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Key Club scales back Ca d’Coure BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Dora Walters

Rose Scott

Arts Center leader dies Rose Scott, former president of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts Board of Governors, died May 24. She was 72. Scott served the Arts Center as president from 2000 to 2002 and as secretary from 1997 to 1998. Recently, she was in the charge of the Arts Center’s gift shop and had launched its Outreach Program, designed to attract new visitors and members. Legend has it that Scott dedicated so much time to the Arts Center, her husband, Walter, spent much of his time in a chair in the Glen Gallery waiting for her. She commissioned a sculpture in the shape of a chair in his honor after his death in 2002. “Rose was a very special lady,” said Kelly Kary, current Arts Center board member. “She was strong in her convictions and beliefs. She was not afraid to tell you that you were wrong ... she called you on the carpet with it. If she knew she were wrong, she admitted it. Rose is really going to be missed.” Joan McGee, a fashion designer of wearable art and teacher at the Arts Center, said of Scott: “Rose was a wonderful, fun lady. She was very down-toearth, but fun to be with.” Before her move to Longboat Key, Scott lived in Parsippany, N.J., as well as Milford, Pa. She was actively involved in community service throughout her life. She served on the Borough Council and Shade Tree Committee in Parsippany and Milford, and did extensive fund-raising for Children with Developmental Disabilities. Survivors include her daughter, Allison of Chatham, N.J.; three sons, Christopher of Milford, Pa., Walter Jr. of Ocoee, Fla., and Andrew of TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 2A

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Key Club Associates, owners of the Longboat Key Club, submitted a revised site plan this week that scales back the company’s proposed Ca d’Cuore residential development in number of units, size, height and distance from the water. The new plan includes: • Reducing the number of single-family villas from 20 to 18, thus reducing the project’s total land mass to conform with town codes. The reduction also reduces the project’s density from 2.25 to 1.95 units per acre. The development is permitted for 5.05

units per acre. • Increasing the space between the villas’ eaves from 7 feet to 15.7 feet (18 feet between outer walls) to increase open space between the units and reduce the project’s bulk. • Reducing the villas’ height from 43 feet to 36 to 38 feet. • And creating an average 33-foot setback from the water’s edge at the southern edge of the club’s property along Longboat Club Road. The town previously said the villas were too close to the shore of the lagoon between the Key Club’s property and Lighthouse Point.


Dora Walters

Commisioners urge water conservation Manatee County. Usage over 3 million gallons is tripled to $3.54 per 1,000 gallons. Many of the 75 days when the town was After more than eight months of discussion to determine a method to pay for assessed penalties for water overuse, were Manatee County’s increased water charges, assessed on the designated irrigation days — Tuesdays and Sundays. town commissioners agreed at Town Manager Bruce St. their May 20 workshop that a clear message needs to be sent “We need to look at Denis argued that spreading the days out would create to Longboat Key residents: these things and irrigation more days in which the town is Conserve water or pay the consay, ‘If they can’t assessed penalties. sequences. “It sounds very easy to do, but “We are doing all these change their habits things but it is just not happenthis month, we’ll it is actually difficult to impleSt. Denis said. ing fast enough,” Vice Mayor change it for them.” ment,” In a presentation of the town’s Joan Webster said. “So, we need water use on a week-by-week to look at these things and say, — Vice Mayor Joan basis, St. Denis showed the com‘If they can’t change their Webster, speaking habits this month, we’ll change about residents who mission that water use frequently it for them.’” don’t conserve water comes close to the 2.5 million mark throughout the week. He The water discussion began said spreading out the irrigation when commissioners considered the possibility of dividing the town into schedule might increase the number of days seven irrigation districts. The town’s current the town is assessed penalties. “I don’t think that we can do it (undercut irrigation policy is residences with odd addresses water on Sunday and residences 2.5 million gallons) on a consistent basis,” St. Denis said. “What I recommend is that with even addresses water on Tuesday. The town’s water rates are doubled to we continue with the conservation efforts $2.36 per 1,000 gallons when it exceeds the allotment of 2.5 million gallons from TURN TO WATER, PAGE 8A Staff Writer


Coons service reunites Longboaters

Dorothy Lochner blows out the birthday candles with the help of her son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Hannalore Lochner. A surprise 105th party with friends and neighbors was held May 18. For story and more pictures see page 9A.


Mark Mashburn, spokesman for Key Club Associates and executive vice president of Loeb Partners Realty, managing partner of the club, said the company decided to revise its plans after the town staff issued its “pretty damning report” last month before the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board. The board unanimously recommended rejection of the the club’s original plans. Almost two weeks ago, Mashburn and the project’s architects and planners met with Jeglie and Daigle to close the gap between the two sides. Said Mashburn: “The expec-

BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF Memorial services Saturday afternoon for the late Tom Coons were a fitting send-off for a man who was one of Longboat Key’s all-time favorite police officers: About 400 people crowded into the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 in Bradenton and saluted Coons with traditional police ceremony and memorial speeches. Coons, a former Longboat Key police chief and 23-year veteran of the Longboat Key police force, died last week. He was 70. To pay tribute in police tradition, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office bagpiper played, while members of the American Legion post presented its color guard and a 21-gun salute. But most notably, Coons drew one of the largest modern-day reunions of Longboat Key residents and business people. “I have never seen so many people who have lived and worked on Longboat Key,” said Ethna Lynch, owner of Lynches Pub & Grub and a longtime Longboat Key resident. “It was the greatest reunion I have ever seen. It was sad that it took a funeral to bring us all back together. But it was amazing to see the people. Everybody was so happy to see everyone. It was like the ’80s and ’90s, like nothing had ever changed.” Lynch was one of several Longboaters to share memories of Coons with those in attendance. Also recalling Coons and his contributions to the Key and its people were Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, owner of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort; Edith BarrDunn, former Longboat resident and longtime owner of Shenkel’s Restaurant; Wayne McCammon, former Longboat Key police chief and longtime friend of Coons; Ham Jones, Longboat resident and owner of the Seafood Shack Restaurant; John Kintz, longtime colleague of Coons and former Longboat Key police chief; and Coons’ son, Tom Jr. Klauber, who introduced himself as TURN TO COONS, PAGE 2A

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Metuchen, N.J.; five grandchildren; and her sister, Marie Radzinski of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. A memorial service will be announced at a later date, said her daughter, Allison Munoz, who added, “Our hearts our broken.”


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Beachcomber hero Cheryl Mardis, left, saved a drowning woman from the Gulf. She stands with her twin sons Matthew and Michael, and her husband, Steve.

Illinois native rescues swimmer Cheryl Mardis of Bloomington, Ill., was the hero of the day on Wednesday, May 12, when she saved a drowning woman near the Beachcomber Condominiums. Mardis heard the woman’s cries for help while walking toward the pool at the Beachcomber. Looking up, Mardis saw the woman in the Gulf, trying to keep her head above water. The drowning woman was entangled with the rope of her tube raft and could not get her footing. Mardis called to her husband for help, but he couldn’t hear her, so she took to the water herself. Despite heavy waves, Mardis was able to pull the woman to shore. After saving the woman, she refused Mardis’s help. Mardis did not have a chance to get her name. “All the residents and guests at the Beachcomber know that Cheryl was our hero,” said Mary Miller, manager of the Beachcomber.

Schnapps, the dog, and Olive, the cat, continue their debate on the color of the Longboat Key Animal Clinic on page A6.

Prepare for the big 5-0

Gulf Drive Café says goodbye

Birthdays are always a reason to celebrate. In November 2005 Longboat Key will have its 50th birthday. But, a celebration of this magnitude needs some advance planning. And, volunteers need to be recruited. All Longboaters — residents, businesses and organizations — are invited to a preparty reception to plan for the big event. Bring your ideas and energy and be ready to sign up to help. If you plan to attend the pre-planning party, RSVP to Patti Colby, The Longboat Observer, 383-5509. (Cool refreshments will be served.)

After 24 years, Tom Chipain, owner of Gulf Drive Café on Bradenton Beach has decided to close the waterfront restaurant’s doors for the last time, May 31. The closing coincides with the restaurant’s lease coming up for renewal. And, rather than going through the summer before closing, Chipain has decided to close up shop and spend the summer with his family. Chipain isn’t sure what his next business endeavor will be as of yet — possibly another restaurant or maybe even financial consulting. What he does know is that he has had an overwhelming response since announcing the closing and he wants to say thank you to the Longboat Key residents who supported him over the last 24 years. ❑

A holiday... even for garbage Don’t get stuck with unwanted garbage and recyclables on this first holiday of the summer season. There will be no garbage or recycling collection on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. The alternate collection day for these items will be Saturday, May 29. All items should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. to guarantee pick up. Please contact the Public Works Department at 316-1988 if you have unanswered questions.

“Public Enemy No. 1” on Longboat Key (to affectionate applause), recalled how the McCammon-Coons era of police protection was one of helpfulness and service to the taxpayers. He told how they often pulled over drivers who may have had too much to drink and then drove the inebriated residents to their homes. The next morning, Klauber said, it wasn’t uncommon for the police to show up again and take the suspect back to his car. “They were public officials trying to help taxpayers,” Klauber said. “It was that show of appreciation and helpfulness that made this Key so great. “The amazing part is,” Klauber said, “the people Tom Coons touched on this Key are so diverse — from every walk of life, from the richest to the poorest, from the nicest to the nastiest. They were all there. It was really refreshing that a man could have that magnetism.” ❑

Our Town clarifications In the May 6 issue of Our Town, we mentioned Jody Klein Arnett was leaving Island Beauty & Barber to move to Oklahoma with her new husband. Island Beauty & Barber is still owned by Daniel Klein, who operates the Palmer Ranch Barber Shop. And, an astute reader brought to our attention that Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is not the celebration of Mexico’s freedom (as mentioned in our Dining Out review). Rather, it commemorates the victory of Mexicans over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Mexico’s Independence Day is actually Sept. 16. ❑

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In November 2005,

Longboat Key will turn 50.

This should be one heck of a birthday bash. We need to begin planning the celebration now. But first we need volunteers. All Longboaters — residents, businesses and organizations alike — are invited to a pre-party reception.

Bring your ideas. Bring your energy. Be ready to sign up to help!

Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Date: Thursday, June 3 Place: Joan M. Durante Park Pavilion, Longboat Key Cool Refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Patti Colby, 383-5509. Pre-party Birthday Bash compliments of


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Commission ponders permitting changes BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Efforts to simplify the process of obtaining a building permit on Longboat Key took another step forward at the Town Commission workshop May 20. Town staff brought a proposal to the Town Commission that adapts the town’s building code to the Florida building code and removes sections that conflict. For example, Longboat’s electrical and plumbing codes will be eliminated and replaced with the standards set forth by the Florida building code. More significantly, the changes eliminate permitting for simple repairs such as wallpapering, drywall, floor and wall tile, carpeting, kitchen cabinets, countertops, driveways, decks, patios and small, roof-leak repair. The only instances where these items will require a permit is if the work is below base flood elevation as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or the work is part of a larger project. Water-heater repair and air-conditioner installation still requires permits under the plan. The proposal has several smaller changes as well. Bonding for projects greater than $75,000 must be in the form of irrevocable letters of credit or cash. Also, the town now accepts “private providers” to do a site inspection or a plan review to help speed up

the process of permitting. The “private provider” cannot do both site inspections and plans reviews. Town Attorney David Persson said the proposal would change years of strictly regulated permitting on the Key. “Back in the ’80s, the joke on Longboat used to be, you need a permit to get a permit,” Persson said. Persson said that the needs of the island for building codes have changed as the island became more built out. When a stricter Florida building code was enacted in 2002, the combination caused conflicts. “That coupled with the ordinance in place which requires you to permit everything, and, quite frankly, the escalating fees, it was rife for problems,” Persson said. In contrast to previous proposals, the presentation given to the Town Commission was well received by the Condominium Federation. Federation President George Spoll and board member Fran Rehl both were present for the meeting. Spoll said they were satisfied with the proposal. “I think it’s a major step in the right direction,” Spoll told The Longboat Observer. In past weeks, Spoll has been working in cooperation with the town to help draft a proposal that would grant relief to condominium owners from Longboat’s permitting

requirements. Town staff was challenged with balancing these needs with the staff responsibilities and that of state law, town code and the needs of the community. The result is a system that shares elements with other municipalities. However, Persson said that the overall approach is different. “I don’t know that other communities have done it in this fashion,” Persson said. “This is not the Ten Commandments. This is a work which we think will fly, but as we develop more experience, we may modify things.” Persson also warned commissioners of the “law of unintended consequences,” or unplanned conflicts that could turn up in the future as a result of the changes. “The draft changes you are seeing today are the culmination of many people’s efforts and work,” he said. “It is a new philosophy for the town. Beware of the unintended consequences.” One area that is left uncovered in the proposal is coverage for the Life Safety Code, which inspects for fire hazards. Fire Department Chief Julius Halas asked the commission to consider an optional inspection that would check to make sure that sprinklers, fire alarms and other safety devices are not disabled as a result of painting or other repairs. Persson said the inspection can be includ-

ed for a cost of little to nothing. Mayor Ron Johnson liked the suggestion. Another consequence is financial, Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said. He said the building department is funded largely through permitting and the funding may need to be offset by new taxes. “There is a potential impact,” he said. “I don’t think it is something that we will have to deal with for a few years, but it might be out there.” Spoll thanked the town for its cooperation, saying that the efforts of Persson in particular in this issue have been excellent. However, he said that budget concerns are a false issue. He suggested that there may not be the necessity of adding extra personnel. Persson said building official Randy Fowler’s efforts on the project were essential. “Mr. Fowler has, in my opinion, one of the rottenest jobs on Longboat Key,” Persson said. “He has to say ‘no,’ when everyone else wants to say ‘yes.’ Unfortunately, in this situation, he had to be put in a situation where he was not only having to interpret the code but having to defend the code as well.” The proposal was forwarded to the Town Commission meeting on June 7 for a formal decision. For other action from Thursday night’s meeting, please see Workshop sidebar on page 12A. ❑

Einisman property sold BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

More than a year after the last sale fell through, the Vladimir Einisman property was sold Monday. The buyer, Bay Isles Development LLC, paid $1.9 million for the property, said Larry Starr, manager of Bay Isles Development LLC. “We’re excited about it, it’s a very nice project,” Starr said. Starr said that the company plans to build 12 upscale units in the area, which will be put in 6 buildings. He said that the town has reviewed a preliminary site plan for the project. “They told us that they don’t have any major issues with what we want to do there,” Starr said. Starr said that further planning for the project is already under way, but the current plan is still preliminary. However, he said the reason the property is so unique is its proximity to restaurants, shopping, medical facilities and other amenities. Contracting for the property began a few months ago after Einisman placed the property for sale by owner, Einisman said. He said a broker from Resort Quest, Dennis Girard, approached him about purchasing the property. Girard negotiated the contract between Einisman and Starr. The previous buyer, Prime Commercial Development LLC, had planned to build 12 condominiums on the site before backing out of the contract. Located behind Publix at 594 Bay Isles Road, the property was the subject of controversy in past years. Previously under a commercial-zoning classification, the town granted it a residential classification, which allows 12 condominiums to be built on the property. A large group of residents that live in the surrounding area had raised issues that condominiums were not fit for the area, because it was surrounded by businesses. Starr said that his company’s development will not overload density in the area. Their development will leave as many trees as possible on the site, he said. “These are not going to be high-rise condos,” Starr said. “They are going to have more of a single-family residential feel.” “This has been another chapter in my life,” Einisman said. He said the property brought “12 years of substantial financial investment, stress and a learning experience.” ❑

Joe Carrino assists members of the Longboat Key Fire and Rescue Department as they drag a 10-foot shark to deeper waters.

Corinne Carrino

Shark washes up on north beach BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Longboat residents were given a shock Thursday when a 10-foot shark washed up outside of the Broadway beach access. According to police reports, the animal was a nurse shark. Although the animal was only beached for a short time, it drew gawking groups of tourists and residents, who took pictures standing or sitting by the shark, Longboat Key Police Officer Dennis Silverio said. According to the police report, a number of residents said that a group of dolphins had attacked the shark earlier. Another report from the Coquina Beach lifeguards said that the shark had previously washed up on Coquina Beach. There were bite marks on the back of the shark, which many

witnesses attributed to the dolphin attack, Silverio said. Mote Marine declined to assist with removal of the beached shark. They recommended that the public works department bury it. “It must have been 300 or 400 pounds,” resident Joe Carrino said. “We tried to push it out, but we couldn’t move it.” After attempts to push it out failed, the shark was eventually removed by members of the Longboat Key Fire Department, who dragged the shark out to deep waters on a rope. Residents, including Carrrino, assisted the fire department. Carrino said that despite the fact that the shark was dead, it was still intimidating. “My next swimming episode will be in my bathtub for a while,” Carrino said. ❑

Negotiations continue for Holiday Beach BY JOHN SENTS Staff Writer

Negotiations for the Holiday Beach Resort property may be nearing completion, despite repeated statements from an owner of the property to the contrary. “We have not sold it,” said Robert Georgevich of Gulf Corp., which owns the Holiday Beach Resort. “It is a misstatement. They would like to buy it but have not.” Developer Steve Noriega of GSR Development LLC, said that his company is under contract t o buy the three-acre property, and hopes to finish negotiations within the

next two weeks. The Holiday Beach Resort was the subject of much controversy this year after Gulf Corp. filed a writ of certiori against the town for landdevelopment rights associated with a 40-footwide parcel of land adjacent to the property, known as Atlas Street. The town uses the street as a beach-access point. A ruling came down May 5, granting a number of development rights to Gulf Corp. The concessions included the use of Atlas Street to calculate floor-area ratio and removal of a setback, allowing development up to the edge of the street. The street cannot be used to calcu-

late density for new development on the land. Noriega said his company began negotiations with Gulf Corp., around September of last year. He said GSR was introduced to the property by a Realtor, who told them the property was for sale before it was officially listed. “Our original contract was if the lawsuit comes into fruition and you get what you want, then you pay X amount of dollars. But if that doesn’t happen, then you get less,” Noriega said. Although the contract is not yet finalized, TURN TO HOLIDAY BEACH, PAGE 12A

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Paul Mattison Owner, Mattison’s Steakhouse

Meeting: “The way they went about it was good. There was a lot of good positive feedback.” The plan: It’s good that they are allowing these businesses to stay, but open that option for change somewhere down the road.”

Lucille Miller Co-owner, Cannons Marina

Meeting: “I thought it was really good. I was really encouraged with the work of the consulting firm, the board and the commission.” The plan: “It has to be presented in a way where the language does not frighten voters. I think they really need a better understanding of what happens (with the plan). Most of us (business owners) are not cutting out but just want to have some options available. It’s a great start, and I’m so happy that the town allowed us that opportunity.”

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At last week’s public meeting on commercial property, held in the Longboat Key Town Commission Chambers, nearly 30 people offered their views of the town’s newly drafted plans that, if approved by voters, would allow commercial property owners the option to convert their properties to residential use. What follows are post-meeting comments from residents, business owners and property owners on the meeting and the proposed plans. Also: see “Our View,” on page 8A.

Meeting: “I was very impressed. I don’t think we’ve solved anything yet. However, I think that we’ve made a great beginning in many areas that need to be addressed. I was proud to be there.” The plan: “I agree with the concept. I don’t know how feasible tourism on commercial properties will be. It’s a good idea, but I don’t think Longboat will go for it. In all, it’s a great beginning. I’m going to live here for the rest of my life, and we need to make changes.”

Allan Moore Co-Owner, Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant and Marina

Meeting: “I’m very happy with the turnout and happy with everything I heard.”

The plan: “I agree that going in this direction is the only way. We are going to get a consensus. Voters made it obvious that they don’t want mixed used in the residential neighborhoods, which I agree with.”

Joe Carrino Owner, Bayou Steakhouse

The plan: “I thought it was a farce. They’re trying to pull the wool over the voters’ eyes. My problem is, who are they helping? If you go to (Whitney Beach), they have 70% occupancy. If you go to the Centre Shops, they have 100% occupancy. Who’s hurting? I’m against it. Of course, everyone there (at the meeting) was for it. Talking to people around here, they are totally against it. I’m surprised that the chamber is not standing up for this. They’re going to knock out a lot of businesses with it. This is a beautiful island. I rode through 23 years ago and thought it was beautiful, I still think it is beautiful. I don’t know what they are trying to improve.”

Jeff Wilson Co-owner, Longboat Development Co.

The plan: “I thought that Alan Moore’s observations were very cogent, telling people that the number of units allocated is not what the market is demanding and wants. That really makes sense. I want to do as much of my day-to-day living here without having to go into town. I don’t think any of it will qualify for a nightly tourist designation. What you’ll find is that people want bigger units. I don’t think it will wind up with half the density they are proposing. It’s just not what is happening out here.”

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Meeting: “I thought it was a very good. It seems to me that the total attitude of the community, or the P&Z board anyway, is becoming more open. They are becoming more amenable to what the people who want changes think.” The plan: “Their approach was good. They said, ‘You tell us what you like to do, and we’ll see what we can do.’ I like that. I think the town manager got the message. Getting this approved would take the combined action of commercial, residential and official committees to say, ‘Here is why it is a good idea, and here is why we should approve it.’ If it were presented in January or February, it would pass. They’re talking about making changes that could add a bed

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encompasses them all is very difficult.”

Gail Loefgren

Member, Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board

President, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce

Meeting: “It was very successful. People threw themselves into it. They were very frank and forthcoming. They were very giving of opinions. It is going to help the planning and zoning board tremendously. They gave insights, sparked each other. It was a good idea. We should do more of these. One of the problems is, when we get into planning, sometimes we get too close to the trees.” The plan: “Compared to last time this is more precise. It’s better. It’s more focused on the concerns of business people with mixeduse options. One of the things that gave us pause is the comments of Betty Blair. The total number of new units in this project is 187. She made a good point about that, and we should very carefully consider it. Although this number will probably never be reached, it won’t sell to the public. It will be a terrible handicap if it goes to referendum that way. We have to be careful about that. Instead of 187, we should approve a small amount and allocate with a lottery on a first come, first serve basis. If I were to change the plan, I would come up with a different way to allocate units so it doesn’t come up to 187. It would be a good idea to reduce that 187 to 40. It would help to quiet the fears of residents.”

Meeting: “I was very impressed with the ideas tossed around. It was a real free-flowing discussion.” The plan: “It’s a good plan from what I heard.”

Andrew Hlywa Owner, Whitney Beach Shopping Plaza, Plaza @ 5610

Meeting: “It was a very good meeting. I’m willing to work with them to see where we go with this thing. We’re going to work at it. We’re on the right track.” The plan: “I’ve been saying since the beginning the owners of each property need to go to town and tell them what they want to do with it.”

Pam Truitt President, Truitt Consulting Inc.

Meeting: “It was a great turnout. We had 43 reservations, and it was obviously a full house. I’m very pleased. We had dialogue without yelling about it.” The plan: “I feel like we have a much better understanding about what residents want.”

Bob Rokop Longboat Key architect, resident

The plan: “What I’d like to see is more emphasis on how to make the businesses more viable. It really didn’t address that. The issues were beneficial to business owners, but not property owners. Mr. Chiles said for the population to back the proposal, it has to be put as a win/win. My standpoint is that both residential and business owners have to put more emphasis on making business more viable. We need some way for the town to deal with individual (commercial) parcels in some manner, some kind of regulations that are more specific to specific properties. There are a lot of various types of conditions that these properties face. Each one is unique. Finding a regulation that

Jerry Lee

Betty Blair Longboat Key resident; member, Public Interest Committee

The plan: “I’m not one in favor of letting every commercial property convert to residential. If we do it, we should do it a little bit at a time. I suggested maybe having a pool and letting it be first come, first serve. I still think it is a good idea to go forward with. No one committed to whether he would take advantage of the switch. I think everyone would be upset if (business owners) all took their money and ran. The town has a lot of strict restrictions. Maybe we

should loosen up on some things — setbacks or something. I’m against tourism in singlefamily home districts. However, allowing tourism in the two market districts might be beneficial. I think it’s best to go slowly on the whole thing and let it work itself out.”

Jean Martin Longboat Key resident

Meeting: “It was a good venue for people to voice their opinions. I applaud the town for putting it on. I think this is really healthy.” The plan: “It seems reasonable. I have some fair understanding of it. It’s an interesting way to approach it.”

Jeff Porterfield Longboat Key resident

The plan: “I’m a little bit on the fence about where it’s going. I got a sense of the importance of it relative to Longboat. A concern of mine, and I voiced it in the meeting, is how are we going to control what gets put on the property? Andrew (Hlywa) and I joked about it last night: Should we put a five- or a 10-story building up there? I’d like a little more definition about what can and can’t be done on particular properties.”

Tommy Klauber Owner, Pattigeorges Restaurant

Meeting:: “It was a good first step, and I hope there is a good second step. I was encouraged. There was a good deal of positive discussion. I’d like to see it continue.” The plan: “I like what they’ve got on the table. I’d like to see more discussion. Obviously, there are a lot of the issues that people want discussed further. I’m willing to work with them through the summer to find a solution that is equitable for everyone. Longboat Key as a whole benefits from this. For us here, having the property values steady makes it hard to do the improvements that we want to do. To renovate bathrooms and structural issues is hard to do

THURSDAY MAY 27, 2004 5A right now. I have a couple concerns in the ratio of how everyone gets a fair shake on what he can build per acre. I’m curious of how the owners of the market centers are feeling about that. It’s very important for the project to be clearly marketed. I think it will sound more real if it is from businesses and residents than if it is from Town Hall. Residents and commercial property owners must unite. We need to get buttons on our shirts or something that would be good for discussion.”

John Kerwin Member, Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board

Meeting: “It was an unbelievable turnout. I think it went very well.” The plan: “It may need changes to get passed. Previously, I had suggested that Whitney Beach, the Centre Shops and Avenue of the Flowers remain totally commercial or mixed use. But I said that they should be three units per acre, six is too much. That’s what I suggested last time, and I didn’t get one vote. This group seems more responsive to it.”

Al Green Longboat Key resident, former commissioner

Meeting: “It was very encouraging. It gave the P&Z people lots of impetus to go forward.” The plan: “It still remains for (the planning board) and the commission to put this in a shape where it will be acceptable for voters — 187 units freightens the average voter. And I think those people sense that density should be cut back. In the long run, I think they will agree that it is better to get twothirds of the loaf than none … I’m for it.”

Ed Chiles Owner, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

Meeting: “It was a very positive meeting. Informative and well run.” The plan: “The second time around, they are getting it better defined. More understandable, more targeted. Hopefully, it will serve businesses and residents both.” ❑

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Our View

The commercial indicators are good “Flexibility and choices are essential. We urge you, the planning board, business owners and residents at large to devise a framework that gives commercial property owners choices — overlay districts; the ability to convert to residential use; or the option to combine residential and commercial.” “The Future of Longboat Key’s Commercial Property, A Report to the Longboat Key Town Commission,” Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Commercial Property Owners Committee Sept. 17, 2001 So often, it’s only a matter of time. That’s especially so when a community is asked to alter long-held policies. Eventually, the changes of time will lead to what is inevitable — acceptance of a new approach and new methodology. Indeed, now we’re getting somewhere. If last week’s public meeting on the future of Longboat Key’s commercial properties is a good indicator, there is a growing sentiment that Longboat residents are becoming amenable to allowing some of Longboat’s excess and underutilized commercial properties to be converted to limited residential use. This is good news for all Longboat property owners and residents. To be sure, the 75 people who attended last week’s meeting at Longboat Key Town Hall — the majority of whom indicated their support of the change — represent 0.9% of the Key’s total population, not enough for even a statistical sampling of Longboat residents and voters. But here was a key indicator: If Betty Blair, a 25-year resident and battle-scarred victor in 1980s war against commercialism and increased density on Longboat Key, says she supports the concept — and she did, albeit on a gradual basis — this means the tide has turned. The rationale for change makes sense. And it does. As we’ve said before, allowing commercial properties the option to convert to residential use in the future is really an inevitability that Longboaters sooner or later would see. This is especially true if you think through the future’s possible outcomes with respect to Longboat’s commercial real estate. As that thought process goes, maintaining the status quo clearly would become a losing proposition for everyone. It would continue to imperil the future of all of Longboat’s retail businesses and commercial property owners and exact a drag on what many Longboaters hold so dear: the value of their properties. Betty Blair clearly understands this. The devil will now be in the details. Listening to the comments of those attending last week’s public meeting was enlightening. As this subject continues its path through the town government and ultimately to vot-

ers, many of the points and issues raised last week are worth noting here. They offer perspective and context: • Take density. This is the heart of the matter. Town law forbids any increase in residential density over what voters approved in 1984-85. But as proposed in the town’s commercial property draft (available on the town’s Web site), converting all commercial properties on the Key, except Avenue of the Flowers, could create 187 new residential units, all of which would require approval in a referendum. Addressing whether this is the right number of units that should be permitted or how to propose adding this density in a referendum — without frightening voters unnecessarily — will take some deft legal craftsmanship. Density is a dirty word on Longboat Key, and even though 187 new units wouldn’t match the traffic created by the 200 or so recently lost hotel units on the Key, many Longboaters nonetheless create false visions of greater traffic and congestion. • Units per acre. More than one commercial property owner expressed concern last week about how the town — or whomever — will decide how many units per acre could be built on each commercial property. As proposed, the town has designated some commercial properties suitable for three units per acre, some four units per acre, some six. As proposed, for instance, Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant and MarVista Dockside Restaurant & Pub each would be allotted six units per acre — a figure that Moore’s co-owner Allan Moore said is highly unlikely to be utilized. His beautiful bayfront land, he acknowledges, is much more suited to Longboat’s present trend of large, single-family dwellings. At most, Moore says, he could see only two dwellings on his two-acre property. Indeed, Moore and others also said those 187 potential new units as proposed by the town in reality would end up much less than that given the trends on Longboat Key. Former Commissioner Al Green correctly said a more realistic number of units likely to be built on Longboat’s 40-plus acres would be only in the 40s and encouraged the planners to offer up less aggressive numbers when this issue reaches the voters. • Will all businesses convert to residential? Resident Andy Frank astutely commented that the likely result of giving commercial property owners the option to convert would create a winnowing of the weaker commercial properties and businesses. Only the strongest businesses would remain. This in turn would allow them to become even stronger and continue to serve their Longboat clientele profitably. Mar Vista owner Ed Chiles demonstrated this in a way that succinctly captured the benefit to all Longboaters of giving commercial property owners the option to go residential: Having that option automatically makes his land more valuable and appreciate at a far faster rate than it would locked in as commercial. That option thus allows him to build equity

Sound off! SHOULD COMMERCIAL CONVERSIONS BE PERMITTED? The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board and planning staff are considering a plan that would allow all commercial properties, except Avenue of the Flowers, the option to be converted from commercial to residential use. They also are considering in this

for his family. As important, it gives him the ability to go to a lender with an appreciating asset as collateral, allowing him to borrow to upgrade his property. All of the aforementioned, Chiles said, would give him an incentive to stay in business until he’s ready to retire or cash in. But deny him the residential option, then Chiles seriously considers whether it’s worth the time and money to reinvest in a slow-appreciating property. Deny him that option, and his business becomes less salable. As Moore said, few wouldbe restaurant owners have the capital to buy the land and business and be able to make their monthly obligations. The place is virtually unsalable as commercial property. • Don’t frighten Longboaters. To make commercial conversion more palatable and avoid the fear of a rush of new residential density, a few attendees suggested that a lottery system be established so that only a few conversions per year occur. This has its appeal, but it also could be fraught with inequities. This obviously will be one of those issues that will generate much more discussion. • Let every owner propose what he wants. At the other end of the spectrum, property owners Art Falls and Andrew Hylwa suggested giving each commercial property owner the opportunity to propose what he wants to do with his property. Then let the town decide: Does it or does it not meet all of the town’s codes and standards? This would have the highest “fear factor” among residents, but it would appeal most to the commercial owners. They have asked for what everyone wants: freedom to decide his own fate. • Tourism units. Town planners were hesitant to suggest allowing tourism units at what they call Longboat’s two market centers — Whitney Beach and the Centre Shops. But as the meeting progressed, support for such an option gained strength. Proponents especially liked the idea of, say, constructing a tasteful bed-and-breakfast facility at one of the market centers. By the meeting’s end, former Commissioner Bob Twyman summarized a requisite for any plan that is proposed: Whatever the town law writers craft, their final product must produce a benefit for everyone. Everyone must win. If residents are perceived as losers, whatever referendum is crafted will go down to defeat — just as it did a year and a half ago. As the discussion of commercial conversions continues, the members of the Planning and Zoning Board should be credited. They easily could have let this issue die, particularly after voters rejected a mixed-use referendum in 2003. But as last week’s public meeting showed, the planning board now has ample and enthusiastic support in helping create a workable framework and educating Longboat’s residents on why this commercial conversion effort will be a “win-win” for everyone. This is encouraging. Now on to the next step.


plan whether to allow the town’s two “market centers,” Whitney Beach Plaza and the Centre Shops, an option to convert to mixed use, which would include residential and commercial uses on the market centers’ acreage. Help town officials gauge public opinion:

Do you support allowing commercial property owners the option to convert their properties to residential use? ❑ Yes ❑ No Do you support mixed residential-commercial uses at Whitney Beach Plaza and the Centre Shops? ❑ Yes ❑ No Do you support limited tourism uses, such as a bed and breakfast hotel, at Whitney Beach Plaza and the Centre Shops? ❑ Yes ❑ No The town’s proposed plan suggests a maximum density increase of 187 residential units, which is less than a 2% increase in the town’s existing density. What is your opinion of the 187-unit increase in density? ❑ Too high ❑ Acceptable ❑ Too low ❑ No opinion Do you support allowing each commercial property owner to submit proposals for his property regardless of units per acre and then letting the town planning boards decide whether they meet the town codes and standards? ❑ Yes ❑ No

Send your responses to The Longboat Observer via e-mail (; fax: 383-7193; or regular mail: Box 8100, Longboat Key, Fla. 34228.



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My view

Town should buy development rights to commercial properties BY RAY WOLF Guest Contributor

I would like to propose an alternative to the town administration’s proposal to concentrate commercial activity in three “landlocked” market centers, Centre Shops, Whitney Beach and Avenue of the Flowers. This legislative approach will deprive residents and visitors of the enjoyment of at least three of the most unique and beautiful public waterfront locations on the island. We live on an island, and as with the beach, the waterfront should be for all of us to enjoy wherever and whenever possible. I believe the town should shift its focus to finding ways to preserve these locations for public use and enjoyment, not facilitate their conversion to private residential use. As I read the chart in The Longboat Observer, the Moore’s / Mar Vista property is proposed for 13 residences and the Pattigeorge’s site could have 11 residences. I expect most residents would agree that it is not in the overall, long-term public good to limit the enjoyment of these marvelous

locations to 24 residential owners. Two of these properties overlook the town anchorage, and as such are a key part of the island’s history and heritage. The town anchorage fostered the initial development of the island, and to this day is one of the nicer anchorages on the Intracoastal waterway. All three locations offer the public outstanding views of the Intracoastal and Sarasota Bay, and they should not be reclassified to allow for private residential development so quickly. Allan Moore’s comment that “waterfront land is so valuable that nobody is going to want to go out and borrow money for a restaurant,” while true, may well also hold the Key to a fair and equitable solution to this problem. Other communities in other parts of the country have successfully dealt with a similar problem for years. This problem occurs wherever there is extreme development pressure and some of the finest and potentially most valuable land is in agricultural, wetlands, wild lands or other forms of public use. However, for the public good we do not want all of the land used for private

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Sell Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Dear Commissioners: As a property taxpayer in Manatee County, I strongly object to the SarasotaBradenton’s airport’s request for higher taxes and government contribution to subsidize its mismanagement. It is not economically viable to keep its airport open with two regional airports, Fort Myers and Tampa, within an hour on either side. They have more flights, more airlines, and cheaper rates. Take away the wasteful subsidies and sell the property of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Let private ownership establish an airport east of Interstate 75 that will be more user and residential friendly. We don’t need more taxes to pour into a rat hole!! Thank you for your actions in letting a dying commercial airport die. Jerry Bowles Longboat Key

Reconsider air traffic over LBK Dear Editor: The fine piece of investigating journalism, appearing recently in The Longboat Observer concerning SRQ and its management, got me thinking about what the airport managers gave as their reasons in redirecting departing air traffic over the middle of Longboat Key. They thought because most of the owners and vacationers resided out of state it would not matter as much as it would if the traffic was being redirected over the heads of yearround residents. In other words, absent owners and vacationers are second-class citizens. I wonder if the people, who are going to purchase and live in the $2- to $6-million homes being planned and built at La Firenza on the old Silver Beach property and at The Positano, which is being built on the old

Holiday Inn property (both of which fall in the 1.6 mile over-flight area), mind or even know the air traffic will be going over their heads in the near future. And, if not, maybe these purchasers should do some investigating of their own. Surely multi-million dollar homes should not be considered second class by anyone — including the SRQ management. Maybe it’s time for the airport authority to rethink the departure redirection and leave it as it is. Bill Buerger Longboat Key

Airport needs new management Dear Editor: I am writing to you as a very concerned condo owner and Manatee County taxpayer who has property on Longboat Key. Mr. Fred Piccolo, manager of the SarasotaBradenton International Airport is asking for a $500,000 contribution from Longboat Key to help attract an airline that would guarantee service to and from this airport. Now let me give you a little history about Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport under Mr. Piccolo’s watch: 1. Since 1990, this airport has seen passenger traffic decline 47% or about 970,000 passengers annually. 2. Daily air-carrier operations declined 75.4% since 1990. 3. Commuter operations declined 15.4% since 1990. 4. Non-stop flights to other cities have declined 77%. 5. The airport has recently lost four charter carriers and four airlines in the past two years: TWA, AA Eagle, US Express and Gulfstream. 6. Northwest Airlines has downgraded service from year round to seasonal and starting this month, US Air will downsize

development. The solution that has been successfully employed for a number of years is not to change zoning regulations to make it easier to develop these lands, but to create and fund organizations that buy the development rights to select properties, thereby preserving them for public use for future generations. Here is how it might work on Longboat. The town, county, or a private not-for-profit group would raise funds and buy the development rights to the properties. There generally are very favorable tax enticements passed to make the deal possible. Thus, in our case for evermore the properties would be restaurants, and the public would be able to enjoy these magnificent waterfront views. Allan Moore would “cash-out” the development potential of his waterfront property by selling the development rights. In the future he would be free to sell the restaurant, but it could only be sold as a restaurant, and the public would always be able to enjoy the view. These types of arrangements have passed numerous forms of legal scrutiny.

Sure, there are lots of questions and challenges to be overcome in such a plan, but why isn’t our town looking at an option to protect our public waterfront rather than lose it forever to develop an additional 24 residences on an already crowded island? We do not need to reinvent the wheel, there are numerous case studies to follow and build upon. I encourage the town to talk to the Wildlands Conservancy, the Land Conservancy or any of the other numerous organizations that have been successfully preserving valuable and unique lands for public use and enjoyment for many years. Once these properties are developed, their public use and enjoyment will be lost for evermore, now is the time to preserve them, not develop them. Preserving these properties for public use may not be the easiest way for the town to deal with the issue, but it will leave our island with a legacy that in future years will be truly priceless. We all need to tell the town it is headed in the wrong direction, and shift its focus to preserving public use and enjoyment of these sites, not private development. ❑

the planes servicing the airport to regional jets. All of this has happened while the Tampa Airport, some 60 miles to the north, and Fort Myers Airport, some 70 miles to the south of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, have grown tremendously. As you can see, this Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport has been and will continue to be a real loser. I would encourage you to not continue to throw taxpayer dollars and/or federal dollars to this facility. It appears to me this airport is destined to be a commuter or small airport facility. The airport needs new management. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. Ray M. Chartier Longboat Key

Let all of us show our love in helping to give back freedom to some of the birds so that they may fly again. Hannelore Lochner Longboat Key

Media is part of the problem Dear Editor, In this morning’s New York Times a headline jumped out at me: “Militants in Europe Openly Call for Jihad and the Rule of Islam.” So what’s new? Nothing, except that for the first time this was on the front page! The New York Times has poo-pooed all realistic assessments of the true nature of Arab ambitions; has bitterly opposed all Israeli attempts to reason with them; has opposed the Bush administration’s attempts to try and halt the march toward World War III; and suddenly this is front-page news! The media in America and Europe have been woefully lacking in bringing the true aspirations of the Arab world to undermine and destroy Western societies as we know them. The world-wide media is part of the problem. When will they learn? Maye Lavinson Longboat Key

Help our feathered friends Dear Editor, Emergency! Our sick birds need help! I visited the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary and discovered that it is short of money. The facility needs our help. Medications and medical bills are on the upswing, as is the necessary food for our feathered friends. Therefore, all of you please open your hearts to the needy and ill birds that also like to greet all of you, your friends and families. Remember what one man (Dale Shields) alone could do when he started this project.

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts A copy of this letter was sent to Longboat Town Commission and The Longboat Observer Dear Editor: I hope that you have decided to say no to the Sister Keys mitigation project. I do not believe that it will be a good thing for the nature preserve that is supposed to exist there, for the animals that currently inhabit that preserve, or for the people of Longboat Key. It only seems to be good for the marina expansion on Perico Island. The thought of a bulldozer in a nature preserve is repugnant. The island is 3/4 wetlands now. The only reason for creating two more acres of wetlands is to facilitate the marina construction. My alternative plan would be a few signs that would explain the official designation as a nature preserve at the most common access site at the northeast end of the island — total cost of about $1,000. These signs could say: no camping, no dogs without leashes, that it is a park and the animals should be unmolested. The town could monitor the island over the year and maintain it for a minimal cost — under $10,000 a year. With this plan the town attorney could advise the town of potential liability issues. My guess is that the town has spent more than $20,000 just trying to facilitate a marina on Perico Island so far. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts and beware of signing legal documents that are three inches thick. Tom Mayers Longboat Key

What color is this? Dahling Olive, Your picture (in the May 13 issue) suggests that you have only one eye. That being the case, it must be difficult to tell the color “banana” from that other color of yellow. I’m sure that you are kept indoors all of time so it doesn’t bother you as much as those of us who walk Gulf of Mexico Drive. Thank you for the invitation to join you. I’m from Massachusetts, where it is instituting gay marriage today. But, I’m not into cats. Schnapps Editor’s note: Please see a color photo of Longboat Key Animal Hospital on page 2A that will help illustrate the feud between Olive and Schnapps.

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Water CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A that we are doing, and try to get these numbers down.” Commissioner Bob Dawson also presented an analysis showing deficiencies with a seven-day proposal. His proposal showed that 140 of the 161 days since Manatee County implemented the resolution would exceed 2.5 million gallons if usage increased 10%. Dawson agreed that improvement should be driven by conservation. Despite the findings of Dawson and St. Denis, resident Gene Jaleski spoke before the commission in favor of irrigation over seven days. He said that other communities, including Punta Gorda, have succesfully used the technique. Jaleski also encouraged commissioners to continue discussion with Manatee County Commissioners about their rates. “That’s all they are doing is peak-demand billing us,” Jaleski said. “I think that we should talk to Ms. (Jane) von Hahmann (chair of the Manatee County Commission) and the commission. I think they have concurred that they

Key Club CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A tations were very low, but it was a good meeting. Jill and Monica were extremely forthright with a real effort to be helpful and work with us.” Jeglie and Daigle declined to comment on the revised plans. In the town’s original objections, it cited Ca d’Cuore as having seven unacceptable departures from the town codes. In the revised plans, Mashburn said, the project now contains only three departures from code — height, side-yard setbacks and the setback from the lagoon. The revisions have eliminated the other four departures. Regarding height: The town requires a maximum height of 30 feet. The new plans have cut from 5 feet to 7 feet off of the height, based on a measurement from the

would like to have a dialogue about forgiving the charges if we are willing to talk about it.” Mayor Ron Johnson said he found in weekly discussions with von Hahmann and County Administrator Ernie Padgett that the only way for Manatee to consider discussion about our rates would be a serious conservation effort. Johnson said that the water problem was internal, and the town needs to take aggressive action to get water overusers to conserve. “There are lots of people here that are doing the job right, and I believe that we ought to have some kind of dollar penalty on people that continually violate the law.” St. Denis said that the tiered rates would send a sign to these people, raising an overuser’s $300 water bill to $1,600. However, he warned that many of the water violators have their bills sent to an accountant and never see the overuse. Johnson said that if increased water rates don’t reduce water use on the island, then a penalty system should be in place. The current cost for a ticket for illegally irrigating is $25, St. Denis said. “If it doesn’t do something, then we’ve got to try something else,” said Johnson. “I’m going to come back with this

base flood elevation. New drawings also show the villas with chimneys that rise a maximum of 5 feet above the roof lines. “We feel the chimneys are simply architectural appurtenances which do not contribute to the mass or bulk of the buildings, but rather provide some architectural relief,” wrote Bruce Franklin, president of Sarasota-based ADP Group and the Key Club’s planner, in a letter to the town. He noted that height departures previously have been granted to other Islandside projects, including Lighthouse Point, L’Ambiance, The Pierre, The Sanctuary, Regent Place, The Beaches and Regent Court. Regarding side-yard setbacks: Town codes typically require a minimum side yard of 25 feet between buildings. In the new plans, five of the villas will have the 25-foot side yards, but the remainder will have 15.7-foot side yards from eave to eave. Said

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include wider fairways. Mashburn also said Key Club Associates still intends to set aside $400,000 from the sale of each villa to be used toward the renovation of the Islandside clubhouse, spa and golf course. Altogether the company planned to invest $20 million to rebuild its golf courses, build a new tennis clubhouse and restaurant at Harbourside and expand its Islandside clubhouse, spa and fitness center. “From our perspective, this is where the public benefit is,” Mashburn said. “Clearly we’ve made a financial commitment to reinvest in the 117 acres of open space there. We’ll end up with a far better open space, which has a public benefit.” Key Club Associates will present the revised plans at the June 7 Town Commission meeting at Town Hall. If the commission approves the plans, it could conduct a second reading and final approval as early as June 17. ❑

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suggestion.” Commissioners were also updated on the ordinance that will affect the rates that Longboat residents pay for water. Longboat’s increased supply costs, as well as maintenance costs, have correlated into increased utility bills for Longboat residents. As a result, the town is planning to implement a tiered “pay as you go” system that would impact large water users the most. St. Denis said that the town could implement the increase in utility billing by August. At the Dawson’s suggestion, the ordinance was adjusted so that the only change to the rate structure will be for increased “pass-through” rates. The “pass-through” rate is the rate that Manatee charges Longboat for water. St. Denis said there will probably be a 1% to 2% increase in this rate from Manatee County in October. The town may implement bonds to reduce some of the utility costs. However, St. Denis said that it is necessary to get the “pay as you go” in effect immediately. He recommended that commissioners discuss bonding in October or November, and plan for a possible referendum in March. “I don’t think that it is realistic for the fall elections,” St. Denis said. ❑

Mashburn: “There are other houses on the Key that have 15-foot side yards.” Regarding waterfront setback: The town has requested 30-foot setbacks from the lagoon. But because of the pie-shaped nature of the land, Mashburn said, planners and architects have reconfigured the villas’ layouts to create an average 33-foot setback. Some villas would be 20 feet from the water, but “where we could, we pulled the houses back even farther than the average to exceed the requirement,” Mashburn said. Mashburn also noted the new plans will include some changes to the designs of the Islandside golf course. As the club renovates its golf courses, it had planned to use less turf and increase the amount of sand as a water conservation measure. “There was real concern that we could end up with a course that people couldn’t play enjoyably,” Mashburn said. But the revised designs

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A 105th birthday is indeed worthy of a celebration. Dorothy Lochner turned 105 on May 18, and was honored at a surprise birthday party hosted by her son and daughterin-law, Dick and Hannelore Lochner, at Longboat Arms. Among the guests were Marge and Bud Lobdell, neighbors of Lochner’s when she lived in Mount Vernon, N.Y. in the 1960s. The Lobdells now reside on Longboat Key. A permanent resident at Longboat Arms since 1972, Lochner began coming to Longboat Key in 1966. Several years later her son, Dick, retired and joined her at the complex. An independent lady, Lochner does her own housekeeping chores, prepares her own breakfast and lunch, but enjoys her evening meal with her son. Afternoons she frequently plays bridge with her dear friends, Betty Giblin and Nancy Cadot. How she has reached the 105-year-old milestone is a mystery to Lochner. She has a few explanations: She drinks only one glass one water a day and has never exercised. The only time she was in the hospital was in 1936, when she had her tonsils out at the same time her son was having his removed. Although delighted with the party, Lochner really doesn’t like being the center of attention. She fussed, “Now everyone is going to know how old I am and that is all they are going to talk about.” ❑

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CASUAL ELEGANCE IN GATED BEACHFRONT ENCLAVE Dramatic open design offers stunning views of the Gulf, bay & city skyline. 6,750+/- sq. ft. of superb quality construction & detailing on .83-acre. $6,500,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #244740


OPEN BAY WATER and protected deepwater boat basin provide the perfect setting for this exciting, private gated acre estate, featuring a home theater, guest unit, spa & two pools. $5,995,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #245201

PERFECT BEACH GETAWAY Breathtaking views furnishings, new carpet & numerous upgrades. $2,525,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-

LONG BEACH Spectacular bay views from this beautiful Key West-style home, with granite countertops, soaring ceilings & walls of glass. $839,000. Bob Burnett, 383-7591 or 387-0048. #251846

MIRA MAR Fish & kayak in the backyard, w rounding this picture-perfect 3BR home. $7 or 504-0205. #251171

L'ELEGANCE Fabulous 9th floor direct Gulf views offering fantastic sunsets. Wonderful amenities include Har-Tru tennis, heated pool & spa, exercise room & under-building parking. $1,200,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #256564 GRAND BAY Cayman design with great views of both the Gulf & bay. Designed & decorated by a well known local top designer. Three BRs, full dining room & 9' ceilings. $1,199,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #256876 TANGERINE BAY Fabulous bay views from this rarely available, 3BR end penthouse unit, with marble floors, cathedral ceilings, loft area, cabana, boat dock & deeded beach access. $1,090,000. Monica Barth, 951-6660 or 928-6017. #252929 BAY ISLES Fabulous views from every room in this waterfront residence behind the gates of Bay Isles. Spacious master suite, oversized 2nd & 3rd BRs, great terraces & decks. $999,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #253512 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Completely redesigned pool home with all new systems, gourmet kitchen, entry gallery, marble floors & granite countertops. Sailboat water with dock. $999,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447. #252403 UNIQUE WATERFRONT PRIVATE RETREAT for boating/beach enthusiasts who appreciate privacy, exceptional tropical landscaping & all the amenities for family enjoyment & casual lifestyle. $999,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #250441 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Beautifully remodeled, fabulously located home has boat dock with lift, deeded beach access & pool with waterfall. $929,000. Bob Burnett, 383-7591 or 387-0048. #242068 LIDO SHORES This school of architecture & design home is located on one of the bigger lots in a great neighborhood. Main section has 2BRs & guest wing has 3BRs. $899,900. Monica Barth, 951-6660 or 928-6017. #249287 L'ELEGANCE Popular, large Brighton end unit with Gulf views. Enjoy beautiful sunrises & sunsets from this tastefully turnkey-furnished residence with wraparound balconies. $899,900. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #254734 RARELY AVAILABLE Three BR unit in the Players Club. Beautifully remodeled with stainless steel appliances & granite countertops. $899,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447. #252711 SANDPIPER Fabulously situated directly on the Gulf, this immaculate, furnished, 2BR corner unit offers approximately 1,800 sq. ft. in a friendly, 10-unit community. $885,000. Marilyn S. Brown, 388-4447 or 377-6215. #251007 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Southern exposure on a large, deepwater canal lot. Value is in the land. $859,000. Michael Losey, 383-7591 or 809-3491. #253963 AT THE BEACHES Absolutely dreamy 2BR, remodeled & furnished by designer/owner. Enjoy Gulf, sunset & golf course views. Features concierge & generous garage parking. $829,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #253502 TASTEFULLY APPOINTED MID-RISE Light & bright corner residence with views of Gulf, tropical landscaping & golf course. Wood floors, plantation shutters & wraparound balcony. $829,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #253709 EMERALD HARBOR Tastefully remodeled 3BR pool home on an oversized lot with a rare, long canal view. Features sunny east/southeast rear exposure, dock & deeded beach access. $799,900. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. #252308

ST. ARMANDS Comfortable 3BR pool home on St. Armands. Close to shops, restaurants & t Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #256198 LIDO BEACH CLUB Enjoy beautiful sunsets and ovated unit with the finest upgrades & appoint or 504-4435. #256671 BEAUTIFUL & SUNNY This 3BR St. Armands p with fencing, landscaping, & hurricane glass pr Wilde-Aldrich, 388-4447 or 544-3813. #25198 SALTY ACRES Private Gulf side condominium maintained complex with open interior spac Matteoli, 951-6660 or 356-1335. #250851 GULF TO BAY COMPLEX Enjoy full bay views dence, with boat docks, deeded beach & large Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #254527 BEACHPLACE Rarely available, furnished reside opportunity with Gulf views. $650,000. Janis C PROMENADE Lovely Gulf & garden views fro throughout. Full service amenities include reso $599,900. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 o TENNIS MAGAZINE'S #1 RATED RESORT Ow year and have use of 21 tennis courts, fitness salon & spa. $230,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox

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GULF FRONT BEACH MASTERPIECE Like great works of art, exceptional homes are precious and rare. The perfect blend of sophistication and the comfort of casual but elegant beach living. No compromises. $8,495,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #247914 THE ULTIMATE WATERFRONT LIFESTYLE ON LIDO SHORES Relax & enjoy the mesmerizing Gulf & bay views from this exquisite, decorator furnished & appointed 5BR estate with vanishing-edge pool & dock. $5,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #231664 REMARKABLE REFINEMENT Magical Gulf front home exudes casual elegance in desirable Lido Shores. Splendid family home full of style with lush landscaping, pool & fireplace. $5,600,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #254763 LIGHTHOUSE POINT Pure perfection in a beachfront enclave. Thoughtfully created floor plan of over 5,100 sq. ft. offers 4BRs, soaring ceilings & marvelous boating. $4,350,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248961 BIRD KEY BAYFRONT This elegant island-style 5BR home with spacious waterside veranda is perfect for viewing sunsets. Features a pool, 3-car garage & dock for large yacht. $4,200,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #254217 SANDHAMN With over 6,100 sq. ft. on the bay with your own private boat dock, this elegantly furnished Tuscan-style home has a fabulous, flexible floor plan and lavish finishes. $3,675,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #249795 BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Premiere location with breathtaking views of the Sarasota skyline and Siesta Key. This Spanish-Mediterranean boasts a deepwater dock & spacious pool patio. $3,200,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #239958 RARE AND EXCITING within Club Longboat & on golf course. Over 5,000 sq. ft., 5BRs, large rooms, volume ceilings, 3-car garage & lap pool. Close to the beach. $2,900,000. Dick Lewis, 388-4447 or 302-3348. #253530 CHARMING BIRD KEY BAYFRONT home with open gourmet kitchen, all new interior & deep, protected boating water for a casual Florida lifestyle. $2,750,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #256534 QUEENS HARBOUR Fabulous bay views from almost every room of this Queens Harbour masterpiece. Four full BR suites, large family room with soaring ceilings & myriad upgrades. $2,595,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 383-6182. #253971 HIDEAWAY BAY Exquisitely designed 4BR pool/spa home with countless arches, volume ceilings, grand windows, formal living & dining rooms. Located in a desirable enclave of estatesized homes. $2,525,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #256909 WATER CLUB--SPECTACULAR VIEWS of bay or Gulf from every room of this 10th floor end unit. 3,000 sq. ft. open plan with 10' ceiling, private elevator foyer, 3 terraces & luxurious clubhouse. $2,500,000. Sally Traquena, 388-4447 or 587-1330. #247991 SLEEPY LAGOON Direct Gulf front with large sandy beach, located in a private setting in an area of multi-million dollar estates. $2,499,000. Michael Losey, 383-7591 or 809-3491. #253050 ISLANDS WEST Conveniently located with the most sweeping panoramic penthouse views. This 3BR split plan unit with study & 2 balconies is partially updated & totally unique. $2,490,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #254506 BAY ISLES Magnificent new home on Harbourside Golf Course. Panoramic golf & lake views, exciting architectural details & the finest finishes. Four BRs, pool, spa & 3-car garage. $2,195,000. Ann Martin & Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #256405 BIRD KEY Featuring a large living room and flowing floor plan, this waterfront pool home boasts shimmering water views. $2,000,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #255162 DIRECT BAYFRONT HOME Stunning custom residence in a private location with panoramic views from master suite, living room & kitchen. Private dock just steps from pool/spa. $1,999,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #239687 DIRECT BAYFRONT Enjoy magnificent views from this custom home with volume ceilings, marble & wood floors, fabulous lighting, gourmet kitchen & beach club membership. $1,995,000. Jim Hanrahan or Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #245192 ST. ARMANDS Three-story, 2000 built, Inbar designed contemporary home with newly fenced property & detailed landscaping enhanced by a lap pool with waterfall. $1,795,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #255916 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Beautiful Mediterranean pool home with fabulous bay views, dramatic 2-story ceilings, kitchen with granite counters & dock on sailboat water. A boater's paradise. $1,580,000. Sally Traquena, 388-4447 or 587-1330. #247549 ISLAND COURT--BAY AND BEACH 3,400 sq. ft. of perfect island living, just steps to the beach & spectacular sunsets. Private lagoon pool & 4-car garage. $1,390,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #249104 GRAND BAY Savor panoramic views over Sarasota Bay & the marina from Grand Bay's most desirable building. Enjoy membership in Bay Isles Beach Club. $1,349,000. Jim Hanrahan or Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #257598

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SARABANDE Combining comfort & sophistication, this classy 10th floor unit offers 3,700 sq. ft. of marvelous upgrades along with amazing views of bay, city, marina & Gulf. $1,995,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #257515

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

EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTY with gorgeous bay views and deeded private beach access. In process is a 7,000-sq.-ft. home with gatehouse. $4,900,000. Dianna and John Allaman, 966-8000 or 232-4200. #248990 SPECTACULAR GULF FRONT HOME Italian-Mediterranean architecture, verandas off kitchen & master suite overlooking the Gulf. $4,700,000. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 3493444 or 966-0073. #251482 UNIQUE GULF-TO-BAY This 3BR California contemporary boasts vaulted ceilings, fireplace & panoramic Gulf views from all rooms, located on a wide, sandy beach with buildable bay lot & dock. $4,300,000. Nancy Moore, 966-8000 or 966-1200. #244078 CASEY KEY Over one acre, Gulf to bay on peninsula bay lot of over 300 ft. Vintage cottage with protected boat basin, dock and private beach. $3,050,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #221291 BAYFRONT HOME ON CASEY KEY Three BR in process of upgrading interior, with pool, dock & beach easement. Located close to Blackburn Point. $1,685,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #251404 6Siesta Key

ith multi-level decks & lush landscaping sur50,000. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444

LAKE VIEW IN A PRIVATE VILLA A gated entry leads you to a most charming Tuscan home with crown moldings, high ceilings, family room, den, screened lanai & 2-car garage. $524,900. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #253211

n one of the largest interior lots available on the beach. $795,000. Stan Haidl and Peter

RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES Pamper yourself with complete luxury in this fully loaded, totally furnished residence with spectacular views. $1,675,000. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #251567 COME HOME TO THE RITZ-CARLTON Leading 'Country French' designer has furnished this 2BR-plus-den with exceptional antiques, fine linens & unique accessories. Fabulous views across marina to bay. A Sotheby's listing. $1,525,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #246101 KENTWOOD ESTATES Spectacular walled estate with large rooms, bonus room, outdoor fireplace & pool. $1,495,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #255339 PRIVATE WATERFRONT OASIS Enjoy the only gated downtown enclave on Sarasota Bay with breathtaking views. This fabulous waterfront lot boasts a private dock & plans for a custom residence. $1,195,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #238831 OAKS Gracious colonial home, framed by old oaks and magnolias, overlooks picturesque lake with gazebo. Extensive artful renovation. $985,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #251425 STYLISH, MAINTENANCE-FREE HOME in Prestancia. Features sophisticated decor, large master suite & French doors opening to a small courtyard pool. Second lanai overlooks golf course. $569,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #249541 THE RENAISSANCE Two BR unit with bay view & the most popular floor plan in the building. Amenities include workout room, massage rooms, concierge, heated pool and aerobics. $449,000. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-2733. #250007 FRANCES CARLTON Beautiful downtown condominium in the heart of everything. $249,000. Monica Barth, 951-6660 or 928-6017. #251708 RARELY AVAILABLE OAKS TOWNHOUSE Best kept secret, totally remodeled & available immediately. Enjoy the fabulous Oaks lifestyle. $229,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #245782 AMARYLLIS PARK Four BR, clean & bright home with charming fireplace & large fenced yard. $109,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #242191

d great Gulf & city views from this totally rentments. $769,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591

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GULF TO BAY LUXURY ESTATE walled & gated with exquisite design & style, this home includes a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, vanishing-edge pool, summer kitchen and 7-car garage. $12,000,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #251582 LAFFIN PLACE Main residence has all the charm of an older home with modern amenities to indulge a lavish lifestyle. Guest quarters, 180' bay frontage & private beach. $5,675,000. Nora Johnson, 966-8000 or 809-1700. #256243 ELEGANT CLIFFORD SCHOLZ DESIGNED HOME on the beach. The property stretches over an acre from Gulf front to bayside. The residence's classic proportions are highlighted by the finest appointments. $5,400,000. Jo Ellen Burnham, 383-3759. #253760 GULF TO BAY ESTATE Rare opportunity for a grand residence on Casey Key's most desirable & exclusive north end. This home & guesthouse feature 5BRs, large foyer & multiplecar garage space. $5,385,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #250692

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ONE-PLUS ACRE BAYFRONT ESTATE Fabulous, open bay views from this majestic 6BR Spanish-Mediterranean home. Finely crafted with truly grand details. $5,775,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #254085 COCOANUT BAYOU This work of nature's art is poised on a lushly landscaped acre lot on sailboat water. With open water views from most rooms, features include 4BRs, private dock, pool & spa. $4,500,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #254957 THE ULTIMATE IN CASUAL KEY WEST STYLE and elegance. This M.L. Collingwood waterfront residence features a 5,500-sq.-ft. main home, separate full guest apartment, pool/spa & deepwater dockage. $4,199,000. Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 320-0389. #247083 MIRA MAR A Mediterranean masterpiece with unsurpassed bay views to create an ambiance of island living. Interior of rich wood, marble & granite reflect a casual, yet sophisticated lifestyle. $3,495,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #252493 SARASOTA BEACH The ultimate Key West-style beach home directly on Siesta Key Beach. This 5BR-plus-den home features a large kitchen, open floor plan & lots of windows for glorious sunset views. $3,300,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #256505 OCEAN BEACH Superb craftsmanship throughout this 3BR-plus-den residence. A tropical oasis surrounds the home, tennis court & private pool area. $2,995,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #253776 EXQUISITE BAYFRONT TOWNHOUSE Turnkey furnished with state-of-the-art electronics and 'Tommy Bahama' theme. Only 3 units, with infinity pool & boat. $2,975,000. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #248063 AN ISLAND WITHIN AN ISLAND Incredible estate property on nearly 3 acres in Sanderling. Totally private, gated & over 350' of Lagoon waterfront. Lovely, spacious home with oversized rooms. $2,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #246994 WIDE OPEN BAYFRONT VIEWS This 3-level, 4,200-sq.-ft. Mediterranean home is spectacular in every way. Features an elevator, fireplace, pool, boat dock, travertine and courtyard. $2,395,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #256073 SPACIOUS KEY WEST-STYLE HOME set on Hansen Bayou on North Siesta Key. Volume ceilings, 4BRs & heated pool. Great family residence with room for expansion. $2,250,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #249526 HISTORIC CHARM ON NORTH SIESTA DEEPWATER Character abounds in this circa 1940 cottage wonderfully refurbished in exquisite quality & style, with private pool courtyard & sailboat water dock. $1,299,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #245971 NEW CONSTRUCTION Wonderful, open floor plan with state-of-the-art amenities, caged pool/spa & boat dock. Located close to beach & Village. $1,200,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #251649 SANDERLING CLUB Totally renovated, traditional 3BR pool home on approximately .8-acre on the widest part of Heron Lagoon. Enjoy peaceful water views, club amenities & privacy. $1,195,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #250174 MIRA MAR Grand sunset and water views from this 2-yr.-old home, with guest apartment, soaring ceilings, wood floors & ample storage. $949,000. Pamela & Lynford Wiley, 9516660 or 925-2153. #253869 GORGEOUS REMODELED HOME on large wide canal. Marble floors, granite countertops, top-of-the-line in every aspect. Beautiful yard with lovely landscaping and boat dock. $899,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #255962 WINDWARD PASSAGE Million-dollar Gulf views from this 3BR condo on Siesta Key. Premier complex in like-new condition. $839,000. Joyce Naegele, 349-3444 or 586-7959. #252708 MARINA DEL SOL Brand new, corner, 2nd-floor bayfront unit with several screened & open balconies, view of pool & Little Sarasota Bay. $670,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #239620

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WORKSHOP (continued from 3A) • Unanimous approval of “Bagels with Bob,” a “meet-andgreet” organized by Commissioner Bob Dawson to meet with Longboat residents. The first meeting of “Bagels” will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3 in the Town Hall antechambers. Persson warned that no other commissioners should go to “Bagels” as it would trigger the Sunshine Law, making it an official meeting. Official meetings require that the town give an official notice and take minutes. St. Denis said that if other commissioners want to meet with a group, they would be welcome to the same resources made available to Dawson. • Discussion of options to renourish the beach at North Shore Road using sand from Longboat Pass. The beach has eroded back to a fraction of its previous size in the last several months. In past years, renourishment in this area was done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, there are indications that the corps cannot help due to funding limits. It is likely that if the town does pursue a north-end project, it must be done on its own or in cooperation with Manatee County. The estimated cost to renourish this area is estimated between $700,000 and $1 million. St. Denis recommended that the commission doesn’t redirect funds from the existing beach renourishment project for a renourishment at North Shore Road. In addition to permitting complications, he said taking money from this year’s beach project would be a problem. • Discussion of the method by which the town will issue bonds for the $21 million beach renourishment. The town has been issued a “notice of intent” for the beach permit. It

must have the funds available when it goes to bid for the project. The project is two years behind schedule, so the town has already collected more than $6 million from taxes and other revenue sources. The town will issue general obligation bonds for the remaining $15.6 million of costs for the beach project. The bonds will be spread out over six years and the interest rates will increase from 1.45% in the first year to 3.5% in the “out” year. Interest payment on the bonds is estimated to cost $1.6 million over the six years. Florida Municipal Loan Council is issuing the bonds on the town’s behalf. The underwriter is Bank of America. • Heard a proposal that would authorize St. Denis to use $150,000 of town funds to pay for any cleanup of red tide this summer. Red-tide outbreaks increase in the summer. Town Commissioners forwarded final decision to the regular June meeting. • Considered creating a “no-motor zone” around the Sister Keys. Boat motors damage the sea grasses around Sister Keys. Sea grasses are important for the wildlife habitat in the area. Final decision was forwarded to the June commission meeting. • St. Denis reported that the town has received its water-use permit from SWFWMD. The permit allows the town to use an average of 2,350,100 gallons of water per day over next year. It also can trigger additional conservation requirements if the town’s average tops 2,820,120 per day. • St. Denis reported briefly on trolleys. He warned commissioners that they will have an impact on traffic. He said that traffic would be forced to stop for the trolleys. Johnson said that it was worthy of more discussion. ❑

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A Noriega said that his company already has several options to redevelop the property into new condominiums and has met with Town Planner Monica Daigle to discuss the property. Daigle said that she met with representatives from the company, which was more of a “fact-finding mission.” Although the property is zoned for tourism, it can be used for multi-family use under the town’s code, Daigle said. Noriega said options being considered for the property range from a worst-case scenario, in which the company would develop one building with 17 units; and a best-case scenario, in which it would develop two buildings with 16 units. The worst-case scenario would feature 2,500- to 3,000-square-foot, single-floor units. Sellout would be between $48 and $50 million. The bestcase scenario would feature 5,000-square-foot, two-story units. Sellout would be $80 million. In both scenarios, the buildings would rise four levels above parking. To build the larger units, GSR Development plans to apply for a Planned Unit Development, Noriega said. Despite the plans, Noriega said that future development on the site depends on a number of factors. He said that aspects of the recent ruling, such as setbacks, are still indefinite. “Even with the ruling like it is, it doesn’t matter, you still have to go back and get permission to build there anyway,” he said. “We still have to deal with the land-development code.” GSR Development’s plans for the property will reduce its density from 25 to 16 units. Noriega said it will be good for the community. ❑


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5:03 a.m. — 500 block Forest Way. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer received 1 Assault 1 Sword Noises a report of a prowler at a resiConstruction 8 dence. Officer searched the Only on Longboat Parties 4 Vehicular Occurrences interior and exterior with nega37 Burned toast 1 Strange 5 Auto/bike accidents 1 Improper conduct tive results. Residents said the 4 Fireworks 1 Crashes DUI 10 Property found 24 man fled into a large sedan and Fender benders 2 Property lost 15 gave a description of it. The Critters Hit and run 4 Exploding eggs 1 description matched the profile Barking dogs 10 10 Code violations 130 Loose dogs 5 Suspicious vehicle of the newspaper route carrier, 41 Property damage 4 Dog attacks 3 Traffic violations who was seen leaving the parkBoating violations 4 Public service 30 Dogs on beach 7 ing lot upon officer’s arrival. Reposessed vehicle 2 Security check 33 Injured pelican 1 Skateboarding 3:43 p.m. — 500 block 2 llegally dumped trash 2 Snakes 3 Golf ball through Cutter Lane. Property Damage. Suspicious phone call 12 Raccoon rescue 0 windshield 1 Suspicious circumstance 28 A woman called police about Defective swans 1 Gas drive-off 1 Suspicious package 1 damage to her property. A witDead raccoon 1 Careless driving 1 Collapsed person 3 ness told the woman that a Chatty parakeet 1 Suspicious person 9 Florida Rock Cement truck Sick opossom 1 Missing Items 3 backed into her property and Husband 1 Tree Tussles Domestic disturbances 7 Cell phones 3 knocked over her mailbox. The High Crimes Elevator rescue 1 2 Burglaries 4 Children witness said that the truck also Metallica sing-a-long 1 Jewelry/watches 4 Drug arrests 0 trespassed on the property, hitNude bathers 1 8 Narcotics violation 5 Purses/wallets ting her silk-screen fence and 1 Boats/bikes/canoes 2 Marauding Mercedes Larceny 25 destroying the grade to the Cutter Lane controversies 2 2 Trespassing 13 Cash land. Officer spoke to the wit2 Vandalism 14 Driver’s license represent the reports pubness, who said that the truck 1 Statistics Warrant arrests 2 Silver heirlooms lished in Cops’ Corner year-to-date. ran over the mailbox without 1 They are not the official number of Fraud 6 Auto tag stopping. He said that it failed 1 calls handled by the police. Battery 2 Guns to stop after he notified the driver. Officer spoke to the manager of the cement company, who said that the driver had advised him about the prop- mation on the driver, and the manager advised officer to conerty damage. The manager said they would take care of repairing or replacing any damaged property. Officer asked for inforCONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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

May 13 8:21 a.m. — 3200 block Harbourside Drive. Property/Found. A man called police to advise them he found a wallet on the roadway by Sabal Cove and Harbourside Drive. The black leather wallet contained a California driver’s license, no cash and no credit cards. The owner of the wallet has no known local address. The wallet was placed into police property. 2:24 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Burglar Alarm. Officer met with a repairman that was dropping off a bill at a residence. The repairman activated a burglar alarm when he was putting the bill in the interior garage door. Officer checked the residence and found two sliding doors that were unlocked. Officer checked the interior and secured the doors. A security check card was left on the front door. 4:31 p.m. — 700 block Tarawitt Drive. Phone call/Threatening. A father called police to report that his family was receiving threatening phone calls from a woman who had been in a juvenile detention center with his daughter. In some of the phone calls, the woman threatened that she was going to have the daughter gang raped and harm the family. The father called the woman’s probation officer, who said that the woman was no longer on probation. The father said he has recordings of some of the calls that he is keeping. 8:16 p.m. — 2300 block Harbour Oaks Drive. Welfare check. A 75-year old man with medical problems drove off in his wife’s car, against medical advice. Officer located the subject and stopped the vehicle after traffic violations were observed. His wife was given a ride by police to meet with the husband, and the couple was taken by police to their residence to complete paperwork. The driver was issued a citation for violation of a traffic control device and failure to yield for an emergency vehicle. Also, the driver completed a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles re-examination form. The form will be submitted to the department.

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with square diamonds valued at $20,000; a pair of diamond-studded earrings valued at $8,000; and two wedding rings. The wedding band has diamonds around the platinum band and the diamond has a two-carat stone. The value is unknown at this time. The two rings have “LL” stamped on the inside of the ring. 10:33 p.m. — 600 block Ranger Lane. Code Enforcement/Water Violations. Officer gave a warning to a man that was watering in violation of the town’s ordinance. 11:22 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Disturbance/Neighbor. Caller advised police about a neighbor who was having a loud party. The caller said that the guests were disturbing them while they sat on the front porch. The caller also said that the owner of the home was shining a hand-held spotlight at their house. Statement forms were left at both homes to be picked up by the day shift. 11:42 p.m. — 6000 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer stopped a vehicle that was crossing the yellow and white lines in the road. The driver said that she was reaching for things on the floor and the passenger-seat area. The driver had no driver’s license. Officer found that her license was suspended for failure to pay a fine. In addition, the driver had an outstanding warrant for possession of alcohol by a minor. Officer

tact him next week when the office is open. The property owner was advised to contact the manager and report the damage to them. Investigation continues to obtain information on the driver. 8:10 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Assist other Agency. Officer delivered mail to five of the seven town commissioners.

May 15 8:07 a.m. — Broadway Beach Access. Animal/Dog. Officer received a report of a sick opossum. The animal was released. 10:07 a.m. — GMD/Broadway. Traffic/Violation. Officer stopped an older two-door Nissan with an expired temporary tag. The driver was issued a citation for unlawful use of a temporary tag for seven days or less. 1:10 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Larceny/From Vehicle. A man contacted police to report that a camera bag with jewelry in it was stolen from his vehicle, which was parked at resort. The bag contained a gold and silver Movado watch valued at $1,000; a silver Concorde watch valued at $1,000; a platinum necklace with a three-carat diamond, which was valued at $25,000; a white-gold tennis bracelet

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searched the vehicle and found a bottle of Bacardi 151 and a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay. Officer searched the woman’s purse and found a green, leafy substance that was later verified as 9 grams of marijuana. The driver was taken into custody for the warrant and issued a citation for driving with a suspended license without knowledge.

May 16 1:00 a.m. — 4100 block GMD. Suspicious Person. A caller advised police about a man that was ringing their doorbell and knocking on their door. Officer located the man, who said that he was looking for an address of a friend’s house. The man was taken to the police department to wait for a cab. 1:01 a.m. — 6800 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A husband called police in concern for his wife’s well being. Officer checked the area for the woman, who could not be found. 9:15 a.m. — 5000 block GMD. Property/Found. A woman turned in a wallet she found in the parking lot of condominium. Officer contacted the owner of the wallet, who was unaware that it was missing. He said he would come to the police department to pick it up. 9:27 a.m. — 2800 block GMD. Emergency Message/Welfare Check. A caller asked police to do a welfare check on his mother’s home. The caller was concerned because when he called the home, a man answered the phone. The mother lives alone. The caller said that his mother owns a white Astro van, which is usually parked in the front. Officer went to the residence and no one was home. After contacting the manager to open the residence, officer found that the property was vacated. All furniture and property was removed. Officer advised the caller of the situation. 3:08 p.m. — 100 block North Shore Road. Code Enforcement. After issuing a warning to a man who had his dog running loose on Greer Island, officer observed the same dog running loose again. Officer issued the owner a warning. There were no records of prior warnings issued to the man. 4:38 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Property/Found. Officer found a cell phone on the side of the road. The owner was contacted and said he would pick the phone up the following day. It was placed into police property.

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7:35 a.m. — 300 block North Shore. Disturbance. Officer responded to a dispute between two men. One of the men was threatening to escalate the incident into a physical confrontation. The dispute began when one of the men asked to borrow money for the weekend. The other man refused. In addition to refusing the loan, the man changed the lock on a toolbox shared by the two men. The box contained many tools of both men. The man who was locked out of the box needed some tools to do a “side job.” Officer stood by while the man who changed the locks issued a verbal trespass warning to the man who got locked out. The locked out man was issued a trespass warning as well. 1:10 p.m. — 700 block St. Judes Drive South. Warrants. Officer received information from Manatee County Sheriff’s Department to be on the lookout for a wanted subject. The information suggested that the suspect may be traveling with a resident of St. Judes Drive. Officer observed the resident driving a four-door Saturn near St. Judes Drive with the suspect in the passenger seat. Officer stopped the vehicle. The violation of probation warrant was confirmed. The man was taken into custody without incident. A search of the suspect revealed a bag of cannabis and a pipe. The suspect was turned over to Manatee County Sheriff’s Department to be transported to jail. 3:41 p.m. — 3400 block Winding Oaks Drive. Property/Lost. A man moving from Sarasota to Longboat lost $1,470 in cash, while a moving company transported his property. The cash was in a black portfolio, two envelopes, a red coin purse, and a plastic piggy bank. He also lost his passport and Delta cards. 8:27 p.m. — 5600 block GMD. Security Check. Officer found the door of business unsecure. Officer checked the interior and found nothing unusual. The keyholder was contacted and responded to secure the door. 9:04 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Security Check. The rear sliding door of restaurant was insecure. Officer checked the interior and nothing was wrong. The Bradenton location of restaurant was contacted. They said they would respond in the morning.

May 18 6:36 p.m. — 1800 block GMD. Traffic Accident/No Injury. An injured biker told police that he had to stop abruptly to avoid a collision with a vehicle heading north on GMD. The driver of the vehicle told police that she was not aware that she cut the biker off. However, she said that she saw him fall and went back to assist him. 9:59 p.m. — 10 block Avenue of the Flowers. Security Check. Officer found the door of business insecure. Officer checked the interior and found ceiling tiles down, plaster on the floor and holes in the wall. Dispatch made attempts to contact the owner, and a message was left with an answering machine. ❑


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2003 TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY DRINKING WATER QUALITY SUMMARY Manatee County Utility Operations Department makes a commitment daily to provide the highest quality drinking water to the residents of Manatee County, Sarasota County and cities served. This report reflects on that commitment and represents a summary of the drinking water quality during 2003. * TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY SAMPLING RESULTS

The following details the additional tests and results of the Town’s water sampling testing program: • Bacteriological Analysis: The Town collected 132 water samples throughout the Town in 2002, all of which were absent of bacteria. • Lead and Copper:The Town’s last sample period was in the Spring of 2003, when 20 samples were collected from several locations. The results are as follows: The maximum allowable limits for Lead is .015 mg/L and Copper 1.3 mg/L. Based on the 90 percentile level, our samples for both were below the allowable levels set forth by the EPA. The Town of Longboat Key has a 1.5 million gallon storage facility located at 4250 Gulf of Mexico Drive and a 1 million gallon storage facility at 280 Gulf of Mexico Drive where the water is chlorinated to ensure a constant residual.

The Town of Longboat Key purchases its potable water from Manatee County where it is treated and made safe for consumption before delivery to the Town.The report provided by Manatee County Government identifies the sources of the potable water supply, treatment/purification methods, and water quality test results. Manatee County and Longboat Key follow strict rules and guidelines enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that your drinking water is safe and free from contaminants and certain compounds. Manatee County follows a vigorous testing program in order to comply with E.P.A’s rules and regulations. In addition to the tests performed by Manatee County on the potable water, the Town of Longboat Key performs additional testing as described below.The Town of Longboat Key is proud to report that our water meets or exceeds standards under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

If there are any questions about the Town’s water supply, please call the Longboat Key Public Works Department at 316-1988.

PROTECTING MANATEE COUNTY'S WATER SOURCES Drinking water for the customers of Manatee County Public Works Department is a blend of purified ground water and surface water. In 2003, an average of 15.0 million gallons per day of deep ground water and 26.2 million gallons per day of surface water was used. The ground water is pumped from the Floridan Aquifer from six, 1200 foot deep wells located within Duette Park in eastern Manatee County. This water is pumped through a 36 inch pipe approximately 13 miles to the Purification Plant. Surface water is taken The from the Lake Manatee Manatee Reservoir also located in eastCounty Water ern Manatee County. This Purification Plant, Reservoir was constructed in 1965 through 1967 by placing located on the shore a dam on the Manatee River. of Lake Manatee, purifies The County has taken both ground water and surface stringent measures to protect water. The ground water is purified these water sources. In the by aeration, lime-softening and filtration. late 1980s Manatee County These processes remove odor, a portion of the voters approved the purchase hardness and undesirable elements such as susof 20,500 acres of the 82,000 pended matter and microbiological organisms. acre watershed area, which The surface water is purified by carbon adsorption, coaguladrains into and includes tion, sedimentation and filtration.These processes remove odor, the Reservoir and Wellfield. color, and undesirable elements such as suspended matter and County and State agencies microbiological organisms.The filtered water from the two sources have continued to purchase is then combined. additional watershed acreage, The combined water is further enhanced before leaving the plant.The and today approximately water is disinfected to destroy microbes and provide protection against microbial regrowth in the distribution system and your plumbing. The water is also made less corrosive, thus prolonging your home plumbing and fixtures. Natural fluoride levels are slightly increased to optimal Detected Contaminants: levels as a public health measure to help develop decay resistant teeth and strong bones. MICROBIOLOGICAL The purification plant is staffed with dedicated, professionally Filter turbidity (NTU) trained, State certified operational, laboratory and mainteTotal coliform bacteria nance personnel. This staff operates and maintains the advanced water purification facility as well INORGANIC as monitors and researches water quality issues. Fluoride (mg/L)

33,000 acres are in public ownership. This ownership insures that activities detrimental to water quality or quantity will not occur on these public lands.

ENSURING SAFE DRINKING WATER As water travels over or through the land, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material. Substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity may also be transported. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: A. Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife. B. Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater dis-charges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. C. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses. D. Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. E. Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.


Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.


ADDITIONAL WATER QUALITY INFORMATION The following table lists additional regulated and non-regulated parameters. The MCLs listed below were established for aesthetic-related purposes and not for health reasons. Note that all values are below the MCLs.

Additional Parameters


Sulfate (mg/L) 250 Zinc (ug/L) 5,000 Color (units) 15 pH (units) 6.5 - 8.5 Total dissolved solids (mg/L) 500 Chloride (mg/L) 250 Fluoride (mg/L) 2 Total hardness (mg/L as CAC03) NR Total alkalinity (mg/L as CAC03) NR Foaming Agents (ug/l) 500 Manganese (ug/L) 50

Average Value


78 127 1 7.5 212 20.2 0.65 105 25.7 16 5

69 - 86 105 - 147 6 7.1 - 7.7 154 - 272 14.1 - 27.6 0.28 - 1.0 69 - 141 10.9- 38.1 ND-37 ND-20


Sampling Dates


Max. Value


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0.0% - 0.6%

Naturally present in the environment






0.28 - 1.0


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Total trihalomethanes (ug/L)






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Total organic carbon (ratio) G






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Water additive used to control microbes By-product of drinking water disinfection By-product of drinking water disinfection Naturally present int he environment


Corrosion of household plumbing systems Corrosion of household plumbing systems






AL=1.3 0.17H

Lead (ug/L)





zero samples > AL zero samples > AL


TABLE KEY & DEFINITIONS NR: not regulated. NTU: nephelometric turbidity units. AL: Action Level. ug/L: micrograms per liter or parts per billion. NA: not applicable.

TT: Treatment Technique. MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level Goal. mg/L: milligram per liter or parts per million. BDL: below detection limits. MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level.

IMMUNOCOMPROMISED INDIVIDUALS Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/ CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). These precautions apply to publicly supplied water, bottled water, private well water or water from home treatment devices.

FIND OUT THE FACTS Concerns about drinking water quality have caused many residents to use bottled water or to install home treatment devices. Be sure to learn about the quality of the alternate water or the expected water quality from home treatment devices. If you need help in understanding water quality issues, have questions about this report or have a water quality concern, please give us a call at (941)746-3020. Additional information can also be found on the Public Works Internet site at:

the value in the “range” column represents the month with the lowest percentage of turbidity values meeting the goal. total coliform detections must not exceed 5% of all monthly samples. C the maximum value for the copper and lead results represents the 90th percentile level (90% of the results are below this concentration) from 51 homes collected in June of 2001. A B

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or MCLG: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology. Treatment Technique or TT: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. Action Level or AL: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

Filter Turbidity (NTU): Filter turbidity or water clarity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. Total trihalomethanes: Disinfection by-products expressed as the sum of chloroform, dibromochloromethane, bromodichloromethane and tribromomethane.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS MY WATER SAFE TO DRINK? Yes. Your drinking water is of much higher quality than required by all state and federal standards. Manatee County Water Purification Plant uses what is known as the multiple barrier approach to insure the safety of the water.This approach includes source protection, optimized particle removal at the purification plant and appropriate disinfection.


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Stomach stapling — the pros and cons If you were extremely overweight most of your life, or at least your adult life, and had no luck losing or keeping excess weight off, would you resort to bariatric surgery? Overweight and obesity are now proclaimed a national epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and others. TV stars like Al Roker and local luminaries openly declare they’ve resorted to stomach stapling. While not new — it’s been around for 15 to 30 years depending on which procedure you’re talking about — bariatric surgery seems more needed and accessible than ever. What’s it all about? A local bariatric surgery program is just beginning, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The lead physician is Dr. T. Patrick Fitzgerald. “It’s an option of last resort — not something anyone would seek out unless he or she had suffered a long time, tried all sorts of weight reduction methods — diets, pharmaceuticals, alternative therapies,” says Fitzgerald. “The typical patient is very experienced in unsuccessfully maintaining

weight loss — the yo-yo effect. Maintaining a loss of 10% of excess weight is a real success story” and difficult enough to accomplish let alone more. Bariatric surgery patients can lose 100 pounds, over 12 to 18 months. “This is a procedure that has a dramatic effect on the wellbeing of the patient, unlike very few procedures in modern medicine,” said Fitzgerald, a general surgeon. Bariatric surgery can turn around arthritis, diabetes and infertility (in younger patients), he said. It enhances quality of life, resulting in “attractiveness to a potential spouse, it can enable someone to tie his shoelaces once again,” he said. What are the criteria for having bariatric surgery? According to Fitzgerald, you have to have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight for a long time, and have a Body Mass Index of 35 to 40, minimum. This translates to about 230 pounds for a woman who stands 5 feet, 4 inches, and 280 pounds for a man who is 5 feet, 10 inches. Most of the


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The gastric band, which restricts the top of the stomach, is used more commonly in Europe and Australia. “Roux-en-Y” gastric bypass surgery takes two to four hours, and involves two procedures, according to Fitzgerald. First, your stomach is stapled across the top to reduce it to a small pouch that can hold only one ounce of food at a time. This will force you to correct one of your “maladaptive” eating habits. Then a section of the small intestine is disconnected from the digestive tract. The objective of gastric bypass surgery is to limit digestion or nutrient absorption by the liver, pancreas and stomach, thus restricting the amount of calories you take in. With the open surgery, says Fitzgerald, complications that can arise including leaking at the bowel “hook-up” site, bleeding, infection, blood clot leading to pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, respiratory problems, heart attack, strictures or obstruction of the bowel, or failure to lose weight, because the pouch was left too big. The mortality rate for bariatric surgery is less than 1%. The morbidity rate for people with BMIs of 40, 50 or 60, while not directly compared, is significant, says CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE



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Tribute to Tom Coons — A blood drive to honor the late Tom Coons will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. West, Cortez. All donors will receive a T-shirt and a dessert. For more information, call 795-7820. ‘Women Living With Cancer’ — Manatee Memorial Hospital will host the cancer support group at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the First Floor Conference Room at Manatee Memorial. This group is open to any woman who has experienced any type of cancer. Call 745-7204. Lifelink’s Sarasota adoption meeting — will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at its offices in First Congregational Church UCC, 1031 South Euclid Avenue in Sarasota. Cost is free. Call 941957-1614. 2004 Arthritis Foundation Golf Books Golfers all over the state of Florida can take advantage of great savings with their 2004 Arthritis Foundation Golf Book. This discount golf book allows you to golf at more than 275 Florida golf courses at no green fees with cart rental or reduced green fees. Golf Books are available for $15, and when you buy one, you get one free. The Arthritis Foundation Golf Book is valid from May 1 to Oct. 31. Some courses are valid through November. Order your book today by calling 1-800-741-4008 or 941794-1400. Or, send a check or money order made payable to the Arthritis Foundation to: Arthritis Foundation (Golf Book), 501 Village Green Pkwy. #5, Bradenton, FL 34209. ❑

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You’ve heard Bugs Bunny ask the question countless times. Now it’s your turn to ask the questions in The Longboat Observer’s new health column, What’s Up, Doc? The column, compiled by part-time Longboat resident Arvey I. Rogers, M.D., F.A.C.P., is scheduled to debut in the June 3 issue of The Longboat Observer. In addition to the question/ answer format, you’ll read information regarding advances in the broad field of medicine. Submit your questions to: What’s Up Doc? The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or FAX to 383-7193; or via e-mail to

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Fitzgerald. Heart attacks and cancer are two to three times more prevalent among obese individuals. This surgery “literally brings patients back from the grave,” says Fitzgerald. The initial post-surgery diet emphasizes protein, “the most important type of nutrient, to maintain lean body mass.” It’s not shades of Atkins, Fitzgerald maintains. As the patient loses weight, a more varied diet is resumed. That doesn’t mean an eventual return to bad eating habits. Most patients would feel very nauseated, dizzy, and experience diarrhea if they went too far astray, especially with carbohydrates and sugars. Relapses still happen, but most patients sustain a 50% to 60% weight loss over a long period of time, says Fitzgerald. Supportive spouses are essential to success, and they are urged to participate in patient counseling. In fact, a spouse who is not behind a loved-one’s decision is a “red flag” to the bariatric team in determining patient eligibility. Fitzgerald finds there are more women patients than men, not because they have more weight to lose, but because they tend to educate themselves more about the procedure. Mass media publicity intrigues them, and then they begin to research it in earnest, on the Internet and elsewhere. Women are traditionally the seekers of health care for the family, in general. At $100 per pound for a 100-pound weight loss, economics are an important factor in the decision for bariatric surgery, in ways not always obvious. St. Petersburg’s Bay Pines VA Hospital ran a study that determined that average annual pre-op costs due to obesity are in the $11,000 range for out-patient, in-patient care and home health. Post-op they are down to $3,000. A local program is not only convenient, it helps to maximize long-term success, says Fitzgerald. Post-op counseling and care, and monitored diet and exercise, are all important steps that are more likely to be followed if they are at hand. “Bariatric patients are a very supportive group,” says Fitzgerald, and they are a key ingredient to an optimum outcome.

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release of oxygen into the teeth. Not only does the procedure take just over an hour, but it provides dramatic results. While each case is individual, most people can expect to see their teeth become six to ten shades lighter. Compared to toothwhitening procedures that are gradual and/or involve wearing trays, Zoom™ provides both excellent, near-immediate results and convenience.

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From the pulpit

The blessing of freedom Unbridled freedom is no freedom, at all. That is the mes- I be buried ... ” (Ruth 1:16-17) Naomi takes Ruth with her sage that the holiday of Shavuot (Sha-voo-ot) brings home. and finds a kinsman for Ruth to marry and carry on the The word “Shavuot” actually means “weeks;” a “week of family. And when do you think this “matchmaking” took place? During the barley harvest! (Ruth 1:22) weeks,” 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. Actually, the holiday has a two-fold origin. Ruth’s reply to her mother-in-law has been According to rabbinic tradition based on the taken by the rabbinic sages as a statement of Torah (the five Books of Moses), it was on faith in the God of Israel and a desire to become part of the Jewish people. Thus, the time of the Shavuot that Moses received God’s law on Mount “giving of the law,” and the barley harvest finds Sinai. They had left Egypt and feverishly put as confluence in the holiday of Shavuot. And, of much distance between themselves and Egypt as course, the reading of the Book of Ruth is part they possibly could in those seven weeks. Now, as of our Shavuot observance. they stood at the foot of Sinai, God revealed his Moreover, when the Israelites came out of love for the Israelites through the law. Egypt, they were a scruffy and undisciplined lot. The second origin of the holiday is agricultural While they were the children of Abraham, as well as faith based. In ancient Israel, the festiIsaac and Jacob, with whom God had earlier val of the barley harvest took place at this time. by Rabbi made a covenant, this people, long enslaved For those readers who recall their Bible, you will Michael remember the story of Ruth. Ruth, the young ISENSTAT and tormented, had little or no memory of the covenant or the God who had enacted it. Moabite widow of an Israelite, refuses to leave her Suddenly, with the miraculous events of Passover, they mother-in-law, Naomi. Naomi urges Ruth to go back to her own people when Ruth’s husband dies. “Have I yet sons in were no longer slaves. But their initial rejoicing over their freedom soon gave way to discomfort and fear as they found my womb that might become your husband?” Naomi asks. While Naomi’s other widowed daughter-in-law, Orpah, they no longer had a guiding social, religious civil structure heeds her mother-in-law’s admonition and leaves, Ruth by which to lead their lives. Unbridled freedom meant was answers “Whither thou goest, I will go; whither thou no freedom at all. It was chaos! It was a meaningless living. Could God not have given the Israelites the law before lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God, my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will bringing them out from Egypt? No doubt that God could have. But would the Israelites have appreciated what this law really meant? Perhaps, that is why God waited until the reality of their changed circumstances had set in. Only when they had had the chance to “blow off steam” in their newfound freedom, and come to realize that unbridled freedom was no freedom at all, could they appreciate the divine gift of God’s law. ❑


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Jane Davis Carrigan Jane Davis Carrigan, 68, of St. Armands Key, died May 3. Carrigan was born March 14, 1936, in Lafayette, Ind., and received a bachelor’s degree in 1957 from Purdue University. In Virginia, she worked as a librarian, teacher, and bookkeeper. After her husband, Philip, died in 1995, Carrigan joined the St. Armands Residents’ Association and served on the board of directors as its president and its representative on the Coalition of City Neighborhoods Association (CCNA). She received its Good Neighbor Award in March. March 15 was declared Jane Corrigan Day by the Sarasota City Commission. She was also a member of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the local option sales tax, the design charrette for the John Ringling Causeway Bridge and the St. Armands Drainage Advisory Committee. Survivors include daughters Elizabeth Scheffee of Portland, Maine, and Jennifer Peterson of Niamey Niger, West Africa; a son, Mark Scheffee of Sarasota; and brothers Bill Davis and Duane Davis, both of Lafayette. A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 18, at the home of Victoria King, Lido Key. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the above address for the Carrigan Foundation, 545 McKinley Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34236. The foundation provides scholarships for girls and young women in Niger, Africa.

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William G. (Bill) Burns William G. (Bill) Burns, 76, of Clearwater and formerly of Longboat Key, died May 7. He had moved from Chicago to Longboat Key in 1992 to realize his dream of retiring on his boat. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Diana Burns of Hardwood Heights, Ill., and Barb DeBoer of Alexandria, Va. He is survived by his children, Scott Burns, Clearwater; Patti and Steve Johnson of Isanti, Minn.; Linda and Frank Noonan of St. Charles, Ill., Bill and Cathy Burns of Barrington, Ill., Kathy and Rich Green of St. Augustine; and Bob and Angie Burns, Sheboygan, Wis. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild.


A memorial service for Kathryn “Katy” Lee Jodat, 23, Bradenton, was held Sunday, May 23, at Longboat Island Chapel, Longboat Key. She was born August 21, 1980. She was the daughter of Kristine Marciales and Gary Jodat, Longboat Key, and the stepdaughter of Werther Marciales. She was a graduate of University of Central Florida and had performed in plays with the Island Players on Anna Maria. She loved horseback riding and her dog, Tinkerbelle. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Ashley Jodat; a brother, Nathan Jodat; her grandparents, Robert and Joyce Jodat; and Eleanor Nordstrom. Donations may be made in Jodat’s name to Bayside Community Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 20997, Bradenton, FL, 34204.


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Services All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Unction will also be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Downs Spitler, interim rector, will officiate. 383-8161. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. (nursery available), Bible study at 10 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234.

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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 of the church. 383-1255.

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Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday, May 28, marks the first Shabbat Service held at the early time of 5:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at both services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director and the Temple Beth Israel choir. 383-3428.

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INN ON THE BEACH $599,000 Deluxe two bedroom, two bath suite. Updated and oversized suite feels like a home. End unit with 50' lanai overlooking golf course. LO#253648 JIM VITALE 941-924-9000

ANNA MARIA VILLA ROSA $1,500,000 Island Mediterranean home in gated enclave of homes with dock leading to Tampa Bay. 3BR/3BA luxurious amenities. LO#256920 NELSON NEAL 941-924-9000


CEDARS EAST $339,500 Prestigious tennis resort offers you on-site rental office. Spacious, turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA unit on Longboat Key. LO#253813 JOE BOGUSZEWSKI, PA 941-924-9000

CORTEZ BEACH $699,000 Five-plex one block to beach. Recently updated kitchen & baths, new tile, carpet & paint. Views of Gulf from upstairs LO#253309 TERRY HAYES 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT HARBOUR $299,500 Lovely canal views abound from 2BR/2BA condo with designer decor! Complex offers pools, clubhouse & beach access! LO#234941 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY WATER CLUB $2,950,000 Beautiful amenities grace this 3BR/5BA residence. Oak, granite, plantation shutter doors. Attractively furnished. LO#233695 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,995,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Absolutely perfect! Split-plan with cathedral ceilings. Private dock. A dream home with nothing to do but move in. LO#243677 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

LA FIRENZA $4,187,000 Outstanding penthouse in 10-residence enclave with 350 feet of beachfront. Clubhouse, workout facility, pool. LO#252995 ELIZABETH PITTS 941-924-9000

VIZCAYA $3,500,000 Custom floors, wallpaper, paint, molding & doors. Only unit with natural gas. Too many features to list. Must see! LO#255647 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000



COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,965,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Gorgeous residence. Enjoy a matchless lifestyle in this 5BR/5BA home. Bountiful layout. LO#248218 MICHELE FULLER 941-924-9000

GRAND BAY $1,549,500 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Views of the Bay and downtown Sarasota! 3BR/3BA with clubhouse plus pool. Exceptional furnishings add to value. LO#240173 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000


WATERFRONT $4,300,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Magnificent waterfront estate on Tampa Bay. Newly created Old Florida victorian design. LO#212150 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000

SABAL COVE $1,750,000 Magnificent two-story 3 bedroom, 4.5 bath custom home in prestigious Sabal Cove. Pool/spa, very private with water view. Must see! LO#258009 ANDREW McDONALD 941-924-9000

PROMENADE $1,595,000 Sometimes, More Is More. You had a hunch something better was out there. You were right. Enjoy the best. LO#257653 TAUBE LEVITT 941-924-9000



COREYS LANDING $1,395,000 Spacious 5BR villa with panoramic Bay views, ceramic floors, and walls of glass. Large master suite overlooks the Bay. LO#245279 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000

GRAND BAY $1,298,500 Bay panorama from the wrap-around balcony of this 6th floor, corner unit with Antigua floorplan. All the amenities! LO#251516 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

SABAL COVE $1,249,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Custom designed home on quiet cul-de-sac. Spacious 4BR plus den, 3.5BA with large private pool/spa area. 3-car garage. LO#247896 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

BIRD KEY $1,289,000 Deluxe & stunning. Fashionable 3 bedroom, 3 bath residence. LO#246434 DYRK DAHL 941-924-9000 257292

BEACHPLACE $665,000 Two bedroom, two bath with two parking spaces & great amenities. Enjoy sunsets from your balcony. Don't expect this one to last long! LO#257292 CINDY MCFARLANE 941-924-9000

ONE WATERGATE $549,000 Magnificent Bay & Gulf Views from this beautiful Penthouse in the heart of downtown! Spacious 2BR/2BA plus Den/Office. LO#257454 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000


SUNSET TOWER $425,000 Panoramic bay views from this 2BR/2BA residence next to the Ritz-Carlton. Great down town location and a great buy. LO#257539 ELLEN ORLOP 941-924-9000


COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $995,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Mediterranean villa, barrel tile roof, paver brick circular drive, walkways leading to private dock on sailboat water. Pool. LO#255609 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000

GRAND BAY $899,000 Wonderful views over golf course to bay and marina. Spacious condo with oversized terrace. Motivated estate seller. LO#246825 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $849,000 Bright charming house looking down the canal. Largely renovated with new kitchen, roof, bathroom. Glassed-in family room LO#255337 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000 WINDING OAKS $699,900 3BR/3BA with southern exposure overlooking lake. Wood floors, gas range, pool. Minutes to Bay Isles private beach club. LO#254982 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $699,000 New 3BR/3.5BA maintenance-free villa. Many upgrades, ceramic floors, pool, spa, granite kitchen, Beach Club membership. LO#217004 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 EMERALD POINTE $699,000 New maintenance-free villa behind LBK Club gates. One of a kind in small enclave overlooking golf course lake. LO#238840 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 EMERALD POINTE $685,000 Completed in 2002 with granite kitchen counters, cathedral ceilings & view of lake. Neutral colors & many upgrades. LO#250640 MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000 BANYAN BAY $649,900 Bay view, updated w/wood floor in living room, master & 2nd bedroom. Two balconies, beach access, boat dock in small complex of 44. LO#257306 WENDY/DAVID LEVENTHAL 941-924-9000 BAY ISLES $649,000 On corner lot with landscaping & pool. Open plan with large rooms, perfect for entertaining! A great value behind the gates. LO#251695 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

MARINA TOWER $1,495,000 Stunning view of bay, marina and Gulf from downtown corner unit. Walk to dining, theatre, opera, library, movies. LO#250587 GARY McKINSTRY 941-924-9000

UNIVERSITY PARK $564,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Open split plan on park-like lot with 3 bedrooms plus office. Large lanai with pool & spa. LO#245551 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000

QUEENS HARBOR $995,000 Water view from spacious maintenance-free home overlooking golf course. 2BR plus den with private guest suite, pool & high ceilings. LO#252351 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $949,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Watch dolphins from this beautiful canal home. Open kitchen/family room, living room/dining room. Direct access to the Intercoastal. LO#253103 KEITH & SHARON WHITFIELD 941-924-9000

RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES $1,995,000 Best location in building, SW corner with over 3700 SF, private elevator lobby, luxurious master & spacious terraces. LO#245326 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

LAWRENCE POINTE $659,000 Penthouse with open split plan. Both master and guest suites open to lanai. Unsurpassed Bay views and gorgeous sunsets. Turnkey furnished. LO#236129 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000

SLEEPY LAGOON $1,388,999 Best Bay & city views on LBK from this lush tropical lot with manatees & dolphins. 3BR/2BA home. LO#232917 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,295,000 Partial bay view with great boating waters. Waterfront location at the best value. 3BR/3BA residence, almost new! LO#256549 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

INN ON THE BEACH $287,000 Move up now to this condo! Things are so handy in this distinctive beachfront unit. Community swimming pool. LO#253672 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

CONDO ON THE BAY $6,900,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour High-style retreat. Enjoy a stylish life! Distinguished 5BR/5+BA penthouse. Elevators, foyer, den. LO#253873 DYRK DAHL 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,895,000 Brand new Country Club Shores 4BR/4+BA home. 4300 square feet on lot that looks straight down canal & out to Sarasota Bay LO#245649 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000 VILLA DI LANCIA $1,795,000 Gulf-front corner penthouse with 1600 SF open garden terrace. 3BR/3BA with private foyer, custom kitchen, new tile throughout. LO#240270 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000

INN ON THE BEACH $299,000 Completely renovated with breathtaking lagoon view from wrap-around terrace. Large club suite. Owner financing available. LO#253660 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

PINE SHORES ESTATES $475,000 Great location! Near the bridge to Crescent Beach & Siesta Key with some water view. Near shops/beach. 2 units with pool. LO#248071 JIM VITALE 941-924-9000

THE MEADOWS $339,900 Located in prestigious established Golf community. Updated 3BR/2BA, den, pool with professionally painted interior. LO#251952 MARK HILL 941-924-9000

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Sarasota Music Festival Director Paul Wolfe bangs the gong for the joys of good music. Inset: Paul Wolfe circa 1964

BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

It’s happening once again — for the 40th time in fact. A world famous teaching festival of chamber music is taking place right on our doorstep — none other than the Sarasota Music Festival, from Sunday, May 30 through June 19. Here, we’ve all grown used to the sounds of classical music in the summer. We’ve even come to expect it. But it wasn’t always like that. Back in 1965, Paul Wolfe noticed that, except for the birds, music turned to silence in the Sarasota summer. At the time, he was head of New College’s music department (or, as he puts it, “the entire music department”) and both the conductor and a master violinist at the Florida West Coast Symphony. He’d also made friendships with many topflight musicians over the years. Wolfe decided to break the silence and invited a few of them to come down and play. Three agreed: Walter Trampler, one of the premiere violists in the world in 1965, Bernard Greenhouse a cellist in the Beaux Arts Trio, and Robert Bloom, the first oboist in the NBC Symphony Orchestra — which was still conducted by Toscanini. Together with Wolfe, they put on a oneweek concert at the New College campus. In the summer of 1966 they did it again, now calling the event, “The New College Music Festival,” with Wolfe as its official artistic director. The concerts were so good and its musicians so talented that Wolfe was soon swamped with students. He notes, “They were literally saying, ‘Please teach me!’” Why not? For the next year Wolfe expanded the festival to two weeks and added music coaching. And the word was out to music students around the country ... If you want to learn, this is the place to be. In 1967 students flocked to the festival from major conservatories across the nation. Word of mouth about the festival had also been spreading among area music lovers. To keep everybody happy, Wolfe expanded the concert to three weeks. After that, the festival continued to expand. “There was no great explosion,” Wolfe says. “Just a steady growth from year to year.”

In 1984, it was officially declared the “Official Teaching and Performing Festival of the State of Florida” by the Legislature. It joined forces with the Florida West Coast Symphony in 1985, and changed its name to “The Music Festival of Florida” the next year. Its name changed yet again to “The Sarasota Music Festival” in 1990 — and it’s been that way ever since. The steady growth continued. But that’s not always a good thing. “We’d expanded the festival to about 100 students from 1997 to ’99,” says Wolfe. “But the teachers were spread too thin. It just wasn’t the best student-teacher ratio. So, in 2000, we decided to cut it back down to 85.” Currently, students get one one-on-one instruction from the master faculty several times a week, along with coaching sessions and feedback after their rehearsals. While the public perception of the classical music world tends to be dictatorial — like the crazed music professor in Ted Geissel’s satire “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” enforcing his will on 2,500 captive music students. Uniquely, the Sarasota Music Festival includes its students in the decision-making process. Students get together and brainstorm what pieces they’d like to perform and the coaches with whom they want to work. “We try to accommodate as many requests as possible,” says Wolfe. “It’s not the way most other festivals do it. Administratively, it’s not the easiest way to run things. It’d be much easier to sit alone in my office and say, ‘You’re going to do this, and you’re going to do that.’ But that’s not always best for their educa-

tion or performance. When they get to play the music they love, they’re going to do it better.” Chamber music is always the star of the show, but there are other classical selections as well. The mood and emphasis of the concerts is never the same from year to year. Wolfe laughs and adds, “Of course there a finite number of good compositions. You will hear some repetition.” As to the students, there will be some repeat performers — about one-in-five have played here before. The students come from all over the United States and from around the world. While here, they form lasting friendships and relationships. (“We always have a few marriages,” says Wolfe.”) After they leave, festival alumni go on to play in the major symphony orchestras of the world. But the festival’s not leaving — and that’s music to the ears of area music lovers. In fact, some of them refuse to leave so long as its concerts are taking place. Wolfe relates, “I was playing bridge with these two ladies the other day. They told me they stay here until the festival is over. ‘The day it’s over we leave and go north.’” The Sarasota Music Festival runs from Sunday, May 30 through June 19. Three artist showcase concerts featuring the world-class faculty take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoons at Holley Hall; six festival concerts combining both students and faculty take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Sarasota Opera House, with free student postlude concerts to follow; students will perform free concerts throughout the festival at Holley Hall. Call 953-3434. ❑

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The gospel according to Monty Python I must confess that I’ve never been a Monty Python fan. And just in case you’ve never heard of Mr. Python, he’s a them — a comedy group composed of five zany British performers/writers (John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) and one zany expatriate American animator (Terry Gilliam). Back in 1979, Python alumnus Terry Jones assembled the wild bunch again to direct the troupe’s third feature film, “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” a religious parable that satirized organized religion. The film proved controversial — extremely so. It was proclaimed blasphemous by the Catholic church and Protestant fundamentalists alike, banned in nations ranging from Norway to Ireland, and several states in the American South, including Georgia and South Carolina, Strom Thurman’s home state. (This was thanks to a personal campaign by the good senator, who had never seen the film.) It wouldn’t have made it to any theaters at all, if George Harrison (the guy from the Beatles) hadn’t mortgaged his house to finance the project when EMI yanked out. All this brouhaha over a tongue-in-cheek, nondenominational humorous masterpiece about messiahs and mistaken identities. At the onset of the film, the three wise men arrive at a manger bearing gifts to a child (the baby Brian) whom they believe to be the son of God. Back outside, they realize they’ve made a big mistake — the star of Bethlehem is hanging over the

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manger just next door. They go back in, take back their profferings and move on to the appropriate infant. Suddenly, we’re flashed forward to Judea A.D. 33. It’s Saturday afternoon (around tea time) and Jesus is in the midst of his Sermon on the Mount. It’s hard to hear what he’s saying; a terrorist group that calls itself the PFJ (People’s Front of Judea) is in the back, heckling. But they’re due at a stoning that afternoon and move on. On the way they stop to buy stones for the event. The stoning that ensues is absolutely hilarious. By now, I’m beginning to think I really like these guys. Brian is mistaken for the messiah on the night of his birth. It happens again when he’s mixed up in a failed attempt by the PFJ to kidnap Pilate’s wife. On the lam from the Romans, he winds up in the middle of a pack of crazed prophets preaching the end of the world to a jaded crowd. Brian tries to pass himself off as a prophet and preaches, too. Nobody takes him seriously, until he tells the crowd to go away. Then they take him seriously, follow him and quickly split up into competing factions. These are just a few of the facetious moments in “Life of Brian.” Its ending is no exception. Brian is crucified along with 139 other guys and gals. While on their crosses, the people burst out in song: the sprightly and upbeat, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” As the camera pulls back, the crucifees sing chorus after chorus until the credits roll. While “Life of Brian” is definitely a great comedy, it also has some astute insights on the perils of mass miscommunications, mindless fundamentalism and religious bigotry. It’s neither an attack on Jesus or Christianity but an equal opportunity offender, attacking blind obedience to anything — left-wing politics and the Roman Empire included. It also sends a powerful mes-

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‘Festival Latino’ is hot, hot, hot Do you mambo? Ay. Do you samba? Ay. Do you rumba? Ay-ay-ay. Dubrocq is both a principal dancer and choreographer. Patricia Fine, Elise Amaral, Joni I remember driving through Miami with my Adno, Marcia Keelan, Irania Gaterol are the cousin in the late ’80s. We were in my Chevy dancers, fiery, mysterious and sexy all. As to the Nova (Spanish for “It doesn’t go.”). The air- singers, Elise Amaral is haunting, Robert conditioning was broken, the windows were Lischetti sings with operatic command, and down, and music was coming in through the Joni Adno sounds like Joan Baez. David Munoz windows. A Latin beat. From apartment build- plays classical guitar. He’s stuck in the corner for ings, from cars driving by with the sound system the whole performance. Doesn’t matter. He fills the space with sound and you turned way up. Maybe it was the know he’s there. lingering effects of “Miami Vice,” What I know about dance is but there was a surreal, exciting Performance basically: Never look directly at feeling to it — a sense of being in “Festival Latino” the mirror ball. Ignorant or not, I an international city, part of the The Players Theatre can deduce that Rumba rest of the hemisphere and the Reviewed May 21 Flamenca is presenting a series of rest of the world. Not everybody Latin dance forms — an alegria, a agreed, as you could tell by the flamenco tango, a sevillana, and “Will the last American to leave Miami please turn off the lights” bumper stick- so on. Each one serves as a repository for the cultural memory of some particular region and ers. But I could dig it. You get the same sort of feeling at the Players’ era — the RNA of tribal memory in the form “Festival Latino.” It’s an toe-tapping mix of of footwork. The songs behind the footwork are interesting stuff going on in the rest of the often sad, often with an echo of Moorish influence. The dances express laments of broken hemisphere. Voces Libres start off the evening with a hearts through broken rhythm (start — stop) sampler of Latin American music. They do and a combination of opposites: flowing moveechoes from the streets of Brazil, folk songs from ment and freezing in an extreme gesture, linear Paraguay, pop rhythms from Columbia, you movement and circular movement, fight and name it. Lead singer Francesco Javier has a flight. Latin dance is also dance with attitude. I voice that reaches to the back of the room can’t think of another form where the performwhen he’s not even trying; he also plays bass ers always look the audience in the eye. And even more folks are dancing by the time and an unidentified instrument. Jairo Hernandez does harp (often taking the lead on the troupe is done. Grupo Mango does the evening’s final set, the thing, an odd-looking contraption that sounds like a piano), vocals, and various per- though the effect is a little like drinking a strong cussion instruments. Martin Vasquez’ sax is blis- cup of espresso before bed. Ricardo Roche is the tering. Fredie Perez sings, plays a mean guitar, lead singer and bongoist (Bongo player? Mango and lays down some complicated rhythm tracks bongoist?). Alexander Cubillos sings and plays with Fernando Espinoza on congas, Gustavo guitar. David Cubillos plays piano and electriMontoya on drums and Jaime Salazar scaling up fies the electric keyboard, along with Jimmy and down on the keyboard like a child playing Salazar who’s also on bass and a non-plug-in piano. Daniel Acosta lays down a bass line, on a flight of stairs. The set is intricately rhythmical — patterns sings and makes the saxophone speak; he also weaving in and out of patterns in the aural keeps the percussion going, with Alan equivalent of a Persian rug. The band ties Benavedes (a drummer and also a vocalist) and everything together in the finale — a mix of Victor Orauler sending the congos into venmambo, rumba, salsa, and merengue. By this tricular tachycardia. Each one of these guys is a one-man band. Together they’re a symphony point, folks are dancing in the aisles. Next up is Rumba Flamenca, Isabel orchestra. How do you say “multitasking” in Dubrocq’s flashy Latin dance troupe, put in a Spanish? How do these guys sound when they join tour de force performance. The scintillating BY MARTY FUGATE

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Marty Fugate

Voces Libres free their voices at a recent outdoor festival. forces? Very much like those sounds I heard in Miami, long ago — reminds me strongly of Santana. They even do a fine rendition of Santana’s “Europa: (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile).” Very fine. Back in the audience, the dancing is positively contagious by now. And I think it’s at that point that the artistic director appears and asks the band to turn the music down. Because some of the audience have gone out the door. The artistic director points this out. Roche is a perfect gentleman. He doesn’t cop an attitude. He just says something to the effect that the sound levels are out of his control. This prompts a shout to the guy at the sound board — who answers there’s nothing he can do. Too bad. It looks like we’ll have to shut the concert

down. But the people rebel. It’s Latin music, man. We came here to hear the music! Don’t shut it down! Let ’em play! Reason prevails. The music goes on. And, just for the record, it’s not that loud. There’s a driving beat, sure, but always a strong melodic line weaving through it. “It’s Latin music,” like the man said. Don’t be surprised if it gets a little hot at times. Which it does. Grupo Mango plays and the audience loves it. The contagious dancing turns into an epidemic — a major outbreak of happy feet. ❑

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Engle with the angels: Frank, we hardly knew ye ... You know that old song, “Johnny, I hardly knew ye”? That’s what floated through my head when I heard Franz Engle, Sarasota music icon, had died. He was the kind of person I’d like to have known better and a couple of jobs singing with him just weren’t enough. Almost everyone around me had been blessed by Engle. Elizabeth Goldstein, for example, talked about Engle from the moment we met a couple of years ago. She told me what a great musician he was and how he played the organ and led the choir like a grand master. Liz had sung with Franz when he was music director at First United Methodist Church on Pineapple Avenue in Sarasota. Now she’s the director and it was her difficult duty to preside over the musical portion of his funeral. But Engle was also a grand master planner. And, just as in his musical performances, he wasn’t going to leave anything as important as his funeral in anyone else’s hands. So he produced the program for his memorial service — from the anthems to the readings. A humble man with an enormous talent, he even asked Goldstein if she thought the choir might sing.

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Sarasota music icon in his own right), painted a more personal Engle, a man with a huge talent but a very tight purse. “Frugal Franz loved to travel. He saw six of seven continents,” Cramer told us. “He skipped Antarctica because the shore excursion was too expensive.” But then Cramer went on to remind us that frugality “is a close cousin of generosity” and spoke of Engle as the musical mainstay of the church. In fact, it was Engle who, without a hint of parsimony, went all out back in the ’70s with the installation of the very grand organ at First United Methodist. And it was his distinguished playing and programming that brought the level of church music in Sarasota to new heights.

As Cramer said, “Franz was even frugal at the end. He gave us only 75 years of his life.” But those 75 years made an impression on everyone who knew him that is both indelible and enormous. To paraphrase McWhinnie: Bach gave us God’s word. Mozart gave us God’s laughter. Beethoven gave us God’s fire. God gave us music so we could pray without words. And God gave us Franz so we could have it all, with glory. June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as "Today in New York," "Salute to the Arts" and "The Sound of Broadway." ❑


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On the HORIZON An apple a day ... Students from Dance, The Next Generation and Sarasota Ballet Academy, two of the educational outreaches of Sarasota Ballet of Florida, will be performing “Snow White” and “Snow White Fantasy” at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The choreography is by Shir Lee Wu, Sarasota Ballet Academy’s principal, and dance faculty members, Jill Schwab, Emily Walsh and Tessa Williams. More than 120 students will participate. Call 359-0099.

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World War II war profiteer decides to move to Washington and buy a senator or two — but he’s worried that his ditzy girlfriend may embarrass him. He hires a sophisticated writer to teach her a few social graces. But she learns more than he bargained. Call 365-2494.

Musings on the circus The Circus Museum at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is a treasure-trove of circus memorabilia and artifacts. Later this summer, you’ll find something inside that’s not a museum piece — Circus Sarasota. Its performers will be presenting a one-hour interactive performances from July 1 through Aug. 1. Call 355-9805.

The birth of “Switched’ Like forests, artists go through definite growth stages: They emerge, struggle, starve, and then become established. The latest group of emerging artists to emerge on the scene is called “Switch.” Hosted by the Sarasota County Arts Council, this talented group of cohorts will be exhibiting from June 8 through 22, at The Center for Arts and Humanity. The artists, Ringling School of Art and Design graduates all, include: Mandy Castro, a photographer and digital imagist who captures slices of contemporary culture; Elaine Fong, a graphic designer who creates paintings as semiological sign systems; Justin Harder, a next-wave cartoonist with an upbeat attitude; Greg Mocilnikar, a large-scale portrait artist specializing in cropped glimpses of his subject; Jason Richardson, a master of graphite on paper; and Cindy Mason, a painter interested in capturing the geometry of time, space and constant motion. Call 238-7805 or 365-5118.

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Les Sabler keeps his cool before the “FridayFest” concert. The heat of summer is upon us. The good news — that means the resumption of the “FridayFest on the Bay” concert series by the bay near the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Next up, jazz guitarist and composer Les Sabler will be laying down some cool, contemporary jazz sounds with Citiheat from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 18. This outdoor event is free. Lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged; coolers are strongly discouraged. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-8269303.

Just a reminder: June 16, 2004 marks the 100th anniversary of “Bloomsday,” the day of Joyce’s “Ulysses.” Outside of Dublin, Ireland, Sarasota’s “Jubilation Joyce,” from June 12 to 16, will be the largest celebration in the world of the anniversary. Events include: A dramatization of Leopold Bloom’s odyssey through four chapters of “Ulysses,” starting 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at Towles Court Artist Colony; “Catechism and Confession” a dramatic reading/perform-

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Students from Sarasota Ballet Academy and Dance — The Next Generation rouse “Snow White” from her slumbers. ance by Tessie Hogan and V Craig Heidenreich of the “Ithaca” and “Penelope” chapters, at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the Hyatt Hotel Ballroom; a five-day Joycean film festival at Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema; three days of lectures, film, drama, panel talks, and music from June 14 through 15, at Selby Public Library. Additional events include other dramatic readings, Irish food, drink, and performances of music from “Ulysses” by celebrated Irish harpist and singer Olivia Swaan. Call 925-0453.

Fill my eyes with ‘Multiple Visions’ The third installment of this exhibit chronicaling the history of art-making in Sarasota runs from June 25 through July 30, at Selby Gallery at the Ringling School of Art and Design. This features works by the school’s instructors created in the post-modernist era from 1980 to the present. Call 359-7563.


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Palmer, the former mayor of Sarasota, made an appearance both in person and as the subject of one of Peter Paul’s paintings. When the mayor becomes an object of art, it makes you wonder — is Peter Paul running for office in the not-too-distant future? Call 355-9232.

Artefacts Survivors Kaleidoscope — it’s an optical toy creating pretty patterns with rotating mirrors and bits of colored glass. It’s also an outreach to the developmentally challenged, both teens and adults. A joint effort by Children’s Haven and Adult Community Services, Inc. and The Asolo Theatre Company, the program consists of workshops in musical theater that push the participants beyond what they thought were their limits. This, of course, is what theater does for everybody. This year’s program will put a spin on TV’s “reality” program craze — putting the competitive framework of programs like “Survivor” in the context of people with disabilities. The result is a theatrical workout. Unlike TV, in this reality everyone’s a survivor. The series kicks off with an opening reception at 9:30 a.m. June 1, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Call 3518000.

To dream the dream of art Sarasota Museum of Art (a.k.a. SMOA) may be something more than a gleam in the eye of contemporary art lovers in the not-too-distant future. The last time we looked, an anonymous donor had ponied up $100,000 as a challenge grant, with an idea towards turning the group’s vision of a museum into bricks and mortar in the real world. According to spokesperson Wendy Surkis, area art aficionados have met the challenge — and then some. “This is a huge step toward making our dream a reality,” noted Surkis. “I’m ecstatic that we exceeded the goal.” The money raised so far will be used to create a temporary headquarters for the organization. After that, the group plans to build the museum in increments, beginning with a 24,000square-foot structure with an estimated $12 million price tag. Call 312-0292.

Taking care of business ARTinBUSINESS continues to prove that the exuberant world of commerce is an appropriate setting for exuberant contemporary art. Closing later this week, its show at UniSource Office Furniture was a raging success. “Color and form, yes. Grey cubicles, no” seems to be its underlying message. And making the crossover from the world of politics, Lou Ann

Singing, dancing, painting for supper The Fine Arts Society’s annual Awards Luncheon took place May 20, at the Van Wezel. Matthew Harrison played the piano, Derek Ratzenboeck played the violin. Julie Simmons sang Vanessa Russo danced. They were all excellent. You didn’t think, “These are fine student performers.” You thought, “These are fine performers.” Period. The visual art on display was just as impressive. Aside from lunch to fuel the body and creativity to fuel the soul, 23 scholarships totaling $37,550 were awarded to these talented students; this included a new gift from Sarasota Architectural Foundation to four future architects. It’s nice to know that the generosity of our community extends to the next generation. A gift that goes to art that hasn’t been created yet is the best way to keep the faith.

Best in show Joseph Melancon was one of the cunning artists featured in the recent “Creators and Collectors Tour” — yet another Fine Arts Society production. As you may remember from these pages, his sense of invention and his sense of our area’s history have combined to create a fascination with Sarasota’s circus heritage. That obsession earned him a bestin-show award in the annual juried show at Art Center Sarasota. “Admission to All” was the winning work, an abstract painting with a circus theme. Be sure to check it out — and the rest of the show as well. It runs through June 5. Hurry, hurry! Call 365-2032.


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Prominent local artist Leona Sherwood was celebrating her 90th birthday — at least that was the plan. But, after more than an hour of anticipating her arrival, guests were beginning to wonder if the guest of honor would make an appearance. When the front door opened and it was announced that the guest of honor had finally arrived, the whole house began buzzing with excitement. No longer able to contain themselves, partygoers immediately began singing, “Happy Birthday to You.” More than 50 of Leona Sherwood’s neighbors, friends and art students gathered May 20, at the home of Christa and Frank Fineshriber for a monumental birthday bash, celebrating 90 years of life, happiness and artistic endeavors. Sherwood, a resident of Longboat Key since the 1960s, has been teaching at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts since 1967. More than 2,000 students and hundreds upon hundreds of individual works of art later, Sherwood has touched the lives of many people with her love and talent for art. And so, to honor this artist in a fashion befitting her, members of the local art community, including the president of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Ann Roth, its past president, Dan Idzik, local historical painter Richard Capes and troops of loyal art students, gathered with the Fineshribers and their co-hosts, John and Barbara Kerwin, to wish her well. The world outside the art world was represented by Mayor Ron Johnson, neighbors and countless friends who’ve been touched by Sherwood over



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Wyland Gallery — “Walfrido: Seascapes.” This Hawaii-based artist will create a new ocean vista from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. His art will be featured through June. 388-5331. John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Early American Modernism.” The Kauffman collection of work by pioneering American modernists is on exhibit through June 13. 359-5700. Art Center Sarasota — “Spring Members Show” continues through June 5. “The Glasier Exhibition” of Frederick Whitman Glasier’s historic photography runs concurrently. 365-2032. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Women Contemporary Artists Exhibition” runs through Oct. 1, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Volunteer Exhibition” runs through Oct. 20, in the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Missing Link Gallery — “Jerry Uelsmann.” Uelsmann proves that the camera can lie through May. 366-6600.

South Florida Museum — “Clyde Butcher: Seeing the Light” offers a retrospective of the Florida photographer through Aug. 31. 746-4131. Museum of Asian Art — “Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Asian art speaks across time through June 25. 9547117. Apple and Carpenter Galleries — “La Belle Epoque.” Distinguished art from the 1850s through the 1950s is featured through June 30. 951-2314.

Suzanne Sturgill’s dramatic equine imagery is at the Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery

Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — “Annual Community Exhibition.” This combined exhibit of work by Sarasota Portrait Painters and William and Martha Hartman continues through May 28. 359-7563. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “24th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition.” This tribute to the natural world continues through May 30. 366-5731. Wallace Fine Art — featuring work by Italo Botti, the Russian “plein air” painters, Antonio Carreño and others. 387-0746. All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church — Jean Boroughs’ luminous watercolors are on display through May 31. 383-8161. Palm Avenue Gallery — “Denny Arant.” The artist defines landscapes with vivid outpourings of color through May 31. 953-5757.

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Sturgill’s spectacular images of Arabian horses through May 30. 746-2223.


‘Smooth Jazz on St. Armands’ — showcasing Stacey Knights from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 28. 388-1554.


Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret — “OneHit Wonders.” Pondering the 15 minutes of musical fame through May 29. 366-9000. Sarasota Concert Band — “A Memorial Day Observance.” This choral and band tribute to America’s fallen heroes begins 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 31, at Phillippi Estates Park. 364-2263.

This 1960s rock/soap opera bubbles through June 27. 366-5454. Sarasota Senior Theater — “From StoneAge to Clone-Age.” Barbara Anton’s revue pokes fun at human folly through May 30, at Saxes on the Green. 922-2185. Venice Little Theatre — “The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild.” A wacky heroine escapes her boring reality into the world of the movies in Paul Zindel’s offbeat comedy through May 30; “Ain’t Misbehaving.” The

Asolo Theatre — “Free and Clear.” Robert Anderson’s rediscovered play explores the unintended consequences of an American family reunion through May 30. 351-8000. Florida Studio Theatre — “Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins.” 1970s culture wars are reenacted through June 5. 366-9000. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Suds.”

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Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Landscapes Part II.” Deborah Brown, Greg Edonson, Joan Moment, and Antonio Petracca offer additional perspectives through July 17. 366-2093. Medici Gallery — featuring glorious art by contemporary European artists. 906-9499. Elizabeth Rice Fine Art — “Group Show.” Featuring bold new work by Sam Francis, Donald Sultan and Randi Grantham. 9548575. The Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — “Fruit Frenzy.” Cassidy-Berns’ art bears fruit through May 31. 924-1200. Art in Business — “Spring Exhibit.” Work by 24 local and national artists will be on view through May 27, at Unisource. 9556633. Santa Fe Trails Gallery — Renée Simpson. Original art by this original Southwestern artist is featured in May. 954-1972. Sonnet Gallery — featuring powerful imagery by Steven Katzman, Marguerita Deleuze, Ivan Rojas, Barbara Harrison and Adrian Serrano in May. 955-6443. The Avenue Art Shop — “Landscapes and Flowering Trees.” Art by Julee Docking, Nike Parton and John Barends blooms in May. 955-4763. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Paintings by Howard Cowdrick and Sculpture by Ronn Mattia.” This runs through June 12. 9554546. Beverly Fleming Gallery — “Unseen Sights.” Work by Pauline Copans and Yvonne Seiwell is featured through June 17. 365-8683. Plum Door Gallery — “Group Show.” Showcasing art by Zoe von Averkamp, Debbie Dannheisser, Ellen Kaiden and Elizabeth Van Riper through June. 3620960. Blue House Gallery — “The Usual Suspects.” This group show of work by Abgott, Case, Chinnis, Moody, Thomas and White runs through June 2. 366-0211. Paradise Gallery — “Abstraction Forms.” Brother artists Daniel and John Kime expression the passion of life in a fusion of music, painting and sculpture. 366-7155. Paradox Gallery — “Janet Mischner.” The artist offers new perceptions with acrylic and digital imagery. 362-3715. Joan Peters Gallery — “Forever Florida.” Art celebrates the sunshine state through May 31. 741-8056. Copper Moon Gallery — “Dreamscapes.” Featuring Bob Booker’s surreal, infrared photography through June 25. 747-8783. Arts Council of Manatee Gallery — “Equine Photography.” Featuring Suzanne

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THE OBSERVER Rothblatt signs “Two Stars for Peace,” a hypothetical novel in which the USA adds two more states to the union — Israel and Palestine — at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30; John Dietz signs his historical spy thriller, “Jerusalem Train,” at 1 p.m. Monday, May 31. 388-2850.

film Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “The Battle Of Algiers.” A restored print of Gillo Pontecorvo’s groundbreaking narrative of a nation in revolt will be shown in May. 955-FILM.

just for fun McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre — Al Romas creates fast-paced, New York-style comedy through May 30. 925-3869.

edification Ringling School of Art and Design Continuing Education — now enrolling for summer studio art classes. 955-8866. Longboat Key Center for the Arts — still accepting enrollment for some open studio art classes. 383-2345. Florida Studio Theatre School — offering summer classes in a theater arts for kids and adults. 366-1350. Anna Maria Island Art League — youth and adult classes in visual arts. 778-2099. Art Center Sarasota — assorted workshops and classes in digital and traditional visual arts. 365-2032. Community Music School — music instruction for kids and adults at all levels. 953-4410.

Best bets ‘Sarasota Music Festival’ Stellar students and fantastic faculty artists will perform during the 40th anniversary of this celebrated chamber music festival from Monday, May 31 through June 19. (See story on page 1B) 953-3434.

Howard Cowdrick’s “To Contemplate the Moment” inspires contemplation at Katharine Butler Gallery.

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Cuisine: Seafood. Recommended: Strawberry pina colada, clam chowder, grilled shrimp, Grilled Fisherman’s Platter, and Turtle pie. Price Range: Dock Side Snacks from $6 to $9; Gulf Coast Soups and Salads from $3 to $14; Lighter Fare from $7 to $10; Fried Seafood from $10 to $15; Turtles Key West Pink Shrimp from $10 to $18; Turtles Seafood Specialties from $13 to $22; Land-Lover Specials from $10 to $19; pasta specials from $12 to $15. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Service: Sharp. Credit Cards: Most major cards. Parking: Plenty, but gets packed fast. Handicapped Access: Good. ladies” by our waiter, who was shocked to discover that my companion with the gorgeous mane of “rock star” blond hair was actually my brother. We all laughed, then took a look over the menu, which included a specials menu of Today’s Fresh Catch and Specials from the Bar. I decided to cool off with the strawberry pina colada frozen drink special. The “rock star” settled for a Sprite. I was impressed that a “S.B. Diet” (the popular South Beach Diet for the carb-conscious) symbol was stamped on several different selections, though I suddenly felt guilty as I glanced over the non-diet items — but not for long. Turtles has a spread of seafood specialties from Dock Side Snacks, to Gulf Coast Soups and Salads and Turtles Key West Pink Shrimp and more. My companion and I were about to order an appetizer until we read that the entrées come with soup or salad plus a starch and veggie. I was captivated by the Key West Pink Shrimp and ordered the grilled shrimp with peppers and onions with rice. The “rock star” took a gamble with the Grilled Fisherman’s Platter, with baked stuffed shrimp, lemon-pepper grilled

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grouper and lemon-pepper grilled scallops. My strawberry pina colada concoction was as calming as the bay waters. The breeze was enough to flutter your hair and spread the smell of the succulent seafood. Hot rolls and soft butter came with our Caesar salad and cup of clam chowder. The salad was especially spicy with the seasoned croutons and dressing. My companion said the chowder was creamy and comforting. By the first course, we were definitely getting that “island feeling.” And, we weren’t the only ones enjoying the charm of Turtles waterfront dining. I was pleasantly surprised at the portions when our house specialties arrived. These days, most restaurants and food chains go for excessive- The outdoor eating areas are especially popular with diners because of the spectacular water views. ly generous portions, but Turtle’s plates are tastefully couldn’t settle into our shells without having a piece of Turtle measured. The Key West Pink Shrimp were the pink of perfection. pie! Our Turtle pie was vanilla ice cream, with walnuts (or pisThe grilled shrimp, peppers and onions had a smoky kabob flavoring that was balanced by a light serving of rice pilaf tachios) in the ice cream, with an Oreo crust and chocolate with pine nuts and broccoli and red peppers. The “rock star” syrup on top. It was tasty Turtle pie. Turtles is the perfect stop on a Memorial Day boating gobbled up his Grilled Fisherman’s Platter packed with savory seafood and thick French fries. The lemon-pepper seasoning excursion. And, for those of you heading up North after the was subtle, while the stuffed shrimp was bursting with flavor. holiday, Turtles has a sister restaurant, Horizons, in I couldn’t tell if our waiter was just fast or just eager (per- Sandwich, Mass., located on Cape Cod Bay. In the meantime, don’t crawl, but race over to Turtles haps to make up for that first faux pas earlier in the evening). We finished our meal without feeling too full, which, of Restaurant on Little Sarasota Bay for a stunning view, fresh ❑ course, meant we still had room for dessert. We certainly fish and pleasing prices.

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Sturgeon come from the Caspian Sea’s cold, salty waters. Mote’s Aquaculture Park has acclimated the fish to warm, fresh water and is now breeding them for meat and soon caviar eggs.

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These sturgeon will produce caviar when they reach 5 to 7 years old.

ote Marine Laboratory knows the value of doing quality research. Research has been the nonprofit organization’s backbone and its first priority since its conception nearly 50 years ago. Today, Mote Marine has multiple research facilities: Mote Marine Aquarium on City Island; the Charlotte Harbor field station, which is located on Pine Island west of Fort Myers; the Tropical Research Center in Summerland Key; the baby conch farm in Key West; and the newest and most encompassing facility, the Mote Aquaculture Park in Sarasota County. The Aquaculture Park, which received its own facility in 2002 thanks to the Mote Scientific Foundation, funds from the state of Florida and private donations, is essentially a cutting-edge, inland research facility that houses environmentally sound commercial demonstration projects and fisheries-enhancement projects. “Around the world, aquaculture farms are traditionally located along the coasts,” says Dr. Kevan Main, director of the Center for Aquaculture Research and Development.

“They take coastal water in and then discharge it back into the ocean. There are some areas where an aquaculture operation came in and farmed and then when the ecosystem was polluted, it just moved on. Mote’s goal is to develop the techniques and technologies that will enable fish farming to be cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.” In keeping with environmentally friendly and costeffective practices, cuttingedge, recirculating water systems are used throughout the aquaculture facility. No polluted water is discarded and no large amounts of new water ever need to be introduced into the system. However this water recirculating technology only scratches the surface of what scientists are trying to accomplish with the aquaculture Numerous tanks are used to house the diffacility. ferent varieties of fish in the Aquaculture The main focus of scientists at the park is project. breeding fish — snook and sturgeon in particular. Snook, a local fish whose populations have been depleted by overfishing, has never been bred in captivity because of its extremely particular mating habits. The aquaculture center is trying to change that. “We’re experimenting with ways to get TURN TO MOTE, PAGE 3C

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Mote CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1C the snook to breed in captivity,” says Nadine Slimak, spokesperson for Mote Marine, adding, “The ultimate purpose of these fisheries enhancement studies is to first see if it can be done and, then, to restock wild populations that are being depleted. One of the things we’re testing is whether or not they will displace wild livestock or if they are actually adding to the population.” The park’s second focus is on breeding sturgeon, a fish that comes from the Caspian Sea and that produces caviar and a flaky, white edible meat. “What we’re trying to do is prove that sturgeon and caviar can be grown in Florida, produced cost effectively and in an environmentally sound way,” explains Slimak. There are many variables to breeding and raising fish in captivity, some of which are quite challenging to aquaculture scientists. Snook, for example, only spawn during certain months of the year, at high tide and in a certain time of the moon cycle — not the easiest things to recreate in an artificial, lab setting. And, in the wild, sturgeon live in the Caspian Sea, which is cold, salt water, which would be much too costly to reproduce in a research facility. The Aquaculture Park, however, is already having success growing sturgeon in warm, fresh water, which is conducive to the environmentally sound methods used in the park. “The sturgeon project has moved furthest along,” says Slimak. “We already have a wholesale distributor that purchases the meat to sell to high-end restaurants, and once the fish reach 5 to 7 years old, we can get eggs (caviar). Within the next year or so we should have a crop of eggs, which is exciting.” Mote’s Aquaculture facility is currently

run by three on-site scientists: Main, David Vaughan, overseer of salt water facilities, and Jim Michaels, who oversees the sturgeon project. Mote’s scientists also partner with researchers at other institutions to get the full benefits from their research. A fourth in-house scientist will be added to the staff at the end of the summer to oversee the Pacific white shrimp project, which will breed the shrimp in captivity. “A new facility to house the project is in the process of being built right now,” says Slimak. The Aquaculture Park is also currently involved with two projects that are not completely housed in the park — growing conch to help repopulate the waters off of the Mote’s Aquaculture Park is made up of a number of buildings that houses various research projects. Florida Keys (known as the Conch Republic), and growing a stock of healthy coral to help dying or damaged reef beds recover. “The Mote project at the Tropical Research Laboratory in Summerland Key will create a coral genetic bank to help repopulate dead and depleted corals,” says Main. “It will also serve as a study site for researchers interested in the biology of reef disease.” Although the Aquaculture Park has never been open to the public, there has been much interest in the research the park Left: The Aquaculture Park is still under construction. Soon the large sturgeon will be moved to is doing. Mote is in the process of training this newer and larger facility. Right: Hundreds of sturgeon receive a constant flow of oxygenated volunteers to give tours to the public some- and filtered water in the tanks. time in the near future. “I think we’re doing exactly what Mr. Mote dreamed of — we’re giving back to the sea,” says Main. “By showing how to farm fish, we lighten the load on wild populations. And, as we solve our farming challenges, we’re learning what we need in order to succeed at replanting the seas.” ❑

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$3.83 million sale in Country Club Shores One of those newer, elevated second-generation homes in Country Club Shores on Sarasota Bay has been sold for $3,830,000. That’s the amount Jean H. Wagner paid to Diane M. and Pasquale W. Croce Jr. of Haverford, Pa., for their luxury 10-year-old home at 561 Sloop Lane in the first unit of Country Club Shores. The four-bedroom and 4.5bath residence has a swimming pool and was purchased for $1,525,000 by the Croces in March 1997. They more than doubled their money in seven years, pocketing a $2,305,000 gross profit.

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M. Tarsy bought their home at 445 E. Royal Flamingo Drive from Holly E. and R. Craig Adams, 2000 Webber St., Sarasota, for $2.8 million. The four-bedroom and 2.5-bath residence with a swimming pool was built in 1967 and was purchased by the Adamses in February 2003. They made a gross profit of $940,000 in the intervening 14 months.

$1.042 million profit in 17 months? The second seven-figure transaction of the week on Bird Key was registered by Karen Crow of Redwood Shores, Calif., when she sold her home at 604 Mourning Dove Drive to Jacelyn S. Adams for $1.3 million. The three-bedroom and two-bath home with a swimming pool was built in 1969. Ms. Crow recorded a gross profit of $1,042,000 in 17 months, having purchased the property for $258,000 in November 2002, according to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s records. In the third transaction on Bird Key, Linda and Theodore Zuczek, 8240 Hugh Allison Place, Sarasota, sold their Bird Key home at 656 N. Owl Drive to Nancy N. and Randolph C. Carey of Bay Harbor, Mich., for $650,000. The three-bedroom and 2.5bath home has a swimming pool and was constructed in 1972. The Zuczeks purchased the property for $415,000 in August 2003.


The second $3 million-plus home sale of the week (April 22 to 28) was recorded on St. Armands Key, where Maureen Wunderlich of Starnberg, Germany, sold her 48-year-old home at 61 S. Washington Drive to Lecester Allen of Southfield, Mich., for $3.4 million. Wunderlich acquired the five-bedroom and 6.5-bath, waterfront home with a swimming pool in May 1991 for $1,712,500, a gross profit of $1,687,500 in the ensuing 13 years.

Bird Key Two of the three home sales for the week on Bird Key went for more than $1 million. In the larger of the two, Jean P. and James

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This 10-year-old home at 561 Sloop Lane in Country Club Shores, sold for $3.83 million.

Sanctuary II The second million-dollar transaction of the week on Longboat Key was transacted at Sanctuary II where Lili, Suzanne, Louise and Francois De Grandpre sold their Unit B-305 to Meredythe G. and Clayton C. Daley Jr., trustees of the Daley Family Split Purchase Trust of Cincinnati, for $1,275,000. The three-bedroom and 2.5-

bath apartment was built by Yale Properties of Boca Raton in 1989 and last sold for $725,000 in January 1994.

Grand Bay III, II In the larger of the two sales at the Arvida-built Grand Bay, Frances K. Orbach of Harrisburg, Pa., purchased Unit 345 in Building III for $975,000 from the Sinder

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Family Property Co., L.L.C., headed by Ned F. Sinder, as managing member, 3310 Bayou Road. The three-bedroom and 3.5-bath apartment at 3030 Grand Bay Blvd. was built in 1998 and last sold for $776,000 in October 2002. At Grand Bay II, Lillian and Isadore Alpert, 1299 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sold their Unit 262 to Irvin G. Stiglitz and George Ploussios as trustees of the Hazel G. Stiglitz Trust, Lexington, Mass., for $850,000. The three-bedroom and 3.5-bath apartment at 3040 Grand Bay Blvd. was built in 1996 and sold new for $499,000 in July of that year.

their Unit 2 on the bayside of Pelican Harbour & Beach Club to Cynthia M. and Gregg A. Baran from Alexandria, Va., and St. Petersburg for $390,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment at 4234 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1973 and sold previously for $242,000 in November 1999.

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Longboat Key Towers Kathleen and Donald Bavely from Fairfax Station, Va., purchased Unit 804-S at the 88-unit Longboat Key Towers, 601 Longboat Club Road, from Harry B. Pollak, 700 John Ringling Blvd., for $755,000. The two-bedroom and twobath apartment was built in 1970.

Sunset Beach Elaine M. and Abraham Kleiman of Belleview, Wash., sold their Unit 1301 in Building 1 at Sunset Beach on Longboat Key, 2109 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Carol A. and John H. Paruch from Rochester Hills, Mich., for $680,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was constructed in 1984 and last sold for $185,000 in February 1986.

The 48-year-old St. Armands home at 61 S. Washington Drive sold for $3.4 million. Sutton Place Condominium from Joanne M. and Crome R. Dollase, 435 S. Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota, for $405,275. This one-bedroom and one-bath condo at 605 Sutton Place was built by I. Z. Mann in 1973. It last sold for $123,700 in April 1997.

Longboat Terrace The 36-unit Longboat Terrace Condominium, 5391 Gulf of Mexico Drive, recorded one transaction. Malinda L. and Kenneth M. Siegel of Lakeland purchased Unit 207 from Catherine and Hans S. Bischof for $625,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment at 5393 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1979 and last sold for $270,000 in April 1998.

Windward Bay At yet another I. Z. Mann development, now known as Windward Bay, Joseph M. Corsi bought his unit 302 in Building D at 4700 Gulf of Mexico Drive from Charlene and Stanley Yarnevich of Kansas City, Mo., for $369,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was completed in 1975. It last sold for $132,000 in May 1994.

Beachplace I Beachplace Association, Inc. through its president, Jack Keelin, 1109 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold Unit 204 in Building 4 to Shirley and Lawrence Schneirov, 1065 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $503,800. The two-bedroom and twobath apartment was built in 1979 and sold new for $102,000 in December 1979.

Longboat Harbour Miriam B. and Gary L. Bender from East Lansing, Mich., purchased Unit 305 in Building C at the 300-unit Longboat Harbour from Mrs. Otto (Beverly) Laube of Cary, Ill., for $220,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 4330 Falmouth Drive was built in 1969.

Sutton Place Joanne L. Verlinden and Marcia A. Dalbey from Ann Arbor, Mich., bought Unit A-103 in the North Building at

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Spanish Main Yacht Club Colleen M. and Donald E. Taggart, 714 Fordingbridge Way, Osprey, sold their residence in Spanish Main Yacht Club at 868 N. Spanish Drive to Elizabeth Post-Madden and Fred H. Madden from Cherry Hill, N.J., for $310,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built as one of the first condominiums on Longboat Key back in 1967. The Taggarts purchased it for $157,200 in July 1995.

Pelican Harbour & Beach Club Kathryn and Maynard Schneider of Antioch, Ill., sold

In addition to the $3.4 million home transaction, there were three other single-family residences sold on St. Armands Key during the week’s heightened real estate activity. Kendall P. Kellaway Jr. of Norwell, Mass., bought the home at 100 N. Adams Drive for $650,000 from Donald Ayer, the personal representative for the estate of Julie L. Rubenzer, of Waukesha, Wis. The two-bedroom and twobath house dates back to 1953 and was last sold for $510,0000 in June 2003. Louis A. Magnano of Olean, N.Y., sold his home at 8 S. Washington Drive to MEB Capital, Inc., 4675 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, for $525,000. The three-bedroom and twobath house was built in 1950 and sold previously in September 2002 for $377,700. Jill Adams from Chicago, Ill., purchased the 51-year-old home at 156 Blvd. of the Presidents from Amy S. and Jeffrey D. Alagood of St. Petersburg for $462,000. The twobedroom and two-bath home includes a swimming pool and sold last for $138,000 in July 1997.

Key Towers South Aldon Beale, 1296 Ranchero Drive, Sarasota, bought Unit 11-D at Key Towers South on Lido Beach at 1750 Ben Franklin Drive from Judith A. and Charles J. Gohn of Scio, Ohio, for $570,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was constructed in 1970. Remarkably, the apartment last sold for just $46,000 back in March 1972.

Lido Beach In an obvious fiduciary transaction, Marie Garrabrant acquired her home at 145 Cleveland Drive from Antoma Corp., of the same address, for just $55,000. The three-bedroom and four-bath house was built in 1968. 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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Store around the corner

Lord’s Warehouse 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive • 383-4738 Business Data

How she landed here: “I was elected president of the Thrift Board of the church,” says Kuehnel, adding, “The president is responsible for the store. We had paid help for a while but wanted to run the store as it was founded, by all volunteers.”

Line of business: Thrift Shop. Owners: Longboat Island Interests, passions Chapel. Favorite pastime: “Reading.” Store Manager: Cindy Kuehnel, who is a volunteer. Other interests: “Gardening and singing.” Year founded: 1997. Volunteer work, organizaHours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tions: “I was on the church’s Monday, Wednesday and Annie Curnow Board of Governors, and I Saturday. Manager Cindy Kuehnel am in the Longboat Key Employees: More than 50, Island Chapel Choir.” all of whom are volunteers. Favorite book: “I like mysteries.” Price range of merchandise/services: $1 Favorite movie: “Under the Tuscan Sun.” and up.

Personal (Cindy Kuehnel)

Philosophy, heroes

Birthplace: Buffalo, N.Y. Education: “I have a bachelor’s degree in education.” Marital status: “Yes.” Family: “One daughter and two grandchildren — and soon a third.” Residence: “Cortez.” How long in this area: “We own orange groves and bought our first grove in Manatee County in 1980.”

Business philosophy: “We try to earn enough money to support the various charities we give money to, and we’re also a service to the community.” Best business advice received: “The best thing a nonprofit can have is a committee looking for volunteers.” Most admired businessperson: “My orange-grove manager Bud Costner.” Heroes: “My Swedish grandmother who lived to be 97.”



First paying job: “I was a clerk in a Benjamin Franklin.” First job after college: “I was a kindergarten teacher.” In between then and now: “I taught nursery school and first grade and raised my daughter.” Claim to fame: “My smile.”



Marquee en Ville rolls out red carpet for new gallery Enterprise Associates of Sarasota Developer Sam Hamad were on hand for the opening celebration. Guests toured the new facility, while enjoying appetizers and sweets. The winner of the sales incentive contest, Rian Carver, received $10,000 for her efforts in selling the townhomes. ❑


The red carpet was literally rolled out for the groundbreaking of Marquee en Ville (1517 State Street, Sarasota) and its grand opening of the new sales gallery and design center May 18. Both Michael Saunders and Co. and

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Above: Developer Sam Hamad, incentive winner Rian Carver, Carolyn Spizzirro, Ben Carver and Michael Saunders Below: Michael Saunders & Co. employees Miranda Oswald, Carolyn Spizzirro, Amy Drake and Diane Lyons

What would you change with a magic wand: “I would like my family to live closer.” Current dream: “For the person who owns the empty bank at the north end of the Key to let us use it for the Lord’s Warehouse. We really need a bigger space.” — Annie Curnow


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Wagner Realty celebrates 65 years in business The Wagner Realty office at 2217 Gulf Drive, housed Anna Maria Island’s first real estate office, which opened in 1939 as Silver’s Real Estate. When Annie Silver’s granddaughter, Dorothy, married Dick Wagner in 1948, they took over Silver’s grocery store, until they got the real estate bug and joined Silver’s firm in 1955. After Silver’s death in 1958, they became the owners of the real estate firm and renamed the company Wagner Realty. After Dick Wagner’s death, Dorothy Wagner sold the company to David Eckel in 1995. Wagner Realty had five agents and a rental department. Today, Wagner Realty includes nine branch offices, 193 agents and nine property management offices. The Longboat Key Branch office has grown to 15 agents, with Cathy Meldahl as branch manager. “This year of celebration will mark many new milestones for Wagner,” said Eckel, “including a new branch office on 301 in Parrish, a branch office move on S.R. 64, increased representation of developers and builders and more business in Sarasota and Pinellas counties.”

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Prudential Palms Reality — announces its top sales associates for the month of April. In residential sales, Ed Haggerty, is the top company winner. The office honors go to Kent Peterson, Longboat Key; Patricia Conti, Downtown; Michael and Cynthia Bowers, South Trail; Ed Haggerty, University; Jean-Jacques Barilleau, Trail. In residential listings, Hannerle Moore, is the top company winner. The office honors go to Moore, Longboat Key; Patricia Conti, Downtown; Michael and Cynthia Bowers, South Trail, David Jennings, University. In listings sold, Michael and Cynthia Bowers are the top company winners. The office honors go to Cheryl Loeffler, Longboat Key; Gail Bowden, Downtown; Michael and Cynthis Bowers, South Trail, Shirley Razick, University; Jean-Jack Barilleau, Trail. ❑


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

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CONDOMINIUMS TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ CARLTON Luxurious 15th floor corner residence with panoramic views of Bay and the Gulf. Private elevator, volume ceilings, over 3,700 sq ft and remarkable amenities. $3,300,000 SANCTUARY Tastefully appointed corner residence with Gulf views and lovely garden views. 3 bedrooms, wood floors, plantation shutters, lovely furnishings, and wrap around balcony all within the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $829,000 •VT SURROUND YOURSELF IN LUXURY Graciously appointed condominium/ hotel suites. The Resort at LBK Club pampers you with fine dining, generous amenities views of the Gulf, lagoon, tennis courts, or golf course fairways. Great income potential! INN ON THE BEACH - CLUB SUITES 7103A Gross Income $31,700+ $289,500 .VT



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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES CUTTER LANE...Great views from practically every room. Everything is top notch. Finishes include granite, marble and appliances; great four-bedroom split floor plan with separate den; and oversized garage. $2,195,000/VIDEO BOGEY LANE...Brand new, Mediterranean home, built by John Cannon Homes and is ready for occupancy. Views are straight down the canal and out to the Bay past the swimming pool. High ceilings, four bedrooms, three-car garage. $1,895,000

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RESIDENCE 641...Direct Bayfront,Aruba floor plan in Building Six.Wonderfully finished and ready to move into. $728,000 RESIDENCE 634...Highly desired Capri residence in Building Six with views from both terraces. Beautifully finished with oversized ceramic tiles, granite countertops and built-ins. Sold furnished for $679,000/PENDING

PUTTING GREEN...Amazing location for your dream home! This southern-facing homesite offers 130’ of water frontage, EMERALD POINTE...Brand new villa in Bay Isles. Ready to move in. This three bedroom just one back from the open bay. A brand new seawall and home is a tremendous value at $609,000. dock are being constructed for your enjoyment. $1,499,000 BOGEY LANE...Look down the canal and out to the Bay from this completely renovated three bedroom plus den home. High ceilings, wood floors, cook’s kitchen with granite counters, new dock and boat lift. $1,199,000


The bad news is that the RITZ BEACH RESIDENCES are SOLD OUT; the good GOLF LINKS LANE...Cute waterfront home.New roof, applinews is that I have a few select residences ances, kitchen and baths. Sunny and beautiful. $849,000 for resale! Contact me immediately to KETCH LANE...Build your dream water front home on this oversized lot which looks straight down the canal. Lot just learn about about them, while you can cleared. $625,000 still make your own finish selections. Starting at $1,799,000 for a 3-bedroom, 8th floor, 3,200 square foot apartment overlooking Sarasota Bay and downtown. Walk out your magnificent building and you are at the beautiful Ritz Beach Club, KETCH LANE $625,000 BOGEY LANE $1,895,000 membership included.

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HARBOUR COURT Breathtaking full bay & city views! Airy & spacious, completely updated. Large caged terrace w/ summer kitchen, spa & boat dock. Community pool & 2 Har-Tru tennis courts. $1,295,000..

COREYS LANDING Custom 3BR/3BA home w/ volume ceilings, open floor plan & family room. Light & brigh Southern exposure in a lush, tropical setting. Large lanai in a tranquil atmosphere. $849,000.

Charting the course in real estate for over 24 years GRAND BAY Exquisite “Antigua” floor plan, spacious, light & bright! Sweeping views of bay, city lights & golf course from wraparound terrace. Tastefully appointed throughout. Turnkey furnished. 2 covered parking spaces. $1,225,000.

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SABAL COVE Custom designed home on quiet cul-de-sac. Spacious 4BR+ den, 3.5BA w/volume ceilings, family room w/built-ins, large private pool/spa area w/summer kitchen & 3 car garage. $1,249,000.


EMERALD POINTE SOUTH Brand new “Opal” split floor plan w/3BR, 2 car gar. and spa in golf course community. Enclave of 16 luxury homes on the Harbourside golf course, behind LBK Club gates $609,000..

RITZ TOWER RESIDENCES SW corner w/over 3,700 sf, private elevator lobby, luxurious master suite & spacious terraces. Full concierge services. $1,995,000

COREY’S LANDING Panoramic bay views from this 4 BR, 3.5 BA + den home with a private dock on deep water. Light & bright with volume ceilings, gourmet kitchen. SALE PENDING $1,495,000.

THE BAYOU Least expensive home in the Bayou! A large corner lot with lush landscaping & caged pool. Open floor plan with large rooms, perfect for entertaining & Florida living! $649,000.

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QUEENS HARBOUR CUSTOM MASTERPIECE - 1-of-a-kind architectural gem with sensational panoramic views of golf course, lake & canal on private ‘point’ lot. Only site that allows 42 ft. pool & spa. Furnished. $2,200,000




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924-9000 HARBOUR OAKS - The best location on the golf course in Harbour Oaks. Spectacular views over 2 lakes and 6 golf holes with romantic sunsets every evening. 3BRs, 2.5 BAs, open floor plan. This home has it all! $695,000.

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QUEENS HARBOR - One-of-a-kind custom home..........$2,200,000 EN PROVENCE - Corner unit - Great views........................$2,900,000 GRAND BAY - 3 BR/ 3 BA Bay Front.........................................$899,000 SANDS POINT ROAD....................................................$695,000 GRAND BAY - Wrap-around views & furnished.................$1,549,500 COUNTRYCLUB SHORES- Perfection on sailboat water.$1,995,000

TANGERINE BAY - Sensational location with captivating views over sparkling lake and national award winning island pool out to open bay. Interior designer’s would envy this beautifully appointed home. $895,500.

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Sanctuary.............................Sold.......$1,345,000 Sabal Cove Lot.............Pending..........$450,000 Inn on the Beach................Sold..........$795,000 Villa Di Lancia....................Sold........$1,695,000 Regent Place......................Sold........$2,200,000 Harbour Oaks.....................Sold...........$545,000 Regent Place.................Pending........$3,500,000 Inn on the Beach...........Pending...........$695,000

L’Ambiance.................Sold.........$2,200,000 Sanctuary....................Sold...........$899,500 Sanctuary...................Sold........$1,480,000 Fairway Bay...............Sold...........$390,000 Lido Towers..........Pending...........$429,000 Winding Oaks.......Pending........... $525,000 Fairway Bay..........Pending...........$379,500 Fairway Bay.........Pending...........$389,500

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VIEW THREE BEDROOM $649,000 Gorgeous 3BR/2BA beachfront furnished condo has been completely renovated! Corian counters in baths and kitchen. GE Profile appliances and wood cabinets. Plantation shutters, custom built-ins, and two lanais. Great complex offers active clubhouse, pools, spas, Har-Tru tennis and fabulous beach.

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Breezes keep ReMax balloon grounded BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

Last year it was rain. This year, stiff, spring breezes kept the ReMax hot-air balloon on the ground for the annual ReMax Excellence appreciation event Thursday, May 20, at Spike ’n Tees at the Longboat Key Club, Islandside. The real-estate firm’s brokers/owners, Andrew Vac and Ramona Glanz, were the hosts to hundreds of clients, Realtor associates, friends and family members, who enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as well as the spring weather and golfcourse views. ❑

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Michael Annette

These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department from May 10 through May 14, in order of dollar amounts.



Address 3808 GMD 1050 Longboat Club Road 2301 GMD 676 El Centro 3520 Mistletoe Lane 1621 Harbor Cay Lane 448 GMD 551 Yardarm Lane 2110 Harbourside Drive 4825 GMD 512 Outrigger Lane 615 Dream Island Road 540 Neptune Avenue 1621 Harbor Cay Lane 799 Tarawitt Drive 6850 Pine Street 394 Firehouse Lane 2059 Harbourside Drive 350 GMD 2010 Harbourside Drive 6630 GMD 671 Linley Street 4825 GMD 100 Sands Point Road 550 Norton Street

Permit interior alteration alteration alteration porch addition re-roof swimming pool addition alteration re-roof kitchen alteration shutter installation re-roof sliding door installation kitchen alteration pool cage addition alteration dock alteration alteration alteration re-roof re-roof fence alteration fence alteration sliding door alteration window replacement fence alteration



Dorothy H. Robbins Emmy A. Kechriotis Ms. Harnetty James Kelly Jr. William J. Rigby Ray R. Dils Joe Bellino Retek Enterprises, Inc. Augustus J. Carriero Samuel E. Wilcox Robert J. Ellis William Wipperfurth Barbara Ault Ray R. Dils David C. Maskewitz David A. Miller Longbeach I Inc. Harbour Links Condo Stamar Reality Stephanie M Abrams Carolyn Corbino David Fahey Carmen Heck Fred Wohlfahrt William R. Dooley

$80,000 $42,975 $30,925 $25,850 $24,278 $21,550 $21,316 $17,000 $15,000 $10,965 $9,950 $6,398 $6,094 $5,960 $5,185 $4,000 $3,500 $3,410 $3,000 $2,800 $2,450 $2,323 $2,280 $1,904 $600


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LONGBOAT KEY AND LIDO KEY VIZCAYA - This magnificent gulf front penthouse with 3 BRs has 11’ ceilings, surround sound stereo system, Beaumonet floors and details galore! Incredible gulf views. $3,299,000. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE Exquisite 5BR home with 5,000 SF of fabulous living directly on the gulf. Owner will consider trade. $3,995,000. REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous furnished condo on the beach. Volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces, awesome views and double garage. Possible to combine with unit next door. $2,700,000 GRAND BAY - Cayman design with spacious terraces & panoramic views of Gulf & Bay for true indoor/outdoor living and entertainment. Furnished. $1,199,000. LIGHTHOUSE POINT PERFECTION Thoughtfully created floor plan offering 4 bedrooms, gorgeous marble floors, volume ceilings and the ultimate kitchen. Great boating water! $4,350,000

Chamber members enjoy ‘Nooner’ at Bayou

LIDO KEY - 3-Story contemporary 2000 built Inbar designed home. Many built-ins, office, floor to ceiling glass sliders throughout, wood floors and granite countertop kitchen. Second floor open w/kitchen, dining & living areas. Elevator to the top deck to enjoy 360 o panoramic views. $1,790,500 WATER CLUB - Designer perfect condominium with over 3000 SF and is gorgeously furnished. Views of Gulf and Bay. $1,950,000. TENNIS, TENNIS, TENNIS - Enjoy the sunsets, 8 clay/Har-Tru courts, 2 pools, and spa, active social clubhouse and great beach. Spacious, wonderful and furnished in great taste. $599,000.


Linda Worthing, Wende Webb and Irina LaRose

BEAU CIEL PENTHOUSE Downtown on the bay, this spacious new 4BR home offers over 5,300 SF of luxury. Dramatic and exquisite. $4,500,000. SARABANDE - REDUCED MUST SEE Unparalleled views of bay, city, gulf & July 4th fireworks. This classy yet comfortable 10th floor condominium offers 3700 SF of marvelous upgrades & amazing views of the bay, city & gulf. $1,995,000. HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT - Beautifully renovated 4BR home in upscale neighborhood close to downtown. Property located on a quiet, deep water boat basin w/dock that can accommodate 3 boats, including a large sailboat. $2,595,000. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE - The views will amaze you! 14th floor faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 SF of fabulous finishes and upgrades. 3 BR and family room. $2,390,000. BIRD KEY BAYFRONT - Marvelous views, deep water dock, spacious Mediterranean home in a truly superb location. $3,200,000. HISTORIC ESTATE ON THE WATER Wonderfully charming, completely restored and updated, this walled and gated property is an incredible find! Fabulous 5,500 SF main home with guest house, pool and almost one acre of marvelous landscaping. $2,895,000.

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RITZ RESIDENCE - Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Fantastic panoramic bay views from this 12th floor condo with 2 master suites, fabulous kitchen and large open terraces. $1,575,000. OAKS CUSTOM HOME - Open & elegant with no detail spared! Crown moldings, marble floors, volume ceilings & fabulous lighting! Quiet cul-de-sac. $975,000. OAKS LOT - Beautifully wooded large lot in Oaks 1 backing up to a quiet preserve area. $325,000.

Janet Noack checks in. BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

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440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228

Ginny Whelan awaits her table mates.


Because everyone eats lunch in some form or fashion, and because Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce members are always looking for ways to network with fellow members, the “Nooner” was born. The chamber held its monthly “Nooner” May 19, at the Bayou Steakhouse in Whitney Beach Plaza. The “Nooner “ was sponsored by Dent and Associates, P.A. ❑

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12C THURSDAY MAY 27, 2004


Circle Association hosts annual meeting

Association members listen closely to President Maureen Hoyt.

President Maureen Hoyt welcomes everyone to the meeting.

Trudy Kennebeck, Manager Kate Calenda and Carrol Caufield of Natural Discoveries BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

The St. Armands Circle Association held its annual meeting, May 18, in the Sunset Room at the Radisson Lido Beach Resort. After a few moments of mingling, members began taking their seats for the meeting. A short greeting by President Maureen Hoyt was followed by a report from Executive Director Diana Corrigan. “Our mission is primarily marketing and promotion of St. Armands businesses,” explained Corrigan. “Our job is to get people to the Circle. Your job is to get them in your shop. We’re definitely doing our job.” In keeping with its mission, the association has expanded its advertising efforts by developing a new brochure. It has also created a TV commercial to attract Tampa Bay residents to the Circle. “In 2000 we had eight special events on the circle,” says Corrigan. “In 2005 we have 32 special events planned — there was a

62% increase in special events this past year.” At the meeting’s closing the 2004-2005 officers were introduced as were the honorary members and directors of the association. Recognition was also given to outstanding members, including: Lou Anne Palmer — Outstanding City Commissioner; Andrew Vac — Outstanding Board Member of the Year; Louise Tessier — Outstanding Volunteer of the Year; David Miller — Outstanding Volunteer; Staff of Coldwell Banker — Appreciation for Jazz Night; Marilyn Slocum — Outstanding Volunteer; Robb McGovern — Outstanding Volunteer; Michael Arkin — Man of the Year Award; Stacey Rector — Creativity, Design & Layout of Circle News. ❑

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Howard Rooks Left: Cynthia Perez of Scoop Daddy’s tries the appetizers.

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Physician volunteers for seniors The Senior Friendship Center was founded in the 1970s by Father Geenan, a Jesuit priest who saw a need for health care for the residents of Sarasota County. He and a small handful of licensed physicians started the center, which today not only offers primary-health care to qualifying individuals, but also offers dental-care services, recreational activities (such as bridge, singing and dancing) and a day-care center for people suffering from dementia. Dr. Al Tripodi, one of the volunteer physicians, has worked with patients at the center one-half day per week for four years. In addition to the time spent volunteering, all of the physicians at the center must also complete 18 hours of medical education per year to keep their limited medical practice licenses. “I find my work at the center to be tremendously satisfying,” says Tripodi, adding, “It’s much easier to do than when I had my own practice and had to pay bills. I also find internal medicine to be very mentally stimulating, and that includes the conferences we attend.” Doctors at the center treat patients who meet certain age and financial criteria. Patients are billed on a sliding scale, with those earning the least paying the least. Medications are provided for patients through the center by partnerships it has with major pharmaceutical companies and by a grant the center has in place. “One of our challenges is to change patients’ medicine regimens so that it corresponds with what we can get for free,” says Tripodi. Before moving to the Key five years ago, Tripodi was a


licensed physician in New York state and had his practice in Syracuse. He found out about the Friendship Center 15 years ago when he still lived in New York. “The center was written up in a medical journal about 15 years ago,” says Tripodi. “I’ve been vacationing here for the last 25 years, and I tried to start volunteering there after I heard about it, but at the time they didn’t have malpractice reciprocation, so I passed until state officials discovered a need for this, and now we’re covered by the Sarasota County Health Department, so we can do the job and not have to worry about malpractice.” The Senior Friendship Center also has satellite branches in Venice, DeSoto and Charlotte counties. All chapters work with volunteers including doctors, nurses and clerical help. To volunteer, contact the Senior Friendship Center Inc., 1888 Brother Geenan Way, Sarasota, 955-2122. ❑

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

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Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 3870706. Smooth Jazz on St. Armands — The Fourth Friday with Style will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 28, on the Circle. Free music by the Eric Darius Quintet will be featured and WSJT 94.1 DJ George Nix will be on site with smooth jazz prizes and merchandise. Call 388-1554. Shabbat Service — will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Temple Beth Israel. This date marks the first Shabbat service to be conducted on the summer schedule, with an early starting time. Shabbat services return to the 8 p.m. starting time on Friday, Sept. 10. Call, 3833428. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 82 — announces a one-day basic Safe Boating course with 8:30 a.m. registration followed by class at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Mote Marine. This course is required for any person under 21 years of age using a boat with more than 10 horsepower. Families invited. The cost is $20. Reservations required. Call Alfred at 378-5620. Bayfront Park Recreation Center Summer

Day Camp — will be held Monday through Friday, June 1 to Aug. 6, for ages 5 to 12. Please call for registration information at 316-1980. ‘Bagels with Bob’ — will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. The communication sessions with Longboat Key Town Commissioner Bob Dawson are open to all residents, visitors and businesses on the Key. Details, 387-2105. Wild Bird Rescue Training — will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary in the Education Center. The class is free and open to persons 18 and older. To register in advance, call 388-4444. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It has a large selection of new and barely-used fiction and non-fiction books. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile service at the library resumes June 21. Details, 383-2011.

Business Network International — networking meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 3835543. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 to 17; $2 for children 4 to 11. Details, 388-4444. Moms receive free admission on Mother’s Day. Mote Marine Aquarium — located at 1600 Ken Thompson on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Details, 388-2451.

public Guide Dogs and their Gifted Recipients — will feature the people and canines of Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Selby Public Library, Geldbart Auditorium. Call Michelle Bass at 792-5665. Memorial Day Community Bash — Flanzer JCC is having an afternoon of family games and fun, including membership specials from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, May 31, at The Flanzer JCC. Everyone’s invited including members, non-members, family and friends. Call 378-5568. A Night with Mark Lowry and Chris Rice Christian Concert — will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Manatee Civic Center. Advance general admission is $22, and day of the show admission is $25. Parking is $5. Call 888-859-8877. St. John’s Church Movie Night — will meet at 6:45 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the front entrance of Parkway 8 Cinemas, corner of Lockwood Ridge and University Parkway. After the movies, dessert is at Friendly’s Restaurant. All singles welcome to join. Call the church at 925-2661. 465th Commemoration of de Soto Expedition — will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 29, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at De Soto National Memorial Park. Located at the end of 75th St. NW in Bradenton. Entrance to the park is free. Details, 792-0458. Memorial Day Parade — The tribute to those who fought and died defending freedom will start at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Main Street and Osprey, proceeding west toward the waterfront and ending at the American Legion War Memorial. Details, 966-8678. Summer Adventure Camp — Sarasota Jungle Gardens is now taking registration for its summer camp, set to kick off Monday, May 31, and run throughout the summer, excluding the week of July 4. The cost for the camp is $200 for the first week and $160 for each additional week. Classes are open for children in grades kindergarten through 6. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Rachel to register at 355-1112, Ext. 303. The Hecht School of Music Workshops — “Great Choruses from Great Broadway

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Hurricane Preparedness and Safety Expo — will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton. Special guests include ABC-7 Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan and Meterologist John Scalzi, who will give their presentations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Robert Day at 7493070, Ext. 6837. Iron Fest 2004 to Benefit Children First — This biker weekend, sponsored by Rossiter’s Harley Davidson and Hap’s Cycle Sales, will kick off with The Party at the Sarasota Fairgrounds at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, in the Potter Building. The cost is $20. The run starts the next day at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 6, at Hap’s Cycle Sales and takes you throughout Sarasota County. There is free admission for everyone paying $10 to be in the run. There is a $3 admission to attend only the party. The first 300 people who bring a T-shirt for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, get an official Iron Fest 2004 T-shirt. Call Janice Saayman at 953-3877. The Community Youth Development Project “Starry, Starry Night Prom” — will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Bari Brooks Center on the campus of the Sarasota Family YMCA. Cost is $75. Call Karen bogues at 922-5126. South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium — will be closed on Mondays now through the end of June. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for adults is $9.50, $7.50 for seniors, $6 for students, and $5 for children 5 to 12. Call 746-4131. Volunteers needed — Our Mother’s House in Venice needs help with office/clerical assistance, organizing fundraising events, maintenance/cleaning and evening and

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Great Sarasota Boat Show — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 4; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at the Sarasota Fairgrounds and Robarts Arena. Call Dave LaBell at 957-5433.


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Shows” taught by singer/actress Jeanette LaVoy will be from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, June 18, at the Flanzer JCC. Field trips will be taken, and the workshop will culminate with a public performance at the Beatrice Friedman Theater. Cost is $350 (JCC Members $300). Call 378-5568.


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Women of Manatee County Republican Club Meeting — will be held at noon Friday, June 4, at the Bradenton Country Club. Fredrick Piccolo, president and chief officer of the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport, will speak on the new regulations imposed due to Homeland Security and future plans for the airport. Both men and women are welcome. Cost is $15. Call 758-4878 or 722-5729.

weekend childcare. Please call Michele at 485-6264. Meals on Wheels Plus needs help delivering meals to homebound seniors in Manatee County during the summer. If interested, please call Carol Schechterle at 747-4655.

classes & seminars

Regulation of Residential Condominium and Cooperative Associations in Florida — This course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Fruitville Public Library. Course is free. Call 727-345-0165. The Society of Ancient Studies — will present “Roman Imperial Architecture” by J. N. O’Neil, PH. D., at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Sarasota Selby Public Library. Call 721-8390. Poisonous Plants Around the Home — will be discussed by Mark Shelby from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at the Florida House on the campus of Sarasota County Technical Institute. There is no charge, but you must register in person or by calling 316-1200.

associations/ clubs Women’s Connection “Hats off to the Summer” Luncheon — will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Michael’s On East. Come and wear a hat if you like. All women are invited. Cost is $17. For reservations, call 341-0555. The Accolades Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association — will meetat 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the Dutch Heritage Restaurant. Cost is $16. Call Carolyn Kayatt at 929-9474. Sarasota Christian Women’s Club I “You are an Original” Luncheon — will be at 11:30 Thursday, June 3, at the Sarasota Country Club in the Serendipity Room. Cost is $16. Reservations required by Friday, May 28. Call Joan at 351-7229.

sporting & outdoors

Sarasota Sportfishing Anglers Club Tarpon Tournament — The final day of competition ends at midnight Sunday, June 27. Tournament entry fee is $80 for adults, and $35 for ages 15 and under. Entry fees can be paid at Cannons Marina, 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Entry fees must be paid before fishing begins. Contact Cannons Marina at 383-1311, or Capt. Jeffri Durrance, 371-4231 or Doug Ford, 342-0284. Sunset/Moonlight Kayak Trip on Little Sarasota Bay — will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 28, on Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point. Costs $20 for American Littoral Society members and $25 for nonmembers. Call John Sarkozy at 966-7308. Guided Nature Walk — Florida Master Naturalist Instructor Debbie Dixon will lead a walk through five native habitats at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Crowley Museum and Nature Center. Open to guests of all ages. Free with admission. Cost is $5 per adult, $3 per child (ages 5-12) and free for children under 5. Call 322-1000. Pat Lonsdale Invitational Golf Tournament to Benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota — will have its player registration at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5, with lunch served until the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start of the scramble format tournament at the Laurel Oak Country Club. Call 9554131, Ext. 303. Open Garden Day — will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 31, at the Sarasota Succulent Gardens located at 1310 38th Street. Cost is free. Call 924-0706.

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NEW LISTING • L o n g b o a t K e y • • WATER CLUB: The perfect plantation style beach house with sunset and shorelines views from every room and 3 terraces. 3,400 sq. ft. of style and uncompromising quality is complimented by Ralph Lauren and antique furnishings. Rare art work, maple in laid wood floors and shutters create a casual beach lifestyle. Private garage and under building parking. A complete package for $3,250,000.

NEW LISTING • L o n g b o a t K e y • BAY ISLES: New renovated Mediterranean style home in the exclusive Harbor section behind the gates of the LBK Club. Waterfront, elegant 3BR+den/2.5BA residence with caged pool & spa, gourmet kitchen, summer kitchen & travertine marble floors. Full wide open water views of waterway and bird sanctuary. Sailboat water and protected dockage on a wide turning basin. Beach membership included. $1,935,000.

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L B K • WATER CLUB I • GULFFRONT Gulf front island retreat, a 3BR/5BA, 7th floor w/sunset views from 3 terraces. Soft tones, light oak floors, granite countertops & plantation shutter doors throughout. Concierge services, magnificent 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse & separate garage. $2,950,000.

L o n g b o a t K e y • WATER CLUB I - 2BR+den 4BA Dover model w/gulf views. Gourmet kitchen, granite counters, wood & marble flooring, faux painted walls, plantation shutters, his/her marble master bath. Gulf side pool & clubhouse, exercise facilities, on site management, security & concierge. Furnished. $1,195,000.

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tom home on nature preserve. Wood & tile floors, with private spa and wet bar. This 3BR/3BA Corian, Eurotech cabinetry & new appliances. Near residence features custom updates, tile floors, wine shopping & Sarasota’s finest schools. $649,000. cooler and private elevator lobby. $1,795,000.

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


Enjoy colorful sunrises and sunsets. Magnificent double unit penthouse. Truly one of a kind! Beautifully updated with granite countertops, dramatic marble and granite bathrooms, featuring 3 BDR + den with 3000 SF. Within walking distance to Lido Beach and St. Armands Shops and restaurants. $1,650,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK Location, Location, Location - A charming home with a great room concept, gracious master bedroom, his/her bath and walkin-closets. Partial bay view with great sailboat water. NEW DOCK AND SEAWALL. $1,295,000 Open Bayfront- New Custom built home. 5200 SF, 5 bedrooms, media room, stone floors, granite kitchen, summer kitchen, fireplace, infinity pool and a 5 + car garage. $4,500,000


Behind the gates of Bay Isles Parkway - Custom built, popular Ashford Model with designer upgrades. Features 2 BDR plus a den with a luxurious master suite and private guest suite. This magnificent home, overlooks the lake and the golf course. DEEDED BEACH $995,000 ACCESS.

Phenomenal 180˚ Views Southwest corner residence w/views of Bay & Marina. This unbelievable, 5200 SF residence offers 3BR + den w/fireplace, wet bar, wine cooler, high volume ceilings, custom wood & granite flooring, private 2 car garage. All the wonderful Ritz Amenities & services. Plus a private $4,650,000 beach club! BAY ISLES - BAYOU Exceptional Mediterranean style home behind the gates of Bay Isles! This beautiful, almost NEW residence offers an abundant amount of living space with 3 bedrooms plus a den, formal reception room with fireplace and private guest wing. Custom appointments throughout. $1,495,000

LIDO KEY The Beach Residences- Panoramic views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and the city skyline. Beautiful residence features gourmet kitchen, luxurious master suite, private terrace, and elegant appointments. Unparalleled amenities! Walking distance from St. Armands Circle and only minutes away from the cultural district of Sarasota. $3,995,000

WINDING OAKS Beautiful 3 BDR villa with southern exposure overlooking the lake. Hardwood floors, builtins, gas range, plantation shutters and electric awnings and private pool. Minutes away from Bay Isles private beach club, restaurants, St. Armands Circle, Marina, 27 holes of golf, and tennis center. $699,900


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swing n’ good time BY ANNIE CURNOW Staff Writer

Paul Keyes takes a few warm-up swings.

More than 120 golfers participated in the 16th annual Longboat Key Chamber Golf Tournament, May 21 at the Longboat Key Club, Islandside. Tournament players were greeted by clear, blue skies and light, ocean breezes as they reached the course where they would be playing with fellow chamber members and golf enthusiasts. Before tee-off, each golfer’s first stop was the sign-in table to collect a “goody” bag and a tournament shirt. Goody-bags were stuffed with items — a hat, snacks,

hand towel, golf balls and a water bottle. Promotional materials from the different sponsors were also included. After check-in golfers were offered a box lunch to tide them through the tournament until the awards dinner. Many players took advantage of the lunch offer and then used the last few remaining minutes before game time to practice their winning swings. The tournament came to an end nearly five hours later, when all of the golfers had finished the course and met at Spike ’n Tees for a traditional barbecue dinner with a tropical twist. ❑

Photos by Annie Curnow

Judy Beck, of Michael Saunders and Co., slugging away at the ball.

LEADERBOARD First place (a low net score of 57) Tony Zanoni Jim Powers Karl Susmann Bill Morgan First place (a low gross of 57) Rusty Chinnis Jay Anderson Mike Smith Ryan Barber

Ethna Lynch makes the rounds at the barbecue buffet.

The golfers sign in and get their shirts and goody bags.

Second place (a low net score of 58) Paul Beitlich Mark Ruffalo Peter Dailey Todd Osadjan Second place (a low gross of 58) Mike Migone Jim Foster Bernard Kishoiyian Ash Kiever Third place (a low net score of 59) Chuck Wickersham Mark Wickersham Dale Conlon Dan Jackson Third place (a low gross of 59) Mike Nink Ken Barr Robert Eisen Denny Wanne

Vice President of Northern Trust Bank Gary Folz

Golfers Perry Wagner, Paul Keyes, Gary Folz and Norman Cavedo receive “painless” dental shots from Dr. Robert Gordon’s staff Sue Moen, Linda White and Jodi Gaoborg.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK Do you have any advice or tips for other players? “Your true ability comes out in tennis when you keep your inner-self calm and relaxed,” he advises. What do you like most about playing tennis on Longboat Key? ‘We’ve been playing here for four or five years, and it still strikes me how much tennis is a part of everyday culture,” says Bonacci. “I also really enjoy playing here because everyone is an enthusiast, and it’s a lot of fun playing with them.” — Annie Curnow

Sportscards Anna Maria Island Little League May 10 — Duncan 12 vs. Island Lumber 10. May 12 — WMFD 9 vs. Island Lumber 11. May 14 — Island Lumber 1 vs. Duncan 13. Major Standings Duncan Real Estate — 12 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie. Island Lumber — 6 wins, 9 losses, 1 tie. WMFD — 5 wins, 11 losses. Annie Curnow

John Bonacci Colony Beach & Tennis Resort How many years have you played tennis? John Bonacci has played for 32 years. He says tennis is his favorite sport. What is your best stroke — serve, backhand, etc.? “It’s a tie between my serve and forehand,” he says. What is your specialty? “Doubles these days,” he says. What kind of racket do you use? He uses a Babolat Pure Drive. What is one thing you’d like to improve? “Consistency and shots like the lob and overhead,” he says.

What is your most glorious moment in a match? “I suppose my most glorious moment was in Arizona,” says Bonacci. “I was at a resort and couldn’t find anyone to play with. I ended up playing with the pro, and I aced him on my first serve.” What is your funniest flub-up? “A few years back I was working on developing a kick serve, and I was playing at a country club, framed it, and it went onto the adjacent golf course like a golf ball,” says Bonacci, adding, “It turns out it wasn’t a good serve or a good golf stroke, either.” Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? “Probably Andre Agassi,” he says.

Longboat Key Women’s Golf Association Play with a Pro 2 Best Balls Net — May 18 1st place: Joyce Steele, Sandy Fulkerson, Linda Burke, Uschi Cooper, 112. 2nd place: Patsy Reynolds, Carol Pregont, Sylvia Levine, Lois Fishman, 117. 3rd place-tie: Karel Beck, Jane Doty, Anne Flinter, Kay Walker, 119; Nancy Burnside Trudy Shuman, Edith Rosenthal, Elaine Libman, 119. Longboat Key Club Men’s Golf Association Best Ball of Foursome — May 19 Tie at 55: Norm Reiter, Gerry Lublin, Rich Segall, Bob Hanson with Bob McCarthy, Fred Fox, Tom Finnegan, Bud Fulkerson. ❑

Memorial Day, May 31, 2004

God bless America. God bless those who died for our freedom.

The playing of taps for a fallen comrade

THE H ISTORY OF M EMORIAL DAY • Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. • Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed May 30, 1868. • On the first Memorial Day flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

A Marine is laid to rest

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Golf Gambits

Despite its popularity, game is losing players Modern golf courses are becoming more difficult. The new courses are designed to impress low-handicap players instead of the average player. As a result, play is slower. Players find themselves waiting between shots as they stew in their golf carts, which the course actually requires them to rent. Naturally, riding in a cart means very little or no exercise. The cost to play a round can vary from $60 to $250, a great deal of money for the average player to pay for a five-hour ordeal. As a result, players spend less time on the course; 3 million of the 26 million adult golfers quit each year because of health, job and family obligations and other leisure activities. A recent survey indicates the reasons include the difficulty of the game, failure to improve even with practice, the amount of time it takes to practice and play, and finally, expensive rates. Despite a boom in course construction and the emergence of superstars, golf is losing almost as many players as it is gaining. The game is so difficult that about twothirds of those who try the game quit because they don’t think they will ever be able to play respectably. Although more than 3 million Americans take up the game each year, that is merely enough to make up for the dropouts. The number of golfers has only grown 1.5% a year in the past 10 years. From a high of an estimated 518.4 million rounds in 2000, play declined to 495 million rounds in 2003, according to figures released by The

National Golf Foundation. Some optimists say the downturn may end as the economy improves. That is to be seen. New golf course construction declined last year in the United States for the third consecutive year, after a frenzied period in the late 1990s in which courses were opening much faster than golfers were being recruited to fill them. Equipment sales in most categories have been weak or failing for the past few years according to figures from Golf Datatech, a private research firm. Top-Flite Golf Co., once the world’s biggest ball seller, went bankrupt. Top-Flite ball sales plunged to $226 million in 2002, down more than $100 million from 2001. At a bankruptcy auction in September, Callaway Golf picked up Top-Flite’s assets, including TopFlite and Strata balls, Ben Hogan clubs and three factories for $174 million. Callaway’s acquisition of Top-Flite came after its own disastrous entry into the ball market. Four years ago it opened a ball factory that cost $170 million to build and then proceeded to lose $90 million in its first three years of production. Corporations now spend billions of dollars in sponsorship and endorsement contracts. TV networks are paying the PGA Tour $850 million from 2003 to 2006 to broadcast tournaments. Tournament superstars such as Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam and the 14-year-old Michelle Wie bring out the biggest audiences. When these players don’t succeed, TV ratings to drop fiercely. In contrast to the tour pros

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who often break par, only 0.1% of golfers break par, according the USGA. The average score for men is 96, 24 over par, and for women, it’s 108. The USGA insists on one set of Rules for all golfers from Tiger Woods to the worst weekend hackers. These Rules include restraints on clubs and ball design. Despite these restraints, pros are using souped-up clubs and balls, which tends to make shorter courses obsolete in tournament play. Many of these courses have undergone expensive renovations to lengthen holes where there’s available land. Pros are hitting drives 25.9 yards farther than they did 10 years ago. The USGA has taken a hard line on illegal clubs in sanctioned play. After Callaway started selling its ERC II nonconforming driver in 2000, the USGA sent letters to virtually every golf club in the United States, saying official handicap rankings could not be submitted by players whose gear didn’t conform to the association’s Rules. By the end of last year, the United States had 15,899 golf courses (both nine and 18 holes). That is far too many, and obviously the number is way out of line considering the number of players. Getting rid of at least 1,000 courses would be helpful. However, who is to determine which courses should be eliminated? Overbuilding of private clubs has hurt the game. The dilemma may be solved by bankruptcies and course closings. Hal Lenobel is a member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee and has officiated at hundreds of golf tournaments around the world. ❑

Bayfront Park Recreation Center: 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive • 316-1980

Ongoing classes Month of May: • Aerobics, (low-impact): 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (interval training) • Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Muscles & More (weight bearing): 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • NIA (movement with purpose) new class: 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays • The Joy of Stretching: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays • Weight Watchers: Meetings to resume in fall. • Passive program: Contract (social) Bridge: 1 p.m. Fridays; Duplicate Bridge: 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays News and Notes: Summer Day Camp: June 1 through Aug. 6, ages 5 to 12, Monday through Friday. Please call for registration information, 316-1980. Administrative office will be closed Memorial Day, May 31.

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Mote volunteers tour new Keating Center The Keating Marine Education Center


Mote Marine Aquarium invited its members and volunteers to the grand opening of the Keating Marine Education Center, May 13. The new learning facility, located across the street from Mote’s main facility, has facilities to host multiple classes, conferences or lectures at one time and offers students ages 9 through 13, interactive multimedia science programs about sea turtles, manatees, sharks and coastal habitats, to name a few. The innovative program for young students called SeaTrek, focuses on research that Mote is doing on site and costs schools $145 for a 50- to 60-minute program. The remote-operated video allows students in classrooms all over the country to ask questions directly to Kasey Gaylord, the educational program’s host, just by talking to the television screen. Gaylord can instantly reply to students’ question and can also ask students about the things they have learned through the remote-operated video. ❑

Guests gather around the television to experience the interactive distance learning the center is making possible.

“Mama Mote” and Sharkey the Shark team up to entertain visitors.

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Garden Gloves

Weeping bottlebrush happiest in summer With a little pruning, Callistemon regidus thrives during Florida’s rainy season. As we approach the rainy season, now is a good time to plant the weeping bottlebrush tree. Bottlebrush grows in central and southern Florida; it suffers in the cold and may need spring pruning in order to produce a favorable impression. There are numerous varieties of bottlebrush available for home plantings. One species produces a citrus smell when the leaf is crushed. Others have a sweeping weep, produce a deeper red bloom or sport green and violet flowers. Planting the tree in any dormant time period is also recommended. Most common to Longboat Key is the red-blooming, mid-weepy bottlebrush tree, which begins to bloom in early May. The blooms produced along what appears to be


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A well-traveled cactus

an extended oval at the end of each limb represent the “bottle brush” look. The leaves are petite, slender, yellow easily and become messy in the yard when they fall, similar to the leaves on a Maleleuka tree. Bottlebrush trees respond well to pruning and may need assistance to develop a more tailored look. Most pruning should be performed during late spring after the major bloom. Remove the limbs that interfere with buildings, fences, foot traffic or nearby plant care. Pests are few, although nematodes can be a problem. Bottlebrush grows up to 15 feet and enjoys the sandy soil and full Florida sun. After planting, the bottlebrush tree prefers moist soil until it takes root. It needs fertilizer after the first four to six weeks and twice a year after that. Established bottlebrush trees require watering only during periods of severe drought. The tree flowers sporadically throughout the year. It is often utilized as a space divider because the trees are evergreen and tend to maintain low branches near the ground if not actively pruned. It can also be used as a hedge and view barrier or as a decorative landscaping tool along with a relative, the shaving brush tree. Look for both of them along the Key and on St. Armands Circle. Gillian Busard Doll is a Longboat Key resident, immediate past president of the Longboat Key Garden Club and permit holder of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch. ❑

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Longboat Key Garden Club member Claudia Fuller, Town Environmental Advisor Steve Schield, Chuck Fuller, who moved a boxing-glove cactus to its present location at Bicentennial Park, and club President Barbara Kerwin. The cactus, Bicentennial Park’s first, was planted May 3.


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ON THE BAY… Spacious tastefully decorated 2 bedroom corner unit. Wonderful Bay views, open kitchen, 2 balconies, enclosed lanai and patio deck to enjoy the Florida lifestyle. Totally furnished and includes 40” deep water slip. Pet friendly.........................................$645,000

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KATHY AT 350-5292


Michael Saunders & Company 5274

440 Gulf of Mexico Dr. • Longboat Key • (941) 383-7591

BEACHPLACE Clean & fresh 2 bedroom, 2 bath with 2 parking spaces, many wonderful amenities. See the sunset from your $ balcony. 665,000

Let’s Talk Real Estate

Paradise Found

by Tom and Andy Cail

Remembe r . . . It’s all about YOU!

FIX-UPS THAT WILL HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME Your home should look great when it goes on the market. When you are ready to list your home, we recommend that you go through each room with a critical eye. What should you look for? Start with the ceiling; look for any cracks or water stains, then inspect the condition of the paint and wallpaper. Make sure that the windows are clean and window treatments are attractive. All of the closets and storage spaces should be neat ant organized (a cluttered closet looks smaller!) If the rooms seem cluttered with too much furniture, you can create a more spacious look by storing the “overflow.” A well maintained house tends to sell much quicker than one where buyers must use a lot of imagination. The condition of your house will help to determine the selling price; the better your house looks, the better your chances of selling it for top dollar. We can help you identify the repairs and cleaning that will increase your home’s marketability.

New Custom - Built Canal - Front Home This spacious and elegant home has over 3,000 SF. Private dock, three to four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, with every amenity: volume and coffered ceilings, marble, granite, fireplace, crown molding, vanishing edge pool and spa. A true boater’s paradise. Offered at $1,275,000.

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Inspiring full bay and wildlife views from this incredible one-of-a-kind location. Protected side canal with deep water, perfect for a large boat. Deeded beach access on beautiful Longboat Key. Home is spacious 2,600 SF. Plans available for a 4,500 SF home or build to suit. Offered at $1,895,000.


or e-mail us at Website:

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941-383-8273 or

OYSTER BAY LAKEFRONT- 1/2 acre of privacy. Old world style 4BR/4.5BA, large pool, family room and office. Formal living and dining rooms. Storage galore. The essence of quality throughout. $1,299,000 Michael Saunders & Company 5274

(941) 954-5454




6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Laura D. Hansen, GRI

Licensed Real Estate Broker

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 941-383-7591


Conrad Contrasts

Sunrise/sunset Sunrise 6:37 6:36 6:36 6:36 6:36 6:36 6:35

Thurs., May 27 Fri., May 28 Sat., May 29 Sun., May 30 Mon.,May 31 Tues., June 1 Wed., June 2

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The sun begins to set at Conrad Beach on Longboat Key in this photo taken by Kent Damon. Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in J-PEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to

Sunset 8:19 8:20 8:20 8:21 8:21 8:21 8:22

Moon phases First Qtr.

May 27


Last Qtr.

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Moon phases, tides courtesy of

Temperature and Rainfall Mon., May 17 Tues.,May 18 Wed., May 19 Thurs., May 20 Fri., May 21 Sat., May 22 Sun., May 23

Temps. High Low 88 68 89 70 89.5 67.5 88.5 68.5 90 70.5 90.5 73 88 73


Year-to-date 2004 15.5 in.

Record Temps. High Low 94 (2002) 63 (1992) 93 (1995) 60 (1981) 95 (1985) 66 (1993) 95 (1991) 63 (1994) 96 (1982) 64 (1998) 95 (1992) 65 (1992) 96 (1996) 66 (1983)

2003 14.51 in.

Tide chart

Rainfall North Mid-Key 0.14 0.28 0.03 0.02 0.00 0.05 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00


Average water

2004 2003 5.25 in. 3.45 in.


South 0.36 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Thurs., May 27 Fri., May 28 Sat., May 29 Sun., May 30 Mon.,May 31 Tues., June 1 Wed., June 2

Morning High 9:07 9:25 9:45 10:06 10:31 NA NA

Tides Low 2:23 3:09 3:50 4:27 5:00 NA NA

Evening Tides High Low none 7:13 none 8:44 none 10:14 none 11:37 none 6:32 NA NA NA NA


b LIVE ON THE BEACH Solymar beckons the Sarasota good life. The beach, of course â&#x20AC;Ś and so much more! The privacy of a single family home. The beauty of rich architectural detail. The comfort yet elegance of smart interior design. The convenience of an excellent location. Here is why you choose to live in Sarasota.

Offered exclusively by:

Developed by:

New beachfront community of nine luxury homes priced from $1.5 million to $6 million Open Daily 10 to 6 Higel Ave. & North Shell Rd. (1 mile past north Siesta Key bridge on right)

(941) 346-7527

Oral representations cannot be relied upon as correctly stating the representations of the developer. For correct representations, make reference to the written documents furnished by the developer to a buyer. Not an offer where prohibited by state statutes. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

8D THURSDAY MAY 27, 2004




BRIDGE Deal us in

Shy on points



on the

GREAT BOATING WATER - Dock, outstanding 4BR home. Pool & Patio, featuring outdoor kitchen. $2,300,000. PENTHOUSE - PANORAMIC GULF, BAY & GOLF COURSE VIEWS - Luxurious, gorgeous furnishings and finishes. Behind the gates. $3,700,000 DOWNTOWN - DIRECT BAYFRONT - New Construction, wonderful bay and sunset views from end unit. Boat docks available. $1,495,000 DRAMATIC DIRECT GULF & SUNSET VISTAS Behind the gates - end unit, generous terraces, private elevator, gorgeous finishes, outstanding complex. $2,575,000 GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE - 21,000 sq. ft. Luxurious masterpiece. Private, tropical waterfront setting on over an acre. Premier new construction. $15,777,777 DIRECT BAYFRONT - NEW - Deep water docks. Magnificent cutom home. $4,477,000 INCREDIBLE - DEEP WATER PLUS DOCK AND GORGEOUS VIEWS TO BAY! - Custom home, walled, private, downtown location. Exquisite details plus gorgeous pool area. $3,350,000 LAKEFRONT EXQUISITE - 4BR, impressive builtins, designer details, spacious master, pool, spa, summer kitchen and much more! $1,995,000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - 2BR/2BA Direct Beach and Sunsets - largest plan, end unit, extra terraces. $1,100,000 BAYFRONT LOT - 200’ on the Bay, 1-acre. deeded beach access. $3,100,000

(941) 232-3304 (941) 383-4276 A/H

Call REID at


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

This hand is from the ACBL National Tournament held in Orlando in November. The pair that played this board were the victors in the Life Master Woman’s Pairs and were a bit shy on high-card points for a contract of three no-trump, but the six-card diamond suit more than made up the difference. East liked the position of her spade honors and thought her queen of hearts might prove helpful, so she took another bid over three diamonds. Her partner was happy to bid three no-trump with her heart holding. West put up the queen on the opening-heart lead and immediately took the diamond finesse. West wound up with 10 tricks, six diamonds, two hearts and two spades. She could have taken 11 tricks if she were willing to gamble. Her feeling was that bidding and making game were going to be enough for a top result and she was right. When someone mentioned that East-West were a bit short in the point count department, East was quick to point out, “One point for the fifth diamond and two for the sixth. That’s what I tell my students.”

by Donna SWAN

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

Winners LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB — APRIL 20 North-South 1. Winnie Skversky and Tim Lesnik 2. Bonney Libman and Renee Bald 3. Lois and Bob Auerbach East-West 1. Jo and Herb Bruch 2. Lenore Miller and Sel Medvin

Dealer: North Vulnerable: North-South North ♠K863 ♥K82 ♦8 ♣ A 10 9 8 7 East ♠AQ75 ♥Q6 ♦J542 ♣J62

West ♠ 10 2 ♥ A 10 9 ♦ A Q 10 9 7 3 ♣K3 South ♠J94 ♥J7543 ♦K6 ♣Q54 The bidding: North Pass Double Pass All pass

East Pass 1♣ 3♥

South Pass 2♥ Pass

West 1♦ 3♦ 3N

Opening lead: 6♥ 3. Hank Airth and Elton Yasuna LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB — APRIL 27 North-South 1. Lois and Bob Auerbach 2. Evelyn Maurer and Jerry Isaacs 3. Blanche Jacoby and Helen Schweyer East-West 1. Hank Airth and Elton Yasuna 2. Jo and Herb Bruch 3. Barbara and Bill Frank Duplicate Bridge games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach, 758-2017. ❑

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

Inc. Lic. R.E. Broker

Larry Shapiro Mary Ann Pipes Barbara Shapiro ST ARMANDS - Home with separate guest house, heated pool and spa. Great location on the quiet South side of St. Armands. Walk to beach, shopping and restaurants. $839,000. FAIRWAY BAY - 3BR/3BA with soaring ceilings, 4+ car garage, plus storagelarge loft/office area, private beach club, pets permitted. Turnkey furnished including piano. AHS Home Warranty. $499,000.

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

Call Larry Shapiro, CRS or Barbara Shapiro, Broker 5274

941-356-4447 OFFICE • 941-388-2136 FAX AFTER HOURS 941-388-2135 •

Queens Harbour

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


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

Virtual Tour at:

Full bay view. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, open customized floorplan. Great investment property. $273,000

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


1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key, FL



Licensed Real Estate Broker

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

Michael Saunders & Company

or 266-2174

Michael Saunders & Company

LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - Magnificent new home on Harborside Golf Course. Golf course and panoramic lake views. Four bedrooms plus office. Exciting architectural details and the finest finishes. Pool. Three car garage. $2,195,000.

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


THURSDAY MAY 27, 2004 9D


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Auto Sales & Service

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

CAREGIVER/COMPANION SPECIALIST. Excellent care in your home for those in need of special assistance with health issues. Daily activities, errands & more. Call 753-3384 or 492-7176. CNA 15/YRS. experience, with references will care for you in your home. 941-708-0990.

MERCEDES 1975 450SL: ex. cond., both BOAT SLIP available for up to 45’ vessel at tops, mechanically like new, $16,000. Longboat Key Moorings on Dock “O”, Slip 426-3426. “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of extra room to move around. State-of-the-art docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water Auto Transport hook-ups. Asking price of $199,000 includes RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. membership to the prestigious Coomodore Drive your car to the North and back. Club. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405. References. 941-778-5381. RENT FROM a private owner and SAVE BIG! I have 2 high and dry indoor slips Alterations/Upholstery Autos Wanted available at the Boat House on Longboat. ISLAND UPHOLSTERY. Designer Up to 30’. Super South Longboat location. work: home and boat interiors. Call direct 371-1866. AUTOS WANTED!! Restoring antiques. 121 Bridge St. BOAT SLIP available for up to 60’ vessel at Free estimates! 778-4335. LET ME TAKE THE HASSLE Longboat Key Moorings. State-of-the-art OUT OF SELLING YOUR CAR. docking with cable, TV, telephone, electric Antiques CASH OFFERED TODAY! and water hook-ups. Asking price of $275,000 includes membership to the STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES prestigious Commodore Club. Call Terri CALL BRAD Ayers with Michael Saunders & Company at 941-374-1315 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. 941-518-8923. OVER 1,000 PIECES LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND WANTED, A dependable auto for family in Available for rent at Spindrift, located top row CONTINENTAL FURNITURE south end. 630-330-3657. need. Will pay $3,000. 387-8081. AND CLOCKS. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING Caregiver/Companion MONTHLY! Boat Charter THE ADVANTAGES of Sarasota Bay Club’s  CHITWOOD CHARTERS/YACHT exceptional Home Health service in your 7881 15TH ST. E. (OLD 301), BROKERS. Grand Banks/Selene Yachts. own home. Home Health care by a licensed, SARASOTA, FL. Luxury Cruises, Sunsets, Cocktails, Special insured & competitively priced agency, 755-6063 Occasions. Half day to weekly. Bare boat Sarasota Bay Club’s own ClubCare. Call avail. Need a new hobby? Learn to pilot a Paula for information @ 366-7667 Ext. 366. yacht. Capt. Chitwood. 941-383-5232.

Appliances For Sale

NEW G.E. washer & dryer (condo size), side by side, $150/ea. 387-3148.

Catering Boat Detailing

LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal BOAT DETAIL by Aqua Marine Yacht catering. 366-0070. & Boat Detail Service. 941-545-5070 Appraisal Services SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has SEE OUR AD IN been making party memories from the TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & THE SERVICE DIRECTORY. casual to black tie affair. Specializing in Appraisals offers professional valuation, small dinner parties. 383-0777. research and inventory services without a Boat Rentals view to buy or sell. Video documentation Cleaning Services inventory, art historical/market research, art appraisals. Member of the Appraisers   HOUSECLEANING. Mature lady, CANNONS MARINA Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, thorough. Reasonable, 21/yrs. experience. 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Also, will run errands & grocery shop. Half-day and Full-day rentals 758-2379. 14’-24’ Skiffs /Runabouts /Deckboats Art Instruction LBK RESIDENT COUPLE OWNED. Ride in Style in our Grady-White HAVE FUN and enrich your life with painting Commercial & Residential Service! House & Scout boats. on silk. Call LuLu, 387-8202. Cleaning Service. FREE ESTIMATES. All powered by YAMAHA outboards. Licensed, Insured & Bonded. Reference. 383-1311 SPEND JULY in the cool Blue Ridge Visa & MC accepted. 941-228-3427. Mountains of North Carolina. Enroll now

MICROSOFT WIRELESS mouse: new in in an adult workshop FLOORCLOTH box. Cost $50. Sell for $25. 383-2269. PAINTING at the Wildacres Retreat, Boat Sales, TEAK TV Armoire, 63”x38”x22”, Camber July 18-24. Create a beautiful and durable doors, turntable, will hold 27” TV, $200. hand-painted piece for your floor or wall. Service & Storage RINGLING SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN 941-388-2233. Continuing Studies and Special Programs. JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., LIFT CHAIR: rose, motorized w/heat and Call 941-955-8866 or email: 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or massage. Easy sitting and rising. U-carry for www.ringlingedu/continu- 630-417-7540. $175. 383-5346 or 356-7881. ingeducation Boat Slips for Rent/Sale MICROWAVE: BLACK Panasonic high YOUR ART INSTRUCTION AD wattage, $50. Two 72”x30” folding tables, HERE! $25/ea. or $45/both. All good condition. CALL 383-5509 927-4447. YOUR YACHT JUST BECAME MORE AFFORDABLE! WALL UNIT, almond lacquer (30”x80”). Ex. cond. Cost $850. Sell $199. 358-2121.

The Longboat Observer to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town codes in first obtaining an occupational license for a business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property.

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ENHANCE YOUR ATHLETIC PERFORMDELUXE WALKER, convenient seat, wide ANCE! Personal Pilates trainer. Increase improve posture, balance, wheels, removable tray, hand brakes, folds flexibility, coordination. Hypnotherapy - allow your into car trunk, like new, $75. 383-3070. mind to play “In The Zone”. Quit smoking, TV STAND: black, contemporary, glass door weight loss & more. Julia, 730-3965. in front to store VCR or DVD. Side door for Auto Detailing storage of tapes or CD’s, 33Lx20Wx21H, $50. 330-8890, leave message. AUTO DETAILING by Island native. Only top quality products including high powered Shop Vac & Buffer. Call about multi-wash packages. 724-0874.

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

BEYOND PAMPERED. Housecleaning, personal services. Low rates for senior citizens. 685-5361 or 727-3776. Residential & Commercial Housekeeping for all needs. Weekly maid service, departure cleans, deep cleaning and carpet care. Barefoot Estate Management, 761-3000.

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10D THURSDAY MAY 27, 2004



Cleaning Services

Computer Services

YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping services. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, licensed, insured.

MASTER YOUR COMPUTER. No school, book or person can teach you as easily as this experienced teacher. Repairs. 383-5372.

COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? computer misbehaving? Will train your Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.


Help Wanted

PRACTICALLY NEW modern bedroom set w/bed frame, $350. Twin mattress sets w/sheets, comforters, etc., $150/ea. Singer “Athena” sewing machine w/cabinets & all attachments, $200. 387-9866.


FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. 941-761-2344.

JUDY’S CLEANING. Let Judy do your Crushed Shell duties. Inside or out. Also, airport service available. Insured. 752-3144. GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. DETAILED CLEANING with TENDER We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota LOVING CARE. Residential and commercial & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & experts. Your wish is our command. You insured. 941-232-8877. will not be disappointed. Susan, 795-2502 or 737-5797.

TOMMY BAHAMA style Queen size sleigh bed, purchased at Pamaro Shop. Moving! Must sell by May 27th! $400. 587-8506. Picture available by email.

Financial Consulting

CLEANING SERVICES by Brazilian family. Meticulous, honest. Houses, offices, LOOKING TO rebuild credit? Financial assistance needed? DFC Pre-Summer apartments, condos & moving. 504-6157. essential finance program! Standard to high IT’S US OR DUST! Help is on the way! risk loans. Low to high income or credit We save you time. Residential/Commercial. score. Apply Insured and Bonded. Free in-home on line or call now. 1-888-728-3757, ext. 1. consultation. Call Mother’s Little Helpers. 224-8655.

Fishing Charters

HOUSE CLEANING by experienced DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour Brazilian lady. Good references. Free trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate Computer Services controlled cabin, all new equipment & EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait tackle provided starting at $400. help with hardware, software, networks or & For information and reservations, call wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.CharTrainer. Backed by 25/years of experience. Serving beginners & advanced users. Ask for Summer Special!! Fitness Equipment Please call Elinor, 951-6145, 586-5689. ☛ PACIFIC/MALIBU 4/way unit, $2500. Life Cycle #5500R, $1500. 941-383-2183. Cmagik on LBK Flash web design commercial/personal, computer Furniture help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, TWIN BEDROOM set w/matching dresser, 587-5588. night table and accessories. Light tan fine wicker with burnished metal trim. Like new. CLASSIFIEDS WORK Used twice, $500. 387-7049.


DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $299; sofa & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, $299; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery available. Builders, 753-7118. PATIO FURNITURE: 36” glass top table, 4/chairs, 2/recliners. Good cond., $350. 383-6141.

Furniture Repair PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, scratches, parts replacement. We keep your furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Robert Martin, 727-2533. ART ON FURNITURE. Wood furniture repair and refinishing. Quality paint jobs (crackle, glaze, lacquer and plaster). Some finished pieces for sale, 704-4964.


Help Wanted BOOKKEEPER IN Longboat Key rental office. Full time w/benefits. RNS experience preferred. Fax resume to: 383-3798 or E-Mail to:

Home Management

REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? Barefoot Estate Management.. Servicing Two experienced agents needed for fast Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate Bonded/Insured. 941-761-3000. today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. Joe Pickett, 383-5543.







Looking for a new vehicle?

Bert Spagnola Detail Coordinator

Interior - Exterior

Zymol wax detailing is our specialty

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

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B O AT R E PA I R Is your boat running like it should be? If not, call... Mobile Marine Service





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Residential & Commercial

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

“We do everything, so that you don’t have to!”



Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup






Outboards • I/O’s • Inboards Call for appointment • 941-232-3523



ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners





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

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



CELL: 941/730/9703


Home Management STEVE THE HAPPY HELPER will watch your house, pet & much more. It’s like having your own personal concierge. Many references. Call 809-2563.


Painting & Wallpapering

PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. AMAZING CHANGES at little cost! Home Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years decorating in your home on your budget. experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. 906-1306 or 922-7645. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

Interior Design

BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing the total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-761-3000 for free consultation.

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



Gail Sunray, Owner

ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659

Helping seniors, busy adults & businesses manage paperwork.      

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

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



Telephone: 941-749-5646

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


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

Quit Smoking



Remodeling & Home Improvements

Personal Services

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & FOR DISABLED and home bound only: insured. Interior/exterior painting including therapeutic massage, facials, pedicures. drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper Lic. #MA25064. Steve Capri, 362-8831. installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, 30+years exp.

WILL HOUSE-SIT your Longboat, Siesta or Bird Key home while you’re away. Reliable ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER and responsible. References available. SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure 350-6347. washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at Items For Sale reasonable rates! Mom/Son Lic./Ins. Cell LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. 704-7115 or 792-1646. We can furnish your home & enhance your wardrobe. 6140 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat. CUSTOM PAINTING - Paperhanging. Local Open June & July, Saturday, 9a.m.-1p.m., References, 25/yrs. experience, insured. Prompt, free estimates. 713-9391. 383-4738.

Landscaping & Lawn Services

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ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! QUIT SMOKING/LOSE WEIGHT. Enjoy MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). Relaxing Hypnotherapy sessions. Call fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. Julia, 730-3965. 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days. 510-755-0233. Try it!!

Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077






perfection is not an accident RESTORATION • CLEANING • POLISHING

PA I N T I N G S E R V I C E S NEW DIMENSION PAINTING EXPRESSIONS Residential and Commercial Painting Services


• Interior & Exterior Work • New Paints • Re-Paints • Two Tones • Wall Paper Removal • Re-texturizing

OMAR CRUZ OFFICE: 941.749.1825 MOBILE: 941.545.6770

• Custom Work • Free Estimates • Satisfaction Guaranteed • References • Fully Insured

Office#: (941) 387-0892 / Fax#: (941) 387-0897


PLATINUM MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. H O M E WAT C H A professional home-watching service

• Best Rates In Town • Construction Loans • Purchase • Refinancing


Joanne Johansen Licensed Mortgage Broker, Executive Loan Specialist


(941) 798-3644

Cell: (941) 724-5295

No Charge For Estimates


Licensed Mortgage Brokerage Business

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

We’ll watch your home when you leave it behind!



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Weekly Inspections • Monthly Reports Bonded • Insured

941•812•5115 941•232•0149

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



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


(941) 355-2936 / (800) 282-7674 • Fla. State Mover Reg. #IM81

This seal applies only to Wheaton Van Lines’ interstate moving


12D THURSDAY MAY 27, 2004 Remodeling & Home Improvements CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs & painting. Insured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294.


Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB, 3BR/2BA, LBK. Stunning, free standing, oversized villa. Beautiful white carpet/tile, white kitchen, partially furnished. Active clubhouse, marina, pool & beach. $272,500. Cathy Meldahl, Realtor, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577.



BRADENTON BEACH condo, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front view, partial bay view. Pool, hot tub, tennis courts, boat dock. Turnkey furnished. Granite/stainless kitchen. Great rental history. This unit has it all! $424,900. No agents. 303-944-8300.

STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Call DON for immediate response. 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, BEAU CIEL, REDUCED/RELOCATING! PE20374. VISA/MC. Sweeping Bay views from this 3100/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA, 4th floor, unfinished condo Tile Installation w/several upgrades. Please call for appt., Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 941-387-0040 for details and showing. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. $1,335,000. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. LOVELY GULF and garden views from this Lic/Ins. immaculate 2BR/2BA at Promenade. Marble Wanted to Buy foyer and baths and ceramic tile throughout. SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, Master suite has 2/large walk-in closets and watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please steam shower. Full service amenities include resort style his/her spas and social rooms, call Marc 321-0707. lighted clay tennis courts and heated pool overlooking beach. Offered at $599,900. Call Wicker Painting Susan Fox, Michael Saunders & Company FURNITURE PAINTED: wicker, rattan, at 544-6648. wood, wrought iron, patio furniture. Pick-up and delivery. 778-3133. BAY ISLES BAYOU SECTION, LBK

Commercial/Business Opp. OUTSTANDING AREA Fine Art & Framing business established for over 12/yrs. in affluent neighborhood. $90K** LONGBOAT KEY 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., many possible uses. $400K each. SARASOTA Restaurant...lunch/dinner, take-out. Great mom-&-pop opportunity. $59K**

**Confidentiality agreement required for further details Longview Realty - 383-6112 Richard Estrin, Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker

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



941-778-1537 448-1024





BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT 2nd floor corner unit, mint condition, 2BR/2BA at Bayport Beach & Tennis Club for sale: $439,900 or rent. 847-556-5869.




LONGBOAT KEY VILLA, 2BR/2BA, updated villa. Higher ceilings, all white kitchen w/new appliances, enclosed lanai, private setting. Active clubhouse, marina, pool & beach. $269,500. Cathy Meldahl, Realtor, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577.





ATTENTION BOATERS. Enjoy marina views from well maintained 2BR/2BA free standing villa w/protected boat basin at your door. Easy access to Intracoastal & Gulf. $284,500. Cathy Meldahl, Wagner Realty. 941-383-5577. SLEEPY LAGOON. Immaculate custom built home offers utmost in privacy. Light, bright, open plan, vaulted ceilings, fireplace & elevator allow for the perfect lifestyle. Custom finishes and built-ins maximize space. Lower level garage accommodates 4/cars, artist and workshop areas. Private natural canal provides access to intercoastal & surrounding waterways. Minutes to beach. $865,000. Kathy Scott, Coldwell Banker, 941-812-5805.






OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 387-9595 LBK BEACHPLACE condo. For Sale By WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM Owner. Largest 2BR/2BA, view of the beach, covered parking, turnkey, mint condition. Olympic size swimming pool, spa, fitness LONGBOAT ARMS, 2BR/2BA, brand new center, tennis courts. 941-383-1884. furniture, penthouse corner, beach view SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club 55+, free from bedroom and living room, bay view standing 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, from kitchen and dinette, tennis, clubhouse dock/marina, private beach access. and boat slip. $299,000. Call Angelo, $255,000. Owner/Realtor. 941-383-8860. 941-383-2953.



D&D HANDY GUYS Home Maintenance and Cleaning

“No Job Too Small” Duane: 941-737-1844 Dave: 941-794-3513




Watts Humphrey @941.400.8576

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Mr. Handyman Licensed & Insured

Free Estimates Tile Marble Masonry Drywall Carpentry Pathways

James (941) 586-4196 QUALITY JOBS ON TIME

Painting Fences Decks Cabinets All Repairs

Anna Lisa’s Tailor Studio

Tailoring & Alterations • Ladies & Gents • • Professional Work Guaranteed •

941-954-9008 3462 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34235

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Condos & Homes For Sale FOR SALE by owner: Longboat Key Villa in Harbour Oaks, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, pool overlooking Harbourside golf course, new roof, exterior painting, carpeting, appliances, pool screening, etc. The premier panoramic view of the golf course in Harbour Oaks II. $550,000. Shown by appointment only. Day: 365-0118. Evenings: 383-4563.

$425,000 DOWNTOWN. Direct bay view, completely remodeled and decorated, stunning renovations. Amenities second to none! Pets. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-809-0041. NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Key West style with spectacular bay view. $879,000. Bob Burnett, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-356-1277. 14TH FLOOR ALL ROOMS DIRECT BAY FRONT PALM AVE. 2BR/2BA, 1450/SQ.FT. TOTALLY REMODELED BY OWNER-DESIGNER. FEATURED IN SARASOTA HERALD 2001 $615,000 (CONDO MAINTENANCE $370/MO.) OWNER/BROKER 941-366-1062


CLO-ANN GARRISON (YOUR KEY WEST CONNECTION) KING & COMPANY 388-2555/OWNER OR 388-1288 STUNNING WATERFRONT Townhouse, in popular mainland complex w/pools, tennis, 24/hr. security, 2BR/2.5BA +den, three balconies, 2/car garage, 2/fireplaces and more! $869,000. Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390, anytime. GRAND BAY: 3BR/3BA, full Bay/City views. Marble floors, custom built-ins. Motivated seller. 941-556-5656, Adam Robinson, Keller Williams Realty. NICE CANAL front home, Reduced to $550,000. 586-4930



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Rentals: Annual

Rentals: Annual

ANNUAL - 6980 POINCETTA - 1BR/1BA cottage, in the Village, wood floors, cathedral ceilings, carport, W/D hookup, screened porch, pet OK, $850/mo. 690 RUSSELL 3BR/2BA, fireplace, furn., $1600/mo. SUNCOAST REAL ESTATE, 779-0202


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

LIDO BEACH, 2BR/2BA, renovated, screened lanai, across from beach. Walk Waterfront Lido Key residence - 426 to Circle. Furnished or unfurnished. Cleveland Drive, on the bayou of Otter Key, 941-388-2763. with direct access to Sarasota Bay, the most protected boating water for your large boat BAYFRONT, MAINLAND popular building, or sailboat. Priced at $1,750,000 right now! 2BR/2BA, 9th floor, unobstructed views of bay and new bridge. New paint and Call carpet. Really nice. $1800/mo. Annual only. Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 383-9700 941-350-6390.

VILLA ON LIDO, 2BR/2BA, $1200/mo. Fireplace, hardwood floors, private back  $325,000. COMPLETELY New interior. yard, only 1/block to beach. Dennis Girard, LONGBOAT KEY, Bayou frontage, boating ResortQuest Real Estate, 809-0041. facilities, rent as much as you want. Deeded beach access. Dennis Girard, ResortQuest LBK, COUNTRY Club Shores: 2BR/2BA +den canal home. Large lanai and dock. Real Estate, 941-809-0041. Furnished. Avail. now through November. Long term or monthly available. $1650/mo. Lots & Acreage For Sale ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-329-2020 or 800-327-9505 ext. 2200. HARBOR LANDINGS Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site offered by owner-REALTOR in gated BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS Cortez community; $265,000 price includes 3BR/2BA, CLOSE TO BEACH, dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate CIRCLE, SHOPPING, DINING George Noble: 685-3372. AND EVERYTHING. LONGBOAT KEY LAWN/AC MAINTENANCE, 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of AND PEST CONTROL INCLUDED. +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at $2000/MO. $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard Estrin: 807-3363. 941-724-4703 LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112



Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping ISLANDER CLUB, Longboat Key condo, views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and beachfront, Gulf view, 2BR/2BA. Yearly or Real Estate Wanted sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. Seasonally. Please call 732-873-1950. 2BR CONDO w/water view in Longboat 203-227-0500. Harbor or Longboat Arms. No realtors. LIDO BEACH efficiency and 1BR apartment E-mail:, 412-421-7171, LBK, BEACH HARBOUR CLUB, furnished available for annual rental, steps to beach. (and upgraded) Penthouse. 3BR/2BA, split 941-388-2590 412-421-2020. plan. W/D, 1600sq.ft. under air & private INTERESTED IN purchasing condominium porches. Summer rates with 6/mos. lease ST. ARMANDS, 3BR/2.5BA single family w/full Gulf view inside Longboat Key Club now. Available seasonally. Call 360-8966. home, unfurnished. Open plan, large master gates, Gulfside. Cash buyer. No realtors. bedroom/bath, walk to beach, $2000/mo. BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, Toll Free: 1-800-621-6288. 371-8183. furnished, 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant w/thru views of Bay & Marina. All amenities ISLANDER CLUB, Longboat Key, beachRentals: Annual including concierge & valet. No pets/smoke. front: 2BR/2BA, $2000/mo. The Longboat VENICE ISLAND CONDO 55+. Furnished $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. 3/mo. minimum. Connection, Realtor. 387-9709. 2BR/2BA, third floor, immaculate. New 970-948-6815.  LBK, FAIRWAY BAY (gated). Townkitchen/appliances, paint & carpet. Near hospital & shopping. Covered parking, water, LONGBOAT KEY CLUB, Bay Isles. Fairway house, 2BR/2.5BA, beach club, many townhouse. Waterfront w/dock. amenities. No pets. Non-smoker. Available cable & pool included. $800/mo. 1st., last & Bay 3BR/3.5BA. Furn./Unfurn. Annual/Seasonal. now, seasonal/annual. 941-383-3583. security. 941-483-3770 or 941-485-2564. 941-957-0438, 941-685-5595 or DOWNTOWN, CLOSE to Bay and cultural BEAUTIFUL ST. ARMANDS. 5BR/4.5BA activities, 2BR/1BA +den. Cat okay. First, home totally remodeled. Pool. Annual lease. 941-388-6456. DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Water last, security, $800/mo. 941-383-2659. view/new, 1BR/1BA. Beautifully furnished, LBK CONDO, 9TH FLOOR. On beach, SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB 55+, free all amenities included. Annually, $1300. 2BR/2BA, lanai, Bay view, fitness, tennis, standing 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, Monthly $1800. No pets. 941-587-9440, pool, covered parking. No pets. $1800/mo. dock/marina, private beach access. Annual leave message. 485-1630 or 914-0066. or Seasonal. 383-8860.

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CLASSIFIEDS Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Annual

888 ON RITZ Marina, 3/levels, 3BR/3.5BA 2/car garage, boat dock. Furnished. No LBK GULF FRONT. Newly updated and pets/smoke. $2800/mo. annual. $5200/mo. beautifully redecorated 2BR/2BA condo with direct Gulf view, large lanai, washer/dryer, 4/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. SUNSETS, GULF views! Large 3BR/3BA pool and parklike setting. Available monthly townhome, beautifully updated, pool, 3/car May to December 2004 and 2005. 914-238-3711/New York or garage, $1800/mo. 544-1130. LBK, ON BEACH, 2BR/2BA, small complex, ground floor, pool, fully furnished and updated. Very clean. No pets/smoking. LONGBOAT KEY Gulf front condo. Directly 941-383-9254. on the beach, 3BR/2BA, fully furnished, BEACH HARBOR, Longboat Key. Summer sleeps 6. Pool. No smoking. $1600/week. Special! 2BR/2BA, 1st floor, furnished, W/D. 863-682-4345. Private beach. Available June, July Aug.,

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

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

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, U.P.C.C., Downtown. Experience the elegant lifestyle of The Residence at The Ritz Carlton SANCTUARY FAIRWAY BAY SEAPLACE JUST TO NAME A SELECT FEW



$4500/for all three month. 413-245-7004. Log on to see pictures:

LBK. NORTH END, 2BR/2BA elevated HILTON HEAD, S.C.: 2BR/3BA, near beach, home on canal w/large deck. $995 (Summer limited free tennis, $1100/week. 925-9882. rate) for 2/weeks . Monthly rates available. ST. ARMANDS furnished condo. Luxury 355-3200. LONGBOAT COVE 2BR/2BA, all amenities. Available May-June, 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, Aug. through Dec. 359-6504. LBK, GULF FRONT, 3BR/3BA home BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. on private, 100/ft. beach, 70 tropical LONGBOAT KEY, Buttonwood Cove $6000/MO. 3/MO. MIN. palms, heated pool, cable TV/internet/fax, Complex, 2BR/2BA, beautiful bay views. W/D, spa quality exercise equipment. Great complex, tennis, boat docks, and CALL GREG: 863-581-4639 Sept.-Dec., 2004 $5000/mo., Jan.-Aug. 2005 beach access. Avail. Aug. 2004-Dec. 2004. $5500/mo., 708-452-8934. 941-773-0223, 305-933-3376. KINGSTON ARMS on St. Armands Circle. LBK, BANYAN Bay condo, 2BR/2BA, 1st. LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, Furnished 1BR/1BA. 1/mo. minimum. floor, beach, tennis, heated pool, dock. located on bay, walk to beach. Annual also possible. Call Agent/Owner, May-Dec $1500/mo. January $3100/mo. $600-$650/month-to-month. Call Resort 941-586-6731. 203-481-2748. Properties, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. LBK, LONGBEACH, North End. Direct Gulf front, steps to beach, tennis, pool. All rooms Gulf view, beautifully furnished, 2nd story, 2BR/2BA. Winter 2005, $4500. Other months available. 1/mo. min. 941-750-6637.

BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Walk right out onto the beach from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. LBK BEACHPLACE condo: Beachfront, 941-383-6650. 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive LONGBOAT KEY - Bay Harbour, 2BR/2BA, rentals. Available Aug., 2004 to December, overlooking Bay and private Marina. 2004. Also 2005. Covered parking. Monthly/seasonal/annual. No Pets/No Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884. smoking. 941-780-4016 or 313-410-9406. CONDOS SEASONAL

CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA furnished home. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Spa, dock, walk to beach. Available May through Dec., SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. 2004. Monthly only. Private beach Weekly through December. Gulf front. access. See website for photos and SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the rates. or call Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. 941-360-0700. 724 MARBURY LANE, 3BR/2BA on canal RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME, 2/min. w/boat dock. GOLDEN GATE POINT #495, 2BR/2BA walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal furnished. Available June, 2005. $950/mo. fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool w/screened enclosure, 3BR/2BA. Recently Call Barbara Fulmer or updated w/new paint and furniture, lots Kim Fisher of tile, pets welcome upon approval. Wagner Realty No smoking and no children please. 941-383-5577 Security/Deposit. 2/month minimum. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, $6500/mo. Call 863-559-4610 or E-mail: 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. Call for Summer rates. 617-328-7145. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Gorgeous Gulf views, beautifully furnished, 2BR/2BA, spacious, 2nd floor. Tennis, pool. Available May to December, 2004. (860)966-2668. TOTALLY RENOVATED TKF, 2BR/2BA in small complex near beach, Publix, etc. Non-smoking. 1/mo. min. or will consider annual. 388-1601, 366-0030. LIDO BEACH: efficiencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day minimum. 388-2590.


LBK, BEAUTIFUL townhouse at Seaplace. 2BR/2.5BA, spa, beach, pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness center. Available April through Sept., 04 and Jan. through Dec., 2005. Call 941-383-7121 or LBK, BEACHPLACE CONDO, fifth floor. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Newly remodeled, luxuriously furnished. Fully equipped kitchen. Reserved parking. Avail. from July 1st. Nonsmokers only. 813-962-2652, 813-875-7775.

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RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700.


NEWPORT BAY Club & Hotel, Newport, R.I. 2/BR townhouse on the waterfront in the heart of historic downtown Newport. Walking distance to mansions and beaches. Available September 17th through the 24th. $1800/for the week. Call 401-848-5644.

Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

VILLAGE COTTAGE, 2BR/1BA, bay view, swimming pool. All utilities included. Annual lease possible. 356-1277.


BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. BEACHPLACE BEACHFRONT 3BR AVAILABLE: SEPT. 2004 TO JAN. 2005 LEASE NOW!



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BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. TKF, across street from Gulf. 1/mo. min. May 1-Nov. 30, $1900/mo. Dec. $3000. Jan. 1-March 30 $4000. 770-671-0338.



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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

STORYBOOK COTTAGES. Romantic B&B decor, cottage chic in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher, cable, phone. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) patio. $1000/mo. per multiple months. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $850/mo. Weekly and monthly rates avail. 941-779-2393. 3BR/3BA CONDO. Enjoy private Gulf beach, heated pool, tennis, workout room. Monthly, seasonal or annual. 813-495-3884.

WINDWARD BAY June 1 through September 30, 2004 Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA corner unit, w/d in unit, enclosed lanai, covered parking, beach access, tennis, heated pools. 1/month - $2000/mo. 2/months - $1800/mo. 3/months - $1500/mo.

Waterfront Property


☛ ☛ NEW WATERFRONT Community, Cortez Quay. 3/Lots Re/Max Gulfstream, 730-9888.

available w/docks. Paula Jonsson.





L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 383-4477 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and OWNER: sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, 3rd floor BILL ROSS Long season. 203-227-0500. direct Gulf front, private, 2BR/2BA. Pool, P.O. BOX 924, LONGBOAT KEY, FL 34228 WESTCHESTER, ON beautiful Longboat recreation room. Available August-Dec. Key: 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front, beautifully 813-837-9901. turnkey furnished. Available now through BEAUTIFUL GULFSIDE PENTHOUSE on December, $2800/mo. Season, $6000/mo. Lido Beach, totally remodeled and ready BY OWNER. Stunning full Bay views from Reserve now! 941-308-6763. for you. 2BR/2BA. Available now. Call for totally renovated Essex House condo: 2BR/2BA, custom closets, designer kitchen, GULF FRONT, pool, 1BR apartment, details, 388-2063, 376-1610. 1200/sq.ft., secured building and parking. screened balconies, $750/week. 383-3844 ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Unique unit on Bayfront for $479,000. Small or 383-3187. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, pets allowed. Call 650-4188. SEAPLACE, LOVELY 2BR/1.5BA. Tasteful- living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly ly decorated. Fully equipped kitchen, W/D, or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. ❖❖❖❖❖❖❖ 2/TV’s and DVD player. King bed in master LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, E-MAIL & 2/twins in second bedroom. Available May 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Available April, May & through December, 2004 & Jan., Feb. 2005. June, $2000/mo. Aug. & Sept., $2000/mo. YOUR CLASSIFIED! Call 941-379-4832. Oct. & Dec., $2750/mo. Also available Now you can E-mail your BEACHFRONT, LIDO, 2BR/2BA Gulf front, Jan. & Feb. 2005, $4000/mo. 727-403-1449, classified advertisement. next to Orchid Bay. Open Fall Season - Nov. through April. 3/mo. or longer. Owner, SUNSET BEACH, LBK. Newly redecorated 388-2555, Sunset 2BR/2BA condo located in a small complex, rentals now! Key West too! 5th floor unit, beautiful view of Gulf and pool. 2/mo. rental. Jan.-March, LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 Minimum bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido $5300/mo. April, $4300/mo. 860-633-3545. Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404.

Time Share

LONGBOAT HARBOUR Towers. Beautiful WEEKS 22 & 35 at Longboat Key’s Veranda beachfront condo w/pool, 2BR/2BA. No pets. Beach Club, 2BR/2BA, 1st & 5th floor units. Beautiful ocean front view! (904) 269-4513. 2/mo. minimum. $2500/mo. 941-346-8611.


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K Z Z P Y B P A Z Z N K Z Z P Y. ” Harry B. Schultheis, Las Vegas, NV

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Longboat Key

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

ISLAND LOCATION! If location is what you like, this 2BR/2BA is a short walk to the beaches with sand so white. Nicely updated, new tile floor, a screened lanai to enjoy outdoors, boat dock, tennis, heated pool too. Of all amenities, this is a few. $269,900. Sierra Hall 773-0191.

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

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

CANAL FRONT DUPLEX Spectacular Bay/Skyway views & deep boating water short walk to beaches, shops& fine dining & City Pier. Secluded Anna Maria location adjacent to exclusive subdivision. Collect income now until you are ready to build your dream home in this pristine area. $799,900. Tina Rudek 920-0303



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


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

SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT 3/4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, attention to detail, custom built canal front home. Too many amenities to mention, a boater’s paradise. $1,275,000. Cindy or Mike Migone 812-7438/812-7437

VILLA MIRANDA! Positive cash flow. Perfect vacation home/investment. One block to everything! Views forever. 3BR/3BA, pool, furnished. $879,000. Geoff Wall 5450206.

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

WANT A PRIVATE HOME, YET MAINTENANCE FREE? This gulfside 2 or 3 bedroom has it all. Mid Key location and remodeled beautifully. Turnkey furnished. Hear the ocean waves and enjoy your privacy. $439,000. Karen Ankerstar 586-7585


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

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

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

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

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