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Beach project to begin April 1 Business owners and residents disagree over start date. BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer

In a compromise meant to appease resort owners and beachfront residents, Longboat Key Town Commissioners voted to schedule an April 1 start date for an island-wide beach renourishment project. After hearing from residents, resort owners and a handful of engineering experts at a meeting Thursday, Oct. 21, commis-

sioners debated when to start the $22.6 million project. The project was originally slated for a December 2002 start date, but was delayed because of permitting obstacles. The start date was then scheduled for October and once again changed to May 1. Now set for April, with some work beginning earlier, the project will blanket 10 miles of shoreline with 1.4 million cubic yards of sand and create a 40foot wide flat section of beach along most of the island. Resort owners speaking at

Thursday’s meeting said they supported the May 1 start date, because any work on the beach would take place after the peak of the island’s six-month-long tourist season. This start date, they said, would minimize the impact of the project during the busiest time of the year. “The tourism is very important to us, and if we start the project prior to May, we are going to destroy the season,” said D.M. Williams, general manager at Casa Del Mar. “The past seasons have not been too good and this season

should be better, so we are strongly opposed to starting before May 1.” A small group of beachfront residents, particularly residents from the Islander Club Condominiums, disagreed. Supporters of moving up the start date said the Key’s beaches needed sand as soon as possible. They said the project was badly needed, especially now that about 25 % of the island’s sand was washed from the shore during the unusually active hurriTURN TO PROJECT, PAGE 5A

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Will Harsha at last year’s Rec Center party

Boos at Bayfront Show off your scariest (or cutest) costume at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center’s Halloween Party 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Come to the pizza party for some trick-or-treating fuel before hitting the streets and get some goodies to prime your candy bucket. There will be games, pictures, prizes, arts and crafts and fun for all. For more info, call the Rec Center at 316-1980.

Rose Scott memorial At 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, there will be a memorial service for Rose Scott, past president and longtime member. Scott died earlier this summer. Arts Center officers who worked closely with Scott will be speaking and any friends wishing to make comments or share memories are invited to do so.

Good eatin’ The stone-crab season which opened Oct.15 is off to a good start. Linda Hicks of Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant and Marina on the north end of Longboat Key reports, “We’re getting a steady supply of average-sized crabs but, so far, it’s not a banner year.” The last banner year, Hicks says, was “presidential election year 2000. We had lots of crabs but the public was apparently more interested in the election than eating stone crabs. “ There’s no indication from the harvest that the state’s four summer hurricanes had any effect on the stone crabs. TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 2A

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Spooks and goblins are found on every corner as Halloween Eve approaches. These are hanging out on Poinsetta Street. Be on the lookout overhead for witches on broom sticks flying across the dark sky with howling black cats riding behind them, whiskers flying in the wind. Young trick or treaters will be out ringing doorbells, so motorists, please drive with caution.

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Commission appoints Rothenberg Former PIC president to be sworn in Nov. 8 BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer

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Longboat Key Commissioners agreed that a little extra storm protection was worth $1.5 million. At Thursday’s meeting, commissioners unanimous supported spreading 130,000 additional cubic yards of sand along the town’s beaches during the upcoming renourishment project. The sand was added to the project to try and compensate for severe beach erosion from three hurricanes. Commissioners agreed that the additional sand would be a vital step toward providing storm protection and enhancing recreational beach use. After a short presentation by Coastal Planning and Engineering consultants Tom Campbell and Douglas Mann, commissioners quickly voted to spread more sand on the beach. Campbell told commissioners the town should add 130,000 cubic yards of sand along the beach — at a cost of $1.3 million — because of hurricane erosion. Campbell also said the project would cost another $2 million due to the “rising cost of fuel.” The total cost of the project is now $22.6 million. “Because of those additional losses we should expand the scope of the project,” Campbell said. The commission heeded this advice, agreeing to spread an additional 100,000 cubic yards of sand along most of the island’s southern beaches and another

Less than one week after Longboat Key Town Commissioner Ken Legler resigned, Lee Rothenberg, president of the Public Interest Committee (PIC), was chosen to fill Legler’s vacancy. Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Rothenberg, who will serve as District 1 commissioner until March, when he said he plans to seek re-election and finish out

Legler’s term set to expire in March 2006. One reason Rothenberg was considered for the interim appointment was his experience as a Planning and Zoning Board member and his familiarity with town affairs. Rothenberg moved to the Key in 1992 from the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields, and has been involved with the town since. He has been a Planning and Zoning Board member for almost 10 years. In 1996, he ran for

commissioner and lost to Legler by a 6% margin of votes. “Lee understands the issues facing this town,” said Commissioner Joan Webster, who is also a former president of the Public Interest Committee. “He has attended many, many Town Commission meetings and workshops. The commission will not skip a beat in decision making, as he is up to speed on all issues currently before the commission.” Legler announced he would resign in an Oct. 11 letter to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis.

The longtime commissioner said he plans to move to a Bradenton condominium with his wife, Erlinda, where the couple will be closer to their son, Ken Legler III. At Thursday’s meeting, Commissioner John Redgrave nominated Rothenberg, and the nomination was quickly supported by the rest of the commission. Rothenberg will be sworn in at a meeting Nov. 8. He is expected to resign from the planning board and step down as PIC presTURN TO ROTHENBERG, PAGE 5A


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NEWS drapes. Or, getting married and can’t find the perfect dress? Sawyers will help you design it and make it for you. Call 383-1329 for help with your project. In the same plaza, Gary’s of Long Boat is moving. Formerly at Suite No. 1, he is now in Suite No. 4 adjacent to Café Don Giovanni. On the Key for 22 years, Gary Winters has been at Plaza 5610 for six, after 15 years at Whitney Beach Plaza. Gary provides full hair-care services for men, women and children and has a manicurist/pedicurist for acrylic nails. He is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Walk-ins are welcomed. For appointments, call 387-3349.

Ming-a-Ling models a Halloween bow.

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A three-tier cake with frosted tennis rackets and seashells was the centerpiece at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort employees’ surprise party for Murf Klauber. After he cut the initial piece, the cake disappeared quickly. The party was held in the Tennis Room. For story and more photos, see page 7A.

Ready for Halloween Ming-a-Ling spends a lot of her time with her owner, Marion Jackson, who works in the St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church office. Because the tiny Shih Tzu is an unofficial office greeter, she gets decked out for special occasions and holidays. Her choice for this Halloween is a bright orange bow.

Ready for the season You can always tell the season is just around the corner when Albritton’s Fruit Co., opens its store at 4016 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The opening date was Wednesday. Stocked with fresh citrus fruit, delicious jams and jellies, and more, the store can also arrange to ship a variety of items to less fortunate friends in northern climates. In other retail news on the Key: The newest shop at Plaza 5610 is Kathryn’s Custom Sewing. Located in Suite No. 3, proprietor Kathyrn Sawyers is ready to hem a skirt or create your new living room

advance, $25 at the luncheon. There will also be a silent auction. For sales locations, call 377-2699.

It’s late for Longboat Pictured with the T-shirt is Jim VanZandt of the St. Jude committee.

Blessed event soon Once again Sarasota cartoonist Chris Browne designed the T-shirts for the annual St. Jude Gourmet luncheon. The 23rd annual event, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., will be held noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, in the parking area of Temple Beth Israel on Bay Isles Road. Twenty of the area’s top restaurants will be taking part. T-shirts are $20 and tickets for the luncheon are $20 in

As if the new carpet, low-profile aisles and expanded cosmetics section aren’t enough, CVS Pharmacy (in the location of the former Eckerd Drugs) is now making a change with its doors — they’re staying open longer. CVS will stay open until 10 p.m. every night except Saturday and Sunday, when it’s open until 6 p.m.

Dr. Letts certified Dr. Pamela Letts has completed the 2004 examination by the American Board of Family Practice and has been certified as a diplomate until Dec. 31, 2011. In October, Letts achieved the degree of Fellow of the American Academy of

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Town to review comprehensive plan BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer

Over the next few months, Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board members will conduct a detailed review of the town’s Comprehensive Plan. The state-mandated review is a lengthy process that examines most of the policies and trends on the Key. The analysis, from start to finish, takes several months to complete. Changes to the comprehensive plan can affect such things as the development and conservation of land, traffic flow and density levels, and ultimately impact the physical layout of the island. Any changes recommended by the planning board must be approved by the Town Commission. “The process goes quite a distance,” board member John Kerwin said. “We’ll be very busy.” The review conducted every seven years is a very tedious and necessary procedure, added Lee Rothenberg, who resigned as a planning board member so he could fill in former Commissioner Ken Legler’s Town Commission seat. “Seven years ago, we went through every single sentence, and this was done over a period of many, many months,” Rothenberg said. “The new plan is to only work on those elements which might need new changes or

need new thought.” The first part of the review is a public input meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4. Planning consultant Pam Truitt will lead a discussion on a number of topics, including commercial strategies, recreation space and traffic congestion on Gulf of Mexico Drive. “Part of the process is listening to citizens,” said Truitt. “Throughout the process, we will have citizen input.” Commercial revitalization will be one of the most important issues to surface during the review. In particular, board members will question whether to allow commercial property owners to convert to residential or mixed uses. For the past three years, the planning board, Town Commission, residents and commercial property owners have debated the outcome. The issue was brought to voters in a March 2003 referendum, when 55% of voters turned down the proposed zoning change. The question of how to create a viable environment for commercial property owners will dominate much of the discussion once again. After mulling over the topic, the planning board could send to voters another referendum that would allow some commercial property owners to convert their properties to residential or mixed use.

“This is a big issue,” Kerwin said. “We activities such as hiking trails or as a conhope the solutions will be there.” servation area. Several Planning and Zoning members Planning and Zoning Board members also have supported allowing mixed residential plan to mull over traffic problems on Gulf of and commercial zoning at some of the Mexico Drive. island’s commercial Possible congestion properties. management plans They argue that would involve the city HIGHLIGHTS mixed-use zoning of Sarasota and •Over the next few months, would bolster strugBradenton Beach. the Planning and Zoning gling businesses by “I don’t necessarily board will review Longboat allowing commercial think the problem is Key’s Comprehensive Plan, a property owners to here on Longboat,” document that establishes maximize the value of Kerwin said. “Traffic is many of the town’s policies. their properties. The held up in Bradenton • A public hearing will be held mixed-use plan would and St. Armands. from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, also help reduce the Unfortunately the Nov. 4, at Town Hall Key’s excessive supply cause is at St. Armands Commission Chambers, 501 of commercial properand Bradenton. Bay Isles Road. ty, supporters say. “In Bradenton, the • Major issues to be discussed Land conservation is thing that slows it down during the review include: another topic planning is the right-turn lane commercial strategies, recreboard members will going on the bridge is ation space and GMD congesdiscuss during the too short,” he added. tion management. review, board member “People turning right John Kerwin said. onto Cortez Bridge get “We will talk about stuck at the signal before the possibility of buying green space,” the bridge. The turn lane should be considerKerwin said. “We could pick up land so the ably longer and that’s not going to be easy.” town owns the land.” The comprehensive plan review, from Open space owned by the town can be set start to finish, takes several months to comaside for active recreational activities such plete. Any changes can guide policy decias playgrounds and tennis courts, passive sions which impact the future of the Key. ❑

Model student Open studios are continuously held at the Longboat Key Key Center for the Arts. At a recent session, Lu Ping Xei was the model for an oil painting group. Margy Rich, an instructor of still life in oil, at left, attended. Registration is open now for classes in watercolor, oil painting, sketching, stained glass, pottery, drawing, sculpture and yoga. Call 383-2345 for additional information.

Newsbriefs Election day voting Voters heading to the polls Nov. 2 can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at two polling places on Longboat Key. Voting will take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, and Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Residents living in the Sarasota County portion of the Key must vote at Town Hall, while residents living in Manatee County must vote at the Island Chapel. Residents who may not be able to vote on Election Day can vote early up to Nov. 1. Residents in the Sarasota County portion of the Key can participate in early voting at the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Office at 101 S. Washington Boulevard in downtown Sarasota. Residents in the Manatee County portion of the Key can vote early at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office at 321 15th Street in Bradenton. Early voting is held Monday to Friday, including Monday, Nov. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those planning to vote early should be ready for long lines. “This is the first time we have had early voting for a presidential election, and it seems like the lines grow every day,” said Nancy Bignell, spokeswoman for Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat. “We had 802 folks vote Monday and some stood in long lines,” Bignell said. “I don’t know what the advantage will be for people on Longboat Key. If they drive 40 minutes to Bradenton and have to wait, it might not be convenient.” In Sarasota County, more than 18,000 residents voted early, as of Tuesday, at the county’s three elections offices.

Saving absentee ballots Even though residents may decide not to use an absentee ballot they requested, it can save them time on Election Day. Those who requested an absentee ballot and then decided to not use it, should keep the ballot to prove to elections officials that they are not trying to vote twice, said Nancy Bignell, spokeswoman for the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office. Voters who requested an absentee ballot and decided to wait to Election Day to vote, will need to meet with a precinct clerk, who will check to make sure the voter did not already mail in the absentee ballot.

Volunteer needed Keep Sarasota County Beautiful is looking for a volunteer chapter head for the Longboat Key chapter. Duties would include coordinating projects on the Key, recruiting volunteers for beach cleanup days and riding with a police officer on Litter Free day. For more information, call Donald Fleming at 365-5443.

Agenda Public Hearing on Longboat Key Comprehensive Plan Review, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, November 4, at Town Hall Commission Chambers, 501 Bay Isles Road. Town Officials will ask for feedback on the following issues: • Commercial Strategies • GMD Congestion Management • Water Conservation • Communications • Recreation/Open Space ❑

Chapel chairman calls for meeting Following the firing of the pastor, the chairman of the board of governors calls for a congregation vote on amendments. BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

Sam Kennedy, chairman of the board of governors of Longboat Island Chapel, has called a special meeting of congregation members for 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov 14, for the purpose of voting on amendments to Section 2, Article 9 and Article 11 of the chapel’s Articles of Incorporation. The amendments would restore the voting authority of the congregation as it existed for 40 years before the Articles of Incorporation gave the board of governors, instead of the congregation, the authority to hire and fire the chapel’s minister. At a board of governors meeting held Oct. 14, a resolution was passed 6-4 to not renew the contract of senior pastor, the Rev. Ken Gill. He had been at chapel for five years and his contract renewal date was Dec. 31. Before voting the board was presented 257 cards signed by members and 70 non-members in support of retaining Gill. To pass the amendments, two thirds of the members attending the special meeting Nov. 14 must vote in favor. If the amendments are approved, the next step is to register the changes in Tallahassee. There is no waiting period following registration; the changes are effective immediately. The congregation can then take any action it chooses, to re-hire Gill or seek another pastor. Since the Oct.14, meeting, the six board members who voted to release Gill have mailed a letter to church members explaining their action. It states the six members believe the resolution “puts the future well-being of the church first and foremost.” Declaring they have no personal grudge against Gill, they do express concerns about his spiritual leadership and his rallying of some members of the congregation around him instead of working to unify the church. The letter states a congregation survey in July shows split support: 200 members supported him, but 200 didn’t. The letter concludes with, “We do not believe that Ken is the right person to lead the church over the next decade.” The letter is signed by Rosalyn Britton, Jackie Dixon, Dick Evans, Wayne Meyer, Richard Palmer and Tom Steiner. ❑


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Makepeace groin a try BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer

A Makepeace groin in front of the Islander Club Condominiums came closer to a reality this week. At Thursday’s Longboat Key Town Commission meeting, commissioners directed engineering consultants at Coastal Planning and Engineering to conduct more studies about the Makepeace Wood groin — a semi-permeable device used to prevent beach erosion. Not much is know about the design of the groin because few of the devices are used in Florida, and the requested study would take about two months to finish, said engineering consultant Doug Mann. Once the study is completed, commissioners will decide whether to apply for a permit to build a Makepeace groin or several Makepeace groins in front of the Islander. A single 100-foot long Makepeace groin would cost an estimated $400,000. Before commissioners decided to move forward with further studies, several Islander residents said the geotextile groins currently in front of the Islander are not working, and that it is time to experiment with a new solution. The groins, they argued, could be an effective way to slow beach erosion along a stretch of beach that loses about 25,000 to 40,000 cubic yards of sand a year. The beach in front of their condominiums angles out towards the Gulf, making it vulnerable to severe erosion. “We’ve seen the Makepeace groin work,” said Islander resident Sandra Rothmann, referring to the Makepeace groin at the Colony. “It’s been there for 30 years. If it’s not broken, why fix it. “All this technical stuff is way over my head, but it seems to me if we try the Makepeace, it will work,” she added. An engineer hired by the Islander also spoke about the effectiveness of a 240-foot long Makepeace groin in front of Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber’s Colony Resort. “You are contemplating the third replacement of the geotextile groins and the one at the Colony hasn’t been replaced once in 35 years,” said Kristina Tignor, of the Sarasota based Tignor Group.

Tignor added that the permeable Makepeace groin would not stop sand from reaching beaches south of the Islander. “Aerial studies show that the semi permeable groins help prevent the problem of starvation of sand on the south side of the groin.” Bu town engineers say the Makepeace may not work at an erosional beach, such as the one in front of the Islander. They also say the permeable device could keep sand from naturally washing toward beaches south of the Islander, which is an important chain in the buildup of those beaches. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said the two geotextlie groins currently in place should be replaced with similar groins because of their effectiveness. “The geotextile groins don’t have the opportunity to hold sand because there is not enough sand to hold,” St. Denis said. “But if there is sand in the system, it is clear that the groin does work.” St. Denis’ recommendation for the geotextile over the Makepeace was overridden by the commission’s decision to conduct more studies of the Makepeace. The town’s engineering consultants were reluctant to move forward with the Makepeace study for two reasons. The device would be difficult to permit, engineer Tom Campbell said. In addition, he said, earlier models could not prove that the Makepeace would slow beach erosion at the beach in front of the Islander. The permitting process would take more time than the construction or installation of the Makepeace groin, Mann said. As part of the process, engineers would need to prove to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that groins are a “justifiable application at the location,” he added. Detailed models need to be created and sent to officials. Engineers also need to determine how many and what size groins are needed. If a permit is granted, construction of the device would involve more research. “There are one or two of the groins up at Anna Maria and that is all I am aware of in state of Florida,” Mann said. “There is no specific engineering guidance on how to build one.” ❑

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A cane season. Condominium owners at the Islander told commissioners that their homes were left vulnerable because of a receding beach. “We’re standing there naked, while they’re worrying about someone making a little extra money from tourism,” Islander resident Lester Auganoff said. Residents also said the project had been delayed enough. “If we had the renourishment project on schedule, we would have less problems,” Tom Campbell, an engineer with Coastal Planning and Engineering, said about the erosion-prone beach near the Islander. After hearing from both groups of residents, commissioners were at a standstill. Commissioner John Redgrave made a motion to begin the project as soon as possible, but the request was never seconded. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said a decision to start pumping sand earlier than planned could send the wrong message to resort owners and other businesses. Changing the date would allow large dump trucks to move up and down the beach during the height of the tourism season, and could negatively impact resorts that rely on seasonal guests, he added. “I normally don’t tell you how to take action, but this may send a mixed message,” he said. “It would be detrimental to all the businesses we are trying to help.” Commissioners then voted against a motion to begin pumping the sand May 1. In a compromise measure, commissioners finally approved an April 1 date. Commissioner Hal Lenobel and Mayor Ron Johnson opposed the agreement. Johnson said the earlier start date could end up deterring many visitors who planned to vacation during the tourist season.

• Town Commissioners approve an April 1 start date for an islandwide beach renourishment project. • Because of additional sand and record-high fuel prices, the project cost rose to $22.6 million. • Cost increase will likely lead to 15% hike in debt service taxes.

In other business, • Commissioners learned of a funding shortage for the St Armands drainage project. Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough said he learned about the almost $4 million funding shortage before the meeting. “I heard they may be looking for some money from Longboat Key, and I just smiled.” He also said the project may be completed below cost if only two, instead of five, pumps are installed throughout the island. The pumps would divert storm water into Sarasota Bay in an effort to prevent roads, homes and businesses from flooding during heavy rains. • Town Manager Bruce St. Denis updated commissioners on a possible emergency water-line connection with Sarasota. A previous request for grants to fund the $4.1 million project was turned down. Part of the project would include upgrading a stretch of underground pipes. St. Denis said he would to continue to research other funding methods. Former Key Mayor Ray Metz, who was an outspoken supporter of the emergency water line connection, was in attendance at the meeting. • St. Denis also told commissioners that bids for the beach renoruishment project would be going out within two weeks. He said the town had all necessary permits. The Key is in a good position, because many other towns are just starting to apply for beach renourishment projects, St. Denis said. ❑

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A ident sometime next week. “My desire is nothing more than to do the best I can for the general welfare of the town,” Rothenberg said. “Whether on the P and Z board or town commission, that is my attitude. I’ll try my best to become a wonderful commissioner.” As a planning board member, Rothenberg has become known for his detail-orientated approach to complex issues. “Lee Rothenberg is a careful, deliberate person,” said Planning and Zoning Board member George Spoll. “He doesn’t come to snap decisions. He is very careful to look at every piece of information before he jumps into the fire. This is true to any issue, from commercial strategies to individual projects.” Rothenberg said decisions commissioners make could affect residents for years. Short- and long-term decisions have to be reviewed closely, he added. “I believe before the commission makes their decision, they should try to get all facts, discuss the pros and cons and then come to a decision,” he said.

Sand CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A 30,000 at the north end of the island. To pay for the additional sand and a 10% fuel increase, commissioners decided to dip into state grant funds originally set aside to buy down a $4 million bond debt. The move will cause a 10% to 15% increase in District A and B debt service millage rate, Finance Director Terry Sullivan said. If the new millage rate is enacted, an owner of a $300,000 home located in

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004 5A The interim commissioner’s membership with PIC will shape the way he views certain issues. “I will no longer be there, but the things I’ve learned there are useful,” he said about the committee. “The sole purpose of PIC is to promote anything and everything that is good for Longboat Key people.” One important issue Rothenberg has advocated as PIC president and a planning board member is allowing mixed-use zoning at the island’s commercial properties. Rothenberg said he supports mixed use at the island’s two shopping centers where it is proposed. He said tourism zoning should be allowed at the centers. “The purpose is to try to replace all the lost tourism units from the Holiday Inn and others, as opposed to increasing density,” Rothenberg said. “We are not advocating increasing density. The purpose, this is a critical point, is to strengthen and preserve our restaurants and businesses. We don’t want to lose those restaurants and any of the stores.” In the past, PIC has taken a stance in favor of mixed use on the island. This important issue will surface once again as the commissioners consider the town’s upcoming comprehensive plan review. ❑ District A could expect to pay about $27 more in taxes each year. An owner of a $300,000 home in District B could expect to pay about $6 more in taxes each year. “We will try to minimize the impact of raising District A and B millage by getting FEMA reimbursement,” Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said. He told commissioners not to include the reimbursement in calculations because it could take a while for the town to receive FEMA money. “We’re still waiting for beach money from Gabrielle (which hit in 2001),” St. Denis said. ❑


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A proposed zoning-code amendment could clear the way for townhouses or other residential units at St. Armands Circle. Several property owners have asked Sarasota planners if they could add residential units above their businesses in the St Armands Circle commercial tourist district. But before any townhouses or apartments are approved, Sarasota’s zoning codes must be changed. Two conflicting sections of the city’s zoning code have put the brakes on residential development at the Circle. “It’s not allowed now, until we fix the code,” said Mike Taylor, Sarasota deputy planning and redevelopment director. “We have noticed a conflict and will recommend that the city commission make changes. The possibility of residential zoning was there and we intend to re-establish it.” Sarasota’s property regulations established in 1974 allow mixed zoning at commercial tourist districts, such as St. Armands, throughout the city. Specifically, policies allow 13 residential units per acre above the first floor of commercial businesses at the circle, Taylor said. But a “use chart” that identifies permitted property uses, indicates that residential units are not permitted at St. Armands commercial tourist district, Taylor added. The city commission must approve any changes made to the use chart. In the meantime, Sarasota’s planning department

will not allow residential units at the Circle. While not many property owners at the Circle have tried to add residential units in past, there may now be a demand for townhouses or apartments above stores and restaurants. “No one has ever wanted to build residential out on St Armands above the stores,” Taylor said. “But it may reach the point where it is desirable to do now that we see it all over the place downtown.” Revamped city codes promote mixed use in downtown Sarasota and throughout the city. In the downtown area, residential units are allowed anywhere in a commercial building. Twelve to 200 residential units — depending on where the building is located — are allowed per acre, Taylor said. In commercial tourist districts, 12 to 25 residential units are allowed per acre. “The historical way of looking at zoning from the 1950s and ’60s, was to keep commercial and residential separate,” Talyor said. “Overlapping of different uses was considered to be bad.” Now Sarasota planners are viewing the issue differently. “We allow residential in all new commercial districts,” Taylor said. “What we are doing is encouraging people to do this through more permissive features of zone districts.” Members of St. Armands Business Improvement District “have no opinion against” allowing mixed use, said Marty Rappaport, BID president. ❑


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FABULOUS BAYFRONT. Set in Buttonwood Cove, this unit features all new kitchen, beautiful wood floors, new windows & plantation shutters. Screened lanai becomes all-weather with sliders. $599,900. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #257931

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EXQUISITE CUSTOM RESIDENCE with sweeping Gulf views, sophisticated interior with designer finishes and approximately 2,700 sq. ft. of private terrace. Set in an intimate complex of eight units. $1,850,000. Stephanie Church, 951-6660 or 724-5448. #263449 LIDO BEACH - RITZ-CARLTON BEACH RESIDENCES. This 3,352 sq. ft. residence comes with all the privileges & full membership of the Ritz-Carlton. Still time to make your own selection. $1,680,000. Bibi-Ann Allard, 951-6660 or 685-0422. #260768 SLEEPY LAGOON. Enjoy bay views from most rooms of this unique home in an outstanding location, just 3 in from the Intracoastal & a short distance to great beach. $1,375,000. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #264876 MARINA BAY AT THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. Breathtaking end unit with 3,383 sq. ft. of bayfront panorama. Features Beach Club on Gulf. The best of all worlds awaits on Longboat Key. $1,299,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #253668 SANDS POINT. Unsurpassed unit on the top floor of Sands Point, located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club & directly on New Pass facing Sarasota's 'Street of Dreams.' $960,000. Jay & Suzette Seigel, 383-7591 or 228-5298. #264638 LUXURY BEACHFRONT IN THE KEY CLUB. Stunning 2BR residence, remodeled & furnished by designer owner. Enjoy Gulf, sunset & golf course views. Features concierge & generous garage parking. $829,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #253502 LIDO BEACH CLUB. Located just one floor below the penthouse, this fabulous residence boasts fantastic bay & city views. $820,000. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #264016 LIDO BEACH. Located just south of the new Ritz-Carlton Beach Club, this spacious & open plan residence is comfortable with just a few personal touches. $795,000. Beverly Rabalais, 388-4447 or 366-7594. #263904 BIRD KEY. This beautifully landscaped & very well maintained 3BR garden home with pool has a split plan, newer roof & new A/C. $770,000. Mary Ann Dabney, 388-4447 or 350-9806. #264699 BEST LUXURY BAYFRONT ON LONGBOAT KEY. Lovely, bright & welcoming corner unit with views of the bay, golf course & greenbelt. This residence features an extended wraparound balcony & 2 parking spaces. $699,000. Tom R. Delaney, 388-4447 or 387-3990. #258613

EXTRAORDINARY TWO-STORY PENTHOUSE degree bay and city views & over 7,000 sq. f Susan & Jonathan Fox & Meghan Foley, 383-3 SARABANDE. Spectacular panoramic views o lights of Sarasota. Secured downtown buildin owner's use. $2,690,000. Annette Rogers & #258828 SORRENTO SHORES. Enjoy 188' of prime ba vacant parcel in a neighborhood of new luxury & Casey Key. $1,990,000. Klaus Lang, 383-75 RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES LUXUR 3,600 sq. ft. in Sarasota's best address. $1,8 350-3304. #261984 RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES with ful ties, this 3BR residence features a private ele suite. $1,799,900. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 o SOPHISTICATION IN THE OAKS. Enjoy the ope ning, fully furnished 4BR home with large lana Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 o PRIME BAYFRONT SETTING – PHOENIX. Set in sure overlooking the new bridge, this turnkey re ing space & 2-car garage. $1,695,000. Bibi-An BEAU CIEL. Elegant & private building with o ing bay, city & marina views. Step off the $1,675,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulto RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES. Enjoy m world of unimaginable lifestyle & elegance. Sav Sarasota Bay. $1,650,000. Jim Hanrahan & Ca #252853 BALLENTINE MANOR EAST. Enjoy an acre on boatlift. Amazing potential in this 3BR home. $1, #261485 DOWNTOWN DIRECT BAYFRONT. Set in the b ft. residence boasts 3BR suites & expansive liv bay & harbor. $1,595,000. Kim & Michael Ogi

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ELEGANT PALLADIAN VILLA set on azure New Pass waters. Highlights splendid architecture, which seamlessly integrates outdoor & indoor spaces. $8,900,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #234200 GULF FRONT BEACH MASTERPIECE. Like great works of art, exceptional homes are precious and rare. The perfect blend of sophistication and the comfort of casual but elegant beach living. No compromises. $8,495,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #247914 REMARKABLE REFINEMENT. Magical Gulf front home exudes casual elegance in desirable Lido Shores. Splendid family home full of style with lush landscaping, pool & fireplace. $5,400,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #254763 BIRD KEY CITY VIEWS. Situated on 1.5 lots with 140' on the bay, tropical gardens ensure the ultimate privacy of this 4BR plus office home. Features a gated entry, pool & dock. $4,750,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #259751 BAYFRONT ISLAND-STYLE ELEGANCE. This elevated 5BR custom home boasts an elevator, spacious waterside terrace, dock for large yacht, & bayside pool. $4,500,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #261977 NEW BIRD KEY CONSTRUCTION. Architecturally designed for elegant living & entertaining, this extraordinary 2-story, 5BR estate is on the Bird Key bayfront. $4,250,000. Mary Ann Dabney, 388-4447 or 350-9806. #250365 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Over 400' of Gulf frontage on almost 8 acres. This unit features magnificent water views, concierge, outdoor pool & spa, & state-of-the-art fitness center. $3,400,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #262027 ST. ARMANDS. A yachter's fantasy, with tremendous water depth & dockage. Walled, gated & beautifully designed home with wide water views from most rooms. Two blocks to Lido Beach. $3,350,000. Marilyn S. Brown & Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 377-6215. #255631 SPECTACULAR, MODEL-PERFECT HOME built by John Cannon Homes, located just one house in from bay. Features panoramic views, over 4,200 sq. ft., custom appointments, four bedroom suites, lap pool and private dock. $2,999,999. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #259332 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Enter a world boasting an eloquently expressed lifestyle of such privilege, privacy & pleasure. Florida's premier luxury tower managed by the Ritz-Carlton. $2,850,000. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #261478 SLEEPY LAGOON. Direct Gulf front with large sandy beach, located in a private setting in an area of multi-million dollar estates. $2,750,000. Michael Losey, 383-7591 or 809-3491. #253050 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Spectacular 3BR, 6th floor Gulf to bay unit with panoramic views, unparalleled luxury & fabulous Ritz-Carlton Beach Club amenities. $2,725,000. Debra Pitell, 951-6660 or 355-7528. #260627 GOLF COURSE AND WATER VIEWS abound from this rare property in a private setting on Longboat Key. This wonderful home offers open floor plan w/vaulted ceilings, French doors, skylight, updated kitchen, elevator & 3-car garage. $2,700,000. Dick Lewis, 388-4447 or 302-3348. #263510 EXCLUSIVE EN PROVENCE. Enchanting 4BR Gulf front condominium with marble floors & granite countertops is top-of-the-line in every aspect. $2,695,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #232491 HIDEAWAY BAY. Exquisitely designed 4BR waterfront home with countless arches, grand windows, formal living & dining rooms, & boat dock. Located in a desirable enclave of estatesized homes. $2,695,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #256909 PERFECT BEACH GETAWAY. Breathtaking views of the Gulf from this 2-story home with all new furnishings, new carpet & numerous upgrades. Spectacular beachfront heated pool & sundeck. $2,525,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #220722 WATER CLUB - SPECTACULAR VIEWS of bay or Gulf from every room of this 10th-floor end unit. 3,000-sq.-ft. open plan with 10' ceiling, private elevator foyer, 3 terraces & luxurious clubhouse. $2,500,000. Sally Traquena, 388-4447 or 587-1330. #247991 QUEENS HARBOUR. Fabulous bay views from almost every room of this Queens Harbour masterpiece. Four full BR suites, large family room with soaring ceilings & myriad upgrades. $2,495,000. Brigitte Von Kessel, 383-3759 or 383-6182. #253971 ISLANDS WEST. Conveniently located with the most sweeping panoramic penthouse views. This 3BR split-plan unit with study & 2 balconies is partially updated & totally unique. $2,490,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #254506 BAY ISLES. Magnificent new home on Harbourside Golf Course. Panoramic golf & lake views, exciting architectural details & the finest finishes. Four BRs, pool, spa & 3-car garage. $2,195,000. Ann Martin & Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #256405

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ES CA BAY. Grand estate set on 3.2 acres of gated & exquisitely landscaped bay frontage, with 650+/- lineal feet. Superb craftsmanship & taste in this restored & expanded Thomas Reed Martin masterpiece. $14,900,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #261379 EXTRAORDINARY RITZ-CARLTON PENTHOUSE. Professionally redesigned & upgraded 3BR with leisure room, library & 4 terraces. Two secure parking spaces & all hotel amenities. $5,350,000. Pamela & Lynford Wiley, 951-6660 or 925-2153. #213339 MAGNIFICENT ITALIAN VILLA. Panoramic bay views of Longboat Key & Ca'd'Zan. High ceilings, gourmet kitchen & 2,200 sq. ft. master suite. Private boat dock. $4,995,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #220067

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RAMBLEWOOD ACRES. This detached villa lives like a private home, located close to pool, tennis courts & clubhouse. Features 2BRs, parquet floors & glass-enclosed Florida room. $129,900. Pam DeMarie and Connie Lyke, 951-6660 or 350-9371. #264723

E set in the heart of downtown with 360ft. Also includes rooftop garden. $3,750,000. 3759 or 330-1441. #254942 of the sparkling bay & Gulf waters to the city ng with concierge, spa & 2 guest suites for & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800.

THE RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCES. Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Enjoy fantastic, panoramic bay views from this 12th floor Coquille plan with 2 master suites. $1,575,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #253531 OAKS CLUB SIDE. High expectations are exceeded in this perfectly presented, 2002, 4BRplus-den model residence with 4,400 sq. ft. under A/C. Enjoy fairway views from the award-winning pool. $1,499,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #257085 KENTWOOD ESTATES. Spectacular 4/5BR walled estate with large rooms, tray ceilings, bonus room, outdoor fireplace & pool. Set on a circular brick drive. $1,495,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #255339 BEAU CIEL. Cherish sweeping bay views from this sought after 3,100 sq. ft. end unit. Set in an exciting, award-winning building in the heart of the arts district. $1,424,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #262774 OYSTER BAY ESTATES. Mediterranean revival lakefront estate, just minutes to Sarasota Bay & Field Club. Wonderful home for entertaining, with open rooms, large pool & lush grounds. $1,350,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #259893 OAKS CLUB SIDE. This distinctive home with a new roof & newly painted exterior & interior boasts over 5,000 sq. ft. of luxury, 4BRs with soaring ceilings & marble floors. $1,349,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #258765 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. This grand 3BR luxury downtown end unit residence boasts a wraparound balcony & partial bay views. Occupancy Summer 2005. $989,000. Maryann Casey, 951-6660 or 468-3741. #262206 GRACEFUL ELEGANCE IN THE OAKS. Classic in detail, soaring ceilings, fireplace, French doors, marble floors and custom millwork create a formal yet open feeling in this 3BR home. $975,000. Scott George, 966-8000. #263848 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. Enjoy sunset & bay views from this luxury building in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Only 50 residences share the finest amenities. Occupancy Summer 2005. $974,900. Maryann Casey, 951-6660 or 468-3741. #262466 THE OAKS - STYLE AHEAD OF ITS TIME. Inspired design distinguishes this remarkable Oaks I home of 3,600 sq. ft. Entertainment loggia with fireplace overlooks pool & lush preserve. $899,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #259116 BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME set on a gorgeous, private wooded lot. Every detail in this elegant residence was given special attention, with fabulous finishes, top-of-the-line appliances & more. $885,000. Carol Clark, 966-8000 or 350-4500. #260416 OAKS II. Spacious open floor plan overlooking the 5th hole of the Heron golf course. In excellent condition, this home features a light & bright feel. Recently painted inside & out. $799,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #264230 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. This 2BR 11th floor 'D' unit boasts west exposure with fabulous water views. Includes rosewood floors in the grand salon, stainless appliances, & a wonderful tiled balcony. $745,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #263150

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HARBOUR OAKS. Lovely, furnished 3BR villa with lake views, 2-car garage & beach access. Just a short distance to pool, golf course & marina. Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $625,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #261633

GOLDEN GATE POINT. Views of Sarasota Bay, Bird Key and the new Ringling Bridge. Totally renovated corner condominium with the coveted south exposure on Golden Gate Point. $699,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #261337 LAUREL PARK - COASTAL COTTAGE COLLECTION. New home with vintage 1920s garage & guesthouse on a quiet brick street in historic Laurel Park. Old styling with new standard & exceptional detail. $699,000. Bruce Tassinare, 951-6660 or 955-3333. #262212 MERIDIAN III - OAKS PRESERVE. Luxurious, detail inspired condominium residence, lavishly appointed with stone, marble & cherry wood floors. Enjoy the exquisite splendor of nature & privacy. $695,000. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-6749. #260278 CITYSCAPE. Urban sophistication in the heart of Sarasota. This penthouse loft boasts 2,275 sq. ft. on the 9th & tenth floors, 2-story window wall & dynamic city to bay views. $649,900. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #259719 REGENCY. Take pleasure in direct, open bay views from this 2/3BR condominium. Features a large living room with faux fireplace, built-ins, wet bar & marble floors. $625,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #258529 TWO WEST OF THE TRAIL DUPLEXES across the street from Ringling School of Art. Clean, remodeled & ready for your investment. Available separately. Purchase together for $548,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #264806 POINSETTIA PARK. Fabulously situated in the middle of the block, this cute 2BR West of the Trail home boasts a den overlooking a gorgeous open yard. $389,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #263121 SUNNYSIDE. This updated, 3BR, 1,884 sq. ft. family home is a gem set in the best location for schools, shopping, dining & the beach. $257,800. Tracy DeRamo, 349-3444 or 6504988. #264905 HUDSON OAKS - DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT. Beautiful 2BR condominium on Hudson Bayou. This tastefully renovated residence boasts new kitchen appliances, granite countertops, fireplace, community boat dock & pool. $249,900. Jennifer Pecora, 951-6660 or 780-1925. #264333 BROOKSIDE CONDOMINIUMS. Great golf course views & super location in this never occupied 2BR residence with tile. Set near the community pool. $187,900. Harvey & Ethel Lovelace, 349-3444 or 966-0073. #263483 CEDAR HOLLOW. Set in an exceptional family neighborhood in a cul-de-sac, preserve location, this charming home features a fireplace & great potential. $179,000. Alix Wexler and Paul Romley, 349-3444 or 346-8123. #264731 6Siesta Key

SIESTA KEY

ABSOLUTE PRIVACY in this architecturally designed, contemporary beachfront home, set on a private beach on Fiddler Bayou. Located just south of Lido Key on the northern tip of Siesta Key. $5,250,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #264662 HIDDEN HARBOR YACHTING RETREAT. Set on .68-acre with 2 sides of water, this elegant, spacious home features 4BRs, office, kitchen overlooking family & breakfast rooms, & large outdoor entertaining area. $2,995,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #260281 AN ISLAND WITHIN AN ISLAND. Incredible estate property on nearly 3 acres in the Sanderling Club. Totally private, gated & over 350' of Lagoon waterfront. Lovely, spacious home with oversized rooms. $2,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #246994 SIESTA KEY. An ideal spot for water lovers with long views from the Grand Canal, plus deep water docking. Build your dream home on this canal lot with possible bay vistas. $1,950,000. Marcia Salkin and Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #262242 SEA BREEZE. Luxury condominium in a building of only 5 units, with panoramic views of the Gulf & bay. Enjoy island living at its best with a deeded boat dock included. $1,895,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #259217 BOCA GRANDE ON HERON LAGOON. Savor the gentle breezes as they drift through French doors that lead to the pool, spa & boat dock. Expansive patios overlook glorious sunsets & Heron Lagoon. $1,550,000. Alix Wexler and Paul Romley, 349-3444 or 346-8123. #264587 READY TO BUILD lot in the Cedars on Siesta Key. Features 115' on the water & beautiful lagoon view of Blind Pass. $550,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #263020 BAY OAKS. Turnkey furnished 1BR unit set in a popular complex with heated pool/spa & tennis. $309,999. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #262870


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Two good men During our streak with hurricanes last month, one of the headlines after Longboat Key escaped nearly unscathed (again) was: “Lucky Longboat.” That same headline should be used again today. Longboat is lucky again having two good men serve on the Town Commission — Ken Legler, who resigned after nine years because he is moving, and Lee Rothenberg, who was appointed last week to fill Legler’s seat. Other cities should be so blessed. Indeed, we’ve remarked repeatedly each spring before the Town Commission elections how Longboat Key is fortunate to have such high-caliber citizens volunteer to run for and serve unpaid on the Town Commission. Ken Legler, elected in 1996, was the epitome of a quiet leader. He also fits the axiom: Don’t judge a book by its cover. At a glance, you might not expect much from Legler, the retired lawyer from Dayton, Ohio. He’s shy, quiet, thin, quick to laugh and smile. Underneath his unimposing and friendly demeanor, though, was one of the commission’s smartest and most thoughtful members for the past nine years. Legler wasn’t a grandstander; he never called attention to himself. He avoided it. But voters and his fellow commissioners could always count on Legler to ask an unexpected, penetrating question or make simple suggestions that actually were profound in their substance. It was clear, if you observed him on the dais, that Legler always had done his homework, studied the issues and knew how to get to the heart of those issues. Thank goodness, he was not one to tolerate government bureaucracy and inefficiency. He looked out for the taxpayers’ best interests. One of the best characteristics of Legler was his unpredictability. During his tenure, he often served as a swing vote, an indication that Legler was not motivated by ideological dogma. He was an independent thinker. Legler’s fellow commissioners appreciated him as well. He served two terms as Longboat Key’s mayor and became known, in spite of his unassuming nature, for running efficient, orderly meetings. He may be slight in build, but Legler could bang a strong gavel if necessary. Legler will not go down in Longboat history as the most colorful commissioner, far from it. But he should be remembered, appreciated and thanked for being the humble, dedicated, thoughtful and fair public servant that he was. Well done, commissioner. With Legler’s successor, Lee Rothenberg, residents will notice no difference on the commission. The only thing that will change is the nameplate on the dais and the commissioner’s accent. Rothenberg has a gentlemanly Southern drawl. But like Legler, he is a thinker on all issues, and he is dedicated to the good of the Key. Also like Legler, Rothenberg is quiet and unassuming. But he is always there. For every issue, every town event, Rothenberg for the past 12 years has become one of Longboat Key’s most familiar faces. He is a fixture at the Town Commission meetings and workshops, and for nearly 10 years he has served as a member of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board. There is not a town issue or subject about which Rothenberg is not familiar and well versed. Should we be worried that he, as Commissioner Joan Webster did, has been serving as president of the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee? In the old days, that would have been a concern of Longboat’s taxpayers. But in Lee Rothenberg, we’ve always found him to be open-minded, fair, honest and gentlemanly. Longboat is indeed lucky. ❑❑❑

Make peace, not war Judging from the tide at last week’s Longboat Key Town Commission meeting, Murf Klauber’s decades-long campaign to persuade the Town Commission to consider and perhaps even install Makepeace groins on the beach is finally gaining ground, no pun intended. It’s about time. It took courage on the part of the Town Commission finally to give in. Until now, the commissioners always seemed to have regarded the semi-permeable Makepeace groin at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort with the same disdain as they do quack medicine. Even though they could see that it worked at the Colony, they didn’t believe it.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS President — Republican George W. Bush U.S. Senate — Republican Mel Martinez U.S. House District 13 — Republican Katherine Harris Florida Senate District 23 — Republican Lisa Carlton Florida House District 69 — Libertarian William “Bill” Van Allen Florida House District 68 — Republican Bill Galvano Circuit judge — Diana Moreland Sarasota County judge — Phyllis Galen Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners — Writein Sarasota Hospital Board — H. Joseph Curl Manatee County Sheriff — Republican Charlie Wells Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court — Republican R.B. “Chips” Shore Supreme and Appeal court judges — Vote yes to retain all seven candidates.

AMENDMENTS Our guidelines for the 2004 state constitutional amendments primarily follow this approach: None of these amendments is necessary or essential to Florida’s Constitution. Indeed, none of them truly belongs in the state constitution. So in one respect, voters shouldn’t hesitate in voting no on every amendment except for Amendment 6. On that one, a “yes” vote would repeal the existing high-speed rail amendment, which mandates that Floridians tax themselves to build a high-speed rail from Tampa to Orlando and eventually to Miami. In another respect, we use the following as another guide on constitutional amendments: If the effect of the amendment limits individual freedom, vote “no.” If it expands individual freedom, vote “yes.” Amendment 1: Parental notification of a minor’s termination of pregnancy. This amendment should not be part of our constitution. And while it limits a minor’s freedom, to the good, it protects a parent’s property rights. Yes. Amendment 2: Constitutional amendments proposed by initiative. This measure is the only one of the eight amendments that is a legitimate constitutional question. It would require citizen initiatives to be filed with the Florida secretary of state by Feb. 1 so the state Supreme Court could rule by April 1 whether the amendment can be placed on the November ballot. It is not unreasonable, nor does it limit individual freedom.

But thanks to four hurricanes, the continuing deterioration of the town’s geotextile groins currently on the beach and an organized effort of Islander Club residents lobbying for a Makepeace groin, the commissioners are finally listening. For now, they’ve requested the town’s beach engineers conduct additional studies of the semi-permeable, anti-erosion structure. Still, there’s stiff opposition. The town manager and the town’s beach engineers are not enthusiastic supporters of the idea. What’s more, the anti-groin state bureaucracy stands as an almost impenetrable wall. Fighting for a Makepeace will be like fighting a war. On that point, to weaken the state’s forces, town officials and residents of the Islander Club, who will be the future beneficiaries of a Makepeace groin, might consider a strategy of engaging our state legislative delegation in the process now. The town will need all the forces it can get. Sounds like an opportunity to host our senators, Mike Bennett (727-6349) and Lisa Carlton (486-2032), and our state representatives, Donna Clarke (955-8077) and Bill Galvano (708-4968) for some sand and surf. ❑❑❑

Mark your calendars If you care about the future of Longboat Key over the next eight to 20 years, we encourage you to attend a public meet-

Yes. Amendment 3: The Medical liability claimant’s compesation amendment. This amendment proposes to limit attorneys’ fees in medical malpractice cases. While medical groups and some business lobbying organizations in Tallahassee would like caps on lawyers’ incomes, this will do little to solve the medical malpractice crisis. Florida’s Constitution should not be involved in what is typically an arrangement between client and lawyer. What a client pays his lawyer is no one’s business but the client and lawyer. No. Amendment 4: Authorizes Miami-Dade and Broward voters to approve slot machines in parimutuel facilities. How can slot machines be denied, indeed how can casino gambling be denied when the state of Florida sanctions the lottery? This amendment expands people’s freedom. Yes. Amendment 5: Florida minimum wage amendment. A proven axiom of economics is this: If you raise prices, you reduce demand. When you impose and raise minimum wages (a price), you reduce the demand for labor — especially at the lowest economic rungs. These laws don’t help the poor, they hurt the poor. No! Amendment 6: Repeal the high-speed rail amendment. There are attractive features to the high-speed rail as an alternative to laying more freeway concrete. But the best scenario would be to remove the high-speed rail from Florida’s Constitution and encourage the Legislature to continue pursuing the project statutorily. Yes. Amendment 7: Patient’s right to know about adverse medical incidents. This is another amendment that doesn’t belong in Florida’s Constitution. The intent, however, is worthwhile. Instead of giving physicians sole policing power over their brethren’s performance records as is now the custom, this amendment would give consumers, the ultimate arbiters, access to information to make their own judgments about physicians. This would expand individuals’ freedom, giving them the freedom to inspect information. The concept is good, the methodology is weak. Reluctantly: Yes. Amendment 8: Public protection from repeated medical malpractice. Voters likely will overwhelmingly agree with the idea of three strikes and a doctor is out. But once again, this amendment should not be part of the state constitution. By all means, consumers should know the histories of their physicians. But this amendment is the wrong way to deal with that need. No.

ing from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Town Hall. The meeting will give Longboat residents the opportunity to submit suggestions and propose changes to the town’s comprehensive plan. Mandated by the state, the comprehensive plan serves as a guide for what the town expects to occur on Longboat Key over the next decade in terms of growth, housing, population, commercial activity and public recreation. It becomes a framework for all future Town Commission policy decisions. The Legislature requires all municipalities and county governments to update these plans every seven years. For the Nov. 4 public meeting, Longboat Key officials are seeking comments from residents on such areas as: • Commercial strategies • Gulf of Mexico Drive congestion • Water conservation • Communications • Recreation and open space Discussions, however, are not limited to these topics. Residential density is one that also should be addressed. If you would like to read the existing comp plan, it’s online at www.longboatkey.org. Copies of the adopted plan can be viewed at the town clerk’s office, the front desk of the planning, zoning and building department and at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. Copies may be purchased for $7.50 each. A CD is available at no charge from the planning, zoning and building department. Submit requests to Donna Chipman, dchipman@longboatkey.org or 316-1966.


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Substance over form Dear Editor: Every decision George Bush has ever made will be reviewed, and that’s fair enough, but note: His desk is where the buck stops; he can’t just take potshots like his opponent. While I can’t say I agree with Bush on every issue, his domestic and foreign policies have generally been right and preferable to John Kerry’s. Bush does what he truly believes, while Kerry tends to say what’s pleasing to whatever crowd happens to be in front of him. Consider Iraq. There is, of course, room for disagreement on policy, but to argue, as Kerry has done, that Bush acted in haste and unilaterally is a willful distortion. All of our allies and friends were consulted over a period of many months, and many are supporting us, 34 militarily, and many more diplomatically. The U.N. Security Council voted 13 times, the last time five months before the war, in October 2002, unanimously, that Saddam Hussein must get rid of his ABC-weapons (atomic, biological and chemical) or face serious consequences. To whom was that not often enough or plain enough? Bush did not strike, as Kerry well knows, until after French foreign minister Villepin declared unequivocally that, regardless of the U.N. war resolution’s final wording, France would veto the resolution. Since it is known that Saddam used Band C-weapons to kill his own people, it is hard to maintain he didn’t have them. Concerning A-weapons, every Western intelligence agency believed Saddam did have them or was close to having them as, obviously, did the U.N. Chief weapons inspector David Kay testified after the war to Congress that he did not find nuclear weapons in Iraq. He then went on to say — and this was not reported anywhere near the headlines, if at all — that Saddam did have highly enriched uranium (HEU) from France, did have a centrifuge from Germany with which to enrich the HEU to weapons grade and did have plutonium from Russia for the trigger. Is it coincidence that these three countries, who did big business with Saddam, became our most vociferous critics? Should Bush have waited until the bomb was assembled and dropped on a nearby target? Contrary to widely held belief, 15 of our 19 NATO allies are supporting us in Iraq. In addition, Australia, Korea and Japan have all sent troops (Japan for the first time since 1945); and the recently freed East European countries, where the memory of tyranny is still fresh, are unanimously and strongly behind us. Altogether, 34 countries are backing our effort with troops. How does that square with Kerry’s assertion that “we shouldn’t carry the burden alone?” Fortunately, there are still enough leaders in the free world who understand there are times when diplomacy won’t cut it, when the devil must be grabbed by his horns and tail, as Bush has done. In Afghanistan, remember, regardless of your nationality or religion, the jihadis will cut off your nose just for listening to the radio, and they are commanded by God to spread their faith to the four corners of the earth. Closer to home, they attacked the World Trade Center (the first time in

1993), they bombed two of our East African embassies in 1998, they attacked our troops at the Khobar Towers in 1999, they attacked the USS Cole in 2000 and destroyed the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. How many more catastrophes must we endure before the appeasers are willing to connect the dots to give George Bush at least the benefit of the doubt? Because I experienced (Nazi) tyranny first hand, I am perhaps more sensitive to this issue than so many who take their liberty for granted, and can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a dictatorship, let alone one like Iraq’s, where intimidation, murder, rape and torture are routine. Not only are 24 million Iraqis now free, Bush’s decision to drive out Saddam has brought substantial collateral benefits. Syria and Iran have become much more circumspect in their support of al-Qaeda, terrorist attacks on Israel have dropped by half, the foreign policy of Libya has turned by 180 degrees and Pakistan has stopped peddling nuclear materials to North Korea and Iran. Bush deserves credit for all these achievements, to which must be added another: ProWestern elements in Saudi Arabia and other nearby countries have been strengthened and many jihadis and terrorists from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere have been drawn into Iraq. They are easier to fight there than here, and their departure from Saudi Arabia has reduced the pressure in that Wahhabi cauldron. Whatever the free world can do to insure the continued flow of Saudi oil is of the greatest strategic benefit, because without that oil, the world would suffer the greatest depression ever. Bush understands this — evidently, some of his critics don’t. The second major topic of the campaign is the economy, for which Bush is getting too little credit. The economy had to overcome the massive dislocations caused by the bursting of the dot-com bubble of the last Clinton year, and then the shock of Sept. 11. No, things aren’t perfect, but undecided voters may want to contemplate that Bush inherited a recession, that interest rates and inflation are the lowest in 50 years, that their real estate and their bonds are selling at record prices, that a record 68% of all Americans own their homes, that taxes on personal income and investment income are the lowest in three generations, that the crime rate is falling and that our unemployment rate and our economic growth are most of the world’s envy. Aside from getting older, when we get right down to it, most of us have never had it so good. Kerry, who has one of the most liberal spending records in Congress, blames Bush for the high budget deficit. Isn’t he aware that ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt used Keynesian economics to fight the Great Depression, deficit financing has been used to give the economy a boost? The inseparable correlate of such spending is of course a deficit. Either have a growing economy and a deficit or a stagnating or recessive economy and a lower deficit. Bush correctly chose the former. You and I and the economy are benefiting from the Bush tax cuts on wages and investment income such as capital gains, interest and dividends. Kerry wants to undo most of that. On the environment, why do we never hear that the Kyoto Treaty was voted down 95-0 by the Senate, that alligators, bears, geese, deer and eagles are again plentiful, as

are whales and Maine lobsters, that the volume of forests and trees in the United States is increasing by almost 1% per annum and that the air we breathe is the cleanest since measurements were first taken in 1934? Is substance not more important than form? In the Bush White House there has been no scandal, no perjury, no suborning of perjury, no sleaze and no outrageous pardons. That should count for a lot. And I believe Bush has what so many other politicians, including his opponent, lack: the courage of his convictions and steel in his backbone. These are perhaps the quintessential qualities for our time. Rudy Mueller Longboat Key

Opposers not encouragers Dear Editor, President Bush would have us believe that opposing the war in Iraq is unpatriotic. Those of us who raise our voices in protest are said by President Bush to be giving aid and comfort to the enemy, encouraging terrorism. We are the reason that our young men and women are dying each and every day. George W. Bush has gotten us into a needless war with a country that was not a threat to anyone or anything, a war that is wasting lives and bankrupting our great country. Bush would like the American people to blindly follow him into war after war. Which country do we invade next? If we do nothing to prevent him from becoming president he will continue his crusade. There were so many alternatives to the killing, but they would not have satisfied Bush’s need to be the bully, playing war games. Joe Moccia Longboat Key

Rope in the ‘Cowboy’ Dear Editor: For more than 200 years, the world loved the American cowboys; loved and respected the ideals this country stood for. No longer. This “cowboy” has ruined our good name with his arrogance, mismanagement and plain stupidity. He lied to us when he promised to use force only as a “last resort.” Furthermore, at the United Nations, he told the world that they were “irrelevant.” I voted for this guy and supported his position until he went to war under false pretenses — a needless, stupid and illegal war. Only John Kerry can regain our good name and resolve the mess this cowboy got us into. If we fail to act, we deserve what we get! Gary Benko Longboat Key

No on Amendment 1 Dear Editor: I can’t believe your reasoning effectively calling children chattel and considering parental “property rights.” Children are not proscribed from “voting, driving, drinking and smoking” with parental consent but by government edict (and rightly so). If the pregnant child has a working relationship with her parents, of course she will consult them. But, as is often the case, the child is the subject of various forms of abuse by her parents. That is the why a reasonable person would not require parental consent. Vote No on Amendment 1. Albert Tripodi, M.D. Longboat Key

Tyrant in the White House? Dear Editor: The man in the White House thinks he’s George IV. We got rid of George III with a revolution, let’s have another one with ballots, not bullets. Buddy Polow Longboat Key

An ongoing fight Dear Editor, In a stunning rebuke to John Kerry’s proposed foreign policy — Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post columnist, states categorically that should Kerry win Israel is an obvious

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004 11A sacrifice. He further states, “John Kerry says he wants to “rejoin the community of nations.” There is no issue on which the United States fails more in the global test of international consensus than Israel. That is the price Kerry will pay to reengage with Europe. Scary? You bet. That Kerry was advised by Sandy Berger that the most essential fact in foreign policy is to attempt to restart the failed Clinton policies that ended with a third intifada. God forbid. Millions of Americans, Christians and Jews, believe in Israel passionately, emotionally and intellectually. They view Israel as our only ally in the Middle East. America does not need appeasement policies in this political environment. We need strong decisive leadership that will protect America and Israel. Maye Lavinson Longboat Key

Appalled by ousting Dear Editor, Let me begin by saying that we are new condominium owners on Longboat Key. However, we are longtime active members — more than 60 years — mostly in the United Church of Christ, Congregational. Soon after our arrival, we were drawn to the Longboat Island Chapel time and time again because of the Rev. Ken Gill’s insightful and challenging sermons. In addition, we were in absolute agreement with the “founding fathers” statement: “We are a church of challenge and ideas. We are tolerant of divergent religious views. We grant the same freedom of thought and opinion to others that we require of ourselves. We endeavor to live at all times in such a state of affection for one another that we shall not be threatened by our differences. In fact, our differences stimulate the mind and inspire a basic appreciation of the greatness of God!” What a dynamic statement. It seems to us that the church board must feel extremely threatened. There can be no other reason six members would summarily dismiss Ken Gill, ignoring the opinions of almost 300 members and friends. Unfortunately, we are looking for a new winter church that testifies to the Longboat Chapel’s description of itself. We feel it is time for the members and friends who worship and support the chapel to have a vote in such a major decision as calling or dismissing the pastor. Ginny and Otis Maxfield Longboat Key

We all share costs Dear Editor, Even during my summer stay in Michigan, I continue to read your newspaper and enjoy it. On behalf of all Islander Club condominium owners (including myself), I would like to thank you for your visionary, non-biased support in the “How can Islander be refused” article from Oct. 7. However, I am dismayed from the nonsupport of our Governor Buddy at Longboat Key (including Mayor Ron Johnson, John Redgrave and Ken Legler). Did they forget that we all supported and agreed to pay for beach renourishment and maintenance via two taxing districts in 1993? You mentioned you foresaw how that commitment might play in 1993, but we all agreed on this project to be carried out, regardless of location of Longboat Key. Whose tax dollars does he (Mayor Johnson) suppose are paying for the Town Hall and police buildings, etc.? That is what tax dollars do, Mr. Mayor, for paying for supporting all community services for greater public good, like schools, roads, Social Security, libraries and town government, to name a few. Mr. Ken Legler suggested, “But they have got 137 units there, let them pay it by assessment.” This is what we were raised to believe as freeloading, not sharing community expenses. Where would we be if we all shared his view? Robert Moyad Longboat Key


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Ann Ramond adds a ribbon to a Christmas wreath with golden pears.

Photos by Dora Walters

Arlene Napiecek and Wendy Dawson arrange the lights on a 6-foot holiday tree.

Handcrafted pillows will be a new feature at the bazaar. Mary Nolan stuffs a pillow before adding the final stitches.

Mary Mignano places a chocolate gator in a protective plastic bag.

Christmas Bazaar moves to November BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

The annual St. Mary Star of the Sea Guild Christmas Bazaar is moving from its usual date in December to Saturday, Nov. 13, to accommodate early holiday shoppers. Because the Christmas Bazaar will share the date with another annual Longboat Key

event, the St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon, the guild will offer festive cookies and punch, instead of sandwiches. Once again, the Chocolate Boutique will include whimsical chocolate alligators and lollipops, and this year, poinsettia baskets, all chocolate, of course. New this year are cloisonné ornaments,

religious-themed night-lights and decorative floral soaps. Hand-knit sweaters and decorator accessories, including handcrafted pillows and placements, will be on sale. Parishioners attending the Oct. 30 and 31 Masses will get a pre-Bazaar “peek” of the special items.

Members of the Christmas Bazaar committee are Betty Brocato, Mary Elizabeth Carey, Sally Daneman, Wendy Dawson, Mary Nolan and Clara McGonigle. Hours of the bazaar are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit several charitable organizations and provide student scholarships. ❑

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How far has justice strayed in this case? A long time ago, a popular actor constantly used the comedic line, “I’m from Brazil, where the nuts come from.” The remark never failed to produce a laugh. Now the nut in Brazil is not an edible nut, but a metaphor reflecting gross injustice and sheer stupidity. While the nut is not chewable, the law in the largest South American country is clearly wrong. Sexual assault is a monstrous crime, doubly so when perpetuated upon children. The relevant statute in this coffee-producing country’s twisted thinking provides in the criminal code that a sex criminal’s punishment may be canceled if the victim subsequently weds. The reasoning, or lack thereof, is associated from a time when “a woman’s destiny was marriage, and a woman who was raped lost her chance to fulfill that destiny. So marriage was seen as resolving the damage of sexual abuse,” said Brazilian Congresswoman Iara Bernardi. The spotlight on the subject is the 60-year-old, politically prominent physician, Dr. Boadyr Veloso. It is charged that he had the habit of paying young girls for sex. He was convicted of “statutory rape” after forcing seven young girls, some not yet in their teens, to partake in sexually vicious acts. He was sentenced to slightly more than a decade in prison. But the conviction was reversed this year when the state’s highest tribunal had learned that all seven girls had since wed. Yet suspicions have surrounded the nuptial affairs. In one set of facts, it appears that in a 30-minute period, the same justice of the peace conducted three of the marriage ceremonies of the seven young girls in question. Nevertheless, the high court decreed the release of the defendant. The good citizens of the community were outraged. The office has undertaken an investigation of the nuptials and

has appealed to the federal court to reinstate the punishment. The case has spotlighted a broader issue in Latin America, where too often, mistreatment of women is reinforced by archaic laws and broadly accepted judicial customs. In rape cases, the judges sometimes interrogate the victims about their skirt length rather than the violence done to them, says attorney Juliana Bellogue. She asserts that juries frequently acquit men in heinous domestic violence cases on the grounds of “legitimate defense of honor.” On trial, those seven victims testified convincingly of their sexual encounters with the defendant. Because some of the seven victims were under 14 when Veloso attacked them, he was able to be charged with the crime of rape. During this time, an extraordinary event occurred. Veloso was elected mayor of Goiás, a central-Brazilian colonial tourist-town. The explanation for

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his political success is provided by Rodrigo Santana, an opposition councilman in Goiás, “They voted for him because he was wealthy and they thought that would make him less likely to steal from them.” However, two weeks before his inauguration as mayor, Dr. Veloso was convicted of rape and inducing young women to commit prostitution. He has challenged the conviction and the 30-month prison term. Today he remains a free man while his appeals are being processed. Now, some of the seven women are reluctant to talk freely about their experiences with Veloso. Their relationship with the defendant has changed because Veloso has supported them since his conviction and sentencing. Maria Gorete Alves, mother of one of the seven involved girls, has been a conduit for delivering installment payments to the seven girls. Now she refuses to discuss the facts of interest because, “If I open my beak, I won’t get another cent.” (Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2004.) ❑

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Cops’ Corner

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER

NEWS pool was talking, and a resident complained about the noise. Officer tells group to keep it down as much as possible.

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Oct. 13 5:42 p.m. — 600 block Lands End Drive. Code Enforcement. Resident reports construction noise. A group of workers is packing up tools and about to leave for the day.

Oct. 14 2:40 p.m. — 2400 block Harbourside Drive. Rescue. Officer drives resident to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where her husband was driven by ambulance. 3:09 p.m. — Intersection of Harbourside Drive and Sabal Cove. Traffic Crash. Driver of a gray station wagon backed into another car as he is leaving a parking spot. The driver then leaves the scene without exchanging information with the other driver. 10:30 a.m. — 4900 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Drivers are passing a car traveling about 20 mph on GMD. Driver of the car is pulled over and given a ride home.

9:32 a.m. — Intersection of Bay Isles Parkway and Harbourside Drive. Traffic Violation. Man is pulled over for driving van with expired Florida tag. Driver says the van belongs to his girlfriend. He said he could not call his girlfriend; he didn’t know her phone number “because he had only met her a couple of days ago.” 12:30 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Sexual Offense/Battery. Woman goes to police department to file battery charges. She reports that a man she worked with touched her chest and “whispered explicit suggestions in her ear.” Woman also tells officer that human-resources managers did not believe her, and were “less than willing to help her.” 1:20 p.m. — 100 block Broadway. Property Found. Found cell phone is turned in to officer on beach patrol. 8:46 p.m. — 6500 block GMD. Dog Nuisance. Homeowner issued written warning for barking dogs.

Oct 17 Oct. 15 10:02 a.m. — 500 block Outrigger Lane. Dumping Trash. Resident notices a pile of dirt on his vacant lot. A contractor promises to remove the pile. 5:40 p.m. — 4600 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. A black Ford pickup truck filled with patio furniture was seen leaving condominiums. 11:03 p.m. — 3100 block GMD. Noise Disturbance. A group of people out by the

9:42 a.m. — 3100 block GMD. Property Missing. Woman found $500, in $20 bills, missing from her wallet. 1:04 p.m. — 3500 block GMD. Dog Nuisance. Dog owner issued written warning for barking dog. 1:27 p.m. — 6800 block Pine Street. Larceny. Boat owner reports several items stolen from his boat. The stolen items include GPS, fishfinder and aluminum anchor. The value of the items stolen

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totaled $4,690. 9:34 p.m. — 6900 block GMD. Fire. Officer responds to smell of smoke. Smell was coming from a barbecue pit.

Oct. 18 11:30 a.m. — 6700 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Maintenance man tells officer several mailboxes are open. Worker planned to talk to mail carrier to try to determine if mail was stolen.

Oct. 19 2:03 a.m. — 5300 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Driver is pulled over for broken taillight and taglight. Officer issues ticket for suspended license. 12:52 p.m. — 500 block GMD. Property Damage. Driver hears a “thunk” noise, and

finds a “golf-ball sized” dent in his trailer. 11:04 p.m. — 1900 block Harborside Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. Woman asks officer to check apartment for an unknown man inside. No one was found inside or around apartment. A girlfriend who was attempting to call the woman mis-dialed and a man answered the phone.

Oct. 20 12:08 a.m. — 500 block Harbour Cove Circle. Suspicious Circumstance. Woman hears noise outside home. Officer is unable to locate anyone around the residence. 5:05 p.m. — 600 block Norton Street. Code Enforcement. Resident calls police after notices construction workers working past 5 p.m. Workers were pouring concrete, and they were allowed to finish the job. ❑

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RELIGION

From the pulpit Services

Can we mix religion and politics? We’ve come down to the last few weeks of the presidential campaign. Did I hear a resounding “hurrah”? Doesn’t all this campaigning grate on your nerves just a little bit? Especially those who serve twoyear terms — it seems they are constantly campaigning. But what about the part religion plays in the political process? The canonized phrase “separation of church and state” has many ramifications. First of all, separation of church and state does not mean separation of God and state. While the church does not have a political mission, she nevertheless does have a political responsibility. That responsibility is to bear witness to the moral truths, without which the common good — the purpose for which governments are instituted — cannot survive. First of all, conscientious citizens have a duty to be politically active, to register and to vote. And by voting, to educate candidates and elected officials to speak up about the issues that affect the common good. Now is the time, now is the challenge. No longer should religious people think of religious issues as a purely private

matter. Christ taught in public and was crucified in public, and so we are placed in the public arena with the commission to exercise our faith and judgment responsibly. Believers are not second-class citizens. Just because people have convictions that flow from their faith does not mean they have less of a voice in shaping public policy. In fact, a primary purpose of the church is precisely to influence the culture through advocacy of moral issues. In the beginning of our nation’s history, when our country could be labeled a Christian country, religious issues were not so vigorously debated. There was a general agreement on the rightness or wrongness of issues like abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriages, etc. But times have changed. Secularism and pragmatism have made deep inroads into our everyday way of thinking and living. Religious values have to be defended and promoted now more than ever before. Because many issues today are steeped in morality, the church has not only the right, but the duty to speak out. If the church doesn’t speak out, who will? In the fields of entertainment, education, medicine, labor, business as well as politics — wherever morality is involved — on these issues the church has not just the right, but a duty to speak out and defend her interests. Endorsing candidates or political parties from the pulpit? No. Addressing the issues? Absolutely! ❑

by The Rev. Edward G.

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All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Unction also will be offered 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), Bible study at 10 a.m. 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 Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Shabbat services are held at 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will lead the services. 383-3428. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sundays. The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. Nursery available during both services. 383-6491.

Obituaries Glenn W. Luke Glenn Luke, longtime resident of Longboat Key, died Sept. 12 in Michigan. He belonged to the Ham Radio Club and flew model planes. Mr. Luke was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Vivian; son, Allan, of Virginia; daughter, Myrna, of Michigan; six grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Edith R. Gangloff Edith Rubini Gangloff, 93, died Oct. 11, in Hilton Head, S.C. She had lived on Longboat Key for 28 years moving to Hilton Head in 1998. Born in Jamestown, N.Y., she attended New York University and received a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University. Gangloff moved to Longboat Key after living in Yugoslavia, Germany and

upstate New York. She was the first executive director of Planned Parenthood in Broome County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry. She is survived by her son and daughterin-law, Peter and Pat Gangloff of Hilton Head; son, Dr. Eric Gangloff of Aquasco, Md.; three grandchildren and their spouses, Michael Gangloff of Hilton Head, Brian and Kelly Gangloff of Rochester, N.Y., Jennifer and Matthew Cole of Livonia, N.Y.; and four great-grandchildren, Nathan and Ryan Cole, and Perry and Emily Gangloff. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Low Country, 20 Palmetto Pkwy. Ste. 104, Hilton Head Island, S.C., 29926. Arrangements by Richmond Hill Funeral Home in Georgia.

died Oct. 19. Born Oct. 28, 1912, in Holyoke, Mass., she retired as an office supervisor and came to Longboat in 1973 from Chicapee, Mass. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Congregational Church. Survivors include a daughter, Gail, of Orlando; a son, Bruce, of Sarasota; sisters Flo Nowicki of Wayne, Pa., and Eleanor Simpson of Orlando; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held later. The Good Earth Crematory in Bradenton is in charge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1750 17th St., Ste. A, Sarasota, Fla., 34234.

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Miriam Peck, 81, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 20. Born Sept. 2, 1923, in Bridgeport,

Dorothy McLean, 91, of Longboat Key,

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Conn., she received her bachelor’s degree from Converse College in Spartinburg, S.C. Mrs. Peck moved to Longboat Key with her husband in 1984, from Barnard, Conn. She was a member of the Woodstock, Vt. Garden Club and past-president of the Vermont Children’s Aid Society. She was a Unitarian. She is survived by her husband, Alvin of Longboat Key; four daughters, Martha Fleischmann of Fairfield, Conn., Deborah Peck of Newland, N.C., Laura Thompson of Tallahassee and Jennifer Peck of Shelburne, Vt.; and six grandchildren. No memorial service was held. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Vermont Children’s Aid Society of Woodstock, Vt., or the American Cancer Society, 1750 17th St. Suite A, Sarasota, Fla., 34234. Arrangements made by The Good Earth Crematory in Bradenton. ❑

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THE PIERRE $1,250,000 2/3 bedroom, 3 bath with southern exposure. View of gulf, bay, golf and pool. Covered parking and wonderful amenities package. LO#250706 MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000

ANNA MARIA CORTEZ BEACH $2,950,000 This unique bayfront home is a gem of artisan details. A work of art with panoramic views, dock, pool and waterwall. LO#264364 TERRY HAYES 941-924-9000

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SANCTUARY $1,199,000 Beautiful fourth floor with panoramic view of the city skyline and golf course. Offered turnkey furnished. LO#260721 MAGGIE HICKS 941-924-9000

BIRD/LIDO KEY BEACH RESIDENCES $2,995,000 Direct gulf and bay view, 4,000+ square feet. Enjoy all amenities of Beach Club membership included in purchase price. LO#264955 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000 THE BEACH RESIDENCES $2,945,000 Panoramic views of Gulf of Mexico, bay and city. Over 3500 square feet of luxury with 400' of gulf frontage on almost 8 acres. LO#260906 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000 THE BEACH RESIDENCES $2,795,000 Beach-site haven. Its easy-going elegance expresses a special outlook. Three bedroom, three bath. Elevators. LO#261024 JOE BOGUSZEWSKI, PA 941-924-9000

TANGERINE BAY $979,000 Direct bay front, private corner residence, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, three bedroom, three and a half bath, two car garage. LO#262800 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

EN PROVENCE $2,900,000 Dramatic one-of-a-kind beach house. Enjoy a dip in the pool after strolling miles of white sand. Furnished. LO#258177 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY $1,295,000 South end of Country Club Shores. 3/2 with newer roof, open floor plan, pool area, paver drive, partial Bay view and dock. LO#264688 DYRK DAHL 941-924-9000

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LIDO BEACH $1,495,000 Two bedroom, three bath home. Value is in the land. Partial gulf view. Just steps to beach. Close to St. Armands shopping and dining. LO#257595 CONNIE BELMONT 941-924-9000

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LIDO TOWERS $659,500 Enjoy beautiful Gulf and city views from this spacious, renovated, TKF corner two bedroom, two and a half bath condo. Endless amenities. LO#265076 BARBARA MILLER 941-924-9000 LIDO SURF & SAND $619,000 Open terrace with southern exposure and screened lanai and gulf views. Great location, two bedroom, two bath, steps to white sandy beach. LO#264691 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000 LIDO BEACH $579,000 2BR/2BA condo. Unit is re-decorated. New carpet. Tile in hall & kit. Large lanai. Great view. LO#264549 CHUCK VOLKERT 941-924-9000

RITZ CARLTON TOWER RES $1,239,000 Bay and marina view from eleventh floor, two bedroom, two and a half bath plus den. All the amenities. Beach and golf privileges available. LO#261420 LOUIS WERY 941-924-9000

ST ARMANDS TOWERS $529,500 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Rare opportunity to live in Lido's Premier Complex. Lovely two bedroom, two bath condo, great views. Walk to St. Armands and Lido Beach. LO#263899 KATHIE SRUR, PA 941-924-9000 1004913_264575

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $5,995,000 6 bedroom, 7 bath with elevator, library, bonus room and gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and subzero refrigerator. 3 fireplaces, 3CG. LO#258917 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

TREETOPS $1,895,000 Set at water's edge and built thirty-three feet into the air. Three level three bedroom, three bath, nestled into surrounding trees. LO#261250 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000 QUEENS HARBOR $1,850,000 Four bedroom with view of golf and water. Travertine marble floors, granite counters, crown mouldings and many upgrades! LO#251281 GARY MCKINSTRY 941-924-9000 QUEENS HARBOR $1,825,000 Beautiful panoramic views of the golf course. Wood floors, granite counters, two way fireplace, much more! LO#259311 LINDA & EMMETT WEBER 941-924-9000 SLEEPY LAGOON PARK $1,695,000 Waterfront home to be completed fall 2004. Gated entry, 4/5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, four car garage. Elevator, pool/spa and more! LO#255507 ANDREW M. BERS 941-924-9000 SLEEPY LAGOON PARK $1,595,000 3400 square foot custom waterfront home with gated courtyard, pool/spa, waterfall, elevator and gourmet kitchen with granite. LO#246931 ANDREW M. BERS 941-924-9000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $1,395,000 Model condition, unfurnished, updated canal front with room for expansion. Sailboat water with no bridge to waterway or bay. LO#264787 THOMAS FYNES 941-924-9000 GRAND BAY $1,299,000 Great residence on the private side of the newest building with view of bay, marina, gulf. Seventh floor. LO#258431 ROGER PETTINGELL 941-924-9000

SUTTON PLACE $429,000 Irresistible TKF 3 bedroom, 2+ bath end unit townhouse. Across from Gulf and pool. Small pets welcome. Leased January 7 to March 10. LO#264664 ELLEN ORLOP 941-924-9000

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TROPICAL HARBOR $419,000 Waterfront! Gulf access, with partial view, seawall, Superb craftsmanship abounds in completely updated home. LO#264575 AMY ROBINSON 941-928-2044

REGENCY HOUSE $359,500 Neutral decor with updated kitchen, glass enclosed lanai. Steps to downtown, bay front, galleries and theater. LO#262748 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-924-9000

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MARINA TOWER $1,495,000 Stunning view of bay, marina and gulf from downtown corner unit. Walk to dining, theatre, opera, library, movies. LO#250587 GARY MCKINSTRY 941-924-9000 UNIVERSITY PARK COUNTRY CLUB $1,495,000 Luxury home with golf and water view. State of the art theater room and beautiful paver lanai with oversized pool and spa. LO#258662 MICHAEL/MARY NELL MOORE 941-924-9000 WEST OF TRAIL $1,190,000 West of Trail. Five bedroom, four and a half bath, 3800 square foot home. Kitchen with stainless appliances. Pool, spa with outdoor cabana kitchen. Bonus room with balcony. LO#264291 VICKY PINNEY 941-924-9000

WESTON POINTE $2,089,000 Overlooking boat basin and Harbourside golf course. Four bedroom custom courtyard home minutes from private beach. LO#262163 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $1,895,000 Renovated mediterranean style home. Waterfront 4 bedroom plus den, 2.5 bath with pool/spa, summer kitchen and marble floors. LO#257793 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000

FAIRWAY BAY $489,300 Enticing townhome. A charming lifestyle enlivens this impressive residence. Two bedroom, two and a half baths. LO#264930 DOROTHY KRAKOVITZ 941-924-9000

BEAU CIEL $2,595,000 Panoramic views with 4039 square feet under air and 1205 square foot terrace. Travertine, tile and carpet. Boat dock available. LO#246760 GABE/CHARLES BUKY 941-924-9000

QUEENS HARBOR $2,200,000 Stunning custom home with view of golf, lake and canal. Loads of privacy. Masterfully designed and decorated. Must see. LO#257909 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

BAY ISLES $1,995,000 Boater's paradise! 196' of deep water, seawall frontage. Custom with 4,000 square feet, private guest suite and large pool/spa area! LO#263619 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

SABAL COVE $829,000 Lakefront with South West exposure overlooking golf course. One of the last remaining lots available behind the gates. LO#259767 BRUCE MYER 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT HARBOUR $395,000 Sunrise over lagoon. Walks on the beach, boat at your dock. Total amenities and active community. Indulge yourself! LO#264910 KATHY SCOTT 941-924-9000

WATER CLUB $2,950,000 Beautiful amenities grace this three bedroom, five bath residence. Oak, granite, plantation shutter doors. Attractively furnished. LO#233695 BARBARA ACKERMAN 941-924-9000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES $2,447,500 A boater's paradise. Fabulous bay views. Virtually brand new, five bedroom, four bath with separate guest suite off the pool. LO#260569 TAUBE LEVITT 941-924-9000

LONGBOAT KEY $859,900 360º Virtual Virtual Tour Tour Gorgeous townhome. Heavenly comforts set off this luxurious three bedroom, three bath lakeside split-plan unit. Den. LO#263294 ROGER GRENIER 941-924-9000

ISLANDER CLUB $595,000 Spacious two bedroom, two bath renovated condo with eastern view of Sarasota Bay! Peeks of Gulf from bedroom. Elegant gulfside complex. LO#262892 LYNNE KOY 941-924-9000

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L'AMBIANCE $2,499,000 Beachfront with wrap around views of beach, bay and city! Granite and marble, two bedroom plus den, custom cabinetry, two parking spaces. LO#248491 JUDY KEPECZ-HAYS 941-924-9000

TANGERINE BAY $899,000 View of lake, pool and bay. Decorator furnished open plan with eat-in kitchen, large master, two terraces, fireplace and beach access. LO#264878 JOYCE/MARK HUBER 941-924-9000

DOWNTOWN BAYFRONT $659,000 Penthouse with open split plan. Both master and guest suites open to lanai. Unsurpassed Bay views and gorgeous sunsets. TKF. LO#236129 ANGIE CAMPBELL 941-951-6247

SARASOTA $349,206 Totally updated second floor unit. Neutral colors. Kitchen and baths are all new, light and bright. Great location. LO#263951 DANYEL LIBERTORE 941-388-4433

FRANCES CARLTON $289,000 Newly renovated condo in 1920s Mediterranean style building. Downtown near theater district. Must see! LO#249571 DONALD VERCAUTEREN 941-924-9000

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John Kleinbaum, Arlene Gill, Ula Martz, Dorothy Krakovitz and Carol Lystad meet each Monday at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church as part of a cancer support group with The Wellness Community. Kleinbaum and Martz are with the Wellness Community, while the others are regular atendees of the group. During season, the group has almost 20 members.

‘The minute you are diagnosed, you become a survivor.’ — Marv Savage BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer

It’s a former music major who is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It’s a chemical engineer who beat lymphoma and is now a chairperson for the local Lymphoma Society. It’s a woman who had lung cancer 25 years ago but still comes to each meeting because she survived, and it’s her time to give back so that others can survive. It’s a woman battling breast cancer and another with colon cancer. It’s a widow who lost her husband last summer after coming to meetings with him when he was sick for the last 13 years. She never misses one now that he’s gone. This is a cancer support group. This is the Wellness Community at work. In a room at the All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church on Longboat Key, the group meets every Monday afternoon. The light from two windows illuminates the gathering area in a corner. A few of them sit on worn couches pushed together in the shape of an L, where the building’s corners meet, while others sit in folding chairs arranged to complete a circle. In this room, hope lives. Hope survives, and it pours through in every story, in every smile and sometimes, in every tear. But tears are not shed by the buckets, and sob stories don’t fill the hour and a half of time the group meets. With cancer, there’s no time to feel sorry for oneself, only time to look forward, and no one can teach that lesson better than this cancer support group from the Wellness Community.

“Sometimes, I might be having one of those days, where I’m frustrated or whatever, and I come here, and it actually makes my day,” Liz Cupo, an assistant to the community’s program director said. “A lot of people think support groups are just a bunch of crying, sick people; that’s not the case. These are the most inspirational people I’ve ever met.” The Wellness Community is a non-profit organization that provides a non-threatening environment for cancer patients, survivors and their families to meet one another and learn more about their sickness. The group began the last Monday of January as a satellite group from the Wellness Community to serve people in the area. The meeting place on Longboat Key was chosen to help more people get involved so participants don’t have a long drive to participate. The group is small during the summer at about 10 members. During seasonal months, it doubles. No matter the number, the group remains intimate and personal. Seven people showed at the Oct. 4 meeting. Some of the missing members are snowbirds, others are on vacation, and some are away getting the treatments that allow them to sit another week and tell their story. They are investigators, scientists and doctors without the formal training, but qualified through their experiences to come to their own conclusions. They make inquiries on how the cancer started and possibly what the cause was. They make connections that perhaps other haven’t made or TURN TO KLAUBER, PAGE 2A+


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Survivors CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A+ refuse to believe, but they believe them. A woman has linked polio to colon cancer, a man has linked exposure to petroleum to lymphoma. Their leads may lead nowhere, but they believe they have to look. What if just one of these ideas holds the key to a cure? Their hope is active. And it spreads to others. They make trips to Washington, D.C., as advocates; they get involved with organizations; and they volunteer religiously at the Wellness Community to help others. They have found that the best thing to do is also the simplest — listen. There’s never a story too dismal for optimism or a tale too trivial to share. As John Kleinbaum, organizer of the group and Wellness Community program director, said: “There’s no one whom cancer hasn’t touched.” Upon beginning the meeting with calendar announcements and the latest news at the community, group members warm up for the talk by reporting how a speaker was at an event or sharing a story of funny mishaps within the last week. After they reach a common comfort level, it’s time to begin. Kleinbaum mediates the group’s meetings in a laidback fashion, true to the community’s philosophy. To begin the group, he turns to a person and asks him how he’s doing. During the Oct. 4 meeting, Kleinbaum checked in on Nancy Bullen. Bullen has stage-four breast cancer, which is when the cancer is detected in other organs, and told the group about her most recent struggle. She has made the decision to stop her chemotherapy so she can try a clinical trial. It was a tough decision to make, given the opinion of her family, and given that the words “experimental treatment” are scary. Yet the unknown element that makes those words

frightening also creates hope. It may not work, but what if it does? It’s a decision she must make. Her doctors can’t do it for her, and neither can her kids. She has compiled the research, and she has contacted each center. Now, she waits to hear back, and she wonders — is she still eligible? Is she a good candidate? Will they accept her? “I feel like a teenager waiting by the phone,” Bullen said. She tells the others of how she can’t sleep. About how she wakes up a little past 3 a.m. every day, when she’s never had problems with insomnia before. The look on her face says this worries her, and Kleinbaum steps in to help. He dissipates her fears by asking her questions. He doesn’t baby the group members, but he is sensitive and comforting without losing his sense of humor or his objective — to find solutions to help each one in the group. Kleinbaum asks Bullen if she thinks the waiting has gotten to her and perhaps has caused her to wake early. She said she supposes so. Another member says there’s a great supplement to take to help her sleep that’s all natural, but Bullen declines. She doesn’t want to take anything because this is her challenge. She must face it on her own. The talk moves on around the circle to another person with the intention to check up not only on each person’s physical health, but also mental health. They understand one another in a way that humans rarely allow — openly, emotionally and without the normal barriers of interaction. They engage in a verbal intimacy that reveals quirks of nervous behavior when they become uncomfortable, and they understand it is uncomfortable talking about something so sensitive as feelings of fear about death. When the time comes for one man to give an update, he chuckles after each sentence. He makes jokes to make light of his situation. The others laugh or smile with him; they feel the discomfort he tries to hide behind smiles, but in his

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The Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key received special recognition at the 17th annual AKtion Club luncheon held Oct. 13, at the Bird Key Yacht Club. The award, accepted by President Vince DeLisi, recognized the club for an innovative dental program. DeLisi gave credit to club member Dr. Robert Gordon, who each Friday afternoon at his Longboat Key office tends to the dental needs of AKtion club members without charge. Delisi also made a $1,500 donation to the AKtion club from Kiwanis. Retiring officers were recognized. Art Goldberg of the Sarasota Kiwanis Club was the master of ceremonies. He gave special thanks to former Longboat Key residents Mollie and Pete Brzica for arranging the luncheon and their continued support. A special gift was a check for $657 from the AKtion Club for Children’s Haven. It will be used to assist with the trail project now under way at the Haven. ❑

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Do air purifiers really work? Our daughter, Paris, a recent college graduate, moved back home to save money for graduate school. Along with four years’ accumulation of laundry, 5,000 books and more furniture than two houses could hold, she brought her beloved cat, Gia. The problem: My husband is allergic to cats. Paris and I immediately started to take all the precautions necessary to keep her dad from having an allergic reaction and sending daughter and cat to a nunnery. She began by wiping down Gia twice a week with Allergen, a product that is supposed to help reduce the shedding of allergyirritating proteins. Fortunately Gia is a female. Male cats reportedly produce almost 50% more allergen than female cats. We invested in a vacuum cleaner with a built-in high efficiency (HEPA) filter to vacuum-up cat allergen from carpets, flooring and furniture ... everywhere, twice weekly. As a final precaution we purchased two large, portable, indoor air-purification units. We chose Sharper Image’s Ionic Breeze Quadra, advertised as a state-of-theart electrostatic precipitator that traps airborne contaminants on stainless steel collection blades that are easily removed and wiped clean — no bothersome, expensive replacement filters. The Ionic Breeze Quadra claims to reduce the number of allergens in the air of your home, as well as virtually eliminate pet, cooking and other unpleasant, lingering odors in the home. It’s designed to run noiselessly 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We put one in our bedroom and the

other one in the living room. Things went wonderfully well and still seem fine. My husband has suffered no allergic attacks, and we both love Gia so much that we can’t imagine not having her little feline spirit in our lives. We assumed the air purifiers were the mini-miracle we had hoped for. With all the new attention to indoor air pollution, we felt we had also added a health benefit to our lives. We don’t smoke but we do seem to have a lot of dust and pollen in our living space. However, my husband recently came across a Consumer Reports article in the New York Times comparing air purifiers and their purported efficacy. A few weeks ago I read a report on air purifiers in the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter. The information we read in these articles was somewhat disconcerting. It seems that many air purifiers are doing much less than advertised. In fact, our Ionic Breeze Quadra air purifier got an extremely low rating from Consumer Reports. Even though it is the leading brand of air cleaners, soaring from 1% of the market to 25% in four years, Consumer Reports stated that it “proved unimpressive” with “almost no measurable reduction in airborne particles.”

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What they can’t do: According to Consumer Reports, purifiers can do nothing about radon, carbon monoxide and other gases. Some machines that contain activated carbon can filter some gaseous pollutants but their cost is high and the filters have to be replaced frequently. Consumer Reports states that air purifiers cannot get rid of bad smells or dust mites, which rarely become airborne. They cannot keep colds or other viruses from spreading. Overall evidence is not impressive in proving that air purifiers substantially help asthma and allergy suffers. Finally, some people, fearing terrorism, have invested in air purifiers because they mistakenly believe they can protect them against biological or chemical contaminants. This is definitely not possible.

Does the average home need it? Most homes do not need or benefit from air purifiers, according to Consumer Reports. Apparently research simply doesn’t substantiate the claim that air purifiers, no matter how sophisticated or expensive, can ensure good air quality or remove all the pollutants in home air. British studies have shown air cleaners produced small improvements in asthma symptoms among pet owners with pet allergies. And some Canadian researchers found the use of air filters seemed to result in fewer allergy symptoms. Because the hope of small improvements is good enough for some allergy sufferers, spending the money on an air purifier might prove beneficial. (I still think they are working for us; and I am also convinced that our air purifiers reduce cooking odors.) Experts say the following measures will

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Reducing indoor air pollution: 1. Ban smoking from the home. 2. Make sure your home is well ventilated. Air conditioning with HEPA filters keeps pollen-laden air from coming in. 3. Don’t heat with a woodstove, fireplace or kerosene heaters. If you have a wood fire once in while, have the chimney cleaned annually. Be sure the firebox is tight. 4. Avoid using mothballs and so-called air fresheners. 5. Avoid using scented candles, potpourri and incense. Burning anything releases contaminants. (In fact, the air purifier information pamphlet warns against burning candles while using the air purifier.) 6. Avoid using paste waxes, aerosol furniture polishes, toilet deodorizers and insecticide sprays. 7. Be sure your cooking range, oven, clothes dryer and other appliances are properly ventilated. Run the vent fan when you are cooking and the bathroom vent when using the bathroom. 8. Vacuum rugs and floors often, preferably with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter or uses micro-filtration bags. 9. Use good quality doormats at entrances to prevent shoes tracking in all kinds of pollutants. Susan Goldfarb has been a freelance writer focusing on health issues for more than 20 years. She is a certified yoga instructor and teaches at The Education Center on Longboat Key. ❑

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‘Good Morning LBK!’ — breakfast will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive. For more information, call 387-9519. Third Annual Firehouse Chili Cookoff — hosted by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Public Safety Complex, 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Buddhist Meditation Evening — is being offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, at the Longboat Key Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. A suggested donation of $9, or $5 for students, is appreciated. Call 373-1600 for more information. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays for breakfast at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Call Vince DeLisi at 383-0086 for more information. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. ‘Circle of Nissan 350Zs’ — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at St. Armands Circle Park. Ski-A-Rees — next show will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Ski-A-Rees Pavilion, located next to Mote Marine. The Halloween-themed show will have a candysafety seminar with the Sarasota Police Department at 1:30 p.m. Cost is free but donations are appreciated. Call 388-1666 for more information. ‘Light the Night’ Walk — benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Ken Thompson Park. A festival with food and entertainment will preceed the walk, along with a costume contest for children. Call Anne Porrino at (813) 963-6461 or visit www.lightthenight.org/sun. for more information.

Halloween/Pizza Party — hosted by the town of Longboat Key, will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Children and their parents are invited to the event, which includes games, prizes and arts and crafts. Wear a Halloween costume. Call 316-1980 for more information. Saltwater fishing course — is being offered by The Education Center and will instruct on fishing conditions and how to bait and catch popular local fish. Classes are from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Nov. 4 for six sessions. Cost is $70 for members and $75 for non-members. Call 383-8811 for more information. Longboat Lifestyles — a lifestyle and health expo, hosted by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Business Network International — Networking meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, in the dining room of Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call Peggy Kulik at 383-5543 for details. Creative Business Connections St. Armands Circle — meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday mornings at the Hungry Fox Restaurant. Call Karyn Heckman at 388-5075 for details. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. It has a large selection of new and barely-used fiction and non-fiction books. Like-new books are for sale daily. For more information, call 383-2011. Mote Marine Aquarium — Located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Call for details, 388-2451. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 to 17; and $2 for children ages 4 to 11. Peli-Boat tours

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TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL REPORT CITIZEN INPUT MEETING NOVEMBER 4, 2004 Please take notice that the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board will hold a meeting to solicit citizen input for the Evaluation and Appraisal Report prior to the updating of the Town of Longboat Key’s Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report. The workshop will be held Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Commission Chamber, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Florida. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed Evaluation and Appraisal Report. Copies of the proposed Comprehensive Plan and related material may be viewed at the Planning, Zoning & Building Department and Office of the Town Clerk, 501 Bay Isles Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Questions may be directed to the Planning, Zoning & Building Department at 316-1966. Information is also available on the Town’s website at www.longboatkey.org.

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Edith Barr Duun celebrated her 84th birthday Oct. 20, with a small dinner party at The Columbia on St. Armands Circle. “But wait until next year,” Barr Dunn says, “If I’m alive at 85, we’ll have a wing-ding of party.” Her celebration of 84 years was something special, too. Kenny Barr, Barr Dunn’s son, hosted the party and chose eight close friends, all of whom have October birthdays, to join her. They were: Laura Russo, Phyllis Cobb, Tony Tecce, Gwyn Davis, Bob and Helen Eisen, Shane Eagan and Mike Mink. A special menu was prepared by Columbia owner Casey Gonzmart and John Menotti, general manager of the Columbia. The evening began with classic sangria and seafood hors d’ouevres. The Columbia’s famed 1905 salad and a choice of bean soup were next. The main course featured Pompano en Papillot, a favorite with Columbia diners since the 1940s, and Filet Mignon “Columbia,” topped with the restaurant’s special sauce. The birthday cake was special, as well. The icing had the outline of Edith’s favorite headgear, a Stetson. Edith could be forgiven if she slept in Thursday morning but she didn’t. She was at her usual table at 7:30 a.m., when the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key convened for its weekly breakfast at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. A longtime club member she was one of the first women to join the organization. ❑ d EEft Car R F Gi

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Show me the money ... The Van Wezel Foundation has been seeing lots of dollar signs lately. The A, B, C, D’s — Alyce Kalin, Bea Friedman, Carolyn Michel and Dottie Baer Garner — co-chaired the Van Wezel’s annual gala, “A Romantic Evening with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme,” and raised a record amount of money: $80,000. The moolah will benefit the Van Wezel’s education and outreach programs. Watch and see if the ladies will break their record again on Thursday, March 3, 2005, at “Reaching for the Stars.”

Burnout ... Amie Shay is definitely not burned out from co-chairing this year’s UnGala Gala. She has agreed to co-chair the event again in 2005. But one of Shay’s accessories she brought to the UnGala, a peacock feather fan, is so burned out it melted! While Shay was dancing on the dance floor with Bob and Beth Cannata, Knickole Barger and boyfriend, Jack Swan, she put her fan down so she could shake her tail feathers a little better. After smelling an unusual smell, Shay realized that her fan was on fire from some of the lights! At least it matched her fiery personality.

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Harvey and Carol Vengroff, co-chairs, thank the event’s patrons. Proceeds benefit the Backlot Arts project.

From food to fun ... One person finally got to have fun at UnGala Gala for the first time this year. Patt Lamb attended the UnGala as a guest instead of having to work the event, serving dinner for Michael’s On East. Lamb also was spotted, not in her usual tuxedo, but in a beautiful evening gown with her date, Robin Clark.

14-karat love ... A couple of couples will be celebrating their golden 50th anniversaries this year. Gene and Helene Noble and Jerome and Sydney Goldstein deserve big congrats for making it to the big 5-0. Also on the anniversary front are Sandor and Olga Genersich, who will celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Denim dude ... Charles Knowles is sporting a new look lately. Knowles has been wearing the latest fashion of the season — jeans. He attended the Sarasota Ballet Association’s “An Evening with King Neptune,” wearing a navy blazer, white buttondown shirt and a pair of jeans. Knowles loves his new look so much that he even tried wearing jeans to a black-tie optional wedding, according to his wife, Deb.

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The Backlot Charity Brawl, benefiting the Backlot Arts Inc., was a smash hit Oct. 22. The matches, held inside the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, began later than the original start time of 7 p.m. and lasted until 1 a.m. One of the loudest events of the night was the female bout, featuring Erin Toughill and Yvonne Reis. Toughill won the match in a 10-round decision. She dedicated her performance to her younger sister, who died a month ago in a car accident. In between fights, patrons smoked cigars outside the building at a small area with a couple couches and tables for people to relax and enjoy their stogies. The main event featured hometown fighter China Smith of Sarasota and Russell Chasteen for the National Boxing Association World Heavyweight belt. Smith scored points early before the fight was called in the sixth round, when Chasteen was disqualified for biting Smith on the neck. ❑

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Claire Love and Bea Friedman, honorary co-chairs of “Pure Phantasy,” exude a “phantastical” look. These best friends showcase some of the best jewels in town. Love wears a couture frilly collar by Piranesi with South Sea pearls, 23 carats of diamonds and matching removable drop earrings. Friedman models a Baroque lariat couture piece with black Tahitian and white South Sea pearls and 16.3 carats of diamonds, with South Sea pearl earrings accented with 2.33carats of diamonds. All available at Queens’ Wreath Jewels, St. Armands Circle, 388-9800.

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Pure Phantasy When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall The reward for doing a fabulous job on a grand and challenging undertaking is invitation to an even grander one — to outdo oneself, in other words. This is how the Florida West Coast Symphony came to ask board member Anne Folsom-Smith to again be the chairwoman of this year’s opening-night gala. Bea Friedman and Clair Love continue in their traditional roles as cherished, honorary co-chairs. For last season’s opening night, FolsomSmith transformed the Van Wezel foyer into a breathtakingly romantic Spanish garden. This year, she is creating “an elegant evening of Pure Phantasy.” Wanting to surprise and delight guests, Folsom-Smith and team are not revealing details but promise “a surreal phantasy — as in strange phorests of white birch, red birds and other wonders.” That theme is clearly established by the homage-to-Dali rose on the hand-beribboned, keepsake invitation. Folsom-Smith’s co-chair for Pure Phantasy is Kelly North, who serves as the head horticultural honcho as well as the chairperson’s right hand. Longboaters Dottie Baer Garner, also a symphony board member, and Molly Schechter round out the committee. Bank of America is the cor-

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No, we’re not talking about the Sarasota Reading Festival’s event yet. This affair was the nuptials of novelist Leslie Glass and banker Jim Allan. This lovely pair called their families and friends on deck Friday, Oct. 22, to celebrate their marriage. Held at the Bird Key Yacht Club, it carried a nautical theme. The wedding party wore shades of lavender. The bride looked stunning in a lavender gold-laced gown. The wedding party consisted of Glass and Allan’s children. The best man was David Allan, with groomsmen Alex Glass and Allan’s son-in-law, Michael Strom. The maid of honor was Lindsey Glass, with bridesmaids, Beth and Amy Allan. And the cute flower girl was Allan’s granddaughter, Sarah Strom. During the ceremony, members of the wedding party and guests alike were overcome with joy, sniffling and dotting their eyes with tissues. The reception included heartfelt and humorous toasts and culminated in joyous dancing. As a surprise treat, Glass’ son, Alex, organized the traditional Jewish chair dance. ❑ Emily Walsh

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29 Haunted Hollywood III: Dracula’s Ball Benefiting: Sarasota Film Festival When: 8 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Honorary Chairs: Mary Ann Robinson and Margaret Wise Contact: Jennifer Silva, 364-9514, Ext. 3# Price: $100 Oktoberfest Benefiting: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art When: 6 p.m. Where: Museum Courtyard Contact: Amanda Thistle, 359-5733, or Jennifer Carroll, 359-7780 Price: $5 and up Dinner with Victor and Marcella Hazan Benefiting: Sarasota Opera When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Sarasota University Club Contact: Sarasota Opera, 366-8450, Ext. 1 Price: $175

Bites and Bids Hosted by: Florida West Coast Symphony Association Benefiting: Youth Orchestra Program When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center Chair: Betty Morris Contact: Jim Cliff, 953-4252, Ext. 22 Price: 12.50 Oceanic Evening Gala - 50th Anniversary of Mote ‘Black-tie and a Panama Hat’ Benefiting: Mote Marine Laboratory When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Mote Marine Courtyard Contact: Vicki Wiese, 388-4441, Ext. 305 Price: $200 and up

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Dynamic Duo R Congratulations to Amie Shay and Emily Walsh. As co-chairwomen of the Ungala Gala Committee, Amie, left, and Emily led their outstanding committee of 53 volunteers to a record-breaking performance on Oct. 16. The 2004 Ungala Gala, a benefit for the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and one of the largest charity events of the year, generated an estimated $434,500 in revenues, not including in-kind contributions — a record. That was a 16% increase over a year ago. More important, the Ungala generated record proceeds of an estimated $245,000 for the museum, an increase of 40% over a year ago.

Amie, only 25, is the daughter of Dr. Thanad Shay of Peoria, Ill., and Beth Cannata of Sarasota and is Senior Marketing Officer at Northern Trust Bank in Sarasota. Emily, only 24, is the daughter of Matt and Lisa Walsh of Longboat Key and is the Black Tie Editor for The Longboat Observer, Siesta Observer and Osprey Observer. Amie and Emily are two of this region’s outstanding young leaders and contributors to the community. They led a great team to a great achievement. We’re especially proud of Amie and Emily. They make a dynamic duo.

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her in to the shelter. Once I was followed by someone and had to drive around in circles to lose him.” Robinson stayed on call with SPARCC for five years, and only once did her husband, Robbie, go with her to rescue a victim and only once did she ask the police to do it instead of herself. In the latter instance, the victim was in the middle of a knife fight when she called Robinson. One Thanksgiving Robinson left dinner to take in a victim. A guest at the dinner leaned over to her husband and said, “Can’t you pay somebody to do that for her?” But Robinson would never hear of it. “I told my husband, Robbie, when we got married, ‘You’re going to have to live with the idea that I’m not going to sit at home.’” And he has. “Robbie has been very good about getting involved with the organizations I’m involved with.” Robinson was on the board with SPARCC for 15 1/2 years before taking what she calls a two-year break. Still, she remained involved with the organization. Robinson recently rejoined the board. “SPARCC is just so needed in this community,” she says. “We’re not always successful, but some victims have completely turned their lives around.” Robinson says her volunteer and charity work seem to focus on the emotional — children and battered women. “Who knows what I’ll get involved with next,” she says. “I’m sure somebody will get a very worthy cause going.” Robinson also gives many praises to the people with whom she volunteers. “I’ve met the most marvelous people working on committees,” Robinson says. “Sarasotans are the most generous people with their time and money. They are a tremendous group that thinks about others and wants to help.” No doubt they think the same about her. ❑

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‘Surrealism and Modernism: Selections from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’ • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art through Jan. 9 This is yet another traveling exhibition from the Wadsworth Atheneum — a follow-up to its “Renaissance to Rococo” which ran earlier this year. On display are 59 collages, paintings and sculptures by the big name, cuttingedge artists of the early 20th century: Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Georgia O’Keeffe, René Magritte, Edvard Munch and Picasso, to name a few. “Surrealism and Modernism” aren’t so much distinct and opposing schools of thought as polarities with a range of expression inbetween. Within this scope, there’s everything from Mondrian’s pure abstraction to Munch’s expressionist landscapes to Dali and Magritte’s surrealistic trompe l’oeil. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s last artistic road show was neatly divided into historical periods. This isn’t. The artists on exhibit here made life difficult for future critics by stubbornly working in different styles at the same time. By the

Pablo Picasso Georgia O’Keefe’s “The Lawrence Tree” creates a new perspective on the ordinary. early 20th century, artistic movements ceased to follow in neat succession — if they ever did at all. Instead of neatly parceling the work into “Surrealism” over here and “Modernism” over there, this exhibit presents the paintings in chronological order without regard to categories. The

This show boasts five Picassos. It has been fashionable to diminish, deconstruct, de-emphasize and dismiss Picasso lately. But say what you will: Each one grabs your eye and won’t let go. How does he do it? You’d have to be Picasso to say exactly how he does it. But here’s a rough idea ... “The Painter” (1934) shows Picasso with his lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Shapes and contours are distorted TURN TO SURREALISM, PAGE 2C


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a cloudy sky. The title is lifted from the poet Paul Nougé, who in turn lifted it from Proust. True to Proustian form, the original poem is a meditation on memory and lost time.

Surrealism CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1C and made organic, like some madly growing plant. Built up with heavy impasto, the whole thing is unabashedly erotic. You see bits and pieces — of what? There are obvious things — an eye, an easel, a canvas — but things that don’t make sense. The painting’s secret is it doesn’t yield its secrets. It pulls you in and makes you work for it.

Peter Blume This artist shows the impact of the all-pervading subjectivity, even on an artist who seems to be offering up naturalistic images from the real world without modernist distortion or surrealistic spin. Blume’s “The Italian Straw Hat” (1952) shows the interior of an almost obsessively neat empty room. Everything’s crisp, well defined and colorful in the light-filled space. You see a blue dresser, a Calder mobile, a vase full of flowers, the straw hat that gives the painting its title hanging on a wall. The level of detail is real bordering on hyperreal — and there are off-putting details on the scene that don’t quite add up. Outside the windows to left and right and screen door in the front you see three different s scenes with three different horizon lines — and one scene happens to be a graveyard. It gives a slight, creepy edge to the room’s uninhabited domesticity.

Salvadore Dali At first glance, Dali’s “Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach” (1938) could be a more painterly version of the standard figure-ground illusion found in all psychological textbooks. A face’s features pop out at you from a beach, which then seems to be a tabletop. Look again, and the face’s hair seems like pears; look yet again and the hills and rocks in the background become a dog. There’s nothing the eye can

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Georgia O’Keefe This artist also plays with perception, not so much to unhinge your perception of reality as Dali and Magritte did, but to get you to see how stereotypical and limited your perceptions really are. O’Keefe’s “The Lawrence Tree” (1929) is an up-angle perspective of the trunk of a reddish tree, the main trunk Peter Blume creates a heightened sense of reality in “The Italian Straw Hat.” ascending up to whorls of branches and blobs of leaves really settle on, no fixed alternatives between what’s real and and the night sky above. Instead of rising from below, the what isn’t, just constant transformation. The effect is dream- trunk converges from the paintings top left corner. A perlike and unsettling. The face (possibly that of Dali’s friend, fectly natural perspective if you’re looking up at a tree at the murdered poet Federico Garcia Lorca) becomes the face night. Because it’s not the conventional perspective, you of an apparition, not the answer to a perceptual puzzle. don’t see it as a tree at first. There’s a flash, just a microsecond, where your brain thinks it could be a squid ejecting ink, René Magritte could be anything. Then you see it as a tree — and that’s all Dali’s filled his paintings with bizarre elements that he’d you can see. fused together with the blowtorch of his deranged imaginaThis exhibit is filled with such startling shifts in perception. Magritte’s paintings were filled with weird juxtaposi- tion. One key perception is the insight into Chick Austin, tions of seemingly normal elements. Instead of distorting the Atheneum’s director from 1929 to 1944 who went on to and fusing the bits and pieces or presenting them in a night- become the Ringling’s first director in 1946, that’s no surmarish color scheme, he presented odd groupings of normal prise. Austin had mounted America’s first Surrealist exhibistuff with a kind of photographic clarity. The effect gave a tion in 1931 and had gone on to aggressively purchase the strange authority to his strange paintings. (Your eye thinks: work of such up-and-coming artists as Dali, Ernst, and “It looks like a photograph. It must be real.”) Tanguy for the Atheneum. If the baroque art he later Here, his “The Fickleness of the Heart” (1950) shows a acquired for the Ringlings had a surreal tinge to it, that blood-spattered white plaster bust against a ball, a wall and should come as no surprise. ❑

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Cine-World Film Festival 2004 Pam’s pre-screened, pre-festival, prescient picks It’s that wonderful time of year again in Sarasota: Balmy fall days, snowbirds returning to the roost and best of all, Sarasota Film Society’s annual festival of world film at Burns Court Cinema. Fifty feature films and a host of shorts and documentaries will be shown this year; there’ll also be post-film discussions with directors and actors. My advice is to get your tickets early; they sell out fast. Fortunately for me, I’m not under so much pressure. Being a film critic has its advantages, the ability to prescreen movies being one of them. Here are a few that I highly recommend:

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‘Caterina In The Big City’ • Italy In Paolo Virzì’s coming-of-age film, it’s a toss-up as to which character is growing up. Is it the shy country girl who moves to the big city (Rome) or her obnoxious father? This outrageously funny movie is extremely rewarding. It takes a seemingly straightforward approach to basic human issues — things class-consciousness (especially in the classroom)

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Rivers of music, dreams of passion A curmudgeon’s eye view of miracles and meanderings Holley Hall was packed for “A River Runs Through It,” the Florida West Coast Symphony’s “Great Escapes” program last week — so much so that the river in the title could have shriveled to a slender stream. Fortunately, the music, under Oscar Bustillo’s direction, brought a torrent of life to the squished spectators and sardine-like orchestra and, at the conclusion of the afternoon’s program, everyone seemed to have had a swimmingly good time. This Great Escape was neither a pops nor a full-out classical program: It took snippets of larger works and rolled them into selections of favorite themes. To be honest, I’m not crazy about this kind of program. Call me a curmudgeon, but I see it as a way of watering down great music in an effort to make it palatable to every taste. That being said, I think I was the only one in the hall with any qualms. Bustillo made up for any programmatic plotzing with endearing introductions and clear, precise conducting. The Barcarolle from Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann” rocked along at a nicely ebbing tempo, and the two snippets from Handel’s “Water Music” left me thirsty for more. The arrangements (Gould’s “Deep River,” and Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore”) of familiar pieces were straight off the movie screen, evoking images of John Wayne on his snowy steed galloping across a vast, cinemascopic range. And the real reel music: “Mancini Magic” (a suite that included “Moon River,” “The Pink Panther” and “Peter Gunn”), “Old Man River” and the familiar “Manhattan Serenade,” were like visits with old friends. There was something called “Amazon Journey,” which sounded like a soundtrack for “Green Mansions” and included some pretty picturesque playing by the flute and clarinet. And, for a grand finale, there was a rather rocky rendition of the “Blue Danube,” which posed problems for the players who couldn’t quite get into the necessary giveand-take of a Viennese waltz. But the audience went away humming, and even I, the curmudgeon critic, started to whistle as I made my way to my car. I returned to Holley Hall a couple of days later for a Salon Afternoon, featuring The New Artists Piano Quartet in a dream of a program. They began with the Fauré Piano Quartet in C Minor, Opus 15, No. 1. It was a devastatingly

gorgeous piece, though not played as well as it should be. There were some nice moments: The pizzicatos in the second movement had just the right sauciness that Fauré’s teacher, Camille Saint-Saëns, would have delighted in; and the third movement, marked adagio, was extremely moving and emotional. But the ensemble — violinist Felicia Brunelle, violist Matthew Pegis, cellist Christopher Schnell and pianist Jonathan Spivey — didn’t have the requisite chemistry that makes real chamber music so exciting. The main problem was with the violinist, whose tone was thinner and less precise than that of her colleagues. Playing chamber music is much like playing tennis. To get a good game going, you need people of the same caliber, and Brunelle’s playing wasn’t up to par. Fortunately, the music was so wonderful that one could almost put aside the ensemble’s disadvantages and simply revel in the glory of the program. The Brahms A Major, Opus 26, is a particularly glorious work, and one can only wonder how one person could have heard all that in his head and poured it out on paper. In the English translation of Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew,” the chorus intoned, with awe, “Surely this is the Son of God.” And, without being sacrilegious, it occurred to me that surely Brahms, when writing this piano quartet, had to be a child of God.

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art The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Downtown Comes To The Key” is an invitational exhibition of work by Towles Court artists June Ansorge, Kathleen Carrillo, Dee Gaylord, Marilyn Helfenbein, Andrew Marcus, and Jini Mount, from Nov. 5 through 26, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Emotions in Motion” features art by Jorge Blanco and Andrea Dasha Reich, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 27, at the Glen Gallery. A combined artists’ reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. 383-2345. The Sarasota County Arts Council — “The Language of Black and White: Three Women Printmakers.” Prints by Judy Lyons Schneider, Nancy Turner and Gay Germain, are on display from Oct. 30 through Dec. 9, at the Center for Arts and Humanity. The artists’ reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. 365-5118. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Surrealism and Modernism.” This traveling exhibit of 20th-century masterpieces on loan from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art continues through Jan. 9. 359-5700. Art Center Sarasota — “New Frontiers in Art” and “Nurture Nature.” Art by the Sierra Club and member artists honors the earth through Nov. 13. “Paint and Pixel” features work by Fernando Madridejos and Mario Jamora through Nov. 15. The combined artists’ reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. 365-2032.

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‘Vienna’s Golden Age’ The Florida West Coast Symphony celebrates the musical legacy of Vienna in this “Composer’s Series” of concerts. In the first two concerts, Lief Bjaland will conduct and pianist Per Tengstrand performs. Schubert’s Overture to “Rosamunde,” Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, C major, (“Elvira Madigan”) and Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, G major,

festivals ‘Downtown Sarasota Fall Craft Festival’ — Main Street becomes a vast outdoor bazaar as more than 100 crafters ply their wares and musicians stroll the sidewalks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31. 951-2656.

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Longboat Key Center for the Arts — enrolling now for fall adult art classes. 383-2345.

The Education Center of Longboat Key — “Fall Classes.” Starting Nov. 1, the fall term offers applied art workshops in a plethora of media. Register online at www.lbkedctr.org. To be mailed its new schedule, call 3838811. ArtCenter Manatee — now registering for a wide variety of fall classes and workshops in the arts. 746-2862. The Art and Framing Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — offering classes in framing and a wide range of visual art media to all levels. 924-1200. Sarasota School of Glass — ongoing classes in the arts of glass. 371-5492. Ringling School of Art and Design — “Fall Community Art Workshops.” Offering more than 80 courses in art theory and practice through Dec. 18. 955-8866. ArtCenter Manatee — now registering for a wide variety of fall classes and workshops in the arts. 746-2862. ❑

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On the HORIZON ‘Peter Pan’ takes flight The Asolo will be launching its 2004-05 season with J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the FSU Center for the Arts — and when we say launching, we mean it. Peter, Wendy, John and Michael and the rest of them achieve escape velocity thanks to Flying by Foy, the same outfit that flew Mary Martin’s Peter Pan character on Broadway in the 1950s. It’s one example of the artistic continuity shared by everyone involved in this production, which will run through Jan. 1. Buccaneer fans note: No pirates will be harmed at any time. Call 351-8000 or 1-800-361-8388.

‘G.I. Jive’ on the march World War II was the last war almost everybody agreed about. This revue, opening Thursday, Nov. 4 and continuing through Jan. 8, at the Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret, celebrates the music that kept the troops and the home front connected to a shared American culture. Call 366-9000.

‘New York, New York’ Sarasota Ballet of Florida will be stepping out for the season with this original ballet musical, premiering at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and continuing through Nov. 21. In the spirit of “42nd Street” and other timeless Broadway musicals, “New York, New York” will combine the troupe’s balletic virtuosity with the vocal power of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. The result promises to be a fitting tribute to Broadway’s boundless creativity and inner toughness. Call 351-8000.

‘Bagpipes and Brass’ The Sarasota Concert band will be kicking off its 50th

anniversary season and honoring Sarasota’s Scottish roots with this concert of Scottish music, dance and costumes at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church. The Sarasota Concert Band and the Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band will perform traditional Scottish marches and ballads, as well as upbeat selections ranging from music from Broadway’s “Brigadoon” to a stirring reinterpretation of Weather Report’s jazzy “Birdland.” Call 364-BAND.

And the winner is ... The Sarasota County Arts Council’s annual Awards Celebration is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Arts Leadership Awards will be presented and grants announced. A total of $812,425 from the tourist bed tax fund will be disbursed to 33 arts and cultural organizations. There are also three new grants: the John Ringling Fund Artists Fellowships, the John Ringling Fund Historic Preservation Grants and the Florida Arts License Plate Opportunity Grants. A reception will take place after the awards ceremony. The cost is $15. Call 365-5118.

For the glory of music ... Gloria Musicae begins its season with a concert blending sacred classics with a seasoning of jazz at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Compositions include Leonard Bernstein’s soaring Chichester Psalms and James Whitbourn’s uplifting Mass for chorus, organ and soprano saxophone. Additional selections will be performed by jazz and classical pianist, Lillette Jenkins-Wisner. Tickets are $17 for adults, $10 for students. Call 351-8000. ❑

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Take a tantalizing trip to Thailand Why is this area blessed with an abundance of Thai restaurants? Tucked away in different locations from downtown to Gulf Gate are 10 Thai restaurants. And, they have their own unique names like Thai Garden, Thai Spice, Thai Café, Thai Lotus, Thai-O-Cha, Pad Thai Cuisine, Tropical Thai, Siam Orchid and Bangkok. So where do you begin if you want to try some Thai food? Well, a great choice would be Thailand ... the restaurant. Thailand Restaurant has been closed for almost a month for renovations at its location on Gulf Gate Drive. Almost hidden in a strip of stores across from Old Navy, Bed, Bath and Beyond and the other stores, the small restaurant seems somewhat of a secret, but it turns out to be more of a surprise once you walk inside. Overwhelmingly beautiful orchids are perched in bejeweled pots near the entrance doors, where tremendous-sized Thai statues stand with bowed heads and clasped hands. The teak trimming is breathtaking, especially where the precious wood is carved into intricate and delicate designs that dance through the dim restaurant. Bamboo blinds with beaded valences sparkle at the windows, and shimmery silks of different patterns and colors clothe the tables. Toward the back of the restaurant a statue lies on its side, smiling at all the customers who are curious about the Thai cuisine. Thai food is a favorite to many because of its distinct flavor and style, although the Thailand Restaurant describes on its menu that it is a mixture of many cuisines, but most significantly, China and India. The Thailand menu also tells that a true Thai taste is said to combine sweet, sour, hot, bitter and salty with diverse textures. My companion and I were more than ready for our Thai time, because the aromas alone were already making us salivate for our Southeast Asian cuisine. To tempt my taste buds from the start, I sipped a Thai Sweet Iced Tea made with Thai tea and cream, while my companion ordered off the wine list. The spice and sweetness of the Thai Iced Tea is one sugary sensation that is suitable for dessert and even more delicious to drink! Looking over the massive menu, I was glad I had my sweet drink to savor while I scanned in the tantalizing Thai cuisine.

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The teak trimming is breathtaking at Thailand Restaurant. The Thai culture covers all of its bases with soups, salads, noodles, rice, curry and entrees from seafood to vegetarian, but it also includes every ingredient imaginable like cabbage and coconut milk or pineapple and peppers — even lemon grass and ginger. The cuisine is creative and clever, but also healthy. I wanted to start off with something yummy, or rather some yum (salad). I chose the cucumber salad of cucumber, onion, tomato and crushed peanuts tossed with a spicy chili-lime dressing. Supposedly, a full Thai meal always begins with soup to sip on in between courses, but my companion ordered a cup of Tom Yum Seafood soup for a starter. I was curious about the curries after I read through the menu, which described the making of the traditional Thai curry paste. Dried spices such as cumin and peppercorns are pounded in a mortar to which additional ingredients of fresh or dried chilies, lemon grass, garlic and coconut milk are added to produce a smooth paste. Pineapple Panang and the colored curries caught my attention. I asked the server which one she recommended. She persuaded me when she said green curry was her choice. My companion was tempted by the Volcano Snapper in the Thailand Specials, which the waitress warned was the whole fish. (My companion didn’t even flounder over that fact!) Our first flavorful course arrived in pretty, porcelain pottery, a true Thai tradition. Slivers of cucumbers and onion and touches of tomatoes tossed with crushed peanuts and a chili-lime dressing of my Cucumber Salad dazzled on my plate — and delivered in my mouth. The spicy salad was fiery but refreshing at the same time. My companion’s Tom Yum Seafood was a light soup with spicy lemon grass-flavored broth, prepared with shrimp, scallops, fish and squid. A citrus scent was swallowed with each steaming spoonful. To prepare us for our entrée, a server ladled jasmine rice out of a silver-serving dish onto our clean plates. First, my pint-sized plate of green curry was carried out, followed by my companion’s whole fish filet — fins and all. I selected shrimp with my green curry pasted in coconut milk, green peas, zucchini and bell pepper. I was expecting the curry to be green and somewhat thick and creamy. It was neither.

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The curry was white and weightless. Joined with the jasmine rice, the green curry was something I would go for again! My companion’s Volcano Snapper topped with ground pork, yellow and green onions, red and green peppers, ginger, celery and straw mushrooms. It was a mountain of food erupting with edible essence. Thai food is filled with such flavors and feeling and that, perhaps, is the reason why there are 10 Thai restaurants in Sarasota and Bradenton. So take a trip to Thailand ... Thailand restaurant, that is. With its innovative ingredients and splendid setting — it’s definitely in the top of the 10.❑

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If you are a member of the Phyllis McGuire household, you can count on three meals a day, and they’re all prepared from scratch. McGuire is a new resident, but longtime visitor, of the Key. Her family had a time-share here for 25 years. McGuire really enjoys cooking: “I think it started when I was very young. My mother hated to shop. I began doing the grocery shopping in fourth grade and continued until I went to college.” She said she always had a list with specific instructions from her mother, “She really taught me how to shop.” And, because her mother worked, McGuire did most of the meal preparation. with Baking a cake for her mother’s birthday turned into a disaster. “I called my grandmother and asked how to make frosting. She said mix sugar and water. I did but I used granulated sugar instead of confectionary.” Definitely not a “takeout” cook, McGuire says planning ahead and being organized is the key. “I try to have a pantry stocked with essentials from which I can prepare a meal,” she says. Both her parents are from a large family, 11 siblings each, and family dinners were bountiful. A holiday tradition, which McGuire still prepares, comes from her grandmother. It is a dish made of olive oil, bread crumbs, raisins and walnuts. “We usually serve it on pasta,” she says.

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•Start by peeling onion and boiling it whole in water for 10 minutes. (The Italians say this aids digestion.) Remove from water and chop onion, celery and carrots finely. (A food processor works great.) •Put the olive oil into a large pan and sauté chopped vegetables for about 5 minutes. •Add the meat and sauté until brown. •Add the wine and a little salt. •Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to reduce the wine. •Add lemon juice and cook, covered for another 10 to 15 minutes. •Add the tomato paste and tomato puree. Cover and continue cooking for 40 minutes. •This is very thick Italian ragu and, if desired, you can add water to reach the desired consistency. At the end of cooking, add the butter and pepper. •Add more salt if necessary. •Serves 4 to 6.

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Paradise for rent Below: Crème-dela-crème home at 470 N. Washington in St. Armands. Four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, dog less than 20 pounds possible with approval. $7,500/December, $10,000/month February/March/A pril. Coldwell Banker, Tom Fynes or Vicki Lonborg, 383-6411. Courtesy Photos

Above and inset: Lido Beach Club condo in ResortQuest’s highest (Platinum) tier. Approximately 2,000 square feet on the 10th floor with two bedrooms, two baths. $5,000/month for January, $6,000 for February, March. Resort Quest Southwest Florida, Gabrielle Iams, 383-9505.

Top-of-the-line two-bedroom condo right on the Gulf on Lido Key. Updated and turnkey furnished in a community with heated pool, exercise facilities and tennis. Seasonal $8,000/month; annual $5,000/month. Prudential Palms Realty, Linda Paskovich, 552-3293. BY MOLLY SCHECHTER Real Estate Writer

Ask Google for “vacation rentals Longboat Key FL” and it gives you 26,500 answers, indicating the size, scope and vitality of the local rental market. Business is good and getting better. And while there are trends — Internet marketing being the major one — the business appears to be remarkably consistent, building on strength from year to year. One reason is repeat business as high as 50% to 75%, with some folks renting the same unit for so many years they come to think of it as their own. The year has three seasons for rentals. The dates vary slightly depending on the source, but the traditional “high season” starts Feb. 1 and ends a week after Easter (March 27), the shoulder or mid-season includes December, January and for some properties April and the off or value season is the rest of the year, essentially May through November. As with the real estate sales market, there is an increasing level of activity in the summertime. Larry Starr, president of TURN TO PARADISE, PAGE 2D

Whom to call Longboat Real Estate Companies Coldwell-Banker Previews Tom Fynes and Vicki Lonborg 383-6411 A “boutique” rental operation with a small, select inventory of luxury homes and condominiums, some listed on www.homerentals.net Prudential Palms Realty Linda Paskovich 552-3923 www.prudentialpalmsrealty.com Inventory, expertise 50/50 keys (including Siesta) and mainland. Wagner Realty Barbara Fullmer 383-5577 www.wagnerrealty.com More than 200 rentals on Longboat Key, plus less-expensive options in Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria

Wedebrock Real Estate Kamila Nowak, rental manager 383-5543 www.wedebrock.net Rental listings on Longboat/Lido/St. Armands total 250. Long established (1949) and historically strong on the north end. Multi-lingual (Spanish, German, Polish).

Vacation Rental Specialists Florida Vacation Connection Michelle Knuese and Jan Jordan 387-0798 www.flvacationconnection.com/ More than 200 short term rentals on Longboat/Lido, heavy presence at Beachplace, unique German language website www.longboatkey.de ResortQuest Southwest Florida Larry Starr, president Gabrielle Iams, property specialist 383-9505 www.resortquestswflorida.com

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Where to look In The Longboat Observer Classified ads in Longboat Living section On The Internet VRBO.com Vacation Rental by Owners (and rental brokers). More than 50 listings for Longboat/Lido/St. Armands. Features include previous tenant comments, availability calendars. Greatrentals.com Similar features, fewer listings but some unduplicated. Rent101.com Fewer listings but nice feature — can be sorted by price.


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LONGBOAT KEY, LIDO KEY, BIRD KEY & SIESTA KEY BAY ISLES - Contemporary design w/ volume ceilings, large master suite with Bayou views, open great room overlooking pool, spacious 1st level workshop & storage, 2 separate guest suites and family room on main living level. Deep water canal w/ new 80' dock & 30,000 lb lift. Room for 2 boats. $1,795,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM PROMENADE - Gulf front 3 bedroom suite condo with gorgeous views of the Gulf, bay, city lights and sunsets. The condo is light and bright with southern exposure and two large terraces. A full service secure building on the beach with top-of-the-line amenities. Fabulous views from every room. $1,395,000. SEA BREEZE - SIESTA KEY - New construction, condo on south end of Siesta. 3,800 SF with 3BRs and an open, spacious floor plan, Gulf views from all living spaces. Large kitchen w/granite countertops. Large master suite. Deeded boat dock included. $1,775,000 & $1,895,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM LIGHTHOUSE POINT This elegant spacious home in a gated community behind Longboat Key Club has 4/5 BRs in 5,200 SF with beautiful marble floors and volume ceilings throughout. The open floor plan with spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Large lighted boat dock to boat to nearby gulf and bay $3,900,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous furnished condo on the beach with full gulf view and views of the bay and golf course. This is behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club and has volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces and double garage. $2,700,000. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE - Double penthouse with over 5,000 SF with full gulf view has 5 spacious BRs. The deluxe master suite comes with a sumptuous marble bath, large walk-in closets and a separate office/exercise room. This corner unit with large wrap around terraces, soaring cathedral/vaulted ceilings has the desirable southern exposure. $3,995,000. WATER CLUB - Breathtaking views of the Gulf, Bay & skyline from 8th floor Cambridge plan on the south side of Water Club II. This 2BR/3BA residence features stone floors in living areas, wood floors in bedrooms. $1,595,000. WATER CLUB - This spacious condominium has high ceilings with crown moldings and 2 large terraces. Open living room, dining room area opening out to a terrace where you can view the sunsets. Master bedroom with his & her walk-in closets. Kitchen has granite countertops, pantry, center island & breakfast area. This unit has 3BR & 3 full bathrooms. $1,875,000. THE BEACH RESIDENCES - A Ritz Carlton managed residence on Lido Beach. This luxurious living comes with amenities such as, pool/spa, massage facilities, fitness center and state of the art surround sound theater. At your service is concierge assistance, room service and housekeeping. With your private elevator lobby, this residence has 10’ ceilings, decorative crown moldings with views from expansive windows and terraces. $2,890,000.

One bedroom, one bath with lagoon view. Bayside pool minutes away, plus another pool, beautiful beach with chaise lounges, fishing dock and community barbecue grill area across the street. $3,500/month in season. Florida Vacation Connection, Michele Knuese, 387-9709.

Paradise CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1D ResortQuest Southwest Florida, says summer 2004 was his “best ever, with doubledigit increases month over month.” Michelle Knuese, president of Florida Vacation Connection, says, “Summer is becoming a bigger market than shoulder, with good demand for anything on the beach.” The value season sells out different kinds of properties, with more demand for family accommodations available on a weekly basis. The drive-in business (within 8 hours by car) and foreign visitors, particularly English, French and German, are important. Prices range from 45% to 60% of high season and can be more negotiable, particularly when renting directly from an owner. The rental market also segments by duration of stay into “resort” or “vacation” stays of less than a month, “seasonal” of one to six months and “annual” — anything over six months and one day (and therefore not subject to vacation tax of 10% in Sarasota County and 10.5% in Manatee County). Some of the room nights that would have gone to the Key’s rapidly disappearing single-night occupancy hotels are undoubtedly flowing into the less-than-a-month segment. When a home or condo is available on an annual basis, the price is generally in the vicinity of 50% of the seasonal rate, sometimes even less. Contrarily, some highend properties command the same rate in or out of season. Condominium associations have rules about the minimum length of time and the maximum number of times in a year that a unit can be rented and the shorter the rental term, the more likely the owner is to make money. Beachplace is highly desirable because it allows one-month rentals up to 12 times a year. And, as Tom Fynes of Coldwell Banker says, “The beach is king and will sometimes get twice as much as for a comparable unit on the bayfront.” Seaplace has a two-month minimum, six times a year. Two-week rentals on the beach are available at Cedars West, except in February and March. Some condo associations have a threemonth minimum rental period. Ron Cornette, Rental Division manager of

Wagner Realty, says, “Ninety-day minimums are tough because, most Florida visitors aren’t staying 90 days any more.” Jim Layfield, owner of Wedebrock, also cites shorter stays as a significant trend. Knuese attributes them to travelers’ “busier lives overall.” Starr says, “What was five months is now three, what was three is now one — and the two week vacation has gone to five days.” Another trend in rentals is higher expectations. Linda Paskovich of Prudential Palms, who has been specializing in rentals for three years, says, “Some just want immaculate. Some want immaculate, plus travertine floors and granite countertops.” Fynes says, “Since the Ritz came to town, there’s a breed of people who weren’t here before who want that kind of quality.” Knuese’s experience is that clients “have higher expectations and want their vacation home to feel like home with nice bathrooms, TV in every bedroom, Internet access and good linen.” Cornette says, “The better a unit is furnished, the better occupancy.” Owners take note. Repeat visitors tend to reserve for the following year before they go home in March or April. The second big-booking season runs from now through December. “Rentals: Seasonal and Vacation” is The Longboat Observer’s largest classified advertising section and Classified Manager Maureen Hird says the phone starts to ring “like clockwork this time of year.” Business for the forthcoming season looks good. Cornette of Wagner, which has an on-site office there, reports that Cedars West is all booked except for one two-week period. Some places were as much as 90% reserved for the coming season at the end of the last one. Overall, agents say winter 2005 is 70% to 75% booked, but this is the time of year when they get new listings from new owners, and there is plenty of desirable inventory still available. Owners thinking about renting out their property have lots of choices from do-ityourself to full management. Property management fees depend on the level of service provided. Some companies offer a menu of choices from “find us a tenant and kiss us, good-by” on up. Others like ResortQuest Southwest Florida will represent a property for which they provide full management services. Fees range from 15% to 30%. ❑

MAINLAND PROPERTIES BEAU CIEL - Elegant & private bldg. with only 44 residences. Preferred end unit with sweeping bay, city & marina views. Step off elevator into your private luxury residence. Dramatic 2story lobby, full fitness center, luxurious amenities level w/catering kitchen, pool, spa & concierge. Common areas furnished with elegance & amazing art pieces. Near restaurants, shopping and all the arts. $1,675,000. PRESTANCIA - This town home is located in Prestancia in an enclave of 17 homes. It has a split level floor plan with grand foyer entry, cathedral ceilings, crown moldings, spacious gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets and granite counter top, formal dining room, separate living and family rooms, courtyard pool, with views of the championship TPC golf course and sunset off of the family room terrace. Features 4 bedrooms with the master on the main living level with his and her walk in closets and a 2 car garage. All exterior maintenance of the house and grounds is included in the annual fees. $498,500. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM BEAU CIEL - The most amazing penthouse in all of Sarasota with views of everywhere. This 5300 SF condo is spread over 2 floors and contains 4BR suites with dramatic circular staircase and state of the art media room. Every detail imaginable. Never lived in, with designer furniture. Can be purchased furnished or unfurnished. $4,500,000. BAY POINT - Totally renovated corner condo with the coveted south exposure on Golden Gate Point with breathtaking views. Renovation includes kitchen & bathrooms, w/crown moldings throughout and an enclosed balcony to enlarge the living room. Best value in downtown Sarasota bayfront condos. $699,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM PRESTANCIA - The ultimate home is on an oversized lot overlooking the signature island green 4th hole of the TPC Prestancia golf comm including over 12,000 sf of custom details. Screened atrium w/Koki pond, natural waterfall & bird aviary. This one of a kind home includes numerous entertainment rooms, 2 spacious offices, gym, massage room & an oversized caged heated pool & spa w/additional reflecting pool & Jacuzzi off the master bedroom. $3,295,000. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE - The views will amaze you! 14th floor faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 SF of fabulous finishes & upgrades. 3 BR & family room. $2,490,000. RITZ RESIDENCE - Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Fantastic panoramic bay views from this 12th floor condo w/2 master suites, fabulous kitchen & large open terraces. $1,575,000. SARABANDE - Spectacular panoramic views of bay and gulf waters and the city lights of Sarasota from this 3 BR penthouse. The exquisite interior details include extensive use of marble, granite countertop kitchen, crown moldings, custom built-ins, superb millwork and 11 ft. ceilings. Offered with two under-building parking spaces. $2,690,000. OAKS ESTATE CLUBSIDE - This beautifully landscaped, wooded estate has over 5,000 SF of luxury. Enjoy the private setting with pool/spa and a cascading waterfall outside and inside, soaring ceilings, marble floors, expansive glass walls with the master suite with double sided fireplace. $1,349,000.

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The Wegner Pool Home: two bedrooms, two baths, on a canal with swimming pool. $4,800/month in season. Wedebrock Real Estate, Kamila Nowak, 383-5543.

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Could storms end real estate boom? The fabled Florida real estate boom following World War I came to a cataclysmic end in the wake of the September 1926 hurricane that struck Miami before blowing across Lake Okeechobee and drowning more than 300 people, mostly black farm workers, at Moore Haven, on the west shore. After the boom turned bust, many Florida banks failed, following panic-driven bank runs. Within three years, the rest of the nation joined Florida’s economic collapse as the stock market crashed in October 1929, ushering in the Great Depression. Is it possible that this summer’s unprecedented four hurricanes hitting Florida could signal the end of our seemingly perpetual real estate boom? Is history repeating itself? Of course, only time can tell.

Kent CHETLAIN

Despite the outward similarities in circumstances, in the intervening 78 years, we now live in a far different world and time. Banks and their customers in the 1920s did not have federal deposit insurance to protect their accounts. All it took then was the closure of a few small banks to trigger wild rumors that culminated in those infamous bank runs, as depositors scrambled to withdraw their savings. But when was the last time you heard of a bank run happening? The differences between our 21st-century economy and 1926 America are hardly comparable. Unlike the 1920s, Florida’s steady post-World War II growth has been fortified by Social Security, government and corporate pensions, enabling millions of retirees to move to Florida in their socalled “golden years.� These, coupled with the advent of air

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conditioning and mosquito controls, have turned Florida into a year-round, livable economy. The judgment here is that while the hurricanes interrupted the normal sales recordings this summer and will, no doubt, affect real estate sales for a few months, in the long run the phenomenal market for waterfront and beach properties will come back and flourish as it has in the past.

Recordings affected by storm closures Chronicling the real estate sales on Longboat, St. Armands, Lido and Bird keys, the most immediate effect of the summer storms was the dramatic decline in sales recordings at the Sarasota and Manatee county courthouses for the day-shortened work-week between Sept. 23 and Sept. 29 due to Hurricane Jeanne. There were just 12 realty sales that week, due in part to the closure of the courthouses for one of the five weekdays. This is the fewest number of weekly sales that have been reported in almost 20 years. In all, this summer, real estate recordings suffered due to the closure of the two county courthouses for three days (almost a full week) because of having to brace for the three hurricanes that swept across the Florida peninsula — Charlie, Frances and Jeanne. Today’s realty report of those 12 sales between Sept. 23 and Sept. 29 contrasts with the one-week record of 57

New Pass In the meantime, another multi-million dollar home has been sold along the south side of New Pass at 1345 Westway Drive in Lido Shores. Suzanne and Rodney Erickson of Hilliard, Ohio, bought the property in June 1998 for $895,000, and in 2001 built a four-bedroom and 5.5-bath home with a swimming pool. The Ericksons sold the threeyear-old home in September to Robert Trosten for $5 million, showing a gross profit of $4.105 million in six years.

St. Armands The Ericksons turned right around and bought a 56-yearold home on St. Armands Key at 113 Fillmore Drive from Peter Salefsky of 19 N. Blvd. of the Presidents for $795,000. The home has three bedrooms, three baths and a swimming pool. Salefsky bought it in May 2001 for $360,000, turning over a $435,000 gross profit in three years.

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of Gilbertsville, Ky., to Michelle and Grant Lempriere for $1.84 million. The three-bedroom and 3.5-bath home has a swimming pool and last sold for $1.3 million in June 2001. The Falconites earned a $540,000 gross profit in three years.

Bird Key sale Delores Wallin Beach purchased her Bird Key home at 493 Partridge Circle from Kim Rueter Co., Grand Junction, Iowa, for $1.019 million. Rueter bought the 28-yearold, four-bedroom and three-bath home in April for $740,000, making a $279,000 gross profit in five months. There were two other Bird Key sales. Carol Wilder of Ashland, Ore., sold her home at 205 Bird Key Drive to Joseph Anciello for $695,000. She acquired the home for $450,000 in June 2002. The three-bedroom, two-bath home was built in 1962 and has a swimming pool. Robin and Stephen Ruggiero purchased their Bird Key home at 529 Blue Jay Place from Lee Ann and Joseph Willock for $650,000.

Cedars East There were a couple of sales at Cedars East, the 92-unit, tennis-oriented condominium on the bayside off the 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Mary Ann Miller of Shepherdsville, Ky., purchased Unit 21 from Linda and Mark Kempster of Sarasota for $561,500. Ivy Persaud, widow of Charles Paul Graham of Seagrave, Ontario, sold her unit 32 in section 3 at Cedars East to Pamela Stewart and Alan Richard Murray of Tzaneen, South Africa, for $322,000.

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Village of Longbeach There was one lone sale in the historic Village of Longbeach, where Longboat Key’s second post office was established in 1914. Marvin Smith bought the two-bedroom, one-bath home at 590 Linley St., from Judith and Paul James Heyer, 1910 Harbourside Drive, for $442,000. The house, originally built in 1945 and renovated in 1967, was purchased by the Heyers in July 2002 for $322,000.

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Anna and Richard Chu of Henberg, N.J., purchased apartment 123 at St. Armands Towers North from Richard Johnston, individually and as trustee for the Pumpkin Trust of Hartford, Conn., for $752,500.

An older home at 549 St. Judes Drive, in the John Ringling subdivision on the Manatee County side of the Key, was sold by David Bianchi, 572 St. Judes Drive, to Christiane and David Read of Bradenton for $399,000.

Casa Del Mar David Robinson of Herndon, Va., sold a one-third interest in apartment 14-B in tract C of the 106-unit Casa Del Mar, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Elaine and James Tozar of Salonga, N.Y., for $595,000.

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Top building permits These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department Oct. 15 through Oct. 21, in order of dollar amounts.

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Longboat Key • REGENT PLACE Full sunrise and sunset views from this 6th floor south side location! Magnificent neutral interiors recently completed. Available this season at $2,950,000.

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Longboat Key • CLUB LONGBOAT Best kept secret on Longboat Key! Rarely available direct Gulf front end unit turnkey finished 2BD/3BD, 2BA plus den. Two large lanais to enjoy the sound of the breeze through the pines, the surf on the beach and radiant sunsets. All facilities and social clubhouse completely renovated. Two pools, spa, exercise facility, 8 HarTru courts. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend the “season” here. $995,000.

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Longboat Key • WATER CLUB Terrific, Terrific, Terrific - 10 Foot ceilings open up the sunsets over the Gulf and Bay views from this beautiful Cambridge floor plan. An all open floor plan has a lot of thought out design with built-ins, tile flooring, upgraded doors and hardware. This residence is ready to go to enjoy the season. Simple, casual and elegant. $1,695,000.

Longboat Key• BAY ISLES: Renovated Mediterranean style home w/wide open water views of waterway and bird sanctuary, sailboat water & protected dockage on wide turning basin. Beach membership incl. $1,895,000.

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DIRECT BAYFRONT TREETOPS: 3BR/3BA home set at water’s edge on Sarasota Bay, “TreeTops” is a distinctive residence filled with architectural excitement and with glamour. 3 level home. Light-filled spaces and large sundecks and pool. $1,895,000.

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ON-SITE SALES CENTER OPEN MON. - SAT. 10-5, SUN. 1-5, 4949 GULF OF MEXICO DRIVE ALL DIRECT GULF FRONT RESIDENCES SIESTA KEY BAY FRONT BUILDABLE LOT - The perfect Bay front solution. Direct Bay front, side, deep canal dockage for large vessel, and a coveted neighborhood with rapid appreciation. Homesite of your dreams with approximately 95’ Bay 165’ Canal. $2,475,000.

Lido Shores• MODERN WATERFRONT HOME: Best architectural statement on our Coast. Unobstructed private bayou views, 75” lap pool, outstanding floor plan, walk to beach. $4,695,000.

POSITANO ON THE GULF - LONGBOAT KEY THE VILLA AMALFI - Enjoy your own private pool & spa. 3BR/3.5BA plus home office, 969 sq. ft. of terraces, 2 car garage. Spectacular beachfront home in bldg. 2. $3,045,000.

THE CAPRI - Popular floor plan featuring kitchen/family room plus formal living room. 3BR/3.5BA plus home office, 776 sq. ft. of terraces, 2 car garage. Bldg. 4. $2,995,000. THE AMALFI PENTHOUSE - On top of the world feeling featuring an open floor plan. 3BR/3.5BA, home office. 969 sq. ft. of terraces. Bldg. 4. $2,995,000.

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CASEY KEY - bay front with gulf easement. New construction, 5600 sq ft., big views of bay and gulf, 4BR/4.5BA, 3 car garage, pool. OPEN SUNDAY 1-4PM $3,750,000.

Longboat Key • TANGERINE BAY CLUB: End unit overlooking lagoon to Bay. Beautifully upgraded large 2 BR + den w/diagonal tile throughout, mahogany doors, granite kitchen, gas fireplace & grill hookup, 2 car garage and beach club membership. $925,000.

Mainland • BEAU CIEL: 4th floor, 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/marina, city & bay views. $895,000. 4th floor, 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/bay, marina city & city views. $950,000. Longboat Key• dTHE Best of all g i n PIERRE:

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Longboat Key • THE PIERRE Direct southwest gulf front 3BR/3.5BAcorner unit, turnkey furnished, wood floors, Corian, spacious kitchen. Magnificent views of sunrise & sunset from 3 terraces. $1,750,000. Mainland • THE MEADOWS Chandler’s Ford rarely available large 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath villa in private setting. $339,000.

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TANGERINE BAY CLUB-PENTHOUSE Premier Corner Residence - with views of Sarasota Bay and the dazzling city skyline. This 3-bedroom plus den unit will amaze you with its endless upgrades including marble floors, cathedral ceilings, beautiful built-ins, gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, and a 2-car garage. An elaborate tropical pool setting overlooks the beautiful bay waters, tennis courts, complete exercise facility, and clubhouse. $1,090,000

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Line of business: Chocolate. Owner and manager: Hadewijch (Hade) De Vidts. Year founded: “I was in the old shop (at 1502 Main St.) from Valentine’s Day to September 2002 and will have been in this shop (at 1462 Main St.) a year in November.” Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. In November De Vidts extends her hours for the holidays. Employees: “It’s pretty much me on my own.” Price range of merchandise: The weekly imported chocolate from Belgium is sold by weight and sells from about 50 cents for a piece and up.

Jessica Seubert

Hade De Vidtz imports her chocolates from Belgium once a week.

PHILOSOPHY/HEROES PERSONAL (HADE DE VIDTS) Birthplace: Aalst, Belgium. Education: Gent University in Aalst. Family: Two grown children in Belgium. Residence: South Tampa. She used to live in Bradenton. How long in this area: “Two years. Before I had spent only summers here, from June to September.”

CAREER First paying job: “I worked with problem kids in Belgium.” Between then and now: “I traveled with my daughter all over the world for competitions.” (Daughter, Ellen, was a nine-time Belgium figure-skating champion.) How you came to Sarasota: “I had known about the area from traveling with my daughter. When I decided to open the shop, I wanted to give people something that didn’t exist yet, and there was no place here that sold Belgian chocolate.”

Business philosophy: “The most important thing is customer service.” De Vidts personally gift-wraps all purchases, taking time with each customer, even if the chocolate is for them. “In Belgium they automatically gift-wrap everything. But it’s part of the reason people come back.” Best business advice received: “Give people the best quality and the best service.” Most admired businessperson: “Michael Saunders. She is very loyal to the area and is a hard worker.” Heroes: “My father.” He was a medical doctor/surgeon who was mayor of his town during the time of the German occupation in World War II.

DREAMS What would you change with a magic wand: “To bring back the people to Main Street so they can see that it is still full of life here.” Current dream: “To build up my business.” —Jessica Seubert

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK Over 300' on the POINT OF THE BAYThis magnificent residence features 4 bedrooms, elevator, library and bonus room. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, Thermador gas range and Subzero refrigerator. Fine artisan details throughout, faux painted walls, 3 fireplaces, 3 car garage with room for your yacht. $5,995,000 BEAU CIEL Endless Views - Custom masterpiece with many architectural upgrades, finished flooring, marble, carpet, & newly painted. Ready for occupancy. Spectacular city & unobstructed bay views. Boat dock available. $2,595,000

THE BEACH RESIDENCES – ONCE IN A LIFETIME Imagine the luxury of over 400’ of gulf frontage on nearly 8 acres and the lifestyle offered in a Ritz Carlton managed property. Exceptional amenities of the Ritz Carlton Beach Club plus concierge services, billiard room, boardroom, guest suites, fitness center and more. A residence of 3,964 SF living area of remarkable design awaits. $2,650,000. ML260495

PARADISE FOUND - This 4BR custom courtyard home with guesthouse offers total privacy and features 4500 SF, impressive gourmet kitchen, spacious master suite and an upstairs studio/bonus room/guest quarters. Superb location for your boat with direct gulf and bay access. $2,089,000 ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Magnificent double unit with granite counters, marble and granite baths, 3 bedroom plus den with 3000 SF. Within walking distance to Lido Beach and St. Armands. $1,500,000

CITYSCAPE AT COURTHOUSE CENTER – Feel the beat in the heart of the city surrounded by the new urban sophistication that is SRQ. Cosmopolitan penthouse loft with live/work lifestyle, 2 story window wall sheds light on your visionary attitude. Two parking spaces. Cool appointments, fabulous terrace, concierge. $649,900. ML259719 To see these listings soon, call Terri Derr: 941-387-9780 or 356-6694

THE BEACH RESIDENCE A Ritz-Carlton Managed Residence- Panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and the city skyline. Gourmet kitchen, luxury master suite, private terrace, and elegant appointments. Walk to St. Armands, minutes away from the cultural district of Sarasota. Offered from $1,395,000 - $6,000,000 RITZ-CARLTON Come live the lifestyle! Truly elegant living is yours at this beautiful 3 BDR residence, located at the Ritz Towers. This residence features a private elevator lobby, grand foyer, luxurious master suite, spacious terraces and includes a membership to the Beach Club and Golf Club, full concierge services and state of the art amenities level. $2,100,000

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Longboat Lore

Zoning issues motivated incorporation of town To mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Town of Longboat Key (1955 to 2005), Longboat Lore is presenting a series on the founding fathers (and mothers) of the town. Until 1950, Longboat Key had no zoning regulations, and many of the property owners liked it that way. Longboat is divided mid-Key into two counties, Sarasota to the south and Manatee to the north. When the postWorld War II era brought an influx of new residents to Longboat, zoning became a topic of heated debate at meetings of the Longboat Key Civic Club. Local businessman Neil Ulrey founded the Civic Club in 1948 to provide the two-county Key with a unified voice. Among its founding members were Gordon Whitney and Arthur Ferguson. Whitney, a University of Chicago graduate and insurance agent, had moved his family to Longboat in 1935 to develop the Whitney Beach Resort cottages. He purchased the old Longbeach Inn on Broadway in the Village and other properties, including the wooded peninsula on Bishops Bayou that he would develop into Bayou Hammock. Whitney became interested in zoning because of erosion at Whitney Beach, which he blamed on the connecting of Picketts Key and Jewfish Key in the bay. Rumor had it that a dredge captain was offered a case of Scotch whisky to fill in-between the two islands. Whitney believed that this fill, deposited without permits, interrupted the flow of water in the pass and created Beer Can Island with Whitney sand. In 1950, Gov. Fuller Warren appointed Gordon to the Manatee County Board of Adjustment. Later that year, zoning ordinances were adopted for Anna Maria Island and north Longboat Key. Ferguson, a cattleman and a graduate of Yale University, was a hunting and fishing partner of Whitney while in Illinois. Ferguson moved his family to Longboat in 1937 and took up residence in a Whitney Beach cottage. During the war years, the Fergusons moved to the Sarasota mainland but returned to build a Gulf-front home just south of Whitney Beach. He also purchased a ranch in Parrish and headed the Manatee County Cattlemen’s Association. Ferguson led the Longboat Key Property Owners Association, which supported zoning, and in 1950 was appointed to the Manatee County Zoning Commission. Lora Whitney, wife of Gordon Whitney, wrote in “Hail This Feisty Village” that Ferguson spent the summer of 1950 meeting people in the districts to be zoned to determine classifications and boundaries. “It was a hard, thankless job,” she said, “and he took much abuse from those who were opposed to zoning.” Ferguson is credited with preparing the first zoning ordinances for Longboat Key. The fol-

lowing year, after a brief illness, Ferguson died at age 52. “From Calusas to Condominiums,” by Ralph Hunter, said that the zoning campaign was then “only half done because the ordinances did not cover the Sarasota portion of the Key; and many residents did not want any zoning.” One answer, Hunter said, “was for Longboat Key to become incorporated as a Town to make its own rules.” Opponents of incorporation were vocal, however, and tempers ran high. Gordon Whitney went on to serve as town alderman and commissioner (in 1955 and 1956). He and his wife, Lora, were consummate community activists, donating land for the Longboat Key Art Center and constructing the building on

Cedar Street that once housed the Longboat Key Post Office and Longboat Library. The Whitneys also were board members of the Longboat Key Historical Society. Gordon died in 1990 and Lora in 1991. For their contributions to Longboat life, their names are engraved on a Tablet of Honor at the base of the flagpole at Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Road. Although property owners may still complain about zoning on Longboat, the largely unspoiled nature of the Key can be traced back to the volunteer efforts of Gordon Whitney and Art Ferguson — two fishing buddies from Illinois who, early on, recognized the need to preserve the beauty that drew them here. ❑

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SPORTS

PLAYER OF THE WEEK How many years have you played tennis? “About 23 years. I was a racquetball player, but I had gotten about as good as I could get. I wanted a sport I could improve on, and tennis is it. I think I could spend my whole life improving.” What is your best stroke? “My serve.”

What is your funniest flub-up? “Swinging at a ball and not knowing where it went — only to find it lodged in the throat of my racket.”

What is your specialty? “Men’s doubles.” What kind of racket do you use? “A Head TiS6.” What is one thing you’d like to improve? “My backhand ground stroke. It’s the one the guys penalize me on all the time.” What is the most important quality for a tennis player to possess? “I think it’s important they have two qualities — patience and good sportsmanship — both of which take practice.”

John Beeman

What is your best moment in a match? “It would have to be coming back from a one-set loss and 5-love in the second set to win it and the third set and win the match. I think that’s any tennis player’s best moment.”

Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? “Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors. Sampras because he’s such a fluid player, and Connors because he’s such a tenacious player.” Do you have any advice or tips for other players? “Enjoy it as a game and don’t take it too seriously.” What do you like most about playing tennis on Longboat Key? “Great people and diverse people.” — Kat Wingert

Sportscards LONGBOAT KEY TENNIS CENTER Fall Men’s Singles Oct. 19 Quarters — Howie Banfield def. Lennie Lawrence, 6-1; Steve Johnson def. John Beeman, 6-3; James Willia.mson def. Jim Tarsy, 6-4; Dave Rothgaber def. Scott Hase, 6-2. Semis — Banfield def. Johnson, 6-4; Williamson def. Rothgaber, 6-3. Finals — Banfield def. Williamson, 62. 3rd Place — Rothgaber def. Johnson, 6-4. LONGBOAT KEY CLUB Ladies 18-hole Golf Association Scotch Partners Oct. 12 Low Gross: Sheri Lubin, Barb Kiefer; 88. First Low Net: Carole Zito, Louise Stewart; 92.3. Second Low Net: Virginia Allen, Margo Lee; 92.9. Third Low Net: Joyce Welch, Barbara Brizdle; 95. Fourth Low Net: Barbara Powers, Donna Pettinato; 97.2. Fifth Low Net: Joyce Steele, Jean Zakovec; 98.3.

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004 9D

SPORTS

Golf Gambits

Mark your ball and never lie about the lie One of the first mandates for a golf official occurs on the first tee. At that point it is necessary to remind all competitors to put a personal mark on their balls so they can identify them as their own if the occasion arises during play. The penalty for playing a wrong ball is quite severe — two strokes in stroke play and loss of hole in match play — and it is an easy mistake to avoid. Last year, in a USGA qualifying round, a common penalty to an unusual situation arose. Two players were sharing a caddy and didn’t realize they were playing with virtually identical sets of irons. At one point during play on the front nine, the caddie accidentally put Player A’s iron into Player B’s bag. This, in itself, is not a problem. Under Rule 4-4a, a player must start his round with no more than 14 clubs. Because the caddie’s error occurred during the round, there would be no penalty (this is a fairly common occurrence because it is not unusual for caddies to put several put-

HAL Lenobel

ters into the same bag) unless the competitor plays with the wrong club. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened, and it resulted in a two-stroke penalty and an embarrassed caddie. Playing from a wrong fairway is no problem — unless it has been marked as an internal out-of-bounds by the Rules Committee or club administration. However, playing from a wrong putting green — even if you promise to use a putter — would be a violation of Rule 25-3. Many golfers think they must take relief if a wayward shot finds its way onto a wrong teeing ground. Not so. Other tees are considered “through the green,” and competitors may play from them. In fact, the tee markers on the wrong tees are considered movable obstructions — but be sure to put them back at the exact spot from which they were moved. If you happen to be playing a course for the first time and inadvertently play from the wrong tee — that is a different story. Let’s say you hit from the blue markers when the event is being played from the whites, or you make a wrong turn and end up hitting from the teeing ground for a different hole. In stroke play, it’s a two-stroke penalty and the mistake must be corrected. In match play,

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there is no penalty — but your opponent may immediately require you to cancel the stroke and play again from the correct tee. Whenever you take relief, you must drop in accordance with the Rules of Golf. For instance, you must drop within one club length of the “nearest point of relief” when taking relief from ground that is under repair, casual water or an immovable obstruction such as a cart path. If you were to mistakenly take two club-lengths’ relief, then play a stroke, you would be guilty of playing from a wrong place, which carries a loss-of-hole penalty in match play and a two-stroke penalty in stroke play. Worst of all is reporting a wrong score. In match play, if you were to tell your opponent you were lying two when you were really lying three, you would lose the hole, unless you corrected your error before he hit his next shot. In stroke play, you have until the end of the round to correct this type of error. However, if you sign and return a scorecard with a 4 for a hole on which you made 5, you will be disqualified. If you listed a 5 for a hole on which you really made a 4, you will just have to live with the higher score. •••

Reader’s questions:

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4052 Gulf Of Mexico Drive Ongoing Sports/Fitness Classes Oct. 27 through Nov. 2 For more information, please call 316-1980. Aerobics: Low impact, 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Interval Training: 8 a.m. Saturdays. Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Muscles and More: Weight bearing, 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Hal Lenobel is a member of the United States Golf Association Rules & Tournament Committee and has officiated at hundreds of golf tournaments around the world. ❑

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FEATURED PROPERTY MAGNIFICENT BAY VIEWS FROM THIS POINT LOCATION Beautiful community of 82 homes with private beach access. Watch dolphins play from your caged pool or private dock. 2 or 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Jack McCormick or Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #263658 $1,895,000

SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT Price reduced. Rare true point location w/water on 3 sides. Boat dock with lift. Heated pool. Custom landscape. Total privacy. Peggy Henger or Mary Wickersham 383-5577 #261830 $1,895,000 LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS Rarely available 40' boat slip in one of Florida's top luxury yachting resorts. 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, deli, laundry, etc. Leased thru Nov, 2004. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #256059 $164,900 SPANISH MAIN VILLA Lovely villa with beautiful tile floors. Boating community right off the ICW. Active over 55 community. Great deeded beach access. Everything you need. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #256622 $239,500

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DIRECT GULF FRONT Only one available in Longboat Terrace. Small complex with gorgeous beach. Large 2BR/2BA w/murphy bed in area off kitchen. New appliances, A/C & hot water. Turnkey furnished. Jack McCormick 383-5577 #264194 $730,000 LAKES ESTATES BEAUTY The most gorgeous view of a private lake that is home for otters, herons and more! Four bedroom custom home with pool. Giant oaks abound on the 1/2 acre. Karen Ankerstar 383-5577 #264139 $469,000 BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME! Unique property on beautiful Gull Bayou. 3BR/3BA, caged pool & 2 car gar. Fisherman's paradise. Deeded beach access. Property being sold "as is". Vera Freeman or Helen Bradshaw 383-5577 #264545 $750,000

SEASONAL RENTALS SINGLE FAMILY HOME 6525 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA stilt home. Washer and dryer. Seasonal. $4000/month. LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS 2BR/2BA condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Seasonal two month minimum. $4500/month. SELDOM AVAILABLE VILLAGE HOME 4BR/2BA furnished with pool. Pet ok. Annual or Seasonal rental. HARBOUR OAKS 3BR/2BA on golf course. Garage. Gated community. $4500/month.

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A competitor waiting to play her tee shot on the fifth hole decides to take advantage of a delay to practice her chipping. Moving to the back tee, some 30 yards away, she hits four or five chips before returning to play her tee shot. Does she receive a penalty? The player incurs a two-shot penalty. Rule 7-2. Practice is permitted “near” the next teeing ground. Thirty yards is not considered near.

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a stand of trees. As she considers her next shot, she absentmindedly removes a small detached tree limb that is lying within one club length of her ball. As she prepares to address the ball, it moves. Is there a penalty, and from where does she play her next shot? Rules 18-2a and 23-1. New for 2004 — there is no penalty. The ball is played as it lies unless moving the loose impediment caused the ball to move, in which case the ball must be returned to its original position.

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Lender AABC Mortgage

(800) 321-0592

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

3.500 / 0.00

2/6

2.88

(888) 90-HOMES

5.250 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00

2.875 / 0.00

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Accountable Mortgage

(800) 840-8771

5.625 / 0.00

5.125 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

3.250 / 0.00

2/6

2.88

American Federal Mortgage Corp.

(888) 321-4687

5.125 / 2.00

4.500 / 2.00

5.625 / 0.00

2.750 / 0.00

2/6

2.88

American Home Finance

(888) 429-1940

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

2.875 / 0.00

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America’s Mortgage Express

(800) 682-1651

5.250 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00

4.000 / 1.00

2/6

2.88

Amex Direct Lending

(800) 426-1207

5.625 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

No Quote

2/6

2.75

Century Home Funding

(800) 224-7006

4.875 / 3.00

4.250 / 3.00

5.250 / 3.00

2.625 / 2.00

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Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.

(800) 559-8025

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

3.250 / 0.00

2/5

2.25

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(941) 917-0685

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Fairfield Financial Mortgage

(914) 456-1015

No Quote

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First Choice Financial

(866) 436-3232

5.750 / 0.00

5.125 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

No Quote

2/6

2.88

First Rate Mortgage Group

(800) 887-9106

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

3.875 / 0.00

2/6

2.88

Florida Mortgage Corp.

(888) 825-6300

5.250 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00

3.875 / 0.00

2/6

2.75

Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.000 / 1.50

4.375 / 1.25

5.500 / 1.00

2.375 / 1.00

2/6

2.88

Homestead Mortgage

(888) 760-6006

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

4.000 / 0.00

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interState NET BANK

(866) ISNBANK

5.625 / 0.00

5.125 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

3.125 / 0.00

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(800) 784-1331

5.250 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

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2.88

Main Line Tavistock

(877) 876-3600

5.250 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00

No Quote

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National Future Mortgage

(800) 291-7900

5.250 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00

No Quote

2/6

2.75

(888) 420-BANK

5.500 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00

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No Quote

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5.500 / 0.50

5.000 / 0.50

5.750 / 0.00

No Quote

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Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

5.250 / 0.00

4.625 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00

3.875 / 0.00

2/6

2.75

The MoneyTree Lending Group

(888) 310-6767

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

2/6

2.75

Absolute Mortgage Company

Sandhills Bank Southern Capital Resources

Rates are compiled by National Financial News Services. Rates valid as of October 22, 2004. Index type on adjustable rate mortgages (ARM's) is Index "A". Rates may be for new applications only; information on terms, fees, and APR’s may be obtained by calling the lender directly. Lenders call (610) 344-7380 to participate. Consumers with questions or complaints concerning a listed lender may call The Department of Banking & Finance's Regulatory hotline at (800) 848-3792. For additional information on mortgages, go to: www.SarasotaMortgageRates.com ©1997 NFNS

Longboat Key Village - Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath, pool home in the historic village of Longboat Key, walled for total privacy, fireplace, vaulted ceilings and only a short walk to the $660,000 Beach!

Jerry Thompson 10284

This is certainly one of the most spectacular properties on the west coast of Florida. No expense was spared to make this 12,000 SF home a true masterpiece. Artisans from around the country patiently fulfilled the owner’s dream of a magnificent mansion on the river. 2 master suites, 3 guest rooms, maid quarters, music room, library, a bar and media room which would fit a first class hotel, 5 car garage and a 360 ft boat dock. The property is sold furnished. $10,900,000 This SECLUDED ISLAND type property is probably the most attractive bay front property in Sarasota. Connected to the mainland only by a driveway, offering absolute privacy. The mature oak trees and tropical vegetation, along with breathtaking views of the keys, make this completely renovated 1920s home most unique. It allows for a laid-back life style in the center of a bustling city. Offered at $10,000,000 Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the breathtaking panorama of sparkling SARASOTA BAY and beautiful Longboat Key, this unique estate presents dazzling display of space and light within its bold, innovative artistry. The 10,000+/- square-foot, three level residence boasts a fabulous master suite with outstanding views, gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances, six satellite kitchens seamlessly blended throughout the main and guest home, porcelain floors, and custom built-ins. $6,250,000 150 feet of beautiful and unspoiled beach in the SANDERLING CLUB, a 1.6 acre property from gulf to lagoon. Ideal site to build dream home or to use existing structure with 4,500+ sf under roof for remodeling. Also ideal for anyone looking to acquire “additional” 180ft. of beachfront. $5,875,000 Grand estate from Gulf to Bay, on NORTH CASEY KEY’S most desirable and exclusive end. The home and guest house were built in 1986 and feature 5 BR, large foyer and great room as well as a multiple car garage space which can be transformed to other use. The lushly landscaped grounds include tennis court, 80ft lap pool, bayside dock and white sandy beach with breathtaking views to Siesta Key. $5,385,000 Fabulous Five Star RITZ CARLTON lifestyle. Special agreement has been made for membership to Spa, Beach club & Golf club all to be included in this purchase. Enjoy impeccable pampering from an award winning hotel staff. Bathed in a breathtaking panorama, bay & city views. Have it all. 2 elegant master bedrooms, library, gourmet kitchen, sound system, gallery-foyer & exquisite dining rm. Easy walk to shopping. Most desirable location in Sarasota, the Cultural Capital of Florida. $4,650,000 Rarely available condo in SANDS POINT, behind the gates of LBK Club. Beautiful lagoon views from open spacious living & master rooms. 1BR with den, which could be used as 2nd bedroom. Grounds maintained to high standards, with pool, hot tub & beautiful beach on Gulf of Mexico. Dock available with electric, water and fishing tackle. $550,000.

Sanctuary - Behind the gates. Wrap around terrace and big views with sunny southwest exposure from this 3 Bedroom, beautifully remodeled and furnished. Panoramic views. $1,625,000

Siesta Key Lifestyle - Sandy Cove townhouse just steps to the beach and short walk to the village. Realtor Remodeled 3 bedroom townhome on the lake. $599,000

presents...

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RITZ CARLTON... “Another name for Luxury” Unit 503 (Tower Residences) Investment Opportunity Tenant in place through Nov. ‘05. Spacious, wide open floor plan with large balcony overlooking the Bay. $1,795,000 Unit 606 (Tower Residences) - Leased investment opportunity. All the Ritz amenities and unparralled Bay, City, Marina views abound in this “Turnkey Furnished”, State-of-the-Art, end-unit residence. Enjoy the opulent lifestyle that is “The Ritz”. $1,695,000 Unit 709 (Beach Residences) Experience the very ultimate in luxury - concierge, valet, outdoor pool/spa/beach club, theater, media room and all the privileges of Ritz Carlton membership. Seventh floor. $2,190,000 Unit 408 (Beach Residences) One of the least expensive Ritz luxury beach residences available! All the services, all the views, all the lifestyle. $1,680,000

LONGBOAT KEY...

Gulf-Front Condo The most amazing unit in all Sands Point condos! Gulf and bay views, Tuscan-like architecture, all new appliances, plumbing and HVAC. Over $270K in upgrades in this top-floor unit. $960,000

10284

Michael Saunders & Co.

Michael Saunders & Company

Licensed Real Estate Broker 10284

440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228

http://www.nfns.com

Licensed Real Estate Broker 440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, Fl.

941-383-7591

One of the biggest names in mortgages is right in your own backyard.

W

hen you choose Chase you are guaranteed by a variety of products offered by one of the nation’s top mortgage lenders. Plus, the knowledge of loan officers like Ron Hayes who are familiar with, and dedicated to, your local community. So, whatever your mortgage needs –– fixedrate, adjustable-rate, jumbo, government, call Ron locally for a free consultation at

(941) 761-9808 or (800) 559-8025.

RON HAYES


THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004 11D

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER

It’s read everywhere

FEATURED PROPERTY SILVER SANDS GOING CONDO

Gulf side, extensively renovated, nightly rentals, on site rental office, furnished and ready to go.

439,900

$

BAYPORT BEAUTY

Longboat Key Prime condo development with private deeded beach access. 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, private! ground floor D Condition. EDEGreat location (no unit attached S NorEabove), KUPbelow C BA Har Tru Tennis Courts, Large Heated Pool, Club House complete with Exercise Room and Fishing Dock.

1,700,000

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Lori and Bob Goughenour of St. Louis snapped this shot while house hunting in Frisco, Colo. (after house hunting on Longboat). In a twist of fate, that evening they perused the paper and saw the weather page with the sunset picture, sealing the deal for them. They are now the proud owners of a condominium at the Player’s Club.

GULF FRONT VILLA

Yes, your own 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit on the beach. Your villa is totally renovated, professionally furnished and decorated. Believe me the unit is stunning. Site permits weekly rentals. Ideal for a second home, and or cash flow property.

Although they didn’t run into George Clooney, Joanie and Alan Stone had a “magnifico” time exploring the Ville D’este in Lake Como, Italy.

1,500,000

$

CHEROKEE PARK

A Tropical Oasis in a central location. Close to 1 acre sitting on 2 lots. Bright 4 Bedroom Updated Ranch Home w/views of mature Foliage & Trees. An all glass south exposure leads to an oversized caged pool. Living the way it was meant to be.

239,900

$

HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA, across from Publix. Overlooking Mangroves. New D fees. Covered parking. SO furnishings, freshly painted, lowL condo 495,000

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CLUB BAMBOO Bradenton Beach DIRECT GULF FRONT Newly Renovated and Furnished. Offers great S income OLDwith views second to

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Neal and Fran Hall and Joan and Steve Stevens read The Longboat Observer at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Maggie Hicks

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by Tom and Andy Cail UNDERSTANDING THE SALES CONTRACT The purchase or sale of a home is one of the most complicated business transactions most people will be involved in during their lifetime. Whether the print is large or small, there is a lot of it! The purchase agreement covers not only the price of the property, but has many paragraphs governing the terms under which it will be conveyed to the new owner. When you list your home for sale or when you begin your search for a new home, ask your realtor for a copy of the standard sales agreement. Familiarize yourself with the document ahead of time, and make certain you understand the responsibilities of both parties between the initial meeting of the minds and the closing date. You should be aware of all the deadlines in the purchase agreement. Each contract is different, but there are usually time limits covering the structural contingency, the financing application, the loan commitment, and the closing. You greatly increase the chances of a smooth transaction by being fully informed.

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THE SANCTUARY Fourth floor apartment offers pano-ramic views of the city skyline, golf course and Gulf. Nicely appointed in beautiful condition, 2/3 BD, 2.1/2BA w/garage parking. Offered Turnkey Furnished for $1,199,000.

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12D THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER

It’s read everywhere

The only thing at Grand Mariner known to

Tie you down On your mark, get set, go! Susan Kornhauser made sure she had some reading material when she ran the New York City Marathon in 2003.

] There are those who live “on the water,” and those who “live the water.” Situated on a private harbor with 20 deepwater slips, Grand Mariner enhances your quest for life and the sea. Imagine your yacht ready to go, just steps away from lavishly appointed residences that feature gourmet kitchens, private elevators, two-car enclosed garages, and a breathtaking pool overlooking Sarasota Bay. Act quickly to secure for yourself a Gulf Coast residence that will rival your love of the open water.

The Virgin Islands are no longer virgin to The Longboat Observer, thanks to Lyn and Joe Deglman of Longboat Key, posing with their grandchildren, John and Kathryn McGinn, also of Longboat.

While in St. Petersburg, Russia, Bill and Carol Levine and Gayle and Bernie Katz took some time to catch up on hometown news in The Longboat Observer.

Only 14 exclusive condominium residences available from $1.6 million.

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Inside Section E Classifieds Deal Us In

EXTRA

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OCTOBER 28, 2004

The tennis players that compose ‘Ruff ’s group’ are feisty, athletic and smashing proof that ...

Isiah Rand runs for a ball hit during his match Oct. 21. The men rotate after 30 minutes of play. The winners move up a court, and the losers move down.

Photos by Kat Wingert

Bob Israeloff volleys back with a backhand stroke.

Age is an

advantage BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer

Rowdy and tenacious as ever, for the “Ruff’s group,” the game of tennis holds the key to the fountain of youth. Some of them are 64, some are 84, one is 94. They are retired lawyers and surgeons, former baseball players and basketball stars, but now they are all united in their search for one thing — a good tennis match. The group officially formed about 20 years ago, even though some of the men have played together for almost 30 years. Eric Orne was the founder of the group when he started gathering men to play and organizing matches. Stan Waldheim followed Orne’s footsteps, until Bob Ruff, whom the group is named after today, took over about 12 years ago. More than 130 players fill the group’s active roster, and about 30 play at the Longboat Key Club’s Harbourside courts every day. “Right now we’re filling up seven courts,” Ruff said, “but during season, we’ll be up to 10 to 11 courts, and sometimes even 12.” The oldest and most revered player is Lou Bender, a 94year-old who is usually out playing three times a week. Recently, Bender has suffered an injury that has kept him off the court, but he’s back practicing with a ball machine to get back into action. “Lou is our idol,” Herb Moss said. “We’re all hoping to be like him.” As the men play, they take friendly verbal jabs at one another’s shots and tease each other as vociferously as brothers would in sibling rivalry.

“Can I get some competition around here?” one yells to another after he missed a serve. “I just want a decent game!” Although the players’ bodies are strapped up and supported with more braces than the entire offensive line of the Buccaneers, and perhaps their rackets don’t swing quite as fast as they used to, make no mistake — these guys are good. “What we have lost in physical ability, we’ve had to make up with cunning,” said Howard Iserman. Their quick, punishing serves have been replaced with strategically placed zingers that tap the corners and scuff the lines. The feet that once would have beaten the ball to the backcourt now shuffle back a ways until the ball is in reach for a creative backward swing that sends a ball just over the net and out of reach of the opposition — a point for persistence. Streaks of athleticism grace each hit with this group, and hints of athletic prowess still come out on smashing overhead hits and forceful backhand chops at the ball. “We really have some great athletes in this group,” Ruff said. The group is fun, feisty and loves to compete against one another. With outbursts of energy on every point, game and match, they play tennis with a vigor and passion that is anything but old. ❑

Bob Auerbach, 84, is one of the oldest members of the Ruff Group.

Cuck Barancik, Ian Sharpe and Jim Matson after finishing their match Oct. 21. Some of the members of Ruff’s Group have been playing together for 30 years.

Howard Isermann hits a backhand across the net.


2E THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER

ENVIRONMENT

Marine Scene

Bluefish — fun to catch and good to eat The bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix, gets its name, not surprisingly, from the greenish-blue color of its skin, which shades to a silvery hue on its belly. It is an interesting species because it is the only member of its family, although it is distantly related to jacks, in the Carangidae family. In shape, bluefish are elongated with a laterally compressed body, a forked tail, a large head and sharp, triangular teeth. They are migratory, usually traveling in schools of similar sized fish, and are found all over the world. Along the East Coast of North America, they move southward from Nova Scotia in the fall and winter and make the reverse migration in the spring and summer. Because bluefish are voracious feeders, they grow rapidly and reach sexual maturity at about 2 years old, when females may produce a million or more eggs. From the Carolinas to Florida, spawning takes place offshore, mostly in the spring. As the larvae grow, they move inshore and are known as snappers or snapper blues. They feed on many kinds of fish, most of which are schooling varieties, like silversides, herrings, sardines, menhaden, anchovies, mackerels and squid. Bluefish have a reputation as gluttons and will keep attacking and killing prey even when they can eat no more. After blues have torn through a school of fish, a cloud of blood and bits of flesh often stains the water. Their feeding is so frenetic that people bathing off the beaches in Long Island and elsewhere have been seriously bitten by bluefish.

Dwight F. DAVIS

How to catch and cook them Blues are easy to catch because they will strike almost any bait presented, including artificials, and can be taken when trolling, drifting or still fishing. They are caught in inlets, estuaries, off the beaches as well as at sea. Once hooked, you can expect excitement — strong runs and fre-

quent jumping. The appearance of bluefish schools in Florida is sometimes sporadic, but when you connect, there’s action. Small ones can be taken in summer, larger ones in the fall and winter. Most will be in the one to three-pound range, but they can be much larger, especially off Florida’s Atlantic coast. State law limits you to no more than 10 a day, and each must be at least 12 inches to the fork of the tail. The flesh of the bluefish is rich in taste because it is rich in fatty acids, which is good from a nutritional viewpoint, but indicative of easy spoilage. Fresh caught blues are best when pan-fried, larger blues are ideal for baking, broiling or grilling whole or filleted.

Bluefish on display As of writing this, there is a school of bluefish in the large “shark tank” at the Mote Aquarium. These fish came in only a few months ago and some are already estimated to be up to five pounds. The fall season, when there are rarely any crowds, is a good time to visit the aquarium to see these and some 200 other living marine fish and invertebrates. For more information on the aquarium, call 3882451. Dwight F. Davis is a volunteer and past president of the Volunteer Association of Mote Marine Laboratory. ❑

Office: 383.6411 Res: 383.2025

BAY ISLES - BAYOU Boaters Delight - Deep water dock & expansive water views from this 4000 sq. ft. home. High ceilings, hardwood flrs, walls of glass, luxurious master suite & flr plan that wraps around a sparkling pool & spa. $1,850,000 Golf Course Home - Panoramic views down the fairway from this 3 Bdrm almost new home. Features include high ceilings, ceramic flrs, custom built-ins and open flr plan with generous sized rooms. $1,199,000

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QUEENS HARBOUR Elegant Golf Course Living - 4000 sq. ft. maintenance free home with 4 Bdrm suites, dramatic family room & kitchen with 20’ ceilings, coffered ceilings, formal living & dining rooms, luxurious marble master suite. $1,825,000 Deep Water - Only seconds to the open bay. Maintenance free living - more time for boating! 3 Bdrm suites + den, high ceilings, 1st flr master suite, inviting pool/spa patio with sunny southern exposure. $1,549,000

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Grand Bay - From sun up to sun down the most panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, City, marina & gulf are enjoyed from the wrap around windows and terraces of this 3000 sq. ft. home in the sky. Upgrades galore with decorator finishes. $1,649,000 Beach Residences Managed By The Ritz Carlton - located on Lido Key. The ultimate in luxury resort style living for the privileged few. Sumptuous interior of granite & marble with expansive windows and spacious terraces. $1,395,000 60’ BOAT SLIP - LBK MOORINGS MARINA Sale or Rent Coldwell Banker Previews International 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key 10284

view virtual tours of these listings at: WWW.LONGBOATWATERFRONT.COM


THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004 3E

WEATHER

Sunrise/sunset Sunrise 7:39 7:39 7:40 6:41 6:41 6:42 6:43

Thurs., Oct. 28 Fri., Oct. 29 Sat., Oct. 30 Sun., Oct. 31 Mon., Nov. 1 Tues., Nov. 2 Wed., Nov. 3

Oh, Canada Sunset 6:50 6:49 6:48 5:47 5:47 5:46 5:45

Carol Hogg of Litchfield, Conn. and formerly of Longboat Key, sent in this sunset from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She still subscribes to The Longboat Observer. Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in JPEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to news@longboatobserver.com.

Moon phases First Qtr.

Nov. 19

Full

Last Qtr.

New

Oct. 27

Nov. 5

Nov. 12

Moon phases, tides courtesy of

Rainfall: Year-to-date 2004 46.72 in.

Tide chart Thurs., Oct. 28 Fri., Oct. 29 Sat., Oct. 30 Sun., Oct. 31 Mon., Nov. 1 Tues., Nov. 2 Wed., Nov. 3

Morning High 12:25a 12:42a 1:02a 1:28a n/a n/a n/a

Tides Low 8:08a 8:46a 9:25a 9:07a n/a n/a n/a

2004 2.44 in.

Average water

2003 0.83 in.

Temp.: 79.6

Temperature and Rainfall

Evening Tides High Low 2:22p 7:25p 3:11p 7:41p 4:05p 7:54p 4:07p 7:08p n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

DISCOVER THE

2003 67.40 in.

Month-to-date

Mon., Oct. 18 Tues., Oct. 19 Wed., Oct. 20 Thurs., Oct. 21 Fri., Oct. 22 Sat., Oct. 23 Sun., Oct. 24

Temps. High Low 84.5 67.5 85.5 73 86 74.5 87.5 75.5 86 73 85 68 83.5 66.5

Art

Record Temps. High Low 95 (1985) 55 (1990) 94 (1985) 51 (1987) 93 (1996) 56 (1989) 94 (1985) 59 (1989) 92 (1996) 59 (1992) 95 (1996) 56 (1992) 96 (1996) 55 (1990)

OF LIVING

Rainfall North Mid-Key 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.01 n/a n/a n/a n/a 0.00 0.00 n/a n/a

THE

South 0.00 0.00 0.02 n/a n/a 0.00 n/a

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Joyce Huber QUEENS HARBOUR CUSTOM MASTERPIECE - 1-of-a-kind architectural gem with sensational panoramic views of golf course, lake & canal on private ‘point’ lot. Only site that allows 42 ft. pool & spa. Furnished. $2,200,000

EN PROVENCE - Like you’re living in your own private beach house... Private courtyard w/pool & spa. Architectural marvel with the finest appointments. Master suite w/fireplace, 2-car oversized garage. Furnished. $2,900,000.

941-

HOME:

383-2440

Mark Huber 941-

HOME:

383-6739 941-

OFFICE

924-9000 GRAND BAY - Fabulous views of Sarasota Bay, city lights and championship golf course from this wonderful 3 BR condo. First living level has extra large terrace. The amenities are world class and the location is sensational. Bring your decorator and discover a better lifestyle. $899,000.

O ther Fine lis tin gs f or your c onsidera tion QUEENS HARBOR - One-of-a-kind custom home..........$2,200,000 EN PROVENCE - Corner unit - Great views........................$2,900,000 GRAND BAY - Wrap-around views & furnished.................$1,549,500 INN ON THE BEACH - Gulf views...........................................$399,000

TANGERINE BAY - Sensational location with captivating views over sparkling lake and national award winning island pool out to open bay. Interior designers would envy this beautifully appointed home. Beautiful furnishings included. $895,500.

THE MANY reasons you should lis t with us

Harbour Oaks.....................Sold........... $685,000 Sanctuary............................Sold........$1,345,000 Sabal Cove Lot...................Sold..........$450,000 Inn on the Beach................Sold..........$795,000 Villa Di Lancia....................Sold........$1,695,000 Regent Place.....................Sold........$2,200,000 Regent Place..................... .Sold........$3,500,000 Inn on the Beach.................Sold...........$695,000

Country Club Shores...Sold.........$1,695,000 L’Ambiance.................Sold...... ...$2,200,000 Sanctuary....................Sold............$899,500 Sanctuary...................Sold........$1,480,000 Sands Point Road......Sold............$695,000 Lido Towers................Sold...........$429,000 Winding Oaks.............Sold........... $525,000 Fairway Bay................Sold...........$379,500

Coldwell Banker Previews International • 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 • Longboat Key, FL 34228


4E THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER

GAMES Deal us in

Dealer: West Vulnerable: E-W

Winning defense Gabe Buky

Charles Buky

Best Team! Best Properties! %

President’s Elite - top 4 worldwide

North ♠AKQ2 ♥AJ6 ♦965 ♣Q62

The contributor of this week’s hand was sitting North. She had doubled so the declarer knew where the high-card points were held. She cashed three top-spades and declarer pitched a diamond on the third. She then switched to the six of hearts and declarer played low from the dummy. South could have won the trick with the eight but thought his partner had the Jack, so he won with the king. South switched to the queen of diamonds, which held. Declarer won the next trick with the ace of diamonds and cashed the king, noting the 3-3 split. The declarer, counting on the club suit for tricks, discarded the nine of hearts and the 10 on the diamond suit. When declarer neglected to cash his good Jack of spades, he played a club to the dummy’s nine, which won with the 10. South led a heart to the contributor, which gave them a score of 200, for a top board.

East ♠73 ♥ Q 10 9 5 ♦743 ♣KJ93

West ♠ J 10 8 5 ♥74 ♦ AK82 ♣A75 South ♠964 ♥K832 ♦ Q J 10 ♣ 10 8 4

by Donna SWAN Queen’s Harbour - bayfront home with 3850 sq. ft, boat dock, deeded beach access. $2,349,000

The Bidding: West 1♦ 1NT

South Pass

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.”

North Dbl All pass

East 1♥

Winners LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club North-South 1. Evelyn Maurer and Jerry Isaacs. 2. Lois and Bob Auerbach. 3. Lee Lippe and Hope Zawatsky.

2. Lois and Bob Auerbach. 3. (tie) Cele Schwartz and Blanche Jacoby. 4. (tie) Val and Cliff Beharrell. East-West 1. Selma and Larry Troum. 2. Marlene Mather and David Taylorson. 3. (tie) Maurice Joseph and Arthur Neufield. 4. (tie) Polly Kaatz and Jayne Forstenzer.

Ritz Beach Residence - new construction, 7th floor East-West 1. Mel Weisel and Tim Lesnik. 2. Polly Kaatz and David Taylorson. 3. Yolanda and Joe Nandin.

direct gulf front 3BR/3BA, 3550 SF under air. $2,945,000

Lido Beach - 56 condos from $489,000 to $6,000,000 Bay Isles - 13 homes from $1,199,000 to $3,650,000

(941) 387-1864 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34229

The Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. The Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club games are held at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 for details. ❑

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004 5E

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER

Observer Classifieds Classified Lines: •$11.00 for the first 15 words •21¢ each additional word Classified Display: •$22.00 (per week)- 15 words, 5 lines, bold border. •$38.00 - 30 words • $54.00 - 45 words •Extra words may be purchased for 50¢ per word Service Directory: (4 week min. run) •Business Card Size • $155.00/4-weeks •1/2 Business Card Size• $86/4-weeks

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• The Longboat Observer is offering free advertising space in the classifieds. • Free-Bee ads will only be accepted for the items-under-$200 classification and may run for two weeks maximum for each ad. (One Free-Bee ad per month) • The total value of articles for sale must not exceed $200 and each article must be priced. • Free-Bee ads must be placed in person, mailed, or faxed by individuals with private addresses and phone numbers. (Sorry, no commercial advertising in the Free-Bee section.)

•A 10% Discount will be given on ads that run same copy for at least 4 consecutive weeks for line ads and boxed ads. •A 20% discount will be given on ads that run a minimum of 6 months.

For Information

Call: 941-383-5509 Fax: 941-383-7193 Hours: Monday-Friday • 8:30am-5pm Deadline: Monday, Noon

Antiques STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. OVER 1,000 PIECES OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND CLOCKS. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY! 7881 15TH ST. E. (OLD 301), SARASOTA, FL. 755-6063

Appraisal Services

TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & Appraisals offers professional valuation, research and inventory services without a view to buy or sell. Video documentation inventory, art historical/market research, art Items Under $200 For Sale appraisals. Member of the Appraisers SHARP STEREO: radio, tape player, 3/disc Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, CD, 2/speakers, $95. 388-3360. www.artappraisals.org. SMALL DROP leaf table w/2 chairs, pickled wood, new. $110. 758-6781 or 725-0841. CURIO CABINET, Kanes. Like new, lighted, 4/glass shelves, 4/side glass doors, light color, 72”hx18.5”W, $200. 383-8266. JEWELRY: 200/PCS. of costume, $35. 778-4451. QUILTED BEIGE double Hatteras hammock w/Armond stand, both ex. cond. Asking $200. 941-387-7369, ask for John. LAZY BOY rocker/recliner, burgundy fabric, ex. cond., $175, 387-7049. 4 POTTERY Barn wicker chairs w/taupe slipcovers, great cond., $199. 362-2088.

Adult Care SUSAN SHAUGHNESSY, R.N. PRIVATE DUTY NURSING. 1:1 Care in home and hospital. Experienced w/references. 761-2656. CERTIFIED CAREGIVER/Retired Nurse. Evenings & overnight. Area references. 40/yrs. experiences. No lifting. 746-9246. AURORA IS once again free to take another case. State Licensed, up to date doctor’s references. 962-0666. QUALIFIED HOME Health Aide available days or nights. Reasonable hourly rate. References available. 378-1233. ADULT CARE/COMPANION EXPERTS. HHA/CNA care in your home. Live-in or hourly. Bonded/insured/reference checked. Personal care, housekeeping, errands, etc....Call for info: 951-6080.

Auto Sales & Service THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGIES WE CAN ADD 20-30% TO YOUR GAS MILEAGE. GO TO: OCN.NEWS.COM CALL 941-704-5294

The Longboat Observer reserves the right to classify and edit copy, or to reject or cancel any advertisement at any time. Corrections after first insertion only. *All ads are subject to the approval of the Publisher. * It is the responsibility of the party placing any ad for publication in

The Longboat Observer to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town codes in first obtaining an occupational license for a business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property.

Payment by Cash, Check or Visa/Mastercard

Call (941) 383-5509 To Place Your Ad

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

Boat Sales, Service & Storage JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or 630-417-7540.

Cleaning Services HOUSECLEANING. MATURE Lady 20/yrs. experience. Attention to details. N/S. Will also grocery shop/laundry. Ask about special offer. References. 758-2379. THE COUPLE specializes in cleaning luxury houses. The highest quality standard. Working in your area. Affordable prices. Excellent references. (941) 727-8430. CLEANING WITH CARE. Experienced, honest & reliable housecleaning. Great references and competitive prices. You will be happy with our service! Call Aura or John, 941-755-8374. IF YOUR HOUSE OR BOAT needs a good cleaning, please call: Maria 941-587-1562.

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Sara or Mike. Competitive prices. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY/PRIVATE References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. OWNERSHIP! Selene 53’ 2001 Twin Diesel. Full electronics. Luxury Features. Residential & Commercial Housekeeping Teak/Granite/Ultra-leather. Like new. Tax for all needs. Weekly maid service, Shelter. Low hours. $775,000. Call Capt. departure cleans, deep cleaning and carpet care. Barefoot Estate Management, Chitwood, 941-383-5232. 761-3000. 2000 FOUR Winns 285 Sundowner. LONGBOAT CLEANING CO. Servicing LBK Excellent condition. $35,000. 914-0204. & surrounding area, 20/yrs. Work done by Boat Slips for Rent/Sale LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS: 48/ft. slip for sale. Fabulous Bay views! 387-8337. LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS: 70/ft. slip available for lease. $950/mo. +electric. 813-431-8900.

longtime Island residents. References. Special Off Season prices available! Call us for free estimate on windows. 388-0338. EXPERIENCED HUSBAND & WIFE team. Any day, any hours. Call Steven, 447-6427 or 224-8248.

A CLEAN HOUSE supports the Arts! Working artist cleans to support her LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. paintings. Mature, thorough, reliable, Available for rent at Spindrift, located top row honest. (Mid-West work ethic!) Call Jean, south end. 630-330-3657. 941-792-1965, cell: 952-393-3236. LEXUS 2001 RX300. Pearl white, sunroof, CD, leather. Excellent condition, warranty, LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS, luxury yacht 37,000/mi. $26,000. 383-4589. Computer Services resort. Lowest price, 63’x21’ boat slip. Prime location, deep water dock, many amenities. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, Offered at $190,000. Doug Layer, Keller YOUR AUTO FOR training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Williams Realty, 941-587-8777. Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. SALE AD HERE! BOAT SLIP available for up to 45’ vessel at Longboat Key Moorings on Dock “O”, Slip Is Your Computer Slowing Down? CALL: “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of extra room Is it acting weird? For any kind of to move around. State-of-the-art docking computer help, call Forrest 388-3425. with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water Certified Computer Professional. Auto Transport hook-ups. Asking price of $199,000 includes RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. membership to the prestigious Coomodore Cmagik on LBK lbk.cmagik.com Flash web design commercial/personal, computer Drive your car to the North and back. Club. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405. help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest References. 941-778-5381. technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, 587-5588. Caregiver/Companion

383-5509

Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED!!

LET ME TAKE THE HASSLE OUT OF SELLING YOUR CAR. CASH OFFERED TODAY! CALL BRAD 941-374-1315

Air Purification

SEEKING POSITION: LIVE-IN, to care for EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need your loved one. All shifts available. Over help with hardware, software, networks or 20/yrs. experience. Own transportation. wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. References. 377-3677. ✓ CAREGIVER 10/YRS. experience: COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your Alzheimer, Parkinson, Stroke. Cleaning, computer misbehaving? Will train your meal preparation. Ref. available. Chandi, computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. 953-6634.

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MOLD, MILDEW, smoke, pet odors? Our air purifiers will eliminate odors and kill mold, Catering Bartender mildew and bacteria. FEMA is offering up to $200 towards the purchase of an air purifier RENT A BARTENDER for private parties. SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has to remove mold due to the recent hurricanes. Hors d’oeuvres & catering. Doris, 223-2883 been making party memories from the For more information, call 706-336-5989. casual to black tie affair. Specializing in or 941-358-5791. small dinner parties. 383-0777.

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

LAVANDA RESTAURANT offers personal catering. 366-0070.

Child Care INFANT/TODDLER & Preschool openings. Loving, Christian childcare and school. Concordia Lutheran Early Childcare Center, 365-0845.

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Computer Services

Fishing Charters

YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Trainer. Backed by 25/years of experience. Serving beginners & advanced users. Please call Elinor, 951-6145, 586-5689. www.coach-computer.com.

BACK COUNTRY CHARTERS: Specializing in night fishing. Nautical instruction on your vessel available. Contact Capt. Robert Wagner. 737-4243.

Garage, Moving & Estate Sales

Help Wanted

LET PREMIUM ESTATE LIQUIDATORS conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure.

REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. General Contractors Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and Concrete Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.CharCONCRETE, MASONRY, Restoration, Shell terFishingSarasota.com EXCLUSIVE Driveways, Concrete Painting, Staining, BARRIER ISLAND BUILDERS Sealing, Hauling & Deliveries, Debris GOLDEN RULE CONSTRUCTION Furniture clean-up. C-Squared Contractor, 345-3092. GROUP, INC. Sean D'Agostino CGC#1506629. MATTRESS: ALL new set, plush or pillowtop. Distributor over stock. Brand names State Certified General Contractor starting at Full, $80. Queen, $100. King, Consignments CGC #1507065 $190. Memory foam set, SACRIFICE $379. Sarasota Resident Since 1954 CONSIGNMENT STORE. Florida’s largest & Call 941-737-7662. most exquisite. Pick-up & delivery available. BED, FULL mattress set, orthopedic firm, House of Lords - Osprey. 941-966-5446. Call Keith never used, $100; pillow-top sets, never 941-906-8665 used, full, $135; queen, $155; king, $230. NASA memory foam set, as seen on TV, Crushed Shell cost $1,599. Sell $695. Victorian-style GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, daybed w/pop-up trundle, 2 new mattress, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. Help Wanted $340. Can deliver. 941-809-8798. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota MAINTENANCE MECHANIC needed for & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & BED: KING Serta Perfect Sleeper. Never So. LBK Condo with experience in general insured. 941-232-8877. used, still in plastic. Was $1800. Sacrifice building repair. F/T with benefits. Fax $375. 941-284-8887. resume to: 387-0032.

Financial Services

BED ALL SIZES NEW IN PLASTIC W/WARRANTY

HEDGE YOUR STOCK PORTFOLIO AND EARN 100% TRADING S&P 500 941-356-7130

FROM DAMAGED to clean credit. Personal/CONS home business loans. Second chance needed? America’s #1 rated funding program. Apply online: www.paragon-financial.com or call 1-800-514-5044 ext. 1.

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

FULL SETS $90.00, QUEEN PILLOW TOP SETS $120.00 KING DOUBLE SIDED PLUSH SETS, $160.00 AUTHENTIC NASA MEMORY FOAM QUEEN SETS $400 KING SETS $600 CAN DELIVER. 941-518-4787

RECEPTIONIST, PANACHE Beauty Salon & Spa, an established full service Longboat Key salon is seeking a local part-time receptionist. Outgoing “people personality” and computer/register skills required. Previous salon and retail sales experience a plus. Join our TEAM of professionals just in time for a great season! Please FAX resume with references to: 739-9030. Call “A” at 383-8132 for additional information and to schedule an interview.

HAIR DRESSER/STYLIST. Panache Beauty Salon & Spa, an established full service Longboat Key salon is seeking a permanent Full-time hair dresser/stylist. Previous salon experience and current license required. Established local/Longboat Key clientele a major plus. Join our TEAM of professionals just in time for a great season! Please FAX resume with references to : 739-9030. Call “A” at 383-8132 for additional information and to schedule an interview. P/T BOOKKEEPER: medical practice. Computer literate and QuickBooks a must. Bondable. 400-2553. CHARMING SHOP/GALLERY - Downtown Sarasota (Burns Ct.), seeks afternoon employee P/T. 941-266-1239. REAL ESTATE Sales Associate: There’s never been a better time to grow with our company. We are a progressive organization seeking a motivated self-starter to fill a key sales role at our Sarasota office. Successful candidates will join a winning team of real estate professionals committed to achieving their personal goals. We offer ongoing training, qualified referrals and a competitive compensation. To learn more about this career opportunity, call 387-3829 ext. 305. 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.

FT/PT. RETAIL experience helpful. Outgoing personality, must be able to communicate well w/others. Flexible hours. Apply in person: St. Armands Gifts & Winery, ☛ ☛ RE/MAX EXCELLENCE is now 466 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle. hiring additional associates for it’s Longboat office location. Please contact Andrew Vac HOUSE ASSISTANT. Great personality, at 383-9700 or andrewvac@remax.net reliable, organized needed for cleaning, cooking and errands. Must like animals and NAIL TECHNICIAN. Panache Beauty Salon babies. Vehicle and references required. Furniture Repair & Spa, an established full service Longboat 914-0204. PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, Key salon is seeking a part-time nail LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, technician. Previous salon experience ✔ ✔ TOP LBK REAL ESTATE AGENT scratches, parts replacement. We keep your (including pedicures) and current license needs F/T assistant. E-mail resume to: furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. required. Join our TEAM of professionals lkoy@coldwellbanker.com just in time for a great season! Please FAX Robert Martin, 727-2533. resume with references to 739-9030. Call “A” SEASONAL BACK room person. Receiving at 383-8132 for additional information and to & shipping for women’s specialty store. CLASSIFIEDS WORK schedule an interview. Call 383-6451.

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• Can’t Find The “Right” Painting For Your Home/Office?

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CARPET CLEANING

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DOCKSIDE BOAT REPAIR AND MAINENTANCE

Outboards • I/O’s • Inboards Call for appointment • 941-232-3523





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Office: (941)-377-3910 Pager: 252-6665 Emergency ency 24 Hr. Emerg Hr. Water Removal Removal Tile & Grout Grout Cleaning Specialists Odor Removal Specialist

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Repairs

Upholstery Cleaning Spot Dyeing

Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning

Re-stretching

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IF YOU HAVE DIRTY CARPETS, YOU NEED TO CALL:

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CUSTOM CARPET CLEANING SERVICE

24/HR WATER REMOVAL Jim and Sandee Davis Owners Same owners since 1979

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Security ~ Access Control Pool Alarms Communications A/V Surround Sound Central-Vac Systems Internet Automation & More...


THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004 7E

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER Home Management

Music Instruction

Barefoot Estate Management.. Servicing Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. Bonded/Insured. 941-761-3000.

PIANO LESSONS IN YOUR OWN HOME. Fun for kids, adults and senior citizens. Accepting students now. 16/yrs. teaching experience. Call 918-0429.

Personal Services

Remodeling & Home Improvements

YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC

CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs & painting. Insured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294.

Gail Sunray, Owner

Home Services

Painting & Wallpapering

TEEFOR2 HOME REPAIR AND HOME WATCH. Beside Handyman service I will ☛ RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & watch your home while you are away. REMODELING. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Tim Foran. Fiftyish. Call 941-773-7141 or Commercial. All painters are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, email: tforan@tampabay.rr.com Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and Items For Sale “Lo Voc” coatings by Safe Coat/AMF that are LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Furniture, clothes, housewares, books & Environmentally Correct product affiliated much more! Open Mon., Wed. & Sat., with Healthyhome.com. So, Smart Homes 9a.m.-3p.m. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr., “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors Longboat. 383-4738. welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215.

Landscaping & Lawn Services

RICK KUNKEL PAINTING. 25/Years experience. Specializing in exterior painting BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing and power washing. Free estimates. the total TLC for your landscaping require- 941-792-9597. ments. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens & gardens. Design, installation PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, and service. Call 941-761-3000 for free reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. consultation. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434. Massage

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, 704-7717.

Are you burdened with paperwork? Personalized Paperwork Management in Your Home or Office   

Bill Paying/Banking Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets Federal and State Tax Returns Personal and Business Correspondence Assistance with Insurance Forms

   

LOCAL HANDYMAN. Painting, carpentry, unlimited house repairs, dock & deck repair. Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860.

 TILE-TILE-TILE

All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Many Local References. Free Estimates & Custom Designs.

BONDED Over 25/yrs. Experience

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

Telephone: 941-749-5646 Email: yourbookkeeper@tampabay.rr.com

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper Plant Care installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest POTTED PLANT CARE, inside or out. & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. Annuals planted for the season. Doing MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and 30+years exp. business exclusively on Longboat Key over fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. 18/yrs. Lady Bug Plant Care, 941-704-5072. 941-400-5249. CUSTOM PAINTING - Paperhanging. Local Remodeling References, 25/yrs. experience, insured. Prompt, free estimates. 713-9391. Music Instruction & Home Improvements EXPERIENCE THE HEALING BENEFITS. Coastal Massage Therapy: offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular. Location optional: Bradenton, Sarasota or in home. 941-753-7766 Lic. #MA34584.

Personals

YALE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC TRAINED PIANO COACH IS ACCEPTING A LIMITED NUMBER OF BEGINNING OR ADVANCED STUDENTS.

ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days.

941-383-8322

Personal Services

CLASSIFIEDS WORK

PERSONAL ASSISTANT. Errands, driving, light cleaning, bookkeeping, gardening, cooking, etc. Good references. Aline, 330-0332.

RWD CONSTRUCTION CO. LICENSED CONTRACTOR

Call Ashdown Flooring Inc. (941) 726-3077 LIC.

INS.

EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, WALLS, MURALS. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT MEMBER LBK CHAMBER ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins.

ADDITIONS, DECKS, SIDING, TRIM, DRYWALL, WINDOWS, KITCHENS AND BATH. COMPLETE REMODELS. 941-914-0900



Roofing 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.

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H O M E WAT C H

MOVERS

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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

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MANGROVES

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

(941) 355-2936 / (800) 282-7674 www.davivalenti.com • dvmovers@aol.com www.wheatonworldwide.com Fla. State Mover Reg. #IM81

This seal applies only to Wheaton Van Lines’ interstate moving

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Suncoast Mangroves INC. 941-753-0203 • Permitting • Trimming • Hauling • Mitigation Exotic Removal (pepper trees, carrot wood, etc...) State Certified & Insured 6497 PARKLAND DR., SUITE C • SARASOTA, FL 34243 PH 941-727-2600 • FX 941-758-5012 • delta-engineers.com

LONGBOAT OBSERVER

Call Marc or Dan For a Free Consultation

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BEACH TO BAY: nearly new elevated townhouse on Anna Maria Island, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, 1500+/sq.ft. $775,000. NOREEN ROBERTS, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 941-713-0882.

THE PIERRE CONDOMINIUM. Luxury beachfront residence, top of the world views from every room of this fabulous 6th floor, 3BR/3BA unit. All inclusive amenities including tennis courts. Fully furnished. Ready to move in! $1,750,000. Dennis Riley, Realtor. Elegant Properties of Sarasota. 941-356-9484.

FURNITURE PAINTED: wicker, rattan, wood, wrought iron, patio furniture. Pick-up and delivery. 778-3133.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Purpose: The Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller has established Volunteers in Partnership (VIP), which will now allow citizens to serve local government through volunteer efforts. With customer needs growing, the collaboration of Volunteers and staff members will provide support to the Clerk’s delivery of quality service to the public.

Commercial/Business Opp. SARASOTA Florist Shop. Profitable, long-established business: easy to run in great location. $110,500** OUTSTANDING AREAS Fine Art/Framing business established over 12 years: thriving in affluent neighborhood. $90,000.** Sub Shop/Deli. Profitable, attractive business in excellent location. Good lease. $149,000.**

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MT. VERNON ON THE SARASOTA BAY 2BR/2BA, 1500/SQ.FT., 2ND FLOOR W/ELEVATOR, END UNIT, 55+ CONDO. UPDATED LARGE KITCHEN AND BATHS W/CORIAN COUNTERS, NEW FLOORS, LOTS OF WINDOWS ON THREE SIDES. BAY VIEW, BEAUTIFUL CLUB HOUSE, BOAT DOCKS, TENNIS COURTS, SWIMMING POOL, NATURE WALKS, 5/LAKES. BRADENTON'S FINEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY. $275,000

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Commercial Rentals & Sales FOR LEASE: office or retail. North Longboat Key Plaza - 1500-2000/sq.ft. Available for immediate occupancy. Call Chris Campbell or James Foster, Jr. Wedebrock Real Estate Co. 941-383-5543.

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2BR/2BA, 1500/SQ.FT. BEACH RETREAT TASTEFULLY DECORATED, NEUTRAL COLORS, UNDER BUILDING PARKING SPACE. RENT 12 TIMES PER YEAR. $765,000 941-356-6673 MEL & JAN GOLDSMITH MICHAEL SAUNDERS & CO.

SUNSET TOWERS $495,000 FOR SALE OR RENTAL 2BR/2BA, SPLIT PLAN, GARAGE

LOCATION & VALUE! 2BR/2BA, on the beach, behind the gates of LBK Club. Beautiful! Offered at $659,900. Call 941-374-3200.

CLO-ANN GARRISON (YOUR KEY WEST CONNECTION) KING & COMPANY 388-2555/OWNER OR 388-1288 E-MAIL: cloanng@bigplanet.com

PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL WANTS TO BUY GULF FRONT LBK CONDO DIRECT FROM OWNER. $500K-$600K RANGE. NO REALTORS. NO COMMISSIONS. CLOSE FOR CASH. WILL CONSIDER LEASEBACK.

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THE SHORE, #307. Beautiful 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front, 1560/sq.ft., top floor. Includes skylight, new granite, appliances, wallpaper, lighting. Owner is realtor. Call Greg Ruthven, 863-581-4639 or after 5:00p.m. 863-683-3459.

3BR/2.5BA, FABULOUS PANORAMA OF GOLF COURSE, LAKES AND SUNSETS. END UNIT. PREMIUM LOT! $654,000

CHARMING, TOTALLY remodeled 125/ft. canal front property. This home has 3BR/2BA, 2/car carport & deeded beach access. This single family home is the perfect getaway, fenced and cloaked in Coconut Palms and white Birds of Paradise. Relax in the hot tub, nestled in the secluded patio area. Fully furnished. Excellent rental history. Offered at $699,000. Best value on Longboat Key. See the “Beach Bell” at www.LBKgetaway.com and viewed by appt. 360-0700.

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CONDO WANTED: private individual wants to buy 1BR/1BA on Longboat Key. Call Andrew Ferraro, 732-292-0084 or Email: andrew.ferraro@att.net

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LARGE 2BR/2BA on Sarasota Bay. Walk out, all redone, marble & granite, 2200/sq.ft. $699,900. Call Bob Baldwin, Realtor. 941-586-4091.

BAYFRONT LOT: 100/ft. frontage, full view of Tampa Bay, cleared, partially filled, 222/ft. deep. Zoned R1. Offered at $2.5M. Please call Michel Cerene, Broker. 778-0777 or 545-9591 eves. or Mike Carleton, Realtor, 737-0915. BAYPORT, LBK. TKF, 2BR/2BA, 2/lanais. Renovated, new appliances. Gulf across street. $525,000. 941-387-0070.

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THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER Condos & Homes For Sale TANGERINE BAY MAGNIFICENT PENTHOUSE MAGNIFICENT VIEW FABULOUS FURNISHINGS 4 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHS This is a spectacular unit with absolutely everything in place for luxurious living. $1,249,000.00 Brokers Protected - 3%

Rentals: Annual DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Beautifully furnished condo, 1BR/1BA, Bay view, all amenities included. 6/mo. rental $2000/mo. or annually, $1400/mo. No pets. 941-587-9440, leave message. CONRAD BEACH. Charming Gulfside neighborhood, steps to beach, heated pool. New 2BR/2BA +loft, 2/car garage. Annual or seasonal. $5500-$7500/mo. View at: www.luxuryhomesandcondos.com Owner/Broker. 305-632-0449. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, LBK. Furnished or unfurnished home, 3BR/2BA, 2/car, heated pool, dock, boat lift, private beach access. Pets OK. 727-848-4100.

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RELAXING CANAL Front Home and Banyan Bay Gulf-Front Condo available for annual rental at discounted rate beginning COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: 3BR/3BA, April 2005. See ad in Seasonal section. 2/car garage, pool, boat lift, dock, 4th from www.longboatbeachrentals.com Bay. $1,500,000. 928-3447. <http://www.longboatbeachrentals.com> or call 863-559-4610.

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Rentals: Annual

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club 55+, 3BR/2BA, custom furnished, dock/marina, private BAY FRONT on Longboat Key with City beach access. Annual or Seasonal. lights, great bay views. Complete remodel 383-7734. 2004. Available Jan. 1st-furnished @ $4000/mo. seasonal. $2500/mo. annually. LONGBOAT, 3BR/2BA, on canal, w/garage, Call 864-723-2752. unfurnished, 2500/sq.ft. Available immed. ☛ LUXURY 2BR/2BA condo on Lido Beach. $2000/mo. 270-2743. Marble floors, granite counters, wonderful KEY WEST style, Holmes Beach, amenities. $5400/mo. including maid service. 3BR/2.5BA, fireplace, ceramic floors. 941-388-3738. Multiple garages, $2100/mo. May sell. 794-9921 or 773-6581. THE CASTILLIAN. Stunning LBK beach front condo w/sweeping Gulf & Bay views, BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, 3BR/2.5BA, 3rd floor. All amenities, furnished, 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant tennis, pool, hot tub, covered parking. w/thru views of Bay & Marina. All amenities 2/mo. min. 248-640-2654. including concierge & valet. No pets/smoke. $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. 3/mo. minimum. LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 970-948-6815. 2BR/2BA, beautiful. December Special, $2500/mo. April, May, June, 2005 $2500/mo. ☛ GOLDEN GATE POINT: Bayfront, 727-518-1572, vvannb@aol.com. furnished/unfurnished, 1BR. Pool, fishing BRIGHT AND cheery beachfront condo in pier. No pets. $990/mo. 941-374-3401. Longboat Key. Covert II, 2BR/2BA, pool. No SUPER ✸BAY ISLES✸ - 5BR/6BA, Bay smoking/pets. $1100/week or $4200/mo. 859-653-3519. E-mail: views, Harbour Sound Dr. FANTASTIC. 859-380-1345, CALL PAULINE. Jennette & Rossi, Inc. Real tlampe@fuse.net. Estate Management, 941-953-6000.

Rentals: Annual

L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping LONGBOAT Key, 1BR/1BA, views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and SOUTH LA PLAYA sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. furnished, W/D, screened lanai and deck. Annual $700/mo. & up. Seasonal 203-227-0500. GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS negotiable. 941-387-3825. LIDO SHORES Bay front home w/pool. WEEKLY RENTALS Turnkey, 3BR/3BA, boatable, private Lido Rentals: GULF FRONT 2 & 3 BEDROOMS Beach access, walk to St. Armands. From Seasonal & Vacation $3500/mo. Also available seasonal. 941-383-6224 941-350-1312. LOCATION! ONE of the best condo 888-383-6224 complexes on LBK and one of the best units LONGBOAT KEY HOME, 2BR +office, Key in Banyan Bay. Right on the Bay. First floor www.laplayacondo.com West style, $1950/mo. unit, #601. 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis and Gulf 988 BLVD. OF THE ARTS, 2BR/2BA beach. Available for this Winter. Feb. & “ON BEAUTIFUL LONGBOAT KEY” bayfront condo, $1350/mo. March $3600/mo. Other months less. Call 603-430-7707. The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 387-9709 SHORES, CLUB LBK. HOME AWAY from home. Fishing, boating, COUNTRY beaching on Longboat Key in Beach Harbor Furnished home, 3BR/2BA, 2/car, heated Club. Gulf & bay view, 2BR/2BA, 3/mo. min. pool, dock, boat lift, private beach access. BIRD KEY: Yearly unfurnished rental. 941-383-9576 or 614-353-6522. Pets OK. Monthly or annually. Premiere location, gorgeous 1999 built. 727-848-4100. 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car, pool. Near beaches, LIDO BEACH: Efficiencies, 1BR’s, 2BR’s. boating, shops, restaurants. $3500/mo. Steps to beach. Very private, quiet and WINTER ON LBK. Gorgeous split 2BR/2BA, 877-768-8428. clean. Available weekly/monthly and smoke free condo. Tropical Gulf views, discounted long-term rates. THE BEST newly remodeled. Open floor plan, gated, LONGBOAT, BAY Isles: 3BR/3.5BA, pool, RATES ON LIDO BEACH. 3/Day minimum. luxury Promenade complex, 3rd level from beach. Pool & tennis courts. 5/Minutes from 2900/sq.ft., private beach access. $2800/mo. No pets. No smoking. 941-388-2590. St. Armands. Available Jan. 2005. 3/mo. 404-931-5188 or 941-383-3941. HOLMES BEACH, attractive 3BR/2BA home min. 941-366-9596. STUNNING BAYFRONT condo in popular just steps from Gulf. Comfortably furnished, mainland complex w/pools, tennis, 24/hr. all amenities, screened lanai. Jan., Feb.,  LBK, FAIRWAY BAY, Bay Isles (gated). security, boat docks. 2BR/2BA, completely March, 1/mo. min. $3550/mo. 863-686-8207 Townhouse, 2BR/2.5BA, beach club, many updated, turnkey furnished. $2500/mo. or Langforc00@aol.com. amenities. No pets. Available now, annual or $3000/mo. 6/mo. Joan Boltax, seasonal/annual. 941-383-3583. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390. larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA. Bay view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, nicely furnished. Watch dolphins and LOCATION! tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered manatees. Available January thru June, SO. LONGBOAT KEY parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 2005. $3000/mo. 239-540-4274. to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 2BR/2BA, CANAL FRONT, NEW LARGE BAY FRONT DOWNTOWN! LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE. 80/FT. DOCK, WALK TO BEACH. LAWRENCE POINTE, BETWEEN Spectacular bay view, 4th floor penthouse: $1500/MO. BAY & RITZ. 2BR/2BA condo on the water. Newly MONTH TO MONTH OR OTHER. remodeled/professionally decorated. Ray Routh kitchen, W/D, bamboo floors, new 2BR/2BA SPLIT, FURNISHED. 941-383-7823 carpet. All new furnishings and accessories, ALL ROOMS DIRECT BAY VIEW. GATED. three plasma TV’s. No expense spared! SECURED LOBBY. WATERFRONT POOL. Beach Pavillion with all amenities. No pets, TOTAL RENOVATION. no smoking. Available November 1 through SEASON $5000/MO. season (2/mo. min. Jan., Feb., March). ANNUAL $3800/MO. 502-541-9188.

NORTH LONGBOAT Village: 2BR/2BA, 1BR/1BA. From $800/mo. annual. Room for trailer and boat, unfurnished, 1/4 block from water. 941-380-5076.

LONGBOAT HARBOUR 2BR/2BA, UNFURNISHED, OVERLOOKS POOL & BAY $1450/MO. INCLUDES ALL UTILITIES

AVAILABLE NOW, seasonal or annual, 1BR/1BA, large Lido Beach Club apartment. No smokers/pets. 3/mo. minimum. Call 362-7278.

GOLDEN GATE POINT DOWNTOWN SARASOTA 2BR/1BA, UNFURNISHED. $1100/MO. INCLUDES WATER & CABLE

LBK, BEACHFRONT. 2BR/2BA, new kitchen, fishing pier, pool, active clubhouse. PALM AVENUE, downtown. Great Bay Starting January, 2005. $3500/mo. views and sunsets, 2BR/2BA, breakfast room w/lanai. Tastefully furnished, 941-383-4592. everything less than 1/yr. old. Available Nov. 1st. 4/mo. minimum rental. $3250/mo. 360-6563.

BY OWNER 2BR/2BA/DEN, 2178/SQ.FT. BRIGHT AND SUNNY. MANY EXTRAS AND UPGRADES. LAKE AND PARK VIEWS, CLOSE TO POOL. REALTORS PROTECTED. $599,000 HARRY BECKER, FLORIDA LICENSED 941-383-2002

Lots & Acreage For Sale LOT: ANNA Maria Island, Holmes Beach. Rare, only a few left, R1, 88x100. Palm Harbor Dr. $375,000. Owner 941-807-4651. LONGBOAT KEY 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard Estrin: 807-3363. LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112

Mobile Homes 3710 Gulf of Mexico Dr. on Longboat Key. Mobile home w/private Gulf & Bay/marina. 55+ community owned. Remodeled and furnished. Buyers Agent OK. Asking $134,900. 941-383-0096 or towwill@wmconnect.com Open House, Oct. 30 & 31, 1-3p.m.

Real Estate Wanted ATTENTION CEDARS East owners. Want to buy your 2BR unit. Cash closing. ASAP. No realtors please. Call Jack, 814-444-0916 or email: Hollyberryhill@yahoo.com

1BR/1BA, 387-0990.

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$720/mo.

GRAND BAY, private side of newest building, fantastic views, golf course, marina, bay, 3BR/3BA, unfurnished, world class fitness center, 2/pools. 387-0171, owner. 2BR/2BA, BAY view condo w/tiled lanai, pool & sauna. Next to park & beach. Annual or seasonal. 941-456-1809.

751 BROADWAY CHARMING 4BR/2BA HOME POOL, PET & FAMILY FRIENDLY

VILLA D’ESTE: Large luxury 1BR/1BA in new gated community near downtown Sarasota. All amenities including fitness center, dog park & more. Deluxe kitchen, garden tub & many more upgrades. Must see! $850/month. 266-4877.

700 FOX ST. 2BR/2BA, UNFURNISHED VILLAGE HOUSE W/D, TILE FLOORS, GARAGE. PET OK $1000/MO.

HERITAGE HARBOUR: 4BR/2BA, brand new house, 2400/sq.ft. $1900/mo. 6 months or more. No pets. Gated, golf/pool community. 941-993-2018 or 813-508-2197. SARASOTA, VILLA D’ESTE. Lakefront, new 2BR/2BA, lanai, W/D, 2/carport, gated. All amenities. $975/mo. 387-1336.

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SEAPLACE BLDG. G2, 2BR/2BA, 2nd floor. Garden/Gulf glimpses. Available March/April 2005. Well furnished; viewing can be arranged. Non-smokers essential. Contact Derek T. Wilkinson, 38 Little Forest Rd., Bournemouth, England BH4 9NW. Tel.: 011 44 1202 762071(UK time 5/hrs. ahead). E-mail :dnp@littleforest.force9.co.UK LBK, FAIRWAY Bay condo: 2BR/2BA or 1BR+den, fabulous view. New appliances, pool, tennis, exercise room, beach access. Gated/security building. 2/mo. minimum. 724-941-1876, rstenpa@yahoo.com BAYPORT, LONGBOAT Key: 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf, fully renovated, 1st. floor, full amenities. No pets/smoking. Available Dec. through April. 941-383-1704.


10E THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2004 Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation ST. ARMANDS TOWERS NORTH 2BR/2BA, GORGEOUS 6TH FLOOR, GULFFRONT UNIT, COMPLETELY REMODELED, TASTEFULLY FURNISHED. FURN/UNFURN $6000/MO. NEGOTIABLE SEASONAL/ANNUAL 888 2BR/2BA, 7TH FLOOR. NEW REMODEL. FURN/UNFURN $3500/MO. NEGOTIABLE SEASONAL/ANNUAL 941-724-4703

SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS CONDOS NEW LISTING 3BR/2BA, IMMACULATE, GULF FRONT, 1ST FLOOR UNIT ONLY 2/WEEK MINIMUM! SEAPLACE TWO UNITS UPDATED AND TASTEFULLY DECORATED. 2BR/2BA WITH GULF VIEW 2BR/1BA WITH GREENBELT VIEW

HOME NEW TOWN HOME 3BR/2BA AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1ST LINDA PASKOVICH CALL OFFICE DIRECT: 941-552-3923 OR CELL: 941-504-0601 PRUDENTIAL PALMS REALTY 595 BAY ISLES RD., LONGBOAT KEY, FL 34228 www.prudentialpalmsrealty.com

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation EAGLE CREEK at Palm-Aire: 2BR/2BA, lanai, end unit on the green, all upgrades & amenities. Available JanuaryApril, $2400/mo. 356-4042. SOUTH LONGBOAT KEY. Directly on beach, 3BR/2.5BA walk out, behind the gates of Longboat Key Club, full ocean views from every room. Beautiful grounds, heated pool, tennis courts & fitness rooms, perfect sunsets. Jan. through April, 3/mo. min. $6500/mo. Call 941-383-8107. BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Walk right out onto the beach from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 941-383-6650. LONGBOAT KEY, THE PLAYERS CLUB: Gated, 3BR/3BA, Penthouse apartment with kitchen, dining room, sitting area, large patio. Spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico from apartment & view of the Bay & Gulf from the large patio. Professionally decorated, furnished, W/D. Large pool, tennis courts, exercise equipment available. Non-smokers, no pets. Available Dec. through May. $7500/month. (863)802-4765. DELUXE 2BR condo. Newly renovated w/granite, on the Gulf. Available month of March. Weekly rentals avail. August through December, $1400/week or $4800/mo. 859-441-6896 or 859-750-4774. GULF FRONT, 2BR/2BA condo w/beautiful Gulf views. 388-9426. LIDO BEACH: gorgeous 2BR/2BA, Gulf front condo in Lido Regency. Totally updated & new furniture, heated pool/Jacuzzi/sauna. Spectacular views and right on the beach. Short walk to St. Armands. Available Dec., 2004 through April, 2005. $3900/mo. Call 941-388-1742. VACATION RENTALS Sutton Place: 3BR/2BA, small pet OK. Seaplace: many to choose from. Fairway Bay: 2BR/2BA, great views. The Atrium: 2BR/2BA, +den PH The Sanctuary: GULF TO BAY CALL LORI 941-953-6000 JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE: www.leasingsarasota.com

LBK GULF FRONT HOME - spectacular open Gulf views from floor to ceiling in each room, contemporary furnishings, tile, 2BR/2BA, sleeps 6, king/queen/hideabed, 6/car garage, sun deck leads to wide, sandy beach, $2500/wk/$7000/mo. SUNCOAST REAL ESTATE, 1-800-732-6434 or www.suncoastinc.com

SANCTUARY, LBK condo. The ultimate in luxury for the discerning renter. 7th floor, Gulf front, 3BR/3BA. Exquisite all new furnishings & decor throughout. Panoramic beach views all round and direct full front view of famous Florida sunsets. Covered parking. Newly remodeled and fully equipped, no expense spared. Reserved ST. ARMANDS, turnkey, 2BR/2BA. Pool, parking. Available Jan., Feb., March, 2005. full bay view, lanai, walk to beach, shops, Non-smokers only. $8500/mo. +local tax. dining. $2800/mo. in season. 2/mo. min. 3/mo. min. Call 813-962-2652 or Details, 651-653-6956. 813-245-6800, ask for Steve or sfreedman@freedmansonline.com LBK, BUTTONWOOD Harbour house. 2BR/2BA, heated pool, garage, private LONGBOAT KEY, SEAPLACE, 2BR/1BA, setting, walk to beach. Unavailable fully equipped, all amenities. Available 2005 Feb./March No pets/smokers. $2500-$4000. season. Owner, (770) 509-7419. 941-387-8589, vrbo.com/35326. DIRECT WATERFRONT: Lido Beach - what CONRAD BEACH. Charming Gulfside a view, spectacular sunsets! 2BR/2BA, neighborhood, steps to beach, heated immaculate, must see. 3/mo. rental: Jan., pool. New 2BR/2BA +loft, 2/car garage. Feb., March. $4500/mo. 941-377-2121, Annual or seasonal. $5500-$7500/mo. email: esquare8@aol.com. View at: www.luxuryhomesandcondos.com Owner/Broker. 305-632-0449.

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SPECTACULAR DOWNTOWN, wide bayfront view. 2BR/2.5BA, pool, walk to cafes, theaters/galleries. $3700/mo. 3/mo. min. 544-5826. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404. STEPS TO BEACH! SEAPLACE, master bedroom w/king bed & private bath, guest bedroom w/queen bed & private bath. Sleeps/7. New elegant decor with new kitchen. Available Aug.-Oct. $2000/mo. Nov.-Dec. $2500/mo. Two month minimum. 423-968-3420. To view: Rentwithaview.com

5680 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 1-2-3 Bedroom Townhouses Private Attached Garage Tennis/Olympic Heated Pool Weekly & Monthly Rates Pet Friendly

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 SEA BIRD BEACH RESORT 3465 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228 1-800-414-0238 or 941-383-1636

ARRIVE AS A GUEST LEAVE AS A FRIEND All units face the Gulf Nightly, Weekly, Seasonally Efficiency, one bedroom and 2 bedroom apts. Ask about any Specials we might be running. www.seabirdbeachresort.com

LIDO BEACH FULL PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEW PENTHOUSE UNIT, 2BR/2BA, NEWLY REMODELED. AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER THROUGH APRIL $4000/MO. (NOV. & DEC. $1700/MO.) 813-505-3290

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: www.Wedebrock.com

LONGBOAT KEY, SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Newly decorated w/many amenities and garage. Private beach. Small pet OK. Available January 1st. to March 24th. Reasonably priced. 908-447-4168. STORYBOOK COTTAGES. Romantic B&B decor, cottage chic in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher, cable, phone. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) patio. $1000/mo. per multiple months. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, $850/mo. Weekly and monthly rates avail. 941-779-2393. 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. LBK, BEACHPLACE, 2BR/2BA. Beautifully decorated, turnkey condo w/lanai. Avail. this Nov. and Dec. for $3000/mo. Amenities include Olympic pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center and 24/hour security. Non-smokers please. To view: www.longboatcastle.com <http://www.longboatcastle.com> By owner. Month to month rentals only. 407-302-5350.

THE CASTILIAN, Oceanfront, 4th equipped condo overlooking Gulf. Dec. 2004. Jan. & Call 513-561-5940.

Longboat Key, Florida. floor, 2BR/2BA, fully w/screened-in balcony Available Oct., Nov., Feb., 2005. 1/mo. min.

GENESIS PROPERTIES OF LONGBOAT KEY 2 & 3 BEDROOM HOUSES AND COTTAGES NEWLY FURNISHED, ON THE BEACH!!! PRIVATE HOT TUBS! AVAILABLE WEEKLY OR MONTHLY CRAIG WEISS OWNER: 724-2900

LONGBOAT KEY, SEAPLACE. Gated, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, spectacular Gulf views, newly professionally decorated. 2/pools, whirlpools, exercise, tennis, W/D. Non-smokers. Available Dec. through April. (815) 462-5724. SEAPLACE G8 BLDG., 2BR/2BA, immac. condition, S.W. view of Gulf. Walking trails, fitness center, pools, tennis courts, security. Active clubhouse. On the beach. Call evenings, 513-575-5221. SANCTUARY - SOUTHWEST beachfront residence, 3BR/3BA with 1800/sq.ft. Available January through March. Please call Judy Kepecz, Coldwell Banker Previews, 387-1825.

BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT DIRECTLY FACING, GULF OF MEXICO Available from December through April. Minimum rental 3/mos. The apartment consists of a large living room w/all wood floors and European style decor. A large fully equipped kitchen, 2BR/2BA, and a great terrace overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The Islander Club has all amenities, including an Olympic size swimming pool, sauna fitness room and Har-Tru tennis courts. The Islander is often voted the best managed condo on Longboat Key. Rent: $4800/mo. Visit our web site: www.Boxser.com E-mail: www.Dan@Boxser.com 773-528-0028

LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On beach w/ocean & bay views, N.W. corner condo, 11th floor, 2BR/2BA w/terrace. Beautifully furnished. Spacious, meticulously maintained. Heated pool, exercise area, library, tennis court & assigned covered parking space. Includes utilities & housekeeping, (not phones). Available beginning January 1, 2005. 3/mo. minimum. Longer stays negotiable. $5000/mo. Or annual rental (at greatly reduced rate) from January on. Virtual viewing available upon request. 1-978-475-1678.

3BR/3BA CONDO on the Gulf w/Gulf and LBK, JUST REDUCED. NOV/DEC/JAN Bay views. Non-smoker. $4500/mo. SPECIALS. Starting at $2800 per month! THE ULTIMATE Beachplace condo. Luxury 201-503-9316 or 862-377-8070. living at its best for the discerning vacationer. Best views, best decor, best WHITNEY BEACH CONDO price - Fifth floor. Exquisite beachfront 2BR/2BA, PRIVATE BEACH, 2BR/2BA. Stunning sunsets and panoramic HEATED POOL, TENNIS. views. Newly remodeled, luxuriously AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH 2005. furnished. High-end fully equipped kitchen. Reserved parking. Avail. monthly all dates except Feb./March, 2005. Non-smokers only. 941-954-3558 Digital pics available. Call 813-875-7775, Steve or Lyndsey.

THE PRIVATEER, behind the gates of The Longboat Key Club: 2BR/2BA, 9th floor. Spectacular views of Gulf and Bay. Beach, heated pool, tennis courts. Available from January to April, $3900/mo. 3/mo. min. GRAND BAY, 2500/sq.ft. beautifully furnish- Call 941-383-3861. LBK - BANYAN BAY - 3BR/3BA, water ed Cayman unit. Oversized patios, direct view, heated pool, tennis court, workout Bay view, private beach club. No smokers or GORGEOUS GULF view townhouse, room. Monthly, seasonal or annual rental. pets. Available Jan. through April, 3/mo. min. 3BR/2.5BA, pool, hot tub, tennis. $4200/mo. $6400/mo. 914-241-3340/NY. 1/mo. min. 544-5826. 813-495-3884.

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LIDO BEACH, Gulf front. Spacious 1BR, Gulf/Bay views, large balcony, beautiful decor. 248-375-9027, 941-388-2353. LBK BEACHPLACE condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available Oct., 2004 to December, 2004. Also January to December 2005. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884.


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UNIQUE GROUND floor apartment in Seaplace, building G1. Garden view, 50/ft. from back door to beach. Two month rental required, 2BR/2BA. Fully furnished, including washer/dryer. Available March & April, 2005. $3600 Jan., Feb. & March. $2600 April & Dec. $1300 May through Nov. Call: 706-746-2594 after 6p.m. or e-mail: Knutifam@yahoo.com

LBK, BEACH Harbor Club: Gulf to Bay property, 2BR/2BA, steps to private beach. Pool, W/D, club house, gym, fishing pier. Newly remodeled & furnished, second floor, elevator. Available November 15-April 30. 3/mo. minimum. $2800/mo. includes bi-monthly cleaning service. Non-smoking. e-mail: amdg1@comcast.net, 800-362-9876 ext. 200.

PRIVATEER. BEAUTIFUL condo, 2BR/2BA. Exquisite Gulf/bay & golf views, high floor & amenities in exclusive, gated community. 3/mo. min. Nov.-April. (803) 332-3333.

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180 DEGREE PANORAMIC, view of Gulf. Beautiful 3BR/2BA condo in small 11/unit building. 20 ft. from beach! Fully equipped, all features including pool, balconies, and full Gulf view from each bedroom. 3/months preferred. December through end March. $5,500/mo. 812-471-9488. ST. ARMANDS Circle. Kingston Arms of Condominiums. Newly renovated and E-mail: rednose@evansville.net. furnished 2BR/2BA unit, heated pool, steps to beach and shopping. No pets, no SOUTH LONGBOAT KEY. Har-Tru tennis, smoking. Available Jan. through April, 2005, large 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished. Many ($2900/mo.) (770) 226-0955 or e-mail: social activities. $4,000/month. 387-0121. www.mln239@yahoo.com js_radcliffe@earthlink.net GULF FRONT plus City & bridge views. 9th floor at the Pierre on Longboat Key. Lovely furnishings, exercise, pool, hot tub. $7000/mo. or $20,000 for the season. Call 864-723-2752.

SEAPLACE CONDO: beautiful updated 2BR/2BA, new kitchen w/granite, W/D, screened lanai. Available Nov.-Feb. SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. 941-379-4832. Weekly through December. Gulf front. LIDO BEACH. Gulf front penthouse, SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the 2BR/2BA, panoramic views, beach, Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. intercoastal, spacious, beautiful decor. 724 MARBURY LANE, 3BR/2BA home on 248-375-9027, 941-388-2353. canal w/boat dock. $3000/mo. WHITNEY BEACH, 2BR/2BA, furnished Bay L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, view, $3800/mo. 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, WESTCHESTER, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping direct Gulf view, $4800/mo. views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and ST. ARMANDS, 2BR/2BA, furnished, sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. 1/block to shopping, 2/blocks to Lido Beach, Long season. 203-227-0500. $2800/mo. 609 BAYVIEW HOME, pool, 2BR/2BA +den. LIDO/LONGBOAT CONDOS: Gulf front, $4200/mo. 2BR/2BA, 3/mo. min. $3500-$5000/mo. 6525 GULF OF MEXICO DR., 2BR/2BA, No smoking. No pets. Available Nov.-April. spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, 810-794-4186. $4200. CASTILLIAN, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, LONGBOAT COVE $6000/mo. 2/mo. min. 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, ISLANDS WEST, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. $5000/mo. 3/mo. min. 751 BROADWAY, charming 4BR/2BA $6000/MO. 3/MO. MIN. home, pool, pet & family friendy. 1/mo. min. HARBOR OAKS, 3BR/2BA w/garage, on CALL GREG: 863-581-4639 Golf course, gated, $4500/mo. CONDOS/HOMES SEASONAL

Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Kim Fisher Wagner Realty 941-383-5577 SANDS POINT condo. Behind the gates, South tip of LBK. Brand new w/granite, view of water, 2BR/2BA, heated pool/spa, right on huge private beach w/Tiki hut. Call Lisa, 813-277-4336. BANYAN BAY. Full Gulf front, 3BR/3BA, small complex. Tennis, swimming pool, washer/dryer, near shops & restaurants. Available Oct. 2004 through April 2005. 941-383-8297.

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CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA or 2BR/2BA furnished homes. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Dock, walk to beach. Available November & December, 2004. Monthly only. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates. http://www.LBKgetaway.com or call 941-360-0700.

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RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, RELAXING CANAL HOME & GULF-FRONT 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. CONDO FOR RENT...Relaxing mid-Key LONGBOAT KEY villa, Spanish Main Yacht canal front home: 3BR/2BA recently Club. Private adult community, 2BR/2BA, updated, well maintained. Private deeded w/carport, updated, tile floors, screened beach for neighborhood just across street. lanai, pool, clubhouse, marina. Short walk Private Tiki Hut on beach for enjoying to Gulf. Available Dec./Jan. $2400/mo. sunsets. Large screened in pool, great dock for fishing (rented Jan.-March 2005). 609-685-2242 or 856-464-2425. BANYAN BAY - Gulf front 1st floor LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE, condo: 2BR/2BA, completely remodeled. 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Beautifully furnished, Spectacular Gulf views from inside & out. W/D, screened lanai, pool. Beach and Steps to the Gulf. Community pool, boat access. Small pet OK. Available Clubhouse, tennis courts & Bayside dock. monthly starting Oct. 15th through 2005 Walk to Centre Shops (rented Feb.-March in annual rentals season. (2/mo. min. Jan., Feb., March). 2005). Interested beginning April 2005. Call or email for 513-792-9622. seasonal rates. 863-559-4610 or www.longboatbeachrentals.com <http://www.longboatbeachrentals.com>

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LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, LONGBOAT ARMS, 2BR/2BA, newly 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. furnished, beautiful Gulf view, beach access. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. Avail. now. 2/mo. minimum. 603-382-2386. LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON Place: 2BR/2BA comfortable villa w/enclosed lanai and covered parking. Heated pools, private beach and boat access. Available for seasonal (2/mo. min.) or annual rental. No smoking. No pets. 845-425-1645 or 845-354-2280.

BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA. First floor, beautifully furnished, bay view condo with W/D. Tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach access. Available Dec.-Jan. $3500/mo. Non-smoking unit. 859-441-3110.

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LBK CANAL home. Walk to private beach access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Available monthly October through January, $2900/mo. 407-898-4175. LONGBOAT KEY Harbourside, 1BR/2BA +den, bay view, $3800/mo. J/F/M. LIDO REGENCY, 1BR/1BA, $2200/mo. J/F/M. KEY TOWER, 2BR/2BA, Gulffront, $4200/mo. J/F/M. LIDO HARBOUR SO., 2BR/2BA, $2500/mo. J/F/M. LIDO HARBOUR SO., 1BR/1BA, $2200/mo. J/F/M. KINGSTON ARMS, 1BR/1BA, $2500/mo. J/F/M. DOWNTOWN-EMBASSY House, 2BR/2BA, bay view, $3500/mo. J/F/M. LIDO SHORES, 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, $3200/mo. Brenda Cozy 941-954-6500 Coldwell Banker Real Estate

BIRD KEY. Upscale turnkey furnished, 4BR/3BA, 2/car garage. Available Oct.-May. No pets/smokers. 953-4234, 504-3897. PELICAN HARBOUR, LBK. 2BR/2BA, panoramic bay view. Private beach, beautifully furn. Avail. Dec./April/May, 1/mo. min. 770-751-3826.

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LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE Watch peacocks stroll past your front door from this Longboat Key Village charmer. Currently the least expensive home on LBK. Walk to community dock and local restaurants. $429,000. Call 383-5543 or Gary /Cindy LaFlamme 780-8000 or 725-0928

YOUR TROPICAL PARADISE AWAITS Completely renovated perfect for entertaining. Over 4,400 sq ft home w/deluxe master suite & bath, ultimate gourmet kitchen & lg balcony w/bay views. On secluded deep water bayou. $2,599,000. Call 349-5543 or Cindy Migone 812-7438 / Courtney Campbell 302-6408

MEDITERRANEAN BAYFRONT Condo of ten residences. Sweeping views of intracoastal waterway and sunsets over Lido. Features 3BR/ 3BA, den, 2-car garage, over 2100 sq ft. Nice pool area with barbeque and pull up dock. Offered at $929,000. Call 383-5543 or Marc Turner 224-1112 or visit open house.

SAGAMORE ESTATES DUPLEX Great investment close to the beaches & Cortez Village. 2BR/2BA plus a 1BR/1BA with common laundry and two-car garage. Good income potential in a rarely available subdivision. $355,000. Call 383-5543 or Gary/Cindy LaFlamme 780-8000 or 725-0928

STUNNING BAY AND GULF VIEWS Tastefully updated 2BR/2BA end unit offers spacious floor plan, electric storm shutters and newer windows. Direct bay front complex with boat docks, deeded beach access, active clubhouse, tennis and more. Offered at $545,000. Call 383-5543 or Tina Rudek 920-0303

CANAL FRONT Elegant and professionally decorated 2BR/2BA totally updated home on desirable Longboat Key. This one won't last. $779,000. For more info Call 3835543 or Susanne Kasten 448-3027

BAYFRONT ESTATE Complete privacy, tranquility and spectacular Bay views surround this custom built 4 bedroom, 3 bath ranch home situated on 3.7 acres. A private boating canal makes this a very rare property. Offered at $1,899,000. Call 3835543 or Tina Rudek 920-0303

PARADISE AWAITS! Own a slice of paradise in this recently updated, beautifully furnished mobile home. Extra touches make this one special! Attached laundry room & storage. Attached carport. $210,000. Call 383-5543 or Milessa Dunlop 504-2862

SPECTACULAR BAY VIEWS Rarely available, completely updated and decorator furnished. This beautiful 2BR/2BA condo has a private dock and is located on a protected deep water basin located in a gorgeous park-like setting only minutes to beaches. $970,000. Call office 383-5543 or Cindy Migone 812-7438 or Courtney Campbell 302-6408

SANCTUARY Spectacular Gulf and Golf course views from this beautifully updated 3BR/3BA 3rd floor end unit. Behind the gates of The Longboat Key Club you'll enjoy concierge, sparkling pool, tennis and under ground parking. $1,295,000. Call 349-5543 or Cindy Migone 812-7438 / Courtney Campbell 302-6408

CAREFREE WATERFRONT LIVING Brand new mediterranean flats designed for carefree waterfront living with all the luxuries and conveniences one could desire. Nestled between the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef. Starting at $795,000. Call 383-5543 or Tina Rudek 920-0303

OAKS CLUBSIDE Enter the home through it's White House style drivethru portico. Luxury throughout with marble flooring, granite countertops, Ray Routh cabinetry, moldings, 27' high entrance/living room, great vistas, wetlands, trees, etc. Live in the Oaks-Sarasota's best club/family community. 6BD/4.5BA. Priced well at $1,399,000. Call 349-5543 or Cindy Migone 812-7438 / Courtney Campbell 302-6408

SEASONAL

FAIRWAY BAY This complex has all the amenities one would want – private beach club, beautiful pool area with gorgeous bay view, exercise room and tennis. Two bedroom town home available. Call 383-5886

KRISTOFF’S TROPICAL HIDE AWAY Wonderful 3 BR home has open floor plan, cheerfully decorated, lovely water view, overlooking canal, in a private, relaxing setting! For outdoor enjoyment there is a screened lanai w/swimming pool and dock. Call 383-5886

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O’NEILL’S HOME Just steps to the Gulf of Mexico, this 2BA/2BR has all the charm of an island cottage. Tropical landscaping surrounds the oversized yard, comfortably turnkey furnished. Call 383-5886

ISLAND POOL HOME Gorgeous 2BR / 2BA home on canal. Caged patio/pool area with built-in grill. Tile floors, fireplace and newer kitchen. Call 383-5886

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