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Millage rate approved Mayor Ron Johnson, who initially opposed the 1.55 millage rate, says he now feels “confident.” BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer

Ludwig lays an egg Jan Schorry, owner of Longboat Creations Flower Shop, has an unusual bird. Ludwig, the African gray parrot named after Ludwig Van Beethoven, can talk and whistle with the best of them, but her newfound talent of laying eggs has surprised Schorry. In the 30 years her boyfriend, Dave Mulvey, has had the bird, they thought it was a male. Schorry said shortly after she brought Ludwig to the store, where she sits in her cage on the sidewalk, eggs started appearing in the cage. “He was having so much fun with everyone out here that he just started laying eggs,” Schorry said. Concerned, Schorry took Ludwig to a few veterinarians, and one advised Ludwig be allowed to lay a nest and sit on the eggs, known as “brooding” in bird terminology. Although the eggs are unable to hatch because they haven’t been fertilized, Schorry hopes that in a month she’ll be able to take the eggs away and end Ludwig’s laying habits. If not, it could result in her becoming “egg bound,” in which the eggs have to be surgically removed from the bird. “I’ve tried everything, and I hope for his sake that it works,” Schorry said. “See? One minute I’ll be calling it ‘him,’ and the next I’ll be calling it ‘her.’ But I’m not changing his name — I mean, her name.”

The Longboat Key Town Commission gave its initial approval Friday to lower the town’s millage rate 16%, from 1.85 to 1.55 mills. The six commissioners voted unanimously for the lowered rate after little discussion. Vice Mayor Joan Webster was absent. Mayor Ron Johnson, who had opposed lowering the rate two weeks ago, said he had changed his mind.

“I feel confident with 1.55,” Johnson said. Johnson was of a different opinion previously when he sent a letter to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis, accusing him of appeasing “rookie” Commissioner Bob Dawson’s ideas of lowering the town surplus and giving some of the money back to taxpayers. Johnson had said the 1.55 millage rate was too low because it unwisely decreased the town’s surplus money. At the meeting, Johnson switched his position. “I’ve talked to (Finance Director) Terry Sullivan on the implications of $4 million,

$3 million and $2 million reserves and 1.55 will generate a surplus of just under $3 million. That would be satisfactory to me,” he said. With the 1.55 millage rate, Sullivan estimates a $2.6 million surplus in the town budget for fiscal 2004-05. Commissioner Bob Dawson said he was prepared to argue with Johnson had the mayor decided to oppose the 1.55 millage rate. “But since he said he was going to sign off on it, I thought there was no need to rock the boat at the time,” Dawson said. TURN TO MILLAGE, PAGE 5A


A higher voice For the Jewish High Holy days, starting with Rosh Hashanah Sept. 15, and lasting until Yom Kippur, Sept. 25, Temple Beth Israel welcomes guest cantorial soloist Menorah Winston. Winston, a soprano, is filling in for Joseph Spinella, who has resigned from his position as cantor and music director to pursue other interests. Spinella, a tenor, was involved with the temple for 15 years, and was cantorial soloist for nine years. Winston brings her own experience as a soloist, holds three master’s TURN TO OUR TOWN, PAGE 2A

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Vashti Braha picks up her son, Julian Braha, from the bus stop in the Village with a kayak. The streets in the area flooded Sept. 15. from Hurricane Ivan’s storm surge. “I thought it would be fun to paddle home,” Braha told her son. Luckily, the water began receding from the streets after the tide went out.

Ivan floods parts of Key BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer

Raymond Pezowicz was surprised to find water blocking the way to his house last week as Sarasota Bay rose 2 to 3 feet above normal. “It wasn’t raining, but I couldn’t pass through,” said Pezowicz, who lives in the Village. Throughout Longboat Key’s northern end, side streets flooded with water around midday Sept. 15 as storm surges from Hurricane Ivan, churning 200 miles to the west, reached the shore. Although his house sustained no damage from the floods, this was the limit for Pescowicz. “I tell you, I can’t take these hurricanes anymore,” he said. Other Village residents counted their blessings. “My yard was underwater all the way to the

carport,” said Bill Hayden, who lives on Russell Street. “The hassle is cleaning up all these leaves that float down with the water. But it sounds like I’m complaining. I’m not. We’ve dodged enough bullets.” Along Gulf of Mexico Drive, the floodwaters reached portions of the 6600 block. St. Judes Drive, Gen. Harris Street, Gulf Bay and Gulfside roads were among the hardest hit. The Village, long prone to flooding, was no exception. Longtime Village resident Pat Hermann said the flooding didn’t faze her. “It’s nothing we haven’t seen before,” said Herrmann, who lives on Poinsetta Avenue. She proceeded to demonstrate the Village’s relatively low elevation with her hands,. “What can you do when here’s the water and here’s the house?” she asked. “We were pretty lucky this time. All we got was flooding.” ❑

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Members of the Longboat Key Fire Department videotape flooding on Bayview Drive Sept. 15.




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degrees in music and has also served as a substitute soloist at reform temples from Canada to the Virgin Islands. “You should hear her voice, it’s beautiful, just beautiful,” Ralph Einstein said. “We’re very lucky to have her.” The temple has not yet replaced Spinella permanently.

Longboat’s little lady, Lucy Walter, just celebrated her second birthday. A few days later she enjoyed a wet wagon ride down flooded Bayview Drive with her dad, Steve Walter, and dog, Major.

Tanya Wetenhall walks down the isle with her dad, and Longboater, Stan Williams.

Wedding work of art Wedding bells were ringing for Dr. John Wetenhall and Tanya Williams on Saturday, Aug. 28th. Yes, this artsy duo kept their wedding plans as secret as the price tag on a Monet painting. Wetenhall, executive director of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and Williams, an estate and fine art appraiser and daughter of Longboaters Stan and Tessa Williams, tied the knot in a private Catholic ceremony at St. Martha’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerry Hogan, the official circus chaplain, as their priest. On the same day the pair held a larger ceremony in the Ringling Museum courtyard underneath the statue of David for guests from Washington, California, Texas, Minnesota, Connecticut and more. In true John and Mable Ringling style,

the newlyweds then celebrated at their reception with family and friends on the Cà d’Zan terrace. Maurizio Colucci of Primo’s Ristorante catered a rustica-style Italian dinner with a beautiful towering rum cake. Concetta Emmanuelle and Linda Guisinger of the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort created fabulous flowers. Guests danced to the music of Sal Garcia, Omni and harpist Stephanie Lee. Mrs. Wetenhall reported that she received great help and support from the Ringling staff (who also did a fabulous job of keeping this big event a big secret). Finally perfect weather, a beautiful sunset and a full moon made this couple’s wedding day quite magical.

thought about going to Santa Fe or Las Vegas, “But, we’re not such good gamblers,” says Mimi Edlin. “So we decided to go home to St. Louis.” Mimi and her daughters headed to St. Louis on Sept. 10, to celebrate her birthday at what Mimi calls a “big hen party” with 69 women. The women celebrated with wine, cheese and lots of delectable food. “We also called it ‘Wine and Memories,’” says Mimi. The Edlin “girls” were in St. Louis for four days, where they visited the St. Louis Zoo and their old haunts. Mimi’s real birthday was on Aug. 21. When asked how it felt to hit the big 8-0, Mimi replied, “So far so good. That’s all I can tell you.”

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And that’s just what Mimi Edlin’s daughters and friends did for Edlin’s 80th birthday (hard to believe, isn’t it?). Edlin’s daughters, Jamie Edlin, Laura Wendel and Mari Edlin, who all reside in California, asked their mom if they could do a girls trip to celebrate her birthday. So the Edlin ladies started planning a trip. They

Longboat’s little lady, Lucy Walter, just celebrated her second birthday. Lucy is the daughter of Steve and Janet Walter, who are also soon expecting another Walter to join the clan, which also includes their golden retriever, Major. On Sept. 11, Lucy celebrated her birthday with a “Finding Nemo” themed party. Lucy’s seven cousins,

Planning is already underway for the 23rd annual St. Jude’s Gourmet Luncheon, scheduled for Nov. 13. The preparatory work began at the first planning meeting for the event, Sept. 15, but committees are still open and Art Falls, chairman of the event, said he needs volunteers for a number of tasks. To volunteer, come to the Sept. 29 planning meeting to be held in the Community Room on the second floor of the SunTrust Bank building, or call Falls at 377-2699, or Jim Van Zandt at 3838286. The luncheon benefits St. Jude Childrens’ Hospital.

Fall on Longboat Key? If the trees on Longboat Key look browner than usual, blame it on the season — hurricane season, that is. Sorry, fallfoliage enthusiasts, this change of leaves is caused mostly by Hurricane Frances and the gusts it brought to the Key. When trees get hit with strong winds, their leaves and limbs brown with windburn. Windburn can make limbs and leaves die and fall off, but rest assured, the tree is not dying. Dee Cissel, a horticulturalist with Sarasota County, said the trees will be back to normal once new growth comes in. “It will help the tree grow back faster if you are on a regular fertilization schedule,” Cissel said, “but other than that, there’s nothing to do but wait.” ❑

Correction • The chairman of the Longboat Key Zoning Board of Adjustment was incorrectly identified in the Sept. 16 edition. The chairman is Ed Blair. • The Sept. 9 edition defined the suffix P.E. as Physical Engineer instead of Professional Engineer.

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After enduring winds from Hurricane Frances, Longboat Key lost more sand last week from storm surges brought by Hurricane Ivan. Town officials surveyed the beaches Monday to assess just how much sand the storms took away. The estimate is at 100,000 cubic yards of sand, said Cliff Truitt, a coastal engineer with Coastal Planning and Engineering and a technical adviser to the town. He said he will have more specific figures by the end of the week, when he submits his report to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. Wave action brought by Hurricane Frances Sept. 6 whisked away sand from Longboat Key’s beaches. A week later, as Hurricane Ivan churned about 200 miles away in the Gulf of Mexico, the town experienced a 2-foot storm surge Sept. 15. “The surge coincided with the high tide,” Truitt said. “It took away some more sand.” Bearing the brunt of the wave attacks were the beaches along the North Shore Road beach access, an area already suffering from severe erosion before the two storms arrived. “This was all covered with sea oats before,” Public Works Project Manager James Linkogle said, pointing to the now exposed seawall. Erosion is evident everywhere on about 1,000 feet of beach by North Shore Road; escarpments rise abruptly from the ground and rocks jut in front of the seawall. Truitt said the area experienced 10 times more erosion than anywhere else on the island. Typically, on Longboat Key’s erosion hotspots, about 2to 3-cubic yards of sand per linear foot of beach are lost every year. The northern beaches lost 10 to 12 cubic yards of sand per linear foot after the two storms. Truitt said the town will be applying for money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund renourishment projects to replace sand lost from the storms. The agency typically finances 75% of storm damage costs, and the state funds 12.5%. Surprisingly, the southern end of the Key was relatively unscathed, Truitt said. Certain hotspots, such as the Islander Club, lost some


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Escarpments line the North Shore Road beach access. The northern beaches of Longboat Key suffered severe erosion after Hurricanes Frances and Ivan. sand. The condominium complex gained a few feet of sand after Hurricane Frances, but lost it all again when storm surges from Hurricane Ivan reached the shore. The ebb and flow of sand along Longboat Key is a part of the natural cycle of the ocean, Truitt said. “We’ve enjoyed a decade or more of lots of sand here on the north end,” he said. “We’re just seeing the cycle go back the other way.” Normally, the beaches at the north end are protected from aggressive wave action by a series of offshore shoals. “But, for whatever reason, a portion of the ebb shoals sometimes break off and the protection is lost,” he said. The North Shore beach access is closed to the public, and officials advise against climbing onto the seawall or exposed rocks. The last time Truitt surveyed Longboat Key’s beaches for major storm damage was in 2001 after Tropical Storm Gabrielle hit the Gulf coast. Longboat Key lost about 63,113 cubic yards of sand then and later received $1 million in reimbursements from federal and state agencies. ❑

Commercial plans delayed P&Z board rejects mixed use, to study issue again. BY ROGER DROUIN AND ISABELLE GAN Staff Writers

The fate of Longboat Key’s commercial properties will be delayed at least another 18 months. The Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board decided Tuesday to restudy the town’s comprehensive plan before sending to voters any referendum that would allow some commercial property owners to convert their properties to residential or mixed use. Board members voted five times on different aspects of the issue before unanimously deciding they were not ready and unable to agree on what to propose. Discussions at Tuesday’s meeting ranged from allowing six residential units per acre at the Whitney Beach Shopping Plaza and Centre Shops to allowing tourist accommodations at the same shopping plazas. Board members also discussed how to allow smaller commercial property owners to convert their land into residential. But after more than three hours of debate, board members decided more study is needed to determine what to do with Longboat Key’s commercial properties. The decision Tuesday marked a reversal in direction from last spring. At that time, town planners and consultant Pamela Truitt presented in a public meeting the framework of a plan that ultimately would have asked

voters to approve increasing residential density on the Key on properties currently zoned commercial. For the past three years, the planning board, Town Commission, residents and commercial property owners have debated whether to change the town’s zoning codes to allow commercial properties to convert to residential or mixed uses. The discussions began after the town staff and a consultant’s report showed that Longboat Key had a glut of commercial property — much of which has been deteriorating with age. At the heart of the issue is how Longboat Key has become increasingly seasonal and residential and less oriented toward drawing tourists who shop and dine on the island. In that 2002 study, Orlando-based Fishkind & Associates Inc. concluded that 20 to 25 acres of commercial property is all that is needed on the island. The Key currently has more than 40 acres of commercially zoned property. Early in the meeting, board members appeared headed toward embracing the idea of allowing the Centre Shops and Whitney Beach Plaza to build up to six residential units per acre. They voted 5-3 in favor of the measure. But a debate ensued over whether voters would agree with any increase in residential density. By the end of the meeting, planning board members changed their

minds, voting against the mixed-use idea. “I felt we agreed that the two centers should be involved in mixed use,” Vice Chairman Sandy Gilbert said. “It turned out we weren’t quite ready. And since I proposed the motion, I made another motion to look at the comp plan and charter.” The board voted on four variations of motions, all designed to help strengthen the local commercial economy. But they ultimately decided to take their time finding a solution. “We are not quite there,” Gilbert said. “We need to go back to the drawing board to see if we should change the charter or comp plan as far as zoning laws.” In response to the board’s action, Andrew Hlywa, co-owner of Whitney Beach Plaza approved. “It’s fine for now,” he said. “It’s too mixed up and it needs to be clarified a lot better,” he said. Hlywa attended Tuesday’s meeting. In other action: • The PZB approved the reconfiguring four, single-family lots into three lots at 725 to 741 Hideaway Bay Drive. • The board also instructed planning staff to look into changes to the town’s comprehensive plan to allow awnings or permanent roofing to cover outdoor dining areas at restaurants. ❑

After a lifetime of traveling from place to place across the country, four-term Longboat Key Town Commissioner John Redgrave is about to move from the one place he felt most comfortable calling home. Redgrave announced earlier this month that he plans to move from the Key, where he has lived for the last 16 years, to Glenridge at Palmer Ranch, a continual-care retirement center in Sarasota. Redgrave, who could not seek re-election in March because of term limits, said he would not move until April, one month after his current term expires. In the meantime, the commissioner said he and his wife, Nancy, would continue to reside at their condominium at The Player’s Club. “I have grown rather deep roots — deeper here than anywhere else I have lived,” Redgrave said. “I will finish out a full term,” he added. “I don’t want to walk away from eight years of education, but I can’t serve as a commissioner any longer. We need to move to a continual care retirement center.” Fellow Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough, who has served alongside Redgrave for three years, said Redgrave made a sound decision to finish his term as commissioner. “John has always followed the road of doing what is in the best interests of Longboat Key,” Whatmough said. “I am sure he will continue to serve the town well until the end of his term.” In a Sept. 3 letter to Town Attorney Dave Persson, Regrave, 78, asked Persson about the legality of his plans to finish serving his term. In the letter, Regrave said he would move slowly into his new home over the next several months, but up until April he will “vote, sleep and receive our mail and phone calls” at his Player’s Club condominium. Persson said that if Regraves does as he said he intends to in the letter, he will meet certain requirements of residency and be allowed to legally finish out his term as an elected official on Longboat Key. “Residency is determined by multiple factors under Florida law,” the attorney wrote in a reply to Regrave. “These factors include the intent of the person, the plan where the individual is registered to vote, the location of issuance of driver’s license, insurance and address on tax returns.” Even if Redgrave stayed on the island, he would not be elgible to seek re-election, Town Clerk Donna Spencer said. A charter amendment approved by voters and established as law in 1999 prevents commissioners from serving more than three terms, Spencer said. Because of the termlimit ordinance, Redgrave could not qualify for the March elections. The amendment was passed before Redgrave began his first term, and, as a result, his first two years as a commissioner are exempt from the term-limit clause. During his nearly eight years as a commissioner, Redgrave promoted maintenance of public facilities on Longboat Key and focused on getting new buildings funded. “One of my goals was to get facilities here on the island,” Redgrave said. “A new commission chambers, public works, police department and fire station all were built while I was here. I didn’t do it all alone. All these projects I supported, they were all built in last six years.” Regrave, an avid tennis player, also concentrated on ensuring maintenance crews kept appearances up at The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. “The tennis center is one of my biggest issues — maintaining the tennis center and the 10 courts there,” he said. Redgrave dedicated effort to local transportation, including the construction of the new Ringling Causeway Bridge about a year ago. When Redgrave is not attending meetings and workshops, he keeps busy playing tennis and attending his church, All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church. For the past two years, the commissioner has been responsible for the eminence and property upkeep at the church. The Longboat resident said he and Nancy plan to keep the Longboat condominium in the family. The couple has four children that enjoy visiting the home as often as they can, he said. ❑




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“He was an outdoorsman, he just loved being outside,” said Zach Milke. “And, he loved the ocean.” Joe and Nancy Milke of Greeley, Colo., had been looking forward to this vacation. The two had already postponed their plans because of Hurricane Frances. When they determined that Ivan was headed for the Florida Panhandle, the two decided to go on with their plans to stay three or four days at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort and visit their daughter in Orlando afterward. It was the couple’s second time at the Hilton. Around the same time last year, Zach Milke had vacationed at the same place with his parents. “That Tuesday, it was pretty quiet because it was a weekday,” said Zach Milke, echoing the story his mom told him. “In the afternoon, they decided to go for a swim.” As soon as she saw the waves, Nancy Milke decided to stay on the beach and read. “She thought the water was too rough; she wasn’t a good swimmer,” Zach Milke said. His father decided to go in.

“He wouldn’t have done anything to jeopardize his family,” Zach Milke said. “It wasn’t like he’d never been in the ocean.” So, Joe Milke borrowed a boogie board from the hotel. And his wife watched him from the shore. “My mom watched and watched,” he said. “She saw him talking with another guy out there. She looked down to read her book. When she looked up he was floating on the water and his board had washed ashore.” Robert Lamont, an engineer at the Hilton, heard Nancy Milke’s screams. He rushed in and swam until he was neck deep in the water. “I saw him floating belly down and grabbed him as quick as I could,” Lamont recalled. “The water was pretty rough out there.” Milke remained unconscious and was pronounced dead soon after he arrived at Blake Memorial Hospital. The autopsy report suggests it had probably been too late for Joe Milke by the time he was spotted floating on the water. “No one here can still believe it,” Zach Milke said from Greeley. “It’s just something no one can explain.” ❑


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If that rate is adopted at the Sept. 28 Town Commission meeting, it will mark the fourth consecutive year that the Town Commission has lowered its tax rate. The commission has reduced the rate 33%, from 2.322 mills, since 2001. With the new rate, the town would collect $1.55 for every $1,000 of assessed property value beginning Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year. For the owner of a $400,000 home with a $25,000 homestead exemption, that would mean a $112.50 reduction in property taxes paid to the town — from $693.75 to $581.25 per year. The rate also would lower the town’s property tax revenues for fiscal 2004-05, from the $8.9 million it would have earned to $7.5 million. In comparison, the town collected $8.2 million in property taxes this year. The commissioners also gave its initial approval for the town’s budget, which includes $13 million in operating expenses. That figure is down 1.39% from this year’s $13.2 million operating budget. The final public hearing for the millage rate and town budget is 5:01 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.


On the northern border of Lyons Lane, an egret fishes for food. Water fills the low-lying ground, giving life to mangroves that were not previously there. The five-acre swath of land is showing clear signs of recovery, town officials said, four years after developers of the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, turned it into a wetlands park. “I think it’s doing excellent,” said Steve Schield, Longboat Key’s environmental officer. “You look at those mangroves and literally 90% of them weren’t there before.” Area residents remember the controversy the project created because they had to live with a barren-looking environment for a long time. “During the construction phase, it wasn’t the best,” said Kirk Carmean, whose Bayview Drive property abuts the park. “Debris would fly into our pool. The area near Lyons Lane looked denuded. But now that construction is finished, we’re happy with the results.” Back in 2000, the developers spent $150,000 on Lyons Lane to offset damage they had done to wetlands at their Sarasota site. It was an extensive project that included removing Brazilian peppers and Australian pines, exotic plants that keep the native vegetation from growing. About 2 feet of fill were removed from the ground, lowering the elevation and allowing the salty waters of

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These 3-foot-tall mangroves were part of a $150,000 effort to convert the area into a wetlands park. the bay to enter. Schield recalled how the community erupted in controversy because the sudden absence of the exotics left the area looking bleak. “I guess change is always difficult,” he said. Some residents remain skeptical. Sandy Gilbert can’t help but compare the slow-growing mangroves to the denser forest that was there before. “Go to the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Lyons Lane, look through the brush there, and you’ll see that the plants are a foot or two high. Previously, there were trees there,” he said. Gilbert also is the president of the Sleepy Lagoon Homeowners Association, which covers the area between Juan Anesco and Hideaway Bay drives.

“The issue is, I guess, we’d still like more growth,” he said. Gilbert is looking forward to next year, when the town is scheduled to put more vegetation along the sidewalk on Gulf of Mexico Drive near the Lyons Lane intersection. The landscaping project is part of the town’s water-utility improvement plan and will provide a better buffer between the road and the still-growing plants. Schield also said that nature just needs more time. Mangroves grow on average one or two feet a year. But the rate of growth gets faster as the mangrove matures. “When you look at the mangroves today, some are probably about two feet in height,” he said. “Within two or three years, those mangroves are going to be 7, 8 or 9 feet tall.” ❑


In other news: • The Town Commission approved transferring $150,000 back into the commission contingency fund. The money had been transferred to the town’s storm/red tide cleanup fund in June. Back then, town officials wanted access to the money in case too many commissioners were out of town and a quorum could not be met. The transfer brings the balance of the commission contingency fund to $429,329. • To help fund $300,000 of expenses related to Hurricanes Charley and Frances, the Town Commission approved using money from the commission’s contingency fund. Overall, the town spent more than $60,000 in overtime pay during Hurricane Charley and about $60,000 for Hurricane Frances. Tropical-storm-force winds from Frances also churned 6,000 cubic yards of debris, costing the town about $180,000 in cleanup fees. ❑

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Small tax cuts matter After all of the squawking, hissing and hurling of brickbats that went on in the early stages of Longboat Key’s annual budget process, town commissioners and Town Manager Bruce St. Denis should be recognized for and feel good about the outcome. They have performed a noteworthy service for taxpayers that is seldom seen these days. On first reading Monday night, the Town Commission approved a 16% decrease in the town’s base property tax rate, voting to lower the millage rate to 1.55 mills from 1.85 mills. When adopted on second reading, the new tax rate will mark the fourth consecutive year the Town Commission has lowered Longboat Key’s base tax rate. Since 2001 to now, the tax rate will have dropped 33%. That’s a remarkable accomplishment given the tenor of the times. As Longboat Key resident Michael Hodges reports on his Grandfather Report on the Web, state and local government employment rolls nationwide have risen 50% faster than the growth in total population in the past 14 years. They have risen four times faster than the population in general since 1946. And in an article entitled “The Monster in Our Own Backyard,” Hoover Institution fellow Clin Bolick writes: “State and local governments, which were at one time collectively smaller than the national government, now dwarf it. Fully 86% of all civilian government employees work for state and local entities. Although the number of federal civilian employees actually shrank between 1980 and 1999, from 2.9 million to 2.7 million, the number of state and local government employees increased during the same period from 13.3 million to nearly 17.5 million. That translates into 46 million Americans who either work for state or local governments or are dependent on someone who does. “As of 1999, state and local governments were expending $1.06 trillion annually, accounting for 11.5% of the nation’s gross domestic product, or about twice the federal budget (much of which comes back to the states). Measured in constant 1996 dollars, state and local spending has increased, from $638 per capita in 1961 to $2,983 in 2001 and is growing relative to the population by a rate of about 33%.” Adds Bolick: “Local governments themselves are multiplying like rabbits, at a rate of roughly one new entity added each day.” So against this depressing backdrop, Longboat residents should find a tiny bit of solace in the Town Commission and town management reducing the town’s tax rate and reducing operating expenses 1.4% over the previous year. This is no small measure — despite what the pro-government-spending nitpickers say. They’re the ones who always say a small decline in the tax rate on Longboat Key doesn’t mean much to Longboaters, or that a small increase in town taxes to fund a community center or some other project only adds up to the cost of a dinner for two. But look at the two accompanying tables. They show that since 2001, when the four-year streak began, the decline in Longboat Key’s property tax rate has saved Longboaters nearly $8 million. That’s the equivalent of a year’s worth of property taxes, or three-quarters of what it takes to operate the town each year. For individuals, that savings may not be huge for homesteaded property owners. But they are the minority here. Seventy percent of Longboat’s property owners are not homesteaded, meaning they’ve been killed over the past four years by the huge increases in property values and taxes. Given that context, ask those property owners whether the lowering of Longboat Key’s tax rates makes a difference. You bet it does. Sure, town spending could be tighter. And the drop in the tax rates is not entirely the result of courageous leadership from the commission and manager. They’ve received a lot of help from the property appraisers’ double-digit hikes in taxable values. Nonetheless, congratulations to the Town Commission and town manager. They have combined prudence and restraint to the benefit of of the town’s residents. If only their counterparts in county government and the school boards could do the same. ❑❑❑

Jugheaded traffic management Whenever you watch the Sarasota City Commission and city staff in action, often times you can’t help but think about the old “Archie” comic strip character — Jughead. In an ode to Jughead Monday night, the Sarasota City

WHAT A LONGBOATER SAVES BECAUSE OF TAX CUTS The highlighted columns show the annual property taxes a Sarasota County resident of Longboat Key has paid, assuming his home was assessed at the indicated taxable values and what he would have paid had the Town Commission not reduced tax rates over the past four years.

Fiscal Yr.

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total taxes

Millage Rate

Change in Assessed Value

Non-homesteaded Taxable Value

Longboat Property tax

Constant Millage rate

Longboat Property Tax

2.32 2.32 2.32 2.15 2.00 1.85 1.55

— +9.3% +12.7 +15.1 +18.0 +13.2 +7.8

$700,000 $765,100 $862,267 $992,470 $1,171,114 $1,325,701 $1,429,106

$1,624 $1,775 $2,000 $2,133 $2,342 $2,452 $2,215 $14,541

2.32 2.32 2.32 2.32 2.32 2.32 2.32

$1,624 $1,775 $2,000 $2,302 $2,717 $3,075 $3,315 $16,808 $2,267

Net savings:



This table shows how much Longboat taxpayers would have paid the town had the tax rate stayed at 2.32 mills vs. what actually was paid as a result of cuts in the tax rate. (Assessed value in billions of dollars.) Fiscal Yr.

Assessed Value

2002 $3.395 2003 $4.022 2004 $4.618 2005 $5.014 Total Taxes Savings to Longboaters

Taxes at 2.32 mills

Actual Taxes

$7,787,397 $9,331,156 $10,715,790 $11,633,649 $39,558,992

$7,301,101 $8,044,100 $8,544,918 $7,772,481 $31,662,600 $7,896,392

Commission approved the closing of the westbound lane of Gulf Stream Avenue at the intersection of U.S. 41 and the closing of the southbound left-hand turn lane on U.S. 41 into Gulf Stream. The commission adopted this measure to improve traffic flow and as a first step toward the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Gulf Stream. Now here’s the kicker: The roundabout, if in fact the state Department of Transportation approves it, will not be built for seven to 10 years! So for the next decade, the Sarasota City Commission has determined, in its wisdom, that it makes sense to force all of those motorists who use Cocoanut Avenue as a relief valve to the intestinal blockage at Fruitville and U.S. 41 to clog up that intersection even more. City traffic engineers say that shutting down the westbound lane on Gulf Stream Avenue at the U.S. 41 intersection will allow them to lengthen the time of the green lights for Gulf Stream Avenue motorists who get backed up in the eastbound lane on the west side of U.S. 41, thus reducing the backup of traffic coming off of the Ringling Bridge. Intuitively, that makes sense. But if city engineers stood on the street corners of U.S. 41 and Gulf Stream and U.S. 41 and Fruitville at 3 p.m. in high season, they would see the westbound motorists on Gulf Stream Avenue are not the problem. The problem is the traffic light at Fruitville and U.S. 41. As most motorists leaving the barrier islands would testify, they get backed up because of U.S. 41 and Fruitville. We have maintained for years that one of the solutions to Malfunction Junctions is to station a few traffic cops on the scene at the busiest times of the day. And that would mean actually requesting that they get out of their air-conditioned


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348,423,550 388,825,005 718,825,270 838,812,183 1,032,805,791 1,101,293,969 1,169,099,418 1,231,901,129 1,223,087,105 1,263,657,203 1,349,608,579 1,424,079,532 1,558,733,154 1,640,614,276 1,766,156,962 1,819,432,408 1,964,635,422 2,162,145,416 2,287,512,240 2,441,311,720 2,643,821,453 2,959,417,542 3,395,861,821 4,022,050,972 4,618,875,625 5,014,504,388

2.2250 1.9560 1.4560 1.2517 1.3238 1.2743 1.3640 1.3640 1.9288 1.9288 1.5170 2.1045 2.0145 2.3478 2.3478 2.3220 2.3220 2.3220 2.3220 2.3220 2.3220 2.3220 2.1500 2.0000 1.8500 1.5500

Source: Town of Longboat Key

cars and wave their arms and blow whistles to direct traffic (instead of sitting in the underbrush on John Ringling Boulevard). Indeed, it might even make sense to consider such a measure before spending $200,000 to close off Gulf Stream — and waiting seven to 10 years for a roundabout. As former Longboat Key resident John Sandefur, a leading member of the Mobility Now! group, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, shutting down the westbound lane of Gulf Stream at U.S. 41 and not doing all of Mobility Now!’s recommendations at once is a “half-measure.” No, it’s worse than that. Even Jughead would see that. ❑❑❑

‘… And I approve this message’ Think of this: Here in the United States of America, which was founded, among other things, on the right of free speech, our government “for the people and by the people” (i.e. the ruling class in Congress) has made it the force of law to require political candidates to utter those annoying words in each TV commercial. Equally as pathetic, our same legislative leaders forbid by law local political parties from spending more than $5,600 on each federal candidate per election cycle. Hey Congress, we approve this message: You can take McCain-Feingold and shove it!



It’s read everywhere

Rose TomasenWeingartner of Longboat Key took this gold medal-winning shot with The Longboat Observer while in Athens.

Bonny and Bob Israeloff brought The Longboat Observer to the Far East, stopping to visit this temple in Hong Kong.

Christine and David Bergmann found out the hard way that the front page of The Longboat Observer isn’t waterproof, as they took the boat “North of Sixty,” on Wholdaia Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Westward, ho! The Toussaint family, who owns Exotica Florist, recently took a trip out West to see Arizona, the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. In between excursions, Elijah, Ross, Delane and Michele Toussaint read over The Longboat Observer in Sedona, Ariz.

The Longboat Observer hid in the luggage of Ron and Ann Hettinger and trekked its way through Central Europe, hitting such destinations as Munich, Prague and Budapest, as well as Salzburg, Austria, where this photo was taken at the foothills of the Alps.


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SANDERLING CLUB. Set on 150' of unspoiled beach, this 1.6-acre Gulf to lagoon property is the ideal site to build a new home or use existing 4,500 sq. ft. structure. $5,999,990. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #260621 COCOANUT BAYOU. This work of nature's art is poised on a lushly landscaped acre lot on sailboat water. With open water views from most rooms, features include 4BRs, private dock, pool & spa. $3,950,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #254957 AN ISLAND WITHIN AN ISLAND. Incredible estate property on nearly 3 acres in Sanderling. Totally private, gated & over 350' of Lagoon waterfront. Lovely, spacious home with oversized rooms. $2,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #246994 SEA BREEZE. Luxury condominium in a building of only 5 units, with panoramic views of the Gulf & bay. Enjoy island living at its best with a deeded boat dock included. $1,895,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #259217 SANDERLING CLUB. Totally renovated, traditional, 3BR pool home on approximately .8acre on the widest part of Heron Lagoon. Enjoy peaceful water views, club amenities & privacy. $1,195,000. Lawrence Gourlay & Barb Williams, 349-3444 or 927-1942. #250174 SARASOTA BEACH. Very neat, 2,500 sq. ft., updated 3/4BR home close to Siesta Key Village & beach. Features a deeded boat dock on an open canal. $699,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #259660 READY TO BUILD lot in the Cedars on Siesta Key. Features 115' on the water & beautiful lagoon view of Blind Pass. $550,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #263020 SANDY COVE IV. Fabulous 2BR corner apartment with 2 large terraces overlooking a tropical paradise. Available furnished. $495,000. Tonni Welch, 349-3444 or 376-0085. #259414 5Casey Key


GULF-TO-BAY family home in a premium area of Casey Key, with fabulous water views. This 2 yr. old, 5,800 sq. ft. residence features soaring ceilings, 6BRs, & a private beach cabana. $6,250,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #258697 LAFFIN PLACE. Main residence has all the charm of an older home with modern amenities to indulge a lavish lifestyle. Guest quarters, 180' bay frontage & private beach. $6,200,000. Nora Johnson, 966-8000 or 809-1700. #256243 GULF TO BAY ESTATE. Rare opportunity for a grand residence on Casey Key's most desirable & exclusive north end. This home & guesthouse feature 5BRs, large foyer & multiplecar garage space. $5,385,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #250692 ELEGANT CLIFFORD SCHOLZ DESIGNED HOME on the beach. The property stretches over an acre from Gulf front to bayside. The finest appointments highlight the residence’s classic proportions. $4,500,000. Jo Ellen Burnham, 383-3759. #253760 GULF TO BAY. This updated & well-maintained 3BR home boasts views from all rooms, heated pool & dock with excellent boating water. Desirable beachfront cabana overlooks Gulf. $3,275,000. Nancy Moore, 966-8000 or 966-1200. #261847 CASEY KEY GULFSIDE HOME on a wonderful, wide, sandy private beach. This 3BR residence & separate guesthouse are situated on property with panoramic views & bay easement. $3,100,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #261625 CASEY KEY WATERFRONT. Savor remarkable views from this Key West-style, 3-story, 3BR residence. Experience all Casey Key has to offer with vistas out to Gulf from master & office. $2,900,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #257114







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OPINION If you were the judge

Is the supermarket court the judicial way to go? Old timers easily recall the days before today’s supermarkets, when food shopping without refrigeration required visits to the multiple vendors such as the butcher, baker and vegetable vendors. Now, blessedly, a visit to Publix is the recognized acceptable substitute, resulting in a tremendous savings of time, effort and money. Economists strongly advise the time is short before a single vendor will sell all that is purchasable, from infants’ needs to funeral arrangements. The judicial system never had a method that could be characterized as a supermarket, where all legal matters relating to one subject could be disposed of at one time in one court. Now the ancient means is in the process of changing. In some progressive states, specialty courts have been established, where all of the legal questions relating to one set of facts can be handled by one judge and, if required, one jury. Thus, an enormous saving of time and money is realized by the parties and the various courts. A frequent subject of disposition in the specialty courts is the expanded scope of domestic violence (DV) cases. Regretfully, DV cases in which women claim to be subjected to abuse have grown alarmingly high in recent years. In New York state, the specialty court has jurisdiction over criminal, family and matrimonial matters. All related subjects are heard in one court by the same judge. There, the judicial forum metes justice in each case. The jurists have been granted extended range in their sentencing of the parties to accomplish practical justice. The new arrangement is not acceptable by all authoritarian figures. “Our problem with having a domestic violence court is that it often becomes an assembly-line of justice because of the charged political climate involving these kinds of cases,� said Teresa Caffese, a public defender. Added are the critically intended words, “It is an assemblyline of justice. No judge wants to take the chance that someone he released is going to kill someone.� In spite of the negative comments, the specialty courts have proven popular and are designed to grow. They provide a

holistic approach, a home where complainants, often battered and unable to function normally, have a place to be heard. The public good appears to be well served by the novel institutions. Before then, a complainant in a battered dispute was compelled to obtain an order of protection from a family court, maybe a divorce or separation from a matrimonial court and a trial in the criminal court. Judy Kluger, deputy chief administrator judge of New York City, dismisses any notion that DVC judges are biased or unfair. “The fact that some, not judges, call a complainant a victim does not mean that there’s not a presumption of innocence when it comes to proving the element of crime,� she said. DVC Judge John Leventhal comments, “ ... In my problem-solving court, we protect the procedural rights of the defendant while ensuring the safety of the complainant even after the case is concluded.� A concerned jurist adds, “Women are 75% more at risk of getting killed when they leave then when they stay in an abusive relationship.� California is moving toward integrated DV courts. “Enormous progress has been made in trying to get courts to partner with social service agencies ... � said professor Deborah Rhode of Stanford Law School. When it comes to distinguishing victims from complainants, she remarks, “I don’t think a lot hangs on the title. The defendants generally would not be there unless there was some act of assault or abuse.� She scoffs at the suggestion that judges are biased in DVC courts. They merely take into account the “social realities� of the problems. Chief Judge Judith Kaye of New York believes that DVC judges appear in new roles of case manager, administrator and community leader ... very different from that of a passive adjudicator. (Source: The National Law Journal, May 10, 2004) James Durante, a Longboat Key resident, is a retired member of the New York Bar.


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Normal yard waste pickup resumes Special pick up of yard waste leftover from the storms was dicontinued Friday, Sept. 17. Regular pickup will be on Wednesday, when normal yard-waste bundles can be prepared. Yard waste must either be containerized or bundled, with a maximum weight of 40 pounds. Bundles must be 4-feet or less and tied at both ends. Call 316-1988 for more information.

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Cops’ Corner Sept. 10 1:38 p.m. — 600 block Broadway. Suspicious Person. Caller reports a long blond-haired man walking on the street who appears to be intoxicated. Officer transports the man to his Bradenton Beach home. 8:45 p.m. — 900 block Spanish Drive North. Phone Call. Caller complains of getting prank phone calls for the past week.

Sept. 11 6:51 a.m. — 2600 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Disturbance. Man reports a former employee returning to the property. Terminated employee says he was attempting to give a check to an employee of his. He is advised to leave the property. 5:57 p.m. — 2300 block GMD. Fraud. Man reports two unauthorized purchases made on his American Express credit card.

Sept. 12 2:21 a.m. — 900 block Spanish Drive N. Abandoned 911 Call. Officer tries to locate source of an abandoned 911 call. No one is

found at the address. Property manager disconnects phone later in the day. 8:25 a.m. — 2200 block GMD. Suspicious Person. Woman complains of man making vulgar comments to her as she walks on the sidewalk. 8:57 p.m. — Longboat Pass Bridge. Traffic Violation. Officer stops a black Volkswagen with no rear lights. Driver shows signs of impairment from drinking. Driver’s mother-in-law transports the driver and his family home. Volkswagen’s rear light switch had been turned off.

Sept 13 5:20 a.m. — 700 block Russell St. Burglar Alarm. Officer responds to a residential burglar alarm going off. Alarm has been activating for the past week and appears to be malfunctioning. 4:45 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Public Service. Woman reports a man she doesn’t recognize knocking on her door. Officer discovers the woman’s stepdaughter had arranged for a guardian to check on her. 4:48 p.m. — 600 block Russell St. Larceny. Man reports mover’s stole his mother-in-law’s $22,000 watch. Man had discovered the watch at a pawn shop. Shop agreed to put a hold on watch while police investigated.

Sept. 14 11 a.m. — 2800 block Harbourside Drive. Trespassing. Officer arrests man for defying a trespass warning. Man had been told not to step into a building he was forbidden to enter. But man says the issue is a feud with the owner of the property that dates back six years. Man announces he is going back inside and that arresting him would be the only way to stop him. 3:30 p.m. — 500 block Dream Island Road. Disturbance. Man residing in United Kingdom sends an e-mail reporting a civil disagreement with a person contracted to main-

Cops’ Corner Scorecard Noises Construction Parties Strange Fireworks Loud TV Neighbors

12 8 5 12 1 2

Critters Barking dogs Crying dog Loose dogs Dog attacks Dogs on beach Injured bird Snakes Raccoon rescue Defective swans Dead raccoon Sick opossum Beached shark

11 1 5 4 8 3 4 1 1 1 1 1

High Crimes Burglaries Drug arrests Narcotics violation Larceny Trespassing Vandalism Warrant arrests Fraud Battery

12 1 6 44 29 25 17 9 4

Assault Vehicular Occurrences Auto/bike accidents Crashes DUI Fender benders Hit and run Suspicious vehicle Traffic violations Boating violations Reposessed vehicle Skateboarding Gas drive-off Careless driving Sinking boat Missing Items Husband Cell phones Children Jewelry/watches Purses/wallets Boats/bikes/canoes Cash Driver’s license Silver heirlooms Auto tag Guns Friend Gas Credit Cards PDA

1 57 4 15 2 4 20 92 6 4 3 2 1 1 1 6 2 8 15 3 5 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Only on Longboat Abandoned 911 call 1 Burglar alarm 1 Burned toast 1 Improper conduct 4 Property found 37 Property lost 23 Exploding eggs 1 Code violations 149 Property damage 12 Public service 65 Security check 55 lllegally dumped trash 2 Suspicious phone call 14 Suspicious circumstance 63 Suspicious package 3 Collapsed person 6 Suspicious person 18 Tree Tussles 3 Domestic disturbances 25 Elevator rescue 1 Metallica sing-a-long 1 Nude bathers 1 Fire 2 Cutter Lane squabbles 3 Beach Brawl 2 Statistics represent the reports published in Cops’ Corner year-todate.They are not the official number of calls handled by the police.

tain his vessel at a Longboat Key marina. 6:20 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Rescue. 9 p.m. — 5200 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer stops a green GMC truck. Truck had been pulling a boat with a trailer with no brake lights and a missing tire.

Traffic Violation. Officer issues a ticket to a Bradenton man for driving with a suspended license. The man was driving through condominium parking lots when the officer stopped him. The driver said he didn’t know his license was suspended.

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8:04 a.m. — 6600 block Gulf of Mexico Drive. Suspicious Incident. A construction supervisor notices a suspicious vehicle at a construction site. The driver of the blue Nissan sped away. 8:31 p.m. — 600 block Sutton Place.

1:24 p.m. — 5400 block GMC. Traffic Violation. Officer arrests a suspect for driving without a license. The car had an expired tag, and the driver, along with three passengers, were listening to loud music. ❑

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Longboarders find Longboat waves BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer

More than 100 surfers flocked to the North Shore beach to catch waves from Hurricane Ivan the afternoon of Sept. 14. Surfers came from all over, including Tampa and St. Petersburg, to enjoy the short-lived swells. Although Ivan was more than 300 miles from our coast, the waves it created lasted about two days, and got as big as 10 to 12 feet on some parts of Longboat Key. “I’m sick today, so I probably shouldn’t have come, but I called in at work and came out anyways,” Joe Morris said, a surfer visiting from St. Petersburg. “You’ve got to catch them while they last.” ❑


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Something interesting happened a few days ago while my wife and I were having lunch in Miami. A colleague I had not seen in years came over to the table to exchange recollections of times past. When I asked him if he was still in active practice and how things were going, he responded: “I love my patients, but I can’t stand the rest of it!” His shrug and raised eyebrows left no doubt about what he meant. Doctors get more hits and fewer kisses than they deserve. With rare exceptions, they work hard and are dedicated to do the best they can for their patients. Presently, government and insurance companies make it difficult to practice medicine the way doctors used to and wish they still could. In today’s medical practice environment, new regulations, higher malpractice premiums and time constraints are just a few of the hits physicians receive on a daily basis. The practice of medicine has become bigger business than most physicians ever anticipated or bargained for. Weighty burdens are added daily to those already carrying a large load because of concerns for their patients. When your doctor appears harried, he or she probably is with good reason. Doctors, like everyone else, are human and experience the same range of emotional feelings and reactions to pressure. When circumstances make it necessary to make small positive changes in the system, frustration mounts. There never seems to be sufficient hours in any day to do what is required to be the complete physician. What has been absolutely amazing to me is the incredible level of cooperation I have received from physicians in Manatee and Sarasota counties to put out the “What’s Up, Doc?” column. More than 90% of them do not know me personally. They graciously volunteer their expertise and time to prepare answers to health-care related questions for the purpose of informing the public. Why are they participating in this weekly column? Because doing so acts as a balm, fulfilling one of the reasons they chose to enter the field of medicine — to help others. And they find the time. ❑



I am 56 years old and have had severe nearsightedness. When the vision in my left eye started worsening recently, my opthamologist told me I had a retinal detachment and needed treatment which, as I understand it, included injecting some kind of gas into the eye followed by laser treatment. I have improved but still suffer from myopia. I read somewhere that the myopia may have increased the risk for the tear in the retina. Can I undergo a surgical procedure to correct this problem so the tear, a frightening experience, doesn’t come back? Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the eye condition where you cannot see distant objects clearly without corrective lenses. It is sometimes associated with retinal defects and thinning which can increase the risk of retinal detachment. When your retina was repaired, the hole or tear that created the detachment was also repaired. In addition, any thin areas of retina that place the retina at risk for a future detachment would also typically be treated. However, there is always a small risk that you may develop another retinal detachment. In addition, your other eye should also be carefully examined to make certain that it does not have any defects, which might predispose it to retinal detachment. The most important thing to remember is that if you ever experience any new flashes, a dramatic change in your floaters, shadows or other sudden changes in your vision, you should contact your eye doctor immediately. The surgical correction of myopia is another issue entirely, also known as refractive surgery. Currently, the most popular type of refractive surgery to treat myopia is Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK). This type of laser eye surgery can correct myopia but does not alter the risk for retinal detachment. They are two separate issues. I hope that this answers your concerns. Paul Runge, M.D. Ophthalmologist Sarasota

I know little about CT scanning and nothing about PET scanning. Some physicians order one or the other or both. Is it better to perform PET scanning and do away with CT scans with contrast? Computed tomography (CT) as a scanning technique has been around longer than PET scans. PET (positron emission tomography) scans for evaluation and staging of malignancy are performed with CT scans at most larger medical centers, including Sarasota Memorial Hospital. PET scans, a technique that depends on the metabolic activity of cells, has been added to the expanding array of scanning techniques now utilized regularly to detect the presence of tumors, assess tumor size and response to therapy and to detect recurrences. It is rarely used to detect abscesses when conventional nuclear scanning yields questionable results. Combined with CT it may be an effective single scan for bone or soft tissue or to check the spread of a tumor to organs in patients with symptoms or signs. The images obtained by CT are fused, or linked electronically, with PET scans allowing a more precise localization of abnormal PET activity. The CT scan performed for fusion studies does not utilize IV contrast. In some settings that type of CT is sufficient. In others, especially in the head, neck and chest regions, a dedicated CT with IV contrast is recommended in addition to a PET scan. These tests are usually requested by oncologists and hematologists. Consulting with the radiologist specializing in performing and interpreting test results is recommended to determine which one or several procedures are likely to yield desired information in a specific clinical setting. Richard Lichtenstein, M.D. Director, Radiological Services Sarasota Memorial Hospital



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Services All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Unction also will 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), Bible study at 10 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor. 383-1255.

Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sundays. The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. Nursery available. 383-6491. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Following High Holy Days services, Shabbat services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will lead the services. Call 383-3428 for more information. High Holy Days services: Kol Nidre Service, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24; Yom Kippur Services, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. concluding by 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Cost of all these services is free to temple members and $175 per person for nonmembers. Sukkot Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.


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Living in a war zone After a month, the Arcadia area continues to look like a war zone. Historic downtown is boarded up and closed for business, the order to boil drinking water has just been lifted and even the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant stands idle. Speaking of war zones, the continuing news from Iraq is not good. Today another 49 civilians were killed in car bomb explosions and U.S. military casualties continue to rise to more than 1,000. War zones, however, are not limited to hurricane disasters or military insurgencies. The Christian church has, for centuries, conducted its own holy wars in the name of God and has left victims and casualties in its wake. From the Crusades to the bombing of abortion clinics, perpetrators of violence often wear religious labels. Even Christian congregations can become war zones as egoistic, self-willed and power hungry parishioners resort to Machiavellian tactics and smoky back room political antics to have things their way in the church. Jesus was clear on this point: He instructed his following to wage peace in the midst of violence. He announced that peacemak-



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Obituaries Santa Teti Fiore Santa Teti Fiore, 92, of Sarasota, died Aug. 20 in Essex, Conn. Born Feb. 7, 1912, in New York City, she was a graduate of The College of New Rochelle, N.Y. Ms. Fiore lived in Sarasota for 30 years and was a member of the Bird Key Yacht Club and St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Longboat Key. She was also a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Essex. Survivors include a son, Hugh Jr., of Old Lyme, Conn.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services and burial were held in Essex and handled by Robinson, Wright and Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook, Conn. Memorial donations may be made to Middlesex Hospice Home Care, 144 E. Main St., Clinton, Conn., 06413.

Janet Perloff Fossett Janet Perloff Fossett, 50, daughter of Sondra Perloff, of Longboat Key, and the late Milton Perloff, died Aug. 29, after a long illness. Born and raised in New York City, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Kirkland College and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. She had held research positions at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Veterans Administration. Her last position was as professor and associate

dean for research at the School of Social Welfare in Albany, N.Y. She was nationally known for her scholarly contributions in the field of maternal and child health. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, she became active as an advocate and spokesperson for women with breast cancer and their families. In 2003 she was awarded the University at Albany’s faculty award for excellence in academic service. She is survived by her husband, James W. Fossett, and their son, Jeffrey Fossett, both of Delmar, N.Y.; her mother, Sondra Perloff of Longboat Key; two sisters and their spouses, Linda and Bob Freundlich of Key Largo and Sheila and David Eddison of Topsfield, Mass.; a brother in law, Larry Fossett; and one nephew and two nieces. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Janet D. Perloff Lecture /Scholarship Fund at the University at Albany. Checks payable to the University at Albany Foundation with “Janet D. Perloff Fund” noted in the memo can be sent to Mary-Beth NelliganGoodman, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, N.Y., 12222.

Elizabeth R. Hanson Elizabeth Betty Rowe Hanson, 87, of Ogunquit, Maine, died Sept. 13 at York Hospital in Maine.

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Sally McQuade of Drakes Island, Maine; four grandchildren, Timothy Virgin, Amy Golden, Lindsay Robinson and Tanner Robinson; and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service was held Sept. 17 in York. Memorial donations may be made to the UNH Alumni Association, 9 Edgewood Drive, Durham, NH 03824 or the Ogunquit Fire Rescue, P.O. Box 875, Ogunquit, Me., 03907. Arrangements made by the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home in York, Maine.

Seymour Freedgood Seymour Freedgood, 94, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 17. Born Aug. 3, 1910, in New York City, he graduated from City College of New York, receiving his master’s degree from Hunter College. He was a teacher and guidance counselor in the New York City school system. Mr. Freedgood has lived on Longboat Key since 1976. Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Barbara Lefcowitz of Bethesda, Md.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, is in charge. Memorial donations may be made to the Asolo Theatre Company, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34243.


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“Call the roller of big cigars, the muscular one” — Clockwise from left: Karen Marie Garcia, Joe Masi, Jessica Pimentel, Geisha Otero, and Jose Antonio-Palomo savor the aroma of freedom.




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April is the cruelest month? Forget it. Around here, that honor goes to September — at least when it comes to live theater. There’s not much new on stage, because our theater professionals are gearing up for the season ahead. But it’s the perfect time to take a theatrical daytrip. Here’s a suggestion … Check out “Anna in the Tropics,” which is now playing at the American Stage in St. Petersburg and moving to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center starting Oct. 21. It’s the story of Juan Julian (Joe Masi), the wellrespected new “lector” from Havana who reads Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” to cigar rollers in a factory in Tampa’s Ybor City just before the Depression. (Back then, great literature was still popular entertainment.) But whether it’s the heat of the words or the subtropics, Julian’s words have an unintended effect. The workers want to make their dreams real; whether these are romantic dreams or the American Dream is unimportant. His words have awakened passion and intellect. And

that’s when things start getting dangerous. Todd Olson directs this Pulitzer Prize-winning work by Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz. Along with Masi as Julian, the actors include: Juan Acosta as Che Che, the manager and an advocate of mechanization who’s jealous of the lector’s non-literary conquests; Joe Parra as Santiago, the owner; Geisha Otero as his wife, Ofelia; Jessica Pimentel plays the owner’s youngest daughter, Marela; Karen Marie Garcia is his oldest daughter, Conchita (who follows in Anna Karenina’s footsteps with Julian); Jose Antonio plays Conchita’s unfaithful husband, Palomo. Together, this ensemble cast creates an experience that’s a particular slice of time, space and culture and as universal as theater ever gets. In one sense, this is powerful theater about the power that underlies theater. It’s all about the power of the word. Cruz’s play won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama on the strength of its text alone. It had not yet been performed on Broadway when he received the award — the TURN TO ANNA IN THE TROPICS, PAGE 2B




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You say it’s Tolstoy, I say it’s hot, hot, hot — Joe Masi and Karen Marie Garcia last play to do this was “The Kentucky Cycle� back in 1977. He’s also the first Latin American playwright to be so honored. A Cuban-American expatriate, Cruz had moved to Miami at age 9; the closest he ever got to an Ybor City factory floor was the research department of the University of Miami. Cruz deliberately avoided the real Ybor City when he was writing the play — although he did smoke cigars. “Today’s Ybor City is a drinking city, a place for tourists,� he says. “I’m trying to

capture a world that’s gone.� That world finally vanished in 1931, thanks to noisy mass-production machines and the onset of radio. Cruz decided to center his story around a lector, not only to document that vanished tradition but to show the impact that literature had on peoples’ lives. Some of that impact is out-andout political. After all, Jose Marti, the father of Cuban independence himself, had been a lector in the late 1800s. But there’s also a personal impact — romantic literature makes you long for the real thing. (Cruz is fond of noting that, like the aromatic Romeo y Julietta, many cigars are named after classic tales of romance.) The real-life lectors balanced the claims of faction and fiction, reading newspapers and bits of political theory in the morning and fiction in the afternoon. Cruz’s play goes to prove that, sometimes, words aren’t just words. The “Anna� in “Anna in the Tropics� is Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina — a 19th century Russian socialite, not a 20th century Cuban-American factory worker. She’s not in the tropics at all — she’s a fictional character who only lives in Tolstoy’s words. But when his words come to life in the factory, so does Anna. And her effect is very real. “Sometimes a great piece of art can change how a person views life,� Cruz says. Tolstoy’s woman of words changes everyone she touches. �

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“Art Helps/Art Heals,� a hurricane disaster relief benefit, is set for 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Drawing on a range of talent from the area visual and performing arts community, the lineup includes performers from the Sarasota Ballet, Booker High School’s VPA Program, Circus Sarasota, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus, The Linda Hudes Band, the Dick Hyman Combo, Jennifer and the Venturas, the Sarasota Opera, Players Theatre, Michael Sebastian, Venice Little Theatre, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, West Coast Gospel Choir and a mystery celebrity. A silent art auction precedes the performances from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Coordinated by Mark Marvell and Carole Kleinberg, the event is being sponsored by the Van Wezel, the Sarasota County Arts Council, the city of Sarasota, the Community Foundation of Sarasota and the participating arts organizations. Kleinberg, the event’s co-director and co-chair, notes, “I recently took a ride through one of the communities that had been hit and it was devastating. So I asked myself — what can we do to help as an arts community? ‘Art Heals’ is what we could do, and we did it. So far, there are 200 people and counting who asked, ‘What can I do to help?’ and didn’t ask anything for it. I’m still amazed at the outpouring of support. If we had to pay for the talent on stage, that’d be $200,000 at least.� All seating is reserved. The cost is a minimum $10 donation; all funds go to disaster relief. To donate art, call 365-5118, Ext. 311. For tickets, call 1-800-826-9303.

In 1929, when the Players Theatre was founded, U.S. 41 was a two-lane road (originally named Broadway — they were very proud of that) and they were surrounded on all sides by scrub and swamp. Up until 1975, its theater building resembled a cozy log cabin. On Sept. 10, it gave itself a birthday party. Its auditorium was packed with people who’d defied the threat of the latest erratic hurricane. They were there to celebrate. Peter Strader (a former artistic director, retired since 1991) and Patti O’Berg (a longtime actress, at the Players and other venues) and Burton Wolfe (its current artistic director) took the stage. Strader and Berg soon regaled the audience with a series of theater anecdotes from the good and not-so-good old days. These included the time a horse in the limelight confused the stage with a stable, a wardrobe malfunction during a production of “Kismet,� uncounted actors whose wigs came off, and an actress whose friend played a practical joke by calling her on a prop phone on stage. She picked it up, listened and handed it to another actor. “It’s for you,� she said. After the laughter died down, Wolfe introduced command performances of some of the Players’ greatest hits from recent and vintage productions. Actors and singers included Robert Atkins, Laura Breeze, Eve Caballero, Marianne Carson-Oden, Steve and Dianne Dawson, Grace Gibbs, Larry Golden, KJ Hatfield, Robin Mazey, John MacKay, Len Rubinstein and Dina LaVee Wilson Rolfe Winkler. �

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Something wicked this way comesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Industrial Carnival Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;˘ Art Center Sarasota through Oct. 16 BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Alterianâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jeremichael Bondsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; entity does the crocodile rock.

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Carnivals are scary. All kids know this, but when they grow up to be adults they tend to forget it. Telling themselves stories about the thrill of the rides and the bright lights of the midway, they drag their kids to the carnival â&#x20AC;Ś and so the cycle continues. What kids also know is that the fear is the fun. That enveloping sense of danger from the constant sensory assault, the lurking fear of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottled in the sideshows, the suspicion that the rides may not be all that safe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it should be bad, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. All that dread, fear and foreboding is where the thrills and excitement really comes from. Go figure. Fortunately for art lovers, the people putting on this show have figured it out. These are: curator Joe Loccisano and organizers Richard Beckman and Jeff Stover. (Beckman and Stover organized the original â&#x20AC;&#x153;Industrial Carnivalâ&#x20AC;? in Ybor City, which contained many of the same pieces. The conceit is this second exhibition is a museum of that original event.) Loccisano, Beckman and Stover have captured the carnivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unquiet spirit in this event. You feel a creepy yet oddly attractive ambiance the second you walk in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sense that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re somewhere in the vicinity of HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;CarnivĂ leâ&#x20AC;? or Ray Bradburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something Wicked This Way Comes.â&#x20AC;? Or Terry Gilliam having a fever dream. And so you enter this futuristic sideshow. Against one wall, bright green neon letters cry out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shock Me.â&#x20AC;? Against another wall, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a row of identical mask-like faces,

probably the creation of a mold-injected plastic machine, all lined up like eggs in a carton. Turn a corner, and lurid posters say things like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heinous disorders of the human condition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; horrible but true.â&#x20AC;? Ron Pehmoellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homo Politicusâ&#x20AC;? is a cutaway model of a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head revealing that the fellow is part reptile. Joelle Howald and Nathan Shafer have butcher charts for various mythological entities:mermaid, minotaur, centaur, etc. Chris Musina has both illustrations and models of various improbable creatures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Jackalope (half rabbit, half antelope), a fish/monkey and an Abominable Snowman. In the center space, Jeff Stover has a variety of odd contraptions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mnemesisâ&#x20AC;? shares some of the same mechanical DNA as George Palâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of H.G. Wellsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; time machine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though he insists itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a time machine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a three-wheeled vehicle surrounded by a billowing screen on which a movie is constantly projected (fragments of the artist and clips of old industrial training films). Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cluster of tiny TVs up front, all tuned to dead channels. John Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a thing Steelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that looks like an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Untitledâ&#x20AC;? from anthropomorphic the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Article 25â&#x20AC;? metal eye on installation wheels. W h a t â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on here? Much of it is black humor for black humorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing

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My companion, usually a steak man, bent his rules cal mural mounted inside and turquoise and orange paint and ordered the baked Mahi-Mahi Tuscany style. We both on the outside. Plush palms, foliage and flower boxes deco- chose salad instead of soup. rate the balcony where seating is available. Our appetizer came in a flash. The Coconut and Papaya Hungry Fox’s cuisine is Floribbean, especially for lunch Shrimp were sweet and plump, juicy inside and crunchy and dinner. Breakfast is a blend of outside. Mango chutney accompabiscuits and gravy, bagels with lox, nied our appetizer as a delicious dip. corned beef and crab cakes eggs As we finished our shrimp, Chef Benedict. The Hungry Fox opens Hutch appeared in time to clear our at 8 a.m., making it a convenient plate and announce the specials to place to stop before work or on the another party, pleasing us with the weekends before a day of shopping personal service. on the Circle. Next came our salads of Sonoma My companion and I headed to field greens with the Tuscan dressing Hungry Fox Treetop Bistro the Treetop Bistro for the evening of the day. The light side-salad was 419A St. Armands Circle, 2nd Floor eats. We decided to dine al fresco plain but perfectly portioned, allowSarasota 388-2222 because of the breezy winds washed ing me to save room for the enticing in by the outer bands of Hurricane entrées arriving next. Cuisine: Floribbean. Ivan. The hostess and waitress seatMy Hawaiian tenderloin was a Recommended: Coconut and Papaya ed us in what felt like our own plate packed with pork, surrounded Shrimp, Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin and Baked Mahi-Mahi Tuscany Style. secluded table in the middle of the by fresh vegetables and potatoes. It Price Range: Appetizers from $3.99 to mezzanine. definitely looked like a Hawaiian $8.99; salad and light fare from But here was a surprise: The chef roast. The flame-grilled tenderloin $10.99 to $11.99; entrees from came out of the kitchen and told us was marinated with Fuji apples in $12.99 to $18.99; desserts from the specials he had specifically preHawaiian spices and fresh citrus $2.49 to $6.99. pared for the evening. Wearing his juices accompanied by Hawaiian Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday through fashionable, fish-patterned chef pineapple. My preferred part of the Saturday; 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. pants, he described — with the plate was the potatoes. They were Service: Personal and prompt. passion of a man who loves his craft cooked in soy sauce and spiced with Credit Cards: Most major cards. — each detail of the appetizer and sprigs of rosemary. Parking: Along St. Armands Circle. two entrée specials. My companion’s fresh fish looked Handicapped Access: Excellent. Chef Bernard Hutchinson, like a present ready to be unwrapped known to clientele as Chef Hutch, — and then eaten. 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Civic club united Longboat To mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the town of Longboat Key (1955-2005), Longboat Lore begins a retrospective series on the founding fathers (and mothers) of the town. Among the young families who moved to Longboat Key following World War II were Neil and Ann Ulrey and their sons, Neil Jr. and James. In 1948 the Ulreys purchased two houses in Longbeach Village at the north end of the Key and moved into 671 Linley St. Neil Ulrey, known as Pop, operated Island Service, a land clearing and garbage company. The Ulreys quickly became active in the community. Longboat pioneer Gordon Whitney commented that Ulrey seemed to know what needed to be done and made sure it was accomplished, even founding three important organizations. With Longboat Key divided into two counties and lacking local government, Ulrey saw the need for an organization that would provide a united voice. In 1948, his first year on Longbeach, he founded the Longboat Key Civic Club and served as president. Lora Whitney, author of “Hail This Feisty Village!” wrote, “Neil’s vision of a strong civic club, established for the good of the island, was far-reaching in its effect upon the entire key and its future history.” The Manatee County Board of Public Instruction assigned the Linley Street schoolhouse for use by the Civic Club, which held regular meetings at 8 p.m. on the last Monday of each month, excluding December. Dues were $2 per person annually, and all were invited to join. In 1949, Ulrey suggested a Junior Civic Club and enlisted Lora Whitney as chairman. When Ulrey stepped down as Civic Club president in 1951, he was presented a wristwatch in appreciation for his three years of “tireless effort and efficient guidance.” He then founded the Longboat Beach Association, open to all business-people on the Key. Dedicated to advertising Longboat as a tourist

resort, promoting better business relations and working in conjunction with the Civic Club for the betterment of the island, it was the forerunner of the chamber of commerce. In 1952, an issue arose that proved Ulrey’s foresightedness. The Manatee County Commission announced it was seeking the state’s cooperation for construction of either a bridge or a solid-fill causeway across the pass between Longboat and Anna Maria Island (which includes Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and the town of Anna Maria). The Civic Club, then headed by Guy Paschal, endorsed construction of a bridge instead of a solid-fill causeway that would have blocked Longboat Pass. Newspaper headlines announced, “Two Longboat groups oppose the causeway.” These were the Civic Club and the Longboat Beach Association. Later that year, a state road department proposal to construct a causeway between Longboat and Anna Maria received the support of the Manatee County Commission and the Bradenton Chamber of Commerce. Road engineers stated that a 50-foot wide, 10.5-foot high, solid-fill causeway would save $400,000 over the costs of a bridge. A 1954 Bradenton Herald editorial opined that the causeway “is now indicated.” A letter of protest signed by Neil Ulrey, Guy Paschal and Gordon Whitney went to the Army Corps of Engineers’ district engineer in Jacksonville and a hearing was held in 1954. The state road department presented engineering reports supporting the causeway, while the opposition’s case was made by

Ann Ulrey Abney

Neil Ulrey, who founded the Longboat Key Civic Club in 1948, and his wife, Ann. With Longboat an unincorporated island divided into two counties, the Civic Club assumed many of the functions of a municipality, laying the groundwork for incorporation as the town of Longboat Key.

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Longboat resident Capt. Edward Siebert, a retired Navy civil engineer representing the Longboat Key Civic Club and Longboat Beach Association. In all, the opposition had eleven speakers, including Ulrey, and each received “solid applause.” Another source of support was Betty Cannon, Longbeach resident and reporter for the Tampa Tribune, who helped Longboat wage a continuous campaign against a causeway. After a four-year fight, the Corps of Engineers decided in favor of a bridge across Longboat Pass. The bridge was started in 1957 and completed in 1958, continuing to serve today. Lora Whitney wrote, “When you drive across Longboat Pass Bridge or pass beneath to the Gulf, remember the long, hard fight that enables Cortez fishermen, party boats, private craft, tourists or residents to pass by boat from Sarasota Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.” And remember Neil Ulrey. ❑

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SEA SHELL ON SIESTA KEY Wow, a piece of Sarasota on the Gulf for less than a million. This 2BR/2BA unit is furnished, with new tile in all wet areas. Enjoy private picnic area on the beach, swimming and beautiful sunsets. $850,000. RICK WHITE 552-3935

BEACHPLACE Your own private getaway directly on the Gulf with steps down to the beach. 2BR/2BA unit tastefully turnkey furnished. Tile floors, solid surface counters and new appliances in kitchen. Fabulous opportunity! One covered parking space too! $974,950. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

HARBOUR LINKS - Tranquil lake and golf course views are enjoyed from this immaculate and private Harbour Links 3BR/2BA townhome. High ceilings, private elevator, breakfast area off kitchen and in "like new" condition. Deeded beach access & private beach for complex. $698,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

Waterfront Condos L’AMBIANCE PENTHOUSE - Extraordinary penthouse with magnificent views of the Gulf, sunsets, Key Club golf course, 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 veneer, fabulous waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, cooks gourmet kitchen, 14ft. ceilings, 2400 sq ft of wrap around terraces and 3 under cover parking spaces. $5,995,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

Bird, Longboat & Siesta Key LONGBOAT KEY ESTATES Wonderful Mediterranean home with glorious views of Sarasota Bay and recently completed by luxury builder Peter Laughlin. Some of the gorgeous amenities include a fabulous master suite with balcony overlooking the Bay, gourmet kitchen, marble floors, elevator, deep water dock and beach access. $3,095,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Attn: Savvy Successful Baby Boomer: Longboat Top Waterfront Location. New 5 BR/3BA home w/Classy Amenities a very extraordinary home! Equitable value surrounded by higher priced homes. Excellent builder with a Spring '05 completion. Bay Views, Sailboat Deep Water + Deeded Beach Access. $2,499,000. KENT PETERSON 552-3980 BIRD KEY WATERWAY - New home with well thoughtout 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

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WATER CLUB Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with stunning veiws of the Gulf and downtown Sarasota. This condo is beautifully turnkey furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. World-class amenities and clubhouse. $2,500,000. HANNERLE MOORE 3878136

Mainland Properties LAKEWOOD RANCH Wetherington 3-4BR/3BA home with Fairway golf course views. Custom kitchen cabinets, 2 glass door accent cabinets, 16 x 16 tile throughout living areas, hardwood flooring in bedrooms and bonus room. Crown moldings, arches and columns, stepped ceilings, double step in master bedroom. Step outside your door to all Lakewood Ranch has to offer at an affordable price. $689,000. JIM SODA 552-2666 BAYFRONT PARCEL 1.7 acres of spectacular mainland Bay front estate property. Brand new bulk head installed on the 270 feet of water front. Heavily (naturally) landscaped well protected site is waiting for the right person to build one of the grandest estates in Sarasota. Can build up to 3 houses on the property-2 on water plus 1 with a view. $4,500,000. BRUCE YOUNKER 552-3933

WATERCLUB Extraordinary direct beach front Water Club II Condominium that has the feel of a beach home. Located on the front of the building this 3BR/4BA, Arlington is very special and a one-of-a-kind. Exquisitely turnkey furnished with gorgeous artwork, alabaster lighting, gold leafed mirrors, silk window treatments, stunning built-ins and crown molding. Also includes its own 2-car garage. $2,995,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 WATERCLUB Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay & the skyline from this 9th floor 3/4BR3BA Dover plan. The best of them all on desirable south side of Water Club II. $2,595,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

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Stephen Jarman struggles while taking his mast down at the end of the race.


hether because of a lack of participants or a home-field advantage, locals took home almost all of the first-place trophies at the 58th annual Charles Schwab Sarasota Sailing Squadron Regatta held Sept. 11. With eight classes of boats racing, categorized by size and type of boat, members of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron took first place in five out of six large-boat fleets. The race, regularly held over Labor Day weekend, was postponed for one week because of Hurricane Frances and then lost more than half of its participants when people dropped out to prepare for Hurricane Ivan. With the mass cancellations, the volunteers outnumbered the sailors at the race Saturday. Joanne Hawkes, a member of the squadron, said the event had more than 70 volunteers for Saturday, and would have had more for Sunday, but the Sept. 12 races were cancelled because of the hurricane scare. “Normally, we’re the biggest one-design regatta in the southeastern part of the United States,” Pat Murphy said, a member of the squadron. “This year, we had to reschedule and then cut it a day short. Why? I would call it hurricane hysteria.” The sailors who showed had no problem sailing the blustery winds in Sarasota Bay and competing in several courses and races during the four-hour span of the Michael Popp of Tampa breaks down his boat, Crazy Ivan, after the regatta Sept. 11. With the real Ivan still on the way, his boat regatta. attracted more attention than usual. The smallest boats of the regatta made the largest showing. The Pram division, featuring Optimist dinghies, had 37 boats in the division, broken up into four different classes based on experience and age. The class is composed of groups ranging in age from 8 to 15. Below a blue sky scattered with cottonball white clouds, dozens of young sailors readied their boats on the squadron’s shores at the end of Ken Thompson Parkway. Diane Fowler and Ed Sherman, from St. Petersburg, sail the Aeolus back to the squadron’s shores at the end of They then set off for the race. the racecourse, about a half-mile off shore, before the signal sounded at 12:25 p.m., officially starting the races. The sailboats stayed offshore until 4:30 p.m., getting in as many races as they could in a four-hour time period. Camped out in lawn chairs, parents and spectators mulled about the squadron and watched their little sailors through binoculars. “It’s too bad that the race had bad timing with all the storms,” said Antolin Rivera, a parent watching the race. “There are usually at least 70 or 80 boats in the Opti class, so there really aren’t that many for this race.” All profits from the race go to the Sarasota Sailing Two sailors from the Opti class have some fun Squadron, and the event, since its inception after World on their way back into shore. The Opti class Team Ashley, made up of Ashley Rogers and Ashley Gilliard, drags its boat War II, acts as the largest fund-raiser for the squadron. ❑ featured 37 boats for the event. into water. The Ashleys, from Sarasota, took first in the Club 420 division.


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Striking architectural style offering a private enclave of only 13 luxurious residences. Unparalleled panoramic views and a marina with limited boat slips.




Tranquil lake and golf course views are enjoyed from this immaculate and private Harbour Links townhome. High ceilings, private elevator, breakfast area off kitchen and in “like new” condition. 3 BR, with master upstairs, spa hydro massage tub, under building parking, elevator, pool and more. $698,000.

Your own private getaway directly on the Gulf with steps down to the beach. Tastefully turnkey furnished. 2BR/2BA split plan. Tile floors, solid surface counters and new appliances in kitchen. Fabulous opportunity! One covered parking space, too! Leases in place for 11/20-1/1 ($6,000) and 1/15-4/15 ($19,500). $974,950.



Rare opportunity located mid-key with water Custom contemporary home offers a bright, spacious on three sides. Great boating! Call for more interior amidst lush landscaping. 3BR/2.5BA resiinfo! $3,995,000. dence w/extensive marble flooring & large caged pool WATER CLUB area w/heated pool, spa & pool bath. $849,000. Views of gulf, bay & skyline. 9th floor Dover plan. SANCTUARY South side of Water Club II. $2,595,000. Direct Gulf view from this corner 3BR unit. Turnkey furnished. $1,378,000. EN PROVENCE Exclusive paradise of 21 beachfront residences. this COREY’S LANDING 3,427 sq. ft. 3BR3BA has grand terraces, direct Gulf 4BR/4BA Bayfront home, complete quest suite views, 2 garage spaces & more. $2,395,000. w/balcony. Graciously furnished. $1,495,000.

Porto Paradiso Three Bayfront Residences To Be Built In The Mediterranean Style with gorgeous Gulf and Bay views. These large residences will include 3 bedrooms plus media rooms, gorgeous finishes, gourmet kitchens, private pools w/outdoor kitchens, rooftop gardens, elevators, 3-car garages, deep-water docks & beach access. $3,850,000 plus Extraordinary L’Ambiance Penthouse with magnificent views of the Gulf, sunsets, Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Amenities include double entry doors of Carpathian Elm veneer, waterfall sculpture, Thai silk window treatments, gourmet kitchen, 14-ft ceilings, 2,400 sq ft of wrap terraces and 3 parking spaces. $5,995,000 Virtual Tour

Extraordinary, Three Bedroom & Bath, Fairway Bay Condominium with gorgeous, unobstructed views of the bay and downtown Sarasota. This 2560 sq. ft. condominium lives like a home with full bay views from most rooms. Amenities: den/office, two balconies, security shutters, wet bar. Don’t miss this rare find. $995,000 Virtual Tour



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$3 million buys 1925 St. Armands home One of the first homes built on St. Armands Key during the Florida boom has been sold for $3 million. The three-bedroom, three-bath home at 171 S. Washington Drive was built in 1925 at the height of the post-World War I land boom. John Winand of Sarasota bought the historic residence in August from Marilyn and Lester Lanning of Sarasota. The home was completed at the time of the historic opening of the original John Ringling Causeway, Feb. 7, 1926. That day Ringling launched the sale of residential lots in John Ringling Estates on Lido, St. Armands and Longboat keys by staging an all-day grand opening program on St. Armands Circle for the hundreds of people who flocked across the causeway to the barrier islands for the first time.


Causeway triggers sales During the lull in sales, two concerts were put on by Ringling’s Czechoslovakian circus-band in the center of St. Armands Circle, highlighting the festivities that were reputed to have exceeded $1 million, probably secured by small deposits or signed commitments. Karl Grismer, in his delightfully informative book, “The Story of Sarasota,” published in 1946, speculated that those first day transactions “included pre-opening sales made to prospects who had been taken to the islands before the causeway was completed in rowboats and launches.” Oblivious to the slowdown in real estate sales, which peaked in October 1925 statewide, including Sarasota, Ringling plunged right in March 15, 1926, and began building his Ritz-Carlton Hotel of Sarasota along New Pass on Longboat Key. During the euphoria of the boom, the city of Sarasota expanded its core city limits of just 1.5 square miles to the surrounding 65 square miles, including all of Siesta Key, Bird Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key and

the southern half of Longboat Key, to create Greater Sarasota.

Sarasota drops south Longboat By the time city tax bills went out in August and Sarasota County’s in November 1926, builders, property owners and promoters were clamoring to be de-annexed from the city to escape the “ruinous taxes” stifling development. Ringling stopped construction on both his Ritz-Carlton hotel and New Pass Bridge after having spent $650,000 in six months. Responding to public demands in an effort to stave off disaster, Sarasota residents voted 974-31 to reduce the size of the city Dec. 9, 1926, from 67 square miles to 17 square miles, completely dropping south Longboat Key and most of Siesta Key, but retaining St. Armands, Lido, Coon and Bird keys.

Country Club Shores Two of the three sales for the week of Aug. 19 through Aug. 25 in the 420-lot Country Club Shores were for more than $1.6 million. The home at 541 Putter Lane, on the north end of Country Club Shores in Unit V, was sold by Scott Brody and Angela Gueitis-Brody, of New York City, for $2.75 million to Sandra and Michael McAdaragh. The three-bedroom and four-bath home was built in 1997. In Unit II at Country Club Shores, Deanna and Martin Allen of Gainesville, Ga., sold their waterfront home at 573 Yawl Lane to Mark Goitein, of Pennington, N.J., for $1.69 million. The three-bedroom and three-bath home with a swimming pool is only six years old and conforms to all Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood elevation regulations. Sandra Lee and Michael Uhran purchased the home at 520 Bowsprit Lane in Unit 4 of Country Club Shores from Marilyn Nager, 435 Bird Key Drive, for $911,200. The three-bedroom, three-bath home has a swimming pool and was constructed in 1966.

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The home at 171 S. Washington Drive has an interesting history — and great water views. sold Unit 191 in Building 1 to Jan and Lawrence Coleman, 3060 Grand Bay Blvd., for $1.2 million. The three-bedroom and 3.5-bath condominium was built in 1994. Durant Management is a Bahamian registered corporation managed by Thomas Roberge of St. Petersburg.

Bayou The north Bayou home at 5430 Gulf of Mexico Drive was purchased by Cathy and John Vinson of Harrod’s Creek, Ky., for $1 million from Gabriela and Rolf-Jurgen Wagner, who live next door at 5440 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The three-bedroom and twobath home has 3,170 square feet of living space and was constructed in 1988.

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Inn on the Beach, aka Resort at Longboat Key Club, was the busiest spot on the Key this summer, recording 12 sales in July and August of $5,843,500, for an average sale price of $486,958. There were a couple of sales for this reporting period. Unit 304 in Building 2 was purchased for $752,000 by the M.D.W. Profit Sharing Plan of Atlanta through its trustee, Merrill Wynne. Because of joint ownership of the condominium, Wynne paid $376,000 to Patricia Ann Marks Kaplowitz for her half share of the apartment and $376,000 to Helen Marks and Linda Shapiro for their

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half interest. Unit 103 in Building 1 at the Inn was sold by Charles deVegvar of Hyde Park, Mass., to Yvonne and Anthony Newton Dixon from Roswell, Ga., for $695,000.

Ann and Erik Nordgren of Windermere, in suburban Orlando, sold Apartment Unit 18 in the first section of the 92-unit Cedars East condominium to Stacy and Michael Culver from New City, N.Y., for $389,900.

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Tina and Vitali Yachmenev from North Bay, Ontario, paid $825,000 to Karen and Hugo Kitzis of Demarest, N.J., for Unit 104 at The Players Club I. The three-bedroom and three-bath apartment at 1485 Gulf of Mexico Drive was constructed in 1981.

Geoffrey Butler and Jody Ricketts purchased Unit 203 at the 40-unit Longboat Beachcomber, 2721 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Maria and Gerald August, for $265,000.

Corey’s Landing Susan and Ronald Livingstone of the Orlando suburb Altamonte Springs, sold their Corey’s Landing residence at 3487 Byron Lane, Lot 4, to Ethel Kelman-Veit and Howard Veit, for $715,000.

Privateer North Sherif Bishara of Nashua, N.H., purchased Apartment 602 at the Privateer


BUSINESS Real Estate Reports Michael Saunders — announces that Dan Clarke has joined the South Longboat Key office as a residential Realtor. His focus is downtown Sarasota, Hudson Harbor and the Selby Gardens neighborhood. Clarke is new to real estate and has most recently handled public and community relations for Buchanan Enterprises in Sarasota. Wagner Realty — announces its top agents for the month of August. Listing honors go to: Joe Corbo, Anna Maria Island office; Jane Tinsworth, Manatee Avenue office; David Tyler, Parrish office; Peter and Gina Uliano, University Parkway office; Sandy Greiner and Company, Wildewood office; Judy McMauley, El Conquistador office; and Yvonne Bundrage, S.R. 64 office. Leaders in sales were: David Moynihan, Anna Maria Island office;

L’Elegance on Lido Beach Ester Azcueta and Lyman Bekeris, of Milwaukee, sold Apartment A-903 at the 102-unit L’Elegance Gulf-front condominium to Lori and David Simon of Birmingham, Mich., for $675,000. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957. ❑

Jane Tinsworth, Manatee Avenue office; David Tyler, Parrish office; Bob and Heather Blanchard, El Conquistador office; Dottie and Paul Wiencek, S.R. 64 office; Jack McCormick and Cathy Medahl, Longboat Key office; Peter and Gina Uliano, University Parkway office; Sandy Greiner and Company, Wildewood office; and David Fletcher, commercial division. Top honors in the closed volume category are: David Moynihan, Anna Maria Island office; Jane Tinsworth, Manatee Avenue office; Peter and Gina Uliano, University Parkway office; Ele Stephenson, El Conquistador office; Dee Dee Burke, Longboat Key office; Eva Kreager and Bob Parrish, S.R. 64 office; Stacey Limberg, Parrish office; Sandy Greiner and Company, Wildewood residential; and Ken Hughes, commercial division.


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5060 Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) 510 Harbor Cay Drive 4401 GMD 1945 GMD 661 Dream Island Road 1560 Harbor Cay Lane 3221 Bayou Way 2509 GMD 3320 GMD 571 Putter Lane 6889 Poinsetta Ave. 5391 GMD 681 Fox St. 501 General Harris St.

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THE BEACH RESIDENCES - A Ritz Carlton managed residence on Lido Beach. This property has 400 feet of beach frontage on almost 8 acres. This luxurious living comes with amenities such as, pool/spa, massage facilities, fitness center and state of the art surround sound theater. At your service is concierge assistance, room service and housekeeping. With your private elevator lobby, this residence has 10’ ceilings, decorative crown moldings with views from expansive windows and terraces. $2,890,000. SEA BREEZE - SIESTA KEY - New construction, condo on south end of Siesta. 3,800 SF with 3BRs and an open, spacious floor plan, Gulf views from all living spaces. Large kitchen w/granite countertops. Large master suite. Deeded boat dock included. $1,775,000 & $1,895,000. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAYS 1-4 PM Kat Wingert

LIGHTHOUSE HOUSE POINT This elegant spacious home in a gated community behind Longboat Key Club has 4/5 BRs in 5,200 SF with beautiful marble floors and volume ceilings throughout. The open floor plan with spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Large lighted boat dock to boat to nearby gulf and bay $3,900,000.

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here. I went right back to Ohio and gave my employer my notice.”

BUSINESS Line of business: Interior pest control and lawn, tree and shrub maintenance. Owners: Dave Roehlig and Bob Hardy. Service manager: Jayme Atchley. Year founded: 1993. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Employees: Eight full-time. Price range of merchandise/services: Depends on the job and size of house, but general interior pest control for a house starts at $45 every other month.

INTERESTS/PASSIONS Favorite pastime: “Horseback riding. I own two quarter horses.” Other interests: “I swim every day, and I like riding four-wheelers.” Organizations: “We belong to the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau and the National Pest Control Association.” Favorite book: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” Favorite movie: “‘There’s Something About Mary,’ because you need something to make you laugh, and when I saw it in the theater, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.”

PERSONAL (Dave Roehlig) Birthplace: Lancaster, Ohio. Marital Status: Engaged to Debbie Lawson. Family: “Debbie and our cocker spaniel, Bubby.” Residence: Sarasota. How long in this area: Since 1981.

REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous furnished condo on the beach with full gulf view and views of the bay and golf course. This furnished condo behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club has volume ceilings, spacious floor plan, granite kitchen, generous terraces and double garage. Possible to combine with unit next door. $2,700,000. BIRD KEY BAYFRONT - The best location on Bird Key with wide open Bird Key bayfront with sweeping views from the city skyline south to Siesta Key. This Spanish Mediterranean has volume ceilings, walled and gated. An expansive 36” bayfront pool, spa and patio create the ideal tropical atmosphere for entertaining with your own private deep water dock. This home is ready to move into or could be a great renovation project. $3,200,000. VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE - Double penthouse with over 5,000 SF with full gulf view has 5 spacious BRs. The deluxe master suite comes with a sumptuous marble bath, large walk-in closets and a separate office/exercise room. This corner unit with large wrap around terraces, soaring catherdral/vaulted ceilings has the desirable southern exposure. $3,995,000. WATER CLUB - This spacious condominium has high ceilings with crown moldings and 2 large terraces. Open living room, dining room area opening out to a terrace where you can view the sunsets. Master bedroom with his & her walk-in closets. Kitchen has granite countertops, pantry, center island & breakfast area. This unit has 3BR & 3 full bathrooms. $1,875,000.



CAREER First paying job: “I was working in a grocery store stocking shelves and bagging groceries.” Between then and now: “I came down here and managed an ABC Liquor Store and then went to work for another pest-control company before owning this company.” Claim to fame: “I would have to say punctuality, and I’m quality-oriented. I’m also very hyper — I always have to be doing something, which makes me a hard worker.” How you came to Longboat: “I came here for vacation from Ohio, and I was here three days when I decided to move down

Business philosophy: “Promptness and quality. People probably have heard it 1,000 times, but it’s true. You have to do what it takes to make the customers happy.” Best business advice received: “Pay your employees well and keep them happy. They’re the ones representing you, and they’re your front line, so to speak; so you have to work hard to keep them.” Most admired businessperson: “Oprah Winfrey. She’s awesome. She’s one of the richest people, and she gives so much. You don’t see everyone with that much money act like that.” Heroes: “Gen. Schwarzkopf, because he is the way he is — he knows how to take charge.” — Kat Wingert

BEAU CIEL - The most amazing penthouse in all of Sarasota with views of everywhere. This 5300 SF condo is spread over 2 floors and contains 4BR suites with dramatic circular staircase and state of the art media room. Every detail imaginable. Never lived in, with designer furniture. Can be purchased furnished or unfurnished. $4,500,000. BAY POINT - Totally renovated corner condo with the coveted south exposure on Golden Gate Point with breathtaking views. Renovation includes kitchen & bathrooms, w/crown moldings throughout and an enclosed balcony to enlarge the living room. Best value in downtown Sarasota bayfront condos. $699,000. PRESTANCIA - The ultimate home is on an oversized lot overlooking the signature island green 4th hole of the TPC Prestancia golf comm. Over 12,000 sf of custom details: gourmet kitchen, Bose speaker/amplifier sound system, Light Touch lighting system & screened atrium w/Koki pond, natural waterfall & bird aviary. This one of a kind home includes numerous entertainment rooms, 2 spacious offices, gym, massage room & an oversized caged heated pool & spa w/additional reflecting pool & Jacuzzi off the master bedroom. A must see! $3,295,000 RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE - The views will amaze you! 14th floor faces west for finest vistas of Bay & Gulf. Almost 3,000 SF of fabulous finishes & upgrades. 3 BR & family room. $2,390,000. RITZ RESIDENCE - Unsurpassed lifestyle with full amenities 24 hours a day. Fantastic panoramic bay views from this 12th floor condo w/2 master suites, fabulous kitchen & large open terraces. $1,575,000. SARABANDE - Spectacular panoramic views of bay and gulf waters and the city lights of Sarasota from this 3 BR end penthouse. The exquisite interior details include extensive use of marble, granite countertop kitchen, crown moldings, custom built-ins, superb millwork and 11 & 9 ft. ceilings. Offered with two under-building parking spaces. $2,690,000. OAKS ESTATE CLUBSIDE - Oaks Estate Clubside: This beautifully landscaped, wooded estate has over 5,000 SF of luxury. Enjoy the private setting with pool/spa and a cascading waterfall outside and inside, soaring ceilings, marble floors, expansive glass walls with the master suite with double sided fireplace. $1,349,000. COUNTRY ARTISTS ESTATE - Private gated property on 5 acres with 2 houses, huge workshop, studio and barn. Lighted walkways across grounds, huge pond with fountain and waterfall and a new 40’ screened lap pool with hot tub. Zoned for Nursery, Dog kennels, nursing home. Let us show you this most rare and desirable piece of property. $799,000.





What would you change with a magic A name synonymous with “luxury” the world over. wand: “I would change the fact that there’s Unit 503 (Tower Residences) Investment Opportunity - Tenant so many people in need. sounds hokey, in It place through Nov. ‘05. Spacious, wide open floor plan with large but it’s true. And if everyone could get the Bay. balcony overlooking $1,795,000 along better, this worldUnit would be (Tower a better Residences) - For Sale/Lease. All the Ritz 606 amenities and unparralled Bay, City, Marina views abound in this place. “Turnkey Furnished”, State-of-the-Art, end-unit residence. Enjoy the Current Dream: “To finish mylifestyle dreamthat is “The Ritz”. opulent $1,695,000 home and live on my 16 beautiful acres Unit 709 (Beach Residences) Experience the very ultimate in with my fiancée and horses.” luxury - concierge, valet, outdoor pool/spa/beachclub, theater, media room and all the privileges of Ritz Carlton membership. Seventh floor. $2,190,000


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Lender AABC Mortgage

(800) 321-0592

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

3.500 / 0.00



Aapex Discount Mortgage

(800) 344-2739

5.000 / 1.75

4.500 / 1.00

5.250 / 1.75

3.125 / 1.00



ABC Mortgage of Tampa Bay

(800) 992-2280

4.875 / 3.00

4.125 / 3.00

5.125 / 3.00

2.625 / 1.00



Absolute Mortgage Company

(888) 90-HOMES

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

2.875 / 0.00



(800) 840-8771

5.625 / 0.00

5.125 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

3.250 / 0.00


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

American Federal Mortgage Corp.

(888) 321-4687

5.125 / 2.00

4.625 / 1.75

5.750 / 0.00

3.000 / 0.00


American Home Finance

(888) 429-1940

5.375 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

2.875 / 0.00



America’s Mortgage Express

(800) 682-1651

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

3.950 / 0.00



Amex Direct Lending

(800) 426-1207

5.625 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

No Quote



Borrowers Advantage Mortgage

(800) 510-4151

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

No Quote



Century Home Funding

(800) 224-7006

5.000 / 3.00

4.250 / 3.00

5.375 / 3.00

2.625 / 2.00



Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp.

(800) 559-8025

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

4.125 / 0.00



Double A Mortgage Earth Mortgage

(866) 879-7438

5.375 / 0.75

4.875 / 0.38

5.875 / 0.00

3.500 / 0.00



(877) 55-EARTH

6.000 / 0.00

5.500 / 0.00

6.250 / 0.00

No Quote



Fairfield Financial Mortgage

(914) 456-1015

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



First Choice Financial

(866) 436-3232

5.750 / 0.00

5.125 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

No Quote



First Rate Mortgage Group

(800) 887-9106

5.500 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

3.750 / 0.00



Florida Mortgage Corp.

(888) 825-6300

5.375 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

3.875 / 0.00



Golden Rule Mortgage

(800) 991-9922

5.125 / 1.75

4.375 / 1.75

5.500 / 1.00

2.375 / 1.00



Home Finance of America

(941) 929-9112

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

2.875 / 0.00



Homestead Mortgage

(888) 760-6006

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

4.000 / 0.00



interState NET BANK


5.750 / 0.00

5.250 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

3.500 / 0.00



Lighthouse Mortgage

(800) 784-1331

5.500 / 0.00

4.875 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

No Quote



Main Line Tavistock

(610) 296-3600

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

No Quote



National Future Mortgage

(800) 291-7900

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

No Quote



Sandhills Bank

(888) 420-BANK

5.625 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00

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Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. “Good Morning LBK!” — will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 6854 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Business Network International — Networking meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, in the dining room of Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Call Peggy Kulik at 383-5543 for more information. Longboat Library — located at 555 Bay Isles Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It has a large selection of new and barely-used fiction and non-fiction books. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile comes to the library from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Details, 383-2011. Mote Marine Aquarium — Kids 12 and under get in free with school supplies and paying adult until Sept. 30. Located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island, it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Aquarium admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members. Call for details, 388-2451. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — located at 1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, City

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Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 to 17; and $2 for children ages 4 to 11. Peli-Boat hours for Saturdays have changed, now leaving at 10 a.m. and returning at 12:30 p.m., the same as the Thursday boat. Prices remain the same, $8 for children and $16 for adults. Details, 388-4444.

public Bridal Show — from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at Robarts Arena on the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Meet with the area’s leading wedding professionals. Cost is $1 for adults and free for children. For more information call Dave LaBell at 957-5433. “Victorian Lace and Tea” Luncheon — shows how to have an English tea party as well as tips for frugal parties, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Serendipity room at the Sarasota Country Club, 3600 Torrey Pines Blvd. Cost, including catered lunch, is $16 and reservations are required by Sept. 30. Call Joan at 351-7229 or e-mail her at for reservations and information. Tour a solid waste facility — Sarasota County is offering tours of its solid waste facilities from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month to show people the story of solid waste, from landfills to recycling. The tour is designed for adults, minimum age to participate is 14. Call 8611530 or 861-1541 for more information.

Sarasota Medical History Exhibit — is being featured now through Nov. 30 at the Sarasota County History Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The display includes early artifacts from the post-Civil War era through the ’60s. The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 8611181 for more information. Pet Adoptions — are conducted through Sarasota in Defense of Animals on the first, second and fourth Sundays of each month at the PetSmart Luv-A-Pet Center, at the Landings in Sarasota. Details, 925-8388.

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Selby Public Library Events — The Selby Public Library is featuring many new programs, including Sunset Family Storytime, 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Forty Carrots “On Wheels”; the Lap Sit program, 11:15 a.m. Fridays; and math tutoring from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information call the Selby Public Library Reference Department at 861-1120. Sarasota Dancesport Spectacular — The competition will feature dancing and awards all-day Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Chelsea Center, 2506 Gulf Gate Drive. A show concluding the event includes a dinner catered by Michael’s On East at 7 p.m. Ticket costs vary from $25 for morning sessions to $125 per person for the dinner, dance and show. For more information call 955-0039. Healthy Start Coalition Annual Meeting — will host a panel discussing “The Five Trimesters of Pregnancy” from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Grand Foyer. Cost is $20 and includes lunch, materials and a CEU (continuing education nursing credit). For more information or to register call Linda Wilson at 373-7070. Book “Sell-a-bration” — benefiting the Selby Public Library, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays at Friends of the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St. Hundreds of books donated daily. For more information, call 365-5228. Hafla with Tahja — an international dance and music experience, is offered from 7:30 to 11 p.m. the last Monday of the month at 15 South in St. Armands Circle. Cost is $3. For more information, call 349-3494.

“Wildlife Detectives” — An investigative walk with children in mind uncovers clues wildlife left behind at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota. Call 322-1000 for more information. Ritz-Carlton Turtle Walks — have been extended through October. Guests of the hotel as well as the public are welcome to accompany a Mote Marine Laboratory volunteer on a sunrise beach patrol. Participants are asked to meet at 6:45 a.m. Sundays at the North Lido lifeguard stand

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associations Society for Ancient Studies — presents a lecture on “Rome’s Palatine Hill: The Imperial Palaces,” by J. N. O’Neill, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Selby Public Library. For more information call 721-8390. Kiwi and TWA Clipped Wings meeting — the Gulf coast chapters will meet for lunch Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Rosedale Country Club, Bradenton. Past or present flight attendants of American Airlines are welcome. Members are asked to being in a photo of themselves in uniform. Call club President Nan Duncan Dorsey at 813-6338132 for more information. German-American Social Club — will host its first dance of the season from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 4880 Fruitville Road. For reservations or information, call 371-7786. League of Women’s Voters meeting — has changed its location for its luncheons. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Red Lobster, 6747 S. Tamiami Trail. Cost is $16 at the door and includes a beverage and dessert. Reservations must be in by Sept. 22. Call 921-9778 for more information. Mystery Writers Wanted — Dedicated writers with a taste for murder and mayhem are invited to join a new writers group forming on Anna Maria Island. The group’s mission is to provide critique, support and fellowship for authors determined to excel in the mystery game. Call 7788470 for more information.

classes Introduction to Computers — teaches participants how to enjoy their personal computers from e-mail to games and the Internet. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Fruitville Library. Call 861-2517 for more information. Flowering Trees and Shrubs Class — learn about popular trees and shrubs in Southwest Florida from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Florida House Learning Center, 4600 Beneva Road S., Sarasota, on the Sarasota County Technical Institute campus. Call to register at 316-1200. Various Art Classes — Non-credit classes are being offered at Manatee Community College and include drawing and color theory in all skill levels. Classes begin the last week of September and times vary. Cost is $67.50 per class. For more information or to register call 752-5203. Senior Computer Club — Classes where participants focus on what they want to learn. Offered by Manatee Community College, class is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and starts Friday, Sept. 24. Cost is $45. For more information, call 363-7000. ❑

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LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - Magnificent new home on Harborside Golf Course. Golf course and panoramic lake views. Four bedrooms plus office. Exciting architectural details and the finest finishes. Pool. Three car garage. $2,195,000.

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BAYFRONT ESTATE PROPERTY, INDIAN BEACH - Main House 1920’s Spanish plus Guest House on Two Bay Front lots and Two non water front lots. Existing home has great potential. Property to be sold as one parcel. $4,500,000.

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S. BOULEVARD OF THE PRESIDENTS Deep water dockage on beautiful wide Bayou. No bridges to gulf. Lido Island paradise situated on a private gated site. Steps to beach and St. Armand’s Circle. Three bedrooms and separate guest house. $3,449,000.

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What do you like most about playing tennis on Longboat Key? “I love Cedars. The people are wonderful, and it’s a nice social time for all of us.” — Kat Wingert




Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? “Andre Agassi, but just because I’d like to meet him, not because I’d like to play him.” Do you have any advice for other players? “Always keep your sense of humor. Life’s too short to be that serious about a game.”

What kind of racket do you use? “A Prince Triple Threat Viper.”

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What is your funniest flub-up? “I had only four lessons, and my husband entered me in the Cedars tournament. I brought home a trophy, but there weren’t that many people playing. I think my girlfriends got a kick out of it.”


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Bayside beauty

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This sunrise shot, taken by Jean and John Koch from their living room at Windward Bay, shows the bay side is just as beautiful as the Gulf. Please send your sunrise/sunset photos to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or email them, in J-PEG form (at least 6 inches tall) to

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Tide chart Rainfall Mid-Key 0.55 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.07 0.77 0.00 0.00 0.00

South 1.03 0.00 0.00 0.04 0.02 0.05 1.17 0.00 0.00 0.00

Thurs., Sept. 23 Fri., Sept. 24 Sat., Sept. 25 Sun., Sept. 26 Mon., Sept. 27 Tues., Sept. 28 Wed., Sept. 29 Rainfall: Year-to-date 2004 41.31 in.

2003 63.74 in.

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Tides Low none none 4:51a 5:55a 6:47a 7:33a 8:16a

Month-to-date 2004 7.11 in.

2003 7.35 in.

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

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SPACIOUS LONGBOAT CONDO $595,000 Fabulous open vistas from this high-rise island retreat! Open and spacious, this beautifully updated 2BR/2BA unit provides expansive eastern views toward Sarasota Bay! Large master bedroom has peeks of the Gulf! STUNNING LIDO CONDOMINIUM $749,000 Large 2BR/2.5BA with Den/Study for added space! Neutral décor. Enjoy sunrises overlooking beautiful bay and city views from virtually every room! Garage parking included. Condo complex provides beautiful foyer entry to the Gulf, pool, Jacuzzi, exercise and more!!

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


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RESIDENCE 475...Gorgeous wraparound 7th floor residence with amazing views of the marina, lake and the sun setting into the Gulf. Furnished and finished only with the absolute best. Two parking spaces, hurricane shutters and electric window treatments. $1,299,000

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

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


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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK - Over 300' on the POINT OF THE BAY This magnificent residence features 4 bedrooms, elevator, library and bonus room. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, Thermador gas range and Subzero refrigerator. Fine artisan details throughout, faux painted walls, 3 fireplaces, 3 car garage with room for your yacht. $5,995,000 LIDO KEY A Ritz-Carlton Managed ResidencePanoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, and the city skyline. Gourmet kitchen, luxury master suite, private terrace, and elegant appointments. Walk to St. Armands, minutes away from the cultural district of Sarasota. Offered from $1,650,000 - $6,000,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK Open Bayfront- New custom built home. 5,200 SF, 5 bedrooms, media room, stone floors, granite kitchen, summer kitchen, fireplace, infinity pool, 5 + car garage with room for your yacht. $4,600,000

A transfer squeeze I suppose the benefits of bidding and hoping to make a vulnerable game justify North’s bid. North does have four 10s, so it is a slight overbid. South is not required to overplay this hand. East won the first two club tricks with the ace and king. West won the third trick with the queen and took the last club trick. A low heart was discarded from the dummy. East tossed a low spade and South discarded a low diamond. West shifted to a spade that was won in the dummy with the 10. The 10 of diamonds was led, East played the king and South won with the ace. When this happened, South can see eight sure tricks. East, having shown up with the king of diamonds and the ace and king of clubs, is not likely to have the king of hearts because he was a passed hand. After winning the ace of diamonds, South leads the queen of hearts, which West must cover. South can now cash the remaining spade tricks, leaving one diamond in the dummy. East will be unable to guard against dummy’s 10 of hearts and keep sufficient diamonds. Even if West held the Jack of hearts and diamond length, West would be faced with a two-suited squeeze, sometimes called a transfer squeeze.

by Donna SWAN

Dealer: North Vulnerable: Both North ♠ A Q J 10 ♥ A 10 8 4 ♦ 10 4 ♣ 10 9 7

West ♠8743 ♥K95 ♦65 ♣Q642


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

( 941) 387•1825 o f f ic e ( 941) 587•1700 c e l l

Ke p e c z @ a o l . c o m BAY ISLES - BAYOU Exceptional Mediterranean style home behind the gates. Almost NEW w/an abundance of living space, 3BR plus den, formal reception room with fireplace and private guest wing. Custom touches. $1,475,000

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

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

The Bidding: South 1♦ 1NT Pass

$2,645,000 PRIVATE BEACH HOUSE 100’ of beach, this 2 story residence offers expansive views. Privacy abounds, recently remodeled with heated beach front pool, excellent rental potential, and it’s furnished. •VT



LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE - Wonderful buliding lot in a mantenace-free community. Each homesite has a deep water boat dock with no bridges to the Bay. Excellent beach just minutes away. ...........................................................$239,000.



NG I D EN GULF FRONTP - 2/2 with minimal fees and restrictions on great walking beach. Enjoy sunsets LD from your screened O S porch.........................................................................$695,000. WHIMSICAL - Artistic Village home with separate studio. LD Close to Art Center, community & beach......$387,000. SOdock


VILLAGE COTTAGE - 2/2 Village cottage with tile floors and family room. Great location near the bay........$425,000.


BOATERS DREAM - Wonderful LBK Key West home on deep sailboat water with dock space for your own personal fleet.................................................................$1,350,000.

TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ CARLTON Luxurious 15th floor corner unit with panoramic views of Bay & Gulf. Private elevator, volume ceilings, over 3,700 sq ft & remarkable amenities. VIRTUAL TOURS AT WWW.SAINTANDGAIL.COM



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941.387.0533 • 800.581.3444

356-2659 • 383-2659 •



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

440 Gulf of Mexico Dr. • Longboat Key, FL BOBBIE BANAN, REALTOR®


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East Pass Pass Pass

President’s Circle

* NEW LISTING $1,995,000

Pass Pass Pass

North Pass 1♥ 3NT


HIDEAWAY BAY Private enclave on North Longboat Key with private boatdocks, tennis court and minutes to beach. Bayfront lot with room to build an estate sized home.



Opening lead: 2♣

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

East ♠62 ♥J732 ♦K987 ♣AK3

South ♠K95 ♥Q6 ♦AQJ32 ♣J85

OPEN HOUSE • SUNDAY 1-4 750 Hideaway Bay 6553 Gulfside Road

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


Deal us in

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AUCTION LUXURY MEDITERRANEAN ESTATE HOME Quail West Country Club Sat., Oct. 2, 1p.m. 28780 Blaisdell Dr., Naples, FL 9600+/sq.ft., Infinity pool, 4BR/6BA, lakefront, 3/car garage & more! 10% Buyer’s Premium. Call or visit online for info pkg. 941-488-1500 Neal Van De Ree Auctioneers FL Lic. #AU460

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INSURANCE APPROVED, visiting skilled nurse, on your schedule. Local references. 373-1696.

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Autos Wanted

TOYOTA CAMRY car cover: very good cond., “Sun Brilla” custom fit. Includes cable & lock. $350/new. Asking $65. 924-3393.

PRIVATE DUTY LPN seeking P/T for home care. 30/yrs. experience. Current CPR & FLA license. Resume available. 322-4008.

Best rates in Florida with incentives. No shopping hassles - one call & it’s delivered to your door! Cadillac, Lincoln, Mercedes, Lexus, etc...

CALL BRAD 941-374-1315

✓ CAREGIVER 10/YRS. experience: Alzheimer, Parkinson, Stroke. Cleaning, meal preparation. Ref. available. Chandi, 953-6634.

Boat Charter

EXPERIENCED COMPANION/PERSONAL Assistant available immediately (after 2p.m.). Good references available. Hourly rate: $16+/hr. 941-746-6844.

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

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

Boat Sales, Service & Storage

SUSAN SHAUGHNESSY, R.N. PRIVATE DUTY NURSING. 1:1 Care in home and hospital. Experienced w/references. 2003 CADILLAC DeVille: white diamond, 761-2656. fully equipped, ex. cond., 22,000/miles. ADULT CARE/COMPANION EXPERTS. $29,900. 383-0054. HHA/CNA care in your home. Live-in or hourly. Bonded/insured/reference checked. 1994 MERCURY SABLE LS wagon. Personal care, housekeeping, errands, Fully loaded, perfect shape. $4200. 941-539-1433. etc....Call for info: 951-6080.

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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 Residential & Commercial Housekeeping for all needs. Weekly maid service, departure cleans, deep cleaning and carpet care. Barefoot Estate Management, 761-3000. HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! Good references. Call us! Manoel, Karyna 316-0834/928-1935. MRS. CLEAN. Residential. Reasonable. Dependable. Thorough. Trust Worthy. Please call Emy: 941-752-7362. Cell: 941-518-1021.

 MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Sara or Mike. Competitive prices. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY/PRIVATE OWNERSHIP! Selene 53’ 2001 Twin Diesel. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175. Full electronics. Luxury Features. EXPERIENCED HUSBAND & wife team. Teak/Granite/Ultra-leather. Like new. Tax Any day, any hours. Call 447-6427. Shelter. Low hours. $775,000. Call Capt. Chitwood, 941-383-5232. YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., services. Our knowledgeable staff will 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, licensed, insured. 630-417-7540. GREAT LIVE-ABOARD Rough Water, 1984, PERFECT HOUSECLEANING by European 42/ft. Troller. Diesel, single screw GM lady. Honest, hardworking, reliable. Call 250/HP. Low hours. Cockpit, pilot house, Agnes, 539-9698. swim deck, large master cabin +second cabin, 2/heads. $52,500/firm. 941-955-3245 Computer Services or 941-735-1487. Cmagik on LBK Flash 22 FT. GRADY WHITE, 2002, 228 Cutty web design commercial/personal, computer cabin, 368 hours, 200HP, HPDI Yamaha, help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, near new condition. 387-1430. 587-5588.


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Boat Slips for Rent/Sale LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS. Most desirable 45’ slip enjoys unobstructed view of Sarasota Bay. Includes extra 12/ft. space alongside for dinghy, $210,000. Seller financing possible. Also available for yearly lease, $775/mo. +electricity. Call 248-417-1002 (from 9a.m.-5p.m.) or 248-505-3304.

Answers for this week’s crossword

LONGBOAT KEY Moorings: 48/ft. slip for lease or sale. 387-8337.

RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. LONGBOAT. DRY indoor slip, up to 30/ft. Available for rent at Spindrift, located top row References. 941-778-5381. south end. 630-330-3657.


LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS: 70/ft. slip available for lease. $950/mo. +electric. 813-431-8900.




Computer Services

Fishing Charters

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

Help Wanted

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 Certified Computer Professional. & tackle provided starting at $400. Computer not working? Full evaluation, $20. For information and reservations, call Support, Repairs, Upgrades, Training, Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. Web sites. Customize your new PC. Call Forrest 388-3425. IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. COMPUTER SERVICE & REPAIR. Slow PC? No internet? Professional in-house repairs done by certified technicians. We do network installations. No hidden charges. 739-6424.


hiring additional associates. Please Energetic, educated, English speaking, contact Andrew Vac at 383-9700 or experienced in all areas of cleaning, laundry and message taking. Impeccable references a must. Excellent hourly wage for right REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? person. Call 387-8287 or 468-3686. Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, Home Management sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. Barefoot Estate Management.. Servicing Joe Pickett, 383-5543. Private Homes, Condos, Rentals & Seasonal Furniture Homes. Concierge Services & Home Watch. Bonded/Insured. 941-761-3000. BED, FULL mattress set, orthopedic firm, never used, $100; pillow-top sets, never ARE YOU OUTGOING? used, full, $135; queen, $155; king, $230. Investor Wanted HIGH ENERGY? NASA memory foam set, as seen on TV, COMPETITIVE? cost $1,599. Sell $695. Victorian-style INVESTOR WANTED to creatively finance daybed w/pop-up trundle, 2 new mattress, THRIVE ON BEING WITH PEOPLE? delightful LBK Village house. 387-1387. $340. Can deliver. 941-809-8798.

Furniture Repair


PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, computer misbehaving? Will train your scratches, parts replacement. We keep your computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Robert Martin, 727-2533. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need help with hardware, software, networks or wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858.

Concrete CONCRETE, MASONRY, Restoration, Shell Driveways, Concrete Painting, Staining, Sealing, Hauling & Deliveries, Debris clean-up. C-Squared Contractor, 345-3092. Sean D'Agostino CGC#1506629.

Crushed Shell

Help Wanted

Garage, Moving & Estate Sales LET PREMIUM ESTATE LIQUIDATORS conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure.

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

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

Painting & Wallpapering


EXCLUSIVE BARRIER ISLAND BUILDERS GOLDEN RULE CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC. State Certified General Contractor CGC #1507065 Sarasota Resident Since 1954

REELIN & CHILLIN CHARTERS, INC. Fishing & Sight Seeing Custom Charters. Captain Terry Frankford. Insured and Licensed. 941-228-7802.

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



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.

Landscaping & Lawn Services


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. CUSTOM PAINTING - Paperhanging. Local References, 25/yrs. experience, insured. Prompt, free estimates. 713-9391. PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Lic./Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

Call Keith 941-906-8665






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

Jim and Sandee Davis Owners

LBKC Member SCT Member

Same owners since 1979


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Office: (941)-377-3910

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


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



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RAY CORDY CUSTOM PAINTING & REMODELING. Interior/Exterior, Residential, Commercial. All painters are union trained journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile. Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings by Safe Coat/AMF that are for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product affiliated with So, Smart Homes “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215.

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

Personal Services YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE SICK to have my services! Excellent cook, caregiver, CNA, massage therapist. Alterations. Excellent recommendations. Call 351-2378.

YOUR PERSONAL BOOKKEEPER, LLC Gail Sunray, Owner Are you burdened with paperwork? Personalized Paperwork Management in Your Home or Office


Bill Paying/Banking Account Reconciliation Organizing Personal and Business Files Budgets Federal and State Tax Returns Personal and Business Correspondence Assistance with Insurance Forms BONDED Over 25/yrs. Experience

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Commercial/Business Opp.

OUTSTANDING AREA PERSONAL ASSISTANT. Errands, driving, light cleaning, bookkeeping, gardening, CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION Fine Art & Framing business established cooking, etc. Good references. Aline, EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs for over 12/yrs. in affluent neighborhood. & painting. Insured. Member of Better $90K** 330-0332. Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard. **Confidentiality agreement required 779-2294. for further details ANTOINETTE’S


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




Remodeling & Home Improvements

Personal Services

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






ON LONGBOAT KEY: Prime spaces available. Approx. 1000, 2000/sq.ft. Very reasonable rent. Paul, 941-749-5804, 941-518-3226.

Condos & Homes For Sale

Call Ashdown Flooring Inc. (941) 726-3077


Commercial Rentals & Sales

DIRECT GULF view, Penthouse. Totally remodeled, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA, on Lido beach, $824,900. Call Larry Burke, RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700.



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.

Storage WORKSHOP-STORAGE for rent. Half mile from island in Cortez. 875/sq.ft. and 375/sq.ft. 737-3630.

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Tile Installation

Professional Tile & Marble Installation. Lic./Ins. 20/years experience. Call for free estimate. ON MOONLIGHT BAY, mainland: 2BR/2BA condo, theaters & Arts District. Updated ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Steve Allen Floor Coverings, 726-1802. eat-in kitchen, balcony. Low maintenance Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Lic/Ins. fee. Sweeping vistas. $Thousands$ under Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window appraised value. $389,000. Owner; Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. 955-0217. Wanted to Buy Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044, 704-7557. SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, EASY LIVING: Charming 4BR Siesta watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please mother-daughter ranch in secluded tropical Home Improvements by J.W. Diversified call Marc 321-0707. setting a short stroll from shops, restaurants. You name it we fix it, build it, remodel it Amenities include swim spa, new roof, (A-Z). We will leave you smiling. Lic./Ins. tongue-&-groove wood paneling and Wicker Painting 941-926-9265. ceilings. Includes refurbished 2/room apt. LOCAL HANDYMAN. Painting, carpentry, FURNITURE PAINTED: wicker, rattan, w/private entrance, good income potential. unlimited house repairs. Call Jim Tarsy, wood, wrought iron, patio furniture. Pick-up By appointment only. $569,000. Longview and delivery. 778-3133. Realty, 941-383-6112. 941-320-9860.

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Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

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





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

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Rentals: Annual SERENE, SPACIOUS pool home, 4BR/2BA (2300/sq.ft.) in historic Longbeach Village. Two separate master and guest bedroom wings - sleeps 12. Great for shared rental! Half block from Bay w/public boat dock & charming restaurants. Just across from best LBK Gulf beach. Pool & lawn service & deluxe BBQ provided. $2500/mo. negotiable furnished (optional). Children & pets welcome! Annual or monthly. 941-387-1387. SUPER ✸BAY ISLES✸ - 5BR/6BA, Bay views, Harbour Sound Dr. FANTASTIC. CALL PAULINE. Jennette & Rossi, Inc. Real Estate Management, 941-953-6000.


GULF VIEW, extensive upgrades, beachfront, Lido Key, 2BR/2BA. For sale or CONDO WANTED: private individual wants to buy 1BR/1BA on Longboat Key. Call rent. $825,000. 936-377-2731. Andrew Ferraro, 732-292-0084 or Email: LONGBOAT VILLAGE, unique design, Lots & Acreage For Sale 3/2/2. Carriage House style, artist loft or master bedroom. $619,000. Exclusive with HARBOR LANDINGS Real Estate Mart. 756-1090. Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site FREE REPORT offered by owner-REALTOR in gated REVEALS LITTLE KNOWN SECRET Cortez community; $287,500 price includes OF HOW TO GET THE HIGHEST PRICE NORTH LONGBOAT KEY dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate WHEN YOU SELL YOUR HOME! BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, George Noble: 685-3372. 392 FIREHOUSE LANE. LONGBOAT KEY Washington, DC - A free report has 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of just been released that shares little CASUAL COASTAL LIVING. +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at known secrets of how to get the highest $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard 2BR/2BA +LOFT. COMMUNITY POOL, Estrin: 807-3363. price for your home when you sell it. WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. $895,000 LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. Call 1-800-895-2340, ext. 1203, 24 hours, CONRAD BEACH 383-6112 for a recorded message and a FREE copy of this report. SHOWINGS BY APPOINTMENT 387-9595 Rentals: Annual Call and find out what most buyers WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM hope you never read! SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club 55+, 3BR/2BA, THE PIERRE CONDOMINIUM. Luxury custom furnished, dock/marina, private beachfront residence, top of the world views beach access. Annual or Seasonal. from every room of this fabulous 6th floor, COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: 3BR/3BA, 383-7734. 3BR/3BA unit. All inclusive amenities 2/car garage, pool, boat lift, dock, 4th from including tennis courts. Fully furnished. Bay. $1,450,000. 928-3447. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Canal front Ready to move in! $1,750,000. Dennis Riley, pool home, 3BR/2BA, 2/car garage. Realtor. Elegant Properties of Sarasota. Immaculate w/dock, maintenance included. PLACE YOUR CONDO/HOME FOR 941-356-9484. $2500/mo. For appointment, 232-5433. SALE AD HERE! TO ADVERTISE CALL MAUREEN BAYFRONT WALK-OUT, So. LBK. Dock, L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 383-5509 2BR/2BA, 2200/sq.ft., marble/granite. Great 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, investment. $699,900. Bob Baldwin, Realtor. exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping ERA Mt. Vernon. 941-586-4091. views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. TANGERINE BAY BAYFRONT LOT: 100/ft. frontage, full view 203-227-0500. of Tampa Bay, cleared, partially filled, 222/ft. MAGNIFICENT PENTHOUSE deep. Zoned R1. Offered at $2.5M. Please MAGNIFICENT VIEW BIRD KEY: 1999 built, 3BR/2.5BA, 2/car, call Michel Cerene, Broker. 778-0777 or pool. Yearly rental unfurnished or Seasonal 545-9591 eves. or Mike Carleton, Realtor, FABULOUS FURNISHINGS rental furnished. Available Oct.-June. N/S. 737-0915. 877-768-8428. 4 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHS

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BEAU CIEL on Ritz Marina. Brand new, furnished, 2BR/2.5BA, 2400/sq.ft. Elegant w/thru views of Bay & Marina. All amenities including concierge & valet. No pets/smoke. $4000/mo. or $7400/mo. 3/mo. minimum. 970-948-6815. 1BR/1BA, 387-0990.



LONGBOAT KEY. Islander Club, 2BR/2BA condo. Long term or seasonal. Call for details, 941-387-7065 or 813-787-5326. VILLA D’ESTE: Large luxury 1BR/1BA in new gated community. All amenities including fitness center, dog park & more. Deluxe kitchen, garden tub & many more upgrades. Must see! Pet OK w/deposit. $850/month. 735-6221 or 927-1049. ISLANDER CLUB, 2BR/2BA beachfront condo. Reduced to $1800/mo. LIDO SHORES, 2BR/2BA furnished pool home, $2000/mo. FAIRWAY BAY, townhouse, 3BR/3BA, $1800/mo., partially furnished. 988 BLVD. OF THE ARTS, 2BR/2BA bayfront condo, $1350/mo. The Longboat Connection, Inc. Realtor 387-9709

THE SANCTUARY, elegant 2BR/2.5BA +den, and 1/car garage. Security gate, pool, concierge, beach. Available on a long term lease. Showings by appointment. Call for more information: ResortQuest Real Estate, 941-364-9505, ext. 2200, 1-800-237-9505, ext. 2200.

LBK, GRAND BAY. Premiere community, w/world class amenities, beach club, 2BR/2BA penthouse w/wrap around terrace, LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, bay/canal turn-key furnished. Spectacular views of views, furnished or unfurnished, pools, Sarasota Bay and skyline. 2/Garage parking, tennis, beach house. $1300/mo. 24/hr. security, $2600/mo. (941) 387-1336. 315-415-8282. LAKERIDGE FALLS, Tuttle & University. LIDO SHORES Bay front home w/pool. New construction, 2BR/2BA +den villa, 2/car Turnkey, 3BR/3BA, boatable, private Lido garage, clubhouse w/pool, exercise room, Beach access, walk to St. Armands, social activities. 24/hr. manned gated $4000/mo. Also available seasonal. community. W/D, cable TV, 55+, no pets. $1400/mo. Available Oct. 1st. 941-351-9107. 941-350-1312.



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

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VACATION RENTALS Sutton Place: 3BR/2BA, small pet OK. Seaplace: many to choose from. Fairway Bay: 2BR/2BA, great views. The Atrium: 2BR/2BA, +den PH The Sanctuary: GULF TO BAY CALL LORI 941-953-6000 JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE: LONGBOAT KEY, SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Newly decorated w/many amenities and garage. Private beach. Small pet OK. Available January 1st. to March 24th. 908-245-9558.

VACATION RENTALS Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office

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

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GOLDEN GATE POINT: Bayfront, furnished/unfurnished, 1BR. Pool, fishing pier. No pets. $990/mo. 941-374-3401. LBK - BANYAN BAY - 3BR/3BA, water view, heated pool, tennis court, workout PERICO HOME, large 4/BR. Downstairs, room. Monthly, seasonal or annual rental. 2BR/2BA; upstairs, 2BR/1BA. Jacuzzi, 813-495-3884. fireplace, pool, tennis, built-in vacuum, washer/dryer, 2/car garage, $1750/mo. STEPS TO BEACH! SEAPLACE, master 383-4146. bedroom w/king bed & private bath, guest bedroom w/queen bed & private bath. KEY WEST style, Holmes Beach, Sleeps/7. New elegant decor with new 3BR/2.5BA, fireplace, ceramic floors. kitchen. Available Aug.-Oct. $2000/mo. Multiple garages, $2000/mo. 794-9921 or Nov.-Dec. $2500/mo. Two month minimum. 423-968-3420. To view: 773-6581.

LONGBOAT KEY. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, turnkey condo w/lanai. Heated pool, exercise area, covered parking, putting green, shuffle board & entertainment room. Includes utilities & local calls only. Avail. year around except Feb. & March, 2005. 941-485-5522. To view: LONGBOAT KEY. Tiffany Plaza, 3rd floor direct Gulf front, private, 2BR/2BA. Pool, recreation room. Available September through November. May & June - August through December, 2005. 813-837-9901. BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA. First floor, beautifully furnished, bay view condo with W/D. Tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach access. Available Jan., Feb. $3500/mo. Non-smoking unit. 859-441-3110.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation SANCTUARY, LBK condo. The ultimate in luxury for the discerning renter. 7th floor, Gulf front, 3BR/3BA. Exquisite all new furnishings & decor throughout. Panoramic beach views all round and direct full front view of famous Florida sunsets. Covered parking. Newly remodeled and fully equipped, no expense spared. Reserved parking. Available Jan., Feb., March, 2005. Non-smokers only. $8500/mo. +local tax. 3/mo. min. Call 813-962-2652 or 813-245-6800, ask for Steve or LBK, BEACHPLACE, 2BR/2BA. Beautifully decorated, turnkey condo w/lanai. Available October through December, 2004. Amenities include Olympic pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center and 24/hour security. Non-smokers please. To view: <> By owner. Month to month rentals only. 407-302-5350. LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. September Special $1500/mo. December, $2500/mo. April, May, June, 2005 $2500/mo. 727-518-1572, 180 DEGREE PANORAMIC, view of Gulf. Beautiful 3BR/2BA condo in small 11/unit building. 20 ft. from beach! Fully equipped, all features including pool, balconies, and full Gulf view from each bedroom. 3/months preferred. December through end of March. $5,500/mo. 812-471-9488. E-mail: BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA, 1st. floor, W/D, pool, clubhouse, tennis, fishing dock, steps to beach. Available monthly or seasonal. (Not available for February or March). Non-smoking unit. (203) 481-2748.


LBK, BUTTONWOOD COVE. Monthly Rental: 3BR/2BA. Reasonable with discount for 3/mos. or more. 941-383-2513, 609-266-7060 or for more details and photographs:


LBK, FAIRWAY Bay condo: 2BR/2BA or 1BR+den, fabulous view. New appliances, pool, tennis, exercise room, beach access. Gated/security building. 2/mo. minimum. 724-941-1876,



TAKE YOUR PICK...RELAXING CANAL FRONT HOME or GULF-FRONT CONDO, 3BR/2BA canal home is a 2/minute walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal fishing, fantastic mid-key location, large pool w/screened enclosure, CONDO (2BR/2BA) newly remodeled walk-out unit directly on the Gulf...full view, just steps from the patio to the Gulf. Both recently updated w/new paint and furniture, lots of tile. Pets welcome upon approval. No smoking please. SECURITY/DEPOSIT required. 1/mo. minimum stay. Call or email for seasonal rates. Call 863-559-4610 or


BAYPORT, LONGBOAT Key: 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf, fully renovated, 1st. floor, full amenities. No pets/smoking. Available Dec. through April. 941-383-1704. BIRD KEY. Upscale turnkey furnished, 4BR/3BA, 2/car garage. Available Oct.-May. No pets/smokers. 953-4234, 504-3897. ST. ARMANDS, turnkey, 2BR/2BA. Pool, full bay view, lanai, walk to beach, shops, dining. $2800/mo. in season. 2/mo. min. Details, 651-653-6956.

BRADENTON. IMMACULATE 2BR/2BA condo in adult community, 1/mi. from Gulf. BEACHFRONT, LIDO, 2BR/2BA Gulf front, Unit faces pool w/canal view. Fully furnished, next to Orchid Bay. Open Fall Season - Nov. cable TV, full kitchen. 3/mo. minimum. Jan., through April. 3/mo. or longer. Owner, Feb. & March, $1950/mo. Deposit required. 388-2555, Sunset 336-210-7804 or 859-653-8436. rentals now! Key West too! RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys STORYBOOK COTTAGES. Romantic B&B & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, decor, cottage chic in Historic Bradenton Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. dishwasher, cable, phone. The Gingerbread House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) LBK CANAL home. Walk to private beach patio. $1000/mo. per multiple months. access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. Available The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, monthly October through January, $850/mo. Weekly and monthly rates avail. $2900/mo. 407-898-4175. LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE, 941-779-2393. 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Beautifully furnished, WHITNEY BEACH CONDO W/D, screened lanai, pool. Beach and ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. 2BR/2BA, PRIVATE BEACH, boat access. Small pet OK. Available Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, HEATED POOL, TENNIS. monthly starting Oct. 15th through 2005 living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly season. (2/mo. min. Jan., Feb., March). or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH 2005. 513-792-9622. LONGBOAT KEY, SEAPLACE. Gated, 941-954-3558 BEACHFRONT, LIDO, 2BR/2BA Gulf front, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, spectacular next to Orchid Bay. Open Fall Season - Nov. Gulf views, newly professionally decorated. through April. 3/mo. or longer. Owner, 2/pools, whirlpools, exercise, tennis, W/D. 388-2555, Sunset Non-smokers. Available Dec. through April. LBK, BEACH Harbor Club: Gulf to Bay (815) 462-5724. property, 2BR/2BA, steps to private beach. rentals now! Key West too! Pool, W/D, club house, gym, fishing pier. LONGBOAT KEY, THE PLAYERS CLUB: Newly remodeled & furnished, second floor. Gated, 3BR/3BA, Penthouse apartment with Available November 15-April 30. 3/mo. TURTLE CRAWL INN kitchen, dining room, sitting area, large patio. minimum. $2800/mo. includes bi-monthly ON LONGBOAT KEY Spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico from cleaning service. Non-smoking. e-mail: apartment & view of the Bay & Gulf from, 800-362-9876 ext. DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY the large patio. Professionally decorated, 200. DIRECTLY ON THE GULF BEACH! furnished, W/D. Large pool, tennis courts, exercise equipment available. Non-smokers, DELUXE 2BR condo. Newly renovated WAGNER REALTY SINCE 1939 no pets. Available Dec. through May. w/granite, on the Gulf. Available month of $7500/month. (863)802-4765. 866-754-3443 March. Weekly rentals avail. August through December, $1000/week. 859-441-6896 or LIDO BEACH: Efficiencies, 1BR’s, 2BR’s. 859-750-4774. Steps to beach. Very private, quiet and clean. Available weekly/monthly and LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, pool, beach, discounted long-term rates. THE BEST YOUR CONDO/HOME FOR 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. RATES ON LIDO BEACH. 3/Day minimum. SALE AD HERE! 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. CALL 383-5509 No pets. No smoking. 941-388-2590.



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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

LONGBOAT VILLAGE COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA, updated. Now through Dec. $975/mo.: .Jan.-April $2500/mo. PERICO BAY Club: 2BR/2BA villa. Now through December 31. $1400/mo. Jan. through April, $2500/mo. PALMA SOLA BAY townhouse, 2BR/2BA, waterfront, pool, boat dock. Now throug Dec. $450/week. $1200/mo. Call for seasonal rate. Real Estate Mart, 756-1090.

LBK BEACHPLACE condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive rentals. Available Oct., 2004 to December, 2004. Also 2005. Covered parking. Non-smokers. By owner. 404-325-9578.

ISLANDER CLUB, BEACHSIDE. Har-Tru tennis, large 2BR/2BA, beautifully furnished. $4,000/month. Prefer 3 months. 387-0121. BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. Walk right out onto the beach from this charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 941-383-6650. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404. 1BR/1.5BA, GULF view w/private beach, Bay access w/dock. Available now. Call for info and e-mail pictures. Seasonal or annual. Call for annual rates. 941-780-2352.

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Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

LBK, THE ULTIMATE! Beachplace condo. 2BR/2BA CONDOS: all amenities. Available Luxury living at its best for the discerning 9/15/04. Sarasota. By the month, 6/mos. or vacationer. Best views, best decor, best annual. 941-812-5946. price - Fifth floor. Exquisite beachfront 2BR/2BA. Stunning sunsets and panoramic views. Newly remodeled, luxuriously PRIVATEER. BEAUTIFUL condo, 2BR/2BA. furnished. Fully high-end equipped kitchen. Exquisite Gulf/bay & golf views, high floor & Reserved parking. Available monthly amenities in exclusive, gated community. all dates except Feb./March, 2005. 3/mo. min. Nov.-April. (803) 332-3333. Non-smokers only. Digital pics available. CASA DEL MAR Call 813-875-7775, Steve or Lyndsey. LONGBOAT KEY Harbourside, 1BR/2BA +den, bay view, $3800/mo. J/F/M. RESORT CONDOMINIUM WHITNEY BEACH condos 1 & 2/BR’s: LIDO REGENCY, 1BR/1BA, $2200/mo. heated pools, tennis courts, private beach. J/F/M. WEEKLY RENTALS Available now monthly through 2005. KEY TOWER, 2BR/2BA, Gulffront, GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW 941-928-0309. $4200/mo. J/F/M. LIDO HARBOUR SO., 2BR/2BA, $2500/mo. BANYAN BAY . Full Gulf front, 3BR/3BA, Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC J/F/M. Fax: 941-383-7925 small complex. Tennis, swimming pool, LIDO HARBOUR SO., 1BR/1BA, $2200/mo. washer/dryer, near shops & restaurants. J/F/M. Available Oct. 2004 through April 2005. 941KINGSTON ARMS, 1BR/1BA, $2500/mo. 383-8297. Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. J/F/M. DOWNTOWN-EMBASSY House, 2BR/2BA, THE CASTILIAN, Longboat Key, Florida. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive bay view, $3500/mo. J/F/M. Oceanfront, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, fully Longboat Key 34228 equipped condo w/screened-in balcony Brenda Cozy overlooking Gulf. Available Sept., Oct., Nov., LARGE HEATED POOL 941-954-6500 Dec. 2004. Jan. & Feb., 2005. 1/mo. min. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Call 513-561-5940. (25/ft.x60ft.)

LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA. GULF FRONT, pool, 1BR apartment, Available September; Mid-December & LIDO/LONGBOAT CONDOS: Gulf front, screened balconies, $750/week. 383-3844. January, 2005; May & June, 2005. Covered 2BR/2BA, 3/mo. min. $3500-$5000/mo. LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On the beach, parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. Available Nov.-April. 810-794-4186. Gulf views, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, 2/terraces, 24/hour security. Non-smokers. By owner. kitchen and furnishings, TV’s, Month-to-month rentals avail. 813-837-9901. LONGBOAT KEY villa, Spanish Main Yacht new VCR/DVD, computer printer, W/D, stereos, Club. Private adult community, 2BR/2BA, BEACHFRONT CASEY KEY, 1BR/1BA heated pool, tennis court, exercise room, w/carport, updated, tile floors, screened rentals. Linen service. Each, $400/weekly, lanai, pool, clubhouse, marina. Short walk to assigned parking. 3/mo. minimum, 2005 $1600/monthly. All on beach. Call Loretta, Gulf. Now through January. $2000 or season. $5000/mo. Longer stays available. 941-496-4763. 212-787-9337. $2400/mo. 609-685-2242 or 856-464-2425. LBK, THE PROMENADE. Larger 2BR/2BA CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA or 2BR/2BA WINDWARD BAY: Through October 15, w/great Gulf & bay views from six levels furnished homes. Dogs welcome. Fenced 2004. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA corner above beach on SW side. Exceptional decor yard. Dock, walk to beach. Available unit, w/d in unit, enclosed lanai, covered & large terrace. Gated, concierge, pool, gym, November & December, 2004. Monthly only. parking, beach access, tennis, heated tennis, enclosed parking. Minimum 3/mos. 941-350-3970. Private beach access. See website for pools.1/mo. min. $2000/mo. 383-4477 photos and rates. FAIRWAY BAY: 2BR/2BA, beautifully CONDOS or call 941-360-0700. furnished. Available December, 2004 SEASONAL LONGBOAT KEY. Directly on beach, through April, 2005. $3800/mo. Contact SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. 3BR/2.5BA walk out, behind the gates of Stanley Spires: Weekly through December. Gulf front. Longboat Key Club, full ocean views from SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the every room. Beautiful grounds, pool, tennis LONGBOAT COVE Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. courts & fitness rooms, perfect sunsets. 3BR/2BA, DIRECT GULF FRONT, 724 MARBURY LANE, 3BR/2BA home on $6500/mo. Sept. through Dec. $7000/mo. canal w/boat dock. $3000/mo. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. Jan. through April. Call 941-383-8107. WHITNEY BEACH, 2BR/2BA, furnished Bay $6000/MO. 3/MO. MIN. view, $3800/mo. DECEMBER TO April: adult community WESTCHESTER, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, Longboat Key, Sarasota. Cozy 2BR/1BA, CALL GREG: 863-581-4639 direct Gulf view, $4800/mo. large open patio, washer/dryer, 2/minute ST. ARMANDS, 2BR/2BA, furnished, walk to beach & bay, $1600/mo. Judy, 1/block to shopping, 2/blocks to Lido Beach, 305-386-3629. UNIQUE GROUND floor apartment in $2800/mo. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor Seaplace, building G1. Garden view, 50/ft. 609 BAYVIEW HOME, pool, 2BR/2BA +den. larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, from back door to beach. Two month rental $4200/mo. 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, required, 2BR/2BA. Fully furnished, including 6525 GULF OF MEXICO DR., 2BR/2BA, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered washer/dryer. Available March & April, 2005. spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 $3600 Jan., Feb. & March. $2600 April $4000. & Dec. $1300 May through Nov. Call: CASTILLIAN, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. 706-746-2594 after 6p.m. or e-mail: $6000/mo. 2/mo. min. ISLANDS WEST, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, SEAPLACE CONDO: beautiful updated $5000/mo. 3/mo. min. 2BR/2BA, new kitchen w/granite, W/D, screened lanai. Available Nov.-Feb. L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, Call Barbara Fulmer, Realtor 941-379-4832. 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, or Kim Fisher exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping Wagner Realty LONGBOAT KEY, SEAPLACE, 2BR/1BA, views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and 941-383-5577 fully equipped, all amenities. Available 2005 sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. season. Owner, (770) 509-7419. Long season. 203-227-0500.


Rentals Wanted SEAPLACE PREFERRED, Jan-Mar 2005, 3BR/2BA, Gulf front. Agent or owner call 914-948-6334(NY).

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

Waterfront Property THE SEA OATS, 2201 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach. Limited time opportunity to obtain at pre-construction prices. A condo in a small complex of 9 in a paradise! All will have views of your private beach & Sarasota Bay. Luxury in and out. Heated swimming/spa. Glass elevator. Carports/garages. Very Low Maintenance. Metal Roof. Contemporary Key West style, 2BR/2.5BA. Total sq.ft. 2359-3695. $672,000-$1,210,000. Jane Guy. 941-284-5469. Dave Guy, 941-284-5461.


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A Reflection of View Where you live is a reflection of you. It is that intimate connection between you and The Azure that creates a most desirable lifestyle. The Azure is quietly nestled on picturesque Lido Key, yet just a glance away from Sarasota’s celebrated cultural diversions. Lounge on spacious, serene terraces and enjoy generous resident amenities. The Azure combines luxurious sophistication with the best of island living.

Whether it’s the beach or the bay, it’s all about the view. A reflection of you.

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc., 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Suite 1, Longboat Key FL 34228 SeaTek Communities, Inc. and First Capital Consultants, Inc.

The Longboat OBSERVER Crossword Edited by Wayne Robert Williams

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Florida’s Coastal Connection Siesta Key

Anna Maria Island

6350 Gulf of Mexico Dr.

5138 Ocean Blvd.

3224 East Bay Dr.

383-5543 1-800-335-5543

349-5543 1-800-950-3450

778-0700 1-800-615-9930

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Longboat Key

GOLDENGATE POINT Fabulous bay view, half -fourth floor living, only ten units in unique building. 3BD/3BA plus den and two balconies. Best value in Golden Gate Point. $929,000. Call Marc Turner 224-1112 or visit open house.

RUSTIC CHARM Two-story lofted home on secluded lot with big shade trees. Three bedroom/ two bath, new kitchen with appliances. Large two-car garage with separate workshop, large back yard. Cedar trim throughout. Close to schools. $229,000. Jim Dunn 726-0349.

GULF VIEW Totally updated 2/2 ground floor, 2 pools and covered parking. Just steps to the beach. Best value in well maintained complex on the beach. Don't miss this one! $474,000. Marc Turner 224-1112

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

FULL SIZE FOUR BEDROOM HOME Four bedroom/ two bath home perfect for a large family. Close to shopping, schools and downtown. Nice established neighborhood. Well maintained home with private fenced back yard. Offered at $232,900. Jim Dunn 726-0349.

LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE Watch peacocks stroll past your front door from this Longboat Key Village charmer. Currently the least expensive home on LBK. Walk to town, dock and local restaurants. Won't last long. $429,000. Call Gary or Cindy LaFlamme 780-8000 or 725-0928


GENESIS PROPERTIES Rent one or rent two for large family get-togethers. Spacious & newly remodeled, both homes feature new furnishings, appliances & hot tubs, & just steps to the beach. Available weekly, monthly or seasonally. Call 383-5886

FORBES FAMILY GETAWAY A wonderful three bedroom pool home in Country Club Shores. New kitchen & fully equipped throughout with DVD in living room and pool table in den area. Brand new swimming pool and deeded beach access. Call 383-5886

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

PERFECT ISLAND GETAWAY Perfect home on the water. Wonderful open floor plans provide spectacular panoramic views of the property. Coral edged pool is between two large open verandas perfect for entertaining. Open kitchen, fireplace, covered boat lift and large two car garage. $1,025,000. Jim Dunn 726-0349

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

BRAND NEW MEDITERRANEAN FLATS designed for carefree waterfront living with all the luxuries and conveniences one could desire. Nestled between the azure blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Coquina Reef. Starting at $795,000. Tina Rudek 920-0303

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


CEDARS EAST Two bedroom, 2.5 baths townhouses in this tennis community with pool, fishing dock, nature trails & clubhouse. Pet friendly community! Call 383-5886

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

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September 23 2004