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LBK Club unveils plans



If all goes according to plan, the Longboat Key Club will be a different place by 2006, with 20 new homes and more than $20 million worth of new golf courses, tennis courts and other improvements. “It’s going to be beautiful,” said the executive vice president at the Longboat Key Club, Tom Rasmussen. The club intends to replace the tennis complex on Longboat Club Road with 20 singlefamily homes called Cà d’Cuore, or “House of the Heart.” The venture is expected to generate up to $118 million, Rasmussen explained. He said the proceeds will be used to finance improvements to the club, including 45 newlydesigned holes of golf, a spa, an exercise room expansion and a new Harbourside tennis center. Rasmussen said the planning stage of the project began about three years ago. “We always looked at that site (the tennis complex north of the Chart House) and said, ‘What a waste of good land,’” Rasmussen recalled.

Major catch Former U.S. Majority Leader Dick Armey (above) usually fishes for bass, but he caught his first snook on Longboat Key. Armey, along with Longboater George Rauch and Matt Kibbe, landed 29 more snook, red fish and trout while fishing at the north end of Longboat Key. All were released.

Three from the Key? Sen. Bob Graham’s decision not to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate has brought renewed interest from potential Republican candidates. Congresswoman Katherine Harris of Longboat Key has stated publicly she is considering making a run for it. Several months ago, Vern Buchanan, another Key resident, also expressed interest in the seat. Bob Smith, a three-term congressman and two-term senator from New Hampshire, who now works on the Key at Coldwell Banker Previews’ Charthouse office, spoke recently at a breakfast meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key. Smith was asked if he might run. While he didn’t say “yes,” he didn’t say “no.” “I’m considering it,” Smith said. Smith will discuss “Current National Issues” at the Republican Club of Longboat Key’s luncheon meeting to be held 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Island House, Longboat Key Club.

In the holiday spirit ... Handmade crafts, baked goods and more will be on sale at the annual Spanish Main residents annual Holiday Bazaar to be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Spanish Main Yacht Club Clubhouse, 5700 Gulf of Mexico Drive. An added feature will be a silent auction. The coffee shop will be open 10 to 11 a.m. with lunch following from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hall’s Harborside hotdogs. TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 12A

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The Whitney Beach post office has joined Key residents in sending holiday season packages to troops in Iraq. Organized by Rosemarie Calandruccio, post office clerk, packages of items donated by the public will be sent to five units overseas. A Christmas tree at the post office has stars marked with suggested gifts. Chapstick, flea collars, beef jerky, powdered drink mixes, hard candies, sunscreen, packets of salt and pepper and small board games, are some of the suggestions. The deadline for donations is Wednesday, Nov. 26. Shipping charges will be donated by the Whitney Beach Plaza management.

This rendering depicts the largest of three home models proposed for Longboat Club Road. This model would include 3,991 square feet of space on the first floor and 2,375 square feet on the second floor. TURN TO LBK CLUB, PAGE 2A

Community center to cost $5.9 million BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee voted unanimously Nov. 12 to recommend a $5.96 million community center concept to the Longboat Key Town Commission. Although the commission does not officially consider the recommendation until Nov. 20, Mayor John Redgrave has already voiced his opposition to the plan. He is calling for an alternative proposal that would not disturb the existing amenities at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Redgrave said he is also opposed to a community center with two large rooms, such as the one proposed. Before voting to make the recommendation, committee members themselves debated about whether they were ready to take that step. Chairman James L. Brown said the proposed plan, which envisions a 19,500-square-foot building in Bayfront Park, is a compromise. Land limitations forced the committee to elim-

inate an existing tennis court and basketball court to make room for the new building. “Have we really solved the problem, or should we keep working on this thing?” Brown asked. “I agree completely with you. I am very disappointed,” said committee member Ralph Hunter. “But on the other hand, let’s be realistic. I think we’re forced to go with this.” Committee member Andrea Frank concurred with Hunter. Frank said it might help to think of the community center as the first of what could be multiple phases. Brown said he is worried that the community center will be opposed by the growing group of people signing a petition to maintain two tennis courts in Bayfront Park. Frank suggested the tennis supporters will be understanding, once they are presented with the facts and realize the committee struggled to accommodate several interests. Committee member Beverly Shapiro said the committee could present the Town

Commission with options, one of which would be to buy more land to build a bigger facility. Hunter said another option is to build some sort of sports complex in Joan M. Durante Park to accommodate the elements that do not fit in Bayfront Park. Hunter referenced a legal opinion, which suggests such a facility would be allowed by current zoning. From the audience, Albie Frank advised the committee members to present a single plan to the commissioners. “Don’t confuse them with options,” Frank said. Brown agreed. He said as an architect, when he is asked to provide three options, he performs the “armpit trick.” This is when two ugly options are presented, in addition to the third, attractive option, he explained. Shapiro said when she first started serving on the committee, she was not sure the community center was warranted. But that has changed. TURN TO CENTER, PAGE 4A




LBK Club CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A Use of the tennis courts on Longboat Club Road dropped by 47% since Key Club Associates purchased the club in 1991, Rasmussen said. At first, Rasmussen and his associates proposed to use the land for a 50-slip marina and a nine-story condominium. “We realized it was just too massive; it would never fly,” Rasmussen said. The revised plan, which would result in 20 Mediterranean-style homes, is more appropriate for the neighborhood, Rasmussen said. The new plan has already elicited a positive reaction from the association that represents Islandside homeowners. Harrell & Company Architects designed the homes, which would come in three models and range in size from 5,512 square feet to 6,366 square feet. Tiled roofs, lush landscaping and swimming pools are also envisioned. “They’re going to be top-shelf,” Rasmussen said of the homes. Rasmussen said he hopes to market the homes for up to $1,000 per square foot, mean-

Sand will be used extensivly in the renovation of the golf courses, to save water.

The Longboat Key Club has plans to convert the Islandside tennis complex to an upscale housing development. ing they would cost between $5.5 million and $6.4 million. But before the homes can be built, the tennis complex must be rezoned for residential use and replaced, he explained. To that end, the club is proposing a new tennis center at Harbourside, with 25 modern courts, a pro shop and a snack bar. To accommodate Islandside tennis players, three new courts would also be installed on Longboat Club Road, bringing the total number of courts at the club to 28, which is 10 fewer than are there now. If the project as a whole is an arch, receiving approval for the new tennis center is the keystone. The club is seeking approval of the tennis plan from the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board Dec. 16. If that approval is not forthcoming, the whole project falls apart, Rasmussen acknowledged. Rasmussen said he believes issues that could have proved contentious have all been addressed. Club members get new facilities out of the deal, the town gets millions of dollars worth of new property to tax and the club gets new sources of revenue. The new homes will also be less of a strain on the town’s water and roads than the existing tennis center is, he said. But he added: “Just because it’s us, they’ll want to do something to stop it.” If the planning board does approve the new

tennis center, the next step would be to amend the rules that apply to the old tennis center, to allow Cà d’Coure to be built. And that is when debate about density will erupt. Approval from voters in the form of a referendum is required to increase density on Longboat Key above existing limits. But the club’s attorney, Alan W. Roddy, is arguing that the land in question is not yet at its maximum density, so no referendum is necessary. A consulting attorney for the town, William Pomeroy, concluded that the Gulf planned development known as Islandside can contain a maximum of 892 units, of which only 719 have been constructed. The Key Club is using this finding as proof that there is room for more density. The club is also proceeding on the interpretation that every acre in Islandside is allowed an average of 5.05 units per acre. This interpretation was given to the club by previous Planning Director Marty Black. It has since been overturned by Black’s successor, Jill Jeglie, who believes density is doled out on a parcelby-parcel basis, not based on the overall acreage of the planned development. Thus it is unclear which interpretation will be applied. Contemporaneously with the Cà d’Cuore approval process, the club will be pursuing permission for the first real renovation of the club’s three golf courses, the oldest of which dates

back to 1960. Landscape architect Ron Garl drafted plans for the renovation, which will involve more native Floridian features, such as sand, to reduce the need for water. The redesigned courses will also meet United States Golf Association standards, which the existing courses do not. And while some new challenges and terrain will be added, Rasmussen promised the courses will not become too tough for Longboat’s older population. “We don’t want them to get beat up out there,” said Rasmussen. “We want them to have fun and keep spending that money.” Harbourside is scheduled to be renovated first, if approval can be obtained in the first quarter of 2004. The Islandside renovation would follow in 2005. Also in 2005, the renovation of the Islandhouse is scheduled. The existing pro shop would be relocated to a new addition to the building, which would also house a new dining area. In place of the pro shop would be 3,000 square feet of new exercise equipment. The building would also be used for a new spa. The expanded exercise room and the spa are expected to cost about $3 million, Rasmussen said. Creating new space for the pro shop and dining area could cost up to $5 million, depending on size, he said, “You know, we don’t want to overbuild, either.” ❑

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Commission reconsiders term limits BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The Longboat Key Town Commission will consider at its workshop Nov. 20 whether to abolish term limits for commissioners and increase the term of service from two years to three years. Commissioner Hal Lenobel, who supported the town term limits enacted in 1999, proposed the change. He said he does not intend for the change to apply to any incumbent commissioner. Lenobel said he changed his mind about term limits and length after watching the recent ineffectiveness of the state Legislature, which is comprised of mostly new legislators. He said it takes a year or more to really train a new commissioner and he realized it is a waste to lose experienced commissioners solely because of a term limit. “First of all, it removes the continuity of commissioners and I think that’s very important,” said Lenobel. “And I think the charter should not decide who gets elected. I think the voters should decide who gets elected.” Lenobel explained that having longer, three-year terms would also produce more experienced commissioners and it would cost the town less in terms of elections.

Other business to be discussed by the commission at the workshop includes: • Utility rate study — Commissioners will examine a water rate recommendation that would increase prices drastically to provide capital to fix an aging system. • Tennis — Commissioners are being asked by the Friends of Tennis to talk about an appropriate method of recognition for those who donated money for the four new tennis courts being built on Bay Isles Road. • Downtown mobility — The commission will consider a resolution that urges the city of Sarasota not to narrow U.S. 41 on the bayfront. • Waterway navigation — Police Chief Al Hogle will

Lenobel’s suggestion has the support of the mayor. “I certainly would be in favor of what Commissioner Lenobel has proposed,” said Mayor John Redgrave. “I think it’s a very wise course for the town.” If the commission approves the change, it would go to a March 2004 referendum for a vote. Commissioners will also evaluate another referendum request,

present a plan for installing navigational markers in the waters around town. • Fire sprinklers — Fire Chief Julius Halas and Building Official Randy Fowler will suggest incentives the town could provide to speed up the installation of fire sprinklers in tall buildings. • Impact fees — The commission will be asked to impose county impact fees on the construction of new homes on the Manatee County side. The fees would be used to pay for roads, parks and public safety. The county has no roads, parks or police in the town of Longboat Key. The meeting will start at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

later in the meeting. Alan Moore, owner of Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant & Marina, is seeking a referendum to approve some new residential density for his commercial property on Broadway and the adjoining Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub. If the commission agrees to Moore’s request, the referendum would occur in conjunction with the presidential election in November 2004. ❑

ZBA board member questions the need for dock variance BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The Longboat Key Zoning Board of Adjustment dealt with dockery Nov. 13 — Susan J. Dockery to be exact. Dockery requested a variance from town law to build a boat dock, a lift and pilings at 588 Dream Island Road, which is a vacant parcel. The variance is needed because the property is lined with a thick fringe of mangroves, which prevents a dock from being built too close to shore. To get out past the mangroves, Dockery asked for permission to extend the dock up to 47 feet beyond the property’s edge, which is 17 feet further than is allowed. The longer dock would also reach deep water, whereas town rules would limit the dock to an area where the water is only 2.6 feet deep. Variances amount to legal lawbreaking and should only be granted for residents who face a “hardship.” Town staff concluded the variance is warranted, because of the unique nature of the property. And staff found the new dock would not be harmful to the neighborhood or the “public welfare.” But the support of staff did not convince zoning board member Carol Rickard. Rickard asked Dockery’s agent, Michael R. Friday, whether the town granted variances for any other dock in the area. Friday said he is not aware of any. Rickard asked Friday why the adjacent property does not have a dock. He said he did not know. She suggested it may be because that property also has mangroves along the shore. “Is this really a hardship, or just an impediment to getting the highest property value?” Rickard asked. “I see this as just trying to gain value for this property. Is it our job to help increase the value of property?” Friday said the property will obviously be worth more with a dock. But building a dock without the variance does not seem possible, he said. Board member Raymond Nawrocki asked about Dockery’s plans for the vacant property, after the dock is built. “Unfortunately, I don’t have the foresight to answer you,” said Friday. Nawrocki said he is concerned the dock will be rented out. Friday said he would be willing to make a stipulation that renting will not occur. Friday said he assumes Dockery will also be building a home on the lot and plans to use the property herself. Board member Patricia Zunz noticed the dock will run parallel to the mangrove fringe and asked Friday what happens when the mangroves grow into the dock. Friday said the mangroves can be maintained, so they will not encroach on the dock. Board member C. Edward Blair proposed a motion to approve the variance. The board voted 5-2 to grant the variance, with Rickard and Zunz dissenting. After the vote, board member Vincent DeLisi began to discuss why he voted the way he did. Providing an explanation is a subject of interest for the zoning board, because as part of an ongoing lawsuit, a judge required the board to justify one of its decision with “findings of fact.” But as DeLisi started to speak, Town Attorney David Persson interjected. “Can I jump in? We have a 30-day appeal period,” Persson said. ❑

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The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. The sermon, “Giving is Living: Giving Thanks is Living Well,” will be given by the Rev. Downs Spitler of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church. All area clergy will be participating. Among those participating are Spitler, the Rev. Eric Wogen of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, Plymouth Harbor Chaplain Jerry O’Connor, Rabbi Michael Eisenstat, the Rev. John Mullen of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and Temple Choir Director Joseph Spinella.

Community survey says ... BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

Although the public survey being conducted by the Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee is only half completed, surveyor Sandy Gilbert shared the results with the committee recently. “The most important finding from the survey is the strong indication that both the present users and the general public envision the new community center as a broader, more inclusive facility, with an expanded sports capability and a whole new venue for cultural activities,” Gilbert reported to the committee. Gilbert said this conclusion is supported by the fact that three of the most requested activities in the survey, musical events, lectures and theater, are not offered at the existing recreation center. The survey also showed people imagined themselves using a new community center regularly. As many as 32% of people surveyed indicated they would utilize the center three times a week for fitness purposes “The old adage ‘build it and they will come’ can be augmented with ‘and they will come often,’” Gilbert said. The committee conducted the survey partly at Publix, to obtain a sam-

pling from 55 people who do not use the existing recreation center. And the other segment of the survey came from 54 people who presently use Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Some general survey findings include: • Fitness classes are the most popular activity among people who presently use the Rec Center. • The five most requested new activities, in order of popularity, are musical events, lectures, new fitness programs, fitness equipment and theater. • Of the people who presently use the Rec Center, 20% go once a week, 29% go twice a week and 22% go three times a week. • A total of 37% of the people surveyed requested a lap pool for water aerobics. The survey also found that 89% of the people already have access to a pool at their home or condo. • A fishing pier is desired by 41% of the general public, but only by 15% of the people who currently use the Rec Center. • The majority of people surveyed wish to have a venue for lectures. • The majority of people surveyed did not request space for civic groups. • Of the people surveyed, 90% live on Longboat Key full-time. And the ratio of condo dwellers to single family

homeowners in the survey was about two to one. This jibes with property records, leading Gilbert to believe the survey as a whole is accurate. • The survey found that only 54% of the people who have a recreation room at their condo use it. But these people still requested activities, leading Gilbert to note: “This seems to support the contention that condos are not seen as totally self-contained entertainment facilities. Many condo dwellers are looking for new outside activities that could be provided by the new community center.” • As for age groups, 14% of those surveyed are 50 or younger; 45% of the people surveyed are between the ages of 50 and 69; and 41% of the people are 70 or older. At the end of his report, Gilbert commented on the accuracy of such a small survey. “The sample size of 109 is very reliable for projection purposes, because it represents such a large portion of our population. By comparison, projections for the recent California recall election were typically based on only 500 respondents to represent the entire population of the state.” The committee plans to conduct the same survey again during the first half of December, to gauge the reaction from the seasonal crowd. ❑





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Center CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A “This plan has so excited me, that I dream about it,” said Shapiro. “I don’t want to hear this,” Brown joked. Shapiro said she dreamed she was the director of the new community center and she fired someone for not doing their job. She said this is an indication of how enthusiastic she has become and she urged the committee to proceed with the current proposal. Committee member Barbara Kerwin made a motion in support of presenting the Town Commission with the community center concept and it passed unanimously. As of the vote, the committee did not know what the proposed plan would cost. But later in the meeting, Town

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that additional costs might arise later too. “The final numbers will therefore look similar to the totals listed now,” Wannemacher stated. Wannemacher’s source for the estimate is Bob Kaupp, president of Construction Consultants & Associates Inc. The source of the estimates is a concern, because the estimate for the last town construction project was about 50% short of the actual cost. Wannemacher said Kaupp has provided budget estimates throughout the Tampa Bay area since 1991 on more than 50 community center projects. “I have complete confidence in his ability to assist us with your estimate preparation,” Wannemacher declared. The proposal will be presented to the Longboat Key Town Commission at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. ❑




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Manager Bruce St. Denis brought in cost estimates provided by architect Lisa Wannemacher. The “preliminary building estimate” showed the building itself will cost $4,330,729. Site work will cost $687,897 and peripheral costs, such as permitting fees, will add up to $946,848, for a grand total of $5,965,474. “Wow,” said Hunter after seeing the cost estimates. “Wow.” From the outset, St. Denis had told the Town Commission to expect the community center to cost $6 million. “Remember, I said it would be six,” said St. Denis. “Everybody said, ‘Oh, no. We can do it for two.’” St. Denis went on to explain that the cost includes everything, such as furniture and architectural fees. Also, Wannemacher couched the estimate with a 15% contingency allowance. She said this contingency can shrink as the project comes closer to construction, but



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“NO ANIMAL IS SAFE ON THIS BLOCK.” That is what the Cohen family declared in a letter stuffed in every mailbox on Marbury Lane, after their dog, Max, died a horrible death from ingesting poison. “We don’t know who put it out or why they put it out,” said Catherine Cohen of the poison. Cohen said she knew something was wrong when Max stayed outside about five minutes longer than usual. The allwhite Bichon Frise returned home safely, but began vomiting within an hour, Cohen recalled. Cohen said three days of medical treatment followed, complete with a blood transfusion, but Max died. “We couldn’t save him,” Cohen said. “Three thousand dollars later, we still lost our puppy.” The dog was 1 1/2 years old. The vet told Cohen the dog died from poison that was disguised in some food. This particular type of poison caused the animal to vomit blood. Cohen said she believes someone in her neighborhood put the poison out to kill raccoons. After they realized what had happened, the Cohens wrote a letter about the incident and inserted it in the mailboxes on their street. The letter stated: “We are not going to prosecute or blame. Our Max is gone. But please, we have to stop this inhumane way to kill pests and pets and children.” The statement was punctuated with 10 exclamation marks.


Upon receiving the letter in his mailbox, one Marbury Lane man called the police. The man told police the letter made him feel like a suspect. The man, who asked not to be named, said the Cohens should have supervised their dog more and the neighbors are not to blame for what happened. He also said he did not like the fact that someone outside the postal service used his mailbox. Although Longboat Key Police did not conduct a criminal investigation or file any charges, it is a violation of federal law to insert mail into a mailbox without paying postage. According to federal statutes, the crime comes with fines of up to $5,000 per incident, although the rule is rarely enforced. Cohen explained she meant no harm with the letter and did not intend to single anybody out. “I would just hope we could educate people, so it doesn’t happen to any other animal,” Cohen said. Some education about poison is necessary, Cohen said, because a few days after the incident she overheard an announcement on the loudspeaker at Home Depot urging people to freely toss poison out in the yard, because it was on sale. Cohen said she is quickly moving away from the neighborhood, because she is still unsure where Max found the poison, so she still does not feel safe. Cohen said she got two new puppies, but they are not enough to replace Max. “He was just the best dog we ever had,” she said. ❑

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Ralph Hunter can write a story and he can also tell a story. For a nearly an hour, Hunter entertained and informed members of the Longbeach Village Association about the history of the Key at their Nov. 5 meeting. “Did you know,” Hunter asked, “that acres of tomatoes were grown on the Key because of the good soil? Or that the Key was cut off from Bradenton in 1932 when a storm destroyed the bridge over Longboat Pass? A new bridge wasn’t built until 1958.” Hunter also told of the disastrous fire 50 years ago at the Sleepy Lagoon restaurant, now the site of the former Buccaneer Inn, which led to the organization of the volunteer fire department. Hunter paid tribute to the late Guy Pascal, who was involved in incorporating the town and also published the Key’s first newspaper, Key Notes. In 1978, Hunter and his wife, Claire, founded The Longboat Observer. The first issue had four pages. In 1995, Hunter sold the paper, and he turned to a longtime interest, writing the history of Longboat Key. For several years, Hunter has been president of The Longboat Key Historical Society and has files of material, stored mostly in his garage. Writing the book wasn’t the difficult part, Hunter said. “Preparing it for publication was.” He had the audience laughing as he described their numerous snafus: “I ended up scanning the book’s 350 photos all over again. We had the wrong DPI and the printer couldn’t use them,” Hunter said laughing. “We learned a lot.” Finally in 2002, “From Calusas to Condominiums, a Pictorial History of Longboat Key,” was published. It is for sale at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and several other locations on the Key. At the brief business meeting following Hunter’s talk, Association President Dutch Arends reminded people to begin setting aside items for the annual yard sale in March. He suggested, “Don’t return those Christmas presents you don’t want. Save them for the sale.” The next meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Arts Center. ❑









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Mobility now! It must be a requirement of urban planners — to be short on practical sense. If you happened to read City Editor Shay Sullivan’s account in last week’s Longboat Observer of the Nov. 6 The Bayfront Condominium Association in downtown Sarasota City Commission meeting on rerouting U.S. 41 Sarasota is advocating the following steps to ease the downtown, you may have reached the same conclusion we traffic jams at Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41: did: If you want to make a traffic situation worse, give a 1) Close Gulfstream Avenue at U.S. 41 planner a street map and a CAD computer. 2) Install left turn lane on U.S. 41 onto Main Street Senior traffic engineer Ian Lockwood, with the plan3) Pedestrian on-call button at 41 & Gulfstream ning firm of Glatting, Jackson, Kercher, Anglin, Lopez, 4a) Continuous right turns from 41 onto Ringling Rinehart Inc. of Orlando, glazed the eyes of Sarasota city 5) Right turn lanes at Golden Gate onto commissioners last week by taking them on a 100-year Ringling Causeway journey of the evolution of city streets in an attempt to 5a) Change middle lane on 41 to northconvince them it’s a good idea to convert U.S. 41 along bound lane the Sarasota bayfront to a two-lane road. He talked of 5b) Left or right turn from right lane at “reclaiming” streets by slowing traffic, and he talked of the Ringling & 41 “power of network,” using all of a city’s streets to solve its 6) Extend right turn lane in front of traffic problems. Splash store on 41 But he didn’t talk common sense. Cutting U.S. 41 traf7) Add left turn lane (southbound) on 41 fic from four lanes to two lanes along the bayfront will be at Fruitville a horrible idea no matter what kind of “networking” traf8) Extend westbound acceleration lane fic engineers design. past Sunset Drive. And yet the Sarasota city staff appears hellbent on implementing this and the equally insane idea of roundabouts at the intersections of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road. Why? Because some planner drew dreamy pictures of New Urbanists strolling from their downtown condos to the bayfront for a Wednesday picnic on a blanket? All along the city planners and New Urbanists have convinced themselves that Sarasotans are deprived of this important communal connection with the bay, and that, as planners, they know what we need. But where are the petitions? Where are the streams of letters to the editor demanding that Tamiami Trail be shut down to two lanes of 20 mph traffic and roundabouts? Both of these ideas must be scrapped. One way to help do that is to attend the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s meeting and be heard. The meeting was explanation from City Hall. scheduled for Nov. 24, but has been postponed due to the Even with its appeal, the Mobility Now plan is not perlengthy nature of the city’s presentation. fect. We’re unconvinced that closing off Gulfstream Another way is to persuade the Sarasota City Avenue at U.S. 41 and installing a left turn lane in the Commission to adopt the plans of Mobility Now, an eightsouthbound lane at 41 and Main Street are the wisest step traffic improvement plan proposed by the downtown moves. Longboater Murf Klauber of the Colony Beach & Bayfront Condominium Association. The accompanying Tennis Resort thinks Gulfstream should remain open. He map shows the group’s proposals. suggests northbound left turns at Gulfstream and U.S. 41 There is much to like about the Mobility Now proposshould be limited only to those heading north on U.S. 41 als. As former longtime Longboat resident John Sandefur, and everyone heading east to the interstate should be a member of Mobility Now, told Longboat Key Kiwanis directed through U.S. 41 and Gulfstream to Cocoanut Club members recently, the Mobility Now plan will Avenue, then to Fruitville Road. increase traffic flow 50% over existing conditions. This is ❑❑❑ In the overall scheme, these latter suggestions are finer based on the results of Tampa traffic consultants assisting points of a plan that is far and away superior to the New Mobility Now. A walkover that works Urbanist’s guarantee for gridlock. Mobility Now is a winEqually appealing about the Mobility Now plan is all of The urban planning gurus seem to reject building ner. But as Longboat-Sarasota doyenne Edith Barr-Dunn the changes can be accomplished in phases — and with pedestrian bridges over U.S. 41 to allow walkers, joggers heard the Mobility Now traffic plan, she wrote on a note: minimal traffic disruption — by October 2005. As and bikers access to the bay and to connect the Ritz“It’ll never work. It makes too much sense.” Sandefur told Kiwanians, for many Carlton and its adjacent high-rises to downtown residents it’s important that downtown. These people should stand these changes be accomplished in their at the peak of the new Ringling lifetimes — now. What’s more, the cost Causeway Bridge and count all of the of Mobility Now is tolerable: $1 milwalkers, joggers and bikers now using lion that was to come from impact fees. the bridge. And then contrast those Contrast that with the estimated numbers with the number of pedestridecade and $50 million required to ans who used the old rickety draw convert U.S. 41 to two lanes, reroute bridge. It’s no comparison! U.S. 41 and install roundabouts. And Walkovers will work. contrast the minimal disruptions of the Indeed, Jack Nolan, a Longboat Key Mobility Now plan vs. the nightmare of artist, civil engineer and owner of a managing traffic at U.S. 41 and design-build construction company, has Gulfstream while trying to construct a created an appealing rendering of a roundabout. walkover just north of the Gulfstream Now here’s an amazing point: Avenue and U.S. 41 intersection. Sandefur noted that many of the Imagine what is there now and how Mobility Now proposals are not new impossible it is for pedestrians to cross ideas. In fact, under the state’s concurthe street. This won’t change with a rency laws, they were to have been roundabout. But imagine two implemented as part of the developwalkovers over U.S. 41. Downtown ment of the Ritz-Carlton and other and the bay would become easily accesU.S. 41 and Gulfstream projects, but sible for all of the condo dwellers, jogthey were not enforced. Asked why, gers and bikers on both sides of U.S. 41. Sandefur said his group could not get an Longboat artist Jack Nolan’s rendering of a walkway over U.S. 41 at the site of the old Holiday Inn. Nah, this, too, makes too much sense.





My view

See you again next year at St. Jude’s Once again, the Longboat Key St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon and Bike-a-thon festival is history. And once again, it was an outstanding success. An 18-person committee and more than 50 volunteers worked hard to make it happen. As chairman for this year’s event, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to them. Few realize what is involved on the day of the event alone. Starting at 7:30 a.m., with an empty parking lot at Temple Beth Israel, by 10 a.m. 48 tents are erected to accommodate two entrance tents, two dining pavilions, 26 restaurant booths, three wine distributor booths a beer wagon tent a soda and water station, a St. Jude tent where we sell our commemorative T-shirts, a silent auction area and an entertainment platform. Tables and chairs are set up and table skirts and table cloths laid out to decorate the area. The Port-O-Lets, the waste bins, the dumpster and the auxiliary power generators are all set in their appropriate places. Distribution of the paper goods, the eating utensils and the napkins take place just as the restaurants begin to arrive. Several need power connections, water connections and ice. They bring their own decorations, greenery, their own grills and their own gourmet specialties that are the luncheon’s delight. All who worked to create the “restaurant runway” were either committee members, who have been working since last spring to make the event happen, or their volunteers.

Our thanks also goes out to the 22 Cardinal Mooney students and their adviser who helped set up the tents, tables and chairs and policed the area both during and after the event. By noon, all is set. Usually, 200 to 250 early attendees are waiting in line to get in. Several of the more experienced bring their own chairs and trays. A few enterprising people even bring card tables. Within minutes after the gate is officially open, the “restaurant midway” is filled. Attendance will be between 800 and 1,000 people. This year, we were fortunate enough to hit the higher end of the range. For the next two hours, people will go from booth to booth, enjoying some of the finest food and beverages to be found in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. Every single restaurant at the event donated what they served. Many of the employees donated their time. Soft drinks, beer, wine and the delightful ice cream desserts were also donated. Chris Browne gave us the drawing for our collector’s item T-shirts. Even our printing was donated. We pay for the paper goods, the eating utensils, the rental of the tables, chairs and Port-O-Lets, some linens, the entertainment and the actual making of the T-shirts. Whatever we net goes to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Although the final numbers are still not in, it looks like we will net more than $27,000 this year. Over the years, the Longboat Key Gourmet Luncheon and Bike-a-Thon has

Letters to


If you would like to send us your comments, please write, e-mail or fax one of the following addresses: Box 8100, Longboat Key, FL 34228; e-mail:; fax: 3837193. Please include your name and phone number. The Longboat Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. The editor reserves the right to condense letters.

PZB employee helpful Dear Editor: This letter is in response to the article in the Oct. 23 edition regarding the numerous complaints filed against Planning and Zoning Board (PZB). Although not exactly on point, as I do not live in a condominium and have not had many dealings with the PZB yet, I feel compelled to write a letter relating my positive experiences with the PZB. As a prospective and first-time owner-homebuilder on Longboat Key, I have met and questioned employees of PZB on numerous occasions. In all of my interactions, I have found these employees (specifically Harvey Hill and Steve Schield) to be extremely helpful, courteous and informative. It is reassuring to know that once I do begin construction, the PZB is staffed by such employees. Thomas Baugher Sarasota

I love Norway Dear Editor: The comments of Michael J. Lazarus, published in letters to the editor in the Oct. 30 issue indicated that I lacked sufficient sympathy and respect for Norway and Norwegians. Nothing could be further from the truth. My admiration for all in that country is well summarized by the fact that Norwegians Martin and Marian Martinsen are the parents of Joan Marilyn Durante. Jim Durante Longboat Key

Rates should reflect cost Dear Editor: I just checked my last water bill and found that the figures quoted in your article do not resemble my bill. You stated that using 11,000 gallons of water would result in a combined water/sewer bill of $22.77 under the present system and $41.80 with the PRMG plan. My

last bill for 7,000 gallons resulted in a water/sewer charge of $44.37. Why is the town paying this consultant when they cannot even add? In addition, could the town staff have obtained the same figures by simply calling around? How do the new rates relate to actual cost? Is the town going to receive windfall profits by raising water and sewer rates? If town management is proposing to encourage conservation by raising rates, why are minimum rates increasing? Would not it be better to charge nothing for using nothing? Why are sewer rates increasing, how will that help conservation? The last and most important question is why are consultants used for every task the town management should do but not for a study of salaries which town management found time to complete themselves. New water rates are needed but they must reflect the true costs and not overburden our citizens. Thomas Jendrysik Longboat Key

It’s a matter of preference Dear Editor: Just because some favor golf over tennis, why badmouth tennis and the additional cost? What about $700,000 down the drain? At least tennis will have something to show for the money. Paul Kaatz Longboat Key

Suggestion for the Circle Dear Editor: As permanent residents of Lido Key, and very frequent visitors to cafes on St. Armands, we feel we must react to the article in the Oct. 27 issue of Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Business Weekly, regarding improvements to the Circle. Our conclusion is that the St. Armands Circle Association needs a reality check with people (like us) they apparently are trying to woo — the customers.

contributed more than $500,000 to this wonderful cause. The late comedian Danny Thomas founded the St. Jude Hospital on the premise that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” St. Jude and the successes they have shared with the rest of the world have raised survival rates from childhood cancers dramatically in the last four decades, from 4% to better than 80% today. All who participated in this year’s luncheon, and the past 21, share in this achievement. I wish to express my deepest thanks to the restaurants, wine distributors, Ultra Pure water, Coca-Cola and Budweiser, without whom the event simply could not have happened; National Linen for the table cloths; the patrons whose gifts helped make our end result possible; all of the dining pavilions and tent donors who eliminated a lot of our expenses; Maco Graphics for all the printing; Cardinal Mooney High School and its student volunteers; Matt Walsh and The Longboat Observer for the great publicity; a simply great committee, who worked hard to plan and put the event together; all the volunteers who gave up their time, and most of all, to you who bought the tickets and attended. Collectively, you were all responsible for this year’s outstanding success. We hope to see you again Nov. 13 next year. Bob Phillips 2003 Longboat Key St. Jude Festival Chairman

The $65,000 spent on the sound system was a total waste of money. Who asked for it, and who wants this omnipresent soft jazz? In many instances it clashes horribly with music provided by the cafes themselves. We have not heard a single positive comment in this regard. Please turn it off. Money would be better spent on improving the intersections at St. Armands to make them more pedestrian friendly, like at South Boulevard of the Presidents. Besides, landscaped areas drain better than curb-to-curb asphalt. Other pedestrian-shopping districts, like lower Main Street and Hillview/Osprey have 15 mph speed limits. Why not here at St. Armands? Isn’t St. Armands the busiest pedestrian area in the city? We regularly see vehicles whizzing around the Circle at hair-raising speeds, especially to/from Longboat Key. The speed limit should be lowered and then enforced. Arne and Olivia Swaan Lido Key

Kudos to Harold Stein Dear Editor: Harold Stein’s letter to the editor, which appeared in Oct. 30 edition, could not have been more accurate. We (the snowbirds) have experienced an 89% increase in our taxes over the last three years. The simple truth is that property values have not increased proportionately. An appeal for review to the tax assessor resulted in a “nochange” assessment. Then, in the same issue, one reads of a proposed increase in water fees of between 69.5% and 435% and the town assuming an additional outlay of $100,000 to benefit a relatively small group of people who want to play tennis. Your editorial supports Stein indirectly but very correctly. If this continues, the silent, unseen majority will vote with their feet. The beauty and stability of the Longboat/Sarasota area will be negatively affected and it could all happen very quickly. Those who have the franchise to vote should think about this very seriously before the ball starts rolling downhill. Frank Neubauer Longboat Key

Put tennis on hold Dear Editor: How was approving another $100,000 for Friends of Tennis a good decision? First, the original FOT project estimate of $200,000, has risen to $320,000. Given that FOT blew the original estimate by $120,000, how can we have any confidence in their latest effort? What is the real project cost?

Second, Don Semisch speaking for FOT said, “If this doesn’t get done this season, I believe the support will drift away.” If FOT support for the new courts is so thin it could “drift away” over the next few months: 1. Are the courts really necessary if support could disappear so quickly? 2. Can FOT meet its funding goal if support is so weak it could “drift away”? 3. If it can’t, will the town have to pay even more for the courts? Put the project on hold until a firm project estimate, and all FOT and town funding issues are resolved. It isn’t too late, and it could prevent another FOT plea for even more money. Bob Siekmann Longboat Key

A perfect rate Dear Editor: I picked up a copy of The Longboat Observer and saw, “Consultant: raise water rates.” Before, I read the article I fantasized about the perfect water rate. In my mind, I constructed a six-rate structure with the sixth rate (highest) six times the entry (first and lowest) rate. Therefore, it was very difficult for me to criticize the Sarasota structure after I read the article. Such is the fantasy life in the slow lane (Longboat Key). Charles Ross Longboat Key

A bell-ringing thank you Dear Editor: This past Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce had a Chili Cook Off at the North Fire Station to celebrate the Longboat Key Fire Department’s 50th Anniversary. The Fire Department Volunteers had a fire bell from the original fire station refurbished. At this event, the bell and a plaque with the names of all the fire chiefs since 1953 was unveiled. The many people who supported the chamber and the volunteers were recognized and thanked. As president of the volunteer organization, there are some people I would like to recognize and thank personally and publicly. They are the Fire Department Volunteers who helped plan and work the event: Jack and Peggy Goodrich, Pam Reed, Mike Tyrell, Scott Simon, Matt Altman, Tom Sousa and especially Jorge Alvarez. Thanks! And a special thanks also to “C” Shift — Station 1 for their hard work and help. Lew Simon President, Longboat Key Volunteer Fire Department Inc.


Cops’ Corner

of cars ahead and smacked into one, causing $1,500 worth of damage. 11:48 p.m. — 300 block North Shore Road. Code enforcement. Subjects warned for being on beach after hours.

Cops’ Corner Scorecard Noises Construction Parties Strange Fireworks

Oct. 31 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.

Oct. 30 3:58 a.m. — 6800 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). DUI. Police caught two intoxicated men coming out of restaurant; one had an open beer. One of the men was a cook at the restaurant. Both men said they would walk home. A few minutes later, officer found the cook hiding out nearby and advised him not to even think about driving home. About 15 minutes after that, officer saw cook speeding down Gulf of Mexico Drive at 65 mph and pulled him over. Police noted that subject had damp spot, apparently from wetting himself, and arrested James Maurice Beard, 37, of Bradenton, for driving under the influence of alcohol. 8:03 a.m. — 1600 block Harbor Cay Lane. Fishing. People fishing on private property were gone before police arrived. 1:18 p.m. — 6400 block GMD. Code enforcement. Watering violation. Warned. 2:38 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Suspicious person. Someone from fire department called police because a black man was walking down the street. Three police officers responded to question man, who had been working on the Key and was trying to catch a bus home. Police gave him a ride to Bradenton Beach. 3:24 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject arrested for driving without first getting a driver’s license. 3:31 p.m. — 1900 block GMD. Traffic accident. Subject didn’t pay attention to line

7:36 a.m. — 600 block Yardarm Lane. Code enforcement. Subject warned for working too early. 8:26 a.m. — Holmes Beach. Fraud. Subject who owns local salon is in dispute with contractor working on a Holmes Beach salon for her. Subject believes contractor changed the terms of contract without her permission. Civil matter. 12:14 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Property lost. Subject is missing her purse. 12:47 p.m. — 600 block Buttonwood Drive. Code enforcement. Watering violation. 6:15 p.m. — GMD at North Shore Road. Suspicious circumstance. Residents complained about subject driving dangerously. Police found subject on side of road next to his car, which had broken down. Subject was unsteady on feet and dropped things, apparently due to head injuries from a past car crash. Police submitted him for a license reexamination.

Nov. 1 11:32 a.m. — 6100 block GMD. Property lost. Subject lost purse. 9:32 p.m. — GMD at DeNarvaez Drive. Traffic violation. Subject cited for driving with suspended license. 10:22 p.m. — 5100 block GMD. Property lost. Subject departed from hotel room and later realized he left behind a bag with $27,000 worth of jewelry inside. New customers had rented the room, but bag was still there, behind the TV.

Nov. 2 9:46 a.m. — 6800 block GMD. Suspicious

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Lost and found people 3 Code violations 97 Personality conflict 87 Picture window shows 2 Explicit Speedos 2 Realtor rage 1 Cutter Lane crises 5 Lewd love letters 1 Flashers 3 Lost causes on St. Judes 8 Turtle Trouble 29 Nurse harassment 1

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person. Police called cab for man who couldn’t find pay phone. 5:32 p.m. — 500 block Rountree Drive. Code enforcement. Subject warned for allowing friend to live in travel trailer on the property. 8:27 a.m. — 1000 block Longboat Club Road. Public service. Car reported as suspicious belonged to employee at the condo.

2:26 p.m. — 6000 block GMD. Code enforcement. Police advised subject about rules prohibiting motor home parking at residences. 2:34 p.m. — 6600 block GMD. Code enforcement. Police told subject she cannot park her mobile home at her residence. She said she did not know this and it had been parked there for two years.

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11 a.m. — GMD at Buttonwood Harbor Drive. Traffic accident. Unable to stop on wet road, subject rear-ended a vehicle, causing $1,700 worth of damage. 3:21 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Boat emergency. Police responded to report of boat sinking in choppy seas, found the boater safe and secured the vessel.

1:32 a.m. — 1000 block Longboat Club Road. Disturbance. Police responded to nonviolent dispute between mother and son. Alcohol was involved and both parties decided to go to bed. 6:53 p.m. — GMD at Sloop Lane. Traffic accident. Subject cut car off, causing a crash and $900 worth of damage. Cited. 9:45 p.m. — 100 block Sands Point Road. Suspicious person. Security guard said man from group of fishermen boarded sailboat on private property. Fishermen all denied it was one of them. ❑

Nov. 4 7:35 a.m. — Holmes Beach. Assist. Police issued plumber summons to appear before Longboat Key Code Enforcement Board.

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Did the judge interfere with this trial? A judge presiding over a trial, of course, must be totally impartial. The principle applies even more so in a jury case. Readers may recall the highly successful motion picture “The Verdict,” starring Paul Newman. The theme concerned a down-and-out lawyer attempting a comeback. In the flick, he represented a plaintiff in a negligence case against a rich and powerful defendant. The courtroom scenes showed that Newman did not satisfy the trial judge in an attempt to interrogate a witness on the stand. Finally, the jurist proceeded to question the witness himself, to Newman’s unhappiness. Exasperated, he finally remarked, “Your Honor, with all due respect, if you’re going to try my case for me, I wish you wouldn’t lose it.” That principle came into play in a medical malpractice case against an abortion clinic. The jury rendered a verdict that would pay the plaintiff $625,000. The defendant appealed, claiming judicial bias, because the judge asked question of a witness. He was also accused of criti-

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DOWNTOWN HISTORIC ESTATE ON THE WA separate guesthouse on almost 1 private & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #24 INDIAN BEACH Magnificent authentic Medi staircase & all floors with pre-cast stone marb Barbara Brady & Kay Barberio, 951-6660 or 9 SARABANDE Combining comfort & sophistica sq. ft. of marvelous upgrades along with a $2,395,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 38 THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CAR sq. ft., 8th floor, NW corner unit with 3BRs pl ties. $2,040,000. Phyllis Garfinkel, 951-6660 MARINA TOWER Furnished downtown unit w Awesome views of the marina & bay, valet & c $1,595,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 38 RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES Enjoy stunn bership to the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club. $1,595,000 SPECTACULAR PARCEL with 100+/- feet of ra location for your family estate. $1,500,000. Sus OAKS I An iron-gated brick courtyard introdu country architecture. A treasure in the Oaks, $1,250,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383HARBOR ACRES Almost new ranch in a sou homes. Features 3,000 sq. ft. of living a $1,190,000. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 9 BEST OF THE CITY AT HISTORIC ORANGE BL at your doorstep. 3,950 sq. ft. of top quality wit looking Palm Ave. $1,150,000. Susan & Jonat SILVER OAK'S BEST VALUE for those loving th Only 2 yrs. old, 3/4BR John Cannon home wit Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #239 ARTIST'S HAVEN Fabulous set-up for one wh and longs for privacy. Two homes with 5 acres Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #245015 LIVE DOWNTOWN in a historic 3BR plus de views of the harbor, patio & garden, sun room 951-6660 or 374-0196. #241875

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ELEGANT PALLADIAN VILLA set on azure New Pass waters. Highlights splendid architecture, which seamlessly integrates outdoor & indoor spaces. $10,000,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #234200 CASUAL ELEGANCE IN GATED BEACHFRONT ENCLAVE Dramatic open design offers stunning views of the Gulf, bay & city skyline. 7,021 sq. ft. of superb quality construction & detailing on .83-acre. $6,950,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #244740 INCREDIBLE ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT on the bay. Over 6,000 sq. ft. of fabulous design & fine detailing with wraparound teak decking & the most exquisite views. $3,999,000. Annette Rogers & Bruce Tassinare, 383-7591 or 951-6660. #233125 ST. ARMANDS BAYFRONT Warm, elegant & dramatic traditional European-style with beautiful detailing. A Sotheby's listing. $3,850,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #217393 BIRD KEY BAYFRONT Premiere location with breathtaking views of the Sarasota skyline and Siesta Key. This Spanish-Mediterranean with deepwater dock was completely remodeled. $3,400,000. Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #239958 EXCLUSIVE EN PROVENCE Enchanting 4BR Gulf front condo with marble floors & granite countertops is top-of-the-line in every aspect. $2,695,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #232491 ST. ARMANDS BAYFRONT Exceptional quality and design, with 4BRs, marble clad rooms, dramatic, open living room, gourmet kitchen, disappearing-edge pool & separate guesthouse. $2,500,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #244718 PERFECT BEACH GETAWAY Breathtaking views of the Gulf from this 2-story home with all new furnishings, new carpet & numerous upgrades. Spectacular beachfront heated pool & sundeck. $2,400,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #220722 AMAZING VIEWS OF GULF & BAY from this fabulous 9th floor, turnkey furnished unit at Water Club. Over 3,000 sq. ft. of designer perfection, upgrades & extras. $1,895,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #234535 STUNNINGLY SOPHISTICATED Water Club home with full bay & city skyline views, 3BRs, office & 2 parking spaces. $1,500,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #238561 YACHTER'S DREAM ON LONGBOAT KEY Enjoy this casual Key West home located on deep water. This fabulous residence has a dock to accommodate up to 5 large boats. $1,450,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #239763 A RARE ANTIGUA GEM on the ninth floor, directly beneath the penthouse. This unit boasts the highest ceilings and the most spectacular 360-degree bay views. $1,450,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #247388 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES One in from the bay, this remodeled, spacious home has 3BRs, with gorgeous views from most rooms, caged pool & 50+ ft. dock with boatlift. $1,395,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 346-9121. #246476 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Beautiful 3BR home, just 1 in from the bay, in model condition. Plush carpet, tile and beautiful bay views from kitchen, pool area and master bedroom. $1,195,000. Kent Glen Peterson, 383-7591 or 780-1559. #244041 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Beautifully remodeled, fabulously located home has boat dock with lift, deeded beach access & pool with waterfall. $998,000. Bob Burnett, 383-7591 or 387-0048. #242068 LONGBOAT KEY Your oasis of quiet privacy with sweeping 180-degree views of azure water, boats, forest preserve & skyline. Three BRs, furnished & 2 auto spaces. $990,000. Janice Green & Linda Browning, 966-8000 or 955-8685 & 966-8000 or 302-0013. #232438 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Beautifully redone light & spacious home on the water, with courtyard pool & enchanting views of the bay. Lovingly restored with attention to every detail. $899,000. Kent Glen Peterson, 383-7591 or 780-1559. #245315 QUEENS HARBOR Courtyard privacy enhances the charm of this 3BR home. The grand foyer leads to 14' ceilings, crown molding, prestige lighting & corner aquatic window. $895,000. Lorraine Wagoner & Pat Garrett, 383-7591 or 349-3444. #243024 EXCITING KEY WEST-STYLE modern pool home on natural boating canal, just steps from one of Longboat Key's most beautiful beaches. Almost new, offered turnkey furnished. $799,000. Jo Ellen Burnham, 383-3759. #245489 SUNSET BEACH Incredible Gulf views from every room. Turnkey furnished by Robb & Stuckey, separate utility room, covered parking, gorgeous grounds, pool & beach. $795,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #242153 BIRD KEY Beautifully renovated 3BR garden home with new tile & carpeting, large family room, side-entry garage & pool. $669,000. Mary Ann Dabney, 388-4447 or 350-9806. #244981 BEACHFRONT-SEA GATE CLUB Direct Gulf front coveted south end walkout unit enjoys panoramic vistas & spectacular sunsets. Beautiful wide beach with covered shaded huts & beach chairs. $629,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #229909

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BALLENTINE MANOR Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the views of sparkling Sarasota Bay & Longboat Key, this unique estate presents a dazzling display of space & light. $6,250,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #245700 CONTEMPORARY BAYFRONT ESTATE Secluded & private, this magnificent, lushly landscaped residence boasts fabulous bay & sunset views from almost every room. $5,975,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #232633 FABULOUS FIVE-STAR RITZ-CARLTON LIFESTYLE Spa, beach club & impeccable pampering from an award-winning hotel staff. The penthouse, high over Sarasota Bay, bathed in breathtaking panorama. $5,750,000. Klaus Lang & Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #234190 TOWER RESIDENCE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON Luxurious lifestyle from this penthouse with over 4,600 sq. ft. and magnificent water views. $4,800,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #235703


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UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY Charming home with Gulf views, located on a private lane with a deeded 15' wide easement to a wonderful beach. Sunset deck, day dock & fishing pier. $865,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #247439 6Siesta Key

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EXCELLENT HOME - EXCELLENT LOCATION Canal front pool home, just 1/2 block to bay & Intracoastal. Steps to gorgeous beach & a bird sanctuary. $699,900. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #245264

ATER Incredible 5,500 sq. ft. main home with walled acre West of the Trail. $3,300,000. 1237 iterranean with outstanding views, winding ble concrete. A Sotheby's listing. $3,200,000. 922-5580. #240354 ation, this classy 10th floor unit offers 3,700 amazing views of bay, city, marina & Gulf. 7-0800. #244209 RLTON Glorious sunset views from this 3,650 lus den, exquisite kitchen & fabulous amenior 302-6400. #241529 with 3,000 sq. ft. of spacious, 1st class living. concierge services, fitness center & pool/spa. 7-0800. #239716 ning bay views from this 3BR unit. Includes mem0. Chad Roffers, 951-6660 or 376-0188. #243056 are bayfront and wide open water views. Ideal san Mitchell, 951-6660 or 780-5085. #241651 ces enchantment inspired by the lyrical lowset in a dreamy oasis overlooking the lake. -7591 or 356-6694. #241388 ught after community, surrounded by elegant reas, new roof, landscaping, pool & spa. 928-3175. #246893 LOSSOM with restaurants, galleries & marina th a large private patio and brick terrace overthan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #234320 he country club atmosphere without the fees. h office & over 4,100 sq. ft. $985,000. Kim & 9401 ho needs a generously sized studio/workshop of incredible landscaping. $907,000. Annette

OYSTER BAY ESTATES Beautiful executive home, renovated in quiet elegant style. Exposed beam vaulted ceilings in living room with fireplace, wet bar & bamboo floors. $725,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #246910 SILVER OAKS AT PALMER RANCH Stunning SW lake views, 3BRs plus library, 600 sq. ft. hobby room, 40' lap pool & many extras. $599,000. Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #240578 SUNSET TOWER Totally updated and expanded residence with an open kitchen, beautiful tile, 2 masters, heated community pool and new landscaping. $475,000. Dick Lewis, 388-4447 or 355-3580. #245522 PARK TRACE features 4BRs, all appliances, quality upgrades, sparkling pool with spa & mature landscaping. Located near shopping, beaches & parks. $389,900. Linda Bastian, 966-8000 or 321-6203. #240729 POINSETTIA PARK West of the Trail opportunity to build new or refurbish charming home set on a large treed lot. Located close to Siesta Key & downtown. $349,000. Julie Jordan, 951-6660 or 923-0598. #242971 AMAZING BAY VIEWS from this 2BR downtown condominium with full bay views, located next to the Ritz & just steps to Main Street. $335,000.The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 587-6660. #238321 RENAISSANCE Turnkey furnished by Robb and Stucky. Light & bright 2BR split plan offers a wonderful opportunity in the Renaissance. $309,900. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-2733. #237082 WONDERFUL LOCATION for this stylish 4BR home in a fine deed restricted community. Beautiful flooring, fireplace, heated pool, fenced property & gardens. $288,500. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-6749. #240908 SOUTHGATE This 3BR pool home has ceramic tile & charming, inviting decor. The beautiful kitchen overlooks a gorgeous, large, private fenced yard. $224,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #245784 ASANTE TOWNVILLAS A pre-construction opportunity, these beautiful townhomes, in the Mediterranean-style of The Ringling School of Art, are located 1 1/2 miles from downtown. Priced from $176,000 to $192,000. Pam DeMarie & Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #245672 SOUTHGATE CHARMER Great location, excellent condition 3BR home with newer windows, terrazzo floors, interior laundry & 2-car garage. Set in the Southside school district. $188,500. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #247110

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FABULOUS NORTH CASEY KEY beachfront estate property with 150 ft. directly on the Gulf, but even greater importance has 216 ft. on the road and around 200 ft. at location home. $3,950,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #225892 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 LARGE LOT Updated 2BR estate with elevator, hot tub, recent appraisal & possible owner financing. Located in a private setting with protected dock & beach easement. $1,299,000. Nancy Moore, 966-8000. #241294


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DIRECT GULF FRONT No beach, with over 170' on Big Pass. Four BR home on 2 buildable lots features a master wing, media room & updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. $2,950,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #227845 ISLAND SANCTUARY IN THE SANDERLING CLUB Incredible gated estate on over 2 acres, with 350' on the Heron Lagoon. Spacious 4BR pool home with a separate 2BR guesthouse, beach, tennis & boat docks. $2,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #246994 POINT OF ROCKS Rare property directly on Crescent Beach. A real gem on Siesta Key with 3BR main home, 1BR guesthouse & heated lap pool. $2,500,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #239582 EXCITING CARL ABBOTT MODERN DESIGN under construction on North Siesta Key sailboat water canal with upgraded interior features. Enjoy rooftop patio, pool/spa, waterside deck & private dock. $1,750,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #227767 OUTSTANDING BAYFRONT PROPERTY Walled & gated for privacy with canopy of majestic oaks protecting the front entrance. Panoramic bay views from open wood deck & new boat dock. $1,599,000. Dan Shanahan & Elizabeth Holman, 966-8000 or 349-3444. #226940 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. $1,499,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #245971 CHARMING RESTORATION of this wonderful family compound makes this a unique opportunity. Main home and 2 guest apartments are close to beach & Village. New pool & spa. $1,299,000. Wellington Chen & Karen Chandler and Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #237307 HAMILTON CLUB Elegant Bermuda-style townhome with deepwater dock & sweeping view of Nettie Bayou. Totally remodeled with traditional detail & marble fireplace. $1,275,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #239148 ELEGANT BERMUDA STYLE TOWNHOME with wide water view of Nettie Bayou and deep water dock in exclusive gated community. Completely remodeled with wood floors, granite, marble, new fixtures. $1,275,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #242082 ROYAL PALM HARBOR Vintage Old Florida charm on Siesta Key. Walk to the beach from this fabulous, remodeled 3BR pool home on sailboat water. $1,185,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #247076 CHARMING HOME on a wide canal, with views of mangrove dock. Three BR, newly renovated home with pool & large yard. $628,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #247331 GULF VIEWS IN WINDWARD PASSAGE Rarely available 2BR residence offers smashing views from every room. Beautifully maintained residential complex on soughtafter North Siesta, with 2-car garage. $599,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #246217 GULF & BAY VIEWS Three BR residence on the private south end of Siesta Key. Paradise for beach walkers & shell seekers along miles of white sandy beach. $575,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #213318 SEA VILLAGE Beautifully renovated 3BR with large rooms & Gulf views in a low density complex with 2 pools. $535,000. Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 544-6054. #246869 FABULOUS GULF VIEWS, sunsets & the sound of the waves all await the new owner of this charming 2BR unit, tucked on a private sandy beach. $520,000. Julie Jordan, 951-6660 or 923-0598. #246155 EXCELSIOR BEACH Enjoy paradise in this turnkey furnished penthouse unit with full bay views & on-site everything. $514,000. Sara Copeland Chester, 349-3444 or 737-8234. #242978 SIESTA TOWERS Enjoy fabulous Gulf & Siesta views from this large 2BR split plan, located close to the Village. $449,000. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444 or 504-0205. #246805 TURTLE BAY Beautiful bay view condominium at the south end of Siesta Key. Two BRs, tennis, beach, heated pool/spa & boat docks. $412,000. Kathleen Ucci, 951-6660 or 302-2344. #242649 WHISPERING SANDSTotally updated villa,with new kitchen,tile,carpet & appliances.Enjoy Siesta Key & a private beach near Village & shopping. $399,000. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #246982 SIESTA BEACH Adorable home in quiet neighborhood, with room for pool. Owner has construction plans to add a 3-story, 3BR with garage. Close to beach and Village. $349,000. Boyd Cowper, 349-3444 or 587-2228. #247080

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Wanted: Citizen of the Year The Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award. Nominees need not live on Longboat Key but must have made a contribution to the community, be involved in the community and give back more than asked. The dinner recognizing the Citizen of the Year will be Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Harbourside Dining Room at the Longboat Key Club. Please send your nominations to Kiwanis President Ron Johnson at P.O. Box 9132, Longboat Key, FL 34228. They must be received by Friday, Nov. 28. —Compiled by staff

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Longboat Library, a private non-profit serving the public The Longboat Library Inc., 555 Bay Isles Road, traces its history back to 1956, when a group of women met at the home of Marion Chambers to start the Longboat Public Library. The town had incorporated the year before, and a spirit of community activism was in the air. When the group incorporated as a private nonprofit, the name was changed to Longboat Library Inc. Now in its 46th year, staffed by volunteers and funded by memberships and donations, the library serves the public by hosting the Sarasota County Bookmobile each Monday afternoon. Hazel Steskal, president of Longboat Library, explains that county library cardholders may call the Selby Library downtown or go online to order books to be delivered by the Bookmobile the following Monday. Those unable to pick up their books that day can pick them up later in the week at Longboat Library. They also can return county library books to Longboat Library for placement in a Bookmobile container. The Longboat Library opened in 1957 with 400 books in a room at the Twin Tarpon Shopping Center, 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive (today the offices of Wedebrock Real Estate). In six years, the collection grew to 3,000 volumes, and the library moved in 1963 to a new building overlooking Bishop’s Bayou at Palm and Cedar (today part of Whitney Beach Shopping Center). Longboat activists Gordon and Lora Whitney donated the land and funding for the building to house the post office and library. By 1971, the library again outgrew its space and moved to its current building on Bay Isles Road. Volunteers shelved 7,000 books in their new building, funded by donations and constructed, furnished, and landscaped for $50,000. The library is located on land leased from the town of Longboat Key for $10 per year, a lease recently renewed. The Arvida

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The holidays will be here before we know it. Why not be an early bird and get your Christmas cards early from the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary? It offers a choice of three holiday greeting cards (containing 20 cards and envelopes). Cost ranges from $8.95 to $14.95. One of the cards, left, is artwork donated by Beckie Allen of Venice featuring a pelican in a Santa hat for $12.95.


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. 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 at 5p.m. the previous Tuesday.

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Republican Club of Longboat Key — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Longboat Key Club Island House. Dick Van Horne, president, 387-4368. Fiber Arts Boutique — will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive. Sponsored by the Manasota Weavers Guild, Venetian Society of Basket Weavers, Florida Gulf Coast Surface Design Guild and Florida West Coast Bead Society, it will feature basketry, linens, rugs and jewelry. 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service — will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Details, 383-3428. “Good Morning, LBK!” Member Breakfast — will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. To RSVP and for details, call 387-9519. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — meets for lunch at 12:15 p.m. Fridays at Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Rd., is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. It has a large selection of new and barely used fiction and non-fiction books for sale. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile comes to the library from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Details, 383-2011. Fitness Classes — including “PilatesParadise,” “Yoga-Lattes,” “The Smoothie,” “Spheres,” “Forty-Love,” “Synergy-Energy,” “Golf Dynamics,” “Cadio-Kick” and “Firm & Flex,” are held at Fitness Fifty, 4134 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Harbour Square. Cost is $15 for each one-hour class. Details, 387-2777, 224-5220. Life Application Course — based on the “The Bible Jesus Read” by Christian author Philip Yancy, is offered by St. Armands Key Lutheran Church from 6:45 to 8:25 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 8, at the church, 40 N. Adams Drive. Free. Janis Rauch, 3833279. Business Network International — meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 383-5543. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults $2 for children ages 4 to 17. Details, 388-4444. Mote Marine Aquarium — located at 1600 Ken Thompson on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Details, 388-2451.

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Christmas By Candlelight — will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Serendipity Room at the Country Club of Sarasota, 3600 Torrey Pines Blvd., Sarasota. The event is sponsored by the Sarasota Christian Women’s Club. Cost is $16. RSVP by Nov. 27. Joan, 351-7229. Dancing — takes place Tuesdays by the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association at Ballroom of Sarasota, 5660 Swift Road, Sarasota. Lesson is at 7 p.m. and dancing is from 8 to 10 p.m. The first time it is free, then $5 for members and $7 for guests. Carol Gilbert, 365-4381.

public events Holiday Angels Toy Drive — will be through Dec. 25 at all Starbucks coffeehouses. Donated gifts benefit seriously ill children at hospitals from Tampa to Sarasota. Christmas in Pinecraft 2003 — will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20 to 22, at the Beneva Marketplace, corner of Beneva and Bahia Vista. Sheri, 366-1234. Corvin Miller Memorial Scale Model Airplane Meet — will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23, at the model airport on the Sarasota County Landfill, east end of Bee Ridge Road. George Jenkins, 922-6300. Beaujolais Nouveau — will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at C’est La Vie, 1553 Main St., Sarasota. The event, sponsored by l’Allliance Française de Sarasota, is $28 per person. To RSVP, call 9251982, or send a check made out to the Alliance to Sylvia Hibnick, 4672 Pine Harrier Drive, Sarasota. Holidays and Horticulture Festival — will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Manatee River Garden Club, 3120 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Ginny, 745-3665. Friends of Myakka River Fund-raiser — will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Myakka River State Park. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Details, 361-6511. Eighth Annual Classic Bloomers Plant and Craft Extravaganza — will be held by the Sarasota Garden Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, at the club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts. Preview party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20; $10. Details, 955-0875. “Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardening” — program will be presented by the Sarasota County Butterfly Club at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts., Sarasota. Free. Details, 955-0875.

Wednesdays. Adult volleyball, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost is $2. Center, 778-1908.

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Sarasota county “Games for Life,” Senior Games Competition — games are held until Nov. 22. For registration information and details, or 861-9870. Guided Nature Walk — will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota. Details, 322-1000.

United Nations Association — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Sarabay Country Club, 7011 Willow St., Sarasota. Details, 923-2108.


Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, Sarasota-Manatee Chapter — will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Sudakoff Conference Center of New College, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Lenore Weintraub, 377-5958.

Wellesley Club of Sarasota — “The Status of Women in Islam” is the topic of the meeting that will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 21, at Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota. Details, 383-4066. Manatee County Audubon — will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church,

Manatee Republican Executive Committee — will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, at the Twin Dolphins Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Donna Hayes, 745-7101. ❑


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Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Peli-Boat Tours — tours are held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 to $22. Tours depart from the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. RSVP, 388-4444. Basketball and Volleyball — games are held at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Adult men’s basketball, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Association of Retired Attorneys — will meet at noon Friday, Nov. 21, at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

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Fall crop of fitness classes is ready for Longboaters There are no fewer than 44 fitness classes available this fall at the three public facilities (the town’s own Bayfront Park Recreation Center, the non-profit Education Center and The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort) on Longboat Key. Classes have an important part to play in putting together a balanced fitness program. Just walking or just riding your bike or just swimming won’t do it. You need a combination of cardiovascular conditioning, strength (weight) training and stretching/flexibility to achieve optimum condition. And you have plenty of choices. The classes are sorted by type in the charts. Here are some highlights by facility.

ues to improve and expand the schedule of fitness classes and to make it more responsive to residents’ needs. He reports that he is “very happy with the quality of our instructors and the variety of classes offered.” In addition to organized fitness activities, the Rec Center has a walking path, two tennis courts (free, no reservations required) and two playgrounds, one with an impressive new safety surface, The newest class at the Rec Center is Neuromuscular Integrated Activity, taught by Kelly Linder Atkins. NIA offers students cardio, strength and flexibility training in a single class. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and done barefoot. The movements draw from dance, yoga and the martial arts. The best way to understand what NIA is all about is to take a class (9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Rec Center. Also at


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The Education Center There’s yoga five days a week here: Easy Yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays with executive director (and Longboat Observer columnist) Susan Goldfarb; Yoga & Stretch/Continuing Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Patricia Crawford and “Friday Yoga” on (yep!) Fridays with Marci Rhodes. In this day and age of “instant yoga teachers,” the experience of this trio is very comforting — almost three quarters of a century between them. Charlie Biehl teaches t’ai chi here on Tuesdays and Kelly Linder Atkins’ NIA is at 1 p.m. on Fridays. The fall term at the Ed Center has already started but you can sign up for the remaining weeks when space is available. When the winter term starts (Jan. 5), Meditation, Enhanced Yoga Workshops and Feldenkrais Method (movement education) will be added to the menu. Most classes are $60 for a series of six for members; $66 for non-members.

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The Colony More and more locals are joining the Colony Fitness Center, where memberships are available on a weekly, monthly, multimonth or annual basis. Members take as many classes as they wish and have use of the Fitness Center’s complement of cardio equipment (treadmills, steppers, elliptical walkers and bikes) and weight training apparatus. New this year: a small stretching room with mirrors and a barre to use on your own when available or with a personal trainer. An intriguing newcomer to the Colony’s class schedule is IM=X Pilates, taught by Karen Shapiro on Saturday mornings at 9:15. It is Pilates movements modified to reflect the latest thinking in kinesiology. Give it a try. For sheer fun, nothing beats Fitness Director Felipe Cava’s Latin Low Impact class at 10:15 a.m. on Fridays. For more information, call the Colony Fitness Center at 383-6464, Ext. 2410. Individual walk-in classes are $15. Ask about other membership options. Molly Schechter is an ACE-certified personal trainer with a specialty in older adult fitness. She teaches classes at the Longboat Key Recreation Center and the Colony. You can e-mail her at ❑

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“Why Weight?” — “The Common Sense Approach to Meal Planning — How to Get Out of the Fast Food Race” course will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Dwyer Room of the Center for Healthy Aging, 1900 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. Pre-register with Jane, 556-3215. Diabetes Education Series — “Medical Complications” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 25, in the Dwyer Education Room, Senior Friendship Center for Healthy Aging. Susan Jackson, 556-3247. Bone Builders — osteoporosis-education program is offered by the Florida Department of Health and Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center Inc. in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Free. Make appointments with Ansley Mora, 361-6602. The Wellness Community Newcomers Meeting — will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 3900 Clark Road, building P-3, Sarasota. Details, 921-5539. ❑

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Pam Hindman, assistant program coordinator of the 12th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem program, discussed the child-protection project at the Nov. 10 luncheon meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Longboat Island Chapel. Volunteers, Hindman said, serve as advocates for the best interests of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected or abandoned and who are involved in court proceedings. Luncheon chairmen were Alma Cockerham and Virginia Withington. On sale was the auxiliary’s new cookbook, “Sharing Our Best.” ❑

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“Respect for Life” was the theme of the Nov. 11 dessert luncheon of the St. Mary Star of the Sea Guild held at Stella Maris Hall. Guest speakers were Jeanne Berdeaux, director of the Respect Life Department for the Diocese of Venice, and Program Director of Manasota SOLVE Inc. Donna Vellenga. Manasota SOLVE Inc. is a home for any pregnant woman, who wishes to save the life of her unborn child. No government funding is accepted. A second SOLVE House is being developed. Rita Stormes, a member of the guild, is president of the SOLVE board of directors. Chairman of the luncheon was Claire Arbour. ❑

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All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. 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) and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses 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. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday Shabbat Service begins at 8 p.m. Saturday Shabbat Service begins at 10 a.m. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at both services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director and the Temple Beth Israel choir. 383-3428. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Sundays: Adult study class with the Rev. Charlie Shook is at 8:30 a.m. and worship service is at 10 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m.; nursery available during 10-a.m. service.

Interfaith Thanksgiving service The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. The sermon, “Giving is Living: Giving Thanks is Living Well,” will be given by the Rev. Downs Spitler of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church. All area clergy will be participating. Among those participating are Spitler, the Rev. Eric Wogen of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, Plymouth Harbor Chaplain Jerry O’Connor, Rabbi Michael Eisenstat, the Rev. John Mullen of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and Temple Choir Director Joseph Spinella.

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Barefoot spirituality It was Saturday afternoon and Annie’s mother, who was a deaconess at their little church, instructed her to go to the country store about a mile and a half away. She was to bring back the communion supplies for the following day’s morning service. Annie had never seen these magical elements up close. She had only seen and tasted them when she went to the front of the church to take the sacraments. Now it was her assignment to bring back the bacon — or rather, bring back the Welch’s grape juice and the saltine crackers — for Sunday communion. What a mysterious adventure it was! She’d always experienced communion as a very somber and kind of mystical moment in her life. She made her way to the little country store and was on her way home with her stash of juice and crackers, when, about halfway there she just had to pause at the creek. She sat on a big moss-covered boulder and enjoyed the moment. She took her shoes off, and let her feet dangle in the cool water. It was a long trip back, and it was a hot day. She was thirsty, and more than a little bit hungry. She just couldn’t help herself: She opened up the brown paper bag and indulged in the holy sacrament, right then and there. Even as an adult, Annie never forgot how good those crackers tasted and how sweet that grape juice tasted. More than that, she never forgot how everything felt that it was just as it should be in that moment, sitting on that rock, with her bare feet dangling in the water. A sense of completeness and wave of perfection enveloped her. She’d never felt so close to God in her life. Much to her surprise, God didn’t strike her with lightning as she gorged herself on the communion supplies; but when she got home and her mother found out what she’d done, it was a different story. I’m reminded of the passage: “Unless you become like a little child, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” When I think about Annie’s story and that experience, I wonder if I’ve ever felt

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T. Kent Webb Sr. T. Kent Webb Sr., 89, of Longboat Key, died Nov. 5. He was born April 28, 1914, in Ansted, W.Va. He retired in 1977 as director of government relations for Union Carbide in New York City. He graduated from West Virginia Tech, Morgantown, W.Va., and was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Union Carbide Retirees Association, former director of the Boys Club, a former member of Florida Council of 100 and past president of the board of directors for Longboat Island Chapel. He served as president of the Aquarius Condo Association for more than 25 years. His survivors include his wife of 29 years, Carmen “Candy”;

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stepdaughters Susan L. Wellman and Julie W. Maddox; son Thomas K. Webb Jr.; stepson Mark B. Wellman; brothers P. Frederick Webb and Robert D. Webb; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Toale Brothers Funeral Home. Donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Ethel Anthone Ethel Anthone, 75, of Boca Raton and formerly of Longboat Key, died Nov. 8. Her survivors include her husband, Bernard; and two children, Robert and Susan. Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Delray Beach, is in charge.

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as close to God, while serving or taking communion as that little child did on that hot August day. A child’s experience of God can be so raw and unpretentious, just so plain barefoot. A mother chastised her little girl for laughing aloud during evening bedtime prayers. The little girl responded, “Oh, Mom, it’s OK! I was just sharing a joke with God.” Children and childlike people aren’t afraid to strip down to the bare essentials and meet God in the holy places, even the ones at first blush seem to be so ordinary. Remember the line from Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “Every bush is afire with God, but only those that have eyes to see take off their shoes.” I love worship and fellowship, especially at this time of the year when everybody comes back to Longboat Key. The sanctuary is full and the choir sings the beautiful hymns of the church. I love to practice the rituals of the church. They are rich in symbolism and in metaphor, a way to symbolize the grace of God, but, if we think that God is only or even primarily found in some sacred place on some sacred day in some sacred ritual then we might miss something very important. We might even miss God! They say that even today people are still looking for God. “Take off your shoes, you’re standing on holy ground.” Remember when God said that to Moses at the burning bush? “You’re on holy ground.” Your sacred moment is not just here in the richness of this fellowship and worship, or as we gather round the communion table. Your holy ground is every sacred moment of every sacred day of your life, in places where you would least expect to find God. Children know that intuitively. They sense it, they experience it, they enjoy it, they live it. That’s how we’re born, and that’s how we’re meant to live.

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NOVEMBER 20, 2003


BlackTie BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

Hef might get huffy ... Hugh Hefner may have a rival in town — Sarasota’s own playboy, Dr. David Shoemaker. Sure you’ve read the gossip (right here in Black Tie) about the many different blond bombshells decorating his arm, but this piece of news may take the cake, or rather, a girl jumping out of a cake. Dr. Joe and Patti Corcoran and Bill and Crystal Lahners sent a party invitation to “Club Members Only” for Shoemaker at “The Mansion,” where surely all the playboy bunnies will hop out to play. So stayed tuned to hear all about the playmates at this (ob)scene! Committed couple ... Jim Allan and Leslie Glass have decided to make it official — they’re engaged. The couple was first spotted on the social scene together at the Sarasota Film Festival in January and hasn’t separated since. Now how did this cute couple meet? The two were set up by Sarasota’s own Miss Match — Deb Knowles. Have you seen this man? ... You will soon! At the Sarasota Film Festival’s “Lights! Camera! Fashion!” on Friday, Nov. 14 at Saks Fifth Avenue, guest auctioneer Jimmy Dean purchased the “Extreme Makeover” package donated by Dr. James Marsh from Advanced Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in the live auction. The package includes one Botox treatment, one laser hair-removal treatment and one permanent make-up treatment of tattooed eyeliner or full lip color. So say goodbye to Dean’s crow’s feet! We’re pretty sure Dean purchased the makeover for himself; it couldn’t be for his beautiful wife, Paige. She doesn’t need it! Let’s play the name game ... Last season Lee Peterson requested she be called by her real name, Pasqualina. Well, after a year of going by the regal and sophisticated designation, Peterson has decided to go back to Lee. “It just got so confusing,” said Peterson. “People kept telling me that it was too long and they kept forgetting to call me Pasqualina, so I decided to go back to Lee. But you can still call me Pasqualina if you like. I love that name.” So take your pick. Double take ... Who knew that there were two Beatrice Friedmans in Sarasota? Well, no one, of course! Last week’s Black Tie coverage of the Florida West Coast Symphony’s “Opening Night — Olé” identified the honorary chairs of the event as “Beatrice Friedman and Beatrice Friedman.” Oops! The second honorary chair of the event was, of course, Claire Love, who has served in that capacity many, many times. Chair Dottie Baer Garner got it right in her thank-you comments when she said, “Claire, we applaud your years of devotion to this event.” Holding our hands over a slightly red face, we’re applauding, too!

Steaming lobsters were flown in from Maine for New College Foundation’s Old Fashioned New England Clambake.

Hal and Marlene Liberman think the lobster is finger-licking good.

Shellfish SHINDIG BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

The New College bayfront was steaming on Wednesday, Nov. 12, not only from the unusual humidity, but also from vats of steaming lobsters flown in from Maine especially for the New College Foundation’s Old Fashioned New England Clambake. Guests chowed down on bowls of clam chowder and got their fingers sticky (but kept their shirts clean with plastic bibs) on lobster prepared by Michael’s On East. The tent on the bayfront was filled with gabbing guests at red and white-checkered tables lit with lights strung from the tent’s ceiling. The clambake, co-chaired by Phil and Julie Delaney, benefited the New College of Florida.

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Because the Mistletoe Ball is based in the most fashionable city in the world, have your blacktie attire be the envy of Ivana Trump. Marion Vogel and Charlie Menendez of Foxy Lady — West pulled out all the stops when putting together this dazzling evening ensemble that will surely make you the belle of the ball. Tracy Seider, committee member of “Mistletoe in Manhattan,” glams it up in a sensational Cassandra Stone dress. The gown is bronze sequined with a chiffon overlay and handkerchief hem, and accessorized with a Bob Mackie fur stole, Liz Palacios bronze gem and pearl necklace and matching chandelier earrings. All available at Foxy Lady West, St. Armands Circle, 388-5239.

Mistletoe Ball ‘Mistletoe in Manhattan’ When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 Where: Charles Ringling Mansion at New College of Florida The event Start spreading the news, because the 35th annual Mistletoe Ball will be leaving for New York, New York with its theme, “Mistletoe in Manhattan.” On Saturday, Dec. 6 the Charles Ringling Mansion and bayfront of the New College campus will be transformed into the streets of the Big Apple and illuminated with the lights of the famous skyscraper skyline. Guests will be greeted with what seems like the famous Rockefeller Center ice rink in front of College Hall with live ice skaters making figure eights. After sipping on a glass of champagne, guests’ vagabond shoes will long to stray through the mansion to visit the silent auction featuring fabulous items. A gourmet dinner by Michael’s On East will include chateau of beef, crab cakes and, of course, New York cheesecake. A brief, yet exciting, live auction will tempt you with a one-time-only fragrance made especially for the Mistletoe Ball by famous French perfumer Thierry Bessard, a New York, New York trip and a trip to Washington D.C. arranged by New York Gov. Pataki among more magical items. Unfortunately Frank Sinatra couldn’t make it to the ball, so guests will tap their feet to The Fabulous OH’s during cocktail hour and then sing along with the 9-piece band, The BuzzCats.

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Then if you want to wake up in a city that doesn’t sleep, head over to the “Jam ’N Jazz” after-party planned by Phil Mancini at Michael’s On East, featuring New York delistyle fare, jazz at the piano bar and radio rock-and-roll music. Chairing the Mistletoe Ball again this year is Judy Rossmoore Veale. Co-chairs of the “Jam ’N Jazz” after-party are Tom Luzier, Jonna Keller and Nancie Kalin Parmelee. “Mistletoe in Manhattan” benefits the New College Library Association and the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. So if you want your little-town blues to melt away, buy a ticket to “Mistletoe in Manhattan” for $200 and up by contacting the New College Library Association at 351-3700 or via e-mail If you can make it to the Mistletoe, you can make it anywhere ... “It’s up to you — New York, New York!” —Emily Walsh

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1 Roseann Armstrong is excited to eat her luscious lobster. 2 Dr. Larry and Pat Thompson with Co-chairs Phil and Julie Delaney 3 Gary and BJ Creighton 4 Bari Brooks and Martha Allen 5 Richard and Donna Gress with New College Foundation President John Cranor 6 Gloria Moss chows down on chowder.


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21 St. Andrew Society Tartan Ball Hosted by: St. Andrew Society Benefiting: St. Andrew Society Scholarship Fund When: 6 p.m. Where: The Oaks Chairs: Howard and Anne Hanson Contact: Barbara Bartz, 488-4223 Price: $50

21 to 23 Fall Get-Away Benefiting: ARC — Animal Rescue Coalition Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Chairs: Penny Hill, Ed Sarbey, Lee and Ira Barsky Contact: Mary Lee Richey, 957-1955, Ext. 8 Price: $2,500

22 Puccini Dinner Benefiting: Sarasota Opera When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Peterson Great Room, Sarasota Opera House Chairs: Jewel Ash and Ann Wurlitzer Contact: Kristine Masta, 366-8450, Ext. 246 Price: $90 (not including ticket to performance) Heart Wellness Dinner and Silent Auction Benefiting: Senior Friendship Center When: 6 p.m. Where: Senior Friendship Center, Venice Campus Chairs: Terry Forestier and Shirley Armstrong Contact: Carla Moore, 955-2122


28 Fine Arts Society Preview Reception for ‘It’s in the Bag’ Hosted by: Joan Michlin Galleries Benefiting: The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota When: 5 p.m. Where: Joan Michlin Galleries, St. Armands Circle Chair: Cindy Wolfendale Contact: Gerri Laurino, 388-1199

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Ballet and circus performers rehearse for unprecidented collaboration.

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A blur of motion in a fantasy of dance

Stephanie Murrish and Daniil Gaifullin lack gravity.

Seen here is a semi-dress rehearsal of “Cà d’Zan — A Fantasy” under the eye of Sarasota Ballet Artistic Director Robert de Warren and Circus Sarasota Director Pedro Reis. The result of this hard work: Willy Pogany’s paintings of dancers on Cà d’Zan’s ceiling come to life on stage. Painting imitates dance and dance returns the compliment through Nov. 23 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. ❑




On the HORIZON ‘Black Nativity: A Gospel Song-Play’ The West Coast Black Theatre Troupe will perform this musical celebration of the nativity from a black perspective from Thursday, Dec. 18 through 28, at the Gompertz Theatre, the former Theatre Works. Written in 1961 by Langston Hughes, a legendary figure of the Harlem Renaissance, this musical is a soul-stirring, roof-raising, footstomping, hand-clapping tribute to the power of gospel music. Under the musical direction of Nate Jacobs, it’s sure to be a joyous celebration and a perfect cure for the holiday blues. Call 954-4651.

From Russia with dance Founded in 1960, the National Dance Company of Siberia (aka the Krasnoyarsk Dance Company) will be performing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The company specializes in vivid characterizations, vigorous music and kaleidoscopic choreography. Its dancers express the timeless beauty of Siberia’s folk dance heritage with a rich contemporary imagination. With its astonishingly athletic leaps and pirouettes, the result on stage is clearly a living tradition and no museum piece. It’s also exhilarating. Tickets are from $25 to $35. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303.

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The National Dance Company of Siberia — defying gravity and loving it. Manatee Community College’s Neel Auditorium, and at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Van Wezel. Works range from the pomp and circumstance of Handel’s “Royal Fireworks Music,” to the urgently dramatic chiaroscuro of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor, to the weightless spun gold of Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Tickets are from $24 to $62. The Symphony Association will also hold a “Classical Conversation” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Holley Hall, for those who wish to find out more about these composers and their works. Call 953-3434.

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‘Christmas Presence’ Gloria Musicae, Sarasota’s outstanding chamber choral ensemble, will open its musical Christmas presents early with a concert of old and new holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Church of the Redeemer. Its singers will join their voices to strings from the Florida West Coast Symphony and Robert Reeves on the church’s magnificent new organ to perform works by Bach, Charpentier, Gardner and Honneger, along with inventive arrangements of familiar carols. Tickets are $17 for adults, $10 for students. Call 954-4223. ❑

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Segue to ... Those interested in taking a tour of downtown Sarasota’s historic architecture now have a new way to do it: on a onewheeled Segway scooter. This gyroscopic wheelabout is the brainchild of area entrepreneur, Tom Jacobson. Where did he get the idea? “My wife was getting burned out at her job,” he says. “Last July, I decided to dream up the most fun job I could possibly think of and the Segway popped into my mind.” Before he knew it, he was on a roll. That same day, he came up with the idea for a Segway tour with his wife, Janey Jacobson, as the guide. Only a few months later, the tours will officially start rolling Dec. 1. For details, call 363-9556 or go to ❑




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Wicked This Way Comes.” Think any movie you ever saw by Fellini. Big top and midway are arenas of nightmares as well as dreams. It’s in the three-ring circus of unquiet sleep that the art of this exhibit performs. It’s not so much nightmarish as appealingly strange: a lure to bring you deeper in the labyrinth, not a screaming horror that makes you wake up. Chris Piazza’s “The Geometry Professor” is one of two sculptural installations in the constructivist tradition. It’s a meticulously crafted glass container (Lenin’s tomb comes to mind) with a marionette inside and a clock on top eternally frozen at 9. The trapezoidal frame of this upright glass coffin is painted in bright, red glossy oil paint where jittery, cartoony Cyrillic characters on the sides announce

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something like “Splashing the paint from a glass I ... ” and “But could you ... ” in Russian. The marionette, based on the pedantic figure of “The Doctor” from commedia del’arte, seems friendly enough. He’s reaching out, but you know he’ll never get through that glass. It’s haunting. Forget realistic documentation. Kimberly Gremillion has somehow photographed what the circus feels like. Her monochromatic images capture the circus of the mind: The circus you imagine behind the circus you see. She shows you motion-blurred halfseen faces, hints of skulls, bizarre silhouettes, and fragments. Take her “Clown #1.” It’s clearly no real being in a real big top. It’s more like the distorted, fading image of a clown on a child’s retina slowly soaking into his mind’s eye. Jerry Sheik’s images are documents of a sort — a woman lounging on the head of an elephant, a tattooed clown, another clown holding a birdcage, or a man in a strange pointy hat that you hope doesn’t fit the shape of his head. It’s clear that these are all specific people, not archetypes. You get the feeling he knows them all personally. It’s the real circus as seen from the inside. Judith Kalina’s soft-focus color fields stray just this side of representation. Her warm-toned geometric forms almost resolve into horses, acrobats, clowns, and trapeze artists cavorting in some circus tent. Almost, but not quite. She sees the circus through rosecolored glasses. Ken Morgan’s series of paintings are like so many artistic shaggy dog stories. One painting leads you to the next and to the next ... you eventually realize you’ve been had. A sign announces the “Talking Head answers all” but only leads to obscure meanderings of lines like some tired flow chart. A roughlyrendered bar announces “GIRLS, GIRLS” and again “GIRLS, GIRLS,” then “NO MORE GIRLS.” What does this have to do with circuses and carnivals? It’s the classic joke of the sideshow ... Believe the pitch and the joke’s on you. The art in this exhibit has the guts to make jokes, to disturb, to entice you with strange beauty, to assault you with strangeness. But it’s as serious as art can get. ❑


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Of Italian idylls and Spanish serenades Florida West Coast Symphony takes musical odyssey. Leif Bjaland and the Florida West Coast Symphony took us on a passionate journey from the gardens and plazas of Spain to the hills and villas of Italy in their opening concert of the season. On the evening we attended, there was a full eclipse of the moon, but even that breathtaking event couldn’t eclipse the hot-bloodedness of the music inside the Van Wezel. Maurice Ravel’s talent for richly colored orchestrations lifted him a few steps higher in the star-studded world of early 20th-century composers. It was Ravel who took Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” from the keyboard to the orchestral concert hall. Ravel’s parents were Swiss-Basques and, although he spent much of his life in Paris, there was often a recalcitrant click of a castanet lurking somewhere in his works. And it was Ravel’s brilliant picture of Spain via his “Rhapsodie espagnole” that opened the program last week. It may have been first-concert jitters or, perhaps a touch of moon madness that beset some of the orchestra members in this first piece, but, with the exception of the extraordinarily beautiful work by the woodwind section, there was a general lack of spontaneity and some problems with intonation. Throughout the malagueña and habanera the orchestra seemed unusually inhibited. But things began to take

off in the final movement; the pitch improved and the flavor and flair of Spain finally emerged. Manuel de Falla was born in Spain just a year after Ravel came into the French world. He, too, had a gift for painting pictures with music. His well-known “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” typifies his temperamental but graceful style with its atmospheric rendering of Moorish music mated with an impressionistic French flair. The piano, played with limpid clarity and sensitivity by Fabio Bidini, is more of an orchestral instrument than a solo vehicle. This is not a piano concerto in the style of Brahms, Rachmaninov or even Ravel. It’s a subtle, chamber music-like involvement that takes a soloist’s dexterity and panache but not a soloist’s spotlight. Bjaland and Bidini worked like consummate colleagues to reign in what could have become an ego race. Bidini had a chance to shine in Mendelssohn’s “Capriccio brillant” after the intermission. This is a short, flamboyant piece and its presence on this program seemed more like an encore for the pianist than a showpiece in itself. It served as a nice bit of sorbet, to clear the palate between main courses. Whatever came before, however, was nothing compared with the final work: Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” Respighi, an Italian composer who

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lived about the same time as Ravel and Falla, wrote a Roman Triology: Roman Festivals, The Pines and The Fountains (not to be confused with Sarasota retirement communities). It is in “The Pines of Rome,” however, that Respighi’s feel for nature and all its glories really takes wing. Literally. And it couldn’t have happened had the composer not been living in the 20th century. While earlier composers could only imitate the sounds of nature, Respighi was able to record them and, just when most audiences are sitting back, enjoying the scenery from the catacombs to the Apian Way, birds start tweeting from somewhere among the tympani. (It is said that at one performance in the early 1960s, the percussionist of the Pittsburgh Symphony who was in charge of the tape player didn’t notice that his machine was on the slow speed and, instead of a nice little robin tweeting happily into the music, there came a screeching vulture, swooping in to devour the ensemble.) Fortunately, despite the full moon, eclipse and all, this performance of “The Pines of Rome” went off without a hitch. It was an exciting, translucent, lucid reading bursting with color and shimmering with energy. 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." ❑

To bee or not to bee ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ makes a beeline to the 1960s South. BY KATHY BROOKS Guest Writer

In this unusual coming-of-age story, Sue Monk Kidd has created Lily Owen, a girl whose life is indelibly marked by tragedy at the age of 4. That said, this treasure of a book is inspiring and a terrific read. Set in South Carolina in the summer of 1964, the story begins when Lily is 14. She lives on a peach farm with her abusive father and a black housekeeper named Rosaleen, who serves as a stand-in for the mother Lily accidentally shot Book and killed when she was a child. “The Secret Life of Lonely and misunderstood at Bees” school, Lily comforts herself with the few mementos left by By Sue Monk Kidd her mother, including a picture Viking Press of a Black Madonna (an iconic, $29 dark-skinned statue of the Virgin Mary), marked with the words “Tiburon, South Carolina.” This becomes her destination when Rosaleen is arrested for attempting to register to vote — President Johnson has signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964. Showing the spunk which saves the book from being too “honey sweet,” Lily helps Rosaleen escape from jail and they hitchhike to Tiburon, both leaving painful memories behind. The second half of the book, set at the bee-keeping farm of three wonderfully odd black sisters named May, June and August, delves more deeply into the legend of the Black Madonna. Although there is some stereotypical characterization that may bother the conscientious reader, the racial incidents that take place are given an even-handed treatment by the author. The relationships between Lily and the black women in the novel, told mostly from the point of view of a 14-year-old, bring home the author’s point that love knows no racial barriers. Kathy Brooks is a volunteer at the Longboat Library. Its current hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 383-2011.

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George Bernard Shaw was a clever fellow. Beneath the philosophizing and philologizing, his plays were, at heart, fairy tales. It’s what people want, of course. Shaw gave it to them, which is why people still put up with his speechifying. Clever. “The Millionairess” is Shaw’s clever tale of one Epifania Fitzfassenden (Carolyn Michel), a self-willed, rich heiress with Theater enough money to “The Millionairess” impose her will on Asolo Theatre others whether Reviewed Nov. 14 they like it or not. Her daddy’s will had a strict provision that any man she marries must first take 150 British pounds and turn it into 50,000 pounds in six months. To make a Shaw story short, after a series of misadventures, Epifania falls in love with a saintly, self-sacrificing Egyptian doctor whose late mother left him with a stipulation of her own. Any woman he marries must first survive on nothing but 200 piasters (the equivalent of 35 shillings) and the clothes on her back for the same period of time. She loves that he stood up to her; he loves her pulse; each agrees to the other’s bet. Between the bouts of speechifying, the results are very funny. And if you’re expecting only highbrow humor, think again. Paul Weidner’s direction is heavy on the physical comedy. This can be both subtle (nuances flickering on Patrick James Clarke’s face as he struggles to complete a train of thought) and broad (Michel’s character beating the daylights out of a Platonic hanger-on played by David Breitbarth). Either way, it usually brings the house down. Shavian philosophy or not, Weidner never forgets that this is a comedy. Neither do the actors. Michel does a heroic job as a likeably dislikeable woman who’s more a force of nature than a human being; Devora Millman is the antithetically opposed

counterforce of nature, a sweetly British, allaccepting earth mother who can live with anybody (including her rival’s husband); Clarke is a hoot as the soon-to-be-replaced husband in question. He hits just the right notes as the likeably loutish pugilistic playboy — there’s something of De Niro in his ability to visibly roll a thought around in his head; Douglas Jones, a grinning pan-lawyer to all of them, accepts his role in the scheme of things but never forgets to enjoy the sheer fun of the ridiculous spectacle in front of him; poor David Breithbarth receives more torments than Mr. Bill and it’s just about as funny; Brad Wallace, as the deeply religious, philosophically inclined fez-wearing doctor who ultimately wins Epiphania, is hilarious in his restrained matter-of-factness and just-so sense of virtue. It’s only too bad you don’t see more of his character. (You do in the excellent film version starring Peter Sellars and Sophia Loren.) As I already mentioned, this is, at heart, a fairy tale — the Joseph Campbell-esque account of an anti-Cinderella who goes on the magical riddle quest of her archetypal shadow, to be precise. But all that is merely Shaw’s clever trick to get you to listen to his philosophy. If you chuck that philosophy out the window, it’s still a very good play, though not one of his best. If you decide to listen to that philosophy, what you’ll get is Shaw’s two shilling’s worth about money. Ever the Fabian socialist, he feels compelled to lecture you about the exploitation of labor by the moneyed class. But he’s also ambivalent. Shaw can’t help but admire the ability to make money. He also seems to think that it’s how you think that makes you rich or poor in the first place. If you think rich, you can start out with nothing and make a fortune very quickly. If you think poor, chances are you’ll stay that way. It’s a question of mental software. As nuggets of monetary philosophy go, it’s not a bad one — even for a Fabian socialist. And you can take that to the bank. ❑

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Lyricist/composer Cole Porter was a sophisticated, racy, verbal daredevil. There’s a “Look at me, Ma” quality to his music; he’s constantly painting himself into apparently impossible musical/lyrical corners Theater and then “Too Darn Hot” miraculously FST Cabaret escaping just Reviewed Nov. 13 to prove he can. But this only works if those performing his tunes are up to his feats of daring. Fear not. In this revue, Stephen Hope, Jannie Jones, Julie Cardia and Jim Weaver and pianist Jim Prosser are as smooth, precise and seemingly effortless as a well-seasoned high-wire act. Watching them glide through Porter’s airs is a nostalgic lark for those who’ve grown up with these songs, and a quick musical education for those who haven’t. Either way, it’s fun. The pleasures in Porter’s music are many — revelatory, intellectual, salacious, empathetic, humorous and sarcastic, to name a few. It’s a revelation to know that “Let’s Misbehave,” “I Love Paris” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” (of “Blazing Saddles” fame) were all written by the same person. His cleverness and salaciousness appeal to the higher and lower natures respectively. Porter sympathizes (and makes us sympathize) with such seemingly unsympathetic people as a prostitute LeBlanc Studios (“Love for Sale”) and a gigolo (“I’m a Gigolo”). Porter laughs with people; Stephen Hope, Jannie Jones, Julie Cardia and Jim Weaver raise temperatures in “Too Darn Hot.”

he laughs at them as well. Such biting wit and depth of feeling aren’t usually seen in each other’s company. With Porter, head and heart are as inseparably mixed as the ingredients of a wellmade martini. The performance itself was a fine blend of ensemble singing, duets, and stand-alone bravura performances. Stephen Hope has a wry, worldly quality that fits hand-in-glove with Porter’s more jaded, world-weary songs. Jim Weaver has a sharp, turn-on-a-dime delivery that really clicks on the more complicated verbal switchbacks. Julie Cardia gets into the skin of Porter’s carnal comedy with gusto. Jannie Jones has an amazingly powerful, well-controlled voice that ranges from take-noprisoners gospel to sweet wittle baby doll. At times she sounds like a dead ringer for Billie Holliday. All this talent is put to good use in this death-defying, no-safety-net revue. It’s all of a piece with Porter’s show-offy showmanship. Porter ends a sentence with “camels” and you wonder how he’ll rhyme it; and then he pulls “We’re merely mammals” out of his hat and pulls it off. The dancers/singers whip around on the tiny little stage; they spin like tops, entangling themselves in their microphone cords. You wonder if they’re all going to fall, then they spin the other way and untangle. It’s all one. Credit pianist Prosser for the creating the musical high wires they danced on. Credit director and choreographer Dennis Courtney for making sure they didn’t fall down. ❑

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Manatee Community College Fine Arts Gallery — “Myakka River Series.” Jean Blackburn’s fluid work opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and flows through Jan. 8. 752-5225. Manasota Weavers Guild— “FAB: A Fiber Arts Boutique.” Fiber media will be showcased from Friday, Nov. 21 through 22, at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. 378-8855. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “In the Classical Tradition” showcases the still lifes and landscapes of husband and wife artists Anthony Rich and Margaret Somers Rich through Dec. 2 in the Glen Gallery; “Annual Members Exhibition” offers a multitude of artistic viewpoints through Nov. 28 in the Joan M. Durante Pavilion. 383-2345. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Margaret Bourke-White.” This exhibition of the pioneering photographer’s early work continues through Jan. 4. 359-5700. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “Faces of the Rainforest.” Brazilian photographer Valdir Cruz gives the rainforest a human face through Nov. 24. 366-5731. The Sarasota County Arts Council / Center for Arts and Humanity — “Innovations.” Madeleine Ginsberg, Diane Schmidt, and Betty Savenor renews in November. 365-5118. Art Center Sarasota — “Members’ Holiday Sales.” This opens Friday, Nov. 21, and continues through Jan. 3. “Antique Icons” will also be on display. 365-2032. Art League of Manatee County — “From the Bandstand.” Al Stewart’s photographic hit parade of jazz legends steps out through November. 746-2862. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — “Dark Shadows and Curious Circuses.” Artists explore the dark side of circuses and carnivals through Dec. 12. 359-7563.

Women’s Resource Center — “Work by Elizabeth Van Riper.” This celebrates nature through Nov. 29. 366-1700. Museum of Asian Art — “Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Asian art speaks across the centuries through Jan. 23. 954-7117. South Florida Museum — “Lewis & Clark Botanical Discoveries” features Charlotte Staub Thomas’ paintings of the explorers’ fauna findings through March 7; “Opening the Door to a New World” reveals rare prints of Mark Catesby’s watercolors of 18th-century Florida through Jan. 4. 746-4131. Zeigenfuss Gallery — “Group Show.” Viktoria Bulava, George Carrey, Ken Keeley, Craig Rubadoux, Yuqi Wang and Sue Wall brighten the walls through Nov. 30. 365-3266. Island Gallery West — featuring a variety of work by area artists. 778-6648. Wallace Fine Art — showcasing work by Italo Botti, the Russian plein-air painters, B.H. Erschel and more. 387-0746. Island Branch Library — featuring Genevieve Alban’s watercolor and oil paintings and Bruce Reilly’s studies in pen and ink and watercolors in November. 778-6341. Santa Fe Trails — “Mary Ann Ginter.” Ginter celebrates nature’s geometry through November. 954-1972. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Paintings and Monotypes by Anne Raymond.” Raymond’s atmospheric art remains through Nov. 29. 366-2093. Missing Link Gallery — “Dreamtime: Objects from the Other World” dreams of Africa; “New York Reflections” dreams of the Big Apple via Patricia Tunnell’s cibachrome photographs; both run through Nov. 29. 366-6600. Galleria Silecchia — “Season Preview.” A prevision of Homero Aguilar’s surrealism, William Berra’s impressionism and Glenna Goodacre’s humanism. 365-7414.

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Palm Avenue Gallery — “Pepsi Freund.” The artist’s joyful acrylics and watercolors are featured in November. 953-5757. Sonnet Gallery — “Kellmis Fernandez.” Featuring the artist’s intricate blown glass through Nov. 30. 955-6443. Elizabeth Rice Fine Art — “From Russia, With Love.” Featuring new work by Russian artists Valentin Popov and Evgeni Gordiets through Nov. 30. 954-8575. TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR, PAGE 8C

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Blue House Gallery — “Fall Exhibit.” Showcasing local, national and international artists at its new venue. 366-0211. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Frederic Murphy and David Stevens.” This celebration of Murphy’s painterly still lifes and Stevens’ exotic wood sculptures opens 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov 21, and continues through Dec. 18. 955-4546. Paradise Gallery — “Marsha Hammel Show.” Art imitates jazzy night life through Dec. 4. 366-7155. Paradox Gallery — “Contemporary Landscapes.” Kathy Wright sees both forest and trees through Dec. 14. 362-3715. Laughing Fish — featuring work by Kevin Webb and Caroline Harnish through Dec. 31. 346-7787. Kaos Gallery — “Full Circle.” The circle of art by Brava’s women artists is unbroken through Nov. 29. 747-0823. Joan Peters Gallery — “Fall Show.” Art by Peters and friends is shown through Nov. 30. 741-8056.

The ceiling of the Cà d’Zan boasts Willy Pogany’s paintings of dancers from around the world. Circus Sarasota and Sarasota Ballet of Florida combine to bring these dancers to life in this fantasy of a dream of John and Mable Ringling at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21, and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 351-8000.

‘Puccini Concert’ Victor DeRenzi conducts soloists and the Florida West Coast Symphony in this concert of Puccini’s finest opera arias, duets and ensembles at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 22. Selections from all of Puccini’s operas will be performed. There will also be a catered “Puccini Dinner” at 5:30 p.m. before the Nov. 22 concert. 3668450.

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Someone’s in the kitchen with Dora

Yost likes to host small dinner parties Matsie Yost loves Italian food and she loves to cook it. Renting a house in Tuscany this summer was a perfect opportunity to do both. “It was wonderful to pick up fresh vegetables at the market or to have a late lunch at an outdoor café,” Yost recalls. Born in Ohio, Yost says, “I didn’t learn to cook until I got married and it was my mother-in-law who helped me.” Laughing, Yost says, “I had a terrible time making gravy. One day she suggested I just buy gravy in a can and her son would never know.” He didn’t. “She made wonderful potato pancakes, which I still make today,” Yost adds. with Yost divides her time between a farm in Ohio and Longboat Key. A Fourth of July outdoor buffet at the farm is traditional. “It’s very casual with barbecued ribs, ham, the works,” Yost says. On Longboat Key, Yost likes to entertain at smaller dinners and parties. A browser of cookbooks and a recipe clipper, Yost says, “I am very neat in the kitchen. My dad told me a good chef always cleans up after himself.” Yost likes to serve dinner late and finds her Crockpot convenient. “I can start a meal in the afternoon and just let it cook. I make a great meatloaf in it,” she says. She still serves one of her children’s favorites — hamburger dumplings and horseradish green beans. Yost recalls a disastrous Thanksgiving for dinner for 20 family members: “The sink at the farm just quit working and all the dirty pots and pans piled up. What a mess.” While she is expecting family for Thanksgiving dinner next week, Yost is positive there will be no problems. “My son in Maine, Joey IV, is coming. He’s a chef and says he’ll do it all,” says Yost with a big smile.” Plans for Christmas dinner are already resolved. She will be spending the holidays traveling in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. —Dora Walters

RICH MEAT SAUCE Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 medium carrot, finely chopped 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped 4 tablespoons olive oil 8 ounces ground beef 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms ( soaked in water) or regular mushrooms 1/2 cup dry red wine 1 pound fresh or canned tomatoes, skinned or chopped

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• In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, over medium heat, sauté the garlic, carrot, onion, celery, parsley and onion until the onion turns golden. • Add beef. Cook 5 to 7 minutes and stir continuously. • Add mushrooms. Cook 5 more minutes. • Pour on wine and cook until it evaporates. • Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. • Partially cover and simmer on low heat for about 2 hours. • The longer it simmers, the better it tastes. • Serves 4. • More ground beef can be added, if desired. Dora Walters

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Your family will flip for Filippo’s We all know pizza is of Italian origin, but here in the U.S. it has evolved into the allAmerican cuisine. It may rank above even hot dogs and hamburgers these days. Now along with peanuts and Cracker Jacks, pizza is something you can even eat at that American pastime, a baseball game. Pizza nights are often the favorite family meal option — it pleases both the kids and the parents. The question is finding the perfect pizza place for the family. Filippo’s Pizzeria in East County is a great answer. On Friday and Saturday nights, Filippo’s is filled with families, friends, soccer teammates and a few younger dating couples — all there for the same friendliness and familiarity of the food and the service. The Italian restaurant fills a neighborhood niche with comforting quality and cost-conscious cuisine. You won’t find dynamic décor or dining delicacies, but that’s not why you go there in the first place. You go there simply to

split pizzas and share spaghetti. Whether thick or thin, the crust is what holds a pizza together. Without the crust you can’t make a pizza. Likewise, without the people who work at Filippo’s, the restaurant wouldn’t be as successful as it is. The manager barks orders behind the counters to make sure people get their pizzas when they are hot. The polite waiters know your name by the end of the evening. Casually dressed, ready to run around — inside and out — the staff suits the sociable scene of the piping pizzeria. The sauce is what brings the ingredients together on a pizza. And, the friendly feel of Filippo’s is what fastens families and friends together at this restaurant. The lights are bright, the tables are crowded together, and the food preparation is in plain view. You can dress in whatever you desire, laugh as loud as you want and even splatter spaghetti sauce. You know your evening will be an easygoing event that everyone can enjoy.

Filippo’s Pizzeria 6392 N. Lockwood Ridge Sarasota • 360-8065 Cuisine: Italian Recommended: All pizzas, linguine with clam sauce, and the baked ziti special. Price ranges: Pizzas from $5.50 to $18.95; submarines, strombolis and calzones from $4.95 to $6.95; salads and antipastos from $1.95 to $9.95; dinner entrées from $5.59 to $12.95. Service: Polite and pleasing. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Credit cards: All major cards. Parking: Lot is pretty packed on weekends. Handicapped access: Good.

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The cheese that crowns the pizza is one of the most important parts of the pie. Warm and melted, it expands and covers up the crucial ingredients underneath. The food that covers Filippo’s menu is the

crowning glory of this pizzeria. Its awardwinning pizzas come with unusual toppings choices like salami, meatballs, broccoli, artichokes, eggplant, capers and sundried tomatoes. You can make your own pizza or choose from the prize-worthy specialty pizzas like the Hot Mama with Hot Peppers, Capicolla, Sausage and Capers or gorge on Gussies’s Garbage Pizza (10 toppings!). Filippo’s take pride in its pizzas, but its regular dinner options deserve recognition, too. You will be licking your lips after tasting the linguini with white clam sauce. The linguine is loaded with clams you carefully have to spoon up before they slip to the bottom of the bowl. But even better is the Baked Ziti Special that was actually created by one of the waitresses. The hearty portion of penne pasta, meat sauce and ricotta and mozzarella cheese is a powerful mouthful of intense Italian flavor. Filippo’s offers other items on its menu in addition to pizzas and pastas: soups and salads, antipastos, strombolis and calzones, and cold and hot submarines. Filippo’s Pizzeria has figured out how to run a thriving family restaurant — just like its perfect, piping hot pizza pie! ❑

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COREY’S LANDING - Perfectly situated Bay front home with Bay views and privacy. Meticulous elegance in this garden villa with 4 bedrooms including complete guest suite with sitting room and private balcony on the second floor. Graciously furnished for immediate enjoyment (all rugs & art excluded). $1,550,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707 SANCTUARY ON LONGBOAT KEY - This 3BR/3BA home has a full Bay view w/partial Gulf view! Top of the line amenities included: 24hr security, tennis, pool & clubhouse. Open & airy with new carpet and is freshly painted. $1,275,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3950 FAIRWAY BAY - Great townhouse w/soaring ceilings and skylights. Master suite has skylights, large walk-in closets and dual sinks w/whirlpool tub. Large guest room suite w/walk-in closet. Garage for two and storage. Beach club/pool and tennis. $379,000. WADE HAWLEY 552-3988

GRANDE RIVIERA – SARASOTA’S ULTIMATE POINTE OF VIEW - Don’t miss out on the best location in town. Just a few of these luxurious residences left. Enjoy unparalleled panoramic views and private docks available. Priced from $1,675,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 552-2669 WATER CLUB - Gorgeous designer perfect Water Club Condo w/stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico & downtown Sarasota. This very sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished w/wonderful appointments throughout. Fabulous world-class amenities and clubhouse, security and concierge. $2,500,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY - First time on the market. Lovely Country Club Shores home, 53’ x 25” screened lanai and pool, sailboat water, 44’ dock with lift, well maintained 2BR home. All on a mini “Selby Garden” lot! $699,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

BEAU CIEL – Just completed building with only 44 residences. Picturesque views of the Marina and Bay from this 6th fl 2BR/2.5BA, designer ready unit. Incredible amenities include: concierge service with 24-hour security & valet, fitness center, The Plaza Club with facilities for entertaining or business needs and pool & spa with a tropical setting & waterfall. Conveniently located close to theaters, restaurants and shopping. $990,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

BIRD KEY GARDEN - Private setting in this wellmaintained home. Living room w/cathedral ceiling & fireplace. Master Suite w/his & her baths. Plenty of sliders open to the large patio & pool area. The extralarge lot makes this property truly one-of-a-kind. $625,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220 BIRD KEY - Spacious garden home, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths with family room, workshop and bonus room. Large pool area and beautifully landscaped. Close to downtown and “the circle”. $659,900. HOYT BEATY/MARTY BENSON 552-3989 BIRD KEY GARDEN - Delightful ambiance combined w/the feel of your own private estate can be found in this home on one of the Key’s largest & prettiest lots. Stroll the paradisiacal garden, plunge into the large pool, relax on the spacious screened patio or soak up the sun on the 2nd floor deck. The home offers 3BR with baths en-suite plus 3 half baths, a living room with fireplace, separate dining room, den, crown moldings throughout, wood floors and storage galore. This is truly a unique property. $895,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220 LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES - Partial Bay views from this To-Be-Built canal front home. Great floor plan with 3/4BR plus a 4 car garage. Deeded beach access and private dock. Construction is scheduled for completion in Fall/Winter 2004. Plans and survey available. $2,100,000. MARTY BENSON/HOYT BEATY 552-3942

RINGLING MUSEUM AREA - Gorgeous wide open Bay views sweeping from mid Longboat Key all the way to the Ringling Causeway in the distance. This completely gutted and rebuilt home is located on a very deep lot in the desirable Ringling Museum area with multi-multi million dollar homes. A wonderful open floor plan with Bay views from the kitchen, dining room, master bedroom and pool makes this home a must see. $1,595,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

GOLDEN GATE POINT - Brand new - never occupied over 2100 sq ft. 3BR/3BA/2CG. Fabulous full bay views from this waterfront condo. Priced at $899,900 CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 BAY ISLAND ON SIESTA KEY - Key West style cottage on a very large lot. 3BR/1BA, Living room w/fireplace & large kitchen plus lots of charm make this your perfect island get-away or enlarge w/plenty of room to expand on this beautiful tropical treed lot! $475,000. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY - Beautiful & elegant home w/glorious views of Sarasota Bay & located on a deep-water channel that can accommodate up to a 65ft boat. Amenities include a fabulous master suite w/full Bay views & private balcony, gourmet kitchen w/top of the line appliances, wonderful pool area w/sauna & steam bath accessible from pool area, Italian tile floors, skylights, crown moldings, fireplace all located in a premier location on Longboat Key. $2,800,000. HANNERLE MOORE 3878136

DESIGNER PERFECT - Water Club Condominium with views of lush tropical foliage and the Gulf of Mexico. This sophisticated condo is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. Amenities include two covered parking spaces and a private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world class amenities, clubhouse security and concierge. $1,199,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 RITZ TOWER RESIDENCES - The best views and sophisticated finishing selections make this the ultimate opportunity with 2BR/3BA plus family room residence. Fireplace added for drama and charm. Full concierge services and a state of the art amenities level. $1,675,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 VIZCAYA - The ultimate perfectly decorated and appointed penthouse condo. Maximized views in an elegant estate enclave of only thirty-one residences. Two car garage. $2,695,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 ISLANDER CLUB - Gorgeous southern views of the gulf from this 2BR/2BA 12th floor penthouse with higher ceilings. Relax on the balcony while enjoying the vistas of the Gulf, Bay, downtown & the keys. Kitchen w/domed ceiling & newer appliances. Endless possibilities in this conveniently located building. Close to shopping and restaurants. $960,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

LAKEWOOD RANCH - Whitemarsh, an exclusive subdivision within Lakewood Ranch has this fabulous home for sale. 2BR/2BA former Neal St. Rafeal model w/separate laundry room, dining room & den. Light & bright, tastefully designed using a palette of neutral colors. Choice lot w/golf course & partial lake view. Conveniently located near community pool too! $429,000. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950


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This home, located at 1015 Bogey Lane in Country Club Shores, is an example of the luxury-living homes built by John Cannon. like to design homes,” he says. And, Cannon knows what his clients want Some say Longboat Key is almost all built and he’ll build “whatever you want,” he says. out. Not new homebuilder John Cannon. He’s “I like to listen to the clients. I want to design what they envision.” just getting started here. He says that sometimes what they envision “We’ve been steadily building our work on comes from a magazine tear sheet. the barrier islands,” says Cannon. That’s just fine with him because, he “We look at it as a growing market.” says, “If you can find it — we’ll put A few years ago Cannon wasn’t in your house.” looking at Longboat Key as a marBecause he designs every home, ket because the Key has a shortage he’s in sync with his buyers. “I pretof empty lots. The idea came from ty much meet with every customer elsewhere. before they buy the house.” “I had several buyers approach Being so involved in every me. One of them said, ‘I love your home, Cannon noticed some difstuff out here at Lakewood,’” recalls John Cannon ferences between his East County Cannon. and Longboat Key creations. Due And that was the beginning of a business relationship between John Cannon to flood elevations, Longboat Key homes Homes Inc. and Longboat Key. “Once you have to have higher foundations. And build one, people see that you are capable,” because real estate on Longboat Key is so valuable, Cannon has been doing more verCannon says. Cannon says there were some obstacles he tical construction, versus the sprawling had to overcome when he first started building designs of East County. He adds that Longboat Key’s discerning on the Key. They included many aspects of the building process, such as the building clientele want “more of everything.” And cuscodes, flood zones and subdivisions, which tom cabinetry is in. He points out that Key have “very particular rules,” he says. “It’s residents pay close attention to their swimsomething you need to gain time and experi- ming pools. “People really like their outdoor ence with. Once you have that experience, it living area,” he says. “They want the pools to complement the house and tie in with the obviously becomes easier.” But he’s done it. In the past five years, John bayfront.” Although there are some differences Cannons Home Inc. has built 15 homes on between the inland and barrier-island homes, Longboat Key, averaging three homes a year. Currently, Cannon has homes under con- they all have something in common. And struction on Longboat, Lido and St. that is Cannon’s ability to take care of every single detail from big to small. That also sets Armands keys. “We just finished two on Bird Key,” he says. his company apart from other builders. “We sort of have a one-stop shop,” says “Just about all of them are tear-downs.” But Cannon’s not the one buying the Cannon, who lists a number of components, property. He says that in every case, the which they take care of: architectural, concustomers have purchased the property. struction management, interior designing and “Then I design and build it,” he says. The even landscaping, pool and cabinetry. “We whole process takes about 18 months, and take care of everything.” He has a design center where customers come in and choose all that’s starting from scratch. And although Cannon designs these in- the finishes, stone flooring and light fixtures. demand homes, he is not an architect. “I just “I have everything in one location,” he says. BY LUSYA SULLIVAN Staff Writer

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“People are looking for that,” Cannon says. “There are too many potential problems, that something might be missed. There is no passing the buck — the buck stops here,” says the builder. He has some pretty happy customers. Take Don Stephens, for example. A developer himself for the past 30 years, Stephens spends half a year on St. Armands Key and half a year in Lakeland. He recently bought two Country Club Shores homes, planning to raze them and build new ones. He looked around for a builder and decided on John Cannon Homes Inc. Stephens says that being a builder, he was pretty particular about what he wanted. “It was not a decision I took lightly,” he says. “When you buy two, $2-million homes (from them) in a year, you gotta have faith, honey.” Already knowing that Cannon would pro-

John Cannon designs what his clients envision. Cannons agrees his employees are extraordinary. “The builders that I have, I am very, very proud of,” he says. “They’re highly paid, they’re professional, they’ve been doing this a while. Most of them have come to us from other builders, they wanted to build larger and more expensive homes. We got the best quality builders in the business.” In fact, Professional Builder Magazine recently selected John Cannon Homes Inc. as one of the nation’s 50 Best Companies to Work For in the Residential Construction Industry. Last year the company was ranked in the top 101 Nation’s Best Companies to Work For by the same publication. “Having satisfied employees creates a commitment to excellence that is evident in every home John Cannon builds,” says Dave Snyder, COO of John Cannon Homes. Cannon’s builders are good and they just

John Cannon built this home, at 642 Ranger Lane, also in Country Club Shores, from 1999 to 2000. vide a great product, he had only one request, and that was to take maximum advantage of the water view. “He did a perfect plan,” says Stephens. Stephens also pointed out that David Blair, who was the construction superintendent on his house, was a class act. “The whole company is class act,” says a satisfied Stephens.

keep on building. Currently, Cannon builds from 75 to 80 homes a year, mostly in the Sarasota area. But he does have a development in Tampa, and he also builds as far south as Port Charlotte and Boca Grande. But Longboat Key is definitely a market for Cannon — the more he builds, the more they want. ❑



BEAU CIEL (beautiful sky) THE ART OF LUXURY LIVING ON THE SARASOTA BAYFRONT The sophisticated contemporary architecture combined with a casual yacht harbor, private club lifestyle creates a new interpretation of downtown elegance. All 44 waterfront residences have thru-views of the Bay and Harbor. Pool / Spa / The Plaza Club / Fitness Center / Valet / Community Boat Dock. Hannerle is ranked among the top

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Approx. 3100 sq. ft. 9th Floor - $1,890,000 12th Floor - $1,840,000 12th Floor - $1,950,000

Approx. 3100 sq. ft. 7th Floor Especially Designed Details throughout, Contemporary Furnishings and Original Works of Art. $2,195,000

Approx. 4000 sq. ft. 14+ Floor - $2,590,000 Approx. 4700 sq. ft. Penthouse - $3,600,000 L’AMBIANCE World class building offers full concierge service, exercise, clubroom, under building parking, heated pool, spa and Har-Tru tennis Private stairs to the beach. Exceptional casual elegance, a 360º view, open design, & many architectural features. Fabulous beachfront residence. $3,450,000. This residence has the feel of a private beach home with gorgeous views. $3,200,000. Furnished 9th floor Sabal Plan w/12’ ceiling artfully decorated - spectacular views $2,495,000.

SIESTA KEY - HIDDEN HARBOR Lush tropical grounds surround this 2-story contemporary 6,200 sq. ft. home. European design elements featured throughout. Open, bright floorplan w/skylights & glass. Pool, boat dock. Fabulous views of harbor, pool & grounds. $4,490,000. RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES On the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” Residence is one of the most desirable. The spectacular tower, the “Beausoleil” residence has 4,965 sq. ft. living area plus two terraces overlooking the marina & city. $4,250,000. Beautiful Bay views from every room. GRAND BAY Approx. 2235 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms and den. Great amenities in a grand Longboat Key Enjoy world class amenities atop the Ritz. community - heated pool, spa, Har-Tru tennis, Monte Carlo unit. $1,390,000. clubhouse, exercise, kitchen, BBQ, picnic RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE deeded beach access. Breathtaking views. Fabulous floor plan, full Private corner in the newest building. concierge services and state of the art ameniPanoramic vistas of the bay, marina and ties. A fireplace adds to the drama and charm preserve. Wrap-around terraces. $995,000. of this 10th floor unit with approx. 3000 sq. ft. $1,675,000. Exquisite Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden of luxury and style. VIZCAYA shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in resort home. $999,000. Magnificent beach front enclave of only 31 elegant residences with 2 car garages and private elevaFabulous panoramic views of the Gulf and tors. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse Bay from this 6th floor 3 bedroom, 3 bath with fitness facilities and a private beach. Biscayne floorplan. $969,000. Expansive penthouse with over 4,000 sq. ft. of luxCOREY’S LANDING Approx 3200 sq ft / 4 ury. Endless views of Gulf, pool and grounds from bedroom, 4 bath bayfront home with big bay the wrap-around terrace. $3,990,000. views, private dock and deeded beach Spacious and elegant with unobstructed views of access. Graciously furnished. $1,550,000. the Gulf, this expansive penthouse features many WATER CLUB Breathtaking views of the gulf, unequaled design elements that create a style Sarasota Bay, and the skyline from this 9th floor which expresses what Florida living is all about. $2,999,000. Dover plan. The best of the best on the desir- Approx. 3400 sq. ft. 3BR/3BA. able south side of Water Club II $2,695,000. Perfectly decorated & appointed penthouse. EN PROVENCE Exclusive paradise commu- Marvelous views. You just have to see this nity of only 21 beach front residences. stunning Florida residence. Partially fur$2,695,000. 3BR/3BA with direct gulf view. $2,495,000. nished, 2 car garage. GOLDEN BAY On Golden Gate Point brand new, ISLANDS WEST 2bedroom, 2 bath, spacious unit never occupied 3 bedroom, 3 bath with fabu- with approx. 1650 sq. ft. 10th floor unit has a full lous full bay views. Approx. 2100 sq ft and 2 partial bay view. When you’re not enjoying the balconies. Pool, pull-up dock and fishing pier. sunset you’ll love the beach, clubhouse, heated $775,000. Great downtown value per sq ft . $899,900. pool, sauna and tennis. INDIAN BEACH Splendor on the Bay / Step back in time. This 1920’s home has been expanded and updated yet retains its period ambience. Approx. 5800 sq. ft., 2 Bedroom/2Bath Main House, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Guest House, 2-2-Car Garages, Potting Shed, Basement, Fishing Pier and Fabulous Full Bay Views. Wood floors, 3 fireplaces, ceiling art by Paul Montgomery, custom design details throughout as this was the 2001 Designer Showcase Home. $4,800,000.

Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with absolutely stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and downtown Sarasota. This very sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. Fabulous world-class amenities, clubhouse, security and concierge. $2,500,000 Virtual Tour

Queens Harbour Home with Gorgeous Unobstructed Views of the Bay from master, living and dining rooms. This 4BR/3BA home has a dock and lift, pool and outdoor kitchen. Beautiful furnishings included. REDUCED $1,675,000 Virtual Tour

If You Need A Home For Your 65’ Boat this Country Club Shores home is situated on one of the largest and deepest canals on Longboat Key. Amenities include gorgeous views, soaring ceilings, separate family room with fireplace, beautiful pool & deck, dock and an exceptionally large lot. $1,250,000 Virtual Tour Longboat Key Canal Home with Beautiful Views This home has beautiful canal and bay views, great boating water and is situated four in from the bay, which makes it a wonderful find. $645,000 Virtual Tour Designer Perfect Water Club Condominium with views of the Gulf of Mexico. This sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. Has 2 covered parking spaces and private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world-class amenities, clubhouse, concierge and security. $1,199,000 Virtual Tour Extraordinary L’Ambiance Penthouse with magnificent views of Gulf, sunsets, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay and lights of downtown Sarasota. Amenities include 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 5,200 sq ft with 2400 sq ft of wrap $6,995,000 Virtual Tour terraces and 3 parking spaces. New Fabulous Opportunity To Own A Large Bayfront Parcel of land with Bay and Gulf views and boating and beach access on desirable Longboat Key, where acreage is fast disappearing. Would suit for a corporate or family retreat with multiple units and multiple dockage possibilities. $4,999,000 Virtual Tour New Gorgeous Wide Open Bay Views sweeping from mid-Longboat Key to the Ringling Causeway in the distance. This completely gutted and rebuilt home is located on a very deep lot in the desirable Ringling Museum area. Wonderful open floor plan and bay views from most rooms. $1,595,000 Virtual Tour Beautiful and Elegant Home in Country Club Shores with glorious views of Sarasota Bay and located on a deep water channel that can accommodate up to a 65 ft. boat. Amenities; fabulous master suite with full Bay views and private balcony, gourmet kitchen, wonderful pool area with sauna and steam bath accessible from pool area. Italian tile floors, crown moldings, and fireplace. $2,800,000 Virtual Tour Marina Bay with Gorgeous Bay & City Views This 3BR, 3382 sq. ft. condo that has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his and her master bath and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000 Virtual Tour

GRANDE RIVIERA ON THE TIP OF GOLDEN GATE POINT Striking architectural style offering a private enclave of only 13 luxurious residences. Unparalleled panoramic views and a marina with limited boat slips.

$1,675,000 3rd Floor Approx. 2,650 sq. ft.

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Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the breathtaking panorama of sparkling SARASOTA BAY and beautiful Longboat Key, this unique estate presents dazzling display of space and light within its bold, innovative artistry. The 10,000+/- square-foot, three level residence boasts a fabulous master suite with outstanding views, gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances, six satellite kitchens seamlessly blended throughout the main and guest home, porcelain floors, and custom built-ins. $6,250,000 Secluded contemporary BAYFRONT ESTATE, close to downtown, lushly landscaped with fabulous Bay and Sunset views. Imported European kitchen to meet chef standards. Tennis court installed by makers of Bollettieri Academy. 2 boat docks & lifts. $5,975,000 150 feet of beautiful and unspoiled beach in the SANDERLING CLUB, a 1.6 acre property from gulf to lagoon. Ideal site to build dream home or to use existing structure with 4,500+ sf under roof for remodeling. Also ideal for anyone looking to acquire “additional” 180ft. of beachfront. $5,875,000 Fabulous Five Star RITZ CARLTON Lifestyle. THE 18th Floor PENTHOUSE. High over Sarasota bay, bathed in a breathtaking panorama, 3 sides, 4 balconies, full bay & city views, sunrise & sunset. In Sarasota, the Cultural Capital of Florida. $5,750,000 The prestigious gated community of the SANDERLING CLUB. Direct Gulf front with 200’ of private, protected, pristine beach w/dramatic sunsets. On over an Acre, offering opportunity to purchase a prime beachfront on Siesta Key w/possibilities ranging from renovation to using site for new construction. $5,500,000 This vacant Bay/Bayou lot, in one of SIESTA KEY’S finest neighborhoods, is surrounded by many new multi-million dollar homes. This unique property offers a boat dock and private setting, uniquely bordering a non-buildable association greenbelt. The elevated living level of the future home will offer good water views of the Bayou and Bay. $987,500 Located on beautiful SIESTA KEY. Brand new, 2nd floor bay front condo, corner unit with several screened and open balconies. Great view of pool and Little Sarasota Bay. Amenities include semi-private elevator, marble foyer, granite slab countertops, secured parking and upgraded interior. Quality appliances will be installed, and boat dock available to purchase separately. $699,000

Bea Friedman, Larry Calder and Dianne Belk BY LUSYA SULLIVAN Staff Writer

Faith DeStefano, Nell Leffel, Ed Kalin, Leslie Malkin and Alyce Kalin

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Dancers entertained the guests.

The grand unveiling of Beau Ciel, which was held the evening of Nov. 12, was grand, indeed. The guests, many of them future residents of the new condominiums, were greeted by artsy dancers and champagne. Beau Ciel, located on Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota, is a development of 44 luxurious residences. Each residence has an elevator lobby and 9-foot-8-inch-high ceilings, except where dropped. Its amenities will include concierge services, private boardroom/dining room overlooking the Yacht Harbor, Plaza Club Room, a catering kitchen and service bar, conference and meeting room, media center for state-of-the-art entertainment, fitness center and spa for residents only, heated pool, spa and sundeck. In addition to sneaking a peak at a finished model, guests enjoyed fanciful fare and artistic entertainment — dancers, music and a painter. ❑


Future residents check out Ritz Club BY LUSYA SULLIVAN Staff Writer

Future residents and many guests visited The Beach Residences site in an exclusive preview late afternoon Nov. 6 on Lido Key. Eager to see the new development, visitors gathered for cocktails at the newly renovated Sales and Design Gallery in Sarasota, then boarded a coach and were transported to the construction site. In addition to a sneak preview of the Ritz Carlton Members Beach Club (soon to be completed), they were just in time for the glorious sunset, one of many such sunsets they will enjoy in the near future. ❑

Jean and Jim Zakovec, Dwight Thomas and Emmett and Linda Weber

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Key real estate

St. Armands home sells for $2.9 million A new St. Armands Key home on Sarasota Bay has been purchased by Edward L. Bongart for $2.9 million at 236 N. Washington Drive. The four-bedroom and four-bath home has a swimming pool and contains 7,252 square feet under roof, of which 5,250 is air-conditioned living area. Sellers of the home, which was built last year, were the North Washington Partners of Sarasota Inc., 230 N. Washington Drive. Robert M. Greene is president of North Washington Partners. The sellers purchased the waterfront property in February 2001 for $1.325 million.

Sutton Place Nancy H. and Richard A. Lowell from Downers Grove, Ill., bought penthouse 2 at Sutton Place condominiums from Deborah S. and David B. Paul of Baxter, Minn., for $330,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built by I.Z. Mann as Longboat Harbour South in 1973.

Longboat Beachcomber Trustees Mary and Arthur Starts of Beaverton, Ore., sold apartment 505 at the 40unit Longboat Beachcomber condominiums, 2711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $225,000 to SCB Investments of Southwest Florida L.L.C., 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1970.


Lido Beach The only other million-dollar transaction on the upper offshore keys for the first week in November was the sale of a Lido Beach home at 78 Polk Drive. Edwin A. Weller III and Peter J. Weller, trustees of the Kathryn B. Weller Trust, 663 Mourning Dove Drive, Bird Key, sold the residence to Jutta and LeGrand Burt, 696 Point of Rocks Road, Sarasota, for $1.115 million. The four-bedroom and four-bath home with a swimming pool was built in 1955, the year Longboat Key was incorporated as a municipality.

Promenade Charlotte C. Averka and her husband, Robert S. Russell, from South Orange, N.J., purchased unit 508-B at Promenade I for $700,000 from the Canadian investment firm

This St. Armands home, located at 236 N. Washington Drive, was sold for $2.9 million. of 1285378 Ontario Inc., Archibald McCallum of Toronto, president. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1985 and last sold for $400,000 April 1998.

Country Club Shores The 38-year-old, canal-front home at 532 Ranger Lane in the fourth unit of Country Club Shores was sold for $515,000 by Gulf Coast Parking Co., David D. Bone, president, 100 Wallace Ave., Sarasota. Barbara Marie Mengelberg, 595 Bay Isles Road, purchased the two-bedroom and two-bath home.

Harbour Oaks II Frederick A. De Furia and Garry H. Jackson bought the Harbour Oaks II home at 2311 Harbourside Drive from Joan and Stanley J. Gelber of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., for $515,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home was built in 1986. It last sold for $290,000 in October 1998.


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Longbeach Village Helen M. and Harold S. Sandhaus of Hewlett, N.Y., sold their unit 24 in the Dolphin building at the 89-unit Longbeach Village condominiums to Susan F. and William J. Bokos from Chappaqua, N.Y., for $415,000. The twobedroom and two-bath apartment at 7075 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1974.

Longboat Key Moorings Marina Risley Marine Inc., 401 Osprey Point Drive, Osprey, paid $400,000 for boat slip 11 on B pier at the 274-slip Longboat Key Moorings Marina. Sellers were Kathy and David Veltman of Belleair, near Clearwater. The Veltmans bought the slip in August 2000 for $250,000, turning a nice $150,000 profit in three years.

Sleepy Lagoon Park The vacant lot at 699 Penfield St., in the Sleepy Lagoon Park No. 2 subdivision, was sold by Gary Jodat, 806 Marbury Lane, to Heinke and Guenther Schwabe of Stade, Germany, for $370,000.

Bird Key Thomas R. Forbord, 4642 Weybridge, Sarasota, bought the 28-year-old home at 429 Pheasant Way on Bird Key from Nancy J. Stumler of Floyds Knobs, Ind., for $515,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath home has a swimming pool and was last sold for $385,000 in May 2002.

Kingston Arms How would you like to earn a $40,000 profit in only five months? Well, that is just what Ivanka Vidovich of Cicero, Ill., did when she bought unit 20-A at Kingston Arms condominium on Lido Beach in May of this year for $175,000 and turned around and sold it in November for $215,000. Vidovich sold the 40-year-old, one-bedroom and one-bath apartment at 500 S. Washington Drive to Diane Y. and Brian W. Moore. 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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Real Estate Reports My Realty Co. — If you’re just coming back, you might not know that My Realty Co. moved a few doors down three months ago. Its current address is 8 N. Blvd. of the Presidents on St. Armands Circle. Its broker/owner is Sylvia Babineau.

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The Regent Place condominium offers great views, including this one of the Gulf.

Listing agent — Vicki Lonborg

Location: Regent Place condominium, 655 Longboat Club, PH-1B, Longboat Key.

Listing agent: Vicki Lonborg, Coldwell Banker Previews.

What: Three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, 3,139 square feet.

How long with the company? Two years. How long in real estate? Five years combined experience in residential sales and a property manager for a prominent family and corporation.

When built? 1995. Unique features: “Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club is this luxurious penthouse with unbelievable panoramic views,” says Vicki Lonborg. Is it furnished? “Gorgeous, turnkey furnishings with a plasma TV,” says Lonborg. Owners’ favorite feature? The views — Gulf, bay and the golf course.

Closed sales volume year to date: $3.197 million. The condo is furnished and includes a plasma TV. Interesting history: A famous soft-drink family is selling the house. Asking price: $3.2 million.

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Prudential Palms Realty — Cheryl Loeffler was a featured speaker at the Prudential National Summit Conference recently held in Vancouver, British Columbia. More than 500 top producers of the Prudential real estate network attended. The Singer Group — Audrey, Bob and Jill Singer — has joined the company’s Longboat Key Office at 595 Bay Isles, Mediterranean Plaza. The Singers bring more than 32 years of real estate experience as multimillion-dollar producers. Audrey Singer graduated from Vassar College with a degree in psychology. Bob Singer, Audrey’s Bob and Jill Singer husband, is an engineer who graduated from the University of Toronto. Jill, their daughter, has a bachelor’s degree from FIT in New York. Wedebrock Real Estate Co. — Tina Rudek, Longboat Key office, Geoff Wall, Holmes Beach office, and Jim Foster, commercial division, were the top producers for October. Top selling agents were Rudek, Marc Turner, Holmes Beach office, and Foster. —Lusya Sullivan

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Store around the corner


Coffrin Jewelers

Boutique moves Brightwater Boutique has moved. Now it’s located at 4 Avenue of the Flowers, Longboat Key, right across from its previous place. This new location is more open and provides more space for the merchandise.

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Jeweler grows

Owner: Belinda Coffrin of Sarasota owns the jewelry store.

Armel Jewelers is expanding its store on St. Armands Circle. In addition to updating the look of the store and making it more open, the management has added a number of high-quality lines, such as the world-famous Lazare diamonds. The St. Armands location is managed by Gloria LaGris. There are some changes at Armel’s Southbay location, in Osprey, as well. Jonathan Melnic is retiring to pursue his love of preserving Florida’s river heritage and will be handing the store to family friend Sergio Baril, formerly of Tiffany’s and president of Fred Joaillier.

Year established: Coffrin Jewelers was opened by Terry Coffin, Belinda’s late husband, in May 1980, on South Tamiami Trail. It has been at its current location since 1990. Employees: There are seven employees.

Company picks PR company Linda Gross and AdWorks Communication Inc. was selected to assist CTX Mortgage with marketing, media placement and media relations for the Sarasota company. CTX Mortgage company was founded in 1973 and now has more 200 offices nationwide. AdWorks is a privately held fullservice advertising company.

Hours: It is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Type of business: “We specialize in fine diamonds and gem stones,” says Coffrin. Hearts on Fire, Chris and The Spirit of Flanders are some of the diamond cuts the store carries. She says that the store does custom design. “We try to keep up with the fashion trends while still keeping your traditional looks,” she adds. —Lusya Sullivan

For the coffee needs ... The Beanz Man Retail and Commercial Showroom celebrated its grand opening Oct. 26 and 27 at 4464 N. Washington Blvd. in Sarasota. The Beanz Man is a provider of gourmet coffees, accessories and equipment. “Anything anyone will ever need for the perfect cup of coffee is all here at our new showroom,” said owner Jack Ovadia.

Belinda Coffrin is the owner of Coffrin Jewelers.


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Attorney appointed to care council Eugene O. George, local attorney of the law firm Bowman, George, Scheb, Toale & Robinson, has been appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush as a member of the Continuing Care Advisory Council. In addition to this position, George serves as general counsel for two Sarasota continuing-care communities, The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch and Bay Village. —Lusya Sullivan


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LBK chamber honors its volunteers

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Jack and Phyllis Black BY LUSYA SULLIVAN Staff Writer

Members of Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce gathered for their annual Chairman’s Reception Nov. 12 at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. The purpose of the function was to honor

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At the net

Not just another world champion

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Programs and classes Nov. 20 to 26 classes: • Aerobics, (low-impact): 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (interval) • NIA (Movement with Purpose): 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays • Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Muscles & More (weight-bearing): 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Pilates: 9:15 a.m. Thursdays • T’ai Chi: 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. • The Joy of Stretching: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays • Bootcamp Workout: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays • Tennis, Round Robbin Doubles: 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Passive program: Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. News and Notes: Senior-softball signup: John, 383-9354.



group, he has had a streak of 87 victories without a single loss. Hopp, a Detroit native, started playing tennis at age 9, when his father bought him a racket and sent him off to a boy’s camp. He credits Jean Hoxie for his early years of tennis development (and that of many of the top Detroit players of his era). He had many tennis successes during his high school and college years. In his early 20s, Hopp had a major setback, however. He seriously injured his shoulder playing in the finals of a tournament in Northern Minnesota. He wouldn’t play tennis again until he was in his early 40s. He took several years to regain his winning form, but progressed toward the world championship with numerous sectional, state and national titles. The road was not always easy; Hopp, like many tennis players, didn’t get older without consequences. Injuries were hard to avoid, not just muscle soreness and aches but tears and sprains. He stretches for 45 minutes before playing, to overcome this frustrating and nagging problem. This keeps him free from injury and helps him maintain his mobility on the court. Good eating doesn’t hurt either. He eats in moderation, takes supplements and keeps himself fit. And Hopp still believes in practicing and feels there is more to learn. He likes to practice with many of the local tournament players and teaching pros. He credits Don Kaiser with keeping him going over the years and Lorne Main with showing him how to “run on toes and not on heels,” something he feels has made a real difference in his level of play. “Moving into the ball” is another characteristic of Hopp’s game and, to watch him, you’d know how important that attribute is in making a winner out of an “also-ran.” Hopp lives on Bird Key now, a long way from Detroit. He’s been there since 1978 and loves it there. He has five grandchildren, spread out around the country. But, being a grandparent hasn’t slowed him down any. I suspect that we’ll being hearing a lot more from him. Congratulations, Clem! What’s up: The USTA National Senior Father Son Clay Court Championships will be held at the Landings Racquet Club in Sarasota from Nov. 21 to 23. Many local players will be competing against the top teams in the country. The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center will be hosting the fourth annual Longboat Observer Challenge Dec. 5 to 7. John Mrachek is the manager of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. He is also the 2000 club champion in open singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at the Longboat Key Club. ❑



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How many years have you played golf? “At least 50 years,” Silvers says. “My father was an avid golfer and I began playing with him when I was 12.” “My husband, Earl, and I always went on golfing vacations with the family,” she recalls. “We always took our golf clubs and it wasn’t unusual to play golf 18 days during a three-week vacation.” What is your best score? “It’s a 93 or 94,” she says, adding, “Don’t ask me what it is today.” What kind of clubs do you use? Taylor and Callaway clubs are found in her golf bag. What is the highlight of your golfing career? “It was a thrill when I shot par on the seventh hole at Pebble Beach,” she says. “We were on our way to Hawaii but stopped for a week there.” Is there anything you would like to improve in your game? “Now that I have reached 80-plus, I just want to continue to get out there and play,” Silvers says. What is your funniest flub-up? Silvers recalls: “It has to be the time I was driving a golf cart and took a sharp corner. I turned to talk to my father and discovered he had fallen out of the cart onto the grass. He didn’t get hurt, but I got a lecture about my fast driving.” Do you have any advice for other golfers? Silvers shares some advice given to her by her father. “If you can’t play well, play fast.” She follows her dad’s advice.

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Clem Hopp was on his way to the ITF World Championship in Antalya, Turkey. Seeded fourth in the 75s singles and determined not to break his winning streak, he faced Fred Kovaleski, the current world champion, on both grass and clay in the semifinals. It took three sets, but he prevailed over Kovaleski. The final — Hopp’s first world title — went 6-1 and 6-3. Before his successes in Turkey, Clem was the U.S. Tennis Association’s Florida Section Adult Male Player of the Year Award. Since 1998, in his age





Key Niners celebrate 20th anniversary her foursome came in second with a score of 44. A special guest was Jim Owen, the Longboat Key Club pro the year the group organized. He is now at Serenoa in Sarasota. A number of past members who no longer play golf also attended. Key Niners membership has been as high as 90 but currently is 45. They play each Tuesday morning. ❑


The Key Niners of Longboat Key celebrated their 20th anniversary Nov. 11 with a luncheon following their usual round of play. The group was founded in 1993 with just six women. Two of the original founders, Florence Katz and Elizabeth Christensen, attended. Katz still plays and

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

Elaine Lewin, Helen Brody, Frankie Ross, Annette Grishman and Karen Deutsch

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

Photos by Dora Walters

Special event: • Where’s the B.O.B. (men’s doubles 4.0-4.5): 2 p.m. Tuesday Lessons/clinics/ball machine are by reservations. Marjorie Kraft looks at old newspaper stories.


Marion Kreshtool and Lillian Meckler


Rosalie Krone and Marie Barr


Presenting The Fourth Annual Team Tennis Tournament


Waterfront home. Huge views across the harbor to the natural waterway leading out to the inter-coastal. 4 bedroom, 4 bath plus office/library home. Deep-water dock. Gourmet $ 1,950,000 kitchen, pool/spa, 3 plus car garage.

BAY VIEWS! Magnificent Mediterranean Town home direct bay front. Wood and

marble floors, soaring ceilings, French doors, elevator, fireplace .Tropical waterfall lagoon pool, beach access, boat dock with 16000 lb. lift, jet ski lift, 4+ car garage with space $ for toolbench/motorcycle parking. 1,490,000





lake view home, grand proportions, and graceful ambiance in this wonderfully planned home. Lap $ Pool/spa, outdoor kitchen and separate in-law-suite. 1,225,000

water front home. Views to the Southwest, which are the most private with a very tropical feel. Open plan with cathedral ceilings, kitchen w/corian counters, fireplace, and boat dock w/boat lift, $ easy access to bay. Pool/Spa and 2 car garage. 985,000


3 bedroom home on Sailboat water with dock already in place. Located very close to the beaches of Siesta Key and right down $ your canal is the inter-coastal waterway with no bridges. Pool. 829,000


LOTS: WATERFRONT LOT w/ view to the inter-coastal waterway protected by a nat-

DATE: Dec. 5, 6 and 7

ural barrier. This lot could be developed to your dream home or enjoy the updated home $ already in place. Lot size 12103 sq. ft. 1,100,000

PLACE: The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center


Enjoy the privacy of being one of 15 home sites on this paradise location with views to the west for the best sunsets on the west coast of Florida. Dock already in place, as well as sewer, well for water, plus electricity on 1 ACRE. $360,000

The event is open to all. Four players per team (two ladies and two men), with three levels of play. *NEW* Long-Sleeve T-shirts, balls and refreshments provided. Awards will be given to all first- and second-place teams. Entry fee: $10


Endless views from the main living area to the golf course and lake behind this charming villa. $ Wonderful appointments throughout this furnished home. 675,000

Please call me to sell your home or help you buy the next one!

or stop by The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center (behind Publix, next to the Post Office).

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Sign up today — as a team or individually. Call 941-316-(TEN-S) 8367

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 3BR/3BA meticulously NG maintained.ECanal P NDI front, SALE fourth in from the bay, 10,000 lb boat lift, heated pool. $998,000.

WATERFRONT SOPHISTICATION - Custom Mediterranean home w/deep water dock in the LBK Club. 4Bd/5Ba, den, high ceilings, gourmet kitchen wood floors, elevator and bonus 1st level are some of the features. $1,495,000. SPECTACULAR BAY VIEWS - 5,000 SF bayfront maintenancefree home in Queens Harbour. Quality abounds w/marble & granite surfaces, 20’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen & sumptous master suite, dock for 2 boats. $2,399,000. DEEP BOATING WATER - LBK CLUB. Over 4000 sq. ft., 3BR/3BA, open floor plan with bonus 1st level. One of the Largest Lots In The Bayou. $1,349,000. BAY FRONT - COREYS LANDING - 3750 sq. ft. villa with open bay views. Master BR with bay view and 2 guest rooms on 1st level. 2nd level with media room, office and 2 BR. Private boat dock. $1,499,000. BOATER’S DELIGHT - BAY ISLES 3800 SF on deep water canal with bay views. 3BR/5.5BA, hobby room, granite kichen, marble baths, elevator, private patio, pool. $1,287,000. LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - Beautiful treed lot in Bay Isles Bayou. $379,000. Large lakefront Sable Cove lot. $799,000. NEW VILLA- LBK CLUB - Just completed, 3BR/3.5BA. with pool & spa. Very bright open floor plan, ceramic floors, granite kitchen, high ceilings, 2 car garage. Reduced $649,000.


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INN ON THE BEACH B e a c h f r o n t 2BD/2BA corner apartment located behind the gates at Longboat Key Club. Beautiful gulf, sunset and swimming pool views. Offered turnkey furnished for $689,500.

FAIRWAY BAY... Beautifully updated 2BR/2BA. Light and bright, garage parking, furnished and wonderful amenities. $394,500.

EMERALD POINTE... Gated LBK 3BR/3.5BA completed in 2002, many upgrades, lake view, pool/spa. $669,000.


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Foxfire West Custom 4 or 5BR/5BA on 2 acres in mainland equestrian community. Historic oaks. Granite counters. Custom pool. Built in 1996. $775,000.

Bay Isles Behind gates of LBK Club, 3BR/3BA with caged pool. Tropical landscaping. Excellent price point for neighborhood. $595,000. Superb views of Bay & Marina. 3BR/3BA 15th floor unit with extensive upgrades, full wet bar, media room & elaborate amenities. $2,495,000

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GOLF COURSE LOT Very private home on golf course with lake view from the front. Over 2,700 square feet with an abundance of cabinets, Corian, 3 or 4 bedrooms/3 baths, office/den, living and dining rooms, summer kitchen on lanai with pool and spa. $639,900 ONE-OF-A-KIND HOME - Custom features and quality appointments, over 4,200 square feet, 3 or 4BR/3BA, deluxe kitchen, office/den, theatre room, game room, incredible millwork and architectural details. Paver decking, pool, spa. Golf course and water views. $1,525,000 PARK LIKE SETTING This 2,675 SF split plan has 3 bedrooms/3 baths, living and dining rooms, family room, office/den and center island kitchen with Corian and granite. Lanai with pool and spa overlooking private rear yard with many palm and fruit trees. $564,000 PRESERVE PRESERVE AND GOLF COURSE VIEWS - Enter this seasonally enjoyed 2,520 SF home through double glass doors. It has 3BR/3BA, living room/ dining room, great room with built-ins, center island kitchen with Corian counters, lanai with pool and spa. $465,000

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES SLOOP LANE...Amazing home located on a point lot on the very southern tip of Longboat Key. Over 4,000 feet offering one of the best views in the Sarasota area—downtown, open bay expanses. Great for any boater or water lover. Four bedrooms with a complete guest wing, soaring ceilings and state-of-the-art kitchen. Fabulous interior design throughout. $3,999,000 --VIDEO-SLOOP LANE

CUTTER LANE...Move right in to this seven year “new” home located one in from the open bay in Country Club Shores. Everything in this home is top knotch—great views from practically every room. Great finishes include granite, marble and appliances; great fourbedroom split floor plan with separate den/office; and oversized garage with workout/hobby/play space. $2,195,000 --VIDEO--

BOGEY LANE...Brand New, just completed Country Club Shores Mediterranean home. This beautiful home was just built by John Cannon Homes and is ready for immediate occupancy. Views are straight down the canal and out to the Bay past the swimming pool. CUTTER LANE High ceilings, four bedrooms, three-car garage. $1,975,000 BAYOU HAMMOCK...Truly a delight — a 4,200 square foot home with three bedrooms on over 1.5 acres on the north Longboat Key. A Selby Gardens-like setting, over 340’ of water frontage that includes three docks. Vaulted ceilings in family room, living and dining space. $2,595,000 --VIDEO--

THE OAKS...Over 7,500 square feet of authentic country French living on two lots! Four/five bedrooms plus mother-in-law guest house attached by a breezeway. Over 350’ of estate frontage; the backyard overlooks an impressive lawn and lake. A truly one-of-a-kind residence in Oaks I. $1,999,000 --VIDEO-THE SAVOY ON PALM...Like living in an upscale boutique hotel, this is downtown Sarasota at its finest. In a location that offers walking distance to practically everything, this 3,600 foot residence has beautiful bay and city views. $1,325,250

TANGERINE BAY...Properly priced and ready to move in, wonderful views across the resort-like pool of Tangerine Bay to Sarasota Bay. Oversized eat-in kitchen, gas fireplace and sumptuous master suite. Also a full two-car garage. $779,000 AQUARIUS...This south end, Longboat Key beach residence. Northwest exposure for beautiful sunsets. Ideally located in walking distance of Publix and the Colony, this is one of your last chances to live in a 2/2 for only $479,000 PENDING

NEW LISTING - GRAND BAY Wonderful vistas over the golf course and pool to open bay and marina. First floor with huge terrace and a neutral interior ready for your decorating touches. This is an estate property & heirs are looking to move on. $945,000. NEW LISTING AT REGENT PLACE Fabulous beachfront with panoramic views. Only 2 units per floor, you enjoy sunrise over the bay, city, golf course and sunset over the Gulf. Marble floors, custom kitchen with granite counters, 2 huge terraces (1 gulfside & 1 bayside), 3 ensuite bedrooms. Only $2,200,000. SANCTUARY - Corner unit w/wrap around views of golf and gulf. 2BD, den 2.5BA TKF. Expansive beach, sensational amenities in secure, environment. $899,500. VILLA DI LANCIA - Privacy & gulf front panorama end unit penthouse. Volume ceilings, huge terrace, wood floors, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, private elevator & all amenities. $1,695,000. NEW LISTING: SANCTUARY - Sensational views sunrise to sunset in this “true” 3BR beauty. Direct gulf front to the west and bay, city and golf course panorama to the east. Sanctuary is a true favorite with a resort life style that’s the envy of all. Come see what living the good life is all about. $1,480,000. FAIRWAY BAY - Direct bayfront. Largest 2BR/ 2BA floor plan in one of the nicest communities on LBK. Amenities include tennis, 2 pools with spas, renovated clubhouse and exercise facilities and private Bay Isles Beach Club. Furnished property reduced $30,000 to sell fast. $429,900.

THE SANCTUARY BUILDING 3...Wonderful 7th floor, direct Gulf large corner residence, beautifully finished. Sumptuous master suite, guest suite, den/3rd bedroom plus kids’ retreat. Completely furnished and ready to become your new home. $1,995,000 --VIDEO-BUILDING 2...Located in the Sanctuary’s prime direct Gulf building. This popular floor plan offers both direct Gulf and Bay and city views. Many upgrades are included, such as generous use of tile, wet bar, built-ins and, two storage and two parking spaces. $1,499,000


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REGENT PLACE PENTHOUSE - Imagine the perfect view, the perfect floor plan, & the perfect location. Here it is!! Walls of glass bring the entire Gulf, Sarasota Bay, Downtown, distant islands & Islandside Golf into your world in the sky. Exquisite detail with 12’ ceilings, 8’ solid oak doors & trim, luxurious master suite, 2 en-suite bedrooms, plus office & den, private elevator & 2 huge terraces $3,995,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES PERFECTION - Perfect for boating enthusiast. Meticulously detailed layout, vaulted ceilings, huge private master suite, office/4th BR, custom eat-in kitchen/ family room, 2 upstairs bedrooms, beautiful caged pool/ spa, and great dock with lift on sailboat water. $1,995,000. NEW LISTING: FAIRWAY BAY - Wonderful bay views from this professionally decorated 2BR/2BA. Enjoy all that friendly and fun Fairway Bay has to offer: tennis, clubhouse, 2 pools and spas, under bldg. parking, and private beach club. This is truly a great buy at only $379,000.

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GRAND BAY - WOW!! - Awesome wraparound views. Open bay with views of downtown. The lush greenery of Harbourside Blue #9 adds beauty. Wonderful furnishings included. $1,599,500. ★ ★ ★ ★ INN ON THE BEACH ★ ★ ★ ★ Superb 1st level 2BR/2BA walk-out to pool and beach $795,000. First level, 2BR/2BA. Fabulous resort pool and wide beach. $695,000. REGENT PLACE - Gulf Front Beauty. SOLD. $2,250,000. BEACHES OF LONGBOAT KEY SOLD. $695,000. ST. ARMANDS - New bayfront home. CONTRACT PENDING! $3,335,000. HARBOUR OAKS - Large home. CONTRACT PENDING! $459,000. See Virtual Tour at: JOYCE HOME 383-2440 MARK HOME 383-6739 387-1822 (Office Direct) • 800-365-8492

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NEW LISTING L’AMBIANCE -This Penthouse residence of 5,170 sq. ft. is the ultimate in luxurious living and gracious Gulf front entertainment. The 2,400 sq. ft. wrap around terraces open to endless vistas of sea and sky, fiery sunsets, sparkling open Bay views and the magic of city lights. Designed in careful detail by the renowned Anne Folsom Smith, highlighted by a spectacular lighted glass dome that enhances the 14 ft ceiling of the Grand Salon. Many fine built-ins and original stained glass inserts by Virginia Hoffman are featured. This home provides an elegant setting for gathering friends and family to enjoy gala musical evenings, festive dining or casual entertaining. $5,900,000 NEW LISTING - GRAND BAY – The ultimate in designer accents and unobstructed 270º views of the Gulf, Bay, City lights, golf courses and preserve. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset from the wrap around terrace. This 9th floor 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath residence with 10 foot ceilings, granite kitchen, wood floors, custom built-ins & plantation shutters is spectacular in every detail. TURNKEY FURNISHED. $1,250,000. WATERCLUB I – Panoramic southwest views capture the Gulf and City lights from the 6th floor 3BR/4BA beachfront residence. Highlights include 10 ft. ceilings, new flooring and wall treatments, sitting room in master suite. Fresh and beautiful. $1,699,000. WATERCLUB I - GULF FRONT 3BR/5BA, 7th floor residence with sunset views from 3 terraces. Concierge services, 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and a separate private garage at $3,200,000. THE PIERRE – Elegant, spacious 7th floor 3BR/3.5BA residence provides panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, Gulf, the award winning LBK golf course and city lights. This beautiful home features wood floors, soffit lighting & custom designer built-ins. Wonderful amenities include concierge services, security, 420 ft of white sandy beach, pool, tennis courts & two hospitality suites. $1,395,000. BAY ISLES BAYFRONT - HARBOR SECTION – Open bayfront jewel! Double lot with 400 foot seawall is the backdrop for a tropical multi level deck and 50x20 foot heated pool with lap pool extension. Private dock for multiple boats up to 65 feet. Over 4000 sqft split plan contemporary home features 4BR/4.5BA including separate guest quarters, soaring ceilings & first level master suite. $4,500,000. VILLA DI LANCIA – Fabulous gulf front penthouse with over 1600 sq. ft. of roof garden with private spa and wet bar adds new meaning to entertaining. This 3BR/3BA residence features custom updates, tile floors, wine cooler and private elevator lobby. $1,950,000. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM- Open bay views from spacious 2BR/2BA plus den. 10 ft. ceilings, granite kitchen, built-ins, tile floors and plantation shutters. Deeded beach access. $722,500. TANGERINE BAY- PENTHOUSE – Fabulous open bay views from this 3BR/3.5BA. Light and bright, high ceilings, granite kitchen counters, marble flooring, wet bar, gas fireplace, mahogany doors. Oversized 2-car garage and storage. $935,000. LIGHTHOUSE POINT - AUTHENTIC TUSCANY Beachfront estate with spellbounding views of the Gulf, Sarasota Bay & city, 7,200 sq. ft. of style & quality. State-of-the-art technology & design, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, home theater, elevator, exercise room, marble, granite, oak pegged floors & deeded protected 50 ft. boat dock. $7,500,000. PROMENADE - PENTHOUSE Sophisticated 2 story direct Gulf front with sunset views from every room in this 3BR/4.5BA residence with an Art Deco flair. Features include 25 ft. ceilings, fireplace, interior elevator, his and her baths, marble floors. Concierge service and 24hour security and all amenities. $1,950,000.

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Over 6,000 SF of luxury! 5BR suites, office, outside bar summer kitchen & deep water dockage with 200 ft. of seawall! 2,800 bottle $2,995,000. wine cellar, 3 car garage, elevator & pool. Magnificently designed, custom home. Light, bright, split fl. plan, vaulted ceilings & white tile throughout. Deep water channel boasting 196’ seawall, dock accommodates 3 boats. $1,749,000.

SABAL COVE Estate-sized property, tropically landscaped with 345’ water frontage on 1.5 acres +/-. Well designed, custom home with over 4,000 Sq. ft. plus a 4-car garage. 2 docks $2,499,000 on deep water.

SANCTUARY Custom designed spacious home on quiet cul du sac. 4BR + den, 3.5 baths, volume ceilings, family room, large private $1,249,000. pool & spa area w/ summer kitchen. $799,000. Beautiful lakefront lot.

COREY’S LANDING Direct beach front! Popular & private “Carlyle” floor plan in Building II. Gulf, bay and city views from this “thru” residence. $1,499,000. two parking spaces and two storage spaces.

BEACHES Courtyard home w/detached quest suite. Complete privacy around lushly landscaped pool! Great room with soaring ceil$815,000. ings, screened lanai with summer kitchen.




BEAU CIEL OPPORTUNITIES AT POST CONSTRUCTION PRICES – 15th floor penthouse 4032 sq. ft., 3BR,3.5BA, den, study and family room with 1088 sq. ft. terrace area, magnificent vistas of city, bay and marina. $2,600,000. – 10th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BD/2.5BA with bay and marina terrace views. $1,050,000. – 4th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BD/2.5BA with marina, city and bay views. $895,000. – 4th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BD/2.5BA with bay, marina and city views. $950,000. ORANGE BLOSSOM TOWER – Beautiful corner of unobstructed bayfront and city views from this 3 bedroom/3 bath plus a den contemporary loft style downtown residence for the discriminating, sophisticated city dweller. Marble throughout, wine cooler, wet bar, 8ft solid wood doors and window treatments. Historic building, totally renovated, receives partial ad valorem tax exemption for 10 years . 2 parking spaces. $1,475,000. THE OAKS – Enjoy the country setting and vistas from this 3BR/3BA in the prestigious Oaks Preserve. The best of both worlds, estate like living with a maintenance free lifestyle. Fireplace, oak floors, plantation shutters. $469,000.

Call Barbara at 941-924-9000 or 941-387-1820

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Spacious, luxurious condominium w/feel of home. Exquisitely furnished w/private pool. Stunning views of gulf, 2-car $2,449,000. garage.

Tastefully appointed 3BR/3BA, gulf, golf course & bay views. Best value behind the gates. Omni tennis courts, 24 hour $869,000. concierge & garage parking.


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


RESIDENTIAL LOT – Gulf side with wide Gulf views. Just steps away to miles of pristine beach. Tropical & mature landscaping creates privacy on 100x175’ lot. $990,000. BEACHSIDE ESTATE, Overlooking the azure Gulf waters, blends a tropical paradise with a restored “Old Florida” residence and the separate art studio. Unique and private, mesmerizing views create the serenity of casual beach living. $3,495,000.



Sweeping views of the bay, city skyline & golf courses from this bright, cheerful residence! Great attention to detail in this “Bimini” floorplan w/ 9’ ceilings & wrap around terrace. Attractivley turnkey furnished, 2 lobby level, covered parking spaces. State of the art $649,000. clubhouse with full amenities.


Enjoy direct bay views from this 2BR+den, 2BA , tastefully TKF w/private stairway to pool and grounds. $669,000.

THE PLAYERS CLUB Totally updated 2BR, 2BA, furnished “G” floor plan in building location with great views of tennis courts & lush land$399,000. scaping.


Corner, upper floor 2BR/2BA with bright and sunny southern exposure overlooking pool and gulf. Popular Panoramic gulf views from rarely available, corner Club Suite beach & tennis community. 4Har-Tru, lighted tennis (A+). One of the best locations at The Resort. Beachfront $599,000. retreat or rental property. courts. $369,000. • 941-387-1847 • E-mail:

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



WEATHER Glorious sunset

Sunrise/sunset Sunrise


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Temperature and Rainfall: Sun., Nov. 9 Mon., Nov. 10 Tues., Nov. 11 Wed., Nov. 12 Thurs., Nov. 13 Fri., Nov. 14 Sat., Nov. 15 Rainfall:

High Temp. 86 86 85 86 85 79 82

Low Temp. 73 70 68 67 66 52 62

Record High 90 (1986) 87 (2002) 90 (1993) 90 (1996) 89 (1993) 87 (1985) 87 (1985)

Year-to-date 2003 68.95 in.

2002 46.28 in.

Record Rainfall* Low North 47 (1991) 0.00 47 (1991) 0.00 49 (1984) 0.00 56 (1985) 0.00 51 (1981) 0.00 48 (1981) 0.00 49 (1983) 0.00

Mid-Key South 0.20 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00


Average water

2003 2002 0.70 in. 4.80 in.

Temp.: 76

Tide chart: Thurs., Nov. 20 Fri., Nov. 21 Sat., Nov. 22 Sun., Nov. 23 Mon., Nov. 24 Tues., Nov. 25 Wed., Nov. 26


Team Buky

Morning Tides High Low 4:10 9:53 5:02 11:05p 5:51 12:13p 6:40 1:23p 7:30 2:39p 8:23 (none) 12:18 9:18

Evening Tides High Low 4:07 9:36 4:41 10:00 5:10 10:27 5:34 10:59 5:53 11:36 (none) (none) (none) (none)

Grand Bay- Stunning views in all directions. Wraparound terrace. Fabulous amenities. $599,000 Tiffany Plaza- Rarely available. Walk out to beach. Updated with crown moldings, new tile & carpet. Spectacular full gulf view. $649,000 Halyard Lane- Great views across Sarasota Bay. Spacious home with Sundeck on second floor. $1,395,000 Mistletoe Lane- Direct bay front on double lot. Exquisitely maintained with marble floors, volume ceilings. Swimming pool and dock. $1,995,000 Casey Key- One acre landscaped lot in gated community. Deeded beach easement to private beach. $595,000

Hanrahan/Salmon Group Jim & Matt Hanrahan, Carole & Bill Salmon


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Michael Saunders & Co.


Licensed Real Estate Broker

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Fl 34228 941-383-5753 800-231-1280 Virtual Tour at: e-mail: 11203

BEAU CIEL Luxury downtown Sarasota bay front 11th floor residence. Full bay & city views. All the amenities. Boat dock. Near arts, restaurants, shopping & beach! $2,639,000

Behind the gates of the exclusive Longboat Key Club are 2 beautiful 1-bedroom turnkey furnished suites with panoramic Gulf views. One of the least expensive direct beachfront condos on Longboat Key. Excellent island retreat or rental property in a 4star facility.

ANNA MARIA New Bay front home. Still time to make selections! Travertine marble floors, granite counters, stainless stell appliances. Pool, dock. $1,950,000

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LONGBOAT KEY Direct bay front lot on north, older home but fantastic views across bay to city skyline, rare opportunity. $1,599,000


201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 Longboat Key, FL 34228

Choose from Club Suites, 1 and 2 bedrooms Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views Beach and Pool

ANNA MARIA Bay front home over 5,000 sq ft under air, pool, spa, large lot. Boat dock for large yacht-minutes to Gulf. $2,595,000

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Marine Scene

Something’s being done about red tide An organization founded in 1996 right here in the Sarasota/Manatee area is taking bold steps against red tide. Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, or START, works with Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Marine Research Institute to find and implement measures that will prevent, mitigate and control blooms of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis. But first, some facts. Around the world, there are about 60 different naturally occurring marine organisms, mostly dinoflagellates, that cause red tides (which in reality may be green, yellow, brown or colorless). Scientists call them harmful algae blooms, or HABs. What triggers a bloom, feeds it, moves it and ultimately ends it is not fully understood, but the effects are. In the Gulf of Mexico, when concentrations of the algae reach into the millions per liter, the toxins released cause fish to suffer potentially fatal respiratory and cardiac symptoms. The bodies of both small and large fish litter the beaches. Fish caught live from infected waters may be eaten, but it is not recommended. Filter-feeding bivalves and marine snails that feed on them become poisonous and produce like symptoms in humans. To avoid this, the authorities close shellfishing beds at the beginning of a red tide and do not reopen them until the affected animals have been purged of their toxins. Curiously, shrimp and crabs are not affected, and in fact, may proliferate after a red tide because so

Dwight F. DAVIS

Illustration by Virginia Sanders

many of their natural predators have died. There are health implications for humans, especially people with impaired immune systems or respiratory problems. They should stay off the beaches during a major outbreak.

What steps are being taken In pursuit of more knowledge, START won increased funding for research. Scientists at Mote, who have actively studied red tide for years, now have new tools to aid them. One is the glider, which looks like a small torpedo and has the instrumentation that allows it to reconnoiter the sea. It can identify the red tide organism among other plankton, assess the concentration of cells, track the bloom, and report the data

via satellite to the research vessel from which it was launched or to the lab on land. A measure that may reduce the severity of a developing bloom involves flocculating mud that can be sprayed onto a bloom and will carry the red tide cells to the bottom. Another approach uses ozone to kill off the cells, and there is even the possibility of bacterial control. The benefits of these efforts are obvious: a better quality of life for residents and visitors, a boost for the state’s economy and protection for the environment. START, a nonprofit corporation, invites you to learn more about red tide and join in this worthy effort. Write to P.O. Box 8296, Longboat Key 34228, phone 383-0325 or visit online

Jerry Thompson presents...

at Also, pay a visit to the Mote Aquarium on Sarasota’s City Island to see red tide research underway. The Center of Ecotoxicology, one of Mote’s seven research centers, maintains an exhibit that is highly informative. Altogether, more than 200 living marine animals are on display in the Aquarium and there are sea turtles and resident manatees in the nearby Marine Mammal Center — all part of a wonderful experience. The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Details, 3882451. Dwight F. Davis is a volunteer and past president of the Volunteer Association of Mote Marine Laboratory ❑

LINDA ROE DICKINSON Is At Home With Real Estate

SABAL COVE Custom design. Absolutely beautiful home on very private lake front lot. 5,000 sq.ft. New home custom built with every attention to detail. Great lake views. Too new for virtual tour. $1,275,000.


Lovely canal front home, 2BR/3BA, 53x25 screened lanai w/pool. Large 44’ dock, all this on a beautifully landscaped lot. $699,000. Virtual Tour


Casual Elegance in a Gated Beachfront Enclave: Dramatic open design offers stunning views of the gulf, bay & city skyline. 7021 sq ft. of superb quality construction & detailing on .83 acres. $6,950,000

Fabulous panoramic Bay, City and Gulf views! Most rooms with walls of glass, open onto wrap-around terrace. 3 BR, $1,275,000. 2 garage parking spaces. Virtual Tour

INN ON THE BEACH Sweeping views, from top floor #4601 and 4602, unique “lock out” 2BR plan. Rent one or both, or use as your own $850,000. personal 2BR luxury condo.Virtual Tour 2 BR/2 BA, in BLDG. 1 -- private location, off-site rental program - lease 1 or 2 bath suites - call for details. $849,000.

CHARACTER & CHARM ON SIESTA KEY 36 Sandy Hook - 6 bedroom, pecky cypress beach house. Beautiful tropical garden, family size pool, 2 in-home offices. Fireplace, brick patio. Walk to the village and $925,000. beach. Virtual Tour Sandy Cove -Remodeled 2 story townhouse near village. 3BR. Steps to beach & pier. Garage, pet friendly. Virtual Tour $565,000. HISTORIC LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE Great Value in the Village! 2,250 sq ft, 4 BR home with pool, large tropical landscaped lot 100x120, Good value, good $419,000. potential. Offered for

Jerry Thompson, GRI, CRS Service • Expertise • Integrity

Spectacular Estate: with jewel-like interiors is set on 1.6 acres of artfully landscaped bay frontage. This important residence enjoys romantic areas for grand outdoor entertaining. A Sotheby Listing. $9,750,000

Elegant Palladian Villa on Azure Waters: Exquisite quality marries sophisticated style in this most wonderful of Sarasota homes with guesthouse. Open free flowing ambiance seamlessly integrates outdoor & indoor spaces. $10,000,000

Ritz Carlton Under $1,000,000!: This handsomely appointed pied-aterre is southfacing and overlooks the downtown coastline & Marina Jack. 2 garage spaces included $999,995

Private Sailboat Water Retreat: beautiful bayou views from this 3BR townhome with private deeded dock in a gated enclave. Sold turnkey furnished. Garage. Beach Club. $699,000

Michael Saunders & Company

Longboat Key Realtor® Since 1974

Licensed Real Estate Broker

61 South Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236 11203


595 Bay Isles Rd. • Ste. 115 • Longboat Key, FL 34228 office: 941.552.3966 • toll free: 866.799.9400 / e-mail: jerrythompson@prudentialpalmsrealty.

Call Linda at 941-388-4447


Selling Sarasota’s Select Properties For More Than 25 Years! REDUCED PROMENADE .#102. 3BR/3BA, city lights & gulf view $829,000 PROMENADE ...Sold To Date


#207, 302, 402, 503, 707 & 811 MOTE RANCH ...3 year IN oldGhome Dpool N E designer decorated with P E SAL $299,995 CENTER G ATE C ONDO - at Wood Cay SOLD $179,000 Drive D EEP S AILBOAT W ATERL-D O 3BR/2BA, S updated Siesta home $979,000 DDirect GulfL O S B T HE EACHES ...2BR/2BA. 423 St. Armands Circle front views. $610,000


Julio & Sheryl

MELENDEZ Working together to fulfill your dreams. Julio




376-4852 356-4872 LONGBOAT HARBOUR Exquisitely turnkey furnished & neutrally updated 2BR/2BA spacious top floor unit with enclosed balcony overlooking sailboat water canal which leads to the bay. $315,000.

OPEN HOUSE SUN. 1-4PM FAIRWAY BAY Sensational 2BR/2BA penthouse with full bay views. Impeccably maintained and decorated with neutral colors. Enjoy the night lights of the mainland and the many amenities including private sugar-sand beach. REDUCED! $410,000.

Deal us in

Dealer: East Vulnerable: None

Clever opponents

North ♠ K Q J 10 5 ♥2 ♦A65 ♣K932

When the majority of the field is in a game contract that does not make, and your opponents stay short of game, there is nothing you can do to improve your match points on this board. Instead of feeling that you have been fixed, better to congratulate your opponents on their controlled bidding. The contributor writes, “Something must have gone wrong with our bidding system. We let the North player play a two-spade contract which they easily made. The majority of the field were in a three or four spade contract which went down one or two tricks. We achieved a complete zero on this board.” Your opponents stopped in the right contract. If North decides to bid game after his partner’s single raise, he will be doomed to failure. South might bid one no-trump rather than two spades to protect his heart-holding. If North passes and East does not re-open, declarer will have his work cut out for him. East might try to compete with an aggressive negative double over one spade and West might compete with a three diamond bid, which will net East-West with a winning score as North will be tempted to bid one more spade. Some South players will open this hand with a bid of two hearts, holding just five, and pay dearly for this unusual bid.

West ♠A64 ♥KJ853 ♦ Q J 10 4 ♣Q

by Donna SWAN

East ♠98 ♥97 ♦9732 ♣ A J 10 7 4

South ♠732 ♥ A Q 10 6 4 ♦K8 ♣865

The bidding: East Pass Pass

South Pass 2♠

West 1♥ All pass

North 1♠

Opening lead: 9♥ 2. Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstener 3. Ruth Gorton and Marle Abramson MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Nov. 13 North-South 1. Lois Kaufman and Fred Riedinger 2. Dorrie and Lee Rosenberg 3. Val and Cliff Beharrell East-West 1. Cele Schwartz and Ruth Colner 2. Carol Weis and Gail Preiser 3. Bonney Libman and Elton Yasuna

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 Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Nov. 11 North-South 1. Brian Howard and Jim Brown 2. Mary Jane Hibbs and George Wood 3. Carole Fox and Joyce Gidwitz East-West 1. Mel Weisel and Tim Lesnik

Duplicate Bridge games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach, 758-2017. ❑


423 St. Armands Circle • 924-9000

The Longboat OBSERVER Crossword Edited by Wayne Robert Williams

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Items Under $200 For Sale BRAND NEW mail Station. Use to send and receive E mail without a computer. Sacrifice for $89. 383-5372. TRUNDLE BED, like new, $100 o/b/o. Includes: comforter, 3/pillows and shams, mattress pads, 2/sets of sheets. 383-3304. RATTAN/GLASS 3-PC. set: etagere has space for 25” TV, $95; matching end table, $25; coffee table, $25. 794-2187.


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CHRISTMAS TRAIN: animated, motion, light, sound. Track 50”x70”, 4/cars, $125. 383-7248.

DALHART WINDBERG original oil, $40,000 o/b/o. No agents. 941-906-1169.


WATERBED LIKE new, Soft Side, waveless, excellent shape, $175. 388-3426.

Auto Sales & Service Adult Care

BUICK, 1986 Electra V6. Excellent cond., CNA AVAILABLE for private care, Monday only 54K/mi., $3995. Call Steve, 387-7514. through Friday, 12/hr. shifts. Skilled nursing 1993 CADILLAC Sedan Deville, 1/owner, experience. 941-447-7009. excellent condition, all records, $3950. EXPERIENCED CNA caring for the elderly. 383-7696. Flexible hours. Open for live-in position. References. 779-9222. LPN/COMPANION offering free one week live-in client, my licensed home or yours. Bonded & insured. Medical references upon request. Call 365-6008 7/days a week. MALE CAREGIVER available for male client. Experienced with Parkinson and Alzheimer. References. 927-5848.

Alterations/Upholstery ZYBS UPHOLSTERY. Sofas, boat cushions, corner borders. chairs and slip covers. Free estimates. Free pick-up and delivery. (941) 924-6949.


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Auto Transport

Boat Sales, Service & Storage

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. BOAT, 24/FT. 1999 Bayliner Capris References. 941-778-5381. Bowrider, 200HP, I/O, recently serviced and bottom painted. Good cond., $13,900. SENIOR VETERAN will transport your 383-0526, eves. vehicle/misc., to/from North with enclosed 24/ft. trailer. References. 941-794-2163.

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

WILL DRIVE your car to the North & back! Experienced driver w/excellent references. 941-923-2273.

LONGBOAT KEY Mooring, 2/slips. 77.5’ & 52.5’ on T of dock (boat up to 130/ft.). Seasonal, $19. Yearly $17 per foot per month plus elec. & tax. 203-288-6312.

Autos Wanted

TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & LAWN MOWER, Murray, 22”, 5.0/HP, ex. Appraisals offers professional valuation, research and inventory services without a cond., like new, $150. 795-1780. view to buy or sell. Video documentation DELUXE WALKER, convenient seat, wide inventory, art historical/market research, art wheels, removable tray, hand brakes, fits appraisals. Member of the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, into car trunk, like new, $75. 383-3070. DINING SET: table, 4/chairs, table pads, white, $100. 383-1018. TABLETOP GLASS 48” square, rounded corners, amber color, 3/8” beveled, new in carton, $55. Golf clubs, custom select model Pro Design, new, used once, $125. 383-7092.

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Boat Charter CHITWOOD CHARTERS, Grand Banks/ Selene Yachts. Luxury Cruises, Sunsets, Cocktails, Special Occasions. Half day to weekly. Bare boat available. Need a new hobby? Learn to pilot a yacht. Capt. Chitwood. 941-957-1530.

LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest priced 60’ slip available. $206,000. Owner, 941-383-2025 or 504-2000. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 48/ft. slip for sale by owner, inner T. or 941-400-2323.

Boat Rentals

LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 48/ft. slip for sale by owner, “P” dock, $188,000. 941-366-0908.

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

CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and personable. Mature lady accepting clients for home care. Loves to cook. Good driving record. Bonded. Excellent local references. 371-6919.

Boat Sales, Service & Storage


NURSING COMPANION will live-in and care for the elderly. Also, hourly care. Mature, dependable, experienced w/references. 746-5731.

THE ADVANTAGES of Sarasota Bay Club’s exceptional Home Health service in your ☛ ☛ SMALL BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE. own home. Home Health care by a licensed, Vacation or long term. On trailer or in-water. insured & competitively priced agency, Private launch ramp. Fresh water wash. Sarasota Bay Club’s own ClubCare. Call Minutes to LBK, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants. Paula for information @ 366-7667 Ext. 366. Also, bottom painting. Capt. John’s Marina. 941-792-2620.



BMW 1998 528 I, 4/door, light/tan leather, sunroof, all equipment, 23,000/mi. Perfect condition! $21,950. 383-2865.


1990 FORD Mustang convertible: one owner, 85K/mi., $2000 o/b/o. 322-0328.


1992 CHEVROLET Cavalier RS sedan. White, 82,600/mi., A/C, ABS, cassette, cruise, power windows, locks, steering, $900. 906-7070 or 266-1381.



SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Specializing in small dinner parties. 383-0777.

Answers for this week’s crossword

4134 GULF OF MEXICO DR. SUITE 206A LONGBOAT KEY, FL 383-8190 OR 350-7043 GRADY WHITE 24/ft. Fisherman C.C. Twin 150 Yamahas, color fish & depth finder, Furuno 36 DGPS, VHF. New canvas, sink, Portapotty. Excellent condition. Also available, 9000/lb. lift. 941-383-8920.



Computer Services

Cleaning Services

HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! help with hardware, software, networks or Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. 316-0834/928-1935. MASTER COMPUTER TEACHER. YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line Teaching exclusive E/Z Learn of residential cleaning and housekeeping System. You deserve the best. services. Our knowledgeable staff will Repairs. 383-5372. assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, Cmagik on LBK Flash licensed, insured. web design commercial/personal, computer  HOUSECLEANING. Also, will shop & run help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest errands. Exceptional work from a caring technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, lady. 20/yrs. Experience. Non-smoker. 587-5588. 758-2379. YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer K.A.S. CLEANING, LLC. Employee Owned. Trainer. Backed by 25/years of Servicing Private Homes, Condos, experience. Member of Longboat Key Rentals & Seasonal Homes. Concierge Chamber of Commerce. Please call Elinor, Services & Home Watch. Bonded/Insured. 951-6145, 941-792-6660. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your THOROUGH, DEPENDABLE, honest house computer misbehaving? Will train your cleaning. Please call Emmy, 941-518-1021 computer to listen to you! Special $25/hour. or 941-752-7362. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. BRAZILIAN CLEANING. Vacation rentals, IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, homes. Good references. Free estimates. training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Please call Margarida or Alice, 752-0935, Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. 758-8120. A+ CERTIFIED COMPUTER TECH.  HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Hardware, software, repair, upgrade, teach. Brazilian lady. Good references. Free On-site, home or business. Free guaranteed estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. estimates. Call Forrest, 388-3425. HORTON CLEANING SERVICES COMMERCIAL CLEANING PROFESSIONAL, 15/YRS. EXPERIENCE LIC./INS. FREE ESTIMATES 371-4220 OR 504-5812


CLASSIFIEDS Entertainment!



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.

CALL 955-3137 FOR INFO.

RATTAN SOFA w/side chair, dining room table, glass top, 6/chairs. Call 387-7961.

✔ ✔ FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal

Auditorium. Sat., Nov. 22, 10a.m.-5p.m. & FLEA MARKET! Saturday, 9a.m.-4p.m. Sun. Nov. 23, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 5351 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. Antiques, 954-4165. collectibles, jewelry, furniture. Wood carvers: cars, trains. Much art, bric-a-brac and dolls.


Health Services

DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate controlled cabin, all new equipment & Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait & tackle provided starting at $400. For information and reservations, call Captain Brandon today. 778-5455.

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

SOLD BY Robb & Stucky - Highland House sofa & loveseat: white w/fringe, many pillows. new 2002. Moving, must sell! $3000. 941-383-2699.


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.

AMERICAN CLEANING SERVICES. Vacation Rentals, Residential & Commercial. Dependable & Reasonable. 795-2782.


Help Wanted


Don’t Forget!! DEADLINE for Classifieds is NOON ON MONDAY


Fishing Charters

Crushed Shell

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.

Garage, Moving & Estate Sales


ORIGINAL ANTIQUE bedroom furniture: Louis XVI, walnut, beautifully carved armoire, bed, nightstand. Great price! 752-0089.

REAL ESTATE ASSISTANT: Full-time position on Longboat Key. Must have license and computer knowledge. Fax resume to: 941-383-9710, attn: Andrew Vac, Re/Max Excellence, 941-383-9700. REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. Joe Pickett, 383-5543. COOK, MAID, DRIVER. References. Call 383-7508 for appointment.





A professional home-watching service




Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup

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

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

387-7886 ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners

Weekly Inspections • Monthly Reports Bonded • Insured




24/HR WATER REMOVAL Jim and Sandee Davis Owners

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

Same owners since 1979


Tender Life Care We provide Nursing home visits, Companions for in-home and hospital stays, Alzheimer care, Nutritious meal preparation, Respite care, Assistance with grooming and dressing, Periodic review with families, and End of life care. We will tailor a plan to meet your specific needs.

Lisa Groop, RN & Liz Manfredi, RN Owners (941) 266-5633 (941) 587-8347

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Jessica Taylor

Massage Therapy

Stone Masage • Swedish • Aromatherapy • Deep Tissue

The Lotus Garden

1910 Robinhood St. • Sarasota


LIC #28295

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PLATINUM MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC. • Best Rates In Town • Construction Loans • Purchase • Refinancing Joanne Johansen Licensed Mortgage Broker, Executive Loan Specialist

(941) 798-3644

Cell: (941) 724-5295

Licensed Mortgage Brokerage Business


Antoinette’s Notable-Edibles Personal Chef Service

A new innovative dining alternative in the privacy of your home.

*Weekly Meals *Dinner Parties *Cocktail Parties *Afternoon Tea Parties


*Bridal Showers *Rehearsal Dinner *Cooking Sessions *Business Meetings

Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT

Summers on Martha’s Vineyard Winters in Sarasota Florida

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

Tel/fax: (508) 627-5602 • (941) 360-9692 • We accept Visa/MC/Amex/Bank Check Member of Martha’s Vineyard, Longboat & Siesta Key Chambers of Commerce

License# MA32116

(941) 232-9812

Reasonable Rates

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



CLASSIFIEDS Home Inspection

Items For Sale


BAREFOOT ESTATE MANAGEMENT: Complete Private Estate and luxury home programs. Customized options to suit your needs. Staffed by professionally trained hospitality managers to accommodate your every need. 941-957-7880.

LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. We can furnish your home & enhance your wardrobe. Open Mon., Weds. & Sat. 9a.m.-3p.m., 6140 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat. 383-4738.

WASH N’ FOLD, ironing, alterations, comforters, area rugs, self-service. Open 7/days. PARADISE COIN LAUNDRY, 7466 Cortez Road West, 795-1657.

Help Wanted ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO CFO. Can you juggle ten things at once, make decisions for yourself & on occasion other people, & still stay organized?


Are you proficient in Excel, can you create & compile reports & can you write a solid business letter? Do you have a background in bookkeeping or accounting (Quickbooks knowledge a big plus)? Can you problem solve, follow-up, organize & coordinate? Would you like to work for a dynamic, growth oriented, news company that offers the opportunity to learn, a chance to be creative, top pay & benefits?

A SPECIAL JOB FOR SENIORS. We are looking for friendly, cheerful dependable people to assist the elderly. Non-medical companionship. Part-time day, evening and weekend shifts. Home Instead Senior Care, 951-2103.

CARDS: BASEBALL, basketball & football, 8,300. Excellent to mint cond., 1960-1997. Best offer. Call for details. 795-1780.

Italian Lessons

Investment Opportunities

PARLIAMO ITALIANO A CASA MIA. Easy Conversational Italian class: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm.

ACCREDITED ANGEL INVESTOR (S) sought for emerging educational tech product. Ready for market - needs next phase investors to participate in National Rollout. This breakthrough technology is now being tested in Florida schools. 387-9335.

Call Elena: 383-0856 or Email:

Massage MASSAGE THERAPY Marty Roca Lic. #MA 32116 (941) 232-9812 or Kedre Molenaar Roca Lic. #MA 33532 (941) 685-5895 For your convenience, we come to you!

Investor Wanted

PGA GOLF PRO w/world class coach seeks individual, group or corporate MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and sponsor/investor to resume full time playing fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. career. Business plan w/references 941-383-8801. Try it!! available. Serious only. 941-518-6646. PLACE YOUR MASSAGE AD HERE, AND GET RESULTS ! Landscaping TO ADVERTISE CALL MAUREEN, & Lawn Services

YES? Great because the CFO of The Longboat Observer Group needs an outgoing & professional Administrative Assistant to handle all that & more. Reply w/cover letter & resume to: Leo Russo, The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 34228 or e-mail to:

ALUMINUM BERMUDA shutters, white, Lost & Found leuvered, 6/mos. old. Must be sold! $700. LOST: 2/GOLD wedding bands: 1/man’s & 922-2122. 1/woman’s, initials & date on inside. Longboat Pass Bridge, Mon., Nov. 10th. GLAMOROUS FULL-LENGTH, classic Reward. 610-649-3067 or 941-383-2793. black, mink coat. Beautiful lining, size medium, like new! $1100. 388-1111.


CLOUD 9 Landscaping Services. Quality Lawn Maintenance, Landscape Clean-ups, Shell & More! Insured. References. 778-2335. GARDENMAKERS. For the best in garden design and landscape maintenance. Call Scott at Gardenmakers, 941-362-4142.


383-5509. Murals

MURALS PAINTED. Bring the outside in. Floral walls. Your design or mine - keyed to your decor. Kate, 366-0908. NURSERY WALLS painted. Make your nursery a welcome nest with whimsy or wildlife. Your design or mine. Keyed to your decor. Kate, 366-0908.





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

941-387-8361/ Please call or e-mail soon to share your fitness needs and learn more about available days & times for training



Certified & insured personal trainer & workshop presenter • I come to your location w/user friendly equipment! • Personal exercise prescriptions geared to your physical abilities and limitations • Specializing in: Clinical excercise/strength & balance /assisted stretching/aquatic therapy • LBK Seaonal Resident - 941-387-8361


Client space is limited to ensure attention to detail & personal service

941•812•5115 941•232•0149




ISLAND MAINTENANCE Property Maintenance • Interior/Exterior Residential & Commercial • FREE ESTIMATES • Registered & Insured Mark S. George, Owner/Operator



PET SERVICES What to do with your holiday guests? Enjoy the beach with your friends and family when they “come home for the holidays.” Please call 778-6066 to inquire about our vacation accommodation specials for Florida Residents and their guests.


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TENNIS LESSONS • USPTR Certified Teaching Professional • Division-1 College Player • Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy Graduate • 15 Years Teaching Experience • Private Courts Available • “My Courts or Yours” Private/Semi-Private Clinics Morning Adult Tennis Clinic At The Ritz Carlton 9-10:30 Daily, M-F

Jason Berke TDA Director of Tennis Ritz Carlton Sarasota


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CLASSIFIEDS Remodeling & Home Improvements

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

☛ RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & REMODELING. Interior/exterior, Residential, Commercial. All painters are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels. Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215. ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Lic./Ins. Call Kevin. Cell 704-7115 or 792-1646. CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp. KARL’S PAINTING, top quality work. Faux finishes, pressure washing, computerized color view. 20 years experience. Neat and dependable. 761-7414 or 730-7170.

Commercial Rentals & Sales

BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Adjoining Mixed-Use Buildings: 12,500s.f. of retail/office/residential plus 32-car lot on EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION Main St. for image-conscious FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, Old owner/user. $1.75/mil. WALLS, MURALS. SARASOTA LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT Wine-Beer-Convenience store on main MEMBER LBK CHAMBER road, good lease: $59K Owner’s income-producing building available separately for ARTISAN TILE $425K. Confidentiality agreement required (941) 383-2659 for details. LONGBOAT KEY 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., Lic./Ins. HOME REPAIRS. IMPROVEMENTS. C-1 zoning, many possible uses. $400K REMODELING. General repairs, carpentry, each. ANNA MARIA ISLAND painting, sheetrock & popcorn, trim, doors & bi-folds, moldings & cornices, decks, Sports Bar thrives even in off-season on hardwood floors. A.J. Winters, 713-1951. local clientele. Beer-wine lic., smoking OK. Confidentiality agreement required. $85K. Insured. State Registered. Video Rentals. New & growing business is EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, easy to run; great lease, great opportunity. painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, Only $25K. screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. LONGVIEW REALTY - 383-6112 Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. Richard Estrin, 812-5115. Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker


Condos & Homes For Sale


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

ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). 1-800-922-4477.

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

Personal Services

Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077 LIC.

YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER GAIL SUNRAY Telephone: 941-749-5646 Email: Helping seniors and busy adults manage paperwork in the comfort of their home  Bill paying and banking  Checkbook balancing  Budgets and personal financial reports  Organizing investment and tax files  Federal and Florida tax returns  Personal and business correspondence  Medical claims and insurance forms  Scheduling appointments and coordinating arrangements  Liaison with other professionals and family members

Pet Services PERSONALIZED, LOVING in-home pet and property services. Insured & Bonded. Purrs n’ Paws Pet Care. 941-224-3664.



ST. ARMANDS Towers, 2BR/2BA, 6th floor, Bay view, 1/block to St. Armands. Lowest price in Towers! Call Bob, 941-586-4091. TOWNHOUSE W/BOAT SLIP. Deep water, LBK Club - Harborside Dr. 3BR/3BA. $575,000. By Owner. Brokers welcome. 383-4058 or 504-0032. Two minutes to the beach! The Sanctuary of Perico, the unspoiled island. Build the home of your dreams overlooking The Sanctuary-Nature in your backyard-One of the prettiest Settings in the Islands. From the low $300,000s Cameo Custom Homes 941-761-7228 after hours 941-228-5003


BEAU CIEL, sweeping Bay views from this 3100/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA, 4th floor, unfinished condo w/several upgrades. Please call for appointment, 941-387-0040 for details and showing. $1,410,000.

BUYERS INTERESTED in purchasing STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General million dollar properties - receive $5000 Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, cash. Villa & Co., Lic. R.E. Broker, Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. 941-416-5915. Call DON for immediate response. 1/2 ACRE on 115’ water frontage on LBK, 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, Selby Garden tropical setting, a private PE20374. VISA/MC. secluded estate with charming home. All pecky cypress, pine floors, fireplace, total renovation 1998. $850,000. 387-0158. Storage


Condos & Homes For Sale





BEACH HARBOR Club. Premium 3rd floor location w/bay views. Updated interior and exterior makes this unit one of the best properties for the money. Walk to your privately equipped beach, or keep a boat in your own private slip. A must see with easy access. Offered for $279,000. Contact Mike Migone at Wedebrock R.E. Co. 383-5543.

PARK YOUR BOAT in your backyard. Stunning waterfront Townhouse, in popular mainland complex with pools, tennis, 24/hr. Tile Installation security, 2BR/2.5BA +den. 3/balconies, 2/car Professional Tile & Marble Installation. garage, 2/fireplaces and more! $869,000. Many Longboat references, 20/years Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. experience. Chamber member. Call for free 941-350-6390, anytime. estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. All best prices on all your carpet  $635,000 INCLUDES 2/units, Longboat and wood needs. Lic/Ins. Key, direct Gulf front condo conversion. MORENO MARBLE & TILE. Installation Renovations near completion. ONLY 11 unit & Restoration. Quality work. Over 20/yrs. development. www.cabanabeachclubconexperience. Insured. Call Javier, Cell: Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty 685-5163 or 795-6615. Corp. 941-809-0041.

LIDO BEACH, Key Towers South, $419,000. 2BR/2BA, partly furn. Quest Real Estate & Investments, Al Galli. 941-356-1669. DOWNTOWN BAYFRONT BY OWNER. Immaculate 2BR/2BA at Royal St. Andrew. Check out this incredible 12th floor unit & views, $449,000. Call Dick Granger, 941-915-0429. BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB SANCTUARY 2-3BR/2.5BA, FIRST FLOOR, WALK DOWN TO BEACH. TOTAL RENOVATION, LARGE FLOOR PLAN, 2510/SQ.FT. $1,095,000 MICHAEL DUVALL, RE/MAX EXCELLENCE 941-383-9700 CHARMING CEDARS EAST townhouse: 2BR/2.5BA turnkey furnished at Longboat tennis paradise: 10 Har-Tru courts, on-site rental office. Invest/enjoy: $264,900. Longview Realty, 383-6112. WATERFRONT PENTHOUSE, 2BR/2BA, TKF. Sleeps/8, 4/pools, tennis, fitness, club house, boat docks. Private beach. $299,000. Owner/Broker. 941-554-4509 or 383-0438.

STEPS TO beach and bay .Beautiful ground floor, 2BR/2BA condo. Excellent condition, FURNITURE PAINTED: wicker, rattan, $279,000. 387-7049. Professional Services wood, wrought iron, patio furniture. Pick-up and delivery. 778-3133. CONDO ON THE BAY. Several 2 and 3 WRITER/EDITOR TO help you with your life bedroom units available in popular mainland story, company newsletters, or other complex w/pools, tennis, concierge, projects. 941-906-1169. Commercial Rentals & Sales 24/hr. security and more. Priced from ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! ☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space $409,000. Please contact Joan Boltax, Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Michael Saunders & Co. for additional info. 941-350-6390, anytime. Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window Key. Call 387-3135. Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. WATERFRONT CONDO 1BR/1BA. Access Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for ISLAND DELI to beach & bay. New TKF & appliances. appointment. 758-8044. $145,000. Dock. Low maintenance fees. Fronts Nature ESTABLISHED FOR 15 YEARS. Preserve, $149,000. 383-5825. Remodeling OWNER MOTIVATED, RETIRING. & Home Improvements OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE  $295,000 LONGBOAT KEY, 1500sq.ft. JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodeltownhouse, furnished, garage. Built 1991, 809-5044 ing contractors. In-house plan design. tennis resort. Allows pets. Great rentals with MY REALTY COMPANY State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. future bookings. Dennis Girard, Central Park MARNI HAYDEN Many island references. 778-2993. Realty Corp. 941-809-0041.

WHITNEY BEACH Beauty! Large furnished 1BR/1BA, totally remodeled. Custom features, water view, abundant closets. Best beach on LBK. Exceptional unit! $259,000. 383-8495.

♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years

3 OAKS PRESERVE. Brand new 3-4BR home w/pool, 2/car garage, large lanai, all upgrades: granite countertops throughout, all light cabinets. Close to beaches & downtown. Owner relocating. Appraised: $375,000. Sell: $360,000. Available now! 953-2242, 650-5719.

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

Wicker Painting


DEEDED BEACH access & water view! Top floor, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furn. condo, $289,900. Sharon Freeman, 941-545-0899,, Michael Saunders & Company, Lic. R.E. Broker.

PLAYER’S CLUB, Gulf front end unit, 3BR/3BA, new kitchen/new tile floors, built-ins. $830,000. Must see! 941-383-3562. SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/2BA condo/villa, 2/pools, beach access, boat docks. Pets welcome. Great price reduced! $285,000. Karen Harding, Coldwell Banker Previews, 941-724-6988. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: Experience real Florida living. 3BR/2BA renovated, canalfront home. Private dock, pool, beach access. $998,000. Bob Burnett, Michael Saunders & Co. Lic. Real Estate Broker, 941-356-1277 or 387-0048.



Condos & Homes For Sale

Rentals: Annual

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

LIDO BEACH, 2BR/1BA home, steps to beach, $1150/mo. unfurnished. Furnished CONDOMINIUMS possible. 941-388-2590. Sutton Place, 3BR/2.5BA, small pet OK. Longboat Terraces, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf. NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Walk to beach Portobello, 2BR/2BA, $3500. bay from this 2BR/2BA Village home. Islander Club, 2BR/2BA, Gulf and Bay  $425,000 DOWNTOWN. Full Bay and Enclosed garden and screened lanai. views. view, professionally renovated/designed. $1100/mo. Unfurnished. Call 726-1802. Seaplace, 2BR/2BA, Gulf view and garden. Amenities 2nd to none, 7th level. Pets allowed. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty BEACH ACCESS, 1BR/1BA unfurnished Atrium, 3BR/2BA, direct bay view, LBKC. duplex apartment, $650/mo. Gas & water Beach Place, 3BR/2BA garden, 2BR/2BA, Corp. 941-809-0041. included. 2944 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 924-7080 Gulf view. Lido Harbour Towers, 1BR/1BA, Gulf view. or 320-5637. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY L’Elegance, 2BR/2.5BA +den, Gulf to bay. CANAL FRONT, North LBK, 3BR/2BA, W/D, Ritz Carlton Residence, 2BR/2BA & BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, cable ready, screened lanai w/hot tub, 1BR/1.5BA. 322 FIREHOUSE LANE. dock w/boat lift, 2/blocks to private beach. Meadows, 2BR/2BA, $2700. Furnished, $2200/mo. Unfurnished, GOLF COURSE units now available. 3BR/3BA, FAMILY ROOM, SCREENED $1950/mo. No pets. Available March 1, SINGLE FAMILY HOMES PORCH, 3/DECKS, COMMUNITY POOL, 2004. 387-9967. Direct Gulf Front, Casey Key, Siesta Key. WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. Country Club Shores, 3BR/2BA, pool, $995,000 700 GULF BAY RD., 3/story home with dock. CONRAD BEACH elevator, bay views. $2150/mo. Winding Oaks, 2BR/2BA villa LBKC. 700 FOX ST., 2/BR home. Tile floors, 1/car Bird Key, 3BR/2BA, pool, dock. garage in Historic Longboat Village, Bird Key Garden home, 4BR/2.5BA, pool. OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 $1000/mo. 387-9595 Siesta Key, pool home, pet friendly, LONGBOAT HARBOUR, Furnished 1BR 3BR/2BA. WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM overlooking Bay. Pool & tennis, $1000/mo. Check our Web Site: GRAND BAY, Antigua model, 3BR/3.5BA, Call Barbara Fulmer, Property Manager First living level, spectacular Bay, City, Wagner Realty Marina views, huge extended wraparound 941-383-5577 JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. terrace. $1,549,000. 586-7493. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, 941-953-6000  $325,000. COMPLETELY New interior. 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant w/thru views LONGBOAT KEY, Bayou frontage, boat of Bay & Marina. All amenities including LBK. PRIVATE home, 3BR/2BA, deep docks, rent as much as you want. Deeded concierge & valet. $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. water, beach access, pool, newly furnished. beach access. Dennis Girard, Central Park 3/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. Weekly or seasonal rentals. Pets OK. Realty Corp. 941-809-0041. LONGBOAT KEY penthouse condo. or 770-840-0028. Furnished, 2BR/2BA, 15th floor, on the Gulf, LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA, BIRD KEY beautiful views and living quarters. partial Gulf view. Available Nov., 2003 CANAL FRONT, SAILBOAT WATERS, 366-5229. through Feb. 2004. April, 2004 through Dec. ONLY 700/FT. TO BAY, 5BR/4BA, CANAL FRONT, LBK. 3BR/1BA, updated, 2004. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness 1BR AND BATH W/SEPARATE W/D. No pets. Available now. $1700/mo. center. 24/hour security. Non-smokers. By ENTRANCE. owner. 813-837-9901. Dennis Coker, 504-5678. BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED, CONDO ON THE BAY, near Ritz, 2BR/2BA, LIDO BEACH, 3BR/2BA, turnkey furnished CATHEDRAL CEILINGS, CROWN furnished, fabulous bay, park views every home. Walk to St. Armands. Also, 2BR/2BA MOLDINGS, GRANITE TOPS. River waterfront condos room, pool, secure. Avail. April, $2200/mo. Manatee ONE OF A KIND! 955-0110 or Also available short term. Small pet. weekly/monthly/annual. 747-7411. CALL: SEAPLACE, LBK. Beautiful grounds, spacious 3BR/2BA, 5th floor, Bay & partial Gulf views, $499,000. Call 941-383-3650 or 847-404-0622.

941-365-0779 OR 951-0585

LBK, BEACHFRONT. Spacious and beautiful, 2BR/2BA among multi-million $ homes and condos. Heated pool, exercise facility and tennis. Offered at $550,000. Call 374-3200.

Lots & Acreage For Sale LONGBOAT KEY 3/LOTS; C-1 zoning. $400,000 each. General Harris St. Longview Realty, Richard Estrin Lic. R.E. Broker. 383-6112.

Open House LBK VILLAGE, 700 Russell St., 1-4p.m., Sunday. 3BR/2BA +den. $389,000. Quest Real Estate & Investments, Al Galli. 941-356-1669.

Real Estate Wanted INTERESTED IN purchasing condominium w/full Gulf view inside Longboat Key Club gates, Gulfside. Cash buyer. No realtors. Toll Free: 1-800-621-6288.

Rentals: Annual 1BR/1BA. BOATING & beach, utilities, $695/mo. 941-387-0990.


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2003 21D Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation LIDO, STUDIO 1/week-1 month, all or some. now through March. Best deals/cheap, Steve, 809-2023. LONGBOAT KEY COUNTRY CLUB SHORES CANAL FRONT HOME, PARTIAL BAY VIEW, SCREENED POOL, BEACH ACCESS, 3BR/3BA, TOTALLY REDONE & NEWLY FURNISHED. NON-SMOKER. NO PETS. SECURITY/DEPOSIT 2/MO. MIN. $5200/MO. CALL 941-383-6872 OR 610-960-4333

LIDO BEACH Club, 2BR/2BA penthouse. Beautifully decorated, view of beach & Sarasota. 3/mo. minimum, $5000/mo. Long term available. 513-451-7977. LONGBOAT KEY, Gulf front, 2BR/2BA condo, first floor, covered garage. Sun rising Gulf view from living room, fully furnished, beach & heated pool, $2700/mo. Jan. through March, 2004. Call Mary, 603-356-8629. DESIGNER CANAL home, 2BR/2BA, w/pool and boat dock. Tranquil setting, close to beach. Jan.-April, $4500/mo. Small pets okay. 941-383-2902. BAY FRONT, Lawrence Point. Next to the Ritz. Seasonal or longer. 2BR/2BA, great views from every room, walk to downtown, Arts & shopping, $3500/mo. Call owner, 941-371-4837. HOLMES BEACH, 1BR/1BA, fully furnished, W/D, 2/car parking, on canal. Jan. through April, $1600/mo. 813-220-4210.

LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Newly renovated 2BR/2BA, canal/bay views, pools, gym, rec. room, tennis, beach house. 516-431-4612, PERICO ISLAND. Brand new 3BR/2BA, DOWNTOWN, 1BR/1BA, turnkey furnished. eves. 2/car garage. Maintenance-free home. Within walking distance of everything: LBK, SEAPLACE TH, 2BR/2.5BA, steps to Lakefront, all appliances, amenities, (theaters, restaurants, Bay). Available beach, newly decorated, terrace, tennis, November 1st. $1500/mo. 941-320-1885. clubhouse and pool. Annual-lease. pool. Available March through July. Call $1550/mo.-$1450/mo. Call 798-3885. WATER VIEW! Perico Bay Cub, minutes to 941-383-0451. LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, beach, 2BR/2BA, gated community, luxury located on bay, walk to beach. condo, turnkey. $2600/mo. +tax & cleaning. VACATION RENTALS $600-$650/annual. Call Resort Properties, 941-778-3320. 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. Longboat Key & Anna Maria RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME, 2/min. Seasonal & Annual walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki 1BR/1BA PARTIAL Bay view. Covered Call Wedebrock Rental Office carport/private drive, minutes from Siesta Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool Beach, restaurants/shopping close by. 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 $900/mo., utilities not included. Also avail. w/screened enclosure, 3BR/2BA, recently updated w/new paint and furniture, lots short term. 926-8513. For a complete list, go to: of tile, pets welcome upon approval. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY. Magnificent No smoking and no children please. 2/month minimum. bayfront views, 3BR/2BA, family room, pool. Security/Deposit. $3200/mo. annually or $5200/monthly. $6500/mo. Call 863-559-4610 or E-mail: PALM AIRE, 2BR/2BA furnished condo. Golf 941-545-3004. & pool view. Available 12/15, $2200/mo. until  LONGBOAT BEACH style, elevated ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. April. Includes all utilities. Summer available. 2BR/2BA home. Annual, $1750/mo. unfurn. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, 374-0828 or 355-3327. Info: living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. keyrental or 941-228-9005. SARASOTA GETAWAY, 2BR/2BA private home at Historic Indian Beach. Walk to Bay, BAYFRONT ANNUALS: 1BR, furnished, ☛ LIDO KEY CONDO. Walk to beach, cute near beaches, downtown & cultural district. $795/mo. Also, newly renovated 3BR/2BA, & clean, turnkey furnished, heated pool, Nicely furnished. Seasonal/monthly rates ground level house w/water views from lanai. $1695/mo. seasonal. Avail. annually. available at 502-254-2584 or E-mail: 3/decks. Carport, laundry, dock access. 320-7000, 723-7303. $1400/mo. Call 941-795-1132. LONGBOAT KEY home, 3BR/2BA, furn., LONGBOAT HARBOUR Towers. Beautiful 2BR/1BA DOWNTOWN Sarasota, charming Gulfside, Pelican Harbor. Pool & tennis, beachfront condo w/pool, 2BR/2BA. No pets. neighborhood, $800/mo. 383-2659. $3200/mo. 758-0978 or 795-1695. 2/mo. minimum. $3500/mo. 941-346-8611.

NORTH LONGBOAT, 2BR/2BA condo, LONGBOAT KEY home, 3BR/2BA, furn., on water (bayside). Old Florida living. Beach, Gulfside, Pelican Harbor. Pool & tennis, pools, tennis, cable, private parking space, $2200/mo. 758-0978 or 795-1695. water, ample closets. Fully carpeted, quiet, and beautiful. No pets. $1400/mo. Rentals: unfurnished. Please call 387-8448.

SUNTIDE TIMESHARE, 1BR condo in BEACH HARBOR, Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA, Sarasota, waterfront. Avail. Christmas week 1st floor, furnished, W/D. Private beach on 12/20/03-12/27/03. $499. 631-757-1157. Gulf across the street. Available immediately 3/mo. min. 413-245-7004. Log on to see BEACH PLACE, 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. pictures: (941)918-8658 Seasonal & Vacation LONGBOAT KEY, Privateer North, off CORAL SHORES, 3BR/2.5BA, own LIDO SHORES, furnished 3BR/2BA, pool, GULF FRONT. Perfect view overlooking gated road. On beach and golf course. saltwater canal, dock, lawn care, oversized spa & private beach access. Call for rates & beach, 2BR/2BA, 1500/sq.ft., sleeps 8. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA, 2/balconies. Gulf and bay views, heated Olympic pool, garage. $2000/mo., security $300. RE/MAX availability. Ramona Glanz, 383-9700 or toll $3330/mo. 3/mo. min. Daryl, 813-505-6094. tennis. Available immediatley. (New Gulfstream Realty, Martha Williams, free: 877-383-9700. Re/Max Excellence. ST. ARMANDS, Lido beach. Charming York)/914-747-3338, or 914-946-7735. 778-7777. studio villa, furnished w/all amenities: pool, ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished COUNTRY CLUB Shores, 3BR/2BA, 2/car 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, private patio, steps to beach. $1800/mo.  2BR/2BA VILLAGE COTTAGE, close to garage, pool, beach access, $2000/mo. walk beach/Circle. April & May, 04. SARASOTA NORTH TRAIL, 2/miles from restaurants & bay. $1800/mo. Jan.-April. Lido Beach, near arts & bay: studio 383-2659. Avail. Jan. 15, 2004. Includes pool/lawn Non-smokers. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. apartment in artist’s private home, furnished, maintenance. 941-412-9125 after/5p.m. LIDO BEACH Penthouse, 2BR/2BA. all amenities, $1200/mo. 941-809-6815. LONGBOAT KEY. Beautiful Gulf front Panoramic views, beach, intercoastal, LUXURY CONDO Downtown, full bay view, condo. Pool, beach, 1BR/1BA, sleeps 4. WHITNEY BEACH, 2BR/2BA. Bayside, beautiful decor. 248-375-9027. designer finish throughout, Renaissance From $770/week. 617-328-7145. newly and beautifully furnished, 3/pools, tower: gym, conference room, media room, tennis, walk to private beach, $3700/mo. LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, pool, secure parking. Turnkey, 1BR/1BA. ST. ARMANDS, 3BR/2BA +den on large Available November through February. 2BR/2BA, beautiful. December 2003, Rent: $3250, 6/mo. min. Sell: $425,000. private wooded lot. Walk beach/Circle. (H): 847-395-5095, (W): 847-223-6665, $2750/mo. April & May 2004, $2750/mo. Available Nov.-May. 941-755-5924. Owner/Agent, Shawn 941-809-0074. (Cell): 847-212-6685. (727) 403-1449.

22D THURSDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2003 Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation PRIVATEER SOUTH Inside Gates of Longboat Key Golf Club Olympic pool/tennis 3BR/2BA, 4th floor, corner unit, 3/porches, Gulf view. “Right on the beach!” Recently renovated. Entire year available. Non-smokers $4800/mo. By Owner: (801)292-4182

BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 2BR/2BA, furnished. Gulf across street. Available November 1st. through March 31st. 941-387-1001. LBK PENTHOUSE, 3BR/3BA. Total renovation, everything new, never rented, 2/terraces overlooking Gulf. Available Dec. through April, 90/day minimum. 901-755-9374. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. Very desirable 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. 718-227-4582.

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

941-383-3788 Toll free: 866-754-3443

On the Gulf Side of Longboat Key SEACLUB, 1BR/1BA. LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS, 2BR/2BA. LONGBOAT TERRACE, 2BR/2BA, ground floor. WESTCHESTER, 2BR/2BA condos. MARK II, 2BR/2BA condo. BEACHCOMBER, 1BR/1BA condo. ISLANDS WEST, 2BR/2BA, ground floor condo. NORTHSHORE ROAD, 2BR/2BA home. WHITNEY BEACH, 2BR/2BA condo.

LONGBOAT KEY, 1BR condo on beach, sleep 4. Elegant decor, beachside pool, quiet area. Non-smoking. 941-383-0217.

or call 941-360-0700. 1BR/1BA APARTMENT Longboat Key. Waterfront, beach and boating. $495/week or $1600/mo. 941-387-0990.

 LBK, BEACHPLACE condo, Gulf view,

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. 941-383-6650. EXECUTIVE HOME, Perico Island, minutes to beach. Gorgeous 3BR/2BA house, 2/car garage, turnkey. $3700/mo. +tax & cleaning fee or $1500/mo. annual. No smoking. No pets. 941-778-3320. BIRD KEY. Waterfront, boat dock & pool, 3BR, furnished, exceptional home. $5500/mo. for season. Call Staley Brown, 365-5021, Mount Vernon Property Management. SANCTUARY GULF FRONT 3BR/3BA, ELEGANT 7TH FLOOR CONDO INSIDE THE GATES OF THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. ALL NEW DESIGNER FURNISHINGS AND CARPET. ENJOY GORGEOUS SUNSETS. AVAILABLE DEC., JAN., FEB. & MARCH 3/MO. MINIMUM. DEC., $7500. JAN., FEB. & MARCH, $8500. PLEASE CALL FOR E-MAIL PHOTOS 813-245-2479 813-962-2652

2BR/2BA. Jan. 2004 through Dec. 2004. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. Non-smokers. By owner. 404-325-9578. LBK, 2BR/2BA condo, 2/air conditioned BEACHFRONT SUITE, Inn on the Beach. lanais, 2/heated pools, walk to private beach, $160-$250 daily, 4th Night Free! W/D, garage, boat dock. Monthly November Weekly/monthly discount. http://longboat- to April. 617-799-6183. 941-364-3477. LIDO KEY condo on the beach. Beautiful LARGE SUITE: living room, kitchen, Gulf views, 2BR/2BA, pool, covered parking, bedroom & lanai. 3/mo. min. Water view, $3500/mo. 3/mo. minimum. 888-349-5855. nice neighborhood, 2/minutes to Siesta Beach. $1000/mo. 587-0757. LBK, 100/FT. private beach home, 3BR/3BA, heated pool, W/D, spa quality exercise equipment, 70 palms, tropical setting, cable TV/internet/fax. Available Nov. 2003 @ $4500/mo. and Dec. 2003 @ $5000/mo. and May 2004 @ $4500/mo. E-mail: or 305-933-3376.


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THE SHORE (LBK), Gulf-front, lovely 3BR/3BA, 2000/sq.ft. condo, 30’ porch, 2/mo. minimum. Email or 941-794-8301.

3BR/2BA FURNISHED CANALFRONT home. Pets welcome. Available December & after March, 04. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates.


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888 ON RITZ Marina, 3/levels, 3BR/3.5BA 2/car garage, boat dock. Furnished. No pets/smoke. $2800/mo. annual. $5200/mo. 4/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815.

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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.

LONGBOAT ARMS, 2BR/2BA bayfront condo. Beach, tennis, pool, dock. Huge lanai overlooks bay. Available December, $2500. January, $3000. 603-692-6445.

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SEAPLACE, 1BR, 1/den w/sofa bed, 5th floor with Gulf/Bay views. Tastefully decorated, W/D in unit, fully equipped kitchen. Available from Jan. 941-383-2814 or e-mail:

CONDOS SEASONAL On the Bay Side of Longboat Key

Call Barbara Fulmer, Property Manager Wagner Realty 941-383-5577



LIDO BEACH. Modern 2BR with patio, laundry, completely furnished, walk to beach. Reasonable. Available now. 383-2566.

★ PELICAN HARBOUR, 3BR/2BA, LBK. Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. 513-608-4320, 513-871-4333. E-mail:


SEASON VACATION & ANNUAL CONDOS COVERT II - Can’t stay in Paradise for 2-3 months? This unit is great for a shorter retreat! 1BR/1BA, updated with full Gulf view. $2500/mo. FIRST LIDO - Located at the quiet, south end of Lido Key. Enjoy the action of St. Armands and then listen to the waves as they lull you to sleep, 1BR/2BA. $1000/mo. SEAGATE - Gulf view to die for! Watch the surf, sunset and stars. Call for special seasonal monthly rate. HOUSES ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE - For those who desire to be close to the Circle - here it is! 2BR/2BA, cute, beachy home with outstanding Bay view. $4000/mo. HARBOUR SECTION - Behind the gates of Longboat Key Club, sophisticated life style. Relax in your pool with excellent canal/Bay views, 3BR/3BA, an entertainer’s delight! $8000/mo. JUNGLE QUEEN WAY - Immaculate describes this home! Short walk to white sand beaches, great for walking/jogging. Can be rented for a two week minimum. Call for rates.

Coldwell Banker Previews Property Management Team 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 Tom Fynes, Vicki Lonborg and Linda Paskovich Call Direct: 941-387-1826 or 941-383-6411 Ext. 228



Rentals Wanted WANTED, 3BR house or condo on beach, Longboat Key for Feb. Call 416-921-7887 or 416-542-1669. DO YOU HAVE STORAGE AVAILABLE? LONGBOAT RESIDENT NEEDS TO RENT INSIDE STORAGE FOR AN AUTOMOBILE. PLEASE CALL MARK AT 387-6491

PROFESSIONAL FEMALE 50/yrs. old new to area work in St. Armands, needs an efficiency, house share or room to rent ASAP. Non-smoker. Call June @ 813-263-6960. ☛ ☛ PHENOMENAL CLEANING and organizational skills, trade or part trade for studio apt. or large room or two with bath and kitchen privileges. Needed Dec. 15.

Time Share LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $14000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983, TAHITI, CLUB BALI HAI on Moorea. RCI affiliated, 1/week annually, $20,000. For details: Kim, 941-755-5924. VERANDA PENTHOUSE, week 36, mid-September, 4BR/4BA, 2/story. Perfect corporation perk. Recently appraised $13,500. Open to offer. 941-809-5091.

Waterfront Property GORGEOUS FULL Bay & Golf course views at Grand Bay. This 3BR/3.5BA condo is almost 3000/sq.ft. of pure perfection and lends itself to be casually elegant: tons of upgrades & built-ins, huge master, entire wrap around balconies. See the shimmering night time lights of Sarasota, $1,475,000. Call Tony Andrews of Andrews & Associates. 921-5999.

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We are very fortunate to see two different night herons here in Florida. I am especially lucky because both are found in our backyard. Years ago, you were more likely to see the yellow-crowned night heron (pictured). Now, there are far more black-crowned night herons about, perhaps because they are a bit heavier and more aggressive and have been able to fish the areas that were once more plentiful in Southern Florida. Without enough food for breeding, the yelDI LORENZO low-crowned is losing ground. As the name implies, these herons fish more by night, but you will see them during the day. In fact, the tides are important to these birds because they need shallow water for wading. It is lovely to walk the beach at dark and encounter a few night herons. The yellow-crowned has a black head with

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a crest of yellow plumes called “nuchal plumes,” a distinctive white cheek patch and a grayish overall body. The black-crowned is stockier, has an all-black head and back, a white face and belly, gray wings and startling red eyes. When immature, both herons keep their brownish feathers for at least two years and then begin to change slowly gray. You can tell them apart as youngsters by their bills — the black crowned has a yellow lower bill, while the yellow-crowned has an all-dark bill. During mating season, the short yellow legs of both will turn reddish. The black-crowned will get a beautiful white plume in the center of his head. Herons have a low, harsh sound, often heard at dusk. They eat fish, insects, crabs, frogs and small mammals. Both herons like to nest and socialize colonially. They build their nests in mangroves. Another reminder not to cut your mangroves close to the water’s edge!


Breathtakingly gorgeous! Unbelievable sunsets from rarely available designer furnished Royal model. Private elevator opens to 3400 square feet. of Gulf, golf & bay views. 5th floor, 3BR plus den, two parking, wine storage, tennis, fitness center. $3,400,000


Downtown Sarasota’s newest bayfront tower-18 stories, 44 residences. 11th floor masterpiece features many architectural upgrades. Spectacular city and unobstructed bay views. Walk to the arts, restaurants, shopping. Boat dock available from adjacent marina. Offered at $2,639,000



New & phenomenal 2BR+den, West Indies décor by Robb & Stucky, endless bay and boat basin views, Ritz amenities & services, private beach club. $1,269,000 Wraparound views of Sarasota Bay and the city lights. 2800 sq. ft. of luxurious space, private elevator, great room w/full glass walls, gourmet kitchen, 2 master suites + guest room/den. Ritz Carlton Amenities! $1,499,000 Towers Penthouse - Southwest corner Bay and marina views, 3BR + den with fireplace, wet bar, wine cooler, high ceilings, Private 2car garage. 5200 sq. ft. $4,650,000

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Spectacular beach & sunset views! Updated 2BR direct gulf front condo, Olympic sized pool, tennis & fitness center. $699,900 Double Unit - Phenomenal sunrise to sunset, city skyline and beach views from this rarely available 2900 sq. ft. 4BR direct beach front 11th floor residence. $1,450,900

LIDO BEACH CLUBN-DSouthwest corner ING PE 2bedroom, 2 bath. $799,000 se d LIDO BEACH -SLido &lo Sand & C o ld Surf s! y a $1,200,000 18 D COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK G water, boat DIN Three bedroom den, sailboat PE+N dock, deeded beach access. $599,000 New 3 bedroom Mediterranean sailboat waterfront home with new dock and seawall. $949,000


Maintenance-free, custom 3,540 s.f. G pool and DIN courtyard model with private PEN guest quarters. Quality! $1,195,000

PIER 550 - Attention Boaters Docking facilities to accommodate boats up to 30 ft - This one bedroom condo is in a Great Location walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants and Marina Jacks. Heated pool, wonderful opportunity for investment. OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 $275,000 CASA DEL MAR Great Investment Opportunity! 1-7, 365 days a year, with On-site Management & Rental Office. Beautiful Decorator Furnished 2nd Floor Unit. Prime location on Longboat Key. REDUCED $459,900 ISLANDER CLUB Breathtaking views of Gulf and Beach, watch the sunset from your new condo. Beautiful grounds and state-of-the-art amenities. Recently renovated lobby and elevators. Great buy on Longboat Key. Priced at $619,000 ISLANDER CLUB Beautifully renovated condo designer decorated w/new kitchen & updated bathrooms. Complex offers state of the art amenities, including fitness room overlooking the Gulf of Mexico & beautiful white sandy beach REDUCED $459,900 BAY PLAZA Fabulous views of Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key, Marina, & Gulf. Twenty-four hour Concierge, valet parking, decorator furnished. $629,000 KEY TOWER SOUTH Very desirable building. Lido Key, spectacular Gulf Front, 12th floor 2BR/2BA with split floor plan. OPEN SUNDAY. 1-4 $629,000 FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM is one of the most desirable locations. Amenities galore! Bike path, Exercise, Heated Pool, Spa/Hot Tub, Tennis Hard Surface and Private Beach Club. In a Quiet and Tranquil Setting. OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 $845,000 VIZCAYA The most prestigious community on Longboat Key. This magnificent property offers Mediterranean elegance with stunning views direct Gulf. Club house, pool, and tennis. $2,750,000 ENPROVENCE Exclusive Gulf Front. Unique Mediterranean. Exclusive 21 unit residence. Magnificent views in an elegant enclave. $2,875,000 RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCE Situated on the 17th floor, this magnificent "Penthouse" with 4,965 sq. ft living area plus two terraces overlooking the marina and city. Spectacular views, Features Private Elevator, Grand Foyer, Beautifully Appointed, Decorator Furnished. Enjoy world class amenities plus membership to Beach Club & Spa. $5,395,000


Minutes to bay, bamboo and marble floors, granite kitchen, fireplace, 5BR, 2 story family room, music room, pool, spa, boat dock. $2,299,000 II SOLD SOLD 1ST 1ST FLOOR FLOOR WALKWALKDOWN, DOWN, GULF GULF FRONT FRONT -- 22B 22B REGENT PLACE - LBK Club Islandside Overlooking pool and beach - custom floor plan, sunrise to sunset, 2 parking spaces. $2,995,000


Bayfront choice building! Designer decorated, 3825 s.f., private elevator, 3BR and family room, lives like a home! Sunrise to Sunset views! $1,350,000


The 4 star resort at the LBK Club. Direct beachfront resort! Pamper yourself with exotic cuisine, golden sunsets, tennis, golf, spa services & miles of white sand beach. GOLF VIEW CLUB SUITE $260,000 BEACH FRONT CLUB SUITE $339,000


Mediterranean Masterpiece! Three or four bedrooms, wood and marble floors, fireplace, sailboat water, boat dock with lift, 4 car garage and beach access. $1,490,000

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Canal front, south exposure, 2BR, almost new, boat dock & beach access. $339,000

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Lakefront villa, golf view, maintenancefree, furnished 2BR + den, built-ins, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, pool, deeded beach, 2 car garage. $649,000

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Tina Rudek (941)920-0303 GULF AND POOL VIEWS Desirable well maintained complex, end unit, storm shutters, new appliances, 2 pools. Island living at its best! Possible owner financing negotiable. $474,900 Marc Turner 778-0700

BE THE TALK OF THE TOWN when you purchase this luxurious Gulffront penthouse. Sweeping Gulf and Bay views, 3BR/4.5 BA. Condo is in short supply and will sell fast. Too many amenities to mention. $1,899,000. Mike Nink 383-5543

BEACH HARBOUR CLUB Updated 2/2 Beach Harbour Club unit with bay views and private beach access. Completely furnished. Boat dockage and much more. Best location available. $279,000. Mike Migone 383-5543

WATERVIEW BARGAIN ON LONGBOAT KEY Rarely available Bayview mobile home. Community boat docks, private beach. Everything you need! This one won’t last. 55+ community. $127,500 Peggy Kulik 383-5543

GOLDEN BAY Mediterranean Bay front has sweeping bay views. Located on Golden Gate Point, unit has 3 bedrooms plus den. Nice open plan. Too many amenities to mention. Over 2100 sq. ft. $939,000. A true value in today's market. 383-5543

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

PRIVATE ISLAND - TWO HOMES TO CHOOSE FROM! Imagine being a part of this private, gated Tidy Island community. Two miles of waterfront surround 168 acres of nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary. Choose between 3BR/2BA or 3 story 2BR/2.5 BA units. $250,000 or $395,000 Geoff Wall 778-0700

CONTEMPORARY CUSTOM HOME Spacious and bright 4/5BR floor plan and 3 car garage for all your toys. Sparkling heated pool, completely private yard, Jacuzzi tub, lots of tile, fireplace. Walk or bike to nearby park & botanical garden. $349,000. Tina Rudek 383-5543.


CONDOS BEACH HARBOUR CLUB Updated 2/2 Beach Harbour

Club unit with bay views and private beach access. Completely furnished. Boat dockage and much more. Best location available. $279,000. Mike Migone 383-5543 HOMES

SPACIOUS GULFSIDE HOME Spectacular gulf and sunsets views, sounds of the ocean and white sugar sand right at your doorstep. Inviting 5BR/3BA home on 100x180 lot with excellent income revenue. $2,795,000

SECLUDED CUSTOM HOME (NEW LISTING) Immaculate 4BR/4BA multi-level in tropical setting with 17’ soaring ceilings, huge master & private guest suite. Extra feature includes additional lot with brad new deep water boat dock. Only steps to tennis, shourt stroll to splendid beaches $1,249,000 “THE HIBISCUS” Open daily 1PM to 5PM Brand new home with flexible floor plan & many upgrades in a maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to assigned boat dock, gorgeous beaches & sparkling pool. $663,500

HOMESITES BAY ISLES Large homesite in popular gated community. Deep water marina, golf, tennis, shopping, fine dining and private beach club nearby. $345,000 LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE Don't miss your opportunity to own a new quality built home in this maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to sugar sand beaches and your own deep water dock. Only 3 Homesites left. Starting at $240,000


CEDARS EAST 2 bedroom, 2.5 baths townhouses in this tennis community with pool, fishing dock, nature trails & clubhouse. Pet friendly community. CALL NOW FOR RATES AND AVAILABILITY!

LONGBEACH CONDOMINIUM 2 bedroom, 2 bath gulf front condominiums in a community with heated pool & tennis courts. BOOK NOW BEFORE IT’S TOOL LATE!

LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS 2 bedroom, 2 bath gulf front condo in great complex with fabulous views. Heated pool, exercise room & billiard table are some of the amenities. CALL FOR DETAILS.

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“THE OSPREY” Open daily 1PM to 5PM Luxurious yet carefree living await you in this brand new home with serene water views and assigned boat dock. Spacious 3BR/2.5BA with open terrace, screened lanai, 2 car garage and ample storage for all your toys. $685,000

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November 20 2003  
November 20 2003