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VOL . I. NO. 19

Friday, December 29, 1978

SERVING LONGBOAT and ST. ARMANDS KEYS

Author of Resolution 14 To Oppose Sam Seegel

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Richard A. Pellar of Longboat Ke y announced today that

pe will oppose Samuel E. Seege! as Town Commissioner of Longboat Key from District 2 . Pellar, a local anomey, is author of Resolution 14 , which demands that the Federal government limit its spending so

that it does not exceed its income except in periods of national emergency. Petitio ns on the subject are being circu lated in the county and Slale . In running for Seegers seat on the Town Commission. Petl a r to ld THE OBSERVER " Havi ng watched the Commission for the past few months. I am dismayed at the

lack of counesy shown the public and also to other board o;.lembers by a few of the commissioners. I feel that many people are hesitant to appear and speak OUI on any subject for fear of being ridiculed . If e lected, I will try to make sure that every point of view is heard, and w ill try to help give the board a consistent d irection which I feel has been lacking" . The seat of Commissioner for District Two comes up for e lection the middle of March . In other election news, Commissio ner James Kennedy McCall, incumbent Commissioner from District 4 who was appoimed to fi ll the seat of Ed Lee who resigned in 1974, lold THE OBSERVER that he will run for election again. He ran unapposed in 1975 and 1977 but may have opposition this year, although to date no o ne has filed for papers opposing him . The deadline is January 2nd . The at-large seat occupied by Ted Sedwick is up for grabs since Mr. Sedwick says he does not wish to run again. Mr. Riter ran against Sam Seegel in 1977 and was defeated . Tac Riter..bas already announced...that he will run for the 5e.al.

Port O' Call and Longboat Town Agree to Agree. The controversy over a sewer connection requirement and a nonconfonning publicity sign has been settled between the Po rt O ' CaU Motel on Longboat and the T own administration. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Henderson , owners of the motel, agreed to the sewer connection, to payment of $2500 for bac k-dated sewer charges, and to make their non-conforming

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AERIAL VIEW OF SARASOTA, CIRCA 1945 The caption accompanying the abova Hrlal vl_ of SarasCUI made In 1945 said, (among other things) " Ali the inviting features of Florida' s West Coast are found in SarasoUi .•• Fishing, hunting, refreshing swims In the blue green waters of the Gulf of Me.ico : . . are a few of the many recreational delight, ott.red the visitor, , ." Population of Sarssota at the time the photo was taken was 7,121 . -Photo co~r1esy of WSPB's Attic,

sign abide by town requirements . The sewer connection and the sign change, both are to be completed within two years, with a new owner (if any) allotted sixty d ays to complete the provisions of the agreement . To wn Clerk Jane Pool said litigation initiated by both sides in the dispute and now awaiting action in the State Supreme Court will be dropped by both parties . Regarding the sewer connection, Port 0' Call claimed it had installed an efficient sanitation system, and that no need existed for a hookup to the town faci lity .

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Telethon Longboat Key will get its shareofauention as the National Ho liday Star Telethon for cerebral palsy gets under way on c hanne l 40 in Sarasota th is week-end. The 20 ho ur program begins on Saturday at 11:00 p.m. (Dec. 30) and ends aI7:00 p.m. on New Years Eve , Dec. 3 1. Included in the nationwide TV program will be such stars as Bob Hope. An illustrious name long associated with the campaign to eradicate cerebral palsy is thai of Leonard H. Goldenson, c urre ntly visiti ng his home o n Longboat Ke y . Mr . Goldenson is c hairman of the board o f the United Cerebral Palsy Associations, and also is the top executive of the Ame rican Broadcasting Company which will broadcast nationwide and local portions of the TV program over its o utlet in Sarasota (Channel 40, Channel 7 on the Cable). Several volunteer workers associated with Longboat Key wi ll play roles in the marathon program, including Tom Sultzer, Assistant Vice-president of the Ellis Longboat Key Bank , Ralph B. Hunter, fonner broadcast executive and publisher of the OBSERVER . Other Longboat volunteers are expected to participate. Sarasota participants will include Sarasota City Commissiner Ron Norman, and Robert Johnson , former Florida state lesiglator. A lso cooperaling in the fight against cerebral palsy will be the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort of Longboat Key. The C lu b has promised an " Awards Dinner" at the C lub consisting of gourmet foods for individuals pledging a sum of $ 1000. or more , in the campaign dri ve. General Chairman of the campaign for the SarasotaManatee area is Vin Heiser, Marketing Director at the Robans Arena complex, who said the local goal for the drive is SIOO.OOO . Mr. Heiser said a long list of local entertainers


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The Longboat Observer 524 Gulf Bay Road Longboat K ey, FL 33!54B Published ever-y Friday by; LONGBOAT PUBLISHING INC. 524 Gulf Bey Road Longbo a t Key. FL 33!548 Telephone : 383-5334 Publisher & Editor . . .. . . .. , •. Ralph B . Hun~

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER is a community· oriented p a per drawing on the talent s

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Longboat residents , If you hav e the time and the indination , and you are intereeted in helping

provida wen written, positive artiel_ on 10e.1 subjects. we will be happy to review your copy you a by-line.

Historically Speaking

Here's an update on last week's OBSERVER story reporting on the Sarasota City T raffic pattern hearing. According 10 Len Mazer, President of the St Armand's Residents Association, 356 traffic accidents occurred from the date of January I. 1977 to Oct , 1978 in the ci rcle area. The Sarasota Police Department said no fatalities were recorded during the 22 monlhs involved, although numerous injuries were sustained by motorists. Lilly Pulitzer, will hold a men's and women's fas hion show January 12 at the Bird Key Yacht Club. And talking abo ut events at the Bird Key Yacht Club , special attention is directed to the date of January 6 (6-7 p.m.) when "The T welfth Night After Christmas" will be observed . At that time, members who originally placed trimmings on the Christmas Tree in the lounge. will help " un-tri m" the tree by removi ng their particular decoration. And a crowd of 150 from Counuy Club Shores, Unit Five, celebrated the Season at the Sara Bay Counuy Club with a dinner dance on Dec. 19th. Most successful, we hear.

If you're interested in historical daia relating to the area, here's a letter written by Tom Mayers to Town Manager Wayne Allgire, recently.

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The Sunday wind and rain storm produced an increase in calls for service, bringing the total this reporting period to 65 . 5 burglar alarms were answered as well as 2 fire calls. There were 4 resc ue cases, 5 public assists and 4 emergency messages delivered. 76 traffic stops were recorded with 6 citations issued . 2 property damage only accidents were investigated. Animal complaints totaled 7 for the week. We had 3 cases of vandalism, 2 of missing property and 2 marine calls . There were 2 cases of burglary , one at a motel and the other at a private residence. Officers i twO drug abuse incidents and made one arrest as a

A Wish At this Holiday Season, we wish yo u all - Christian. Hebrew, Moslem, Buddhist , Atheist - the gift of Spiritual awareness, so that despite the needed concern with obtaining material goods, of life, we periodically tum inward and isolate outselves from the world to draw upon the great spiritual strength placed within us by the mysterious divinity recognized by all religious faiths. T he lesson of the ages seems 10 be that our salvation is from within, that it is spiritual. that it is a mystery we cannot fathom, but a power we can embrace 10 enhance our unde rstanding and strength during the crises we all face periodically in life. Happy New Year! Ralph B. Hunter, Publisher The Longboat Observer

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6th Year Welcoming Old & New Friends Open 5:00-10:00 p.m .

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Dear Mr. Allgire: This letter is to follow up a conversation of a year ago concerning the name of the bayou running from Broadway, in back of "Canada House" to the LonFPoaJ,-Anna Maria P3SS at the nort h end of Longboat Key . \.....- r. This Bayou was originally named after my great, great uncle, John Savarese, a successful pioneer in the fiShing indusuy in Tampa. He has been recognized and written about in histo rical accounts of the "earl y days" of TampaBradento n-Sarasota area and he. along with the Whiu akers, Palmers, Ringli ngs and others was very active in their earl;; development . He owned the MISTLETOE, one of the early Mail boats, when all of these keys were just disconnected islands . He ow ned the land presently know n as "Land's End" before my parents, Frances F. and H. Frank Mayers bought it in the early 30's. The bayou is still called Savarese bayou by the natives that go back that far , and I fee l that it would be a pity to lose this bit of heritage to the rush of time. Therefo re, as a third generat ion speaking fo r four generations of my fami ly who have lived al and enjoyed Land's End. I would appreciate your assistance in pursuing an official naming of this bayou . I would appreciate your response with specific steps to this end. Sincerely. With very best wishes, Tom Mayers

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Rescue and Fire Calls for the Week Dec. 2 1 Fire fl.ghter saw smoke in the 1400 block of Gulf of Mexico Dr . Found tree stump of Pa lm Tree smolderinng. Scene was secured by LBKFD . Dec. 22 Rescue Call to Island West at 3:09 p.m. Phone alarm was set off accidemly . Dec . 22 Public Assistance: Assisted police in search of small lost child . Child was found and returned to

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Re~ Cal l to Cannon's Marina at 11:40 p.m. Patient fell off bicycle. Patiem was transponed to Blake Memorial Hospital by Manatee Emergency Medical Services. Dec . 24 Rescue Call to 74 1 Fos St. at 10:48 a.m. Patient wanted non-emergency transponation to Bay Pines Hospital in St. Petersburg. Manatee Emergency Medical Services provided transponation. Dec. 24 Power lines down in fro nt of 6 12 Marbury Lane at 2:57 pm. Power was out and there was no dan~er when LBK Firemen arrived. Firemen called F10nda Power and Light and they sent a man out. Dec. 25 Fire Call to -Seaplace ai 9:09 a.m . No fire. Alarm was reset by Longboat Key Fire Depanmem. Dec. 25 Fire Call to SI. Mary Star of the Sea at I I : 17 a.m. Fire alarm was set off accidently. No fire. Alarm was reset by the Longboat Key Fire Depanmem. Dec. 26 Wires sparking at 420 Firehouse Rd. at 10:32 a.m. Florida Power and Light was notified. Dec. 26 Rescur Call to Colony Beach at 10:43 a.m. Patiem was swimming when knee became dislocated . Patient was treated on the scene by Longboat Key Rescue Squad and transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital by Sarasota Fire Depanmem Ambulance. Dec . 26 Rescue Call to Silver Beach Motel at I :46 p.m. Patient was dead on arrival. "' Dec . 26 Rescue Call to 7000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive at 4: 12 p.m. Motorcycle Accident. Patient was treated at scene but refused any other services. Dec . 23

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Sarasota-Manatee Headlines A Service of WSPB, 1450, CBS for the Sun Coast Sarasota County Area Transit Director Jim Schmidt has scheduled a public hearing for January ninth on the take over by Scat of the Old Sarasota Cities Transit Company . . Two persons from Fon Myers were killed in a sm~le engine plane crash Tuesday, 17 -miles southeast of Arc~dla. Dead are 42 year old Russell Franklin Sweedler and hiS 23 year old daughter Mrs. Katherine Sweedler Goodlow of Jacksonville. Clean-up operations continue after the storm and ~ornato which hit Siesta Key hardest Christmas Eve, knockmg out power and television, ripping of~ roofs and flattening other structures, and raising havoc With cars, trucks, boats and uprooting trees and flatten ing fences. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt. A retired New York policeman. claims the New York. Medical Examiner falsified an autopsy to convict Dr. Carl Coppolino of Sarasota of the death of his first wife. The Empire State Policeman, whose life was the basis for the television series "Kojak" , says it was a pan of a vendetta being carried on by the Medical Examiner against Coppolino' s defense attomey F. Lee Bailey . The Manatee Sherrifs Office says the body of Barbara Jean Robellen was found Sunday in a canal in Palmetto. The cause of death has not been determined . She was the convenience store clerk who mysteriously disappeared after an apparent robbery of the store on October 23rd.

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Sarasota City Officials have decided to build a new. narrow Orange Avenue Bridge in order to slow traffic, a major complaint of residents in that neighborhood. . Negotiations have come to a halt between the City . of Sarasota and Florida Power and Light over the nearly nme acres of Bayfront Propeny the city wants to buy for use as a water-oriented recreation faci lity. The city has sweetened it's offer to 850-thousand dollars, but F.P.&L. has neither accepted nor rejected the offer.

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The Bond Jewelry Store in the Town and Country Shopping Center in Charlone County has reponed missing gems wonh ten-thousand dollars. Sarasota County School Board Members say there will be a sizeable financial pinch in the schools' budget next year. One of the biggest problems is the one-point-nine-million dollars in pay raises in the recent three-year settlement with the teachers' union . The City of Sarasota's plans to build a fishing pier off the Ringling Causeway have had an abrupt)olt. It ap~~ the Causeway could easily cost up to three limes the ongmallybudgeted 100-thousand dollars . Commissi~ne r . Tony Saprito. however. says he's going to ask City Fmance Director John Haylect 10 find a means of financing the extra cost.

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Time, the thief, has stolen my days And left a gap between May and November. The sameness of the perfect days Has guiled me into thinking Autumn is yet to be . Spring, summer, autumn Have melted into each other Without a warning sign of change. Sun. surf, sand. The sea, silver-sequined, Or blue or green or gray, Has been the same, Warm. gentle, inviting . The seagulls come and go, Dive for fish Or fly in massed formation. All, all , are the same . Whether Mayor November . They tell me it is now December, And I feel bereft of the days stolen By Time, the shameless thief.

SUPER BU Y. 15Vz ft. Foress! (1970) Runabout '1'1/40 HP motor in excellent condition . Boat and tra iler complete - only $800. Call 363-4700. FOR SALE: 40 HP J o hnson outboard m o to r, $ 140, Excel. Cond oAl so 1972 Ford Pinto Station Wagon, $800. 383-61 39. REGISTERED NURSE and daughters, 9 and 14, seek furn ished rooms in congeni a l no rth Lo ng b o at h om e w i th in ea sy commuting distance to Manatee Memorial HOSDitai. Oecupancy Dec. 31. Call 349-643 between 3 & 9. \. .,i" GUITAR, Martin 0 -18, fla t to p, folk style, excell:nt'cond iti on w ith original hardshell plu sh· lined case. S525. Call 383·2216.

Asolo Seeks Housing For Equity Company The Asolo State Theater is seeking listings for long-tem renlals for members of its 1979 season Equity Company. Asolo actors will be assembling in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for rehearsals in mid-January and will be in residence here through Labor Day weekend. Listings for furnished and unfurnished apanments, efficiencies, houses, are all welcome. Interested rento" sho,Id call 355-7115 ~~eekd'YS

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LADIES NOT IN JEOPARDY. Handsome Art Fleming of the NBC game show, " Jeopardy" has h is arms full of feminine pulchtritude in a recent vi sit to The Colony Beach & Tenni s Re sort on l ongboat Key. ladies so encompassed in Art 's arm s are (left) Jacque Bowen, Directo r of Sales and Mar1c.etlng at the Colony, and (r ight) Mrs. Fleming herself . Art had some busi ness to ca rry out at the Colo ny In behalf of the authoritie s who run the Penn sylvania lottery. He address ed the Tickelr o n Marketi n g conferen c e. Ticketr o n provi des th e co mputer equipment u sed in th e Penn sy lvania lottery.

If you 'd rather see your money earning interest than sitting idle in your checking account , then see how Southeast' s Bonus Checking Plan can make money for you!

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Enjoy dining in the comfonablc atmosphere: oj " Freoch Country Inn . where: all dinners are personally prepared by the Chef owners. Francis and Michel.

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