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signage by Larry Burke | City Editor

Proposed amendment causes uproar After responding to Bay Isles constituents about a commercial vehicle’s signage, a commissioner proposed an ordinance to keep similar trucks from view.

+ Lots of lights

It’s that time of year again, when breezes are getting cooler, days shorter and the nights — brighter? The Longboat Observer’s annual “Light Up the Keys” contest is just around the corner. A few contestants have already been spotted hanging garland, stringing multi-colored lights in trees and putting mechanical reindeer in place. Every year The Observer awards the most spirited holiday decorations in three categories: single-family residential, multi-family residential and commercial. And, then, there’s the coveted Publisher’s Choice award. As you’re out driving, gawking at the spectacular holidaythemed displays, make sure to remember which ones are your favorites and then let us know. (It’s also OK to brag about your own lighting display.) Call Patti at 383-5509 with those addresses. Judging dates are Dec. 14, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. The winners will be declared Monday, Dec. 18, and the results will be printed in the Dec. 21 issue of The Longboat Observer. Come on, make Chevy Chase proud.

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Paul Mattison still remembers the message he received about eight months ago: “I’m tired of looking at your old, ugly truck. Move it!” The directive was referring to the catering truck that Mattison parks in the Bay Isles parking lot of his Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow,

my truck isn’t ugly,’ Mattison said, “‘and it’s only 2 years old.’” Not long after that incident, Town Commissioner George Spoll contacted Longboat Key Codes Administrator Randy Fowler to go to Mattison’s Steakhouse to investigate a possible violation of the town’s sign code. “Randy talked to me about the truck,” Mattison said. “I told

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Vehicles like this one owned by Andrew Hlywa at The Market, may soon have to move out of sight. him that I use it every day for catering and for my business. He asked me to move it in closer to the building and I told him I

would.” Fowler was interpreting the

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Choir members sing during the procession of the Interfaith Thanksgiving Nov. 21 at Temple Beth Israel. The 26th annual gathering of churches included a worship service and refreshments afterwards. Look for more pictures and a story in the Nov. 30 issue of The Longboat Observer.

SAND MAN by Larry Burke | City Editor

Mr. Whatmough goes to Tallahassee In an effort to provide a solution to the difficult Gulfside Drive Beach problem, the town commissioner will take his plan to the FDEP. Longboat Key Town Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough hopes to present his proposal to solve the dark-sand situation at the Gulfside Drive beach access to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis, Public Works Director Juan Florensa

and a representative from the town’s beach consultant, Coastal Planning & Engineering, will accompany Whatmough. The decision to move forward with the plan came after almost an hour of discussion at the Nov. 16 Town Commission workshop. Florensa said his staff had tak-

en measurements the day before, to see what changes had taken place over the past 30 days. A review of the beach profiles suggested a flattening of the mixed and dark, coarse sand on the beach, seaward of the berm. Also, a visual inspection south from the R50.5 marker shows a southern movement of sand along with a slight mounding of mixed coarse sand onto the berm. Florensa said that the move-

ment is to be expected not only from the daily movement of the beach, but also from the recent stormy weather. “It kind of makes sense,” Florensa said, “because the white sand is finer and the coarse sand resists movement. Coarse sand tends to mound up in bad weather, which is good for protection, but bad, obviously, aesthetically.” St. Denis elaborated that the

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

+ From her boys   and girls

OUR TOWN continued from page 1A

Mazie Ulmer, long-time friend and supporter of the Longboat Key Fire-Rescue, died Oct. 31. The generous 93-year-old woman was never caught empty-handed. She was known for making sure everyone had enough to eat, from firefighters to the neighbors on her street. Longboat Key officials, town employees and friends and family of Ulmer gathered Nov. 17 at the fire station to pay tribute to her. Ulmer received a Lifetime Membership Award from the Longboat Key Fire-Rescue

and a proclamation from the town read by Mayor Joan Webster that recognized Ulmer’s dedication and caring. Several neighbors and her nephew, Steve Betron, spoke about Ulmer’s unmatchable generosity and kindness, while others touched on unique characteristics that defined her, like her “bullheadedness.” During the ceremony, the fire station’s phone rang twice, with no voice on the other end of the line. “I said, ‘It’s Mazie,’” said Anne Lathrop, Fire-Rescue administrative employee. “I have no doubt the two phone calls were from her. She just wants to let us know that she’s still here.”

+ Doggone wheels

+ Feeding the fellas

Where would these men be without the ladies? That’s what Sonnie Handy, Dorothy Beemsterboer, Dionne Reinert and Anne Kelley said as they helped out at the St. Mary’s Mens’ Club monthly dinner Nov. 16. The dinner was catered by Harry’s Continental Kitchens and featured former NHL hockey coach Scotty Bowman. (See story on page 3A.)

+ Tennis center dedicated

Longboat Key resident Ed Brickman honored his late wife, Alice, with an eight-court tennis complex at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center. Brickman said his wife loved to play tennis. The dedication of the Alice and Ed Brickman Tennis Center was held Nov. 18 at the center. Joining Brickman, a Longboat Key resident, in the formal ribbon cutting was his daughter, Carol Brickman Diamont. Following the dedication, the BrickmanTennis Classic was held.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

performance by Larry Burke | City Editor

Town manager gets 7.7% increase The Town Commission rewarded the efforts of Bruce St. Denis by raising his salary to $152,500. After discussions of a costof-living and merit raises, the Town Commission voted 6-1 at its Nov. 16 workshop, to raise Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ wages 7.7% to $152,500. The pay raise is retroactive to Oct. 1. St. Denis made $141,606.40 for fiscal year 2005-2006. Prior to the vote, St. Denis received scores on a variety of issues from each commissioner, along with comments. To supplement the existing evaluation tool and add more objectivity to the process, May-

or Joan Webster and the Town Commission developed a set of goals and performance objectives back in January. With the system, the commission produces a list of goals for the town and the objectives needed to meet them. This results are much more measurable, than the 11-year-old system that had been in place. St. Denis brings his own report card back on evaluation day — were these goals met, or not? “I want to compliment you

for what you’ve done,” Mayor lowest marks of all the commisJoan Webster said to St. Denis. sioners, went along with Web“I would like us as a group to ster’s proposal. continue with our TM Commissioner Ran(Town Manager) goals dy Clair said he could and objectives for annot go along with other year.” the merit raise, but Webster presented a thought the COLA was series of achievements appropriate, which St. Denis accomplished prompted Vice Mayor in the previous year Lee Rothenburg to (see Sidebar 1, page question the diverse 7A). opinions of the comBased on those efmissioners. forts, she proposed St. “The 4.11% is not Denis receive a Cost a raise,” Rothenburg of Living Adjustment said. “It’s a Cost of LivBRUCE (COLA) of 4.11% and a ST. DENIS ing Adjustment. We sit 5% merit raise. here and say the guy Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough, while providSee ST. DENIS page 7A ing St. Denis with some of the

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+ Prepare to be challenged

Sign up today for the seventh annual team tennis Longboat Observer Challenge. The Challenge runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3 at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. Currently, 24 teams of four players per team (two men and two women) are signed up for three levels of play. The tournament is co-sponsored by the Tennis Center and Wilson Sporting Goods. Long-sleeve T-shirts, balls and refreshments will be provided. The entry fee is $12, and the tournament is open to all. For information, call the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center at 316-8367.

+ Commissioner’s

house for sale

Town Commissioner and Sleepy Lagoon resident Jeremy Whatmough has put his expansive 5,000 squarefoot home on the market. Cheryl Loeffler, of Prudential Palms Realty, is the listing agent for the five-bedroom, five-bath, sixcar garage home on Gulf of Mexico Drive. The property lists for $6.2 million. Whatmough’s term on the commission ends in March 2008.


+ Town seeks buried line price

Town Manager Bruce St. Denis has requested an estimate from Florida Power & Light to provide a preliminary cost estimate to convert overhead power lines to underground. St. Denis indicated in the letter to FPL that every street, whether it be public or private, be included in the non-binding estimate. The estimate will be presented to the Town Commission for consideration.

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They’re keepers, all right! Jim Bakle and Bill Brittain donned striped aprons for their role as bartenders last Friday night at the reception for the “Second Serve” cookbook compiled by owners at Club Longboat. The cookbook is a sequel to the “First Serve” edition, which was published in 1990, and includes recipes from owners, friends and family members. For the story and more photos, see page 6A+.

MEN’S CLUB by Larry Burke | City Editor

Hockey legend reflects on career St. Mary Star of the Sea Men’s Club hosted longtime National Hockey League coach and sports icon Scotty Bowman at its monthly dinner meeting. It appears the St. Mary Star of the Sea Men’s Club scored a hat trick at its monthly dinner meeting Nov. 16: 1) National Hockey League Hall of Famer and Longboat Key resident Al Arbour was there to introduce the evening’s speaker. 2) The speaker? The legendary Scotty Bowman, the most successful coach in the history of the National Hockey League and the man Sports Illustrated magazine dubbed “the greatest coach in professional sport.” 3) Members and guests

enjoyed an excellent dinner catered by Harry’s Continental Kitchens. When Arbour introduced Bowman, he had the rapt attention of the 110 men in attendance. After all, how often does one get the chance to be in the same room with two professional sports personalities who, together, have won 17 Stanley Cups? Bowman, a part-time Siesta Key resident, made frequent ref-

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+ Manatee joins traffic study

The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners has authorized a payment of $7,500 to help fund Longboat Key’s upcoming traffic study. With Sarasota County already on board with its $7,500 contribution, a total of $15,000 has been contributed to the study, reducing Longboat’s contribution to $20,000. Plans are under way for the study to begin in a few months.

+ Meetings & Agendas

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Hockey legends Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour discuss game-time strategy prior to Bowman’s speech at the St. Mary’s Men’s Club monthly dinner meeting Nov. 16.

Planning and Zoning Board Special Meeting — 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Town Commission Regular Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Code Enforcement Board Meeting — 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

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gray is staying in place, but there is proportionally more white sand loss and that the beach has lost about a foot of depth over a 40-to-50 foot area. He went on to say the white sand to the north is eroding more quickly; but all of the sand is moving. “We are seeing the initial effects of a mixed beach here,” he said. “We have not had enough time to see how much of the sand is going to continue to layer.” To complete the job of removing sand and placing new sand in from one of these mines would be about $58 per cubic yard. The area in question covers about 2,800 cubic yards, which would then cost about $162,400. If the sand needs to be moved further than a mile away along the beach, the

costs will increase. “Well,” said Commissioner Whatmough, “unless any of my fellow commissioners have something better, let’s go talk to the DEP about my idea … if they say, ‘No,’ then I am out of ideas.” St. Denis explained that if approved, the project would require a permit modification from the DEP, either minor or major. “To be granted, a permit modification would be 90 days anyway,” St. Denis said. “Then you have the issue of the turtles.” Sleepy Lagoon resident and ardent north beach activist Deborah McKenna thanked St. Denis and the commission for their efforts, while again noting the importance of white sand beaches on the Key. “Unfortunately, I feel that you have changed the look of Longboat Key’s beach,” McKenna said.

THE WHATMOUGH SOLUTION (ABRIDGED) The area that would be tested for the Commissioner Whatmough’s proposed solution would start from Coastal Planning & Engineering’s Marker 50.5 and head north for four properties, ending at 6441 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and head south for four properties to 6321 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

lahassee and invite a representative to be present for a demonstration. (DEP should be asked to first allow the town to do a dry run to ensure the feasibility of this proposal.)

• FIRST: From CP&E’s Hole No. 5 north and south, push the white sand west to east to form a pile, eventually forming a trough, sloping to about 6 feet in depth in the middle; the white sand will form a pile west of the sea oats and vegetation and will run north and south. (Note: the trough’s depth may vary from location to location.) • SECOND: Push the light gray sand, just east of the dark gray sand and west of the trough, into the trough; about 18 inches to 2 feet would be scraped into the trough. • THIRD: Push the piled white sand on top of the light gray sand that is in the trough west of the trough; cover the LBKand Nov#4 entire area with white sand. • FOURTH: Contact the DEP in Tal-

Contact with DEP could be a written request signed by all seven commissioners and presented at a meeting with the DEP attended by the mayor and the town manager. For the Dry Run and the DEP demonstration, I would suggest the town’s Massey Ferguson all-wheel-drive tractor with its front-end loader be used. For the DEP Demonstration, there should be three areas worked, from north to south, and with each area being about 25 feet wide and in equal distance from one another. The results of this demonstration will lead the DEP to a decision on whether or not to approve of this solution. This is not an invasive procedure and may “fix” this unanticipated situation.

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hot topic by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer


Lido Key residents meeting ends in passionate discussion An ongoing debate about a proposed 400unit condo development on School Avenue in Sarasota was brought to the forefront at monthly meeting. The monthly meeting of the Lido Key Residents Association ended up in a heated back-andforth between Kelly Kirschner, president of the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association, and Ken Shelin, Sarasota city commissioner. Kirschner, the Nov. 18 meeting’s guest speaker, spoke to the audience about a development project on School Avenue in Sarasota, which has been in the works for a year. Developer Ron Burks and residents in the Alta Vista area have disagreed over the size and design of the project. Burks plans to build a 400-unit condo development on a 9.5-acre parcel of land, which would put the project at 40 units per acre. The current zoning is for 18 units per acre. Burks has said he will provide 127 units of attainable housing in the project, which Kirschner said in the residents’ meeting he sees as a tactic by Burks to get

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zoning changed in his favor. Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta spoke after Kirschner’s talk, saying he was speaking as an individual and not as a county commissioner. “He (Burks) is using affordable housing as a ruse,” Barbetta said. “We all need to go back to the drawing board.” Shelin then had a turn and brought up points in Kirschner’s speech he thought were incorrect or misleading. “You say we (City Commission) didn’t follow the correct process, but we met with the city attorney and he gave us four choices, and we followed one of those,” Shelin said. Shelin said Kirschner misspoke when he said the zoning had been changed on the undeveloped land. “We haven’t approved downtown core (zoning), and I don’t know if we ever will,” Shelin said. “The land use has changed, not the zoning.” Kirschner and Shelin debated for a while, before Lido Key Residents Association President Sandy Bower thanked the two for their passionate discussion. Kirschner ended his talk by urging residents to show their support of issues such as this, which could have a big effect on communities.

With such an abundance of food available on Thanksgiving at your favorite restaurant, mom’s house or even occasionally from your own kitchen, we wanted to know: What dish do you crave the most on Turkey Day? Grab a spoon and dive in to these locals’ coveted holiday fare — we’ll bet some of these treats top your Thanksgiving menu as well. — Loren Mayo

“This healthy debate has been very good for us; we need to hear both sides,” Bower said. “This helps us to understand that we as residents are important.” Bower said she invited Kirschner to talk for a couple of reasons. She wanted to show local residents what issues other neighborhoods face, which could easily happen in all areas. She made reference to a similar development, Azure Park, a project on Lido Key about six years ago. A developer applied for waterfront zoning on his parcel on Ben Franklin Drive that was not on the Gulf side of the street. Bower said the developer was successful in getting the zoning changed despite the fact that Lido residents at that time did not have enough support from other associations when the matter was being discussed. “We (neighborhood associations) face the same issues, and if we join together, we can bring citizens with more ideas and influence together to find an acceptable solution,” Bower said. “We want to bring more focus on what neighborhoods need and ensure that county officials understand that and what we’re trying to protect. We also want to make sure land-use changes are not done inappropriately.”

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Phyllis McGuire, Longboat Key Favorite dish: Stuffing What makes it special: The whole family likes it. I make it with Italian sausage, dried cranberries, celery and onions, which makes it festive. And it tastes good! This year my daughter and I are each making a pumpkin trifle. She’ll make it from New York and I’ll make it here, and we’re going to call each other and discuss it.

Sandy Dearwester, Longboat Key Favorite dish: Dressing What makes it special: It’s a 40-year-old recipe. I stuff the turkey with fruit: apple, orange lemon, celery, onions, garlic and grapefruit. I’ve given that recipe to a lot of people, and they all love it. It gives the turkey a nice flavor. I got the recipe from Chef Alfredo, who wrote for The Longboat Observer about 20 years ago. Glenda Grause, Longboat Key Favorite dish: Getting together with my family and friends — that’s my favorite dish! But my second favorite dish is candied yams and sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows. I really like the marshmallows. What makes it special: I’m really excited to get together with everyone.

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The meaning of Thanksgiving

In search of a Thanksgiving message this year, serendipity struck. We thought of years past when we recited on this page many of the gifts for which we are thankful. In fact, when we re-read the list we printed in last year’s Thanksgiving edition, it’s remarkable how little has changed. We’re still thankful for all that we listed — and then some. This year, we would add a happily married daughter, a new son-in-law, a happy mother of the bride, a successful wedding, perfect wedding weather, a larger extended family. The list of our fortune could go on. And it’s humbling. So often when we see others’ misfortune we say: “There

but for the grace of God go I.” We are so blessed. But in our search for that profound message that captures the spirit of Thanksgiving, we were struck while editing a story by one of our Sarasota reporters, Tammy Roberts. Tammy covers Sarasota County schools. Her specialty is interviewing young kids before holidays and eliciting from them priceless gems — often hilarious, spurof-the-moment responses. Just as often, the comments of these innocent, little youngsters are remarkably profound. Tammy did it again for Thanksgiving. For your pleasure, then, and to help you shift into the spirit of the

Thanksgiving holidays, we’re sharing a sampling of Tammy’s interviews with kindergartners from Bay Haven and Gulf Gate Elementary Schools in Sarasota. They’ll make you laugh. They’ll also make you think. These precious little minds, in only a few years of life, know what is important. Asked for what they are thankful, their responses are simple and moving. Even at age 5, they know what matters most. God bless, and Happy Thanksgiving.


What They’re Thankful For … Carter Beckstein Age 6, Bay Haven

What are you most thankful for? God, my parents and my house.

What are you most thankful for? God. And Thanksgiving.

What is your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving? Green beans and chicken. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? The Americans took the Mayflower to the Southeast. And then they unpacked their stuff. They were traveling for their freedom. How do you cook a turkey? You just put it in the oven and cook it I think maybe for a half hour. Then you can take it out and cut it, and the whole family can enjoy it. What are you most thankful for? My grandmother.

Taylor Josef

Mackenzie Montemurro

What happened on the first Thanksgiving? They all got together and ate turkeys and cranberries. What’s your favorite thing to eat at Thanksgiving? Peanut butter and jelly. What’s the name of the ship the Pilgrims sailed? The Flower. No wait … it’s the Mayflower! How do you cook a turkey? You buy a turkey and put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Then you eat the turkey up! What are you most thankful for? Mom and Dad.

Morgan Parisi

Gavin Busi

What kind of food do they have at Thanksgiving? They have turkey and mashed potatoes and stuff. If you don’t want turkey, you can have toast and butter. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? They wanted freedom from the king because he was saying, “Now, you better go to my church.” Then they took the Mayflower to go have a big feast. Who all was there? The Pilgrims and the Indians. And Squanto was one of their names. How do you cook a turkey? First someone has to catch it. Then you have to pull the feathers off. Then you have to make it. You cook it I think about 60 hours in the oven. Then you have a pumpkin pie to go with it. What are you most thankful for? My family, my cat and my friends.

What do you like to eat on Thanksgiving? Turkey, hot dogs, chocolate cake, you know … What happened on the first Thanksgiving? They went from the East to the West to get away from the Indians. How come? Because they weren’t holy. Do you remember any of their names? George Washington was one. How do you cook a turkey? You catch it. Then you kill it. Then you cook it in the stove for two minutes. Then you eat it. What are you thankful for? My mom.

What kind of food do they have at Thanksgiving? Turkey, vegetables, carrots, mashed potatoes and apples. What food don’t you like at Thanksgiving? Cranberries. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? The Pilgrims invited the Indians to a little house on America. They wore black and white clothes with a little pink on the collar. Why is it called Thanksgiving? Because they were giving thanks for all their food. How do you cook a turkey? You get the turkey and then put some powder and oil on it and stick a monitor in it. Then you bake it in the oven for eight minutes. What are you thankful for? All my aunts and uncles, my friends and my classmates.

Age 5, Bay Haven

Age 5, Bay Haven

Age 5, Bay Haven

Sean Kolar

Alli Anderson

What do you like to eat on Thanksgiving? Turkey and ice cream. Sometimes together. What was the Mayflower? That’s the ship. The big one that they all took to get across the water. How do you cook a turkey? Why don’t you just go into the woods and shoot a turkey ... ? Then after you shoot it, cook it in the oven about 80 minutes.

What’s your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving? Pumpkin pie and Indian pudding. Mmmm. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? The Pilgrims went over to the Indians and made friends. They were trying to get away from the king because he wanted them to go see a museum. How do you cook a turkey? First you cover it with salt and pepper and stuff it with lemons, and then you put it in the oven and cook it for 15 minutes.

Age 5, Bay Haven

Age 5, Gulf Gate

Age 5, Gulf Gate

Madison Grek Age 5, Gulf Gate

What’s your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving? Turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. No gravy. What food don’t you like to eat on Thanksgiving? The honey hams. What happened on the first Thanksgiving? The Pilgrims came to America because they didn’t want to worship the king. Why not? Because he made the Pilgrims come to his church so they went on the Mayflower and they didn’t have no houses, so they had to stay on the boat for the night. Then in the morning, the boy Pilgrims built the houses. How do you cook a turkey? You first find one at the grocery store, then take it home and put some garlic sauce and salt and pepper on it. Then you put it in the oven for 30 minutes and invite all your friends over. What are you thankful for? God. And my mommy, because she always gives me lots of gifts.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

Opinion/News 7A

MY VIEW by Marvin H. Morse | Contributing Writer

Undervote comments distort reality Substantive barriers to successful voting disenfranchise the electorate, and that is exactly what happened in the District 13 congressional race. Your Nov. 16 editorial, “Undervote is no mystery,” mischaracterizes as a “media circus and frenzy” attributable to “National Democratic Party Strategy,” the focus on undervoting in Sarasota County’s 2006 13th Congressional District election. How ironic in the face of the most devious Vern Buchanan and National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee campaign. Your call to Kathy Dent, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, to “stay the course,” reminiscent of the discarded Iraq War rallying call, blinks reality. By her own admission, Dent was aware at least after early voting began, that the touchscreen voting regimen was flawed.   Not only were screens for the 13th Congressional District obscure, but many, many voters encountered difficulty in capturing their congressional selection when they reached the summary vote button to recapitulate and record their votes. In the Election Day aftermath, even Dent now supports a paper trail to audit whether voters’ intended selections are on record.

Dent admits that one in seven Sarasota County voters at the polls failed to record a vote for a congressional candidate, an incomprehensibly large voting gap, but denies responsibility, despite having had two weeks to remedy the deficiencies and/or alert every voter to the difficulties. To my knowledge, in the week prior to Nov. 7 in e-mails to three voters who had brought early voting touchscreen difficulties to her attention, they were assured that she had “reminded my early voting coordinators to reinforce the voting process with the voters [and] prepared a press release … to assist voters.” Regrettably, however, I am told that poll worker training immediately prior to Nov. 7 included no such admonishment, although some voters have reported that poll workers explicitly alerted them to be cautious so as not to lose their 13th District vote. Your implication of a nefarious intent “to dig for ammunition for an expected legal challenge” on the part of those inquiring of voters exiting the polls “whether they had trouble with the voting

ST. DENIS from page 3A

ing everyone speak, he offered a compromise. Spoll said that with just the 4.11% adjustment, the raise would be about $150,000; with the 4.11 and the 5% merit raise, the figure would climb to about $155,000. “Let’s split the difference down the middle,” Spoll said. “Don’t couch it as a COLA. Set the number as an increase in salary and make it $152,500.” The compromise passed, 6-1, with Clair being the only vote against. “I enjoy working with all of you,” St. Denis said. “You are a challenging and talented group, and I would underscore challenging.” Just before the vote, however, Webster apologized to St. De-

did a good job, now we should do something. Commissioner Bob Siekmann, who spoke with St. Denis privately and was the only commissioner who did not turn in a written evaluation form, looked for a rounder number, such as $150,000 or $155,000. Commissioner Peter O’Connor, another low scorer on the evaluation, took a more pragmatic view. “These are ‘walk-on-water’ evaluations,” O’Connor said. “There needs to be room for improvement.” Commissioner George Spoll sat through all the discussion with pencil in hand. After hear-

system” demonizes those who were simply seeking confirmation of a fair and honest election. For most of Election Day, I was among Democrats outside Longboat Key Town Hall who, aware of difficulties encountered by early voters, provided an alert that poll workers were supposed to be providing as well. We did not differentiate among prospective voters as to their political party or preferred candidate. Having raised the issue before voters entered the polling place, post-election challenges can hardly be marginalized and belittled as an after-the-fact “bellyache” as you assert. In contrast, hundreds of voters across the county returned again and again to their 13th District selection before being satisfied that the vote button recorded their selection. You do a disservice to your readers who are committed to sound government and fair elections to suggest an evil intent in following up our alerts to be cautious by inquiring whether in fact trouble was encountered with touchscreen procedures. You categorize those who voted but failed to record their votes successfully as “idiots,” but you attribute the massive undervote to voter disapproval “of either candidate.” Your argument beggars reality: Nowhere in the 13th Congressional District except for Sarasota County’s touchscreens

was there noticeable undervoting. Significantly, Sarasota absentee voting overwhelmingly contradicts your claim. For example, at Town Hall, the Precinct 19 vote was Buchanan 808, Christine Jennings 736, with a 199 undervote (11.4%); early voting by Precinct 19 Longboat Key Sarasotans was Buchanan 223, Jennings 247, with a 77 undervote (16.4%). But our Precinct 19 absentee ballot count was Buchanan 316, Jennings 415, with 11 undervotes, yielding a nominal 0.015% undercount.  At the Longboat Key Manatee County polls, with 514 votes for Buchanan, 519 for Jennings, the undervote was 3 of 1,036, a de minimus 0.0028%. Moreover, your analysis that only “Jennings/Democratic Party campaigners,” and not Republicans asked whether voters had difficulty can be understood as an implicit acknowledgement that the touchscreens failed to record only Jennings votes. If you are correct that Buchanan voters experienced no problems, it is reasonable to infer that something more sinister than innocent/unbiased technological imperfection is involved.   It would be comforting to hope realistically that the divisiveness of the 2006 political campaigns, locally and nationwide, might be behind us.  But your vicious denigration of those

concerned that Sarasota touchscreens were fatally flawed is not encouraging. I call on you to join in acknowledging that a vote that could only be successfully navigated by the most persistent and sophisticated voters needs to be revisited.  The substantial undervote experienced on Longboat Key Sarasota (287 of 2,745), 10.5%, including the miniscule absentee ballot undervote, is one-third that of some precincts where voters are less educated and/or less conversant with English and less motivated.  Substantive barriers to successful voting disenfranchise the electorate no less than physically preventing access to the polls. That is exactly the case in the Sarasota County 2006 election for Florida’s 13th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Not all Longboat Observer readers are Republicans. As the numbers add up, Jennings, not Buchanan, carried Longboat Key Precinct 95 in Manatee County (subject to early voting and absentee ballot counts not yet available) and Longboat Key Precinct 19 in Sarasota County. How nice if your editorial policy were as even-handed as the equilibrium among your Longboat Key neighbors. Marvin H. Morse is president of the Longboat Key Democratic Club.

TOWN MANAGER AND STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS • Accomplished most of the goals & objectives set by the public for this commission. • Accomplished most of the goals & objectives set by the Town Commission as a supplement to the existing evaluation. • Led the training of staff in hurricane preparedness and recovery. • Prepared an updated hurricane plan. • Approval of a policy for the clearing of major and private roads after a major storm. • Established a policy for the reconstruction of nonconforming structures after involuntary destruction. • Worked with the Building Department to streamline its processes and procedures. • Encouraged the MIS Department to develop an electronic permit process. nis for having to sit through the discussions of his future salary. “To hear us up here talking about all this in front

• Developed a fiber interconnect for the town’s computer network. • Dealt swiftly with the red tide fish clean up. • Completed the beach renourishment project under budget. • Continues to improve the town’s Web site. • Installed the town’s “Code Red” notification system. • Established a water-conservation system. • Seeks grants for town projects. • Engaged in a visioning process. • Improved Bayfront Park Rec Center for Little Leaguers.

— Presented by Mayor Joan Webster

of you,” she said, “I want to apologize.” An amused Jeremy Whatmough, considering the mag-

nitude of the wage, dryly said: “Yes, I know, Madame Mayor — he’ll be crying all the way to the bank.”


10 years


City of North Port Steven Crowell 1 year $144,500


28%-401(a) or choice

1 year + benefits


1x Annual Salary


FRS-Senior Mgt. Class – 2% multiplier 10%-457 1 year salary 1x Annual Salary 510

6% is contributed by city to a reg. $150,111 Pension Fund (nonCity of Michael A. (includes 2% FRS) with a 2.5% Sarasota McNees 5 years longevity) multiplier FRS-Senior Mgt. Sarasota Class – 2% County James L. Ley 9 years $202,966 multiplier

Max. allowed under 457

6 months

Yes $10,000


$20,000 (max. plus catch-up)

1 year + value of benefits for one year

1x Annual Base Salary +$150,000


1x Annual Base Salary




City of Venice Martin P. Black 2.5 years $140,000

General Employees Pension Plan; Paid by City 3% multiplier

maximum allowed under 457 1 year salary

Manatee County Ed Hunzeker

FRS-Senior Mgt. Class – 2% multiplier

5% or max allowed under 457

Begins 1/15/07 $165,000


3 months in first yr. 6 months after first yr.

Courtesy of the Town of Longboat Key


The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006




GULF-FRONT LOT. One of the largest direct Gulf-front buildable lots in Sarasota County. On the southern half of Longboat, this property comprises 1.4 acres with 425â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Gulf-front. $6,450,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #302610

BAY ACRES. Bayfront Carl Abbot design, gated with large terraces for a private setting. Enjoy wonderful sunset views on Little Sarasota Bay with dock & boat lift. $3,400,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #313185


Longboat, Lido & Bird Keys


LONGBOAT KEY BAYFRONT. Exquisite Mizner-style custom residence built by Bruce Saba. Approximately 8,100 total sq. ft. with top quality appointments. Located in prestigious Bay Isles with private beach club. Completion date Oct. 2006. $7,975,000. Debra Pitell & Julie Klick, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #308646 HANDSOME MODERN ON LIDO BEACH. Close to St. Armands & downtown, this beautifully crafted residence boasts exquisite interior with cherry woodworking, walls of glass, limestone floors & a 51â&#x20AC;&#x2122; lap pool. A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Estates listing. $6,800,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #327155 FABULOUS BIRD KEY DEEPWATER BAYFRONT. Custom 4/5BR, 5,800-sq.-ft. home with travertine floors, granite counters, spacious master suite, gourmet kitchen & media room. New saltwater pool/spa & boat lift. $5,250,000. Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 320-0389. #311699 SANCTUARY PENTHOUSE. Enjoy captivating views of the Sarasota skyline, Sarasota Bay & the Gulf from this 4,000-sq.-ft. penthouse with 5,000-sq.-ft. terrace. A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Estates listing. $4,900,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #306053 Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;AMBIANCE GULF FRONT. Luxury, quality & privacy behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club with 24-hour security & concierge services. Enjoy opulent interior & magnificent views. $3,995,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #311205 VILLA DI LANCIA. Enjoy spectacular Gulf-front views from this beautiful 5BR penthouse with expansive terraces. Includes spacious living & dining areas with fireplace, gourmet kitchen & breakfast bar. $3,500,000. Julie Klick, 388-4447 or 780-6001. #324315 BAYOU POINTE. Elegantly appointed, Mediterranean-style 5BR home with over 200â&#x20AC;&#x2122; on deep water, a 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122; state-of-the-art dock & breathtaking full bay views. $3,499,000. Lorraine Neal, 966-8000 or 350-0997. #287526 COREYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LANDING - LONGBOAT KEY. Breathtaking bay views through soaring walls of glass from this 5,000+/- sq.-ft., 2-story pool home with dock. $3,200,000. Valerie Woodger & Julie Klick, 951-6660 or 313-5500. #322889 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Enjoy direct bayfront views of the city in this 3,350-sq.-ft. home in sought after Country Club Shores on Longboat Key. $2,995,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #270672 Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;AMBIANCE. Popular â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sabalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; floor plan with breathtaking beach & sunset vistas. Designed by Robert Stuffings with many upgrades. $2,595,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #304033 BEST BAYFRONT LOCATION ON ST. ARMANDS. True 4BR, turnkey furnished & tastefully decorated home with adorable attached guest quarters, in-ground spa, new roof & deepwater dock. $2,490,000. Tracy DeRamo, 349-3444 or 650-4988. #327701 BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED NEW HOME with smashing golf course & lake views. Features volume ceilings in living room with fireplace opening to porch & pool terrace, a luxurious master, 3 guest suites & 3-car garage. $2,175,000. Linda Roe Dickinson & Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #294417 BIRD KEY. True 4BR home set on a 1/2-acre estate size lot in Bird Key. Positioned at the end of the canal with direct access to Sarasota Bay. Best boating waters. $2,100,000. Gloria Totti-Cervoni, 349-3444 or 544-7746. #277294 QUEENS HARBOUR. Two-story Essex/Courtyard model with wonderful golf course & lake views. Enjoy southern exposure from this turnkey furnished residence with plenty of living space & a family room. $1,650,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #323083 LONGBOAT KEY. Brand new construction on Longboat Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north end. Enjoy deeded private beach access & convenient location close to shopping & Durante Park. $1,450,000. Rose Alstrom, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #312788 INN ON THE BEACH. Fabulous 7th floor, 2BR overlooking private beach, Gulf & pool. Currently in hotel program. Directly on the beach with spectacular sunsets. $1,350,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #299363 BIRD KEY. Pristine, renovated home on a large lot on prestigious Bird Key. Perfect for the buyer who wants value, quality & privacy in a 3BR home in the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest neighborhood. $1,296,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #326803 SANCTUARY. Desirable furnished penthouse with fabulous golf course views & Gulf vistas from the wraparound balcony. Set behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $1,250,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #329641 SPECTACULAR DIRECT GULF-FRONT designer showcase. This 2BR unit has been extensively renovated with tile floors, granite counters, plush rugs & new furniture. Your tropical paradise awaits. $1,250,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #320200 BEACHPLACE - DIRECT GULF FRONT. This largest 2BR floor plan is beautifully furnished. Features an updated kitchen, tile floors, carpet & bedroom sets. Enjoy all the comforts of home. $1,250,000. Pat Loy, 383-7591 or 383-2849. #320583 BEHIND THE GATES - PRIVATEER. Exquisitely renovated residence with full Gulf & sunset views. Every design feature was meticulously executed & sparing no expense. $1,195,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #294205 ISLANDS WEST. Immaculate residence with full Gulf views from every room. Enjoy the sounds of rolling surf, views of beautiful sunsets & a lovely pool area. Pet friendly complex. $1,125,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #327748

BAY ISLES. Architecturally renovated, casual Florida home in the prestigious Bay Isles community. Be the first to enjoy this renewed, open & flowing residence in its private, wooded setting. $1,175,000. Walter Hackett, 383-7591 or 685-3994. #316504

STUNNING BAY VIEWS from every room in this completely renovated 7th floor residence. Features solid wood cabinets, top-of-the-line appliances & gorgeous tile. $895,000. Karen Cash Greco, 966-8000 or 928-1005. #311508

4(/5 3!. $3 /& (/- % 3 s /. % !$$2 % APPEALING BIRD KEY HOME with an open floor plan, 3BRs, newer tile roof & appliances. This residence enjoys a private setting with paver drive, fenced yard & caged saltwater pool. $1,000,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #329471 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Enjoy partial bay views from this 3BR home with pool & boat dock. $999,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #294178 BIRD KEY GARDEN HOME. This beautifully renovated residence features 3BRs, 2-car garage, open pool & tropical yard. Situated on a 15,000+ sq.-ft. lot. $996,000. Deborah Nelson, 951-6660 or 266-5900. #314558 COREYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LANDING - LONGBOAT KEY. Privately set behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Light, bright & open family room with soaring ceilings, many upgrades & built-ins, & master suite overlooking spa & heated pool. $995,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #285584 ISLANDER CLUB. Direct Gulf views extend endlessly from every room of this beautifully renovated, spacious residence. Situated perfectly on Longboat key near shopping & dining. $950,000. Deborah Nelson, 951-6660 or 266-5900. #315192 ISLANDS WEST. This beachfront two-bedroom, 11th floor residence is freshly painted and newly carpeted. $949,900. Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 313-5500. #306492 BEACHPLACE. Largest 2BR with Gulf views, light & bright interior, under-building parking & good rental history. $895,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #298682 BEACHPLACE. First floor walk-down to the beach. Enjoy Gulf views over a large pond with fountain. Turnkey furnished & ready for you. $849,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #324763 PRISTINE BEACHPLACE. This 2BR offers sparkling Gulf water views & heated pool & spa in a fully secured complex. $839,900. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #317242 DEEDED BOAT DOCK. Fairway Bay townhouse with deeded boat dock, 3-car garage, pool & beach club. $799,000. Donna Stewart, 383-7591 or 993-3635. #305165 BEACH CASTLE. This Gulf & bayside complex allows daily rental and has a Key West-style tropical feel. Amenities include a heated pool and hot tub, community day dock, fishing pier and private beach. $795,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447 or 780-4016. #300390 THE CASTILLIAN. Direct Gulf-front, furnished residence. This complex has been recently renovated & features a new brick entrance. Enjoy tennis, pool & BBQ area in a secured community. $795,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #308449 LONGBOAT KEY. This canal-front 2BR pool home is updated throughout & turnkey furnished. Enjoy deeded beach access & boat dock. Great rental history. $789,000. Maria Beck & Rose Alstrom, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #323906 LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWER. This remarkable Gulf-front unit enjoys million dollar views from the updated kitchen, living & dining rooms, master suite & 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; terrace. $775,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #313990 GULF VIEWS & BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS from this immaculate 2BR split plan home. Upgrades include stainless steel appliances & Bosch washer & dryer. $775,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #329857 ISLANDS WEST. A view to relax by from all rooms. Updated decor & appliances offer you everything you have dreamed of in the lovely, updated Islands West community. $749,000. Donna Maloof, 383-7591. #322784 PRIVATEER SOUTH - BEHIND THE GATES. Totally renovated 2BR beachfront residence with stunning bay & city skyline views & partial Gulf vistas. Live on the beach. $749,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #309355

ON THE BEACH. Gulf views & gorgeous sunsets from your 27â&#x20AC;&#x2122; balcony. Renovated & designer furnished 2BR on south Longboat Key. Enjoy private access to Colony Beach & Tennis next door. $749,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #316425 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Best value in this well maintained home in a very desirable neighborhood. Features a lovely pool & screened lanai. Original owner has taken loving care. $739,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #299239 AQUARIUS BY THE SEA. Great sunset & beach views from this large, furnished 2BR with 27â&#x20AC;&#x2122; balcony & travertine floors. Ideal south key location close to the Colony for dinner at sunset. $709,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #296012 BUTTONWOOD COVE. Magnificent bay views from this 2BR, bright, designer decorated & furnished condominium with Florida room. Enjoy your own boat dock, a heated pool, tennis & more. $694,900. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #307762 ISLANDER CLUB. Set in a beachfront complex, this turnkey furnished unit features 2BRs, many upgrades, a large terrace & great amenities. $650,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #315832

BELCASTELLO - THE ULTIMATE VENETIAN GULF-FRONT ESTATE. Old World sophistication, casual Florida living & sweeping Gulf views. Top quality & attention to detail. Pool, boatdock & loggia/summer kitchen. Adjoining buildable waterfront lot with dock also available. A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Estates listing. $13,500,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #292439



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SPACIOUS MEADOWS HOME. Enjoy the fabulous views of lake & golf course from this custom residence featuring many desirable details, 3BRs, den, family room, new pool & spa. $589,000. Betty C. Poma, 388-4447 or 587-5233. #329882

PRIVATE GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE. Quiet & serene, a long, winding drive leads to this 5,000+ SIESTA CANAL-FRONT. Located on one of Siesta Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prettiest streets, this canal-front, Key Westsq.-ft., 5BR home with game room, family room, pool & double dock. $3,395,000. Susan McLeod, style home offers all the upgrades for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buyer. True 5BR with office or 6th BR. $1,575,000. Dana Westmark & Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 356-5091. #328477 388-4447 or 951-2541. #295805

LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Terrific opportunity to own a piece of Longboat Key. This condominium has been meticulously cared for & enjoys superb water views. $349,000. Ryan Roslansky, 9516660 or 448-4013. #299214

% 3 3 s 7 7 7 - ) # ( ! % , 3 ! 5 . $ % 2 3  # / BEACH-TO-BAY BEAUTY. This 3BR furnished condominium on Longboat Key features high ceilings & many upgrades. Private beach, community dock, pool & tennis. Pets welcome. $649,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #326749 CASA DEL MAR. Multiple 2BR units available at this popular Gulf-front resort with onsite rental office. Offers buyersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vacation getaways & short term year-round rental income. $649,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #310383 COVERT III. Full bay views across expansive lawn from this wonderful 1st floor unit in a small Gulf-to-bay complex. Offers boat dock, pool, tennis, private beach & short-term rental income. $589,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #304900 ISLANDER CLUB. Great value for Longboat Key. Reduced over $100K. Features an updated kitchen, expansive lanai & on-site resident manager. Furniture negotiable. $585,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #327288 WINDWARD BAY. This beautiful 2BR condominium radiates remarkable quality. New floor-toceiling, solar cooled high-impact hurricane windows, newer kitchen & wonderful bay views. $549,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #321617

LONGBOAT KEY ESTATE. The ultimate gated beachfront estate located on a 2-acre lushly landscaped property with 150â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of sugar white sand beach. A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Estates listing. $7,450,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #316433


INN ON THE BEACH. Set in a premier community, this club suite offers garden views & a recently renovated kitchen. $439,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #304579 CEDARâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EAST. Large townhome with high ceilings in an outstanding resort community. This upgraded unit has been beautifully decorated & has income potential. $425,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #295811 LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Cozy, turnkey furnished one-BR unit with full bay views. Escape to this 1st floor walk-out & enjoy swimming, boating, the beach & tennis. $395,000. Beverly Rabalais, 388-4447 or 320-8935. #305298 LONGBOAT BEACHCOMBER. Spectacular one-BR condominium in a beachfront building. Extensively renovated. Heated pool. $385,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #327595 LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Canal-front 2BR condominium. This complex offers beach, clubhouse, 4 pools, tennis & boat docks. This is Longboat Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best kept secret. $375,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #325154 Sarasota Mainland


CHEROKEE PARK mainland estate set on 1+ acre of bayfront with oak-treed gardens. 5BR suites and office. Expansive loggia/pool overlooks wide sunsets & beautifully manicured grounds. $6,950,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #326517 THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON. A spacious Ritz-Carlton managed residence with an inviting floor plan offering unique views of the city skyline and Sarasota Bay. $1,995,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #290719 OAKS BAYSIDE. Gracious old-world elegance for entertaining & family living. Superb architectural details, pool & spa. $1,595,000. Jonathan Winer, 383-7591 or 400-8936. #319698 UNIQUE 4.9 ACRES located on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Estate Row.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Remodel or build your dream home on this private lot. Close to excellent schools, shops & I-75 with no deed restrictions. $1,275,000. Lisa Gullick, 388-4447 or 321-6973. #317839 WHITFIELD ESTATES. Historic Spanish Mediterranean West of the Trail home designed & lived in by Ralph Twitchell. Private lush setting on a large lot with boat dock & guesthouse. $899,000. Lee Dillon, 383-3759. #310732 EXPANSIVE, FULL BAY VIEWS in this luxury corner unit in a new downtown building with wonderful amenities. Enjoy many upgrades in this remarkable community. $849,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #321131 DIRECT BAYFRONT PENTHOUSE IN DOWNTOWN SARASOTA. Totally remodeled with magazinequality decor, maple floors & remote shades. Within walking distance to the best restaurants & the vibrant downtown lifestyle. $839,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #330016 RIVERVIEW MANOR. Set on boating water with dock permit in process, this 3BR home boasts luxury interior touches on a beautiful lot. $749,000. Jonathan Winer, 383-7591 or 400-8936. #329574 SUNSET TOWER INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY. Excellent opportunity to acquire a beautifully upgraded, downtown 2BR condominium with bay views. Enjoy tenant income through Nov. 2007. $699,000. Steve Davis, 966-8000 or 356-1143. #329715 DEER CREEK. Beautiful 4BR pool home on an expansive preserve lot. Enjoy nearly 2,800 sq. ft. of quality & style in a popular Palmer Ranch community. $655,000. Wayne and Penny Sanders, 966-8000 or 923-5895. #328586

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KENWOOD PARK. Spectacular home with over 2,400 sq. ft., upgrades, 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122; volume & tray ceilings, crown molding throughout & much more. $625,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #329703 RIVENDELL. Lush landscaping surrounds this 4BR, 3-car garage home with private garden & preserve views. Located in a wonderful community close to all amenities. $524,900. Linda Bastian & Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 321-6203. #329937 DEER CREEK. Gorgeous 3BR, 3-car garage pool home has been recently redone with granite, stainless appliances, plantation shutters & more. $522,500. Wayne and Penny Sanders, 966-8000 or 923-5895. #329358 FLORENCE. Great 4BR West of Trail home in excellent condition. Set on a 15,551 sq.-ft. lot with a southern exposure & a wonderful open floor plan. $499,900. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #329697 WEST OF THE TRAIL. This 1920s 3BR bungalow is graced with a screened front porch & butterfly garden. Enter to pine floors, a gas fireplace, gas range, large kitchen & spacious master suite. $495,000. Pat Mudgett, 951-6660 or 320-7758. #328873 BENEVA WOODS. Spacious, well-maintained family home overlooking a tranquil bird sanctuary. Features 3BR suites, living room with vaulted ceilings, wood-burning fireplace & caged pool. $419,000. Ellen Wells, 349-3444 or 544-4849. #330007 GULF GATE EAST. Light & bright 3BR home with a large master suite, open kitchen, vaulted ceilings & fireplace in the great room looking out to the private caged pool. $389,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #316345 COTTAGES OF RIVENDELL. This lovely 3BR home offers maintenance-free living in a charming community. Neutral colors & new carpet. Close to shopping, beaches & Pine View School. $369,000. Gretchen Snowe Bly, 966-8000 or 228-5801. #326474 UNIVERSITY PLACE. This 2-year-old 2BR home features a great room plan, many custom touches, a den & large eat-in kitchen with oak cabinetry. $349,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #330068 NEW SARASOTA HOME with no expense spared in upgrades including granite counters in the kitchen, porcelain tile flooring & almost 1,700 sq. ft. $294,500. Sergei Sokolov, 388-4447 or 323-2585. #330049 PALM-AIRE. Enjoy sunny days & southeast exposure from this 1st floor, 2BR corner condominium. Recently renovated with new kitchen & flooring. $254,900. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #324480 Siesta Key


CITY SKYLINE VIEWS. Graciously set on one of North Siestaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most handsome streets, this home accommodates family living with great style. A generous lawn, private dock, large pool & outdoor living areas are ideal. $5,295,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie & Linda Roe Dickinson, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #327685 EXTRAORDINARY BAYFRONT ESTATE. Over 9,600 sq. ft. of total elegance with every conceivable amenity. Enjoy deep bay views from this Mediterranean showplace. Price is for as-is lot; including plans & permits for construction to be completed in 2007. A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Estates listing. $4,490,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #304039 SOUTH SIESTA KEY BAYFRONT. This direct bayfront home boasts 3 levels of living area, an elevator, gated entry, 200â&#x20AC;&#x2122; boat dock & wonderful amenities. Set on 19,000 sq. ft. of land. $3,495,000. Joyce Naegele, 349-3444 or 586-7959. #321403 BEAUTIFULLY BUILT BEACH HOUSE across from Crescent Beach with Gulf & sunset views. This brand new residence features elegant architectural details, 3BRs, elevator & very private pool terrace. $1,425,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #309890 SIESTA ISLES. Imagine the possibilities with this canal-front in Siesta Isles. This one-owner home is solidly built with 85â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of waterfront. Southern exposure & old oaks add to this incredible location. $995,000. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #295581 ISLAND REEF. Enjoy the quiet side of Siesta Key at Island Reef. Pleasant views of the bay, beach, boat docks & tennis. $519,000. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #330034 WHISPERING SANDS. Remodeled, bright & open corner unit in a socially active 55+ complex with 2 pools, clubhouse & private beach. $379,000. Raul Elizalde, 349-3444 or 350-7904. #329935 Casey Key


GULF-TO-BAY BEAUTY in a highly preferred location among Casey Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest estates. 4,250 sq. ft. plantation-style home on 1.6 acres directly on the beach. Features a tennis court & covered dock. $7,200,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #318835 MAGNIFICENT GULF-TO-BAY ESTATE. Unique 3.1-acre site offers room for large home, guesthouse and tennis court. 130-/+ feet beachfront plus peninsula with 350-/+ feet on the bay. $6,990,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #301312 CASEY KEY GULF FRONT. Fabulous views & wide sandy beach. This deep lot offers privacy & space. Over 5,400 sq. ft., 4/5BRs, Gulfside pool/spa, & walled & gated entry. $3,950,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #327326



The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

HaPPy THanKsgIvIng Gorgeous unobstructed bayfront views from this Queens Harbour home Located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, this 4495 sq. ft., four bedroom home has it all...grand foyer, cook’s kitchen with granite counters and beautiful cherry cabinets, separate dining room, two master suites both with bay views and private boat dockage. Visit for a virtual tour


Gorgeous unobstructed Bay and City views from this Country Club Shores home on Longboat Key very special and unique direct bayfront home in Country Club shores. grand master suite, walls of glass in main living area, deep-water dockage and a private pool right on the bay. Visit for a virtual tour


Gorgeous open views of the gulf, beach, bay and sunsets from two terraces Fabulous Water Club brighton floor plan that is a true 3 bedroom with 10ft. ceilings, wonderful appointments throughout, crown moldings, wood and stone floors, wet bar and security shutters on all windows. The master suite has beach views, private balcony, den and his & hers master bath. Visit for a virtual tour


Really beautiful Bayport Condominium Stunning remodel in The Promenade with full unobstructed beach views with views of the gazebo, gulf and beach

Secret, English garden home only a four minute walk to a beautiful white sand beach

Beautiful seaside style home in Longboat Key’s Conrad Beach

Wow! This furnished condominium is so beautifully redone and has the most gorgeous full beach, gulf and sunset views. Cook out on your own private deck, walk miles of white sand beach, swim in the huge community pool, play tennis or view the bay from the Bayport pier. Truly the Florida lifestyle.

1600 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, split plan condominium sold beautifully turnkey furnished by Robb & stucky with really beautiful views of the beach. The master bedroom has two walk-in closets and a beautiful master bath with spa tub.

With the feel of an English cottage inside and out this pool home is so pretty, with flowers, plants and fountains everywhere. Beautifully furnished interiors with painted beam ceilings.

Only a short walk to a white sand beach this home makes the perfect beach getaway or full time residence. The home includes a crow’s nest with 360 degree water views, Zen garden, hardwood floors and five outdoor living spaces.

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Direct bayfront lot with expansive unobstructed bay views Beach! Beach! Beach! This is a boater’s paradise! Silver Sands condominium turnkey furnished with beautiful tropical furnishings and décor Club Bamboo studio condominium




Lot includes a deeded deep water boat slip just steps away, incredible sunsets, gorgeous bay views all situated in a small gated enclave of beautiful custom homes and 5 minutes away from a white sugar sand beach. Custom home plans included. $949,000 Really beautiful studio condominium with full gulf, sunset and beach views. Located on the first floor you can walk right out the door to your own private patio overlooking miles of white sand beach. Income producing flexible rental program. $499,900 196’ of deep-water, seawall frontage within the Bay Isles Harbor section of Longboat Key. 4000 sq ft home with 2 master suites, 2 fireplaces, office, multiple patios, pool, spa, boat lift, dock, deeded beach access and water views. $2,175,000 nightly rentals and an on-site rental office help make this a great income producer or use as an extra bedroom for the grandchildren. see glorious sunsets, walk miles of white sand beach or enjoy any of the other resort amenities. $459,000 This turnkey studio, Club Bamboo condominium is just steps to the gulf of Mexico and miles of white sand beach. new modern décor with a tropical flair makes this income producing condo a very desirable find. $319,000

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BOWMAN from page 3A erences to Arbour, his longtime hockey colleague and friend. “It’s nice to be able to come here and see some old friends,” Bowman said. And, for more than an hour, Bowman took the crowd through his successful career in hockey. Born in Montreal, Bowman played minor-league hockey until a head injury ended his playing career. With a love of the game too strong to ignore, he began coaching in the Quebec Junior Hockey League in 1956. Two years later, his team won the Memorial Cup. After taking a coaching position with the Peterborough Petes, a Montreal Canadiens farm team, Bowman took the step into the National Hockey League in 1966 as the first head coach of the new expansion team, St. Louis Blues.

LEGENDARY STATS • Most successful coach in the history of the National Hockey League with nine Stanley Cup Championships: Montreal Canadiens (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979); Pittsburgh Penguins (1992) and Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998 and 2002). • All-time NHL coaching record for regular season victories (1,244) • Most playoff wins (223) • Most combined wins (1,467) • Most regular-season games coached (2,141) • Most All-Star Games coached (13) • Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (1991); Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1999); Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (2000); Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2001); Jack Adams Award for Outstanding Coach (1977, 1996) and the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States (2001)

Bowman coached the Blues to three Stanley Cup finals in his first three seasons behind the bench of the new franchise. At the end of the 1970-71 season, Bowman left the Blues in the capable hands of his star defenseman, Al Arbour. (Arbour went on to capture eight Stanley Cup Championships, four as a player and four as a coach.) In 1971, Bowman took over as head coach of his hometown Montreal Canadiens. With the Canadiens, Bowman led the franchise to five Stanley Cup Championships and six division titles in eight years. His 1976-77 team still holds the NHL record for fewest losses (8) in a single season of 70 or more games played. In the ’80s, Bowman left Montreal to become the new general manager and head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. He remained there for seven seasons. Having less success in Buffalo, Bowman left the bench in 1987 to become an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada. He returned to coaching with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 1991-92 and 199293 seasons, earning another Stanley Cup championship in 1992. Prior to that, when he was working as Pittsburgh’s director of Player Development and Recruitment, he won another championship. After winning the 1992 Stanley Cup, his sixth, the Penguins were upset in the 1993 playoffs by the Al Arbour-coached New York Islanders. Bowman’s final stop was with the Detroit Red Wings. He coached the team to three Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002, the year he announced his retirement after 30 seasons in the NHL. Admittedly not always the easiest coach to play for, Bowman brought a demanding and rigorous approach to the game. He spoke at length about running a good practice and measuring a man’s dedication to the sport by the way he approached practices. Of the many stories written about Bowman’s style, a recurring theme is that

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Scotty Bowman, the Rev. Edward Pick, former vice president of sports for CTV in Toronto and Longboat Key resident John Esaw, Al Arbour and Peoria Chiefs owner and Longboat Key resident Pete Vonachen

St. Mary’s Mens’ Club members Tom Piasta, Don Malinowski and Jack Padden enjoy some quality sports talk before the evening’s program begins. many of his players disliked him for 364 days, but liked him a great deal on the day they picked up their Stanley Cup rings. Men’s Club members and guests peppered Bowman with questions about his coaching days and his thoughts on the modern game. There were too many

questions and not enough time. Bowman, though, stayed for pictures and autographs, speaking with his many fans. “I’ve had a great life in hockey,” Bowman said. “It’s been a wonderful career.”

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

also be registered in her name. Check reveals subject’s license was expired as well. Officer issues citations for no registration and driving with a suspended license. 11:11 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Security Check/Business. While conducting security business checks, officer finds an unlocked door. Everything appeared to be in order and key holder arrives and admits to forgetting to lock the door.

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9:47 a.m. — 400 block of L’Ambiance Drive. Public Service. Complainant tells officer that she had numerous transactions on her bank statement that were not hers. Apparently, an unknown person had used her account for fraudulent transactions. It was determined that the bank, being the victim, would report the incident. 10:12 a.m. — 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Fire/Vehicle. Officer responds to a report of a vehicle fire. Subject tells officer that his 1997 Ford van’s rear left-wheel cylinder catch on fire. The fire was put out prior to the officer’s arrival. 10:49 a.m. — 700 block of Longboat Club Road. Assist Other Agency. Police were called to assist Longboat Key Code Enforcement at a residence. Code officer was onsite to replace a stop-work order on a condo. While there, officers could hear loud banging from inside the unit, then observed two subjects taking construction trash from the unit in shopping carts. One subject became verbally abusive to the code officer in the presence of the police. The stop-work order was left on the door of the condo unit.

7:08 a.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Juvenile/Acts From-Runaway. Officer responds to a call of two missing/ runaway juveniles. Upon arrival, officer locates the runaways and transports them to the Longboat Key Police Station. Parents were called and subjects were picked up. 12:01 p.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Larceny/Residence. Complainant tells officer that an unknown person has been staying in her unit without permission. Complainant states she is missing some of her property from the unit and the person has left some items there that do not belong to her. Officer and evidence technician go to unit and gather information. 12:44 p.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Property/Found. Condo maintenance person tells officer he found a wallet at the beach access. Wallet is turned over. No further action. 2:57 p.m. — 4300 block of GMD. Fire/ Misc. Officer responds to call with Fire Station No. 1 in reference to smell of smoke in the elevator. Nothing is found.

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9:55 a.m. — 6000 block of GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer stops vehicle for an expired tag. Subject informs officer she purchased the vehicle a month ago from a friend and had no idea the tag had expired. Vehicle was not insured, but subject informed officer it would be and would

5:55 a.m. — 500 block of Gulf Bay Boulevard. Security Check/Business. Officer responds to call about an open door at a business. Officer finds door open and no one inside or no sign of forced entry. Building is secured. 8:06 a.m. — 1600 block of GMD. Traf-

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fic/Violation. Officer checks vehicle heading north on GMD and discovers the driver’s license has been suspended for failure to pay a financial obligation. Citation is written and vehicle was left to be picked up later in the day. 1:33 p.m. — 4400 block of Exeter Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. Complainant reports receiving harassing phone calls from U.S. Census Bureau. Complainant told officer the person on the phone told her she was required to supply answers to the questions asked, but was afraid to refuse. Written statement is taken and copy of procedures for handling harassing phone calls was given to her. 3:13 p.m. — 1700 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer stops vehicle for having only one headlight. Check reveals suspended license. Driver is written citation and vehicle is released to a co-worker of the driver.

Nov. 18

10:48 p.m. — 100 block of GMD. Narcotics/Violation. Officer drives into Overlook Park to begin closing it for the night, when he observes three male subjects huddled together. When officer shines cruiser spotlight on the subjects, they turned away and walked toward the water. Two subjects immediately put their hands in their pockets and one folded his arms. Officer has subjects sit together on a bench. They are all acting nervous. Officer calls for backup. Officer explained how the odd behavior looked to him and asked the subjects if they were concealing drugs. All three denied possession. Upon frisking down one male, a glass marijuana pipe is found. The second subject was clean and the third subject had two grams of marijuana in a cigarette pack. Two of the three subjects were issued misdemeanor notices to appear.

Nov. 19

2:11 a.m. — 6900 block of GMD. Tress-

FROM THE ARCHIVES The following incident was published in the Nov. 25, 1999 issue of The Longboat Observer. 2:42 a.m. — 100 block of Sands Point Road. Domestic Violence. A 70-year-old woman is arrested for allegedly “karate chopping” her 89-year-old boyfriend for about two hours. Victim said woman also threw a metal vase at him.

passing. Officer observes two vehicles drive into a condo parking lot. Four subjects exit the vehicles and move to the pool. Vehicle checks showed neither vehicle belongs at the complex. One subject said he had been there before, he knew the pool was heated and he just wanted to swim with the girls. Officer issues trespass warnings. 3:34 a.m. — 500 block of GMD. Traffic/Reckless Driving. Officer observes a black Mitsubishi traveling 84 mph southward on GMD. Officer activates siren and lights, but driver does not pull over for more than a mile afterward. Driver tells officer she had a panic attack and admitted to speeding. She was supposed to be home by 2:30 a.m. to meet her boyfriend, but was late because she was out with another male acquaintance. Subject receives a mandatory court appearance as well as a citation for failure to yield. 1:21 p.m. — 500 block of Yardarm Lane. Suspicious Circumstance. While patrolling the Country Club Shores neighborhoods, officer observes a blue van stopping at houses along the street and opening mailboxes. Officer stops the van and inquires what the subject was doing. Subject tells officer he is putting his business cards in the mailboxes. Officer tells him he cannot do this. Subject apologizes and leaves the area.

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advertising on Mattisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catering truck as a portable sign, by definition of the code. Under that designation, signs that are affixed to vehicles and parked so as to be observed by passersby within 1,000 feet of the business so advertised and parked longer than one hour in a 24hour period shall be a considered a portable sign. Mattison kept moving the truck. Fowler discussed the matter with Town Attorney David Persson, who interpreted Mattisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truck advertising as under the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vehicle Identification Signâ&#x20AC;? category, clearing Mattison of any violation. Spoll believed that Mattison, along with a few other businesses on the Key, were taking advantage of vehicle signage, using it for additional advertising. Spoll raised the issue at the Sept. 11 Town Commission meeting, during which the commission directed the Planning & Zoning Board to investigate the issue. At the direction of the P&Z Board, Town Planner Ric Hartman presented information to the board Sept. 19 about how other municipalities handle commercial-vehicle parking. Hartman explained that in his research on the issue of â&#x20AC;&#x153;location of the vehicle,â&#x20AC;? most municipalities did not restrict parking during off-hours, as long as the vehicle that was parked (service or delivery vehicle) for the business was part of the business. He also noted that some municipalities that did regulate made these vehicles park in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;least conspicuous spotâ&#x20AC;? of the lot. After a lengthy discussion, the majority of the board felt that the issue of signs on commercial vehicles was, indeed, not an issue at the time, and sent that advice back to the Town Commission. At the Oct. 9 commission meeting, Spoll commented on P&Zâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conclusion, saying the sign code language was not clear enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mattison puts his truck at the end of Bay Isles point,â&#x20AC;? Spoll said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Andrew Hlywa does it at Whitney Beach. On a business property, there should be a designated spot to park a vehicle so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in violation. It should not be used as a billboard.â&#x20AC;? Spoll then proposed that if the commission agreed, the town attorney draft an ordinance amending the original wording that â&#x20AC;&#x153;rights the abuse of the ordinanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent.â&#x20AC;? The commission gave consensus and the working draft was constructed (see sidebar). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The commission is not bound to the P&Z Board,â&#x20AC;? said Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. Word of the proposed ordinance has rankled other restaurateurs and business owners on the island as well. They believe the ordinance is a step backward in what lately appeared to be a more positive approach to commerce on the Key. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand why they would do this if they

A sign affixed to the vehicle advertising the business of the owner of the vehicle. If the vehicle has more than two (2) 2 x 3 foot signs attached to it, and the vehicle is parked longer than one hour within a 24-hour period and within 1,500 feet of the business that the sign or signs advertise, the vehicle shall be deemed a Portable Sign. It shall not be deemed to be a portable sign, however, if the vehicle is parked in a parking space least visible from the public rights-of-way. If at any time the owner of the business wishes to have a proposed off-street parking space approved using the criteria of this definition, the owner may file a request for such designation with the Code Enforcement Board.

are encouraging businesses to stay on the island,â&#x20AC;? said Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce President Gail Loefgren. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the age-old problem Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been encountering for the last 13 years: encouraging business, but restricting it at the same time. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it both ways.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am more pro-business than any other member of the commission,â&#x20AC;? Spoll countered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am the same guy pushing for the EDC [Economic Development Council].â&#x20AC;? Yet, Lynn Christensen, co-owner of Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Continental Kitchens, was bothered by the perceived size of the problem, or lack thereof. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write an ordinance just because it angered a bunch of people in a certain area,â&#x20AC;? she said. Pattigeorgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner Tommy Klauber was confused by the need for an ordinance calling for specific parking for a commercial vehicle on a commercial, privately owned lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is ridiculous,â&#x20AC;? Klauber said. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing commercial business here. Should I put the truck on a barge and drag it out back onto the bay each night? If it was his (Spollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) business, would he feel differently?â&#x20AC;? Whitney Beach Plaza owner Andrew Hlywa was just angry at what he felt was a non-issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can a commissioner spend our money to do this?â&#x20AC;? Hlywa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to kill this thing.â&#x20AC;? Contacted after the Nov. 20 P&Z meeting, Spoll said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The intent of the change is not to use the vehicles as billboards. It should be available to everyone or no one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mattison or anyone else should have the right to park his vehicle on his own property, but with consideration for his neighbors,â&#x20AC;? he said. The Town Commission will discuss the draft to amend Section 156.100 (Sign Code) of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Code of Ordinances at its Dec. 21 workshop. The workshop is open to the public. Through it all, Mattison managed to see opportunity in the proposed ordinance, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we can do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have to be 1,500 feet from your business, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll park my truck at Pattigeorgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Tommy [Klauber] can park his truck at my place, etc. â&#x20AC;Ś Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all do it!â&#x20AC;?

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

FROM THE PULPIT by the Rev. Eric P. Wogen

Be thankful for blessings As another National Day of Thanksgiving is observed in our country, many will put pen to paper, fingers to keyboards, voices to microphones to offer commentary and words of wisdom for all to ponder. Well aware that what I offer will pale in comparison to such lofty pronouncements, I humbly share in this modest space some words from holy scripture that I pray will not get lost amidst my tendency to over indulge in all the tasty treats that have become part of this annual tradition of returning thanks. Those words are simple, but telling, and very much to the point. Tucked in Chapter Eight of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy are these “memorable” words: Bless the Lord your God and take care that you do not forget him. Take care that you do not forget him. Forgetting the Lord is not that hard to do, is it? When things are going well, and even when they are not, how easy it is to get carried away with ourselves, with our accomplishments, with our successes. We quickly pat ourselves on the back for our keen vision, for our industriousness, for our hard work, for all we achieve or acquire. We can quickly fall prey to precisely what the warning from Deuteronomy presents — forgetting God. Abundance, excess, having more than we really need often leads to blurred vision, to feelings of self-righteousness, to over-confidence, to relying far too much on our own efforts and for too little on the goodness of God. Remembering God, for me, is central to what this and every Thanksgiving Day is all about. Remembering God’s unending goodness leads to a desire, a need to return thanks. Affirming the goodness of God connects me to

The Rev. Eric Wogen is pastor at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church.


Luigi Astuto

Keith Arnold Krinsk Keith Arnold Krinsk, 84, of Longboat Key, died Nov. 12 in Sarasota. Born May 29, 1922 in Salem, Mass., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Krinsk served as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He moved to New York and became president of Holland House Brands, a division of National Distillers. He is survived by his wife, Sara; three children, Jeffrey, Leslie and Susan Eagle; and one grandson. Graveside services were held at the Bushnell V.A. Memorial Park in Bushnell, followed by a reception at the Colony Beach Club. Memorial donations should be made to Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key or the Alzheimer’s Association.

All Angels by the Sea The Episcopal Church on Longboat Key

the blessings I’ve received from the one who has given me life and everything else I call “mine.” Sometimes I need to stop and recall that the most basic blessings of God are those that really matter most. Much of the stuff I’ve accumulated through the years cannot begin to compare with the joys of a plaque I was recently given that identifies the real Seven Wonders of the World. That plaque, which now hangs in my office, captures a child’s view of what’s really important in this life — namely, being able: 1. To touch 2. To taste 3. To see 4. To hear 5. To run 6. To laugh 7. To love While some of the above are not as easy for me as they once were, No. 7 is always a possibility – and for that, I give thanks to God. The blessings of our gracious God are, indeed, all around us, my friends. As we observe Thanksgiving Day, I encourage you to pause to remember how the goodness of God has touched your life. And, of course, don’t forget to return thanks to the Lord God Almighty for all his gifts. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bayfront Christian Fellowship, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Service 10 a.m. Sunday at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Summer Bible study and Communion. The Rev. Terry Wise, Ph.D., is the pastor. 358-8264. Christ Church of Longboat Key Presbyterian USA, holds service at 10 a.m. Sundays, at the Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Drive. Nursery available. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833.

St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Nursery available. Traditional service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor. 3831255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will hold Sabbath services Friday evening at 8 p.m. and will continue Saturday morning services at 10 a.m. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will conduct the services. 383-3428.

Luigi Astuto, 70, died Nov. 16. Born Jan. 13, 1936 in Castrofilippo, Italy, he moved to Longboat Key nine years ago from Staten Island, N.Y. In New York, Astuto owned an upholstery business. He was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Maria; a son, Carmine, of Longboat Key; a daughter, Rita Giordano, of Longboat Key; a brother, Paul, of Rome; and two granddaughters. A visitation was held Nov. 17 at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel. A liturgy will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Entombment will follow in Sarasota Memorial Park. Memorial contributions can be sent to St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228.

Saturday: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

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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. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161.

Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Adult study discussion is at 9 a.m. and traditional service at 10 a.m. Sundays. Nursery available. 383-6491. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is the pastor.

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rad Beach with a modern flair and only a short walk to a white sand beach. Home includes; a fabulous crow’s nest with 360 degree views of Gulf, Bay and sunsets, a Zen garden with fountain and five outdoor living spaces. 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 Half Bath MLS: 330966 $1,195,000 Hannerle Moore

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LONGBOAT KEY This is a boater’s paradise! 196’ of deepwater, seawall frontage within one of the finest and most prestigious communities in Longboat Key and Sarasota. Nearly 4,000 sq. ft., this home embodies the perfect Florida lifestyle with two master suites, private guest suite, fireplaces in living and family rooms, office, multiple patios all overlooking a large pool, spa and beautiful expansive water views. 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 1 Half Bath MLS: 330154 $2,175,000 Hannerle Moore

LONGBOAT KEY This stunning bay front town home has it all! Fantastic Gulf and Bay views, private boat dock and lift, beautiful hardwood and slate floors from Floors by Design.The cooks dream kitchen boasts Lube Fine Italian cabinetry, granite counters, under counter lighting, and top of the line stainless steel appliances. 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms MLS: 293159 & 293053 $1,599,000 Kassandra Hugill & Matt Schulz


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One of Karen Case’s most recent creations is also one of her best. The potter, who is partial to teapots, just finished a teapot called, “Yellow Rose Crackle Teapot.” The pot was fired in a raku kiln on a cloudy, windy day, which resulted in one of the best crackle finishes she has ever seen.


hen her neighbor rushed up, her arm outstretched, Karen Case had no idea she was about to discover an activity that would help her cope with her recent diagnosis of breast cancer. That was 10 years ago. Carol Fox was excitedly showing Case the bracelet she had just created in her jewelry class at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The delicate-looking bracelet with interlocking silver rings sparked an idea in Case’s head, and after hearing what a great time Fox had in the jewelry class, Case decided to go to the Arts Center on a quest to find her own hobby. She approached the receptionist and told her that she liked to garden in the summer and asked what her suggestion would be in terms of a class to take. The receptionist simply pointed to the pottery studio and said, “If you don’t like it, come back and we’ll try something else.” Case hasn’t left the pottery department since. The former tax attorney from Milwaukee got her wake-up call during a trial in 1995. Case asked the judge for a continuance on the case, and he, knowing about her breast cancer diagnosis the previous year, said, “I don’t have any guarantee that you’ll be here

UP CLOSE Mixing it up Case’s artwork is not only creative but functional as well. Along with teapots, she makes baskets good for displaying breads and vases that are perfect for fresh flowers. She said her vases are somewhat different from the norm because of her history as a gardener. “I always have a vase with a handle because when you’re cutting flowers in the garden, you need to be able to carry it out there,” Case said. A local following Case and three other artists currently have an exhibit called “Blue House Redux” in the Glenn Gallery, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. in six months.” Case decided the judge was right, and that’s what sparked her move to Longboat Key after retiring. After a routine check-up a year after her initial diagnosis with breast cancer in 1994, atypical cells were found in her breast. Although these cells don’t always turn into cancer, Case was adamant that a bi-lateral mastectomy be performed to ensure her future health. Three different doctors declared Case healthy, and a mammogram came up with no alarming results. Still, Case felt she knew what the best decision for her body was. And she was right. After the procedure, Case’s

When Case was setting up for the show in early November, she was putting a red-colored teapot underneath a similar-toned painting, and Jeanne Chinnis, the painting’s artist, said she didn’t like the placement. Case told her she had another teapot in the car that would be perfect in the spot. After Case put a jade hued teapot in its place, a gentleman who had ridden to the Arts Center on his bicycle entered the room. He strolled up to the green pot, looked at it and asked how much it was. After throwing a pencil in it, he said he would take it. “I’m writing a book and I want to see something beautiful while I write,” he said of his newly acquired pencil holder.

plastic surgeon informed her that during the operation they had discovered she had stage 2 cancer in the other breast that had not previously been affected. “I feel so lucky to be here,” Case said. The surgeon told her sometimes women just have a sense about what’s best for their bodies; and that has applied to other aspects of Case’s life. Her passion for pottery has certainly been an intuitive process. Not only has she discovered something she loves to do, but in a difficult time in her life, she discovered an activity that could keep her mind off worrisome thoughts that found their way

into her head. “The idea is to get lost in the clay,” Case said. “You are simply doing something and focusing on how you are doing the process. It was so wonderful while coming off of breast cancer. You rid yourself of all those thoughts and it teaches you to do that, to make those thoughts go away, even when you’re not working with clay.” Hand building is Case’s therapy of choice, due to wear and tear on her hands after years of gardening. Wheel throwing as a pottery technique was not an option. The objects Case most often sculpts are teapots, and most of

them are functional pieces of art. For her, the most surprising benefit of coming to the Arts Center was the level of friendship she found. “I was stunned at the friendship that is here, but that seems to be characteristic of this entire community,” she said. “And it’s true, deep friendship. You stay in contact with these people even when you’re not on Longboat.” And, teapots are representative of that friendship, Case said. “Teapots remind me of friendship, because they stick a cup of green tea in your hand as soon as you enter a house in China and then you sit and talk and sip tea,” Case said. Case will never abandon her pottery, but she’s now branching out to utilize all the Arts Center has to offer to ensure her skill and talent continue to grow. Her summer project was to create the perfect handle for a teapot that looked as if it has been buried for hundreds of years. To complete this effect, Case took a beginners jewelry class. There are now two finished copper teapot handles, hammered out and curved, that were made in the same type of class that sparked Case’s initial visit to the Arts Center. “This is home; there’s lot of happiness here,” she said.


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opening reception by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Arts Center kicks off season with soiree

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Carl Keeler, president of the Village of the Arts, and Sherren Baughman, president of Suncoast Watercolor Society

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Herman Kruegle, George Kelegher, Carol Kruegle and Marty Rosensweet The second annual kickoff party, marking the beginning of the season for the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, was held Saturday night. Attendance of people from all over the area was high; about 250 people came out in support of the Arts Center. Jennifer Glassmoyer, executive director of the Arts Center, said the goal of the night was to bring people who had not previously been there — recognition is an ongoing goal for this arts destination on Longboat Key. “We wanted to celebrate artists in the

Sarasota-Bradenton area tonight,” Glassmoyer said. “The sole purpose is to have a fun social gathering.” No price tags were in sight, although items could certainly be purchased later. People were there simply to meet likeminded people who are all in favor of supporting a local arts institution. The Arts Center currently has several exhibits set up, including the “All ThatGlitters” jewelry show in the Members Gallery. The jewelry is all made on site by local artists and makes perfect holiday gifts.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

dessert demo by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

‘Madman’ makes sweet treats for guild ladies Chef Ray Arpke has recently finished his cookbook titled, “You Don’t Have to be Crazy, But it Helps … The Rantings of a Madman.” The book, he told St. Mary’s Women’s Guild Nov. 14, has been a long time coming. He was originally approached by a cookbook writer when he was 28 years old to pen his recipes; at age 50, it’s finally been printed. “I’m just happy it’s done and in a finished form,” Arpke said. The guild invited Arpke to participate in a dessert demonstration they incorporated into their monthly meeting. About 100 people attended, which is quite a turnout for the group. They just might have been lulled by the promise of a taste of Arpke’s delicious panna cotta with an orange sauce, an Italian custard, which he showed the group how to make. He also prepared zabaglione, but samplings of that would have to come from the women’s own kitchens. “It takes me three or four tries to make something I’ve tasted without a recipe,” Arpke said. “But the panna cotta took a little longer. I discovered honey was the missing ingredient; it added that little bit of extra flavor that was needed.” Arpke was on hand after the demonstration to sign copies of his book for the ladies. While cooking, he told about his childhood, growing up the son of administrators of a mental hospital, which is

where the title of his book comes from. At the end of the meeting, red totes sitting at each table inscribed, “I’d rather be on Longboat Key,” were raffled off. Five gift certificates to The Market were hidden inside.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

DRIVE-IN by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

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Members meet at the movies Cars were swapped for golf carts at the drive-in movie on the green held Nov. 10 at the Longboat Key Club Islandside. The club and the Sarasota Film Festival, partners in the event, set up a giant movie screen on the club’s driving range; the feature film was “Prairie Home Companion.” The Longboat Key Club is the official club and resort of the Sarasota Film Festival. Before the 150 moviegoers drove up to the screen, they were treated to portable treats, which ventured outside the pop-

corn-and-soda movie norm. Chinese food and several dinner options were served in cartons in addition to a full dessert buffet and three kinds of freshly popped popcorn. Tables were set up outside for diners who wished to finish their meal before picking a prime spot in front of the screen. “This is the first event of this type we have hosted,” said Matt Walters, director of club sales. “We had a great turnout, and we’re looking forward to planning a similar event in the future.”

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

SECOND SERVING by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Club Longboat dishes up cookbook sequel The clubhouse at Club Longboat functions as more than just a meeting place for its owners. Through the year’s it has become the Mecca for sharing family recipes and stories with each other; the first culmination of which was printed in 1990 as the “First Serve” cookbook. Starting last spring, Club Longboat’s Cookbook Committee began work on a new cookbook filled with favorite reci-

pes, from friends and family members of owners, compiled since the last book was printed. The celebration of the printing of the “Second Serve” cookbooks took place Nov. 17 at the clubhouse. There are 400 recipes filling the book’s 200 pages. The cookbooks can be purchased for $20. All the proceeds will be donated to a local charity. “There are some really good cooks here,” Betty Rosenhaus said.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

Neighborhood 7A+

CRAFT WORK by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Spanish Main ladies showcase talents Handmade items by five women who live at Spanish Main Yacht Club were on display Saturday at the home of Sue Reese. Barbara Speed, Barbara Bishop, Linda Czech, Ruth Meyers and Reese hosted, for a second time, a day for women in the area to browse homemade items such as scarves, jewelry and note cards — all perfect Christmas gifts. Last year’s event was held for three days and had a steady flow of people, Reese said. This year, the morning was the busiest time of the day, as people came out to hunt for the perfect gift, either for others or themselves.

Reese, who makes jewelry, also hosts parties like this one in Reading, Pa., where she lives half the year. “I get jewelry on all my travels,” she said. “Everywhere I go I buy beads,” she said. The jewelry that was for sale had its roots all over the world, in places such as India, Italy and Taiwan. The spirit of the event showed in the merchandise. Each handmade piece was created from a certain idea or inspiration. “I try to never make the same thing twice,” Reese said. “It’s interesting to put unique things together.”

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

ALL ANGELS by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Sandpipers start up their season The monthly meetings of the Sandpipers, the men’s group of All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, have started up again. Twenty-five men attended the first meeting Nov. 14, to hear speaker Will Wardowski talk about his experience at an elder hostel in Lancaster, Pa. Wardowski and his wife learned about the Amish lifestyle while attending an intensive one-week course held at an elder hostel in the same town where the recent Amish murders took place. (Wardowski took his trip near Mother’s Day.) While there, Wardowski said they had Amish-Mennonite guest speakers who talked to the group about their lifestyle, which allows electricity but no modern

technologies such as television. One of the unexpected highlights during the course of the week was a trip to the quilt museum, which featured 82 old Amish quilts. The interesting part, he said, was that the quilts were all made with muted colors and few patterns because the fabric they used came from their own clothes. There are more than 1,000 different elder-hostel experiences that occur all over the country each year centered on a variety of topics. Would Wardowski do it again? “Absolutely, it was a life changing experience,” he said.


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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

Health 11A+

AEROBIC GRANDMA by Molly Schechter

Annual roundup of Longboat Key fitness classes There is an abundance of options for Longboat Key residents and visitors this coming season. There are slightly fewer classes (33 versus 37 in November 2005) and one loss: Kelly Atkins’ faithful Nia students will have to go off the Key. But there is good news as well, as detailed under the individual locations. Happy workout!

MOLLY Bayfront Park SCHECHTER Rec Center Tai Chi is the newest passion of long-time Recreation Center teacher Sherry Fideler. She went to tai chi summer camp at Goucher College in Baltimore this summer and reported: “An influx of people were becoming involved with tai chi as they begin to understand its value to their bodies, mental focus and balance.” Her present eight-week tai chi session runs until the end of November. Call her at 794-6904 for information. Burn-and-Build teacher Barbara Anderson did her continuing education work closer to home in Orlando this year, and was particularly pleased with her classes on nutrition and shoulder injuries. Regular readers already know of my “summer vacation,” getting additional Pilates certification from Power Pilates in New York. Recreation Center classes cost $6 to $9 for members and $10 to $14 for non-members. A single adult membership is $25 for Longboat Key residents and $35 for off-islanders. The schedule reported here is good for November; there may be slight modifications for December. Additional Muscles & More classes will be added in January, when Theresa Powers gets back in town. For more information, call 316-1980.

The Education Center There are yoga classes four days per week for the fall term, which runs through Dec. 21. (A Friday class will be added for the winter term.) Thursday morning is a new class. The instructor, Jasmine Boss, is a second generation yogi. She is the daughter of Sybel Boss, a well-known teacher in these parts. Jasmine has also studied

Iyengar yoga with Terry Wagner and Anusara yoga with Jaye Martin. Her class borrows from various traditions of Hatha yoga and is appropriate for all fitness levels. The Education Center is also offering a workshop in the Feldenkrais® method from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 1. Barbara Leverone, M.A., L.M.T., is the instructor and the cost is $25. There are also three such workshops set for the winter term – one in January, February and March. Education Center classes are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. There is space available in yoga classes on all days for the fall term. For more information, call 383-8811.

The Colony The new class here is Tai Chi on the Beach, taught by Cody Templeton at 10 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. What a lovely experience it must be to study this ancient, multidimensional discipline on The Colony’s beautiful beach! The Colony continues to offer the only fitness ball class on the Key, Laura Flood’s Fit Ball at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday and Friday mornings. And Ben Moussa, alternating with Fitness Director Felipe Cava, teaches Cardio & Stretching at 9:15 a.m. Sundays — the closest thing to a pure cardiovascular conditioning class on the Key. The Colony charges a $15 daily fee for classes, whether you take just one or more. The beach tai chi classes are free. For more information, call 3836464, Ext. 2410.

Longboat Key Club Fitness Director Rich Bennett is assembling an ambitious class schedule for club members at the club’s new space, formerly Ana Molinari in the Chart House building. Classes start as early as 6:30 a.m., and continue until 6:30 p.m. Among the classes are Spinning, adult ballet and other dance classes. For more information, call 3871656. Molly Schechter is an ACE-certified personal trainer, with a specialty in older adult fitness plus YogaFit Instructor Training and a Power Pilates™ Mat Certification. She teaches classes at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. E-mail her at

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

TURTLE WATCH by Virginia Sanders | Contributing Writer

Total turtle nest numbers decline So, you ask, how did the turtles fare in 2006? Well, I’ll tell you. Once again, I must thank turtle watcher Natalie Treonis for keeping detailed and accurate statistics throughout the entire season. We’ll zero in on the happenings on the Manatee County portion of Longboat Key, because that gives us a “cameo” picture of that which goes on elsewhere. First of all, the total number of nests laid in 2006 was only 74, the second lowest number in 12 years. (In 1999, we had 188 nests laid, but last year we only had 75). Total hatchlings to the Gulf were 4,818. Among the negatives causing low numbers were: 1. The intrusion and timing of beach renourishment; 2. Tropical Storm Alberto caused the loss of seven nests; 3. Predation by fire ants and dogs; 4. Improper lighting on the beach. This is still a chronic problem that we continue to address. Intrusive lighting disorients 25% of our hatchlings; 5. Beach furniture still needs monitoring, to keep them well back from the water line and out of the adult turtles’ way; 6. Red tide. Dr. Tony Tucker, program manager of the Sea Turtle Conservation Program at Mote, said that from 1988 to 2006, there has been a long downhill trend, but he feels that the big picture is still positive. It takes 30 years for a hatchling to become a mature turtle and lots of things occur in that long a time period. Besides Dr. Tucker, a number of state biologists suspect that long-line fishing on the other side of the Atlantic could be affecting the number of mature turtles that survive to return here to lay their eggs. In spite of the aforementioned negatives, there are some big positives, besides the obvious help to the turtles, of which the Longboat Key Turtle Watch can be proud. A tremendous educational program goes on throughout most of the season. During a total of 23 evenings, the public has been invited to attend

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Penny Rosenthal walked the beach for the turtles, picking up trash along the way.

the release of some 264 hatchlings (all together). Lots of questions are posed and answered at these releases, and it is estimated that during the entire season, more than 1,000 people have been in attendance! In addition to that, the hardworking, dedicated Turtle Watch group is constantly picking up trash and cleaning the beach as they walk! We all owe a big thank you on this account alone. But this season, two long-serving Turtle Watch people were singled out for their participation over the years and for their service, above and beyond; a brick will be inscribed with their names at Mote’s new Marine Mammal Research & Rehabilitation Center. Congratulations to one and all! See you next year! Virginia Sanders is the spokesperson for the Longboat Key Turtle Conservation Program, serves on the Citizens Advisory Board of the National Estuary Program and is a Mote Marine volunteer.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

Neighborhood 13A+

GOOD WORKS by Robin Hartill | Staff Writer

Covilles fight fires with truck donation The Covilles, along with other residents, make a world of difference in Sarasota — and Israel. Warren and Margot Coville divide their time between Bird Key and Detroit, but they’re fighting fires in Israel. The CovilleTriest Family Foundation joined forces with the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation to donate a mini-pumper fire truck to Israel. The recent fighting between Israel and Hezbollah highlighted the need for mini-pumper fire trucks, which are often the first responders to terrorist attacks. The speed and flexibility of the trucks made them especially effective in quenching forest fires caused by Ketusha rockets. In addition to the $100,000 needed for the mini-pumper, the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation raised $900,000 for the Israeli people. “We need to show support,” said Warren Coville, who has several relatives in Israel and has visited the country multiple times. “It’s the only effective democracy in the Middle East.” The Covilles are longtime supporters

of Israel. They’ve used their resources to provide educational programs to Ethiopian Jews in Israel. The Covilles are active with Jewish Family & Children’s Service and Holocaust education. The recent documentary, “Journey to Justice,” featured the story of Margot Coville and her brother, Howard Triest. Margot Coville was rescued from a Nazi detention camp in southern France and helped to save 10 other children from the Nazis. Warren Coville, a retired photo-finishing executive and one of the owners of the Detroit Pistons, helped to sponsor the film. The Covilles also support educational, medical and children’s causes in the United States. “We do what our hearts tell us to,” said Warren Coville. At a dedication ceremony Nov. 17, Warren Coville said that he expects the truck to arrive in Israel sometime within the next month. “They’re remarkably philanthropic people,” said Marty Haberer, assistant executive director of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation. “They continue to be caring, considerate and practical. They set an example for people to follow.” For more information about the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, call 371-4546 or visit its Web site at www.

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Smooth Jazz on St. Armands â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at St. Armands Circle. This evening of free music and fun will feature jazz artist Mike Macarthur. WSJT 94.1 D.J. Al Santana will have smooth jazz prizes and merchandise. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and drink will be available. For more information, call the association office at 388-1554. Boating Safety Class â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, in the Buchanan Room at Mote Marine. Students completing this one-day class will receive a certificate and Florida Boater I.D. card. Cost is $25 per family or individual. For information or registration, call Al Haleblian at 378-5620. The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Morning Longboat Key Member Breakfast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive. For information, call 3832466. Flu shots â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be given from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Medicare Part B covers the cost of the shot; otherwise, flu shots are $20 and pneumonia shots are $30. For information, call 383-6491. The Longboat Library â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, at 555 Bay Isles Road. The Longboat Library is a private, nonprofit organization that is operated entirely by volunteers. For more information, call 383-2011. Rotary Club of Longboat Key â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meets at noon Wednesdays at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. Cost is $14. For more information, call Marilyn Bezner at 387-0706. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays for breakfast at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call Vince DeLisi at 383-0086 for more information. Shifting Sands Support Group â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Facilitator Mimi Horwitz, R.N., M.S., brings people together to share common feelings. For more information, call 383-6491. Food Drive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an ongoing drive is being conducted at the Longboat Island Chapel to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the chapel between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Mote Marine Aquarium â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Eat In or Take Out

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

Island. Mote Marine Aquarium features sharks, manatees, turtles and its interactive Immersion Cinema. Regular admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. For information, call 388-4441, Ext. 438. St. Mary Star of the Seaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fourth Annual Anniversary Picnic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Free tickets can be picked up in the back of the church after Masses on Nov. 25 and 26. For more information, call the church at 383-1255.


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The Second Annual Anna Maria Island Cancer Society Relay for Life Kick-off Meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. The meeting will kick off preparations for Relay for Life, an event that fights cancer and raises awareness of the disease. For more information, call Pat Palmeri-Bates at 7782261. Southside Village Holiday Stroll â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in Southside Village. The event will feature entertainment and refreshments. Santa will set up shop in the optical services parking lot. Scotty the Clown and Clifford the Big Red Dog will entertain. The Holiday Stroll will benefit the Patricia S. Snyder Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fund at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. For information, contact Leslie McKnight at 366-0771. 20th Annual Sarasota Boat Parade of Lights â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Suggested viewing areas are Island Park, City Island and Centennial Park. The entry fee is $15 and powerboats and sailboats over 21 feet can enter. The deadline for entry is Friday, Dec. 1. For entry information, call Betsi Leonard 926-9800. For other information, call 9534636 Category 2628.

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10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday Dec. 1 and Saturday Dec. 2, at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts. The Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tropical gardens will be transformed into a holiday wonderland filled with poinsettias, potted plants, local artists and refreshments. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Atticâ&#x20AC;? sale will offer collectibles and gardening and craft items. The event is free. For more information, call 955-0875.

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Helen Sosso, owns two Prudential franchises — one in Pittsburgh and Prudential Palms in Sarasota. The Pittsburgh franchise has that market’s highest average sale price at $191,000 per home. In Sarasota, Sosso’s Prudential Palms has had an average sale price in 2006 of $525,000.


by Matt Walsh | Editor

Pittsburgh barometer Helen Sosso knew the sky wasn’t going to fall this year even though residential sales plummeted. The reason: The Pittsburgh market has been doing just fine. Helen Sosso, owner of Sarasota-based Prudential Palms Realty and Pittsburgh-based Prudential Preferred Realty, tells two anecdotes that help put today’s residential-real-estate market into perspective. The first is a comment that came from one of her Prudential Palms agents who recently had moved to the Sarasota area from Pittsburgh. Says Sosso: “She said, ‘This is what I was living with every day. It seems like a normal market to me.” The second is about a recent presentation one of the Prudential Palms associates made to Sosso’s Pittsburgh associates about properties for sale at the Founders Club in east Sarasota County. The Sarasota agent told her listeners that prices start in the “2’s.” Sosso could tell the Pittsburgh agents didn’t quite grasp what was being said. So

Sosso stopped the Sarasota agent for a moment and said, “You have to tell them how many zeroes are behind that 2.” The reference, of course, was to $2 million, which for Pittsburgh real estate agents is at the top-top end of Pittsburgh’s market. The moral of the stories? Sosso has the benefit of watching residential real estate trends from two geographic perspectives. And after operating as a broker for nearly 30 years, Sosso, a Longboat Key resident, has learned that the Pittsburgh market serves as a leading indicator for the Sarasota market. With that, Sosso has concluded, in spite of the 30% drop in residential-real-estate sales marketwide this year in Manatee and Sarasota counties, the year-long downturn here was never anything over which to panic. The

sky wasn’t and isn’t falling. “If there are problems with the market, Pittsburgh feels it,” Sosso says. “But the Pittsburgh market is not in the tank.” Her company’s Pittsburgh sales — which last year grossed about $1.4 billion — are “a tad,

just a tad, behind last year.” “There’s no reason for the slowdown,” Sosso adds. “There’s no recession. There’s low inflation. The mortgage rates are good. We (Manatee-Sarasota) just had an undervalued market that went on a rampage the past two years. In all my years, I don’t ever remember selling properties as fast as we did in 2004-2005.” That rampage, unfortunately, attracted a higher-than-nor-

LONGBOAT LUXURY LEADERS Through Oct. 31, 62 home sales, 203 condo sales and seven lot sales on Longboat Key have been recorded in Sarasota’s Multiple Listing Service. Below is a ranking of the gross sales for the top five companies. Closed Sales =/>


$1 million Total Sales

1. Coldwell Banker 88 39 $97,590,000 2. Michael Saunders 70 27 $74,845,000 3. Prudential Palms 32 13 $45,297,000 4. Resort Quest Intl. 16 1 $11,908,000 5. Wedebrock 8 1 $6,280,000 Total sales of all companies $374,900,000 Source: Multiple Listing Service

mal share of speculators who thought they could buy low and sell high in a blink. Which everyone knew would lead to the pendulum swinging from one extreme to the other, eventually falling into equilibrium. “The speculators are gone,” Sosso says of the Sarasota market. “In fact, I’d wager they were about 30% of the market. We’re now down to the real investor who buys for the cash flow” and the home buyer who buys to live in what he buys. In other words, Sosso says, if you take the speculators out of the equation, this year’s real estate in Manatee and Sarasota counties would be close to the norm. Which is the way it is in Pittsburgh. “In Pittsburgh, you get 5% to 7% appreciation annually if you’re lucky,” Sosso says. Sosso opened Prudential Palms Realty in 2001, largely to fulfill a long-held goal to do business here. She and her family have been vacationing on Siesta Key and in Sarasota since the late 1950s, and Sosso says the two cities have similar appeal to her — both philanthropic and cultural. After she and her partner, Ron Croushore, acquired their

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KEY COMPARABLES by Adam Hughes | Research Editor Sarasota

Bahia Vista Heights 1016 S. Rhodes Ave., Sarasota Bedrooms: Five Bathrooms: Two Square Footage: 2,588 Special interests: This two-story home sits near downtown Sarasota. Built in 1974, the home includes an art studio, a game room, hardwood and tile flooring, recessed lighting, crown molding, new windows, skylights, a fireplace and two two-car garages.The outside includes courtyard entry, side patio and a covered lanai overlooking a garden. What makes it special: “You can’t find that much square footage by a Mennonite builder that is in that great of condition, and the huge canopied oak tree that gives it a real home feel,” said Candy Swick, owner of Candy Swick & Co. Price: $400,000

What kind of home can you buy for $400,000? (No properties were in this price range for Longboat Key.)

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Sorrento Bayside 412 Bayside Lane, Sarasota Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Two Square Footage: 1,864 Special interests: This ranch-style home sits near Blackburn Bay. Built in 1996, the home includes new plumbing and water heater, three-year-old dishwasher and airconditioning unit and a two-car garage. The outside includes a pool with a screened lanai and fenced-in yard. What makes it special: “Everything is up-to-date and you can move right in,” said Jean Burns, agent with Prudential Palms Realty. Price: $394,900


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1005 Estremadura Drive, Bradenton Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Two Square Footage: 1,605 Special interests: This contemporary-style home sits near Palma Sola Bay. Built in 1977, the home includes tile flooring throughout, French doors, skylight, crown molding, breakfast bar and a two-car garage.The outside includes a pool with screened-in lanai and a backyard with a privacy fence. What makes it special: “[The] location. It’s close to the beach, it’s right there,” said Ron Pepka, agent with Keller Williams of Greater Manatee. Price: $399,900

9206 54th Court E., Parrish Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Two Square Footage: 2,264 Special interests: This contemporary-style home sits near Erie Road. Built this past year, the home includes a den, tile flooring, vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer and a three-car garage. What makes it special: “It’s private, with a tranquil setting and comfortable interior, and it’s a good value,” said Ron Gerlach, agent with Re/Max Gulfstream Realty. Price: $399,900

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PELICANHARBOUR nothing to do but relax & enjoy! All the work has been done. 2BR/2BA, 1st fl, turnkey furnished, direct bay front. Beach access, pool, tennis and pier. Cathy C. Meldahl, PA or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577. MLS#320487. $725,000

TROPICAL PARADISE Spacious & sunny one bedroom unit. Breathtaking view from private balcony. Heated pool & more. Turnkey furnished. Bill Greene or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577. MLS#299657. $505,000

LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT Key West style home on sailboat water. Boat lift, open floor plan, 4 car garage, workout room & 30' screened balcony. Becky Smith or Elfi Starrett 7782246. MLS#520397. $1,099,000 LONGBOAT TERRACE Direct gulf front 2/2 condo with private vista. Kitchen and bathrooms recently upgraded. Bright and cheery. Turnkey furnished. Jack McCormick 383-5577. MLS#326467. $719,000 SEA OATS. End unit overlooks miles of sandy beaches, glorious sunsets, Ocean breezes. 2BR/2BA, 1st floor. Resort zoning. Cathy C. Meldahl or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577. MLS#329467. $699,000 NORTH TIP OF LONGBOAT KEY 3BR/2BA free standing condo has been renovated. New KIT, baths, window-doors, electric, plumbing, a/c, roof and garage. Room for a pool. Dave Moynihan 778-2246. MLS#315555. $619,000 UNBELIEVABLE BAY VIEWS Excellent boating water - easy access to gulf & Intracoastal. Duplex with 2BR/2BA each side. Cathy C. Meldahl, PA. 3835577. MLS#331350. $1,850,000 PARADISE FOUND Beautiful Robb & Stucky furnished unit will beg you to go on vacation! Great weekend retreat or use as seasonal rental! Kelly Belisle 751-0670. MLS#525579. $530,000 BAYFRONT AND GORGEOUS exquisitely remodeled from the floor to ceiling - view the bay from the 31 ft lanai. Perfect location and perfectly done. Karen Ankerstar PA 383-5577. MLS#319828. $479,000

WINDWARD BAY 2BR/2BA with water views of Bay/Gulf. Updated kitchen, dome ceiling, ceramic floors, washer/dryer, beach access, boat docks. Owner lease back. Dorothy Cook 3835577. MLS#294176. $449,000 PALMA SOLA LOT Rare opportunity to build your home in most desirable area. No deed restrictions. No time limits on building. Cleared lot. Cathy Meldahl, PA. 3835577. MLS#536270. $449,000 WINDWARD BAY Outstanding 2BR/2BA with bay view and heated pool right outside your front door. Tastefully turnkey furnished. Pools, tennis, boat docks and beach access. Dorothy Cook 3835577. MLS#329531. $429,000 NEPTUNE ON LONGBOAT Great getaway or possibility of income. Updated ground floor, 2BR/1BA w/beach access across the street. Turnkey furnished. Cathy C. Meldahl PA or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577. MLS#320072. $399,900 LONGBOAT KEY Fabulous private beach with gorgeous sunsets, marina and clubhouse in the mobile home park - own the land. Needs TLC. Bill Greene or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577. MLS#328417. $170,000 SPANISH MAIN Must see this beautifully maintained 2BR/2BA villa. Bright and sunny. Boating community on I.C.W. Active over 55 area. Peggy Henger 383-5577. MLS#310475. $339,000

SPANISH MAIN 2BR/2BA & bonus rm or office. Bright and sunny updated villa. New AC and most appliances. Active 55 and older community w/deep water marina. Small pets welcome. Peggy Henger 383-5577. MLS#329867. $369,900 MUSEUM AREA West of Trail. Built in 1936. Lot size is 16,100. Value is in the land. Home is being sold as is with right to inspect. Dee Dee Burke 383-5577. MLS#327255. $365,000 SARASOTA BAY FRONT Gated entry provides privacy for this 4BR/3+BA St Armands home. Floor-ceiling windows. Separate guest suite. Pool, spa, dock & boat lift. Dee Dee Burke 3835577. MLS#276667. $5,500,000 THE CASTILLIAN Rarely available 3BR/2.5BA with direct gulf views. Tastefully furnished and updated. 2 balconies, built-ins, wood floors, and storm shutters. Dorothy Cook 3835577. MLS#313382. $1,250,000 QUALITY LONGBOAT HOME 3BR/2BA Spacious, immaculate home, screened balcony, natural canal, fruit trees, huge family room, lg 2 car gar w/great storage/workshop. Dorothy Cook 3835577. MLS#304222. $795,000 WINDWARD BAY Bayfront condo 2BR/2BA penthouse. Large lanai with great bay view. Kitchen remodeled. Turnkey furnished. Parking underneath building. Bill Greene 3835577. MLS#319516. $425,000

BANYAN BAY What a view! Lush tropical garden & so private. Ground floor 2/2 in gulf to bay complex with private beach, pool, tennis, boat docks & clubhouse. Casual Florida living. Cathy Meldahl, PA 383-5577. MLS#324735. $449,000

VILLAGE OAKS Spacious villa in Sarasota. Eat in kit, w/d, 2 car garage. Heated pool & tennis. Convenient to I-75 & downtown. DeeDee Burke 383-5577. MLS#311894. $228,000

GULF SHORE OF LONGBOAT Lowest priced 2BR in land owned mobile home park. Needs updating or replaced. Private beach, 37 slip marina, desirable 55+ complex. Could be paradise. Cathy Meldahl, PA. 383-5577. MLS#328730. $164,900

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Discover “The Art Of Living”

BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Nov. 10 through Nov. 16, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) 4454 GMD 1045 GMD 6311 GMD 415 L’ambiance Drive 3500 Fair Oaks Lane 3070 Grand Bay Blvd. 6230 GMD 2399 GMD 3440 GMD 3440 GMD 2061 GMD 2301 GMD 2301 GMD 1485 GMD 548 Bayview Drive 1975 GMD 801 Binnacle Point Drive 561 Tarawitt Drive 3550 Mistletoe Lane 4485 GMD 668 Lyons Lane

Alteration Alteration Addition Alteration Alteration Alteration Addition Alteration Re-roof Re-roof Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Addition Alteration Re-roof Addition Alteration Alteration Demolition

Longboat Harbor Dorothy Snyder Joseph Chillura Laurence Merriman Corey’s Landing Trustee Robert Coyne Accursio Sclafani Trustee Terry D. Growcock Dock on the Bay Dock on the Bay Jay Swick Todd Cook Trustee June Ansorge Trustee Howard Olian James Hayworth William & Dee Wymer Patricia Mankes Robert Koelmel Trustee Francis Kupl Andrew Horne Paul Stanley

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WATER CLUB Exquisitely appointed, beachfront residence with 3 large terraces. Popular “Arlington” plan with marble floors, crown moldings, beautiful upgrades throughout. Spectacular sunset views, outstanding amenities $2,895,000

COREY’S LANDING Direct Bayfront with a private boat dock! Elegantly refurbished 4BR/3½BA. $1,499,000

WOW! The perfect beach retreat. Walk down to the white sand & blue gulf or swim in your own private swimming pool! Beautifully appointed with marble, hardwood floors, crown molding, numerous built-ins, & family room. Private guest suite with separate entrance. Two car garage with extra storage. Two pets of any size permitted with Board approval.

LIDO SHORES A 4BR/3BA house with a fenced yard and a large pool. Deeded beach access. $1,450,000

$1.01 million sale at Promenade The largest sale of the week (Oct. 30 to Nov. 3) was the $1.01 million sale of Unit 708B in Phase I at the 120-unit Promenade, 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive, by Emma Howard and her husband, Michael Cassidy, of Prospect, Ky., to Mary Lou DiCostantino from Welsburgh, W. Va. The two-bedroom, two-bath apartment was created with the building of The Promenade in 1985. The sellers bought the condominium in March 2003 for $772,000.


$990,000 sale at C.C. Shores IV

How do you earn a profit of $515,000 in one year and four months? Well, Margaret Malone, of Kettering, Ohio, did just that by purchasing the Unit IV home in Country Club Shores at 597 Halyard Lane for $475,000 in June 2005, and then selling it Nov. 1 to Carla and Ihan Rodriguez, of Orlando, for $990,000.

Two sales at Privateer North BAY ISLES - HARBOR SECTION This elegant 4BR/3.5BA has a dolphin fountain at the entrance and a fireplace in the master. Heated pool with spa. Private dock $1,795,000

LONGBEACH Direct Gulf front, 3/4BR/3BA condo. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters. $1,295,000

There were two sales at the 58-unit Privateer North tower, 1050 Longboat Club Road. In the larger sale, Elizabeth Czarnecki, from Clarence, N.Y., paid

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Mary Lou DiCostantino bought unit 708 B at the Promenade for $1.01 million.

$890,000 for Apartment 1003 to Eniko and Joseph Boguszewski, Bird Key. The two-bedroom, two-bath condominium was constructed in 1974. Antoinette Barbat sold her 32-year-old one-bedroom, two-bath Unit 506 at Privateer North for $395,000.

Beaches of Longboat Key-South Further down the south beach at 775 Longboat Club Road, Sheldon Wolf and his wife, Kathi Hunter-Wolf, from Tampa, bought Unit 404 in Phase I of the 74-unit Beaches of Longboat Key-South for $835,000. Selling the 22-year-old, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment was Mariam Creech, of Duluth, Ga.

Pair of Fairway Bay deals The larger of the week’s two transactions at Fairway Bay was the $540,000

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BEACHPLACE Light and bright, 2BR/2BA corner residence. Private stairway to beach. Furnished. $699,000 HARBOUR CIRCLE Light, bright, corner villa w/private swimming pool overlooking the Harbourside golf course. 3BR/3BA w/soaring ceilings, family room & 2 car garage. Close to beaches, shopping, restaurants & marina. $699,000 FAIRWAY BAY - ATRIUM Sweeping direct views of the bay & city from this spectacular 3rd floor residence with southern exposure. Popular “Cypress Modified” floor plan. Light & bright with bay front terrace. This is a very special home! A rarely available location priced to sell! $995,000 SEAGATE Breathtaking views of the Gulf from every room of this 2BR2BA. nished, $899,000 COREY’S LANDING Direct Bayfront with a private boat dock! Elegantly refurbished 4BR/3½BA. $1,499,000 THE BAYOU This 3BR/3.5BA home is nestled in a lush, tropical setting. Large rooms, lots of storage, huge garage, and heated pool. $999,000 CEDARS WEST Enjoy spectacular sunsets from this charming residence in quiet, small, gulf front community. Attractively turn-key furnished, updated 2BD, 2BA home. Move right in! Great Gulf-front opportunity. $759,000 LIDO SHORES Designed by Philip Hiss of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Contemporary 3BR/3BA home with deeded beach access. $1,695,000 PORTOBELLO Fabulous first floor walk-out has been totally renovated, including granite counters, crown molding and new appliances and cabinets. 2BR/2BA plus den. $519,000 FAIRWAY BAY Totally remodeled residence. New carpet, tile, kitchen and baths redone, flooring, New Appliances. Furnished. Deeded beach access included, close to shopping, marina, golf & beach!


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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

that Rosalyn Camras, of Chicago, received from Kathleen and Andrew Ferraro, of Brielle, N.J., for Unit 352 in Building M-3 at Fairway Bay II. Arvida constructed the two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in 1984. Camras acquired the condominium at 2016 Harbourside Drive in October 1998 for $235,000. The second sale in the 288-unit Fairway Bay was consummated in Phase I, where Linda Horn of Toronto, as a personal representative of the estate of Leslie Gyongyossy, sold Unit 112 in Building M-1 to Diane Fischer, of Ruskin, for $439,000. The two-bedroom, two-bath apartment at 1930 Harbourside Drive was built in 1982.

Inn on the Beach Dorothy Frasca, from Mamaroneck, N.Y., purchased Apartment 101 in Building 7, Phase III, at the 221-unit Inn on the Beach for $422,500. Selling the 23year-old, 642-square-foot condominium was Diane Pugliano, of Monroeville, Pa.

Development of Dockominiums A while back, The Wall Street Journal ran a feature on the developing phenomenon of condominiums for yachts and other boats, which they named dockominiums. A prime example of this is our own Longboat Key Moorings Marina. With 274 slips, it is one of the largest on Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Coast. In the 1980s, while developing the once desolate Bay Isles peninsula, Arvida, under its unique development agreement with the town of Longboat Key, dredged out a bayside basin to obtain fill to elevate the surrounding low lands. This agreement was signed just prior to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Growth Management Act taking effect. The dredging not only made possible the creation of an inland marina, but the Harbourside Golf Course, Marina Bay, Grand Bay and other future developments.

Vernons buy Marina in 1989 In 1989, Arvida decided not to get into the marina business, so they sold their Harbourside Moorings Marina with its platted 298 boat slips to Bill Vernon for $9.1 million. Since that time, the Vernons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jane is vice president and general manager of the Marina â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have redesigned and built 16 piers with large double slips at the end of 11, plus a fuel dock. The redesign reduced the 298 platted docks to a streamline 274. Longboat Key Moorings Marina provides increasingly scarce deep water yacht slips for boats ranging from 40 to 150 feet long. Slip ownership is acquired through simple fee titles, which give the owner title to the harbor bottom under his slip. The Vernons provide a first-class operation; slip owners automatically become members of the Longboat Key Marina Condominium Association and its exclusive Commodore Club.

Ken Griffey Jr. docks yacht Probably the most famous dock owner is star Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., who has docked his large yacht, The Chosen One, at the Marina since shortly after joining the Reds in 2000. Because the Reds train each spring in Sarasota, he frequently stays aboard his yacht during the five-week training period.

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Boat slip sells for $202,000 There was one sale at Longboat Key Moorings Marina, in which Stacey and James Wurthmann, of Lakeland, sold their Slip 11 on O Pier to Gulf Atlantic L.L.C., of Birmingham, Mich., for $202,000. The Wurthmanns paid $80,000 for it in June 2000. 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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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

STORE AROUND THE CORNER by Robin Hartill | Staff Writer At Tennis Look, Dick and Joy Eagan create quite a racket among local players. With their wide variety of tennis wear, they have no problem netting in customers. “At most shops, there are usually two or three racks to pick from,” said Joy Eagan of other tennis wear stores. “People come in here and are excited because there’s a big selection.” Customers pick from many styles of tennis skirts, shorts, tops and accessories. Many customers order popular brands like Tail, New Balance and Wilson’s by mail when they’re out of town. Others drop by Tennis Look in search of the perfect tennis-themed card or stocking-stuffer. “The gift items are probably the most fun,” said Joy Eagan. “Customers love being able to come in and find a gift for someone.” The Eagans each worked in

department stores for more than 35 years. Eight years ago, they moved permanently to Longboat Key from Kansas City, Mo. Like many residents, they were drawn to the area’s warm weather and friendly people. The Eagans bought Tennis Look in 1999. Ever since, they’ve worked hard to outfit customers, but the Eagans still find time for play. Dick Eagan plays tennis daily, sometimes twice, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. Joy Eagan plays “a little,” but her favorite part of the business is style. “I like being able to get someone in an outfit and make her feel good about herself,” she said. Quote: “I like being able to find a lady in her 60s and getting her in a 15-inch skirt and hearing her say, ‘Hey, I look good,’” said Joy Eagan.

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The right Tennis Look Players will find tennis trappings to gear up from head to toe at this love-ly store.

Address: 465 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota Phone: 388-2002 Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Line of business: Tennis apparel shop Owners: Dick and Joy Eagan Year purchased: 1999 What the business is known for: Large selection of tennis wear for men and women Employees: Four Price range: $1 to $120

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373 s. washington drive best buy oN st. armaNds. wide canal front home, only two blocks from lido beach, shops and restaurants of st. armands. designerowned 4br/3ba home on extra large lot. turnkey furnished negotiable with top quality furnishings. contact lisa morris (941)544-3332 $1,895,000

Never-lived-iN laurel laKes home. Spacious 4BR/3BA offers over 3,000 sq. ft. under air, with all the extras you dream of. Perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. Don’t miss out on this one – priced to sell! Contact Trevor Taylor (941)726-5812. $575,000 excelleNt starter or retiremeNt home conveniently located near Downtown. 3BR/1BA home recently updated with new carpeting and paint, ready for your personal touch. Contact Trevor Taylor (941)726-5812. $219,000

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

legheny County (Pittsburgh) is $139,000; in Sarasota, it’s $328,000. In Pittsburgh, luxury homes rarely sell Prudential franchise in 1990, they built it into the Pitts- much higher than $2 million. Sosso says her Prudential burgh area’s third-largest brokerage and the luxury-sales Preferred recently sold the highest-priced home in the leader. It has 50% and 30% market share, respectively, Pittsburgh market at $3.4 million. Her franchise there in the luxury markets of Sewickley and Fox Chapel, ar- has the highest average sale price per unit of all brokereas Sosso compares to Longboat Key. ages, $191,000. Ten years into owning her Pittsburgh Prudential In contrast, Sarasota-Manatee’s luxury market is franchise, Sosso made an attempt in 1999 to acquire much broader and higher. Just on Longboat Key this Sarasota’s Prudential franchise, when the Boston-based year, there were individual sales for $5 million and $5.6 company purchased the St. Joe Co.’s Arvida residential million. There were six sales on the Key between $4 brokerage division. Prudential opted inmillion and $5 million. Prudential Palms stead to award the franchise to a Sarasold three Longboat properties between SOSSO’S TIPS sota-based group. $4 million and $5 million. CompanyFOR A QUICK SALE Sosso watched the new group for two wide, Prudential’s average residential years to see if it could break into Long- • Accept that it’s a slower sale price this year is $525,000. boat Key’s luxury segment. With it mak- market, so price your home What drives each market is vastly difing little progress, she and Croushore realistically. ferent as well. In Pittsburgh, it’s the corapproached Prudential again for a franporate relocation market and the state • Get your home appraised chise. This time it agreed. of the U.S. economy. People buy homes and inspected so that’s Sosso acquired what was Sarasota Rethere largely because they are mandatory, already completed for alty, an agency with five offices and 75 job-related purchases. Here, in contrast, prospective buyers. associates, and renamed it Prudential the purchases often are optional — peo• Fix your home as close to Palms. One of her first moves was to open ple buying second or third homes. Sosso an office in the Mediterranean Plaza on perfection as you can. also says the condo market is much more Longboat Key and recruit some of the prevalent here than it is in Pittsburgh area’s top luxury-market producers. Despite the market differences and geSosso says her strategy was and is to ography, Sosso says her two companies replicate her Pittsburgh operation. The first part is al- still operate on the same principle: service. “The only most complete. In 2005, after acquiring the Pruden- difference between all of us is the quality of service and tial franchise that Sosso originally wanted, Prudential professionalism.” Palms brokered gross sales of $945 million in real estate Toward that end, Sosso says Prudential Palms plans to transactions in Sarasota and Manatee counties. put more emphasis on its Fine Homes division in 2007, Comparatively, Sosso’s Pittsburgh franchise has grown offering concierge services similar to what guests receive in 16 years from 325 to 760 agents and from 10 to 22 of- at Ritz hotels. Need a limo at the airport? A contactor to fices. In Sarasota-Manatee, Prudential Palms has grown fix a toilet? Pizza for when you arrive for the weekend? from 75 to 276 agents and from five to six offices. One “We’ll even help someone find a bank,” she says. of the biggest differences between her two companies Like most Realtors, Sosso is anxious to put 2006 in is the Pittsburgh operation also owns a title company, the history books. She believes the market slowdown mortgage brokerage, property and casualty insurance has bottomed and is forecasting a 15% increase in sales company and real estate school. marketwide for 2007. In other words, back to normal. Other differences: the price of real estate and the Says Sosso: “People forget that this is the way the marnature of the markets. The median home sale in Al- ket really is.”

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ESTANCIA DEL MAR - Addison Mizner inspired gated Bay front estate on Longboat Key w/5BR suites, spacious master suite w/his & her baths in approximately 11,000SF on a lushly landscaped 1 acre property w/an al fresco covered entertainment area complete w/summer kitchen, bar & fireplace. Theatre, library, wine room & pub/billiards room. MLS#289854 $11,750,000 LONGBOAT GULF FRONT ESTATE - Gated estate located on a 2 acre lushly landscaped property w/150’ of sugar white sand beach w/tennis court, lap pool on a spacious terrace, paver brick driveway & 6+ car garage. Expansive foyer & walls of glass overlooking the Gulf from the living room & 1,200SF master suite, 20’ ceilings, new marble floors & elevator. MLS#316433 $7,450,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 LONGBOAT GULF FRONT LOT - This estate property is 1.4 acres w/potential to divide into 2 lots w/425’ of beach. MLS# 302610 $4,950,000 L’AMBIANCE - Luxury & privacy w/concierge service in this spacious Gulf front condo w/magnificent views of sunrises, sunsets, Bay & city lights. Opulent interior w/12’ ceilings, exciting ceiling treatments & quality built-ins. MLS#311205 $3,995,000 RITZ BEACH RESIDENCE - The ultimate in luxury living, 4,200SF 3BR corner condo w/large open floor plan w/views in all directions beautifully finished to meet the most discriminating Buyer’s taste including membership to The Ritz Carlton Members Club. MLS#327357 $3,750,000 LONGBOAT KEY BAY ISLES - Fabulous 4BR 5,100SF home w/details & finishes throughout this remodeled home w/new kitchen, bathrooms, appliances, plumbing fixtures & granite countertops, soaring ceilings, tranquil water views, office, family room, wine cellar, bar & outdoor entertaining terrace. MLS#302526 $2,700,000 LONGBOAT KEY BAY ISLES - Mediterranean design home located on deepwater w/fabulous master suite, living room, dining room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, large family room w/ wet bar & fireplace, volume ceilings, marble floors, heated pool, spa, dock & use of the private Gulf front Beach Club. MLS#330352 $2,675,000 LIDO SHORES - Florida style home overlooking Pansy Bayou just a short walk to St. Armand’s Circle w/4BRs, volume ceilings, granite kitchen, large caged heated pool, elevator, 100’ dock, 4 car garage & deeded beach access. MLS#321866 $2,450,000 OAKS COUNTRY CLUB - Spacious 5,800SF 5BR home located on an oversized lot overlooking the course & lake w/18’ soaring ceilings, children’s wing & play room, master bedroom w/his & her bathrooms. An ideal home for entertaining that could be purchased furnished. MLS#307563 $1,750,000 QUEENS HARBOUR - Two story courtyard style furnished home overlooking the golf course w/4400SF of living space including 5BRs, family room, home theatre, office & separate guest quarters. MLS#323083 $1,650,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES LOT - Canal front lot on the southern end of Longboat Key on the desirable southern side of the street. Will trade for commercial bldg or home. MLS#301010 $1,275,000 COREY’S LANDING - Bayfront villa on Longboat Key within gated Bay Isles w/4BR’s, soaring ceilings, private dock and Beach Club membership. MLS# 327840 $1,250,000 SANCTUARY - Desirable furnished 3BR penthouse with golf course, bay, Gulf and city views from wrap-a-round balcony behind the gates of LBK and affordable. MLS#329641 $1,250,000 ARBOMAR - Designer updated direct Gulf front condo w/ gourmet kitchen, crown moldings, diagonal porcelain tiles & hurricane shutters in a building that has had a recent face lift w/paver brick parking & numerous amenities. MLS#317741 $895,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS - Direct Gulf front recently renovated condo w/20’ floor tiles, crown moldings, bathrooms, granite counter top kitchen w/GE Profile appliances & washer/dryer in unit. Low maintenance fee. MLS# 318715 $895,000 HARBOUR LINKS - White & bright 3BR ground level golf course condo behind the gates of Bay Isles w/10’ ceilings, spacious kitchen, white diagonal tile & includes Beach Club membership. MLS#327629 $789,000 ISLANDER CLUB - Great value Longboat condo w/expansive lanai, updated kitchen & bathrooms. Furniture negotiable. MLS# 327288 $585,000 DOWNTOWN CONDO - $200,000 reduction 2BR split plan w/family room w/great water view in One Watergate. MLS#296543 $519,000 ONE WATERGATE - Upper floor 2BR condo w/sunset waterfront views, white tile floors, updated eat in kitchen, great patio & a third room for a library/den/office. Live downtown at a most affordable price. MLS#326869 $499,000

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440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 941•383•7591 Michael 928•3559 / Annette 284•7373


The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

Prudential Performan Fine Luxury Homes

Emerald Harbor Totally remodeled waterfront retreat on almost 1/2 acre with 180’ seawall on deep water just minutes to bay and gulf. $1,875,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Longboat Key

Islands & Waterfront

Grand Bay Penthouse Wow! Best view! You can see it All. Enjoy spacious wrap-around terrace for entertaining, views from sun rise to sunset. $3,500,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

Hidden Harbor Private & secluded w/expansive water views ! Built in 2000, custom designed 4 BR home with protected boat dock, pool & more. $4,800,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Sanctuary Penthouse unit with both sunrise and sunset views. Huge terraces, high ceilings, tastefully decorated and furnished. $2,145,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Orchid Beach - Redeuced $300K Direct Beachfront views from your terrace! 3-4BR/3.5BA 8th flr residence. Beautifully finished, travertine & marble flooring, gourmet kitchen, private beach, concierge & more! Broker/ Owner Helen Sosso $3,299,000 586-4052

Grand Bay Bright 2BR/2BA split plan condo w/ Sarasota Bay & golf course views; resort style pools & amenities plus private beach club! $799,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Islander Club Highly motivated to sell owner listing at amazing low price for beautiful move in condition 2 bedroom 2 bath. Fabulous views. $679,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966 Vizcaya Fabulous Vizcaya on the beach! Over 3300 SF of incredible upgrades, designer finishes and private pool w/summer kitchen. $2,990,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Country Club Shores New Custom Rutenberg home, open

floor plan, lots of natural light, Terraces, 2nd story balcony with bay views faces sunny SW. $2,598,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

Grand Bay Privacy and fabulous bay, gulf and marina views! 2BR; den/convertible 3rd BR; 3.5BA. Resort-style amenities; Gulf beach club $1,595,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693 Tangerine Bay Club Direct Bay front with awesome view of Bay, City skyline & dolphins at play. Immaculate condition. Every possible amenity. $1,100,000 Michael Granston 552-3990 Longboat Key Club Great Investment opportunity. Completely renovated “lock out” floorplan at Inn on the Beach! Four Star resort on the beach. $921,900 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

The Sanctuary Outstanding Gulf front condo with amazing

views in impeccable condition decorated w/refined taste. Enjoy sun rise & sunset. $2,390,000 Michael Granston 552-3990

Cedars West Designer inspired, turnkey furnished, first floor walkout, Gulf view condo. Excellent rental income & great LBK location. $824,750 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Country Club Shores Magnificent unobstructed bay views on the point, plus 143 feet on the canal, Completely renovated in 1992, 3300 Sq Ft, Pool. $3,350,000 Marlene Liberman 387-1759 Country Club Shores Charming spacious home. Water views to the bay. Perfect for boater and gardener this home is like a trip to Selby Gardens. $989,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

Beau Ciel Bayfront MAJESTIC, 5314 S.F. Two Story Penthouse w/Bay, City & Yacht harbor views! Every amenity in heart of downtown cultural district. $3,995,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

L’Ambiance Great corner unit gulf front unit with sunny

southern exposure, wonderful wrap-around terraces and incredible amenities. $1,825,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Queens Harbor Full Spectacular Bay view! Decorator finished. Remodeled in 2001, open staircase, summer kitchen, granite countertops in kitchen. Private pool & dock. Ready to move in. $2,399,900 Broker/Owner Helen Sosso 552-3909 Longbeach Historic cottage in The Village; lush landscaping; 2 bedroom + den; fireplace; wood floors; solarium enlarged dining/kitchen. $729,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Grand Riviera “The Crown Jewel” of Golden Gate Point! Panoramic bay view, private 2-car garage, full time concierge service. $2,595,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Bayview Acres Sailboat water, no bridges to bay. Totally renovated, 2,218 sq. ft. Open floor plan great for entertaining. Mins to Siesta Key. $1,295,000 Ziad Sleit 552-3925 Anna Maria 525 67th St Open Sun 1-4 Beautifully remodeled! Open floor plan, light and bright. Pool, spa, seawall and sailboat dock. Furnished & move-in ready.$989,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550 El Presidente Paradise awaits you on amazing Crescent Beach! Gulf views! Beautifully upgraded 2BR/2BA. Great on site rental program. $998,500 Heidi Rossman 487-5193 Anna Maria Island New home! 3BR/3.5BA, den, 2386 sf, granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appl., elevator, pool. Short stroll to Gulf! $849,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 Royal St. Andrew Magnificent tree and bay view from this spacious 3/3 w/huge living rm and 2 balconies. Sparkling clean, bright corner unit. $799,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

Mainland Lakewood Ranch CC Village Lovely Pruett “Villa Florencia II” home on exquisite lake & golf course lot!! Split plan home of over 3,700 square feet.$1,270,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 Lakewood Ranch Shows “like new”, on a beautiful lake lot with pool. Granite, decorative woodwork, built-ins and extra 3rd bedroom. $699,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Lakewood Ranch You’ll love this new home in maintenance-free Stone Ridge. Open floor plan with pool and spa. Just relax & be happy! $698,800 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Cityscape Penthouse Loft Downtown Sarasota. 2BR/2BA, 20’ ceilings, granite kitchen, expansive windows. Walk Everywhere! Hurry! $550,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 Downtown @ Essex House Excellent Downtown Waterfront location! This million dollar view can be seen from all rooms in a beautifully renovated condo. $669,500 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Downtown @ 1350 Main Most popular downtown bldg and coveted “C” plan, 9th fl., 2 bed & den on the corner of Palm & Main - wrap around terrace. $749,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694 Secluded Oaks Brand new, beautiful setting w/ upgraded kitchen, granite, stone fireplace, study w/wood plank floor, pavered lanai and drive. $769,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Rivo@Ringling 2BR/2BA Almost 2,000 sq ft of Luxury Living! Enjoy beautiful moments from this corner unit balcony. $699,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 Prestancia Remodeled 3BR/3BA Barcelona model. Stunning Gourmet kitchen, French limestone floors, library & new lighting. $674,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Country Club of Sarasota Golf course value! Updated/renovated & priced to sell. Large rooms, vaulted ceilings and much more!!! $550,000 Rand Rubin 487-5194 Lakewood Ranch John Cannon custom home. Fabulous Master Bedroom and sitting room. Spectacular Pool / Spa and Covered lanai. Brand NEW! $1,875,000 Jim Soda 552-2666

Bird Key Exceptional Bird Key garden home w/ beautiful pool area. Nicely updated kitchen & baths. Great curb appeal & room to expand. $899,000 Hoyt Beaty/Marty Benson 552-3989

Three Oaks Beautiful 4BR/3BA home with 3 car gar in desirable Three Oaks. Split floor plan. Great floor plan. $499,900 Gary Hoskins 552-2450

Shore Acres – Anna Maria Island Fabulous bay views! This completely remodeled home offers 4BR/3BA, 2205 sf, granite counters, new roof, doors, and windows. $1,150,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

Longboat Beachcomber A beach getaway + rental income. Convenient location (Publix across the street). Lovely furnishings & heated pool. Weekly rental policy makes this an excellent investment. $429,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

Siesta Key 800 ft of private Gulf beach. Whispering Sands In Siesta Key Village. 2BR/2BA, 1st fl corner; heated pool; New tile, carpet, furniture. $439,900 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Bayport Immaculate 2/2, TKF, new appliances, new tile, Gulf views, beach, tennis, pool & fishing. Great rental! Pet friendly. $620,000 Maureen Curtin 552-3937

Bay Oaks Fabulous tropical setting on Siesta Key. Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA, 1100 SF of fresh new island decor & charm. $445,000 Jacqueline Middleton 4875118

Orchid Beach Club Direct Beach Front Views LBK to Siesta & Dwntwn. 7th fl w/4229 s.f. - lrg rms, huge terraces w/gas grill, 3 car garage. $3,150,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

Phillippi Gardens 190 ft on the water just off Phillippi Creek. Nearly 2000 sq ft 4BR/2BA home w/caged pool, large fenced yard and private dock. $729,000 Susan Miller 552-3916

Winding Oaks Rarely available 3BR/3BA Winding Oaks villa with wide lake and golf course views. Nicely furnished & immaculate! $1,125,000 Marlene Liberman 387-1759 home. Huge pool & screened entertainment area, one of a kind doors & fireplaces. $1,495,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

Bird Key Bayfront custom home. Watch sunsets from this beautiful terrace. Bayside pool, dock for large yacht. Elevator & 6 car garage. $4,675,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

Conrad Beach Vacant lot “West” of GMD. Nestled within 27 other custom built homes in Conrad Beach, Longboat Key. Build 2350 AC sq. ft. $525,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

Longboat Harbour Water views! Enclosed lanai, spacious master suite & 2nd bedroom. Boat docks, fitness center, pools, tennis. Private Gulf beach access with pavilion. $518,700 Linda Thompson 552-2693

East Sarasota Estate Special property estate lot w/custom

Siesta Key 163 Siesta Open Sun 1-4 Brand new 4/5.5 on Bayou Louise. Great room, gourmet kitchen, huge outdoor living area, pool/spa, wrap-around veranda & more. $3,695,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550


Holmes Beach New coastal designed home on Anna Maria Island! 3BR/2.5BA, 1895 sf, granite counter tops, wood floors, 2-car garage & pool. $799,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 Siesta Key Bayfront duplex with full bay views and new dock! Live in one side, rent out the other. 2 story w/ 2/2 each side. $1,495,000 Bev Ulrey 809-1936 West Wind Shores Steps to the Gulf waters! Duplex, 1BR/1BA ea side, 1540 SF under roof. Great set up! Live on one side and rent other unit. $639,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

The Meadows Former model Large, beautiful, private pool & lanai. 3BR 2BA, 2 car garage. Turnkey Furnished. Home warranty transferable. $425,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Woodland Park Spacious rooms, beautiful lanai & pool area overlooking wooded park-like setting. Well maintained home in great neighborhood! $439,000 Charlotte Hovis 552-4268 Rivendell Key West style charm describes this home! Incredible wood trim and wood floors throughout. Great porch areas and kitchen. $629,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Shadow Oaks Big House & Lot! 3261sqft. 4/3/3 + bonus room, exercise room, fireplace, pool & extra building on 1+ acre. $779,000 Kim Gilliland 809-5151 The Enclave Model perfect! 3BR/3BA pool home on premium lot with privacy,lake views and 3-car garage. Tile thru out, totally upgraded. $529,700 Jo Ellyn Yturraspe 552-3927 Botanica on Palmer Ranch New Listing. Wisteria model in Botanica. Many custom features, enclosed lanai, Ray Roth cabinets and built-ins. Lake view. $650,000 Jan Huff 552-3986 The Renaissance Watch the sunsets over the bay from the HUGE balcony. Fabulous 2 bedrm floorplan. Granite kitchen. PRICED BELOW APPRAISAL. $461,000 Sandra Israelson 552-2677

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

nce. Gulf Coast Style.

fine homes

international Harbor Acres Offered at $8,850,000 New construction – just completed! Six bedrooms, seven baths and 10,450 Sq. Ft. on almost an acre lot with Bay views. Unsurpassed quality in construction, craftsmanship & only the finest finishes. Call for details!!

Contact Marty Benson 941-552-3942

Grand Bay Offered at $1,450,000 Beautifully appointed two bedroom three bath condominium with granite counters, many built-ins, two balconies offering fantastic sunrise, sunset and city views. Great value in this pet friendly community!

Contact Jerry Thompson 941-552-3966

Beachplace Offered at $1,245,000 Just listed! Beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath Gulf front home with wood floors, newer kitchen appliances, covered parking, security shutters & furnished. Amenities include pool, sauna, exercise room, and more.

Contact Marty Benson 941-552-3942

Longboat Key Estates Offered at $3,775,000 Mesmerizing canal home, 4 unique suites, Pecky cypress doors/beams, travertine, marble & wood floors. Pella windows, Gourmet kitchen, 2 fireplaces, Media Room, elevator, Bay Views, deeded beach. Pool/Spa, 60’dock & 10k lb lift. Paradise!

Contact Jim Soda 941-552-2666 Grand Bay Offered at $1,349,000 Stunning sunsets! Gorgeous, unobstructed gulf, bay and mainland views from this eighth floor Biscayne condo, wrap-around terrace; 2-3BR, 3.5BA; roll-down hurricane shutters; a pet friendly community; state-of-the-art fitness center; membership in private gulf-front beach club included.

Contact Linda Thompson 941- 552-2693

Venetian Golf and River Club Offered at $759,900 Beautiful Estate Series “Crivelli” Model. Four bedroom three bath home with elegant upgrades including granite counters, wood cabinetry, built-ins, a pool with spa and waterfall and much more!

Contact Hutter & Rutstein 941-552-1358


10C Business

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

ladies night out by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Chamber women salute setting sun, social networks

The night started with bang. Women from two local chambers of commerce, the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber and the Anna Maria Island Chamber, gathered Nov. 14, at the Sunhouse Restaurant & Bar. Soon, a bearded gentleman in a tie-dyed shirt began to pass around â&#x20AC;&#x153;green flashâ&#x20AC;? shots to each person, in preparation for the daily sun salutation that takes place at the restaurant right as the sun sets. After the gong sounded, the entire room sang, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Are My Sunshine,â&#x20AC;? and then drained their small, black cups in honor of the day. The night was devoted to women in business, bringing together two groups of people who socialized and networked while eating tasty appetizers and discussing jewelry that was displayed from Universal Sales Links based in Orlando.

Lynn Christensen with Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Continental Kitchens and her guest, Susan Dockery

Photos by Jessica Luck


Above: Jo Ann Swan, Curves, Cheryl Whitten, Scoopdaddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Marcia Bruwer, Curves, and Leslie Baker, Club Bamboo Resort Right: Kerry Minor, Beachplace, and J.R. Remington, BB&T Mortgage

Kathy Scott

321-1759 CELL


First floor walk out with spectacular gulf and sunset views. 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Great Beach getaway or rental opportunity. Available for $1,199,000. Fifth floor beachfront location. Corner unit, very light and bright, 2 bedroom, 2 bath with an endless views of the Gulf. Available for $1,299,000. A beautiful southern exposure. The golf course, the gulf and the bay can all be seen from this fourth floor location. 2BR/2BA turnkey furnished. Available for $749,000. Immaculate 2BR/2BA corner unit. Golf and Gulf views with a southern exposure. Great rental property and ready to use. TKF, offered for $725,000.


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LANDINGS- 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath in gated community. New kitchen, mahogany library, bonus recreation room, store room with air, hurricane protection, large pool on expansive, lushly landscaped lot. Call Laura, 374-7622. $l,295,000. LONGBOAT KEY- 3 bedroom Fairway Bay townhouse with deeded boat dock, Euro kitchen, fireplace, heated pool and beach club. Call Donna, 993-3635. $799,000. LAurEL LAKES- Immaculate 4 bedroom residence nestled beside a sparkling lake. Solar heated pool, 3-car garage, surround sound, fireplace. Call Laura, 374-7622. $599,900. LAurEL LAKES- Reduced to SELL, with custom features, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, fireplace, large pool, workbench in 3 car garage. Call Laura, 374-7622. $539,900. Michael Saunders & Com­pany


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

Laura D. Hansen, GRI


Licensed real Estate Broker

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 941-383-7591

BAY VIEWS Professionally updated & decorated. 3B/2Ba with new electric, floors, plumbing & appliances. Southern exposure with new dock/seawall on canal. Possible Lease Purchase $1,559,900.

Chris McDevitt Broker/Associate GRI, CRS


WATERFRONT Country Club Shores 2B/2.5BA with office offers a great room plan with eat in kitchen and heated pool. Deeded beach access and boat dock and lift. $1,300,000. THE PIERRE-LONGBOAT KEY Spacious 3B/3BA condo with wrap around balcony, gulf and golf course views. Freshly painted inside with 2780 sq feet and eat in kitchen. $1,900,000.


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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

Sports 11C

BOUNCING BACK by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Cedars Tennis Club courts a new season Tennis players at Cedars Tennis Club & Resort were invited for cocktails and appetizers Nov. 8 at the club for the annual “Welcome Back” reception. About 30 people gathered to greet friends returning from summers away and to chat up new faces in the crowd. John and Evelyn Butcher from the United Kingdom stay for about one month every year on Longboat Key, and this was their first time attending the party. One big indication that this was a tennis-centered party was the older wooden rackets hanging on the wall. “I remember when we first started playing and we used the older rackets,” John Butcher said. “They were quite heavier than ones today.” The Butchers also loved the “American” music that was performed by Don Bidwell. He plugged in his electric guitar unobtrusively in one corner of the room, leaving plenty of dance space on the floor. The members of Cedars seem ready to take the court again this year, with much of their talk centering on what their schedules are like in the coming weeks.

Duane Compton and Jane Oaks

Photos by Jessica Luck

Phyllis Lewis, Doug Bruce, Cathy and Hannes Bischof and Werner Altherr Brigitte and Harald Wagner

Louise Rich and Edith Welch

Cathy C. Meldahl P.A.

Realtor®/Branch Manager

Wayne Montgomery, Jack Eagleton and Jesse Markham

BANYAN BAY What a view! Lush tropical garden and so private. Ground floor 2BR/2BA in gulf to bay complex with private beach, pool, tennis boat docks & clubhouse. Casual Florida living. #324735 $449,000 941-383-5577 or 941-724-7228 5360 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Ste. 101 Longboat Key

INN ON THE BEACH Only 2BD 1600 sq. ft. direct Gulf front available. Captivating Gulf & sunset views, furnished & in the Resort hotel program producing income. Pamper yourself - enjoy Gulf, tennis, golf, spa services, fine dining, and concierge. $1,360,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES On a wide canal with great water views this 3 BD pool home is updated to perfection including new kitchen, flooring, and expanded dock. Large lanai area for entertaining and enjoying indoor/outdoor living. $1,299,000 BANYAN BAY GULF FRONT 1st floor walk-out steps to the beach. Great Gulf views & beautifully furnished in a tropical island motif with decorator touches thru-out. Shows like a model. $999,000 ELEVATED BEACH HOUSE In the historic Village near the Art Center cute, furnished 2 BD home updated in 2001. Large patio deck to enjoy bayou views. Walk to community boat ramp, restaurants & beach. $618,000

SUTTON PLACE BAY FRONT Updated 1st floor walk out. Fabulous brand new kitchen, new flooring and great Bay views. Steps to boat docks. Private beach & small pet o.k. $579,000 WHITNEY BEACH VILLA Nicely furnished rare 1 BD plus bonus room overlooking gardens & pool. Private beach, boat dockage & in walking distance to shops. $459,000

Kathy SimondS, 941-350-5292

Broker-Associate 2006 Best in Client Satisfaction Award Michael Saunders & Company

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tacular 3115 a/c s.f. end unit directly overlooking the Gulf, golf and pool is now offered at an unbelievable price. partially furnished, perfect condition, spectacular views, 2 parking spaces, 3M hurricane protection, loads of storage. Simply the best, compare the rest, only $2,399,000

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Watch the dolphins play and enjoy the awesome views from this 2/3 bed, 2 bath immaculate beauty. Granite kitchen, marble bar, marble fireplace. Tennis, fishing pier/day dock, resort style pool, fitness room, private beach club membership. Priced to sell $1,100,000

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12C Sports

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2006

PLAYER OF THE WEEK by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer was a wing when I played field hockey and that was my job.



If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? A perfect volley game. Who has most influenced your game? Dave Sparks and Jamie Caravello, a pro at a club I used to go to. I keep quoting Jamie to Dave. He’s very smooth on the court. He told me to, ‘Get ready sooner and wait longer.’ If you’re thinking about the stroke, then you’re too late. Timing is essential.

Longboat Key Public Tennis Center

Give me the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. I hit an overhead that was accidental magic. Everybody stopped and stared because they didn’t think I could do that. But everything clicked: the position of the ball, the wind, having the right arms and right feet, everything. And that’s the goal in tennis, getting the perfect shot.

Jessica Luck

Ann Casale is a modern day Renaissance woman. Along with raising 10 children, she has kept active with painting, skiing, field hockey, swimming and tennis throughout her life. At the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, Casale hits a volley game with pro Dave Sparks almost every day. Tennis, Casale said, is a substitute for dancing — she used to partake in ballet, jazz and tap. “There’s a music of tennis, a rhythm,” Casale said. “I can move back and forth very quickly.” Her activities in life have a way of over-

lapping, and her life-long love of painting portraits is one pastime that translates well onto the court. “I have fast eyes, because in portraitures you have to see everything,” Casale said. “You have to think before you do anything because you always have two or three different ways of putting it away.” What made you pick up a racket? Bronxville, N.Y., where I grew up, is a tennis town. Everyone plays tennis in middle school and high school; all your friends play tennis. But I really got into playing tennis when I attended a seminar

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for nurses re-entering the work field at Manatee Junior College. I started playing with a senior nurse. What benefits do you get from playing tennis? Full exercise. I always played with pros wherever I was for half an hour at a time. I play halfway between the service line and the net; it’s like a dance. How competitive are you? Very. But I don’t get into a competitive position; I just learn how to be the best in whatever sport I’m involved in. When you compete you get more confident. I enjoy competition, but I don’t play tennis for the competition. Name one thing you do that wins matches. I play the net. I zip up and put it away. I

What is one tip that you play by, or the single most important tip you’ve received? Keep your eye on the ball. When you look up, your whole body position changes. Also, in a competition you can’t think about the last shot and why you missed it, you need to be getting ready for the next shot. Who is your favorite athlete and why? Bjorn Borg. He came to the Bronxville Field Club when I was there and he taught me my backhand that works the best for me. He said, ‘Tell me which stroke you don’t use at all and that’s the one I’ll teach you, because then it will be the most natural.’ What is the funniest or most embarrassing moment you’ve had playing? I was recovering after having one of my children, and I was back playing six weeks later. Well, I went up for a shot and fell into and over the net. I said, ‘Guess I’m not ready yet. I’d better make it seven weeks.’ And I did. Seven’s the magic number.

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Quiz time: What would you do? This seems like a good opportunity to offer a Rules quiz. I’ll write the eight questions first and insert the answers after all of the questions.  1. A ball comes to rest on a perfect lie, but under a post and rail fence. Because the rails are easy to move, can the player remove them in order to take advantage of the perfect lie? 2. Jane pulls her tee shot into a “bad” area HAL and elects to play a LENOBEL provisional ball. The provisional drive splits the middle and the “bad” area turns out to be “awful.” Is Jane obligated to search for her first ball or can she simply declare it lost and continue play with the provisional? 3. Jack and David hit their balls into the same bunker. After Jack plays, could David rake Jack’s footprints to eliminate the possibility of his ball rolling into one of the footprints should he fail to extricate his ball from the bunker?

4. In a match, a player’s ball comes to rest in a bunker that is inhabited by fire ants. The player does not want to risk entering the fire-ant-infested bunker. Must the player declare the ball unplayable or can she get free relief? 5. Faced with a blind shot over a steep hill, Brian carries three clubs to the crest of the hill to determine which one he will play. He selects a club and leaves the other two on the ground to serve as a “directional” while he plays the stroke. Is this allowed? 6. Len’s ball comes to rest snugly against a boundary fence. He declares the ball unplayable and elects to drop within two club lengths, but not nearer to the hole. When he drops the ball, the slope takes it right down to the fence, leaving it unplayable again. What are his options? 7. Intent on qualifying for the club championship, Sally breaks her putter in anger after missing a tap-in on the 17th green. She then holes out a bunker shot on the 18th hole to get her into a playoff for the last qualifying position. Can she replace the broken putter or does she have to continue without a putter? 8. While Jan was waiting for Jill to play

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her approach shot to the first green, she noticed that Jill used a measuring device to determine the exact distance to the hole. Is this legal?  


1. No. Despite the fact that part of the fence may be movable, the fence is considered an immovable obstruction. To gain relief, the player would have to drop the ball without penalty. 2. While “declaring it lost” is meaningless, Jane is under no obligation to search for her original drive and could elect to continue play (lying three) with her provisional. However, if anyone (her caddy, her opponent — even a member of the green crew) finds her original ball before she plays another stroke with the provisional ball, she must abandon the provisional and continue play with the original. 3. No. However, Decision 13/4-19 does give David the OK to ask Jack to rake his footprints. 4. The player is entitled to relief without penalty. Decision 1/4-11 deals with “dangerous situations,” like those involving rattlesnake and bees’ nests. The playU n i q U e ly C r e a t i v e

er should drop a ball in the same bunker, if possible. If this is impossible, drop the ball in a similar nearby bunker, but in either case, not nearer to the hole. Note: If it is not possible for the player to drop in a bunker, the player may drop, under penalty of one stroke, outside the bunker, keeping the point the ball lay between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped. 5. No. See Rule 8-2. A player must remove any “marks” left to indicate the “line of play” before he plays a stroke. 6. Len probably made a bad decision by dropping on a slope that could lead to another unplayable lie. His options are to play the ball where it came to rest, or deem it unplayable again — with a second penalty stroke. 7. The Rules would preclude replacing a club broken in anger during the round. However, the “stipulated round” ended on the 18th hole and the playoff constitutes a new round, so Sally is free to add a new putter. 8. Beginning on Jan. 6, 2007, a Local Rule may permit the use of a measuring device. If there is no such Rule in effect, Jill may be disqualified. Hal Lenobel is a former member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee on which he served for 23 years.

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Sunsets Are Free!

Longboat Key Club Women’s 18-Hole Golf Association Opening luncheon — 2 net best balls Oct. 31 Flight 1 1st Place: Chris Hersberger, Sandy Fulkerson, Maryjo Spinole, Gaye Schwarz (138) 2nd Place: (Tie) Marie Watts, Isabella Paspa, Linda Weber, Lauren Pike (139) Barbara Brizdle, Arleen Klein, Marion Levine, Karen Bernstein (139)

Yes, you get free nightly sunsets with the purchase of this incredible 3BR/2.5BA island retreat situated at the north end of Longboat Key on a double lot. Rich blond oak (yes, really!) hardwood floors, electronic hurricane shutters, solid surface kitchen counter tops, a den/office off the generous master suite and room for 4 cars underneath! White sandy beaches are just a few steps from your front door. Offered at $1,100,000.

Flight 2 1st Place: Joyce Stelle, Jean Zakovec, Sandra Finnegan, Proxy (136) 2nd Place: Nancy Mueller, Rita Dorsey, Marilyn Kayser, Flo Putterman (142) 3rd Place: Uschi Cooper, Linda Burke, Kay Walker, Marjorie Milas (143) Flight 3 1st Place: Sylva Langton, Sylvia Levine, Helen Fournier, Lois Fishman (149) 2nd Place: (Tie) Gail Sack, Pat Hefron, Proxy, Proxy (152) Cecile Gudelsly, Hazel Lenobel, Bella Adams, Pat Lonsdale (152) Key Niners Step Aside Scramble Oct. 31 1st place: Rosalie Krone, Bunny Skirball, Myrna Pearlman, Elizabeth Miller (42) 2nd place: (Tie) Patti Kogan, Ricky Tarter, Elaine Weill, Jane Gralen (48) Patti Jennings, Dot Packard, Freda Volanakis, Joan Stewart (48) Tatum Ridge Golf Links, Sarasota Nov. 9 Hole No. 11 — 109 yards using 9 wood Longboat Key resident Joyce Albertis scored her first hole-in-one.

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Bricks honoring past and current Marines line the walk at Semper Fidelis Park.

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by David A. Beliles | Chairman

The Few, The Proud

Marine veterans from Longboat Key and Sarasota attended the opening of the Marine Corps museum. Here’s one Marine’s story of friends, war and the Corps.


efore this war started I could go for weeks, even months, without remembering I was an active-duty Marine more than 55 years ago. Then, in the early days of the Iraq war, I saw an Associated Press photo showing a group of Marines praying over the body of a comrade killed in the early fighting. It hit me like a shock wave. These are my young, brother Marines and, as always, they are leading the fight and paying the price. I cut out that picture and kept it on my night table so that I saw it each night and morning. It stayed there until it faded so badly I had to discard it, but the image is still indelibly etched in my mind. I visited a Marine recruiting office and was given a (“Free, sir — if you wore the uniform”) Corps emblem to mount on the rear windshield of the car. Since then, I have thought daily about our young Marines, soldiers and sailors who are bearing the burden of battle. So when the Marines asked several years ago for support to build a national museum in Quantico, I responded with several modest gifts during the construction. Consequently, I was invited, along with one guest, to the dedication and opening ceremonies of the museum on the Corps’ 231st birthday, Nov. 10. I asked a Marine friend, Bob Dukes, of Sarasota, to join me on the trip and he accepted without hesitation. For me, the trip was about honoring two friends who are survivors of Iwo Jima.

Almost too young Bob Jones was almost too young to participate in the war. But in late ’44 he joined the Marines, having just graduated high school in his small town in central Nebraska. He went through boot camp in San Diego and was given almost no further training before shipping out to Hawaii to join the new Fifth Division. The bloody battle between the Marines and Japan in the Pacific was reaching a ferocity previously unknown in warfare. Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu and other island battles were costly — but necessary — victories on the way to Japan and final victory over the architects of the Bataan Death March and other atrocities. Jones was assigned to a medical hospital unit, where he performed duties such as setting up tents and establishing perimeters for field hospitals. The Marine Fourth and Fifth divisions landed on Iwo Jima on Feb. 19, 1945. Jones’ unit went in two days later and set up the hospital tents. The number of casualties was almost overwhelming.

One of Jones’ jobs was to drive the jeeps, mounted with two litters, which served as ambulances. He would transport the wounded to the hospital. He was just barely 18 years old, and saw more than a boy that age should see. Jones can still smile, however, about the time he was coming from the latrine and a Japanese soldier walked up to him and surrendered. Jones didn’t have his weapon with him and nervously escorted the prisoner back to the hospital, where rifles and other Marines were present. Few Japanese surrendered on Iwo Jima. Jones and I met 45 years ago, 16 years after Iwo Jima. He was a young banker, and he went on to become chairman and largest stockholder of one of the larger banks in Nebraska. Because his time in service was so limited before he landed on Iwo, Jones never had a set of dress blues. When he and his wife, Gayle, flew back to the island in 1995 for the 50th anniversary of the battle, I gave him the gold eagle, globe and anchor emblem from my old dress blues to carry with

I traveled to Washington to honor Max Brown and Bob Jones and the thousands of other Marines like them. They survived a terrible ordeal and came home to finish educations, build homes and raise families and made this nation richer and better.

President Bush speaks to about 15,000 people gathered for the opening of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. him. I traveled to Washington and to the National Museum of the Marine Corps to honor Jones and thousands just like him.

Called up Max Brown landed on Iwo Jima four days after the initial invasion. He was a replacement assigned to a rifle company of the Fourth Marine Division. The company had suffered severe casualties, and Brown was replacing a squad leader. He was immediately in combat with the squad, which was already down to half — or less — of the normal number of men. He didn’t even have time to get to know the names of the men he led when they were involved in a fire fight with a large, covered bunker. They were able to take the position and advanced by nightfall. Just two days later, while advancing across an open space, the company was hit from the right side by a hail of mortar and grenade fire. During this engagement, Brown was knocked to the earth by an exploding grenade. He was hit in the back with shrapnel and was bleeding from both ears. The Navy medical corpsman attached to the unit removed as many metal fragments as he could,

treated the wounds with sulpha and attended to the ears as best he could. He told Brown he should go to the beach for evacuation. Brown refused, saying he was still able to walk and fire his weapon. Within 30 minutes, the corpsman was killed. Many people are under the impression that the battle for Iwo Jima was over in just four days, when the flag was raised in that historic moment atop Mount Suribachi. But the furious struggle lasted for almost another month. Brown survived without further injury and left the island with his division. Brown deserves a Purple Heart. He still has some shrapnel in his back, as attested by VA doctors who were treating him for a back injury he sustained while fighting with the First Marine Division in Korea. A number of his Marine friends have attempted to help obtain the medal, but because of the attending corpsman’s death and no official record, the effort has been unsuccessful. Before he was called back to active duty in the Korean War, Brown married his beautiful wife, Shirley, herself a Marine who

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served in Parris Island during the last stages of World War II. As far as I know, she is the only Marine who was later homecoming queen at her college, Colorado State University. The Browns recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Brown and Jones, and the thousands of other Marines just like them, survived a terrible ordeal and came home to finish educations, build homes and raise families, and made this nation richer and better.

David Beliles’ observations at the opening ceremonies for the Marine museum in Quantico, Va.: • On the 231st birthday of the Marine Corps, Nov.10, 2006, there were 300 buses at the north Pentagon parking lot. The buses made the 30 mile trip down to Quantico and the museum in flotillas of six, each group escorted by Virginia State Patrol motorcycle officers. Some of the eventual audience of an estimated 15,000 started arriving a 9.a.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony. • Two small meetings demonstrated part of the Marine ethos to us. I noticed a large man wearing the crimson blazer and cover of the Marine Corps League. His cap read, “Central Missouri Chapter.” Because I had worked on two newspapers in Missouri years ago, I approached and asked him where he was from. There followed the usual exchange of when we served on active duty and where. This type of exchange was going on all over the grounds outside the museum. As we turned to walk away, the big old Marine grabbed our arms and said, “You guys are my brothers.” • We two old buck sergeants from more than 50 years ago noticed a full-bird colonel, standing alone, splendid in his dress blues, and his face and blue eyes were a poster-like rendition of what an officer of the Marines should be. We approached him and gave him the “Happy Birthday,” and “Semper Fi” salutation. “Why men,” he said as he proceeded to remove the spanking-white glove on his right hand in order to shake our hands, “it’s a pleasure to meet you and happy birthday.” • The Marines were honored to have our commanderin-chief, President George W. Bush, on hand to deliver the major speech. He wasn’t quite the speaker Jim Lehrer was, but he was especially moved and moving when he

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The National Museum of the Marine Corps spoke of a young corporal of the Marines who died while saving a number of his buddies in Iraq. The young man, whose birthday was Nov. 10, was destined to be a Marine. He would have been 25 years old on this Corps birthday. The president said he would posthumously present the Congressional Medal of Honor to Cpl. Jason Dunham. • Semper Fidelis Park was dedicated Saturday evening. The park rises above the museum structure and consists of a winding walkway to a rally point just outside a wooded acreage. The walk is lined with bricks purchased to honor old and current Marines. The bricks cost a donation to the museum of $300. The published last count of bricks stood at around 9,000 and growing. Medal of Honor recipient Col. “Barney” Barnum Jr., USMC-retired, gave a rousing Veterans Day speech to dedicate the park and honor all veterans.

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Many people wonder why the Marines make such a point of belonging to the Corps. Why do we say, “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” and why do we place the emblem on our cars or have special Marine license plates? Jim Lehrer, PBS anchor and a Marine who spoke at the dedication, said it might be because Marines are a much smaller branch of service. Part of it might be because our basic recruit training is so arduous, both physically and mentally — the toughest in this nation by far. A recruit is not a Marine until he successfully completes that 13-week challenge. Not every recruit can make it to the end. When he receives his emblem at graduation, a Marine knows the hymn is not just a song. He knows “Semper Fidelis” means being always faithful to your country, the Corps and other brother Marines. And, Lehrer said, there is something to the phrase, “First to Fight.” Marines in Iraq, he said, suffer casualties at twice the rate of the other services. A former commandant of the Corps once wrote this unequivocal answer: “Being a Marine has never been just a job, just a paycheck, an occupational specialty or an insignia of rank. Being a Marine comes from the eagle, globe and anchor that is tattooed indelibly on the innermost being of those privileged to earn the title.”

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RED TIDE REPORT Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected alongshore Longboat Key and was not detected offshore Friday, Nov. 17, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

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DEAL US IN by Donna Swan


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Dealer: South Vulnerable: None


South wins the spade lead and studies the hand for about 20 seconds. After facing his hand, he says: “I can ruff two hearts in dummy and give you two diamonds for 11 tricks.” The director is called and the East-West pair ask that the hand be played out. Request denied, so East-West are miffed. East-West admitted later that they hoped that South would make some sort of error and only take 10 tricks. Should the claim rule be banned at duplicate, asks the contributor? The claim rule was introduced so that the game of duplicate would not drag out when there is no way that the declarer could be set in his contract. The declarer must say how he would play the hand and if there is any way that he could be set, the director will favor the declarer. This slows down duplicate play. I do feel that this particular claim was a bit early, but there is no way for the declarer to make an over-trick, nor is it possible for East-West to win more than their two diamond tricks.


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sounds 3 Full of furrows 4 Folklore baddie 5 Horsy movie, "__ Lap" 6 Young cow 7 Group of nine 8 Sayers and Lamour 9 Baking chambers 10 Catches on 11 Indian honorific 12 Hybrid fruit 13 Culture medium 14 Changes stickers 15 Quaking trees 16 Be off 17 556 in letters 18 You can say that again! 19 Notorious marquis 27 Future atty's hurdle 29 Russian measure of distance 32 Justification argument 34 Bombards 35 Put into service 37 Prevaricates 38 Built like Yogi? 39 Comic Johnson 40 Accomplishes 41 Painful points 42 Insincerely polite and charming 43 Thatch vessel? 45 Drunkard 47 Govt. agent 49 The Velvet Fog 50 Mall tenants 52 Tennyson poem 54 Cake finisher 57 Actor Mineo 59 Sticky, wet stuff 63 Golda of Israel 65 Speak off the cuff

66 Della of "Touched by an Angel" 68 River under the Ponte Vecchio 69 Offspring 70 Critic Reed 72 __ now and again 73 Have a feeling 75 Part of A.M. 78 Hang flutteringly in the air 79 Completely infatuated 80 MGM mascot 81 Night deposit 82 Actor Wallach 86 Whispered word 87 Dipped 89 Gives support to 91 Altar constellation 94 Disputed Asian territory 96 Sibilant jeer 99 Trims to a point 100 Budd Friedman's comedy club 102 Group of Italian islands 103 Actress Ambrose 104 Stir from sleep 106 Carpenter's tool 107 Hebrew month 108 Maternally related 109 Lewd looker 110 Tidal flows 111 Came to roost 112 Ciao! 113 Stalactite site 115 AMA members 116 __ mater 119 __ Baba



K.C. Doyle, Deland, FL

Last Week’s Cryptograms 1. Ingenious lady calls her cell phone to find her purse to get her glasses to look for her car keys. 2. If a big tunnel is dug through a wide mountain, it’s quite possible the sum of the parts won’t equal the hole.


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Items Under $200 For Sale

ge kitchen trash compactor, $75 obo. (941)383-7016. crystal stemware. Orrefors of Sweden. Mint condition. 8 wine glasses, $100. 8 champagne/sherberts, $100. 355-3747. books. 15 hardbound classics (Heritage Club) in individual display boxes, $200. (941)924-5482.

displays for jewelry, glass and alumn. Portable. 2 single, (1) 3 tiered. $200. (941)792-0110.

Adult Care

RN; 18+ Experience. Available For Private Duty, Able to Run Errands, Doctor’s Appointments, Etc. Dependable, Reliable & Hard Working. References Available. (941)351-1673

Antiques steven postans antiques 28,000sq.ft. warehouse. over 1,000 pieces of 18th & 19th C. English and Continental furniture and clocks. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY! 7881 15th St. E. (old 301), Sarasota, FL. 755-6063

Appliances For Sale


Auto Transport

retired longboat Key police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381.

“Friday night dinners at our Longboat Key Centre Shops location”

Beauty Care

NOVEMBER 24, 2006 5:00P.M.-8:15P.M.


Boat Charter

4 slow roasted prime rib

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

4 pure lump crabmeat cakes

Boat Sales, Service & Storage

homemade pies! and much more...just ask...

Does your boat need a home? Buy a rack for your boat (up to 28’ in length). Reasonably priced at $70,000. 941-809-3410.

by reservation only beer and wine available 383-3787


Free Monthly Lecture Series, Israel’s History & Current Events. Reservations Required.

live Maine lobster

4 roasted pork tenderloin with cranberry/raisin chutney

flats boat. 2003 18/ft. Action-Craft, trailer, 125 HP Mercury less than 60 hours. Bimini, poling platform, pole, bottom painted and in water. Excellent condition. $19,000 firm. E-Mail: or call 387-8448. just

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

longboat key Moorings: Slip 48’x21’. $245,000. Call 863-686-7112.

Cleaning Services

me & Co. Cleaning Services. Specializing in Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-ins and Move-outs. Fully insured. Call for FREE ESTIMATE and appt. Q-8, 941-234-2315. krisztina’s exceptional Cleaning. Home & Office. Reasonable rates. Call 941-726-5516.

lbk moorings: 70/ft. slip available for long term lease. $18/ft. per month plus time to cleAN? I can help! Thorough, electrical. 941-387-8047. dependable, honest detail-oriented. Annual,

for rent: By owner, 57/ft. deep water seasonal, weekly, bi-weekly, move-ins/outs, slip, LBK. $17/ft. Call for info. Condos to x-large homes. Reasonable 941-355-1986. rates. Insured. Excellent references. 45’ Boat Slip At LBK Moorings Include Pamela, Toll Free 1-877-320-0023. 2003 396 Carver E.S., Cherry, Low Hours. 8 mrs. maids. For a clean house call Save Big On Real Estate Taxes. Boat & us today Competitive prices. References. Slip $499,000. (952)442-2740 Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. dry dock Slip 24/ft. for rent or sale and 21/ft. Bayliner 2001: I/O. Like new. 708-267-6704.

do errands, doctor appts. shopping, desk work. seniors! do you want the comfort of havAlways with a smile. P/T. Call Miriam, Saab 900S Convertible, Champagne ing the same caregiver daily? Pick your 1997 W/Black Top, Beige Interior, Excellent (941)383-5646.


Friday night specials

Permanent Makeup, Eyebrows, Eyeliner, Lip Color. RN Nurse 15 Years Experience. Trained For Certification. (800)304-4859

Auto Sales & Service

2002 Volkswagen Passat, great car. Leather interior, CD changer, electric windows, locks, Triptonic- automatic transmission, good tires, well maintained engine, recently detailed, good mileage, soft green. See it to appreciate. Amazing price, $8200. Call (941)284-4848.

blue dolphin cafe

need a bartender for your upcoming holiday party? I am experienced and professional. Please call Paige to check availability @ 941-726-0843.

private nurse companion seeking work Like new Whirlpool heavy duty, large cain Sarasota, Venice. 25/yrs. experience. Ex- pacity, 4 cycle washer and dryer, almond. Caregiver/Companion cellent references. Days, nights. Possible $300/pair. (941)725-1602. experienced caregiver. Will live in. Call 860-304-0109.

own. Go to or Condition FUN CAR! $5,000. 795-1242 call Tracey, 941-544-0653. Not an agency.




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SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchens has been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Let us combine our knowledge with your individual style. 383-0777.

Answers for this week’s crossword

6D Classifieds Cleaning Services

Longboat Cleaning Company. Work Done By Longtime Island Residents. Homes & Business. We Also Do Windows. Serving Longboat Key 25/yrs. References. (941)388-3185.

Computer Services

Certified Computer Professional. Computer slow or acting weird? On-site support. Lido Key. Call Forrest, 388-3425. computer running slow? Need an upgrade or just have a question? Call Jeff, 504-HELP. computer obedience Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $40/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508.

expert technical Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858/941-544-6725.

The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, november 23, 2006

Help Wanted

Painting & Wallpapering

Inside Classified Sales

van-go PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, faux painting, pressure cleaning. Island references. Bill, 795-5100 or 518-9300.

The Observer Group is looking for a qualified salesperson to sell classified advertising into our 6 (soon to be 7) Observers

CANFIELD PAINTING. Fall Specials!! FREE Estimates. Interior - Exterior. References Available. (941)364-8874

Candidate must be computer literate, motivated, detail orientated, and have excellent telephone skills

Alone? seniors Dating Bureau! SAFEST since 1977! (ages 45-90). 1-800-922-4477 (24/hrs.). Or log onto:

Work in exciting downtown Sarasota

Personal Services your personal bookkeeper, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner

Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years as an agent with RE/MAX Excellence, you of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, receive the benefits of the RE/MAX Design upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless Center. See what it can do for you and your networking. PC or MAC web design. business. Call Andrew Vac, 941-383-9700 or E-mail: 383-3878, 587-5588.

the computer coach: Offering one on one lessons, computer maintenance and internet security. Please call Elinor, 941-586-5689.


consignment store. Florida’s largest & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery available. House of Lords - Osprey. 941-966-5446.


Items For Sale

Bed, Major Brand Name Queen Mattress Set. New In Plastic. Sold Locally $1100. Sacrifice $495. Can Deliver. (941)234-8019 lord’s warehouse nonprofit Open 9a.m.-1p.m. Monday, Wednesday. & Saturday. Furniture, clothing, decorator items, kitchenware, jewelry. Information: 383-4738.

King Size Pillow-Top Mattress Set. New complete drywall service. Ceiling W/Warranty. Mattress Alone 11” Thick. Can refinishing, texturing & painting. Commer- Deliver. $525. (941)234-8019 cial & Residential. Prompt Professional Service. 539-6698. Landscaping

Events flea market SUNDAY, nov. 26th starts at 8a.m. outside ginny’s antiques & art 5600 marina dr., holmes beach on anna maria island parking across the street at library 779-1773


mahogany trim 5/pc. sectional sofa. Seats 4, w/ottoman. Clean, excellent cond. Will deliver. $425. (941)383-5626. pair of fine Navy leather popup recliner club chairs. Perfect condition. Original cost over $1800 each. Buy now for $600 each. (941)383-4818.

Music Instruction

rn looking for personal care duty in your home, daytime. 792-7876 or 447-5545.

Painting & Wallpapering

Pastel Painting. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 14 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

carlo dattilo painting. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper Alberto’s Refinishing Of Fine Furniture. Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, installation & removal, pressure washing. Doors, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941)296-5427 (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp.

Furniture Repair


attention grandparents, the only board game designed for young kids to play with their grandparents. or call Henrietta, 941-954-6080.

Help Wanted

mortgage originators. Will train. Potential 10K per month. No license required. (941)812-6381.

I come to your home or office. Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns

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artisan tile (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins. drywall repairs, popcorn removal. retexture and repaint. two pro companies working together. clean, condo approved. Coordinated and insured. References. Call Ken Nesary Drywall 284-8558 paul sutherland. Carpentry, minor & major repairs, built-ins, crown moldings & more! Residential/Commercial. Prompt, dependable service. (941)792-4645.

Tile Installation

Over 25/yrs. experience

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

Telephone: 941-749-5646


BONDED & insured

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

local repair Service for all home Massage needs. Member of BBB. Lic/Ins. 17/yrs. experience. Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. experience the Healing Benefits of Fax: 941-363-9017. Carpentry, painting, Massage Therapy. Swedish, Deep Tissue, tile, pressure washing, dock & deck repair. Neuromuscular. Sarasota/Bradenton facilities or in home service. 941-753-7766 .. .. Lic. #MA34584.

Learn To Play Conga’s Or Bongo’s. 20 Years Experience In the Music Business. deep sea fishing - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour Children & Adults. Call: (941)966-8937. trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. Visit At USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate voice & Piano lessons for children controlled cabin, all new equipment & and adults. Degreed, experienced teacher. Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait For more information, call 365-5691 or visit: & tackle provided starting at $400. For information and reservations, call Captain Brandon today. 761-1715. Nursing/Companion

Fishing Charters

Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/Taxes

& Lawn Services

Gulf Shore LANDSCAPING: Lawn Care, Pressure Washing, Landscaping. Owner Operated By Island Resident. Licensed & Insured! Exceptional Value! Call: (941)726-7070

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


Great compensation package! Fax resume to 941-362-4808 or e-mail it to

Remodeling & Home Improvements


All variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Many Local References. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Expert Marble & Travertine Installation Floor & Walls Call Ashdown Flooring Inc. (941) 726-3077 lic.


john gubernat handyman specializing in roof leaks, power washing & roof coatings, siding, soffit, fascia, flashings, home repairs. 28/years experience. Excellent quality, prompt service. 941-383-5765 lbk resident

tutor: reading Specialist - Learning Consultant, 30/yrs. experience. Certified in Elementary Education - B.A., Reading Specialization - M.A., Learning Disabilities - M.A., Education Ed.D. Diagnostic, Remedial. Call between 4-6p.m. 778-0349.

Window Cleaning Let There Be Light Professional Window Cleaning. Windows Spotlessly Clean Inside & Outside, Screens, Tracks & Sills.

Satisfaction Guaranteed Local References

Christopher Thibodeau (941)524-8129 Commercial/Business Opp. RESTAURANTS beachfront cash cow. Business: $299K. Building: $1.6MM. Buy both: $1,690,000** MEALS & MORE. 50 seats, beer/wine. Sells select goods, too. $120K** cafe/smoothies in Bradenton gym. Profitable, easy operation. $47.5K. retail & services sea stable: Ladies swimwear, cover-up boutique, resort clothing: $130K +inventory. Bldg. w/great visibility also available. $900K. gifts/decor for patio, home & garden. Enchanting shop, fun items in good resort area location. $99K** men’s barbershop. LBK’s only one - a 20-year success story. $45K. pet grooming. Loyal customers, good location, profitable. $59,900** investments canal duplex: 4 to 6 rentable bedrooms. Use or redevelop. $724,900. industrial plastics factory: Long-established in excellent Fla. location, profitable.** stone. Fla. factory makes & installs marble/granite/manufactured stone items for builders & homeowners.** steel fabricating. Strategically located, profitable Fla. factory**

ray cordy custom Painting & Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All trades are union ins. trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Re- lic. models, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” robert held’s handyman & more! **Confidentiality agreement required. coatings that are for your Sensitive & AllerImprovements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, genic Needs. An Environmentally Correct Longview Realty Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! 941-383-6112 friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, Homeowners & Contractors welcome. 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 704-7557, Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable 758-8044. references. 953-5215.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, november 23, 2006

Commercial Rentals & Sales

Condos & Homes For Sale

new 400/sq.ft. OFFICE in Triple spectacular sarasota Bay and InDiamond Business Park, I-75 & Exit 195, tracoastal views from LR, DR, kitchen, MBR, den and lanai. Unique LBK condo Laurel Rd. 941-966-1794. w/windows on 4 sides. 3BR/2BA plus den and laundry. New hardwood floors and Condos & Homes For Sale renovated kitchen w/granite counters. 2/Car 543 juan Anasco: 600/ft. to beach, 2 covered parking, heated pool, beach acstory, huge furnished downstairs, 2 car ga- cess, tennis court, boat dock, elevator, pet rage, canal front, 3BR/2BA, lanai upstairs. permitted, partially furnished. $725,000. Must see! $699,000. Call Charles, 941-383-1084. 383-2953. country club Shores. New seawall and luxurious harbor Circle villa. Turnkey dock. Building plans or rental. $1,000,000. decorator furn., 3BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft., (941)383-7823. wood floors, fireplace, skylights, screened lanai with waterfall, 2/car garage. $739,000. By owner. Available to be seen Nov. 25 thru drastically reduced!! Dec. 10. No realtors. 484-269-2139. harbor villa Club. ExrLrg 2BR/2BA, TKY w/40/ft. boat slip. $849,000. Sammy Ulbrick, Horizon Realty, 320-6872.

lbk duplex income property. Canal-side with 4 to 6 bedrooms & deeded beach access. Live in it, rent it out for income, or redevelop (adjacent property also available): $724,900. Mary Ann Namack at Longview Realty. (941)383-6112. mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradenton’s

longboat key the village key west cottage 560 Broadway $730,000 contact judy heyer latitude 27 realty 941-387-9004 or 941-730-9009

best kept secret 55+ community starting Low $200,000’s, bayfronts, Canalfronts, Lakefronts, Garden views. Boat Docks Donna Bocher RoseBay Real Estate 941-713-0203

sands point condo great complex in Longboat Key club. gulffront - Gulf view 1st floor, patio, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA, pool, boat docks and more!! asking $749,000 joan boltax michael saunders & co. 941-350-6390

westchester 2BR/2BA, ground floor closest beach/Positano, TKY. Lowest price, $750,000. Samantha Ulbrick, Horizon Realty, 320-6872. For Sale By Owner. Tastefully Upgraded 2BR/2BA Stand Alone Lake Front Villa In The Unique Spanish Main Yacht Club Seniors Community. Steps To Beach. Pool, Fishing, Marina, Putting Green, Club House In Complex. Reduced To $449,900. Lowest Priced Waterfront Unit In Complex. Exceptional Longboat Value. Cathy Daley, Owner/Realtor. (941)302-1004 magnificent award winning condo must be seen to be appreciated. Priced at $1,850,000 Call Yvette for details.

fulfill a dream! Live downtown in the corner penthouse at 1350 Main. Charming, elegant, 3BR/3.5BA and family room. Marble, granite, stainless and upgraded floors. Stunning direct Bay views from 2 balconies. parking for 2 cars. $1,399,900 Call Owner/Agent Nancy Lindeman 941-400-2656

Michael Saunders & Co.

MLS #305998

north lbk Whitney beach 2BR/2BA, newly remodeled, custom kitchen. Private beach, boat docks, tennis, pool. Walk to shops. $539,000 941-724-3519

longboat key windward bay

price reduced to $449,000 great investment property. seller will lease back 5 months of the season for the next three years. 2BR/2BA penthouse, tastefully turnkey furnished. call dorothy cook, realtor wagner realty (941)383-5577 Cell: (941)730-9715

as a buyer, see all the listings on and for Andrew’s listings go to www.andrewvac.comAs a seller, go to and see what Andrew St. Armands Towers, Furnished can do for you in this current market if you 2BR/2BA, Across From Lido Beach, want to sell. Andrew Vac, RE/MAX ExcelSparkling City View Lights. $599,900. lence, 941-383-9700. (941)388-0007 Holmes Beach Condo, Gulf Front, Gorinn on The Beach, Club Suite. By owner. geous Views, (2) Pools, Carport. Newly Rented by Florida Vacation Connection. Remodeled In 2006, Like Brand New. 1BR/1BA $399,900. (941)795-5060 Lowest priced suite. 708-267-6704. Yvette J. Eberly re/max excellence 941-383-9700

Classifieds 7D

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

priced reduced!

University Park

lbk condo Spanish Main Yacht Club 2BR/2BA +office/den, marina, deeded Gulf access, completely furnished, updated kitchen. $375,000 By owner 941-387-3130

591 DeNarvaez Waterfront, Two Story Cottage, 10,000 S.F. Lot, Deepest Widest Canal. $699,000. Peter (941)720-0232

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

By Owner Open House Sundays 1-4PM 7416 Eaton Court Desirable Gated Community 4*Golf, Tennis, Fitness Ct. 4BR/3BA/2CG FM RM W/Gas Fireplace Entertainment Center Private Guest/in-Law Suite Extra Large Pool & Lanai For Entertaining Lovely Atrium Large Private Preserve Lot Beautiful Ceramic Tile. Immaculate Immediate Occupancy

Broker Coop Invited Huge Reduction- Now $699,900 Owner- (941)358-6886


Ë Ë st. armands house/guesthouse. Wooded. Live/rebuild. $1,595,000. Brokers welcome. (941)388-2524.

Ryan Roslansky Michael Saunders & Company


(941)448-4013 Country Club Shores 3BR/2.5BA/2CG Oversized LR/ DR Den With Fireplace Oversized Laundry Room With Lots Of Storage Screened Lanai With Built-in Barbecue 30X15 Pool Deep Water Canal 50’ Boat Dock With 50 Amp Power Well & Pump Irrigation System

For Sale By Owner

building 5 - Capri model 3,319/sq.ft. a.c. Private location on great beach. Completion end of 2006. $3,695,000 beachplace Beachfront Penthouse. Two Bedroom Two Bath with garage and outside parking. Furnished. $1,250,000 Players Club Beachfront Penthouse. Three Bedroom, Two & half baths. Garage, Furnished. $1,299,000

513 Gunwale Lane

Call Ron Baldwin & Associates R.E.. 941-954-7471


jew fish Key. Custom home on ICW, 2 fireplaces, deep water dock, fabulous views, 1.7 acres +/-. Very private. Contact Anne Miller, Wagner Realty, 778-2246.

Reduced For Quick Sale (941)383-2567 beautiful longboat Key garden home. Completely renovated 3BR/3BA/3CG, over 4000/sq.ft. total area, on 2 levels, beautifully landscaped corner lot, 1/2 acre, fully furnished. $995,000. Principals only. 941-539-5911 392 firehouse lane longboat key 2004 builder’s model 2BR/2BA, den +loft, 1961/sq.ft. steps to beach & pool $1,095,000 owner/agent 305-632-0449 ewm realtors inc.

kingston arms 2BR/2BA, Great location, walk to St. Armands and Lido Beach, turnkey. Great rental history $499,995 The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 941-387-9709 For Sale By Owner- Holmes Beach Triplex. Annual Income $34,200. Steps To The Gulf. Call (646)842-0096 For More Info. Asking $575,000

LBK GULF FRONT. Sea Horse Beach Resort. Awesome beachfront location. Great rental income. Renovated studio condo. $399,000. (248)661-1383.

Lots & Acreage For Sale

Two Vacant Lots, DeNarvaez Drive, LBK North End 10,000 S.F. Each, Deep Canal. Meeky (941)795-2520

BAYFRONT LOT Large Lot In Longboat’s Exclusive Harbor Section Open Vista Of Downtown Skyline 190’ Seawall Protected Waterway For Private Dock Membership In Beach Club Included Double-gated Community

Seller Financing Available (941)374-2710

8D Classifieds Open House fairway bay townhouse with boat dock 1910 Harbourside Dr. #503 Open Sunday 11/26/06 1-4p.m. Donna Stewart, GRI Michael Saunders & Co. 993-3635

The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, november 23, 2006

Rentals: Annual

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exceptional condo with Gulf view on Lido Beach. Walking distance to St. Ar- on the Gulf: 2BR/2BA condos at mands Circle, 2BR/1BA, 1st. floor. Cedars West. Wagner Realty, 383-4666. $2000/mo. annual lease. No realtors. lido beach, charming 3BR/2BA. Living 388-2922 for appointment. room, family room, screened porch & hot lbk 3BR/2BA, furnished canal front home tub. Furnished house, 1/2 block to Lido with boat dock, walk to private beach ac- Beach, 2/blocks to St. Armands Circle. cess. Below market! $1700/mo. Available now and season. 407-929-0214. 815-877-3332, Fax: 815-877-3309. Phillippi Landings Condo, 2BR/2BA, Covered Parking, Pool, Spa, Central Location. $1800./Month (941)377-4757

Spacious 1BR/1BA Condo For Rent. Walk To Beach & St. Armand’s Circle. $2500/Month Season. Chris McDevitt. i-75 university Parkway area: Gated (941)809-6518 community, 3BR/2.5BA, garage, townhome. condos/homes $1250/mo. SRQ Realty. Chuck Shah, seasonal Sunday 941-448-3731. November-26th II: 1BR/1BA, Gulf view, 1-4PM lbk condo: 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, private covert $3500/mo. Available Jan. & April. beach, panoramic views, terraces, pool, Upscale bayside condo, 5406 Dominica Circle tennis, parking, security. Unfurn. $2675/mo. atrium: 3BR/2BA, W/D, many amenities, $6000/mo. Furn. $2400/mo. 941-993-7240. 3/4BR/2BA Wooded Lot sea club III: weekly rental available. One Private Area Pool & Fireplace condos/homes and two bedrooms. Gulf front. annual sea oats: 1 & 2BR condos directly on the (941)780-2448 Gulf of Mexico. Weekly. fox street: 2BR/2BA, unfurnished, l.b. harbour: 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, $950/mo. great view of Bay. $2500-$3500/mo. bayview dr.: unfurnished 3BR/2BA, pool sutton place: bayside, 2BR/2BA & Out-Of-State Property & yard maintenance included. $1800/mo. 3BR/2.5BA. $2800-$3500/mo. For Sale Castle In Switzerland. Close To islands west: 2BR/2BA, secure build- islands west: breathtaking Gulf view, beautiful accommodations. 3/mo. min. Germany, Austria, & Intern. Airport ing, on the Gulf. $1600/mo. $5000/mo. (941)240-1622 Or (941)320-9587 westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, Wagner Realty beautiful Gulf view. 1/mo. minimum. Real Estate Wanted 941-383-5577 $5000/mo. windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks bay. 1/mo. minimum. $3000/mo. downtown renaissance. Beautifully longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, updated, furnished condo, 1BR/1BA, bay view, all Thinking of selling? $3500/mo. amenities included. Available Dec. 1st. or Annually: $1500/mo. 6/mo.: $2400/mo. 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Large 941-383-6127 2BR/2BA, W/D, lanai, sun deck, beautifully furnished, fitness center, heated pool, 4/Har-Tru tennis, fishing. Monthly seasonal. Phone/fax: 440-248-2747, Email: Whitney Beach: 2BR/1BA Bayside- Fall Rentals: Annual Winter $3,200/Month, View at: $2,500/Month, 2BR/2BA Gulfside Fall $3,900/Month, Winter $4,900/Month, Beach, Pool, Tennis, lbk, beautiful townhouse at Docks, Cable. No Pets, No Smoking. adorable 2br/1ba duplex Seaplace. 2BR/2.5BA, spa, seconds to Call #321.229.2983 Or Email: on canal. beach, pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness cen- ter. Available November, 2006- May, 2007. Call breathtaking views: Penthouse at Call 941-383-7121 or smith realtors The Players Club, 3BR/2.5BA, full kitchen. 778-0777 Bright, spacious dining/living room connects vacation rentals to separate TV/lounge area. Also, study w/computer, fax, wet bar. Everything supLongboat Key & Anna Maria plied/turnkey unit. Min. 3/mo. rental. Asking Seasonal & Annual Longboat Key: Annual Rent, 2BR/1BA, $6000/mo. Any extension $5000/mo. Call Wedebrock Rental Office Screened Porch, Canal. St. Jude Street, 781-416-1925. North $1100/ Month. Phone: (941)778-7293 beachfront, banyan bay #103 Full 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 Gulf views! Walk right out onto the beach grand bay. Penthouse, magnificent bay from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor For a complete list, go to: views, 2BR/2BA, wraparound terrace. Floor condo near Centre Shops, restaurants. to ceiling windows, world class amenities, Large screen TV’s, in unit washer/dryer. beach club, 2/car garage, 24/hr. security. Sunsets, pool, tennis, fishing pier. Furnished. $2500/mo. 941-383-1909, 941-383-6650. 941-400-3700. LBK Townhome On Canal, 2BR/1.5BA, weekly rentals. Luxurious, fully furPrivate Beach Access Nearby. High Speed Lido Beach: Furnished 1BR/1.5BA nished 1-4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Internet. Available From January Condo On Private Beach. $975./Month. Cottages. 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Vacation & Some Annual lease. 941-387-7676 (Weekly Minimum) Perico Island: Large 4BR/3BA/2CG inn on the beach patio home, extras, near beach and shop941-383-4621 Discounted rates from $131/night ping. $1675/mo. (941)383-4146. Siesta Key Gulf Front Upgraded Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. 2BR/2BA Condo, Turtle Beach, Furnished Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views. Screen Lanai, Indoor Outdoor Pool, Longboat Key 2BR/2BA Home, Secured Garage Parking $2800/Month. 2,000SF., Gulffront, 17 Steps to The Beach, Annual Rental Available Anytime. Stainless Steel Kitchen, W/D, Pool, 941-387-9709 Vacational/ Seasonal Also Available. Very Private. Call Sandy For Rates. 800-469-4852 (315)247-0768 (262)646-3865

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation lido beach stunning 2BR/2BA, penthouse condo. Minutes to beach, beautifully appointed, panoramic gulf views, heated pool, awesome sunsets. Available Dec., Jan., March, April. $3600/mo. Dec. & April negotiable. 813-505-3290

on the Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly May through Jan. $1600/mo. 351-5101. ST. ARMANDS Circle: Newly renovated 1BR/1BA beauty with pool, spa, and covered parking. Near beach and shops. Owner/Agent. (941)586-6731.

LBK, Castillian, 3BR/2.5BA, Beautiful Gulf Side Corner Condo. Monthly/ Seasonally. Beach, Pool, Newly Remodeled. (734)662-1878.

Lido Beach: Low Christmas Rates, Steps To Beach & St. Armands. 1,2,3, Bedrooms, Studio & Hotel Rooms Starting $75. Per Night. Minimum Stay Required. January Rates From $50. Per Night. (941)726-5098

longboat key gulf front condo for rent. Beautifully furnished 2br/2ba, tennis, pool, beach. non-smokers. no pets. december, january $4000/mo. Feb., March, April $4500/mo. owner 941-383-5689 Sea Gate, Beautiful Sunsets, 2BR/2BA, Split, 4 Month Minimum $5800./Month. (941)756-5082 Bayport, 2BR/2BA, Newly Decorated, 1st Floor, End Unit, Beautiful Gulf To Bay. (317)773-8524

lbk: tiffany Plaza. Beachfront condos, 1st. floor, 2BR/2BA, walkout to beach. Beautifully furnished, heated pool, covered parking. 1/mo. min. 941-383-3338.

2BR/2BA Condo On LBK With Panoramic View Of Sarasota Bay, Swimming Pool, Private Beach, Tennis, Fitness, Sauna. $3,000/Month For 3 Months, $3300/Month For 2 Months, $3900/Month for 1 Month. Call: (941)400-1834 Or Visit: For More Details.

lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal rates effective until Jan. 1st. Daily rates $65-$125 3/day min. Weekly rates: $300-$750. Deeply discounted monthly rates available. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. Please call 941-388-2590. lbk canal home. Walk to private beach access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Below market! $3900 monthly. 407-929-0214.

lbk, sutton Place. Large 1BR/1.5BA, newly renovated, elegantly furnished. Bay views, Available. Nov.-Dec., $1275/mo. (941)545-6118. 1br furnished condo on northern tip of Longboat. Private single level building. Backyard opens to the bay with dock, beach to the side. $2000/mo. off season & $2700/mo. during season. 941-374-0304.

All New Luxury, Golfing Community Condo, 2BR/2BA, 2 Screened Lanais, 1st Floor, 3 Months $2,000./Month, Utilities Included. (941)320-4285 or (941)497-2561 Golden Gate Point. Breath Taking View Across The Water Of Downtown, And Marina Jack’s 1BR/1BA $1400/$2200/ Month (941)730-3075

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LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404. lbk gulf front. Pool, beach, 2BR/2BA condo. Monthly. Available Nov., Dec. 2006. Jan.-May 2007. 941-907-6088.

h Pelican harbour, 3BR/2BA, LBK. Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished, 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. 941-383-7901, 513-608-4320.

longboat harbour Tower; 2BR/2BA, on the Gulf, 5th floor, beautifully decorated. Available 3-4/mos. $4400/mo. 937-477-7026.

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pelican harbor: 2BR/2BA, furnished, beautiful bay view, second floor, W/D in unit. Non-smoking. No pets. Pool, tennis, LBK, 2Br/2BA, First Floor Unit, Porch boat dock. Nov., Dec. $3000/mo. Jan. w/Garden View, Recently Renovated, Very through April, $3900/mo. 941-504-2749 Clean At Beach Harbor. Easy Gulf & Bay Access W/Pool. No Pets/Smokers. Available 01/07 - 05/07 3/Month Minimun. canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: $2750/Mo. Contact Gordon (813)240-1102 with dock, private beach access. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Available Oct. Nov. & longboat key home. Super clean, all after March. See website for photos and updated: 2BR/1BA $2500/mo. or 3BR/2BA Real Estate Mart, rates. or call $3500/mo. (941)756-1090. 941-360-0700.

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beachfront luxury: Lido Beach Spectacular Sunsets, 2BR/2BA. Prestigious St. Armands Towers: walk to shops, restaurants in Circle. 9th floor, Gulf view from all large rooms, 42/ft. balcony, heated pool, sauna, elegantly furnished. Annual rental available. Non-smoker. $3100/mo. for 4/mos. Longer lease avaialble at reduced rate. 305-582-8466 Cell. Or E-mail: north lbk Whitney Beach condos by owner

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Private beach, tennis, heated pools, boat docks, 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA. 941-724-3519 lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available Nov., Dec. 2006. June 2007 to Dec. 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 404-325-9578. Whitney beach January, 2007. 2BR/2BA, immaculate garden villa. Fishing, dock, tennis, heated pool, private beach. $3375/mo. 941-924-3393. lido beach, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large condo unit, upgraded, beautifully furnished, large terrace with Gulf view. All amenities: pool, party room, gyms. Seasonal rental December thru April, $2500/mo. or Annual rental @ $1500/mo. 941-288-7261 or 941-387-8432.

Tangerine Bay Club Penthouse Condo Exquisitely Furnished, 4BR/4.5BA On LBK, Overlooks Sarasota Bay, Including Pool, Tennis, Exercise, 2/Car Garage Private Beach Club. No/Smoking, lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., DelightNo/Pets. Annual Or Seasonal. ful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to longboat key condo: mid-key, direct Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including Gulf/Beachfront, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA/2Kings, full kitchens and laundry room. Available washer dryer. Excellence. Non-smokers. weekly or monthly. 383-2566. Dec. thru Feb. remain: $5000/mo., Paradise In COMFORT At Palm Breeze $9500/2mos. Owner: cell 859-468-3478. Rentals In Holmes Beach. Two Beautifully beachfront unit - 3015 Gulf of Mexico Furnished Units In A Key West Style Home Drive, available in January and April and On A Large Corner Lot. Each Unit Has in the off season. Call Andrew Vac, 3BR/2BA, Washer, Dryer, Fully Equipped RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or Kitchen, Heated Pool, Bikes, Grill, Etc. Just and tab vacation Bring Your Clothes, And A Toothbrush And rental for photos. Enjoy. WWW.APALMBREEZE.COM (941)730-5126 392 firehouse lane, lbk lido 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Immaculate, Heated Pool, Steps To Beach Fall Specials* 2BR/2BA +loft, 1961/sq.ft. Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117 steps to beach & pool. blackburn harbor: 3BR/2BA, furno pets. 3/mo. min. nished, canal views, pool, spa, tennis, gym, dock available. Near beaches. Flexible 941-387-9732 rental. Also, available longer-term. 966-1794. lbk condo: 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, private gulf front condo for rent. Beautifully beach, panoramic views, terraces, pool, furnished 2BR/2BA, behind LBK gates. tennis, parking, security. TKF $5000/mo. $4800/mo. 813-334-0813. 3/mo. min.. 941-993-7240. The Castillian: Wonderful 2BR/2BA, lido vacation rentals. One and two Direct Gulf Views, Complete Turnkey, Pool/ bedroom units available. Furnished Tennis. Available Dec.2006-May2007 One apartments across from beach and 1/block Month Minimum. Call: (941)383-7410 from St. Armands Circle. 3BR/2BA home available now. Call 266-4775.

privateer: behind LBClub gates. Luxury 2BR/2BA on beach. Great view of Gulf and Olympic size heated pool, tennis, exercise facility. Beautiful condo and building. Competitive rates by month. 941-383-0170.

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