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Eighth wonder of the world We’re not shocked — but we’re definitely awed. Longboat Key Town Commissioner Hal Lenobel has hit his eighth holein-one. (No, there’s no need to check the dateline of this week’s issue of The Longboat Observer — it’s not the April Fools’ edition.) Lenobel achieved the feat last Friday on the 7th hole of the White Course at Harbourside at the Longboat Key Club. He asked if we wanted to know how it’s done: “You’ve got to live under a lucky star,” he said, and added, “It’s befuddling to me — in fact, embarrassing.” (Most golfers would love to suffer some of that embarrassment.) Lenobel was playing with David Young and Jack Jaret. Young found the ball in the hole. “I wish I was as lucky in other things,” Lenobel said. Feeling lucky, Lenobel and and his wife, Hazel, played the Florida Lottery that night. They didn’t win.


Of the three possible configurations for a new community center drafted by architect Lisa Wannemacher, only the design that includes a multimillion-dollar parking garage provides enough parking spaces to meet town code. Wannemacher explained the parking problem to the Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee Oct. 2, when she presented three different ways to build a facility on Bayfront Park. Each of the three designs envisions a building of about 17,000 square feet on

Buchanans break ground The groundbreaking for the Buchanan Family Fitness Center of Cardinal Mooney High School was held Sept. 30. Vern and Sandy Buchanan of Longboat Key donated $250,000 to build the center. Although neither Vern nor Sandy attended the school, their two sons did: James graduated in 2001 and Matthew graduated in 2003. They’re both notable athletes. Although the architect has not con-

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In addition to looking cool, these sungoggles allow Oliver to see what’s going on around him without squinting. And there was a lot to see when he attended the Blessing of the Animals held Oct. 4 on the front lawn of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. The Rev. Eric Wogen blessed quite a few pets that sunny afternoon. For more photographs, please see page 1C.

Having a ground-level community center would make the facility easily accessible, but would not allow enough room for the 189 parking spaces required by town rules. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5A

Purse-snatcher evades police BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

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A man ripped the purse off an elderly Longboat Key woman, injuring her in the process, and managed to elude the pursuit of police and several Good Samaritans Oct. 5. According to police reports, the theft happened at about 3 p.m. in Town Plaza. Betty Lee Fullerton was heading into Eckerd Drugs when she noticed a man “leering” at her from a nearby car. Fullerton said a second man came up from behind her and grabbed the purse she had slung over her shoulder. “He pulled so hard that he pulled me right down to the ground,” said Fullerton. David Koenck of Colorado and Mark Murphy of Virginia heard Fullerton’s screams and chased the purse-snatcher. But the thief jumped into the passenger side of a light-blue, compact car with Florida license plates. Enter Jeff Elking, an off-duty police officer from Kissimmee, celebrating his anniversary in the area. Elking was getting gas at the shopping plaza when he saw an older man chasing a younger man. “At first I didn’t know what to think. But the

older gentleman, much to his credit, was yelling, ‘Thief, thief!’” Elking said. Realizing the thief was about to get into a car, Elking got into his own rental vehicle and followed. “It’s instinct. It’s not something you choose to do. Your body just goes on auto-pilot,” Elking said. Elking called police while he pursued the purse-snatcher, whose getaway vehicle was going approximately 80 mph and passing cars illegally. As the chase reached the 4100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key Police Officer Pati Beardsley was in her cruiser driving in the opposite direction past the getaway car. “He crossed the double yellow line and was headed straight towards me. I was forced to go into the grass in the southbound lane to avoid a head-on collision,” Beardsley wrote in her report. Elking came along next, showed Beardsley his badge and described the getaway vehicle. Beardsley continued the pursuit, but by this time, the vehicle was no longer in sight. At the time, two other officers were investigating a reported “attempted abduction” in

Joan M. Durante Park. A group of children had reported being contacted by two older men walking a dog. From their vantage point in the park, the officers watched for the getaway vehicle to speed past them, but did not see it. And by the time Beardsley reached the north end of the island, the Longboat Pass Bridge was up and there was no sign of the suspects or the vehicle. The Manatee County sheriff and police agencies on Anna Maria Island were alerted to the situation, but did not report seeing the vehicle. Later, police learned that bicyclist Sharon Merrigan saw someone throw a purse out of a fast-moving vehicle near 7-Eleven. Merrigan recovered the purse and waited around until police came to pick it up. The thief took $50 in cash and some jewelry from the purse, but he had not removed Fullerton’s credit cards or identification, which were returned to her. Fullerton said the first thing she remembers after the purse snatching is being treated for her bruises. The day after the incident, she said she was still sore, “I hurt.” Police Chief Al Hogle said the investigation is continuing. ❑




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organ, donated by the late, longtime organist Marge Kollman, was given to a mission church. Parishioners spent the entire summer attending Mass at the Stella Maris Parish Hall, longer than Pick originally planned. “When we did one thing,” Pick said, “then we said, ‘Why don’t we do this?’ and then we said, ‘Why don’t we do that.’” Pick said this was the first major interior overhaul in the church since it was built 30 years ago.

firmed the details, preliminary building plans state that it will be between 3,000 and 4,000 square feet; it will be a pre-engineered, structured-steel building with concrete block; and it will include a weight room, fitness area, restrooms and showers.

Definition of service Marilyn Bezner, president of the Rotary Club of Longboat Key, reports that her club participated in the national dictionary giveaway. Her club adopted three Bradenton schools — Kinnan, Sea Breeze and Abel elementary schools — giving English dictionaries to all third graders. In addition to Bezner, Rotarians Michael Levine, Jay and Christy Travis, a brothersister duo, and Marjorie Peter distributed the dictionaries to each student. A total of 405 dictionaries were given out. Rotary clubs nationwide participated in this program, which included all public schools.

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The Selby Public Library Bookmobile will not operate on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13. Its usual Longboat Key time is from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road.

Kiwanis ushers in new president This happy bunch of Longboaters/Southeastern Michiganians decided to celebrate the opening of the new John Ringling Causeway Bridge early ... by about a month.

Many reasons to party A bunch of Longboaters/Southeastern Michiganians simply couldn’t wait until September to celebrate the completion of the new John Ringling Causeway Bridge, so they went ahead and celebrated it a bit early — Aug. 17. “We love getting together on Longboat Key and just couldn’t wait for the season to begin, so we found a reason to party,” wrote Pat Baer. While hosts had intended the party to celebrate this important civic undertaking, it turned out to celebrate another as well — the return of electric power and water supply to the area following the massive East-coast blackout of mid-August. Also, at the last moment everyone realized that it also was 45th anniversary of guests Joyce and Myron LeBan. “So, we had a great deal to celebrate ... and did we ever,” Baer wrote. In addition to Baer, the party was also hosted by Bob Baer and Marge and Bill Sandy.

No reason not to kneel St. Mary Star of the Sea parishioners worshipped in better comfort and sang to sharper music this past Saturday and Sunday, thanks to the reopening of the newly remodeled church. With the smell of new carpet wafting through the expansive church, parishioners kneeled on softer kneelers and sat on cushier pews than they had before. They could see the altar, priest and each other better as well. Part of the remodeling included the replacement of chandelier lighting with brighter, recessed light fixtures. The Rev. Edward Pick, St. Mary’s pastor, said the chandeliers were donated to St. Theresa Church in Buckhead Ridge. Instead of singing to the heavy sounds of the old church organ, parishioners heard the crisp pitch of a new piano-organ, whose sound carried clearly through the updated audio system (no more crackling). The old

Vice Mayor Ron Johnson now has another title — Longboat Key Kiwanis Club president. Johnson ascended to the presidency after five years of membership in the organization. He succeeded past president and Longboat Key Town Commissioner Hal Lenobel. “It was a successful year,” Lenobel said of his tenure. Lenobel cited the fact that the organization ended the year with more members for the first time in memory. There are now 64 members of the club, which is one more than last year. Johnson said he plans to pick up where Lenobel left off and a committee was formed to explore ways to increase membership. The goal is to have 90 members, Johnson said. Johnson also said he hopes to increase the number of college scholarships offered by the organization. When Johnson assumed the office, Vince DeLisi became president-elect, followed by vice president Samir Ragheb. —Compiled by staff

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Pool issue makes waves on committee St. Denis and got the impression a pool would fit on the Bayfront Park property. Architect Lisa Wannemacher said the pool can fit on the Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee member Corrine Silver Ragheb was not in the country when site, but some other element would have to be sacrificed. As Ragheb reiterated her point about the petition, Brown the rest of the committee decided Sept. 18 that building a pool with a new community center is not a top priority. But Ragheb said he is not sure that people who signed the petition specifically endorsed the pool aspect of a community returned and started a heated debate when she center. He added that the only negative commade her objections to the decision known at the next meeting Oct. 2. “Personal agen- ments he has heard about the community center far have been about the possibility of a pool. The controversy erupted after architect Lisa das should stop so Ragheb noted that several members of the Wannemacher mentioned the possibility of building a parking garage with three tennis at the door. And committee are also members of the group Friends of Tennis Inc., and the committee ranked tennis courts on its top at Bayfront Park. While this some don’t.” courts as a higher priority than the pool. plan would provide one more tennis court than — Walter Hackett, is available now on the property, it would not during a break in the Another member of the tennis group is H.M. Sandy Gilbert, who advised the committee involve a pool. Oct. 2 meeting. about conducting a public survey, Ragheb said. Ragheb pointed out that she circulated a petiLongboat Key Ragheb also insinuated that Gilbert misled the tion in support of a new community center, Community Center committee about his affiliation with the which was signed by 722 people and led to the Advisory Committee Longboat Key Turtle Watch and that he may not creation of the committee. The petition specifimember be trustworthy. cally mentioned a pool, Ragheb said, “So I want “I don’t feel that I in any way misled anybody,” to know what happened to the lap pool.” Chairman James L. Brown explained that the committee Gilbert, who did not attend the meeting, said in an interview. Gilbert explained that he actively patrolled the beach with explored the issue at length in Ragheb’s absence and learned that the pool would require too much maintenance and take turtle watchers until a few months ago, when surgery prevented him from participating for a time. But he still considers up too much of the property to be a high priority. himself a member of the organization. “It wasn’t just dismissed,” said Brown. “I think it’s quite a technicality,” Gilbert said. Ragheb said the pool would be a great benefit to the island, Ragheb continued on to say that her petition was in ink, but especially as a place for people with arthritis to exercise. And Ragheb said she discussed the issue with Town Manager Bruce the survey the committee is conducting is being done in penBY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

cil, which can be erased. And she accused committee member Walter Hackett of altering a blind man’s survey. Hackett said he did erase part of the survey. But Hackett said he did not know the man was blind and when he saw Ragheb filling in answers on the survey after the man left, he thought that was wrong, so he erased the answers. Committee member Beverly Shapiro said the fact that she and Hackett belong to the Friends of Tennis has nothing to do with the plan to maintain tennis courts as part of the new community center. Shapiro explained that the courts at the community center would be made available to informal tennis players, whereas her group tends to gravitate toward the public tennis center on Bay Isles Road. Brown said if the pool is truly a popular idea, that will be revealed in the survey the committee is taking, “We shouldn’t be sitting here poking fingers at each other.” For a time, the committee discussed other business, but the pool issue seeped back into the conversation when Ragheb mentioned that the committee did not tour a facility with a pool, such as the YMCA. “Why are we discussing a pool if we know there isn’t space for it?” asked committee member Andrea Frank. Ragheb mentioned again that her petition supported a pool. Frank said the committee took that fact into account when deciding that a pool is the lowest priority. And, had Ragheb been present, her one vote would not have changed the outcome, Frank said. Brown said if there is an outcry for a pool in the survey, then the committee may reconsider the matter. “This facility is not what I want ... it’s what the public wants.” ❑

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The days of boaters speeding around in Longboat Pass are drawing to a close. The town filed an application to install five “slow speed minimum wake” signs in Longboat Pass and in the water between Jewfish Key and Bayside Drive in the Village. The white, reflective signs will be 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, with an orange border. They will stand 6 feet above the water. Although the Longboat Key Town Commission approved the slow-boating zone in June, permission is still required from the Florida Office of Boating Safety and Waterway Management, otherwise the town would be guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor. As for how long the state review will take, Tara Alford, the state’s contact person for this subject, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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As Hurricane Toby approached Longboat Key and citizens scrambled to leave the island, a crane-carrying barge slammed into the Longboat Pass Bridge, rendering the bridge useless for the evacuation. At least, that is what happened on paper, when town staff gathered in the police department for an exercise in emergency operations Sept. 30. Fire Chief Julius Halas, who took charge of emergency operations for the town after John Kintz resigned as police chief in 2002, scheduled the drill. But even Halas did not know what to expect, because emergency officials from Sarasota County designed the fictitious scenario. The session started with reports of a hurricane expected to reach Longboat Key within 18 hours, with winds of up to 100 mph and a 7-foot surge in the Gulf of Mexico. The incoming hurricane prompted a mandatory evacuation and the simulation required Halas to have residents evacuated by 2 p.m. and town staff off the island by 4 p.m. After the barge struck the drawbridge, Halas used the town’s Safety Alert Message system to order all evacuees to head south. Another challenge came when Halas learned that three people who could not walk were not evacuated with the rest of the town’s disabled citizens. Halas ordered the emergency operation center to dispatch ambulances to retrieve the three people. Next, Halas and his crew learned the crane

Fire Chief Julius Halas, right, huddles with his team during an emergency drill Sept. 30. had not only damaged the drawbridge, but it also knocked out the town’s main water pipe from Manatee County. This jeopardized the town’s ability to fight fire, so a water storage truck was requested and received from the forestry service. Meanwhile, Public Works Director Juan Florensa directed his workers to start up the secondary, underwater pipe in Longboat Pass. Soon, the pipe was providing the town with enough water to fight a fire. Then a report came in that the power went out at the hotel to which the Longboat Key Town Commission evacuated. Commissioners asked to be relocated. “Yeah, they also want ice,” joked Town Manager Bruce St. Denis.

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Halas decided that someone should check on the commissioners’ safety, but that relocation was unnecessary. The exercise ended shortly thereafter and everyone went to lunch to critique what transpired. Sarasota County Emergency Management Director Gregg D. Feagans, who witnessed the drill, said Halas and the five department heads who supported him performed well during the scenario because they were able to work together. And teamwork is particularly important on Longboat Key, because the island is a barometer for the mainland, Feagans said. The impact of any major storm will be visible on Longboat Key first, he explained, “To me, you guys look like the Titanic.” ❑

Cash flow The Southwest Florida Water Management District voted to keep the same millage rate of .422 for the 11th year in a row. But the tax rate will still be sufficent to fund a $259,439,253 budget for the coming fiscal year. That is $18 million more than last year’s budget. The budget includes $10 million for the New Water Sources Initiative, designed to encourage local governments to develop regional, alternative sources of water. For the owner of a $400,000 home, the water tax would be $168.80.


New recycling program starts BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The town of Longboat Key distributed new recycling bins to residents and conducted the inaugural recycling run Oct. 6. Residents received a new blue bin, to go along with their old red bin. The goal of the program is to allow residents to recycle most items from home, rather than traveling to a town-recycling center. The program allowed the town to close the recycling center on Bay Isles Road to make room for four new tennis courts. Convincing people to keep their red bins has been one of the biggest challenges so

far, Public Works Director Juan Florensa said. Both bins are required. The blue bin should be used for newspapers, magazines, catalogues, junk mail, computer paper, typing paper, brown paper bags, brown wrapping paper, envelopes (without plastic windows) and phone books. The red bin is used to collect aluminum or tin cans, glass containers, plastic bottles and steel jar lids. Recyclables should not be placed in bags, because plastic bags are not accepted. Corrugated cardboard should be flattened and placed at the curb with household

garbage. The collection day for recycling will continue to be on Mondays. Both bins should be at the curb by 7 a.m. Hazardous wastes, such as paint, motor oil, pesticides, fertilizers and batteries are not collected curbside. Such items should be taken to the Bee Ridge Landfill by Sarasota County residents and Lena Road Landfill by Manatee County residents. Medical needles or lancets should not be placed in the garbage. Questions about the new recycling program can be answered by the Public Works Department, 316-1988. ❑

There will be a meeting of the Longboat Key Code Enforcement Board at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Items on the agenda include: • A building permit violation at 603 Bowsprit Lane. • A building permit violation at 6385 Gulfside Road. • Unkempt lawn at 300 North Shore Road. There will be a meeting of the Longboat Key Town Commission at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Items on the agenda include: • Consideration of compensation for Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. • A second hearing for final approval of the La Firenza condominium development at 4131 Gulf of Mexico Drive. ❑




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Town boards review rules amount of money L’Ambiance residents have should not have been a The town hosted a training seminar factor. But, Persson explained that the for all town boards and committees issue of opulence was first raised by Oct. 2. Mayor John Redgrave publicly the L’Ambiance residents’ own attorrequested training for board members, ney, Michael Furen. After that, it was after L’Ambiance residents com- a fair topic for discussion, Persson plained about how they were treated continued. Persson also spoke about dealing by the Longboat Key Zoning Board of Adjustment. And Redgrave opened with controversy in general. “It’s not personal,” Persson said. the session by expressing appreciation “You will encounter an for all of the volunteers, unhappy camper who while reminding them comes before the board, about their responsibilioccasionally.” ties. Several members of “It’s is not just an hon— David Persson the audience laughed. orary position. You play Town Attorney Persson said board an important part in members should listen to what Longboat is today and what it will be in the future,” everything that is said about an issue. But board members should remember Redgrave said. The training began with Town that they can’t make decisions by Clerk Donna Spencer providing an “counting noses,” Persson said, overview of how the town’s govern- because public opinion has nothing ment works. The Longboat Key Town to do with legal rights. Persson also said it is important to Commission sets policy and then the manager is responsible for making apply procedures equally to everyone, sure employees execute the policy so that town actions will be defensible in court. properly, Spencer explained. “You can do it wrong. As long as Spencer also handed out a booklet about parliamentary procedure to the you do it wrong consistently, you’re OK,” said Persson. audience. Asked whether town volunteers are Town Attorney David Persson dealt directly with the L’Ambiance issue, subject to personal lawsuits, Persson which involved a member of the zon- said board and committee members ing board talking about the affluence are immune to legal action as long as of L’Ambiance residents, in reaching they are acting within the scope of a decision about whether guest suites their town duties. But board members should be allowed on the property. are open to lawsuits if they abuse There were complaints that the their power or violate the state sunBY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

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shine law, Persson added. Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Bob Diamant asked Persson about a conflict in the town charter. The rules allow the planning board to set its own agenda, without a mandate from the Town Commission. But if the agenda involves spending any money, the planning board is powerless, because the commission controls the budget, Diamant explained. “In my opinion, the Planning and Zoning Board is empowered to make recommendations to the Town Commission, even if they don’t want to hear it. But don’t spend any money,” said Persson. Longboat Key Code Enforcement Board Chairman Thomas Fuorry asked whether it is possible for a board to set a precedent with its actions. Persson said legal opinions differ on the issue. But he personally believes that, all things being equal, similar cases should result in similar outcomes. The catch is that it is rare to have identical circumstances in two different matters. “It’s a very case-by-case decision,” Persson said. Persson also spoke about Florida Sunshine Law, which requires board members to confine their decisionmaking to public meetings. The general rule for following the sunshine law is similar to the rule for being ethical, Persson said, “If in doubt, don’t.” The session concluded with lunch provided by the Blue Dolphin Café. ❑


Parking CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A the northeast corner of the property, and each requires 189 parking spaces. The first layout shows what is possible if everything is built on the ground level. The existing ball field would be retained, as would the basketball court, playground, shuffleboard court and one tennis court. But everything would be packed tightly into the property, leaving little “breathing room” or space for setbacks around the property’s perimeter, Wannemacher explained. And this first option only provides 93 parking spaces, which is less than half the required amount. The second design drawn by Wannemacher provides 122 parking spaces by elevating the community center to create room for cars underneath. The second option also provides extra space by combining the basketball court with the tennis court. But a hybrid of two different types of courts may be undesirable and would require staff to manually raise or lower the tennis net, warned Town Manger Bruce St. Denis. The third plan Wannemacher presented contained the one thing that could accommodate all components, while providing enough parking. “What that is, is a parking deck,” Wannemacher said. A two-story parking deck would make it possible to park 195 cars on the property, more than enough to meet town rules. And the roof of the structure could be used to accommodate not one, but three tennis courts. “Is a double-level parking thing very expensive?” asked committee member Ralph Hunter. Chairman James L. Brown said parking garages typically cost about $20,000 per parking space. At that rate, the parking garage depicted by Wannemacher would cost $3.6 million. “It’s not the way we want to go, if we can find a way around it,” said Brown. Committee member Corrine Silver Ragheb

NEWS said land on Longboat Key is expensive and a parking garage is an efficient way to utilize that valuable space. Committee member Andrea Frank said she does not like the idea of a parking garage. She said some people already think the committee is trying to design a “Taj Mahal,” and a parking garage might further that perception. “In order to sell this to people, you’ve got to keep it small town,” said Frank. Committee member Walter Hackett said if a parking garage is built with the community center, the parking garage will be what people see when they drive by the facility on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Hackett said he would prefer people be struck by the sight of the community center. Committee member Beverly Shapiro said if there is an event at the community center without sufficient parking, patrons might get discouraged and decide not to come back. “Let’s encourage bicycles,” joked Hunter. In addition to the parking problem, the committee also learned that the size of the ball field is an issue. All of Wannemacher’s plans show a 200-foot-long ball field, which is only large enough to meet Little League regulations. Recreation Director Mark Litwhiler said that a 200-foot-long field is too small. He said the existing ball field is more than 250 feet long, from home plate to the home run line, and 250 feet would be the minimum acceptable size. “I’d hate to have a smaller field and everybody hits the ball in the water,” said Hunter. Wannemacher said the playground could be eliminated to make more room for the ball field. “But we don’t want to sacrifice the children’s play area,” said Ragheb. “I would say that gets more use than the ball field.” St. Denis said more options may become available after Wannemacher meets with town planning staff to review the possibilities of developing the property as a planned unit development, a process that allows some flexibility. And St. Denis said he is still pursuing the


A two-level parking garage seems to be the only way to fit enough parking spaces in Bayfront Park for the new community center currently being envisioned. But the architect is planning to explore other ways to fit extra parking spaces, such as removing landscaping islands, utilitzing part of the Verizon property, or reducing the overall parking requirements by altering plans for the community center itself. idea of purchasing additional land near Bayfront Park for the community center. “These things are happening and may change the size,” St. Denis said. The committee took no action regarding the three proposals presented by Wannemacher. Instead, the committee decided to have the architect bring to the next meeting plans for the interior of the community center.

The committee also decided not to have another meeting until Oct. 23, when more than four of the seven committee members will be able to attend. Hunter protested the delay, saying a meeting should be held if four members are available, “A quorum is a quorum.” Frank said the decisions being made at this point are too important for just four of the committee members to make. ❑







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Rating the manager The natives are getting restless. As reader surveys go, the 25 responses to our Sept. 25 questions about Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ performance and pay were few. But as you can read on this and the facing page, they were passionate and forthright. One group of Longboat residents from Emerald Harbor went so far as to walk to The Longboat Observer’s office last week to tell us “right on.” They agree that the town commissioners should be much less fawning of St. Denis and hold him accountable to SCORECARD measurable objectives. Tie ON ST. DENIS his pay to performance, we We asked readers on said. And indeed, that is one this page Sept. 25 to of the themes that comes rate the performance from the comments of our and pay of Longboat survey respondents. Key Town Manager Are these 25 responses — Bruce St. Denis. The because they are so few — percentage breakmeaningless? After all, there down for the 25 are 10,000 residential units responses is as folon Longboat, signifying lows: probably 20,000 full- and part-time residents here. To PERFORMANCE be sure, the responses to our Excellent . . . . . . 8% survey fall well short of a Good . . . . . . . . 24% representative statistical Fair. . . . . . . . . . 40% sampling, but they should Poor . . . . . . . . . 28% not be dismissed, either. PAY Were there to be an election Too high. . . . . . 58% on the town manager today, Just right. . . . . . 31% our sense of Longboaters’ Not enough . . . 11% disposition would line up closely with the percentages as noted in the accompanying box. Longboaters would say definitively: • The town manager’s pay is excessive; • The town manager should have pay incentives tied to controlling costs; • The town manager should be required to live on Longboat Key. • The Town Commission should exert more authority and control the town’s agenda. Should St. Denis be fired? The margin between yes and no would be as thin as the proverbial razor blade. As noted by some of our respondents, in the private sector, St. Denis’ more famous (or is that infamous?) activities would have earned him the boot — i.e., the construction of what is now an unusable public works garage; the $750,000 reclaimed water fiasco; the annual runaway spending; the police union; town facilities cost overruns; calling for mandatory sprinkler system retrofitting; the whole Lynchessea grapes-buttonwood tree saga. But given the Town Commission’s long-running practice of letting the town manager set the town agenda, of letting their fondness of St. Denis as an earnest, well-meaning person cloud their business judgment and of never setting

TYRANNY AT TOWN HALL Where in the U.S. Constitution does it say our government has the authority to force us to install microjet watering systems in our yards? Where does the constitution say that our government has the authority to force us to buy water-conserving toilet bowls or shower heads? For that matter, where does the Constitution enumerate government mandates on the wattage in our light bulbs, the temperature on our thermostats or the amount of gasoline our cars consume in a week? Nowhere! Nowhere! And if you say Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution says, “The Congress shall have the power to ... provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States,” you would still be wrong. As noted economist Walter Williams recently pointed out, the “general welfare clause has become the standard excuse for controlling our lives, and as such, it shows how ignorance and deception have become an important part of today’s America.” Willliams also notes that James Madison, the Constitution’s acknowledged father, said this about the general welfare clause: “With respect to the two words ‘general welfare’, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” Thomas Jefferson, according to Williams, echoed similar sentiments: “Congress has not unlimited

benchmarks for the town manager to attain, you could make a case for saying: If anyone should be fired, it should be the voters and commissioners. You know the saying about democracy and the aftermath of elections: We get what we deserve. Or, you build your own nest. At this point, rather than stir up debate over whether St. Denis should be retained or fired (we’ll withhold our opinion on that), it’s probably more productive to accept that what is done is done. Rather than practice Albert Einstein’s version of insanity — doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results — it’s time Longboat’s town commissioners evaluate their own performance as it relates to the town manager and his senior executives. To be blunt: When the commissioners get together again to discuss St. Denis’ compensation package, they should take a business approach. Here’s what we would suggest: • No raise now; • No three-year contract; • Specific objectives to attain, the most important of which would include a big financial incentive to reduce in real dollars the cost of town government. Commissioners should establish a percentage reduction in the town’s operating budget for St. Denis to attain. If he reaches it, he earns a sizable reward.

powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” And yet our august Longboat Key Water Advisory Committee, imitating the bobbing heads of our town commissioners, unanimously voted last week to adopt the recommendation of Town Manager Bruce St. Denis that Longboaters be forced by law to install water efficient sprinkling systems. What’s more, to borrow a sentence from last week’s news account: “The committee made the decision without any information about how much such a retrofitting program will cost residents” — even though only a few weeks ago the committee discussed conducting an experiment to determine the cost and effects. As City Editor Shay Sullivan tells us, the town manager’s attitude is Longboaters shouldn’t worry. They’ll be given five to eight years to install the more efficient water systems. And, St. Denis tells Sullivan, the cost won’t be that much. Retrofitting to more efficient water systems is likely to be done anyway, St. Denis says, when homeowners upgrade worn-out systems. St. Denis and his water boys miss the point: Keep government out of our lives! Preserving freedom is more important than conserving water. Borrowing again from economist Williams: “Substituting democratic decision-making” — in this case, what is likely to become a Town Commissionadopted water sprinkler law — “for what should be private decision-making is nothing less than tyranny dressed up.”

Pay for performance. Commissioners should demand more, too. They should require St. Denis to devise and share with taxpayers similar incentive plans and objectives for the town’s senior managers — in particular the police and fire chiefs. Nothing personal here, but Longboat taxpayers need to see what they’re getting for the chiefs’ highly generous compensation. And then the Town Commission should set a new policy. With St. Denis grandfathered, the commission should adopt a requirement that the town manager be a resident of the town. Because of the idyllic setting of the Key, the ever-appreciating value of the real estate, the overly seasonal nature of the taxpayers, their above-average wealth and the fact Longboaters are mostly retired and tired of the battles of life, Longboat residents tend to have a benign attitude about the activities of their government. But just as many Longboaters pay close attention to the management of their financial legacies for their heirs, it seems logical they would take a similar approach to the fiscal management of their town. It’s time for the commission to raise its expectations. Pay for performance. This may be paradise, but it’s still the real world.

HOW READERS RATE THE TOWN MANAGER Editor’s note: Two weeks ago, The Longboat Observer asked readers to rate the performance of Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis, comment on his pay and offer recommendations with regard to what they would have the town manager do differently if they were a town commissioner. Here and on page 9A are reader responses printed as submitted. Names of the writers were not included unless a writer specifically signed his name. Because of space, not all letters appear this week. Additional letters will be published next week:

Dear Editor: Congratulations on your position Sept. 25 on Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. You are absolutely correct. Running a municipality can be identical to running a company. As president of several companies, I was held accountable by my chairman (mayor) and board (commissioners) to develop and implement the following: Strategic plan One-year operating plan (first year of strategic plan) Budget to support B • Turnover • Operating income • Cash flow • Capital expenditures

Each item had: • An objective • A time line • A measurable outcome • Personal accountability My compensation and continued employment was based on my performance to the above agreed-upon items. There is no legitimate reason the structure cannot be introduced to Longboat Key, and I would be pleased to participate in this process. People in the public sector must be made to deliver product, not merely process. This includes our mayor and commissioners. When I hear a comment such as the one made by Mr. St. Denis when he states: “It’s not the amount of revenue but rather the judicious use of funds.”

I am ready to censure when it comes from a person who does not live in our taxing area and has spent our money so frivolously on the first water project and the continued use of consultants thereafter. That doesn’t define judicious where I come from. However, in the end, the discipline must start at the top with the mayor and commissioners stepping up to representing our interests and implementing a process of defined accountability for those who are paid by us. Jim Schneiders Longboat Key Performance: Good. He spent more than $750,000 on the water CONTINUED ON PAGE 7A


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6A project, and we paid for it. He drove Lynches Landing away, and the zoning project should have passed (bad marketing). Pay: Just right. What are his goals for Longboat Key, and his compensation should have bonuses for completion of projects; give him 7% and bonuses. Recommendations: Be held accountable and tell him when he doesn’t measure up. Performance: Fair. Whenever there is a problem or a question, his response is “we will hire a consultant,” so he can hide behind the consultant. Pay: Too high. Bradenton Beach’s mayor, an executive job as manager, is paid about $50,000. Recommendations: Be more responsive to town residents. Cut the red tape in dealings with the town. Performance: Good. On average, he has done a good job but he has been far from perfect, i.e. building cost overruns, water reclamation, sea grapes, union, town budget. Pay: Just right. This is not the largest town in the area, but the manager’s remuneration has got to be near the top. Asking an employee what he wants to stay is ridiculous. Recommendations: Give him a raise to $125,000 and a three-year contract, with the other two years’ increases based on merit. Performance: Fair. Allows his department heads to be arrogant when dealing with the public and residents. Fails to listen to the public and is not in touch with them. Has own agenda, not one with Longboat Key’s best interests. Pay: Just right. Recommendations: The commissioners are not in touch with the residents who are more than just homeowners. An arrogant attitude pervades the running of Longboat Key. Performance: Below average. Poor handling of Lynches Landing; poor handling of police and fire; too many consultants; too many committees. Pay: Just right. Recommendations: I would prefer a strong mayor who would be answerable to the people, not commissioners. Mr. St. Denis would have been voted out. Performance: Good. I can’t conceive of anything outstanding about his performance. Pay: Too high. I would like to see a complete breakdown of all of his perks! Recommendations: The manager has too much power. The commissioners are lazy. Performance: Excellent. Best manager the town ever had. Pay: Not enough. Compensation should be to assure that Mr. St. Denis will continue as manager for an extended period. Recommendations: Keep up the good work as he has been doing. Consider a three-year contract with yearly escalator. Performance: Poor. Public service and industry must operate on two standards. As a retired executive of a Fortune 500 company, I can tell you that spending $750,000 on a half-baked water plan would have been a firing offense in the real world. And to go to the city commission meeting and not be able to answer questions on what something is going to cost is either deception or incompetence. Pay: Too high. The commissioners need to pull their heads out of their butts and look around. The six-figure salary plus perks that we are paying is comparative to a city of 150,000


OPINION plus citizens with a much greater infrastructure. This guy is at best a “C” player, and there are many “A” players out there who would gladly come and run our island beach community far better. Recommendations: This should be a $65,000 to $75,000 job if we are not going to demand that the city manager live on the island. Clearly communication is poor and judgment is lacking. To treat any citizen of our community in the childish and vindictive manner that he treated the Lynches is deplorable. No effective staffing plan has been put in place in six years, and to give someone a satisfactory rating and then fire them three weeks later builds distrust and will quickly give you a union. Performance: Good. The commissioners should be setting yearly goals for the manager, and he should be evaluated on accomplishing goals. Pay: Too high. When was the last time a compensation comparison study was done? Recommendations: He should be paid a comparable salary for like work. Attain goals as set by commissioners. Performance: Fair. Town manager should be required to live on Longboat Key. Pay: Too high! Just another example of the “boys club” — i.e. Grasso at the NYSE! Recommendations: Find another system of evaluation and a contract without perks! Re: evaluation — maybe two commissioners and a citizens’ committee. Performance: Fair. Lest we forget the General Harris building that can’t be used — the waste of $30,000 architectural fees by putting the cart before the horse; $750,000 spent prior to getting commitment from either county of water availability. Pay: Too high. Highly overpaid for an island community the size of Longboat Key. He should (if retained) be required to live on the island, where, perhaps, he could see how his employees act, work and socialize. Recommendations: The commissioners should have more business experience where they would know what fiscal responsibility really is! St. Denis is not a saint! He treats everyone as if he is far superior. Performance: Fair. His action regarding reclaimed water with an expenditure of $750,000 was unacceptable. Pay: Just right. Salary level should be compared to other town managers in similar towns. Recommendations: The town commissioners should demand the manager consult with and obtain consent before embarking on new policies or actions. The town commissioners should be in charge and not the town manager in setting policy. Pay: Too high. Based on only a “satisfactory” rating, I would rate his salary too high and definitely should not be increased. Based on my experience in business, someone who receives only a satisfactory rating would not receive a raise and probably would be close to being put on probation. Performance: Below average to poor.

Too much public relations, not enough real work or attention to detail. Wastes our money. Time for a new town manager. Pay: Too high. Commissioners need to wake up and listen to the taxpayers and stop acting like St. Denis is a big deal. Their praise of him creates a bigger problem. Recommendations: $75,000 pay — he must live on Longboat Key; too big of a staff, and they don’t have enough to do. Bring projects in at correct cost. No more consultants! St. Denis doesn’t care about us. Performance: Good. Pay: Just right. Does he have an expense account? Recommendations: Look into desalination of sea water. His salary with health benefits and pension funding are enough for this contract. Performance: Fair to Good. Not enough emphasis on controlling budget line-item yearto-year growth. Too much reliance on consultants to make decisions. Pay: Just right. This is a simple and relatively uncomplicated town to manage. Add incentive bonus tied to controlling costs. Recommendations: Reduce consultants; hold operational budgets to inflation rate — double-digit growth is ridiculous. No business is run that way. No need for community center. Most of us here only six months. Basketball? Why? Performance: Poor. He hasn’t done anything wonderful or hasn’t done anything even notable. He could contribute to the Pelican Man or Mote Marine. Pay: Too high. He could earn less than half that and still live comfortably. Recommendations: He needs to get on the ball and make a difference in a positive way. He needs to donate to the community — time and money. Performance: Fair. Poor project planner. Engages consultants before objectives and requirements are set, e.g. poor planning for Town Hall. He is stubborn, inflexible. Pay: Too high. He is paid enough to insist that he live on Longboat Key. It would provide him more incentive to reduce waste and keep taxes down. Recommendations: He should reduce costs and waste as a priority. The onerous, pervasive permitting process is an empire and a cash cow that needs review. Performance: Excellent. Has hired good people, and if he finds they are not the right ones, he replaces them (Marty Black, John Kintz). Pay: Not enough. Recommendations: Better communication with the residents. Should be worth about $123,000. Performance: Fair. Mr. St. Denis has too much power and is too easily influenced by people who believe they run the community. Pay: Too high. Recommendations: He should live on Longboat. He should refrain from pandering to his older mentors and become progressive! His current salary is entirely adequate.

Maybe he needs some “big city” experience with “big city” issues. Performance: Poor. He has cost the town close to $1 million with idiotic ideas. Pay: Too high. He’s overpaid compared to town of equal size and responsibility. Recommendations: Terminate him and replace him with someone who is more in tune with the people who live here! Performance: Poor. He lacks basic managerial skills: wasted $750,000 on failed water project; wasted money on building garage for utilities department that failed FEMA codes; organized campaign to drive Lynches Landing off the island; caused police department employees to unionize. He should weigh consequences before he acts. Pay: Too high. True compensation evaluation must include the dollar value of other benefits, perks and pension. It is difficult to determine adequacy of salary without knowing the salary of other city managers with poor performance. Recommendations: Establish follow-up and accountability. Seek ongoing, meaningful feedback from stakeholders (that’s us, taxpayers and citizens) when considering performance rating. Commissioners must get involved (hands-on management) rather than just delegate and watch from afar. Establish standards of performance that are measurable. Performance: Fair. Pay: Just right. Recommendations: I refer to the Sept. 25 Letters to the Editor, entitled “St. Denis hullabaloo,” by Weldon G. Frost of Longboat Key. Very well stated. I concur 100%. Performance: Below poor. My one run-in with St. Denis proved him to be ineffectual and a master of buck passing. Pay: Too high. The man is nothing but a poor politician. Recommendations: Get rid of the position. Force the mayor and commission to do the job. Performance: Good. Spent too much money on the water plan. Relies on expensive consultants too much. I don’t care where he lives. Pay: Not enough. Give him a 3% to 4% increase in pay. Recommendations: Use town employees’ recommendation instead of consultants. Pay should be in range of $120,000 to $124,000. Performance: Fair. He should be rated on cost control, such as number of staff, total salary and benefit costs, justification for position, etc. His authority to add expenditures without commission approval should be very limited. Example: Fire department ladder truck. With most high-rises having enclosed fire escape stairways, there has never been a case where such equipment has been used. Also in the past, Sarasota has stationed a ladder truck on St. Armands, which was available for calls to Longboat Key. The loss of public funds, such as on waste water recycling, should not have happened. The Town Commission members share the blame. Pay: Too high. Compare with similar size and population town in Florida; he must rank near the top. Recommendations: The Town Commission should lay out ceilings for his authority. Higher costs should be justified and approved by commissioners or a town committee composed of retired residents qualified by past employment. The Town Commission should be advised by an expert such as Alicia Donn Aeziman of ADA Executive Search or by Bob Dawson, who ran for commissioner in the last election.




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ELEGANT BEACHFRONT ESTATE on 1.5+ Gulf front acres. Mediterranean residence with 5,600 sq. ft. of lush, tropical landscaping, Gulf views, terraces, tennis & heated beachfront pool. $5,990,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #232072 ST. ARMANDS BAYFRONT Warm, elegant & dramatic traditional European-style with beautiful detailing. A Sotheby's listing. $4,200,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #217393 EXCLUSIVE EN PROVENCE Enchanting 4BR Gulf front condo with marble floors & granite countertops is top-of-the-line in every aspect. $2,695,000. Christina Ashley, 383-7591 or 780-0291. #232491 PERFECT BEACH GETAWAY Breathtaking views of the Gulf from this 2-story home with all new furnishings, new carpet & numerous upgrades. Spectacular beachfront heated pool & sundeck. $2,400,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #220722 SECLUDED CONTEMPORARY HOME Enjoy sweeping water vistas from this spacious 2-story estate boasting the finest appointments and luxurious amenities throughout. Located in the heart of St. Armands. $1,950,000. Derrick Bhayat, 388-4447 or 284-4447. #216389 AMAZING VIEWS OF GULF & BAY from this fabulous 9th floor, turnkey furnished unit at Water Club. Over 3,000 sq. ft. of designer perfection, upgrades & extras. $1,895,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #234535 MARINA BAY Wide, sweeping views of bay, city & mangroves. This 3BR unit features crown moldings, faux finish walls & quality built-ins throughout. $989,000. Ruth Robinson, 388-4447 or 954-6515. #241357 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES Beautifully redone light & spacious home on the water, with courtyard pool & enchanting views of the bay. Lovingly restored with attention to every detail. $899,000. Kent Glen Peterson, 383-7591 or 780-1559. #245315 BEAUTIFUL GULF & CITY VIEWS with southern exposure & wraparound terrace in a gorgeous building. $895,000. Michael and Joseph James, 951-6660 or 724-4034. #237341 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB 2,400 sq. ft., 3BR direct Gulf front residence is located in a highly desirable complex, with boat docks on site. Savor full Gulf views from the best-kept secret on Longboat Key. $828,900. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #245017 SUNSET BEACH Incredible Gulf views from every room. Turnkey furnished by Robb & Stuckey, separate utility room, covered parking, gorgeous grounds, pool & beach. $795,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #242153 EXCELLENT HOME - EXCELLENT LOCATION Canal front pool home, just 1/2 block to bay & Intracoastal. Steps to gorgeous beach & a bird sanctuary. $699,900. John Zisman, 383-7591 or 504-2393. #245264 BIRD KEY Beautifully renovated 3BR garden home with new tile & carpeting, large family room, side-entry garage & pool. $695,000. Mary Ann Dabney, 388-4447 or 350-9806. #244981 TIFFANY PLAZA Rarely available beachfront walk-down. Enjoy fabulous sunsets & beachfront living from this well-maintained, almost completely remodeled unit. $649,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #240007 LIDO BEACH Large 2BR turnkey furnished unit with beautiful Gulf views. On-site management, pool, sauna & exercise room. Next to the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club. $469,900. Karin Stephan, 383-7591 or 504-4435. #230482 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY Updated unit with cathedral ceilings, newer kitchen, a/c & appliances. On-site management & rental office with year-round short-term weekly rentals. $389,900. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. #229916 INN ON THE BEACH Southern exposure provides sunshine throughout winter. Steps to beach & pool, yet in a private location. Wonderful Florida lifestyle. $339,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #234304 INN ON THE BEACH Beachfront club suite with panoramic views of pool, beach and sunset. Income producing property in top resort. $329,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #236447 PORTOBELLO Exceptional 2BR plus den residence on Longboat Key is turnkey furnished with remodeled, updated kitchen, 2 screened lanais, pool, tennis & beach. $299,000. Richard B. Perlman, 383-7591 or 387-8880. #244916 GREAT OPPORTUNITY to live on Longboat Key at an affordable price. Delightful 2BR unit of approximately 1,200 sq. ft. Furnished, updated kitchen & beautifully maintained. $289,900. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #235361 SUTTON PLACE Adorable townhome with ceramic tile on first floor, living & dining rooms, all white kitchen with newer appliances and screened lanai on 1st floor. $268,200. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #245174

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BAY ISLES BAYOU Situated on one of the best lots in the Bayou, this stunning and private home provides tranquil views across the golf course to the lake. $1,249,000. Annette Rogers, 3837591 or 387-0800. #231142

KENSINGTON PARK Comfortable 3BR family home, with large yard & plenty of privacy. $153,900. Jack & Jo James, 388-4447 or 928-3175. #244965 BRENTWOOD ESTATES Three BR home with newer kitchen & a screened lanai overlooking garden, located on a large, fenced corner lot. $152,900. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #244646 RENAISSANCE EFFICIENCY Turnkey furnished, sparkling, white & bright. Perfect for enjoyment of downtown activities. Excellent amenities, security & fitness center. $150,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #217798 AMARYLLIS PARK Four BR, clean & bright home with charming fireplace & large fenced yard. $114,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #242191 5Casey Key

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SPARKLING SUNSETS & WATER VIEWS from this 12th floor, 2BR residence in a popular mainland bayfront building, with boat docks, pool, tennis & more. $424,900. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #245051 CONDO ON THE BAY Impeccable Renoir floor plan, with new carpet, newer a/c, tiled foyer & numerous mirrors. Enjoy fabulous views of the bay & the new bridge. $409,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #244691 ONE WATERGATE Well-maintained, comfortable & quiet unit in a desirable complex, located close to the Ritz-Carlton, theatres, Van Wezel & downtown. $397,500. Ruth Robinson, 388-4447 or 954-6515. #244591 UNIVERSITY PARK Almost new 2BR plus den home situated on a nature preserve for ultimate privacy. Features upgrades throughout, community pool & fitness center. $389,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #244596 POINSETTIA PARK West of the Trail opportunity to build new or refurbish charming home set on a large treed lot. Located close to Siesta Key & downtown. $349,000. Julie Jordan, 951-6660 or 923-0598. #242971 SOUGHT AFTER WHISPERWOOD in The Meadows. Large villa with sweeping views of golf course, spacious floor plan with den & courtyard entry. $348,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #238182 RENAISSANCE Turnkey furnished by Robb and Stucky. Light & bright 2BR split plan offers a wonderful opportunity in the Renaissance. $324,900. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-2733. #237082 WOODLAND PARK Nestled among the oaks on a private cul-de-sac, this outstanding 3BR family home is in move-in condition. $324,500. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #244494 DOLPHIN TOWERS Exceptional unit in the center of everything. Boasts city views, tile & newer appliances. Ready for occupancy. $299,000. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #244188 WONDERFUL LOCATION for this stylish 4BR home in a fine deed restricted community. Beautiful flooring, fireplace, heated pool, fenced property & gardens. $288,500. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-6749. #240908 THE RENAISSANCE Light, bright & open, this fantastic unit sparkles with many upgrades and features. Enjoy downtown's cultural amenities or dine at one of Sarasota's finest restaurants. $249,900. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 320-2733. #244856 THE HAMMOCKS Beautiful Bent Tree townhome with cathedral ceilings, 1st floor master suite, 2,124 sq. ft. & great water views. $239,500. Sheldon Paley, 388-4447 or 356-1857. #244014 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY Main home with attached efficiency apartment. Unattached 2BR cottage has 3 separate rentals with tenants in place. $230,000. Mike Barberio, 951-6660 or 539-5818. #238974 HIDDEN BAY Offering a beautiful retreat from everyday life, this 2BR, 1st floor unit features a gourmet kitchen, ceramic tile & glass-enclosed lanai. $227,990. Helen Larson & Pat Garrett, 383-7591 or 350-1916 & 349-3444 or 923-9575. #243163 LA LINDA TERRACE Fabulous home with new paint and separate guest quarters, located on a corner lot, near shops & hospital. $214,900. Lisa Marie Pomeroy, 388-4447. #244902

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DIRECT GULF FRONT with 200' of private, protected, pristine beach in the prestigious gated community of Sanderling Club. Over 1 acre, offers 2,295 sq. ft. A Sotheby's listing. $5,500,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #235249 SANDERLING CLUB BEACHFRONT Private estate from Gulf to lagoon with 1.8 acres of privacy in a lush setting. $4,400,000. Sue Broughton & Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 356-6490. #230559 SIESTA WATERFRONT - HANSEN BAYOU 4,158 sq. ft. of perfection in new Arthur Rutenberg construction, 3BR plus media/den home. Marble floors, granite countertops, disappearing-edge pool & new dock. $2,495,000. Bitsy Robertson and Steve Spraker, 951-6660 or 377-0098. #238113 LUSHLY WOODED MAGNIFICENT BAYFRONT ESTATE Private and secluded, opens directly to sunrise. Over 400' in depth with majestic oaks, tropical vegetation & private beach. $1,950,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #235219 EXCITING CARL ABBOTT MODERN DESIGN under construction on North Siesta Key sailboat water canal with upgraded interior features. Enjoy rooftop patio, pool/spa, waterside deck & private dock. $1,750,000. Maria Beck, 951-6660 or 356-0063. #227767 DESIGN POSSIBILITIES Large Gulf front lot is now cleared. Enjoy breathtaking water, city & Lido views. Reduced to $1,600,000. Alix Wexler and Paul Romley, 349-3444 or 346-8123. #237277 FABULOUS SPANISH-MEDITERRANEAN Three/4BR 2-story newly constructed home with over 4,200 sq. ft., tile floors, open floor plan, granite counters, high ceilings, pool & dock. $1,395,000. Andy and Magda Franklin, 349-3444 or 504-0205. #228893 SOMERSET CAY Enjoy sunrise to sunset from this beautiful 2BR plus den residence on tropical South Siesta Key. $924,000. Kathleen Ucci, 951-6660 or 302-2344. #245007 SIESTA DUNES A true 3BR unit located in one of the best rental complexes on Siesta Key. Partial Gulf views, oversized rooms, open sun deck & 500' of private beach. $735,000. Alix Wexler and Paul Romley, 349-3444 or 346-8123. #236841 CRYSTAL SANDS Beautifully, newly furnished & updated unit gracefully set on Crescent Beach. $715,000. Mark P. Riley, 951-6660 or 350-2700. #235548 MIDNIGHT COVE Direct view of the Gulf and Siesta Beach from this lovely 2nd floor unit in a much sought after complex. Excellent rental program. $689,000. Michael and Joseph James, 951-6660 or 724-4034. #237076 SIESTA KEY TROPICAL ISLAND-STYLE living in this 3BR gated & walled residence. New kitchen with granite, wood floors & Bahama fans. Lush gardens & priceless privacy surround pool. $559,000. Lorraine Neal, 966-8000 or 350-0997. #236484 IMAGINE SPECTACULAR VIEWS from your 2BR penthouse in the southern-most condo on Siesta Key Beach. Each day presents an ever-changing canvas of sea & sky panorama. $548,500. Dianna and John Allaman, 966-8000 or 232-4200. #216980 TURTLE BAY Beautiful bay view condominium at the south end of Siesta Key. Two BRs, tennis, beach, heated pool/spa & boat docks. $412,000. Kathleen Ucci, 951-6660 or 302-2344. #242649

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Longboat Key address. Police found subject to be intoxicated and took her into custody for the evening. 11:20 p.m. — 7000 block GMD. Suspicious person. Police saw guy and girl in parking lot. The guy had assumed a karate stance. The couple told police they were arguing, but there were no injuries.

Sept. 28 The following reports are actual reports compiled by the Longboat Key Police Department. They are all answered and dealt with by members of the department or referred to others for action.

Sept. 26 4:44 p.m. — 1600 block Harbor Cay Lane. Property lost. Caretaker said a glass table and four chairs are missing from client’s property. 9:18 p.m. — Sarasota County. Assist. A former Longboat officer who now works in North Port asked for help from an old pal at the Longboat department with a S.C.U.B.A. dive for evidence in waters where a body was found. 10:51 p.m. — 2200 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). DUI. Police observed driver weaving and, later, doing calisthenics. Police arrested Alan Bruce Stee, 54, of Phoenix, for driving intoxicated.

Sept. 27 2:14 a.m. — 1 GMD. Assist. Police were asked to check on bridge tender, but there was no one in the bridge, because the drawbridge was closed for the evening. 1:25 p.m. — 300 block GMD. Traffic violation. Police arrested subject for putting tag he “found” on his vehicle and driving with suspended license. 8:18 p.m. — 5600 block GMD. Public drunk. Cabbie called cops because fare passed out before giving specific



3:53 a.m. — 1600 block GMD. Disturbance. Couple who called during argument claimed call was an accident. No injuries. 11:25 a.m. — 500 block Neptune Avenue. Welfare check. Subject had not seen neighbor for a few days and called police. Police entered home with property manager. Nothing was out of order and there was fresh food and water for the cat. 12:21 p.m. — Sarasota Bay. Boat violation. Police stopped subject for speeding through manatee zone. Subject said he had permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to speed, because of bad weather. But the weather was fine and the Coast Guard said no such thing. Ticketed. Subject responded by referring to officer as a male reproductive organ. 7:03 p.m. — 7000 block Bayside Drive. Suspicious vehicle. Subject asked man parked in front lawn to move. Subject said man backed car up when subject tried to read his plate. Man left before police arrived. 11:44 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Security check. Police found salon door open, but could not reach the contact person. Police happened to find owner’s wallet and looked inside for a phone number. Instead, police found marijuana cigarettes, which they confiscated for destruction.

Sept. 29 10:43 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Burglar alarm. Police responded to a hold-up alarm, but everything

appeared normal at the gas station. A chair had bumped the secret button. 12:35 p.m. — 5300 block GMD. Boat. Abandoned boat was returned to owner. 2 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Public service. Sarasota man wanted information regarding motorized bicycles and police granted his wish. 3:17 p.m. — Avenue of the Flowers. Property found. Subject gave police make-up bag she found.

Sept. 30 1:27 a.m. — 1000 block Longboat Club Road. Mental health. Police ascertained that delusional subject who is hearing voices is otherwise in good health. 8:20 a.m. — 3100 block GMD. Traffic violation. Police arrested subject for driving his mother’s car with suspended license. 11:38 a.m. — 600 block Linley Street. Disturbance. Landlord said tenant had water running for an hour and may have been trying to flood the place. 12:13 p.m. — 700 block Emerald Harbor Drive. Code enforcement. Police warned subject about pending code enforcement case on his property, which has more signage than town rules allow. 7:19 p.m. — 100 block GMD. Code enforcement. Subject warned for having dog outside without leash.

Oct. 1 11:24 a.m. — 3700 block GMD. Property lost. Subject said rose plant is missing from neighboring trailer. 12:17 p.m. — 6300 block GMD. Property damage. Subject said vehicle struck his side rear-view mirror, folding it back and leaving orange paint behind. 12:58 p.m. — 1200 block GMD. Traffic violation. Driver tried to switch seats with passenger after being caught driving with suspended license, but failed. Cited. 10:20 p.m. — 6000 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject who drove motorcycle erratically passed sobriety test and explained that he is an inexperienced biker.

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

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High Crimes Burglaries Drug arrests Larceny Trespassing

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

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Oct. 2 2:44 p.m. — 800 block St. Judes Drive. Disturbance. Subject wanted to file charges against neighbors for having him detained and filing a false report against him months ago. Subject also wanted to file charges against the county officers who arrested him. Police said they would write a report. 4 p.m. — 600 block Lands End Drive. Trespassing Subject said more and more people are using his private dock to fish. 5:42 p.m. — 100 block Longboat Club Road. Dog nuisance. Subject reported that her small dog was senselessly attacked by a poodle. Police may have difficulty tracking down the owner of the poodle, because subject described the suspect as “an old, white lady.” 9:57 p.m. — Sarasota County. Traffic violation. Driver was warned for playing Van Halen’s first album loud enough to be heard 100 feet away. 10:34 p.m. — 700 block Norton Street. Code enforcement. Subject was issued

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Oct. 3 2:10 a.m. — 6800 block GMD. Prowlers. Police saw car they didn’t recognize enter private condo. Police found driver sitting in dark carport with burglary tool at his side. Police said subject offered several different explanations for what he was doing, one being that he was searching for friend’s phone number. Officer wrote, “I asked him why he would find the phone number in a dark shadow of a carport at the dead end of a private condo driveway with his headlights off and he looked away.” Arrested. 6:18 p.m. — 500 block De Narvaez Drive. Disturbance. Subject wanted police to remove drunk man who came home from bar with subject's daughter, also drunk. Daughter was passed out and police found boyfriend hiding in dark room. After police found marijuana on boyfriend, he became irate and violent. Arrested. ❑


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Chacun a son gout! Some of us are old enough to remember the days when the airlines were friendly (they flew propeller planes then). The term “friendly skies” meant something. Real meals were actually served on real plates with real metal tableware. My children loved to play with the little salt-and-pepper shakers I brought home. At every place setting was a miniature (five-cigarette) pack of Winstons (“that taste good, like a cigarette should”). Over the years, meal service on planes has declined and, like cigarettes, has almost disappeared. Sometimes a snack is served in a bag or a box. The food is indescribably bad, especially for Type II diabetics like me. A sweet roll, sweet yogurt and a sweet granola bar are close to a death sentence. And the 1-ounce packet of trail mix lists 39 ingredients, mostly scary chemicals. Asking for hot tea from the two aging, harassed flight attendants is cruel, and beyond their competence. Even in the old days when the same flight had four or five younger, energetic attendants, tea has been a challenge to any airline in the USA. If you want tea, it has always been wise to fly Canadian or British airlines. Even wiser, fly Cathay Pacific. All these supply, on demand, hot, flavorful tea instantly, with refills always available. Tea on Japanese flights is good only if you like green tea. Russian tea is good but you must learn to hold the sugar cube in your teeth and hold a hot glass that burns your fingers. Tea on an American airline is a half-cup of lukewarm water and a stale tea bag. Now a serious new problem is rearing its head. People are learning to bring a prepared lunch to consume during their flight. In the airport concourse there are now places to purchase food to take aboard. An apple, a lox and bagel sandwich and a healthful drink are wise selections. Some bring extra food to share with their neighbors. But the airlines are complaining about the mountain of garbage left behind to be gathered by the overworked attendants who lack enough storage space for the clutter. People are being urged to take their empty containers as they deplane. But, being messy Americans, they leave the plane, as they leave the movie theater or ballpark, strewn with paper, discarded crusts, apple cores, peach pits and watermelon rinds. The turn-around time for planes is lengthened, further reducing non-existent profits. But this is not the end. Passengers are complaining about the food brought aboard by others. Today’s paper reports on a squabble with a passenger who brought a packet of fried squid as her airborne lunch. Her neighboring fellow passengers complained about the smell. A bitter argument ensued. As someone who loves squid (its smell is faintly fishy and slightly sweet), I will defend squid eaters’ rights. But the issue raises profound constitutional questions that may challenge even the wisdom of an Ashcroft. Do we not have the right to eat

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what we choose in the space we have paid for? In a great many parts of the world most of the population lives on cheap, bland carbohydrates — mostly grains — that they flavor with pungent sauces, spices, fermented fish and other preserved sources of the scarce protein essential to life. The Cantonese have a saying: “Anything that walks, swims, crawls or flies, with its back to the sun, is edible.” Many millions of people eat and relish a wide range of insects, red-ant eggs, fried scorpions, crickets and grasshoppers. Most of the world looks with scorn at the American waste of good protein. Chinese shops sell beef and pork innards — stomach, intestines, brains and feet and hooves. Chicken and duck feet are delicious and make flavorful soup. Menudo, a Mexican tripe soup, is wonderful with hominy. We found plentiful sea slugs (about the size of a small eggplant) in Hawaiian waters. Delicious. Cod tongues are on every menu in St. Johns, Newfoundland. The French eat snails, the Scots eat haggis (a sheep stomach stuffed with cooked lungs and oatmeal). Sicilians and Greeks love octopus. Germans enjoy Limburger. Hong Kong has a narrow street where one can buy from an assortment of living snakes, cooked on the spot, and can sample cocktails of snake venom. Bird’s nest soup made of dried saliva is delicious as, of course, is shark’s fin. The Masai in Kenya drink the blood of cattle directly from the living animal. Lunch on the hoof — no refrigeration necessary. Americans eat tons of pepperoni, mostly on pizza. Pepperoni is made of old boar, whose meat is so smelly it must be mixed with pungent spices to be edible. Perhaps the most repellant of all unfamiliar foods to Westerners is the durian, a fruit grown in Southeast Asia. Its smell is simply horrible. Worse than an outhouse in summer is one description. In Malaysia it is illegal to carry a durian in a rental car. For years they were banned in Singapore. They are available in Southeast Asian markets here. Everyone should try one. Or at least smell one. They are expensive. Eat it outdoors with a wind blowing. It is simply delicious, indescribable, a sort of sweet custard. Durian breath is awful and lasts for hours. I might agree to banning them on airplanes — the only exception. Next time I fly, I plan to pack a small lunch basket with fermented tofu, 100-year-old eggs, tripe soup and beef tendon. I’ll be willing to share with nearby fellow passengers. And I’ll pack up and deplane with the packaging. Good citizenship is its own reward.

On the Key CPR, AED, Fire Extinguisher Classes — are offered to residents, condos and businesses of Longboat Key by the Longboat Key Fire/Rescue. Free. Schedule, 316-1944. The Education Center on Longboat Key — Fall-term classes start Nov. 3. Register at To be mailed its new schedule, call 383-8811. Flu Shots — will be administered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 17 and 24, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy. Cost is $20 per flu shot, or free for Medicare Part B patients. Details, 387-9880. Immunizations — will be administered at the Publix Super Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Avenue of the Flowers. Cost is $20 for flu shots, and$25 for pneumonia and tetanus shots. Publix, 383-2471. Flu Shots — Dr. Pamela J. Letts will administer flu shots from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Centre Shops Family Practice & Urgent Care, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 205. Medicare accepted or it’s $20. Details, 387-1211. ••••••• Introduction to Wellness Community Program — is held from 10 a.m. Tuesdays and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Wellness Community, 3900 Clark Road, building P-3, Sarasota. Learn about the free programs offered. Details, 921-5539. Memory Screenings — courtesy of Sarasota Memorial Hospital Memory Disorder Clinic, will be conducted Monday, Oct. 13, at Sarasota Center for Healthy Aging, 1900 Brother Geenen Way. Appointments, 917-7197. Mammograms — are available free of charge through Senior Friendship Centers Breast Cancer Awareness Program to women who are 50 and older and who are uninsured and on limited income at the Senior Friendship Center for Healthy Aging. They are made possible through a grant from Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Southwest Florida Affiliate. Susan Jackson, 556-3247. ‘Healthy, Wealthy and Wise’ — lifestyles-for-women seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Holiday Inn Airport, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Kaleidoscope Chapter Education Fund of the American Business Women’s Association. Barbara Bohoner, 776-1866, Janene Witham, 746-6353, June Wattles, 794-3218. “Renew, Restore, Rejuvenate!” Seminar — learn about the natural facelift with Dr. Daniel B. Watts from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Doctors Hospital Auditorium. Free. RSVP, 927-4909. ❑

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Health pop quiz What better way to use this collection of health tidbits than turn them into a fun quiz?

True or False? 1. The blood supply in the U.S. is safer than ever. T F 2. You should have your cholesterol checked annually. T F 3. The number of Americans age 65 and older will double by 2030. T F 4. Research shows that eating broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. T F 5. You can rupture your eardrum by blowing your nose too hard. T F 6. About 20% of passengers catch a cold after a two-hour plane flight. T F 7. Type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes) is on the rise because Americans are getting fatter. T F 8. When cataracts begin to develop, near vision can become better. T F 9. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision impairment in Americans ages 60 and older. T F 10. Albacore tuna has, on average, about four times more mercury than chunk light. T F 11. Hydrogen peroxide is a good cleansing agent for cuts, wounds and scrapes. T F 12. Chicken nuggets are a healthier choice than burgers at fast-food restaurants. T F 13. Limit your intake of vitamin A, because it may weaken your bones and increase the risk of fractures. T F 14. Drinking water while eating aids digestion. T F 15. Ounce for ounce, green peppers have three times as much vitamin C as oranges. T F 16. Seven-grain and other multi-grain breads are a better choice than plain, whole-wheat bread. T F 17. Green tea has more health benefits than black tea. T F 18. Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, vitamin C and folate, but are higher in calories than white potatoes. T F 19. People 55 to 79 years of age who stay fit slow the age-



HEALTH related declines in brain density compared to sedentary people. T F 20. You shouldn’t take more than 500 milligrams of elemental calcium at a time. T F 21. Drinking more water will make your skin more youthful. T F 22. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of dying from nearly all of the leading types of cancer. T F 23. If you are older than 65, you should be vaccinated against pneumonia. T F 24. All shellfish is high in cholesterol. T F

Answers 1. True. This is due to new screening technologies and better oversight. According to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the blood safety has improved dramatically, year after year, for the past two decades. The greatest progress has been made against HIV and hepatitis C; the risk for these is now less than one in1.6 million per unit of blood. 2. False. The American Heart Association recommends having a baseline test taken in your 20s, to be followed every five years unless your screenings are high. 3. True. The future will be an older world with Americans older than 65 rising from the current 12% to 20% of the population. 4. True. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, indicate that these vegetables contain “indoles” which help inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells, at least in test tubes. 5. False. This is a popular belief but it’s not possible. Blowing gently is recommended however to prevent a bloody nose or sending bacteria from the nose to your ears, which may contribute to an ear infection. 6. True. Contrary to the belief that it’s a result of poor air circulation, a study by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, indicates that it’s due to sitting near to people who are sneezing and coughing and spreading germs. Wash your hands frequently when flying. 7. True. Excessive body weight reduces the body’s ability to respond to insulin and is therefore a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. 8. True. Developing cataracts can have the odd effect of sharpening close vision because they refocus light on the eye’s retina. Blurred vision at a distance also is typical. 9. True. 10. True. Light tuna, which actually is darker than albacore, comes from smaller varieties of tuna, and smaller fish tend to


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have less mercury. Note: it is also lower in fat, which means it has less of the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than albacore. 11. False. It damages the outer layer of the skin and retards healing. 12. False. A 10-nugget serving from McDonald’s has 510 calories and 33 grams of fat, a nutrition profile similar to a Big Mac. 13. True. Recent studies indicate that postmenopausal women and men older than 50 incurred the greatest risks of fractures if they took high doses of Vitamin A (over 6,600 IUs) or more than 5,000 IUs of vitamin A in their multivitamins. The vitamin accumulates and its levels can build up. 14. False. It’s simply a matter of preference. The stomach uses water to digest foods but it gets it from the rest of the body. In addition, practically everything one eats contains water. 15. True. And red and yellow peppers have twice as much vitamin C as the green ones — 170 milligrams in three ounces. 16. False. Multigrain breads usually contain small amounts of various grains, not all of them whole grains and the first ingredient is often wheat flour, which is refined wheat (white) flour. 17. False. Both green and black teas potentially have the same health benefits for protection against heart disease and cancer if you drink it daily over a lifetime. 18. False. They both have about 100 calories per 3.5 ounce serving, and the sweet potatoes are far more nutritious. 19. True. Researchers at the University of Illinois proved this via brain scans. 20. True. The body absorbs larger amounts less efficiently. 21. False. This is a widely perpetuated myth according to most dermatologists. Your outermost layer of skin is dead and does not absorb moisture from within. Skin moisture levels depend chiefly on external factors, such as the drying effect of soap and bathing, the air, the sun and indoor heating. 22. True. It may also account for as many as one out of every five cancer deaths in the U.S., according to a major study in the New England Journal of Medicine in April. 23. True. 24. False. Many types such as crab, scallops, mussels, clams and lobster are actually slightly lower in cholesterol per ounce than chicken or beef. Shrimp and crayfish do have about twice as much cholesterol as meat but they contain very little fat and the fat includes heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Meat is rich in saturated fat, which boosts blood cholesterol the most. Scoring (correct answers) 20 to 24 In the know

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Cancer diagnosis elicits vast array of emotions You are playing golf or tennis or simply lounging around the house enjoying the Florida sunshine. You’ve been working on the menu for the lovely dinner party that you and your husband have been planning for your 10 closest friends, when the phone rings. It’s probably the caterer you think. But when you pick up the phone the voice on the other end is your doctor’s. “You know the biopsy that we did a couple of weeks ago?” he says. “The results were positive. You have cancer and we need to get together as soon as possible to discuss your options.” Your head starts to spin. You feel nauseated. You begin to perspire. Feelings of terror and thoughts of doom and gloom and even death go through your mind. Will you live to see your grandchildren grow up, you wonder. Who will take care of my husband

of 40 years if I die? Your mind is racing in a 1,000 different directions and at the moment you feel out of control. You can’t stop the scary thoughts and feelings that you are experiencing. You’ve always taken such good care of yourself. You’ve exercised regularly. You eat healthy foods and you’ve even found a way to diminish much of the stress in your life. Your marriage is satisfying. Your children are doing well. And just when life was going so well ... You reach your husband on his cell phone and begin to cry. You tell him the news. He tells you that he’s on his way home. When we are faced with crises in life, we must expect to go through a vast array of emotions. Frequently, we will feel that we are on an emotional roller-coaster ride that will never come to a halt. Feelings of

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shock, fear, depression, denial, anger, why me, why now, are all normal emotions that crises elicit. Give yourself permission to feel and express all of your feelings. However, you must (with the support of friends and family) quickly move into a rational-action mode. You now need to ask yourself some very important questions. Do you trust your doctor? Is he/she an expert in the field of your particular kind of cancer? Even if the answer is yes, I always recommend getting a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment options. After sitting down with your own doctor and discussing a treatment plan, I suggest that you do some homework on your own. You might begin to do some research on the Internet and you might ask your doctor for a name or two of some of his patients who would agree to speak with you about their experiences. Have a friend or family member accompany you to your doctor’s appointments, because if you’re like most people, fear and overwhelming feelings have a way of getting in the way of your being able to hear and concentrate on what your doctor is saying. And because you, hopefully, have seen another specialist for a second opinion, you are now in a better position to decide how to proceed. You need to be aware if there are any benefits in waiting to begin a course of treatment or whether waiting could jeopardize your life. You need to know what risks are involved in your treatment and what aftereffects can you expect to have to cope with. So many decisions to make. Anger

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begins to surge in you. How could God (or whomever or whatever you believe in) do this to me? The good news, hopefully, is that your cancer has been spotted early enough before it has spread to other parts of your body. Most people find that once they begin to take action, they are then able to better focus on a positive outcome. Pamper yourself. You might decide to take up yoga or meditation. Or, on the other hand, you may feel the need to speak to a professional counselor, who may or may not suggest that you see a psychiatrist for some short-term medication to help you sleep or to help you combat your anxiety or panic attacks or clinical depression. Don’t hesitate to consider all viable options. Remember to give yourself permission to do whatever is necessary to help you deal with your crisis; assuming, of course, that you choose constructive aids. Studies have shown that the mind is a very powerful weapon against disease. Through positive visualization and prayer, coupled with expert medical treatment and the support and love of friends and family, miracles can and do happen. I wish you the best in your journey. May God be with you. Beatty Cohan is a nationally recognized psychotherapist, with post-graduate specialization training in family and marital therapy and sexual dysfunction. She is the co-author of “For Better For Worse Forever — 10 Steps For Building a Lasting Relationship with the Man You Love.” You can e-mail her at ❑


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Barbara A. Brust Barbara A. Brust, 81, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 23. She was born March 2, 1922, in New York City. She moved to this area 30 years ago from Brawford, Conn. She was a commercial artist, having retired in 1973. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was a member of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Longboat Island Chapel. Her survivors include her nephew, Robert Underwood; and her niece, Susanne Hayes. Burial was held Sept. 29 at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, N.Y. Toale Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Schonewald Betty Schonewald, 67, of Bradenton and formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 23. She was born Sept. 23, 1936, in New Jersey. She retired as a mental-health therapist. Her survivors include her friend and companion, Patricia Archibald of Bradenton; and a sister, Mildred Bilancetti of Arizona. A memorial service was held Oct. 5, at Church of the Trinity in Sarasota. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manasota Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 5011-L W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33634; or to Church of the Trinity, 7225 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34234.

daughters, Deborah Berg of San Marcos, Calif., and Gerri Smith of Sacramento, Calif.; one son, Paul S. of Houston; four grandchildren; and one step-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Longboat Island Chapel. National Cremation Society is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Katherine McMahon Katherine McMahon, 87, of Bradenton, died Sept. 30. She was born in Malden, Mass., and came to Manatee County in 1985 from Wantagh, N.Y. She was a retired registered nurse. She served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps during the Korean War. She was a member of Kirby Stewart Post 24 and volunteered with Red Cross and a respite program. Her survivors include two sisters, Annette P. Shames of Longboat Key and Eunice R. Brutin of Bradenton; and a brother, Lewis S. Harris of Albuquerque, N.M. A graveside service was held Oct. 3 at Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Ave. E., with the Kirby Stewart Post 24 Honor Guard. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Manasota Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Manatee/Sarasota County Chapter Inc., 1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239-2601.

Gotthard F. Weber Gotthard F. Weber, 81, of Sarasota, died Sept. 26. He was born Nov. 12, 1921, in Switzerland and came to Sarasota in 1984 from Chicago. He retired as a biochemist and was president of Sunset Towers Condo for six years. His survivors include his friends, Bernard Sabath of Sarasota and Carol Haley of Lido Key. A memorial service will be private. National Cremation Society, Sarasota chapter, is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cause for Paws, P.O. Box 333, Tallevast, FL 34270.

Ruth Lois Nupuf Ruth Lois Nupuf, 89, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 4. She was born March 1, 1914, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came here three years ago from Canton, Ohio. She had wintered here for 24 years. She worked with her husband for 67 years at his optometric office in Canton. She was a former member of Temple Beth Israel in Canton and a member of Temple Sisterhood and Hadassah. Her survivors include her husband of 69 years, Joseph

S.; a daughter, Nancy Nupuf-Margolis of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two sons, Robert of Los Angeles and Michael of Oswego, N.Y.; four sisters, Ella Fisher of Weston, Pauline Goldstein of Boca Raton and Rosalind Spear and Estelle Katz, both of Michigan City, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The family received guests Oct. 7, followed by a service at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ruth Nupuf Fund, c/o Temple Israel, 25th and Harvard Sts., Canton, OH 44703.

Lillian Bianchi Lillian Bianchi, 89, of Longboat Key, died Oct. 5. She was born April 19, 1914, in Peoria, Ill., and moved here from there in 1958. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church and a member of its Women’s Guild. Her survivors include one daughter, Elaine Rosier of Longboat Key; one son, David of Longboat Key; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8. It will be followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. The Rev. Edward Pick will officiate. Entombment will be at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, Cortez Road, Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. ❑

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Mary M. (Schutte) Smith Mary M. (Schutte) Smith, 74, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 30. She was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Detroit. She moved here in 1984 from Orchard Lake, Mich. She was a homemaker and a member of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) and Longboat Island Chapel. Her survivors include her husband of 50 years, Paul; two

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Forgiveness isn’t easy It isn’t easy to forgive. Oh, we can mumble our forgiveness, but to really mean it from our hearts when a particularly nasty trick has been played on us isn’t so simple. Downright meanness doesn’t normally trigger mercy as a response. Vicious gossip about you in the beauty shop, a brazen lie to you by your teenage child, violation of your property repeatedly by your next-door neighbor, a mean and unjust accusation against you by your marriage partner in a heated exchange, someone running a red light and then blaming you for the accident at the intersection — all these are hard to take, to say nothing of returning mercy for meanness. Forgiveness isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s the most difficult thing in the world. At the same time, the forgiveness that leads to reconciliation is the most needed thing in the world. The greatest lack in society is precisely at this point. Reconciliation is the missing element in so many relationships. Personal relationships are often frazzled, because the swiftness of the modern pace finds us colliding with each other, but we don’t take time to heal the damage. Blacks and whites are pitted against each other in many areas without the forgiveness that can bring reconciliation. Organized labor and management feel misused by each other, and neither party wants to do the magnanimous thing lest it be interpreted as weakness. The larger the grouping of persons, the harder it is to initiate reconciliation. East and West both feel done in by the other side, but how can forgiveness be managed in a global context? Peace can only come through reconciliation, and reconciliation can only come through forgiveness, but forgiveness doesn’t come naturally. What to do? Two things. First we need to ask for God’s help to be the initiator of forgiveness. Secondly, we need to look at the cross of Christ Jesus as our example. God gave us the answer in his for-

giveness of us. Jesus spelled it out in his birth, life and death. It was never more clear than that. Even at the human level to receive forgiveness at the hand of another can be an exalting experience. Have you ever gone to someone’s house to ask for forgiveness for something you have intentionally or unintentionally done that has deeply hurt that person? You approach the house at a turtle speed, suffocated with guilt. You can hardly bring yourself to ring the doorbell. Once inside, somehow you confess, expressing your shame and sorrow and ask for forgiveness. What response will come forth you wonder? Suppose the other party refuses to accept your apology. This can and does happen, but eventually it is more harmful to the person who can’t forgive. But this home is a home that loves God, and with God’s grace that person forgives you completely, even apologizes that you were tortured about it and assures you that he never even took it to heart. Coffee is served, and a friendship grows deeper than it ever was before. You walk down that person’s sidewalk on your way home with your feet not even touching the ground. You are so grateful and comforted that you feel 10 feet tall. Multiply this joy by a million when it comes to experiencing the forgiveness of God. We have wronged him more than we have wronged all other human beings combined, because the hurt we have caused others was an even deeper hurt for him. The one who loves us most, we have hurt worst. But wait. As we lie prostrate in repentance before him, doom doesn’t fall. Sweet pardon descends instead. God has swept our whole mess behind him. Nothing at all stands against us. There’s a rainbow of his mercy, which encircles the throne of his justice. It’s like being snatched from before the firing squad at the last moment. The joy and relief we experience have no parallel on earth. Such an eager spirit to forgive is precisely what the world needs today when so many relationships are at the breaking point. This kind of forgiveness could save marriages, bridge

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

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many generation gaps in a family, heal many disagreements between relatives, restore to happiness many an employeremployee fallout, overcome many racial alienations, unify many polarized congregations and bring peace to many inflamed situations in the world. God’s way with us sets the pattern for our way with others. Let God’s way rule your hearts today. Darwin Polesky is a pastoral assistant at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. ❑

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BlackTie BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

Ballet’s gone nuts ... No, don’t worry, Robert de Warren isn’t freaking out that he’s been the Artistic Director/CEO of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida for 10 years, he’s actually making the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” just a little bit more nutty this year. On Dec. 23, the Sarasota Ballet will premiere “The Nutty Nutcracker,” that spoofs the original classic ballet. Here’s the craziest twist ... you could win a walk-on part in the show. How? Bid on the part during the live auction at the Sarasota Ballet Association’s “Evening with King Neptune” on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Chelsea Center. Before you start practicing your pirouettes, call Alicia LeVine for tickets and info at 383-4269.


UnLeashed BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

Saks Fifth Avenue UnLeashed all things UnConventional for the UnParty, the kick-off to the UnGala Gala 2003, on Thursday, Oct. 2. Co-hosted by SRQ magazine, the store took young and fresh-faced guests on a techno trip with black and leather decorations highlighted with neon green, pink and yellow. An UnFashion show, produced by Co-chairs and brother-sister duo Eric and Tania Cross, delighted guests and gave the lowdown on what fab fashions to wear to the UnGala. Finally, guests enjoyed “The Red Pill” or “The Blue Pill” martinis ... hmmm ... is that a hint?

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Fit to be tied ... That is, these two Longboaters are physically fit to tie the knot. Rumor has it that local NIA and Pilates guru, Kelly Linder, and personaltrainer and writer/editor, Sid Atkins, will tie the knot at the Bird Key Yacht Club next month. Just to keep the heart rate going, check out their fit family tree ... Atkins and Linder’s son, Nate, was the youngest Longboater (now, almost 5months old) to enter the 5K Ringling Bridge Dedication race and grandma/soonto-be-mother-in-law, Molly Schechter is The Longboat Observer’s very own “Aerobic Grandma!” Red alert! O2 cutoff until May ... Effective immediately. All socialites and event-goers are hereby notified to get out oxygen tanks and slip on oxygen masks, because the O2 will be cut off until May. Gasp! Catch your breath ... Actually, the Oxygen Ball has been postponed until May. The American Lung Association has rescheduled the Oxygen Ball from Oct. 24 to May 15. In the meantime, if you have trouble breathing, Co-chairs (many of whom are doctors) Dr. Dean and Rachel Hautamaki, Dr. Kirk and Chris Voelker, Ed Howard, Sr., Eddye Howard, Jr. and Alex Karras will not mind teaching you some breathing exercises. Otherwise, take a deep breath in, blow out and call Kimberly Titus, 377-5864, for more info. Mac daddy of all events ... Roy and Helen McBean, Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy and Bob and Dottie “Mc”Garner (hee, hee) are chairing the upcoming “Coexistence” exhibition and surrounding events. Details haven’t been released yet, but the “Coexistence” exhibition is an outdoor show of 33 massive renderings (16 feet by 10 feet) of artworks from around the world, depicting artists’ concepts of coexistence. The artworks were chosen by an international jury chaired by the director of the Louvre Museum. The exhibition will be displayed at Sarasota’s bayfront park throughout the month of February 2004. More “McDetails” to come.

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AFFAIR Oceanic Evening ‘Food among the Flowers with Eugenie Clark and her Convict Fish’ When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 Where: Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium Courtyard

The event You might want to bring a life jacket to this year’s Oceanic Evening, because the Mote Advisory Council plans on setting sail for an enchanted evening in the South Pacific. The navigational chart for the event is an evening among the food, flowers, exotic fishes and balmy breezes of the South Pacific. Well ... almost. The food will be catered by Michael’s On East. The flowers will emulate the tropical arrangements of the Solomon Islands rainforests. The exotic fish are Mote’s renowned “shark lady” and founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark’s mysterious “Convict Fish.” The Convict Fish are silver and white Pholidichthys leucotaenia which inhabit the South Pacific near Papua New Guinea in the Solomon Islands. For the past five years, Clark has dived into the mystery surrounding the Convict Fish. Winners of a $100per-ticket raffle will have the honor of naming Clark’s Convict Fish Exhibit at Mote Aquarium. Instead of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” tunes, guests will sway to the sultry sounds of Mainstream while basking in the balmy breezes of Sarasota. The proceeds of Oceanic Evening will benefit Clark’s exhibit of Convict Fish at Mote Marine Laboratory. Black tie is the attire for

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The “shark lady,” Dr. Eugenie Clark, is surrounded by this year’s Oceanic Evening host committee — Jaymie Carter, Mollie Nelson, Sandy Buchanan, Judy Graham, Terry Behling, Beth Waskom, Shannon Ciaravella, JoAnn Belack, Jane Graham Hyslop, Joan Galvin and Vicki Wiese. (Glenda Miller is not pictured.) this enchanted evening, but black and white combinations, stripes or patterns are preferred. Um ... maybe the invite should have said “convict” attire instead! Tickets for Oceanic Evening are $200 and up. For tickets and information call Vicki Wiese, 388-4441, Ext. 305. For sponsorship information contact Beth Waskom, 3292716.

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1 Ramona Glanz and Andrew Vac 2 Billy Gamble with Jean and Tom Maus 3 A Ken-doll-look-alike model shows off UnAttire. 4 UnGala Gala Co-chairs Marilyn Schroeter and Tim Loveless 5 Dr. John Wetenhall and his fiancé, Tanya Williams 6 Brian and Brenda Edens

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Astounding Afterglow “Meet and Greet the Dancers” Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida When: Following the Maximum Dance Opening Night Performance Where: The Mezzanine of the FSU Center for the Performing Arts Contact: Sarasota Ballet, 359-0099 Price: $25

11 Black and White Ball "Unmasked" Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Sarah Morgan; Honorary Co-chairs Phil and Kim Mancini Contact: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 952-5836, or Sarah Morgan, 379-8992 Price: $200


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Luncheon Honoring Mary Jean Eisenhower Benefiting: Sarasota Sister Cities Association When: 11:50 a.m. Where: Waterside Room, Sarasota Quay Chairs: Deane Allyn and Inez Seeger Contact: Deane Allyn, 927-9399, or Inez Seeger, 9669439 Price: members, $20; nonmembers, $25 The Salvation Army Civic Dinner “An Inspirational Evening” Benefiting: Salvation Army When: 6 p.m. Where: Bradenton Municipal Auditorium Contact: Judy Thompson, 748-5110 Price: $25

17 Kick-off Reception for “Circle of Hope” Hosted by: Joan Michlin Galleries Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation When: 5 p.m. Where: Joan Michlin Galleries, St. Armands Circle Chairs: Fran Lambert, Lynn Wallace and Harriet Maltz Contact: Gerri Laurino, 388-1199

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18 UnGala Gala Benefiting: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art When: 6 p.m. Where: Ringling Museum Courtyard Chair: Tim Loveless and Marilyn Schroeter Contact: Anna Pohl, 359-5733, or Jennifer Carroll, 359-7780 Price: $225 and up

22 Women’s Healthcare Luncheon Benefiting: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Bird Key Yacht Club Contact: Lisa C. Intagliata, 917-1286

23 Moffitt Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon Benefiting: Sarasota/Manatee Moffitt Cancer Center When: 11 a.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Chairs: Veronica Brady and Eileen Curd Contact: Veronica Brady, 951-3128, or Eileen Curd, 361-2210 Price: $50 and up

An Evening with King Neptune Hosted by: Sarasota Ballet Association Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet of Florida When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Chelsea Center Chairs: Patricia Fennessey, Susan Landau and Alicia LeVine Contact: Alicia LeVine, 383-4269 Price: $75

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Garfield and Marks Trunk Show What: A trunk show featuring fashions for spring 2004 from Garfield and Marks that specializes in coordinating sportswear. Where: Oct. 10, Foxy Lady Siesta Key; Oct. 11, Foxy Lady West, St. Armands Circle Contact: Lori Ann Steiner, 388-5239, or Bryan Eible, 349-6644 LaPrairie Facial Spa Event What: Treat yourself to a private facial using LaPrairie products with a licensed aesthetician. Where: Saks Beauty Place Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5373

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Lipoduction™ What: Osmotics Cosmeceuticals launches Lipoduction, a body perfecting complex, that is an intensive cellulite treatment exclusively released at Saks Fifth Avenue. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue Contact: Saks Fifth Avenue, 364-5300



Too cool for casual Friday? Try on some Seven jeans, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Westfield Shoppingtown Southgate, 364-5300.

Herend Trunk Show What: A trunk show presenting the treasured line of world-famous, handpainted porcelain by Herend. The trunk show will include dinnerware, serving pieces, accessories, Herend figurines and rare designs specially imported. Herend representative Barbara Lackey will make a personal appearance. When: 12 p.m. Where: Ashley Avery’s Collectables, Westfield Shoppingtown Southgate Contact: Ron Saba, 955-7601 Tip toe around in these black Juicy Couture flip-flops. Available at Le Tennique at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, 383-7576.

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It’s simple enough to create a hermitage: a desert island, a shack, even a cave will do. All you really need is a place to hide from the world ... permanently. Ask any hermit. The Hermitage on Manasota Key isn’t so simple. It’s designed to change the world. Its intended occupants aren’t hermits but artists. It’s a place they can go, not to escape the world forever, but just for a while. Long enough to get it out of their minds. Long enough to create something new. Once they do, they plan to come back and share their creations with the rest of us. As with any good idea, it’s hard to establish parentage. Back in the mid-’90s, a lot of folks in the area arts scene had been talking about creating a world-class, artists-in-residence colony in our area along the lines of the McDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H. (where Aaron Coplan composed part of “Appalachian Spring”), or Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (where Flannery O’Connor wrote many of her stories). The notion seemed to occur to a lot of people at exactly the same time. But notions are one thing, actions another. It’s largely thanks to the folks at the Sarasota County Arts Council and Syd Adler, a Sarasota resident and longtime patron of the arts and board member of that organization, that this brainchild became more than a faint gleam in some artist’s eye. By the end of the ’90s, they had started to do real research, started to get specific. But they were still left with one nagging question ... Where do you put it? It was Patricia Caswell, the Arts Council’s director, who first noticed that Sarasota County owned a nice bit of beachfront property on Manasota Key. The county had wanted to expand its nearby public beach onto the area but couldn’t due to legal wranglings. The site contained an unassuming and not-too-wellpreserved 99-year-old home (the original Hermitage House from which the retreat would take its name), along with four other historic structures and a genuine Indian shell midden. Historical preservationists fought to keep beach blankets and kids with shovels far away from any of it. The eight-acre site, with the waters of the Gulf on one side and the bay on the other, was also a rare slice of unspoiled Florida ecology. Nature lovers fought to preserve that. And so the county was stuck. The area was hopeless as a public beach ... but perfect as an artists’ retreat. Two years ago, Adler and the Arts Council pitched the idea, sold the idea and entered into a lease with the county to create the place. The strings attached to the deal: They had to restore the historic structures and preserve the environment. Work is almost done and they stuck to the deal. The once sad Hermitage House is already gleaming. Only native plants have been planted. “The disciplines of art, historic preservation and the environment have come together,” says Adler. “You don’t see that very often.” Another thing you rarely see: While the Arts Council obtained the grant and donation funds to create the Hermitage — a cool $700,000 or so — it plans to relinquish control. Once the new entity is fully up and running next summer, the council plans to let it stand on its own as an independent not-for-profit. So who gets to stay there? The Hermitage will open its doors to mid-career artists who’ve established themselves by not only creating something but actually getting paid for it. It won’t be limited to artists of any one discipline, but it will limit itself to original creators. There’ll be choreographers, not dancers; composers, not singers, in other words. (Singer-songwriters would no doubt be welcome.) Once there, the creators would be expected to create something new. Five or six artists at a time would have five weeks to do so. In return for the chance (not to mention free room, board, and a beautiful Gulf view), the artists would be expected to give back to the community by going into area schools and organizations and talk about what they did and why.

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Scottish sculptor Malcolm Robertson is a willing guinea pig at the almost-completed Hermitage artists’ colony. How do you get into this paradise? If you’re an artist and you fit the criteria, all you have to do is apply, though you’ll stand a better chance if you’re nominated by a respected organization in your discipline. Who decides? This would be a national selection committee. Although it’s still being constituted, it already includes Joe Mellilo (the executive artistic director of the cutting-edge Brooklyn Academy of Music, aka BAM), Richard Anuszkiewicz (a nationally known Sarasota-based visual artist) and Evan Hunter (the screenwriter for Hitchcock’s “The Birds”). Only the finest of gatekeepers have been tapped for the Hermitage. Good thing. I’ve seen it. It’s a wonderful place and everyone will want to go there. While it’s not closed to area talent, it’s not limited to it either. The intent is draw nationwide talent pool to create a nationwide impact. I think that’s smart thinking. If the MacDowell Colony were limited to artists from New Hampshire (or Peterborough, for that matter), they’d be the only ones to ever hear of it. Why shouldn’t the rest of the world start hearing about us? This would be a good time to point out that the Hermitage isn’t being funded by tax money or Arts Council money either. All it did was coordinate the $700,000 various grants and individual donations. Even so, writers, composers and visual artists who are struggling to make a living here will ask why we’re creating a retreat for writers, composers and visual artists who aren’t from around here. Obviously, the folks who stay there get something out of it. But what do we get out of it? Adler thinks the Hermitage will expand our awareness. That it will get people thinking of the importance of the arts as an asset in our community. He especially thinks it will reaffirm the importance of his first love — visual art. That people will start collecting visual art for what it is again, and not just as an element of interior design — that things would be more like they once were.

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Adler remembers. He’s lived in our area for more than 40 years. “I actually started out on Longboat Key, in a house on the Gulf near where the Buccaneer Inn used to be,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot of changes since then,” he adds sadly. “When I first came here, when we spoke of the arts it meant visual arts, it meant writing. As the area’s become urbanized, it’s come to mean performing arts. Our music dance and drama are all wonderful, but so much of it is not original work. And we’ve lost many of the great galleries we used to have, we’ve lost the climate that encouraged the great visual artists, we’ve lost many of the support systems for people who were writing new plays and novels. This could change that. The Hermitage is meant to be a The Hermitage support system for original 6600 Manasota Key Road work. To do that, you have to support the original people Englewood behind the work. Once you do that, everything changes.” Estimated opening: Work is still in progress on Summer or fall of 2004 the other structures. Arts Council representatives estiFor details: mate that the renovations will Call 365-5118 be done by spring and the retreat will officially open by summer or early fall. Scottish sculptor Malcolm Robertson and his wife, Kathryn (already scheduled to come to town so that Robertson could work on his sculpture commission for the new Fruitville Library), are currently functioning as willing guinea pigs. They’ll be followed, in early 2004, by Gwyneth Walker, who’ll be creating an original composition for Key Chorale for its upcoming 20th anniversary. The Robertsons had just flown in from a bleakly overcast Scotland when I took this picture. “It’s quite a change from where I left,” he said. “It’s a wee bit of heaven on earth.” ❑




Of beastie girls and color swirls ... BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

‘Fast Moving Creatures: Work by Kay Curtis’ Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ Glen Gallery through Oct. 30 “People is the craziest monkeys,” as a wise philosopher once said. I suspect that to artist Kay Curtis, animals are some of her favorite people. Her paintings are filled with humans turning into animals or the other way around. Curtis likes to blur the boundaries between the human and animal kingdoms, or at least tip the relative balance of power. “Speed, Silence, Shadow” shows three faces in profile. As you look from left to right, the face changes from a cheetah to a woman. The diagonal composition and the background’s slanting, energized lines evoke a sense of running at breakneck speed. You see the same cheetah-to-woman transformation in “Fast Moving Creatures.” This time it’s a front view of the cat-woman in six panels. The star of Jacques Tourneur’s original “Curse of the Cat People” comes to mind, though Curtis’ catwoman seem a little less predatory. “Bluefoot I” shows a penguin (perhaps the cousin of Opus from Berkeley Breathed’s “Outland”) standing on some resigned-looking fellow’s head. To even the score, the musician in Talisman has a bird on his head. While there are plenty more philosophical ravens and cryptic snakes here, not all the inhabitants are animals. Curtis also has exuberant images of dancers and circus people. My favorite is “The Phenomenal Boy on a Ball.” It’s a parti-colored fellow with big feet and purple leggings balancing on a ball. He’s practicing this precarious circus act alone at night by the light of the moon. There’s no audience to watch — except, of course, for you the viewer.

Cheryl Jorgensen’s “Floating Colors” boldly captures the eye.

‘Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibition’ Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ Joan M. Durante Pavilion through Oct. 30 Watercolor is a slippery medium. There are things that tend to look good in it: flowers, boats, old farmhouses, etc. It’s not so good when it comes to depicting anything with hard, sharp edges. The result is that watercolor artists tend to stick to the same subject matter. Unless they’re very good, their paintings tend to look the same. As you might expect, the artists in this exhibition are very, very good. While they paint the usual subjects, their paintings don’t look the same at all. Jane Dye’s “Bon Jour” is a small delight. It seems fairly simple, at least at first glance. Just two oddly angled farmhouses crowding into

each other from both sides of the picture. You’ll see it’s not so simple if you apply the “squint test.” Unfocus your eyes until buildings and trees are no longer recognizable; the colors and forms still fit nicely together. Dye has staked out a rare artistic territory here: It’s a little corner of Provence where abstraction and representation meet. There’s something of Cézanne in what she does. Betsy Cole-Roe’s “Island Rental” is a bright tangle of gleaming bicycles as intertwined as a forest of multicolored coat hangers. Even though the bicycles are at rest, the diagonal composition and energetic line make it like they’re in the Tour de France. Anne Abgott’s “Olé” is a fluid treatment of the subtle play of light on living things. While contours are neatly defined, it’s surfaces that interest her. She shows the way light doesn’t merely bounce off the surface of these peppers.


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It goes through their translucent skins. It interacts with the peppers, reflecting and refracting layer by layer before bouncing out again, changed — and then reflecting and reflecting off the tablecloth, the shiny metal container and everything else. Ruth Backus’ “Pineapple Plant” is a playful still life of a bottle and glass of wine, a pineapple, and other succulent-looking fruit. She bravely leaves the proportions and edges of things all sketchy and skittery; her approach is similar to Koren, one of the New Yorker’s brave cartoonists and illustrators. The spiral pattern of the pineapple’s leaves electrifies the composition, whorls of color flow around it in the background like fluorescent clouds. Cheryl Jorgensen’s “Floating Colors” shows a line of three boats at a dock. It’s a confident expression of what watercolor does best. Instead of trying to cram as much color and variation as possible into the picture (a “more as more” approach that usually ends up as mud), she has the courage of simplicity. The tops of the boats are a bright-bold yellow, a yellow that grabs your eye and draws you in. Once you’re inside, you start to see all the subtleties, but she’s not afraid to make a bold statement to get you there. If you’re interested in bold, original statements, this exhibit is the right place to be. ❑

And the winners are ... Sharon Curtis won first place for “Down by the Riverside.” Warren Henderson took second for “Risen Above Shadows.” Ruth Backus was third with “Pineapple Plant.” Anne Abgott, Jacqueline Clark, June Morse and Rita Rust received merit awards. Diane Schmidt, Herman Bek-gran, Jo Galvin, Pat Robertson, Jeanne T. Garrison, Douglas H Teller and Linda Soderquist received honorable mentions.


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The Longboat Key Center for the Arts bustled with energy during its opening reception of two exhibitions — “Fast Moving Creatures” by Kay Curtis and the Annual Juried Aqueous Exhibition by the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society — Oct. 3. This also was the evening when artists of the juried exhibition found out who won. Both exhibitions will be featured until Oct. 30. ❑

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And now a nerd ... from the Twilight Zone One architect’s nightmare as narrated by Rod Serling BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

Submitted for your approval, one Willum Cubbert (Scott Ehrenpreis). Profession: architect. Age: 34; Dreams: unfulfilled. He resides in Terre Haute, Ind., in the year 1981. He has one friend, Axel Hammond (Joseph Shedrick), a prank-loving and Theater somewhat menda“The Nerd” cious theater critIsland Players ic; one girlfriend, Reviewed Oct. 3 Tansy McGinnis (Sarah Kieffner), a woman whom he loves but has not committed to; a single client to whom he is totally committed, one Warnock “Ticky” Waldgrave, (Mark Shoemaker), a hotel magnate whose success in the accommodations trade is only matched by his lack of taste in architecture. Our putative hero owes his putative life to one Rick Steadman (Jon Kieffner), a man he never met who saved him from certain death when Cubbert was wounded and unconscious in the Vietnam War. Whether Cubbert should thank his unseen benefactor remains to be seen. It would seem that things could not get any worse. This is always the way things seem before they do. Steadman appears. Through the medium of the U.S. mail, Cubbert has long extended him the offer of dropping in at any time he likes to stay as long as he likes. Now he does. It is a suitably hellish first appearance. The young architect’s answering machine extends welcome to his 34th birthday party. Due to the time of year, our unannounced visitor confuses this with a Halloween party. Steadman shows up in a blood-spattered, demonic costume that frightens Thor (Kyle

Shoemaker), the badly behaved son of Cubbert’s employer, into years of psychiatric care and causes the man’s clinging, neurotic wife (Robin Rhodes) to start smashing plates. But the horror behind his mask is even more hideous to contemplate. Steadman is what is popularly called a “nerd,” though the term is woefully inadequate to describe him. His particularly virulent subspecies of nerd is one part Jerry Lewis’ “Nutty Professor,” one part Steve Martin’s “Jerk,” and three parts Dostoevsky’s “Grand Inquisitor” with a burning hot iron and a smile. Steadman is an object lesson in what not to do, say, touch, eat, imply, make noise with, or throw out the window. Cubbert soon wants to throw Steadman out the window, but refrains from this act of defenestration because he owes the man his life. Steadman does not leave, does not take hints, and slowly destroys the life he once, apparently, saved. What follows is a descent into madness that is strangely amusing to watch, just so long as it happens to someone else. Island Players audiences can attest to this fact. Under the direction of Kelly Woodland, the spectacle is amusing from beginning to end. To quote from The Longboat Observer: “Under her capable direction, the actors presenting this foray into the Twilight Zone do an excellent job, and it’s not an easy job to do. What makes it so hard? Shue’s material is the stuff of sitcoms as well as nightmares; his characters are supposed to be stereotypes, or the comedy doesn’t work. But go too far, and it doesn’t work either. The actors walk this tightrope admirably. The lead roles are just over-the-top enough to be

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funny: Ehrenpreis as the hapless protagonist, Sarah Kieffner as his long-suffering girlfriend, Jon Kieffner as the nerd-from-hell, Waldgrave as the sputtering boss and Shedrick as a fey theater critic. The supporting characters are fine as well.” We couldn’t agree more. What moral can we take away from this unsettling allegory? Perhaps it’s all well and good if the young architect loses the life he had. Perhaps things are not what they seem. Perhaps, on the other hand, they are. Perhaps it’s not a good idea to tell total strangers they can drop in at any time and stay as long as they like. Perhaps Terre Haute is a bad place to live, or at least to start an

architectural career. It’s more likely that none of this is true and there is no moral to Larry Shue’s tale of screwball surrealism. As Mark Twain once said, “Persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” As Bart Simpson once said, “It’s just a bunch of stuff that happened.” But we can take comfort in the fact that the stuff was funny and that it happened to someone else in a place far removed from us. A place where nerds exact revenge, all good deeds are punished, and answering machines can kill. A place we call the Twilight Zone. Or maybe Terre Haute, Ind. ❑

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Seafaring silliness from Gilbert and Sullivan Never, never sick at sea? Well, hardly ever. BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

There are Gilbert and Sullivan fanatics who’ve memorized every line in every operetta the librettist/composer team ever wrote, including this one. And why not? “HMS Pinafore” is a very funny play. It’s worth seeing, even if you’re not a fanatic. “Pinafore” shows that strain of language and logic-twisting British humor you see in every-

thing from Lewis Carroll to Monty Python. It’s stuffed with word play, not for its own sake, but as a commentary on human nature. Sir Joseph (Robert Mansell), a time-serving, socially promoted, incompetent aristocrat who’s now in command of the British Navy, boasts that his junior partnership in a law firm “was the only ship that I ever had seen.” The exceedingly unpopular Dick Deadeye (Peter Hortsman) agrees that his


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Chris Caswell, Grace Gibbs, and Robert Mansell are all at sea on the “HMS Pinafore” at Players Theatre. with each other. There are elements of social satire (jabs at the British class system and aristocrats promoted to their levels of incompetence) and cultural satire (making fun of the conventions of serious opera). But it’s basically a silly story and it’d be silly to summarize it. The Players’ presentation is in keeping with Gilbert and Sullivan’s original strategy of taking the silly material very seriously. Mansell is hilarious as the candy floss admiral surrounded by twittering sisters and aunts; Chris Caswell is equally funny as the longsuffering captain dealing with the admiral’s ridiculous directive to add, “If you please,” to orders to the crew. Philip Alexander and Grace Gibbs do nicely as the improbable young lovers; each also boasts a powerful, well-controlled singing voice. Horstman (as repulsive Deadeye) and Sharon Lesley (as “poor little” buttercup) are both scene-stealers. Silly or not, audiences can expect a good time aboard the “HMS Pinafore.” Judging by its applause, the opening night audience would’ve gladly sailed away on it. ❑

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Leif Bjaland, Florida West Coast Symphony’s music director Didn’t Forrest Gump tell us that life in Sarasota is like a box of chocolates? And the afternoon of Sept. 28 began with a bite of the Florida Brass Quintet playing music by Sir Malcolm Arnold. The trio of movements vividly displayed the ensemble’s virtuosity,

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from the allegro vivace’s brilliant scale passages for the trumpets (Todd Craven and Gregory Knudsen) to an andante con moto that was cinematic in its opening unison duet for horn and tuba (Laurence Solowey and Jay Hunsberger) and the final con brio, a bouncy, jazzy section that had all five players, including trombonist Toby Oft, trading parts in a Woody Woodpecker-like theme. Fun. Our sampler continued with the New Artists Piano Quartet, pianist Jonathan Spivey, violinist Felicia Brunelle, violist Matthew Pegis and cellist Christopher Schnell, playing one movement from the Dvorak E-flat major Piano Quartet. This is romantic, gorgeous music and we wanted more. It was frustrating, because the ensemble’s musicians sounded as if they needed more rehearsal. With the exception of a minor mishap, all the notes were there, but the blend among the players wasn’t quite meshed, yet. It will be. The Florida Wind Quintet, flutist Betsy Hudson Traba (back from maternity leave), newly arrived oboist Adam De Sorgo, clarinetist Bharat Chandra, bassoonist (and new daddy) Fernando Traba, and horn player Lydia Van Dreel, then took their places for a rollicking reading of excerpts from “Sciarada Spagnuola,” (“Spanish Charade”), a group of Renaissance dances updated by Dutch composer Jurriaan Andriessen. Each of the musicians wrapped up the early dance forms into nice 20th-century packages of sound that showed both their versatility and virtuosity. There was more frustration following the charade when violinists Daniel Jordan and Christopher Takeda, violist Yuri Vasilaki and cellist Christopher Pegis (aka The Florida String Quartet) played just the finale of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet. After a particularly amusing introduction —

in which we were told that the maiden ultimately dies — “enjoy it ... ” — we met a movement that was terribly out of context. This is a major work and hearing the presto finale without the previous movements that musically set the stage for the maiden’s rush to oblivion, just didn’t quite gel. The ensemble had problems here and there with intonation. The rests, which need to be spacious but sung through, were rushed. And the contrast between major and minor — the ambivalence of life or death — were all but lost. Here, again, it may have been due to the musicians’ first meeting since the summer, because the repeats and coda were much, much better. The second half was devoted to readings of Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll,” performed by

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Women’s Resource Center — “Work by Elizabeth Van Riper.” This celebrates nature from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, and runs through Nov. 29. 366-1700. The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Fast Moving Creatures” captures Kay Curtis’ anthropomorphic animals in the Glen Gallery; “Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibition” shines with luminous watercolors in the Joan M. Durante Pavilion. Both run through Oct. 30. 383-2345. Anna Maria Island Art League — “Faculty Exhibit.” Art teachers show their stuff through Oct. 31. 778-2099. South Florida Museum — “Opening the Door to a New World.” Rare prints of Mark Catesby’s watercolors of 18thcentury Florida are on exhibit through Jan. 4. 746-4131. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “Nature Photography by Elaine Dunkleberger” continues through October. 366-5731. Museum of Asian Art — “Focus: Asia.” Rare photographs put the Orient of the 1800s in focus to Oct. 24. 954-7117. Venice Art Center — “Father-Daughter Exhibition.” Kurt and Linda Larish share the walls through Oct. 28. 485-7136. Wallace Fine Art — showcasing work by Italo Botti, the Russian plein-air painters, B.H. Erschel and more. 387-0746. Island Branch Library — featuring Marie Ewing’s handsculpted dolls, Helen DeForge’s porcelain paintings, and John Bonser’s photography, in October. 778-6341. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery —

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“Paintings by Lisa Basnuevo.” Humorous organic forms and metaphoric landscapes beckon through Nov. 1. 366-2093.

Galleria Silecchia — featuring new work by Yuri Gorbachev, Ulla Darni and Glenna Goodacre. 365-7414. Elizabeth Rice Fine Art — presenting an eye-opening group show through October. 954-8575. Sonnet Gallery — “Dedication to Fall.” Powerful paintings by John Douglas and Jennifer Hollack will be featured through October. 955-6443. The Palm Avenue Gallery — featuring Don Michael Williams’s pottery and Ron Lawrence’s area landscapes in October. 953-5757. Apple & Carpenter Galleries — “A Century of Artistic Inspiration.” Recently acquired 19th- and 20th-century paintings are on exhibit. 955-4546. Unitarian Universalist Church — “Women Contemporary Artists Group Show.” Ongoing through Nov. 2. 371-4974. Art Uptown Gallery — offering rotating exhibits by member artists. 955-5409. Blue House Gallery — “Fall Exhibit.” Showcasing local, national and international artists at its new venue. 366-0211. Missing Link Gallery — “Vernacular Furniture.” This features things you can sit in, lie on, and store your stuff in from around the world. “Enigmatic Images” sheds light on the dark secrets of Jerry Uelsmann’s darkroom. 366-6600. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Richard Hora and Ronn T. Mattia.” Hora’s multimedia boxes and Mattia’s sculpture are shown from Oct. 14 through Nov. 15. 955-4546. Beverly Fleming Gallery — “Sculptures of Love.” Work by Pete Nemec is lovingly displayed through Oct. 16. 365-8683. Avenue Art Shop — “Far Away Places.” Art by Nike Parton, Julee Docking and John Barends goes the distance in October. 955-4763. Paradise Gallery — “Whimsical Movements.” Hoepting’s

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Lisa Basnuevo’s “Possession #7” reveals patterns of force at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art / Mira Mar Gallery. painted beasties are on the move through Oct. 15. 366-7155.

Artist Junction — “Open House Art Sale.” The art is open to everybody from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. 727-1113. Kaos Gallery — “Miki Boni and Friends.” Artist-in-residence Boni gets by with a little help from her friends through Oct. 16. 747-0823. Graciela Giles Studio — “Homage to Henry David Thoreaux.” Giles’ art transcends through October. 746-4469. Copper Moon Gallery — “Wilderness Body Painting.” Rosel Grassmann’s wild imagery is featured in October. 747-8783.


“Sunset Stroll on St. Armands” — the Circle lights up after sunset with live entertainment, art, and more from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. 388-1554. “St. Armands Art Festival” — artists are festive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12. 388-1554.


Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — STOMP. This modern dance/percussion troupe does a bang-up job at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, through Oct. 16. 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303. Sarasota Ballet — “Dance, Et Cetera.” This one-hour performance features youngsters from the ballet’s new program at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 359-0099. Sarasota Ballet — “Meet us at the Barre.” The ballet dancers and their artistic director, Robert de Warren, will make a pointe of greeting the public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts. 359-0099.



Florida West Coast Symphony — The Florida Brass Quintet performs works by Turner, Mussorgsky and others at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10; The New Artists Piano Quartet performs





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Best bets ‘Maximum Dance Company of Miami’ Just back from its successful European tour, this critically praised, international dance troupe hits the floor at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. The company’s choreographic innovations continue to redefine the limits of ballet and never fail to entertain. Call 351-8000.

jazz pianist, performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. 923-1691.

Powell Crosley Museum — the Florida String Quartet makes beautiful music at 10:30 a.m. following light refreshments at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. 360-1541. First United Methodist Church — “Solo Marimba Concert.” Monty Bell performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. 747-4406.


The Players Theatre — “HMS Pinafore.” Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera sails through Oct. 12. 365-2494. Island Players — “The Nerd.” Larry Shue’s nerd exacts vengeance through Oct. 12. 778-5755. Florida Studio Theatre — “The World Goes ‘Round.” Everything turns on the tunes of Kander and Ebb through Nov. 29. 366-9000. Venice little Theatre — “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Two old ladies dear to Dr. Kevorkian’s heart serve tea through Oct. 25. 488-1115. The Asolo Theatre Company Guild Play Readers — “Light Up the Sky.” Moss Hart’s comedy will be read at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. 351-9010.


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Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “Masked and Anonymous.” Bob Dylan takes a detour off Highway 61 into a post-apocalyptic America starting Friday, Oct. 10. 955-FILM.

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McCurdy’s Comedy Theater — Richard Lewis. The king of neurotic comedy reigns through Sunday, Oct. 12. 925-3869. Selby Public Library — “Cleopatra and Reincarnation.” This historical discussion by David Ohrenstein and Sharon Lesley includes excerpts from their new opera, “Octavian and Cleopatra,” at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10. 878-5785. ❑

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Ralph Hunter, the founder of The Longboat Observer and the author of “From Calusas to Condominiums,” will give a talk at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Island Branch Library. It’s sure to be a memorable exploration of the fascinating evolution of Longboat Key from the shell middens of the original inhabitants to the condos of today. Call 778-6341.



Circle Books — Bob Truluck signs his Florida suspense story, “Saw Red,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. 388-2850. Sarasota News & Books — Sarasota’s Wayne Barcomb reads from and signs his latest Florida mystery, “Blood Tide,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 15. 365-6215.

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Dance to the max — the Maximum Dance Company pushes the limits from Oct. 10 to 12 at the FSU Center for the Arts.



selections by Mozart and Strauss at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12; both are at Holley Hall. 953-3434. The Jazz Club of Sarasota — John LaPorta grooves on clarinet at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct 10, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium’s Bayfront Room; The Swamp Dog Jazz Band howls at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Sarasota Opera House. 316-9207. Van Wezel — “FridayFest on the Bay.” Fred Johnson serves up jazz medium cool from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at this free bayside concert. 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303. The Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church — The Mendelssohn Piano Trio. Pianist Ya-Tin Chang, violinist Peter Sirotin and cellist Fiona Thompson perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. 955-4263. Community Music School — “Open House.” This takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at its new office and trial lesson studio. 966-1142. St. Thomas More Catholic Church — Mike Markaverich,



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Bridge Tender Inn entices with rustic charm Built in the 1940s, the Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar is a significant landmark on Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Even though the quaint community surrounding the remarkable restaurant is expanding with new additions of large condominiums, the Bridge Tender Inn is only improving the charming quality of the restaurant with minor renovations to keep the old-fashioned building young at heart. It is not only the appealing atmosphere that packs in the Packers fans on Monday nights (the owner, Fred Bartizal, is a Green Bay fanatic), flies in the foreigners for fall, or brings the boaters in on a breeze, but the Shrimp and Scallop Étouffée, Liver and Onions and Chicken Schnitzel that the customers connect with at the Bridge Tender Inn. And, there are the many options — you have the option of parking your car or docking your boat and you have the choice of dining al fresco on the deck or inside in the dining room. Either way, your view is just as crystal clear as the water you’re admiring. Boats bounce on the evening tides, and the community clock tower rings six times, notifying you of the emerging dusk. The dockside destination of the Bridge Tender links you to the laid-back luxury of the dining room with its wooden floors and accents of maritime memorabilia, such as

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135 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach • 778-4849 Cuisine: Eclectic. Recommended: Strawberry daiquiri, Barbecue Scallops, Steak Diane and Grouper Sauteed with Shrimp in Lobster Sauce, and Godiva pie. Price ranges: Appetizers, soups and salads from $2.95 to $11.95; entrées from $11.95 to $25.95. Service: Warm and friendly. Hours: noon to 1 a.m. seven days. Credit cards: All major cards. Parking: Limited parking. Convenient docking. Boats can come by Marker 49, two docks available. Handicapped access: Excellent.

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The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar offers an outside seating area on its patio overlooking the bay. a ship’s steering wheel, a fishing pole and a mammoth Marlin mounted on the wall. Gentle tunes and smooth jazz rock you back and forth like an anchored boat. Johnny Maschino, the Bridge Tender’s general manager, tenderly overlooks the dining room, while his crew comfortably cares for the customers. My companion and I were warned of the weekend crowds and boat traffic, so we went on a Wednesday evening. Maschino welcomed us to a wonderful window seat and handed us the drink menu, or what he called, “the adult coloring book.” He wasn’t kidding — the flavors and varieties of drinks were just as colorful as he boasted, with more than 40 frozen drinks in addition to wine and beer. On our way into the restaurant, a scarlet drink dazzled on the deck, driving me to order a strawberry daiquiri, even though the mango daiquiri sounded more daring. Our friendly waiter proudly provided us with Chef

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Marcus Vega’s credentials, including his famous Raspberry Pecan Duck featured in Gourmet magazine, and the steak and seafood specialties celebrated at this restaurant. Looking over the menu, I noticed dishes that aren’t on many other menus in this area. For instance, Maschino says there are regulars who come during season and only order the Chicken Schnitzel, which is boneless, skinless chicken breast lightly breaded and topped with caper butter. Another enticing entrée is the Shrimp and Scallop Étouffée, which is a spicy New-Orleans-style dish of shrimp and sea scallops sautéed with onions, peppers, tomatoes, capers and tobasco and finished with garlic and wine sauce. You may laugh at the Liver with Onions, but they have a fond following, Maschino says. Charting our courses for the evening, we ordered the barbecue scallops for starters. I figured this hot appetizer of large sea scallops wrapped in bacon and chargrilled with a smoky barbecue sauce would warm me up after my fruity, iced cocktail. Although there were many unique options offered for our main course, my companion and I spotted the appealing specials right away. I chose Steak Diane, a butterflied filet mignon, pan seared with mushrooms and scallions in a brandy wine butter sauce. My companion decided on the grouper sautéed with shrimp in a lobster cream sauce. Our barbecued scallops arrived — as smoking hot as the sauce in which they were grilled. The crisp bacon wrapped around the spongy scallops gave the taste texture, while the spicy sauce finished it off with flaming flavor. The barbecue scallops were certainly a simmering start. Then, a large loaf of bread and salads (served with all entrées) sailed swiftly into sight. Casual conversation interrupted by crunchy herbed croutons carried us confidently into our main courses, which arrived on delicately painted



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china that you would expect to see at a more elegant restaurant. If only I could be as lucky as Diane to have such a sumptuous steak named after me. My Steak Diane was finely seared with a robust brandy wine butter sizzling in every bite of the memorable meat. My choice of yellow curry rice added aromatic seasoning to the simply spiced Steak Diane. The real standout of the evening was my companion’s Grouper Sauteed with Shrimp in Lobster Sauce. The sautéed jumbo shrimp aboard the Gulf grouper were some of the freshest shrimp I have tasted all summer. My companion said it was the best seafood she has had in a long time — and she eats seafood almost every evening. The lobster cream sauce wasn’t loaded on, but rather lightly enveloped the seafood, enhancing the taste instead of overwhelming it. There was no declining dessert after we enjoyed such enticing entrées. The word “Godiva” grabs any gal’s attention — especially if there are three types of Godiva chocolate combined into one devilish dessert. The dense chocolate decadence with an Oreo crust made us drift into a heavenly hypnosis of Godiva glory. And, we’re not too proud to admit that we savored every last, luscious bite. The Bridge Tender Inn may have needed some renovations to the old rustic building on the outside, but the picturesque quality and comforting cuisine on the inside is what connects customers to this rare restaurant. ❑

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GRANDE RIVIERA – SARASOTA’S ULTIMATE POINTE OF VIEW - Don’t miss out on the best location in town. Just a few of these luxurious residences left. Enjoy unparalleled panoramic views and private docks available. Priced from $1,595,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 552-2669 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES ON LONGBOAT KEY - First time on the market. Lovely Country Club Shores home, 53’ x 25” screened lanai and pool, sailboat water, 44’ dock with lift, well maintained 2BR home. All on a mini “Selby Garden” lot! $699,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

SIESTA KEY ESTATE - Price reduced for this lushly wooded & private Siesta Key Estate. Breathtaking views (113ft) from this exquisitely appointed, walled estate. 4BR/3.5BA home with large airy rooms. This estate is also offered furnished including a 23ft Searay for $2,495,000 or unfurnished at $2,345,000. NAN KENNEDY 552-3976 BIRD KEY - Spacious garden home, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths with family room, workshop and bonus room. Large pool area and beautifully landscaped. Close to downtown and “the circle”. $659,900. HOYT BEATY/MARTY BENSON 552-3989

GRAND BAY - The ultimate private corner in the newest Grand Bay building. Panoramic vistas of bay, marina, and preserve. Wrap glass terraces that don’t look into another building. Very tastefully decorated & in move-in condition! $1,049,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

MARINA BAY - Gorgeous Bay & City views. This 3BR, 3,382 sq. ft. condo has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his & her master bath and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 DESIGNER PERFECT - Water Club Condominium with views of lush tropical foliage and the Gulf of Mexico. This sophisticated condo is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments thoroughout. Amenities include two covered parking spaces and a private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world class amenities, clubhouse security and concierge. $1,199,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 FAIRWAY BAY ON LONGBOAT KEY Furnished townhouse with soaring ceilings & skylights. Master suite has vaulted ceiling w/skylights & large walk-in closets. Master bath has dual sinks w/vanity table and whirlpool tub. Large guest room suite w/walk-in closet. Garage for 2 cars & storage. Beachclub pool & tennis. $379,000. WADE HAWLEY 552-3988 SANDY HOOK, SIESTA KEY - Fabulous 6BR/4BA beach home w/open pool.Superb kitchen + separate dining room. Music room, library + sitting room. Master suite w/new bath + 2 separate home offices. A short walk to the village & neighborhood beach! $925,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

BELOW APPRAISAL ON SIESTA KEY - Below Appraised Value - This 3BR/4BA luxury home with nearly 3,000 sq. ft. offers great boating waters + a dock w/lift. All of this located on a fabulous treed lot makes this home hard to beat for location and value in one of Sarasota’s finest neighborhoods! $1,399,900. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - This 3BR home is located w/sunny southern exposure shining all day on pool & spa! Beautiful light, bright canal front home with a dock. Offered turnkey furnished. $749,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - If you need a home for your 65' boat this home is situated on one of the largest and deepest canals on Longboat Key. Amenities include, gorgeous views of the wide canal and estate homes of the Harbor section, soaring ceilings, separate family room w/fireplace, beautiful pool & deck, dock and exceptionally large lot.$1,250,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES - Situated on the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” crowns the spectacular tower the “Beausoleil” unit with 4,965 sq ft living area envelopes two terraces overlooking the marina, features 3BR, den, library and 3 _ baths. Residents may take advantage of the impeccable personal “round the clock” professional hotel staff. $4,250,000 . CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 BIRD KEY WATERWAY - New home with wellthought out floor plan & great water views. Amenities include:master suite w/his & her bath, stunning kitchen w/stainless appliances & granite counters, family room w/gorgeous view down the canal, bonus room, spacious patio & pool and dock w/lift. $2,495,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552- 5220

GOLDEN GATE POINT - Brand new - never occupied over 2100 sq ft. 3BR/3BA/2CG. Fabulous full bay views from this waterfront condo. Priced at $899,900 CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 BAY ISLAND ON SIESTA KEY - Key West style cottage on a very large lot. 3BR/1BA, Living room w/fireplace & large kitchen plus lots of charm make this your perfect island get-away or enlarge w/plenty of room to expand on this beautiful tropical treed lot! $499,500. SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950 GRAND BAY - 3BR/3BA condo with fabulous panoramic 6th floor views of Bay and Gulf. This popular condominium community offers great amenities - tennis, fitness, heated pool and beach access. $999,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 RESIDENCES AT RITZ CARLTON - Beautiful Northern bay views from every room. Spectacular 2 bedrooms and den. Enjoy world class amenities atop the Ritz Monte Carlo. $1,390,000 CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

BIRD KEY WATERWAY - Updated home with spacious floor plan & all the amenities you'd expect. Glorious patio area w/partial bay view, summer ktichen, pool & spa. Large dock with boat lift. $1,875,000. THE SINGER GROUP 552-5220


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The Rev. Eric Wogen blesses Callie, held by Tricia Drow.

Animal blessings BY LUSYA SULLIVAN Staff Writer

Zcagha cools off, while waiting to be blessed.

The Rev. Eric Wogen blessed the animals one by one.

Photos by Lusya Sullivan

A turtle, a rabbit, a cat and an army of dogs were blessed one by one by the Rev. Eric Wogen Oct. 4. The pets and their “moms and dads” gathered on the front lawn of St. Armands Key Lutheran Church for this annual Blessing of the Animals service. After a greeting, Wogen held a brief service. It was followed by the Blessing of the Animals, during which the pastor prayed about each animal present, calling them by their names. Although occasional barks and squeals were heard from a few of the furry guests, many dogs made friends. The coordinators of the service were Bob and Kristin Stobaugh and Marissa and Christine Ortiz. ❑

Marissa Ortiz had 16-year-old Muffin blessed. She also asked the Rev. Wogen to bless her 17 birds.

Oliver sports his sunglasses. He belongs to Gloriann Bronson.

Sue Gilchrist, David Novak and Molly Schechter show off their Bichon Frises — Lacy and Rosko, who wears a tallis, a Jewish prayer shawl.

Franklin the turtle and Thumper, bunny, receive their blessings. Holding them is Heidi Handel.

Garrett Moore pats his cat, Porky. It was the only cat present.

Filipp Gadar whispers to Paquita in Russian to look at the camera.

Mathew Pitchford cuddles with his Bear.




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L’AMBIANCE World class building offers full concierge service, exercise, clubroom, under building parking, heated pool, spa and Har-Tru tennis Private stairs to the beach. Exceptional casual elegance, a 360 view, open design, & many archtectural features. Fabulous beachfront residence. $3,450,000. This residence has the feel of a private beach home with goregous views $3,200,000. Furnished 9th floor Sabal Plan w/12’ ceiling artfully decorated - spectacular views $2,495,000. GRAND BAY Great amenities in a grand Longboat Key community - heated pool, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse, exercise, kitchen, BBQ, picnic deeded beach access Private corner in the newest building. Panoramic vistas of the bay, marina and preserve. Wrap-around terraces. $1,049,000. Exquisite Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in resort home. $999,000. Fabulous panoramic views of the Gulf and Bay from this 6th floor 3 bedroom, 3 bath Biscayne floorplan $999,000. COREY’S LANDING Approx 3200 sq ft / 4 bedroom, 4 bath bayfront home with big bay views, private dock and deeded beach access. Graciously furnished. $1,550,000.

Marina Bay with Gorgeous Bay & City Views This 3BR, 3382 sq. ft. condo that has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his & her master bath & wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000 Virtual Tour

Extraordinary L’Ambiance penthouse w/magnificent views of Gulf, sunsets, Lido Key, Sarasota Bay and lights of downtown Sarasota. This sumptuous penthouse’s interior was designed by world renowned designer Robert Stuffings. Amenities include: 2 private elevators, double entry doors of Carpathian Elm vener, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 2400 sq ft of wrap terraces and 3 parking spaces. $6,995,000 Virtual Tour

WATER CLUB Breathtaking views of the gulf, Sarasota Bay, and the skyline from this 9th floor Dover plan, The best of the best on the desirable south side of Water Club II $2,695,000. EN PROVENCE Exclusive paradise community of only 21 beach front residences. 3BR/3BA with direct gulf view. $2,495,000.

RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES On the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” Residence is one of the most desirable. The spectacular tower, the “Beausoleil” residence has 4,965 sq. ft. living area plus two terraces overlooking the marina & city. $4,250,000. Beautiful Bay views from every room. Approx. 2235 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms and den. Enjoy world class amenities atop the Ritz. Monte Carlo unit. $1,390,000. GOLDEN BAY On Golden Gate Point brand new, never occupied 3 bedroom, 3 bath with fabulous full bay views. Approx. 2100 sq ft and 2 balconies. Pool, pull-up dock and fishing pier. Great downtown value per sq ft $899,900. VIZCAYA Magnificent beach front enclave of only 31 elegant residences with 2 car garages and private elevators. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse with fitness facilities and a private beach. Expansive penthouse with over 4,000 sq. ft. of luxury. Endless views of Gulf, pool and grounds from the wrap-around terrace. $3,990,000. Approx 3400 sq ft penthouse w/fabulous direct gulf view.Wonderful design elements & spacious elegance featured throughout. $2,999,000. Perfectly decorated & appointed penthouse. Marvelous views.You just have to see this stunning Florida residence. Partially Furnished. $2,695,000. LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS Full Gulf view, part Bay view. Watch the sunrise or sunset from this 2 bedroom, 2 bath, partially furnished unit. Approx. 1600 sq ft $749,000. SIESTA KEY - HIDDEN HARBOR Lush tropical grounds surround this 2-story contemporary 6,200 sq. ft. home. European design elements featured throughout. Open, bright floorplan w/skylights & glass. Pool, boat dock Fabulous views of the harbor, pool & grounds $4,490,000.

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

$2,395,000 4th Floor

Approx. 2,650 sq. ft.

Approx. 3,800 sq. ft. ■

$1,715,000 5th Floor


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$1,995,000 2nd Floor Approx. 3,550 sq. ft.

Approx. 2,650 sq. ft.

Queens Harbour Home with Gorgeous Views of the Bay from master, living and dining rooms. This 4BR/3BA home has a dock and lift, pool and outdoor kitchen. Beautiful furnishings and a 28 ft. Sea Ray included. $1,850,000 Virtual Tour Designer Perfect Water Club Condominium with views of lush tropical foliage and the Gulf of Mexico. This sophisticated condominium is beautifully furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. Amenities include two covered parking spaces and a private elevator entry foyer. Fabulous world-class amenities and clubhouse, concierge and security. $1,199,000 Virtual Tour Longboat Key Canal Home with Beautiful Views This home has beautiful canal & bay views, great boating water and is situated four in from the bay, which makes it a wonderful find. $645,000 Virtual Tour If You Need A Home For Your 65’ Boat this Country Club Shores home is situated on one of the largest and deepest canals on Longboat Key. Amenities include; gorgeous views of the wide canal and estate homes of the Harbor Section, soaring ceilings, separate family room w/fireplace, beautiful pool & deck, dock & an exceptionally large lot. $1,250,000 Virtual Tour Wonderful Fairway Bay Condominium Turnkey furnished, with gorgeous views of the Bay and access to grounds and walkways of Fairway Bay. $365,000 Virtual Tour

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Country Club Shores home garners $2.4 million price tag





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from Peoria, Ill., for $323,800. The one-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 100 Sands Point Road was built in 1966.

Seaplace IV

This Country Club Shores home, located at 541 Putter Lane, sold for $2.4 million.


Regent Place Tower II Trustee Chad L. Gates, acting on behalf of 675 Longboat Key Land Trust, 1680 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, purchased apartment unit 23-B at the 18-unit Water Club Tower II from Stockade Limited, a Jersey Channel Island corporation of St. Helier, Jersey, for $1.73 million. Apartment 23-B has three bedrooms, four baths and was built in 1995. Director Edwin Charles Worsfold signed the deed of sale on behalf of the grantors (sellers).

Lido Surf & Sand Another example of the astounding profits in offshore real estate was a Sept. 17th transaction at Lido Surf & Sand that resulted in $417,700 gross profit for the sellers in just the last seven months. Yvonne E. Murray and Stuart C. Murray, 1100 Ben Franklin Drive, sold their unit 503 to Christian E. and Iris Cathy Cavey of Hampstead, Md., the third week in September, for $602,000, after having bought the 27-yearold, two-bedroom and two-bath apartment last February for $184,300.

LBK Yacht & Tennis Club Up on the Manatee County side of the Key, Mary T. and Thomas L. Kehoe Jr. of Sylvan Beach, N.Y., sold their unit 101 in the 17-unit Mark II phase of the 36-unit Longboat Key Yacht & Tennis Club to Cynthia S. and Michael D. Seamon for $650,000. The two-bedroom and three-bath condominium, at 4215 Gulf of Mexico Drive, was built in 1974. It sold previously for $232,000 in August 1994.

Nancy R. and Carroll D. Esry, 7696 Cove Terrace, Sarasota, bought slip 9 on H Pier at the 274-slip Longboat Key Moorings Marina from its owners, Longboat Key Marina Associates, for $180,000.

Lido Shores Brenda K. and Donald F. Moore of Battle Creek, Mich., sold their home at 451 Bowdoin Circle to Michael W. Heshelman for $725,000. The three-bedroom and four-bath home was constructed in 1964 and sold previously in June 1999 for $370,000.

Lido Harbour Towers Karen S. Huff of Atlanta bought unit 102 at Lido Harbour Towers, 1730 Ben Franklin Drive, from Lorraine M. and John A. Lynn, 4443 Golden Lake Drive, Sarasota, for $515,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was erected in 1970 and was purchased by the Lynns for $110,000 in August 1990.

Lido Harbour Lene and Henning Rottwitt of Copenhagen, Denmark, sold their penthouse-3 at Lido Harbour’s Arlington House to Donna M. and John H. Garrity from Orland Park, Ill., for $300,000. The one-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1967 and was last sold for $260,000 in March 2002. In a somewhat different conveyance at Lido Harbour South, Kenneth L. Laws of Chicago forfeited his title to unit 4 in the Claridge House by giving the United States of America a quitclaim deed to the property, as a result of federal court proceedings.

St. Armands Lisa J. and Andrew I. Herrod from Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, purchased the home at 140 Blvd. of the Presidents from SPE #17 L.L.C., 3400 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, for $423,000. SPE #17 Director Jefferson F. Riddell signed the deed of sale. The two-bedroom and one-bath home was built in 1970. 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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Sands Point

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3720 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228 Local: 941-387-9709 10093

Down at the southwestern tip of the Key at the mouth of New Pass there was one transaction in the 78-unit Sands Point Condominiums in which Florence Becht, 6710 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton, sold her unit 202 to Joyce R. Cassens

150 feet of beautiful, unspoiled beach in the SANDERLING CLUB, a 1.6 acre property from gulf to lagoon. Ideal site to build dream home or to use existing structure with 4,500+ sf under roof for remodeling. Also ideal for anyone looking to acquire “additional” 180ft. of beachfront. $5,875,000 Fabulous Five Star RITZ CARLTON Lifestyle. THE 18th Floor PENTHOUSE. High over Sarasota bay, bathed in a breathtaking panorama, 3 sides, 4 balconies, full bay and city views, sunrise and sunset. In Sarasota, the Cultural Capital of Florida. $5,750,000 Prestigious gated community of SANDERLING CLUB. Direct Gulf front with 200’ of private, protected, pristine beach w/dramatic sunsets. On over an Acre, offering opportunity to purchase a prime beachfront on Siesta Key w/possibilities ranging from renovation to using site for new construction. $5,500,000 Boater’s paradise in this gated community of SUNSET HARBOR. Situated on 2 lots, with over 118 feet of bay frontage. Full bay and sunset views looking westward towards gulf. Over 5400 sq. ft. in this Mediterranean style home, with gourmet kitchen, granite counter tops, sandstone tile and sliding doors opening to balcony. Open patio with exquisite pool and spa, leads to Large covered dock with lift boat. $2,250,000 Spectacular Waterfront Home available 20% below appraisal with a price reduction of $500,000. Completely renovated and remodeled. This prestigious home, located in the HARBOR ISLES section of BAY ISLES, offers 4bedroom/4bath with 200-foot seawall & a wonderful view over canal intersection towards the bay. $1,995,000 This vacant Bay/Bayou lot, in one of SIESTA KEYS finest neighborhoods, is surrounded by many new multi-million dollar homes. This unique property offers a boat dock and private setting, uniquely bordering a non-buildable association greenbelt. The elevated living level of the future home will offer good water views of the Bayou and Bay. $1,150,000

Longboat Key Moorings Marina

Windward Bay Laura J. and Robert E. Friedmann from Cincinnati purchased unit 203 in building C at the 151-unit Windward Bay from Barbara P. and Joseph M. Pickett of Boulder, Colo., for $312,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath condominium, located at 4800 Gulf of Mexico Drive, was built in 1975 by I. Z. Mann as Longboat Harbour North.

Secluded contemporary BAYFRONT ESTATE, close to downtown, lushly landscaped with fabulous Bay and Sunset views. Imported European kitchen to meet chef standards. Tennis court installed by makers of Bollettieri Academy. 2 boat docks & lifts. $5,975,000


One of those second-generation County Club Shores homes at 541 Putter Lane has been sold for $2.4 million, or twice the $1.2 million it sold for brand new in July 1997. Scott S. Brody of New York City purchased the four-bedroom and four-bath home with its swimming pool and prime Sarasota Bay location from Marsha and Donald Panuce of 483 Meadowlark Drive, Bird Key. In a second Country Club Shores transaction, Rene and Steven Yuritic sold their Unit IV home at 595 Bowsprit Lane to the Anderson-Butts Family partnership of Alpharetta, Ga., for $900,000. The three-bedroom and twobath home with a swimming pool is one of the original ranch-style homes built on a sea-walled lot in 1966.

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Phyllis Fine from Louisville, Ky., bought unit G6-202-A at Seaplace IV from Edelweiss Southwest Florida Corp., for $300,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 1955 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1973. Signing the deed of sale for Edelweiss was its president, Bernard Osbaldeston of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The sprawling Seaplace condominium complex was developed by Arvida Corp. and is Longboat Key’s largest, with 461 dwelling units.

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



BUSINESS Real estate reports

Store around the corner


Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. — announced a change in its regional jurisdictions, removing Sarasota and

1817 Osprey Ave. S., Sarasota • Phone/Fax: 906-9681 Mandy Puleo and Alli Tsiperovich

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Judy Green congratulates Sue Louis for being promoted to president and chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker’s new Sarasota Bay Region. Manatee counties from its Tampa Bay Region and separating these counties into the new Sarasota Bay Region. Prior to this change, the Tampa Bay Region included Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and Manatee counties. In conjunction with this change, Coldwell Banker has named Sue Louis as the Sarasota Bay Region’s new president and chief operating officer. “We felt that separating the Tampa Bay Region into two separate regions, and creating a new Sarasota Bay Region would help ensure our continued success and growth in both areas,” said Judy Green, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc. Louis has been with Coldwell Banker for 27 years. Prior to being named president and COO of the Sarasota Bay Region, Louis was senior vice president and regional manager for Sarasota and Manatee counties. She will be based in Coldwell Banker’s Sarasota office, 5971 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 202.

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Kathleen H. Bobbitt decided to open her business, Ribbons, when her last child went to college. Owner: It is owned by Kathleen H. Bobbitt of Sarasota. She is originally from Jacksonville. Year established: Bobbitt opened her business in 1989. Employees: In addition to the owner, there are four part-time employees. Hours: It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Type of business: “It’s a traditional fullline gift store with home accessories,” says Bobbitt. Why did you open the store? “My last child went to college, and I just wanted to start a business of my own,” she says. Price range: It ranges from $1 for a card to $680 for a dresser. What is the most challenging part of running this business? “I find it all to be so interesting,” says the businesswoman. “There are many small challenges, but no

large challenges.” What is the best business advice ever received or that you’d give someone: “Going into a small business: to venture into it slowly and conservatively,” says Bobbitt. “That worked for me.” What you like best about Sarasota? “It’s a lovely city. There seems to be something beautiful everywhere you look,” she says. Is there something you’d change about it? Traffic. Favorite book: “Memoirs of a Geisha.” Favorite movie: “Gone with the Wind.” Hobbies: Gardening is one of her hobbies and orchids are her favorite flowers. “I love my garden,” she says. If you could reincarnate, who or what would you be? Bobbitt would come back as a Shih Tzu — she has two.

RE/MAX Excellence — Kenny Schuldinger joined the Longboat Key and St. Armands Circle office. A graduate gemologist from Santa Monica, Schuldinger “recognizes a gem when he sees one,” leading him to be a waterfront specialist in our area. A resident for more than 11 years, Schuldinger resides in Bradenton Kenny Schuldinger with his wife and three children.

—Lusya Sullivan

RE/MAX Properties — announced the addition of Mandy Puleo, Alli Tsiperovich, Nicki Conway and Jack Conway to its team. Puleo and Tsiperovich both have worked in several aspects of real estate prior to ISLAND DUPLEX Elevated duplex 2BR/1BA each side with separate utilities. Recent renovations new vinyl siding, kitchen cabinets, vanities, appliances, stairways and balconies. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #96341.....................................$389,500

Prudential Palms Realty — Scott Sosso, president/owner of the realty, announced several sales associates who have recently joined the company. “We are really excited about the growth of the company. Since opening our doors in August 2002, we have grown from 75 sales associates to over 125 sales associates,” says Sosso. “We have opened three new offices: Longboat Key, located at 595 Bay Isles Road, Mediterranean Plaza on Longboat Key, our University Office located at 2863 University Parkway (next to new Publix on University Parkway, and our most recent addition 130 North Tamiami Trail.” Linda Thompson joined the St. Armands office. Gail Bowden, Sharon Forrest, David Foster, Maryline O’Dea, Sally Rackey and Laura Tracy joined the Downtown office. Gary Hoskins joined the South Trail office. And Jackie Ansboury, Kay Culliton, Joel Rosenberg, Vanessa Solorzano and Richard White joined the University office. Linda A. Page has joined the company as vice president of the new homes division. Previously, she was executive vice president and broker for U.S. Assets Realty, the brokerage in charge of the selling the Beau Ciel and the Orchid Beach Club. Prior to that, Page worked as broker and director of sales for Uni-versity Park Country Club. It was there that she won the Florida, Southeast region and national sales manager of the year award for 2000 from the Home Builders Association. ❑

Chris McDevitt FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS • 80 - 100 homes sold each year • $25 million in annual sales • Professional full-time staff • 80% repeat/referral business

DIRECT BAYFRONT Spectacular Bay views from this 2BR/2BA end unit at Westbay Cove South. Recently updated w/new A/C, tile, carpet & paint. Short distance to beach. Dave Moynihan. 778-2246. #96388.....................$289,500 SPANISH MAIN ON LAKE Beautiful lake setting! Catch the East/West breezes. 2BR/1BA. Great marina in the community on Intracoastal. Pool and planned activities. Peggy Henger. 383-5577. #236156.................$264,500

BIRD KEY Outstanding remodeled 3400 SF home with 4BR/3BA, office and bright open floor plan. Call for a free Interior completely remodeled with Travertine equity checkup stone floors, crown moldings, gourmet kitchen with granite counters. Bird’s Eye Maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, pool and much more #1187 Offered at $950,000.




Email: Website: 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key (941) 383-5577 • Toll Free (800) 352-0367 MLS

becoming Realtors. Puleo is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in business administration. This, coupled with Tsiperovich’s ability to speak Russian, will allow the team to offer its clients a wide range of skills. It will focus primarily in residential sales. The Conways specialize in residential investment property and residential homes and condos in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. Nicki Conway has an extensive background in sales, including holding such positions as vice president of sales and senior sales executive. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and took several specialized courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jack Conway, who has taken numerous courses in financial management and marketing, holds a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State College and a bachelor of education from the University of New Hampshire. He has served on the board of directors for the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.

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Top building permits

Republican Longboater honored Ali Chokr of Longboat Key, owner of Diamond Vault, has been named to the 2003 Republican Chairman’s Honor Roll. As a member of the honor roll, his name will be on display at the Republican Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. He also qualifies to receive the committee’s Republican Gold Medal, which will be presented at a special ceremony in the nation’s capitol. Honorees will be announced next year.

These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department in September, in order of dollar amounts.





230 Sands Point Road, Building 3

renovate all units

Inn On The Beach Association

Fine fashion consultant

645 Halyard Lane

replace single-family home

Ines P. Tendler


Ilene Fox has recently opened The Carlisle Collection business. It is available only by appointments. Sizes, which range from 0 to 18, are mostly separates and presented four times a year. Fox can be reached at 907-9344.

600 Birdie Lane


Beverly G. and Townsend H. Porter


Thomas G. Jones and Thomas


2525 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 10-A remodel unit

Wallace R. and Shirley H. Devlin


New VP at ad agency

615 Dream Island Road

repaint exterior

Harbor Villa Condo Association


525 Bay Isles Parkway

replace 98 column bases and paint

Dead River Properties Inc.


4241 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 601 alter unit


G. Jones Trust

Michelle Esposito Young is the new vice president of Smith Advertising & Associates Inc. agency. Her responsibility is to direct operations and sales in the Sarasota office. Most recently Young held the position of director of marketing for the Resort at Longboat Key Club. She also worked as the travel industry sales manager for the resort, overseeing domestic and international sales. Young served as a member of the board of directors for the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB), chairperson of the SCVB Ad Committee and officer of the local chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International.

exterior of center 621 Cedar St.


Breakers Brewing Co. LLC


1701 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 3C

alter unit

Philip Robinson


3501 Fair Oaks Lane

rock revetment

Queens Harbor Condo Association


5285 GMD, Building 1

replace exterior decks

Banyan Bay Club Association


5275 GMD, Building 2

replace exterior decks

Banyan Bay Club Association


5265 GMD, Building 3

replace exterior decks

Banyan Bay Club Association


Hotel recognizes director

5260 GMD, Building 4

replace exterior decks

Banyan Bay Club Association


Philip Madrid, director of engineering at Hyatt Sarasota, recently received the Operations Recognition Award Achievement Award from the Hyatt Hotels Corp. Madrid has been with Hyatt Hotels for eight years and has been in his current role as the Hyatt Sarasota’s director of engineering for the past three years.

5270 GMD, Building 5

replace exterior decks

Banyan Bay Club Association


5280 GMD, Building 6

replace exterior decks

Banyan Bay Club Association


4888 Gulf of Mexico Drive


Windward Bay Condo Association


2605 Gulf of Mexico Drive

replace fiberglass spa

Four Winds Beach Resort Condo.


3568 Fair Oaks Way

build koi/lily pond

Timothy W. and Denise R. Huelsman


585 Sanctuary Drive, 301

install electric hurricane shutters

Barry Kemerer


3453 Gulf of Mexico Drive

replace handrails on second-floor

Seahorse Beach Resort Association


Spa relocates Marguerite Barnett, M.D., P.A., relocated her office from Venice to the Mandala MediSpa at the Point of Rocks Center, 1715 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota. According to Barnett, “The Mandala MediSpa integrates ancient healing with the art of modern science.” ❑

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

Daily Round Robins at 9:30 a.m.: • Women’s: Monday, Wednesday, Friday • Men’s: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday • Mixed: 5 p.m. Friday Special events: • Where’s the B.O.S.S. (men’s 3.25-

3.75 doubles): 11 a.m. Monday • Where’s the B.O.B. (men’s 4.0-4.5 singles): 11 a.m. Tuesday Lessons/clinics/ball machine are by reservations.

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Ongoing classes Oct. 8 to 14 Sports/fitness classes: • Aerobics, (low-impact): 8 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (interval training) • Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Muscles & More (weight-bearing): 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays • Beginner’s “Goddess Dance” class: noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays • Weight Watchers will resume meetings soon. Date is still to be determined. Passive program: Duplicate Bridge games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays News and Notes: • Halloween/Pizza Party will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. • AARP/55 Alive safe driving course will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19.


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Fred Smith President of the Longboat Key Club Men’s 18-hole Golf Association How many years have you played golf? “About 60 years,” says Smith. “I started as a caddy when I was 11 years old and I played a lot when I was a teenager. I stopped playing when my kids were born, but took it back up when I was 50.” What is your best score? Smith’s best score is a 77. What kind of clubs do you use? Smith uses Wilson Fat Shafts irons and Bertha woods. What is the highlight of your golfing career? “The highlights of my golfing career are my eagle on Blue, hole two and a hole-inone in Pittsburgh,” says Smith. Is there anything you would like to improve in your game? “I would like to improve my mid-irons,” replies Smith. What is your favorite part of the game? “My favorite part is the great camaraderie

of the guys I play with in the association and in the Friars Club (The Friday Afternoon Retirees Club),” says Smith. What is your funniest flub-up? “Yes,” chuckles Smith. “I was standing in a pot bunker at the old course in Scotland. When I hit my shot, I lost sight of the ball, so I hollered to the guys I was playing with, ‘Did anyone see it?’ All the guys started laughing because they watched the ball clip the top of the pot bunker, shoot straight up and then it landed right on my head! Not only that, it hurt!” What golfer do you admire most? “Fred Couples,” replies Smith. “He’s got the smoothest swing of all the players I’ve ever seen on TV or in person.” What do you like best about golfing on Longboat Key? “The camaraderie again,” says Smith. “I play with a great bunch of people. It’s pretty hard not to meet nice people on the golf course.” —Emily Walsh


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How about a new racket to improve your game? Insights: Welcome back, in case you’ve been gone this summer. With a new tennis season beginning, it might be time to consider the purchase of a new racket. After all, racket technology changes almost as fast as computer technology. For sure, your 2-year-old racket (and computer) have both been replaced by now with newer and better versions. So, who’s responsible for these constant changes? Well, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It’s the manufacturer’s goal to keep us in new rackets every couple of years. And the biggest and most successful manufactures lead the way. The big three in tennis rackets remains the same, pretty much year after year. Wilson leads the way, followed by Prince and Head. This year Wilson introduces the all-new Series H (for Hammer) line of rackets, which includes five new models, some in two sizes. The new line supplements last year’s introduction of a revised series of Triad rackets, the most popular racket line manufactured by anyone, anywhere, last year. Triad technology (discussed in previous arti-

cles) is clearly unique and has been successful, because sales of these rackets continue strong. The Series H technology may not be so inventive or creative but it does introduce yet another level of sophistication in design called “Isogrid.” Basically, this refers to the racket’s composition, a mixture or weaving of graphite and Kevlar, which is stiff and lightweight and provides a stable and powerful base. Will it improve your game? You’ll have to try them to find out. Of course, Prince hasn’t been exactly sitting on its hands either. Its line of new rackets, featuring MORE performance technology, keeps getting bigger every day with the frequent introduction of additional models. Prince’s MORE performance technology also incorporates its own unique design. Rackets are manufactured as two separate pieces or halves, then molded together using “Powerlock,” a Prince-specific process that creates a more rigid frame. String holes are not drilled but molded into the frame; strings are in direct contact with the frame. No grommets are used. Like the Wilson Triad, no other manufacturer uses

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this technology. And by the time this article is published, Prince will be introducing two more new rackets, now in experimentation. That leaves Head, always ready with something new and truly unique. Not long ago, it introduced the first-ever racket with a computer chip. That particular model was a part of its line of Intelligence Technology rackets, featuring Head “Intellifibers” located strategically in the racket head and throat. These fibers actually sense the impact of the ball and in less than a millisecond change the fibers to make them stiffer, stabilizing the racket head upon impact. Not satisfied with just one line of hightech rackets, Head has now introduced a new line of “Liquidmetal” rackets. Instead of relying on conventional materials for construction, such as titanium, Head uses Liquidmetal, developed by Liquidmetal Technologies, an award-winning manufacturer of products made with amorphous alloys. Liquidmetal does not deform upon impact, providing the maximum amount of power from any given design. If power is what your game needs, then you need to demo this new line. It doesn’t sell rackets just with technology,

though. You may have noticed some of its advertisements. The top players endorse their rackets. And probably the most notable players use the rackets made by the most notable manufacturers. For example, players using Wilson rackets include both of the Williams sisters, Justine HeninHardenne and Lindsay Davenport; pretty much the who’s who of ladies tennis. Prince features Jennifer Capriati and Juan Carlos Ferrero, no slouches either. And, who could forget Andre Agassi using Head rackets? So, if you want to hit like the pros, you’ve got your choice. Pick up a demo or two and give them a try. What’s up: The second Eckerd College Tennis Invitational will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. The event will include men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Play will begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. A reception and dinner will follow at the home of Daniel and Mary Miller. John Mrachek is the manager of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. He is also the 2000 club champion in open singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at the Longboat Key Club. ❑

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‘Toot Your Own Horn’ Business Before Hours — will be held by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Hungry Fox Restaurant, 419 St. Armands Circle. Cost is

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‘Nooner’ — networking opportunities opening new enterprising relationships, sponsored by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Bayou Steakhouse. Mingle and network from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch. Cost is $15. RSVP, 387-9519. St. Armands Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Details, 388-1554. 15th Annual St. Armands Art Festival — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, on the Circle. More than 150 artists and craftsmen will display their original artwork. Free admission. Howard Alan Events Ltd., 813962-0388, 954-472-3755.


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Festival of Sukkot — will be held at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday Shabbat Service begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 10. Saturday Sukkot Service begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 11. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at both services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director and the Temple Beth Israel choir. All are welcome to join the Temple Beth Israel family in celebrating the festival. Enjoy the beautifully decorated Sukkah, where a Kiddush will follow the service. Details, 383-3428. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — meets for lunch at 12:15 p.m. Fridays at Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. The Education Center on Longboat Key — Fall-term classes start Nov. 3. Register online at To be mailed its new schedule, call 383-8811. Tennis Clinics — for ages 5 to 16 are held year-round, usually from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Cedars Tennis Club. Fees are from $15 to $25. Laurie Tinnell, 224-0207. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile — It will be stationed at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road, from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Business Network International — a networking meeting is held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 383-5543. 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 $2 for children ages 4 to 17. Details, 388-4444. Mote Marine Aquarium — located at 1600 Ken Thompson 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. Details, 388-2451.

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A shopper admires a crafty container at last year’s St. Armands Art Festival. This year it will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 on the Circle.

Sarasota Bay Explorers — located at Mote Aquarium on City Island, offer senior citizens discounted rate through October: $18, instead of $24. The ticket includes a onehour-and-45-minute tour on a covered pontoon boat traveling through Sarasota and Roberts bays. Cruises run at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. daily. Details, 388-4200. Suncoast Business Exchange — a networking group of business owners and sales representatives will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Holiday Inn Lido Beach SandDollar Restaurant, seventh floor. Details, 888-338-6227. Women Owners’ Network Inc. — will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at the Holiday Inn-Lido Beach, 233 Ben Franklin Drive. Sharon O’Day, attorney practicing in the areas of estate planing and family law, will speak. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. RSVP, 329-6556.


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Octoberfest Dance — will be held by the German-American Club of Manatee County from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Bayshore Recreation Hall, 6919 26th St. W., Bradenton. “Ottos Playboys” will entertain. B.Y.O.B. Elvira, 761-3833. Polka/Oktoberfest — will be hosted by the GermanAmerican Social Club of Sarasota from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 4880 Fruitville Road. “Barefoot Becky” and “The Ivahoe Dutchman” will entertain. Charlotte, 813-633-7251.

public events 29th Annual Pioneer Day Picnic — for 50-year-or-more residents of Sarasota, will be hosted by Sarasota Rotary Club at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Robarts Arena. Admission is $7 with pre-registration and $10 at the door. Timothy, 366-3894. Sukkot — Temple Sinai will celebrate Sukkot with services at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1802 Kenilworth St., Sarasota. The Religious School’s annual Tzedakah Fair will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. Details, 924-1802. Spaying/Neutering — is provided by Animal Rescue Coalition at low cost or no-cost for income eligible families through its Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic in Sarasota: Thursdays, Oct. 9 and 16, at Animal Services, 5407 Pinkney Ave.; and Friday, Oct. 10, at Winn Dixie, 3500 N. Tamiami Trail. Appointments, 957-1955, Ext. 5. Annual Arts, Crafts, Holiday Bazaar — will be held by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at its Hellenic Cultural Community Center, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Free admission. Details, 355-2616. Feral Cat Day — will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, on the grounds of St. Francis Animal Rescue, 1925 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Cats must arrive in “Have a Heart” traps between 8:30 and 9 a.m. on the morning of the event. Details, 957-1955, Ext. 5. Third Annual Island Fest and Boat Show — including seafood, boat show and tropical arts and crafts show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, in Siesta Village. Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, 349-3800. Gigantic Garage Sale — in celebration of Make-A-Difference Day, the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee and the Simon Youth Foundation will hold the sale at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and

11, at 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, the site of the newly planned Senior Center of Manatee. Details, 747-4655.

Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10 to 12, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Admission is $4 with reentry. Details, 954-4165.


13th Annual Golf Classic — benefiting Toys For Tots campaign of the Marine Corp Reserve, will begin with an 11-a.m. reception Saturday, Oct. 11, at The Meadows Country Club. Cost is $100, or $30 for dinner only. Details, 387-9788. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Peli-Boat Tours — tours are held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 to $22. Tours depart from the Holiday Inn Marina, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. RSVP, 388-4444. Basketball and Volleyball — games are held at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Adult men’s basketball, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Adult volleyball, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost is $2. Center, 778-1908. ‘Action for Today ... Hope for Tomorrow’ Memory Walk 2003 — The Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, will hosts its 15th annual walk Saturday, Oct. 11, at Veterans Monument Park in Bradenton. Registration is at 8 a.m. Details, 1-800-772-8672. Cardinal Mooney High School Annual Golf Tournament — benefiting school’s athletic and academic programs, will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at University Park. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Patti Pearson, 379-2647. American Cancer Society’s Sarasota/Manatee Fifth Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk — will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, at The Sarasota Polo Club. Kathryn Mason, 365-2858, Ext. 26. Kayak to Miguel Key and Ed’s Key — trip, sponsored by Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club, will be held Saturday, Oct. 11. Cost is a donation of $5. RSVP by Oct. 9: Ed, 747-7060; Peter, 729-2801.


Tiger Bay — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Michael’s On East. Cost is $18 for members and $23 for nonmembers. RSVP, 955-5865. Wellesley College Club of Sarasota — will meet at noon Friday, Oct. 17, at Marian Jack Restaurant. Stephanie Woods, executive director of Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, will speak about “Domestic and Sexual Violence.”


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RSVP by Oct. 15, 383-4066. Women of Manatee County Republican Club — will meet at noon Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Bradenton Country Club. Charles Hackney, Manatee County property appraiser, will speak. Cost is $15. RSVP, 722-5729. Sarasota Bay Republican Women’s Club Federated — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Dutch Heritage Restaurant. Larry Rider, executive director of the American Red Cross, will speak. Cost is $14 for members and $16 for guests. RSVP with Ethel, 922-9293. Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club — “The Woes and Joys of Rehabilitating Local Wildlife” program will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Phillippi Estate Park Mansion, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Ginger, 330-9603. Democratic Club of Sarasota — will meet Sunday, Oct. 19, at Michael’s On East. Former Attorney General of the United States Janet Reno will be the keynote speaker. Dinner starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. and costs $65. Private reception with Reno will be held at 5 p.m. and costs $150. Dinner and private reception costs $200. Pay by Oct. 11. Jackie, 927-3800. League of Women Voters of Sarasota County Inc. — “Pancakes and Politics” will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods. Price is $3. RSVP with Pat, 349-0908; or Alejandra, 929-2444. “Hot Topics Luncheon” on current election issues will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Waterside Room, Sarasota Quay. Cost is $16. RSVP by Oct. 15, 921-9778. Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at TPC Prestancia, 4409 TPC Drive, Sarasota. Karen, 387-9163; Jo Ann, 383-3058. Florida Broadcast Pioneers — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Waterside Room, Sarasota Quay. Former Mutual Radio news anchor and commentator Fulton Lewis III will speak. RSVP with Sherwood, 925-7185. Sigma Alpha Iota, Sarasota-Manatee Alumnae Chapter — will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the home of Estelle Schultz, Bradenton. “From Bach to Gershwin” musical will be performed by Hauser and Schultz Piano and Flute Duo. Details, 753-8527. Military Officers Association of American-Bradenton Chapter — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Bradenton Country Club. RSVP with Pat by Oct. 15, 7468744. Sarasota Power Squadron — luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Forest Lakes Restaurant, 2401 Beneva Road, Sarasota. ❑


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Bloomer boasts many names Some call it Mexican petunia, some call it Mexican poppy, others call it Mexican bluebell or Britton’s wild petunia; it is also known as Mexican carpet and even a Mexican tulip. With this many names, the plant is basically rendered obscure. When not blooming, the plant will initially look similar to the milkweed plant, with basic, green, pencil-slender leaves. I found the Mexican poppy growing wild in my backyard garden with both purple and pink blooms coming to fruition after our summer rains. The pink blooms are not widely discussed and were a stumbling block in deciphering the exact name of the unexpected garden addition. I often wait until I am able to identify a new arrival in my garden, prior to dismissing it as a nuisance or an unwanted weed, and in doing so, once had a papaya plant grow to a precarious yet slender 10 feet before a storm knocked it over. Once I identified it, I then hacked it up for disposal. To this day I continually pull up the young sprouting papayas borne from that experience. Before appearing in my own garden, I had noted the Mexican poppy in various places all summer long along Longboat Key, and as I inquired, was given all of the following names: Mexican petunia, Mexican poppy, Mexican tulip, Mexican bluebell and Britton’s wild petunia. It is a relative of the popular shrimp plant and thus a member of the family Acanthaceae. The genus is Ruellia and the species Brittoniana. This lovely addition is a repeating bloomer, from late spring through early fall, and predominately shows off the purple color. However, there are some with pink blooms scattered along the Key. The repeating blooming quality kept reminding me to learn more about it and has continued to pique my interest for several months, allowing additional time to continue to search for an identification and information about this plant.

Gillian BUSARD

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The flowers of Mexican bluebell, which is also known by many other names, look like crepe paper. This butterfly attraction also feeds the larvae, so do not be alarmed when your plant becomes a bit ragged from feeding that less-appreciated precursor to the lovely butterfly. There is some conflicting information regarding height (from a few inches to 3 feet) and purpose (ground cover or shrub). I find it a delight wherever it is planted. Research uncovered the fact that it is noted as an invasive plant, however, the genus and species were not exactly as noted in this column. The plant is also deemed a weed, a thirsty one at that, so our wetlands may be a natural place for the plant to become more predominant. In my own garden the initial growth of the Mexican poppy was small and unnoticeable. Its arrival originated during our driest past few summers, and this year with our high rainfall, the beautiful blooms showed themselves in a continuous manner through the season. The blooms are decidedly enjoyable, and now, an identified and welcome addition. It is my understanding that the plant will thrive and spread easily with moisture in the soil, one characteristic similar to the heliconias. The spreading and flowering are brought to a minimum when the ground is dry. The plant will fade in winter, only to reappear in the spring. Gillian Busard is a Longboat Key resident, immediate past president of the Longboat Key Garden Club and permit holder of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch. ❑



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Manatee Orchid Society — meets at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Art League of Manatee County, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. W. Bruckner, 744-1235. PlantSharing & Open House — will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Sarasota Garden Club. Plants will be given out on a first-come first-served basis. Details. 955-0875. Florida Native Plant Society, Serenoa Chapter — will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Activities Center. Margaret Dahl, 951-6142. “Revealing the Secrets of Butterfly Metamorphosis Through Hormone Control” Program — will be presented by the Sarasota County Butterfly Club at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts. Free. Details, 955-0875. Second Plant Sale — will be held by the Florida Plant Native Society, Serenoa Chapter, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Longwood Run Park, 6050 Longwood Run Blvd. Margaret Dahl, 951-6142. Rummage Sale — will be held by the Camellia Circle of the Sarasota Garden Club from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lion’s Club, 120 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Details, 9550875. Eighth Annual Classic Bloomers Plant and Craft Extravaganza — will be held by the Sarasota Garden Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, at the club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts., Sarasota. Preview party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20; $10. Details, 955-0875. ❑


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Longboat Key Garden Club — will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Longboat Island Chapel. Barbara Kerwin, 3830772. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Classes — will be held at the Gardens. “Orchid Workshop,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11; $40, $50. “Rainforest Safari,” 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 15, $30, $40. “Growing a Tropical Garden,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1; $40, $50. Pre-register with Marty Rein, 366-5731, Ext. 239. Master Gardener Program — sponsored by the University of Florida and Manatee County Extension Services, teaches effective, environmentally sound, research-based methods of growing plants. After the gardener completes the course, he/she donates time to teach and inform the community about these methods. Details, 742-5986, Ext. 231. Afternoon Potpourri, “The Florida Winter Garden: Creating a Backyard Habitat” — will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Fee is $5. RSVP, 366-1700. North American Butterfly Association, Manasota Chapter — will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Joan, 792-4652. JCC’s Gardening Club — will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center. Cost is $2. Audra Martin, 378-5569, Ext. 219.


Arts & Crafts celebrates American style Now that we are well enough into the 21st century, it seems appropriate to celebrate a unique and truly American style in the decorative arts that became popular at the turn of the last century. This is Arts & Crafts or Craftsman style (from the emphasis on the artisan and individual involvement in its manufacture), or Mission style (describing the motivation behind the rebellion against the Industrial Revolution) furniture. Some refer to it somewhat misleadingly as Stickley furniture, and although Gustav and his brothers were the COBIN Stickley leading producers, there were BONIUK many other talented and prolific furniture producers of the period. The Arts & Crafts style was utilized in the design and production of furniture, lighting, pottery, decorative copper and silver objets and tableware. The chronological stylistic precedent to Arts & Crafts was Victorian, highly carved and decorated pieces, further gussied up with frills, fringes and furbelows. The factories of the Industrial Revolution mass-produced furniture and exploited the often underage workers with long hours, unsafe conditions and repetitive tasks. Arts & Crafts style differed dramatically in that it was simpler, undecorated, and the design and style elements were an integral part of the structure and these design elements, in addition to glue (rather than nails) held the pieces together. Native American oak, readily available in New York and Michigan, was the primary wood used, rather than mahogany. World War I was responsible for the dramatic end to the production of this labor-intensive furniture. Reproduction Early American and Federal styles predominated after the war. In the 1970s there was a resurgence of interest in Arts & Crafts style, probably as a result of the increased popularity of Modernism. Prices rose dramatically, and whereas previously the old oak furniture was used for firewood or sold at flea markets for a few dollars, a piece in good condition and of particular style by Gustav Stickley and his brothers, L and JG, began to be sold at auction houses for world-class prices. Movie stars and celebrities, such as Steven Spielberg and Richard Gere, decorated their homes in the Arts & Crafts style and the furniture was featured with them in Architectural Digest. The Arts & Crafts style had really arrived when it began to be reproduced in the ’80s by EJ Audi Co., owned by descendants of Gustav Stickley. This new furniture is well made, looks great and competes favorably with other contemporary furniture, but the examples are not originals, and we believe will never attain any great resale value. Some would say that this dark, massive oak furniture would not look well in Florida ... we say wrong. The big settles (sofas), dining tables and Morris chairs look terrific in large, white, open spaces in Florida homes and condos. This furniture is also at home in cottages, for which it was originally designed. Individual rooms can be decorated entirely with Arts & Crafts or with an occasional piece as an accent to give an earthy touch. Generic Mission is a name used for off-brand pieces of the period, unsigned or by lesser-known manufacturers. Individual pieces of Generic Mission furniture can often be found at local antique dealers. Generic pieces are more reasonably priced than Gustav Stickley signed pieces, but remember, form and appearance is everything when it comes to retaining and increasing in value. Of course, value is always enhanced by original finish on the furniture and good condition. Reupholstering is usually necessary and earth tones always are the best choice. There are numerous reference books available. A good example is “In the Arts & Crafts Style” by Barbara Mayer published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1992, and the catalogs of the period have been reproduced and are also excellent reference material. The furniture feels good to the touch, enhances the warmth of your room and connects us with our talented American furniture craftsmen of the past. We are ardent collectors of all of the decorative arts of the Arts & Crafts period, and hope we have encouraged you to make Mission furniture a future mission for you. ❑

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RENTALS AVAILABLE SARABANDE - Entire 12th floor penthouse. TKF Annual - Magnificent in every way. $10,000.00/month. ST. ARMANDS, BRAND NEW - Never leased, complete renovation, annual lease, 2BR/2BA, penthouse level, corner unit, panoramic views of Bay and City, unfurnished, 2 blocks from St. Armands $1950/Mo plus utilities. SARASOTA HARBOUR EAST - 2BR/1BA. Season $2400/mo. Magnificent views of the bay and city. Ok for 30’ boat. 55+, walk to St. Armands. CALL TOM FOR HIS OTHER LISTINGS

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BAYOU HAMMOCK...Truly a delight... a 4,200 square foot home with three bedrooms on over 1.5 acres on the North Longboat Key. A Selby Gardens-like setting, over 340’ of water frontage that includes three docks. Vaulted ceilings in family room, living and dining space. $2,595,000 --VIDEO THE OAKS...Over 7,500 square feet of authentic country French living on two lots! Completely rebuilt with love and superior quality. Four/five bedrooms plus mother-in-law guest house attached by a breezeway. Over 350’ of estate frontage; the backyard overlooks an impressive lawn and lake. A truly one-of-a-kind residence in Oaks I. $1,999,000 --VIDEO-THE SAVOY ON PALM...Like living in an upscale boutique hotel, this is downtown Sarasota at its finest. In a location that offers walking distance to practically everything, this 3,600 foot residence has beautiful bay and city views. $1,325,250 QUEEN'S HARBOUR...You will love living in the maintenance free home in south Longboat's Queen's Harbour. This courtyard home is beautifully finished and furnished by a top local designer and is warm and inviting. Three bedrooms plus den, private courtyard with heavy landscaping and pool/spa and ready to move into. $1,190,000 --VIDEO-TANGERINE BAY...Properly priced and ready to move in, wonderful views across the resort-like pool of Tangerine Bay to Sarasota Bay. Oversized eat-in kitchen, gas fireplace and sumptuous master suite. Also a full two-car garage. $779,000 FAIRWAY BAY...This is the most beautiful residence ever in Fairway Bay! Lovingly remodeled by designer-owners, this fourth floor, southern facing home has it all—panoramic downtown/bay views, completely updated with upscale finishes and beautifully furnished. $548,000 AQUARIUS...This south end, Longboat Key beach residence. Northwest exposure for beautiful sunsets. Ideally located in walking distance of Publix and the Colony, this is one of your last chances to live in a 2/2 for only $479,000 PENDING


COUNTRY CLUB SHORES SLOOP LANE...Amazing home on the point lot of SLOOP LANE Sloop Lane on the very southern tip of Longboat Key. Over 4,000 feet offering one of the best views in the Sarasota area– downtown, open bay expanses. Great for any boater or water lover. Four bedrooms with a complete guest wing, soaring ceilings and state-of-the-art kitchen. Fabulous interior design throughout. $3,999,000 --VIDEO-CUTTER LANE...Move right in to this seven year “new” home located one in from the open bay in Country Club Shores. Everything in this home is top knotch—great views from practically every room. Great finishes include granite, marble and appliances; great four-bedroom split floor plan with separate den/office; and oversized garage with workout/hobby/play space. $2,195,000 --VIDEO-BOGEY LANE...Brand New, just completed Country Club Shores Mediterranean home. This beautiful home was just built by John Cannon homes and is ready for immediate occupancy. Views are straight down the canal and out to the Bay past the swimming pool. High ceilings, four bedrooms, three-car garage. $1,975,000 KETCH LANE...Lowest priced waterfront house by $100,000! Three bedrooms on the west end of Ketch Lane. Partially remodeled and ready for occupancy or further renovation. $499,000 PENDING


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NEW LISTING! Country Club Shores Perfection - Absolutely perfect home for the boating enthusiast. Meticulously detailed layout with vaulted ceilings, huge private master suite, office/4th BR, custom eat-in kitchen/ family room, 2 upstairs bedrooms, beautiful caged pool/ spa, and great dock with lift on sailboat water. Truly an exceptional buy! $1,995,000. REGENT PLACE PENTHOUSE Imagine the perfect view, the perfect floor plan, & the perfect location. Here it is!! Walls of glass bring the entire Gulf, Sarasota Bay, Downtown, distant islands & Islandside Golf into your world in the sky. Exquisite detail with 12’ ceilings, 8’ solid oak doors & trim, luxurious master suite, 2 en-suite bedrooms, plus office & den, private elevator & 2 huge terraces $3,995,000. HARBOUR OAKS - Exceptional villa w/marble floors, vaulted ceilings, beautiful kitchen/family room w/cozy 3BR, & 2-car garage. ING PENDfireplace, ACTinside TR CONof Enjoy all the comforts home this spacious home, as well as outAYS Beautifully furnished & sensibly 10 Dlanai. door living on the huge IN screened priced at. $515,000. NEW LISTING AT REGENCY PLACE - Fabulous gulf front property with truly panoramic views. With only 2 units per floor at Regent Place, you're able to enjoy sunrise over the bay, city and golf course and sunset over the gulf of mexico on a daily basis. This spotless beauty has marble floors, custom kitchen with granite counters, 2 huge terraces (1 gulfside & 1 bayside), plus 3 ensuite bedrooms. Very well priced at only $2,200,000. SANCTUARY - Corner unit w/wrap around views of golf and gulf. 2BD, den 2.5BA turnkey furnished. Expansive beach, sensational amenities in secure, environment. Drastic Price Reduction $899,500. VILLA DI LANCIA - Privacy & gulf front panorama end unit penthouse. Volume ceilings, huge terrace, wood floors, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, private elevator & all amenities. $1,695,000. FAIRWAY BAY - Direct bayfront beauty. Largest 2BR/ 2BA floor plan in one of the nicest communities on Longboat Key. Wonderful amenities include tennis, 2 pools with spas, newly renovated clubhouse and exercise facilities, as well as, the very special and private Bay Isles Beach Club. This nicely furnished property has been reduced $30,000 to sell fast at $429,900. ATRIUM Rarely available “Banyan” floor plan, in direct bayfront end unit. Over 2,600 sq. ft., eat-in-kitchen, huge great room, 3 BR/2.5BA, 3 balconies, wonderful amenities. $879,000. GRAND BAY - WOW!! - Describes the awesome wraparound views. Open bay with views of downtown Sarasota. The lush greenery of Harbourside Blue #9 adds beauty. Wonderful furnishings included. $1,599,500. ★ ★ ★ ★ INN ON THE BEACH ★ ★ ★ ★ Superb 1st level 2BR/2BA walk-out to pool and beach $795,000.

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Year-to-Date on Longboat Key LONGBOAT KEY JUST LISTED THE PIERRE – Elegant, spacious 7th floor 3BR/3.5BA residence provides panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, Gulf, the award winning LBK golf course and city lights. This beautiful home features wood floors, soffit lighting & custom designer built-ins. Wonderful amenities include exceptional service, security, & 420 ft of white sandy beach, tennis courts & 2 hospitality suites. $1,395,000. BAY ISLES BAYFRONT – Open bayfront jewel! Double lot with 400 foot seawall is the backdrop for a tropcial multi level deck and 50x20 foot heated pool with lap pool extention. Private dock for multiple boats up to 65 feet. Over 4000 sqft split plan contemporary home features 6BR/6.5BA including separate guest quarters, soaring ceilings & first level master suite. $4,750,000. WATERCLUB I – Entering from the gallery foyer, a panoramic view of the sparkling waters of the Gulf and the beautiful white sand beach welcome you. This 6th floor SW exposure residence features 3 full bedrooms, 4 baths, 10ft ceilings, new flooring and a master suite with sitting area. This apartment has just been painted and redesigned for immediate use. $1,699,000. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM- Open bay views from spacious 2BR/2BA plus den penthouse. 10 ft. ceilings, granite kitchen, gorgeous built-ins, tile floors & decorator window treatments, new carpeting and plantation shutters. Deeded beach access. $722,500. WATERCLUB I - GULF FRONT Enjoy a Gulf front Island retreat in this 3 BR, 5 bath 7th floor residence with sunset views from 3 terraces. Furnishings are casual and professionally designed. Concierge services, 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and a separate private garage at $3,200,000. TANGERINE BAY – Fabulous open bay views from this 3BR/3.5BA penthouse. Light and bright, high ceilings, granite kitchen counters, marble flooring, wet bar, gas fireplace, mahogony doors and newly painted. Oversized 2-car garage and storage. Enjoy tropical grounds and resort style pool and cabana. $935,000. VILLA DI LANCIA – Fabulous gulf front penthouse with over 1600 sq. ft. of roof garden open terrace w/direct gulf view. This beautiful wrap around terrace includes a spa. 3BR/3BA, with private elevator lobby & foyer. $2,275,000. LIGHTHOUSE POINT - AUTHENTIC TUSCANY Beachfront estate with spellbounding views of the Gulf, Sarasota Bay & city, 7,200 sq. ft. of style & quality. State-of-the-art technology & design, gourmet kitchen, 3 fireplaces, home theater, elevator, exercise room, marble, granite, oak pegged floors & deeded protected 50 ft. boat dock. $7,500,000. RESIDENTIAL LOT – Gulf side with wide Gulf views. Just steps away to miles of pristine beach. Tropical & mature landscaping creates privacy on 100x175’ lot. $990,000. SIESTA KEY

BAYOU LOUISE Have it all w/sweeping views of Gulf, New Pass & City lights w/private beach from magnificent gated estate. Palm Beach inspired elegance begins w/hand made Brazilian Oak entry doors, custom wrought iron fixtures & gates, ivory creme marble floors; limestone fireplaces & patios overlooking 40-ft heated pool/spa & Gulf. Seven car garage & 20,000 lb. boat lift complete the picture for the most discriminating buyer who wants brand new! $5,195,000. NEW LISTING - BOATER’S PARADISE Magnificent gated custom home on deep sailboat water. Open views of wide bayou are enjoyed from this elegant 4 bedroom plus study and exercise room with elevated screened pool and spa. Large private yard leading to protected boat dock and lift seconds to bay and gulf. $1,575,000. MAINLAND JUST LISTED TURTLE ROCK – In the heart of prestigious Palmer Ranch this 3BR/2BA plus family room maintenance free villa provides lake and preserve views. This beautifully decorated home features Corian, custom cabinets, designer tile and window treatments, fireplace and many other distinctive decorator additions. $312,000.

THE LANDINGS – Lovely lake & sunset views from spacious 2BR/2.5BA Landings South residence. Tennis, swimming & exercise facilities. Clubhouse, nature walk & fishing gazebo on the ICW. Guarded gate entry. $209,500. 988 BLVD OF THE ARTS – Spectacular open Bay views and sunsets are magnificent from this 7th floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath residence ideally located in Condo on the Bay. Residents boast of amenities that include heated pool, tennis courts, boat docks, 24 hour security at gate & concierge. $432,900. OAKS PRESERVE – Enjoy the county setting and vistas from this 3BR/3BA in the prestigous Oaks Preserve. The best of both worlds, estate like living with a maintenance free lifestyle. Fireplace, oak floors, plantation shutters, new air conditioned Florida room. $495,000.

Call Barbara at 941-924-9000 or 941-387-1820 Take a virtual tour of these properties at:

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


Elegantly furnished “Cayman” on first living level. Expanded terraces, direct views of golf course, bay & city skyline. Fabulous Spectacular waterfront home! Elegant & sophisticated. amenities & deeded beach access! Furnished. $1,095,000. 4BR/5&1/2BA, 2 offices, state-of-the-art sound system, 3 car garage, Luxurious “Biscayne” floor plan in building #4. View bay, marina & $2,595,000. preserve. Wrap glass terraces. 2 covered parking spaces. $995,000. pool/spa, cabana, summer kitchen & boat dock!



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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Beautiful lakefront lot.



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

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MOTE RANCH ...3 year old home

- designer decorated with pool $299,995 PROMENADE ...#102. 3BR/3BA, city lights & gulf view REDUCED $829,000 D EEP S AILBOAT W ATER LE home 3BR/2BA, updated SASiesta G $979,000 PENDIN THE BEACHES ...2BR/2BA. Direct Gulf-front views.SOLD $610,000 PROMENADE ...Sold To Date 423 St. Armands Circle #207, 302, 402, 503, 707 & 811 10093


Just Listed Bay Isles Bayou

This custom home will put a smile on your face. It’s light and bright and designed for comfortable living. Enter into a living room large enough for your baby grand piano. A full dining room for entertaining, and the 16’ x 23’ fireplaced family room looks out onto your private caged pool and spa, surrounded by lush landscaping. Most floors are marble, the designer kitchen has granite tops, and the spacious master suite has a jacuzzi tub. You have the convenience of walking/biking to tennis, golf, restaurants, stores, and the wonderful Gulf beach. Oh, yes, your private beach club membership is automatically included.



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4.750 / 0.00 4.875 / 0.00 No Quote 4.875 / 0.00 4.750 / 0.00 4.875 / 0.00 4.375 / 1.63 5.500 / 0.00 4.875 / 0.00 4.750 / 0.00 No Quote 4.000 / 2.00 4.625 / 1.00 4.875 / 0.00 4.750 / 0.00 4.625 / 0.00 4.750 / 0.00 No Quote 4.875 / 0.00 4.875 / 0.00 4.750 / 0.00 4.625 / 0.00 4.500 / 1.50 4.750 / 0.00 4.875 / 0.00 4.500 / 1.00 No Quote 4.625 / 0.00 4.500 / 1.75 4.875 / 0.00 4.125 / 3.25 4.875 / 0.00 4.625 / 0.00 No Quote 4.750 / 0.00 5.125 / 0.00 4.875 / 0.00 5.000 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00 6.000 / 0.00 No Quote 5.875 / 0.00 5.875 / 0.00 No Quote 5.500 / 1.00 6.375 / 0.00 6.000 / 0.00 5.750 / 0.00 No Quote 6.375 / 0.00 5.375 / 1.00 6.000 / 0.00 6.000 / 0.00 5.750 / 0.00 6.000 / 0.00 No Quote 5.750 / 1.00 6.000 / 0.00 5.750 / 0.00 5.750 / 0.00 5.750 / 1.63 6.125 / 0.00 5.875 / 0.00 5.500 / 1.00 No Quote 5.625 / 0.00 5.500 / 2.00 5.875 / 0.00 5.750 / 0.00 6.000 / 0.00 5.750 / 0.00 No Quote 5.750 / 0.00 No Quote No Quote 6.000 / 0.00

No Quote 3.375 / 0.00 No Quote 5.000 / 0.00 3.750 / 0.00 No Quote 4.125 / 1.00 No Quote 3.500 / 0.00 No Quote No Quote 3.750 / 0.00 3.625 / 1.00 3.375 / 0.00 3.250 / 0.00 3.250 / 0.00 3.500 / 0.00 No Quote No Quote 3.625 / 0.00 No Quote 3.750 / 0.00 2.750 / 1.00 No Quote 3.250 / 0.00 3.750 / 1.00 No Quote No Quote 4.000 / 0.00 No Quote No Quote 3.500 / 0.00 No Quote No Quote 3.000 / 0.00 3.625 / 0.00 No Quote 3.250 / 1.00

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Jerry Thompson

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES New to the market. Lovely canal front home, 2BR/3BA, 53x25 screened lanai w/pool. Large 44’ dock all this on a beautifully landscaped lot too new for virtual tour. $699,000. Attention investors! Need an exchange! Take a look at this 3BR canal front home, turnkey furnished, private dock, open pool and spa. Virtual Tour $749,000.

Priced at $849,000.



Stunning city skyline & bay to gulf views! This southwest 5th floor, double entry doors, split 2BR is TKF. Gated beachfront w/every amenity. Fitness center, tennis, pool, club rooms, concierge, large pool. Virtual Tour $729,000.

Jim Barnett



SAILBOAT WATER 652 Lyons Lane Fabulous 3BR island home on lush tropical landscaped lot, brick paver circular drive, trellis entry, all tiled floors, French doors to screened pool and lanai. New dock, sailboat water just minutes to ICW & gulf. Virtual Tour $749,000.


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Remodeled 2 story townhouse near village. 3BR, tiled floor, vaulted beam ceilings, most rooms open to sun decks or lush flowering atrium overlooking large lake, steps to private beach & fishing pier. Garage, pet friendly. Virtual Tour $565,000. Prudential Palms Realty • Fine Homes International 595 Bay Isles Rd. • Ste. 115 • Longboat Key, FL 34228


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36 SANDY HOOK, SIESTA KEY Wonderful rambling 6 bedroom, pecky cypress beach house. Beautiful tropical garden, large pool, 2 in-home offices. Fireplace, brick patio. This home has character and charm. Walk to the village and neighborhood beach. Virtual Tour $925,000.

941.552.3966 • 866.799.9400

Have the community at your doorstep.

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

2 bedroom 2 bath, in Building One -- away from the busy resort, private location, off-site rental program - lease one or two bath suites - call for details. $849,000.

Jerry Thompson, GRI, CRS


WHIMSICAL - Artistic Village home with separate studio. Close to Art Center, community dock and beach.....................................................................$395,000. BOATERS DREAM - Wonderful LBK Key West home on deep sailboat water with dock space for your own personal fleet....................................................................$1,450,000. WATER CLUB - Stunning “Dover” floor plan with sweeping bay views. Granite kitchen, 2 parking spaces, great amenities............................................................$1,500,000. WINDWARD BAY - 2BR/2BA penthouse with direct bay views and a peek at the gulf.......................Pending $335,000. CEDARS WEST - Direct first floor gulf front. Recently renovated and beautifully furnished. Two week rental program makes for year round income.....................................$695,000. ADORABLE VILLA-Recently renovated, newly decorated, glassed in lanai with a peek at the Bay. Pools, tennis, boat docks, beach. Turnkey furnished............Pending. $215,000. BEAUTIFUL LOT in LBK maintenance free community. Deep water boat dock, 2 minute walk to great beach..$269,900. BUILD - a romantic getaway with tropical ambiance on this acre barrier island lot..................................................$310,000. EMERALD POINTE SOUTH - 3BR/3.5BA home w/caged, heated pool and double garage. Beautiful tile floors, spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances...........Sold $599,000. GULF FRONT - 4 Bedroom home with library on Longboat’s best beach. Designer-decorated and furnished with casual elegance. Furnished.....................................Pending $2,950,000.

Sweeping views, from top floor #4601 and 4602, unique “lock out” 2BR plan. Rent one or both, or use as your own personal 2BR luxury condo. Virtual Tour $850,000. 5307 Opportunity to own largest 2BR, corner suite. Furnished. Lease it or use this lovely condo for your family and Florida get-away - It’s Ideal. Virtual Tour $499,000.





Big catch

Courtesy photo

Peter Lami, son of Marilyn and Dirk Lami of Longboat Key, caught this 36-inch steelhead fish on the Dean River in British Columbia, while on a fly-fishing trip this summer.

WEATHER STATISTICS AND TIDES Sun., Sept. 28 Mon., Sept. 29 Tues., Sept. 30 Wed., Oct. 1 Thurs., Oct. 2 Fri., Oct. 3 Sat., Oct. 4

High Temp. 87 87 86 83 81 86 86

Low Temp. 77 76 74 74 74 72 74

Record High 96 (1997) 99 (1988) 95 (1996) 98 (1996) 93 (1998) 93 (1985) 96 (1996)

Record Rainfall* Low North 67 (1987) 1.17 66 (1993) 1.28 63 (1984) 0.48 70 (1982) 0.05 60 (1987) 0.00 61 (1986) 0.00 63 (1992) 0.00

Mid-Key South 0.97 0.63 0.05 0.20 0.57 0.00 0.02 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Morning Tides High Low 12:53 7:14 1:00 7:51 1:10 8:28 1:25 9:04 1:44 9:43 2:08 10:27 2:38 11:17

Thurs., Oct. 9 Fri., Oct. 10 Sat., Oct. 11 Sun., Oct. 12 Mon., Oct. 13 Tues., Oct. 14 Wed., Oct. 15

Evening Tides High Low 1:01 7:38 1:41 7:57 2:22 8:15 3:06 8:33 3:56 8:51 4:54 9:09 6:07 9:24

*Provided by town of Longboat Key weather stations.

Rainfall: Year-to-date 2003 2002 66.60 in. 39.35 in.

Month-to-date 2003 2002 0.03 in. 0.20 in.

Average water Temp.: 80

Moon phases: First Qtr. Nov. 1/30


Oct. 10

Last Qtr.

Oct. 18


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For Your Consideration L’AMBIANCE - Direct gulf front, Sabal model with gulf, bay and city views. An uncompromising level of luxury. Three bedrooms, three and a half baths. Dramatic entry, Many custom built in furnishings. $2,295,000. WATERFRONT CUSTOM HOME Longboat Key, Distinctive four bedroom, four bath home under construction. The ultimate in Florida living. Great room, gourmet kitchen, elevator, screened decks, waterfall, spa, pool and four car garage. 50’ boat dock, Beach access, Detailed plans available. $1,650,000. ST. ARMANDS BAY FRONT - Exceptional quality and design. Three bedrooms plus den, three baths. Dramatic living room, cook’s kitchen, disappearing edge pool. Separate guest house. Boat dock. $2,500,000.

Ann Martin For knowledgeable & experienced Real Estate Services Call Ann at 941-356-7717

ENCHANTING AND INVITING BAY FRONT RESIDENCE - Totally updated to perfection. High ceilings, fireplace, four bedrooms, four baths. French doors open to tropical bay side pool, spa and boat dock. $1,995,000. THE RESORT AT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - Great income producing Club Suite. End unit with large deck. Enjoy personal vacation in 4star luxury resort and leave your property to outstanding management while you are away. Assessment has been paid. $249,000.

Michael Saunders & Company 10093

Licensed Real Estate Broker 61 S. Blvd. of Presidents • Sarasota, FL • (941) 388-4447





BRIDGE Deal us in

Dealer: West Vulnerable: North-South

Explain this



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DIRECTLY ON BEAUTIFUL SARASOTA BAY - Exquisite estate homesite over 1 acre. Opportunity to build on magnificent cleared and ready to build lot. $2,770,000 ENJOY THE TOWER RESIDENCE RITZ CARLTON Magnificent 3BR/3BA w/60ft of terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay. Featuring hardwood floors plus exquisite upgraded finishes and Ritz Carlton amenities and services. $1,695,000 Also available for rental. GREAT COMPLEX - Marina, pool, deeded beach access. 2BR/2BA ground level villa. Charming! Beautifully decorated. Furn. $304,500 MARINA BAY - Outstanding bay views. Wonderful location, beautifully decorated 3 bedroom. $1,050,000 LAST LOT IN MANDARIN PARK! - Gated community. Downtown amenities. Great location. Close-out. $150,000 INCREDIBLE - Desirable location. Custom home on deep water with bay views. Ultimate lifestyle. Walled and private. Gorgeous! $3,350,000 BAYFRONT - Wide open direct bay views. Deep water and dock. New Construction. Call for details. GULFFRONT - Behind the gates - 8th floor, custom decor - beauty! Sunsets - Right on the beach. $689,000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - INN ON THE BEACH Fantastic club amenities - golf, tennis, fitness center, fine dining, heated pool, plus gorgeous Gulf beach. 2BR/2BA - Direct Beach and Sunsets - largest floor plan end unit with extra large terraces $1,100,000 OUTSTANDING VIEWS - and value! Direct beachfront club suite. $340,000 CLUB SUITE - with enchanting lagoon and city views. Turnkey furnished. $245,000

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

Call REID at 10093

Developers Realty Corp. Lic. R.E. Broker 1819 Main Street, Suite 200, Sarasota, FL

How would you like to be the South player in this week’s hand? I find the whole bidding sequence rather weird. If I were sitting South, there is no way that I would bid two clubs over the redoubles. My partner still has a bid. It strikes me that East-West has a cold, notrump contract. The contributor writes: “Today’s hand was played at a local duplicate club. The East-West pairs were not aggressive but always managed to score 200, when South was forced to bid two clubs. Actually, East should know from the bidding that West has the king of clubs. He needs it for his opening bid. Then, instead of playing a heart at trick four, he plays the club eight, which results in the 800 number for a top. Many players hesitate to lead into an ace-jack, but here it meant a difference of two tricks.” It seems strange that so many South players thought they had to bid two clubs with their truly bad hand. West would let the redouble stand, but North can always try a onenotrump bid, which will not have a poorer result than the two-club doubled bid. East may try for a bid in either hearts or spades. An interesting, if difficult, hand to understand. The contributor wanted to call this hand “poor defense.” I prefer “poor bidding.”

West ♠K94 ♥ J 10 3 ♦AJ985 ♣K3

Winners LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Sept. 30 Overall winners 1. Jayne Forstenzer and Cele Schwartz (tie) Sylvia and Marshall Kaufman 2. Jana Tuttle and Carolyn Allworth 3. Lois and Robert Auerbach

South ♠63 ♥54 ♦7642 ♣76542

East ♠ Q 10 7 2 ♥KQ98 ♦ K 10 ♣ Q 10 8

The bidding:

by Donna SWAN

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

North ♠AJ85 ♥A762 ♦Q3 ♣AJ9

North Double Pass

West 1♦ Pass

East Re-double Double

South 2♣ All pass

Opening lead: J♥ 4. Jill Green and Marge Sagman 5. Posy Potter and Esther Wilson 6. Helen Schweyer and Blanche Jacoby

Games calendar • Duplicate Bridge — game will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. For information call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 • Duplicate Bridge Club — games are held from noon to 3:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, Oct. 8 through April 21, in the gym of Anna Maria Island Community Center. Cost is $2. RSVP, 778-3390. • Rubber Bridge Club — meets from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 25 at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Cost is $2. Details, 778-0908. • Scrabble Tournaments — are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Beneva Park Club, Assisted Living Facility. For information, contact Toby at 316-0151. ❑

The Longboat OBSERVER Crossword Edited by Wayne Robert Williams

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Auto Sales & Service 1998 SATURN SL Wagon. Auto, 47,000/mi., good condition. Nice car. $7995. Call 383-8733.

Auto Transport RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381 WILL DRIVE your car to the North & back! Experienced driver w/excellent references. 941-923-2273.

Autos Wanted


SWISS MUSIC box by Sorensen, $60. 388-9863. CASIO KEYBOARD, rarely used, $100. High chair, very good cond., $15. 383-2822. WASHER, WHIRLPOOL, 3yrs. old, deluxe model, $200. 778-3320.

LPN/COMPANION OFFERING live-in P/T or F/T or my licensed home. Bonded & Insured. 941-365-6008. Call 7/days. CNA 15/YRS. experience, with references will care for you in your home. 941-708-0990.


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

Boat 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



Appraisal Services

Boat Sales, Service & Storage SIGNS OF A FABULOUS POWER CAT RIDE! Purring Engines Quiet Conversation Steady Footing Dry Ride Skipping Across the Waves Dipping Gently in the Troughs Hair Streaming in the Wind! Got TWIN VEE Power??? WE DO! BruMar Marine Inc. 4134 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Suite 206A Longboat Key, FL 34228 (941) 383-8190 or (941) 350-7043

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

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

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Boat Sales, Service & Storage 1995 DONZI Medallion 2750, 30/ft. 454, 425HP. Repowered in 2001, 170/hrs., dual prop Bravo 3, windless. $26,900. 748-3002.

☛ ☛ SMALL BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE. Vacation or long term. On trailer or in-water. Private launch ramp. Fresh water wash. Minutes to LBK, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants. Also, bottom painting. Capt. John’s Marina. 941-792-2620.

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NEW WILSON Dirt Master tennis shoes, M10 1/2, $30. 383-2373. GOLF CLUBS, Wilson, womens’ Prostaff oversize w/cart, $69. 778-9215.

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Caregiver/Companion EXCELLENT CAREGIVER available. In medical field for 8/yrs. Working on LPN. 28/yr. resident. References. 941-795-8112. EUROPEAN LADY available P/T-F/T for private care, cooking and cleaning. Home Health Aide Certified. Cheerful, loving, intelligent & reliable. References. 378-1233 or 545-4766. NURSING COMPANION will live-in and care for the elderly. Also, hourly care. Mature, dependable, experienced w/references. 746-5731. MENNONITE LADY, 54 seeks weekly, year round client. Companion, shopping & cleaning. Thursday open 9a.m.-4p.m. $100/day. 379-6969.

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

Cleaning Services

LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 60/ft. boat slip, DAZZLE CLEANING, “personalized houseK-5. Best location, open views, extra large keeping, general cleaning and house checks pier area. Available for lease. 941-387-8315 to meet your needs. Lic./Ins. 379-6582. or BOAT SLIPS available in Longboat Key. Three sailboat slips available in Buttonwood Harbor at Patti George’s Restaurant. $150/mo. 30/ft. minimum. One electric boat lift up to 7000/lbs. @ $150/mo. One power boat slip avail. for 25+/ft. Please contact Patti George's Restaurant for more information. 383-5111. YOUR YACHT IS BEAUTIFUL! DOESN’T IT DESERVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME? SECURE, DEEPWATER BOAT SLIPS IN A PROTECTED GARDEN SETTING NEAR LONGBOAT’S NORTH END. AVAILABLE NOW FOR BOATS TO 60’. HARBOUR VILLA CLUB MOORINGS (941) 383-9544 LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest priced 60’ slip available. $206,000. Owner, 941-383-2025 or 504-2000.

HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna 316-0834/928-1935. ☛ EXPERIENCED CLEANING SERVICE for your home. Reasonable rates! 752-2391.

 AMERICAN CLEANING SERVICES. Vacation Rentals, Residential & Commercial. Dependable & Reasonable. 795-2782.  HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Brazilian lady. Good references. Free estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116. HOUSE CLEANER. Residential/Commercial Low Rates. Great References. Free Estimates. Please call Cris or Odail. Cell: 941-232-0149 or 941-316-0189. K.A.S. CLEANING. Employee Owned. Servicing Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. 941-792-6660. CLEANING SERVICES available. Reliable, experienced. References. Reasonable rates. Residential or Commercial. 362-9321.

LONGBOAT KEY Mooring, 2/slips. 77.5’ & 52.5’ on T of dock (boat up to 130/ft.). Seasonal, $19. Yearly $17 per foot per AT YOUR SERVICE housecleaning by local month plus elec. & tax. 203-288-6312. hard working gal. Honest, dependable, thorough. Reasonable rates. References. Call Pamela, (941) 320-0023. Business Services SMALL BUSINESS, financial planning for all new entrepreneurs. Thomas Lawson Financial Associates offers years of experience in debt consolidation, personal loans and other financial situations. Call 1-866-808-8358 for quality support!

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Captain Services NATIVE MASTER USCG Captain for hire, FT. Fish or cruise. 377-9473.

TANYA WILLIAMS Estate & Fine Art appraisals offers professional valuation and inventory services for your personal property without a view to buy or sell. Video documentation inventory, fine art and household content appraisals. 355-8456.

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CARING PROFESSIONAL. Capable and personable. Mature lady accepting clients for home care. Loves to cook. Good driving record. Bonded. Excellent local references. 371-6919.



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

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

Computer Services COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $25/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. MASTER COMPUTER TEACHER. Teaching exclusive E/Z Learn System. You deserve the best. Repairs. 383-5372.

SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428.


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Furniture FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, Help Wanted mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. WANTED, REGISTRAR/OFFICE assistant. Seasonal/Full-time position for busy adult 941-761-2344. enrichment school on Longboat Key. DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home Monday through Friday, 8:15a.m.-5:15p.m. furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $259; sofa (and Saturday too, if desired). Begins: & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full October 27. Ends: March 31. Must enjoy bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed helping people, be computer competent, with data-entry and be complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, especially $285; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery avail- detail-oriented. Competitive hourly rate. Phone: 383-8811, fax: 383-1935 or e-mail: able. Builders, 753-7118. SUSAN@LBKEDCTR.ORG.


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

Garage, Moving & Estate Sales

CARING PEOPLE NEEDED. Join us in Housesitting making a real difference in the lives of the elderly. Non-medical companionship. EXPERIENCED HOUSE sitter. Professional  COMPLETE FURNISHINGS of two Part-time day, evening and weekend shifts. woman, 50, to house/pet sit in your home. apartments. Will sell separately. 383-3844. Home Instead Senior Care, 951-2103. Stellar references & background check Open Sat. & Sun., 10-2p.m., 5155 Gulf of provided. Long-term assignment wanted, Mexico Dr. 813-263-6960 or YOUR HELP WANTED


GARAGE SALE: local art, pottery, books, lots of $1 items, furniture. Sat., Oct. 11, 9a.m.-3p.m., 691 Old Compass Rd., LBK.

Items For Sale LORD’S WAREHOUSE RESALE SHOP. GRAND REOPENING Saturday, October 11. 50% off most everything. Sale continues Mon., Weds. & Sat. Oct. 18th. 9a.m.-3p.m. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat. 383-4738.

YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer HUTCH, CHAIRS, bedroom set, pictures, Trainer. Backed by 25/years of kitchen items, misc. Saturday, 10/11, experience. Member of Longboat Key 10a.m.-4p.m. 4485 Gulf of Mexico Dr., #201. Chamber of Commerce. Please call Elinor, 951-6145,


COMPUTER STRESSING? No Jobs Too Big “or” Small. “Let Do it All” 24/7 On-Site Service. 941-809-9797.

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

REAL ESTATE ASSISTANT: Full-time position on Longboat Key. Must have license and computer knowledge. Fax resume to: 941-383-9710, attn: Andrew Vac, Re/Max Excellence, 941-383-9700.

Health Services DIABETIC - on Medicare? No more finger sticking with new meters, almost painless. Call Star Medical RX, 800-229-7894 today for home delivery.


HUGE SALE! Niki’s Gift & Antique Mall, 5351 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. Sterling jewelry, select gifts 50% off. China cabinet 50% off. R.S. Prussia chocolate pot set. Nippon, Copedemonte, deco pieces, some artwork, 20-50% off. Open 7/days, 9:30-5p.m. 779-0729.


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Paul J. Hall 941-545-3910 • Paint Repair - Chips, Sratches & Scuffs • Minor collision Repair • Dent Removal • Professional Detailing We Bring the Body Shop to You. State of the Art Computerized Color Matching System


LOOKING FOR A NEW CAREER? Learn to be a professional permanent makeup technician from Jana Pierce, SPCP member, with over 28 years in the cosmetic field. One on one training. Call for class dates today!


Permanent Makeup Center 1770 N. Tamiami • Ste. 108 • Sarasota


Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup

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

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

387-7886 ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners

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


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

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  Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT

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

License# MA32116

Jessica Taylor

(941) 232-9812

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Massage Therapy

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ACCREDITED ANGEL INVESTOR (S) sought for emerging educational tech product. Ready for market - needs next phase investors to participate in National Rollout. This break through technology is now being tested in Florida schools. 1-800-362-6873.

✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Lic./Ins. Call Kevin. Cell 704-7115 or 792-1646.


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

☛ RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & REMODELING. Interior/exterior, Residential, Commercial. All painters are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels. Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215. KARL’S PAINTING, top quality work. Faux finishes, pressure washing, computerized color view. 20 years experience. Neat and dependable. 761-7414 or 730-7170.


MASSAGE IN your home!! It’s relaxing and fun... Leslie Smukler L.M.T. MA 36024. 941-383-8801. Try it!! SCANDINAVIAN PAINTING, Wallpapering, House Painting. Quality work and 30% less. For a free quote, contact: Mr. Lars or Mr. Nils 941-928-0491, fax: 941-955-0198. MASSAGE THERAPY VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, custom/decorator finishes, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. The originals since 1984 - Dan or Bill. 795-5100 or 518-9303.

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

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.



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

Painting & Wallpapering

Personal Services WELL EDUCATED tri-lingual Psychology Major student seeking personal assistant job. Flexible hours. Own transportation. 941-350-6983.

BRILLIANT PAINTING & HOME REPAIR. Interior & Exterior work. Professional & SELL STUFF on E-Bay. Let us show you how. RC Computer Consultants. 355-9424. affordable. Lic./Ins. 815-8886.


GAIL SUNRAY Telephone: 941-749-5646 Fax: 941-744-1020 Email:

All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Large Longboat Key Portfolio. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Dirty grout? Give us a shout! Grout cleaning & restoration services available.

Helping seniors and busy adults manage paperwork in the comfort of their home  Bill paying and banking  Checkbook balancing  Budgets and personal financial reports  Organizing investment and tax files  Federal and Florida tax returns  Personal and business correspondence  Medical claims and insurance forms  Scheduling appointments and coordinating arrangements  Liaison with other professionals and family members

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


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

Remodeling & Home Improvements JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodeling contractors. In-house plan design. State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. Many island references. 778-2993.

Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077 LIC.


EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, WALLS, MURALS. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT MEMBER LBK CHAMBER ARTISAN TILE (941) 383-2659 Lic./Ins. HOME REPAIRS. IMPROVEMENTS. REMODELING. General repairs, carpentry, painting, sheetrock & popcorn, trim, doors & bi-folds, moldings & cornices, decks, hardwood floors. A.J. Winters, 713-1951. Insured. State Registered. FOR QUALITY REMODELS & REPAIRS CALL STEVE THOMPSON CUSTOM FINISHES. RENOVATION. FLOORING . 20/YRS. EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT SERVICE 941-266-2846

♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years experience as a highly skilled, dependable, EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, expert, carpenter painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, restoration/renovation screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. Paul Beauregard, 779-2294. 812-5115.






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

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


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

20C THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 2003 Remodeling & Home Improvements 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.

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.

Tile Installation Professional Tile & Marble Installation. Many Longboat references, 20/years experience. Chamber member. Call for free estimate. Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. All best prices on all your carpet and wood needs. Lic/Ins.


LONGBOAT KEY 3/LOTS; C-1 ZONING. $400,000 each. General Harris St. ANNA MARIA ISLAND Island Sports Bar: thrives on neighborhood clientele even in summer. Good lease, beerwine license; minimal food service avoids smoking ban. $85K. BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Adjoining Mixed-Use Buildings, 32/car lot for image-conscious investor/user. $1.75/mil. SARASOTA Wine/Beer C-Store. Profitable business on main road, good lease for only $59,000. Income-producing building can be bought separately for $425,000. Confidentiality agreement required for details. LONGVIEW REALTY - 383-6112 Richard Estrin, Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker


COURTYARD, PATIO, ground floor condo, 2BR/2BA. Private beach and boat dock. Excellent condition, $295,000. 387-7049. MEADOWCROFT, LAKEFRONT. 2BR/2BA, ALL updated. $110,000. Contact Bill, 518-9300 days or 795-5100 eves. BEACH HARBOR Club. Premium 3rd floor location w/bay views. Updated interior and exterior makes this unit one of the best properties for the money. Walk to your privately equipped beach, or keep a boat in your own private slip. A must see with easy access. Offered for $279,000. Contact Mike Migone at Wedebrock R.E. Co. 383-5543.

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

NEW CUSTOM built Lennar home, in the Hamptons, $324,000. ST. ARMANDS KEY home, walk to Lido Beach, $425,000. FAIRWAY BAY townhouse, $434,500. FAIRWAY BAY Atrium, full bay views, $875,000. LIDO SHORES waterfront home, $1,495,000. VILLA Di LANCIA, Gulf views, 1st floor walk down, $1,494,900. ST. ARMANDS waterfront home, $2,500,000.

VILLA, REMODELED 2BR/2BA, new tile, appliances, carpet, paint, roof. Ready for immediate occupancy. Large attic w/extra storage, carport, cable/water included. Under $100K!!!. Serious buyers only. 758-1862. HISTORIC INDIAN BEACH, 3BR/2BA Saline pool home, one in from Bay w/sunset and bay views. Great location to all the arts and downtown. Extensive remodel in 2000/granite stainless steel appliances, gourmet kitchen. Quiet area out of traffic. Asking price $649,000. By owner. 941-359-6896, cell: 941-544-6552.



INVEST/ENJOY. 2BR/2.5BA townhouse at Longboat tennis paradise: Cedars East. On site rental office, 10 Har-Tru courts, $264,900. Open house 1-4p.m. Sunday at 504 Forest Way or call Longview Realty. 383-6112 to schedule showing. BEHIND THE GATES LBK CLUB SANCTUARY 2-3BR/2.5BA, FIRST FLOOR, WALK DOWN TO BEACH. TOTAL RENOVATION, LARGE FLOOR PLAN, 2510/SQ.FT. $1,095,000 MICHAEL DUVALL, RE/MAX EXCELLENCE 941-383-9700

 $379,900 LONGBOAT KEY at BAYPORT. 5/Har Tru Tennis courts, huge pool. Flexible rental program. Furnished. 1/2 ACRE on 115’ water frontage on LBK, Peek of Gulf. Central Park Realty Corp. Selby Garden tropical setting, a private 941-809-0041. secluded estate with charming home. All pecky cypress, pine floors, fireplace, total BUYERS INTERESTED in purchasing renovation 1998. $850,000. 387-0158. million dollar properties - receive $5000 cash. Villa & Co., Lic. R.E. Broker,  $325,000 LONGBOAT KEY, bayou 941-416-5915. waterfront. Completely gutted, all new inside, 1BR/1BA, new furnishings. Access to LBK CONDO, totally renovated 2BR/2BA. boat dockage. Great rental program. Asking $375,000. Seller motivated. Bring Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. all offers! Call Caroline Worley, Re/Max Properties, 586-6633. 941-809-0041. ✓ BRADENTON CANAL front condo, 2BR/2BA, new kitchen, new windows, tile throughout, heated pool, clubhouse, 55+ community. $159,900. 795-1559. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, 322 FIREHOUSE LANE. 3BR/3BA, FAMILY ROOM, SCREENED PORCH, 3/DECKS, COMMUNITY POOL, WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. $995,000 CONRAD BEACH OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 387-9595 WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM

HISTORIC LBK Village, 3BR/2BA +den, LOCATION! LOCATION! updated kitchen. Beautifully landscaped. LOCATION! $409,000. Quest Real Estate, Al Galli, LBK, beachfront. Spacious and beautiful, 2BR/2BA among multi-million $$ homes and 941-356-1669. condos. Heated pool, exercise facility and tennis. Offered at $529,900. Call 374-3200. “SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB” RECENTLY UPDATED, 2BR/2BA VILLA EVERYTHING YOU WANT MOST IN 55+ CLUB COMMUNITY, FLORIDA LIVING! MARINA, CLUB HOUSE, & BEACH ACCESS. DEEP WATER CANAL, BOAT DOCK, $235,000 3-4BR/3BA, 3CG, BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF PALMA SOLA BAY, PLEASE CALL: MINUTES TO BEACH & LONGBOAT KEY. MARILYN TREVETHAN $789,900 941-778-6066

  PRIME RETAIL SPACES AVAIL. ISLAND REAL ESTATE Avenue of The Flowers Shopping Center. From 562/sq.ft. to 1281/sq.ft.+/-, 3/mos. Free Base Rent. Sign now! Ask about our aggressive move-in special. T. Mannausa & WINDWARD BAY CONDO FOR SALE. Co., AMO, Realtor. 365-1511, ext. 115 or Spectacular Sarasota Bay views from rarely available 3BR/2BA ground floor bay front 116. villa. Great income potential from this nicely ☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space appointed unit. Offered for $439,900. available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Contact Bill Hayden at 941-383-3556 or see a virtual tour of this unit and complex at Key. Call 387-3135. my website: Keller Williams Realty. ISLAND DELI $145,000. $399,900. FABULOUS bay views, 3BR/2BA, W/D, screened lanai, heated pool, tennis ESTABLISHED FOR 15 YEARS. court, boat dock, beach access, 2/under OWNER MOTIVATED, RETIRING. bldg. parking, elevator, 1625/sq.ft. Pets and OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE 12x/yr. rental permitted, recently updated, small complex. 387-7676. 809-5044 MY REALTY COMPANY  DOWNTOWN, CENTRAL PARK II. MARNI HAYDEN Elegant, secure, 2BR/2.5BA, decorator furnished, W/D, pool, fitness, tennis, day dock. 941-383-0438.

Condos & Homes For Sale



HEMBREE’S LUXURY PROPERTIES LIDO BEACH Home to be built on Lido Beach. Gulf views! Still time to customize. $2,900,000

LEASE RITZ RESIDENCE 3BR/3BA, bay views, many upgrades and amenities. $7000 & up 3 units to choose from.

SOLD! MARINA TOWER 3BR/3.5BA, spectacular views and upgrades. $1,950,000 Lease option available. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE 3BR/3BA, great views, amenities and room service. Lease furnished or unfurnished. $7000 & up. DOWNTOWN CONDOS-UNDER CONSTRUCTION. AVAILABLE FALL 2003 2BR/2.5BA, boat slip, views and amenities, $995,000. 2BR/2.5BA, room service, views and amenities, $895,000. CONTACT: ED BONGART 941-320-7604 OR 941-951-1776 HEMBREE AND ASSOCIATES, INC. LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER


FAIRWAY BAY, LBK. Largest end unit w/fabulous bay views, 2BR/2BA, extra large balcony, new appliances, tile, carpet and paint in neutral colors. $499,000. Mel & Jan Goldsmith, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-383-6673 or 941-356-6673. SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/2BA condo/villa, 2/pools, beach access, boat docks. Pets welcome. Great price! $299,900. Karen Harding, Coldwell Banker Previews, 941-724-6988.

LIDO BEACH, Gulf front building. 1BR/1.5BA, new carpet, tile, paint, PFR.  $199,900 LONGBOAT KEY, buildable Best buy on the beach $229,900. King & lot, deeded beach access. Survey on file.  LONGBOAT KEY, CONDO Co., George Peter Ryan, 388-2040. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. CONVERSION. Renovations now in 941-809-0041. progress, ONLY 4 units left OUT of 11.  $295,000 LONGBOAT KEY, 1500sq.ft. SANDS POINT CONDO. Beautiful Gulf Direct Gulf front $635,000 or new Bayou townhouse, furnished, garage. Built 1991, views from all rooms. Rarely available Front with boat docks at $325,000. tennis resort. Allows pets. Great rentals with Allows nightly rentals. GREAT INCOME. 3BR/2BA, 2400+/sq.ft., huge living room, future bookings. Dennis Girard, Central Park tons of storage. Best secret on LBK in the LBK Club. Beach, boat docks, pool, Jacuzzi. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. Realty Corp. 941-809-0041. $828,900. Joan Boltax. Michael Saunders & 941-809-0041. Co. 941-350-6390, anytime. Lots & Acreage For Sale CONDO ON THE BAY. Best priced 2BR/2BA, fabulous full bay views. Docks, LONGBOAT KEY 3/LOTS; C-1 zoning. WATERFRONT PENTHOUSE, 2BR/2BA, TKF. Sleeps/8, 4/pools, tennis, fitness, club pools, tennis, gated. Great buy @ $409,000. $400,000 each. General Harris St. Longview house, boat docks. Private beach. $299,000. Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. Realty, Richard Estrin Lic. R.E. Broker. 941-350-6390. 383-6112. Owner/Broker. 941-383-0438.



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CEDARS EAST, 2BR/2.5BA at 504 Forest Way in Longboat’s tennis paradise, 1-4p.m. Sunday, $264,900. Longview Realty, 383-6112.

WEST OF TRAIL. Old Florida guest house, recently remodeled, 900/sq.ft. Includes large bedroom, sun room & laundry, new furnishings. Includes water/cable TV, $1200/mo. Wanted, mature lady interested in evening babysitting for adorable 3/yr. old daughter. Will reduce rent accordingly. 362-3924.

WHITNEY BEACH. Gulf side, 1/BR condo, sleeps 4. Pool, tennis, large balcony to view waves & sunsets. 1/mo. min. Available Nov.-Dec. Non-smoker. Owner direct rental savings. (314) 995-9965.

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



3465 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228




Rentals: Annual LONGBOAT KEY penthouse condo. Furnished, 2BR/2BA, 15th floor, on the Gulf, beautiful views and living quarters. 366-5229.  LONGBOAT BEACH style, elevated 2BR/2BA home. Annual, $1750/mo. unfurn. Info: or 941-228-9005.

LAKEWOOD RANCH. Beautiful executive, LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 2BR/2BA, nicely 4BR/3BA/3/car, den, private yard, pool & furnished, nice view, pools, exercise room, lawn service included. $3000/mo. 371-9387. tennis courts, beach access. 251-342-7339, LONGBOAT KEY. Unfurnished 1BR/1BA, 251-342-7344 or 251-510-8822. $585/mo. Includes water, sewer & garbage. Beach access. Quiet location. First, last & security. No pets. 387-9252.

LBK PENTHOUSE, 3BR/3BA. Total renovation, everything new, never rented, 2/terraces overlooking Gulf. Available NORTH LONGBOAT Key. Walk to beach Dec. through April, 90/day minimum. and bay from this 2BR/2BA Village home. 901-755-9374. Enclosed garden and screened lanai. SUNTIDE TIMESHARE, 1BR condo in $1100/mo. Unfurnished. Call 726-1802. Sarasota, waterfront. Avail. Christmas week NORTH LONGBOAT, 2BR/2BA condo, on water (bayside). Old Florida living. Beach, pools, tennis, cable, private parking space, water, ample closets. Fully carpeted, quiet, and beautiful. No pets. $1400/mo. unfurnished. Please call 387-8448.

12/20/03-12/27/03. $550. 631-757-8372. PELICAN HARBOUR, LBK. 2BR/2BA, panoramic bay view. Private beach, beautifully furnished. Jan. through April $3300/mo. 313-963-0231 or 313-300-6109.

BEACHFRONT SUITE, Inn on the Beach. CANAL FRONT, LBK. 3BR/1BA, updated, $160 daily, 4th Night Free! Weekly/monthly W/D. No pets. Available now. $1950/mo. discount. Dennis Coker, 504-5678. 941-364-3477. DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Water view/new, 1BR/1BA. Beautifully furnished, all amenities included. Annually, $1300. Monthly negotiable. 941-921-1648. DOWNTOWN, SUNSET Towers, 2BR/2BA. Excellent condition. November 1st. $1500/mo., 1/yr. minimum. Call 914-5541. MAINLAND, BAYFRONT bldg., unfurnished. Full bay and sunset views. Boat docks, pools, tennis, gated & more! 14th floor, 2BR/2BA, 1555/sq.ft., avail. immediately, $1750/mo. 9th floor, 2BR/2BA, 1700+/sq.ft., 2/balconies, wrap around bay views, available October. Contact Joan Boltax, Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390 for additional info. BEACH ACCESS, 1BR/1BA unfurnished duplex apartment, $650/mo. Gas & water included. 2944 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 924-7080 or 320-5637.

WATERFRONT, TURNKEY 1BR/1BA. Heated pool, clubhouse, boat slip available, 55+, $980 annual. $1400 6/months minimum. 376-1533 or 925-7485.

“Where there is nothing between you and the Gulf” No snow, sleet, slush or ice, just warm sunshine, balmy breezes, and purple sunsets. ARRIVE AS A GUEST AND DEPART AS A FRIEND We are offering our Gulf front apartments for the Month of January at *1/2 price.

BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 2BR/2BA, furnished. Gulf across street. Available November 1st. through March 31st. 941-387-1001. LIDO BEACH. Modern 2BR with patio, laundry, completely furnished, walk to beach. Reasonable. Available now. 383-2566. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101.


LONGBOAT KEY. Privateer South condo behind the gates. Beach building, 2BR/2BA, Partial Gulf view, pool, tennis. Available Nov. through Jan. 3/month minimum. 201-666-1079/941-377-2463.

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.) GULFSIDE

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LIDO BEACH, 3BR/2BA, turnkey furnished home. Walk to St. Armands. Also, 2BR/2BA Manatee River waterfront condos RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys weekly/monthly/annual. 955-0110 or & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. LONGBOAT KEY. Beautiful Gulf front condo. Pool, beach, 1BR/1BA, sleeps 4. CONDOMINIUMS From $770/week. 617-328-7145. Sutton Place, 3BR/2.5BA, small pet OK.

☛ ☛ LUXURY LIDO BEACHFRONT, LIDO BEACH, 2BR/1BA home, steps to L’Elegance, 2BR/2BA. Fitness, tennis, hot beach, $1350/mo. furnished or $1200/mo. tub, underground parking, views & social unfurnished. 941-388-2590. activities. 3/mo. min. 388-3238. NORTH LONGBOAT KEY. Magnificent ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished bayfront views, 3BR/2BA, family room, pool 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, $3200/mo. 941-545-3004. walk beach/Circle. April & May, 04. Non-smokers. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. DOLPHIN TOWERS, across from Selby Gardens, 2BR/2BA unfurnished. Includes 3BR/2BA FURNISHED CANALFRONT cable and water, pool & secure parking. home. Pets welcome. Available monthly $1150/mo. 1 or 2 year lease. Call 922-6761. Sept. thru Dec. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates. WATERFRONT CONDO, Hawks Harbor area (1/mi. north of SRQ airport), 2BR/2BA. or call 941-360-0700. Beautifully redone, everything new, boat slip, tennis, all amenities. $1250/mo./lease. Cable  2BR/2BA VILLAGE COTTAGE, close to restaurants & bay. $1800/mo. Jan.-April. and water included. 941-921-7502. 383-2659.  DOWNTOWN, CENTRAL PARK II. Elegant, secure, 2BR/2.5BA, decorator LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA, furnished, W/D, pool, fitness, tennis, day partial Gulf view. Avail. months Nov., 2003 through Feb. 2004. Covered parking, dock. $1300/mo. 941-383-0438. Olympic pool, fitness center. 24/hour security. Non-smokers. By owner. 2BR/1BA DOWNTOWN Sarasota, charming 813-837-9901. neighborhood, $800/mo. 383-2659. BRADENTON BEACH. Park your boat in your backyard. 2BR home on canal. Available immediately. $1200/mo. 778-6441.

BEACH PLACE, 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. (941)918-8658

LONGBOAT KEY, Privateer North, off gated road. On beach and golf course. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA, 2/balconies. Gulf and bay views, heated Olympic pool, tennis. Available through December 31, Longboat Terraces, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf. 2003 and after March 31, 2004. Islander Club, 2BR/2BA, Gulf and Bay (New York)/914-747-3338, or 914-946-7735. views. BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. TKF, across street Seaplace, 2BR/2BA, Gulf view and garden. from Gulf. 1/mo. min. Avail.: June 1-Nov. 30, Atrium, 3BR/2BA, direct bay view, LBKC. Beach Place, 3BR/2BA garden, 2BR/2BA, $1900/mo. 770-671-0338. Gulf view. Lido Harbour Towers, 1BR/1BA, Gulf view. QUEENS HARBOUR L’Elegance, 2BR/2BA +den, 2.5 bath Gulf to bay. Outstanding/Immaculate million dollar St. Armands Towers, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf 4BR/4BA home view. Lido Surf’N Sand, 2BR/2BA, Gulf view. including separate guest suite. Sarasota Harbour, 2BR/2BA, direct bay, Private courtyard entry w/heated pool. 55+. Private golf and Lake views. Golden Gate, 1BR/1BA. Exquisite furnishings, Ritz Carlton, 3BR/2.5BA & 2BR/2BA & private beach access. 1BR/1.5BA. Three month minimum. Sunset Towers, 2BR/2BA, bay view. For the discriminating tenant. SINGLE FAMILY HOMES Beach Front, 2BR/2BA. Winding Oaks, 2BR/2BA villa LBKC. Bird Key, 3BR/2BA, pool, dock. Bird Key Garden home, 4BR/2.5BA, pool. Country Club Shores, 3BR/2BA, pool, bay/canal views. OTHER AREAS Stunning direct Gulf front homes and Bay front homes on Siesta Key and Casey Key. Check our Web Site: JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000 ROMANTIC ISLAND castle, 4BR/3BA. Just steps to best Gulf beach. Available 10/1 through 11/30. Also, May through November, 2004. 794-8202. LIDO KEY CONDO. Walk to beach, clean, turnkey furnished, heated pool, lanai. $1695/mo. seasonal. Also, available annually. 320-7000, 723-7303.

Contact Kelly at: (603) 756-4199

LBK, ISLANDER Club. Spacious 2BR/2BA Gulf side condo. Beach, pool, tennis, exercise room, turnkey furnished. Partial Gulf views from roof deck. Available Dec.-May. 3/mo. minimum. $3500/mo. (860)429-6679. LBK CANAL home. Walk to private beach access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. $2500/mo. in the Fall & $3500/mo. Winter. 407-847-9974.

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

WATER VIEW! Perico Bay Cub, minutes to beach, 2BR/2BA, gated community, luxury FLORIDA VACATION CONNECTION condo, turnkey. $2600/mo. +tax & cleaning. SEAPLACE. Newly decorated 2BR/2BA, tennis, pools, whirlpool, on the beach. Call 941-778-3320. 941/387-9709 for availability and rates for the 2003/2004 LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, 800/469-4852 located on bay, walk to beach. LBK, 100/FT. private beach home, season. Bob, (630) 690-2040. $600-$650/annual. Call Resort Properties, 3BR/3BA, heated pool, W/D, spa quality 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. exercise equipment, 70 palms, tropical 2BR/2BA CONDO in Longboat. Sweeping  LBK, BEACHPLACE condo, Gulf view, setting, cable TV/internet/fax. Available views of bay, walk to beach, all appliances. WATERFRONT ANNUALS! 1BR Island 2BR/2BA. Jan. 2004 through Dec. 2004. Nov. 2003 @ $4500/mo. and Dec. 2003 @ Fully furnished, pool & tennis court. charm, $850/mo. 2BR/2BA spacious, Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness $5000/mo. and May 2004 @ $4500/mo. Available Nov. Dec. Jan. April. Also, Non-smokers. By owner. E-mail:, 941-773-0223 or consider annual rental. Call 813-469-9338 1650/sq.ft. $1300/mo. Dock, laundry, 1/block center. for more details. 941-383-1884. to So. Bradenton beach. 941-545-3285. 305-933-3376.

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DESIGNER DECORATED 2BR/2BA, LBK canal front home. Private pool, rooftop deck, beach access, $4500/mo. 941-383-2902. BEACHFRONT CONDO. Furnished 3BR in LBK Resort area “right on the beach” w/pool and all amenities; flexible term season or annual. Flory Real Estate, 955-4100. LIDO BEACH Penthouse, 2BR/2BA. Panoramic views, beach, intercoastal, beautiful decor. 248-375-9027. LONGBOAT KEY Harbourside, 1BR/2BA +den, bay view, $3800/mo. J/F/M. LIDO REGENCY, 1BR/1.5BA, Gulffront, $2800/mo. J/F/M. KEY TOWERS, 2BR/2BA, Gulffront, $4000/mo. J/F/M. LIDO AMBASSADOR, 2BR/2BA, $2800/mo. J/F/M. LIDO AMBASSADOR, 2BR/2BA, Gulf view, $1400/mo. annual. LIDO HARBOUR SO., 1BR/1BA, $2500/mo. J/F/M. KINGSTON ARMS, 1BR/1BA, $2400/mo. J/F/M. KINGSTON ARMS, 2BR/2BA, $3000/mo. J/F/M. RENAISSANCE, 2BR/1BA, bay view, $3750/mo. J/F/M. RENAISSANCE, 2BR/1BA, bay view, $3750/mo. Brenda Cozy 941-954-6500 Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Mortgage Services GULF FRONT. Perfect view overlooking beach, 2BR/2BA, 1500/sq.ft., sleeps 8. $3330/mo. 3/mo. min. Daryl, 813-505-6094. EXECUTIVE HOME, Perico Island, minutes to beach. Gorgeous 3BR/2BA house, 2/car garage, turnkey. $3700/mo. +tax & cleaning fee or $1500/mo. annual. No smoking. No pets. 941-778-3320.

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

LONGBOAT KEY penthouse condo. Furnished, 2BR/2BA, 15th floor, on the Gulf, beautiful views and living quarters. Will rent 4/mos.+. 366-5229. BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA. First floor, beautifully furnished, bay view condo with W/D. Tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach access. Available Dec., Jan., Feb. $3300/mo. Non-smoking unit. 859-441-3110.

★ PELICAN HARBOUR, 3BR/2BA, LBK. Panoramic Bay View, Beautifully Furnished 2/Balconies, Private Beach, Pool, Tennis, Dock. 513-608-4320, 513-871-4333. E-mail:

SILVER BEACH RESORT LONGBOAT KEY Last chance to make a memory before we turn out the lights and close the door.


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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. Utilities included. 3/mo. minimum. Jan., Feb. & March, $1500/mo. Deposit required. 336-210-7804 or 859-653-8436.

LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. Oct. $750/week. Dec. 2003, $2750/mo. April & May 2004, $2750/mo. (727) 403-1449.

LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Beautifully furnished, W/D, screened lanai, pool. Beach and boat access. Small pet OK. Available 2003/2004 season. 513-561-9667. LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, corner. Upgraded, first floor, beach access, enclosed lanai, 4/pools, tennis, exercise room. Available now or 2004 season. 508-763-5528.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT/RENTALS We want to serve your needs and let you enjoy your investments on the Keys and downtown Sarasota. We are a professional, Property Management Team looking to include your condo or home in our growing portfolio of seasonal vacation and annual rentals. Join our already satisfied clients! Coldwell Banker Previews 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, Fl 34228 Property Management Team Tom Fynes, Vicki Lonborg and Linda Paskovich Call Direct: 941-387-1826 or 941-383-6411, ext. 228


on all rates Sept. 1 to Jan. 1


800-414-0238 or 941-383-2434

PELICAN HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, 1st floor, Bay view, secluded, Gulf beach access. Comfortably furnished, king bed, pool, tennis. Available Jan-April 04, 2/mo. minimum. Call 941-383-5577, Barbara.

BAYFRONT, SEASONAL or longer. Spectacular water views from every room. Stunning TKF, 2BR/2BA. Great mainland bldg. w/docks, pools, tennis, gated and close to airport, arts, downtown, shopping and LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Newly renovated more. $4200/mo. 4/mo. minimum. Longer 2BR/2BA, canal/bay views, pools, gym, rec. term negotiable. Contact Joan Boltax, room, tennis, beach house. Call after Sept. Michael Saunders & Co. 941-350-6390. 2nd. 516-431-4612 eves. ON SARASOTA BAY, 2BR/2BA, new furnishings, pool, walk to beach, shops, dining. $2500/mo. in Season. Terms avail. 708-457-1487 or 847-420-5100.



LIDO BEACH Club, 2BR/2BA penthouse. Beautifully decorated, view of beach & Sarasota. 3/mo. minimum, $5000/mo. Longer stay available. 513-451-7977. SEA PINES GULF FRONT CONDO ON LBK 2BR/2BA, 1ST FLOOR, BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED, POOL.

LIDO SHORES, furnished 3BR/2BA, pool, spa & private beach access. Call for rates & availability. Ramona Glanz, 383-9700. Re/Max Excellence.

$5000/MO. (917)273-2119



Rentals Wanted FOR FEBRUARY, weekly or 1/mo. 3BR & 1BR condos. Gulfside, child friendly. 416-921-7887 or 416-542-1669 or 416-967-9595.

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

Waterfront Property JEWFISH KEY. Private paradise, rarely available. 1/Acre lot w/beautiful deep water dock, 250/ft. of waterfront overlooking Longboat Pass, backs to nature preserve. Utilities in place, ready to build. Must sell! $360,000. 383-2196. GORGEOUS FULL Bay & Golf course views at Grand Bay. This 3BR/3.5BA condo is almost 3000/sq.ft. of pure perfection and lends itself to be casually elegant: tons of upgrades & built-ins, huge master, entire wrap around balconies. See the shimmering night time lights of Sarasota, $1,475,000. Call Tony Andrews of Andrews & Associates. 921-5999.


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Tina Rudek (941)920-0303 BEACH FRONT CONDO! Spacious 3BR in a private, nine-unit building directly on the beach. Enjoy your own piece of the beach and sunsets. Pool, tennis, and garage add to this fully remodeled piece of heaven. $724,900 Karen Ankerstar 383-5544

IMMACULATE HAWTHORN PARK 4BR/3BA home on corner lot. Great open floor plan. Large family room w/fireplace. Eat-in kitchen. Oversized caged lanai w/heated custom designed pool & spa. Outside Jenn-aire kitchen. Possible lease back. $389,000 Michael Nink 383-5543

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

CONDOS BEACH HARBOUR CLUB Updated 2/2 Beach Harbour

Club unit with bay views and private beach access. Completely furnished. Boat dockage and much more. Best location available. $279,000. Mike Migone 383-5543


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

HOMESITES BAY ISLES Large homesite in popular gated community. Deep water marina, golf, tennis, shopping, fine dining and private beach club nearby. $345,000


LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE Don't miss your opportunity to own a new quality built home in this maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to sugar sand beaches and your own deep water dock. Only 3 Homesites left. Starting at $240,000


LONGBEACH CONDO Two bedroom two bath unit overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Screened lanai, Amenities include tennis & heated pool. Last one left for the season.

MARK II CONDOMINIUM Lovely beach front condo with a Nantucket theme. Great gulf views from almost every room in this spacious three bedroom, 2 bath end unit on the fourth floor. Amenities include bayside dock & tennis privileges & heated pool. Available for 2004 Season

CEDARS EAST Charming bayside townhouse, two bedroom 2 & 1/2 bath with one car garage. This tennis community has loads of amenities such as community dock, heated pools, tennis & pro shop. PETS WELCOME! Call for Availability.

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

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North Longboat

October 9 2003