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Leaks, rats damage fire station BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

Good news — you snooze Eastern Standard Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. Luckily, it’s that time of year we get to turn back the clock. Enjoy that extra hour.

Not-so-good news Last week Our Town reported Harry Christensen of Harry’s Continental Kitchens had dislocated his shoulder not once, but twice, in the past month. At a recent visit to the doctor, Christensen learned his injury was more severe than initially thought. There is extensive damage to the entire shoulder area and he will undergo surgery later this week. Christensen expects he will be wearing a sling for six to eight weeks. “There’s one good thing,” Christensen smiled. “It’s my left shoulder and I am right-handed.”

A renovation of the Longboat Key South Fire Station at 2162 Gulf of Mexico Drive will leave some firefighter/paramedics homeless for a time in November. The renovation is occurring nine months after an air-quality report conducted by Apollo Environmental Inc. revealed health concerns in the building caused by mold and what the company called “a serious, active rat/rodent infestation of the wall and attic.” The water leaks and rat urine were significant enough to damage and stain the fire station’s ceiling tiles, according to the report. The fire department commissioned the airquality study after firefighters complained of irritated eyes, respiratory problems and allergies. The union representative for the firefighters,

Karsten Garber, said after the study was conducted in February, he was told the building met Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards. Garber said it was not until about three weeks ago that he saw the rest of the report. The report does state, “The bio-aerosol levels of the tested areas meet OSHA guidelines.” But in the following nine pages, the report goes on to state that the bunk room where firefighters sleep contained an “elevated level of curvularia and overall does not meet American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygenists or general-industry guidelines.” Curvularia is a fungus that causes infections in humans, such as sinusitis, pneumonia and cerebral abscess. According to the report, the fire station’s bunk room contained 600 colonyforming units of curvularia per cubic meter of air.



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The report also mentions a chaetomium contamination in the walls at the fire station. Chaetomium is another fungus that causes human infections. It thrives on two things, water intrusion and bird nests, which provide material for the fungus to decompose. Both factors are prevalent at the South Fire Station, a structure that has been plagued by two fundamental problems ever since it opened for business in 1984. First, the roof of the garage is higher than the rest of the building’s roof. This unevenness creates a “pocket” where rain collects and seeps down into the building, explained Building Official Randy Fowler, who inspected the building. The leak is bad enough that water drips down the wall directly underneath the pocket in rainstorms.

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As soon as there were no more turtle nests to protect, town employees trimmed the sea-grape hedge across from Bayport down to 24 inches Oct. 20. The hedge should receive another trim during the winter, but will be allowed to grow up to 48 inches again by May. (See story on page 3A.)

The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board decided to pursue a new way to preserve commercial properties on the island and also asked town staff to study ways to improve cellular phone service, during the Oct. 21 meeting. Board member Jerry Lee raised the issue of cellular phone service, by recommending that the town facilitate construction of a 50-foot-tall cellular tower disguised as a Norfolk pine. “I think it’s important for the safety, health and the convenience of all the citizens on Longboat Key,” Lee said. Lee said the tree-towers are designed so well, that most people do not realize they house antennae. Chairman Bob Diamant said he could not make a decision on something which he had not yet seen. “It’s just gorgeous,” said Lee. “You sound like a consultant for the telecommunication industry,” said board member Ray Metz. Town Attorney David Persson pointed out that the town’s current policy is to encourage the installation of cellular antennae on the roofs of existing buildings. Although, cellular towers are allowed in the town’s institutional-zoning district, and there is also the option to install mini-antennae on top of telephone poles, Persson added. Board member George Spoll said he would like to know why a tower would provide better service than a rooftop antennae. Metz said one problem with the rooftop policy is that there are no tall buildings to accommodate antennae on the north end of the island, “So, I agree that we should look at it again.” Lee said another concern with the rooftop antennae is that people living beneath them sometimes fear that the antennae emits harmful vibrations or radiation. “That’s what they’re worried about,” Lee said. “I’m not saying it happens.” Planning Director Jill Jeglie said such concerns could be even more prevalent, if a tall cellular tower were put into a neighborhood. “If you think they’re worried about vibrations on the roof, wait until they have a 150-foot CONTINUED ON PAGE 4A




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votes (such as coffee tin, shoe box, etc.) In addition to chili, hot dogs, beer, soda and water will be served. Live music will be provided by Blues Pigs, a band made up of Longboat Key and Sarasota police officers. There will be three winners: first-place winner gets $100, second gets $50 and third gets $25. Cost to attend is $5 for Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for nonmembers. Register with Gail Loefgren, 387-9519.

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the carver must have been a former flower child. Look for him at a St. Jude business location.

Benefit bargains There a good buy at the Whitney Beach Plaza post office. The post office? Sarasota-Manatee Area to Provide Riding Therapy (SMART) is participating in Burdine’s Charity event to be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Burdine’s supplies a number of area charities with tickets, which the organizations sell for $5. The tickets admit the purchaser to Burdine’s and entitles them to a 20% discount on top of already discounted sale prices. The tickets are on sale at the post office and 100% of the ticket price benefits the charity. Post office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Burdine’s stores are located in Westfield Shoppingtown Southgate and Westfield Shoppingtown Sarasota (formerly Sarasota Square Mall.)

Edith celebrates ... kinda Edith Barr Dunn celebrated her 83rd birthday Oct. 20. She bypassed her usual party to join her sister, Gwen, who celebrated her 80th with friends and family. “She has a big family and they came from all parts of the country,” Barr Dunn said. Birthdays never slow down Edith. She’s on the committee of St. Martha’s School’s “Autumn Splendor” evening on Nov. 7; on Nov. 8, Edith will be selling T-shirts and raffle tickets at the St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon, as she has for two decades; she’ll be driving her red convertible, top down of course, on Nov. 20, in the Venice Christmas parade. After the holidays, in January, Barr Dunn, with Longboat resident, Marie DeSanto, will co-chair the Bishop’s Charity Ball.

LeAnn Sapuppo, executive assistant at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, is smiling these days. There’s a good reason. Boyfriend Spc. James Beagle, who has been in Iraq for six months, is home for two weeks of R & R. A full-time student at Manatee Community College and a bartender at the Bridge Tender Inn, Beagle was deployed overseas on May 15 just before the action, “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” He is serving in the Army Reserves as a military police officer and is presently stationed in Camp Doha, Kuwait. Since arriving he has been based at five different camps, with sleeping arrangements from cots to bunk beds. His current duty is working with customs, inspecting gear and vehicles being sent to the States. At the end of his R & R, Beagle will return to Kuwait and expects to complete his deployment by May.

Save these dates ... Jazz on the Circle The season is upon us and so is jazz on the Circle. Oct. 24 is the kick-off date for “Smooth Jazz on St. Armands — Fourth Friday with Style,” which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The Eric Darius Quintet will open the 2003-2004 jazz season on the Circle. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; food and drink will be available during the concert, but please, no coolers or open containers. Free admission. Call 388-1554 for details. Time for chili It’s getting chilly outside (at least in the

late evenings and early mornings) and a Chili Cook Off is the perfect way to chase to cold away. And that is exactly what’s in the works. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Longboat Key Fire Department, a Chili Cook Off will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Longboat Key Public Safety Complex, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Here are the rules: 1. Provide at minimum of five gallons of chili. 2. Provide a tent, if necessary. 3. Provide cups or bowls, spoons, napkins. 4. Provide crackers and bread if you want. 5. Provide a container to hold the chili’s

St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon & Bike-athon is back for its 22nd appearance this fall. It will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, on the grounds of Temple Beth Israel. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They are available at a number of locations, including The Longboat Observer, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Northern Trust Bank, SunTrust Bank, Susan Stribling’s, Sea Stable Resortwear and Anna Maria Island Sun, or by calling Chair Bob Phillips, at 383-7767, or Jim VanZandt, at 383-8286. 14th annual Colony Stone Crab Fest “Kick up your claws and celebrate, it’s stone crab season!” says the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. And, the Colony always does it style. Get sand between your toes at the Festival Tasting on the Beach on Oct. 31. Seven of the country’s hottest chefs prepare specialty dishes and seven worldrenowned winemakers pour great vintages. There’s also live music and dancing. Tickets are $150 plus tax. The Chefs’ Gala Dinner follows the next evening, Nov. 1, with all the chefs and winemakers participating in a grand, seven-course dinner. Tickets are $195 plus tax. For more information, call 383-6464, Ext. 2901.

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Tennis costs exceed estimate BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The Longboat Key Town Commission is meeting with the Friends of Tennis Inc. Oct. 23 to discuss what to do now that the cost of building four new tennis courts on Bay Isles Road appears to be 40% to 60% higher than estimated. In January, the commission agreed to proceed with plans to build the four courts at a cost of $200,000, with the town donating $50,000 and the Friends of Tennis Inc. being responsible for the rest of the money. “The initial cost has come back at $320,000, although it may be possible to reduce the cost to as low as $280,000,” St. Denis reported to the commission. The town did not put the project out for bids, per se. Instead, the town is treating the tennis project as a continuation of the Town Hall construction project, explained town purchasing manager Gerry Wilson. Therefore, construction manager Magnum Builders Inc. sought the bids. St. Denis said it is better to have the construction manager seek bids, because the traditional process does not allow as much flexibility in fine-tuning the elements of a

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project. That flexibility is why the cost could be $280,000 rather than $320,000, St. Denis explained. As for how the Friends of Tennis Inc. is dealing with the cost overrun, the organization’s president, Walter Hackett, issued this statement: “We are continuing to work in our partnership with the town of Longboat Key to complete the tennis center expansion. The estimated cost for the completion is higher than originally planned. We are attempting to find ways to reduce some of these costs without compromising the quality of the project, along with seeking additional funding sources.” Hackett declined to comment further. Because it is unknown how the organization will propose to deal with the higher than anticipated project cost, Mayor John Redgrave arranged to have a special meeting immediately after the regularly scheduled workshop Oct. 23, in case any official action is required, such as modifying the budget. “At this time I do not know what the Friends of Tennis will be seeking, nor do I know if I agree with what they propose,”

Redgrave wrote in a memo Oct. 20. “However, I do know that the Friends of Tennis proposed partnering with the town on this project to improve the level of service for the many tennis players on Longboat Key that participate in leagues. The leagues are organizing now. That makes any decision the Town Commission may consider regarding funding time-sensitive.” ❑

Other issues to be dealt with at the workshop, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, include: • Consideration of whether to apply for a permit to install a secondary water line that would provide water from the city of Sarasota in emergencies. • A request to replace the Lion’s Club sign on the town’s welcome sign with a Rotary Club medallion. The Lion’s Club has not met on Longboat Key for two years and the Rotary Club has been meeting regularly.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Oct. 16 for the Leila and Michael Gompertz Community Foundation Building. It will be located on a 2-acre site at 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Made possible by a $2 million gift from Longboat Key residents Leila Gompertz and her late husband, Michael, the two-story, Mediterranean-style building will have a 16,000-square-foot area. In addition to being headquarters for the Community Foundation, the building will have a non-profit resource center, operated by the foundation and providing conference and meeting space for the use of not-for-profit community organizations. The anticipated completion date is September 2004; above: Community Foundation Chairman Mary Fran Carroll and Leila Gompertz

Former Longboat Key Town Manager Cox dies Albert T. Cox Jr. Former Longboat Key Town Manager Albert T. Cox Jr. died Oct. 15. He was born May 26, 1929, in Norristown, Pa. “Al was a good manager and did better than he often got credit for,” said former Town Commissioner and Mayor Jim Brown. “He built a good solid staff, one of the best the town ever had. Albert T. Cox Jr. “Cox was the manager during a time when the whole character of the Key began to change. Density and development were big issues. For example, Queens Harbour went from 400 to 100 units and Al handled all the ensuing problems very competently.” Helen Jursco, who worked with Cox for 15 years as his secretary when he served as town manager and in the Public Works Department, said, “Al was a sweet and caring man. I think it was the end of an era when he left.” When not working, Cox could frequently be found on the tennis courts. He and his wife, Joan, were charter members of Cedars Tennis Club. Warren Girle, Cedars’ tennis


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BY SHAY SULLIVAN As turtle-nesting season comes to an end, turtle experts are declaring the sea grapes at mid-Key the town installed to protect turtles a complete success. And, Town Manager Bruce St. Denis had the hedge cut down lower than originally expected this week. This year’s nesting season served as a trial for the sea grapes, which had never before grown high enough to effectively block headlights from disturbing turtles. Previously, cars that passed the open vista across from Bayport at nighttime illuminated long stretches of beach as far north as Whitney Beach. The artificial lights can confuse baby turtles, because turtles use natural light from the moon and stars to navigate. If the sea grapes did not work, the town may have been forced to consider using a more opaque barrier, such as sand dunes. But, thanks to a new law to protect them and new pipes to irrigate them, the sea grapes have now grown to the desired 4-foot height, which is high enough for Jerris Foote, who manages the turtle program at Mote Marine Laboratory and monitors nesting on the south end of Longboat Key. “The hedge has proven a great success, as witnessed by the overall decrease in hatchling disorientation events in the area,” Foote said. Foote made these comments in a letter to Dr. Robbin Trindell, who reviews environmental issues for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. How Trindell views the town’s treatment of turtles is crucial, because she is reviewing the impact of the town’s upcoming beach renourishment project will have on turtles as part of the permitting process. Trindell said she concurred with Foote’s findings that the sea grapes are a success. After all nests were hatchted, St. Denis had the hedge cut in half, down to 2 feet. “That is wonderful. Our owners will be very pleased,” said Jim Wolf, who manages Bayport. Back in March, Wolf requested that the sea grapes be cut down to 2 feet after turtle season. But, at the time, St. Denis replied that he thought 36 inches would be as low as he could go with the sea grapes. “We just had to see how they would do and they’ve done well,” said St. Denis. ❑

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director said, “Cox was a great guy and pretty good tennis player.” Cox came to Longboat Key in 1975 from Temple Terrace, where he had served as the city’s public works director. Cox was a local government employee for 41 years and a state employee for four years. He retired in 1993. He served in the Naval Reserves for 23 years. He was a life member of the American Public Works Association, a member of Naval Enlisted Reserves Association, U.S. Air Force Club and a member of Saints Peter and Paul The Apostles Catholic Church. His survivors include his wife, Joan; three sons, Albert III and James, both of Bradenton, and Donald of Ellenton; his mother, Jeanette of Palm Harbor; six grandchildren; a brother; and a sister. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Saints Peter and Paul The Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, 43rd St. Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or to The Salvation Army, 1204 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. ❑

In response to what he described as an “onslaught of horror stories,” Longboat Key Federation of Condominiums President Howard Biddle called on the members of his organization to recount their experiences with the Longboat Key Planning, Zoning and Building Department. Biddle spoke about the issue at the federation’s first meeting of the season at Islands West Oct. 18. Biddle said he has heard numerous complaints and rumors about delays caused by the building department and the attitudes of employees who work there. The problem is such that contractors seem hesitant to work on Longboat Key, Biddle said. And people are confused about what the town requires of them, he said. For example, some people think a licensed contractor is required to paint or carpet a condominium unit, but that is not true, Biddle said. On the contrary, said George Spoll from the audience, a licensed contractor is required. At any rate, Biddle said, to clear up such confusion and rumors, the federation will be compiling people’s testimonies about the building department. The material will then be sent on to the town manager or the Longboat Key Town Commission, he said. “That’s good,” said Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. “I almost look forward to this.” St. Denis said he, too, receives complaints about the building department. But when he investigates them, he never finds the employees to be the root of the problem, he said. Rather, miscommunication is to blame most of the time, he explained. St. Denis proceeded to rattle off numerous examples of how a resident was told one thing, but the file at the building department told another story. “I want the whole story,” St. Denis said. St. Denis urged people who submit information about an experience with the building department to include specifics, so he can investigate what occurred. Building Official Randy Fowler said sometimes people do not realize the strict rules are there for their own protection, especially in condominiums. For instance, even painting can be dangerous, if the paint covers a fire sprinkler spout or seeps into an outlet, he explained. Fowler said typically, if people wonder whether they need a permit, they probably do. But there can be exceptions to the rules, and the best thing to do is ask whether a permit is required, he said. Another problem is that contractors sometimes blame the town for delays and cost overruns, Fowler said. Sometimes contractors will deliberately take a long time obtaining a permit, to give themselves time to finish some other job, he said. Or they will misrepresent the cost of a permit, Fowler said. St. Denis said the survey conducted by the federation will be an opportunity to review some of these issues, “I think it will be educational for everybody.” Anyone who is a resident of a Longboat Key condominium and has had an experience with the Planning, Zoning and Building Department is invited to mail a summary of what transpired to the Federation of Longboat Key Condominiums, P.O. Box 642, Longboat Key, FL, 34228. Also at the meeting, the federation learned about the fiduciary responsibilities of condominium association boards from local attorney Richard Ulrich. ❑



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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A The second flaw is the material that surrounds the fire station, an insulator called EIFS, or Exterior Insulation and Finish System. The EIFS is similar to Styrofoam, and woodpeckers have been able to penetrate it with their beaks, leaving holes in the outer wall. Flying golf balls from the nearby Harbourside golf course have also lodged in the building. The air-quality inspector recommended replacing the EIFS entirely, repairing the roof and cleaning the air conditioning system. The town already budgeted $72,000 in October 2002 to replace the roof and air conditioning, as well as the cabinetry at the South Fire Station. But the work did not occur during the following fiscal year. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said he did not know exactly why the work did not occur. Asked why he did not accelerate the schedule for the roof replacement upon learning of the health concerns, St.

Denis said, “The environmental report ... I just recently became aware of that.” Asked why he would not be provided with a copy of the report, St. Denis said, “I don’t have an answer for that.” Fire Chief Julius Halas said the report was being handled internally by his staff and was not discussed with Garber and other employees, until it was time to begin the actual renovation. Garber said, “This thing is being addressed. I don’t want to cause a big stink about it.” Tiles for replacing the fire station’s roof are expected to arrive Oct. 27 and that is when the roof replacement will start, said Fowler. A metal liner will be added to the roof to prevent future leaks. After the roof is replaced, the air conditioning repairs will commence, new lights will be installed and the building will be fitted with a new system of smaller ceiling tiles that should be more resilient to sagging and staining. All together, the work is expected to take between three and four weeks to complete, Fowler said. For their safety, firefighters will be


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Norfolk pine in their backyard that they can’t cut down,” said board member Michael Drake. The board came to a consensus to have town staff study all the myriad ways to improve cellular phone service on the island. Earlier in the meeting, the board discussed ways to maintain the town’s existing businesses in light of the recent reduction in tourism units. Many Longboat Key hotels and motels have more rooms than is allowed by town rules, meaning they cannot be rebuilt without a drastic reduction in size. The board considered changing the rules to allow the old hotels to be rebuilt to be the same size they are now. But consulting planner Pam Truitt discovered that doing so would require the voters to approve 803 new units on the

relocated during the project. Halas said he hopes to use a hotel or office building on the south end of the island as a temporary station, so that people do not have to wait longer than usual for an ambulance. But town-zoning rules are making it tough to legally locate a headquarters for the firefighters, Halas said. One problem cited in the air quality report is not being addressed in the upcoming project. The EIFS is not being replaced. Halas said the walls could be lined with stucco, but St. Denis said he is not yet certain whether the benefit of such a replacement would be worth the cost. As for the work that will occur in November, there is no firm cost estimate available. St. Denis said, “I don’t know what the numbers are going to be.” Finance Director Terry Sullivan said, “Right now I’m not sure what it’s going to cost ... The answer to your question is I am sure the people who need to know, know.” Halas said he expects the upcoming work to cost a total of about $100,000. ❑

island. Lee said there would be no new units, because the hotel rooms already exist. True, said Persson, but a referendum would still be necessary, because the 803 units do not exist on the town’s future land-use map, which was approved in 1984 and is what counts legally. “We did a good job in ’84, I guess,” said Diamant. The board abandoned this idea and focused instead on the possibility of creating “market centers” at Whitney Beach Plaza and the Centre Shops of Longboat Key. The idea would be to give those two shopping centers a boost by allowing residences to be built there, while increasing demand in the centers by allowing businesses elsewhere to be converted to residences. The plan would not apply to Town Plaza (Avenue of the Flowers), because that property is a custom development that does not fall under regular town codes. The board voted unanimously to have town staff research the possibility of creating market centers. Jeglie said she would report back to the board on the issue in December. ❑

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Code Enforcement Board gives rebate BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The Longboat Key Code Enforcement Board voted unanimously Oct. 13 to impose fines on two violators and to give a third violator a 50% discount on his fine. The first case of the day involved demolition work done without permits at 6385 Gulfside Road, which is a property owned by Craig R. Weiss of Emerald Harbor. Town employees witnessed workers handling demolition material at the property July 30. Weiss said he was just cleaning up the property. Code Administrator Randy Fowler explained that after being notified of the problem, Weiss worked with the town to obtain a permit. But during the course of his efforts, Weiss behaved inappropriately with town employees, Fowler said. “He became very angry and vulgar with staff, when we tried to explain issues to him,” Fowler said. According to a police report dated Sept. 10,

Weiss came to the building department on Bay Isles Road and threatened to insert a check into code enforcement officer Heidi Micale. Weiss then used an expletive in describing the building department staff to a fellow customer, according to the report. Code board member Albie Frank expressed disgust at Weiss’ treatment of town staff. “I wish he were here today, so he could explain himself or try to explain himself,” Frank said. Frank suggested giving Weiss 10 days to deal with the latest violation. If Weiss obtains a permit within the 10 days, he will only be responsible for the cost of staff time, which is $1,130 in this case. If not, he will be fined $250 a day thereafter. Next, the board dealt with a repeat violation at 300 North Shore Road, where the lawn grew higher than 12 inches. Fowler reminded the board that the owner of the property, Hratch Nerses Kaprielian of New Jersey, promised the board the property would be maintained at the

last hearing in September 2002. But after a neighbor complained, Micale discovered the weeds on Kaprielian’s land were allowed to grow up to 30 inches tall since the last hearing. Although Kaprielian’s lawn had been mowed before the hearing, Chairman Thomas Fuorry said it is important to show repeat violators that they will be held accountable. Board member Peter O’Connor proposed a fine of $880 to cover the cost of the time staff and a fine of $105, which is $5 for each of the 21 days between the time Kaprielian learned his lawn was too long and the time he had it cut. The board approved unanimously. Finally, the board heard a plea from David Bieker for relief from the fine imposed on him by the board. At the board’s last hearing in September, Bieker was found guilty of altering his structure without a permit and charged $935 for town staff time. Bieker signed an agreement with a contractor to obtain a permit prior to that hearing and thought that was enough to comply with the

rules. If he knew he would still be subject to a fine of some sort, he would have attended the hearing, he said. Fuorry asked Fowler if Bieker had worked with the town in “good faith.” “Were the intentions good?” asked Fuorry. “Good faith is a hard thing to say,” Fowler said. Fowler said Bieker did work with the town to resolve the issue, but he missed deadlines and did not obtain a permit until his case was forwarded to the code board. “I just don’t want people to get the impression we’re a punitive board,” said Fuorry. Frank suggested compromising by rebating half of the fine, making Bieker responsible for $467.50. The board agreed unanimously. The refund follows a decision by the board last month not to grant a similar request from Arden Lerfald, who requested a rebate for the $5,500 he paid for the time town staff spent investigating the rental of boat slips on his Broadway property. ❑

Barrier island officials plan for storm synergy BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The fact that hurricane season is drawing to a close uneventfully did not deter the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials from discussing ways to handle a storm, during a meeting in the city of Anna Maria Oct. 15. Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Maloney said most people living in Florida today have not lived through a serious emergency in the state. That is why education is an important aspect of preparation, he said. To teach the group how to host a successful educational program, Maloney invited Longboat Key Fire Chief Julius Halas, who shared his secret for success: make it fun. Halas told everyone how for years the annual hurricane seminars on Longboat Key were ho-hum affairs that drew few people.

Then Halas joined the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and got the idea to call the seminar a Hurricane Party and coordinate the event with local businesses. “We packed the room,” Halas said. “There was a lot of enthusiasm. Without doing it with the chamber like we did, I don’t think we would have taken that giant leap.” Free “Hurricane” cocktails were also a factor, Halas explained. In addition to educational sessions, the city governments need an ongoing way to communicate with citizens, Maloney said. A local FM radio station is currently being organized and would provide a good way to get messages out, he said. He suggested the officials consider supporting the formation of the new radio station. Longboat Key Mayor John Redgrave said he is a staunch supporter of having such a radio station. Another issue for the barrier islands to address is represen-


tation on the mainland, said Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn. A representative from the three cities on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key should be at the mainland emergency operation center at all times during an emergency, in case vital decisions are being made, she said. SueLynn said the politicians from each city could share rotating, 12-hour shifts, with Redgrave on first watch. Halas said it is not necessary to have a politician at the emergency operations center. But it is important to have someone there empowered to make decisions, he said. For example, during one storm, Sarasota County planned to call a mandatory evacuation, while Manatee County did not. Luckily, Halas said, a representative from Longboat Key was there to explain how a bifurcated evacuation would be troublesome for the two-county town. ❑







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Pay hikes in perspective Second of two parts Mark Twain, you’ll recall, penned the comment that there are lies, damned lies and statistics. But often statistics are like photographs — they’re worth a thousand words. The tables to the right are one of those instances. Calling city halls around the state — primarily in beachfront communities with populations similar to Longboat Key’s, we gathered the compensation of other town managers to put in perspective the 15% pay raise for Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. Maybe he’s worth every penny. But at the least, perhaps the accompanying statistics will gong a bell or two between the ears of the members of the Town Commission. And that gong would be this: Before the next pay raise for the town manager and town employees, it would be useful for the commissioners to have in their hands a detailed comparison of the compensation packages for town managers of similarsize municipalities. This would be preferable to the mayor’s opinion and sketchy comparative details. At the maximum, the commission — dare we suggest — might authorize a compensation management firm to perform, say, a once-every-five-years analysis of the town’s pay scales. And to bang the gong one more time, wouldn’t it be nice if the Town Commission crafted a compensation plan that tied pay to tangible performance, i.e. increased productivity or actual cuts in the town budget and employee rolls? ❑❑❑ There’s a story going around town quoting a sitting commissioner commenting on fellow Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough’s lone vote against the 15% pay hike for the town manager. “Whatmough,” the commissioner said, “hasn’t learned that no expense is too big for Longboat Key.”







Sanibel Lee Longboat Key Man./Sarasota Belleair Pinellas Lauderdale by the Sea Broward Bay Harbor Islands Miami-Dade Key Biscayne Miami-Dade Palm Beach Palm Beach Treasure Island Pinellas Miami Shores Miami-Dade Marco Island Collier Neptune Beach Duval Lighthouse Point Broward

6,135 7,660 4,090 6,220 5,120 10,700 9,674 7,500 10,430 14,800 7,264 10,860

$125,000 $134,836 $83,000 $125,705 $102,100 $136,150 $140,289 $94,500 $133,500 $115,000 $70,000 $93,000

14% 28% 9% 9.37% 10% 15% 0% 12% $12,000 38% 7% 14%

$142,500 $172,590 $90,470 $137,483 $112,310 $156,572 $140,289 $105,840 $145,000 $158,700 $74,900 $106,020

$23.22 $22.53 $22.12 $22.10 $21.93 $14.63 $14.50 $14.11 $13.90 $10.72 $10.31 $9.76



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Longboat Key Marco Island Key Biscayne Miami Shores Sanibel Palm Beach Lauderdale by the Sea Bay Harbor Islands Lighthouse Point Treasure Island Belleair Neptune Beach




$134,836 $115,000 $136,150 $133,500 $125,000 $140,289 $125,705 $102,100 $93,000 $94,500 $83,000 $70,000

28% 38%* 15% $12,000 14% 0% 9.37% 10% 14% 12% 9% 7%

$172,590 $158,700 $156,572 $145,000 $142,500 $140,289 $137,483 $112,310 $106,020 $105,840 $90,470 $74,900


Headed for defeat? “To sell this to the people, you’ve got to keep it small town.” — Andrea Frank Member, Community Center Advisory Committee There’s a comment worth repeating. Mrs. Frank offered that piece of wisdom two weeks ago during an architect’s presentation of options for a new community center at Bayfront Park and Recreation Center. One of the options included the ridiculous: construction

of a double-deck parking garage. Architect Lisa Wannemacher suggested the garage as a way to meet the town’s parking codes. If voters approved a 17,000-squarefoot community center, town codes would require parking for 189 vehicles. This is crazy. The only time 189 vehicles crowd in one place on Longboat Key is in the Publix parking lot at high season, never at a Longboat event. Aside from being impractical for the Bayfront Park and

Sound Off! Rate the pay hikes, rate the commission … With little discussion last week and during the summer by the Longboat Key Town Commission, the Town Commission and town manager let stand pay increases to all town employees, ranging from 4% to as high as 31%, including a 15% pay increase for Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. All totaled, the annual costof-living increases, merit raises and “re-classification” of employees’ pay grades added $500,000 to the town’s employee payroll for the fiscal 2003-04.

Let us know what you think: 1) Were the town employees’ raises excessive? 2) Was the town manager’s pay increase excessive? 3) How would you rate the Town Commission’s handling of the town employees’ compensaton: good, fair or poor? Send us your responses via Letter to the Editor (Box 8100 Longboat Key, 34228); fax (383-7193) or via email (

• The above figures do not include cost of health insurance provided by the municipalities. That would add more to the totals. • The Marco Island manager’s 38% in the pension column is the percentage of salary contributed by taxpayers to be used for health, life, disability insurances plus pension. • Key Biscayne pays $1,000 a month housing allowances each to the city manager, fire chief and police chief. The city manager, however, turned down the allowance. • The Sanibel manager also receives $1,500 a month for housing and $500 a month for a car. • The Treasure Island city manager also receives 100% health care coverage for his dependents and a $5,000 vehicle allowance.

Recreation Center, the parking requirements illustrate one of the flaws of zoning codes: One size does not fit all. If discussions continue in the same vein among advisory board members, a referendum on a community center surely is headed for a fall. We thought previously the town should not have hired an architect without first receiving suggestions and feedback from Longboat residents. The committee still should pursue Longboaters’ sentiments on a community center. Meantime, rather than continue on with its current architect, perhaps the town might consider a contest similar to that for the World Trade Center. Ask architects to contribute their own ideas for a new community center, and then may the best design win. We might be pleasantly surprised. ❑❑❑

Unobstructed view Finally, we can see the Gulf again. The sea grapes at midKey have been halved. Our summer of withdrawal is over. ❑❑❑

Entire generation robbed So writes Gregory Bresiger for the Ludwig von Mises Institute: “According to Boston University economist Laurence J. Kotlitoff, 18-year-old workers who earn average incomes over their lifetimes will “contribute” $723,591 in taxes (in present value dollars). They will receive about $140,000 in benefits! What private sector retirement program has an egregious record such as that? And even when it does, one can always withdraw from it or transfer to another program. Try withdrawing from Social Security! “This is robbery of an entire generation of workers, a generation that never had a chance to save and invest for themselves. But — like yours truly — they were simply forced into a shoddy system that rips off taxpayers, then tells them how lucky they are to have this wonderful system that protects them in old age.”




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Longboat Key is not ‘Caleefornea’ BY RICHARD L. HERSHATTER Guest Writer

The Longboat Observer’s solicited comments discussing the town manager’s job performance were reminiscent of the recent Schwartzenegger circus in “Caleefornea,” in that both situations proved, once again, that it is far easier to turn out the antis than the proponents on any given issue. No one claims infallibility on the part of the manager (or any other member of the town’s government, for that matter), but some of the comments appearing in your newspaper were clearly either unjustified or, in some cases, misdirected. For example, one of the persistent themes of the critics was that “Mr. St. Denis does not even live on Longboat Key.” As I pointed out at the commission meeting Oct. 13, that particular complaint made no sense whatever. Sometimes, communities impose residency requirements on police and fire personnel, on the theory that public safety requires that such people be as close to they duty stations as possible, so as to expedite early response. But this rationale is not applicable to the town manager, whose administrative duties do not include wielding a hose, a baton or a gun. Moreover, Longboat Key is noted as a wealthy retirees’ paradise. Police officers and firefighters cannot afford to live here. As to the town manager, he is neither retired nor wealthy. And although he can someday look forward to retirement, if he continues on his chosen path, it is unlikely that he will ever be wealthy. Of course, the town could resolve this issue by doing what Tallahassee and Washington do for their chief administrators: build an official mansion of White House for his use. Naturally we would not want to spend too much money, so the dwelling would have to be somewhere austere. We could call it the Blight House. On the other hand, maybe it would be well to forget that idea, lest we establish an unwelcome precedent. I can foresee our notably unpaid commissioners sometime clamoring for an

equal benefit, preferably situated on well-dredged canals. The second most prevalent criticism in The Longboat Observer was that St. Denis and the rest of the town staff are overpaid. There is a hoary old axiom in this country that holds: “In this life, you get what you pay for.” It appears that some time ago, the Town Commission made a command decision that town employees were to be compensated at better salaries than 75% of the cities in Florida. What has Longboat Key received in exchange for that generosity? Anyone who has had any dealings with town personnel must admit that police, fire, public works and Town Hall staff are unfailingly polite, professional and efficient. (Some complain “too efficient,” particularly where code enforcement is concerned.) But from the town manager and department heads on down, there seems to be a cheerful willingness to interrelate with the public — to speak to civic groups on their own time and to go the extra mile in helping to resolve problems. In the recent debacle involving the failed water-reclamation project, the town manager set an example by working his tail off to explain it to the townspeople. He literally worked 24/7 on the educational effort, speaking to town groups of every size, evenings and weekends, coming out to the island on his own time. He lectured to groups of as little as two persons. Whether one agreed with the project or not, one cannot fault his dedication. Is the dollar cost too high? There are several factors to consider. First, let us not lose sight of the fact that whatever we pay our employees, it only costs us less than 20 cents on the dollar. This is because the great majority of our tax dollars comes from out-of-state snowbird owners. They have no choice. They cannot vote. They have no homestead exemptions and their properties are evaluated at full-market value, unprotected by the Florida Constitution’s provisions that our valuations cannot be increased by more than any rise in the cost of living.

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

Salary Planning 101 Dear Editor: The town’s compensation practices and processes (or lack thereof), as recently reported in The Longboat Observer, leave a lot to be desired. Let me to add to the many good points you and others have made. I’ll not repeat what has already been said: Employers are not responsible for maintaining a staff member’s purchasing power. Cost-ofliving increases have no place in a performance-oriented compensation program, because they reward everyone without regard to their contribution. The 2.97% of payroll, a tidy sum of money, could either not have been spent at all or been better utilized by giving some of it to the town’s superior performers. There is no magic in a 75th-percentile positioning, although some would like you to believe there is, and to set it as your compensation target and unthinkingly adhere to it is downright foolish. If there is any “magic” at all, it occurs when you establish a list of organizations with which you compete for staff (and in Longboat Key’s case may well include companies in the private sector), determine where and why within this population of employers you want to position yourself, and focus on managing a salary plan that advances the compensation of better performers faster than others. Once set, you don’t blindly adhere to it come what may. Changes in any number of

factors (e.g., economic conditions) can require a change in your compensation positioning. Also, it’s not necessary to have the same market positioning for all levels within your organization. Competition between employers for highly skilled and/or experienced individuals is usually greater than that for people with entry level skills. It boggles the mind that Town Manager Bruce St. Denis attempts to shrug off spending more than one-half million, unbudgeted taxpayer dollars by saying he did not believe it warranted the fanfare. What unmitigated cheek. If a middle manager in a well-run private sector organization were to have acted as he did, he would be out of a job in a flash, not lionized. As to St. Denis’ recent pay hike — pricing his base salary out of the Longboat Key market with an understanding that he will stay on until 2008 is both strange and irresponsible. People leave their employers for better situations — it happens, and it is not the end of the world. Not only is this good for the individual concerned, but it’s good for the employer because it provides an opportunity to fill the job with someone who is either better and/or has greater potential. I do hope there is a mechanism for St. Denis to refund to the town unearned income should he either resign or get the axe before 2008. Lou Sanandres Longboat Key

Second, the pay scale accorded to Longboat’s employees would seem to be sufficient to let them know they are appreciated. Years spent in the field of municipal-labor negotiations have convinced me that unions are created by bad management. When people in the workplace are adequately compensated and accorded occasional praise from their employers, they tend to concentrate their efforts within their own workplace, without turning to outside unions to come between employer and employee. Finally, criticism has been raised about the town manager’s hiring of “too many expert consultants.” On this issue, I have offered three suggestions to the Town Commission: 1. If the town wants someone who uses no experts whatever and flies by the seat of his pants, Jesse Ventura may be available. 2. If the commissioners want someone who surrounds himself with experts — some good, but most bad — wait a year. Young George Bush may be available. 3. And if what is desired is someone who knows nothing about government, nor much about anything else, I recommend waiting three years, when “Caleefornea may” have had enough of Arnold. As usual, the commissioners were not amenable to outside advice and extended the contract of the present town manager. None of the foregoing is meant to imply that “everything is perfect in Shangri-la.” The commission itself could exert more leadership and guidance to paid staff. In this context, Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough’s business experience has already begun to manifest welcome signs of change to the board. Hopefully, it will continue. Dick Hershatter is a retired Connecticut lawyer and novelist who occasionally contributes caustic comments concerning contemporary causes. ❑

Survey image distorted Dear Editor: Your invitation to survey the town manager’s performance by citizen response is producing an image, which I believe is distorted and contrary to your own ideal of representative democracy. By definition, in a republic, our elected representatives should be in the best position to evaluate his performance against criteria that are important to the community. Bruce St. Dennis, I believe, has dedicated himself to aggressively seeking solutions to issues facing our town. He has been forthright in presenting alternatives and recommendations to the commission. Given the diversity of issues a small town faces, well-chosen consultants must be employed to augment a minimal staff of employees. Do we really want to expand the bureaucracy to include public health, legal, engineering and other such specialty departments? If our citizens prefer strong mayor governance or different commissioners to better represent their interests, the path to effect such change is open to them and The Longboat Observer. V.M. DeLisi Longboat Key

Whatmough does get it Dear Editor: I’ve just received this week’s Longboat Observer, and gasped at the headline of “Town manager nets 15% raise.” How Jeremy Whatmough has the patience to work with his fellow commissioners, I do not know. As a new resident and business owner on Longboat Key, I have no previous knowledge or reasons to have a personal vendetta against Bruce St. Denis, but he has one sweet deal. Never have I witnessed salary increases being given in such a manner without proper research to back up the increase. And, over the past several weeks, not only is this man’s salary increase on the minds of Longboat Key residents, but performance and treatment of people. Let me share this: I recently completed a search for the University of Chicago. The successful candidate came out of Cook County government. My candidate was a

“young” 30-year public employee who had achieved pension status. Because public employees’ salaries are available, I can share this candidate’s salary: $110,000 base salary — with responsibility for facilities management for all of Cook County government, including the prison system. Do you know how big Chicago is? Redgrave’s process of doing research is extremely questionable. The fact that Redgrave would not “show his hand” regarding his sources is not professional and should be challenged by his fellow commissioners. If St. Denis really reports and answers to Redgrave instead of the commission as a whole, perhaps what Longboat Key really needs is a new mayor and new fellow commissioners. Whatmough can’t be the “Lone Ranger” here. Whatmough does get it. Alicia Donn Aeziman Longboat Key

Preserve Longboat Pass spit Dear Editor: Kudos to The Longboat Observer for acknowledging the absurdity of Commissioners Legler and Lenobel’s comments regarding the dredging of the Longboat Pass spit (Oct. 2 editorial page): “If the town is not in the business of dredging tidal water, then how did you get the sand for the beach renourishment?” If we taxpayers are funding off-island projects such as a skating park and community center on Anna Maria because of use, then how does this differ from the many Longboat Key beachgoers and boaters who enjoy the beaches, shelling and boating on Beer Can Island? If this area becomes stagnant, the environmental and monetary costs to the town will seriously outweigh the $300,000 estimate to preserve it. Dredging may not last 10 years, but the last dredging helped and lasted well beyond the few years cited by a commissioner. Let’s do what is right for all taxpayers and preserve this lovely area for Longboat Key. There is also an opportunity here for the town to reuse the quality, powder-white sand that has accumulated for beach renourishment. Don and Anne McKinnon Longboat Key


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

Oct. 7 10:47 a.m. — 700 block Dream Island Road. Burglar alarm. Worker accidentally cut underground cable, triggering alarm. 12:03 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Trespassing. Subject said man was fishing from private dock. Man was surveying canal. 1:28 p.m. — 4000 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Warrants. Police arrested subject on warrant for driving under the influence and found a small amount of marijuana in his car. 10:29 p.m. — 2900 block GMD. Harassing phone call. Subject said her phone is being tapped, literally. She said for six months, someone has been calling her and tapping on the phone, without saying anything.

Oct. 8 1 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Disturbance. Subject said her neighbor said foul things to her for no reason. Neighbor showed police videotapes of subject’s husband yelling. Police filed no criminal charges in the ongoing neighborhood dispute. 6:11 p.m. — 2500 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject arrested for driving with suspended license. Passenger arrested for warrant involving possession of cocaine. 4:47 p.m. — 700 block Lands End Drive. Subjects warned for “skin diving” with spear gun under private pier. 5:14 p.m. — 700 block Longboat Court. Public service. Police warned subjects for fishing from private dock.

Oct. 9 9:39 a.m. — 2200 block GMD. Traffic accident. Subject hit car while entering the road, causing $1,100 worth of damage. Cited. 1:47 p.m. — 1700 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject cited for driving unregistered vehicle with a small amount of marijuana inside. 8:48 p.m. — 5200 block GMD. Suspicious person. Subject said two men knocked on her door, demanded to know why people in a unit below her were not home and asked whether she was alone. Subject closed door and called police, who could not find the men.

Oct. 10 10:44 a.m. — 500 block Wedge Lane. Property found. Police took possession of abandoned bicycle. 12:05 p.m. — 2000 block GMD. Property recovered. Police were unable to find man driving car with stolen tag, but they did find the car and tag.

Oct. 11 12 a.m. — Coquina Beach. Juvenile. Police found three boys riding bicycles in middle of road without lights and learned boys were camping illegally under the supervision of an 18-yearold. Police had trouble sending boys home, because parents could not be easily reached. At campsite, police found two boys sleeping in stolen lounge chairs next to open fire and some stolen fire extinguishers. Arrested. 11:42 a.m. — 400 block GMD. Property damage. Someone damaged grass by doing donuts. 4:31 p.m. — 6900 block GMD. Suspicious circumstance. Subject reported that chunk of concrete mysteriously appeared near store’s ice machine. 7:21 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. DUI. Police stopped subject for driving erratically and determined she was intoxicated. Police arrested Ditra Brianne Paloski, 18, of Orlando, who left a puddle of evidence in the back of the cruiser.


Construction Parties Strange Fireworks

10 5 8 8

Critters Barking dogs Loose dogs Dog attacks Dogs on beach Rats Snakes

5 3 3 29 1 1

Burglaries Drug arrests Larceny Trespassing

16 12 41 14

Vandalism Warrant arrests

19 15

Vehicular Occurrences Auto/bike accidents Crashes DUI Fender benders Hit and run Traffic violations Boating violations

4 46 66 36 3 156 12

Missing Items Cell phones Children Jewelry/watches Purses/wallets Boats Rolls Royce hubcap

Oct. 12 7:29 a.m. — 3200 block Harbourside Drive. Vandalism. Someone doing donuts in golf cart damaged turf near the fourth hole. 1:04 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Rescue. Subject lost balance and fell into a tree. Transported to hospital. 1:10 p.m. — 7100 block Longboat Drive. Trespassing. Subject agreed to remove boat he docked without permission. 11:15 p.m. — 600 block Gulf Bay Road. Disturbance. Subject and girlfriend had nonviolent argument, after which he wanted her to leave. 9:39 p.m. — GMD at North Shore Road. Suspicious person. Subjects were told not to park on private property.

Oct. 13 12:55 a.m. — Bay Isles Road at Bay Isles Parkway. Subject cited for having car radio too loud. 1:47 a.m. — Bradenton Beach. Traffic violation. Speeding subject was upset about problem

6 4 10 27 2 1

Only on Longboat Lost and found people 3 Code violations 83 Personality conflict 82 Picture window shows 2 Explicit Speedos 2 Realtor rage 1 Cutter Lane crises 5 Lewd love letters 1 Flashers 3 Lost causes on St. Judes 7 Turtle Trouble 29 Nurse harassment 1 Statistics represent the reports published in Cops’ Corner year-todate. They are not the official number of calls handled by the police.

at home and was not cited. 3:23 a.m. — 1200 block GMD. Traffic violation. Police pulled subject over because taillight was out. Subject did not have proper paperwork for vehicle. He explained he had to leave his house in a hurry, because people were doing drugs there. Police discovered subject’s license was suspended and arrested him. Before towing the car, police inventoried it and found more than a pound of marijuana. 8:27 a.m. — Manatee County. Assist. Police searched for overdue boat for a time, before receiving word that it had reached shore safely. 9:18 a.m. — 700 block St. Judes Drive. Domestic violence. Caller told police about an injured woman walking down street. Woman said her boyfriend had hit her several times with a hard object. She had large cut above left eye and a contusion on her cheek. She said he had been arrested for hitting her previously. Boyfriend said she fell and hurt herself. Police found a broken kitchen table at the scene and believe boyfriend used table leg to strike woman. Police arrested boyfriend for domestic battery. ❑


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Should one want to enter prison walls? We Have It Norway is a small Scandinavian country with a population of fewer than 5 million inhabitants. It is ruled by a benevolent monarchy and held to be relatively peaceful. Modestly, it accepts the universal compliment that its natives are the “beautiful” people. Its only argument with the world is its persistent assertion that native son Leif Ericson discovered America a half millennium before Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Recently, the Land of the Midnight Sun has become inflicted with the worldwide malady — excessive crime. Consequently, there is insufficient space for the prison inmates, “the black flowers of civilized society,” according to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Spending money for new prisons is, of course, the traditional manner for housing the convicted criminals, but Norway is also a frugal country and has limited resources. But Norway has devised a novel and not completely acceptable method called the “prison queue.” When one is found guilty of a nonviolent crime, he or she is not immediately incarcerated, but is placed on a waiting list for imprisonment. Added to the woes of the convicted is that the time awaiting imprisonment is uncertain. “It is not so easy to plan your future if you don’t know when you’ll have to go to jail. Going to prison

is a downtime in your life. You want to put it behind you as soon as possible,” says Terje Christensen. An illustration of the difficulties in the procedure is the case of Vidar Sandhi. He was arrested, indicted and convicted for possession and dealing with the drug hashish. He had no other criminal record. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment but was released with the information that he would be notified when he would be required to serve his time. Between conviction and serving, he met Aida Hassan. They became enamored of each other, married, had two children, bought a house and started a business. Then the bad news arrived — time to serve. Hassan had no knowledge of her husband’s past wrongdoings. On learning of her husband’s predicament, she was devastated. Life in a Norway prison is not so bad. The country has a longtime humanitarian heritage and mild attitude towards imprisoning lawbreakers. In one prison, the imprisoned are not imprisoned but live on an island in cottages with freedom to fish, raise vegetables and hold cookouts. Its prison rate is 60 per 100,000. The United States’ rate is 700 per 1,000, a huge difference. Unfortunately for all concerned, times are a changing. The line of con-


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ELEGANT BEACHFRONT ESTATE on 1.5+ Gulf front acres. Mediterranean residence with 5,600 sq. ft. of lush, tropical landscaping, Gulf views, terraces, tennis & heated beachfront pool. $5,990,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #232072

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VILLA DI LANCIA Furnished 4BR double penthouse directly on the beach. Almost 5,000 sq. ft. of splendid floor plan in this spacious corner unit with wraparound terraces. $4,500,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #240196

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DELIGHTFUL FLORIDA HOME Private retreat on lush double lot, just steps to St. Armands, Lido Beach, shopping & dining. Three BRs, fireplace & pool/spa. $649,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #237367

LONGBOAT HARBOUR Bay & canal views from th great amenities, boat docks & deeded beach acc 1949. #240075

TIFFANY PLAZA Rarely available beachfront walk-down. Enjoy fabulous sunsets & beachfront living from this well-maintained, almost completely remodeled unit. $649,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #240007 BEST VALUE ON LONGBOAT KEY for a sailboat canal home. Excellent condition, updated & located 1/2 block to bay & fabulous beach. $549,900. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #245749 BIRD KEY Updated and upgraded, 2,400 sq. ft., 3BR classic garden home with pool. $549,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #239935 HARBOUR LINKS Stunning 3BR golf course condominium, with taupe walls, high ceilings & spacious gourmet kitchen. This beautiful white & bright end unit shows like a model. $549,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #244788 ISLANDER CLUB This beautiful 10th floor unit with sweeping bay views is completely renovated with 38' balcony. The complex has great amenities & a beautiful beach. $534,900. Pam DeMarie & Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #243334 VALUE ON BIRD KEY An ideal floor plan to remodel with large rooms, newer pool, spa & roof on an extra large lot, close to beach and downtown. $515,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #238066 SEAPLACE Newly refurbished, professionally decorated 3BR ground floor end unit with new appliances, oversized master & large private terrace. $475,000. Mary Ann Dabney, 388-4447 or 350-9806. #245626 HARBOUR OAKS Delightful, spacious villa with stucco walls & archways throughout, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, skylights & tranquil views of golf course through trees. $459,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #239827 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY at popular Gulf front resort, offering year-round, short-term weekly rentals & on-site management & rental office. Only 1st floor unit available. $399,900. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. #245824 LONG BEACH Charming home in Longboat Village with separate studio and/or guest quarters. Located close to restaurants, bay, community dock & art center. $395,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #242092 UNBELIEVABLE PRICE ON LIDO KEY Two BR, light & bright unit with direct view of the Gulf & covered parking, just steps to fine dining & shopping. $394,500. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #245887 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY Updated unit with cathedral ceilings, newer kitchen, a/c & appliances. On-site management & rental office with year-round short-term weekly rentals. $389,900. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. #229916 TERRIFIC FURNISHED TOWNHOUSE with soaring ceilings, tile floors & 2-car garage. Amenities include beach club, tennis & security. Feels like a private home with condo conveniences. $379,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #240174 INN ON THE BEACH Southern exposure provides sunshine throughout winter. Steps to beach & pool, yet in a private location. Wonderful Florida lifestyle. $339,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #234304 BAY HARBOUR Refreshed with new paint, carpet & fans, this residence overlooks a deepwater dock basin & has nice bay view from main BR & lanai. $329,900. Pam DeMarie and Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #245990

INN ON THE BEACH Beachfront club suite wit set. Income producing property in top resort. $ 7591 or 387-0533. #236447 PORTOBELLO Exceptional 2BR plus den resid with remodeled, updated kitchen, 2 screene Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. # GREAT OPPORTUNITY to live on Longboat Ke of approximately 1,200 sq. ft. Furnished, u $289,900. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0 LIDO ROYALE Live on Lido Key, just steps to t cozy, turnkey furnished condominium is a grea & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #245772 TENNIS MAGAZINE'S #1 RATED RESORT Ow year and have use of 21 tennis courts, fitness salon & spa. $125,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox


CASUAL ELEGANCE IN GATED BEACHFRONT ENCLAVE Dramatic open design offers stunning views of the Gulf, bay & city skyline. 7,021 sq. ft. of superb quality construction & detailing on .83-acre. $6,950,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #24474 THE ULTIMATE WATERFRONT LIFESTYLE Relax & enjoy the mesmerizing Gulf & bay views from this exquisite, decorator furnished & appointed 5BR estate with vanishingedge pool & dock. $5,750,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #231664 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Spectacular, model-perfect residence built by John Cannon Homes, just 1 in from bay, with panoramic views, over 4,200 sq. ft., 4BR suites & 50' lap pool. $3,300,000. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #242909 ST. ARMANDS BAYFRONT Exceptional quality and design, with 4BRs, marble clad rooms, dramatic, open living room, gourmet kitchen, disappearing-edge pool & separate guesthouse. $2,500,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #244718 WATER CLUB Gorgeous beachfront residence with alluring views of the Gulf & incredible sunsets. Spacious Arlington plan offers gleaming wood floors & numerous upgrades. $2,495,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #240650 NEW & FABULOUS MEDITERRANEAN on Longboat boating water is masterfully constructed with character and quality. This 5BR home has views of the bay and deeded beach access. $2,495,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #237659 L'AMBIANCE DIRECT GULF FRONT An uncompromising level of luxury and finishes, this special 3BR residence boasts a dramatic, private elevator entry, wine cellar & concierge service. $2,295,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #243839 SABAL COVE Exceptional, unique southwest design by award-winning architect. Warm, natural colors enhance inviting decor with handcrafted woodwork & a caged pool/spa overlooks lake. $2,195,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #245745 VILLA DI LANCIA Unique beachfront penthouse with 2,000 sq. ft., private elevator, gourmet kitchen, terrace & the finest finishes throughout. $1,995,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #239772 SECLUDED CONTEMPORARY HOME Enjoy sweeping water vistas from this spacious 2story estate boasting the finest appointments and luxurious amenities throughout. Located in the heart of St. Armands. $1,950,000. Derrick Bhayat, 388-4447 or 284-4447. #216389 VILLA DI LANCIA Immaculate 3BR penthouse with open terrace & direct Gulf & sunset views. Exclusive development with all amenities. $1,850,000. Alexei Dovgopolyi, 966-8000 or 918-9011. #242558 SABAL COVE Open & spacious with generous rooms, volume ceilings, large chef's kitchen & enchanting pool area with lush landscaping & waterfall. $1,249,500. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #241755 PRIVATE WATERFRONT PARADISE New dock & lift, beautiful pool area & plenty of room for entertaining. Many upgrades & quality put with additional package available for furniture & boat. $1,099,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447. #238489 QUEENS HARBOR Courtyard privacy enhances the charm of this 3BR home. The grand foyer leads to 14' ceilings, crown molding, prestige lighting & corner aquatic window. $895,000. Lorraine Wagoner & Pat Garrett, 383-7591 or 302-2094. #243024 BEAUTIFUL GULF & CITY VIEWS with southern exposure & wraparound terrace in a gorgeous building. $895,000. Michael and Joseph James, 951-6660 or 724-4034. #237341 THE BEST OF THE ATRIUM True 3BR with sweeping bay views, extensive custom upgrades, built-ins, tile floors & contemporary furnishings by Living Walls. $769,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #237981 CEDARS WEST First floor unit with direct Gulf views has been recently renovated & beautifully furnished. Two-week rental program offers income potential. $695,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #237173 LONGBOAT KEY YACHT & TENNIS MARK III View sunsets & fabulous Gulf views from every room. Small complex of only 11 units with under building parking. Furnished 2BR with lanai, boat dock & tennis. $665,000. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #241753 ISLANDS WEST Great SW corner apartment with a partial Gulf view from the living room. Newly refurbished clubhouse, on-site manager, wonderful beach & close to shopping. $664,900. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 383-6182. #245004 FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM Two BRs plus den presents a terrific opportunity to own a furnished, direct bayfront condo with great views, 2,000+ sq. ft. & private beach club. $659,000. Kathy Simonds, 383-7591 or 350-5292. #231155 DELIGHTFUL FLORIDA HOME Private retreat on lush double lot, just steps to St. Armands, Lido Beach, shopping & dining. Three BRs, fireplace & pool/spa. $649,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #237367 HANDSOME NEW RENOVATION on beautiful Lido Key overlooking the brilliant lights of the city & St. Armands Circle. Marble floors, granite counters & stainless steel appliances. $649,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #237785

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WONDERFUL LOCATION for this stylish 4BR home in a fine deed restricted community. Beautiful flooring, fireplace, heated pool, fenced property & gardens. $288,500. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 3837591 or 704-6749. #240908 LAUREL OAK 1 1/4-acre golf course lot with executive home of approximately 4,600 sq. ft. Five BRs, expansive pool & entertaining decks. $849,900. Kim & Michael Ogilvie & Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #242028 WEST OF THE TRAIL NEW CONSTRUCTION Fabulous 3BR plus office/den Key West-style home with wood floors, Chicago brick, metal roof and courtyard pool. $745,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #243727 WEST OF THE TRAIL GEM is under construction. Four BR plus den home with many extras, black bottom pool & lush tropical landscaping. $659,000. Monica Barth, 951-6660 or 928-6017. #239064 WEST OF TRAIL BEAUTY Virtually all new, redesigned 4BR pool home with vaulted ceilings, maple floors, new kitchen, large fenced yard, & dreamy bird & butterfly gardens. $629,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #240719 FIELD CLUB AREA GARDEN HOME Wonderful family residence with separate casual and formal entertaining areas. Features fireplace & 1,700 sq. ft. lanai with pool. $549,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #238211 OYSTER BAY Private setting with bamboo, mature trees and flowers galore, this home boasts high ceilings, renovated kitchen with custom cabinetry & spacious master suite with walk-in closets. $499,900. Chad Roffers, 951-6660 or 376-0188. #236163 THE LANDINGS Three BR plus den & hobby room home with a screened lanai looking out to a large, fenced yard with room for a pool. Swim & tennis club included. $499,000. Judy Greene, 349-3444 or 925-7757. #245735 FABULOUS WEST OF THE TRAIL HOME is designer perfect, pictured in magazines and books. The outdoor poolside bar area is ideal for entertaining. $449,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 374-3003. #244486 SOUGHT AFTER WHISPERWOOD in The Meadows. Large villa with sweeping views of golf course, spacious floor plan with den & courtyard entry. $348,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #238182 BEST WEST OF THE TRAIL LOCATION Three BR bungalow with oak floors, granite tile kitchen, fireplace & French doors throughout. $344,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #239406 WONDERFUL LOCATION for this stylish 4BR home in a fine deed restricted community. Beautiful flooring, fireplace, heated pool, fenced property & gardens. $288,500. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-6749. #240908 SOUTHGATE This 3BR pool home has ceramic tile & charming, inviting decor. The beautiful kitchen overlooks a gorgeous, large, private fenced yard. $229,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #245784 PARKSTONE - ATTENTION INVESTORS Three BR new construction with one year lease in place, set in a convenient in-town location. $174,500. Jennifer Kolar, 951-6660 or 374-0969. #245245 LAKE ARROWHEAD Second floor, 2BR end unit has large rooms with vaulted ceilings, tranquil & tropical grounds, charming clubhouse & pool. $129,500. Larry Mitchell, 951-6660 or 330-0987. #243109 CITYWALK Experience the energy that is downtown from this gated, totally renovated 1BR condominium with all the amenities that you deserve. Pet friendly. $117,900. Debbie Judge, 349-3444 or 544-6054. #245451


OPEN BAY WATERS and protected deepwater docking provide the perfect backdrop for this exciting, 8,000 sq. ft., private gated wonder built by renowned M.L. Collingwood. $5,995,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #245201 SANDERLING With 150' of unspoiled beach & a 1.6-acre property from Gulf to lagoon, this is the ideal site to build or remodel existing home of 4,500 sq. ft. $5,875,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #243994 DIRECT GULF FRONT with 200' of private, protected, pristine beach in the prestigious gated community of Sanderling Club. Over 1 acre, offers 2,295 sq. ft. A Sotheby's listing. $5,500,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #235249 SANDERLING CLUB BEACHFRONT Private estate from Gulf to lagoon with 1.8 acres of privacy in a lush setting. $4,400,000. Sue Broughton & Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 356-6490. #230559 SANDERLING CLUB GULF FRONT 150' of prime walking beach with older 2-story, 5BR home & Gulf front pool. Renovate existing residence or build new. $3,700,000. Barb Williams & Lawrence Gourlay, 349-3444 or 349-7110. #243921 AN ACRE OVERLOOKING THE GULF Experience the Gulf views, breezes & sunsets from this wonderfully renovated & furnished pool home on an acre of property filled with lush oaks & palms. $3,495,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #226187 SIESTA WATERFRONT - HANSEN BAYOU 4,158 sq. ft. of perfection in new Arthur Rutenberg construction, 3BR plus media/den home. Marble floors, granite countertops, disappearing-edge pool & new dock. $2,495,000. Bitsy Robertson and Steve Spraker, 951-6660 or 377-0098. #238113 ELEGANT FAMILY HOME on a private inlet, just one residence from the bay. Includes use of large bayfront park & 1 acre private beach on the Gulf. $2,185,000. Stacy Liljeberg, 349-3444 or 544-6103. #233565 EXCITING CARL ABBOTT MODERN DESIGN under construction on North Siesta Key sailboat water canal with upgraded interior features. Enjoy rooftop patio, pool/spa, waterside deck & private dock. $1,750,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #227767 DESIGN POSSIBILITIES Large Gulf front lot is now cleared. Enjoy breathtaking water, city & Lido views. Reduced to $1,600,000. Alix Wexler and Paul Romley, 349-3444 or 346-8123. #237277 HISTORIC CHARM ON NORTH SIESTA DEEPWATER Character abounds in this circa 1940 cottage wonderfully refurbished in exquisite quality & style, with private pool courtyard & sailboat water dock. $1,499,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #245971 SIESTA KEY PREMIER COMPLEX Completely remodeled 2BR end unit, with spectacular Gulf views & a great rental program. $719,000. Joyce Naegele, 349-3444 or 586-7959. #245773 CRYSTAL SANDS Beautifully, newly furnished & updated unit gracefully set on Crescent Beach. $715,000. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #235548 MARINA DEL SOL Brand new, corner, 2nd floor bayfront unit with several screened & open balconies & view of pool & Little Sarasota Bay. $699,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #239620 MIDNIGHT COVE Direct view of the Gulf and Siesta Beach from this lovely 2nd floor unit in a much sought after complex. Excellent rental program. $689,000. Michael and Joseph James, 951-6660 or 724-4034. #237076 SARASOTA SURF & RACQUET Highly desirable beach front condominium complex with onsite short-term rental office. Ground floor unit provides easy access to beach, pool & parking. $649,900. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #241612 GULF & BAY VIEWS Three BR residence on the private south end of Siesta Key. Paradise for beach walkers & shell seekers along miles of white sandy beach. $575,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #213318 SIESTA COVE This 3BR ranch home has a spacious master suite, neutral decor & designer touches throughout. Enjoy the 70' screened veranda & the lush tropical surroundings. $469,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #245957

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AKtion Club holds annual luncheon BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

The 16th annual luncheon of the Kiwanis AKtion Club, held Oct. 15 at the Bird Key Yacht Club, was dedicated to the late Jack Slater. For 16 years Slater was chairman of the annual golf tournament, the club’s main fund-raiser. The Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key advisors for the AKtion Club are Dr. Samir Ragheb and Carl Swanson. Honorary board advisor is Pete Brzica. In addition to installing new officers, the club made its annual grant presentations to community organizations. Recipients were FACE, Mote Marine, The Boys Club, Pines Foundation, Selby, Special Olympics and Children’s Haven Adult Center. ❑

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Florida State Representative Donna Clarke, Dist. 69, was the guest speaker at the Republican Club of Longboat Key luncheon meeting Oct. 16, wich was held at Islandside at the Longboat Key Club. Members received an update from Clarke on current legislative issues. It was the first meeting of the season for the club, which meets the third Wednesday of each month. For information about membership or other club activities, contact President Dick Van Horne, at 387-4368. ❑

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Mote Marine Laboratory Volunteer Coffee — will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 23, in Mote’s Buchanan Board Room. Andrea, 388-4441, Ext. 438. “Smooth Jazz on St. Armands” Fourth Friday with Style — will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, on St. Armands Circle. The Eric Darius Quintet will kick off the 2003-2004 jazz season on the Circle. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; food and drink will be available during the concert. No coolers or open containers. Free.

Details, 388-1554.

Second Eckerd College Tennis Invitational — will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. It will include men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. A reception and dinner will follow at the home of Daniel and Mary Miller. Details, 316-8367. Wildlife Safari-Fest — will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26, at Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary. It will feature animal guests, wildlife rehabilitation experts, artists, photographers and authors. There also will be a kids’ area and an African market, featuring food, beverages and merchandise for sale. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 17. The sanctuary is usually open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is $6 for adults and $2 for ages 4 to 17. Details, 388-4444.

“Politics and Piety: Jews and Christians in a Changing America” Lecture — will be presented by the Interreligious Affairs

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The Smith College Club of Sarasota is taking orders for its annual sale of fresh Georgia pecans at $8 a pound. The proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship fund for local students who are attending Smith College. Taking part in the sale are Louise Rich, Judy Lester, Katie Marousis and Bobbie Billings. To order, call 383-4636 or 377-6633. Committee at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Pattigeorge’s, 4120 Gulf of Mexico drive. Cost is $15. Details, 365-4955.

Second Firehouse Chili Cookoff and “Business After Hours” — will be held in honor of the Longboat Key Fire Department’s 50th anniversary from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Public Safety Complex, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Details, 387-9519. Longboat Key Garden Club — will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Longboat Island Chapel. Floral design demonstrations will be presented by Rainforest of Siesta Key Village, followed by the raffle of floral arrangement. Barbara, 383-0772. Halloween/Pizza Party — will be sponsored by the town of Longboat Key from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. It will include arts, crafts, games, prizes, pizza and soda. Children and their parents are invited. Costumes are encouraged. Details, 3161980. “Over The Rainbow Is Within You: Awakening Courage, Compassion & Inner Knowing for your Inner Journey” — will be led by life coach Cary Bayer from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Yerkes residence, 6000 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cost is $30. Details, 387-8708. “Good Morning, LBK!” — The Chamber of Commerce will hold its members breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the chamber. RSVP, 387-9519.

Rotary Club of Longboat Key — meets for lunch at 12:15 p.m. Fridays at Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile — from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays it will be at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road. Tennis Clinics — for ages 5 to 16, are held year-round from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Cedars Tennis Club. Fees: $15 to $25. Laurie, 224-0207. The Education Center on Longboat Key — Fall term classes start Nov. 3. Register online at Details, 3838811. Business Network International — meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 383-5543. Life Application Course — based on the “The Bible Jesus Read” by Christian author Philip Yancy, is offered by St. Armands Key Lutheran Church from 6:45 to 8:25 p.m. Mondays at the church, 40 N. Adams Drive. Free. Janis Rauch, 383-3279. Mote Marine Aquarium — is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Details, 388-2451. Suncoast Business Exchange — will meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Holiday Inn Lido Beach SandDollar Restaurant, seventh floor. Details, 888338-6227.


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public events “Andromeda Night” — an evening of star and planet gazing will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at New Gate School, 11011 Clark Road. It will feature a dozen telescopes set up for viewing the Andromeda Galaxy and the planet Mars. The event will coincide with the school’s first public showing of the recently donated 2,000-volume library belonging to the famed astronomer, Edwin Powell Hubble. Free. Chris Gallagher, 922-4949. Fund-Raiser — benefiting Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Infants & Toddlers Early Intervention Program, will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Saltwater Café, 1071 N. Tamiami Trail. It will include food, life music, complementary wine tasting and raffles. Shelley, 917-6984. FrankenFest: A Halloween Community Street Fair — will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 24, at the corner of Main and Lemon, Sarasota. It will include live music, food, outdoor screening of “Young Frankenstein” and trick or treat for the kids. Hans, 364-9514, Ext. 6#. “Woof” Sixth Annual Howl-O-Ween Costume Parade & Contest For Dogs — will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Selby Five Points Park. Fee is $10 and benefits the Humane Society of Sarasota County. Details, 330-0330. Ninth Annual Donwtown Sarasota Craft Festival — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26, on Main Street. Details, 954-472-3755. “House of Terror” — will be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, on the grounds of Sailor Circus, 2075 Bahia Vista St. Cost of $5 benefits the sailor Circus Building Fund. Sue, 361-6350. Goblin Gathering and Fall Festival Fun House — Fall Festival Fun House will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 29 to 31, and the Goblin Gathering will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department Activity Center, 5504 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Cost is $1 and $5, benefiting United Way of Manatee County. Details, 742-5974. 17th Annual Taste of Manatee — will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, downtown Bradenton. Kids’ talent show will be from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit Meals On Wheels Plus of Manatee Inc. Details, 747-4655. ❑




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Pointers for Parkinson’s The speaker drew a circle on his flip chart and then carved out one-fifth slice of pie. This, he announced with great conviction, is the reality of Parkinson’s disease. Twenty percent of the difficulty is the disease. The other 80% comes from not moving. The speaker is Dennis Flood, who has a master’s degree in exercise physiology and 25 years of experience. He started up the cardiac rehab program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 1994, and put together an exercise studio specializing in clients with medical conditions in 1999. Whether you agree with Flood’s exact numbers or not, he is both conceptually and scientifically correct. There’s no doubt about that. Parkinson’s makes it difficult and awkward to move. So people with the ailment tend to be sedentary. And that’s bad for every system and every cell in your body. The good news for Parkinsonians is that while there’s not much they can do about the 20%, there’s a whole lot they can do about the 80%. Reflecting his 20/80 view, Flood doesn’t call Parkinson’s a “disease.” He refers to it instead as Parkinson’s Syndrome (Webster’s: a group of signs and symptoms that occur together and characterize a particular abnormality). And his first advice to Parkinsonians is: “Don’t let people do things for you that you can do for yourself, whether it’s opening a door or putting on your own shirt or jacket.” For that to happen, those with the illness need to develop a “Please, caregiver, I’d rather do it myself” attitude. And the implied message for their caregivers is:”Helping someone too much is not helping them at all. Don’t be too quick to do things for your patient, no matter how much you may love him or her.” Moshe Feldenkrais’ philosophy of “movement is life” certainly distills Flood’s message to Parkinson’s sufferers. And he is a wealth of easy, practical suggestions: • “Stomp your feet before you stand up. It wakes up your brain, stimulates your muscles and promotes circulation so you are less likely to feel light-headed and dizzy. • “Learn to be conscious of your movements. Count your steps when you walk, ‘one, two, three, four.’ Use your conscious as well as your subconscious awareness. • “If you spend a lot of time in a recliner chair, don’t use a pillow behind your head. It will cause your upper spine to curve forward and worsen your posture and appearance of shuffling.” Flood’s exercise recommendation is equally common sense and accessible. He says: “Pick one or two exercises to do in the morning and one or two to do in the afternoon — every day, seven days a week.” Here are some moves from his list: • Leg curls. Stand behind chair. Hold on to chair with both

hands. Kick feet backwards, alternating, one at a time. Do 20 times. Right, left, right, left, etc. • Leg swinging. Stand behind chair and hold on with both hands. Start with left leg. Swing leg from front to back alongside the chair like a pendulum. Do 20 swings, then move to other side of chair and do the right leg 20 times. This is good for hip flexibility. • Heel raises. Stand behind chair. Hold on to chair with both hands. Both feet at the same time, raise up on to toes. Go up and down 20 times. • Leg lift to side. Stand behind chair. Hold on to chair with both hands. Lift left leg out to side about half way to hip height and return. Repeat 20 times. Now do 20 on other leg. For maximum value, raise leg with heel higher than toe and do the lift slowly and with control in both directions. • Body rotation. Stand behind a chair, feet together. Hold arms out to your sides at shoulder height or below. Twist (turn) your body from left to right; repeat 20 times. • Stand and sit. Stand in front of a chair with arms. Sit down, then stand up. Do this four or five times, working up to 20 repetitions. Great for leg strength. Flood and I agree that this simple act of standing up from a chair is perhaps the nec plus ultra movement for Parkinson’s patients. Yes, it’s difficult. The more you do it, the easier it gets. And if you can’t do it ... Flood’s list, which he was kind enough to distribute at a recent meeting of the Manasota Parkinson’s support group, has 18 exercises from which to make your daily selections. You can contact him at his business, which provides exercise programs for folks with all kinds of medical problems including outpatient cardiac rehab, diabetes, joint replacement, amputation, visual impairment and osteoporosis as well as Parkinson’s Syndrome. Flood believes passionately that anyone can improve his or her quality of life by increasing strength and flexibility, and that’s the core of his practice. Total Fitness Training Inc., 2803 Fruitville Road (corner of Tuttle), Suite 125, Sarasota, FL 34237. Call 366-8500 to request a brochure. The Manasota Parkinson’s support group meets at 2 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, September through June, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St. (just east of 301). Dues are $5 a year. For more information, contact President Dorcas Titcomb at 359-8858, or Membership Chair JoAnne Urban,

On the Key The Education Center on Longboat Key — Fall-term classes start Nov. 3. Register at To be mailed its new schedule, call 383-8811. Flu Shots — Dr. Pamela J. Letts will administer flu shots from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Centre Shops Family Practice & Urgent Care, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 205. Medicare accepted or it’s $20. Details, 387-1211. Immunizations — will be administered at the Publix Super Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Avenue of the Flowers. Cost is $20 for flu shots, and $25 for pneumonia and tetanus shots. Publix, 383-2471. Flu Shots — will be administered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. Cost is $20 per flu shot, or free for Medicare Part B patients. Details, 387-9880. CPR, AED, Fire Extinguisher Classes — are offered to residents, condos and businesses of Longboat Key by the Longboat Key Fire/Rescue. Free. Schedule, 3161944. ••••••• Free Lecture and Hernia Screening Current Techniques in Hernia Repair — will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Doctors Hospital Auditorium, Medical Office Building, 5741 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. RSVP, 1-888-685-1596. Open House — will be hosted by East West College of Natural Medicine from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at 3808 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Details, 355-9080. Flu & Pneumonia Clinics — will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7, at Senior Friendship Centers Pat Buster Health Service, 2350 Scenic Drive, Venice. Cost is $20 for a flu shot and $25 for a pneumonia shot, or free with Medicare Part B card. Details, 556-3237. “Resource Room” — provides items to cancer patients at no charge by appointments Tuesdays and Thursdays. They include mastectomy bras, prostheses, wigs, hats and turbans. American Cancer Society, 3652858, Ext. 27. ❑


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St. Mary’s welcomes They can back guild members Change BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

There were warm greetings all around as members of St. Mary Star of the Sea Guild met for the “Welcome Back” luncheon Oct. 14 at Stella Maris Hall. President Mary Elizabeth Carey and other officers discussed plans for the upcoming season. Events planned include a parish picnic, card party, fashion show/luncheon and the popular annual rummage sale held each February. On display was a handcrafted quilt, Double Irish Chain, created by Sally Daneman and her committee, which will be raffled off during the annual Christmas Bazaar. ❑

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A polished personal or professional image can make all the difference in your self-confidence. Don’t be hindered by worn, faded or uneven teeth. An impeccable smile displays your selfassurance and poise. This informative event will go over the latest advances in technology paired with rejuvenating world-class dentistry to help you achieve the success and confidence you desire. Dr. Morris and Dr. Bakke will be available for one-on-one questions and answers. Event Particulars To create a more intimate and personalized experience, seating is limited. Please call 941-954-0044 today for your reservation.



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Giving God the credit In the 1960s, the Rev. Howard Finster created the Paradise Gardens Park and Museum. It is a sculpture garden in the little town of Summerville, Ga. Finster died five years ago at the age of 84. His last message to the world was this: “Call upon the name of the Lord, even in your last breath. Pray the Lord’s prayer, love one another. Forgive your brother and win his love.” Finster was married to the same woman for almost 66 years. He was born into a poor family of 13 children in Alabama. Finster had an unusual experience when he was 3 years old. His older sister, Abby, had died several years before, and one night he had a vision. He saw his departed sister ascending and descending up and down from heaven on a stairway but never touching the ground. This was his first vision, even though he didn’t know it was a vision. He just went on and lived his life and became a gospel preacher. He preached for years and years, until one Sunday night during a service, he asked the folks in the audience if they remembered his Sunday morning sermon. Nobody

could remember it. So he said: “I quit.” He resigned from his church that very night. He gave up his little church and went about making a living. He did all kinds of things to make ends meet. Finally, he opened a little bicycle-repair shop in his rural home in Summerville. Then in 1976, when Finster was about 60 years old, he was painting a bicycle and he got a little smudge of paint on his thumb. In this smudge of paint, he saw the face of God, his second vision. Then he heard the voice of God. Howard wasn’t accustomed to hearing voices, whether it be directly or indirectly. This is what the voice told him: “Howard, I want you to create sacred art.” Finster said: “I can’t do that. First of all, I’m not an artist, let alone a professional artist. I can’t do it, God.” God’s response was this: “How do you know you can’t?” Finster, a 60-year-old gospel preacher with a fourth-grade education, became one of the most celebrated folk artists in our country. I’d never heard of the man or seen his work, until 1985 when I was in Atlanta for a conference. During a break I went to the High Museum of Art and there I saw his exhibition. It was wonderful. Since his vision in 1976 when Finster began sculpting and painting, he has become somewhat of a celebrity. He appeared several times on “The Tonight Show” and “Good Morning America.” Articles on him have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine. His little rustic sculpture garden, “The Garden of Paradise,” has become the largest tourist attraction in Chattooga County. Finster used to say this about his life and work: “Everything I do, everything I create, my whole life is dedicated to the glory of God.” The Apostle Paul once said: Whatever we do, we should

All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Unction will also be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Downs Spitler, interim rector, will officiate. 383-8161. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. (nursery available) and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor of the church. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday Shabbat Service begins at 8 p.m. Saturday Shabbat Service begins at 10 a.m. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at both services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director and the Temple Beth Israel choir. 383-3428. The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sundays (nursery available during the 10-a.m. service). The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. 383-6491.

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do to the glory of God.” It doesn’t matter if one is a preacher, a painter, a bicycle repairman or anything else. Regardless of our station in life, the purpose of the gifts and creative potential God has graced us with is, ultimately, to bring glory to the creator. When we faithfully embrace our calling and become the creative, gifted conduits of God’s grace and power, humanity is enhanced and God is glorified. The ironic thing in all of this is that God often chooses the most unlikely channels to unleash this creative beauty. Finster discovered this first hand and he prayed often: “To thine be the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever.”

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Keylime Pie • Coconut Cream Pie • Chocolate Mousse Cake 7 grain • Ciabatta (low fat bread)• French Baguette

Inside and Outside Seating Come in, relax and enjoy

St. Armands Key Lutheran Church 388-1234

Prepared Dinners from $995 Chicken Tetrazzini • Smoked Ribs Meatloaf w/Mashed Potatoes

An Interfaith Community Church Rev. Kenneth Gill, Senior Minister

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Home of the Shepherding Program A program that provides one-on-one Christian caregiving

Sunday Worship Celebration

Homemade Sandwiches

Reuben • Pressed Cuban • Box Lunch $5.95 Harry’s Own Smoked Turkey • Roast Sirloin • Tenderloin

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Reds, Whites, Ports & Pinks BV Cellar Select Merlot $9 BV Caneros Pinot Noir $13

Contemporary Service of Joy • 9:00 a.m. Nursery Available

8:30 & 10:00 am Worship Services

Sunday School • 10:00 a.m. (Youth & Adult)

Nursery Provided During 10 am Service

Traditional Service • 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen



525 St. Judes Drive. LBK (5600 Block GMD)

St. Armands Circle 40 North Adams Dr.

6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, Florida 34228 383-6491

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TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ CARLTON Luxurious 15th floor corner with panoramic views of Bay and the Gulf. Private elevator, volume ceilings, over 3700 sq ft remarkable amenities. $3,300,000 TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ CARLTON Penthouse w/over 4600 sq ft w/sweeping bay & Gulf views. Private elevator, soaring ceilings, 4 private balconies & remarkable amenities. $4,800,000 VT ULTRA EXCLUSIVE GULF FRONT ESTATE 150’ of beach, gated estate with over 5500 square feet, private tennis courts, beachfront heated pool, exquisite, lush tropical landscaping. $5,990,000 HIDEAWAY BAY Brand new 4BR w/over 4,700 sq. ft. of quality construction & many fine appointments. $2,425,000 •VT EXTRAORDINARY GULF FRONT PENTHOUSE 3BR + 2000 sq ft landscaped terrace, private elevator and foyer with direct beach views, gourmet kitchen, fireplace & built-ins in $1,995,000 small gated community. HIDEAWAY BAY Private enclave on North LBK w/ private boat docks, tennis court & minutes to beach. 2 direct bay front lots to build estate sized homes. $1,200,000 - $1,495,000 •VT THE OAKS Perfectly positioned to build estate sized home in prestigious, gated community in South Sarasota. Corner lot w/ water views natural landscape abounds. $445,000 •VT PRIVATE BEACH HOUSE 100 feet of beach, 2 story residence, expansive views, privacy abound, heated beach front pool, excellent rental potential, furnished. $2,400,000 •VT A UNIQUE & GRACIOUS ESTATE 100’ of beach, over 3300 sq. ft. in main house, separate 3BR guest cottage, heated pool, furn. $4,499,000 * WATER CLUB Gulf to Bay views can be seen from every room. Corner residence with private elevator, three private terraces, well designed plan, island kitchen with granite countertops, two car garage parking spaces in gated $1,400,000 community with state-of-the-art amenities. * SUTTON PLACE Adorable 2 bedroom townhouse on mid Longboat Key with access Gulf to Bay. Available boat slips, beach club on Gulf, corner unit, screened lanai, one car garage and great $268,200 rental history. •VT SURROUND YOURSELF IN THE LUXURY Graciously appointed condominium/hotel suites. The Resort at LBK Club pampers you with fine dining, generous amenities and dramatic views of the Gulf, lagoon, tennis courts, or golf course fairways. Great income potential! INN ON THE BEACH - CLUB SUITES 2202A Gross Inc. ‘02 $48,700+ $329,000 5203A Gross Inc. ‘02 $35,100+ $179,000 .VT

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SANCTUARY NEWLY RENOVATED with spectacular views of gulf, sunsets, bay, Sarasota skyline & golf course. Beautifully appointed great room, 2 bedroom + den or 3rd bedroom, 3 baths, large front & rear lanais. Har Tru tennis courts, heated pool & spa, parking garage. Offered at $1,595,000. Click on MLS#244418 @ for VIRTUAL TOUR.

Tangerine Bay EXCLUSIVE TANGERINE BAY CLUB on LBK features bayfront recreational area w/lake, island pool, spa & recreation/fitness center, tennis 24hr security, adjacent marina. Longboat Key Club w/27 holes of championship golf across the street. Units start at $750,000.


Sarasota Home FABULOUS 3/4 BR, 3BA home west of trail, is designer perfect. Old Florida charm in abundance. Poolside bar area is great for entertaining. Southside Elementary. $449,000.

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Inn on the Beach AT THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. A room with a view and what a view it is! Gulf front club suite at a world class resort in desirable building #1. Great privacy with southern exposure overlooking New Pass and the gulf. $339,000.

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BEAUTIFUL BAYFRONT maintenance-free community behind the gates of the LBK Club. Spectacular bay views to Sarasota skyline. 3,000 sq. ft. 4BR/4BA, kitchen/family room, living room w/fireplace open to lanai areas right over the water. Formal dining room. Community pool w/spa, 2 Har-Tru tennis courts, private boat dock, (20 ft. from lanai) 2 car garage. $985,000. Click on MLS#228918 @ for VIRTUAL TOUR.

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L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE $5,850,000. - Incredibly classy and decorated to perfection, this 4800 SF home is truly magnificent! Huge views, superior finishes and the supreme location! ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT on the wide open bay - $4,500,000 Over 6,000 sq. ft. Volume ceilings, gorgeous views, wraparound teak decking, mahogany and slate floors, vanishing edge pool, deluxe master suite and gourmet kitchen. DOUBLE PENTHOUSE ON THE GULF $4,500,000. - Furnished to perfection, this 5000 sq. ft. home is surely one of a kind! The ultimate views are here, too! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and huge terraces! ONE LOT IN FROM THE BAY! $2,595,000. - Brand new and marvelous 5200 SF home on 1,1/2 lots. Deep water boating, volume ceilings, 2 master suites, granite kitchen, terraces and move-in ready! INCREDIBLE NEW WATERFRONT HOME ON LBK $2,495,000. 5BR/4BA Mediterranean displays ultimate quality & all the “bells & whistles.” Deluxe master suite, volume ceilings, separate guest area, heated pool, dock & deeded beach access. Open Sunday 1-4. WATER CLUB DIRECT GULF! $2,495,000. - “Arlington” plan with 3 bedroom, 5 bath, wood floors, fabulous upgrades and finishes, plus 2 parking spaces (one in a separate garage!) SERENE AND SPACIOUS SABAL COVE $1,249,000. Over 4000 sq ft of fabulous floorplan offering 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, generous granite kitchen and enchanting pool area with lush landscaping and waterfall. STUNNING AND PRIVATE HOME IN BAY ISLES $1,249,000. below recent appraisal! Cul-de-sac w/gorgeous lake & golf course views. Immaculate 3 or 4 BR w/tasteful upgrades and lovely pool area. ESTATE SIZE PARCEL ON LONGBOAT KEY WITH BOATING WATER $1,900,000 Over 2.5 acres of prime land... cleared and ready to build a dream home or subdivide into 4 parcels. DESIGNER PERFECT CONDO ON THE BEACH! $1,895,000. - 9th floor Brighton at Waterclub w/over 3000 sq. ft. of gorgeous, TKF floorplan. Views of Gulf & Bay. HARBOUR OAKS VILLA $459,000. “Santa Fe” feel in this spacious 3BR/2.5BA home w/stucco walls and archways throughout.Vaulted ceilings, skylights, wood floors and fireplace. Community pool and beach access.

DOWNTOWN HISTORIC ESTATE ON THE WATER $3,300,000. Wonderfully charming, completely restored and updated, this walled and gated property is an incredible find! Fabulous 5,500 sq. ft. main home, guest house, pool and almost 1 acre of marvelous landscaping FABULOUS TWO-STORY PENTHOUSE DOWNTOWN ON THE BAY $4,500,000. Spacious 4BR/4.5BA home with over 5300 sf. of luxury. Dramatic and exquisite! THE VIEWS WILL TRULY AMAZE YOU $2,444,000. Ritz Tower Residence 14th fl. faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 sq. ft. of fabulous finishes & upgrades. 3BR + family room. DOWNTOWN SOPHISTICATION $2,395,000. - Classy yet comfortable 10th floor Sarabande unit w/3700 SF of marvelous upgrades & amazing views of the bay, city and gulf. THE ULTIMATE DOWNTOWN BAYFRONT $1,595,000. - Almost 3000 sq. ft. of spacious furnished living area affording incredible water views. Valet, concierge, fitness center, pool. OAKS ESTATE $1,299,000. Distinctive home has over 5000q. ft. of luxury, soaring ceilings, marble & granite, expansive glass and fine finishes. Private wooded setting w/pool & waterfall. MARVELOUS CUSTOM HOME IN OAKS I $1,110,000. - Open and elegant with no detail spared! Crown moldings, marble floors, volume ceilings and fabulous lighting! FURNISHED PENTHOUSE AT THE RENAISSANCE $695,000. - bay views, Saturina Marble floors, 10’ ceilings, 2BR+den & 2 parking spaces. RENAISSANCE FORMER MODEL $469,500. - 2BR+den, upgrades galore, wood floors, granite kitchen and wonderful sunsets. ask for annette Bus. (941) 387-0800 Eve. (941) 387-0900 (800) 209-0330


440 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key, Florida 34228



BEACH HARBOR CLUB $350,000 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished. Bay view. New appliances, updated kitchen & baths. Murphy bed. Plantation shutters. LO#237276 VICKI LONBORG 941-924-9000

BIRD/LIDO KEY LIDO HARBOR TOWERS $419,900 Stellar condo. Spoil yourself with luxury in this impressive, furnished 2-bedroom unit. LO#238463 INGER LILL 941-924-9000 KEY TOWER SOUTH $399,000 Gulf front complex, TKF with glass enclosed Florida room. Newer appliances & plantation shutters. Partial Gulf views. LO#240872 WENDY/DAVID LEVENTHAL 941-924-9000


SEAPLACE $342,000 2BR/2BA just steps to the beach and pool. New berber carpeting and tile in entry, bathrooms & kitchen. LO#238904 LINDA A. PASKOVICH 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR $339,000 Gorgeous Bay views from this beautifully renovated 2BR/2BA island unit! Pools, clubhouse & beach access! LO#244757 THE KOY GROUP 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY BAY ISLES-HARBOR SECTION $4,750,000 Over 4000 SF in this Bayfront jewel with 6BR/6.5BA. Double lot with pool & private dock. Separate guest quarters. LO#245456 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT KEY $3,500,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Regent Place, direct Gulf Front unit. Over 3500 SF. behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club Island-side TKF. LO#229629 STEVEN C. KEPECZ 941-924-9000 L'AMBIANCE $3,400,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Direct Gulf front, 10 foot ceilings, 3400 SF, 3BR plus office, wraparound terrace. Double door entry from Pvt elevator. LO#244043 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 QUEENS HARBOR $2,399,000 Panoramic Bay views, custom one of a kind 5000 SF maintenance free 4BR home. Soaring ceilings, marble, stone. LO#240894 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000

INN ON THE BEACH $260,000 Club suite in Resort at the Longboat Key Club. 4th floor, golf course views. Great investment, fabulous amenities. LO#243318 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

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INN ON THE BEACH $249,000 Resort property can be great investment! Club Suite offers golf course views. Pool, tennis & private beach access! LO#233390 THE KOY GROUP 941-924-9000

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MAINLAND BEAU CIEL $2,600,000 Downtown Sarasota. 4032 SF penthouse condo with terrace, three bedroom, three & one-half bathroom, den and family room. World class amenities LO#245913 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000

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RITZ-CARLTON $1,995,000 Spacious 5BR Villa with panoramic Bay views, ceramic floors, & walls of glass. Large master suite overlooks the Bay. LO#245326 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $2,195,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour One in from Bay, this 4BR/4BA has great views from practically every room. Granite, marble and oversized garage. LO#242341 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,995,000 Absolutely perfect! Split plan with cathedral ceilings. Private dock. A dream home with nothing to do but move in. LO#243677 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

DOWNTOWN $1,325,250 New construction close to everything. 3600 SF. Take advantage of pre-construction pricing! LO#243625 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000


NORTH ISLES $839,000 Canal home, 6 boat slips, 4BR/4BA home, 4002 SF. Spacious layout. LO#233595 DYRK DAHL 941-924-9000

THE PIERRE $1,395,000 Spacious 7th floor 3BR/3.5BA with panoramic views. Wonderful amenities & 420 feet of white sandy beach. LO#245702 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 WATERFRONT $1,287,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Deep water dock, 3BR/5 plus BA. Open plan, views from all rooms. Marble baths, elevator, walk to beach & CC. LO#218252 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 QUEENS HARBOR $1,195,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Lake views from this 4BR plus den maintenance-free courtyard home W/in the LBK Club. Endless upgrades, pool, beach. LO#238592 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000 GRAND BAY $1,095,000 Furnished 2BR/3BA with expanded terraces. View of golf course, Bay & city. Great amenities & deeded beach access LO#245079 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

BENT TREE $775,000 Extensive renovations make this a terrific family home! Lots of trees & mature foliage combined with fine landscaping. LO#245360 KIKA G./KOY GROUP 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $3,999,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Beautiful home completely furnished, 4BR/4BA with cathedral ceilings, directly on the water. Views go on forever! LO#244724 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

REGENT PLACE $3,995,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Spectacular PH; one of a kind design. You will be awed by the interior and dazzled by unsurpassed panoramic views. LO#233057 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000



BEACHES AT LONGBOAT KEY $724,500 Best 2BR/2BA buy behind gates at Longboat Key Club! Partial Gulf view & full golf views with beautiful sunrises. LO#242788 BARBARA MILLER 941-924-9000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $649,000 New 3BR/3.5BA maintenance free villa. Many upgrades, ceramic floors, pool, spa, granite kit, Beach Club Membership. LO#217004 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000

MORTON TERRACE $565,000 West of the Trail. Four bedroom, three bath residence. 140 x 140 lot. Unlimited potential. All brick home. LO#243707 JANE A. GIROUX 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $899,900 Custom home with 3BR/3 plus BA, 5 plus car garage. Pool, fireplace, leaded art-glass dbl doors into living area. Near golf & shopping LO#246118 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $1,660,000 One of the largest lots in Bay Isles with Bay views & over 4000 SF of home on a private lot. Five bedrooms, six bathrooms on canal. LO#244108 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000



SEAPLACE $535,000 Townhome w/renovated kitchen, carpet, paint & furnishings! Designer decor. Attached garage & screened lanai. TKF. LO#246036 THE KOY GROUP 941-924-9000

FAIRWAY BAY $379,900 Super view of Bay! Boats by day/city lights at night. Windows allow complete privacy. Tastefully decorated & TKF. LO#239403 DOROTHY KRAKOVITZ 941-924-9000

INN ON THE BEACH $349,900 Panoramic Gulf views in TKF club suite with pool & beach. Great location behind gates of LBK Club. Excellent retreat! LO#245254 ANDREW M. BERS 941-924-9000

SARASOTA HARBOUR EAST $319,000 Furnished 2BR/2BA. Sarasota Bay & city lights view from 1st floor unit. Walk to St. Armands or Lido Beach. LO#245704 ROBERT FORTIER 941-924-9000



DOLPHIN TOWER - BAYFRONT $319,000 Rarely available with Bay views. Downtown. Eat-in kitchen, extra storage, large master suite & secured garage. LO#244100 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000 HERITAGE OAKS GOLF & $229,900 Great end unit with views of the Golf course & water. Glassed patio. Full country club membership. Upgrades galore! LO#244480 CONNIE BELMONT 941-924-9000

FAIRWAY BAY $435,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Sensational 2BR/2BA penthouse! Imagine serene, peaceful times, and unparalleled views of City & Bay. LO#239011 SHERYL & JULIO MELENDEZ 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $369,900 Find quiet serenity in a beautiful, private park-like setting. Home features skylights, fireplace, & cozy den/office. LO#238404 GLORIA T. GREGORY 941-924-9000

ONE WATERGATE $499,000 Unobstructed Bay view. Extra 9'x9' room for office/den/storage. Excellent condition with updated kitchen & baths. LO#236028 LOIS BENNETT 941-924-9000

MOTE RANCH $349,909 Three bedroom, two bath Lennar home with great room/dining room, den & three-car garage. Wonderful curb appeal & paver driveway. LO#245873 SUE SWEENEY 941-924-9000

SLEEPY LAGOON PARK $469,000 North Longboat Key lot on deep water canal. No bridges to Bay. Cleared lot ready to build, 80 foot seawall W/dock. LO#239166 JIM VITALE 941-924-9000

SEAPLACE $374,900 Incredible suite in picture perfect condition! Enjoy the private beach & amenities of this Gulf Coast community. LO#243158 JAN PETTERS 941-924-9000

WEST OF TRAIL $509,000 Chic new home with every amenity: birch floors *1015' ceilings* fabulous gourmet kitchen *Frplc* tropical setting with wood deck LO#243696 SHARON AND KEITH WHITFIELD 941-924-9000

RIVERWOOD PARK $399,000 A great place, lots of space. A real pleaser! You'll say "yes" to this 4BR/3 1/2BA Mediterranean. Inviting pool. LO#245836 LYNN ROBBINS 941-924-9000

BANYAN BAY $599,000 Incredible full Bay views from this 3/3 plus den Multilevel end unit. Totally remodeled & upgraded. LO#226269 WENDY/DAVID LEVENTHAL 941-924-9000 GRAND BAY $575,000 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Bay front luxury W/sweeping views from the wrap-around terrace. World class amenities & beach club membership. LO#238127 SELINA AUVIL 941-924-9000

UNIVERSITY PARK $620,000 2795 SF home with three bedroom, three & one-half bathroom on lake with southern exposure, pool/spa, 3 car garage. Many upgrades. Move-in condition LO#237894 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000 WHITFIELD ESTATES $589,000 Stunning distinction. Exceptional 3BR/3BA residence. LO#244641 DYRK DAHL 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY $895,000 Views! Views! Views! Bay views from most every room & beautiful deck in this incredible waterfront property! LO#246119 KATHIE SRUR 941-924-9000 BEACHES $839,500 3BR/3BA with Gulf, Bay & golf course views behind gates of LBK club. Omni tennis courts, concierge & garage parking. LO#244742 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

UNIVERSITY PARK $629,000 Quiet setting in Richmond Park neighborhood. Etched glass doors, open plan, custom 3 tier pool/spa. Summer kitchen LO#245578 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000

BIRD/LIDO KEY $325,000 Beach front high rise on the white sand of Lido Beach. Around the corner from St. Armands and Ritz Carlton. LO#235764 JACLYN SMITH & MICHAEL BAYER 941-924-9000

LEISURE LAKES $160,000 So nice and so inviting! Budget-blesser, four bedroom, two plus bath home. Comfy styling! LO#245569 TERRENCE COOK 941-924-9000


201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 ~ Longboat Key 941-383-6411 16 Avenue of the Flowers ~ Longboat Key 941-383-8657 423 St. Armands Circle ~ St. Armands 941-388-3966 330 John Ringling Boulevard ~ St. Armands Key 941-388-4433 100 North Tamiami Trail ~ Sarasota Downtown 941-366-8070 ©2003 Coldwell Banker Corporation. An EqualOpportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT Incorporated.

PINE TREE VILLAGE $149,500 Great location! 2BR/2BA villa. Open floor plan, cathedral ceilings, eat-in kitchen. Right on bus line & pets ok. LO#245779 DONALD VERCAUTEREN 941-924-9000

SIESTA KEY SIESTA ISLES $464,500 3BR/2BA with pool on tropical lot. Separate dining & family room. New roof & plumbing. Many recent improvements. LO#243866 CAROLYN DONNELLY 941-922-4876

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OCTOBER 23, 2003


BlackTie BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

A picture’s worth a thousand words ...

UnGala Reloaded

Need BT say more? Usually Bev Marsh brings out the “shock and awe” with her dresses at the UnGala Gala, but this year the talk of the ball was Michele Chapel and her barely there white dress.

The New Century Dance Company astonished the UnGala guests with their “Matrix Reloaded” dance performance.

Martinis were flowing all night at the Ketel One ice bar, which was made of ice, literally.

Double vision ... Two eye docs together at the UnGala? Yes, it’s true. Our famous eye doc showed up at the UnGala sans new lovely blond bombshell (mentioned in BT’s column last week). Instead, eyes were ogling the eye doc who happened to show up with another eye doc, with whom he put on the sight for sore eyes at the UnGala afterparty last year. As for the bombshell, she didn’t blink an eye and came to the UnGala with another date — a handsome SRQ Bachelor Club member. What spectacles! Saucy snippets ... Here’s some more from Saturday night ... The entertainment was exceeded by Bob Cannata’s solo dance moves on the UnGala stage ... the bowling-alleybench, spread-eagle, leg-scissors display bowled guests over at the afterparty ... and a Madonna/Britney Spears liplock took an unsuspecting married woman by surprise. Aaaah ... the UnGala.

More photos on page 3B

These chairs aren’t to sit on ... The UnGala Gala is a huge event to put together, which explains the monstrously sized committee. But the true leaders are the chairs. In 2002, fashionable duo, Sally Schule and Eric Cross, set the style standard. Tim Loveless and Marilyn Schroeter upgraded the UnGala to new technological heights in 2003. And who has to fill their shoes for 2004? None other than Amie Shay and BT!

Tim Loveless and Marilyn Schroeter

Prem and Clyde Wilson

Photos by Emily Walsh

Tanya Williams and Ringling’s Dr. John Wetenhall

BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

Enter the UnGala Gala 2003. More than 1,300 people logged on for a technological and futuristic evening on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. This year’s guests believed the UnBelievable, because the UnGala became the Matrix. Smoke, neon strobe lights, glowing centerpieces and a sea of black tables uploaded guests into a network of the future. The New Century Dance Company made the Matrix interactive with its dance performance so similar to the scenes of the “Matrix Reloaded” movie. The only thing missing from its interpretation of Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and Agent Smith was Keanu Reeves. But even though the UnGala went hightech, the UnFathomable experiences of the event were still present. Glamorous gowns, impeccable eats, ever-flowing martinis, nonstop dancing to the music of Powerhouse and juicy gossip prevailed. Co-chaired by Tim Loveless and Marilyn Schroeter, the UnGala, yet again, is UnBeatable.




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Olé! is exactly what your attire for the Florida West Coast Symphony's “Opening Night — Olé” should scream. Black tie with a Spanish flair could easily be achieved by simply adding a pair of castanets, but Nanci Rand of Dream Weaver, put together a black and red ensemble that is more breathtaking than a beautiful flamenco dancer.

‘Opening Night — Olé A Night in the Garden of Spain’ When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Anne Folsom Smith, décor chair of “Opening Night — Olé,” is the model of Spanish spice in a black-tie ensemble from Dream Weaver — perfect for a night in the garden of Spain. She stuns in a Kane & Sells black, 4-ply silk, bias-cut dress topped with a silk chiffon, hand-painted, asymmetrical black-and-red tunic. The outfit is completed by Susan Green black-jet, drop earrings, black-jet, lariat necklace and black-jet choker and a Rafael Sanchez black-lacquer purse with jet and cinnabar beads. All available at Dream Weaver, St. Armands Circle, 388-1974.

The event Guests attending this gala for the Florida West Coast Symphony will see the Van Wezel as they’ve never seen it before. With their very first steps down the staircase to the foyer, they will be transported into a romantic Spanish garden with sculptured topiaries, formal allées and bright flowers clambering the columns. This is “Opening Night — Olé! A Night in the Garden of Spain,” the black-tie dinner preceding the opening concert of the symphony’s 55th season. Its theme springs from Artistic Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland’s selections for the evening’s orchestral program, which include DeFalla’s “Nights in the Garden of Spain” and Ravel’s “Rhapsodie Espagnole.” Longboat Key residents are, well, key to this very special party. Honorary co-chairs are Beatrice Friedman and Claire Love, long associated with the symphony’s season-opening events. The chairperson is Dottie Baer Garner, with support from Anne FolsomSmith (décor), Molly Schechter (concept and creative direction) and Renée Sheade (hospitality). The Spanish theme of “Opening Night — Olé” will infuse the entire evening, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Sangria will be served as guests descend the steps into the garden and the cocktail reception will feature authentic tapas, the renowned little dishes of Spain. Dinner follows at 6:15, offering a choice of entrées with accompaniments including the

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classic tortilla a la Espanola. The post-performance dessert buffet will offer Spanish brandy, sherries and cheeses, in addition to pastries and fruits. Caterer for the evening is Phil Mancini of Michael’s On East. Tickets to “Opening Night — Olé,” which benefits the Florida West Coast Symphony, are $225, with patron and sponsor packages still available. Note that gala tickets do not include the symphony performance. To check availability of concert tickets and/or to make a reservation for the gala, call the Development Office at the Florida West Coast Symphony, 953-4252, Ext. 29. ❑



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The Spanish roses behind the magic of “Opening Night — Olé” are Claire Love, Anne Folsom Smith, Beatrice Friedman and Dottie Baer Garner.




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Scott Sosso and Dean Griffith fly solo after losing their girlfriend and wife in the crowd of more than 1,300 guests. 2 U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris and her husband, Anders Ebbeson 3 Bright, bold and beautiful Jennie LaSalle 4 Cool dude Rich Swier 5 Tina Little stuns in classic elegance. 6 Fashionable friends Chris McKee and Mi’Chelle Bettner 7 Lisa Brown and Bev Marsh shake their tail feathers on the dance floor. 8 Cheryl Loeffler, Joselle Culp, Susan McLeod and Annette Rogers enjoy a girls-night-out. 9 Jon Pardue and Marnie Matarese 10 George and Hartley O’Brien, Dwight Mead, Gail Whittig, Roger and Alisa Pettingell, Mark Hirsch and Judy Winslow 11 Mark Sultana and Jocelyn Winsor









Luncheon Honoring Mary Jean Eisenhower THE BEST OF THE BEST

Date: Thursday, Oct. 16 Place: Waterside Room, Sarasota Quay Chairs: Deane Allyn and Inez Seeger Benefiting: Sarasota Sister Cities Association







1 Renee Pastor and Carol Arroyo 2 Carol Green and Renée Sheade 3 Richard Janssen, Dr. Joseph Polizzi and Mirco Chiodi

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Elegant Ladies Luncheon Date: Thursday, Oct. 16 Place: Serendipity Gallery Hosted by: Joan McGee





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Making music together

Greatness achieved by thinking small

BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

Go back in time 25 years. Almost everybody was thinking big. But three area music lovers had a radical new idea that was also a very old idea ... They decided to think small. The year was 1979; the place, Sarasota. The music lovers in question were Arden Fowler, Ann Stephenson-Moe and George Bledsoe. Their dream was to create a professional chorus in Sarasota — not a massive 100-member chorus along the lines of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but an intimate affair of 30 or so members. Gloria Musicae is what they would call the chorale singing group. That’s Latin for “the glory of music.” Glory indeed. In the years since it was founded, the group has continued to pile up honors, building up a loyal fan base at the same time. What it became can be traced back to who started it. Fowler was a professional singer who’d recently moved here from New York’s Westchester County and noticed the lack of a professional chorale group she could join. Like the capable person she was, she solved that problem by helping to form one and would go on to be its managerial backbone. Stephenson-Moe brought a formidable combination of keyboard mastery, connections in the area music scene, and indomitable energy. (In years to come, she’d use some of that energy to found the Key Chorale.) Bledsoe, the group’s original conductor, brought leadership experience and top-flight conducting skills. What motivated them? The main motive was the passionate need to perform. As Bernard Hahnke, the group’s executive director, tells me, “If you’re a singer it’s in your bones. You have to let it out. It’s an emotional thing, almost a physical thing.” Part of it was also respect for the music itself. (Here’s where thinking small plays a very big part.) In 1979, classical music tended to mean large-scale performances by symphony orchestras and massive choirs. But there was a growing realization in the music community that many of the original works hadn’t been composed for large-scale performances — vocal works included. Handel’s “Messiah” was originally written for a total of 20 voices; all of Bach’s chorale works were intimate things originally meant for small groups to sing in churches. In either case, the original effect was a clean, crisp sound sung by distinct voices, and not a collective thunder. Gloria Musicae would get back to basics and honor the original intent of the composer. Part of it was respect for the musicians. But respect is always a two-edged sword. Yes, it means paying the musicians and footing the bill for the sheet music. But it also means high standards. You have to audition to get into Gloria Musicae. You have to be good to get into the group. If you want to stay in, you have to stay good. As the years went by, Gloria Musicae has continued to be very, very good. It was not only the first professional chorale group in Sarasota, but the first of its kind in the Southeastern United States. Its singers have performed in concert in Canada with Edmonton’s Da Camera Singers, at Eisenstadt Austria’s “Classical Music Seminar-Festival,” at Rollins College’s “Sacred Music Concert Series” in Winter Park, and, just last spring, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, where it presented a series of five concerts leading up to a Mass. Its music is staple of WUSF and WEDU radio and television broadcasts. People around the world appreciate Gloria Musicae, none more so than the folks close to home.

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A few Gloria Musicae notables — chorus-member Heather Blazer; co-founder Arden Fowler; singer and arts grant coordinator Sandra Hahnke; Executive Director Bernard Hahnke; Musical Director and Conductor Dr. Elwood Smith; Dr. Robert Reeves, accompanist, kneeling As the group approached its 25th anniversary, it decided the best way to say “thanks” to its passionate local supporters was by creating a “Reprise” concert of the favorite songs that audiences have heard performed in the past. The group sent out questionnaires asking for requests; plenty came back, some with as many as 30 favorites. Just to be fair, the singers themselves were allowed to put in requests. Gloria Musicae’s 25th anniversary celebration takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Holley Hall. Dr. Elwood Smith, the group’s musical director and conductor, will be conducting this “greatest hits” performance; Mary Diana, WUSF-FM’s music director, will narrate. The group will also give due honor to four of its previous conductors by performing a piece written by each. The concert opens with “A Chorale Fanfare,” a piece by Jan Bach (no relation to you-know-who) especially commissioned for Gloria Musicae. Appropriately, the piece celebrates the glory of music and is partly based on Joseph Addison’s “A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day,” a poem written in the late 1600s. Smith notes, “I think it’s an interesting way to move into the future by celebrating our past. We’re not only bringing back our favorite songs, we’re bringing back four of our former conductors who’ll be there in person to hear their works performed. I think it’ll be a very moving experience.” ❑

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This book, on the reading list of many book clubs, combines international intrigue with fascinating historical and religious esoterica. From page one, Dan Brown captivates the reader with the mysterious murder of the curator of the Louvre Museum and leads us through several countries and countless riddles in search of a murderer and a secret the curator wants kept hidden. The curator’s granddaughter, Sophie Neveu, a cryptologist and Robert Langdon, a noted symbologist, are both brought into the murder investigation through symbolic clues the murdered man leaves for them. The Paris police inspector, as Book well as Sophie and Robert, are con“The DaVinci Code” founded by two religious groups. One is the Priory of Sion, whose By Dan Brown historic members truly include Sir Doubleday Isaac Newton, Leonardo DaVinci, $25 and Botticelli, and who want to

keep the Holy Grail from being found. The other group is the Opus Dei, a religious order in the Catholic Church, whose members play the protagonists in the story and add the church’s politics to the intrigue. As Neveu and Langdon try to decipher clues to her grandfather’s murder, they are only one step ahead of the police and two steps behind an albino monk who has been given the task of finding the Grail at any cost, including killing anyone who gets in his way. The plot delivers twists and turns and brain teasing puzzles while it gives you insight into a new slant to religious history. Although much historical research has gone into the writing of this book, one cannot help but question much of it. But then isn’t that the job of writers — to pique your interest and challenge you to research on your own? I think you will find this book may be a catalyst for your interest. Although Brown has an edge-of-the-seat style in his writing, one does get a little bogged down in religious history. You will also find Langdon needs a little “chutzpah.” He drags along behind Neveu a little too often. These faults, however, are overshadowed by a whopper of a plot, which will please thriller addicts of all ages. Hazel Steskal is a volunteer at the Longboat Library. Its current hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Beginning Nov. 3, its hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Call 383-2011. ❑




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Artefacts Another artist’s portrait Normally the art of Gayle Fulton-Ross doesn’t move around. This Sarasota-based visual artist is used to creating art that goes on canvasses ... the kind that stays put. So she was pleasantly surprised when the Asolo repertory company asked her to read for a role in its upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” and even more so when she got the part. She says the experience has given her new respect for actors. “They’re creative, intense and phenomenal,” she says. “They’re also experts at reacting. That’s what draws you into the illusion and makes you believe it’s real.” Fulton-Ross’s character is a slave from the island of Barbados named Tituba. “Tituba’s lyrical island accent is a real stretch for me,” she laughs. “I’m from Boston.” It’s no easy assignment — and the opening night of Oct. 31 is only a week away. But the

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Fragile flowers on film Longboat Key resident Diane Mason is both an experienced writer and an independent digital filmmaker. It was only natural when her friend, Jeanne Malmgren, a former colleague from the St. Petersburg Times, asked Mason to accompany her to Cambodia to record her adoption of two orphaned sisters. But Mason had lot more than a home movie on her hands.

“The more I got into it, the more I realized I had the makings of a full-fledged documentary,” she says. “Three Khmer Flowers” is the title of the documentary she ultimately created. It’s the very personal story of Malmgren and her husband, Jim Melvin’s, efforts to secure their adoption of the two sisters. (They’d already adopted another Cambodian orphan, which is why “Three Khmer Flowers” is the name of this tale.) It’s a case of heart-warming personal history almost undone by heart-chilling efforts of world history. Thanks to the Sept. 11 attacks, what used to be called the INS was cracking down and tightening up all forms of immigration. “There’s a moratorium on future such adoptions,” says Mason. “These two were among the last 200 to get out before the doors were closed indefinitely.” Her film will be shown as part of the Unifem Film Festival sponsored by the Gulf Coast Chapter of United Nations Development Fund for Women. The selection of films by women exploring global concerns will be shown from Jan. 9 and 10, at New College’s Sainer Hall. Call 284-1027 for a program or details.

Next time you’re in the neighborhood, check out the mannequins in the windows of The Met on the south side of St. Armands Circle. You might feel a little bit like H.G. Wells’ time traveler hurtled forward in time to see the strange fashions of the future. Relax. What you’re seeing are two of Bill Fenner’s costumes for Sarasota Ballet’s upcoming production of “Cà d’Zan — A Fantasy” in the not-too-distant future. ❑

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‘Faculty Exhibition’• at Ringling School of Art and Design through Nov. 1. To paraphrase Groucho Marx, Ringling School of Art and Design has more art teachers than you can shake a stick at. So many, in fact, that Selby Gallery, the school’s primary exhibition space, isn’t big enough to fit art by all of them. That’s why the school breaks its annual faculty show into two parts. The division is a matter of practical necessity; strictly speaking, it’s a single show. This review will consider it as such.

Photographs, manipulated or otherwise Mixing equal parts of Diane Arbus and Joel Peter Witkin, photographer Steven Katzman specializes in disturbingly beautiful images of outsiders and the dead. Here, his “Cremation II” is an oversized photograph of a human corpse bursting into flame. It’s a testament to Katzman’s skill that, while what he’s depicting is horrific, the image itself is oddly pretty. He makes you look at it whether you like it or not. Wanrudee Buranakorn’s digitally manipulated photograph, “Images in the Mind #6,” is a time-lapse image of a naked female dancer in various poses. A static, two-dimensional image can never capture the flow of time. But Buranakorn comes very close and the result is beautiful to see. Joyce True’s “The Gift” is a kitschy-surreal image of a two-headed pink flamingo offering a hatchling frog popping out of an egg. Her flamingo stands up proudly for Florida’s tourist trap heritage, even if it does so on only one leg.

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Cartoons and illustrations Tom Casmer’s “Goat Boy” is an acrylicand-ink illustration of a hoofed, horned, adolescence satyr playing, as you might have guessed, a pan flute. The detail is intricate, almost obsessive. You have to admire the man’s patience. Octavio Perez’ “Guavaween” is a 3-D depiction of anthropomorphic guavas cavorting in the streets of Ybor City. His figures have the rubbery, over-the-top expressiveness of John Kricfalusi’s characters on “Ren and Stimpy.” You can’t help but smile. Joe Thiel’s “Song” is a lean, iconic illustration of a singer in mid-song, mouth so wide open that the top part of his head seems ready to fall off. It’s so simple that it’s simply perfect.

Mobiles and multimedia, oh my Comprised of shoetrees, slinkies, old hamster wheels and the eviscerated guts of a dead piano, Dee Hood’s mobile, “Discarded Sounds,” is a clattering collection of caliginous junk to warm the heart of any Tinman — assuming he had one. I say “clattering,” but the truth is the only sound it makes is in your mind. Hood’s music is purely visual. David Kinsey’s “My Painting Pants (You

Light falls with melancholy clarity in Jeff Schwartz’s “October.” Can Probably Tell I’m Right Handed)” is just plain witty. It’s not a painting of painting pants but actual pants with paint on them. As the title implies, the pants are more severely encrusted with paint on the right side. (One assumes he was actually wearing the pants while painting.)

Welcome to the real world There’s something self-effacing about simply recording the world as-it-is. The artist is saying, “Look at that,” not “Look at me.” Of course, a painter is not a camera — and the central intelligence is there if you look for it. Jeff Schwartz shows a keen intelligence in his pen-and-ink and collage pieces on paper. His “October” stands out in particular. It’s a formal composition — symmetrical, in other words — of a living room interior, couch, chairs, a coffee table and two windows. That’s it, and that’s all it needs to be. His “Water Is A Great Solvent” manages an original treatment of the most done-todeath subject in the world — boats in the

Portraits by the artists Ellie Samuelson “Self Portrait” has echoes of the hyper-realistic technique of Ivan Albright. She pays a lot of attention to the way light reflects off the surface of her skin and then heightens the effect to make her skin look mottled and harshly detailed. It’s the way the world looks when you’ve had too much coffee and not enough sleep. It’s also the opposite of the media-conditioned image of the pretty face. The prettiness that’s there in the harsh light is really there, not a matter of artifice. Political and social statements John Sims’ “Mac China” is hilarious. It’s a regulation-size Chinese flag, the background a regulation East-is-Red red, but instead of the big yellow star in the left hand corner with an arc of four little stars


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Southern gothic and other portents Anthony Rice’s painting, “Jump,” shows that freaky, folk art voodoo you see in the work of Ke Francis. A powder-blue skeleton is surrounded by images of life, fecundity and resurrection: corn, a pregnant woman with a butterfly for a face should be, a scarecrow figure with hands of corn, the cross. Rice reminds us that death and life are part of the same mystery. Shawn Barber’s painting, “Apprehension,” shows a gleaming little devil-red baby (or baby doll) sitting on a maze against an array of scissors floating in a bloody sky. The piece is unsettling, the stuff of nightmares. Babies should not play with scissors. In Moe Mitchell’s painting, “Spirit In The Rock,” is a more peaceful meditation mixing accessible symbolism (the cross, a flower) with icons only he understands (bits of geometry, fragments of photographs). He’s created a shrine that’s both public and private. There’s a rare mix of public and private statements in both installments of this exhibit. Most of the pieces are strong; some are downright gutsy. It’s all worth seeing. ❑

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Maximum Dance Company, a high energy, chamber group of 10, gifted dancers from Miami, opened the Sarasota dance season as guests of The Sarasota Ballet of Dance Florida. In only six years of existence, ‘Maximum Dance the company, Company’ under the direcSarasota Ballet of Florida tion of choreograFSU Center for the Performing Arts pher/dancers Oct. 10 to 12 David Palmer and Yanis Pikieris, has become known for its exhilirating, cuttingedge, neo-classic choreography and for its dancers, all former soloists with credits in a variety of international ballet companies. In Yanis Pikieris’ 21st-century interpreta-

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sion, with striking, overhead lifts, while lissome Weisz, partnered by an emotional Andras Szego, echoed the intensity of feeling in a continuous arc of astonishing lifts that were danced as if in one, long breath without a moment’s pause. Isaaks, a strong, contained dancer with eloquent, long legs, introduced “winter” in a dramatic solo, before Palmer joined her in an athletic duet. Though each dancer projected his or her own personal aura, it became evident that Sakakibara was one of those dancers who appears lighter than air and casts a special spell. From her first entrance in “spring,” she seemed to scoop up the music in her body with an ease of movement that made it appear as if she were part of the music and not dancing to it. Needless to say, her technique was both elegant and strong. Gawriljuk, Szego, Gimenez and Stephanie Walz gave “winter” an infusion of warmth with their smooth and amazingly deft, overhead lifts that flowed from their partnering with stunning ease. Gawriljuk and Plain rushed through a series of leaps and spins, as the swell of the music urged them to soar. All four couples whizzed across the stage in unison movement, lifted up by the surging melody, and followed by Isaacks and Gawriljuk, who exchanged arms and legs in an unlikely duet. As the music ebbed in the final section of the ballet, the dancers took a deep breath and settled into a grouping of repose. Both Artistic Directors Palmer and Pikieris collaborated in choreographing “Spectrum Suite,” a balletic journey of emotions from alienation and anger to hope and peaceful love choreographed to the music of Pink Floyd. The music for this imaginative, edgy piece was loud and dissonant. There was no question that the immediate audience reaction to the anguished tension of street-clad dancers pulling away from one another as they searched for safety was one of unease, in contrast to the elegant, harmonious rhythms of “The Four Seasons.” Three men moved with speed and energy

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Dirty pretty things ... In this case, the dirty pretty things in question are deteriorating art on paper and not a film starring Audrey Tautou. Provenance Gallery will be offering a free mini-seminar on the art of restoring and conserving such fragile art at 7 p.m.

This years “Bluesfest” starts 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Sarasota fairgrounds. Blues heroes include Solomon Burke, John Mayall, Coco Montoya, Delta Moon and 13year-old blues prodigy Eric Steckel. Call 9516103, 745-2429 or 955-1515.

‘Get Back!’ No, we’re not giving you directions. That’s the title of the next concert by a collection of four, mop-topped Beatle-lookalikes who call themselves “Beatlemania.” Their concert, set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, is by all accounts fab. Some might even say gear. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303, if you need any Help!

‘Sarasota Reading Festival’ Our area’s sixth annual celebration of all things bookish is set for Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Five Points area of downtown Sarasota. Festivities will include dramatic readings, book-signings, authors’ talks, a food fest and “living storybook” performances for kids. Barbara Bush, Mary Higgins Clark, Gail Collins, Ad Hudler, Nicole Kelby and Stuart Woods are among the participating writers. Call 308-7323 or 957-5109.

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‘Cine-World’ sampler Sarasota Film Society’s 15th annual “Cine-World” film festival is set for Nov. 7 through 16, at Burns Court Cinema. Featuring a plethora of titles fresh from the

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“Myths, Legends and Timeless Tales” is the title of an all-day family adventure from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Inspired by the museum’s paintings, the event features hands-on, art-making storytelling by storytelling entertainers, a look at where the wild things really are, and the stuff of legends come to life. This mythic make-believe is included in the $15 admission price; kids 12 and younger get in free. Reserving advance tickets is highly recommended. Call 358-3180 to do so. ❑

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Museum of Asian Art — “Focus: Asia.” Photographs of 19th-century Asia in the 1800s are in focus through Oct. 24. 954-7117. Island Gallery West — “Floral Paintings by Nancy Law.” The artist’s bright tropical flowers bloom through Oct. 25. 778-6648. Wallace Fine Art — showcasing work by Italo Botti, the Russian plein-air painters, B.H. Erschel and more. 3870746. Island Branch Library — featuring Marie Ewing’s handsculpted dolls, Helen DeForge’s porcelain paintings, and John Bonser’s photography, in October. 778-6341. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery — “Paintings by Lisa Basnuevo.” Humorous organic forms and metaphoric landscapes beckon through Nov. 1. 366-2093. Galleria Silecchia — “Season Preview.” This features Homero Aguilar’s surrealistic oil paintings, William Berra’s impressionistic landscapes and Glenna Goodacre’s sculpture. 365-7414.

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Elizabeth Rice Fine Art — presenting an eye-opening group show through October. 954-8575. Sonnet Gallery — “Dedication to Fall.” Powerful paintings by John Douglas and Jennifer Hollack will be featured through October. 955-6443. The Palm Avenue Gallery — showcasing Don Michael Williams’s pottery and Ron Lawrence’s area landscapes in October. 953-5757. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10C

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Graciela Giles Studio — “Homage to Henry David Thoreaux.” Giles’ art transcends through October. 746-4469. Copper Moon Gallery — “Wilderness Body Painting.” Rosel Grassmann’s wild imagery is featured in October. 747-8783. Venice Art Center — “Father-Daughter Exhibition.” Kurt and Linda Larish share the walls through Oct. 28. 485-7136.

Gloria Musicae presents 25-year ‘Reprise’ Sarasota’s stellar chamber choral ensemble, Gloria Musicae, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a “Reprise” of past favorites chosen by the audience and the singers themselves, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Holley Hall. The concert includes performances by Jack Brokensha and his jazz quartet and narration by WUSF announcer Mary Diana. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students. Call 954-4223.

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“Smooth Jazz on St. Armands” — the Eric Darius Quintet jazzes it up from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, on St. Armands Circle. 364-2126. ‘Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival’ — artists get very crafty indeed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, on Main Street in Sarasota. 951-2656.


“Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design, 1927 to 1936” will be showing from Saturday, Oct. 25 through Jan. 4, at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. This exhibition of 150 or so historic photographs reveal the photographer’s formative period before she went to work for Life magazine. Many of these images have never been published or exhibited before. Call 359-5700.

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Florida West Coast Symphony — “Heroic Beethoven Concerts.” Brian Ganz is the featured pianist in these two concerts conducted by Leif Bjaland. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23; the Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; both concerts are at the Sarasota Opera House. 953-3434. The Jazz Club of Sarasota — Jack Brokensha puts out good vibes at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct 24, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium’s Bayfront Room. 316-9207. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — The Average White Band and Tower of Power join forces at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23; Sarasota native “Twinkle” shines like the star she is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; Randy Travis gets to the heartbeat of country music at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26;

Florida Studio Theatre — “The World Goes ‘Round.” Everything turns on the tunes of Kander and Ebb through Nov. 29. 366-9000. Venice Little Theatre — “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Two old ladies dear to Dr. Kevorkian’s heart serve tea through Oct. 25. 488-1115. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Nunsense II” gets audiences into the habit of laughter through Nov. 9. 366-5454 or 1800-652-0920. Out of Door Academy — its drama department presents “Noises Off” through Oct. 25. 349-3223. Full Moon Theatre — “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The time warp continues through Nov. 2, at the Waterside Courtyard Room at the Quay. 552-1595.

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Circle Books — Michael McGarrity signs his Southwestern murder mystery, “Everyone Dies” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; Longboat Key author Carl Nurick signs “Living to Die,” a look at how getting an afterlife affects life on this earth, at 3 p.m. 388-2850.

Images of the floating world — Jeff Schwartz’s “Water is a great solvent” visual arts. 365-2032.


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Confident cook enjoys entertaining at home Susan Landau doesn’t heed the conventional hostess wisdom of sticking with tried-andtrue recipes when entertaining. “I always try something new,” laughs Landau. A new resident of the Key, coming from Cincinnati a year ago, Landau loves to entertain. Her specialty is French cuisine. Raised in a kosher home, Landau branched out into French cuisine when her husband, Lenny, spent considerable time in France on company business. “The French love to entertain at with home and so do I,” Landau says. Landau is a confident cook and that confidence probably comes from her belief that “anybody can cook, if you follow the recipe.” She does add this cautionary advice, however: “Don’t put you own spin on a recipe until you get to know it.” Landau is also a relaxed hostess because she always has backup for her menu. She recalls finding out as guests arrived that one had a strong aversion to rosemary. Landau had lamb with rosemary as the main course. Her backup: Blintz Souffle.

“Basically it is frozen blintzes with the usual souffle mixture,” and, she adds, “It is delicious.” At a recent dinner, she served poached salmon and presented guests with two platters. She didn’t tell them that one had been poached in her dishwasher. “No one could tell the difference,” she declares. Cooking is a creative outlet for Landau and perks her up on bad day. Comfort food, of course, is what the cook prepares on those days. “Maybe Turkey Tetrazzini or maybe my Chocolate Peanut Butter Pizza,” Landau says. “It always works.” Landau describes herself as a perfectionist and is never completely happy with her presentation: “I know the food tastes good but I can never get it to look as good as I would like it to.” With a lifelong interest in cultural activities, Landau now serves on the Sarasota Ballet Association board and is a co-chairman with Alicia LeVine and Patricia Fennessey of the association’s “An Evening with King Neptune,” on Oct. 23. ❑

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PIZZA Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup margarine or butter 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg


Dora Walters

Susan Landau enjoys reading, especially cookbooks.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups miniature marshmallows 6-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

•Preheat oven to 375 degrees. •Combine sugar, brown sugar, margarine or butter, peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Blend. •Stir flour into mixture. •Press dough evenly on the bottom of a 12to14-inch pizza pan, forming a rim along the edge. •Bake for 10 minutes. •Remove from oven and sprinkle top with marshmallows and chocolate chips. •Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until marshmallows are lightly browned. •Cool and cut into wedges. •Makes 20 to 24 wedges. •Preparation time is 15 minutes and total baking time is 18 minutes.

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BIRD KEY GARDEN - This is a feel good home for you to enjoy. It’s light & bright, wraps around the pool and oversized patio area, has 3BR/2BA, tiled floors, plantation shutters and delicious fruit trees. $520,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220 INN ON THE BEACH - Unique “B” floor plan, enjoy your vacation with friends & relatives and keep your privacy with separate entrances. Top floor with sweeping views. Rents as two separate units. Good rental history. Over $108K gross income in 2001 $850,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 BIRD KEY - Live the lifestyle natural to you in this home with quality finishes, large family room with fireplace, marble floors, 4BR/3.5BA, media room, pool, balustraded patio and protected dock. $2,900,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

GRANDE RIVIERA – SARASOTA’S ULTIMATE POINTE OF VIEW - Don’t miss out on the best location in town. Just a few of these luxurious residences left. Enjoy unparalleled panoramic views and private docks available. Priced from $1,595,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 552-2669 BEAU CIEL - Preferred "A" end unit w/sweeping Bay and Marina views. Sleek, contemporary furnishings with stunning lighting selected for each room. Many original art works: Murano glass, original oil paintings, metal, glass and wood sculptures commissioned for the condo. Luxury built-ins maximize space and comfort. Open, airy, light due to modified floor plan. Wall-mounted plasma TV, wine cooler and many special features. $2,195,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

VIZCAYA AT LONGBOAT KEY - The charismatic appeal of Longboat is fully realized in this magnificent beachfront enclave. This direct Gulf 3BR/3BA penthouse offers spacious elegance and unobstructed views of the beach and Gulf. $2,695,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 BIRD KEY GARDEN - Private setting in this well-maintained home. Gracious patio with large pool is ideal for entertaining. The extra-large lot makes this property truly one-of-a-kind. $625,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220

GRAND BAY - 3BR/3BA condo with fabulous panoramic 6th floor views of Bay and Gulf. This popular condominium community offers great amenities - tennis, fitness, heated pool and beach access. $979,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 BEAU CIEL - Just completed, decorator ready 8th floor 2BR/2.5BA unit at Beau Ciel. Beautiful Bay & Marina views. Top of the line appliances and finishes. Outstanding amenities include fitness center, full concierge, valet parking and a stunning pool area. Close to Downtown theatres and dining. $1,100,000. HOYT BEATY/MARTY BENSON 552-3989

SANDY HOOK, SIESTA KEY - Fabulous 6BR/4BA beach home w/open pool.Superb kitchen + separate dining room. Music room, library + sitting room. Master suite w/new bath + 2 separate home offices. A short walk to the village & neighborhood beach! $925,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY - First time on the market. Lovely Country Club Shores home, 53’ x 25” screened lanai and pool, sailboat water, 44’ dock with lift, well maintained 2BR home. All on a mini “Selby Garden” lot! $699,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

THE LANDINGS - This gorgeous 3BR/2BA Landings home has it all! Light & bright with tile & wood floors plus a separate den. Beautiful French doors lead to a large pool area with views of your lushly landscaped yard. Convenient to nearly everywhere you would want to be in Sarasota! $529,900. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

BAY ISLAND ON SIESTA KEY - Key West style cottage on a very large lot. 3BR/1BA, Living room w/fireplace & large kitchen plus lots of charm make this your perfect island get-away or enlarge w/plenty of room to expand on this beautiful tropical treed lot! $499,500. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

WATER CLUB - Gorgeous designer perfect Water Club Condo w/stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico & downtown Sarasota. This very sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished w/wonderful appointments throughout. Fabulous world-class amenities and clubhouse, security and concierge. $2,500,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 LAKEWOOD RANCH - Designer furnished courtyard home with an endless list of upgrades!! Beautiful pool plus paver patio. Guest house with pool bath makes having company a pleasure. Golf Course view and more! $689,900 SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950 MARINA BAY - Gorgeous Bay & City views. This 3BR, 3,382 sq. ft. condo has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his & her master bath and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES - Situated on the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” crowns the spectacular tower; the “Beausoleil” unit with 4,965 sq ft living area envelops two terraces overlooking the marina, features 3 bedrooms, den, library and 3-1/2 baths. Residents may take advantage of the impeccable personal “round-the-clock” professional hotel staff. $4,250,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707

L’AMBIANCE - Casual elegance in beach front residence with private stairs to the beach and pool area – open design and many unique architectural features. $3,450,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707

L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - Extraordinary penthouse with magnificent views of the Gulf, sunsets, Key Club golf course, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay and lights of downtown Sarasota. This sumptuous penthouse's interior was designed by world renowned designer Robert Stuffings. Amenities include: 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cook’s gourmet kitchen, 14ft. ceilings, 2400 sq ft of wrap around terraces and 3 under cover parking spaces. $6,995,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 DESIGNER PERFECT - Water Club Condominium with views of lush tropical foliage and the Gulf of Mexico. This sophisticated condo is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. Amenities include two covered parking spaces and a private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world class amenities, clubhouse security and concierge. $1,199,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 COREY’S LANDING - Perfectly situated Bay front home with Bay views and privacy. Meticulous elegance in this garden villa with 4 bedrooms including complete guest suite with sitting room and private balcony on the second floor. Graciously furnished for immediate enjoyment (all rugs & art excluded). $1,550,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707

BIRD KEY WATERWAY - You’ll enjoy the feeling of intimacy and charm in this home centered around a large pool and tiled patio, accessed by pocketing sliders. Incredible landscaping. Large dock with boat lift. Partial Bay view. $1,595,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220


• 595 Bay Isles Rd, Mediterranean Plaza, Longboat Key • 8830 S. Tamiami Trail • 8447 S. Tamiami Trail • 130 N. Tamiami Trail • 438 St. Armands Circle • 2863 University Pkwy • 10 South Adams Drive 8283

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50 fire

years of


The town’s first fire station was built in 1955.

Fish fries raised funds for equipment.

“Red Maria” was the department’s first fire engine.

A hose exercise keeps fire fighters proficient.

Proud volunteers pose with their first pumper.

Old photos courtesy of Longboat Key Historical Society

A firefighter demonstrates the thermal-imaging camera.

Aerial ladders are vital in high-rise fires.

Newer photos courtesy of Leo Brown, Longboat Key Fire/Rescue


Longboat’s earliest firefighters were a rag-tag, but dedicated bunch of volunteers. Mind you, anybody who could hold a fire hose was considered a volunteer firefighter. In 1953 they bought a 1923 fire engine with no windshield or even a bench for seating for $75. They held fish fries to raise funds. The fish fries and donations paid for Longboat Key’s first fire station in 1955. The volunteers built it themselves. Although the Longboat Key Fire Department changed from all volunteer to paid personnel in 1976, the volunteer unit has continued. Instead of pumping water and manning hoses, the volunteers comprise a strong, supportive organization, complementing the department. (Volunteers conduct CPR classes, train in the use of automated external fibrillators, do blood-pressure checks at condominiums or public gatherings and speak to organizations about the function of the fire department.) Fifty years since its founding, the department now has two state-of-the-art fire stations with 36 firefighters/EMT/paramedics and a $2.7-million budget. Two aerial ladder trucks, one pumper (all with windshields and seating), two advanced lifesupport ambulances with a third fully equipped backup serve the public. Recently, a 27-foot Boston Whaler was added and eight members of the department completed the approved Coast Guard 50-hour captains’ course. Through a donation from the Keating Foundation, the department now has two thermal-imaging cameras. The cameras can see through smoke and aid firemen in locating hidden fire and find persons trapped in structures. The department might have all the latest equipment, but today the emphasis is on training and constant updating of procedures. With more than two-thirds of the calls on Longboat Key rescue, not fire, all but three of the 36 firefighters are paramedics. As a further step to serve the public’s needs, a program was developed with Longboat Key police officers receiving EMT training. In addition, automatic electronic defibrillators were placed in all police cars and officers are trained in their use. As a public service, blood pressure checks are available mornings at either station and tours of the facilities can be arranged by appointment. Prevention of fires is a major goal. With improved technology in vigilance, the department reports fire calls have been reduced by 18% in 10 years. Fire Chief Julius Halas initiated the Longboat Key Honor Guard. (The honor-guard concept was developed by George Washington in 1778 as a way to bring control and discipline to the Continental Army.) Longboat Key’s seven-man team has appeared at numerous community events and has taken honors in area competitions. “I believe our greatest asset is our personnel,” said Halas. “We encourage personal development for all members of the department, while continuing our goal of delivering the highest level of service to our community.” To mark the 50th year of the department, the volunteers are refurbishing a large bell from the first fire station. During an informal ceremony to be held Oct. 28, the bell will be mounted at Station No. 1, with a plaque honoring the fire chiefs of the past half century. On the same day, a Firehouse Chili Cook-Off reception, in cooperation with the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. For details on the cook-off or for information about classes or programs or to become a volunteer, contact Lew Simon, volunteer president, at Station No. 1 at 316-1944. ❑



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

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

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

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

New Gorgeous Designer Perfect Water Club Condominium w/stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico & downtown Sarasota. This very sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished w/wonderful appointments throughout. Fabulous world-class amenities & clubhouse, security & concierge. $2,500,000 Virtual Tour

GRAND BAY Great amenities in a grand Longboat Key community - heated pool, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse, exercise, kitchen, BBQ, picnic deeded beach access Private corner in the newest building. Panoramic vistas of the bay, marina and preserve. Wrap-around terraces. $1,049,000. Exquisite Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in resort home. $999,000. Fabulous panoramic views of the Gulf and Bay from this 6th floor 3 bedroom, 3 bath Biscayne floorplan $979,000. COREY’S LANDING Approx 3200 sq ft / 4 bedroom, 4 bath bayfront home with big bay views, private dock and deeded beach access. Graciously furnished. $1,550,000.

New Private Enclave of Twelve Residences in the true “Old Florida” style with lush landscaping on the very north end of Longboat Key. Amenities include; new kitchen in cherry and stainless steel, updated bathrooms, soaring ceilings, deep water dockage, pool and tennis. $599,000 Virtual Tour

WATER CLUB Breathtaking views of the gulf, Sarasota Bay, and the skyline from this 9th floor Dover plan, The best of the best on the desirable south side of Water Club II $2,695,000. EN PROVENCE Exclusive paradise community of only 21 beach front residences. 3BR/3BA with direct gulf view. $2,495,000. LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS Full Gulf view, part Bay view. Watch the sunrise or sunset from this 2 bedroom, 2 bath, partially furnished unit. Approx. 1600 sq ft $749,000.

RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES On the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” Residence is one of the most desirable. The spectacular tower, the “Beausoleil” residence has 4,965 sq. ft. living area plus two terraces overlooking the marina & city. $4,250,000. Beautiful Bay views from every room. Approx. 2235 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms and den. Enjoy world class amenities atop the Ritz. Monte Carlo unit. $1,390,000. GOLDEN BAY On Golden Gate Point brand new, never occupied 3 bedroom, 3 bath with fabulous full bay views. Approx. 2100 sq ft and 2 balconies. Pool, pull-up dock and fishing pier. Great downtown value per sq ft $899,900. VIZCAYA Magnificent beach front enclave of only 31 elegant residences with 2 car garages and private elevators. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse with fitness facilities and a private beach. Expansive penthouse with over 4,000 sq. ft. of luxury. Endless views of Gulf, pool and grounds from the wrap-around terrace. $3,990,000. Spacious and elegant with unobstructed views of the Gulf, this expansive penthouse features many unequaled design elements that create a style which expresses what Florida living is all about. Approx. 3400 sq. ft. 3BR/3BA $2,999,000. Perfectly decorated & appointed penthouse. Marvelous views. You just have to see this stunning Florida residence. Partially Furnished. $2,695,000. SIESTA KEY - HIDDEN HARBOR Lush tropical grounds surround this 2-story contemporary 6,200 sq. ft. home. European design elements featured throughout. Open, bright floorplan w/skylights & glass. Pool, boat dock Fabulous views of the harbor, pool & grounds $4,490,000.

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

Extraordinary L’Ambiance penthouse w/magnificent views of Gulf, sunsets, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay & lights of downtown Sarasota. Amenities include: 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 2400 sq ft of wrap terraces & 3 parking spaces. $6,995,000 Virtual Tour Longboat Key Canal Home with Beautiful Views This home has beautiful canal & bay views, great boating water and is situated four in from the bay, which makes it a wonderful find. $645,000 Virtual Tour Wonderful Fairway Bay Condominium Turnkey furnished, with gorgeous views of the Bay and access to grounds and walkways of Fairway Bay. $365,000 Virtual Tour Queens Harbour Home with Gorgeous Views of the Bay from master, living and dining rooms. This 4BR/3BA home has a dock and lift, pool and outdoor kitchen. Beautiful furnishings and a 28 ft. Sea Ray included. $1,750,000 Virtual Tour If You Need A Home For Your 65’ Boat this Country Club Shores home is situated on one of the largest and deepest canals on Longboat Key. Amenities include; gorgeous views, soaring ceilings, separate family room w/fireplace, beautiful pool & deck, dock & an exceptionally large lot. $1,250,000 Virtual Tour Designer Perfect Water Club Condominium with views of lush tropical foliage and the Gulf of Mexico. This sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. Amenities include two covered parking spaces and a private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world-class amenities and clubhouse, concierge and security. $1,199,000 Virtual Tour Marina Bay with Gorgeous Bay & City Views This 3BR, 3382 sq. ft. condo that has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his & her master bath & wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000 Virtual Tour

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Bird Key home sells for $4 million A new, five-bedroom and six-bath home with a swimming pool on Bird Key has been sold for $4 million by a joint venture consortium of Sarasota Bay/Saba/Watts Associates. The bayfront home, located at 570 S. Spoonbill Drive, was purchased by Tonya L. and Michael J. Maxey. The spacious, 6,846-square-foot home was completed last year by luxury home builder Douglas Martel and his Sarasota Bay Investment Inc., with his partners, B.W. Saba Inc., headed by Bruce W. Saba, and Daniel B. Watts’ Watts Spoonbill Inc. The associates purchased the property, with a total of 8,286 square feet under roof, in June 2001 for $1.4 million, razing the original house before building the elevated new home and all its amenities.

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Emerald Equities Inc., 3310 Bayou Road, bought the vacant lot 4-B at 3309 Sabal Cove Circle from Thomas A. Livingston of Presto, Pa., for $350,000. It last sold for $176,500 back in April 1990.

Seaplace IV Rudi Bresser of Berlin sold his unit G6-402-C at Seaplace IV to Lynne Brown Koy and John C. Harwood, 250 Robin Drive, Bird Key, for $250,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1973 and was purchased by Bresser in January 1994 for $99,000, yet another example of appreciating values on Longboat Key during the past 10 years.

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In the biggest sale on Longboat Key for the last week in September, Patty B. Moseley and her husband, Samuel Steve Moseley, of Rome, Ga., sold their sea-walled home on Sarasota Bay at 584 Gunwale Lane in the third unit of Country Club Shores for $2.223 million. Claud Augustus Pounds Jr. and his wife, Sharon Ivey-Pounds, from Grayson, Ga., purchased the home, which was originally built in 1964. It has four bedrooms, five baths and a swimming pool.

Beverly Saxonberg and Rose Chip, 211 Tremont Lane, sold their unit 19-B at Kingston Arms to Roger A. and Kimberly K.S. Rivard of Valrico in suburban Tampa for $197,000. The onebedroom and one-bath apartment at 500 S. Washington Drive was erected in 1963 and last sold for $66,000 in May 1990.

Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the breathtaking panorama of sparkling SARASOTA BAY and beatiful Longboat Key, this unique estate presents dazzling display of space and light within its bold, innovative artistry. The 10,000+/- square-foot, three level residence boasts a fabulous master suite with outstanding views, gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances, six satellite kitchens seamlessly blended throughout the main and guest home, porcelain floors, and custom built-ins. $6,250,000 Secluded contemporary BAYFRONT ESTATE, close to downtown, lushly landscaped with fabulous Bay and Sunset views. Imported European kitchen to meet chef standards. Tennis court installed by makers of Bollettieri Academy. 2 boat docks & lifts. $5,975,000 150 feet of beautiful, unspoiled beach in the SANDERLING CLUB, a 1.6 acre property from gulf to lagoon. Ideal site to build dream home or to use existing structure with 4,500+ sf under roof for remodeling. Also ideal for anyone looking to acquire “additional” 180ft. of beachfront. $5,875,000 Fabulous Five Star RITZ CARLTON Lifestyle. THE 18th Floor PENTHOUSE. High over Sarasota bay, bathed in a breathtaking panorama, 3 sides, 4 balconies, full bay & city views, sunrise & sunset. In Sarasota, the Cultural Capital of Florida. $5,750,000 Prestigious gated community of SANDERLING CLUB. Direct Gulf front with 200’ of private, protected, pristine beach w/dramatic sunsets. On over an Acre, offering opportunity to purchase a prime beachfront on Siesta Key w/possibilities ranging from renovation to using site for new construction. $5,500,000 Spectacular Waterfront Home available 20% below appraisal with a price reduction of $500,000. Completely renovated and remodeled. This prestigious home, located in the HARBOR ISLES section of BAY ISLES, offers 4bedroom/4bath with 200-foot seawall & a wonderful view over canal intersection towards the bay. $1,995,000 This vacant Bay/Bayou lot, in one of SIESTA KEYS finest neighborhoods, is surrounded by many new multi-million dollar homes. This unique property offers a boat dock and private setting, uniquely bordering a non-buildable association greenbelt. The elevated living level of the future home will offer good water views of the Bayou and Bay. $987,500

Elizabeth Ann and Joseph A. Casadio purchased the threebedroom and two-bath home with a swimming pool at 204 N. Adams Drive from Betty K. and Thomas S. Murphree of Lynn Haven for $675,000. The original home was built 50 years ago and last sold for $410,0000 in March 2000.

Lido Towers Joseph H. Thomas of New Lenox, Ill., sold his unit 707 at Lido Towers, 1001 Ben Franklin Drive, to Patricia B. and Bernhard G. Kloppenburg from Tampa for $425,000. The twobedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1980.

Lido Regency Ivanka Vidovich bought apartment 4-B at Lido Regency, 1700 Ben Franklin Drive, from Gerald J. Cavanaugh, the successor trustee of the Jeanne F. Maislen estate, 3909 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, for $352,000. The one-bedroom and two-bath apartment was constructed in 1962.


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. ❑

Patricia O. and Martin J. Fuller bought unit 103 in building 10 at Beachplace III for $490,000 from Laura Tanner Wilson of Fort Wayne, Ind. The two-bedroom and two-bath condominium at 1065 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1981. It last sold for $418,500 in November 2001.

Susan and Ronald Livingstone, 3487 Byron Lane, sold their home at 2017 Harbour Links Drive to David E. Novak and Emily Sue Gilchrist for $469,000. The two-bedroom and threebath home was built at Harbour Links in 1989. It last sold for $425,000 in May of this year.

Sleepy Lagoon Park Mathias Caspary, 4719 Clipper Drive, Bradenton, purchased the 80-foot vacant, canal-front lot 9 at 598 Lyons Lane in the north Key Sleepy Lagoon Park No. 2 subdivision for $433,000. Sellers were Betsy and Raymond Lowell Kotcher of Long Beach, N.Y. They purchased the property in February 1999 for $175,000.

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tract F at the 106-unit Casa Del Mar, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to a Boonton, N.J., couple, Susan B. and Kenneth B. LaPenta, for $395,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1973.

In a second million-dollar transaction on Bird Key, Nancy J. Stumbler of the Louisville, Ky., suburb of Floyds Knobs, Ind., bought the 36-year-old home at 458 Partridge Circle from Katherine Z. and Richard K. Evans for $1.2 million. The three-bedroom and three-bath home with a swimming pool was purchased by the Evanses for $412,500 back in April 1990. Thus, the property appreciated in value by $787,500 in 13 years. In another Bird Key transaction, Monica Slater purchased a life estate home at 409 Partridge Circle from Evelyn and Bohdan Grzybowski, 7355 Royal Birkdale Drive, Sarasota, for $529,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath house has a swimming pool and was built in 1961. It last sold for $260,000 in April 1999. The nearby house at 424 Pheasant Way was sold in what appears to be a fiduciary, or intrafamily, transaction for $280,000. Deenen A. and Warren Grant Leonard purchased the 42-yearold, three-bedroom and three-bath home by paying $140,000 to Carole S. Park of Syosset, N.Y., and $140,000 to Nancy W. Hamilton of Chasset, Mass.

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Marketplace Senior officer at Longboat Norman L. Cavedo Jr. joined the Northern Trust Bank of Florida N.A. at its Longboat Key branch as the senior trust new-business officer. He is a 24-year veteran with Northern Trust in Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Northern Colorado and his master’s degree from the Norman Cavedo Jr. University of Denver. He successfully completed training at the Cannon Financial Institute and is a licensed and registered general securities representative.

New event caterer The J. Shames & Associates Inc. is a new caterer in the area. It is available for event planning, private catering and concierge services. Its executive director and head chef is Jerry Shames. Jean Shames is the chief administrator. Justin Shames is assistant chef and an event consultant, along with Amy Shames. Yocasta Rodriguez is responsible for marketing. For details, call 907-0906. ❑

Soft As A Grape 370 St. Armands Circle • Phone/fax: 388-2802 Web site: Owners: It is owned by Allen and Ruth Ann Katzen of Cape Cod, Mass. Year established: This store opened on the Circle in 1992, but it has been at its current location since 1998. There are 20 such stores around the country — five in Florida, 12 in Massachusetts and three in Rhode Island. The first store opened in 1972. Employees: The store employs six people, including store manager Justine Dwyer. Hours: It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Type of business: “It’s all cotton wear — a lot of it is resort wear,” says Dwyer. It is known for its soft T-shirts and sweatshirts. Most of the clothes, the Soft As A Grape line, are made and dyed in Wareham, Mass. Lusya Sullivan

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Eels and more eels than you think fatal, even if the fish is fully cooked. Ciguatera is almost always severe, with recurring bouts of illness over years. The species of fish carrying the toxins vary by geographic location around the tropical world, so it is always good to ask local people before a fish fry of moray eel or other tropical fish gets under way. I once speared a green moray with a trident gig and later ate the fish fried. The meat was white and undistinguished in flavor. The Romans were of a different opinion. They were very fond of moray eels and found them delicious eating.

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Morays differ from other fish Moray eels have no scales, no pectoral fins and no lateral-line system of pressure-sensitive cells along the body that aids navigation, a feature common to most fish. The dorsal, anal and tailfins are soft and continuous with no spines. Front nostrils are tubular and found near the tip of the head, whereas rear nostrils are located some distance behind, usually above the eyes. A curious feature of the green moray is that it gets green color not from pigment generated within the eel, but from green algae resident in the mucus covering the eel’s body. Were it not for the algae, the eel would be brown.

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Morays don’t live alone Various marine animals act as cleaners of fish, removing parasites, loose scales and proud flesh from wounds. Cleaners can be fish species that perform the function only as juveniles or other fish that do it for life. There are even some crustaceans, like shrimp, that get into the act. Neon gobies, often in association with morays, will even enter the mouth to pick the teeth with impunity. In fact, cleaners are almost never in danger while working and they typically

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Not all fish with long bodies are eels, but all eels have a long body and almost all have soft, continuous dorsal and anal fins. Most are also scaleless. Classification by common name is arbitrary but often suggestive of shape, color or other attribute. There is great variety of these largely marine fishes. Witness the snake eels, the worm eels, garden eels, conger eels, pike eels, spaghetti eels, the many moray eels, not to mention the American and European eels, these being the few that also inhabit temperate seas and enter fresh water. Of moray eels, there are at least 10 genera and more than 100 species worldwide, 13 of which live in Florida waters. These range from the 6inch-long pygmy moray to the formidable green moray that can reach 8 feet in length and whose bite, if the eel is aroused, can crush bone. Although not usually aggressive, they will defend against intrusion around their lairs. Some people believe the bite of a moray to be poisonous, because victims of such encounters often have suffered great swelling and pain around the wound. The truth is that the moray bite easily becomes infected (because they don’t floss after eating). Morays live around pilings, rocks and wreckage or under ledges and in holes in coral reefs. They feed on small fishes, crustaceans and mollusks, including octopuses, a favorite food. The chain moray, common in the Gulf of Mexico, has teeth modified to crush the shells of shrimps, crabs and mollusks. There are even morays that can eat spiny sea urchins. Because their eyesight is not too good, they locate prey mainly with their sense of smell. For humans, no matter how dangerous a bite may be, in coral-reef areas there is the greater danger of ciguatera, a kind of fish poisoning that can be

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5.875 / 0.00 6.125 / 0.00 No Quote 6.125 / 0.00 No Quote No Quote 5.625 / 1.00 6.500 / 0.00 6.000 / 0.00 6.125 / 0.00 No Quote 6.250 / 0.00 No Quote 6.125 / 0.00 6.000 / 0.00 No Quote 6.125 / 0.00 No Quote 5.875 / 1.25 6.000 / 0.00 6.000 / 0.00 No Quote 5.875 / 0.88 6.125 / 0.00 6.125 / 0.00 5.750 / 1.00 6.000 / 0.00 No Quote No Quote 5.625 / 2.00 5.625 / 3.00 6.125 / 0.00 No Quote 6.125 / 0.00 6.250 / 0.00 No Quote 6.000 / 0.00 No Quote No Quote 6.125 / 0.00

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2.75 2.75 2.75 2.88 2.88 2.88 2.88 2.75 2.25 2.75 2.88 2.88 2.75 2.75 2.88 2.88 2.88 2.75 2.75 2.75 2.88

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How many years have you been playing golf? “Forever,” Trudy Shuman says, and adds, “It seems that way.” It all began, Shuman says, “when I sent my husband Mike, who was in the service, a set of clubs for his birthday. He fell in love with the game. I began to play with him and found I really enjoyed it, too.” Moving from the Boston area to Longboat 14 years ago, Shuman plays golf three times a week. What is your best score? “It was a 92 and it was a miracle,” Shuman quips. It happened about seven years ago and she was playing at Harbourside. What kind of clubs do you use? “I am using Callaway right now, but I have used others,” she says. “It really doesn’t seem to matter. My game is the same whatever clubs.” What is the highlight of your golfing career?

It definitely has to be when Shuman and her son, Barry, won a mother-son tournament in Salem, Mass. “I remember in that event I was in the rough in a really tough spot,” Shuman recalls. “He (her son) worked with me and I got out of it. I play golf with him as often as he’ll let me.” What would you like to improve about your game? “It seems that I am constantly trying to improve my game, so I guess everything,” she says. What is your favorite part of the game? “I just enjoy being with friends,” Shuman says. “We joke with each other and have a great time on the course.” What is your funniest flub-up? “I have so many it is hard to pick just one,” Shuman says. But she does recall this one on the 18th hole during an Islandside tournament:

“I was in trap and trying to figure out how to get out. I heard someone yell, ‘Hit it backwards.’ I did. I got a 15 on the hole.” What golfer do you admire most? “Arnold Palmer,” Shuman says. “I saw him make a hole-in-one at the Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon, Mass. I met him a couple years later. In discussion with him he recalled the incident and was most gracious.” What do you like best about golfing on Longboat Key? “There isn’t much I don’t like — the beauty of the surroundings in which we play is a joy and we have an excellent staff,” Shuman says. “I enjoy the camaraderie of my fellow players, especially the group of 16 of us who play every week.” Shuman is looking forward to the holiday season, when son, Barry, and grandson, Craig (who just passed the bar in Pittsburgh), will be here. Golfing will definitely be on the agenda.

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Trudy Shuman 18-hole Women’s Golf Association

WEATHER STATISTICS AND TIDES Sun., Oct. 12 Mon., Oct. 13 Tues., Oct. 14 Wed., Oct. 15 Thurs., Oct. 16 Fri., Oct. 17 Sat., Oct. 18

High Temp. 88 88 87 82 85 84 84

Low Temp. 76 77 78 73 66 66 63

Record High 95 (1996) 94 (1983) 95 (1996) 95 (1996) 94 (1985) 92 (1998) 95 (1985)

Record Rainfall* Low North 60 (1987) 0.60 59 (1987) 0.00 59 (1992) 0.00 56 (1991) 0.00 59 (1991) 0.00 57 (2001) 0.00 55 (1990) 0.00

Mid-Key South 0.73 0.15 0.16 0.00 0.64 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Morning Tides High Low 6:12 11:56 6:58 12:54p 12:17 7:45 12:40 7:33 12:09 8:25 12:43 9:21 1:24 10:24

Thurs., Oct. 23 Fri., Oct. 24 Sat., Oct. 25 Sun., Oct. 26 Mon., Oct. 27 Tues., Oct. 28 Wed., Oct. 29

Evening Tides High Low 6:38 11:58 7:06 (none) 1:53 7:32 1:57 6:54 3:12 7:12 4:44 7:20 (none) (none)

*Provided by town of Longboat Key weather stations.

Rainfall: Year-to-date 2003 2002 67.40 in. 41.45 in.

Month-to-date 2003 2002 0.83 in. 2.30 in.

Average water Temp.: 79

Moon phases: First Qtr. Nov. 1/30


Last Qtr.

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64 Taiwan Strait island 65 Fireside 66 Exxon, once 68 Brown-and-white porgy 70 Plant swelling 71 Slice again 72 KEEP private 73 Popeye of "The French Connection" 74 Arum family plant 76 Crying sound 78 DeValera of Ireland 79 Agitated states 82 Team spirit 83 Tiny bit of time: abbr. 85 House on the market 87 Authenticity 88 Wheels for tots or seniors 89 Color property 90 Docs' group 95 Steal the show 99 Analyzes a sentence 100 Continental abbr. 102 Court mallets 104 Runs in neutral 106 Lambchop's Lewis 107 Diner 109 "The Joy of Cooking" author Rombauer 110 Abound (with) 111 Eye part 112 Send packing 113 Osmonds' state 115 Talk wildly 116 Brewskie 120 Managed

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At the net

Organized tennis is alive and well Insights: Since the earliest days of tennis there has always been someone or some group that has set out to organize play, create competition and form teams, all with the same or similar intent: to promote tennis. Such notable organizations as the ITF, the WTA and the USTA, to name a few, create, sponsor and regulate organized play throughout the world. In addition to sanctioning tournaments for individual play, these organizations also promote team play. At the highest levels, this includes Davis Cup and Federation Cup team events, pitting one country against another. At home, players at local clubs are generally given the opportunity to play in various tournaments scattered throughout the community and to chose from a number of options for team or league play. In Florida, the options for either is hard to beat. Sanctioned tournament play is second to none throughout the fall and winter seasons. In Sarasota, the options for team or league play are equally as notable. Our community boasts five major organizational bodies that provide virtually every conceivable form of competitive play on a regularly scheduled basis. In addition to our local USTA district, Sarasota has a Tri-Cities Ladies League, the Sarasota County Senior Men’s Tennis League, the Prime-Time Men’s Tennis League and the K-SWISS Leagues. The USTA offers adults team play for all levels and all ages, men and women both. An adult league, open to players 21 and older, offers team play for all levels, starting at the beginner levels (a rating of 2.5) to highest levels for local play (5.0). These teams consist of teams that play two singles matches and three doubles matches, utilizing eight players for each match. If this isn’t for you, the USTA offers doubles leagues for senior players (50 years old and older) that consist of three doubles teams, also offered at most skill levels. If you’re 60 years old or older, you can join a super-seniors team (Longboat teams have done very well in past seasons in these leagues). And, if mixed doubles is your preference, the USTA offers several combinations of skill levels for these players. Schedules, rankings and results of all matches are available on the USTA Florida Web site. USTA leagues offer the season-ending opportunity for winning teams to go on to district, section and national championship events. The Tri-Cities Ladies League is a private organization run

exclusively by volunteers, yet it boasts one of the highest memberships of any area league. Now in its 25th year, it has between 1,200 and 1,400 active players during its fall and winter sessions. At last count, 27 clubs have teams competing in the league, a total of 93 teams in all. Teams consist of four doubles teams each and various levels of play are available. The highest level (4.5) has one division and has six teams; the 4.0 level has three divisions and 32 teams; the 3.5 level has four divisions and 41 teams; and the 3.0 level has two divisions and 14 teams. Many clubs field several teams at different levels and some even have multiple teams at one level. Schedules, rankings and results are available on the Tri-Cities Web site. An awards luncheon is held at the end of the winter session and awards are presented to winners of the fall and winter sessions. So, what do the guys have? For starters, there is the Sarasota County Senior Men’s Tennis League (SCSMTL for short). Currently, almost 1,000 players from 14 clubs play in this all-volunteer league. Each team fields three doubles teams per match. Divisions are organized by self-leveling skill levels and four different age groups. Age groups include the 60s, with 6 divisions and 60 teams; the 70s, with four divisions and 40 teams; the 75s, with two divisions and 18 teams; and the 80s, with one division and eight teams. At the end of each season, teams at the top of their respective division move up one division and teams at the bottom move down one division. An annual awards banquet features a fine meal and awards to first- and second-place finishers in all ages and divisions. The Prime-Time Men’s leagues, perhaps the smallest of the leagues presented here, consists of two divisions of play for senior men 50 years of age and older. Matches are scheduled for Saturdays to attract players unavailable during the week. Clubs participating include those from Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice. Schedules, rankings and results are available on the Prime-Time Web site. An awards luncheon is held at the end of the season and awards are presented to first- and second-place finishers. Finally, the K-SWISS League represents the premier singles league in the Sarasota area. Sessions are held throughout the year and 11 different levels of play are offered. At the end of each session, a three-week period is allocated for playoffs. Rules,

JOHN Mrachek

schedules and you-name-it can be found on their Web site ( So, organized tennis is surely not exclusively for the pros. Team and league tennis, in our area, is alive and well. You should get involved and experience what hundreds of your neighbors are finding to be just one more reason to enjoy the sport. What’s up: The second annual Eckerd College Tennis Invitational will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. The event will include men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Play will begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. A reception and dinner will follow at the home of Daniel and Mary Miller. For details, call Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 316-8367. The 25th annual Courtside Fall Classic will be held at the Courtside Racket Club in Venice, to be held beginning Nov. 5. The event will offer men’s singles and doubles for ages 60 to 85, and wome’s singles and doubles for ages 55 to 75. For more information, call 941-485-2000. John Mrachek is the manager of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. He is also the 2000 club champion in open singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at the Longboat Key Club. ❑

LBK Public Tennis Center: 590 Bay Isles Road, 316-TEN-S (8367) Summer schedule — seven days a week Morning sessions: 8, 9:30 and 11 Afternoon sessions: 3:30, 5 and 6:30

Daily Round Robins at 9:30 a.m.: • Women’s: Monday, Wednesday, Friday • Men’s: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday • Mixed: 5 p.m. Friday Special events: • Where’s the B.O.S.S. (men’s 3.25-3.75 doubles): 11 a.m. Monday • Where’s the B.O.B. (men’s 4.0-4.5 singles): 11 a.m. Tuesday Lessons/clinics/ball machine are by reservations.

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Games calendar Duplicate Bridge — games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. For information call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 Duplicate Bridge Club — games are held from noon to 3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, through April 21, in the gym of Anna Maria Island Community Center. Cost is $2. RSVP, 778-3390. Rubber Bridge Club — meets from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through May 25, at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Cost is $2. Details, 778-0908. ❑

Bayfront Park Recreation Center: 4052 Gulf of Mexico Ongoing classes Drive • 316-1980 Oct. 22 to 28 Sports/fitness classes: • Aerobics, (low-impact): 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (interval training). • Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Muscles & More (weightbearing): 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. • Beginner’s “Goddess Dance”: noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. • Weight Watchers will



resume meetings soon. Date is still to be determined. Passive program: Duplicate Bridge games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. News and Notes: • Halloween/Pizza Party will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. • AARP/55 Alive safe driving course will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19.

Deal us in

Inverted minor “One of my favorite conventions,” writes Ann Palmer of Sarasota, “is the inverted minor.” This convention uses the double raise to show a modest hand of less than nine points with five or more of that minor suit. This double raise is most effective in competitive bidding, because it forces the opponents to a higher level to find their best contract. This bidding denies holding a four-card major. The response of two of the minors saves space on strong hands, giving time to find the proper contract. There is no upper limit. It is preferable to have five-card support, but it may be four and denies and four-card major suit. “My partner is having trouble seeing the cards, bid two clubs, thinking she had five clubs and only three spades, and we were playing inverted minors. “After my bid of two diamonds, my partner thought we had a two-suited fit in the minors and bid four-notrump, while her spade was still nesting with her clubs. Hesitating to the first trick, my partner noticed that she had the eight of clubs on the board and in her hand. God takes care of those who cannot see. The slam was easily made.” This was the only pair that played in the six-notrump contract. Not a slight-of-hand trick but a poor sight of the hand.

by Donna SWAN

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




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South ♠A7 ♥3 ♦AJ63 ♣A87653

East ♠ Q 10 9 ♥ Q 10 9 6 9 ♦ 10 8 4 ♣92

The bidding: South 1♣ 2♦ 5♠

West Pass Pass Pass

North 2♣ 4N 6N

East Pass Pass All pass

Opening lead: 6♥

Winners LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Oct. 14 North-South 1. Val and Cliff Beharrall 2. Jill Green and Marge Sagman 3. Evelyn Maurer and Jerry Isaacs East-West 1. Ruth Juskowitz and Claire Brinn 2. Cele Schwartz and Jayne Forstenzer 3. Helen Schweyer and Marion McLaren

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BAYOU HAMMOCK...Truly a delight—a 4,200 square foot home with three bedrooms on over 1.5 acres on the north Longboat Key. A Selby Gardens-like setting, over 340’ of water frontage that includes three docks. Vaulted ceilings in family room, living and dining space. $2,595,000 --VIDEO-THE OAKS...Over 7,500 square feet of authentic country French living on two lots! Four/five bedrooms plus mother-in-law guest house attached by a breezeway. Over 350’ of estate frontage; the backyard overlooks an impressive lawn and lake. A truly one-of-a-kind residence in Oaks I. $1,999,000 --VIDEO-QUEEN’S HARBOUR...You will love living in the maintenance free home in south Longboat’s Queen’s Harbour. This courtyard home is beautifully finished and furnished by a top local designer and is warm and inviting. Three bedrooms plus den, private courtyard with heavy landscaping and pool/spa and ready to move into. $1,190,000 --VIDEO-TANGERINE BAY...Properly priced and ready to move in, wonderful views across the resort-like pool of Tangerine Bay to Sarasota Bay. Oversized eat-in kitchen, gas fireplace and sumptuous master suite. Also a full two-car garage. $779,000 FAIRWAY BAY...This is the most beautiful residence ever in Fairway Bay! Lovingly remodeled by designer-owners, this fourth floor, southern facing home has it all—panoramic downtown/bay views, completely updated with upscale finishes and beautifully furnished. $548,000


THE SAVOY ON PALM...Like living in an upscale boutique hotel, this is downtown Sarasota at its finest. In a location that offers walking distance to practically everything, this 3,600 foot residence has beautiful bay and city views. $1,325,250

NEW LISTING! Country Club Shores Perfection - Absolutely perfect home for the boating enthusiast. Meticulously detailed layout with vaulted ceilings, huge private master suite, office/4th BR, custom eat-in kitchen/ family room, 2 upstairs bedrooms, beautiful caged pool/ spa, and great dock with lift on sailboat water. Truly an exceptional buy! $1,995,000. REGENT PLACE PENTHOUSE Imagine the perfect view, the perfect floor plan, & the perfect location. Here it is!! Walls of glass bring the entire Gulf, Sarasota Bay, Downtown, distant islands & Islandside Golf into your world in the sky. Exquisite detail with 12’ ceilings, 8’ solid oak doors & trim, luxurious master suite, 2 en-suite bedrooms, plus office & den, private elevator & 2 huge terraces $3,995,000. HARBOUR OAKS - Exceptional villa w/marble floors, vaulted ceilings, ING beautiful kitchen/family room w/cozy 3BR, & 2-car garage. PENDfireplace, ACTinside TRhome CONof Enjoy all the comforts this spacious home, as well as outS Y A 10 Dlanai. Beautifully furnished & sensibly door living on the hugeIN screened priced at. $515,000. NEW LISTING AT REGENT PLACE Fabulous beach front property with truly panoramic views. With only 2 units per floor at Regent Place, you're able to enjoy sunrise over the bay, city and golf course and sunset over the gulf of mexico on a daily basis. This spotless beauty has marble floors, custom kitchen with granite counters, 2 huge terraces (1 gulfside & 1 bayside), plus 3 ensuite bedrooms. Very well priced at only $2,200,000. SANCTUARY - Corner unit w/wrap around views of golf and gulf. 2BD, den 2.5BA turnkey furnished. Expansive beach, sensational amenities in secure, environment. Drastic Price Reduction $899,500.

SLOOP LANE...Amazing home located on a point lot on the very southern tip of Longboat Key. Over 4,000 feet offering one of the best views in the Sarasota area—downtown, open bay expanses. Great for any boater or water lover. Four bedrooms with a complete guest wing, soaring ceilings and state-of-the-art kitchen. Fabulous interior design throughout. $3,999,000 --VIDEO-CUTTER LANE...Move right in to this seven year “new” home located one in from the open bay in Country Club Shores. Everything in SLOOP LANE this home is top knotch—great views from practically every room. Great finishes include granite, marble and appliances; great fourbedroom split floor plan with separate den/office; and oversized garage with workout/hobby/play space. $2,195,000 --VIDEO-BOGEY LANE...Brand New, just completed Country Club Shores Mediterranean home. This beautiful home was just built by John Cannon Homes and is ready for immediate occupancy. Views are straight down the canal and out to the Bay past the swimming pool. CUTTER LANE High ceilings, four bedrooms, three-car garage. $1,975,000


VILLA DI LANCIA - Privacy & gulf front panorama end unit penthouse. Volume ceilings, huge terrace, wood floors, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, private elevator & all amenities. $1,695,000. FAIRWAY BAY - Direct bayfront beauty. Largest 2BR/ 2BA floor plan in one of the nicest communities on Longboat Key. Wonderful amenities include tennis, 2 pools with spas, newly renovated clubhouse and exercise facilities, as well as, the very special and private Bay Isles Beach Club. This nicely furnished property has been reduced $30,000 to sell fast at $429,900. GRAND BAY - WOW!! - Describes the awesome wraparound views. Open bay with views of downtown Sarasota. The lush greenery of Harbourside Blue #9 adds beauty. Wonderful furnishings included. $1,599,500. ★ ★ ★ ★ INN ON THE BEACH ★ ★ ★ ★ Superb 1st level 2BR/2BA walk-out to pool and beach $795,000.

First level, 2BR/2BA. Fabulous resort pool and wide beach.



REGENT PLACE - Gulf Front Beauty. SOLD. $2,250,000. BEACHES OF LONGBOAT KEY SOLD. $695,000. SOLD. $595,000. ISLANDS WEST - Gulf front ST. ARMANDS - New bayfront home. CONTRACT PENDING! $3,335,000. HARBOUR OAKS - Large home. CONTRACT PENDING!$459,000. $399,500. CASA DEL MAR - CONTRACT PENDING! See Virtual Tour at: JOYCE HOME 383-2440 MARK HOME 383-6739 387-1822 (Office Direct) • 800-365-8492

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


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Roger has listed and sold more than $290,000,000 in luxury and waterfront homes.

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Over 6,000 SF of luxury! 5BR suites, office, outside bar summer kitchen Exquisitely appointed, spacious beachfront residence with 3 & deep water dockage with 200 ft. of seawall! 2,800 bottle wine cellar, large terraces! Popular “Arlington” plan with beautiful $3,150,000. upgrades throughout! 2 covered parking spaces. $2,475,000. 3 car garage, elevator & pool. Magnificently designed, custom home. Light, bright, split fl. plan, GRAND BAY vaulted ceilings & white tile throughout. Deep water channel boasting 196’ seawall, dock accommodates 3 boats. $1,799,000.


Elegantly furnished “Cayman” on first living level. Expanded terraces, direct views of golf course, bay & city skyline. Fabulous Spectacular waterfront home! Elegant & sophisticated. amenities & deeded beach access! Furnished. $1,095,000. 4BR/5&1/2BA, 2 offices, state-of-the-art sound system, 3 car garage, Luxurious “Biscayne” floor plan in building #4. View bay, marina & $2,585,000. preserve. Wrap glass terraces. 2 covered parking spaces. $995,000. pool/spa, cabana, summer kitchen & boat dock!



Estate-sized property, tropically landscaped with 345’ water frontage on 1.5 acres +/-. Well designed, custom home with over 4,000 Sq. ft. Tastefully appointed 3BR/3BA, gulf, golf course & bay views. $2,499,000 plus a 4-car garage. 2 docks on deep water. Best value behind the gates. Omni tennis courts, 24 hour VIZCAYA $839,500. concierge & garage parking.


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


Contact Barbara for expert advise and showings on all new construction communities in Sarasota.

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


LONGBOAT KEY 3478 Byron Lane - Coreys Landing 1211 GMD Promenade #411 1211 GMD Promenade #702 2254 Harbour Court Drive SIESTA KEY 3500 Bayou Louise Drive 5182 Sandy Beach Avenue MAINLAND 990 Blvd. of the Arts - Beau Ciel 999 Blvd. of the Arts - Beau Ciel 8368 Canary Palm Court 5218 Landings Blvd.


$4,995,000 $1,395,000


$1,271,000 $1,168,000 $312,000 $209,500


LONGBOAT KEY WATERCLUB I – Panoramic southwest views capture the Gulf and City lights from the 6th floor 3BR/4BA beachfront residence. Highlights include 10 ft. ceilings, new flooring and wall treatments, sitting room in master suite. Fresh and beautiful. $1,699,000. WATERCLUB I - GULF FRONT 3BR/5BA, 7th floor residence with sunset views from 3 terraces. Concierge services, 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and a separate private garage at $3,200,000. THE PIERRE – Elegant, spacious 7th floor 3BR/3.5BA residence provides panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, Gulf, the award winning LBK golf course and city lights. This beautiful home features wood floors, soffit lighting & custom designer built-ins. Wonderful amenities include concierge services, security, 420 ft of white sandy beach, pool, tennis courts & two hospitality suites. $1,395,000. BAY ISLES BAYFRONT - HARBOR SECTION – Open bayfront jewel! Double lot with 400 foot seawall is the backdrop for a tropical multi level deck and 50x20 foot heated pool with lap pool extension. Private dock for multiple boats up to 65 feet. Over 4000 sqft split plan contemporary home features 4BR/4.5BA including separate guest quarters, soaring ceilings & first level master suite. $4,750,000. VILLA DI LANCIA – Fabulous gulf front penthouse with over 1600 sq. ft. of roof garden with private spa and wet bar adds new meaning to entertaining. This 3BR/3BA residence features custom updates, tile floors, wine cooler and private elevator lobby. $1,950,000. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM- Open bay views from spacious 2BR/2BA plus den. 10 ft. ceilings, granite kitchen, built-ins, tile floors and plantation shutters. Deeded beach access. $722,500. TANGERINE BAY- PENTHOUSE – Fabulous open bay views from this 3BR/3.5BA. Light and bright, high ceilings, granite kitchen counters, marble flooring, wet bar, gas fireplace, mahogany doors. Oversized 2-car garage and storage. $935,000. LIGHTHOUSE POINT - AUTHENTIC TUSCANY Beachfront estate with spellbounding views of the Gulf, Sarasota Bay & city, 7,200 sq. ft. of style & quality. State-of-the-art technology & design, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, home theater, elevator, exercise room, marble, granite, oak pegged floors & deeded protected 50 ft. boat dock. $7,500,000. PROMENADE - PENTHOUSE Sophisticated 2 story direct Gulf front with sunset views from every room in this 3BR/4.5BA residence with an Art Deco flair. Features include 25 ft. ceilings, fireplace, interior elevator, his and her baths, marble floors. Concierge service and 24hour security and all amenities. $1,950,000.

MAINLAND BEAU CIEL OPPORTUNITIES AT POST CONSTRUCTION PRICES – 15th floor penthouse 4032 sq. ft., 3BR,3.5BA, den, study and family room with 1088 sq. ft. terrace area, magnificent vistas of city, bay and marina. $2,600,000. – 10th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BD/2.5BA with bay and marina terrace views. $1,050,000. – 4th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BD/2.5BA with marina, city and bay views. $795,000. – 4th floor 2335 sq. ft., 2BD/2.5BA with bay, marina and city views. $849,000.

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


$569,000 $1,079,000 $985,000 $1,100,000

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

SABAL COVE 988 BLVD OF THE ARTS – Spectacular open Bay & sunsets views are magnificent from this 7th floor 2BR/2BA residence Amenities include heated pool, tennis courts, boat docks, 24 hour security at gate & concierge. $432,900.

Just Listed! Corner, upper floor 2BR/2BA with bright & sunny southern exposure overlooking pool & gulf. Popular beach & ten$635,000. nis community. 4Har-Tru, lighted tennis courts


Beautiful lakefront lot.


THE OAKS – Enjoy the county setting and vistas from this 3BR/3BA in the prestigious Oaks Preserve. The best of both worlds, estate like living with a maintenance free lifestyle. Fireplace, oak floors, plantation shutters. $469,000.



Corner 3 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse! Approximately 2,100 square feet under air with soaring ceilings, fireplace, loft/office, $449,000. three terraces and large garage!

Panoramic gulf views from rarely available, corner Club Suite (A+). One of the best locations at The Resort. Beachfront retreat $369,000. or rental property. • 941-387-1859 • E-mail:

BOATER’S PARADISE Magnificent gated custom home on deep sailboat water. Open views of wide bayou are enjoyed from this elegant 4 bedroom plus study and exercise room with elevated screened pool and spa. Large private yard leading to protected boat dock and lift seconds to bay and gulf. $1,575,000.

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Foxfire West

1492 sq. ft. 2BR/2BA. Behind the gates of Islandside LBK Club. Views of the beach & gulf. Boat dock available. Unbelievable under $500,000 in this spot. $475,000

BAY ISLES HARBOR SOUND DRIVE 5 BD/6.5 BA, 4038 sq. ft. on 25,692 sq. ft. waterfront lot. Private dock & pool. “VIRTUAL TOUR” $1,660,000

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Custom 3BR/4BA Longboat Key home w/living room & family room. Fireplace. Pool & spa. Huge, multi-car garage. $899,900

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RENTALS AVAILABLE SARABANDE - Entire 12th floor penthouse. TKF Annual - Magnificent in every way. $10,000.00/month. PRIVATEER - Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, 3rd floor. Behind the Gates of the Longboat Key Club. $3000/Mo RITZ CARLTON RENTAL - 3BR/3BA over 3500 sq. ft. of luxury and world class amenities - month, season or annual. Call for details. CALL TOM FOR HIS OTHER LISTINGS

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Maggie Hicks

Beachfront 2BD/2BA corner apartment located behind the gates at Longboat Key Club. Beautiful gulf, sunset and swimming pool views. Offered turnkey furnished for $689,500.

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

BEACHPLACE 2BR/2BA, covered pkg, DING PENpotential. TKF w/Erental SAL $539,000.

Rarely available 3BR/2BA 2nd floor unit.D New NGcarPEN I golf peting, SALE appliances, course-green belt view. Unfurnished.

EMERALD POINTE... Gated LBK 3BR/3.5BA completed in 2002, many upgrades, lake view, pool/spa, never occupied. $649,000.


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3BR/3BA meticulously maintained. Canal front, fourth in from the bay, 10,000 lb boat lift, heated pool. $998,000.

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572 YAWL LANE - 2nd lot in from bay w/gorgeous views from 2 master suites. 5BR/4.5BA. 2 story Mediterranean custom updated w/volume ceilings & grand staircase. 2-car attached garage w/paver drive. No bridges to intracoastal waterway & Sarasota Bay. Lushly landscaped, caged, heated pool. “VIRTUAL TOUR” $1,695,000


Bay Isles



Luxurious privacy. 3 or 4BR/3BA in Richmond Park. Custom 3-tier pool/spa. 2+-car garage. Summer kitchen. Crown moulding. $629,000.

Originals • Head • Tail • Lily’s • Design • Fila Reebok • Ixspa • Hanna Sport • Marsha • Originals • Head • Tail • Lily’s

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

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DIRECTLY ON BEAUTIFUL SARASOTA BAY - Exquisite estate homesite over 1 acre. Opportunity to build on magnificent cleared and ready to build lot. $2,770,000

FEATURED PROPERTY SPECTACULAR BAY VIEWS - 5,000 SF bayfront maintenance-free home in Queens Harbour. Quality abounds w/marble & granite surfaces, 20’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen & sumptous master suite, dock for 2 boats. $2,399,000.

ENJOY THE TOWER RESIDENCE RITZ CARLTON Magnificent 3BR/3BA w/60ft of terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay. Featuring hardwood floors plus exquisite upgraded finishes and Ritz Carlton amenities and services. $1,695,000 Also available for rental. GREAT COMPLEX - Marina, pool, deeded beach access. 2BR/2BA ground level villa. Charming! Beautifully decorated. Furn. $304,500 MARINA BAY - Outstanding bay views. Wonderful location, beautifully decorated 3 bedroom. $1,050,000 LAST LOT IN MANDARIN PARK! - Gated community. Downtown amenities. Great location. Close-out. $150,000 INCREDIBLE - Desirable location. Custom home on deep water with bay views. Ultimate lifestyle. Walled and private. Gorgeous! $3,350,000 BAYFRONT - Wide open direct bay views. Deep water and dock. New Construction. Call for details. GULFFRONT - Behind the gates - 8th floor, custom decor - beauty! Sunsets - Right on the beach. $689,000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - INN ON THE BEACH Fantastic club amenities - golf, tennis, fitness center, fine dining, heated pool, plus gorgeous Gulf beach. 2BR/2BA - Direct Beach and Sunsets - largest floor plan end unit with extra large terraces $1,100,000 OUTSTANDING VIEWS - and value! Direct beachfront club suite. $340,000 CLUB SUITE - with enchanting lagoon and city views. Turnkey furnished. $245,000

DEEP BOATING WATER - LBK CLUB. Over 4000 sq. ft., 3BR/3BA, open floor plan with bonus 1st level. One of the Largest Lots In The Bayou. $1,349,000. BOATER’S DELIGHT - BAY ISLES 3800 SF on deep water canal with bay views. 3BR/5.5BA, casual room, exercise room, granite kichen, marble baths, elevator, private patio, pool. $1,287,000. BAY FRONT - COREYS LANDING - 3750 sq. ft. villa with open bay views. Master BR with bay view and 2 guest rooms on 1st level. 2nd level with media room, office and 2 BR. Private boat dock. $1,499,000. LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - 2 lots. Beautiful treed lot in Bay Isles Bayou. $379,000. Lakefront Sable Cove lot $799,000. NEW VILLA- LBK CLUB - Just completed, 3BR/3.5BA. with pool & spa. Very bright open floor plan, ceramic floors, granite kitchen, high ceilings, 2 car garage. Reduced $649,000. BOAT SLIPS - LBK MOORINGS MARINA 60’ - $212,000 40’ - $185,000

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

BOAT SLIPS available in Longboat Key. Three sailboat slips available in Buttonwood Harbor at Pattigeorge’s Restaurant. $150/mo. One electric boat lift up to 7000/lbs. @ $200/mo. One power boat slip avail. for 25+/ft. Please contact Pattigeorge's Restaurant for more information. 383-5111.

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

TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & Appraisals offers professional valuation, research and inventory services without a view to buy or sell. Video documentation Boat Sales, inventory, art historical/market research, art Service & Storage appraisals. Member of the Appraisers Items Under $200 For Sale Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, ☛ ☛ SMALL BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE. TREADMILL, ELECTRIC, Pro-form, stores Vacation or long term. On trailer or in-water. vertically, barely used. Paid $700. Great Private launch ramp. Fresh water wash. holiday gift, only $200. 587-1122. Auto Sales & Service Minutes to LBK, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants. GOLF CLUBS, all titanium: Cobra driver 2001 MERCEDES Benz S600, V-12, 40,000 Also, bottom painting. Capt. John’s Marina. $50. Adams driver, $35. Mizuno driver, $25. miles, black exterior and interior, all factory, 941-792-2620. Concord #3 & 5 woods $25. 3/Putters, $10. power sunroof, GPS navigation, telephone McHenry driver, $30. 2/Sand wedges, $10. and radar (front & back), new Michelin tires, 1999 SEARAY, 40/ft. Express Cruiser. Pitching wedge, $10. 383-3051. under warranty through 100,000 miles. Fully loaded, 1/owner, 170/hrs. diesel power. On Longboat Key. Call 383-9700 today. Call 941-383-7493 for details. 2/ROSE COLORED, swivel Lazy-Boy $77,000. recliners. $195/for both. 383-8501. TO CATCH A 2000 GRAND Caravan SE: approx. 22K/mi., FORMICA KITCHEN cabinet unit, bar sink, $9995. Power steering, power brakes, BEAUTY electric stove top, $100. 30” wall cabinet, power windows, dual air, trip computer. OF A FISH $25. 388-5094. 941-387-8043, 519-623-4540. SEE BRUMAR MARINE 2/MEN’S CASUAL suits, $25/ea. Womens’ FOR THE BMW 850 CSi (M) 1995, excellent condition. fall & winter coats: 1/suede $50, 2/vinyl Fully loaded, 6/speed, 18” wheels, 52K/mi., BEAST leather style, $30/ea. Clothe raincoat, $5. $39,800. 809-0074. OF A BOAT Lined winter coat w/removable lining, $20. 914-1598, leave message. MERCEDES 1985 280SL, navy rag top THE TWINVEE 22/FT. w/white body, low miles, $12,000 o/b/o. POWERCAT OAK LATERAL 2/drawer filing cabinet. 610-469-3232 or 941-383-8239. Like new, $175. 744-0700. 4134 GULF OF MEXICO DR. 1987 BMW 325I, 4/door, 33,000/miles, new SUITE 206A RED METAL bunk bed, double on bottom, A/C, 1/owner, $4500. 349-7165. single on top, includes mattresses, $50. LONGBOAT KEY, FL 387-0136. 383-8190 OR 350-7043 1993 GEO Tracker convertible, 5/speed, manual shift, great beach buggy. First $4500 COMPUTER DESK, $25. Oak TV stand, buys it. 383-5827. $25. 387-7136. BIKE, LADIES’ 26” Electra, 2/yrs. old, alloy parts, 21/SP. Originally $259.00. Sacrifice $95. 761-1415. WROUGHT IRON glass top dining set, $200. 383-1381.

Adult Care EXPERIENCED CNA caring for the elderly. Flexible hours. Open for live-in position. References. 779-9222.


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

SANTINI ELDER CARE +childcare. Offering my licensed home for live-ins, bonded & RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. insured. Operated by RN & LPN. Rates Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381. negotiable. Call 365-6008 7/days a week.

Announcements AUTO ACCIDENT. If you witnessed auto accident at the corner of Rte. 41 & John Ringling Causeway at approx. 2:20p.m., Sept. 30th (the day they blew up the old bridge), please call Pat, 383-0755.



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Business Opportunities INVESTMENT CAPITAL NEEDED. One person can change my life. Born in Sea Gate Brooklyn NY (1957). Raised in Weschester County NY. Cancer survivor since 1984. Single dad raising two teens. Sarasota resident and love it. Twenty years hands on experience within automotive transmission business has fantastic opportunity to open state of the art facility and be very successful. Financial assistance requested. Excellent return. If interested, please call Jeff, 727-798-3614.

Caregiver/Companion EXPERIENCED CNA/HHA would love to assist you w/your daily routine. Excellent local references. Call Tracy for details, 365-6960 or 544-0653. CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and personable. Mature lady accepting clients for home care. Loves to cook. Good driving record. Bonded. Excellent local references. 371-6919. HI NEIGHBOR! CAREGIVER & MUCH MORE! Yes, I live here on Longboat Key. References. 383-5646. NURSING COMPANION will live-in and care for the elderly. Also, hourly care. Mature, dependable, experienced w/references. 746-5731. EXCELLENT CAREGIVER available. In medical field for 8/yrs. Working on LPN. 28/yr. resident. References. 941-795-8112.

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

Cleaning Services

HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! Boat Slips for Rent/Sale Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 60/ft. boat slip, 316-0834/928-1935. K-5. Best location, open views, extra large pier area. Available for lease. 941-387-8315 ☛ EXPERIENCED CLEANING SERVICE for your home. Reasonable rates! 752-2391. or LONGBOAT KEY Mooring, 2/slips. 77.5’ & 52.5’ on T of dock (boat up to 130/ft.). Seasonal, $19. Yearly $17 per foot per month plus elec. & tax. 203-288-6312. YOUR YACHT IS BEAUTIFUL! DOESN’T IT DESERVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME? SECURE, DEEPWATER BOAT SLIPS IN A PROTECTED GARDEN SETTING NEAR LONGBOAT’S NORTH END. AVAILABLE NOW FOR BOATS TO 60’. HARBOUR VILLA CLUB MOORINGS (941) 383-9544

AT YOUR SERVICE housecleaning by local hard working gal. Honest, dependable, thorough. Reasonable rates. References. Call Pamela, (941) 320-0023.

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. IF YOU want your house to be really clean, call Lidia at 941-924-9487. Free Estimates. Excellent references. DAZZLE CLEANING, “personalized housekeeping, general cleaning and house checks to meet your needs. Lic./Ins. 379-6582.

K.A.S. CLEANING. Employee Owned. Servicing Private Homes, Condos, Rentals LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 40’ slip for rent. & Seasonal Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. 941-792-6660. $525/mo. annual. 941-586-1347. LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest priced 60’ slip available. $206,000. Owner, 941-383-2025 or 504-2000.

 HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Brazilian lady. Good references. Free estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116.




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Help Wanted


✔ ✔ FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal RECEPTIONIST, PANACHE Beauty Salon

Auditorium. Sat., Oct. 25, 10a.m.-5p.m. & & Spa located behind Eckerd in Avenue of Sun. Oct. 26, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: the Flowers is seeking a local part-time receptionist. Seasonal full-time possibilities. RESIDENTIAL/OFFICE CLEANING 954-4165. Outgoing “people personality” and “PROFESSIONAL & HONEST” computer/register skills required. Previous Fishing Charters salon and retail sales experience a plus. 761-2932 DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour Please FAX resume to: 739-9030. Call Mrs. trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. “A” at 383-8132 for additional information. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced CLEANING SERVICES available. Reliable, Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate ATTN: COMPUTER Help Needed. Earn experienced. References. Reasonable rates. controlled cabin, all new equipment & up to $25-$75/hr Training Provided. Call Residential or Commercial. 362-9321. Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait 1-888-704-3019 & tackle provided starting at $400.  AMERICAN CLEANING SERVICES. For information and reservations, call HAIR Dresser/Barber. Panache Beauty Salon & Spa located behind Eckerd in Vacation Rentals, Residential & Commercial. Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. Avenue of the Flowers is seeking a part-time Dependable & Reasonable. 795-2782. hair dresser or barber. Full-time possibilities. Fly Fishing Previous experience and current license required. Please FAX resume to 739-9030. Computer Services Call Mrs. “A” at 383-8132 for additional FLY CASTING INSTRUCTION A+ CERTIFIED COMPUTER TECH. FFF CERTIFIED CASTING INSTRUCTOR information. Hardware, software, repair, upgrade, teach. INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP On-site, home or business. Free guaranteed MOTIVATED PERSON needed your area to estimates. Call Forrest, 388-3425. promote Watkins Products. Free information. RUSTY CHINNIS 383-3880 EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. PART TIME BANKING POSITIONS




IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $25/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508.

DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $299; sofa & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, $299; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery available. Builders, 753-7118.

FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, GULF COAST COMPUTER SOLUTIONS mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in 941-383-4375. A trusted name for Tutoring, box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. Repair Consulting and Networking. 941-761-2344.

Help Wanted

MASTER COMPUTER TEACHER. Teaching exclusive E/Z Learn ✓ CLEANING 2/MORNINGS per week. System. You deserve the best. Outside work. Retirees welcome! Must have transportation. 921-1799. Repairs. 383-5372. YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Trainer. Backed by 25/years of experience. Member of Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. Please call Elinor, 951-6145,

NAIL TECHNICIAN. Panache Beauty Salon & Spa located behind Eckerd in Avenue of the Flowers is seeking a part-time nail technician. Previous experience (including pedicures) and current license required. Please FAX resume to 739-9030. Call Mrs. “A” at 383-8132 for additional information.

COMPUTER STRESSING? No Jobs Too Big “or” Small. REAL ESTATE ASSISTANT: Full-time “Let Do it All” 24/7 position on Longboat Key. Must have license and computer knowledge. Fax resume to: On-Site Service. 941-809-9797. 941-383-9710, attn: Andrew Vac, Re/Max Excellence, 941-383-9700.

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

REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. Joe Pickett, 383-5543.

We seek energetic individuals who have a strong customer service commitment. No previous banking experience is required but cash-handling experience is needed. We provide a competitive starting salary and a variety of benefits, which include medical/dental, paid scheduled time off and more. Need employees in the Sarasota-Paradise Plaza area. Visit our website at: E.O.E. Apply in person: World Savings Bank 3823 S. Osprey Ave. 941-951-1089

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

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

Landscaping & Lawn Services WANTED: MONTHLY lawn accounts on Longboat Key. Call Wayne, 750-0112, please leave message.

A SPECIAL JOB FOR SENIORS. We are PLANTS & PETS. Plant trimming, other looking for friendly, cheerful dependable gardening. Pet walking, feeding while you people to assist the elderly. Non-medical are away. Deborah, 387-0884. companionship. Part-time day, evening and weekend shifts. Home Instead Senior Care, YOUR LANDSCAPING & 951-2103.



EXPERIENCED HOUSE sitter. Professional Massage woman, 50, to house/pet sit in your home. MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and Stellar references & background check provided. Long-term assignment wanted, fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. 941-383-8801. Try it!! 813-263-6960 or




Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT



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

927-2128 License# MA32116

Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup

Table to Table

Owned and operated by Melissa Wabnitz LMT



Jim and Sandee Davis Owners Same owners since 1979

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


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

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

387-7886 Weekly Inspections • Monthly Reports Bonded • Insured

  MA 0021172

H O M E WAT C H A professional home-watching service


Reasonable Rates

Licensed massage therapist/personal chef providing massage and dining experience in your home. Creative customized menus. Gift certificates available.

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


(941) 232-9812

Jessica Taylor

Massage Therapy

Stone Masage • Swedish • Aromatherapy • Deep Tissue

The Lotus Garden

1910 Robinhood St. • Sarasota


LIC #28295



Painting & Wallpapering

MASSAGE THERAPY Marty Roca Lic. #MA 32116 (941) 232-9812 or Kedri Molenaar Roca Lic. #MA 33532 (942) 685-5895 For your convenience, we come to you!

✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Lic./Ins. Call Kevin. Cell 704-7115 or 792-1646. PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Miscellaneous Residential and commercial, condos. Honest ✔ GARAGE SPACE for car or storage. & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp. Large, clean & dry. $70/mo. 383-8446. NOVENA TO St. Jude. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now & forever. Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day; by the eighth day, your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thank you, St. Jude For Favors Granted.

VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, custom/decorator finishes, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. The originals since 1984 - Dan or Bill. 795-5100 or 518-9303.


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

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

Painting & Wallpapering



KARL’S PAINTING, top quality work. Faux finishes, pressure washing, computerized color view. 20 years experience. Neat and dependable. 761-7414 or 730-7170.

Remodeling & Home Improvements


Personal Services

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


GAIL SUNRAY Telephone: 941-749-5646 Email:

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

Helping seniors and busy adults manage paperwork in the comfort of their home

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

 Bill paying and banking  Checkbook balancing  Budgets and personal financial reports  Organizing investment and tax files  Federal and Florida tax returns  Personal and business correspondence  Medical claims and insurance forms  Scheduling appointments and coordinating arrangements  Liaison with other professionals and family members

Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077


SELL STUFF on E-Bay. Let us show you how. RC Computer Consultants. 355-9424.

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

Remodeling & Home Improvements

LIC. INS. JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodeling contractors. In-house plan design. State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. Many island references. 778-2993. EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. 812-5115.

♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years experience as a highly skilled, dependable, restoration/renovation expert, carpenter & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294. EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, WALLS, MURALS. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT MEMBER LBK CHAMBER

SKILLED YOUNG man experienced in painting, roofing, scaffolding & minor maintenance. Fluent in Czech, Polish, Russian & Slovakian languages. 756-7441 or 730-5826.


HOME REPAIRS. IMPROVEMENTS. REMODELING. General repairs, carpentry, painting, sheetrock & popcorn, trim, doors & bi-folds, moldings & cornices, decks, hardwood floors. A.J. Winters, 713-1951. Insured. State Registered.

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

ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659






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

(941) 798-3644

Cell: (941) 724-5295

Licensed Mortgage Brokerage Business


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

New and Replacement Roofing No Obligation Estimates

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

This seal applies only to Wheaton Van Lines’ interstate moving


THIS SPACE COULD BE YOURS! Call Maureen for more information about The Longboat Observer Service Directory! Phone: 383-5509 or Fax: 383-7193


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


941-907-7240 6320 Venture Drive, Suite 205 Bradenton, FL 34202 CCC057305

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STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Call DON for immediate response. 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, PE20374. VISA/MC.



Condos & Homes For Sale

SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/2BA condo/villa, 2/pools, beach access, boat docks. Pets welcome. Great price! $299,900. Tile Installation Karen Harding, Coldwell Banker Previews, Professional Tile & Marble Installation. 941-724-6988. Many Longboat references, 20/years INVEST/ENJOY. 2BR/2.5BA townhouse at experience. Chamber member. Call for free Longboat tennis paradise: Cedars East. estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, On site rental office, 10 Har-Tru courts, 726-1802. All best prices on all your carpet $264,900. Open house 1-4p.m. Sunday at and wood needs. Lic/Ins. 504 Forest Way or call Longview Realty. 383-6112 to schedule showing.

Wanted to Buy




LONGBOAT KEY, CONDO CONVERSION. Renovations now in progress, ONLY 4 units left OUT of 11. Direct Gulf front $635,000 or new Bayou Front with boat docks at $325,000. Allows nightly rentals. GREAT INCOME. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041.

LONGBOAT HARBOUR 1BR/1BA, beautiful canal view, extra special sized living area. Turnkey furnished. $229,000 LONGBOAT ARMS 2BR/2BA, top floor corner unit w/water views. Tennis, boat docks and beach access. Turnkey furnished. $325,000 SHOREWALK 2BR/2BA mainland investment property. Great rental. Close to everything. Pool, tennis, clubhouse. $115,000 Call Dorothy Cook WAGNER REALTY 383-5577, A/H 756-4851

LONGBOAT KEY 3 Commercial Lots on General Harris St., C-1 zoning, many possible uses. $400K each. ANNA MARIA ISLAND Sports Bar thrives even in off-season on local clientele. Beer-wine lic., smoking OK. Confidentiality agreement required. $85K. LONGVIEW REALTY - 383-6112 Richard Estrin, Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker ☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135.

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MICHAEL DUVALL, RE/MAX EXCELLENCE 941-383-9700 FAIRWAY BAY, LBK. Largest end unit w/fabulous bay views, 2BR/2BA, extra large balcony, new appliances, tile, carpet and paint in neutral colors. $499,000. Mel & Jan Goldsmith, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-383-6673 or 941-356-6673.


✓ BRADENTON CANAL front condo, 2BR/2BA, new kitchen, new windows, tile throughout, heated pool, clubhouse, 55+ community. $159,900. 795-1559.

 $295,000 LONGBOAT KEY, 1500sq.ft. townhouse, furnished, garage. Built 1991, tennis resort. Allows pets. Great rentals with future bookings. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041.

TOWNHOUSE W/BOAT SLIP. Deep water, LBK Club - Harborside Dr. 3BR/3BA. $575,000. By Owner. No brokers. 383-4058 or 504-0032.


3 OAKS PRESERVE. Newly constructed 3-4BR/2BA, 2/car garage home w/pool. Granite countertops, all light wood cabinets. Many upgrades! $370,000. Call 232-1512 or 953-2242.


BEACH HARBOR Club. Premium 3rd floor LIDO BEACH, Key Towers South, $419,000. location w/bay views. Updated interior and 2BR/2BA, partly furn. Quest Real Estate & exterior makes this unit one of the best Investments, Al Galli. 941-356-1669. properties for the money. Walk to your Commercial Rentals & Sales privately equipped beach, or keep a boat in “SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB” your own private slip. A must see with easy RECENTLY UPDATED, 2BR/2BA VILLA GREAT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY!! access. Offered for $279,000. Contact Mike 55+ CLUB COMMUNITY, Migone at Wedebrock R.E. Co. 383-5543. POSTNET MARINA, CLUB HOUSE, 29 AVE. OF THE FLOWERS & BEACH ACCESS. LONGBOAT ARMS penthouse, 2BR/2BA PERFECT FOR RETIREE $235,000 w/Gulf view and bay view. Tennis & OR BUSINESS PERSON boat slip, brand new furniture and paint. PLEASE CALL: $159,000 O/B/O What a bargain at $325,000. Call Angelo, MARILYN TREVETHAN 941-362-4143. CALL BRIDGET AT 941-778-6066 RE/MAX PROPERTIES ✓ CONDO INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY, ISLAND REAL ESTATE 941-720-6304 $70,000+ required. Excellent returns 15-35%. Realtor specializing in investments. Bob, 387-9195. WATERFRONT PENTHOUSE, 2BR/2BA, TKF. Sleeps/8, 4/pools, tennis, fitness, club $399,900. FABULOUS bay views, 3BR/2BA, BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT house, boat docks. Private beach. $299,000. Adjoining Mixed-Use Buildings: 12,500s.f. W/D, screened lanai, heated pool, tennis Owner/Broker. 941-554-4509 or 383-0438. court, boat dock, beach access, 2/under of retail/office/residential plus 32-car lot on Old Main St. for image-conscious bldg. parking, elevator, 1625/sq.ft. Pets and  $379,900 LONGBOAT KEY at 12x/yr. rental permitted, recently updated, owner/user. $1.75/mil. BAYPORT. 5/Har Tru Tennis courts, huge small complex. 387-7676. pool. Flexible rental program. Furnished. SARASOTA Cafe-Gift Shop: Great location, lease, 1/2 ACRE on 115’ water frontage on LBK, Peek of Gulf. Central Park Realty Corp. growth potential. Recently redesigned, Selby Garden tropical setting, a private 941-809-0041. redone, re-equipped. Owners must sell. Only secluded estate with charming home. BEACHFRONT. Spacious and $70K. All pecky cypress, pine floors, fireplace, total LBK, beautiful, 2BR/2BA among multi-million $ Wine-Beer-Convenience store on main renovation 1998. $850,000. 387-0158. homes and condos. Heated pool, exercise road, good lease: $59K Owner’s income-profacility and tennis. Offered at $550,00. ducing building available separately for BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB Call 374-3200. $45K. Confidentiality agreement required for SANCTUARY details. CHARMING CANAL front home, 2BR/2BA, 2-3BR/2.5BA, FIRST FLOOR, WALK DOWN TO BEACH. TOTAL RENOVATION, LARGE FLOOR PLAN, 2510/SQ.FT. $1,095,000



 $325,000 LONGBOAT KEY, bayou waterfront. Completely gutted, all new inside, 1BR/1BA, new furnishings. Access to boat dockage. Great rental program. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041. SPECTACULAR BAY VIEWS! DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT CONDO ON THE BAY, “888” BLVD. OF ARTS. 7TH FLOOR, $568,00 2BR/2BA, TURNKEY. GATED COMPLEX NEAR THE RITZ. TENNIS, FITNESS, POOL, DOCKS. 923-5895 OR 650-5130 WAYNE & PENNY SANDERS MICHAEL SAUNDERS & CO.

 $199,900 LONGBOAT KEY, buildable lot, deeded beach access. Survey on file. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041.

BY OWNER. Fairway Bay mid-rise, large lot, open floor plan, updated 2BR/2BA, full bay & downtown view. w/hardwood & tile floors throughout. Minutes Turnkey furnished. $360,000. 800-808-6550 to Bay. Offered at $349,000. Wedebrock or 630-400-9147. Real Estate Co. Cindy Migone, office: 383-5543, cell: 812-7438. Lots & Acreage For Sale CONDO ON THE BAY. Best priced 2BR/2BA, fabulous full bay views. Docks, pools, tennis, gated. Great buy @ $409,000. Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390.

SANDS POINT CONDO. Beautiful Gulf views from all rooms. Rarely available 3BR/2BA, 2400+/sq.ft., huge living room, tons of storage. Best secret on LBK in the LBK Club. Beach, boat docks, pool, Jacuzzi. $779,000. Joan Boltax. Michael Saunders & HISTORIC INDIAN BEACH, 3BR/2BA Co. 941-350-6390, anytime. Saline pool home, one in from Bay w/sunset BUYERS INTERESTED in purchasing and bay views. Great location to all the arts million dollar properties - receive $5000 and downtown. Extensive remodel in cash. Villa & Co., Lic. R.E. Broker, 2000/granite stainless steel appliances, 941-416-5915. gourmet kitchen. Quiet area out of traffic. Asking price $642,000. By owner. WINDWARD BAY CONDO FOR SALE. 941-359-6896, cell: 941-544-6552. Spectacular Sarasota Bay views from rarely COURTYARD, PATIO, ground floor condo, available 3BR/2BA ground floor bay front 2BR/2BA. Private beach and boat dock. villa. Great income potential from this nicely appointed unit. Offered for $439,900. Excellent condition, $295,000. 387-7049. Contact Bill Hayden at 941-383-3556 or see FABULOUS BEACHSIDE LOCATION! a virtual tour of this unit and complex at Gulfside condos under $250,000 on south my website: end of Longboat Key. 80% owner financing! Keller Williams Realty. Large suites fully furnished and equipped. Ready for occupancy. Very rare opportunity SEAPLACE, LBK. Beautiful grounds, for enjoyment and investment! $229,000- spacious 3BR/2BA, 5th floor, Bay & partial $249,000. Call Lynne Koy, Coldwell Banker, Gulf views, $499,000. Call 941-383-3650 or 941-387-1803. 847-404-0622.

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

Open House CEDARS EAST, 2BR/2.5BA at 504 Forest Way in Longboat’s tennis paradise, 1-4p.m. Sunday, $264,900. Longview Realty, 383-6112. LBK VILLAGE, 700 Russell St., 1-4p.m., Sunday. 3BR/2BA +den. $389,000. Quest Real Estate & Investments, Al Galli. 941-356-1669.

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

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Rentals: Annual NORTH LONGBOAT, 2BR/2BA condo, on water (bayside). Old Florida living. Beach, pools, tennis, cable, private parking space, water, ample closets. Fully carpeted, quiet, and beautiful. No pets. $1400/mo. unfurnished. Please call 387-8448. LONGBOAT KEY. Unfurnished 1BR/1BA, $585/mo. Includes water, sewer & garbage. Beach access. Quiet location. First, last & security. No pets. 387-9252. LONGBOAT KEY penthouse condo. Furnished, 2BR/2BA, 15th floor, on the Gulf, beautiful views and living quarters. 366-5229. 1BR/1BA IN triplex, 700/sq.ft., private driveway, all kitchen appliances, unfurn. Public harbor, tennis courts 100/ft. from your front door, $650/mo. 587-1456. 1BR/1BA. CANAL, beach close, some utilities, $695/mo. 941-387-0990. LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, located on bay, walk to beach. $600-$650/annual. Call Resort Properties, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. MAINLAND, BAYFRONT bldg., unfurnished. Full bay and sunset views. Boat docks, pools, tennis, gated & more! 14th floor, 2BR/2BA, 1555/sq.ft., avail. immediately, $1750/mo. Contact Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390 for additional info.

CLASSIFIEDS Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

 SEA BIRD BEACH RESORT 3465 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228

IS LOOKING FOR FRIENDS “Where there is nothing between you and the Gulf” No snow, sleet, slush or ice, just warm sunshine, balmy breezes, and purple sunsets. ARRIVE AS A GUEST AND DEPART AS A FRIEND We are offering our Gulf front apartments for the Month of January at *1/2 price. *Requires a 30 night stay. Check us out at: Or phone: 941-383-1636

PERICO ISLAND. Brand new 3BR/2BA, 2/car garage. Maintenance-free home.  LBK, BEACHPLACE condo, Gulf view, Lakefront, all appliances, amenities, 2BR/2BA. Jan. 2004 through Dec. 2004. clubhouse and pool. Annual-lease. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. Non-smokers. By owner. $1550/mo.-$1450/mo. Call 798-3885. 941-383-1884. NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Walk to beach and bay from this 2BR/2BA Village home. LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, corner. Enclosed garden and screened lanai. Upgraded, first floor, beach access, enclosed lanai, 4/pools, tennis, exercise $1100/mo. Unfurnished. Call 726-1802. room. Available now or 2004 season. BEACH ACCESS, 1BR/1BA unfurnished 508-763-5528. duplex apartment, $650/mo. Gas & water included. 2944 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 924-7080 SUNTIDE TIMESHARE, 1BR condo in or 320-5637. Sarasota, waterfront. Avail. Christmas week 12/20/03-12/27/03. $550. 631-757-8372. CANAL FRONT, North LBK, 3BR/2BA, W/D, cable ready, screened lanai w/hot tub, BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 2BR/2BA, dock w/boat lift, 2/blocks to private beach. furnished. Gulf across street. Available Furnished, $2200/mo. Unfurnished, November 1st. through March 31st. $1950/mo. No pets. Available 11/03. 941-387-1001. 387-9967. DESIGNER DECORATED 2BR/2BA, LBK NORTH LONGBOAT KEY. Magnificent canal front home. Private pool, rooftop deck, bayfront views, 3BR/2BA, family room, pool. beach access, $4500/mo. 941-383-2902. $3200/mo. annually or $5200/monthly. 941-545-3004. EXECUTIVE HOME, Perico Island, minutes to beach. Gorgeous 3BR/2BA house, 2/car CANAL FRONT, LBK. 3BR/1BA, updated, garage, turnkey. $3700/mo. +tax & cleaning W/D. No pets. Available now. $1950/mo. fee or $1500/mo. annual. No smoking. No Dennis Coker, 504-5678. pets. 941-778-3320. BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant w/thru views of Bay & Marina. All amenities including concierge & valet. $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. 3/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. 700 GULF BAY RD., 3/story home with elevator, bay views. $2150/mo. 560 DENARVAEZ, 2BR home on canal, partly furnished, $950/mo. 660 MARBURY LANE, 3/BR home on canal. Sailboat water & no bridges! Boatlift & davits, $3400/mo. 700 FOX ST., 2/BR home. Tile floors, 1/car garage in Historic Longboat Village, $1000/mo. SMUGGLER’S LANDING, 3/BR condo with covered parking, 40/ft. boat dock. $1400. LONGBOAT HARBOUR, Furnished 1BR overlooking Bay. Pool & tennis, $1000/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Property Manager Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 LAKEWOOD RANCH. Beautiful executive, 4BR/3BA/3/car, den, private yard, pool & lawn service included. $2500/mo. 371-9387.

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation LONGBOAT KEY Harbourside, 1BR/3BA +den, bay view, $3800/mo. J/F/M. LIDO REGENCY, 1BR/1.5BA, Gulffront, $2800/mo. M&A. KEY TOWERS, 2BR/2BA, Gulffront, $3900/mo. J/F/M. LIDO HARBOUR SO., 1BR/1BA, $2500/mo. J/F/M. KINGSTON ARMS, 1BR/1BA, $2500/mo. J/F/M. KINGSTON ARMS, 2BR/2BA, $2800/mo. J/F/M. RENAISSANCE, 2BR/1BA, bay view, $3750/mo. J/F/M. SARASOTA HARBOUR, 2BR/2BA, bay view, $2500/mo. J/F/M Brenda Cozy 941-954-6500 Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Mortgage Services

CASA DEL MAR RESORT CONDOMINIUM WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL

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

(25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE “85% Repeat Guests”



3BR/2BA FURNISHED CANALFRONT home. Pets welcome. Available monthly Sept. thru Dec. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates.

or call 941-360-0700. LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 2BR/2BA, nicely furnished, nice view, pools, exercise room, tennis courts, beach access. 251-342-7339, 251-342-7344 or 251-510-8822.

LIDO BEACH, 3BR/2BA, turnkey furnished home. Walk to St. Armands. Also, 2BR/2BA Manatee River waterfront condos weekly/monthly/annual. 955-0110 or


BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA. First floor, beautifully furnished, bay view condo with W/D. Tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach access. Available Dec., Jan., Feb. $3300/mo. Non-smoking unit. 859-441-3110.

CALL GREG: 863-581-4639

ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, walk beach/Circle. April & May, 04. Non-smokers. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524.

WATER VIEW! Perico Bay Cub, minutes to beach, 2BR/2BA, gated community, luxury LBK, 100/FT. private beach home, condo, turnkey. $2600/mo. +tax & cleaning. 3BR/3BA, heated pool, W/D, spa quality 941-778-3320. exercise equipment, 70 palms, tropical setting, cable TV/internet/fax. Available LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE, Nov. 2003 @ $4500/mo. and Dec. 2003 @ 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Beautifully furnished, $5000/mo. and May 2004 @ $4500/mo. W/D, screened lanai, pool. Beach and boat LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, E-mail:, 941-773-0223 or access. Small pet OK. Available 2003/2004 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Oct. $750/week. 305-933-3376. season. 513-561-9667. Dec. 2003, $2750/mo. April & May 2004,  2BR/2BA VILLAGE COTTAGE, close to $2750/mo. (727) 403-1449. WHITNEY BEACH. Gulf side, 1/BR restaurants & bay. $1800/mo. Jan.-April. PRIVATE ROOM, LBK. Beautifully furnished 383-2659. condo, sleeps 4. Pool, tennis, large balcony waterfront home, beach access walking to view waves & sunsets. 1/mo. min. distance, TV, phone, bath, kitchen and LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA, Available Nov.-Dec. Non-smoker. Owner laundry privileges, pool, N/S females only. partial Gulf view. Avail. months Nov., 2003 direct rental savings. (314) 995-9965. Jan.-March, $1500/mo. 387-9296. through Feb. 2004. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. 24/hour A GEM. Spacious 2BR/2BA condo, SEAPLACE M2 building, 2BR/1.5BA condo security. Non-smokers. By owner. Downtown. Spectacular 7th floor views on beach w/Gulf and sunset views, newly 813-837-9901. of Bay & skyline from Selby Gardens to decorated, large terrace, tennis, pools, the Ritz. Mirrored bedroom wall, built-in washer/dryer, 2/mo. minimum. Call owner for ☛ LIDO KEY CONDO. Walk to beach, cute bookcases, 2/walk-in closets, utility room, rates. Gerry, 201-943-5737. & clean, turnkey furnished, heated pool, heated pool, 24/hr. security. Available lanai. $1695/mo. seasonal. Avail. annually. immediately. 365-7920. RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys 320-7000, 723-7303. & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, ☛ PENTHOUSE CONDO, 2167/sq.ft., Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, ON SARASOTA BAY, 2BR/2BA, new 3BR/2BA. This is a gorgeous condo in South 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. furnishings, pool, walk to beach, shops, Sarasota/Osprey. Gated community, water dining. $2500/mo. in Season. Terms avail. view, granite & solid wood cabinets, Top-tier BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. appliances, fireplace, wet bar, large master 708-457-1487 or 847-420-5100. Walk right out onto the beach from this suite w/king size Thomasville bedroom set charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near & Roman Jacuzzi tub. Turnkey rental, BEACHFRONT SUITE, Inn on the Beach. Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf complete supplies. Pool, tennis, boat access $160 daily, 4th Night Free! Weekly/monthly view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. to harbor. $4800/mo. 3/mo. minimum. discount. 941-383-6650. 941-350-7824. 941-364-3477.

SOUTH LONGBOAT Key, 1BR/1BA, furnished, W/D, screened lanai & deck. LONGBOAT KEY. Privateer South condo Annual $650/mo. & up. Seasonal $1250/mo. behind the gates. Beach building, 2BR/2BA, and up. E-mail:, Partial Gulf view, pool, tennis. Available Nov. through Jan. 3/month minimum. 941-387-3825. 201-666-1079/941-377-2463.  LONGBOAT BEACH style, elevated 2BR/2BA home. Annual, $1750/mo. unfurn. LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Newly renovated Info: 2BR/2BA, canal/bay views, pools, gym, rec. room, tennis, beach house. Call after Sept. keyrental or 941-228-9005. 2nd. 516-431-4612 eves. 2BR/1BA DOWNTOWN Sarasota, charming 2BR/2BA. PANORAMIC bay view from all neighborhood, $800/mo. 383-2659. windows, totally furnished, new appliances. NEXT TO Quay, 1 possible 2/BR, $725/mo., $2200/mo. Avail. Nov., Dec. & Jan. unfurnished. 809-2023. 587-1456.

LBK PENTHOUSE, 3BR/3BA. Total renovation, everything new, never rented, 2/terraces overlooking Gulf. Available Dec. through April, 90/day minimum. 901-755-9374.

LONGBOAT KEY. Beautiful Gulf front condo. Pool, beach, 1BR/1BA, sleeps 4. From $770/week. 617-328-7145.

ROMANTIC ISLAND castle, 4BR/3BA. Just steps to best Gulf beach. Available 10/1 BAYFRONT, SEASONAL or longer. through 11/30. Also, May through November, Spectacular water views from every room. 2004. 794-8202. Stunning TKF, 2BR/2BA. Great mainland 2BR/2BA CONDO in Longboat. Sweeping bldg. w/docks, pools, tennis, gated and close views of bay, walk to beach, all appliances. to airport, arts, downtown, shopping and Fully furnished, pool & tennis court. more. $4200/mo. 4/mo. minimum. Longer Available Nov. Dec. Jan. April. Also, term negotiable. Contact Joan Boltax, consider annual rental. Call 813-469-9338 Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390. for more details.

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2BR/1.5BA CONDO on LBK Gulf. 4/mo. minimum, $3300/mo. Call 813-254-1779.




387-7676 GULF FRONT. Perfect view overlooking beach, 2BR/2BA, 1500/sq.ft., sleeps 8. $3330/mo. 3/mo. min. Daryl, 813-505-6094. LONGBOAT KEY, Privateer North, off gated road. On beach and golf course. ISLANDER CLUB. Beautiful Gulf view over Newly furnished 2BR/2BA, 2/balconies. beachside swimming pool, 2BR/2BA Gulf and bay views, heated Olympic pool, penthouse. Fully equipped. $4500/mo. 3/mo. tennis. Available immediatley. (New minimum. References will be required. York)/914-747-3338, or 914-946-7735. 416-369-4103. SANCTUARY GULF FRONT 3BR/3BA, ELEGANT 7TH FLOOR CONDO INSIDE THE GATES OF THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. ALL NEW DESIGNER FURNISHINGS AND CARPET. ENJOY GORGEOUS SUNSETS. AVAILABLE DEC., JAN., FEB. & MARCH 3/MO. MINIMUM. DEC., $7500. JAN., FEB. & MARCH, $8500. 813-245-2479 813-962-2652

BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. TKF, across street from Gulf. 1/mo. min. Avail.: June 1-Nov. 30, $1900/mo. 770-671-0338. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. BEACH PLACE, 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. (941)918-8658 LIDO SHORES, furnished 3BR/2BA, pool, spa & private beach access. Call for rates & availability. Ramona Glanz, 383-9700 or toll free: 877-383-9700. Re/Max Excellence. LONGBOAT KEY penthouse condo. Furnished, 2BR/2BA, 15th floor, on the Gulf, beautiful views and living quarters. Will rent 4/mos.+. 366-5229. SEAPLACE. Newly decorated 2BR/2BA, tennis, pools, whirlpool, on the beach. Call for availability and rates for the 2003/2004 season. Bob, (630) 690-2040. LBK, ISLANDER Club. Spacious 2BR/2BA Gulf side condo. Beach, pool, tennis, exercise room, turnkey furnished. Partial Gulf views from roof deck. Available Dec.-May. 3/mo. minimum. $3500/mo. (860)429-6679. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404. 888 ON Carlton Marina, 3/levels, 3BR/3.5BA 2/car garage, boat dock. Furnished. No pets/smoke. $2800/mo. annual. $5200/mo. 3/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. LIDO BEACH. Modern 2BR with patio, laundry, completely furnished, walk to beach. Reasonable. Available now. 383-2566. BEACH HARBOR, Longboat Key, 2BR/2BA, 1st floor, furnished, W/D. Private beach on Gulf across the street. Available Nov. 1st through May, 3/mo. min. 413-245-7004.

VACATION RENTALS Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 For a complete list, go to:

BEACHFRONT CONDO. Furnished 3BR in LBK Resort area “right on the beach” w/pool and all amenities; flexible term season or annual. Flory Real Estate, 955-4100.


CLASSIFIEDS Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation SILVER BEACH RESORT LONGBOAT KEY Last chance to make a memory before we turn out the lights and close the door.

50% DISCOUNT on all rates Sept. 1 to Jan. 1 800-414-0238 or 941-383-2434

SARASOTA GETAWAY, home at Historic Indian Beach, 2BR/2BA. Walk to Bay, near museum, beaches, arts, dining, etc. Nicely furnished $2950/mo. Oct. through April. 502-254-2584, 502-386-1035.

CONDOMINIUMS Sutton Place, 3BR/2.5BA, small pet OK. Longboat Terraces, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf. Outstanding/Immaculate million dollar Renaissance, 2BR/1BA, Bay view. 4BR/4BA home Palm-Aire, 1BR/1.5BA, golf course. including separate guest suite. Islander Club, 2BR/2BA, Gulf and Bay Private courtyard entry w/heated pool. views. Private golf and Lake views. Seaplace, 2BR/2BA, Gulf view and garden. Atrium, 3BR/2BA, direct bay view, LBKC. Exquisite furnishings, Beach Place, 3BR/2BA garden, 2BR/2BA, private beach access. Gulf view. Three month minimum. Lido Harbour Towers, 1BR/1BA, Gulf view. For the discriminating tenant. L’Elegance, 2BR/2.5BA +den, Gulf to bay. St. Armands Towers, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf Contact Kelly at: view. (603) 756-4199 Lido Surf’N Sand, 2BR/2BA, Gulf view. Sarasota Harbour, 2BR/2BA, direct bay, 55+. PELICAN HARBOUR, LBK. 2BR/2BA, Golden Gate, 1BR/1BA. panoramic bay view. Private beach, Ritz Carlton, 3BR/2.5BA & 2BR/2BA & beautifully furnished. Available January 1BR/1.5BA. through April, 2/mo. min. 941-387-7989 or Sunset Towers, 2BR/2BA, bay view. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES 313-300-6109. Beach Front, 2BR/2BA. Winding Oaks, 2BR/2BA villa LBKC. Bird Key, 3BR/2BA, pool, dock. Bird Key Garden home, 4BR/2.5BA, pool. Country Club Shores, 3BR/2BA, pool, bay/canal views. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT/RENTALS OTHER AREAS Stunning direct Gulf front homes and Bay We want to serve your needs and let you front homes on Siesta Key and Casey enjoy your investments on the Keys and Key. downtown Sarasota. QUEENS HARBOUR

We are a professional, Property Management Team looking to include your condo or home in our growing portfolio of seasonal vacation and annual rentals. Join our already satisfied clients!

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

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Rentals Wanted 35/YR. OLD male, Longboat professional, seeks condo or estate to housesit and/or pay rent. Please call Eddie, 356-6969. FEBRUARY & MARCH, 1 or 2BR/2BA condo, Longboat or Lido. Reliable couple, non-smoking, no pets. 33/yrs. on Keys. 860-651-8560. DELUXE APARTMENT WANTED AT: AMBIANCE, SANCTUARY, PIERRE, REGENT OR WATER CLUB. DEC. 15/03-MAY 15/04. 2BR+DEN, APPROX. 2500/SQ.FT. 2-4 ADULTS ONLY, NO CHILDREN, NO PETS. REFERENCES ON REQUEST. Please Call: 514-685-7557, ext. 223 Cell: 514-895-0125 Fax: 514-685-0236

COUPLE SEEKING home to rent mid-Feb. to mid-April, south end Longboat Key, 2-3BR/2-2.5BA. 920-371-1945.

Time Share CONDOS BAY HARBOUR, two 2BR/2BA w/direct bay views. Immaculate! SEAGATE, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf views. Enjoy the sunsets! HOMES COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, 1010 Bogey lane 2-3BR/2BA. Everything is brand new! 592 Ranger Lane, 3BR/3BA updated home w/pool. DREAM ISLAND, 760 Dream Island Road. Pool and canal home, 3rd in from open bay. Animals accepted. Coldwell Banker Previews Property Management Team 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 Tom Fynes, Vicki Lonborg and Linda Paskovich Call Direct: 941-387-1826 or 941-383-6411 Ext. 228

WHITE SANDS of Longboat. Timeshares available, for sale by owner: Priced to sell at $3,000 each or $4500 for both. First and Second weeks (49 and 50) of December. Use or trade around the world with Interval International. 802-384-2285 or LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $14000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983,

Waterfront Property JEWFISH KEY. Private paradise, rarely available. 1/Acre lot w/beautiful deep water dock, 250/ft. of waterfront overlooking Longboat Pass, backs to nature preserve. Utilities in place, ready to build. Must sell! $360,000. 383-2196.

GORGEOUS FULL Bay & Golf course views at Grand Bay. This 3BR/3.5BA condo is almost 3000/sq.ft. of pure perfection and Serving the keys and downtown ★ PELICAN HARBOUR, 3BR/2BA, LBK. lends itself to be casually elegant: tons of Sarasota for Seasonal Vacation and upgrades & built-ins, huge master, entire Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished Annual Rentals. wrap around balconies. See the shimmering 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, night time lights of Sarasota, $1,475,000. Tennis, Dock. 513-608-4320, 513-871-4333. Call Tony Andrews of Andrews & E-mail: ☛ ☛ LUXURY LIDO BEACHFRONT, Associates. 921-5999. LIDO BEACH Club, 2BR/2BA penthouse. L’Elegance, 2BR/2BA. Fitness, tennis, hot Beautifully decorated, view of beach & tub, underground parking, views & social ◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆ Sarasota. 3/mo. minimum, $5000/mo. activities. 3/mo. min. 388-3238. How Convenient! Longer stay available. 513-451-7977. PLACE YOUR SEASONAL/VACATION RENTAL AD HERE! SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA on beach, S.W. Gulf Click on Classifieds! TO ADVERTISE CALL MAUREEN, views, excellent location, beautifully furn. It’s that easy! Available Dec. & Jan. 941-488-5095. 383-5509.



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RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCE 17th floor "Penthouse" w/ 4,965 sq. ft living area & two terraces overlooking the marina and city. Great views, Private Elevator, Foyer, Beautifully Appointed, Decorator Furnished. World class amenities plus membership to Beach Club & Spa. 3 parking spaces indoors. $5,395,000

NEW LISTING - Best waterfront value in Country Club Shores. 3BR + den, boat dock and deeded beach access. $599,000 NEW LISTING - Spectacular, new 5800 s.f. home on a wide, protected boat basin. Bamboo and marble floors, granite kitchen, fireplace, 5 bedrooms, 2 story family room, music room, beautiful pool and spa, boat dock.. $2,299,000

VIZCAYA The most prestigious community on ➣ LBK. This property offers Mediterranean elegance w/ Stunning views direct Gulf. Club house, pool, & tennis. $2,750,000

ENPROVENCE Exclusive Gulf Front Unique Mediterranean Exclusive 21 unit Residence. Magnificent views in an elegant enclave. $2,875,000

COREY’S LANDING Lakefront villa with golf course views! SW expsoure, maintenance-free, designer furnished, 2BR+den, built-ins, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, pool, deeded beach access, 2- car garage. $649,000

KEY TOWER SOUTH Very Desirable ➣ Building Lido Key, spectacular Gulf Front, 12th floor 2 bed/2 bath unit split floor plan. Furnished. $649,900


NEW LISTING - Lido Beachfront SW corner penthouse with wrap around terrace, 9ft ceilings, updated 3,400 s.f., 3BR/3BA and endless sunset views. $1,200,000 NEW LISTING - Aquamarine water views from this spectacular Lido Beach SW corner 2BR/2BA professionally designed casually elegant residence. $799,000 SANCTUARY

Breathtaking views of bay, city & golf course from these 3BR or 2BR + den units! From $949,000


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

PIER 500 ATTENTION BOATERS docking facilities to accommodate boats up to 30’ - This one BR condo is in a Great Location walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants & Marina Jacks. Heated pool, investment opportunity. $279,000

BAY PLAZA Fabulous views of Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key, Marina, & Gulf. Twenty-four ➣ hour Concierge, valet parking, decorator furnished. $629,000

RITZ QUEENS HARBOUR WATERFRONT Maintenance-free, custom 3,540 s.f. courtyard model with private pool and guest quarters. Quality! $1,195,000

ISLANDER CLUB Views of Gulf & Beach w/ gorgeous sunsets. Beautiful grounds & state-of-the-art Amenities. Renovated Lobby & elevators. Great buy on LBK. Priced at $619,000


Behind the LBK club gates, 3BR + loft & den. Deeded beach. $1,199,000

ISLANDER CLUB Beautifully renovated, designer decorated w/ new kitchen & updated bathrooms. State-of-the-art amenities, including a fitness room overlooking Gulf of Mexico & beach $484,900

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $949,000 New three bedroom Mediterranean sailboat waterfront home with new dock.

ATRIUM, FAIRWAY BAY is one of the most desir➣ able locations. Amenities galore! Bike path, Exercise, Heated Pool, Spa/Hot Tub, Tennis & Private Beach Club. In a Quiet & Tranquil Setting. $845,000


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

FAIRWAY BAY FIRST floor unit just remodeled, large terrace w/ partial bay view and canal. Behind the gates of Bay Isles in a private setting. $384,000


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LONGBOAT KEY Prime Location! Gulf Front property 100'x150' buildable. Call for more information or to view. $2,100,000 BRADENTON GREAT INVESTMENT-OPPORTUNITY Perfect for Business Person or Ideal for Custom Designer, Contractor, or Builder. This Fast Growing Business has Unlimited Potential. $975,000 LONGBOAT KEY POST-NET, well established business, owner is willing to train new buyer, located in Avenue of the Flowers, an exclusive shopping center in one of Florida's most desirable business communities. Unlimited potential for ambitious growth and expansion. Approx 2000 sq ft with Great Lease - Under $14.50 sq ft with option to negotiate new contract. Priced at $159,900 MARINA BAY

Breathtaking direct bay front designer decorated residence! 3400 s.f. of elegance features. Choice building, private elevator, 3 BR plus 3 BA and family room, lives like a home, wraparound terrace, phenomenal sunrise to sunset views! $1,350,000

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New & phenomenal 2BR+den, West Indies décor by Robb & Stucky, endless bay and boat basin views, Ritz amenities & services, private beach club. $1,269,000 Wraparound views of Sarasota Bay and the city lights. 2800 sq. ft. of luxurious space, private elevator, great room w/full glass walls, gourmet kitchen, 2 master suites + guest room/den. Ritz Carlton Amenities! $1,499,000 Towers Penthouse - Bay and marina views, 3BR + den with fireplace, wet bar, wine cooler, high ceilings, unique amenity level, private 2 car garage. $4,400,000


Longboat Key Club Islandside Stunning custom floor plan, breathtaking beach, bay and pool views, granite counters, crown molding, high ceilings, wood floors, private elevator, wraparound balcony for sunrise to sunset views, 2 parking spaces. $2,995,000


INN ON THE BEACH • 2 UNITS Club Suite in the Resort at the LBK Club. 4th floor, golf course views. Great investment, refurbished, fabulous amenities. $260,000 BEACHFRONT BUILDING 2





LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS - Views of everything. Furnished 11th floor unit with 2BR. $929,000


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778-0700 1-800-615-9930


Mike Migone (941)812-7437

Tina Rudek (941)920-0303 TWIN SHORES Totally redone Turnkey furnished 1BR/2BA mobile home on one of the most beautiful spots on the Island. Central air, all new appliances and plumbing. A must see! $122,500 Peggy Kulik 383-5543

POPULAR BEACHPLACE CONDO Turnkey furnished, this classy 2BR condo has stairs down from the lanai to "hit the beach", pool or tennis courts. Excellent rental complex. Make money and enjoy a beach getaway. Reasonably priced. $498,000 Karen Ankerstar 383-5543

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

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


LONGBEACH CONDO Exceptional direct gulf views over LBK’s finest beaches. 2BR/2BA with den and large lanai. Great income possibilities. $429,000


BEACH FRONT CONDO! Spacious 3BR in a private, nine-unit building directly on the beach. Enjoy your own piece of the beach and sunsets. Pool, tennis, and garage add to this fully remodeled piece of heaven. $724,900 Karen Ankerstar 383-5544

GULF AND POOL VIEWS Desirable well maintained complex, end unit, storm shutters, new appliances, 2 pools. Island living at its best! Possible owner financing negotiable. $489,900 Marc Turner 778-0700

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

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

BAYVIEW TERRACE Panoramic views of Gulf and Bay. Beautifully updated 2BR/1.5 BA end unit. Highly sought after bayfront complex. $259,000. Gail Tutewiler 705-0227.


SPACIOUS GULFSIDE HOME Spectacular gulf and sunsets views, sounds of the ocean and white sugar sand right at your doorstep. Inviting 5BR/3BA home on 100x180 lot with excellent income revenue. $2,795,000 PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT 4 acre +/- property with protected 370 foot deep canal & spacious ranch home with spectacular water views surrounded by complete tranquility and privacy. Endless possibilities. $1,249,000 “THE AVALON” New quality built 4BR/3BA home with soaring ceilings. Warm wood flooring, stainless steel, granite tops & much more. Only steps to your own deep water boat dock, sparkling community pool and beach access. $796,200 “THE HIBISCUS” Open daily 1PM to 5PM Brand new home with flexible floor plan & many upgrades in a maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to assigned boat dock, gorgeous beaches & sparkling pool. $663,500

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


ANNUAL RENTAL 3 bedroom / 2 bath condo in Windward Bay. Fabulous bay views in this spacious villa. Community also has two heated pools & tennis courts. Available NOW.

ANNUAL RENTAL-AVAILABLE NOW!!! LIDO HARBOUR SOUTH One bedroom, one & a half bath condo within walking distance to beach. Complex has coin laundry & heated pool & property is on third floor.

ANNUAL RENTAL 2 Bedroom / 2 Bath Home AVAILABLE Nov 1st. Wonderful home located in Longboat Key Estates subdivision on a canal-Deeded beach access within walking distance. Great private location! CALL FOR DETAILS.

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

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North Longboat

October 23 2003  
October 23 2003