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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.” ❑
Members of the Longboat Key Fire Department videotape flooding on Bayview Drive Sept. 15.
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including Longboat cuties Seth, Jack, Anna and Victoria Walter, were the guests of the party.
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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
BY ROGER DROUIN Staff Writer
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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Joe Milke was Longboat Key’s lone casualty from Hurricane Ivan. The Colorado man decided to take a dip in the ocean Tuesday, Sept. 14, and boogey board in the normally calm waters of the Gulf. This time, there were 3- to 4-foot waves, brought on by Ivan churning hundreds of miles to the west. Those same waves knocked down the 43-year-old man around 6 p.m., according to police reports. “I suppose he just got caught on some type of curl, tumbled off the wave and hit a sand bar head first,” said Zach Milke, Joe Milke’s 22-yearold son. “It was just one of those freak accidents. It’s something no one can explain.” An autopsy would later confirm that Joe Milke had sustained fractures on his skull and broken his neck in several places. Zach Milke knows those waves shouldn’t have posed such a threat to his father, a healthy and active man. After all, he’d vacationed in California and swam among bigger waves than those.
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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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Town Commission Workshop, 1p.m. Thursday, Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. On the agenda: • Islander Club beach erosion update; • Beach funding resolution; • Contract renewal for town technical adviser Cliff Truitt; • FEMA report; • Trolley update;
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Lyons Lane landscape improves
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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.
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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
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.” ❑
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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.
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total taxes
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
WHAT ALL OF LONGBOAT SAVES FROM CUTS
LONGBOAT’S TAX VALUE, MILLAGE
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.
2002 $3.395 2003 $4.022 2004 $4.618 2005 $5.014 Total Taxes Savings to Longboaters
Taxes at 2.32 mills
$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
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
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!
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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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ELEGANT PALLADIAN VILLA set on azure New Pass waters. Highlights splendid architecture, which seamlessly integrates outdoor & indoor spaces. $8,900,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #234200
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DIRECT GULF FRONT with 200' of private, protected, pristine beach in the prestigious gated community of Sanderling Club. Over 1 acre, offers 2,295 sq. ft. $5,500,000. Klaus Lang, 3837591 or 320-1223. #235249
HIDEAWAY BAY. Exquisitely designed 4BR wat dows, formal living & dining rooms, & boat doc homes. $2,645,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wit
THE OAKS - STYLE AHEAD OF ITS TIME. Inspired design distinguishes this remarkable Oaks I home of 3,600 sq. ft. Entertainment loggia with fireplace overlooks pool & lush preserve. $899,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #259116
VINTAGE SPANISH-STYLE DUPLEX on a gorg 1,600 sq. ft., separate entrances, wood floors, LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #260559
GRAND BAY. Savor panoramic views over Sarasota Bay & the marina from Grand Bay's most desirable building. Enjoy membership in Bay Isles Beach Club. $1,349,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #257598 LIDO SHORES. Newer, completely renovated 2BR residence on a nicely sized lot. Excellent home for fun & entertaining. $950,000. Susan Rinehart, 951-6660 or 377-4105. #258220 L'ELEGANCE. Enjoy the wonderful bay & city views from the 6th floor of this lovely 2BRplus-den condominium on Lido Beach. Several upgrades include a home theater system, plasma TV & surround sound. $799,000. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #259518 FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM. Sweeping bay views from this 3BR ''Cypress'' model. Newer kitchen & nicely furnished. Gated with full security and Bay Isles Beach Club membership. $795,000. Craig and Steve Abbott, 383-7591 or 302-0686. #262007 BEST LUXURY BAYFRONT ON LONGBOAT KEY. Lovely, bright & welcoming corner unit with views of the bay, golf course & greenbelt. This residence features an extended wraparound balcony & 2 parking spaces. $699,000. Tom R. Delaney, 388-4447 or 387-3990. #258613 BAY ISLES--ON GOLF COURSE & LAKE. Fabulous panorama of golf course, lakes & sunsets. Features an open plan with vaulted ceilings, neutral colors, two atriums, fireplace & large lanai. $659,000. Mel and Jan Goldsmith, 388-4447 or 383-6673. #257697 HARBOUR OAKS. Lovely, furnished 3BR villa with lake views, 2-car garage & beach access. Just a short distance to pool, golf course & marina. $625,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #261633 FABULOUS BAYFRONT. Set in Buttonwood Cove, this unit features all new kitchen, beautiful wood floors, new windows & plantation shutters. Screened lanai becomes all-weather with sliders. $599,900. Robert & Nancy Lindeman, 388-4447 or 504-2123. #257931 SANDS POINT. Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, this rarely available, 2nd-floor, 1BR-plus-den condominium boasts a beautiful beach, pool & hot tub. $550,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #262106
HARBOR ACRES BAYFRONT. Best location, th sive water views, 167' bay frontage, pool, spa & Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #263219 TOWER RESIDENCES AT THE RITZ-CAR views & sunsets from this 12th floor corner master wing, fine amenities & 2 terraces. $ 302-6400. #260480 SARABANDE. Spectacular panoramic views city lights of Sarasota. Secured downtown suites for owner's use. $2,690,000. Annette 387-0800. #258828 PRESTIGIOUS HARBOR ACRES. Unique wate Over 4,000 sq. ft. pool home with antique $2,495,000. Janis Collier, 951-6660 or 313-1 THE VIEWS WILL AMAZE YOU from this 14th bay vistas. Open floor plan with 3BRs, fabulou Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES. An await in this spacious, state-of-the-art res library & high tech media room. $1,795,0 228-5298. #259771 SOPHISTICATION IN THE OAKS. Enjoy th this stunning, fully furnished 4BR home w spa. $1,750,000. Marcia Salkin & Pau #259205 BALLENTINE MANOR EAST. Enjoy an acre o & boatlift. Amazing potential in this 3BR hom 350-6390. #261485 OAKS CLUB SIDE. High expectations are ex 4BR-plus-den model residence with 4,40 from the award-winning pool. $1,499,000. 356-6694. #257085 EXCELLENT LOCATION. This elegant custom a private enclave of just 5 other residences $1,370,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356
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GULF FRONT BEACH MASTERPIECE. Like great works of art, exceptional homes are precious and rare. The perfect blend of sophistication and the comfort of casual but elegant beach living. No compromises. $8,495,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #247914 CASUAL ELEGANCE IN GATED BEACHFRONT ENCLAVE. Dramatic open design offers stunning views of the Gulf, bay & city skyline. 6,750+/- sq. ft. of superb quality construction & detailing on .83-acre. $6,500,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #244740 ULTIMATE WATERFRONT LIFESTYLE ON LIDO SHORES. Relax & enjoy the mesmerizing Gulf & bay views from this exquisite, decorator furnished & appointed 5BR estate with vanishing-edge pool & dock. $5,950,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #231664 BAYFRONT ISLAND-STYLE ELEGANCE. This elevated 5BR custom home boasts an elevator, spacious waterside terrace, dock for large yacht, & bayside pool. $4,500,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #261977 LIGHTHOUSE POINT. This elegant, spacious home has 4BR suites in 5,200 sq. ft., with gorgeous marble floors, volume ceilings throughout & large dock. $4,350,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #248961 VILLA DI LANCIA. Fabulous penthouse on the Gulf with 5BRs, 5,000 sq. ft. of elegance, southern exposure, expansive terraces, gourmet kitchen & generous living areas. $3,995,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #247798 THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Affording incomparable luxury & unparalleled views of the Gulf, this residence features soaring ceilings, elegant appointments & state-of-the-art amenities. $3,995,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #260602 SANDHAMN. With over 6,100 sq. ft. on the bay and your own private boat dock, this elegantly furnished Tuscan-style home has a fabulous, flexible floor plan and lavish finishes. $3,695,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #249795 ELEGANT BIRD KEY BAYFRONT. Gracious home designed for entertaining. All the amenities of glamorous living, including marble, granite, crown molding, coffered ceilings, open bay views & boat dock. $3,450,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #256092 ST. ARMANDS. A yachter's fantasy, with tremendous water depth & dockage. Walled, gated & beautifully designed home with wide water views from most rooms. Two blocks to Lido Beach. $3,449,000. Marilyn S. Brown & Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 377-6215 & 388-4447 or 953-7717. #255631 BRAND NEW HOME ON BIRD KEY. Designed by Las Casitas, this residence boasts almost 6,000 sq. ft. of luxurious detail, private patio with custom fountain & waterside pool & spa. $2,995,000. Stan Haidl and Peter Salefsky, 383-7591 or 724-3000. #261160 ONCE IN A LIFETIME, THE BEACH RESIDENCES. Seize the opportunity to own a spectacular, 3,964 sq. ft. Gulf front estate condominium with all the amenities that make the Ritz-Carlton the standard of luxury. $2,650,000. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #260495 PERFECT BEACH GETAWAY. Breathtaking views of the Gulf from this 2-story home with all new furnishings, new carpet & numerous upgrades. Spectacular beachfront heated pool & sundeck. $2,525,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #220722 SLEEPY LAGOON. Direct Gulf front with large sandy beach, located in a private setting in an area of multi-million dollar estates. $2,499,000. Michael Losey, 383-7591 or 809-3491. #253050 ISLANDS WEST. Conveniently located with the most sweeping panoramic penthouse views. This 3BR, split-plan unit with study & 2 balconies is partially updated & totally unique. $2,490,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #254506 BEAUTIFUL BEACHFRONT VIZCAYA. Carefree beach living with the feel of a single-family home. Features 3BRs, a wide terrace, outdoor kitchen & private 2-car garage. $2,395,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #258375 BAY ISLES. Magnificent new home on Harbourside Golf Course. Panoramic golf & lake views, exciting architectural details & the finest finishes. Four BRs, pool, spa & 3-car garage. $2,195,000. Ann Martin & Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #256405 BERMUDA-STYLE BEAUTY. Bird Key living at its finest, 3BR-plus-guest suite home with white tile throughout, open sliders to large lanai, new dock & SportsPort. Set on the widest canal on key. $1,989,000. Denby Smothers, 951-6660 or 586-2142. #262801 WATER CLUB. This spacious residence features high ceilings with crown moldings & 2 large terraces. The living/dining room area opens out to a terrace with sunset views. $1,875,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #261964 WATER CLUB II. Breathtaking views of the Gulf, bay & city skyline from this 8th floor Cambridge plan on Water Club II's desirable south side. $1,695,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #259664
ES CA BAY. Grand estate set on 3.2 acres of gated & exquisitely landscaped bay frontage, with 650+/- lineal feet. Superb craftsmanship & taste in this restored & expanded Thomas Reed Martin masterpiece. $14,900,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #261379 DOWNTOWN RETREAT. This secluded, island-style estate is among the most attractive bayfront properties in Sarasota. Connected to the mainland only by a driveway, this aweinspiring residence offers absolute privacy. $10,000,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. EXTRAORDINARY RITZ-CARLTON CORNER PENTHOUSE. Professionally redesigned & upgraded 3BR with leisure room, library & 4 terraces. Two secure parking spaces & all hotel amenities. $5,350,000. Pamela & Lynford Wiley, 951-6660 or 925-2153. #213339 BEAU CIEL. Amazing 2-story masterpiece overlooking Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota. Fabulous penthouse unit with 4BRs & over 5,300 sq. ft. $4,500,000. Annette Rogers & Michael Moulton, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #246494
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terfront home with countless arches, grand winck. Located in a desirable enclave of estate-sized ttig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #256909
LIDO SHORES. Live on a prestigious street among elegant homes. This nearly new, contemporary 3BR estate features walls of glass overlooking the large lanai & lap pool. $1,295,000. Georgina Clamage, 951-6660 or 586-3789. #262279
RENAISSANCE. Absolutely amazing views of the bay, marina & city from this fabulous penthouse. Enjoy sunrises and sunsets from the entire south corner of the building. $1,199,999. Matt Orr, 951-6660 or 685-4077. #262110
JOHNSON ESTATES. West of the Trail, this vintage 3BR cottage is set close to the Southside Village & Siesta beaches. Tucked away on a private treed lot, this home has room for a pool. $489,000. Julia McClung, 388-4447 or 356-6499. #260907 POINSETTIA PARK. Fabulously situated in the middle of the block, this cute 2BR West of the Trail home boasts a den overlooking a gorgeous open yard. $389,900. Marianne LeBar, 951-6660 or 650-0337. #263121 COUNTRY OAKS. Set on a beautifully landscaped lot, this 4BR-plus-den pool home boasts 10' ceilings, open plan, community pool & tennis. Close to downtown, airport & beaches. $329,900. Susan Matteoli, 951-6660 or 356-1335. #262171 RENAISSANCE. This sunny 2BR corner unit with lovely bay views is convenient to downtown, theater & the arts district. $275,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #262252 IDEAL NORTHEASTERN EXPOSURE overlooking Bobby Jones golf course. This rarely available 2BR condominium is located in a quiet & secluded setting close to downtown. $189,900. Larry Mitchell, 951-6660 or 330-0987. #262626 6Siesta Key
geous downtown street. Features approximately pool & one tenant in place. $585,000. Marianne
UNIVERSITY PARK. This 2BR-plus-den home features luxurious upgrades, including custom wood cabinets, granite counters, tile throughout & crown mouldings. Pool & lanai overlook lake. $459,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #260245
is gracious 5,000 sq. ft. home boasts expan& dock. $4,250,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene
COME HOME TO THE RITZ-CARLTON. One of the best units in the Ritz-Carlton, the designer has enhanced this residence with sophisticated lighting & wall coverings. Northern view of marina to bay. $1,290,000. Judy & Bill Nimz, 951-6660 or 374-0196. #246101 LANDINGS. Elegant, sophisticated home in a gated West of the Trail community. 4,250 sq. ft. of perfection, with top-of-the-line chef's kitchen, 4/5BRs, library & expansive pool/lanai area. $1,195,000. Anne Mitchell, 388-4447 or 725-0227. #258486 UNIVERSITY PARK. Exquisite details & the finest quality expected from a 1st class residence, located in a small, intimate neighborhood of only 19 homes. Features a gourmet kitchen, 3/4BRs & library. $1,150,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 374-2920. #262589 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. This grand 3BR luxury downtown end unit residence boasts a wraparound balcony & partial bay views. Occupancy Summer 2005. $989,000. Maryann Casey, 951-6660 or 468-3741. #262206 UNIVERSITY PARK - KNIGHTSBRIDGE. This stunning, custom built home boasts top-ofthe-line amenities, breathtaking views of the lake, granite kitchen, built-ins & beautiful decor throughout. $989,000. Robin DiSabatino, 951-6660 or 685-5368. #263004 CARIBBEAN ARCHITECTURE IN OYSTER BAY on a tropically landscaped 1/2-acre lot. Open, casual design with wood & travertine flooring. $949,000. Susan & Jonathan Fox, 383-3759 or 330-1441. #261832 CHEROKEE PARK - WEST OF THE TRAIL. This charming 4BR pool home features a separate dining room, family room, hardwood floors & a fenced yard. Close to Southside & downtown. $795,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #259315 PLAZA AT FIVE POINTS. This 2BR 11th floor 'D' unit boasts west exposure with fabulous water views. Includes rosewood floors in the grand salon, stainless appliances, & a wonderful tiled balcony. $745,000. The Hedge Team, 951-6660 or 350-0100. #263150 MERIDIAN III - OAKS PRESERVE. Luxurious, detail inspired condominium residence, lavishly appointed with stone, marble & cherry wood floors. Enjoy the exquisite splendor of nature & privacy. $695,000. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-6749. #260278 ROMANTIC HACIENDA. Set on 3/4-acre of wooded, park-like property, this 4BR home offers vaulted ceilings, fireplace, 1,350 sq. ft. master & a car collector's dream garage. $679,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #259334 STONEYBROOK GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB. One of the most beautiful homes in Stoneybrook, this 4BR-plus-den residence is offered fully & elegantly turnkey furnished. $655,000. Susan Noah, 966-8000 or 468-9286. #262238 CITYSCAPE. Urban sophistication in the heart of Sarasota. This penthouse loft boasts 2,275 sq. ft. on the 9th & tenth floors, 2-story window wall & dynamic city to bay views. $649,900. Terri Derr & Ken Torrington, 383-7591 or 356-6694. #259719 LAUREL PARK - COASTAL COTTAGE COLLECTION. New home with vintage 1920s garage & guesthouse on a quiet brick street in historica Laurel Park. Old styling with new standard & exceptional detail. $598,500. Bruce Tassinare, 951-6660 or 955-3333. #262212 DOWNTOWN VILLA ON PALM. Upscale Mediterranean townhouse in gated enclave, surrounded by patios & gardens. Features many designer upgrades & 3 parking spaces. $535,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #249621
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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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