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ruling by Larry Burke | City Editor

Grand Mariner seeks court rehearing Dream Island LLC has a new site plan for the town and continues to build despite the court’s decision to quash P & Z ruling. Like a ship’s captain trying to steer his rig through rocky bottoms, former Buccaneer Inn owner Tom Hires has run aground again with his Grand Mariner condominium project. A Manatee County Circuit Court ruling Sept. 19 surprised

Hires and his partners in Dream Island LLC, when Judge Durand J. Adams reversed a previous court order and ruled that an extension granted on a building permit application was issued

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The Grand Mariner hopes to have a model ready for public viewing in early 2007.

+ The king of beer (steins)

For 51 weeks a year, The Observer is all about “you, your neighbors and your neighborhood.” Come Oct. 5, it’s all about The Observer — and our predominance in beer-stein holding. Yep — The Observer is the reigning champ in the annual Media Stein-Holding Contest sponsored by the Oktoberfest Suncoast. Roger Drouin, former city editor of The Longboat Observer and currently city editor of The Sarasota Observer, was the man of the strong and steady arm (and a liking for the lager) and the last man left holding the 32-ounce stein in last year’s contest. He’ll defend our title, along with a strong-armed team of Observer staffers, at the third annual contest Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Festhalle (Downs Building, Gate No. 2) at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from Oktoberfest, running Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 and Oct 13 through Oct. 15, benefit The Great Outdoors Conservancy and the Mental Health Communities of Sarasota. Tickets may can be purchased at the door.

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A fish harvester in Sarasota Bay scoops up dead fish killed from the recent outbreak of red tide algae. Two harvesters have been deployed on the bayside areas of Harbourside Moorings and Country Club Shores and down into New Pass. Public Works Director Juan Florensa said that as of Sept. 30, Grubbs, the town’s fish-kill removal contractor, has trucked 165 tons of fish and marine vegetation to the county landfill. The removal cost for the town of Longboat Key has been $246,000.

FISH FRY by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Longboat Historical Society does it again Local organization cooks up music and dinner just like the old days. Longboat Key Historical Society is operating by the mantra, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The organization is holding its “Old Time Fish Fry” for the second year and is keeping changes to a minimum. “The fist time was a big success, which is why we tried not to change very much this year,” said Mike Doll, president of the Longboat Key Historical Society. Last year 300 guests attended the dinner, this year about 500 people are expected. The fish fry will he held 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at Mar Vis-

ta Dockside Restaurant & Pub. “We want to keep it simple and enjoyable,” Doll said. “We want to create an event that’s not too fancy.” The chairmen for this year’s event are Jim and Phyllis McGuire, and Ed Chiles and his staff at Mar Vista will be again in charge of putting together the food for the fish fry. Even though fried fish and hush puppies will appear on the menu, don’t be fooled. “This is not your basic fish fry,” Doll said. “The food is excellent.” In addition to dinner, live

DINNER PLANS What: Longboat Key Historical Society’s “Old Time Fish Fry” When: Oct. 20 Where: Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: $20 per person; children 6 and under, free Call: 387-8323 for more information Tickets are available at Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce/Historical Society building, Whitney Beach Post Office, Wagner Realty and at music will be provided, and a 50/50 raffle drawing will take place. The Historical Society’s main purpose in hosting the event is not to make a large profit but to bring people together to have a grand ol’ fishfry-of-a-time.

“We want them to see friends, and we will have a bunch of old timers again; we had 20 or so respond,” Doll said. “This is just a new event that we wanted to do not only to enjoy it but to bring awareness to the Historical Society.”

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+ SEASON arrives

OUR TOWN continued from page 1A

Wondering where to go for your favorite artist’s exhibit this fall? Or who’s throwing the hottest parties? Or when everything from “Hairspray” to Tony Bennett is coming to town? Wonder no more, for in this issue you’ll find a copy of SEASON

magazine, The Observer’s guide to the Arts & Society. And to ensure you can keep track of the 371 events listed in the 54page guide, we’ve also included a 20062007 Black Tie Social Calendar. So look in the middle of your paper to find your magazine and calendar, and don’t miss a thing this season.

The ladies tennis group from the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center came to last year’s walk in honor of Roseanne Roche, who died of pancreatic cancer last summer.

+ Walk for awareness

The second annual Sarasota Walk, which is organized by the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Foundation founded by Longboat resident Nancy Flemming, will take place Nov. 18 this year. The walk was created to help raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, which has become the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. “Our foundation is about the awareness,” Flemming said. “Everybody has similar stories that they don’t often know about pancreatic cancer until someone they know is diagnosed.” Flemming put together the annual walk after losing her husband, Harry, to pancreatic cancer three years ago. Pre-registration for the 5K walk from downtown Sarasota to Bird Key ends on Oct. 9, although walkers can still register the morning of Nov. 18 for the walk. Pre-registering ensures that each walker receives his or her correct T-shirt size. The registration fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt, purple awareness wristband and an awareness card. All proceeds will be donated to pancreatic cancer research. For more information or to register for the walk, visit or e-mail:

+ Living doll

Lita Ward, Longboat Key resident, noticed something when she was recently reorganizing her baby doll collection. She came across a doll that bore a resemblance to someone she knew: her 2-month-old granddaughter, Berkley Marie Ward. Laying them side-by-side, Ward said Berkley Ward is their “living doll.” Berkley Ward was born Aug. 9, and weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces. She is the daughter of Lance and Carla Ward.

+ Free for all

Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital and Education Center are waiving admission fees for the month of October. The “Free for All” promotion will showcase to visitors all the improvements and changes that have been made since the last season. “We spent spring and summer cleaning up, fixing up and improving the Sanctuary,” said Jeffrey Dering, executive director. “With new boardwalks and displays, we are offering the best visitor experience in years.”

Donations are always accepted, and memberships are available in the gift shop. Members receive free admission to the Sanctuary all year long. Pelican Man’s is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

+ Celebration

Friends and family members of former Longboat Key Deputy Fire Chief Terry A. Conover are invited to attend a Celebration of Life held 1 to 3 p.m., Oct. 7 at the Longboat Key Cocktail Lounge (Tiny’s) at 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive.



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by Larry Burke | City Editor

Proposal would phase out 7 SUVs Commissioner Randy Clair is suggesting the town put a $22,000-cap on the town’s future vehicles.

Concerned about the perception of the town staff ’s use of SUVs, Longboat Key Commissioner Randy Clair has submitted guidelines to reduce the current fleet of 15 SUVs down to eight over the next few years. Clair’s proposal came after commissioners discussed the town’s use of SUVs during the commission’s Sept. 11 budget meeting. Commissioners expressed concern that the SUVs created the perception of excessive town spending.

Town Manager Bruce St. Denis argued in favor of the SUVs because of his desire to be able to deploy town staffers as quickly as possible after a destructive hurricane. “We need to be able to focus on the first three days (following a storm),” St. Denis said. “We need to immediately address assessments, clean-up and inspections of homes and condos.” St. Denis said the SUVs’ ability to maneuver over and through debris would speed up recovery immediately after a storm. “If we can start on day one, before the island is cleaned up,” St. Denis said, “maybe that would allow us to save time on the other end and get people back sooner.” Clair’s proposal would apply to all town vehicles, except medium or heavy trucks,

special-use trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, motorcycles or trailers. It would give the town manager the ability to use his best judgment when considering the purchase of vehicles, based on functional, operational and economic perspectives. The price ceiling would be $22,000 per vehicle. Going forward, St. Denis said the town still would have the flexibility to purchase SUVs or other high-clearance, four-wheeldrive vehicles as replacements as long as they fell within the price range. Any vehicle that exceeds the price cap would need prior approval from the Town Commission. After reviewing Clair’s proposal, St. Denis said it would not compromise hurricane preparedness.

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Town manager 2004 GMC Yukon/XL 56,000 Leased 25 Police chief 2004 Ford Expedition 68,000 Owned 14 Police deputy chief 2006 Ford Expedition 9,670 Owned 18 Police detective captain 2005 Ford Explorer 34,232 Owned 19.6 Fire chief 2003 Crown Victoria 31,000 Owned 30 Deputy fire chief 1999 Ford Explorer 85,000 Owned 38 Fire marshal 2003 Crown Victoria 66,000 Owned 19 Public works director 2006 Ford Explorer 8,400 Owned 50 Public works project mgr. 2004 Ford Explorer 44,500 Owned 38 Public works operations mgr. 2006 Ford Explorer 8,275 Owned 32 Public works superintendent 2005 Ford Explorer 38,000 Owned 62

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St. Jude, car raffle tickets on sale now


by Roger Drouin | Sarasota City Editor

The silver anniversary event features the raffle of a Toyota Scion SUV.

Tickets are officially on sale for the 25th annual Longboat Key St. Jude Gourmet Luncheon and car raffle. Pricing for this year’s silver-anniversary luncheon WHERE TO BUY will be $25 in advance LUNCHEON, and $30 at the door. Only 1,200 tickets will be sold RAFFLE TICKETS to the luncheon and only 300 tickets will be sold for Longboat Key • Colony Beach & Tenthe raffle of a 2007 Toyota nis Resort, Tastebuds Scion Mini-SUV. Delicatessen, 1620 Gulf The luncheon will be held of Mexico Drive, 383from noon to 2 p.m. Satur6464 day, Nov. 11, in the parking • Longboat Key, Lido area of Temple Beth Israel, Key, St. Armands Key 567 Bay Isles Road, on Chamber of Commerce, Longboat Key. 6960 Gulf of Mexico As it has for the past 24 Drive, 383-2466 years, this year’s luncheon • The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico will feature the signature Drive, 383-5509 gourmet dishes of the pre• The Market, 6810 mier restaurants from Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, St. Armands 383-7180. Circle, Sarasota, Anna Ma• Sea Stable, 3170 Gulf ria and Bradenton, along of Mexico Drive, 383with ample samplings of 2288 fine wines from the region’s • SunTrust Bank, 510 top wine distributors. Bay Isles Road, 3875600 Along with the restauSarasota rants, this year’s luncheon • Sarasota Olive Store, has secured the backing of 1419 Fourth St., 366The Stanford Group Com2008 pany, a Houston-based asset • The Sarasota Obmanagement firm. The comserver, 1517 State St., pany’s Longboat Key office 366-3468 is headed by longtime Longboat Key investment manager Chuck Vollmer, president of the Vollmer Financial Group, an affiliate of Stanford. Stanford Group Company is one of the nation’s leading corporate sponsors and donors to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The children’s hospital is the benefactor of the proceeds of the luncheon and car raffle.

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As one deputy stands off to the side of John Ringling Boulevard writing a ticket on his citation pad, another deputy pulls over the driver of a van.

Speed trap nabs 40 drivers In one of their periodic crackdowns on speeders, police and sheriff’s deputies waited for motorists speeding down the Ringling Bridge. In a 90-minute period last Friday morning, the Sarasota Police Department and Sarasota County Sheriff ’s Office ticketed 40 drivers after they crossed the hump of the Ringling Causeway Bridge heading west. In total, police issued nearly 70 citations for violations ranging from speeding to driving without vehicle insurance. The operation was part of a countywide crackdown on speeding. The Sheriff ’s Office and Sarasota Police Department conduct these operations every few months, pulling over motorists at several traffic-heavy locales throughout the county.

“We don’t have to announce this,” said Sarasota Sgt. Jim DeNiro, who is in charge of the city’s traffic division. “We just come out and do enforcement.” From 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday morning a dozen officers and deputies focused on drivers passing over the Ringling bridge onto St. Armands Circle. Several officers stood at the foot of the bridge with radar equipment mounted on a tripod. When a speeding motorist would pass, officers called in a desciption of the vehicle to the small fleet of patrol cars and motorcycles waiting in the causeway parking lot across from the entrance to Bird Key. DeNiro said that at least 15 joggers passing by thanked officers for stopping speeding motorists. “Drivers hate us; pedestrians love us,” he said. Most drivers issued citations were going at least 12 mph over the posted speed limit, DeNiro said. If found guilty, drivers could be fined up to $200.

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+ Town makes arts donation

The Longboat Key Center for the Arts received a $15,441.18 donation from the town. The money will be used to complete the construction of the connecting paved walkways. During the 2005-2006 budget talks, some local grants were discussed as a one-time item. The funds were welcome to Arts Center Director Jennifer Glassmoyer. “We are so looking forward to wrapping up the construction on the center,” Glassmoyer said, “and with the help and generosity of the town, we’re that much closer.”

+ Special meetings end

The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board wrapped up its special meetings for the town’s Comprehensive Plan Amendment by looking at conservation, coastal-zone management and school concurrency. A total of nine components has been discussed at the last four special meetings, and the board will present them at a transmittal public hearing at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Those results will then be shared with the Town Commission Nov. 29 at a joint meeting. The board also discussed the proposed visioning survey, and its role as planupcoming ners for agenda the Key. Board members Town feel the Commission results of Meeting — 7 the surp.m. Monday, vey will Oct. 9, Town provide Hall them with the necesP&Z sary pubMeeting — 9 lic input a.m. Tuesday, to view Oct. 17, Town proposed Hall changes brought before them. This input would help guide decisions to promote change, but not at the expense of Longboat’s unique character. The perception of Longboat town government being viewed as reactive instead of proactive was also discussed. “At some point, you need to run some things up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes them,” said board member Jim Brown. Member David Brenner was appointed to represent the board and speak in favor of an economic development council for the Key. numbers in the news


— number of tons of fish and marine vegetation trucked to the county landfill by Grubb’s, the town’s fishkill removal contractor, as of Sept. 30.


— number of drivers ticketed last Friday after crossing the Ringling Causeway Bridge.


— number of miles, round-trip, that town employees with town-issued vehicles drive to and from work every day.

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improperly, causing the application to expire and requiring Dream Island now to apply for a new site-plan approval. Hires and his partners, in response, have filed a motion to ask Adams to reconsider the ruling. The judge’s decision is the latest in a series of legal actions going back to 2003 that have delayed or stopped the Grand Mariner project from being built on the site of the former Bucanneer Inn restaurant and marina on Dream Island Road on north Longboat Key. Although construction remains under way on the 14-unit condominium, Adams ruled the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board did not have the jurisdiction to grant Dream Island the extension on its site plan in 2005. Instead, the court said Dream Island LLC should have requested a court-ordered stay to freeze the clock on its permit application while it was contesting one of the lawsuits filed by Longboat Key property owners Accursio Sclafani and Doreen Erickson. Schlafani and Erickson have been trying to stop Hires’ project for more than three years on the basis of legal technicalities. Specifically, the court’s latest ruling goes back to February 2005, when Sclafani and Erickson filed an appeal in the Second District Court of Appeal. At that time, knowing that its permit application could expire because of the lawsuit, Dream Island LLC requested an extension for issuance of a building permit. After debate lasting close to five hours between the town’s planning and zoning board, Dream Island LLC representatives and Sclafani, the planning board granted an amended extension, lengthening Dream Island’s deadline for permit approval to Feb. 17, 2007. But Sclafani argued before Adams the LBK Oct# 1 &not 2 have jurisdiction. planning board did

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On Sept. 19, Adams agreed. Longboat Key Town Attorney David Persson said that while the circuit court ruled against granting the extension, the town believed nevertheless the clock on Dream Island’s permit application should have frozen once a lawsuit was filed. Still, if the judge’s ruling is upheld, it will require Dream Island LLC to go back to step one with the town — meaning it would have to schedule a pre-application conference with the town, resubmit site plans, receive approval from the town’s planning board and Town Commission and then obtain a new building permit. Hires and his partners already have begun that process, but they said they believe Adams applied the wrong standard of law when he viewed the extension as an administrative issue and not a judicial decision. “We view this as a technicality,” Hires said. “So we are asking the judge to reexamine how he arrived at this decision. Added Dream Island partner Jake Geleerd: “It’s important to understand, that the Vested Rights Determination and the development criteria given to us have been reviewed and upheld by both Manatee County and the Second District Court in Lakeland.” In the meantime, Hires is confident the project will receive its approvals quickly. “The commission has already unanimously voted twice to renew this site plan,” he said. “Why would it not approve it again?” Assuming the town’s building department OKs the plan, it could be brought before the planning and zoning board as early as Nov. 21. Construction, meanwhile, is proceeding without a building permit. Said Hires: “We’re building the building.”


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by Larry Burke | City Editor

LBK firefighters want Tampa pay rates The firefighter-paramedics union has rejected two offers from the town. Longboat Key’s firefighters and paramedics say their pay should be equivalent to that of their counterparts in Tampa, Hillsborough County and Sarasota County. But negotiators for the town haven’t been willing to meet the firefighters’ and paramedics’ demands — at least not for the past four months. Labor contract negotiations between the town and the Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics IAFF Local 2546 entered their fifth month Oct. 1. The town’s existing conract expired June 1, leaving the town’s fire/rescue employees operating under the group’s old contract. Under that contract, a Longboat Key fire lieutenant at the top of the pay scale earns about $10 an hour and $7 an hour less than his counterparts in the Tampa and Sarasota County Fire Departments, respectively (see table). Longboat Key paramedics at the top of the scale earn about $8 an hour less than paramedics in Tampa. Not only that, union leaders argue that Longboat Key’s firefighters and paramedics work an average of 56.5 hours per week compared to 48 and 44.9 hours per week in Tampa and Sarasota County, respectively.

HOW FIREFIGHTER PAY COMPARES Here are the hourly rates for employees at the top of the pay scale. Lieutenant Longboat $22.07 Tampa $32.14 Sarasota Co. $29.01 Hillsborough $29.78 HOURS WORK / WEEK Longboat Key Tampa Hillsborough Sarasota

Paramedic EMT $21.51 $17.72 $29.36 $25.44 $26.52 $23.26 $27.95 $23.11 56 48 48 44.9 Source: IAFF

‘Just about everyone has negotiated a contract since ’03, and the market has passed us.’ Bruce St. Denis Town Manager

The town’s employees work on a 21-day system, working 24-hour shifts every third day. “Basically,” said Frank Stoudt, Local 2546 District vice president and a Longboat Key firefighter, “all we are looking for is equality.”

The town had presented two proposals to the firefighters, one on June 6 and the other Aug. 29, both rejected by the bargaining unit. According to Local 2546 District Vice President Frank Stoudt, the union tried to open negotiations back in February prior to the expiration of the then current contract. Stoudt, a 27-year veteran, has been a Longboat Key firefighter for three-and-a-half years. “Our people don’t mind working the hours,” Stoudt said. “We just want to be paid for it. It’s the market. We work 576 total hours more than Sarasota. “Sarasota is hiring from 100 to 200 people over the next two

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Longboat Key firefighters and union reps Frank Stoudt and Keith Tanner outside the South Fire Station. years,” Stoudt said. “If you were looking at working this many hours and not competitively compensated for them, where would you go?” Added Keith Tanner, Longboat Key firefighters’ C shift union representative: “We don’t want to work 24 shifts for free anymore. The town wants experienced paramedic firefighters. We don’t want to make this adversarial, it’s about the numbers.” Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said the town is faced with the other cities’ and counties’ higher wage scales in part because of the contract Longboat Key negotiated in 2003. “Because we went up, others have now topped us,” St. Denis said. “We set the bar back in 2003. Just about everyone has negotiated a contract since ’03, and the market has passed us.” The town’s pay policy is to be among the 75th percentile in the

area for employee salaries. In addition to higher pay, union negotiators also are seeking a pay schedule that would allow them to reach the highest pay levels in less time. It can take Longboat firefighters and paramedics 12 years compared to eight and nine years in Sarasota County and Hillsborough County. Stoudt said that the two sides hope to resume negotiations by the end of this week. Since the Aug. 29 town proposal, the union has submitted a counter offer. The next meeting will address the components of that offer. Stoudt and St. Denis said they are optimistic a new contract will be signed prior to the end of the year. Said St. Denis: “We are going to get a contract with the people we want to have here.” The town’s current fire department employees consist of 33, of which 30 are members of the local union.

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our view “If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this — a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.” Friedrich Hayek “Road to Serfdom,” 1944

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For a brighter future

For the past two weeks, we’ve attempted to shoot a bullet through the minds of Longboat Key residents and property owners about the future of Longboat Key. The context for this series is the town’s “visioning” process. Like many cities and counties throughout Florida, Longboat Key’s Town Commission decided more than a year ago to try to engage “the community” — that word always makes us think of commune and communism — in determining a common vision for the Key for the next 20 or 30 years. Recently, it decided to survey residents on what they want the future of the Key to be. We have never been a fan of these processes. It’s absurd to think that anyone can corral into a common vision Longboat Key’s population — 7,800 free-thinking individual people whose independent minds make hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions each day and who have 7,800 different different needs and desires. Sure, it’s easy to say that Longboaters all agree they don’t want Longboat Key to change; they want it to remain one of the premier communities in Florida — in physical beauty and quality of life. But the pieces that make up that state of being are as different with each Longboat resident as the swirls on our fingerprints. For some Jet Skis are a horrible nuisance, for others they are not. For some, Gulf of Mexico Drive needs beautification, for others it’s just fine. For some, they are appalled at the number of motorists stopped by the Longboat Key police, for others that reassures them Longboat Key is a safe place. Or take the philosophy of this newspaper — “a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy” — versus the view of former Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown. In his newspaper column this past Monday, it was quite apparent Brown is becoming agitated that the members of the Planning and Zoning Board and Town Commission are showing signs of embracing actions that might break away from the freedom-robbing controls he and others voted in place 30 years ago. Wrote Brown: “Why do you think we have possibly the toughest growth-control rules in the country? “Because they — and the great majority of the people on the Key who elected them — did not want tourism. Nor did they want more than limited commercial. … Anti-tourism, controlled development was the theme around which today’s island was built … ” We’re at the opposite end of Brown, but we also want what Brown wants — Longboat Key to be what it has been … a great place to live. But Jim Brown’s time does not stand still. What worked then for them will not work the same way going forward. Just look around. Longboat Key is undergoing a generational change — in people and in its physical structures. The Key is not new as it was in the 1980s; much of it and its people have aged. And if Longboat Key holds to its policies of the past, the Key will lose what it has been and what it has. This is undeniable. The Key is less of a vibrant place today than it was just five, 10 years ago. Change is irrefutable, unstoppable, inevitable. How, then, should the Key, how can the Key change for the better? We won’t pretend to have “the” answer or “the” answers. Town Commission members don’t either. Nor does the town’s vision consultant. None of us has the proverbial silver bullet that will guarantee a brighter future. But we have some ideas. Last week

we called them thought starters. So here they are — thought starters that can lead to the formula that would keep Longboat Key a great place to live for another 30 years: Dig deep into your heart and soul and evaluate what is more important to you: democracy or liberty. The distinction should be the basis of everyone’s thinking on this matter of the Key’s vision. Make no mistake: liberty and democracy are not the same. Writes author James Bovard recently in an essay entitled “Democracy Versus Liberty”: “There are few more dangerous errors in political thinking than to equate democracy with liberty.” Bovard described in his essay a scenario in which a foreign power took over the United States and dictated that Americans hand over 40% of their incomes, submit to tens of thousands of commands, forfeit the use of their land and be denied the chance to find work. “There would be little dispute that the people were being tyrannized,” Bovard wrote. “Yet the main difference between the current reality and the foreign-invasion scenario is the democratic forms by which government power is now sanctified.” In other words, we have let democratic majorities tyrannize our individual liberties. Americans have forgotten — or they are ignorant of the fact — that their forefathers in the late 18th century, when our nation was born, believed as John Phillip Reid wrote in “The Concept of Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution”: “The less a law restrained the citizen, and the more it restrained government, the better the law.” The framers of Longboat Key’s laws in the 1980s did not believe that. They believe in their hearts that Longboat Key became what it is because the democratic majority — so-called “government by the people” — shackled Longboat’s land use to their view of the world. People often say Longboat Key would not have become what it is had they not done that. No one knows for sure. But going forward, we must not forget: As Bovard wrote in his essay: “The Founding Fathers fought for a government that would respect their rights, not for a government that would allow them to forcibly micromanage the lives of their fellow citizens.” Liberty is not democracy.


Sunset Longboat Key’s entire zoning code. We should force ourselves to review the labyrinthian laws that dictate every screw, door handle and size of shrub that residents can and cannot use on their properties. Revise what is obsolete. Re-draft a framework that makes sense for the next 30 years, for an island that will be more about redevelopment than development.


Convert to a strong-mayor form of government. This would bring real leadership and vision to the town. As is, the city managerTown Commission model creates a benign caretaker. We plod along; it’s comfortable that way. No one is the town’s champion. We’ll never have a Rudy Guiliani, a CEO-mayor who fights and pushes to be great.


Organize a PR campaign that attempts to rally the Key’s citizens and property owners to create a “Longboat Legacy.” Corny as it may sound, create more community pride. Try to persuade more Longboat citizens and property owners to care about the island’s future. Promote the long-term health and viability of the Key as a selfcontained municipality. Remind again


and again residents to shop and support the Key’s businesses, restaurants and stores. Be a catalyst for changing the inequity of Florida’s Save Our Homes law. Bang the drum with symposiums with legislators and other policy makers that sparks and leads to meaningful change.


Invite Joseph Lesser, managing partner of the owner of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, to come to Longboat Key and share with town leaders and residents his vision for the club and resort. Over the past two weeks, we’ve said twice Lesser is one of the most important figures in Longboat Key’s long-term future. He must be engaged to be a tangible, not distant part of the process.


Invite Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Murf Klauber and his daughter, Katie Klauber Moulton, two other key figures and ingredients in Longboat’s future, to do the same — share their vision of the Colony and what it would take to remain a leading independent resort over the next 20, 30 years.


Accept that the Colony and Key Club and Resort need to expand. Not necessarily in the number of hotel rooms, but, more important, in their conference center space. These institutions are crucial not only to Longboat Key’s economic health. They are crucial to the economic health and growth of Greater Sarasota. As we wrote previously, real estate fuels Greater Sarasota’s economy. Greater Sarasota needs more hotels and conference centers that can attract business executives and visitors who in turn buy and sell our real estate and help make our region a dynamic, vibrant environment. Too many people here see growth as negative. But the dynamism of people flow incubates diversity and discovery. It makes us richer all the way around.


Revise and relax the town’s density restriction amendment in the comprehensive plan. This must be done to address the Key’s oversupply of commercially zoned property. Longboat is built out; and yet its density is below what it otherwise could have been. So revise the code to give every commercial property owner the opportunity to present an alternative use. Then judge each proposal on its merits. Town Attorney David Persson would argue this could not work; he would advocate a uniform set of rules to avoid lawsuits alleging unfair treatment. But he also jokes that Longboat Key’s zoning policy over the past 30 years has been quite simple: arbitrary and capricious. It’s no joke; it’s true. Somehow we must allow owners of commercial tracts the opportunity to create economically viable alternatives. Today they cannot — and, unless we change, they never will … much to the Key’s long-term detriment. Encourage creativity, don’t fear it.



Permit the development of mixed uses on commercial properties.

Or, in the end, we can do nothing. We can abide by the status quo. To do that, however, would be the equivalent of a Hurricane Katrina blowing ashore. Except that the destruction will occur not over 30 minutes, but over 30 years. What will be our legacy? Rebuilding what we have must start today. Your thoughts, comments and, especially, ideas are welcome.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2006

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MY VIEW by Randy Clair | Guest Column

Five-year rule should be abolished The town’s five-year, flood-control ordinance is hurting Longboat Key homeowners. It prohibits them from updating and protecting their homes. The Town Commission at its Sept. 21 workshop moved forward to its Oct. 9 regular meeting consideration of a new model flood-control ordinance prepared by the state of Florida, Division of Emergency Management. This model ordinance does not change the long-standing FEMA rule prohibiting making “substantial improvements” to an existing non-conforming FEMA structure (building), i.e. spending an amount for improvements equal to or more than 50% of the value of the structure (building) determined by the fair-market value of the structure immediately before the improvement. I have been criticized for supporting the repeal of the so-called TLBK “five-year rule.” Here is my reasoning: The current TLBK Flood Control Ordinance “five-year rule” prohibits making any improvements to your property if the cumulative value of all improve-

ments over a five-year period exceeds 50% of the fair-market value of your property on the date that the first improvement was commenced. The “five-year rule” also locks in the value of your property from the date of the first improvement until five years later. This provision was adopted more than 10 years ago. It is important to point out that FEMA in its current flood-control regulations does not require such a prohibition nor does the state of Florida model flood control ordinance. I am an advocate of the basic rights of our citizens to decide how they wish to improve their property, whether they wish to tear down their structure (building) and construct a new FEMAcompliant structure in its place or wish to remodel their home, so long that there is no violation of FEMA’s substantial improvement rule to a FEMA non-conforming structure. I also believe that the

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law of economics is the primary and most important factor in our citizen decision and not the prohibitions of the TLBK “five-year rule.” Please consider the following facts: As of Dec. 31, 2005, there were about 1,745 single-family residences on Longboat Key, of which it is estimated that 675 were conforming to FEMA floodcontrol regulations, leaving a balance of about 1,070 non-conforming single-family residences. Between Dec. 31, 1995, and Dec. 31, 2005, 131 single-family residences were torn down, or 12% of the non-conforming FEMA homes, and new single-family residences constructed in their place. In 2004, 20 single-family residences were demolished, which is the highest number recorded. If the 10-year average rate of demolition continues, it will take 81 years to accomplish the objective underlying the current TLBK flood-control ordinance five-year rule. It was inaccurate for Al Green to state recently that in Emerald Harbor “ … a third of the homes have been torn down and rebuilt.” The facts do not support his statement. Only five out of 82 Emerald Harbor homes have been demolished and reconstructed, or 6%.

I suggest that the factual evidence clearly establishes that the current TLBK “five-year rule” has not been effective accomplishing its objective, which is said to be “hurricane proof TLBK.” Only 13 homes have been torn down each year over the past 10 years. I further suggest that the TLBK “fiveyear rule” has had the opposite effect of impeding improvements to our single-family residences and results in unreasonable restrictions upon our citizens. So that you will understand how the application of the current TLBK “five-year rule” creates unreasonable results, please consider the following hypothetical situations: Assume in all cases that you own a single-family home having a fair-market value of $150,000 and that in the first year you make improvements to your home in the amount of $74,000, just under $75,000, the 50% FEMA rule for substantial improvements. The fair-market value of your home does not increase as a result of the improvements but is locked at $150,000 for five years. 1) In year two, you wish to install hurricane shutters to protect your windows at a cost of $3,000. Sorry, under the current

TLBK” five-year rule,” if you want to spend more than $1,000 to install the hurricane shutters, you must tear down your home. 2) In year three, your spouse is disabled, and you wish to make your home compliant with the Americans with Disability Act requirements at a cost of $10,000. Sorry, under the current TLBK “five-year rule,” if you spend more than $1,000 to fit your home for disability access, you must tear down your home. 3) In year four, a storm causes $5,000 damage to your roof. Your homeowner insurance company agrees that the damage is $5,000. Sorry, under the current TLBK “five-year rule,” if you want to repair your roof for more than $1,000, you must tear down your home. Your homeowner insurance company will most likely not pay to replace your home because the actual roof damage is only $5,000, which is less than a constructive total loss. For all of the foregoing reasons, I believe that the time has come to make the necessary changes to the existing TLBK flood-control ordinance to eliminate the “fiveyear rule.” Randy Clair is a commissioner for the town of Longboat Key


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Some suggestions Dear Editor: Ahem! On the Makepeace Groin model: Did I miss something in the translation? What better model could there be than the one at the Colony that has been working successfully for these many years? Come on now, folks, this is beginning to border upon the ludicrous. On the visioning survey: Nothing like spending money to find out a survey isn’t needed! I must have missed something in all the rhetoric on this one, too. Really now, if our town funds are burning holes in our bureaucrats pockets I can suggest several more worthy places for it than either of the foregoing. 1. Initiate action to obtain and install those nice blue bus stops with covered benches we see along bus routes off key. They look good, are functional and needed. 2. Have those useful but ugly exposed pipes, such as the one facing Gulf of Mexico Drive at the Whitney Beach shopping center, covered with some acceptable type of structure similar to the one constructed at the lift station by Lyons Lane. 3. Get busy and turn “our” Sister Keys into a public park with hired surveillance and sanitary facilities

for overnight campers at a small fee per person. 4. Obtain a good waterfront location with adequate dockage and establish a marine patrol operation under our present police authority and obtain at least one additional and preferably two identical marine patrol boats and staff the operation accordingly. At present, one rarely sees the police boat at work. It wouldn’t be too far fetched to envision a full-time marine police station at each end off the Key with emergency facilities. 5. Obtain suitable property to establish an emergency treatment facility and helio-pad somewhere around mid-Key and staff it with our E.M.T. personnel. We have an inordinate number of elderly folks residing here on Longboat. When an emergency occurs, time saved in transit can make the difference between life and death. Surely our wealthy town is equal to these challenges. 6. Take a long look at the overall condition of our bike path and bring it up to standard. Where there isn’t one on south Key consider installing one. It would go a long way toward keeping residents off the far-too-narrow one on the state road. The reason should be obvious. There’s a few suggestions where our money would be will spent instead of the incessant boon-

Peggy Warner, Judy Beck, and Jack catch up on their Observer news while enjoying a beautiful Canadian sunset on Mississagna Lake, 200 miles northeast of Toronto, Ontario.

doggles with “foreign” consultants that mean, well … but really now ... sugar sand … at what price? What’s next?! Just trying to help. Rolland S. Freeman Longboat Key P.S. The floating fish gatherer was money well spent — like the canal dredging. Let’s consider making them both permanent operations.

An open letter Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Town Commission and The Longboat Observer. Dear Editor: I cannot believe that you voted to renew discussions with Sarasota on reclaimed water. (Cheers to commissioners Seikmann, O’Connor and Whatmough for voting against it.) Let me again bring some warnings to your attention. A letter from the Florida Department Environmental Protection (DEP) dated May 2000 states:

“From a health perspective, the key issue that must be addressed pertains to the potential for contamination of the aquifers by reclaimed water. A number of factors need to be investigated such as: a. Viability of pathogens b. Presence of viruses c. Transport and die-off rate of pathogens in ground water d. Infective dose of pathogens The issue is not only the quality of the reclaimed water used for irrigation, but whether this water will contaminate the drinking water aquifers and wells.” The Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council states that reuse projects should be “an option of last resort,” due to the many uncertainties and potential health risks. Manasota 88, an excellent watchdog organization, has this to say: “Manasota 88 opposes the use of reclaimed water for irrigation purposes. Reclaimed water has not been demonstrated to be environmentally acceptable and not to be a threat to public health and safety. Domestic waste-water

has the potential to contain pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupters and other industrial and medical wastes.” Did you know that up to 90% of drugs taken by humans are passed into wastewater, and many are highly water-soluble? These same drugs appear in the water as it leaves the treatment plant, including estrogens, antibiotics, analgesics, beta-blockers and many more. The recent news of E-coli contaminating the spinach supply should make you stop and think twice. The city of Cape Coral on the Gulf Coast — where the population has grown from 12,000 to 85,000 in the past 25 years — is almost entirely dependent on desalinated water for drinking. The city has one of the biggest desalination plants in the state. Why doesn’t the town of Longboat Key team up with the golf course owner and go for desalination? Think about it. Virginia Sanders Former Water Committee member


The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2006




MANATEE WATERFRONT. Ten acres of splendid tropical paradise and a quality built 3BR open plan home plus a guesthouse. Set on a canal with seawall & boat dock. $8,500,000. Jan Sgueglia, 9079595 or 350-3312. #534366

Anna Maria Island

LONGBOAT BAY ISLES. Beautiful, spacious 4BR & office recently remodeled waterfront home in Longboat Key's most exclusive neighborhood with a large outdoor entertaining terrace. $2,995,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #302526



EXQUISITE VIEW OF TAMPA BAY and the Skyway Bridge from the ground level lanai, 2nd living level, 3rd level master & 4th level sundeck. $1,100,000. Diana Kryszak, 388-4447 or 993-4078. #322569 BRADENTON BEACH. Ideal beachfront duplex for investor and/or family. Close to shops & dock for bay cruises & fishing. Two 2BR residences with garage & updated kitchens. $970,000. Dick Lewis, 388-4447 or 302-3348. #308124 CORTEZ BEACH. Unique duplex across the street from the beach with Gulf views from almost every room. Conveniently located to Gulf beaches, bay, fine dining & shops. $920,000. Melissa Watkins, 383-7591 or 730-5227. #527199 ANNA MARIA ISLAND. This lot can be purchased subject to the current owner completing rezoning for residential use. Overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay. $775,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #313028 Longboat, Lido & Bird Keys


A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY to own 1.95+/- acres on Longboat Key. Already subdivided into four individual canal-front lots. Nearby beach access. $3,500,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #288805 VILLA DI LANCIA. Enjoy spectacular Gulf-front views from this beautiful 5BR penthouse with expansive terraces. Includes spacious living & dining areas with fireplace, gourmet kitchen & breakfast bar. $3,500,000. Julie Klick, 388-4447 or 780-6001. #324315 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. Beautiful executive home with tasteful & total renovations including new marble flooring, a newly designed state-of-the-art kitchen & a private dock. $2,595,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #297583 BAYFRONT ESTATE LOT of 1/3-acre on Bay Circa Longboat Key Pass. Two-BR home with an open plan located within the privacy of Land's End. Lot 1 of Savarese Inlet. $1,995,000. Joan Bergstrom, 383-7591 or 504-6809. #318110 SABAL COVE - LONGBOAT KEY. Custom built & beautifully maintained in Bay Isles overlooking the golf course & tidal water lake. This 4BR features a large family room with fireplace, gourmet eat-in kitchen & heated pool. $1,950,000. Betty C. Poma, 388-4447 or 587-5233. #324425 JEWFISH KEY. This beautiful one-acre, deepwater estate lot is located in La Lenaire Isle subdivision on a 38-acre island with 17-acre nature preserve. $1,500,000. Joan Bergstrom, 383-7591 or 504-6809. #318255 BUTTONWOOD HARBOUR. Beautifully maintained 3BR pool home with a new 30' dock. Completely renovated with a chef's kitchen. Sold turnkey furnished. Excellent rental possibilities. $1,295,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #302112 BAYVIEW ESTATES. This updated split plan ranch is just a few homes from the bay. Features spacious wood decking, a boat lift & dock space for multiple vessels. Direct access to the Gulf. $1,095,000. Melissa Watkins, 383-7591 or 730-5227. #324549 ISLANDS WEST. This beachfront two-bedroom, 11th floor residence is freshly painted and newly carpeted. $949,900. Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 313-5500. #306492 CASA DEL MAR. Multiple 2BR units available at this popular Gulf-front resort with onsite rental office. Offers buyers great vacation getaways & short-term, year-round rental income. From $539,000 to $949,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #314467 TANGERINE BAY CLUB. Light & bright end unit in Longboat Key's most unique complex. A topnotch maintenance crew ensures year-round paradise & a casually elegant lifestyle. $949,000. Steve Magner, 383-7591 or 376-8559. #324376 BEACHPLACE. First floor walk-down to the beach. Enjoy Gulf views over a large pond with fountain. Turnkey furnished & ready for you. $849,000. Craig & Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 3743003. #324763 DEEDED BOAT DOCK. Fairway Bay townhouse with deeded boat dock, 3-car garage, pool & beach club. $799,000. Donna Stewart, 383-7591 or 993-3635. #305165 BUTTONWOOD COVE. This 3BR features a deepwater boat slip, under-building parking with a large storage closet, 2 tennis courts, beach park, clubhouse & heated pool. $749,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #291520 SOPHISTICATED BEACH LIVING. This open floor plan is complemented by updated granite, plantation shutters & an expansive balcony to attract Gulf breezes. Beachside Olympic-sized pool. $700,000. Kathy Carbone, 966-8000 or 228-8429. #310070 BUTTONWOOD COVE. Magnificent bay views from this 2BR, bright, designer decorated & furnished condominium with Florida room. Enjoy your own boat dock, a heated pool, tennis & more. $669,900. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #307762 LOVELY LONGBOAT KEY TOWNHOUSE in a very private location overlooking a park-like setting. Move-in condition with new appliances & fully furnished. $510,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #306479 THE GARDENIA HOUSE. Surrounded by gardenia bushes, this lakefront, totally updated, lovely home is a must see. This freestanding villa is located on the park near the entrance & across from deeded beach access. $499,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #309694 WONDERFUL BAY VIEWS. Set in Longboat Harbour, this residence boasts tile throughout living & dining rooms. Across from tennis & only steps from pool, boat dock, community center & fitness. $389,000. Jim & Matt Hanrahan, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #319273

THE OAKS. Warm & inviting, this exceptional, beautifully maintained 6BR Mediterranean-style home is nestled among majestic oaks on the Heron Course. Home warranty provided. $1,362,000. Karen Cash Greco, 966-8000 or 928-1005. #323442

THE BEST OF DOWNTOWN LIVING. Wide views of vibrant cityscape from the most sought-after floor plan in 100 Central. Split plan bedrooms, bright den/office, wraparound terrace & luxurious kitchen. $1,150,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #383939

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MOST IMPRESSIVE PENTHOUSE IN SARASOTA. Two full floors include two-story atrium, grand dining room with mahogany wainscoting, paneled library, & marble & stone great room. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $3,950,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #296836 NEW NEO-CLASSICAL FAMILY HOME with large front porch & beautiful vistas of Hudson Bayou. 4BRs plus den & loft. Pool/spa area & cabana. New dock, fireplace, stone chimney & maple floors. $3,450,000. Marcia Salkin and Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #304260 LA BELLASARA. Gorgeous bayfront with downtown Sarasota at your door. Fabulous corner residence with a designer kitchen, breakfast room & 3BR suites, each with a private terrace. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $2,900,000. Pat Betts, 383-7591 or 539-5524. #315008 SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE. Located West of the Trail, this Jack West contemporary design was built in 1952 & features all glass with incredible views of the bay & 224' of seawall. $2,200,000. Nora Johnson, 966-8000 or 809-1700. #289191 1350 MAIN PENTHOUSE. This 3,250+/- sq.-ft. residence is facing Palm Ave and enjoys direct sunset views. Currently under construction, this fabulous floor plan boasts 3BRs, family room & salon. $2,100,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #297788 THE TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON. A spacious Ritz-Carlton managed residence with an inviting floor plan offering unique views of the city skyline and Sarasota Bay. $1,995,000. Beth Afflebach and Joan Dickinson, 364-8884. #290719 OAKS II. Spacious 5,800-sq.-ft. executive home within the Oaks Country Club. Set on an oversized lot overlooking the 15th hole & lake. $1,750,000. Michael Moulton & Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 928-3559. #307563 UNIQUE 4.9 ACRES located on 'Estate Row.' Remodel or build your dream home on this private lot. Close to excellent schools, shops & I-75 with no deed restrictions. $1,275,000. Lisa Gullick, 388-4447 or 321-6973. #317839 THE OAKS - CLUBSIDE. This 4BR home is only 2 1/2 years old & in excellent condition. Offers an open floor plan & tranquil views of the golf course from its oversized lanai with heated pool & spa. $1,199,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 228-8580. #298833 UNIVERSITY PARK. Executive home overlooking a large lake. Over 3,000 sq. ft. of upgrades, high ceilings, large rooms and pool/spa. $1,150,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #315524 LAUREL OAK ESTATES. Beautiful home in top condition with all the best features. Decorator touches include crown molding, granite, tray ceilings, niches & wine cellar for 1,200 bottles. $1,025,000. Barbara Corbett, 966-8000 or 400-8248. #324219 UNIVERSITY PARK. Brand new 3BR residence with office & bonus room. Enjoy top-notch amenities overlooking pool & waterfall in Grosvenor Park. $950,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #324668 UNIVERSITY PARK. Stanhome Gate former model home with panoramic water vista. Open & bright plan with 3BRs, office, many built-ins & upgrades. $861,000. Phyllis Garfinkel, 951-6660 or 302-6400. #320711 EXPANSIVE, FULL BAY VIEWS in this luxury corner unit in a new downtown building with wonderful amenities. Enjoy many upgrades in this remarkable community. $849,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #321131 BENEVA OAKS. Unique, custom home on a beautiful estate-sized lot. Features soaring ceilings, 3 en suite bedrooms, den, spacious lanai & serene garden area with fountain. $819,000. Joan Perdue, 388-4447 or 923-0655. #309109

CONDO ON THE BAY. Enjoy sunsets & full bay views from this 16th-floor 2BR in a popular mainland waterfront building. Offers tennis, pools, boat docks, fitness & more. $799,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #324700 RINGLING ERA SPANISH-MEDITERRANEAN. Walled double lot encircles Selby-like gardens, classic home & pool area. Dramatic foyer entry, French doors, oak & pine floors, arched windows & high beamed ceilings. $750,000. Elaine DeVito, 966-8000 or 374-7119. #316046 UNIVERSITY PARK COUNTRY CLUB. Former Bamboo model with over 3,300 sq. ft. Light, bright & open floor plan with 3-4BRs, den & possible guest suite. Summer kitchen, large pool & lanai. $735,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #324485 DOWNTOWN SARASOTA. Premier 6th floor amenities-level unit with 12' ceilings & a private balcony with bay views. Elegant & sophisticated, this is the most prestigious downtown address. $725,000. Michelle Wilde-Aldrich, 388-4447 or 544-3813. #316993 GRANDE OAKS PRESERVE. This never lived-in penthouse offers 2BRs, den, stainless appliances, granite, wood flooring & wet bar. Priced below competition. $599,000. Janis Collier, 951-6660 or 313-1212. #324779

THE ULTIMATE GULF-TO-BAY ESTATE. Enjoy privacy & views on 2 lush acres with over 15,000 sq. ft. of perfection. A true statement of luxury, with 4 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, gym with indoor lap pool, & 2BR pool house. Private beach, covered boathouse with 2 slips. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $18,500,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #281537



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HARBOR ACRES. Beautiful full bay views & walking distance to downtown along the lovely Bayfront Park. Build your dream home or renovate this fabulous waterfront property with dock on deep water. $2,795,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #312191

UNIVERSITY PARK. Embrace the Florida lifestyle with this former Pruett model pool home. Surrounded by rich, lush landscaping ensuring privacy yet having panoramic views of the golf course. $1,699,900. Janis Collier, 951-6660 or 313-1212. #324710

BAYWOOD COLONY. This 2BR condominium is in a great West of the Trail location near the bay. Close to Siesta Beach & shopping. $249,000. Jaye DeForest, 349-3444 or 504-7143. #324465 RUSTIC LODGE. A screened patio leads to the open & fenced backyard of this well maintained 4BR home. Features an updated kitchen & terrazzo floors. $239,000. Jennifer Pecora, 951-6660 or 780-1925. #317079 FOREST PINES. Delightful 2BR villa in a popular, active community. Features a large family room, eat-in kitchen, attached carport & an abundance of storage. $237,000. Beverly Rabalais, 388-4447 or 320-8935. #304586 ADMIRALS WALK. Investment opportunity with renter in place until Sept. 2007. Spectacular Plymouth floor plan with 2BRs, cathedral ceilings, foyer entry & great room. $229,900. Jane Kelly, 951-6660 or 544-5855. #324046 VILLA D ESTE AT VILLAGIO. Charming first floor unit overlooking the lake. Open floor plan with breakfast bar separating kitchen from living/dining area. Complex has outstanding amenities. $219,500. Beverly Rabalais, 388-4447 or 320-8935. #314192 SUNRIDGE. Newly renovated townhouse in a wonderful 'in town' complex enhanced by new appliances, fresh paint, designer tile & Berber carpet. Community offers a large heated pool & clubhouse. $198,900. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #319521 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Best value in this well maintained home in a very desirable neighborhood. Features a lovely pool & screened lanai. Original owner has taken loving care. $739,000. Maruta Miluns, 383-7591 or 374-9702. #299239

LAUREL PARK. This vintage Laurel Park bungalow exudes charm. Set underneath cool & shady oaks with hardwood floors throughout & cathedral ceilings. $499,900. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #311116

% 3 3 s 7 7 7 - ) # ( ! % , 3 ! 5 . $ % 2 3  # / WEST OF THE TRAIL BUNGALOW. Extensively remodeled in 1994 & set on a wooded lot near Selby Gardens & downtown, this 3BR boats wood floors, fireplace & detached 2-car garage. $570,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 356-7717. #307632 RENAISSANCE. This 9th floor, 2BR plus den Bellini model offers sunrises, city views & even a vista of Sarasota Bay. The open architectural terrace adds to its appeal. $500,000. Tammy Garner, 951-6660 or 374-4161. #324492 HISTORIC LAUREL PARK. The opportunity to live in one of Sarasota's hottest neighborhoods, close to exciting downtown. This charming cottage has many updates, wood floors & an inviting front porch. $489,000. Denby Smothers, 388-4447 or 586-2142. #308045 EXTRAORDINARY LOCATION for this one-BR corner unit with stainless appliances on the 13th floor in the heart of downtown. Amenities include valet parking, concierge, 24-hour security & guest suite. $479,000. John August, 388-4447 or 373-0038. #321965 SOUTH GATE. Stylish split plan home with generous rooms, refinished terrazzo floors, stainless appliances, wood-burning fireplace, oversized garage & tropical patio setting. $375,000. Michael Freeman, 951-6660 or 302-1850. #324828

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ing ceilings, dramatic suites, elevator to 2nd floor, 2 offices & a 6-car garage. A Christie's Great Estates listing. $3,700,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #319754


TROPICAL SHORES. Rare 4BR home with granite kitchen, fresh paint & tiles floors. Set in a wonderful bayfront community complete with clubhouse, marina, boat ramp, slips & neighborhood park. $359,900. Mike Barberio, 951-6660 or 539-5818. #324403 TREETOPS. A unique work of art at the Treetops. An artist's touch flows throughout this beautifully maintained 2BR-plus-den home. Enjoy sunshine & privacy in the large backyard. $349,500. Kathy Carbone, 966-8000 or 228-8429. #318425 SOUTH GATE. Charming two-bedroom South Gate home on a double lot. Close to hospital and downtown. $349,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #319917 HIDDEN BAY. Beautiful views of the pool/spa, lake & clubhouse. Enjoy resort-style living on the bay in this stunning 2BR condominium with den, high ceilings & luxury features throughout. $345,000. Donna Baranowski, 951-6660 or 504-3951. #324248 PERFECTION IN DEERFIELD. Set in a maintenance-free community, this 3BR single-family home overlooks a tranquil lake. Features vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets & spacious rooms. $344,900. Pam Sweeney, 951-6660 or 266-9622. #320636 GOLF POINTE CIRCLE. Panoramic golf course & water views. Wonderful 3BR villa features a bright & open floor plan, beautiful ceramic tile, cathedral ceiling, & 2-car garage. Amazing 28 x 10 screened lanai overlooking the golf course & water. $325,000. Lenore Treiman, 966-8000 or 356-9642. #314334 CENTRALIZED LOCATION IN SOUTH GATE. This 3BR open plan has crown molding, terrazzo floors, some new appliances, oversized garage & new roof. $325,000. Pam Sweeney, 951-6660 or 266-9622. #306842 TAMERON Newly renovated split-plan Tameron home in immaculate condition. This home sits on an oversized lot and has new wood flooring, carpeting and caged pool. $323,950. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #320108 STONEYBROOK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB. Spacious 2BR, 1st floor end unit offers beautiful golf course & wooded views & amenities galore. $317,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #324013 PINEHURST. This quiet, tucked away community is adjacent to Palm-Aire. The detached, furnished villa features neutral colors, open floor plan & maintenance-free living. $314,900. Sergei Sokolov, 388-4447 or 323-2585. #317028 HUDSON PARK. Tropical 3BR hideaway close to town with extensive gardens. Completely renovated with new Mexican tile floors, Corian counters & a private gated courtyard. $312,000. Jan Bradley, 951-6660 or 302-3496. #317277 MEADOWS. This turnkey furnished, 3BR maintenance-free home is newly painted inside and out. Features a one-car garage & new roof in 2004. $305,000. Donna Baranowski, 951-6660 or 504-3951. #316294 A TREETOP OPPORTUNITY. Open plan 3BR home with a wonderfully private backyard, 2-car garage & a screened porch in a great location. Enjoy the community pool, tennis & convenience to everything. $288,500. Bev Alter, 966-8000 or 228-4556. #320867 PLAZA DE FLORES. Beautifully updated 2BR lakefront condominium. Features many upgrades, bamboo flooring throughout, granite in kitchen & top-of-the-line furnishings. $270,000. Stephanie Bugatti, 966-8000 or 504-0978. #320137 MEADOW. Bright end unit villa with an open floor plan, 2BRs, tile throughout & one-car attached garage. $255,000. Donna Baranowski, 951-6660 or 504-3951. #307367 PALM-AIRE. Enjoy sunny days & southeast exposure from this 1st floor, 2BR corner condominium. Recently renovated with new kitchen & flooring. $254,900. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #324480

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GULF-TO-BAY BEAUTY in a highly preferred location among Casey Key's finest estates. 4,250 sq. ft. plantation-style home on 1.6 acres directly on the beach. Features a tennis court & covered dock. $7,200,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #318835 BEACHFRONT LIVING AT ITS BEST on Casey Key's north end. Stunning Gulf views from this stylish residence of 3,700 sq. ft. with 3BRs & pool on beach side. $4,850,000. Tom Stone, 3493444 or 356-1700. #297908 CHARMING GULF-FRONT beach house with expansive views on wide, sandy beach. Completely remodeled & sold furnished. Includes a wonderful beachside gazebo. $4,200,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #318453 BEAUTIFUL CLEARED GULF-TO-BAY LOT on Casey Key. The perfect spot for your dream home. Builder available with plans. $3,850,000. Tracy DeRamo, 349-3444 or 650-4988. #289060 NORTH CASEY KEY BAYFRONT. Enjoy both sunrise & sunset views from this 5,397-sq.-ft. newer home. Built to hurricane standards, 2 master suites, large guest rooms, elevator, 3-car garage & deeded beach easement. $3,850,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #305503 FABULOUS ONE ACRE OF GULF FRONT. An excellent opportunity to build your dream home on this 100' wide direct beachfront lot with stable beach & easement to Sarasota Bay. $3,450,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #298918



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Elaine Keating is a creative person who surrounds herself with the arts and people. Art has integrated itself in various forms throughout her life, from studio art to helping display other people’s work. Her creative mindset has yet to diminish. Growing up in Chicago, the only child of Lithuanian immigrants, Keating was used to finding solace and satisfaction in what she now calls a lonely, introspective medium. “I was always interested in the visual arts,” she said. Keating attended college at Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., majoring in art and art history, and then was granted a scholarship to study fashion at Wood Tobé-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York. At that time, she said, fashion was the most lucrative field a woman could enter, and fashion was an outlet where she could apply her art background. With a fellow classmate from Tobé-Coburn, Keating opened a boutique for one year in Darien, Conn., but after working at a fashion-buying house in Chicago, she found a new passion — people. She married Dan Mason, a lawyer fresh out of school, who taught her how to file income tax returns, which became her full-time business. Keating was president of E. Mason Inc. tax service for more than 25 years; the company had 30 offices and about 200 employees in Chicago and its suburbs. “I get energized working with other people,” she said. “That job became a creative, practical way of solving life’s problems.” Even after a move to Longboat Key about 25 years ago, Keating still finds a way to feed her creative drive. She retired early from the world of tax returns and moved to Longboat Key in 1979. “I had the opportunity to make a big lifestyle change,” she said. The transition to life on the Key was easy, Keating said, and was ameliorated by becoming involved in several different organizations. “Life is so good here because I’m involved,” she said. Keating still gravitated toward the arts even in retirement, serving on the board of the Ringling School of Art and Design for the last 15 years. Her latest passion is SMOA, Sarasota Museum of Art, which is set to open in a few years. She also served on the board of the Sarasota Ballet for more than 15 years. New College is also one of her dedications, as well as


Museum maven Keating said she visits art museums wherever she goes. When she went on a trip to Europe with her granddaughter, Katherine, the two made sure to stop in all the worthy art museums along the way in cities such as London, Barcelona, Venice and Athens. But Keating notes an art museum closer to home that should not be overlooked: the CAM, Contemporary Art Museum at the University of Southern Florida — Tampa. She said one of its recent exhibits, done by a Brazilian painter who used peanut butter and jelly as his medium, is an example of the cutting-edge modern artists the museum displays.

Mote’s beginning The first year that Mote Aquarium opened, Keating was a volunteer there and remembers one of the busiest days the place had ever seen. She said it was a rainy day in January, and more than 200 people came for a visit that Sunday, which was a large number for the smaller aquarium.The president of Mote at that time, Dr. Bill Taft, had to call in for reinforcements.The rate of growth Mote has seen in phenomenal, Keating said, now receiving about 3,000 visitors a day and being staffed mainly by volunteers now. “It has become a tourist destination,” she said.

WEDU, the public television station, and Mote Marine Laboratory. She served on the board of Mote for 15 years and, in fact, she volunteered there the first year it opened in 1980. Keating’s involvement is concretely evident around Longboat and Sarasota. Her name and that of her late husband, Ed, graces buildings at the Ringling School, New College and Mote, as well as areas of other prominent arts organizations. “The creative process is easy for me,” Keating said. “There are so many ways of being creative.” Whether displayed through visiting museums, home decor or donating to artistic causes, this artist’s creative outlet is never far from reach. — Jessica Luck

Playtime One of Keating’s recreations includes playing tennis, which she has done for about 30 years. She plays three times a week and has always played against younger women. Growing up in a big city, she said women were not encouraged to play sports at that time, but tennis has become something she embraces not only for the play but also the added benefits. “It’s really therapy for me,” she said. “We laugh a great deal, but screaming and grunting are part of the game as well.”

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ALL ANGELS by Hugh Welsh | Staff Writer

Bishop questions America’s Middle East strategy With a son serving in the military, Bishop John Lipscomb stresses the importance of humility. Bishop John Lipscomb’s annual visitation to All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church Sunday morning brought with it a reminder: The war in Iraq must not be forgotten. “I think he touched a lot of hearts,” said Gail Yunov, the wife of Capt. Serge Yunov, a 31-year veteran of the Navy. With Friday, Sept. 29 marking the day of St. Michael and All Angels, Lipscomb called to mind his son, who is serving in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne. St. Michael is the Army Ranger division’s patron saint. “It’s important to remember service people and our connectedness to them,” Lipscomb said. “It’s sad that our soldiers are so easily forgettable.” Lipscomb emphasized in his questionand-answer session after services the nation’s failure to realize humility and empathy with the situation in the Middle East. “Christianity has become an asset to the U.S. and a ramrod for formulating an agenda that says we are righteous, therefore we will do things our way,” Lipscomb said. Lipscomb touched upon the motivation of the character the West refers to simply as “terrorist.” “There’s a degree of helplessness in R



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Harriet Rogers, the Rev. David Danner and Bishop John Lipscomb these terrorists, who are usually between the ages of 18 and 25,” Lipscomb said. “They have no prospect for moving ahead in life, no way to get the world’s attention other than to kill innocent people.” He likened the terrorists’ plight to that of the AIDS sufferers in sub-Sahara Africa whose cries for mercy seemingly go unnoticed by the world at large. Bill Race felt Lipscomb’s lecture was well-conceived. “The American mentality is becoming very self-centered and self-satisfied,” he said. “I believe it is important that we as Americans stand up for our principles, but Christianity is about being humble and charitable while we do it.”

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The Jewish community gathers to repent and pray for the future at Temple Beth Israel. The crackle of fireworks and trickle of champagne were absent, but it was a New Year celebration nonetheless Monday night at Temple Beth Israel. “A happy New Year to you, Doris,” said Bernie White, curling his arm around his wife. His eyes widened and a smile of assurance creased his lips as he said “Shalom.” Oct. 2 was the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, in the Jewish faith. It represents the end of 10 days of reflection and repentance, which began at the start of the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashana. Work is prohibited and no food may be consumed, as penance for having sinned, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Intermittent services were held throughout the day at the temple, beginning at 10 a.m. and drawing to a close for sundown at 6 p.m. “Forgive me, for I am awfully famished,” said Pearl Sunray, whose cheeks were puffed with cracker nibbles at a snack feast after the service. After gulping down the mouthful, Sunray explained the importance of Yom Kippur. “It is my hope that my children and grandchildren be well over the next year, and that I see everyone back here next year,” she said. Sunray’s daughter, Gail, was concerned over the state of world affairs. For her, it’s a ball of yarn that will only get more unraveled as time swats at it. “Since man was created, he has never lived in peace,” she said. “This inability to find peace has never been more apparent than now.” Capt. Tom Herman, who was born and raised on Longboat Key and owns Hot

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Religious fasting is not a diet The concept of fasting or abstaining from certain foods is one known in almost all religious traditions, from Buddhist to native American, and is ritualized in some, such as Ramadan in Islam, Lent for Christians, and Yom Kippur for Jews. If practiced in the extreme, fasting is thought by some as a method to induce forms of religious ecstasy such as spiritual visions. But, for most believers it is a way to experience our total dependence upon God’s providence, and a means to identify, however imperfectly, with the hungry of this world. Sadly, for many people these days, particularly for North Americans, calls for religious fasts provide nothing more than an occasion to embark upon the latest diet plan. I was pleasantly pleased and surprised to read a recent call from my bishop to engage in a 40-day fast from blogs, and instead devote myself to prayer. (For the uninitiated, “blogs” are online Internet journals much akin in spirit to talk radio shows.) Even occasional observers of the religious scene in America are likely aware that the Episcopal Church is experiencing its fair share of controversy. While the bishop’s invitation specifically relates to the internal politics of our denomination and might be seen as an attempt to simply quiet the waters, I believe we could all benefit from taking his suggestion a step further. How about a 40-day “fast” from all the media hype, spin, negativism and old-fashioned muckraking, which bombards our sensibilities everyday? For example, we are in the midst of what many acknowledge to be one of the nastiest mid-term elections in years. Certainly wrangling over different approaches to governing our land is part and parcel of any campaign and has always been so.

While I cannot personally attest to the veracity of the statements, I have heard many former Washingtonians speak of past times when individuals would engage in spirited, even rancorous, public debate and then enjoy each other’s company over a drink and dinner. Such days of civility, common respect and professionalism appear to have gone by the wayside. We are fooling ourselves if we do not honestly admit that our nation — and our society as a whole — is deeply divided on many political and social issues. Regrettably, the ability to transcend our ideological differences and look beyond to the commonalties we share eludes us today. Although I am only a few days into my “fast,” I already feel my spirit lightened and my soul refreshed. I have discovered that listening to Mozart or Bach for an hour does more for me than my old staple of drive-time radio featuring Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly, and prayer brings me much closer to God and my fellow creatures on this earth than any religious blog. In all deference to my bishop, the concept of an alternative fast other than food is not original. Indeed, I cannot but think of the words of the Prophet Isaiah and wonder what our world would be like if we all engaged in such a fast: “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and to bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?” David L. Danner is rector at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church.

Marjorie E.Wallace Marjorie E. Wallace, Longboat Key, died Oct. 1. She was 94. Mrs. Wallace was born March 20, 1912 in Providence, R.I. She graduated from Pawtucket High School in Rhode Island and attended the University of Rhode Island. Mrs. Wallace was a homemaker and an aerobics instructor. Survivors include her husband, Thomas M. Sr.; sons, Thomas M. Jr., of Mentor, Ohio, and Andrew of Amelia Island; six grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren. Private interment services will be held at Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Ohio. Contributions to be made to the Laurel Lake Foundation, 200 Laurel Lake Drive, Hudson, Ohio, 44236.

Homer Thomas Jennings Homer Thomas Jennings, of Longboat Key, died at the age of 93 Sept. 25. Mr. Jennings was born March 15, 1913 in Fulton, N.Y., and came to Longboat Key in 1992. Mr. Jennings served in the Army and retired as a sergeant. He graduated from Union College and Cornell University School of Law and was an attorney. Survivors include his companion of 37 years, Carolyn D. Gray; his daughters, Candice J. Benjamin and Michele J. Burgess, both of New York City; brother, Albert T. Jennings of Bethesda, Md.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The Good Earth Crematory, Bradenton, handled arrangements and the services were private. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla., 34238.

WORSHIP SERVICES All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Bayfront Christian Fellowship, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Service 10 a.m. Sunday, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Summer Bible study and Communion. The Rev. Terry Wise, Ph.D., is the pastor. 358-8264. Christ Church of Longboat Key Presbyterian USA, holds service at 10 a.m. Sundays, at the Mediterranean Plaza, 595 Bay Isles Drive. Nursery available. The Rev.

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The Longboat Key Center for the Arts offered up an atypical Zimbabwean art form.

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Cassandra Brawner holds a recently purchased piece Saturday at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts exhibition and auction. Some of the sculptures up for auction were, from top clockwise, “Sitting Hippo” by Phanuel Chakuda, “Stomach Ache” by Maxwell Gochera, “Waiting for Judgment” by Miguel Kennedy and “Buck” by John Type.

The sculpture exhibition and auction held at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts Saturday afternoon was, in a way, out of this world. “You see that one,” said Ray Sherman Sr., pointing at a sculpture titled “Stomach Ache,” in which the subject stares quizzically behind a pair of bug eyes. “That’s ET and the creature from “Alien” is over there.” “This particular exhibit is much different than most we have here, which usually cater to the local art crowd,” said Marlene Hauck, a volunteer at Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The pieces exhibited Saturday, called Shona stone sculpture, are unique to Zimbabwe. Within the movement, founded in the 20th century, lie the beliefs of a culture that is in contrast to Western thought. “What I like about this kind of art is how it’s not done by computer geeks in Silicon Valley,” Violet Parker said. “These were done by artists who incorporated their experiences into each piece, giving each sculpture its own personality.” For Ed Parker, an artist from Bradenton who will have a presentation of his art at the Arts Center Oct. 13, the most fetching aspect of the exhibition wasn’t the creativity but the material onto which the art was carved. “I think the artistic expression is a bonus,” he said. “What I really admire is the quality of the stone itself.” Shona stone sculptures are etched from raw stone, which is Zimbabwe’s equivalent to a cash crop. Multitudes of stones were used in the sculptures, including opal stone, fruit serpentine and springstone. Overall, considering the small attendance on hand, the show was a relative success — and a considerable bargain. Many of the pieces went for ½ or even 1/3 of their market value. “I think for the number of people we had here and the timing, it did very well,” Lorrie Sherman said. “I’m confident that when we have the show again later, we will probably come close to selling everything.” In addition to 25 items being sold to registered bidders online, 52 were sold at the auction. A total of 175 sculptures were up for bids. Cassandra Brawner and her husband, David, were among the biggest winners, walking away with a total of 13 items. “Some of these will make fine Christmas gifts,” she said.

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2:41 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gunwale and Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Traffic Violation. Officer stops driver for tag light that is out. DMV check reveals driver has outstanding tickets and a suspended license. License is confiscated and a friend removes vehicle. 12:38 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Broadway Street. Collision. Vehicle No. 1 turns onto Broadway. Vehicle No. 2 then turns onto Broadway as well, clipping driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side front corner. Vehicle No. 1 admits to being in the wrong lane after the turn was made. 4:02 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 2100 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer on patrol discovers a Dodge van with a Florida tag and a seize order. Owner admits that his license was suspended for not carrying insurance. 5:08 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Birdie Lane. Code Enforcement. Call is made about construction noise after hours. Officer finds crew installing brick pavers. Crew chief does

9:32 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 1200 block of GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer performs routine vehicle check and discovers seize-tag order for failure to pay insurance. Further, the driver has suspended license for nonpayment of insurance. Vehicle is towed and driver is arrested and released on court date. 10:42 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3000 block of Grand Bay Boulevard. Death/Natural. Officer and fire/rescue respond to report of death. Pest control found body during work in unit. Medical examiner is called and next of kin is notified. 11:29 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 5500 block of GMD. Code Enforcement. Officer responds to park after receiving a complaint that a woman is allowing her two Shelties to run loose off leash. Officer informs owner of town ordinance regarding pets. Woman says she has been doing this for the last three years and never had a problem.

9:18 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 3000 block of GMD. Traffic/Accident. Vehicle No. 1 is exiting off GMD, when vehicle No. 2 skids into its passenger side. Heavy rains and obstructed vision because of foliage were factors for both operators. Fire/rescue treats one driver for minor scrapes. 8:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 block of Schooner Lane. Assist Other Agency. Sarasota County Sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office informs police that a resident has an active warrant. Officer responds to address and arrests subject without incident, and then delivers her to Sarasota County Jail. 10:59 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 500 block of Cutter Lane. Code Enforcement/Water Violation. Officer observes lawn sprinklers working on wrong day. Check reveals multiple warnings issued to address. Officer writes $25 citation and out-of-state homeowner is advised. 11:10 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 4600 block of GMD. Assist Other Agency. Bradenton Police Department requests information about a resident for an investigation being conducted.

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republican club by Stephanie Finnan | Staff Writer

Buchanan rallies the troops for election At its first meeting of the season Sept. 28, the Republican Club of Longboat Key was excited for its new meeting venue and its key speaker. Congressional candidate Vern Buchanan was the guest speaker for the meeting at the Bird Key Yacht Club and his excitement for the election season was evident. “These are the greatest times for Republicans in this region,” Buchanan said. Having just celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary, Buchanan gives his wife, Sandy, credit for being his “secret weapon.”

“We’ve lived the American Dream and now we need to step up and give back to the country that was so good to us,” said Buchanan when explaining why he is running for Congress. Buchanan took the podium and addressed the 65 members, giving his take on issues such as the national debt, illegal immigration, taxes and litigation. Buchanan was in good spirits and seemed confident of the upcoming election. “We’re going to have the whole team here and we’re going to win together,” Buchanan said.

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LONGBOAT LORE by Barry Walsh | Contributing Writer

Keep our beaches beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; limit signage The Cops Corner column (Sept. 7) read as follows: 10:02 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 100 block of Shore Road. Property/Lost or Missing. Officers on Patrol at Greer Island notice that two Longboat Key advisory signs have been removed and are missing. After a thorough search of the island turns up empty, public works is called to have new signs installed. Which of the 14 signs currently lining the turnaround in the 100 block of North Shore (Northshore) Road went missing? Located both on public and on private property, the following signage constitutes an information overload that mars the natural beauty of the surviving sea oat dunes. Sign 1: Tow Away Zone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Unauthorized Vehicles or Vessels Will Be Towed at Owners Expense, 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a wk. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Express Towing & Recovery, Inc. 758-0200 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; MAS Signs 800-749-8114 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fla. St. Stat. 715.07 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Please Respect Our Property Rights. Sign 2: Longbeach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Private Parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Unauthorized Vehicles Will Be Towed at Owners Expense Sign 3: 7175 Coquina Sign 4: No Parking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $30.00 Fine Sign 5: Keep Our Beaches Beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Prohibited â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;˘Alcoholic Beverages/Littering/Camping/Pets â&#x20AC;˘Fires/ Changing Clothing/Disturbing Noise â&#x20AC;˘Operating SelfPropelled or Motorized Vehicle â&#x20AC;˘Nudity Prohibited â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Above is Prohibited by Ordinances on the Beaches and Premises of the Town of Longboat Key â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Closed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Sign 6: The Great White Shark. Near this place, a 17foot great white shark was brought to shore on Christmas Eve in 1937 by Edgar Green. He was a helper of Adolphus M. Holbrook, a resident of Broadway, who had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shark factoryâ&#x20AC;? at the north end of Longboat Key. Holbrook was a former electrical engineer from Bath, Maine, who retired to Longbeach and decided to go into

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the shark business. He would bait large hooks on ropes and tow them out into the Gulf. He said he caught over 3,000 sharks over six feet, boiled them, and sold the oil, skins, and fins. Holbrookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helper, Green, checked the line Dec. 24, 1937. It was almost dead weight but it moved. Green towed the shark in and helpers put rollers on the beach and pulled it into shore. Gordon Whitney took the picture shown above. The great white shark was 17 feet long and a rarity, even today. Holbrook said the shark was caught less than a mile off shore, but he kept it quiet for years, because of Whitneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cottage resort. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Town of Longboat Key â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Longboat Key Historical Society Sign 7: Beach Access â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Town of Longboat Key â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Funding for This Sign Was Provided by the Florida Coastal Management Program, Florida Department of Community Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sign 8: Sea Turtle Protection Area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sea Turtles Use This Beach as a Nesting Habitat from May 1st thru October 31st â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Avoid Disturbing the Animals While They are Nesting. Enjoy Any Encounter by Sitting Quietly at a

Distance in the Dark. Shield or Turn Off All Lights That Shine or Are Visible from the Beach. This Includes Car Headlights, Fishing Lights, Flash Bulbs, or Flashlights. Please Do Not Walk or Sit on Nest, Do Not Handle Eggs or Hatchlings. Remove Beach Furniture, Cabanas and Similar Items from the Beach at Night. Motorized Vehicles, Campfires, and Horseback Riding Are Prohibited by Town of Longboat Key. Town Code Chapter 92. The Molestation or Disturbance of a Sea Turtle, Its Nest or Eggs Is a Federal Offense, Punishable by Up to 1 Year in Jail or a $100,000 Fine. Sign 9: Adopt-A-Shore â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keep Florida Beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kash & Karry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keep Manatee Beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Litter Control Commitment by: Longboat Key Turtle Watch Sign 10: No Parking Any Time <â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;> Sign 11: No Parking between 9:00 PM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:00 AM â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $30.00 Fine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tow-Away Zone â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;> Sign 12: No Parking Any Time <â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sign 13: Parallel Parking Only Sign 14: No Trespassing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 360 North There is a Latin phrase favored by lawyers, res ipsa loquitur, that translated, is appropriate here â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the thing speaks for itself.


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Susan Landau shows off a costume room at the Sarasota Ballet. Susan Landau has become a busy volunteer after a career in teaching and marketing. After moving to Longboat Key from Cincinnati almost four years ago, Landau joined the Ballet Association at the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. “Ballet is like magic to me,” said Landau, who became a “worker bee,” helping out in many different areas at the ballet. Two years ago, Landau’s love for educating children influenced her decision to become involved with Dance — The Next Generation, a seven-year program that serves youth at risk. Landau’s deep desire to educate children and spread dance throughout the community led her to form a volunteer-support program, a group of active volunteers that helped form a more structured program for area children. “The volunteers I have are like gold to me,” said Landau. “The people that come

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and work with the children fall in love with the children.” Dance — The Next Generation begins in 3rd and 4th grade for children in area schools who are recommended by their teachers. The children make a commitment to the program twice a week after school for seven years, and the success and improvement seen in the classrooms has been tremendous. Graduates of the program receive college scholarships. The children and the volunteers become like family and at the end of a long day at the ballet, it is worth every moment to Landau. “At the end of the day, I am the one that gained the most.” To volunteer with Dance — The Next Generation, contact Susan Landau, director of volunteers, at 383-8030.

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2006 Oktoberfest Suncoast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Bavarian folk festival and fund-raiser. Admission is $8 for adults, and free for kids 12 and under. Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 and Oct. 13 through Oct. 15 at Robarts Arena, Sarasota â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Garden Railroadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will be showcased Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 at Selby Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota. This tropical train weekend will host a variety of family-oriented train activities including museum-quality model train layouts, a display of local railroad history and more. Admission to the train event is included in the price of regular admission, and Garden members are free. For more information, call 366-5731. Master Gardener Fall Plant Fair â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Manatee County Fair Grounds, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto. Free admission. For more information, call 722-4524.

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Black Tie showcases snapshots from September events.

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A&E Ringling School

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RECIPE AND A RESERVATION SIMON’S COFFEE HOUSE A husband and wife team serves up fresh meals and plenty of smiles.

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Thursday, OCTOBER 5, 2006

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groundbreaking by Emily Walsh | Black Tie Editor

Michael Saunders with Clyde and Joan Nixon

It was no ordinary groundbreaking at the opening of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s new campus center Saturday, Sept. 30. Instead of hard hats, guests donned black tie for the opening celebration of the beautiful new building next to the Crosley Mansion. The President’s Appreciation Gala, which was co-chaired by David and Myrna Bank and Robbie and Mary Ann Robinson, was a gift to the special friends of the university. The evening began with a champagne toast and a commemorative picture of guests in the rotunda of the Campus

Co-Chairs Mary Ann Robinson, David and Myrna Band

Vern Buchanan, USF President Judy Genshaft, Robert and Suzanne Soran

Center. USF President Judy Genshaft welcomed guests and assured people that USF Sarasota-Manatee would continue to be “an academic powerhouse and penthouse,” joking that the beautiful new building resembled the beautiful penthouses that form Sarasota’s skyline. Finally, guests gathered around the plush courtyard where they enjoyed cocktails and cuisine by the bite by Michael’s On East. The pleasant evening then culminated in a fabulous fireworks display.

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At approximately 7:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at a teen charity event at Michael’s On East, Jack Meo*# (real name unknown) fooled a certain naïve Black Tie editor by giving her a false name. Since then, witnesses have refused to give up the true identity of the joker. Caution: Caution should be used in approaching Meo*#, as he is considered a playful teenage boy. He was last known to be carrying a virgin daiquiri, which attributed to his mischievous “Jack Meo*# mood. Description: Name: Unknown AKA: Jack Meo*# Race: White Year of birth: 1989 Height: 5’81/2” to 5’11” Weight: 140 to 160 Hair: Short and brown Attire: Last seen wearing a limegreen button-down shirt and black slacks. Reward: Anyone with any information regarding the identity of Meo*# should contact Black Tie immediately at 366-3468. Reward: Your picture in Black Tie.

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Boy, we have to tell you, Deb Knowles really should start a matchmaking service. First, she married novelist Leslie Glass off to Jim Allan. BT and Julian

Center. When asked how retirement was going she quickly replied, “Oh it’s great. Retirement is like Botox!”

of it! Would you rather have the 2006-2007 Social Calendar on your PDA instead of our handydandy little calendar? You got it. Sync the 2006-2007 Social Calendar with your high-tech toys. (We still prefer to look at your pretty pictures everyday. That’s why the print version First comes love, then comes marof the 2006riage, then comes a baby in the 2007 Social baby carriage. Rodney Tregembo Calendar got of Southwest Parking Co. was a makeover certainly a proud papa at USF too!) Dying Sarasota-Manatee’s “The Presfor a copy of ident’s Gala” on Sept. 30. While that picture unloading each car, he was eager of you and to share a picture of his newborn, your friends Nicholas, whom he welcomed into from UnGala the world with his wife, Jennifer. Gala that Jessica Seubert was printed in the paper? Buy it online and have the photo shipped straight to your Do you at least know someone door. You know your picture was who knows where she’s going? taken at that Well, for the past 18 years, Girls event, but it Inc. has presented the “She Knows didn’t make Where She’s Going” Award to it into the strong women who make a positive paper. Don’t difference in our community at its despair! Now Celebration Luncheon, slated for every picture March 13, 2007. Girls Inc. is curphotographed rently seeking nominations for this at events will year’s “She Knows Where She’s be published Going” honorees. To request a online. Get nomination form, please call Girls event alerts, Inc. at 366-6646. Stephanie Finnan e-blasts and more. Be social savvy with Black Tie online. We’d also like to introduce AsIt’s a new season. And it’s a new sistant Black Tie Editor Jessica Black Tie. Sure, we know that Seubert. Seubert will be at many some of you don’t like change, but of this year’s social events snapwe see it as a new start for a new ping pics of your smiling faces. generation — the digital generaAlso on board this year is Stephation. Yes, folks, Black Tie is going nie Finnan, who will be helping digital this year with www.yourobout with Black Tie as well. Look Not only will you get for these lovely ladies, because they more of your Black Tie scoop and are looking for you. pictures, but you’ll get a daily fix

+ Proud papa Deb Knowles, with Dave Weiner and Kyla Yeager Parry, her next match, are close to walking down the aisle. Now, Knowles is reveling in the successful matchmaking of her neice, Kyla Yaeger. Yaeger is engaged to Dave Weiner, son of Leigh and Sharyn. Knowles originally set the pair up when they both lived in New York City. Soon after, the cute couple moved down to Sarasota to be near family and now seem to be ready to settle down! Cupid seems to have stopped at more than one door this month. Lindsey Nickel Also engaged is and Edgar Lindsey Nickel Deleo and Edgar Deleo. Nickel is already busy planning the wedding with self-proclaimed “MOB” (Motherof-the-bride), Kristine.

+ Beauty tip

Patricia Caswell was glowing the other night at USF SarasotaManatee’s “The President’s Gala” on Sept. 30, at its new Campus

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Shawndra Baird and designer Craig Signer

+ Where, oh where

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Beth Knopik sparkled in a gold gown.


Bachelorette Ball ‘Masquerade’ Date: Saturday, Sept. 23 Place: The Longboat Key Club Harbourside Chairs: Bill Rogers and Sandy Moore Benefiting: The Arthritis Foundation Ladies on parade: Men were eyeing up the packages at this year’s bachelorette auction — the trip packages, that is. The biggest packages of the evening were Anne Chauvet’s, which included a trip to Spain, and Wendy Bowen’s, which included a trip to Paris.

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5 Chairman Bill Rogers with Co-Chairwoman Sandy Moore

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Clowning Around Town Preview Party


Date: Friday, Sept. 22 Place: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chairs: Jackie Massey and Sheryl Vieira Benefiting: Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care Three-ring circus: Guests at the preview party got a sneak peek at some of the project’s 50 clown statues. The statues, created by celebrity and corporate artists, will find homes around Sarasota from October to the end of April, until they find new homes at a May 12 Gala Auction at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens chaired by Chris Pfahler.

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cameraready 1 Margaret Callihan and Cliff Roles stand with their clown, “Princess Cliffagret Calliroles.”

2 Newlyweds Jane Summerville and Bob Kiebitz 3 Chris and Dr. Ken Pfahler 4 Judi Gallagher stands with the clown she created with artist Frank Creaturo.

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 16 Place: Hyatt Sarasota Chair: Keffie Lancaster Hosted by: Young Professionals Group of Sarasota Benefiting: All Faith Food Bank, Junior Achievement, Mental Heath Communities Centers, The Phoenix Academy and The Wellness Community On their heads: Attendees sported their craziest hats for the occasion, recreating famous scenes from the book and movie.

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Kilbane, Gretchen Miscak, Andrew Foley, and Casey and Michelle Colburn 2 Brian Lough, Hilary Dunlap, Laura Dejournett and Bryan Fazio 3 The Queen and her court: Chair Keffie Lancaster, center, with Nikki Taylor, Peggy Soublis, Shannon Wight and Amy Gruen 4 Eric and Carri Briggs


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UnParty ‘Dim Sum and Dancing’ Date: Friday, Sept. 8 Place: Mattison’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Chairs: Anna Pohl and Bill Rogers Benefiting: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Dim sum f-UN: The kick-off party featured an assortment of snacks by Mattison’s (of course), with the favorite eats being the sushi and dim sum (Hmm ...Is that a hint of this year’s UnGala Gala theme?).



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Snapshots from September’s events Photos by Emily Walsh and Jessica Seubert

Jim Fox, Larry Liberman, Nate Benderson and Bob Spanos toast a night of Black Tie and Tails Sept. 30, at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club. The event benefited the Humane Society of Manatee County.

Chairwoman Lou Ann Palmer and TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care CEO Marge Maisto show off their hats at “Chapeaus et Champagne” Sept. 8, at the Sarasota University Club, which benefited TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care.

Michael Klauber and Margaret Wise enjoy each other’s company at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s Season Premiere Party Sept. 29. The party debuted both Michael’s at the Van Wezel, a second location for Michael’s On East, and the Broadway show, “The Producers.”

Ken Hoskinson gives Pete Genersich a celebratory hug after winning the longest drive at the Commerical Investment Division of the Sarasota Association of Realtors’ “Golf & Dinner at the Ranch” Sept. 28, at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. The tournament and dinner raised $15,000 for Mote Marine Aquarium’s Aquaculture Park, Construction Technology Careers’ Pre-apprenticeship Partnership and Crowley Museum and Nature Center.

Florence Katz and Helen Sherman at Designing Women Boutique’s Summer Salon Series Sept. 28, which featured guest speaker Scott George.

Sally Schule, Heidi Godman, Carl Weinrich and Jane Goodwin at the Heart Gallery Sarasota Opening Reception Sept. 15, at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Kristy Sosso and her son, Luca, who, by the way, is the spitting-image of his dad, Scott, attend New College Library Association’s Mistletoe Ball Patron Party on Sept. 29, at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ron Burks, Scott Libertore, Bill Robey, Sabra Libertore and Michael Saunders at Foundation for Dreams’ 10th Anniversary Celebration Sept. 22, at the Crosley Mansion. The celebration benefited Foundation for Dreams’ Eddie Mulock Dream Oaks Camp Scholarship Fund.

John East and Randi Schlanger at Suncoast Pride’s ‘Jes Mis Behavin’ Concert Sept. 16, at Golden Apple Dinner Theater. The concert featured the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble and benefited In Stride Inc. (formerly the Smith Center for Therapeutic Riding).

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What event are you looking forward to most this season? “I’m most looking forward to my daughter, Christina’s wedding to Ken Moyal this coming Saturday in Lake Tahoe,” said Marjorie North at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s “The President’s Gala” on Saturday, Sept. 30, at its new Campus Center. She added, “It’s going to be a fairy-tale wedding and she deserves every happiness life can offer.”

At the Mistletoe Ball Patron Party on Friday, Sept. 29, at Saks Fifth Avenue, Jeff Riddell asked, “Should we be politically correct?” And then replied, “The Mistletoe Ball, of course! We’re so original.” His wife, Julie, added, “We like the Orchid Ball, too.”

At the Humane Society of Manatee County’s “Black Tie and Tails” on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, Don Malawsky said, “This and the UnGala Gala at the Ringling Museum of Art.” While Tess Koncick, president of the board, replied, “For me, this is definitely it.”


Nikki Nilon and Miriam Cassell at “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” on Sept. 21, 2000, at Saks Fifth Avenue. “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” is now known as “Key to Cure,” which happens to be coming up next week on Thursday, Oct. 12. Send in a picture from your past events to Jessica Seubert, assistant Black Tie editor, c/o The Observer, 1517 State Street, Sarasota, Fla., 34236, or e-mail her at (At least 300dpi).

Black Tie/Northern Trust Social Calendar For the complete 2006-2007 Black Tie Social Calendar, please peruse your personal copy of the official 2006-2007 Social Calendar located inside the fall issue of SEASON — The Observer’s Guide to Arts & Society, both inserted in this week’s issue of The Observer. The 2006-2007 Social Calendar is also located online at www. The newly updated online social calendar enables you to link events with your personal electronic calendar, e-mail events to friends and bookmark your favorites. Log on now!

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& Fashion Show What: In honor of the 2006-2007 chairwomen of Sarasota’s social fundraising events, The Observer Group and Saks Fifth Avenue host a luncheon and fashion presentation featuring knee-skimming to floor-length dresses designed for every affair. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue’s 5th Avenue Club Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5311 Price: By invitation only

6 to 7 Sue Wong


hotflash Star style Dying for a chance to walk the red carpet celebrity style? Well, now you have your chance, because L. Boutique is now carrying glamorous gowns by designer Dina Bar-El. The famous fashion designer’s gowns have graced the bodies of many of Hollywood’s greatest beauties. Kate Hudson donned Bar-El’s yellow gown for the “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” video cover. Like the dresses all the “Desperate Housewives” are wearing in their latest ad campaign? Yep, all Dina Bar-El. Geena Davis and Vanessa Manillo sparkled at the 2005 Emmys in Bar-El’s gowns. Get your Hollywood haute couture at L. Boutique during its new hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. L. Boutique, 610 S. Pineapple Avenue, 906-1350.

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What: Enjoy a shopping weekend hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Two percent of all sales during the weekend will be donated to Moffit/Sarasota Cancer Coalition Fund. When: Normal store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Sally Schule, 364-5301

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Designer Shoe Caravan What: Casual or dressy, subdued or chic, you’ll find the perfect replacement pair for whichever shoes are looking shabby in the closet at Saks shoe caravan going on for five full days. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: 364AG skinny jeans; Exit Art, 5334 St. Armands 19 to 24 Bill Blass New Circle, York Holiday Show 388-2827 What: View the new holiday collection from Bill Blass New York in a private, by-appointment12 to 13 Lagos Trunk Show only setting. The collection features What: Find the classic signature casual everyday wear to black-tie styles that are said to accentuate gowns you could wear to any ball the modern woman’s lifestyle at this season. When: By appointment the trunk show showcasing the only Where: 1990 Main Street award-winning jewelry designs. Contact: Ilene Fox, 953-6393 or Where: Saks Fifth Avenue tact: 364-5371 Evening Wear What: A trunk show featuring the intricately designed evening gowns of Sue Wong. View her fabulous fashions that include everything from beading to lace, feathers and more. Where: Foxy Lady Siesta Key and Foxy Lady St. Armands Circle Contact: Foxy Lady Siesta Key, 3496644, or Foxy Lady St. Armands Circle, 388-5239

‘Want it!’ For fall 2006, Saks Fifth Avenue debuted fall’s must-have looks in stores on Sept. 13. Just in case you were off galavanting in South America or cruising in Alaska, here’s a recap of what Saks has in stores and what you want for fall: For her: • Narrow pantsuit

• Leggings • Gloves • Fur-trimmed coat • Romantic blouse • Textured knit • Wide-leg pants • Flat boot • Voluminous sleeve • Satchel bag • Red lips • Wool • Skinny jeans For him: • Wool • Straight-leg jeans • Sport boot • Velvet • Leather blazer • Cardigan • Fancy white shirt • Fine-gauge knit • Pea coat

Make your feet dance All right, we admit it, we’re suckers for the ballerina look. Hmm ... wonder why? Anyway, if you’re looking for a perfect pair of ballerina flats, search no more. Check out this Web site: www. It has a huge assortment of different styles and funky patterns, like these “Audrey” leopard and gold flats with a 1 cm heel. The bad news? Prices are in euros so you’ll be forking over a few more bucks than usual for pretty feet.

Chris Pfahler, past chairwoman of the Mistletoe Ball, was smoking in a red-hot, offthe-shoulder pantsuit at the Mistletoe Ball Patron Party on Friday, Sept. 29, at Saks Fifth Avenue. Craig Signer, who happened to be a special guest that evening, designed the stunning ensemble.

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The Sarasota International Design Summit confronts the problems of 21st-century designers. Ambra Medda has ideas. Later this week at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, you may notice a flock of artistic types in the halls. Eyes filled with deliberate looks. Hands gripping PowerBooks and portfolios. They walk quickly, with no time to waste. Though, many found time to make a statement with the clothes on their backs. Welcome to the Sarasota International Design Summit. Hosted by the Ringling School of Art and Design, it’s a three-day conference on all things design. Some of the world’s best architects, designers, writers and thinkers will be speaking here — there’s even one computer scientist from MIT’s Media Lab. Its line-up includes: Ambra Medda, the scintillating co-founder of two important art/design fairs (we’ll get back to her later); Ping Fu, Inc Magazine’s CEO-of-the-Year for 2005, the manufacturing guru who made it to the next paradigm before anybody else; Bill Strickland, the eduBill Strickland cator/ entrepreneur who put his mind where his mouth was for “unreachable” teens in his community; John Maeda, the aforementioned computer geek — who also draws, paints, does layout and wrote a best-selling book in his spare time. If you’re already part of the design community, those names will impress you. If not, the whole thing may sound a bit lofty. Even the event’s name is John Maeda highfalutin — the Sarasota International Design Summit. A summit? A mountaintop? Like designer-gods throwing lightning bolts on top of Mount Olympus. But the purpose of the conference is down to earth. Designers, by definition, are problem-solvers. They’ve got lots of them in the 21st century. The world they design for needs help — that’s a given. But today’s designers have their own internal problems. Two of the biggest: How do you take advantage of new technologies? How do you get paid? Ambra Medda thinks she has a solution. The funny thing is, she’s not a designer … exactly. But Medda isn’t big on rigid categories like that: design over here, fine art there, commerce here — like food sequestered in a lunch tray. She has a habit of blurring such lines. It goes back to her childhood. Like many creative people, her creativity is a family trait. She grew up in London in the 1980s. Her mother was a designer/dealer who ran a successful gallery. Medda grew up in the gallery (when she wasn’t at the auction house). Inside mom’s gallery, paintings lived in peace with Italian furniture (both new stuff and old stuff); cultures blurred; the present collided with the past; a constant walk-on cast of artists, designers, collectors and dealers helped shape her mind. Then Medda grew up. She became a generalist. She learned Chinese in order to study Chinese architecture and design. She went to China, studied all that, then left. Eventually, she wound up in Miami. Those art fairs? The first she helped create was Design Miami

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‘People have to be excited. Art and design fairs can do that. You’re surrounded by people who’re really into it. You’re confronted by something new and wonderful.’ — Ambra Medda Co-founder of two art/design fairs

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Design continued from 9B â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a forum and a marketplace where designers, collectors and gallery owners come together. Art Basel in Switzerland was the follow-up. Art and design live together in both. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very natural combination,â&#x20AC;? she says. That combination is no accident â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the mix is a little different at each fair. By design. Design Miami brings businesslike designers and buyers into the freewheeling art world and loosens them up. Art Basel is more buttoned-up and corporate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a place where bohemians put on their good clothes, stay on their best behavior and learn to deal with people of consequence in the adult business world. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blurring the lines again. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of her solution. 21st-century designers are (potentially) free of the big dumb system of mass production of the last century. Many donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the potential that gives them. Medda does. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small production runs have become economical,â&#x20AC;? Medda says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of creating 100,000 pieces, a designer can now create 10. That means you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to work for somebody else, a big corporation with that kind of capacity. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to sell out and make compromises. Instead of marketing what you do on a big scale, making lots of things to please everybody, a designer can now please himself â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and do limited editions, just like a work of art, which important design really is. And the work can be presented in the same way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a gallery, like any other sort of art.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a question of changing the context. A mass-produced chair in a department store is a thing; a limited-edition chair in a gallery is art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good enough. Neat, but what do you call the chair? Medda doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like that question. Design object? Art design. Art design object?

She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the multiple-choice alternatives, either. Language is important to her. It thrills her that â&#x20AC;&#x153;decorative artsâ&#x20AC;? is almost archaic and â&#x20AC;&#x153;designâ&#x20AC;? is almost standard. But sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather use no word than the wrong one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sometimes call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;important design,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But only when I have to. This is all so new. Art and design are coming together. The designers themselves are only finding out about it. But nobody really knows what to call it yet.â&#x20AC;? Whatever you call it, that chair in the gallery isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t helping the designer unless somebody buys it. Which brings us to the second part of her solution: social networking. Which is a fancy way of saying events like Design Miami. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The public has to be educated,â&#x20AC;? Medda says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have to be excited. Art and design fairs can do that. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re surrounded by people whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really into it. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re confronted by something new and wonderful. These fairs make people see important design is not a thing â&#x20AC;Ś it is the product of a mind. They want it and so they buy it. If they keep buying, a designer can make a living with his art â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like any other artist. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting to happen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in some small way, thanks to art fairs like Design Miami or gatherings like the Sarasota International Design Summit, which is more theoretical. For designers, I think it could be like the fine-art world of the 1980s. But you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t burn the ground you plant in. The market and the culture have to grow up together. I sincerely hope the market doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go insane like it did.â&#x20AC;? Hmmm. In other words â&#x20AC;Ś Design is art and art is design. Be your own boss. Think like an artist, not like a hired hand. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that simple. Somewhere across the state, on the other end of the conversation, Medda laughs into her cell phone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well â&#x20AC;Ś maybe just a little bit of craziness.â&#x20AC;?

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Wednesday, Oct. 11 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Designing Our Futures.â&#x20AC;? Designing gurus (from Hallmark Cards, BMW, VP Designs and other corporate mountaintops) prognosticate on the way weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll live, work and play. 2 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Workshops 6 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Closing Session & Party. Business writer Linda Tischler chats with Ambra Medda (director and co-founder of Design Miami/Basel) and John Maeda (graphic designer, MIT computer scientist, and the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laws of Simplicity). For more information, call 359-7595.



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Power corrupts — Louisiana style Sean Penn puts Willie Stark together again.

Sean Penn just gets better with age. That’s not to say he hasn’t done great work throughout his career (“At Close Range,” “Dead Man Walking”). It’s just that, nowadays, every role he tackles is near perfect (“21 Grams,” “Mystic River”). “All the King’s Men,” is his latest film, an adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from 1946. Penn plays Willie Stark, a corrupt, charismatic, rags-to-riches, Southern politician. Penn’s over-the-top PAM portrayal of this NADON devilish character is heavenly to watch. It’s the performance of a lifetime. Warren’s novel was a thinly disguised account of the life and death of Huey Long — Louisiana’s Depression-era demagogue. Director Steven Zaillian’s latest adaptation time-shifts the action to the 1950s. The story begins in the smokefilled backroom parlor of “king-maker” Tiny Duffy (James Gandolfini, aka Tony Soprano, who is perfect in this role). Duffy persuades Stark to run for governor as a third-party candidate. Stark doesn’t know he’s being used to split votes. When he catches on, all hell breaks loose. Stark creates his own platform, based on attacking the fat-cat “hick-haters” with emotionally charged speeches.

Stark incites the “hicks” to vote and he wins by a landslide. While fighting Southern aristocracy and Big Oil (what else?), Stark befriends Jack Burden (Jude Law), a hard-drinking, idealistic newspaper reporter. At first, Burden is taken in by Stark’s charismatic bravado. Ironically, the reporter belongs to the aristocracy Stark despises. Yet Stark wants Burden on his team and manages to get him there. When Stark is threatened with impeachment, he asks Burden to dig up dirt on an influential judge (Sir Anthony Hopkins) who is pivotal in Stark’s potential demise. That judge happens to be Burden’s godfather, the kindly gentleman who raised Burden after his father abandoned him. Incredibly, Burden does what Stark wants and turns against his own blood. It’s further proof of the power Stark holds over people — rich and poor alike. “All the King’s Men” is a casting coup of jaw-dropping proportions. The story is told in voice-over by Jude Law (whose steely portrayal of a hit man in “Road to Perdition” left me reeling). Law’s performance as the torn and tormented journalist is perfectly underplayed, in contrast to Penn’s gigantic persona. The great Kate Winslet (“Heavenly Creatures,” “Finding Neverland”) plays Burden’s childhood sweetheart and Stark’s secret squeeze with a quiet seductiveness and depth. Patricia Clarkson, who’s always a joy to watch (“Good Night and Good Luck,” “The Station Agent”), stirs the pot as Stark’s press attaché and jealous lover. She has one of the film’s great lines (out of thousands) when her character discovers that Stark slept with an exotic ice dancer: “The

Sound and fury signifying votes — Sean Penn in “All the King’s Men.” world is full of sluts on skates.” Surprisingly, Hopkins has only a supporting role. But he steals every scene he’s in — even the ones with Penn. Director/writer Zaillian (honored with an Oscar for his “Schindler’s List” script) doesn’t see his film as a remake of the 1949 film (Zaillian never saw it) but a fresh adaptation of Warren’s novel. Zaillian’s script is a magnificent morality tale. His camera work is angular and astounding. Punctuated by flashbacks, the film’s noir feel is hypnotic. James Horner’s score is as thunderous as the central character. It all adds up to a film with meaning. In Zaillian’s words, “All the King’s Men”

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asks whether “good made from bad is still good.” His film is a study of good intentions distorted by the quest for power. Sean Penn’s riveting performance is the power that holds the film together. His mannerisms, body language and biting Southern drawl make Willie Stark one of the most memorable characters you’ll ever see on the American screen. Thank heaven this guy isn’t real — and running for office. Pamela Nadon graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s in English, has served as a film analyst in a series of classes, and is a member of the American Film Institute.

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Golden Apple gives us ‘the works’ What do opera and “The Full Monty” have in common? They both go all the way. The full Monty is British slang for “the works,” and opera, being the plural of opus, means the same thing. But “The Full Monty” production at the Golden Apple doesn’t stop there. Based on the film of the same name, the musical is set, not in England, but in Buffalo, N.Y., where a bunch of workingclass men have been fired and need their jobs back, for financial and emotional reasons. Their wives, eager for entertainment and release from their own lives, spend their “Girls’ Night Out” at a Chippendales club, ogling the men on stage and confiding their fears and marital desires to each other in the cloistered privacy of the toilet. JUNE But, in their zeal to LeBELL prove “It’s a Woman’s World,” they take over the men’s room, and unbeknown to them, two of the husbands have secreted themselves in one of the stalls and overhear everything the wives say. This leads Jerry (David Engel) to come up with a plan. He decides to recruit his cronies and make $50,000 stripping. One thing leads to another, and, suddenly, they find themselves promising not only to do some bumps and grinds but also to do the full Monty . Engel’s Jerry is a full-voiced, good-looking bloke from Buffalo, buff and brazen, bragging and bodacious but, underneath it all, tender-hearted and terrified that he’ll lose his son, just as he’s already lost his job and his wife. He gets in trouble the way Pigpen attracts mud. His comrades — Berry Ayers as Dave; Steven Flaa as Malcolm; and Joey Panek as Ethan — are perfect for their parts, drawing on emotions and resources that

The cast of “The Full Monty” goes all the way, with a few show-stoppers. seem as bottomless as a pit. They, too, have voices to reckon with — especially Flaa and Panek whose light tenors and beautiful falsettos are breathtaking. The casting for this show deserves special credit, because each character seems to fit his or her part as if they grew up in it. And that may be the secret to “The Full Monty.” No one person in the show is like any other. With a book by Terrence McNally, the characters step out of their roles and into your hearts, so you find yourself empathizing, understanding and rooting for them to find themselves. Chris George’s Harold, the “suit” behind the firings who also got laid off, starts out as a pretty unlikable guy. But we come to see him through his wife, Vicki’s (Catherine Randazzo’s) loving eyes, and he becomes a full-bodied, warm human being, lovable to the core for all his pits and flaws. Randazzo’s “Life with Harold” is an eye-and-ear opener.

But the real show-stopper is the audition scene. Remember, the idea of becoming Chippendales has been hatched in Jerry’s head and then, with great strain, talked into Dave, who’s no sylph, knows it and lets his flab foul his self image like a woman driven to Weight Watchers. The two of them, with the help of a very able Jeanette (Roberta MacDonald at her shining best), audition a mess of men with about as much capacity for stripping as Bob Newhart. With Fred Astaire aspirations and absolutely zip for talent, they’re at their wit’s ends, until Horse (Oliver Dill, a multi-faceted acting-singing-dancer) shows up and shocks them into the reality that we all have, um, something. It’s a motley crew that starts rehearsals, but, with the help of a little imagination and a whole lot of basketball dribbling, by George, they get it and we have a glimmer of hope for their futures. The wives, played, danced and sung by Kyle Ennis Turoff, Joleen Wilkinson, Samantha Barrett and Melanie Souza,

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while not in the blazing spotlight, are great in their supporting roles. Of David Yazbek’s music and libretto, the words far outpace the songs, but that’s OK because the lyrics are brilliant and fun. DeWayne Barrett’s choreography is spiffy, sprightly and stylish, as is Jared Walker’s costuming. The excellent John Visser and his small band might think of toning it down a little, because this is a word-driven show, and we missed a couple of good lines because the instruments were a little too loud. The Golden Apple has another winner. But the real hero of the evening is Michael Newton-Brown, because without his brilliant lighting, the entire cast (and audience) would be arrested. June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as “Today in New York,” “Salute to the Arts” and “The Sound of Broadway.”

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Fame, what’s your name?

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The cast of “Fame” puts on the high-energy musical through Oct. 8 at The Players Theatre in Sarasota.

As a matter of fact they do want to live forever. In case (like me) you missed “Fame: The Movie,” and “Fame: The TV Show” and will be walking into “Fame: The Musical” knowing only “Fame: The Hit Song,” here’s the story: The musical takes place in the big-hair 1980s at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. Freshman students arrive from a mix of backgrounds and ethnic origins. The story traces their next four years of ups and downs, loves and friendships, triumphs and tragedies and sheer grueling work — a price they’re willing to pay to make it big in show time. But on with the show. And what a show it is. The kids at The Players put on a great one. Talk about high energy. Wow. Tahlia Byers is a treat as Iris Kelley, a classical dancer with ballet in her DNA. She glides through her role with energy and strength. Charles McKenzie’s Tyrone Jackson is a speeding bullet of a street dancer. That kid can move, and he has a good singing voice as well. Kwendel Lasha had a wonderful solo as Miss Esther Sherman. Alex Yepremian was side-splitting as Joe Vegas and had the audience laughing with his pelvis gyrations in “I Can’t Keep it Down.” Shane Ferreira was sympathetic as Nick Piazza, the dedicated, sincere kid who’s been taking acting classes for as long as he can remember. Chris Keller was touching as Schlomo Metzenbaum, a kid from a musical family who’s expected to be a genius by everybody but can’t quite live up to it. Cynthia Ashford did a cute turn as Mabel Washington, and brought down the house in “Mabel’s Prayer,” wondering aloud if she’s going to turn into “the world’s fattest dancer.” But Jazmine Giovanni stole the show hands down as Carmen Diaz, the central figure of the piece. She’s a sexy, hip Latino girl with great aspirations. She puts incredible verve into her role. You

playbill “Fame:The Musical” Short version: Talented kids play talented kids. Where and when? The Players Theatre, 838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, through Oct. 8. For more information call 365-2494. hope for the best when Carmen leaves with a sassy attitude for the bright lights of L.A. It breaks your heart when she comes back, a broken spirit, teetering on her high heels as she sings a very moving song about her experience. Giovanni puts a lot into a few moves. She knocks your socks off. Actors Gairie Jean Williams, Kayla Clark, Stewart Shebroe, Belinda Marino, Robert Atkins and Farris Hannouch were also first-class. Director and choreographer Thomas Dewayne Barrett and musical director Deidre Reigel got an incredibly high level of performance from their young cast. The young, aspiring performers play what they are — young ,aspiring performers. That’s one of the strengths of the play. It’s great that the actors are teenagers. They’re dressed in outrageous clothes that look terrific — but only on teenagers. Their dance moves should come with warning labels: Don’t try this if you’re older than 25. Great talent, dynamite direction and excellent talent add up to a performance you won’t see anywhere short of Broadway (and that’s no exaggeration). They went beyond the flashy stuff. The musical ends with high-school graduation (the last in the original building) and an a capella performance of “Bring on Tomorrow” followed by the famous “Fame.” It got a standing ovation. These kids earned it.

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Simon and Michelle Kirby The friendly owners of Simon’s serve up fresh and healthy meals, unending enthusiasm and enough smiles to go around.

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THE OWNERS After owning tourist hot-spot Café Continental Patisserie on Siesta Key for nine years, Simon and Michelle Kirby wanted more of a community-based environment (with a touch of their native London) for their customers. A third-generation restaurateur, Kirby spends much time getting to know his customers and usually recognizes everyone who returns, while his wife deals with the nitty gritty of the business. There is never a

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day when Kirby and his wife are not working, cheerfully greeting customers with their personal attention. “The harder we work, the luckier we get,” Kirby said. It’s obvious that the Kirbys love what they do and love the community in which they live. “We love Sarasota because of the people,” he said. “Sunshine makes people happy.”

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BACKGROUND While young Simon Kirby was serving in the British army and stationed in the United States, he and his friends were granted a five-day leave. All Kirby wanted was a ticket to the beach, especially because it was spring-break time. After a 28-hour bus ride, Kirby found himself in Clearwater Beach, and decided one day, he would live in paradise. After five years in the army, an attempt to escape the restaurant business that ran in his blood, Kirby returned to London to follow in the family footsteps. His parents owned a chain of restaurants and Kirby became a selftaught chef. “This business was my destiny and I had to accept what I’m good at,” Kirby said. Sarasota became the paradise Kirby calls home 14 years ago, when he moved from London with his wife and their two children. RESTAURANT After 24 years in the restaurant business, Kirby knows what people like. The Kirbys opened their community coffee house and whole-foods eatery, Simon’s, five years ago. “Everything is made from scratch,” said Kirby. “We are doing it the old way.” Simon’s eatery follows the movement of using whole foods, fresh, natural foods and the best of everything. “You are what you eat,” said Kirby, who caters to all types of diets, so diverse friends can all eat together and find something on the menu. After being head chef for many years, Kirby turned the reins over to head chef Scott Nuss so he could help his wife with all the activity at the counter. Nuss offers daily specials, but the most popular dish is the staple poached salmon. The food is fresh and tasty, but the owners’ friendly demeanor makes a visit to this community café even more worthwhile.

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Prudential Performance. Gulf coast style. Longboat Key L’Ambiance

New construction 10,450 sf on almost an acre lot w/Bay views. Australian cypress floors, fabulous finishes call for details!! $8,850,000 Marty Benson & Hoyt Beaty 552-3942

LWR Country Club Village

Sleepy Lagoon

Siesta Village Area

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

One block to Siesta Village, Two more to the beach! Fabulous NEW 4br. 3ba. 2600+ sq.ft. A/C area Single Family home & pool. $1,300,000 Kim Gilliland 487-5179

Downtown @ 1350 Main

Grand Bay

Bird Key

East Sarasota

Water Club

Spindrift on Siesta Key


Anna Maria

LWR Country Club Village

St. Armands


Gulf & Bay

University Park – Value Priced Property

Anna Maria

Downtown @ 1350 Main

Downtown @ Essex House

San Marco

Bellagio Harbor Village

LWR Country Club Village

The Terrace

Secluded Oaks

Siesta Key

Downtown @ 100 Central

Southpointe Shores – Value Priced Property


Vista Hermosa on Siesta Key

Whitemarsh @ Lakewood Ranch

Grand Bay Penthouse with miles of panoramic views. Sunrise to sunset.4000+sqft all rooms open to spacious wrap-around terrace. $3,500,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966 Gorgeous views of gulf, bay & sunsets from 2 terraces. World class amenities, clubhouse, security & concierge. $2,395,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

Grand Bay Bird Key

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

Fabulous bay, gulf, mainland and marina views! Gorgeous 2BR en suite, Den/convertible 3rd BR; 3.5BA, private gulf beach. $1,595,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693


Enjoy sugar-sand beaches & partial Gulf views from this turnkey furnished end unit loft condo.Great community amenities. $449,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550

Longboat Key

Charm and comfort in this bright canal-front island home. This updated canal home offers 3BR/2BA, 1925 sf, and boat dock. $744,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

Water Club Country Club Shores

Unobstructed Bay & City views from this Country Club Shores home directly on the Bayfront. Deep-water dockage, pool & spa. $3,950,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

Gorgeous 10th floor, 2/3 bed w/Gulf , Bay & City Views. 31’ terrace, prvt garage.Concierge, fabulouse amenities. Furnished. $1,952,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

Cedars West

Designer inspired, turnkey furnished, first floor walkout, Gulf view condo. Excellent rental income & great LBK location. $824,750 Andrew Bers 383-2550


Outstanding Gulf front condo with amazing views in impeccable condition decorated with refined taste. Enjoy sun rise & sunset. $2,399,000 Michael Granston 552-3990

Beachplace Orchid Beach Club

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

First floor walk out conveniently located to the pool, club house and beach. Furnished beautiful lake and partial gulf view. $810,000 Jerry Thompson 552-3966


Fabulous Vizcaya on the beach! Over 3300 SF of incredible upgrades, designer finishes and private pool w/ summer kitchen. $2,990,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Longboat Harbour

2BR/2BA updated 1st floor end unit; pool; harbor views; boat dock; canoe/kayak storage; tennis. Private Gulf beach access with pavilion. $518,700 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Grand Bay Country Club Shores

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

Bright 2BR/2BA split plan condo w/Sarasota Bay & golf course views; resort style pools & amenities plus private beach club! $799,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

Emerald Harbor

Canal front home w/ terrific floor plan w/ large kitchen & family room, split bedroom plan overlooking pool & water views. $1,495,000 Hannerle Moore 387-8136

Country Club Shores

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

Bay Isles L’Ambiance

Great corner unit gulf front unit with sunny southern exposure, wonderful wrap-around terraces and incredible amenities. $1,825,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707


Beau Ciel New listing

Great corner unit gulf front unit with sunny southern exposure, wonderful wrap-around terraces and incredible amenities. $1,999,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707

Harbor Acres

Islands & Waterfront

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


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

Queens Harbor

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

Rarely available, FULL BAY VIEW “B” plan. Prvt. elevator, marble flrs & baths, granite kitchen, Neff cabinets. $1,395,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694

Exceptional Bird Key garden home w/beautiful pool area. Nicely updated kitchen & baths. Great curb appeal & room to expand. $950,000 Marty Benson/Hoyt Beaty 552-3942 Rare 2BR/2BA, Gulf-front condo in a distinctive 6-unit community. Fireplace, cedar closets, wrap-around deck, TKF $1,150,000 Christine Harman 487-5180 Fabulous bay views! This completely remodeled home offers 4BR/3BA, 2205 sf, granite counters, new roof, doors, and windows. $1,150,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 CAR-FREE LIVING! St. Armand’s excitement - quiet side street location. Beautiful pool & spa area in a private setting. $1,075,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Bayside on Siesta Spacious 3/2 Townhouse overlooking lake & fountain. Attractive tky furnishings. Beach access, pool, tennis. Ideal investment. $749,000 Bonnie Morley 552-5453 New home! 3BR/3.5BA, den, 2386 sf, granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appl., elevator, pool. Short stroll to Gulf! $859,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981 Million Dollar View Completely remodeled 2/2 condo. Waterfront views from every room Granite counter tops stainless appliances. $675,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Buy your sailboat/yacht a new home! Under construction, this 2nd floor, 3-4Br/2.5BA unit overlooking pool with full Bay views-a must see! $1,250,000 Bob Moffatt 487-5120 Only steps to beach! This furnished 2BR/2BA townhouse offers beautiful sunsets, lush landscaping, pool, and two-car garage. $449,900 Michelle Musto 552-3981 Key West home,On the Grand Canal , boat dock and lift,reduced over $100,000. Bring all offers.OWNER SAY’S SELL! $1,169,000 Mary Hemlock 487-5181 Royal palms& tropical setting in a fabulous 3 Br mainland waterfront pool home with room for 60’ boat at your private dock. $1,895,000 Jacqueline Middleton 487-5118 Across from Crescent Beach, walk to shops and restaurants. Turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA condo. Top floor, mid-rise bldg., elevator; club house, heated pool. $435,000 Linda Thompson 552-2693

Holmes Beach

New coastal designed home on Anna Maria Island! 3BR/2.5BA, 1895 sf, granite counter tops, wood floors, 2-car garage & pool. $799,000 Michelle Musto 552-3981

Orchid Beach – Reduced $300K

Direct Beachfront! 3-4BR/3/5BA 8th flr. Finished w/travertine & marble flooring, lge rooms, gourmet kitchen & expansive terrace. Private Beach, Concierge, valet & more. $3,299,000 Helen Sosso Broker/owner 586-4052

Long Beach

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

Conrad Beach

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

Bay Point Park

15,000 plus buildable lot, county water, depending on home built views of bay & ICW, walk to Nokomis Beach. $219,000 Owner/agent Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358

Brand New, hard to find 5BR + den + familyroom + upstairs bonusroom / 4BA. Granite, crown, fireplace & vaulted ceilings. Heated Pool/Spa. $1,295,000 Jim Soda 552-2666 Buy Today at Yesterday’s Prices! Owner selling at cost! Great Bay & City views from 6th floor residence. Extensive upgrades. $645,000 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Special property estate lot w/custom home. Huge pool & screened entertainment area, one of a kind doors & fireplaces. $1,495,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Former model, 3BR/2BA security system, large private lanai and pool area. Perfect for entertaining. Furniture available. $429,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Enjoy your new home for Labor Day! Very open Chamonix plan in maintenance free Stone Ridge at Lakewood Ranch. Many upgrades. $698,800 Andrew Bers 383-2550 Maintenance free townhouse 3BR/2 full + 2 half BA-19” porelain tile, stainless appl, firepl, skylights, built-ins & 2 car gar. $525,000 Peggy Wellman 487-5175 Shimmering pool,spa,lake & golf views from this wonderful Neal built Fairfield home.Many upgrades. Enjoy Florida at it’s best. $979,000 Ed Haggerty 552-3971 Most popular downtwn bldg and coveted “C” plan, 9th fl., 2 bed & den on the corner of Palm & Main - wrap around terrace. $800,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694 Cultural Arts District. Spacious 3 bedroom unit on the amenities level. Brand new intimate complex in the heart of the city. $699,000 Cheryl Loeffler 387-1707 3BR/2BA, Granite, wood cab., tile thoughout, lanai offers extended living area for that warm & cozy Florida feel. $598,500 Jim Soda 552-2666 Brand new, beautiful setting w/upgraded kitchen, granite, stone fireplace, study w/wood plank floor, pavered lanai and drive. $785,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950 Fabulous bldg. right down town. Tile flrs, Club room, fitness, movie rm, pool & spa, guest suite. Move right in! $735,000 Linda A. Page 552-2694 Remodeled 3BR/3BA Barcelona model. Stunning Gourmet kitchen, French limestone floors, library & new lighting. $674,000 Hutter & Rutstein 552-1358 Shows “like new”, on a beautiful lake lot with pool. Granite, decorative woodwork, built-ins and extra 3rd bedroom. $699,900 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

LWR Country Club Village

Former Peregrine model. This 3-4B/3B has a large activity room, private study & an expansive lanai w/pool, spa & summer kit. $1,795,000 Jim Soda 552-2666

University Park Rutenberg, Beautiful 3 BR/3 BA, 3321sq.

ft. A/C. Den, Library,Granite counter tops,2 fireplaces, Prof. deco. Heat pool & spa. $1,499,000 Jean Jacques Barilleau 552-3960

Venetian Golf & River

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

Lakewood Ranch

Brand New! Beautifully upgraded, wood kitchen cabinets, granite counters, upgraded floor tile, great water view, lovely lanai. $799,000 Sylvia Zimmerman 552-3950

LWR Country Club Village

5B/4.5B, 3CG, 4,184sf. This 2 story home offers a Gourmet kitchen that includes granite counters and custom wood cabinetry.$1,320,000 Jim Soda 552-2666

Twin Rivers

Exquisite new 4-5BR/3B, granite, cherry, fireplace, 3 car, pool & many more upgrades. 3000sq ft, lakefront, occupy immediately. $599,900 Sara La Plante 552-2679



Service with a snip


The Little Salon is big on customer satisfaction. Page 7C

Dawn Holland

New Bird Key home sells for $3.7 million.

Tennis player shows up with some aggressive moves. Page 10C

Page 4C You. Your neighbors. Your neighborhood.

Thursday, october 5, 2006

grand sanding

by Larry Burke | City Editor

the Agony of the

Feet Residents between the 6400 block and 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive are displeased with the gray sand, above right, on thier beach, as opposed to normal sand, above left.

Photos by Kat Wingert/ Photo illustration by Marc Phelps

The Town Commission meets Oct. 9 to continue the discussion about gray sand, which gets toasty underfoot.

T Jeanine Sowder, right, reaches out to help her friend, Sharon Hass, up the dropoff left after the beach renourishment.

Sand Solutions (in order of increased cost) l Do nothing. The commission could decide that it would not be a sound financial decision to spend money for adding white sand. l Scrape or churn. Take sand from the top of other areas along the beach and transfer it to the north end beach.

l Exchange. Excavate the gray sand, take the white sand that is below it, replace that white sand with the gray and then cover the area with the white. l Truck sand in. Purchase a sufficient amount to cover the gray sand, at an estimated cost of about $50 per cubic yard.

ake a daytime walk along the beach from the 6400 block to the 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. After a while, you may want head for the water — to cool off your feet. The complex problem of providing fine white sand to the beach by Gulfside Drive will continue at the Oct. 9 Longboat Key Town Commission meeting. At the meeting, concerned Gulfside Drive residents will hear the results of a feasibility study conducted by the Key’s beach consultant, Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. The study will discuss the four possible solutions to the problem of the gray sand, which has moved southward, covering any remaining white sand that was on top. Sleepy Lagoon residents Debra McKenna and Mary Winter brought a petition to the Sept. 21 Town Commission Regular Workshop signed by 253 residents. The petition came after the commission decided to take no action at its June meeting. Gray sand retains the sun’s heat and can be quite painful to the feet.


The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2006

Coldwell Banker Congratulates

Barbara Ackerman

The Top Agent in Sarasota and Manatee County for the two years in a row!

Over $80 million in Sales for 2005!

Top 1% of Coldwell Banker Associates Worldwide

new listing

lonGboAt Key - the shore

This is it! Walk out to beach! Rarely available southwest corner 3 bedroom 3 bath direct gulf front true beach house. Finest and serene natural view of the beach with the sound of the gentle rolling surf. This understated elegant apartment features, ceramic tile floors, three patios, updated kitchen and baths, heated pool and spa and clubhouse. Sophisticated living beach retreat in tropical abundance. $1,395,000

MAinlAnD - uniVersity pArK new listing

lonGboAt Key - lA firenZA new listing

new listing

MIAMI MODERN STYLE! TODAY’S NEWEST LOOK IN UNIVERSITY PARK! Brand new superior quality in every interior detail featuring reflective porcelain tile and wood floors, slick finish drywall, frosted glass doors, halogen lighting, vessel sinks, burgundy stained maple cabinets, honed granite and a 12 foot mosaic tile fireplace. Fabulous outdoor entertainment area with grill, bar and heated pool & spa overlooking the golf course. Showcase $985,000. perfection at

DIRECT GULF FRONT - WALK DOWN TO BEACH Assignment available for this 3521 sq. ft. 3 bedroom plus family room and library residence in the southwest corner with direct full unobstructed Gulf views along with Bay views. Exquisite interior finishes including 10 ft ceilings, summer kitchen, marble floors, expansive terraces, clubhouse, exercise facility and pool placed perfectly on 350 feet of beachfront. $3,595,000

country club shores


LONGBOAT KEY NEW CONSTRUCTION - BRITISH ISLAND STYLE -BOATER’S PARADISE This 5,024 sq. ft. residence features colors, cabinetry, flooring and design details that will delight your senses. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, expansive verandas and magnificent bay views. Pool with spa, family room, butler’s pantry, gas fireplace, summer kitchen, 3-car garage and private beach access. 173’ seawall -protected deep water. $4,495,000.

DIRECT BEACHFRONT TOWNHOUSE GETAWAY - Fabulous beach views from this completely renovated, turnkey furnished “loft” 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse. Rarely available. Perfect for weekend retreat. Includes 2 parking spaces. New Price $549,000

lonGboAt Key - sAbAl coVe

beAchplAce - best VAlue!

REAL ESTATE REPORTS Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate — announces that Bruce Myer, a sales associate at the company’s Longboat Key office, was recently award the Five Star: Best in Client Satisfaction designation. Myer specializes in luxury residential real-estate sales throughout Sarasota. Mary Jo Heider, a sales associate at the company’s St. Armands office, was also awarded the Five Star: Best in Client Satisfaction designation. Heider has been appointed to the advisory Mary Jo Heider board of The Life of Riley Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for and awareness of pediatric brain tumors. Heider specializes in residential real estate in Sarasota’s historic West of the Trail area and throughout Sarasota, Longboat Key and Siesta Key. Thomas Fynes, P.A., attended the Elite Retreat in August in Chicago. Fynes received the distinguished designation of Presidents Premier group, which places him in the top 1% of Cold- Thomas Fynes well Banker agents worldwide, top 100 agents in the state of Florida and the top 10 agents in the Sarasota Bay region. Roger Pettingell of the Longboat Key office, recently attended the Coldwell Banker Masters Conference in Naples. Roger Pettingell

Pettingell is among the top ½ of 1% of all Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. He is also a member of the prestigious Coldwell Banker Legends Society, an honor awarded to the top few agents in the state. Horizon Realty — announces the new agents who joined the company in August: Ofelia Derr, Ronald Terr, Kim Lee, Michel Ruzek, Sandy Howe, Scott Massey, Anna Kowalski, Debbie Sterling, Dolores Sardon, John Brouder, Gleinys Gores, Tammy Hartley and Alma Palacios. Michael Saunders & Co — announces Lee Byron as the winner of the company’s Community Service Award for her efforts and dedication to the Gulf Coast. With more than two decades of philanthropic work, Lee Byron Byron has a resume of charities and associations that have benefited from her work. Wagner Realty — welcomes Shon White to its family of real-estate agents. White was born in Boston and has lived in this area for two years. He was formerly an equipment-service technician. White is in the new Manatee Avenue West Office. Wedebrock Real Estate Co. — announces the top producers for the month of August. The top listing agents were Tina Rudek, Clyde Helton and Michael Grice. The top selling agents were the team of John Hines and Monica Hawkins, Vicki Gilbert, Richard Rowse and Michael Grice. — Stephanie Finnan

#1 SaleS team company-wide! Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker • Exclusive Affiliate Of Christie's Great Estates & Leading Estates Of The World

440 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228

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Featured propertieS A showcase residence designed by Guy Peterson is the pinnacle of architectural and construction excellence. Enjoy tranquil lake views, a 24-foot foyer leads to light filled rooms including formal living room, dining and family room. Highlights are maple floors, professionally designed kitchen, lighted art niches, plantation shutters, study, exercise area and elevator. Large covered lanai with pool and spa. Ideal for sunset entertainment. $2,295,000.

Just see it! You’ll buy it! Completely renovated with raised nine foot ceiling, open maple gourmet kitchen, granite, stainless top-of-the-line appliances, separate bar, French doors, fitted closets, tiled floors and built-ins, under building parking. Great water views. New price $849,000.

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Coldwell Banker reSIdenTIal real eSTaTe InC. • 201 Gulf of MexICo dr. • lonGBoaT keY Ta k e a v i r t u a l t o u r o f t h e s e p r o p e r t i e s a t : w w w. b a r b a r a a c k e r m a n . c o m

northwood Park lakefront Beauty

Behind the Gates - Bay isles

Rarely available direct Gulf front walk out to beach 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse with exceptional Gulf and sunset views from enclosed patio and master bedroom. Amenities include manicured tropical gardens, private beach, 2 heated pools, recreation center with exercise facility, fishing dock, and tennis courts. The perfect island retreat. $1,095,000

MAinlAnD - bAyfront Villa Azura captures the enduring charm of Tuscany on Sarasota Bay. Minutes from culture & fine dining. A 2,200 SF. master suite, 4 guest rooms, wading and lap pool with spa, wine room, 8-car garage, 45'. boat capacity, rich woods, natural stone & marble. $4,975,000. siestA Key - siestA coVe The WOW factor inside and out! Almost ½ acre private lot, majestic oak trees, sculptured gardens, mature hedges surround the circular, brick drive to 3-car garage. Updated new wood & stainless kitchen, new master suite with fitted closets, marble & wood floors. New spa, roof, 4 zone A/C. $1,999,000 $1,599,000. ritZ cArlton hotel resiDence Major price reduction! PIED-A-TERRE at the Ritz Carlton. Direct unobstructed Bay views overlooking Marina Jack and Golden Gate Point. Be surprised how spacious and open. Completely furnished ready for immediate enjoyment. Take advantage of the Ritz services and amenities. Conveniently located with walking distance to cultural activities, fine dining and shopping. $1,149,000. lonGboAt Key WinDWArD bAy ATTENTION BOATERS! Wonderful Bay front setting for this 2 bedroom 2 bath condo $439,000 $349,000. MAinlAnD - oyster bAy New Construction, 3872 sq. ft. with pool and spa $1,699,000. MAinlAnD - southsiDe VillAGe UNIQUE DOWNTOWN LOCATION WITH BOAT DOCK West of the Trail, 2737 sq.ft. , 3 BR, 2.5 BA plus study/office & family room. Roman shower, French doors, 10ft ceilings, gas fireplace, walk-in closets, 2 BR guest suite, expansive lanai and pool/spa area. Quaint cul-du-sac neighborhood. $1,149,000. sAnctuAry - BEACHFRONT OUTSTANDING VALUES Behind Gates of Longboat Key Club. Spectacular Gulf, Sunset and Sunrise views from these 3 BD, 2.5 BA residences with large terraces. Ready for immediate enjoyment. $1,499,000 – $2,595,000. WAter club i - Gulf, Bay and Sunsets from every room in this designer appointed Cambridge 2 BR plus den area and open floor plan. Fabulous wood floors, upgraded doors, hardware, closets, lighting and 10’ ceilings. 2 terraces with magnificent $1,750,000 $1,695,000 views, extraordinary beachfront location and a grand Clubhouse. MAinlAnD - oAKs preserVe - Championship golf plus Bay & nature preserve views. Private NW corner unit Gulf unobstructed views of Intracoastal and of Siesta Key. 3 BD plus den or separate dining room. Newly renovated clubhouse, minutes from downtown. $875,000. 941-387-1820 or 941-924-9000

Venice Beach Getaway

Two bedroom, beach front unit located behind the gates of the MacArthur Beach & Raquet Club. Updated throughout w/marble floors, plantation shutters, vaulted ceilings, den and magnificent beach views. $549,000 Newer construction by Bruce Williams Homes located in Northwood Park offering 4BR, 2BA, 3 car garage, large family room and upgrades throughout. Perfectly situated on an oversized lakefront lot and conveniently located to I-75. $333,000

Updated home with courtyard entry, vaulted ceilings, wood floors, plantation shutters & gourmet kitchen. Media room with projection system, lots of storage, wine cellar for 400+ bottles, open-heated pool, private dock & lift. Private Beach Club. $2,395,000

An Italian Style Villa with sparkling city/bay views located in a gated bayfront residential community. Architectural features include terraces overlooking brick courtyard pool and water, Italian tiles, limestone stone all reminiscent of romantic Italy. A new wood kitchen, flooring, elevator, 4 car garage with artist studio and large study. $1,985,000


desoto lakes

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

BeachPlace on lonGBoat key

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

hideaway Bay on lonGBoat key

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

Gated estate on the Manatee riVer

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

troPical Paradise on siesta key

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



Boater’s deliGht on siesta key

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Sept. 22 through Sept. 28, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)





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Whitney Beach Condo Association $24,628

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Whitney Beach Condo Association $24,200

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New Bird Key home sells for $3.7 million An elegant new Bird Key and three-bath condominium to home on Sarasota Bay overlook- James and Jill St. Louis, of St. ing downtown Sarasota was Petersburg. sold at 433 Meadowlark Drive For the Hovermans, the sale for $3,705,000 the second week represented a $445,000 gross of September. It was a deal in- profit in just 10 months since volving two prominent local they paid $1,255,000 million real-estate investors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Steven last December for the new twoP. Wexler and R. Craig bedroom and three-bath Adams. apartment. Wexler, of Bird Key, bought the new home Bay Isles: $825,000 from Adams, 1517 State gross since â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 St., Sarasota, in the Marilyn F. and David largest sale for the week S. Powell, of Lavallette, of Sept. 11 through N.J., paid $1.5 million Sept. 15 on the outer to Edna L. and Marvin keys. Adams acquired G. Epperson for their the prime property in Bay Isles, Unit 2, home March 2005 for $2.85 at 3161 Bayou Sound. KENT million and razed the The three-bedroom and CHETLAIN original house to pave four-bath home was the way for the new constructed in 1990 and home. has a swimming pool.

$1.7 million sale at Beach Residences The second largest transaction of the week was the $1.7 million resale of the new apartment 508 at the 88-unit The Beach Residences, 1300 Ben Franklin Drive on Lido Beach. Kathy A. and Ken L. Hoverman, of Tampa, sold the two-bedroom

The Eppersons bought the home in June 1995 for $675,000, more than doubling their investment by grossing $825,000 in 11 years.

Longbeach Village condo Mary Kay and Martin T. Callaghan, of Naperville, Ill., sold their condominium Unit 21 in the Coral Building at the 89-

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DIrECT GULf froNT CoNDo Large Gulf front unit w/2 beach front balconies. Fabulous sunsets. Two pools, tennis, clubhouse, citrus grove. Low densityâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 acres. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this one! Jack McCormick 383-5577 #294770 $799,000

CEDArS WEST, 5655 Gulf of Mexico Drive, B203 Direct Gulf front with spectacular views. This 2BR/2BA has new kitchen, updated baths, and new carpet. Pets ok. On site rental manager. Great rental income. Bill Greene 383-5577 #32517 $794,500

THE CASTILLIAN Rarely available 3BR/2.5BA with direct gulfviews. Tastefully furnished and updated. Two balconies, built-ins, wood floors and storm shutter. Dorothy Cook 383-5577 #313382 $1,550,000

CovErT I 1BR/1BA, rarely available, immaculate. Small, friendly complex. Excellent rental possibilitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;short term allowed currently. Deeded beach access. The Centre Shops nearby. Don Carey 383-5577 #310468 $329,000

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

NEPTUNE oN LoNGBoAT Updated, ground floor, 2BR/1BA with a peek of the Gulf and beach access across the street. TKF. Weekly rentals are allowed once a month or biweekly. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. or Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 $439,900

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WHAT A TrEAT! Mint condition 2BR/2BA villa only one away from Bay in Spanish Main but still has a view. Lots of new upgrades. Clubhouse, heated pool, beach access, marina, 55+ community. Cathy C. Meldahl P.A. 383-5577 #298059 $575,000

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diReCt guLf fRont Lot 1 acre on LBK gorgeous beach. $3,950,000 biRd Key- meadowLaRK Incredible bayfront home with 5,500 sq. ft., 4BR/5BA, pool, deep water dock with lift. Beautiful city views. $4,900,000 Longboat CLub Rd - Outstanding family home on Golf course directly across from beach. Quality throughout. Numerous upgrades. Beautiful location. Behind the gates. $3,600,000 goRgeous Home - Superior design finishes. Deep water with large dock. No bridges to Bay. Beautiful private location close to beach. $3,650,000 PentHouse - diReCt beaCHfRont - Panoramic gulf, bay & golf course views. Luxurious, gorgeous furnishings and finishes. Behind the gates. $2,990,000 diReCt bayfRont â&#x20AC;˘ new Home - Deep water plus boat dock. Magnificent custom finishes. $4,900,000 sutton PLaCe - Charming villa w/ boat docks, heated pool & beach access. Ground level - no steps.$384,000 beauty at CoRey's Landing - Single family home. Rare location on Golf course w/ beautiful Bay views. Courtyard pool plus tennis amenities. Terrific square footage & private guest house. $1,995,000 dReam isLand - Cute cottage home on terrific lot w/ boat house. Canal directly to Bay. $1,675,000 beRmuda bay - Great Bradenton Beach. Beach access. Furnished. 2 car garage. $895,000

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a swimming pool was Ben E. Price, Bradenton.

Longboat Pass Any even greater example of a gross profit was the sale of the older two-bedroom and twobath home at 381 North Shore Road off Longboat Pass at the north end of the Key. Elizabeth M. Simon, Bradenton, sold the home to Jayne Galler Berman, of Toronto, Canada, for $525,000. Simon bought the home, originally built in 1958 and later renovated in 1965, for $75,000 in September 1997. She earned a gross profit of $450,000 in the intervening nine years.

Windward Bay Cynthia M. and Richard C. Meibach, of Mahwah, N.J., purchased Unit 306 in Building D at the 151-unit Windward Bay from Dena M. and John E. Light, of Chapin, S.C., for $435,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condo at 4700 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1975.

McCall’s Beach Castle

Unit 21 at McCall’s Beach Castle on Gulf of Mexico Drive sold for $395,000. unit Longbeach Village condominium at the northwestern tip of Longboat Key for $650,000. Buyers were Lauren C. and David M. Duany, of the Orlando suburb of Windermere. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 7105 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed back

in 1974. The Callaghans purchased the condo in May 1990 for $188,500 to record a gross profit of $461,500 in 16 years.

Longboat Shores Anita and Milan P. Breter-

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nitz, of Rogersville, Ala., turned a $179,000 investment in August 1997 into a $433,000 gross profit nine years later by selling their 46-year-old home at 600 Buttonwood Drive in Longboat Shores for $612,000. Purchasing the two-bedroom and two-bath home with

There was a re-sale at the condominium-converted former Gulf-to-bay Beach Castle Resort developed by the late ex-Mayor Ken McCall and his widow, Isodene McCall, now renamed, “McCall’s Beach Castle.” George P. Stellas Jr., of the north Chicago suburb of Glenview, Ill., sold Unit 21 on the bayside at 5310 Gulf of Mexico Drive to G.P.S.. Properties LLC, of Chicago, for $395,000. The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1973.

Stellas bought the apartment in June 2005 for $344,700 to gross $50,300 after 15 months.

Colony Beach & Tennis Club Robert Schlageter, of Oak Beach, N.Y., bought Diane Haugland’s interest in Unit 247N in Building 10 at the 232-unit Colony Beach & Tennis Club, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $80,800. Haugland, who lives in Great River, N.Y., bought the 1,128-square-foot apartment with Schlageter in March 2000 for $202,500.

Kingston Arms Realtor Donna B. Maloof, Sarasota, purchased Unit 22B at Kingston Arms on St. Armands Key at 500 S. Washington Drive, from Sean Sweeney, of Cooper City, for $198,000. The one-bedroom and one-bath condo was constructed in 1963.

Seven of 10 sales on LBK Of the 10 realty sales for the normally slow September week, seven were recorded on Longboat Key. Three of the transactions were more than $1 million. With no hurricanes hitting Florida this year and a strong stock market, it should be interesting to see how much this will influence a real-estate comeback in the approaching winter tourist season. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957.

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Business 7C

STORE AROUND THE CORNER by Stephanie Finnan | Staff Writer

The Little Salon ranks big with customers With more than 35 years experience under her belt and her friendly, convenient location, RenĂŠe Wunderli has parlayed her Longboat success across the â&#x20AC;&#x153;pondâ&#x20AC;? to Sarasota. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a salon with a friendly environment and excellent service, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gas up for a trip to the mainland just yet. The Little Salon on Longboat Key may be just the ticket. Founded in 2001, The Little Salon is a full-service salon boasting a pleasant, neighborhood-like atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People feel welcomed here; they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that factory feeling like some other salons,â&#x20AC;? owner RenĂŠe Wunderli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our customers are taken as individuals and we address their needs.â&#x20AC;? A hairstylist since 1969, Wunderli has a plethora of experience to add to the quality of her Longboat Key salon, as well as a Sarasota location in the Rosemary District. Before moving to Sarasota 26 years ago, Wunderli worked for Antoine Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, and later owned four salons in Southwest Michigan. Wunderli recently welcomed Laurie Martin as her new partner at the Longboat Key location. Martin moved to the area from Ohio a few weeks ago to help manage the local salon. Both owners are ready for season and excited to offer new additions at the salon, such as a program to refill shampoo and conditioner bottles for a discounted price. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bringing old bottles back is an ecologically sound thing to do and is also economical for the client,â&#x20AC;? Wunderli said. Something the salon promises will always be offered to clients is quality work and talented stylists, nail technicians, massage therapists and aestheticians. The Little Salon also offers The Little Beauty Store with unique products, including a line of botanical hair care products and its new private label, Morgen Morgen.


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


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THE LITTLE SALON Address: 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, in the Centre Shops Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday Phone: 383-8699 Line of business: Full-service salon, skin care and massage. Downtown Sarasota location offers cutting and coloring only. Owner: RenĂŠe Wunderli and Laurie Martin Year founded: 2001 What the business is known for: Exceptional customer service and good quality of work. Price Range: $15 to $95, with cuts starting at $25.





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Tina Rudek of Wedebrock Real Estate in Gengenbach/Germany, which is one of her favorite cities in the Black Forest area. Rudek travels overseas regularly to promote her listings to European buyers as well as Realtors.

Bobbie Hamilton, Lydia Kolbas, Jaymie Klauber, Bill Stogsdill, Karen Roche, and Angie Rosenkrantz, on the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club’s South America trip in September, take a moment for an Observer photo after a day of horseback riding in the Andes Mountails near Mendoza, Argentina.

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Real Estate 9C

COMPARABLES by Adam Hughes | Staff Writer outer keys Bird Key

Sarasota: Siesta Beach 5147 Oxford Drive, Siesta Key Bedrooms: Four Bathrooms: Three Square Footage: 2,700 Special interests: This two-story home sits on the Grand Canal on Siesta Key. Built in 1987, the home includes a new roof, tile and hardwood flooring and a one-car garage. The outside includes a pool and hot tub, a deck with bar overlooking the pool and a dock on Grand Canal. What makes it special: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The view is incredible, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing better than sitting on the back porch looking over the canal, because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nobody behind and seeing the water and trees, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to entertain,â&#x20AC;? said Alison Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donoghue, agent with Avalar Real Estate of Sarasota. Price: $1.25 million

615 Owl Way, Bird Key Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Two-and-one-half Square Footage: 2,100 Special interests: This ranch-style home was completely renovated in April. Built in 1966, the home includes new roof, windows, electrical, plumbing, exterior stucco, hot-water heater, a/c ducting added. It also includes marble flooring, maple cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a two-car garage. The outside includes pool with pool deck, which is the same marble thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside the house, and fenced-in yard. What makes it special: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Location and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically a new house,â&#x20AC;? said Tom Hanly, owner of Hanly and Associates Realty. Price: $1.25 million

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13715 Oasis Terrace, Lakewood Ranch Bedrooms: Three Bathrooms: Three-and-one-half Square Footage: 3,409 Special interests: This two-story, Spanish Mediterranean-style home sits on the lake of hole No. 6 in Lakewood Ranch Country Club. Built in 2004, the home includes cherry cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steal appliances, tile flooring, an upstairs bonus room with wet bar and a three-car garage. The outside includes a pool and spa with screened lanai and a summer kitchen. What makes it special: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great Lee Wetherington home with a terrific view and, of course, being in Lakewood Ranch Country Club,â&#x20AC;? said Jim Soda, agent with Prudential Palms Realty. Price: $1,249,000

7438 Periwinkle Drive, Sarasota Bedrooms: Two Bathrooms: Two Square Footage: 1,420 Special interests: This vintage ranch-style home sits on a three, intersected-canals section near Sarasota Bay and across from Siesta Key. Built in 1967, the home includes a one-car garage, glass doors along the entire wall overlooking the canal, it has a panoramic water view of the three canals with 152-feet on the water and a dock. The property sits on a large 18,092-square-foot lot. What makes it special: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The real key is the lot that gives it wide water view and a partial view of the bay and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a true vintage ranch home, with a large oak tree and a miniestate feel,â&#x20AC;? said Susan Mitchell, agent with Michael Saunders & Co. Price: $1.25 million


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LONGBOAT GULF FRONT ESTATE - Gated estate located on a 2 acre lushly landscaped property w/150â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of sugar white sand beach w/tennis court, lap pool on a spacious terrace, paver brick driveway & 6+ car garage. Expansive foyer & walls of glass overlooking the Gulf from the living room & 1,200SF master suite, 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ceilings, new marble floors & elevator. MLS#316433 $7,450,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Beautiful new waterfront home w/travertine marble & red oak floors, stone countertops, top electronics wired in, copper gutters & soffits, 3 stop elevator, 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122; dock w/14,000lb lift & lap pool. Magnificent Bay & city skyline views from the main living areas & a beautiful spacious roof top garden for entertaining. MLS#311837 $4,295,000 LIDO KEY - 3BR home on a wide private deep water basin w/southern exposure & partial Bay view. The restaurants & shops of St. Armandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle & Lido Beach are a short walk away. MLS#298315 $2,895,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1-4

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LONGBOAT KEY BAY ISLES - Mediterranean design home located on deepwater w/fabulous master suite, living room, dining room, gourmet eat-in kitchen, large family room w/wet bar & fireplace, volume ceilings, marble floors, heated pool, spa, dock & use of the private Gulf front Beach Club. MLS#321002 $2,820,000

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LIDO SHORES - Florida style home overlooking Pansy Bayou just a short walk to St. Armandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle w/4BRs, volume ceilings, granite kitchen, large caged heated pool, elevator, 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122; dock, 4 car garage & deeded beach access. MLS#321866 $2,450,000

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QUEENS HARBOUR - Two story courtyard style furnished home overlooking the golf course w/4400SF of living space including 5BRs, family room, home theatre, office & separate guest quarters. MLS#323083 $1,650,000 SANCTUARY - Furnished direct Gulf front condo with sunset views w/new storm shutters located behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. MLS#322524 $1,400,000 LONGBOAT KEY COMMERCIAL - Three contiguous lots totaling 1.33 acres, each lot is approximately 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 200â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Total property is 290â&#x20AC;&#x2122; (street frontage) by 200â&#x20AC;&#x2122; depth. The lots can be purchased separately for $400,000 each or as a package. MLS#316420 $1,100,000 ARBOMAR - Designer updated direct Gulf front condo w/gourmet kitchen, crown moldings, diagonal porcelain tiles & hurricane shutters in a building that has had a recent face lift w/paver brick parking & numerous amenities. MLS#317741 $895,000

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10C Sports

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2006

PLAYER OF THE WEEK by Jessica Luck | Staff Writer

Dawn Holland Longboat Key Club

Dawn Holland brings her own style of playing to the courts at the Longboat Key Club. Her more aggressive moves on the tennis court show just how much she has learned since starting to play tennis four years ago. Holland moved to Longboat Key from Orlando in August with her husband, Paul, and she has already fallen into playing regularly with a tennis group that meets several times a week. What made you pick up a racket? My friends and I decided we wanted to take tennis lessons. So we went to the public courts in Orlando and started taking lessons and jumped on a team. I might have jumped too early, but I got hooked. What benefits do you get from playing tennis? It’s social; it gets me out. It has a little competition, a little sunshine. But I would even like

it if I had to play indoors. How competitive are you? I’m not really competitive, but I am more aggressive. I can take a loss and say the other people played better than I did. Then I know I have a few things to work on. Name one thing you do that wins matches. I have to play my game. If I don’t play my game, I tend to blow up a little more. If you could acquire one skill instantly, what would it be? That’s an easy one: more consistency. Having a little more would make me really happy. Who has most influenced your game? The coaches I had when I first started playing in Orlando: Kay Merrell and Nancy Reed. They were a little older and that showed me that you can play

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when you’re older and that I should learn now so I can play for years and years. They inspired me to get as good as I can get. It’s a great sport. Give me the best experience you’ve ever had on the court. I love to play with good competition. It’s tough, and you have to dig deep and dig out some good points. Even if we don’t win, you hold your own. I love it. Give me one tip that you

play by or the single most important tip you’ve received. Two men that I played with back in Orlando would say, “Watch the ball and swing away. Forget everything else.” Who is your favorite athlete and why? Roger Federer. He is the master, and he’s graceful. He can do it all. And in interviews he seems happy and humble. What is the funniest or most

embarrassing moment you’ve had playing? My old coach, Kay, told me that I needed to play some singles matches, and she set me up with a gal who was new to the courts. She played like Justine Henin-Hardenne. I thought, “We’ll see how this goes,” because I was used to playing against my husband, Paul. I was so nervous during the game that I couldn’t keep score, and she had to remind me, “It’s Love40.” Of course it was.

WAGNER REALTY GOLF COURSE & WATER VIEWS! 4,255SF, 4-5Br/4Ba w/handcrafted finishes, faux painted walls, wood cabinets, custom built-ins, granite, marble, diagonal tile, wood floors, media room + bonus room, 80FT lanai, pool, spa, paver brick & 3CG! …. . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,200,000

EXQUISITE BAY & CITY VIEWS! 3,317SF downtown, 3Br + den/media room, 3Ba, private elevator, marble/stone floors, designer finishes, custom builtins, imported tailored cabinets, granite, 2 balconies & 2CG in gated community w/amenities!..............................$1,750,000

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

TURNKEY FURNISHED OVERLOOKING BAYOU! Expanded 1,377SF, 2Br/2Ba w/ceramic tile, neutral carpet, recessed lights, private laundry & assigned parking, an investment opportunity w/ amenities-private beach, docks, tennis courts, pool & more!......... $550,000

EXPANSIVE CITY VIEWS IN EVERY ROOM! Downtown-combined, open plan, 1,400SF, 2Br/2Ba w/crown moldings, tile, furniture quality cabinets, Corian, open-air balcony, private laundry, zoned A/C & 2CG in a secure building with exceptional amenities! …. $550,000

UPDATED ON SIESTA KEY! 1,400SF, 2Br/2Ba around the corner from Siesta Beach & the Village, fresh paint, tile, new carpet, brand new kitchen w/Corian, raised panel cabinets, all new appl., both baths have been updated, bonus/FL room & fenced yard! MLS#319565 $550,000

Grand Bay Condo on Longboat Key

DEEDED, DEEP WATER DOCK WITH LIFT! Courtyard home of 4,358SF, 3Br/2.5Ba + sep. 1Br/1Ba guest suite, new wood floors, architectural columns, detailed ceilings, 2 fps, new granite, furn. quality cabinets, pool, spa, summer kitchen & 2CG-West of Trail! ........$1,300,000

WIDE OPEN BAY VIEWS! Downtown Sarasota - 1,405SF, 3Br/2Ba w/ crown moldings, tile, open kitchen, Corian, wood cabinets, private laundry, 2CG+additional parking available, in a secure building w/ amenities: pool, spa, fitness center & more! MLS#305640 $700,000

DOWNTOWN VALUE W/BAY VIEWS! 1,575SF, 2Br/2Ba w/parquet wood floors, mirrored walls, upgraded kitchen with Corian, wood cabinetry, formal living & dining, family room, open-air tiled balcony, 1CG+guest parking, in secure building with amenities! … $500,000

3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths.

3 Bedrooms, 3.5Bay Baths. Beautiful Beautiful Views. Bay Views. Designer furnished, Designer furnished, elegant, elegant, sophisticated and sophisticated and contemporary. contemporary. $1,395,000 $1,395,000


1-877-547-8617 DOWNTOWN SOPHISTICATION & TRANQUILITY! 1,320SF, 2-3Br/2Ba w/designer fixtures, ceramic tile, Berber carpet, custom cabinetry, Atrium windows, French doors, private laundry, covered terrace w/ water views, 1CG & comm. boat docks! MLS#308633 ....... $340,000


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Sports 11C

SPORTSCARDS LONGBOAT KEY CLUB Women’s Golf Association Event: One Best Ball Gross and Net Added Aug. 29 1st place tie: Ellen Fedder, Sandy Finnegan, Dottie Westerberg, and Barbara Kiefer with Carol Scarbrough, Dolores Griege, Chris Hersberger and Barbara Brizdle, 146. 2nd place: Dorothea Morris, Linda Weber, Marie Watts, and Tina Skestos, 147. 3rd place: Marie De Lisi, Lois Fishman, Sylva Langton and Proxy, 166. Event: Scramble Sept. 5 1st place: Ellen Fedder, Sandy Finnegan, Barbara Brizdle and Dottie Westerberg, 63.2. 2nd place: Joyce Steele, Tina Skestos, Linda Weber, and Isabella Paspa, 68.9. 3rd place: Ginny Allen, Marge Lee, and Jean Tarsy, 70.7

Event: Ladies Day, 2 best balls Sept. 12 1st place: Barbara Brizdle, Bonnie Zeeman, Ellen Fedder and Proxy, 143. 2nd place: Isabella Paspa, Tina Skestos, Cecile Gudelsky, Hazel Lenobel, 145. 3rd place: Ginny Allen, Barb Kiefer, Jean Tarsy and Linda Weber, 148.

Ambassador’s Circle

West of I-75 - Unique 4 bedroom home on 1+ acre

with separate studio and separate workshop. This home features tile and wood floors, updated kitchen, living room with cathedral ceiling, loft/library and family room........$674,900.

longboat harbour - Come see the value in this

2 bedroom canal front condo. The community offers tennis, boating, beach, clubhouse, 4 pools and a family friendly atmosphere. This is Longboat’s hidden treasure......$375,000.

bay harbour - Waterfront 2 bedroom plus den

Event: Odd Holes Sept. 19 1st Flight 1st place: Sandy Finnegan, 32 2nd place: Jean Tarsy, 37 3rd place: Barbara Kiefer, 38

recentley renovated with new granite kitchen, tile floors and new carpet. Lovely views of the boat basin and the Bay. Boat docks available. Furnished..................$639,000.

Close to toWn - Sophisticated home in serene setting surrounded by tropical gardens. This special home has cathedral ceilings, wood floors, lap pool, hot tub, fish pond and large deck for outdoor entertaining..........$525,000

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

2nd Flight 1st place: Sylvia Levine, 33 2nd place: Lois Fishman, 34 3rd place: Margo Lee, 39

the landIngs - One of Sarasota's favorite com-

munities. This 3 bedroom lakefront condo has been totally renovated by expert craftsmen using only the finest materials. Amenities include nature trails, Racquet Club, swimming pool. Pet friendly.................................................$450,000.

BAYFRONT PARK REC CENTER 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive For more information, call 316-1980 Fitness Classes: • Burn-N-Build Aerobics by Barbara Anderson 8 to 9 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays • Muscles & More by Sherry Fideler 8 to 9 a.m.; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Power Hour Plus by Barbara Anderson 7:45 to 9:15 a.m.; Saturdays • Tai Chi by Sherry Fideler (free demo Oct. 3) 1 p.m.; Tuesdays; eight week session (Oct. 10 through Nov. 28) • Young at Heart by Sherry Fideler 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

doWntoWn - close to activity yet a quiet oasis. This

2/1 ranch has been lovingly restored to reflect the simplicity of the 1950s...................................................................$335,000.

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

bayport - enjoy tennis, beach and social activities at this

popular condo. This 2/2 corner unit has a new kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, tile floors throughout, and beautiful furniture. Pet friendly.....turnkey furnished.....$665,000. st. arm­ands Circle, sarasota, florida (941) 388-4447 faX (941) 388-3041

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Special Events •Who’s B.O.B.: Men’s (4.0 to 4.5) 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Daily Round Robins — 3:30 p.m. •Women’s: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Daily lessons, clinics and ball machine available by reservation.

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

ThE SaNCTUaRy • This spectacular 3115 a/c s.f. end unit directly overlooking the Gulf, golf and pool is now offered at an unbelievable price. Impeccably decorated, perfect condition, spectacular views, 2 parking spaces, 3M hurricane protection, loads of storage. Simply the best, compare the rest, only. $2,399,000 DIRECT GULF FRONT CONDO • Breath taking views of Gulf, beach, Bay, City skyline from this 2 bed/ 2 bath condo in South Longboat. Totally renovated to the highest standards. $3 million views for $899,000

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new listing - sunny 1st floor 2BR end unit on canal in popular lB Harbour. $439,000 RenAissAnCe COnDO - Downtown sarasota, 4th flr, Bay views from all rooms, 2/2. soon to be announced new listing. Call for more details. lOngBOAt key HOMe - Best value in Country Club shores. least expensive well maintained house with POOl. Corner lot, newish roof, a/c & appliances. ReDUCeD tO $739,000 lOngBOAt PAss COnDO - Million dollar waterfront setting. Perfect vacation retreat or rentals (3 months booked for ‘07) totally renovated white & bright lots of built-ins. Come see this wonderful condo. ReDUCeD tO $449,000 sPAnisH MAin villA - nicely furnished 2 BR, 2 Bath villa. new roof in 2004, private backyard. very popular longboat complex, great rental or vacation retreat! 55+ community. $349,000 new listing - the House of gardenias, totally updated, beautiful villa in spanish Main on the lake. new roof, A/C, near front entrance and beach access. 55+ Active Community. ReDUCeD tO $499,000

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SYC season begins After a two-week closing, the Sarasota Yacht Club opened its doors for the season in true style. The welcome back party Sept. 30 showed off the club’s new look, including revamped common areas and restrooms

and a new retail ship store. The “Hot, Hot Latin Nights”-themed event brought out the members’ colorful side, ready for a night of Cuban and South American cuisine and dancing to the sounds of Caribe.

Betty and Harry Pawlowitz

Christina Miller and Monica Barth have fun at the dessert table.

Willa Saalwaechter and Connor Tucker helped develop the new Ship Store.

Kathy Lippa, Don Fee, Commodore John Godbold and Vic Lippa

Derrill Brown shows off his festive outfit.

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Jack Black and Bill Bruner show off the creative desserts.

Jim Tolley with Louise and Bob Dailey New members Kristin and Bill Gardel with Sandy and Burt Polishook

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

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MYSTICAL OBSERVER by Mephisto Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Do not plan your next vacation in North Korea. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) The clock ticks and you wonder how much time you’ve got left to seize your dream. Buy that ticket today. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Lightning will strike your house this week. Be sure to unplug your major appliances and buy a surge protector. Do not wear a metal hat. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) There’s a reason you keep rehearsing that “We need to be just friends” speech in your mind. This is the week to send your insignificant other a one-way ticket to Dump City. Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) Forgotten desires surface. If you have an attic, now is the time to explore it. But don’t go down in the basement. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) Denial isn’t like you — especially in matters of the heart. Speak your heart


to the one you care about. Aries (March 21-April 20) Hills and mountains will be a challenge this week. Try to stay on level ground. Dance lessons are in favor. Taurus (April 21-May 20) It’s time to change your wiper blades. It’s past time. Stop putting it off already. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Autumn is here and your heart feels lighter. Time to fly! Cancer (June 22-July 22) It’s great to practice your listening skills — but that mini-recorder you’re carrying around tends to put a damper on chit-chat. Consider wearing a wire. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Your power of positive thinking is a plus. Just remember: It doesn’t work on flat tires, wild animals or the IRS. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You will bump into a surly talk show host with a large moustache getting drunk at an airport bar. Refrain from asking, “What’s in the safe?”

IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: A million-dollar idea will occur to you in your sleep. Keep a notebook and a pen that works on your nightstand and be ready.

Marnie Matarese Sept. 29

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Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel Aug. 3 North-South 1. Sylvia and Marshall Kaufman 2. Jackie and Robert Tucker 3. Mary Lou Thomas and Jay Jelinek East-West 1. Jack Wilber and Larry Auerbach 2. Jim Brown and Brian Howard 3. Cele Schwartz and Polly Kaatz Aug. 8 North-South 1. Sylvia and Marshall Kaufman 2. Lois and Bob Auerbach 3. Mary Lou Thomas and Marle Abramson East-West 1. Cele Schwartz and Polly Kaatz 2. Duci Kovacik and LaVerne Satnick 3. Laota Myers and Gloria Biberman

Aug. 29 Overall Winner 1. Sylvia and Marshall Kaufman 2. Helen Schweyer and Mary Pyke 3. Evelyn Maurer and Donald Kayton 4. Lois and Bob Anerbach 5. Mary Lou Thomas and Jay Jelinek 6. Barbara Nelson and Donn Osmon

2. Sylvia and Marshall Kaufman 3. Mary Lou and Jim Thomas East-West 1. Laota Myers and Gloria Biberman 2. Louise and Larry Levin 3. Duci Kovacik and LaVerne Satnick Aug. 22 Overall Winners 1. Sylvia and Marshall Kaufman 2. Duci Kovacik and Helen Schweyer 3. Evelyn Maurer and Donald Kayton 4. Barbara Nelson and Donn Osmon

Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club — Longboat Island Chapel Aug. 10 Overall Winner 1. Polly Kaatz and Cele Schwartz 2. Jim Russell and Larry Auerbach 3. Mary Lou Thomas and Jack Wilber 4. Duci Kovacik and LaVerne Satnick

Sept. 11 Overall Winners 1. Marion McLaren and LaVerne Satnick 2. Laota Myers and Gloria Biberman 3. Helen Schweyer and Duci Kovacik 4. Jayne Forstenzer and Cele Schwartz

Aug. 15 North-South 1. Lois and Bob Auerbach

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UNIVERSITY PARK- ON THE LAKE AND GOLF COURSE!- Custom built by Todd Johnson featuring over 2,800 sq.ft. True 3 Bedrooms and oversized Den. Perfect one owner home w/ no pets! Brand new carpets, million dollar view of fairway and lake, inground pool in caged lanai. Huge Great Rm and gourmet Kitchen, crown molding, diagonal flooring, 3 car garage! Priced below reproduction $762,500. RE/MAX Properties

UNIVERSITY PARK - ON THE LAKE! - Open floor plan featuring 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths with private lush lot situated on the lake with inground kidney shaped pool. Great Room with fireplace and built-in bookcases, breakfast bar in Kitchen, tub and shower in the Master Bedroom, large walk-in closet, separate eating area in Kitchen, Den, large entry foyer!$569,900. RE/MAX Properties



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DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! BUILDER CLOSE-OUT aT PaLM LakES! 1453 sq. ft. of pure quality. 2 BD, 2 BA and plenty of pizzazz! Courtyard entry in a gated maintenance free community. Just off Lockwood Ridge & University Pkwy. Paver driveways, barrel tile roof, community pool and clubhouse. Only $239,900 Plus $10,000 toward closing costs!

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2909 Captiva Dr. HiGHLY DESiraBLE GULF GatE WOODS LOCatiON!- This Four Bedroom two bath split plan pool home has been exceptionally maintained. Hurricane rated roof, windows, and garage door. Located on a quiet street. Just minutes to movie theaters, YMCA, major shopping centers, high-ranking schools, restaurants, golf, & the famous Siesta Key Beach. $429,900. Horizon Realty

LAKERIDGE FALLS GATED COMMUNITY ON THE LAKE! - Perfect condition single family home in adult community. Relocated Sellers want to sell! True 3 BD, 2 BA, tile flooring, plantation shutters, all appliances, huge Kitchen w/eating area, formal Dining, open Great Room, oversized master suite w/huge walk-in closet, 3 years new, walk to Publix & shopping and much more! $369,900. RE/MAX Properties



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The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2006

DEAL US IN by Donna Swan


The Smith echo

Dealer: South Vulnerable: None

The Smith echo is a defensive convention used against notrump contracts. By signaling in the first suit played by defender, his partner can show how well he likes the opening lead. A high-low by partner means he has a good holding in that suit. A high-low by the opening leader means that he does not want his suit returned. Asking partner not to return the suit is more valuable than playing high-low to request that your suit be returned. Partner usually returns your suit so he needs a signal to tell him not to. Jay Coffin of Los Angeles writes, “My partner led his fourth best spade and I played the Queen and South won the trick. If I play the ace, declarer will hold up the suit until the third round and avoid losing a club trick to my partner by leading chubs twice toward his hand, allowing me to win the trick whenever he plays the king. “Declarer led a heart to dummy. I played the nine. If declarer enters dummy with a diamond, I will play the seven. Declarer finessed the nine of clubs. When my partner won with the Jack, he might have a problem with the lead and shifted to the Jack of diamonds thinking that spades could not be established in time. The Smith echo told my partner that I had a good holding in spades and prevented the switch.”


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Solve the puzzle by placing the numbers 1 through 9 in each row, column and box. See answers on page 7D.

Next week: Reading bridge columns. 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.”

WHERE TO PLAY Longboat Island Chapel: Duplicate bridge games for this fall are at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call Larry Auerbach, 7582017. Bayfront Park Recreation Center: Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more information, call Larry Auerbach, 316-1980.

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RED TIDE REPORT Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in high concentrations alongshore Longboat Key and medium concentrations offshore Sept. 29, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Possible effects of Karenia brevis include respiratory irritation and probable fish kills.

TIDE CHART Highs Thurs., Oct. 5 11:28a 11:51p Fri., Oct. 6 12:27p Sat., Oct. 7 12:07a 1:25p Sun., Oct. 8 12:27a 2:24p Mon., Oct. 9 12:52a 3:30p Tues., Oct. 10 1:21a 4:54p Wed., Oct. 11 1:56a

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retired longboat Key police officer. work at HOME ONLINE 23 people Drive your car to the North and back. needed immediately. Earn a part or full-time income. Apply FREE online and get started! References. 941-778-5381. 800-807-5176 Enter Ad Code 1820

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Moroccan rug: 7/ft.x40”W, $100.00, (941)383-5646.

woodard wrought Iron, white sectional, 4 sections. Makes long sofa or loveseat with two chairs. Nice cushions, green seats and floral backs. Very good condition, $200. (941)383-8140.


Permanent Makeup, Eyebrows, Cleaning Services Eyeliner, Lip Color. RN Nurse 15 Years Experience. Trained For Certification. time to cleAN? I can help! Thorough, (800)304-4859 dependable, honest detail-oriented. Annual, seasonal, weekly, bi-weekly, move-ins/outs, Condos to x-large homes. Reasonable Bedding rates. Insured. Excellent references. Pamela, 320-0023.

earthlite avalon portable massage table with headrest. Built 1995. Excellent, little used condition. 30” wide, haze gray, $150. (941)383-9729.

88” gold strip sofa, 4 spider back white chairs, 2 black bar stools, all for $200. (941)383-1660.

custom hand carved Mexican queen size bed and trunk, sun & sea scene, $199. (941)366-8862.

New (in box) H.P. CRT 17” monitor, H.P. Pavilion 8360 desk P.C with keyboard and mouse, H.P. Office Jet 520 4 in 1 (printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine) with parallel 6’ cable, $148. (941)383-1956.

acrylic end table, two shelves, on casters, $100. (941)383-3432.

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!

just me & Co. Cleaning Services. Specializing in Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-ins and Move-outs. Fully insured. Call for FREE ESTIMATE and appt. 941-234-2315.

bed/pre-owned king & queen sets from $99 Sleep King 922-5271

Adult Care

cna/hha: 25/years experience to care for your loved one in home or nursing facility. Excellent references. Reasonable rates. 726-0392.

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

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companionship, personal Care, Meal Preparation, Transportation, Shopping, Bonded, Insured and Thoroughly Screened. Call Pam at Regal Home Care, 365-6696.


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Bar chairs, set of 3. Mint condition. $125 for set. Call after 5pm, (941)388-3426.

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mrs. maids. For a clean house call us today Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.


housecleaning. Residential, Model Homes, Offices. 14 years experience. Very good references. Free estimates. Call Rosemary at 941-526-6515 or 941-756-7326.

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.


Boat Sales, Service & Storage

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

7881 15th St. E. (old 301), Sarasota, FL. 755-6063

LBK Moorings: Up To 75’ by 18’ Beam, Great Open Water View “R” Dock. $700/Month Seasonal, $600/Month Annual. Captain Bill (813)920-3413 (813)500-0566

intelligent full Service Medical and Personal Assistant Caregiver. 25/yrs. experience. Personal interview, call 924-9524. References.

Auto Sales & Service

For Rent Boat Slip At Longboat Key Moorings. Seasonal Or Annual. (941)316-9372

experienced caregiver/companion will take you to hairdresser, doctor, Publix, etc. Help you with your mail and other light duties. (941)383-5646, Miriam.

Computer Services

Cmagik Year-round resident, 20+ years of computer experience. Tutoring, setup, upgrades, virus/spyware removal, wireless networking. PC or MAC web design. 383-3878, 587-5588. Certified Computer Professional. Computer slow or acting weird? On-site support. Lido Key. Call Forrest, 388-3425.

expert technical Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, netflats boat. 2003 18/ft. Action-Craft, works or wireless? Call Alan anytime: trailer, 125 HP Mercury less than 60 hours. 941-364-5858/941-544-6725. Bimini, poling platform, pole, bottom painted and in water. Excellent condition. $19,000 the computer coach: Offering one on firm. E-Mail: one lessons, computer maintenance and internet security. Please call Elinor, or call 387-8448. 941-586-5689. Rough water Trawler, 42’, 1984, single diesel, excellent live aboard, Illness in family forces sale, $38,000. 24’ Venture sailAnswers for this week’s crossword boat, $1000. (941)383-4252

FREE to good home. Female Lab mix, non-spayed, approximately 2 years old, crate trained. Large crate included. (941)685-6940.

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

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


for rent: By owner, 57/ft. deep water slip, LBK. $17/ft. Call for info. 941-355-1986.

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, october 5, 2006

Landscaping & Lawn Services

Computer Services

computer obedience Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $40/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508.


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

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


experience the Healing Benefits of Massage Therapy. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Fishing Charters Neuromuscular. Sarasota/Bradenton facilities or in home service. 941-753-7766 deep sea fishing - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. Lic. #MA34584. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Music Instruction Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate controlled cabin, all new equipment & voice & Piano lessons for children Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait and adults. Degreed, experienced teacher. & tackle provided starting at $400. For more information, call 365-5691 or visit: For information and reservations, call Captain Brandon today. 761-1715.


Louis XV Style Red Mahogany 5-piece Bedroom Suite Includes 56”wX63”h Headboard with Gold Filigree, 33”h Footboard Both With side Brass Ladies. Set Includes Two Marbled Top End Tables & A Single Full Mirrored 8’4”h Armoire With Center Gold filigree. Pieces Similar To Ringling Museums Bedroom Suite. Originally $17,000, Selling For $5,000. Contact: 914-6739 For Details. Email Photos Available.


hospice trained, Crisis Care Nurse, Available for Private. Duty. Local References. (941)713-7461. RN, 20+ Years Experience. Available For Private Duty Nursing. Errands, Doctor’s Appointments, All Shifts w/Overnight Availability. Excellent References. (941)744-0514 (941)962-2478

Painting & Wallpapering

tom landry Painting, LLC. Quality painting & professional prices. References. Interior, Exterior. Licensed & Insured. Reliable. Call Tom, 312-4625 for free estimate.

Bed: Mattress- $89.00. Top Name Brand Retail Over $1500. Super Plush Pillow-top, Box-top, NASA Memory Foam, Mix-Match, Blemished, Floor Models From CANFIELD PAINTING. Fall Specials!! $300. Delivery Available. (941)376-6192 FREE Estimates. Interior - Exterior. Refersofa bed, 2 lounge chairs, electric range, ences Available. (941)364-8874 refrigerator. All good condition. $125/ea. Pastel Painting. Interior/exterior, neat, (941)383-3844. reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 14 years experience & customer service. Lic./InHelp Wanted sured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434. Electrician- Established Service ray cordy custom Painting & Oriented Company. Minimum 3-5 Years Remodeling. Interior/Exterior, ResidenExperience In Remodeling and Service Calls. Benefits, Steady Work, Journeyman tial, Commercial. All trades are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, ReCard A Plus. Call: (941)778-4454 models, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood FloorAwesome Opportunity To Supple- ing, Tile, Popcorn Removal. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” ment Income. Commission Sales Position, Leads Provided. Sarasota, Manatee, coatings that are for your Sensitive & AllerCharlotte. If You Are Highly Motivated With genic Needs. An Environmentally Correct A Spirit For Sales, Fax Resume To: product. So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. (941)927-5010 Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Impeccable mortgage originators. Will train. references. 953-5215. Potential 10K per month. No license rejared’s painting. Interior & Exterior. quired. 1-877-362-0012. Free Estimates. (941)545-0742. everybody wins with RE/MAX Excellence. Call Andrew Vac at 383-9700 or carlo dattilo painting. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including E-mail: to see how! drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp.

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Items For Sale

lord’s warehouse nonprofit Open 9a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays only through September. Furniture, clothing, decorator items, kitchenware, jewelry. Information: 383-3649. stairway ELECTRIC CHAIR lift. Like new. (941)383-3844. Brand New, Visco Memory Foam, Queen Set. $345. With Warranty Can Deliver. Must Sell (941)234-8019

A Brand Name Queen Pillow-top Mattress SET, New With Warranty. Can Deliver. $175. (941)234-8019

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Bill Paying & Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets & Financial Reports Federal and State Tax Returns BONDED & insured Over 25/yrs. experience

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Remodeling & Home Improvements

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

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

Tile Installation

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

Commercial/Business Opp.


expert tile installation floors, counters, backsplashes, walls, murals. lifelong lbk resident member lbk chamber artisan tile (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins.

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

plastics factory: Long-established in excellent Fla. location, profitable.** sea stable: Ladies swimwear, cover-up boutique, resort island clothing: $130K +inventory. Building also available. susan stribling: Upscale ladies wear, accessories-best spot at Ave. of Flowers: $130K +inventory. income property: LBK canal duplex, 4 to 6 rentable bedrooms. $759K. contractor: Factory makes/installs marble/granite countertops for builders/homeowners.** beachfront eatery w/building, good income. Easy to run. $1,690,000** steel fabricating: Strategically located Fla. factory** pet grooming. Paw Spa, Holmes Beach. Loyal customers. Profitable. $59,900** gifts/antiques: Big shop, low rent. $225K w/possible owner financing.** cafe/smoothiesin Bradenton gym. Profitable, easy operation. $47,500. furniture store: Quality imports in highly visible spot. $59,990** **Confidentiality agreement required.

20+ years Experience Reliable & Honest

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Commercial Rentals & Sales

siesta key: Retail store for sale. Turnkey - all equipment. Security. Great location! $35,000. (941)376-0287. john gubernat handyman specializing in roof leaks, siding, soffit, fascia, chimney flashings, exterior aluminum trim, home repairs. 28 years experience. Excellent quality, prompt service. 941-383-5765 lbk resident

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Condos & Homes For Sale

Golf Course Home 3BR/2BA Heritage Harbour, Lease Option Available. Call For Details. (941)928-5516 Greenfield: Choice Neighborhood Only 2 Homes Available. 2000SF. Home Has Vaulted Ceiling Great Room & Open Floor Plan. Large Master Suite With Walk In Closet. Cooks Kitchen & Morning Room. Separate Dining Room. Freshly Painted, Landscaped & Ready For You. Most Affordably Priced @ $339,995. Open Sunday 1-4 Sarasota Realty Properties, Patricia Short (941)923-6771

fairway bay For Sale by Owner

drywall repairs, popcorn removal. retexture and repaint. two pro companies working together. clean, condo approved. Coordinated and insured. References. Call Ken Nesary Drywall 284-8558

custom renovations/restoration expert. All phases of carpentry, repairs & fine finishing. Very meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Insured. 30/yrs. experience. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294. robert held’s handyman & more! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 704-7557, 758-8044.

End unit in mid-rise building 2BR/2BA + breakfast room, den, 2 patios, waterview, wood floors, Corian tops, pools, tennis, beach club. Turnkey furnished $650,000 (941)383-6313 (941)685-6600

8D Classifieds Condos & Homes For Sale by owner Buy or Lease this Downtown Bay Plaza Beauty. 2BR/2BA, incredible views from both balconies & all rooms. Completely updated Dec. 2005, 1688/sq.ft. of very desirable condo living, 24 hour concierge & valet. Your price is $750K or lease for 1/yr. @ $3000/mo. Partial credit for lease cost applied to save. Info: Dick Granger 941-915-0429

a+sarasota bay Club; Elegant condo 2BR/2BA; 1400 S.F. - 4th floor. All amenities, Corian kitchen, custom laundry. Available now. $560,000. (941)365-5155.

Condos & Homes For Sale

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

Neal VanDeRee, Realtor

(941) 488-1500

gulffront, lbk: Westchester condo, completely renovated, beautiful views, for sale: Country Club Shores canal 2BR/2BA. First $800K. 941-383-2132 or fronts, Bowsprit: $1,150,000 & $1,395,000. 321-725-3004. Golf Links: $1,045,000. Bird Key garden home - $895,000. The Shore: $595,000. spectacular sarasota Bay and InSutton Place: $449,000. Sunridge: 3BR tracoastal views from LR, DR, kitchen, Townhouse, $225,000. Contact Andrew MBR, den and lanai. Unique LBK condo Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700 or w/windows on 4 sides. 3BR/2BA plus den and laundry. New hardwood floors and renovated kitchen w/granite counters. 2/Car covered parking, heated pool, beach acwestchester cess, tennis court, boat dock, elevator, pet Gulffront, 2BR/2BA, TKF, 2 pools, permitted, partially furnished. $725,000. tennis, club house. 941-383-1084. New Price: $799,000 new 2br/2ba apart. Fla. City. Near Baptist Hosp. 1st. floor. Walk-in closets/fully Call Jack McCormick, Broker/Associate carpeted. $175,000.00 Assoc. $190.00, caWagner Realty ble, gated & pool. 920/sq.ft. 1241 S.E. 29th 941-383-5577 or 941-320-1121 St., #103. 305-720-6757.

kingston arms 2BR/2BA, Great location, walk to St. Armands and Lido Beach, turnkey. Great rental history $499,995 The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 941-387-9709

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

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

Michael Saunders & Co.

MLS #305998

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

$349,000 Ryan Roslansky Michael Saunders & Company


The LONGBOAT Observer THURSDAY, october 5, 2006

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

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

Owner/Agents RE/MAX Excellence


country club Shores: 500 Halyard Lane. Waterfront home, 2BR/2BA, gorgeous view, down deep water canal to open Bay. Beautifully re-habed. New price $1,199,900. Barbara Penney, Broker/Salesman. RE/MAX Gulfstream. 737-9937 or 758-7777. upscale island style home. Steps to LBK beach. New 2004. Wonderful details. Spacious 2BR, den +loft, HOA incl. lawn, pool, cable & security. Owner/Agent $1,150,000. 305-632-0449.

Condos & Homes For Sale

2BR/1BA historic Cottage in LBK Village. Completely remodeled and furnished. Near beach and bay. $699,000. Also available for lease. (941)360-0351 or (941)320-4640. by owner. Longboat Key Mid-Key, 2BR/2BA, GULF FRONT GROUND FLOOR condo with lovely large screen porch right on the beach. Newly decorated and refurbished, looks brand new. Covered parking, many amenities. $849,000. Call owner (863)529-4564.

Which Piece Of Paradise Fits Your Needs? Waterfront!!!! The South Shore Of Tampa Bay

35 Minutes North Of Sarasota 160’ of Deep Water Frontage & Concrete Sea Wall. Sailboat Water. 45’ Boat Slip, 20X20 Deck At Dock Direct Access to Tampa Bay 3,000 SF Home 75’ Deck/Patio 3BR/3BA/2CG Gorgeous

$1,000,000 Fully Furnished

Nothing Of Comparion Is Available Between Tampa & Naples! First Time Offered.

Lakewood Ranch C.C.

Totally Private Golf Course, Lake & Preserve Views! Two Homes On Two Most Unique Homesites In LWR. First Time Offered Custom Designed And Built Wide Open Panoramic Views. Quality Rarely Seen In Today’s New Homes. Imported Marble Floors, Soaring Ceilings, You Name It, It is Here.

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

University Park By Owner Desirable Gated Community Tennis- 1*Golf- Fitness Center 4BR/3BA/2CG Fam. Room / Ent. Ct. Private Guest Suite- Atrium Beautiful Large Private Preserve Lot. Extra Large Pool & Lanai For Entertaining. New Appliances, A/C. Immaculate, Move-In Ready.

$725,000 Reduced (941)358-6886

LEGENDS WALK 4800 SF 2 Story 4 Private Suites, 4 Baths +2.5 Baths, 5 Covered Lanais, 4 Car Garage *$2,300,000

bayshore gardens: Community pool & boat slip. Why rent when you can own. Totally remodeled 4BR/2BA with in-law entrance. $249,000. Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090.

THE DOMINION 3700 SF 4 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Baths, 3 Lanais, 3 Car Garage $1,695,000


Condominium Living In Lakewood Ranch Waterfront On Lake Ueilene, Very Private. A 5 Minute Walk To Main Street. Close To All. 2,000 SF Of Quality And Tastefully Beautiful Upgrades. High Ceilings, Large windows, 2 Large Bedrooms, Den, 2.5 Baths And 2 Car Garage New Designer Furnishings And Window Treatments. Turnkey Furnished $700,000 Rental Considered $3,500



(941)780-8514 *Broker/Owner Grand Bay Condo- 3BR/3.5BA, Elegant Contemporary, Furnished, Great Bay views, Private Elevator. Virtual Tour With Audio MLS#310373 $1,395,000. Rick Greene, Coldwell Banker (941)544-7330

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

building 5 - Capri model 3,319/sq.ft. a.c. Private location on great beach. Completion end of 2006. $3,695,000 beachplace Beachfront Penthouse. Two Bedroom Two Bath with garage and outside parking. Furnished. $1,250,000 Players Club Beachfront Penthouse. Three Bedroom, Two & half baths. Garage, Furnished. $1,299,000 Call Ron Baldwin & Associates R.E.. 941-954-7471

Direct Gulf Front: Unobstructed Beach Access- Glass Enclosed Balcony To Enjoy Your Endless Views. Tastefully Renovated, Turnkey Furnished. Split Plan, 2BR/ 2 Full Baths. Large Efficient Kitchen With Breakfast Bar & Pantry. Bosch Washer & Dryer Included. Heated Pool Located Beach Front. Priced For A Fast Sale $599,900. Sarasota Realty Properties. Open Sunday 1-4. Call Patricia Short (941)923-6771 For A Private Tour.

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

The Longboat Observer THURSDAY, october 5, 2006

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

Rentals: Annual condos/homes annual

beach harbour: 2BR/2BA, newly furnished, W/D, bayside. $1250/mo. fox street: 2BR/2BA, unfurnished, $950/mo. twin shores: 2BR, 55+, 2/mo. min. or annual. Bayview Dr.: unfurnished 3BR/2BA, pool & yard maintenance included. $1800/mo. Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor or Lynne Jackson Wagner Realty 941-383-6127 Perico Island: Large 4BR/3BA patio home, extras, near beach and shopping. $1675/mo. (941)383-4146.

lbk duplex income property. landsend bayou (direct to Gulf & Bay). Canal-side with 4 to 6 bedrooms & deeded Quiet village setting, 1BR unit. $795/mo. beach access. Live in it, rent it out for Evenings/218-863-1991, (941)387-0990. income, or redevelop (adjacent property also available): $759K. Mary Ann Namack Sarasota ranch Club: 3BR/4BA, new, at Longview Realty. (941)383-6112. 5000/sq.ft., contemporary, 10 acres. 543 juan Anasco: 600/ft. to beach, 2 $10,000/mo. 350-1312.

story, huge furnished downstairs, 2 car garage, canal front, 3BR/2BA, lanai upstairs. Must see! $795,000. Call Charles, 383-2953.

Lots & Acreage For Sale

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

Seller Financing Available

palma sola: Bay views, 3BR/3BA penthouse condo, furnished, 2 miles to beach, large boat slip available. Pool, tennis, Jacuzzi. $2050/mo. yr. lease. 358-7560.

Riviera dunes: 2BR/2BA/2CG, den, formal dining, gated marina community on Manatee River. Pool, tennis, fitness center, maintenance-free. $1550/mo. yr. lease. 358-7560. Lakewood ranch. Spacious 1BR, cathedral ceilings, view of lake. $899/mo. 780-9661. lbk 3BR/2BA, furnished canal front home with boat dock, walk to private beach access. Below market! $1700/mo. 407-929-0214.

hidden lakes studio. Tuttle near Fruitville. New carpet, blinds. First, last & security. $695/mo. 780-9661.

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

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on the Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly May through Jan. $1600/mo. 351-5101.

turtle crawl inn on Longboat key daily, weekly, monthly directly on the Gulf beach! Wagner Realty since 1939 866-754-3443

lido 1/BR Condo Sleeps 4, Immaculate, Investors Realty longboat arms: 2BR/2BA, 1st floor Heated Pool, Steps To Beach Fall Specials* with beautiful Bay view. Professionally Weekly/Monthly/Annual 941-383-3117 1-(800)497-3334 decorated, non-smoker, king/queen, fully furnished. Pool, tennis, beach & more. lido vacation rentals. One and two units available. Furnished Available Dec.-April, 2/mo. minimum. bedroom $2800/mo. Discount for additional months. apartments across from beach and 1/block from St. Armands Circle. Available now. 877-741-2813. Call 266-4775. North Carolina Mountains. Five Acre lido beach: Studio apts., 1BR apts., Estate Tract Building Lot On Majestic Golden Gate Point. Breath Taking Overlook Drive At Echota. Low Density, 2BR cottage. Steps to beach & pool. Very View Across The Water Of Downtown, private, quiet and clean. Special Seasonal Cool Summers, Spectacular Fall Foliage, And Marina Jack’s $1400/$2200/ Month rates effective until Jan. 1st. Daily rates Great Views Including Grandfather (941)730-3075 $45-$110 3/day min. Weekly rates: Mountain, Gorgeous Trees, Rock $275-$600. Monthly rates: $750-$1000. Formations Rhododendron Located lido beach: 2BR apt., 1/BR apt., DelightBetween Blowing Rock, Boone & Banner THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. ful and modern with porch/lanai, in garden Elk, N.C.. Close To The Blue Ridge Please call 941-388-2590. setting. Across from beach, walking disParkway & Ski Areas. Private Sale longboat key condo: mid-key, direct tance to St. Armands Circle, 8 minutes to $495,000. For More Info On Echota Go To Gulf/Beachfront, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA/2Kings, Sarasota Main St. Fully furnished including (336)945-9999 washer dryer. Excellence. Non-smokers. full kitchens and laundry room. Available Dec. thru Feb. remain: $5000/mo., weekly or monthly. 383-2566. Enjoy Fall Colors In The Mountains Of $9500/2mos. Owner: cell 859-468-3478. Exquisitely Furnished, 4BR/4.5BA Murphy, North Carolina. 2BR/2BA New LONGBOAT KEY-Seaplace. (Available Penthouse Condo In Tangerine Bay Chalet $500./Week. (941)918-2630 mid-April-Dec. 15 ’06 and from Jan. 12 ‘07) On LBK, Overlooks Sarasota Bay, Including 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Completely renovated Pool, Tennis, Exercise, 2/Car Garage Rentals: Annual Beach Club. No/Smoking, and gorgeously decorated, all new furniture. Private No/Pets. Annual Or Seasonal. Ground floor, corner unit with partial sea downtown renaissance. Beautifully view, double lanai. Sunny, private, easy acfurnished condo, 1BR/1BA, bay view, all amenities included. Available Dec. 1st. cess to garden, beach and pool. Annually: $1500/mo. 6/mo.: $2400/mo. No State-of-the-art kitchen. Oversized master Whitney beach, Beautifully Remodeled bedroom with walk-in shower room, sepa- 2BR/2BA condo, waterview, beach, pool pets/smoking. 941-921-1648. rate toilet room. DVD and video, DSL line tennis, cable, horse shoe pits, shuffle LBK, Waterfront Home, 2BR/2.5BA, and fax, 2 parking spaces. 2 month min. board, ample closets, fish from dock. No with Pool. Country Club Shores. Furnished / contract. Email: or pets, no smoking. Available Monthly. Unfurnished. $1999./Month. Available leave a message on 941-383-2343 or with Call (607)292-3430 or email owner September. 941-376-8006 Gail Levine, 813-839-0896.

Classifieds 9D Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation canalfront 3BR/2BA furnished home: with dock, private beach access. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Available Oct. Nov. & after March. See website for photos and rates. or call 941-360-0700. lbk canal home. Walk to private beach access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Below market! $3900 monthly. 407-929-0214.

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

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

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: stylish gulfside home steps to LBK beach. New 2004. 2BR, den +loft. Community pool. 3 month minimum. $7500/mo. No pets. Owner/ 305-632-0449. lbk: tiffany Plaza. Beachfront condos, 1st. floor, 2BR/2BA, walkout to beach. Beautifully furnished, heated pool, covered parking. 1/mo. min. 941-383-3338.

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

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WWW.STEPSHOME.COM beautiful Gulf view condo: 2BR/2BA, in Tiffany Plaza. Oct. through Jan. $1800/mo +tax (727)501-3675. weekly rentals. Luxurious, fully furnished 1-4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117. Whitney beach. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA bayside condo, full water view of Bishop Bayou. Beach, pools, tennis, cable TV and high-speed internet, ample closets, carpeted. Fish from docks. No pets. Available monthly. Call 941-387-8448 or E-mail owner: gulf front condo for rent. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA, behind LBK gates. $4800/mo. 813-334-0813.

bayport, longboat Key. Large 2BR/2BA, W/D, lanai, sun deck, beautifully furnished, fitness center, heated pool, 4/Har-Tru tennis, fishing. Monthly seasonal. Phone/fax: 440-248-2747, Email: View at:

1br furnished condo on northern tip of Longboat. Private single level building. Backyard opens to the bay with dock, beach to the side. $2000/mo. off season & $2700/mo. during season. 941-374-0304.

lido beach. Luxury 1BR/1.5BA penthouse, Gulf front. (941)350-1852.

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

longboat village: 2BR/1BA, furnished, updated. Like new home. October, November, December, $1800/mo. January, February, March $2700/mo. Longboat Village: Updated, furnished, 3BR/2BA, $3500/mo. Real Estate Mart, (941)756-1090.

lbk, sutton Place. Beautiful 3rd floor condo. Beautiful Water Views on bay, 1BR/1.5BA, private beach club, 2/heated pools. Available thru December. $1350/mo. (941) 545-6118. pelican harbor: 2BR/2BA, furnished, beautiful bay view, second floor, W/D in unit. Non-smoking. No pets. Pool, tennis, boat dock. Nov., Dec. $3000/mo. Jan. through April, $3900/mo. 941-504-2749

lido beach, on Gulf: 1BR/1BA, large condo unit, upgraded, beautifully furnished, large terrace with Gulf view. All amenities: pool, party room, gyms. Seasonal rental g-3. Fully furnished December thru April, $2500/mo. or Annual seaplace 2BR/1.5BA unit available rental @ $1500/mo. 518-547-9788. DECEMBER-MARCH. 2 MONTHS @ beachplace, lbk. Enjoy a piece of $6000; 3 MONTHS @ $8000; 4 MONTHS paradise. Available most months ‘06 & ‘07. @ $10,000. View unit/complex on website Turnkey, 2BR/2BA, all amenities, beach, Email: pool, tennis, health club. Reasonable rates. Call Cheryl, 802-773-4011. lido beach, charming 3BR/2BA. Living LBK; Sutton Place, 3BR/2.5BA, 2 King room, family room, screened porch & hot Size Beds, 2 Twin Beds. Completely Reno- tub. Furnished house, 1/2 block to Lido vated & Furnished, (2) Pools, Walk To Beach, 2/blocks to St. Armands Circle. Beach, Cleaning Service. Internet Access. Available now and season. 815-877-3332, Fax: 815-877-3309. $3700./Month (845)279-7397 lbk beachplace condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available June 2007. August-December, 2006 & 2007. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884.

banyan bay, 2BR/2BA. First floor, beautifully furnished, bay view condo with W/D. Tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach access. Jan. $2900. Jan. & Dec. $5000. Non-smoking unit. (Already rented for Feb., March, April). 859-441-3110. luxurious ccs remodeled 3BR/2BA, fireplace, canal front w/boat lift, beach access, bay views. $5000/mo. (min. 4 months). Annual unfurnished also available. Call 941-224-6858.

Longboat Key, Islander Club, 2BR/2BA, gulf front, completely renovated, elegantly furnished, $3000/month seasonal. (813)787-5326, (941)387-7065.

beachfront condo - 3015 Gulf of Mexico Drive - weekly or monthly. Contact Andrew Vac, RE/MAX Excellence, 941-383-9700 or LBK SeaPlace, 2BR/2BA 1st floor condo on Gulf. Available 12/01/06 - 4/01/07, minimum 2 months. 440-331-0487

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation LBK Emerald Harbor, Old Compass Rd Canal Home, Turnkey, 3BR/2BA 2/Car Garage, Pool, Boat Lift, Dock, Deeded Beach Access, Annual. $3,000/Month. Seasonal $6,000./Month (941)387-7017 longboat key. Gulf front, pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4, new king pillowtop. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145.

CASA DEL MAR condominium rentals WEEKLY RENTALS GULF front/gulf view Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our virtual tour at”

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

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

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longboat key - Room to rent. Female, non-smoker. Bedroom & bathroom, steps to beach. $600/mo. includes all. (941)383-5914.

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