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At mid-day Monday, the angry surf in Sarasota Bay crashes into the seawall at Marine Max on City Island.

Twice blessed, Longboat Key escaped hurricane Frances windblown but with minor damage. BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer

There was more wind and rain, this time. And the onslaught was slow to come. But Longboat Key had luck on its side again, as the effects of Hurricane Frances equaled some downed trees, power outages in the northern part of town, but no major structural damages. “It just moved so slow,” Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said. “That’s what kills you.” Town crews were on standby between Friday and Monday, first waiting for Frances to arrive and then waiting for it to pass. It was a contrast from Hurricane Charley, the Category 4 hurricane that seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye Aug. 13. This time the rains started Saturday afternoon. But

winds didn’t peak until Monday around 2 a.m., when wind gusts were reported to be as high as 50 mph. Longboat Key residents were cooped up in their homes for two days. “It was just a lot of waiting: I thought when I went to bed last night it was all over with,” Deborah DeMars said Monday afternoon as she and her husband, Richard, surveyed the bald areas of their oak tree at their home on the 6000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Throughout the island, branches and leaves were strewn about. Sunday evening, trees were reported to have fallen, blocking Buttonwood Drive and 600 Longboat Court in the Village. Town crews cleared those areas by 9:30 Photos by Longboat Observer staff


Baby palms at City Island bow to Frances.






WATCH Longboat Key Club’s Islandside wood storks curl their backs to fend off the driving rain.

Israel Donato of Sarasota faced Frances straight on about 1 p.m. Monday a said: “To enjoy Mother Nature at her finest.”

Frances was just too much for the Twin Shores sign.

Motorists heading south over New Pass bridge encountered halfopened barriers stuck in place.





Frances’ driving rain obscured the view of downtown Sarasota from the tip of City Island.

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at the Lido Beach lifeguard stand. Asked why he braved the 40- to 50-mph winds, Donato

Jim Hayworth, owner of the Starfish Motel, clears the remains of one of his resort’s most prized trees. Frances’ storm surge pushed Sarasota Bay out of the canal at the end of St. Judes Drive.

Left: Frances uprooted a towering Australian pine, blocking the beach access at the Longbeach walkover.







CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A p.m. that same night. Power went out early Monday for homes and businesses from the 4300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive northward. “There was a major power transmission line somewhere around Cortez Road that got shorted out which caused the blackout,” Public Works Director Juan Florensa said. The main police headquarters had to operate with a generator. Power was restored to most areas by 1:30 p.m. But tempers were still frayed at Lyons Lane late Monday afternoon, as residents waited for power to come back on. A downed tree damaged a main line serving the street, making it the last remaining area to be out of power. “Those pine trees are the reason why we don’t have power,” said a frustrated Warren Girle, pointing to a power line sagging under the weight of an upturned Australian pine along Lyons Lane. “The town should have taken all those trees out a long time ago,” he said referring to the town’s project of removing exotic plants in the area. Florida Power and Light restored power there by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Areas of the Village were flooded Monday morning, officials said. The waters subsided by Monday afternoon. At the North Shore Beach access, Bradenton Beach residents Lois and Richard Manza gazed at the surf lapping all the way onto the sea wall. “You’re not going to find any seashells here,” Richard Manza joked. His wife, Lois, shook her head. “The sand’s gone. This is heartbreaking,” she said. But town officials said the North Shore beach area was already in dire straits before the storm. “We had beach erosion there before this,” St. Denis said. It is still unclear how much sand Frances took away from Longboat Key’s beaches until the tides equalize, he added. The Islander Club, one of the island’s hotspots for beach erosion, actually benefited from the storm. St. Denis said the groin off the club’s beach forced some sand to accumulate. At local hotels, phones were ringing off the hook last Thursday and Friday. “Accommodations were getting a lot of cancellations,” said Gail Loefgren, president of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. “But then they were getting a lot of reservations from people coming from the East Coast. It ebbed and flowed.” Thoughts of Frances were quickly replaced by news of a new hurricane brewing in the Atlantic. “People who were supposed to come here for vacation during Charley canceled and rescheduled for last weekend. And then Frances came in,” she said. “Now they’re trying to decide whether to book for next weekend. But of course we have Ivan.” As of press time, Hurricane Ivan, a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 115 mph, was headed toward the Windward Islands. News of Ivan has already caused some residents to cancel their own plans. Deborah and Richard DeMars won’t be leaving their Longboat Key home for Chicago as they had planned this week. “There’s supposed to be this other one coming,” Deborah DeMars said. “I’d rather stay here, in case something happens. Just when we thought it was all over.” ❑

Left: Dominic Tambini surveys Lido Key beach after Hurricane Frances. Below: A sign lays in the grass on St. Armands after the storm.

Left: Richard Manza, of Bradenton, gazes over the eroded beach off North Shore Drive. The area is a hotspot for sand erosion and may have suffered from the winds brought by Hurricane Frances.

Frances rips off the roof BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF For nearly eight hours Sunday night and in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, the swirling bands of Hurricane Frances swooshed and pounded Longboat Key’s front line of defense, the homes, condominiums and resorts lining the beach. Wind gusts were clocked between 60 and 90 mph. Then about 4 a.m., the family of Anthony and Marie “Micky” Derry heard the roar from their bedroom. “It sounded like an express train,” Mrs. Derry said. Like peeling the top off of an aluminum can, Frances ripped off the roof of the Derrys’ three-story home in the 3300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. By storm’s end around noon Monday, much of the roof lay piled on the driveway of the Derrys’ home. No one was injured. At the time, there were five people in the home - the Derrys, and, visiting from Scotland, their daughter, granddaughter and a friend of the family. “The noise was horrendous,” Mrs. Derry said Monday afternoon, inspecting the rubble. She pointed to a 3-foot by 4-foot piece of the roof lodged in the fronds of a palm tree on the edge of Gulf of Mexico Drive. A strip of the roofing dangled over the front of the home. When the roof blew off, Mrs. Derry said she and her husband rounded up the other family members to move to a lower floor for protection. At the same time, she and her husband worked furiously for the next four hours mopping the driving rain that poured into the home. Mrs. Derry on Monday said she feared the amount of water that seeped between the top floor and the first floor ceilings. Much of it was dripping from cooling vents and weighing heavily on their first-floor ceiling. The Derrys were expecting a temporary cover to be placed over their flat-roof home Tuesday morning. This was not the first time hurricane weather ripped off the Derrys’ roof. Mrs. Derry said they lost the roof on their 1985-built home about 12 years ago. They have lived on Longboat 13 years. “It was much worse this time,” Mrs. Derry said. “My granddaughter told me, ‘Don’t you ever complain about the weather in Scotland again, Nana.’”

Marie “Micky” Derry inspects the remains of her roof.


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Mayor wants more surplus BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer Longboat Key Mayor Ron Johnson, in a letter last week, rebuked Town Manager Bruce St. Denis, accusing him of reducing the town’s surplus to please “rookie” Commissioner Bob Dawson. In his letter, Johnson wrote about his dismay that St. Denis “allowed a proper budget surplus to be reduced to $2 million as requested by our rookie Commissioner Dawson.” He was referring to St. Denis’ recommendation of a 1.55 millage rate for the next fiscal year. That number, St. Denis explained earlier this month, was chosen because it was the minimum rate that allows the town to keep a more than $2 million reserve fund for the

Longboat Key BP is closed temporarily, while new tanks are being installed. Sam Seider, one of the owners, said that the station is installing double-walled tanks before a stateimposed deadline of 2007 for the special tanks. Seider chose September to do the work, because it is usually one if the slower months for the station, he said. Work should be completed by the end of the month. Longboat Key BP also recently completed a remodeling of its store at the location.

next two years. Johnson said he disagrees with decreasing the town’s surplus, which is at more than $4 million this year. “Hurricane Charley showed us that a lot of money is needed to replace infrastructure. I think we should have a reserve fund. It’s just prudent management,” he said. Johnson also attacked Commissioner Bob Dawson’s idea, introduced in June, of giving back about two thirds of the town’s surplus back to the taxpayers. “Dawson’s been saying we should give it back to the taxpayers. I just think it’s inappropriate to do that,” Johnson said. “It’s such an infinitesimal amount for taxpayers. It’s much better to have that reserve there for the town.” Town staff estimated each taxpayer would

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receive about $100 on average if about $2 million of the reserve fund were given back. Johnson’s letter received criticism from his fellow commissioners. In an e-mail, Whatmough defended St. Denis, dismissing Johnson’s allegations that he was influenced by Dawson into reducing the fund surplus. “In my two-plus years on the commission I am not aware that Bruce could be, or has been, coerced into anything that he did not think was best for the town.” Dawson said he doesn’t mind being called a rookie. But he took offense at Johnson’s tone. “I just thought the comments were inappropriate,” he said. “If the mayor wanted to TURN TO RATES, PAGE 3A+

COURTSHIP To fund the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center’s most recent improvement, a red brick patio that sits under its picnic tables, the center is selling personalized bricks. The bricks cost $40 and bear the name of the business or individual. During the rest of September, the center will also add more landscaping and a drainage system to reduce flooding.

Stork defies Frances The stork picked a peculiar time to visit Kristin Heintz, vice president of membership services of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. Kristin and her husband, Lee Heintz, became the proud parents of Alex Calvin Heintz, at 8:22 p.m. Sunday at Blake Medical Center. He weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 22 inches long. Alex is the Heintzes’ second child. Their first son, Colin, is now 2 years old. For anyone who has seen Kristin in the last few months, the baby’s size comes as no surprise. “Everyone kept watching her get bigger and bigger,” Gail Loefgren, chamber president, said. “We knew it would be a big, healthy baby.” Loefgren spent Sunday in the hospital with Kristen and her husband, awaiting the new arrival. “We were there waiting all day long,” Loefgren said. “Which was OK, because it gave us something to do on a cruddy weekend while we waited out the storm.” Loefgren said Kristin is taking about two months off to enjoy her newborn. She is expected back at the chamber the second week of November.

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Developer purchases Chart House BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer

The Chart House property was sold for $5.5 million last week. But Longboat Key residents don’t have to worry about the popular restaurant closing anytime soon, said architect-developer Kevin Daves of Core Development Inc. Daves partnered with New-York based Property Markets Group to purchase the 3acre parcel at 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive. “We really have virtually no plans there,” he said. “We have tenants that we have obligations to. We really bought it as a piece of good property.” Daves had been eyeing the property for about two years now, said Michael Saunders real estate agent Saint Cacchiotti, who brokered the sale with partner Gail Wittig. The property, with its 33,000-square-foot

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One of Longboat Key’s landmarks has been sold to Ritz-Carlton developer Kevin Daves. building, was formerly owned by LKCP Corp. of Jacksonville. Daves, who lives on St. Armands Key, said the property first caught his attention during his first visit to the area.

“The first time I came in 1993, the Chart House was one of the first pieces of property I saw. It became part of my memory of Longboat Key,” he said. “It sits on one of the prettiest pieces of waterfront property in all of the Sarasota areas.” Daves is best known for constructing the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, in downtown a few years ago. Recently, he was involved in the purchase of the former 50-unit Surfview Beach Resort, overlooking Lido Beach, and two other adjacent parcels. There are plans to raze those buildings to make way for the $40 million Azure condominium project. In East Manatee County, Daves and his partners, golf legends, Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin, are getting ready to break ground on a 500-acre, five-star, tour-level golf club called The Concession. ❑



NEWS newsbriefs ZBA to debate gates The Ben Price house gates will be the subject of debate at Thursday’s Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting. The Prices are contesting the Planning Department’s interpretation that the gates at their home on 3105 Gulf of Mexico Drive are too high. Town Planner Monica Daigle said the town considers the gates an integral part of the fence, which cannot be higher than 3 feet. The Prices’ gates measure 5 feet, 6 inches at their highest point. In an appeal letter, Barbara Price argued that the gates do not violate the town’s ordinances. The “art gates,” she wrote, are not a structural component of a fence or wall. If the board votes to uphold the town staff’s interpretations, the Prices will have to go to court to appeal the case. The ZBA meeting is at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road.

Town kept up with Frances Longboat Key town staff e-mailed press releases during the weekend, providing upto-date local news related to Hurricane Frances. It was the town’s first attempt to communicate with the public through the Internet during an emergency situation. “We’re getting a lot of positive feedback,” said Susan Ammons, assistant to the town manager. Overall, Ammons sent out six press releases via the Internet to media groups, homeowners’ associations, the Town Commission, the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and resort groups. The releases updated residents on Longboat Key specific news on the effects of the storm, including what areas suffered

from power outages and where power lines and trees were downed. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis got the idea for the town updates after visiting with officials from Sanibel Island after Hurricane Charley hit Aug. 13. “One of the things Sanibel did very well (during Hurricane Charley) was they were putting information out as soon as they had it on their Web site,” he said. “It allowed people to get information right away that was local.” The town is now seeking for more feedback on its press release system. Residents can log onto the town Web site at and enter comments. To get on the mailing list, click on the “Get our storm press releases” icon.

Trash pick-update The next garbage pickup schedule will be Thursday. Yard waste will be picked up curbside starting Wednesday. Yard waste should be cut down to 4-foot size lengths and bundled and tied at each end. Cut down larger storm debris in sizes that can be handled by hand. The town’s debris contractor will come out to collect storm debris from the curb starting Wednesday or Thursday. The next schedule for recyclables is Monday.

Agenda • Zoning Board of Adjustment — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. • ‘Bagels with Bob’ — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Longboat Key Police Headquarters, 5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive. • Code Enforcement Board — 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. • Regular Town Commission Meeting — 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. ❑


Rates CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A+ attack me, fine, have at it. I think accusing the town manager of buckling under my ideas I think just went too far.” St. Denis wrote a formal rebuttal to Johnson’s letter that explained his methods


NEWS of arriving at the 1.55 millage rate. “The $2 million projected reserve level was not driven by direction from any one commissioner. Reducing the millage rate has been a goal of the town commission since I have been town manager,” he wrote. St. Denis is planning to present a list of alternative millage rates and their effects on the budget surplus at the Sept. 13 meeting.

Correspondence of Mayor Johnson, Town Manager St. Denis and Commissioner Whatmough: To Bruce St. Denis, Longboat commissioners: I am quite dismayed that you have allowed a proper budget surplus to be reduced to $2 million, as requested by our rookie commissioner, Bob Dawson. This is a naïve view of the world for both of you. The amount of money per taxpayer saved by a reduction is a miniscule amount compared to the power of a solid surplus in any emergency. Many people think the government spends surplus dollars simply because they are there. This has not been and is not the case for Longboat Key. It is highly prudent to have a sufficient safety surplus in any business as well as governmental bodies. I have long been on record as requiring and approving an adequate surplus for Longboat Key. Hurricane Charley barely missed us. Even though the town has some insurance, if Charley had hit us hard, we would be in dire straits right now. Our current budget surplus would come in handy in our recovery efforts. While we have many newer and sturdier buildings on this key, we have many other structures of significant age that would not likely have survived Hurricane Charley. Much of our infrastructure is aged and at risk in a high-category hurricane. I have two requests: • I ask that you present to the commission, at our Sept. 13 regular meeting, several budget alternatives providing for a $3 million, $3.5 million and $4 million surplus. • Please review our insurance levels to see what percentage of the current replacement value of our billings in insured. Can this percentage be increased and how much would it cost? How will a necessary increase in insurance costs impact our budget for the coming year? Ron Johnson Mayor Longboat Key

The following are comparisons of projected and actual reserves for the previous four years that provide the basis for this conclusion: Estimated Budget Previous Previous Actual Period Year Year Difference *FY 2001 $1,865,263 $2,593,850 $728,587 FY 2002 $2,226,952 $3,619,458 1,392,506 FY 2003 $2,972,966 $3,464,225 $491,259 FY 2004 $2,503,353 $3,362,894 $859,541 *FY - Fiscal year Based on this history, we anticipate the actual reserves available will continue to be close to what they have been in the past. Bruce St. Denis, Town Manager

To Mayor Johnson: The following information is being provided in response to your memo: 1. The $2 million projected reserve level was not driven by a direction from any one commissioner. Reducing the millage rate has been a goal of the town commission since I have been town manager. After monitoring the trends in unspent funds and property value increases the finance director and I are comfortable that the 1.55 mill recommendation will result in actual reserves that are higher than the $2 million projections. (See table above.) 2. The budget alternatives that you request for a $3 million, $3.5 million and $4 million reserve will be provided in the agenda materials for the Sept. 13 regular meeting. 3. Our current insurance policies are reviewed annually and are already based on replacement value of our facilities. Mayor Johnson, I support your position regarding the need for adequate budget reserved for a town like Longboat Key. I would not have made the 1.55 mill recommendation if I felt it would leave the town in a vulnerable position. In the event of a major disaster such as Hurricane Charley, few communities have adequate reserves on-hand to totally pre-fund the recover effort. The town would need to itilize some shortterm borrowing until insurance and Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements occur. In addition to the general fund reserves, the town also has $5 million immediately available in the utility fund to aid in the initial recovery effort. I hope this memo addresses your concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Bruce St. Denis Town Manager Longboat Key

To Bruce St. Denis and fellow commissioners: I am taken aback by Mayor Johnson’s letter. I believe one can say or write whatever one chooses. However, I believe his letter is disparaging to town manager Bruce St. Denis and Commissioner Bob Dawson, and I do not believe it should be. Both are good people and have the best interest of the town first and foremost. We, the commissioners, have put our reputation on the line by supporting St. Denis. The letter states that “rookie” Dawson (and I have no problem with the word “rookie,” only how it is used in the letter) obviously coerced St. Denis to do his bidding. In my view, there could not be anything further from reality. In my two-plus years on the commission, I am not aware that St. Denis could be, or has been, coerced into anything he did not think was best for the town. The 1.55 mills is his recommendation. I believe on Sept. 13 this will be on the agenda for our discussion. I for one would like to see more civility in our dealings with the commission and the town. My point is: It’s not what you say, but how you say it. Thank you for reading this. Jeremy Whatmough Longboat Key Town Commissioner

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Town Commissioner John Redgrave wants television exposure for Longboat Key’s commission meetings. “That’s the subject I’ve been bringing up now for two or three years; it’s not new,” Redgrave said. Last week, he sent a memorandum asking Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to research costs associated with taping the twice-monthly Town Commission meetings and broadcasting them on Channel 19. “I think we need better communication with the town other than just the press,” he said. “I would like people to be able to make up their own minds.” Longboat Key holds a Town Commission regular meeting every first Monday evening of the month and a workshop on the third


Official forms evaluating the Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ performance this year will have five rating levels instead of three. Town Commissioner Bob Dawson reminded town staff last week that the commission had asked for more flexibility in rating the town manager’s performance. Last year, evaluation forms with 25 questions on St. Denis’ work performance gave commissioners three rating levels: unsatisfactory, neutral and satisfactory. Dawson said the commission decided back then to add more rating levels for this year’s evaluations. “We believed that satisfactory performance is not acceptable for Longboat Key,” Dawson said. “We try and hire the best people and we want performance that far exceeds satisfactory.” That’s why he called Susan Ammons, assistant to the


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Our days are numbered; be prepared It was powerful, patriotic, sentimental, Miraculously, most of Longboat Key funny. Of many good lines, our favorite had it easy once again this past weekend was: “Some folks look at me and see a cer— easy compared to hundreds of thoutain swagger … which in Texas is called sands of our fellow Floridians. The worst The table shows the last direct or indirect hit by any hurricane or a major hurricane. The cate‘walking.’” Bush laid out clearly where he that we heard as of Tuesday morning came gory of hurricane follows the year. These dates precede hurricanes Charley and Frances. stands. Voters should have no ambivafrom Anthony and Marie “Micky” Derry, DIRECT HITS INDIRECT HITS lence deciding between Bush and his whose home faces the beach in the 3300 LAST MAJOR LAST ANY LAST ANY opponent, Sen. John Kerry. block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Hurricane Pensacola 1926 (3) No name 1995 (1) Erin 1995 (3) Opal Bush was especially eloquent and powFrances ripped the roof off of the Derrys’ Panama City 1995 (3) Opal 1995 (3) Opal erful on his stance and beliefs about terthree-story home at 4 a.m. Monday, creatApalachicola 1985 (3) Elena 1985 (2) Kate 1995 (3) Opal rorism and the United States’ role in the ing a horrific event, the second time in a Homosassa 1950 (3) Easy 1968 (2) Gladys world: “Our Nation’s founding commitdozen years the Derrys lost their roof. St. Petersburg 1921 (3) No Name 1946 (1) No Name 1968 (2) Gladys ment is still our deepest commitment: In They spent nearly nine hours Monday Tampa 1921 (3) No name 1946 (1) No Name 1968 (2) Gladys our world, and here at home, we will morning trying to soak up the beating rain Sarasota 1944 (3) No name 1946 (1) No Name 1966 (2) Alma extend the frontiers of freedom ... so it wouldn’t total the interior of their Fort Myers 1960 (3) Donna 1960 (3) Donna 1966 (2) Alma Generations will know if we kept our faith upstairs. Naples 1960 (3) Donna 1964 (2) Isbell 1992 (3) Andrew and kept our word. Generations will know But that was about the extent of major Key West 1948 (3) No name 1999 (1) Irene if we seized this moment and used it to damage here, making Longboat a miracle, Miami 1992 (5) Andrew 1999 (1) Irene build a future of safety and peace. The or a freak of nature, that it has gone as Fort Lauderdale 1950 (3) King 1999 (1) Irene 1992 (3) Andrew freedom of many, and the future security unscathed as it has for so long. As the West Palm Beach 1949 (3) No name 1999 (1) Irene of our nation, now depend on us. And accompanying table shows, the last direct Stuart 1949 (3) No name 1979 (2) David tonight, my fellow Americans, I ask you to hit by a major hurricane here was 60 years Fort Pierce 1933 (3) No name 1979 (2) David stand with me.” ago, an unnamed Category 3 hurricane in Vero Beach <1900 1995 (1) Erin On domestic issues, however, Bush’s 1944. Sure, we’ve had our brushes with Cocoa <1900 1995 (1) Erin self-proclaimed “compassionate conserseveral storms over the past decade, but Daytona Beach <1900 1960 (2) Donna 1979 (2) David vatism” should more aptly be named comthey were no more than severe thunderSt. Augustine <1900 1964 (2) Dora passionate activism, or compassionate storms compared to Hurricanes Andrew, Jacksonville <1900 1964 (2) Dora socialism. While Bush says his policies are Charley and now Frances. Fernandina Beach <1900 1928 (2) No name 1964 (2) Dora intended to expand liberty, he apparently With each hurricane that strikes, our < = before 1900 SOURCE: NOAA intends to expand the reach of governtime is running shorter. We’ve all heard ment, largely through federal tax subsidies the saying about the 100-year storm. In and giveaways. Said Bush: fact, few coastal Florida cities have made • “We will double the number of people served by our it all 100 years. As noted by national hurricane researchers: principal job training program and increase funding for “Miami, which expects a major hurricane every nine years, community colleges.” on average, was struck by a major hurricane in 1992 for the • “To stand with workers in poor communities and those first time since 1950” — 42 years. “Tampa hasn't experiUntil Hurricane Charley struck last month, Southwest that have lost manufacturing, textile and other jobs, we will enced a major hurricane since 1921” — 83 years. “After a Florida, from Tampa to Naples, has avoided any direct hits create American opportunity zones. In these areas, we'll period of nearly 70 years without a direct hit, Pensacola was from the Gulf of Mexico since 1960. And judging from the provide tax relief and other incentives to attract new busihit directly by hurricane Erin and indirectly by major hurridata since 1900, Southwest Florida appears to be the ness and improve housing and job training … ” cane Opal during a two-month period in 1995.” second safest place in Florida. • “We will offer a tax credit to encourage small businessIn other words, no one can possibly predict when FLORIDA HURRICANES SINCE 1900 es and their employees to set up health savings accounts Longboat Key will endure its next direct hit. We are all CATEGORY and provide direct help for low-income Americans to purthankful we have not experienced the total devastation 1 2 3 4 5 Total Major chase them.” that so many other Floridians have endured over the past Florida 17 16 17 6 1 57 24 • “And we will provide low-income Americans with betmonth. But we can be sure, our day is drawing nearer. We Northwest 9 8 7 0 0 24 7 ter access to health care: In a new term, I will ensure every have no excuse for not being prepared as best we can. Northeast 2 7 0 0 0 9 0 poor county in America has a community or rural health Southwest 6 3 6 2 1 18 9 center.” ❑❑❑ Southeast 5 10 7 4 0 26 11 • “Tonight we set a new goal: seven million more affordable homes in the next 10 years, so more American families The mayor fuels the fire RECENT BRUSHES will be able to open the door and say welcome to my home.” Be sure to read the letters on page 3A+ — one each from The following storms passed Longboat Key as • “We must strengthen Social Security by allowing Longboat Key Mayor Ron Johnson, Town Manager Bruce they headed north. These storms caused younger workers to save some of their taxes in a personal St. Denis and Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough — some physical damage to Longboat Key propaccount a nest egg you can call your own, and government regarding the town’s tax rate and surplus. And be sure also erty and its beaches. can never take away.” (Why just younger workers? Why not to read the mayor’s letter to the editor on the accompanyall of us?) ing page. 9/27/95 Hurricane Opal • “In our high schools, we will fund early intervention Each of the letters speaks for itself, quite clearly. But you 9/15/98 Hurricane Georges programs to help students at risk ... By raising performance might re-read them to absorb the full effects. 9/11/01 Hurricane Gabrielle in our high schools and expanding Pell grants for low and Here’s what struck us: an incongruity in the mayor’s words DIRECT HITS, PRE-CHARLEY middle-income families, we will help more Americans start and actions. In his letter to the editor, the mayor’s tone and Year Name Category their career with a college diploma.” message clearly express a strong disdain and disapproval of Longboat Key 1944 No name 3 • “In a new term, we will lead an aggressive effort to Commissioner Dawson and Dawson’s actions in June. Tampa 1921 No name 3 enroll millions of poor children who are eligible but not Three months ago, Dawson vowed to recruit a slate of comFort Myers 1960 Donna 4 signed up for the government’s health insurance programs.” mission candidates who would be more amenable to Naples 1960 Donna 4 No question about it, these are compassionate initiatives. Dawson’s point of view on the town budget. But nowhere in the constitution adopted by our founding As Mayor Johnson told us then and stated in his letter this week: “His (Dawson’s) actions were very divisive and town manager dispassionately laid out the facts in response fathers are these measures enumerated as responsibilities of not in the best interests of the town.” to Johnson. And Whatmough said what needed to be said. the federal government. This is where Bush appears as a dichotomous Jekyll and And yet, on Aug. 31, in his memorandum to the town “I for one would like to see more civility … ” he said, manager, Johnson threw what amounts to a lighted adding, “My point is: not what you say, but how you say it.” Hyde. In one of his personalities he promotes our nation’s Molotov cocktail. In his opening paragraph to St. Denis, To borrow the adage of Madison Avenue: It’s all in the core values of freedom and individual liberty as a strident advocate for entrepreneurial capitalism, low taxes and letthe mayor said: “I am quite dismayed that you have allowed presentation. ting Americans, not their government, have more control a proper budget surplus/reserve to be reduced to $2 million over their earnings and property. In his other personality, as requested by our rookie Commissioner Dawson. This is a ❑❑❑ however, he is eager to take by force of government naïve view of the world for both of you … ” (emphasis Americans’ income and dispense it according to his and his added by Johnson) George W.’s split personalities The mayor’s words and tone are puzzling. Via both letters, In the swirl of hurricane Frances and the shock of the ter- congressional accomplices’ views of the world. With Bush, we may be winning the war on terror, but we he has tossed gas on a fire that was all but dead. To be sure, rorist slaying of school children and mothers in Chechnya, Johnson has the right to say what he wants. But has he not President Bush’s acceptance speech at the Republican are losing the war on creeping socialism on our own home — in tone and style — also contributed to divisiveness? National Convention lost some of the afterglow it might turf. Apparently, however, that’s what Americans want — limited liberty. ❑ St. Denis and Whatmough should be commended. The otherwise have enjoyed.





My view

Longboaters overwhelm with generosity BY DAWN DILORENZO Guest Writer

I’ve been asked many times in the past two weeks if I think the incredible generosity we are seeing from all of Longboat Key after Hurricane Charley is guilt. No. On the contrary, all of the people that have touched my life in the past few weeks are genuinely compassionate and generous. Is each of us is grateful that our small island of paradise was spared? Of course, yet none of us chooses where these destructive forces of nature land. So I, like so many others, believe it is our duty as neighbors and humans with hearts to help to those who have felt the destruction of Charley — destruction that is mind-boggling. Each time I drive to Arcadia and the surrounding areas, I see more destruction I didn’t notice the day before: the obvious lack of electricity and water, not to mention the millions of wonderful old shade trees that have fallen over, been seriously damaged or are standing in 2 feet of water that will eventually kill them if it doesn’t stop raining soon. It rains every day. Water is everywhere and it stinks of swamp and sewage. Mosquitoes the size of helicopters come out once the extreme heat of the day subsides. People sit in total despair and disbelief. That is where Longboat Key comes in. As many of you know, I evacuated right into harm’s way. I see now that there was reason for this choice. Upon returning to my home, I knew so many no longer had a home and decided to help as quickly as possible. I collected $1,200 in just two days at our stores in the Whitney Beach Plaza and made my first trip northeast to Davenport. We brought the very first supplies of food to that area — not only the fresh fruits, milk and roasted chickens that we are famous for delivering, but the first provisions to reach them. The next day I was told of a severe need of help in Arcadia and Nocatee. We went with the next $1,700 of provisions. We have been concentrating on that area since. Bob Siekmann is my dear friend and driver of our truck. On our first trip, we decided to bypass the small distribution center and reach out to individuals by going street to street. Mind you, we have crossed many a fallen power line and even tangled with a few. We knew we made the right decision when we saw how many just couldn’t leave their homes for so many reasons. Many elderly, many without vehicles and, yes, a big reason is the illegal immigrant. They are so afraid; I would be, too. (Hurricane victims must go to a center surrounded with men in uniform with machine guns.) This is perhaps a neces-

sity, although we do not ration anyone when they come to our truck. We ask them what they truly need, and because we fulfill that need, they are honest and grateful. You cannot imagine they look in the eyes of many we meet — so tired from heat and lack of food. Handing someone a fresh orange, a glass of fresh pineapple juice or fresh milk, brings a much-needed smile. One lovely senior wouldn’t take milk despite all the bruises I saw that she sustained from the turmoil of the storm. She said, “For the babies.” She enjoyed her share of milk that day, as did 20 other families. With people bringing the products we ask for, we’ve been able to concentrate in the products that we am able to buy fresh and bring in coolers in our big white truck. We’ve been known to bring 60 roasted chickens, gallons and gallons of fresh milk, yogurt and fruits. As the needs change daily, we would try to assess what to do for the people we saw. As we saw coughs and runny noses, we concentrated on medications. As people began to donate items, we would bring yet another necessity. We were the first to bring pet foods into the areas, including lettuce for a starving pet iguana. With the generosity of Longboat Key residents and many others who are staying here, including those displaced by Charley, we have collected $7,100 in cash and another $6,000 in much needed provisions. You can be sure that we will continue to bring your generosity to these wonderful people as long as we receive products or donations. (I’m hoping to donate to many of these same families for the holidays.) The needs are great and will be for a long time. I want to thank each and every one who has helped me help every single person. Without your help, it wouldn’t work. Special thanks to the locals at the Cocktail Lounge — you are terrific; Sandy LaRose of Design 2000 — you’ve got the knack; Rosemary Calandrucio; Isabelle’s Eatery; The Longboat Observer; The Kiwanis Club; and most of all to St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Your parish has been amazing! We have received more than $300 of products and $550 from you alone! We are not the only Longboat Key residents that have donated time. Everyday I learn of yet another who is doing a wonderful deed. Between cooking, sawing trees, delivering products or whatever, Longboat Key’s presence is everywhere. I know firsthand that Longboaters have touched thousands of people in the past two weeks and we will continue to for weeks to come. I’m very proud to know all of you and call you a neighbor and friend! ❑

Letters to


If you would like to send us your comments, please write, e-mail or fax one of the following addresses: Box 8100, Longboat Key, FL 34228; e-mail:; fax: 383-7193. Please include your name and phone number. The Longboat Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. The editor reserves the right to condense letters.

Mayor responds to Dawson Dear Editor: As mayor of Longboat Key, I feel an obligation, now that the dust has settled, to reply to Commissioner Bob Dawson’s “Letter to the Taxpayers” attacking his fellow commissioners, as published in The Longboat Observer June 24. I do not know where our new commissioner’s thinking is currently regarding his attack on the other commissioners who did not agree to adopt the changes in accounting methodology he recommended. It seemed to me in June that since he had not lived on Longboat Key very long and had only been a commissioner for approximately 70 days that he just might not have known much about our accounting methods and procedures that do follow the guidelines recommended by the state of Florida. Governmental accounting is somewhat different than general business accounting. We have used our present accounting system for more than two decades and have won top state awards every year for our outstanding budget work.

That does not sound like an accounting system that is broken. Perhaps next budget year, after Commissioner Dawson has spent some time following this year’s budget progress, he may have some new insights. And again he may not. He would better serve Longboat Key taxpayers by focusing on reductions in the 85%-plus of our taxes that we all pay to Sarasota and Manatee counties. He would have a better chance of significantly reducing our total tax payments without reducing our important health, life and safety services to our Longboat Key taxpayers. Because of his temperamental outburst and attack on his fellow commissioners, he may have trouble finding his own slate of new commissioners to run for office next year just so that he can change things that do not suit him. His actions were very divisive and not in the best interests of the town. Over the past eight years the sitting commissioners have been able to get along quite well and have accomplished many things that have sub-

stantially improved Longboat Key as well as the general two-county area. Do we always agree? Certainly not. Often one or two commissioners will not agree with an action and will vote against it. But they take their defeat gracefully, and we continue to work together for the good of Longboat Key. It will be important to the future of the town for Commissioner Dawson to work toward earning the respect of his fellow commissioners and the public. He should pursue his examination of the accounting system so that for the future he may be able to convince the other commissioners of his point of view in a civil and non-threatening manner. Ron Johnson Mayor Longboat Key

What’s Up, Doc? I would like to know what Arvey Rogers had to say when Texan Ann Richards said at the Democratic National Convention to nominate Clinton: “Bush, born with a silver foot in his mouth.” If wealth and/or status are so insignificant to him, why was it so necessary for him to sign his letter “M.D.?” Did we all need to know he is a doctor? Marjorie Milas Longboat Key

Is U.S. system better? In his final paragraph of his column in The Longboat Observer, Mr. Walter Williams wonders how many Americans would like the Canadian Health Care System. Perhaps he should start by asking the millions of Americans who can’t afford health insurance or drugs. Fred Smith Longboat Key

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SLEEPY LAGOON. This wonderful family beach home boasts sweeping beach & Gulf views, separate guest apartment, new kitchen & private master suite. $3,360,000. Jo Ann Thorpe, 388-4447 or 349-7583. #261804

PRESTANCIA VILLA. Set in a gorgeous gated community, this 2BR residence features a beautifully updated kitchen, outstanding golf course views, high ceilings & fireplace. $374,900. Wayne and Penny Sanders, 966-8000 or 923-5895. #261768 MOTE RANCH. Located close to shopping & theater, this pristine home boasts incredible lake views, caged pool & fishing dock on Braden River. $329,500. Sheldon Paley, 388-4447 or 356-1857. #262605 VILLAGE WALK. Brand new Cayman model set for August completion. Enjoy preserve views from this upgraded home. Community features a common pool, tennis & fitness center. $309,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #260744 GRANADA. West of the Trail lot set in a perfect Camino Real location. Ready to build your dream home. $300,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 376-1717. #262513 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 GULFSTREAM TOWERS - DOWNTOWN PIED-A-TERRE. A breathtaking & tastefully renovated condominium with bay & marina views, 17-inch tile throughout & all the amenities of living downtown. $249,900. Maribeth Liskey, 388-4447 or 586-6659. #258447 FOREST LAKES. This attractive split plan home with side-entry garage offers beautiful hardwood floors in living & dining rooms & an eat-in kitchen with French doors to an expansive deck. $245,000. Sharon Freeman & Judy Beck, 383-7591 or 545-0899. #262036 5Casey Key

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GULF VIEW. An acre of magnificent oaks & palms reminiscent of Old Florida. Walk down to a private white sandy beach or take a dip in the pool. Charm exudes throughout this property. $3,150,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #255846 HIDDEN HARBOR YACHTING RETREAT. Set on .68-acre with 2 sides of water, this elegant, spacious home features 4BRs, office, kitchen overlooking family & breakfast rooms, & large outdoor entertaining area. $2,995,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #260281 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


Flags will line GMD BY KAT WINGERT Staff Writer

Almost 3,000 American flags, each representing a victim who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks three years ago, will once again line the length of Longboat Key. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce conducted the memorial tribute last year for the first time, along with the help of the Longboat Key Public Works Department. The 2,998 flags, planted along Gulf of Mexico Drive, waved throughout the day last year, making a stunning, 11-milelong memorial. This year members of Public Works will erect the flags along Gulf of Mexico Drive on Friday, Sept. 10, and pick up the flags Sept. 13. Juan Florensa, director of Public Works, said the job of putting up the flags last year went more quickly than they had originally planned, thanks to a tool one member of the public-works team devised to measure out the distance between each flag. “I don’t remember exactly how long it took last year, but it took almost half the time we had given for it to take,” Florensa said. “One of the guys designed a little tool to get the correct distance, and it took a lot of ingenuity, so we’ll just use that again.” The Public Works department was honored last year by the chamber as Member of the Year because of its efforts for the Sept. 11 flag memorial. In addition to the weekend flag memorial, on Sept. 11 through Sept. 18, Longboat Key will celebrate Heroes’ Week. Nineteen families from Fort Benning, Ga., who have each had a member of their family recently return home from serving in Iraq, will vacation on the Key for a minimal cost in appreciation for their service to the country. Four businesses will participate by offering housing for the families. The largest of them is Sand Cay Resorts, which will



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donate 22 of its 60 condominiums for only a $65 charge for a week to cover cleaning costs. Normally, each Sand Cay unit rents for up to $1,200. “It really took a lot of work on the part of (Sand Cay Property Manager) Ed Miller to get this together, because each condo at Sand Cay is privately owned,” Gail Loefgren, president of the chamber, said. “I’m proud of these chamber members and I’m especially proud of Sand Cay.” Miller said Sand Cay has worked to get a discount at Backyard Bike Rentals for the families during their stay as well. “I just hope the weather’s good for them, with all the storms we’ve been having,” Miller said. The Longboat Bay Club, the Starfish Motel and the Seaside Garden Retreat have also donated units for the military families. The idea for the event was hatched by Seaside Garden Retreat’s owner, Tom Brennan, when he was watching coverage of the war in Iraq in February. “I saw the sacrifices the soldiers were making and thought, ‘What can I do to help?’” Brennan said. “I then thought it would be great to make them feel welcome when they come back, and I knew I could do that, so I contacted a base in New York and they said it would be better to work with one more locally, so Fort Benning’s worked with me and then I got the chamber involved, and that’s how it all began.” Brennan brought the idea to Loefgren and the chamber months ago, but Loefgren worked to coordinate the week with the flag memorial as a special welcome for the families. “We tried to make everything go hand in hand, and fortunately we have some great chamber members,” Loefgren said. “I mean, it’s rest and relaxation in a nice part of the world. What a treat — Longboat Key!” ❑

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Beth Blitz is the newest addition to the Longboat Key Fire Department. BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer

The Longboat Key Fire Department has filled the last of three firefighter positions it added two years ago. The department’s newest hire is Beth Biltz, who started her position as firefighter/paramedic last Friday.

Beth Biltz Age: 37 Hometown: Milwaukee. Working in a small department wasn’t in Biltz’s plans until she saw Longboat Key.

“Initially I wanted a big department where I could learn a lot of skills,” she said. “But when I first came here when I was applying for the position, I just fell in love with it — the area, the department, the people. The more I learned, the more I wanted the job.” Blitz was formerly a dispatcher at the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department. Before that, she served in the Air Force between 1989 and 1993. She also worked in sales at a company in Fort Lauderdale before deciding to train as a firefighter. ❑

Swifmud begins to drill wells on Longboat BY ISABELLE GAN Staff Writer

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has started the preliminary process of drilling wells at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center and Bayfront Park Recreation Center. The two wells, which will cost the town $40,000, will be used for testing the quality of the water within the PZ2 layer of the

aquifer, Public Works Director Juan Florensa said. The town is looking for alternative sources of irrigation water to lower the daily use of drinking water it buys from Manatee County. If the aquifer layer is found to have quality water, the wells will be used to water the areas around the tennis courts and the softball field at the Rec Center. ❑

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Cops’ Corner Aug. 24 11:24 a.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Property Damage. Man reports a light pole falling on a parked car. 1:09 p.m. — 2700 block GMD. Burglary/Residence. Man reports some unknown subjects attempted to “knock” the door handle off a rear door of a residence. No signs of entry evident.

3:25 a.m. — 6900 block Poinsetta Avenue. Domestic Violence. Man is arrested for domestic battery while his girlfriend is arrested for driving under the influence. The girlfriend complained of hurting her head when the man shoved her up against a wall. Officer confirmed a “golf ball-sized” lump behind the woman’s head. The woman also was arrested after she was found driving a car while intoxicated. 8:56 a.m. — 2100 block GMD. Traffic Accident. A 2001 Plymouth hits a 1996 Acura from behind as traffic slows.

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2:30 p.m. — 100 block Broadway. Suspicious Circumstance. Man reports having a fight on the beach with another man over some shoes. 3:27 p.m. — 100 block Broadway. Burglary Attempt. A car alarm goes off and a witness reports seeing a black truck occupied by two white males rapidly leaving the area. 3:42 p.m. — 3500 block Misteletoe Lane. Man reports a missing awning. Man’s painter says the awning may have been thrown out by mistake. 5:58 p.m. — Longboat Pass Bridge. Public Service. Caller reports juveniles jumping off bridge. Officer transports intoxicated 18year-old male to the police station and calls his father.

10:04 a.m. — 500 block Juan Anasco Drive. Suspicious Circumstance. Officer contacts homeowners about a broken slider behind their residence. 3:08 p.m. — 3000 block GMD. Fraud. Man complains of his ex-wife forging his name on a check for $2,500. The incident dates back to 1998, but man only discovered it recently. 9:24 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Security Check. Officer finds an office door unlocked.

6:48 p.m. — 3400 block GMD. Burglary. Woman reports her purse stolen. Someone had taken it from her parked car.

Aug. 29 12:34 a.m. — 5300 block GMD. Security Check. Officer finds front door of business unlocked. 5:56 a.m. — 4200 block GMD. Disturbance. Officer assists woman in disconnecting fuses on her rental car. The car’s alarm was malfunctioning, going off once an hour. 1:27 p.m. — 6000 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Woman becomes upset after she is issued a traffic citation for passing a vehicle in a no-pass zone.

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5:30 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Property damage. Man reports a gold Chevrolet driving off with the gas station’s gas pump nozzle. Driver of the car later found headed back to the gas station. Driver says a passing motorist alerted him to the nozzle and hose dangling from his gas tank. 7:22 p.m. — 600 block Weston Pointe Court. Fire/ Miscellaneous. Officer provides traffic control at a minor gas leak area. 8:05 p.m. — 4800 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Officer stops a 1995 Ford Explorer for having no brake lights and displaying the tag on its trailer improperly. A check on the driver’s identity reveals a man of the same name wanted for two counts of manslaughter. Officer releases driver after making sure he isn’t the same man. 10:34 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Traffic Violation. Man is arrested after a routine traffic stop. He has a Manatee County warrant for failure to appear.

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live music next door. He tells them to discontinue playing the music. 8:55 p.m. — 700 block St. Judes Drive. Boat Thefts. Man reports a stolen boat. 9:39 p.m. — 1200 block GMD. Suspicious Circumstance. Caller reports seeing flare floating on the beach. Officer advises area residents not to touch any flares they see.

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Keep your cool on Longboat Key Do’s and don’ts for exercising in high heat 1. Don’t exercise strenuously in high temperatures (more than 90 degrees) or high humidity (more than 75%). Be especially careful when both temperature and humidity are high. 2. Don’t think you don’t have to worry because you’re in the pool. You can become dehydrated and overheated when swimming, especially if the water temperature is more than 80 degrees (not uncommon on Longboat Key in the summer). 3. Don’t keep exercising if you feel dizzy, faint and/or nauseous. If you experience any of these symptoms of heat exhaustion, rest in the shade and drink water until you recover. 4. Do try to exercise in the early morning hours. In dry heat, early morning or evening is OK, but in our climate, higher humidity keeps the heat up after the sun goes down.


factor in the withdrawal of world-record-holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain, who left the course two hours into the race. (She offered no explanation in her post-race press conference.) The men’s marathon, run in somewhat easier conditions later in the day, turned out better. The winner, Stefano Baldini of Italy, finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 55 seconds — considerably quicker than the 2-hour, 15- to 16-minute estimates that prevailed before the race. The Olympic marathoners trained carefully for the anticipated conditions and they were conspicuously meticulous about their fluid intake during their races. And while most Longboaters are mere mortals who will never run a marathon or need an ice vest, we can and should be equally smart about pursuing our own fitness routines during the height of the heat. The guidelines are mostly common sense, yet one sees runners hoofing along Gulf of Mexico Drive at high noon with nary a water bottle in sight. Unless they are well-conditioned Athenians here for a visit, they would do well to review the basics for exercising in the heat and to remember that the marathon honors the messenger Philippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens with news of victory over the Persians, only to die shortly thereafter from heat exhaustion.

5. Do drink more water than usual. Drink 12 to 20 ounces of cold water before exercising in the heat. During exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends approximately eight ounces for every 10 to 15 minutes of activity. 6. Do carry a frozen water bottle in a fanny pack or in the back of your shorts. It will help keep you cool, supply you with water to drink and even help reduce inflammation in your lower back. 7. Do wear loose clothing, preferably made of cotton or sweat-wicking fabric. It isn’t sweating that cools the body; it is the evaporation of the sweat. 8. Do work at a moderate intensity. To be safe in the heat, exercise at an intensity of no more than 60% to 70% of predicted maximum heart rate (220 minus your age).

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Many Europeans, especially the Germans and British, visit here in the summer because they like our heat. When the Greeks come, on the other hand, it is to get away from their own, even hotter climate. Realtor Andrew Vac reminded me, “It is 100 degrees in Athens in the summer months.” The 2004 Olympic Games provided us with many vivid images of the impact of heat on athletic performance. The games also gave many of us our first look at a recent invention of sports science, the ice and other coolant vests worn by some competitors to pre-cool their bodies before their events. The concept of an ice vest to reduce core temperatures was first developed by the Australian Institute of Sport before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and used extensively at those games by the Australian field hockey team. The idea of pre-cooling is still a relatively new one. The theory is that by cooling off prior to hot weather exercise, the body has more capacity to store heat and loses less fluid during a competition. And there is some research to support that pre-cooling can help improve performance. In a 1995 study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, 14 runners ran to exhaustion in 75-degree heat under normal conditions and after pre-cooling in a chamber for 30 minutes at 41 degrees. Pre-cooling reduced the athletes’ body temperature by 0.6 degrees and led to a significant increase in running endurance. Researchers hypothesized the improvement was due to reduced stress on the runners’ metabolic and cardiovascular systems. An earlier study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology evaluated subjects cycling as hard as possible for one hour at 65 degrees under normal conditions and after pre-cooling. The pre-cooled group increased their work rate by 7%. In another phase of the study, athletes cycled as long as possible. Time to exhaustion increased by 12% and sweat rate and heart rate were lower after pre-cooling. This particular study suggests precooling may improve endurance even in relatively moderate temperatures. A Reuters report from Athens cited a test that showed that by wearing an ice vest for 30 minutes before competing, the rise of an athlete’s core body temperature slows by about 20%. The August heat and humidity, which drive most Athenians from the capital to the Greek Islands, took its toll on the Olympic athletes, most conspicuously on cyclists and runners. In the women’s marathon, the temperature at the starting line was a reported 100 degrees, and only 66 of 82 entrants finished. There is conjecture that heat was a

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‘Bagels with Bob’ — will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Longboat Key Police Headquarters, 5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Longboat Key Republican Club — will host Kathy Dent, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, who will speak at this month’s meeting, taking place 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Longboat Key Club Island House. For more information, contact Bob Dawson, president of the club, at 387-2105. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — hosts its lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cost is $12. Call Marilyn Bezner for reservations or information at 3870706. Longboat Key Democratic Club — will conduct a “Get Out and Vote” workshop luncheon 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Longboat Key Hilton. Cost is $18. To attend, call Irwin Katz at 383-6920. Business After Hours — with the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14,

at T.H. Winston, 1451 Global Court, Sarasota. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for future members. Nooner — will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Bayou Steakhouse, 6814 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Lunch costs $15 for members and $20 for guests. For more information or for reservations, call the chamber at 387-9519.

“U.S. Intelligence, Trauma and Recovery” — a presentation by Rear Adm. Don Harvey (retired) and hosted by Sarasota-Manatee Council Navy League of the United States, will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Bird Key Yacht Club. Cost is $25 and includes dinner. Contact Capt. Larry Balok U.S.C.G. (retired) at 741-9830 for information. 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.

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

Social ‘Rags to Riches’ — the annual fashion show and luncheon hosted by the Sarasota Women’s Council of Realtors, will take place 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Michael’s On East. Expo tables will open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $30. Call Kathy Burns at 366-1300 for reservations or for more information. ❑

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. Until Sept. 10, Shabbat services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will lead the services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial director. 383-3428. High Holy Days services: Shabbat Services: 8 p.m. every Friday; every 10 a.m every Saturday, beginning Sept. 10. Selichot Service: Reception is at 9:15 p.m., and service is at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. High Holy Days: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15; Rosh Hashanah Service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16; Congregation Memorial Service, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at Palms Memorial Park, 170 Honore Ave., Sarasota; 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 non-members. Sukkot Service: 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

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Bad things happen to good people sometimes The Saturday after Hurricane Charley bat- in my younger days has shrunk significantly, tered areas not too far from here, I took pen in and for that I am grateful. It is a relief to know hand and attempted to capture on paper some God is ultimately in charge, not me. of the many thoughts rumbling through my The events of Friday, Aug. 13, served as a mind. Those thoughts, random reminder of something I already though they might have been, knew — just how precious each became the basis for the sermon the new day of life is. Isn’t it amazing next day. Gone was the message I how we too-often take time for had originally planned to preach. granted? Perhaps we need to be joltNow, as I gather my thoughts for ed every once in a while in order to this article, even though the big truly appreciate that each moment storm is long gone, I feel as if my of life has been entrusted to us. Only mind is in a time warp, much like then are we more respectful of the the clock on a public building in gift of time and moved to use it Punta Gorda, pictured in the local wisely, in ways that really matter. newspaper a while back. That clock, by The Rev. As the possibility of being hit by as I recall, read 4:31 p.m. a major hurricane loomed larger Please permit this time-chaland larger, I couldn’t help but ponlenged preacher to share some of the der how regularly I take being well reflections shared with those gathered for wor- for granted. It is as if I am convinced being well ship at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church on is a right, my due, what I am owed. As we all Sunday, Aug. 15. I offer the following for con- know, bad things do happen to good people. sideration: There is much in this life we will find difficult, Life is fragile. No matter how secure we may if not all but impossible to understand and hard feel we are, things can change for us in an to accept. The unexpected and the unwanted instant. Ultimately, we are not in control, and can come to anyone. We may not always be to live as if we are is to get carried away with well, but that doesn’t mean we cannot know ourselves. We are dependent on the one who well-being. We dare believe that God’s love in first grants us life. With each passing day, I find Christ provides for us through all of life’s times, that the mantle of invincibility I proudly wore be those the good, the bad or the in-between


chapters of our lives. Faith is a gift of God that enables us to persevere, come what may. It is not an immunization that keeps us from all ills. For me, seeing piles of rubble and being told, “This is what is left of someone’s home,” makes my stomach churn and my heart break. But such scenes also compel me to evaluate what it is that matters most in life. To lose what one has accumulated, in an instant, is beyond comprehension for most of us. And yet the time comes for all when what we claimed to own is no longer ours. We are no longer here to claim it. Whose does it become? Tragic loss of possessions is always devastating. But there are other losses in life that can be even worse. Disasters have a way of putting priorities in order for us. They cause us to re-evaluate what is really

important and to give thanks to God with renewed fervor. Finally, I would suggest that calamity offers each of us an opportunity to respond in significant ways, to rise to new heights in being there for those in need. The need to respond is the flip side of any unfortunate occurrence. Isn’t it strange that when the worst happens, the best is quick to follow? As we deal with life’s storms, whether those storms involve wind and rain or some other devastating ingredients, may we do so trusting that we are God’s forever, that he will provide and that his grace is sufficient to see us through. Eric P. Wogen is a pastor at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. ❑





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Laurette McCann, 52, of St. Augustine, died suddenly Aug. 30, while vacationing in Rome. She attended St. Alphonsus College in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and John Jay College in New York City. Ms. McCann was an accomplished artist who enjoyed traveling. She is preceded in death by her father, Al McCann, who died in 1995. She is survived by her mother, Susie

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A head for numbers and a heart for the arts Photos by Marty Fugate

Bill Herman, Sarasota Arts Council’s first vice president, in front of a New York City street of the mind painted by Hing Biu

Bill Herman bridges the gap between art and business. BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Editor


ill Herman is a lot of different things. He’s a retired CPA, a Longboat Key resident, an arts lover, an arts supporter, first vice president of the Sarasota County Arts Council, and on the boards of numerous cultural organizations. I could go on, but you get the idea: He’s a multifaceted, multitalented man, this Bill Herman. But through all the many things he is and has been, there’s one thing he’s does consistently, a single function he’s performed all his life ... He’s a bridge-builder. Between the right brain and left brain. Between the demands of creativity and the bottom line. Between the worlds of art and money. Herman knows how to bring the two together. He knows that the connection is much deeper than ticket sales and investments in paint and canvas you hang on your wall. It’s a rare insight. What’s even rarer is his ability to get the point across to the disparate representatives of the arts and business worlds.

Here’s what he’s like in action: It was last May 25, at the Sarasota County Arts Council’s annual meeting at the Players Theatre. The meeting had broken up into small groups, each with its own color-coded balloon. There were two balloons, a green one and a red one, where Herman was sitting — the endowments panel had joined forces with the group talking about our area arts economy. The people around him engaged in some spirited blue-sky brainstorming. He listened, then stood up to talk. It reminded me of one of those old “When E.F. Hutton talks everybody listens” commercials. When Bill Herman talked, everybody listened.

What he said made sense. Something along the lines of ... Business people like to hear concrete plans when arts groups are asking them for money. You can’t just tell them, “Hey guys, we need money for the arts. Give us some money.” They want to know the benefit — what the money’s going for. If a study shows that money spent on the arts is good for business, tell them about the study. “Arts for arts’ sake” just isn’t good enough. Something like that, though not quite so blunt. All very logical. But it wasn’t just his logic that gripped people. There’s just something about the way Herman says things ... Ask Loretta Lea, the Arts Council’s director of finance and grants administration. Her observation: “He has a very nice way of getting a point across to people without offending them.” Good point. How does he do it? Herman’s trick is a simple one — simple, in the sense that “run faster than the other guys,” is a recipe for winning an Olympic Gold Medal.

Two of Bill Herman’s art pieces — these ivory martial arts figures from Japan maintain perpetual zanshin.





Herman CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1B Herman sees the other person’s point of view from the inside out. He knows how business people think. He knows how artists think. When he talks to either group, he talks to them as an insider. He can express the agenda of artists in the language of business or spell out a CEO’s bottom line in artspeak. He’s a translator, in other words. A bridge. How did he come by this “simple” knowledge? Like most people who’re really good at something, Herman is hard-pressed to define when he really started doing it. A New York City native, Herman had appreciated the world of the arts since childhood. He began connecting that world to the hard-nosed realities of business when he was still in college, working toward his CPA degree. Although he was still a student, he started doing part-time work for the firm of Lutz and Carr. That turned into full-time work after he graduated. Herman ultimately worked his way up to senior partner, and stayed with the same firm and its unique specialty for the rest of his career. That specialty was the cream of the arts and entertainment industry. Lutz and Carr’s A-list clients included the Kennedy Center, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, most of New York City’s major dance companies, the Tony Awards, the American Conservatory Theatre, Joyce Theatre, the Big Apple Circus, and anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 of the shows on Broadway in any given year. Consider that just the short list of art groups the firm audited and supplied with management consulting services. “We probably represented more not-forprofit arts organizations than any other firm in the country,” Herman says with charac-

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Norma Herman’s photograph of a sculpture in Berlin commemorating the site where boxcars full of human cargo would embark to the concentration camps. teristic humility — more not-for-profit arts organizations than any other firm in the country — it’s a throwaway line, an aside, no big deal. You can see where he comes by his bridgebuilding qualifications. But his skills with number-crunching and familiarity with the Byzantine intricacies of arts “orgs” are only part of it. Herman loves the arts. He understands. He has that indefinable thing — an artistic eye, an eye that sees. You can see it in his house on Longboat Key. Art is at home here. It’s not like some homes that are choked to the brim with art — art objects as conspicuous consumption or an expensive way to fill empty space. Art




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can bridge the worlds of art and business, how he can volunteer for a bewildering variety of unpaid and highly demanding positions for the Arts Council. At last count, Herman is first vice president of the Arts Council’s board, and also chair of its TDC (Tourist Development Council) Grants Committee and its TDC Grants Panel Policy Committee. He also chairs two new grant panels bestowing grants to individual artists and historic preservation efforts from the John Ringling Fund. As if that weren’t enough, he chairs an additional committee that administers opportunity grants (funded by the Florida state “arts” license plate) to not-for-profit arts groups who are eligible because they didn’t get a TDC grant. OK, fine — it all adds up. Put Herman’s talent and experience together, and you’ve explained how he’s humanly capable of doing so much. But what you haven’t explained is why he’s still working so hard in the first place. Astute readers will have noticed: He’s supposed to be retired. As Herman tells it, having worked with arts groups his whole life, he figured life in Florida’s “cultural coast” would be a natural. He came and looked around and fell in love with Longboat Key in 1993. He built his house here in ’95 and promptly retired to become a fulltime resident in ’96. Retired ... Mention that word to anyone at the Arts Council and you’ll get a big laugh. According to Su Byron, its marketing director, “We joke with him that he’s supposed to be taking it easy, living the good life on Longboat Key — but first thing in the morning, we look up and there he is, rolling up his sleeves, coming in ready to work. Some retirement.” Patricia Caswell, the Arts Council’s executive director, will tell you, “Bill is generous with his time and has a brilliant way of looking at numbers. And he is an unflappable, calming influence.” They love him at the Arts Council. They’ll tell you he’s a doll. A whiz with numbers. A born diplomat. A true gentleman. A friend. All true. But why is Herman still working so hard? “I came to Sarasota because of its arts and circus reputation,” he says. “I figured I could either get involved with the Arts Council or run off and join the circus. I’m really taking the easy way out.” And that smile returns. ❑


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The art of the Artist Series The love of good music is up-close and personal thanks to Lee Dougherty Ross and friends. It’s occurred to me, writing this weekly column, that I’ve spent more than a month looking ahead at events that will take place in the upcoming season. That’s pretty good for a small city tucked on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. But then, it’s the reason most of us moved here in the first place. It’s the reason we’re all so excited about Sarasota’s Arts Day, which takes place deep in the heart of the season (Jan. 16, this time around). If you remember, last year, we figured Sarasota had more culture per capita than New York City. (Please don’t ask for statistics. As a born and bred New Yorker, I go by gut reactions and my gut tells me this is pure fact!) If you’ve never been in Sarasota for Arts Day, please mark it on your calendar: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005. It’s your chance to see and hear every music ensemble, arts venue and fine-arts organization in the county. And you’ll be very happily surprised, not to mention exhausted, by the end of the day. We’ve talked about the Artist Series in this space, too, but not in the detail its upcoming ninth season deserves. You’ll remember that Lee Dougherty Ross and her husband, Jerold Ross, started this music series in their living room. The concerts outgrew that space so they moved it downstairs to the lobby of their condo. When that got too small, they rented David Cohen Hall. And, just recently, they outgrew that space and moved over to Holley Hall. The secret of their success is the quality of the performers they import for their programs. Lee is a magnificent specimen of a woman — lithe, long, far-from-languid, luxuriant in personality, and brimful of pianistic partnering for visiting singers and instrumentalists; she especially loves singers (having been exquisitely blessed in that area, too). So, while the series is slightly slanted toward vocalists, you may rest assured that those that Ross will bring to the Artist Series are worthy of hearing.

The recital series will begin Jan. 9 with soprano Indra Thomas, whose name is getting around these days from Atlanta to New York. Pianist Barbara Nissman, who’s performed with most of the major symphony orchestras of the world, is slated for Jan. 23. Canadian soprano Christine Antenbring and pianist Mikhail Hallak make their appearance Feb. 13. Expect that to be an exciting program, because Hallak has been part of the Met Opera’s Young Artist Program and is a coach-pianist for both Spoleto and Santa Fe. Violinist Boris Kucharsky and pianist Melissa Marse will be featured Feb. 27. And the series concludes on March 13, with 25-year-old soprano Latonia Moore who’s recently sung in Dresden, Oslo and Washington, D.C. But this year, there’s more to the Artist Series. There are three “Evenings Around the Steinway.” This is a special series that takes place in private homes of music-happy Sarasotans. This is chamber music the way it’s supposed to be served — in private, intimate “chambers” or music rooms, with congenial, affable friends gathered to hear “small” works that too often are lost in larger spaces. It’s a wonderful way to meet like-minded people, have fun and hear great performances. Obviously, all of these recitals sell out quickly so, if you’re interested in attending single programs or the whole she-

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bang, make your reservations early. One other lovely thing about this series is that it’s still a ma-and-pa organization. Want tickets? Call the Rosses 388-1188. That’s something you don’t see in New York City very often! June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as "Today in New York," "Salute to the Arts" and "The Sound of Broadway."❑


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an answer some of you have heard before. It’s my parents’ fault. Let me explain. When I was a kid — growing up in a middle class family, in the middle of America in the middle of the 1970s — most parents dished out the same plate of advice to their kids. Get good grades, go to college and pursue a profession that would offer a decent standard of living and perhaps a dollop of prestige. If you were good at math and science, become a doctor. If you were better at English and history, become a lawyer. If blood grossed you out and your verbal skills needed work, become an accountant. That’s the advice my parents gave me. That’s the advice most middle-class parents gave their kids. Doctor. Lawyer. Accountant. Engineer. Those were the jobs that led to the promised land of financial security, professional prestige and overall happiness. The advice was so widely believed that if you deviated from the path, everybody tried to step in and steer you back on course. For example, in college, I majored in linguistics. And I got the same question over and over again. It’s a question some of you have asked before. It’s a question some of you have heard before. What are you going to do with that? Linguistics? What are you going to do with that? Sound familiar? Go to law school, my parents told me. It’s something to fall back on. Go to law school, everyone said. It will keep your options open. Now, to be fair, that advice was wellintentioned. And at the time, it wasn’t exactly wrong. Back then, going to law

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school was a wise pathway into the respectable world. But today that’s no longer true. These days, that advice is not just boring. It’s dangerous. Because the future you’re facing looks very different from the future I faced when I graduated from college 18 years ago. Today, the future doesn’t belong to those engineers, lawyers, and accountants. It belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The future belongs to artists and designers, photographers and illustrators. It belongs to creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. In other words, it belongs to people like you. Let me give you an example. A few years ago, a man named Robert Lutz took over a top job at General Motors. Now, Bob Lutz is in many ways a typical auto executive. He’s a white-haired, white man in his 70s — a former Marine. But when a reporter asked him how his approach would differ from that of his predecessors, here’s what he said: ‘It’s more right brain. I see us being in the art business. Art, entertainment and mobile sculpture, which, coincidentally, also happens to provide transportation.’ Let those words settle in for a moment. The art business. General Motors — General Motors! — says it’s in the art business. In the middle of the last century, Charlie Wilson, a GM executive who became U.S. defense secretary, uttered a line that helped define an era. He said, ‘What’s good for General Motors is good for America.’ Well, I think it’s time to update Wilson’s soundbite for a new century. What is happening to General Motors is happening to America. Today we’re all in the art business. In the U.S., the number of graphic designers has increased tenfold in a decade;

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graphic designers outnumber chemical engineers by four to one. Since 1970, the U.S. has 30% more people earning a living as writers and 50% more earning a living by composing or performing music. More Americans today work in arts, entertainment and design than work as lawyers, accountants and auditors. And that’s just the beginning. Because several powerful forces are converging to make my parents’ advice obsolete — and to make your degree from Ringling more valuable than you ever imagined when you enrolled here four years ago. One of those forces is automation. Computers have begun to shake up the lives of white-collar workers this generation much as they disrupted the lives of blue-collar workers last generation. Computers can now do many routine tasks — processing claims, adding figures, searching data — faster, cheaper and better than humans can. So accountants lose work to TurboTax and other accounting software. The same thing is happening to lawyers. The typical lawyer charges $180 an hour. But now you can get basic fill-in-the-blank legal forms on the Web for 15 bucks. You can even go online and get a divorce for a mere $249. That will leave a lot of lawyers unemployed. Then there’s globalization. As we’ve seen this year, there are millions of capable white-collar workers in India, the Philippines, and elsewhere willing to do work like basic computer programming and financial analysis for a fraction of the pay of workers in the west. That will leave a lot of code slingers and number crunchers unemployed. These two forces — automation and globalization — are profoundly changing the world of work. They mean any job that is based on simply following a prescribed set of rules — that can be reduced to a spec sheet


or configured to produce a single right answer — is a goner. And that means that the jobs that remain will be the sort of things that computers can’t do faster and low-wage overseas knowledge workers can’t do cheaper. The jobs that remain will involve creating beauty and touching the human soul. They’ll rely less on the sort of left brain, SAT kind of intelligence we’ve been schooled to respect and hectored into worshipping — and more on the right brain qualities of art and heart. Art and heart. Creating something the world didn’t know it was missing. Forging meaningful relationships and empathizing with others. These are qualities that are difficult to replicate. These are qualities that will define the workforce of the future. And these, I’m happy to say, are the very qualities you’ve been mastering here at Ringling. But wait, there’s more. You see, that economy filled with left-brain workers did pretty well. This country, and most of the developed countries, became wealthier than any group of people in the history of the world. This has changed the nature of business — and it will change the course of your working lives. And if you don’t believe me, look at this. This is a toilet brush — but not just any toilet brush. It’s a designer toilet brush — designed by Michael Graves, one of the world’s most famous architects and product designers. It costs $5.99 at Target. Yes, when we’ve got designer toilet brushes, life in America must be pretty good. But there’s a serious point here — a very serious point. In business, it’s no longer enough for a company or an individual to offer a product or a service that’s simply functional — that merely works. Anybody can do that. In today’s overstocked, materially abundant marketplace, that product or service also has to be physically beautiful and emotionally transcendent. Now, where do you learn about physical beauty and emotional transcendence? At law school? No, at art school. And that explains why an art degree is now perhaps the most valuable degree in business. And if that toilet brush wasn’t sufficient proof, just take a look at what’s going on in American graduate schools. Last year, Harvard Business School — the premier MBA program in the world, the place where even the president of the United States earned his degree — admitted only about 10% of its applicants. That’s pretty tough. But there are several places where the admissions standards are even tougher. For instance, the graduate program of the UCLA Department of Art admitted only 3% of its applicants. In other words, it’s easier — much easier — to get into Harvard Business School than UCLA Art School. With applications climbing and ever more arts grads occupying key corporate positions, the rules have changed: the MFA is the new MBA. In a world of breathtaking material abundance, in which General Motors is in the art business, in which what used to be good jobs are going overseas or being done by computers, in which people are yearning for beauty, uplift, and meaning, an arts degree is the most valuable degree a person can have.

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Now, that’s not why you chose to become artists and designers. You chose this path because you listened to your heart. You answered the call that all creative people hear in their souls but that few have the courage to act on — the call to create, to express yourself, to push the limits of what had ever been done with paint or clay or pixels, to surprise the world and put a dent in the universe. You didn’t choose your profession because it was a savvy career move. But you know what? It was a savvy career move. Your BFA is not a one-way ticket to a dingy artist’s garret — at least not for all of you. Your BFA is a passport to the economy of the future. In fact, one of these days, mark my words, a young man will come home from college and tell his parents, ‘Mom, Dad, I’ve decided to go to law school.’ And his parents will look at him — shocked, disappointed, worried for his future — and respond, ‘Law school? What are you going to do with that?’ Let me leave you with one last thought. About 10 years ago, well before I decided to work for myself, I began a new job. I became a speechwriter for then-Vice President Al Gore, whom some of you may remember … though you

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can never be too sure … especially in Florida. I was nervous when I started that job — just as many of you are nervous about the careers you’re about to begin. Then I read something that Peggy Noonan once said. Peggy Noonan, who wrote speeches for President Reagan, said she had a three-stage reaction to working in the White House. Stage One: I hope nobody figures out how stupid I am. Stage Two, after few months in the White House: Hey, I’m as smart as everyone else. Then a few months later came Stage Three: Oh my God, we’re in charge? That three-stage reaction has been the same no matter where I’ve worked. It may be the defining recurrence of my adult life. And trust me: I guarantee you’ll have a similar reaction no matter where you choose to ply your trade. And so, Ringling class of 2004, on this happy day, I’ve got some news for you: Oh my God, you’re in charge. But in a world that demands art and heart — that requires artistic sensibility and emotional acuity — I can’t think of anybody I’d rather have leading the way. Godspeed to you all. ❑

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Ronald and Avis Romm

‘The Sound of Sarasota’ Ronald Romm of the Canadian Brass will speak and perform with his wife, pianist Avis Romm, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center. This series is hosted by The Longboat Observer music writer, June LeBell. 5525298.

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Sonnet Gallery — “Fall Exhibition.” This expanded gallery features powerful new imagery by Ramon Carulla, Marguerita Deleuze, Barbara Harrison, Ivan Rojas and Adrian Serrano. 955-6443. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Season Preview.” This kickoff exhibition features fine contemporary art by 14 local and national artists from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 through Oct. 9. 955-4546. Manatee Convention & Civic Center — “Children of Children.” These 50 striking black-and-white photographs tell the story of teenage pregnancy from Sept. 7 through 29. Each image is accompanied by an audio narrative. 749-3030. Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery — “Ruth Hook Colby.” Colby’s vibrant pastels are featured through Sept. 28. 746-2223. Unity Church — “The Nature of Florida.” Gail Dempsey’s scenes of the Sunshine State are on view through Sept. 29. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Ink!” Prints by Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, James Rosenquist and other GraphicStudio artists make a powerful impression through Oct. 3. 359-5700. Sarasota County Arts Council — “Leona Sherwood: A Retrospective.” The Longboat Key artist’s prismatic visions shine through Sept. 27. 365-5118. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art & Design — “Melissa Miller: New Paintings” and “William Tarr: Small Monuments.” Miller’s enigmatic animals and Tarr’s tough

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Ramon Carulla’s “The Juggler” keeps things in balance at Sonnet Gallery. urban sculpture can be seen through Sept. 11. 359-7563. Women’s Resource Center — “Fashion Retrospective.” Elise Colandro Diana offers perspectives on recent fashions through September. 954-7117.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota — “Studio 8 Group Art Show.” Paintings by Jill Wulkan, Nell Maha, Linda Beaudoin can be seen through Oct. 10. 921-9591. Paradise Gallery — “Dreamlike Flowers.” Sophie Paquet’s fantastic floating flowers come alive through Sept. 30. 366-7155. Rilla Gallery — “Original Designs.” Featuring the artistically designed cigar purses of Judi Dean through Sept. 16. 3658683.

theater Players Theatre — “Kickoff Celebration.” Performers offer snippets from musicals past and present at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. 3652494.

Ruth Hook Colby’s “Palm Shadows” delights with light at the Arts Council of Manatee Gallery.

film Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “Garden State.” A young actor reawakens to the possibilities of life and love. 955-FILM.

p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Michael’s On East. 365-5118. Selby Library — “Richard Tauber in Opera and Song.” The Sarasota Music Archive hosts this multimedia presentation on the life of the great tenor by Dr. Alfred J. Rosi. 861-1168.

edification Sarasota County Arts Council — “Principals’ Recognition Luncheon.” Dr. Ron Yrabedra will speak on the power of arts in education from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30

just for fun McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre — Joby Saad (aka Comedy Central’s “World Famous Village Idiot”) runs amok through Sept. 12. 925-3869.

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Join us tonight at Please your palate and your soul with this $10 Gift Certificate. Indulge in our menu featuring USDA beef to fresh Gulf seafood, and low Carb Specialties. Enjoy your favorite frozen libations or choose from our extensive wine list. Come view the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and its spectacular sunsets.


Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week from 11:30 am – 10:00 pm. Longboat Key Hilton, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Reservations suggested: (941) 383-2451.

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Stonewood Grill creates a chain restaurant reaction Stonewood Grill & Tavern doesn’t sound like your typical or tropical Florida restaurant ... and it isn’t. But, it is a native Floridian, born in Ormond Beach in July 1999. Now, it is growing — to 12 other locations in Florida, including Jacksonville, Gainesville, Tampa, Port Orange, Naples, Orlando — and most recently in north and south locations in Sarasota, with a new Bradenton restaurant opening soon. Joining its list of locations are Cary and Raleigh. So, who are the people behind this smoking Stonewood start-up? Founders Gale Lemerand, Doug Sullivan and Steve Papero. Sullivan was formerly a proprietor of Outback Steakhouse on the International Speedway in Daytona, which held Outback’s world record for highest weekly sale volume for seven consecutive years. With that resume alone and the same dining dynamic as the Outback group, this Stonewood Grill group thought up some striking ideas of its own. It looks like a success so far. The lodge-like Stonewood Tavern & Grill seems as if it belongs more in the woods and mountains of North Carolina than on the sandy shores of Florida. The dining room and tavern share walls of mahogany wood and stacked stone. It smells and seems as if the focus should be on a fireplace, but it is the oak-burning grill that grabs all the attention. Earth-toned paintings carry over to the cover of the menu. Even though the restaurant is new, it has a natural, warm feeling that is also reflected in the comforting cuisine. My companions and I headed to the south Sarasota Stonewood Grill & Tavern on Stickney Point Road, which


has just recently opened. The parking lot was already packed, but because the restaurant is spacious with lots of seating, there was no wait. A large wine cellar housing some great wine is the main reference of the restaurant as you enter. Golden lanterns lining the long booths wake up the woodsy atmosphere. Like the popular Bonefish Grill, Stonewood Grill & Tavern has fresh seafood at prices that are easy to swallow, but Stonewood offers more than just fish specialties, such as steaks, chicken, even pot roast, for its cuisine. Not limiting its tastes, the tavern travels from Asian to Italian and Caribbean to Creole cuisine. Stonewood has a reserve wine list offering options by the glass or bottle. If you choose wine by the glass, your server brings a single-serving carafe containing your wine selection, which one of my companions pronounced “cute.” Water is served upon request. My companions and I were eyeing some of the appetizers such as the baked brie or the oak-grilled chicken quesadillas, but then we noticed a choice of Caesar or house salad comes with most main dishes. Six sections on the menu feature the entrées for the evening including entrée salads, food from the oak grill, market fresh seafood, fish specialties, chef’s favorites, house selects and sandwich platters. The

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Stonewood Grill & Tavern located on Stickney Point Road is one of the chain’s 13 Florida locations. market fresh seafood comes with a 9-ounce portion, while the fish specialties offer a lighter 6.5-ounce portion — a great idea for those on dieting plans. I always like to order on a great recommendation, so I chose the Pacific Cliffs Salmon out of the Chef’s Favorites sections. One of my companions went with the pan-seared scallops over coconut infused rice and served with mango salsa; the burly boys of the group wanted sirloins from the oak grill. Noise stirred about Stonewood from the TVs at the tavern bar, a light music medley and boisterous banter from the tables next to us. Although the inside is casually elegant, it is definitely conducive for families and groups of friends. A hearty helping of Caesar salad was served with crisp romaine lettuce, tossed with Stonewood’s eggless Caesar dressing, homemade croutons and fresh-grated Parmesan cheese. The dressing had a tangy taste and was lightly sprinkled on the lettuce. The portion was enough to share with someone seated next to you.

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Although the new restaurant was busy, the service was standard. Our steaks and fish were served in a fashionable time, still hot off the oak grill. My Pacific Cliffs Salmon was a pleasing plate of two, sizeable salmon filets dusted with slivered almonds and surrounded by brandied blueberry compote, rice pilaf and asparagus. The bold blueberry and savory salmon made for an exhilarating eating experience. The asparagus was a healthy addition and the rice was a substantial side. My companion went crazy over the coconut-infused rice served with her large, Caribbean-style sea scallops. The mango salsa gave the selection a tropical taste. The boys said their sirloins were satisfying, as were the sides. Stonewood Grill & Tavern is more than a traditional chain restaurant, but offers some of a chain’s best qualities, including great atmospheric appeal, reasonable rates and comforting cuisine. It may not stand up against some of Sarasota’s Originals, but Stonewood makes a statement of its own. ❑

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SOLYMAR ON SIESTA KEY - The only community on North Siesta Key with single family beachfront lots. Ranging from 2,900 to 4,600 air conditioned square feet these homes embody Old World charm & the beauty of Spanish Mediterranean architecture. Nine exquisite homes priced from $3,200,000. 346-7527

Bird & Longboat Key Homes

LIDO Lido’s Best Value! On “Circle around St. Armands’ Circle” & on the water. Luxuriously renovated home with 3-4BR/2BA. Purchase as renovated or options of approx. 3,000 sq. ft. courtyard home expansion , & or second level addition w/panoramic views of the Gulf. Walk to “Beach & Circle”, quick boating to Gulf. $1,690,000. KENT PETERSON 552-3980 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

SABAL COVE - Distinguished architects own home located behind the gates in Sabal Cove. This fabulous 5BR contemporary home is situated on over half an acre, has a large terrace, pool & spa and extensive landscaping for privacy. The interior includes a 3 story entrance atrium, 2 story living room w/walls of windows, solid oak floors, granite, gas fireplace, 5 balconies and a screened porch overlooking the pool & terrace. $1,349,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 PORTO PARADISO ON LONGBOAT KEY - Three bay front 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 with outdoor kitchens, rooftop gardens, elevators, 3-car garages, docks and beach access. $3,850,000 plus. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

SANCTUARY ON LONGBOAT KEY Beautiful views! 720 ft of outdoor living and entertaining on fabulous wrap around balcony with 3BR en-suite. Beach house feeling with lovely pine furniture and orientals. $1,625,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 SANCTUARY ON LONGBOAT KEY Spacious 23BR/2BA southwest corner unit directly on the Gulf of Mexico with tremendous views! You can see all the way to Siesta Key! Contemporary furnishings, marble floors, award-winning sunsets! Possible third bedroom if desired. $1,378,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

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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

FAIRWAY BAY Extraordinary 3BR/3BA, full Bay front Fairway Bay condo w/gorgeous unobstructed views of the Bay & downtown Sarasota. This beautiful, rarely available “J” floor plan condo lives like a home with 2560 sq. ft. living rm, dining rm, master & front guest BR have full Bay views, den/office, two balconies, security shutters. It just doesn’t get any better than this! $995,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

RITZ CARLTON PENTHOUSE - Situated on the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” crowns the spectacular tower the “Beausoleil” unit with 4,965 sq. ft. living area envelopes two terraces overlooking the marina, features 3BR, den, library and 3 baths. Residents may take advantage of the impeccable personal “round the clock” professional hotel staff. $3,750,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707 LAND, LAND, LAND Acreage: 550± acres with 2800 ft. of frontage on SINGLETARY ROAD. Lush vegetation located on the banks of a half mile of Myakka River front. Presently used as pasture land with green-belt tax breaks. Manatee County. Very little wet land. Can develop or hold. Zoned for agriculture or 5 acre parcels. $11,015,600. MICHELLE MUSTO/BRUCE YOUNKER 552-3981 BAYWINDS ESTATES Rare offering of three adjoining Bayfront lots. Purchase as separate lots or together to form a Bayfront Estate. Spectacular views of the Bay and a background view of the south Siesta Key Bridge. Offered from $1,600,000. PAM RAMAJ 552-1356 SADDLE CREEK Great equestrian community with 26 miles of Trails. Beautifully updated 5BR/4BA SpanishMediterranean home on 6.2 acres overlooking serene lake. Soaring ceilings, bamboo wood/ceramic floors and granite counters in kitchen. Guest suite/sep. entr & kitchen. $1,100,000. MARYLINE O’DEA/DAVID FOSTER 552-2452


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Anatoliy Furmanov from Café l’Europe packages lunches for FPL workers.

Charley blows into Sarasota

Hotel rooms, rental cars and trucks are scarce. The economic windfall is just beginning.

BY CHRISTOPHER D’URSO Contributing Writer

How do you boost a local economy? As macabre and insensitive as it sounds, there’s nothing like a disaster. The winds of Hurricane Charley, while missing almost all of Sarasota County, have created a windfall for some segments of Sarasota economy. Hotels, rental truck and car agencies, caterers and other businesses are reporting dramatic surges in sales over the past three weeks in the first of what is expected to be two to three waves of increased business. Of the nearly one-dozen hotels surveyed, all of them reported 100% occupancy, or nearly so, for the past three weeks, with all of them housing the armies of relief workers. Hotel managers say they expect fullhouse conditions to continue at least until the end of September, a time that is normally the slowest period of the year. Consider: • Richard Bradshaw, general manager of the Comfort Inn at Interstate 75 and Clark Road, says he has all 63 rooms occupied through the first week of September with hurricane relief workers. He says he committed to closing the hotel to any new reservations through the end of September in the event rooms are needed for additional relief workers or for those still


without power from the hurricane. • Relief workers have occupied the 110 rooms at the Hampton Inn at 881 Venetia Bay Blvd. in Venice since Aug. 14, the day after Hurricane Charley. The hotel is booked through the second week of September, with most guests coming from Florida Power & Light and Nationwide Insurance. • The Hampton Inn at I-75 and Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota has had 121 rooms booked since Charley hit and expects that to continue through mid-September, according to Manager Jared Riccio. • Even the region’s Class A resort hotels, including the Longboat Key Club, Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and Raddison Lido Beach Resort, report higher occupancies due to housing relief workers. Within days after the hurricane, with its rooms full, managers at the RitzCarlton converted a fitness room into hotel rooms to accommodate American Red Cross relief workers. “We see so many people who come in the door who need rooms,” says Julia Samblanet, general manager of the AmericInn Hotel at Fruitville Road and I-75. Samblanet says her 111-room hotel, which typically operates at 70% occupancy, has been full since the storm. “It’s a very heart-rending situation. I’ve never


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INDIAN BEACH Extraordinary Water Club II Condominium that has the feel of a beach home. This 3-bedroom Arlington is very special and one-of-a-kind. Exquisitely turnkey furnished with gorgeous artwork, alabaster lighting, silk window treatments, stunning built-ins and crown molding. Also includes 2-car garage. $2,995,000 Virtual Tour Magnificent beach front enclave of 31 elegant residences with 2 car garages and private elevators. Pool, sauna, spa, Har-Tru tennis, clubhouse w/ fitness facilities & a private beach. Fabulous double unit with the ultimate in custom finishes and the most incredible detailing imaginable! Five bedrooms and over 6600 square feet of “over the top” living on the beach. $6,495,000 Expansive penthouse with endless views of Gulf, pool & grounds from wrap-around terrace. $3,675,000

This 1920’s home has been expanded and updated yet retains its period ambience. Approximately 5800 square feet, 2BR/2BA Main House, 2BR/2BA Guest House, two 2-Car Garages, Basement and Fishing Pier. Full Bay Views. Wood floors, 3 fireplaces, ceiling art by Paul Montgomery. This home was a 2001 Designer Showcase Home. $4,495,000.



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

World class building offers full concierge service, exercise, clubroom, heated pool & spa and har-tru tennis. Spectacular 3BR/3.5BA ROYAL plan. Stone & wood floors. Huge Gulf views. $3,395,000.


Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club, this custom contemporary home offers a bright, spacious interior amidst lush landscaping. Boasting delightful privacy, 3BR/2.5BA residence has volume ceilings, extensive marble flooring & large caged pool area w/heated pool, spa & pool bath. The deluxe master suite is on the main level w/guest bedrooms on the second & third floors. There is a delightful chef’s kitchen opening into a generous family room with a fireplace & an informal dining area. $849,000.

GRANDE RIVIERA ON THE TIP OF GOLDEN GATE POINT ■ $2,495,000 4th Floor Approx. 3,800 sq. ft. ■ $1,675,000 3rd Floor Approx. 2,650 sq. ft.

Views of gulf, bay & skyline. 9th floor Dover plan. South side of Water Club II. $2,595,000.

EN PROVENCE town Sarasota. This condominium is beautifully turnkey furnished with wonderful appointments throughout. World-class amenities & clubhouse. $2,500,000 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

Awesome views, 10th floor, fireplace. 3000 sq. ft. COREY’S LANDING $1 ,550,000. 4BR/4BA Bayfront home, complete quest suite

Extraordinary L’Ambiance Penthouse with magnificent views of the Gulf, sunsets,

Wonderful Mediterranean Longboat Key Home with glorious views of Sarasota Bay

TERRIFIC BEACHPLACE GULF FRONT WALKDOWN Beautifully furnished 2BR unit, tile floors, updated baths & kitchen, covered parking. $974,950.

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 boat dock and deeded beach access. Beach, Boat, and Bay $3,095,000 Virtual Tour views from brand new home, it doesn’t get any better.


Distinguished Architect's Home Located Behind The Gates In Sabal Cove


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RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES 18th floor, “Penthouse” overlooking the marina and city. $3,750,000.

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Fabulous 5BR, contemporary home situated on over half an acre, has a large terrace, pool and spa and extensive landscaping for privacy. The interior includes a 3-story entrance atrium, 2-story living room w/walls of windows, solid oak floors, granite, marble, gas fireplace, 5 balconies & screened porch overlooking the pool. $1,349,000 Virtual Tour


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Exclusive paradise of 21 beachfront residences. this LONGBOAT BAYFRONT 3,427 sq. ft. 3BR3BA has grand terraces, direct Gulf views, 2 garage spaces & more. $2,395,000. Rare opportunity located mid-key with water on three sides. Great boating! Call for more HARBOUR LINKS info! $3,995,000. Tranquil lake views, high ceilings, 3BR/2.5BA priSANCTUARY vate townhome. “Like New” condition. $698,000. 2600 sq. ft. w/many upgrades. Gulf and Bay views. Partially furnished. $1,378,000. RITZ CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCE

Gorgeous Water Club II Condominium with stunning views of the Gulf and down-

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

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

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LONGBOAT KEY, LIDO KEY, BIRD KEY & SIESTA KEY SEA BREEZE - SIESTA KEY - New construction, condo on south end of Siesta. 3,800 SF w/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 REGENT PLACE - Gorgeous furnished condo on the beach with awesome views. 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 sweeping view from the city skyline south to Siesta Key. This home is ready to move into or could be a great renovation project. Has a large pool/spa patio overlooking the bay with a deepwater dock. $3,200,000.

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VILLA DI LANCIA PENTHOUSE - Over 5,000 SF penthouse directly on the gulf. 5BR with numerous spacious living areas. Large wrap around terrace with the desirable southern exposure. $3,995,000. WATER CLUB - Breathtaking views of the Gulf, Bay & skyline from 8th floor Cambridge plan on the south side of Water Club II. This 2BR/3BA residence features stone floors in living areas, wood floors in bedrooms. $1,695,000. 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. VIZCAYA - Gulf front elegant designer penthouse with 3BRs. High ceilings, state of the art lighting system, stereo is wired throughout and Beaumont floors. The large terrace contains an outdoor grill and spa. $3,299,000. LIGHTHOUSE HOUSE POINT This elegant spacious home has 4BR suites in 5,200 SF with gorgeous marble floors, volume ceilings throughout. The open floor plan with spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Large dock to boat to nearby gulf and bay. $4,350,000.



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 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. SARABANDE - Panoramic views from this end penthouse condo with 3 BRs. Superb mill work & extensive use of marble with many built-ins. $2,690,000. SARABANDE - The best value in high end condo living in downtown Sarasota. This 3700 SF 3BR condo overlooking the bay contains numerous designer upgrades. Spacious kitchen, an abundance of closet space & his/her offices. $1,995,000. 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 with 2 master suites, fabulous kitchen and large open terraces. $1,575,000. OAKS ESTATE CLUBSIDE - Distinctive home has over 5,000 SF of luxury. Soaring ceilings, marble and granite, expansive glass and fine finishes. Private wooded setting with pool and waterfall. $1,349,000.

Bananas are one of the hundreds of items being donated by local catering companies. Contractors, says he has estimated 10 new jobs worth $700,000, has five more lined up and new calls arriving daily. At Charles Roy Roofing, office manager Karon Lamb says the company is not giving any new estimates for at least a month and that contracts are booked for the next two months. Lamb says the Catholic Diocese of Venice is the contractor’s largest client now. “I feel bad that we can’t do more jobs immediately,” she says, but the company has more business than it can handle. Several Sarasota County contractors surveyed say they haven’t experienced a surge in orders yet. “Many people don’t want to do anything until they talk to their insurance companies, so there is not a lot of production in the office or the field right now,” says Ronald Gallien, owner of Delta Southern Inc. But it’s coming. In fact, Brian Pruett, president of Sarasota-based Pruett Builders Inc., remembers the effects of Hurricane Andrew. In the two years after Andrew, about 30,000 moved to Broward County and another 30,000 moved elsewhere in Florida. Pruett says his company built homes for some of those transplants. And he expects the same to occur as a result of Hurricane Charley. “People understood that it would be two to three years to rebuild the area because it was like a war zone,” Pruett says. So they moved. Adds Pruett: “It’s really sad.” ❑

OAKS CUSTOM HOME - Open and elegant with no detail spared! Crown moldings, marble floors, volume ceilings and fabulous lighting! Quiet cul-de-sac. $975,000. COUNTRY ARTISTS ESTATE - Private gated 5 acres with 2 houses. Ideal for buyer with extensive hobbies, car collector, sculptor, painter, gardener, etc. $799,000


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seen anything like this before,” she says. AmericInn has housed relief workers from FPL, the Red Cross, Nationwide Insurance and Citizens Fidelity, the staterun insurer of last resort. As soon as one group checks out, another checks in. Citizens and an affiliated insurance company rented five rooms and a meeting room and set up a claims processing center before locating space in Fort Myers two weeks ago. “It’s like a revolving door,” Samulet says. Car and truck rental agencies report similar conditions. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and U-Haul report they have rented nearly all available vehicles and are only now beginning to see some limited availability. Commercial real estate broker Jon Kleiber says Sarasota’s commercial leasing business has surged as well. Charlotte County business owners have been leasing whatever warehouse and office space they can find on short terms, particularly along the interstate. Kleiber says the spillover has spread as far as southern Manatee County, too. Prepared food is in demand as well. Celebrations!, a Sarasota-based catering firm owned by Café L’Europe, has been serving 7,200 meals a day to FPL’s power line relief crews out of FPL’s North Port site. Café L’Europe General Manager Bill Herlihy said the caterer has brought in about 40 additional employees, on top of its normal 20-employee staff, from as far away as Boston and Washington, D.C. Starting at 4 a.m. and working each day until 10 p.m., Celebrations! employees typically serve a breakfast of 10 cases of eggs, 15 cases of hash browns, 15 cases of grits, 3,000 biscuits, 3,000 bottles of juice, 5,000 sausages, 10 cases of ground sausage, 15 cases of corned beef, 1,000 cartons of milk and 1,500 cups of coffee. Other caterers have pitched in with donations. Morton’s Catering donated lasagna and salads to the American Red Cross and other volunteers. Morton’s employees also took 100 pounds of ground beef, 200 hot dogs and several bakery goods to the Port Charlotte Fire Department. Michael’s On East Catering donated food to volunteers and provided restaurant equipment to caterers and restaurants in Charlotte County. With power restored in most of the affected areas of Charlotte County, the effects on Sarasota County’s economy are gradually changing. The first wave of emergency relief workers is giving way to the next wave of the recovery: rebuilding. This should be a boon for contractors, telephone and cable installers, carpet layers and home furnishings wholesalers and retailers. Steve Dinicolantonio, owner of Longboat Key-based West Florida

440 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 Office: 941•383•7591 or 941•387•0800 Cell: Annette 284•7373 / Michael 928•3559




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These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, in order of dollar amounts.



621 Buttonwood Drive 2850 Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) 4215 GMD 1085 GMD 2105 GMD 4949 GMD 4621 GMD 585 Schooner Lane 524 Outrigger Lane 537 Sanctuary Drive 235 N. Shore Road 4141 GMD 500 Royal Road 490 N. Shore Road 531 Yardarm Lane 5155 GMD 618 Jungle Queen Way 6011 Emerald Harbor Drive 5070 GMD 4651 GMD 201 GMD 1620 GMD 1620 GMD 1620 GMD


Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Alteration Addition Alteration Addition Pool Addition Boat Dock Alteration Alteration Porch Alteration Pool Alteration Alteration Boat Dock Demolition Alteration Addition Boat Lift Addition Boat Dock Addition Fence Re-Roof Alteration Temporary Event Tent Temporary Event Tent Temporary Event Tent


Patrick Dwyer $175,000 Matthew Ward $127,690 Michael Wyckoff $59,400 Donnie Bellfi $39,245 Mr. and Mrs. Vardan $38,000 Positano LLC $35,000 Robert Mulcahy $26,000 John Alfano $20,000 Miles Group Longboat LLC $19,564 The Sanctuary Condo. Assoc. $14,000 Robert Gunderman $13,933 Sea Club I Owners Association Inc. $12,000 Trustee John Flaherty $11,230 Northgate of LBK Condominiums $10,000 Gulfwinds Capital Group LC $8,000 Carl Johnson $5,500 David Foran $5,000 Peter Vorhees $4,000 David Manchester $3,771 Sun N Sea Inc. $3,280 LKCP Corporation $1,650 Colony Beach $0 Colony Beach $0 Colony Beach $0

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Dedicated to the real estate industry for more than 20 years, Chris has been recognised as the No. 1 agent in Sarasota, No. 1 RE/MAX agent in Florida, and is a consistent $20 million to $25 million-dollar producer. Chris’ sincere interest in her clients, her high level of professionalism and quality service has made Chris her clients’ “Realtor for Life.” Chris specializes properties in Sarasota plus Longboat, Lido, Siesta, Bird and Casey Keys; Palmer and Lakewwod Ranch; in all price ranges, from luxury waterfront estates to modest condos. If you are thinking of selling, call Chris for a free, no obligation market analysis.

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The new house at 524 Outrigger Lane in Country Club Shores topped the real estate transactions for the week.

Country Club Shores sale brings $1,919,700 The sale of a brand new home at 524 Outrigger Lane in Unit 3 of Country Club Shores for $1,919,700, turned out to be the largest transaction consummated on the upper Sarasota keys for the week of Aug. 5 to Aug. 11. The Miles Group Longboat LLC of 4919 14th St. W., Bradenton, managed by Agop Jack Kazanciyan, sold the 5,500-square-foot home on its spacious canal-front lot to Linda and E. H. Hoelker. Kazanciyan’s Miles Group purchased the older home and property in September 2002 for $530,000. They razed the existing house and built the beautiful new home with a swimming pool and living area elevated to conform to the FEMA safety regulations. The seawalled bayfront lot contains 12,758-square feet, or just under one third of an acre (43,560-square feet). Despite the late summer nadir in real estate sales on the keys, five of the 22 transactions, or 22.7%, exceeded $1 million. Three of the five were on Longboat Key. The other two sales took place Bird Key and Lido Beach.

Big sale at Corey’s Landing Francis Kulp of Superior Township, Mich., purchased the bayfront residence at 3550 Mistletoe Lane in Corey’s Landing for $1.75 million from JDS Communications, a Jersey Island limited company of St. Helier, United Kingdom. The three-bedroom and 3.5-bath residence has a swimming pool and was constructed in 1991. The property on Lots 50 and 51 last sold for $1.395 million in August 2000.

$1.3 million sale at Grand Bay IV In yet another million-dollar bayfront transaction on Longboat Key, Unit 441 in Building 4 at Grand Bay was purchased by Pamela Rennie, of Geulph, Ontario, Canada, from Judith and Ralph Clemmons of Alpharetta, Ga., for $1.3 million. Located at 3010 Grand Bay Blvd., the three-bedroom and 3.5-bath apartment was constructed in 1999.

Bird Key sale gets $1.4 million Anita and Alexander Weinberg of


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Sarasota sold the Bird Key home at 485 E. Royal Flamingo Drive to Kathleen and Thomas Carroll, 3540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $1.4 million. The four-bedroom and fourbath home has a swimming pool and was built in 1970.

$1.05 million at L’Elegance Kimberly and Mark Royals of Tampa purchased Unit B910 at the Yale Properties-built L’Elegance on Lido Beach from Barbara Zacharko, 1800 Ben Franklin Drive, for $1.05 million. The two-bedroom and 2.5-bath Gulf-front apartment was constructed and sold new for $335,000 in February 1996. This translates to a $715,000 appreciation in value in the last eight years.

Beach Harbor Club

Spanish Main Yacht Club Yvonne and Patrick Walsh, 3060 Grand Bay Blvd., purchased Unit 111 at 634 S. Spanish Drive in 212-unit Spanish Main Yacht Club from Thomas Collins, 6501 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, for $265,000.

Windward Bay

Historical-romance novelist Sue Ellen Welfonder and her husband, Manfred, sold the home at 520 Wedge Lane in Unit V of Country Club Shores to Rosario and Enrique Ponte of El Paso, Texas, for $893,500.

Islands West

Lido Shores

There were two transactions recorded at the 15-story, 89unit Islands West tower, 2525 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cara and Brad Brautigan from Zanesville, Ohio, purchased Apartment 4-E at Islands West from Eydie and Steven Koonin of Marietta, Ga., for $830,000. Apartment 11-D at Islands West was sold by Rita and Kenneth Mehlhope of Goshen, Ohio, to Deborah and James Beuche of Ann Arbor, Mich., for $800,000.

Corey’s Landing Daniel Ginsburg and his wife, Teresa Ohmit, purchased the Corey’s Landing home at 3545 Mistletoe Lane from Betty and Ronald Bougher of Dover, N.H., for $825,000.

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Judith McMahon, 4437 Rum Cay Circle, Sarasota, sold Apartment E-203 at the 133-unit Beach Harbor Club, 3800 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Sandralin and Leslie Kiss Jr., of Caldwell, N.J., for $295,000.

David Sandoro, 4485 Gulf of Mexico Drive, sold Unit 1V-11-C in Building K at the 151-unit Windward Bay to Jackie and Dennis Dube, 4710 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $198,900. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment was constructed in 1974.

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Lora and Todd Stern of Tampa sold the home at 175 Morningside Drive to local real estate investor W. Howard Rooks, 1003 Westway Drive, for $600,000. The three-bedroom and two-bath home with a swimming pool was built in 1955. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: LBK - Over 300' on the POINT OF THE BAY This magnificent esidence 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 PARADISE FOUND - Peaceful living This 4BR custom courtyard home w/guesthouse offers total privacy & features 4500 SF, impressive gourmet kitchen, spacious master suite & an upstairsstudio/bonus room/guest quarters. Superb location for your 25’ boat w/direct gulf & bay access. $2,089,000

Ambassador on Lido Beach Donald McJunkin, of Evergreen, Colo., purchased Unit 311 at the Ambassador on Lido Beach from Yvonne and Norman Shapiro, of Sarasota, for $600,000.

Lido Surf and Sand Martha and James Wilkinson of Sarasota sold Apartment 617 at Lido Surf and Sand condominium to Jacqueline and Brian Horvath, 1104 Bird Key Drive, for $539,000.

St. Armands Key Joslyn and Frank Dolan of Atlanta bought the St. Armands Key home at 35 N. Washington Drive from Dolores Breitenstine, of Bradenton, for $535,000. The 52year-old house has three bedrooms and two baths.

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

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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

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Dr. Holli Bodner sold her St. Judes Drive home for $725,000.

St. Judes Drive Holli Lee Bodner of Sarasota sold the home at 792 N. St. Judes Drive to Karen and James Holbrook of Columbus, Ohio, for $725,000. The four-bedroom and two-bath home was originally built in 1965 and renovated in 1970.

The Players Club II Andrea Kaye of Toronto bought Unit 405 at the 134-unit The Players Club II, 1425 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Shirley and Hugh Rose of Bowling Green, Ky., for $710,000.


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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 avail. $2,639,000

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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

Inn on the Beach Pearl and Donald Braunagel, of Peoria, Ill., sold Apartment 103 in Building 2 at the seven-building, 221unit Resort at the Longboat Key Club, although the deeds still contain the original name, Inn on the Beach. Park City Mobile Homes Inc., of Evanston, Ill., purchased the apartment from the Braunagels for $675,000. In a second sale at Inn on the Beach, Kathy and Stephen Riseman from Cumming, Ga., bought Apartment 102 in Building 6 from Sinder Family Property Co., 3310 Bayou Road, for $287,000. These two sales marked the ninth and tenth transactions at Inn on the Beach during a four-week period this summer, totaling $3,864,500.

Vizcaya - Direct gulf front, large terrace with private

Buttonwood Cove

pool, walk out to white sandy beach, all the amenities, $3,500,000 2.5 car garage.

Ann Myers, as personal representative of the estate of Kevin Cronin Sr., of St. Paul, Minn., sold Unit 303 in Building B at the 56-unit Buttonwood Cove, 3540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Rebecca and Giles Van Der Bogert of Evanston, Ill., for $505,000.

Fairway Bay Peggy and Donald Stitzenberg, from Weehawken, N.J., bought Unit 131 in Building M-1 at 288-unit Fairway Bay from Barbara and Fredric Jacobs of Northampton County, Pa., for $420,000.

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ST. ARMANDS TOWERS Magnificent double unit with granite counters, marble and granite baths, 3 bedroom plus den with 3000 SF. Within walking distance to Lido Beach and St. Armands. $1,500,000 RITZ-CARLTON PENTHOUSE Phenomenal 180˚ Views SW corner penthouse w/views of Bay & Marina. 5200 SF residence w/3BR + den w/fireplace, wet bar, high volume ceilings, custom wood & granite flooring, private 2 car garage. All the amenities, services & private beach club! $4,650,000 Come live the lifestyle! Elegant living in this beautiful 3 bedroom residence has a private elevator lobby, grand foyer, luxurious master suite, spacious terraces & membership to the Beach Club and Golf Club, concierge services andstate of the art amenities level. $2,100,000

Queen’s Harbor - Bay front home withdock $2,349,000 Beau Ciel - Luxury residence ready for occupancy $2,639,000 Ritz Beach Residence - Direct gulf views, 3,550 SF $2,945,000

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES BOGEY LANE...Brand new, home looking down the canal. High ceilings, four bedrooms, three car garage. May be purchased partially furnished. Owner will trade or finance. $1,999,000 PUTTING GREEN...Build you dream house on this exceptional southern lot, 135 feet of water frontage. $1,699,000--PENDING


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

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

STRIKING 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!!

BEACHSIDE CONDOMINIUM $299,000 Luxury Club Suite in resort behind the gates of prestigious Longboat Key Club! Recently renovated, this suite presents beautifully with a sophisticated Florida style. Walk-down from balcony to private deck overlooking lagoon and golf course! Pool and beach access.

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 1107...Spectacular views from this 11th floor, 3000+ square foot two bedroom plus den bay front home. $2,499,000--SOLD 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 parking spaces covered. $1,849,000

THE SANCTUARY 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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Southern exposure with private pool and summer kitchen on one of three terraces. Guest suite, private elevator and 2 car garage.

Superb views from this 3,575 square foot custom designed unit. Extensive upgrades. Large granite bar and media room.

Antigua floor plan with unobstructed views that go on forever. Three bedroom, 3.5 baths. $1,325,000

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

SABAL COVE $1,249,000


Beautiful, custom home on a quiet cul-de-sac. Spacious 4BR plus den, 3.5BA with volume ceilings, large, private pool/spa area with summer kitchen plus a 3 car garage.

Direct bay front, private corner residence, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen. Spacious 3BR/3.5BA, 2 car garage. Beach Club membership included.

Charting the course in real estate for more than 24 years. HARBOR SECTION...Boater’s paradise! 196’ of deep water, seawall frontage within a gated community. Custom designed 4,000 sf home. $1,995,000 Residence 475 $1,299,000

Residence 174 $1,199,000

waterfront homes



VISTA BAY POINT...Wide-open views of the bay and downtown. 3BR/4BA plus den, 5th floor. One residence per floor, outstanding amenities. $1,495,000 SABAL COVE...123’ lakefront LOT! Southwest exposure overlooking the Harbourside Blue Course. $829,000

BEAU CIEL...TWO LISTINGS! 2BR/2.5BA. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters. Marble bathrooms and hardwood floors. Concierge service and valet parking. $999,500 & $975,000 CITYSCAPE PENTHOUSE...TWO LISTINGS! Two story 2BR/2BA loft-style condo. Great views. Dedicated parking and extra secured storage unit. Common areas include conference room with wet bar. $595,000


Coldwell Banker Previews International 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 1 ■ Longboat Key, Florida 34228





30-year fixed 15-year fixed 30-yr jumbo 1-yr A.R.M. Phone Numbers Rate / Points Rate / Points Rate / Points Rate / Points yr / life margin

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 / 2.00

4.500 / 1.38

5.500 / 0.50

3.000 / 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



Accountable Mortgage


American Federal Mortgage Corp.

(888) 321-4687

5.125 / 2.25

4.625 / 2.00

5.500 / 2.50

2.750 / 2.50



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

5.625 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00

6.000 / 0.00

3.625 / 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

5.625 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

4.000 / 0.00



Double A 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

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



Earth Mortgage



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

First Rate Mortgage Group

(800) 887-9106

5.625 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00

5.875 / 0.00

3.750 / 0.00



Florida Mortgage Corp.

(888) 825-6300

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.750 / 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

5.125 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

3.750 / 0.00



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

Lighthouse Mortgage

(800) 784-1331

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

No Quote




National Future Mortgage

(800) 291-7900

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.625 / 0.00

No Quote



(888) 420-BANK

5.625 / 0.00

5.000 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

2.750 / 0.00



Southern Capital Resources

(800) 823-1727

6.000 / 0.00

5.375 / 0.00

6.125 / 0.00

No Quote



Sovereign Mortgage

(800) 996-7283

5.375 / 0.00

4.750 / 0.00

5.750 / 0.00

3.875 / 0.00



The MoneyTree Lending Group

(888) 310-6767

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote

No Quote



Sandhills Bank

Rates are compiled by National Financial News Services. Rates valid as of September 3, 2004. Index type on adjustable rate mortgages (ARM's) is Index "A". Rates may be for new applications only; information on terms, fees, and APR’s may be obtained by calling the lender directly. Lenders call (610) 344-7380 to participate. Consumers with questions or complaints concerning a listed lender may call The Department of Banking & Finance's Regulatory hotline at (800) 848-3792. For additional information on mortgages, go to: ©1997 NFNS





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




We have over 25 years experience in setting up and “fine tuning” manual and computerized systems.

One of the biggest names in mortgages is right in your own backyard.

You decide how much accounting you want to do.


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

ACT can do: • Payroll • Quarterly payroll tax returns • Write checks • Bill customers

(941) 761-9808 or (800) 559-8025.



CLUB BAMBOO Bradenton Beach Gulf front development. Nightly rentals with on-site rental office. Renovated unit is a real money maker!




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T CEDARS EAST TRAC Rear section unit, close CON ING to the bay, 1501 sq. ft. PEND furnished townhouse, garage, Tennis Resort, high rental development. Priced to sell in this highly sought after complex.

Maggie Hicks




Divide into 4 lots or keep as 2. Yes 2.6 acres directly on the Gulf. Ideal for family compound. A real find. $


GULF FRONT Just Listed Lot permits 2 homes. Attached or Detached. Directly on the Gulf. Time to call a friend. Do the Math on this rare opportunity. $


LONGBOAT GULF FRONT LOT Direct Gulf Front Building Lot on 1.3 acres, (+/-), RSF3 Zoning, Lot awaits your building plans. Adjoining Lot also available, an Ideal Family Compound.


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.



GULF FRONT - 2/2 with minimal fees and restrictions on great walking beach. Enjoy sunsets from your screened porch.................................PENDING.....................$695,000.

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

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



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



356-2659 • 383-2659

Michael Saunders & Company Licensed Real Estate Broker Affiliated with Leading Estates of the World & Sotheby’s International Realty


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Longboat Key, FL 34228




WHIMSICAL - Artistic Village home with separate studio. Close to Art Center, community dock & beach......$387,000.

4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive


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

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

Broker Associate

Phone: 941.809.0041 Tool Free: 1.866.837.3180

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

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Top Sales Associate in Sarasota $ 71 & the Keys! $ Over

60 50 Million in Sales Year-to-Date


Among Top .05% of Associates Internationally Call Barbara, the exclusive sales agent for

- Direct Beach Front Ana Molinari, owner of La Mariee, enjoys designing hats in her free time.

La Mariee Line of Business: Bridal Boutique featuring many designers, accessories and dresses made with all-natural materials. Owner: Ana Molinari. Store Managers: Fabiola Beckmann and Dawn Bogue. Year Founded: November 2002. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; any time by appointment. Employees: Three, including Molinari. Price range of merchandise/services: Accessories from $30 and up; bridal dresses from $280 to $8,000.

Kat Wingert

955-1600 56 S. Palm Ave. Downtown Sarasota

spoke five different languages, so he gave me a job, and that was how I got started.” Claim to fame: “Hard work. I still work 80 to 90 hours a week.” How you came to Sarasota: “I came on vacation here with a cousin who was attending classes at the Ringling School of Art and we never left. My husband told me, “We’re not going back to Washington. You are going to stay here and have your shop.”

Birthplace: Lima, Peru. Education: “I was a teacher in Peru, and when I came here, I went to school to be a pattern designer and many years of cosmetology school all over — California, Paris and New York.” Marital Status: Married to Lucho Molinari. Family: “I have two kids — my daughter, Fabiola Beckmann, and a son, Sergio Molinari.” Residence: Sarasota. How long in this area: 27 years.



First paying job: “In Peru, my father was a chemist who made beauty products, and I helped him sell them when I was younger.” First job after college: “I was a teacher in Peru after I graduated from the university. I taught grades one through six.” Between then and now: “When I first came to the United States, I went to Washington, D.C., and I babysat for people, I did laundry, ironing and cleaning for people. Jobs never offended me — what offends me is people who need to work and don’t have jobs. After that I worked at a place where they fed 2,000 soldiers a day. That was horrible, so I decided to do hair, and I found a shop and asked for a job. Luckily, the man at the shop

Business Philosophy: “To strive for the best and please and take care of the clients. I want them to look their best possible.” Best business advice received: “Be honest, work hard and keep learning.” Most admired businessperson: “Mr. Wallenberg, a landlord of mine once. He is a man from Sweden and he is an architect and he has helped a lot of people.” Heroes: “I would say my passion is my husband, Lucho, but for heroes, I would have to say it is the people who have a hard time — like they have cancer — or people or kids who are sick and they keep going and they stay happy. Those are my heroes.” — Kat Wingert

$4,500,000 Unit $2,975,000 Unit S 102 3,585 SF

N 102 3,521 SF N 101 3,582 SF $2,995,000

$2,995,000 $2,995,000

L o n g b o a t K e y • BAY ISLES: Renovated Mediterranean style home w/wide open water views of waterway and bird sanctuary, sailboat water & protected dockage on wide turning basin. Beach membership incl. $1,895,000. M a i n l a n d • BEAU CIEL: 4th floor, 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/marina, city & bay views. $895,000. 4th floor, 2335 SF, 2BR/2.5BA w/bay, marina city & city views. $950,000.

L o n g b o a t K e y • TANGERINE BAY CLUB: End unit overlooking lagoon to Bay. Large 2 BR + den w/diagonal tile throughout, designer windows, faux-painted walls, mahogany doors, granite kitchen, Induction range, gas fireplace & grill hookup, custom built-ins in master BR & den, 2 car garage, community boat dock & beach club membership. $925,000.

L o n g b o a t K e y • DIRECT BAYFRONT TREETOPS: This 3BR/3BA home is set at water’s edge on a beautiful, protected, harbor on Sarasota Bay, “TreeTops” is a distinctive residence that’s filled with architectural excitement and interior glamour. Built 33 feet into the air, the three-level home is named “Treetops” because of the way its living areas are nestled into the surrounding trees. Light-filled spaces and large sundecks provide wonderful water and nature views. A swimming pool and dock are included. $1,895,000.

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L o n g b o a t K e y • THE PIERRE: Best of all views including wide beach, city lights, golf course and sunrise are part of this southwest 9th floor 3BR/3BA unit featuring marble, Granite and state of the art amenities. Two guest suites available, lobby and garage concierge, tennis courts and miles of white sandy beaches. $1,250,000.

L i d o S h o r e s • MODERN WATERFRONT HOME: is Florida’s best architectural statement on the West Coast. Fabulous unobstructed private bayou views, 75” lap pool, outstanding floor plan, walk to beach. $4,695,000.

Call Barbara at:

941-387-1820 or 941-924-9000


Take a virtual tour of these properties at: 9094

Rental Properties on Longboat Key, Lido, St. Armands & Siesta Key

• Still Available •

N 301 4,810 SF S 201 3,521 SF Unit

Longboat Key • THE PIERRE Direct southwest gulf front 3BR/3.5BAcorner unit, turnkey furnished, wood floors, Corian, spacious kitchen. Magnificent views of sunrise & sunset from 3 terraces. $1,750,000. L o n g b o a t K e y • WATER CLUB I • GULFFRONT 3BR/5BA, 7th flr w/sunset views from 3 terraces. Soft tones, light oak floors, granite countertops & plantation shutter doors. Concierge, 17,000 SF. clubhouse & sep.garage.$2,950,000.

INTERESTS/PASSIONS Favorite pastime: “I like to design hats.” Other interests: “I take care of my three grandkids and watch movies.” Volunteer work/organizations: “I help runaway kids by doing their hair and fixing them up so they can get jobs. I also work with the Women’s Resource Center and cancer patients by shaving off their hair for no charge and I try to help by preparing them. I know what it’s like because I survived cancer, and I make sure to tell them: ‘Hair isn’t that important. Your health is the most important thing.’” Favorite book: “Wherever You Go, There You Are.” Favorite Movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

PERSONAL (Ana Molinari)

Penthouse Unit







Bayfront Park Recreation Center:

LONGBOAT KEY TENNIS CENTER SUMMER MEN’S SINGLES Aug. 31 Quarters: Howie Banfield def. John Cook, 6-2; Steve Johnson def. Charlie Dorrel, 6-3; Jim Brown def. Chris Moneuse, 6-3; Dave Carr def. Jim Tarsy, 6-4. Semis: Banfield def. Johnson, 6-4; Brown def. Carr, 6-3. Finals: Banfield def. Brown, 7-5. 3rd Place: Johnson def. Carr, 6-4.

4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive • 316-1980

Ongoing classes Sept. 8 through Sept. 14: Aerobics: Low impact, 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Young at Heart: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Muscles and More: Weight bearing, 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Interval Training: 8 a.m. Saturdays.

PGA donates $10,000 The Southwestern Chapter of the PGA North Florida Section presented $10,000 to local youth programs. The Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association and First Tee Sarasota each received checks for $5,000, at Sara Bay Country Club in August. The Southwestern Chapter has donated $24,000 to these organizations in the past two years through events such as birdie-a-thons and pro hole-in-one competitions.

LBK Public Tennis Center: 590 Bay Isles Road • 316-TEN-S (8367) Weekdays: Closed from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Weekends: Closed at 12:30 p.m. Daily round robins at 9:30 a.m. Lessons/clinics/ball machine are by reservation.

Kat Wingert

Sue Bordas


Longboat Key Public Tennis Center How long have you played tennis? “About 10 years. When I moved to Florida I became a tennis widow. My husband was on the court non-stop and so I got started as well.”


What is one thing you’d like to improve? “I would like to increase my stamina so I can play more. I want to be able to keep on going.”

•  best HarTru courts  tournament lighting • Tennis camp for juniors • Junior league play • Social activities parties bridge ping pong coffee • Tennis exhibitions round robins adult tournaments • Clinics private lessons demo racquets • Fully equipped pro shop  hr restringing • Heated juniorolympic size lap pool • Rosedale Golf Club affiliation

What is your funniest flub-up? “One time I was playing in the wind and I threw up a lob and it landed almost two courts over from the wind pushing it.”

What is your best stroke? “My backhand.” What is your specialty? “I play doubles with a league.”

Who is the person you’d most like to meet on the court? “Rosie Casals, who was a tour pro awhile ago. She’s so nice and she can still hit the ball.”

What kind of racket do you use? “Wilson Hammer 6.2.”

Do you have any advice for players? “You should always work on your game, no matter how good you think you are.”

What is the most important quality for a tennis player to possess? “I would say composure. To always stay level headed and draw from your inner strength ... also to stay honest.”

What do you like most about playing tennis on Longboat Key? “I like that it’s a close-knit neighborhood of people.” — Kat Wingert

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What is your best moment in a match? “Being down 0-5 in the third set and coming back and winning the set or the match. I’ve done that a few times.”

Sale 20-60% Off Call: Boomerang Tennis Shop

Michael Saunders & Co. Licensed Real Estate Broker 440 Gulf of Mexico Dr., • Longboat Key, FL • 941-383-7591

Offered at $1,899,000

Unique 4 acre waterfront property surrounded by complete tranquility and privacy. Spectacular views of Palma Sola Bay and the private boating canal from this 4BR/3BA home. A rare opportunity for pristine waterfront acreage.

Offered at $825,000

This custom home offers soaring ceilings, huge master suite with private sundeck, spacious office, updated kitchen w/ new appliances. Sparkling pool and new boat dock surrounded by lush landscaping. Short walk to deeded beach access.

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Garden Gloves

The hardy Geiger tree Early settlers in Florida are fabled to have scrubbed pots and polished wood with the tough leaves of the Geiger tree. The fruit, approximately the size of an overlarge macadamia nut, is white when ripened and somewhat fragrant. It takes months to germinate, and seedlings require extra protection from wilting and fading into oblivion. One of the few flowering trees native to South Florida and the Florida Keys, the Geiger tree is credited to John Audubon and John Geiger. The story goes that John Audubon was visiting Geiger to paint tropical birds. John painted white-crowned pigeons on a branch of a boldly orange, blooming Geiger tree. There are two such Geiger trees at the Audubon House in Key West and are considered more than 100 years old. The trees were introduced to Key West from Cuba. The leaves have the texture of sandpaper, and the crepe-

textured year-round flowers are bold orange, snowy white or yellow in color, depending upon the cultivar. Hummingbirds are attracted to the bright color variety of blooms. The tree is a tough saltand drought-tolerant species that will fade in cold weather. The leaves will brown when temperatures go below 40 degrees, and in a freeze the tree will appear to die, however the roots will re-sprout in the spring. Plant the Geiger tree at the beginning of the rainy season, and throughout early and midsummer in a well-draining or dry area. It will cohabitate well with sea grapes and other natural coastline species that require little or no irrigation. When transplanting from a pot, dig a hole three times as wide as the root-ball and as deep. Situate the tree in the planting hole so that the top of the root-ball is even with the soil surface.

Gillian BUSARD

Fill in with soil from the planting hold. Use a hose to water in the soil as you fill the hole to remove any air pockets. Mulch to a depth of three-tofour-inches, being careful to keep the mulch from getting next to the tree trunk to avoid disease. Once established, this hardy tree needs little more than an occasional irrigation in the dry season and annual or bi-annual fertilizing in spring and fall. The Geiger beetle is a green and blue beetle that can be of a nuisance in the spring and cause some defoliation. Adults eat the leaves and larvae damage roots. Use Sevin or Rotenone on the larvae. A single Geiger tree is less likely to attract beetles than a group of several trees. The Geiger will need some winter protection and is not appropriate for Central or North Florida. Gillian Busard-Doll is a Longboat Key resident, immediate past president of the Longboat Key Garden Club and permit holder of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch. ❑

Niki Offutt

The crepe-textured flowers of the Geiger tree bloom in bright orange, yellow or white, depending on the cultivar.

Arbor Day Foundation gives out trees The National Arbor Day Foundation will be giving out 10 free live oak trees to each person who joins the foundation during the month of September. The free trees are part of the non-profit “Trees for America” campiagn. The trees will be shipped postpaid between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, the optimal time for planting, and come with planting instructions. Ranging between six and 12-inches tall, the oaks are guaranteed to grow or will be replaced free of charge. Members will also receive a subscription to the foundation’s publication, Arbor Day, and “The Tree Book,” a book containing tree planting and care information. To join the National Arbor Day Foundation, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Live Oaks, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave. Nebraska City, NE, 68410, by Sept. 30, or join online at



Bringing People Home to the Island Since 1939

FEATURED PROPERTY SPANISH MAIN VILLA Lovely villa with beautiful tile floors. Boating community right off the the Intracoastal waterway. Active over 55 community. Great deeded beach access. Everything you need. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #256622 $235,000 LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS Rarely available 40' boat slip in one of Florida's top luxury yachting resorts. 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, deli, laundry, etc. Leased thru Nov, 2004. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #256059 $164,900 SPANISH MAIN CHARMER Must see this updated furnished 2BR/2BA villa. Community has large deep water marina, deeded beach, heated pool and clubhouse. Peggy Henger 383-5577 #253615 $228,000 SPECTACULAR BAYFRONT Price reduced. Rare true point location w/water on 3 sides. Boat dock w/lift. Heated pool. Custom landscape. Total privacy. Peggy Henger & Mary Wickersham 383-5577 #261830 $2,200,000

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SEA OATS - LONGBOAT KEY Rarely available, ground floor, TKF, 1BR/1BA on gulffront of LBK. Updated kitchen & new windows, gulfside patio w/great view. Resort zoning. Cathy Meldahl 383-5577 #260658 $380,000 SELDOM AVAILABLE 3BR/2BA villa. End unit in Sutton Place. 2 pools, deeded private beach club, boat docks & marina. Vera Freeman & Helen Bradshaw 383-5577 #261070 $365,000 VILLAGE OAKS 9 miles to Lido Beach. 2BR/2BA. 1 car attached garage. Washer & dryer inside. 1 sm pet allowed. Clean & freshly painted. Tennis & heated pool. Public transportation nearby. Shopping! Dee Dee Burke 383-5577 #261240 $159,500


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SINGLE FAMILY HOME 6525 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Newly furnished 2BR/2BA stilt home. Wash and dryer.





ISLAND’S WEST 2BR/2BA gulf front condo. Pool, fitness center and tennis. Three month minimum rental.


Two month minimum.

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LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS 2BR/2BA condo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Seasonal $4500/month.

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Peggy Henger

Our 14 Realtors® have combined experience of 340+ years. As full-time professionals, they have the ability to represent your best interests to insure a smooth closing on the property you wish to buy or sell. Please call on them for a complete marketing plan to sell your property or a tour of homes currently available that meet your buying needs.

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ark hair lightened by gray, a face beginning to show age lines. Elliott Metcalfe Jr. looks like a regular guy, not someone who regularly saves others. Still, over nearly three decades, Metcalfe has defended poor people who face time behind bars. To countless people in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties, Metcalfe — the zealous advocate and defender of civil liberties — is their guardian angel. Most haven’t met him; many don’t know his name. But he has fought for them since his 1976 election as the 12th Circuit’s public defender. He’s a prankster, philosopher and paradox. Employees have howled in laughter at his practical jokes. When it comes to personal freedom and the little guy, he takes to the soapbox. He’s a registered Republican who speaks his mind: We need less government and taxes and more personal freedom. His Libertarian views have ruffled more than a few feathers. He’s opposed to the death penalty, the Patriot Act, term limits, and laws forbidding same-sex marriage. Yet he’s also revered as the longest-serving Republican elected official in the Sarasota-Manatee area. Sarasota Republican Party Chairman Tramm Hudson characterized him as a “compassionate conservative” when the party gave him the 2003 local GOP Statesman of the Year Award. Metcalfe has been elected eight times, most recently without a vote, because no one qualified to run against him. When he retires in 2009, he will have spent 32 years in office. At 59, he still appears somewhat boyish. His easy energy seems undiminished by the burdens of a job that routinely includes the representation of murderers, rapists and child abusers — and as he’d quickly remind you, the wrongfully accused. Not a day passes that he and his staff don’t face the pain and anguish of crime victims, and the angry voices of citizens intent on retribution — as in the abduction and murder of 11year-old Carlie Brucia. To cope, Metcalfe relies on his firm belief in the rights of the individual and his love of the law. As the boss of more than 90 people, including 45 lawyers, Metcalfe spends more time pushing paper than arguing law in the courtroom. But he still attends court, setting the tone for what is often cited as one of Florida’s best-run public defender offices. “Elliott is the consummate public defender in Florida,” says 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Andy Owens. “Everyone in his office does an excellent job — they all follow his example. There’s very little turnover, because Elliott treats his attorneys with respect.” TURN TO METCALFE, PAGE 2D

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DichloroDiphenylTrichloroethane. Environmentalists protested the use of DDT for fear it was poisoning wildlife and humans. A legal battle ensued and Metcalfe began work on the case. “There were hundreds of registrations for the use of DDT, so we had a lot of work to do. There were 50 court reporters, and a lot of government and private attorneys working on the case,” Metcalfe says. “We had experts, including the U.S. surgeon general, testify that the use of DDT was critical to the prevention of malaria,” he recalls. “One witness I cross-examined said that DDT wiped out birds, but it turned out he was a herpetologist — he knew about snakes, but he was not an expert on birds.” For a young, green attorney, it was a great learning experience. The hearing officers ruled in the USDA’s favor. But after the Environmental Protection Agency was formed in 1970, regulation of DDT was reassigned to that agency, and the EPA administrator overruled the hearing officers. Metcalfe and his colleagues returned to court, but lost on appeal. Although DDT is still used in third world countries, it was banned in the U.S. in 1972. Elsewhere, it remains “the No. 1 protection against malaria,” he says. The lesson for Metcalfe? No matter how popular or unpopular a cause might be, there’s always another side to the story. Useful knowledge for a lawyer who’d spend his life on what some view as “the wrong side.”


Mosquitoes, sulfur water and heat Metcalfe was born in New Jersey, where he grew up rooting for the New York Yankees. His father, an accountant for Anaconda Copper, worked in New York City. When Elliott’s uncle was diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live, he moved to Florida and lived 13 more years. Young Elliott was impressed that the area had such a favorable effect on his uncle’s health, “despite the mosquitoes, the sulfur water, the heat and the general lack of air conditioning,” he says. Elliott’s father later retired to Sarasota, strengthening his son’s ties to Southwest Florida.

‘Silent Spring’ In the 1960s, while attending Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) in West Long Branch, N.J., Metcalfe, a business major, was struck by “senior scare.” “As I got closer to graduation I thought, ‘What the hell am I gonna do now?’ My girlfriend’s father was a lawyer, and I began to think that law school would be a lot more fun than anything else I could do,” he says. In 1970, Metcalfe received a law degree from Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, after just two-and-onehalf years — which included a stint in the Marine Corps as a radio operator. But in the recession of the early 1970s, there were few jobs available for young attorneys, Metcalfe says. In need of money to pay college loans, he went to work as a lawyer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At about the same time, Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring,” published in 1962, unleashed a fierce debate over the use of the agricultural pesticide DDT, whose scientific name is

Guy’s guy In the 1970s, Florida’s public defender system was new, created in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1963 decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which held that a criminal defendant is entitled to a lawyer even if he can’t afford to pay. The Gideon case, which originated in Florida, helped create the first statewide public defender system in the country. Metcalfe returned to Sarasota to work for James Gardner, the 12th circuit public defender.

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“Florida’s public defender system was very progressive,” recalls Metcalfe. “It was an exciting time, and a lot of the lawyers who went to work as public defenders in Florida had worked on the Gideon case.” When Gardner changed sides and became state attorney, Metcalfe ran for public defender. Another young lawyer named Toby Hockett opposed him. “We both ran professional, gentlemanly campaigns,” Metcalfe says. “When I was elected, he went back to private practice.” A few years later, Hockett accepted Metcalfe’s proposal to work with him. Few people were surprised; Metcalfe is known for getting along with just about everyone. Even when he disagrees, he’s friendly and engaging. Hockett and Metcalfe still work together. Says Derek Byrd, an attorney in private practice who once worked for Metcalfe: “Elliott is a guy’s guy. He’s laid-back, easy to talk to — not a micro-manager. He’s involved, but he lets you have your own freedom — and freedom is the reason a lot of people go into the law.” Twelfth Circuit State Attorney Earl Moreland also worked for Metcalfe. Now Moreland’s office prosecutes those defended by Metcalfe’s assistants. “There are 20 judicial circuits in Florida, and many don’t operate as well as we do because of personalities and inherent conflicts,” says Moreland. “There’s nothing more adversarial than criminal law, and it’s hard to switch sides sometimes. But we’ve managed to overcome the dichotomy in our circuit and maintain a good working relationship.”

Scarlet letter Metcalfe realizes that one person’s liberty may limit another person’s freedom — an irony of democracy that has led to some lively debates with his wife, Becky Titus, a judge. Titus once worked with Metcalfe, but because she’s better at refereeing, she became a judge, he says, “while I like to come into the ring swinging.” The couple has been known to argue the finer points of public beach signage, for example. Metcalfe wonders why the county needs “60,000 signs telling me what I can’t do,” he says. The judge? She wants more signs (“No Frisbees Allowed”) that admonish against activities that might prevent her from enjoying the beach in peace. (The couple resides on Lido Shores.) Metcalfe and Titus have even taken their Tracy and Hepburn Adam’s Rib routine on the road. In the 1980s, when Titus was promoting the use of bumper stickers identifying drivers as convicted DUI offenders, the couple appeared together on “60 Minutes,” “The Today Show,” “Larry King Live,” Phil Donahue, and even on Australian television. Metcalfe, who referred to the bumper stickers as “The Scarlet Letter,” appealed all cases that required drivers to place them on their cars. “I lost the appeals,” he says, “and DUIs dropped dramatically in the county for about a year-and-a-half while the bumper sticker program was in force.”

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Metcalfe’s Libertarian views go back to the 1960s. “I was a big fan of Barry Goldwater,” he says, recounting his first time as a volunteer on a political campaign — the Arizona senator’s unsuccessful 1964 “In Your Heart You Know He’s Right” bid for the presidency. “I was convinced that Goldwater was right,” says Metcalfe. “Less government, lower taxes, more personal freedom, that’s what he stood for, and he’s a hero of mine because of it.” Today it’s different, he says, adding, “I can’t tell the Republicans from the Democrats when it comes to individual freedom.” How does someone who believes in less government stand squarely behind the idea of government-paid defense attorneys? Simple, says Metcalfe. “The government is sometimes too quick to take people away and put them behind bars,” he explains. “I want to make sure they earn the right to do it.” Twelfth Circuit Chief Judge Robert Bennett Jr. says Metcalfe is adept at ensuring that judges and juries earn that right. “The average person has a perception that the public defender represents ‘bad guys,’ ” Bennett says. “Public defenders get a lot of flak from citizens, because their job does include representing murderers, rapists and purveyors of drugs. But at the end of the day, as with any lawyer, the public defender’s most important role is as a protector of individual liberties. The constitutional basis of the law requires the legal profession to defend the individual against the government. That’s what the Bill of Rights is all about.” Former state Sen. Bob Johnson concurs. “Elliott has a terrible job because a lot of people don’t understand the constitutional right to defense,” he says. “But he’s always positive, and he’s always a gentleman, even when people are yelling at him to ‘Hang that sucker!’” Bennett says, “Without Elliott Metcalfe and the people who work for him, we wouldn’t have people who are constantly vigilant, making sure that police, judges, state attorneys — and the man in the street — play by the rules. The law applies equally to a police officer as it does to the kid on the street trying to buy or sell drugs. The public defender holds me in check.


If I don’t follow the law, there are remedies.” The “flak” that Metcalfe and his assistants encounter can be serious — including death threats. But Metcalfe remains philosophical: He sees expressions of rage as an inevitable part of the job. “There’s an honest anger, a sense of helplessness in the community after someone is hurt or killed,” says Metcalfe. “The vigilante mentality is still out there, so some people don’t want to wait for the lawyers, judges and juries to do their jobs.” Metcalfe says he doesn’t support the death penalty because he has seen over and over again that it’s not applied fairly and it’s not cost-effective. “The worst murderers I’ve seen have often not faced the death penalty, while others have,” he adds. “The process of conviction and appeals takes so long that it’s actually more expensive for the state to kill someone than to give him life in prison. And the process is agonizing for the victim’s family to go through. The best way to achieve finality in a capital case is to lock a convicted murderer up for life.”

Rigorous defense To defend a person convicted of murder during the penalty phase of a trial, Metcalfe and colleagues thoroughly research family history and life experience. That sometimes means traveling to places where a client has lived. Metcalfe used to do much of the work himself; now he trains younger lawyers to do it. “I’ve been in some of the toughest ghettos in the country interviewing witnesses,” he says. “What we often find in capital cases is that the defendant has had a head injury, has been abused, or has been involved in some type of substance abuse.” Metcalfe, along with Florida’s other public defenders, sometimes finds himself at odds with the Legislature, whose representatives don’t usually appreciate the costs associated with research, witness depositions and other tools of the public defender’s trade. “Most legislators look at public defenders as a necessary evil,” says Johnson. “They’d never fund it if they didn’t have to. A lot of them don’t believe that everyone is entitled to a defense, so it’s a hard row to hoe.” Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, based in Tallahassee, says Metcalfe is outspoken in ensuring legislators know how trial preparation actually saves money in the long run.

The boss Twelfth Circuit Judge Rick DeFuria, another former assistant public defender, says he learned a lot working with Metcalfe.


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LIVING “He’s smart enough when dealing with independent people to leave them alone,” DeFuria says. “He guides you, but he expects you to stand on your own two feet. He gives you free rein if you earn it.” Adam Tebrugge, who represents those accused of the most heinous murders (including Carlie Brucia’s alleged killer), agrees. “Elliott is not a guy who looks over your shoulder or second guesses your work. He lets you do your job,” he says. Metcalfe sometimes helps with the fine points of a case. But much of his time is spent grooming younger lawyers, including Tebrugge.

Bozo, Bush and Kerry Metcalf looks beyond law degrees when he hires. “You can get straight As in law school or have an impressive background,” he says, “but knowing how to read people is just as important in this job — a skill you could develop from putting in some time as a bartender.” Metcalfe has hired many lawyers over the years, including brilliant legal minds “who dressed like they’d slept in their clothes,” he says. “One guy came in wearing an earring. I said, ‘Sorry, you can’t wear an earring in court or around the office.’ ” Metcalfe insists on decorum in the courtroom, and he expects his staff to be hardworking and committed to public service, but he says they also need release from the pressure of dealing with life-and-death issues. He encourages crossword and jigsaw puzzle breaks. “Once I had a Bozo the Clown punching bag,” he says of an inflatable toy with a weight that made it pop up after it was knocked down. “I used to enjoy getting in some good left and right hooks to Bozo. Now I’m thinking of setting up Bush and Kerry punching bags, and people can take out their frustrations on whichever one they want.” Metcalfe is behind some legendary practical jokes, as Judge DeFuria can attest. Once Metcalfe hid under a desk and grabbed DeFuria’s leg during an important meeting. After DeFuria let out a blood-curdling scream, Metcalfe calmly climbed out from under the desk, said, “Excuse me,” and left. Another time, a secretary told DeFuria that the angry mother of a client who’d lost a case was headed to DeFuria’s office. While DeFuria was trying to escape out the window, Metcalfe revealed the charade amid gales of laughter from staff members. “Work hard and play hard” has always been Metcalfe’s philosophy, and Judge Owens understands why. “Elliott knows that working in the public defender’s office is a very tough job,” Owens says. “The workload is incredi-

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Swan song Metcalfe plans to use his last years in office to help his staff adjust to budgeting changes, brought about by the Legislature assuming responsibility for the funding and administration of the courts. He’ll also work closely with staff members who might become his successor. Adam Tebrugge’s name is often mentioned. Metcalfe says Tebrugge is an excellent lawyer, but he needs to develop his administrative skills — and Metcalfe plans to help him. Metcalfe says he’ll also continue to foster a sense of community service among his staffers. He’s an active volunteer for programs that protect animals and children, he says, “because they are victims who often can’t speak for or defend themselves.” He is involved in initiatives such as Teen Court and Drug Court, which help keep offenders out of the criminal justice system.

Second chance A few years ago, Metcalfe met a woman who was estranged from her family and destitute. She lived in the woods, and had been through Drug Court for a substance abuse problem. The woman asked for a job. “That’s the true test of your beliefs,” he says, “if you believe people can change and you’re willing to give them a chance.” He gave her a clerical job on a trial basis, while his wife gave her clothes. “She took the bus to work in Bradenton. She showed up every day, and she turned out to be a great employee,” he says. Metcalfe doesn’t believe in the death penalty, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe in punishment. He says that people who break the law — especially young people — should suffer consequences for their actions. If they don’t, they’ll offend again. But he also believes in constructive rehabilitation, and that justice must be tempered with mercy. “You have to have some concept of forgiveness,” he says. “A lot of offenders will be coming back to live with us again. Many are people who’ve had bad breaks, and if we just help give them a work ethic, they can turn their lives around.” What will be Metcalfe’s legacy? “That might be better for others to decide,” he says. “But I’d like to think that people will say we took our oath seriously to protect the constitutional rights of all citizens, and that we helped uphold the freedoms we all cherish.” ❑


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Polly McGuffey of Lansing, Mich., who sent me this hand, writes, “My partner was South, and because she could see no way to use any of the dummy’s values, chose to play for a defensive error. I believe if she had looked a bit closer and taken a risk, she would have found a way to make this contract. “My partner first ruffed East’s queen of diamonds with her nine of trump and ran four high-trumps. She was hoping for stupid discards by the opponents. The defense was not accommodating and my partner went down two and a score of negative 200.” The game makes if South is willing to take a risk. At trick two, South leads a small trump to dummy and finesses the seven of spades when West plays low. The seven wins, and the lead is in the dummy. A second diamond is run through East to ruff out the ace of diamonds and South leads a trump to dummy’s 10. The trump splits and the game makes. Two of South’s losers can be discarded on dummy’s diamonds. Instead of down two, South makes her contract.

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Computer Services

TANYA WILLIAMS Art Consulting & Appraisals offers professional valuation, research and inventory services without a view to buy or sell. Video documentation inventory, art historical/market research, art appraisals. Member of the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. 941-355-8456,

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 248-851-5800 (from 9a.m.-5p.m.) or 248-505-3304.

COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your computer misbehaving? Will train your computer to listen to you! Special $30/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508.

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EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need EXPERIENCED COMPANION/PERSONAL help with hardware, software, networks or RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. Assistant available immediately (after 2p.m.). wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858. Good references available. Hourly rate: References. 941-778-5381. $16+/hr. 941-746-6844. Cmagik on LBK Flash web design commercial/personal, computer Autos Wanted CAREGIVER/COMPANION. Experienced help, setup, upgrades, wireless, latest Alzheimers/Parkinson’s. Afternoons or technologies, PC or MAC. 383-3878, evenings. Excellent references. Sarasota 587-5588. AUTOS WANTED!! area only. Sandra, 941-371-6692.

(2) DECORATOR Italian-designed, armed chrome bar chairs. Black leather seat and back. $75. 941-349-8130.

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WATER BED, soft-sided king, 60% motion control. Complete w/metal frame, heater, $175. 776-5077.

Crushed Shell Boat Charter


 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.

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.

NEW SEALY twin bed, firm. Pd. $400. Sell $199. Robin, 941-497-3366.

Boat Rentals Adult Care SUSAN SHAUGHNESSY, R.N. PRIVATE DUTY NURSING. 1:1 Care in home and hospital. Experienced w/references. 761-2656. PRIVATE DUTY LPN seeking P/T for home care. 30/yrs. experience. Current CPR & FLA license. Resume available. 322-4008. EXPERIENCED PRIVATE duty CNA to care for your elderly loved one in home or hospital. Personal care, laundry, errands, light housekeeping. Current CPR and references. $15/hr. Certification #1100000013076. Call Rose, 539-9191.

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

JET BOAT: 1995 Checkmate 90/HP, 14/ft., INSURANCE APPROVED, visiting skilled 3/person w/trailer, $5200. 941-383-2025 or nurse, on your schedule. Local references. 630-417-7540. 373-1696. 22 FT. GRADY WHITE, 2002, 228 Cutty cabin, 368 hours, 200HP, HPDI Yamaha, Antiques near new condition. 387-1430. STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. OVER 1,000 PIECES OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND CLOCKS. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY! 7881 15TH ST. E. (OLD 301), SARASOTA, FL. 755-6063

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



BIKE, LADIES 26” Mountain Bike. Almost like new, $30. 330-8890, leave message.

COMPUTER SERVICE & REPAIR. Slow PC? No internet? Professional in-house repairs done by certified technicians. Start-finish $49. No hidden charges. 739-6424.

2003 CADILLAC DeVille: white diamond, ✓ CAREGIVER 10/YRS. experience: IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, fully equipped, ex. cond., 22,000/miles. Alzheimer, Parkinson, Stroke. Cleaning, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules $29,900. 383-0054. meal preparation. Ref. available. Chandi, Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. 953-6634.



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BEDROOM, NATURAL wood color, dresser w/mirror, 1 nightstand, 1 full headboard. All for $100. 383-4146.

CHAIRS: RECLINER, $35/ea. 383-0034.

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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.


✔ ✔ FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal ☛ ☛ HOUSECLEANING by experienced Auditorium. Sat., Sept. 11, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Brazilian lady. Meticulous and honest. Good Sunday, Sept. 12, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165. references. 330-0332. YOU WILL BE DAZZLED! Call for full line of residential cleaning and housekeeping services. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you. Call Dazzle, 379-6582. Bonded, licensed, insured. MRS. CLEAN. Residential. Reasonable. Dependable. Thorough. Trust Worthy. Please call Emy: 941-752-7362. Cell: 941-518-1021. CRYSTAL CLEANING. Licensed. Residential, commercial, office plus more. Katalin Wormsley, owner. 926-0071. AT YOUR SERVICE! Hard-working, thorough, dependable, honest local gal available for cleaning including move-ins & seasonal. Experienced. Reasonable rates. Excellent references. Pamela, 320-0023.


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 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. Teak/Granite/Ultra-leather. Like new. Tax Residential & Commercial Housekeeping Shelter. Low hours. $775,000. Call Capt. for all needs. Weekly maid service, departure cleans, deep cleaning and carpet Chitwood, 941-383-5232. care. Barefoot Estate Management, 761-3000. Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

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

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CLASSIFIEDS General Contractors

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


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

Home Management

Painting & Wallpapering

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

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.

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State Certified General Contractor CGC #1507065 Sarasota Resident Since 1954

DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour Call Keith trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. 941-906-8665 USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate controlled cabin, all new equipment & Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait & tackle provided starting at $400. Help Wanted For information and reservations, call Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. REAL ESTATE. Tired of paying office fees? Two experienced agents needed for fast paced, high traffic Island office. Top splits, Furniture sign-on bonus. Call Wedebrock Real Estate BED, FULL mattress set, orthopedic firm, today! “Personalized Not Franchised”. never used, $100; pillow-top sets, never Joe Pickett, 383-5543. used, full, $135; queen, $155; king, $230. NASA memory foam set, as seen on TV, HOUSEKEEPER WANTED, Palma Sola. cost $1,599. Sell $695. Victorian-style Experienced. Cleaning, laundry, ironing, daybed w/pop-up trundle, 2 new mattress, shopping. Must be neat/organized, love $340. Can deliver. 941-809-8798. kids. Flexible hours FT/PT, $10/hr. Call 917-747-3229.

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BAREFOOT LAWNS & Gardens. Providing ALONE? SENIORS Dating Bureau! the total TLC for your landscaping require- Respected since 1977 (ages 50-90). ments. Lawns, trees, shrubs, container 1-800-922-4477, (24/hrs.) 7 days. gardens & gardens. Design, installation and service. Call 941-761-3000 for free Personal Services consultation.

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.


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YAMAHA CLAVINOVA CVP207. cond., $5000. 941-746-8076.


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REAL ESTATE ASSISTANT needed MODELING. Interior/exterior, Residential, for busy Longboat Key Realtor. Commercial. All painters are union trained License, prior experience and computer journeymen. Condos, Repaints, Remodels, skills required. Please email resume Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wood Flooring, Tile. to: or fax to: Now offering Doctor Approved “No Voc” and “Lo Voc” coatings by Safe Coat/AMF that are 941-383-9710. for your Sensitive & Allergenic Needs. An Environmentally Correct product affiliated Garage, Moving with So, Smart Homes ARE YOU OUTGOING? & Estate Sales “GET GREEN”!!! Homeowners & Contractors HIGH ENERGY? LET PREMIUM ESTATE LIQUIDATORS welcome. Lic./Ins. 30/yrs. experience. COMPETITIVE? conduct your sale. Our fee benefits YMCA Chamber of Commerce member. 953-5215. THRIVE ON BEING WITH PEOPLE? Kid’s Programs. 951-1336 for information/brochure. THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER, INC. SEEKS AN ENTRY-LEVEL CUSTOM PAINTING - Paperhanging. Local ADVERTISING SALES ASSOCIATE References, 25/yrs. experience, insured. Prompt, free estimates. 713-9391. FOR THE COMPANY’S SARASOTA TERRITORY. Don’t Forget!! CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & BASE, PLUS COMMISSION. insured. Interior/exterior painting including DEADLINE FULL BENEFITS. drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. for Classifieds is SEND RESUME BY E-MAIL TO: Residential and commercial, condos. Honest MWALSH@LONGBOATOBSERVER.COM. & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. NOON ON MONDAY 30+years exp. PRESTIGE FURNITURE MAINTENANCE, LLC. On-site repair, gouges, dents, scratches, parts replacement. We keep your furniture looking new! 30/yrs. in business. Robert Martin, 727-2533.

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Remodeling & Home Improvements CUSTOM RENOVATIONS/RESTORATION EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs & painting. Insured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul Beauregard. 779-2294.





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Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

ED’S RESCREENING & HOME EXTERIOR SERVICES. Pool cage restoration, screened entryways. Serving Longboat Key. “Quality Work, Affordably Priced”. Licensed & Insured. 504-2325 or 921-9289. Ed Ponte, Owner/Operator.



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SENIOR WISHES to purchase diamonds, BAYFRONT LOT: 100/ft. frontage, full view watches, precious gems and jewelry. Please of Tampa Bay, cleared, partially filled, 222/ft. call Marc 321-0707. deep. Zoned R1. Offered at $2.5M. Please LIC. INS. call Michel Cerene, Broker. 778-0777 or 545-9591 eves. or Mike Carleton, Realtor, Wicker Painting 737-0915. ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, FURNITURE PAINTED: wicker, rattan, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window wood, wrought iron, patio furniture. Pick-up Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. and delivery. 778-3133. PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for WANTS TO BUY A GULFSIDE CONDO Commercial/Business Opp. appointment. 758-8044, 704-7557. ON LBK IN SARASOTA COUNTY OUTSTANDING AREA DIRECT FROM OWNER. Fine Art & Framing business established CLOSE FOR CASH. EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION for over 12/yrs. in affluent neighborhood. FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, $90K** KISTALKEY@SBCGLOBAL.NET WALLS, MURALS. **Confidentiality agreement required 281-726-2020 LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT for further details MEMBER LBK CHAMBER Longview Realty - 383-6112 Richard Estrin, ARTISAN TILE Licensed Real Estate & Business Broker CONDO WANTED: private individual wants to buy 1BR/1BA on Longboat Key. Call (941) 383-2659 Andrew Ferraro, 732-292-0084 or Email: Lic./Ins. Commercial Rentals & Sales

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

ON LONGBOAT KEY: Prime spaces available. Approx. 1000, 2000/sq.ft. Very EASY LIVING: Charming 4BR Siesta reasonable rent. Paul, 941-749-5804, mother-daughter ranch in secluded tropical setting a short stroll from shops, restaurants. 941-518-3226. Amenities include swim spa, new roof, tongue-&-groove wood paneling and Condos & Homes For Sale ceilings. Includes refurbished 2/room apt. RARE BIRD KEY property for sale or w/private entrance, good income potential. By appointment only. $595,000. Longview developer will build to suit. 906-8689. Realty, 941-383-6112.

LONGBOAT VILLAGE, unique design, 3/2/2. Carriage House style, artist loft or master bedroom. $619,000. Exclusive with Real Estate Mart. 756-1090. WALK TO Asolo, Ringling Museum, New College, USF & Sarasota Bay. Secluded, West of Bayshore, $475,000. 351-3305. 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.

TANGERINE BAY MAGNIFICENT PENTHOUSE MAGNIFICENT VIEW FABULOUS FURNISHINGS 4 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHS This is a spectacular unit with absolutely everything in place for luxurious living. $1,175,000.00

DIRECT GULF view, Penthouse. Totally LOCAL HANDYMAN. Painting, carpentry, remodeled, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA, on ☛ GULF VIEW, extensive upgrades, unlimited house repairs. Call Jim Tarsy, Lido beach, $824,900. Call Larry Burke, beachfront, Lido Key, 2BR/2BA. For sale or 941-320-9860. rent. $825,000. 936-377-2731. RE/MAX Excellence, 383-9700.




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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

Condos & Homes For Sale COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: 3BR/3BA, 2/car garage, pool, boat lift, dock, 4th from Bay. $1,450,000. 928-3447. ON MOONLIGHT BAY, mainland: 2BR/2BA condo, theaters & Arts District. Updated eat-in kitchen, balcony. Low maintenance fee. Sweeping vistas. $Thousands$ under appraised value. $389,000. Owner; 955-0217. SUNSET TOWERS WITH PLAN TO REDO










BEACHFRONT, BANYAN BAY at LBK. LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, bay/canal Walk right out onto the beach from this views, furnished or unfurnished, pools, charming 2BR/2BA, 1st floor condo near tennis, beach house. $1300/mo. Centre Shops and restaurants. Full Gulf view! Beautiful sunsets, pool, and tennis. 315-415-8282. 941-383-6650. L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. 203-227-0500. STORYBOOK COTTAGES. Romantic B&B decor, cottage chic in Historic Bradenton LBK, CEDARS EAST TOWNHOUSE: Beach. 2/Blocks to beach/bay/pier. W/D, 2BR/2.5BA, fully furnished, bright and dishwasher, cable, phone. The Gingerbread attractively decorated, new appliances, House, 2BR/1BA w/covered (secret garden) screened lanai w/mangrove view and patio. $1000/mo. per multiple months. privacy. Included tennis and pool, $1450/mo. The Doll House w/mini loft, 1BR/1BA, 847-913-9997. $850/mo. Weekly and monthly rates avail. 941-779-2393. ☛ GOLDEN GATE POINT: Bayfront, furnished/unfurnished, 1BR. Pool, fishing LBK CANAL home. Walk to private beach pier. No pets. $990/mo. 941-374-3401. access, 3BR/2BA, furnished. October through December, $2900/mo. January to BAY ISLES, Harbour Sound Dr. 5BR/6BA, April, $3500/mo. 407-898-4175. dock, Bay view. Call Pauline Kemp, Jennette & Rossi, Inc. Real Estate Management, BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA. First floor, beautifully furnished, bay view condo with 941-953-6000, W/D. Tennis, pool, clubhouse, beach access. Available Jan., Feb. $3500/mo. PERICO HOME, large 4/BR. Downstairs, Non-smoking unit. 859-441-3110. 2BR/2BA; upstairs, 2BR/1BA. Jacuzzi, fireplace, pool, tennis, built-in vacuum, LIDO BEACH: efficiencies, 1BR, 2BR. Steps $1800/mo. 383-4146. to beach. Avail weekly/monthly. 3/Day

LBK, GRAND BAY. Premiere community, w/world class amenities, beach club, 2BR/2BA penthouse w/wrap around terrace, Lots & Acreage For Sale furnished. Spectacular views of Sarasota HARBOR LANDINGS Bay and skyline. 2/Garage parking, 24/hr. Lot & Dock. Beautiful 12,110sq.ft. home site security, $2600/mo. (941) 387-1336. offered by owner-REALTOR in gated Cortez community; $287,500 price includes dock for boat up to 35/ft. Sales Associate THE SANCTUARY, elegant 2BR/2.5BA George Noble: 685-3372. +den, and 1/car garage. Security gate, pool, LONGBOAT KEY concierge, beach. Available on a long term 3 Lots on General Harris Street; total of lease. Showings by appointment. Call for Rentals: +/-1.3/acres. Many possible uses. Offered at more information: ResortQuest Real Estate, $400,000 each. Real Estate Broker Richard Seasonal & Vacation 941-364-9505, ext. 2200, 1-800-237-9505, Estrin: 807-3363. ext. 2200. LBK, BUTTONWOOD COVE. Monthly Rental: 3BR/2BA. Reasonable with discount LONGVIEW REALTY, INC. 383-6112 BIRD KEY, original garden home: 3BR/2BA, for 3/mos. or more. 941-383-2513, 2200/sq.ft. living area, caged pool & lanai, 609-266-7060 or for more details and 2/car garage. Small pet OK. $3000/mo. photographs: 941-371-1866. Mobile Homes LIVE ON LONGBOAT KEY for $129,800, 55+ community owned mobile home park. Private Gulf and Bay/marina, 2/bedrooms. Remodeled and furnished. Must see. Buyer’s agents OK (3). 383-0096.

BEACHFRONT, LIDO, 2BR/2BA Gulf front, next to Orchid Bay. Open Fall Season - Nov. through April. 3/mo. or longer. Owner, 388-2555, Sunset rentals now! Key West too!

LONGBOAT KEY. Islander Club, 2BR/2BA condo. Long term or seasonal. Call for details, 941-387-7065 or 813-787-5326. 1BR/1BA, 387-0990.


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minimum. 388-2590. LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 388-1404.

LONGBOAT KEY, Seagate. On the beach, Gulf views, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, 2/terraces, new kitchen and furnishings, TV’s, PRIVATEER. BEAUTIFUL condo, 2BR/2BA. VCR/DVD, computer printer, W/D, stereos, GRAND BAY, private side of newest Exquisite Gulf/bay & golf views, high floor & heated pool, tennis court, exercise room, building, fantastic views, golf course, marina, amenities in exclusive, gated community. assigned parking. 3/mo. minimum, 2005 bay, 3BR/3BA, unfurnished, world class 3/mo. min. Nov.-April. (803) 736-4484. season. $5000/mo. Longer stays available. fitness center, 2/pools. 387-0171, owner. 212-787-9337.




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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.

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. Gulf front, pool, beach, 1BR/1BA condo, kitchen, dining, sleeps 4. 617-973-7552 or 617-328-7145. LONGBOAT KEY. Directly on beach, 3BR/2.5BA walk out, behind the gates of Longboat Key Club, full ocean views from every room. Beautiful grounds, pool, tennis courts & fitness rooms, perfect sunsets. $6500/mo. Sept. through Dec. $7000/mo. Jan. through April. Call 941-383-8107. 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. THE CASTILIAN, Longboat Key, Florida. Oceanfront, 4th floor, 2BR/2BA, fully equipped condo w/screened-in balcony overlooking Gulf. Available Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec. 2004. Jan. & Feb., 2005. 1/mo. min. Call 513-561-5940.



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 TAKE YOUR PICK...RELAXING CANAL of March. $5,500/mo. 812-471-9488. FRONT HOME or GULF-FRONT CONDO, E-mail: 3BR/2BA canal home is a 2/minute walk to Gulf, deeded beach access w/Tiki Hut DELUXE 2BR condo. Newly renovated to enjoy sunsets, long dock for canal fishing, w/granite, on the Gulf. Available month of fantastic mid-key location, large pool March. Weekly rentals avail. August through w/screened enclosure, CONDO (2BR/2BA) December, $1000/week. 859-441-6896 or newly remodeled walk-out unit directly on the Gulf...full view, just steps from the 859-750-4774. 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. LA PLAYA 1/mo. minimum stay. Call or email for GULF FRONT CONDOMINIUMS seasonal rates. Call 863-559-4610 or WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT 2 & 3 BEDROOMS 941-383-6224 888-383-6224 “ON BEAUTIFUL LONGBOAT KEY”

ATRIUM, LBK. Behind the gates, views over Bay, 2000/sq.ft., 2BR/2BA, +den, 30/ft. balcony, deeded beach club. Non-smoking. Available Feb. & March, $5750/mo. Cleaning included. 941-383-1444, e-mail:



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. SANCTUARY, LBK condo. The ultimate in luxury for the discerning renter. 7th floor, Gulf front, 3BR/3BA. Exquisite 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. $9800/mo. 1/mo. min. Call 813-962-2652 or 813-245-6800, ask for Steve.

DECEMBER TO April: adult community Longboat Key, Sarasota. Cozy 2BR/1BA, large open patio, washer/dryer, 2/minute walk to beach & bay, $1600/mo. Judy, 305-386-3629.

VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, U.P.C.C., Downtown. Experience the elegant lifestyle of The Residence at The Ritz Carlton BAYPORT BEACH & TENNIS FAIRWAY BAY SEAPLACE JUST TO NAME A SELECT FEW JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 941-953-6000 PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE:

BANYAN BAY . Full Gulf front, 3BR/3BA, small complex. Tennis, swimming pool, washer/dryer, near shops & restaurants. Available Oct. 2004 through April 2005. 941383-8297. BAYPORT, LONGBOAT KEY. 1st floor larger unit condo w/direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautifully decorated, W/D, pool, tennis, exercise room. Fishing, covered parking. No smoking. No pets. Available 9/04 to 11/04 & 4/05-6/05. 718-227-4582. TURTLE CRAWL INN ON LONGBOAT KEY DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY DIRECTLY ON THE GULF BEACH! WAGNER REALTY SINCE 1939 866-754-3443

LONGBOAT KEY/SUTTON PLACE, 2BR/1.5BA townhouse. Beautifully furnished, W/D, screened lanai, pool. Beach and boat access. Small pet OK. Available monthly GULF FRONT, pool, 1BR apartment, starting Sept. through 2005 season. (2/mo. screened balconies, $750/week. 383-3844 min. Dec. through March). 513-792-9622. or 383-3187. SEAPLACE CONDO: beautiful updated UNIQUE GROUND floor apartment in 2BR/2BA, new kitchen w/granite, W/D, Seaplace, building G1. Garden view, 50/ft. screened lanai. Avail. Nov.-Feb. 379-4832. from back door to beach. Two month rental required, 2BR/2BA. Fully furnished, including 2BR/2BA CONDOS: all amenities. Available washer/dryer. Available March & April, 2005. 9/15/04. Sarasota. By the month, 6/mos. or $3600 Jan., Feb. & March. $2600 April annual. 941-812-5946. & Dec. $1300 May through Nov. Call: 706-746-2594 after 6p.m. or e-mail: LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. September Special $1500/mo. December, $2500/mo. April, May, RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys June, 2005 $2500/mo. 727-518-1572, & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Rental Agent, Re/Max Excellence, 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. LBK BEACHPLACE condo: Beachfront, 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. Competitive BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA, 1st. floor, W/D, rentals. Available Oct., 2004 to December, pool, clubhouse, tennis, fishing dock, steps 2004. Also 2005. Covered parking. to beach. Available monthly or seasonal. Non-smokers. By owner. 404-325-9578. (Not available for February or March). WINDWARD BAY: Through October 15, Non-smoking unit. (203) 481-2748. 2004. Beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA corner LBK, THE PROMENADE. Larger 2BR/2BA unit, w/d in unit, enclosed lanai, covered w/great Gulf & bay views from six levels parking, beach access, tennis, heated above beach on SW side. Exceptional decor pools.1/mo. min. $2000/mo. 383-4477 & large terrace. Gated, concierge, pool, gym, tennis, enclosed parking. Minimum 3/mos. 941-350-3970. WHITNEY BEACH condos 1 & 2/BR’s: heated pools, tennis courts, private beach. Available now monthly through 2005. 941-928-0309.



LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 2BR/2BA. Available September; Mid-December & January, 2005; May & June, 2005. Covered parking, Olympic pool, fitness center. GULF FRONT condo on Lido Beach. 24/hour security. Non-smokers. By owner. Exquisite 2BR/2BA, fully furnished. Minimum Month-to-month rentals avail. 813-837-9901. 3/mo. $4250/mo. 908-229-3895.

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CASA DEL MAR RESORT CONDOMINIUM WEEKLY RENTALS GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC Fax: 941-383-7925 Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228 LARGE HEATED POOL (25/ft.x60ft.)

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CONDOS LBK, FAIRWAY Bay condo: 2BR/2BA or SEASONAL 1BR+den, fabulous view. New appliances, pool, tennis, exercise room, beach access. Gated/security building. 2/mo. minimum. SEA CLUB III, one and two bedrooms. Weekly through December. Gulf front. 724-941-1876, SEA OATS, 2BR/2BA condos directly on the STEPS TO BEACH! SEAPLACE, master Gulf of Mexico. Weekly through December. bedroom w/king bed & private bath, guest 724 MARBURY LANE, 3BR/2BA home on bedroom w/queen bed & private bath. canal w/boat dock. $3000/mo. Sleeps/7. New elegant decor with new WHITNEY BEACH, 2BR/2BA, furnished Bay kitchen. Available Aug.-Oct. $2000/mo. view, $3800/mo. Nov.-Dec. $2500/mo. Two month minimum. WESTCHESTER, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, direct Gulf view, $4800/mo. 423-968-3420. To view: ST. ARMANDS, 2BR/2BA, furnished, LBK, BUTTONWOOD Cove condo. One of 1/block to shopping, 2/blocks to Lido Beach, few Gulf to bay properties: 2BR/2BA, $2800/mo. gorgeous views, exquisitely refurbished and 609 BAYVIEW HOME, pool, 2BR/2BA +den. furnished. Monthly/Seasonal/Annual rentals $4200/mo. w/discounts for 3+ months. Boat dock 6525 GULF OF MEXICO DR., 2BR/2BA, available, heated pool, private Gulf beach, spacious, stilt home, partial Gulf view, $4000. tennis. No pets. No smokers. 813-685-9130. CASTILLIAN, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, $6000/mo. 2/mo. min. ISLANDS WEST, 2BR/2BA, Gulf front, $5000/mo. 3/mo. min.

LIDO/LONGBOAT CONDOS: Gulf front, 2BR/2BA, 3/mo. min. $3500-$5000/mo. Available Nov.-April. 810-794-4186. 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.

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


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CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA furnished home. Dogs welcome. Fenced yard. Spa, dock, walk to beach. Available Oct., Nov., Dec., 2004. Monthly only. Private beach access. See website for photos and rates. or call 941-360-0700. L’AMBIANCE in Longboat Key Club, 2BR/3BA w/den, floor to ceiling windows, exquisitely furnished, high floor w/sweeping views of bay, Gulf, City, sunrise and sunset. Concierge, tennis, fitness, pool. Long season. 203-227-0500.


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

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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.

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

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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

RUSTIC CHARM Two-story lofted home on secluded lot with big shade trees a 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.

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CANAL HOME Elevated custom home surrounded by lush landscaping within a short walk to deeded beach access. Sparkling swimming pool fenced for privacy, new boat dock, soaring ceilings, flexible floor plan, huge master suite,screened decks, open terraces, garage parking and many updates including kitchen w/new appliances. Offered at $825,000. Call Tina Rudek 920-0303

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.

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

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


SOPER HOUSE Gulf front house available directly on the beach.The perfect getaway comes fully equipped including fantastic sunsets nightly.3bed/2.5 bath great location. Call 383-5886

BOLLITO HOME Unique 2bd/2ba house on a canal with all new furnishings, heated pool, jacuzzi and more. For more info Call 383-5886

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.

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

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

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


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

COVERT II Great gulf front condo complex. 2bed/2ba units available.Sit by the sparkling pool or enjoy the relaxing sound of the waves on the beach. Call 383-5886

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