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The Observer LONGBOAT

NEIGHBORS BLACK TIE DRAWN BY MOTE THE SAND PARTY Hazel Lenobel stays happy on the beach and around town. Page 1A+

In this issue

Guests take a trip back to the ’40s. PAGE 1B

You. Your neighbors. Your neighborhood.



Finished Product

The $8 million research center was dedicated at Mote. FREE

Thursday, NOVEMBER 2, 2006

anniversary by Larry Burke | City Editor

Don’t miss the show The town will celebrate its 51st birthday with a bang.

Susan Clarke, Bennie Dods, Mary Lou Johnson and First Lady Laura Bush

+ Political   meeting

The ladies of Longboat had the privilege of meeting First Lady Laura Bush last Friday after she spoke to a crowd of people gathered at the Ritz Carlton to raise money for 13th Congressional District candidate Vern Buchanan. “It was really neat,” said Mary Lou Johnson, Longboat Key resident. “After she spoke, she allowed one of her aides to use our cameras to take pictures of us with her.” Johnson praised Bush’s relaxed and refreshed look, saying she looked “amazing.” “I told her it was an honor to meet her and that she’s such a good role model for youth today,” Johnson said.

+ Anniversary   celebration

Hal and Hazel Lenobel celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Oct. 23. The couple met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

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The town of Longboat Key’s 50th anniversary fireworks show a year ago could be heard and felt the length of the Key. It was so roundly applauded the Town Commission decided to have an encore performance.

Back for an encore performance of its amazing 50th anniversary birthday bash, the town of Longboat Key will put on a free concert and booming fireworks show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Bring your own food, beverages, coolers, chairs and blankets. As it did last year, Sarasota’s Big Z Band, a 10-piece ensemble, will provide musical entertainment. “The people of Longboat Key really come out for events like this,” said manager and drummer Allan Zahn. “The spirit and enthusiasm they showed last year made us want to stay on stage.” The band will have a heavy Motown theme this year but will also play contemporary and Big Band tunes. Capping the night will be an explosive fireworks display by Bell’s Fireworks Co., Tampa, which put on last year’s event. Last year’s show rocked the audience into multiple ovations. A spokesman for Bell’s said the show will have 4,000 blasts and last about 18 minutes. Parking will be available in the north lot at the Recreaction Center and along Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call 316-1980 for more information.

agreement by Larry Burke | City Editor

Firefighters’ union gets contract Working without a contract since June 1, Longboat Key Fire/Rescue employees and the town reached a 3-year agreement for a 25% pay increase and increased pension benefits. The town of Longboat Key reached a tentative agreement with the Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics (IAFF Local 2546) Oct. 25 for a new three-year collective bar-

gaining agreement. “The skills these people possess are in high demand,” said Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. “We knew we were not competitive. If the

town is going to be in the business of providing advanced lifesupport, we need to be in the best position to provide that service.” Both sides are subject to specific language approving a final agreement, removal of a contingency from the Fire Pension Board and ratification of the final contract by the bargaining unit and the Town Commission. Specifics of the agreement are

as follows:

Wages The town will match the hourly rates paid by Sarasota County. These rates include a 4.11% cost-of-living allowance (COLA) adjustment that was given to all town employees, effective Oct. 1. While Longboat Key Fire/Res-


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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006

OUR TOWN continued from page 1A

+ Beauty recognized

Carrie Fowler, Joe Russell, Kim Hoatland and Debbie Fortune

The Longboat Island Chapel has always been a landmark whose architectures says a lot about the Key and the chapel — quaint, understated, easygoing. Looks are important, too. Well, the chapel members’ hard work maintaining the church’s grounds has won an award from the Manatee Chamber of Commerce — the Image Manatee Beautification Award for Public Buildings. The awards are given to businesses and organizations that display noteworthy efforts in maintaining their landscape and an overall community appearance.

+ National   recognition

+ Serving up the rock

Harry’s Deli employees are known for getting into the spirit of Halloween, and this year they decided on costumes that were a tribute to the timeless era of punk rock. Employee Joe Russell was the British-rock lead singer, with Carrie Fowler, Kim Hoatland and Debbie Fortune as his back-up singers.

+ A unique celebration

Longboat Key residents Laurence and Jean DeLynn recently celebrated their 50th anniversary in a special way. In honor of their time together, the DeLynns donated money for every year they were married to the wellness community’s “Flight of Hope.” They said they wanted to honor not only themselves but the cause of wellness as well.

+ Patriotic vision

Judy Farris, who was staying at Casa Del Mar while on vacation for about two weeks in September, snapped this photo during a beautiful afternoon on Longboat Key.

Coastal Living magazine recently named the “15 inns we love” in its October issue, and making the cut was Longboat Key Club and Resort. The annual roundup of resorts was featured on, and the story caused more traffic at the Longboat Key Club’s Web site. Two weeks ago the Web site had about 2,500 visits, up from about 500. “We’re really excited about this,” said Mary Kay Ryan, director of marketing and communications at the club. “I just imagine that this is a place that the editorial team chose because we posses all the characteristics — from a physical and a service standpoint — that not only their staff, but their readers would deem wonderful.”

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$10 per year by Larry Burke | City Editor

Town renews library lease Longboat Key’s library will be around for another 10 years, and plans are under way for its 50-year birthday party. The Longboat Library will soon be turning 50. It began its celebration early with the Town Commission’s approval of a 10year, $10-per-year lease. While small in size, the library has been attending to the literary needs of residents and guests since it opened its doors Jan. 15, 1957. The Town Commission will vote to approve the new lease at its Nov. 6 meeting. “This is the perfect library for this area,” said Longboat Library Inc. President Carole McMahon. McMahon was appointed president in May and has been a member of the all-volunteer staff since 1999. The library relies primarily on membership dues. A yearly membership of $20 provides a

member with up to two sevenday books and up to four 14-day books, CDs or tapes. A $35 membership will double those borrowing privileges. There is also a $300 lifetime membership. Currently, the range of members varies from 1,800 to 2,000, depending on the time of year. That membership can include shorter weekly or bi-weekly memberships as well. The library and board of directors hope to encourage more people to join the group of lifetime members, which now numbers 481. The library will hold a social for lifetime members as part of the 50th celebration beginning in December. There will also be a “Welcome Back” coffee and fashion show Nov. 13. There are also plans to embark

on a capital improvement drive. The building, which opened in 1971 after Arvida Corp. gifted the town the land for a library, is showing signs of age. Carpet, lighting and fixtures are worn out and need to be replaced. The town does not contribute financially to the library’s operation. As a result of a grant last year from the town, the library received $4,411 for upgrades of books on CD. There are no paid workers in the not-for-profit company, and the budget is tight. Books are gladly accepted if they are in good shape. The company’s fiscal year runs from April through March, and total receipts are about $26,000, while total disbursements are about $25,000. “We buy about 40 to 50 books a month,” said McMahon. “With our utilities, lawn maintenance, insurance and office supplies, we clearly don’t have much room for extras.” Longboat Library has had

three homes on the Key. In November 1956, a group of women led by co-founder and three-time President “Dot” Bertolett felt the need for a library on the island. So, on Jan. 15, 1957, with 400 books and 55 members, the Longboat Public Library opened in a rented room at Twin Tarpons Shopping Center, 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive (where Wedebrock Real Estate Co. now stands). The library incorporated in 1961. In 1963, the library took over a section of the then new red brick building housing the post office on Broadway in the Village. Then, in 1971, on a lot at 555 Bay Isles Road donated to the town by Arvida Corp., Longboat Library made its final move. The library with 1,400 members, 15,000 books and about 75 volunteer staff had their own home. The Longboat Library began its “in-season” hours Nov. 1 and is now open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Saturdays.


Longboat Key Public Works staffer Don Waldroup trims the seagrapes across from Bayport Condominiums on Gulf of Mexico Drive. The job will take three to four days, marking the end of the turtle-nesting season. The plants go untrimmed in the summer to protect the turtles from lights.

WIN AN SUV by Larry Burke | City Editor

Web site launched for St. Jude You can go online to get tickets to the event or to win a new Scion or a golf vacation at the Longboat Key Club. Don’t forget: The 25th Annual St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon is less than two weeks away. Twenty-three of the area’s premier restaurants will serve their signature dishes from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Temple Beth Israel parking area, 575 Bay Isles Road, across from the Longboat Key Post Office. As if sampling gourmet cuisine from restaurants such as Beach Bistro, Moore’s Stone Crab, Harry’s Continental Kitchens, The Sun House and more isn’t enough, guests will have a onein-100 chance to win either a new Scion XB (value: $24,000), an ultra-luxury, three-day, twonight getaway at the Longboat Key Club, which includes four rounds of golf with cart, free ten-

nis and a Gulf-front Club Suite or a one-of-a-kind Quilt of Dreams made especially for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The odds are pretty good: Three prizes. Only 300 raffle tickets. That’s it. And buying tickets for both the raffle and the luncheon just got easier. Along with the many places on the island where tickets can be purchased, a new Web site was created for ticket purchases: Raffle tickets are $100 and are tax deductible. Luncheon tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. To purchase your tickets online, go to the encrypted Web site, enter your credit card information and your e-mail address,

and you’re done. You will receive an e-mail receipt that will acknowledge your purchase. If you plan to attend the event, bring the receipt with you on Nov. 11 to the entrance gate. This year’s presenting sponsors of the luncheon are The STANFORD Group Company and The Longboat Observer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You do not have to be present to win the raffle, which will take place at 1:45 p.m. For information and ticket locations, call Patti Colby at The Longboat Observer, 383-5509.

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+ Town to hire Olsen engineers After the Naples-based engineering firm of Humiston & Moore declined to participate in the town of Longboat Key’s Makepeace groin modeling project, the Town Commission has turned to a Jacksonvillebased engineering firm. The commission agreed by consensus the town should hire Olsen Associates Inc. to provide a peer review during the construction of the model and an interpretation of the results of the model. Olsen will review the work of the town’s engineer of record, Coastal Planning & Engineering. Olsen’s general practice is focused on beach restoration works, navigation projects and coastal construction regulation.

+ Commission agenda

The following items will be discussed at the Longboat Key Town Commission meeting Nov. 6: • Workshop start time — To change the start time of the Nov. 16 workshop to 10 a.m. from 1 p.m. • Travel and reimbursement policy — To increase the reimbursement rate for an employee lunch while traveling on town business from $10 to $11. The breakfast rate is $6; dinner is $19. • Landscaping policy — To adopt a landscape ordinance as part of the town’s Southwest Florida Water Management District wateruse permit. • Salary savings plan amendment — An ordinance would amend the town’s salary savings plan by bringing its provisions up to date with IRS guidelines. • Waste Management contract renewal — To approve the renewal of an agreement with Waste Management for collection and disposal of solid waste, recyclable materials and yard waste. The contract would be renewed until Dec. 31, 2013. • Sister Keys project — The commission set a deadline of Aug. 1 for St. Joe Town and Resorts to begin its cleanup and mitigation project at Sister Keys.

+ Town fires up fish scooper

Dead red fish 3 to 4 feet long and dead mullet at Longboat Key Moorings and in the canals of Country Club Shores have spurred the town of Longboat Key to mobilize a fish-removal contractor. The fish are apparent victims of red tide. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said he will ask the Town Commission to transfer $100,000 from a contingency fund for red tide clean up.

+ Correction

The Longboat Observer incorrectly typed Virginia Sanders’ Letter to the Editor in the Oct. 26 edition. Sanders suggested that Longboat Key team up with the Longboat Key Club for desalination.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006

FIREFIGHTER from page 1A Vol. 28, No. 14

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ployees at a cost of more than $440,000, the union conceded its demand for a 48hour work week.

cue employees will now make a greater annual salary than those in Sarasota County, they will also work 400 more hours, as well. The firefighters will accept the standard COLA for years two and three of the contract that all other Longboat Key employees receive. There are no increases in wages during years two and three, except Step increases, which are comparable to those of other Longboat Key employees.

Steps Pay increases, due to satisfactory yearly performances, move a firefighter through a 12-step plan to reach the top of the pay scale. While Sarasota County operates on a 10-year step plan, the union, in acknowledgement of the tentative wage increases of the new contract, conceded its demand for fewer steps. This contract will cost the town an additional $453,340 in wages and benefits for fiscal year 2006-2007. The cost-ofliving allowance total of $115,321 is included in that amount, and has already been budgeted. Thus, the town manger will recommend that the remaining $338,019 come from unbudgeted reserve funds. In addition, this contract would be retroactive to June 1 through Sept. 30, a cost of $131,169. The fire chief and his five deputy chiefs are not included in these funds. When comparing wages from other counties, the town only sought those counties whose firefighters were trained in advanced-life support. This tentative agreement will go back to the 30 members of the fire/rescue union for ratification. No problems are expected. Next, the town pension board must clarify some ambiguity in wording regarding the “frozen amount” as it pertains to Chapter 175. The board directed the town and the union to work out the agreement in advance so no major objection is expected there, either. As a final step, the contract would have to be ratified by the Town Commission. “Both sides are very happy with the outcome,” said Local 2546 District Vice President Frank Stoudt, a 27-year veteran.

Pension The town has increased the retirement multiplier from 3.2% to 3.5% in the Chapter 175 Pension Plan for a 10year vested firefighter. In other words, if a firefighter had 10 years of service and a salary of $60,000, his pension would be $21,000. Also, a firefighter would be eligible to retire after 25 years of service, without regard to age. The union also agreed to allow the town to utilize up to $161,000 from the state, going back to 2003 and into the future, to pay for the Fire Department Pension Plan. The Pension Board had eliminated this money in 2003, and this was a bone of contention in the bargaining process. The town may now also use a “frozen amount” of about $100,000 for benefits in the Chapter 175 Plan. This gives the town the ability to utilize about $366,000 in state money to pay for the Pension Plan, instead of having to use town funds. The union has agreed to maintain its present practice of requiring employees to contribute 10% of their pay toward the pension plan.

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taxes at work by Larry Burke | City Editor

Beach project comes in under budget The Key’s third-quarter summary reflects a solid budgetary performance. Longboat Key’s beach project, while delayed during the third quarter, is nearly completed and will come in under budget. The original contract with Manson Construction for dredging was almost $14.9 million. Added to that was about $2.9 million for turtle trawling and more sand, which was lost to storms Charley, Ivan, Jeanne, Frances and Wilma. The town has applied to FEMA for almost $3,225,229 in reimbursement from the sand losses due to these storms, and anywhere from 75% to 90% — or a minimum of $2,418,922 — will be reimbursed by the federal government. This means that with the $398,704 left over from the just completed beach project, $2,418,922 from FEMA reimbursements for storms and an expected $3,428,059 from the state, who participated with the town on this project, there will be almost $6.5 million in available funds for a future beach renourishment

project. At the end of the third quarter, the town had collected $7,338,116 in taxes, with only $5,700 left to retrieve for fiscal year 2006, a total of $7,343,816. Even with construction down from 2005, when Longboat Key collected almost $1.82 million in building permit fees, the town has collected more than $1.33 million, about 107.5% of the 200506 budget. With other general fund revenues operating on budget, Longboat will also receive another FEMA reimbursement of $553,548, which will be transferred to the Beach Special Revenue fund for yearend closeout. In terms of general expenditures, most departments are slightly above the 25% normal costs. There were, however, seven payroll periods during the third quarter rather than the usual six, which explains the rise. There will also be a $125,000 transfer from the general fund to canal dredging capital projects during the fourth quarter. At the conclusion of the third quarter, the town has mostly completed a $450,000 street repaving project. The

Beach nourishment Funding The beach project was paid for using several town funds and the issuance of District A and District B bonds as follows: Beach bonds $15,650,000 Infrastructure surtax 1,269,200 Tourist tax 416,061 Beach Trust Fund 725,259 Beach district taxes 3,009,348 General fund engineering/design 616,550 $21,686,418

RECOVERY FROM SAND LOSSES (FEMA) Storm Application Charley; Ivan; Jeanne; Frances $1,360,543 Hurricane Wilma $1,094,317 Gabrielle $770,369 Total $3,225,229 project is funded by gas taxes. The Grand Mariner development paid $143,397 in land-acquisition fees during the third quarter. That amount was not reflected in the budget, however, because of concern with the timing of the developer’s building permit. With regard to the Utility Fund, the 25% revenue is what was expected, and while the Manatee County water and sewer charges have not been posted yet, the operating budget for water and wastewater is 70% of the total. Expenditures for utilities through the end of the third quarter are just 19%, or $1,427,900 of the almost $7.5 million budgeted.

While the number of luxury and waterfront listings has actually fallen, high-end sellers seem willing to accept proportionally larger price cuts than sellers of lower-priced homes.


The original cost estimate for the renourishment was $21.6 million. The final cost of the project will be $21,287,714. Manson dredging contract $17,774,537 Engineering, design and construction supervision 2,369,862 Reef construction 487,624 Shore bird and turtle monitoring during construction 155,691 Reimburse general fund from bonds 500,000 $21,287,714 Ending Balance

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Readers who follow our election recommendations pretty much know we’re predictable. We never recommend a Democrat. The reason is simple: The party’s philosophical constitution is the antithesis of this newspaper’s. As stated at left in the quotation from Friedrich Hayek, our political guiding principle and fervent belief is “freedom for the individual” — the freedom to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Laissez faire — “leave us alone.” The freedom to make our own decisions, so long as we do no harm to our neighbors. Democrats do not stand for that. They believe in an activist, coercive government that sanctions the looting of every man’s private property and redistributing that property as unearned benefits to the beneficiaries of their choice. They believe the group trumps the individual. It is an immoral philosophy. Yet, sadly, that philosophy has infiltrated the minds and practices of far too many Republicans these days as well. All of which leaves us — and many others — with an empty feeling. We have no candidates around whom to rally. What’s more, we’re sickened. We’re disgusted beyond description at the radio, televison and direct-mail campaigns that barraged us day after day. It’s as if the candidates and their media operatives have taken handfuls of fresh horse dung and rubbed it violently in our faces. “Here, eat that, you saps!” It’s enough to drive you to apathy. But that would be the wrong choice. We should be heard. In that vein, we specifically want to address those Republicans and Independents who have not voted yet. More specifically, we want to address the Independents who are leaning Democratic and Republicans who are considering or have made the decision to switch their votes to the Democratic candidates of Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate and Christine Jennings for U.S. House District 13, instead of voting for Katherine Harris and Vern Buchanan. To begin with, in its purest sense, every vote we cast is a vote for or against freedom. The privilege of voting gives us the opportunity to decide each election which candidates most embrace the values that promote individual freedom and protect private property. These values, to be sure, are the core of our Republic, the basis on which the nation was established, the two most fundamental ingredients that are required for the flourishing of liberty and prosperity. So those should be the starting points in the ballot box: Who stands for freedom and private property the most? Second, there is the issue of many voters disliking the personalities of Republican candidates Harris and Buchanan. In the end, their personalities don’t matter. Elections are not personality contests. We are making choices over the philosophical direction of our nation. Will it matter in the Senate votes in the next six years what Katherine Harris did in the 2000 election? Will it matter in the U.S. House over the next two years what Vern Buchanan did with his business in the late 1980s? What matters is the candidates’ core political philosophies and whether they have the character to uphold those beliefs. On those scores, Harris and Buchanan are far and away the candidates who will most embrace freedom for the individual, protect private property and quash the growth of immoral government interventionism. Nelson? He is an enemy of the taxpayer. The National Taxpayers Union, The Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform all rate Nelson as one of the most liberal, big-spending senators in

America. Jennings? Watch what you vote for. Suffice it to say, to the Republicans who want to switch, be certain of this: You will regret the day.

+ Why Lawton Chiles, not Bill Nelson, became governor

Sixteen years is a long time ago in politics. But in January 1990, Democrat Bill Nelson was well on his way to seeking his biggest political prize yet — Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He was the party’s front-runner, having been endorsed and funded by Florida’s largest and most influential Democratic powerbrokers. But then he was exposed. Florida Trend magazine published a cover story about Nelson in which he was dubbed “the empty suit.” Nelson, the magazine said, stood for nothing, had no convictions. Thus the name. “More than a few Democrats have been using the phrase for years, in both Washington and Florida,” said Florida Trend. One of Nelson’s closest friends told the magazine: “I guess the reason he might be called that is that he has never taken on an issue of substance in Congress and made it happen.” After the 1986 Shuttle Challenger disaster, then-Congressman Nelson admitted that the House subcommittee he chaired, which oversaw NASA, did an inadequate job. On big issues that gubernatorial candidates were expected to take positions, Nelson flip-flopped (abortion was one) and remained obtuse (“I will never say, ‘I will never raises taxes,’” Nelson said.) Nelson’s lack of forthrightness — his empty-suitedness — became so exasperating to party leaders, including the state’s number one Democratic leader, retired U.S. Sen. Lawton Chiles, that Chiles decided to come out of retirement and run for governor to save the party. By September of 1990, after only about six months of campaigning, Chiles trounced Nelson in the primary with 69.5% of the vote. Now you know how even the hardcore Democratic leaders regard Bill Nelson. Vote Harris. She has far more substance than Nelson.

+ Jennings beholden to Pelosi

If elected, the first vote Christine Jennings will cast in the U.S. House of Representatives will be to elect Nancy Pelosi as House speaker. And then it will get worse from there. If you consider yourself an advocate of limited government and think Washington taxes and spends too much, you will be deluding yourself to think that Jennings will be a Democrat who votes Republican. If she wins, she will owe her victory in large part to the big money the Democratic Party poured into her district campaign. On the farm, we always remembered: When someone finances you, you don’t turn your back on him. Buchanan, on the other hand, believes, correctly, that the marketplace is smarter than Congress. He understands what creates jobs and economic growth. Regardless of his past, we’ll bet on his future. Vote Buchanan.

+ The other races

Governor — Charlie Crist. Jim Davis ranks among the biggest spenders and pro-tax, anti-taxpayer and anti-economic growth members of Congress as rated by the National Taxpayers Union, the Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform. Attorney General — Republican Bill McCullom, unenthusiastically. He’s a tired politician who should move on. But his opponent, Democratic state Sen. Walter “Skip” Campbell is far worse. There are only two things you need to know about Campbell: 1) He represents

Broward County, the most socialistic, liberal county in Florida; and 2) One of the top buttons on his campaign Web site says: “Click here to urge Florida’s attorney general to stop gas-price gouging.” All of which says he doesn’t understand the marketplace. His answer: Have government legislate pricing. He should consult Jimmy Carter on how well that works. Keep him in Broward. Chief Financial Officer — In Republican Tom Lee, Florida’s Senate president, and Democrat Alex Sink, former president of Bank of America for all of Florida, we have two disappointments. Lee had ample opportunity to work for deregulation of Florida’s property insurance industry to solve the shortage of insurance and skyrocketing prices. Instead, he proposed the creation of yet another government-run insurer of last resort for the commercial property market. And in the last session, he guided a bill through that protects big insurance companies from competition. Meantime, Sink isn’t offering any market-oriented ideas either to solve Florida’s insurance shortage. She wants to create a coastal-state, governmentregulated insurance catastrophe fund — more government intervention. And, like all populists, she promises to be tough on insurance companies. Alas, there is no choice here. Go with your loyalties. Agriculture Commissioner — This is a race between incumbent Republican Charles Bronson and Democrat Eric Copeland, a Miami lawyer who is campaigning as a consumer advocate. Go to and read Copeland’s positions on the issues. Scary. Re-elect Bronson.


Florida Supreme Court — Should Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Joan Pariente and Peggy A. Quince be retained? The latter two wrote the majority opinion that shot down school vouchers. Yes: Pariente. No: Lewis and Quince. District Court of Appeal — Vote yes on all of the judges. Circuit Court, 12th Circuit — Rochelle Taylor Curley

Constitutional Amendments Amendment 1: No Amendment 3: No Amendment 4: No Amendment 6: No Amendment 8: Yes


Florida House District 69 — Laura Benson Florida House District 70 — Doug Holder


County Commissioner — Carol Whitmore, Republican School Board, District 4 — Bob Gause

Sarasota County

Charter Review, District 1 — Stefan Butz Charter Review, District 2 — Dan McLeroy Jr. Charter Review, District 3 — Adam Miller Charter Review, District 4 — Charles Cooper Charter Review, District 5 — Neither candidate; they have agendas that are not appropriate for charter review board members. Hospital Board, Southern District, Seat 1 — Gerald Phillips Charter Amendment: Mandatory voter verified paper ballots; independent random audits of election results; audits required before certification. Vote no.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006

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MY VIEW by Rudy Mueller | Contributing Writer

My quarrel with the Democrats In the current election campaign, the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism, the environment and the state of the economy are all prominent topics, yet the Foley scandal has been the recent tipping point in voter sentiment. It is supposed to have shown not only the congressman’s moral corruption but also that of the Republican Party. Let me start my quarrel with the Democrats with this scandal. Foley did, indeed, send sordid e-mail to a congressional page — and resigned to pay the price. Compare his deed and his response to the deeds of Democratic Congressman Gerry Studds, who admitted to having sex with a male congressional page, but was nevertheless re-elected eight times from his Cape Cod district. Tell me that there is no double standard. Why is a Republican’s sordid e-mail to a page worse than a Democrat’s homosexual interlude with a page? Concerning Iraq: Yes, it is a mess, though one should remember that the number of daily casualties is far lower than the number of Iraqis tortured, raped and killed under Saddam Hussein. The average Iraqi is better off, and the oft-forgotten Kurds are delighted with their newfound freedom. I don’t know where the reader lived during the first eight years

of his or her life; I lived mine The Democrats vote and talk mentioned is the fact that the in Nazi Germany. If it taught as if the global war on Muslim air we breathe is the cleanest in me one thing, it is this: No one terrorism was not their con- our lifetimes. The Democrats have shrewdly should have to live under such cern. We’ve had no major act of people. I believe Saddam Hus- terrorism in the United States cut back their criticism of Bush’s sein was as evil as Hitler, and his since Sept. 11, so maybe Osama and the Republicans’ handling sons were worse. Hussein did bin Laden doesn’t mean what of the economy. The can see that less damage only because he had he says. Let’s give the benefit of inflation is low; interest rates are historically less power. low; and our We can deunemploybate the mis‘If you worry about the budget deficit, take ment rate is takes made heart: Despite the war in Iraq, the war on the envy of in Iraq, but the develI believe the terrorism and last year’s severe hurricanes, the oped world. decision to go deficit for the fiscal year just ended came in at In the last in was right. six years, the If America 2% of gross domestic product. That is low by U.S. econodoesn’t lead the standards of the developed world.’ my has crethe fight ated more against desnew jobs pots, and for democracy, who will? the doubt not to Bush, but to bin than Japan and the 25 countries of the European Community In the war on terrorism — to Laden. my mind, the paramount issue Not mentioned lately is Bush’s combined. Our taxes on income, — the Democrats of both houses — and the Republicans’ — sup- dividends and capital gains are voted by substantial majori- posed inattention to ecology, the lowest in memory. If you worry about the budget ties against renewal of the Pa- especially global warming. Last triot Act, citing their concerns year’s unusual number of hur- deficit, take heart: Despite the about some loss of civil liberties. ricanes and their uncommon war in Iraq, the war on terrorWasn’t it intuitively obvious strength was supposed to have ism and last year’s severe hurto all of us after Sept. 11, 2001, been due, at least in part, to ricanes, the deficit for the fiscal that surveillance of interna- Bush’s refusal to sign the Kyoto year just ended came in at 2% of tional travel, communications, Protocol. Conveniently forgotten gross domestic product. That is the flow of goods and the flow of by the Democrats is the fact the low by the standards of the demoney would have to be stepped Senate advised Bush not to sign veloped world. It is low by hisup? Such surveillance does, in- it with a vote of 96-0. To whom toric American standards; it is deed, represent an (up to now is 96-0 not clear enough? Con- no reason to worry. On the convery slight) infringement on our veniently forgotten, also, is the trary, if the fiscal stimulus of the privacy, but do we need another fact that the globe has warmed deficit were reduced too much, Sept. 11 to remind us of the ne- ever since the Ice Age (mostly to it would raise the specter of the cessity? mankind’s benefit), and never most dreaded economic disease

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of our times: deflation. It took Japan, the world’s second-largest economy, 15 years of nongrowth to overcome the effects of deflation. There are other reasons the voters should vote Republican. I prefer judges that interpret the law rather than activist judges bent on rewriting the law. I worry about the Republican ties to big business less than the Democrat subservience to unions and tort lawyers. I prefer free markets to excessive regulation, and I don’t care much for social engineering. The Republican leaders in Congress irritate me less than Howard Dean, Harry Reid and Charles Rangel (who, with admirable candor, stated just last week that he didn’t like a single one of the last six years’ tax cuts). I see few Joe Liebermans left in the Democratic Party with whom I would feel comfortable. If you want to argue that Democrats have historically been good for the stock market, I would point out to you that never in our lifetimes has the Democratic leadership leaned so far to the left. If they came to power, your stocks would go down and your taxes up. We’ve never had it so good. Why vote for change? Rudy Mueller is a part-time resident of Longboat Key.


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BIRD KEY. Spectacular newer home with 5BR, luxurious appointments, floating staircase & guest suite on main level. $2,995,000. Anka Eshak, 951-6660 or 504-6374. #305024

SPECTACULAR SARASOTA MAINLAND BAYFRONT. Sought after mainland bayfront. Fabulous John Cannon custom home with remarkable bay views. Top quality appointments, pool & spa. Priced below appraisal. $2,295,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #311351


Longboat, Lido & Bird Keys


LONGBOAT KEY ESTATE. The ultimate gated beachfront estate located on a 2-acre lushly landscaped property with 150' of sugar white sand beach. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $7,450,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #316433 PICTURE PERFECT BAYFRONT GATED ESTATE on the south side of Bird Key. Beautifully appointed home with separate living areas, 4BRs en suite, pool, spa & views of the city over Sarasota Bay. $6,490,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #300928 MARVELOUS GULF-FRONT OASIS showcasing spectacular sunsets and pristine sandy beach through walls of glass. This custom two-story residence features spacious areas with formal living and dining rooms, family room and beachfront den. $5,795,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #286062 THE RITZ-CARLTON BEACH RESIDENCES. Live the ultimate Ritz lifestyle as the owner of this designer finished Gulf-to-bay 4BR home in the sky. Sunsets on the Gulf & city views along with the legendary services of The Ritz-Carlton. $4,695,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #327362 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Fabulous 3BR corner unit with direct views of the Gulf, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay & the skyline. Beautifully finished with marble & wood floors throughout. $3,750,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #327357 STUNNING BAYFRONT HOME. Prestigiously poised on Sarasota Bay in proximity to the best of everything the area offers, this grand residence on St. Armands Key features every luxury imaginable. $3,650,000. Karen Cash Greco & Barbara Corbett, 966-8000 or 928-1005 & 966-8000 or 400-8248. #299526 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Over 400' of Gulf frontage on almost 8 acres. This unit features magnificent views, concierge, outdoor pool & spa, & state-of-the-art fitness center. $3,400,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #302962 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 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. Perfectly situated & updated home in Bay Isles. Light & bright with great water views, media room, wine cellar, private dock & lift. $2,395,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig & Julie Klick, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #308568 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 ORCHID BEACH CLUB. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from this 6th floor unit. Finished with travertine flooring & within walking distance from St. Armands Circle. $1,995,000. Sergei Sokolov, 388-4447 or 323-2585. #317260 ELEGANT TROPICAL RETREAT on a private corner lot on Bird Key. Offers 3BRs, den, wood floors, plantation shutters, designer finishes, pool & an excellent dock area with long views to sunsets. $1,950,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #323416 BIRD KEY CANAL-FRONT HOME. This 3BR residence boasts a split floor plan with over 3,300 sq. ft., master suite with sitting room & exercise room/office, eat-in kitchen & saltwater pool. $1,675,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #323399 BIRD KEY. The very best of everything throughout this quality built three-bedroom home with open pool. $1,495,000. Kevin Reddington, 966-8000 or 266-4202. #305322 BIRD KEY NEW CONSTRUCTION. A private yard, pool & spacious screened lanai complement the casual lifestyle of this unique residence with architectural detailing, bright interior & sea island style. $1,495,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #296206 SANCTUARY. Furnished, direct Gulf-front condominium with sunset views & new storm shutters. Located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $1,400,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #322524 ST. ARMANDS. A rare opportunity for those who seek Florida beach living at its best. Open, spacious rooms with high ceilings & wonderful outdoor spaces. View the Gulf, only steps to the Circle. $1,399,999. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #312167 LONGBOAT KEY. Brand new construction on Longboat Key's north end. Enjoy deeded private beach access & convenient location close to shopping & Durante Park. $1,395,000. Rose Alstrom, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #312788 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB & RESORT. This 2BR beachfront offers golf & beach in the same destination. Enjoy the potential for high rental income. $1,325,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #321746 BIRD KEY. Remarkable location on Bird Key, with pool & lanai facing south. Beautifully remodeled 3BR ranch with new appliances, flooring, refinished pool & granite countertops. $1,198,000. Nancy Carey, 388-4447 or 323-1616. #299778 SEAPLACE. Newly renovated & furnished with top-of-the-line features throughout. Offers 2 pools, tennis & Longboat Key's most beautiful beach to enjoy. $965,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #324833 PANORAMIC SUNSET & BEACH VIEWS from this end unit. Within walking distance to St. Armands Circle. Totally renovated & offered turnkey furnished. $850,000. Jon Partridge, 3884447 or 724-4452. #314634

SIESTA ISLES. Imagine the possibilities with this canal-front in Siesta Isles. This one-owner home is solidly built with 85' 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

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Partial bay views from this canal-front home. Features an open floor plan, 2BRs, office, many updates, pool, custom dock & new roof in 2004. $969,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #318587

4(/5 3!. $3 /& (/- % 3 s /. % !$$2 % ST. ARMANDS. Very private & charming 3BR en suite home on a large lot. Features high ceilings, updated kitchen, wood-burning fireplace & a lovely pool in a beautifully landscaped yard. $799,900. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #305099 BAYPORT. Spacious Gulf-front condominium in beach-to-bay 27-acre Bayport. Remodeled to perfection with 24" tile & plantation shutters. Tennis, pool, walking trails, fishing pier, kayak & canoe launch. $799,000. Patricia Taylor, 383-7591 or 724-6075. #312776 LONGBOAT TERRACE. The perfect mix of luxury & value with incredible sunsets, tasteful furnishings, & proximity to shopping & Durante Park. $795,000. Helen Larson, 383-7591 or 350-1916. #304876 ARBORMAR. Magnificent Gulf & sunset views from this 3rd floor, turnkey furnished end unit with 2BRs. Generous rental policy with excellent on-site management. $759,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #307205 SANDS POINT. Rarely explored complex with private boat docks, beach, pool & more. This second floor unit has been totally renovated with wood, granite & tile. $750,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #316406 LONGBOAT KEY YACHT & TENNIS MARK II. Turnkey furnished, Gulf-front 3BR direct water views, boat dock, pool on the beach & tennis. Two covered parking spaces. $745,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #289985 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 BAY HARBOUR. True 3BR with views of the boat basin & bay. Recently renovated with tile floors, granite, new cabinets & stainless appliances. Offered furnished. $650,000. Bobbie Banan, 3884447 or 356-2659. #310229 LONGBOAT KEY BAY-TO-BEACH. Enjoy golf, tennis & world-class boating within minutes of your front door. This 2BR is freshly updated & offers full bay views. $649,000. Carol Aviles, 3884447. #322350 SAND CAY. Exceptional Longboat Key value with on-site rental office for short-term rentals. Owner may use as much or little as they wish. $599,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #309206 LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Incredible wraparound bay views in this updated 2BR condominium. Features custom cabinetry & Murphy bed in second bedroom, extra storage & large Florida room. $595,900. Diana Kaeding & Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 356-2874. #320862 LIDO KEY. Set in a secured building just minutes from St. Armands Circle, this corner unit enjoys partial Gulf views. New hurricane shutters, large, open balcony & tiled living areas. $559,000. Cathie de'Ath, 388-4447 or 350-9799. #315429 CEDARS EAST. Set in a tennis resort with bay views, this 2BR features hurricane windows, garage & all amenities. $532,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #299541 LIDO PRESIDENTIAL. This 2BR penthouse features new carpet & partial Gulf view. Well maintained complex with heated pool across from Lido Beach. $475,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #291816 PERFECT ISLAND RETREAT. Villa overlooking pool, gardens & features a bonus room for a den or home office, furnished, private beach & boat dock. $459,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #320220

LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Desirable, bright first floor end unit in a popular community. Enjoy beautiful wide canal views from your large corner living room windows & the spacious enclosed lanai. $439,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #320700 Sarasota Mainland


MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE on a double mainland bayfront lot with panoramic bay views and 312' of seawall. Rarely occupied, pristine condition & top quality throughout. 50' lap pool & 8-car garage. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $5,950,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #325007 BEAUTIFUL VIEWS FROM THE TOWER RESIDENCES of Sarasota Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, & all the exemplary services of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Ritz-Carlton Members Club make this an incredible opportunity. $2,120,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #294438

THE ULTIMATE BEACH HOUSE designed for sea & sunset views set on 150' of beach & Heron Lagoon for fishing & kayaking. Cherry Gulf-front office, home theatre, 8-car garage. Sunning deck, 850 sq.-ft. lanai with summer kitchen & 40' lap pool. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $7,995,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #293716



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CORTEZ BEACH. Unique duplex across the street from the beach with Gulf views from almost every room. Conveniently located to Gulf beaches, bay, fine dining & shops. $920,000. Melissa Watkins, 383-7591 or 730-5227. #527199

SABAL COVE - LONGBOAT KEY. Custom built & beautifully maintained in Bay Isles overlooking the golf course & tidal water lake. This 4BR features a large family room with fireplace, gourmet eat-in kitchen & heated pool. $1,950,000. Betty C. Poma, 388-4447 or 587-5233. #324425

LARGEST LOT IN COUNTRY CREEK. Great opportunity to own over 59,500 sq. ft. Community is located east of I-75 & close to shopping. Offers a large backyard with fruit trees & room for a pool. $675,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #323028

% 3 3 s 7 7 7 - ) # ( ! % , 3 ! 5 . $ % 2 3  # / THE OAKS - CLUBSIDE. Privacy & open views with The Oaks Clubhouse as a backdrop. Features 2 master suites, his & her studies, exercise room & 4-car garage. $1,745,000. Betty Mullinnix, 349-3444 or 928-3441. #327421 NORTH ISLES. Perfect for boaters in a desirable West of Trail neighborhood. Large home with dock for a large boat on deep sailboat water with no bridges to bay. $999,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #315194 OAKS II. Newest Oaks home under $1 million. Set on the 9th hole of the Oaks Eagle Course on a .7-acre lot, this residence is superbly maintained & extensively landscaped for privacy. $995,000. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #317290 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 WEST OF THE TRAIL. This charming 4BR home has always received the utmost in care. Many gorgeous oaks offer a lush canopy to this West of Trail gem. $889,000. Dianna and John Allaman, 966-8000 or 232-4200. #322935

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 Christie's Great Estates listing. $4,490,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #304039


DESOTO ACRES. Lovely, extensively updated family home on over 2 acres. Features Corian counters, extra large living room with fireplace, formal dining room with wood floors, & den or 4th bedroom. $875,000. Anka Eshak, 951-6660 or 504-6374. #309486 LE CHATEAU. Direct bayfront next to The Ritz-Carlton. Lovely & completely updated 3BR residence in an intimate enclave of just 27 units. $869,000. Pat Loy, 383-7591 or 383-2849. #300713 UNIVERSITY PARK. Stanhope Gate former model home with panoramic water vista. Open & bright plan with 3BRs, office, many built-ins & upgrades. $861,000. Phyllis Garfinkel, 951-6660 or 302-6400. #320711 OYSTER BAY ESTATES. This 3BR split plan home is updated with wood floors, ceramic tile & French doors. Features a lush, fenced backyard & a pool. $799,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #323112 TURTLE ROCK. Fantastic landscaping and lake views from this 4-bedroom, three-car garage pool home in Turtle Rock. New carpet and paint. $750,000. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #327975 STONEBRIDGE - PALMER RANCH. Exquisite water views from this 2-story, 4-5BR beauty. Offers high ceilings, pecan floors & a flagstone pool/spa area. Ideal for family living & entertaining guests. $699,000. Gene Cooke, 388-4447 or 780-0964. #321462 OAKS PRESERVE. This 3BR courtyard home with guest suite is filled with extras including an intercom system, decorator window treatments & paver drive. Great privacy in a country setting. $699,000. Barbara Hackett, 966-8000 or 320-8852. #305938 UNIQUE COUNTRY ESTATE located west of I-75 on 1+ acre. This spacious home features 4BRs, large living room with fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, separate dining room & fabulous studio/ guesthouse. $674,900. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #322322 LAUREL PARK AREA. Set on a double lot in the hot Laurel Park area, this tri-plex presents the opportunity for rental income. $650,000. Jennifer Topjun, 951-6660 or 374-0969. #317833 GOLF COURSE VIEWS. 3,600+ sq. ft. of living area are beautifully planned for both family life and entertaining. Split bedroom plan with high ceilings, formal & casual areas, & 3-car garage. $635,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #323362 ROYAL ST. ANDREW. Full bay view from all rooms of this completely remodeled condominium in a desirable building with many amenities. Features new appliances & gleaming wood floors. $629,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #318059 OYSTER BAY ESTATES. This West of the Trail home enjoys a park-like setting, large lanai & plenty of room for expansion. $600,000. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #323153 SOUTHPOINTE SHORES. This home has been completely updated in 2004 & features bamboo floors, new windows, new roof, plantation shutters, solid cherry cabinets & stainless appliances. $599,000. Sergei Sokolov, 388-4447 or 323-2585. #326367 LAKERIDGE FALLS. The most sensational home in Lakeridge Falls. Created as a showplace for one of Sarasota's top designers. The incredible pool area overlooks a large lake. $560,000. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #322258 PRESTANCIA VILLA. With fabulous golf course views, this 2BR-plus-den residence offers a family room, Florida room, new granite in kitchen & stainless appliances. $499,000. Wayne and Penny Sanders, 966-8000 or 923-5895. #326989 THE LANDINGS - A FAVORITE IN-TOWN LOCATION. This waterfront 3BR condominium home has been totally renovated with new flooring, new appliances & a new kitchen. $450,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #307397

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JEWFISH KEY. This beautiful one-acre, deepwater estate lot is located in La Lenaire Isle subdivision on a 38-acre island with 17-acre nature preserve. $1,500,000. Joan Bergstrom, 383-7591 or 504-6809. #318255

ONE WATERGATE. Enjoy full bay views & 1,577 sq. ft. of living space from this 2BR condominium with pool. Open & bright with 9' ceilings & wraparound balconies. $450,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #279910 FOREST LAKES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB. Complete makeover in this very open & light 2BR home. Wood & tile floors in living area make this an easy-care residences. $429,000. Karen Cash Greco, 966-8000 or 928-1005. #320168 CUSTOM HOME IN COUNTRY WALK. Fabulous 3BR in excellent condition on a beautiful lakefront lot with bright southern exposure. Built in 1995, features new ceramic tile, fresh exterior paint & pool. $414,000. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #325784 PELICAN COVE. Rarely available, beautifully renovated 2-story 'Treehouse' with outstanding amenities. Close to pool & tennis courts. $399,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #323086 DESOTO OAKS. Investment opportunity. Zoning will allow 4-plex. Currently offers a 3BR with one-car garage & a 2BR with one-car garage. $399,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 3500100. #317042 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 COLONIAL OAKS. Extensively updated interior & exterior in this meticulously maintained 4BR split plan home in a popular, conveniently located community. $379,000. Cathi Reali, 966-8000 or 232-8200. #324304 MOTE RANCH LAKEFRONT. This custom designed home with many upgrades shows like a model. Enjoy tranquil lake views, neighborhood pool, recreation center & fishing pier on Braden River. $365,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #297878 INWOOD PARK. Charming 3BR bungalow built in 1993 with plenty of character. Fully fenced property with hardwood floors & crown molding. $350,000. Pam Sweeney, 951-6660 or 2669622. #296948 LONGWOOD RUN. This beautifully updated 2BR-plus-den home offers soft neutral colors, light oak floors, an inviting extended lanai with Mediterranean tile & a private wooded backyard. $339,900. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 349-3444 or 350-3743. #323610 LAKESHORE VILLAGE. Lakefront villa with all the casual luxuries of tropical living. Light-filled living room, eat-in kitchen, 2 bedrooms, den & lanai. Close to dining, shopping & beaches. $329,000. Diane Otis Stirling, 388-4447 or 320-4261. #327167 EXCEPTIONALLY INVITING & SPACIOUS villa in a favorite 55+ community. Offers designer window treatments, tile floors & generously sized bedrooms with abundant closet space. Possible owner financing. $300,000. Ruth Robinson, 388-4447 or 954-6515. #323828 THE LANDINGS. Rarely available 3BR, first-floor lakefront condominium in the guard-gated Landings community. $299,900. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #326969 THE OAKS PRESERVE. Enjoy true country club living as a member of The Oaks Club, which offers superb dining, tennis & 36 holes of golf. $299,000. Betty Mullinnix, 349-3444 or 928-3441. #327445 GREAT LOCATION for this 3BR, 2-car garage home with family room, fireplace & caged pool. Near Bee Ridge Park. $299,000. M. Scott Spencer, 966-8000 or 350-0029. #326714 TREETOPS - TRANQUIL SURROUNDINGS embrace this light & bright home overlooking a lake. Enjoy this beautiful 2/3BR residence in peace & harmony. Includes an atrium, 2-car garage, & community pool & tennis. $289,900. Donna Baranowski, 951-6660 or 504-3951. #314262 HILLCREST PARK. Spanish-style home close to downtown, public park & shopping. Clean & bright with hardwood floors, brick fireplace, new roof, a/c & guesthouse. $275,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #309663 BELLA VILLINO. Large 2BR end unit with cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets & balcony overlooking pool & lake. Offers carport & a garage. $269,900. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444 or 504-0205. #325822 VILLA D'ESTE. First floor, 2BR end unit in a resort-style complex built in 2002. A gated community with great amenities, just a few minutes from downtown. $193,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #322133 Siesta Key


PRIVATE BAYFRONT SANCTUARY. Outstanding architecture by Jack West with walls of glass & open interior spaces beautifully captures the unobstructed water views. Open pool, dock & beach access. $3,000,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #297474 BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED bay-to-beach condominium with 2BRs, redone kitchen & spectacular bay views. Community offers boat docks, beach & tennis. $840,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #327524 HARBOR TOWERS. Premier vacation getaway destination in a rich, tropical setting offers wide views of the Intracoastal Waterway & pools from this nicely furnished, well-equipped home. $585,000. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #320575 SEA WINDS. Nice 2BR Siesta Key value. Very close to the beach, restaurants & shopping. Twoweek minimum rental allowed. $399,500. Joan Perdue, 388-4447 or 923-0655. #298013


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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006

The longboat Key democratic Club Urges You To vote democratic To Restore integrity and Moral values in Government


tueSDAY, noveMber 14, 2006 @12 noon [Social hour 11:30 a.m.] Longboat Key club harbourside Dining room Speaker: Jim McCartney "The eleCTionS 2006 and 2008: RefleCTionS and PeRSPeCTiveS" Join us at the Longboat Key club harbourside Dining room behind Avenue of the Flowers at 525 bay isles go to the gatehouse for entrance to Longboat Key club

tuesday, november 14, 2006 reservations $23 per person Please call Jane Albaum @387-4362 by Friday, november 10 or mail check to: Longboat Key Democratic club P.o. box 8025 Longboat Key FL 34228




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11:06 a.m. Oct. 27 — Gulf of Mexico Drive and North Shore Road. Fire/Brush. Police and fire departments responded to a brush fire started by a fallen 350-foot power line. The line, which supplied electricity to street lights, was knocked down by tree debris. The charged wire created sparks when it hit the ground, causing the brush fire. The Longboat Key Fire Department extinguished the fire, and a Florida Power and Light Co. crew arrived to run new wire and re-establish power.

Oct. 24

9:53 a.m. — 1100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Suspicious Package or Mail. Complainant informs officer that he has received mail, which attempted to defraud him of money and personal information. Letter told complainant that he had won $350,000, but to claim the money, he needed to send a processing fee of $1,750. Officer makes copies, notifies U.S. Postal Service.

Oct. 25

10:34 a.m. — 500 block of Companion Way. Larceny/from Vehicle. Officer responds to tourist who rented a Harley Davidson while here on vacation. While the bike was parked at his vacation residence, an unknown person removed the rear seat pad (value: about $80). No witnesses. No further action. 12:14 p.m. — 600 block of Neptune Avenue. Disturbance/Civil. Developer’s employee tells officer that a subcontractor, who no longer works at the site, arrived to retrieve his large excavator, but employee turned him away. Subcontractor notified the police about the incident so that there will be a police presence for his next attempt to retrieve his property. No further action.

Oct. 26

6:48 a.m. — 700 block of Emerald Harbor Drive. Vandalism. Officer responds to a mailbox that seemed to have been struck by a vehicle. There were tire tracks in the area and a sprinkler head had been broken, as well. Damage to the mailbox is estimated at $200. 5:15 p.m. — 700 block of Longboat Court. Code Enforcement. Officer responds to a complaint of construction noise. Officer finds crew cleaning up and observes no violation but explains ordinance anyway. No further action. 5:17 p.m. — Longboat Key Police Department. Property/Lost or Missing. Complainant tells officer that his cell phone fell from his pants into Sarasota Bay while he was on a boat. Complainant was not sure of the price of the phone but wanted the loss reported to police for insurance purposes. 11:07 p.m. — GMD and Longboat Key Road. Traffic Violation. Officer pulls over driver for routine check and discovers that his license is expired and he is not a U.S. citizen, which prevents him from renewing his license. During the stop, the officer is called away to answer a call regarding an intoxicated driver also in the vicinity. Officer tells subject not to drive while he goes to investigate the second incident. Officer issues a citation/court summons in lieu of arrest.

Oct. 27

6:39 p.m. — 3500 block of Fair Oaks Lane. Alarm/Burglar-Residence. Officer responds to call from security company. Upon arrival at residence, house is found to be secure. No key holders are available, so security card is left at the front door. No further action. 9:30 p.m. — 600 block of Buttonwood Drive. Disturbance/Noise. Complainant tells officer about a pump in neighboring yard that is excessively loud. Town public works department has issued a letter to the neighbor requesting a sound barrier to be put around it. Officer examines loud pump but cannot find owner. Owner is called and message is left. Officer turns off pump.

Oct. 28

1:51 a.m. — 1900 block of Harbour Links Circle. Suspicious Circumstance. Complainant tells officer she thought she heard someone opening her swimming pool door. Upon arrival, check is made, and there is no evidence of anyone in the area. Officer notes that windy and rainy conditions that evening could have caused the sound. 12:24 p.m. — 600 block of Old Compass Road. Public Service. Officer responds to report of possible criminal mischief. Officer discovers that a sanitation truck working across from complainant backed onto her yard and damaged sod. Driver said someone would return and make any repairs. No further action. 4:40 p.m. — 500 block of Yawl Lane. Alarm/Burglar-Residence. Upon arrival to an alarm call, officers discover an open set of French doors, leading from a master bedroom to the pool area. Officers check the interior and find no one inside. Home is secured. 7:58 p.m. — 500 block of St. Jude Drive. Disturbance/Conduct. Restaurant employee tells officer that she observed a customer complaining about his service. Employee offers to pay the bill, and he tells her to mind her own business, and then promptly shoves her. Customer later states that he was angry at the time, but should not have pushed the employee. Employee signs a waiver of prosecution in exchange for an apology.

Oct. 29

5:44 p.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Alarm/Burglar-Business. Security company calls in alarm check of a business. Officer finds building secure and in order. No further action. 7:35 p.m. — 7000 block of GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer stops vehicle with no tag light. Driver has expired driver’s license. Citation is issued and vehicle is released to a licensed driver.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006

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Tour these and other properties at:

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

LONGBOAT HARBOUR Located on a deepwater canal, this condo has great views & is completely remodeled: new stainless appliances, wood cabinets & quartz counters. $399,000

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

LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS Direct Gulf with southwest exposure - great sunsets from 2 terraces! Three bedroom, three bath residence. $1,499,000

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

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

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Just 5 in from the Bay! This 3BR/2BA home is totally renovated. Caged pool and boat dock. Great rental history. $1,295,000

FAIRWAY BAY Rarely available! Largest 2BR/2BA corner residence with open Bay and city views. $649,000

Jessica Luck

Longboat Key Vice Mayor Lee Rothenberg shares a laugh with Café on the Bay co-owner Titus Letschert after the ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 27 at the restaurant. About 50 people, including commissioners, Longboat Key fire fighters and other town personnel turned out for the opening, held in the remodeled site of what formerly was Maureen’s at The Centre Shops. Co-owners Betsie Coolidge and Titus Letschert and General Manager Ken Parsons hosted a luncheon afterward.

PREPARING YOUR HOUSE FOR TITLE TRANSFER You may have to jump through a few hoops to prepare your house between the time you have accepted an offer and the time the money changes hands. The structural inspector usually finds a few things that need to be repaired or replaced, and the pest inspection may reveal the presence of unwanted “guests.” You will need to hire professionals to correct the problem before the new owners can take title. It is ideal to have your home in as perfect condition as possible in time for the inspection, and appraisal. If you have agreed to complete repairs on your home, it is a good idea to get an early start on the work so that

everything is complete when the buyer returns for the walkthru. Get a few different estimates for the work that needs to be done, or ask your real estate agent for recommendations. Presenting the buyers with a clean, well-maintained home will make the process a lot easier for everyone. Whether buying or selling, for professional real estate service backed by 24 years of experience, contact me, Debra Pitell, at or 941-356-0437.


Waves Boat & Social Club is Sarasota/Bradenton’s premier boat club offering the unlimited use of a fleet of new boats, friendly staff, great locations, good pricing and best of all – worry free boating. We are expanding into the South Sarasota area by as early as January 2007. Get aboard our pre-opening special and join before December 31, 2006 and you can get a Lifetime Membership for $9,900 a $3000 savings!!!! • use of all current clubs plus the new Sarasota Club • in house financing available • no credit application required • membership dues only $99/month

Shorter term memberships also available with end of year special pricing. Seafood Shack Cay Club Marina Marina 7150 North Tamiami 4110 127th Street West Trail Ste. 100 Cortez Florida 34215 Sarasota Florida 34243 (west Bradenton) (just N. of Sarasota Airport)

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LIDO SHORES Designed by Philip Hiss of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Contemporary 3BR/3BA home with deeded beach access. $1,695,000 COREY’S LANDING Direct Bayfront with a private boat dock! Elegantly refurbished 4BR/3½BA. $1,549,000 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 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 2BR/2BA. Furnished, $899,000 BEACHPLACE Light and bright, 2BR/2BA corner residence. Private stairway to beach. Furnished. $729,000 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 PORTOBELLO Fabulous first floor walk-out has been totally renovated, including granite counters, crown molding and new appliances and cabinets. 2BR/2BA plus den. $569,000

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14A Religion

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006


FROM THE PULPIT by Rabbi Michael Eisenstat

They don’t get it The 19th century Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz wrote: “War is just politics by other methods.” I value human life too much to equate war with politics. To me, too often, war is the result of failed politics.  As we approach this non-presidential election, I see the failure of politics, even though it has not resulted in the kind of bloody struggle that we call “war.”  In our country, we have achieved much. We have dealt with great social issues: civil rights, universal suffrage and prohibition, to name but a few. Without question, passions ran deep and violent altercations often broke out. Violence, unfortunately, seems to be one of

the currents that runs swiftly in our culture. Nevertheless, it was these great issues, great social movements, that were at issue. In the course of our recent primary elections and now, in this general election, I see a lack of substance, but no lack of energy in the “war of words.” Indeed, with a lack of positive leadership on the parts of both major political parties, we have witnessed increasing nastiness, pettiness and personal attack. Indeed, the concept of negative campaign advertising has reached a new plateau as political pros declare them the most effective way of campaigning. What a sad commentary on our political life. In the Jewish lectionary, we have just read the Tower of Babel narra-

tive. We read that God confounded the language of men because they arrogated too much upon themselves. They sought to build a city of such a size and a tower that reached into the heavens.  That would, they believed, make them of such a reputation that no one would challenge them.  The problem was that they did not know what they would do with such a tower.  Today, our politicians are so bent on election that they do not seem to be able to enunciate a clear platform of what they will do once they are elected! The winning of the election is their Tower of Babel. They do not realize that in the heat of their negative rhetoric that their language has been confounded. No one can understand what they want, for they do not understand what the people need. Michael Eisenstat is rabbi at Temple Beth Israel.

Barbara Helene Slivken Rich Barbara Helene Slivken Rich, 61, of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Longboat Key, died Oct. 26 in Rochester, Minn. Born July 3, 1945, in Seattle, she moved to Iowa as a young child. Mrs. Rich graduated from the Hennepin County Medical Center School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She worked as a registered nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, and Schoitz Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, where she also worked as a nursing supervisor. Mrs. Rich was a founding member of the Quad City Arts Council and served on the boards of the Bettendorf Community Schools Foundation, the Bettendorf Library Foundation and the Bethany Family and Children’s Services. Mrs. Rich spent winters in the Sarasota area since 1995, where she belonged to the Longboat Key Club. She was a member of Temple Beth Shalom in Sarasota. She is survived by her husband, Martin; two sons, John and Louis; daughter, Andrea Hesser; three brothers, Marc, Steven and David; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services were Oct. 30 at the Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be sent to: The Louis Rich Family Endowed Fund in Cancer Research, The Mayo Foundation, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, or to a hospice of the donor’s choice.

WORSHIP SERVICES 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. 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.

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GRAND BAY $2,295,000 - Astounding panoramic views in this large corner unit! Gorgeous furnishings. Best Antigua location in Grand Bay! LO#325362 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

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LONGWOOD RUN $797,888 - Stunning custom built 4BR/3BA home on cul-de-sac. Large GR, fireplace, oversized lanai, pool, gourmet kit. LO#320189 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000 SAPPHIRE SHORES $689,000 - Hidden treasure west of Trail. 3/2. Gorgeous Kressle Forge fireplace; terrazo flrs; cathedral beamed ceilings. LO#316108 LOUISE TESSIER 941-924-9000 ESSEX HOUSE $579,000 - Beautiful 2BR/2BA unit featuring wrap-around ceiling to floor glass wall. Panoramic view of bay & city skyline. LO#320097 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $1,795,000 - Light & airy w/high ceilings, gourmet kitchen, master suite w/fireplace & sunroom. Pool & spa area, multi-car garage. LO#285734 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

ARBOR OAKS $396,000 - Situated on quiet, private cul-de-sac, min to downtown. Perfect 3BR/2BA split floor plan. Caged lanai/pool. LO#324290 VALARIE L WADSWORTH 941-924-9000

GRAND BAY $1,675,000 - 180' views of the Gulf, city, marina & golf course. 3BR/3.5BA, 2550SF. Spacious 2 terraces. Deeded beach. Pets ok. LO#328428 360˚ Virtual Tour JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 TIFFANY PLAZA $1,525,000 - Gulf front 3BR/3BA penthouse w/glorious views of Gulf and bay. Large open floor plan with lots of sun all day long! LO#306389 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

LAWRENCE POINT $1,190,000 - Rarely available, E/W exposure 3BR/3.5BA. Updated kitchen/baths, wet bar, lots of storage. Hurricane shutters. LO#320331 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000 GOLDEN GATE $1,050,000 - Showy bay-view end-unit condo. Revel in the rewarding character of this wonderful 3BR/3BA unit. Elevators, den. LO#314433 LYNN ROBBINS 941-924-9000

LIDO HARBOR TOWERS $549,000 - Move right into this renovated & turnkey condo; on the white & sandy beaches of Lido Key. Wonderful gulf views. LO#314249 INGER LILL 941-924-9000 LIDO BEACH $495,000 - Cheerfully cozy condo. Find a fabulous future in this comfortable 2BR/2BA residence. Elevators, foyer. LO#326293 CHARLENE, WELANDER 941-924-9000

BURNS COURT $1,245,000 - Casa Verona - the jewel of Burns Court. 2 story 4BR home with separate guest house in the heart of downtown. LO#327370 KENT GLEN PETERSON 941-924-9000

WATERFRONT $1,395,000 Enjoy overlooking a manatee populated canal. Fruit trees surround this remodeled 4BR/2BA home, enchanting you. LO#328123 ANTONIA C. GILIBERTI 941-924-9000

SLEEPY LAGOON $795,000 Canal front home, 3rd from the bay. Great rental or vacation home. Deep sailboat water. Easy access to bay or Gulf. LO#327682 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000

WATERCLUB $1,495,000 Spectacular 2BR/4BA+den designer perfect w/great appointments, gourmet kitchen, wood, marble, plantation shutters. LO#328163 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000


DEER CREEK $369,000 - Best valued villa! Maintenace free. 3BR + bonus room. Vaulted ceiling w/open plan. Double master closets. LO#325326 AUDREY MARTEN 941-924-9000 BAYWOOD COLONY VILLAS $285,000 - Lovely villa, 2BR/2BA updated, new kitchen, tile, enclosed lanai. Pool, close to beach & shops. Real value. LO#312963 CAROLYN DONNELLY 941-924-9000


OWN A PIECE OF THE SAND... $1,150,000 Totally remodeled to contemporary standards. It's a wow! Own a piece of the sand, the sea & the sunsets now! LO#314040 KATHLEEN SACHS 941-924-9000

RIVIERA DUNES - BELMARE $1,399,500 Special pricing & upgrades in this 12th flr home at the outstanding Bel Mare condo community. LO#326895 JIM VITALE 941-924-9000

SEASCAPE $1,095,000 - Beautiful Gulf front 3BR professionally redecorated & restored. Cherry cabinets, granite. Great rental possibilities. LO#316138 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

RIVERVIEW BLVD $1,350,000 - Beautiful home w/ dock on prestigious Warner's Bayou. 3400+SF w/ pool, spa, 2 fireplaces & cherry floors. LO#522213 PAMELA DIAL 941-751-1155

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $999,000 - Florida living at its best! Waterfront. Spacious 3BR/2+BA. Newer boat dock w/2 lifts. Seawall refurbished & new cap. LO#319630 ROBERT FORTIER 941-924-9000 BAY ISLES $995,000 - 3/2 split plan home with new cherry kitchen & granite counter tops. Inlaid marble in master bathroom. LO#327808 KENT GLEN PETERSON 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $975,000 - Maintenancefree villa, popular courtyard floor plan with panoramic views across Golf Course Lake. LO#302855 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 CASTILLIAN $825,000 - Direct Gulf front 2nd floor tastfully furnished unit. Perfect location & steps to beach. Kitchen redone in 2003. LO#316375 VICKI LONBORG 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT KEY $799,000 - Updated island canal front home. Low maintenance yard, outdoor patio, deep sailboat water. Close to beaches & shop. LO#326688 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000 BEACHPLACE $769,000 - 2BR/2BA TKF. Sunny 1st floor walk-down. 2 parking spaces! Popular gulf-front complex. LO#291803 JILL FRIEDMAN 941-924-9000

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Oktoberfest Longboat Harbour celebrates the season with German flair. Page 3A+

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Rotary Club Members pay tribute to two.

You. Your neighbors. Your neighborhood.


NEIGHBORS by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Hazel Lenobel

Hazel Lenobel holds a crocheted purse she recently made. She said she would keep this purse instead of giving it away because it took so much effort to complete.


azel Lenobel and her husband, Hal, settled in Longboat Harbour as their permanent home 13 years ago, after living on Longboat Key part time for 37 years. All the while, she has maintained a busy lifestyle with a built-in relaxation mechanism. “I love the beach, that’s one of the reasons why we’re down here,” Lenobel said. The Lenobels moved here from Long Island, where the beach had been her escape as well. With a free afternoon slated, she could be found wandering up and down the sandy East Coast. “When you’re on the beach, you’re completely unreachable,” Lenobel said. “Of course, that was before cell phones.” Most days, however, Lenobel can be found in a variety of places. She reserves beach time for Sundays, and once a week she plays Mahjongg with the same group of women, choosing to play at each other’s houses. With varying commitments, however, Lenobel said the group really plays more like twice a month. She had played the game when her children were young and

UP CLOSE Family ties

Hazel and her husband first heard about Longboat Key from Hal’s brother who had moved here. The Lenobels bought property here 37 years ago and started vacationing here in early 1970 when Longboat Harbour was complete. Her children have followed in their parents’ beach-loving footsteps. Son Jeffrey Lenobel owns a condo in the building next to his parents that he and his wife, Donna, use about once a month. And the Lenobel’s daughter, Sandy, honeymooned on Longboat Key.

Waiting on a painting

Artwork covers almost every free inch of wall space in the Lenobels’ home, so much so that Lenobel said she can’t attend art shows anymore because she has nowhere to put her discoveries. “I joked that I’ll have to start hanging them from the ceiling,” she said. picked it up again when she moved here. She is also involved in a monthly bridge game in the recreation room at Longboat Harbour, playing with the same bridge partners there for about 10 years. “It’s just a social afternoon,” Lenobel said. “I love bridge; I really look forward to it.” Another commitment to

Steady hand

Lenobel’s artistry once extended to the written word — she took adult education classes in Long Island on the subject of calligraphy. After becoming proficient, she addressed many wedding invitations for weddings of her friends’ children, but she made sure she always had backups. “That was a lot of fun, but I made a lot of mistakes,” she said. “It was a good thing they ordered extra envelopes.”

No exaggeration

One of Lenobel’s favorite pillow samplers is a long, rectangular pillow with a green backing that reads: “Slightly exaggerated golf stories told here.” But her husband, Hal, has truly performed an amazing golf feat. Hanging in the spare bedroom are nine plagues, each one representing one of his holes-in-one.

which she is dedicated she came upon by accident. A friend was attending a meeting on Longboat Key for the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center shortly after Lenobel moved here and wanted Lenobel to go with her. After that day, Lenobel chose to do her part and now volunteers a few times a month at The Treasure Chest, SPARCC’s thrift shop.

“A lot of things in my house came from the store,” Lenobel said. “I spend the money I don’t make.” But the first thing Lenobel signed up for when she moved here was an art class at the Longboat Key Education Center. As a child she had painted but had never really kept it up over the years. Through the class, she was able to produce

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something that has at least one admirer. “Hal made me hang it on the wall and sign it,” Lenobel said of her rendering of daisies in a jar. Her picture is still suspended on the bedroom wall. One of her creations — recently made — that she is proud of is a green crocheted purse with round, white handles. The purse was more difficult to finish than a lot of her creations, and for that reason, Lenobel said she’s keeping this project for herself. Although Lenobel certainly keeps busy, her activities revolve less around the social circle here and more around her close group of friends, a lot of whom she met playing golf at the Longboat Key Club. “It’s a busy community,” she said of Longboat Key. “There’s something to do every night.” But Lenobel’s favorite time of the year is the months that allow her some peace and relaxation time in her favorite spot. “I love the summers here,” she said. “It’s quieter, and we can do all the things we like to more often.”


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OKTOBERFEST by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Longboat Harbour pays tribute to October Longboat Harbour revisited its annual tradition of a German-inspired Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration was held Saturday, Oct. 28, as a welcomeback party for the condo’s residents, and guests were treated to sauerkraut, bratwursts and homemade apple strudel. Bill Millner, playing accordion, serenaded party-goers from the stage and among the tables while the crowd mingled and sipped beer and wine. About 74 people attended this year’s event. Longboat Harbour expects to be in full swing again soon, as each week brings more people back to the Key.

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delightful fright by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Kids get tricks and treats at Sarasota Yacht Club About 20 little ghouls, goblins, doctors, robots and more came to the Sarasota Yacht Club Kid’s Halloween Party the afternoon of Oct. 29. Part of the dining room had been transformed for the children and was decked out in Halloween decorations with spooky sounds echoing overhead. Two of the activities the children participated in were pinning the tail on the black cat and bobbing for apples. A best-

costume contest awarded a prize of tickets to Mote Aquarium. The real treat, though, was the haunted house — complete with black lights, flying bats and even a live ghoul waiting inside to “scare” the children. “That wasn’t that scary,” said several children as they exited the fun house. But the smiles on their faces as they went back through a second and third time were evidence that they had a blast.

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Spooky night at Bird Key Yacht Club Signs warned â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep Outâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Awayâ&#x20AC;? Saturday night at the Bird Key Yacht Club, foreshadowing the frightening events inside. The first sight in the front entrance hallway was a bubbling cauldron, wafting its mysterious contents to the ceiling. Farther down a hall lined with graveyard wallpaper was a cocktail lounge housing Superman, some mum-

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SERVICE TO OTHERS by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Lou Auricchio presents Helen Fiore, wife of Emilio Fiore, and Arnold Fein with plaques commemorating the lives and Rotary service of Emilio Fiore and Abe Shames.

Sarasota Keys Rotary Club honors departed members The Sarasota Keys Rotary Club met Oct. 26 at the Sarasota Yacht Club, and the meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus was paying tribute to deceased Rotarians Abe Shames and Emilio Fiore. Shames had lived on Longboat Key since the mid-1980s and had been a long-standing member of the Rotary Club. Shames died Oct. 16, 2005. The meeting started with an invocation and a prayer by the Rev. Robert Zimmer, who later spoke about Shames. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abe was the Rotary Club President when I joined, and I remember he had an unpolished style,â&#x20AC;? Zimmer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to say my first impression was not good.â&#x20AC;? Zimmer fondly recalled Shamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Yogi Berra-syle of the English language supplemented by a New Yorkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawl. Shamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; autobiography was titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grow-

ing through Life,â&#x20AC;? and Zimmer said reading that opened him up to another side of Shames. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If ever there was a self-made man, it was Abe Shames,â&#x20AC;? he said. A successful builder and developer in the New York area, Shames built the first industrial park in the Northeastern U.S. in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s; the 28-acre tract the park stands on is called Shames Drive. But at one point in his life, before his business successes, Shames found himself homeless and was able to pick himself up by joining the Army and marrying his wife of 62 years, Annette, who died 71 days before Shames. Everyone who spoke about Shames touched on one key concept: He devoted his life to giving back to other people. He was an integral part of the Sarasota Keys



Rotary Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gift of Life Program, which helps provide children with life-saving heart operations, and he was fully committed to his Rotary Club. In fact, he and his daughter, Joy, were the only father and daughter to be simultaneous Rotary Club presidents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he down here and she back in Long Island. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abe was a good friend,â&#x20AC;? Lou Auricchio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was the type of guy who had no hate and no resentment at all within him.

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CEREMONIOUS GATHERING by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Changing of the watch at Sarasota Yacht Club Members of the Sarasota Yacht Club bid farewell to their retiring Commodore and board members Oct. 21 and welcomed in a new leadership staff with dinner and dancing. About 200 people attended the reception, which started at 6 p.m. with cocktails; dinner followed promptly at 7 p.m. The new board members for this year are: Commodore Rose Mattran, Vice Commodore Douglas Elder, Rear Commodore Richard Gravino, Secretary Douglas Mampo, Treasurer William Chastain, Fleet Captain Don Payzant and Fleet Surgeon Dr. John Hamilton. John Godbold is the yacht club’s outgoing Commodore. The atmosphere was one of joviality; some members who didn’t win spots on the board gladly christened themselves “the losers.” The group had smiles on their lips — and L-shaped fingers on their foreheads — for most of the night.

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Longboat Island Chapel — will hold its “Welcome Back” Spaghetti Supper at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 383-6491. Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood Luncheon — will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 6, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. For more information, call 383-3428. The Small Business Success Workshop — will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The management course will feature speaker Ron Hamilton, who will offer practical human resources solutions. Cost is $25. Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce and Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce — will hold their first Ladies Night Out at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at The Mira Mar Room, 100 Bridge St. The networking night will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Call 383-2466 for reservations. The Lord’s Warehouse — is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at Longboat Island Chapel, 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The thrift store sells clothing, jewelry, antiques and more. Drop off donations Monday to Friday at the southeast corner of the Chapel in the marked storage unit. Call 383-4738 for more information. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — 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 — 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 — 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 — an ongoing drive is being conducted at the Longboat Island Chapel to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Nonperishable 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.


Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce “Nooner” Luncheon at Fred’s — will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Fred’s Restaurant, 1917 S. Osprey Ave. The luncheon is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The Mega Marine Expo – will take place Nov. 3 to Nov. 5 at the Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Bob Fox at 355-9161. SandFest — will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Siesta Beach Pavilion. This celebration of Siesta Key’s beaches will feature a Moroccan buffet, entertainment, music and a silent auction. Cost is $50 per person. For more information, call 349-3800.


Planning Healthy Meals & Antioxidants Class — will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave. as part of the Food for Life cooking series.The class is free and includes lunch. For more information, contact Sandee at 778-1908.

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The Fourth Annual Sarasota 2006 St. Armands Circle International Invitational Auto Show What: Sarasota’s only Concours d’Elegance style show will feature award-winning antique and classic automobiles. A silent auction and pool-side party will be held on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit Southeastern Guide Dogs. When: The car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. The silent auction and party will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Where: St. Armands Circle Park, Saturday; Lido Beach Holiday Inn, 233 Ben Franklin Drive, Sunday.

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Anna Maria Island Young Professionals — will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Shells Seafood Restaurant, 3200 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Sissy Quinn, of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, will speak. Sponsor Morgan Stanley will provide light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Brandy Booth at 744-6451. Sarasota Stamp Club — meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road. For more information, call 7390908.


American Littoral Society — will hold its Sunset/ Moonlight Kayak Trip on Little Sarasota Bay from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Begin the paddle before sunset to see birds, fish, the Neville Preserve and other islands in the bay, and return in the moonlight. A training session and all kayak equipment are provided. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. For more information, contact John Sarkozy at 966-7308. Sierra Club Moonlight Walk — will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, on Casperson Beach, South Harbor Drive, Venice. For reservations or more information, call Sally at 484-4113.

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ABOUT DEVONSHIRE PARK Centrally located in Sarasota’s charming downtown, Devonshire Park keeps your heart in the city. Featuring twenty-six luxur y homes, Devonshire Park is located in the historic Laurel Park District. Blending the rich culture and charm of the area, the community features beautiful architectural details, majestic trees, and inviting walkways — all just a few blocks away from exciting Main Street.

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Mote Marine President Kuma Mahadevan formally dedicates the completion of Mote’s mammal research center, with leading donors Alfred and Ann Goldstein and Jean Purcell Hendry. Also at the ribbon-cutting: Mote board Chairman Mike McKee and Sarasota City Commissioner Ken Shelin.

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The formal dedication of the expansion of the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Mammal Research and Rehabilitation Center was marked Oct. 27 with an official ribbon cutting and open house. The 19,000-square-foot expansion almost doubles the space of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Research. Mote President Dr. Kumar Mahadevan and Mote Board Chairman Mike McKee expressed their thanks and appreciation to donors who helped make the new facility a reality, including longtime volunteer Jean Purcell Hendry, for whom a wing in the expansion is named. Dr. John Reynolds, manager of Mote’s Marine Manatee Research Program and chairman of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, said the new building will enhance and aid the development of the research programs. In addition to increasing space for researchers, the $8.4-million expansion includes a public viewing area and a conference room.

The initial Ann and Alfred Goldstein Center was built in 1994. The Stranding Investigations Program will now use this building and will display its unique collection of more than 500 dolphin and whale skeletal specimens. Mote’s Center for Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Research has 30 scientists, several graduate and undergraduate interns and more than 175 volunteers. The new space will house dolphin and manatee research programs, sea turtle conservation and research programs and a part of the sensory biology and behavior program. The dolphin research program is world’s longest-running study of wild dolphins. It is headed by Dr. Randy Wells, who started the program in 1970 when he was a high-school intern. The building includes more patio viewing areas for the public to observe Moonshine and Harvey, the rehabilitated dol-

Mote senior scientist John Reynolds and Alfred Goldstein

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phins living in the lagoon. Mote Marine Laboratory, located on Sarasota’s City Island, was founded in 1955. It is one of the world’s largest independent nonprofit marine research organizations. Mote Marine is open daily to the public.

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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Oct. 20 through Oct. 26, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) 595 Dream Island Road 2110 Harbourside Drive 380 N Shore Road 1211 GMD 739 El Centro 614 Jessmyth Drive 2110 Harbourside Drive 1190 Bogey Lane 3312 Sabal Cove Lane 524 Schooner Lane 606 Buttonwood Drive 700 Longboat Court 4401 GMD 2110 Harbourside Drive 1211 GMD 2120 Harbourside Drive 2110 Harbourside Drive 2110 Harbourside Drive 580 Chipping Lane 4325 GMD

Addition Dream Island LLC Alteration Trustee Gloria Bakal Alteration Lisa Sampson Alteration Linda Chalfin Re-roof John Judge Alteration Salvatore Deangelo Alteration Trustee Joan Macaluso Alteration Rosemary Merhige Addition Jack Failla Demolition Gregg & Barbara Kaplan Addition Edward Mock Re-roof Wendy Collins Alteration John Chambers Alteration Gabriel Rosica Alteration Ravi Venkataraman Alteration Henry McFarland Alteration Leonard Mazur Alteration John Doster Alteration Trustee Thomas Michel Alteration William Humpert

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Historic first: only two sales What is it about October, the 10th month of the year that triggers economic cataclysms? First, it was the stock market crash of Oct. 29, 1929, which effectively brought the Roaring ’20s to a paralytic end. It was the nation’s largest stock market crash up to that time. Stocks lost an estimated $50 billion from 1929 to 1931, plunging the country into its greatest economic depression. Fifty-eight years later, Oct. 19, 1987, to be exact, Wall Street crashed again. The Dow Jones averKENT fell a record 508 CHETLAIN age points in one day, just nine months after hitting a record high of more than 2,000 points Jan. 8. Coincidentally, President Reagan produced the nation’s first trillion-dollar budget Jan. 5, 1987. Fast forward to Oct. 9 to 13, 2006. For the first time in the more than two decades that I have written this column, there were just two sales on the keys recorded at the Sarasota and Bradenton courthouses during the second week of October. Both sales were on Longboat Key. Of course, the week before (Oct. 2 to 6), there were 10 residential and two boat

berth sales on the keys. Half, or five of the condominium and home sales, went for more than $1 million. Thus, the first two weeks of October produced 12 residential sales. Hopefully, we are seeing the bottom of the current real estate slump and, as President Hoover observed during the Great Depression: “We now have only one way to go — up.”

Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club The larger of the week’s two transactions was the $390,000 sale of Unit 5 in the eight-unit Mark I Building of the 36unit Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club, 4140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Polly and Paul Kaatz, 1957 Honore Ave., sold the apartment to Sam Heater of Gassaway, W. Va. Located just over the Sarasota-Manatee County line in Manatee County, the two-bedroom, two-bath condominium contains 1,192 square feet of living space and was constructed in 1973.

Colony Beach & Tennis Club The other sale of the week occurred on the Sarasota County side of the Key at the 232-unit Colony Beach & Tennis Club, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, where in an apparent fiduciary transaction, Deborah and Stanley Pollock of McKeesport, Pa., sold their Unit 107-S in Building 2 to Lori and Murphy Demunbrun Jr., of Glasglow, Ky., for $100,000. The 705-square-foot apartment was

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Low vacancies, high building costs driving up area’s retail lease rates Shop owners in Collier County pay the highest rents for retail space along Florida’s Gulf Coast from Tampa to Naples, according to a recent survey of data collected by market tracker CoStar Group. Asking rents for retail space in Collier County are as high as $55 per square foot. And that doesn’t include tenant expenses such as insurance, taxes and common-area maintenance. Brokers who lease retail space uniformly say rents have been rising from Tampa to Naples as vacancy rates drop, new businesses move in and construction costs skyrocket. “Our market is second to Naples in rental rates,” says Sue Ault, founder of Ault Realty Advisors in Sarasota. Overall, rents in the Sarasota area have climbed 50% in the last three years, she says. In the Tampa area, a retailer that might have been paying an average rent of $16 a square foot two years

ago could now be paying $25, a 56% increase. In Lee County, vacancy rates have declined substantially since the county reached the 500,000population mark, says Karen Johnson-Crowther, principal and director of retail services with Colliers Arnold in Fort Myers. Once the population reached that milestone, national retailers descended on the Fort Myers area and drove shopping-center vacancy rates down to 3.5%, according to data from CoStar Group. As vacancy rates have dropped, developers have responded by building new shopping centers. But the cost of land and materials has escalated so quickly that landlords have little choice but to ask new tenants to pay higher rents. For example, Johnson-Crowther says rents in the high teens a few years ago have risen to as high as $40 per square foot in Lee. In Sarasota, Ault believes rents

thus, returning the southern half of Longboat Key and most of Siesta Key to unincorporated Sarasota County. Ringling solved his huge tax bill by donating the first Ringling Causeway and Bridge, which he constructed for an estimated $750,000, to the city of Sarasota in exchange for canceling his unpaid 1925 taxes. In the meantime, he replaced the Ritz-Carlton Hotel by obtaining title to Owen Burns’ El Verona Hotel in downtown Sarasota, by signing a $55,000 note and changing the name to The John Ringling Hotel. It was later changed to The Ringling Towers before it was demolished several years ago.

Here’s a snapshot of the shopping-center market, according to commercial-space tracker CoStar Group.

Sarasota County Number of buildings: 134 Rentable building area: 10,224,767 square feet Vacancy rate: 9.1% Average asking rent (triple net): $15.79 Year-to-date net absorption: ‑88,497 square feet

Manatee County Number of buildings: 96 Rentable building area: 7,502,150 square feet Vacancy rate: 5.1% Average asking rent (triple net): $13.54 Year-to-date net absorption: ‑6,417 square feet

have reached their peak in how much they can charge tenants. If rents go any higher, many tenants won’t be able to justify opening their doors. “It’s really not the developer’s fault,” she says. “Land values have to go down and construction costs have to go down.”

Finally, in an effort to bolster the local economy, Ringling dramatically announced on March 23, 1927 that he was moving the winter quarters for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus from Bridgeport, Conn. to Sarasota. Thus, John Ringling did what he could to stem effects of Florida’s economic collapse, prior to national calamity on Wall Street two years later. 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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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. VIZCAYA - Over 6,600SF of custom elegance w/the finest detailing, finishes & cabinetry w/5BRs which includes 2 master suites, spacious kitchen w/Neff cabinetry, living, dining & family rooms, two double car garages, extensive terraces w/outdoor grill. MLS#302005 $5,950,000 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 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Beautiful new waterfront home w/travertine marble & red oak floors, stone countertops, top electronics wired in, copper gutters & soffits, 3 stop elevator, 70’ dock w/14,000lb lift & lap pool. Magnificent Bay & city skyline views from the main living areas & a beautiful spacious roof top garden for entertaining. MLS#311837 $4,295,000 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 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

DOWNTOWN-UNOBSTRUCTED BAY VIEWS! Furnished 1,555SF 2Br/2Ba w/wood, tile & new carpet, remodeled kitchen, granite, Solid maple wood cabinets, wet bar, brand new baths, tiled, open air balcony, garaged parking in secure building w/docks available!....... $869,000

LONG LAKE & PRESERVE VIEWS! Luxurious 3,814SF, 45Br/3.5Ba w/bamboo flrs, tile, wood cabinets w/pull-outs, built-ins, granite, marble, detailed ceilings, stone/ marble fp, stainless steel appl., guest suite w/sep.entry, pool/spa, summer kit. & 3CG! … $1,350,000

REMODELED IN HARBOR ACRES! 2,592SF, 4Br/3Ba (includes guest suite w/ sep. entrance), crown moldings, French doors, diagonal tile, built-ins, granite, updated kitchen & baths, sleek cabinets, sun room/breakfast nook, Koi pond, privacy fenced yard & 2CG! … $1,200,000

INCREDIBLE GULF & BAY VIEWS! Remodeled & furn.1,263SF, 2Br/2Ba, ceramic tile, fresh paint, updated kitchen w/tiled counters & raised ceiling, raised panel cabinets, remodeled baths, 30FT balcony, secure building w/covered parking & docks available! .........… $700,000

PROTECTED SAILBOAT WATER! Updated 3,146SF, 3-4Br/2.5Ba w/ southern exposure, new dock/lift, 110FT of seawall, new tile, new baths, granite, custom cherry wood cabinets, built-ins, stainless steel appl., marble fp, new paver brick, pool & 2CG! …...............$1,500,000

HIGH IN THE SKY ON SIESTA KEY! Upgraded 1,187SF, 2Br/2Ba w/miles of gulf views, granite, Italian limestone floors, wood cabinets, faux finishes, custom wood doors, new wall to wall glass doors, Woodmode kitchen, 4 balconies & 1CG in secure building! $1,650,000

DEEP WATER DOCK FOR A LARGE BOAT! Expertly remodeled & designer furnished 1,716SF end villa, 2-3Br/2Ba, diagonal tile, crown moldings, Corian, granite, wood cabinets, newly renovated kitchen & brand new baths, office space & 2+CG!................$775,000

PRESTIGIOUS GATED COMMUNITY! 3,226SF, 5-6Br/3Ba, hardwood & ceramic tile floors, leaded glass & French doors, custom built-ins, vaulted ceilings, wood cabinetry, Corian, family room with fireplace, bonus room plus separate den, pool & 3CG! ....................... $700,000

PHOENIX ON GOLDEN GATE POINT - Large 3BR residence w/spectacular views west of the Bay, the Gulf and the Ringling Bridge featuring top of the line European Kitchen, bamboo/slate floors, fireplace & private 2 car garage. Beautifully furnished. Seller financing available and will consider any trade. MLS#325754 $2,250,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 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 SANCTUARY - Furnished direct Gulf front condo with sunset views w/new storm shutters located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. MLS#322524 $1,350,000 COREY’S LANDING - Bayfront villa on Longboat Key within gated Bay Isles w/4BR, soaring ceilings, private dock and Beach Club membership. MLS#327840 $1,250,000 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 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 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

PENTHOUSE OVERLOOKING THE GULF, BAY & MARINA! 2,464SF, 3-4Br/3Ba w/private elevator access, marble floors, 11Ft ceilings, crown moldings, granite & natural stone, wet bar, wood cabinets, 2 terraces & 1CG in a secure building w/amenities!................................. $1,875,000

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COMPARABLES by Adam Hughes | Staff Writer

Corey’s Landing 3532 Mistletoe Lane, Longboat Key Bedrooms: Four Bathrooms: Three and one half Square Footage: 3,216 Special interests: This two-story home sits on the bay side and inside Longboat Key Club — Harborside. Built in 1991, the home includes a den, Mexican-tile flooring, a fireplace, high ceilings, two wet bars, a two-car garage and is fully furnished. The outside includes an outdoor balcony overlooking the bay, a screened lanai and a private deck off of the bay. What makes it special: “The fabulous views that hit you the minute you open the front door. The house is vary spacious for any extended family. There’s a lot of living area,” said Paulene

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Siesta Beach 4964 Commonwealth Drive, Siesta Key Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Three Square Footage: 3,000 Special interests: This two-story, contemporary-style home sits on Grand Canal. Built in 2004, the home includes a den, hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a two-car garage. The outside includes a pool and a new boat lift. What makes it special: “Everything inside is really high end, the pool area is almost Zen-like, and the floor plan is very open and bright with soaring ceilings,” said Ryan Carson, agent with Re/Max Premier Services. LBO 10.25x8 Nov 2 10/27/06 9:37 AM Page 1 Price: $1.999 million

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Waterlefe 1032 Rainbow Court, Lakewood Ranch Bedrooms: Four-bedroom house, and one-bedroom guesthouse Bathrooms: Six-bathroom house, and one-bathroom guesthouse Square Footage: 5,419 Special interests: This multistory, Spanish Mediterranean-style home sits in Waterlefe Golf and River Club. Built in 2005, the home includes a guesthouse, a game room, tile flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, completely furnished and a three-

689 Eagle Watch Lane, Osprey Bedrooms: Three-bedroom house, and one-bedroom guesthouse Bathrooms: Two-and-one-half-bathroom house, and one-bathroom guesthouse Square Footage: 4,975 Special interests: This custom-style home sits in The Oaks Club. Built in 1991, the home includes an office/study, tile flooring with hardwood thresholds, cathedral and tongue-groove ceilings and a two-car garage. The outside includes a large drive-up courtyard, a pool and spa with a screened lanai and a separate guest house with loft and is connected by an enclosed breeze way. What makes it special: “It’s a unique European masterpiece. It’s nothing like you’ve seen in quality and design,” said Betty Mullinnix, agent with Michael Saunders & Co. Price: $1.995 million car garage.The outside includes a pool and spa with screened-in lanai, an outdoor kitchen and a boat dock with access to the Manatee River and the Gulf. What makes it special: “It’s a fully furnished home ready to live in, just grab your toothbrush and boat, and that’s all you need,” said Molly Murphy, agent with the Molly and Joe Murphy Team of Coldwell Banker. Price: $1.99 million

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STORE AROUND THE CORNER by Robin Hartill | Staff Writer

The Framing Artist There’s an art to showcasing your work, and this store strives to create the perfect package.

Terry Petesch has a passion for art, but said Petesch. he doesn’t consider himself an artist. InTerry’s Framing & Art Supplies isn’t the stead, he has mastered the art of framing. only thing he didn’t plan on. The MinneAt Terry’s Framing & Art Supplies, Pe- apolis native owned several Italian restautesch works hard to rants up north and beautify art by paircame to Longboat ing each piece with Key on vacation. He BASICS the perfect frame. “I couldn’t leave. “We figured I could make have paradise here,” Terry’s Framing & Art other people’s art look said Petesch. Supplies good with the right He enjoys the vaOwner: Terry Petesch frame,” said Petesch. riety of his work and Address: 5360 Gulf of Mexico Petesch stresses the the unexpected chalDrive # 106 diversity of his work. lenges that the busiPhone: 387-9933 His three different ness presents. “I like Established: 1985 price levels give custhe fun of it all,” said tomers choices when Petesch. “You really Employees: Three they desire to frame don’t know what’s Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monnearly any piece. coming next.” Curday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 Some visit his framrently, he’s hard at p.m. Saturday ing store to decorate work framing an anLine of business: Picture framing, a luxury home. Othtique costume for the pictures, frames ers want to frame a Tropicana Hotel in preschooler’s drawLas Vegas. Petesch ings. frames watercolPetesch discovered the trade by chance. ors for students, museum pieces — even His friend opened a framing shop, and Pe- guitars for famous musicians. But don’t tesch was inspired to take a class on fram- expect him to reveal any names. “That’s ing. He opened his own shop in 1985. “It probably why they keep coming back to was something I didn’t exactly plan on,” me,” he said.

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COUNTRy CLUB ShORES Architectural masterpiece! Live the dream and enjoy serenity of the open bay from every room. The design of the home is outdoor southern living at its BEST. It’s inviting and comfortable for conversations, parties or family gatherings. Appointments include four bedrooms plus den/office, exercise room, media room, wine cellar, fireplace, elevator to all levels, outdoor summer kitchen. On deep sailboat water, large enough for an 80 foot yacht, six car garage and a phenomenal infinity edge pool. This new home is built to the latest hurricane code. MLS#282627. Offered at $4,450,000.

Longbeach - Historic Whitney Beach cottage in The Village, “hidden” on a large, oakcedar hammock lot; lush landscaping; two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms; plus al fresco shower; coralrock wood-burning fireplace; wood floors. Peek-a-boo bay views. $729,000 (

COUNTRy CLUB ShORES Boaters paradise on Longboat Key. Custom furnished ranch home in excellent condition offers breathtaking views over sparkling waters. Three bedrooms with a resort style pool and an enclosed large lanai for outdoor living. Enjoy seawall dockage with 100 feet of deep water. Deeded beach access. MLS#292001 $1,299,000 LA FIRENZA Sophisticated elegance greets the Gulf of Mexico at the newest enclave on Longboat Key. This spectacular designed beachfront residence has 4 bedroom plus family room and library. Expansive terraces have full unobstructed Gulf views. The exquisite interior finishes include 10 ft ceilings, 3,582 sq. ft of living space, travertine floors, summer kitchen, clubhouse with owner’s lounge, exercise facility, large pool which over looks the soft white sandy beach. Private 2 car garage. MLS#316828 $3,695,000 wATERCLUB Enjoy magnificent Gulf, Bay and Sarasota skyline views from this warm and inviting furnished residence with Southern exposure. Three bedrooms plus den or office with spacious master suite and two en suite baths with an oversized closet. Only a few minutes to Longboat Keys Mooring Marina, library, post office, 45 holes of golf and shopping.Amenities include Olympic size pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis, concierge and private keyed elevator. MLS#309543 $2,298,990

Longboat Harbour on Longboat Key – Terrific canal views; community boat dockage; first floor, two bedroom, two bathroom, end unit; granite kitchen & wet bar; pools; tennis courts; fitness center; club house; private Gulf beach access with pavilion. $518,700 (

wATERCLUB FOREVER to enjoy with spectacular unobstructed sunsets and Bay views from this magnificent Cambridge model on the seventh floor. Truly private residence encompasses 2665 ft. Three bedrooms with walls of glass and countless custom finishes in neutral tones and uncompromising quality. world-class amenities! MLS#316976 $1,975,000

Grand Bay - Fabulous bay, gulf & marina views; two bedrooms, three & a half baths, plus den with two private terraces. Club House with state-of-the-art fitness center and catering kitchen. Two pools and spas; two Har-Tru tennis courts. Private gulf-front beach club. $1, 595,000 (

BAy ISLES hARBOURSIDE Maintenance free courtyard home located on quiet cul-de-sac features over 2400 sq. ft., open floor plan, cathedral ceilings. 3BR plus private pool. Deeded Boat Slip. Superb location with direct Gulf and Bay Access. Minutes from your private deeded beach. walk to shopping, restaurants, and tennis courts MLS#299811 $1,495,000 COVERT II Gulf-front walk out. Finely appointed, designer furnished, three bedrooms, residence within steps of the surf, white sand and emerald waters of the Gulf or swimming pool. Phenomenal get-away or investment property. within walking distance to shopping and fine dining. MLS#314529 $749,900

Grand Bay – Gorgeous views of the bay, mainland and gulf from this seventh floor condo. Two/ three bedrooms, three & a half baths; wrap-around terrace; pet friendly community; state-ofthe-art fitness center. Private gulf-front beach club. $1,299,000 (

BAy ISLES Light, bright, maintenance free corner villa in desirable harbour Circle. 3BR plus family room with soaring ceilings, skylights and corner fireplace. Enjoy beautiful views from the oversized terrace overlooking the harbourside golf course. Very conveniently located just across from community pool, moments to the white sandy beaches on Longboat Key, Bay Isles shopping & St. Armands Circle. FRN. MLS#313938 $669,000

Grand Bay – Panoramic, unobstructed gulf and bay views from the wrap-around terrace. Beautiful hardwood, marble and ceramic floors. Two/three bedrooms, three & a half baths. Hurricane shutters; two garage parking spaces. Resort style community amenities. $1,349,000 (

MARINA BAy Penthouse, rarely available residence with breathtaking Bay ,Gulf and Marina Views. This spacious and well designed 3 BR,3080 Sq.ft. home with over sized Terrace is ready for you to move in. 2 Parking spaces /Pet welcome. TKF. MLS#327954 $1,399,000

Whispering Sands in Siesta Key Village- Imagine enjoying 800 feet of private Gulf beach or strolling into Siesta Key Village. Turnkey furnished; two bedroom, two bathroom, two lanai, first floor corner condo; club house and heated pool; 55+ community. $439,900 (

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AT THE NET by Del Shoenberger | Tennis Columnist

Court position is everything Continuing our Oct. 19 column with doubles strategy and tactics, we will look at where we position ourselves on the court and why. Most doubles players never stop to think about why they take certain positions on the court. Many novice players simply watch doubles, observe the players’ positions and follow suit. But there are reasons why these positions are taken and, if you use your head in doubles, you may discover that there are reasons why these positions should not be automatically taken. The standard doubles positions are: • Server and receiver behind the baseline and wide • Service partner at the net (inside the service box) • Receiver’s partner on the service line. The standard reasons for these positions are: • The server, generally, stands fairly wide to be able to cover the cross-court return.

• The server’s partner invariably takes up a position at the net where he or she can hit volleys on returns hit to their side of the court. This puts some pressure on the returner to keep the ball away from them. The receiver’s position is somewhat dictated by the server’s position and strength. On a first serve, the receiver is behind the baseline, generally in anticipation of a strong first serve. This allows time to react to the faster serve (since it is important to hit the return early enough to get it crosscourt, away from the server’s partner at the net). On a second serve, assuming this shot is slower, the receiver may move inside the baseline to take the ball earlier and put some pressure on the opponents. The position of the receiver’s partner is easily the most misunderstood in tennis. In social tennis, this player is responsible for calling the serve, if it is long. This is part of the reason he or she straddles the service line. However, you don’t have to stay


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there. If the receiver hits a strong return of serve crosscourt (and the ball gets past the server’s partner at net), the receiver’s partner should move into a volley position. This complements their partner’s return. If the return of serve is weak or, worse yet, to the server’s partner at net, the receiver’s partner can quickly retreat in case a volley or overhead is hit in his direction. There is no one right place to position your self in doubles. Many variables come into play. We have looked at the standard doubles positions in this installment. Next time, we will look into alternative positions and their advantages and disadvantages. First and foremost, remember that doubles is a team effort. Whatever positions you and your partner take should be complimentary to each other and allow you to play in harmony, as a team. Del Shoenberger is a teaching professional at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.

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white sand beach for miles outside your front door. New kitchen & baths. Very private - pets allowed. excellent rental. MLS#328306 $799,000.

• seaplace

newly renovated 3BD, 2BA first floor walkout with Gulf views. Designed and furnished by Robb & Stucky. Covered parking, 2 pools, tennis, exercise room, sauna, hot tub. MLS#324833 $965,000.

• beachplace

Life after Longboat! Over Residential Real Estate, Inc. 2200 sq ft. in this mainland villa with stunning long lake views. Private pool, granite, wood and (941) 587.5060 tile flooring. top grade appliances. A Beauty at $509,000

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1st floor walk-down with lovely direct gulf views over pond. Turnkey furnished, under building parking. MLS#324763. $849,000.

• cedars West

one of eight gulf front condos Last one for sale in 1995. Just under 2,200 SF, this unit offers unobstructed gulf views from all rooms. Ground level walk-out sits 12 feet above sea level. 37' wrap-around screened porch, furnished, heated pool & tennis courts. MLS#299856 $1,500,000.

• longboat key yacht & tennis updated 3bd/2ba condo overlooks beach front pool out to the Gulf. Boat slips and tennis courts on bay side. 2 covered parking reduced $745,000. spaces. MLS#289985 • beachplace your view from lanai - Beautifully maintained largest 2BD/2BA model. 2 parking spaces (one under Bldg.!) Turnkey furnished, $839,000. excellent rental, secured complex. MLS#317242

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer lose 1-6, 1-6 and I played well, then I’m satisfied with myself. My first priority is not to win. Name one thing you do that wins matches. I like to play a variable. Drop shots are my favorite game, but smashes are OK too. I like to play not only the baseline, but I like to move around; that’s very important. If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? A better forehand shot. I had cancer in 2000, and a lot of the muscles in my shoulder have gone. I would like to improve that shot and get that back. It’s very important for my psychology and proof that I overcame the disease. At one time I didn’t think I would be able to play again. Who has most influenced your game? Ilie Nastase and Boris Becker. Ilie has the same game that I would like to play in my mind — playing variable — and Becker does, too. They both have a good serve and are good volley players.

Wolfgang Bloos

What is the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. I once played a tournament in Germany, and I came back from a Love-6 first set and 1-5 in the second set. Nobody expected me to win, but I won the second set 7-5 and the third set 6-1. I still dream about that.

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Wolfgang Bloos’ involvment with tennis started on the soccer field. He had played soccer with Romania tennis star Ilie Nastase as a child — before Nastase had turned to tennis — and after Nastase made a name for himself, Bloos decided to switch sports. Bloos, who was born in Romania and now lives in Germany, has been coming to The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort for eight seasons to play tennis. This year, he will stay on Longboat Key until mid-December. “People received me so well here,” he said of Cedars. “I can play with anybody here — players, the staff. They’re what make me return here and not go someplace else.” What made you pick up a racket? I had played soccer in my childhood with Ilie Nastase, and later we lost track of him. We then heard that he had started playing tennis, and shortly afterward he was very popular in Romania and the world. Myself and the

other boys thought that we had to start playing tennis because he had become so famous. But I didn’t take any formal lessons. I learned by doing. What benefits do you get from playing tennis? I love to exercise and to be in nature. I also love meeting different people from around the world. I prefer to play singles, though, because then I just have to rely on myself instead of three other people like in doubles. How competitive are you? I like to win, but it’s more important how I play. If I

Who is your favorite athlete and why? Magic Johnson, because he’s a very intelligent player. I also like basketball because I play on a German senior’s league, and I coached a woman’s team. I’m very close to basketball. What is the funniest or most embarrassing moment you’ve had playing? I was playing a fun tournament in Germany, and the prize was to win a bottle of champagne. So I showed up and pulled out my old wooden racket with no strings in it, but no one noticed. We started to play and no one could figure out why I wasn’t hitting the ball because it was going straight through my racket. I was laughing on the inside, but others did receive me so well because we had lost some time playing the match. But it was called a fun tournament.

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pristine condition with new kitchen, baths, paint and flooring. This 2/2 is close to movies, shopping, and dining activities. Owner may consider a lease / purchase............$254,900.

with vaulted ceilings and fabulous rental program for investors/ enjoyers. 2BR/2BA that’s totally private in a fun and well-managed complex. Great opportunity to have your place at the beach with income to offset the cost of

munities. This 3 bedroom lakefront condo has been totally renovated by expert craftsmen using only the finest materials. Amenities include nature trails, Racquet Club, swimming pool. Pet friendly.................................................$380,000.

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CURIOUS COLLECTOR by Arthur Cobin and Vivien Boniuk | Contributing Writers

Travel collectibles starting to fly Remember Branifff Airlines? Is stewardess uniforms can bring several hundred dollars. Airline decals can bring $4,000. Most of us love to travel to exotic, interesting places. When the getting there is pleasurable — for example, on a luxurious cruise ship — it makes the entire experience memorable and self-affirming. If you are a collector, you can combine two pleasures by acquiring mementos of your travel while expanding your collection. Cruise ships have always had gift shops — imagine having the opportunity to visit the gift shop on the Normandie or the Queen Elizabeth — among the great steamships of the 1930s! Even some of the old ashtrays have increased from a few dollars to sevARTHUR eral hundred dollars in value! You might ask: Should I purCOBIN & chase dozens of souvenirs from VIVIEN the gift shops of the mainstream BONIUK cruise lines to save so that my grandchildren will reap the benefits of the appreciation in value? We don’t think so, because of the sheer numbers in which they are made and the general lack of quality in workmanship. We suggest, however, that there is room for considerable appreciation in memorabilia from cruise ships of the 1930s and earlier. For example, we have seen the bronze medal from the maiden voyage of the Normandie 1935, which was available for purchase aboard

GULFSHORE OF LONGBOAT Lowest priced 2BR in land owned mobile home park. Needs updating or replaced. Private beach, 36 slip marina, desirable 55+ complex. Could be your little piece of paradise. Cathy C. Meldahl PA 383-5577 #328730 $164,900

the ship at the time. Its retail value increased in the last 10-15 years from $100 to $500. Also, decorative ship models make an interesting and attractive memento, but examine carefully and beware of reproductions! Airline memorabilia are diverse and interesting. Remember the packs in the seat pocket with stickers, maps and beautiful pictures of the airplane on which we were flying? Compare that with today’s boring and annoying airline magazines and duty-free shopping brochures that only start to look worthwhile after you have spent seven to eight hours cramped in your seat. We have a collection of travel-agency aluminum airplane models from the 1930s through the 1960s. These include the DC-3 with Eastern markings, DC-7 PanAmerican, DC-8 Air Canada, DC-10 National and Constellation Capital Airlines — all propeller planes. They are beautifully rendered to scale and the best ones have

BAYFRONT AND GORGEOUS Exquisitely remodeled from floor to ceilings-view the bay from the 31ft lanai. 2BR/2BA. Perfect location and perfectly done. Karen Ankerstar 383-5577 #319828 $479,000

NORTH TIP OF LONGBOAT KEY West of GMD and steps to pristine beach, this 3BR/2BA free standing condo residence has been totally renovated. Private setting w/room for pool. David Moynihan 778-2246 #531516 $619,000

the original bases proclaiming the plane type or manufacturer. Original paint and decals make these pieces particularly valuable. The price can range from $1,000 to $4,000. We look at them as beautiful sculptures with the forms reminding us of their time in history and, again, with more potential for appreciation. The aforementioned shopping brochures will now include for-sale plastic airplane models that you can purchase for well under $100. Save your money and try to find an original — especially a propeller plane! These travel agency models return us to the time when people actually went to a travel agency and spoke to a friend about arrangements. There, sitting on the counter would be a stunning example of an airplane we might actually fly on. Since then, we have gone on to punching our choices into our computers. Progress? Unlike past times, when railroad travel was the cat’s meow, Amtrak is barely surviving, even with government subsidies. The new European and Japanese trains are technologically advanced and very fast but lack the warmth and pizzazz of earlier trains, like the Silver Meteor Pullman service from New York to Miami. These crack trains ran on the motto “You can set your watch to it,” and traveled throughout a United States that still had stark regional differences in speech, customs and cuisine, where real restaurant-quality dining cars existed, versus today’s vending machines and dispensing carts. The range of train collectibles is huge and includes posters, menus, schedules, ashtrays, dishes, metal serving pieces and vintage models. Modern examples are generally not manufactured, so anything you see is probably vintage. Uniforms — of stewards and stewardesses, pilot wings, cap insignias and small “Junior Stewardess” and “Junior Captain” items that were giveaways to children — are special and unique travel collectibles. Braniff selected Pucci to design its stewardess uniforms in the ‘60s and one of these uniforms will sell for several hundred dollars! Start looking for these wonderful and nostalgic memories at antique shows and shops, flea markets and online. Think of these wonderful objects displayed in your sunrise or sunset view on Longboat Key and dream of past times and travels.

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

WELL MAINTAINED SARASOTA HOME Come see this 3BR/2BA well maintained home with new paint & carpet. Huge 40x16 fam rm w/stone f/p & bar. Screened porch w/hot tub. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. 383-5577 #295441 $249,900

WEST BRADENTON Affordable 2BR/2BA, 2 car garage home located conveniently to school and shopping. Large family room and dining room plus screened lanai. Corner lot with shade trees. Dorothy Cook, 383-5577 #536187 $210,000

NORTHPORT LOT Build your dream home! There are a few trees on this sandy 125” x 83’ lot. Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 #305816 $57,500

Views from the Gulf to Downtown Sarasota SieSta towerS 10th Floor

turnkey3.5 Furnished 3 Bedrooms, Baths.1/1Beautiful Short walk to Siesta Village Bay Views. Designer furnished, New appliances, tile counters & floor. elegant, sophisticated reduced to $499,000 and contemporary. $1,395,000 open Saturday 11/4 from 1-4

NEPTUNE ON LONGBOAT Updated, ground floor, 2BR/1BA with a peek of the Gulf and beach access across the street. TKF. Weekly rentals are allowed once a month or biweekly. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 $399,900

CEDARS WEST Direct Gulf front with spectacular views. This 2BR/2BA has new kitchen, updated baths, and new carpet. Pets ok. On site rental manager. 2 week minimum makes great rental complex. You’ll love this one. Bill Greene 383-5577 #325176 $794,500

QUALITY LONGBOAT HOME 3BR/2BA spacious, immaculate home, screened balcony, natural canal, fruit trees, 2 car garage w/great storage & workshop. Beach access near. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #304222 $795,000

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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 Baths MLS: 293159 $1,599,000 Kassandra Hugill & Matt Schulz

BIRD KEY This home captures the joy of the Sarasota lifestyle.Walls of glass afford panoramic bay views flooding the home with natural light. Included are a viewing deck, two gas fireplaces, a 20 foot high entry, a lovely master suite with outdoor shower, his & her baths, and a sprawling closets. 7 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms MLS: 321836 $5,999,999 Audrey + Jill Singer

BIRD KEY Dazzled by the great room entrance, this stunning new home offers 4800 sf of the ultimate in casual elegance, perfectly poised to capture views of gorgeous Sarasota Bay. Located on a protected boat basin with direct access to the Intercoastal & Gulf. 4 Bedrooms 3.5 Bathrooms MLS: 327471 $2,895,000 Cindy Migone

BRADENTON BEACH Million dollar unobstructed full

TIDY ISLAND Welcome to this upscale lifestyle in a

secure island paradise with a 24 hr. manned gate. Enjoy this tranquil 160 acre natural preserve and bird sanctuary.You’ll feel like you are on vacation all year round on this very private island. 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms MLS: 325149 $795,000 Marla Vignocchi

SIESTA KEY This beautiful bay front John Cannon home is located in the exclusive private enclave of Roberts Point on the north end of Siesta Key. Exceptional design, expansive bay views and an open and spacious floor plan make this amazing residence the perfect place to live and entertain. 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms MLS: 327515 $5,300,000 Brady + Mattison

SIESTA KEY A masterpiece of architecture and design.This

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views of the Gulf of Mexico with incredible direct sunsets. Cozy up on your screened lanai as you listen to the waves lapping on the beach. Great location on the quieter side of Bradenton Beach. 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms MLS: 285466 $1,649,000 Terry Hayes

showcase of glass, metal and concrete is a perfect juxtaposition to the lush, tropical vegetation which surrounds. Floor-to-ceiling windows and clean angles demonstrate the beauty of simplicity.The steel railings aligning the staircase and bridge artfully connect the 1st and 2nd floor spaces with flowing, functional design. 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms MLS: 320142 $4,250,000 Brady + Mattison

Viking at dock now. Designer features include gourmet kitchen, gracious living room with pool and water views, whimsical play room, high tech family room/screening room, private master suite and gym. Today’s living in an old Florida setting. 4 Bedroom 4 Bathrooms MLS: 294599 $3,590,000 The Cail Group

of contemporary architecture, this estate property truly is one of a kind. Situated on over one acre on Heron Lagoon, this Sanderling Club home offers dramatic space for entertaining but also abundant private space for guests or the family. 6 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms MLS: 307218 $3,495,000 Joel Schemmel & Toni Schemmel

SIESTA KEY Enjoy the privacy and feel of a single family home with the benefits of a no maintenance environment all nestled within a seaside enclave of 12 residences. This home boasts its own private pool w/courtyard area including summer kitchen and outdoor fireplace. 4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms MLS: 309768 $2,995,000 Joel Schemmel & Toni Schemmel

SIESTA KEY Siesta Key Bay Front, mid key location, new-

SIESTA KEY A home built for today’s island living. Dramatic

er construction, built to hurricane standards, luxurious finishes, gated enclave, convenient beach access, deeded boat slip, deep boating water, private elevator, furniture package negotiable. 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms MLS: 290587 $2,595,000 Karin Swanson

style both inside and out define this newer home designed to exacting standards and ready for what Mother Nature has to offer. Custom mahogany entry doors set the stage for the comfortable feeling Great Room while the suspended staircase creates a tone of sleek sophistication. 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms MLS: 322286 $2,385,000 Joel Schemmel & Toni Schemmel

SIESTA KEY A real beach house with 3 screened decks, freshly painted and carpeted. Floor plan has been opened up for casual entertaining. Top level has master and home office/child’s room. Mid level has big remodeled kitchen, LR with fireplace plus guest suite. Lower level boasts 2 huge garages and open area. One of 3 gulf side homes with private pool on Siesta Key’s famous beach. 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms MLS: 326371 $2,250,000 The Cail Group

SIESTA KEY Boaters dream home! Model-like home is priced to sell! Large dock can handle your yacht or two boats. Wonderful home for entertaining, featuring bright, open floor plan, maple wood floors, soaring ceilings, lovely tropical pool area for alfresco entertaining. 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms MLS: 315464 $2,150,000 Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett

SIESTA KEY Florida living at its finest, this home boasts

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Big Day

Oscar Parsons, owner of the convention center President Bush visited Oct. 24, found out what it’s like to host a president. Says Parsons’ wife: It’s just like a wedding. Several days before the presidential visit, a Secret Service agent asked Oscar Parsons, owner of the Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center, what he thought about hosting the political rally. Parsons replied in his calm, Kentucky manner, “It’s just another event to me.” The agent looked at him and said, half joking, “Well, tell me what you think Tuesday.”

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“They just came in as a surprise,” said Parsons, 84. “I was in my office, and I didn’t even see them come in.” The coordinating agent told the convention center’s staff where they wanted the stage set up and where to put the chairs in the VIP section. Agents toured the entire building and parking lot. Because the convention center is located on private property, agents figured out the location where protestors would stand during the rally, more than 250 yards from the entrance to the convention center. By the end of the day, the Secret Service agents wearing dark, impeccable suits and pacing the grounds made some of Parsons’ staff nervous.

Two weeks before his conversation with the Secret Service agent, Parsons received the telephone call that set everything in motion. Republican candidate Vern Buchanan’s staffers called Parsons and told him they wanted to lease the Sarasota Convention Center for a presidential rally in Secret security support of Buchanan’s bid for The president’s advance team the House of Representatives found a use for every part of the District 13 seat. 93,000-squareB u c h a n a n’s foot convention campaign orgacenter. nizers offered to They convertpay $10,000 to ed one soundrent the convenproof confertion center and ence room into another $7,000 an area where for sandwiches agents could and drinks. interview susParsons picious people said sure. He during the rally thought: The — if the need event would arose. draw a large Rose’s office crowd and became a lookbring some naout platform tional exposure where Sarasota to the convenCounty Shertion center, iff ’s deputies and it would be armed with a privilege to rifles would be host the presiable to look out dent. at the crowd. Tammy Roberts Parsons and Because of the Congressional District 13 his wife Rose, position of the candidate Vern Buchanan vice president second-floor emerges from Air Force One of operations at office windows, with the president. the center, bedeputies could gan planning for see out without the rally as they anyone being would for any event. Everything able to see in. was normal, until last Wednesday Agents directed staff where when the Secret Service agents to set up a VIP area on the west and the Federal Bureau of Inves- side of the center. Here, Repubtigation showed up. licans who paid a $10,000 con-

At the presidential rally: Oscar and Rose Parsons with daughter Vanessa Ralls.

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tribution to the party would be able to have their photo taken with the president. Everything was being arranged according to the eventplanner’s motto: No detail is too small. By Friday, Parsons was feeling frazzled. Most of his staff was working late and coming in early, and the rally was still four days away.

Wedding day At 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24, three hours before Air Force One was scheduled to land at nearby Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Parsons and his wife sit in the break room for a few quiet minutes before the crowd of Republican supporters, Buchanan volunteers and media begin to arrive. Mrs. Parsons was surprised how smoothly the day began. “People hear ‘The President’ and everyone shakes, but everything has been falling into place,” she said. She compares the event to a wedding: “You work and work

President Bush spoke to 2,000 Republicans. to get ready for something that lasts a few hours.” Parsons nods in agreement. Tuesday was, in fact, his “wed-

Larry Burke

ding day,” metaphorically. After all of the planning and anticipation, it was time for some action, time for the chief to walk

2D Business


After a 25-minute speech, President Bush walked off the stage and greeted well-wishers and fellow Republicans. He shook hands with and kissed the cheeks of his admirers.

The president greets Republican supporters. Photos by Larry Burke

through the door. For the presidential visit, Mrs. Parsons’ daughter, Vanessa Ralls, skipped class at Stetson University in Deland to come to Sarasota. “It’s like meeting the most famous movie star ever,” said Ralls, a sophomore political science major. Ralls’ roommate, Ashley Dome, came along for the opportunity, too. At 12:34 p.m. the Parsons, along with some of their staff walk off out of sight. They wait about 40 minutes before President Bush and Buchanan, surrounded by men in dark suits, walk into the room. Bush shakes hands with the WC_LO 5x8_110206.qxd 10/23/06 3:58 Parsons and strikes up conversation.

“I thought he would be intimidating,” Mrs. Parsons said. “But he wasn’t. It was almost as if it was his home. He was relaxed and enjoyed talking with us.” Bush chatted with Tony Ricci, one of the center’s managers about mountain biking, a new sport the president has taken up. The president revealed that he likes bicycling because it puts less impact on the body than jogging does. The president began talking to Ricci about what kind of trails he bicycles. Then the Secret Service men tell the president he must go. The rally is about to begin. “It was as if he didn’t want to leave,” Mrs. Parsons said. PM Once Page on 1 stage, an obviously nervous

Vern Buchanan stood next to the podium as President Bush proclaimed him as the man to fill Katherine Harris’ U.S. House of Representatives District 13 seat. About 2,000 Republicans cheered on Bush as he emphasized that the District 13 seat is essential to retaining the Republican majority in the House. After Bush’s 25-minute speech, he shakes hands and chats with some of his supporters in the front rows. The crowd thins, and Bush again speaks with Parsons and his staff. Within 15 minutes, the president and his entourage is whisked away to the tarmac where Air Force One is waiting.

Asked how the convention center’s most high-profile visit went from start to finish, Parsons gave it a 10. He wouldn’t have guessed all of the planning that goes into readying for a presidential visit. It became more than just another normal event. On a positive note, the Secret Service agents were upfront and friendly during the process. “I’ve learned that Secret Service are extremely fine people,” he said. Mrs. Parsons said the event went off without a hitch. She noted that the president told one of Buchanan’s staffers that the convention center was a perfect setting for a political rally.

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idiots isn’t logical.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Build castles in the air — but don’t forget the foundations. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) There is no magic answer. There are magic questions.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it. Cancer (June 22-July 22) To a man with an umbrella, the rain doesn’t matter. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Your roar can frighten people. Learn to think before you speak.

Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) Fight fire with fire. Fight mold with a professional moldremoving company. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Love is a manysplendored thing, but it’s also complicated. If you want your relationships to flourish, simplify your life. Aries (March 21-April 20) The best way to learn is to teach. Taurus (April 21-May 20) Logic is only convincing to logical people. Reasoning with

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The best things in life are free. The free things in life aren’t necessarily the best. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) If you can’t get a word in edgewise, consider using sharper words. IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: Your mind has many sore spots. Stop picking at it. Leave your mind alone.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006

Weather 5D

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RED TIDE REPORT Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in medium concentrations alongshore Longboat Key and was not detected offshore Friday, Oct. 27, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Possible effects of Karenia brevis include respiratory irritation and probable fish kills.

TIDE CHART Highs Thurs., Nov. 2 9:31a 9:29p Fri., Nov. 3 10:39a 9:49p Sat., Nov. 4 11:44a 10:12p Sun., Nov. 5 12:47p 10:39p Mon., Nov. 6 1:54p 11:10p Tues., Nov. 7 11:46p Wed., Nov. 8

Lows 3:49a 4:04p 4:42a 4:34p 5:31a 4:59p 6:18a 5:18p 7:06a 5:31p 7:55a 8:47a


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Average water Year-to-date Month-to-date 2006 2005 2006 2005 Temp.: 78.8 33.24 in. 43.61 in. 1.88 in. 6.87 in.



Temps. Record Temps. High Low High Low Mon., Oct. 23 82.5 73 94 (1996) 56 (1992) Tues., Oct. 24 71 54.5 96 (1996) 55 (1990) Wed., Oct. 25 77.5 53.5 91 (1991) 47 (2006) Thurs., Oct. 26 83 59 90 (1985) 54 (2005) Fri., Oct. 27 85 63 90 (1984) 55 (2001) Sat., Oct. 28 77.5 65.5 89 (1996) 56 (1992) Sun., Oct. 29 79.5 54 92 (1996) 56 (2005)

Thurs., Nov. 2 Fri., Nov. 3 Sat., Nov. 4 Sun., Nov. 5 Mon., Nov. 6 Tues., Nov. 7 Wed., Nov. 8

Sunrise Sunset 6:42 5:46 6:42 5:46 6:43 5:45 6:44 5:44 6:44 5:44 6:45 5:43 6:46 5:42

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By Alan P. Olschwang, Huntington Beach, California ACROSS 1 Molded dishes 7 Spooked 13 Cribbage marker 16 For in Spanish 19 In shreds 20 "Honor Thy Father" author 21 In style 23 Casual shoe 24 Start of Evan Esar's definition of attic 25 Infused with energy 26 Westernmost of the Aleutians 27 Der __ (Adenauer) 29 "Grand Hotel" star 31 Holy Roman emperor 32 Part 2 of definition 36 Royal Peruvians 37 Opp. of SSW 38 Renaissance painter, Andrea del __ 39 Naval group 42 Hate 44 Bitter fruit 48 Part 3 of definition 51 Forum wear 53 Egg: pref. 54 All confused 55 Nevada town 56 Maui tourist destination 57 "Love Boat" costar 59 Ump's colleague 60 Calf meat 62 Big __, CA 63 Gustav and Bruce 65 Pig or cast follower 67 Part 4 of definition

71 Christian of fashion 72 Dig up 75 High dudgeon 76 Sharif of films 78 Triangular sail 81 Handgrips 82 Ed and Mel of baseball 84 Ice-cream container 86 Kenneth or Bart 88 Aged 89 Matinee idol 90 Part 5 of definition 92 Inexpensive inn 95 Religious beads 97 Kind of hut 98 Suburb of Harrisburg 100 Here in Le Havre 101 Hop stems 103 Part 6 of definition 111 __ nous (confidentially) 112 Movie soundtrack singer Nixon 113 Ultimate 114 Wheel nuts 115 Sculptor Chillida 117 End of definition 119 Eaves dripper 121 Retirement income 122 Member of a monastic Jewish sect 123 Euphemizer 124 AARP members 125 Beatty or Buntline 126 Becomes entrenched 127 Buchanan and Degas DOWN 1 Attorney chaser?

2 Truth, of yore 3 Talk idly 4 Enrage 5 Stage prompt 6 Paint container 7 Social position 8 "R.U.R." playwright 9 Every last one 10 Litmus paper and methylene blue 11 One on the lam 12 Caribou and muntjac 13 Designer Picasso 14 Actor Wallach 15 Old French dance 16 Sophia Loren's Carlo 17 Nickel add-on? 18 Excavate anew 22 Technique 28 Mauna __ volcano 30 Tea Party locale 33 Undertakings 34 January in Juarez 35 Funny Bombeck 39 Off yonder 40 Memory method 41 Big name in cookies 42 S. or N. state 43 Fixed gaze 45 Mandibles 46 Affirm with certainty 47 Diana or Marion 49 Truly! 50 Fitzgerald of jazz 52 Pinup's leg 56 Wha? 57 More in need of a drink 58 "Turn to Stone" rock grp. 61 Tolkien's tree

62 Sault __ Marie, MI 64 Clare of "Bleak House" 66 Outstanding! 68 Funny-car fuel 69 AMA members 70 Kiddy prohibition 72 We've got a problem! 73 __ contendere 74 Sultry 77 West Coast seagull 79 "Dies __" 80 __ Mawr College 83 Kiribati's capital 84 Evert of tennis 85 Kid of jazz 87 Adding pendent ornamentation 89 Apply brakes 90 Most sticky 91 Before you know it 93 Aquarium favorites 94 Join, redundantly 96 Of a city near Florence 99 Scottish loch 101 Defeated 102 Uncertainties 103 WWII vehicles 104 Reporting to 105 Bedazzles 106 Sea eagles 107 Russian pancakes 108 Spanish bayonet 109 Bold observer 110 Exploiters 116 Anonymous Jane 118 __ Moines, IA 120 El __ (Spanish hero)



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

Gulf Shore LANDSCAPING: Lawn Care, Pressure Washing, Landscaping. Owner Operated By Island Resident. Licensed & Insured! Exceptional Value! Call: (941)726-7070 Free Fill Dirt Delivered On Longboat Key, 400 Cubic Yard Minimum. Please Call; (941)351-1553

Massage Certified Computer Professional. Computer slow or acting weird? On-site experience the Healing Benefits of support. Lido Key. Call Forrest, 388-3425. Massage Therapy. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular. Sarasota/Bradenton facilities or in home service. 941-753-7766 Consignments Lic. #MA34584. consignment store. Florida’s largest & most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery Music Instruction available. House of Lords - Osprey. 941-966-5446. voice & Piano lessons for children and adults. Degreed, experienced teacher. Fishing Charters For more information, call 365-5691 or visit: deep sea fishing - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. Painting & Wallpapering USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate ray cordy custom Painting & controlled cabin, all new equipment & Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, ResidenTop-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait tial, Commercial. All trades are union & tackle provided starting at $400. trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, ReFor information and reservations, call models, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood FloorCaptain Brandon today. 761-1715. ing, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings that are for your Sensitive & AllerGarage, Moving genic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! & Estate Sales Homeowners & Contractors welcome. garage sale: 561 Golf Links Lane, Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable Country Club Shores V. Sat., November 4, references. 953-5215. 9-4p.m. Quality vintage and new furniture, women’s designer label clothing (small), carlo dattilo painting. Licensed & household, Christmas, garden, etc. Good insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper stuff! installation & removal, pressure washing. sale: Fri., Nov. 3, 9a.m.-2p.m. - 6000 Residential and commercial, condos. Marina Dr., Anna Maria. Across from fire Honest & reliable. Free estimates. station. Beautiful furnishings: 4 sofas, 3 (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp. love seats, 6 Queen Anne end tables & sofa table, 2 queen beds, night stands, 13 as- van-go PAINTING residential/commercial, sorted arm chairs, 5 very nice etageres, interior/exterior, faux painting, pressure wing chairs, 13 lamps, easy chairs, nice cleaning. Island references. Bill, 795-5100 desks & credenzas, office chairs, pictures, or 518-9300. files, linens, accessories & more! Pix & de- Pastel Painting. Interior/exterior, neat, tails at, Sales by reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Julie McClure. Supplying LBK clients w/over 14 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434. Help Wanted

mortgage originators. Will train. Potential 10K per month. No license required. (941)812-6381. DRIVER/ TANKER. Excellent Company! Great Benefits & Pay! Regional OTR. 12 Month Tractor Trailer Experience. CDL-A With TX Endorsement. Clean MVR. Kulnle Brothers (800)873-8757

position available for person with minimum 1 year experience using RNS vacation rental software. Job consists of training and supporting customers with our rental management software package. Some bookkeeping experience required. Salary range based upon experience, $29,000+. Send resume to: (no phone contact please).

re/max design Center - see what RE/MAX marketing has for you! Call Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700 or E-mail:

harry’s continental Kitchens now hiring Pastry Chef/Baker, bus boy, servers and catering. (941)383-0777.


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

Personal Services

Personal Assistant, Meal Preparation, Server, 30 Year Resident, Local References Available. Kathy(941)749-1174




your personal bookkeeper, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner

Personal & Business Bookkeeping Accounting/Taxes I come to your home or office.

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Over 25/yrs. experience

Telephone: 941-749-5646

Remodeling & Home Improvements 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 expert tile installation floors, counters, backsplashes, walls, murals. lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber artisan tile (941) 383-2659

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 ins.

local repair Service for all home needs. Member of BBB. Lic/Ins. 17/yrs. experience. Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. Fax: 941-363-9017. Carpentry, painting, tile, pressure washing, dock & deck repair. 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.

robert held’s handyman & more! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 704-7557, 758-8044.


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.


RESTAURANTS beachfront eatery w/building, good income. Easy to run. $1.69K**. 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 island clothing: $130K +inventory. Building available. susan stribling store has best spot on LBK - next door to Publix. $125K +inventorey. 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. Factory makes & installs marble/granite/manufactured stone items for builders & homeowners.** steel fabricating. Strategically located, profitable Fla. factory** **Confidentiality agreement required. Longview Realty 941-383-6112


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

Commercial/Business Opp.

BONDED & insured


Laminent Floor & Tile Installation From $1.00 Per Sq. Ft. $100 rebate. FREE ESTIMATES. (941)685-5597.

Volunteer Needed, 2-3 Mornings A Week. Clerical Help, DR’s Office. Christmas To Easter. Please Call: (941)387-1211

Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns


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Personal Services

lord’s warehouse nonprofit Open 9a.m.-1p.m. Monday, Wednesday. & Saturday. Furniture, clothing, decorator items, kitchenware, jewelry. Information: 383-3649.

A Brand Name Queen Pillow-top Mattress expert technical Assistance. SET, New With Warranty. Can Deliver. Need help with hardware, software, net- $175. (941)234-8019 works or wireless? Call Alan anytime: Brand New, Visco Memory Foam, Queen 941-364-5858/941-544-6725. Set. $345. With Warranty Can Deliver. Must Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years Sell (941)234-8019 of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless Landscaping networking. PC or MAC web design. & Lawn Services 383-3878, 587-5588.

computer running slow? Need an upgrade or just have a question? Call Jeff, 504-HELP.

Classifieds 7D


Commercial Rentals & Sales

new 400/sq.ft. OFFICE in Triple Diamond Business Park, I-75 & Exit 195, Laurel Rd. 941-966-1794.

Condos & Homes For Sale

harbor villa Club. ExrLrg 2BR/2BA, TKY w/40/ft. boat slip. $849,000. Sammy Ulbrick, Horizon Realty, 320-6872.

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

lbk, seaplace Beachfront Condo: 1500/sq.ft., 3BR/2BA, recently renovated. Turnkey perfect. All amenities, child friendly, covered parking. Asking $798,000. Contact Arlene, 924-2641 or E-mail: For Sale By Owner- Holmes Beach Triplex. Annual Income $34,200. Steps To The Gulf. Call (646)842-0096 For More Info. Asking $599,000

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

8D Classifieds Condos & Homes For Sale 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 513 Gunwale Lane

Reduced For Quick Sale $1,149,000

(941)383-2567 mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradenton’s best kept secret 55+ community starting Low $200,000’s, bayfronts, Canalfronts, Lakefronts, Garden views. Boat Docks Donna Bucher RoseBay Real Estate 941-713-0203

positano 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 Call Ron Baldwin & Associates R.E.. 941-954-7471 spectacular sarasota Bay and Intracoastal views from LR, DR, kitchen, MBR, den and lanai. Unique LBK condo w/windows on 4 sides. 3BR/2BA plus den and laundry. New hardwood floors and renovated kitchen w/granite counters. 2/Car covered parking, heated pool, beach access, tennis court, boat dock, elevator, pet permitted, partially furnished. $725,000. 941-383-1084. LBK GULF FRONT. Sea Horse Beach Resort. Awesome beachfront location. Great rental income. Renovated studio condo. $429,000. (248)661-1383 2004 builders Model - Conrad Beach. Gulfside enclave of Key West style homes. 2BR, den +loft, 2 car garage. Steps to Beach & Community pool. HOA covers lawn, cable & security. Walk to shops & restaurants. Perfect year round or vacation. $1,095,000. Owner/Agent, 305-632-0449. EWM Realtors, Inc.

St. Armands Towers, Furnished 2BR/2BA, Across From Lido Beach, Sparkling City View Lights. $599,900. (941)388-0007 westchester 2BR/2BA, ground floor closest beach/Positano, TKY. Lowest price, $750,000. Samantha Ulbrick, Horizon Realty, 320-6872.

The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, november 2, 2006

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

drastically reduced!!

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

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

longboat key. By Owner. Islander Club, 2BR/2BA, with 40/ft. balcony overlooking Gulf, high floor, partially furnished. Great location, walking distance to shopping and restaurants. $825,000. 941-387-5048. bring your boat longboat key mid-key 3br/3ba, spacious master, lanai, 2278/sq.ft., heated pool, neighborhood boat dock, walk to beach. $749,000 help-u-sell team srq 941-927-1162

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

$349,000 Ryan Roslansky Michael Saunders & Company

(941)448-4013 Grand Bay Condo- 3BR/3.5BA, Elegant Contemporary, Furnished, Great Bay views, Private Elevator. Virtual Tour With Audio MLS#310373 $1,395,000. Rick Greene, Coldwell Banker (941)544-7330 the crown jewel of Coral Shores! 5008 Mangrove Pt. Rd. in Bradenton. The only 2-story canal home in CS. Beautiful 4BR/2BA home, 2420/sq.ft., 36/ft. dock, boat lift, stunning caged pool. Two month window for sale before going off market for seasonal rentals. Photos at: Priced right, $749K. 815-351-5052.

beachfront investment condo, $545,000. The Shore Condo, $595,000. Sutton Place with garage, $449,000. Sunridge 3BR Townhouse, $225,000. Bent Tree lakefront, $795,000. Country Club Shores, canal front, $1,296,000-$1,095,000 and $1,045,000. St. Judes canal front, $495,000. Spanish Main, $299,000. Promenade, $939,000. tab my listings for photos or call Andrew Vac, 941-383-9700, RE/MAX Excellence.

Grand Bay By Owner Beautiful View Of Sarasota Bay 2/3BR/Den/3.5BA, Contemporary & Elegant Many Upgrades Including Contemporary Designer Furnishings Looks Like A Model All Amenities Pool, Tennis, Beach Club, Etc. $1,395,000 With Furnishings $1,295,000 Without Furnishings

Call: Mel (216)570-9866 Or (941)383-7790

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.

200’ Bay Front Acre, Spectacular Views, Deep Sailboat Water, 3BR/2.5BA Charming Period Home . $1,595,000. (941)923-6771 siesta key jewel 4510 Banan Place, Siesta Key owner financing spacious house with guest house on large private lot. $879,000 941-342-2886

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

harbor oaks By Owner Quite possibly the nearest to brand new golf course Townhome on Longboat Key. 3BR/3.5BA, near 2500/sq.ft. Completely redone with top quality finishes, wood cabinets, granite, stainless appliances, new A/C & flooring, 2/car garage, heated pool, designer furnished. $829,000 Includes Beach Club Membership. 2197 Harbourside Dr. Open Sunday October 15 & October 22 1-5p.m. 941-383-0888 or 941-387-0077

Condos & Homes For Sale

543 juan Anasco: 600/ft. to beach, 2 story, huge furnished downstairs, 2 car garage, canal front, 3BR/2BA, lanai upstairs. Must see! $795,000. Call Charles, 383-2953.

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

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 $469,900. Lowest Priced Waterfront Unit In Complex. Exceptional Longboat Value. Cathy Daley, Owner/Realtor. (941)302-1004

Lots & Acreage For Sale

1/3 Acre- 26th Street West, Bordering Bollettieri. Excellent Medical Or Office Complex. Commercial Strip Center Possible. $200,000. (941)376-6192

Rentals: Annual

hidden lakes studio. Tuttle near Fruitville. New carpet, blinds. First, last & security. $695/mo. 780-9661. longboat key, canal front, 1BR/1BA villa, private beach access, boat dock. No pets. $875/mo. 378-5181.

country club Shores. Beach access and boat dock. Unfurnished. $1700/mo. Monthly or annual. (941)383-7823.

grand bay. Penthouse, magnificent bay views, 2BR/2BA, wraparound terrace. Floor to ceiling windows, world class amenities, beach club, 2/car garage, 24/hr. security. Furnished. $2700/mo. 941-383-1909, 941-400-3700. 888 luxury condo; 2BR/2BA, recently renovated, $4000/mo. inclusive. Reserved covered parking place, swimming pool, waterfront, W/D. 6/mo. min. (941)724-1642.

Lakewood ranch. Spacious 1BR, cathedral ceilings, view of lake. $899/mo. 780-9661.

Siesta Key Gulf Front Upgraded 2BR/2BA Condo, Turtle Beach, Furnished Screen Lanai, Indoor Outdoor Pool, Secured Garage Parking $2800/Month. Annual Rental Available Anytime. Vacational/ Seasonal Also Available. (315)247-0768

arbomar, 7th floor. Spectacular direct condos/homes Gulf front to full bay views. Motivated sellannual ers. Price reduced to $989,000. Make offer. bayview dr.: unfurnished 3BR/2BA, pool 859-816-1075. & yard maintenance included. $1800/mo. twin shores: 2BR, 55+, furnished, $900/mo. fox st.: 2BR/2BA, unfurnished, $950/mo. Call Barbara or Lynne Wagner Realty ______________________________ 941-383-5577

ABSOLUTE AUCTION Lakewood Ranch Bradenton

Thursday, November 9th @ 6:30PM, Open 5:30PM Preview Early Sunday, November 4th 1-4PM


3BR/2BA/2CG Home In Award Winning Community! 1700+ SF, Open Floor Plan Master Suite w/Walk-In Closet Eat-In Kitchen Separate Dining Room & Office/Study Area No Minimum! No Reserve!

WWW.VANDEREE.COM Neal Vanderee Auctioneers (941)488-1500

lbk 3BR/2BA, furnished canal front home with boat dock, walk to private beach access. Below market! $1700/mo. 407-929-0214.

downtown renaissance. Beautifully furnished condo, 1BR/1BA, bay view, all amenities included. Available Dec. 1st. Annually: $1500/mo. 6/mo.: $2400/mo. No pets/smoking. 941-921-1648. Perico Island: Large 4BR/3BA patio home, extras, near beach and shopping. $1675/mo. (941)383-4146.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation Buttonwood Cove, 2BR/2BA, Bay View, Lanai, Pool, Tennis, Squash Court, Dock, Boat Slip. Available Jan., Feb., March. 905-882-2757 416-805-9462

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, november 2, 2006

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation 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. Lido Beach: Beachfront L’Eleganze, 2BR/2BA Overlooking Bay/City. Granite Counters/Ceramic Floors, New Furnishings/Appliances. Walk to St. Armands Circle. $5800/Month. Prudential Palms Realty, Gina Penzotti. (941)809-2152

Longboat Key, Beach Harbor Club. Spacious 2BR/2BA, unobstructed bay view, easy Gulf beach access. Newly renovated, beautifully decorated, in-unit laundry. Boat slip available up to 30/ft. w/unit. Available Jan. 14-April 14, 2007. 3/mo. min. $3500/mo. Contact Greg, 859-331-8587, 859-750-6322.

seasonal rentals/flexible. Longboat Key home, updated, new inside, 2BR/1BA, $2500/mo. or a 3BR/2BA, $3500/mo. Key Royale, Anna Maria Island, 3BR/2BA, pool, spa, boat dock, $3500/mo. or $1200/per week. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

Whitney Beach: 2BR/1BA Bayside- Fall $2,500/Month, Winter $3,200/Month, 2BR/2BA Gulfside Fall $3,900/Month, Winter $4,900/Month, Beach, Pool, Tennis, Docks, Cable. No Pets, No Smoking. Call #321.229.2983 Or Email:

2br/2ba beachfront unit at - 3015 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit #1, reserved for February, March. visit tab vacation rental for photos or call Andrew Vac, 941-383-9700 RE/MAX Excellence.

weekly rentals. Luxurious, fully furnished 1-4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. h Pelican harbour, 3BR/2BA, LBK. Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished, 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. 941-383-7901, 513-608-4320.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation vacation rentals Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886

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

ISLANDS WEST CONDO Seasonal Lease Available 2BR/2BA Turnkey Furnished Glorious Gulf Views 9th Floor Unit $5,000/Month* 3 Month/Min. Available November 1st

*Price does not include sales & resort tax

Sarasota Trust & Estate Properties Specialists, Inc. Licensed R.E. Broker



Exquisitely Furnished, 4BR/4.5BA Penthouse Condo In Tangerine Bay On LBK, Overlooks Sarasota Bay, Including Pool, Tennis, Exercise, 2/Car Garage Private Beach Club. No/Smoking, No/Pets. Annual Or Seasonal.

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seasonal or annual rental one of a kind vacation home One block to Lido Beach, one block to St. Armands Circle. Minutes away from Sarasota Bay. Just walk out back door to boat. 3BR/3BA, beautifully decorated, state of the art kitchen. Pool and spa located in tropical setting. Private and secure, gated and walled, 2/car garage. Almost everything you need less than a mile away, 3275/sq.ft. $6500/mo., $2500/week Seasonal $5500/mo annual. 941-925-4763 E-mail: for pics.

lbk, twin Shores; 55+ community, 1BR/1BA, private beach access. 2/mo. min. $1500/mo. Bridgett Spiess, RE/MAX Properties, 308-6763.

stylish gulfside home steps to LBK beach. New 2004. 2BR, den +loft. Community pool. 3 month minimum. $7500/mo. No pets. Owner/Agentwww.luxuryhomes-conbayport, longboat Key. Large 305-632-0449. 2BR/2BA, W/D, lanai, sun deck, beautifully LBK, Castillian, 3BR/2.5BA, Beautiful furnished, fitness center, heated pool, Gulf Side Corner Condo. Monthly/ Season4/Har-Tru tennis, fishing. Monthly seasonal. ally. Beach, Pool, Newly Remodeled. Phone/fax: 440-248-2747, Email: (734)662-1878. View at: blackburn harbor: 3BR/2BA, nished, canal views, pool, spa, tennis, gym, lbk, beautiful townhouse at dock available. Near beaches. Flexible Seaplace. 2BR/2.5BA, spa, seconds to rental. Also, available longer-term. beach, pool, tennis, clubhouse, fitness cen- 966-1794. ter. Available November, 2006- May, 2007. LBK Townhome On Canal, 2BR/1.5BA, Call 941-383-7121 or Private Beach Access Nearby. Available From January $1900./Month (941)383-6488 inn on the beach Discounted rates from $131/night

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

beachplace/lbk: sunsets on sandy beach or balcony, 2BR w/amenities, pool/health club/tennis courts. Nov.-Dec. Monthly $1500. Contact Eliza/NYC, 212-570-2950.

Classifieds 9D 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.

condominium rentals

Dec. & April negotiable.

WEEKLY RENTALS GULF front/gulf view


Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our virtual tour at” Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL GULFSIDE FREE Wireless High Speed Internet “Where People Return Year after Year”

seaplace, lbk: 2BR/2BA, Bldg. M2/4th floor, Bay view. Available 12/1/06 through March 2007. Two/month minimum. Call 941-383-0347 until Dec. 1 or 309-359-5001 after.

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

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

atrium: Upscale bayside condo, 3BR/2BA, W/D, many amenities, $6000/mo. “intentionally better” sea club III: weekly. Gulf front. ask about our rate specials! sea oats: Weekly, Gulf front. l.b. harbour: 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, Bay. $2500-$3500/mo. sutton place: bayside, 2BR/2BA & 3BR/2.5BA. $3500/mo. westchester: 2BR/2BA, Gulf view. $5000/mo. Whitney beach condo windward bay: 2BR/2BA, $3000/mo. 2BR/2BA, private beach, longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, updated, heated pool, tennis. Fall. $2200/mo. Season $3500/mo. arbomar: 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, Available now. $5000/mo. Gulf Key condo: 2BR/2BA villa, small 973-652-4444 pet. $3200/mo. March/April. neptune: 2BR/1BA condo, $3000/mo. windward bay. Exquisite Bay views . longboat harbour towers: Gulf 2BR/2BA, beach access, tennis, 2 pools, view, 2BR/2BA, $5500/mo. 2/mo. min. exercise room, marina, new appliances. whitney beach: $1000 to $4500/mo. Minimum 3/mo. Available for Annual. shore: Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, W/D, (941)377-5300. $5500/mo. turtle crawl inn on Longboat key daily, weekly, monthly directly on the Gulf beach! Wagner Realty since 1939 866-754-3443

longboat harbour Tower; 2BR/2BA, on the Gulf, 5th floor, beautifully decorated. lbk, beachfront: Spectacular Gulf Available 3-4/mos. $4400/mo. views, private beach, beach to bay, has fishing pier, 2BR/2BA, new kitchen, W/D, 937-477-7026. pool, active clubhouse. Available. Jan., Feb. Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800 SF, & March. $3300/mo. 941-383-4592 or Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. 1-201-966-7506. Available February 2007, May-December, 2007. Non-smoker. Call Owner lido 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Immaculate, (610)647-5710 Heated Pool, Steps To Beach Fall Specials* lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal affordable, attractive, Available; rates effective until Jan. 1st. Daily rates 3BR home with dock & pool. Country Club $45-$110 3/day min. Weekly rates: Shores. or $275-$600. Monthly rates: $750-$1000. 614-487-2460. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. longboat key. Gulf front, pool on Please call 941-388-2590. beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, Paradise In COMFORT At Palm Breeze sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 Rentals In Holmes Beach. Two Beautifully or 617-328-7145. Furnished Units In A Key West Style Home On A Large Corner Lot. Each Unit Has LBK, 2Br/2BA, First Floor Unit, Porch 3BR/2BA, Washer, Dryer, Fully Equipped w/Garden View, Recently Renovated, Very Kitchen, Heated Pool, Bikes, Grill, Etc. Just Clean At Beach Harbor. Easy Gulf & Bay W/Pool. No Pets/Smokers. Bring Your Clothes, And A Toothbrush And Access Available 01/07 05/07 3/Month Minimun. Enjoy. WWW.APALMBREEZE.COM $2750/Mo. Contact Gordon (813)240-1102 (941)730-5126 Longboat Key, Beach Harbor Club, lbk: tiffany Plaza. Beachfront condos, 2BR/2BA, Beach To Bay Complex With All 1st. floor, 2BR/2BA, walkout to beach. Amenities, In Unit Laundry, 3 Month Beautifully furnished, heated pool, covered Minimum $3000./Month. Contact David At parking. 1/mo. min. 941-383-3338. 941-527-8494

Call Barbara or Lynne Wagner Realty 941-383-6127 lbk canal home. Walk to private beach access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Below market! $3900 monthly. 407-929-0214.

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.

lbk gulf front. Pool, beach, 2BR/2BA condo. Monthly. Available Nov., Dec. 2006. Jan.-May 2007. 941-907-6088.

canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: with dock, private beach access. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Available Oct. Nov. & after March. See website for photos and rates. or call 941-360-0700.

lbk, sutton Place. Large 1BR/1.5BA, newly renovated, elegantly furnished. Bay views, Available. Nov.-Dec., $1275/mo. (941)545-6118.

seaplace, lbk, 2BR/2BA 1st floor condo on Gulf. Available 12/01/06 - 4/01/07, minimum 2 months. 941-383-9246, 440-331-0487. longboat arms. Bright & spacious, 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, steps to beach. Seasonal $2800/mo. Off season $1800/mo. E-mail:

gulf front condo for rent. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, behind LBK gates. $4800/mo. 813-334-0813.

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

wow! lbh. Rarely rented, newly remodeled, beautiful 1BR/1BA condo. Lovely furnishings, all electronics. Gorgeous canal view, private beach access. Heated pools, tennis, much more. 765-427-2346 or 765-490-5079.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation lido beach townhouse with Public Beach access, walk to St. Armands, beautifully furnished, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, heated pool. Available 12/1/06-3/31/07. $3500/mo. Please call 941-360-8385.

seaplace Beautiful tastefully furnished 2br condo w/Gulf views. upgraded.

longboat key. Islander Club, on beach, 2BR/2BA with 40/ft. balcony overlooking Gulf. Great location, walking distance to shopping & restaurants. $5900/mo. 941-387-5048.


$2950/mo. Call 1-888-500-7751

beautiful Gulf view condo: 2BR/2BA, in Tiffany Plaza. Nov. through Jan. $1800/mo +tax (727)501-3675.

2BR With Spectacular Bay Views Updated, New Appliances & Carpet 2/Month Minimum

ST. ARMANDS Circle: Newly renovated 1BR/1BA beauty with pool, spa, and covered parking. Near beach and shops. Owner/Agent. (941)586-6731.

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Portobello Condo: 2BR/2BA, Newly Remodeled, Beautiful Water Views. 5th Floor Unit. Available December-March. (631)734-2019


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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.

Longboat Key 2BR/2BA Home, 2,000SF., Gulffront, 17 Steps to The Beach, Stainless Steel Kitchen, W/D, Pool, Very Private. Call Sandy For Rates. (262)646-3865

lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., Delightful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden setting. Across from beach, walking distance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including full kitchens and laundry room. Available weekly or monthly. 383-2566.

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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 behind the gates of Longboat Key longboat key condo: mid-key, direct pool, sauna, elegantly furnished. Annual Club: 2BR/2BA, beachfront condo, Gulf & Gulf/Beachfront, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA/2Kings, rental available. Non-smoker. $3100/mo. for Bay views, pool, tennis. Available Dec. until washer dryer. Excellence. Non-smokers. 4/mos. Longer lease avaialble at reduced May. $3000/mo. 941-383-3861 mornings & Dec. thru Feb. remain: $5000/mo., rate. 305-582-8466 Cell. Or E-mail: $9500/2mos. Owner: cell 859-468-3478. evenings.

beachfront, banyan bay #103 Full Gulf views! Walk right out onto the beach from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops, restaurants. Large screen TV’s, in unit washer/dryer. Sunsets, pool, tennis, fishing pier. 941-383-6650.

lbk: 1br furnished, Longboat Harbour. Canal view, boat slip available, Gulf access. $1800/mo. Jan. through April. $900/mo. May through December. 734-216-6622.

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