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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.
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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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
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.
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.
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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
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
DISCOUNT AIR FARES? We checked online the cost of a roundtrip airline ticket from Sarasota-Bradenton International to Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport traveling Jan. 10 and returning Jan. 17. We checked first on each airline’s Web site. Then we checked on Expedia. Here are the results:
property taxes, they cast their lot.: Everybody pays, hot spot or not. ❑❑❑
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.
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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. ❑
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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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EXQUISITE EN PROVENCE PENTHOUSE. Longboat Key's famous crystalline waters, four beautiful suites, Michelangelo marble and sun-drenched wraparound terrace whisper opulence in this Gulf front penthouse. $5,690,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #232063
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HARBOUR OAKS. Lovely, furnished 3BR villa with lake views, 2-car garage & beach access. Just a short distance to pool, golf course & marina. Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. $625,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #261633 SANDS POINT. Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, this rarely available, 2nd-floor, 1BR-plus-den condominium boasts a beautiful beach, pool & hot tub. $550,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #262106 PRIVATE ISLAND PARADISE. This 1-acre home site is 1 of only 13 on an exclusive 26-acre island just off the north end of Longboat Key. Watch sunsets from your own private beach. $499,900. Deborah Nelson, 966-8000 or 266-5900. #258702
THE VIEWS WILL AMAZE YOU from this 14th bay vistas. Open floor plan with 3BRs, fabulou Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387ESTATE SIZED BAYFRONT PROPERTY. Appr bayfront, extremely private & perfect for a cust with 135' of waterfront. $2,295,000. Debra Pi WIDE OPEN BAY VIEWS on a quiet cul-de-s home with dock is perfect for the nautical en $1,900,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, PHOENIX. Enjoy sensational wraparound views located bayfront building. Casually elegant w Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #255450 RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES with ful ties, this 3BR residence features a private ele suite. $1,799,900. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 o PRIME BAYFRONT SETTING – PHOENIX. Set in sure overlooking the new bridge, this turnkey re ing space & 2-car garage. $1,695,000. Bibi-An RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES. Enjoy m world of unimaginable lifestyle & elegance. Sav Sarasota Bay. $1,650,000. Jim Hanrahan & Ca #252853 DOWNTOWN DIRECT BAYFRONT. Set in the b ft. residence boasts 3BR suites & expansive liv bay & harbor. $1,595,000. Kim & Michael Ogil THE RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCES. Unsurpas day. Enjoy fantastic, panoramic bay views from suites. $1,575,000. Annette Rogers & Michael OAKS CLUB SIDE. High expectations are exce plus-den model residence with 4,400 sq. ft award-winning pool. $1,499,000. Terri Derr #257085 BEAU CIEL. Cherish sweeping bay views from in an exciting, award-winning building in the h Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #262774
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ES CA BAY. Grand estate set on 3.2 acres of gated & exquisitely landscaped bay frontage, with 650+/- lineal feet. Superb craftsmanship & taste in this restored & expanded Thomas Reed Martin masterpiece. $14,900,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #261379 DOWNTOWN RETREAT. This secluded, island-style estate is among the most attractive bayfront properties in Sarasota. Connected to the mainland only by a driveway, this awe-inspiring residence offers absolute privacy. $10,000,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #NM1510 BALLENTINE MANOR. Custom built with soaring walls of glass to enhance the views of sparkling Sarasota Bay & Longboat Key, this unique estate presents a dazzling display of space & light. $6,250,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #245700 EXTRAORDINARY RITZ-CARLTON PENTHOUSE. Professionally redesigned & upgraded 3BR with leisure room, library & 4 terraces. Two secure parking spaces & all hotel amenities. $5,350,000. Pamela & Lynford Wiley, 951-6660 or 925-2153. #213339 BEAU CIEL. Amazing 2-story masterpiece overlooking Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Fabulous penthouse unit with 4BRs & over 5,300 sq. ft. $4,500,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #246494 HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT. Best location, this gracious 5,000 sq. ft. home boasts expansive water views, 167' bay frontage, pool, spa & dock. $4,250,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #263219 NOKOMIS BAYFRONT with 300' of prime bayfront, plus creek on side of property flowing to protected boathouse. Property can be divided into 2 lots. Country-style home on property. $3,000,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #249547 SARABANDE. Spectacular panoramic views of the sparkling bay & Gulf waters to the city lights of Sarasota. Secured downtown building with concierge, spa & 2 guest suites for owner's use. $2,690,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #258828 OYSTER BAY WATEFRONT. This 4BR home is beautifully situated on .68-acre of excellent boating water. Features vaulted ceilings, maple floors, state-of-the-art kitchen & 3-car garage. $2,500,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #259828 PRESTIGIOUS HARBOR ACRES. Unique waterfront property on the deep sailboat basin. Over 4,000 sq. ft. pool home with antique brick, wood flooring & quality throughout. $2,495,000. Janis Collier, 951-6660 or 313-1212. #254545
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WATER CLUB. This spacious residence features high ceilings with crown moldings & 2 large terraces. The living/dining room area opens out to a terrace with sunset views. $1,875,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #261964
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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OPINION If you were the judge