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+ Turtles nest on Longboat

The first sea-turtle nests of the season on Longboat Key were laid May 15. One of the nests was laid in front of The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, and another was laid in front of Club Longboat. Above, Longboat Key Turtle Watch members Diana Schumaker, Alison Albee and Mark Benjamin remove the eggs from the nest at Club Longboat to relocate them to north of the Broadway boardwalk to protect the nest from beach-renourishment activities. Nests typically hatch about 60 days after the time they were laid.

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Residents oppose 30-day P&Z board shuts door on short-term rentals. After listening to both sides of a proposal to change the town’s 30-day rental rule, the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board decided Tuesday not to forward the issue to the Town Commission. The decision shuts the door on what many businesses owners thought would have provided a needed boost during the upcoming slow-summer months. On one side, business leaders said weekly rentals would help attract tourists to the island during the summer. Meanwhile, about a half-dozen residents spoke out against changing the rental ordinance. Residents such as Peggy Annette told P&Z members that short-term rentals would degrade their neighborhoods. Annette said the change would help businesses, but it would also place an unfair burden on residents living near

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homes that are rented. The Bayview Drive resident said it appeared as if the proposed change was being “shoved down our throats.” Marbury Lane resident Rosemary Dilgard portrayed an image of partying, cars parked on narrow streets and excessive damage. “For sure, changing this rule will alter the peace and tranquility,” she told board members. Former Longboat resident and president of the Public Interest Committee Betty Blair said that “it was a disaster” in the 1980s, before the town approved a minimum 30-day rental period. “People were breaking things in homes, partying outside and playing rock music, and, in general, it was very bad,” Blair said. Gail Loefgren, president of the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St Armands Key Chamber of

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Commerce, attempted to address concerns by telling residents that the chamber is only looking to try out weekly rentals during a trial period for one or two summers. Blair replied that a trial period would disrupt permanent residents.

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What more could a 3-year-old wanna-be cowboy want for a special birthday treat than to ride a beautiful horse. Nate Atkins celebrated his birthday May 10, and eagerly climbed into the saddle. Led by Peggy Creadon, of Pony Parties, Nate rode Star all around the neighborhood. It was quite a sight for Bogey Lane residents, with many coming out of their homes for a closer look. The plans had been for pony rides for all Nate’s birthday guests, but there were no takers. Nate was just as happy not to have to share. He enjoyed his ride so much there was a shower of tears when his mother, Kelly Atkins, tried to get him out of the saddle.

The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board directed town staff Tuesday to make a final round of minor changes to a post-storm reconstruction policy. Board members went through sections of the proposed ordinance with Town Attorney David Persson, and after more than two hours of discussion, voted to direct Persson to make revisions before the policy is forwarded to the Town Commission. The commission will begin reviewing the policy at its workshop Thursday and could vote on the first reading of the ordinance as early as June 15, Persson said. “This is an extremely important document for everyone on Longboat Key,” said Chairman Sandy Gilbert. The new policy applies only to non-conforming properties that are destroyed during a hurricane or other involuntary event. Sections of the policy are modeled after Marco Island’s reconstruction policy, while

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OUR TOWN continued from 1A the Sarasota Opera House in downtown Sarasota. Because of the renovations to the opera house, the program will move to Tampa. Along with other volunteers at the luncheon were Longboaters Doris and Joe Miller, and Bert and Marlyn Dorman (pictured), who have read for the program for years.

+ Landlubber thanks hosts

After realizing that it would be impossible to cover the Sarasota Bay Cup Regatta by land (after all, the boats were racing offshore in the bay), Community Editor Kat Wingert finally accepted one of the many offers to cover the event on the boat of a Bird Key Yacht Club member. Despite her inclination to stay on solid ground, her hosts, John and Michael Tendall, made sure she was comfortable rather than queasy during the race, as did the companions aboard the Tendalls’ boat, Rebecca and David Taylor. For the superb pictures, great company and even more spectacular steering skills that kept her stomach somewhat at ease, she is extremely grateful. Their hospitality goes unmatched.

+ Ch-ch-ch changing

Golfers at the Longboat Key Club will need to say their farewells this week to Golf Tournament Director and Group Coordinator Tim Conaway. Friday, May 19, is his last day at the club, for he is

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THE REST OF THE CLAN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; In an April 29 wedding ceremony on the beach, Kathleen Pringle became the bride of Christopher Banan. In the May 4 issue of The Longboat Observer, we published a photo of the bridegroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family. Not to be outdone, the Pringle side of the family sent us a photo of the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family, who also traveled from all over the United States to be at the wedding. leaving to move up a rung to serve as the assistant golf professional at The Oaks Country Club in Osprey.

+ Katz makes tracks

Florence Katz, founder of the Temple Beth Israel choir and community activist, is moving. A longtime resident of Lido Key, Katz is making the move to the Sarasota Bay Club next month. After a couple bouts of bouts with illness, Katz said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My children are insisting I move.â&#x20AC;? But 91-year-old Katz said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just because I am moving that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be out and about.â&#x20AC;?

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+ The Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blessing For the second time this season, a generous donor has given a car to The Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Warehouse. It is a 1999 Cavalier,

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Commission to discuss T-head groin committee Jeremy Whatmough wants to discuss the details of the proposed committee. The Town Commission is scheduled Thursday to discuss the details of a plan to form a Thead groin committee. At a May 1 meeting, Town Commissioner Randall Clair revealed a plan to form a committee that would meet with condominium associations potentially impacted by a proposed T-head groin project. The majority of the Town Commission agreed that the committee would be a good way to address growing skepticism among sev-

eral condominium residents living near the mid-Key project. The next day, Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough e-mailed a list of questions to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. In the e-mail, Whatmough said he wanted to know what the scope of the committee would be and how the Town Commission would provide direction to the group. His questions included: “Is the purpose to listen only? Is the purpose to give a status re-

port? Is the purpose to identify a groin structure?” Whatmough also said the group would need “some concurrence and direction from the commission,” because residents would perceive the committee as a group speaking on behalf of the town. Based on the May 1 commission discussion, the committee would be comprised of St. Denis, Public Works Director Juan Florensa, Public Works Project Manager James Linkogle, the town’s engineering consultant, Cliff Truitt, and a town commissioner. Throughout last week, a handful of residents called Town Hall asking when the committee will meet with their

respective condo associations. In an interview Friday, St. Denis said he plans to send a letter to condominium associations to let residents know about the committee. But he wants to wait to do so until he hears the latest response from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The town sent the results of a recent survey to the agency, hoping to alleviate concerns of environmental officials that the groin project would adversely impact nearby beaches. St. Denis expects to hear from FDEP sometime this week or next week. “There is no point going out and talking to people until we hear from FDEP,” he said.

fire department by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Deputy chief retires after 29 years The best way for Tom Sousa to describe his 29 years as a Longboat Key firefighter would be to list all the emergency calls to which he has responded. Sousa, who will retire June 1, joined the department as a firefighter in 1976. At the time, he had a part-time job doing maintenance around the old fire station that was located on Firehouse Road, including digging a 250-foot ditch around the station. The fire chief asked if he wanted a job as a firefighter. There was one stipulation. Sousa had to cut his dreadlocks. Three years later he was promoted to lieutenant. Twelve years later he underwent training to become a paramedic, and finally, Sousa was named deputy chief. Recently he has been responsible for the EMS and fire training for all firefighter-paramedics and for overseeing the department’s budget. “I appreciate the opportunity I was given, and I hope I was able to give back,” Sousa said. One call that stands out in Sousa’s memory came in during Hurricane Elena in 1985. Longboat Key was deserted, except for a few firefighters who stayed behind. It was the first time that all the island’s residents were ordered to evacuate. The firefighters stayed at the old fire station as 60 mph gusts blew and sheets of rain fell from the sky. “We all wondered, ‘What are we doing here?’” Sousa said. Then the call came in. An elderly couple that had stayed behind was trapped at their home that was surrounded by floodwaters. Sousa and a small crew of firefighters drove out to the home in the department’s highwheel military vehicle. When he first joined the fire department in 1976, firefighters had to use older equipment, including one pickup truck and a fire engine that was parked at the current location of the Longboat Key Club golf course. But it wasn’t state-of-the art equipment that developed the fire department into a first-class organization, Sousa said. With a small department, firefighters have had to keep up on training and be willing to adapt. In June, Sousa plans to tour Europe for two weeks with his wife, Annette, and his four daughters. Although Sousa qualifies for early retirement, he starts his new job with the West Manatee Fire Rescue June 26. There, Sousa will be in charge of a training program for firefighter-paramedics. “He is Mr. Longboat Key,” said Police Chief Al Hogle. “He will be hard to replace.”

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+ Saunders office undergoes expansion

For the next three months, construction crews will be hammering and painting at the commercial space adjacent to Michael Saunders & Co. real-estate office at 3174 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The space, owned by the real-estate firm, was formerly home to Island Juice and Java. Once the renovation is completed, the new office will be combined with the current office and house private Realtor offices, conference rooms and a reception area. The number of Realtors is likely to increase from four to about 15, said Paula Rees, vice president of operations for Michael Saunders. Renovation plans include a two-phase interior renovation, plus exterior improvements such as paint. Originally, plans called for new windows and a whole-new exterior look, but state and town regulations that limit improvements to 50% worth of a structure at one time prevented extensive work. “Our first initial plans were a lot more elaborate, but we had to scale back,” Rees said. “Because of the 50% rule, we were limited.”

+ Board grants Enclave extension

The planning and zoning board voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a one-year extension to the developer of The Enclave at Bay Isles, a 12-unit condominium development planned for a 3.7-acre parcel located behind Publix supermarket. Representatives from Westwater Construction Inc., who bought the land and development plans from previous owner Bay Isles Development LLC in January, said the extension is necessary because of the change in ownership. Westwater Construction now has until June 21, 2007 to begin construction.

+ Condos replace Cortez RV Park Deputy Chief Tom Sousa and Longboat Key Fire Marshal Carroll Mooneyhan Kat Wingert

Fire Marshal dedicated career to preventing fires Six months ago, a neighbor rescued a 90year-old woman from her Gulfshore mobile home that became engulfed in flames. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, Longboat Key Fire Marshal Carroll Mooneyhan sifted through the black remnants of what used to be the bedroom, searching for clues as to what caused the fire. Mooneyhan, who is retiring June 1 after 34 years as a firefighter, found the source of the fire: a frayed lamp cord. Mooneyhan held a meeting with residents from the neighboring Gulfshore and Twin Shores mobile-home communities and told them about the frayed cord. Soon after his presentation, about a dozen residents went to their units and found frayed electrical cords and threw out the hazardous electrical appliances. “The only way to prevent fires is to know what causes them,” he said. During his 19 years as a fire inspector on Longboat Key, Mooneyhan has often been the one remaining after the firefighters and police leave the scene. Surrounded

by charred devastation and the lingering smoke smell, he examines burned debris, searching for evidence such as a melted cord or the pattern on the wall made by a flame. Sometimes the answers are hard to find, the frustration builds and Mooneyhan has to leave the scene. But he always comes back and starts over the next day. “Once I get started, I must find the answer,” he said. In addition to investigating fires, Mooneyhan has also been responsible for making sure that new construction on the Key meets fire codes. The first item on Mooneyhan’s retirement to-do list is a trip to Hollywood, Calif., to hopefully become a contestant on his favorite television show, “The Price is Right.” After that, he plans to continue to teach fireprevention courses throughout the state and work with Longboat Key as a consultant. He has agreed to help the town with post-storm damage assessment if a hurricane makes landfall near the island. — Roger Drouin

FIRE DEPARTMENT OPENINGS The Longboat Key Fire Rescue department now has three open positions. Chief Julius Halas hopes to have all three positions filled by mid-June. In addition to Sousa and Mooneyhan retiring, Lt. Michael Haupt also retired earlier this year after 20 years with the department. “Both Tom and Carroll are definitely veterans, and it is a challenge to find folks with that kind of experience,” Halas said. “Their shoes will be hard to fill.” Halas said he plans to look within the department to find in-house replacements, while also considering outside applicants.

The owner of the Holiday Cove RV Resort, located on Cortez Road a quarter-mile east of the Cortez Bridge, has plans to build a 78-unit residential development where 112 recreational vehicle spots now sit. The condominium development is in preliminary planning phase, and, if approved, would not be built for several years. The parcel of property is an 8.8-acre site. The property has to be rezoned from commercial to residential before construction can begin.

+ Town manager thanks Sarasota

Town Manager Bruce St. Denis thanked Sarasota County Administrator Jim Ley and Sheriff Bill Balkwill for their assistance in fighting the Sister Keys fire earlier this month. In two separate May 3 letters, St. Denis wrote that Ley and Balkwill’s efforts to send the County Sheriff’s helicopter to drop water on the fire when it was at its peak Tuesday evening helped control the blaze. St. Denis wrote that Ley’s “quick action and willingness to get involved speaks well for the positive relationship between Sarasota County and the town of Longboat Key.”

+ Town issues pine tree rebates

The town provided rebates to homeowners to remove 12 Australian pine trees in April. Rebates were provided as part of a program designed to help owners pay for the removal of the pine trees, which can become a hazard during a storm event because they are prone to wind damage. In addition, five more owners have been approved for removals in the future.

+ Agendas

Town Commission Regular Meeting — 1 p.m. Thursday, May 18, Longboat Key Town Hall. 501 Bay Isles Road.


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other sections are the result of months of discussions among planning and zoning board members and town staff. The policy allows owners to design a new building that keeps the same number of units and same volume as that of the destroyed building. It also allows an increase of height in the structure to correspond with the increase in height required by the flood regulations. The policy specifically calls for the reduction of nonconformities, especially Gulf waterfront yard setbacks, to the greatest degree possible. But it does allow condos to build additional areas such as elevators, stairs, landings, mechanical areas and walkways that are required if the building is raised on a piling foundation.

In addition, the policy limits Gulfsetback modifications: “The approval of a modification to the required Gulfwaterfront yard shall never be less than 50 feet from the mean high-water or erosion-control line, whichever is most landward.” “We’re trying, where we can, to move people back, that’s all,” Gilbert added. George Symanski asked Persson the following question: If the Islander Club were wiped out during as storm, how could it be rebuilt? The Islander is built so close to the water that if new construction were built on the site today, it could not be built in the same location. Persson said: “I think what would happen is they would bring in a plan to construct same cubic volume. And the debate would be where should it be located on the property.”

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Planners described the volume of a residential building, as it currently exists, as “the cube.” The main purpose of the policy is to allow owners to retain “the cube,” even though they are required to follow federal and state flood and Gulf setback regulations. Persson said the board’s overarching policy is to allow owners to elevate the cube and back it away from the beach as far as possible. At condominium developments such as Whitney Beach and the Islander Club, which were built prior to federal legislation that created a Gulf-setback line, the post-storm outcome becomes unclear. Since the 1970s, the town established an erosion-control line on parts of the island, which essentially prohibits construction within 150 feet of the high-tide mark on the beach. TheLBK drafted policy discussed Tuesday May states that encroachments into the Gulfwaterfront yard would not be allowed, unless the property owner applies for a modification before the P&Z board.

P&Z member Allen Hixon said he thought that sections of the policy make it difficult for owners to rebuild. Hixon said that the most recent draft of the policy is an improvement over past proposals. But he remained concerned that under the policy, some property owners could lose their waterfront views as residential buildings are reshuffled on a particular property. “Why not allow people to build according to modern codes and have the same basic complex they had before the disaster?” Hixon asked after the meeting. “I believe people have a right to get back what was taken away.” Symanski said that the revised policy is more lenient that the previous policy. “This is a very generous law,” Symanski said. “We are granting generous rights to rebuild.” Symanski said that without the policy, many property owners will not be able to rebuild, unless they use the Harris Act to claim that their property rights are being taken.

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Chapel sponsors Habitat house The Longboat Island Chapel Board of Trustees voted unanimously April 26 to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home at the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project in Palmetto. For the past two years, chapel members have volunteered on various homes at the Palmetto project, but a sponsorship would be a first for the congregation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now we will have our own house to work on,â&#x20AC;? Board President Hugh Joyner said. The cost of a Habitat home is approximately $40,000. The chapel will sponsor the home for $20,000, and the Selby Foundation will match the chapelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sponsorship with a grant. The sponsorship was the recommendation of the Outreach

Committee. Also recommended and approved at the meeting: $3,000 for Second Chance Last Opportunity of Sarasota; $5,000 for the Rev. Ken Gillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission to Ecuador with the Church of God; and $2,000 to the Manatee Art Council for projects with underprivileged children. A large percentage of the funding for the Outreach Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comes from proceeds generated at The Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Warehouse. Plans were also discussed on implementation of the new membership-qualification rules, a schedule of activities for the summer months and special events for the upcoming season. The board will meet May 30 and again in July.

DAIGLE NAMED DIRECTOR OF PZB Town Manager Bruce St. Denis announced Monday that Monica Daigle has been named the new director of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning, zoning & building department. St. Denis appointed Daigle as the interim director April 26, when Jill Jeglie resigned to take a job as a senior planner with Gadsden County. Since that time, St. Denis said he and Daigle â&#x20AC;&#x153;had many conversations about what she sees as the future for the department.â&#x20AC;? St. Denis said he is confident that Daigle will provide the leadership to bring the town to the next level. Daigle was the P&Z director in Galveston, Texas, before she joined Longboatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning department as a town planner in October 2001. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Roger Drouin

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TOPICS FOR THE MAY 18 TOWN COMMISSION MEETING â&#x20AC;˘ Sewer project comes in over-budget A planned project to repair three sewer lift stations could cost up to $344,000 more than the initial budgeted cost of $964,826. Public Works staff attributes the 35% cost increase to market-driven factors, such as the rising price of construction materials and labor. As a result, the Town Commission will vote Thursday whether to transfer funds to the capital improvement budget to cover the budget shortfall. The commission could transfer funds from another improvement project or from the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $5 million utility unallocated-reserve fund. If the commission moves ahead with the project, it would vote on an ordinance at a later meeting. The lift stations were built in the mid-1970s, and the project is designed to improve reliability and easier maintenance of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sewer system. â&#x20AC;˘ Second try at Jet Ski regulation

Sandy Gilbert re-appointed The planning and zoning board re-appointed Sandy Gilbert chairman of the board Tuesday. James Brown nominated Gilbert, and the board voted 7-0 to appoint Gilbert. The board also unanimously appointed James Brown vice chairman and John Kerwin secretary. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Roger Drouin

Commissioners will discuss Jet Skis, which are being rented near the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. The commission already approved an ordinance prohibiting motorized vessels from launching on the Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gulf-side beaches and from being operated within 150 feet of swimmers. But the manager of the rental operation has continued to rent Jet Skis, and numerous vacationers and resort-unit owners have called police and complained to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. In St. Denisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reply to Alan Freeman, an Ohio vacationer, the town manager writes that it has been difficult for police to enforce provision of the new law that prohibits vessels from being used within 150 feet of swimmers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your letter points out a difficult enforcement problem in that most of our officers are on land and our lone marine patrol officer is responsible for over 25 miles of coastline.â&#x20AC;? St. Denis added: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many peo-

ple share your concerns and the Town Commission is prepared to have additional discussion regarding Jet Skis at the May 18 regular workshop meeting.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ Rebuilding nonconformities after a hurricane Commissioners will also discuss a policy drafted by the planning and zoning board that provides guidelines for rebuilding after a storm or other involuntary destruction. The planning and zoning board has been discussing this topic for the past several months. â&#x20AC;˘ Post-storm debris cleanup The town manager asked for additional clarification from commissioners about a policy regarding the cleanup of private property following a storm. â&#x20AC;˘ Center for the Arts exhibit The Longboat Key Center for the Arts is requesting that the Town Commission consider sponsoring its 16th annual Town Exhibit scheduled for January 2007.

30-DAY continued from 1A After hearing several residents echo these thoughts, Marine Matarese, a Realtor at ReMax Excellence, said that the business community just wanted the opportunity to present problems that are plaguing businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not here in the spirit of us versus them,â&#x20AC;? Matarese said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not here to shove it down anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throat.â&#x20AC;? After the meeting, Andrew Vac, broker/owner of Remax Excellence said that despite some intense moments, the meeting ended in a positive tone. Vac said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good that everyone understands the situation now. Tourism is declining and businesses are losing money.â&#x20AC;? After the meeting, Dilgard talked to Matarese outside the commission chamber about planning a meeting between residents and business representatives to discuss other ways to help struggling businesses.

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6A Opinion

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It’s not an easy time to be sitting on the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board and Town Commission. To their credit, both boards are addressing what could be one of the most important issues they will confront as board members and commissioners during their tenures: updating and clarifying Chapter 158, Section 139 of the town’s zoning code. This chapter and section address what property owners will be allowed to rebuild in the event of a catastrophe that destroys properties currently considered nonconforming to the town zoning codes. This past Tuesday, the planning board discussed proposed revisions to the existing code for nearly two hours. And Thursday, the Town Commission is expected to discuss the same matter at its monthly workshop.

Both boards are working with a sense of urgency. Obviously, they want to adopt revisions and have changes enacted before hurricane season begins and disaster strikes, God forbid the latter. But as the planning board and commission members fully grasp, this issue is not only urgent. It can be explosive. If the rules are unclear or unfair, the consequences could be as damaging and nettlesome as hurricane destruction itself. What we heard Tuesday was the planning board members have two admirable goals: They want to give property owners on nonconforming lots what Town Commissioner Randy Clair aptly termed the Golden Rule. The current code says the town shall permit nonconforming structures to be rebuilt and restored to “the same density and building cubic volume.” But at the same time,

the planning board members want to eliminate “prior existing nonconformities … to the greatest extent possible.” As Planning Board Chairman Sandy Gilbert put it: “We’re trying to move people back (from the beach’s erosion control line) for the town and everybody else’s safety and for insurance.” These objectives have huge ramifications for nearly all of Longboat Key’s Gulf-front properties. So before a new ordinance becomes law, we would urge all Longboat Key property owners to study the proposed revisions. You can read a copy of the proposed ordinance and the existing ordinance on our Web Site at longboatobserver.com. Or go to the town’s Web Site, longboatkey.org. Watch this space next week, we’ll also print some of the key provisions in the ordinance and what they’ll mean to you.

OUR VIEW 2

Letter to the governor Dear Gov. Bush: Here’s the question: Are you playing to win? Or are you playing petty politics? Clearly, it appears to be the latter. Your and the Republican Party of Florida’s treatment of Congresswoman Katherine Harris regarding her bid to unseat Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson has been disappointingly unbecoming of your stature and character — and highly damaging. Not only damaging to Congresswoman Harris, but damaging to yourself and the Republican Party of Florida. Be sure of this: Your and the party’s handling of the Harris candidacy has contributed to a growing disenchantment with the Republican Party; more than likely you have cost the Republican Party and Congresswoman Harris votes; and no doubt you have pushed some of your party’s members to question their political allegiance, if not give it up altogether. To what end? To what accomplishment? Katherine Harris has her peccadillos. Who doesn’t? But when you overlay your lack of support for her and your statement that you believe she cannot win on top of her record of political loyalty, you have left many Republicans puzzled, disappointed and upset. Where’s the honesty and frankness? Going back to 2003, when Harris announced she would not run for the Senate, neither you, your brother, nor any of the Republican Party “elite” has been honest with party members or voters on why you dislike and reject Harris and why your brother and his mastermind Karl Rove didn’t want her to run for the Senate. From that day on, we’ve been barraged only with rumors, suppositions and unattributed quotes in the socialistic media organs that the Republican bigwigs didn’t want Harris to run for Senate because … because why? Because she followed the Florida Constitution in the 2000 election — and because of that, her candidacy might — might — cost the Republicans the votes of moderate Democrats and Independents and therefore preclude your brother’s 2004 re-election. Never did any of the upper-echelon of the Republican Party come clean and acknowledge a thing. Instead, Republican voters had to conclude that must be the reason. And if that were true, it was a cowardly act. There was never any acknowledgement of appreciation toward Harris that she showed

courage in those tense days in 2000 to the Democrats in the marketplace of carry out her constitutional duty as she ideas and because of the principles on and her advisers saw fit. which we stand. In dissuading Harris from running in Unfortunately, the Republican rank 2004, you, Rove and your brother were and file didn’t get that kind of leaderplaying to win — take no chances, sacri- ship. Instead, the top of the Republican fice Harris’ loyalty, beat the Democrats. Party of Florida appears fractured and Subsequent to that and Harris’ cracking because its own leaders appear announcement last year that she would dazed, confused and dysfunctional. run for the Senate, Republican vot“I don’t think she can win.” What kind ers again have lived through a year of of statement is that from the leader of Harris bashing, reading and listening the party about his party’s candidate? to the cackles of the media who delight At the least, it seems a good strain reporting that the Washington tegic business decision would be the Republican and the Florida Republican Republican Party showing its full supelites reject Harris’ candidacy. Again, port for Harris’ candidacy to force regular Republican voters are left to wonder: Why? Why Rather than stand up for one of your don’t they support her? Because she’s own, for someone who believed with “a lightning rod” conviction that she followed the that will ignite the Democratic vote? Florida Constitution, your silence on That’s what this subject goes against the Marine Republicans are to conclude. And let’s code — never leave one of your own assume that is your on the battlefield to fend for himself, reasoning. How bad does that look? to die alone. Rather than stand up for one of your own, for someone who believed with conviction that she the Democratic Party to divert money followed the Florida Constitution, your and resources to Florida. Make the silence on this subject goes against the Democrats defend their seat even if Marine code — never leave one of your Nelson is a shoo-in, which we don’t own on the battlefield to fend for himbelieve is true for a minute. Make a race self, to die alone. The Republican Party out of it. Play to win. As Churchill said, chieftains have never come clean and never give up. had the courage to be honest to say why To her credit, Harris has taken the they are unwilling to support Harris. Churchill posture. Understandably, she They’ve left her on the field alone. is positioning herself as an independent Sure, maybe it’s party protocol not voice for the voters of Florida. And why to pick sides in a primary. But for the not? Why associate with those who good of your party and to demonstrate disassociate? Why expect support from your loyalty for someone who has been those who don’t do unto others as you dog loyal to the party and your brother’s would have them do to you? presidency since 2000, it seems the Harris is playing to win — without the proper protocol and behavior for the Republican leadership. But as the head highest-ranking Republican in Florida of the Republican Party of Florida, as would be to show unwavering support one of the most outstanding governors for any candidate who decides to take in Florida’s history and as a man whose on Nelson and the Democratic Party public character and principles we have machinery. And it seems the proper always admired, you would do well to message that should have been delivered rise above once again … to take a stand to all Republicans — in particular to one more time, to defeat the candidate the back-room manipulators, strategists whose political beliefs and votes are the and hired guns — would have been this: antithesis of yours … to play to win. Publicly, we are going to show a united With all due respect, front for anyone who declares for office. We are going to support and encourage all candidates … because we are going to play to win — to beat Bill Nelson and


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IF YOU WERE THE JUDGE

Opinion 7A

by James Durante

Why is the law not always a serious subject? Here are illustrations providing the use of which, she claimed, answers to the above question. made her feel sick, degraded, Dorothy Kateri filed a discrimi- exposed and violated. She was nation claim against fired. She sued. In supher boss because he port of her action, she called her “Kemosaasserted that the male be.” That is the often employees were not reexperessed word emquired to wear makeployed in the ancient up. The court rejected television program, her claim as meritless. “The Lone Ranger.” Now there is a case The court justifiably where the court ruled found that there was that punitive damages no unlawful discrimiwere excessive. Tracy nation, because the Lust filed a sex-disJAMES word, “Kemosabe,” is crimination claim. She DURANTE not derogatory, but alleged that she was complimentary. passed over for a proDarlene Jacobson motion. She charged worked in a Nevada gambling that her employer said to her, casino. She objected to the job “You’re being a blonde today.” requirement of wearing makeup, Well-known Judge Richard A.

Posser declared that being a blonde is not a derogatory position and they are not a “statutory-prohibited” class. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer who sold sexually explicit videotapes of himself in a police uniform during off-duty hours was not protected under the First Amendment and that that the employer was not justified in discharging him. In Michigan, the appellate court decided that a state agency did not violate an employee’s First Amendment rights in discharging her. The basis for the termination was her efforts to perform an exorcism on a client who became suddenly ill. She should have telephoned 911, said

Letters TO THE

Editor

Chamber supports town’s efforts

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Chamber of Commerce, I want to express our appreciation for and support of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board and the Town Commission in their efforts to develop solutions that will improve the ability of Longboat Key’s businesses and resorts to remain viable commercial enterprises. We embrace these efforts in the spirit of enhancing the long-term future of Longboat Key and preserving the lifestyle that we all enjoy. At the same time, we also would like to express our appreciation to the town of Longboat Key for the excellent relationship and partnership that we have shared for the past few years and, hopefully, well into the future. We offer a special thank you to the town commissioners, past and present, who have voted in support of the town’s role as a corporate sponsor financially for the chamber. We want to thank Town Manager Bruce St. Denis for his leadership, expertise and friendship to the chamber and our executive director, Gail Loefgren. And we want to express our appreciation for Fire Chief Julius Halas, who has served as an invaluable resource and member on our board; Susan Ammons for her communication and information; and all of the town staff for all they do year-round for the chamber. As we go forward, the chamber sees itself as having three main functions: 1. To support the town and the community as a business representative and liaison; 2. To support the businesses as a networking, marketing and voice for them; 3. To support the residents and tourists by servicing them with the information they need to enjoy our region’s unparalleled lifestyle. The chamber also sees one of its main goals as bringing more people to the island as visitors, tourists and part-time and full-time residents. This will help maintain and support the future of the business community of the island. Toward this end, the chamber supports the town’s visioning process and suggests that the goal of bringing more people to the Key can be best accomplished in three ways: 1. To relax rental restrictions on the island; 2. To support zoning changes that allow mixed-use and variances so that business owners can survive year-round; 3. To support zoning changes that allow for commercial property owners to

improve, update and/or build their properties to bring them to code and better serve the community and the people on the island. In closing, I want to thank everyone who lives, works and enjoys Longboat Key. It is truly paradise! Thank you!

the court. The employee claimed that her client had a “demonic” seizure and that anointing him with water was the proper cure. The court ruled that the discharge was appropriate for the failure to observe company rules. A German court had an unusual case. A car mechanic filed an insurance claim for reimbursement for his extraordinary expenses: The cost for four brothel visits he spent to improve his health and well being. He also sought additional compensation for his purchase of pornographic videos. The court, as expected, quickly dismissed his complaint, holding, “the Law will not bother with trifles.” Finally, there is the uncommon case in Oklahoma, where Justice

Among them were Sarasota County, the National Forestry Service, Town Manager Bruce St. Dennis and, of course, our own outstanding fire department. My thanks to all of them and to Jeremy Whatmough, one exceptional commissioner! Celia Edmundson Longboat Key

Full-timers give thanks

Dear Editor: Because residents are unable to respond individually, please accept this on their behalf. To all those who helped save our homes: Andrew Vac This is to convey our thanks to the local Chairman, Longboat Key, Lido Key, administrations and all those who gave St. Armands Chamber of Commerce their time and resources to protect our and owner of Re/Max Excellence, homes with little regard for their own Longboat Key safety and expense. Seldom do we see such devotion to those of lesser stature. At first, we residents thought the Sister Oppose 30-day rental rescission Keys fire was just another training exDear Editor: I oppose rescinding the 30-day rental/ ercise with a controlled burn, but when usage rule on Longboat at anytime, espe- we noted the degree of effort, resources cially summer season. This leaves condo and manpower being expended, even the owners most vulnerable to crime, dam- use of helicopters, to bring the fire under age and unwanted traffic because there control and save our habitat, we realized are so few full-time residents on site. Al- how important we really are. It’s really so, this will make our own condo’s 30-day comforting to know we have such reliable protection. rule less enforceable.  Again, please accept our sincere thanks Susan Loren Davidson Longboat Key  to all for saving our homes.   The Hares, the Tur-tells, the Coons, Coordinated effort handles blaze the Newts, the Reptiles, the Avians and Dear Editor: The Sister Keys were burning Tuesday all the other full-time residents of the Sisevening. Arriving home from work about ter Keys (as told to friend and neighbor 5 p.m., I saw large billows of smoke com- Rolland Freeman, of Longboat Key). ing from the middle of the largest island. I also saw police and fireboats on the Tuesdayers thank the temple edge of the island. I assumed and hoped Dear Editor: How do members of the Tuesday that action was being taken to put the fire Group get ready for the special driver out. By 6 p.m., the fire and police boats who comes to pick them up to bring them were gone, but the fire continued, now to Temple Beth Israel? Maybe the averwith visible flames and sparks being car- age person has it really easy and hops out of bed, then slips into some day clothes ried into the air by the wind. I called Commissioner Jeremy What- within a few minutes. But we Temple Tuesdayers are not able mough. End of problem. Within the half hour, the fireboat was back and a heli- to move that fast; we are not youngsters copter was dumping water on the most — all past Sweet 16. We need time to severe hot spots. Crews worked until gather clothes for our special meeting; daylight ended. The crackling of burn- time to measure the food so early in the ing dry Australian pines could be heard morning, and all events must be comthroughout the evening as the fire spread pleted by a certain time so that each one of us will feel pretty and proud to be goand grew. The next morning, Whatmough was ing to the temple. We are each escorted from door to back on the seawall, observing the conditions and, with his cell phone, asking door by a dedicated, respectful driver for an update on the resources avail- who helps to make sure we are seated able to combat the flames. A helicop- safely on the bus. We greet and hug our ter worked the flames relentlessly that friends, and sometimes I burst into a morning and afternoon, filling its ‘belly Yiddish song — a strange little diddy bag’ from Sarasota Bay and making re- — and everyone joins in. We all bring in peated runs. Our firefighters established a special little anecdote or story, and we pumps to calm the fire and were at it prepare for it as we would for a class in high school, college or for a job. Some of most of the day. There were many people and agen- the ladies are good cooks and share their cies that contributed to containing and various recipes from years ago. The rabbi is great. He comes with controlling the fire threatening the Sister Keys, its wildlife and nesting birds. stories and shares photos of his fam-

Marian P. Opala has sued the eight colleagues in federal court, charging them with age discrimination. His claim is based on a change made in the court rule allowing the chief justice to serve consecutive terms. Previously the post was rotated every two years. Judge Opala was next in line. He claimed that his age was a “significant factor in being passed over” for the position. Basically, as the only difference from the duties of the other judges was that he was to be in charge of ceremonial officers. It never ends. (Source: The National Law Journal, April 18, 2005) James Durante, a Longboat Key resident, is a retired member of the New York Bar.

ily. Florence Katz, Nelle Markowitz and Betty Hillman elaborately prepare our luncheon. To all of us, it looks and tastes like a gourmet lunch, and fragrant flowers are usually placed in the center of the table. Everything we are served is delicious and tempting. We laugh and joke while we eat, and the volunteers stand by for our every need or desire. The rabbi’s wife, Nancy, sometimes joins us, and her warm smile makes our day. Each Temple Tuesdayer is so very interested, eager and happy to help make our special friendship. After lunch, our private bus comes to pick us up and return us safely to our homes with a cheery, “See you next Tuesday.” God loves us and we feel very special. Love to you all. Rose Horwitz Longboat Key

Wedding blesses family

Dear Editor: Thank you for the grand coverage of the Pringle-Banan beach wedding in the May 4 edition of The Longboat Observer. The photo of my BamfordBanan family was extraordinary. I want to acknowledge that the bride also had a family in attendance: her mother, Bertiann Thomas, three brothers and spouses, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Not only were they present, but they helped in preparing the food, decorating the wedding arbor and entertaining guests at the many wedding festivities. This was truly a family affair. Bobbie Banan Longboat Key Editors’ Note: Please see photo on page 2A.

Theater creates congestion

Dear Editor: Longboat Key would become a destination, attracting too many visitors if there were a movie theater located in Avenue of the Flowers. There just aren’t enough facilities to accommodate them. Gulf of Mexico Drive would become even more crowded. The owners of the mall should look for tenants instead of just waiting for them, and Publix could expand to include a cappuccino bar, serving light snacks. Richard Burton Longboat Key To send in your letters please e-mail them to lburke@longboatobserver.com or mail them to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 34228. The Longboat Observer gives priority to letters of local interest and about local issues. The Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. The editor reserves the right to condense letters.


8A Neighborhood

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006

life savers by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

Tangerine Bay buys defibrillators About a year ago, members of the Tangerine Bay condominium board brought in Longboat Key Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Carroll Mooneyhan to speak about how prepared their condominium was in case of an emergency. The answer Mooneyhan gave was unsettling: Not very. In his presentation, Mooneyhan pointed out that even with the quick response of an ambulance, those who suffer a heart attack on the property would have less than a 10% survival rate if given CPR. However, if the patient is given CPR in conjunction with an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, the person’s chances of surviving rise to about 70%, Mooneyhan said. After hearing Mooneyhan’s presentation, the board decided to ask its residents whether they supported the purchase of AED units in case of such an emergency. The result was almost unanimous — all but one of the 90 owners supported the board looking further into the matter. “With a moderate number of retired physicians living here, it was easy to start the ball rolling,” said Dr. Arthur Geller, a member of the Tangerine Bay board. Within the next few months, the board researched AEDs and also worked on the problem of geography within the complex. With 10 buildings and a clubhouse, it could take five to 10 minutes for a person to get an AED in an emergency, so the board decided each building should have its own unit. Geller said the board was able to work out a package deal with the company from which it purchased the AEDs, and ended up paying $15,000 for 11 units, complete with cabinets with an alarm that automatically calls 911, and accessories. Aside from purchasing the units, Geller INDEPENDENT LIVING

RESCUE TRAINING Longboat Key Fire Marshall Carroll Mooneyhan said, currently, about half the condominiums on the Key have AEDs, and he said Tangerine Bay sets a great example by having multiple units on-site for quicker access. At a price of less than $1,500, Mooneyhan suggests that all condominiums look into purchasing at least one AED for their residents. The training, which is provided upon request by the Longboat Key Fire Rescue, certifies trainees by the American Heart Association for two years for CPR and AED use. For more information about obtaining training, call the Longboat Key Fire Rescue at 316-1944. said residents were just as happy to receive training for the units. “At the beginning, people were apprehensive that they would be able to use the units,” Geller said. “With the training, they became reassured that you can’t screw it up and became more comfortable with the idea.” Mooneyhan came out on several occasions from the beginning of the year until the first week of April to train groups of residents on how to use the units in conjunction with CPR. “I trained more than 70 people over the last few months,” Mooneyhan said. “It’s nice for the residents, because, aside from getting certified in AED and CPR, they also got to practice the skills during the threehour training session. This way, they have the confidence to step in during an emergency, no matter what kind of machine they get.”

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hurricane bash by Kat Wingert | Community Editor

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was on the beach and it was windy and sandy. Afterwards I thought, ‘Why am I burning my eyeballs out?’ So I started wearing the swim goggles. Our jackets are issued by the Weather Channel, and it’s good equipment, but I don’t care who you are or what you make, in a storm with winds blowing at 70 miles per hour, water’s coming in. As for other gear, I don’t want to give away my trade secrets, but let’s just say there are other things that help keep me dry. What is your favorite weather-related or natural disaster movie? It’s tough to be a in the weather media and watch a movie and not say: ‘That’s not right!’ I have to make myself pause and say, ‘Dude, it’s a movie.’ Realizing they take artistic liberties with the weather in the scenes, I enjoyed the movie “Twister” and “The Perfect Storm,” but I enjoyed the book (The Perfect Storm) better. I loved the way Sebastian Junger described everything. What’s your favorite food to eat during a hurricane?

HURRICANE BASH 2006 American Red Cross When: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20 Where: Mote Marine Aquarium and Courtyard Cost: $100 per person. Information: Call 379-9300 Ext. 223 Well, Frosted Mini-Wheats with Cheeze Whiz is pretty good when you haven’t eaten for a while. One time, we were in Key Largo and a guy brought us stone crab. That’s when life is good. What’s something you’d like to see in the upcoming hurricane season? This year, I want to see the people deal with the storms. Florida is a textbook example, because residents grin and bear it and accept it as a fact of life. They know they need to be prepared and then they deal with it and move on. I’m hoping after Hurricane Katrina that other areas on the Gulf follow Florida’s example, take it seriously, and are prepared.

TOP 5 THINGS NOT TO DO IN A STORM DON’T: Wait to the last minute. Cantore says: “Realize when we start talking about a storm seven days in advance that it could come to you. Don’t wait to the last minute to get everything together, do it now.”

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Jim Cantore has been covering hurricanes as a storm meteorologist with the Weather Channel for 15 years. As a prelude to his appearance at the American Red Cross’ “Hurricane Bash (see box upper right),” Cantore shares the lighter side of his work. What is the most exciting kind of storm to cover? I really like covering hurricanes because of the build-up before the storm and because there’s so much at stake. It’s not like forecasting for 12 inches of snow and you end up getting 3 inches. Snowstorms are typically not life-threatening. What is the closest call you’ve had while covering a storm? Katrina. No way does anything come close. That was just huge water we were taking on in our building. The good news is that when we looked for a spot, we got a good, sturdy building, the Armed Forces Retirement Home. They told us it was 27 feet above sea level, and then later, looking at the specs it was about 20 feet above sea

level in the parking lot. Then, on a Google Earth search, it said it was 15 feet above water. That sounds about right, considering the kind of water we had on the first floor of the building. How do you choose a place where you and your crew will ride out the storm? Well, we usually look for a building that is built up to the engineering specs, like the Armed Forces building we were in during Hurricane Katrina. The only caveat was it was very close to the water.

DON’T: Stay when you’re told to evacuate. Cantore says: “If you’re told to leave, leave. I understand it’s a comfort to be with your things, but your safety is the most important thing.” DON’T: Have questions about insurance. Cantore says: “Get your records and things together, and make sure you have everything settled long before the season comes. If something happens, you don’t want to have unanswered insurance questions.” DON’T: Come back before it’s safe after a storm. Cantore says: “Wait until you are notified it is safe to come back, and think about the logistics of what faces you when you do. If there wasn’t any gas going out, there probably won’t be any gas coming back in. Give them time to get things back to normal.” DON’T: Lose your head. Cantore says: “People often don’t understand the psychology of a storm. It’s stressful to have everything interrupted and to have to drop everything and leave. Realize that you’re going to be stressed out, and prepare yourself mentally for that stress, and try to be courteous with everyone. We’re all in it together.”

How do you get into a storm? Do you drive or fly? We get there however we can get there, but we always try to respect the situation. Then, once we’re in, we stay out there as long as we can, but you never see broadcasts from 100-mile-per-hour winds because you can’t see anything. What gear do you take with you to protect yourself during a hurricane? One time I was covering a storm and I

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It was thanks to her mother that Ruth Mason Barger became the first woman radio announcer in the country during the 1940s. “She firmly believed every one should know how to speak properly and they would get along in the world,” Barger recalls. “I went to an elocution teacher before I went to school.” Of course, the fact that Barger was talented and blessed with a rich voice helped. Born and reared in Framingham, Mass., Barger won a drama scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music. And, her mother kept her hand in Barger’s destiny. When Barger announced, ‘I’m going on stage,” her mother retorted, “No, you’re not. You are going on radio.” And radio it was. Her first job after graduation was with WOCB, a small radio station in Hyannis Port, on Cape Cod. “The station was way out of town and I hitched a ride with the milkman at 6 every morning,” Barger said. “I opened the station and was on the air at 7 a.m. with “Ham and Eggs,” an hour-long music-andtalk show. No call-ins. I had to keep the show going for the hour. I remember, too, I would freeze. We had no heat.” Afternoons were spent selling ads and writing ad copy — all for $27 a week. All was going well until one morning when she referred to the show as “Hammy and Eggy.” In the studio were a couple of stockholders who took offense. “I got fired,” she recalled, smiling. Her second job was in Bangor, Maine, as director of women’s programs for WLBZ, for which she also did copywriting, selling and creating children’s programs. After two years on the job with no pay increase, she asked for a raise. She didn’t get it. She went on another job hunt. This time, she was hired at NBC station WBEN in Buffalo, N.Y., where she became a full-time announcer, the first woman to do so in the country. At the station she added new credits. Barger created “The Rhythm Workshop,” a program with a

“sparkle of words and music,” originating in Buffalo and broadcast over the entire NBC network. As a radio celebrity, she was in demand at public events, emceed fashion shows and was a guest speaker at numerous club meetings. Barger left radio after she married (she is a widow). A resident of Longboat Key for 15 years, Barger retains her interest in radio as a member of the Broadcast Club and the Media Club. She watches with interest broadcast personality changes and commented about Katie Couric taking the CBS evening anchor position: “She has her work cut out for her.” Looking back on her unprecedented career, Barger said with a smile, “When I am gone, I say, ‘Don’t weep. She did what she wanted to.’” — Dora Walters

UP CLOSE Family: A son, Michael, and a daughter, Nancy, and six grandchildren. Collector: As a docent for the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Mass., Barger concentrated on jade. She researched its history for 20 years and spent 40 years traveling the “silk trails” in China. Barger, too, has become a collector and showcases numerous jade objects, as well as oriental artifacts, in her Sanctuary home. Little known fact: Jade comes in every color of the rainbow — not just green. World Traveler: Barger has visited more than 100 countries. Her favorite place is Hong Kong. “I have been there at least seven times,” Barger said. “I think it’s because of its connection to jade.” Barger is currently on a trip to Copenhagen via ship departing from Fort Lauderdale. She’ll make stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dover, England, then on to Dublin, Amsterdam, Oslo, Norway, and ending in Copenhagen.

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PRESTANCIA GOLF FRONT BEAUTY. In pristine condition, this 4BR home has expansive Palladian windows overlooking the oversized pool & the 3rd fairway of TPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful course. $1,350,000. Steve Abbe, 966-8000 or 400-3969. #293107

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BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED NEW HOME with smashing golf course & lake views. Features volume ceilings in living room with fireplace opening to porch & pool terrace, a luxurious master, 3 guest suites & 3-car garage. $2,375,000. Linda Roe Dickinson & Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #294417

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Only the 3rd home f the Gulf, this five-bedroom-plus-den home offe Nelson, 951-6660 or 266-5900. #310196

DOWNTOWN SARASOTA. Recently updated, beautifully updated & classic three-bedroom home with detached studio. Close to Selby & bayfront. $849,000. Michelle Wilde-Aldrich, 388-4447 or 544-3813. #307753

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LIDO SURF & SAND. One floor below the penthouse level, this desirable one-BR has fantastic Gulf & bay views, screened-in balcony, under-building garage & large pool. $499,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #295152 BREATHTAKING VIEWS of the Sarasota skyline & private bayside beach at your front doorstep. Deep canal & community boat dock with this 2BR condominium. $459,900. Leah Secondo, 748-6300 or 5454430. #524236 LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Tastefully furnished & impeccably maintained residence with a private beach area, boat docks, tennis, pools & fitness center. $385,000. Pat Loy, 383-7591 or 383-2849. #301578

MARBLEHEAD. Under construction, custom designe newer residences. Well-appointed 3BR-plus-den wit 951-6660 or 780-1925. #310277 AVONDALE. West of the Trail 3BR, 1941 bungalow Features a wood-burning fireplace, cypress beams, w 951-6660 or 320-7758. #304421 AMERLEA. Updated & beautifully maintained 4BR, 3 model with 2,838 sq. ft. on a 17,059-sq.-ft. lot. $ #310621 THREE OAKS. Beautiful 4BR-plus-den home built in 2 garage & pool/spa. $585,000. Kathleen Griffin, 966-8

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. 5,400 sq. ft. of absolutely exquisite beauty, this true Gary Roberts-styled Mediterranean revival home borders Sarasota Bay & offers an unobstructed view of downtown. $5,950,000. Klaus Lang & Jim Hanrahan, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #272356 KEY WEST-STYLE BAYFRONT HOME on Lido Key. This unique 5BR residence includes a pool, deepwater dock & screened wraparound porches with bay views. $3,950,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #292684 BIRD KEY CANAL HOME. Only two lots in from the bay, this deepwater residence boasts an open floor plan with a caged pool and a lanai. $2,149,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #296775 CONRAD BEACH - LONGBOAT KEY. Enjoy maintenance-free living from this Key West-style home with 3 levels, bamboo floors, fireplace & sundeck with hot tub. Spiral staircase leads to loft. $1,595,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig & Julie Klick, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #293069 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. This well maintained 3BR bay view home offers a lovely landscaped lot, caged heated pool & boat dock with lift. $1,495,000. Suzette Seigel & Jay Seigel, 383-7591 or 5872173. #287196 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Perfectly maintained, recently improved & tastefully furnished 3BR canalfront home. Explore your options. $1,295,000. Jay Seigel, 383-7591 or 228-5298. #298799 QUEENS HARBOR. Elegant, maintenance-free â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ashfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; model with lake views. Features 3BRs plus den/office, large open living area with high ceilings & built-ins, & center island kitchen. $1,250,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #290236 MARINA BAY. Three-BR bayfront with over 3,000 sq. ft. Enjoy it all, the bay, the beach, golf, boating & tennis, in this congenial, low-density complex in the heart of Bay Isles. $1,100,000. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #288327 WINDING OAKS. Sought after 3BR with lake & golf course views. High ceilings, extensive decking & an enclosed atrium enhance this 2,800-sq.-ft. villa. $1,100,000. Rob Dardas, 383-7591 or 359-9502. #297761 WONDERFUL PRIVATE HOME behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Light, bright & open family room with soaring ceilings, many upgrades & built-ins throughout, & master suite overlooking spa & heated pool. $1,095,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #285584 RARE OPPORTUNITY CANAL-FRONT DUPLEX with two boat docks, one for each unit. Features deeded beach access and two month-to-month tenants in place. $899,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 6500337. #282989 LIDO SHORES GARDEN HOME. Very private & well-maintained, this split 3BR residence with pool is situated in a highly sought-after enclave with private beach. Separate formal & casual living areas. $899,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #279328 WESTCHESTER. The picture perfect beach retreat with first floor walkout from 2 screened porches. This Gulf-front unit has been designer remodeled with neutral tiles & upgraded carpet. $799,000. Jonathan Fox, 393-3759 or 330-1441. #301096 RARELY AVAILABLE Fairway Bay townhouse with deeded boat dock, 3-car garage, pool & beach club. $799,000. Donna Stewart, 383-7591 or 993-3635. #305165 BIRD KEY. This three-bedroom open floor plan home has great potential to renovate or start anew & build your dream home. $789,900. Corey Compton, 966-8000 or 685-6655. #307220 LIDO BEACH. Turnkey furnished beachside residence with a gorgeous pool & balcony views to the bay & Gulf. $765,000. Sheldon Paley, 388-4447 or 356-1857. #306060 HARBOR OAKS. A lovely maintenance-free, turnkey furnished 3BR home in the heart of the Longboat Key Club. Light & bright end villa with the most popular floor plan. $749,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #295343 LIDO BEACH HOUSE. Tucked away, tranquil privacy await in this comfortable townhouse. Directly across the street from Lido Beach. $699,900. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #310066 BAY HARBOUR. True 3BR with views of the boat basin & bay. Recently renovated with tile floors, granite, new cabinets & stainless appliances. Offered furnished. $650,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 3562659. #310229 CASA DEL MAR. Rare first floor, oversized end unit with direct access to pool & beach. Enjoy all the benefits of a great vacation home at this popular Gulf-front resort with short-term, year-round weekly rentals. $649,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #310383 LONG BEACH. Charming home in a wonderful neighborhood in the village on Longboat Key. Value is in the land at this location. $629,000. Jonathan Fox, 393-3759 or 330-1441. #305646 COVERT III. Full bay views across expansive lawn from this wonderful 1st floor unit in a small Gulf-tobay complex. Offers boat dock, pool, tennis & private beach. $629,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #304900 PANORAMIC VIEWS OF GULF & PASS combined with the five-star amenities of Longboat Key Club make this a spectacular beachside retreat. Situated in coveted private Bldg. I, this unit is renovated & part of the Hotel program. $569,000. Judy Beck, 383-7591 or 320-2825. #307610 CEDARS EAST. Set in a tennis resort with bay views, this 2BR features hurricane windows, garage & all amenities. $532,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #299541 CEDARS EAST. Stunning townhouse in an outstanding tennis club & vacation community. This upgraded unit has been beautifully decorated and has excellent income potential. $499,500. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #295811

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NEW NEO-CLASSICAL FAMILY HOME with large front porch & beautiful vistas of Hudson Bayou. 4BRs plus den & loft. Pool/spa area & cabana. New dock, fireplace, stone chimney & maple floors. $3,450,000. Marcia Salkin and Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #304260 UNPARALLELED LUXURY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP. Built in the California style, this exquisitely renovated, 4,000-sq.-ft. Mediterranean courtyard home boasts fine architectural details and extraordinary outdoor entertaining areas. $2,495,000. Ellen Wells, 349-3444 or 544-4849. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS of Sarasota Bay & the Gulf of Mexico, & all the exemplary services of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Ritz-Carlton Members Club make this an incredible opportunity. $2,120,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #294438 CONDO ON THE BAY. Renovated with beautiful detail, this 3BR ground-level condominium with high ceilings overlooks bay & bridge from a 1,434-sq.-ft. private terrace. Boat dock available. $1,499,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #301496 LOCATION, STYLE, SUBSTANCE - OAKS II. Well positioned for grand views, this 4,100-sq.-ft. former model lives up to expectations. Fine details, gracious space & endless upgraded features. $1,450,000. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #310554 SOUTHSIDE VILLAGE. Newly constructed custom home with gourmet kitchen, pool, 3-car garage & separate guesthouse in exciting Southside Village. Open plan with choices to fit your lifestyle. $1,295,000. Judy & Bill Nimz & Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #304484 LE CHATEAU. Direct bayfront next to The Ritz-Carlton. Lovely & completely updated 3BR residence in an intimate enclave of just 27 units. $869,000. Pat THE ULTIMATE GULF-TO-BAY ESTATE. Enjoy privacy & views on 2 Loy, 383-7591 or 383-2849. #300713 lush acres with over 15,000 sq. ft. of perfection. A true statement OVER ONE ACRE LOT with 148â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of frontage on Phillippi Creek. Private setting of luxury with 4 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, gym, indoor lap pool, with views of oak and palm trees looking out to the water. $850,000. Robert & 2BR poolhouse. Private beach, covered boathouse with 2 slips. Huff, 388-4447 or 780-4016. #307294 A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Estates listing. $20,000,000. Annette and Albert LAUREL OAK ESTATES. Club home lovingly & meticulously maintained by Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #281537 original owners. Sweeping lake & golf course views, flowing floor plan of 3BRs & den combine to create over 3,100 sq. ft. of comfort. $799,990. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #303046

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THE MEADOWS. Enter this beautifully updated home & you will be drawn to its remarkable golf course & lake views. Features stylish decor, exquisite detailing, high ceilings & heated pool. $579,000. Judy & Bill Nimz & Peter Salefsky, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #310583 GIANNINI PLACE. Immaculate 4BR custom built home in a small, intimate enclave of family homes. beautifully updated & retaining its original charm. Features tile & carpet throughout, many custom features & upgrades, & lanai with heated pool. wood floors & French doors. $685,000. Pat Mudgett, $539,900. Stephanie Church, 951-6660 or 724-5448. #310048 TURTLE ROCK. This maintenance-free, designer furnished Lee Wetherington model features lake views, 3-car garage pool home. Arthur Rutenberg Bimini 3BRs & heated spa. $529,900. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #310146 $649,000. Pat Mudgett, 951-6660 or 320-7758. BOTANICA ON PALMER RANCH. Beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Saffronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; model. Drive in past lake, sit on your patio to watch sunsets. Features 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceilings, crown molding & screened lanai. Two community pools, clubhouse & 2001 with over 2,700 sq. ft., a great floor plan, 3-car exercise facilities. $499,000. Denby Smothers, 388-4447 or 586-2142. #289107 8000 or 302-3979. #302596 THE ENCORE. Stunning 2004 luxury townhouse in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Features high ceilings, dramatic oak staircase, curved kitchen island, bonus room & garage. $497,000. Elke Boaz, 3493444 or 350-3096. #310171 WILLOWBROOK. Lush, tropical landscaping & preserve area provides privacy in this gated, maintenance-free community. $489,900. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #305970 WEST OF TRAIL OLD FLORIDA COTTAGE on a large, beautiful lot close to downtown. Rent, renovate or build anew in Sarasotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular neighborhood. Tenant in place. $479,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 3833209. #297972 VILLAGE WALK. This maintenance-free villa with stunning lake views is set in an award-winning Palmer Ranch community with pool, tennis & fitness center. $449,900. Diane Otis Stirling, 388-4447 or 320-4261. #297482 CORAL COVE. Great opportunity for primary home, 2nd home or investment. Large corner lot on a quiet cul-de-sac. $449,000. M. Scott Spencer, 966-8000 or 350-0029. #309975 THE TRAILS. Spacious, light & bright 3BR home with office, great room plan, separate formal dining room & large screened lanai with pool overlooking the private backyard. $429,000. Judy Limekiller, 966-8000 or 374-4802. #310045 MOTE RANCH. On an expansive corner lot, this immaculate home offers panoramic lake views, volume ceilings, tile & wood flooring, lush tropical landscaping & a serene setting. $399,900. Stephanie Church, 951-6660 or 724-5448. #301370 THE ULTIMATE BEACH HOUSE designed for sea & sunset views set on DESIRABLE LOCATION IN A SOUGHT-AFTER AREA. This 3BR home has 150â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of walking beach & Heron Lagoon for fishing & kayaking. Cherry an updated kitchen with granite counters & 2 ovens, tile flooring, thermal paneled Gulf-front office, home theatre, 8-car garage. Stunning deck, windows, solar heated caged pool/spa & a newer roof. $389,900. Mel and 850 sq.-ft. lanai with summer kitchen & 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; lap pool. A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #293359 Great Estates listing. $8,950,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or SHERWOOD FOREST. This Gingerich-built 3BR home is nestled on a beau350-3304. #293716 tifully treed lot. Features new stainless steel appliances, a re-marcited pool & a newer roof. $359,000. Susan Matteoli, 951-6660 or 356-1335. #310186

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GLEN OAKS MANOR. This designer renovated villa is completely remodeled with Brazilian cherrywood floors in living, dining, halls & bedrooms, deep crown molding, & recessed lighting throughout. $349,900. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #310145 SOUTH GATE MANOR. This beautifully updated 3BR features wood cabinets, granite counters, new roof & bamboo flooring. $349,900. Dan Barberio, 951-6660 or 587-6692. #303639 SOUTH GATE. Zen-like views of the glistening creek through natural arches of bamboo carry you from one room to the next of this 3BR home. $335,000. Dianna and John Allaman, 966-8000 or 232-4200. #303265 COUNTRY PALMS. This immaculate newer home in a deed-restricted community overlooks a preserve. Features 3BRs, wood floors, maple cabinets & Corian counters. $295,000. Ann Martin, 3884447 or 356-7717. #310130 STONERIDGE. Brand new, sophisticated 2BR condominium with garage. Within proximity to shopping & beaches. Designer owner added many upgrades. $270,000. Diane Otis Stirling, 388-4447 or 320-4261. #303750 WILLOW GREEN. Spacious, open, light & bright end unit with vaulted ceilings, all new flooring & newer appliances. Owner opened kitchen to living room, a wonderful improvement. $269,500. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #310604 RIDGEWOOD ESTATES. Three-bedroom-plus-den home with tile throughout and an open plan. Set on a quiet street. $259,000. David V. McLaughlin, 966-8000 or 724-7653. #304424 TASTEFULLY REMODELED two-BR home with tile floors, screened lanai, large fenced yard & tile roof. Just a short distance to Riverview High School. $249,000. Saba Attari, 966-8000 or 504-6897. #310132 CHARTLEY COURT HOME with two bedrooms, two-car garage and a community pool. Set in a small complex in a convenient location. $245,000. Rick Hughes, 951-6660 or 374-5896. #301655 FOREST PINES. Delightful 2BR villa in a popular, active community. Features a large family room, eat-in kitchen, attached carport & an abundance of storage. $242,000. Beverly Rabalais, 388-4447 or 320-8935. #304586 Siesta Key

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GRAND MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE five-BR home has now been completed. This estate offers everything the most discriminating luxury homebuyer can ask for, including bay views to the north and south. $6,500,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #297734 SIESTA KEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GULF FRONT. Never lived-in, walled & gated estate with over 6,500 sq. ft., travertine decked pool & spa, & deepwater dock. Created by Three Fish Waterfront Estates. $5,995,000. Marcia Salkin and Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #294238 VICTORIA BAY. Only 14 owners will have the privilege to enjoy this gated, maintenance-free community with dock access. Famous Victorian homes will be recreated with todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards. Prices starting at $2.1 million. $1,950,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #290597 SIESTA KEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PREMIER BEACH TERRACE. Spacious 3BR with over 1,800 sq. ft., pool level & 3 decks allowing room to entertain & views of the Gulf. $1,500,000. Cynthia Darnell, 349-3444 or 504-7442. #305412 SEDUCTIVE SANDERLING SECLUSION. Interior by Melody Suzor makes this lushly landscaped, lagoon fronting residence a special treat. Set in an exclusive, private & gated community. $1,485,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #302181 EXTRAORDINARILY PRIVATE. Dock in your own backyard of this 3BR Key West-style home, majestically nestled amid a lush tropical setting. $1,450,000. Lynn Brock, 388-4447 or 313-1234. #295328 SOMERSET COVE. Elegant & spacious freestanding townhome with 3 true bedrooms, family room, loft/office & deeded deepwater dock with lift. $1,180,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 3503743. #304757 DEEPWATER LOT ON SIESTA KEY with no fixed bridges to the Gulf. Next to Summer Cove & beautiful new homes. $899,999. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444 or 504-0205. #310125 SIESTA KEY DUPLEX. Renovated, furnished, income producing duplex only one block to the beach & 4 blocks to the Village. Features a private pool, screened porches & zoning for weekly rentals. $769,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #307080 PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS to Siesta Beach is just across the street from this lovely 2BR furnished condominium. Features a community pool, clubhouse & boat slips for your enjoyment & convenience. $469,000. Dianne Corcoran, 473-7750 or 266-1426. #512545 Casey Key

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BKYC hosts Sarasota Bay Cup Regatta As the blow horn sounded, signifying the first boat to cross the finish line, the sound of cheering from the crew of the first-place vessel carried over the small waves of Sarasota Bay. The Misty, salvaged from Hurricane Charley just two years earlier, was the first boat to finish at the Sarasota Bay Cup Regatta the afternoon of May 13. “After the hurricane, the boat’s owners were trying to figure out how to get rid of it,” said Greg Knight, the boat’s current owner. “I asked them if I came and got it if I could have it, and so we fixed it up and here it is.” The Misty was one of 59 boats to race the 12-mile course in Sarasota Bay, which began at 1:30 p.m. The race was run in a reverse-handicap, with the faster boats starting later, and featured seven fleets of competition. Hosted by the Bird Key Yacht Club, the club hopes to make the race an annual event. “At first (Co-Chairman) Richard (Gress) wondered if he would even get 30 boats for the event,” said Co-Chairman John Tendall. “Then, before he knew it, he had almost 60.” The race is one of the oldest sailing events on the west coast of Florida, but recently was only run as one of the races within the Sarasota Bay Yachting Association’s Boat of the Year contest. The yacht club hopes to return it to its previous prominence in the boating community. After the boats were docked, a post-race party and awards ceremony at the Bird Key Yacht Club’s pool area began, with hundreds of people enjoying the salsa music and the seafood buffet. “It went very well for our first time,” Gress said. “Hopefully, each year we can make it even bigger.”

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Watchers get ready for turtle season Longboat Key Turtle Watchers organized for the season with an informal coffee May 13 at The Market, Whitney Beach Plaza. All volunteers, the members walk the Manatee County section of the beach early each morning, checking for any nests indicating a female turtle has come ashore during the night and laid eggs. There is a precise procedure to be followed if a nest is found. Should

a nest be found in an area where it could potentially be destroyed, the eggs must be dug up and relocated the same day. The beach area to be surveyed is divided into sections and no one walks more than two miles. Several persons attending the coffee signed up as new volunteers. For further information about the Turtle Watch, call Mimi Siekmann at 383-3734 or Freda Perotta 383-6261.

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‘Party with Pat’ draws pet lovers

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Out to enjoy the purrfect martini and bid on items to help the Humane Society of Sarasota County, more than 150 people attended the annual “Party with Pat” dinner and auction May 12. The dinner and auction was held at the Bird Key Yacht Club, and featured hundreds of items on which attendees could bid in both live and silent auctions. Along with the silent-auction items, the live auction included a package for a Minnesota summer retreat for four, a round of golf for two at The Concession and a vacation getaway at the Resort at Longboat Key Club. As soon as the cocktails started flowing, the party had more than people attending. Representing the furry friends the event benefited were three charismatic dogs, dressed for the occasion in hats and jackets, and devoting unwavering attention to the center table, where the hors d’oeuvres sat. The event was held the night before the 14th annual Pat Lonsdale Golf Tournament, at the Longboat Key Club.

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3:02 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Fraud. Resident calls police about a scam e-mail. The e-mail states that the resident is a beneficiary in a will and the company would forward $750,000 if resident sends license, passport and phone number.

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8:12 a.m. — 2100 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over pack of three drivers who are driving up and down the Key in separate cars. Officer arrests one of the drivers, because he does not have a valid driver’s license.

2:28 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over a blue Oldsmobile missing a rearview mirror. Driver is ticketed for having a suspended license.

9:58 a.m. — Intersection of GMD and Spinnaker Lane. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over a Plymouth sedan with a loud muffler. Driver hands over a license that expired in 2003. Driver tells officer he knows that his license was suspended. He is arrested for driving with a suspended license.

3:30 p.m. — Broadway Beach Access. Indecent Exposure. Beachgoer complains about a woman sunbathing in the nude. Officer talks to woman, who is actually wearing a small bikini.

10:44 a.m. — Coquina Beach. Boat. Marine patrol officer spots boat on plane in the minimumwake zone. Boater tells officer he is taking on water. Officer escorts boater to the Coquina boat ramp. Vessel is recovered without sinking or leaking any pollutants into the water. 2:15 p.m. — 800 block Broadway. Rescue. Two larger boats

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4:58 p.m. — 300 block Northshore Road. Public Service. Officer responds to a call of water leaking from a residence. Officer stops leak by closing the shut-off valve.

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10:45 a.m. — 2800 block Harbourside Drive. Boat. Boat owner accidentally spills diesel fuel into the water. Marina staff and police contain spill and contact Coast Guard. Owner is issued written warning. 12:38 p.m. — 600 block Putter Lane. Alarm. Officer responds to burglar alarm and checks home.

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6:51 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Disturbance. Customer harasses clerk. Customer tells officer he is new to the area and is just talking. Officer tells man to leave. 7:23 p.m. — 700 block St Judes Drive. Officer and neighbor shut off water to a broken irrigation pipe. Homeowner arranges to get plumber to repair the problem.

May 9

7:23 p.m. — 700 block St Judes Drive. Public Service. Neighbor calls police about a broken irrigation pipe that is leaking water. Officer and neighbor shut off water to the pipe. Owner says she will get a plumber to make necessary repairs.

May 10

9:32 a.m. — 3300 block Sabal Cove Lane. Suspicious Circumstance. Worker calls police about a vacant home with doors left open. When officer arrives, the doors are shut, except for a back door. Officer secures home. 10:54 a.m. — 1100 block GMD.

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Property Found. Security guard finds a blue bicycle in a clump of trees. Bike is stored at police station. 4:48 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Harassing Phone Call. Man keeps calling real estate firm. Man calls again while police officer is in the office. Officer picks up the phone and tells man not to call again. He calls back, this time saying he is a famous teacher from Florida’s East Coast and he wants to buy a house and 100,000 acres of land. Caller says he is going to buy the house whether the real-estate company “liked it or not.” Man later calls the police department. Officers arrange to trace caller’s private-phone number and block his calls from both the police station and real-estate office. 5:23 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Traffic Violation. Driver begins to tailgate officer in patrol car. Officer pulls over driver after he almost crashes into the patrol car. Driver speaks little English and does not have a driver’s license. Officer arrests driver. 6:01 p.m. — 1100 block GMD. Car Crash. Woman pulling onto GMD drives into path of a bicycle. Bicyclist hits the brakes and jumps off the bike before he hits the car. Bicyclist is uninjured, and driver offers to pay for a new rim to replace the bike’s bent one. 10:23 p.m. — 500 block Wake Island Road. Suspicious Vehicle. Officer pulls over driver of red Geo that is circling behind a closed business. Officer attempts

to arrest driver after he discovers that the driver does not have a license. Man goes into his car, sits down and refuses to step out. After a brief struggle, three officers handcuff man. 11:45 p.m. — 5100 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Neighbor calls police for a report of someone stealing a car. When officer arrives, two men are loading a 1965 Ford Mustang onto a flatbed trailer. The car belongs to their boss, and the men are loading the car onto the trailer to transport it to New York.

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10:09 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 100 block Sands Point Road. Code Enforcement. Code Enforcement officer places stop-order tag on remodeling project and tells contractor he has to stop working until he gets the proper permit. Man refuses to stop working. Man finally stops working after exchanging words with officer.

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Longboat Key Historical Society — will honor the society’s founders, Ralph and Claire Hunter, who will highlight the Key’s history. The event begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, Longboat Key Historical Society, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive. A speaker presentation follows at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the office at 387-8323. Tourism Week Luncheon — In honor of National Tourism Week, a tri-chamber luncheon between the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce; the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce; and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Seating capacity is 75,so reserve early at 383-2466. Beginning Yoga Class — open to the gen-

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eral public 8 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 through July 12, Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Class meets in the Fellowship Hall at the chapel with a certified experienced teacher. Cost is $10 per class, or $72 for the entire eight-week series. No experience required. Call Joy to register at 383-6491. An “Aussies Invasion” Winemaker Dinner — will be hosted by Sommeliers Harry and Hal Christensen 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at Harry’s Continental Kitchens. Enjoy an evening of gourmet delights and commentary with Lindsay Stanley, winemaker and James Lambert, Vigneron, from the Stanley Lambert Barossa Valley Wines during their visit form Australia this May. $75 per person includes dinner, wine, tax and gratuity. Call 383-0777 or e-mail info@harryskitchen. com to make reservations. Chamber ‘Nooner’ — the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce will hold its “Nooner” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m Wednesday, May 24 at the Sun House Restaurant, 111 Gulf

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Drive South, Bradenton kitchenware and Beach. Cost is $15 for more. It is seeking members and $20 for donations of guests. RSVP required. quality furniCall 383-2466. ture. For more information, call Chamber 383-4738. Golf TournaFood Drive ment — the — an ongoing Longboat Key, drive is being Lido Key, St. DON’T MISS the 42nd Annual Hibiscus conducted at Armands Key Show and Plant Sale from 1 to 4 p.m. the Longboat Chamber of Saturday, May 27 at the Family Life Island Chapel Commerce will Center, First Baptist Church. The show is to benefit All hold its 18th annual open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call Dave Flanders Faiths Food golf tournament Friday, at 722-6658. Bank. Non-perMay 26 at the Longboat ishable food items Key Club’s Islandside may be dropped off Course. Registration beat the chapel between 8:30 gins at 11 a.m., with a 1 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or pm. Shotgun start, followed by a 5:30 p.m. from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday. awards banquet at the Longboat Key Club. Cost is $125, for more information, call the Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay LLSA Chamber at 383-2466. Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets p.m. Saturdays. Like-new books are for sale at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays for breakfast at the daily. For more information, call 383-2011. Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Call Vince DeLisi at 383-0086 for more information. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located Rotary Club of Longboat Key — meets at at 1708 Ken Thomopson Parkway, City noon Wednesdays, at the Longboat Key Hilton Island. The sanctuary is offering free admisBeachfront Resort. Cost is $14. For more insion weekends the last week of every month formation, call Marilyn Bezner at 387-0706. through May. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 Lord’s Warehouse Resale Shop — is open p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays seniors; $4 for children ages 6 to 17; and free for children younger than 6. For more and Saturdays. It sells furniture, clothing, information, call 388-4444.

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Dedicated volunteers of The Jewish Family & Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services were recognized May 15 at a brunch held at Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On East. Board Chairwoman Sue Jacobson and JFCS President and CEO Rose Chapman thanked the volunteers, crediting them with the growth of the organization. Chapman noted that 20 years ago when the agency was founded, the annual budget was $200,000. In 2007, the budget is expected to be $2 million. Recognized for 20 years of service were Mace Levin, Sarasota, and Elinor Stein, Longboat Key. Longboat Key volunteers receiving special recognition included: Barbara Brizdle, Visionary Award; Marion and Dr. Bernard Levine, Philanthropy Award; Nancy Eisenstat, Management Service Award; Fred and Alice Taich, Organizational Impact Award; and Warren Coville, Bird Key, received the Rabbi Sanford and Leah Saperstein Hope and Healing Award.

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Ned D. Helmuth

There is a “Peanuts” comic strip in which Linus and Charlie Brown are all bundled up with caps and coats on a snowy, wintry day. They spot Snoopy shivering out in the cold, and, desiring to comfort Snoopy, they walk over to him. Linus speaks first: “Be of good cheer, Snoopy.” Charlie Brown adds, “Yes, be of good cheer.” Then they turn and walk away. Snoopy is left, still shivering. A big question mark appears over his puzzled expression, as Snoopy watches Linus and Charlie Brown disappear into the distance. Many hurting people, whether they are harmed by war, domestic violence or something as ambiguous as a shaky economy, share Snoopy’s confusion and frustration as they experience the response of supposedly good, sincere religious people to their moment of need. While having genuine concern for those undergoing any sort of hardship or difficulty, it is frequently a major challenge to translate our good intentions into material deeds. God has abundantly blessed us and we know that we must rightly share that abundance. Yet often, we do little more than to follow the example of Linus and Charlie Brown. Regardless of how our particular religious persuasion expresses

it in words, we know that it is our God’s desire that we love one another, as we ourselves desire to be loved. It is, however, far easier to love our neighbor from a distance, rather than to get up close and personal. Loving our neighbor from a distance is not as complicated or as risky. Certainly it takes less effort to write a check than to take care of our neighbor next door. It is less threatening to say a prayer for the person far away than actually to reach out to someone in our own community in the same predicament. Our love, however, should not be qualified. Limits are not given as to the quantity of our love, or how near or far it should extend. Just love. A frequent stumbling block, whether real or imagined, is the overwhelming magnitude of the needs of the world. I have often encountered people who, in the face of horrendous natural disasters, such as Katrina or the South Asian tsunami or the AIDS pandemic in Africa, simply throw up their hands in frustration and despair, crying, “This is too much! There is nothing I can do.” It is perhaps quite true that there is little or nothing that I can do to directly to help a dying child in the

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All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Bayfront Christian Fellowship, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Summer Bible study and Communion. The Rev.Terry Wise, Ph. D., is the pastor. 358-8264. Christ Church of Longboat Key Presbyterian USA, holds service at 10 a.m. Sundays, at the Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Drive. Nursery available. The Rev. Dr. Ray Woody is the pastor. 383-8833. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Adult study discussion is at 9 a.m. and traditional service at 10 a.m. Sundays. Nursery available. 383-6491. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is interim minister. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Nursery available. Traditional service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Shabbat services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will conduct the services. 383-3428.

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Ned. D. Helmuth, of Bloomington, Ind., died May 7 at his winter home in Longboat Key. He was 78. Mr. Helmuth was born March 24, 1928 in Waupecong, Ind., and had worked with National Life of Vermont since 1958. He was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table and was Hoosier Underwriter of the Year in 1972. Helmuth was also a trustee of the Life Underwriter Training Council, Midwest regional vice president of the American Society of CLU, and a member of Rotary International. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; a son, Michael J., of Laguna Hills, Calif.; daughters, Pamela M. Jones, of Olympia, Wash., and Gretchen L., of Scio, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Carol E. Green, of Silverdale, Wash.; sister, MaryLou Rich; brothers, Joe and Leo; and six grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Jill’s House, (a residence for people receiving cancer treatment in Bloomington) Fountain Square, Suite 006A, 1001 W. Kirkwood, Bloomington, Ind., 47404.

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Arts &Entertainment THEATER

‘HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH’ Hard rock, alternative musical doesn’t give an inch. 2C

KEYNOTES ‘THE SECOND HURRICANE’

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Art Scene & Heard — Longboat Key, Sarasota and more

THEATER

‘Crowns’ Rousing, musical celebrates the crowning glory of African American women at the Asolo. 4C Thursday, MAY 18, 2006

by Marty Fugate | Arts and Entertainment Editor

A SPELL OF

MAGIC

T

he ancients knew the power, even the fear of magic. After all, who could know where the dark arts end and slight of hand begins? The intimidation factor of yesterday’s sorcerers lives on in the stage presence of many of today’s prestidigitators. Why do you think they’re so well-dressed? Think about it. Substitute a tuxedo for a Druid’s robe and the sorcerers of Vegas and Stonehenge are pretty much the same. The coldness and aloofness. Eyes as remote as a damned soul in an H.P. Lovecraft story. The sneering command of nameless forces. Vincent Carmen is not that kind of magician. Neither are his fellow illusionists — Yvonne, Candi and Erika Carmen, his wife and two daughters. Magic at Houdini’s Showplace is hardly intimidating. It’s a family affair. The place can be found right next to Sarasota Classic Car Museum. Inside, the walls are bursting with spooky posters and magic memorabilia — including a set of manacles and a straightjacket that once bound Houdini, however briefly. Inside this space, the Carmens perform their magic shows. It’s a dinner-theater set-up. Carmen works the audience before the show itself — popping up at your table to do his famous “flaming wallet” trick with his signature punch line: “I hate when that happens.” The show itself is original old school: swords through a crate with a woman inside; a levitating ghost; a lesson in three-card monte; mind-reading; Yvonne Carmen’s balancing act on her unicycle; pick a card, any card. The family performers are good — and anything but aloof. None of them wears a tuxedo. Nobody in the audience feels the need to either. Through it all, the magical master of ceremonies relates to the audience with a constant patter — jokes and one-liners with the flavor of Las Vegas, reflecting his audience. Add to that a hint of W.C. Fields, if Fields were a nicer guy. The Carmens’ show is as much about creating warmth as generating a series of tricks, stunts and illusions. At the end of each show, the Carmens always succeed. The audience always loves them. And that really is magic.

playbill HoUDINI’S SHOWPLACE When and where? 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday • 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Cost $29.95 for adults • $15.95 for kids 5-12 For more information call 351-1250.

Above: Vince Carmen burns through his money. Left: Like any teenager, Erika Carmen appears and disappears. Photos by Marty Fugate


2B A&E THEATER

The Observer THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006

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by Deiter Hasselhoff | Guest Reviewer

Die war keine Dame — die Hedwig war Editor’s Note: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is Stephen Trask and John Mitchell’s play about Hedwig, the almost-famous, expatriate, transsexual, German rocker. That’s a known fact. But nobody knew that the real Hedwig attended a recent area performance of the play. He was there with Deiter Hasselhoff, who would later interview him for Stern magazine on his reaction. That interview has been translated from the German and is reprinted here by kind permission: What is your story? I am simply a rock-and-roll drag queen who started as a boy in East Berlin, went through a sex-change operation, and awoke to discover I was not a boy or a girl, because the surgeon had been a fumblefingers. My life is really quite typical. This operation. I assume: Before, you feel like a little girl. After, you will be the girl you feel you are? This was

playbill ‘HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH’ Short version:

Hard rock musical goes to the edge and finds pure comedy.

Where and when?

FST Gompertz Theatre • 1247 First Street, Sarasota Running through May 26 For more information call 366-9000 LBO Horz 25% ad 5/1/06 10:37 AM Page 1

your reason? Yes. Also, to escape with an American G.I. who fell in love with my feminine side. A man was required to marry a woman in the so-called “worker’s paradise,” hmm? Such repression still ... Such talk bores me. You make the point it was a marriage of escape, yes? Yes. Some love, but mostly escape. Yes. But the wall came down ... Yes. One day after my operation. O. Henry himself could not conceive such deliciously cruel irony. You must live in constant torment and self-hatred. How I envy you. Thank you. My readers would not forgive me if I did not ask this. I hate my readers, but I ask even so: The play, it is accurate when it speaks of the operation? Painfully accurate. Snip, snip. There only is left a one-inch mound of flesh where once my little bishop used to be. Let us speak now of the angry inch. The mound ... or my band?

The white boy — Tommy Gnosis? Tommy, yes. Tommy. He is the Salieri to my Mozart, hmm? Tommy can you hear me hate you? I admire your passion but this is old news. Let us now speak of the play. Ah. A pretend rock concert in which my shocking life story is told. The writing, it is very clever. No words are wasted. The Hedwig within the illusion? Speaking as an entertainment professional, however despised, I liked him better than one in the movie. John Cameron Mitchell had passion but he made my bottom look fat. The boy in the play ... David Colbert Yes, him. I think more physical resemblance he has to me. He also very nicely steps into the stiletto heels of my performance style, hmm? He is, like me, singing the torch songs of the tormented, glitter-glam, industrial, techno, punk boy. Informed by the music of David Bowie. And to a lesser degree, Lou Reed. Don’t forget Iggy Pop. Iggy Pop is too thin.

The mound. The one-inch mound there. The angry inch. How much is that in the metric system? 2.54 centimeters. There also is psychic scar tissue. This cannot be measured. You speak of love, yes? Yes. We are split in two. We seek our other half and suffer. It is the cruel experiment of the gods. Plato knew this. My black sugar daddy stole my heart. My angry young white boy stole my songs.

The other musicians? Ah. The Angry Inch of my band. The hardest working band in the sewer of show business. The band in the play, they almost work so hard: Phillis Gessler on the little B-3 keyboard; Justin Wierbonski making bang-bang on the drums; Don Dean bending the bass to his will; Stephen Rosser exacting a confession from the lead guitar. They rock the house. Let’s give them all a big hand. And tell them to stay in the background. Always.

Forrest MacDonald

David Colbert steps into the high heels of Hedwig.

What about the other singer? Wait. You mean the girl who pretends to be the boy who wants to be a girl I am married to in real life? Yitzhak. Yes, of course. Petra DeLuca, playing this character, she very much is the codependent parasite I wish to slap around. Good job. The director. Good? Bad? Dennis Courtney has no mercy. I mean this as a compliment, hmm? He is full of cruelty. But aren’t we all? Your verdict? Two thumbs up. I still have my thumbs, hmm? Listen. All you bourgeoise American readers out there. If, this year, you only can see one play about a German transsexual rock-and-roller who is bitter about his ruined sex-change operation, horrible love life and failed music career, you must make it “Hedwig.”

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by Marty Fugate | Arts & Entertainment Editor

Peak experiences in stone and paint

Selby Gallery exhibit celebrates community art and artists.

Every year, the Ringling School of Art and Design’s Selby Gallery offers its walls to a community art group that lacks its own exhibition space. Mark Ormond curated this year’s art show, which showcases work by members of the Women Contemporary Artists group. The work is strong. Kathleen Piunti’s first-place watercolor, “Texaco,” is a photo-realist snapshot of everyday beauty on a city street. A man walks his dog through the late afternoon shadow. Behind the Texaco station, a wall sings out with a mural’s painted music.

catalogue ‘WOMEN CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS’ and ‘LEONA SERWOOD’ Where and when? The Selby Gallery, one block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail • through June 2 For more information call 3597563.

Piunit’s painting is a sharp-eyed study of complication and color. Amy Webber’s ceramic, “One of Two Sisters,” is the second-place artwork. Her anthropomorphic teapot is made up of various elements from a female figure — recognizable but amusingly rearranged. The woman is beside herself. In third place, Peppi Elona’s oil painting, “Oil Painting,” shows another female figure, her arms outstretched in an accepting gesture. Parabolas of brightly colored dots pass in front of her like colored lights on a string. The figure is painted in a modified pointillist technique — a composite of energetic swirls. Elona’s striking painting draws your eye from any point in the room. In the merit awards: Pat Cook’s watercolor, “Love Me, Love My Dog,” is an energetic collision of vivid color and swirling line work and, well, two dogs who seem to be celebrating a birthday; Margaret Murphy-Reed’s “The Sound of Garlic Falling” is a slice of life in a hidden kitchen; Julie Hanson’s “Portrait of an Artist” is sharply observed and economically rendered. Selby Gallery’s companion exhibit features paintings by the late Leona Sherwood, a Longboat Key artist, a New York City native and a citizen of the world. Sherwood’s acrylic, “West Eleventh Street Greenwich Village,” is a flattened, skewed perspective of a room from a viewpoint on the ceiling. Bookshelves, couches and bric-a-brac seem to hover. Sherwood anchors the apparent chaos with a strong composition and bold areas of black. The artist’s “The Leita Room, La Napoule” has a Van Gogh feel to it — another glimpse of an off-kilter interior space.

Leona Sherwood’s “The Leita Room, La Napoule”

Marty Fugate

Speaking of space, Sherwood had a outweighed her desire to imitate nature. good perspective on the subject. It wasn’t That’s not to say she ignored nature; she the kind of perspective taught in draft- simply translated what she saw in the ing class. Sherwood ignored the demands world out there into the visual language of the vanishing points and illusionistic of her world within. Her delight in seeing contours in favor of a formal sense of is plain to see. things — objects defined in bold outlines Sherwood’s landscapes shine with that arranged in visually pleasing demarca- delight. Her “Greek Island” is a joyful tions. Her space is the space of quilts and glimpse of the floating world. “Summit stained-glass windows. But it’s just as Meeting” is a peak experience of its own. much the land of Cézanne, Matisse and Thanks to her artistic vision, Sherwood the aforementioned Van Gogh. went to the mountain top. Thanks to her FL-SW62467 RMKBrndng 01/27/2006 3:36 PM Page 1 Sherwood’s sense of formal pattern paintings, we can still join her.

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THEATER by Marty Fugate

Priceless pearls and crowns of glory PEARLS OF GREAT PRICE

Every play needs a backbone — some spine to hold it together. In the absence of Aristotelian unities, playwrights have used everything from violins to shoes to samurai swords. Michele Lowe threads her “String of Pearls” together with a pearl necklace. It’s a jewel of a device. Her character sketches don’t go skittering about like pearls on the floor. Lowe’s play is written for four actresses who divide the roles of 27 women between them, compressing the actions of 36 years into 100 minutes. Needless to say, the scenes are short. But each is a beautiful pearl. The necklace’s odyssey begins with Beth’s (Carolyn Michel) monologue. Originally, they were a gift from her husband back in the 1960s — let’s just call it a token of sexual healing and leave it at that. Beth, now a widow and a grandmother, she wants to pass the necklace on to her granddaughter Amy (Natasha Staley). But the pearls have vanished mysteriously. Lowe’s play shows us where they went. The character vignettes that follow are too numerous to summarize — ranging from a hard-charging architect forced to abandon her career and become a multitasking mom (and wears the pearls to an affair), to a Tunisian hotel maid who finds the pearls in her vacuum cleaner and sells them to bring her daughter to America, a hefty grave digger who gives them as a gift, thinking they’re costume jewelry. The pearls are stolen, given and stolen again — and wind up in everything from coffins to the belly of a fish. In the end, the necklace comes full-circle. Amy wears it to her wedding. Joan Vail Thorne’s direction finds the right rhythm — a quick-time pace would’ve made Lowe’s play feel like a farce, which it isn’t. She keeps things moving — but allows each scene to find its natural center of gravity. The four actresses — Darlene Horne, Devora Millman, Carolyn Michel and Natasha Staley — effortlessly morph into the various characters, handling both comic and serious roles with ease. Horne shines — she’s both a great actress and a

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playbill ‘STRING OF PEARLS’ Short version: Pearl necklace creates connections between three generations of women. Where and when? Asolo Theatre • 5555 North Tamiami Trail Running through June 18 For information call 351-8000.

‘CROWNS’ Short version: Hats are something to sing about in uplifting musical. Where and when? Asolo Theatre • 5555 North Tamiami Trail Running through June 18 For information call 351-8000. great character actress with a natural gift for comic timing and characterization. Michel is also a fine chameleon — her transformation from septuagenarian Beth to young-married Beth is magical. Millman also shows great range — from an emotionally brittle Jewish refugee from World War II forced to confront the legacy of anti-Semitism she fled from in Paris to the clownish grave digger. Horne is another great comedienne, but she’s heart-wrenching as a sleep-deprived character caring for her mother, a demanding Alzheimer’s victim who doesn’t recognize her and calls her “Miss.” Lowe’s play is a tribute to a kind of spiritual materialism. The necklace is more than a necklace. Unseen bonds of love and human connections are threaded together with its pearls. Pass it on.

If Lowe’s play celebrates the sisterhood of the pearl necklace, Regina Taylor’s “Crowns” is all about the sisterhood of hats. But it’s more than that. The story: Yolanda (Dana Dawson) is a young African-American woman from the Bronx with attitude, but her cool is shattered when a gangster shoots her brother. Yolanda’s mother sends her down South to live with her grandmother. Exchanging downtown for down-home, Yolanda discovers redemption — and “hattitude.” By the end of the play, we know what that means. What it means is this: Just as a necklace can be more than a necklace, a hat can be more than a hat. In the AfricanAmerican culture, hats — especially church hats — are a symbol of a woman’s pride and authority. That’s why they’re called “crowns.” The play traces the icon’s rich history, a complicated tapestry weaving African tradition and the admonitions of the Apostle Paul. But don’t expect a lesson on the fine points of millinery. “Crowns” (an adaptation of the bestselling book) is a soul-stirring, roof-raising musical. It’s a joyful noise — and some of the area’s finest musical theater of the season. Gospel music is the specific name for these songs of the soul — not the syrupy, contemporary stuff — but the real, undiluted essence that gave birth to jazz, the blues and rock and roll. It’s possible to stay in your seat while listening to it — but you really have to work at it. The songs of redemption parallel Yolanda’s journey of redemption. She discovers a solidarity with the Southern African-American culture she formerly sneered at — a rich oral history of family anecdotes ranging from hilarious to heart-breaking. Hats are her surprising doorway into these stories. Yolanda en-

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Clockwise from top left: Valerie Payton, C. Kelly Wright and Dana Dawson wear their crowns.

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On the winds of operatic adventure

Youth Opera production is anything but child’s play.

“Have you ever had an adventure?” Those words open Edwin Denby’s libretto to Aaron Copland’s wonderfully adventurous opera, “The Second Hurricane.” Those same words, sung by members of the Sarasota Youth Opera this past weekend, led kids on one of the greatest adventures of their lives: the opportunity to sing music with a message that they’ll remember forever. I know, because as a junior at New York City’s High School of Music and Art, I got to sing “The Second Hurricane” in Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein. We were coached by “Uncle Lenny” and by Aaron Copland, himself. That experience has stayed with me, along with the music and the friendships. The story is simple enough: A pilot comes to town and recruits six brave kids — Meg (originally called Butch), Fat, Gyp and Lowrie, Gwen and Queenie. Each one is needed because each has a special skill, from nursing to ham radio operating, that can help hurricane victims in Florida. Because this opera is set in 1928, the parents aren’t asked to sign permission slips, though they do JUNE have plenty of doubts. The parents LeBELL sing, “We don’t know whether they ought to go,” as the six children pile into a single motor plane and take off for the Everglades. But, as opera fate will have it, engine trouble forces them to land on a forsaken mound called Two Willow Hill. The pilot, hearing that a second hurricane may be approaching, flies back to civilization for help. He leaves the kids to their own devices, “ … sitting together … cold, hungry and tired … (without) a match for a fire.” All they have “is a rubber boat (they) can’t blow up, and a single flashlight.” They begin fighting among themselves. Back home, the parents and children left behind become something of a Greek chorus, continuing the narrative in song, with the parents arguing that they told them not to go and the stay-at-home children saying the other children are “always complaining.” Meanwhile, back on Two Willow Hill, a little local child (Jessica Brown in this production; Jefferson Brown in the original), wanders into the campsite and loudly proclaims that she’s hungry. This settles the quarreling children down. They decide it’s an emergency — and time for chocolate bars. At this point Jessica, beautifully played at Saturday’s performance by Essence Williams, sings, “I’m not scared when you’re around …” The young friends scatter and the second hurricane hits. After it’s gone, the kids come back together to reaffirm their friendships and, of course, be rescued. Adelaide Boedecker (remembered for her excellent Barbarina in this past season’s “Marriage of Figaro”), took on the role of Queenie, singing her solo with a clear, sure soprano; Zoë Fry’s Lowrie was properly tomboyish, with a wink to a future Cherubino; Jonathan Dendy, a slim (as he should be) Fat, sported a well-placed and growing bari-tenor; and Meg (Lily Ericsson), Gyp (Reba Evans), and Gwen (Melody Strmel) were both excellent acting singers, each portraying very different personalities and characters. In mainly speaking roles, Amanda Newman (The Principal), James Taylor (The Aviator) and Tim Gemesi (The Radio Operator) were all believable and professional. Lance Inouye led the orchestra and singers in sprightly, adventurous tempos; Martha Collins’ stage direction was cleverly simple and well-integrated; Jeffrey

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Essence Williams, Adelaide Boedecker and Reba Evans lend their voices to the Youth Opera production of Copland’s “The Second Hurricane.”

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Dean’s spare scenery set the locations beautifully; B.G. FitzGerald’s assortment of 1920s costumes worked well for everyone; and Neal Kerr’s lighting made one forget the kids were on a stage and not in a swamp. Copland wrote “The Second Hurricane” for children to sing, but he didn’t condescend to them musically. It’s full of difficult rhythms and tricky intervals. But the Youth Opera performers handled everything well. There’s a rousing chorus at the opera’s end. It begins with a huge cheer, followed by the “Greek Chorus” singing the coda to the blustery story: “So they were saved … and they weren’t scared by it all nearly as much as we

June LeBell was the first female announcer for WQXR, the classical radio station in New York City. She is currently the director of the Glenridge Performing Arts Center.

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were. Later on, they got a chance to work for the flood relief and they did it together and did it well, and in the course of time, they drifted apart again.” The talented young singers portraying Meg, Fat, Gyp and Lowrie, Gwen and Queenie will doubtlessly drift apart again but they’ll always have Aaron Copland’s music as the glue of their friendships. And that’s what music making is really all about.

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Creek.â&#x20AC;? This exhibit of Melanconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lush landscape paintings opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16 and runs through June 17. 365-2032. Sharp Stevens Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vicki Brodkin: The Art of Jewelry.â&#x20AC;? This exhibit opens with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 19 and continues through May 31. 365-4222. Katharine Butler Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Howard Cowdrick and Ronn Mattiaâ&#x20AC;? runs through June 3. The artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception is from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 19. 955-9456. Beverly Fleming Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shirley Stebdahl-McLeod.â&#x20AC;? This exhibit of dreamlike paintings opens with an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 19. It continues through June 13. 365-8683. Wyland Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walfrido: Seascapes.â&#x20AC;? View Walfridoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art (and Walfrido himself) from May 22 through May 24. Please call for times. 388-5331. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Encore: The Art of the Historic Asolo Theatre.â&#x20AC;? The Asoloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theatricalart collection takes the stage through July 18. 359-5700. Longboat Key Center for the Arts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art in Motionâ&#x20AC;? keeps moving through Sept. 22, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Faculty Showâ&#x20AC;? runs through October, at the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women Contemporary Artists: Spring Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? runs through June 2; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leona Sherwood,â&#x20AC;? a retrospective of the late Longboat Key artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works, runs concurrently. 3597563. Selby Gardens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photography Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? This annual juried exhibit runs through May 23. 366-5731. Art Center Manatee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tribute to NikĂŠ Parton.â&#x20AC;? This celebration of Partonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oeuvre runs through May 27. 7462862. Manatee Arts Council Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geometricks.â&#x20AC;? Jill Joli Wulkan finds an angle in her art through May 29. 7462223. Wallace Fine Art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Group Show.â&#x20AC;? Paintings by Italo Botti and contemporary Russian realists and minimal sculpture by Manus is on exhibit through May 31. 387-0746. Kinghale Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Micole Bredean: New Work.â&#x20AC;? The artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sensual figures fill the eye through May 30. 927-

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9700. Sonnet Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Douglas and Moravia.â&#x20AC;? Abstract paintings by these artists from Arizona and Venezuela are on display through May 31. 955-6443. State of the Arts Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hands On: Art to Touch.â&#x20AC;? Experience visual and tactile art appreciation through May 31. 955-2787. Palm Avenue Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Horejs.â&#x20AC;? The artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings reflect the beauty he sees through June 1. 953-5757. Dabbert Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ben Stahl.â&#x20AC;? This exhibit of work by the seminal Sarasota painter, illustrator and sculptor runs through June 15. 955-1315. Greene Contemporary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paul Lorenz.â&#x20AC;? Lorenzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; abstract spaces are open for inspection through May 31. 365-9406. White Dog Design â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope Conner.â&#x20AC;? Connerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art can be

seen through June 5. 331-1455. Harmony Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gail White: Petals and Places.â&#x20AC;? The artist displays her abstract florals and landscapes through May 26 in this gallery space at Florida West Coast Symphonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holley Hall. 953-4252. Beverly Fleming & Rilla Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Windows to Nature.â&#x20AC;? Jon C. Stoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lambent watercolors offer vistas of the natural world through May 31. 365-8683. Metamorphosis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nicole Mauser: Paintings.â&#x20AC;? Mauserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagery manipulates the viewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information stream through May 31. 373-9101. The Little Art Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kim Northrop: Twelve Oranges for Frank Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara.â&#x20AC;? Northropâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s painterly paean to the poet is on exhibit through May 18. 957-0609. The Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drawings by Mort Miller.â&#x20AC;? Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gestural, expressive art is on display through June 15. 955-8341.

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A 12-year-old boy wishes he were a grown-up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and discovers he shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been more careful about what he had wished for. This musical adaptation of the Tom Hanks movie will run from May 30 through July 23 at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. 366-5454.

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The students of Sarasota Ballet Academy will perform Adrian Ciobanuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choreography of Lewis Carrolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dreamworld at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Alice and her friends will all be there. 359-0099.

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Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spring Exhibit.â&#x20AC;? Cassidy-Bernsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; watercolors and painted furniture are on display through July 31. 924-1200. Paradise Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irena Sheri: Happy Thoughts.â&#x20AC;? Sheriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art is happily visible through May 30. 366-7155.

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at the CĂ dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Zan.â&#x20AC;? The Venturas perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the CĂ  dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Zan terrace. 359-5700. FST Cabaret â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flip Side.â&#x20AC;? Flip songs by Shel Silverstein, Alan Sherman, Ray Stevens will be performed through June 10. 366-9000. Jazz Club of Sarasota â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mike Markaverich, John Moore and Ernie Williford jazz it up at 2 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Sarasota Municipal Auditoriumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bayfront Room. 3661552. Selby Gardens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reggae on the Bay.â&#x20AC;? Tom Hayden and Impulse fill the air with island sounds from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. 366-5731. Florida West Coast Symphony â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cherish the Ladies.â&#x20AC;? This Grammy-nominated traditional Irish band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 953-3434. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Donna Summer. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen of Discoâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love to Love You, Babyâ&#x20AC;?) performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25. 953-3368. Players Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Festival Latino.â&#x20AC;? Los Rumberos, Rumba Flamenca, Big Night Out and Marina Elena Perez create Latin entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. 365-2494.

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the lives of the women in Michele Loweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play through June 18; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crownsâ&#x20AC;? honors African-American women through June 18; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rounding Thirdâ&#x20AC;? considers Little League baseball and major league obsession through June 17. 351-8000.

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• Portobello on Longboat Key Top floor unit has 2 balconies w/scenic Gulf to bay views! New carpet & paint; Deeded beach access, fishing pier, clubroom, tennis courts, & heated pool. Convenient mid key location. Drastically reduced $685,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

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Island & Waterfront ProPertIes • Country Club Shores on LBK Unobstructed Bay and City views from this Country Club Shores home directly on the Bayfront. Deep-water dockage, pool and spa. $3,950,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136 • Sarasota Bay Club 5000 SF, 2-story penthouse overlooking Sarasota Bay. Large sep. dining rm, large master suite, 2 sun decks w/”watchtower” rooms, gas fireplace, fabulous kitchen & internal elevator. Deluxe retirement facility near downtown. $2,895,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

• Queens Harbor Gorgeous unobstructed Bayfront views from this 4495 sq ft Queens Harbour home. Leaded glass front doors, grand foyer, cook’s kitchen w/ granite counters and cherry cabinets, wet bar, two master suites, library/den, pool & private boat dock. $2,799,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

• Essex House Million Dollar View! Completely remodeled 2BR/ 2BA condo. Waterfront views from every room. Granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances. $689,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

• Emerald Pointe South Delightful 3BR villa w/heated pool, soaring ceilings, 2-car garage & tranquil water view. Lovingly maintained! $993,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

• Bay Isles on LBK $300,000 reduction in Bay Isles. 3600 Sq Ft home. Offering extreme privacy. 4 Bd 31/2 baths, Heated pool, 90% Furnished. $995,000 Marlene & Hal Liberman 387-1759

• Seaplace Popular Locale! Turnkey furnished loft condo with partial Gulf view. End unit in one of LBK’s premier Gulf front resorts. $449,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

• Bradenton Beach Direct Bay Front! This unit offers 2BR/2BA, 1079 SF, community dock, heated pool. Complex is just steps from the beach! $524,900 Michelle Musto 552-3981

• Bird Key Water views surround you from this rare location where 3 canals converge. This home offers a bay view, pool & private dock. $2,499,000 The Singer Group 552-5220

• Harbour Oaks on LBK Charming 2200 sq ft 3BR/2BA villa overlooking the golf course of the LBK club. Least expensive 3BR behind the gates! $619,000 Maureen Curtin 552-3937

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

• Lido Shores Great views over Pansy Bayou from this 4 bedroom Key West home. Granite kitchen, private elevator, caged pool with spa. $2,900,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

• Beachwalk Incredible Gulf, sunset & beach views from this corner townhome. Beautifully furnished & upgraded in a private, quiet location. $1,795,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

• Bird Key Best Canal value on Bird Key - like new. Exceptional kitchen, great pool, patio & landscaping. 121’ bulkhead, dock & lift. $2,290,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

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

• Longboat Key New Construction w/partial bay views from this canal front home in LBK Estates. 3-4BR, beautiful finishes, private boat dock & deeded beach access. Completion scheduled for Spring 2006. $2,395,000 Hoyt Beaty/Marty Benson 552-3989

• Longboat Key Custom waterfront home with over 3400 sf of luxurious living. Designed for indoor-outdoor living. Private dock on wide canal with easy access to the Gulf. $1,950,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550 • Privateer on LBK Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club Islandside. Great Gulf & beach views from sunrise to sunset. Light & bright 2BR/2BA; updated European style w/marble bathrooms. Available furnished or unfurnished. $1,050,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693

• Emerald Harbor on LBK Canal front home w/ terrific floor plan w/ large kitchen & family room, split bedroom plan overlooking pool & water views. $1,495,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136 • Sands Pt on LBK First floor walkout open & airy beautifully remodeled. Oversized 2 bedrooms,den, 3 full baths. Wood floors, great open kitchen. $699,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966 • Country Club Shores on LBK Open & light home has 3 bedrooms & baths, spacious master, valuted ceilings, large pool, newer seawall, dock & 1600 lb lift. $1,290,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

• Orchid Beach Direct Gulf views! Two Cayman units, 7 & 8th floor residences available. Designer ready, lg rooms, gourmet kitchens, terraces & more. Concierge, valet, fitness, business center & club rooms. Fr $3,150,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

• Watercrest Brand new penthouse w/amazing views. Upgrades Galore! Large 2 car garage, 2 story clubhouse w/exercise rm, card rms & more. $849,500 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

• Beachcomber Great investment or Gulfside Retreat. Can be rented every day. Low management fees! Great complex convenient to everything. $439,000 Maureen Curtin 552-3937

• Sanctuary on LBK Outstanding Gulf front condo with amazing views in impecable condition decorated with refined taste. Enjoy sun rise & sunset. $2,490,000 Michael Granston 552-3990 • Sandpiper Beauty Price reduced on this open, 1800+ sf unit with full gulf views and large beach front lanai. Intimate 10 unit seaside complex in N. Longboat Key. $860,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

• Beachplace First floor walk out conveniently located to the pool, club house and beach. Furnished, beautiful lake and partial gulf view. $850,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

• Longboat Key Canal $, Canal $, Canal $! Lowest priced waterfront home on LBK. 100’ seawall on deep water canal - very close to open bay! Priced to sell at lot value! $625,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

• Longboat Key Wonderful beach cottage just steps to the beaches. TKF with great rental income & pet friendly. $399,000 Maureen Horn 552-3940

• Bird Key This big, little home offers wonderful outdoor spaces with 2 spacious patios & large pool. Private setting & corner lot. $900,000 The Singer Group 552-5220

• Country Club Shores on LBK New Custom Rutenberg home, open floor plan, lots of natural light, Terraces, 2nd story balcony with bay views faces sunny SW. $2,859,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

• Queens Harbor on LBK Sarasota Bay views! Dramatic 2 story open floor plan w/walls of windows. Gourmet kitchen w/granite, first floor master suite w/water views. Maint. free single family home, pool & spa + your own boat dock. $2,490,000 Susanne Lee 552-3926

• Beachplace Direct Gulf-front Penthouse! Largest 2BR floorplan at Beachplace. Expanded terrace on top floor. Furnished, updated kitchen, 2 parking places, gated security, heated pool, tennis, exercise and beautiful grounds. $1,399,000 Marty Benson/Hoyt Beaty 552-3942 • Bird Key Garden Home Three bedroom pool home with 2200 square feet of spacious living! Room for expansion. $897,900 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 • Grand Bay Penthouse The ultimate in elegant living in this Grand Bay Penthouse. Over 4400 luxurious living area and over 5343 sq ft of terrace. Sunrise to sunset, the view goes on forever. $3,500,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966 • Grand Bay 2BR/2BA corner residence w/Bay & golf course views. Beautiful club house w/fantastic exercise facility, hard-tru tennis courts & 2 resort size pools plus private beach. Club offers “the very best”! $829,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 • Vista Hermosa Across from Crescent Beach, walk to shops and restaurants. Newly redecorated, turnkey furnished condo. Top floor, mid-rise building, elevator, 2BR/2BA, club house, heated pool. $445,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693 • Conrad Beach Vacant lot “West” of GMD. Nestled within 27 other custom built homes in Conrad Beach, Longboat Key. Build 2350 AC sq. ft. $590,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

maInland sarasota • Embassy House Totally renovated corner unit w/incredible views of the Bayfront, Marina and Selby Gardens. Extremely creative construction & decorating elements create a very sophisticated & tasteful look. Perfect downtown location. $1,195,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

• Plaza @ Five Pts Luxury 2BR/2.5BA 15th flr unit w/sweeping views of the Bay, Downtown & beyond. Move in condition, many upgrades. Every amenity available, including club room & fitness center. $1,350,000 Kent Peterson 552-3980 • Lakewood Ranch Hard to find 5B + den + family room + upstairs bonus room/4BA, granite and crown, fireplace & vaulted ceilings. Heated pool/spa. $1,588,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 • Lakewood Ranch Brand New! Beautifully upgraded, wood kitchen cabinets, granite counters, upgraded floor tile, great water view, lovely lanai. $749,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 • Hammocks This model home is turnkey furnished and includes a $4,600 per month lease back. Buy now and get paid by the builder! $1,159,900 The Parry Team 552-5224 • Governors Green Beautiful 3BR/2BA + den home in the Plantation at Governors Green. Caged Pool w/ waterfall. Hurricane Shutters, New Plumbing, remodeled kitchen & Baths. Gated & Deed Restricted Community. Club Membership Avail. $539,000 Bill Jones 468-0995 • Bee Ridge/S. Tuttle area Cottage in an old canopied forest. Sitting on 2 separate & buildable lots. Wood floors, almost all appliances are new, newly insulated attic, outdoor lighting & private yard. Room for pool/additional living space. $435,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 • Oak Court Immaculate 3/2, open floor plan, cathedral ceilings, fireplace, wood floors & private extended screened lanai. 2 car garage. $449,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 • North Sarasota Charming 2 story Log Cabin in beautiful serene neighborhood, large wooded lot , wood burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings. $459,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 • Landings 3-4BR/3BA home. Updated kitchen & baths, bamboo floors, new carpet & gourmet kitchen. New paint inside & out. Pool & 2 car garage. $839,000 Agent/Owner Wade Hawley 552-3988 • Siesta Key This 11th floor 2/2 condo has breathtaking views of the Gulf and the Key from two balconies! Sparkling beach just outside the door, heated pool & tennis court all near the Village of Siesta Key. One of the least expensive units in Terrace East!! $1,525,000 Beverly Ulrey 809-1936 • Eagles Point Fabulous Bay views from this corner penthouse. 10ft ceilings, marble entry, wood floor in living areas, glassed in lanai, new a/c, 2 under building parking spaces. Lots of changes incorporated in this unit. $899,000 Renata Chanoski 552-3902 • Wellington Chase Remodeled & Move In Ready! 3/2 open floor plan with preserve & lake view. New paint, tile and carpeting. Priced to Sell! $365,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 • Clark Rd/East Sarasota Special property estate lot w/custom home. Huge pool & screened entertainment area, one of a kind doors & fireplaces. $1,495,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 • Tatum Ridge Legends at Tatum Ridge! This waterfront home offers 3BR, 3BA, 2338 sf, den, and 3-car garage. Maintenance free yard! $529,900 Michelle Musto 552-3981 • Lakewood Ranch 3B/3B + Den. Diagonal tile throughout, large master, summer kitchen w/DCS grill, magnificent golf course & lake views. $1,375,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 • Whitemarsh Shows “like new”, on a beautiful lake lot with pool. Granite, decorative woodwork, built-ins and extra 3rd bedroom. $699,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3966

• Serenata: “HOTTEST SELLING COMMUNITY ALONG UNIVERSITY PARKWAY” New Construction at Serenata! Affordable 1, 2 & 3BR units in this 244 complex with resort style clubhouse, pool, fitness center & tennis. Magnifi• Oakleaf Big family? Oakleaf off Proctor. Fabulous 4BR/3BA, cent lake with water features. 2BR/2BA prices from den, 3 car garage. Over 2900 SF a/c area, fireplace, $210,900 Sales Center open Mon – Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5 Phone: 351-8800 pool & spa.941 $650,000 Kim Gilliland 809-5151

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In fewer than 20 years, Chico’s FAS has gone from selling folk art to more than $1 billion worth of women’s clothes. Its customers have shown tremendous loyalty as competitors start to attack.

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Portfolio managers and analysts recently voted Charles Kleman the best chief financial officer among all specialty retailers in the U.S. in a survey by Institutional Investor magazine.

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by Jean Gruss | Gulf Coast Business Review

AT A GLANCE

CHICO’S FAS Headquarters: Fort Myers CEO: Scott Edmonds FY 2005 Revenues: $1.4 billion Stock symbol: CHS Recent stock price: $35 52-week stock-price range: $25.03 to $49.40 Price-earnings ratio (trailing 12 months): 33 Dividend: Nil Market capitalization: $6.37 billion Sources: Securities and Exchange Commission, Yahoo Finance.

Deep inside the headquarters of Fort Myers-based women’s retailer Chico’s FAS, dozens of blouses, skirts and pants hang on a 20-foot wall. What may be an entire season’s worth of new clothes for one retailer is just another month of apparel for Chico’s. About 50 designers pump out so many new clothes and accessories that every Chico’s store can stock a new item every day. The result is an almost cult-like following: 92% of sales at its flagship stores last year were to customers who belonged to Chico’s frequent-shopper program. Loyal customers helped Chico’s boost sales from $378 million in 2001 to $1.4 billion last year. Net income was up 37%

last year to $194 million. Because its own employees design apparel, Chico’s profit margins are more than double those of its peers who outsource the work. But Chico’s executives acknowledge that the company’s huge size means it probably won’t continue growing sales at a 30% to 40% annual rate. There are already 548 Chico’s stores across the country, and the company estimates that there’s room for a total of 700 to 850 stores. Competitors are jumping into the boomer-women market that Chico’s has dominated virtually unchallenged. Gap has launched Forth & Towne with a line of clothing also aimed at

boomer women for example. Retailers Talbot’s and J.Jill have also shaped product lines after the chain. With that in mind, Chico’s executives are looking for other ways to grow sales. One promising area is a line of lingerie called Soma, targeted at the same generation of baby boomer women who buy Chico’s apparel. Another is growing the White House|Black Market chain it acquired in 2003, with clothes in varying shades of black and white aimed at younger women. The company has also recently acquired Fitigues, a chain of 12 stores that sells sporty but upscale clothes mostly to women. Currently, there are 208 White House|Black Market stores and

16 Soma stores. What’s more, the company plans to boost its catalog and Internet sales, which last year only accounted for 2.6% of total net sales. It bought a 50,000square-foot building adjacent to its distribution center in Winder, Ga., to handle the direct-toconsumer order fulfillment. It also recently hired an executive who built American Eagle Outfitters’ successful online store. But all that growth will probably pressure Chico’s historically high profit margins as it builds more Somas and White House|Black Market stores. Of the 135 to 155 stores it plans to

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Lido Beach condo sales top $274 million The most amazing aspect of the current real estate slowdown has been the spectacular success of Lido Beach’s two, new Gulf-front residential high-rise developments, in which 131 condominiums out of 142 have been sold and recorded for more than $274 million since last July. It all began last summer, when the new 54-unit, two 11story buildings Orchid Beach Club at 2050 Ben Franklin Drive recorded the first of its 52 sales for $102,655,700. KENT Following close CHETLAIN behind Orchid Beach Club was the 88-unit Beach Residences at 1300 Ben Franklin Drive, which has sold and recorded 79 apartments for $171,731,000, commencing last fall. These totals do not include several re-sales at both developments.

$2, 665,000 sale at Orchid Beach

The largest transaction recorded the week of April 24 through April 28 was at Orchid Beach Club, in which Joyce E. and Joseph D. Russo, from Far Hills, N.J., paid $2,665,000 for apartment C401. The purchase was made from the Orchid Beach Club LLC, a subsidiary of U.S. Assets Group II, Limited Partnership, by Managing Member Ascentia Holdings Corp., as its general partner,

Tower Division purchased the property at 1300 Ben Franklin Drive in February 2003 for $30.5 million from Slab Lido LLC, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Bradenton. U.S. Tower proceeded to construct the 12-story Beach Residences, marketing the 88 units through their Beach Residences LLC subsidiary, while contracting with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s nearby Beach Club to manage the Beach Residences. While we have reported the sale of 79 of the 88 individual apartments, the development has been reportedly sold out for some time, because we report the sales only after they have been sold and recorded at the office of the Clerk of the Sarasota County, Barbara Rushing’s office in the courthouse. Often times, these sales are not recorded immediately.

Apartment C-401 at Orchid Beach Club sold for $2,665,000.

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and signed by James A. Tallman, president. Orchid Beach Club occupies the site of the late Half Moon Beach resort that was sold to the present ownership June 6, 2005 for $29,635,000. Demolition of Half Moon Beach and construction of the two 11-story Orchid Beach buildings followed on this prime Gulf-front beach location.

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

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700 Hideaway Bay Ln 572 Yawl Ln 651 Penfield St 630 Hideaway Bay Dr

$1,870,000 $1,755,000 $1,300,000 $1,235,000

712 Dream Island Rd 5230 Gulf of Mexico Dr 607 Buttonwood Dr 7119 E Longboat Dr

$1,175,000 $995,000 $885,000 $475,000

COndOmInIUms L Ambiance $2,300,000 Longboat Key Tower $1,330,000 Sands Point $1,050,000 Longboat Key Tower $980,000 Beachplace $885,000 Promenade $850,000 Cedars West $775,000 Seaplace $770,000 Beaches $750,000 Continental Sea Club $745,000 Westchester $720,000

Seaplace Harbour Oaks Casa Del Mar Fairway Bay Bay Harbour Faine Apartments Longboat Harbour Longboat Harbour Sea Club I Colony Beach Colony Beach

$675,000 $670,000 $650,000 $626,000 $500,000 $418,000 $375,000 $365,000 $315,000 $92,000 $92,000

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

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$2.62 million Beach Residence unit

The second largest among the 10 transactions recorded for the last week in April on Longboat and its satellite keys was the $2.62 million sale of apartment unit 701 at The Beach Residences to Joann and Robert G. Connolly, from Irving, Texas. Signing the deed of sale for the seller, Beach Residences LLC, of St. Petersburg, was Vice President Ann S. Cohen. British-based Taylor Woodrow’s U.S.

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There were two sales at the 36-yearold, 12-story, 88-unit Longboat Key Towers, 601 Longboat Club Road, one selling for $1.33 million. That is the amount paid by Linda S. and Anthony G. Ciliberti, from Arnold, Md., to Kathleen and Donald Bavely, of Fairfax Station, Va., for their Unit 804-S. The sale earned the Bavelys a $575,000 gross profit, having paid $755,000 for the two-bedroom and two-bath apartment two years ago. Arthur and Jena Ferrante sold penthouse S-202 at Longboat Key Towers to Mary Beth Daniel Nilsson, from Broad Brook, Conn., for $980,000. The Ferrantes purchased the three-bedroom and three-bath apartment in June 1986 for $600,000, thus giving them a $380,000 gross profit in 20 years.

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$1.05 million Sands Point sale

Sandra M. and William L. Montrone, from Wilton, Conn., bought Unit 210 at the 78-unit Sands Point Condominium, 100 Sands Point Road, from Donald K. Stephensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Krenson Corp., of Lakeland, for $1.05 million. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was constructed in 1966. For Stephensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Krenson Corp., the sale represented a $200,000 gross profit in little more than one year, having paid $850,000 for the condo in March 2005.

Seaplace IV

Merry Lynn and James D. Roelofs, of Baxter, Minn., sold their Unit G-6207-A at Seaplace IV to Exchange Parking Co., 100 Wallace Ave., Sarasota, for $675,000. The two-bedroom and twobath apartment at 1955 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1973. The Roelofs received a gross profit of $400,000 on the transaction, having purchased the condo in November 2000 for $275,000.

Harbour Oaks

Heidi M. Sirchis and Donna D. Adams, from Stoneham, Mass., paid $670,000 to Margaret A. and James R. Dever of Pine Mountain, Ga., for Unit 101 in Building I at the 56-unit Harbour Oaks at the Longboat Key Club, 2245 Harbourside Drive. The Devers almost doubled their money on the sale, having bought the condominium for $360,000 in August 2002 to gross $310,000. The two-bedroom and three-bath apartment was built in 1973.

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Longboat Harbour

In the lone sale on the Manatee County side of the Key, Sally and Michael Reiss, from the westside Chicago suburb of Hinsdale, Ill., sold their Unit 301 in Building M at the 300-unit Longboat Harbour to Eleanor Wilson Williams, from Cambridge, Mass., for $498,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 4430 Exeter Drive was constructed by the late I.Z. Mann in 1970 and was his largest of many condominium projects on the Key and in Greater Sarasota.

Diplomat

Carol H. and Thomas T. Beeler, from Northport, Mich., bought Unit 239 at the 55-unit Diplomat Condominium, 3155 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Jack D. Wagaman and Steven L. Wagaman, both of Omaha, Neb., for $480,000. Sale of the 46-year-old, one-bedroom and one-bath Gulf-front apartment represented a $355,000 gross profit for the Wagamans, who acquired the property in October 1995 for $125,000.

Colony Beach & Tennis Club

Judith L. Gettel, of Naples, and Dana K. Blake, of Birmingham, Mich., sold their Unit 8-B at the 232-unit Colony Beach & Tennis Club, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to David Eckhart, from Pottstown, Pa., for $175,000. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957.

 

  

 

   



   

      

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$599,900 - longbeach village 2 Bedroom/2 Bath split plan home located in the quaint district of Longbeach Village. Located on a quiet street, this home features large rooms and plenty of windows. close walk to the beach.

open this year, 65 to 70 will be White House|Black Market stores and 25 to 30 will be Soma stores. Meanwhile, despite the strong numbers, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent stock price has fallen to below $35 recently from a high this year of nearly $49; Chicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trades on the NYSE under the ticker CHS. Its stock fell 14% in a single day in March, after the company reported that sales at stores opened more than a year rose 5.7% in February. In 2005, stores opened at least one year rose 14.3%. Measuring sales at stores open at least one year is a retailing metric that is a good gauge of a companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not here for short-term gains,â&#x20AC;? says Charles Kleman, 55, Chicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief financial officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we put up the E, the P will come with it,â&#x20AC;? he says, referring to the price-to-earnings ratio that many investors use to value stocks.

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True Penthouse with 180 panoramic views, walls of glass bring in the view from sunup to sunset. All this and your own private out$ door Jacuzzi. 3,500,000

Beautifully furnished and appointed with fabulous views and two wonderful terraces. $2,100,000

new - country club shores Spectacular new custom home with 1st floor master suite. Lushly landscaped with family size pool. $2,800,000

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

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Coveted Southwest corner at Longboat Harbour Towers. Magnificent Gulf views and upgrades. 2BR/2BA plus walk-in storage/office. Karastan, Kohler, & KitchenAid. By appointment only. $899,000.

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

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

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

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

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

cUstoM desIGn WIth fabUloUs WateR vIeW $ offered at 589,000.

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

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House|Black Market and Soma stores, and Kleman says company officials will grow those businesses using the lessons learned from Chico’s. For example, White House|Black Market has its own designers and contracts with other companies in the United States and overseas to make the clothes. In October 2004, Chico’s launched a frequent-shopper program for White House|Black Market called The Black Book. It’s identical to Chico’s Passport Club, except that customers only need to spend $300 to get the 5% lifetime discount. The 334,000 customers eligible for the discount accounted for 55% of the brand’s sales last year. Meanwhile, Chico’s plans to expand its intimate-apparel Soma division by opening 25 to 30 stand-alone stores and five to 10 “boutique” stores within or adjacent to Chico’s stores. Chico’s hired Charles Nesbit Jr., former president of the intimate apparel group of Sara Lee who launched the successful Wonderbra marketing campaign. Soma targets customers it calls “Victoria’s Secret graduates.” Victoria’s Secret targets young women, and Chico’s executives believe the Soma brand will appeal to boomer women with better fitting intimate apparel. Because its customers are the same as Chico’s, Soma customers can also use the Passport Club lifetime discount. Meanwhile, the company isn’t abandoning its Chico’s brand. It plans to build another 45 to 55 of its flagship stores this year and is expanding in smaller markets such as Jonesboro, Ark., and Florence, S.C. Kleman says the company has no plans to expand overseas. The company’s strong cash flow can easily sustain the company’s expansion. Strong store sales generated enough cash so that the company had $415 million in working capital by the end of last year. It recently announced a $100-million stock buyback program. Meanwhile, the company’s physical growth comes with its own pains. The corporate headquarters it planned to build in Lee County was scrapped, because the $250 million price tag exceeded what the company was willing to pay. Instead, the company bought 22 acres adjacent to its current headquarters where it will expand its existing facilities. Plus, attracting talented young designers to Fort Myers from fashion hotspots such as New York City is challenging. “We have to throw stock options and restricted stock at them,” Kleman says.

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by press time, I’ll be shocked. Stunning Condo on The Bay, in the heart of the city. Perfect retirement retreat, totally renovated with only the finest in designer furnishings, Bose sound, high definition TV and art. All with direct bay views for only $850,000. Turnkey & available immediately.

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Charles Kleman is well known as the financial wizard behind Chico’s success. But a recent real-estate deal reveals Kleman’s sharp skills as a real-estate investor. Shortly after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Kleman and Fort Myers friend and commercial-realestate broker Drew Drake started looking for real-estate opportunities around Southwest Florida International Airport. Drake recommended Kleman buy two parcels totaling 38 acres at the corner of Alico Road and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway in Fort Myers. Kleman says he was looking for ways to diversify his Chico’s-heavy investment portfolio and rezone the land for a hotel. Property records show he paid $3.26 million for the land in late 2001. Everyone now knows how land has appreciated in the last few years. So when Pace Cooper, president and CEO of Memphis-based hotel company Cooper Cos., offered Kleman $11.25 million for the property last summer, Chico’s CFO couldn’t resist tripling his money. —Jean Gruss

Compare to all, then settle down in this gracious Ritz Residence offering over 3500sf of luxury. Sparkling marina views & city views. Large terraces. Terrific open plan flooded with light, perfect for entertaining. Available now. By appointment only. $1,999,000.

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million in annual sales. Last year, its 3,333-square-foot Scottsdale, Ariz., store alone sold $7.8 million of apparel. From its humble beginnings as a store on Sanibel Island selling folk art (hence its name, FAS, which stands for Folk Art Specialties), Chico’s stores now sell clothing and accessories to women who have long been ignored by retailers that cater to a younger crowd. Boomer women have lots of money to spend, and that’s benefited Chico’s. The company estimates there are 14.8 million women in the target age group of 35 to 55 who have annual incomes of more than $75,000. The company’s own designers in Fort Myers create enough apparel so that a customer can find something new every day in a Chico’s store. The designs are sent to apparel makers in places such as China and India, who then ship the goods to Chico’s distribution center near Atlanta. Using sophisticated inventory tracking software, the company ships apparel overnight to stores using FedEx. Hiring the designers in-house and farming out the production overseas has helped the company control costs and boosted the profit margins to more than double those of industry peers. Chico’s appeals to boomer women because they can shop for clothes and accessories in a single store. Because they’re pressed for time, Chico’s design center has 20 people in its “technical-fit department” whose jobs are to make sure that sizes are uniform across all clothes. For example, a customer who is a Chico’s size 1 can be sure that all clothes in that size will fit her, reducing time spent in the dressing room. Because of their elasticity, Chico’s clothes only have four sizes—0 to 3. By contrast, American sizing in women’s clothes typically has three times as many sizes. Chico’s rewards its customers’ loyalty with a generous frequent-shopper program. Customers can enroll in the Passport Club at no cost, and they’re entitled to a lifetime 5% discount on all merchandise once they’ve spent $500. In 2005, customers who were eligible for the 5% discount accounted for 78% of Chico’s brand sales. Customers who were Passport Club members but who had not reached the $500 spending threshold accounted for another 14% of the brand’s sales last year. For four years starting in 1995, Chico’s abandoned its Passport Club. In retrospect, Kleman says that was a poor decision. He relaunched it in 1999. “I was convinced we needed a frequent-shopper club,” he says. Unlike other retailers, however, Chico’s club is unique in that it’s not tied to a credit card. “It’s honest,” Kleman says. “We won’t earn credit-card fees.” Today, Chico’s has 6.6 million Passport Club members. Those who are eligible for the 5% discount spent $111 per transaction and shopped at Chico’s five or six times a year. The resulting database gives Chico’s valuable information about its customers and provides a receptive audience for the 90 million catalogs and mailers it plans to print this year. Because specialty clothing retailers are so focused on younger people, Chico’s top competitors, until recently, have been department stores. That’s because boomer women like to shop in one place and don’t want the hassle of visiting a half-dozen stores to assemble an outfit. Department stores have cut back on customer service while Chico’s has emphasized it. It trains and rewards employees who help customers buy Chico’s apparel and gives them autonomy to reward good customers with discounts or to return goods without questions. Kleman says he considers the Nordstrom Department Store to be Chico’s biggest competitor. “I think it’s because of the shoe department,” he says. Because Chico’s stores and back rooms are relatively small, they can’t properly stock shoes that come in many sizes.

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

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

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

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

steRlInG Iv bUIldeR’s Model $ offered at 982,000. new contruction

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

Rosedale Realty, Inc. 941-751-9070

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KEY COMPARABLES by Kate Honea $1.25 Million Unit 548 Bldg 5 Fairway Bay, 2110 Harbourside Dr, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Three. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: Michael Nink, Wedebrock Real Estate Co., says that the larger floor plan of this three-bedroom corner unit with three big balconies sets this condo apart. It is fully furnished, designer decorated and has sweeping views of the bay. Price: $1.25 million. Unit 101 Castillian, 4525 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat key Bedrooms: Three. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: Teri Ann Sax of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. compliments this end unit’s great southern exposure and great ventilation. The unit’s 1,738 square feet plus two balconies are some of the great qualitides of this spacious unit with full golf-course views. Located above the parking garage on the first-floor this condo gets all the ambience of the Gulf. Price: $1,249,000.

Unit 603, Bldg 2, Beachplace 1, 1135 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Two. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: This desirable Gulf-front penthouse with extended balcony is in excellent condition. Ronald Baldwin, of Ronald Baldwin and Assoc., describes it as an extremely well-maintained property, with low maintenance fees and no previous assessments to the property. Price: $1.25 million.

Unit 701 Lido Harbour Towers, 1770 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key Bedrooms: Three. Bathrooms: Two. Special interests: “New” is the word Mark Huber from Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. used to described this redone and refurbished condo — from the kitchen appliances, bathroom counters and even the curtains. Not only is the unit “like new,” the whole complex has been completely modernized in the last two years. Price: $1,249,500.

Ambassador’s Circle

the oaks, clubside - Enjoy a tranquil view of the fairways and lakes in this elegant 3/4 bedroom home. Features include wood floors, spacious rooms, high ceilings, 3 car garage and an amazing pool area for al fresco dining.................................................$995,000 bay harbour - 3 Bedroom, totally renovated with new granite kitchen, tile floors. Beautifully decorated and furnished................................................$650,000 furnished the landings - One of Sarasota's favorite communities. This 3 bedroom lakefront condo has been totally renovated by expert craftsmen using only the finest materials. Amenities include nature trails, Racquet Club, swimming pool. Pet friendly.................................................$469,900. downtown - close to activity yet a quiet oasis. This 2/1 ranch has been lovingly restored to reflect the simplicity of the 1950s...................................................................$335,000. bayport - enjoy tennis, beach and social activities at this popular condo. This 2/2 corner unit has a new kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, tile floors throughout, and beautiful furniture. Pet friendly.....turnkey furnished.....$665,000. west of the trail - enchanting 2/2 "treetop" home in Selby Gardens-like setting with meandering walkways through tropical foliage. Vaulted ceiling, wood floors, large deck with fish pond and hot tub, 40 ft. lap pool. Serene and private...........$595,000. eagle creek at palm aire - Consider the investment opportunity in this popular golf course community. This ground floor corner condo has a new kitchen, baths, paint and flooring. This 2/2 is minutes from I-75 and Lakewood Ranch activity. Pet welcome.................$254,900. vizcaya - This sophisticated residence features 10 foot ceilings, Neff kitchen with granite, stone flooring. The spacious terrace with summer kitchen creates an atmosphere for indoor/outdoor living with panoramic gulf views. Amenities include tennis, pool, clubhouse with spa facilities. 2 pets allowed.....................................................................$2,750,000. longboat landing - Recently renovated 3 bedroom (plus den) bayfront condo with windows on 4 sides, covered parking for 2 cars, 2 storage rooms. Renovations include wood floors, revised floor plan, and new kitchen with slab granite. Amenities include heated pool, tennis, boat docks, beach access. This is a pet friendly community. Partially furnished.......................................................................$799,000. waters edge (holmes beach) - 2/2 with den and a good gulf view. This desirable rental complex has a heated pool, tennis courts and a gorgeous beach. Turnkey furnished..............................................................................$795,500. wonderful whitney beach - Enjoy sweeping views of Bishop’s Bayou from this 2 bedroom, 2 bath corner unit with fabulous southeast exposure. Beach, tennis, boat docks, fishing pier. Close to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Pet friendly. Beautifully furnished.........$699,000. st. arm­ands circle, sarasota, florida (941) 388-4447 faX (941) 388-3041

see all these properties at

www.m­ichaelsaunders.com­ bobbie banan, realtor®

356-2659 • 383-2659

michael saunders & com­pany licensed real estate broker

Immaculate Penthouse Open Sunday 1-4

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

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The Castillian on Longboat

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

Longbeach Gulf-Front Open Sunday 1-4

Secluded beachside retreat with Gulf and beach views. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the surf from this 2BR/2BA, with den and huge lanai. “Island-style” interior with designer finishes. Pet friendly community. Offered at $869,000

Longboat Harbour Towers

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

Longboat Harbour Towers

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

Whitney Beach Hideaway

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

Nature Lovers Retreat

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

Tina Rudek

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

www.lbkrealestate.com / www.wedebrock.com

North shore road loNgboat key

BEST BEACH ON LBK - A short walk, this remodeled, light & bright 2 BR, 2 Bath home is the perfect beach house. Best buy on beach side of GMD! $699,000 LONGBOAT KEy HOME - Best value in Country Club Shores. Least expensive well maintained house with POOL. Corner lot, newish roof, a/c & appliances. REDUCED TO $785,000 LONGBOAT PASS CONDO - Million dollar waterfront setting. Perfect vacation retreat or rentals (3 months booked for ‘07) totally renovated white & bright lots of built-ins. Come see this wonderful condo. REDUCED TO $449,000

SPANiSH MAiN viLLA - Nicely furnished 2 BR, 2 Bath villa. New roof in 2004, private backyard. very popular Longboat complex, great rental or vacation retreat! 55+ community. $349,000

Michael Saunders & Company

Licensed Real Estate Broker 440 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key, FL 34228 (941) 383-7591 • www.michaelsaunders.com


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STORE AROUND THE CORNER by Kate Honea

The Market

6810 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Whitney Beach Plaza • 383-7180 Line of business: “Gourmet Circle K,” says Andrew Hlywa, co-owner of The Market, which carries gourmet and organic foods, groceries, produce, wine and beer. It also features a deli, bakery, butcher, espresso, gelato bar and the United States Postal Services. “We want to supply people with necessities to last them for one month.” Owners: Andrew Hlywa and Dawn di Lorenzo. They also own the entire Whitney Beach Plaza. Founded: The store opened Nov. 19, 2005. Employees: “Ten, now that the snowbirds are gone.” Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. They hope to keep the same hours during the summer season. How did you get involved: “Dawn always wanted a market or a grocery store,” Hlywa says. “Plus, we live a block away and wanted to fix the shopping center.” Best selling items: “We have the biggest butcher shop on Longboat Key, and the best steaks on the Key,” Hlywa said. Busiest time of the day: Noon. Tell me something about the business that people wouldn’t know: “We make our own gelato, or Italian ice cream,” Hlywa said. “We serve Joffrey’s coffee. We cut steaks to order. We offer prepared meals, takeout or you can eat in with up to 24 seats for customers. We offer home-replacement meals that we make, then freeze for you to take home. USPS is located here, and Dawn is famous for her custom-gift baskets.”

Personal

Birthplace: “We both are from New Jersey.” Family and/or pets: Di Lorenzo has three cats: J.C., Stella and the newest addition is Tiger. Residence: They live in the Village on Longboat Key. How long in the area: “We came down 10 years ago,” Hlywa recalls. “Blizzard of ’95 or ’96. Had enough of the snow.”

Career

First paying job ever: Hlywa opened his own gas station when he was 17. The self-proclaimed workaholic has acquired 39 years of work experience since then. He also owned his own dry cleaner, laundromat and liquor store. His favorite was the laundromat, because his washing machines were his only employees. How did you get to where you are now: “A lot of hard work, determination, 100-hour-work weeks,” Hlywa said. “We were never in food before. It is a demanding business.” Hlywa also credits his father for helping him and his brothers and sisters.

Interests/Passions

Favorite pastime: Hlywa likes to drink Budweiser, but besides that he just works. Other hobbies or interests: Di Lorenzo loves to make her gourmet-gift baskets. She is also the one responsible for decorating The Market, and even displays people’s pottery in the store. Favorite place ever traveled: Hlywa credits being too busy for travel, but looks forward to their next trip to the fancy food show in Manhattan. He says, “We might even have to close the store for that.” Favorite item in the store: Di Lorenzo is a fan of the grapefruit gelato, while Hlywa likes the espresso.

Philosophy

Business Philosophy: “Your business is how you make it,” Hlywa says. “Your business is only as good as how much work and effort you put in to it.”

Andrew Hlywa and Dawn di Lorenzo

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

diReCt guLf fRont Lot 1 acre on LBK gorgeous beach. $3,950,000 Longboat CLub Rd - Outstanding family home on Golf course directly across from beach. Quality throughout. Numerous upgrades. Beautiful location. Behind the gates. $3,600,000 goRgeous Home - Superior design finishes. Deep water with large dock. No bridges to Bay. Beautiful private location close to beach. $3,650,000 PentHouse - diReCt beaCHfRont - Panoramic gulf, bay & golf course views. Luxurious, gorgeous furnishings and finishes. Behind the gates. $2,990,000 diReCt bayfRont • new Home - Deep water plus boat dock. Magnificent custom finishes. $4,900,000 sutton PLaCe - Charming villa w/ boat docks, heated pool & beach access. Ground level - no steps.$399,000 beauty at CoRey's Landing - Single family home. Rare location on Golf course w/ beautiful Bay views. Courtyard pool plus tennis amenities. Terrific square footage & private guest house. $1,995,000 dReam isLand - Cute cottage home on terrific lot w/ boat house. Canal directly to Bay. $1,675,000 beRmuda bay - Great Bradenton Beach. Beach access. Furnished. 2 car garage. $895,000

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This totally renovated complex is a popular vacation rental hot spot loaded with island atmosphere and repeat renters. The beautiful interior has been completely renovated and features quartz counter tops, ceramic, tile, gorgeous tropical furnishings and décor. The on-site management company and beautifully landscaped grounds make this a real Longboat Key treasure. $479,900 Direct longboat gulF Front Be-Dazzled by this deluxe 2BR/2BA end unit with eternal full gulf and beach views. This unit boasts a gorgeous new kitchen with decorative lighting, pull out shelving, new flooring and much more. Cove molding, new panel doors, newer windows and the freshly painted interior enhance the beauty of this gulf front jewel. $849,900 wow at whitney beach Unobstructed Full Gulf views captivate you from this immaculate 2BR/ 2BA turnkey furnished condo. Offering a bright spacious interior this beach to bay complex is sure to impress. $999,000 SenSational longboat Key opportunity

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK Doug Bruce has been seasonally living on Longboat Key for six years, from Connecticut. He has been playing tennis for 40 years. What made you pick up a racket? I started playing when I had kids. I was always a golfer, but tennis took less time than golf, so it made my children happier and my wife happier. What benefits do you get from playing tennis? Socially, you meet a lot of people. I’ve met the nicest people through tennis. It’s also a lot of exercise. Now that I play doubles, it’s not as much exercise, but it still beats sitting around. How competitive are you? Very. Most times, if it’s a good game, I try to concentrate as much as I can. It’s harder outside because you can look up and a bird can fly over you. It’s so pretty it can be distracting, but I try to concentrate as much as I can at my age. Name one thing you do that wins matches. My net play. I try to be as deceptive as I can be with my strokes, and I adhere to the old adage that it’s not how hard you hit it, but where you hit it. If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? I would have better baseline play. I would like to be more consistent with my play back there. Who has most influenced your game? I would say it would have to be the

by Kat Wingert old-time Australian players I used to watch on TV. I liked their light-hearted attitude, but how they remained virtually competitive at the same time. They enjoyed playing the game, and I enjoyed watching them. Describe the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. Watching my grandchildren take lessons from (Cedars pro) Warren Girle and then hitting around with them. It doesn’t get much better than that. I enjoy knowing the game is being passed on to the next generation.

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Relate one tip that you play by, or the single most important tip you’ve received? Always change the pace of your shots. You don’t want to be too consistent so your competition is zeroed in on you. You have to change it up to keep him off balance. Who is your favorite athlete and why? Ted Williams, with the Boston Red Sox. I just loved his ability to hit the ball and his frankness and arrogance. What is the funniest or most embarrassing moment you’ve had playing? Whenever you’re getting ready to win the game, and an easy shot comes over the net and you move in for the kill, only to completely miss the ball. It’s the worst feeling because you see that shot, and your eyes get as big as saucers as you think, “The game is over,” and then, whoosh! You miss the ball. You have to laugh it off, but you can’t find a hole big enough in the court to jump in.

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LONGBOAT KEY BAYfRONT - Country Club shores-Majestic TuscanMediterranean style is breathtaking! Deep-water dockage for up to 80 ft. yacht. saturnia floors, custom granite kitchen, 4 bedrooms, media room, fitness room, fireplace, 6 car garage and a spectacular infinity pool. fabulous outdoor living area with summer kitchen. $4,799,000 LONGBOAT KEY- L’AMBIANCE Beach front unit. An unbelievably gorgeous residence behind the gates of Longboat Key featuring beautiful sunset views on the Gulf of Mexico. Magnificent corner residence 3 BDR + Den, 10 ft ceilings, granite counters, gorgeous wrap-around terrace, Amazing amenities: Olympic pool, fitness center, entertainment room & 2 parking spaces, guest suite, all for you to enjoy. $3,100,000 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Two lots both featuring 126’ on the water with a southern exposure. Purchase the lots individually or together for a combined 252’ of water frontage. ThE BEsT CITY VIEWs $3,200,000 to $3,450,000 IN ALL Of sARAsOTA BAY! Offered from

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After partying with Pat Lonsdale the night before, golfers in the 14th annual Pat Lonsdale Invitational Tournament enjoyed a late start to an action-packed round of golf May 13. About 100 golfers teed off at the tournament’s 12:30 p.m. shotgun start on the Longboat Key Club’s Islandside course. Playing in a four-person scramble format, the special obstacles on the course were relatively tame this year compared to past tournaments. The only surprise that awaited golfers during their round

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was on the green of hole No. 13, where golfers faced the challenge of putting in the unpredictable kitty ball, a small, plastic cat-toy ball with a bell inside. “Some of the golfers have done fairly well with it so far today,” said Leslie Torok, who was manning the green and handing out the ball. “Some were not amused. To make it worse, it’s already a par-five hole.” The tournament, which is paired with the previous night’s “Party-with-Pat” event, raised money to benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

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•VT l'ambiance on longboat key Enjoy Gulf front living at its finest in this custom designed three bedroom with interiors by architect Robert Stuffings. 2,800+SF, imported Black Pearl granite floors, gourmet kitchen w/Ivanion granite, and two parking spaces. Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club w/fabulous amenities. Sold $2,595,000 partially furnished.

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

boateRs delight Traditional split plan residence. Light & bright throughout with oversized Florida room overlooking canal, eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar, separate dining room, private dock, 10,000 lb boat lift, davits & easy access to Sarasota $599,000 Bay. Great rental potential. •VT bay isles - longboat key Beautiful executive home with extensive remodeling inside & out, new marble flooring, state-of-the-art kitchen, 2 gas fireplaces, exceptional pool deck with gas heated pool/spa, private “composite” dock for a 50’ boat and a 14,000 lb boat lift. Located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $2,595,000 •VT conRad beach on longboat key Excite your senses and renew your spirit in this maintenance free, Key West style beach house on Longboat Key’s charming North end. This 3BR plus loft includes three luxurious living levels, elevator, gourmet kitchen, sweeping porches, fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hot $1,595,000 tub and oversized garage. •VT bRadenton's pRemieR addRess Exclusive and gated estate on 3.3 acres on the Manatee River. Classic 5 bedroom home with over 5,600 SF, new private tennis court with backboard, open pool, enclosed jacuzzi, covered boat dock to house 2 boats and beautifully manicured grounds. $5,900,000 •VT manatee RiveR wateRfRont On over 1 acre of lush tropical landscaping, secluded and captivating custom home on the Manatee River with recent renovations. Over 4,200 square feet of living space, gourmet kitchen, fireplace and private/ covered boat dock. $2,750,000 •VT UniveRsity paRk Pristine maintenance free residence with over 2,400 sq. ft. Open and inviting floor plan with light and bright oversized master suite, volume and tray ceilings, upgraded appliances and screened-in pool overlooking the natural preserve. OPEN hOuSE SuNday 1–4 $675,000 •VT bUttonwood haRboUR-longboat key Custom “Ranch” style pool home remarkably remodeled and updated throughout including a chef’s kitchen w/hickory wood cabinets, Saturnia marble floors, crown moldings, open heated pool & spa w/waterfall and a maintenance free 30’ composite dock on a deep water canal. $1,475,000 eXcellent location Spacious 4BR pool home with over 2,500 SF, ceramic tile throughout, oversized family room and open lanai. Close proximity to St. Stephens in a very desirable neighborhood. $450,000

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•VT west of the tRail Fantastic, 3BR light & bright home in Cedar Cove Esatates. approximately 2,300 SF, open floor plan, vaulted & tray ceilings, separate dining room, expansive 70’-wide screened in lanai with a 40’ pool, heated spa and ionization pool filtration system. Only minutes to shopping, dining and the white sandy beaches of Siesta Key. $639,000 •VT location-location-location Exceptional location in Bay Isles within the gates of the Longboat Key Club. updated home designed with an abundace of light, courtyard entry, vaulted ceilings, wood floors, plantation shutters and gourmet kitchen. Media room with projection system, lots of storage, wine cellar and much more! The beautiful outdoors offers an open-heated pool, private dock $2,395,000 and 10,000 lb boat lift. OPEN hOuSE SuNday 1–4 desiRable location desirable Longboat Key lot available with plans to begin construction on a beautiful 4,700 square foot Mediterranean style residence. Several floor plans to choose from. adjoining lots available $2,995,000

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•VT beachplace - longboat key desirable beachfront corner unit w/panoramic Gulf views. 1,172 SF of living space including 2 bedrooms, dual sinks in master bath, large storage closet, wrap around balcony, storm shutters & 2 parking spaces. Sold furnished. Community features include a guarded entry gate, heated beachfront pool, $1,099,000 tennis courts & club house. Great rental potential.

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Huge Price Reduction!!! Large, expanded 2BR/2B Gulf-front with gulf views in a private setting. Kitchen, guest b/r terraces enclosed, eat-in-kitchen, new baths, carpet, htd. pool, end unit with 3 sunny side windows, turnkey furnished, Hunter Douglas shutters. now $749,000.

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

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

Michael Granston i may still have my english accent, but i place my accent on providing the best possible service.

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

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595 Bay Isles Rd., Longboat Key www.HomesInLongboatKey.com Palms Realty An independently owned and operated member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.

REDUCED $268,000 from original price! 3 BR/3.5BA 3115 a/c s.f. Awesome Direct Gulf Views Immaculate condition, tastefully decorated. 3M Hurricane protection at all windows. 2 garage spaces in preferred lobby level. Extra a/c storage room ideal as a wine cellar. Now Value Priced @ $2,490,000 For proFessional service with no pressure call Michael 504-8018 to show you any property advertised in this newspaper

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REal EstatE auctions

Saturday, may 20th at 10:00 am 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath condo 3500 el conquiStador pkwy. #243 Bradenton, florida preview by appointment or thursday, may 18th from 3:00 pm -7:00 pm

Renovated ground floor end unit with great views of el conquistador golf course! new kitchen, appliances, carpet, paint. turnkey furnished, ready for you to move in. Shows beautifully! close to beaches, imG academy and all Sarasota & Bradenton have to offer. two master suites, private open courtyard, two lanais, walk to the pool & spa. florida living at its best!

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Saturday, June 3rd at 3:00 pm four unit iSland rental 102 n. 1st St., Bradenton Beach

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preview by appointment or wednesday, may 31st from 3:00 pm -7:00 pm. walk across the street to the gulf beach.

the atrIum - Glorious bay views from this spotless jewel in the private harbourside Golf course community. this beautiful 3Br unit is meticulously maintained and an absolute joy to behold at a wonderful price. $975,000. • enjoy gulf & sunset views from the upper unit. • four totally furnished units with a very strong rental history making them a great investment with a strong cap rate. • A 2/1, two 1/1 and one efficiency unit. • courtyard for cookouts. • close to everything / walk. • new roof 9/2005, two new a/c’s, other two are 3 years old. • new windows. • home warranty included.

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As of May 15, no red tide was found in local waters.

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Month-to-date Average water 2006 2005 Temp.: 79 1.78 in. 0.86 in.

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Temperature Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Mon., May 8 87.5 69.5 94 (1990) 61 (1986) Tues., May 9 84.5 69 94 (2002) 63 (1992) Wed., May 10 84.5 69 94 (1992) 63 (1992) Thurs., May 11 86.5 74 94 (1995) 60 (1992) Fri., May 12 82 65 93 (1984) 62 (1992) Sat., May 13 82 63 93 (1981) 58 (1992) Sun., May 14 82 59 92 (1996) 58 (1992)

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DEAL US IN by Donna Swan

An impossible contract No game contract is a particularly happy spot for the North-South pair. Three no-trump is the best spot depending on bringing in the club suit. North was better advised to try this contract than to try for

WHERE TO PLAY Longboat Island Chapel: Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Larry Auerbach, 758-2017. Bayfront Park Recreation Center: Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and contract bridge games are at 1 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 3161980.

a four-heart contract with such a weak suit. Four hearts can be defeated, down two, and West would have had an excellent score if he had passed quietly instead of doubling the four-heart contract. South decided that a five-club contract might be a better place to play. West led the queen of spades and the declarer was not happy with the contract. Even if declarer could bring the trump suit home without loss, it seemed that declarer would have to lose a heart and two diamonds. Declarer won the ace of spades, cashed the king of clubs and led a trump to the ace; and matters improved when both opponents followed. Declarer led a small diamond, and West could not resist grabbing a cheap trick with the Jack. The defenders could no lon-

ger set the contract. Declarer ruffed the spade return, cashed the ace and king of hearts and ace of diamonds and exited with a diamond. East was forced to win the trick and returned a spade, allowing declarer to ruff in dummy and discard the heart loser. West should play low on the first diamond lead. East could then have avoided the endplay, by winning the queen of diamonds and later unblocking the king of diamonds under the ace. This would allow West to win the third diamond with the Jack and cash a heart to set the contract.

Games 13C

BRIDGE Dealer: South Vulnerable: Neither

North

♠ A3 ♥K765 ♦ 1087 ♣K1098

West

East

♠ 7K J 9 8 6 4 2 ♥J ♦ KQ6 ♣QJ

♠ Q75 ♥Q10932 South ♦ J94 ♠ 10 ♣32 ♥A84 ♦ A532 ♣A7654

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.”

Bidding: South 1 ♦ 2 ♣ 3 ♥ Pass 5 ♣

West Pass Pass Pass Dble. Pass

North 1 ♥ 3 ♣ 4 ♥ Pass Pass

Opening Lead: Queen of

East 1♠ Pass Pass Pass Pass

WINNERS Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel April 18 North-South 1. Jean Simon and Natalie Apple 2. Lee Lippe and Hope Zawatsky 3. Lois Kaufman and Ruth Colner East-West 1. Al Florin and Mike Goodfriend 2. Selma Medvin and Lenore Miller 3. Jayne Forstenzer and Cele Schwartz Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel

AY D N SU M N 4P E P 1O

April 20 North-South 1. Lee Lippe and Dick Kaufman 2. Mary Pyke and Ken Frankel 3. Al Feiger and Jordan Hechtman East-West 1. Lori Brickman and Ruth Colner 2. Polly Kaatz and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Al Florin and Mike Goodfriend Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel April 25 North-South 1. Jean Simon and Natalie Apple

Tie: Lois and Bob Auerbach, Hank Schneiderman and Ken Frankel. East-West 1. Al Florin and Mike Goodfriend Tie: Lois Kaufman and Ruth Colner, Lori Brickman and Paul Massik Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Key Island Chapel April 27 North-South 1. Ken Frankel and Bob Tucker. 2. Jackie Tucker and Claire Brinn 3. Selma and Larry Troum East-West 1. Cele Schwartz and Ruth Colner

2. Polly Kaatz and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Al Florin and Mike Goodfriend Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel May 2 North-South 1. Lee Lippe and Jackie Zucker 2. Dorrie and Lee Rosenberg 3. Lois and Bob Auerbach East-West 1. Lois Kaufman and Ruth Colner 2. Lori Brickman and Paul Massik 3. Renee Bald and Hank Sch-

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DEAL US IN by Donna Swan

An impossible contract No game contract is a particularly happy spot for the North-South pair. Three no-trump is the best spot depending on bringing in the club suit. North was better advised to try this contract than to try for

WHERE TO PLAY Longboat Island Chapel: Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Larry Auerbach, 758-2017. Bayfront Park Recreation Center: Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and contract bridge games are at 1 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 3161980.

a four-heart contract with such a weak suit. Four hearts can be defeated, down two, and West would have had an excellent score if he had passed quietly instead of doubling the four-heart contract. South decided that a five-club contract might be a better place to play. West led the queen of spades and the declarer was not happy with the contract. Even if declarer could bring the trump suit home without loss, it seemed that declarer would have to lose a heart and two diamonds. Declarer won the ace of spades, cashed the king of clubs and led a trump to the ace; and matters improved when both opponents followed. Declarer led a small diamond, and West could not resist grabbing a cheap trick with the Jack. The defenders could no lon-

ger set the contract. Declarer ruffed the spade return, cashed the ace and king of hearts and ace of diamonds and exited with a diamond. East was forced to win the trick and returned a spade, allowing declarer to ruff in dummy and discard the heart loser. West should play low on the first diamond lead. East could then have avoided the endplay, by winning the queen of diamonds and later unblocking the king of diamonds under the ace. This would allow West to win the third diamond with the Jack and cash a heart to set the contract.

Games 13C

BRIDGE Dealer: South Vulnerable: Neither

North

♠ A3 ♥K765 ♦ 1087 ♣K1098

West

East

♠ 7K J 9 8 6 4 2 ♥J ♦ KQ6 ♣QJ

♠ Q75 ♥Q10932 South ♦ J94 ♠ 10 ♣32 ♥A84 ♦ A532 ♣A7654

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.”

Bidding: South 1 ♦ 2 ♣ 3 ♥ Pass 5 ♣

West Pass Pass Pass Dble. Pass

North 1 ♥ 3 ♣ 4 ♥ Pass Pass

Opening Lead: Queen of

East 1♠ Pass Pass Pass Pass

WINNERS Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel April 18 North-South 1. Jean Simon and Natalie Apple 2. Lee Lippe and Hope Zawatsky 3. Lois Kaufman and Ruth Colner East-West 1. Al Florin and Mike Goodfriend 2. Selma Medvin and Lenore Miller 3. Jayne Forstenzer and Cele Schwartz Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel

AY D N SU M N 4P E P 1O

April 20 North-South 1. Lee Lippe and Dick Kaufman 2. Mary Pyke and Ken Frankel 3. Al Feiger and Jordan Hechtman East-West 1. Lori Brickman and Ruth Colner 2. Polly Kaatz and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Al Florin and Mike Goodfriend Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel April 25 North-South 1. Jean Simon and Natalie Apple

Tie: Lois and Bob Auerbach, Hank Schneiderman and Ken Frankel. East-West 1. Al Florin and Mike Goodfriend Tie: Lois Kaufman and Ruth Colner, Lori Brickman and Paul Massik Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Key Island Chapel April 27 North-South 1. Ken Frankel and Bob Tucker. 2. Jackie Tucker and Claire Brinn 3. Selma and Larry Troum East-West 1. Cele Schwartz and Ruth Colner

2. Polly Kaatz and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Al Florin and Mike Goodfriend Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel May 2 North-South 1. Lee Lippe and Jackie Zucker 2. Dorrie and Lee Rosenberg 3. Lois and Bob Auerbach East-West 1. Lois Kaufman and Ruth Colner 2. Lori Brickman and Paul Massik 3. Renee Bald and Hank Sch-

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Magnificent, unobstructed bay views on the point plus 142 ft. on the canal. Gutted in 1992, then completely remodeled, this 3/4 BR, 3 BA home has 3,300 sq. ft. under A/C. Separate dining room, his and her baths, fireplaces in living room and master BR, closets galore, fabulous kitchen, open heated pool. Contemporary and pristine. Deeded beach access. Reduced to $3,350,000.

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Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club Longboat Island Chapel May 4 North-South 1. Lee Lippe and Lois Kaufman 2. Mary Lou Thomas and Chuck Prizec 3. Lori Brickman and Paul Massik East-West 1. Dverka Winitsky and Jayne Forstenzer 2. Ruth Colner and Cele Schwartz 3. Edith Rosenthal and Annie Lowenthal

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2BR plus one loft bedroom/ 2.5 baths, maple hardwood and seagrass carpet floors. Maple cabinets, granite countertops & stainless appliances. Watch sunsets into the Gulf from spacious rooftop terrace. Constructed in 2001 in the heart of a unique seaside enclave of homes west of GMD. Steps to beautiful beaches. Call (941) 387-9851.

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INCREDIBLE GULF & BAY VIEWS! Remodeled & furn.1,103SF, 2Br/2Ba, ceramic tile, fresh paint, updated kitchen w/tiled counters & raised ceiling, raised panel cabinets, remodeled baths, 30FT balcony, secure building w/covered parking & docks available!.................$775,000

DoWNToWN BAY FRoNT 3,284 SF double unit w/unobstructed views, 3-4 BR/4BA, custom builtins, granite, Corian, marble, wet bar, gourmet kitchen, executive office, 2tiled balconies and 2CG in secure, gated building w/tennis, pools, and boat docks available!.......$1,499,000

HIGH IN THE SKY oN SIESTA KEY! Upgraded 1,187SF, 2Br/2Ba w/miles of gulf views, granite, Italian limestone floors, wood cabinets, faux finishes, custom wood doors, new wall to wall glass doors, Woodmode kitchen, 4 balconies & 1CG in secure building! $1,750,000

DEEDED, DEEP WATER DoCK WITH LIFT! Courtyard home of 4,358SF, 3Br/2.5Ba + sep. 1Br/1Ba guest suite, new wood floors, architectural columns, detailed ceilings, 2 fps, new granite, furn. quality cabinets, pool, spa, summer kitchen & 2CG-West of Trail! â&#x20AC;Ś . $1,400,000

PRoTECTED SAILBoAT WATER! Gated 3,384SF Rutenberg home, 45Br/3.5Ba w/wide open water views, wood flooring, furniture quality cabinets, fireplace, high ceilings, custom moldings, 3CG, dock on Siesta w/no bridges to the bay! â&#x20AC;Ś. $2,000,000

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Coldwell Banker Congratulates

Barbara Ackerman

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

Over $80 million in Sales for 2005!

Top 1% of Coldwell Banker Associates Worldwide

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ouTSTANDiNG VALuE - FABuLouS PRicE REDucTioN! Spectacular Gulf, Sunset, Sunrise & resort style pool view from this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath 2580 sq. ft. residence. New Kitchen tile floor & faux painted walls, extensive builtins in the master bedroom and den, window treatments, 2 large terraces w/access from all bedrooms & kitchen. Ready for immediate enjoyment of a beachfront lifestyle in a prime secure LBK club location. $1,799,000.

NEW coNSTRucTioN - PRoTEcTED BAyFRoNT with British island Style! it’s calming, casual and chARMiNG with 4BR/4.5BA & family room. This 5024 sq. ft. 2 story residences is a refreshing architectural statement! Selection of colors, cabinetry, flooring & designing details will delight your senses. Additional features are elevator, fireplace, butler’s pantry, summer kitchen, contoured outer edge pool, 3-car garage & private beach access. $4,495,000.

Gorgeous views of the Gulf & beach from this desirable NW 2BR/2BA completely renovated w/ italian stone & wood floors, crown molding, European bathrooms & gourmet kitchen w/custom cabinetry, granite & S.S. appliances. Amenities include heated pool overlooking the Gulf w/deepwater marina w/access to the intracoastal. Located behind the gates of the LBK club. Best kept secret on LBK. close to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The perfect island retreat. $899,000

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

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

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

ATTENTioN BoATERS! Wonderful Bay front setting for this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo with new appliances in this community with outstanding amenities that include community boat dock, tennis courts, 2 heated pools, clubhouse, exercise facility, sauna and beach access..

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Fabulous Sunset and Bay views from this 6th floor, updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath beautifully furnished apartment with neutral colors, designer accents, 18” tile in hall and kitchen, track lighting, new appliances, including air conditioning and hot water heater, retractable lanai screens. $889,000 $849,000 $799,000

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assiGnMent aVaiLabLe for this 3584 sq.ft. 3 Bedroom plus family room residence with direct full Gulf and Bay views. Exquisite interior finishes, 10 ft. ceilings, summer kitchen, marble floors, expansive terraces, clubhouse with owner’s lounge, workout facility, large pool, 350 ft of beachfront. $3,695,000.

saLes PenDinG in the Past 90 Days PRoMENADE - Direct Gulf front 5th floor corner unit. ............................................... $1,699,000. WATERcLuB - 8th floor with Gulf, Bay and city views. .............................................. $2,495,000. SOLD SEA cLuB V - Direct Gulf front 2BR, 2BA on the beach. ............................................... $799,000. FAiRWAy BAy - 2,560 sq. ft. double unit with Bay & city views. ................................. $899,000.

SiESTA coVE - updated with new pool and walk to the beach. ......................................$749,000. WEST oF TRAiL - 4BR on sailboat water and Bayviews. .............................................$1,295,000. SiESTA KEy - Featherbed Lane, 3 BD, walk to beach ....................................................$849,000. LiDo KEy - 361 South Blvd. of Presidents ................................................................$5,250,000.

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ToWER RESiDENcE with views of Gulf and Bay from every room of this 10th Floor 3BR residence. Walk to downtown restaurants and theatre. $2,250,000. hoTEL PiED-A-TiERRE Beautifully TKF, 1408 SF. 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath residence with $75,000 beach club membership $1,149,000. included. Available for Lease.

Quiet seclusion & distinctive interior elegance with warmth of single family living in a condominium lifestyle. Enjoy panoramic and wrap-around views of the Bay to Gulf and city. Features include 3 bedrooms plus study, separate his and her baths, highest quality designer finishes, enclosed 2-car garage. $2,395,000 $2,150,000.

New construction - This is a one-of-a-kind unique property with an oversized deep lot. New 3872 sq. ft. home with pool and spa is planned to begin in January. Buyer can still make changes to meet needs. Live west of the trail near downtown and Siesta Key Beach. $1,699,000.

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

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$1,699,000.

Panoramic city and bay views, 12th floor 4/5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath apartment with 4500 SF of elegant living space. 24-hr concierge, 2 garage parking spaces. Formal dining room, family room, large open kitchen, private elevator and service entrance. Walk to shopping, theatre and fine dining. $2,950,000. Villa Azzura captures the enduring charm of Tuscany on Sarasota Bay. Minutes from culture & fine dining. A 2,200 SF. master suite, 4 guest rooms, wading and lap pool with spa, wine room, 8-car garage, 45'. boat capacity, rich woods, natural stone & marble. $4,975,000.

This 4500 sq. ft. Mark Rutenberg built residence featuring a bonus room, study and den. Fabulous pool area with marble, paver brick, Koi pond, summer kitchen and spa overlooking the golf course and preserve. Designer appointments and lush landscaping. Furniture Available. $2,150,000 $1,995,000

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

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Land of Oz ...

A FEIN ADVENTURE by Shirley Fein | Contributing Writer

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The Sydney Opera House in Australia

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Sydney, Australia skyline

The largest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia, Sydney, was our first port of call. There is no better way to approach Sydney than by sea. As our ship made her way up the picturesque harbor, we were greeted by the impressive harbor bridge and the famous Sydney Opera House, which was perched like a precious seashell-shaped jewel in a magical and regal setting. Would you believe that people actually climb the Sydney Bridge — the widest and heaviest arch bridge in the world? Yes, there is a three-hour tour that is quite expensive and is only allowed under strict supervision by special guides. And, no, we did not do it! There is much more to see in Sydney than the Opera House and the bridge: the Historic Rocks area, with its colonial architecture, many museums,

great art galleries and small elegant shops; Circular Quay, the hub of Sydney’s enormous ferry system, with its pubs, cafes and a variety of great places for young people to stroll and be seen; and Darling Harbor, a major shopping and sightseeing location that should be on everyone’s list. After exhausting as many city sites that time and strength would allow, we ventured out to the suburbs on our second day and had a great time exploring Aussie wildlife at Koala Park, a 10-acre natural animal and bird sanctuary located 30 minutes out of the city by bus. We were allowed to pet and pose with the cuddly koalas that were held by the rangers. I had never seen a dingo before. He is a meanlooking dog, with the teeth of a wolf, that kills his pups if the mother doesn’t hide them from him after giving birth. After walking around in the Australian summer heat for more than two hours,

Koala bear at the Koala Park in the Sydney suburbs


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we were happy to reboard our bus for the drive back to the ship. Along the way, we were able to see many different residential sections and enjoy the lovely verdant landscape of the Sydney suburbs.

Melbourne and Adelaide Melbourne, the garden capital of Australia and the second largest city in the country, is elegant and beautiful. Grace and charm go hand in hand in this fashionable, cultured and beautiful metropolis. Before I take you to Adelaide, a city of 1.1 million that moves at a leisurely pace, I want to tell you about the complimentary shuttle buses provided by Regent Seven Seas Cruises. This great convenience allows all guests to ride the free shuttle and explore a new area at their leisure. Naturally, this complimentary extra is provided where and when it is safe and practicable. Adelaide, once an important whaling center, is now the gateway to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s premier wine-growing

Local dancers welcomed travelers in Borneo.

region. The best place to sample more than 50 different types of Australian wines was at the National Wine Center. Our ship, the Voyager, also served a variety of Australian wines at both lunch and dinner. As we continued sailing around the southern coast of Australia between Adelaide and Albany, we encountered rough seas. Now I know the meaning of “things that go bump in the night.”

A wood carver in Bali

Albany, Fremantle and Perth

Albany is one of the oldest towns in Australia and is known as a resort and seaport. It’s just a pleasant and sleepy area that was both calm and refreshing. Our day at the horse races in the town of Fremantle was another Regent Seven Seas complimentary event for all guests. We were told that Australians are great gamblers and sports fanatics, and we did see this side of the Aussies as we joined in the fun of the day. Upon arrival at the race track, we were ushered into a large, white tent and served assorted canapés and Australian wines. Race track personnel gave us betting instructions. Then we were on our own. It was hot and uncomfortable in the tent, and the musical sounds, which competed with the sounds of the crowd cheering for the horses, created a din of gigantic proportions. Arnold and I placed a bet, but we did not win (our horse was disqualified). By this time, we had enough excitement for one day and were happy to rejoin our bus and enjoy a mini snap-shot tour of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Perth is pretty, but also remote. It is located four flying hours from Sydney.

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

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

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

The time had arrived to say good-bye to Australia and travel to Bali, a long time favorite vacation destination for travelers who enjoy beaches, an interesting culture and friendly people.

Indonesia / Bali As a result of the recent terrorist bombings, Bali was hit hard, both economically and with a great loss of human life. Its travel industry plummeted and a domino effect rippled throughout the entire area. The Balinese sense of innocence was shattered; they have yet to recover from these heinous attacks. When we arrived in Bali, Arnold and I joined an extensive art-and-craft excursion that took us to a variety of villages that specialize in different products. Riding along in our bus, we had the additional opportunity to enjoy the rhythm of Balinese life as the landscape unfolded before our eyes. We saw many water buffaloes lumbering on the distant horizon, rice fields galore, natives bathing and doing their laundry in the river and children, of all ages, playing games along the roadside. The local Dunkin’ Donuts shop was a busy place, also. We visited a village that was devoted to making bulky, bamboo furniture, and in another area we observed talented wood carvers as they worked silently in a room crowded with their many beautiful finished products. Another village was proud of its painting industry. Hundreds of paintings were on display in a large building. Some were beautiful, yet it seemed to me that I was standing in a painting factory. A batik village was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed the demonstration given by the local artisans and came away with a better understanding of the intricacies involved in this art form. As we were ready to depart the last village and return to the ship, an aggressive little fellow approached me and said that he had eight children at home. Yes, I did buy an ugly (but lovable) carved mask from him. I gave him $3 (in U.S. currency). He clasped his hands, bowed and smiled at me. I felt good about that transaction. On the return trip to the ship, our local guide entertained us with a few statistics that I am sure you will enjoy: There is no divorce in Bali; women make all the decisions in Bali; women harvest the rice and are paid 10% of the harvest; there is no crime in Bali, because everyone knows each other; the diet consists mostly of rice and fruit — there’s no visible obesity. Our friendly host left us with the following words: “Banish the bad, welcome the good!” Good-bye to beautiful Bali and hello to wild-and-wooly Borneo!

Borneo Due to the threat of pirates in the area, our first port of call in Borneo, the coastal town of Sandakan, was aborted by our captain. Naturally, the captain’s announcement caused a considerable flurry

of excitement all over the ship. However, no one really over-reacted. Safety first is the main rule here on board the Voyager. Arnold and I had visited Sandakan several years ago on a land trip, and we were sorry that our fellow cruisers would not have the opportunity to visit the world-famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. We remembered what a spectacular experience it was to view the orangutans up close and see them being fed by the ranger in charge. I’ll never forget the sight of the female peeling a banana, chewing it and then feeding her baby. I wonder, how did she learn to skin the banana? Our captain was able to dock in Borneo, at the town of Kota Kinabalu. Our ship was welcomed by local dancers in colorful costumes and extraordinary featherdecorated headdress. This lovely welcome was a friendly gesture by the local government. However, it was tour time again. We boarded our bus and were off to see the region. We were amazed to see so many cars and active construction sites in this faraway place. Numerous small, shanty towns blended into the landscape of the new and modern areas. We did learn that a government project is presently dedicated to slowly tearing down these shanty areas and replacing them with parks and safe walking neighborhoods. We transferred from our comfortable bus to an ancient, narrow-gauge, woodfire, steam-engine railway for a one-hour ride into the countryside. We were certainly getting a taste of colonial times, riding in this open-window relic that looked like a prop out of a vintage movie. Our railway car was hot and stuffy. Smoke and soot blew in through the open windows and was whirled around by two antediluvian ceiling fans. As we rode through an uninteresting industrial area, the train lurched, wailed and screeched. The shrill of the train whistle, notifying the animals and people walking on the train tracks that we were coming, was ear-splitting. It was shake, rattle and roll all the way. Even though the train was uncomfortable, we did enjoy the experience. Traveling is a way to find the world, and we want to see it all. Incidentally, this vestige of past colonial times is the only railway in Borneo. We eventually returned to the ship, cooled off in the delicious air-conditioning, enjoyed a quick lunch and set out again for a visit to the Sabah Zoological and Botanical Park. We saw our favorite orangutans, Asian elephants, Malayan tigers, proboscis monkeys, a white rhino and colorful birds native to this area. Thanks to our on-board tour department, permission was granted to see this new sanctuary that is a work in progress and will not be opened to the general public for several months. When we meet again, we will begin with Manila and travel together to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Bangkok, and time permitting, to Singapore, as well.


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by Dwight F. Davis

Scallops seem sensitive For Americans, the sea scallop is a round, white or paleyellow lump of seafood with a pleasant, sweetish taste. For Europeans, it’s the same, plus a ring of pinkish roe surrounding the muscle. In fact, the entire animal is edible, including the internal organs, which are customarily thrown away. What we call “scallops,” scientists know as “pectens,” a family of bivalve shells containing more than 20 species in the Atlantic Ocean alone, ranging in size from a ½ inch to 8 inches.

Beautiful blue eyes These animals differ from other shells in several ways. The lower shell is concave and the upper is flat. The surface of both valves in most species is ribbed and the edge is scalloped. Internal organs resemble and function much like other bivalves, except that scallops also have lovely blue eyes, a whole row of them fringing the mantle, and each complete with cornea, lens, retina and optic nerve. How well they can see is a matter of conjecture, but without a doubt, they react to a shadow or sudden movement in the water that may signal the approach of a predator. They then take off, clapping their shells together using the power of their strong adductor muscle, the part we call “scallop,” to escape from perceived danger. They may jet backward or may spin left or right when water is expelled from one side or the other as shells close. The movement, however, is random. Scallops, like other bivalves, feed on plankton and live, largely, in shallow to moderately deep water. They are hermaphrodites that reproduce by the release of eggs and sperm into the water. The large sea scallop mentioned above, Placopecten magellicanus, lives offshore in the north

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and central Atlantic, where it is fished by dredging. The smaller bay scallop, Argopecten irradians, lives in shallow water, often on seagrass beds, from Nova Scotia to Florida, and is taken with dredges or rakes. It gives us fleshy nuggets to enjoy, and usually at a lower price. Unfortunately, those sold in local markets are opened by steam, which alters the flavor and exquisite taste of hand-shucked bay scallops. Calico scallops, whose varicolored shells are common on area beaches, support a small commercial fishery in Florida.

Picky pectens Whereas, many kinds of clams and oysters will tolerate a certain amount of water pollution, scallops may be more sensitive. In the “Big Bend” of Northwest Florida, with its smaller human population, bay scallops are still found in quantity, but further south they have largely disappeared. Scientists who ponder the reasons consider overfishing, loss of seagrass habitat and water quality, including red tide, as possible causes for the decline. However, some estuarine areas are better than others and already provide good habitat. In Northern Pine Island Sound, an experiment to enhance the bay-scallop population has shown promising results. When first hatched, wild-scallop larvae drift around for days until they develop byssal threads, like mussels, to attach themselves to the blades of seagrasses. In time, they lose the threads and drop to the bottom, where they continue growing to adulthood.

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Mote Aquarium is home to more than 200 marine creatures, including bay and other scallops. The aquarium, and nearby Marine Mammal Center, is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, phone 349-0556. In 2003, a Mote scientist working with collaborators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, began an interesting experiment. They released 1.5 million laboratory-cultured scallop larvae, already at the attachment stage, into the water at a site protected by booms, to keep them from drifting away. A year later, a follow-up survey found 100 times more scallops in this “grow-out pond” than were living in nearby seagrass beds. And last year, this restoration area produced one of the best scallop populations in the state. This promising production process is to be duplicated in several identified areas on West Coast Florida — all of which bodes well for recreational scalloping. Dwight F. Davis is a volunteer and past president of the Volunteer Association of Mote Marine Laboratory.

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MARINERS COVE Fabulous bay views from this top floor 3BR/2BA + loft unit offering 2000 sq ft of living area, cathedral ceilings, fireplace & lg glassed lanai. Premier gated community w/2 pools, tennis, elevator & protected deep water dockage for up to 35’ boat. Dave Moynihan #525552 778-2246 $749,500

KEY TOWERS SOUTH Great Gulf & bay views, 2BR/2BA. Just remodeled throughout. Resident Mgr, heated pool secure lobby, covered parking & more. Bill Greene 383-5577 #307717 $835,000

SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB 2BR/2BA beautifully maintained villa. Bright and sunny. Laundry in liv area. Deep water marina & large, active clubhouse. Private beach. Peggy Henger #310475 383-5577 $339,000

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

LONGBOAT TERRACE Enlarged 2BR/2BA, 2nd floor, TKF, direct gulffront with beautiful vistas of beach & Gulf. Kitchen & baths upgraded. Jack McCormick 383-5577 #285774 $749,000

RARELY AVAILABLE Located in Fairway Bend in Palm Aire, this 2BD/2BA plus den villa has been immaculately maintained. 2 car garage with room for golf cart. Larraine Waite 383-5577 #303640 $309,900

QUALITY LONGBOAT HOME 33BR/2BA spacious, immaculate home, screened balcony, natural canal, fruit trees, 2 car garage w/great storage & workshop. Beach access near. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #304222 $840,000

TROPICAL PARADISE Spacious, sunny 1BR/1BA. Breathtaking Gulf views from private 4th fl balcony & liv rm. TKF. 200’ to beach. On site rental mgmt. Bill Greene or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 #299657 $549,000

BEACH HOUSE! 3BR/2.5BA Holmes Beach house plus 1BR/1BA attached, sep ent apt, only steps to beach. Over 2400 sq.ft. screened lanai & room for pool, oversized lot zoned R2. Doug Sanders 383-5577 #514757 $795,000

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

WELL MAINTAINED SARASOTA HOME Come see this 3BR/3BA well maintained home with new paint & carpet. Huge 40x16 fam rm w/stone f/p & bar. Screened porch w/hot tub. Cathy C. MeldahlP.A.383-5577#295441$299,900

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

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boat slip for Rent: up to 63/ft. Longboat Key Moorings, E-13. $17 per ft. plus utilities per month, 40/ft. minimum. (770)360-9859.

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

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beachfront restaurant: Thriving business, building with additional income on main road of popular resort area. $1,690,000** full time Maintenance person for LongPLASTICS FACTORY: Established Fla. boat Key Resort. Must have janitorial and company, state-of-art equipment & building light maintenance skills. Saturdays included Pets on 3 acres, highly profitable, good customer in schedule. Great benefits, 401K. Call Maltese, yorkies and Yorkie/Shih Tzu base.** 383-5511 or fax resume to 383-0402. tire distributor. Thriving business mix. Adorable. $350 & up. 941-685-4809. seeks equity investor to expand** part time Beach Attendant wanted for development opportunity: 1.3-acre Longboat Key resort. Must have sailing exRemodeling mixed use Longboat site w/good highway perience, be reliable, enjoy the outdoors visibility, much potential. $1.2 million. and working with the public. Call 383-5511 & Home Improvements gifts/antiques etc. Big beautiful Saraor fax resume to 383-0402. paul sutherland. Carpentry, minor & sota shop enjoys low rent in great location. major repairs, built-ins, crown moldings & Wonderful mom-n-pop opportunity. $225K** more! Residential/Commercial. Prompt, de- breakfast/lunch: Turnkey restaurant Items For Sale in busy Bradenton plaza. $79,990.** pendable service. (941)792-4645. two body Masters 314 Pec Deck-VertiPack/Ship: Good Sarasota location, good cals. $300 each o/b/o. (941)383-0492. robert held’s handyman & more! lease, good opportunity. Only $99,900** Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, bait & tackle: Profitable, great Cortez lord’s warehouse nonprofit Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, Rd. location. Motivated seller. $65K. Resale Shop. Furniture, clothes, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, housewares, books and much more! Open 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, Mon., Wed., Sat., 9a.m.-1p.m. 6140 Gulf of 704-7717. Mexico Dr., Longboat. 383-4738. custom renovations/restoration **Confidentiality agreement required for deexpert. All phases of carpentry, repairs tails. Landscaping & fine finishing. Very meticulous, clean, soLongview Realty & Lawn Services ber and prompt. Insured. 30/yrs. experi941-383-6112 ence. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294. j.e. blackwood. Landscape Gardener for all your home improvement needs. For more great business & realty buys: Ornamental Horticulture. Specialized Care 20 years. Lic. and insured. Call Bill, www.longviewrealty.com of Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Flowers, Tropicals, 773-3799. Fertilization, Correct Pruning, Pest Control. 36 Years Experience. Estate Trained. Dependable Caretaking. Excellent References. Commercial Rentals & Sales Member Florida State Horticultural Society. john gubernat handyman 941-504-9950. commercial space for lease: Siesta specializing in roof leaks, Key, 3150/sq.ft., possible addition 1500/sq.ft., $25/per sq.ft. Available now. siding, soffit, fascia, Massage Call S. Dudley Carson, Re/Max Premier chimney flashings, experience Massage. Coastal MasServices. (941)349-5200. exterior aluminum trim, sage Theory. Offering Swedish, Deep Tishome repairs. ☛ prime retail and office space sue, Neuromuscular. Sarasota, Bradenton available at the Centre Shops, Longboat facilities or in home service. 941-753-7766 28 years experience. Key. Call 387-3135. Lic. #MA34584. ray cordy custom Painting & Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All trades are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings that are for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable references. 953-5215.

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

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drywall repairs, popcorn removal. retexture and repaint. two pro companies working together. clean, condo approved. Coordinated and insured. References. call 284-8558 or 750-9067

LBK Special 2BR/2BA+ DEN

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

Jungle Queen Way

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Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. 2br/1ba, 1st floor, screened lanai, end Lic/Ins. unit, total renovation, walk to Venice Beach. $219,000. 485-0272.

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

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expert tile installation floors, counters, backsplashes, walls, murals. lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber

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Apply online at: www.resortquest.com or fax resumes to Attn: Katie 941-383-5036 or E-mail to: kgeist@resortquest.com EOE

front desk reservationist. Reliable people person for Longboat Key Resort. Five years experience. 9a.m. to 5p.m., 4 days per week including Saturday and Sunday, $12.00 per hour with benefits. Phone 383-5549.

Remodeling & Home Improvements

Painting & Wallpapering

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beachplace: 2br/2ba walk down, Gulf front complex. Partial Gulf. $789,000. Brokers welcome. 407-304-6885. www.longboatcastle.com Whitney beach. New listing. First floor, 2BR/2BA, sunroom, furnished, new H/AC. 941-383-9301 or 941-383-4911.

overlooking Sarasota bay 2br/2ba condo walking distance to downtown by owner $639,000 941-315-3155

lbk. beautiful 2BR/2BA condo. Remodeled, fully furnished, a lot of amenities. $675,900. 813-787-5326. westchester condominium, North Longboat Key: ground floor, 2BR/2BA, updated condo, #B103. Gulf view, steps to the beach and pool. For sale by owner. $888,000. 941-545-8021. mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradenton’s best kept secret 55+ community starting at $239,900 Bayfronts, Canalfronts, Lakefronts, Boat docks currently available. Donna Bucher RoseBay Real Estate 941-713-0203

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

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

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westchester Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, TKF, 2 pools, tennis, club house. $824,000 Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121

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By Owner: Center Gate Estates: 5406 Dominica Circle, Sarasota. Family Home, 3BR,2BA+ Den, Family Room W/Fireplace, Eat-In Kitchen, Formal Dining Room Pool. (941)780-2448

CANAL FRONT HOME 755 N. ST. JUDES DR. Reduced! bonus on closing! $639,000

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custom built-ins lots of granite and tile golf course and garden views just steps to beach from walk down balcony never rented, but great potential $749,000 941-383-3020

(941)383-5092 Longboat Harbour 1BR/1BA Condo Turnkey Furnished 3rd Floor Waterviews

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(941)448-4013 Investor Opportunity HURRICANE SEASON RETREAT Chance Favor A Prepared Mind Tky/Furn Resort Setting. Sarasota Palms 1BR/1BA. Patio Over Looking Pool. $149,900. Brent Kuehl. (941)447-5929. Info & Picture At: www.AdvantageCentury21.com. Century 21 Advantage

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

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direct gulf views Perfect 2BR/2BA Income/Vacation Sand Cay - Penthouse - Remodeled including new furniture - 50K income/onsite rental - $999,900 affordable beachfront beachcomber - Completely redone and newly furnished - Across from Ave. of Flowers year round income - $439,000 Steve Magner Michael Saunders & Co. 376-8559

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longboat key Whitney beach 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, new appliances, private beach, boat docks, pools. $659,000 (941)724-3519


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

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the best of riverbay 2486 square foot Townhouse, 3-4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 porches & large attached two car garage. Many upgrades, 9 foot ceilings with fancy crown mouldings, granite countertops in the 19’x17’ fully equipped kitchen. This townhouse has a private interior elevator, intercom and more. Best of all, this end unit has water views on 3 sides and is the only home in RiverBay to offer this exclusive feature! Offered by the Owners at $538,000. Call us at 609-397-5064 One of us is available locally to show you this property. Buyers only, no Brokers please.

bottom is here! 1120 Bogey Lane, LBK. $200K under comps. Fixer house. Below land value. First $599K takes. Bill, (941)866-0224. downtown: Dolphin Tower, Condo, Split, 15th fl, 2BR/2BA, Balcony, 1416/sq.ft. Pool, Garage and Parking. $549,900 Negotiable. Broker/Owner, (941)366-2277. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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SATURDAY MAY 20TH AT 11:00 AM ANNA MARIA BEACH COTTAGES ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FL 112 OAK AVE.

Exceptional 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, furnished Beach Cottage Condominium 110A Oak Ave.

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

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✔Queens Harbour

4566 Higel Ave. Siesta Key ,FL.

Comfortable 3/2 SFH On Lake Nancy

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JUNE 3 - 11:00 AM

512 Yawl Lane Longboat Key FL.

Waterfront!!! Extraordinary 3/2.5 SFH With Pool & Waterfalls

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JUNE 3 - 12:00 PM

521 Ranger Lane Longboat Key, FL. Waterfront!! Handyman 3/2 SFH New Seawall + Dock

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440 Pheasant Dr. Bird Key, FL. Exceptional 3800 SF. 4/3 SFH +Pool

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Surprising 5/2 SFH Convenient To Everything!!!

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5379 Knollwood PL. Sarasota, FL. Affordable 3/2 SFH Recently Remodeled.

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

SANDS POINT Longboat Key CLUB ROAD walk to golf, tennis, FITNESS CENTER AND RESTAURANTS 2 bedrooms plus den 3 full baths

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

Auction World USA, Inc. Lic. RE Broker

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Spectacular view of Bay and new bridge, unbelievable sunsets. Walk to town and Bayfront activities. Asking $2,199,000.

Your neighborhood marketplace!

✔corey’s landing

Beach, pool and boat dock.

Owner will accept smaller home or condo at fair market value in exchange for a luxurious 3800/sq.ft. Sarasota Bayfront condo, 4th floor, 3BR/4BA, family room and den. Built 2002.

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

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

4 bay plaza downtown Bay front 4 2BR/2BA with unrestricted 4th floor views from each room and both balconies 4 completely upgraded - 12/04 4 Concierge and valet parking 4 1612/sq.ft. of gracious indoor living, +balconies 4 Asking price - $812,500 4 For info, or to arrange a visit, please Call Dick Granger 941-915-0429 4 Principals only - please

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

Inn On the Beach Bldg. #6

Newly Remodeled Studio Condo, Fully Furnished. Beautiful Lagoon View. Currently In Rental Program.

Great Income! Best price in building 6 & 7 $479,000. By Owner. No Brokers Please. (847)234-6650

4914 Webber Street Sarasota, FL.

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

Renovated 3/2 SFH Bamboo Floors + Pool

MAY 27 - 12:30 PM

Condos & Homes For Sale by owner

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608 Treasure Boat Way Siesta Key, FL.

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

MAY 27 - 11:00 AM

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All professionally decorated. Furnishings and accessories available. Don Stephens (863)529-4564 or E-mail: thedeek@aol.com

Overlooking Sarasota Bay

MUST SEE Never Before Offered. Beautiful Home, Completely Remodeled By Professional. Stone Fireplace, Custom Kitchen. 3BR/2BA All w/Granite New Pool Brick Patios & Much More

7211 Westmoreland Drive.

affordable Beachfront Investment. Completely redone, newly furnished, year round income. $439,000. Steve Magner, Michael Saunders & Co. (941)376-8559.

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

Spanish main: 2BR/2BA end unit with view of Marina. Newly offered at $340,500. Denise Fleese. Gulf Bay Realty, 941-504-5211. luxurious condominium: 1BR/1BA, loft style, cathedral ceilings, gated community, clubhouse with pool, tennis court, fitness center, 4 miles from beach. $165,900. 941-321-2948.

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casa del Mar 2BR/2BA

waterfront property: 2BR/2BA on deep water canal in Anna Maria. Views of Tampa Bay and walking distance to stores and restaurants. Reduced $795,900. Call 941-779-1512. 610 buttonwood Drive - $729,000. 3010 Grand Bay, Unit #452 - $1,295,000. 430 Burns Court - $875,000. Please contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or andrewvac@remax.net

$579,000 By Owner

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Condos & Homes For Sale it’s a buying opportunity! 2 bedroom 2 bath completely remodeled, pool, beach & fitness center. $699,000 don’t miss it Jerry Thompson Prudential Palms Realty 941-232-2988

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

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

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Lots & Acreage For Sale great opportunity: Vacant 1.3-acre Longboat site with good GMD visibility, C-1 zoning, many possibilities. $1.2 million. Longview Realty, (941) 383-6112. Vacant Lot On Canal, 759 Marbury Lane, Longboat Key, $795,000, Size 80X123. Call: ((203)919-2600 or (203)855-1498.

Open House Open Sunday 1-5. Only A Few Steps From Beach W/Partial Bay View. Totally Updated And Furnished Bright 1BR/1BA Unit In Runaway Bay; 1801Gulf Dr. Unit 271 Bradenton Beach. $359,900 By Owner (941)778-8327 Key Royal Holmes Beach. Direct Bay Front, Gorgeous View Of Skyway. 3BR/2,5Bath/2CG. Private Dock. $2,500,000. North Point Harbor Canal Front 4BR/3BA/5CG Elevated W/New Lap Pool/Spa/Waterfall, Seawall & Dock. $872,500. 2BR/2BA/2CG Renovated Ranch w/New Seawall/Dock 20,000 lb Lift. Both W/community Pool, And Tennis @ $989,500. Call Lynn Bankuty, Realtor SunCoast R.E. (941)737-1420

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

CEDARS WEST OF LONGBOAT KEY

5655 Gulf Of Mexico Drive Open Condos Open Condos Open Condos May 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st Thursday Through Sunday 1 to 4 PM 3 Units $759,000 $769,000 $824,000 2BR/2BA 1640SF Open Living Area Great Gulf and Pool Views

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

941-724-4703 bird key waterfront home: 4000/sq.ft., 4BR/5BA, Pool, Deep Water Dock. Spectacular View of City Skyline. Available August 1st. $4750/mo. 941-355-9520, 1-800-852-1270 (Ext. 3002). AFFORDABLE HOUSING Various sizes, prices and locations.

Rentals: Annual

Lot #1

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

$2,750,000.

Lot #2

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

$1,550,000.

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

Owner 284-0551

all the amenities, $1600 a month. beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, $1500/mo. St. Judes: 2BR/1BA, unfurnished, boat slip. $1250/mo. gulf key condos: 2BR/2BA, furnished, $1500/mo. neptune: 2BR/2BA home, unfurnished, all new, $1250/mo.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

beach access: 1BR/1BA unfurnished duplex apt. close to Publix, $775/mo. Includes gas and water. 2944 GMD, #2. LBK Emerald Harbor, Old Compass Rd Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA 2/Car 924-7080 or 383-0991. Garage, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Deeded Lido Beach. 2BR/2BA. Spetacular Gulf Beach Access, Annual. $3,000/Month. Seasunsets. Cancellation causes opening in sonal $6,000./Month (941)387-7017 prestigious St. Armands Towers: 9th floor, walk to shops, restaurants in Circle. Large lido vacation rentals. One and two units available. Furnished rooms, Gulf view from all rooms, 42/ft. bal- bedroom cony, heated pool, sauna, covered carport, apartments across from beach and 1/block elegantly and fully furnished. Non-smoker. from St. Armands Circle. Available now. $2375/mo. Please call 800-847-0173 ext. Call 266-4775. 201 or 305-582-8466 Cell. windward bay. Exquisite Bay views from every room, 2BR/2BA, beach access, tennis, 2 pools, exercise room, clubhouse, 2br/2ba condo marina, new appliances. Minimum 3/mo. unfurnished, views of Sarasota Available for Annual. (941)377-5300. bay, walking distance to downtown. Tiffany Plaza, Gulf Front 1st Floor, References required 2BR/2BA, Beautifully Furnished, Available November Thru April, One Month Minimum. $1850/mo. +utilities (863)688-9556 941-315-3155

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greenbrook vistas, LWR: 2 story, 4BR/4BA. Immediate possession. Short term: $2100/mo. One year: $1900/mo. Maintenance free. 941-351-7477. Lido Beach Condo, 1/Block From St. Armands, Direct Gulf Views. Total REDUCED Renovation 2005. (412)310-8436 (941)724-4703

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lbk club, Bay Isles: 3BR/3BA. Beautiful 2 story home. Caged pool, beach access, lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive designer kitchen. $3800/mo. 539-5911. rentals. Available August-December, 2006 lakewood ranch: WaterCrest condo. & 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By New, 1900/sq.ft., gated, 3BR/2BA/2Car ga- owner. 941-383-1884. rage, W/D, pool/fitness center. N/S. No pets. $1800/mo. Includes Cable, water, lido Luxury 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Remodeled. Heated Pool, Steps To sewer. 941-907-4253. Beach. Reasonable. Weekly/Monthly/Anlido beach May Specials. Efficiencies nual 941-383-3117 and 1BR apts. semi-annual rentals. Across from beach. Call for special rates that start lido beach - great beach views. Beautiat $600/mo. No pets. Quiet people only. fully renovated 2BR/2BA, under building (941)388-2590. parking, pool/spa. Reasonable. Call Gabe Buky, Coldwell Banker. 941-374-5772. Whitney beach: 1BR/1BA, Bayside condo. Beach, pools, tennis & cable. Newly turtle crawl inn furnished. No pets. Available August 1, on Longboat key 2006. $1200 monthly plus utilities. Call 941-383-7734. daily, weekly, monthly New 2850SF. Townhome On Manatee directly on the Gulf beach! River. Gated, Marina, Private Elevator, 40FT DEEP WATER DOCK. $2850./Month. (941)586-3695

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation Rare Opportunity! Direct Bay Front Intracoastal View. 2BR/2BA Spanish Main Yacht Club. Heated Pool, White On White Decor. Annual Possible. (631)875-1247 country club Shores, LBK canal home, with dock, 3BR/2BA. Beautifully updated. Pool. Easy living! tateizcute@aol.com or 614-487-2460. storybook cottages. Romantic B&B decor, a Victorian fairy tale retreat in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) patio. Semi-annual. $1000/mo. for multiple months. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $700/mo. Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual rates avail. 941-779-2393.

longboat key Condo on The Beach. Rarely available spacious and newly decorated 2BR/2BA furnished mid-key condo. (941)266-0151 Small complex with resort amenities, heated pool, white sand beach. Watch the waves of the Gulf from your lanai or living a little SLICE OF PARADISE: luxury room. Offered at $849,000. Call condo 2BR/2BA Townhome, steps to Lido whitney beach. Newly furnished Beach. BIRD KEY: 4BR/4BA, w/pool, beau(760)944-6016. (No agents please). 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view. tifuly upgraded, 3800/sq/ft. 941-350-1852. Beach, pools, tennis, cable and high-speed internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from Lots & Acreage For Sale condos/homes docks. No pets. Available monthly starting annual May 1. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner: islands west: 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, with stephen.spotte@comcast.net Two Beautiful

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bayport, lbk: 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished, spectacular full Gulf views. Tennis, exercise, pool. $5000/mo. Avail. December, 2006 & Jan.-March 2007. 770-671-0338 or kkveit@bellsouth.net

next season: Oct.-May 2006-2007. Lido Beach. Spectacular Gulf Sunsets, 2BR/2BA. Cancellation causes opening. Prestigious St. Armands Towers: walk to Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor shops, restaurants in Circle. Large rooms, or Lynne Jackson 9th floor, Gulf view from all rooms, 42/ft. Wagner Realty balcony, heated pool, sauna, covered car941-383-6127 port, elegantly and fully furnished. Non-smoker. $3950/mo. 6/mo. minimum. Lido Beach Cottage, 2BR/2BA, Cute, Also, Annual Rental available. Please call Super Clean, Annual. 800-971-0017 Or 800-847-0173 ext. 201 or 305-582-8466 (863)640-1228 Cell.

Wagner Realty since 1939 866-754-3443 TurtleCrawl@WagnerRealty.com

siesta key: 2BR/2BA and loft. Beach, pool. June-Dec., $1600/mo. 716-650-9650.

CASA DEL MAR condominium rentals WEEKLY RENTALS GULF front/gulf view Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our virtual tour at” www.casadelmar.net Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE “Where People Return Year after Year” “intentionally better” ask about our rate specials!

LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404.


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Private beach, tennis, heated pools, boat docks, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA. also taking reservations for 2007

Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views. www.flvacationconnection.com 941-387-9709 800-469-4852

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lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., Delightful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including full kitchens and laundry room. Call for special summer rates. 383-2566. beachfront, banyan bay #103 Walk right onto beach from charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops, restaurants. Large screen TV’s W/D. Full Gulf views! Sunsets, pool, tennis, fishing pier. 941-383-6650. Lido Key Beach Rentals. Weekends, Weekly, Monthly. 1/2 Block To Beach. Walk To St. Armand. Summer Rates $150./per Weekend, $300./Per Week, $500/Per Month. (941)726-5098 www.Beaulido.com longboat key. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. Longboat Key Club: totally new 3BR/3BA/3CG, over 4000/sq.ft. total area, on 2 levels, beautifully landscaped corner lot, 1/2 acre, fully furnished. $8500/mo. or $2500/week. Annual $3800/mo. 941-539-5911. Sarasota Longboat East County

Longboat Key: Adorable Furnished Cottage, Turnkey, 2BR/1/BA, Available May Until January 1st. Close To St. Armands. $1350/Month (941)373-9999

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lido beach, charming 3BR/2BA. Living room, family room, screened porch & hot tub. Furnished house, 1/2 block to Lido Beach, 2/blocks to St. Armands Circle. Available now and season. 815-877-3332, Fax: 815-877-3309.

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

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

rates effective until Nov. 30th. Daily rates $50-$130 3/day min. Weekly rates: $300-$650. Monthly rates: $700-$1200. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. No pets. Quiet people only. Please call 941-388-2590.

Gulf/beach front condo - 3015 Gulf of Mexico Drive: 2BR/2BA with garage, newly renovated and updated. Please contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or andrewvac@remax.net

lido beach, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large condo unit, upgraded, beautifully furnished, Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800SF, large terrace with Gulf view. Seasonal BEAUTIFUL BEACHFRONT condo. North Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. rental December through April, $3000/mo. Longboat. 2BR/2BA, washer dryer, tennis, Available Non-smoker. Call Owner or Annual rental @ $1800/mo. pool, beautifully decorated. Available May (610)647-5710 941-376-2312. through December, 2006 & January through May 2007. 914-238-3711(New York) canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: with dock, private beach access. Dogs wel- Longboat Harbour, 2007 January, sbokos@gmail.com come. Fenced yard. Available from May. February, March. 2BR/2BA, End Unit, 3rd Hayesville, NC: 2BR/2BA, Sat. TV, See website for photos and rates. Floor w/Elevator, Near Pool, Beautiful W/D, 2 Fireplaces, Large Decks, Mountain http://www.LBKgetaway.com or call Views Of Canal & Bay. (610)574-3673 (610)429-1493. View. $500/ Weekly (941)685-5767 41-360-0700.

lbk, gold Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $18000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983, www.VacationFLA.com. Looking To Purchase Veranda Beach Club Week 23. (301)468-0606 or (301)367-1008

Waterfront Property New Bayfront Custom Home, Unbelievable Views / Location. Michael Saunders & Company. John Zisman (941)504-2393

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