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’Tis our Season Yep, it’s beginning to look a lot like season. Returning snowbirds cheerfully greet each other at Publix; car transporters have been spotted on Gulf of Mexico Drive; and the Black Tie section of The Longboat Observer resumes this week. This issue of Season (inserted in this edition) includes the arts and social listings for the months of October, November and December. The winter issue of Season will be published Jan. 6, 2005.

It’s read everywhere ... We’re glad you’re back in town. And, we hope you packed your Longboat Observer for your summer travels. If so, you may already be a winner ... of The Longboat Observer’s first It’s Read Everywhere contest. The grand prize will award one reader two, round-trip airline tickets, each with a value of $750. In addition, The Longboat Observer and its sister publications, The Siesta Observer, The Osprey Observer and The East County Observer will award one winner two, round-trip aireline tickets, each with a value of $350. But, send in your photos now. The deadline for this year’s contest is Nov. 1. (Singer Patti LaBelle, above, sent in hers!) The winners will be announced in the Nov. 11 Welcome Back edition. For more information, call Jessica Seubert at 383-5509.

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A romantic stroll on the beach at sunset turned into a moment to remember. Sonia Alba was completely surprised (as was The Longboat Observer’s photographer) when her boyfriend, Alcides Sequi, stopped suddenly and bent down on one knee. From a fold in his sock he pulled a small, square, white box, opening it to reveal a sparkling diamond and proposed. The answer? Yes! The Tampa couple were guests at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. No date has been set, the couple hopes to marry soon, they say.

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Vol. 26, No. 12 Five sections



Commissioners nix St. Denis raise But commissioners approve town manager contract changes. BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer

Green puts condo on market

Longboat Key town commissioners decided against giving a $140,000 grant to the Islander Club to pay for improvements to a rock structure designed to protect the condominium complex’s seawall. The rock structure, or revetment, is situated on a 20-foot stretch of beach owned by the Islander Club. At Monday’s regular meeting, commissioners voted 5-2 to leave the revetment in front of the Islander alone until a renourishment project planned for May 2005 is completed. Commissioners Jeremy Whatmough and Bob Dawson voted against the measure “There is nothing else we can do for The Islander at this time — period,” Mayor Ron Johnson said. At a Sept. 23 meeting, Dave Brenner, association president at the Islander, asked for $140,000 of taxpayers’ money to make improvements to the club’s existing rock revetment, which has degraded since it was installed in the mid-1980s. At Monday’s meeting, Brenner addressed the commission again, saying the town had a responsibility to maintain the public beach in front of the condominiums. “We met here in June because we didn’t believe the public beach was being maintained and the protection a well-maintained beach would have provided was not provided,” Brenner said. “Our proposition was to permit us to repair our rock revetment, to give us protection that otherwise would have been there if the beach was maintained.” Commissioners discussed the legality of using public money to fund a private project. Town

For the first time during his eight-year career as Longboat Key town manager, commissioners did not approve a salary increase for Bruce St. Denis. Commissioners voted 4-3 Monday against a .095 % cost-of-inflation salary increase for St. Denis, but then approved a new contract, which included an upgraded one-year severance package. “The increase is not warranted at this time,” Commissioner John Redgrave said. “The deal made a year ago included a 9% raise and additional 6% increase. We had an agreement that he would stay with us for five years and there would no basic discussion about raises unless brought up by the commission.” St. Denis’ annual salary is $134,846.40, as approved in an October 2003 contract. His benefits package includes the use of a town-

owned Sports Utility Vehicle, family health insurance, a $175,000 term life-insurance policy and a 401k-retirement fund. Benefits also include four weeks paid vacation a year. The new contract extends St. Denis’ existing severance package. Under his existing contract, if St. Denis were terminated for reasons other than a violation of law or the town’s charter he would be paid a one-year salary from the date he was terminated. The one-year salary would also be paid if the town manager position was eliminated for any reason or if St. Denis died while serving as town manager. As a result of the new contract terms, the town manager’s health insurance and retirement contribution were also included in the severance package. If St. Denis resigns or is terminated because he was charged with committing a crime or “moral turpitude,” the severance

Salary history Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ salary increases since his date of hire in October 1996:

Date 10/1/96 7/1/97 7/1/98 7/1/99 10/1/99 10/1/2000 10/1/2001 10/1/2002 10/1/2003 10/4/2004

Salary 77,937.60 84,510.40 92,955.20 99,923.20 105,913.20 108,929.60 114,379.20 117,249.60 134,846.40 134,846.40

% — 8.4 10.0 7.5 6.0 2.8 4.8 2.5 15.0 0.0

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Al Green put his 2,500-square-foot Harbour Links condominium on the market Friday. The longtime resident moved to the Key from Greenwich, Conn., in 1987. Green said he will continue to stay involved in the town’s political issues and upcoming town elections in March.

One of the stage veterans of the co-productions of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and The Players, Tom Aposporos, is currently is rehearsal for “Metamorphoses,” the Manatee Players entry to the Florida Theater Conference. Apsoporos will also be on the “big screen.” He has been cast in a principal role in “Fat Chance,” a film to be shot locally, produced by Tons of Gold Productions Inc. He has also been cast in “Sisterhood, A Characterization in Four Parts,” an experimental-theater project produced and directed by Margaret Taylor with performance runs in Sarasota and New York. Acting is no late-blooming love of Aposporos. He had planned on becoming a professional actor, when his father convinced him to join him in the real estate business. Aposporos has his Longboat Key real estate office at The Centre Shops.

Bye-bye, Herb Herb Kellner is moving off the Key and joining a number of other Longboat Key residents in relocating to the Lakewood Ranch area. The Longboat Key Town Commission will especially miss him, because Kellner is always in attendance at meetings. Commissioner Joan Webster describes him as the “consummate local political junkie.” Tree Tops, his unusual home on the Key, is on the market.

Soldiers express gratitude Capt. Pete Velesky, serving with Delta Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry (a helicopter unit) stationed in Iraq, expressed his appreciation for the support of our troops shown in the “United We Stand” supplement in the July 8 edition of The Longboat Observer. Velesky’s squadron received one of the boxes filled with newspapers sent to Iraq.

Capt. Pete Velesky, Delta Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry, stationed in Iraq, sent thanks and patches (pictured above) to readers of The Longboat Observer. Velesky writes: “I can not thank you enough for the more than generous showing of support. My soldiers and I were touched by the heartfelt gestures in The Longboat Observer and we are truly honored by your gratitude. It helps us remember at the end of a long day why we are here. On behalf of the troop I have enclosed patches, the colorful one is the one we all proudly wear while at home and the subdued patch is the one we currently wear. I sincerely hope that you enjoy them and can find a place for them in your lives. The Darkhorse is our call sign and it has become synonymous with professionalism

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Scripts available As its fifth co-production with The Players, the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce will present the ever-popular “Dracula” on Feb. 4 and 5 at the Players Theatre. Scripts are available at the chamber office and audition dates will be announced shortly. Rehearsals begin after New Year’s. The cast is made up of Longboat Key Chamber members and for many, it is their first stage experience. For others, like former Longboat Key Police Chief Wayne McCammon, it is a return to the stage after an absence of many years. Past productions include “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Plaza Suite” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

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Jeanne washes away beach sand BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer

Last week officials measured beach erosion caused by Hurricane Jeanne at Lido Beach, Longboat Key and Coquina Beach. Although accurate surveys were not yet completed, engineers attributed substantial sand loss to the season’s fourth hurricane. Much of the sand that eroded from Lido Beach was from the beach’s top layer of fine, white sand, said Sarasota City Engineer Dennis Daughters. Officials estimated the beach lost about 80,000 to 100,000 cubic yards of sand. Waves and wind during the hurricane stripped away about a 2-foot layer of sand, with most of the erosion occurring near the Holiday Inn. “The vast majority was lost during Jeanne,” Daughters said. “The earlier storms did not cause much damage.” Even for a small beach such as Lido, 80,000 cubic yards of sands is not enough to cause

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Rocks at Lido Beach once mostly covered by sand now lay bare. Officials said Hurricane Jeanne washed away a 2-foot layer of sand across the beach. immediate safety concerns, the engineer said. In 2002, engineers spread a layer of 120,000 cubic yards of fine white sand across the beach. The sand, which the U.S. Army Corps

of Engineers dredged from New Pass, was carried out to the Gulf of Mexico during Jeanne’s intense wave action. Along Coquina Beach, the damage is easy

Residents notice change in water bills BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer

Two months after Longboat Key raised its water rates, a handful of water customers are asking for help lowering their bills. “I talked to one guy last week,” said Kevin Webb, public works superintendent. “He said he doesn’t see his bill since it’s paid automatically, but he noticed a big change in his bill this month so he called me.” Webb said he has received at least five requests for water audits in the last week and he expects more in the coming months as snowbirds arrive and more residents notice a big change in their monthly bills. Longboat Key adopted a tiered waterrate structure in August to target households that use more than their fair share of water. Under the new rates, for example, a resident who uses 5,000 gallons of water a month saw a 36% increase in water charges from $5.9 to $8: In contrast, a resident who uses 50,000 gallons a month saw a 175% increase from $88.67 to $244. The new rates have also brought in more revenues.

For August, the town’s retail water customers paid a total of $462,092 for using 53.9 million gallons of water. In comparison, the town collected $380,109 in August 2003, when residents consumed 58 million gallons of water. Figures were not available for September. Town officials adopted the new rates to encourage water conservation. The rates also were designed to help pay for water penalty charges levied by Manatee County, the town’s wholesale water supplier. Since October 2003, the county has charged more than $380,790 in fees to penalize the town for going over its 2.5million-gallon-a-day water limit. That penalty system will be reduced drastically starting this month. The reduction will create a surplus for the town. St. Denis said the difference will probably be used to offset the county’s 3% across-the-board increase on its wholesale water rates, which also took effect this month. Longboat Key’s raised rates are the latest in an arsenal of policies designed to lower average daily water consumption from 2.3 million to 1.7 million gallons. In March, the Public Works

Department sent letters to residents using more than 50,000 gallons a month, encouraging them to check their irrigation systems. The following month, the department sent more notices, this time to residents using more than 35,000 gallons a month. The town plans on sending more letters next week to water customers using more than 25,000 gallons a month. Public Works Director Juan Florensa said although there has been a 20% drop in water usage between July and August, it’s too early to make conclusions about the effectiveness of the new rates. Residents may have irrigated their lawns less because of the unusually active hurricane season this summer, he said. “You need to have four or five months worth of data,” he said. “And, a lot of people haven’t realized that their bills have doubled or tripled. A lot of people have bookkeepers that pay their bills.” Officials hope that the new rates will encourage more residents to have their water systems audited. Some of the most common causes for a high water bill is excessive irrigation and leaks in the irrigation system, said Webb, who saw a clear pattern during his audits. ❑

to see. “There was no pre-or-post survey there,” Manatee County Ecosystems Administrator Charlie Hunsicker said. “But the damage is evident by visual observation. Because of recent damage from storms, Manatee County plans to include the beach in a future renourishment project planned for 2012. On Longboat Key, officials had not yet determined Tuesday how much sand Jeanne washed away. “We had erosion, but we are not sure how much,” Public Works Director Juan Florensa said. Engineers from the Boca Raton-based engineering firm Coastal Planning and Engineering planned to conduct formal surveys this week to determine how much sand was lost. Officials estimated that 80,000 to 100,000 cubic yards of sand were washed from Key beaches during both Hurricane Frances and Jeanne. ❑

newsbrief Vac buys former Nations Bank Andrew Vac of Remax/Excellence, purchased the building at 6960 Gulf of Mexico Drive, site of the former Nations Bank, Oct. 1. Vac bought the building from Hubert Steenbakkers for $775,000 for investment purposes.

Longboater in race again Longboat Key resident Joseph Curl is back in the running for a Sarasota County Hospital Board seat. Curl will run against six other Republican candidates at the Nov. 2 general elections for seat 3 of the Hospital Board. The seat was to be occupied by Martin Moss, who won during the primary elections Aug. 31, but died early in September. Gov. Jeb Bush authorized a special primary election for the now-vacant seat to be held along with the general elections. The race is universal, meaning all voters, regardless of party affiliation can participate. This is Curl’s second attempt at a Hospital Board seat. He lost to Don Albertson in the August primaries for the seat 1 position. “I will be doing the campaign thing again,” said Curl, a former consultant to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. “I believe I can do a good job because I’ve had 37 years of experience in the health-care field.”

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After facelift, Silver Sands converts to condos BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer

Once construction crews finish renovation work at 5841 Gulf of Mexico Drive in January, the four buildings there will have a new look. After $1.5 million worth of construction, 35 tourism units at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort will be converted to 27 condominium resorts, said Larry Starr, president of Resort Quest Southwest Florida. The new condominiums, currently owned by Reliance Silver Sands LLC, will be sold to individual buyers. Seventeen of the units are currently under contract, and these condominiums should close sometime in January. “The buildings will have an entirely new look,” Starr said. “They will have a Key West appeal. There will be a tin roof on all the buildings and a shell driveway.” The buildings should be ready to be moved into sometime in February, said project manager Ross Bunch. Under current zoning requirements, owners of the new condominiums will be able to rent them out on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis, Starr said.

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James Arguello, a roofer with Mullet’s Aluminum Products Inc., places a sheet of tin on the roof over the sales office at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort. “They will offer a good alternative to displaced hotel rooms and therefore make good cash flow that is only possible because of the short-term possibilities,” Starr said. “The units were grandfathered in for tourism use before the 1982 landuse changes.” Reliance purchased the property at

5841 Gulf of Mexico Drive in November from previous owner Barbara Rodocker. “We bought it and were running it as a resort,” Starr said. “We took a look at how busy it was, and this was primarily because of the loss of hotels on the Key. Condos would not only bring cash flow but appreciating value every year. So we decided to condomize and sell them to individual owners.” Efficiency units will sell for $310,000, and one- and two-bedroom units will sell from $375,000 to $675,000. One-bedroom units with a view of the Gulf will sell for $455,000. Each remodeled unit will be completely furnished and designer decorated, Starr said. Amenities include a heated pool and putting green. A rental office staffed by Resort Quest representatives will remain open on the property. “Some people had honeymoon suites there 25 years ago and grandkids are starting to go there,” said real estate agent Dennis Girard. “Many previous guests are excited about renovations. For many people this is their second home because they have gone there year after year.” ❑

The sign reading “Eckerd” has yet to change, but the inside of 525 Bay Isles Pkwy., already reflects its new owner. Since the CVS Corp., and Jean Coutu Group bought the Eckerd Drugs chain from J.C. Penney in April for $4.53 billion, 1,260 Eckerd stores in the South will now take on the CVS name. Renovations to Eckerd stores, in order to make them consistent with the CVS name, began with Florida locations in late July. The Longboat Key store began two weeks ago with the remodeling process, which included switching to CVS brands, a different store set-up and CVS services. Trent Pierce, manager of the store, said that the store has expanded the lines of cosmetics offered, will now carry Hallmark cards and shoppers will have more choices when buying everyday items. As for pharmaceutical services, Pierce said some customers might see the price they pay for prescriptions drop. Pierce said the store’s remodeling should be complete within a couple of weeks.

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Islander CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A Attorney Dave Persson cautioned that the town could not use public funds to improve a privately owned structure without proving there is a “valid public purpose.” If the town were to give The Islander a grant, an objective grant application process would be required, Persson said. After the attorney explained the legal issues of issuing a grant, some commissioners began to doubt if the grant were still an option. “It seems like the deeper we get into it, the more we find our hands tied behind our backs,” Commissioner Bob Dawson said about the town’s options for dealing with erosion problems at The Islander. Mayor Ron Johnson suggested the town get the renourishment project started and then wait and see how the

project changes erosion at the problem site. Johnson said the best option would be to start the project early in January or February. The town would be doing its part to maintain the beach when more sand is placed there, he said. A plan to spread 600,000 cubic yards of sand in front of and north of the Islander Club will likely become the focus of the commission over the next few months. The town has secured permits necessary to begin work on renourishment. Officials are about to begin the bidding process to find a contractor to do the work, Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said. The town manager also said Hurricane Jeanne dumped sand in front of The Islander, extending the beach. St. Denis added that the sand could wash away from the erosionprone beach in the future. In other business, • Seven applicants applied for the

position of Planning and Zoning Board Seat 2. The seat was vaccated by resigning member Fred Rickard. Commissioners voted to appoint Jim L. Brown, former chairman of the Community Center Advisory Committee, to fill the seat. Brown’s term will end in 2007. Commissioner John Redgrave said the applicant pool was one of the largest to apply for the zoning board. • Commissioners made the following Longboat Key appointments: Robert Bernard to the Firefighters’ Retirement System Board of Trustees; David Young to the General Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees; and Thomas Jones to the Police Officers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees. All three appointed were incumbents. • Commissioner Joan Webster was awarded a certficate of completion award for her participation in the Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials. ❑

Beach talk gets lengthy at commission meeting BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer

At Monday’s Longboat Key Town Commission meeting, commissioners mulled over what should be done to keep sand in front of the Islander Club after a planned 2005 renourishment project. Commissioners talked about what type, if any, groin should be installed near the Islander after 600,000 cubic yards of sand are spread in front of and to the north of the condominiums. A groin is a perpendicular device placed on a beach to keep sand from washing away. The existing geotextile groins at the Islander are in need of replacement, and commissioners debated whether they should be replaced with the same type of groins. Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, owner of The Colony

Beach & Tennis Resort, joined into the discussion and said a Makepeace groin, such as the one at his resort, would keep sand from washing away. “The Colony beach has been stationary for 35 years since I have been the owner,” Klauber said. “The real advantage of that groin is that it’s semi-permeable and it has teeth. After showing photos on the overhead projector to the audience, Klauber said Commissioner John Redgrave, who questioned the effectiveness of the Makepeace groins, was not interested in the town’s best interests. The comment prompted Redgrave to call for a recess. Redgrave said he requested the recess to get the meeting back on tract after Klauber spoke to commissioners for more than 20 minutes.




Renovation project complete at Ken Thompson Park

Carla Griffin, Graci McGillicuddy, Michael and Katie Moulton, Charlene Wolff, Eileen Curd and Penny Hill rallied behind Harris at her luncheon Sept. 30.

Giuliani stumps for Harris BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, spoke at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, at a fund-raiser for Longboat Key resident Harris, who is running for re-election against Sarasota attorney Jan Schneider in the 13th Congressional District. Although present at a press conference with Giuliani earlier in the morning, Harris wasn’t able to attend the lunch. Instead, she had to fly to Washington to cast her vote on the Defense of Marriage Act. Shortly after noon, Sept. 30, Giuliani addressed the crowd of more than 200 who attended the $1,000-per-person event. Giuliani began his speech with his characteristic humor after being introduced by Harris’ husband, Anders Ebbeson. “It feels nice to be surrounded by Republicans,” Giuliani said, who spent his time as mayor in a typically liberal stronghold, New York City. Giuliani said it was important for Congress to have people like Harris, who support the president and has what it takes to stand behind him on tough issues. “We need people like Katherine Harris

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Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, president and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, and Sarasota City Commissioner Jon Thaxton pose with Mote mascot Gilley the Shark at the dedication ceremony for Ken Thompson Park. BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer

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Rudy Giuliani addresses Harris supporters. that understand what has to be done,” Giuliani said as he pointed out his admiration for Bush’s “ability to stay focused” in the face of criticism about the war in Iraq. “They have to be tough and have to be willing to be unpopular,” he said. ❑

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An eight-year-old plan to improve a local park is finally finished. In a dedication ceremony last Thursday, city of Sarasota officials marked the culmination of a $1.8 million renovation project at Ken Thompson Park on City Island. “It’s come a long way,” said Bill Hallisey, public works director for the city. The new renovations include a children’s playground, picnic areas, restrooms, a 2 1/2 mile nature trail, fishing piers, boat ramps and improved parking spaces. The 20-acre park has had a long history. After the city purchased City Island in 1926, the area that now comprises the park was used as a dumping ground and later as an airstrip. “I like to call it our forgotten jewel,” Hallisey said. “People didn’t come out

here as much.” In the 1990s, the park’s location, overlooking Sarasota Bay, began to catch the attention of city officials. Soon after, the City Commission and the Parks and Recreation Environmental Board produced a master plan for the park. What followed were years of securing funding for the project. Eventually, the city secured money from local sales taxes and various grants from Sarasota County and the state. “It’s kind of neat to see the development of this park,” said Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, president and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory, located next to the park. Mote’s mascot, Gilley the shark, was on hand for the festivities. “It took a while and took a lot of patience, but it was worth the effort,” Hallisey said. ❑

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How can Islander be refused? “There is nothing else we can do for The Islander at this time – period.” — Longboat Key Mayor Ron Johnson The Islander Club’s eroded beach is becoming an increasingly nettlesome issue for the Longboat Key Town Commission. And the trouble stems not just from the decision long ago to build the Islander Club more seaward than other structures on the beach, it stems more from the Longboat voters’ decision nearly a dozen years ago to tax themselves to pay for beach renourishment. When Longboat voters agreed to pay for beach nourishment and maintenance via two taxing districts in 1993, few voters foresaw how that commitment might play out. Few contemplated what would happen if, say, one section of the town’s beach became extraordinarily eroded while other sections remained static and in good shape. Who’s responsible? How much money should be spent on one section vs. other sections? Who should pay? Thus the scenario today with Islander Club. With its beach virtually gone, the Islander Club’s residents asked the town for $140,000 in taxpayer funds to pay for engineering work and repairs to the Islander Club’s rock revetment. That revetment is all that stands between the club’s seawall-reinforced swimming pool and the Gulf of Mexico’s crashing waves. At high tide, there is no beach. The Islander Club’s rationale is logical. It maintains that because of the delays in a beach renourishment scheduled originally to occur nearly two years ago, the town has not maintained the beach in a state that it would have been maintained had the town completed the renourishment when originally scheduled. In other words, the Islander Club says it would not have today’s problem had renourishment occurred. It’s probably correct. So does that make the Islander Club’s problems the town’s fault? That may be a future legal dispute. For here and now, however, the Town Commission, at Town Attorney David Persson’s recommendation, is taking the stance that the town legally cannot fund a privately owned structure without proving a “valid public purpose.” The commission, as the mayor said, will do nothing. The mayor and commission are wrong. Normally, our stance would be this: The user and owner pays. Taxpayers should not bail out private problems. But in this instance, the town already has set many precedents. Consider: Commissioners say the Islander Club is responsible for the rock revetment separating its pool from the Gulf of Mexico. It says the Islander owns that 20 feet of property. And yet, twice already, the town has invoked a public easement over that 20 feet and dumped hundreds of cubic yards of sand over that 20 feet in previous renourishments. We have already shown through renourishments — both completed to protect and maintain the beaches — that it was a valid public purpose to dump sand over the Islander Club’s 20 feet of rock revetment. Similarly, the town has spent in the millions of taxpayer funds to dredge the town’s canals, with much of the dredging occurring on privately owned canal bottoms. Again, the commission viewed this activity as a valid public purpose. And, there is this: What constitutes the public beach? Where does the beach begin and end — 20 feet west of Islander Club seawall? At the foot of the Privateer seawall? What’s more, what does the Town Commission’s stated support of ongoing beach maintenance mean? Does it mean the town spends the same amount of money on every inch of the beach? Or is the town committed to maintaining all areas regardless of their condition? These questions need addressing now. The Town Commission should not wait for the renourishment to address the Islander’s beach. If the commission declines to spend $140,000 on the Islander Club’s eroded beach now, the commission could at least give the town administration and town attorney the authority to negotiate a compromise or a solution with the Islander Club Condominium Association. Why not, for instance, agree to a future beach tax rebate or credit if the Islander residents foot the $140,000 now, and it is later determined repairing the revetment indeed qualifies as a public purpose? We urge the commissioners to rethink their positions. When taxpayers voted to fund beach maintenance through

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Make peace: Give groin a try Feisty as always, Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Murf Klauber made another impassioned appeal Monday night to the Town Commission to solve the Islander Club’s erosion problems with a semi-permeable Makepeace groin — like the one that has kept the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort’s beach intact for 35 years. But as always, the commission mutedly dismissed Klauber as if he’s some half-cocked kook. Town officials say the Makepeace groins are too expensive, the state won’t approve them and computer models have shown they wouldn’t be effective. Oh yeah? If Klauber has a Makepeace groin that’s working, it stands to reason state bureaucrats and lawmakers would listen. What’s more, is it an anomaly that Klauber’s groin and beach have withstood 35 hurricane seasons and countless storms? Meantime, the town is headed toward a plan of replacing its ripped-up, patched-up geotextile groins (there’s one at the Islander Club) with more geotextile groins. If we’re replacing geotextile groins at, say, $80,000 a pop every two years, in 35 years, two groins in today’s dollars will cost taxpayers $1.36 million. Cost of a Makepeace groin: between $700,000 and $1 million. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. ❑❑❑

Trolley troglydytes at it again A Manatee County transit official wants Longboat Key taxpayers to subsidize a trolley that would take tourists and others from St. Armands Circle to Anna Maria. He says about 2,000 people a day rode the trolley during season last year, making it one of the most successful trolley systems in the state of Florida. Successful by what measure? That it’s cheap, taxpayerfunded transportation for tourists? Please, commissioners, don’t fall for it. If trolleys are so great, let tourists bear the cost to ride them. It’s purely a selfish interest, but there are few Longboaters who want to get stuck behind some subsidized trolley full of Eurotourists putzing down GMD. ❑❑❑

Welcome, AirTran — sort of Let’s give them their due: The collective effort of this region’s elected officials paid off. Their story made a persuasive case to the U.S. Department of Transportation to win

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the $1.5 million subsidy they were seeking. So on Monday, all of the proud sponsors of this effort gathered at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to hail the announced the startup of AirTran’s three-flights-a-day service to our beleaguered airport, starting in December. Wow. Isn’t it gratifying and heart-warming to see “the community” pull together and work so diligently for such an economic boost to this area? Don’t buy it. Here’s the cynical (but real) side of what you didn’t see and hear about Monday’s press conference announcing AirTran’s new service: • As always at such occasions, there was an oversized abundance of back-patting. Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority Chairman Jack Rynerson and airport Chief Executive Officer Fred Piccolo — being the politic gentlemen they are — lavished thank-you’s on numerous politicians. Among them: Congresswoman Katherine Harris, Congressman John Mica of Orlando (chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation); Congressman Jim Davis of Tampa. They all tilted the system and applied the necessary push-peddling (lobbying) as much as they could. Meantime, the Manatee and Sarasota County commissioners lent their magnanimity, each committing $250,000 of taxpayer funds to the cause. But in all of the thank-you’s, there was not a single one extended to the Sarasota, Manatee or U.S. taxpayers — the people whose toil and taxpaying make all of this doling out of money possible. • Worth noting: You can tell how important an event is to a corporation by the level of the executives who show up for an event. No offense to AirTran’s representative at Monday’s press conference, Kevin Healy, vice president of planning and sales, but while our airport leaders hailed Monday as a milestone worth celebrating, the recipients of our taxpaying largesse were so moved and enthused by this occasion they sent the man who is listed 10th on the AirTran management totem pole on the company Web site. Talk about enthusiastic commitment! It conjured scenes from “Waiting for Guffman.” • Oblivious to most, but an interesting juxtaposition, Monday’s press conference was staged adjacent to one of Sarasota’s most loyal airlines, Delta Airlines. When asked how he felt about his company’s competitor receiving a $1.5 million subsidy from taxpayers to help take business from him, Rich Voelker, Delta’s Sarasota station manager, laughed at the obvious setup. Smart enough not to touch that question with anything but diplomacy, Voekler said: “We’re excited to have a new carrier in the airport.” It’s not that we don’t want Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to succeed. But Monday’s event was just another sad continuation of what our national economy has increasingly become — a system of propped-up enterprises over which our elected class, not the market, decides the economic winners and losers.




Laugh Lines

Where do we go from here? The e-mails, before we lost power, were full of cartoons lampooning Florida’s weather: • An alligator, with a backpack, heading north, past devastation. • A car sloshing through high water with a bumper sticker that says, “Think Drought!” • Mickey Mouse beside an evacuation route sign, hitchhiking north, holding a “North Dakota?” sign. • A glass-covered box with a chainsaw inside and a sign: “In case of hurricane, break glass.” • A tourist-filled car entering Florida, reading a welcome sign that depicts the “O” in Florida as a hurricane. • A long line of cars fleeing Florida, passing this sign. ••• Is it time to think about leaving Florida? After four hurricanes in six weeks, a number of people are muttering, “Who needs this?” I write this by candlelight. I have put the last four batteries in my little emergency radio. I nervously watch the salt water in the canal creep over the seawall and into the garden’s butterfly bushes and lychee trees. All the special treats I have tucked away in the freezer are going to melt and spoil. Indeed, who needs this? But what can we consider as a destination? With no television and the streets blocked, we are trapped in a silent house. We actually were able to have a long uninterrupted conversation. We did an exercise that required each to pro-

duce three possible choices of new places to live. Then we discussed each one’s advantages and disadvantages. Top of the list: Hawaii. We lived there for a year in the mid-’80s on a sabbatical from the University of Vermont. I studied at the School of Public Health. Honolulu was delightful, though getting crowded with tourists. With a dog and four cats in Vermont, we couldn’t face the six-month quarantine law. Last month I attended a convention in Honolulu. It was one big traffic jam and wall-to-wall skyscrapers. (Yeah, you could live on an outer island, but I want the stimulation and resources of a university.) So, reluctantly, we scratched Hawaii. Australia and New Zealand were next on both our lists. I returned this week from a meeting in New Zealand. It is a beautiful country with mountains and beaches — two large islands. But it is a long way from everywhere. Twelve hours in a coach-class seat from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand. Eleven-anda-half hours (because of tailwinds) coming back. It was a long, painful trip. But that also means a drastic slowing of visits from the steady stream of casual visitors who bring their grandchildren to Disney World. They call with the cheerful message that while they are in the area they plan to stop by and visit us for a few days. No one casually goes to New Zealand. But there is another problem: The longer it takes people to get there, the longer they stay. However, these two down-under countries are not always

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friendly to each other. I saw people in Auckland wearing Tshirts that read: “I root for two teams only, New Zealand, and anyone playing Australia.” A typical New Zealand joke is: A registered builder was showing the new owner through the house. In each room the owner was to designate the preferred color of the room. In the first bedroom she wanted pink. The builder opened the window and yelled, “Green up!” In the second room she wanted blue. The builder opened the window and again yelled, “Green up!” This pattern was repeated twice more. Finally, the owner asked, “Why do you yell ‘green up’ when I choose a color?” “Sorry,” said the builder, “I hired a bunch of Australians to law down sod for the lawn.” Both countries have temperate climates, favor the English language and make excellent wine. We kept them on the list. Toronto has appeal for similar reasons. An influx of Asians and other immigrants has enriched the variety of restaurants and markets. It has become a cosmopolitan city. With lots of drug stores! ••• Now, a couple of days have passed, the sky is blue, the breeze is gentle. Power is on, so the house is cool. The airport is open and grandchildren are coming to visit. Longboat really is a delightful place. We decided we will take it one year at a time. George W. Albee is a retired professor who lives on Longboat Key. He still pitches batting practice for his grandchildren. ❑

It’s read everywhere

Wendy and Commissioner Bob Dawson in Arkhangel’sk, Russia, on the White Sea at the Arctic Circle. (We noticed it was the Dawson Wins! edition.)

Family guys — Alice and John Garger (back center) made reading The Longboat Observer a family affair when they took a Disney cruise earlier this summer. Along for the ride are their three sons and their wives (Walt and Michelle, John and Kimberly, and Steve and Kelli) and eight grandkids, including 6-year-old triplets.

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pant in the Middle East and denigrates the president, who firmly understands that you cannot compromise your country’s liberty or integrity. I stand with President Bush! Maye Lavinson Longboat Key


If you would like to send us your comments, please write, e-mail or fax one of the following addresses: Box 8100, Longboat Key, FL 34228; e-mail:; fax: 3837193. Please include your name and phone number. The Longboat Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. The editor reserves the right to condense letters. Germany before anyone made any significant Kerry’s an appeaser protests. Hitler exterminated 6 million souls, Dear Editor, I watched the entire debate on Thursday while the European appeasers did their work. All Europe fell in line except England. night hoping for some enlightenment in Sen. John Kerry’s positions — sadly, noth- Winston Churchill worked feverishly and almost alone to secure help from America. ing came forth. John Kerry wants us to believe that if we Only when America was attacked did the change administrations all would become appeasers stop their propaganda. We are in the same kind of political enviright with the world. History buffs will tell ronment today. What Kerry is talking about you this is sheer fantasy. France, Germany, Italy and the entire Arab is not compromise or persuasion — he is world bent their knees to Hitler. They allowed telling us to be appeasers. He refuses to recognize the pure evil ramhim to secure complete political power in

He’d like a ‘grant,’ too! Dear Editor, Upon reading the first paragraph of “Islander asks for grant,” from the Sept. 30 issue, I thought it must be some sort of belated April Fools’ joke. But after reading further, I realized it was real! “A little unique,” says association president David Brenner, the mere suggestion of public money being granted for such a project sets off the alarm bells of precedent and brings back recollections of former Mayor Brown’s classic special-tax district to renourish “the beaches” via what eventually ended up being known as the 80-20 Plan. Perhaps the Islander Condominium Association might enlist his aid now as a consultant, but the mere suggestion of using public monies via grant terms is ludicrous. If the town is really concerned about showing good faith toward fellow residents, why not consider a short-term loan for whatever is needed beyond the excellent method

advanced by Commissioner Ken Legler? As for an outright grant ... who can blame them for trying? Shucks, folks, if that deal goes through, my seawall needs some attention, too, and a precedent is a precedent. Rolland Freeman Longboat Key

Barbarians at the gate Dear Editor, You know that John Kerry and some of the news media are aiding and abetting the enemy. As long as they keep shouting negatives against our brave struggle for freedom for the Iraqi people and for our security, they inflate discouragement and provoke failure. That is close to treason in a time of war. Perhaps if the rest of the world (the United Nations) were convinced all the American people were rallying for Iraqi freedom, as most of the Iraqis are, they too might join the fight against terrorism. Shame on Kerry and the negative left for prolonging this war and thereby causing more death and destruction around the globe. Go, Bush, go! Barbarians are at the gate. They don’t diplomatically negotiate and Kerry doesn’t get it. Barbara Conrad Sarasota


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POINSETTIA PARK. Fabulously situated in the middle of the block, this cute 2BR West of the Trail home boasts a den overlooking a gorgeous open yard. $389,900. Marianne LeBar, 9516660 or 650-0337. #263121 HISTORIC SPANISH-MEDITERRANEAN. Beautifully restored residence with many artistic touches keeping with the original style. A fabulous design in the heart of Sarasota. $1,350,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #245418 RENAISSANCE. Absolutely amazing views of the bay, marina & city from this fabulous penthouse. Enjoy sunrises and sunsets from the entire south corner of the building. $1,199,999. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #262110 LANDINGS. Elegant, sophisticated home in a gated West of the Trail community. 4,250 sq. ft. of perfection, with top-of-the-line chef's kitchen, 4/5BRs, library & expansive pool/lanai area. $1,195,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #258486 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. This grand 3BR luxury downtown end unit residence boasts a wraparound balcony & partial bay views. Occupancy Summer 2005. $989,000. Maryann Casey, 951-6660 or 468-3741. #262206 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. Enjoy sunset & bay views from this luxury building in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Only 50 residences share the finest amenities. Occupancy Summer 2005. $974,900. Maryann Casey, 951-6660 or 468-3741. #262466 THE OAKS I – BAYSIDE. Gracious home, just minutes from Pine View School. Features 3BRs plus den, generous lanai & beautiful landscaping with fruit trees & privacy. $970,000. Christina M. Landry, 388-4447 or 376-4498. #257429 CARIBBEAN ARCHITECTURE IN OYSTER BAY on a tropically landscaped 1/2-acre lot. Open, casual design with wood & travertine flooring. $949,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #261832 HARBOR ACRES. This 4BR pool home with private master suite on 2nd level, parkay floors & fireplace is ready for move in. $899,000. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #261868 SERENITY, SECURITY & SPLENDOR IN PRESTANCIA. Set on TPC course, this 3/4BR pool home features highly crafted woodwork/cabinets throughout, top-of-the-line appliances & 2-car attached garage. $895,000. Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 400-1461. #260748 CHEROKEE PARK - WEST OF THE TRAIL. This charming 4BR pool home features a separate dining room, family room, hardwood floors & a fenced yard. Close to Southside & downtown. $795,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #259315 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. This 2BR 11th floor 'D' unit boasts west exposure with fabulous water views. Includes rosewood floors in the grand salon, stainless appliances, & a wonderful tiled balcony. $745,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #263150 BREATHTAKING VIEWS of Sarasota Bay, Bird Key and the new Ringling Bridge. Totally renovated corner condominium with the coveted south exposure on Golden Gate Point. $699,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #261337 LAUREL PARK - COASTAL COTTAGE COLLECTION. New home with vintage 1920s garage & guesthouse on a quiet brick street in historic Laurel Park. Old styling with new standard & exceptional detail. $699,000. Bruce Tassinare, 951-6660 or 955-3333. #262212 CITYSCAPE. Urban sophistication in the heart of Sarasota. This penthouse loft boasts 2,275 sq. ft. on the 9th & tenth floors, 2-story window wall & dynamic city to bay views. $649,900. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #259719

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UNIVERSITY PARK - KNIGHTSBRIDGE. This stunning, custom built home boasts top-of-the-line amenities, breathtaking views of the lake, granite kitchen, built-ins & beautiful decor throughout. $989,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #263004

RAVENWOOD. Gorgeous, executive, 3,200 sq. ft. courtyard-style on a 1-acre wooded lot. Features beautiful granite kitchen & entertaining areas. Truly a special home. $649,900. Carol Clark, 966-8000 or 350-4500. #255750 REGENCY. Take pleasure in direct, open bay views from this 2/3BR condominium. Features a large living room with faux fireplace, built-ins, wet bar & marble floors. $640,000. George Appel, 951-6660 or 376-2626. #258529 DOWNTOWN VILLA ON PALM. Upscale Mediterranean townhouse in gated enclave, surrounded by patios & gardens. Features many designer upgrades & 3 parking spaces. $535,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #249621 LE CHATEAU. Wonderful full bay views from all living areas of this beautiful, completely updated home with new kitchen cupboards & appliances, carpet & tile. $529,900. Pat Loy, 383-7591 or 383-2849. #263819 THE LANDINGS. Poised in a private tropical setting, this townhouse boasts all new interior, 3BRs, wood floors & fireplace. Racquet club membership included. $499,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #263844 THE LAKES ESTATES. Set among the oaks, this enchanting designer's own home features wood floors, gazebo breakfast room, separate office & lovely verandas. $489,500. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #263559 JOHNSON ESTATES. West of the Trail, this vintage 3BR cottage is set close to the Southside Village & Siesta beaches. Tucked away on a private treed lot, with a separate office/studio. $489,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #260907 BOTANICA ON PALMER RANCH. Cherish luxury condominium living from this 3BR with numerous upgrades, private elevator & 1-car garage. Set in a gated enclave with 2 pools & fitness center. $359,900. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #262585 BROOKSIDE. Rarely available 2BR condominium overlooking Bobby Jones golf course. Enjoy northeastern exposure in a quiet & secluded setting close to downtown. $189,900. Larry Mitchell, 951-6660 or 330-0987. #262622


Siesta Key SANDERLING CLUB. Set on 150' of unspoiled beach, this 1.6-acre Gulf to lagoon property is the ideal site to build a new home or use existing 4,500 sq. ft. structure. $5,999,990. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #260621 INCREDIBLE BEACHFRONT. Key West-style home/duplex with full Gulf views. Potentially 6BR with new kitchen, zoned multi-family. Endless possibilities. $2,950,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #255805 SEA BREEZE. Luxury condominium in a building of only 5 units, with panoramic views of the Gulf & bay. Enjoy island living at its best with a deeded boat dock included. $1,895,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #259217 WATERFRONT HOME sitting on 2 building lots. Value is in the land. Residence features pool, fireplace & dock. $1,300,000. Susan Lerch, 388-4447 or 356-4655. #263804 SANDERLING CLUB. Totally renovated, traditional 3BR pool home on approximately .8-acre on the widest part of Heron Lagoon. Enjoy peaceful water views, club amenities & privacy. $1,195,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #250174 WATERSIDE SOUTH. Located in a private setting at the end of a cul-de-sac, this beautifully updated residence is close to the beach & Village. $489,000. Michael Freeman, 951-6660 or 302-1850. #261995 Casey Key


UNIQUE CASEY KEY ESTATE. One of the finest premier properties on Casey Key. Both Gulf & bay views available from main home on 1.58 Gulf front acres. Two-BR guesthouse on bay side. $8,850,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #263386 GULF FRONT MASTERPIECE. This magnificent 5BR, truly spectacular island home is an exceptional statement of architectural artistry, construction expertise, human comfort & high technology. $6,500,000. Terri Healey, 966-8000 or 320-0389. #261764 GULF-TO-BAY estate in a premium area of Casey Key, with fabulous water views. This 5,800 sq. ft. residence features soaring ceilings, six bedrooms and a private beach cabana. $6,250,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #258697 ELEGANT CLIFFORD SCHOLZ DESIGNED HOME on the beach. The property stretches over an acre from Gulf front to bayside. The finest appointments highlight the residence’s classic proportions. $4,500,000. Jo Ellen Burnham, 383-3759. #253760 CASEY KEY WATERFRONT. Savor remarkable views from this Key West-style, 3-story, 3BR residence. Experience all Casey Key has to offer with vistas out to Gulf from master & office. $2,900,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #257114



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What is the history of cursing? It was Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, who defended the dirty words subject when he said, “Under certain encumbrances, [cursing] profoundly provided a relief denied even in prayer. If I cannot swear in heaven, then I shall not stay there.� He continued on the subject, writing that his housekeeper swore “like an angel.� To many, such language seemed sacrilegious, but he was not deterred. Surprisingly, Twain did sanitize his words and character’s dialogue in “Huckleberry Finn.� When he should have employed dirtier words more befitting of his characters, Twain chose a rather mild portrayal. George Carlin, the modern well-known comedian, is responsible for the present thinking on swearing and cursing. In a performance from the 1970s, he uttered a voluminous volume of vulgar words. He was arrested and charged with giving a performance of dirty words. The court rendered an opinion, declaring that there were seven words that could not be uttered in a performance, and that to do so would constitute criminal conduct. Even though more than a score of years has elapsed, that standard has been maintained. Linguists and historians have traced how words of an unpleasant nature have come into existence and what they intend to portray. As far back as the 11th century, the saying “fusty luggs� was the meaning for a sluttish woman. A woman’s breast was sometimes called an “apple dumplin’ shop� or “Cupid’s kettle drums.� An exclamation of surprise was “zounds� and a foolish fellow was a “nincompoop.� From the earliest of times, taking the Lord’s name in vain always was considered sinful, but many substituted names were employed and not considered wrongful or blasphemous. Among them are “golly,� “gosh,� “ye gods� and “by George.� Later, “Jiminy� was added as a substitute for Jesus, later followed by “Jiminy Cricket,� “gee whilikers� and “jeez.� Still later came the words “shucks,� “heck� and “Sam Hill.� They all served some rhetorical purpose. It is said that western expansion in the United States “created the golden age of swearing.� The spreading of the nation brought its own forums of colorful improper slang and devil-my-care recommendations. In the newly-born West, men and women commonly used words euphemistically referred to as “Oedipal polysyllabic.� Thus, four-letter

words or their variants were changed to nouns, verbs, adverbs and exclamations. No word was taboo. “A wild and lawless development of the language went on,� H.L. Mencken said. “Then and now, the most fruitful source of a quarrel and bloodshed is the all-persuading custom of using strong language,� said Thomas Dimsdale. With questionable pride, Twain, who was shocked and thrilled by the blasphemy exhibited by a riverboat captain, announced upon meeting miners, “When it comes to pure ornamental cursing, the American is gifted above the sons of men.� But journalists and fiction writers, with reputations to maintain, employed “clean� words. They did it by using dashes or substituting words such as “pshaw� or “lawd’s sake,� which worked even though they seemed to be quite a distance from the actual words intended. Historian Daniel Boorstein writes, “The few of linguistics’ influences was upward, but some of the acceptable expletives that were often employed were “drat,� “dern� or “dash.� However, there were several commonplace terms completely out of bounds in polite society. Then, pantaloons sometimes were called “inexpressibles.� Syphilis was labeled as “blood poison.� Banned were such words as “stallion� “sow� and “bull,� sometimes replaced by “gentleman cow.� In the development of the distinct lexicon of smut, early Americans were innovative composers. They “showed spacious disregard for linguistic nicety, which has characterized their descendants ever since,� Mencken said. Expressions continued, with an important person referred to as the “biggest toad in the puddle.� Someone who just died was called “as cold as a wagon tire,� and “Huckleberry above a personum� meant a cut above. Today, curses are common in reading material and on television. They are now deemed commonplace. While many believe that the words are contemptible and unnecessary, they appear to be the minority view. It appears that swearing and cursing are here to stay. (Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2004.)


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16th Annual St. Armands Art Festival — Nearly 200 artists will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and Oct .10, showcasing their creations. Live musicians will enhance the festival, taking place on St. Armands Circle. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. Annual Business After Hours Tri-Chamber of Commerce Meeting — and Tabletop Displays, for Longboat Key, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests. Tabletop displays cost $100. ‘Bagels with Bob’ — The next meeting with Town Commissioner Bob Dawson will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Fire Station 1 (North), 5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Buddhist Meditation Evening — is being offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Longboat Key Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. A suggested donation of $9, or $5 for students, is appreciated. Call the 373-1600 for more information. Longboat Key Democratic Club — will feature Betty Castor and Jan Schneider at its luncheon, taking place at noon Monday, Oct. 18, at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room. Cost is $20. Call Mary Dailey at 383-4983 by Oct. 14 for reservations. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It has a large selection of new and barely-used fic-

tion and non-fiction books. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile comes to the library from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Details, 383-2011.

Mote Marine Aquarium — Located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Call for details, 388-2451. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 to 17; and $2 for children ages 4 to 11. Peli-Boat hours for Saturdays have changed, now leaving at 10 a.m. and returning at 12:30 p.m., the same as the Thursday boat. Prices remain the same, $8 for children and $16 for adults. For more information call 388-4444.

Outdoors Coast Cadillac Laurel Oak Cup Golf Tournament — will be Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, at the Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd. Benefiting the Special Athlete Boosters of Sarasota County and Special Olympics, Thursday evening’s events will feature cocktails, dinner and a live auction, and Friday will be the tournament and award ceremony. For more information or to sign up, call 378-3600. Children’s Miracle Network Charity Golf Tournament — will be held Friday, Oct. 8, at the River Club Golf Course. Registration and sponsorship forms can be found at all Re/Max Gulfstream offices. For more information, please call Karen Butler at 758-7777. Phillippi Estate Park Nature Walk — will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday,

Oct. 12, at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Bring water, bug repellent, binoculars, a camera and closed-toed shoes. Call Jack Taylor at 475-0796 for more information.

Public Gem, Jewelry and Bead Bazaar — will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 through Oct. 10, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, and will feature a showcase of various gems and fossils. Cost for all three days with repeated admission is $4. Free for children 16 and younger. Call 954-0202. Book “Sell-a-bration� — benefiting the Selby Public Library, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays at Friends of the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St. Hundreds of books donated daily. For more information, call 365-5228.

Associations Women of Manatee County Republican Club Luncheon — will meet noon Friday, Oct. 8 at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W. Paul Sharff, representative to the Republican National Convention, will speak. Cost is $15. For reservations, call 758-4878 or 776-0541. Democratic Club Luncheon — will feature Sen. John Kerry’s local staff member, Don Anderson, as the speaker. Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at The Meadows Country Club, 3101 Longmeadow Drive, Sarasota. Cost is $17 and reservations must be received by Oct. 6, either by voice mail at 379-9233 or by email, New York University Alumni Club Meeting — West Coast of Florida Chapter, will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road. The meeting includes lunch at the Banyon CafÊ. Non-members and friends

are welcome. For cost and reservation information, call Muriel or Marvin Ostroff at 925-2727.

SaraMana Black Republican Club — will host Alfonso Jackson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, in the grand ballroom at the Sarasota Hyatt Hotel. Call 484-9835 for more information. Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation Meeting — will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Klingenstein Jewish Center, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Cost is free. Reservations are required. Call 371.4646 or visit Wellesley Club of Sarasota Luncheon — will take place at noon Friday, Oct. 15, at Barnacle Bill’s Restaurant, 5050 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Wellesley college alumnae, including those visiting the area and guests, are welcome. Call 922-5918 by Oct. 12 for information and reservations. Sarasota Shell Club — will hold its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the third floor meeting room at Mote Marine Aquarium. All visitors and friends are invited. For more information call Fran Schlusemann at 739-0908 or visit Chi Omega Alumnae Association — will have its monthly lunch-brunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Hillview Grill, 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota. All members of Chi Omega and their guests are welcome. For reservations or further information, call Virginia McAlinden at 371-5106.

Classes Women’s Resource Center — is hosting “How to Start and Manage Your Own Business,� an eight-week seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Oct. 11 at the Center, 340 S. Tuttle Ave. Cost is $35. Call Kelley Schofield at 366-1700 or visit for more information.

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Sept. 23 3:15 p.m. — 4100 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Property Damage. Man calls police after an object strikes and chips his vehicle’s window. He tells an officer that he thought a maintenance worker had kicked up the object while weed-whacking.

2:19 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Civil Disturbance. Employees at a restaurant report an intoxicated man throwing a black trunk into a canal. When officer tells man to stop, man says the photographs and papers are “his memories,” and that he “could destroy them if he wished.” Man is arrested and a stack of papers and photos are collected as evidence.

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8:39 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Disturbance. Two men began arguing at a restaurant. Another man began to talk to one of the men arguing and the dispute got louder. 11:26 a.m. — 1600 block GMD. Disturbance. A resort guest left a resort without paying a $27.87 phone bill. A worker said the guest also damaged a wooden dresser. The phone bill and damage was charged to the guest’s credit card. ❑


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11:03 a.m. — 3300 block Bayou Sound. Boats/Misc. Officer finds two men trying to push their disabled boat out of the canal with a PVC pole. The pole had been taken from a boat lift nearby. Officer tells men to return pole. Men promise to come back with another boat to tow the disabled boat. 4:29 p.m. — Property Found. Bag of beach toys found on the beach. 5:07 p.m. — 3200 block Bayou Sound. Suspicious Circumstance. Woman reports that her sliding glass door is open. Officer searches the home and finds nothing out of place.


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2:49 a.m. — 5600 block of GMD. Burglar Alarm. Officer investigates a residence after alarm goes off. Front door is found open. Nothing is found missing. 6:48 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Disturbance. Man complains of an intoxicated guest making a scene at his sister’s wedding party. Intoxicated man is told to quiet down and is escorted back to his hotel room. 7:15 p.m. — 600 block Buttonwood Drive. Fire. Caller reports cable or phone line down.

3:40 p.m. — 6900 block Poinsetta Avenue. Suicide Attempt. Woman reports that her ex-boyfriend threatened to commit suicide with a gun. At the man’s home, police tell him to come out. No weapons are found. Man is transported to Manatee Glens for evaluation. 7:37 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Missing Person. Woman calls to report an employee who hadn’t shown up for work. Officer tracks down employee, who was house-sitting in Sarasota.

3:19 p.m. — 2200 block of GMD. Public Service. Two men are found fishing from a beach groin. Officer tells them it isn’t safe. Men agree to fish from the beach. 8:54 p.m. — 6980 block of Poinsetta Drive. Vandalism. Man reports that his girlfriend vandalized his apartment while he was at work. Girlfriend may have used a golf club to break numerous holes into the drywall of the living room and bathroom walls.

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MRI is still considered investigational in the evaluation of coronary artery disease. Significant advances in MRI technology in the past 10 years have been made, and coronary arteriography is feasible on some high-field strength units. Similarly, CTA (CT arteriography) of the coronary arteries has made significant advances. At this time, CTA is more widely available and accepted for coronary artery evaluation. The procedure can visualize calcifications, hard and soft plaques, and grade stenoses (the degree of narrowing). Richard Lichtenstein, M.D. Director, Radiology Department Sarasota Memorial Hospital

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Journey toward something more According to Houston Smith, “The heart of the religious quest is an unending journey toward the more.” There is something in the human spirit that cries out for “something more,” a deeper experience, a deeper connection, a deeper understanding of the ultimate reality, some kind of connection with the divine. There’s a psalm that says, “Deep calls onto deep.” St. Augustine said, “Thou has created us for thyself, oh God, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee.” Plato said, “We have been fired into this life with a madness, a passion, which comes from the gods.” Robin Williams, in the animated movie, “Aladdin,” played the part of the genie that lives in a little brass lamp. At one point he says, “Great, big genie, little bitty living space.” Great, big God, little bitty habitation. We are the temples of the spirit. God has placed eternity into our hearts, something bigger than life, yearning to break free, yearning to break loose, yearning to make a connection with something bigger than itself — yearning for “something more.” You and I were placed on this earth to be players in this great drama of salvation. We were set on a spiritual journey, a path. We are wayfarers, pilgrims, strangers in a strange land (some of us a little stranger than others). But we are all aliens, expatriates, citizens of another country, another kingdom, another city that is to come. The point of our existence is that we walk through this

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life, on this journey, with intention and purpose. Someone has said, “It’s not the end of the journey that matters, it is the journey itself.” The biblical writers in great, old gospel hymns remind us that this world is not our home, that we are just passing through; and that even though these bodies, “these earthly habitations,” as the writer of Corinthians says, “pass away, we have an eternal home, a house not made with hands, which will never perish.” The Buddhist text puts it this way: “I call him blessed who has traversed this miry road, this impassable world and all its vanity, who has gone through and reached the other shore, who becomes guileless and free from doubt and attachment.” This is the pilgrim way, described in many traditions, different language, same idea — an unending journey toward “the more.” The great spiritual appetite for “something more” will only be satiated when we seek God with our whole hearts, minds, souls and strength. Thus, I pray: “Restore my soul, oh, God, with dreams as big as the love you offer, for even the impossible dream is too small for those you have created in your image. Let me see through the imposters that knock forever at the door of my soul, promising what only you can give. Replace my small dream with your invitation. Deepen my hunger and kindle my desire. Come to me in the longing of my heart. Give me a passion for something more. For even in my emptiness you are present.” ❑

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Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. During the summer months, Shabbat services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will lead the services. 383-3428. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school held with 10 a.m. service. Nursery available. The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. 383-6491.

Obituaries Maxine Prehler A memorial service for Maxine Prehler, who died June 15, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Richard “Dick” Nilsson Richard Nilsson, 82, of Bradenton, died Sept. 26. Born March 19, 1922, in Brockton, Mass., Mr. Nilsson graduated from the University of Massachusetts and served in the

Army’s 338th Infantry, being the first to enter Rome during World War II. He was a member of the Sahib Shrine Center of Sarasota and the Longboat Island Chapel, where he was in charge of the sound system. His wife, Isabelle, preceded him in death. Survivors include his brother, Bruce of Ormond; stepdaughter Barbara Knights; stepson Kenneth Ludlam; and several grandchildren in Massachusetts. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Longboat Island Chapel. Sahib


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Bruce A. Sands A memorial service for Bruce Sands, of Longboat Key and Rye Brook, N.Y., who died June 13, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.

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Inside Section B Fashion Calendar Black Tie Look Social Studies New Column

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OCTOBER 7, 2004


BlackTie BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

Put your black tie on ... it’s Black Tie season! Black Tie has resumed publication in The Longboat Observer. We have some exciting new features in store. You’re in for some schooling this season with Social Studies, a profile of folks who catch BT’s eye on the social scene. This week features Amie Shay on page 7B. We’ll have an exciting announcement later about a feature debuting in January. Black Tie will be inserted into The Siesta Observer and The Osprey Observer this season, so no matter where you live you won’t miss a social thing!

Take a big breath ... Because lots of birthday candles have been blown out lately and it’s not necessarily because of the actual number of candles on the cake ... well, uh, maybe. On Friday, Oct. 1, Claire Love celebrated her 85th birthday with her girlfriends at Michael’s On East. On Saturday, Oct. 2, Milt Lucow celebrated the big 8-0 at Michael’s On East with family and friends. The party included 11 of Lucow’s high-school buddies. Because some of Lucow’s friends were attending Bob and Dottie Garner’s daughter’s wedding (see page 3B), not everybody could make it, but Len and Molly Schechter, Doris Kaplan and Renée Sheade dashed over immediately to Michael’s On East after the ceremony to stop by to give their birthday wishes to Lucow before speeding back for the wedding reception.

Sarasota Ballet of Florida dancers flaunt their feathers in can-can wear.

UN conventional FUN BY EMILY WALSH

Shake, shake, shake ... Shake your booty! That’s what Raul Molina did at Noche de Celebración. Molina tore up the dance floor with Co-chair Heloisa Jennings and told BT he didn’t want the night to end. See more pictures on page 5B.

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Hmm ... Green shots at the door, can-can girls, red velvet curtains and, uh, drag queens?!? Were these all hints of the theme of the 19th annual UnGala Gala? We’ll certainly have to find out. But the Unparty 2004 held Friday, Sept. 17 at Saks Fifth Avenue was truly unconventional fun. Hosted by The Longboat Observer/ Black Tie and Saks Fifth Avenue, 300 people arrived to check out the chic scene that was billed as the kick-off party for the

Dish (dish), n. ...1. An open, relatively shallow container of pottery, glass, metal, wood, etc., used for various purposes, esp. for holding or serving food. 2. The food served or contained in a dish. 3. Slang (sometimes offensive). An attractive girl or woman. 4. Slang. An item of gossip. 5. A new show on BLAB TV, Comcast Channel 21, at 9:30 p.m. Thursday nights. The show features Chef Judi Gallagher, Kristine Nickel, Alix Redmonde and BT. The show is a spinoff of Barbara Walters’ “The View.” Tune in for talk about food, entertaining, health and fitness and, of course, gossip.

UnGala Gala. Mattison’s Culinary Group catered fabulous food and drinks, while unbelievable and surprising entertainment by female impersonators wowed guests. A sexy unfashion show showed UnGala goers what to wear and a 50/50 raffle raised more than $300 that went to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The Unparty certainly raised the hype and excitement for the upcoming big event, but the true question is ... Can-can you guess the theme to the UnGala Gala? ❑

Photos by Emily Walsh

Nancy von Lazar, Mike and Lisa Allen, Jack and Phyllis Black Spotted ... Jerry Springer buying Judith Leiber evening bags at Saks Fifth Avenue ... hmmm. Bea Elden after fitting in a workout, manicure and a bank run before heading off to Europe for 10 days with husband, Gerry.

Marty(s) will be missed ... The season just won’t be the same without my favorite Marty(s) — Marty Sheade and Marty Moss. They will be missed.

Knickole Barger, Andrew Vac and Anna Pohl

More photos on page 3B The guests weren’t sure what was going on when a female impersonator started the show.




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LOOK What do you wear to the UnGala Gala? That is the question. The invite states black tie or unattire, but the only answer is to wear something that is absolutely fabulous. Think bright colors, unique cuts and sparkling accessories. Make sure you stand out. But as Sally Schule of Saks Fifth Avenue and former UnGala Gala cochair says, “There’s something about a man in a tuxedo and a woman in a beautiful dress.”

UnGala Gala 2004 When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 Where: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art The event UnGala Gala is truly unnecessary to explain. Everyone knows that the UnGala Gala is the hottest ticket in town — and the tickets go fast. The UnGala is considered the kick-off to the social season and 1,400 people are there to kick it off. All 1,400 of those guests are fabulously dressed in either black tie or unattire and get to experience the best food, drink and entertainment in town. Who wouldn’t want to attend? Unfortunately the theme of the UnGala Gala cannot be revealed. But can-can you guess? Here are a few clues that only Black Tie can expose: Co-chairs Amie Shay and BT promise that this year the UnGala will undoubtedly be unbelievable. The food, drink, decorations and entertainment will have new touches, yet with the taste of home. Hmmm, are you getting warmer? Now ... think French. One exciting fact that can be disclosed is the patron gift. Patrons of the UnGala Gala will receive an exclusive UnGala scented candle donated by The Pineapple House Collection and Scentsational Soaps and Candles. The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight. But don’t let your carriage turn into a pumpkin yet or go to bed. Go to bed at Khrome, the hottest new club in town.

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Ken Hoskinson Jr. and Melissa Lamont, both committee members of the UnGala Gala, look like they are both ready to walk the red carpet of the UnGala. Hoskinson looks dashing in an Armani tuxedo accented with a pewter Brioni tie, a Saks Fifth Avenue tux shirt, Allen Edmonds shoes and Saks Fifth Avenue onyx cufflinks. Lamont is lovely in a lavender Laundry dress accessorized with an Adrienne Landau fur stole, Stephen Dweck amethyst beaded necklace and earrings and sparkly ankle-wrap Jimmy Choo shoes. All available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5300.

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What? Bed? Yep. Khrome is hosting the afterparty for the UnGala from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. For $25 you’ll be able to enter the UnGala Gala VIP lounge, enjoy fabulous late-night munchies, lively libations, VIP band and tunes spun by 93.3 FLZ’s Matt “The Brat.” But you’ll definitely want to go enjoy a bed (you’ll understand when you get there) at Khrome instead of your own after the UnGala. A portion of the ticket proceeds from the afterparty will benefit the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Tickets for the UnGala Gala are $225 and are available by calling the advanced ticket line at 358-3180. The UnGala benefits the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, of course. See you there. ❑

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READY “Unparty” continued from page 1B 1 Karen Harllee, Kirstin Severs and Chris McKee 2 Chris Voelker made everyone green with envy with her fashion sense. 3 Terry and Susan Romine with Tracy and Tom Kelley 4 Lynn and Chris Romine 5 Terry Damm, Laura Leeming, Fabiola Beckman and Susan Jennings

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A historic wedding BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

History was made at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Saturday, Oct. 2. The wedding of Alison Garner to Michael Louie was the first wedding to be held on the stage of the Van Wezel. Family and friends enjoyed the beautiful ceremony and then participated in a cocktail reception on the Van Wezel bayfront complete with a gorgeous sunset. The dinner reception was held in the grand foyer of the Van Wezel, which was decorated in lavender and pale green with beautiful flowers. The

Alison Louie dances with her father, Robert Garner.

decorations were definitely the touch of the mother of the bride, Dottie Baer Garner. After a heartfelt toast to the bride and groom by father of the bride, Robert Garner, the Louies presented the Garners with a loving gift — a butterfly painting that Michael had painted with Alison’s help. The maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Betsy Garner Wyant and the best man was Brent Simmons. The bride’s nephews, David and Rob Wyant, were also groomsmen. And, the evening was specially dedicated to the Garners’ late son, Robert W. Garner II. ❑

Mother of the bride, Dottie Baer Garner, walks down the aisle escorted by grandsons David and Rob Wyant.

Maid of honor Betsy Garner Wyant dances with her son, Rob.

Parents of the bride admire their gift.

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Newlyweds Alison and Michael Louie beam as they walk down the aisle.

The Van Wezel grand foyer was decorated with beautiful flowers and the colors of lavender and pale green.




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Key to the Cure Shopping Weekend What: Saks Fifth Avenue hosts a shopping weekend with 2% of sales being donated to the Sarasota/Moffitt Cancer Coalition Fund. When: Normal store hours Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Sally Schule, 364-5304

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Circle of Hope What: “Shop ’til you drop” at Circle of Hope. Many of the stores in St. Armands Circle will be donating a portion of their profits to the Florida Suncoast Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Circle of Hope is chaired by Lynn Wallace and Harriet Maltz. When: 10 a.m. to Emily Walsh 5 p.m. Where: Zero calories but millions of sparkles. Fetch your St. Armands fabulous Kathrine Baumann minaudiére and Circle Contact: sparkle like the movie stars that carry them. Harriet Maltz, Available at Armel Jewelers, St. Armands Circle, 377-7221 388-3711.

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Foxy Lady Fashion Show What: Foxy Lady-West hosts a fashion show to celebrate Circle of Hope. When: 11 a.m. Where: Foxy Lady-West, St. Armands Circle Contact: Foxy Lady-West, 388-5229 UnGala Makeovers What: Saks Fifth Avenue’s cosmetic counters will make you beautiful for the biggest event of the season — UnGala Gala 2004. Reservations required. Where: Saks Beauty Place Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5300

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Charity work is a family affair to Amie Shay. Shay, a sprightly young lady, grew up in Sarasota watching her mom, Beth Cannata’s involvement in community events. At the age of 25, Shay already has an impressive résumé of charity work that rivals the contributions of even the most influential socialite. Shay was born in Peoria, Ill., and moved to Sarasota when she was in the sixth grade. She attended Incarnation School and Cardinal Mooney High School. Shay graduated with a degree in marketing and advertising from Southern Methodist University in Texas. “After college, I had received job offers in Dallas, but I couldn’t stand being away from sunny Sarasota,” says Shay. “I love it here.” Moving back to Sarasota in September 2001, Shay began her job search. But before taking her first job, what did she do? Volunteer, of course. Shay happened to be volunteering at Booker Elementary School where President George W. Bush found out about the Sept. 11 attacks. “I was standing three feet away from the president, when he announced that the Twin Towers had been hit,” recalls Shay. After attending SunTrust’s management training program, private banking training program and managing a private banking portfolio for nine months, Shay recently accepted the position of senior marketing officer/director of marketing at Northern Trust Bank. “I love the job,” says Shay. “The marketing team at Northern Trust is very young, enthusiastic and full of energy.” All those things could be said about Shay herself.

After being involved with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art’s UnGala Gala committee for three years, Shay currently is co-chairing the big event. Shay chaired the auction committee for Marie Selby Botanical Garden’s Orchid Ball in 2002 and 2003. She also is a mentor for Take Stock in Children, a mentoring program for underprivileged children. And, she’s currently involved with Leadership Sarasota. Shay joined Junior League of Sarasota in 2002, when her mother was its president. During her first active year she chaired Junior League’s transitional housing project for the Audubon House Project. In 2003 she was on the Holiday Tour of Homes committee and this year is chairing the tour just like her mother did in 1995 and 1996. Wait ... there’s still more: Shay is co-chairing the first annual “Art in the City” for the Sarasota County Arts Council; is a member of New College Library Association’s Mistletoe Ball committee, New College Foundation’s Old Fashion New England Clambake committee, Every Child Inc.’s School Daze committee, and Cystic Fibrosis’ Black and White Ball “Unmasked” committee. Phew! Cannata, Shay’s mother, says, “I’ve created a monster.” And Shay says of her mother, “She’s on all my committees.” So why does the social activist, who also finds time to cook, play tennis, run, weight train, watch movies and travel, do it all? “Everything I do is because I believe in the cause and the organization,” Shay says and adds, “I’ve met so many amazing people by working on committees. I wouldn’t be happy if I didn’t do all the things I do.” ❑

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“Art Helps, Art Heals” sings the praises of hurricane heroes.

We could be heroes ... BY JUNE LEBELL Music Critic

“Art Helps, Art Heals” was an evening of both artistic and spiritual inspiration last Sept. 27, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The ceremony was both a celebration of area heroes in the disaster relief efforts for victims of the recent quartet of hurricanes in Southwest Florida and a benefit for the victims themselves. Where do these heroes come from? A few years ago, when I was in junior high school, I entered an essay contest. I wanted to write about tragedy and how it brings out the best in people, but my mother quashed that, saying it was too dismal and depressing. I wrote about diversity instead, somehow tying together the idea that people of different backgrounds, faiths and colors were like (get this!) garbage that melts together to become mulch. I actually won! Now, nearly half a century later, I find my garbage analogy a bit of a stretch, but I still believe that tragedy makes heroes. Witnessing the array of area artists performing at this benefit and hearing the tales they have to tell have made me even more of a believer. Speaker after speaker told stories of hardship, loss, grief and disaster. But each account was followed by an equal dose of help, love, peace and victory. A sense of joy shined through the pain — the good feeling of helping others commingled with gratitude that our area hadn’t been hit head on. The hurricanes had passed us over; a few of the speakers used words like “luck” and “good fortune” when they referred to this, though “blessed” might have been a better word. Whatever you call it, a sense of gratitude filled the hearts and minds of everyone in the hall that night, both on stage and off. The structure of the evening: Leaders from the artistic community would come up and share a tale of hurricane heroism. Following each anecdote, there would be a performance by local companies and soloists. These included: Booker High School, Gloria Musicae and Dick Hyman, The Sarasota Opera, Jennifer and the Venturas, The Players of Sarasota, Venice Little Theatre, Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus, Lillette Jenkins Wisner, The Sarasota Ballet, Westcoast Gospel Chorus of Florida and Dr. Mariea E. Watkins, the Golden Apple and the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. The performances went off like clockwork and were all highly entertaining. But mere entertainment wasn’t the reason we had all come that night. “Art Helps, Art Heals” was as much about lifting hearts as it was about raising funds. There was a life-affirming, high-spirited quality to all the singing and dancing. As one reader observed: “Music and the weather have a lot in common because they both affect us emotionally.” Experiencing the performers on stage that night gave you the kind of feeling you got when you threw open a window to let the light stream in after a long hard rain. Some of those performances raised the roof — and there wasn’t a leak in sight! Jenkins Wisner, the great lady of the keyboard, got a well-deserved standing ovation when she fused the hymn, “How Great Thou Art” with the “Warsaw Concerto” with hurricane force. Hers was probably the most spirited and exciting performance of the evening. Many of the other musicians also took the weather into consideration. Donita Volkwijn, the shimmering soprano, and pianist Elena Pierini of the Sarasota Opera, cleared the skies with the meltingly beautiful “Hymn to the Moon,” from Dvorak’s “Rusalka.” Jennifer and the Venturas told us, “I Get the Blues When it Rains” — a sentiment heartily shared by Florida residents and visitors, alike. There also was plenty of humor for humor’s sake. Clowns from Circus Sarasota offered up a few antics. And, of course, there were hurricane jokes: Florida’s new state song is “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Florida’s state beverage: “Anything with an alcohol base.” Florida’s new state tree: “Any left standing ... ” But, most of what you came away with that evening was a sense of hope and a feeling of humanity. For every roof blown off or person left homeless, there were many more helping hands; people going out of their way to give their

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The helping hands of “Art Helps, Art Heals” reach out in love at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Wendy Surkis, a Sarasota Museum of Art board member, Larry Calder and his wife, Dianne Belk, a Sarasota County Arts Council board member

Guitarist Susi Best does some of her best work.

Close encounters of the clown kind — Chuck Sidlow of Circus Sarasota time, money, food and courage to those temporarily without. Temporarily, because one week it’s you in need and the next it might be me. The music and the stories told us these hurricanes were equal-opportunity disasters. They may have brought hard times, but ordinary people responded to that challenge with extraordinary heroism. Blind nature may have lifted roof tops — something more than that in the human heart lifted spirits that night. ❑

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Watercolor everywhere ... Arts Center Exhibit offers aqueous pleasures for the eye.

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Anne Abgott’s “Croquet at Esseola” offers a meditation on space, form and color.

‘Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibition’ • Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ Joan M. Durante Pavilion through Oct. 30 BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

Watercolor is a slippery medium, as devilishly difficult to master as its mastery is heavenly to look at. Its liquid beauty makes a lot of sense, if you think about it. The human eye is mostly liquid, after all — soft organic tissue, not a camera’s hard glass lenses. The things it likes to look at are liquid as well — water and clouds, the interpenetrating leaves in a tree, or a swell of folds in someone’s cloak.

What you’ll see here in The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society’s current exhibition at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts are 60 paintings, with 12 award-winners in various categories juried by Steve Rogers. The art on display here is lush and liquid indeed ... Anne Abgott’s “Croquet at Eseeola” is the first-place winner: a triangular array of three croquet players, all dressed in white and enjoying a moment of rest. You’re not invited to relate to these figures on a personal level; you see them from behind or in obscured, shadowed side view. The piece invites you to contemplate its perfect composition instead — the irregular white shapes of the figures against the negative space of the croquet field’s flattened grass, a jigsaw puzzle

A painting that demands to be read — Lee Albion’s “The Reader”

blob of even green. It’s the spontaneous, accidental perfection of the moment. The artist who captured this is not only good but fast. It’s what watercolor is all about. Cheryl Jorgensen’s “My Sunshine” is the second-prize winner. Like a dancer taking a bow, her exuberant sunflower bends down in a clutter of heliotropic deshabbile. What’s nice about the piece is the chaos of it. Yellow petals fly in all directions; the leaves are raggedy. Her flower shows the beauty of observed nature; it’s not some tightly arranged neat sunflower of the mind. The artist should take a bow. Lee Albion’s third-prize winning, “The Reader” shows a turbanded, white-bearded Middle Eastern man — one of the “peoples of the book,” surely — intently reading an open book. The media assault of mostly bad news from that

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Albie and Andy Frank with “Nature’s Choice” by artist Robert Freeman “You make me happy when skies are gray.” — Cheryl Jorgensen’s “My Sunshine” region tends to frame your perception of the figure. He’s probably a Muslim, but not necessarily; reading from the Koran, or possibly a worn copy of Burgess’ “Devil of a State.” If you simply look at the man and forget the end-ofthe-world news, all you can really say about him is that he is a reader—and an avid one at that. If you manage to read the painting, it turns out to be a bit more subversive than you might imagine at first glance. Merit awards went to the fractured fairy tale of Jacquie Clark’s “Painter’s License,” Ann Terhardt’s intricate “Cocoanut Palm” and Diane Schmidt’s jittery, non-representational “Cracks in the Facade.” Earning honorable mentions were Pat Cook’s ethereal “Spirit Rising”; Sharon Curtis’ personable “Good Morning, Miss”; Douglas H. Teller’s wonderfully detailed “Late Night Snack at the Hob Nob”; Rita Rust’s striking “Jamaican Gardener”; and the lovingly precise observations of Grace Roth’s “Bradenton Marina”; and Armando Vilches’ “Chestnut Vendors.” Beyond the award-winners, space doesn’t permit a list of all the art that’s worth seeing here. Namely all of it. ❑

Arts Center art is the center of attention BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

The Longboat Key Center for the Arts began its 52nd season with an exhibit by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society in the Joan M. Durante Pavilion. The show has 60 watercolors; the entries come from the society’s members in all of its eight counties. “Arbitrary Autobiography” is an intriguing display of works by Abigal Akers in the Glen Gallery. The center’s faculty and workshop instructors had new work of their own in the Members’ Gallery. The art lovers at the opening were happy to see the art and thrilled that a new exhibition season had started. These exhibits continue through Oct. 28. Beyond that, “Downtown Comes to the Key” will feature the artists of Towles Court exhibition beginning Nov. 5.

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Just like Romeo and Juliet ... A modern classic hits the streets at the Players. BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

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Rolfe Winkler and Grace Gibbs bridge the cultural divide in “West Side Story” at the Players. streets becomes a fantasy of starlight in an eye blink; it’s the perfect corollary to Tony and Maria’s flight into romantic dreamland. But racism’s reality is at war with dreamy romance. The material doesn’t sugarcoat the racist attitudes and neither does this fine production. While today’s “gangbangers” may be a world away from the Jets and Sharks, the

boundary tensions of skin colors and cultures that create them haven’t changed much. That may explain why this musical — with all its archaic “Cool, daddy” slang and ’50s attitudes — is still so fresh. That’s especially true when it’s performed by a top-flight team. “West Side Story” is alive and kicking at the Players. ❑

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Abracadabra, Dr. Yrabedra Dr. Ron Yrabedra was the speaker at the Sarasota County Arts Council’s Principals’ Luncheon, Sept. 28 at Michael’s On East. This associate professor of art education at Florida A&M University took a tack that most educators usually don’t. His showand-tell turned out to be more show then tell. First, all the guests (a respectable crowd of educators, artists and art lovers) were handed a pencil and a sheet of paper. Yrabedra then Marty Fugate asked everybody to draw Draw like an Egyptian? a face. Except for the Dr. Yedebra shares the secret. artists, most couldn’t


A&E draw beyond a fourth-grade level. “Don’t worry,” he said. “That’s normal.” He explained that most people stop drawing at about the age of 10 when their brains outstrip their bodies’ abilities. Children suddenly think their drawings are childish. Most stop drawing, which is why most people’s drawings are stuck at a childish level. Yrabedra went on to explain a few simple tricks — the egg trick, the eyeline trick, etc. Suddenly unstuck, the guests drew some decent faces and there was joy on the faces of all. He went on to show slides of faces from Egyptian art, from the realistic period after Alexander the Great’s conquest. You felt as though you were looking through an ancient Egyptian high school yearbook: The faces were vivid, lifelike and immediate. Yrabedra had proved that the urge to draw was an itch worth scratching, even if it meant learning a few rules. Art creates a human connection. With enough skill, it can even defeat time.

Music writing 101 June LeBell, The Longboat Observer’s tireless music critic, shared a few thoughts about the art of writing about the art of music, Sept. 30, at a public forum at the Katherine Butler Gallery. It seems her style is all about spontaneity ... First, she goes to a concert or listens to a recording. Then, either while she’s actually listening to the music or immediately afterwards, she writes down her first impressions. “I usually think these are terribly pithy comments at the time,” she said. After that, she waits a few days, mulls it over in her mind, and gives her subconscious mind time to work. “When I come back to it, I usually find that two-thirds of what I initially wrote is junk, and the rest of it is deep. I throw out the junk and write the review. It doesn’t take long.” Not one to torture herself with rewrites, LeBell feels that good writing approaches the spontaneity and side trips of


speech. When the brooding process is done, she writes quickly and doesn’t second-guess herself. Where she ends up when an article is finished often surprises her. She told the audience she applies the same strategy to her public speaking (which may explain she’s not nervous at all when she does it). “When I talk to people in public I never know what I’m going to say — it just comes out.” Her talk of unintended consequences in writing and speaking led to talk of the same thing in her life: LeBell, a native New Yorker, lived only three blocks south of the World Trade Center when the attack occurred. “I heard a noise and a boom,” she said. “Later on, I found out what had happened.” Her area of town was evacuated; LeBell wasn’t allowed to return to her apartment for two whole months. “I had planned to leave and make the move to Sarasota eventually,” she said. “All of a sudden, I had to leave now. That’s what brought me down here.” She said this with some sadness, then brightened and said the people here have been “wonderful.” “You never feel like an outsider here,” she said. “Everyone here seems to come from someplace else here, even the natives. Everyone understands.”

Greg Leaming takes helm at Conservatory Last Oct. 1, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory made it official: Greg Leaming is now its new director. The former head of directing in the Division of Theatre at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is now the head of the Conservatory’s three-year graduate level actors training program. He’s an affable, talented man with a long, successful career as Courtesy a producing artistic direc- Greg Leaming, the FSU/Asolo tor for a variety of presti- Conservatory’s new director gious theatrical organizations. Good thing. He’s stepping into an uneasy position. Relations between the Conservatory and FSU have been strained of late. One example: Just last May, FSU officials asked his predecessor, the popular Gil Lazier, to clear out his desk on the day before his retirement. The announcement was made and Leaming was introduced before a crowd of reporters, students and interested members of the community at a public meeting at the FSU Center for the Arts. Following that, Leaming spoke. Without mentioning the recent controversy directly, he made it clear that, on the matter of taking sides, he’s on the side of the students and their ongoing education in theatrical arts — period. Those who heard him felt his sincerity and felt confident he’d do an excellent job, just so long as hard-ball politics doesn’t prevent him from doing it. Let’s hope for the best. ❑





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Burns Court: a walk on the cool side Openings for open minds on a cool October evening BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Writer

Downtown Sarasota continues to go through changes. Buildings are built and buildings are destroyed and how it’s all going to look and feel like when the dust settles is anyone’s guess. Despite the massive development, some pockets of streetlevel, art-friendly human interaction keep popping up every now and then in Sarasota; the revitalized Burns Court area is a case in point. Along with Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema, it’s had several fine restaurants, boutiques and antique stores for some time now — but not too many galleries. That’s changing. You could see some of the changes for yourself, last Oct. 3 on the night of the Burns Court Gallery walk. It was a cool evening in more ways than one ... Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art has recently moved in with the Missing Link Collection, its post-modern narratives now sharing space with the narratives of tribal art from around the world. Inside, the work of indie artists and indigenous artists compete for your attention; you see a splash of color here, a dark mahogany mask over there. The contrast is eye-opening and electric. And speaking of electricity: The interior of Christine Desiree Interior Design is now divided into a gallery taking up the lion’s share of space on one side and the original design firm on the other. The art on the walls and halls has a funky, exuberant architectural feel to it — just the thing to invite funky exuberant people inside to have a good time. The new space, with its fine sight lines and contrasting textures, is a photographer’s dream, making it all the easier to take pictures of the people, who were all having a very good time. You know you’re having a good time when the good company and conversation makes you feel energized, alive and recharged, the long hard day behind you all forgotten. It was one of those evenings. ❑

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art Katharine Butler Gallery — “Larry Forgard.” Forgard’s haunting figures are on view from Oct. 12 through Nov. 13. An artist’s reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13. 955-4546. Sarasota Artists’ Gallery — “Trunk Show.” Work by Luis Benitez, Ann Wisnon and Susan Zavagli is featured in this show opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, and continuing through Oct. 30. 379-5330. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibition” runs through Oct. 21, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion; “Arbitrary Autobiography,” featuring the work of Abigail Akers, runs through Oct. 26, in the Glen Gallery. 383-2345. Anna Maria Island Art League — “Faculty Exhibit.” This continues through Oct. 31. 778-2099. Art Center Sarasota — “Industrial Carnival Museum.” This futuristic sideshow of kinetic machines and artistic oddities continues through Oct. 16. Also showing: “A View From The Bandstand,” featuring Al Stewart’s photographs of jazz giants; and “Music as Muse,” showcasing the musically inspired watercolors of Marge Bennet. 365-2032. Arts Council of Manatee Gallery — “The Yosemite Show.” The results of two recent photo safaris are on display through October. 746-2223. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art & Design — “4X4

(X4).” Good art comes in small packages in this exhibit of small-scale work through Oct. 9. 359-7563.

South Florida Museum — “Herbie Rose: Twenty Years in Florida.” The watercolor artist celebrates Florida’s nature and history through Jan. 16. 746-4131. Museum of Asian Art — “Between Heaven & Earth.” Precious objects reflect Chinese family life through Dec. 5. 954-7117. Manatee Convention & Civic Center — “Children of Children.” Striking black-and-white photographs tell the story of teenage pregnancy through Oct. 11. 749-3030. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art — “Paintings by Adriano Lambe and Heidi Edwards.” Offering contemporary perspectives on nature through Oct. 30. 366-2093. The Desiree-Snyder Gallery — “Gesture, Movement and Gravity.” This continues through Nov. 1. 363-0300. Blue House Gallery — “What I Did This Summer.” Featuring original art by Anne Abgott, Karen Case, Jeanne Chinnis, Cheryl Moody, Richard Thomas and Colleen White, through October. 366-0211. Palm Avenue Gallery — “William Hanlin and Don Williams.” Featuring Hanlin’s watercolors and Williams’ raku through Oct. 31. 953-5757. Sonnet Gallery — “Fall Exhibition.” This expanded gallery features powerful new imagery by Ramon Carulla, Marguerita Deleuze, Barbara Harrison, Ivan Rojas and Adrian Serrano. 955-6443. Avenue Art Shop — “Far Away Places.” Art by Julee Docking and John Barends goes the distance through Oct. 31. 955-4763. Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota — “Studio 8


Larry Forgard’s “Sunlight Tomorrow” explores light and darkness at Katharine Butler Gallery. Group Art Show.” Paintings by Jill Wulkan, Nell Maha and Linda Beaudoin can be seen through Oct. 10. 9219591.

Copper Moon Gallery — “Have Camera Will Travel.” Michael Harris’ photographs from his travels in Peru, Alaska, Costa Rica, Cuba and other locales are on exhibit through October. 747-8783.

music Florida West Coast Symphony — “American Masters.” The Florida Wind Quartet performs works by Maslanka, Barber, and Gershwin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 8, at Holley Hall. 953-3434. ‘The Sound Of Sarasota’ — Members of Sarasota Opera

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St. Armands Art Festival Douglas Teller’s “Late Night Snack at the Hob Nob” is open for business at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. speak and perform at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. Robert deWarren, Sarasota Ballet’s artistic director, will speak Oct 20. 552-5298.

Selby Library — “Second Sundays at Selby.” Violinist Paul Wolfe and pianist Dwight Oarr present a concert of music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Telemann at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. 861-1168. The Jazz Club of Sarasota — pianist Mike Markaveritch performs at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct 8, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium’s Bayfront Room. 316-9207. Sarasota Concert Association — “Munchtime Musicales.” Soprano Rebecca Price, pianist Lee Dougherty Ross and trumpet player Todd Craven perform at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. 925-7811.

theater Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “High Spirits.” This musical version of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” runs through Nov. 14. 366-5454. Florida Studio Theatre — “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.” Crying the blues through Nov. 14. 366-9000. The Players Theatre — “West Side Story.” The Jets and Sharks do battle through Oct. 10. 365-2494. Manatee Players — “West Side Story.” The Jets and

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Singer/songwriter Mindy Simmons performs at the Sarasota Folk Music Festival, Oct. 9, at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. Sharks are at it again while “Romeo and Juliet” experience a tragedy of their own. Both run through Oct. 24. 3652494.


Island Players — “The Sensuous Senator.” Michael Parker’s play spoofs political hypocrisy through Oct. 17. 778-5755. ‘Soldiers in Gray’ — Playwright/actor Stan Clardy performs his one-man musical play about a Confederate soldier at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at South Gate Community Center. 349-4296.

adult art classes. 383-2345.

just for fun Van Wezel — George Carlin serves up no-holds-barred comedy at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11. 953-3368. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre — Lawrence Thomas shares his warped observations through Oct. 10. 925-3869.

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Longboat Key Center for the Arts — enrolling now for fall Ringling School of Art and Design — “Fall Community Art Workshops.” Offering more than 80 fall courses in art history, digital photography, desktop publishing, mixed media, airbrush, printmaking and more, through Dec. 18. 955-8866. ArtCenter Manatee — now registering for a wide variety of fall classes and workshops in the arts. 746-2862. The Art and Framing Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — offering classes in framing and a wide range of visual art media to all levels. 924-1200. Sarasota School of Glass — ongoing classes in the arts of glass. 371-5492. ❑

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Come gather at The Table for a great meal Back for a new season? Try the new restaurant everyone’s talking about. Word of mouth travels fast in this town. And, when I heard about this new restaurant from dozens of people this summer, I was truly intrigued. It brought to mind a theory about restaurant experiences someone recently told me: If you have a good restaurant experience, you will tell two people. But, if you have a bad experience you will tell 10. I’m about to break that word-ofmouth theory, by telling thousands about my experience about The Table. Open for two and half months, The Table is where everyone in Sarasota is gathering. The place is so packed on weekends, only reservations made in advance are available. The raves about this new restaurant aren’t the usual ones, though. It’s not necessarily the hip place or the place to be seen, but rather the raves are about its affordable gourmet food. The Table is a restaurant that Sarasotans have been waiting for. Why, you can even dine after hours on the weekends! The Table moved into the Hillview Street location vacated by Zoria when it moved to Main Street. The Table adds another great dimension to the Hillview area’s dining destinations. The Table is set with eclectic energy. It is painted in a Tuscan orange with Greek and Roman draperies hanging from the ceiling and translucent curtains dividing the restaurant. A lounge in the back corner with couches and a flat-screen television plays what sounds like a Spanish singer’s live performance. White tablecloths and napkins soften the dark wood tables and chairs, while white Asian dishes complete the table setting. My companion and I weren’t quite sure what theme the


The Table moved into the Hillview Street location vacated by Zoria when it moved to Main Street. restaurant was going for, but the waiter informed us that The Table is Spanish themed with a Mediterranean flair — with accents of South America and the Caribbean. That’s a lot on the table! Just the idea is worth testing, or rather, tasting out. A well-put together wine list lays out options of familiar, foreign and fair-priced picks. My companion and I made a good choice by going with the Murphy Goode Chardonnay to complement the menu’s choices. Our bottle was brought out in a chilled marble container, as well as our sparkling water, to keep the refreshments cold. Close conversation was a little difficult due to the noise level in the restaurant. Not that any of the restaurant’s patrons was being overly loud, but the restaurant is small and not exactly soundproof. But, once you get past the noise, the only distraction is the delicious-sounding food on the menu.


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Our waiter gave us some time to analyze all the offerings of the “Atlantic Rim Cuisine.” Just reading the interesting ingredients ignited our appetites. My companion couldn’t resist starting with his favorite, Calamari Pepper Pot with Spanish manchego and sweet pepper crostini. The Table courses, or entrées, first captured our attention by their delectable descriptions and then their affordability. The prices looked like they belonged next to the appetizers and not the entrées — especially in this area! Braised short ribs are usually not my first choice at a restaurant, but when I read they are served with ginger-root beer barbecue sauce and boniato gnocchi, I had to have them. My companion stuck with The Table’s standout seafood and selected the Golden Seared Grouper. Warm, cheesy biscuits brought out on a long rectangular plate were a promising start to our dinner. It was nice to have something else for a change.




The Table 1934 Hillview Street Sarasota • 365-4558 Cuisine: Atlantic Rim cuisine. Recommended: Calamari Pepper Pot, Golden Seared Grouper, Braised Short Ribs, Chocolate Sampler. Price Range: Starters from $5 to $14; soups from $4 to $8; salads from $7 to $8; courses from $14 to $19; desserts from $4.50 to $5.50. Hours: Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner from 5 to 11 p.m.; after hours from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Service: Conscientious. Credit Cards: Most major cards. Parking: Plenty on the weekdays; packed on weekends. Handicapped Access: Excellent. The servers made sure everything was suitable with our situation, sensing when we needed a little more wine or water and by letting us know when our food would arrive. After polishing off our biscuits, our Calamari Pepper Pot was placed in front of us. Most of us are used to seeing calamari fried in batter, not baked or boiled like The Table’s calamari. The Mediterranean mix of red, green and jalapeño peppers with black olives and Spanish manchego cheese and chewy calamari is most unusual and a special start to the meal. Because I rarely eat ribs, I was beginning to wonder if I had made a messy mistake by ordering them, until I sampled the bold, first bite of the braised short ribs. The tender, dark meat was already pulled off the bone and gently brushed in

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White tablecloths and napkins soften the dark wood tables and chairs inside The Table. the gourmet ginger-root beer barbecue sauce. It was sweet yet sassy all at once. A layer of fresh spinach divided the rich-tasting ribs from the bite-sized Spanish potato pasta, or boniato gnocchi. The braised short ribs were truly memorable. The Golden Seared Grouper got my companion’s gold seal of approval. His seafood had a certain Spanish accent from the tomatillo gazpacho that topped the grouper and some Italian influences from the eggplant parcel of peppers, onions and goat cheese under the filet. My companion announced he was full, but I wasn’t ready

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to clear The Table just yet. The desserts all sounded desirable, but the Chocolate Sampler sounded sinful, so I chose that. The dessert tray had three separate choices: a homemade chocolate raspberry smoothie in a shot glass; a chocolate brownie topped with marshmallows; and warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. I must confess I didn’t just sample the chocolate choices, I demolished the devilish dessert! A table is more than a place to eat a meal — a table brings people together. You’ll definitely want to gather at this Table. ❑

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Joan McKeon’s store, Dreamweaver at ONe S. Water St. in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. The season for the Vineyard runs from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

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BY KAT WINGERT ll it took was a slow summer afternoon on St. Armands Circle to get an idea going that would end up fostering six stores in two locations 1,480 miles away from each other, and three friendships that have lasted for more than 20 years. Up in the Overview, above the Columbia Restaurant, storeowners Joan McKeon, The Wilson House, now Dream Weaver, and Maureen Hoyt, Optional Art, complained of slow business while waiting for customers. “Joan (McKeon) turned to me and said, ‘If this was Martha’s Vineyard, we would be packed right now,’” Hoyt said. McKeon had recently left her store in the Vineyard to open a second location in St. Armands. Several of her customers suggested the area and one of employees, who had spent time on Longboat Key, pointed her to the spot. But after the relationship with her business partner soured, the Florida store became her sole location, and winter her only season of business. “It was awful business for us at the Overview,” Eric Seace, McKeon’s son and vice president of operations, said. “We could throw $20 bills over the balcony begging people to come up and we still wouldn’t get any customers.” Although McKeon’s plans fell through, her idea to expand to a second location with an alternating season was dead-on, and without knowing it, she had set up a community of fellow business owners who have followed her lead. Shortly after McKeon spiked Hoyt’s interest about


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to go to Martha’s Vineyard,” Hoyt said. “But now that Sarasota has started to grow, people are expecting us to be open year-round, so we decided to keep both locations open during the summer in 1986.” The main problem was staffing the different stores with seasonal help. Valentino, in his business of resort wear, said that while a good manager is always difficult to find, he usually has no problem finding workers for his northern stores during the summer months. He does, however, have his pilot’s license and own plane to make the multiple weekly trips back and forth between shops. For McKeon and Hoyt, whose specialty merchandise requires expertise on the part of their employees, staffing their two stores was a little harder. McKeon and Hoyt solved the problem by shuttling their staff between the two spots, and opened their homes to their employees in Martha’s Vineyard during the summer. Hoyt has coined the house her employees stay in the “Optional Art Bed and Breakfast.” “It’s a staffing challenge because of the products we’re carrying,” Hoyt said. “When people are buying high-end jewelry, they expect the salesman to be knowledgeable about what he’s selling. There’s a level of experience, loyalty and trust that I have with my employees because of that.” This year was the first summer since she opened her store in Martha’s Vineyard that Hoyt has stayed in St. Armands. McKeon spends her summers in Martha’s Vineyard while her son, Seace, takes care of the shop in St. Armands. McKeon has a two-person guesthouse on her property up North, and she brings two of her Sarasota-based employees up at a time during the summer, rotating the time spent up North between the employees. By the time Columbus Day arrives in mid-October, the streets of Martha’s Vineyard will empty out and St. Armands Circle will become crowded with the traffic of shoppers. The Vineyard stores will close for the winter and employees will return to Florida to focus on the sevenmonth season that awaits them at home. “I missed it up here when I was in Florida,” McKeon said. “Although the places are similar — low key, very artistic resort towns and very high-end — and you see the same customers in both places, it’s a whole different world. It’s North versus South and tropical versus New England. I like to get the best of both worlds.” Which, for McKeon, Hoyt and Valentino, was always part of the plan. ❑

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


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Nancy Valentino had spent time in Longboat Key when she was younger and fell in love with it. After trying other winter resort locations in the North, such as skiing hot spot Killington, Vt., she talked Valentino into some warmer weather. “Nancy couldn’t take the cold winters and was always lobbying for us to move to Florida, so we looked at both coasts of Florida for a location and we just liked Longboat Key and St. Armands the most,” Valentino said. “We opened a store here in December of 1987.” Valentino has built a chain out of his resort-wear stores and said much of his success comes from being able to get the maximum productivity out of his stores through their locations. “I realized right out of the gate that I would have to use my talents year round,” Valentino said. “The crux of the resort business is getting counter-seasonal cash flow.” “Maureen and I were the artists, while Michael was always the businessman,” McKeon said. “Which is probably why he has seven stores and we only have two.” McKeon returned to the Vineyard in 1986 with a new store, since the Wilson House was still in the area. She opened Dreamweaver, and replaced crafts with art-to-wear clothing and accessories. Incidentally, when she returned North, she moved into a new space with a small room connected to it that used to be a separate store - the boiler room that Hoyt began in. The three business owners had multiple locations, business in two different seasons, and through all their dealings, had also become friends. “We all started very small and worked our way up,” McKeon said. “We all had humble beginnings. I started with my craft gallery at the Wilson House and Maureen (Hoyt) sold gold chains in the shop next to me in the Overview.” “Joan (McKeon) and I have been friends for a long time,” Valentino said. “Before we married, my wife worked for her and we loved spending time at a fishing shack Joan had up North that we would visit.” The three storeowners, bonded by their location and experience, became not only longtime friends, but also three successful trendsetters. Many stores on the Circle have found it lucrative to have a few locations to supplement the typically slow summers in St. Armands. Joan Michlin jewelers has a shop in SoHo in New York City. Chains such as Chico’s, Soft as a Grape and Breezin’ Up target a higher-end crowd in resort places like the Hamptons, Nantucket and Stone Harbor. Newcomers to the Circle that are slated to fill the old Jacobson’s building are all national chains, including Starbucks, Lily Pulitzer, Chico’s and Brighton Collectibles. But unlike large chains that are individually managed in each location, the three local business owners were presented with the challenge of managing a staff and store more than 1,400 miles away. “When we started, it was great, because we were young and we all worked a million hours,” Hoyt said. Years ago, the stores closed one location during their offseason to cater to customers in the other, but with the growth of Sarasota has also come summer business. “We used to close the store in Florida during the summer



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$1.749 million sale on Schooner Lane Bryan of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., sold the eight-year-old, three-bedroom, three-bath apartment to the Kampens.

$1.132 million Lido Beach home The 51-year-old Lido Beach home at 213 N. Polk Drive was sold by Christina and Mark Allan Bales of Georgetown, Mass., and of Nokomis, to Sylvia and Daniel McNichol for $1.132 million. The two-bedroom and three-bath home was constructed six years after the end of World War II.

Inn on Beach sales near $10 million

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This Country Club Shores home on Schooner Lane sold for $1.749 million. A 39-year-old home on the bay at 575 Schooner Lane, in Unit 2 of Country Club Shores, was sold by Rare Properties LLC of Osprey, for $1.749 million. Buying the seawalled property was Diane Davis of Narberth, Pa. The three-bedroom and 2.5-bath home has a swimming pool and was built three years after Edward Markman’s Key Realty developed Country Club Shores in 1962.

Villa DiLancia unit brings $1.69 million Billie and David Bankoff of South Bend, Ind., bought Unit 144 at the 38-apartment Villa DiLancia for $1.69 million from Ronald Benderson and David Baldauf, as trustees of the Randall Benderson Trust, 8441 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park.

The two-bedroom and three-bath residence on the Gulf at 2165 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1996.

$1.175 million sale at Grand Bay I The third million-dollar-plus sale on Longboat Key between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8 was at Grand Bay I, where D. Jane Levan of Brantford, Ontario, sold her Unit 126 to Susan and Ronald Ribnik of Morristown, N.J., for $1.175 million.

L’Elegance unit for $1.325 million There were two other million-dollar transactions, both on Lido Beach. The largest was the $1.325 million that Wibbina and Willem Kampen paid for Unit B-1009 at the 102-unit L’Elegance, 1800 Ben Franklin Drive. Brenda

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Emerald Harbor Elizabeth and Gregory Myers of Lakeland sold their home at 5940 Emerald Harbor Drive to Sally and David Peterjohn of Excelsior, Minn., for $750,000. The three-

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There were three more sales at the 221-unit Inn on the Beach for the first week of September, bringing the number of transactions to 17 since June 30, for total of $9,223,500. In the largest transaction at the Inn, Unit 601 in Building 5 was sold by Jane and Kamal Greiss of Franklin Lakes, N.J., to Marvista I LLC of 2 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, for $840,000. Jane Knaack-Esbeck and her husband, Mark Esbeck, of Des Moines, Iowa, purchased Unit 307 in Building 5 from Linda and Mark Kempster of Sarasota, for $685,000. Carlota and Jack Wigglesworth of Elstree, Borehamwood, England, sold their Unit 401 in Building 5 at Inn on the Beach to Susanna and Gilbert Harrell from Okemo, Mich., for $659,000. Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker 440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, Fl. 941-383-7591




bedroom and two-bath waterfront home is 30 years old.

Towers. Elizabeth and David Crosby from Stratford, Conn., bought Unit 504 for $294,000 from Violetta and Mikhail Polyakov of Vernon Hills, Ill. Camille and Paul Robert Tazar of Shelby Township, Mich., acquired Unit 706 at Lido Towers for $465,100 from Susan Wojnar of Buffalo, N.Y., for one-fourth interest, at $116,300; Edda Feneziani, of Williamsville, N.Y., for one-fourth interest, at $116,300; and $232,500 for the one-half interest held by Sharon Onevelo and Andrew Watkinson of Grand Island, N.Y.

Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club Susan and Eugene Michael Hunter of Summit, N.J., purchased Unit 404, Mark II at the 36-unit Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club, 4215 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Patricia and Willie Stogsdill of Bradenton, for $700,000. The three-bedroom and twobath condominium was constructed in 1974.

Casa Del Mar Esther and William Steele of Gloucester, Mass., sold their Unit 11-B in Tract C at the 106-unit Casa Del Mar, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Mary Christine and Stephen Embry of Louisville, Ky., for $595,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condominium is 32 years old.

Dock-on-the-Bay Kevin Kistler of Pennsburg, Pa., bought Unit 19 at the 19-unit Dock-on-the-Bay, 3440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Susan and Robert Boltuch of Gates Mills, Ohio, for $574,700.

Bayport Beach & Tennis Club Gail Warren of Downers Grove, Ill., sold Unit 833 in Building F-2 at 136-unit Bayport Beach & Tennis Club to Dawn and Michael Edwards Forbes from St. Anthony, Minn., for $450,000.

Covert II Patricia and William Dobbling of Fort Thomas, Ky., sold their Unit 201 at Covert II, 5231 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to LBK LLC, also of Fort Thomas, for $400,000.

Spanish Main Yacht Club Charles McIntyre and his wife, Karen Hensel, from Sag Harbour, N.Y., purchased Unit 163 at 718 N. Spanish Drive in Spanish Main Yacht Club for $240,000 from Vincent Calandruccio and Christina Calandruccio, a minor, of Sarasota. The two-bedroom and two-bath condominium is 35 years old.

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This 30-year-old Emerald Harbor home sold for $750,000. chased Boat Slip 10 on Pier Q at the 274slip Longboat Key Moorings Marina from Monika and Dieter Meier for $180,000.

St. Armands Key The 10-year-old, three-bedroom and 2.5bath home at 345 Madison Drive was sold by Douglas Libertore of Sarasota to Spartan Property Investments LLC, 6432 14th St. W., Bradenton, for $950,000. The 53-year-old three-bedroom and twobath home at 322 S. Washington Drive was purchased by Bernhard Kloppenburg of Tampa from Barbara and Duane Henderson, for $700,000. In the third St. Armands transaction, Terrence Kups acquired the title to the 34year-old home at 331 N. Washington Drive from TK Limited Partnership in an apparent fiduciary transaction via a quitclaim deed, for $150,000. The house has three bedrooms, three baths and a swimming pool.

Franklin Drive, paid $699,000 to Danielle and John Springman IV of Thousand Oaks, Calif., for their Unit 506 at the Lido Beach Club.

Lido Ambassador Mark Flannagan of Sarasota sold his Unit 111 at the Lido Ambassador to Lisa and Richard Kerr of Cincinnati, for $580,000.

Lido Regency Sieglinda and Frank Schiller, 1715 Ben Franklin Drive, sold their Unit 6-F at the Lido Regency to Melissa and Jerry Watson, Barbara and James Ramey and Stephen Shebest of Herndon, Va., for $312,500.

Lido Towers There were a couple of sales at Lido

Gregory Firestone, together with Judy and Robert Brauner of Tampa, purchased Apartment 132-N at the 232-unit Colony Beach & Tennis Club from Louis and Lisa Cristantiello, of Brewster, N.Y., for $116,000.

Lido Surf & Sand Iris Cathy and Christian Cavey, of Hampstead, Md., sold Apartment 503 at the Lido Surf & Sand to Jill and George Greene from Lake George, N.Y., for $710,000.

Pelican Gardens Wendy and Evan Parker, of Fairfield, Conn., bought Unit 7 at Pelican Gardens of Lido Beach from Lara Briggs, of Naperville, Ill., for $173,000. 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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Patricia and Gabriel Buky, of Holmes Beach, sold their Unit 6-B at Key Towers South on Lido Beach to Deborah and Humberto Vainleri, 1750 Ben Franklin Drive, for $750,000.

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BOGEY LANE...Brand new, home looking down the canal. High ceilings, four bedrooms, three car garage. May be purchased partially furnished. Owner will trade or finance. $1,999,000


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THE BEACH RESIDENCES ON LIDO KEY SOLD OUT with limited resale opportunities. Buy today and make your personal selection of finishes. You may also begin to enjoy the amenities of the Beach Club and downtown Spa. RESIDENCE 908...A real three bedroom possibility with three full baths and over 3,300 square feet. Amazing Bay and City views. $1,999,000 RESIDENCE 807...Best resale value at the Ritz. Fabulous Bay and City views from this 8th floor, great floorplan with split bedrooms and den/3rd bedroom, awesome kitchen, two covered parking spaces. $1,849,000


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RESIDENCE 174...Cayman floorplan, with amazing 7th floor direct views of downtown, golf course and Gulf of Mexico. Renovated with marble flooring throughout, custom lighting and window treatments. $1,199,000

BUILDING 2...Rarely available, see-through residence on the 5th floor, offers direct gulf and bay/city/golf course views. Includes two covered parking spaces. $1,595,000 BUILDING 3...Highly popular Brittany corner residence. Enjoy wraparound views with an open plan and exciting interior design. Split plan offers guests plenty of privacy. Great beachfront value. $1,299,000

Boater’s paradise! 196’ of deep water, seawall frontage within a gated community. Custom designed 4,000 sf +/home. Private guest suite, 2 master suites, and large pool.

Charting the course in real e VIZCAYA...Southern exposure with private pool and summer kitchen on one of three terraces. Guest suite, private elevator and 2 car garage. $2,499,000 THE BAYOU...Exceptional, custom designed home with golf course views. Upgrades around every corner! Marble and wood floors, granite counters, double fireplace. 4BR/3.5BA plus den. $1,499,000--PENDING VISTA BAY POINT...Wide-open views of the bay and downtown. 3BR/4BA plus den, 5th floor. Limited to one residence per floor. Unrivaled privacy. Outstanding amenities. $1,495,000 SABAL COVE...Beautiful, custom home on a quiet cul-de-sac. Spacious 4BR plus den, 3.5BA with volume ceilings, large, private pool/spa area with summer kitchen plus a 3 car garage. $1,249,000

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TROPICAL RETREAT $849,000 Gorgeous direct Gulf views abound from this charming 2BR/2BA stand-alone villa! Located in a private, tropical setting, this residence offers attached carport, fireplace and screened porch overlooking community pool!

SPACIOUS LONGBOAT CONDO $595,000 Fabulous open vistas from this high-rise island retreat! Open and spacious, this beautifully updated 2BR/2BA unit provides expansive eastern views toward Sarasota Bay! Large master bedroom has peeks of the Gulf!

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4.875 / 3.00

4.250 / 3.00

5.375 / 3.00

2.625 / 2.00



47 Million Booked Year to Date...

Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.

(800) 559-8025

5.625 / 0.00

5.125 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

4.000 / 0.00



Countrywide Home Loans

(941) 917-0685

5.875 / 0.00

5.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

3.000 / 0.00



Fairfield Financial Mortgage

(914) 456-1015

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



First Choice Financial

(866) 436-3232

5.750 / 0.00

5.125 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

No Quote




COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK Open Bayfront- New custom built home. 5,200 SF, 5 bedrooms, media room, stone floors, granite kitchen, summer kitchen, fireplace, infinity pool, 5 + car garage with room for your yacht. $4,600,000 LIDO KEY A Ritz-Carlton Managed ResidencePanoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and the city skyline. Gourmet kitchen, luxury master suite, private terrace, and elegant appointments. Walk to St. Armands, minutes away from the cultural district of Sarasota. Offered from $1,650,000 - $6,000,000 BAY ISLES - BAYOU Exceptional Mediterranean style home behind the gates. Almost NEW w/an abundance of living space, 3BR plus den, formal reception room with fireplace and private guest wing. Custom touches. $1,475,000

First Rate Mortgage Group

(800) 887-9106

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

4.500 / 0.00



Florida Mortgage Corp.

(888) 825-6300

5.375 / 0.00

No Quote

5.625 / 0.00

3.875 / 0.00



Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.250 / 1.38

4.500 / 1.50

5.500 / 1.00

2.125 / 1.00



Home Finance of America

(941) 929-9112

5.375 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

2.750 / 0.00



Homestead Mortgage

(888) 760-6006

5.375 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

4.000 / 0.00



interState NET BANK


5.750 / 0.00

5.250 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

3.250 / 0.00



Lighthouse Mortgage

(800) 784-1331

5.375 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

No Quote



Main Line Tavistock

(610) 296-3600

5.375 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

No Quote



National Future Mortgage

(800) 291-7900

5.375 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

No Quote



(888) 420-BANK

5.625 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

2.750 / 0.00



Southern Capital Resources

(800) 823-1727

6.000 / 0.00

5.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

No Quote



Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

5.375 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

3.875 / 0.00



The MoneyTree Lending Group

(888) 310-6767

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



Sandhills Bank

Rates are compiled by National Financial News Services. Rates valid as of October 1, 2004. Index type on adjustable rate mortgages (ARM's) is Index "A". Rates may be for new applications only; information on terms, fees, and APR’s may be obtained by calling the lender directly. Lenders call (610) 344-7380 to participate. Consumers with questions or complaints concerning a listed lender may call The Department of Banking & Finance's Regulatory hotline at (800) 848-3792. For additional information on mortgages, go to: ©1997 NFNS

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ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Magnificent double unit with granite counters, marble and granite baths, 3 bedroom plus den with 3000 SF. Within walking distance to Lido Beach and St. Armands. $1,500,000


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

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Beautiful Bay Views complement Windward Bay’s best value turnkey furnished 2/3 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Full amenities, private beach access. Boat docks available at only $12.00 per month. $549,000! Contact Dennis Beauchamp at 941-266-5333.


Ke p e c z @ a o l . c o m PARADISE FOUND - Peaceful living This 4BR custom courtyard home w/guesthouse offers total privacy & features 4500 SF, impressive gourmet kitchen, spacious master suite & an upstairs studio/bonus room/guest quarters. Superb location for your 25’ boat w/direct gulf & bay access. $2,089,000


BEAU CIEL Endless Views - Custom masterpiece with many architectural upgrades, finished flooring, marble, carpet, & newly painted. Ready for occupancy. Spectacular city & unobstructed bay views. Boat dock available. $2,639,000

510 Bay Isles Road • Longboat Key Florida 24 N. Blvd. of the Presidents• St. Armands Circle 941-266-5333 Cell 383-9700 Office 388-0000 Fax Excellence Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

Maggie Hicks 941-383-6411 Office 941-321-1759 Cell THE PIERRE

President’s Circle

L’AMBIANCE Endless Views of white sand beach, gulf, golf course, Sarasota Bay & skyline. 2 BDR + den, 10’ ceilings, custom cabinets, Saturnia floors & wraparound terrace. LBK community fitness center, hospitality suite, concierge, private elevators, olympic pool, 2 pkg. spaces. $2,499,000

LONGBOAT KEY - Waterfront investment opportunity. 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse on a canal with access to the Bay. Deeded beach access, tenant in place until 6/30/05. Boat dockage available ...Owner/Agent.................................$279,000.

Magnificent 2/3BR, fifth floor unit. Features include a southern exposure, pristine condition, garage parking and wonderful amenities package. Offered for.

SAN REMO SHORES/CORTEZ AREA - 3 miles from the beach. Waterfront 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo with 2 screened porches, tile floors, deeded boat dock and tenant in place 11/1/04-5/1/05. Furnished...Owner/Agent................$189,000.

D SOL GULF FRONT - 2 bedroom, two bath with minimal fees and restrictions on great walking beach. Enjoy sunsets from your D SOL screened lanai ..........................................................$695,000. 2/2 VILLAGE COTTAGE - With tile floors and family room. One half block from the Bay.........................................$425,000.


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

LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE - Wonderful lot in maintenance free community with deep water dock and beach just minutes away....................................................................................$239,000.


COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK - Over 300' on the POINT OF THE BAY This magnificent residence features 4 bedrooms, elevator, library and bonus room. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, Thermador gas range and Subzero refrigerator. Fine artisan details throughout, faux painted walls, 3 fireplaces, 3 car garage with room for your yacht. $5,995,000


St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida (941) 388-4447 FAX (941) 388-3041


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Top building permits These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department Sept. 17 through Sept. 30, in order of dollar amounts.

Address 444 Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) 531 Yardarm Lane 230 Sands Point Road 250 Sands Point Road 200 Sands Point Road 240 Sands Point Road 225 Sands Point Road 5055 GMD 6937 GMD 5757 GMD 1241 GMD 6100 GMD 3030 Grand Bay Blvd. 2295 GMD 1975 GMD 662 Cedar Court 4310 Falmouth Drive 5931 Emerald Harbor Drive 2002 Harbourside Drive 4725 GMD 532 Ranger Lane 6750 GMD 435 L’Ambiance Drive 600 Dream Island Road 6061 GMD 2425 GMD 580 Putting Green Lane 250 Sands Point Road 250 Sands Point Road 857 Longboat Club Road



Alteration New construction Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Addition fence Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Demolition Alteration Alteration Addition boat dock Alteration Alteration Alteration boat dock Alteration garage Alteration New construction Temporary storage Temporary office Temporary office

Thomas Holmes Miles Group Longboat LLC Inn on the Beach Inn on the Beach Inn on the Beach Inn on the Beach Inn on the Beach Melvin Muskovitz John O’Connor Jr. Paul Medvedo Jr. Andrew Seidel Kathy Simonds Trustee Martin Samonwitz Kiss Family Limited Partnership Thomas and Rita Lynch Michael Beninato Robert Folzenlogen Greg Kaplan Trustee Bernard Phillips Mary Ellen Shapiro Barbara Mengelberg Richard Bauernschmidt Kevin Landry G. Schellenberger Christian Thun-Hohenstein David Levine Robert Kinstle Inn on the Beach Inn on the Beach Pleasant Real Estate LLC


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



BAYPORT BEAUTY Longboat Key Prime condo development with private deeded beach access. 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, private ground floor location (no unit attached below or above), Great Condition. Har Tru Tennis Courts, Large Heated Pool, Club House complete with Exercise Room and Fishing Dock.




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




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



on the

BEACHFRONT ESTATE - Gated 2 acres, lush landscaping. Remarkable home with gorgeous finishes. Panoramic views of Gulf and sunsets, numerous beach side terraces plus dramatic pool with stairs to beach. Tennis court. $6,700,000



HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA, across from Publix. Overlooking Mangroves. New furnishings, freshly painted, low condo fees. Covered parking.

UNIQUE! ACRE ON THE BAY - Water on 3 sides. Home has spectacular Bay and Bayou views. Multiple dockage. Enjoy old Florida charm or build new estate. $3,600,000




Bradenton Beach DIRECT GULF FRONT Newly Renovated and Furnished. Offers great income with views second to none...yes direct gulf views, not looking over, through or around anything.

OUTSTANDING BAYFRONT PROPERTY - Casual Florida living, with lush foliage! Awesome views from existing home - or build new estate. $2,700,000.


UNIVERSITY PARK - Lovely home, spacious floor plan, separate dining room, many added features. Fabulous lanai-pool. Golf, tennis, fitness amenities. $483,000

$1,600,000 Lot on Gulf Side with Gulf Views. $3,100,000 Fantastic Direct Gulf Front Lot. $3,700,000 Direct Gulf Front, Build 2 Homes. $4,100,000 1.3 Acres Direct Gulf Front Building Lot. $8,400,000 2.6 Acres Direct Gulf Front Includes 4 Bedroom Home, Ideal Family Compound, Opportunity to divide lots into 4, prespresently 2 lots.

GREAT BOATING WATER - Dock, outstanding 4BR home. Pool & Patio, featuring outdoor kitchen. $1,995,000. PENTHOUSE - PANORAMIC GULF, BAY & GOLF COURSE VIEWS - Luxurious, gorgeous furnishings and finishes. Behind the gates. $3,700,000


DOWNTOWN - DIRECT BAYFRONT - New Construction, wonderful bay and sunset views from end unit. Boat docks available. $1,495,000


GATED BAYFRONT ESTATE - 21,000 sq. ft. Luxurious masterpiece. Private, tropical waterfront setting on over an acre. Premier new construction. $15,777,777


DIRECT BAYFRONT - NEW - Deep water docks. Magnificent custom home. Beauty! $4,777,000

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4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive

BAYFRONT LOT - 200’ on the Bay, 1-acre. deeded beach access. $3,100,000

Longboat Key, FL 34228 Phone: 941.809.0041 Tool Free: 1.866.837.3180

(941) 232-3304 (941) 383-4276 A/H

Call REID at

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Fax: 10074


Coldwell Banker — Deborah Beacham, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, recently graduated from the Florida Realtor Institute, earning the GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) designation. The course of study consists of more than 100 hours of classroom instruction and corresponding examinations leading to the nationally recognized designation. Beacham specializes in luxury waterfront property. Nathan Murray has joined Coldwell Banker Real Estate as a sales associate at the Palmer Ranch office, 3888 Central Sarasota Parkway. Originally from Lapeer, Mich., Murray graduated from ITT Technical Institute and has been in sales for the past 10 years. ❑

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Real estate reports Michael Saunders & Company — has joined with the development team of Jay Tallman and Thomas Brown of U.S. Assets Group to bring about the Orchid Beach Club. The Gulf-front condominium complex is on the shores of Lido Beach and will feature 54 residences within two 11-story buildings. Lee Kinworthy has joined as a new associate to the Longboat Key South office. Originally from Illinois, Kinsworthy relocated from Hollywood to Sarasota in 1985 and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has 15 years experience in residential and commercial construction. Emelie Zack has joined the Longboat Key office as a Realtor. She has worked nearly 20 years in real estate and has been affiliated with Coldwell Banker and Arvida Realty Services as an assistant manager and Realtor specializing in residential and commercial sales. She has also worked as an interior decorator/business owner for 25 years and as a design-studio manager. A graduate of Northwestern University, she attended the University of Chicago for graduate studies. Originally from Illinois, Zack purchased a home on Anna Maria Island in 1979 and became a permanent resident of Sarasota in 1991. She is involved with the Sarasota Nursery, the American Cancer Society and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Sheli Kelly has joined the Bradenton office as a Realtor, specializing in residential real estate sales in the West and Northwest areas of Bradenton. She moved to Bradenton in 1996 from Flushing, Mich., and has previous experience in interior design and drafting. Cindy Jones has joined as an associate at the Bradenton office. Jones has more than 17 years experience in residential and real estate sales. She graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., and has been a member of the Rhode Island Board of Realtors.


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Marcus and Pam Anast, owners of The Sarasota Collection



Line of Business: Luxury home furnishings including custom bedding, furniture, window treatments and a full-design service. Owners: Marcus and Pam Anast. Store Manager: Jan DeStasio. Year Founded: 1996. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment Saturday. Employees: Three. Price range of merchandise/services: Everything from a $10 candle to however much the client wants to spend on their home.

PERSONAL (PAM ANAST) Birthplace: New York City. Marital Status: Married for 25 years to Marcus Anast. Family: Five kids and six grandchildren. Residence: Sarasota. How long in this area: 10 years.

CAREER First paying job: “I was a bookkeeper for a clothing store when I was 16.” In between then and now: “I sold convention space, I was a model and



salesperson for a furrier and then I was self-employed as a designer and manufacturer of ladies’ high-end knit wear. After that I owned five retail stores, selling clothing for teens and young adults, and then I designed and manufactured natural body-care products before we started this business. We also built spec houses in Vermont for a little while.” Claim to fame: “I have a great family. I’m very lucky to have wonderful kids and grandkids. I’ve also done some beautiful homes in Sarasota.” How you came to Sarasota: “We were tired of the weather in New



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THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER York and the business climate wasn’t fabulous, either. We needed a new horizon, and Sarasota was beautiful and looked like a great place to get that new start.”

INTERESTS/PASSIONS Favorite pastime: “Spending time with my family. I don’t get to spend enough time with my grandkids that are in New York and Chicago, but luckily one of my sons lives closer and we enjoy spending time with him.” Other interests: “I do Pilates about three times a week.” Volunteer work/ organizations: “We donate product to

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BUSINESS the Lutheran Services for their auction, as well as the Asolo Museum for their auction, and we also donate to local charities.” Favorite book: “The Da Vinci Code.” Favorite Movie: “‘Gladiator’ – hands down. My kids even joke with me after we come out of a movie, they’ll say, ‘Well, it was good, but it wasn’t any ‘Gladiator,’ right Mom?’”

PHILOSOPHY/HEROES Business Philosophy: “Be honest, tell the truth and allow

people to express themselves by creating beautiful things for their home and allowing them to take part in the creative process.” Best business advice received: “If you have a passion in your life and you follow it, you will succeed.” Most admired businessperson: “Donald Trump. He was a real cut-up in school and lots of people said he wouldn’t go anywhere, but he did. Then, even after losing it all, he was able to come back and be better than ever.” Heroes: “Marcus is my hero. My husband.” — Kat Wingert

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SWEEPING BAY VIEWS to the Sarasota coastline from living room, dining area, master bedroom & kitchen. 3 large bedrooms, 2 baths, newer kitchen are highlights in this meticulously maintained condo home behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Under building parking, Bay Isles Beach Club, clubhouse, fitness center. Offered at $795,000.

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Maryellen and Ken Comeforo of Longboat Key send out a top o’ the mornin’ to fellow Longboaters reading The Longboat Observer while at the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.

BRAND NEW - HIDEAWAY BAY 4BR with over 4,700 square feet of quality construction and many fine appointments. Heated pool and spa, private dock. Located in Hideaway Bay.




A GRAND LONGBOAT KEY LIFESTYLE! Spectacular views of the Gulf, golf courses, bay & Sarasota. Tennis, fitness center club facility, sparkling pool & 10 mile white sand beach. One of Longboats finest condominiums. Starting $1,000,000+.

PRIVATE BEACH HOUSE 100’ of beach, 2 story residence, expansive views, privacy abounds, recently remodeled, heated, beach front pool, excellent rental potential, & it’s furnished. $2,525,000 *

THE OAKS II 4BD / 4.5BA with open floor plan overlooking the 5th hole of the Heron golf course. Great room, office/library, eat-in kitchen, walk-in closets with a private setting and enclosed heated pool & spa.



• INN ON THE BEACH PRESTIGIOUS RESORT offering condominium hotel suites. Gulf, golf-course and lagoon views. Beautiful restaurants, tennis and great rental potential in this world class resort. $400,000 to $900,000+.

While we were lucky, those in Arcadia weren't, so Fae Beloff, Vicky Workman and Fran van Zandt worked non-stop to help feed those affected by Hurricane Charley. They pose here with The Lucky Longboat Observer while handing out food in parking lots.

CHEROKEE PARK Nestled among beautiful large oak trees & lush landscaping this 3BD/2.5BA Ranch style home is located on a large 150' x 150' lot. Recent upgrades include fresh paint inside/out, refinished wood floors throughout and new landscaping. $1,095,000



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BAY ISLES - Deep water canal w/ new 80' dock & 30,000 lb lift. Room for 2 boats including one large one. Contemporary design w/ volume ceilings, large master suite with Bayou views, open great room overlooking pool, spacious 1st level workshop & storage, 2 separate guest suites and family room on main living level. Owners have replaced many items in the past year, ready to move in. $1,795,000. PROMENADE - Gulf front 3 bedroom suite condo with gorgeous views of the Gulf, bay, city lights and sunsets. The condo is light and bright with southern exposure and two large terraces. A full service secure building on the beach with top-of-the-line amenities. Fabulous views from every room. $1,395,000. SEA BREEZE - SIESTA KEY - New construction, condo on south end of Siesta. 3,800 SF with 3BRs and an open, spacious floor plan, Gulf views from all living spaces. Large kitchen w/granite countertops. Large master suite. Deeded boat dock included. $1,775,000 & $1,895,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 10/10 1-4 PM LIGHTHOUSE HOUSE POINT This elegant spacious home in a gated community behind Longboat Key Club has 4/5 BRs in 5,200 SF with beautiful marble floors and volume ceilings throughout. The open floor plan with spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Large lighted boat dock to boat to nearby gulf and bay $3,900,000. REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous furnished condo on the beach with full gulf view and views of the bay and golf course. This furnished condo behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club has volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces and double garage. Possible to combine with unit next door. $2,700,000. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE - Double penthouse with over 5,000 SF with full gulf view has 5 spacious BRs. The deluxe master suite comes with a sumptuous marble bath, large walk-in closets and a separate office/exercise room. This corner unit with large wrap around terraces, soaring cathedral/vaulted ceilings has the desirable southern exposure. $3,995,000. WATER CLUB - This spacious condominium has high ceilings with crown moldings and 2 large terraces. Open living room, dining room area opening out to a terrace where you can view the sunsets. Master bedroom with his & her walk-in closets. Kitchen has granite countertops, pantry, center island & breakfast area. This unit has 3BR & 3 full bathrooms. $1,875,000. THE BEACH RESIDENCES - A Ritz Carlton managed residence on Lido Beach. This property has 400 feet of beach frontage on almost 8 acres. This luxurious living comes with amenities such as, pool/spa, massage facilities, fitness center and state of the art surround sound theater. At your service is concierge assistance, room service and housekeeping. With your private elevator lobby, this residence has 10’ ceilings, decorative crown moldings with views from expansive windows and terraces. $2,890,000.

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M a i n l a n d • THE MEADOWS Chandler’s Ford rarely available large 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath villa in private setting along the 15th Fairway. High ceilings, fireplace, separate dining room and glassed enclosed large tiled lanai. $339,000.

★ New Listing

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

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L o n g b o a t K e y • TANGERINE BAY CLUB: End unit overlooking lagoon to Bay. Beautifully upgraded large 2 BR + den w/diagonal tile throughout, mahogany doors, granite kitchen, gas fireplace & grill hookup, 2 car garage and beach club membership. $925,000.

MAINLAND PROPERTIES BEAU CIEL - The most amazing penthouse in all of Sarasota with views of everywhere. This 5300 SF condo is spread over 2 floors and contains 4BR suites with dramatic circular staircase and state of the art media room. Every detail imaginable. Never lived in, with designer furniture. Can be purchased furnished or unfurnished. $4,500,000. BAY POINT - Totally renovated corner condo with the coveted south exposure on Golden Gate Point with breathtaking views. Renovation includes kitchen & bathrooms, w/crown moldings throughout and an enclosed balcony to enlarge the living room. Best value in downtown Sarasota bayfront condos. $699,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 10/10 1-4 PM PRESTANCIA - The ultimate home is on an oversized lot overlooking the signature island green 4th hole of the TPC Prestancia golf comm including over 12,000 sf of custom details. Screened atrium w/Koki pond, natural waterfall & bird aviary. This one of a kind home includes numerous entertainment rooms, 2 spacious offices, gym, massage room & an oversized caged heated pool & spa w/additional reflecting pool & Jacuzzi off the master bedroom. $3,295,000. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE - The views will amaze you! 14th floor faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 SF of fabulous finishes & upgrades. 3 BR & family room. $2,490,000. RITZ RESIDENCE - Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Fantastic panoramic bay views from this 12th floor condo w/2 master suites, fabulous kitchen & large open terraces. $1,575,000. SARABANDE - Spectacular panoramic views of bay and gulf waters and the city lights of Sarasota from this 3 BR penthouse. The exquisite interior details include extensive use of marble, granite countertop kitchen, crown moldings, custom built-ins, superb millwork and 11 ft. ceilings. Offered with two under-building parking spaces. $2,690,000. OAKS ESTATE CLUBSIDE - This beautifully landscaped, wooded estate has over 5,000 SF of luxury. Enjoy the private setting with pool/spa and a cascading waterfall outside and inside, soaring ceilings, marble floors, expansive glass walls with the master suite with double sided fireplace. $1,349,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 10/10 1-4 PM COUNTRY ARTISTS ESTATE - Private gated property on 5 acres with 2 houses, huge workshop, studio and barn. Lighted walkways across grounds, huge pond with fountain and waterfall and a new 40’ screened lap pool with hot tub. Zoned for Nursery, Dog kennels, nursing home. Let us show you this most rare and desirable piece of property. $799,000. PRESTANCIA - This town home is located in Prestancia in an enclave of 17 homes. It has a split level floor plan with grand foyer entry, cathedral ceilings, crown moldings, spacious gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets and granite counter top, formal dining room, separate living and family rooms, courtyard pool, with views of the championship TPC golf course and sunset off of the family room terrace. Features 4 bedrooms with the master on the main living level with his and her walk in closets and a 2 car garage. All exterior maintenance of the house and grounds is included in the annual fees. $498,500. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 10/10 1-4 PM

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OCTOBER 7, 2004

Photos by Stuart and Lois Scheyer

Anyone out late for the Film Festival or up early for golf will see this tranquil scene of Cannes at dawn.

first annual

CANNES Golf Festival can’t hack it

In this “middle of nowhere” outside Cannes, these beautiful statues of The Body and Spirit

The first annual “anything” always raises two questions. First, will there ever be a second annual? ... and, if so, will there be many changes? Our recent visit to “The First annual Cannes Golf Festival” suggests that the answer is “yes” to both questions. For background, Cannes, France is well known for its lovely beaches (with lovely skinnery) and the Cannes Film Festival, held each spring. It is not as well known for a variety of other exhibitions, shows, festivals, conferences and similar events that bring visitors throughout the year. Most of these attractions are created or encouraged by the Palais des Festivals & des Congres´, a clever marketing powerhouse for Cannes. The Golf Festival was created for the first week in July, because, for some obscure reason, this is a less popular time for the local golf courses. Presto: Create a “Golf Festival.” A similar event was created for early January, when the after-Christmas

sales slump in local stores was offset by the “First annual Cannes Shopping Festival.” You start to understand that all French are not myopic. The weeklong “CGF” was not structured for the moderate golf enthusiast. We arrived on Saturday, July 3, although the first official event was Sunday, the Fourth. (It was ironic that we celebrated our Independence Day in France and Bastille Day in Longboat Key.) The opening night event was held at one of the many upscale restaurant pavilions that line the beach. This “just OK” affair provided a good chance to meet fellow golfers, organizers, sponsors, media representatives and hosts. With about 75 participants, I suspect that the freeloaders outnumbered the paying participants. Although we attend with a press pass from The Longboat Observer and do receive some special consideration, we TURN TO CANNES, PAGE 2E


Cannes CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1E always pay all of our own expenses, which put us in the minority in Cannes. Our two or three loyal readers know that we rarely emphasize problems, but this “first annual” requires that we mention some shortcomings. A press briefing before the Sunday evening party proved to be nonexistent. Monday morning found us on the golf tour bus at 6:30 a. m. Yes, 6:30 a.m. and this was the first of five days that began at that hour. The program called for golf Monday through Friday at five different courses, with a special event each evening. Consider the following: • We did not tee off until at least 8:30 a.m. and play was slow, finishing around 2 p.m. • Two of the courses were quite good, the others were better than average. • Service at the courses varied widely, and the organizers left the food and drink decisions to each course. Two days were poor; one was excellent. • Cocktail/appetizer time after play was too long and we did not return until 3:30 p.m. Each day was a nine-hour roundtrip. Other problems included “moving-target pricing.” The original quote included all of the special events each evening. The final package had a higher price and three of those nights had a charge of $110 per person! For competitive golfers, perhaps the most disappointing factor was that the tournament was not divided by ABCD classes and only offered a 25% handicap. A golfer with a four handicap gave away three strokes, while a 20 handicap lost 15 strokes. This situation made it impossible for an honest middle- or high-handicap golfer to win anything. Our last complaint was with our hotel, the Martinez. Cannes hotels are classified as one to four stars, but what you expect to be





five-star hostelries are actually called “palace” hotels. This is probably to one-up the merely five-star hotels down the beach at Nice and Monaco. As followers of The Energetic Traveler “rules,” we normally follow Rule No. 5: When faced with adversity, remember: This is the price we pay for living a privileged life. However, surely a “palace” must be held to the highest standards. At the Martinez, problems abounded, some minor, others raised irritation to a royal level. After we were introduced to our room by “The Fastidiously Clothed Escort,” I engaged in the usual test of wills between the remote on the European TV set and me. Having received a master’s degree in “remote activation,” I am usually successful after 10 or 15 minutes. Not this time. So, I called “The FCE” at reception and capitulated (this was akin to a male asking for driving directions). The response was, “Oh, go behind the set and unplug the cord and plug it in again.” This worked. Obviously, the FCE had a doctorate in “RA.” Additional calls did result in a replacement of the old 17” set with a larger model, but the “unplug/replug” phenomenon was never resolved. The FCE also introduced us to the thermostat. You know — the device that will actually provide cool air in the heat of July. As the heat in our room rose to over 80, it was obvious that something was wrong and we again requested help. The technician immediately told us that the thermostat never worked and that he needed to replace a card in the hall. This provided only moderate relief and, after two more calls, we were resigned to the fact that the system would never function properly. Palaces are certainly more difficult to cool than twostar Holiday Inns. This was also the only hotel in recent memory that did not open the dining room for breakfast until 7:30 a. m., which may be OK with the celebs and paparazzi that

attend the Film Festival and return to collapse near dawn. Yet, this is not the ideal time for business customers or poor golf participants that were promised palatial service and departed an hour earlier. Incidentally, this was also one of the few times that there was not a line at the concierge desk. Lastly, the shower head that emitted a stream similar to a fire hose and created a drumbeat on the plastic floor was actually replaced on the third day with a truly high-tech model. Yet, regardless of this litany of problems, there is some hope for the “Second annual Golf Festival.” First, the organizers are professionals that are genuinely interested in listening to suggestions. Second, the “energy” and easy access of Cannes make it a great location for a golf event. We will look

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forward with considerable interest to receiving detailed information about next year’s event, which has already been scheduled for July. This promises to be one sequel that will be better than the first performance. ••• A Personal Note: The Energetic Traveler was briefly “de-energized” with a heart valve replacement in late August. All is well now and the schedule of quick and frequent worldwide trips will resume shortly.

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK What is the most important quality for a tennis player to possess? “Honesty. To be honest is really important in tennis.” What is your best moment in a match? “When my partner and I won the ladies’ doubles club championship for the first time a few years ago. It was just so neat to have all those people watching you and to win the whole thing. It’s a great feeling.” What is your funniest flub-up? “I went back to return a high lob that was over my head, and I really wanted the point, so I went back and accidentally hit the metal sign that has the court number on it with my racket and it ripped all the strings in my racket. I had to play the remaining two points with this mangled racket and it made such an awful noise. It was pretty funny.” What kind of racket do you use? “It’s a Prince Triple Threat.”

Michael Tendall

Do you have any advice for other players? “You have to be gracious in winning and losing. It’s so hard to lose and be nice.”

Longboat Key Club Tennis How many years have you played tennis? “For 22 years. I started playing when my daughter was in first grade. I wanted the exercise, and I never liked jogging or aerobics. Plus, I’m competitive by nature, so it fit right in with that.” What is your best stroke? “My forehand volley.”

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This week’s column features a recent bridge column by Shariff and Hirsch, from which I quote, “When your total winners are several short of the number required to fulfill a contract, it is often necessary to resort to a crossruff. This is a classic example of how to proceed.” In view of the obvious misfit, North was understandably reluctant to play in notrump, so proceeded instead to four spades, in full knowledge that South would probably have to handle a 4-3 fit. West led the ace of hearts and continued with the four. When the king held, the declarer could count four, side-suit winners. The trump suit, therefore, would have to furnish six tricks, and the only way was via a crossruff. The first thing to do when planning a crossruff is to cash your side-suit winners. After taking the ace and king of diamonds, the declarer came to the hand by ruffing a diamond low. In the view of the opening lead and continuation, trying to ruff a heart low was too dangerous. An ace of clubs and a club ruff low left the declarer in position to claim four more tricks regardless of the distribution. Two red cards were ruffed with the ace and king in the declarer’s hand. The declarer now had nine tricks and still held the nine of spades in the dummy and the 10 unhand. Another club was ruffed with the nine of trump. If that held, it was the fulfilling trick. If it was over-ruffed with the Jack, the 10 of trump would be established as the 10th trick.

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Winners LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center North-South 1. — Helen Schweyer and Blanche Jacoby. 2. — Lee Lippe and Hope Zawatsky. 3. — Esther Wilson and Weatherby. East-West 1. — Polly Kaatz and Jayne Forstenzer. 2. — Lois and Bob Auerbach. 3. — Yolanda and Joe Nandin. The Longboat Key Duplicate Bridge Club games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 for details.

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59 Sudden flows 60 Narrow ridge 61 Japanese porcelain 62 Swimmer Mark 63 Type of hat 65 More than one 66 Daredevil 69 Arkin and Alda 70 Pester 71 Worship 73 King of Judea 74 Sine qua __ 75 Pope's fanon 76 Luigi's love 77 Stepped on it 78 Mexico neighbor 81 Clever 82 Designer Bill 83 Wonderland visitor 84 Creates suds 85 Ocean 86 Open framework 89 Model wood 90 Superlatively soggy 94 Newspaper honcho 95 Carpathian river 96 Japanese laughter? 97 Winnipeg dessert? 99 DeGeneres or Greene 101 James Bond's alma mater 102 1958 Pulitzer novelist 103 Observed 104 Stir into activity 105 Become a lessee 106 Close by 107 Headliners 108 Editor's marks 109 Scottish dagger

53 DOWN 54 1 Saudis, e.g. 56 2 Days Inn or Holiday Inn 58 3 Watson or Bronte 59 4 Long-haired beau62 ty of folklore 63 5 Relaxing 64 6 Smug puritans 65 7 Bonheur or Parks 8 Seth's mother 9 Former D.C. nine 10 Bombshell shade? 67 68 11 Dogie catchers 12 Angers 70 13 Mess up 14 Returns the 72 incumbent 15 Mythological 75 hunter 76 16 Tropical vine 77 17 Pentium makers 79 18 Scorches 80 26 Puccini opera 28 Lift-off pressure 81 30 Convent crowd 82 33 Refrain from para84 dise? 34 Fragrant flowers 85 36 Lima location 37 Star in Orion 86 38 Antarctic sea 87 39 Mayberry kid 40 Granny in a scarf? 88 89 41 Concise 42 Matriarchal 90 Tibetan monk? 91 43 Nervy daddy? 92 44 Yeats' country 93 45 Hr. with a shrink 95 47 Greek letter 96 48 Greek Goddess of 98 Destiny 51 Parts of pipes 100 52 False alarm

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Last Week’s Cryptograms 1. Big family camping down near bayou plagued by pesky mosquitoes quickly forms swat team. 2. Scientists have thus far been unable to solve this famous riddle: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?












ZUNUEECTW SX ESCW OZ XVVONU. Harry B. Schultheis, Las Vegas, NV


Sunrise/sunset Sunrise 7:26 7:27 7:27 7:28 7:29 7:29 7:30

Thurs., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 9 Sun., Oct. 10 Mon., Oct. 11 Tues., Oct. 12 Wed., Oct. 13


WEATHER Beach biker Sunset 7:10 7:09 7:07 7:06 7:05 7:04 7:03

Bob Brouwer of Bridgewater, N.J., took this shot of his son, Glen Boehme, riding on the beach across from Neptune Avenue. Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in JPEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to

Moon phases First Qtr.

Oct. 20


Last Qtr.


Oct. 27

Oct. 6

Oct. 13

Moon phases, tides courtesy of

Temperature and Rainfall Tide chart Morning High 6:30a 12:14a 4:14a 12:02a 12:07a 12:14a 12:24a

Thurs., Oct. 7 Fri., Oct. 8 Sat., Oct. 9 Sun., Oct. 10 Mon., Oct. 11 Tues., Oct. 12 Wed., Oct. 13 Rainfall: Year-to-date 2004 44.28 in.

Tides Low none 2:45a 9:44a 5:12a 5:58a 6:40a 7:20a

Evening Tides High Low none 4:08p 8:17a 5:03p none 5:43p 10:47a 6:16p 11:38a 6:43p 12:25p 7:09p 1:13p 7:32p


2003 66.58 in.

2004 0.00 in.

Average water

2003 .03 in.

Temp.: 82.2

Mon., Sept. 20 Tues., Sept. 21 Wed., Sept. 22 Thurs., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 24 Sat., Sept. 25 Sun., Sept. 26 Mon., Sept. 27 Tues., Sept. 28 Wed., Sept. 29 Thurs., Sept. 30 Fri., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 2 Sun., Oct. 3

Temps. High Low 85 73.5 83.5 74 87 75.5 89.5 73.5 89.5 73.5 86 75 80 75 88 77 85.5 76.5 88 76.5 88 74.5 89 76 90.5 75.5 90 74.5

Record Temps. High Low 98 (1996) 72 (1991) 98 (1997) 71 (1984) 98 (1997) 71 (1984) 99 (1996) 64 (1984) 98 (1996) 70 (1982) 99 (1996) 62 (1991) 98 (1996) 68 (1991) 96 (1996) 68 (1982) 96 (1997) 67 (1987) 99 (1998) 66 (1993) 95 (1996) 63 (1984) 98 (1996) 70 (1982) 93 (1998) 60 (1987) 93 (1985) 61 (1986)

Rainfall North Mid-Key South 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.25 0.28 0.25 0.16 0.20 0.20 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.02 0.00 0.00 no readings no readings 3.61* 2.00* 1.78* 0.02 0.12 0.02 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 *3-day total

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Member of Appraisers Association of America



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

Boat Sales, Service & Storage

GREAT LIVE-ABOARD Rough Water, 1984, 42/ft. Trawler. Diesel, single screw GM Appraisal Services 250/HP. Low hours. Cockpit, pilot house, TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & swim deck, large master cabin +second Appraisals offers professional valuation, cabin, 2/heads. $52,500/firm. 941-955-3245 research and inventory services without a or 941-735-1487. view to buy or sell. Video documentation JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., inventory, art historical/market research, art 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or appraisals. Member of the Appraisers 630-417-7540. Items Under $200 For Sale Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY/PRIVATE SLIDE PROJECTOR, 50” screen, 47/trays OWNERSHIP! Selene 53’ 2001 Twin Diesel. and storage cases. All good cond., $75 Full electronics. Luxury Features. o/b/o. 756-8929. Auto Sales & Service Teak/Granite/Ultra-leather. Like new. Tax BEAUTIFUL ETHAN Allen Queen Anne Shelter. Low hours. $775,000. Call Capt. style chair w/floral pattern & gorgeous claw Chitwood, 941-383-5232. YOU WANT IT YOU’VE GOT IT! style legs. Ex. cond. Asking $200 o/b/o. 941-966-4436. Boat Slips for Rent/Sale Best rates in Florida with incentives. 4/AREA RUGS, $45/ea. or will trade for old No shopping hassles - one call & it’s BOAT SLIP WANTED in Grand Bay golf balls or shark teeth. 955-1708. delivered to your door! area for a 40/ft. Hinkley Talaria. Power, Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercedes, Lexus, etc... water & boat lift required if possible. PRINCESS DIANA and Royal Family coffee table picture books: 8/extra large photo Roger: 941-356-5751 books $8/ea. 780-1465. LAKEWOOD RANCH family looking to rent a boat slip for 21/ft. boat, house or condo is 27” TV, brand new Samsung w/remote fine. Please call 941-224-1397. control, $180. 941-360-9033. • Free-Bee ads must be placed in person, mailed, or faxed by individuals with private addresses and phone numbers. (Sorry, no commercial advertising in the Free-Bee section.)

16/FT. ALUMINUM canoe Flatback, motor ready. $200. 778-3203. MARBLE COFFEE table; large, gray, dual solid marble base. Pd. $400. Asking $200 o/b/o. 358-8284 or 228-7437. COMPUTER DESK from P.G.A. furniture collection: metal legs w/crossed golf clubs, leatherette top, chair golf design. All very nice. $175. 758-6781.


Auto Transport

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

Cleaning Services EXPERIENCED HUSBAND & WIFE team. Any day, any hours. Call Steven, 447-6427 or 224-8248. Residential & Commercial Housekeeping for all needs. Weekly maid service, departure cleans, deep cleaning and carpet care. Barefoot Estate Management, 761-3000. PRESTIGIOUS CLEANING SPECIALIST. Experienced in all areas of domestic care. Mature. Energetic. Exceptional organization skills. Excellent references. Only serious inquires accepted. NINA, 941-962-8090. THE COUPLE specializes in cleaning luxury houses. The highest quality standard. Working in your area. Affordable prices. Excellent references. (941) 727-8430. PERFECT HOUSECLEANING by European lady. Honest, hardworking, reliable. Call Agnes, 539-9698. HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna 316-0834/928-1935.

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Sara or Mike. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.

CLEANING WITH CARE. Experienced, honest & reliable housecleaning. Great references and competitive prices. You will be happy with our service! BOAT SLIP available for up to 45’ vessel at Call Aura or John, 941-755-8374. Email: Longboat Key Moorings on Dock “O”, Slip “11”, right next to the “T”. Alot of extra room to move around. State-of-the-art docking Computer Services with cable, TV, telephone, electric and water hook-ups. Asking price of $199,000 includes COMPUTER SERVICE & REPAIR. Slow membership to the prestigious Coomodore PC? No internet? Professional in-house Club. Call Jamie @ 863-660-6405. repairs done by certified technicians. We do LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS: 70/ft. slip network installations. No hidden charges. available for lease. $950/mo. +electric. 739-6424.

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. 813-431-8900. Drive your car to the North and back. LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. References. 941-778-5381. Available for rent at Spindrift, located top row SUSAN SHAUGHNESSY, R.N. PRIVATE south end. 630-330-3657. DUTY NURSING. 1:1 Care in home Autos Wanted and hospital. Experienced w/references. LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS: 48/ft. slip for 761-2656. sale. Fabulous views! 387-8337. AUTOS WANTED!! ADULT CARE/COMPANION EXPERTS. HHA/CNA care in your home. Live-in or Business Opportunities hourly. Bonded/insured/reference checked. LET ME TAKE THE HASSLE Personal care, housekeeping, errands, OUT OF SELLING YOUR CAR. NEED CAPITAL for your business? Keep etc....Call for info: 951-6080. CASH OFFERED TODAY! getting turned down? Call us today! No upfront fees! Toll-free 877-570-2846. Capital QUALIFIED HOME Health Aide available Direct, Inc. CALL BRAD days or nights. Reasonable hourly rate. 941-374-1315 378-1233.

Adult Care

AURORA IS once again free to take another case. State Licensed, up to date doctor’s references. 962-0666.

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EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. Cmagik on LBK Flash web design commercial/personal, computer help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, 587-5588. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428.

Answers for this week’s crossword

Caregiver/Companion Bartender

SEEKING POSITION: LIVE-IN, to care for your loved one. All shifts available. Over 20/yrs. experience. Own transportation. References. 377-3677.

NURSING CARE available in your home, RENT A BARTENDER for private parties. days. Experienced w/excellent references. Hors d’oeuvres & catering. Doris, 223-2883 ✓ CAREGIVER 10/YRS. experience: 941-447-9254. or 941-358-5791. Alzheimer, Parkinson, Stroke. Cleaning, meal preparation. Ref. available. Chandi, ➷➷➷➷➷➷➷➷➷➷➷➷➷ 953-6634. Boat Charter

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DEADLINE for Classifieds is NOON ON MONDAY

 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.

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




Computer Services

Fishing Charters

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

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

Furniture Is Your Computer Slowing Down? Is it acting weird? For any kind of computer BED: KING Serta Perfect Sleeper. Never help, call Forrest 388-3425. Certified used, still in plastic. Was $1800. Sacrifice Computer Professional. $375. 941-284-8887. COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508.

EXCLUSIVE BARRIER ISLAND BUILDERS GOLDEN RULE CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC. State Certified General Contractor CGC #1507065 Sarasota Resident Since 1954 Call Keith 941-906-8665

MATTRESS: ALL new set, plush or pillowtop. Distributor over stock. Brand names starting at Full, $80. Queen, $100. King, $190. Memory foam set, SACRIFICE $379. Call 941-737-7662.

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


Furniture Repair


PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, scratches, parts replacement. We keep your furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Robert Martin, 727-2533.

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

☛ ☛ RE/MAX EXCELLENCE is now hiring additional associates. Please contact Andrew Vac at 383-9700 or

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

Home Services


BED, FULL mattress set, orthopedic firm, CONCRETE, MASONRY, Restoration, Shell never used, $100; pillow-top sets, never Driveways, Concrete Painting, Staining, used, full, $135; queen, $155; king, $230. Sealing, Hauling & Deliveries, Debris NASA memory foam set, as seen on TV, clean-up. C-Squared Contractor, 345-3092. cost $1,599. Sell $695. Victorian-style daybed w/pop-up trundle, 2 new mattress, Sean D'Agostino CGC#1506629. $340. Can deliver. 941-809-8798.

Help Wanted


Garage, Moving & Estate Sales

LET PREMIUM ESTATE LIQUIDATORS conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA Help Wanted Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure. HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED to work 1 day FOUR-FAMILIES. Friday through Sunday, a week on Longboat Key. Good pay, Fishing Charters 8a.m.-3p.m., 218 84th St., Holmes Beach. non-smoking environment, English speaking and own transportation required. Call REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. Antiques, collectibles, china, sterling and Maureen at 383-1039 or e-mail: Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. vintage jewelry, 4/desks, printer, plants, crystal, appliances, books. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and Licensed. 941-228-7802. http://www.CharREAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? TAKE ADVANTAGE!!! Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, 10% DISCOUNT DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate OFF ADS RUNNING FOR 4 trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced CONSECUTIVE WEEKS Joe Pickett, 383-5543. Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate BOOK YOUR AD FOR FT/PT. RETAIL experience helpful. Outgoing controlled cabin, all new equipment & personality, must be able to communicate Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait 4 WEEKS well w/others. Flexible hours. Apply in & tackle provided starting at $400. 383-5509 OR FAX 24 HOURS person: St. Armands Gifts & Winery, For information and reservations, call TO: 383-7193 466 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle. Captain Brandon today. 778-5455.

TEEFOR2 HOME CHECK SERVICE. Tim Foran. Fiftyish. Insured. Peace of Mind While You Are Away. 941-773-7141.

Items For Sale LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. Grand reopening Saturday, October 16. HUGE SALES. Continues Mon., Wed. & Sat., 9a.m.-3p.m. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat. 383-4738. EXPANDABLE UPRIGHT Pullman luggage: 29”, sage, Atlantic Professional 2.0. New $209. Asking $70, negotiable. Secretary desk: 4/drawers, wine color, $175. 927-9486.

Landscaping & Lawn Services BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing the total TLC for your landscaping requirements. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-761-3000 for free consultation.

Massage MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. 941-400-5249. EXPERIENCE THE HEALING BENEFITS. Coastal Massage Therapy: offering Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular. Location optional: Bradenton, Sarasota or in home. 941-753-7766 Lic. #MA34584.







24/HR WATER REMOVAL Bradenton (941) 746-6306 Sarasota (941) 922-1615

Jim and Sandee Davis Owners

LBKC Member SCT Member

Same owners since 1979


Bert Spagnola Detail Coordinator

Interior - Exterior Your Home or Marina

Our Customers are the Brightest Ones in the Marina

Aqua Marine Yacht & Boat Detail Service 941 • 545 • 5070

Fully Insured




Is your boat running like it should be? If not, call... Mobile Marine Service


Outboards • I/O’s • Inboards

Call for appointment • 941-232-3523


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


Upholstery Cleaning

Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning Kool-Aid & Rust Removal

Spot Dyeing Re-stretching




6497 PARKLAND DR., SUITE C • SARASOTA, FL 34243 PH 941-727-2600 • FX 941-758-5012 •

927-2128 Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners

BED All sizes NEW in plastic w/warranty Full sets $95.00, Qn pillow top sets $135.00, King dbl sided plush sets $199.00, Authentic NASA Memory Foam Qn sets $499.00, King sets $699.00 Can deliver (941) 518-4787

Grow your business in the Service Directory

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RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & REMODELING. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All painters are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings by Safe Coat/AMF that are for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product affiliated with So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215. CUSTOM PAINTING - Paperhanging. Local References, 25/yrs. experience, insured. Prompt, free estimates. 713-9391. RICK KUNKEL PAINTING. 25/Years experience. Specializing in exterior painting and power washing. Free estimates. 941-792-9597.

YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC Are you burdened with paperwork? Personalized Paperwork Management in Your Home or Office Bill Paying/Banking Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets Federal and State Tax Returns Personal and Business Correspondence Assistance with Insurance Forms


BONDED Over 25/yrs. Experience

  CANFIELD PAINTING. Condo Specials! Free estimates. Interior-Exterior. References available. 364-8874. PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434. CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp.

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

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

COSMOS’ WINDOW & Pressure Cleaning. WORKSHOP-STORAGE for rent. Half mile Licensed. Call for a free estimate. from island in Cortez. 875/sq.ft. and 375/sq.ft. 737-3630. 941-284-1023.

Remodeling & Home Improvements

Tile Installation

ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7557.

Wanted to Buy

Gail Sunray, Owner



Pressure Cleaning

Personal Services

Painting & Wallpapering

Professional Tile & Marble Installation. LOCAL HANDYMAN. Painting, carpentry, 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. unlimited house repairs, dock & deck repair. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. Lic/Ins. Call Jim Tarsy, 941-320-9860.


Commercial/Business Opp.

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




941-778-7355 LIC/INS

**Confidentiality agreement required for further information.

CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION Condos & Homes For Sale EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs & painting. Insured. Member of Better BAYPORT, LBK. TKF, 2BR/2BA, 2/lanais. Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard. Renovated, new appliances. Gulf across 779-2294. street. $465,000. 941-387-0070.


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

Longview Realty - 383-6112 Richard Estrin, Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker

ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins.





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

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

Telephone: 941-749-5646

SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please call Marc 321-0707.

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

FOR SALE by owner: Longboat Key Villa in Harbour Oaks, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car garage, pool overlooking Harbourside golf course, new roof, exterior painting, carpeting, appliances, pool screening, etc. The premier panoramic view of the golf course in Harbour Oaks II. $550,000. Shown by appointment only. Day: 365-0118. Evenings: 383-4563.



Life Style Design

A professional home-watching service



Stress Relief • Pain Relief • Weight Loss • Phobias

Jill Ungar, CHt, CMDH


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

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

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

387-7886 Weekly Inspections • Monthly Reports Bonded • Insured

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

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

This seal applies only to Wheaton Van Lines’ interstate moving



T. S a p u p p o S e r v i c e s

Florida Licensed Professional “For Professional Inspection Services” Owned & Operated Since 1978 FL Lic# BN-0002276 PX0001942

Suncoast Mangroves INC. 941-753-0203

Home Inspections, Insurance, and New Construction

• Permitting • Trimming • Hauling • Mitigation Exotic Removal (pepper trees, carrot wood, etc...)

(941) 812-7030 Phone (941) 746-9633 Fax

Call Marc or Dan For a Free Consultation



State Certified & Insured



Painting & Wallpaper Corp. GOOD SERVICE • GOOD PRICES • Interior & Exterior • All Wall Covering & Removal • Tile Service • Interior Design & Upholstery

• Owner Andy Schwach • Licensed & Insured • Residential • Free Estimates

924-1289 • 925-1311 • Fax 924-9975

755-5526 The Art of Prestigious Elegance



Condos & Homes For Sale




Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

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




BAYFRONT WALK-OUT, So. LBK. Dock, 2BR/2BA, 2200/sq.ft., marble/granite. Great investment. $699,900. Bob Baldwin, Realtor. ERA Mt. Vernon. 941-586-4091.


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


WATERFRONT, NEW construction: 4000/sq.ft., four back from the bay, Country Club Shores. $2,500,000. 941-374-0535. Martel Realty, Licensed R.E. Broker. PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL WANTS TO BUY A GULFSIDE CONDO ON LBK IN SARASOTA COUNTY DIRECT FROM OWNER. CLOSE FOR CASH.

FABULOUS FURNISHINGS 4 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHS This is a spectacular unit with absolutely everything in place for luxurious living. $1,249,000.00 Brokers Protected - 3%










THE SHORE, #307. Beautiful 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front, 1560/sq.ft., top floor. Includes skylight, new granite, appliances, wallpaper, lighting. Owner is realtor. Call Greg Ruthven, 863-581-4639 or after 5:00p.m. 863-683-3459. LBK, 2BR/1.5BA canal front townhouse w/deeded beach access. Tenant in place until June 30, 2005. $279,900. SAN REMO SHORES/Cortez area. Just 3/miles from the beach. 2BR/1BA waterfront unit w/deeded boat dock. Furnished. Tenant in place from 11/1/2004 to 5/1/2005. $189,900. Owner/Agent. Brokers protected. 941-356-2659. EASY LIVING: Charming 4BR Siesta mother-daughter ranch in secluded tropical setting a short stroll from shops, restaurants. Amenities include swim spa, new roof, tongue-&-groove wood paneling and ceilings. Includes refurbished 2/room apt. w/private entrance, good income potential. By appointment only. $495,000. Longview Realty, 941-383-6112.

Washington, DC - A free report has just been released that shares little known secrets of how to get the highest price for your home when you sell it. Call 1-800-895-2340, ID#1203, 24 hours, for a recorded message and a FREE copy of this report. Call and find out what most buyers hope you never read!

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: 3BR/3BA, 2/car garage, pool, boat lift, dock, 4th from Bay. $1,500,000. 928-3447. BAYFRONT LOT: 100/ft. frontage, full view of Tampa Bay, cleared, partially filled, 222/ft. deep. Zoned R1. Offered at $2.5M. Please call Michel Cerene, Broker. 778-0777 or 545-9591 eves. or Mike Carleton, Realtor, 737-0915.





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Licensed & Insured

Free Estimates

Residential and Commercial Painting Services

• Interior & Exterior Work • New Paints • Re-Paints • Two Tones • Wall Paper Removal • Re-texturizing • Custom Work

Tile Marble Masonry Drywall Carpentry Pathways

• Free Estimates • Satisfaction Guaranteed • References • Fully Insured • Save 10% with this ad

Painting Fences Decks Cabinets All Repairs

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Driveways Pool Decks Walkways Patios Any Size Jobs Prompt Service Free Estimates

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residential remodeling KITCHENS , BATHS , ADDITIONS , ROOM MAKE -OVERS

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RESCREENING pool cages, lanais, etc.

ask for Joe


* Free Estimates * HIGHEST Quality Work * MC & Visa Accepted * We Use ONLY Professional Equipment

Using #1 Quality Phifer Screening

Financing Avail.



Lots & Acreage For Sale

Rentals: Annual

LOT: ANNA Maria Island, Holmes Beach. Rare, only a few left, R1, 88x100. Palm Harbor Dr. $375,000. Owner 941-807-4651.


WATERFRONT TEARDOWN: 4/blocks from bay, Country Club Shores. Accepting offers. 941-374-0535. Martel Realty, Licensed R.E. Broker.


LONGBOAT KEY 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard Estrin: 807-3363. LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112


BIRD KEY, original garden home: 3BR/2BA, 2200/sq.ft. living area, caged pool & lanai, 2/car garage. Small pet OK. $3000/mo. 941-371-1866.

KEY WEST style, Holmes Beach, 3BR/2.5BA, fireplace, ceramic floors. Multiple garages, $2000/mo. 794-9921 or ATTENTION CEDARS East owners. Want to buy your 2BR unit. Cash closing. ASAP. No 773-6581. realtors please. Call Jack, 814-444-0916 or BIRD KEY: 1999 built, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car, email: pool. Yearly rental unfurnished or Seasonal rental furnished. Available Oct.-June. N/S. Rentals: Annual 877-768-8428.

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LONGBOAT KEY HOME, 2BR +office, Key West style, $1950/mo. 988 BLVD. OF THE ARTS, 2BR/2BA bayfront condo, $1350/mo. The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 387-9709 BIRD KEY: Yearly unfurnished rental. Premiere location, gorgeous 1999 built. 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car, pool. Near beaches, boating, shops, restaurants. $3500/mo. 877-768-8428. DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Beautifully furnished condo, 1BR/1BA, Bay view, all amenities included. 6/mo. rental $2000/mo. or annually, $1400/mo. No pets. 941-587-9440, leave message. PERICO HOME, large 4BR/3BA. Jacuzzi, fireplace, pool, tennis, built-in vacuum, washer/dryer, 2/car garage. Close to beach and shopping. $1750/mo. 383-4146. LIDO SHORES Bay front home w/pool. Turnkey, 3BR/3BA, boatable, private Lido Beach access, walk to St. Armands. From $3500/mo. Also available seasonal. 941-350-1312. L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. 203-227-0500.

SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club 55+, 3BR/2BA, custom furnished, dock/marina, private beach access. Annual or Seasonal. STUNNING BAYFRONT condo in popular mainland complex w/pools, tennis, 24/hr. 383-7734. security, boat docks. 2BR/2BA, completely updated, turnkey furnished. $2500/mo. WATERFRONT RENTAL OR SALE. annual or $3000/mo. 6/mo. Joan Boltax, ON RITZ MARINA. Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390. 2BR/3.5BA ☛ GOLDEN GATE POINT: Bayfront, PLUS SEPARATE APARTMENT. furnished/unfurnished, 1BR. Pool, fishing LARGE BOAT DOCK, 2/CAR GARAGE, pier. No pets. $990/mo. 941-374-3401. 24 HOUR SECURITY. $2800/MO. ANNUAL COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Canal front $5000/MO. SEASONAL pool home, 3BR/2BA, 2/car garage. 955-8819 Immaculate w/dock, maintenance included. $2500/mo. For appointment, 232-5433. BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, furnished, 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant w/thru views of Bay & Marina. All amenities including concierge & valet. No pets/smoke. $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. 3/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. THE SANCTUARY, elegant 2BR/2.5BA +den, and 1/car garage. Security gate, pool, concierge, beach. Available on a long term lease. $6000/mo. unfurnished. Showings by appointment. Call for more information: ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-364-9505, ext. 2200, 1-800-237-9505, ext. 2200. SUPER ✸BAY ISLES✸ - 5BR/6BA, Bay views, Harbour Sound Dr. FANTASTIC. CALL PAULINE. Jennette & Rossi, Inc. Real Estate Management, 941-953-6000. LBK, GRAND BAY. Premiere community, w/world class amenities, beach club, 2BR/2BA penthouse w/wrap around terrace, turn-key furnished. Spectacular views of Sarasota Bay and skyline. 2/Garage parking, 24/hr. security, $2600/mo. (941) 387-1336.

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BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404.



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LONGBOAT KEY. Directly on beach, 3BR/2.5BA walk out, behind the gates of Longboat Key Club, full ocean views from every room. Beautiful grounds, pool, tennis courts & fitness rooms, perfect sunsets. $6500/mo. Sept. through Dec. $7000/mo. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT Key: 2BR/2BA, Jan. through April. Call 941-383-8107. direct Gulf, fully renovated, 1st. floor, full amenities. No pets/smoking. Available FAIRWAY BAY: 2BR/2BA, beautifully Dec. through April. 941-383-1704. furnished. Available December, 2004 through April, 2005. $3800/mo. Contact LONGBOAT KEY, SUTTON PLACE, Stanley Spires: 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Newly decorated w/many amenities and garage. Private BANYAN BAY. Full Gulf front, 3BR/3BA, beach. Small pet OK. Available January 1st. small complex. Tennis, swimming pool, to March 24th. 908-245-9558. washer/dryer, near shops & restaurants. Available Oct. 2004 through April 2005. CONDOS/HOMES 941-383-8297. SEASONAL LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. September Special $1500/mo. December, $2500/mo. April, May, June, 2005 $2500/mo. 727-518-1572, THE PRIVATEER, behind the gates of The Longboat Key Club: 2BR/2BA, 9th floor. Spectacular views of Gulf and Bay. Beach, heated pool, tennis courts. Available from January through April, $3900/mo. 3/mo. min. Call 941-383-3861. LONGBOAT KEY. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, turnkey condo w/lanai. Heated pool, exercise area, covered parking, putting green, shuffle board & entertainment room. Includes utilities & local calls only. Avail. year around except Feb. & March, 2005. 941-485-5522. To view: LBK - BANYAN BAY - 3BR/3BA, water view, heated pool, tennis court, workout room. Monthly, seasonal or annual rental. 813-495-3884.

SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. Weekly through December. Gulf front. SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. 724 MARBURY LANE, 3BR/2BA home on canal w/boat dock. $3000/mo. WHITNEY BEACH, 2BR/2BA, furnished Bay view, $3800/mo. WESTCHESTER, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, direct Gulf view, $4800/mo. ST. ARMANDS, 2BR/2BA, furnished, 1/block to shopping, 2/blocks to Lido Beach, $2800/mo. 609 BAYVIEW HOME, pool, 2BR/2BA +den. $4200/mo. 6525 GULF OF MEXICO DR., 2BR/2BA, spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, $4200. CASTILLIAN, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, $6000/mo. 2/mo. min. ISLANDS WEST, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, $5000/mo. 3/mo. min. 751 BROADWAY, charming 4BR/2BA home, pool, pet & family friendy. 1/mo. min. HARBOR OAKS, 3BR/2BA w/garage, on Golf course, gated, $4500/mo.

UNIQUE GROUND floor apartment in Seaplace, building G1. Garden view, 50/ft. Rentals: from back door to beach. Two month rental Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor required, 2BR/2BA. Fully furnished, including Seasonal & Vacation or Kim Fisher washer/dryer. Available March & April, 2005. Wagner Realty GULF FRONT, pool, 1BR apartment, $3600 Jan., Feb. & March. $2600 April 941-383-5577 screened balconies, $750/week. 383-3844. & Dec. $1300 May through Nov. Call: 706-746-2594 after 6p.m. or e-mail: LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE, LONGBOAT COVE 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Beautifully furnished, 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, ST. ARMANDS, turnkey, 2BR/2BA. Pool, W/D, screened lanai, pool. Beach and BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. full bay view, lanai, walk to beach, shops, boat access. Small pet OK. Available $6000/MO. 3/MO. MIN. dining. $2800/mo. in season. 2/mo. min. monthly starting Oct. 15th through 2005 Details, 651-653-6956. season. (2/mo. min. Jan., Feb., March). CALL GREG: 863-581-4639 513-792-9622. TURTLE CRAWL INN LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On the beach, ON LONGBOAT KEY Gulf views, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, 2/terraces, LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE. new kitchen and furnishings, TV’s, Spectacular bay view, 4th floor penthouse: DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY VCR/DVD, computer printer, W/D, stereos, 2BR/2BA condo on the water. Newly DIRECTLY ON THE GULF BEACH! heated pool, tennis court, exercise room, remodeled/professionally decorated. Ray assigned parking. 3/mo. minimum, 2005 Routh kitchen, W/D, bamboo floors, new season. $5000/mo. Longer stays available. WAGNER REALTY SINCE 1939 carpet. All new furnishings and accessories, 212-787-9337. 866-754-3443 three plasma TV’s. No expense spared! Beach Pavillion with all amenities. No pets, LIDO/LONGBOAT CONDOS: Gulf front, no smoking. Available November 1 through 2BR/2BA, 3/mo. min. $3500-$5000/mo. season (2/mo. min. Jan., Feb., March). Available Nov.-April. 810-794-4186. 502-541-9188. BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA. First floor,

NORTH LONGBOAT Village: 2BR/2BA, BIRD KEY. Upscale turnkey furnished, 1BR/1BA. From $800/mo. annual. Room for 4BR/3BA, 2/car garage. Available Oct.-May. trailer and boat, unfurnished, 1/4 block from No pets/smokers. 953-4234, 504-3897. water. 941-349-1080.

beautifully furnished, bay view condo with W/D. Tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach access. Available Jan., Feb. $3500/mo. Non-smoking unit. 859-441-3110.

SEAPLACE CONDO: beautiful updated 2BR/2BA, new kitchen w/granite, W/D, screened lanai. Available Nov.-Feb. 941-379-4832.


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BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA condo, Longboat Arms, 3rd floor. Beautiful Gulf view, newly decorated. Also available annually. 513-479-2357.

RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700.

LONGBOAT KEY, SEAPLACE. Gated, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, spectacular Gulf views, newly professionally decorated. 2/pools, whirlpools, exercise, tennis, W/D. Non-smokers. Available Dec. through April. (815) 462-5724.

BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA, 1st. floor, W/D, pool, clubhouse, tennis, fishing dock, steps to beach. Available monthly or seasonal. (Not available for February or March). Non-smoking unit. (203) 481-2748.

LBK, BUTTONWOOD Harbour house. LBK CANAL home. Walk to private beach 2BR/2BA, heated pool, garage, private access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Available setting, walk to beach. Unavailable monthly October through January, Feb./March No pets/smokers. $2500-$4000. 941-387-8589, $2900/mo. 407-898-4175. STEPS TO BEACH! SEAPLACE, master bedroom w/king bed & private bath, guest bedroom w/queen bed & private bath. Sleeps/7. New elegant decor with new kitchen. Available Aug.-Oct. $2000/mo. Nov.-Dec. $2500/mo. Two month minimum. 423-968-3420. To view:

LBK BEACHPLACE condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available Oct., 2004 to December, 2004. Also 2005. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 941-383-1884.

THE CASTILIAN, Longboat Key, Florida. Oceanfront, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, fully TAKE YOUR PICK...RELAXING CANAL equipped condo w/screened-in balcony FRONT HOME or GULF-FRONT CONDO, overlooking Gulf. Available Oct., Nov., 3BR/2BA canal home is a 2/minute walk Dec. 2004. Jan. & Feb., 2005. 1/mo. min. to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut Call 513-561-5940. to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool GENESIS PROPERTIES w/screened enclosure, CONDO (2BR/2BA) OF LONGBOAT KEY newly remodeled walk-out unit directly on the Gulf...full view, just steps from the patio to the Gulf. Both recently updated 2 & 3 BEDROOM w/new paint and furniture, lots of tile. HOUSES AND COTTAGES Pets welcome upon approval. No smoking NEWLY FURNISHED, ON THE BEACH!!! please. SECURITY/DEPOSIT required. PRIVATE HOT TUBS! 1/mo. minimum stay. Call or email for AVAILABLE WEEKLY OR MONTHLY seasonal rates. Call 863-559-4610 or SANCTUARY, LBK condo. The ultimate in luxury for the discerning renter. 7th floor, Gulf front, 3BR/3BA. Exquisite all new furnishings & decor throughout. Panoramic beach views all round and direct full front view of famous Florida sunsets. Covered parking. Newly remodeled and fully equipped, no expense spared. Reserved parking. Available Jan., Feb., March, 2005. Non-smokers only. $8500/mo. +local tax. 3/mo. min. Call 813-962-2652 or 813-245-6800, ask for Steve or


ISLANDER CLUB, BEACHSIDE. Har-Tru tennis, large 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished. Many social activities. $4,000/month. 387-0121.

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BRADENTON. IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA condo in adult community, 1/mi. from Gulf. Unit faces pool w/canal view. Fully furnished, cable TV, full kitchen. 3/mo. minimum. Jan., Feb. & March, $1950/mo. Deposit required. 336-210-7804 or 859-653-8436.

STORYBOOK COTTAGES. Romantic B&B decor, cottage chic in Historic Bradenton Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, dishwasher, cable, phone. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) SEAPLACE G8 BLDG., 2BR/2BA, immac. WHITNEY BEACH condos 1 & 2/BR’s: patio. $1000/mo. per multiple months. condition, S.W. view of Gulf. Walking trails, heated pools, tennis courts, private beach. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, fitness center, pools, tennis courts, security. Available now monthly through 2005. $850/mo. Weekly and monthly rates avail. Active clubhouse. On the beach. Call 941-779-2393. 941-928-0309. evenings, 513-575-5221. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. LONGBOAT KEY Harbourside, 1BR/2BA LONGBOAT KEY villa, Spanish Main Yacht Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, Club. Private adult community, 2BR/2BA, +den, bay view, $3800/mo. J/F/M. living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly LIDO REGENCY, 1BR/1BA, $2200/mo. w/carport, updated, tile floors, screened or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. lanai, pool, clubhouse, marina. Short walk to J/F/M. KEY TOWER, 2BR/2BA, Gulffront, Gulf. Now through January. $2000 or 180 DEGREE PANORAMIC, view of Gulf. $2400/mo. 609-685-2242 or 856-464-2425. $4200/mo. J/F/M. Beautiful 3BR/2BA condo in small 11/unit LIDO HARBOUR SO., 2BR/2BA, $2500/mo. DELUXE 2BR condo. Newly renovated building. 20 ft. from beach! Fully equipped, J/F/M. w/granite, on the Gulf. Available month of all features including pool, balconies, and LIDO HARBOUR SO., 1BR/1BA, $2200/mo. March. Weekly rentals avail. August through full Gulf view from each bedroom. J/F/M. December, $1000/week. 859-441-6896 or 3/months preferred. December through end KINGSTON ARMS, 1BR/1BA, $2500/mo. of March. $5,500/mo. 812-471-9488. 859-750-4774. J/F/M. E-mail: DOWNTOWN-EMBASSY House, 2BR/2BA, PRIVATEER. BEAUTIFUL condo, 2BR/2BA. bay view, $3500/mo. J/F/M. Exquisite Gulf/bay & golf views, high floor & PELICAN HARBOUR, LBK. 2BR/2BA, amenities in exclusive, gated community. panoramic bay view. Private beach, Brenda Cozy beautifully furn. Avail. December/January. 3/mo. min. Nov.-April. (803) 332-3333. 941-954-6500 770-751-3826. Coldwell Banker Real Estate BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Walk right out onto the beach from this LBK, BEACH Harbor Club: Gulf to Bay LONGBOAT KEY, SEAPLACE, 2BR/1BA, charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near property, 2BR/2BA, steps to private beach. fully equipped, all amenities. Available 2005 Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf Pool, W/D, club house, gym, fishing pier. season. Owner, (770) 509-7419. view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. Newly remodeled & furnished, second floor. Available November 15-April 30. 3/mo. 941-383-6650. SANCTUARY - SOUTHWEST beachfront minimum. $2800/mo. includes bi-monthly residence, 3BR/3BA with 1800/sq.ft. cleaning service. Non-smoking. e-mail: LIDO BEACH Available January through March. Please, 800-362-9876 ext. FULL PANORAMIC OCEAN VIEW call Judy Kepecz, Coldwell Banker Previews, 200. 387-1825. PENTHOUSE UNIT, 2BR/2BA, NEWLY REMODELED. 1BR/1.5BA, GULF view w/private beach, VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE FROM Bay access w/dock. Available now. Call for Sutton Place: 3BR/2BA, small pet OK. NOVEMBER THROUGH APRIL info and e-mail pictures. Seasonal or annual. Seaplace: many to choose from. 3/MO. MIN. $4000/MO. Call for annual rates. 941-780-2352. Fairway Bay: 2BR/2BA, great views. The Atrium: 2BR/2BA, +den PH 813-505-3290 The Sanctuary: GULF TO BAY VACATION RENTALS Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office

LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On beach w/ocean & bay views, N.W. corner condo, 11th floor, 2BR/2BA w/terrace. Beautifully furnished. Spacious, meticulously 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886 maintained. Heated pool, exercise area, library, tennis court & assigned covered For a complete list, go to: parking space. Includes utilities & housekeeping, (not phones). Available beginning January 1, 2005. 3/mo. minimum. Longer stays negotiable. $5000/mo. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, Or annual rental (at greatly reduced rate) 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. from January on. Virtual viewing available upon request. 1-978-475-1678. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145.

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CALL LORI 941-953-6000 JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE: LIDO BEACH: Efficiencies, 1BR’s, 2BR’s. Steps to beach. Very private, quiet and clean. Available weekly/monthly and discounted long-term rates. THE BEST RATES ON LIDO BEACH. 3/Day minimum. No pets. No smoking. 941-388-2590.

EAGLE CREEK at Palm-Aire: 2BR/2BA, lanai, end unit on the green, all upgrades & amenities. Available JanuaryApril, $2600/mo. 356-4042. L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. Long season. 203-227-0500. LBK, THE PROMENADE. Larger 2BR/2BA w/great Gulf & bay views from six levels above beach on SW side. Exceptional decor & large terrace. Gated, concierge, pool, gym, tennis, enclosed parking. Minimum 3/mos. 941-350-3970. LONGBOAT KEY, THE PLAYERS CLUB: Gated, 3BR/3BA, Penthouse apartment with kitchen, dining room, sitting area, large patio. Spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico from apartment & view of the Bay & Gulf from the large patio. Professionally decorated, furnished, W/D. Large pool, tennis courts, exercise equipment available. Non-smokers, no pets. Available Dec. through May. $7500/month. (863)802-4765. LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON Place: 2BR/2BA comfortable villa w/enclosed lanai and covered parking. Heated pools, private beach and boat access. Available for seasonal (2/mo. min.) or annual rental. No smoking. No pets. 845-425-1645 or 845-354-2280. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES 2BR/2BA, CANAL FRONT, NEW LARGE DOCK, WALK TO BEACH, PARTIALLY FURNISHED, $1700/MO - MONTH TO MONTH 941-383-7823


LBK, THE ULTIMATE! Beachplace condo. Luxury living at its best for the discerning vacationer. Best views, best decor, best price - Fifth floor. Exquisite beachfront 2BR/2BA. Stunning sunsets and panoramic views. Newly remodeled, luxuriously furnished. Fully high-end equipped kitchen. Reserved parking. Available monthly all dates except Feb./March, 2005. Non-smokers only. Digital pics available. Call 813-875-7775, Steve or Lyndsey. CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA or 2BR/2BA furnished homes. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Dock, walk to beach. Available November & December, 2004. Monthly only. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates. or call 941-360-0700.

Time Share LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $18000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983, LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $18000. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, 800-201-9983,

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

SAGAMORE ESTATES DUPLEX Great investment close to the beaches and Cortez Village. Two bedroom/two bath plus a one bedroom/one bath with common laundry and twocar garage. Good income potential in a rarely available subdivision. $355,000. Call Gary or Cindy LaFlamme 780-8000 or 725-0928

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

EXTREMELY RARE OPPORTUNITY ON LBK! One of only 2 top floor "Inn on the Beach" Penthouse Units w/no connecting walls. Spectacular views towards Downtown Sarasota overlooking luxurious Light House Point. Additional gulf views towards the West & Southwest. Excellent income possibilities w/all turnkey furnishings in place for leasing. $795,000. Cindy or Mike Migone 812-7438 or 812-7437

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

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

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

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

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YOUR TROPICAL PARADISE AWAITS Completely renovated perfect for entertaining. Over 4,400 sq ft home w/deluxe master suite & bath, ultimate gourmet kitchen & lg balcony w/bay views. On secluded deep water bayou. $2,599,000. Cindy Migone 812-7437 or Courtney Campbell 302-6408


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

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

WATER FRONT ESTATE On prestigious Longboat Key. New 3/4 bedroom 3 full bath canal home with gorgeous views of the bay. This stunning home has deeded beach access , privacy wall surrounding your own secluded oasis and quality details throughout the estate.. Offered at $1,597,000. Call Susanne Kasten 448-3027

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


MARK II Great two bedroom condo with den on the fourth floor, beautiful views from most every window. Complex is direct on the beach with pool and tennis.Call 383-5886

THE SHORE Newly updated large 2 BR/ 2BA condo on second floor, just steps to the beach with pool and jacuzzi. A perfect place to vacation. Call 383-5886

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