. and Gordon C. Conrad of Malvern, Pa., sold their Unit 9 in Tract F at the 106-unit Longboat Key Casa Del Mar, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Mary Ellen and Gary R. Hartshorn from Apollo Beach for $418,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1973 and sold previously for $260,000 in October 1998.

The Village Up at the original Village of Longbeach, Diane M. Gurley of Brooklyn, N.Y., bought the home at 700 Russell St. from Faith R. and William G. Glade, 2760 Island Creek Road, Sarasota, for $345,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home was constructed in 1970. It was last sold in June 2000 for $196,000.

Whitney Beach Donna J. and Donald J. Lippert of Buffalo Grove, Ill., sold their Unit 174 on the bayside of Whitney Beach, 6750 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Elizabeth Ann and Richard Bauernschmidt from Chicago, Ill., for $323,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo was built in 1970 and last sold for $145,000 in April 1993.

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Spanish Main Yacht Club There were two sales at one of the original condominiums on Longboat Key, the 212-unit Spanish Main Yacht Club, launched on the bayside of 5700 Gulf of Mexico Drive in 1968. Jane and Rod M. Surrency and William O. Johnson bought Unit 50 at 901 N. Spanish Drive from Rosemary and Arthur S. McCarthy together with Robert A. McCarthy of New Milford, Conn., for $280,000. The residence has two-bedroom and two-baths and was among the original units built in 1968. Iris K. and Dennis Hill of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, sold their Unit 158 at 676 N. Spanish Drive to Carmen and Robert Baines of 554 S. Spanish Drive for $230,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo was built in 1969.



Maureen A. McDermott and her husband, Robert E. Olschefskie, from Old Saybrook, Conn., purchased Unit 203 in Building C at Longboat Harbour from Gail L. Toolan, 4410 Exeter Drive, for $280,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo at 4330 Falmouth Drive was built in 1969.

Sarasota Harbour Apartments Lucy M. and Nicholas N. Colonese of West Haven, Conn., sold their Unit 4 at the Exeter House at Sarasota Harbour Apartments to Helmut Makein, 5555 Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota, for $242,000

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Cedars East Helen Anne and Michael J. Bell from Wokingham Berks in the United Kingdom bought Unit 4 at the 92-unit Cedars East Condominium, 510 Forest Way, from Karen Glassburn of Westerville, Ohio, for $315,000. The two-bedroom and 2.5-bath condo was

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SARABANDE - REDUCED MUST SEE Unparalleled views of bay, city, gulf & 4th of July fireworks. This classy yet comfortable 10th floor condominium offers 3700 SF of marvelous upgrades and amazing views of the bay, city and gulf. $1,995,000. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE - The views will amaze you! 14th floor faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 SF of fabulous finishes and upgrades 3 BR and family room. $2,390,000. OAKS CUSTOM HOME - Open and elegant with no detail spared! Crown moldings, marble floors, volume ceilings and fabulous lighting! Quiet cul-de-sac. $975,000. RITZ RESIDENCE - Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Fantastic panoramic bay views from this 12th floor condo with 2 master suites, fabulous kitchen and large open terraces. $1,575,000. EAGLES POINT AT THE LANDINGS Spacious 4 bedroom condominium with 3000 SF and 10’ ceilings. Fabulous upgrades throughout, including crown moldings, granite, faux painting, plantation shutters and many built-ins. $1,275,000. HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT Beautifully renovated 4 bedroom home in upscale neighborhood close to downtown. Property located on a quiet, deep water boat basin with dock that can accommodate 3 boats, including a large sailboat. $2,595,000. BEAU CIEL PENTHOUSE - Downtown on the bay, spacious 4 bedroom home with over 5300 SF of luxury. Dramatic and exquisite! $4,500,000. BIRD KEY BAYFRONT - Marvelous views, deep water dock, spacious Mediterranean home in a truly superb location. $3,200,000. HISTORIC ESTATE ON THE WATER Wonderfully charming, completely restored and updated, this walled and gated property is an incredible find! Fabulous 5,500 SF main home with guest house, pool and almost one acre of marvelous landscaping. $2,895,000. OAKS LOT - Beautifully wooded large lot in Oaks 1 backing up to a quiet preserve area. $325,000.

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

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GRAND BAY - Cayman design with spacious terraces and panoramic views of Gulf and Bay for true indoor/outdoor living and entertainment. Furnished. $1,199,000. VIZCAYA - This magnificent gulf front penthouse with 3 BRs has 11’ ceilings, surround sound stereo system, Beaumonet floors - details galore! Incredible gulf views. $3,299,000. TENNIS, TENNIS, TENNIS - Enjoy the sunsets, 8 clay/Har-Tru courts, 2 pools, and spa, active social clubhouse and great beach. Spacious, wonderful and turnkey furnished in great taste. $599,000. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE Exquisite five bedroom home with almost 5000 SF of fabulous living directly on the gulf. Owner will consider trade. $3,995,000. LIGHTHOUSE POINT PERFECTION Thoughtfully created floor plan offering 4 bedrooms, gorgeous marble floors, volume ceilings and the ultimate kitchen. Great boating water! $4,350,000. REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous, turnkey furnished condo on the beach. Volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces, awesome views and double garage. Possible to combine with unit next door. Furnished. $2,700,000. WATER CLUB - Designer perfect condominium with over 3000 SF and is gorgeously furnished. Views of Gulf and Bay. $1,950,000.


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Edward C. Farina of Naperville, Ill., bought Unit 256-S at the 232-unit Colony Beach $ Tennis Club for $182,5000 from Rosemary and Richard A. DeGregorio and Glanfranco Agostinone of Saugus, Mass. The 1,128square-foot apartment was built in 1973.

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

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National Tourism Week Tri Chamber Luncheon — will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Radisson Beach Resort. Speakers include Bud Nocera, Kerri Post, Virginia Haley and Larry White, addressing “Can You Teach an Old Tourism Dog New Tricks?” Cost of luncheon is $20 for Longboat Key Chamber members, and $30 for non-members. Sunset Stroll-Island Style — The St. Armands Second Friday Walk will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 14, on the Circle. Live performances of music “from the islands.” Details, 388-1554. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, May 14,

at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 3870706.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 82 — will dedicate its new offices in the Keating Building at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Mote Marine Laboratory. After the dedication and champagne toast, a dinner will be given for the officers of the Flotilla, Mote Marine and dignitaries of Longboat Key and Sarasota. Details, 927-3324. Sarasota Sportfishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament — The first week of competition begins at 6 a.m. Saturday, May 15, and will end at 12 a.m. Sunday, May 23. Tournament entry fee is $80 for adults and $35 for ages 15 and under. Entry fees can be paid at Cannons Marina, 6040 GMD. Entry fees must be paid before fishing begins. Contact Cannons Marina at 383-1311, or Capt. Jeffri Durrance at 371-4231, or Doug Ford at 342-0284. Longboat Key Democratic Club — will hold its luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Harbourside Dining Room, Longboat Key Club. The guest speaker will be Bill Maxwell, editorial writer and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times. Christine Jennings also will be introduced. For more information, contact John Clay at 383-4983

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This private, gated estate on prestigious Casey Key features four bedrooms en-suite, six baths and over 6,000 square feet of luxury! Amenities include media and sunset rooms, state-of-the-art appliances, gourmet kitchen, vanishing edge pool with spa, deeded beach access, dock and 192’ of Bayfront for your boat. $4,495,000. This residence is luxury defined!

INN ON THE BEACH Top floor, 2BR with sweeping gulf views. Turnkey furnished, 2 separate terraces, the perfect Florida getaway or beach retreat. Good rental history. Off-site Virtual Tour $850,000. rental program. Unique floor plan allows two separate entrances, rent one side and live in the other. This very private gulf front location has a feeling of a beach front home. REDUCED $799,000. Turnkey furnished.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Two bedroom, two bath home on Sailboat water with dockage for two boats, 44’ dock, lot size 100 x 121. Large $879,000. screened pool area 53 x 25.


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or Bill Levine at 383-3399. Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Nooner — will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the Bayou Steakhouse. $15 for members and $20 for guests. RSVP required. Call 387-9519. Bayfront Park Recreation Center Summer Day Camp — will be held Monday through Friday, June 1 to Aug. 6, for ages 5 to 12. Please call for registration information at 316-1980. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It has a large selection of new and barelyused fiction and non-fiction books. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile comes to the library from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Details, 383-2011. Business Network International — networking meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 383-5543. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 to 17; $2 for children 4-11. Details, 388-4444. Mote Marine Aquarium — located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Details, 388-2451.

social events Big Jam Session — Local musician Paul Gordon will soon be leaving his current residence at Kobernick House, but will give a farewell performance with Andy Wright at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Avenue in Sarasota.

public events

Sabra Hadassah Officer Installation — will be introduced on Thursday, May 13, at the Zell Room, Jewish Federation, 580 McIntosh Road. Contact Jackie Gilden at 359-9401. Four-Day Bridge Tournament — will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, and continue at 3 p.m. Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, at the Sudakoff Center at new College of Florida and USF. Complimentary coffee and breakfast snacks are served. Sunday, May 16, the entry fee includes lunch. Call 927-5483. Rare Fruit Tree Sale — will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the Manatee Convention Center. Free Admission. Visit South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium — will be closed on Mondays now through the end of June. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for adults is $9.50, $7.50 for seniors, $6 for students, and $5 for children 5 to 12. Please call 746-4131 for more information. International Orchid Conservation Congress — will be hosted by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens May 12 to 24 at the Gardens. It is a gathering of the Orchid Specialist Groups of the Species Survival Commission. Registration fee is $295 before December, and $350 after. Dr. Higgins, 955-7553, Ext. 311.


Quiet Water Kayak Trip to Stump Pass State Park — Enjoy a quiet-water kayak trip on beautiful Lemon Bay from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13. All equipment supplied. $20 for American Littoral Society Members and $25 for non-members. Contact John Sarkozy at 966-7308. CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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Cortez Yacht Club Fishing Tournament and Fish Fry — Competition for prizes for in-shore, off-shore, on-shore, even form a dock, bridge or pier between 12 a.m. Friday, May 14, and weigh-in deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Cortez Yacht Club. Keep all legal and edible catches for a Fish Fry following the weighin. Captains entry fee is $20 for Cortez Yacht Club members, and $25 for nonmembers, and $5 for each additional crew member. For details, call Randy Stewart at 761-3300. Boxing in Paradise II — Doors open for amateur boxing at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at The Florida National Guard Armory, next to Robarts Arena. Advance tickets cost $10 for general admission and $25 for ring- side seats. Day of the show, tickets cost $15 for general admission and $30 for ring-side seats. Call 586-4947 or 586-2956. Snorkel in the Gulf at Point of Rocks — Naturalist Peggy Williams will guide you as you snorkel among the fish and other critters of the Gulf of Mexico at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 17. $4 for ALS members, and $6 for nonmembers. Contact Peggy for information at 3355-2291. Evening Bay Walk — See what comes out to feed at night and what sleeps from 8 p.m. until late Wednesday, May 19, on Sarasota Bay (Bird Key Area). $3 for ALS members, $5 for non-members and kids are free. Call Peggy for information and reservations at 355-2291.


The Northwestern University Club of the Greater Sarasota Area — will host a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13, at Sara Bay Country Club. The public is welcome. For reservations and cost information, contact Wes Snyder at 351-2454. The Cornell Club of Sarasota/Manatee — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13, at Michael’s On East. Harriet Oxman, Sarasota resident and Cornell class of ’48 will speak about her experiences in “The Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Academy for the Community.” For more information and reservations, call Bob Cutler at 907-0234. The Bradenton Opera Guild — will hold its annual Summer Salon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13, at the beautiful Palm Room of Sara

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CALENDAR Bay Country Club. Tickets are $25 per person. Good works Reservations and information may be

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obtained by calling Alice and Jim Cunnie at 388-2993.

Sarasota Power Squadron May Dinner and Business Meeting — will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the SPS Education Building, 2814 Hyde Park St. $12 per person. Details, call 312-0035. Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship and Awards Gala — will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Sarasota Hyatt. $75 for individual tickets. Call the Latin Chamber of Commerce for tickets and information at 358-7065. Sarasota-Manatee Chi Omega Alumnae Association — will have a pot luck and swim party at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the home of Jeanne Brown. Guests are welcome. Call Jeanne at 360-2643. Sarasota Conservation Committee — will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Selby Library, second floor in the Environmental Library. Call Gayle Reynolds at 923-5903 for more information. Sarasota-Manatee Chi Omega Alumnae Association Lunch Brunch — will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the Hillview Grill. To make a reservation or for more information, call Virginia McAlinden at 371-5106. The Sarasota Bay Republican Women’s Club Federated — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the Dutch Heritage Restaurant. Elliot Metcalf, Public Defender, will be the main speaker. Cost of the luncheon is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Please call Joan Shirey at 756-5264.


“I personally have a great love of learning and knowledge, and I want to show these kids that they have choices and the ability to learn is what creates choices.” So says Marty Herwitz, a mathematics tutor at the Cyesis Teen Parent Program. Herwitz began tutoring in January at the nontraditional high school for girls who are pregnant or already have children. The school, which is part of the Sarasota County Public School District, takes in between 80 and 90 girls and an almost equal number of babies. The idea is to create an environment where young mothers can continue with their education, learn about parenting and take care of the many responsibilities that go along with motherhood. Herwitz likes to tutor the young mothers because, he says, “I find the kids to be really receptive. I think all kids are the same. They feel good about being successful, and I like to create an environment where they taste success so that they want to learn more.” Herwitz tutors the girls either in small groups or one on one; they come to him voluntarily. For instance, he recently helped 10 of the girls prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). He also tutors before and after school at the Sarasota Military Academy. Previously, Herwitz lived in Los Angeles and worked in the entertainment industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.



Beginning and intermediate computer classes — will be offered twice a week, beginning May 3 for four weeks. You may choose from either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday class times. The fee for the class is $129, which includes the cost of the textbook. For more information, call Jennifer Springer at Meal on Wheels Plus at 747-4655. The AARP Driver Safety Program — The nation’s first refresher course for drivers age 50 and older, will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 13, and Friday, May 14, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Call the library at 778-6341.❑

When school closes for the summer, Herwitz will put his volunteer teaching on hold until the fall. But he plans to pick it up again when the students return to classes. “It’s a great school that provides an incredible service,” Herwitz says. “Everyone that works there is truly caring and wants the best for the kids.” • Cyesis Teen Parent Program, 4430 Beneva Road, Sarasota, 34233; 361-6240. ❑

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As an accomplished Realtor from the Longboat Key South office, she has been honored with the Chariman’s Circle Award for producing more than

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Positioned like a diamond in the rich setting of ancient oaks and flowering gardens, this 3,383 SF condominium residence is bathed in a spectacular bay front panorama. Watch the boats, playing dolphins and city lights at night and stroll to Harbourside Moorings, restaurants, golf, tennis, pool and shopping. Bask in the sun while walking miles of beach as a member of the private Bay Isles Beach Club. A carefree, island lifestyle awaits at this graciously designed 3 BR, 3 BA condo, plus family room, formal dining room, stone floors, plantation shutters, and wrap around terraces. Furnished. MLS#253668..............$1,325,000.

NEW LISTING! LIDO BEACH CLUB UNIT 506 Unit totally renovated with fantastic upgrades in kitchen and bath. Great views, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, next to Ritz Carlton Beach Club. $769,000. VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS... L’Elegance - seldom available direct gulf front unit on 9th floor with the most stunning views. $1,200,000. L’ELEGANCE Popular large Brighton end unit with Gulf view. Enjoy sunrise and beautiful sunsets. Very tastefully $899,900. turnkey furnished. GRAND BAY - Antigua gem on the 9th floor, beneath penthouse. Highest ceilings. Most spectacular 360˚bay, city and sunset views. SALE PENDING $1,250,000. Huge balconies. 2 parking spaces. RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES 11th floor with unbelievable views. 3 bedroom 3 bath. Most exclusive way to live - world $1,759,000. class amenities - beyond your dreams!

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THE BEST OF BIRD KEY BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Builder’s price is still available while this home is under construction. Enjoy the opportunity to choose and state appliance preferences for your new 4BR/3BA, 2-story home with elevator, 3-car garage, pool w/spa, fountain, media room and delectable views..........................................................$2,600,000. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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


BIRD KEY GARDEN Lovely home on large corner lot. This split plan design wraps around the pool & patio area. Features include: banks of French doors, an added patio w/charming garden setting & Bay view, update kitchen w/Corian countertops, tile flooring....$649,500.


BIRD KEY GARDEN Private setting in this well-maintained home. Living room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace. Master suite w/his & her baths. Plenty of sliders open to the large patio & pool area. The extralarge lot makes this property truly a one-of-a-kind......$597,050.




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Chamber gets ‘a taste of the Centre’

Greg and Jennifer Williams of Beauty and the Beast Productions and Jojo Molloy and Monte Davis, who are visiting the Key from Alaska

Richard Perlman gets a button from the Longboat Animal Clininc station.

Photos by Annie Curnow

Ryan Wendel, assistant manager of Two Men and a Truck


Nearly two dozen businesses showcased their products and services and handed out free gifts and samples May 4, at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Week tabletop event. While chamber members, shoppers and visitors browsed among the booths on display at the Centre Shops, the center’s restaurants treated the participants to “A Taste of the Centre.” Ciao! Italia, Maureen’s Palm Grill and the Blue Dolphin provided free samples. The event was one of a series of weeklong activities sponsored by the chamber during Small Business Week. ❑

Jill Davis, manager of the Sea Stable

Author Sylvia Goldman, Joan Weissman, owner of La Dee Da, and Dr. Pamela Letts

Paddy Dugan gets a wrap.

For Your Consideration Tom & Andy


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



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MAINLAND BAY FRONT - Fine example of Georgian style architecture with Sarasota Historical designation. Three bedrooms plus den and separate guest house. Original wood floors, tile Crow molding. Uninterrupted views of Sarasota Bay. Immaculate gardens. $2,690,000.

ALL DIRECT GULF FRONT RESIDENCES THE VILLA AMALFI - Enjoy your own private pool & spa. 3BR/3.5BA plus home office, 969 sq. ft. of terraces, 2 car garage. Spectacular beachfront home in bldg. 2. $3,045,000. THE CAPRI - Popular floor plan featuring kitchen/family room plus formal living room. 3BR/3.5BA plus home office, 776 sq. ft. of terraces, 2 car garage. Bldg. 4. $2,995,000. THE AMALFI PENTHOUSE - On top of the world feeling featuring an open floor plan. 3BR/3.5BA, home office. 969 sq. ft. of terraces. Bldg. 4. $2,995,000.

S. BOULEVARD OF THE PRESIDENTS Deep water dockage on beautiful wide Bayou. No bridges to gulf. Lido Island paradise situated on a private gated site. Steps to beach and St. Armand’s Circle. Three bedrooms and separate guest house. $3,449,000.



NEW LISTING - Great custom home on large lot only nine years young. 3BR/2BA home has new ceramic tile and carpet throughout, kitchen/family room. Pride of ownership shows in this absolutely beautiful home. $259,000. A COUNTRY ESTATE - Close to town. This California contemporary home occupies 1.92 acres of lush landscaping, gardens and towering oaks. Amenities include 3 or 4 bedrooms, cook’s kitchen and family room, custom built-ins and views of trees and fabulous pool. $799,000. THE OAKS - Builder’s own home only 2 yrs. young. True 4 BR with wood and ceramic tile floors, fabulous kitchen and family room, 2nd story bonus room, pool and outdoor grill area. A great value in The Oaks. $769,000. NEW LISTING - Room to roam! Lovely 2 year new home in Quail Run. 4 bedroom, 3 bath, over 2300 square feet. Large preserve lot. Too many features to list! $314,900.

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BAYFRONT ESTATE PROPERTY, INDIAN BEACH - Main House 1920’s Spanish plus Guest House on Two Bay Front lots and Two non water front lots. Existing home has great potential. Property to be sold as one parcel. $4,500,000.

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Dick Grace grabbed a graceful scene during sundown. He discovered the perfect palm trees to tie up a hammock and enjoy the heavenly sunset. Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in JPEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to

Sunset 8:11 8:12 8:12 8:13 8:13 8:14 8:15

Moon phases First Qtr.

May 27


Last Qtr.

May 4

May 11


May 19

Moon phases, tides courtesy of

Temperature and Rainfall Mon., May 3 Tues.,May 4 Wed., May 5 Thurs., May 6 Fri., May 7 Sat., May 8 Sun., May 9

Temps. High Low 85 74 83 67 84.5 70.5 87 63 87 70 86 66 86.5 67


Year-to-date 2004 14.65 in.

Record Temps. High Low 94 (1991) 51 (1998) 94 (1995) 62 (1992) 93 (1981) 58 (1992) 94 (1986) 58 (1992) 92 (1996) 61 (1986) 94 (1996) 61 (1986) 94 (2002) 63 (1999)

2003 11.54 in.

Rainfall North Mid-Key 0.00 0.00 1.60 0.63 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00


Average water

2004 2003 4.35 in. 0.48

Temp.: 73.6

Tide chart South 0.00 1.49 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Thurs., May 13 Fri., May 14 Sat., May 15 Sun., May 16 Mon.,May 17 Tues.,May 18 Wed., May 19

Morning High 10:48 11:04 11:18 12:11 6:07 1:59 2:51

Tides Low 4:14 4:51 5:21 5:46 1:07 6:25 6:40

Evening Tides High Low none 4:31 none 5:35 none 6:24 11:32 7:05 11:46 7:12 12:03 8:17 12:24 8:54


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Partial Bay views from canal front home. 3/4 BR, 4-car garage. Deeded beach access and private dock. Plans available. Construction completion in Winter 2004. $2,395,000 Just completed, decoBEAU CIEL rator ready 8th floor 2BR/ 2.5BA unit. Bay & Marina views. Top of the line appliances and finishes. Fitness center, concierge, valet parking & pool. Near Downtown $1,100,000. FAIRWAY BAY - 2BR/2BA townhouse w/ a peek of G ceilings, N I the Bay. Living areas on one N level, high skyE Dgarage, security, tenlight, wet bar & fireplace. Large P E nis, pool & exercise $459,000 S A Lfacility.

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East ♠Q765 ♥76 ♦ A 10 6 ♣ 10 6 5 4

West ♠J87 ♥ J 10 5 4 ♦5432 ♣87

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South ♠A ♥KQ32 ♦KQ98 ♣AKQ9

South 2♣ 2♥ 3N

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From the Gulf the Golf Courses...

The bidding: West Pass Pass Pass

North 2♦ 3♥ 6♥

East Pass Pass All pass

Opening lead: 8♣

OPEN SUNDAY • 1-4 PM 2743 DICK WILSON DRIVE LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB 4 bedroom, 4 bath, split plan luxury home, 3900+ sq ft under air. Gourmet kitchen, master suite with jacuzzi. Wood tile floors, 3-car garage. Pool with waterfall, jacuzzi and summer kitchen. Golf and Tennis. PRICE REDUCED! 789,000

Duplicate Bridge — games, 0 to 300 points, are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays at In-Between Bridge Club, Town & Country Plaza (inside mall). Details, 365-7875. Bridge Games — are held from noon to 3:30 p.m. second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Cost is $2. RSVP with Barbara Parkman, 778-3390. Scrabble Tournaments — are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Beneva Park Club, Assisted Living Facility. Toby, 3160151. The Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays; Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club games are held 1 p.m. Thursdays, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 for details. ❑

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Four-Day Bridge Tournament — will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13 and continue at 3 p.m. Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, at the Sudakoff Center at New College of Florida and USF. Complimentary coffee and breakfast snacks are served. On Sunday, May 16, the entry fee includes lunch. Call 927-5483.

Club Suites, 1 and 2 Bedrooms Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views



Discounted Rates from $120/night

North ♠ K 10 4 3 2 ♥A98 ♦J7 ♣J32

by Donna SWAN

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

Inn on the Beach

Dealer: South Vulnerable: North-South

Wrong contract Arriving in the wrong suit in a slam contract is probably the best way to win a zero in duplicate bridge. Most serious bridge players are in love with the two-diamond waiting bid, which is successful in most bridge bidding sequences. This week’s hand shows a major flaw in this pair’s bidding auction. South is correct with his opening two club bid and North is correct with his two diamond, waiting bid. When using the two-club bid, playing weak two bids, the opener’s second bid is supposed to show his suit. South’s bid of two hearts is incorrect as he holds only four hearts. Naturally, since North thinks South has five hearts, he will support holding three of that suit. When South bids three no-trump, North with his two diamonds will pull the contract to six hearts, because he knows that the count is there for a slam. Over the two-diamond bid by North, South should bid two no-trump even hating his singleton ace of clubs. Those few pairs that were playing two diamonds as a negative bid, bid two spades, a positive bid and landed in the six notrump contract that easily makes. Point to remember: In responding to a two-diamond waiting bid, the two club opener is promising at the very least a five-card suit.

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Spectacular Bayviews from almost every room in this Queens Harbour Masterpiece. Giardinera floor plan with 4 full bedroom suites. $2,595,000

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ST ARMANDS - Home with separate guest house, heated pool and spa. Great location on the quiet South side of St. Armands. Walk to beach, shopping and restaurants. $875,000. FAIRWAY BAY - 3BR/3BA with soaring ceilings, 4+ car garage, plus storagelarge loft/office area, private beach club, pets permitted. Turnkey furnished including piano. AHS Home Warranty. $499,000.

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HOMES PRIVATE BEACH HOUSE 100’ of beach, 2 story residence, expansive views, privacy abounds, recently remodeled, heated, beach front pool, excellent rental potential, & it’s furnished. $2,525,000 •VT LAUREL LAKE ESTATES Newer custom home w/over 3400 sq. ft. Separate guest quarters, media room, heated pool & spa. Countless upgrades. Situated on a double corner lot in gated community. $599,000 HIDEAWAY BAY Brand new 4BR w/over 4,700 square feet of quality construction and many fine appointments. Heated pool & private dock. Under Construction. $2,525,000 UNIVERSITY PARK Stunning views of lake from this 3700 sq. ft. home built by Marc Rutenberg. 4 Bedrooms, 2 separate offices, heated pool & spa. State-of-Art kitchen design with top of the line appliances, double-sided fireplace many numerous upgrades throughout. SOLD FURNISHED $995,000 •VT

• BUTTONWOOD COVE SERENE WATER VIEWS From magnificently renovated condominium at popular beach to bay complex. New floors, walls, ceilings, kitchen & baths. Designed, decorated and furnished by Robb & Stucky. The finishes and tile work define quality at its best. Clubhouse, heated pool, tennis, racketball, private beach area, boat docks, under building parking. $649,000. For virtual tour click on MLS# 252889 at

• NEW LISTING - SAND CAY THIS IS YOUR VIEW from up front lanai. A spotless and enlarged 2BR + den/2BA, extended condominium. Turnkey furnished for great rental program or personal use. SOLD $549,000.

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

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

ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Enjoy colorful sunrises & sunsets. Magnificent double unit penthouse. Truly one of a kind, beautifully updated w/granite countertops, dramatic marble & granite bathrooms, 3BR+ den w/3000 SF. $1,650,000

BAY ISLES - BAYOU Exceptional Mediterrranean style home behind the gates of Bay Isles! This beautiful, almost NEW residence offers an abundant amount of living space with 3 bedrooms plus a den, formal reception room with fireplace and private guest wing. Fine appointments throughout. $1,495,000

LOTS THE OAKS Perfectly positioned to build estate sized home in prestigious, gated community in South Sarasota. Corner lot with water views, natural landscape abounds. $395,000 • HIDEAWAY BAY Private enclave on North LBK with private boatdocks, tennis court and minutes to beach. Bayfront lot with room to build an estate sized home. $1,200,000 VT

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

BEAU CIEL Endless Views - Custom redesigned masterpiece features many architectural upgrades, finished flooring, marble, carpet, and newly painted. Ready for occupancy. Spectacular city & unobstructed bay views. Walk to the arts, restaurants. Boat dock available. $2,639,000


• TANGERINE BAY EXCLUSIVE TANGERINE BAY CLUB ON LBK features bayfront recreational area with lake, island pool, spa and recreation/fitness center, tennis 24 hr. security, adjacent marina. Longboat Key Club with 27 holes of championship golf across the street.

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INN ON THE BEACH Club Suite - Four Star Resort at the LBK club. Direct Beach front! Golden sunsets, tennis, golf spa services & miles of white sandy beach! Great for rental income! $339,000

RITZ Towers Penthouse - SW corner, Bay & marina views, 3BR + den w/ fireplace, wet bar, wine cooler, high ceilings, 2- car garage. 5200 sq. ft. $4,650,000 Waterfront Penthouse - Wrap-around views of the bay and city skyline! This unbelievable penthouse features 3 BR + den with a fireplace. Stone floors, granite counters, marble baths, and private 2 car garage.

WINDING OAKS Beautiful 3 BDR villa with southern exposure overlooking the lake. Hardwood floors, built-ins, gas range, plantation shutters, electric awnings and private pool. Minutes to Bay Isles private beach club. $699,900



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201 Gulf of Mexico Dr. • Longboat Key

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Duty Photos by Annie Curnow

The Rev. Kenneth Gill inducts Longboat Chapel Auxiliary President Mary Beth Bolla, First Vice President Barbara Bishop, Corresponding Secretary Beverly Swanson, Recording Secretary Margie Weigmann, Treasurer Emily Dabio, Membership Coordinator Pat Roed and Historian Edna Bussells.

Call to BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

Incoming President Mary Beth Bolla

The Longboat Island Chapel Women’s Auxiliary held its new officers’ induction and luncheon May 10. For starters, the ladies, joined by the Rev. Kenneth Gill, dined on a lovely lunch made by Helen Elliott, which consisted of homemade ham and asparagus quiche with spring veggies and fruit. The meal was followed with the induction of the 2004-2005 auxiliary board officers, presided over by Gill. One by one the new officers were called to the front of the room and individually asked if each were willing to uphold the duties bestowed upon her; each agreed. The newly inducted officers include: Mary Beth Bolla, president;

Kay Evans gives a review on children’s books.

Barbara Bishop, first vice president; Beverly Swanson, corresponding secretary; Margie Weigmann, recording secretary; Emily Dabio, treasurer; Pat Roed, membership coordinator; and Edna Bussells, historian. The new officers received a round of applause and took their seats so that guest speaker Kay Evans could take center stage for her book review. Evans presented the ladies with a handful of children’s books that were written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor. She gave some background information on the writer and explained that she had been a teacher and had used the author’s books with her students. The luncheon ended on a sweet note — all indulged in a refreshing piece of mint chocolate-chip ice cream pie. ❑

Sue Stayart and Jill Wilson slice and serve mint chocolate-chip ice cream pie.

Norma Mieras listens intently.

Beverly Swanson, Barbara Bishop and the Rev. Kenneth Gill

2E THURSDAY MAY 13, 2004




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941-383-6411 Office 941-321-1759

THE PIERRE Magnificent 2/3BR, fifth floor unit. Features include a southern exposure, pristine condition, garage parking and wonderful amenities package. Offered for $1,199,000. EMERALD POINTE... Best value in gated Longboat Key Club. Completed in 2002, this 3BR/3.5BA villa offers many upgrades, wonderful light, two-car garage, lakeview, pool and spa. Available for $685,000. KEY TOWER SOUTH Unit is absolutely gorgeous. Renovated from floor to ceiling. Views of the skyline, 2 or 3BR/2BA, marble floors, chef ’s kitchen, turnkey furnished. Offered for $850,000. UNIVERSITY PARK Beautiful golf course view, with completely renovated interior. There are three bedroom suites plus office/den. It is available furnished. Offered for $675,000.

Louis Wery (941) 232-3001 Search for all properties on Award-Winning Website Beau Ciel Incomparable views of Bay & Marina! 2BR/2.5 BA units. Fine amenities. Cultural Distict. 8th Floor $999,900 5th Floor $975,000

The Ritz Carlton Superb views of Bay & Marina atop hotel tower. 11th Floor 2BR/2.5BA plus den. Luxurious amenities. $1,239,000. Annual lease. $5,500/mo

Edgewater Village Custom home on lake with view of preserve. 4BR/2BA plus den. Gated Lakewood Ranch neighborhood. Private location. $388,000.

GREAT BUY BAY ISLES - Renovated inside and out. 3Bedroom/2.5Bath open plan with high ceilings, ceramic and wood floors plus state-of-the-art kitchen and baths. The spacious pool w/new paver deck is IDEAL for outdoor entertaining. $795,000. BAYFRONT SPLENDOR 5,000 sq. ft. maintenance-free home in Queens Harbour, with marble and granite, 20’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen, master suite, dock for 2 boats. 3556 Fair Oaks Lane. $2,399,000. QUEENS HARBOUR Deep sailboat water minutes to Bay. Custom maintenance-free home is every boater’s delight. 3 BR plus den, 19’ ceilings, open plan and gourmet kitchen. $1,549,000. WATERFRONT BAY ISLES - Stunning 4BR home has high ceilings, open plan, media room, gourmet kitchen, wood floors, walls of glass & deep water dock w/lift. $2,495,000. BAYFRONT - 3750 sq.ft. villa in Corey’s Landing with open bay views from most rooms. 4BR’s, media room, office, high ceilings and ceramic floors. REDUCED TO $1,395,000. NEW VILLA LBK CLUB - 3BR/3.5BA, open plan. Ceramic floors, high ceilings, granite kitchen, poo/spa. $699,000.

Annie Curnow

Kathleen Semisch Longboat Key Public Tennis Center How many years have you played tennis? “I’ll be 70 this year,” Semisch says. “I’ve been playing since my 30s, so 40 years.” What is your best stroke — serve, backhand, etc.? “My forehand,” she says. “It gives me a lot of different options because I play doubles.” What is your specialty? Singles? Doubles? “I mostly play doubles now,” Semisch says. “I like the strategy of doubles. It’s like playing chess in that you have to figure out a strategy before making the next move.”

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What kind of racket do you use? “I have a Wilson Hammer, which they don’t make any more, but I still love it,” she says.

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What is one thing you’d like to improve? “Volleying — I’m working on it now,” Semisch says.

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What is your most glorious moment in a match? “(It) would have to be defeating the long-reigning champ of the Philadelphia Cricket Club in a mixed-doubles match,” she recalls.

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What is your funniest flub-up? “My worst moment on the tennis court was at a tournament at the Cricket Club,” Semisch says. “We won, but after it was over, the other players said that they never wanted to play with me again because I lobbed so much, and I really felt bad about it.” Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? “My husband, Don, and my son because they are both great players,” she says. “My son is the champion of the Cricket Club.”

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Do you have any advice or tips for other players? “There are a lot of people who have been playing for a long time and they don’t improve. My advice would be to take lessons, even the professionals have trainers,” she advises.

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What do you like most about playing tennis on Longboat Key? “The beauty of the place, and all of the wonderful people who come here from all over the world,” Semisch says. “There is no place like it.” — Annie Curnow

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Low Net — May 4 A-Flight Alexandria Ziegler-37 Rosalie Krone-41 Jeanne Lunn-41 Marie Barr-41 B-Flight Jackie Allen-39 Natalie Duprey-42 C-Flight

Phyllis Bushnell-39 Barbara Marcouiller-40

Longboat Key Tennis Center Summer Men’s Singles — May 4 Round 1 Ron Morisette def. Tim Fitzpatrick, 6-4; Dick Schlorf def. Dave Bebe, 6-2; Allan Thompson def. Dave Rothgaber, 6-2. ❑


THURSDAY MAY 13, 2004 3E


Golf Gambits

LBK Public Tennis Center:

Ingenuity present even in war Much of the information I am writing here has been gleaned from a series of articles written by Christopher Cooper, David Armstrong and James P. Sterra. The aforementioned all write for the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. At the beginning of the war in Iraq, a major in the U.S. Army, Ken Rideout, also a veteran of Desert Storm, had a good idea what a war in the Middle East involved. Leaving for the war area, Rideout took with him a supply of day-glo golf balls. Rideout, of the Third Infantry Division, knew he would be in combat for some time to come. He left from Fort Stewart, Georgia, with all the supplies he thought he would need. In addition to his gas mask, rifle and bullet-proof vest, the major, a low handicap player, toted a set of Wilson clubs, four dozen golf balls and six cups and flags. Rideout said, “I was going to set up a course in downtown Baghdad.” Many soldiers practiced their short game on the hardpan flats of the southern Kuwait desert. At about that same time, navy personnel hit shots off the decks of carriers into the Persian Gulf. When combat was announced as being over, a group of soldiers proceeded to work overtime carving out greens and tees. Iraqi onlookers were totally confounded at what they saw. Hitting a golf ball and finding it lodged between a couple of unexploded ordinance happened often. I readily understand the feeling, having that occur to me while playing golf in the ’40s on Saipan. It was most upsetting and frightening. During the long trek north to Baghdad, Rideout would often take his wedge between battles and hit a few shots on a patch of desert. He was simply trying to improve his swing, which was no problem with a helmet and bullet-proof vest, but the gas mask was another dilemma.

Unfortunately, the Third Infantry Division was moved to a different area. Rideout was bivouacked in one of the deposed dictator’s palaces. He was about to set up his little golf course on a small grassy knoll next to the palace, when the Army decided to use that ground as a burial site for 60 Iraqi soldiers. In July 2003, the major left Iraq. However, others decided to put Rideout’s dream to work. A shop supervisor for the 101st Airborne Division, Lt. Jesse White, with three golf clubs in tow, started to shag balls in the Iraqi city of Qayyarah. In a short time, White started to erect the first nine-hole course in the area. Though crude, it proved to be a delight to the golfers in the armed forces in the area. Red shop rags were attached to Humvee antenna and used as greenside flags. It started with two holes, which later became nine at the suggestion of the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Jeff Kelley. White found plenty of volunteers to help construct the nine holes and remove debris, including quite a few unexploded shells, expended mortar rounds, antiaircraft shells and partially destroyed electronics gear. A large missile fin became a caddie stand for dozens of garagesale golf clubs that started to arrive from the states. Most of the clubs originated from Kelley’s father, a member of the Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. The most difficult part of the operation was smoothing out the shifting sand to make a green. Iraqi workers, according to White, “laughed at us.” In spite of that, the Iraqi workers cut up lengths

HAL Lenobel


590 Bay Isles Road, 316-TEN-S (8367) Winter schedule — seven days a week Morning sessions: 8, 9:30 and 11 Afternoon sessions: 12:30, 2 and 3:30

Daily Round Robins at 3:30 p.m.: • Women’s: Monday, Wednesday, Friday • Men’s: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday • Mixed: 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday Special event: • Where’s the B.O.B. (men’s doubles 4.0-4.5): 2 p.m. Tuesday Lessons/clinics/ball machine are by reservations. of pipe to make cups and flagsticks. So many clubs and balls arrived from stateside that at one point the Army refused to allow any more shipments. Hundreds of soldiers and U. S. contractors played the course while waiting for White’s department to repair their equipment. By the way, White has the course record for the nine holes, scoring 30 just prior to leaving Iraq for home in January 2004. The PGA Tour heard about the course and sent out a full set of flags and cups, in addition to 100 caps imprinted with the name the soldiers gave to the course, TPC Mosul South. The PGA also sent a crate full of golf balls, enough to start a driving range. The Stryker battalion, which replaced the 101st earlier this year, plans to add a driving range to the course. American ingenuity was present, effective and admired. Hal Lenobel is a member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee and has officiated at hundreds of golf tournaments around the world. ❑




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ON THE LAKE, SPANISH MAIN Must see this single villa with tranquil views of lake. Updated with tile, carpet, newer kitchen. Great boating community on the Intracoastal. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #237311 $279,900 LONGBOAT ARMS 2BR/2BA with water views. Turnkey furnished. Boat docks, clubhouse, tennis and beach access. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #244796 $299,000 BOATING COMMUNITY Spanish Main - Great location in a terrific area on Longboat Key. Very reasonably priced for area. Heated pool, beach access, clubhouse & marina. Just needs TLC. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #247897 $219,000 THIS HOME HAS IT ALL! Bring your boat and toothbrush! Deepwater canal to ICW & Gulf. Meticulously maintained 3BR furnished home on the North end of Longboat Key. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #253185 $585,000 ATTENTION BOATERS Enjoy marina views from well maintained 2BR/2BA villa with protected boat basin at your door. Easy access to Intracoastal and Gulf. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #253489 $284,500

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Cathy Meldahl Realtor/GRI/Branch Manager 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228 At “The Center Shops” 5134

(800) 352-0367 • (941) 383-5577 5134

SPANISH MAIN CHARMER Must see this updated furnished 2BR/2BA villa. Community has large deep water marina, deeded beach, heated pool and clubhouse. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #253615 $239,900 ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! An oversized single villa w/3BRs. Completely updated. Deeded beach access, heated pool, clubhouse & possibility of boat slip in marina. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #254102 $272,500 VILLA ON LONGBOAT KEY 2BR/2BA, updated villa. Higher ceilings, all white kitchen w/new appliances, enclosed lanai. Active clubhouse, marina & beach. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #254509 $269,500 LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS Rarely available 40' boat slip in one of Florida's top luxury yachting resorts. 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, deli, laundry, etc. Leased thru Nov, 2004. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #256059 $164,900 SPANISH MAIN VILLA Lovely villa with beautiful tile floors. Boating community right off the ICW. Active over 55 community. Great deeded beach access. Everything you need. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #256622 $235,000

SusanSmith Realtor 24 Years Experience Superb – everything went very smoothly and I am now very happy in my new home. Susan was a joy to work with as was everyone else that I met in the office. Very professional and helpful. -Patricia Korn

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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Items Under $200 For Sale WICKER WHEEL barrel, $25. 388-2374, leave message. MINNKOTA TROLLING Motor, 36/lb. thrust, very good cond., $95. EverStart Marine Deep cycle battery, 160 reserve, like new, $50. Minnkota 12/V battery charger, $40. 387-0294.

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Appraisal Services

TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & Appraisals offers professional valuation, research and inventory services without a view to buy or sell. Video documentation inventory, art historical/market research, art TABLE: WICKER, “Designer Wicker” brand, appraisals. Member of the Appraisers honey color, 29” high, 31” diameter round Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, (use as dining or end table), new, $135. Round glass top for table, 33 1/4” diameter, 1/4” thick, $15. 355-6525.

CHAINSAW (ELECTRIC), ladders, wheelbarrel, tools, pots & plants, pole digger, VCR, $150 takes all. 388-3426 after 4:30p.m.

Art Instruction


Adult Care

SPEND JULY in the cool Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Enroll now CNA 15/YRS. experience, with references in an adult workshop FLOORCLOTH will care for you in your home. PAINTING at the Wildacres Retreat, 941-708-0990. July 18-24. Create a beautiful and durable CAREGIVER/LIVE-IN. Longboat/Siesta Key. hand-painted piece for your floor or wall. You’ve tried the rest now try the best! Rates RINGLING SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN Continuing Studies and Special Programs. affordable. Call 941-321-8660. Call 941-955-8866 or email: www.ringlingedu/continuingeducation YOUR ADULT CARE

AD HERE! CALL: 383-5509

ISLAND ART ADVENTURES. Painting, drawing, kite making, watercolors, beading, papier-mache, painted furniture and more! 1ST COME, 1ST. SERVE. LIMITED ENROLLMENT. Grades 3, 4 and 5. Alterations/Upholstery Six weeks available. Sign up for as many as ISLAND UPHOLSTERY. Designer you wish. $150/child/week. Call NOW for work: home and boat interiors. pre-registration. 778-0399. Open registration Restoring antiques. 121 Bridge St. June 14th. Free estimates! 778-4335.

Athletic Enhancement MEN’S BLAZER jackets: size 48-50 reg. EXCELLENT SEWING service alterations. Beige, red, navy and off white. Each Call 351-2378. ENHANCE YOUR ATHLETIC PERFORMworn once, $50/ea. All four for $180. ANCE! Personal Pilates trainer. Increase 941-383-5214. flexibility, improve posture, balance, Antiques coordination. Hypnotherapy - allow your 4/CANE & upholstered bar stools, $199. mind to play “In The Zone”. Quit smoking, 383-5651. STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES weight loss & more. Julia, 730-3965. OVERSIZED MIDNIGHT blue sleeper sofa 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. and love seat, like new! $200. 383-0123. Auto Sales & Service OVER 1,000 PIECES LADY’S SCHWINN bicycle, Collegiate, LEXUS 2003 LS430: tan, loaded, navigation, OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND 3/speed model, ex. cond. $75. 383-6086. etc., 8K/mi. Asking $52,000. 383-1596. CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND CLOCKS. SOFA & chair: upholstered, good cond., $150. 22’ Aluminum ladder, $25. 388-5094. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING Auto Transport MONTHLY! RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. FISHING ROD: 7’ Shimano w/Sahara 4000 Drive your car to the North and back. reel, $75. Diawa Reel 3505-C 3BB boxed, 7881 15TH ST. E. (OLD 301), References. 941-778-5381. $30. 761-1415. SARASOTA, FL. 1947 3/DRAWER Art Deco walnut buffet 755-6063 w/glass top, $150. 383-9250. CLASSIFIEDS WORK DRAW-TITE HITCH (complete). 86-95 Taurus, 86-96 Sable, 96 Taurus Wagon, 97 Reg. $130. Sell $40. 941-383-1956.

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

Boat Detailing BOAT DETAIL by Aqua Marine Yacht & Boat Detail Service. 941-545-5070 SEE OUR AD IN THE SERVICE DIRECTORY.

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Boat Rentals CANNONS MARINA 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Half-day and Full-day rentals 14’-24’ Skiffs /Runabouts /Deckboats Ride in Style in our Grady-White & Scout boats. All powered by YAMAHA outboards. 383-1311

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale


LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS. Most desirable 48’ slip enjoys unobstructed view of Sarasota Bay. Includes extra 12/ft. space alongside for possible dinghy. Yearly contract, $816/mo. +electricity. 248-851-3306.



JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or 630-417-7540.

$480 Monthly Max! Protected, deep water boat slips For yachts up to 60 feet $11.00 a foot No minimum, $480 maximum. Garden setting, minutes from the Gulf.

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? K.A.S./CARPET & TILE CLEANING. Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Cleaning, LLC. Carpet, tile, grout & summer Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. kitchen cleaning. Bonded & Insured. BRAZILIAN HOUSE CLEANER. Reliable 941-730-5318. and Responsible. Ironing & cooking available. Excellent references. Call Rosi’s Maids, 708-3155 or 447-6443. Catering


LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal KEY CLEANING SERVICES. LBK residents, catering. 366-0070. couple. Commercial & Residential Service. Free Estimate. Credit Cards accepted. SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has Insured. Bonded. 941-228-3427. been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Specializing in Computer Services small dinner parties. 383-0777. Cmagik on LBK Flash web design commercial/personal, computer Cleaning Services help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest PC or MAC. 383-3878,  HOUSE CLEANING by experienced technologies, 587-5588. Brazilian lady. Good references. Free estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or K.A.S. Cleaning/Barefoot Management, wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. LLC. Employee Owned. Servicing Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. Trainer. Backed by 25/years of Bonded/Insured. 941-730-5318. experience. Serving beginners & advanced users. Ask for Summer Special!! BEYOND PAMPERED. Housecleaning, Please call Elinor, 951-6145, 586-5689. personal services. Low rates for senior citizens. 685-5361 or 727-3776. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your HOUSECLEANING. COMPANION for computer misbehaving? Will train your elderly & babysitter for children. Good computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. services and references. Call Lidia, FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. 941-924-9487. MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No KERI’S CLEANING. Residential & Business. school, book or person can teach Insured & Bonded. Keri, 713-3387 or you as easily as this experienced 739-1955. teacher. Repairs. 383-5372.

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale BOAT SLIP available for up to 60’ vessel at Longboat Key Moorings. State-of-the-art docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water hook-ups. Asking price of $275,000 includes membership to the prestigious Commodore Club. Call Terri Ayers with Michael Saunders & Company at 941-518-8923.

Books “OUR POLITICAL SYSTEMS” exposes the fallacy of two-party politics, the failure of “free trade” the losers of NAFTA and the lies of Washington. 268p. $19.95. “Many Solutions” 1-800-431-1579, 24/hrs.

LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest Caregiver/Companion priced 60’ slip available. $212,000. Owner, 941-383-2025 or 504-2000. STATE CERTIFIED Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide & Companion available BOAT SLIP available for up to 45’ vessel at for a variety of duties in your home Longboat Key Moorings on Dock “O”, Slip Monday through Friday, days or evenings. “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of extra room Call Robert, 708-6787 for appointment. to move around. State-of-the-art docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and hook-ups. Asking price of $199,000 includes personable. Mature lady accepting clients for membership to the prestigious Coomodore home care. Loves to cook. Good driving record. Bonded. Excellent local references. Club. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405. 504-1316. LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. Available at Spindrift, located top row south THE ADVANTAGES of Sarasota Bay Club’s exceptional Home Health service in your end. 630-330-3657. own home. Home Health care by a licensed, RENT FROM a private owner and SAVE insured & competitively priced agency, BIG! I have 2 high and dry indoor slips Sarasota Bay Club’s own ClubCare. Call available at the Boat House on Longboat. Paula for information @ 366-7667 Ext. 366. Up to 30’. Super South Longboat location. Call direct 371-1866. YOUR


IT’S US OR DUST! Help is on the way! We save you time. Residential/Commercial. Insured and Bonded. Free in-home consultation. Call Mother’s Little Helpers. 224-8655. YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping services. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, licensed, insured.


Boat Sales, Service & Storage

Cleaning Services


Carpet/Tile Cleaning

CLEANING SERVICES by Brazilian family. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, Meticulous, honest. Houses, offices, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. apartments, condos & moving. 371-9869.



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Interior - Exterior

Zymol wax detailing is our specialty

Aqua Marine Yacht & Boat Detail Service A call to M&M can save you thousands

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Laundry • Dishes • Linens Spring Cleaning • One Time • Move In/Out

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

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Items For Sale

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.

FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, POSITION AVAILABLE for person with mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in minimum 1/yr. experience in the vacation box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. rental business. Job consists of training and 941-761-2344. supporting customers with our rental management software package. Some 8/PC. OUTDOOR set, Tropitone, $135. 42” bookkeeping experience required and ability white formica pedestal table, Saarinen, to travel one week per month. Salary range Fishing Charters $150. 52” square glass table top, 1” thick. based upon experience, $27,000+. Send REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. Several 5/ft. cactus. 383-3328. resume to: Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. (no phone contact please). Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and Furniture Repair Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.CharHANDYMAN To The Rescue! Are you an PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, experienced handyman looking for a P/T DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, permanent job w/flexible days and hours? trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. scratches, parts replacement. We keep your Respected organization on Longboat Key USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. needs you! Start immediately! Call Debby for details NOW! 751-6262. Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate Robert Martin, 727-2533. controlled cabin, all new equipment & ART ON FURNITURE. Wood furniture repair P/T TENNIS court maintenance and general Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait and refinishing. Quality paint jobs (crackle, maintenance around the Club. 2/Days a & tackle provided starting at $400. glaze, lacquer and plaster). Some finished week (flexible). Retirees welcome to apply. For information and reservations, call pieces for sale, 704-4964. Cedars Tennis Club. 383-6426. Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. CHILD CARE needed on LBK for newborn Hair Services and 2 1/2 yr. old. 10-15/hrs. per week. Furniture FOR DISABLED people only. Licensed Experienced w/references. 387-9259. DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home hairdresser will do your hair at home for your furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $299; sofa convenience. Renate, 371-7728. & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full OUTSIDE SALES OPPORTUNITY bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed Help Wanted WITH A LEADING complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. $299; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? available. Builders, 753-7118. Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, QUALIFIED CANDIDATE WILL HAVE EARLY 1900’S double bed w/headboard, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate ADVERTISING SALES EXPERIENCE footboard, rails and matching vanity and today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. WITH A PROVEN SALES RECORD mirror, $950. 383-9250. Joe Pickett, 383-5543. AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. FAX RESUME TO: THE EAST COUNTY OBSERVER 753-8456




PEG PEREGO Pliko stroller w/infant car seat, upgraded fabric, $225. Maternity clothes, pre-pregnancy size 2-4. Chicco clip-on high chair, used 1/time, $40. 387-9259.

Jewelry FINE QUALITY Platinum ring from Sterns of S. America: 13.5ct. Aquamarine & .90ct. diamonds. Appraised at $10,500. Must sell. $6900 w/appraisal. 705-6565.

Landscaping & Lawn Services BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing the total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-730-5318 for free consultation. CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING & LAWN MAINTENANCE servicing North Longboat Key. All your lawn maintenance needs! Clean-ups, fertilization, mulching, hauling, sprinkler repair, ponds and water gardens. Bulk shell and mulch delivered and spread. Specializing in native plants and Xeriscaping. Excellent references. 778-5294. SCOTT D’S LAWNCARE Commercial/ Residential. Insured. Pressure Washing. Clean off surface dirt (cobwebs, debris & mold). Also, wash wood decks & driveways. 941-812-2566.

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


Remodeling & Home Improvements


Painting & Wallpapering


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


SOS TO All Ladies and Gentlemen. Never travel alone again. This exciting new concept will open the door to a lifestyle filled with clean fun and friendship. This is not a dating service; you will be dancing and cruising with other seniors. To add a little zing into your CUSTOM PAINTING - Paperhanging. Local life, call LENNY @ DANCING OVER THE References, 25/yrs. experience, insured. SEVEN SEAS TRAVEL. 1-888-303-2567 toll Prompt, free estimates. 713-9391. free.

Blankets Comforters Bed Linens Drapes & Dry Cleaning. Leave knowing all will be fresh when you return. 20% OFF OUR REGULAR COMPETITIVE PRICES.


Personal Services

PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.


Free Pick-up & delivery. COLONIAL LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANING 941-366-5852

END OF SEASON SPECIAL! Blankets, Comforters, Bed Linens, Drapes & Dry Cleaning. Leave knowing all will be fresh when you return. 20% OFF our regular competitive prices. Free Pick-up & delivery. Colonial Laundry & Dry Cleaning 941-366-5852.


✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Mom/Son Lic./Ins. Cell 704-7115 or 792-1646. CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp.


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Helping seniors, busy adults & businesses manage paperwork.


Painting & Wallpapering

Dirty grout? Give us a shout! Grout cleaning & restoration services available.

Gail Sunray, Owner

MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. 510-755-0233. Try it!!

All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Large Longboat Key Portfolio. Free Estimates & Custom Designs.

Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, custom/decorator finishes, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. The originals since 1984 - Dan or Bill. 795-5100 or 518-9303.


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

ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins.

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

Telephone: 941-749-5646

ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7717.




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

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Personal Shopper Why shop if you don’t want to!! Let me do it for you! BIRTHDAY PRESENTS, GROCERIES, CLOTHES I LOVE TO SHOP! VERY EXPERIENCED - YEARS OF PRACTICE!

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Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

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STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Call DON for immediate response. 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, PE20374. VISA/MC.

Waterfront Lido Key residence - 426 Cleveland Drive, on the bayou of Otter Key, with direct access to Sarasota Bay, the most protected boating water for your large boat or sailboat. Priced at $1,750,000 right now!





Sailing LEARN TO SAIL! ASA certified instruction, charters & rentals. Sara Bay Sailing School & Charter. 914-5132.

Call Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence 383-9700

PERICO, THE UNSPOILED ISLAND!! SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club 55+, free standing 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, CAMEO CUSTOM HOMES ED’S RESCREENING & HOME EXTERIOR dock/marina, private beach access. 941-228-5003 OR 941-761-7228 SERVICES. Pool cage restoration, screened $255,000. Owner/Realtor. 941-383-8860. entryways. Serving Longboat Key. “Quality Work, Affordably Priced”. Licensed & LOVELY GULF and garden views from this NORTH LONGBOAT KEY Insured. 504-2325 or 921-9289. Ed Ponte, immaculate 2BR/2BA at Promenade. Marble BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, Owner/Operator. foyer and baths and ceramic tile throughout. 392 FIREHOUSE LANE. Master suite has 2/large walk-in closets and Wanted to Buy steam shower. Full service amenities include CASUAL COASTAL LIVING. SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, resort style his/her spas and social rooms, 2BR/2BA +LOFT. COMMUNITY POOL, watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please lighted clay tennis courts and heated pool WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. call Marc 321-0707. overlooking beach. Offered at $599,900. Call $845,000 Susan Fox, Michael Saunders & Company CONRAD BEACH at 544-6648. Commercial/Business Opp.

Screen Repair

OUTSTANDING AREA Fine Art & Framing business established for over 12/yrs. in affluent neighborhood. $90K** LONGBOAT KEY 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., many possible uses. $400K each. ANNA MARIA ISLAND Video Rentals. Good young business, price will grow as business does, so this is the time to buy. $60K** SARASOTA Restaurant...lunch/dinner, take-out. Great mom-&-pop opportunity. $59K** PALMETTO C-Store & More in outstanding location good income, good lease. $95K**


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 $425,000 DOWNTOWN. Direct bay view, completely remodeled and decorated, stunning renovations. Amenities second to none! Pets. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041.

☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135. LONGBOAT KEY 8/unit apartment complex for sale. Fully occupied. Owner/Broker, 941-387-9252.

Condos & Homes For Sale FOR SALE by owner: Longboat Key Villa in Harbour Oaks, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, pool overlooking Harbourside golf course, new roof, exterior painting, carpeting, appliances, pool screening, etc. The premier panoramic view of the golf course in Harbour Oaks II. $550,000. Shown by appointment only. Day: 365-0118. Evenings: 383-4563. STUNNING WATERFRONT Townhouse, in popular mainland complex w/pools, tennis, 24/hr. security, 2BR/2.5BA +den, three balconies, 2/car garage, 2/fireplaces and more! $869,000. Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390, anytime. LONGBOAT KEY VILLA, 2BR/2BA, updated villa. Higher ceilings, all white kitchen w/new appliances, enclosed lanai, private setting. Active clubhouse, marina, pool & beach. $269,500. Cathy Meldahl, Realtor, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577.



LUXURY CONDO, Downtown. Perfect for professional couple or single. Open plan, 1BR/1BA +den. Designer furnished, secure parking, outstanding amenities, water view. Principals only. 941-383-1768. GRAND BAY: 3BR/3BA, full Bay/City views. Marble floors, custom built-ins. Motivated seller. 941-556-5656, Adam Robinson, Keller Williams Realty.



LONGBOAT ARMS, 2BR/2BA, brand new furniture, penthouse corner, beach view from bedroom and living room, bay view from kitchen and dinette, tennis, clubhouse and boat slip. $299,000. Call Angelo, 941-383-2953. BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB SANCTUARY 2-3BR/2.5BA, FIRST FLOOR, WALK DOWN TO BEACH. TOTAL RENOVATION, LARGE FLOOR PLAN, 2510/SQ.FT. $1,049,000

MICHAEL DUVALL, SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB, 3BR/2BA, RE/MAX EXCELLENCE LBK. Stunning, free standing, oversized villa. BEAU CIEL, REDUCED/RELOCATING! Beautiful white carpet/tile, white kitchen, 941-383-9700 Sweeping Bay views from this 3100/sq.ft., partially furnished. Active clubhouse, marina, 3BR/3BA, 4th floor, unfinished condo pool & beach. $272,500. Cathy Meldahl, EMERALD HARBOR: over 250/ft. of seawall w/several upgrades. Please call for appt., Realtor, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577. w/this 3BR/2BA w/pool and fantastic view. 941-387-0040 for details and showing. One of the best boating lots. $999,999. Call $1,335,000. ATTENTION BOATERS. Enjoy marina Lori Lockhart, Coldwell Banker, 724-0595. views from well maintained 2BR/2BA free BEACH GETAWAY! Beautiful and standing villa w/protected boat basin at your affordable spacious and sparkling in the door. Easy access to Intracoastal & Gulf. NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Key West style prestigious community of the Longboat Key $284,500. Cathy Meldahl, Wagner Realty. with spectacular bay view. $879,000. Bob Burnett, Michael Saunders & Co. Club, 2BR/2BA, 1409/sq.ft. of tranquil living, 941-383-5577. 941-356-1277. heated pool, tennis and sunsets. Offered at $539,900. Call 941-374-3200. SPANISH MAIN. Turnkey villa on lake. Near beach and extra parking. Deep canal to YOUR HOME & Income Opportunity. Previous intercoastal. $248,000. 751-5614. CONDO/HOME FOR group living facility. Licensed for 6/beds, over 3700/sq.ft. A/C, on 5/lots. Immaculate BRADENTON BEACH condo, 2BR/2BA, SALE AD HERE! condition. $395,000. 941-378-7055. direct Gulf front view, partial bay view. Pool, BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT 2nd floor corner unit, mint condition, 2BR/2BA at Bayport Beach & Tennis Club for sale: $439,900 or rent. 847-556-5869.

hot tub, tennis courts, boat dock. Turnkey furnished. Granite/stainless kitchen. Great rental history. This unit has it all! $424,900. No agents. 303-944-8300.

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

Real Estate Wanted 2BR CONDO w/water view in Longboat Harbor or Longboat Arms. No realtors. E-mail:, 412-421-7171, 412-421-2020. INTERESTED IN purchasing condominium w/full Gulf view inside Longboat Key Club gates, Gulfside. Cash buyer. No realtors. Toll Free: 1-800-621-6288.

 $325,000. COMPLETELY New interior. Rentals: Annual LONGBOAT KEY, Bayou frontage, boating facilities, rent as much as you want. Deeded GRAND BAY, private side of newest beach access. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest building, fantastic views, golf course, marina, Real Estate, 941-809-0041. bay, 3BR/3BA, world class fitness center, 2/pools. 387-0171, owner.





BEACH ACCESS, 2BR/2BA apt. Older w/lots of charm, 2944 GMD. $895/mo., water and gas included. 924-7080. COTTAGE IN THE VILLAGE, 1BR/1BA, with carport, $800/mo. Wedebrock Real Estate, 941-383-5886. BAYFRONT, MAINLAND popular building, 2BR/2BA, 9th floor, unobstructed views of bay and new bridge. New paint and carpet. Really nice. $1800/mo. Annual only. Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390. ST. ARMANDS, 3BR/2.5BA single family home, unfurnished. Open plan, large master bedroom/bath, walk to beach, $2000/mo. 371-8183. LBK, COUNTRY Club Shores: 2BR/2BA +den canal home. Large lanai and dock. Furnished. Avail. now through November. Long term or monthly available. $1650/mo. ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-329-2020 or 800-327-9505 ext. 2200. SERENE, SPACIOUS pool home, 4BR/2BA (2300/sq.ft.) in historic Longbeach Village. Two separate master and guest bedroom wings - Great for shared rental! Half block from Bay w/public boat dock & charming restaurants & across from best LBK Gulf beach. Pool & lawn service & deluxe BBQ provided. $2800/mo., furnished if desired. Children & pets welcome! 941-387-1387. DOWNTOWN BAYFRONT BEAU CIEL FINISHED, BRAND NEW, 5TH FLOOR 3100/SQ.FT., BAY OR MARINA VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM. LARGE TERRACES, EXQUISITE FINISHES, PRIVATE ELEVATOR, FABULOUS AMENITIES, VALET, CONCIERGE, DEEP WATER BOAT DOCK. $4500/MO. OR LEASE OPTION. OWNER/AGENT: LINDA PAGE 941-504-0123


Rentals: Annual LBK, BEACH HARBOUR CLUB, furnished (and upgraded) Penthouse. 3BR/2BA, split plan. W/D, 1600sq.ft. under air & private porches. Summer rates with 6/mos. lease now. Available seasonally. Call 360-8966. DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Water view/new, 1BR/1BA. Beautifully furnished, all amenities included. Annually, $1300. Monthly negotiable. For Rent/Sale! 941-921-1648, leave message. ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, walk beach/Circle. May, 2004 and/or annual. Non-smokers. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB 55+, free standing 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, dock/marina, private beach access. Annual or Seasonal. 383-8860.


BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, furnished, 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant w/thru views of Bay & Marina. All amenities including concierge & valet. No pets/smoke. $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. 3/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815.

 DOWNTOWN, CENTRAL PARK II. Elegant, secure, 2BR/2.5BA, decorator turnkey furnished, 5/yrs. new. W/D, pool, fitness, tennis, day dock. $1200/mo. 941-544-4509.

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, CONDOS - SEASONAL located on bay, walk to beach. SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. $600-$650/month-to-month. Call Resort Weekly through December. Gulf front. SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the Properties, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. GRAND BAY, 2BR/2BA luxury Bayside 724 MARBURY LANE, 3BR/2BA on canal condo. Non-smoking. No pets. 3/mo. min. w/boat dock. $9000/mo. 716-472-0530. GOLDEN GATE POINT #495, 2BR/2BA furnished. Available June, 2005. $950/mo. BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. TKF, across street 941-724-4703 from Gulf. 1/mo. min. May 1-Nov. 30, Call Barbara Fulmer, Property Manager $1900/mo. Dec. $3000. Jan. 1-March 30 Wagner Realty ISLANDER CLUB, Longboat Key, beach$4000. 770-671-0338. 941-383-5577 front: 2BR/2BA, $2000/mo. The Longboat Connection, Realtor. 387-9709. BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. BEAUTIFUL GULFSIDE PENTHOUSE on 640 BROADWAY - 3BR/2BA house, garage, Walk right out onto the beach from this Lido Beach, totally remodeled and ready W/D, fireplace, furn. or unfurn., $1200/mo. charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near for you. 2BR/2BA. Available now. Call for 690 RUSSELL - 3BR/2BA, fireplace, furn., Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf details, 388-2063, 376-1610. $1600/mo. SUNCOAST REAL ESTATE, view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 941-383-6650. SEAPLACE, LOVELY 2BR/1.5BA. Tasteful779-0202 ly decorated. Fully equipped kitchen, W/D, LBK, 1BR/1BA condo across from beach, LBK, BANYAN BAY 3BR/3BA (Gulf beach). 2/TV’s and DVD player. King bed in master overlooks lagoon, furnished. Boat dockage Bay view, tennis, dock, heated pool. Monthly & 2/twins in second bedroom. Available May available. Available now through 1/3/05, or annual rent. 813-495-3884. through December, 2004 & Jan., Feb. 2005. $650/mo. +utilities. 734-216-6622. Call 941-379-4832. BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS 3BR/2BA, CLOSE TO BEACH, CIRCLE, SHOPPING, DINING AND EVERYTHING. LAWN/AC MAINTENANCE, AND PEST CONTROL INCLUDED. $2000/MO.

L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. 203-227-0500. 888 ON RITZ Marina, 3/levels, 3BR/3.5BA 2/car garage, boat dock. Furnished. No pets/smoke. $2800/mo. annual. $5200/mo. 4/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. ISLANDER CLUB, Longboat Key condo, beachfront, Gulf view, 2BR/2BA. Yearly or Seasonally. Please call 732-873-1950.


SUNSET BEACH, LBK. Newly redecorated 2BR/2BA condo located in a small complex, 5th floor unit, beautiful view of Gulf and pool. Minimum 2/mo. rental. Jan.-March, $5300/mo. April, $4300/mo. 860-633-3545. EARLY BIRD 2005 RENTAL. Longboat Harbour, 2BR/2BA, lovely view, beach access, 4/pools, exercise room, tennis courts. Call 251-342-7339 or 251-510-8822. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101.

RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys LIDO BEACH efficiency and 1BR apartment & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, LBK, BANYAN Bay condo, 2BR/2BA, 1st. available for annual rental, steps to beach. Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, floor, beach, tennis, heated pool, dock. 941-388-2590 May-Dec $1500/mo. January $3100/mo. 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. 203-481-2748. LUXURY CONDO, Downtown. Perfect for BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Gorgeous professional couple or single. Open plan, Gulf views, beautifully furnished, 2BR/2BA, LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, 3rd floor 1BR/1BA +den. Designer furnished, secure spacious, 2nd floor. Tennis, pool. Available direct Gulf front, private, 2BR/2BA. Pool, recreation room. Available August-Dec. parking, outstanding amenities, water view. May to December, 2004. (860)966-2668. 813-837-9901. Annual or monthly. 941-383-1768. NORTH END Longboat: 2BR, steps to BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS. 5BR/4.5BA the beach, $1200/mo. Available month to LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, home totally remodeled. Pool. Annual lease. month up to December. Real Estate Mart, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. Call for Summer rates. 617-328-7145. 756-1090. 941-388-6456. VENICE ISLAND CONDO 55+. Furnished 2BR/2BA, third floor, immaculate. New kitchen/appliances, paint & carpet. Near hospital & shopping. Covered parking, water, cable & pool included. $800/mo. 1st., last & security. 941-483-3770 or 941-485-2564.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation LBK BEACHPLACE condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available Aug., 2004 to December, 2004. Also 2005. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884. HILTON HEAD, S.C.: 2BR/3BA, near beach, limited free tennis, $1100/week. 925-9882. LBK. NORTH END, 2BR/2BA elevated home on canal w/large deck. $995 (Summer rate) for 2/weeks . Monthly rates available. 355-3200.

2BR/2BA CONDO w/sweeping Bay views. VILLAGE COTTAGE, 2BR/1BA, bay view, Fully furnished, includes 3/TVs, cable, swimming pool. Available May 1st. All DVD/VCR. Steps to the beach, pool, tennis utilities included. Annual lease possible. 356-1277. court. Call 813-469-9338.

CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA furnished home. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Spa, dock, walk to beach. Available May through Dec., 2004. Monthly only. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates. or call 941-360-0700.

3BR/3BA UPDATED, 2400/sq.ft. LBK canalfront home in Country Club Shores. Caged heated pool, w/large patio & BBQ, all new furnishings, short walk to private Gulf beach. Avail. summer months at the bargain price of $2500/mo. Call 517-263-7835 or E-mail: for information and availability.

LBK, GULF FRONT, 3BR/3BA home on private, 100/ft. beach, 70 tropical ST. ARMANDS furnished condo. Luxury palms, heated pool, cable TV/internet/fax, 2BR/2BA, all amenities. Available May-June, W/D, spa quality exercise equipment. Aug. through Dec. 359-6504. Sept.-Dec., 2004 $5000/mo., Jan.-Aug. 2005 VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE $5500/mo., Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, 941-773-0223, 305-933-3376. Casey Key, U.P.C.C., Downtown. Experience the elegant lifestyle of BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor The Residence at The Ritz Carlton larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, SANCTUARY 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, FAIRWAY BAY tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered SEAPLACE parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 JUST TO NAME A SELECT FEW to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. BEACH HARBOR, Longboat Key. Summer Special! 2BR/2BA, 1st floor, furnished, W/D. Private beach. Available June, July Aug., $4500/for all three month. 413-245-7004. Log on to see pictures:


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1BR/1.5BA, GULF view w/private beach, Bay access w/dock. Available now. Call for info and e-mail pictures. Seasonal or annual. Call for annual rates. 941-780-2352.

LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA. Available May-June and August-Jan., 2005. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. 24/hour security. Non-smokers. By owner. Month-to-month rentals avail. 813-837-9901.

RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME, 2/min. walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool w/screened enclosure, 3BR/2BA. Recently updated w/new paint and furniture, lots of tile, pets welcome upon approval. No smoking and no children please. Security/Deposit. 2/month minimum. $6500/mo. Call 863-559-4610 or E-mail:

941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 For a complete list, go to: LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Available April, May & June, $2000/mo. Aug. & Sept., $2000/mo. Oct. & Dec., $2750/mo. Also available Jan. & Feb. 2005, $4000/mo. 727-403-1449, LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace: 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished. Non-smokers. Winter 2005, other months available. 708-771-3129, E-mail: SIESTA KEY. The weather’s perfect, the sunsets are awesome - enjoy a beachside rental, come and stay on Siesta Key! 3/Day rentals available. To view: 737-5603. LONGBOAT KEY Gulf front condo. Directly on the beach, 3BR/2BA, fully furnished, sleeps 6. Pool. No smoking. $1600/week. 863-682-4345. LIDO BEACH: efficiencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day minimum. 388-2590.

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LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, LIDO BEACH, 2BR/2BA, stunning views, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & beautifully furnished, beachfront, pool. 2/mo. 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $18000. min. More info on:, Cunningham Property Management, Florida 1-888-355-8655. Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983,


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Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925

L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. Long season. 203-227-0500. LBK, BEAUTIFUL townhouse at Seaplace. 2BR/2.5BA, spa, beach, pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness center. Available April through Sept., 04 and Jan. through Dec., 2005. Call 941-383-7121 or LONGBOAT COVE 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. $6000/MO. 3/MO. MIN.


Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. OWNER: BILL ROSS P.O. BOX 924, LONGBOAT KEY, FL 34228

4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE “85% Repeat Guests” “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” ASK ABOUT OUR RATE SPECIALS!

BY OWNER. Stunning full Bay views from totally renovated Essex House condo: 2BR/2BA, custom closets, designer kitchen, 1200/sq.ft., secured building and parking. Unique unit on Bayfront for $479,000. Small pets allowed. Call 650-4188.

WATERFRONT LOTS and homes between Englewood and Boca Grande: 6 lots w/seawalls and 3 ground level waterfront homes, deep water, no bridges, 1 tip lot CALL GREG: 863-581-4639 TOTALLY RENOVATED TKF, 2BR/2BA in directly on ICW and Bay, your dock to the small complex near beach, Publix, etc. Gulf in 3/min. Last chance for affordable priced waterfront lots from $259K, homes KINGSTON ARMS on St. Armands Circle. Non-smoking. 1/mo. min. or will consider from $319K. 570-943-2516. Furnished 1BR/1BA. 1/mo. minimum. annual. 388-1601, 366-0030. Annual also possible. Call Agent/Owner, LBK GULF FRONT. Newly updated and ☛ ☛ NEW WATERFRONT Community, 941-586-6731. beautifully redecorated 2BR/2BA condo with Cortez Quay. 3/Lots available w/docks. Gulfstream, Paula Jonsson. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 direct Gulf view, large lanai, washer/dryer, Re/Max 730-9888. pool and parklike setting. Available monthly bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental May to December 2004 and 2005. 914-238-3711/New York or CLASSIFIEDS WORK condo. 388-1404.

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562 Norton Street 1621 Harbor Cay Lane 535 Sanctuary Drive 4311 GMD 4131 GMD 961 Longboat Club Road 15 Lighthouse Point 853 Tarawitt Drive 961 Longboat Club Road 5655 GMD 4825 GMD 3800 GMD 3070 Grand Bay 609 Cutter Lane 1701 GMD 5541 GMD 370 GMD 380 GMD 3030 Grand Bay 361 North Shore Road 1425 GMD 673 Norton Street 560 Harbor Cove Circle 435 L'Ambiance Drive 2120 Harbourside Drive 1241 GMD 4325 GMD 5920 Emerald Harbor 4401 GMD 2425 GMD 2045 GMD 541 Bowsprit Lane 500 Royal Road 531 Golf Links Lane 532 Ranger lane 648 Dream Island Road 1211 GMD 562 Norton Sreet 645 Halyard Lane 5655 GMD 279 North Shore Road 696 Marbury Lane 5010 GMD 5555 GMD 6700 GMD 788 Spanish Drive South 3710 GMD 6750 GMD 590 Channel Lane 5821 GMD 836-843 Bayport Way 731-741 Bayport Way 590 Yardarm Lane 547 Bayview Drive 561 Yardarm Lane 230 Palmetto Avenue 5 Winslow Place 6701 GMD 350 GMD 450 GMD 2016 Harborside Drive 4400 Exeter Drive 3710 GMD, D8 3710 GMD, F8 584 Hornblower Lane 760 Broadway 4401 GMD 3451Winding Oaks Drive 4960 GMD 6120 GMD 370 GMD 4651 GMD 415 L’Ambiance Drive 435 L’Ambiance Drive 4250 GMD 280 GMD 6633 GMD 551 Harbor Cove 531 Bowsprit Lane

new 3-story fire sprinkler system repairs painting and waterproofing concrete repair, waterproof decks demolition of 5 buildings and pool re-roof addition 2-story addition with roof repair stucco, repaint alteration alteration concrete repairs and waterproofing alteration pool and spa window installation driveway re-roof re-roof hurricane shutters installation remodel alteration siding re-roof kitchen alteration hurricane shutters alteration alteration re-roof alteration interior alteration interior alteration pool addition kitchen alteration re-roof seawall re-roof alteration swimming pool swimming pool kitchen alteration alteration pool and deck addition fence alteration alteration alteration roofove, vinyl siding remodel 2 baths 2nd story bath new elevator paint exterior paint exterior swimming pool re-roof kitchen alteration kitchen alteration paver driveway 7 window replacements window replacement shutter installation alteration window replacement vinyl siding roofover re-roof decorative ceiling alteration replace sliding glass doors boat lift repair dock window replacement re-roof replace fuel tank replace fuel tank paint water tank paint water tank fill in existing pond install awning install brick over driveway

Michael D. Seamon Ray R. Dils Sanctuary Condo Longboat Beach House Silver Beach Resort Chloe K. Poag Robert S. Martin Taylor J. Deweese Chloe K. Poag Barbara H. Robb Carmen Heck Beach Harbor Club Condo MMP Properties Solent Inc. Steven Drell Carl W. Cheek Tangerine Bay Club Tangerine Bay Club Lorraine S. Dilsaver Beachside Cottages Walter E. Mattson Albert J. Connelly Daniel L. Weber Les and Carol Brualdi Suresh H. Mollgavkar Rosalie Goldberg Ronald C. Tilton John E. Howe Timothy S. Vincent Anna Rabinowitz James A. Rhodes Leo J. Latini John J. Flaherty Jack E. Block Barbara Mengelberg Manor Estate Ltd. Walter G. Grahn Jr. Michael D. Seamon Ines P. Tendler James C. Koliha Cathleen Schulhoff Mr./Mrs Rahman Barry W. Messer Martin D. Cohn John Crain Gregory Fiore Jerry L. Downham Olaf Allan Takvam Jane C. Wittlinger Marion Savage Bayport Beach Condo Bayport Beach Condo James K. Larson Samuel E. Boddie Brian J. McGinn Henry Mork John Kerwin Anne Payne Kathleen K. Mosak Otis A. Maxfield Paul S. Kline Christiana G. Smith Dennise McCarthy Hugh S. Young Donald O. Lehmer Marvista Group Inc. Howard Humphrey Keith E. Finneseth Robert Mcdonald Claire H. Gingher John F. Crosfield Sun ’n Sea L’Ambiance Condo L’Ambiance Condo Town of Longboat Key Town of Longboat Key Reliance Longboat Partners Richard H. Schaefer Herbert A. Sandler

$457,000 $301,240 $235,000 $162,042 $110,000 $102,000 $70,000 $64,000 $60,000 $59,000 $58,336 $54,000 $48,000 $45,000 $42,000 $41,000 $39,333 $39,333 $36,000 $35,322 $35,000 $34,000 $31,758 $26,800 $25,000 $25,000 $24,660 $22,275 $22,079 $22,000 $21,550 $21,273 $20,880 $20,775 $19,800 $19,350 $19,349 $17,682 $17,100 $15,984 $15,800 $15,401 $15,382 $15,000 $14,480 $12,856 $12,500 $12,452 $12,000 $11,500 $11,425 $11,425 $10,914 $9,900 $9,800 $9,560 $8,825 $8,526 $8,500 $8,236 $8,000 $7,663 $7,489 $7,446 $6,287 $6,000 $6,000 $5,840 $5,820 $5,700 $5,300 $5,250 $5,280 $5,280 $5,040 $5,039 $5,000 $4,850 $4,500

2045 GMD 380 GMD 559 Bayview Drive 520 Birdie Lane 751 Russell Street

install motorized shutters window replacement window replacement roof re-roof

Donald Cooks Leon Cooper Christina G. Smith Anthony E. Scott Janis Frawley-Holler

$4,200 $4,100 $4,000 $4,000 $3,995

In 2003 She Sold Over $61 Million in Sarasota & The Keys!

31 Sales Under Contract Year-to-Date! Among Top .05% of Associates Internationally

Lido Shores• MODERN WATERFRONT HOME: is Florida’s best architectural statement on the West Coast. Fabulous unobstructed private bayou views, 75” lap pool, outstanding floor plan, walk to beach. $4,695,000.

Longboat Key • TANGERINE BAY DIRECT BAY VIEWS: 2BR plus den. Gourmet kitchen, terrace grill, Sisal & tile flooring, plantation shutters, faux painted walls. 2-car gar. & storage. Beach membership included. $899,000.

Longboat Key • COREY’S LANDING: 3/4 BR/4BA w/high ceilings, master bedroom on 1st level plus study. Lanai with summer kitchen, pool & spa overlook golf course & bay. Har-Tru Tennis Courts, Private Beach Club. $1,150,000.

Longboat Key • THE PIERRE Direct southwest gulf front 3BR/3.5BAcorner unit, turnkey furnished, wood floors, Corian, spacious kitchen. Magnificent views of sunrise & sunset from the 3 terraces that capture the city, Siesta Key & the Gulf. $1,750,000.

LBK • WATERCLUB I • GULFFRONT Gulf front island retreat, a 3BR/5BA, 7th floor w/sunset views from 3 terraces. Soft tones, wood, textures & furnishings include light oak floors, granite countertops & plantation shutter doors throughout. Concierge services, magnificent 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse & separate garage. $3,200,000.

Longboat Key • WATERCLUB I - 2BR+den 4BA Dover model w/gulf views. Gourmet kitchen, granite counters, wood & marble flooring, faux painted walls, plantation shutters, his/her marble master bath. Gulf side pool & clubhouse, exercise facilities, on site management, security & concierge. Furnished. $1,195,000.




Longboat Key • PIERRE - Amazing views. Direct Gulffront rarely available corner unit. 3 bedroom/3 bath, totally upgraded, designer perfect with wood floors and three large terraces. $1,795,000.




Longboat Key • VILLA DI LANCIA: Gulf front penthouse, over 1600 sq. ft. of roof garden with private spa and wet bar. This 3BR/3BA residence features custom updates, tile floors, wine cooler and private elevator lobby. $1,795,000.





L o n g b o a t K e y • PROMENADE: VIEWS • VIEWS • VIEWS! 2BR/2BA condo. Open white kitchen w/new appliances, large living & dining areas. Extra garage pkg., his & her spa, tennis & pool. $749,000.

Longboat Key• COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: Boaters paradise - 170’ of seawall on protected Bayou looks out to Sarasota Bay. 2-story foyer, wood floors, spacious LR with study/loft, , 2BR & master suite. $1,695,000.

Mainland• PRESTANCIA: Lakefront & golf course views. 3/4BR, master suite w/ exercise or study. Granite countertops and breakfast room. Light tiled floors, 12 ft ceilings, summer kit., caged pool, spa. $839,000.

Mainland• OYSTER BAY: 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom home on nature preserve. Wood and tile floors, Corian, Eurotech cabinetry and new appliances. Near shopping & Sarasota’s finest schools. $649,000.

Call Barbara at:

941-387-1820 or 941-924-2000 Take a virtual tour of these properties at: 5134


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BRAND NEW MEDITERRANEAN FLATS designed for carefree waterfront living with all the luxuries and conveniences one could desire. Nestled between the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef. Models open daily 11am-4pm. Starting at $795,000. Tina Rudek 920-0303

BEAUTIFUL OPEN BAY VIEW Don't miss this 2 bedroom condo with spectacular bay view, new appliances, updated, 4 pools, tennis, boat dock, beach facility. A true value in today's market. $375,000. 383-5543

SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT 3/4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, attention to detail, custom built canal front home. Too many amenities to mention, a boater’s paradise. $1,295,000. Cindy or Mike Migone 812-7438/812-7437

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

LARGE KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT! Sailboat water with dock, 3 bedroom 3 bath furnished, caged/heated pool, many special features. Move in condition. $599,000. Vicki Gilbert 713-0195

SECLUDED WATERFRONT HOME Immaculate custom home has it all! 3 car garage, extended boat dock on sailboat water, sparkling swimming pool & private whirlpool, unique master bath with separate dressing area. Only steps to tennis, short stroll to splendid beaches. $1,099,000. Tina Rudek 920-0303

LONGBOAT BAY FRONT Inspiring bay and wildlife views from this one of a kind location. Bonus wrap around protected side canal with deep water, ideal for a large boat. 2,642 sq ft home being sold "as is" but in excellent condition. Deeded beach access just 4/10ths of a mile away. Plans for a new 4,500 sq ft home in the works. $1,895,000. Cindy or Mike Migone 812-7438/812-7437




ELEGANT PENTHOUSE Captivating spacious interior with warm & inviting designer finishes. Private wraparound terraces, sweeping gulf, bay , sunset & sunrise views. Intimate gulf front complex featuring only 8 residences with private attached garages. $1,899,000. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 920-0303/812-7437

THE OSPREY Luxurious yet carefree living awaits you in this brand new home with serene water views and assigned boat dock. Spacious 3BR/2.5BA with open terrace, screened lanai, 2 car garage and ample storage for all your toys. $660,000. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone 920-0303/812-7437

WANT A PRIVATE HOME, YET MAINTENANCE FREE? This gulfside 2 or 3 bedroom has it all. Mid Key location and remodeled beautifully. Turnkey furnished. Hear the ocean waves and enjoy your privacy. $448,500. Karen Ankerstar 586-7585

BAYFRONT AT THE POINT Full bay views! Private and secure complex, boat docks available. Glassed lanai extends living area. Inside laundry room, mirrored walls extend your panoramic view of Sarasota Bay! $325,000. Holly or Lisa Clemmer 780-1125/780-8525


LBK VILLAGE COTTAGE Adorable 1BR/1BA cottage - newly painted, new carpet, new vinyl. Convenient to restaurants, and beaches. Available annually, $800 per month.

LBK VILLAGE HOME Rarely available 4BR/2 BA home in historical Longboat Key Village. Unfurnished, available on an annual basis – Starting June 1st. $1025 per month.

GENESIS PROPERTIES Rent one or rent two for large family get-togethers. Spacious and newly remodeled, both homes feature new furnishings, appliances and hot tubs, and are just steps to the beach. Available weekly, monthly or seasonally.

INN ON THE BEACH Beautiful two bedroom penthouse offers a great floor plan with both bedrooms and the living area opening to the open lanai with great lagoon view. Available weekly, monthly and seasonally.

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