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tourism by Hugh Welsh | Staff Writer

Season: ‘Very strong start’ Longboat’s tourists are back, but their demographics are changing. The sluggish tourism seasons of the past five years may be over. The outlook for the upcoming

tourist season looks stellar. “The summer months were a little off with last year’s brush

with red tide and hurricanes still weighing on tourist’s minds, but I’d say there’s every reason to feel good about high season [February to April],” said Jim Layfield, broker and co-owner of Wedebrock Real Estate, “as bookings

are off to a very strong start.” Mary Kay Ryan, director of sales and marketing at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, concurs. “We’re actually 18% ahead of

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+ The Observer reigns supreme

For the second year in a row, The Observer Group has managed to bring home the stein in The Great Outdoor Conservancy’s Oktoberfest Suncoast annual Media Stein Holding Competition. Up against many of last year’s contenders, including Brighthouse and the Herald Tribune, The Observer was up against nothing more than trash talkers, as Adam Hughes took home the title of Stein Holding Champion after holding onto the filled mug for more than three minutes. At the three-minute mark, only two men were left standing, our champion from last year, Sarasota Observer City Editor Roger Drouin, and our champion from this year, Hughes. Competitors couldn’t compete against the two, and, in the end, after some horseplay, Drouin tipped his mug and Hughes was declared the winner. The Observer should be receiving the engraved stand in a few weeks to proudly display the stein until next year’s battle — and we’ll be ready.

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HEAVENLY HOUNDS Stephanie Finnan

Robert Stuenkel, the Rev. Eric Wogen, Alex and Kristine Johnson and their dogs, Lola Grace, Eva, Joon, Bennie, Sara, and Bones share a laugh at the annual Blessing of the Animals Saturday at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. For the story and more photos, see page 1D.

ZONING by Larry Burke

| City Editor

Commission broadens uses at Town Plaza The shopping center’s owner, Dead River Properties, sought more latitude to help attract new tenants to Avenue of the Flowers. With the same outcome as the Sept. 11 first reading, the Longboat Key Town Commission adopted Monday an ordinance that broadens the commercial uses at the Avenue of the Flowers shopping center. The 4-3 vote was identical, as well, with each commissioner voting the same way. The only difference was a milder opposition from Bay Isles residents.

The amendment to Town Plaza I’s Outline Development Plan will expand the current list of permitted land uses to match those in the town’s C-1 commercial zoning category. Until Monday, Town Plaza had fewer allowable uses than the C-1 category. Among the expanded uses: dance/exercise studios with

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Larry Burke

Dead River Properties is hoping that fewer zoning restrictions will fill the sidewalks at Avenue of the Flowers.

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+ Get those tickets today

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+ Operatic Oktoberfest

Marrissa Ortiz, Longboat Key resident, sang the National Anthem Oct. 5, at the Oktoberfest Media Party. She is the daughter of Luis and Chris Ortiz. Ortiz’s family is from Germany and sent her an authentic dress to wear for her anthem rendition. She will be a member of the Sarasota Youth Opera this year.

+ Book signing

A book signing for “Marine Scene,” a book written The Longboat Observer’s Marine Scene columnist Dwight F. Davis, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Borders Books, 3000 S. Tamiami Trail. The book was illustrated by Virginia Sanders, The Observer’s Turtle Watch columnist.

+ Harry’s happenings

Harry’s Continental Kitchens will be holding wine tastings from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday for the month of October in its deli. The first tasting, Oct. 12, will be free for people looking to please their palates. In addition, bottles of wines can be purchased for 20% off each Thursday so customers can take home their favorites from the sampling. Harry’s will also be hosting a Spanish Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Five courses will be served, pouring a new wine for each course, with food prepared by Chef Eric Colodny. The price is $69 per person.

+ Lifetime achievement

+ Becoming a trend

Ray and D’Arcy Arpke, owners of Euphemia Haye, have been recognized in the October issue of Florida Trend magazine. Arpke recently published an autobiography titled, “You Don’t Have to Be Crazy, But It Helps.” “It is a great read, an anecdote-filled autobiography by a skilled chef with a background and a beginning that defines the word, ‘unique’…” said writer Robert Tolf. Tolf also praised the restaurant as one of the tops of his list by winning the Golden Spoon award since 1993 and being honored as a member of the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. Included in the book is a dessert section. And, as all Longboaters know, the HayeLoft tops everyone’s list as the perfect place to end a meal, no matter where you started.

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Shirley Beachum, Longboat Key resident, received a lifetime achievement award from the AACS, Airways and Air Communications Services of the United States Army. Beachum has been going to AACS yearly meetings all over the United States since serving overseas in the Army’s communications department in World War II. “It’s quite an honor to get that award. Not many have received it,” she said. Although she had to miss this year’s meeting, which was held last weekend in Covington, Ky., she plans on making the trip to Los Angeles next year for the annual meeting. Beachum already has the beautiful clock she received from AACS in a perfect spot. It serves as the centerpiece of her coffee table.

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Do you have your St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon tickets yet? How about your raffle ticket to win that mini-SUV Scion XB at the St. Jude luncheon? Speaking of tickets, don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Longboat Key Historical Society Fish Fry. The fish fry will be Oct. 20, and the St. Jude Luncheon and raffle will be Saturday, Nov. 11. Here’s where you can get tickets: To the fish fry: • Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-2466 • Whitney Beach Post Office • Wagner Real Estate, 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive • To the St. Jude luncheon: • Le Tennique at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 3836464 • Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-2466 • The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-5509 • The Market, 6812 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-TK. • Sea Stable, 3170 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-2288 • SunTrust Bank, 510 Bay Isles Road, 387-5600 • Sarasota Olive Store, 1419 Fourth St., 366-2008 • The Sarasota Observer, 1517 State St., 366-3468

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by Larry Burke | City Editor

Town SUVs pared down to eight In future purchases, any employee vehicle costing more than $22,000 would need commission approval. Based on a proposal submitted by Commissioner Randy Clair, the Longboat Key Town Commission agreed Oct. 9 to reduce the amount of town SUVs from 15 to eight by phasing them out over time. Clair’s proposal said it was the duty of the town manager to use his best judgment in the selection of each vehicle for acquisition, predicated upon considerations of which vehicle is best suited from a functional, operational and economic standpoint. “There’s a fine line between policy and micromanaging,” said Longboat Key Vice Mayor Lee Rothenberg, agreeing with Clair’s proposal. The policy does not apply to


town medium or heavy trucks, special-use trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, motorcycles or trailers. All vehicles will have high ground clearance and fourwheel drive to provide the town the maneuverability in emergency situations. St. Denis said there are four SUVs in the town budget for 2006-2007. He requested that two SUVs be purchased, one for himself and one for the fire chief. The remaining two vehicles scheduled for purchase in the new fiscal year would be switched over to pickup trucks costing less than $22,000 apiece. “This policy basically gets us through 2007,” St. Denis said. “After this year, the commission

WHICH TOWN STAFFERS QUALIFY FOR SUVS • Police chief • Police deputy chief • Public works director • Public works Ppoject manager • Planning, zoning and building (unassigned) will make the decisions, vehicle by vehicle.” Any vehicle that would exceed $22,000 would need prior approval from the commission. The commission voted 7-0 to accept Clair’s resolution for town employee vehicle acquisition. Following that vote, the commission addressed part two of the proposal: the town manager’s SUV. Clair said in his draft that the town manager had a limit of $28,000, and any amount more than that was subject to prior approval by the commission. Rothenberg suggested doing

• Planning, zoning and building (unassigned) • Fire chief • Fire administrative deputy chief

away with leasing entirely in the future, citing more options such as trade-in or sale when a vehicle is owned. The town currently leases a 2004 GMC Yukon/XL for St. Denis. The vehicle has accumulated 56,000 miles thus far. The commission unanimously voted to allow the town manager to purchase a vehicle with a cost up to $28,000. Following the vote, Mayor Joan Webster directed St. Denis to make the purchase himself. “You go buy a car,” Webster said. “You’re the town’s CEO. You know our feelings.”

by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

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Restaurant makes move; brings its view Last Saturday morning, Café on the Bay General Manager Ken Parsons hardly had time to do little else than answer the phone. “The first thing I do now when I come in is check the messages, but the phone keeps ringing so much I can’t even check them,” Parsons said. Café on the Bay, formerly located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club at Longboat Moorings, just had its opening night Oct. 6, in its new location in the Centre Shops, and the response from customers has all been positive. The move came about because the café had a lease for 12 years with the Longboat Boat Key Club at Longboat Moorings, two years without a lease, and decided to change location

when the owner of the Marina decided to sell. Café on the Bay owners Titus Letschert and Betsie Coolidge then set out to find the perfect new spot for their restaurant (they also own Café L’Europe on St. Armands Circle). The move, Parsons said, was definitely a good one because it allowed the restaurant freedom it didn’t have before. For instance, Café on the Bay was able to expand its outdoor and indoor dining areas — complete with solar-powered lights under the outdoor umbrellas. It has also expanded its beer and wine selections behind the bar to attract more walk-in customers. Other subtle touches are adding to a great dining experience. “We’re trying to step up everything we do,” Parsons said. The new restaurant retained some of the old staples from its previous dining experience, such as its potato-crusted grouper. The old bar made the move to its new


+ New time for workshop

The Longboat Key Town Commission regular workshop will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Town Hall, 525 Bay Isles Road. A full workshop agenda prompted the commissioners to try the new time this month. The workshop will break for lunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m., and then continue until completion.

+ Man drowns at Lido Beach

The Sarasota Police Department and the Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the Oct. 7 death of 79year-old Rand N. Hooper. Hooper was swimming at approximately 6 p.m. off Lido Beach, 400 Ben Franklin Drive. He was discovered minutes later floating in the water at the south end of the beach. Sarasota County Fire Rescue pronounced Hooper dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

+ Mayor gets reimbursement

Ken Parsons, general manager of Café on the Bay, stands in front of the restaurant’s view, now found in the dining room. The restaurant moved from the Longboat Key Moorings to the Centre Shops, but Parsons said they wanted to make sure to retain the setting that is their namesake. LeBlanc Studios was able to capture the exact view they once had, which now spans the back wall of the restaurant.

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home, but is joined by two flatscreen TVs in the bar area. “People feel like they’re back at the old place,” Parsons said. “Everyone knows us by our identity.” Another bonus of the move is the restaurant’s new market. Previously, it didn’t advertise in the Bradenton area, but the move north has established it in Manatee County. While on the phone now, Parsons always has to ask if the customer is coming from Bradenton and makes sure to remember to tell people of their new location because not everyone is aware of the move. In addition, the restaurant’s clientele has gained easier access to the restaurant by its visibility from Gulf of Mexico Drive, making it simple for walkers or drivers to take notice of the eatery. To retain its namesake, Café on the Bay made sure that when it moved it didn’t lose the view. “We took the view with us because we have established our

name for 11 years,” Parsons said as he pointed toward the restaurant’s back wall. The wraparound picture wall in the back of the dining room, done by LeBlanc Studios, depicts the exact view Café on the Bay had previously, showing the docks and boats stationed in the water. The only difference now is the staff doesn’t have to worry about incoming boaters for dinner. To ease into the new surroundings and routine, Parsons said the restaurant will be open daily for dinner at 5 p.m. and will be having brunches on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunchhour dining will be added soon. All the old staff members made the move north to help ensure a smooth transition. The hope for Café on the Bay, Parsons said, is that it will become a neighborhood destination. “We want to be an anchor on this end of the Key and the Centre Shops,” Parsons said.

Longboat Key Mayor Joan Webster requested a $600 reimbursement from the Town Commission Oct. 9, for her attendance at the Sarasota Film Festival Tribute Dinner in April. Webster was given two tickets to the event, but paid for them herself. In July, the commission approved an ordinance to provide standardized criteria for the town for reimbursement of travel expenses to elected and appointed officials, employees and others. Commissioner George Spoll questioned Webster’s request for payment of one of her tickets, which was for her husband. “Where does it say in the ordinance,” Spoll said, “that we have the authority to reimburse the spouse?” Webster informed Spoll that she would never consider attending solo and that she thought it would be proper to pay for it. The reimbursement was approved, 7-0.

+ Meetings & Agendas

Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Town Hall, 525 Bay Isles Road. Planning, Zoning & Building Regular Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. Town Hall, 525 Bay Isles Road. numbers in the news


— number of visitor’s guides the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce distributes


— number of classes offered by The Education Center of Longboat Key


— length in square feet of the Gulfside Drive beach area’s gray sand


— the day in December that has been designated a holiday by the Town of Longboat Key

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where we stood last year with bookings,” Ryan said. Michele Knuese, president of Florida Vacation Connection, reports a similar rebound in advance bookings as compared to last year. “Partly because of an exceptionally mild hurricane season, we’re up 6% in bookings over 2005 and, with a 100% increase in rentals over this time last year, it looks like the season could be getting under way early,” Knuese said. Tourists may be back, but the demographics of those tourists are dramatically different. The first herd of baby boomers has crossed the retirement threshold. “The phenomenon of the baby boomers is that they’re wealthier, younger and more active, which is to say they’re a bit flighty,” said Gail Loefgren, president of the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce. “They’re also spur-of-the-moment decision makers in that they will book their rooms days or even hours in advance, as opposed to months. Of course, they can only get away with this during the slower months.”

Loefgren said it used to be commonplace for retirees to devote two or three steady months to vacation time, but that was before the arrival of the baby boomers, a demographic term for the population born between 1946 and 1964, whose movement into retirement grows by 8,000 every day. “They’re not here for a great length of time, flying in and out,” Loefgren said. Knuese says workaholic is a moniker befitting this new brand of tourist. “(Baby boomers) are busier than previous vacationers,” Knuese said. “Many of them won’t officially retire at 60, instead they semi-retire, remaining active in the workplace and continuing to do business from their cell phones and laptops while they’re here.” D.M. Williams, resort property manager at Casa Del Mar, said he’s noticed more tourists leasing a place for just a couple of weeks instead of months at a time. “A majority of business stays for about three weeks,” Williams said. “This is a lot different than it used to be.” At Casa Del Mar, the times might be achangin’, but not to Williams’ chagrin. “This last fiscal year was the best we’ve had here in 25 years,” he said.

THEY’RE BAAAACK . . . It’s sure sign of season, when lines start to form at the Blue Dolphin restaurant at the Centre Shops, the pews are packed at island houses of worship and there are no empty courts at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. “We were very, very busy last weekend, which was nice,” said Brandon Wells, manager of the Blue Dolphin. “People were telling me they came because it was a three-day weekend due to Columbus Day, which is strange because I’ve never noticed a jump in business this early before.” “We went from a steady trickle of business this summer to a rushing stream,” said Dave Sparks, manager of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. “Usually, we don’t see this type of increase until mid-to-late October, so it looks like the season is about a week ahead of schedule,” Sparks said. Marilyn Jackson, the receptionist at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a Longboat Key resident for nearly 35 years, knows the tourist season is under way when she routinely finds herself inching along in her car on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Another indicator to Jackson is an increase in attendance at St. Mary’s.

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sand by Larry Burke | City Editor

Town digs for facts on Gulfside beach The town’s engineer will spend up to $37,000 to take 20 sand samples and then quantify the town’s options to bring back white sand. The Longboat Key Town Commission narrowed down its options Oct. 9 for dealing with the dark sand in the area of the Gulfside Drive beach access. The commission directed Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to have beach consultant Coastal Planning & Engineering perform a fact-finding survey. The engineering company will collect up to 20 sand samples on the 1,000-foot-long and 40foot-wide stretch of beach to determine whether an equal mix of white sand and gray sand exists in the area. At the Sept. 19 commission workshop, CP&E was directed to construct a feasibility study for additional white sand placement on the north end beach. At a cost of up to $37,000, CP&E proposed to take up to 20 sand samples and then quantify from those samples what work

would be required to repair the beach and subsurface. The samples would be evaluated for color and grain size. The company would then examine the following remediation options for the beach: • Coarse gray sand removal. • Take white sand from other locations on the Key and place a white cap over the existing gray sand. • Truck in coarse white sand to cover the gray sand. • Uncover the white sand and place it back on top of the gray sand. • Excavate some of the gray sand and truck haul local upland white sand to cover the gray sand. After the commission chooses an option, CP&E would present the work for a minor permit modification with Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Once permitted, CP&E would develop construction plans

and technical specifications for the work to be done. St. Denis recommended that to reduce the cost of the study, the commission should remove some of the options. “I think we should add one more option,” said Commissioner Bob Siekmann. “Do nothing. It is implied that if we fix it here, we will have to fix it elsewhere. How much are we going to spend?” Siekmann went on to say that in the future, other residents who have gray sand will only remember the Gulfside Drive area was renourished, so they should as well. Vice Mayor Lee Rothenberg said the fundamental problem is that there isn’t enough white sand. “There’s only two places to get it: truck it in or dredge,” he said. “Both are expensive and complicated.” St. Denis said he believed CP&E could get the samples taken and analyzed for less than $10,000 and the monies could be taken from the general fund account. Once presented with the results, if the town desires to move forward, the money would then be taken from the beach fund.

CONGESTION by Larry Burke | City Editor

Town to conduct traffic study A divided Town Commission asked Sarasota and Manatee counties for financial assistance to look at the growing seasonal problem. Bring up the topic of traffic, and you can be sure of this: It will generate debate. That’s what happened when the Longboat Key Town Commission decided Sept. 21 at its monthly workshop to ask Manatee and Sarasota counties to contribute $7,500 each to a $35,000 traffic study. “This is taxpayers’ money down the tubes,” said Vice Mayor Lee Rothenberg. “I travel GMD every day. I don’t see any traffic except during three months of the year. This is not a money problem, it’s a practical problem.” Commissioner George Spoll disagreed, saying traffic tie-ups were more of a six-month problem than a three-month one. “We owe a responsibility to our seasonal resident,” Spoll said. But Mayor Joan Webster said: “This is a waste of money. I can’t

support this.” Rothenberg and Webster ended up in the minority, Commissioners Bob Siekmann, Peter O’Connor and Randy Clair supporting the request for county funds to conduct the study and the town’s share of the study, $20,000. The Center for Urban Traffic Research wants to secure the funding now to be able to make preparations for a study that would be conducted during high season. Center officials met with the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials back in March to discuss traffic congestion, traffic patterns and potential solutions along State Road 789. The study would determine the characteristics for St. Armands, Lido and Longboat keys, along with Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. “Financial support from other communities is critical,” said Commissioner Siekmann. “This is a long-term problem. We need to start someplace, and a professional evaluation is essential.” Said Commissioner Clair: “I support this. It may have something to do with the bridges, but without technical data, we have our arms tied behind our backs.”

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Democrats versus Republicans. Aye, yi, yi. It’s like … well, sour milk or sour milk. As a group, Democrats and Republicans at the federal level these days are one and the same — infected with a self-centered, inflated-value of themselves, so much so that they perch themselves above Americans with their own special rules and privileges. And they love to spend others’ money. Integrity? It’s sickening on both sides. Sure, if you’re a Democrat, you’d say: At least our leadership isn’t covering up for a pedophile. Or if you’re a Republican: You want to talk about integrity? What about Bill Clinton (and Monica), Barney Frank (and his homosexual prostitute), and let’s not forget, in the double-standard department, Teddy Kennedy (and Chappaquidick). But let’s not be partisan here: The Republican House and Senate indeed have done a horrendous job of managing the people’s tax dollars and keeping a lid on government growth. Conservative Republicans? Hah! Last year, the federal budget grew 9% — three times the rate of inflation — to $2.7 trillion. Over the past six years — the Bush era — the federal budget has ballooned 49%. Included in that, thanks to our conservative Congress, is the drug entitlement, a tax on future generations that will join Social Security and Medicare to make the trifecta of all-time government-sanctioned Ponzi schemes. For all this, do the Republicans deserve to be re-elected? Absolutely not. But to all of you Republicans who are thinking of voting for Democrat Bill Nelson over Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate and for Democrat Christine Jennings over Vern Buchanan for U.S.

And if that’s not enough to unnerve you, Florida has its own cast of extraordinary congressional tax looters: Corrine Brown, Alcee Hastings, Robert Wexler, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Pelosi already has made it clear what the Democrats intend to do if they regain control of Congress. It’s enough to make you want to pack up and head to New Zeland (see box). “We must share the benefits of our wealth,” Pelosi told the AP. Decoded, that means this: Loot those who succeed. Read Pelosi’s list. Who is going to pay for all of her egalitarianism? Who pays when the minimu wage goes up? The poorest on the food chain. Who will the Democrats tax to make up for the lost revenue when Democrats cut interest rates on loans? Everyone who is paying college tuition now — the middle class and the wealthy. Who will pay when the government squeezes drug companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients? All Americans. Pelosi’s thinking has been the Democrats’ Achilles heel for the past 75 years. They believe they are entitled to the money they use to make everyone equal according to their view of the world. They have no moral qualms about looting to redistribute. And they are itching to do it again. The message of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats is this: Punish success. Take away incentives to achieve. Tax higher. Loot what is yours. This is what Republicans — and all Americans — will be living with if Republicans jump ship and vote for Democratic. Next week: Clean the GOP house.

PELOSI’S AGENDA In her first 100 hours as House speaker, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told the Associated Press, Democrats would: • Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour; • Cut the interest rate on student loans in half; • Allow the governPelosi ment to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients; • Broaden stem cell research with federal funds; • Increase taxes by rolling back the Bush tax cuts to the rates of the Clinton era. She expecially wants to target anyone or any couple earning more than $250,000 a year.

House District 13, as turned off, dismayed or disgusted as you may be, think deeply about the consequences of turning on your own. If you vote for the Democratic candidates, here’s what you will get leading America — Nancy Pelosi, John Conyers, John Dingell, Barney Frank, Dennis Kucinich, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, Joe Biden, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, Dianne Feinstein, Daniel Inouye, Teddy Kennedy, John Kerry, Patrick Leahy, Mary Landrieu, Bill Nelson, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer.

The difference between Harris, Nelson The mainstream press is doing its usual slam-job on Republican Senate candidate Katherine Harris and her vocal commitment to the Fair Tax movement, calling it a “roll-of-thedice” effort to win election over Bill Nelson. Truth is, Harris has been a longtime supporter of the Fair Tax and, unlike her blowwith-the-wind opponent, is willing to take a stand. The Fair Tax bill in Congress essentially would eliminate the Big Spender Internal Revenue Service and the personal Bill Nelson income tax and replace the income tax with a national sales tax. It would do wonders to improve the economic wellbeing of Americans and unleash the U.S. economy. Harris gets this. She is committed to unshackling Americans from the nation’s tyrannical tax code. She has signed the Americans’ for Tax Reform pledge not to vote to increase taxes. Nelson, on the other hand, has never been clear about his convictions, except when it comes to looting taxpayers. He is among the worst in Washington when it comes to taxing and spending — as measured by three organizations that track the votes of members of Congress. To wit:

+ National Taxpayers Union

The NTU rates U.S. representatives and senators annually on every vote that significantly affects taxes, spending, debt and regulatory burdens on

consumers and taxpayers. The NTU says its voting study “is the fairest and most accurate guide available on congressional fiscal policies and that it is a completely unbiased accounting of votes.” Based on Nelson’s rankings, the NTU categorizes him as a “Big Spender.”

in the top15% in the House in votes that are aligned with The Club for Growth. Nelson ranks in the bottom third of the Senate.


+ Americans for Tax Reform

2005 Grade 2005 Score 2005 Rank 2004 Grade 2004 Score 2004 Rank 2003 Grade 2003 Score 2003 Rank



F B 16% 65% 65/100 59/435 F B+ 9% 72% 95/100 61/435 F C+ 14% 60% 95/100 143/435

+ The Club for Growth

The Club for Growth is a national network of more than 36,000 men and women who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. The Club for Growth exists to encourage, and make possible, the enactment of pro-growth economic policies by the federal government. In particular, the Club for Growth advocates making the Bush tax cuts permanent; death tax repeal; cdutting and limiting government spending; Social Security reform with personal retirement accounts; expanding free trade; legal reform to end abusive lawsuits; replacing the current tax code; school choice; regulatory reform and deregulation. As such, The Club for Growth issues an annual congressional scorecard. According to its scoring, Harris ranks




64 77/435 Top 15% 8 66/100 Bottom 34%

The Americans for Tax Reform is an organization that opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. It states that it believes “in a system in which taxes are simpler, fairer, flatter, more visible and lower than they are today. The government’s power to control one’s life derives from its power to tax. We believe that power should be minimized.” Americans for Tax Reform also asks all congressional and state legislative candidates to sign a pledge to oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates. It rates congressional officeholders on a pro-taxpayer agenda on 20 of the most important issues facing Congress. The percentages show how often the congressional members voted for taxpayers on 20 agenda items in the two sessions of the 109th Congress. ATR RATINGS

Nelson Harris

1st Session 2nd Session

30% 92%

35% 86%

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006

Opinion 7A

MY VIEW by Michael Welly | Guest Writer

Key Club goal: adding value an ongoing objective The Key Club has experienced record growth and is at its highest number of memberships in recent years. I have read your series of articles on the future of Longboat Key with interest. While we appreciate you warming up the Town Commission for our inevitable return to chambers, we did feel your description of the condition of the club to be somewhat harsh. Certainly the Key Club is maturing along with the Key, and in the last several years we have begun a rejuvenation process. The Key has added new condominiums, replacing aging residential and commercial business. Single-lot homes built back in the ’70s are being replaced

by multimillion-dollar doublelot homes. Like the Key, we are changing to meet the needs of both the existing and the “new” Longboaters. In the last several years, we have redesigned and rebuilt the Blue and Red courses at Harbourside. We are well along in the design of reverse-osmosis facilities that will supply quality water for the golf courses. When the Islandside facility is permitted, we are planning a redesign of the Islandside golf course, which will bring further prestige to the Key Club. We have added a new spa and


retail shop and all new equipment to our recently renovated fitness center. In mid-November, we will add the 2,100square-foot Longboat Key Club Mind and Motion studio in the Charthouse Centre to our extensive amenities. A state-of-the-art tennis complex with a stadium court, retail and restaurant is being planned for Harbourside and will be the area’s finest tennis facility. The Key Club has experienced two years of record growth and is at its highest number of memberships in recent years. At the Resort, the number of rental participants is at historical levels. This summer, a furniture package was introduced, and I am pleased to report 100% participation. This will essentially provide us a brand new,

by James Durante

Are these the worst judges in the nation? When judges cross the lines from Richard Hargrove. He was a heavy the separation of good from evil, drinker with a criminal record, inall lose. The overwhelming num- cluding conviction for drug possesber of jurists perform their services sion, robbery and firearm charges. as intended for the public good. She knew that his bad habits were Their task is to administer justice curable. The marriage failed to afin an evenhanded manner without fect change in Hargrove. He became undue influence. It is the judges’ verbally and physically abusive. In function to do a great right, “to do a defense she went to court for a prolittle wrong” (William Shakespear). tective order against her husband. Unfortunately, there are few judges Months later, Hargrove filed a who reverse the teaching by request for the protective doing a little right and to do order to be amended. She a great wrong. wanted counseling for the A wrong doer is Judge two of them. At the hearBrand Downey, of Florida. ing date she appeared, but He enjoyed watching porHargrove did not. He sent nography on his courtword that he wanted no provided computer. When longer to pursue the conhe was discovered, he was tents of his petition. Corle warned to cease and desist. asked the court to allow her He stopped for a while. Latto present more facts of his er, he resumed. The Florida harassment toward her. JAMES Judicial Qualification com“He is intimidating me menced an investigation. DURANTE and my daughter,” Corle Disclosers of improper said. “I want an immediate, conduct toward female atabsolute divorce.” torneys were discovered. Finally an The court did not have jurisdicagreement was reached whether tion over the divorce request but it Downey, in a few months, would re- had complete control over the scope sign but he would receive a pension. of the protective order. The amount is $100,000 a year. Palumbo’s response to the reJudge Dana Forsternberry, of quest: “This case is dismissed at the Michigan. The expression justice is request of the petition (Hargrove).” blind was twisted to hatred is blind. Then, the judge refused to hear eviShe detested Kelley Kostin, her op- dence of Hargrove’s violation of the ponent in a judgeship contest. She protective order. He suggested to won. You might think that having Corle that it might not be a bad idea won, Forsternberry would be gra- to consult a marriage counselor to cious. But she was not. save the marriage. When Corle proWhen Kostin ran again, Forstern- tested, Palumbo ignored her pleas. berry became hostile, backing a canThree weeks later, Hargrove endidate “not qualified” over Kostin’s tered his wife’s place of employment. “well qualified.” In an effort to defeat He doused her with gas. When she Kostin, Forsternberry implied that attempted to flee from him he set Kostin might have been connected her ablaze. to the death of a woman. However, Later, Hargrove was apprehendthe police decided that the death ed. He was convicted of attempted was suicide. Nevertheless, the at- murder and assault on his wife. Cortacking judge continued her assault le wound up with burns over 60% of her body. against Kostin’s character. The Maryland Commission on The state’s Judicial Tenure Commission conducted an investigation. Judicial Disabilities investigated PaIt concluded with charges of mis- lumbo as a result of the above facts. conduct against Forsternberry. As a It found that Palumbo’s conduct toresult, a penalty of “public censure” wards Corle was not an isolated inwas imposed. She still did not apolo- cident. Palumbo’s behavior was not gize for her behavior. Her quest for in harmony with that of a proper judge. re-election will soon take place. (Source: Reader’s Digest, August Judge Richard Palumbo, of Maryland. Yvette Corle, then 32, married 2006)


highly competitive guest-suite product. Coupled with the new pool deck furniture, lobby and soon to be renovated Sands Pointe lounge and restaurant, we feel we have a product that will continue to be the leader in the area. The resort has never looked better. As to the selling of the Key Club, we are pleased with the Key Club’s performance in our portfolio of investments and wish to remind you we have been part of the ownership for more than 16 years. You are correct to point out that we are always looking to add value to the club and resort, and we are currently reviewing many options to achieve this ongoing goal. Along the way, we continue to be good neighbors support-



To send in your letters please e-mail them to or mail them to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 34228. The Longboat Observer gives priority to letters of local interest and about local issues. The Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. the editor reserves the right to condense letters.

Response to‘thought starters’ Dear Editor: I live in Emerald Harbor, and until recently we had fairly uniform covnenants and restrictions, not severe but uniform. It kept Emerald Harbor as a somewhat uniform neighborhood with large lot sizes, deep setbacks and together with the wide canals it made for one of the better neighborhoods on the island. Now the covenants are gone, and the McMansions are pushing out from a 40-foot setback to a 20-foot setback, and the uniform aspect of the neighborhood is changing. It doesn’t look as good as it once did and isn’t going to look better in the future as the onestory houses fall to the McMansions. So I have some reservations on unrestricted use of land as you propose. It depends on what you want. Covenants and town zoning rules keep us from having trailers next to a $2-million house. Now, let’s look at your editorial in the Oct. 5 edition: • Point 1. Excellent. Liberty is certainly not democracy. • Point 2: Sunset the town zoning codes. Too strong. Edit the code, throw out the meaningless restrictions but keep the base that made the island what it is today. • Point 3: Strong-mayor government. Good point. The present setup makes the town manager more political than the politicians. • Point 4: Create Longboat Legacy, community-pride campaign. I thought that is what the visioning process was supposed to do. • Point 5: Be a catalyst for changing Save Our Homes. Amen. The non-residents are getting screwed, and if it doesn’t change, it will destroy Florida, not just Longboat Key. • Point 6: Invite Joe Lesser of the Key Club and Resort to share his vision. Amen. • Point 7: Invite Murf Klauber of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort to share his vision. Amen • Point 8: Accept that expansion at the Key Club and Colony must occur. Part of Point 7. • Point 9: Relax density restrictions. Reduce taxes on commercial property so that businesses can stay alive. Various states attract

ing many charities, civic organizations and the arts, both on Longboat Key and in Sarasota. We are the Island’s club and social center. As to our vision for the Key Club going forward, we are planning, with a world-class team of professionals, changes and additions that we feel are necessary for the long-term well-being of the club and resort. We feel these changes and additions will be supported by our neighbors, fellow businesses and ultimately the town. Certainly they will add value to all concerned on the Island. We look forward to sharing that vision with you. Michael D. Welly is general manager of the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

industries through the use of the tax code. I don’t think it is a density issue. Government has always modified human behavior through the use of the tax code. • Point 10. Allow mixed-use on commercial property. I don’t see what commercial mixeduse would add except more condos and no businesses. Weldon Frost Longboat Key

Protect the pages Dear Editor, Did it come to the attention of those in Congress and government to show their responsibility? The safety of these beautiful, young pages is paramount. Their parents and families are extremely proud of their privledge. The conduct of the representatives in question should be top priority. It is important that blame and punishment of the party should not be considered. A hearing is pending behind closed doors. We the parents and taxpayers should inform our representatives that we, given the truth, are capable of making a decision. Our forefathers did not intend closed-door sessions. These representatives are to represent us, the citizens, the parents, the voters. Bob and Gail Keller Longboat Key

Jennings for Congress Dear Editor: Registered voters will soon have the opportunity to decide a new direction in government, a direction that recognizes the will of the American people. It’s time to bring back the Democrats! The Democratic party is the party of the people — a truly democratic party, with a proven track record of placing the interests of the people first. Do you receive a Social Security check? Thank a Democrat. Do you receive health care through Medicare? Thank a Democrat. Are you able to vote, eat in a restaurant, or stay in a hotel regardless of your race? Thank a Democrat. I’m voting for a Democrat — Christine Jennings for Congress. She possesses the honesty, integrity and commitment to public service we need in Washington. Christine Jennings is committed to fiscal responsibility, and to reducing the huge federal deficit produced by this administration. She recognizes the need for strong and effective national security while working to accomplish the means to bring our troops home from the disastrous war in Iraq. We need leaders we can trust to develop a visionary energy policy, and protect our precious natural resources with consistent and sensible environmental policy. Christine Jennings recognizes the need for responsibility and accountability in Washington. I believe she will represent our district well. I urge you to vote for Christine Jennings for Congress. Don’t forget to vote! Penelope Kingman Longboat Key


The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006




LONGBOAT KEY BAYFRONT. Exquisite 8,100+/- sq.-ft. Mizner-style residence built by Bruce Saba. In prestigious Bay Isles with private beach club. Completion date Oct. 2006. $7,975,000. Debra Pitell & Julie Klick, 951-6660 or 356-0437. #308646

Anna Maria Island

MARVELOUS GULF-FRONT OASIS showcasing spectacular views of sunsets & pristine beach through walls of glass. 2-story residence with living, dining, family rooms & beachfront den. $5,795,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #286062



SIX BUILDABLE RESIDENTIAL LOTS on Anna Maria Island overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. $3,900,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #294155 EXQUISITE VIEW OF TAMPA BAY and the Skyway Bridge from the ground level lanai, 2nd living level, 3rd level master & 4th level sundeck. $1,100,000. Diana Kryszak, 388-4447 or 993-4078. #322569 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 ANNA MARIA ISLAND. This lot can be purchased subject to the current owner completing rezoning for residential use. Overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. $775,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #313028 Longboat, LidoLONGBOAT, & Bird Keys


THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Direct Gulf & beach views from all rooms in this 9th floor location. Enjoy spectacular sunsets high above the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Beach Club. $3,595,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #299037 MEDITERRANEAN ELEGANCE ON LONGBOAT KEY. Beautiful 4,000-sq.-ft. home with 4BR suites, 2 living levels, grand windows & canal frontage. To be completed in 2007. $2,995,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #288788 THE RITZ-CARLTON BEACH RESIDENCES. Live the Ritz-Carlton lifestyle on the azure waters of Lido Beach. This 9th floor residence offers mesmerizing views & elegant upgrades. Enjoy unparalleled amenities & luxury. $2,449,000. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #325333 LUXURY, LOCATION & VIEWS. Penthouse with amazing Gulf & city views. 2,800+/-sq. ft. of sophistication including Jerusalem stone floors, granite/slate counters, Sub-Zero & Viking appliances. 2 Gulf-front balconies. $2,200,000. Suzan Cromwell, 388-4447 or 376-7766. #297704 AS FEATURED IN METROPOLITAN HOME, this beautiful but beach comfortable Gulf-front penthouse has 3 true bedrooms, a den & Gulf views from every room. $2,000,000. Kathleen & David Callender, 388-4447 or 321-3115. #300747 BEACHPLACE - DIRECT GULF FRONT. This largest 2BR floor plan is beautifully furnished. Features an updated kitchen, tile floors, carpet & bedroom sets. Enjoy all the comforts of home. $1,250,000. Pat Loy, 383-7591 or 383-2849. #320583 FULL GULF VIEWS. Updated, beautifully decorated in a tropical island motif, furnished ground floor walk-out. Friendly Gulf-to-bay complex. $1,150,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 3505292. #320150 SEAPLACE. Newly renovated & furnished with top-of-the-line features throughout. Offers 2 pools, tennis & Longboat Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful beach to enjoy. $965,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #324833 WHITNEY BEACH. Enjoy wonderful Gulf & beach views plus spectacular sunsets from this wellmaintained end unit in a popular Gulf-to-bay community. Offers heated pool, private beach, docks & tennis. $950,000. Emmy Lou Gilbert, 383-7591 or 807-1764. #325325 LONGBOAT GULF-FRONT CONDOMINIUM. Direct Gulf & a great view of the bay from this professionally updated residence. Features new carpeting, crown molding, new granite kitchen & surround sound. $895,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #318715 SWEEPING GULF VIEWS from this totally remodeled, bright & open 2BR. Professionally decorated & furnished with fabulous built-ins, 2 balconies & heated pools. Complex has 600â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Gulf frontage. $875,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #310963 PRISTINE BEACHPLACE. This 2BR offers sparkling Gulf water views & heated pool & spa in a fully secured complex. $839,900. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #317242 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 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. $795,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #289985 SOPHISTICATED BEACH LIVING. This open floor plan is complemented by updated granite, plantation shutters & an expansive balcony to attract Gulf breezes. Beachside Olympic-sized pool. $700,000. Kathy Carbone, 966-8000 or 228-8429. #310070 SAND CAY. Nicely maintained, beautiful unit situated on a gorgeous beach. Enjoy all the amenities of this well managed & staffed complex with on-site rental office. $649,900. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #297507 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

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. With captivating canal/bay views & updated to perfection, this home boasts a new kitchen, caged lanai & pool, expanded dock, & beach access. $1,299,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #325299

BRADENTON BEACH. Ideal beachfront duplex for investor and/or family. Close to shops & dock for bay cruises & fishing. Two 2BR residences with garage & updated kitchens. $970,000. Dick Lewis, 388-4447 or 302-3348. #308124

4(/5 3!. $3 /& (/- % 3 s /. % !$$2 % CASA DEL MAR - INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY. This unique, model perfect unit in a popular Gulf-front resort offers a vacation getaway & year-round, short-term weekly rental income, with an on-site rental office. $599,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #279884 FAIRWAY BAY. Charming villa with custom fireplace, skylights, high ceilings & a private patio leading to the pool & deeded beach access. $549,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #320228 CASA DEL MAR. In good condition & ready for owner to use as vacation getaway or generate income from short term, year-round weekly rentals through on-site rental office. $549,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #315260 CASA DEL MAR. Multiple units available at this popular Gulf-front resort with onsite rental office. Offers buyers vacation getaways & short term year-round rental income. Starting at $539,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #298014 SEAPLACE. Ideally situated on Longboat Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world-renowned south end near shopping, fine dining, recreational facilities & St. Armands Circle. $495,000. Donna Maloof, 383-7591. #311094 LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Cozy, turnkey furnished one-BR unit with full bay views. Escape to this 1st floor walk-out & enjoy swimming, boating, the beach & tennis. $395,000. Beverly Rabalais, 388-4447 or 320-8935. #305298 Sarasota Mainland

MARINA VIEW. Extensively renovated 2BR residence on Golden Gate Point with dazzling views of the bay, marina & Sarasota skyline. $849,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #325253 GRANADA. Beautiful 3-year-old Spanish Mediterranean home West of the Trail. Features designer touches throughout, granite, stainless steel, plantation shutters & pool with fountain. $849,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 266-2174. #301105 RENAISSANCE. Perched 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the sky, this cosmopolitan home boasts sweeping views of the bay, a state-of-the-art kitchen & a spacious floor plan. $799,000. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #323208 UNIVERSITY PARK. Private, picturesque home on lake with a large pool & spa. Well maintained with French doors, high ceilings, den & bright kitchen. $700,000. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #315774 OWEN BURNS. Well maintained, mirror image duplex with a total of 4BRs on a nicely sized downtown lot near Laurel Park. $699,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #307028 1350 MAIN. Downtown living in a new building to be completed in December. Two-BR unit with water views & many upgrades. Close to marina, theatres & restaurants. $695,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #316131


UNIVERSITY PARK. A true Tuscany-designed estate with superior craftsmanship & architectural details built by Dan Najjar. Over a half acre with 217â&#x20AC;&#x2122; waterfront & 4-car garage. $2,495,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #325055 THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, SARASOTA. Very private home with 3 suites & over 3,600 sq. ft. in Sarasotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best address. Rare walk-down stairway to amenity level & 2 parking spaces. $1,999,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #302805 WEST OF TRAIL IN AVONDALE. New Mediterranean inspired 4BR residence with contemporary interior styling. Great room with mezzanine, wood floors, private office, summer kitchen, pool & spa. $1,600,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 780-0968. #313587 1350 MAIN. Live downtown in the corner penthouse of this premier property. Quietly elegant with 3 en suite BRs, family room & spacious grand salon. Stunning bay views from 2 balconies. $1,399,900. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #305998 MCINTYRE. New 4BR West Indies-style home features a 2-story main residence & a detached guesthouse, both overlooking a tropical, secluded pool area. $1,395,000. Julie Jordan, 951-6660 or 923-0598. #315960 CONDO ON THE BAY. Enjoy wonderful open bay views & spectacular year-round sunsets. Over 2,300 sq. ft. in this 3BR, north end unit, downtown condominium. $1,050,000. Joyce Naegele, 349-3444 or 586-7959. #325100 THE BEST OF GOLDEN GATE POINT. Wonderful new unit in The Harbor View Condominium with incredible vistas of bay, marina & downtown. Features top-of-the-line finishes & amenities. $995,000. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #301769 ONE HUNDRED CENTRAL. Enjoy the expansive bay views from the living room, large terrace & both bedrooms of this impeccable residence in a popular downtown building. $899,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #325208

HANDSOME MODERN ON LIDO BEACH. Close to St. Armands & downtown, this beautifully crafted residence boasts an exquisite interior with cherry woodworking, walls of glass, limestone floors & a 51â&#x20AC;&#x2122; lap pool. A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Estates listing. $6,800,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #296425



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NEW LAKESIDE VILLA in a gated community. Exciting amenities & design in this 2BR-plusden with designer upgrades & a 2-car garage. $475,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #320715

Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;AMBIANCE GULF FRONT. Luxury, quality & privacy behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club with 24-hour security & concierge services. Enjoy opulent interior & magnificent views. $3,995,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #311205

SARASOTA SPRINGS. With almost 1,800 sq. ft. of living area, this nicely landscaped 3BR, 2-car garage home has new appliances & is lovingly maintained. $289,500. Dan Barberio, 951-6660 or 587-6692. #321412

% 3 3 s 7 7 7 - ) # ( ! % , 3 ! 5 . $ % 2 3  # / BROADWAY PROMENADE. Overlook the park with bay views from 2 balconies in this luxury downtown condominium. Wonderful location near arts, dining & shopping. Fabulous amenities on site. $649,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #321140 OAKLEAF. Pristine, private, perfect 2,900-sq.-ft. home with 3BRs, bonus room, formal living & large dining rooms, open kitchen & solar/gas heated pool and spa. $618,500. Kathy Carbone, 966-8000 or 228-8429. #325428 BROADWAY PROMENADE. New price makes this the lowest priced, luxury 5th floor condominium in this new downtown building overlooking the park with partial bay views. $549,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #321147 THE OAKS. This well-situated home site backs up to a lush preserve. Possible bay views from upper levels of new construction. $499,000. Terri Derr & Kennedy Torrington, P.A., 383-7591 or 356-6694. #324214 CHATWICK COURT. Stunning, totally updated 3BR gated home in mint condition, with a fenced yard & 2-car garage. $449,990. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #298696

BIMINI BAY SAILBOAT WATER. Over 250â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of waterfront on Bimini Bay. Grand 6BR, 5,200 sq. ft. home with fantastic water views from every room. Enjoy the pool, spa and private dock with davits and deepwater access. Great boating and close to Gulf beach. A Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Great Estates listing. $2,349,000. Jody Shinn, 748-6300 or 705-5704. #527474


RENAISSANCE. Gorgeous 2BR, 7th floor end unit with bay & city views & wood floors. Enjoy downtown living at its finest. Community offers a pool, media room & more. $445,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #323343 FOREST LAKES COUNTRY CLUB. Thus updated 3BR home shows like a model with an eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar, built-in bookcases in the family room & a large fenced yard with pool & sun deck. $434,900. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #325458 CARLYLE AT PALM-AIRE. True 4BR home in a terrific community with volume ceilings & fabulous amenities. Buyer incentives include cash back at closing & a one-year home warranty. $399,900. Stephanie Bugatti, 966-8000 or 504-0978. #317696 WEST OF THE TRAIL â&#x20AC;&#x153;FLOWER STREETâ&#x20AC;? Remodel, add on or rebuild. Home set on 8,880sq.-ft. lot with concrete block construction, 2-year-old roof & room for a pool. Approximately midway between US-41 and Osprey Avenue. $395,000. Carolyn Kenney, 485-5421 or 2237111. #518064 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 CHATWICK COURT. This impeccably maintained, nearly new 3BR home boasts 2,000 sq. ft. & tranquil lake views. $385,000. Drew Russell, 966-8000 or 993-3739. #320713 SOUTH GATE. Stylish split plan home with generous rooms, refinished terrazzo floors, stainless appliances, wood-burning fireplace, oversized garage & tropical patio setting. $375,000. Michael Freeman, 951-6660 or 302-1850. #324828 QUIET GULF GATE LOCATION. Lovingly remodeled to perfection, this fabulous home features 4BRs, spacious split plan & 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122; X 13â&#x20AC;&#x2122; family room. $367,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 3567717. #307363 BOTANICA ON PALMER RANCH. The only Saffron model available in Botanica, the owner has reconfigured the space to make an extra den/bedroom. Enjoy tranquil preserve & sunset views. Close to community fitness center & pool. $359,900. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #325629 COLONY MEADOWS. Well-maintained 3BR home in like-new condition with almost 1,800 sq. ft. of living space. Extra room can be used as an office, den or guest bedroom. $349,900. Robert Huff, 388-4447 or 780-4016. #325056 BENT TREE. Spacious townhouse with serene views of a lake on the cul-de-sac. Features a glass sunroom, eat-in kitchen & ample storage. $339,900. Betty C. Poma, 388-4447 or 587-5233. #310900 HUDSON PARK. Vintage style meets modern living in this near-downtown Hudson Park neighborhood. This home has been completely updated with a new roof, kitchen counters & cabinets. $335,000. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #319826 GUARD-GATED LANDINGS COMMUNITY. Great price for this two-bedroom-plus-den condominium. First floor end unit with a wonderful, open floor plan & spectacular lake views. $329,900. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #309772 PARKRIDGE. Desirable townhome in the exciting University corridor. Three-BRs plus bonus room & sitting area/den. Directly on a large pond with fountain & only steps to community pool. $319,900. Dorothy McKendry, 966-8000 or 586-5007. #317273 LUSH, PRIVATE & IMMACULATE. This 3BR, 2-car garage home enjoys a location convenient to all Sarasota offers. Features vaulted ceilings, wood-burning fireplace & French doors. Original owner. $309,000. Kay Chandler, 966-8000 or 350-9678. #325484

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SEASIDE CAPE COD CHARMER. Historic-style 1936 Cape Cod charmer with a seaside cottage ambiance. Wood floors, 2 fireplaces, beamed ceilings, bead board accents & newer kitchen. Enjoy Gulf & sunset views. $2,950,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #324751

AVON HEIGHTS. New in 1995, this home features high ceilings, ceramic tile, screened porch & 2-car garage. Close to downtown. $299,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #318859 SOUTH GATE. Charming, updated 2BR home with plantation shutters, gleaming terrazzo floors, oversized 2-car garage & a Florida certified garden. $299,700. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #317663 SUMMERWOOD. Great curb appeal in this immaculately maintained former model on a corner lot with a fenced yard & room for a pool. Close to everything Sarasota has to offer. $299,000. Carol-Ann Warr, 388-4447 or 780-0665. #325429 PALM-AIRE. Seldom available, freshly painted, 2BR, 1.5-car garage Clubside villa with a remodeled kitchen. Beautiful view of the 6th green at Palm-Aire. $289,900. Donna Baranowski, 951-6660 or 504-3951. #320498 SARASOTA SPRINGS. This 4BR central Sarasota beauty has been recently updated with wood cabinets & granite counters in the kitchen, beautiful Mexican tile throughout & a heated pool. $284,900. Dan Barberio, 951-6660 or 587-6692. #325539 LAKE SARASOTA. Charming 3BR split plan with a large, private, fenced backyard. Well maintained with many updates & no deed restrictions. $279,900. Dorothy McKendry, 966-8000 or 586-5007. #324383 COZY BUNGALOW NEAR DOWNTOWN. Take advantage & live close to everything. Includes updated electric, plumbing, roof, a/c & pest control, wood-burning fireplace & gorgeous wood floors. Three blocks from the bay. $275,000. Lynn Brock, 388-4447 or 313-1234. #319332 MELODY HEIGHTS. Incredible opportunity to own this 3BR, 1,515-sq.-ft. home in a quiet city neighborhood. Enjoy entertaining around the caged pool in the privacy-fenced backyard. $270,000. Larry Mitchell, 951-6660 or 330-0987. #324993 FAMILY HOME - VALUE PRICED. On a tree-lined street in popular Lake Sarasota, this updated 3BR residence features a wonderful eat-in kitchen, spacious screened deck & fenced-in yard. $267,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #314207 BRENTWOOD ESTATES. A picket fence & front porch swing make this a real dollhouse. This 2BR, 1-car garage home is surrounded by mature trees. $230,000. Karen Cash Greco & Barbara Corbett, 966-8000 or 928-1005. #325296 EASTWOOD OAKS. Beautiful split plan home with updated rooms & windows, large screened lanai & spacious backyard with room for a pool. $219,000. Cynthia Trautman, 966-8000 or 685-8080. #325475 GLEN OAKS VILLAS. Spacious & bright 2BR villa with a den/family room, screened porch, separate utility room & newer roof. Very active 55+ community. $169,900. Pam DeMarie & Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #325038 DARLING BENEVA RIDGE townhouse with 2BRs, new carpet & appliances. Very close to shopping & dining with a pool, tennis & more. $159,500. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #317761 Siesta Key


STUNNING NEW CONSTRUCTION on Siesta Key with Old Florida tradition & charm. This Key West-style 4BR home is set on protected sailboat water with exceptionally solid design & topof-the-line finishes. $3,250,000. Raul Elizalde, 349-3444 or 350-7904. #325023 COCOANUT BAYOU. Private 3BR-plus-den home on 1/2-acre waterfront property with attached 2-story, 1BR guest quarters. Located on 175â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of Cocoanut Bayou boating water. Deeded beach access. $2,950,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #271477 NORTH SIESTA KEY. Set on a large, private lot on deep, protected sailboat water, just 4 homes from the bay & Gulf, this 3BR features a redone kitchen, boat dock & davits. $1,650,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #317091 SIESTA DUNES. Full Gulf & sunset views from this 2BR residence plus loft with balcony space & private garage. $1,500,000. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #318913 PALM BAY CLUB. 180-degree views of the beach & island from this contemporary design residence with granite kitchen. Rental income. $1,350,000. Alix Wexler and Paul Romley, 349-3444 or 346-8123. #318548 GULF & BAY. Experience sophistication in this beautiful, 2BR, updated ground floor unit with magnificent views & Gulf breezes. Enjoy world-class amenities. $995,000. Sharon Hilla Hicks, 349-3444 or 356-4152. #319288 TORTUGA - DYNAMIC GULF VIEWS from this completely updated, Tuscany-style condominium with new kitchen cabinetry & 17-inch tile. Set on the serene, quiet & peaceful south end of Siesta Key. $849,000. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #318394 INLETS. Imagine gazing across the inlet as boats go by, peeking at the Gulf from a totally re-done condominium on Siesta Key. $464,900. Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #313010



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PLAZA continued from page 1A memberships, public parks and recreation services, continuing education centers, youth recreation centers, medical and dental clinics and wireless equipment retailers (see box). Dead River Properties’ attorney, Hamilton “Chip” Rice, relied on the same arguments he used at the Sept. 11 commission meeting. He made reference to the unanimous June 20 vote of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board and the recommendation by Planning, Zoning and Building Director Monica Daigle, citing their expertise in evaluating the proposal as proof of its merit. While advocating acceptance of the C-1 classification, Rice noted his client

also presented a list of more restrictive uses that it would agree to accept if the commission rejected the C-1 classification. And that’s what Bay Isles Association board member Joseph Curl lobbied for. In the past, Bay Isles residents did not offer much resistance to businesses because potential tenants were considered on a case-by-case basis. “On Dec. 7, 1987, Ordinance 87-30 was passed,” Curl said. “Arvida (the developer of Avenue of the Flowers) asked for commercial activity that would not draw shoppers beyond the limits of Longboat Key. We view 87-30 not like a contract, but like a covenant. Bay Isles Association supports the alternative list of uses.”

But former Town Plaza fitness center owner Marnie Matarese, who waited eight months for approval in 1987, said that if every use that is not on the C-1 list must come before the commission, the businesses would not wait around. “I see contradictions here,” Matarese said. Rice, who requested a rebuttal before the close of the public hearing, said the decision for the amendment should be made based on common sense and not fears of problematic new tenants. “Plain-old demographics stand between it (the amendment) and unlimited uses,” Rice said. “They (Dead River Properties) want to cooperate with Bay Isles, but it is for this commission to say, and not for Bay Isles to say what will

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happen here.” Commissioner Randy Clair suggested the commission amend the C-1 uses with the more restrictive alternative list presented at the Sept. 11 commission meeting. Town Attorney Andrew Cohen pointed out that by making a change, it would become a first reading and need to be followed by a second reading and public hearing. Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough said that he thought it was right for the plaza to flourish and called for the vote. Whatmough, Commissioner Bob Siekmann, Vice Mayor Lee Rothenberg and Mayor Joan Webster voted in favor, while Commissioners George Spoll, Randy Clair and Peter O’Connor voted against.



During the public-input portion of the Oct. 9 Town Commission meeting, David Brenner, board member of the Islander Club, requested an update on the Makepeace groin model being assembled by the town’s engineers, Coastal Planning & Engineering. Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said that CP&E was preparing the model and will make the data available and collaborate with the Islander’s engineering company. Commissioner Randy Clair said that based on the results of the Sept. 21 Town Commission workshop, this Makepeace model was supposed to be a collaborative effort between CP&E and Naples-based engineering firm Humiston & Moore. St. Denis said if the town paid the cost for the work, CP&E was the contractor of record. He thought CP&E would construct a model and Humiston & Moore would build one as well, then the two companies would collaborate after both sides had prepared them. Clair said the issue was not about money; it was about collaboration from the beginning. Commissioner George Spoll remembered CP&E’s Tom Campbell saying he was going to contact a Humiston & Moore engineer the next day who was more experienced in Makepeace groins than was CP&E. Spoll said he didn’t think the call was made right away. “I think there is a question in whether this commission still has confidence in CP&E,” Spoll said. “I know I question that confidence.” The commission directed St. Denis to call Humiston & Moore to find out if the company would have interest in subcontracting to CP&E for the project. St. Denis hopes to have an answer by the Oct. 19 Town Commission workshop.

The Longboat Key Town Commission voted Oct. 9 to: • Award an annual grant from the town’s portion of the Sarasota County occupational license tax on businesses to the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce. Vote: 7-0. • Approved the list of scheduled town holidays for the 2006-2007 fiscal year. With Christmas falling on a Monday this year, the commission approved one additional holiday for Tuesday, Dec. 26. Vote: 7-0. • The commission accepted a first reading of a proposed flood control ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted, would add points to the town’s current Community Service Rating (CRS), which, in turn, affects Key residents’ property insurance rates. Vote: 5-2. • The commission accepted a first reading of a proposed landscape ordinance as part of the town’s Southwest Florida Water Management District water-use permit. The ordinance would promote wise use of water in landscaping practices. Vote: 7-0. • The commission accepted a first reading of a proposed ordinance to renew the current agreement with Waste Management for collection and disposal of solid waste, recyclable materials and yard waste. The contract, which expires Dec. 31, would be renewed until Dec. 31, 2013. Vote: 7-0. — Larry Burke

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Oct. 1

From the archives . . . The following incident was published in the Oct. 10, 2002 issue of The Longboat Observer.


12:24 a.m. — Coquina Boat Ramp. Curfew Violation. Officer observes three subjects sitting in a car. Check reveals all are 16 years old and all have bloodshot, watery eyes. Officer also observes a “Phillies Blunt” cigar package on the ground, along with one cigar. When officer questions the youths about their watery eyes, they say that it’s because of allergies, and they are about to leave for home. Officer has teens exit the vehicle, where he finds two small bags of marijuana. Officer calls all the parents and has them come to pick up their kids, takes pot and advises everyone about the curfew violations. No further action. 8:22 a.m. — 4500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Property/Lost. Complainant tells officer that upon arriving home, she discovered three credit cards and a 15-inch LCD flat-panel TV (value: $2,000) are missing. Woman tells officer that both her door lock and deadbolt to her unit were both engaged. Investigation ongoing.

Oct. 2

8:08 a.m. — 7000 block of Firehouse Road. Property/

10:38 a.m. — 500 block of Harbor Gate Way. Disturbance. Wife argues with husband because he stayed out all night. Husband threatens to slash wife’s tires. Wife throws his false teeth across the room, breaking them. Police do not find any injuries and decide not to file a domestic violence charge because it would not have any teeth.

Found. Complainant turns over a small bag of assorted jewelry that she found on the beach while walking. Jewelry is placed into property until claimed. 8:18 a.m. — 7000 block of Firehouse Road. Property Found. Yet another complainant turns over a small purse he had found containing a passport, Florida license, credit card and currency. Call made to subject’s parents and message is left. Purse is placed into property until claimed. 5:33 p.m. — 5500 block of GMD. Fire-Brush. Call received from a restaurant about an outside fire. Officer arrives and finds fire already extinguished. Minor damage noticed to plastic latticework and town water meter. Cause unknown. No further action.

Oct. 3

7:04 a.m. — 3000 block of GMD. Property Damage/Not Vandalism. Complainant tells officer that he heard a loud noise between 9 and 10 p.m. the previous night. In the morning, he discovered that his mailbox had been struck and ruined (value: $500). Officers find driver-side mirror and tire tracks near mailbox. 7:46 a.m. — 6600 block of GMD. Dog/Nuisance. Of-

ficer responds to call of a dog that won’t stop barking. Officer speaks with dog’s owner, who informs officer she will silence the dog. No further action. 9:22 p.m. — 2900 block of GMD. Disturbance/Domestic-Non Violent. Complainant states that her estranged husband had come to her residence and interrupted a dinner party she was having. The husband damaged the front door then left the area. Complainant refused to press charges.

Oct. 4

12:57 p.m. — 500 block of Putter Lane. Vandalism. Officer responds to a call about a concrete delivery truck that backed onto subject’s front lawn, possibly damaging her yard and underground sewer pipe. Officer contacts construction site supervisor, who says if there is damage, his company would take care of it. No further action. 4:19 p.m. — 2600 block of GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer stops driver with broken front windshield. Subject tells officer he does not have a valid driver’s license. Officer issues citation and has vehicle towed. 4:58 p.m. — 2300 block of GMD. Traffic/Violation. Officer stops driver with multiple equipment violations. Driver does not have a valid driver’s license. Officer issues citation and has vehicle towed.

Oct. 5

12:35 a.m. — Coquina Beach. Traffic Violation. Driver is stopped for having a tag on his vehicle that belongs to another vehicle. In addition, he has no license, registration or insurance. Driver is arrested and transported to Manatee County Jail, vehicle is towed and tag is seized. 9:03 p.m. — 6700 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer follows vehicle with burned-out headlight. Check reveals tag is expired, driver’s license is suspended and there is a tag-seize order issued. Citations are issued, tag seized and friend is called to pick up driver.

Consolidated liquidation from consignors, model

Oct. 6

home and others including Fine art collection. Realtor: Neal Van De Ree

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* Lithographs * Antiques * Fine Lamps * Teakwood Patio Furniture * Jewelry

* Furniture * Art Collection * Bronze Statuary * Western Bronzes * Persian Rugs * Orientalia * Original Antique Pieces Salt waterfront, 2 story Mediterranean style home with dock, boat lift, and easy gulf access. Home has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 car garage and pool. Over 3000 sq ft of living area.

Old Disney storyboard sketches, Maria Picasso Lithographs, Chagall artist signed Lithograph, jade Dali Lithograph collection, various lithographs, pr lifesize bronze deer, Artist Signed numerous bedroom sets, antique Chinese screen, Jade Collection incl. 3ft incense burner, 3 ft long Jade Boat, bronzes wtih children subjects, outstanding 24" Tiffany style floor lamp, Remingotn bronzes, Antique orientalia leather sofa sets, G. Harvey, Giclee antique persian mashad 11x16, antique Nichols chinese 10x20 circa 1930, fine tiffany style lamp collection, art glass collection, fine cloisonne,numerous lifesize bronze statues & much, much more. Most items sold without reserve.

Directions: From I-75 in Sarasota go west on Fruitville Rd. to US-41. Turn left(south) on US-41 then go to the next light and turn right on Hwy 789 North. Continue on 789 North to Armand Circle and at the circle turn right to continue on 789 North. Go 2.5 miles to the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Turn right into Country Club Shores( IV South ). Go 1/10 of a mile to the house on your right. Signs posted from Gulf of Mexico Drive 10% Buyer Premium, N. Van De Ree AU460/AB274, Auction Info. 1-866-306-9022 Terms: Chack w/ID, Visa, MC,Amex,Cash.



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1:40 p.m. — 2800 block of Harbourside Drive. Trespassing. Officer responds to a reported trespass. Upon arrival, officer encounters boat-service person who is allowed to be on the premises. No further action taken. 2:37 p.m. — 2800 block of Harbourside Drive. Assault. Same officer as above responds to report about same boat-service person as above. Boat-service person walks toward a man’s truck, saying “I’m am going to kick your ass.” Man says he did not provoke the boat-service person to say this. He did mention that he called in the trespassing incident. Man fills out statement of events. 3:11 p.m. — GMD and Neptune Drive. Traffic Accident/No Injury. Complainant tells officer he is waiting behind a white pickup truck, when it rolls back and hits the front of his car. Officer contacts truck driver, who says complainant was in a hurry and struck him. Officer files report.

Oct. 7

9:57 a.m. — 5400 block of GMD. Public Service. Officer answers a call from a woman who said that her boyfriend was not where he was supposed to be. Woman calls later to inform officer her boyfriend had been located and is OK. 11:38 p.m. — Longboat Court and Land’s End Drive. Traffic Violation. Officer stops vehicle for careless driving. Subject refuses to exit his vehicle and is arrested for obstruction and resisting an officer without violence. Vehicle is released to subject’s girlfriend.

Oct. 8

11:48 a.m. — 4000 block of GMD. Public Service. Officer is asked by church members to assist in locking the Rec Center office door. Officer attempts to free the jammed key from the lock and it breaks off. Rec Center was secure, however, and officer leaves message for director. 5:42 p.m. — 500 block of Broadway. Larceny/Boats. Complainant tells officer that within the past 24 hours, a trolling motor (value: $200) had been taken from the unlocked rear entrance of his home. Report filed. 6:18 p.m. — 5300 block of GMD. Boat Thefts. Complainant tells officer that within the past 18 hours, someone took his 12-foot, red Hobie kayak (value: $2,000) from the beach in front of his residence. The kayak was chained to a post, which the subjects removed to take it. Complainant tells officer that the kayak could be pedaled, sailed or rowed. Report filed.

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PERFECT FIT by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Rabbi Eisenstat celebrates 10th anniversary With four decades of experience, Rabbi Eisenstat explains how suited his profession is for him. There was no loud voice that came from the sky, no bright lights, no flashing signs telling Michael Eisenstat that he should he a rabbi, yet he felt it was the perfect profession for him. “It was more of an evolutionary process,” he said. “The rabbinate seemed like a wheel with spokes. The rabbi is the center, and the things I enjoy doing are the spokes.” The things he enjoys are public speaking, teaching and counseling, but he never felt he wanted to focus on any one activity solely as a career. Growing up in Long Island, Rabbi Eisenstat found himself involved with activities in his temple. He became close with his rabbi, Rabbi Herbert Baumgard, who sent Eisenstat to special youth programs and summer camps. It was watching Baumgard as a congregant that Eisenstat learned “how to become a rabbi.” It wasn’t until his first year at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati that he was able to put his skills learned to the test. Eisenstat traveled to West Point, Ga., and Lanette, Ala., which are right across the state line from each other, to perform the High Holy Day sermons. “I was so excited for this to be my first pulpit,” Eisenstat said. “I worked so hard on my sermons.” As he was talking, he noticed one gentleman in particular in the back who was not paying attention. In fact, he was sleeping through every sermon. Eisenstat returned home for Thanksgiving break and immediately went to speak with his rabbi, Rabbi Alan Sokobin. He retold the story, telling him that it went well except for the one inattentive gentleman. He waited for his rabbi to tell him how awful the man had acted, but instead, Eisenstat saw Sokobin’s face break out into a big, delighted smile. “Good,” Sokobin said to him. “Your dad does that to me every single Friday night.” Eisenstat made his way to Longboat Key 10 years ago after being a rabbi at a congregation in Coral Gables. The switch was fairly dramatic, going from a congregation with youth groups and baby-naming ceremonies to an 800-person congregation made up of senior adults.

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“When I came here to interview, they asked me how I would handle teaching older people as opposed to younger people,” he said. “I told them I find great satisfaction in teaching the old and young, there would just be no discipline problems.” Eisenstat sees a great love of community in his congregants and the ability to look outside themselves. When he first arrived, the temple’s men’s group rented out the opera house in Sarasota and raised $30,000 at its Hanukkah bash. And all the money went to Jewish camps

and scholarships for children from other temples. With decades of practice behind him, have Eisenstat’s sermons gotten any more captivating? He said he still has the occasional sleeper, and there are plenty of loud whisperers. “People always ask me when did I know (about becoming a rabbi), and I tell them, ‘I’m still thinking about it,” he said. “With 40 years behind me, I don’t see how I could have been anything else — the rabbinate just suits me.”

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+ Super Target a hit on University EAST COUNTY â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â Although it was supposed to be a largely unknown soft opening, the new Super Target on University Parkway just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hide the bullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye. The 174,000-square-foot all-in-one Super Target first opened its doors Oct. 3 for employees and their families as well as community leaders, but they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn away customers, either. The night went well, but no one, including store team leader Dave Johnson, expected such an explosive Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Corporate) had a budget of what they thought weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do (in sales on Wednesday),â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were about 40% higher.â&#x20AC;?

+ Ashton stacks up competition SOUTH SARASOTA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The intensity was high as the last two competitors jumped up to their tables, ready to complete their challenge. All eyes were on their every move as the audience began to chant loudly in unison, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go, go, go, go â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;? They were one on one. Against the clock. But they knew they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the pressure get to them. All they could focus on was the one thing that could win them the game. Their cups. This fast-paced school competition last week determined which team of Ashton Elementary students would hold the school record for the fastest game time in one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastest-growing elementarylevel sports, cup stacking. Also known as sport stacking or speed stacking, the game is an intense skill-level

activity played competitively all around the world. In 2003, Ashton physical education teacher Harvey Adams attended a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference in Georgia and was introduced to the cup-stacking program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought to myself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;These are cups. What can kids do with cups?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Adams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I was told that as soon as my students got a hold of the game, they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it go.â&#x20AC;?

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+ Ellenton rodeo star revives bull riding NORTH MANATEE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ellenton resident Doug Walker drives his large truck into the bull pasture, careful not to wedge it in the thick mud. The bulls glare with curiosity but show more interest for the cows in the neighboring pasture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get away from it,â&#x20AC;? Walker said of bull riding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way of life. Some people might play football or baseball â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mine was rodeo.â&#x20AC;? It still is. Even after a bull riding accident in 1998 paralyzed him from the neck down. After two years of therapy, the once topranking cowboy walks with the support of a cane and, when needed, his friends help steady his movements. He drives only with his left hand, using it to grasp a knob on the left side of wheel to more easily turn the vehicle. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way it is. He respects the bulls, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not afraid. Within a year of his accident heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d opened his own rodeo company, Diamond W Rodeo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ride anymore, so I figured Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d promote it,â&#x20AC;? Walker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best way I can explain it is, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of guys injured, like in NASCAR. â&#x20AC;Ś When you love what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing, you still want to be involved with it.â&#x20AC;? On Sept. 30, his company held the Seventh Annual BullBash, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting local youth Heath Sammons, a North Manatee teen undergoing treatment for bone cancer.

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NEIGHBORS by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Bill Buckley and his band, St. Andrews Pipes and Drums of Tampa Bay, has opened for two Rod Stewart concerts at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Bill Buckley This Longboat Key resident fills his free time with worthy causes, his church, and, of course, his ‘full-time hobby’ — playing the pipes. Busy is the best word to describe Bill Buckley’s life. “I keep busy by doing too much, at least that’s what my wife tells me,” he said. His involvements span everything from owning his own appraisal business, being a Christ Church elder, president of the Florida Gift of Life program with the Sarasota Keys Rotary Club and president for about the last 10 years of St. Andrews Pipes and Drums band of Tampa Bay that practices weekly in Clearwater. He plays the bagpipes. His “full-time hobby” started about 1988, when his son, Kevin, took a month-long college course on how to play the bagpipes at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Kevin Buckley came home that summer and could not be parted with his chanter, which is the practice flute that beginning bagpipers use before attaching their lungs to the entire bag of fabric and pipes. “He came home that summer and played like a machine gun,” Buckley said. “That was an in-

teresting summer.” Buckley then decided he wanted to learn to play also and contacted an attorney friend he knew from Tampa who had started an organization called St. Andrews Pipes and Drums of Tampa Bay. Jean, Buckley’s wife, has family who still lives in Scotland. Buckley asked one of her uncles if he would send him a set of bagpipes so that he could learn to play on an authentically made set. Six months later a set of pipes showed up, Hardie pipes even, which were one of the first pipe makers in Scotland. There was only one problem — the pipes came addressed to Kevin Buckley, so Buckley was still without a set of pipes. He decided to take matters into his own hands and arranged a trip to Scotland with his wife to purchase his own set. The couple traveled to Inverness, Scotland in the Highlands and located the only bagpipe maker who was still in that area. Buckley had to cross the Black Bridge with the churning

Loch Ness River below to walk to the other part of town, and he said it was like stepping back in time. He had suddenly come face to face with medieval-looking old stone buildings and architecture, but finding the pipe maker’s house wasn’t too difficult. A big oak door was surrounded by two stained-glass picture windows. The pictures were of bagpipes. After purchasing a new set of pipes from pipe-maker Alan Logan, Buckley’s new set was shipped to him around Christmastime, a perfect present for a devoted piper. Buckley took lessons from instructors in the St. Andrew’s band as well as from the North American Academy of Piping to become proficient on the pipes. And today he is in charge of outfitting and coordinating the 45 members of St. Andrews who live from New Port Richey to Sarasota. “I like the fellowship of the band,” he said. “It’s like a family.” But it’s not his only family.

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UP CLOSE Pied piper About a month ago, Buckley attended a turtle-nest opening on the beach, and he brought along his bagpipes. He said about 80 people had gathered to see the excavation of the turtle nest, which is one of the largest groups so far. As the sun was setting, Buckley began to play his pipes, and as he was hitting his first notes, another nearby nest began to hatch. The spectators got a twofor-one turtle showing that night. “I play my pipes on the beach once in a while,” Buckley said. “Sometimes I look up and a crowd has gathered around me of people from the beach who don’t even live here (at The Shore).” Stormy beginnings Buckley and his family Buckley points out that he has three families: his home family, his band family and his church family. And when he’s not busy with all three of his families, he’s helping families from other countries through the Sarasota Keys Rotary Club. The Gift of Life program is something Buckley is passionate about and is something he often speaks about at other Rotary Clubs. The program helps fund openheart surgeries in life-saving situations for children from ThirdWorld countries. The program

originally planned to move to Longboat Key from Tampa in 1985, but something got in their way. They moved in on Friday of Labor Day weekend that year, and by 5:30 a.m. the next day they had been evacuated due to Hurricane Elena. The family tried relocating again in 1996 and was more successful on the second attempt, permanently settling at The Shore. Family Buckley and his wife, Jean, have three children: Kevin, Brian and Heather Landry. But then, of course, there’s the fourth “child,” Valentine. The 13-year-old golden retriever does her part by volunteering at nursing homes in the area. She is able to pull elderly women in their wheel chairs if needed or just be a comforting companion. arranges flights to and from the patients’ home countries, as well as provides the child and guardian with a pick-up person at the airport who helps the family throughout the duration of their stay in the hospital. Being a “pup,” as Buckley calls the pick-up people, is one of the most rewarding experiences he has ever had. “The gratitude and fulfillment is ultimate,” he said. “It’s quite an awesome project to put it mildly. I’ve never been involved with a project that saves lives like that.”

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back to school by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Longboat Key Education Center starts fall classes The Longboat Key Education Center has learned over the last 22 years that not everyone knows about the 150 programs it offers. “It’s hidden, but it shouldn’t be,” said Susan Goldfarb, executive director. The Education Center, which starts fall classes Oct. 16, has been located in the Centre Shops for the last 15 years, and Goldfarb said they still get residents who walk in and say they’ve never heard of the nonprofit organization. Even so, the center does have a large database of 5,000 students. And 3,700 different students walk through its doors each season. The center’s three classrooms house everything from art lessons and exercise classes to lectures. For the fall, class offerings are fewer than

in the winter and spring, and run Monday through Thursday. Bridge, mahjong and yoga will be back on the schedule, joined by a few new classes. “Mavericks of American Cinema” is already a popular addition with students, and spots are filling up quickly. “Understanding Washington,” a class examining the inner workings of our nation’s capital, is also a new favorite. Goldfarb advises prospective students to sign up as early as possible for classes, because space is always limited. January classes are starting to be booked in the fall, and she advises not waiting. Most of the center’s classes are new; Goldfarb said only one-third of classes stay the same year-to-year in order to offer as much variety as possible. “I will bring back a program that was really popular the previous year so everyone

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who wants to attend has a chance to,” she said. Although The Education Center does offer some arts classes, such as watercolors and oils, Goldfarb said the classes don’t frequently overlap with the Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ offerings. The Arts Center focuses on fine and applied art, while the education center concentrates on the humanities. “We have a good synergy with Bayfront Park Recreational Center and the Center for the Arts because we have the same people who take our classes,” she said. “We’re not competitive with each other.” Goldfarb is confident the center has something for almost everyone. “If you don’t have a pulse, you might not be able to find anything to do here,” she said.

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Quinoa becomes the newest nutritional darling Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, was soul food for the ancient native Indians of the Andes Mountains in Peru and Bolivia. It was first cultivated more than 5,000 years ago. The ancient Incas called quinoa the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mother grainâ&#x20AC;? and revered it as sacred. At the beginning of every planting season, the Inca leader would plant the first seed with a solid gold shovel. Quinoa has reSUSAN cently been redisGOLDFARB covered in North America. Making up for lost time, quinoa is now one of the nutritional darlings being featured in the health-andnutrition media regularly. Although it looks like a grain and has the same cooking characteristics, quinoa is actually the dried fruit of the herb family Chenopodium. There are several varieties of quinoa, which range in color from dark brown to near white. The larger, whiter quinoa spheres are most common and are considered superior. Quinoa is quick and easy to prepare. When it cooks, the outer germ around each grain twists outward forming a little white, spiral tail, which is attached to the kernel looking like a curlicue. It has a delicious nutty flavor and fluffy yet crunchy texture.

Quinoa can be used in casseroles, soups and stews. It can be served as a cold salad with chopped vegetables or cooked beans. It is a great side dish as a pasta or rice substitute (think risotto, orzo, bulgur wheat, couscous) served with grilled fish or chicken. The seeds can also be sprouted and used for salads and sandwiches. Some people pop the seeds in a dry skillet and eat them as a dry cereal or cook them in water and use as an alternative to oatmeal. Quinoa is easy to digest and much less filling than other grains but it satisfies and has â&#x20AC;&#x153;staying power.â&#x20AC;? It can be found in most health-food stores and in select supermarkets.

Health benefits of quinoa The National Academy of Sciences calls quinoa â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the best sources of protein in the vegetable kingdom.â&#x20AC;? It stands alone as a complete protein grain providing all eight essential amino acids in a balanced pattern. It is high in iron, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus and low in fat and sodium. It provides valuable complex carbohydrates and fiber. Quinoa contains no gluten, which is great for people who are following a wheatfree/gluten-free diet. Historically the Indians included quinoa in their treatment of a number of ills such as urinary-tract problems, tuberculosis, appendicitis, liver problems and motion sickness. Today the Andean people consider quinoa an endurance food and include it as a daily staple. It is also used for altitude sickness, bone problems and for women during and after pregnancy to boost nutrition.

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QUINOA TABOULI This simple but tasty recipe serves four. 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh, or one teaspoon dry mint 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 /4 cup lemon juice 1 to 3 cloves garlic, pressed 1/2 cup chopped scallions 3/4 cup minced fresh parsley 1 tomato, finely chopped (optional) Place the quinoa in a saucepan. Cover with water and swish it around with your hand to rinse off the bitter coating. Drain through a fine wire strainer. Return the quinoa to the pan and add two cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Let cool. Add the other ingredients, mix and serve. Toss in feta and lemon zest for a special treat. â&#x20AC;˘ Cooked black beans or chick peas with an olive oil, lime juice and cumin vinaigrette sprinkled with chopped cilantro â&#x20AC;˘ Green grapes, berries and almonds Susan Goldfarb has been a freelance writer focusing on health issues for more than 20 years. She is a certified yoga instructor and teaches at The Longboat Key Education Center. Contact her at


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18th Annual St. Armands Art Festival — comes to the Circle 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 14 and Sunday Oct. 15. Free. For more information, call 954-472-3755. Sarasota Shell Club – will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at Mote Marine Keating Center, meeting room 312. The event includes a shell program, door prizes, raffle and free refreshments, and is open to the public. For more information, call Fran at 739-0908. Longboat Flotilla 82’s Advanced Coastal Navigation Class – will begin Monday, Oct. 2, and continue to Nov. 20 at the Buchanan Room, Mote Marine. Cost is $90 per person for the 12-lesson course. For more information and registration, call Alfred Haleblian at 378-5620. Wine Tasting at Harry’s Continental Kitchens — will take place 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, starting Oct. 12, at Harry’s Deli, 525 St. Jude’s Drive. For more information, contact Hal at 383-0777. Eat In or Take Out

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Longboat Key Center for the Arts Opening Reception — will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S. For more information, call 383-2345. Small Business Success Workshop — will be held 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. The marketing course features speaker Andy Fox. Cost is $25 per session. Call the chamber for more information at 383-2466. Mote Marine Laboratory Volunteer Recruitment Coffee – will be held 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Mote Marine’s Buchanan Meeting Room, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Volunteers needed with secretarial, customer service, teaching or retail experience. Training is provided for all positions. For more information, contact Andrea Davis at 388-4441, ext. 438. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays for breakfast at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. 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 their common feelings and to see that they are not alone or isolated. For more information, call 383-6491. 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. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — will feature a “Free For All” promotion, waiving all admission charges during the month of October to give visitors the opportunity to see the improvements made since last season. The Sanctuary is located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for children ages 6 to 17; and free for children younger than 6. For more information, call 388-4444. Food Drive — an ongoing drive is being conducted at the Longboat Island Chapel to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the chapel between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday, for the summer. The library will be collecting paperback-book donations from now until November to send to soldiers who are overseas in Iraq for Christmas. The library will be collecting the donations, and the Military Officers Association of Sarasota will be sending the books collected. For more information, call 383-2011.

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Old Time Fish Fry What: The Longboat Key Historical Society hosts its annual fish fry. Cost is $20 and free for kids under 6. Get tickets at the Longboat Key Chamber/Historical Society Building. For more information, call 3878323. When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Where: Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway, Longboat Key. Mote Marine Aquarium – is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island. Mote Marine Aquarium features sharks, manatees, turtles and its interactive Immersion Cinema. Regular admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. For information, call 388-4441, Ext. 438.


Holocaust Torah Scroll Dedication – will take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. The Torah, donated by local philanthropists Sally and Sam Shapiro, will be dedicated joyfully with singing and dancing. Open to the public. For more information, contact Rabbi Chaim at 925-0770. Free Lecture: Grand Illusions of American Foreign Policy – will be held 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Selby Public Library. This is the second of 11 lectures to be presented by the faculty of Pierian Spring Academy, a nonprofit education program for adults. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Alisa Mitchell at 306-7532.

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Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Arts Center Although approaching his 80th birthday, Andy Anderson keeps himself exceptionally busy helping others. Around the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Anderson has been a treasured volunteer and a jack-of-all-trades for 19 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You name it, I do it,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said of his duties at the Arts Center. Established in 1952, the Arts Center offers a variety of activities at its four-building campus, including art classes, exhibitions, concerts and lectures. After having traveled all over the world while serving in the Navy, Anderson and his wife, Dorothy, still chose Longboat Key as the best place to migrate after 10 years of vacationing on Siesta Key. Moving from their native Columbus, Ohio, became an viable option after Anderson underwent brain surgery and could no longer continue managing his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14 concrete plants. After becoming permanent Longboat Key residents 27 years ago, Mrs. Anderson began to volunteer, and then work, at the Arts Center.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife drug me into it, but I just kept coming back,â&#x20AC;? said Anderson on how he began his volunteering at the Arts Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people at the Arts Center became my saviors, getting me back doing things,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said about the support system that helped him return to health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are really nice people here and coming here keeps me out of mischief.â&#x20AC;? Known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the manâ&#x20AC;? at the Arts Center, Anderson can be found doing just about anything to help out, recently building partitions for artwork and building stages for the art studio. He has been known to spend seven days a week there, always willing and eager to offer his assistance. Anderson enjoys volunteering, because it keeps his mind sharp and gets him out of the house. But, the thing that keeps him coming back year after year are the people and the friendships he has established. To volunteer at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, contact Jenny Glassmoyer at 383-2345 or




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Faith follows us down the path of the unknown “He set out, not knowing.” Those words are tucked away in Chapter 11 of the New Testament book of Hebrews. They refer, of course, to Abraham and his well-known response to God’s call to relocate, to go to a new land. The writer of Hebrews uses these particular verses to remind us that Abraham braved uncertainty in order to obey God’s command. Certainly, this verse makes a statement, a bold statement about faith and faithfulness. Abraham set out, not knowing where he was going. He accepted the challenge God placed before him, as scary and as frightening as that must have been. He set out, not knowing. Rather remarkable, isn’t it? Some would label his response exemplary. He set out, not knowing. How often does it seem that we do the same? In essence, we, too, for the most part set out not knowing. Each day can be an adventure. The uncertainty of daily living is real for each and every one of us. What we planned, what we expected may not happen. Who can be totally sure what tomorrow or the next day may bring. It seems to me that we regularly set out, not knowing. We may think we know what’s on life’s horizon but, ultimately, none of us can be certain just what lies ahead. How suddenly life can change for any one of us. Just when we think we have it made and can settle back in our self-made wrappers of security, the unexpected can come crashing into our cocoons of comfort. As you reflect upon your life the last few weeks, months or years, how would you say things have been? Has your life involved largely what you expected, hoped for, desired? Or,

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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. 3838161. Bayfront Christian Fellowship, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Service 10 a.m. Sunday, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Summer Bible study and Communion. The Rev. Terry Wise, Ph.D., is the pastor. 358-8264. Christ Church of Longboat Key Presbyterian USA, holds service at 10 a.m. Sundays, at the Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Drive. Nursery available. The Rev. Dr. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Adult study discussion is at 9 a.m. and traditional service at 10 a.m. Sundays. Nursery available. 3836491. The Rev. Kenneth Gill is the pastor. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Nursery available. Traditional service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will hold Sabbath services Friday evening at 8 p.m. and will continue Saturday morning services at 10 a.m. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will conduct the services. 3833428.

OBITUARIES Anita R. Glick Anita R. Glick, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 6 at the age of 85. Mrs. Glick was born Feb. 23, 1921, in New York City, and came to Longboat Key 33 years ago from New Jersey. She attended Hunter College in New York City and was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughter, Ellen Hammer, of Ashland, Ore.; her son, Dr. Robert, of New York City; her sister, Susan Firestein, of Long Island, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, is in charge of services.

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Black Tie BLACK TIE BASH Almost 500 people attended the kick-off to the 2006-2007 social season.

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A&E Asolo Theatre Michael Edwards starts his first season as the new director.

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Historic Asolo Theater

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art’s Opening Night Gala 2006 for the Historic Asolo Theater was comparable to a New York City Metropolitan Opera premiere. Guests dusted off their tuxes and donned their most exquisite gowns for the $1,000-per person party Oct. 6, at the Historic Asolo Theater. The champagne and cocktails were flowing in the new Visitor Center lobby, while hors d’oeuvres were being passed. A trumpet fanfare signaled guests that it was time for the opening night gala performance, featuring Metropolitan Opera start Su-

san Graham, lyric soprano Kristin Clayton and renowned composer Jake Heggie. Following the performance, guests returned to the lobby, Treviso Restaurant dining room and lakeside terraces, where tables had been set up for dinner. After guests enjoyed the dinner, which featured the traditional cuisine of Asolo, Italy, they took to their feet for a finale of dancing. The evening was chaired by Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, president emeritus of Florida State University, and produced by Scott George.

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Vern and Sandy Buchanan with Tanya and Dr. John Wetenhall

Gil and Elisabeth Waters

Bob and Diane Roskamp

Kathryn Carr, Steve Seidensticker, Susan McLeod and Bob Carr

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Bob Blalock, Dannie Sherrill, John Bean and Alexandra Jupin

Chairman Scott George’s brother, Charles, with Christina Landry

Cary and Koni Findlay with Karen and Don Grierson

Phil and Julie Delaney

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and celebration with the whole Garner family. Bob couldn’t have asked for a better present.

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Bob Garner with his granddaughter, Emilie Peyton Louie

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Dottie Baer Garner put together an elaborate surprise for her husband, Bob’s 81st birthday this past weekend. On Oct. 5, the Garners’ grandson, David Wyant (also a new employee of The Observer), phoned the Garners at 11 p.m. saying that he and a friend wanted to stop by and say hello. “Isn’t that a little rude to be calling so late?” asked Bob of his wife. Dottie replied, “Oh, Bob, it’s just kids these days.They don’t realize the time.” Little did Bob know that Wyant was calling Dottie to warn her that Michael and Alison Louie, the Garners’ son-inlaw and daughter, were on the way to The Ritz to surprise Bob with their daughter and his granddaughter, Emilie Peyton.The next afternoon the Garners’ eldest daughter, Betsy Garner Wyant, held a casual shower

Here’s something you must get your hands on — “Simply Sarasota: Creatively Casual Cuisine.” The Junior League of Sarasota will unveil its first cookbook in more than 20 years Nov. 15. The fabulous looking cookbook features recipes, stories and tips thoughtfully contributed by Junior League members, local chefs and Sarasota residents. Proceeds from the book will support the mission of the Junior League and its community projects. Tanya Foster and Stacey Corley are the co-chairwomen of the 2006-2007 Simply Sarasota Cookbook Committee, which includes Lydia Chapdelain, Jenny Hime, Gretchen Reimel-Moussa, Genevieve Hall, Chellie Barilleau, Sheryl Vieira, Amy Elder, Cerita Purmort, Nancy Bailey, Sarah Paul, Ellie Rochford, Sharon Eh-

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Vicki Wiese of Mote Marine Laboratory thought Mote was being original by sending out its Oceanic Evening invitations in silver envelopes. But the cool factor of this year’s “Oceanic Evening: An Evening on Green Dolphin Street” is definitely not the silver envelopes. This year’s invitation is printed on a black, velvetysuede paper that was found by Serbin Printing’s Robin Clark. Clark says, “It’s a new and sexy product we have this year.” Kudos to Mote for taking event invitations up to a new level.

rlich, Dee Dee Rice, Kelly Liebel, Patty Sabers and Evan Schulte. Get your copy for $24.95 at www. or call 953-5600.

guests to 380 people this year. Not only did they sell out this year, they also have 40 people on the waiting list. Way to go!

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Forty Carrots Family Center should be proud of the success of its second annual “Wine, Women and Shoes” Luncheon and Fashion Show, which takes place Thursday, Oct. 19, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Co-Chairwoman Lynn Morris and her co-chairwoman, Nora Johnson, reported to BT last week that they bumped up the number of

Here at Black Tie, we know how important your calendar is, especially because we just printed the 2006-2007 Black Tie Social Calendar. (If you’d like a copy of the 2006-2007 Black Tie

Social Calendar, please e-mail Emily Walsh at ewalsh@yourobserver. com or call her at 366-3468, Ext. 330. Or you can log on to www. After last week’s immensely successful Black Tie Bash (see pics on the next page), we found someone’s black leather calendar and planner. We’re happy to return it to you, but can’t seem to figure out to whom it belongs. (Hopefully this picture will help.) We know you’re freaking out, so contact Emily Walsh and she’ll get it to you straight away! Speaking of lost, we just found a boo-boo in the 2006-2007 Black Tie Social Calendar in November. We totally “lost” the date, Nov. 29, and “found” a date that doesn’t exist – Nov. 31! Here are the correct events happening on Wednesday, Nov. 29: Gala Performance and Dinner Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida When: 5:15 p.m. Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Contact: Janet Hunter, 371-6798 Price: $225 ‘The Sound of Music’ Benefiting: The Community Music School of Southwest Florida When: 5 p.m. Where: Hyatt Sarasota Contact: Mary Geldi, 9291859 Price: $125 and up

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Co-Chairs Monica Barth and Michael Moulton with Honorary Chairwoman Charlotte Hedge at the Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic Oct. 6, at The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, which benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. To view all the pictures from this event, please visit


Hip humor & catchy songs. A great big holiday treat. The new Cinderella musical with a twist! co-presented by

Carolyn Zucker, Chief 12th Circuit Judge Robert and Candace Bennett and 12th Circuit Judge Lee Haworth at Gulfcoast Legal Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 25th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 6, at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. To view all the pictures from this event, please visit

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12 to 13 Lagos Trunk Show

What: Find the classic signature styles that are said to accentuate the modern woman’s lifestyle at the trunk show showcasing the award-winning jewelry designs. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: 364-5371 12 to 15 Key to the Cure What: Enjoy a shopping weekend hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Two percent of all sales during the weekend will be donated to Moffitt/ Sarasota Cancer Coalition Fund. When: Normal store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Sally Schule, 364-5301

ment-only setting. The collection features casual everyday wear to black-tie gowns you could wear to any ball this season. When: By appointment only Where: 1990 Main Street Contact: Ilene Fox, 953-6393 or 26 Salon Series with Bill Fenner What: Designing Women Boutique presents a box luncheon and impromptu fashion show featuring Sarasota Ballet of Florida’s former costume designer, Bill Fenner. This event is co-chaired by Jewel Ash and Gloria Moss. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Designing Women Boutique Contact: Designing Women Boutique, 366-5293 Price: $12

27 Womyn Sportswear What: The classic, contemporary and cool sportswear line of Womyn will be featured at this trunk show. Where: Foxy Lady Siesta Key Hype Asian-inspired espaContact: Foxy Lady drille; Lotus, 906-7080 Siesta Key, 349-6644 18 to 22 Men’s Designer Shoe Caravan November What: Casual or dressy, subdued 2 Whole Night of Food & Fashion or chic, you’ll find the perfect replacement What: Whole Foods Market hosts this event pair for whichever shoes are looking shabby that features food and wine tastings and in the closet at Saks’ shoe caravan going on for five full days. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show featuring clothes from Lotus, L Boutique, Beaumonde and Marmalade SaContact: 364-5334 lon & Boutique and Ioptics. Proceeds from the event will benefit Girls Inc. When: 5:45 19 to 24 Bill Blass New York Holiday p.m. Where: Whole Foods Market Contact: Show Nicole Kaney, 955-8500, Ext. 215 Price: What: View the new holiday collection from Bill Blass New York in a private, by-appoint- $25 and up


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Attention shoppers We have a blue-light special at Willow506. After adding an extra 350 square feet at its Hillview location, Willow has created “Backroom Bargains.” The backroom is filled to capacity with sale merchandise. Save on Ella Moss, Juicy Couture, True Religion, Rachel Pally and other designers. Just in! Willow506 has stocked its shelves with a new line of shoes. Last week, BT reported on a cool Web site where you can find cute ballerina flats. Well, if you’re not into the round-toe ballerina flats, find pointy-toe versions by Jessica Bennet at Willow506. By the way, wondering whose feet those are in the picture? They are none other than co-owner, Joanne King! Willow506 Boutique, 1821 Hillview Street, 955-5506.



BOX OFFICE OPENS FOR ALL TICKET SALES OCT. 14 October 14 Superstarzz featuring Ray Parker Jr., Craig Chaquico and Warren Hill* 20 Friday Fest: Allon Sams & Friends 24-25 Annie November 2 Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! 4 Triple Threat featuring Black Hawk, Little Texas and Restless Heart 5 Paula Poundstone with special guest Chris Bliss* 7 Chesky Records Presents: The Conga Kings Featuring Candido Camero, Carlos “Patato” Valdez, Giovanni Hidalgo & musical director Ray Santos* 10 Trisha Yearwood 11 Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick and Inch by Inch 15 The Temptations & The Four Tops 16 Mozart Festival Opera Don Giovanni* 17-19 Hairspray 20 The Pink Floyd Experience* 24 Smothers Brothers & Judy Collins 25-26 Jesus Christ Superstar 27 Giora Schmidt - Perlman Young Artist Series (Mertz Theatre)

standout We couldn’t pick just one standout this week ... There are just too many fashionable ladies in this town!

Helen Kielbasa was as gorgeous as a Greek goddess at the Opening Night Gala 2006 Historic Asolo Theater Oct. 6, at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. She wore a Lilly Rubin turquoise halter dress with gold embroidery around the waist and collar.

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December 1 Foundation Gala 1-3 Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy 4 A Rockapella Holiday* 5 A Scottish Christmas featuring Bonnie Rideout* 6 Cool Jazz Christmas featuring David Benoit, Jonathan Butler, Michael Franks and Kirk Whalum 8 George Carlin 12 The Colors of Christmas featuring Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Stephanie Mills and Deniece Williams 13-14 Wonderful Town 15-16 Altar Boyz 17 Tony Bennett 18-24 It Had To Be You (Players Theatre)* 18 Mandy Patinkin in Concert with Paul Ford on Piano 19 The Big Band Broadcast 23-5 The Perlman Music Program . . 27 The Manhattan Transfer with Special Guest John Pizzarelli

28 Jackie Mason 29-31 Man Of La Mancha 31 New Year’s Eve Party


January 1 Salute to Vienna 2 The Perlman Music Celebration Concert* and Dinner 3 State Ballet Theatre of Russia: Cindarella* 8-9 Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA 10 Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons 13-14 Willy Bietak’s Broadway On Ice 17 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 18 Michael Feinstein with special guest Robert Klein 19 Johnny Mathis 20 Circus Sarasota 21 Peter Appleyard Quintet 21 Joshua Bell with pianist Jeremy Denk 24 Paul Taylor Dance Company* 26 I Can’t Stop Loving You 27 Band of the U.S. Airforce Reserve 28 Hungarian Symphony Orchestra 29 Neil Sedaka 31 DRUM!* February 1 Tango Pasión* 5 Hamburg Symphony 6-11 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 13 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields 16 A Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald 16 Chicago Symphony Orchestra 17 Tom Chapin 19 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago* 19 Kristin Lee - Perlman Young Artist Series (Mertz Theatre) 20-21 Riverdance 22 Liza Minnelli 23 Kris Kristofferson & Rosanne Cash 25 The Jazz Singers featuring The Tierney Sutton Band and Carol Welsman 25 An Evening With Melissa Manchester 26 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Dance Company 27 Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight* 28 Atlanta Symphony

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Keep The Beat! André Watts Doc Severinsen Bowfire New Orleans Jazz Orchestra The Beach Boys Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway Itzhak Perlman Paul Anka

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Jazz on the Bay Event to be annouced soon Eartha Kitt The Four Freshmen Dick Hyman & Friends John Pizzarelli & The Swing Seven The Count Basie Orchestra

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National Philharmonic of Russia Mamma Mia! Russian National Ballet Theatre and OrchestraRomeo & Juliet* Hungarian State Folk Ensemble* Nana Mouskouri’s Farewell Tour Tom Jones

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Breakfast with the Arts (Cà d’Zan) 15 Family Fest on the Bay 15 Kenny Loggins 16 Rebecca Albers - Perlman Young Artist Series (Mertz Theatre) 17 Selby Gardens Wine Tasting 17-22 My Mother’s Italian... (Players Theatre)* 18 Wine is Art (M Gallery) 18 Ragamala Music and Dance Theater* 20 Paco Peña Flamenco Requiem* TBA Sixth Sense Late Night Party 24-29 Pluck in ‘The Specialist’ (Players Theatre)* 28 Hänsel & Gretel 30 Key Chorale and the Van Wezel present a gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi's monumental "Requiem"

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy,â&#x20AC;? said John Hunter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee ice cream.â&#x20AC;? His wife, Janet, agrees, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee is my favorite, too. We buy Breyers. Did you know that I went to five different restaurants in Chicago, and not one of them had coffee ice cream?â&#x20AC;? Both were at the Opening Night Gala 2006 Historic Asolo Theater Oct. 6.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dulce de Leche,â&#x20AC;? said Chef Tommy Klauber Oct. 5, at UCPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the Kitchen with Tommy and Phil,â&#x20AC;? at Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On East. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite used to be Häagen Dazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee Heath Bar. But now I like Dulce de Leche. And I mean the real thing like they have in South America.â&#x20AC;?

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by Marty Fugate | A&E Editor

a man for all

Edwards plans to challenge audiences. He expects them to return the compliment.


ichael Donald Edwards is the Asolo Repertory Company’s new producing director. His background is impressive. In the theater world, Edwards is a man-for–all seasons with serious credentials in everything for opera to Shakespeare to “Showboat.” But he’s stepping into the hard-to-fill shoes of Howard Millman, the troupe’s beloved outgoing director. 2006-2007 will be Edwards’ first season. To Edwards, the key fact about live theater is what it it’s not — mass entertainment. To him, that’s like comfort food. The prime examples are the comedies and drama on basic cable TV — formulaic programs with narrowly defined audiences and an implied social contract with

their viewers: Come back to us every week. We won’t challenge you. We’ll give you exactly what you expect. Edwards has nothing against TV. He just thinks that live theater shouldn’t try to do the job that TV does best. “If everybody loves everything, I suspect I’m not doing my job,” he says with a faint British accent. “Audiences shouldn’t love everything — that’s not what the theater’s for. What we’ve been saying to audiences is: Sometimes you need to leave your comfort zone. It’s OK. You’ll survive. You might even like it.” In his desire to afflict the comfortable, Edwards refuses to carve his play cycle or his audience into demographic chunks — a formula of percentages for various ages, incomes, ethnic groups and attitudes. He’ll have none of it — that’s TV thinking. He wants old people to see the new plays. He wants young people to see the classics. He wants to shake

things up. “There’s no one monolithic audience,” he says. “That’s an assumption. I want to speak to the whole community — not simply the Asolo’s core audience of supporters, but people who should be supporters.” Edwards plans to expand the Asolo’s audience with a season of eclectic plays. That’s only natural. Edwards has eclectic tastes. “I love to be engaged,” he says. “I love language; I love ideas; I love humor. I love plays with an erotic charge. I love political plays — but not when the playwright starts lecturing me. I love to be stimulated intellectually and I love to be entertained. I love new plays. I love opera. I love musicals. Above all, I love being challenged and provoked.” And in Edwards’ mind, that’s what audiences want, too. He plans to challenge them, but not talk down to them. He wants a dialogue instead. That’s why he’s created a series of open Town Hall meetings discussing issues ranging from profanity to patriotism that pop up in his selection of plays. He’s talking to the community. But he expects them to talk back. “I want the broadest possible crosssection of people to take ownership of this theater,” he says. “I want to reach everybody; I don’t want to lose anybody.

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the play’s the thing Michael Donald Edwards’ choices for the Asolo Rep’s upcoming season. Expect the unexpected.

‘Amadeus’ Peter Shaffer’s play runs from Nov. 11 to March 7. This tale of the persecution and death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the hands of Antonio Salieri isn’t historical — but neither is “Richard III” or “The Bridge Over the River Kwai.” Accept it for what it is and surrender to it. In the universe of this play, Salieri is the patron saint of mediocrities. He wants to honor God with his talent — except he doesn’t have much. But God lavished a superabundance of musical gifts on Mozart, a carnal, holy fool who hears the music of the angels in his head and just writes it down. It eats Salieri up, and he vows to get back at God by killing his beloved Mozart. Salieri does — he’s a mope at music, but a Machiavelli at revenge. But God and Mozart have the last laugh. Shaffer brilliantly weaves motifs from Mozart’s music and history’s detritus to create a disturbing masterpiece. Others have written about the hatred of the good. Shaffer captured it — from the point of view of a hateful hack. Brilliant.

‘Men of Tortuga’ Jason Wells’ play runs from Nov. 17 to March 8. These men curse, sell guns and occasionally shoot people. They’re very bad men. But it’s a good play, mixing cold truth and hot emotion. At times, that truth is painfully close to the news on CNN. Like the news, it’s also painfully funny. The plot is your basic caper-gone-bad. Three guys in the mercenary business have a power negotiation with a guy in the weapons business. Assassination is on the table. The mercenaries get the job and screw it up. That’s what you’d expect. But the devil (and the joke) is in the details. According to Edwards, Wells’ play was in embryonic form at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Edwards saw it, loved it and got it. This Asolo production is its world-premiere.

‘The Plexiglas Slipper’ Jim Luig’s musical runs from Nov. 25 to Jan. 4. Is that a hilarious title or what? It’s a take on “Cinderella,” of course. It’s a musical for the whole family, including families of one. Cinderella morphs into a contemporary babe in this fractured fairy tale — but the practical magic still works and Scott Warrender’s music is great. You’ll be tapping your Plexiglas slipper.

‘Nobody Doesn’t Like Yogi’ Ron Hutchinson’s play runs from Jan. 5 to Jan. 27. Yogi Berra was smarter than the average Chicago Bear — and had sense enough to be a New York Yankee. Marilyn Monroe may have married Joe DiMaggio, but America still loves Yogi — and still prefers baseball to soccer. Hutchinson’s play crawls under the horsehide skin of baseball’s mystique. His play is a strong medicine — and may induce episodes of childhood nostalgia and vivid sandlot memories in certain playgoers. It’s deja vu all over again.

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the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing

by Johelen Adley | Guest Writer

Working in the coal mine Musical play honors faith and fortitude â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire on the Mountain,â&#x20AC;? Randal Myler and Dan Wheetmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest musical play, explores the lives of Appalachiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coalminers and their families. The occupation has its downside: cave-ins on your head, coal dust in your lungs and backbreaking work. The only upside to the job is the spirit and determination the people bring to it. That indomitable spirit is the heart of this play. Using the minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own words (recorded in interviews and scoured from diaries and archives) and music (traditional standards and lost classics), Myler and Wheetman celebrate the will to survive. These are people who keep on keeping on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and keep singing, no matter what life throws at them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire on the Mountainâ&#x20AC;? sings with inventiveness and honesty. The minimal set is fashioned to look like a front porch (of a home or general store), complete with rocking chair. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no constant narrator. The singer/actors provide their own set-up: Each says a sentence or two of dialogue and goes on to sing a song. Two screens at left and right frame the action on stage with gritty, Margaret Bourke-Whitestyle photographs of the miners and their families. The songs range from bluegrass to blues to a soul-stirring a capella gospel number. They tell stories of hard work and hard times leavened by happy tunes sung at the church or union hall. As the musical play pro-

gressed, the mood shifted more and more blue. The songs began to speak of how terrible life could be in the mines â&#x20AC;&#x201C; chilling laments of cave-ins and other mine disasters. (But there were also some rousing strike songs and spirituals to keep the mood from getting too blue.) The songs also sang of the awful damage strip-mining did to Appalachia and the yearning in the hearts of the people for their ravaged land. Once the coal was ripped out, the land was played-out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no good for farming anymore. When the mines shut down, many were forced to move to look for jobs in the big cities. Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia had been their home. The songs break your heart with homesickness. There are lots of nice, authentic touches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and clear echoes of the hundreds of real people interviewed to create this play. One miner (played by Mike Regan) describing how he got bodies out of a mine after an explosion, then says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turn that thing off â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to talk about this anymore.â&#x20AC;? In one scene, a father tells his little boy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not following me in to the mines; Get your skinny ass back to school.â&#x20AC;? That advice isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t followed by a hug â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but miners werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t known for being huggy people. One of the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standouts was a scene in which three men sing of being trapped â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the Coal Creek Mineâ&#x20AC;? after a cave-in. Each sings in a spotlight; one by one, the light goes out on each man as he finishes his part of the song. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moving and chilling. Randal Myler (one of the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cocreators) is the director; Dan Wheet-

The songs range from bluegrass to blues to a soul-stirring a capella gospel number. They tell stories of hard work and hard times leavened by happy tunes sung at the church or union hall.

PLAYBILL â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fire on the Mountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Short version: Appalachia with authenticity. Where and when? Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota Through Dec. 1 For more information call 3669000. man (the other co-creator) is the musical director. Both do a fine job. The same could be said of the actors: Austin Ashbaugh, Mark Baczynski, Rob Barnes, Molly Andrews, Kim Crow, Jason Edwards, Brian Gunter, Jim Price and Mike Regan. (Thatcher Svekis alternates with Ashbaugh as the young boy. I caught a production with Ashbaugh, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure Svekis is great, too.) The acting is great â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so great it never felt like acting. The actors all hit the mark with their accents. They all have strong voices and put the material over with believability. Some standouts: Baczynski (as the fiddle player) and Edwards (as the guitar player) both knock your socks off; Andrews is amazing in various younger female roles. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a snappy clog dancer, and sings several strike songs with passion and authenticity. She really makes you feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re listening to a hillbilly woman air her grievances. Rob Barnes is also fine representing the unsung legion of African-American coal miners. Kudos also to designer Marcella Beckwith and lighting and scenic designer Michael Newton-Brown for creating such an evocative environment on stage. The play has sad songs, but if you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sad play, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given you the wrong impression. As Wheetman pointed out, the human race jumps into the fire and figures out what to do about it later. These people have been through the fire. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complain about it; they celebrate. See this play and you will, too.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Expecting Isabelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lisa Loomerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play runs from Jan. 19 to April 25. Cinderella had the stroke of midnight to worry about. Isabel has her own ticking clock â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the biological variety. Loomerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play explores the baby chase â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the drive that drives women to endure fertility experts, support groups, hormones and adoption facilitators if they must to procreate. This play is sly, sexy, contemporary and smart. And pregnant with meaning.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Few Good Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Aaron Sorkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play runs from Feb. 9 to May 5. Like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amadeus,â&#x20AC;? Sorkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-fisted play was eclipsed by the movie it spawned. Truth be told, his material works best as a play â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a courtroom drama, more argument than action. You know the drill: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s touchyfeely democracy survives in a hostile world thanks to a professional class of warriors paid to kill people and obey orders without question. America sticks its face in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hostility with its base at Guantanamo, Cuba. On that base, one Marine winds up dead at the hands of other Marines for the crime of being weak. Is it murder? Is weakness a luxury â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or is justice a necessity? The point is argued. You can handle the truth. See the play.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pride and Prejudiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Catherine Sheehyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adaptation of Jane Austenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel runs from March 23 to May 6. Ostentatious? No. Try to get over that painful episode with the Cliff Notes, a bottle of No-Doz and your martinet high school English teacher. Austen got the mix right. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just enough pride and just enough prejudice. Sheehy captured it. High school tedium aside, Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale of an independent young woman and the dashing Mr. Darcy speaks truth. In judging others we judge ourselves; pride is the enemy of joy. Jane Austen didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make that up. (Unlike other theater directors who see literature as a resource to be mined, Edwards plans to give Austen her due with a series of seminars and community-wide book readings. In the beginning was the word. Edwards hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forgotten.)

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jeffrey Hatcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical runs from May 11 to June 10. The year is 1966. Ella is Ella Fitzgerald â&#x20AC;&#x201D; young, gifted and black. She starts jamming with her favorite musicians. The country and its music starts changing in ways nobody expected. Ella is swept along â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the music never stops. What more do you want?

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Darwin in Malibuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Crispin Whittellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play runs from May 16 to June 10. In the 1980s, a band called Devo argued that evolution was going backwards. Southern California proved its point. Imagine Darwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction if he were suddenly transported there. Now imagine a battle for his immortal soul. The playwright did.

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Salon showcases Schumann and some redemption The Florida West Coast Symphony presented its first Salon Afternoon of chamber music last week, with a dash of this group and a smattering of that one so we’d get a taste of each small ensemble at the start of the new season. A good idea but sometimes the best-laid plans of mice and musicians don’t always win the cheese. Things got off to a rocky start with the final two moveJUNE ments from the gloriLeBELL ous Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat, Opus 47. This is one of the best loved pieces of chamber music ever written and it’s hard to hear it in an incomplete state. Perhaps that’s why the New Artists Piano Quartet — pianist Jonathan Spivey, violinist Jennifer Best, violist Matthew Pegis and cellist Christopher Schnell — fell so far short of its usual performance standard. Starting with the beautifully lush, romantic and melodic third movement is a little like starting in the middle of a poem, and the quartet sounded out of sorts, clunky and just plain unmusical throughout this and the finale. We know they’re better than that and look forward to their redemption later on in the season. The Florida Wind Quintet — flutist Betsy Hudson Traba, clarinetist Bharat Chandra, oboist Adam De Sorgo, bassoonist Fernando Traba and newly arrived hornist Andrew Karr — did a bang-up job of playing Anton Reicha’s Quintet, Opus 88, No. 2, in E-flat. This is what chamber music is all about and these wonderful musicians had all the give and take, understanding and sen-

sitivity that Reicha called for. There was good definition, with each instrument taking a turn speaking in gracious sentences and answering each other with the kind of musical poise that allows individuality and blend like the kind of delicious dishes the composer probably ate while in residence at the Paris Conservatory where he taught the likes of Liszt, Berlioz and Franck. Beethoven was up next and cellist Christopher Pegis prepared us for one of the composer’s oddest works, The Grosse Fugue in B-flat, Opus 133. His warning — and that’s just what it was — included a description of music that would “ … stop and start with ideas cutting off in mid-stream.” Pegis said, “We’ll never really know if this piece was an enormous joke on Beethoven’s part or whether he was serious … ” and also seriously too deaf to know what it sounded like. And, as a last salvo fired at the audience before he took his seat with his cohorts in the Florida String Quartet — violinists Daniel Jordan and Christopher Takeda, and violist Yuri Vasilaki — Pegis added, “It’s kind of a pain in the butt to play, but it’s Beethoven.” He wasn’t kidding. Whether it was a musical joke or not, the Grosse Fugue is a serious leap of more than a century for Beethoven and, at times, sounds more like Webern and Schoenberg than a composer who was a contemporary of Mozart. Beethoven ahead of his time? As Chris Pegis said, “Who knows.” In any case, the Florida String Quartet did a yeoman job with this raucous and relentless music that sounds, in anyone’s deft hands, almost impossible to comprehend, no less play. The final work of the afternoon was Nino Rota’s “Nonetto” performed with great cheer and spirit by, you guessed it, nine musicians from the Florida West

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The Florida String Quartet: Yuri Vasilaki, Christopher Pegis, Christopher Tekada and Daniel Jordan. Coast Symphony: flutist Hudson-Traba, clarinetist Chandra, oboist De Sorgo, bassoonist Traba, hornist Laurence Soloway (for the winds) and violinist Best, violist Matthew Pegis, cellist Schnell and bassist John Miller (for the strings). Rota is best known for his dozens of films scores — “Amarcord,” “Juliet of the Spirits,” and Fellini’s “Roma” to name just three — but he also wrote songs, ballets, operas, chamber works, concertos and symphonies. His “Nonetto” is pure Italian joy, sounding like a tipsy Verdi with imaginative, twists and turns that take us through the Italian countryside and into the gypsy-haunted hillsides of Sicily. It’s serious music taken outdoors, re-

freshed and imbued with humor and an Italianate insouciance that seems to flip us the bird and pat us on the back at the same time. This was a particularly wonderful performance and it made me wonder at the weirdness of the opening Schumann, which featured some of the same musicians. Perhaps redemption came even sooner than expected. June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as “Today in New York,” “Salute to the Arts” and “The Sound of Broadway.”

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Amanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Backlot Arts Inc. hosts worldrenowned contemporary artist Yoshitaka Amano from Japan to open an interactive gallery show of his works Friday, Oct. 13. An opening night party, Symbiosis, will introduce guests to Amano from 5 to 8 p.m. Â Tickets are available online at or by calling 363-9300. Tickets are $30 or $100 with access to the VIP suite serving sushi and sake. The Amanoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Gallery is located at 8440 N. Tamiami Trail, across from the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (the former Joyland). Longboat Key Center for the Arts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women Contemporary Artists Exhibitâ&#x20AC;? offers a fresh perspective through Oct. 27, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picture Thisâ&#x20AC;? features art by Ed Parker and Mitch Yadveruns through Oct. 31, at the Glen Gallery. A combined artists reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct 13. 383-2345. Katharine Butler Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winners Circle. Art by Kay Campbell and Paola Bariâ&#x20AC;? (the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2006 juried exhibition award-winners) is on exhibit through Nov. 4. The artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception is from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. 955-4546. Anna Maria Island Art League â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Faculty Open Exhibit.â&#x20AC;? The artists who teach show their stuff from Oct. 13 through

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Nov. 3. 778-2099. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Encore: The Art of the Historic Asolo Theaterâ&#x20AC;? runs through Jan. 7. 359-5700. South Florida Museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven.â&#x20AC;? Seven Florida artists share their unique perspectives on Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fragile ecosystems. Runs through Jan. 14. 746-4131. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annual Ringling Faculty Exhibition I.â&#x20AC;? Art teachers prove they also are art-makers through Oct. 14. 359-7563. Art Center Sarasota â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition.â&#x20AC;? Acclaimed artists display their visions through Oct. 14; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Denny Arant.â&#x20AC;? This retrospective of work by the late Nokomis artist, runs concurrently. 365-2032. ArtCenter Manatee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Stuff.â&#x20AC;? Area potters exhibit their ceramic creations through Oct. 13. 746-2862. Arts Council of Manatee County â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Agowatiha: See.â&#x20AC;? Anita Wexlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art cleanses the soul through Oct. 29. 746-2223. Center for Arts & Humanities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Artists.â&#x20AC;? Paintings by Jamie Friedli and Jill Hoffman-Kowal are on exhibit through Oct. 27. 365-5118. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jamie Kirkell: The Orchid and the Iris.â&#x20AC;? Kirkellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vivid floral paintings are on exhibit through Nov. 29. 366-5731. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impulse.â&#x20AC;? View abstract paintings by Chris Skura, Macyn Bolt, Bianca Pratorius and others through Oct. 29. 366-2093. Dabbert Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fine Art Nudes.â&#x20AC;? This exhibit of nude paintings, drawings and bronzes runs through Oct. 31. 9551315. Greene Contemporary â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dave Piurek.â&#x20AC;? The artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masterful still lifes are on view through Oct. 28. 365-9406. Art Uptown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barrington DeMers: Abstract, Digital Art.â&#x20AC;? Digital art is on-line through Oct. 13. 955-5409. Palm Avenue Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eric Boyer.â&#x20AC;? Boyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sensual wire-mesh sculpture captures the human form through Nov. 2. 953-5757. Peter Paul Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Painted Word.â&#x20AC;? Kevin Dean, Gwendolyn Fryer, Tony Rice and others meld text and image through Oct. 27. 955-8071.


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Sarasota Ballet of Florida â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Othello.â&#x20AC;? Sarasota Ballet opens its season with Artistic Director Robert De Warrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choreographed version of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chilling tragedy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Othelloâ&#x20AC;? runs Oct. 20 through Oct. 29, at FSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Performing Arts. 351-8000 or toll free at 1-800-361-8388.


Golden Apple Dinner Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Full Monty.â&#x20AC;? Strip or starve? A group of unemployed construction workers face the naked truth through Nov. 12. 366-5454. Florida Studio Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire On The Mountain.â&#x20AC;? This passionate musical explores the lives of Appalachian coal miners in their own words and music through Dec. 1, at Florida Studio Theatre. 366-9000. Backlot Theater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Short Play Festival.â&#x20AC;? Sarasota Actors Workshop presents an edgy assortment of short plays through Oct. 15. 363-9300. Manatee Players â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweeney Todd.â&#x20AC;? Stephen Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demon Barber of Fleet Streetâ&#x20AC;? takes a little off the top

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Gregg Allman pays his dues at the Sarasota Blues Festival

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If you want to play the blues youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to pay your dues. This year, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be playing the blues from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Ed Smith Stadium. (Blues fans note â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new location.) Headliners include: Gregg Allman, Magic Slim, Maria Muldaur, and Devon Allmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Honeytribe. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring coolers. 954-4104.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Day of the Deadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

The Day of the Dead comes alive in this exhibit of edgy digital art running from Oct. 24 through Nov. 25, at Art Center Sarasota. 365-2032.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Looking Forward: Looking Backâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

This compelling exhibit of art by Peppi Elona, Joseph Melancon, Bill Buchman, Dasha Reich and others opens from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at State of the Arts Gallery. 955-2787. through Oct. 29. 748-5875. Venice Little Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seussical,The Musical.â&#x20AC;?The original Seuss-sayer offers advice through Oct. 15; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fools.â&#x20AC;? Neil Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farcical folk tale runs through Oct. 22. 488-1115.


Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superstarzz.â&#x20AC;? Ray Parker Jr., Craig Chaquico and Warren Hill team up for a stellar smooth jazz concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 953-3368. Florida West Coast Symphony â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Radio Days.â&#x20AC;? The symphony dials in nostalgia with hits like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boogie Woogie Bugle Boyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chattanooga Choo Choo,â&#x20AC;? at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Van Wezel. 953-3434. Backlot Theater â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Royal Jazz Series.â&#x20AC;? The Michael Royal Trio performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. 363-9300. Jazz Club of Sarasota â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jazz at Two.â&#x20AC;? This swinging afternoon jam session takes place at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Sarasota Municipal Auditoriumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bayfront Room; Jim Cullum Jazz Band performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Temple Sinai. 366-1552. Manatee Players â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Leon Merian performs a jazz concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 748-5875.

just for fun

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handz-on Family Program.â&#x20AC;? Kids and families get up-close and personal with art from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. 359-5700.

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Dining 11B

RECIPE AND A RESERVATION by Stephanie Finnan | Staff Writer “Our knowledge is what’s most important for the customer,” Pizzuto said about the frequent wine classes the staff is required to attend in order to best help the customer chose from more than 150 bottles of wine.

The Grape owner Richard Pizzuto, center, stands with wine bar Manager Marc Ingalls, left, and kitchen Manger Joe Stout. Photos by Stephanie Finnan

Richard Pizzuto Owner Richard Pizzuto skillfully executes The Grape’s unique and exciting concept — with copious servings of wine. THE OWNER A unique idea will grab anyone’s attention, especially an intuitive businessman like Richard Pizzuto, owner of The Grape at the Plaza at Five Points. Hailing from Philadelphia, Pizzuto spent his career as an entrepreneur, running a manufacturing company, gas stations and flower shops,

until he settled down for retirement. But, the distinct concept of The Grape grabbed enough of his attention to pull him right back out of retirement. After discovering The Grape’s Web site, Pizzuto traveled to Atlanta to experience the wine bar with an eclectic menu for himself. The corporation had already scouted the Sarasota location, and Pizzuto — a recent transplant to the area — was the perfect match to head up the operation. Pizzuto said he knows it takes an entire team to run a successful business, and focuses on training that essential team. The educated staff is the key to the downtown sensation, including wine bar Manager Marc Ingalls and kitchen Manager Joe Stout.

RESTAURANT After first opening in Atlanta in October 2000, The Grape quickly franchised in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and North Carolina. The Grape offers a unique concept that combines two separate businesses under one roof: a wine bar and retail store. The downtown Sarasota location’s city-chic atmosphere has a non-intimidating attitude that presents the customer with a wine-classification guide. If you are not knowledgeable about wine, the best aspect of The Grape is trying before you buy. If you enjoy a certain glass of wine, visit the retail store and purchase that bottle. With a motto of “Your Taste Is All That Counts,” The Grape also offers a full menu of small-plate gourmet fare, including smoked salmon, Mediterranean grilled veggie pitas and chicken and portobello quiche. “The focus is on the wine, and the food is meant to complement the wine,” Ingalls said. Sarasota proves to be a perfect location for The Grape, with the level of income and the right type of client the city has to offer. The Grape offers fun weekly events that include the Wednesday Grape Crush, with special wine trios and complimentary appetizers; Saturday Grapes by the Bunch, with specially selected wines; Grape edutainment; and monthly wine dinners. The prime location on Main Street is the place to people-watch while enjoying a unique glass of wine and listening to live music.

Chicken Mediterranean Quesadillas Ingredients: Pita cut in half and separated, spread with garlic butter 2 slices of provolone 2 tablespoons of garlic butter Chicken breast, cooked and diced Feta cheese, diced Crushed red pepper Sun-dried tomato pesto Procedure: Coat each pita with garlic butter. Place one slice of provolone on bottom half. Spread mixture on top of provolone. Place one slice of provolone on top of chicken mix. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes

RESERVATIONS The Grape at the Plaza at Five Points 1413 Main Street, Sarasota 364-9463 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

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The Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006

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Drawing entries and tickets to the St. Jude Gournet Luncheon can be purchased at Le Tennique at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive; The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive; The Market, 6812 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Sea Stable, 3170 Gulf of Mexico Drive; SunTrust Bank, 510 Bay Isles Road; Sarasota Olive Store, 1419 Fourth St., Sarasota; The Sarasota Observer, 1517 State St. CAR DRAwing Rules: Drawing conducted pursuant to F.s. 849.0935. Conducted by the Kiwanis Club of longboat Key, Box 8097, longboat Key, 34228, as a project benefiting the st. Jude Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Research Hospital. Car donated by gettel Toyota, longboat Key. Drawing to be held at 1:45 p.m., nov. 11 at the st. Jude gourmet luncheon, 567 Bay isles Road, longboat Key, Fla., 34228. You do not need to be present to win. no purchase necessary. For more information, contact Matt walsh, Kiwanis Club of longboat Key, 941/383-5509, ext. 23.

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Thursday, october 12, 2006


This Birdie Lane home with a three-car garage led to the discovery of Country Club Shores’ expired covenants and restrictions.

by Larry Burke | City Editor


Disagreement When a homeowner decided to build a three-car garage, Country Club Shores Unit V residents found out their deed restrictions no longer apply.The dispute to revive them has persisted for nearly two years.


esidents of Country Club Shores Unit V soon will be choosing sides — all because of a three-car garage. For the past two years, the property owners in this northernmost section of Country Club Shores have been in a quiet dispute over the expiration — much to their surprise — of the 129-lot community’s deed restrictions and covenants. More specifically, the dispute has centered on how to revive the covenants and whether any wording and restrictions in the original covenants should be changed. The dispute, in some instances, has pitted neighbor against neighbor. Three association board members resigned in May. And one former board member’s spouse, who declined to be identified, said the dispute has cost the couple friends. This is not just a neighborhood dispute. What’s happening in Country Club Shores Unit

V is likely to play out in older, deed-restricted neighborhoods all over Florida.

How it began The genesis of the Country Club Shores dispute goes back to 1963, when the Legislature enacted the Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA). The intent of the act was to simplify property title searches by clearing old defects, limiting the period of record searches and putting unclaimed interests to rest on residential homes. A search would no longer have to go back more than 30 years to check for a title’s clarity. One consequence of MRTA, however, was its impact on the covenants and restrictions of planned developments. As the residents of Country Club Shores Unit V in on south Longboat Key found out two years ago, MRTA left their association without the legal authority to enforce their

covenants and restrictions. In some developments, such as Country Club Shores, when the developer deeded the property to an initial buyer, the legal description usually used in the deed only referenced the plat and not the recorded covenants and restrictions. When that initial purchaser conveyed his title to a buyer, the same legal description originally used by the developer was put on the subsequent deed. Thus, the

covenants and restrictions were not found in the title chain for that property and as a result, they were not enforceable. Numerous lawsuits ensued over the years after MRTA’s conception. Associations encountered problems with collecting special assessments, restricting colors of houses and other enforcement issues. So in 1997, the Legislature passed an amendment that gave

Photos by Larry Burke

associations a statutory mechanism to extend their covenants and restrictions before they were set to expire. In 2004, the Legislature also gave communities another amendment that established a procedure to revive an association’s covenants and restrictions that were rendered unenforceable.

Three-car garage

All of these legislative maneuverings came into play two years ago in Country Club Shores, when a new homeowner wanted

See Unit V page 2C

The outcome of Country Club Shores, Unit V’s quest to reinstate its covenants and restrictions could have statewide implications for residential homeowners.

2C Neighborhood

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006

Unit 5 continued from 1C to build a three-car garage. At the time, the homeowners’ association denied his request, saying two-car garages were the maximum permitted in Country Club Shores’ deed restrictions. But the homeowner knew of MRTA’s existence and submitted his permitting application to the town of Longboat Key. The town approved the permit, and the garage was built. The homeowners’ association board members were unaware of MRTA and found themselves lacking the legal authority to enforce the development’s covenants and restrictions. Understanding the magnitude of property owners who were now able to ignore the rules and authority of the homeowners’ association, not to mention the potential lawsuits, the board began to take steps to keep the development’s original covenants in tact.

Board takes action On Feb. 24, the organizing committee for the Country Club Shores Association Unit V Inc. distributed packets to all of the homeowners, whose properties comprised four sections of Unit V. That committee was made up of then-President Richard Paladino, Jim Tay and Dr. Charles Troup. The correspondence explained the expiration of covenants and restrictions and the need to reinstitute them. Along with the proposed restated and revived covenants, the packet contained the community’s articles of incorporation, amendments, amended by-laws, maps

Aerial view of Country Club Shores Courtesy

of each section of Unit V and a ballot to approve or disapprove the proposed covenants. Homeowners were told the board unanimously approved the proposed revived covenants, and with 51% approval by lot owners, the revived covenants would be submitted to the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for approval.

Homeowners react At the March 28 Country Club Shores annual meeting, resident Bradford Saivetz indicated that while the proposal had been discussed by the board of directors, that discussion occurred without an invitation for residents to provide input. Further, Saivetz says, the organizing committee and board, without authority,

restated some of the covenants and added restrictions, something his original set of documents did not have. Saivetz has owned his Golf Links Lane home in Section 3 of Unit V since 1991. Saivetz said that many of the newly inserted restrictions were adopted from the Section 4 covenants. Those covenants differed from those of Section 3. But Saivetz said they were now being proposed for all sections. In addition, he said, some existing restrictions in the original covenants were eliminated from the proposed ones. Paladino, who no longer is president, declined to comment. Saivetz urged his fellow Country Club Shores residents at the

meeting to reject the restated and revived covenants. Central to his opposition was that under the old documents, individual and different covenants are in place for each of the four sections in Unit V. He said those differences should remain. In other words, he wanted no changes to any of the original covenants. Those who favored the modified covenants said the proposed changes would make things more uniform throughout the 11-block neighborhood. In Saivetz’s view, each section is its own neighborhood and combining them would create more problems. He and others who support keeping the original covenants have suggested that action to revive, extend or amend covenants

rests on the owners within each subdivision. Saivetz contends the duties and obligations of the master homeowners’ association are only to police and enforce each unit’s covenants. Saivetz argues in favor of owners within a subdivision with its own set of covenants forming their own organizing committee and submitting the original covenants to DCA. Once the state approves the revived covenants, Saivetz says, the 2004 law would give homeowners the mechanism to amend them in a subsequent vote of the lot owners. At a special homeowners’ meeting in late May, homeowners voted to hold off submitting the revised covenants and restrictions until this winter, when more residents would be back on the Key.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006

After the meeting, association President Paladino resigned, saying greater progress could be made without him. Board member Greg Watson resigned also, citing increased time needed for his job. Board member Don Smith resigned for personal reasons. That left two board members, who in turn appointed three new board members. The new members are Judith Gofman, who lives on Putting Green; Longboat Key Vice Mayor Lee Rothenberg; and Tom Fuorry, of Bogey Lane. Gofman is president. On June 13, in spite of the public opposition, the new board filed with DCA the revised covenants that Saivetz and others opposed. Board President Gofman declined to comment. Saivetz followed that June 26 with a formal objection to the DCA, urging the DCA to reject the revived covenants. “We’re sick of getting jerked around by these people,” Saivetz said.

What’s next On Aug. 10, the DCA denied the proposal, saying that the material submitted did not meet the statutory requirements. The DCA referred to some provisions that were more restrictive than in the original documents and that it appeared to change the voting interests of some owners from those that they held in the original document. The homeowners’ association for Unit V has since hired a new attorney, Sharon S. Vander Wulp of Venice, who is, according to Saivetz, preparing to file the original,

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Section 2 Wedge Lane Chipping Lane

Section 4 Putter Lane (Northside lots)

expired covenants and restrictions now on record. Vander Wulp’s assistant said she declined to comment on the issue. Gofman said residents will receive a letter soon outlining the situation. Meantime, Saivetz and four other residents formed their own Section 3 organizing committee and have prepared their own proposed revived covenants proposal specifically for their subdivision. The committee has twice forwarded their proposal to Gofman for inclusion into the new master proposal for covenants and restrictions but has not heard back from her. Saivetz has submitted Section 3’s proposal with the hope that the other three sections will do the same and provide the master proposal with their individual proposals, as well. If the association does not respond, Saivetz says his committee is prepared to file it.

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MAinlAnD - bAyfront Villa Azura captures the enduring charm of Tuscany on Sarasota Bay. Minutes from culture & fine dining. A 2,200 SF. master suite, 4 guest rooms, wading and lap pool with spa, wine room, 8-car garage, 45'. boat capacity, rich woods, natural stone & marble. $4,975,000. ritZ cArlton hotel resiDence Major price reduction! PIED-A-TERRE at the Ritz Carlton. Direct unobstructed Bay views overlooking Marina Jack and Golden Gate Point. Be surprised how spacious and open. Completely furnished ready for immediate enjoyment. Take advantage of the Ritz services and amenities. Conveniently located with walking distance to cultural activities, fine dining and shopping. $1,149,000. $1,039,000. lonGboAt Key WinDWArD bAy ATTENTION BOATERS! Wonderful Bay front setting for this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo $439,000 $349,000. MAinlAnD - oyster bAy New Construction, 3872 sq. ft. with pool and spa $1,699,000. sAnctuAry - BEACHFRONT OUTSTANDING VALUES Behind Gates of Longboat Key Club. Spectacular Gulf, Sunset and Sunrise views from these 3 BD, 2.5 BA residences with large terraces. Ready for immediate enjoyment. $1,499,000 – $2,595,000. MAinlAnD - oAKs preserVe - Championship golf plus Bay & nature preserve views. Private NW corner unit Gulf unobstructed views of Intracoastal and of Siesta Key. 3 BD plus den or separate dining room. Newly renovated clubhouse, minutes from downtown. $875,000. MAinlAnD - the lAnDinGs eAGles point - 3BD/2BA, beautifully appointed, overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway & lights of Siesta Key. Crown molding, eat-in kitchen & custom closets, with amenities of 8 Har-tru tennis courts, clubhouse heated pool, exercise facility & nature trail. Minutes from Downtown & Siesta Key. $699,000 388-2331

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Water Club II condo sells for $1.8 million Despite only eight sales on the upper, offshore Sarasota keys the week of Sept. 18, three were for more than $1.25 million. Leading the way was the $1.8 million sale of apartment 805 at the 11-story, 86-unit Water Club II. Susan Dweck, of 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive, purchased the condominium from Patricia K. and Jerome J. Heppelmann from Chester Springs, Pa. The three-bedroom, three-bath apartment at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1999. The Heppelmanns acquired the KENT condo for $1,525,000 in December LBK Ad for LBO 8/25/06 4:50 $275,000 PM Page 1on the sale CHETLAIN 2004, to gross

in just one year and 10 months.

$1,375,000 at Players Club IV The 23-year-old apartment 201 in phase four of the 134-unit Players Club, 1425 Gulf of Mexico Drive, was sold by Barbara A. and Norman Gross for $1,375,000. Purchasing the three-bedroom, four-bath condo were Longboat Key’s Laura and Ronald Frank. The Grosses bought the apartment in April 1991 for $495,000, to pocket a gross profit of $880,000 on the sale after 15 ½ years.

Sanctuary IV unit brings $1.25 million Mary and John Salpietra, of Rochester Hills, Mich., bought Unit 207 in the fourth building of the 186-apartment Sanctuary condominium for $1.25 million. Doro-

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Apartment 805 at the Water Club II has three bedrooms, three baths and sold for $1.8 million.

Teri Sax, realtor® 228-5578 366-8070

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Beach Harbor Club. Charmingly updated and furnished 2 bedroom/2 bath ground floor condo. Featuring a spacious kitchen, full laundry room, walk-in closets, and sunny private patio. Other ameThe Castillian nities include a fully equipped Heart stopping views from every clubhouse, heated pool, fitness room in this beautifully updated center, boat docks with fishing and furnished 2 bedroom/2 bath pier and direct access to private beach front condo. Featuring beach. $439,900. large eat-in kitchen with bay views and recessed ceiling, West of the Trail Gem. ample storage, spacious Handsomely remodeled 3 screened balcony, best bedroom/2 bath home with under building parking space, loads of features including a heated pool and much more! stunning kitchen, crown mold$895,000. ings, Florida room, large fenced lot and partial bay view. Solid Port Charlotte. rental history. $559,000. Build your dream home on this 20,000 sq. ft. parcel in highly Location is Everything!! desirable neighborhood. One Situated on Country Club block from water and just min- Shores widest and most scenic utes from restaurants, shops, canal, this 3 bedroom/2 bath and schools. $138,000. home has been lovingly cared for. Over 2000 sq. ft. including Brevard County. Florida room. Invisible fence, Strategically located 1 acre lot large lot, partial bay view, and in highly sought after Valkaria deeded beach access. Great vaAcres. Area is seeing great cation home, island residence, interest from investors. $45,000 or rental. $1,285,000.

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Stephanie Finnan

This home at 548 Outrigger Lane in Country Club Shores has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and sold for $900,000. thy T. McMullen, of Midlothian, Va., sold the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath condominium on the Gulf at 535 Sanctuary Drive. The condominium was developed off Longboat Club Road in 1990 by Yale Properties Inc., of Boca Raton.

Country Club Shores The market is such that you can buy a seawalled, waterfront home in the 420lot Country Club Shores for less than $1 million. Barbara R. and Gregg A. Kaplan demonstrated this during the third week in September, when they paid $900,000 to Willadean M. Gallert, of Grand Rapids, Mich., for her 41-year-old waterfront home at 548 Outrigger Lane. The three-bedroom, two-bath house with a swimming pool proved a good long-term investment for Gallert. After owning the home for 16 ½ years, she received $621,000 more than the $279,000 she paid for it in March 1990.

Islander Club Jenny Walder and her husband, Sigmund, of 1301 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sold their Unit 101-N at the 12-story, 140unit Island Club of Longboat Key, 2295 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $850,000. Gerald R. McMullen, 2301 Gulf of Mexico Drive, purchased the 36-year-old, twobedroom and two-bath apartment.

Sleepy Lagoon Angela M. and Matthew J. Bovenzi, of Sterling, Mass., bought the north Key home at 6568 Gulfside Road from Jeanette M. Findysz of Naperville, Ill., for $800,000. The two-bedroom, two-bath home was fist constructed in 1968, and later improved and updated in 1974. The structure has 2,701 square feet under roof, including 2,360 of living space.

Fractional sale In a “fractional interest” purchase, Eugene A. Nock, 835 Tarawitt Drive, acquired David M. Lopez’s interest in the nearby 28-year-old two-bedroom, two-


bath home at 810 Tarawitt Drive for just $1,000. The transaction apparently was a part of Nock’s $750,000 purchase from Lopez of his 23-year-old, three-bedroom, threebath home at 4003 Riverview Blvd. W. in Bradenton’s Riverview Terrace subdivision.

History repeats itself The current state of the area’s real-estate scene recalls a couple of old sayings: “History repeats itself,” and “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” In the wake of Sept. 11, our friend Bob Norwine, the realty sage of Bird Key, wrote in his real-estate newsletter of October 2001: “Some owners will have to sell below prices of a year ago. In many cases the losses can be acceptable in light of the way properties have appreciated in recent years. Assuming they do not have to sell, the owners will face the dilemma of whether to sell now, in a very slow market, or gamble that the market will improve.” The observation is just as pertinent today as it was five years ago.

‘Speculators drove up prices’ Today, Norwine writes: “These are interesting times in the real-estate world. It’s the first time in my 34 years in the business that most of the housing inventory was bought up by speculators and investors (2005). The public has more discretionary money than at any previous time, and they bought properties after the prices were run up by the speculators — hence, the problem today with so many overpriced properties on the market.” To quote another old adage: “Only time will tell.” 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. Completion scheduled for Oct ’06. 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. LONGBOAT GULF FRONT LOT - This estate property is 1.4 acres w/potential to divide into 2 lots w/425’ of beach. MLS#302610 $6,450,000 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 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 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 $2,995,000 LONGBOAT KEY BAY ISLES - Mediterranean design home located on deepwater w/fabulous master suite, living room, dining room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, large family room w/wet bar & fireplace, volume ceilings, marble floors, heated pool, spa, dock & use of the private Gulf front Beach Club. MLS#321002 $2,820,000 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 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 $1,400,000 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

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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

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FAIRWAY BAY - Charming villa w/fireplace, skylights, high ceilings, wood floors, private patio leading to the pool, deeded beach access & spacious two car garage. MLS#320228 $549,000

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REAL ESTATE REPORTS Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is pleased to welcome Harold Dallou to its University Parkway Office. Dallou, GRI, is joining the office as a broker associate, and will specialize in residential property sales in Sarasota Harold Dallou and Manatee. Michelle Crabtree, PMN, GRI, ABR, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, participated in the two-day Leadership Academy in Chicago, Ill., sponsored by the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council of Realtors. Crabtree is presidentelect of Sarasota Chapter of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council Michelle Crabtree of Realtors.

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Bayfront Lot with this view for $2.4 MiLLion!!!


Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 â&#x20AC;˘ Longboat Key FL. 34228


John Brazelton

Cindy Migone

Courtney Piana

SKY Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty, the Sarasota-based luxury real estate brokerage firm, welcomes new agents John Brazelton, Cindy Migone and Courtney Piana. Brazelton and Piana work in the New Homes Division and handle sales for Devonshire Park, the new residential development located in Laurel Park. Migone is a residential sales associate. Inc., for ranking in the top 1000 sales associates nationwide for the second quarter of 2006. RE/MAX Gulfstream Realtyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Deborah Coupland-Porter, Realtor, CRS, CNHS, has just been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representative des-

ignation, the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. Of the top 100 teams for RE/MAX offices in the State of Florida, the Travis and Smith Group of RE/MAX Gulfstream Realty was ranked number 38 in July of 2006. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stephanie Finnan

TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address




566 Jessmyth Drive


James L. Brown

615 Dream Island Road


Larry Baker


891 Longboat Club Road Alteration

Cyrus Ansary


5055 GMD


Joseph Dillon


3360 GMD


Anthony Ridley


3010 Grand Bay Blvd.


William Siebecker


230 Sands Point Road


Inn on the Beach Condo Assoc. $36, 808

210 Sands Point Road


Inn on the Beach Condo Assoc. $36, 808

525 Bay Isles Parkway


Dead River Properties Inc.


761 Tarawitt Drive


Robert Treonis


3400 GMD


Michael Haycock


2120 Harbourside Drive


Jeanne Fox


2110 Harbourside Drive


Ruth Perretti


1045 GMD


William West


5055 GMD


Joseph Freed


1560 Harbor Cay Lane


Richard Baierlein


2110 Harbourside Drive


Shirley Mikaelian


2110 Harbourside Drive


John Stepp


680 Lyons Lane


Farida Syed


1281 GMD


Susan Dweck


5250 GMD


Banyan Bay Club Assoc.


775 Longboat Club Road Alteration

Mirella Fuda


801-807 Bayport Way


Richard Bechtold


600 Sutton Place


Patricia Bergen


2110 Harbourside Drive


Loretta Codella


2110 Harbourside Drive


Norman Sommers


2110 Harbourside Drive


Lee Rosenberg


2120 Harbourside Drive


Karmel Sarasota Inc.


1191 Bogey Lane


Molly Schechter


2110 Harbourside Drive


Paul Giusti


2120 Harbourside Drive


James Dierks


850 Spanish Drive


Barry Napiecek


818-826 Bayport Way


Irving Fenster


742-750 Bayport Way


Stephen Sills


100 Sands Point Road


Success Group Inc.


2055 GMD


Benjamin Katz


5155 GMD


Revocable Trust Agreement FBO $2,300

784 Dream Island Road


Lorraine Uihlein


3060 GMD


Neal Stubbs


1620 GMD


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STORE AROUND THE CORNER by Stephanie Finnan | Staff Writer

A step above St. Armands Circle shoe boutique, Foot Lites, is not your run-of-the-mill shoe store, delivering a fun fashion experience. Finding a store that sells uncommon shoes while on a sole stroll can be thrilling. For some unique footwear in creative styles — both comfortable and casual — and the latest trends in foot fashion, visit Foot Lites on St. Armands Circle. “We carry a great assortment that you won’t see in chain stores,” said Norman Gassman, owner of Foot Lites, with his artist wife, Stephanie. The veteran shoe purveyor began in the shoe business 40 years ago, and owned five stores in Ohio. He moved to Sarasota in 2002 to “semi-retire,” but relaxing proved to be too difficult after a life full of busy working days. Shortly after moving to the area, Gassman opened Foot Lites, and has since experienced steady growth. The store offers diverse lines, and aims to provide for every taste. Foot Lites offers the latest fashion styles, but the focus of the inventory is on comfort. It features Crocs, La Plume, Earth shoes and Quark shoes. “This is a fun place — we want people to feel welcome and warm,” Gassman said. The rare selection of shoes, fun décor and creative displays makes the store worth a trip to St. Armands — even during season.

Storeowner Norman Gassman showcases the famous table that attracts so much attention at Foot Lites.

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A Golf & Country Club Community

Address: 313 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle


Hours: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday Phone: 388-1228

What the business is known for: Unique shoes and artistic additions — known as “the store with the floor,” referring to the mosaic tile entrance designed by Gassman’s artist wife, Stephanie. Price Range: $30 to $90

offered at $


2BR/2BA/DEN, plantation shutters, neutral tile, Berber carpet, spacious Master bed & bath, large screened lanai and deck overlooking lake. Furniture negotiable. GREAT RENTAL POTENTIAL TOO! Call Maggie Nasser 941.780.1006

newly paInted & pRoFessIonally decoRated VIlla w/VIew and pool! offered at $


Over 1700 sq. ft. 2/3 BR. 3BA, maple cabinetry, crown, water view, 2 screened patios, beautifully and fully furnished. Move right in and love life today! Great rental potential too! call Mike Edwards 941.356.4407

$75K Below RepRodUctIon cost! offered at $


Beautiful great room, NEVER OCCUPIED, granite, cherry cabinets, center island, til, crown, built-ins, surround sound, shutters, 3 full baths, 2/3 bedrooms. 2 & 1/2 garage, dining, pool & spa with a fabulous water view! call Maggie Nasser 941.780.1006

what MoRe can a BUyeR asK FoR? offered at $


This 2BR/2BA/DEN Maintenance Free home is in “model like” condition. Nicely upgraded, professionally decorated, fabulous water view, heated pool, 2 1/2 car garage offering plenty of room for golf cart or storage, mature landscaping and easy to show. PRICED TO SELL! (furniture negotiable) call Maggie Nasser 941.780.1006

MaIntenanceFRee lIVInG at Its Best


Year founded: 1970 in Cincinnati

MaIntenanceFRee VIlla wIth laKe VIew


Owner: Norman Gassman


2BR/2BA/DEN w/expanded caged lanai & tranquil lake view. Private courtyard, neutral colors, light, bright and ready for season. Vacant & easy to show. Furniture neg. call Maggie Nasser 780.1006

Line of business: Moderately priced women’s and children’s fashion footwear, with an emphasis on comfort.



Stephanie Finnan

offered at



Tranquil water view, New carpeting throughout, freshly painted, light, bright and in MOVE-IN CONDITION! 2BR/2BA/DEN/2CG, great room plan, eat in kitchen, walk-in closets, Roman shower, Extended caged lanai and private courtyard patio. call Maggie Nasser 941.780.1006

“tURnKey” MaIntenanceFRee VIlla $

offered at


Beautiful golf course view. Tastefully appointed. 2BR/2BA plus den. Wood cabinets, carpeted and hardwood flooring, complete house ware package included. Mature landscaping, MOVE-IN READY. call Tom Repp 941.704.3346

spacIoUs M/F hoMe InclUdes hURRIcane pRotectIon $

offered at


Built in 05’, 2500 s/f 3BR/3BA/DEN, 3 CAR GARAGE! Neutral colors, tile, plantation shutters, fabulous kitchen, circular drive. PRICED WELL BELOW REPRODUCTION COST. call Maggie Nasser 941-780-1006

steRlInG IV BUIldeR’s Model $

offered at


new construction

Fabulous water view, 2900 sq. ft. Greatroom, 3BR/3 Full BA, plus den. Offers a dream kitchen w/cherry cabinets, granite counter tops, center island, designer appliances and tile, crown molding, central vac, custom closets, plus many other builder upgrades. OUTDOOR CABANA w/full summer kitchen, pool, spa, paver brick decking, oversized 2.5-car garage. Possible lease back opportunity from builder, furniture package available separately.

Rosedale Realty, Inc. 941-751-9070



Located 1/2 mile east of I-75 (exit 217) on SR 70


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Prudential Performan Fine Luxury Homes

Sanctuary Top floor unit with both sunrise and sunset views. Huge terraces, high ceilings, tastefully decorated and furnished. $2,400,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 Longboat Key

Islands & Waterfront


Sleepy Lagoon Custom 5BR/5BA home on an acre of tropically landscaped gulf front. Private, 100’ beach, fabulous views, deeded bayfront dock. $6,200,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

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

The Oaks Exquisite residence in the Oaks Clubside, 4bd full suites master w/sitting area & fireplace 4.5 baths htd pool, golf course. $1, 590,000 Maria Balaz 487-5102

Beau Ciel Exquisite 16th floor Penthse with Incredible water views from every room. Over 4600 Sq. Ft. on one level with huge terraces. $3,500,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

Venetian Golf & River Club Beautiful Estate Series Crivelli Model at Venetian Golf & River Club. 4Bedroom/3 Bath, Pool Home elegant upgrades throughout. $759,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

Grand Bay Grand Bay Penthouse with miles of panoramic views. Sunrise to sunset.4000+sqft all rooms open to spacious wrap-around terrace. $3,500,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966 Water Club Gorgeous views of gulf, bay & sunsets from 2 terraces. World class amenities, clubhouse, security & concierge. $2,395,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136 Grand Bay Grand Bay - Bay, gulf & mainland views; 2 bedrooms en suite, media room/3rd BR en suite, 3.5BA; private gulf-front beach club $1,299,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693 Longboat Key Estates Canal home w/4 suites. Pecky cypress doors/beams, travertine, Gourmet kit., 2 fireplaces, elevator, Bay Views, deeded beach. $3,775,000 Jim Soda 552-2666

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

Longboat Key Charm and comfort in this bright canalfront island home. This updated canal home offers 3BR/2BA, 1925 sf, and boat dock. $744,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 Cedars West Designer inspired, turnkey furnished, first floor walkout, Gulf view condo. Excellent rental income & great LBK location. $824,750 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Water Club Gorgeous 10th floor, 2/3 bed w/Gulf , Bay & City Views. 31’ terrace, prvt garage.Concierge, fabulouse amenities. Furnished. $1,952,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694 Sanctuary Outstanding Gulf front condo with amazing views in impeccable condition decorated with refined taste. Enjoy sun rise & sunset. $2,399,000 Michael Granston 552-3990

Country Club Shores Magnificent unobstructed bay views on the point, plus 143 feet on the canal, Completely renovated in 1992, 3300 Sq Ft, Pool. $3,350,000 Marlene & Hal Liberman 387-1759

Longboat Key Charming Longboat bungalow across from the beach. 3BR/2BA, pool home close to shopping, banks, restaurants. 1200 Square Feet. $699,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 Beachplace First floor walk out conveniently located to the pool, club house and beach. Furnished beautiful lake and partial gulf view. $810,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966 Vizcaya Fabulous Vizcaya on the beach! Over 3300 SF of incredible upgrades, designer finishes and private pool w/ summer kitchen. $2,990,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

East Sarasota Special property estate lot w/custom home.

Huge pool & screened entertainment area, one of a kind doors & fireplaces. $1,495,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

Longboat Key Canal $, Canal $, Canal $! Lowest priced waterfront on Longboat! 100’ seawall on deep water canal very close to open Bay. $590,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Grand Bay Bright 2BR/2BA split plan condo w/Sarasota Bay & golf course views; resort style pools & amenities plus private beach club! $799,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Emerald Harbor Canal front home w/ terrific floor plan w/ large kitchen & family room, split bedroom plan overlooking pool & water views. $1,495,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

Tangerine Bay Club Direct Bay front with awesome view

of Bay, City skyline & dolphins at play. Immaculate condition. Every possible amenity. $1,100,000 Michael Granston 552-3990

floor plan, light and bright. Pool, spa, seawall and sailboat dock. Furnished & move-in ready. $989,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

Country Club Shores Unobstructed Bay & City views from this Country Club Shores home directly on the Bayfront. Deep-water dockage, pool & spa. $3,950,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136 Orchid Beach – Reduced $300K Direct Beachfront! 3-4BR/3/5BA 8th flr. Finished w/travertine & marble flooring, lge rooms, gourmet kitchen & expansive terrace. Private Beach, Concierge, valet & more. $3,299,000 Helen Sosso Broker/owner 586-4052 Anna Maria Island Direct Bay Front! This unit offers 2BR/2BA, 1079 sf, community dock, heated pool. Complex is just steps from the beach! $489,900 Michelle Musto 5523981 Whispering Sands on Siesta 800 ft of private Gulf beach. In Siesta Key Village. 2BR/2BA, 1st fl corner; heated pool; New tile, carpet, furniture. $442,900 Linda Thompson 552-2693 Bird Key Exceptional Bird Key garden home w/beautiful pool area. Nicely updated kitchen & baths. Great curb appeal & room to expand. $925,000 Marty Benson/Hoyt Beaty 5523942 Siesta Key This one bedroom is just steps away from the white sandy beaches of Seista Key. A vacation getaway and Great Investment!! $428,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 Harbor Towers 2BR/2BA Updated, new 18” tile & tastefully Furnished. Private boat dock . Gulf view/ Sarasota Bay. $579,900 Mary Ritchie 487-5190 El Presidente Paradise awaits you on amazing Crescent Beach! Gulf views! Beautifully upgraded 2BR/2BA. Great on site rental program. $1,100,000 Heidi Rossman 487-5193 Siesta Manor CANAL FRONT POOL HOME ON SIESTA 3BR/2BA with garage, lanai and boat davits. Just 2 blocks from the beach and village. $675,000 Bob Stahlschmidt 487-5196 Siesta Harbor Sunny side 2BR/2BA 4th floor end unit with canal to Bay views. Deeded beach access & boatdocks. Active social life. $529,000 Marge Knoblock 487-5184 West Wind Shores Steps to the Gulf waters! Duplex, 1BR/1BA ea side, 1540 sf under roof. Great set up! Live on one side and rent other unit. $675,000 Michelle Musto 5523981 Downtown @ Essex House Million Dollar View Completely remodeled 2/2 condo. Waterfront views from every room Granite counter tops stainless appliances. $675,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

Beachplace Beautiful 2BR Gulf front. Wood floors, newer kitchen appliances, covered parking, security shutters & furnished. $1,275,000 Marty Benson/Hoyt Beaty 552-3989

Vista Hermosa on Siesta Key Across from Crescent Beach, walk to shops and restaurants. Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA condo. Top floor, mid-rise bldg., elevator; club house, heated pool. $435,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Country Club Shores New Custom Rutenberg home, open floor plan, lots of natural light, Terraces, 2nd story balcony with bay views faces sunny SW. $2,798,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966

Long Beach Historic cottage in The Village; lush landscaping; 2 bedroom + den; fireplace; wood floors; solarium enlarged dining/kitchen. $729,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Faine Apts Enjoy this gulf-side, fully furnished villa in a small well maintained complex. Short stroll to the beaches of North LBK. $397,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

Anna Maria Island New home! 3BR/3.5BA, den, 2386 sf, granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appl., elevator, pool. Short stroll to Gulf! $859,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

Queens Harbor Unobstructed Bayfront views from this 4495 sq ft Queens Harbour home. Library, cook’s kitchen, pool & private dock. $2,799,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

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Bellagio Harbor Village BUY YOUR SAILBOAT/ YACHT A NEW HOME! Under construction, this 2nd floor unit overlooking pool with full Bay views-a must see! $1,250,000 Bob Moffatt 487-5120 Orchid Beach Club Direct Beach Front Views LBK to Siesta & Dwntwn. 7th fl w/4229 s.f. - lrg rms, huge terraces w/gas grill, 3 car garage. $3,150,000 Linda A. Page 5522694

Lakewood Ranch CC Village 3-5B & 3B John Cannon home, patina hardwood, Venetia tile, pool/spa w/lake view. Granite, richly stained plant. shutters. $1,299,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 Lakewood Ranch Brand New! Beautifully upgraded, wood kitchen cabinets, granite counters, upgraded floor tile, great water view, lovely lanai. $799,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Downtown @ 1350 Main Buy Today at Yesterday’s Prices! Owner selling at cost! Expansive City views from this wonderful 15th floor residence. $455,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Oaks Preserve Meridian VI bayfront tower at Oaks Preserve.Brand new & spacious 3BR/3BA scheduled for completion 2/07. Views of the Bay! $619,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 Prestancia Remodeled 3BR/3BA Barcelona model. Stunning Gourmet kitchen, French limestone floors, library & new lighting. $674,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Secluded Oaks Brand new, beautiful setting w/ upgraded kitchen, granite, stone fireplace, study w/wood plank floor, pavered lanai and drive. $785,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Rivendell Incredibly maintained former model. 3BR/2.5BA. “Smart House” Gas fireplace, den, 2 car garage, porches and wood floors. $629,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Perico Bay Club Priced to sell! This lakefront villa offers 2BR/2BA, 1132 sf, breathtaking sunsets, 1-car garage, heated pool, tennis court. $349,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 Twin Rivers REDUCED $100,000!! Why wait to build? This Eslinger 4-5BR/3.5BA home has all the upgrades!! $714,000 Mike Garrett 487-5111 Whitemarsh @ Lakewood Ranch Shows “like new”, on a beautiful lake lot with pool. Granite, decorative woodwork, built-ins and extra 3rd bedroom. $699,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Harborage 2/2 + Den/Pool home. Upgraded cabinets w/custom closet built-ins. Harborage is a gated, boating and maint. free community. $645,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 Gillespie Park Nice bungalow with guest house. Super corner lot may be sub-divided to construct 2 new homes. Great location! $540,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 Legends at Tatum Ridge! This waterfront home offers three bedrooms, three baths, 2338 sf, den and 3car garage. New Tatum Ridge Elementary School district. $473,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 Meadows Former model Large, beautiful, private pool & lanai. 3BR 2BA, 2 car garage. Turnkey Furnished. Home warranty transferable. $429,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-2358 San Marco Cultural Arts District. Spacious 3 bedroom unit on the amenities level. Brand new intimate complex in the heart of the city. $699,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 Manatee Large gated 2/2 condo, close to beach. Amenities: Pool, clubhouse,exercise room. Home warranty and remodeling allowance. $219,900 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Boccage Reduced! 4BR/3.55 BA home on over 1/2 acre in private community. Upgrades, storm shutters, pool w/caged lanai. Motivated! $699,900 Chris Baylis 552-2185 Tara Preserve Sitting pretty on a spacious corner lot, this Maintenance Free Tara Preserve home has a lot to offer besides golf. $369,900 Antaeus Balevre 552-5459 Mill Creek Gorgeous 3BR/2BA contemporary lakefront home. Updates to the nines! Granite, wood cabinets & new carpet. Pool opens to huge yard. $359,900 Sara La Plante 552-2679

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Contact Marty Benson/Hoyt Beaty 941-552-3942 Extraordinary on Bird Key Offered at $4,675,000 Gorgeous Bay front custom five bedroom, four and a half bath home. Watch sunsets from this beautiful terrace. French doors open to Bayside pool and fantastic views with dock for a large yacht. Elevator & six car garage.

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Bird Key Garden Home Offered at $950,000 Exceptional Bird Key home convenient to downtown & St. Armands Circle. Three bedroom, two and a half baths with beautiful pool & outdoor entertaining area. Home has updated kitchen & baths. Great curb appeal on this large corner lot with room to expand. Owners has predrawn plans for expansion which will convey with home sale.

Contact Marty Benson/Hoyt Beaty 941-552-3942 Beau Ciel Where Downtown Meets the Bayfront Offered at $1,295,000 - $3,995,000. These dramatic through view floor plans offer everything one expects in fine luxury living - private elevator foyers, concierge service, tropical pool and spa deck, media, fitness, conf/dining & club rooms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all for only 44 residences. Available residences

Contact Linda A. Page 941-552-2694 Longboat Key Living at Grand Bay Offered at $1,299,000 Grand Bay - Gorgeous views of Sarasota Bay, the mainland and the gulf from this seventh floor condo. 2/3BR, 3.5BA; wrap-around terrace; pet friendly community; state-of-the-art fitness center. Membership in private gulf-front beach club included.

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Queens Harbor Offered at $2,490,000 Sarasota Bay Views! Two story open floor plan with walls of windows and boasts a Gourmet kitchen, first floor Master Suite. Maintenance-free single family home. Pool and spa plus a private dock.

Contact Helen Sosso 586-4052 Owner/Agent


10C Business

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006

falling for business by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Tri-Chamber After Hours is a success

Jessica Luck

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Fall was not necessarily in the air, but in the decorations at the Tri-Chamber Business After Hours held Oct. 3 at the BeachHouse Restaurant, Bradenton Beach. The bales of hay stacked up against the walls, with pumpkins perched on top, and leaves dangling from the ceiling gave an autumnal appearance to the get-together. The weather, however, was far from nippy. The outdoor dining area of the BeachHouse was the staging area for the meet-and-greet session of close to 200 people. The Manatee County Chamber of Commerce invited members of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce to the Business After Hours. The Tri-Chamber After Hours is one of the biggest meetings each year, with an average of 250 people in attendance. The event has been circled on business people’s calendars for about a dozen years. “We’re very happy with the turnout,” said Marie Pender, vice president of membership development and services, Manatee County Chamber of Commerce. Most chamber members say the after hours sessions are not to be missed, because they provide ample networking opportunities. “We take advantage of every networking event possible — we have to,” said Jeannie Kawcak, of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, who attended the meeting with fellow nonprofit organization employee Laura Haw, of Junior Achievement. “How else are we going to survive in business, and especially in nonprofits?”

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Real Estate 11C

COMPARABLES by Adam Hughes | Staff Writer Longboat Key Sleepy Lagoon Park 625 Norton St., Longboat Key Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Two Square Footage: 1,830 Special interests: This elevated home sits on a canal leading to Sarasota Bay. Built in 1977, the home includes a new pool with waterfall, large lanai overlooking pool and canal, a 50-foot boat dock and two-car carport. What makes it special: “The location and the pool area are great, and it has a great dock. I think for what we have there price-wise I think it’s a very good deal, and it’s on a nice street,” said Ramona Glanz, agent with Re/Max Excellence. Price: $899,000

What kind of home can you buy for $900,000?

Sarasota: Bungalow Hill 1691 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Two Square Footage: 1,797 Special interests: This ranch-style home sits near Sarasota Bay. Built in 1935, the home includes an office, hard-wood floors, cherry cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, new roof, new air conditioning and a two-car garage. The outside includes a privacy fence around the entire house, a koi pound and a heated pool and spa with screened in lanai. What makes it special: “It’s like downtown living close to the hospital and the water. It’s a great house,” said Brian Livesey, agent with Waterside Realty LLC. Price: $899,000

South Sarasota: Mission Valley


1901 Mission Valley Blvd., Nokomis Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Three Square Footage: 3,075 Special interests: This custom home sits near Mission Valley Golf and Country Club at the entrance to Calusa Lakes. Built in 1965, the home includes tile flooring, a pool with caged lanai, a three-stall horse barn on the property and a two-car garage. What makes it special: “The property has 4.69 acres and can possibly be divided into four separate sites,” said John “K” Kotkiewicz, agent with Coldwell Banker. Price: $899,000


East County: Waterlefe 10611 Winding Stream Way, Lakewood Ranch Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Three Square Footage: 2,671 Special interests: This Spanish Mediterranean-style sits in Waterlefe Golf and River Club. Built in 2001, the home includes a den, an exercise room, an extension on the master bedroom to include a seating area, tile flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a three-car garage. The outside includes a pool and a spa with caged lanai and a dock with access to the Manatee River and Gulf. What makes it special: “It’s a designer and beautifully decorated home that includes upgrades like custom window coverings, new granite, designer wallpapering, brand new carpeting and custom closets in every room,” said Roberta Burish, agent with Keller-Williams Realty-Manatee. Price: $899,900

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Spacious Mediterranean w/ guest home in gated enclave near downtown Sarasota. Dazzling bay, sunset & skyline views. Offered at $4,450,000

Laguna Yacht Village Residence Captivating nearly new 4BR/3BA with Gulf peeks, only steps to gorgeous beaches in gated yachting community w/ boat dock. Offered at $998,000

Updated Canal Front Home

NEW LISTING Inviting 3BR/2BA family home offers newer boat lift on deep canal & sparkling pool. Fenced yard w/ tropical palms within short walk to beach access & shopping on quiet street. Offered at $797,900

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Inviting 3BR, 3.5BA with huge loft, 2 car garage, large master suite w/ lounge area & open terrace, and 2 protected deep water boat docks. Convenient Bay front location within minutes to beach, shopping and restaurants. Only 5 Units Remaining Offered at $1,200,000

The Castillian on Longboat Key

Tastefully updated direct gulf front condo with completely private gulf & beach views. Under building parking, tennis, more. Offered at $875,000

Grand Bay Condo on Longboat Key

Longbeach Gulf Front Condo

Secluded beachside retreat with gorgeous Gulf & beach views. Island-style interior w/ designer finishes. Pet friendly community. Offered at $869,000

Longboat Harbour Towers

Deluxe floor plan with spectacular direct & southerly gulf & bay views. New windows, A/C & paint. Popular mid-key complex. Reduced to $775,000

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Enchanting Gulf, beach and sunset views & complete privacy over pristine beaches in popular Gulf to Bay community. Boat dock, tennis, and great income possibilities. Offered at $639,900

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12C Sports

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006


Greg McCain

by Jessica Luck

Cedars Tennis Resort

Greg McCain is the medicine man of tennis. The members of Cedars all call him “Doc,” a nickname based on two things: his profession as a plastic surgeon, and his ability to be on call on the courts. One time, McCain was able to recognize a misdiagnosed pulled muscle in another member’s heel as a blood clot, which — he was told — could have been deadly if left untreated. A multi-sport athlete since his teens, McCain plays tennis about five times a week at Cedars Tennis Resort when he and his wife, Dee, are in the area. They split time between Longboat Key and Toronto, Canada, where he still practices as a surgeon. They’ve been coming to this area since 1989, even though McCain put up somewhat of a fight at first. “I thought Florida was full of retired, old people,” he said. “But buying property here is the best mistake I ever made.” What made you pick up a racket? I just liked being involved in athletics. I had been involved in hockey and football in my teens, so I liked the individuality of tennis, as well as its longevity. What benefits do you get from playing tennis? One is the exercise; the physical exercise. This is much better than going to the gym. Second is the people you meet. I play with a group of fellows, and I went to the U.S. Open with one. The social part is wonderful; I’ve met some of my best friends here. Jessica Luck




How competitive are you? I’m obviously competitive to win. I don’t care now if I win or lose, but I used to be so competitive, especially with my background in sports, that I couldn’t play with my wife. Name one thing you do that wins matches. I serve. In the newsletter here they put together the best composite player, and they said you have to have McCain’s serve. I was a pitcher when I played baseball, and throwing curve balls with accuracy does make a difference. I’m extremely accurate and fast, and I mix up my serve.

If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? Consistency. In college, someone told me if you get the ball over the net three times, you’re more likely to win the point. And that’s especially true in seniors’ games. Who has most influenced your game? Bjorn Borg, a Swedish player. He was a baseline player, and he outlasted people. He played until his opponent made a mistake. Now I would have to say Roger Federer. I got to see him play at the U.S. Open. What is the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. Playing after I had my knees replaced. Now I’m happy every time I walk out on the court. I had two knee replacements five years ago, and they told me I would never play tennis again. A year later, I was playing in the finals at a tournament at Cedars. What’s one tip that you play by, or the single most important tip you’ve received? Tennis is about the relaxation and being focused on the court. If you relax, the tension that’s on the court takes the stress off of other things in your life. Who is your favorite athlete and why? Gordie Howe, a hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings. He was a little man who had an iron will. Two of his sons played hockey at the same time he did. That was an example to me. I played here at Cedars with my son, who’s 35, and he came over afterwards and said, “I’m really proud that I can play with my dad. And I also know if I let down my guard, you’ll put it away.” What is the funniest or most embarrassing moment you’ve had playing? There was a tournament here, and I showed up and thought, “I’m going to win this tournament.” I found out the tournament had actually been held the week earlier.

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The essence of quiet elegance.Plantation style home with French doors opening to terrace, private pool and Islandside golf course of the Longboat Key Club. Beach access. Club memberships available $2,950,000

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Turnkey furnished 2BR/2B, decorated in a fresh new casual beach style. Direct Gulf front close to pool. Great for rental or personal use. $649,000

Fitness Classes: • Burn-N-Build Aerobics by Barbara Anderson 8 to 9 a.m.;Tuesdays and Thursdays • Muscles & More by Sherry Fideler 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Power Hour Plus by Barbara Anderson 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Saturdays • Tai Chi by Sherry Fideler 1 p.m. Tuesdays; eight-week session (Oct. 10 through Nov. 28) • Young at Heart by Sherry Fideler 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednes-

days and Fridays Upcoming Classes/Events: • AARP 55 Alive/Mature Driving Course Oct. 18 and Oct. 19, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Space limited • Bridge Games by Larry Auerbach 1 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays (starting in October) • Pilates by Molly Schechter 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Nov. 2 • Joy of Stretch/Yoga by Molly Schechter 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting Nov. 2) • Longboat Key Fireworks Display/BIG Z Band Nov. 3

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Sailboat water on North Longboat Key. Meticulous 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with family room, vaulted ceiling in master bedroom, fireplace and access to heated pool and large lanai. Best of all a 20,000 lb boat lift and jet ski launch. $895,000


Bright and cheerful, remodeled 1 bedroom, 1 bath on Gulf side with great beach, pool, community room. Onsite management with generous rental policy. Lowest price and oh so pretty. Turnkey furnished. $414,000

590 Bay Isles Road 316-TEN-S (8367) Season Schedule Everyday — Morning sessions: 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions: 3:30 and 5 p.m.

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

Special Events •Who’s B.O.B.: Men’s (4.0 to 4.5) 9 a.m. Tuesday. Daily lessons, clinics and ball machine available by reservation.

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SPORTSCARDS Longboat key club Women’s Golf Association Oct. 3 Revert 3 holes to Par Division A: Gross 1st place: Sheri Lublin, 71 2nd place: Ellen Fedder, 75

Net 1st place: Margo Lee, 69 2nd place: Joyce Welch, 71 Division B: Gross 1st place: Carole Zito, 85 2nd place: Jan Curl, 102 Net 1st place: Sylvia Levine, 70 2nd place: Marie Delisi, 73


Bill Petty and Marilyn Grisard, of Longboat Key, are religious about reading The Longboat Observer while on a trip to St. Maarten.

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Larry Haymore II, Jesse Carr Sr., Jesse Carr Jr. and Warren Merriman III participate in ReMax’s golf tournament to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. The tournament took place Oct. 6, at the Longboat Key Club.

Laura D. Hansen, GRI 37 Year resident of Longboat Key


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14C Sports

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006

GOLF GAMBITS by Hal Lenobel

Rule review: Golfers need to know the game The United States Golf Association has developed guidelines on pace of play, etiquette, match play vs. stroke play and the teeing ground. I think it is worthwhile stating them in this column. Pace of play

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Tee off within two club-lengths behind the front edges of the tee-markers.

Etiquette Always play without delay and keep up with the group Plan your shot while walking to your ball or while othin front. ers are playing. Invite faster groups to play through. Line up your putt when others are putting and be Don’t move, talk or stand close to a player ready to play when it is your turn. making a stroke. Walk briskly to your ball. Don’t step on another player’s line of putt. Walk directly to your golf ball; don’t follow Don’t play until the group in front is out of others unless assisting in a search. the way. If riding, take several clubs with you to your Shout a warning if your ball may hit someball so you won’t have to walk back to the one: “Fore.” cart. Repair divot holes and ball marks. Smooth Don’t step off or measure yardage for every footprints in bunkers. single golf shot, develop an “eye” for distance. Don’t drop clubs on the putting green or Be efficient with pre-shot routine. lean on your putter. Take only one practice swing. Replace the flagstick carefully in an upright Play a provisional ball if you think the origiHAL position. nal might be lost outside a water hazard or out LENOBEL In the case of a serious breach of etiquette, of bounds. the Committee has the authority to disqualify Leave your clubs on the side of the putting a player. green towards the next tee. Leave the course in the condition in which you would Exit putting greens promptly after holing out. Unless experienced, play the standard tees, not the like to find it. If your ball may be lost outside a water hazard or out championship tees. of bounds, you may play a provisional ball before you go forward to look for the original, provided you announce your intention to do so.  

Rules relative to match play and stroke play

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Put an identification mark on your ball. If you can’t identify it as yours, it’s lost. (27-1) If your ball becomes unfit for play, you may replace it, without penalty, on the hole where it becomes unfit or between holes. (53) Count your clubs. You are allowed a maximum of 14 clubs (4-4). Unless a local rule is in place, don’t use an artificial device or unusual equipment for gauging or measuring distance during a tournament. Don’t ask for advice from anyone except your partner or your caddie. Don’t give advice to anyone except your partner. (8-1) During a hole, you may make a practice swing but not play a practice stroke. Between holes you may practice chip and putt on or near the putting green of the hole last played or the tee of the next hole but not from a hazard. (7-2) Play without delay. (6-7)  

Order of play

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

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On the first tee the honor is determined by the order of the draw, or in the absence of a draw, by lot. (10) In match play, the ball farther from the hole is played first. The winner of a hole tees off first on the next hole. If a player plays out of turn anywhere on the course, his opponent may require him to replay in the correct order. (10-1) In stroke play, the ball farthest from the hole is played first. The competitor with the lowest score on a hole tees off first on the next hole. There is generally no penalty for playing out of turn. (10-2) In four-ball competitions, partners may play in the order they consider best. (30-3c & 31-5)

Teeing ground

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Tee off within two club-lengths behind the front edges of the tee-markers. If you tee off outside this area in match play there is no penalty, but your opponent may require you to replay the stroke. In stroke play, you incur a two-stroke penalty and must then play from within the proper area. (11-4) I think these rules are so important that I will continue in my next column with rules relating to the putting green, lifting, dropping and placing, and ball assisting or interfering with play. Hal Lenobel is a former member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee on which he served for 23 years.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006 Lender


caps 30-year fixed 15-year fixed 30-yr jumbo 1-yr A.R.M. margin Rate / Points Rate / Points Rate / Points Rate / Points yr / life

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(800) 594-3319

5.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00



AAA Mortgage

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5.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

1.250 / 0.00



Aapex Mortgage

(877) 839-9829

6.250 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

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(888) 90-HOMES

5.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

No Quote



Accountable Mortgage

(800) 840-8771

6.000 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00



American Home Finance

(888) 424-1940

5.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

5.375 / 0.00



Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Mortgage

(800) 713-8189

6.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.500 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00



Avail Mortgage

(800) 545-8678

5.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00



Borrowers Advantage Mtg.

(888) 510-4151

6.000 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

No Quote



Capital Trust Mortgage

(800) 511-2862

6.000 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00



Chase Manhattan Mtg. Corp.

(941) 761-9808

6.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

6.375 / 0.00

No Quote



First Choice Mortgage of FL

(561) 642-4540

6.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

7.000 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00



1st Metropolitan Mortgage

(800) 548-5988

5.375 / 2.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.125 / 1.00

No Quote



Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.500 / 1.75

5.125 / 1.88

5.875 / 1.00

3.000 / 1.00



Heidelberg Capital Corp.

(800) 968-2240

5.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

No Quote



Magnolia Mortgage Corp.

(800) 392-6851

5.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

No Quote



N.E. Mortgage Lender

(877) 559-3621

6.000 / 2.00

5.750 / 2.00

6.125 / 2.00

5.500 / 0.00



Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

6.000 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.13

5.625 / 0.00



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GOD’S CREATURES by Stephanie Finnan | Staff Writer

Photos by Stephanie Finnan

Jane Lautner plays around with Bosco.

The Rev. Eric Wogen says a prayer for Tyeann Dillon’s dog, Mason.

BLESS those pets The beautiful weather Oct. 7 proved to be a perfect setting for the Blessing of the Animals at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. However, the peaceful background of the meditation garden paled in comparison to the real stars of the day, the

pets. The Rev. Eric Wogen opened the day with a prayer for the animals, followed by a rowdy line of pets waiting to be blessed. “Every year it gets bigger and better and — it’s a wonderful event,” Jane Lautner said.

Leanna Pape cuddles with Pixie.

Alexa Randall with Pearl

June and Elliot Benowitz’s bird, Jolie, receives a blessing from the Rev. Eric Wogen.

The whole canine crew comes out to the Blessing of the Animals.

Toni and Jim Turner with dog, Smokey, and Gen Simpson

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TURTLE WATCH by Virginia Sanders | Contributing Writer

Virginia Sanders

Turtle watchers Connie Schindewolf, Sally Boynton and Paula Clark excavate a turtle nest.

Man’s best friend is turtle nightmare Sea Turtle nesting season is just about winding down as I write this. On Longboat Key, of the total of 152 nests laid this year, only 11 have yet to hatch. By the time you read this, those 11 may have already “done their thing.” So far, we figure the successful hatching rate is 76% (we aim for 80%), so that’s pretty good. About three days after a nest hatches, Turtle Watch members (who have a special permit, of course) will, by hand, excavate the nest and determine how many babies hatched successfully and made it to the Gulf. Frequently when the nest is opened, a few live babies stuck at the bottom are happy to be freed at last. Watching this process, which usually takes place early in the evening, is very inspiring and educational. We invite you to come down and bring the children. Watch for notices of scheduled excavations at the Whitney Beach Post Office. It’s so important to do everything we

can to help as many turtle hatchlings survive as possible, because only one in 1,000 makes it to maturity. The young turtles are preyed upon by raccoons, sea birds, crabs and fish, and now another problem has surfaced. In spite of the fact that dogs are not permitted on the beach, two nests have been partially excavated by a dog. (Tracks are a giveaway.) Several of the eggs at the top were cracked open and licked out clean. We can’t blame the dog for enjoying an egg treat. But, we can blame the dog’s owner. Dogs are not permitted on the beach, and the dog’s owner will be fined. Be forewarned. And warn others on behalf of the turtles. Turtle Watch appears monthly during the turtle nesting season. Virginia Sanders is the spokesperson for the Longboat Key Turtle Conservation Program, serves on the Citizens Advisory Board of the National Estuary Program and is a Mote Marine volunteer.

MYSTICAL OBSERVER by Mephisto Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) The seasons change and so do you. This week is perfect for buying multi-colored light bulbs. Go for parallel, not series. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) An angry Irish cop is looking for someone with your description. If you put a bandage on your nose, you might give him the wrong idea. Think about cutting your hair. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Leaves fall, the wind rustles, the sun smiles. Dig out that old pair of boots and plan a hike. Don’t forget to pack a picnic. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) A sharp remark from a friend will pop your ego balloon. You’re OK. He’s just rude. Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) This is not a practice life. Don’t dream it, do it. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Smokey the Bear’s advice is good — though he is a cartoon character. Always put out the fire when you leave the campsite. If you see a real bear, run. Aries (March 21-April 20) The forest beckons. If you live in the city, consider a road trip to Myakka State Park. Take along a Pisces as your companion.

Taurus (April 21-May 20) If you’ve ever felt like curling up on a window seat in a hotel room overlooking the Seattle cityscape, now is a great time to do it. Bring an umbrella and the first season of “Dark Angel.” Gemini (May 21-June 21) You obey the golden rule. Sadly, not everyone does. Lock your home, car and office, and be sure to shred your credit card receipts. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Familiar places vanish like drawings on an Etch-aSketch. While there’s still a few of them left, find an old-time nickel-and-dime store with a lunch counter and order a grilled-cheese sandwich. Don’t forget the cherry Coke. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) When seen through a sparkling, clean kitchen window, the road seems far away. Bake a cake. Buy more Windex. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Life is a long song. But the end comes too soon for us all. IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You feel the urge to inhale from a helium balloon and talk like a munchkin. Go for it.


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RED TIDE REPORT Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in medium concentrations alongshore Longboat Key Friday, Oct. 6., 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., Oct. 12 2:37a Fri., Oct. 13 3:28a Sat., Oct. 14 4:44a Sun., Oct. 15 6:48a 10:50p Mon., Oct. 16 8:37a 10:55p Tues., Oct. 17 9:50a 11:04p Wed., Oct. 18 10:47a 11:13p

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Two bedroom, beach front unit located behind the gates of the MacArthur Beach & Raquet Club. Updated throughout w/marble floors, plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings, den and magnificent beach views. $549,000 •VT

FulFill a dreaM! Live at the beach! This home is the perfect alternative to condo living. Light, airy, charming, and impressively remodeled to perfection. Stunning gulf views from the upper terrace. Generous outside living space. Landscape and maintenance so carefree it leaves more time for watching sunsets and strolls to St. Armands for dining and shopping. $1,650,000.

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Newer construction by Bruce Williams Homes located in Northwood Park offering 4BR, 2BA, 3 car garage, large family room and upgrades throughout. Perfectly situated on an oversized lakefront lot and conveniently located to I-75. $333,000 •VT

Behind the Gates - Bay isles

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Adorable 1,700+ SF ranch house w/vaulted ceilings, spacious formal living room, separate formal dining room, wood deck, large screened-in lanai and room for a pool. Perfectly situated on 1.5 lots in a very desirable neighborhood. $259,500 •VT

queens harbor gated enclave Capturing picturesque lake and fairway views, this luxurious residence showcases exquisite design. Generous, flowing living and entertainment space features 4 bedroom suites and library/study. Walled garden pool and spa surrounded by statuary and fountains. Private Beach Club. $1,950,000.

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Desirable beachfront corner unit w/panoramic Gulf views, 1,172 SF of living space including 2BR’s, dual sinks in master bath, large storage closet, wrap around balcony, storm shutters & 2 parking spaces. Sold furnished. Great rental potential. $1,099,000 •VT

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Bayfront lot available within a private enclave on North Longboat Key. Estate sized homes, tennis court & only minutes to Longboat Key Beaches. $1,850,000

Gated estate on the Manatee riVer

Secluded and captivating custom home on the Manatee River w/recent renovations. Over 4,800+ SF of living space including guest quarters, gourmet kitchen, fireplace and private/covered boat dock. Perfectly situated on 1+ acres of lush tropical landscaping. $2,499,000 •VT

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Enjoy Gulf front single family living with all the benefits of owning a condo. Wonderful 4,100+ SF residence with direct Gulf views, hardwood floors, voluminous ceilings, caged-heated pool, private beach and lush rolling green gardens. $2,900,000 the lonGBoat key cluB & resort



Boater’s deliGht on siesta key

Truly remarkable & stunning Mediterranean style residence offering 4,100+ SF w/spectacular views of Sarasota Bay & downtown Sarasota. Spacious 4BR floor plan, gas fireplace, caged-heated pool, mature fruit trees & a private 210’ “composite” dock. $3,290,000

Surround yourself in luxury with fine dining, generous amenities and dramatic views of the Gulf, lagoon and golf course fairways with graciously appointed condominium/ hotel suites. Great income potential! 2603/04B Two bedroom lockout w/Gulf views.............$1,399,000 2703 C+ Two bedroom w/Gulf views..............................$1,350,000 1305/06B Two bedroom lockout w/Gulf views.............$1,325,000 5103A Club Suite w/garden views.......................................$439,000

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bay isles - Beautifully crafted new home with golf course and lake views. Porch and pool terrace. Luxurious master. 3 gracious guest suites, gym or office, beautiful quality in woodworking and stonework. Marvelous kitchen opens to family room. 3-car garage, beach club. $2,395,000.

direct beachFront south longboat - Behind the gates of The Longboat Key Club. Prestigious building with Olympic sized gulfside pool. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from this 2 bedroom. Best location and views $695,000.

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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006


DEAL US IN by Donna Swan


Dealer: South Vulnerable: East West

Reading bridge columns

Cathy C. Meldahl, P.A. Realtor/GRI/Branch Manager

It is often difficult to understand the bidding reported in bridge columns, because different partners use unusual conventions that the average bridge player may not. In this week’s column, the two-heart bid by West is a pre-emptive jump overcall. The three-club bid by North is natural and non-forcing. The five-club bid by South, with favorable vulnerability, must be the correct bid whether to make or as a sacrifice. The double by East was a doubtful action, but probably reasonable at match point scoring. The contributor writes, “Admittedly, North-South were lucky that their hands fit perfectly. But, even if the five clubs failed, they would have earned an excellent match point score, since East-West had only three losers in either of the major suits. The important point is that clubs were rarely bid at most tables. North’s only chance to bid clubs at most tales was at the five level, after East-West had reached game. Our structure permitted North to bid clubs at the three level, which made South’s five club bid automatic. Plus 550 was worth 24 out of 25 match points.” Obviously, the contributor was playing in a duplicate tournament.

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Huge Price Reduction!!! Large, expanded 2BR/2BA Gulf-front with gulf views in a private setting. Kitchen and guest b/r terraces enclosed, eat-in-kitchen, new baths, carpet, heated pool, end unit with 3 sunny side windows, turnkey furnished, Hunter Douglas shutters. now $719,000 call Jack Mccormick, broker/assoc. Wagner realty (941) 383-5577 or 320-1121


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Solve the puzzle by placing the numbers 1 through 9 in each row, column and box. See answers on page 6D.

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


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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.

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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.

BONDED & insured Over 25/yrs. experience

Telephone: 941-749-5646

specializing in roof leaks, power washing & roof coatings, siding, soffit, fascia, flashings, home repairs. 28/years experience.

Physic To The Pets. Trick Or Treat. Pet Readings / Pet Parties. Call: (941)284-5490

pinter & associates, inc. Kitchens & Baths Roofs Tile Complete Remodeling Additions New Construction (including decks, pool houses, guest houses, garages) Outdoor Living Spaces


john gubernat handyman

Pet Services

Remodeling & Home Improvements


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


Tile Installation

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

Commercial/Business Opp.

plastics factory: Long-established in excellent Fla. location, profitable.** sea stable: Ladies swimwear, cover-up 20+ years Experience boutique, resort island clothing: $130K +inReliable & Honest ventory. Building also available. susan stribling’S: Upscale ladies CBC #1254678 wear, accessories-best spot at Ave. of Flowers: $130K +inventory. income property: LBK canal duplex, 4 941-779-2120 to 6 rentable bedrooms. $724,900. contractor: Factory makes/installs marble/granite countertops for builders/homeowners.** local repair Service for all home beachfront eatery w/building, good needs. Member of BBB. Lic/Ins. 17/yrs. ex- income. Easy to run. $1,690,000** perience. Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860. steel fabricating: Strategically loFax: 941-363-9017. Carpentry, painting, cated Fla. factory** gifts/antiques: Big shop, low rent. tile, pressure washing, dock & deck repair. $225K w/possible owner financing.** cafe/smoothiesin Bradenton gym. expert tile installation Profitable, easy operation. $47,500. floors, counters, furniture store: Quality imports in backsplashes, walls, murals. highly visible spot. $59,990** lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber **Confidentiality agreement required. artisan tile Longview Realty (941) 383-2659 941-383-6112 Lic./Ins. 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. 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

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, october 12, 2006

Commercial Rentals & Sales

Artists Studio SPACE FOR RENT M Gallery Of Fine Art Presents M Studio1968 Adams Ln. $250/Month For 24/7/365 Access Easel, Stool, Table Provided. Studio & Gallery Sales Opportunities +Web Promotion & Wholesale Framing (941) 993-3906 Or store/restaurant space available. Siesta Key, 700/sq.ft. Turnkey, all equipment. Security. Great location! Available immediately (941)376-0287.

Condos & Homes For Sale

bayshore gardens: Community pool & boat slip. Why rent when you can own. Totally remodeled 4BR/2BA with in-law entrance. $249,000. Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090. lbk waterfront bayside. First offering. By owner. 1BR/1BA, turnkey, Longboat Harbour. Priced at $50,000 below market. Gulf beach access, boat slip available. For quick sale $330,000 firm. 734-216-6622. gulffront, lbk: Westchester condo, completely renovated, beautiful views, 2BR/2BA. First $800K. 941-383-2132 or 321-725-3004.


longboat key investors 2BR/2BA penthouse at windward bay tastefully turnkey furnished, W/d. seller will lease back for 5 months of the season for the next 3 years. Price reduced to $449,000 call Dorothy cook, associate wagner realty (941)383-5577 or 730-9715

harbor oaks By Owner Quit 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 lido beach, by owner. Desireable beachside condo, elegant 2BR/2BA with Gulf view, large glassed lanai plus unique outdoor terrace. Enclosed parking with Gulffront pool and all amenities. 388-2740 or 730-8530 for information and private showing.

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

$349,000 Ryan Roslansky Michael Saunders & Company


Condos & Homes For Sale drastically reduced!! longboat key the village key west cottage 560 Broadway $730,000 contact judy heyer latitude 27 realty 941-387-9004 or 941-730-9009

by owner Buy or Lease this Downtown Bay Plaza Beauty. 2BR/2BA, incredible views from both balconies & all rooms. Completely updated Dec. 2005, 1688/sq.ft. of very desirable condo living, 24 hour concierge & valet. Your price is $750K or lease for 1/yr. @ $3000/mo. Partial credit for lease cost applied to save. Info: Dick Granger 941-915-0429

ABSOLUTE AUCTION _______________________ 562 Ranger Lane, Longboat Key 4bR/ 3BA/ 2CG + Dock & Lift Country Club Shores Two Story 3000+ Sq.FT Sunday, October 15th @ 4PM Deep Sailboat Canal Custom Home with pool with Quick Bay Access ________________________________

Neal VanDeRee, Realtor

(941) 488-1500 westchester Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, TKF, 2 pools, tennis, club house. New Price: $799,000 Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121

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

Condos & Homes For Sale 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

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. 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

the village Peacock Home: Beautiful, updated, 3BR/2BA/2CG, hot tub, steps to Sarasota Bay. $739,000. Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090.

Tired Of Red Tide ?

Consider New Penthouse Condo Breathtaking Water View 150 Acre Tiled Oversized Balcony 3BR/3BA/2CG Approx. 2482SF Granite Countertops $10,000 Upgrades Walk to Club House With Pool/Gym Elevator To Private Foyer Gated Near Main Street & Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Price Slashed To $742,000 (941)379-0760 by owner. Longboat Key Mid-Key, 2BR/2BA, GULF FRONT GROUND FLOOR condo with lovely large screen porch right on the beach. Newly decorated and refurbished, looks brand new. Covered parking, many amenities. $849,000. Call owner (863)529-4564. mt. vernon on Sarasota Bay West Bradentonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best kept secret 55+ community starting Low $200,000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, bayfronts, Canalfronts, Lakefronts, Garden views. Boat Docks Donna Bucher RoseBay Real Estate 941-713-0203

Classifieds 7D Condos & Homes For Sale

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. 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 and tour at $749K 815-351-5052.

LEASE WITH OPTION TO PURCHASE Lido Shores, 3BR/2BA, Pool, 2300 Sq.Ft. $4500/Month W/Option $1,050,000 Ask For Ramona Glanz Country Club Shores, 3BR/2.5BA, Pool, Furnished $6,990/Month W/Option $1,495,00 Ask For Michael Losey Bradenton, 3BR/2BA, Pool, Family Room, $1500/Month W/Option $249,900 Ask For Ramona Glanz LBK Full Beach Front 10th Floor Updated 2BR/2BA Condo $3,800/Month W/Option $899,000 Ask For Michael Losey Country Club Shores, 3BR/3BA, Pool, 2,800 Sq.Ft. $9,900/Month W/Option $1,795,00 Ask For Michael Losey

Owner/Agents RE/MAX Excellence


St. Armands Towers, 2BR/2BA, With City Views, Completely Furnished With Possible Lease Option. $599,900. (941)388-0007

seaplace Beautiful tastefully furnished 2br condo w/Gulf views. upgraded, bright. priced to sell $599K or rent/$2500 1-888-500-7751 Call Cynthia Guerrero, Broker/Owner: and visit for virtual tour

a+sarasota bay Club; Elegant condo 2BR/2BA; 1400 S.F. - 4th floor. All amenities, Corian kitchen, custom laundry. Available now. $560,000. (941)365-5155. 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 LBK- 576 Cutter Lane, Country Club Shores. Deep Sailboat Water Deeded Beach Access. Beautiful Updated Home. Second In Bay Views, 12,000SF Lot. $1,499,000. $250,000 price reduction. FIRST YEAR FREE!!! No Closing Cost. No Closing cost Or $50,000 Credit At Closing Or $50,000 Credit At Closing. Debra Lichter Broker, Marina del Rey Realty (941)350-7104

8D Classifieds Condos & Homes For Sale sands point condo 1st floor, patio, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer. pool, boat docks and more. great complex in lbk club. asking $795,000 joan boltax michael saunders & co. 941-350-6390

Open House

country club Shores: Sunday, 2-4p.m., 500 Halyard Lane. Waterfront home, 2BR/2BA, gorgeous view, down deep water canal to open Bay. Beautifully re-habed. New price $1,199,900. Barbara Penney, Broker/Salesman. RE/MAX Gulfstream. 737-9937 or 758-7777.

Out-Of-State Property

Castle In Switzerland. Currently Used As Winery. Close To Germany, Austria, & Intern. Airport (941)240-1622 Or (941)320-9587

north Carolina upscale island style home. Steps to LBK beach. New 2004. Wonderful details. Spacious 2BR, den +loft, HOA incl. lawn, pool, cable & security. Owner/Agent $1,150,000. 305-632-0449. 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: Golf Course Home 3BR/2BA Heritage Harbour, Lease Option Available. Call For Details. (941)928-5516

Beautiful Lake Toxaway Area 14+/-acres, cabin, stream, pond. Adjoins National Forest $350,000.00 33+/-acres (currently operated as a summer camp) 2 residential homes, lodge. Facilities & equipment for 120 people. Ready for continued operation or for other use. Adjoins National Forest $2,499,000.00

Call Margaret Garren for sale: Country Club Shores canal fronts, Bowsprit: $1,150,000 & $1,395,000. Steve Owen & Associates Golf Links: $1,045,000. Bird Key garden (Toll Free: 877-867-1089) home - $895,000. The Shore: $595,000. Sutton Place: $449,000. Sunridge: 3BR Townhouse, $225,000. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700 or Enjoy Fall Colors In The Mountains Of Murphy, North Carolina. 2BR/2BA New Chalet $500./Week. (941)918-2630 543 juan Anasco: 600/ft. to beach, 2 story, huge furnished downstairs, 2 car garage, canal front, 3BR/2BA, lanai upstairs. Rentals: Annual Must see! $795,000. Call Charles, downtown renaissance. Beautifully 383-2953. furnished condo, 1BR/1BA, bay view, all amenities included. Available Dec. 1st. Lots & Acreage For Sale Annually: $1500/mo. 6/mo.: $2400/mo. No pets/smoking. 941-921-1648.


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

Seller Financing Available (941)374-2710 Open House University Park

By Owner Open House: Saturday & Sunday

October 14th & 15th 1-4PM

7416 Easton Court Desirable Gated Community:

Tennis, 4”Golf Fitness Ct. 4BR/3BA/2CG Fam.Rm w/Ent.Ct./Atrium, Private Guest Suite Large Private Preserve Lot. Ext. Large Pool 7 Lanai For Entertaining New Appliances, A/C, Immaculate Immediate Occupancy

$5,000.00 Toward Closing Costs 1 Year Association Fee Offered During Open House Period Broker Coop

Reduced $725,000 (941)358-6886

The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, october 12, 2006

Rentals: Annual

lbk 3BR/2BA, furnished canal front home with boat dock, walk to private beach access. Below market! $1700/mo. 407-929-0214. Sarasota ranch Club: 3BR/4BA, new, 5000/sq.ft., contemporary, 10 acres. $10,000/mo. 350-1312.

LBK, Waterfront Home, 2BR/2.5BA, with Pool. Country Club Shores. Furnished / Unfurnished. $1999./Month. Available September. 941-376-8006 palma sola: Bay views, 3BR/3BA penthouse condo, furnished, 2 miles to beach, large boat slip available. Pool, tennis, Jacuzzi. $2050/mo. yr. lease. 358-7560. Beautiful South Gate Home. Totally Updated, 2BR/2BA/1CG, Centrally Located, Whirlpool Tub +More. Lease Option. (941)925-1136

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.

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.

covert ii: 1BR/1BA, Gulf view, $3500/mo. atrium: Upscale bayside condo, 3BR/2BA, W/D, many amenities, $6000/mo. beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, bayside, $3200/mo. sea club III: weekly rental available. One and two bedrooms. Gulf front. sea oats: 1 & 2/BR condos directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly. gulf of mexico dr.: 2BR/2BA, spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, beautiful, pool. Summer 2007. l.b. harbour: 2BR/2BA and 1BR/1BA, great view of Bay. $2500-$3500/mo. sutton place: bayside, 2BR/2BA & 3BR/2.5BA. $3500/mo. islands west: breathtaking Gulf view, beautiful accommodations. 3/mo. minimum. $5000-$6000/mo. westchester: split plan, 2BR/2BA, beautiful Gulf view. 1 mo. min. $5000/mo. windward bay: 2BR/2BA, overlooks bay. 1 mo. min. $3000/mo. longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, updated, Fall monthly, nice bay view, $2200/mo. Season $3500/mo. bayview dr.: 2BR/2BA home, furnished, pool, bay view, W/D, $3000/mo. Fall. arbomar: 2BR/2BA, gorgeous Gulf view, 1/mo. min. $5000/mo. Gulf Key condo: 2BR/2BA villa, small pet. 1/mo. min. $3200/mo. neptune: 2BR/1BA condo, $3000/mo. Pet. longboat harbour towers: Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, 2/mo. min. $5500/mo. whitney beach: 1BR/1BA, Gulf, $4500/mo. 1.5BR/2BA Villa, bayside, $3000/mo. 2BR/2BA, bayside, water view, $3500/mo. shore: Beautiful tropical Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, W/D, $5500/mo. castillian: Totally redone, Gulf view, $6000/mo.

Downtown Rivo At Ringling, 2BR +Den/ 2BA, 8th Floor, W/D. Brand New Luxury Building. Available 11-04-2006. No/Pets $2500/Month Unfurnished, $2950/Month Furnished. (941)504-9458 Condo 55+, Totally Updated, Waterfront 2BR/2BA. Available Immediately. Move-In Before Holidays, Lease Option. $1200/Month (941)925-1136 Bird Key: 3BR/2BA/2CG Pristine Pool Home, Full Bay View, Unfurnished. Available November 1st. $2000/Month (941)346-8008

landsend bayou (direct to Gulf & Bay). Quiet village setting, 1BR unit. $795/mo. (941)387-0990.

Affordable & Spacious 2 Or 3 Bedroom Villa In 55+ Community Convenient Location Great Amenities Pet Friendly

Wagner Realty Kelly Belisle (941)809-0036

941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 For a complete list, go to: 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.

longboat key: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, new kitchen, fishing pier, pool, active clubhouse available. Jan., Feb. & March. $3200/mo. 941-383-4592 or beachfront, banyan bay #103 Full 1-201-966-7506. Gulf views! Walk right out onto the beach LBK; Sutton Place, 3BR/2.5BA, 2 King from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor Size Beds, 2 Twin Beds. Completely Renocondo near Centre Shops, restaurants. vated & Furnished, (2) Pools, Walk To Large screen TV’s, in unit washer/dryer. Beach, Cleaning Service. Internet Access. Sunsets, pool, tennis, fishing pier. $3700./Month (845)279-7397 941-383-6650.

beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, bayside. $1250/mo. fox street: 2BR/2BA, unfurnished, $950/mo. twin shores: 2BR, 55+, 2/mo. min. or annual. Bayview Dr.: unfurnished 3BR/2BA, pool & yard maintenance included. $1800/mo.

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

Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

condos/homes seasonal

Perico Island: Large 4BR/3BA patio home, extras, near beach and shopping. $1675/mo. (941)383-4146.

vacation rentals

beachfront condo - 3015 Gulf of hidden lakes studio. Tuttle near Mexico Drive - weekly or monthly. Contact Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, Fruitville. New carpet, blinds. First, last & Andrew 941-383-9700 or security. $695/mo. 780-9661.

condos/homes annual

Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127

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

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.

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



The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, october 12, 2006

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

lbk canal home. Walk to private beach bayport, longboat Key. Large access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Below market! 2BR/2BA, W/D, lanai, sun deck, beautifully furnished, fitness center, heated pool, $3900 monthly. 407-929-0214. 4/Har-Tru tennis, fishing. Monthly seasonal. 440-248-2747, Email: on the Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Phone/fax: View at: Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly May through Jan. $1600/mo. longboat harbour Tower; 2BR/2BA, 351-5101. on the Gulf, 5th floor, beautifully decorated. 3-4/mos. $4400/mo. stylish gulfside home steps to LBK Available beach. New 2004. 2BR, den +loft. Commu- 937-477-7026. nity pool. 3 month minimum. $7500/mo. No Whitney beach, Beautifully Remodeled pets. Owner/Agentwww.luxuryhomes-con- 2BR/2BA condo, waterview, beach, pool 305-632-0449. tennis, cable, horse shoe pits, shuffle banyan bay, 2BR/2BA. First floor, board, ample closets, fish from dock. No Monthly. beautifully furnished, bay view condo with pets, no smoking. Available (607)292-3430 or email owner W/D. Tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach Call access. Jan. $2900. Jan. & Dec. $5000. Non-smoking unit. (Already rented for Feb., Paradise In COMFORT At Palm Breeze March, April). 859-441-3110. Rentals In Holmes Beach. Two Beautifully gulf front condo for rent. Beautifully Furnished Units In A Key West Style Home furnished 2BR/2BA, behind LBK gates. On A Large Corner Lot. Each Unit Has 3BR/2BA, Washer, Dryer, Fully Equipped $4800/mo. 813-334-0813. Kitchen, Heated Pool, Bikes, Grill, Etc. Just Bring Your Clothes, And A Toothbrush And weekly rentals. Luxurious, fully fur- Enjoy. WWW.APALMBREEZE.COM nished 1-4 bedrooms. Condominiums and (941)730-5126 Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: LBK, Mid Key 3BR/2BA, Beach House, New Deck, Private Beach. $1950/Month for information and (719)475-0957 virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. ST. ARMANDS Circle: Newly renovated Longboat Key: Adorable Furnished 1BR/1BA beauty with pool, spa, and covCottage, Turnkey, 2BR/1/BA, Close To St. ered parking. Near beach and shops. Armands. Available March, April, Owner/Agent. (941)586-6731. $2300/month. (941)373-9999 longboat key. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145.

Whitney beach. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view of Bishop Bayou. Beach, pools, tennis, cable TV and high-speed internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from docks. No pets. Available monthly. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner:

turtle crawl inn on Longboat key

daily, weekly, monthly directly on the Gulf beach! Wagner Realty since 1939 866-754-3443

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation seaplace g-3. Fully furnished 2BR/1.5BA unit available DECEMBER-MARCH. 2 MONTHS @ $6000; 3 MONTHS @ $8000; 4 MONTHS @ $10,000. View unit/complex on website Email: 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. 518-547-9788.

Classifieds 9D Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation


inn on the beach Discounted rates from $131/night


Club Suites and 2 Bedrooms. Beachfront, Lagoon or Garden Views.

4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 941-387-9709 800-469-4852

LONGBOAT KEY-Seaplace. (Available mid-April-Dec. 15 ’06 and from Jan. 12 ‘07) 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Completely renovated and gorgeously decorated, all new furniture. Ground floor, corner unit with partial sea view, double lanai. Sunny, private, easy access to garden, beach and pool. State-of-the-art kitchen. Oversized master bedroom with walk-in shower room, separate toilet room. DVD and video, DSL line and fax, 2 parking spaces. 2 month min. contract. Email: or leave a message on 941-383-2343 or with Gail Levine, 813-839-0896. 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.

941-383-5549 pelican harbor: 2BR/2BA, furnished, beautiful bay view, second floor, W/D in unit. Non-smoking. No pets. Pool, tennis, boat dock. Nov., Dec. $3000/mo. Jan. through April, $3900/mo. 941-504-2749 beachfront luxury: Lido Beach Spectacular Sunsets, 2BR/2BA. Prestigious St. Armands Towers: walk to shops, restaurants in Circle. 9th floor, Gulf view from all large rooms, 42/ft. balcony, heated pool, sauna, elegantly furnished. Annual rental available. Non-smoker. $3950/mo. for 6/mo. minimum. $4500/mo. for 4/mos. 305-582-8466 Cell. Or E-mail: LBK, Castillian, 3BR/3BA, Beautiful Gulf Side Corner Condo. Monthly/ Seasonally. Beach, Pool, Newly Remodeled. (734)662-1878.

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3 Swamped 4 Stock sci-fi character 5 Furthermore 6 Serengeti prowlers 7 Brink 8 Contented sigh 9 River of "My Own Private Idaho" 10 Sightseer 11 Blueprint detail 12 Rule for Jack Sprat 13 Out of sorts 14 Thickness 15 Crack in rock 16 Weapon in Clue 17 Zeno's birthplace 18 Gull's cousin 24 Sniff out 25 TV show with a laugh track 26 Score unit 32 Slugger's stat 33 Resolve 35 Otter snack 36 Rollaway bed 38 Pers. with a handle? 39 Well-known cartel 41 Planter spot 42 Canyon rerun 43 Overlook 44 Keep tabs on 45 One of HOMES 46 Art house film 47 Part of HRE 48 Jackrabbits 54 Designer Cassini 55 12-step program 57 Aces 58 Autocratic orders 60 Robin food 61 Reverie 64 Pickle choice 66 Singing group

68 DXVII tripled 70 Conspicuous 71 Whetstone wielder 72 Like a shuttle's path 73 Exodus locale 74 Film-critic Roger 75 War hero-turnedactor Murphy 79 Go bankrupt 80 Workplace injury grp. 81 Berserk 83 USN rank 85 Ideal setting 86 Gas pump abbr. 89 Turkey flag feature 91 Become alert 93 '80s, '90s and 2000s top ten tennis player 96 Knock-out gas 97 Actress Arthur 98 __ Culture Society 99 Remain loyal to 100 Sci-fi Doctor 101 Kind of light bulb 106 Beatles sexy lady 108 Marks time 109 Trieste love 110 Shire of movies 111 Wrapped up 112 Quid pro quo 113 Do roadwork 114 Egyptian god 116 Difficult journey 117 Use a cipher 120 Solicit alms 121 Before, briefly 122 Dubbing title 123 __ Moines, IA



Last Week’s Cryptograms 1. Pointing at his sleeve, first sergeant asks unresponsive underling, “Don’t you know what three up and three down means?” Army private answers, “A fast inning.” 2. Old ditty: It was the most wonderful ring I’d ever seen. It must have come from Ireland ‘cause it made my finger green.


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S e rv i c e D i r e c t o ry carpet cleaning


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Custom Carpet Cleaning serviCe

Florence Depont Bookkeeping Services Personal & Business

24/Hr Water removal Jim and Sandee Davis Owners

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Companionship & caregiving through attitude, appearance, commitments, etiquette and safety because every family’s situation is unique.

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advertise in the service directory flooring

Contact Sheryl @ 954-1542

advertise in the service directory Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation lbk: tiffany Plaza. Beachfront condos, 1st. floor, 2BR/2BA, walkout to beach. Beautifully furnished, heated pool, covered parking. 1/mo. min. 941-383-3338.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: with dock, private beach access. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Available Oct. Nov. & after March. See website for photos and Lbk Beachplace, 3BR/2BR, 1800 SF, rates. or call Beautifully Furnished, Competitive Rentals. 941-360-0700. Available February 2007, May-December, longboat key condo: mid-key, direct 2007. Non-smoker. Call Owner Gulf/Beachfront, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA/2Kings, (610)647-5710 washer dryer. Excellence. Non-smokers. lido vacation rentals. One and two Dec. thru Feb. remain: $5000/mo., bedroom units available. Furnished $9500/2mos. Owner: cell 859-468-3478. apartments across from beach and 1/block lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., from St. Armands Circle. Available now. 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very Call 266-4775. private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal LBK SeaPlace, 2BR/2BA 1st floor condo rates effective until Jan. 1st. Daily rates on Gulf. Available 12/01/06 - 4/01/07, mini- $45-$110 3/day min. Weekly rates: $275-$600. Monthly rates: $750-$1000. mum 2 months. 440-331-0487 THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. Please call 941-388-2590. lido 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Immaculate, Heated Pool, Steps To Beach Fall Specials* behind the gates of Longboat Key Club: 2BR/2BA, beachfront condo, Gulf & Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117 Bay views, pool, tennis. Avail. December LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 until May. 4/mos. $3000/mo., 6/mos. bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido $2500/mo. 941-383-3861 mornings & eveBeach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental nings. condo. 388-1404. Golden Gate Point. Breath Taking Bayport, 2BR/2BA, Newly Decorated, View Across The Water Of Downtown, 1st Floor, End Unit, Beautiful Gulf To Bay. And Marina Jack’s 1BR/1BA $1400/$2200/ (317)773-8524 Month (941)730-3075

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available June 2007. August-December, 2006 & 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884. Longboat Key, Islander Club, 2BR/2BA, gulf front, completely renovated, elegantly furnished, $3000/month seasonal. (813)787-5326, (941)387-7065. longboat village: 2BR/1BA, furnished, updated. Like new home. October, November, December, $1800/mo. January, February, March $2700/mo. Longboat Village: Updated, furnished, 3BR/2BA, $3500/mo. Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090. lbk, sutton Place. Beautiful 3rd floor condo. Beautiful Water Views on bay, 1BR/1.5BA, private beach club, 2/heated pools. Available thru December. $1350/mo. (941) 545-6118. longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, 1st floor with beautiful Bay view. Professionally decorated, non-smoker, king/queen, fully furnished. Pool, tennis, beach & more. Available Dec.-April, 2/mo. minimum. $2800/mo. Discount for additional months. 877-741-2813.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

beautiful Gulf view condo: 2BR/2BA, in Tiffany Plaza. Oct. through Jan. $1800/mo +tax (727)501-3675. affordable, attractive, Available; 3BR home with dock & pool. Country Club Shores. or 614-487-2460.




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Professional Nail Care for the Lady & Gentleman

Certified Building Contractor

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Household, construction debris and brush removal Land/Lot Clearing.


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georgia hendrickson 941-539-5998

ThiS Space cOulD Be yOurS! call for more information about The Service Directory! phone:383-5509

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